open/close all folders
- In "Mixology Certification", Troy is upset because everyone took him out drinking for his 21st birthday and made asses of themselves. Abed rats out Jeff and Britta to give him something to laugh over, while still getting a passive-aggressive dig in.Abed: ...Jeff and Britta made out while you were gone.Britta: Abed!Abed: What? You did it right in front of me. I'm not a piece of furniture.
- His reversal of Professor Duncan's psychological experiment on forcing people to wait.
- And in "Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas" he reverses another of Duncan's experiments onto him.
- Bat-Abed's speech after rescuing Jeff and Pierce from being crushed by desks.
- Not to mention the rescue itself.
- On a meta level, this is likely one of the only mainstream portrayals of Batman by a non-white actor, and he gets to be AWESOME.
- His impression of Don Draper.
- His inspiring speech on how he's completely comfortable with himself.Jeff: Abed. You're a god.
- His impression of an African American Police Chief.
- Making the group into the most popular people in school after taking control of the supply of chicken fingers.
- After Jeff turns his meta gimmick around by saying it's "so season one," Abed retorts that he does know the difference between reality and TV: TV makes sense and has likable leading men, while he's stuck with Jeff.
- Befriending a pregnant classmate, beating up her deadbeat boyfriend, and helping her give birth, all in a literal Out of Focus subplot.
- His Heroic Sacrifice in "Epidemiology," making possible Troy's badassery below.
- Thoroughly showing up his professor in a class on Who's the Boss?.
- Doubly awesome as he'd stated in the previous season that he'd NEVER MADE IT PAST THE SHOW'S OPENING CREDITS.
- Being the only one in the group to pass a sanity test (though Jeff had admitted to filling his out randomly).
- Bat!Abed's interrogation of his landlord in "Foosball and Nocturnal Vigilantism" somehow manages to be awesomely Batman-esque despite the fact that Bat!Abed struggles to get into the apartment through the window in the first place and then struggles to make it across the room after getting his cape caught on the window ledge.Landlord (genuinely terrified): Don't hurt me, Batman!
- Becoming a successful tycoon in Pierce's father's video game, with multitudes of children that he can put to very good use.
- Pulling himself out of a Heroic BSoD by making up a Jeff speech in his head!
- His Nicolas Cage presentation.
- The Rousing Speech to the Dean about letting go.
- Using his Brutal Honesty to take down Greendale's Alpha Bitch.
- Abed reprogramming an entire section of Cornelius Hawthorne's video game using only in-game dialogue trees in "Digital Estate Planning", including transforming a dirty village into a golden mansion in his image and programming in the ability to ask his in-game wife to produce babies on command, and the ability to command those babies to command other babies, which results in them digging a mine with seemingly unlimited resources to build anything. Made even cooler by the fact that Abed, being of Middle Eastern extraction, is producing mixed-race babies in-game with his wife, Hilda, and uses those babies to help take down the racist Cornelius Hawthorne, who considers mixed-race couples to be miscegenation.
- Annie's winning debate gambit. "He was horny, so he dropped him. Man is evil!"
- Annie's speech in favor of sexual repression (which is separate from the above).
- Slugging Jeff in the second season premier. Hell yeah.
- Taking down a man, a little over twice her size, with chloroform.
- And seemed to be more than ready to take down Jeff, played by 6 ft 4 (1.93 m) Joel McHale, in the same manner.
- After accidentally taking a male character for Dungeons & Dragons, seducing an elf maiden in nauseating detail to get the group a Pegasus.
Annie: I take out my HUGE member!
- It's even more awesome if you read her lips.
- ALL of "A Fistful of Paintballs".
- Even Lampshaded by Abed in-universe:Abed: She's pretty awesome today.
- Even Lampshaded by Abed in-universe:
- Making a terrarium at the last moment in "Competitive Ecology"Jeff: When did you have time to make that? You're pathological.
Annie: Too late for compliments.
- Pulling Abed out of a Heroic BSoD in "Virtual Systems Analysis."
- The cross examination of Todd in "Basic Lupine Urology."
- When she uses Reverse Psychology on Troy (while he's filling the contrary role of Bad Cop) to get the trout farmer to expose his lies. From "Advanced Documentary Filmmaking."Annie: Clearly he has nothing to hide.Troy: WHAT ARE YOU HIDING?!?
- When the custodians are about to tear down Hickey's "unauthorized" billboard, she actually jumps on one of them and has to be pulled off by her friends.
