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->''"... Follow her down to a bridge by a fountain''\\
''Where rocking-horse people eat marshmallow pies...''\\
''Everyone smiles as you drift past the flowers''\\
''That grow so incredibly high..."''\\
-- '''Music/TheBeatles''', "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds"

Improbable fauna, impossible flora, and--oh my--the sky's started melting. Yep, looks like you're in a World Of Chaos.

This setting is a bizarre mixture of elements from our world thrown into a blender, with a few squirts of lemon and a pinch of LSD. Everything comes together in outlandish and unpredictable combinations. Bright colors, strange creatures, and total disregard for logic are all in play. Anything can and will happen.

It may be the result of a MushroomSamba, or be AllJustADream of someone with a particularly ''vivid'' imagination. But if it's real, the characters will need a lot of luck, and their intuition will be more valuable than intellect. Worlds of Chaos are places of great whimsy and danger, much of which stems from the inability to comprehend what's at work in them. In this respect, they're like TheFairFolk in the form of a place.

AlienGeometries may be commonplace. Not to be confused with WorldOfWeirdness (a more mundane world with some fantastic elements) or TheWonderland (which has rules, just not the ones we're used to). Worlds inhabited by StarfishAliens may not qualify, as they may have a little more internal consistency even if they're beyond our comprehension, plus [[UncannyValley the inclusion of recognizable elements is what gives this setting much of its edge]].

There's a good possibility you'll find yourself [[DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu having tea with Cthulhu]]--possibly literally, if someone is simultaneously homaging ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' and Creator/HPLovecraft. Compare EldritchLocation, CloudCuckooland, WorldOfWeirdness and RealityIsOutToLunch.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Literature/{{Paprika}}''.
* The place things (and people) go when [[Anime/JungleWaItsumoHaleNochiGuu Guu]] swallows them certainly seems to qualify.
* The Financial District in Anime/CControl is pretty crazy-looking.
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[[folder:Art]]
* Creator/HieronymusBosch, dadaists, futurists, surrealists and many more [[MadArtist eccentric men of art]] loved this trope.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The fictional world in GrantMorrison's ''Comicbook/FlexMentallo'' can be probably considered an example of this trope [[spoiler:before it's revealed it actually was weirdly intermixed with the [[WorldOfWeirdness normal world]]. [[MindScrew Or was it?]] ]]
* The realm of Dream in NeilGaiman's ''Comicbook/TheSandman'', being the world where dreams happen. His sister Delirium's realm, even more so.
** To elaborate, The Dreaming is where your mind goes every night when you fall asleep. It has a sort of logic of its own, but the laws of physics are more like guidelines. Delirium's realm is where your mind goes when you're ''crazy'', and what little is seen of it is pure stream-of-consciousness chaos.
* Creator/JackKirby, Creator/SteveDitko and Jim Steranko, among many others, were highly adept at depicting these.
* ComicBook/DoctorStrange wandered into these frequently when battling the villains Nightmare (dream worlds) and Dormammu.
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[[folder:Fanfiction]]
* Half of Vacillating Heights in the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' fanfic ''Fanfic/ThoseLackingSpines'' is an embodiment of disgustingly random {{Crackfic}}. The other half is a {{Shadowland}} representing DarkFic.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/CoolWorld''
* ''The WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine'', even the "real world" parts!
* ''Monkeybone''
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Several works by Creator/LewisCarroll:
** ''Literature/AliceInWonderland''
** ''Literature/ThroughTheLookingGlass''
** ''Literature/TheHuntingOfTheSnark''
* Nonsense folk songs and rhymes in various cultures (in Russian folklore they're called ''nebylitsy'') are often based on this trope.
* Chaos in the [[TheElricSaga Elric of Melnibone]] series.
* The ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Codex_Seraphinianus Codex Seraphinianus]]'', SpiritualSuccessor to the ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voynich_Manuscript Voynich Manuscript]]''.
* Many of the works of Creator/BrunoSchulz.
* Ironically, the Courts of Chaos in ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfAmber'' are NOT this. Sure, maybe the sun and moon circle each other in the sky, casting night and day on opposite sides of a band of twilight, but that doesn't mean it's not consistent.
* ''More Minds'' demonstrates what happens when absolutely everyone gains the power of RealityWarping. It's almost impossible to die, and you'll always have everything you want and need. This is ''not'' a good thing.
