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Significant or recurring characters on Community who are either Greendale students or Greendale faculty members.

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    Alexander (Alex) "Star-Burns" Osbourne 
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Dude. My name is Alex.

A sleazy drug-dealer and student who is often a classmate and rival of the Study Group.


  • Actor Allusion: "Seems Greek."
  • Butt-Monkey: He's the first person bitten by the zombies in "Epidemiology", gets fired from his job thanks to the study group in "Contemporary American Poultry", gets a poisonous dart in the face from Professor Bauer in "Anthropology 101", just for starters. AND no one calls him by the name by which he wants to be called.
    • In "Modern Warfare", he gets shot pointblank by Pierce while they're looting the vending machines.
  • Catchphrase: "My name--is--Alex!"
  • Completely Missing the Point: Every year he tries to get people to see him as more than just a silly affectation, but he does so by adding more silly affectations.
    Shirley: Oh, Star-Burns, I see you added a lizard to your special hat and sideburns. Am I missing anything?
    Star-Burns: Yeah, the human being underneath it all, but no one's really interested in that, are they?!
    Shirley: No...
  • Crazy-Prepared: For how his after-death montage will have been made. Justified by the fact that he faked his death.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Subverted in the season 3 finale when he's revealed to still be alive.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Star-Burns. Technically averted, since the character gives his name early in the series ("My name's Alex, dude!") but no one ever calls him Alex. By the end of season 2, he seems to have all but given up on people using his real name.
  • Faking the Dead: He is revealed to still be alive at the end of the season 3 finale, and is eventually exposed to the other characters in season 5.
  • Hates Being Nicknamed: It's a Running Gag that he dislikes being called "Star-Burns" (and frequently responds "My name is Alex" in irritation). Reaches a Rage Breaking Point in "Digital Exploration of Interior Design," where his violent reaction to being addressed that way is the opening shot of Greendale Civil War.
  • Hidden Depths: Subverted; despite his frustration about people only noticing his surface appearance, he appears to have little actually going on beyond that:
    Annie: Star-Burns doesn't do much. I guess interesting people don't resort to growing shapes on their faces.
  • Hypocritical Humor: It's a source of some frustration to him that no one seems to look under the surface appearance he presents and notice the true person he is underneath. His frequent attempts to solve this problem, however, are equally superficial things like adding a hat or a lizard to his ensemble.
  • Jerkass: He's a self-admitted drug dealer, and it's rare for him to say anything that doesn't immediately earn asshat points.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: In the first season he reveals that he considers Jeff a douchebag. He doesn't have any high moral ground here, but he is also not wrong.
    • According to "Basic Lupine Urology", he's also a known backpack thief.
  • Kavorka Man:
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: From late Season Three onwards, Star-Burns acts as this for several seasons of the show. Specifically, the fact that he fakes his death.
  • Nice Hat: Starting in season 2, he starts wearing a top hat all the time, to try and stop being known solely for his star burns. It fails magnificently.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Don't call him Star-Burns, his name is Alex. Dude.
  • Put on a Bus: Although his character was not only very much alive, but had been set up for a full-fledged plot arc regarding the consequences of faking his death, Dino Stamatopoulos refused to reprise the role throughout Season 4, frustrated with Sony's treatment of Dan Harmon. The most he appears is on two separate bulletin board flyers in "Advanced Introduction to Finality". Come Season 5, he's back again, lurking on the borders of the campus. He certainly doesn't appear to be a student anymore.
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    Leonard Rodriguez, Briggs 
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Thanks for eating all the macaroni!
Played by: Richard Erdman

An elderly classmate and rival of the Study Group, who frequently acts like a rowdy teenager.


  • The Cast Showoff: He demonstrates his talent with musical instruments, particularly guitar.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: He claims to have participated in several wars, and this may be an explanation for his current wild and coarse nature.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Seems to have this relationship going on with Jeff; the other study group members don't exactly seem fond of him either, but Jeff in particular seems to detest Leonard.

    Vaughn Miller 
"Lates!"

A ditzy stoner, hippy, foosball enthusiast and musician who dates both Britta and Annie in season one.


