Project Mayhem is a fictional organization created by the main characters in the book and film “Fight Club.” It is described as an underground movement that aims to challenge and disrupt the conformity and consumerism of modern society through acts of vandalism and destruction. The members of Project Mayhem are primarily recruited from the support groups the narrator, who is the protagonist, and Tyler Durden, the other main character, attend. They carry out a series of increasingly elaborate and dangerous pranks and stunts, with the ultimate goal of destroying credit card companies and other symbols of consumer culture. The group also promotes a philosophy of self-improvement through physical and mental challenges, as well as the rejection of traditional societal norms and values.
As soon as the club is big enough, Tyler gives shape to his idea: organizing Project Mayhem. The aim is simple: to destroy human civilization so that it can start over again from new, better bases. No questions, no excuses, no lies and, mostly, you have to trust Tyler—these are the rules of Fight Club. The moral of the story is simple: even members of Fight Club have to trust someone if they want Mayhem to succeed.
Project Mayhem becomes such a threat to society that the police chief organizes a meeting to stop its ascent. The police chief’s efforts are thwarted when Fight Club members kidnap him, pin him down on the ground in a hotel bathroom, and threaten him with castration.
Eventually, Norton realizes that Tyler Durden does not really exist but is not completely convinced until he sees that Durden is not hit by a bullet from a gun he fires. The truth is now known to Norton, but it is too late. He, and he alone, is the leader and founder of Fight Club. But Project Mayhem has become independent of Fight Club and is completely out of control.
Perfectly orchestrated plans to blow up buildings throughout the city are in place. Norton tries to stop the destruction, but his own men stop him. They hold him down and try to castrate him, informing him that he himself instructed them to do just that, if ever he tried to interfere with the functioning of Fight Club.