* AcceptableTargets: Racism is brought up as a character flaw several times, and in at least one case, as the tail-end of BreadEggsMilkSquick.
* AcceptableProfessionalTargets: In the pilot, as soon as everyone learns Jeff's a lawyer, they groan in disgust.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** The characters themselves go back-and-forth over whether Pierce is an inherent, fundamental and completely irredeemable {{Jerkass}} or whether he's just a lonely but socially inept old man who just wants to make friends but has no clue how, and merely ends up lashing out whenever his overtures are rejected.
** Abed; LovableNerd [[TheWoobie Woobie]] with numerous psychological and emotional problems who uses pop culture as a way of trying to connect to people, or ManipulativeBastard who enjoys pulling strings to get people into trouble that resembles his favourite movies and TV shows?
** In Season 3, is [[spoiler:Evil Abed really trying to crossover into the Prime Timeline, or just a figment of Abed's imagination?]]
* AwardSnub:
** After ''Series/{{Glee}}'' and ''Community'' had each run for a single season, ''Community'' wasn't nominated for a single award at the 2010 Emmys. ''Glee'' was nominated for '''nineteen''' (although it only won four).
** No nominations whatsoever despite critical and commercial acclaim. [=McHale=] lampshaded this on episodes of ''TheSoup'' when the Emmys rolled around, citing ''TheSoup'' as the cause of Community's snubbing.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Has a [[AwesomeMusic/{{Community}} sub-page]].
* BadassDecay: In the first paintball episode, Chang is TheDragon and brings his own weapons. In the second, he's an incompetent moron who continually betrays the groups he latches on to. Of course, the entire second season was largely dedicated to giving Chang a near-constant HumiliationConga, so this is perhaps understandable.
** Also, he was unarmed the entire time, and spent most of that time (that we see) tied up and blindfolded.
** It's worth bearing in mind that, in spite of having the only automatic weapon in the game and a paint bomb strap to his chest, he only took out one person that we know of, and got hit doing it. It's a little overblown to call him badass in the first place.
* BaseBreaker: Season four and parts of season three.
** Inspector Spacetime is, depending on who you ask, either a cute AffectionateParody or an overused OverlyLongGag that was run into the ground almost immediately after it was introduced.
** The fanbase seems to be evenly divided in their opinion of Hickey as either a great addition to the group or just ok.
** The episodes of season 5 after [[spoiler:Troy leaves.]]
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: Invoked, like most tropes. "HAT CLUB!"
* BizarroEpisode: Whilst ''Community'' has a number of episodes which would full under this for any other show, it still has those that qualify as a BizarroEpisode even by ''Community''[='s=] standards.
** "[[Recap/CommunityS2E06Epidemiology Epidemiology]]" - A ZombieApocalypse takes place at the school's Halloween party.
** "[[Recap/CommunityS2E11AbedsUncontrollableChristmas Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas]]" - A stop-motion animated Christmas episode taking place in Abed's mind.
** "[[Recap/CommunityS3E10RegionalHolidayMusic Regional Holiday Music]] - A ''Series/{{Glee}}'' parody with elements of ''Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers''.
** "[[Recap/CommunityS3E14PillowsAndBlankets Pillows and Blankets]]" - A parody of Creator/KenBurns' documentaries, centred around a school wide civil war between a pillow fort & a blanket fort.
** "[[Recap/CommunityS3E20DigitalEstatePlanning Digitial Estate Planning]]" - An animated episode in the style of an 8-Bit video game.
** "[[Recap/CommunityS4E09IntroToFeltSurrogacy Intro to Felt Surrogacy]]" - Homage to ''Series/TheMuppetShow''.
** "[[Recap/CommunityS5E11GIJeff G.I. Jeff]]" - An animated episode in the style of 1980s cartoons, most specifically ''GIJoe''.
* BrokenBase: The biggest split is on the Harmon-less season 4 (which was either pretty good or the worst thing on television, depending on who you ask), but many smaller ones exist among the fandom, ranging from whether or not season 3's second half was too bizarre, if season 1 was the best or worst of the Harmon years, if Harmon's return in season 5 has revitalized the show back to its glory days or if things are simply too little too late, and whether Troy is being utilized well in his final season or if his character is being utterly wasted especially with Donald Glover's departure coming so soon.
* CrazyAwesome: [[Recap/CommunityS3E20DigitalEstatePlanning Digital Estate Planning]] has Abed deciding to stay with Hilda and finding out he can have children with her, who he can command to do anything. HilarityEnsues. And then there's the final battle with Pierce's father, which involves [[spoiler: shooting Abed's children at a giant rock monster's legs so they can pickaxe it to death, Troy and Abed shooting lava at it out of golden mechs, Shirley piloting a helicopter against it, and Pierce riding an atomic bomb.]]
* CriticalDissonance: Somewhat. While critical reviews have all been extremely positive for season 5 thus far, fandom reaction has been slightly more mixed, ranging from season 5 being the best since the the first two seasons to feeling that by this point the show has run out of steam even with Dan Harmon back as showrunner.
* CrossesTheLineTwice:
** An excerpt from "Environmental Science" that was used standalone to promote the show. It's too long to present in its entirety here: see [[{{Quotes/Community}} the Quotes page]].
