Significant or recurring characters on Community who are either Greendale students or Greendale faculty members.
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:
- He has inexplicably little trouble attracting female attention. Jeff seems to think bribery has something to do with it:Jeff: [Referring to chicken fingers] He gives them away so that people will act like he isn't Starburns.
- This may not be entirely far off, considering Star-Burns is also a dealer; it's not outside the realm of possibility that many of the women he attracts are drug users getting discounts.
- He has inexplicably little trouble attracting female attention. Jeff seems to think bribery has something to do with it:
- 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.
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.
- Insult Backfire: He's usually utterly unfazed by any of the insults or embarrassing revelations the study group make in their retorts to him.
- Naked People Are Funny: In his first appearance.
- Pandering to the Base: Invoked for parody; in "Intro to Political Science" he changes his last name to Rodriguez while running for school president to "court the Hispanic vote". The name change appears to have stuck.
- Old Soldier: He's a veteran soldier and hasn't lost his dead aim in old age, as both paintball episodes demonstrate aptly.
- The Peeping Tom: Does this due to not having cable.
- Phrase Catcher: of a Mad Libs Catchphrase "Shut up, Leonard!" Usually followed by a seemingly embarrassing secret or insult.Leonard: No such thing as bad press!
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "LEONARD'S! FOOD!! REVIEW!!"
- 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.
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.
- Mr. Fanservice: A parody of the trope. Almost nobody finds his constant shirtlessness attractive, and Jeff quickly gets annoyed by it.
- 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.
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.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Vanishes partway through season 2 without a trace.
- Mommy Issues: His mother does not like him at all.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Of Jeff (one-sided). To the rest of the group, the nicest and most awesome guy ever.
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.
- Her Code Name Was "Mary Sue": In-universe, but the show is so meta, it's hard to tell how obnoxious he is in the show's universe.
- Remember the New Guy?: Subverted. Except for Abed, they don't.
- Shoo Out the New Guy: Trope mocked mercilessly. He's allegedly been in the gang's Spanish 101 class this entire time. The entire main cast is either weirded out by his sudden, unexplained appearance in their lives or convinced he's a murderous psycho. "Investigative Journalism" ends with Owen Wilson suddenly appearing and offering Buddy a spot in the 'cool' clique.
- Sixth Ranger: Attempts to be this then promptly leaves for the 'cooler' group when given a chance.
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.
A student at Greendale from the Balkans.
- Affably Evil: For someone who is hinted to have done some very nasty things in the Balkans, he is a rather charming fellow.
- Black Comedy: The genocide he committed are Played for Laughs.
- Funny Foreigner: Until you hear him relishing on his war crimes anyway.
- Kill It with Fire: He mentioned to Britta how he and his comrades burned people alive.
- Mr. Fanservice: He's an inch short on being Tall, Dark, and Handsome but he is handsome nonetheless.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He casually mentions burning people of opposing beliefs alive.
- Sociopathic Soldier: He was a soldier in the Balkans and relishes on burning people from the opposing party alive, including women and children.
- Would Hit a Girl: He tells Britta how he and his comrades burned women to death.
- Would Hurt a Child: He tells Britta how he and his comrades burned children to death.
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.
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
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.
A dance major and frequent background presence at the school. She has an intense rivalry with Pierce and eventually becomes Neil's girlfriend.
- Epic Fail: Her one-woman show is mostly repeating the same few jokes. Her duo show with Garret is even worse.
- Fiery Redhead: Stabs Pierce in the face with a pencil in her first episode.
- Hidden DepthsPierce: She's a dance major, Jeff. And she likes Twinkies.
- Iconic Sequel Character: One of the most prominent Recurring Characters but doesn't make an appearance until Season 2.
- Leeroy Jenkins: "VICKIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!"
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: With Pierce.
- Took a Level in Badass: In her first few appearances, she's generally a quiet and put-upon person. By "A Few Paintballs More", she's leading the charge against City College while wielding Guns Akimbo like some kind of action heroine.
- Visual Pun: Her first appearance is all about Pierce tormenting her in every conceivable way because she wouldn't lend him a pencil. In said episode, she wears a yellow sweater and a black hat.
A rather quirky student who insists on replacing the letter 'K' in various words with 'Q-U'.
- Ditzy Genius/Genius Ditz: Her self-penned bio on the Greendale paints her as intelligent and articulate (save for the insistence on spelling things with 'Q-U').
