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Significant or recurring characters from Community who are neither members of the Study Group, other central characters, or Greendale staff or students.


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    Annie's Boobs 
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Troy's pet monkey.


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    Officer Cackowski 
Played by: Craig Cackowski
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Fact: in 100% of all fake gun shootings, the victim is always the one with the fake gun.
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.
    • In Grifting 101 he remarks that he takes macrame knitting classes after work on campus, as a justification for him being there when the study group bust the grifting professor for trying to grift them.
      • He also reveals he became a cop because he didn't like other people bullying his mentally challenged cousin.
  • 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 

    Stephen Spreck 
Played by: Jordan Black
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"You don't know how mean this dean can be-en".

The Dean of City College, who shares an intense, vitriolic, and rather homoerotic rivalry with Dean Pelton.


  • Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: He could just let the Dean fail at random Zany Schemes to boost Greendale's reputation. Instead, he must always put his fingers in the pie.
  • 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.

     Alan 
Played by: Rob Corddry
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"That's right, Jeff. I went there. You drove me there. Miss Daisy's in the house, thanks for the ride, sorry about slavery."

Jeff's ex-colleague who had ratted him out to the Colorado Bar Association.


     LeVar Burton 
Played by: LeVar Burton
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"More fish for Kunta!"

An American actor and host whom Troy idolizes.


    Carl Bladt and Ritchie Countee (the School Board Guys) 
Played by: Jeremy Scott Johnson and Brady Novak
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Left: Carl Right: Ritchie
"This is Richie and Carl from the school board! That's right, we have names!"

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.


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    Evil Abed 
Played by: Danny Pudi
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Cruel. Cruel, cruel, cruel.
"The lame go crazy but the smart, they go bad."

An evil version of Abed from an Alternate Timeline, who may or may not be a figment of Abed's imagination.


  • Catch Phrase: "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.
  • Heel–Face 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.

    The Evil Study Group 
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"Let's burn this mother down."

Evil versions of the Study Group from the same (possible) alternate dimension also inhabited by Evil Abed.


  • The Alcoholic: Evil Shirley
  • All for Nothing: Annie went crazy over the fact that she couldn't bear the guilt of accidentally killing Pierce, in the end it turns out that he was alive the entire time.
  • 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.
  • Cuteness Equals Forgiveness: The evil Jeff manages to get his girlfriend out of the asylum, arguing that she is too beautiful to be locked up.
  • Dark Mistress: Evil Annie
  • Death Faked for You: Evil Pierce didn't think that one through.
  • The Dragon: Evil Annie
  • 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 Doppelgänger: 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.
  • For Want of a Nail: Thanks to the study group being evil, Chang is still ruling Greendale.
  • Had to Come to Prison to Be a Crook: Annie originally went crazy because she could not live with the guilt of Pierce's death and ended up being sent to an asylum, when Jeff manages to get her out, she has become completely insane and evil.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Evil Annie goes from being someone who feels guilty about Pierce's (apparent) death, to being as bad as her boyfriend and wanting to destroy her counterpart.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Evil Annie is a very sexy woman.
  • Not So Above It All: Jeff initially considers the idea of turning evil and taking revenge on his counterparts somewhat ridiculous, for season 4 he fully accepts that role.
  • Paper Tiger: Evil Troy, Evil Britta, Evil Pierce and Evil Shirley are introduced as if they were menacing enemies,but it turns out that they are dumber than their "Good" counterparts.
  • 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
  • Tragic Villain: With the exception of Britta, everyone had their lives ruined after a disastrous party.
  • 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.
  • Vile Villain, Laughable Lackey: Evil Jeff and Evil Annie are treated with relative seriousness, the rest of the group are a bunch of incompetents.
  • Villain Team-Up: The evil study group seems to support Emperor Chang.

Family

Jeff's family

    William Winger 
Played by: James Brolin

Jeff's Disappeared Dad whom Jeff finally has contact with in the Season 4 episode "Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations".