** Pierce, frequently. One example is he's playing 'Pictionary' and draws a swastika to convey a windmill, saying that Rabbi Chang should know what it is.
* CultClassic: It's hardly mainstream, but the fanbase is dedicated enough and big enough to campaign for its renewal and succeed.
* DesignatedVillain: In "Geographies of Global Conflict", while she steals Annie Edison's idea for a model UN and passes it off as her own and is generally less friendly and more arrogant and snide, [[EvilCounterpart Annie Kim]]'s behaviour in general is much better than her main-cast counterpart. This is arguably part of the point, however, since while she might be better behaved than the Annie we know and love, she ''also'' lacks the humanizing qualities that enable us to sympathise with Annie despite her faults. In short, being well behaved doesn't by itself make you the good guy.
* DorkAge: The Harmon-less Season 4, though season 3 may qualify as well (and to be fair, for both it really [[BrokenBase depends on who you ask]]).
* DoubleStandard: Shirley gets a lot less flak from the group for her racism and judgemental attitude than [[DesignatedVillain Pierce]]. On the other hand, Pierce is general a lot more [[CrossesTheLineTwice blatant and extreme]] and he is prejudiced against a far wider range of groups compared to Shirley, who tends towards being a lot more subtle (to the point where her one-liners and passing comments can easily go unnoticed) and tends towards prejudice towards specific groups while being far more tolerant of others. Pierce is also a lot more stubborn and defensive about being challenged and tends to get confrontational in if someone calls him out, whereas Shirley will generally accept being called out more gracefully and at least attempts to modify her behaviour and correct her prejudices. Ultimately, however, neither are malicious, and it's suggested that their less admirable views stem from limited and sheltered viewpoints (cloistering herself within her religious practices in Shirley's case, the toxic influence of his quite-malicious father in Pierce's) that they're only just beginning to break out of.
* EarWorm:
** The piano refrain from the pilot, "Good ol' Fashioned Nightmare" by Matt and Kim.
** ''Donde, estŠ, la biblioteca...''
** The theme song, dear Lord!
** ''P-P-Pocket full of Hawthornes!''
** From "Regional Holiday Music", there's Troy and Abed's rap and Annie's song.
** "Daybreak" by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXvuUp-KY5g Michael Haggins]].
** A lot of Ludwig Gorranson's regular pieces of incidental music, such as "Greendale Is Where I Belong", fall here. Get them in your head, you'll be humming them for days.
** "Pierce, Pierce, Pierce... Pierce, you're a B!"
** "Gettin' Ridda Britta"
** The gritty rock songs about the Ass Crack Bandit in "Basic Intergluteal Numismatics".
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Several side characters have become extremely popular among fans, most notably Magnitude ("POP POP!") and Star-Burns (his ''name'' is ''Alex'').
** The Dean, especially after his exaggerated-to-the-point-of-parody CampGay nature came to the surface toward the middle of season 1.
** Drama Professor Sean Garrity, despite only three episode appearances, due to his incredibly over-the-top portrayal.
** Rachel, the coat check girl from "[[Recap/CommunityS4E08HerstoryOfDance Herstory of Dance]]" is widely considered one of the best parts of season 4 & was popular enough to be brought back in season 5.
** Koogler, the ManChild FratBro played by [[Series/ArrestedDevelopment Mitch Hurtwitz]] in "App Development and Condiments", appears to have been received quite well by the fans.
* EvilIsSexy: Evil Annie, from the Darkest Timeline.
* FanMyopia: While the show most certainly has a devoted fanbase, it's ratings are ever declining. It doesn't help that a VocalMinority of the show's fans have a tendency to [[FanDumb repeatedly put down competing sitcoms as inferior]] in their frustration with its poor ratings, which does nothing but make fans of the competing sitcoms less likely to watch Community. [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1439629/reviews?filter=hate The second review on this list shows how some have abandoned the show because of this.]]
** This is in large part due to the LawOfFanJackassery- the fandom is essentially right at the middle. The show is far too popular for the VocalMinority to just be kicked out, but doesn't have nearly enough mainstream recognition for them to just be ignored.
* {{Fanon}}: Given his nicer-than-nice attitude concealing an apparently very fucked-up mindset resulting from [[MommyIssues maternal abuse]], a common fan-interpretation is that Rich is secretly some kind of SerialKiller.
* FanonDiscontinuity: Season 4 (the first without Dan Harmon and most of the writers of seasons 1-3) has been declared this by some fans, with some even hoping one of Harmon's first orders of business following his return for season 5 is to erase the season from canon by having Abed walk out of the Dreamatorium shortly after the end of season 3 & reveal it was all just him running simulations. [[http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/06/07/dan-harmon-wont-be-a-jerk-about-community-season-4-and-doesnt-plan-to-negate-anything It wasn't]], but they have heavily lampshaded its SeasonalRot throughout the fifth season, poking fun at some of its more questionable plot developments. They even refer to it in-universe as 'the gas leak year.'
* FanPreferredCouple:
** Jeff and Annie. How much do some fans prefer this couple you may ask? Enough to vote them [[http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/watch_with_kristin/b229149_tvs_top_couples_2011_winner.html TV's Top Couples 2011]] despite the fact they are not a canon couple.
