Controlled Chaos is a subset of toon physics related to the fortunate results of falls, stumbles, and flights through the air.


Johnny (Hang in There, Scooby-Doo) unmasked

Controlled chaos helped the Mystery Inc. gang capture a criminal disguised as a hideous pterodactyl.

In the case shown here, Shaggy Rogers and Scooby-Doo went flying through the air in a deflating rubber raft. Somehow, the raft ended up wrapped around the Pterodactyl Ghost, capturing him.


  • Only characters with a high level of toon physics can do this. It may explain why the gang always insists on Shaggy and Scooby as bait for their traps. In the back of their minds, they may realize how powerful this effect is for the toony members of their group.
  • The gang must have done the footwork and nearly solved the case before this effect can be invoked. Fred Jones mistakenly tried it too early in the What's New, Scooby-Doo? episode Diamonds Are a Ghoul's Best Friend.
  • Earlier in the case, the same effect may cause humorous pratfalls, stumbling into witnessing a crime, or finding a clue.
  • Another example, taking it to the limit, Yabba-Doo got a bull to kick the shed in which they were trapped, expecting that the boards of the shed would fly into the air and rebuild themselves around the villains, trapping them instead.
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