Trinity, My Childhood Hero

*Spoilers for The Matrix trilogy.


While every other 90s born-and-bred kid played with their Barbie's and Polly Pocket sets (okay, I did have Polly Pocket sets, but I didn't play with them that much, and I only tortured my Barbie's the best I could), you would find me, along with my brother, creating epic battles with our LOTR figures and fighting to the death on - what I think is probably the most enjoyable game I have played - James Bond: Nightfire. 

Since I am getting old now (OH GOD, I AM GOING TO BE 18 IN NEARLY A MONTH - TIME TO PANIC), I thought it would be a good chance to reflect on how one particular character in a film has subconsciously had a pretty big impact on me.

 According to my mum, after watching The Matrix way-back-when I shouldn't have been watching it (rated 15, remember?) my brother and I, on our way to school, bolted to ever phone box in sight and tried to re-enact the awesomeness we saw the night before. In my eyes, it is near impossible to create the coolness that is The Matrix, and it turns out I was right.


This eight-year old moment (or however old I was at the time) triggered off my endless love affair with The Matrix, but more so one character in particular - Trinity.

From then on, I become quite obsessed with Trinity, I must admit. I probably still am kind of obsessed with her to be fair, but it was pretty bad in my childhood days.

I made quite a few Trinity drawings and collages throughout the years, still have my awesome Trinity figure, and probably worst of all, when my mum and dad went to see Matrix Reloaded and told me Trinity had died, I locked myself in the bathroom and didn't come out until they told me she was saved my Neo. (I didn't lock myself in the bathroom when she did die in the next film, though.)

The Trinity I speak of so highly is not the one of Reloaded and Revolutions - she is the original.

Halfway through the 2nd film, Trinity's character loses her way, and by the 3rd, she is completely dead  (metaphorically and in reality). But that doesn't matter to me, because Trinity in the first film is the hero of the story, and was always to the real chosen one to me.

Trinity is so much more than a gun-whipping woman. She is headstrong, reliable, and compassionate. She is the one that takes Neo to his destiny; the one that will take no for an answer when Neo tells her to stay behind when he goes off to save Morpheus from Agent Smith. She'll do anything to protect those that surround her, even if that means risking her own life (which she does for Morpheus in The Matrix and Neo in Reloaded.)


There are so many reasons as to why I love Trinity, and in fear of making this post a little too long - as I have the tendency of doing - I'll not delve into all those other reasons, but instead look at how Trinity has had some kind of affect on my childhood brain.

Though I come from a very liberal and mixed background (I am quarter Mauritian, Trinidadian, Irish and Scottish - I kid you not), the icon that is Trinity helped me believe that you could be just as awesome as the men. This life-lesson - and it really is a life lesson - has followed me up until this point, and has definitely shaped the person I am today.

Since I have had this anti-stereotype thing going from Day 1, thanks to my parents, I never saw Trinity being my childhood heroine as a problem. But  for others, this supposedly 'masculine' outlook I had, and still do, seemed to be a problem. When you'd think that everyone would have grown out of the 'What a girl should look like' mentality, in secondary-school, on a near-daily basis, I would have these kinds of questions thrown at me: "Why don't you wear make-up? You'd look so much better with it on," or "Why do you always wear trousers, don't you ever wear something more fitting, like a skirt?" or "Why don't you ever do something with your hair? You'd look better with your hair done-up."

That is why I loved Trinity so much. She didn't bother with all of that lark, and no one cared about what she looked like. She kicked ass, and she did it well.


There is truth in never being really into what you would perceive as 'girly' attributes. You'd find me watching Goldfinger endlessly, playing shooting-games with my brother, and reading bloodcurdling comics instead.

But just because I didn't wear make-up or skirts in school didn't mean I didn't like them. It was school, and let's be honest, there is no one to impress in a school environment (well, certainly not the school I went to). That's not to say dressing up is just for attracting the opposite, or same, sex. It can be fun, too, and I am not denying that. On the most part, I just can't be bothered. I feel confident without having to make an effort, just as girls, or boys, feel more confident taking time everyday to work on their image.

Looking up to Trinity  at that time was the perfect remedy for me whenever I questioned taking the advice of 14 year old girls and losing my precious sleeping time to slave over making myself up every morning.  Just as Neo, Morpheus, and the rest of The Matrix crew didn't go the extra mile to look effortlessly cool, neither did Trinity. They just were cool. They oozed it.


Okay, so maybe it is a bit weird to imagine Trinity helping me out in those kind of situations in my younger days, but at the time, she really did. Yes, she may not be real, she was just real enough for me.

I just wish young girls, and boys, had role models like Trinity to look up to now. Even if they may be fictional.

So thank you, The Wachowskis' for creating such an awesome character who I still love to this day, and a character - no matter how old I am - I will always have a special place for.

Keep kicking ass, girl.

13 comments

  1. First of all, thanks for giving me something nice to read at 2.30am this morning (the weather was REALLY bad, it was impossible to sleep...)

    Second, I LOVE (x100000000) this post. It was so inspiring. You're like, my idol.

    Trinity is awesome. She's just a badass chick, like you said. I don't think I ever had a childhood hero until I fell in love with Anne Hathaway after seeing Brokeback Mountain when I was 11 years old. Oh, and Michelle Williams. I really loved them back then. Now I just idolise Olivia Williams, coz she's such a normal person compared to some of those other actresses.

