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Pierce is summoned to a remote facility by Gilbert Lawson (Giancarlo Esposito), the executor of his father's estate. Instructed to bring seven of his closest friends, he brings the study group (LeVarBurton [[Recap/CommunityS2E16IntermediateDocumentaryFilmmaking was a maybe]]), only to find a multiplayer gaming console set up waiting for them. It transpires that the last wish of Pierce's father was that he and his friends play a very special video game programmed specifically for Pierce... one which, if he and the group fail to win, could see him left with nothing. And Gilbert seems very intent on making sure he loses...

Has a [[YMMV/CommunityS3E20DigitalEstatePlanning YMMV]] page.
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!! Tropes appearing in this episode of ''Series/{{Community}}'' include:
* AbusiveParents: We receive yet more confirmation, if any was needed, that Cornelius Hawthorne was an utter bastard to his son. [[spoiler: Both of them.]]
* ActorAllusion: Did Lawson's avatar's way of cleaning his glasses remind anyone else of a certain [[Series/BreakingBad Chicken Brother]]?
** "Right. White Crystal. You think dad was into [[Series/BreakingBad meth]]?" I wonder what other business Gilbert Lawson used to run.
* AdjustingYourGlasses: Lawson's avatar does this occasionally.
* ArchnemesisDad
* BatmanGambit: Jeff uses Britta's "strength potion" this way.
* BearsAreBadNews: One of the topics Hilda knows about is "Unkillable Bears". Good thing the group never encountered those.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Annie and Shirley try to buy weapons for the group. [[CrossesTheLineTwice They somehow end up stealing them, murdering the blacksmith and his family, and then burn his house down]]. Shirley in particular seems to take to the 'new morality' of the video game world a little bit too quickly and efficiently:
-->'''Shirley:''' [[LeaveNoWitnesses No witnesses!]] Grab everything you can carry. [[RefugeInAudacity I'll check upstairs for any more family.]] Don't give me that look; [[IDidWhatIHadToDo these are your loose ends, I'm just tyin' them up.]]
* BigBad: Lawson
** [[spoiler: BiggerBad: Cornelius. Not that this is exactly surprising.]]
* BigNo: Lawson gives one when [[spoiler: the program of Cornelius refuses to give him the inheritance and attacks him instead]].
* BlackAndNerdy: Lawson.
* BlackComedy: [[spoiler: Abed uses his "children" as [[WeHaveReserves infant soldiers]] in a massive ZergRush, at one point [[AbnormalAmmo shooting them from cannons]] at Cornelius's HumongousMecha. There's also [[BlackComedyBurst a baby skeleton hanging from a noose in a jail cell]] within the underground mining complex.]]
* BlatantLies
-->'''Annie''': The store was lost in a ''freak accident''.
* BookcasePassage: Opened by straightening a crooked painting.
* BreatherEpisode: This is an episode about video games in between the group discovering Chang's total takeover of the school and stopping his plan.
* ButtMonkey: Britta. [[RunningGag As usual]].
* CallBack: [[Recap/CommunityS2E16IntermediateDocumentaryFilmmaking "LeVar Burton was a maybe."]]
** [[Recap/CommunityS2E04BasicRocketScience When the game ends, lame fireworks graphics go off]]. Also as in "Basic Rocket Science", the computerized Hawthorne is reminiscent of SANDERS.
** "[[Recap/CommunityS3E11UrbanMatrimonyAndTheSandwichArts LOOK AT ME NOW, DAD!]]"
** Jeff describes the lab as being 20 cat turds and a Pixies poster from being Britta's apartment. In the opening shot of [[Recap/CommunityS2E01Anthropology101 Anthropology 101]], a Pixies poster is on the wall of Britta's room.
* CaptainObvious: Jeff's warning to the study group not to die. They immediately [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] this by pointing out that they weren't really eager to die to begin with.
* CheckPointStarvation: Death causes the players to respawn in the study room at the beginning of the game and without equipment.
