Kevin Michael Richardson (games) Paul Giamatti (film)
- "This has been about one thing and one thing only. Cash, and lots of it!"
Derek, also referred to as Chairmen Derek, Executive Chairman Derek, Supreme Executive Chairman Derek, and Ultimate Supreme Executive Chairman Derek respectively, was an evil, fast-talking, corrupt, despotic Blarg dictator. Under Derek's rule, he had his forces rampaged across the Solana Galaxy stealing entire sections of worlds, leaving millions homeless or worse. His pretense for doing these actions was to build a new world for his kind the Blarg, since their homeworld of Orxon had become too polluted and overpopulated to live on.
Pre-Ratchet & Clank
An Evil Plot is Formed
- "You see, I've been paid for everything square inch of my new world. Once the inhabitants move in, I will begin polluting this world as well, then the whole thing start all over again. Ah, brilliant."
Derek was born on planet Orxon, a heavily industrialized world in the Shadow Sector.
Overtime, Derek would eventually assume his position as Chairmen for the Blarg race. At some point during his rule, an idea to make loads of Bolts formed in his mind, a very promising idea indeed.
First, Derek slowly began to purposively pollute his homeworld, which already suffered from overpopulation. Orxon eventually became inhospitable for his kind, and his people were put in a desperate situation. Derek informed his citizens that he had a solution to their problems... they would simply build a new homeworld for their kind to reside on. Desperate for relief, the Blargs diligently did whatever was asked by Derek, building the ships necessary to extract portions of worlds, enlisting in his military and giving boatloads of cash to their leader. They were unaware that Derek was only using them to make money, and that he planned to pollute the newly constructed world when it was complete as well, starting the whole process over and over again.
Derek later hired famed galactic "hero" Captain Qwark to be the new spokesman for the world he was building, as well as function as his muscle.
Ratchet & Clank
The First Victim
- "Thank you for your cooperation."
- "And if you don't, you can take your whiny, sniveling, snot-nosed populations, form a line behind me, and kiss my... We're still on? Well turn it off, you idiot!"
- ―Derek informing the citizens of Novalis about their fate aboard his flagship.[src]
Aboard his flagship, he gave a televised speech to the citizens of planet Novalis, the first world chosen to have sections of its surface to be removed to create Derek's new world. Derek informed the citizens of Novalis that his kind the Blarg had been forced to abandon their own homeworld after it had become polluted and overpopulated. He insisted he had found a solution to this problem, claiming the Blarg would build a new world using key planetary components. Derek then explained to the citizens of Novalis why this affected them. He informed them the Blarg were using an advanced technologies too complex for the Novalians to understand to extract those planetary components from planets, and Novalis had some components they needed. Derek calmly insisted his forces would remove a large portion of Novalis and add it to Derek's planet. Derek noted sadly that this would result in Novalis changing mass, causing it to spin out of control until it smashed into its sun, causing it to explode into a flaming ball of gas. Derek however dismissed this loss, claiming sacrifices had to made, and he thanked the citizens of Novalis for their cooperation (which they had not agreed to). The cameraman on Derek's ship then exclaimed they had stop broadcast, however in reality it was still running. Derek, who had been calm and friendly during the broadcast, began to angrily rant to himself that if "whiny, sniveling, snot-nosed" citizens of Novalis didn't like what he had in store for them, then they could form a line behind him. He then proceeded to say they could then kiss his @#!*% , but was interrupted by the cameraman before he could say @#!*% . Shocked that the camera was still rolling, Derek angrily shouted at the cameraman to turn it off, which he did so as ordered.
A Problem Appears
- "This could be a problem. Take care of it."
Unfortunately, a cog had been thrown into his plans. A small, incorrectly built Sentry-Bot (with the soul of a Zoni) known as Clank had escaped Plant Z332 (the robot factory that birthed him) on planet Quartu, fully aware of Derek's intentions to destroy worlds to build a new planet. A team of Electroids were sent after him, shooting down the stolen Blarg spaceship over planet Veldin. Efforts at capturing Clank failed, as a Lombax named Ratchet found the Robot in the Kyzil Plateau before Derek's units could reach him.
Meanwhile, Derek and Captain Qwark were aboard his Derek's Flagship as it travel through the depths of space.As Derek's Flagship passed Veldin while on approach to Novalis, Derek saw Ratchet and Clank flee Veldin in Ratchet's homemade starship. Realizing those two could posse a problem, he ordered Captain Qwark to take care of them, and Qwark promptly left to deal with the duo.
Meanwhile, Derek ordered his army to be on the look out for Ratchet and Clank. Additionally, wanted posters of Ratchet and Clank began to appear across the galaxy, including in the city of Metropolis on planet Kerwan, which was being occupied by Blarg forces.
Diplomacy by Force
- "So you see, it would be most beneficial if your citizens were not in the city when my workers begin removing it."