** Abed and Annie also have a vocal fandom that seems to be growing.
* FoeYay: Between the deans of Greendale and City. Laid on pretty thick in [[Recap/CommunityS2E04BasicRocketScience "Basic Rocket Science"]].
** And again in "For A Few Paintballs More".
* FriendlyFandoms: Lets just say that ''InspectorSpacetime'' was very well received by both ''Series/{{Community}}'' fans and ''Series/DoctorWho'' fans.
** Both Matt Smith and Karen Gillan, The Doctor himself and The Girl who Waited, are not only fans of Community, but have also [[http://www.hypable.com/2012/07/14/doctor-who-series-7-will-air-in-august/ expressed]] [[http://www.hypable.com/2012/05/15/doctor-whos-karen-gillan-is-a-community-fan/ interest]] in appearing in the show.
** The fandoms of fellow intensely-quotable [[CultClassic Cult Classics]] ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' and to a lesser extent ''{{Firefly}}'' tend to overlap with ''Community'''s.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment:
** Jeff saying "This is the year we all die" in "Biology 101". By the time "Basic Lupine Urology" rolls around, [[spoiler:Starburns has died.]]
*** That same line is also a bit more bitter with the announcement that Dan Harmon will not return to be showrunner for season four and the fandom's subsequent collective meltdown, as that season is the end of Harmon's run on the show.
** Abed [[spoiler:cutting himself off from both the Study Group & the outside world, before succumbing to the Darkest Timeline's influence]] after Troy [[spoiler:was forced into the A[=/=]C Repair School]] in "Introduction to Finality" & only returning to normal after Troy's return becomes worse when you realize Donald Glover will only be in 5 episodes of season 5.
** The RunningGag about Greendale being a SuckySchool with a generally inept faculty who repeatedly run completely idiotic classes (such as an analysis of who the titular boss was in ''Series/WhosTheBoss'') becomes this after [[spoiler:"[[Recap/CommunityS5E01Repilot Repilot]]" showed the ramifications of attending such a school]].
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Dan Harmon is quite aware of Community's popularity in the Philippines.
* GottaShipEmAll: The end of one episode played with this when they acknowledged that, essentially, nothing was truly off limits and there would always be some degree of tension between unrelated characters. It then went around the table, pairing everyone with everyone else. Sometimes to the characters' [[{{UST}} interest]], sometimes to their [[HoYay surprised]] [[LesYay interest]], sometimes to their [[{{Squick}} disgust]] and [[CrackPairing shock]].
* GrowingTheBeard: The show became a lot less predictable midway through the first season (around ''Investigative Journalism'', which featured Jack Black as Buddy), when they stopped putting so much focus on Jeff trying to seduce Britta and Annie's crush on Troy, and instead started focusing more on meta-humor.
* HarsherInHindsight:
** In the episode Paradigms of Human Memory, there is a flashback to Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas; however, it is seen through the eyes of the other characters. Puts a much darker light on the former (with the other characters lampshading that it wasn't as fun as Jeff and Britta seemed to be remembering), and really makes you think about [[NightmareFuel snowman Chang's bottom button...]]
** It's noted on the commentary track for "[[Recap/CommunityS4E13AdvancedIntroductionToFinality Advanced Introduction to Finality]]" that the final line of the cold open, Troy commenting "One for all, and all for one guy we can leave behind!" was originally just a joke about Pierce's age, but the line took a greater subtext when Chevy Chase quit the show. The joke was originally HilariousInHindsight, but became HarsherInHindsight when [[spoiler:Pierce was revealed to have died in "[[Recap/CommunityS5E03BasicInterglutealNumismatics Basic Intergluteal Numismatics]]"]].
** Professor Kane quitting due to the guilt of Starburns' death becomes this when you find out [[spoiler: he faked it, meaning Kane had a guilt ridden breakdown over a death that ''never even happened'']]
* HesJustHiding: [[spoiler:Pierce. Understandable, considering his fake heart attacks & pretending he was dying to toy with the study group.]]
* HilariousInHindsight:
** In the Season 1 Finale, Abed is using a banana to do impressions: (Banana on forehead- Banana Rhino. Banana over top lip- Banana Sam Elliot. ''Banana over eyes- '''Banana Levar Burton'''''.) What makes it perfect is Troy being the only person who laughs at the last one.
** Not that it wasn't funny to begin with, but [[FurryFandom pretty much everything]] [[CampGay Dean Pelton does]][[CreepyCrossdresser /has ever done,]] now that his actor (Jim Rash) ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTT2PMzeeh0 is an Academy Award-winning screenwriter.]]'' Especially with how a season 3 episode has him writing and directing a tv advert for the college. Trying to keep in mind he's won an award in real life while seeing how bad and crazy things get can be a bit difficult.
** In "[[Recap/CommunityS4E05CooperativeEscapismInFamilialRelations Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations]]" James Brolin turns up as [[spoiler:Jeff's long-absent father]]. Just over a week earlier, he appeared on ''Series/{{Castle}}'' as [[spoiler:Castle's long-absent father]].
** "We're Gonna Finally Be Fine," the opening musical number from "[[Recap/CommunityS3E01Biology101 Biology 101]]" with the Study Group singing about how much better life's going to be without Pierce, became this after Chevy Chase's departure at the end of season 4 & Dan Harmon returning as Show Runner for season 5 following his departure a year earlier.