* ChekhovsGun: At the start, Pierce mentions that he was asked to bring seven of his closest friends to the warehouse, but only brought six ([=Levar=] Burton was a maybe). [[spoiler:Gilbert uses the empty spot to enter the game himself.]]
* ChekhovsSkill: Britta's skill at [[ButtMonkey screwing up everything.]] [[spoiler:She creates a "strength potion" that ends up killing Lawson who was on the verge of [[TotalPartyKill Total Party Killing]] the Study Group.]]
** It's even possible to see Britta finding a secret passage as screwing up "playing as a girl".
* ChildSoldiers: [[spoiler: Abed's children.]]
* [[spoiler: ChocolateBaby]]: [[spoiler:Lawson, who Cornelius [[TheUnFavorite hated even more than Pierce]].]]
** Although this is an unusual example, being that in this particular case [[spoiler:the father is white and the mother is black.]]
* ComicallyMissingThePoint:
** Pierce fails to see the obvious racism and thinks the directions are alluding to his father taking crystal meth.
** Abed, upon discovering Gilbert's note to Pierce:
--->'''Abed:''' "After you've squandered the last of your savings, I'll watch you writhe, penniless, in the gutter, through a telescope in the penthouse office of Hawthorne Tower." You can leave notes. This game is ''incredible''.
* CollapsingLair: Hawkthrone Castle.
* CoupDeGrace: Cornelius is finished off after his FinalSpeech with a single kick.
* CrazyJealousGuy: Troy's jealous that Hilda can have Abed's babies, but he can't.
* CrazyCatLady: Britta.
-->'''Jeff''': This place is twenty cat turds and a {{Pixies}} poster away from being your apartment.
* CrimeAfterCrime: Annie accidentally kills an NPC and to cover it up, she and Shirley commit murder and arson.
** [[CrossesTheLineTwice Not to mention that his wife looks suspiciously pregnant...]]
* DeathByRacism: Britta certainly seems to believe this is the case for Mega-Cornelius:
-->'''Britta:''' Die, racism!
* {{Defictionalization}}: There is currently hundreds of fans out there [[http://www.reddit.com/r/hawkthorne working on a real-life version of "Journey to the Centre of Hawkthorne"]].
* DeepImmersionGaming
* DescriptionCut:
-->'''Britta:''' Here's the thing about women, Jeff. We don't hack and slash our way through life, because we're one with life.
-->''(cut)''
-->'''Annie:''' Help me hide the body!
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: About what you'd expect from a game that's been continuously developed with presumably very strong funding for over thirty years, to be played whenever the producer dies.
-->'''Cornelius:''' ''[gasp]'' I suppose you're wondering why I ''[gasp]'' recorded myself gasping for breath and dying? ''[gasp]''
* DigitizedSprites: The game automatically digitizes the group into avatars.
* DoorstopBaby: Subverted in the tag, when Abed and Troy think they've found one, but the mother's actually right there.
* DrivenToSuicide: Pierce tries to suffocate himself by burying himself alive, believing he can't win the inheritance. Partly PlayedForLaughs since this is occurring in a video game.
* DullSurprise: Shirley doesn't do a very good job at acting surprised about the blacksmith's store 'randomly' catching fire:
-->'''Shirley:''' Oh my. [[BlatantLies What an unexplained tragedy.]]
* {{Egopolis}}: The village turns into this after Abed takes it over, including a giant fortress with a statue of his face on the roof. Kinda justified since the entire thing was built to his specifications by an army of his own babies.
* EscortMission: Turns into one of these as the other study group members have to protect Pierce and get him to Hawkthorne Castle.
* FanRemake: Whilst not in the episode itself, there's a fan-project to create a working version of "Journey to the Center of Hawkthorne" that goes so far as to include elements & characters from ''Community'' that weren't in the game seen in the episode.
* FetchQuest: The White Crystal.
* FireForgedFriends: Of a sort; Pierce and Gilbert initially clearly cannot stand each other, but by the end -- [[spoiler: after learning that they're half-brothers who both had to suffer the abuse of their father]] -- are clearly starting to bond with each other.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** In the blacksmith's house, there's a picture of Hilda on the wall.
