Troy's pet monkey.
- The Dog Was the Mastermind: Annie's Boobs was the one who stole Annie's pen in "Cooperative Calligraphy". And gave Chang experimental monkey fever during Season 2, which lead to the events of Season 3.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys:Jeff: Why do you have a monkey?
Troy: Uh, it's an animal that looks like a dude. Why don't I have ten of them?
- Hello, [Insert Name Here]: In a rare non-video-game example, Troy abuses this trope by naming his monkey "Annie's Boobs."Annie: Please rename that thing. And this time not with a contest on Twitter.
Troy: It's HIS Twitter account. He can do what he wants.
Annie: They are MY body parts.
- Overly Long Gag: His name, in the first episode he appears. Lampshaded:Troy: [Abed] released Annie's Boobs! Annie's Boobs could be anywhere! Annie's Boobs could be on the side of the road—
Shirley: [Fed-up] We get it. The monkey's name is 'Annie's Boobs'.
A local police officer who crosses paths with the Study Group on numerous occasions.
- Actor Allusion: Officer Cackowski being a fan of Inspector Spacetime may be a reference his character in The Thrilling Adventure Hour, Colonel Tick Tock.
- Hidden Depths: An Inspector Spacetime and Antiques Roadshow fan who's working on a cop opera. He's also apparently good friends with Professor Garrity, the drama professor.
- Field Promotion: In his first appearance, he's a mere Greendale security guard. Soon after (and in all subsequent appearances), he's a local police officer note
The Dean of City College, who shares an intense, vitriolic, and rather homoerotic rivalry with Dean Pelton.
- Alliterative Name: Stephen Spreck.
- Evil Counterpart: To Dean Pelton.
- Evil Is Petty: It's implied that Greendale is really no threat to City College.
- Foe Romantic Subtext: Lives and breathes this trope.
- Greater-Scope Villain: For the entire series. He seeks Greendale's annilhation, and in the last episode of season 4, he was seen with blueprints of a giant spider tank; so far, this hasn't been expanded on.
- Iconic Sequel Character: A prominent antagonist of the show but doesn't make an appearance until Season 2.
- Not So Different: It is at times implied that City College is only marginally superior to Greendale, in part because Spreck obsesses over destroying Greendale instead of running his own school.
- Scary Black Man
- Serious Business: The rivalry between City College and Greendale, to the point where he actively seeks Greendale's complete and utter annihilation.
- Sitcom Archnemesis: Him and Pelton.
Jeff's ex-colleague who had ratted him out to the Colorado Bar Association.
- Ambiguously Gay/Bi the Way: He stated that he was bi-curious and that he's trying to surpress it.
- Amoral Attorney: Even more than Jeff at his worst.
- Bald of Evil: He's not bothered by it, unlike Pierce.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He seemed like just a lousy friend to Jeff, before The Reveal that he was the one who got Jeff fired.
- Driven by Envy: Jeff was more successful at his job than Alan, which is what caused the latter to rat him out.
- Drugs Are BadAlan: I quit doing blow, not being rad.
- Evil Counterpart: To Jeff.
- False Friend: He had no trouble ratting Jeff out despite being chummy with him.
- Jerkass: Revels in his utter bastardry.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: It's because of him that Jeff went to Greendale and went through Character Development.
- Smug Snake: Even after Jeff humiliates him with the beginning of an Eviler Than Thou speech and whips him with a clip-on tie until he's weeping on the ground, he still feels the need to get revenge by telling the Study Group Jeff's real motives.
- Toxic Friend Influence: To Jeff in "Accounting for Lawyers".
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: After the original head of the firm was eaten by sharks. Lost it sometime before "Repilot".
An American actor and host whom Troy idolizes.
- Actor Allusion: He made references to his famous works, namely; Roots (1977), Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Reading Rainbow.
- As Himself: LeVar Burton plays, well, LeVar Burton.
- The Bus Came Back: After last appearing in Season 2, he comes back for Troy's last episode in Season 5.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Has been mentioned by troy and Abed a number of times before finally making an appearance.
The representatives of the School Board who frequently meet with the Dean. They hold nothing but contempt and disinterest in the school, but are not incredibly competent or well-adjusted themselves.