  • Big, Stupid Doodoo-Head: Some of his insults against people who crosses him can be very childish at times:
    This a song for Pierce, cause him so old,
    His body is made of wrinkles and folds,
    Stupid and ugly, he smell like a fart,
    Got poo-poo in his pants and poo-poo in my heart
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Despite his genial, laid-back nature, he will nonetheless publicly shame you with a vitriolic song if you piss him off.
  • The Cast Showoff: Performs several songs in a reggae band.
  • Creator Breakdown/Take That!: In-universe, twice in a single episode. After a breakup, he writes a song called "Getting Rid of Britta." Then, after Pierce insults him, he flips out and then writes another song called "Pierce, You're a B."
  • Girls Like Musicians: Vaughan is sort of a parody of the Mr. Fanservice cool rocker type. He's always playing guitar on the quad and is first introduced as Greendale's main musician, and both Britta and Annie are attracted to him and date him at various points on the show.
  • Put on a Bus: Transfers to Delaware for a hacky-sack scholarship at the end of Season One.
  • Rule of Three: Always says hello and goodbye three ways. Lampshaded by the study group, who start to count his greetings on their fingers whenever they see him and respond in kind.
  • Verbal Tic: He frequently abbreviates words, even brief ones. He always greets people 3 times.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: To the chagrin of everyone. As Jeff points out, as he never wears a shirt and he never wears shoes, it's a wonder he doesn't die from lack of service. Later in that episode, Vaughn states that it took so long for him to get ice cream because they made him find a shirt.

    Dr. Richard "Rich" Stephenson 
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Played by: Greg Cromer

"Doc Pottery-wood". I like it.

A friendly, charming and pleasant doctor who attends classes at Greendale. He is apparently good at everything, which earns Jeff's rivalry and hatred.


  • Abusive Parents: Apparently Rich's mother blamed him for his brother's death, driving him into becoming a doctor and a Stepford Smiler.
  • The Ace: Expert potter, prolific baker, makes the best kettle corn, does community service for fun, is likable to a tee, even gets Jeff to beg him to teach him how to be good.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Unlike most examples, he wears the sheep's clothing nearly all the time, but "Epidemiology" shows that he can be a self-centered jerk. Ironically, the events of the episode are forgotten by everyone involved, so he is able to keep up his façade.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Of Jeff (one-sided). To the rest of the group, the nicest and most awesome guy ever.

    Buddy Austen 
Played by: Jack Black

"I know that you're scared that adding a new member might throw everything out of its natural— (opening credits) —rhythm."

A Spanish classmate who tries to join the Study Group in one episode.


  • Acrofatic: He tries to invoke this, but it results in him accidentally kicking Jeff in the face.

    Meghan 
Played by: Hilary Duff

"See, the rest of us feel ashamed of ourselves so we act like bitches to make ourselves feel better."

A student at Greendale who was the leader of a Girl Posse that had the school on edge due to their nasty dispositions and overall bitchiness. Her reign of terror came to an end when she ran into Abed and was soundly defeated in a battle of trash talking.


  • Alpha Bitch: She's the stereotypical bitch on campus, complete with her Girl Posse.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Ultimately, after insulting Abed in order to shut him down. The look on her face indicated she was either grateful to Abed for giving her power back and/or that she felt bad about doling out such harsh comments.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: It's pretty clear by the look on her face after she's finished using Abed's 'destruct codes' against him that even she found it a bit too much and didn't really enjoy doing it, but someone had to stop Abed.
  • Only One Name: Her last name is never stated.
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    Lukka 
Played by: Enver Gjokaj

"I miss cleansing the fields and forests from the unclean people who stole my country. I miss the smell of the villages burning...[laughs]... I miss the way they used to run from our tanks in fear!"

A student at Greendale from the Balkans.


    Magnitude 
Played by: Luke Youngblood

A party enthusiast who communicates primarily by shouting "POP POP!".


