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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 

Troy's pet monkey.


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    Officer Cackowski 
Played by: Craig Cackowski

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 

    Stephen Spreck 
Played by: Jordan Black

"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.


  • 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

"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

"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

"Is there any more of the crazy Chinese guy? He pops!"

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

"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.


  • 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.
  • 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.


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".


    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".


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Abed's family

    Gubi Nadir 
Played by: Iqbal Theda

Abed's conservative father.


    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.
  • 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.

     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.


     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:
  • 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".


     Amber 
Played by: Katharine McPhee

Pierce's ex-stepdaughter.



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