** Pierce's conversation with Gilbert at the beginning of the episode. [[spoiler:At one point Pierce refers to Gilbert as 'soul brother'. He doesn't suspect at the time, but this turns out to be more true than he realizes...]]
** When the study group first arrives at the gaming centre, Gilbert initially appears by suddenly announcing himself and startling the study group. He keeps doing this in the video game, but is a lot more malevolent each time.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: [[spoiler:How Gilbert sees Pierce's and his respective relationships with their father over the years.]]
* FourEyesZeroSoul: Lawson, [[spoiler: subverted. Seems like a villain at first, but as it turns out he's just a nice guy who becomes crazy when it comes to his estranged dad. [[DefeatMeansFriendship He even takes the group out for drinks after the game's done]].]]
* FreezeFrameBonus: The menus that display when Abed interacts with Hilda. On the first display of possible actions Abed can do with her is [[TheSilenceOfTheLambs "I will wear your skin."]] One of her leveled-up actions is "Kickpunch" and another is "[[InspectorSpacetime Spacetime]] RPG".
** At one point Lawson types in a LongList of parameters for the game program, including such items as "God Mode", "Testicular Fortitude", "Intestinal Fortitude", "Giraffe Mode", and "Nuclear Wraith".
** Speaking of Hilda's list of topics, [[http://thejavaman.tumblr.com/post/23341564650 the gaming references go beyond 8-bit.]]
** The "legally-binding agreement" that Cornelius attempts to get Gilbert to sign in order to claim the inheritance [[spoiler: while simultaneously preventing him from ever making any claims of paternity on Cornelius' part]] appears to originate from the infamous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three-Fifths_Compromise Three-Fifths Compromise]].
* FriendshipMoment:
** Pierce is surprised when the study group announce that they're going to cooperate with him to win the game. They point out that not only are they friends, it's kind of weird to be friends with someone for three years only to steal their family inheritance.
** Britta attempts one of these when she convinces Pierce that the study group are fighting for a friend, not greed, "which means we can't lose!" Unfortunately, it's a bit undermined when she accidentally punches his character's avatar to death seconds afterwards:
--->'''Britta:''' ...I guess there's no 'hug' button.
* {{Gainaxing}}: Hilda. An ''8-bit sprite''.
* GameBetweenHeirs: The main plotline of this episode. Pierce's father leaves his will in the form of a video game. Whoever wins the game gets the inheritance.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** Abed going through Hilda's options looks like he's touching her [[BuxomIsBetter rather large breasts]].
*** This 8-bit game has surprising JigglePhysics.
** After losing their clothes in the poker game, for 8-bit graphics the nude avatars of Troy and Pierce look to be remarkably detailed in certain places.
* GilliganCut: Britta claims that women wouldn't use a violent approach to problem solving. The next building over the two other women of the study group are in the process of covering up their murder of a shopkeep.
** When the group respawn, Jeff gives a RousingSpeech over how they've gotten better at the game and that they're heroes. They instantly die to the hippies right outside the respawn point.
* GoddamnedBats: In-universe, the Hippies are meant to be this.
* GoThroughMe: During the battle with Gilbert at the village, Annie yells for everyone to get behind her and Shirley, as they have all the armour and weapons; Gilbert just ends up shooting through them. Abed can also be seen acting as a human shield for Hilda.
* HardWorkHardlyWorks: While Pierce may have never been loved by his father, he did get to be the CEO of Hawthorne Wipes simply by being his true born son. Gilbert worked hard his entire life to gain recognition from his father, but never even got to inherit his name.
** This occurs once again in the game, where he spent a long time building up his level to take on the study group. Despite being clearly stronger than them, he dies after being outwitted by Jeff. After that, the gloves come off and he resorts to the easy way, cheating.
* HeelRealization: At the end, Gilbert apologises to the study group for being a dick and offers to take them out for margaritas in order to make it up to them.