  • Abusive Parents: To both his sons, albeit in different ways (Parental Abandonment towards Jeff, Parental Neglect and emotional abuse towards William Jr.).
  • Alliterative Name: William Winger.
  • Archnemesis Dad: To his (other) son Willy Jr.
  • Deadpan Snarker
    William: (to Britta) Maybe you could shrink [Willy's] head, since you're here... for some reason.
  • Jerkass: "That guy is a DICK!"
  • Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk: He and Jeff establish some ground rules when reuniting, with him saying he's not going to apologize for leaving Jeff, or pretend to be a decent human being. Then he kicks Willy Jr. like a puppy, making Jeff horrified, and is quite remorseless about emotionally abusing his sons.
  • 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.

    William "Willy" Winger, Jr. 
Played by: Adam DeVine

Jeff's half-brother whom he first meets in the Season 4 episode "Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations".


  • Alliterative Name: William Winger, Jr..
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Subverted. He spends much of his introduction trying to get on Jeff's nerves but the brothers turn out OK. Jeff acknowledges that Willy was emotionally abused, and they have common ground there.
  • Attention Whore: Thanks to his father's Parental Neglect.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He becomes jealous upon seeing his father and Jeff hit it off.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Subverted; Jeff eyes him, thinking that his father wanted another son. Willy then reveals that he thinks Jeff is replacing him.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Britta and he spend most of Thanksgiving together, with her trying to cheer him up and process his jealousy. He also finds out that Jeff cares about him and will do his best to protect him from William.
  • The Unfavorite: His father doesn't like him and he knows it.
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    Doreen Winger née Fitzgerald  
Jeff's mother, who raised him after William Winger left.
  • Doting Parent: She was this to Jeff, telling him he was the best at everything. This would later mess up Jeff when reality checks came in from Greendale.
  • The Ghost: She's still alive, according to some throwaway dialogue, but Jeff has been keeping her at a distance since he lost his law degree. We haven't seen her in-person on the show.
  • Maintain the Lie: Jeff doesn't want her to visit him because she still thinks he is a lawyer.
  • No Accounting for Taste: She fell for a conman and married him; he proceeded to leave her and her young son. This would later affect Jeff badly.
  • Parents as People: Jeff acknowledges that she gave him a swollen head and ego by telling him he was good at everything. He also knows that she was doing the best she could as a single mother.

Abed's family

    Gubi Nadir 
Played by: Iqbal Theda

Abed's conservative father.


  • Celebrity Paradox: The show makes frequent jabs at Glee. Iqbal Theba was a prominent recurring cast member of that show, playing its school principal.
  • 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.
  • Parents as People: He's rough around the edges and wants Abed to follow in his footsteps. With that said, he is deeply saddened when he realizes that Abed thinks he blames him for his wife leaving, and makes clear that it isn't the case, and decides to let his son take film classes as it gives him a way to express himself, with the family falafel stand as a fallback.

    Abra 
Played by: Emily Ghamrawi

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 family

     Andre Bennett 
Played by: Malcolm-Jamal Warner

"I'll go ahead and consider that point missed."

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.
  • The Atoner: In season two, he works hard to earn Shirley's trust back after cheating on her. What's more, he promises to be a good father towards her new baby, whether or not it's his.
  • 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. They end up reconciling when deciding to work on their relationship problems. 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's All My Fault: When he learns that Shirley had a one-night stand with Chang that neither of them remembers — owing to the "roofies" which was actually a Zombie Apocalypse— he walks out not because he's mad at Shirley but because he's mad at himself. As he tells Jeff, if Andre had never left Shirley, she wouldn't have been put in a vulnerable position.
  • 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 likable man while admitting he hurt Shirley and wants to make up for it. He and Shirley did eventually break up again, however, showing nice doesn't mean someone is a good romantic partner.
  • Only Sane Man: He is easily exasperated by the lunacy his wife and her friends get swept up in.
  • Put on a Bus to Hell: He eventually left Shirley again during the Time Skip, this time because her sandwich shop failed after it was supposed to earn them money. To make matters worse, he won custody of the kids, leaving Shirley with nothing. The study group is very horrified because for them and Shirley, it came out of left field.
  • 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.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Andre confirms that he did cheat on Shirley with a stripper. He also greatly regrets it.

     Jordan and Elijah Bennett 
Jordan played by: Tyler Jackson Williams (first), Dusan Brown (second)
Elijah played by: Kwesi Boakye (first), Dante Brown (second)

Shirley's sons.


