In the Matrix movies, Neo's ability to see the Matrix code evolves, with some people appearing in gold and others in different colors.

Is there a symbolism behind these color variations in how Neo perceives the Matrix code?

  • Gold people (and things) appear to be programs.
    – Valorum
    Commented Jan 5 at 7:53
  • @Valorum, when Neo first sees code in the original movie he sees everything and "everyone" as green code, including Agents, which are programs. First "golden" thing he sees is Seraph in the first sequel, who is, ofc, a program. But the rest of "golden" things are not even in the Matrix itself — they're real world machines (squids and the inhabitants of 01), and, ofc, agent Smith's copy that possessed a human body.
    – user28434
    Commented Jan 5 at 14:42
  • @user28434 - I didn't say that all programs show up in gold, just that the things he sees in gold appear to be programs or controlled by the machines.
    – Valorum
    Commented Jan 5 at 19:04
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    "Is there a symbolism behind these color variations?" -> according to the "Color in Film series" by Cinegrading, yes. Is that what you're looking for? Is it useful? Enough for an answer?
    – OldPadawan
    Commented Jan 6 at 11:14
  • others in different colors? Seriph is gold; that's about it. Other colors?
    – Mazura
    Commented Jan 11 at 4:31

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Green is the color of the Matrix, and represents the Mind.

Blue is the “Real World” and represents the Body.

Yellow1 is the world of the Machines.

Brown, yellow, and orange (gold) is the home of humanity in Zion.

Red is the symbol for corruption, evil, and Hell; it represents risk, excitement, and danger.

These are excerpts and there are more in-depth explanations in Color in film: case study - The Matrix (1999) and Colour and meaning in The Matrix universe, from where these definitions were taken (and I keep it to the minimum here as I don't want to copy their work).

1. can be seen as gold too, depending on one's perception of colors.

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