Movie Plot Holes and Paradoxes
The Matrix Is Cypher actually the One
Many people point to Cypher eating the steak despite not being jacked into the Matrix as a plot point. After digging around however, I found this amazing theory that explains how he s able to do this and makes the character of Cypher a lot more interesting. Basically, it all boils down to the fact Morpheus mistakenly thought he was the One, and unplugged him. How does the theory work? Well, Cypher is older than the rest of the crew older people don t get unplugged, even Neo in his 20s was an issue.
So they must have had good reason to do so and the reason is that he s clearly a genius hacker with ability to manipulate the Matrix. However, once it s clear he s not the One, Morpheus is forced to babysit him on the Nebuchadnezzar. But he always retains his Matrix knowledge, and explicitly states that he can see the Matrix just by looking at the code therefore that s what he s doing while eating the steak.