Britta Perry is a graduate of Greendale Community College. She was born in Riverside, Colorado to George and Deb Perry. Britta has two older brothers, one of whom works with children with some type of special disorder in a hospital. On her eleventh birthday, an eager-handed man in a dinosaur costume intruded in on her party at a restaurant; this event has haunted her into adulthood. She became estranged from her parents due to what she felt was bad parenting. Britta entered a rebellious phase and dropped out of high school because she thought it would impress Radiohead. She joined the Peace Corps, did some foot modelling, attended a world-trade rally where she was tear-gassed, and visited Africa. She also joined several activists groups but her memberships didn't last long. A billboard vandalizing team of radicals kicked her out for not being anarchistic enough despite her success at recruiting new members. She was with a feminist group called the "An-Her-Chists" but it disbanded because everyone involved no longer had the passion for their cause. This made Britta realize she needed to move on as well. After attempting to get a job at Yogurtsburgh, she was inspired by a flyer to enrol at Greendale to find some direction. During her time at Greendale, she became close friends with a Spanish study group she joined and even had romantic relationships with two of its members. She completed four years at school and left her friends and the academic world behind finding employment as a bartender. Some time after graduating, she later unexpectedly reunited with her study group at Greendale. Britta ultimately decided to re-enrol to pursue her original goal of earning a Psychology degree. Along with her old study group buddies, Britta would later join a special organization dedicated to improving the school called the "Save Greendale Committee".
Britta's claims that other girls have always hated her ("Football, Feminism and You"), and Abed estimates that over 50% of the people who meet her don't like her ("Communication Studies"). Although she aspires to be selfless, she is prone to be vain and hypocritical in her actions ("Contemporary American Poultry"), ("Advanced Criminal Law"). Despite her best efforts, when she tries to do good it will usually backfire on her ("Debate 109"). She is distrustful of large organizations, particularly government and religion (she has identified herself as an atheist ("Comparative Religion"). Britta's constant rants against such institutions annoys everyone in the study group who consider her a buzz-kill ("The Science of Illusion"). She attempts to appear progressive and cool but often comes off as misinformed and pretentious ("Early 21st Century Romanticism"). Her mispronunciation of certain words has caused her to be referred to as "the worst" and made her the butt of many jokes ("Physical Education"). She has a hipster mentality and scorns anything conventional or popular ("The Art of Discourse"). Britta loves cats and has had several including Suzie B who became ill and died whom she later replaced with Daniel who has only one eye ("The Art of Discourse"). Romantically, she found herself drawn to men who are damaged in some way; she admitted it's because she hated herself that she did this ("The Psychology of Letting Go").
In the cafeteria, Britta is approached by Jeff, who claimed to be a "board certified tutor", and invited to join his Spanish study group. She agreed and told Abed who later invited other students from the class. Although Jeff is revealed to be a fraud and kicked out of the study session, Britta and the study group take pity on him and allow him to return. She initially attempts to keep everyone in the group in line, especially Jeff, but by the end off the year abandons her role as the voice of reason. Thanks to Shirley, she gets more in touch with her feminine side, while with Pierce's unorthodox help, she manages to kick her smoking habit. She briefly dates Vaughn Miller but it ends badly after she unwittingly allows Jeff to make public a private poem he wrote for her. Throughout the year, Jeff and Britta have continuing romantic tension during the semester. When Jeff started dating Professor Michelle Slater, she starts to question how she really feels about him. After they break up, Britta and Jeff finally consummate their relationship during a campus paint ball assassination game. At the end of the school year, Britta gets into a competition with Michelle Slater for Jeff's affections which escalates into her publicly declaring her love for Jeff at the "Tranny Dance".
"Spanish 101': Britta encourages Shirley and Annie to a have a protest against Gautamala in honor of journalist who was killed by the government there but is doesn't like the tacky way they go about promoting the cause.
"Debate 109": Britta patronizes Pierce and lets him try and help her quit smoking through hypnosis.
"The Politics of Human Sexuality": Shirley and Britta help Annie break into the Deans office so she can get a good look at a anatomically correct statue she is supposed to put a condom on as part of a presentation at the STD Fair.