- Bailing Jeff out after he accidentally drunk dialed his girlfriend instead of Britta.
- Being the only member of the group who pulls through Pierce's Mind Screw "bequeathals" in "Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking" more-or-less intact, and without outside help. Then she helps Shirley and Troy get through their trials too.
- Delivering Shirley's baby.
- Calling the Dean out on his psycho techniques while filming the Greendale commercial.
- Capturing the reunion photo between Troy and Abed... while attempting to get a shot of light striking off some waffles.
- Conning Jeff into revealing more about his father in "Paranormal Parentage".
- Geothermal Escapism is a good day for Britta, between immediately identifying Abed's game of The Floor is Lava as an attempt to avoid facing Troy leaving, outdueling Jeff, and finding a way to help Abed face reality.
- Leading a populist rebellion against the Fives and overthrowing them in "App Development And Condiments."
- Making a surprisingly effective Rousing Speech to the rest of the study group in favor of freedom of speech in "Basic Email Security".
- Beating the Phys Ed teacher at pool, completely naked.
- And earning each other's respect.
- "Banged Mark's mom. Twice."
- His super-intimidating threat to beat up Pierce if the promise of his father's arrival is a lie in any way.... and there will be nothing madcap or wacky about it.
- Calling the Old Man Out by proxy with Pierce's father, and actually giving him a fatal heart attack.
- Then doing the same to his own father in Season 4 (minus the heart attack).
- Figuring out the whole yam sabotage plot, including refusing to let Todd take the fall despite everyone hating him.
- Plowing his way through the Hunger Deans, especially his tango with the Dean where he even pieces together the Dean's plan to prevent him from graduating.
- Season 5 gives us Jeff beating the ever-loving crap out of Alan to the point that the latter is on the ground whimpering like a child. This is preceded by a chilling half-monologue about Poking the Dragon which he decides to cut short because Alan isn't worth one, showing us just how much of a badass he can be.
- "No monologue. Give me your tie!"
- Almost any Winger speech, but especially the one in "Introduction to Finality":''I have no closing statement because I'm throwing the case. No, no, it's okay. It's fine...don't worry. My client, Shirley Bennett, my friend of three years-she told me it was okay. She said what I want is more important. She's right...right? I mean, guys like me will tell you there's no right or wrong, there's no real truths...and as long as we all believe that, guys like me can never lose. Because the truth is, I'm lying when I say there is no truth. The truth is-the pathetically, stupidly, inconveniently obvious truth is-helping only ourselves is bad and helping each other is good. Now, I just wanted to get out of here, pass Biology and be a lawyer again instead of helping Shirley-that was bad. And my former colleague wanted so badly to keep his rich client happy that he just asked me to roll over in exchange for my old job. So, I guess we all walked in here pretty bad. But now Shirley's gone good. Shirley's helping me. It's that easy: you just stop thinking about what's good for you and start thinking about what's good for someone else...and you can change the whole game with one move. Now if you like this idea, you can make it true by doing something good for everyone here: throw this case out of court. It's dumb. That is all.
- His acid trip
- His paint fume trip.
- Having the where-with-all to make sure everyone in the group passed Spanish, by sleeping with the teacher.
- His stint as a Magnificent Bastard in Dungeons & Dragons, enslaving the Big Bad dragon of the story and ambushing everyone else, then freezing them all.
- He wins the second paintball game by faking a heart attack. Twice.
- Before that, he runs a popular and effective Truce Zone where harried warriors can rest and use facilities in exchange for ammo or services.
- His eulogy for his father, declaring that he's no longer afraid of him, he wins by still being alive, and his dad can suck it.
- He gets to stick it to his father some more while playing a video game for his inheritance, riding a nuclear bomb into his father's One-Winged Angel form. "LOOK AT ME NOW, DAD!"
- In-universe, he considers having sex with Eartha Kitt in an airplane bathroom to be a moment of awesome for himself. He'll take any excuse to brag about it, no matter how flimsy. It would be more awesome if it happened...
- His speech about failure.
- Five words:LET'S BURN THIS MOTHER DOWN!!!
- Beating Troy and Abed at squirt gun with a tiny one-hander - Troy and Abed had huge two-handers. And doing a Godfather homage to boot.
- His full-body pillow suit in "Pillow and Blankets", and using it to Curb-Stomp Battle the Changlorious Basterds.Pierce: YOU'RE GOING TO DIE YOU LITTLE F***ING BASTARDS!