-->'''Gilbert:''' I wasn't myself. [[spoiler: Family can make a person do a lot of crazy things.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: Pierce does this to defeat Cornelius' final form. See RidingTheBomb.
* HiddenDepths: Lawson at first seems like a blind sycophant of Cornelius who's willing to [[FelonyMisdemeanor cheat in order to get the inheritance]]. [[spoiler: It's later revealed that he's just a son trying his best to impress his father, who alienated him even more than he did to Pierce.]]
* HonorBeforeReason: Pierce's father explanation for why he recorded a death scene for his avatar.
* HumanShield
* HypocriticalHumour: In the Black Caves:
-->'''Britta:''' I don't know what's more offensive, the actual racism or the insulting notion that it might somehow rub off on us. Look out! {{Jive Turkey}}s! Kill them before they start multiplying!
** BrickJoke example; upon discovering the secret entrance to the wizard's chamber, Britta pompously tells Jeff that women don't need to "hack and slash our way through life, because we're ''one'' with life." By the end of the game, she's enthusiastically hacking and slashing away at Jive Turkeys and screaming "Die racism!" while [[ItMakesSenseInContext firing an army of Abed's children at the limbs of a giant stone mecha-Cornelius Hawthorne]].
* IAmYourFather: [[spoiler: Lawson telling Pierce that he is his half-brother.]]
* ImaginationBasedSuperpower: Once Abed has [[spoiler:an infinite slave army that can build anything they're told to]], he tells the gang to go nuts. See CrazyAwesome on [[YMMV/CommunityS3E20DigitalEstatePlanning the YMMV page]] for the results.
* InsideAComputerSystem: Where most of the episode's action takes place.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Pierce's father apparently thought this about video games.
-->'''Cornelius Hawthorne:''' Piercenald, in 1980 you said that video games, not moist towelettes, were the business of the future. Today, moist towelettes are stocked in every supermarket [[TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983 while arcade after arcade closes]].\\
'''Troy:''' [[EntertaininglyWrong He's got a point]].
* {{Jerkass}}: Even if there weren't already copious amounts of evidence for the theory in his omnipresent racism, homophobia and arrogance, the fact alone that Cornelius Hawthorne invested thirty years and God-knows how many millions of dollars into a video game purely for the purpose of forcing his son to play it upon his death and risk losing his entire inheritance, apparently merely because Pierce once requested some money to invest in video games, should be all the proof anyone needs that Cornelius was a spiteful bastard of epic-scale proportions.
* JerkassHasAPoint: He may be be a racist homophobe, but Cornelius Hawthorne was right about investing money -- [[ItWillNeverCatchOn in some ways, at least]]. Although video games are a billion-dollar a year industry today, [[TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983 investing in video games in 1980 would have been a very bad idea]]. Even Troy states he had a point.
** When Britta makes her "strength potion", Jeff shoots her down and assumes it's poison. Turns out, he was right.
* JiveTurkey: Literal ones as enemies, no less.
* KillItWithFire
* KissMeImVirtual: Abed and Hilda.
* KleptomaniacHero: Annie accidentally steals a torch in the smithy, and Troy smashes all of the pots in the tavern.
* LastSecondWordSwap: Pierce states that Gilbert can't be his brother because he's half... white. "Nice save".
* LavaAddsAwesome: ♫Troy and Abed shooting laaaaa-VA!♫
* LeaveNoWitnesses: "Don't give me that look, these are your loose ends, I'm just tying them up."
* LevelUpAtIntimacyFive: A truly GameBreaker variant. Once Abed has seduced Hilda, she turns into a MookMaker capable of producing [[ExplosiveBreeder near-infinite numbers of babies.]] The babies themselves can be tasked with adaptive programs, making them capable of enormous feats of ''{{Minecraft}}''-esque engineering.
* LiteraryAllusionTitle: The game's title, to ''JourneyToTheCenterOfTheEarth''.