In Britta's second year at Greendale, she and the study group are taking Anthropology 101. She unexpectedly finds herself to be a celebrity on campus due to her public declaration of love for Jeff at the Tranny Dance. Enjoying her fame, she entered into a "love" competition with Jeff in order to keep it going. After learning Annie had kissed Jeff, the two try to mend their friendship by trying to raise funds for a charity together. She also helps Shirley film a religious viral video and celebrates Troy's birthday with the group at The Ballroom. Led by Britta, the women of the group take a women's studies course together only to be bullied by Meghan and her mean girl group. During Christmas she organized a psychological intervention to help Abed. Later, she dated a foreign student who had a dark past, made friends with a supposed lesbian and took an acting class with Troy where she briefly became attracted to him. It's revealed throughout the year Britta and Jeff had a secret affair. They quit soon after their tryst is exposed by Abed. Britta and Shirley team up at the end of the year to launch a final assault on the City college invaders who injected themselves into Greendale's annual paintball competition.
"For A Few Paintballs More ": In the end of the year Paintball assassination game, Britta and Shirley are the last of the remaining students alliance fighting against the invading City College Storm Troopers.
In Britta's third year at Greendale, the study group and her are taking Biology 101 together and she finally decides on a major: Psychology. Throughout the year she struggles with several romantic troubles including the return of an ex-boyfriend, a forbidden love and her feelings for Troy. At Annie's insistence, she and Troy have a lunch date, which goes well. Near the end of the semester, she and the study group are expelled from Greendale because of Ben Chang. Although they ultimately manage to reinstated at school the victory came at a price. Troy is obligated to join the Greendale A/C school after they helped the study group return to Greendale. As the AC school insists severing all binds not affiliated with them, she and the study group are forced to say goodbye to Troy. Britta attempted to help Abed cope with the loss of his friend by having a therapy session with him. It goes badly after an encounter with his Evil Abed persona. Her dejection that she was unable to help Abed subsides when Troy returns to the study group after he being freed from his the Air conditioning school. She and the group happily celebrate his return. Sometime later she helps Troy move back into his apartment.
In Britta's fourth year at Greendale, she and Troy were now in a relationship. Even more focused on her psychology studies, she attempted to try and help Jeff deal with his daddy issues. She invited herself to his reunion with his dad on Thanksgiving and also tried to therapize Jeff's half-brother Willy Jr.. She assisted Abed in his documentary on Chang/Kevin dealing with his amnesia and also organized a successful Sadie Hawkins dance at school that she renamed the Sophie B Hawkins dance. Midway through the year she mistook a Troy and Abed "body-swap" as their usual shenanigans. It wasn't until Abed (still pretending to be Troy) revealed the truth: Troy was going to break up with her. Before he could do this for his friend, Troy stepped in and did it himself. He told Britta he felt they were better off as friends to which she reluctantly agreed. On Jeff's graduation day he confided to Britta his worries about how his leaving would affect the group. Despite Britta's assurances they would be fine, Jeff's anxieties manifested itself as a daydream involving the Evil Study Group, including Evil Britta. Jeff eventually overcame his fears of the future and Britta along with the rest of the group attended his graduation ceremony.
After graduation, Britta became a bartender. Once Jeff accepted a job at Greendale as a Law professor, Britta and most of the study group re-enrolled. She was intent on getting a degree in Psychology. Later, she joined a special "Save Greendale Committee" along with the rest of the study group. One of her first assignments was to help a returning Ian Duncan put together a psychological profile on a campus menace terrorizing the school. Upon learning of Pierce Hawthorne's death, Britta joined the study group in mourning the passing of their friend. A man named Mr. Stone, acting under instructions from Pierce's will, gave the group a polygraph test. For her participation, Britta is bequeathed a used iPod nano from Pierce and told that he was always inspired by her passion. During a campus wide "Hot Lava" competition, Britta tried to get Abed to confront his feelings regarding Troy leaving school to accept an amazing opportunity. Later, Britta pulled a prank on Abed after he ruined the ending of TV show she hadn't watched yet. Duncan comforts Britta when she has an unpleasant reunion with old anarchist buddies. After an app becomes the latest fad, Britta led a rebellion against the society it spawned on campus. When cleaning out a storage room the Committee discovered some valuable merchandise and had Britta contact a fence she knew to help them move it. She and the committee also helped Buzz Hickey reconnect with his son Hank through a game of Dungeons & Dragons. When Greendale was about to be sold to the Subway corporation, Jeff and Britta try to cope with the situation by becoming engaged. The two reluctantly join the rest of the committee on a desperate quest to save the school. After the sale of the school is stopped, Britta and Jeff call off the marriage.