- His What the Hell, Hero? speech to Jeff in "Herstory of Dance", in which he points out that he helped Britta out partly because he respected the fact that she wasn't giving up even in the face of inevitable failure, but also because he didn't appreciate Jeff's cruelty towards her and his malicious pleasure at her humiliation.
- "It's December 10th!"
- Going absolutely medieval on Abed's camera equipment with a baseball bat.
- Cosplaying as Jules Winfield for Abed's birthday.
- Showing a skeptical Jeff how great a foosball player she is.
- Pretty much anything foosball-related she does in that episode is awesome. "KILL OR BE KILLED!"
- While playing Cornelius' video game, Annie accidentally kills a blacksmith. Upon being told that real world morality doesn't apply to video games, Shirley kills the witness to the murder, the blacksmith's wife, steals anything that isn't bolted down, and burns the hut down. In a game she had been playing an hour, two hours tops. Beware the Nice Ones indeed.
- Two words: Coach Bennet.
- And don't forget when she becomes head of the campus.
- Troy deciding to man up, by stripping down to a leotard and helping Britta on stage.
- The entire last act of "Epidemiology," where he escapes the library, but goes right back inside to save everyone from brain damage, even pushing through his own impending zombiehood after he's bitten, complete with a bunch of Bond One Liners. A very good showing considering his falling victim to Black Dude Dies First in "Modern Warfare."Abed: Make me proud, Troy. Be the first black man to make it to the end.
- "We're learning to teleport, and we're helping our friend find the meaning of Christmas!"
- "No, no. Take him to the police. He murdered someone. Take him to jail... You guys are weird."
- Really, the whole season 3 finale is a crowning moment of awesome for Troy. First, he not only figured out how the Vice Dean of the AC repair school was murdered, but he then challenged the murderer to an air conditioning duel where the opponents were locked into the Sun Chamber. In separate chambers the two had to fix their own air conditioners while the temperature continued to gradually rise. During the duel, Troy acted completely calm even while the murderer was frantically trying to fix his own air conditioner. Troy then fixed his in less than thirty seconds and sat back while his opponent was slowly overcome by the heat. Finally, Troy fully embraced his role as the Truest Repairman and now seems to control the entire AC repair school which is incredible considering how much influence the AC repair school seems to hold (at least over Greendale).
- Troy saving Abed from a psychotic Inspector Spacetime fan.Troy: Have you ever been in a fight? *makes a fist* Because I have.
- The fakeout about his death when the gang started Spanish 102.I am a man who can never die.
- Salvaging Annie's anti-drugs show after Pierce gives it a pro-drugs message, turning his antics around to a genuinely effective way to get through to the kids."I'm Drugs! I will deep-fry your dog and eat your mother's face! I'm going to wear your little brother's skin like pajamas!
- Chang tazes Britta.
- I AM SENOR CHANG!
- Nails Jeff across the room with a tranquilizer gun after he flipped out at a bar mitzvah.
- His epic return to power. No really. Season 1: Insane Spanish Teacher who tormented the group. Season 2: Humiliation Conga turning Chang into a whimpering loser who couldn't even kill anyone in the paintball game. Season 3: Becomes security guard for the school. Hires child soldiers as his personal weapons. Took over the entire school, replaced the dean, and expelled the study group. He came back far higher than he ever had before.
- And then the next year, he flawlessly executed an intricate revenge scheme that required him to fool absolutely everyone in Greendale, and which would have destroyed the school if he hadn't had a HeelFace Turn at literally the last moment.
- He didn't just masturbate in the study room. He masturbated... EVERYWHERE!
- Season 6 proves that being with the group really does make him better: he becomes a commercial breakout star, pulls off a crowd-pleasing performance as Miyagi in a stage version of The Karate Kid, and delivers an effective speech to Garrett and Stacy at their wedding.
- The last one in particular, both for being exactly what Garrett and Stacy need to hear and for sounding an awful lot like something Chang has learned from his own life.Chang: It's you against the world, and you will not win. But you get to make your moves, not them.
- The massive brawl ensuing from Shirley's CMOA at the end of "Comparative Religion" (the Christmas Episode).
- The triple-scene at the end of "Environmental Science". Overkill, show.
- The extended Apollo 13 parody in "Basic Rocket Science", with Abed as Ken Mattingly and everyone else trying to finish the early '80s video game in time to haul the rocket back.
- The climax of "Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas," where everyone improvises a song about the meaning of Christmas while fighting off Duncan's attempt to deny it has meaning.
- Winning the Model UN meeting by going for a good-looking yet meaningless grand gesture, just like the real UN.