* A rare ''positive'' example of this can be found in the first installment of Ted Dekker's ''[[Literature/TheCircleSeries Circle]]'' series. Before humankind [[AndManGrewProud becomes corrupted by sin and Falls from Grace]], God does this sort of thing ''frequently'' -- switching the sky and sea in their places, changing the world's colors -- when he's in a playful mood.
* In the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' prequel book ''The Andalite Chronicles'', Elfangor, Esplin 9466[[note]]better known by his later title: Visser Three[[/note]], and Loren accidentally ''create'' one when they all attempt to use the Time Matrix to return home at the same time. Since no place in the universe matched the multiple inputs the Time Matrix was receiving, it created a new universe described as a nonsensical patchwork of the Yeerk homeworld, the Andalite homeworld, and suburban America.
** This part of the book gets substantially weirder in the next Chronicles title, ''The Hork-Bajir Chronicles'', where it's revealed that Esplin was born and raised on a ship's Yeerk Pool and has never actually been to the Yeerk homeworld.
* ''Literature/TheHalfMadeWorld'' series. Go too far in one direction and reality becomes unstable.
* Steven Brusts's ''ToReignInHell'', a TwiceToldTale of ''Literature/ParadiseLost''. Heaven is a bubble of order carved out of chaos by the first living creatures. They're always at the ready to beat back the chaos when it starts to encroach.
* Interworld, by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves, has the In-between. This would fit under HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace, except that stuff actually LIVES THERE.
** A few examples of stuff found in the In-Between: yellow geometric shapes that eat each other, flying knees, disembodied mouths that eat themselves, suspended pathways "with the texture of polished polyurethane", windows that open on to horrible screams, undulating noodles, vortexes of pudding... all floating randomly in a void with infinite dimensions that causes synesthesia.
* In Nick Harkaway's ''Literature/TheGoneAwayWorld'' Earth has become this after the detonation of a super-weapon except for certain areas maintained by the [[MegaCorp Mega Corps']] AppliedPhlebotinum.
* The Infinite Improbability Drive from ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy1'' can have these effects. When Ford and Arthur are accidentally picked up by the ''Heart of Gold'', they find themselves in what seems to be Southend, but the sea stays still and the buildings wash up and down, Arthur's limbs start drifting away, Ford starts turning into a penguin, and they ask for help from a passing man with five heads crawling up a wall.
* Sometimes seen in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' in the aftermath of a large magical explosion, often paired with EditorialSynaesthesia.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Many ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' animations take place in a WorldOfChaos.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Some songs by Music/TheBeatles are set in such a world:
** "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds", quoted in this article.
** "I Am The Walrus"
** "Glass Onion"
** The animated film ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine'', which features Music/TheBeatles, is mostly set there, too.
* Music videos by Chad van Gaalen.
* The setting of Music/{{Genesis}}' ''Music/TheLambLiesDownOnBroadway''.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Daemon Worlds in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' are literally worlds of Chaos, where the laws of nature do not apply and everything is governed by the will of the Chaos Gods and their daemons, which is VERY bad because the moods and desires of Daemons change more often than you would think possible.
** For that matter, this is what being in the Warp is like. Except it's [[GeniusLoci sentient]]. And it [[EverythingTryingToKillYou wants you dead.]] [[FateWorseThanDeath Or worse]].
* As you might expect, the lower levels of Wonderland in ''TabletopGame/JAGSWonderland''.
* Limbo in ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'' is another literal chaos world, a roiling mixture of all the elements that forms a vast primordial soup out of which emerge the strangest damn things. Order can be imposed temporarily by the willpower and imagination of sentient beings--but that just means that you really need to pay attention.
* And while on the subject of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', the Far Realm, as expected of a [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraft]]-inspired plane, definitely qualifies.
* The Wyld of ''Tabletopgame/{{Exalted}}''.
* Arcadia from ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'' is so defined by chaos that [[TheFairFolk the True Fae]] stake their existence on ''constant conflict'' with one another for more glories and titles; if they don't, they fade away into the background and are eventually undone.
** The game book describes it something like this (paraphrasing): "Arcadia is a place where your wishes come true. In other words, it greatly resembles Hell."
