Allies of Chaos are inherently inclined towards an extreme form of self-expression. They believe in unlocking their unlimited inner power and reject any predetermined order or hierarchy. It is this spirit that attracts the various demons and entities in the games, fostering a unique mix of personalities that further enriches the diversity of the Megami Tensei realm.
But chaos does not necessarily indicate a lack of morality. This can be seen as contradictory and destructive, but alignment also encourages good and selfless deeds because it comes from the individual's will and not as a response to external pressure. Liberation is the highest form of existence for this faction; chaotic existence is not anarchy, but freedom from the shackles of society, a choice of self-realization.
First introduced in Megami Tensei II, Chaos was originally associated with demons. However, it was not anti-human, but rather anti-authority, and the proponents strongly opposed the God-ruled scheme. This faction advocated continuous conflict as a catalyst for growth and evolution. Those who follow Chaos in these early installations often appear ruthless but ambitious.
Chaos is further developed in Shin Megami Tensei. Represented by Lucifer, the leader of the rebellion against God in the Christian tradition, Chaos opposed established tyranny and oppressive structures. It may seem ruthless and violent, but Chaos seeks to free individuals from all forms of oppression, empowering them to become powerful enough to equal the gods and demons. Chaos tuning found in later games such as Shin Megami Tensei IV reinforces these principles. However, said brutality is presented as a natural process, including purification through combat. The Chaos faction essentially promotes a world where power is accumulated and respected without artificial limitations. It may not be a peaceful path, but one in which individuals freely determine their own destiny.
Although the Chaos belief system is often misunderstood or viewed negatively due to its ruthless approach, it offers an interesting perspective on individual growth, freedom, and the deconstruction of oppressive structures. It remains an important element that enriches the complexity and depth of the Megami Tensei universe.
Chief among them is the sprawling and rampant Makai, a demonic world with significant connections to Chaos. Resembling an endless city of ruins, it is majestic in its ruins and reflects the raw, wild energy of its inhabitants. Crashed and burned skyscrapers stand as a stark monument to the messy beauty of the world. Other places associated with Chaos have a peculiar, otherworldly beauty. They distort conventional ideas about geography and make a mockery of the predictable and orderly landscapes seen in the mortal realms. In these regions, a forest can catch fire without cause or harm, or the ocean can swirl and shift with the current flowing in either direction.
Such a geographical extremity must embody the chaotic will of its inhabitants - a landscape governed not by the laws of nature, but by the will of the most powerful. However destructive or ephemeral, for the Chaos dwellers these landscapes represent the ultimate freedom promoted by their ideology, revealing their belief in the survival of the fittest and their pursuit of unregulated individualism.