- The Alcoholic: Both of them seem to enjoy their booze a bit more than is healthy, but Richie in particular uses this as an excuse for why he was a bit slow to realize Chang was insane.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: Richie's the big one, Carl's the little one.
- Biting-the-Hand Humor: They're essentially a fairly unfavorable analogue to NBC: a pair of thickset morons who try to control a process they clearly have no understanding of or interest in besides profit.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Implied in "Repilot". Despite rehiring Chang as a math teacher, they got Pierce banned from Greendale after what had to have been one hell of a Noodle Incident.
- Fat Idiot: Neither of them are exactly mental giants, but Richie, the more heavyset of the two, is generally a bit dimmer than Carl.
- Horrible Judge of Character: It takes them rather longer than it should to realize that Chang is an insane tyrannical 'would-be warlord' who is running the school into the ground.
- Jerkass: They're kind of dicks.
- Stupid Evil: Not a brain cell between them.
- Telepathy: Richie has it. No, really.
- Those Two Guys/Those Two Bad Guys: They're rarely seen apart.
- Catchphrase: "Hot. Hothothot."
- Also: "Cruel. Cruelcruelcruel."
- Beard of Evil: Makes himself a fake goatee made of felt in "Remedial Chaos Theory" and a has a real one starting in "Contemporary Impressionists".
- Breaking Speech: Gives one to Britta.
- The Corrupter: Appears to be that to 'Good Abed' when they're alone in the Dreamatorium.
- Enemy Within: Might or might not be this to Abed. The show itself tends to go back and forth on whether it's the case.
- Evil Is Petty/Poke the Poodle: His efforts to make the regular timeline darker extend to such things as popping a child's balloon, hanging up a public payphone while someone is using it, and putting out his cigarette in someone's coffee.
- Evil Nerd: He's still as dorky as Abed, and his villainy seems to spring from taking his lack of social skills to its logical extreme of never wanting to compromise with anyone. He's also still obsessed with acting out pop cultural tropes, it's just that for him that means acting like a stereotypical villain.
- Evil Plan: To go to the 'Prime timeline' and take over its Abed's place. He appears to have somehow found a way to do the first part in "Contemporary Impressionists".
- Changes this plan to 'go to the Prime Timeline and make it as dark as the Darkest One' in "Introduction to Finality".
- Evil Wears Black: Wears a black shirt as a mark of his villainy.
- Good Is Dumb: Refers to the Abed and Jeff from the primary timeline as "Lame Abed" and "Lame Jeff" respectively.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Engages in some after escaping the Dreamatorium.
- HeelFace Turn
- It's All My Fault: Abed thinks if he had caught the die Jeff rolled to choose who would get the pizza, none of the terrible things that happened to the group in his timeline (Pierce is dead from a gunshot from Annie's gun, Annie went insane from guilt, Shirley becomes a drunk, Jeff loses his arm in the apartment fire, Troy had to get his larynx removed after trying to swallow a flaming troll doll, and Britta dyed a stripe of her hair blue) would have occurred (he's right).
- Jerkass: Cruel, cruel cruel cruel.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: It's left ambiguous whether Evil!Abed has actually somehow managed to cross between realities, or whether Abed's just having a breakdown. Although Abed seems to view it as being the latter.
- Start of Darkness: In the end tag of "Remedial Chaos Theory," realizing they are in the 'darkest timeline', Abed along with Troy commits to being evil.
Evil versions of the Study Group from the same (possible) alternate dimension also inhabited by Evil Abed.
- The Alcoholic: Evil Shirley
- Anti-Villain: Evil Troy, Evil Britta, and Evil Pierce are Type IV.
- Artificial Limbs: Evil Jeff has a prosthetic arm, and Evil Pierce has a unicycle replacing the lower leg that got shot.
- The Caligula: In the Darkest Timeline, Chang is still emperor of Greendale. The evil study group doesn't seem to mind.
- Dark Mistress: Evil Annie
- Death Faked for You: Evil Pierce didn't think that one through.