*** The ''actual'' Hell may or may not qualify. Being composed of all the collected vice and depravity in the history of the world, it's described as being so hideous that [[BrownNote looking at it causes insanity,]] and even then human minds cannot fully grasp it, [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm instead turning the images into something they can understand]]. It's basically a FireAndBrimstoneHell UpToEleven.
** Perhaps even more fitting to this trope is the Umbral Realm known as Flux from ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'' and ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse''. It's a sub-dimension of uncontrolled, chaotic creation.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* While the later ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' games tried to establish a viable, somewhat consistent [[TheWonderland Wonderland]], the first one just plunged you right into a world where you were a plumber of Italian descent who must rescue a "princess Toadstool" by defeating a turtle-dragon while killing evil walking mushrooms with eyes, turtles with wings, carnivore plants growing out of green pipes and other similar enemies. Oh, and if you eat a mushroom which comes out of a shining floating block with a question sign, you grow bigger, and if you pick a flower, you can shoot bouncing fireballs. Jumping stars, climbable beanstalks, walking on clouds and jumping several times your height ensue.
** In fact, one could say that the series has used this as a "spring off point", so to speak. ''Because'' it makes little sense, anyway, Mario can go anywhere and let the developers worry more about gameplay concerns than whether the setting makes sense: [[SpaceDoesNotWorkThatWay space]] (''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' and [[VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2 its sequel]]), [[WombLevel inside other characters]] (''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory''), and [[TimeyWimeyBall the past]] (''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime'') are some examples.
* [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Chaosrealm]] in ''Franchise/MortalKombat''.
** Inverted with Seido, which still has [[AlienGeometries bizarre alien geometry]]. (It's torus-shaped and made of floating rectangles connected by bridges which make perfect lines.)
* In an old {{Macintosh}} children's game called ''VideoGame/TheManhole'', you could climb a beanstalk growing out of the titular manhole: at the very top, you find a forest at night, in the middle of which is a tower that's actually a chess piece sitting in the corner of a vast network of underground canals--which you only realise when you reach the top of the tower. With the aid of a gondola-rowing elephant, you can use the canals to pay a visit to a walrus captain who operates an elevator that somehow arrives in a sunken ship, or you can carry on rowing and find yourself in the teacup of a talking rabbit who lives inside a fire hydrant just across from the Manhole.
** Said sunken ship can also be reached by climbing ''down'' the beanstalk, thereby making the whole thing circular. And there's a door on the sunken ship that takes you into a room full of flowers. Plus if you go inside the fire hydrant house, you can use a copy of ''The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'' to go back up to the tower.
** ''VideoGame/CosmicOsmo'', by the same developers, is built on the same trope (but [[RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE]]). Said developers were later responsible for the ''VideoGame/{{Myst}}'' series. This explains a lot.
* Possibly the ''VideoGame/WarioLand'' series, as a spinoff of ''SuperMarioBros'' For example, the Big Board level, where every single thing that happens relies on the dice blocks found in the level, and getting certain numbers can result in anything from being struck by lightning to enemies appearing to being set on fire.
* Speaking of ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'', there also was an [[VideoGame/AliceInWonderland eponymous]] {{Commodore 64}} game which featured a world which was a mix of all the nonsense from both original books plus some extra nonsense added, like ''a house inside a chess board inside a house inside a bath machine inside a house inside another house which is located underground''. You may read a LetsPlay of this game [[http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Alice here]].
* And ''VideoGame/AmericanMcGeesAlice'', which is a darker version of this.
* Endermen in ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'', given enough time, will inevitably turn the world into something along these lines with their block moving abilities. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJpGolhjwyE&feature=related See this video]] for the damage endermen can cause over a period of 3 years on a server.
* The Mystery Vortex in ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxHitTheRoad.'' The overall setting of the game is faintly surreal, but inside the Mystery Vortex, RealityIsOutToLunch and won't be returning in any foreseeable future: warped perspectives, Creator/MCEscher furniture, doors that make you too small or too tall to open them, inverted gravity, booths that contain chaos dimensions, control rooms hidden inside mirrors, forests of shoe trees, [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria!]]
** In the Telltale games, the whole world could qualify. Sam & Max's neighborhood is in-canon placed somewhere between the subway line of purgatory and hell.
