The sentinels have made their appearance in all The Matrix movies and are one of the main antagonists in the series.
Their speed, power, and intelligence make them terrifying machines. They are constantly patrolling to find humans and cause destruction.
What Are The Sentinels In The Matrix?
The sentinels are essentially machines designed to destroy. They are called squiddy or squiddies because of their many tentacles that resemble an octopus.
They are around 10 to 15 feet long and they are excellent at navigating quickly from one place to another.
They are antagonists in The Matrix movies and they generally appear in swarms. However, they can go their separate ways if required to fulfill their task.
When do the sentinels first appear?
The sentinels first appear in the first movie of the series; The Matrix. The sentinels try to destroy Nebuchadnezzar but are unsuccessful in their attempt.
Neo is the one who helps disable the machines and escape safely along with Morpheus.
What was the purpose of sentinels initially?
The sentinels were used for construction purposes because of their strengths. For example, their laser beam ensured proper welding took place.
The sentinels were also tasked with performing repair-related work whenever the requirement arose for the Matrix architecture.
They constantly maintained the Matrix in the real world. It was only after the Machine War that the purpose of sentinels changed to search and destroy.
How does a sentinel look?
A sentinel has a head that resembles a pod and it has several red parts that look like eyes. It has one central eye that is the largest of them all.
The ‘eyes’ are optic sensors. A sentinel has several tentacles that are attached to the back and are used for a multitude of purposes. The tentacles are audio sensors and resemble satellite dishes.
What is the purpose of tow bombs in Sentinels?
The sentinels have tow bombs. Their main purpose is to damage and destroy a hovercraft. They are essentially explosives.
While they cannot detonate themselves, the sentinel must detach the bomb with its tentacle then spin it and target it towards the object that needs to be destroyed.
These machines look like larvae but are in fact quite powerful as they can easily wreak havoc.
Why must Zion ships be shut down when in the vicinity of a Sentinel?
Even a slight sound can catch the attention of a sentinel. When a Zion ship senses that sentinels are close, it shuts off its power to ensure not even a faint sound is made thereby allowing it to remain unharmed.
If even a slight sound is heard, then the sentinel will instantly use its tentacles to break the ship into shreds in no time thereby killing all those inside it.
What makes a Sentinel so powerful?
A sentinel is essentially a machine which means a human has no way to reason with it. If a Sentinel comes close to a human then it will kill it as it is programmed to do so.
Sentinels are so powerful because they are built to follow orders until they complete them. Their build is such that they are capable of destroying even the most powerful of weapons made by mankind.
Who controls Sentinels?
The sentinels do not act by themselves and they are ordered by different parties depending on their location.
In the Real World, the sentinels are given direct orders by the Deus Ex Machina. In the Matrix, the sentinels are given orders by the Agents.
Did Sentinels create the Matrix?
No, the sentinels did not create the Matrix. It was the Architect, which is another program, that is responsible for the creation of the Matrix. The Architect looks human but is not and his sole purpose was to understand humans.
How do Sentinels fly?
The sentinels are built for flexibility and they can roam around easily because of their tentacles. Sentinels seem to float with ease at all times and the reason behind this may be due to the electromagnetic levitation.
This allows sentinels to fly like a bird while making swift turns whenever required. Sentinels are magnificent machines that are quite capable.
How long have the sentinels been around?
The sentinels were made in the latter part of the 21st century. They are also referred to as machinists because of their power. They have been known to be fighting the Human Resistance for well over 60 decades.
How did Neo control the sentinels outside The Matrix?
Neo gained more powers by choosing an option that no one else before him chose which enabled him to risk humanity to save Trinity. This enabled him to gain access like never before to the Matrix.
This is how it was easy for him to directly connect to the network of Machine City and thereby communicate with sentinels without the requirement of being plugged in.
Can Sentinels be destroyed?
Sentinels can be destroyed even though they are such powerful machines. A lightning rifle can damage a sentinel.
As long as the APU is far away from a sentinel, then a human can destroy the sentinel because the machine won’t be able to cause harm to the human in charge.
An EMP blast can cause the sentinel to be shut down which ensures human protection.
How are sentinels connected to other machines?
Many machines take the help of sentinels either to charge them by giving them their power or they work alongside sentinels to destroy what crosses their path. For example, the sentinels can help diggers to recharge thereby transferring their power.
Why do the sentinels pick up humans?
The sentinels take humans with them to study them thoroughly. They even pick up the dead humans as well as kill live humans and take them with them.
The sentinels are programmed to instantly kill any human they find and destroy Zion’s vessels.
They are usually found patrolling areas where there is a higher chance of finding vessels and humans.