- Sort of a sequel to their performance of "Somewhere Out There" from season one, the "Kiss From A Rose" scene in Studies In Modern Movement is all kinds of greatness.
- Jeff and Shirley get so angry during their foosball match in "Foosball and Nocturnal Vigilantism" that they manage to turn it into a Dragon Ball style fight to the death through sheer force of anger.
- And then at the very end, having put their differences aside and working together, they completely demolish the Deutschbags at foosball... without needing to score a single goal.
- Even better? They briefly mention they trained for a while to defeat the Deutschbags in that specific way. Why is this important? Well, learning new moves to defeat your opponents sounds EXACTLY like something that would happen in an episode of Dragon Ball.
- Anytime Jeff gets knocked off his high horse.
- The Greendale Seven heist.
Secondaries and others
- From the Season 2 Premiere Betty White's character June Bauer shooting Starburns with a blowdart and then later the weapon she chooses to attack Jeff with while he defends himself with respect.
Jeff: I respect you.
- To clarify, when Jeff picks respect instead of the 7 tools for the assignment as what's most important in a group (and gives a heartwarming speech) she reveals they all combine to make an awesome weapon that she uses to choke him with:
Professor Bauer: That's why you fail!
- Professor Duncan, upon realizing his restraining order against Chang serves as a kind of force-field, proceeds to make Chang's life hell.
- From the pilot, his prank making Jeff think he would be getting a free ride at Greendale, only to give him a "cheat sheet" that's empty except for "Boo yah."
- George Takei narrating "Epidemiology," and giving anyone named Kevin a free voicemail message.
- In "Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design," Professor Garrity coming out on top of the Gambit Pileup the third act devolves into, with the help of his cop friend.
- Fat Neil rolling a natural 19 to win the group's Dungeons & Dragons campaign and putting Pierce in his place.
- Vice Dean Laybourne's "The Reason You Suck" Speech/Badass Boast to the Dean. John Goodman hasn't been that terrifying since Barton Fink.
- Starburns getting the entire class to walk out on the Spanish final back in season 1.
- Gilbert from "Digital Estate Planning" has one every time he shows up, first as a Magnificent Bastard villain who would have won halfway through the episode if Britta hadn't accidentally made a poison instead of a strength potion, and then being the one to take his horrible father down after his HeelFace Turn.
- Another one that doubles as a Tearjerker: "Decline."
- The riot from "Course Listing Unavailable".
- The Dean proves to be surprisingly good at paintball in "Modern Espionage."
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Vicki stabbing Pierce in the face with a pencil in "Intro To Political Science".
- Todd in "Competitive Ecology" is a Nice Guy, a good father, and a diabetic war veteran. He gets pulled unwittingly into a group argument about who should be paired with who for lab, under protest as he has a newborn at home and insulin shots to take. Then Britta nearly burns his turtle by accident, and he snaps. Todd says their friendship and love is toxic, and he doesn't want any part of it. Then he goes home to hug his wife and child and take his insulin. Best of all, Professor Kane passed him when Todd called the next morning explaining what had happened.
- Professor Kane is a walking moment of awesome, but the highlight has to be when he gives the Study Group a "The Reason You Suck" Speech for failing to build a terrarium, hurting Todd's feelings and nearly killing the turtle he found in "Competitive Ecology." If they had just focused on the assignment rather than fighting with each other all night and insulting Todd, they would have passed. Instead, they were being petty as the "mean clique" and sabotaged each other. He refuses to pair them with their original lab partners, fails them as a group, and informs them they will all share one microscope for the semester.
- Buzz Hickey using a Mad Max-esque floorsweeper/tank hybrid in "Geothermal Escapism".
- Abed's introduction, jumping over Jeff, running on the wall, and plugging Leonard, following it up with the appropriate Terminator reference.
- Annie ambushing the guys from a bathroom trash can.
- Britta sliding between Jeff's legs to save him from the guys about to shoot him
- Jeff gets multiple.
- Senor Chang's entire scene was pretty much the CMOA of the episode:
- Being hired as The Dragon
- His intro, complete with Chinese Cherubic Choir music, in an obvious shout-out to Chow Yun-Fat, before pulling out his fully automatic paintball gun.Chang: Buenos dias, children!
- His reveal of his Face/Off-style dual gold handguns.
- His Predator-esque exit, complete with Evil Laugh.
- The Dean inventing Google Cardboard in Lawnmower Maintenance and Postnatal Care.