* A {{Roguelike}} named ''[[VideoGame/RagnarokRoguelike Ragnarok]]'' (not to be confused with [[Manhwa/{{Ragnarok}} the manhwa]] or [[VideoGame/RagnarokOnline the MMORPG of the manhwa]]), while purportedly based on Norse mythology (but with plenty of other stuff [[FantasyKitchenSink thrown in for no particular reason]]), has a plane called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Chaos]] that you can travel or be banished to. Every step you take, the entire terrain re-randomizes.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' has "Memoria", a mindscape created above the Iifa tree where Zidane and his party face off against Kuja in the final disc; it's a jumble of scenes and buildings gathered from the collective memory of the entire planet, where it's possible to walk through a giant, city-destroying eyeball into the ruins of a town it just attacked, walk up a staircase leading into space, pass through a waterfall and find yourself swimming through an ancient coral reef, or climb a ladder that overlooks the birth of the planet itself. Thankfully, [[spoiler: Garland's around to explain what's happening.]]
* The final world of ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' follows this trope. The world is made of bits and pieces of destroyed worlds mixed in with lots of darkness to hold things together.
** Additionally, the [[spoiler: final boss is actually ''called'' "World of Chaos."]]
* ''VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy''.
* ''VideoGame/YumeNikki''. Somewhat justified in that it's a dream, but even as far as dreams go it's weird.
* This is the schtick of Mira, the 'continent of illusions' from ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos''.
* The "End of the World" stage in [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006 Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)]]. Every stage features a different character to play as, and different levels altogether, there are giant wormholes that warp the colors while simultaneously vacuuming you into them, monsters made of lava and purple stuff attack you at any given moment, the environment changes from lava to forest to temple to desert at a moment's notice, and it is more or less designed to freak you out and confuse you.
* In ''VideoGame/ThiefTheDarkProject'', any place messed with by the Trickster tends to be like this. A forest inside the house? Doors that lead nowhere? Rooms that look like they came straight out of an Escher painting? Windows that open to the void of space? One level of his very prominently features a river that flows uphill (including reverse-waterfalls), and at one point flows along the ceiling.
* In ''[[http://backtobed.dk/ Back to Bed]]''[[note]]The game has not been finished yet, only the demo with 12 levels is available[[/note]] you play a subconscious of a narcoleptic sleepwalker plotting a safe route through his dreams. The dream landscape is inspired by Escher and Dali.
* ''VideoGame/WeirdDreams'' takes place inside the mind of a dying man under daemonic influence. Expect [[http://www.mobygames.com/game/atari-st/weird-dreams/screenshots/gameShotId,177321/ lethal candy floss machine]], [[http://www.mobygames.com/game/dos/weird-dreams/screenshots/gameShotId,11003/ flying desert fishes]], [[http://www.mobygames.com/game/dos/weird-dreams/screenshots/gameShotId,11000/ giant insects]], [[http://www.mobygames.com/game/atari-st/weird-dreams/screenshots/gameShotId,516694/ bloodthirsty toys]], [[http://www.mobygames.com/game/dos/weird-dreams/screenshots/gameShotId,11001/ bloodthirsty vegetation]], [[http://www.mobygames.com/game/atari-st/weird-dreams/screenshots/gameShotId,516695/ bloodthirsty little girl]] and what some fans refer to as [[http://www.mobygames.com/game/atari-st/weird-dreams/screenshots/gameShotId,177316/ embodiment of MS Windows 3.x]].
* ''VideoGame/LSDDreamEmulator'' is made entirely of this.
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'' features the Fade, a parallel realm to the mundane world where minds go when they dream. It is the realm of abstract entities; Spirits and Demons, and is shaped entirely by will, unbound by rules of physics like the mundane world. Mages are specially attuned to it, able to essentially have lucid dreams when they sleep normally, and can also enter the fade consciously through magical means. They are also especially prone to demonic possession, which is one of the main reasons mages are feared. Physical entry into the fade is impossible without extraordinary means (and the last time that happened, the transgressors [[TheCorruption screwed things up real bad]].)
* The obstacle course created for the entrance exam to WIT in ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryII'' strongly resembles the trope picture. Only there's no city and the road is more flat.
* The flash games ''VideoGame/{{Samorost}}'' and ''Samorost 2''.
* Possibly, the ''VideoGame/{{Grow}}'' series of flash games.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* This trope is a major part of the appeal of ''Webcomic/AxeCop'', where everything that happens is driven by whatever seems cool to its six-year-old writer.
* Someone in the cast of ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan Oracle For Hire'' has found themselves in one of these at least once per story-arc.
* ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth'' is set mostly in one. There's the imaginary world, only accessible through the forts the main characters make from their desks, but the real world isn't 100% coherent either.
* While the world of ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' is more of a WorldOfWeirdness, The Radical Lands is a world that seems to abide primarily by a combination of RuleOfCool and TotallyRadical. As it turns out, [[spoiler:the radicalness of the Radical Lands is so powerful that some of it's energy bled into another universe. Specifically, the world of Dr. [=McNinja=], which lies right between the Radical Lands and our universe, thus explaining the mix of mundane and weirdness of the world.]]
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Parodies on the ''WebAnimation/NightmareCity'' flash movies made by a guy called Nch from ''a certain {{Imageboard}}'' transform the setting from a furry sci-fi one into a WorldOfChaos composed of various {{Imageboard}} [[MemeticMutation memes]].
** Links for those of you who haven't seen 4Chan City: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ar4WzQ7KHak http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ar4WzQ7KHak. Also note that Nightmare City was itself based on [[MemeticMutation characters]] from the japanese board 2ch.
* The three adventures at ''Website/{{Addventure}}'' degenerate into madness very quickly, considering that they're {{Round Robin}}s contributed to by thousands of various people.
* The "Sweet Cuppin' Cakes" ShowWithinAShow of ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', first introduced in [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail72.html crazy cartoon]] as Strong Bad responding to a request to make a supreme example of DerangedAnimation, is rather surreal, even compared to the weird setting of the main ''Homestar Runner'' universe.
* Alexander Nemenkov is rather eager to show you [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCh3Yor_7Q8 The Way Through Mishicbatllaban]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'' lives in such a [[strike:world]] universe.
* Several cartoons by AleksandrTatarskiy, including
** ''[[Animation/LastYearsSnowWasFalling The Last Year's Snow Was Falling]]'', which gained a cult status in the USSR. About half of it is the protagonist's daydream, about as much is the protagonist irresponsibly playing with a magic wand of transformation. The rest includes horse becoming a turnip, fir trees pretending to be deciduous (so that they wouldn't be cut for the New Year) and the protagonist drowning the (fake) end credits so that "no one will be any the wiser" (or "[[{{Pun}} FINs sleep with the fishes]]" in another translation).
** ''Animation/PlasticineCrow'', specifically the third segment ''Or maybe... Or maybe...''. The narrators are trying to recall the story as they are telling it, the visuals reflect that. A crow keeps becoming a dog, then a cow, then a crow again. A temperate forest becomes tropical. A pound of cheese fits in an airmail envelope. And a janitor hatches out of an ostrich egg.
* The cartoon ''Porky in Wackyland'' and its spinoffs.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries''
** "The Magicks of Megas-Tu''. The planet Megas-Tu is totally chaotic, and the only order is that imposed by its residents, the Magicks. Because of the time they spent on Earth, the things they create resemble those from Earth's past.
** The so-called "Mad Planet" in "The Jihad" ''may'' not technically violate any physical laws, but it undergoes constant radical geophysical changes combined with unpredictable weather.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' crosses over into this often, leaving the established D&D-inspired setting for places like Lumpy Space and the Crystal Dimension, often with little warning.
** The Nightosphere, a hellish world where Marceline's EldritchAbomination father resides, is explicitly stated to thrive off chaos. Most of Marceline's dad's job (which also became Marceline's job when she briefly wore his evil amulet) involved ruling over their realm like an ObstructiveBureaucrat, dishing out pointless rules and cruel tricks on apathetic and confused demons.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': This is what Equestria becomes under [[ManipulativeBastard Discord]]'s influence, he being the embodiment of strife and disharmony. Features include cotton candy clouds that rain chocolate, fresh corn being popped, and the animals that feed on the giant apples fed by the rain growing long deer legs. And that's just after the ''opening credits''.
** Soon enough he's got day and night switching every few minutes, chunks of land flying around upside-down, flying earth ponies, giant houses of cards, roads turning into soap...
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Dreams.
* Hallucinations, especially drug-induced.
* Any story and/or larger scale art created by small children, as they understand some things (things fall, the sky is up, people meet etc.) but not lager scale connections. If they attempt to create something big they will inadvertently just throw elements they know around randomly... even if the world, stories, animals etc. don't work that way. This explains for example ''Webcomic/AxeCop''.
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