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Cow Chop was a comedy group and associate of Rooster Teeth, mainly composed of Uber Haxor Nova, ImmortalHD and Brett Hundley. It's seen as the successor to The Creatures, although is significantly less game-oriented and is more focused on dicking around as intensely as possible.

It had an impressive start, but a series of setbacks note  meant that the project has decided to end at the close of 2019, bringing its total life to about three and a half years.

Cowchop has two unofficial spinoffs in the form of Offcanny, a channel run by former employees Alec, Jakob and Garrett, and Muscle Party, run by Brett, that has used their old warehouse for filming.


Cow Chop provides examples of:

  • Alternate Self: The premise of "THE ACCOUNT OF ALEKS" short, inspired by the many Aleks-related fan accounts, where Trevor is trapped in the office with at least a dozen of different versions of Aleks. It was All Just a Dream though.
  • Ascended Extra: Trevor, one of the editors and cameramen, has grown to be one of the faces of Cow Chop, alongside James and Aleks.
  • Beat: The use of awkward silence for comedic effect is pretty much a part of the channel's signature style.
  • Black Comedy: With a healthy dose of Cringe Comedy, this is how they get most of their laughs. At the 2018 Let's Play Spring Break event, their featured segment was them playing Jenga with electric shock collars with several other Let's Players. Raucous cackling can be heard off-screen from everyone else (especially from Geoff and Bruce) as shocks are distributed.
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  • Born Unlucky: The channel itself. It launched right as the Ad-Pocalypse happened, forcing James to pay the company expenses and employee salaries out of his personal funds, operating at a loss for a year, and that's not even adding with the constant departures of everyone and it's eventual confirmation that the channel would be ending at the end of 2019 and James's own departure.
  • Butt-Monkey: Trevor was the biggest on the channel but as he grew in popularity, the abuse lessened. Joe and Aron are more minor examples.
  • Cosplay: The gang tend to dress up as characters from whatever game they're currently playing. A lot of these costumes are hilariously awful.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Joe combines this with The Ditz.
  • The Dreaded:
    • Rooster Teeth and others are jokingly terrified of Cow Chop on account of the sheer amount of carnage they create. Achievement Hunter are especially terrified because as part of a Secret Santa exchange, Cow Chop sent them a box of syringes filled with shit.
    • Brett is this (also jokingly, of course) to the rest of the Cow Chop crew, since he is the strongest guy in the office by far and has served in the army. In "EXTREME OFFICE MAKEOVER", James flat-out refuses to help make "adjustments" to Brett's office while he's gone.
      James: He bombed my car, I have no part in this. Please keep that in. I have no part in this.
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  • Foodfight!: The "ICE CREAM BROWNIE DISASTER" episode, which starts with the gang getting a little too much dessert for Trevor. Naturally, the situation escalates very quickly.
  • Gargle Blaster: "BATTLESHOTS", consisting of James and Aleks playing Battleshots with the most awful shots conceived. James loses and pukes his brains out. "BUILDING THE BATTLESHOTS" showed Brett and Lindsay concocting the shots, with Lindsay's concoctions having the infamously horrible Malort in them.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: James when Aleks asked Dex to fix his computer instead of him.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Brett, who tends to snap at the most random things imaginable.
  • Made of Iron: Pretty much every member. However, Brett stands out due to the sheer amount of pepper spray he could take.
  • Monster Clown: Trevor dressed up like one when Steven Suptic paid them a visit. Fans were actually creeped out by his behaviour.
  • My Greatest Failure: Aleks getting Norman Jayden killed in their Heavy Rain playthrough.
  • Never My Fault: James counts. He will often yell "Please!" or "Stop!" whenever things start getting truly chaotic despite the fact that he was the one who caused or the very least prolonged the carnage.
  • No Indoor Voice: James has a habit of reacting to most situations by yelling or screaming.
  • Only Sane Man: Anna is often pointed out to be the only "normal" person in the group, often giving subtle WTF reactions to the others antics in the the background.
  • Put on a Bus: James broke his leg while filming an attempted skateboard stunt for the channel, and had to take several months off. Turned out to be a Bus Crash (minus, you know, the death part) as he decided he would use the break to announce his permanent leave from the group (which he had been contemplating since Joe left.)
  • Reality Ensues: The channel's skew towards content James described as "Jackass-Lite" for the sake of monetization value (admitted by multiple members) eventually led to James suffering a painful and brutal leg break during a failed attempt at a skateboard stunt. Doubling down on this trope, Nova admitted that the incident seriously frightened his family and girlfriend, and that he himself hadn't enjoyed making that sort of content in the first place, and the whole incident served as the catalyst to his (long-deliberated) decision to leave.
  • Revolving Door Casting: The move to L.A. essentially cemented that the only stable members of the cast are the founding trio: Brett, Aleks, and James. And then James left.
  • Sadist Show: A lot of the content revolves around the suffering of the cast, usually through pepper-spray.
  • Shout-Out: In "ALEKS EPIC MILITARY GRADE STINK BOMB PRANK", Brett breaks down an entire bathroom door with his bare hands and roars "HERE'S BRETT!", all for a The Shining reference. Kinda a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment since this is the reason they were evicted.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Whenever an opera movement plays, something awful or destructive is bound to happen.
  • Stylistic Suck: Including lethargic levels of bad acting, cheesy video edits and the stupidest looking props and costumes. All completely intentional.
  • Those Two Guys: James and Aleks were this when they part of the The Creatures and continue be this with Cow Chop. Some would go as far to say that they one of the most iconic duos in Youtube gaming.
  • Token Minority: Aleks as a Russian, Aron as an Asian, and Joe as a Jew. Newer member Jakob is Black.
  • Trash the Set: The "SALT SHOTGUN AND FIERY SURPRISES" episode of "Amazon Prime Time" ends with Aleks setting some of the trash on fire... which winds up causing a huge fire that burns the couch and part of the set.
  • Voice of the Legion: In the 2017 Halloween edition of Amazon Prime Time, James dressed up like "Macho Man" Randy Savage and whenever he start to to talk like him, this would come into play. It was both very funny and slightly creepy.
  • Wheelchair Antics: James' "disabled" phase had plenty of that, and said wheelchair still pops up in videos from time to time.
  • Younger Than They Look: Trevor being the youngest of the core group, the others would often insist he's underage and therefore can't drink/drive/see certain stuff.

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