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Pure chaos personified

"Make sense? Oh what fun is there in making sense?"

This character is a deity, Cosmic Entity or Anthropomorphic Personification in the setting that represents chaos in some form. What that chaos is meant to represent varies; randomness, entropy, destruction and being unpredictable are common traits of the god of chaos. Discord and anarchy are common attributes as well.

Their morality varies. Many gods of chaos are outright evil, and fall under the God of Evil label. Maybe they have a morality incomprehensible to mortal beings, assuming they aren't just insane or completely mindless, that is. They're usually an Eldritch Abomination as well, who are often associated with chaos and disorder anyway. Sometimes they're a more neutral trickster figure or Great Gazoo, though few can be called outright good. If they have a goal outside of amusement or promoting chaos, it's either opposing order or trying to bring about a World of Chaos. If Religion Is Magic, those who worship the God of Chaos would use Entropy and Chaos Magic.


Usually depicted either in opposition to the other gods or The Friend Nobody Likes. If there's a Top God, the God of Chaos is often either The Anti-God or the setting's Satanic Archetype. If the Primordial Chaos appears, the god of chaos might represent or be it. For these entities' opposite numbers, see God of Order.


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  • Marvel Comics has a number of chaos gods, most of them being malevolent.
    • Lord Chaos is the Cosmic Entity that embodies chaos while his brother Master Order embodies order. Unusually for this trope the embodiments of order and chaos work together instead of opposing each other, and created the In-Betweener to represent dichotomies and balance in nature.
    • Amatsu-Mikaboshi, the Chaos King, is the primal god of chaos from Shinto legend that serves as the Big Bad in Chaos War. Predating reality, its motivation is to destroy the multiverse so as to return to the peaceful state of nothing it once came from. The Chaos King is later revealed to be just a tiny aspect of Oblivion, the Cosmic Entity representing nothingness and non-existence.
    • Various Doctor Strange characters like Shuma-Gorath and Chthon are said to be Lords of Chaos, though outside of having a Chaotic Evil alignment don't really represent chaos as an ideology. Chthon is the source of Chaos Magic, which is so dangerous that magic users suppressed any knowledge of its existence.
  • The DCU has the Lords of Chaos embodying chaos, as opposed to the Lords of Order embodying order. While initially treated as evil with Doctor Fate's Arch-Enemy Mordru being a Lord of Chaos, later stories have portrayed chaos in a more sympathetic light.
  • Malibu Comics' Mortal Kombat has Zaggot, the God of Chaos, an Anthropomorphic Personification who looks like a hobo version of Gandalf who reigns in chaos and wants to get the world summed in chaos. He first appeared in the Goro: Prince of Pain miniseries as the one who takes him off the first game to be his champion.
  • In general The Mask comics series is about the eponymous mask made by magical African Indians (in The Movie was made by the god Loki) who converts its wearer into "Big Head", a unstoppable agent of chaos capable of blowing up an entire city to ashes, depending of the user of course.
  • The Harris age of Vampirella comics introduced the evil god Chaos as a recurring villain, who rules Hell and opposes the forces of Order (including Vampirella) either directly or through his many acolytes. He's pretty much just a stand-in for the Devil, right up to looking like your standard scary big red demon, but his chaotic nature is reflected in his disordered mindset.

  • Cthulhu Mythos: Azathoth, depicted in the page image, is a being of pure chaos who created reality by pure accident and will be equally oblivious when it destroys it. It's been referred to as "the Nuclear Chaos", and is the eventual source of all the other bizarre gods and monsters in the mythos... and of everything else, for that matter. The Outer Gods' herald Nyarlathotep also represents chaos as the Crawling Chaos but is more about causing discord and panic on a human level than vast cosmic upheaval.
  • N. K. Jemisin's Inheritance Trilogy: Nahadoth, first of the Three Old Gods and co-creator of the universe, embodies Chaos and change. He is not evil per se, but doesn't align with human morality most of the time. It doesn't help that he's endured 2000 years of Sanity Slippage from being trapped in human form or that he's shaped by the belief of mortals around him, most of whom see him as a terrifying monster.
  • Tamora Pierce's Tortall Universe story Realm of the Gods has a goddess of chaos fighting the other gods. At the end of the book Daine fights her directly in a Shapeshifter Showdown.
  • Everybody Loves Large Chests has one of these. The book makes it a point to never describe him (her? it?) the same way twice. He even proves his identity by asking the characters to say his name three times. They say three completely different names. This is because, just like his appearance, his name, and even his title, is in constant flux. Except mortal brains can't comprehend it, so to them, it's a continual Retcon, even in the same sentence. Michael's name has always been Greg, right? And John was always the god of chance. Her appearance makes perfect sense for a goddess of chaos - a Victorian dandy with a top hat. Just look at how Jim waves his tentacles. Apparently, he is responsible for accidentally creating all demons.
  • Kane has the Seven Nameless, old gods that exist in a dimension beyond good and evil, filled by timeless chaos. While they have their disciples, they don't usually interfere in the world.

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  • In Nowhere Boys the feature film "The Book of Shadows" featured Tegan as the Big Bad who is revealed to be the personification of Chaos having taken human form. She is the polar opposite to her brother, "Bear", who is the personification of Order.
  • Q from Star Trek: The Next Generation is explicitly referred to as "next-of-kin to chaos". In some EU media, he's even called a god of chaos (among other similar epithets).

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  • In his Circle DVD, Eddie Izzard states that he prefers the idea of a flawed God of Chaos to an all-powerful God as portrayed in the Abrahamic faiths. In his version of the creation story, Chaos lives in a caravan in deep space and accidentally created the universe when his oven exploded while he was trying to bake a flan.

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Aesir, God of Chaos and the creator of Earth and Purgatorio

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