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Pure chaos personified.

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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 are usually an Eldritch Abomination as well, who are often associated with chaos and disorder anyway. Sometimes they are a more neutral Trickster God 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.

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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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    Comic Books 
  • 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. Oddly enough, he speaks entirely in Haiku, which is a form of poetry with rigid rules, but what do you expect from a God of Chaos - consistency?
    • Various Doctor Strange characters like Shuma-Gorath and Chthon are said to be Lords of Chaos, though outside of having a Chaotic Evil alignment do not 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.
  • Wonder Woman: Dionysus is the god of drunkenness, theater, and madness, and he operates on an even more alien morality than the rest of the Olympians. He'll turn humans he considers friends into animals on a whim and see's no harm in leaving them that way. Due to his nature he is entirely unpredictable and dangerous, though not malevolent.
  • 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 Lady Death, the Lords of Chaos are a recurring element in the Chaos and Boundless continuities:
    • The Chaos Lord Genocide is the Big Bad of "The Crucible" arc and is the first Chaos Lord Lady Death fights. He was one of the original Chaos Lords who brought about the creation of the universe and sought to undo that mistake.
    • The Chaos Lords are the villains during the "Alive" arc and act through their minion The Dark One who corrupts souls for them to feed on.
    • The Chaos Lords are featured in Medieval Lady Death. They speak to Lady Death's biological father Tvarus while he is imprisoned and are responsible for his corruption.
  • 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 is 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.
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    Literature 
  • 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.
  • In Conquest Born: Braxi, the Proud Warrior Race planet, is a bit hung up on its chaos goddess, Ar. Braxins talk about Ar more than any of their other gods, especially considering that they believe their gods abandoned them. Large-scale social engineering sometime way back in their history built Ar into a symbol of, and internal justification for, the pervasive misogyny in Braxin society. A woman who commands men is a shem'Ar — a servant of Chaos — that cannot be tolerated. The shem'Ar threatens Braxi's social order simply by existing. Yet, the shem'Ar is also the greatest possible allure for a truely powerful man.
  • 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 does not align with human morality most of the time. It does not help that he has endured 2000 years of Sanity Slippage from being trapped in human form or that he is shaped by the belief of mortals around him, most of whom see him as a terrifying monster.
  • Tortall Universe: 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 do not usually interfere in the world.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 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.
  • Great Gazoo Q from Star Trek: The Next Generation is explicitly referred to as "next-of-kin to chaos". In some EU media, he is even called a god of chaos (among other similar epithets).

    Mythology and Religion 
  • Classical Mythology:
  • Egyptian Mythology: In Ancient Egyptian mythology, the world is divided into forces of order against chaos. The ultimate chaos god is Apophis, a monstrous serpent and God of Evil who wants nothing more than to destroy the universe. Set was originally a positive god of chaos, deserts and storms, but was later demonized into a God of Evil. Despite this, he still hated and opposed Apophis.
  • Zoroastrianism has Angra Mainyu (also known as Ahriman), who equally serves as the God of Evil and Evil Twin in direct opposition to Ahura Mazda, the God of Good and order. Unlike Judeo-Christian views of the Devil being weaker than God, Angra Mainyu is the equal of Ahura Mazda. However, he will lose in the end anyway, due to self-defeating nature of chaos and evil.
  • Japanese Mythology has two opposing "forces" which make up all of creation, including man, spirits, nature and kami: the nigi-mitama and ara-mitama. While not considered "sentient" gods or forces in their own right, they are nonetheless all-encompassing. Nigi-mitama is the force that creates harmony while the ara-mitama is the force that invokes anger, violence, conflict and chaos. Though its effects are considered "negative", it's not considered a "bad" thing; the ara-mitama appears when a being faces an existential threat (a danger to one's life, a denial of one's ambitions, or a perversion of one's values).
  • Some forms of theistic Satanism believe Satan to be this, but in a positive way as the true liberator of the chains of the Cosmic reality created by God. Others believe there were seven gods of Chaos who existed before Yaweh, sometimes called Leviathans (based on a part of Psalms that says that God fought the Leviathan in order to create the Universe, and another part of Genesis were it says that the waters existed before God created Earth). For this groups God just made the material Universe whilst the primordial Darkness of Chaos rule by this Gods encroach it and would eventually took over. And yet others believe that the number of god-like beings living in this primordial Chaos (often called the acausal realm) is incontable as everyone who breaks with the Cosmic reality goes there.

    Stand Up Comedy 
  • In her Circle DVD, Eddie Izzard states that she prefers the idea of a flawed God of Chaos to an all-powerful God as portrayed in the Abrahamic faiths. In her 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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