** The jokes about Britta smoking pot as well as her hatred of the government makes the fact that in Colorado (the state the show is set in), marijuana is now legal and government regulated.
** After defeating the Glee Club (an {{Expy}} for the one from ''Series/{{Glee}}'') in "Modern Warfare", Jeff yells "Write some original songs!" as a parting shot. This was done to criticize ''Glee's'' use of licensed songs. The year after "Modern Warfare" aired, it was announced that ''Glee'' would be doing an episode with original songs.
** When Jeff runs into Alan in "Accounting For Lawyers", he tries to explain his presence at Greendale by claiming to be a teacher. He then admits that's worse than the truth and admits he's a student. In "Repilot", Jeff becomes a teacher at Greendale.
** TheTag in "[[Recap/CommunityS5E13BasicSandwich Basic Sandwich]]" basically being a huge TakeThat to NBC. With NBC's subsequent cancellation of the show & Yahoo picking the show up for a sixth season, it means ''Community'' essentially left NBC whilst flipping the bird & screaming "Fuck you!".
* HoYay:
** Troy and Abed.
--->'''Annie:''' Troy... the other day, after Spanish, I thought he was trying to hold my hand, but... he'd just mistaken me for Abed.
*** In one episode Abed described Troy as his other half.
*** Then there were the famous lines from Star Wars in Epidemiology.
---->'''Troy:''' I love you!\\
'''Abed:''' I know.
*** And the episode when Abed and Troy were competing in sport. Troy blamed losing basketball on not being able to guard Abed because his eyes were too gentle and mysterious.
*** Abed and Troy's hoyay overflows seamlessly into the actors' relationship. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzHOa_y6kqk They obviously do it on purpose.]]
*** Then there's the episode where Shirley talks about being the only married woman in a group full of googly-eyed teens. Then Jeff and Annie look at each other, then Jeff and Britta, then Troy and Britta, then Troy and Abed.
*** In [[Recap/CommunityS4E05CooperativeEscapismInFamilialRelations Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations]], Troy snuggles his head into Abed's shoulder for comfort after a particularly unpleasant encounter with Shirley's family.
*** In [[Recap/CommunityS4E12HeroicOrigins Heroic Origins]], Troy seems to believe that Abed should have been pining for him before they even met: "You were out there somewhere, and ''you weren't looking for me''?!"
** And then in another episode Abed seems to have seduced Shirley's dread-lock guy away from her.
** Annie and Britta [[LesYay have slowly been getting more of this,]] mostly in the form of {{Fanservice}}. Watch the video clip under CrackPairing above and note how Annie smiles...
*** Annie moving to kiss Britta when they've been mistaken for lesbians at the Valentine's Day dance.
** At least one of the [[http://www.hulu.com/watch/190089/community-office-hours-pamplet-serious#x-1,vclip,1,0 Human beings is]] female, and enjoys sniffing the underwear of cheerleaders...
** From "The Science Of Illusion".
--->'''Pierce:''' ''(crying)'' Troy, do you want a [[DoubleEntendre bite of my wand]]?\\
'''Troy:''' ''(also crying)'' I do.
*** And in the background, Abed is feeding Jeff popcorn.
** In "A Fist Full Of Paint Balls", Jeff's obsessive jealousy with how the Black Rider isn't more good looking than him begins to take on these tones.
** Not to forget virtually every girl at Greendale [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer forming a fanclub for Britta and asking for her autograph]], after she confessed to Jeff at the end of the last episode and he walked out on her.
** Pierce's friendly advances on Jeff, right after his each failure to manipulate Britta into a date.
** The heated pool duel between Jeff and his coach, escalating into nudism and ending with the coach kissing him '''on the lips''' with admiration.
** Jeff running in the rain, ringing into an apartment, making a confession [[spoiler: to Rich]].
** Abed persuades Jeff to flirt with a roleplay character elf maid (impersonated by himself). Annie takes over the task. [[CovertPervert In detail]].
** Dean Spreck of City College, whispering into Dean Pelton's ear.
* HypeBacklash: The first few episodes of the fourth season, coming after Harmon was fired from the show and the premiere being delayed for 4 months, was criticized fairly harshly by both fans and critics as signalling the downfall of the show. Others pointed out that even with Harmon ''every'' season took some time to get into the right rhythm.
* IKnewIt:
** Jeff [[spoiler:returning to Greendale as a teacher in season 5]].
** Pierce [[spoiler:suffering from a BusCrash after Chevy Chase left the show.]]
** Troy [[spoiler:being given Pierce's fortune and it being his reason for leaving Greendale.]]
* IdiosyncraticShipNaming: Indyshipping, for Annie/Abed, based on the gift Annie got for Abed in Intro to Psychology.
* IdiotPlot: The conflict in the apartment plot of [[Recap/CommunityS3E07StudiesInModernMovement In "Studies in Modern Movement"]] could have been avoided if Annie had properly checked the apartment before moving or had confronted the two much sooner. Troy and Abed [[{{Flanderization}} also become more idiotic in the episode]], to the point of being socially dysfunctional (well, more than Abed already was).