    But yeah, I feel a bit guilty because I don't have that much to say, other than this post is AWESOME and you are my idol. You definitely have a lot more confidence than I!

    And I just love this:
    Looking up to Trinity at that time was the perfect remedy for me whenever I questioned taking the advice of 14 year old girls and losing my precious sleeping time to slave over making myself up every morning. Just as Neo, Morpheus, and the rest of The Matrix crew didn't go the extra mile to look effortlessly cool, neither did Trinity. They just were cool. They oozed it.

    :)

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  2. Oh, and I see you watched Blue Valentine again. I hope it was amazing for you!

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  3. Polly pocket >>>>>>> Barbie.

    ON TOPIC:

    The flashbacks of your childhood are adorable. And you chose a perfect character from one of my favourite films, I loved this post before I even started reading haha

    I agree with everything you said about make-up too, but I'm sure you and I have both discussed that before.

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  4. When I first read that I was like, "childhood" hero? I forgot how young you were. You're very mature and such a good writer. You're a good role model for young women.

    I agree with your assessment of Trinity. I remember seeing this film in the theater. It was like nothing I had ever seen before. If only they hadn't done any sequels.

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  5. @ Stevee Thank you so much Stevee! Don't worry about not having to say anything on the post, man. What you said was more than enough and I totally didn't expect it, which makes it more awesome!

    And Michelle Williams is a great choice as someone to look up to. I read an interview of hers in Interview magazine, and she is just really down-to-earth and natural.

    I fear of living up to these comments, now reading them!

    You inspired me to watch Blue Valentine again, and it definitely was just as amazing this time round. Except, weirdly, I was more upset about the things that surrounded Dean and Cindy (and 'that guy' Walter - Oh man, was that so amazingly sad.)

    Katie We have discussed it before, we have. And glad someone else agrees on Polly Pocket (they still exist now, you know, but you can't even fit the in your pocket - WHAT IS THE POINT?)

    Adorable childhood flashbacks - made me laugh. I don't see myself has having an adorable childhood, a fun one yes, but adorable, that's debatable haha. THIS SHALL BE DISCUSSED.

    And you have extreme faith in me to love the post before reading! The pressure now starts to pile on, as now I have to live up to that with every post.

    @ Mariah Aw, that's so sweet of you Mariah, thank you so much!

    And in a way, I feel that I have stepped out of childhood a little bit (I usually call it teenagehood or something along those lines) since I have walked head-on into the working world and whatnot,

    Funnily enough, I really don't like the sequels (more so Revolutions than Reloaded, though), but there are certain scenes in both of the films that show glimmers of hope of what they could have been.

    I do still believe Reloaded isn't totally bad, as there are some pretty bad ass scenes in it. The Zion party scene will always seem out of place, though...

    Thank you so much for the comments, guys!

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  6. Wow, what a great character to be a childhood hero. I should've put Trinity to the Personality Soup post, that would be so cool :))
    I don't know if I have one, since it's a long time ago.
    You are still nearly 18, still young, nothing to worry about :)

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  7. Thank you Andina! And yes, for a personality soup, Trinity is a great character to have. I have yet to check out your personality soup, but I saw the notice come into my inbox about your new post, so I'll definitely check it out now!

    I am going to relish in this youth while I have the chance!

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  8. A bit late to comment, but my blog feed is funny. And god yes, Trinity is amazing in the first film! One of the best female characters. I didn't see the Matrix until years after it came out, and I love it to bits. Mind blowing stuff, even now. And don't worry, eighteen is not old! I'm nearly twenty, goodness!

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  9. It's never too late to comment, Ruth!

    Yes, yes, yes! Great to have another Trinity lover on board! Doesn't matter when you saw it either - there are so many wonderful films I consider favourites of mine that I love and they can be considered recent watches, too!

    And you're totally right about the age thing. Though 20 isn't old either! I consider peaking at about 55 or so as the age when everything is kind of settling down.

    Thanks for the comment, Ruth!

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  10. All I can say is, excellent post! I definitely have to get Trinity up there in my list of BAMFs. The Matrix (the first) is one of my all time favorite movies, and Trinity is definitely one of the main reasons for that. The opening scene with her is SO. FUCKING. BADASS. I can't even contain my excitement, just thinking about it. And even though, yes, she turns into a bit of a Mary Sue in the next couple movies, she still has a moment or two of awesome, like exploding her motorcycle into a building or hijacking another motorcycle with the Key Master. The coolness that is Trinity was still trying to get out, even if the script went on to suppress her. I'm with you there, I think she would've made a much better "The One" than Neo. I mean, c'mon. NO ONE can beat the line: "Dodge this."

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  11. Hey Cherokee, your blog post is inspiring and I want more women to read it. I've re-posted it on my blog, hope you don't mind.

    http://domariusbody.wordpress.com/

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    1. Wow, I don't mind at all! It's great to spread the word of Trinity's awesomeness, and I would be more than happy for other women, girls, boys, men, and whoever else to read it!

      Glad you liked it so much!

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    2. I think opinions like yours are more common than we know, but sadly not often expressed, either due to being too controversial or just because most people don't blog about it :) I'm helping spread the word.

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