  • 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.
  • Put on a Bus: They completely vanish when Shirley and Andre divorce again, and he wins full custody.
  • Those Two Guys: The brothers are rarely seen without the other.

     Ben Bennett 

Shirley's youngest son born near the end of Season 2.


Pierce's family

    Cornelius Hawthorne 
Played by: Larry Cedar

"We have to talk, boy."

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.
  • 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: Ridiculously prejudiced against everyone who doesn't fit his definition of white. He even chastises Britta for her Swedish heritage and their history with Sami, leading to the group calling him "the Abed of racism."
  • 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".

     Gilbert Lawson 
Played by: Giancarlo Esposito

Pierce's half brother, first introduced in "Digital Estate Planning".


  • Big Brother Instinct: Inverted; after his Heel–Face Turn, he starts becoming The Caretaker for his older brother Pierce. Pierce tries to deny he needs help but decides to let Gilbert stay on realizing they're both grieving Cornelius, on the pretext that he wants a roommate.
  • Celebrity Paradox: Breaking Bad was blatantly mentioned in Season 3. Giancarlo Esposito was a main cast member of both the show and the Sequel Series Better Call Saul.
  • Character Tics: He frequently adjust his glasses. It even carries over to his sprite version.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Inverted. He becomes friendly with Pierce and the group after they let him win Cornelius' inheritance.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Even though he never gets Cornelius's approval, he gets Pierce who sincerely says he always wanted a brother. What's more, when Gilbert admits he's been feeling lost after his father died, Pierce invites him to stay in his house as a roommate because they're both grieving. Pierce later dies on good terms with Gilbert at least.
  • Freudian Excuse: He's originally antagonistic because his father never acknowledged him and treated him like shit.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Originally introduced as Pierce's manipulative and antagonistic half-brother, he becomes friendly to him and the other main cast after they let him win Cornelius' inheritance.
  • In-Universe Catharsis: He becomes much nicer after Pierce saves him from Cornelius in the videogame. They both get a chance to beat down on their dad and call him out for his emotional abuse.
  • Last of His Kind: The last known Hawthorne descendant following Pierce's death in Season 5.
  • Meaningful Name: Well, surname. He is a lawyer and an important factor in his character is being an illegitimate son.
  • Punny Name: A lawyer with the surname Lawson.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: As he is a lawyer, he's dressed only in suits in his appearances.
  • What You Are in the Dark: Literally, in the season 4 Halloween episode as he spends most of it in the dark. He reveals that he came by Pierce's house to give him the deed — Gilbert inherited it technically but he felt that he owed the house to Pierce at least— and realized there was mail to sort and bills to pay. Six weeks later, he found himself unable to leave because taking care of Pierce gave him a sense of belonging, even if it was without his older brother knowing. Pierce bluntly says Gilbert doesn't have to hide and invites him to stay as a roommate. Gilbert nearly cries when they hug.

     Amber 
Played by: Katharine McPhee

Pierce's ex-stepdaughter.


Annie's family

    Anthony Edison 
Played by: Spencer Crittenden

"Is it cool if I poop?"

Annie's younger brother.


Britta's family

    Marcus Perry 
Played by: Justin Marco

"Look dude, she started it! She's just as into me."

Britta's nephew.


  • Creepy Child: He's not at all disturbed sexting with his "aunt" (who was actually Jeff). When Jeff comes clean and introduces himself as Britta's boyfriend, Marcus agrees to keep his silence over Jeff sexting a minor if he's given Britta's bra.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: Well, pre-teen, but the high sex drive is certainly there.
  • Incest Is Relative: He doesn't mind sexting his aunt.

     George and Deb Perry 
George played by: Martin Mull
Deb played by: Lesley Ann Warren

Britta's parents.


  • The Atoner: They are well aware that they screwed up raising Britta, hence why they reached out to their daughter's friends.
  • Control Freak: Britta resents them for being too strict and prohibitive when she was growing up.
  • Hippie Parents: Britta mentions them being into drugs during the time of her conception.
  • Mysterious Protector: After finding out that Britta is destitute and homeless, they asked Abed and Annie to let Britta stay with them while they provide them financially. Britta becomes furious once she finds out.
  • Not Helping Your Case: Britta resents them for their Control Freak tendencies, so what do they do? Secretly intervene in their daughter's life while also roping her friends with their plan.

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