Thank you guys again so much, I know that I already owe you guys money but I want you to know I already got a new bartending job with better hours and corn nuts which I feel have a small but significant resale value, I feel like everyone's talking about the haircut I gave Vicki so...[starts crying]
Britta returns for a sixth year at Greendale triumphant after having rescued the school from closing. Unfortunately, an overlooked task resulted in a disastrous outcome which led to Dean Pelton hiring a consultant named Francesca "Frankie" Dart. Initially Britta clashed with Frankie but eventually accepted and welcomed her and inventor Elroy Patashnik into the group. Britta was homeless at the start of the year and accepted an offer from Annie and Abed to move into their apartment. She was infuriated that her parents George and Deb Perry orchestrated the arrangement. Ultimately forgave them and attempted to let them back into her life. In between managing shifts overseeing Shirley's sandwich shop for her friend she also found employment as a bartender at an establishment called The Vatican which became the committee's secondary gathering place. When a hacker threatened to expose sensitive school information, Britta convinced the committee to not give into his demands that a racist comedian not perform on campus. She and her friends regretted this after the hacker released their personal emails to the public. She unexpectedly was reunited with her old Subway corpohumanoid boyfriend Rick who was now shilling for Honda. They briefly got back together but again got torn apart when he wound up inadvertently choosing his job over her. At the end of the semester she and the committee imagine what next year might be like. In her fantasy she imagined Greendale had become its own nation led by the committee. Sometime later, Britta and the remaining Save Greendale Committee members share a drink at the Vatican after Annie and Abed leave for the summer to pursue opportunities outside of Greendale.
"Ladders": Britta, Jeff and Annie create a secret speakeasy in campus to rebel against changes Frankie Dart implements at school. After she's injured in class to the committee's negligence, Britta's attitude toward the newcomer changes.
Britta's original role within the group was to keep them focused on the goal of studying for Spanish without any distractions. Ironically when Annie took over as the taskmaster Britta herself later became such a distraction. She would interrupt meetings to go on tirades about various injustices occurring in the world. Her uniformed and clueless rants caused her to be mocked within the group. The group would refer to her as "The Worst" a nickname which stuck throughout her time at Greendale.
Jeff's romantic pursuit of Britta in their first year at school resulted in the creation of the study group. Initially, they felt a sense of responsibility towards the other members of the study group considered themselves to be their "Greendale parents" but abandoned those roles and just become friends with them. Although they eventually became lovers, they ultimately decided they were better off just being friends. However, they did get "engaged" on three separate occasions.
Troy and Britta bonded in their first year at Greendale when they learned they were taking dancing classes and keeping it a secret from the rest of study group. Troy had a crush on Britta but she remained oblivious much like Troy was to Annie's crush on him. At one point Britta had a brief attraction to Troy when he lied about a traumatic childhood. In their third year at school, Britta reciprocated his feelings after realizing how deep his affection for her was. They dated in their fourth year at school but broke up after Troy realized he wasn't ready for a serious relationship yet.
Shirley and Britta have a strong friendship and mutual respect for each other. Despite the fact that the younger study group member is an Atheist and Shirley is a devout Christian they normally get along quite well. However, the differences will occasionally put a strain on their relationship. Nevertheless, both are always there for each other when they need support; Britta set aside her own feelings about Shirley's ex-husband and supported her friend when the couple decided to reunite and Shirley helped Britta sort through her feelings for Jeff. When Shirley relocated to Atlanta to care for her father, Britta took over management of Shirley's Sandwiches.
Britta and Annie are not the closest in the study group but still get along pretty well. In the past they seemingly had similar taste in men which put a strain on the relationship. For the most part they’ve moved past these issues and formed a more solid friendship. Annie was even instrumental in helping Britta date her former crush Troy.
