The Matrix Reloaded starts at a room 303 where Neo dies in front of it, and the room number of Neo is 101. I want to know what's its meaning. Is there any relation between 101 and 303?

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There have been some theories floating around on the internet....

George Orwell's 1984:

A tribute to George Orwell's Room 101 in 1984, where a prisoner is subjected to their worst phobia, and has subsequently been used in popular culture to signify a room where an item can be placed to never be again found. Neo has in turn been placed in room 101 by the machines, as they do not want 'The One' to be discovered.

Computers (binary):

101 actually appears a number of times in all three films, and though no one knows exactly what it means (if anything), the popular explanation is this: 101 is binary for 5 (which to a computer is the sixth number because computers count from 0), and the events of the three films take place in the 6th interation of the Matrix. Neo is the sixth One, this is the sixth time the machines have destroyed Zion, etc. We learn that this is the sixth iteration from The Architect's conversation.

and of course, there is the obvious: Trinity is in room 303 (Trinity = 3), and Neo's apartment number is 101 (Neo, "The One" = 1).

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    And the roman numeral for 5 is V, as in Vendetta... :) Mar 24, 2015 at 18:18

The error 303 is a standard HTTP redirect, like the bullets were "redirected" to a new location.

Matrix is a film full of computer & web analogies, this is no different.

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    Without a source this is just wild mass guessing.
    – user15995
    Mar 24, 2015 at 11:32
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    It is not just guessing, it doesn't even make much sense from a technical point of view. 301 or 302 are much more commonly HTTP redirects - There wouldn't be any reason to use 303 here.
    – dirkk
    Mar 24, 2015 at 15:41
  • @dirkk "In an office on the fourth floor (room 404), they placed the World Wide Web's central database: any request for a file was routed to that office, where two or three people would manually locate the requested files and transfer them, over the network, to the person who made that request." Error code 404 is actually from the room number to go to. For a technical communication trying to be artistic, someone might draw from 303 for its symmetry instead of its commonality. Mar 25, 2015 at 0:49

around the premiere of the movie i heard that some of the names reference classic analog synthesizers. Roland SH-101 and TB-303 (a.k.a 101 & 303) are among the most cultic ones. not confirmed, though.


Alistair Crowley has a book that tells you the meaning of numbers. I read the numbers in movies are based on his evil writings!

  • Just dropping a link isn't really an answer. Jan 25, 2017 at 2:39

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