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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 Creator/CharlesLaughton 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.
* AssholeVictim: Captain Davis who apparently died a slow death in a lifeboat. Considering that he abandoned Prendick to a similar fate, it's hard to feel sorry for him.
* BearsAreBadNews: Inverted. The bear man is one of the kindest and more helpful creatures on the island.
* BeastMan: One of the earliest examples, and a lampshade hanging on how horrifying this trope would actually be, as the sheer UncannyValley of Moreau's creations constantly disturbs the main character.
* 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 [[Literature/LastAndFirstMen about thirty]].
* 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.
* CatsAreMean: Moreau's final experiment, a puma woman, ends up killing him. The other beasts based on big cats tend to be the more savage ones, even compared to the wolf people.
* 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 he is a bully.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Moreau first experimented on a gorilla to produce his first Beast Man. Later on, Prendick meets an Ape Man.
* EvilutionaryBiologist: An unusual aversion; Moreau is more concerned with perfecting his surgical techniques than how the products of his efforts would benefit humanity's evolution. 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.
* HaveAGayOldTime:
-->''"My one idea was to get away from these horrible caricatures of my Maker's image, back to the sweet and wholesome intercourse of men."''
* ImAHumanitarian: Moreau mentions that the monsters he creates can mate and bear young, but the parents usually immediately eat their young after birth.
* IslandOfMystery: The eponymous Island, indeed.
* KilledOffscreen: It is heavily implied the corpses in the life boat at the end of the book were Captain Davis and one of his crewmen.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Sometime after abandoning Prendick in a life boat near Moreau's island, Captain Davis' corpse is found in a lifeboat that washed up on the very island he wanted to get away from. His corpse is then eaten by the beast men, one of whom he allowed his men to abuse.
* MadDoctor: Moreau's doing all this as a way of practicing surgical techniques, or so he claims. These techniques consist of vivisection. Without anesthetics. It is hardly a wonder Moreau's house is called the [[MeaningfulName House of Pain]].
* MeaningfulName: The beast men call Moreau's house the House of Pain, and with good reason.
* MercyKill: Prendick shoots the Leopard-Man to save him from undergoing further operations.
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Of course, both Moreau and Montgomery have actual [=PhDs=].
* MotorMouth: The Ape Man.
* MutualKill: Between Moreau and the puma.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The House of Pain, Dr. Moreau's dwelling where he surgically alters animals into men, by vivisection, without anesthetics.
* NoodleIncident: Whatever Montgomery did a decade ago that forced him to leave London. The most description we get is "I lost my head, and...."
* 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: Several of the beast men were made out of pigs or related animals.
* ThePlace: The titular island.
* RichBoredom: Prendick's backstory.
* SavageWolves: {{Downplayed}}. There are several wolf people, but they do not seem to be as violent as the feline beasts.
* ScavengersAreScum: The nastiest of the Beast Folk was created from a hyena and a pig, both animals that will scavenge.
* ShoutOut: Montgomery studied on Gower Street in London, which is the street that Darwin lived on.
* UnbuiltTrope: The novel has a pretty pessimistic view of how [[UpliftedAnimal uplifting animals]] would turn out despite being the TropeMaker and TropeCodifier.
* UndyingLoyalty: The dog man remains man's best friend to the end.
* 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.
* WasOnceAMan: The main character thinks this is what's going on, but finds out its actually the other way around, the creatures on the island were once animals, turned into men. Or something like it.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Moreau has hints of this.
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