The Morlocks are a group that features in Marvel Comics.
An aggressive tribe of Morlocks led by Carver began to wage a war against the Moloids that lived further underground. At the same time, one of their number who was a mindless feral Morlock named Fugue started killing people from the surface. This attracted the attention of the N.Y.P.D., Wolverine and Spider-Man who sought to stop the murders. After mistakenly believing the perpetrators to be the Moloids, the Mole Man emerged and revealed the true culprits. This led to Wolverine challenging their leader Carver to a trial by combat where a collapse led to both him along with Fugue falling into an underground fiery chasm. (Wolverine v2 #157)
After M-Day, many of the Morlocks lost their powers and shattered their place in the world as their abilities were the only thing that they had with them. During this period, Qwerty saw the upcoming and wrote a book of events in the future before she died. In the aftermath, the Morlocks broke into factions with one group forming a religious cult that built a haven that was called Lindisfarne that was the sanctuary of the New Dream. (Uncanny X-Men v1 #490)
During the M-Pox incident, these underground dwelling Mutants had reformed under Callisto's leadership and were joined by Human from the surface with the two living in peaceful co-existence as the New Morlocks. Around this time, the parasitic Mutant known as Emplate had been secretly infecting a number of the Mutant Morlocks and turning them more into his kind. (Uncanny X-Men v4 #7)
Over time, they began to develop their own rituals and traditions for their people. Among these included the Ceremony of Light where once a year they allowed to enter their tunnels for a single hour in order to showcase a bridge to the outside world that feared them. The symbolic act was made to show that someday they might all cross that bridge and return to the world above where they could be accepted as well as loved. It was held that the experience was similar to witnessing the Sistine Chapel with the light patterns being described as beautiful. (Cable v1 #15)
After M-Day, a new faith emerged among the Morlocks with Qwerty writing a book that was effectively a map of all possibilities. (Uncanny X-Men v1 #490)
- Caliban :
- Callisto :
- Carver : a muscular male with a human appearance who had the Mutant power of an unbreakable skin and a single large claw that emerged from his arms. He was the leader of an aggressive tribe of Morlocks that started fighting against the Mole Man and later fought Wolverine in a trial by combat where he fell into a fiery chasm after the tunnels began to collapse. (Wolverine v1 #157)
- Fugue : a feral furred clawed member of Carvers tribe who had the mind of a child and succumbed to beastial rages with him killing people from the surface. During Carvers fight with Wolverine, Fugue jumped into he fight with Logan knocking him off into a fiery chasm. (Wolverine v1 #157)
- Plague :
- Qwerty : a female Mutant who could where her actions would take her into the future along with all the possibilities of any act she made cause her to remain still and immobile leading to her having a miserable life. This changed by the time of M-Day as she could see the event and wrote a book that became the basis for a new faith among the Morlocks. (Uncanny X-Men v1 #490)
- Delphi : a grey haired former Mutant that lost her powers after M-Day and was a friend of Qwerty with her heading a pacifist faction that worshipped the writings of Qwerty. (Uncanny X-Men v1 #490)
- Bliss :
- Morlocks were created by Chris Claremont and Paul Smith where they made their first appearance in Uncanny X-Men #169 (May, 1983).
In other media
- In X-Men, the Morlocks appeared in the episode "Captive Hearts" where they were led by Callisto and lived in the sewers of the city.
- In X-Men: Evolution, the Morlocks made a number of appearances in the animated television series starting in the episode "X-Treme Measures."
- In Wolverine and the X-Men, the Morlocks made their first appearance in the episode "Excessive Force" where they were shown to be outcasts that lived in the sewers. The Marauders were shown to be hunting a Morlock in order to acquire his genetic material for Mister Sinister in the use for his experiments. This Mutant was saved by Cyclops who was hunting down the Marauders in order to find Sinister as he believed the geneticist had Jean Grey hostage.
- In The Gifted, Morlocks appeared in the live-action television series second season where they were shown to be an underground community of Mutants who embraced their nature and desired to live away from humans.
- In X-Men Legends, the Morlocks appeared in the setting of the video game.
- In X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse, the Morlocks appeared in the setting of the video game.
- In Marvel Heroes, the Morlock Tunnels appeared in the MMORPG video game with the Purifiers attacking them in order to purge them of Mutants.
- Uncanny X-Men v1: #169