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Paper fortune teller

  Paper fortune teller  
First appearance: Spanish 101Owned by: anyone — Used by: Prognosticators
Purpose: tells the future— Made by: Folding a piece of paper   PHOTO ICON

Give me some rope. Tie me to dream. Give me the hope to run out of steam...
At Least It Was Here

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The paper fortune teller unfolded
Starting in the Season One episode Spanish 101, the opening credits to Community features the song "At Least It Was Here" by the 88 as well as a computer generated paper fortune teller . The fortune teller opens up and reveals the names of the cast before closing up into a paper football on a school desk that has the creator of the show Dan Harmon's name carved into it. The fortune teller is used throughout the show's run and has been altered a few times to coincide with the theme of a specific episode.

The opening credits[]


The original opening the cast is represented by the following:

Joel McHale: Kilroy

Gillian Jacobs: A valentine with arrows through it

Danny Pudi: Hangman

Yvette Nicole Brown: A cake with a knife in it

Alison Brie: A field of flowers

Donald Glover: Killer bees

Jim Rash: A bird flipping a car

Ken Jeong: A dragon wearing a sombrero

Chevy Chase: Lips and eyeballs


"Epidemiology": The Season Two Halloween episode has monsters representing the cast. The same intro (with an additional drawing for Jim Rash) was used for the subsequent Halloween episodes in Season Three with "Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps" and in Season Four with "Paranormal Parentage".

Joel McHale: Vampire

Gillian Jacobs: Zombie rising from the grave

Danny Pudi: Robot filled with bats

Yvette Nicole Brown: Mummy

Alison Brie: Female vampire

Donald Glover: Jason Voorhees

Jim Rash: Man in an electric chair

Ken Jeong: Aliens wearing sombreros

Chevy Chase: Skeleton in a coffin

Dan Harmon's name is etched into the desk looking like a spider's web.

"Advanced Dungeons and Dragons": This opening has a sword and sorcery theme reflected by the re-orchestrated music and the type of characters used to represent the cast:

Joel McHale: Goblin with his treasure

Gillian Jacobs: Phoenix

Danny Pudi: Wizard

Yvette Nicole Brown: Sword

Alison Brie: Unicorn Pegasus

Donald Glover: Goblin with a torch

Ken Jeong: Knight with a morning star

Chevy Chase: Ogre with a club

Permanent changes[]

Aside from the above variations, the standard paper fortune teller changed over time, mostly to account for cast changes, and once because of censorship:

  • "Introduction to Film": Chevy Chase's drawing was changed from a crude pen outline resembling a woman with accentuated circles as breasts, to lips and eyeballs.
  • "Biology 101": Jim Rash was added to the list between Donald Glover and Ken Jeong. The opening sequence became slightly faster paced to account for this.
  • "Repilot": Chevy Chase's name was taken off the list. The opening sequence was slighty shortened.
  • "Analysis of Cork-Based Networking": Donald Glover's name was taken off the list. The opening sequence returned to its original length and its pace was slowed down.
  • "Ladders": Yvette Nicole Brown's name was taken off the list. The opening sequence returned to its Season 3 rhythm, but with a slightly different paper fortune teller, with new drawings without names on them added to compensate for the absence of three former cast members, and two of the remaining names and their drawings were moved around:
Old order New order
Joel McHale Joel McHale
Gillian Jacobs Gillian Jacobs
Danny Pudi A dragon dunking a basketball on a castle wall
Yvette Nicole Brown Danny Pudi
Alison Brie Alison Brie
Donald Glover A flamingo wearing cowboy boots
Jim Rash Jim Rash
Ken Jeong Two anthropomorphic bananas drinking alcohol
Chevy Chase Ken Jeong


In "Anthropology 101", Britta is seen playing with a paper fortune teller.

In "Home Economics", Abed is also seen playing with one.