  • Actor-Shared Background: He confesses before his "death" in "Geothermal Escapism" that he's British, like his actor.
  • Ascended Fanboy: In "Repilot" it's revealed that he joined the study group after Jeff and Pierce left.
  • Awesome McCoolname: Both the character and the actor.
  • Breakout Character: Parodied. Has his own catchphrase not unlike many breakout characters from '70s sitcoms. Time will tell if "Pop Pop!" will join "Ayy!" and "Dyno-Mite!" in the sitcom Hall of Fame. The working name for his character was even Poochie.
  • Characterization Marches On: His very first line in the series is, "Yo, yo, yo, yo! Pop pop!" It quickly becomes established that he only says his catchphrase, "Pop pop," unless it's being notably subverted.
  • Dawson Casting: The actor is in his 20s.
  • Empty Shell: He has little else except his catch phrase.
  • Everyone Went to School Together: It's revealed in the (controversial) fourth season that he went to the same high school as Annie and Troy.
  • Heroic BSoD: Forcing him to never say "POP-POP!" again will drive him into an identity crisis as he tries to invent a new catchphrase.
  • Hidden Depths: "He's awake who thinks himself asleep." (Yes, he quoted Keats.)
  • Iconic Sequel Character: One of the most prominent Recurring Characters but doesn't make an appearance until Season 2.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: It's short for "Magnetic Attitude."
  • Remember the New Guy?: Prior to his first appearance in season 2, Jeff is the only one in Greendale to have never met Magnitude.
  • Sixth Ranger: Apparently joined the Study Group after Jeff and Pierce left but went solo again.
  • So Unfunny, It's Funny: In the commentary, Donald Glover describes "Pop Pop" as "so not a catchphrase, it becomes a catchphrase again."
  • Teen Genius: Listed as 16 years old.

     Neil 
Played by: Charley Koontz

A fellow student at Greendale who the Study Group try to help through a serious depression by playing Dungeons & Dragons. He later shows up throughout the series as a campus DJ.


  • A Day in the Limelight: Neil is the main protagonist and kicks off the plot of "Advanced Dungeons & Dragons".
  • Character Development: The events of "Advanced Dungeons & Dragons" helped him overcome his suicidal thoughts, get a job as Greendale's main DJ, and gain Vicki as a girlfriend.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Fat Neil is mentioned in "Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design" and "Asian Population Studies" before his main appearance in "Advanced Dungeons & Dragons".
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: Neil boiled all the yams in "Basic Lupine Urology" except Vicki's so she would pass and not have to go to summer school.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Fat Neil.
  • Geek Physiques: He's overweight and a fantasy nerd.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: One of the most prominent Recurring Characters but doesn't make an appearance until Season 2.
  • One Steve Limit: The aversion of this trope, there is a second student named Neil at Greendale, and both Neils being in the same area at the time is what caused Jeff to come up with the Embarrassing Nickname.
    Neil: So call him "Skinny Neil"!
    Jeff: Well, he's actually not that skinny.
    Neil: He's bald. He's black.
    Jeff: (condescending) Well, I don't look at the world through that lens.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: The fact that he joins in the protest against the Study Group in "Alternate History of the German Invasion" despite the fact that one of the things being protested against is their use of the Study Room to play Dungeons and Dragons — which they were only doing in order to try and prevent Neil from committing suicide, which Neil doesn't at any time point out — makes him look rather ungrateful at least. That did happen during the 'gas leak year'.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: By boiling the study group's yam, Neil initiated the sequence of events leading to Starburns faking his death, the Study Group instigating a riot and getting expelled, and Chang becoming emperor of Greendale and almost burning down the school

    Garrett Xander Lambert 
Played by: Erik Charles Nielsen

"I may be stuck in this vent. It is too early to tell."

A rather socially and physically awkward student at Greendale who is prone to hysterics at the slightest provocation.


  • Ambiguous Disorder: Is heavily implied to have some kind of developmental disability.
  • Ascended Extra: He's little more than a Recurring Extra in his first few appearances before being given a name and an established personality.
  • Butt-Monkey: "That guy's just a mess. It's like God spilled a person."
  • Celebrity Resemblance: Duncan: "Go kill John Lennon again, you loser."
  • Hammy Herald: As the announcer for the Model UN competition in "Geography of Global Conflict". CRISIS ALERT!!
  • The Heckler: Mocks Vicki's one-woman show. Ends up teaming up with her, and makes her act even ''worse''.
  • Kissing Cousins: The second-to-last episode has Garret marry the girl of his dreams...only to find out they're cousins. Chang convinces them to get married anyway.
  • Large Ham: Everything he says and does is in a very broad, oddball manner.
  • Nerd Glasses: He wears big honkin' glasses and is very socially awkward.
  • No Indoor Voice: His voice is rarely below an uneven yell.
  • Recurring Extra: He spends his first few episodes in the background, occasionally being given reaction shots and incidental lines. Later episodes grant him a name and establish him as a supporting character.

