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->''"The Proles will never awake until they are free and the Proles will never be free until they awaken."''
-->-- ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour''


Sometimes, the course of human evolution can lead to a sub-division. Those in the position of power become a higher caste of human beings, and those in the working class are albinos with leech-like mouths who have a taste for human flesh. The latter is due to adapting to living underground and becoming a troglofaunal species. Darwin didn't really think about this possibility, but H.G. Wells certainly did.

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Sometimes, the course of human evolution can lead to a sub-division. Those in the position of power become a higher caste of human beings, and those in the working class are albinos with leech-like mouths who have a taste for human flesh. The latter is due to adapting to living underground and by becoming a troglofaunal species. Darwin didn't really think about this possibility, but H.G. Wells certainly did.


Sometimes, the course of human evolution can lead to a sub-division. Those in the position of power become a higher caste of human beings, and those in the working class are albinos with leech-like mouths who have a taste for human flesh. The latter is due to adapting to living underground becoming a troglofaunal species. Darwin didn't really think about this possibility, but H.G. Wells certainly did.

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Sometimes, the course of human evolution can lead to a sub-division. Those in the position of power become a higher caste of human beings, and those in the working class are albinos with leech-like mouths who have a taste for human flesh. The latter is due to adapting to living underground and becoming a troglofaunal species. Darwin didn't really think about this possibility, but H.G. Wells certainly did.

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''. The much-maligned episode "Spock's Brain" also inverts the TropeNamer. The Eymorg, a LadyLand of [[BrainlessBeauty beautiful but childlike women]] who live in an automated UndergroundCity, abduct the Morg -- the male {{Future Primitive}}s who live on the desolate surface of the planet (though it appears they use them for servants and procreation rather than food). The women aren't simple because they're women, but because thousands of years in a physical LotusEaterMachine has atrophied their intelligence; otherwise it takes MenAreStrongWomenArePretty to an extreme.


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* ''Series/TheGifted'', being set in the Marvel-verse, prominently features the Morlocks in the second season.



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* In merchandise, the villains of ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'' are explicitly called Morlocks. However, despite them being humanoid evil creatures living underground, these Morlocks have no further similarity to this trope, as they are a collection of supernatural beings based on creatures from mythology or fantasy. In the show itself, they aren't even referred to as Morlocks, but rather "The Forces of Darkness".

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* ''Radio/JourneyIntoSpace'': {{Subverted|Trope}} in ''The Return from Mars''. The Talians tell Jet, Lemmy, Doc and Mitch that the Sotteers are primitive and aggressive genetic rejects who detract from their perfection. While the Sotteers lack the Talians' so-called physical perfection, it turns out that they are every bit as intelligent and civilised as the Talians.
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* In ''VideoGame/GrimDawn'' Trogs are pale-skinned humanoids inhabiting the deepest caves. They're considered to be Beastkin rather than humans, suggesting that they're an offshoot of trolls or grobles. While they're not explicitly man-eaters they make heavy use of BloodMagic and bone weapons and shields.


* ''Series/BlakesSeven''. The artificial planet Terminal is created to study the future evolution of mankind. Turns out it's a [[FuturePrimitive vicious ape-like creature]]. In an inversion of this trope, the scientists who study them live in an underground base, while the Links roam the surface.

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* ''Series/BlakesSeven''. The artificial planet Terminal is created to [[EvolutionPowerUp study the future evolution of mankind.Mankind]]. Turns out it's a [[FuturePrimitive vicious ape-like creature]]. In an inversion of this trope, the scientists who study them live in an underground base, while the Links roam the surface.



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* ''Series/BlakesSeven''. The artificial planet Terminal is created to study the future evolution of mankind. Turns out it's a [[FuturePrimitive vicious ape-like creature]]. In an inversion of this trope, the scientists who study them live in an underground base, while the Links roam the surface.


* ''ComicBook/LegendsOfTheDeadEarth'': {{Subverted|Trope}} in ''Franchise/WonderWoman'' Annual #5. The Ratbats are a seemingly savage and barbarous race of creatures who evolved from one of the two groups of human survivors on a GenerationShip. They have been in constant conflict with the Unremembered for resources aboard the worldship for generations. Alyxa, a rebellious 18-year-old member of the Unremembered, managed to sneak into the Ratbats' territory without being seen. While there, she receives recorded memories of Wonder Woman and her exploits on Earth when in the proximity of a [[TransferableMemory memory transfer device]] being used by a female Ratbat. When she uses it herself, Alyxa experiences residual memories drawn from the female Ratbat's mind and she discovers that the Unremembered have badly misjudged them. They are not savage, animalistic brutes but intelligent beings with a sophisticated society, which is more advanced than that of the Unremembered in some respects. For instance, female Ratbats are considered equal to the males while the women of the Unremembered are considered to be the males' property.

