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18th May '17 8:43:57 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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This concept has since ''[[{{Pun}} evolved]]'' into a monster archetype much like vampires and zombies but hasn't been overused like those tropes.

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This concept has since ''[[{{Pun}} evolved]]'' into a monster archetype much like vampires [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]] and zombies [[OurZombiesAreDifferent zombies]] but hasn't been overused like those tropes.
18th May '17 8:31:32 AM BeerBaron
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* The Falmer in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' are almost perfect Morlocks: They are beings who evolved to adapt to their underground condition and are a slave race of an industrialized empire that hates surface dwellers. If they run across any surface dwellers (either people venturing into their lairs or one of their rare excursions aboveground) they will kill or capture and enslave them. They also are known to torture their captives, and feed them to their pet [[BigCreepyCrawlies Chaurus]], judging by the number of human remains in Chaurus pens. If Alftand is anything to go by, they also skin surface dwellers and make leather from them. About the only Morlock trait they don't have confirmed is [[ImAHumanitarian eating the surface dwellers]]...but sometimes, when you kill one, you find 'Human Flesh' in its inventory... and human remains in their refuse heaps...
** They were once a proud and advanced race of Elves who were hunted to near-extinction by the vengeful sons of man after the fall of Saarthal, one of the first human settlements. Their de-evolution was the result of being forced by their masters, the Dwemer, to eat toxic fungi that rendered them blind and decayed their minds, and which their physiology has become dependent upon. For this reason, [[spoiler:Knight-Paladin Gelebor, one of the last remaining Snow Elves,]] refers to them as "The Betrayed."
** The most disturbing sign of their degradation is the fact that their souls can be captured in white soul gems. A black soul gem is needed to capture the soul of a sentient being, while white soul gems can contain the souls of beasts. The Falmer have fallen so far that they are no longer even sentient. Judging by the Dwemer machines that use white soul gems to power their weapons, the Dwemer almost certainly intended this. The Dwemer deliberately reduced the Falmer to mindless beasts just so they could use Falmer souls as batteries.

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* The In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', the Falmer in of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' are an almost perfect Morlocks: They are beings example of Morlocks. Thousands of years ago, they were [[OurElvesAreDifferent a race of Mer (Elves)]] with a territory covering Skyrim and Solstheim, and who evolved had a civilization that rivaled even the Altmer (High Elves). However, they would clash with the ancestors of the [[HornyVikings Nords]] who were coming over to adapt Skyrim in droves from the [[GrimUpNorth freezing-over continent of Atmora]]. Ysgramor, an Atmoran leader, would rally 500 of Atmora's greatest warriors and lead them on a crusade to [[FinalSolution exterminate the Falmer]]. He almost succeeded, driving the survivors to beg for help from their [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwemer]] cousins. The Dwemer agreed to take them in, but forced them to eat toxic fungi that rendered them blind and decayed their minds, and which their physiology became dependent upon to survive. The Dwemer used them as [[EnslavedElves slave labor]] and [[ForScience test subjects]] in their experiments. (For this reason, [[spoiler:Knight-Paladin Gelebor, [[TheLastOfHisKind the last uncorrupted Snow Elf]],]] refers to them as "The Betrayed.") Later, the Dwemer did ''[[RiddleForTheAges something]]'' which caused their entire race to vanish from any known plane of existence in a single instance, leaving their Falmer slaves without masters in their [[UndergroundCity underground]] [[AdvancedAncientAcropolis advanced cities]] throughout Skyrim. Ever since, the Falmer dwelt in these underground condition and are a slave race of an industrialized empire that hates surface dwellers.places. If they run across any surface dwellers (either people venturing into their lairs or one of their rare excursions aboveground) they will kill or capture and enslave them. They also are known to torture their captives, and feed them to their pet [[BigCreepyCrawlies Chaurus]], judging by the number of human remains in Chaurus pens. If Alftand is anything to go by, they also skin surface dwellers and make leather from them. About the only Morlock trait they don't have confirmed is [[ImAHumanitarian eating the surface dwellers]]...but sometimes, when you kill one, you find 'Human Flesh' in its inventory... and human remains in their refuse heaps...
** They were once a proud and advanced race of Elves who were hunted to near-extinction by
heaps... Perhaps the vengeful sons of man after the fall of Saarthal, one of the first human settlements. Their de-evolution was the result of being forced by their masters, the Dwemer, to eat toxic fungi that rendered them blind and decayed their minds, and which their physiology has become dependent upon. For this reason, [[spoiler:Knight-Paladin Gelebor, one of the last remaining Snow Elves,]] refers to them as "The Betrayed."
** The
most disturbing sign of their degradation is the fact that their [[YourSoulIsmine souls can be captured captured]] in white soul gems. A black soul gem is needed to capture the soul of a sentient being, while white soul gems can contain capture the (lesser) souls of beasts. The Falmer have fallen so far that they are no longer even sentient. Judging by their very ''souls'' have been affected. (And given the Dwemer's status as [[{{Magitek}} masterful enchanters]], this was very likely intended as part of their corruption of the Falmer. It would basically give the Dwemer machines that use white soul gems to power their weapons, the Dwemer almost certainly intended this. The Dwemer deliberately reduced the Falmer to mindless beasts just so they could use Falmer souls as batteries.an ample source of ''[[PoweredByAForsakenChild batteries]]''.)
30th Mar '17 6:35:28 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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** But subverted in TheTimeShips by StephenBaxter. After the time traveler accidentally changes history, advanced Morlocks live inside a Dyson sphere. They live in darkness because it allows a better view of the universe. Meanwhile the "new Eloi", basically standard humans, are busy blowing themselves to bits in pointless wars on the further interior of the sphere (where they can see the sun). At the end of the book, the time traveler [[spoiler: vows to try and view the original Morlocks as potential sapient allies and goes to try and deal with them.]]
* The creatures in H. P. Lovecraft's ''Lurking Fear'' are somewhat like Morlocks as they are carnivorous de-evolved apelike humans. However, [[spoiler: it's not social class and evolution that turned them into this, but [[CannibalClan generations of inbreeding]].]]

