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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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    Councillor Hamann Explains The Infrastructure Of Zion In The Middle Of The Night

    What's Being Interrupted: Neo keeps having dreams about Trinity’s demise. To clear his head, he goes for a walk and encounters Councillor Hamann, who decides that the middle of the night is the perfect time to explain his love of Zion’s engineering level.

    What They're Rambling About: Hamann and Neo discuss the way people only care about how a machine works when it breaks, and how even though the people of Zion are fighting machines, they’re still dependent on them. He then embarks on a tangent about control, even admitting there’s no point to his rambling speech.

    How Neo Is Able To Stay Awake: Despite Hamann's speech taking place in the middle of the night, the bang and clang of the machines definitely aren’t conducive to a good night’s sleep, and neither is the heat of the engineering level.

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    He Chooses To Listen To The Architect Rambling About Not Having Free Will

    What's Being Interrupted: Neo is on a mad dash to save Trinity from being shot by agents as she falls out of a window. This moment has haunted his dreams, and yet the Architect chooses this very moment to derail him with a lengthy conversation. 

    What They're Rambling About: The Architect reveals that Neo has experienced the Matrix several times before with only slight variations, and everything the hero does is preordained as part of his programming. Neo has to choose a few people to help restart the human race and the Matrix all over again.

    How Neo Is Able To Stay Awake: Luckily, Neo has a few things to keep his focus so he doesn't start counting sheep. First, there’s a bank of television sets surrounding him that are playing his past lives. Second, he's probably worried about his girlfriend falling to her demise.

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    Neo Is Laying Down, But Smith Won't Stop Asking, 'Why?'

    What's Being Interrupted: The final fight between Neo and Agent Smith. Each time these two come together, they build upon the scene with amazing martial arts and special effects. As Neo hits the muddy floor, however, Agent Smith takes a break from fighting to do what he does best: Give a monologue.

    What They're Rambling About: Agent Smith wants to know why Neo continues to fight in spite of the fact that Smith constantly gets the better of him. To figure out this conundrum, he simply asks, “Why?” about 50 times. He then takes a dig at the human race for “creating love” before returning to his query.

    How Neo Is Able To Stay Awake: A torrential downpour of the world's greenest rain is falling over Neo, keeping him from taking a mid-speech nap.

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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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