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* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Chang's mind truly is an enigma.


* TheFriendNobodyLikes: While they don't ''dislike'' him, the group only just barely seem to tolerate him more often than not, and when the Save Greendale Committee is formed, their first order of business is to bar the Dean from attending their meetings.

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* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Downplayed. While they don't ''dislike'' him, the study group only just barely seem to tolerate him more often than not, and when the Save Greendale Committee is formed, their first order of business is to bar ban the Dean from attending their meetings.



* LargeHam: He can get really dramatic about things.

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* LargeHam: He can get really dramatic about things. His reaction to seeing Jeff in sunglasses deserves some mention.


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* TookALevelInBadass: In "Modern Espionage". He was completely useless in the previous paintball episodes (although, to be fair, he wasn't exactly participating back then, but still). This time he "survives" until the end along with Jeff.


* CharacterizationMarchesOn: While always a hammy {{Jerkass}}, in Season 1 he is competent enough to fake his way into being a Spanish teacher and also shows glimmers of having a more normal personal life than most of the study group. Come Season 2 and being crazy and being a loser are among his biggest defining traits for the rest of the series.

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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: While always a hammy {{Jerkass}}, in Season 1 he is competent enough to fake his way into being a Spanish teacher and also shows glimmers of having a more normal personal life than most of the study group. Come Season 2 and being crazy an idiot and being a loser are among his biggest defining traits for the rest of the series.


** Most of the scenes involving him appearing in a teaching capacity generally tended to involve him abusing, insulting, ranting at or on some occasions even [[{{Squick}} borderline molesting]] his students.

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** Most of the scenes involving him appearing in a teaching capacity generally tended to involve him abusing, insulting, ranting at or on some occasions even [[{{Squick}} borderline molesting]] molesting his students.



* SixthRanger: At least, he would very much ''like'' to be this. The Study Group isn't having any of it, however. [[spoiler:At least until Season 5, where they finally accept him as one of their own.]]

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* SixthRanger: At least, he would very much ''like'' to be this. The Study Group isn't having any of it, however. [[spoiler:At least until Season 5, where when they finally accept him as one of their own.]]


* BigBad: The main antagonist of Season 3.

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* BigBad: The main antagonist of [[spoiler:In Season 3.]]



* DrunkWithPower: Putting Ben Chang in a position of authority (however trivial) is not a good idea, as it tends to lead to this trope. In Season 1, he basically abuses and flaunts his power and authority over his students in bullying, sadistic and at-times creepy ways. In Season 3, after spending the previous season as the ButtMonkey, he's made a campus security guard, which has gradually seen him become Head of Security when all the other guards quit. [[spoiler: And ''that'' led to Chang becoming, in the words of Jeff, "a psychotic wanna-be warlord."]]
* EasilyForgiven: Lampshaded by Jeff in Season 4; despite the fact that he [[spoiler:kidnapped the Dean and nearly blew up the school, the study group and dean are willing to believe in "Kevin" and Changnesia. Deconstructed in season 5 when the group files a lawsuit against the Dean for hiring him again as a math teacher]].

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* DrunkWithPower: Putting Ben Chang in a position of authority (however trivial) is not a good idea, as it tends to lead to this trope. In Season 1, he basically abuses and flaunts his power and authority over his students in bullying, sadistic and at-times creepy ways. In Season 3, after spending the previous season as the ButtMonkey, he's made a campus security guard, which has gradually seen sees him become Head of Security when all the other guards quit. [[spoiler: And ''that'' led leads to Chang becoming, in the words of Jeff, "a psychotic wanna-be warlord."]]
* EasilyForgiven: Lampshaded by Jeff in Season 4; despite the fact that he [[spoiler:kidnapped the Dean and nearly blew up the school, the study group and dean are willing to believe in "Kevin" and Changnesia. Deconstructed in season Season 5 when the group files a lawsuit against the Dean for hiring him again as a math teacher]]. teacher.]]


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* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:In the Season 5 finale, Chang gets away with betraying the study group and even takes the million dollars entrusted to him by the school board for himself.]]
* KarmaHoudiniWarranty: [[spoiler:Manages to avoid any punishment for his crimes in Season 3 by FakingAmnesia all throughout Season 4. In the Season 5 premiere, he reveals he owned up to his mistakes and briefly went to jail, and is now out on work release.]]


* TookALevelInDumbass: In Season 1, he's somewhat incompetent but still bright enough to fake his way into being a teacher. By Season 3, he actually believes fire can't travel doors because "it's not a ghost".

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* TookALevelInDumbass: In Season 1, he's somewhat incompetent but still bright enough to fake his way into being a teacher. By Season 3, he actually believes fire can't travel through doors because "it's not a ghost".


* ConvenientReplacementCharacter: While he's been on the show from the beginning, it's not until the episode after [[spoiler:Troy leaves]] that he ''officially'' joins the main group, right down to sitting in [[spoiler:Troy's]] seat. He also fills a similar narrative purpose, being the resident [[TheDitz ditz]] and {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, and even begins hanging out with the group outside of school more often.

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* ConvenientReplacementCharacter: While he's been on the show from the beginning, it's not until the episode after [[spoiler:Troy leaves]] that he ''officially'' joins the main group, right down to sitting in [[spoiler:Troy's]] seat. He also fills a similar narrative purpose, being the resident [[TheDitz ditz]] and {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, and even begins hanging out with the group outside of school more often.


* OutOfFocus: His screen time is reduced at the beginning of Season 3, almost to DemotedToExtra levels, [[spoiler:but this was AllAccordingToPlan. Chang spends Season 3 [[BatmanGambit slowly gaining power]] before reappearing as the brand spanking new BigBad]].

