Chaos (play /ˈk.ɒs/;Greek: χάος ) refers to a state lacking order or predictability.


Mythology, philosophy, and religion

  • Chaos (cosmogony), the concept in classical creation myths
    • a chasm or abyss, especially in biblical usage, see Abyss (religion)
    • prima materia, the primordial state from which the cosmos originated
    • chaoskampf, an allegorical or mythological battle between a hero and a chaos monster (dragon)
  • Chaos magic, a branch of occultism

Science and mathematics

  • any state of confusion or disorder, see disorder (disambiguation)
  • Randomness, a lack of intelligible pattern or combination
  • Chaos theory, a branch of mathematics and physics that deals with the behavior of certain nonlinear dynamical systems
  • Chaos (amoeba), a type of giant amoeba
  • Polynomial chaos, an expansion in probability theory, invented by Norbert Wiener
  • 19521 Chaos, a Trans-Neptunian Kuiper belt object
  • Chaosnet, an early set of network communication protocols
  • CHAOS (Linux distribution), designed for creating ad hoc computer clusters


  • short title of an alchemical treatise by Heinrich Khunrath
  • Liber Chaos, an alchemical treatise by Raimundus Lullus
  • Chaos: Making a New Science, a book by James Gleick that was nominated for a Pulitzer prize
  • The Chaos, poem by Gerard Nolst Trenité which illustrates English spelling and pronunciation

Film and television

  • Chaos (2000 film), a Japanese film directed by Hideo Nakata
  • Chaos (2001 film), a French film directed by Coline Serreau
  • Chaos (2005 film), directed by David DeFalco
  • Chaos (2006 film), starring Jason Statham and Wesley Snipes, directed by Tony Giglio
  • Chaos, a 2006 Polish-language film directed by Xawery Zulawski
  • Le Chaos, a 2007 Arabic-language film by Egyptian directors Youssef Chahine and Khaled Youssef
  • CHAOS (TV series), a 2011 American television series airing on CBS
  • Kaos (film), titled Chaos in American release, a 1984 Italian film directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani


  • Chaos A.D., sixth album of Sepultura, a Brazilian heavy metal band
  • Chaos UK, a British punk/UK82 band
  • Chaos C.H., a Japanese hardcore punk group
  • "Chaos", a song by Mutemath from their self-titled debut album
  • "Chaos", a song by Skold from Skold
  • "Chaos", a song on the album Psyence Fiction by UNKLE
  • "Khaos", a single by the Japanese solo artist Közi
  • "Chaos", an album of Jaycee Chan released on April 16, 2010
  • K-os, a Canadian musician

Video games

  • Chaos, a character in the Battle Arena Toshinden fighting game series
  • Chaos (Sonic the Hedgehog), a character in the Sonic the Hedgehog video game franchise
  • Chaos (Final Fantasy), an enemy in Final Fantasy
  • Chaos (Fabula Nova Crystallis Final Fantasy), matter from the Fabula Nova Crystallis mythos that comes from Valhalla.
  • Chaos (Loom), a villain in the LucasArts adventure game Loom
  • Chaos (video game), a 1985 computer game for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum
  • chaos (Xenosaga), a fictional character from the Xenosaga video game series
  • Nrvnqsr Chaos, a villain in the visual novel Tsukihime

Entertainment and popular culture

Other uses

  • Chaos in society, is Civil disorder
  • Lawlessness, a lack of laws or law enforcement
  • Operation CHAOS, a domestic espionage project conducted by the CIA
  • A month in the Discordian calendar
  • Chaos, the cultural festival of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
  • Rans S-9 Chaos, an aerobatic aircraft

See also

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  • chaos — chaos …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • chaos — [ kao ] n. m. • 1377; lat. chaos, gr. khaos 1 ♦ Relig., Myth. Vide ou confusion existant avant la création (⇒ tohu bohu). Chaos originel, primitif. 2 ♦ (XVIe) Fig. Confusion, désordre grave. « le chaos des sensations confuses » (Michelet). ⇒… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Chaos 2 — with a chain holding down its flipper so that it is safe between fights. Statistics Height 0.42 m (1.4 ft) Wi …   Wikipedia

  • Chaos A.D. — Chaos A.D. Ст …   Википедия

  • Chaos UK — File:Chaos UK.JPG Background information Origin Portishead, England Genres Hardcore punk, punk rock Years active …   Wikipedia

  • Chaos UK — Жанры хардкор панк панк рок анархо панк Годы 1979 2004 …   Википедия

  • Chaos A.D. — Chaos A.D. Studioalbum von Sepultura Veröffentlichung 1. September 1993 Label Roadrunner Records Format …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • CHAOS — rudis et inordinatae materiae confusa congeries. Poetae aiunt Chaos in principio fuisse, i. e. confusionem rerum, atque elementorum. Postea vero Deum ditemisse illam congeriem, siugulisque rebus ex confuso acervo separatis, in ordinemque… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • CHAOS — may refer to: * C.H.A.O.S., Create Havoc Around Our System , used by the Association of Flight Attendants for intermittent work stoppages or strikes * CHAOS (Linux distribution), a Linux distribution designed for ad hoc computer clustering *… …   Wikipedia

  • Chãos — Freguesia de Portugal …   Wikipedia Español

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