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26th Aug '16 1:22:25 PM btravern
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** Shirley and Troy didn't have a B-Plot together until the fourth season. Yvette-Nicole Brown (Shirley's actress) noted this in the DVD commmentary for a season three episode where Troy gave a heartfelt goodbye to Shirley, although the two never spent time together on-screen. They also rarely spoke to one another directly even when the group was all together around the study room. This could be read as an attempt to avert any potential UnfortunateImplications of [[TokenMinorityCouple having the only two African-American members of the group hang out all the time]], except that it's gone a bit far the other way.

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** Shirley and Troy didn't have a B-Plot together until the fourth season. Yvette-Nicole Brown (Shirley's actress) noted this in the DVD commmentary commentary for a season three episode where Troy gave a heartfelt goodbye to Shirley, although the two never spent time together on-screen. They also rarely spoke to one another directly even when the group was all together around the study room. This could be read as an attempt to avert any potential UnfortunateImplications of [[TokenMinorityCouple having the only two African-American members of the group hang out all the time]], except that it's gone a bit far the other way.



** The Dean's dalmatian-furry fetish is followed from its very beginning ("I hope this doesn't awaken something in me"), to its escalation (dalmatian mugs, posters, and rugs), to its inevitable conclusion in "Pascal's Triangle Revisited".

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** The Dean's dalmatian-furry Dalmatian-furry fetish is followed from its very beginning ("I hope this doesn't awaken something in me"), to its escalation (dalmatian (Dalmatian mugs, posters, and rugs), to its inevitable conclusion in "Pascal's Triangle Revisited".



** Leonard making a snarky remark to someone (usually Jeff), and that person responding "Shut up, Leonard! I know\heard about [embarrassing fact about Leonard]!" Leonard usually isn't effected.

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** Leonard making a snarky remark to someone (usually Jeff), and that person responding "Shut up, Leonard! I know\heard about [embarrassing fact about Leonard]!" Leonard usually isn't effected.affected.



* TalkingToThemself: In the second season Chang had a Golum moment. The 'evil' Chang camera angle even [[MadnessMakeover had wild hair]], whereas the 'good' Chang camera angle had neat, combed hair.

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* TalkingToThemself: In the second season Chang had a Golum Gollum moment. The 'evil' Chang camera angle even [[MadnessMakeover had wild hair]], whereas the 'good' Chang camera angle had neat, combed hair.



* TwoDecadesBehind: Abed makes non-stop '80s references, with some stretching back from the late '70s and occasionally forward into the early '90s. This is despite Abed being in his early/mid twenties, and as such his reference pool should be mostly from works in the late '90s onwards. The real reason is that the creator of the show Creator/DanHarmon was born in 1973 and thus ''his'' reference pool is mostly works from the '80s. The best example of this is that Abed has an encyclopaedic knowledge of ''Series/WhosTheBoss'', despite the fact that the show would have started before Abed was born, and finished before Abed would have started pre-school. The show has lampshaded the oddity of Abed's reference pool but it still stands out as unusual. But not ''too'' unusual. The '90s, particularly early on, was the height of cable TV and reruns, and so many kids in the '90s found themselves watching shows that hadn't aired new episodes since 1989, to the point where someone who was born in '92 could easily be familiar with ''Who's the Boss''. Add to that the fact that Abed is Wiki/TVTropes on wheels, and it holds up that as a kid he could have gone out of his way to watch shows whether they were new or not.

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* TwoDecadesBehind: Abed makes non-stop '80s references, with some stretching back from the late '70s and occasionally forward into the early '90s. This is despite Abed being in his early/mid twenties, early/mid-twenties, and as such his reference pool should be mostly from works in the late '90s onwards. The real reason is that the creator of the show Creator/DanHarmon was born in 1973 and thus ''his'' reference pool is mostly works from the '80s. The best example of this is that Abed has an encyclopaedic knowledge of ''Series/WhosTheBoss'', despite the fact that the show would have started before Abed was born, and finished before Abed would have started pre-school. The show has lampshaded the oddity of Abed's reference pool but it still stands out as unusual. But not ''too'' unusual. The '90s, particularly early on, was the height of cable TV and reruns, and so many kids in the '90s found themselves watching shows that hadn't aired new episodes since 1989, to the point where someone who was born in '92 could easily be familiar with ''Who's the Boss''. Add to that the fact that Abed is Wiki/TVTropes on wheels, and it holds up that as a kid he could have gone out of his way to watch shows whether they were new or not.
24th Aug '16 6:24:05 AM btravern
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** [[http://www.tv.com/news/communitys-three-year-joke-beetlejuice-beetlejuice-beetlejuice-video-27234/ This running gag of]] ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' .