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* OutOfFocus: His screen time is reduced at the beginning of partway through Season 3, almost to DemotedToExtra levels, [[spoiler:but this was AllAccordingToPlan. Chang spends Season 3 [[BatmanGambit slowly gaining power]] before reappearing as the brand spanking new BigBad]].

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* TheArtifact: The final two seasons bend over backwards to keep Chang in the main cast, even though his continued presence in the show raises multiple questions. Sometime during the TimeSkip between Seasons 4 and 5, he manages to get let out of prison on a work release (despite nearly committing a deadly act of terrorism), he manages to get a job as a math professor at Greendale (despite previously trying to blow up the school), and he manages to get invited to join the "Save Greendale" committee (even though none of the other committee members particularly like him, and they all know that he's seriously mentally disturbed). It doesn't make a lot of sense, but he was a popular character who'd been around since Season 1, so he was allowed to stick around for old time's sake. He even lampshades it in "Basic Email Security":
-->'''Elroy:''' This was a study group?
-->'''Abed:''' Yeah, Chang was our teacher.
-->'''Elroy and Frankie:''' WHAT?!
-->'''Chang:''' That's right! And frankly, haven't been well-utilized since!

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* BreakoutCharacter: Was eventually promoted to the main cast due to his popularity with the fans.


* ThrowTheDogABone: Two pretty notable ones in Season 6. After spending the majority of the series as a ButtMonkey he pulls off a good performance in a stage production of ''The Karate Kid'' and saves the day with a rousing speech at Garrett's wedding. Both events finally earn him praise and respect from the group.

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* ThrowTheDogABone: Two pretty notable ones in Season 6. After spending the majority of the series as a hapless ButtMonkey he pulls off a good powerful performance in a stage production of ''The Karate Kid'' and saves the day with a rousing speech at Garrett's wedding. Both events finally earn him praise and respect from the group.


* ManipulativeBastard: For somebody normally so incompetent, he's ''very'' good at using blackmail and bribes to get the student body in general (and particularly Jeff and Annie) to do what he wants.



* ManipulativeBastard: For somebody normally so incompetent, he's ''very'' good at using blackmail and bribes to get the student body in general (and particularly Jeff and Annie) to do what he wants.



* FakeGuestStar: Hickey is present in nearly every episode of Season 5 but is credited only as a guest star.



* FakeGuestStar: Hickey is present in nearly every episode of Season 5 but is credited only as a guest star.


* {{Jerkass}}: He can be pretty mean and bad-tempered to those around him.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He does ultimately see the error of his ways. Furthermore, in "Geothermal Escapism", despite his ruthlessness to win the game he takes pity on Britta and invites her to join him because he takes exception to Troy and Abed abandoning her for 'dead'.
** KickTheSonOfABitch: His treatment of Leonard, while cruel, seems to be exclusive to [[GrumpyOldMan Leonard]] (who, being a bit of a {{Jerkass}} himself, arguably deserves some comeuppance).



* KilledOffscreen: A FreezeFrameBonus in Season 6 confirms this. Banks reprising his ''Series/BreakingBad'' character Mike on the spin-off show ''Series/BetterCallSaul'' [[RealLifeWritesThePlot probably had something to do with it]].

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He can be pretty mean and bad-tempered to those around him. He does ultimately see the error of his ways, however. Furthermore, in "Geothermal Escapism", despite his ruthlessness to win the game he takes pity on Britta and invites her to join him because he takes exception to Troy and Abed abandoning her for 'dead'.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: His treatment of Leonard, while cruel, seems to be exclusive to Leonard (who, being a bit of a {{Jerkass}} himself, arguably deserves some comeuppance).
* KilledOffscreen: A FreezeFrameBonus in Season 6 confirms seems to confirm this. Banks reprising his ''Series/BreakingBad'' character Mike on the spin-off show ''Series/BetterCallSaul'' [[RealLifeWritesThePlot probably had something to do with it]].



* RunningGag: He doesn't know how to fist bump, and will respond to people setting him up for one by doing things such as shaking Annie's hand or triple knocking on Britta's fist. As his son does the same thing in [[Recap/CommunityS5E10AdvancedAdvancedDungeonsAndDragons Advanced Advanced Dungeons & Dragons]], this is apparently a [[SharedFamilyQuirks Shared Family Quirk]].

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* RunningGag: He doesn't know how to fist bump, and will respond to people setting him up for one by doing things such as shaking Annie's hand or triple knocking on Britta's fist. As his son does the same thing in [[Recap/CommunityS5E10AdvancedAdvancedDungeonsAndDragons "[[Recap/CommunityS5E10AdvancedAdvancedDungeonsAndDragons Advanced Advanced Dungeons & Dragons]], Dragons]]", this is apparently a [[SharedFamilyQuirks Shared Family Quirk]].


* {{Adorkable}}: She's comically awkward when flustered and has a remarkable tendency to put her foot in her mouth for somebody so composed. There's also her attempts at playing the steel drums in "Advanced Safety Features", which have to be seen to be believed.

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* {{Adorkable}}: She's comically awkward when flustered and has a remarkable tendency to put her foot in her mouth for somebody so composed. There's also her attempts at playing the steel drums in "Advanced Safety Features", which have to be seen to be believed.


* BigBad: The biggest threat to the heroes during the game of "The Floor is Lava" in "[[ComunityS5E05GeothermalEscapism Geothermal Escapism]]". He turns out to be a DiscOneFinalBoss when Britta quickly eliminates him during the final round, however.

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* BigBad: The biggest threat to the heroes during the game of "The Floor is Lava" in "[[ComunityS5E05GeothermalEscapism "[[CommunityS5E05GeothermalEscapism Geothermal Escapism]]". He turns out to be a DiscOneFinalBoss when Britta quickly eliminates him during the final round, however.

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