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** But subverted in TheTimeShips ''Literature/TheTimeShips'' by StephenBaxter.Creator/StephenBaxter. After the time traveler accidentally changes history, advanced Morlocks live inside a Dyson sphere. They live in darkness because it allows a better view of the universe. Meanwhile the "new Eloi", basically standard humans, are busy blowing themselves to bits in pointless wars on the further interior of the sphere (where they can see the sun). At the end of the book, the time traveler [[spoiler: vows to try and view the original Morlocks as potential sapient allies and goes to try and deal with them.]]
* The creatures in H. P. Lovecraft's Creator/HPLovecraft's ''Lurking Fear'' are somewhat like Morlocks as they are carnivorous de-evolved apelike humans. However, [[spoiler: it's not social class and evolution that turned them into this, but [[CannibalClan generations of inbreeding]].]]



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* The thematic play ''Theatre/{{Brand}}'' by 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.

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* The thematic play ''Theatre/{{Brand}}'' by 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.

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14th Jan '17 8:41:12 PM YgothanEru
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* The Falmer in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' are almost perfect Morlocks: They are beings whom evolved to adapt to their underground condition and are a slave race of an industrialized empire that hate surface dwellers. If they run across any surface dwellers (either people venturing into their lairs or one of their rare excursions aboveground) they will kill or capture and enslave them. They also are known to torture their captives, and feed them to their pet [[BigCreepyCrawlies Chaurus]], judging by the number of human remains in Chaurus pens. If Alftand is anything to go by, they also skin surface dwellers and make leather from them. About the only Morlock trait they don't have confirmed is [[ImAHumanitarian eating the surface dwellers]]...but sometimes, when you kill one, you find 'Human Flesh' in its inventory...and human remains in their refuse heaps...

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* The Falmer in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' are almost perfect Morlocks: They are beings whom who evolved to adapt to their underground condition and are a slave race of an industrialized empire that hate hates surface dwellers. If they run across any surface dwellers (either people venturing into their lairs or one of their rare excursions aboveground) they will kill or capture and enslave them. They also are known to torture their captives, and feed them to their pet [[BigCreepyCrawlies Chaurus]], judging by the number of human remains in Chaurus pens. If Alftand is anything to go by, they also skin surface dwellers and make leather from them. About the only Morlock trait they don't have confirmed is [[ImAHumanitarian eating the surface dwellers]]...but sometimes, when you kill one, you find 'Human Flesh' in its inventory... and human remains in their refuse heaps...
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.
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