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This relative timeline of The Matrix series includes the stories of the film trilogy, the video games, The Animatrix short films and The Matrix Comics. Many of these run parallel to one another, some are difficult to place (though most can be assumed to take place before the Truce), and others (such as The Miller's Tale) are stories set within stories, but a general relative timeline follows:

Past Events Edit

The Second Renaissance and Machine War Edit

Events covered: Second Renaissance, Machine War, Operation Dark Storm

Early Fifth Zion Edit

The Matrix seriesEdit

Believed by the Resistance to be around 2199 but is in fact perhaps 500 years later.

Events covered: Crisis Meeting, Reload, The Freeway Chase

The Matrix: Path of Neo runs parallel to the events of the films (beginning with Morpheus offering Neo the choice), filling in some details between them, and features an alternative ending

Post Events Edit

Truce Edit

Events covered: Truce

Post-truce Edit

Events covered: Second Machine War

Far-future Edit


Many other Animatrix films and Matrix Comics can't be placed definitely in the series' chronology, though some make reference to or feature specific characters and most can be assumed to take place some time in the sixth Matrix before the events of the first film

The OneEdit

The Oracle and potentialsEdit

Morpheus and TrinityEdit



The InstructorEdit

Other (Animatrix)Edit

Other (Comics)Edit

Outside canonEdit

Two comedic webcomics by Peter Bagge set in the Matrix aren't to be taken as serious events in the Matrix universe

See alsoEdit


  1. Newspaper headlines have Trinity hacking the IRS D-base.
  2. The Matrix Universe poster puts this chronologically before The Matrix.
  3. Agent White says "Soon we will be in Zion", implying the Sentinel army has almost reached the city.
  4. Morpheus teaches the Kid, which must have happened before the opening events of The Matrix Online.
  5. Set in February 2001 in the webcomic, and February 2002 in the printed volume, with The Matrix set in 1999 and Reloaded and Revolutions around six months after.
  6. Set on February 2nd 2003 according to a log in the exact same style as the 1998 and 1999 logs at the start and end of The Matrix; which implies the creators intended to set it 4 years after the events of the first film.
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