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All The Times Neo Doesn't Fall Asleep Listening To Long 'Matrix' Monologues

List RulesVote up the most sleep-inducing 'Matrix' trilogy monologues.

When you’re “The One,” there are a few things you can expect - having to fight a thousand secret agents at once, getting offed and immediately resurrected, and being told you're not actually the savior. What you probably won’t expect are all the boring monologues you’ll have to sit through. Across The Matrix trilogy, there is a staggering amount of characters who stop the action completely to give Neo a philosophy 101 lecture - it’s shocking that The One doesn’t fall asleep in the middle of any of these boring speeches.

The Architect is perhaps one of the most egregious offenders: In The Matrix Reloaded, Neo is literally running towards the climax of the film when he suddenly finds himself in a room with a man who rambles to no end. While his speech is necessary to the plot and themes of the series, it's hardly as thrilling as watching Neo save Trinity as she falls backwards out of a building while firing twin .45s at an agent. Here we'll analyze how the savior of the Matrix manages to stay awake throughout lengthy conversations about such riveting topics as causality, destiny, and faith.

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    Smith Follows Up The Oracle's Philosophical Blathering With His Own Verbosity

    What's Being Interrupted: Neo just emerged from a boring, one-sided conversation with the Oracle, and he’s raging on her bits of red candy when he's approached by Agent Smith.

    What They're Rambling About: Most of Agent Smith's speech is philosophical drivel about either understanding the rules of the Matrix or not obeying them. The speech basically serves as Smith's "we're not so different, you and I" moment. All he needs to say is, “I’m not working for the Matrix anymore, I’ve gone rogue,” but instead, he babbles on about purpose and how he’s finally found it thanks to the time he offed Neo.

    How Neo Is Able To Stay Awake: In the middle of Smith's speech, Neo dons a pair of sunglasses, so he may have caught a couple of Zs. If so, he is definitely awoken when a horde of Smith clones start popping up to help with the agent's monologue.

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    The Oracle Tells Neo He Was Predestined To Stop And Listen To Her

    What's Being Interrupted: Neo’s on a mission to stop the machines from striking Zion, and he knows that with the help of a set of rogue programs, he can stop the machines without lifting a finger. His detective work leads him to the Oracle, who gives him yet another drawn-out speech.

    What They're Rambling About: The new, startling information that there are programs - and pieces of the machine community at large - that like humans and don’t want to wipe them out. The Oracle walks Neo through the concept of free will and how she’s fascinated by people who refuse to follow their destiny, even though they know it’s best for them.

    How Neo Is Able To Stay Awake: Throughout the Oracle's speech, she hands Neo pieces of candy. Even if he’s The One, that kind of sugar high can’t be beat.

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    Neo’s Boss Lectures Him About Getting To Work On Time

    What's Being Interrupted: Neo has just arrived at work after a wild night at an underground latex rave. Dreams of the mysterious Trinity still dance in his head when he gets busted for being late to the office.

    What They're Rambling About: Neo’s boss lays into him about being a team player and getting with the program. It’s a pretty pat (and snooze-worthy) speech that every corporate manager seems to have stashed in their desk.

    How Neo Is Able To Stay Awake: There are a couple of window washers outside who are using the squeakiest brushes known to man. No one could sleep through their dolphin-like squeals, not even The One.

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    The Merovingian Goes On About Causality, But Neo Is Stuck Listening Due To His Own Choices

    What's Being Interrupted: Neo, Morpheus, and Trinity are searching for the Keymaker, and they’re ready to tear the Matrix apart to find them. Neo has just explained that the Matrix code looks different than the last time he was inside - specifically, the floor of the hotel they’re entering is wired with incendiary devices.

    What They're Rambling About: When they encounter the Merovingian, he talks at length about cause and effect, and how those effects have their own repercussions. Like many Matrix monologues, it's basically a philosophy 101 class.

    How Neo Is Able To Stay Awake: As the Merovingian says, “Choice is an illusion created by those with power,” and as the most powerful being in the Matrix, Neo could simply get up and leave at any time - or lie down on the floor for a nap. Rather than sleeping, however, Neo watches the code of the room to see what cake looks like when it’s just a line of code.

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