* InformedWrongness: Jeff. Rightly asserting that Pierce is a bigoted manchild, whose horrible behavior makes the group exclude him, and anyone else would have kicked him out ages ago? He's wrong because Pierce's insecurities are an excuse to be a prick. Calling out Britta on once again wilfully making a fool of herself in a [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption farcical effort]] to save face? Discouraging poor decisions is being a bad friend. He wants to spend the odd occasion not cleaning up the groups mistakes? He's a selfish jerk. Despite going out of his way to be a great friend to every single member of the group countless times. The show is however smart enough to occasionally [[PlayedForLaughs use this to comedic effect.]]
* ItsTheSameNowItSucks: Played with, in that it overlaps to some degree with TheyChangedItNowItSucks; a sections of critics have emerged arguing that Season 4 spends so much time and effort trying to reassure fans that the show hasn't changed and absolutely nothing is different and that it's the same as it ever was while Dan Harmon was around, calling upon old {{Running Gag}}s and {{Call Back}}s in the process, that the show begins to feel like it's trying to replicate itself rather than allowing the writers room to breathe and get a feel for the show themselves. There's also been a few accusations that the characters seem to have regressed to earlier, broader versions of themselves and CharacterDevelopment has slipped backwards a bit.
* JerkassWoobie:
** Pierce. While he is unquestionably a jerkass, it's also made quite clear that he's desperately lonely and needy.
** Chang, in season two. See TheWoobie below.
** The eldery gang of hooligans, the Hipsters, from "Messanic Myths and Filmaking". [[spoiler:After the car stealing incident, no one's family was willing to bail them out of holding]]. Simply put, no one wants to be near them because they're assholes but they're assholes because no one wants to be around them.
* JumpTheShark: Naturally a contentious entry, but there's been two cited examples of this within the fandom. [[OnlyTheCreatorDoesItRight Dan Harmon's departure in season 4]] and Donald Glover leaving the show in the fifth season.
* LauncherOfAThousandShips: Annie/Abed. Annie/Jeff. Annie/Troy. Annie/Chang. Annie/Britta. Annie/Professor Duncan. Annie/Vaughn. Annie/Rich. Notice anyone all those pairings have in common? It's quite telling that even discounting [[Recap/CommunityS1E15RomanticExpressionism Romantic Expressionism]] (see CrackPairing on the main page), Annie has been shipped IN SHOW with every member of the study group except for Pierce (who has explicitly stated that Annie is his favorite) and Shirley. It's canon that Annie had a crush on Troy in high school and for the first half of the first season, Annie and Jeff kiss in [[Recap/CommunityS1E09Debate109 Debate 109]] and [[Recap/CommunityS1E25PascalsTriangleRevisited Pascal's Triangle Revisited]], Annie and Abed ([[ItMakesSenseInContext as Han Solo]]) kiss in [[Recap/CommunityS2E24ForAFewPaintballsMore For a Few Paintballs More]], and Annie [[ItMakesSenseInContext starts to go in for a kiss with Britta]] in [[Recap/CommunityS2E15Early21stCenturyRomanticism Early 21st Century Romanticism]]. And this for a girl they say they try not sexualize too much.
* LoveItOrHateIt:
** It seems that any episode that has a somewhat depressing tone will garner this reaction, with fans either loving the focus on CharacterDevelopment or hating the episode for not being a comedy.
*** "[[Recap/CommunityS2E10MixologyCertification Mixology Certification]]"
*** "[[Recap/CommunityS2E11AbedsUncontrollableChristmas Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas]]"
*** "[[Recap/CommunityS3E16VirtualSystemsAnalysis Virtual Systems Analysis]]"
*** "[[Recap/CommunityS5E01Repilot Repilot]]"
** "[[Recap/CommunityS4E09IntroToFeltSurrogacy Intro To Felt Surrogacy]]" is either one of the highlights of season 4; comes up short for trying too hard to emulate the feel of the Dan Harmon era; or one of the worst episodes of ''Community'' to ever be produced.
** "[[Recap/CommunityS5E03BasicInterglutealNumismatics Basic Intergluteal Numismatics]]" is either considered proof that the show is back to it's glory days or not; with the general rule seeming to be that the less familiar you are with the subject of the parody (David Fincher serial killer movies such as ''Film/{{Se7en}}'' and ''Film/{{Zodiac}}''), the less you like the episode.
* MemeticMutation:
** "I have the weirdest boner."
** "Annie's pretty young. We try not to sexualize her."
** "The Lord is testing me."
** Whovians were quick to latch onto the ''Series/DoctorWho'' AffectionateParody "InspectorSpacetime" from the third season premiere. [[http://inspectorspacetimeconfessions.tumblr.com/ There's even a parody Tumblr confessions blog]] for it now.
** "Six seasons and a movie!" began as a TakeThat at ''Series/TheCape'', but has quickly morphed into the rallying cry for fans who don't want the show to get cancelled.
** Streets ahead.
*** And if you don't know what that means, you're clearly streets behind.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDxjFIOxw4c Hah! GAYYYYYYYYYYYYY!]]
