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->"Not to go on all-fours; that is the Law. Are we not Men?"
->"Not to suck up Drink; that is the Law. Are we not Men?"
->"Not to eat Fish or Flesh; that is the Law. Are we not Men?"
->"Not to claw the Bark of Trees; that is the Law. Are we not Men?"
->"Not to chase other Men; that is the Law. Are we not Men?"
-->-- '''The Law'''

''The Island of Doctor Moreau'' is an 1896 novel by Creator/HGWells. Its story centers on Edward Prendick, the narrator, who is shipwrecked at sea and rescued by Dr. Montgomery. The good doctor takes Edward to the island where he works, a land so ominous that they ''quickly abandon him''. Edward is soon introduced to the island's ruler, the MadDoctor Moreau, and discovers Moreau's horrifying society of surgically-altered beasts that walk, speak, and struggle to live like men. The more he's around these [[BeastMan beast-men]], the more uncomfortable he becomes in his own society.

[[Film/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau It was adapted several times for the screen]]; the earliest was in 1932 as ''Film/IslandOfLostSouls'', starring Charles Laughton as the eponymous doctor. The most recent was released in 1996 (a full century after the book), with Creator/MarlonBrando as Moreau.
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!!This work features examples of:

* TheAlcoholic: Montgomery.
* {{Animorphism}}: Although the beast people are transformed into anthropomorphic forms, they gradually regress back into animalistic forms, despite Moreau's best efforts.
* AxCrazy: Hyena-Swine.
* BeastMan
* BioPunk: A prototype of the genre, even though it pre-dated the discovery of [=DNA=] by 60 years and the idea of genetic engineering by almost a century.
* BodyHorror: In the original book, the creatures aren't mutated, simply mutilated and operated on; anesthetic-free surgery has forced and moulded them into humanoid forms.
* CuteMute: The sloth creature.
* TheCommandments: The Law.
* DesertedIsland: The eponymous Island.
* EvilRedhead: Wells repeatedly mentions the fact that Captain Davis, the drunken, abusive schooner captain, has red hair. Admittedly Davis isn't so much "evil" as he is just a bully, but the repeated mentions of his hair colour brings him close to this trope.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Moreau first experimented on a gorilla to produce his first Beast Man. Later on, Prendick meets an Ape Man.
* EvilutionaryBiologist: Averted; Moreau is more concerned with perfecting his surgical techniques than their products. He even remarks that he could just as well have turned sheep into llamas as animals into humans; the latter was simply more artistically-satisfying to him.
* FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator: Prendick narrates the story.
* FourFingeredHands: The ape-man is exceedingly proud that he averts this trope, unlike most of the other beastfolk.
* AGodAmI: Moreau never outright says it, but the Beastmen certainly view him this way.
* IslandOfMystery: The eponymous Island, indeed.
* LostAtSea
* MadScientist: Moreau.
** MadDoctor: He's doing all this as a way of practising surgical techniques, or so he claims.
* MercyKill: Prendick shoots the Leopard-Man to save him from further operation.
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Of course, both Moreau and Montgomery have actual [=PhDs=].
* MotorMouth: The Ape Man.
* MutualKill: Between Moreau and the puma.
* NoPartyLikeADonnerParty: Subverted in the opening chapter, when Prendick's fellow castaways fight over who's to be eaten and they both fall out of the lifeboat to drown.
* OceanMadness: Prendick suffers from this early on, or at least he thinks he does.
* PigMan
* RichBoredom: Prendick's backstory.
* {{Robinsonade}}
* ScienceMarchesOn: Wells states that the changes to the animals are the result of various surgical techniques. Later adaptations of the same story state that [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke genetic engineering]] is responsible for altering the animals.
* ShoutOut: Montgomery [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate studied]] on Gower Street in London, which is the street that Darwin lived on.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Moreau has hints of this.
* UnbuiltTrope: The novel has a pretty pessimistic view of how [[UpliftedAnimal uplifting animals]] would turn out despite being the TropeMaker and TropeCodifier.
* UnfazedEveryman: Prendick.
* UpliftedAnimal: [[UrExample One of the earliest uses]], in the most horrible way possible.
* {{Veganopia}}: Forbidding the consumption of meat is one of the ways Moreau keeps his creations' more predatory instincts suppressed. It doesn't work.

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