Running gags are jokes on Community that have been repeated at least three times throughout the show's run. In the "Recurring Themes" section of the episode pages on this wiki, running gags that appeared in that particular episode are listed and separated into specific categories. Below is a brief description of what type of running gag each category represents along with a list of it's appearances.
List of Running gags
A dollop of whipped irony
Any statement or action from a character that proves ironic in some sense.
"Pilot": When Shirley tells Pierce he has been sexually harassing her, Pierce replies he wouldn't do that to someone that turns him on and Troy points out to the irony of his statement.
"Spanish 101": Pierce tells Jeff not to pursue Britta so desperately because it comes off as too creepy. He then ignores his own advice and asks Jeff to have a drink with him and have what the kids are calling a "Sausage fest".
"Environmental Science": Troy tells Britta how cold she is being towards Jeff. Right after he says this Troy acts the same way towards Abed by avoiding helping him look for their lab rat Fievel.
Jeff celebrates a good grade in his nutrition class by eating a pie with "a dollop of whipped irony".
After the group kicks him out, Britta calls Pierce a child for having walked past her without saying a word when she greets him. She then shows herself to be childish as well when she sees Mark Cahill and calls him a "stinky turd face".
'Modern Warfare": Jeff says he's all for winning but doesn't like resorting to cheap ploys. He then takes off his shirt and revealing a tight fitting wifebeater shirt which he wears for the most of the competition.
'Aerodynamics of Gender": Troy says "Let me just make sure Pierce isn't hovering around", refering to Pierce's claim he will be watching them all the time. Pierce then proceeds to use a device that hovers around to spy on them, and ruin their secret.
Pelton calls Jeff and Annie unprofessional and creepy due to them teaming up only to sublimate romantic urges they have in acceptable ways. He then does something creepy and unprofessional by forcing Jeff to become the new water polo coach with Pelton stating he will be his assistant coach.
Despite Troy's repeated statements about liking "butt stuff", he is traumatized by actual (and rather innocuous) butt stuff happening to him in this episode.
Annie sweetly condescendingly asks Abed if Frankie was sweetly condescending to him. Abed says she wasn't and can tell the difference now.
While working the counter at Shirley's Sanwiches, Britta tells Annie that she has better experience at customer relations. She then yells at customer who tries to return a sandwich she burned.
"Laws of Robotics & Party Rights": After Annie refuses Britta's house party request, she tells her she's not some authoritative controlling power to rebel against. When Britta denies that's what's she's going to do, Annie tells her she'll do what she's told.
Both the monkey and Annie's chest are showcased in a comedic way.
The monkey steals Annie's pen to set off the entire chain of events and is revealed to the audience as the culprit at the end of the episode.
Annie shows some cleavage when she takes off her sweater and minutes later when wearing just a bra.
Annie is initially topless behind the study table.
"A Fistful of Paintballs": Annie's modified saloon girl outfit. Annie runs in slow motion down a hallway in the low cut outfit. The Black Rider also makes a reference to Annie's chest when she gets flustered with him.
"For A Few Paintballs More": Annie is still wearing her low-cut modified saloon girl outfit. Her cleavage gets drenched in orange paint near the end of the episode.
When someone find something adorable and "'Aww!"s. Usually the moment is immediately undercut by something offensive. Shirley and Annie are usually the ones to do this (mostly in tandem) although others sometime join in.
When Troy says he wants to bathe in his manhood, Shirley and Annie coo but soon realize how gross that sounds.
When Troy tells the waitress that he's waiting until midnight to have a drink, Annie and Britta "Aww" at the gesture.
"Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking": Shirley and Annie are saddened by Pierce's seemingly imminent demise. Later, the rest of the group Awwws when they look into Pierce's room and see Pierce and Jeff resting.
Biggest laugh of the night!: Physical comedy. Someone, usually Pierce, does a pratfall or takes a hit.
Board certified tutor: Someone claims to have skills or abilities that they obviously do not have. Ex. Pierce pretends to have a number of vocations, usually related to Hawthorne Wipes.
Bon Appetit!: A woman's sexuality is questioned, usually Pierce thinking that Britta is a lesbian. In Season 6, it became the group wondering about Frankie being a lesbian.
Britta'd: To make (the opposite of) a tiny and (not so) understandable mistake.
Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?: When something is repeated several times as a question, usually punctuated with the person saying it pointing at others. The name is a reference to Ben Stein's line from the movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off".
Butt stuff: Troy's fascination with butts.
Changuage: Ben Chang using his last name in place of other words (see main articleChanguage).
In Advanced Criminal Law, during Spanish 101, Britta indignantly claims, "It's not that easy to get human beings to turn on each other!", upon which Chang commands the class to turn on her; the entire class follows suit by throwing paper balls at her
In Comparative Religion, Jeff gets paper balls thrown at him twice, once for saying "I'm agnostic", and again moments later for saying, "As an agnostic, I'm gonna bring my winning smile."
In Basic Genealogy, during family day, Jeff announces to the class, "Everyone here is my family". The entire class, booing, throws paper balls at him.
In Introduction to Finality, Jeff tricks Pierce into publicly making jokes during a court session. After three jokes, he has the entire room throwing paper balls at him as he insists, "So you're telling me they're not good at basketball?".