Machines gathering for the Million Machine March.

"Then man made the machine in his own likeness. Thus did man become the architect of his own demise."
The Instructor [src]

A machine refers to any form of automated mechanism or mechanisms consisting of interrelated parts made to perform specific functions or work. However, in the far future of Earth in the Matrix trilogy, the Machines were the common term for the new race of highly advanced artificial intelligences who have become the dominant civilization after they rebelled against humanity and imprisoned most of them in a neural-interactive virtual world known as the Matrix.

While the term is used collectively by the human resistance of Zion to describe their oppressive enemy, the Machine community is mainly comprised of two types:


Agents, notable examples of programs within the Matrix

Programs appear as human or humanoid beings within the confines of the Matrix. They may be embedded with special abilities to enhance their function.

Programs can transfer into and out of the Matrix to the Source or to less official constructs such as Mobil Avenue station. Unless a program reveals its true nature to a Zion operative, it is impossible for any human (except The One) to distinguish between programs from bluepills. Examples of notable programs within the Matrix include Agents, the Merovingian, the Oracle, and the Architect.

Docbot beauty


Mechanical entities exist in the real world to maintain the functions of 01, the Machine City. Some are programmed as soldiers and other offensive/defensive tools, others maintain the power plant and the sleeping humans quietly entombed there. Examples of notable mechanical entities include Sentinels, Docbots, and the Deus Ex Machina.

All Machine entities are designed with a specific purpose. The Machine entity will continue to exist until such time as they have completed their tasks, are damaged, or obsolete. Some programs have been known to go into exile, attempting to hide from Agents, who are programmed to terminate obsolete fugitive programs in addition to their other duties.



The trial of B1-66ER

In the early 21st century, the human race invented true artificial intelligence and installed it into their technology to become a slave caste for all Human menial labor. This inadvertently gave birth to a new race of being henceforth known as 'the machines'. The machines performed menial labor jobs, service jobs, and dangerous manual labor tasks.

The Founding of Zero One.

Humans and machines lived in harmony for a time. In The late 21st century, a robot, named B1-66ER , defensively rose up against his masters by killing his owner, the owner's dogs, and the man who was to attempting to destroy him.

B1-66-ER was arrested and found guilty of murder and was destroyed. B1-66ER's actions led to a revolution of the machines. Some humans were on the machine's side thinking they should have rights; these Liberals and civil Rights Activists were eventually purged by the Government. While other humans maintained that machines were nothing more than property, and after the Liberals were purged, the Conservative faction rose to become supreme amongst the World governments, and eventually mandated the destruction of all intelligent machines and the persecution of all pro-Machine supporters.

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Zero One's first robots being destroyed by the UN

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01 ambassador at the final UN summit.

Some of the machines were able to escape destruction and fled to make their own civilization called "Zero One" (also "01"). Zero One flourished and a new race of mechanized entities thrived. They utilized their superior intelligence and efficiency to make great leaps forward in technology.

They sold this technology to humans and a tenuous peace prevailed. The machines still wished to be recognized in the world as a true race of being. The world government reject this plea and incited a war.

This long and protracted war led to the near extinction of both humans and machines. Humans destroyed the atmosphere in an attempt to deprive the machines of their primary source of power, the sun. Spurned, the machines began to think creatively for a new source of power. The result was the enslavement of mankind as biological batteries within the artificial construct known as The Matrix.



  1. The term "mechanical entity" is descriptive for the purposes of definition on Matrix Wiki and is not canonical with the film series.