While Qwark set into motion Ratchet and Clank downfall, Drek traveled to planet Novalis to discuss an agreement with the Chairmen of Novalis.
When they arrived outside of Novalis' orbit, Derek (accompanied by the Robot Lieutenant) began deliberations with the Chairmen of Novalis, who was representing the concerned citizens of Novalis. The negotiations between the leader soon fell apart when Derek calmly insisted that citizens should abandon the city in Tobruk Crater when Blarg workers bulldozed it down to prepare the region for extraction, as the chairmen of Novalis insisted the entire concept was "preposterous" and stated he would agree to such a motion. Derek "sadly" informed the chairmen that he had no real say in the matter, causing the chairmen to state that famed Captain Qwark would say otherwise.
Derek found this remark quite amusing, as Captain Qwark worked for him. The chairmen was however unaware of Qwark's alliance with Derek, and the chairmen asked why Derek was laughing at such a famed superhero, insisting Qwark could take out the pint sized Derek without even breaking a sweat. Derek quickly grew mad at being referred to as tiny, and he raised his hands toward the chairmen. Derek stated that the chairmen had worn out his welcome aboard his ship as well as his patience, he then motioned for the Robot Lieutenant to remove the chairmen. The Robot Lieutenant promptly grabbed the old chairmen, and began to remove him from the bridge.
The chairman shouted at Derek to end this madness, still believing Captain Qwark would stop Derek if he proceeded with his plans. Derek thought over it, and then exclaimed he would withdraw his troops after all. The surprised chairman was quite thrilled with news, but Derek revealed he had lied, and he ordered his Robot Lieutenant to "...try not to leave any marks." on the chairman.
Following that, Derek ordered Blarg forces to lay waste to Tobruk Crater, resulting in a large majority of the citizens to flee the planet via escape transports (with the exception of the poor).
Novalis' fate following the encounter has not been revealed and remains ambiguous.
Derek Needs Trees
- "I'm counting on your Lieutenant, and as your former commander can tell you, I don't take disappoint well..."
- ―Derek informing the Robot Lieutenant of his fate should he fail to harvest enough trees on time on planet Eudora.[src]
Following their operations on Novalis, Derek and his forces continued to forcefully extracted more pieces of other worlds to create Derek's new planet.
Eventually they reached planet Eudora, and Derek sent down the Robot Lieutenant to command the logging team at the newly built Blarg Logging Site. Derek wanted a large number of trees from Eudora for his new world, not at all concerned that the residents of Eudora had no say in the matter.
Derek later contacted the Robot Lieutenant via the camera system (Drek Cam and Planet Cam respectively), as Derek had heard his Robot Lieutenant was falling behind schedule. The Robot Lieutenant assured that everything was moving along smoothly, and he even panned the camera around to show their progress (which happened to show an Axe Bot killing another Axe Bot). Derek remarked that he expected the Robot Lieutenant to keep his word, warning the Lieutenant that he would meet the same fate as his former commanding officer. The Robot Lieutenant grew afraid from the remark, and he promised Derek that he would not fail like his former commander.
- "You have fulfilled your tree quota... barely."
- ―Chairman Derek[src]
- "We are ready to return to base."
- ―Robot Lieutenant[src]
- "No so fast, Lieutenant. Just because we don't need any more trees doesn't mean they should have them. Destroy, everything. He he he!"
- ―Chairman Derek[src]
While robotic loggers continued to shop trees and ship them to Derek's artificial world, Derek observed their progress via space aboard his flagship.
After quite some time, Derek was confident he had enough trees for his new world, and he pressed the comm button to inform the Lieutenant that they had enough trees and ordered him to move their artificial world. Annoyed that he wasn't getting a response, he pressed the comm button and shouted for the Lieutenant, who had been relaxing on the job. The Lieutenant quickly focused his attention on Derek, and Derek told the Lieutenant that he had fulfilled his tree quota, albeit barely. The Lieutenant insisted his forces were ready to return to base, but Derek dismissed this idea. Derek stated that while they had enough trees, that didn't mean the locals of Eudora should have any. Derek then ordered the Robot Lieutenant to continue chopping down trees, causing him to chuckle as the Lieutenant had his forces continue the chopping of trees.
Derek however moved onward, continuing his plans at building his new world.
While it could have already been deduced from the earliest stages of Ratchet & Clank that Derek had an immense army of Blarg Troopers and such at his side, led by the Robot Lieutenant, it was only until Ratchet and Clank reached the end of Captain Qwark's gauntlet on planet Umbris that they realized that Derek had rallied the so-called superhero at his side. On this planet, Qwark revealed his alliance with the Chairman, explaining that the latter had promised him the role of "official spokesperson" for the new Blargian planet - a promise that, beyond Qwark's realization, could never be kept. However, Captain Qwark's worth in Derek's eye lessened when the former's Blargian Snagglebeast was not able to defeat Ratchet and Clank. Nevertheless, the Chairman offered Qwark another chance to be his spokesman, but warned him to give better results. He ordered Qwark to intercept and shoot down the duo at the Gemlik Moonbase by using his personal starfighter, claiming that the Captain was "too washed up for ground combat" and placing more trust in his aerial combat skills. If he failed, Derek would cancel their endorsement deal, which painted Qwark as the superhero he wasn't. However, with the Pilot's Helmet that he had found on planet Gaspar, the Lombax and his sidekick took control of a nearby Blarg ship and shot down Captain Qwark, who crashed on the surface of planet Oltanis, marking the end of his allegiance to Derek.