    Vicki 
Played by: Danielle Kaplowitz

A dance major and frequent background presence at the school. She has an intense rivalry with Pierce and eventually becomes Neil's girlfriend.


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    Quendra 
Played by: Marcy McCusker

A rather quirky student who insists on replacing the letter 'K' in various words with 'Q-U'.


    Annie Kim 
Played by: Irene Choi

An intensely competitive and driven student who develops a rivalry with Annie over Annie's plans to form a Model U.N.


  • Cute But Psycho: She smashes Jeff's head in the season 4 premiere.
    Jeff: You?! You're pre-med!
    Annie Kim: I want ice cream!
  • Development Gag: Before Alison Brie was cast as Annie, the character was written as Asian.

    Gary 

"He grew up in a land without sun!"

An unseen friend of Shirley's whom the rest of the Study Group loathe intensely.


  • 0% Approval Rating: For some reason, everyone but Shirley seems to utterly despise him.
  • Funny Foreigner: Finnish and The Chew Toy of the study group (except Shirley).
  • The Ghost: Transfer student from Finland. Shirley's friend, whom no one else likes.
    Troy: I hope he transfers to hell!

     Mike 
"Dude, my life is a gym!"

A boorish and obnoxious gym fanatic who gets into conflict with Jeff.


    Todd Jacobson 
Played by: David Neher

"None taken!"

An almost superhumanly nice biology classmate of the Study Group, who's apparently limitless patience is sorely tested when he is placed into their group for a class project.


  • Beware the Nice Ones: in Season 6, Todd's eternal pleasantness goes from Nice Guy to disturbing after he starts saying some weird stuff.
  • Butt-Monkey: To absurd levels; he's possibly the nicest guy on the entire planet, and yet that just makes the study group hate him with greater intensity.
  • Hidden Depths: He is a family man and decorated war veteran.
  • Nice Guy: He's so darn tolerant of the group verbally kicking the crap out of him for over twelve hours.
  • Phrase Catcher: "No offense," to which Todd usually replies, "None taken."

     Pavel Iwaszkiewicz 
Played by: Dominik Musiol

A friend of Abed's and his freshman year roommate.


    Subway 
Played by: Travis Schuldt (first), Patrick Bobbitt (second)

"Please don't think of me as any less human than yourselves. I'm here to hang out, take weird classes and party as hardy as my morality clause allows."

A student who, after signing a legal "Corpohumanization" contract with Subway, acts as the company's anthropomorphic representation on campus after Subway sponsors Greendale in season three. He develops a potentially disastrous mutual infatuation with Britta.


     Rachel 
Played by: Brie Larson

I started this coat check without permission anyway.

A girl Abed met and liked when she was checking coats at a dance in season 4. They start dating in season 5.


  • Aborted Arc: Played straight but then subverted and lampshaded. Despite setting up a possible relationship in Season 4, she's never heard from again...until Season 5, when Abed meets her again by random happenstance and they excuse the abandoned plot with the gas leak.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To Abed.
  • Meganekko: Her cuteness is helped very much by her glasses.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gives one to Abed about his behavior after he forces her to play Piles of Bullets to earn the right to move in with him and Annie, despite Rachel herself not knowing about the deal and even wanting to move in anyway.

     Eric Wisniewski 
Played by: Bill Parks
A recurring red-haired character.
  • All Men Are Perverts: What little characterization he has involves him checking out Slater, or throwing money on Annie and Britta mud-wrestling.
  • Recurring Extra: He doesn't really have much in the way of characterization. He just appears a lot. In keeping with this in his last appearance, Abed refers to him as "Red-hair guy", not knowing his name.