Britta tends to take a more maternal role towards Abed and worries about his obsession with pop-culture and inability to distinguish reality from fantasy. On several occasions she has tried to protect him coming to his defense when his father tried to stop his interest in filmmaking and also attempting to prevent him from being kicked out of school after he seemingly had a nervous breakdown at school. In study group's third year at Greendale together, Abed eventually admits to having problems and needing therapy. He asks Britta, who had declared psychology as her major, to help him deal with his issues.
Britta, like the rest of the study group, tolerates Pierce's racist and boorish behavior as much as possible. Often, he will imply or outright call Britta a lesbian, much to her annoyance. In general, Britta tends to feel sorry for Pierce although his attitude makes that difficult. She even attempted to make him feel better by participating in hypnotherapy sessions with him. Pierce on occasion has stood up for Britta, telling Vaughn to lay off her when he wrote a song about her and was shown to be supportive of her when he thought she was coming out of the closet after she befriended a supposedly lesbian student. He also made sure a dance she organized at school was successful by getting Sophie B. Hawkins to perform.
In her first year at Greendale, Britta briefly had a relationship a student named Vaughn Miller. His carefree and non-conformist outlook on life appealed to Britta at the time. Vaughn dumped her after Jeff humiliated him by showing off to the study group a love poem he wrote to Britta. Vaughn got revenge on her by writing a song for his band called "Gettin' Rid of Britta". Later, Britta gave her blessing to Annie to pursue a relationship with Vaughn only to manipulate Jeff into trying to break up the pair. When she saw how much they liked each other she apologized sand gave them her full support. At the end of the year Transfer formal dance she said goodbye to Vaughn and Annie as they headed to go on a trip together for the summer.
In Britta's third year at Greendale, she met a human representation of the sandwich franchise also called Subway. The two engage in a "forbidden romance" as his contract with the corporation won't allow it. Their tryst is revealed to Subway's boss by Shirley and Pierce who had secretly recorded their last rendezvous. Subway was fired, stripped of his identity and returned to being just Rick. He returned years later as a Honda spokesperson and wooed Britta again. However, he ended up losing her once more when he inadvertently chose his job over her.
In her junior year at school, Britta learns that an ex-boyfriend named Blade had returned. She asked for Annie's help to keep her away from him as he had a weird charisma she found irresistible. Later Jeff - having investigated Blade on his own - reveals to her the source of his charm: brain damage. The part of his brain which felt shame was destroyed in a freak accident; as a result he no longer cares what people think of him. That sort of attitude is irresistible to those that hate themselves like Britta does. Learning this about her ex-boyfriend makes Britta realize she was falling into harmful old patterns. It's then that she starts to consider Troy, who she realized had genuine feelings for her, as a serious romantic possibility.
Britta has visited 14 countries, including Kenya and The Netherlands.
Britta pronounces bagel as "baggle".
Britta has a sibling that works with kids with a mental disorder.
In the Community College Chronicles, Britta is played by Sara Flack.
People use her name to mean "screwed something up."
Owns two one-eyed cats, one named "Daniel" and another named "Walter"
Britta is of Swedish heritage. The name Britta is a variant of the Swedish name Birgitta.
Britta used to live in New York, a fact she mentions often.
Britta is implied to be a terrible singer, although she is shown to sing decently when attracted to men when she met Lukka in ep 2x18.
The group constantly tells her that she's "the worst" when she says something in relation to her studies, activism, tries to resolve a fight, or when she sings. However the group have also been protective of her on this matter, and come to her defense when Mr Rad calls her 'the worst' during the Christmas pageant.
Introduced Abed to the Inspector Spacetime TV series.
Britta has been shown kissing all the male members of the study group except Pierce. Jeff (in "Introduction to Film", "Modern Warfare", and "Anthropology 101"), Troy (in "Competitive Wine Tasting") and Abed (in Abed's scary story from "Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps").
Britta's drivers license says she was born 21 June 1982, although Abed says that her birthday is in October during the Pilot.
In the "The Art of Disclose" it says she uses an iPod nano in 2014, the same one Pierce gives to her.
Britta claims to have coined the terms "Complisult" (part compliment, part insult) and "Explanabrag" (part explanation, part brag). ("Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking").