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The Red Pill is a metaphorical term used to describe the epiphany of the unpleasant truth of reality in a wide range of contexts. Originally introduced as a crucial plot device in the 1999 science fiction film The Matrix , the term has gained widespread usage online among conspiracy theorists and other advocates of minority views in defense of their radical beliefs and proselytism of new adherents. Conversely, the term “blue pill” is used to describe the act of choosing blissful ignorance over the harsh truth.
The science-fictional concepts of the “red pill” and the “blue pill” originate from the 1999 science fiction film The Matrix , wherein the main protagonist Neo (portrayed by Keanu Reeves ) is offered to take either a blue-colored pill or a red-colored pill, the former of which would allow him to remain in the simulated universe within “The Matrix” and enjoy the comforts of life in ignorance, while the latter would lead him to escape from the fabricated reality into the physical realm that is harsher and more challenging in nature.
Sometime between the late 2000s and early 2010s, the term “red pill” became prominently adopted by advocates of the men’s rights movement and subscribers of the manosphere as a metaphor for the supposed epiphany of gender inequiality against men, or beliefs that contemporary social values and gender role expetations are intended to benefit women more than men. On October 25th, 2012, Redditor RedPillSchool launched the subreddit TheRedPill,  which has accrued nearly 144,000 subscribers, as of March 2016.