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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

The Matrix: Butterfly The Matrix
Matrix Comics Vol. 1
By Dave Gibbons


There was once a man who dreamed he was a butterfly…


Read the story summary at the Matrix Wiki


Didja Know?


This comic strip originally appeared on the official Matrix website in 2001. It was later printed in The Matrix Comics, Vol. 1 published by Burlyman Entertainment, a comic book publisher founded by the Wachowskis. 


Characters appearing or mentioned in this story



Red pill operative

Chinese man (unnamed)


Didja Notice?


    Throughout this story, the player is treated to the narrative of "The Butterfly Dream" from the ancient Chinese philosophical book Zhuangzi (3rd Century BC), one of the foundational texts of Taoism, by Chuang Tzu, about a man who dreams he was a butterfly and then wakes up wondering if he's a man who had dreamt he was a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming he was a man.


Is anyone able to translate the signs and banners with Chinese writing on them in this story? Write to the email address at the top of the page if you can!


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