** Most stuff Chang says: ''"Senor Chang is a man who cannot die.", "Magic user, baby, what?!"''
** [[ThatMakesMeFeelAngry MY EMOTIONS!]]
** After Dan Harmon was fired as the showrunner, the mantra "[[http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/4240/tumblrm4978qjzon1qam69v.gif Dan Harmon is a genius and I will die protecting his vision]]" sprung up around the place in support, often accompanied with a .gif or image of Annie saying the same thing about the Dean in "Documentary Making Redux". To which a few interesting and (probably) unintentional layers are added when you remember that the clip being used is, in context, the result of Annie experiencing a stress-related nervous breakdown as a result of the Dean's [[SmallNameBigEgo increasingly tyrannical and out-of-control behaviour as his creative baby spirals rapidly out of control]]; while people have tended to be more inclined to support Harmon than not (particularly in regard to things like his feud with Chevy Chase and his being fired from the show) some reports have suggested -- including, it should be acknowledged, those of Harmon himself -- that this isn't an entirely unfair summary from how Harmon would conduct himself on set.
** "POP POP!"
*** "Pop pop, Magnitude."
** The scene in "Remedial Chaos Theory" where Troy walks into the fire-ridden apartment has been put to popular use at Website/{{Tumblr}}. The best usage of it is when someone finds that their particular fandom has gone haywire.
** You just created [X] new timelines!
*** ''Sure'' I[=/=]they did, [Insert Name Here].
*** Dammit, [Insert Name Here], there are no other timelines!
** Abed is Batman.
** Thanks to ''ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan'' using it in the first issue of the series, the Spider-Man fandom adopted "Crazy Town Banana Pants".
** Fat Dog.
** Responding to bear jokes with "Too soon."
** Using the [=MeowMeow=] Beenz rating system from "[[Recap/CommunityS5E08AppDevelopmentAndCondiments App Development And Condiments]]".
* {{Moe}}: Annie could give [[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya Mikuru]] a run for her money.
** Abed most likely wasn't an intentional example, but his generally gentle and {{adorkable}} disposition (along with the increasing number of [[TheWoobie woobie]] moments he's been getting lately) can evoke this.
* NightmareFuel: There's something deeply unsettling about "Greendale Babies", the ImagineSpot "happy place within a happy place" TV series Abed creates inside his head in season 4. It's all cheery and bright, but it takes place in a confined room, and the premise seems to be that all our beloved characters are stuck in some sort of infinite childhood. Plus, you know, there's a stuffed Human Being plush.
-->'''Abed''': Greendale Babies will be right back. Forever!
** Don't forget about the ''"Human being"'' costume. Brrr...
* NoYay: The episode "Physical Education" has a scene where Jeff has a pool match with his aging, overweight new billiards instructor. It features both of them getting naked and the instructor walking up to Jeff while both are still naked and then kissing him on the lips.
* OneOfUs:
** Dan Harmon, the creator of the show, apparently reads a lot online about the show and adjusts it based on feedback. Abed's MetaGuy status and the lampshade hanging on it in season two includes references to the paintball episode that suggests he's read the Crowning Pages.
* PortmanteauCoupleName: "Trobed" for Troy/Abed seems to be catching up after "Remedial Chaos Theory," though it's used just as much for shipping them as it is for referring to them in a friendship kind of way.
* RelationshipWritingFumble: Troy and Britta's relationship at the end of the third season was left very ambiguous to some. What was pretty clear was that Troy was moving into the Dreamatorium, but some people interpreted Britta holding a bag as her moving in as well (despite the fact they weren't even necessarily a couple yet). The beginning of the next season reveals they had started dating at some point.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: In the first few episodes Britta seemed to be the typical ManicPixieDreamGirl-slash-WomenAreWiser love interest, which came off pretty bland and cliched compared to the rest of the cast. While the seeds were there from the start, however, as the first season went on the writers and actress started playing her more as being SoUnfunnyItsFunny and {{Adorkable}}, with fans starting to find her a lot more likeable as a result.
--> '''Britta:''' Do you know sugar is like baby meth? Thatís what my homeopath says.
* TheScrappy:
** [[spoiler:Willy Winger, Jeff's half-brother]] from season four. He's presented as overemotional and his actions come off as very grating as we know nothing about him but that.
* SeasonalRot:
** Season 3 was considered by some fans to be weaker than the previous two. By this point most of the regular writers for the first two seasons had long since departed, the [[CerebusSyndrome increased darkness]] wound up [[BrokenBase dividing the fans]] on its overall quality, and the show's trademark meta episodes focused entirely on whatever the episode was currently parodying at the cost of [[{{Flanderization}} flanderizing]] every single character on the show (such as Jeff's [[SmugSnake smugness]], Shirley's HolierThanThou tendencies, Troy's [[TookALevelInDumbass diminishing intelligence]], Britta's ButtMonkey status, etc.), something the first two seasons had taken steps to avoid. Related to that, the same season also introduced the ''Inspector Spacetime'' RunningGag which was fairly controversial, so much that season 4 would later only feature it in one episode and season 5 would drop it entirely. There's also a faction that believes it's the best of all four seasons, leaving a bit of a [[BrokenBase broken base]] as far as it's concerned.
*** To make things more complicated, it's generally agreed to have some the best episodes of the show's entire run ("Remedial Chaos Theory", "Documentary Filmmaking: Redux", "Pillows and Blankets", "Basic Lupine Urology," and "Curriculum Unavailable") even though many believe it's the weakest season overall.
