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Base Of Operations
The Sewers of New York City


Mutants too ugly to live in public



First appearance

Uncanny X-Men #169
(May, 1983)



The Morlocks were a large community of mutants who felt they were outcasts, living in the underground tunnels beneath New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. These tunnels were built in the 1950s by the U.S. Government as shelters in case of a national emergency, and later abandoned. The vast majority of the public had no idea these tunnels existed. There were numerous tunnels stretching out of sight, many unexplored. The main tunnel was 50 feet high and ran the length of Manhattan. It was called "the alley" by its inhabitants.

The Morlocks were outcasts and rebels against surface society who named themselves after subterranean creatures found in H. G. Wells's book, The Time Machine. They were founded by Callisto, who discovered the tunnels and moved into them decades ago, shortly after they were abandoned. She enlisted the aid of Caliban in finding other mutants to create a new underground society and maintained the tunnels until the Mutant Massacre.

Morlock society had no actual class system, except for the leader who all Morlocks obeyed, somewhat like a huge street gang. Until recently, the leader was Callisto. Under her reign, Morlocks often raided the surface world, preying on the lower classes so that losses as a result of their activities would not be noticed. They stole furnishings, food, clothing, and the other necessities of life, but sometimes they stole children, too, as many Morlocks were sterile. This raiding was discontinued when Callisto lost her rule to Storm in a fight.

Morlock society had many of its conflicts settled by combat. The decision of who would be the Morlock leader was settled by mortal combat in the past. Storm actually stabbed Callisto through the heart, officially killing her, and won the title. Though Storm was not in residence, she was still considered the leader. Callisto was saved from death at the last moment by the Healer. Though she was no longer the official ruler, Callisto usually made sure that law and order was upheld in Morlock society while Storm was gone.

Most Morlocks were hideous and deformed, yet another reason for them to dwell away from society. When Professor Xavier offered to help resettle them on the surface, they declined because they felt the tunnels were the right place for them. This image of themselves as almost sub-human psychologically affected most Morlocks who felt frustrated, bitter, and vengeful about their situation.

Most of the Morlocks were hunted down and murdered by a group of mutant assassins known as the Marauders. Others also perished when Mikhail Rasputin was forced to flood the tunnels and transport a number of them to The Hill.

A later generation led by Marrow grew up angry and were urged on the Dark Beast, who had been manipulating and experimenting on them since his arrival from the Age of Apocalypse. As Gene Nation, they set bombs and attacked humans until Storm confronted Marrow directly.

In light of M-Day, a few Morlocks sought out asylum at the Xavier Institute. The few that remained in the tunnels were under Marrow's protection.

Another small group of Morlocks were encountered in Chicago.


Mutant X (Earth-1298)

The Morlocks of Mutant X followed The Mole Man and Callisto.[1]

X-Men: The Last Stand (Earth-10005)

Callisto has the Omega symbol tatooed on her face.[2]

In the third X-Men film, the Morlocks were called The Omega Muties or Omegas.

The Omegas' base was an underground network in the United States[2]

Members included the leader[2], Callisto, Quill, Arclight, Psylocke

They were allies with the Brotherhood of Mutants and enemies of the X-Men.

They were formed in the United States[2]

The Omega Muties were a group of mutant outcasts, led by the mutant Callisto. The name suggested that there were only omega-level mutants in the team. The only known members were Callisto, Quill, Arclight, and Psylocke. However, it was possible that there were many more, as a group that spread across the United States.[2] The Omegas greatly disliked humans, who had made them outcasts. After the mutant cure was created, the Omega Muties allied with the Brotherhood of Mutants. All known Omegas were killed on Alcatraz when Callisto was killed by Storm and the rest were killed by the Phoenix.[3]

It is unknown if Callisto, Quill, Arclight, and Psylocke were the only Omegas.

See Omega Muties on Wikipedia and X-Men: The Last Stand Official Site for more information.

Powers and Abilities


Multiple differing powers


None known.

Average Strength level



None known.


Habitat: Earth
Gravity: Earth
Atmosphere: Earth
Population: None now


Type of Government: Monarchy
Level of Technology: None
Cultural Traits: Underground dwellers



  • The Morlocks first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #169. They were created by Chris Claremont and Paul Smith. They took the name Morlocks from the race of subterranean humanoids from the H.G. Wells book The Time Machine.


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Links and References

  • Morlocks (The Comic)
  1. Mutant X #9
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 X-Men: The Last Stand Official Site
  3. X-Men: The Last Stand

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