* LongLostRelative
* LordBritishPostulate: PlayedWith, [[spoiler: the game was probably never meant to handle relations leading to hundreds of NPC kids building megaweapons to completely SequenceBreak the game, but Cornelius does use DynamicDifficulty to up his game, and ultimately falls to Pierce RidingTheBomb as a finisher.]]
* MacGyvering: Lawson demonstrates the item system by combining tree branches and a rock into throwing knives.
* ManlyTears: Troy invokes this with "his and Abed's" child in TheTag.
-->'''Troy''': He needs to see that a strong man can cry!
* MasterConsole: Lawson uses this to greatly increase his stats after the study group defeats him.
* MatrixRainingCode: When the game boots up.
* MediumBlending: Most of the action appears as [[{{Retraux}} 8-bit graphics]] from the game.
* MercyKill: Annie killing the blacksmith, who was on fire because she accidentally threw a torch at them. And hit him with an ax.
-->'''Annie''': He was suffering!
-->'''Shirley''': Yeah, from ax wounds!
* MercyRewarded: Abed and Hilda.
* MPreg: Troy [[HoYay seems disappointed]] when he realizes he can't have Abed's babies, unlike Hilda.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Pierce and Troy [[StripPoker lose their clothes in a poker game.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[ItMakesSenseInContext Jeff's attempt to save Annie from a hippie ends up killing her]].
** Also see BewareTheNiceOnes.
** Britta also learns that there's no 'hug' button... the hard way, by accidentally killing Pierce.
* NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught: Jeff thinks this.
* NoticeThis: Britta is bothered by an askew painting, and Jeff tells her to stop being a girl and ignore it. [[ShaggySearchTechnique Turns out]] it's the switch to a SecretUndergroundPassage.
* NotWorthKilling: The group offer two reasons for not turning on Pierce and trying to steal away his family fortune; the first is that [[FriendshipMoment he's been their friend for three years and it would be wrong and weird of them to steal his inheritance]]. The second is that, given he's just managed to literally dig himself into a hole in an attempt to figure out how to fight them, he wouldn't exactly be much of a challenge to defeat:
-->'''Abed:''' There wouldn't be a lot of sport in beating you; look at yourself.\\
'''The others:''' He's right. / Yeah, you really do suck.
* OneWingedAngel: After being defeated for the first time, Cornelius transforms into an enormous stone knight.
* ParentsForADay: TheTag has Troy and Abed [[DoorstopBaby finding a baby apparently abandoned]] in the study room.
** It does lead to FridgeLogic, though; not having been allowed at Greendale for months, why were they ''in'' the study room to begin with?
*** It's possible that the tags don't follow a sequential order corresponding with the episodes; the tag didn't include any explicit references to the events of the video game. The incident with the baby might have been an old "side adventure" of Troy and Abed's, and merely shown with this episode because it went along thematically.
*** WordOfGod [[https://twitter.com/#!/abobrow/status/203329557527408640 is that the tag that was supposed to go in this episode had to be postponed because of issues with Chevy Chase.]]
* PlayerTic: Troy, considering [[JumpPhysics leaping to be faster than walking]], just keeps spamming the jump button while everyone else moves normally.
* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: Parodied; there is only one possible character who could be Britta, and yet:
-->'''Britta:''' Which one is me? I assume nothing because I'm not racist.
* PokemonSpeak: [[spoiler:Abed's children are only capable of saying "cool cool cool" over and over.]]
* ThePowerOfFriendship:
-->'''Britta''': We're fighting for friendship! And that means we can't possibly lose!
** Cornelius Hawthorne obviously didn't think much of this:
--->I see you've chosen teamwork; a coward's strategy.
** Pierce says that he earned the White Crystal thanks to this trope.
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: [[spoiler: Abed's castle was made possible by his children slaving in the mines.]]
* TheRainman: Lampshaded when Abed chooses to stay behind with Hilda, Pierce complains that he is "playing the Rainman card."
* RainOfArrows: Troy and Jeff [[SpamAttack fire a ton of arrows]] at Lawson, which have no effect.
* RapidFireTyping
* {{Retraux}}: The game is done in the style of 16-bit games.
