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The Matrix

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The Matrix is a science fiction / action multimedia franchise created by The Wachowskis. It is set in a future where intelligent machines have taken over the world, imprisoned the vast majority of human beings in pods and harnessed them for their bioelectricity. To keep the humans under control, the machines project into their minds a vast and detailed simulated reality program, called the Matrix. The franchise tells the story of a group of people who have been freed from the Matrix and are fighting against the machines.

The franchise began with the original movie, The Matrix, which came out in 1999. The movie was notable for its ground-breaking special effects: particularly, the "bullet time" effect, in which the action freezes while the camera pans around the subject. A classic example occurs in the movie's opening scene, where Trinity fights the police officers who are trying to capture her.

The Matrix was followed by two sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, in 2003. The franchise has also spawned video games, comic books, and animated short films which expand on the storyline from the movies.

The Matrix has been referenced several times in the Simpsons universe: in television episodes, comics and video games.



Picture Season Episode number Episode name Reference
BABF17.png 12 251 "Insane Clown Poppy" In the couch gag, the family enter the living room in bullet time. They freeze in mid-air while the camera pans around them, then take their seats on the couch.
Bart Delivers Menus.png 252 "Lisa the Tree Hugger" Music from the movie's soundtrack plays during the montage of scenes where Bart delivers the menus for You Thai Now. When he is in the apartment building, the bullet time effect is seen when he first enters the hallway. As he hangs the menus from the doorknobs, he runs along the wall as Neo and Trinity do in the lobby fight scene.
N Sync Close with a Matrix.png 262 "New Kids on the Blecch" When the Party Posse lament that they need the ultimate chill-out song (to defuse a tense situation), 'N Sync appear and give them a song and demonstrate a series of dance moves to go with it. For the last move, "and close with a Matrix", all five members leap into the air in bullet time, freezing in mid-air. Chris Kirkpatrick, however, can't hold the "freeze" pose and quickly falls down.
BABF17.png 13 274 "The Blunder Years" The bullet time couch gag appears again.
Homer Extols Medical Marijuana.png 285 "Weekend at Burnsie's" Homer extols the benefits of medical marijuana, saying that it can make things fabulous, "whether you suffer from glaucoma or you just rented The Matrix".
A Matrix Christmas.pngYou're in the Matrix, Charlie Brown.png 15 327 "The Ziff Who Came to Dinner" Two of the upcoming movies at Springfield Googolplex Theatres are A Matrix Christmas and You're in the Matrix, Charlie Brown.
MBFGW C3PO and Boba Fett.png 330 "My Big Fat Geek Wedding" One of the attendees at the Bi-Mon-Sci-Fi-Con is dressed as Neo.
Future-Drama Matrix Screensaver.png 16 350 "Future-Drama" When Professor Frink turns on his machine to show Bart and Lisa their future, the monitor is showing a screensaver with a green-on-black waterfall display like the ones seen in the Matrix movies.
Matrix Poochie.png 18 387 "Kill Gil, Volumes I & II" One of the characters in the ice show is "Matrix Poochie". He is costumed as Neo and enters the rink bent over backwards, similar to Neo when he fights the agent on the roof.
Dammit Morpheus.png 20 440 "Four Great Women and a Manicure" During the Macbeth parody segment, actor Homer forgets his lines and starts reading from scripts concealed on his person, trying to find the right line. He reads, "Dammit, Morpheus! Not everyone believes what you believe." Patty quickly catches him out, however, and identifies the quote as being from The Matrix Reloaded.
Rigellian resistance.png 26 562 "The Man Who Came to Be Dinner" The Rigellian resistance live in a large underground cavern and enjoy celebrating with dancing and loud music, similar to the "Zion Dance Party" scene in The Matrix Reloaded.
Ted Sarandos-Matrix.png 30 652 "I'm Dancing as Fat as I Can" When Ted Sarandos appears and tells Homer that Marge likes dance shows, his head is floating in front of a green-on-black waterfall display, similar to the ones seen in the films.


Picture Comic issue Story name Reference
Bart-Vest-Matrix.jpg Simpsons Comics #57 How the Vest Was Won! Right after Bart gets his bulletproof vest, he envisions himself wearing it and standing with Milhouse and either Sherri or Terri, in a pose resembling a poster from the first movie.
The Buck Stops Everywhere Matrix.png Simpsons Comics #78 The Buck Stops Everywhere Professor Frink dodges a bullet in the same way as Neo.
What Was The Matrix About.png The Simpsons Summer Shindig 2 Chili Chili Bang Bang Chief Wiggum eats chili with insanity peppers and undergoes a vision quest with Wiggle Puppy as his spirit guide. When Wiggle Puppy asks Wiggum if he has any questions, Wiggum replies, "What was The Matrix about? I didn't get that movie at all."

Video Games[edit]

Picture Game Reference
Enter the Cheatrix.png The Simpsons Game The title of the sixth level, Enter the Cheatrix, is a pun on the video game Enter the Matrix.


Picture Book Reference
Comic Book Guy's Book of Pop Culture Item #22 in Comic Book Guy's "Bottom 40" is "The last two Matrix films. (Not that I'd admit this to a priest.)"


Account Date Tweet
HomerJSimpson February 2, 2014 That amazing commercial with Morpheus was so memorable! They sure got their money's worth! What was it advertising, though?

Common cast and crew[edit]


Picture Name Role in The Matrix franchise Role on The Simpsons
Joe Pantoliano.jpg Joe Pantoliano Played Cypher in The Matrix. Voiced Dante Calabresi, Sr. in "The Mook, the Chef, the Wife and Her Homer".
Jamie Hyneman.jpg Jamie Hyneman Special effects technician in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. Voiced himself in the Season 23 episode "The Daughter Also Rises".


Picture Name Role in The Matrix franchise Role on The Simpsons
No image.png Al Arthur Worked as an effects animator on The Matrix. Worked on the computer-animated sequences of the "Homer3" segment of "Treehouse of Horror VI"; received a technical director credit for the episode.

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