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** [[http://www.tv.com/news/communitys-three-year-joke-beetlejuice-beetlejuice-beetlejuice-video-27234/ This running gag of]] ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' .''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}''.



*** Pierce was the Butt Monkey before and after Britta. The one time he get kicked out of the group they fall apart, since they need ''someone'' to be the Butt Monkey.

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*** Pierce was the Butt Monkey before and after Britta. The one time he get got kicked out of the group they fall fell apart, since they need needed ''someone'' to be the Butt Monkey.



*** The most prominent example is obviously criminology professor Buzz Hickey, played by Johnathan Banks, who portrays Mike in both Breaking Bad and Series/BetterCallSaul.

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*** The most prominent example is obviously criminology professor Buzz Hickey, played by Johnathan Jonathan Banks, who portrays Mike in both Breaking Bad and Series/BetterCallSaul.



** Shirley can like sound like [[Franchise/TheMuppets Miss Piggy]], especially when she's trying to sound sweet, lampshaded at the halloween party when her costume was mistaken for Miss Piggy.

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** Shirley can like sound like [[Franchise/TheMuppets Miss Piggy]], especially when she's trying to sound sweet, lampshaded at the halloween Halloween party when her costume was mistaken for Miss Piggy.



** Annie grows up a bit over the course of the show. In early episodes, her insecurity and drive to over-achieve are much sharper. Her youth is also played up: Jeff states that she's too young to be "sexualized," and her fashion sense is one of a prim schoolgirl. In later episodes, her personality softens to be more sweet and sensitive. Coinciding this change, she's portrayed as a more mature woman. Her hairstyle and fashion sense look more mature, and she's even romantically linked to Jeff.

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** Annie grows up a bit over the course of the show. In early episodes, her insecurity and drive to over-achieve are much sharper. Her youth is also played up: Jeff states that she's too young to be "sexualized," and her fashion sense is one of a prim schoolgirl. In later episodes, her personality softens to be more sweet and sensitive. Coinciding with this change, she's portrayed as a more mature woman. Her hairstyle and fashion sense look more mature, and she's even romantically linked to Jeff.



** Pierce in the first few episode dressed in a slightly suave style appearing to be a CasanovaWannaBe of sort and showed very few of his InnocentBigot traits. It didn't take long for him to grow into the Pierce we know [[StaticCharacter today]] of course, as the bigoted traits grew quickly and with the Casanova wannabe gag shown later only occasionally.

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** Pierce in the first few episode episodes dressed in a slightly suave style style, appearing to be a CasanovaWannaBe of sort of CasanovaWannaBe, and showed very few of his InnocentBigot traits. It didn't take long for him to grow into the Pierce we know [[StaticCharacter today]] of course, as with the bigoted traits grew growing quickly and with the Casanova wannabe gag shown showing later only occasionally.



** Various people (even a priest) telling Britta "You're the worst!", and accusing hers and others of [[PersonAsVerb "britta-ing"]] when they mess something up or do something annoying.

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** Various people (even a priest) telling Britta "You're the worst!", and accusing hers her and others of [[PersonAsVerb "britta-ing"]] when they mess something up or do something annoying.



* YouKillItYouBoughtIt: Pierce's dad dies of a heart attack (after being yelled at by Jeff). Having written in his will that whomever kills him will inherit his ridiculous looking ivory toupee, it goes to Jeff, who really doesn't want it. The ivory headpiece is later worn by Troy in his and Abed's apartment, indicating Jeff gave it to them instead.

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* YouKillItYouBoughtIt: Pierce's dad dies of a heart attack (after being yelled at by Jeff). Having written in his will that whomever whoever kills him will inherit his ridiculous looking ivory toupee, it goes to Jeff, who really doesn't want it. The ivory headpiece is later worn by Troy in his and Abed's apartment, indicating Jeff gave it to them instead.
22nd Aug '16 2:58:45 PM btravern
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* CastingGag: In-universe, the American adaptation of ''Inspector Spacetime'' casts [[Main/BeverlyHills90210 Luke Perry as The Inspector and Jennie Garth as his companion]].

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* CastingGag: In-universe, the American adaptation of ''Inspector Spacetime'' ''JustForFun/InspectorSpacetime'' casts [[Main/BeverlyHills90210 Luke Perry as The Inspector and Jennie Garth as his companion]].associate]].



** Troy and Abed have gone from being merely being best friends, to so codependent on one another that Abed literally can't function without Troy. Individually, Troy has become dumber and more immature as the show has gone on; whilst Abed has gone from being a reasonably functioning adult to suffering a mental breakdown over his favorite TV show being delayed to mid-season, whilst Season 3 has him moving from being a pop-culture encyclopaedia to being almost entirely hung up on ''Inspector Spacetime'', the [[ShowWithinAShow in-universe]] ''Series/DoctorWho'' {{expy}}.