    Koogler 
Played by: Mitchell Hurwitz

"I know what you guys think of me, OK? 'Hey, it's Koogler! He's cool! He likes to get laid! He's not that old!'"

A middle-aged student at Greendale who lives in a state of arrested development, leading him to act like a fratboy and deny that he is "that old".


  • Fratbro: Desperatedly wants to be one, any way.
  • Manchild: He acts like the main character of an rowdy 80s College Comedy, despite being way out of that age-group.
  • Remember the New Guy?: His first appearance is in Season 5, but everyone on Greendale seems to know him already.

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Faculty

    Michelle Slater 
Played by: Lauren Stamile

"The secrecy makes the sex 38% more exciting."

Greendale's statistics professor. She develops a tumultuous relationship with Jeff in season one.


  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: After playing an important role in Season 1 and helping drive the plot of the season finale, Slater is mentioned once in passing in the Season 2 premiere and never again (thus far). In "Introduction to Political Science", the news ticker on Abed and Troy's election coverage has the headline "Professor Slater still missing." May be an example of Shoo Out the New Guy. According to some writers, they had ideas for her in Season 2, but Dan Harmon never seemed to care much about continuing the character.

    Marion Holly 
Played by: Tony Hale

"If you so much as hum three notes from that Righteous Brothers song, I will come at you with everything I've got. Okay?"

Greendale's pottery professor.


     June Bauer 
Played by: Betty White

"I'm going to use this to attack you and you use respect to defend yourself."

Greendale's original professor of anthropology, with some very unorthodox teaching methods.


  • Karma Houdini: She gets put on administrative leave with pay for shooting a spear at a student and subsequently strangling him.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Fires a blowdart into Starburns' face and beats Jeff up with her own Ikea Weaponry. She's badass.
  • Obfuscating Insanity: Near-fatally assaulted Jeff in class, which was apparently her way of getting leave to go to Africa.
  • Special Guest for the Season 2 premiere.

    Eustice Whitman 
"Only when we stop stopping our lives can we begin to start starting them."

Professor of Accounting and coach of the Debate Team. His entirely teaching philosophy and approach can be summed up with "Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society.


  • Serious Business: His "seize the day" philosophy is no joke.
  • Shipper on Deck: Seeing Jeff give Britta a kiss is what inspires Whitman to give him a passing grade, as it tells him that Jeff has finally seized the day through a "life-changing kiss". Later, in the Season 1 finale, Whitman is the one most vocally on Team Britta, telling Jeff to pick her instead of Slater.

    Sean Garrity 
Played by: Kevin Corrigan

"Word of advice; if you ever rear-end the Dean's car, don't tell him you're gonna pay him back in acting."

Greendale's intense and pretentious professor of drama.


    Cory "Mr. Rad" Radison 
Played by: Taran Killam

"Glee club is what we are. It's all we are."

Greendale's professor of music and Glee Club director. His incredibly cheery surface conceals a much darker nature.


