The folks over at io9 have revived a Matrix theory that may prove Neo wasn’t actually The One – it was his nemesis, Agent Smith.
The theory outlines why Smith might have actually been the secret « hero » of the story.
First of all, the Oracle says « The One » is a « man born inside the Matrix. » But Neo was born in one of the human incubators the machines used to harvest energy.
Agent Smith, however, was born in the Matrix.
And he, like Neo, could change anything he wanted inside The Matrix.