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23rd Jun '16 8:33:03 PM nombretomado
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The name of this trope stems from ''TheTimeMachine'' by H.G. Wells. The Morlocks are hideous troll-like beings that haunt the night while the innocent Eloi culture sleeps. The book implies that it is kind of a BlueAndOrangeMorality: the Eloi have no conception of altruism, art, love or even the future tense. They don't actually have a culture. The Morlocks, on the other hand, are actually productive society members: they just breed the Eloi like cattle, [[ToServeMan and for the same purpose]]. The narrator speculates that, as the upper class constantly pushed the lower class below ground, the upper class lost the ability to think and work for itself, leaving the lower class adapted to operating heavy machinery and thinking logically. The entire thing is commonly interpreted as a critique on Victorian society.

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The name of this trope stems from ''TheTimeMachine'' ''Literature/TheTimeMachine'' by H.G. Wells. The Morlocks are hideous troll-like beings that haunt the night while the innocent Eloi culture sleeps. The book implies that it is kind of a BlueAndOrangeMorality: the Eloi have no conception of altruism, art, love or even the future tense. They don't actually have a culture. The Morlocks, on the other hand, are actually productive society members: they just breed the Eloi like cattle, [[ToServeMan and for the same purpose]]. The narrator speculates that, as the upper class constantly pushed the lower class below ground, the upper class lost the ability to think and work for itself, leaving the lower class adapted to operating heavy machinery and thinking logically. The entire thing is commonly interpreted as a critique on Victorian society.



* The Morlocks in TheTimeMachine were actually the more advanced race, providing all the food and luxuries the mentally deficient Eloi depended on.

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* The Morlocks in TheTimeMachine ''Literature/TheTimeMachine'' were actually the more advanced race, providing all the food and luxuries the mentally deficient Eloi depended on.
8th Apr '16 12:30:15 PM Sharlee
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** One of HPL's earliest stories is of an encounter between a lost cave-explorer and an ape-like subterranean creature he ''thinks'' is this trope. [[spoiler: At least, until the dying creature utters a few final sounds, revealing itself to be an ordinary man who'd been lost in the vast, pitch-black caverns so long that he'd reverted to animal-like behavior.]]
24th Mar '16 1:43:13 AM NozzDogg
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* Deep below the Martian city of Y'therthl in ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' is a network of tunnels full of the mutants occasionally created by the ritual use of genetic engineering technology. Generally hideous and broken parodies of those above, they can still seek love and acceptance.

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* Deep below the Martian city of Y'therthl in ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' is a network of tunnels full of the mutants occasionally created by the ritual use of genetic engineering technology. Generally hideous and broken parodies of those above, they can still seek love and acceptance.run the whole gamut of morality.
24th Mar '16 1:42:29 AM NozzDogg
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* Deep below the Martian city of Y'therthl in ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' is a network of tunnels full of the mutants occasionally created by the ritual use of genetic engineering technology. Generally hideous and broken parodies of those above, they still seek love and acceptance.

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* Deep below the Martian city of Y'therthl in ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' is a network of tunnels full of the mutants occasionally created by the ritual use of genetic engineering technology. Generally hideous and broken parodies of those above, they can still seek love and acceptance.
24th Mar '16 12:21:19 AM NozzDogg
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* Deep below the Martian city of Y'therthl in ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' is a network of tunnels full of the mutants occasionally created by the ritual use of genetic engineering technology. Generally hideous and broken parodies of those above, they still seek love and acceptance.
31st Jan '16 8:35:38 AM nombretomado
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* In one episode of the SuperFriends, "The Conquerors of the Future" they meet expys of Morlocks, called Barlocks. They are otherwise identical and trying to break in and attack the [[DomedHometown domed cities]] of the normal-looking people of the year 3000.

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* In one episode of the SuperFriends, {{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}}, "The Conquerors of the Future" they meet expys of Morlocks, called Barlocks. They are otherwise identical and trying to break in and attack the [[DomedHometown domed cities]] of the normal-looking people of the year 3000.
20th Dec '15 4:38:04 PM nombretomado
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** Orcs are [[FlipFlopOfGod sometimes identified]] as originally Elves who were subverted by the will of Morgoth, Sauron's master from ''TheSilmarillion''. Other times they're the result of Morgoth trying to create his own version of the children of Ilúvatar (elves and men). Tolkien went back and forth on the matter repeatedly, and hadn't settled on a definitive version even when he died, mainly due to trying to reconcile his dislike of AlwaysChaoticEvil with his belief in Evil as inherently incapable of creativity.

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** Orcs are [[FlipFlopOfGod sometimes identified]] as originally Elves who were subverted by the will of Morgoth, Sauron's master from ''TheSilmarillion''.''Literature/TheSilmarillion''. Other times they're the result of Morgoth trying to create his own version of the children of Ilúvatar (elves and men). Tolkien went back and forth on the matter repeatedly, and hadn't settled on a definitive version even when he died, mainly due to trying to reconcile his dislike of AlwaysChaoticEvil with his belief in Evil as inherently incapable of creativity.
7th Nov '15 11:45:16 AM Morgenthaler
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* The thematic play {{Brand}} by {{Henrik Ibsen}} has a vision how of regular humans will evolve. It starts out with an idea of "eartbound thralls", gradually devolving into something similar to Morlocks (Brand actually uses the term Dwarfs, but the description fits), all in the mind of the titular character, who has a really grim view of where history is leading mankind.

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* The thematic play {{Brand}} ''Theatre/{{Brand}}'' by {{Henrik Ibsen}} Creator/HenrikIbsen has a vision how of regular humans will evolve. It starts out with an idea of "eartbound thralls", gradually devolving into something similar to Morlocks (Brand actually uses the term Dwarfs, but the description fits), all in the mind of the titular character, who has a really grim view of where history is leading mankind.



* In the Star Trek: TOS episode "The Cloud Minders", the world of Ardana seems to be headed this way. The Troglodites are still recognizably the same species as the inhabitants of Stratos, but constant exposure to Zenite gas is gradually destroying their higher mental functions.

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* In the Star Trek: TOS ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The Cloud Minders", the world of Ardana seems to be headed this way. The Troglodites are still recognizably the same species as the inhabitants of Stratos, but constant exposure to Zenite gas is gradually destroying their higher mental functions.
23rd Sep '15 4:30:53 PM CountDorku
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* ''Atomic Highway'' has morlocks as a title for degenerate, subterranean radiation mutants, serving as an EvilCounterpart to the playable "Trogs" (humans who, after the apocalypse, settled in caves and subway systems).
22nd Aug '15 7:14:02 AM Willbyr
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