  • Accidental Public Confession: He gets so riled up with Britta when she becomes the Spanner in the Works to the final show that he lets slip something that he probably shouldn't. Specifically, that he caused the bus crash that killed the previous Glee Club.
    Dean: Mr. Radison, I think it's fine. Greendale is an all-inclusive school, so why don't we let Britta sing her awkward song?
    [The audience responds good-naturedly]
    Mr. Rad: NonononoNONONO! This show is supposed to be gleeful! And bright! And fun! And you can let me do that, OR THERE CAN BE ANOTHER BUS CRASH!
    [Everyone gasps in horror]
    Mr. Rad: [Realising] Well... figuratively. [Laughs nervously; increasingly strained] I'm not saying " I killed the last Glee Club!" I'm saying, you not listening to me, is like metaphorically cutting the brakelines... on your own... look, Kings of Leon. [Runs offstage]
  • Ax-Crazy: He's clearly not a very stable man. And that's before we learn he murdered the last Glee Club.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Despite smiling all the time and appearing to be rather friendly, he has a dark, manipulative side. And he turns out to be a psychopath who killed the last Glee Club.
  • Clasp Your Hands If You Deceive: Does this after Abed offers to help out with the recruiting.
  • Clothes Make the Maniac: His sweater vest, or at least according to Jeff.
  • Consummate Liar: It becomes more and more clear throughout the episode that his entire demeanor is a lie, and that most of the things he says are less than truthful.
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: He's apt at making cheesy pun after cheesy pun. And he murdered the last Glee Club.
  • Faux Affably Evil: While he initially seems quite pleasant and cheery on the surface, he quickly reveals himself to be a controlling, manipulative, obsessive murderer.
  • Felony Misdemeanor
    Mr. Rad: (to Britta) You are the worst!
    Troy: You do not get to call Britta the worst. *entire audience agrees loudly*
  • Foreshadowing: On a meta level, it transpires that he's not the only psychopath hired by Dean Pelton. Ben Chang's insanity in the last few episodes of season three certainly invokes this, especially as Chang escapes the same way Rad did.
  • Glurge Addict
  • Light Is Not Good: Mr. Rad tries to force the study group to conform to his rather shallow idea of Christmas joy, but as Jeff said, "Attempts to make the holidays brighter always tend to make them darker." This is ultimately supported when Mr. Rad turns out to be a psycho who murdered the previous Glee Club.
  • Look Behind You: "Look! Kings of Leon!" Followed by an Villain: Exit, Stage Left. Why yes, Dan Harmon is a troper.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: He cut the brakes of the bus carrying his previous Glee Club.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He was able to make the entire study group forget their hate for the Glee Club and participate in his Christmas show. This was done by "turning" Abed first, as he knew Abed would be convince Troy. He then repeatedly helped the "turned" ones convince the rest of the group.
  • Mind Rape: His efforts to persuade the members of the study group to join the Glee Club take on this edge, particularly with Annie.
  • The Music Meister: A darker example than most. Even before we learn he's a murderer.
  • Remember the New Guy?
  • Serious Business: Glee Club is a matter of life and death to him. Quite literally; he killed the last club.
  • The Sociopath: Despite his very nice demeanor and optimistic attitude, it is repeatedly hinted at throughout the episode that he may be a lot less nice than he lets on. The concepts of truth and lie don't seem to bother him very much, and his actions work solely to play the group like a fiddle. Later on it becomes clear that he will not suffer things to go against his precise will. After Britta enters the stage and Brittas the show, he reveals that either the people let him do things his way or "there can be another bus crash". The only genuine emotion he seems to show throughout the episode (other than smugness) is that hint of fear when he realizes he revealed his mass murder. He then tries to back down, and when this fails, runs away. Makes you wonder if he would have eventually done the same to the study group had they stayed with him.
  • Stepford Smiler: His bright and sunny good cheer is just a bit too bright and sunny. Becomes a Psychotic Smirk when he watches Abed go to persuade his friends to join the Glee Club.
  • Villainous Breakdown: After Britta 'ruins' his pageant, he goes on an all out Motive Rant, accidentally letting slip he murdered the previous Glee club.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He just leaves and this is the last time we see him.
    • There was an entire room full of people to hear his murder confession. It seems unlikely nobody would call the police.

    Marshall Kane 
"You spent your life in the army. I spent mine in prison. Two places where a man's worth is only as good as his uniform. Now, out here it's supposed to be different. And in my class it will be."

The professor of biology. An ex-convict who gained his degree while in prison, Kane is quite possibly the sanest person on campus.