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** Troy and Abed have gone from being merely being best friends, to so codependent on one another that Abed literally can't function without Troy. Individually, Troy has become dumber and more immature as the show has gone on; whilst Abed has gone from being a reasonably functioning adult to suffering a mental breakdown over his favorite TV show being delayed to mid-season, whilst Season 3 has him moving from being a pop-culture encyclopaedia to being almost entirely hung up on ''Inspector Spacetime'', ''JustForFun/InspectorSpacetime'', the [[ShowWithinAShow in-universe]] ''Series/DoctorWho'' {{expy}}.



** Various people (even a priest) telling Britta "You're the worst!", and accusing herself and others of [[PersonAsVerb "britta-ing"]] when they mess something up or do something annoying.

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** Various people (even a priest) telling Britta "You're the worst!", and accusing herself hers and others of [[PersonAsVerb "britta-ing"]] when they mess something up or do something annoying.



** Paintball, as shown in "Modern Warfare", "A Fistful of Paintballs" and "For a Few Paintballs More".

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** Paintball, as shown in "Modern Warfare", "A Fistful of Paintballs" and Paintballs", "For a Few Paintballs More".More", and "Modern Espionage".
22nd Aug '16 1:06:21 PM case
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** Various people (even a priest) telling Britta "You're the worst!"

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** Various people (even a priest) telling Britta "You're the worst!"worst!", and accusing herself and others of [[PersonAsVerb "britta-ing"]] when they mess something up or do something annoying.



** The Dean and Chang replacing words with "Chang" or "Dean."

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** The Dean and Chang replacing words with "Chang" "Dean" or "Dean."Chang."
1st Jul '16 5:06:14 PM darkchiefy
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* Front13Back9: there is a very clear shift in tone and characterization after the first half of the first season that persisted for the rest of the show's run, making the first half come off as particularly rough.
20th Jun '16 12:00:36 PM Cryclops
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* GenreSavvy: Abed frequently points out what's about to happen based on the way the story is progressing so far. He is [[MediumAwareness also the only one that can tell that the Christmas episode is stop-motion animated]]. Or maybe [[HeroicBSOD he's just being delusional]].

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* GenreSavvy: Abed frequently points out what's about to happen based on the way the story is progressing so far.far (to the point that there is an episode dedicated to his ability to 'predict the future'). He is [[MediumAwareness also the only one that can tell that the Christmas episode is stop-motion animated]]. Or maybe [[HeroicBSOD he's just being delusional]].
14th May '16 10:41:23 PM nombretomado
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** While working on his skills as a ladies' man, Abed does a pretty spot-on impression of [[MadMen Don Draper]], which Annie [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zikt_DeCEyMI really enjoys]]. Alison Brie, who plays Annie, is widely known for playing Trudy Campbell on ''MadMen''.

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** While working on his skills as a ladies' man, Abed does a pretty spot-on impression of [[MadMen [[Series/MadMen Don Draper]], which Annie [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zikt_DeCEyMI really enjoys]]. Alison Brie, who plays Annie, is widely known for playing Trudy Campbell on ''MadMen''.''Series/MadMen''.
5th May '16 5:58:26 PM sslemmons
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* RealityEnsues: Not often but now and then, the show gets its laughs showcasing just hot nuts these events are in real life.

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* RealityEnsues: Not often but now and then, the show gets its laughs showcasing just hot how nuts these events are in real life.
4th May '16 4:14:15 PM HighCrate
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* DisneyDeath: See DroppedABridgeOnHim below.
* DocumentaryEpisode: "Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking" and "Documentary Filmmaking: Redux". "Pillows and Blankets" is more of a {{Mockumentary}}, by contrast.

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* %%* DisneyDeath: See DroppedABridgeOnHim below.
* %%* DocumentaryEpisode: "Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking" and "Documentary Filmmaking: Redux". "Pillows and Blankets" is more of a {{Mockumentary}}, by contrast.



* DynamicCharacter: see CharacterDevelopment above.

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* %%* DynamicCharacter: see CharacterDevelopment above.


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* EnhancedPunch: The fictional superhero Kickpuncher uses cybernetics to give his punches the strength of kicks. [[RuleOfFunny It makes exactly as much sense as it sounds.]]
29th Apr '16 1:12:59 PM MikeW
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* RealityEnsues: Not often but now and then, the show gets its laughs showcasing just hot nuts these events are in real life.
** Jeff manages to get the school's show choir shut down because in real life, a small school show choir could never afford the rights to so many major songs.
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