- For the version of this character before the Super Genesis Wave, see Chaos (Pre-Super Genesis Wave).
Th-That's...Chaos! The Living Wave! The Guardian of Chao! You know Chaos?!
Oh, sure. I helped him with a thing once.
— Captain Striker the Mantis Shrimp and Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog #263
Chaos is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics. It is a Chao that mutated into a water elemental, which was responsible for all but wiping out the Knuckles Clan of Echidnas. Imprisoned in the Master Emerald by Tikal, a girl from that tribe, Chaos remained trapped for centuries until he was released by the maniacal Dr. Eggman. After accumulating power from various Chaos Emeralds, he attacked Station Square only to be stopped by Super Sonic. Following this, Chaos and Tikal returned to their home within the Master Emerald.
Awoken by Eggman
After discovering the legend of the Chaos, the beast was awoken by Dr. Eggman after the scientist shattered the Master Emerald. The Doctor used Chaos in his plan to destroy Station Square, hunting down Chaos Emeralds to help Chaos grow in strength and size. However, it eventually turned against its master and, in its Perfect form, ravaged the city itself with a devastating flood. The beast's rampage was put to an end by Super Sonic. Reduced back to its base form, it returned to it's home inside the Master Emerald.
- Due to the Genesis Wave, Chaos' history and memories were changed to be identical to that of his game counterpart's. For more information on this character, see Chaos Devil.
When reality was rewritten by the second Genesis Wave, Chaos' history remained largely unchanged. Much later, Chaos was reawakened again by Dr. Eggman and was merged with Dr. Wily's Devil Core to create the Chaos Devil. The monster was accidentally unleashed by Rouge the Bat aboard the Wily Egg during her attempts to bring down the ship from within. It managed to capture Rouge and Metal Sonic v3.0 and was menaced by Bass, but the two doctors arrived and ordered it to release its captives. It did so, and Rouge was taken away to be roboticized, while the doctors prided themselves on the success of the Chaos Devil's operation.
The Chaos Devil later appeared again to engage Sonic and Mega Man as they made their way deeper into the Wily Egg, but was engaged by the heroic robot Duo. After a heated battle, Duo freed Chaos from the Devil Core and destroyed it, and the pair were then caught up in the effects of the Super Genesis Wave which in the end came to create a new reality with Chaos in it.
Shattered World Crisis
- Note: From the readers point of view, this picks up from where Chaos' original timeline ended.
After Sonic's World was broken up due to the Super Genesis Wave, Angel Island was rocked by the rising landmasses. In the midst of this commotion, Chaos emerged from the Master Emerald and dove down to the planet below where it kept the oceans from draining away from the planetary pieces. He later appeared in the city of Meropis to aid the beleaguered defenders-among them Sonic the Hedgehog and Rotor the Walrus. Chaos battled the Dark Guardian and defeated it by manipulating the water around them. Working together, the trio dispatched the Dark Guardian, while the rest of the Dark Gaia Creatures were defeated by Coral the Betta, Tikal, and Pearly the Manta Ray reciting the Mystic Melody with Aquarius. Chaos' presence and the successful restoration of the city's energy shield renewed King Puff and Queen Angelica's faith in Coral's abilities, and she was reinstated as priestess of the Eusebes Shrine.
Powers and abilities
As a being composed of pure water, Chaos had the ability to elongate its body to attack enemies from a distance, as well as to change shape in order to dodge attacks or fit in narrow spaces. By absorbing Chaos Emeralds, it has the ability to evolve into progressively stronger incarnations of itself, each differentiated from its original form of Chaos 0 by a number from one to seven, the seventh also being known as Perfect Chaos. Chaos can also manipulate water to a great degree, using it to attack enemies, surrounding those who cannot breathe underwater in air bubbles so they can breathe and even preventing the oceans from draining away during the Shattered World Crisis.
- Sonic Adventure
- Sonic Universe #54, "When Worlds Collide Part Eleven: Worst of the Worst"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #251, "When Worlds Collide Finale: Best of the Best"
- Sonic Universe #53, "When Worlds Collide Part Eight: Liberation"
- Sonic Universe #63, "The Great Chaos Caper Part One: On the Hunt"
- Sonic the Hedgehog #263, "Waves of Change Part Four: Divine Waters"