* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Did Alexander attack the Über-Morlock first to give the Elois a chance to survive, or for using his girlfriend Emma's death as an example in their argument on what is considered the natural law.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: "Eloi," "Stone Language," "Time Travel," "Morlocks Attack," and "Godspeed" apply to this.
* DesignatedVillain: The Über-Morlock. He's supposed to be evil because he controls the monstrous-looking Morlocks preying on the [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman more conventionally human Eloi]], but he comes off as the smartest character in the film and his argument for this state of affairs being "800,000 years of evolution" makes more sense than Alexander's claim that it's a perversion of nature. He even logically explains why Alexander can't prevent his girlfriend's death, his entire motive for time travelling in the first place, and after giving him the answer, permits him to leave without a fight. In fact, it's Alexander that attacks him first. Of course, the fact that he's an elitist justifying eugenics, cannibalism and rape takes some sympathy points from him.
* HypeBacklash: Marketing for the film constantly remind us that Simon Wells is HG's great grandson. While Simon has proven himself to be a talented director, his work may be better suited to making [[WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt Animated Feature Films]]. It didn't help that the parts of the film generally agreed to be the most effective were actually directed by the uncredited Creator/GoreVerbinski rather than Wells.
* MisaimedFandom: Of ''course'' the Morlocks are {{Magnificent Bastard}}s and the Eloi are {{Idiot Hero}}es!
* {{Narm}}: "The Über-Morlock"? ''Really?''
** It could have been worse. They could have called him "Peak Morlock."
* NightmareFuel: the inner areas of the Morlocks' lair are standard horror fare considering that this is a race of subterranean cannibals. The alternate timeline that the Über-Morlock shows Hartdegan where he had a family with Emma is somehow ''worse'' than that, though, in a DissonantSerenity UncannyValley way. You see it, the somewhat ethereal setting of his old laboratory now converted to a warm, loving home for his wife and children as his little son calls out to him, but you know that it's just ''wrong''.
* OneSceneWonder: As with the Borg in ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'', the Morlocks were given a leader that had not existed previously, in order to explain what was going on those unfamiliar with the source material. Played [[HamAndCheese with a side of cheese]] by Creator/JeremyIrons.
* StrawmanHasAPoint: See DesignatedVillain.
* TookTheBadFilmSeriously: The TropeNamer, specifically Creator/GuyPearce, at least according to Creator/RogerEbert.
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