- Evil Me Scares Me: Played straight with Jeff and Annie. Britta actually defends her evil double ("Don't talk to her like that!), Shirley detests\pities her double ("Get help!"), Evil Troy isn't even that evil (he tells Troy he's out of bullets and admits he just wanted to look cool), and Pierce isn't much different from his "Evil" counterpart.
- Evil Twin: Evil versions of the study group members.
- Evil Wears Black: They all wear black, mostly leather clothes.
- Femme Fatale: Evil Annie, who nearly seduces Jeff in a revealing red dress before he catches on to her counterparts' planned jump across the timeline.
- Five-Man Band:
- For Want of a Nail: Thanks to the study group being evil, Chang is still ruling Greendale.
- Ms. Fanservice: Evil Annie is a very sexy woman.
- Stupid Evil/Too Dumb to Live: Evil Pierce and Evil Britta send themselves back to their own timeline before they can encounter their good counterparts, and Evil Troy admits—to Good Troy's face—that he's out of ammunition. Though one could also argue that Evil Britta and Evil Troy still have latent good qualities...
- Token Good Teammate: Evil Abed
- Unholy Matrimony: Evil Jeff and Evil Annie.
- Villains Out Shopping: The Tag has Evil Troy and Evil Abed doing "Troy and Abed In The Morning!" with Emperor Chang and the other Alternate Timelines as their guests. Evil Jeff yells at them to get back to work.
- Villain Team-Up: The evil study group seems to support Emperor Chang.
- Abusive Parents: To both his sons, albeit in different ways (Parental Abandonment towards Jeff, Parental Neglect towards William Jr.).
- Alliterative Name: William Winger
- Archnemesis Dad: To his (other) son Willy Jr.
- Deadpan SnarkerWilliam: (to Britta) Maybe you could shrink [Willy's] head, since you're here... for some reason.
- Jerkass: "That guy is a DICK!"
- Kavorka Man: Gladly reassures Jeff of this.
- Like Father, Like Son: Shares a number of striking similarities with his older son.
- Not So Different: Shares some eerie similarities with Pierce's father, Cornelius Hawthorne (as Britta once pointed out). Both are abusive and disapproving of their sons, both have two sons by two different mothers and both fake heart attacks.
- Rebuilt Pedestal: Subverted. Jeff and William establish a good rapport, but then the latter spoils it by saying that Parental Abandonment has made Jeff into the self-reliant man he is today and was thus a good thing.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Jeff gives him a speech like this. Twice.Jeff: With all due respect, which is none, go to hell.
- So Proud of You: He tells Jeff he's proud Jeff turned out so independent and so much of a Self-Made Man, and attributes this to his abandonment of Jeff. Causing Jeff to finally snap at him.
- Strong Family Resemblance: James Brolin really does manage to look like an older version of Joel McHale.
- Vanity License Plate: Has a 'WINGINIT' plate on his classic Mercedes.
Jeff's half-brother whom he first meets in the Season 4 episode "Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations".
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Subverted. He spends much of his introduction trying to get on Jeff's nerves but the brothers turn out OK.
- Attention Whore: Thanks to his father's Parental Neglect.
- Green-Eyed Monster: He becomes jealous upon seeing his father and Jeff hit it off.
- The Unfavorite: His father doesn't like him and he knows it.
Abed's conservative father.
- The Comically Serious: His straight-laced attitude is often Played for Laughs.
- Fantasy-Forbidding Father: Due to wanting his son to takeover the Family Business one day. But once he realized that film making is one of the few ways where Abed can express how he truly feels, he lets his son take the course.
- Manly Tears: He's moved to tears after he saw Abed's "Biopic", seeing how his son thinks he blames him for his wife leaving.
Abed's cousin from Gaza.
- Not So Stoic: First appears as a conservative just like her uncle, but when Shirley's sons helped her sneak out she's seen enjoying herself.
Shirley's husband, who ran off with a stripper before the series started.
- Actor Allusion: Andre apparently gets his brightly-coloured sweaters from his father.
- Good Adultery, Bad Adultery: Played with; Shirley has very little that's nice to say about him or his cheating initially, but when he returns, he's revealed to be an otherwise decent man who acknowledges he made a mistake and was at fault and seems intent on making up for it. We've also gotten most of our information about what went down from Shirley herself, and it's suggested that she may have had some fault in the initial breakdown of their marriage as well.
