Chaotic is a Danish trading card game (TCG) turned animated series that broadcasted on 4kids TV and is now airing on Cartoon Network.In the show, Tom Majors and his friend Kazdan Kalinkas enjoy the mildly popular Chaotic TCG as a recreation. Kaz, being the one with the glasses, always tells Tom of his adventures in Perim and his matches in Chaotic. Tom usually dismisses such stories as a fanboyism — that is, until he receives a mysterious password after one online match. He enters it into his Chaotic tie-in device called a scanner and is transported to the pocket dimension "Chaotic". Here players gather to play in the eight Dromes, where they transform into the creatures from the game and defeat each other in combat. It turns out that when you port to Chaotic, you also leave behind a version of yourself on Earth to go about normal life. As if all that weren't enough, you can also port into the actual world of the card game, Perim. There players can use their scanners to scan locations, creatures and items, gaining the ability to use them in the game. Tom makes some new friends, Sarah and Peyton, as well new enemies, Klay and Krystella. Along the way the characters manage to get wrapped up in some dangerous adventures.The real-life card game seems to take place separate from the TV series, with no humans turning up and featuring only the high fantasy world of Perim.In Perim the four Tribes are at a centuries-long war that sought to find the Cothica, the supreme and ultimate power in all of Perim, as well as seek to retribution on the Tribe(s) that they blame for its disappearance. As the game has progressed into M'arrillian Invasion, the fifth forgotten Tribe, the M'arrilians, was released from its imprisonment behind the Doors of Deepmines and is now wreaking havoc across all of Perim in order turn it into one big ocean. The process of oceanification is done by practically melting the ice caps of Perim. One year later, Secrets of the Lost City begins. The four high muges of Perim, Najarin, Enre-hep, Kopond, and Lore preform a ritual that raises Kaizeph, the levitating lost city of elements, from the depths of Lake Ken-i-po. The city becomes a new hub of activity for the Tribes. Over in the dig sites of the City of Kehn-Sep, the creatures have finally uncovered the Cothica Tablet. Though the tablet answers many long-debated questions, apparently not everyone likes the answers.Now has a character sheet.
This show provides examples of:
Action Girl: Almost every female creature put into the spotlight by the show, including Laarina, Intress, and Takinom, to name a few.
Aesop Amnesia: There is the episode where the gang befriends a new Tom, lavishing all of old Tom's previous positive attention on him. Fed up, old Tom wagers their friendship on a match. He wins, but his friends call him on it telling him that they'll be friends with whomever they choose. Simple Enough, but it becomes jarring once you recognize that the unfortunate implication that his friends weren't actually TREATING him like their friend. In another episode the boys do the same thing to Sara when a cute girl showed up in a close episode cute girl dumped them.
All Just a Dream: The episode called Chaotic Crisis where the creatures of Perim invade Earth.
Alternate Universe: Perim and Chaotic are an alternate universe to earth, according to the official backstory.
Animesque: M'arillian Invasion, not so much in the first season.
Arc Number: The number 7 is a recurring theme throughout the franchise (for example, Chaotic has 7 letters, and "Cothica" is just an anagram of that) and there were supposed to be 7 seasons.
Art Evolution: While season 1 used flash animation, M'arillian Invasion has switched to more anime-style traditional animation.
Batman Gambit: In one episode Chaor's army corners the M'arrillians in a marsh of oil before sending it all up in a massive inferno, only to find when the smoke clears that not only did he not harm any of the M'arrillians (they simply hid beneath the oil until the flames died down), but the whole reason they came to the marsh in the first place was to lure him and his army away from Underworld City so that Lord Van Bloot could conquer it for them. They knew he couldn't resist the apparent opportunity to wipe them out
Bizarrchitecture: Castle Bodhran in the card game. Supposedly there are are doors below your feet, stairs ascend sideways and floors are seen where ceilings should be, but no matter where you stand, you’re always right side up. The card's flavour text even uses the trope name: This strange stronghold is built in a style that might be best called “bizzarechitecture.”
Broken Aesop: Played for Laughs. Peyton and Krystella engage in a battle of the sexes in order to determine which is superior. Peyton wins, but then someone points out that he only used female monsters, while Krystella only used male monsters, which just confuses everybody. By season two, he's turned this into a Running Gag.
Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The Mugic colors happen to be color-coded for the Tribe that can use them. Colorless Mugic can be used by anyone, Blue Mugic for the Overworld, Red for the Underworld, Yellow for the Mipedians, Brown for the Danians, and Black for the M'arrilians. The players' Scanners match these colors after the Art Evolution. (Codemasters' are white, for those who were wondering)
Convection Shmonvection: Nobody seems to be affected by the heat coming off the magma at the Lava Pond, even though in one episode the temperature is shown as being enough to incinerate hot dogs held over it.