An intensely competitive and driven student who develops a rivalry with Annie over Annie's plans to form a Model U.N.
- Academic Alpha Bitch: As smart as Annie but has a more aggressive approach on things.
An unseen friend of Shirley's whom the rest of the Study Group loathe intensely.
A boorish and obnoxious gym fanatic who gets into conflict with Jeff.
- Actor Allusion: According to Pierce, Mike was a nerd, but now he's a meathead.
- Badass Mustache: He certainly seems to be trying to evoke this.
- Cannot Tell a JokeMike: Wanna hear a joke, funny man? Knock knock, my fist up your balls!
Jeff: Who's there?
- Celebrity Paradox: The Breakfast Club was name dropped despite his actor having starred there.
- Jerk Jock: Basically the villain from a 1980's teen comedy but an adult.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: He only wears sleeveless shirts to show off his modest arm muscles.
- Would Not Hit a GirlMike: (To Annie) If you were a dude, I'd have my fist up your balls!
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."
A friend of Abed's and his freshman year roommate.
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.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: Legally, he is this in regards to Subway.
- Contractual Purity: Invoked—Subway has a morality clause in his contract that, whilst it doesn't prohibit him from falling in love and engaging in sexual relationships, does prevent him from engaging in sex acts of a certain level of depravity.
- The Nth Doctor: The original Subway is fired for engaging in depraved sex acts with Britta and someone else is hired to assume his identity.
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.
- 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.
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".
Greendale's statistics professor. She develops a tumultuous relationship with Jeff in season one.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's poised and quite rigid.
- Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Britta's Betty for Jeff's Archie.
- 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.
Greendale's pottery professor.
- Berserk Button: Making any reference to Ghost (1990) during his class, especially its Signature Scene of Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore romantic pottery making, will trigger him immensely.
- Large Ham: He speaks very... theatrically.
- Never Heard That One Before: As a pottery teacher, he's seen every imaginable riff on the pottery scene from Ghost (1990). He just can't take it anymore, even if the scene is recreated unintentionally.
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.
- Beware the Nice Ones: While usually nice and carefree, Professor Whitman can tell when you're just taking his class for an easy A and will call you out on it, which he does to Jeff.
- Blithe Spirit: Thinks he's Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society.
- Hidden Depths: He might seem like some dopey eccentric who's seen Dead Poets Society once too often, but as Jeff discovers he's actually quite sharp and savvy.
- 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.
Greendale's intense and pretentious professor of drama.
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 MisdemeanorMr. 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.
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.
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: He's never taken a bribe in his life.
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.
- HeelFace 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.
- 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 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.
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.
- Apathetic Teacher: As of "Basic Human Anatomy":Jeff: [reading]: "Pick any moment from history and tell me about it. Be as creative as you like, or not, I don't care. Professor Cornwa ..." He didn't even finish signing his own name.
- Dirty Old Man: Implied in "Intro to Felt Surrogacy" to have a thing for young women's feet, at least by Annie's account:I was struggling in History, I'm normally the best.
I let Cornwallis rub my feet to give me all the answers to the test.
- Manipulative Bastard: In "Intro to Knots".
- My God, What Have I Done?: Heavily regrets signing onto Greendale after "Alternative History of the German Invasion".
- Only Sane Man: Downplayed; while he eventually gets into Greendale antics out of loneliness, his debut as him as reasonably telling off the group for blowing off their first history exam. He's appalled on learning some teachers will manipulate their students on purpose to teach them a lesson; when he tries it, he admits that he was messing with them to have companionship during Christmas.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Debut episode only. He warned everyone they would get a hard test on the material, about how history is Written by the Winners, and came to give the study group a What the Hell, Hero? for blowing it off.
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.
- Celebrity Paradox: Abed compares his new show to The IT Crowd in the finale, which had Matt Berry in the main cast as Douglas Reynholm.
- Conman: He considers himself a Consummate Professional con artist, and he doesn't even try to hide it, using it as a double bluff to get away with his scheme.
- Evil Laugh: See below.
- I Have Many Names: "Roger DeSalvo" is likely one of his many aliases.
- Obviously Evil: He openly vocalizes his glee at fleecing the Greendale student body out of money, complete with an Evil Laugh.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Has a strong dislike of women. In fact, when Britta punches him, he exclaims, "You hit me! With a woman's hand!"
The Greendale campus janitor who takes an interest in Troy after seeing his skills as a repairman.
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."
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.
- 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.
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.