  • Actor Allusion: "A man's gotta have a code."
  • Brutal Honesty: To Magnitude: "You know they're laughing at you, right?"
  • The Comically Serious: Very serious in all his delivery, and sometimes all the more funny for it.
  • The Determinator: He managed to get up to a Ph.D. in biology by studying for an hour a day for 25 years.
  • Genius Bruiser: Hinted at; he got his biology Ph.D. while serving a 25-year sentence for murder with only one hour's access to the prison library a day.
  • Honor Before Reason: Goes along with the eccentricity of holding a trial for the Study Group's dead yam because he believes that people deserve an unbiased chance to prove their innocence.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: "What the hell is going on at this school? I have so many conversations that don't make any sense."
  • Not So Above It All: He's mostly bemused by the insanity he's surrounded by in Greendale, but he has his own quirks and can get sucked into the madness along with everyone else.
  • Only Sane Man: A down-to-earth ex-convict, he normally fills this role. He gets very befuddled at how a yam assignment becomes a murder mystery, especially when Neil reveals he was sabotaging everyone else's project to save Vicki's grade.
  • Psychologist Teacher: Played with; Kane doesn't show much active interest in or desire to mentor Jeff, but in "Biology 101" and "Basic Lupine Urology" several of his chance remarks are things that Jeff later comes to take to heart. He's probably been more successful in helping Jeff get over himself than any of the teachers we've seen thus far, albeit inadvertently.
  • Put on a Bus: Resigns as a result of Starburns' 'death'.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He remains this consistently. He kicked out Jeff for his phone ringing too many times in class, but let him back in when Jeff gave him his phone as an apology for rudeness. Later, he shames the study group for fighting with each other and insulting Todd, and refuses to let them hurt the other students. When they actually put in the grade, he promises he's not going to fail them for their yam breaking.

    Robert Laybourne 
Played by: John Goodman

"Our ancestors were slaves. It became our business to make the Pharaohs comfortable. In time we learned to make ourselves comfortable. Now we are the Pharaohs."

Vice Dean of Greendale's AC Repair Annex and, unbeknownst to Dean Pelton, the one holding true power at Greendale.


  • Actor Allusion: John Goodman once again plays an alleged second-in-command at a college who pushes around the main authority figure.
  • Ancient Conspiracy: Laybourne is the equivalent of a 33rd-degree Mason in the ancient conspiracy of air conditioners.
  • Anti-Villain: Out of all the villains of season 3, he's the most sympathetic.
  • Badass Baritone: Laybourne makes sure Dean Pelton knows, in no uncertain terms, who really has the power at Greendale.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: He's very suddenly murdered by one of his underlings at the end of Season Three.
  • Evil Is Hammy: He gets very loud and very dramatic at times, particularly when telling Dean Pelton who's boss.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He spends much of Season 3 as a threatening, powerful and malevolent force threatening, bullying and manipulating to try and get Troy into the AC Repair Annex. Once Troy is in, however, he mellows considerably and shows genuine interest in helping Troy achieve what he views as his destiny.
  • Hollywood Mid-Life Crisis: He spends the latter part of Season 3 "going through some stuff"—since said 'stuff' involves growing a goatee and a ponytail, it's not hard to make the leap to this trope.
    • Real Life Writes the Plot: According to the DVD commentary, John Goodman had grown the goatee and ponytail for his role in Flight, which he was also filming at the time, necessitating writing it into the script.
  • Hidden Depths: He plays the trumpet.
    Laybourne: See you at band practice.
  • Large and in Charge: He's played by tall and heavyset John Goodman and he runs Greendale with an iron fist.
  • Large Ham: Passionate about air conditioning and aware of the control his Annex has over Greendale.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Reveals to Pelton that the AC Repair School is responsible for 80% of Greendale's revenue.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Among other things, he engineers the war between Blanketsburg and Pillowtown in a bid to drive Troy and Abed apart so Troy will join them.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: "This is the room! This is the room temperature room."
  • Serious Business: Air conditioner repair is a very big deal to him.
  • Spirit Advisor: He doesn't speak, but a "Force Ghost" version of him can be seen smiling at Troy during the Sun Chamber duel.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He wants to rip Troy away from his friends, as the secrets of the AC Repair Annex cannot be shared with outsiders. On the other hand, they do very good work and guarantee a life of lucrative employment.

    Professor Cligoris 
Played by: Martin Starr

"Ready, set, peace!"

Professor of Political Science and Model United Nations aficionado.


  • Geek/Otaku: Has worn a pendant with a picture of the originator of Model UNs on his neck since high school, and claimed to be known as "Model UN Guy" in college.
  • Throwing Off the Disability: He's initially introduced sitting in a wheelchair. This turns out to have been just because he was talking about FDR at the time, however.
  • Unfortunate Name: Cligoris.
    Jeff: CLIG-or-is? Cli-GORE-is?
    Cligoris: Either pronunciation is fine.

