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Portrayed by: Luke Youngblood
First appearance: "Early 21st Century Romanticism"
Last appearance: "Intro to Recycled Cinema"
Date of birth: 1990
Home town: Denver, Colorado... Or Possibly the United Kingdom
Occupation: ONE-MAN PARTY


— Magnitude, "Early 21st Century Romanticism".

Magnitude Intro to Politics
Magnitude as portrayed by Luke Youngblood.
A young student at Greendale college, Magnitude's name is a portmanteau of "magnetic" and "attitude." He earned it by having a "magnetic" personality and a lot of "attitude." A self-described one-man party, he is a very popular guy on campus and is often the first one called to liven up any festivities being held. He is known for his signature catchphrase "Pop, pop!" along with his accompanying "raise the roof" gesture. He first appeared in Season Two in the episode "Early 21st Century Romanticism." He is portrayed by Luke Youngblood.

Character history[]

Season Two[]

Magnitude is a one man party and a one man party can't be in an alliance!''

Magnitude, "For A Few Paintballs More"

School year synopsis

Magnitude first appears on Valentine's Day at an impromptu party held at Jeff's apartment. He first delivered his signature catchphrase and gesture when Jeff asked who he was. When the school needs to select a student body president, Magnitude competes the election and gets into a spirited debate with Leonard. At the end of the semester, he participated in the Paintball Assassin game. When the City College invaders join the competition, Magnitude and the remaining students are gathered together in the anthropology classroom by Troy and Abed. They proposed an alliance to fight for Greendale's sake but Magnitude refuses to join. He claims that since he's a one-man party, he can't be in an alliance as it would be a paradox. A student coincidentally named Paradox takes exception to that. Troy plays peacemaker and settles things down between them. It's then that modified remote-controlled car with a paintball grenade then slips into the room. Magnitude selflessly jumps onto the device and takes the hit when it explodes. Magnitude's sacrifice becomes a rallying point for the students and inspires everyone to take back the school from the invaders. After the final confrontation between the two schools is resolved, Magnitude can be seen celebrating the victory alongside his fellow classmates Garrett, Vicki, Quendra, and Star-Burns.

2010 - 2011 semester

"Early 21st Century Romanticism": Magnitude was a guest at an impromptu party being held at Jeff's apartment. He was invited to attend by Star-Burns and appeared alongside a plethora of other unexpected invitees.

"Intro to Political Science": Magnitude ran for president of the student body with a number of other candidates. He and Leonard end up having a spirited debate that engrosses the audience with its profundity and is referred to by Troy as "the political showdown of the century."

"For A Few Paintballs More": Magnitude is among a group of the few remaining Greendale students not eliminated by the City College Storm Troopers. He later celebrates the school's victory with his fellow Greendale Human Beings.

Season Three[]

Pop, pop captain.

Magnitude to Abed, "Digital Exploration of Interior Design".

School year synopsis

In the study group's third year he is taking Biology 101 alongside them. His partner in class assignments is Vicky. After Magnitude delivers his signature catchphrase and gesture to end his and Vicki's class assignment presentation, Professor Kane suggests to him that everyone is secretly laughing at him. He later helps build Troy and Abed's new Pillow fort. Due to an ultimatum issued to him by Troy and his opposing Blanket fort construction, Abed later summons Magnitude with new orders. He and tells him to start evacuating the pillow fort residents immediately. Magnitude is among the inhabitants of Pillowtown backing Abed up in a showdown against Troy's rival blanket fort denizens. When fellow Pillowtownian Star-Burns accidentally collapses a section of the blanket fort, it starts the Pillows and Blankets war. Magnitude was one of the first casualties of the war as shown by one of the photographs Britta took during the two and a half day conflict. Later, he assists Troy and Abed in the murder investigation of their biology project. He tells them that a key he borrowed from the administrations office had been inside his backpack which was stolen while he was in the restroom. He later watches along with the rest of his Biology classmates Jeff and Annie prosecute Todd for the crime in a trial held in the Biology classroom.

2011 - 2012 semester

"Competitive Ecology": Magnitude and his Biology 101 lab partner Vicki present their terrarium to the class.

"Documentary Filmmaking: Redux": Magnitude is seen in the production of the new Greendale commercial but doesn't speak.

"Regional Holiday Music: Magnitude appears in the End Tag as a Christmas tree ornament saying "Pop, Pop!" to the "Carol of the Bells."

"Digital Exploration of Interior Design": Magnitude is Abed's aide-de-camp who assists him in building a pillow fort.