Creepy Twins: The original idea for Klay and Krystella; although now they aren't twins — they are still creepy, especially Klay.
Still played somewhat straight with Krystella; she has a twin sister, but only Krystella herself is creepy.
Crystal Dragon Jesus: The Cothica. Apparently its power maintained a golden age of peace, until it just vanished. Phelphor claimed the M'arrillians had the Cothica and the tribes grew jealous against the M'arrillians for having it, but helied.
Darker and Edgier: The second season took a darker tone than the first season, especially after the M'arrillians showed up.
Dark Is Not Evil: Underworlders say that the Overworld tribe is responsible for the war over the Cothica.
Light Is Not Good: On the other side of the spectrum, the Overworlders are arrogant and are sometimes willing to Shoot the Dog. Don't let the teamwork system fool you; they can be pretty petty.
Peyton even told Tom in one episode, when he was complaining about the Mipedians attack on Castle Bodhran from an earlier episode, that no tribe is all good or all evil and each has their own good & bad members.
Deadpan Snarker: In the first episode, one of the robots hates the first reactions to new players, since they all say the same thing. And is also annoyed by their reactions of seeing a talking robot.
Doomsday Device: A gigantic heat ray built by the M'arrillians at Glacier Plains capable of melting the ice caps and turning all of Perim into an ocean.
Grey and Gray Morality: None of the tribes are 100% in the right all the time, some of them are jerkasses, some of them are downright despicable, and alternatively some of them really are heroes, but there's no purely evil tribe or purely heroic tribe.
The episode "Shifting Sands" best expressed this trope, After Tom's first encounter with Mipedians nearly got him killed he saw them all as evil, Peyton tries to show him that every tribe has their own good guys and bad guys and that no one tribe is wholly good or evil, they get saved by the Mipedian Tianne and he takes them to his home to explain that no one tribe is all bad, but some tribes have really bad apples. Then comes in the scorpion-like Overworlder Slurhk, one of the few evil Overworlders ever shown, who tries to kill the boys and Tianne because he believes the Midepim desert belongs to the Overworld. Tianne ends up preforming a Heroic Sacrifice to save Tom and Peyton, but not before allowing Tom to scan him so he can see the world as he does.
While they don't get as much ink as the Over/Underworlders they still get more development than the tropenamer.
Jerk Ass: Vlar, Maxxor's ancestor, is despised by his contemporaries for his acts of thievery from the local Kiru Village.
A lot of the humans are huge jerkasses too. Klay and Krystella are the obvious examples, but many others have their moments, most notably Sam, who doesn't really care about other players well fair. Even Kaz and especially Sarah tend to be a little like douchebags from time to time. It should be noted that out of all animated shows based on a game and revolving around said game, this one is arguably the one with the most hardcore trash talking.
CoolTom is a grade-A version. He let Tom almost get coded while he got an Ice Cloak scan in the Overworld Barracks, and then actively tries to take Tom's friends away and making them his own. He is not quiet on this point when they battled in the Drome.
Mind Manipulation: This ability is pretty much the M'arrillians' bread and butter. There is also one Underworlder (Opto) who possesses the ability. They lose the ability after they're defeated in the Season Finale of M'arrillian Invasion. They're still around, but no mind control.
Never Say "Die": Surprisingly Averted in M'arillian Invasion. In the second episode of the 3-part season finale. The second in command of the Overworlders, Tangath Toborn, casts a mugic to freeze time so the melted ice-caps of Glacier Plains don't flood Perim. He is unable to get out of the way in time. It takes effect after he's engulfed in the flood, causing him to drown. This is surprising because this happens in a show made by "4kids", who removes every single mention of death in their shows and the anime they dub.
Then again, it could be a Disney Death since characters who are said to have died in "4kids" shows, come back later (e.g., Luffy from One Piece Dub, Leather Head from TMNT).
He was frozen in waves. In the season finale of Secrets of the Lost City, it's revealed he's from the Spirit Lands, a sort of ghostly place. His sword is the only way he can stay in Perim. Another creature from that place wants to battle him. The only way free Tangath to stop this creature was to destroy his sword. After he stops the creature, he returns to the Spirit Lands. All four tribes hold a funeral for him at Glacier Plains. This time, it's a real death.
While death is almost never mentioned on the show, many creatures are seen dying onscreen. The episode with the highest body count to date appeares to be "Warriors of Eternity", where many Mipedians were killed.
Shaggy Dog Story: In one episode, someone steals a piece of Danian battle gear that Sarah was attempting to scan, so she recruits Tom, Kaz, & Peyton to engage in a Chain of Deals that will allow her to get a card version of it. After much hassle on their part, including Kaz having to give up one of his prized cards, they manage to obtain it, only for Sarah to reveal that her Danian friend caught the thief while they were busy and she already scanned it.