The Matrix Fan Theory That Makes Agent Smith the True 'One'

The Matrix Trilogy is driven by the mystery of whether Neo, the film’s protagonist, is actually the savior of mankind. But here’s a crazy theory: What if Neo’s arch nemesis, Agent Smith, was actually “The One” this entire time.

In the last film’s climax, Neo sacrifices himself by returning to the source, thus destroying the virtual reality prison known as the Matrix. Supposedly, this fulfills the prophecy that would make him “The One.” Except all the clues that point to Neo point just as much, if not more, to Agent Smith.


It’s theory has been accepted by various Matrix fans for the last decade. It’s a little crazy, I’ll admit, but if there’s one thing that’s true about all of the Matrix movies—nothing is ever what it appears to be.

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