Once Derek's new planet was completed, he declared that the final step necessitated before commencing its inhabitation was to place it in the ideal orbit. At the Bomb Factory at planet Hoven, he organized the construction of the PlanetBuster Maximus, which had for purpose to obliterate the planet that already occupied that ideal orbit. Unfortunately for the Chairman, Ratchet and Clank once again managed to stifle his efforts by destroying the PlanetBuster while it was leaving the planet. Despite this, Derek then led the creation of the Deplanetizer and announced through HoloVision that it would be used to destroy planet Veldin, which was the planet that currently occupied the chosen orbit for his new Blargian planet.
After learning this from Clank's mom on Planet Quartu, Ratchet and Clank rushed to Derek's Fleet to obtain the coordinates of the whereabouts of the Deplanetizer on Veldin. Ultimately, discovering Derek was on Veldin with the Deplanetizer, they met up with Derek, who had donned a giant mech-suit, and began battling him at the Kyzil Plateau. Derek was defeated on the Deplanetizer's platform, propelling him across space and crashing into his own constructed planet, killing Derek in his mech due to the planet's impact. The superweapon, at which point flipped, was then used to destroy his planet.
The Blarg, having lost their chairman and artificial homeworld, were assumingly either forced to stay on their original homeworld, planet Orxon, or move to different planets. It is unknown what exactly became of the Blarg after the destruction of their artificial planet. Either way, Ratchet and Clank had ended the reign of the Blarg and saved the Solana Galaxy. In Deadlocked, Orxon was re-visited, and it was still polluted, but not to the extent of the original game. The game mentions factory workers, so the Blarg probably still inhabit the planet.
Ratchet & Clank movie
Derek was noted for being very short, even smaller than Ratchet. He was never seen without his smart suit and tie, and his hair was always tied into an elegant topknot. He had a more pale complexion than most other Blarg and light blue eyes that glowed faintly.. It may have also been said that he harbored a certain sadistic sense of humor. Derek was both very smart and very confident, but did not take the failures of his subordinates well.
- "Well I guess Qwark didn't eliminate those two."
- ―Blarg Scientist[src]
- "How observant of you."
- "Thank you sir."
- ―Blarg Scientist[src]
- "Now if only you were as diligent at doing your own job!"
- "Yes sir."
- ―Blarg Scientist[src]
Copernicus Leslie Qwark
- "It's time to begin your new assignment."
- "Ah... A photo op by your shiny new shuttle! Terrific idea!"
- ―Captain Qwark[src]
- "Oh you really are an idiot."
Ratchet & Clank
- "I simply needed you to remove those two nuisances before they could cause any real trouble!"
| Let's just stomp around until we squish it!
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- An unlockable paint job for the Star Explorer in both Going Commando and Up Your Arsenal was called "Derek's Black Heart." As the name suggests, it was primarily black, with red streaks.
- Derek briefly appeared in Captain Qwark's flashback scene in Up Your Arsenal, when Qwark remembered his adventures from the previous two games. He was later referenced to in the same game, when Ratchet pointed out Qwark's tendency to work with the enemy.
- Derek also appeared as a floating image in the Dreamtime level of Size Matters.
- According to the manual of the first game, Derek was a "fast talking, quick-thinking dictator; a scheming' shadowy despot and a downright contemptible doer of evil." However, he never forgot his mother's birthday.
- Scenes of Derek from the first game could be seen on the IRIS Supercomputer in Tools of Destruction.
- Although never stated in-game, it's very likely that Derek chose Veldin as the Deplanetizer's target merely as a bait to lure Ratchet and Clank into his clutches in order to get rid of them, as well as destroy Veldin for an orbit.
- Derek's mech appeared as a large enemy in the PlayStation Home firing range space (past), though it did not appear that Derek was piloting it.
- Derek was quite small for his kind as his scientists and troopers (who were also Blarg) were taller.
- Derek wears a different attire in Full Frontal Assualt compared to the original game.
- Kevin Michael Richardson will not voice Derek in the movie.
Behind the scenes
- Ratchet & Clank (first appearance)
- Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando (mentioned only)
- Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal (mentioned and flashback)
- Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters
- Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction (IRIS only)
- Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time (indirectly mentioned only)
- Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault (skin only)
- Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus (statue only)
- Ratchet & Clank movie