"Pillows and Blankets": Magnitude is briefly shown in the documentary presenting the Pillow and Blanket war as one of the first casualties of the war.

"Basic Lupine Urology": Magnitude is questioned by Troy and Abed about the Biology lab key he signed out of the administration office.

Season Four[]

Diggedy doo?

Magnitude, "Economics of Marine Biology"

School year synopsis

In the study group's fourth year at Greendale, Magnitude is brought in by them and Dean Pelton to assist in recruiting a new student. He is named Archie DeCoste and is the scion of a wealthy family who could potentially be a source of major funding for the school. Magnitude helps to liven up a party held in Archie's honor and delivers his catchphrase and raise the roof gesture. Archie then demands to the Dean that the signature gesture of be his now and Pelton summarily tells Magnitude that he is no longer allowed to do that any more. Magnitude then spends the night desperately trying to figure out a replacement catchphrase. When Annie and Pelton see how distressed he has become, Pelton confronts Archie about his attitude and lifts the ban he placed on Magnitude. In a flashback to the year 2008, it's revealed Magnitude was at the party where Annie ran through a plate glass window. Her actions caused two balloons to pop one right after the other, which led to Magnitude coming up with his signature catchphrase.

2012 - 2013 semester

"Economics of Marine Biology": Magnitude is enlisted to help land Greendale a potential wealthy student called Archie DeCoste.

"Heroic Origins": In a flashback, it is revealed that two balloons popping cause Magnitude to come up with his catchphrase, "POP, POP".

"Advanced Introduction to Finality": Magnitude is present at Jeff's graduation ceremony.

Season Five[]

POP! P-O-O-O-O--P!!!

Magnitude, "Introduction to Teaching"

School year synopsis

In the study group's fifth year together at Greendale, Annie learns that the grade of "A minus" is a way for the teachers to mess with the students. She tells the rest of the student body inside the library, including Magnitude, and a riot ensues. Magnitude then throws a book through Group Study Room F's window and yells his signature catchphrase. Afterwards, Magnitude takes up residence on Shirley Island during Abed's school-wide game of Hot Lava. As the island begins to fall under the attack of Hickey's chair walkers, he admits he is actually British.

2013 - 2014 semester

"Introduction to Teaching": Magnitude joins Annie's protest against the Teacher's grading practices.

"Geothermal Escapism": Magnitude is one of the many refugees from the "Hot Lava" game being sheltered at "Shirley's Island". After an unexpected attack on the camp, he confessed he is British.

Season Six[]


Magnitude, "Intro to Recycled Cinema"

School year synopsis

During the filming of "Chief Starr and the Raiders of the Galaxy," Magnitude plays a "carrot assassin" (complete with a carrot laser) sent to kill Chief Starr in a bar resembling the Cantina from "Star Wars." Chief Starr kills him with two laser shots and Magnitude collapses on a couch.

S06E08-Magnitude Carrot Assassin
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2014 - 2015 semester

"Intro to Recycled Cinema": Magnitude is a carrot assassin in Abed's movie "Chief Starr and Raiders of the Galaxy."

Class history[]

Student Rec
Student Name: Magnitude Major: Undeclared Enrolled: <span class="explain" title="At latest">2011 —
Semester Course Instructor Enrolled Students
Fall 2011 Biology 101 Prof. Marshall Kane Troy Barnes, Shirley Bennett, Annie Edison, Pierce Hawthorne, Todd Jacobson, Vicki Jenkins, Abed Nadir, Magnitude, Britta Perry, Jeff Winger and  Alex "Star-Burns" Osbourne 
Spring 2012 Biology Prof. Marshall Kane Troy Barnes, Shirley Bennett, Annie Edison, Pierce Hawthorne, Todd Jacobson, Vicki Jenkins, Abed Nadir, Magnitude, Britta Perry, Jeff Winger and  Fat Neil 


In the DVD commentary for Early 21st Century Romanticism, episode director Steven Sprung mentions that Magnitude's name wasn't settled upon so multiple takes had to made with other possible names for him including "Poochie", "Ray-Ray" and "Glisten."


"For A Few Paintballs More":


"Competitive Ecology":

POP! POP!Magnitude
You know they're laughing at you right? I mean, that's my theoryMarshall Kane

"Basic Lupine Urology":

So you're saying you did check out a key but it was inside your backpack when someone stole it off a table in the library while you were using the bathroom and you haven't seen it since?Abed
POP! POP!Magnitude

External links[]

  1. 'Pop! Pop!': The Oral History of Magnitude, the Party Machine of 'Community'.