* RidingTheBomb: Pierce rides a bomb as the final attack on his father.
* RoamingEnemy: Lawson.
* RousingSpeech: Jeff gives one, which is subverted in that the entire group gets killed right after it. See GilliganCut.
* RPGEpisode
* RunningGag: Gilbert keeps appearing out of nowhere and startling the study group.
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: [[spoiler: Lawson cheats and almost steals the inheritance for himself, but refuses to agree to a degrading and racist non-disclosure contract that Cornelius wants him to sign first. Because of his HeelFaceTurn, the group agree that he deserves the money in return for putting up with Cornelius' treatment of him all his life.]]
* ServantRace: [[spoiler: Abed's children.]]
* ShameIfSomethingHappened: Gilbert, with a lampshading from Pierce.
-->'''Gilbert:''' You're not supposed to cooperate; you're supposed to compete.\\
'''Jeff:''' Thanks for the advice, but I think we can choose how we want to play.\\
'''Gilbert:''' I suppose we can.\\
'''Pierce:''' Is he being ominous? Why are you being ominous?!
* ShipTease: Troy gets ''very'' jealous of Abed's 'relationship' with Hilda.
-->'''Abed:''' If you max out a character's trust and affection levels you gain access to a front-end scripting language. Watch. ''[Abed enters some commands, producing a Baby!Abed]'' She can make babies for me.\\
'''Troy:''' Oh -- and I ''can't''?! ''[Despondent]'' I ''can't''.
* ShockAndAwe: Lawson acquires lightning powers early by LevelGrinding. Annie gains the same powers later, but she shoots Britta accidentally.
* ShopliftAndDie: An accidental triggering of this trope causes Annie to panic and set the shopkeeper on fire by mistake. And then [[MercyKill put him out of his misery with an axe.]] And then Shirley to [[MurderIsTheBestSolution kill his grieving wife]] to [[LeaveNoWitnesses cover it up.]] And then ''[[CrimeAfterCrime burn down the shop]]''. Having gone to all that trouble they decide to [[KleptomaniacHero loot the shop in the process]].
* ShoutOut: As this episode is an AffectionateParody of 8-bit games, these are numerous.
** Jumping-in spawning and the rising door in Castle Hawkthorne from ''VideoGame/MegaMan''. Hilda's long list of information includes the Robot Masters' weapons from ''2'', and Jeff's jumping animation is identical to the Blue Bomber's.
** The red leaf and the fireworks going off from ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros''.
** [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Tails's tails and Sonic]] can be seen preserved in glass jars on top of the shelves in the secret chamber.
** Abed returning to [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E9ForestOfTheDead save Hilda on his flashdrive.]]
** The game's crafting system is straight out of ''{{Minecraft}}''.
** "Annie, let's find the [[WizardofOz Tin Man's heart]] later."
** Cornelius going OneWingedAngel, then gasping for breath as he dies, is very similar to how Ganon dies in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''. Bonus points for including a CollapsingLair.
** There are some FreezeFrameBonus examples in Hilda's command menu, including [[TheSilenceOfTheLambs "I will wear your skin"]], the words "Channelwood" "Mechanical" and "Stoneship" - all ages in the original {{Myst}}, and an outline of ''[[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Pokémon]]''[='s=] [=MissingNo.=] glitch ("Old man trainer", "Fly on a bird", "Cinnamon Island", "Seal along the shore").
** Hilda's command menu also includes a simplified guide to the entire Biggoron sword trading sequence from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''.
** More from the command menu: "impervious to lava," "underwater exploration," "hover puppy," and "giant ant dance club" are shout outs to ''JetForceGemini''.
* SpecialEditionTitle: Introducing the cast's game avatars to the accompaniment of an 8-bit instrumental version of the theme song.
* StrawmanPolitical: Several areas in-game, including the Gay Island and the Free Ride Ferry.