    Professor Noel Cornwallis 
Played by: Malcolm McDowell

"History is written by the victors. Of course, we all know the quote, but what does it mean? Well, according to Oxford University, it means my twenty years of loyal service there means nothing next to a little slip-up with a coed."

The extremely apathetic and jaded professor of history. Cornwallis was once employed at Oxford University until he was forced to leave in disgrace and makes no secret of his contempt for Greendale.


    Roger DeSalvo 
Played by: Matt Berry

A professor of Grifting (and actual grifter) who spends a short amount of time at Greendale. Secretly hates the school and only applied to work there as a way to grift the student body for money. He becomes one of the Activity Committee's final foes in the series.


Custodial

     Jerry 
Played by: Jerry Minor

"YOU COULD BE A PLUMBER!"

The Greendale campus janitor who takes an interest in Troy after seeing his skills as a repairman.


  • Butt-Monkey: Nothing seems to go his way.
  • Insistent Terminology: When Annie implies that a janitor and custodian are the same thing, Jerry's expression hardens and he says, "We was just starting to like you."
  • Mr Fix It: Part of his job is repairing stuff.

     Lapari 
Played by: Kumail Nanjiani

A disgruntled deputy custodian who drives the events of "Modern Espionage," the series's final paintball episode.


  • Big Bad: Of "Modern Espionage." He even has an evil lair, the Museum of Custodial Arts.
  • Hidden Depths: Has a daughter who plays soccer.
  • Going Postal: A non-lethal variety. He and the custodial staff ostensibly arrange the underground paintball game to get back at the students for the mess they make every year with their usual paintball antics. He further reveals that his part in arranging the game was to get back at Frankie for her efforts to clean up the school, which effectively changes the spirit of Greendale. He also flirts with the idea of getting a job at City College, "...where the payphones are not only herpe-free, they're actually removed."

     Joshua 
Played by: Matt Walsh

"No double-bounces."

The Greendale campus groundskeeper, who is maintaining a secret trampoline.


  • Affably Evil/Beware the Nice Ones: Though soft-spoken and fairly polite, he is a racist who believes that non-whites ruins everything.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Turns out that despite his nice demeanor, he is a neo-Nazi. Upon finding out, Troy and Jeff realizes that they should probably have picked up on the hints a bit earlier, like how he made several thinly-veiled references to harboring white-supremacy views and the fact he had a swastika tattooed on his chest.
  • Blatant Lies: About his swastika tattoo:
    Joshua: It's going to be a maze.
  • Deconstruction: Of the kindly mentor with a magical secret to share archetype. Here that 'magical secret' is purity through isolation as a metaphor for the 'mentor's' white supremacist views.
  • Evil Redhead: A red-haired white supremacist.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: As mentioned, literal white supremacist.
  • Pure Is Not Good: He wants to ensure a place of tranquility is not disturbed, but it turns out to be for racist reasons.
  • Shocking Swerve: Nothing we see up until his last appearance in the episode directly indicates he is a white supremacist-while some of his prior comments gain additional layers of meaning after this is revealed, the most implicating thing (his swastika tattoo) was not shown until after he makes racist comments towards Troy.

     Bob Waite 
Played by: Nathan Fillion
The head custodian at Greendale.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Prevents Annie from getting the aid she needs for her bulletin board project until she convinces IT to remove the porn-blocker from Greendale's internet.

Miscellaneous

    Greendale Human Being 
Played by: William Love

Greendale's freaky-as-all-hell mascot.


  • The Blank: A Sharpie scribble for a face, but that's it.
  • Political Correctness Gone Mad: The reason it exists: the Dean wanted a mascot that could not possibly offend anyone; their previous name was the Greendale Grizzlies. Pierce helped Dean Pelton on the project, and look how it turned out.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Revealed in online video Office Hours: Pamphlet Serious.
  • Slasher Smile: The smile drawn on the mask in black marker resembles this more than anything. Probably unintentional in-universe and very intentional on the showrunners' behalf.
  • Uncanny Valley: Invoked. Designed to bear no resemblance to any race, he/she/it falls deep in the valley. Several characters, upon encountering it, are either outright terrified or at least visibly discomforted.

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