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* ''ComicBook/LegendsOfTheDeadEarth'': {{Subverted|Trope}} in ''Franchise/WonderWoman'' Annual #5. The Ratbats are a seemingly savage and barbarous race of creatures who evolved from one of the two groups of human survivors on a GenerationShip. They have been in constant conflict with the Unremembered for resources aboard the worldship for generations. Alyxa, [=AlyXa=], a rebellious 18-year-old member of the Unremembered, managed to sneak into the Ratbats' territory without being seen. While there, she receives recorded memories of Wonder Woman and her exploits on Earth when in the proximity of a [[TransferableMemory memory transfer device]] being used by a female Ratbat. When she uses it herself, Alyxa [=AlyXa=] experiences residual memories drawn from the female Ratbat's mind and she discovers that the Unremembered have badly misjudged them. They are not savage, animalistic brutes but intelligent beings with a sophisticated society, which is more advanced than that of the Unremembered in some respects. For instance, female Ratbats are considered equal to the males while the women of the Unremembered are considered to be the males' property.
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* ''ComicBook/LegendsOfTheDeadEarth'': {{Subverted|Trope}} in ''Franchise/WonderWoman'' Annual #5. The Ratbats are a seemingly savage and barbarous race of creatures who evolved from one of the two groups of human survivors on a GenerationShip. They have been in constant conflict with the Unremembered for resources aboard the worldship for generations. Alyxa, a rebellious 18-year-old member of the Unremembered, managed to sneak into the Ratbats' territory without being seen. While there, she receives recorded memories of Wonder Woman and her exploits on Earth when in the proximity of a [[TransferableMemory memory transfer device]] being used by a female Ratbat. When she uses it herself, Alyxa experiences residual memories drawn from the female Ratbat's mind and she discovers that the Unremembered have badly misjudged them. They are not savage, animalistic brutes but intelligent beings with a sophisticated society, which is more advanced than that of the Unremembered in some respects. For instance, female Ratbats are considered equal to the males while the women of the Unremembered are considered to be the males' property.


In ''Literature/TheTimeMachine'', Wells introduced the Morlocks, 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, including the notion of EvolutionaryLevels that later versions of the trope [[UnbuiltTrope tacitly play straight]].

This concept has since ''[[{{Pun}} evolved]]'' into a monster archetype much like [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]] and [[OurZombiesAreDifferent zombies]] but hasn't been overused like those tropes. In contemporary versions, the "Morlocks" (aka [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons grimlocks]], [[Film/TheDescent crawlers]], [[Film/{{Pandorum}} hunters]], [[Literature/TheDescent hadals]], etc) are usually descended from humans who became trapped underground by mischance or were driven into hiding there by their enemies. [[BizarreAlienSenses Echolocation]] is a common ability for such creatures, and Wells's class-conflict subtext has largely gone by the wayside in them.



Compare their cousins the MoleMen.

The name of this trope stems from ''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, including the notion of EvolutionaryLevels that later versions of the trope [[UnbuiltTrope tacitly play straight]].

This concept has since ''[[{{Pun}} evolved]]'' into a monster archetype much like [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]] and [[OurZombiesAreDifferent zombies]] but hasn't been overused like those tropes. In contemporary versions, the "Morlocks" (aka [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons grimlocks]], [[Film/TheDescent crawlers]], [[Film/{{Pandorum}} hunters]], [[Literature/TheDescent hadals]], etc) are usually descended from humans who became trapped underground by mischance or were driven into hiding there by their enemies. [[BizarreAlienSenses Echolocation]] is a common ability for such creatures, and Wells's class-conflict subtext has largely gone by the wayside in them.

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Compare their cousins the MoleMen.

The name of this trope stems from ''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,
MoleMen, 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 well as a critique on Victorian society, including the notion of EvolutionaryLevels that later versions of the trope [[UnbuiltTrope tacitly play straight]].

This concept has since ''[[{{Pun}} evolved]]'' into a monster archetype much like [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]] and [[OurZombiesAreDifferent zombies]] but hasn't been overused like those tropes. In contemporary versions, the "Morlocks" (aka [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons grimlocks]], [[Film/TheDescent crawlers]], [[Film/{{Pandorum}} hunters]], [[Literature/TheDescent hadals]], etc) are usually descended from humans who became trapped underground by mischance or were driven into hiding there by their enemies. [[BizarreAlienSenses Echolocation]] is a common ability for such creatures, and Wells's class-conflict subtext has largely gone by the wayside in them.
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* In ''VideoGame/SteamWorldDig'', all of humanity has degenerated into this. They're known as Shiners by the Steambots and treated as savages, and they don't do much to disprove that fact. A more intelligent, friendly Shiner colony does show up in the sequel, [[spoiler:but they turn out to be the real villains of the story]].



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* Not subterranean, but the Ab-locks of ''[[Literature/JackelianSeries Secrets of the Fire Sea]]'' owe their name to this trope. They are aggressive, feral pack-dwelling hominids [[spoiler: descended from an ancient Jagonese civilization that destroyed itself]] which are bitter enemies of the much larger, more solitary ursks [[spoiler: which are ''also'' TheMorlocks, but derived from UrsineAliens from the same long-ago civilization, rather than humans]].

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