-->'''Cornelius''': I see you've chosen teamwork, a coward's strategy.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: Both Jeff and Shirley express equal dissatisfaction with the "[[SelectiveObliviousness random body shapes]]" that their avatars have been produced to reflect, and equal alarm upon hearing that the multiplayer gaming console chairs have weight-sensors built into them.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: After Annie and Shirley's 'shopping' expedition:
-->'''Annie:''' Everybody go shopping? That's all we did!\\
''[The blacksmith's hut catches fire]''\\
'''Abed:''' Is that hut on fire?\\
'''Shirley:''' Oh my. What an unexplained tragedy.
* TheThemeParkVersion: Befitting [[RacistGrandpa its financier]], the game constructs entire world maps around bigoted stereotypes of various minority groups - [[SouthOfTheBorder The Valley of Laziness]], [[DepravedHomosexual Gay Island]], [[EvilCripple The Free Ride Ferry]], and [[ScaryBlackMan The Black Caves]].
* TooDumbToLive: Britta mixes a bunch of random ingredients, assuming that it would make a strength potion. [[spoiler: Jeff uses this as an advantage and tricks Gilbert into drinking it instead. Turns out, it wasn't a strength potion]].
* TotalPartyKill: Lawson does this to the group during his first attack on them.
* TragicVillain: Lawson turns out to be this.
* TrueFinalBoss: Cornelius. See OneWingedAngel.
* TryNotToDie: Jeff says this as part of a RousingSpeech.
-->'''Shirley''': [[SarcasmMode Yeah, I used to love dying, but that speech really turned me around.]]
* UnfortunateImplications: Invoked; given that it was designed by Pierce's father, who is even more prejudiced than him, it's only natural that the video game is filled with these.
* VerbThis:
-->'''Lawson''': I think I'll have that crystal.
-->'''Annie''': I think you'll have ''this!'' [tries to attack him and electrocutes Britta instead]
* VideoGameCaringPotential: Abed ends up falling in love with a program. It reciprocates.
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential:
** Starts with an accidental theft, [[CrimeAfterCrime but quickly snowballs]].
** The sheer level of detail that the {{NPC}}s have been programmed with seems to provide countless opportunities for this. They seem to feel pain and have a complex social system wherein, upon the death of her parents, Hilda will be forced to either be forcibly married to one of the male villagers or take her chances in the wilderness for survival:
-->'''Troy:''' ...What kind of game ''is'' this?
** You can have children in the game. Fine. You can ''also'' [[spoiler:have thousands and thousands of children and put them to backbreaking menial labor as soon as they can walk.]]
* VirtualGhost: Cornelius, despite being dead, interacts with the group through a program of himself.
* WelcomeToCorneria: The reason Abed likes Hilda is because her behaviour is entirely predictable, unlike real people.
-->'''Abed''': I've never felt this way before.
-->'''Pierce''': Abed, don't get weird.
* WellDoneSonGuy:
** Pierce once again gets the opportunity to [[Recap/CommunityS3E06AdvancedGay tell his dead dad to suck it]] [[spoiler: by piloting a nuclear bomb into him in the video game]].
** [[spoiler: Lawson turns out to be this. He puts up with all kinds of crap from Cornelius just so he could gain some recognition. He even turns down the inheritance at first when he finds out that Cornelius still refuses to see him as his son.]]
* WhamLine: [[spoiler:[[PunctuatedForEmphasis "So. Am. I."]]]]
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The tag that was supposed to go with this episode ended up not being filmed owing to CreativeDifferences between Dan Harmon and Chevy Chase. It would have reportedly involved [[HeartwarmingMoments Abed rewriting the video game so that it allowed Pierce to play a game of catch with his dad, and his dad to shower Pierce with praise]].
* AWinnerIsYou: The fireworks are disappointing, but winning the inheritance helps.
* WithFriendsLikeThese: Lampshaded.
-->'''Jeff''': He [Pierce] is still technically our friend!
* WorstWhateverEver:
-->'''Cornelius''': Worst son ever! Hahaha!
* ZergRush: The group's strategy for defeating the giant Cornelius involves [[spoiler: using dozens of Abed and Hilda's children to hack away at his joints]].