** Season 4 plays this straighter, having lost showrunner Dan Harmon & writer Chris [=McKenna=], who wrote some of the most acclaimed episodes of the show; neither the [[FakingAmnesia Changnesia]] plot or the [[ShippingBedDeath romance between Troy and Britta]] are handled well; several [[RunningGag running gags]] from earlier seasons are overused or overplayed (notably, the season ends with a Paintball Finale despite this being an acknowledged OverusedRunningGag); the characters in general are regressed back to earlier stages of their CharacterDevelopment; and Chevy Chase, due to his displeasure with Pierce becoming more bigoted than before, outright quit the show towards the end of production & had to be hastily written out of the episodes he was yet to shoot.
** Season 5 has not been able to escape this. Although the season started off strong, some feel that the episodes after Troy left have been largely hit or miss.
* ShipToShipCombat:
** Community fans get along well generally, but there is some Britta vs. Annie sparring when it comes to who will end up with Jeff. If you root for Jeff/Britta as your OTP, Jeff/Annie shippers will have a field day ranting about how unlikable Britta is or how the duo lacks romantic chemistry. If you openly advocate Jeff/Annie, the BP&J shippers will declare their disgust with the age gap and claim that their massive differences could never be reconcilable in a relationship. Shippers of all other pairings seem to be much more civil.
** Many Troy/Britta shippers are at least a little bitter that their ship is getting the stereotype of being a [[ShipMates side-dish]] that people only ship because they want to clear the way for Jeff/Annie.
* ShipMates:
** Fans of Jeff/Annie will often ship Troy/Britta, who in Season 1 were romantically linked to Annie and Jeff respectively in canon. On the flip-side, Jeff/Britta shippers will often ship Troy/Annie (and increasingly commonly, Annie/Abed), in order to keep Annie away from Jeff.
** Annie/Abed fans have a slight problem doing this in a way that hinders their ship. If they ship Troy/Britta it leaves the Jeff/Annie ship open. If they ship Jeff/Britta it leaves the earlier Annie/Troy ship open. With Troy/Britta being sunk & Troy's departure in the fifth season, it makes Jeff/Britta the obvious choice of ship mate pairing.
* ShippingBedDeath: More than a few fans of Britta/Troy ended up being disappointed when they actually got together because the writers seemed unable to do anything interesting with them.
* ShipSinking:
** The interminable Britta/Troy pairing is sunk without much fanfare toward the end of Season 4.
** The Annie/Abed pairing was sunk in Season 5, with the revelation that Abed was catfishing Annie so she'd make better breakfasts, followed by Annie invoking LikeBrotherAndSister with Abed in "VCR Maintenance and Educational Publishing".
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong:
** Subverted. At first it appears that Pierce is going to have slightly changed Bruce Hornsby's "The Way It Is", for the new school song (the intro notes are indeed slightly different from the original). Subverted when it turns out the rest of the song is exactly the same.
-->'''Abed:''' Can they sue us?\\
'''Jeff:''' Don't know. (Pierce sings the line "Greendale's the way it goes") Yeah, they got us.
** Played straight during the first Valentine's Episode, where Troy and Pierce dance with Chang to a song very similar to Music/TheBlackEyedPeas' "Boom Boom Pow."
* {{Squick}}: Jeff and Annie's relationship has become very big brother\little sister, but now that she's getting older it's getting creepy.
-->'''Jeff:''' But now you're becoming this mature, self possessed, intelligent young woman, and I can't keep patting you on the head or talking down to you.
-->'''Annie:''' But I like how close we are; I don't wanna grow up if it means losing what we have.\\
'''Jeff:''' Well, tough, Annie. You have to grow up because the world needs more women like you. Can't keep doin' this forever, kiddo.\\
[He takes her gently by the chin.]\\
'''Annie:''' Can't we?\\
[{{Beat}}]\\
'''Jeff:''' Nope. I can't. No. No.\\
'''Annie:''' [simultaneously] No, that's gross. I feel gross.
* TearJerker: [[TearJerker/{{Community}} There are a few moments]].
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: The general consensus regarding the Dan Harmon-less Season 4. It should be noted, this was also the cast's reaction to the season, with Joel [=McHale=] leading them in getting Harmon rehired as showrunner for the fifth season.
** The loss of Pierce and Troy in season 5 has elicited this response from some people.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot:
** The earlier episodes of the third season seem to hint at/foreshadow Jeff suffering from some sort of mental breakdown or depression, but it really doesn't go anywhere.
** Britta & Troy's relationship in the fourth season - After the first few episodes of the season, it's barely mentioned before they break-up towards the end of the season, which arguably comes out of nowhere because the writers seemingly forgot they were dating for most of the season.
** After setting Jeff up as a Greendale teacher in "Repilot", only one episode of season 5 actually focussed on Jeff being a teacher (and that was the episode immediately after "Repilot"), leading some viewers to complain of a missed opportunity to explore Greendale's eccentric teaching staff in the same way that the previous seasons had explored the eccentric student body.