"A Fistful of Paintballs"/"A Few Paintballs More"
- The Black Rider's entrance, Dual Wielding paintball shotguns.
- Ducking under two paintballs before firing in a circle.
- Jeff: Who are you?Black Rider: The guy that's gonna win.
- Annie's entrance in the episode, using the following tropes: Badass Adorable, Little Miss Badass, Batman Cold Open, Gunslinger, Sean Connery Is About to Shoot You and Guns Akimbo.
- Abed becoming Han!Abed.
- Pierce taking out the Black Rider by faking a heart attack.
Stormtrooper: Who are you?
- And then, in the finale he pulls the same trick to beat the stormtroopers.
- And then he gives the Best Bond One-Liner EVER!
Pierce: Your mother's lover! *shoots the last two stormtroopers*
- And then, in the finale he pulls the same trick to beat the stormtroopers.
- Shirley walking out of the library and shooting a stormtrooper almost nonchalantly.
"How about we save this school's ass?"
- Driving the golf cart with Britta in tow.
- Britta shooting the guy manning the gatling gun.
- Magnitude's Heroic Sacrifice.
- Vicki being the first to charge the ice cream truck. Last episode she was afraid to leave the fort.
- "Pillows and Blankets." Ken Burns meets Community, making a simple pillow fight seem epic.
- "Somewhere Out There", mashed up with an Irish dance jig, used as the backdrop to its own Moment of Awesome.
- Additionally, the following music right after "Somewhere," taking Greene Daeye's next Irish jig and breaking it down into a triumphant dance number for the group.
- Also "I am senor CHANG!"
- Also, "College is a Party!"
- Four words: "Donde... esta... la biblioteca..."
- Four more words: "Kingdom: Animalia... Phylum: Chordata"
- "All my boys and all my peeps like to wear nightcaps when they go to sleep!" The full version on the soundtrack is awesome, catchy, and hilarious, with lyrics like "I'm gonna sleep like an old timey dude tonight!"
- It's called 'Episode 119 Medley,' and is included on the season one soundtrack.
- Gravity and its awesome tip of the hat to fanvids.
- The genius that is "Getting Ridda Britta" and "Pierce You're a B."
- And Pierce's rebuttal in The Tag. After seeing Vaughn acting like a petulant child & writing songs insulting Britta & Pierce, it's very satisfying to see his reaction to the rap Pierce wrote to insult him.
- ABBA's greatest hits being the background music to a Zombie Apocalypse in Epidemiology.
- Best part is definitely the Mamma Mia! bit.
- Dan Harmon spent $30,000 of his own money to get the rights to ABBA since the Christmas episode was eating up a lot of the music budget.
- "Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas." The whole damn thing.
- Also "Advanced Dungeons and Dragons." Ludwig Goransson is on a roll this season.
- The Ennio Morricone style music over the Mexican Standoff in "A Fistful of Paintballs."
- "We're gonna have more fun and be less weird than the first two years combined!"
- "Kiss From A Rose", mashed up with Troy and Abed beatboxing, Pierce's piano-dream, and a demented Jesus song.
- "Christmas infiltration" from "Regional Holiday Music".
- Also, "Baby Boomer Santa." It's one big homage to music between the 40's and the 90's and making sense in a Glee mash-up kinda way.
- The epic theme in "Basic Pottery" when the crew of the S.S. Nose Candy saved Pierce from drowning in the parking lot for the second time that day.
- The "new" theme music to "Advanced Dungeons and Dragons."
- Also, the "new" theme music to "Digital Estate Planning."
Crowning Moment of Snark
- Jeff: Shirley, don't sue a stripper.
Shirley: Why not?
Jeff: Because she's a stripper. Life sued her and she lost.
- One for the fans for getting Dan Harmon back for Season 5. Even if you liked Season 4, you had to have cheered.
- The fact that the Season 2 two-part paintball finale got The Russo Brothers noticed by Kevin Feige, which led to their involvement in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and eventually them helming the highest grossing film of all time (without inflation).
- Also one to show how dedicated the fanbase was- after some abysmal ratings throughout the years and God knows how many times the show was nearly cancelled, Community lasted five whole seasons before NBC killed it. Raise a glass to that fanbase, fellow Tropers- never again shall we see a fandom so dedicated to their baby.
- And just to prove the show's invulnerability, it was then picked up as an online series from Yahoo!
- There's just something so incredibly petulant & awesome that (albeit unintentionally) the last thing Community aired on NBC was a Take That! to the network's habit of greenlighting terrible television shows.