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Clockwise from bottom left: Tom, Chilled, Ze, John, GaLm, and Aphex.
The Derp Crew is a group of Lets Players consisting of Chilled Chaos, GaLm, Ze Royal Viking, Tom Fawkes, tehsmarty (a.k.a. just Smarty, and known for a time as John Page), and Aphex Arcade. They frequently collaborate with each other in gaming sessions, although it's rare that all of them are together at once outside of games like Shell Shock Live.

Other Let's Players that appear on a regular basis with the Crew include Ohmwrecker, GassyMexican, and SattelizerGames.

Chilled, GaLm, Ze, and Tom had a podcast called Tangled Cords, but it was eventually discontinued. Also, while most of the guys still game together, especially Chilled and Ze, the Derp Crew itself is largely discontinued.

    Games frequently played by the Crew 


The Derp Crew provides examples of:

  • The Ace:
  • Blog: Tom has a weekly vlog in which he talks about a few things that happen each day of that week. While he was living with Ze, Ze would sometimes appear although he usually didn't contribute much.
  • Brainy Brunette:
    • Ze has a degree in computer programming and often plays Universe Simulator on his channel.
    • Chilled has demonstrated impressive observational and deductive abilities during their Among Us games (when he's a Crewmate, that is).
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • John has a bad tendency to make really bad plays and moves that compromise the others, especially in ShellShock, and frequently takes abuse from everyone else, especially Chilled.
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    • When playing Among Us, Chilled has a marked tendency toward paranoia and being quick to jump on players who act even remotely "sus". While he's right a fair amount of the time, he tends to catch flak whenever he's not. After they started playing modded Among Us, it often gets him a Jester win.
  • Crossover: Several of the guys made videos on a fairly regular basis with various members of the Vanoss crew. Chilled has even played with Vanoss himself.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Aphex will occasionally fall into this, given he is bilingual.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Many a player in Monopoly has tended to make a detrimental deal that they view as great simply because Chilled isn't involved in the deal.
  • Ironic Name: Let's just say Smarty isn't exactly known for his well-planned plays.
  • One-Steve Limit: Averted. Chilled and GaLm are both named Anthony, while Ze and Aphex are both named Steven. As a result, a number of multiplayer games tend to result in Steven vs. Steven, Anthony vs. Anthony and Stevens vs. Anthonys matches. This was lampshaded in an episode of ShellShock.
  • Running Gag:
    • The guys constantly refer to Moscow as "Mockba" when playing Geo Guessr.
    • Gassy plays a slide whistle for comic relief.
    • For several months in 2021, Ze did a dab for each subscription gifted during his Twitch streams, which sometimes led to him rapidly dabbing when people gifted 25, 50, or even 100 subs at a time. He stopped doing this in 2022.
  • Self-Deprecation: During a Mario Kart 8 session, the question of what each player's autobiography would be titled was floated. John said his was easy: Intelligence Not Required.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: This tends to arise during Monopoly videos. Knowing that Chilled is The Ace there, many players refuse to trade with him to prevent him from winning, even when he offers genuinely beneficial deals... and in doing so, they make worse deals with other players, which almost always leads to Chilled winning when these players have put themselves in such a bad position that Chilled can take advantage.
  • Shirtless Scene: For his first video of his playthrough of Catherine, which was recorded on Halloween, Tom dressed like the main character when in the dream sequences, meaning no shirt and a ram's horn headpiece. He also occasionally goes without a shirt in his vlog, often when he films after working out.
  • There Can Be Only One: Ze and Aphex sometimes get into a rivalry due to both of them being named Steven, and try to kill each other in-game and declare that only they can be the true Steven.
  • Toilet Humor: During a Mario Kart session, John took a break that was much longer than anyone was expecting, to the point that everyone was wondering if he and his fiancee were getting frisky or if he was stuck in the bathroom, which led to much joking about both possibilities. When he finally got back, he confirmed that it was the latter.