* UncannyValley:
** The Greendale Human Being seems to be an intentional attempt to invoke this trope.
** The stop-motion figures in [[Recap/CommunityS2E11AbedsUncontrollableChristmas "Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas."]] Britta's is especially bad. Hilariously, the normally expressionless Abed looked the most human. Possible FridgeBrilliance as we see all the events through Abed's perspective, and he's experiencing a mental breakdown throughout the episode.
** Annie's [[spoiler:werewolf transformation]] in her scary story from [[Recap/CommunityS3E05HorrorFictionInSevenSpookySteps "Horror Fiction In Seven Spooky Steps"]]
* UnfortunateImplications:
** In-universe, almost everything Pierce says and does. He (probably) didn't even realize how much that windmill looked like a swastika...
*** However, if at least part of his faux Buddhist religion is accurate, the swastika would be perfectly fine for him. It wouldn't carry the same sort of meaning for him; it would be a sun symbol.
*** Though Pierce uses the term Buddha, the religion is really more of a parody of Scientology. Considering the amount of flak said religion can rain down, it's perhaps understandable that the show tried to cover it up with something so absurdly inaccurate that most people would know it's wrong.
** The portrayal of the homosexual community in "[[Recap/CommunityS3E06AdvancedGay Advanced Gay]]" has been met with some criticism. Creator/DanHarmon [[http://danharmon.tumblr.com/post/12377752020/mea-culpa-for-those-needing-one-onward-and-gayward admitted]] that a few of the concerns were actually pretty valid and apologized, promising to be more aware of the issue in the future.
*** The portrayal of elderly people in "[[Recap/CommunityS2E05MessianicMythsAndAncientPeoples Messianic Myths and Ancient Peoples]]" isn't much better.
** The fact that the show treats feeding Abed's delusions as a good thing. This is particularly bad in "[[Recap/CommunityS2E11AbedsUncontrollableChristmas Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas]]" and "[[Recap/CommunityS5E05GeothermalEscapism Geothermal Escapism]].
* UnpopularPopularCharacter:
** Pierce and Chang. Both are often barely tolerated by the rest of the group, but they're popular characters with the fans.
** Britta. Although not exactly disliked by the other characters, they frequently call her a killjoy. Evidently her colleagues at work don't like her much either. And she's apparently not too popular with the rest of the Greendale student body either:
-->'''Vicki:''' You're the worst.\\
'''Britta:''' She's just saying that to fit in!
** Annie was apparently so unpopular in high school that a crossing guard tried to lure her into traffic.
** The study group in general appears to be this to some degree; they're very close-knit with each other and are, of course, very popular with the fans of the show, but there's some evidence to suggest that they're not that well liked among the student body at large in Greendale.
*** Given the facts that they are very judgmental regarding who they socialize with, it ain't that hard to believe.
** Abed, unusually, appears to subvert this. He's in many ways the show's breakout character, being very popular with viewers -- however, of all the study group, he appears to be the one who has the most friends outside the study group, or at least is on reasonably friendly terms with more people. Which is particularly interesting given how a frequent subplot is how he finds it difficult to connect with people.
*** Though it does make sense if you consider Abed's analytical abilities -- it's not a stretch to believe that he could use them to determine what other people might respond well to, ŗ la playing Don Draper or Han Solo for Annie.
** The Dean is popular enough for Jim Rash to be PromotedToOpeningTitles in season 3, but in-universe he's clearly not respected by his staff & the Study Group finds him irritating more often than not. It's made explicitly clear in "[[Recap/CommunityS5E02IntroductionToTeaching Introduction to Teaching]]" when the Save Greendale Committee (Consisting of the Study Group & Buzz Hickey) make their first order of business barring him from their meetings and the entire group are seen celebrating this.
* WhatAnIdiot: Jeff insults Cornwallis (albeit unaware he was in earshot at the time) at their Christmas party despite knowing that he could change their grade (and in fact began the night HOPING to do so). Naturally, Cornwallis decides to drop their grade.
* TheWoobie:
** Oddly enough, [[JerkAss Chang]] in season 2. All he wants is to join the group and he just gets shot down. Although he did spend most of the first season tormenting them, so it makes sense.
** According to WordOfGod, Britta was designed to become this over the course of the series, especially in the Season 1 finale. Her self-esteem issues are certainly often referred to.
** Abed also becomes this, particularly in "Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas".
*** Then the second half of Season 3 hits, exploring more of Abed we never knew. ''Virtual Systems Analysis'' has major insight to his issues.
*** Britta also becomes this in "Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas" after Abed expels her from his Christmas fantasy because she tricked him into a therapy session; she protests that she was genuinely concerned about him and was trying to help him, and is clearly quite hurt by his rebuttal song that she's basically a broken robot with no faith in anything.
** All of the main characters, and more than a few of the minor ones, have had their moment of Woobie-dom; no matter how big a {{Jerkass}} they might be at times, it's also quite clear that they're all broken and vulnerable people to some extent.
** Todd in the third episode of season 3.
** The Dean can become like this, at times.
** Professor Kane. He spent 25 years in prison for a crime it's implied he didn't committ, dealt with some horrible students, and quit after a nervous breakdown from the death of [[spoiler: Starburns.]] It gets worse when you find out [[spoiler: Starburns faked his death, meaning Kane quit over nothing]]
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