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Chaos Control is a superpower where a person can control disorder, which is paradoxical but ironically occurs anyway. It’s like a contradiction showing chaos in a certain way. The power would be manipulating chaotic forces that can range from control over probability to altering reality.Cosmic entities of chaos such as Anthropomorphic Personifications and Gods would have such power but there are also other beings. Entities like these can even be empowered by chaos as well. There is a weakness to such an ability which are superpowers of order that can counter chaos.

The name is derived from the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, where Chaos Control is one of the many powers granted by the Chaos Emeralds.

Typically a subset of Entropy and Chaos Magic.

Examples of Chaos Control include:

Anime and Manga

  • Nrvnqsr Chaos from Tsukihime is a Dead Apostle who is a living mass of chaos and doesn't identify himself as a physical being. This chaos allows him to birth various organisms, and makes Nrvnqsr difficult to kill under normal conditions.
  • In The Seven Deadly Sins, Chaos is a primordial entity that creates the world and the five races from nothing. When King Arthur awakens as the King of Chaos, this causes him to unconsciously alter reality due to lacking control over his power; he grows in proficiency while fighting Cath Palug, which leads him to accept his new power.
    • Cath Palug gains a fragment of Chaos, which gives him similar control over reality, after devouring King Arthur's arm.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, Chaos is an innate power within humanity and Barians. Xyz Monsters can upgrade via Chaos Xyz Evolution, and Chaos Draw is an ability used by the Seven Barian Lords to draw a card they need.
  • The Lord of Nightmares from the Slayers series is said to be the creator of the four worlds, and is the Sea of Chaos that makes up the universe; as such, she would thus be effectively omnipotent.

Comic Books

  • Entropy is the son of Eternity and represents the Marvel Universe's entropy which means his powers can go beyond his father's.
    • Lord Chaos is a being that personifies the concept of chaos through the universe, thus having vast cosmic powers.
    • The In-Betweener is the physical embodiment of the balance of order and chaos, which allows him to manipulate these two forces.
    • Chaos Magic is a magic that is unknown even to the Sorcerer Supreme and very powerful. The spells can change the very fabric of existence and reality to the user's desires, bringing destruction to the cosmos.


  • Eris from the Percy Jackson series is the Greek Goddess of Chaos, Strife, and Discord, where she has dominion over her namesakes.
    • Set from the Kane Chronicles is the Egyptian God of Chaos that his strength is tied with Osiris and Horus. He can gain more power from anything that causes chaos like storms and can become nigh invincible.
    • Apophis is the manifestation of chaos itself, where his power is on an apocalyptic level. His mere presence can cause chaos to radiate around him and can splinter reality into alternate layers.

Live-Action TV

  • Black Guardian from the Doctor Who series embodies the force of chaos in the universe and uses this element throughout it.

Oral Tradition, Folklore, Myths and Legends

Tabletop Games

  • Warhammer 40,000's Chaos is a metaphysical force of change both physically and spiritually that can corrupt but is not necessarily evil. There different beings that can use this force, and the most potent is the Chaos Gods.

Video Games

  • The Trope Namer of Chaos Control from Sonic the Hedgehog series is a technique that manipulates time and space by using energy from the Chaos Emeralds.
  • Chaos, from Final Fantasy XIII-2, is an energy that is a blessing from the goddess Etro but it is a dangerous force due to how it can change reality. Those who can command Chaos can gain immense powers such as powerful magic to reshaping the timeline.

Western Animation

  • Discord from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, is the Spirit of Chaos where he wields powerful magic that can cause his namesake with a snap of his fingers. His magic can do almost anything as long as it's chaotic in some way or form.
  • GOLB, from Adventure Time, is a deity related to chaos from another dimension. He causes wraiths of discord from his breath and can digest items in their original form, but GOLB is weak to harmony
  • Twin Masters, from Hero: 108, is a being who wishes to bring chaos and destruction to the world through magic powers.
  • Chaos, from Aladdin the series, is a god-like being who magically spread chaos. He can rewrite reality to what he wants without any rules or limitations that even surprise Chaos himself.
  • In Martin Mystery, the Chaos Beast is a manifestation of chaos sealed in an old box. It has several abilities that defy physics that can cause various calamities.

Other Media