- It Will Never Catch On: Andre apparently thought this about the iPod. Since Andre owns a stereo store, this apparently proved unfortunate.
- Nice Guy: An interesting example; everything we had heard about him before he showed up suggested he was a selfish Jerkass. When he eventually did show up, he proved to be a sincerely decent and likeable man.
- Only Sane Man: He is easily exasperated by the lunacy his wife and her friends get swept up in.
- Stay in the Kitchen: He appears to have some slightly old-fashioned views about a woman's place in marriage in "Urban Matrimony and the Sandwich Arts", but ultimately proves more-or-less fine with Shirley becoming the breadwinner.
- Hidden Depths: Despite their unruly behavior, they can easily sense if other people are bothered and are willing to help them.
- Innocent Bigot: They called Abed's cousin a "Ninja" due to her being clad in traditional Muslim clothes.
- Intergenerational Friendship: They seem cool with Abed.
- Those Two Guys: The brothers are rarely seen without the other.
Shirley's youngest son born near the end of Season 2.
- Alliterative Name: Ben Bennet. Doubles as Repetitive Name.
- Chocolate Baby: An inverted variant. His mother had a one-night stand with Chang around the time he was conceived, but he's revealed to be Andre's kid all along.
- Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: Due to his mother having sex with Chang during the Season 2 Halloween Episode, his paternity is unclear at first. It's eventually revealed it was indeed Andre.
- Repetitive Name: His name is Ben Bennett.
Pierce's abusive and racist father.
- Abusive Parents: To Pierce and Gilbert Lawson.
- Archnemesis Dad: To Pierce, even if Pierce acts like an Extreme Doormat in front of his father.
- Arc Villain: For The Journey to the Center of Hawkthorne in "Digital Estate Planning" and arguably to Pierce his entire life. Gilbert Lawson, Cornelius' assistant, evidently had a pretty hard time of it as well and that's before Lawson reveals that he was Cornelius' unacknowledged son.
- Crazy-Prepared: In the aforementioned Journey to the Center of Hawkthorne, he had even recorded lines for when his character was dying.
- Dodgy Toupee: Which is made out of ivory, since being the racist he is he refuses to wear a normal toupee, believing that the hair used to make them comes from Asians.
- Hollywood Heart Attack: Taught Pierce to fake them and dies from a real one.
- Honor Before Reason: Recorded Dying Breath (as well as a Lampshade Hanging of this very trope) for his video game counterpart's death scene and stated in his will whoever killed him would receive his toupee.
- From his perspective, why he would rather lose money than allow his products to be sold to gays or Italians.
- Hypocrite: Racist with an illegitimate black son.
- Jerkass: Ridiculously prejudiced against everyone.
- Also spent thirty years developing a video game to force Pierce to play upon Cornelius' death, risking his entire inheritance in the process. Just because Pierce once suggested investing in video games.
- Light Is Not Good/Pure Is Not Good: Never wears any other color other than white. Wears an ivory toupee instead of a normal wig because he believes the hair comes from Asians.
- The Man Behind the Man: Cornelius is pretty much the whole reason Pierce is as bad as he is.
- Nice Hat: His toupé from real elephant ivory.
- Playing Gertrude: Larry Cedar is over eleven years younger than Chevy Chase.
- Politically Incorrect Villain:
- Racist Grandpa: Although unlike Pierce, who just doesn't know better, Cornelius is actively malicious in his racism. And he's even racist against everyone who isn't of pure Anglo-Saxon descent, hating Britta for being "Swedish" and Jeff for being "Welsh".
Pierce's half brother, first introduced in "Digital Estate Planning".
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Appears to be a loving ex-stepdaughter to Pierce until it's revealed that she's just duping him for cash.
- Con Man: She frequently find ways to trick Pierce into giving her money.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: She has dyed hair and has olive skin.
- Ms. Fanservice: She's wearing a plunging, sleeveless blouse underneath her coat.
- Power Hair: An indication of her independence perhaps?
- Statuesque Stunner: Stands 5'8 and is described as hot by both Jeff and... Pierce.