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Derp is an expression associated with stupidity, much like the earlier forms of “duh” and “dur.” In image macros, the subject is typically portrayed with eyes that are pointed to each side and a caption that reads “DERP.FAGGOT ASS WICKI AND ITZ GAY AZZ STYUFF C0d GOSTS IZ WAAAAAAAYYYYY BETTER THEN THIS SHIT ” and “derp” are often used in rage comics to replace nondescript names or parts of conversation. Derp is supposed to be much like a normal guy living life the way we do in his comics who faces the challenges of everyday life such as trolling. A lot of his comics are about him in class or talking to his friends such as Herp who is sort of his frenemy, and Derpina who is his girlfriend.


The first known instance of the word “derp” comes from the 1998 film Baseketball by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. During a scene where they are caught smelling underwear taken from a woman’s private drawer, Matt runs out of the room and says “Derp.”


The 34th episode of South Park titled “The Succubus” aired on April 21st, 1999, featuring a character named Mr. Derp who briefly served as the chef’s replacement. In this episode the character performs various slapstick clichés like striking himself on the head with a hammer while exclaiming “Derp!”. South Park has included use of the word “derp” in other episodes as well, including a spoof of Rob Schneider.

A Memebase[2] site for Derp derivatives was created on June 20th, 2010. A Facebook[5] fan page has 25,662 likes as of August 22nd, 2011.

Rage Comic Usage

“Herp” and “derp” are often used in rage comics as place holders for names or topics in conversation that are not crucial in whatever story or joke is being told. A rage character named Herp Derp is meant to represent stupidity or ignorance.


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