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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: 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 panther man, ends up killing him.
* 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}}
* ShoutOut: Montgomery [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate studied]] on Gower Street in London, which is the street that Darwin lived on.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: While most adaptions of the story uses genetic engineering for Moreau's creations, the original novel actually uses vivisection, since it predates the discovery of genetics and DNA. Hence the House of Pain location in the novel, as the surgeries Moreau performs on his unwilling experiments are both unnatural and incredibly painful for the subjects.
* 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.
* WasOnceAMan: The main character thinks this is whats 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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