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Troy Barnes
Portrayed by: Donald Glover
First appearance: "Pilot"
Last appearance: "Geothermal Escapism"
Date of birth: December 4, 1989
Major: Air Conditioning Repair


I was gonna be the first person in my family to graduate from community college. Everyone else graduated from normal college.
— Troy Barnes, "Course Listing Unavailable".
Portrayed by Donald Glover.

Troy Barnes is a graduate from both Riverside High School and Greendale Community College. A popular figure at Riverside, Troy was the star quarterback of the football team and also the prom king. His many admirers at school included his fellow classmate Annie Edison who would later join him at Greendale and eventually become his roommate. At the time, he had the interest of many elite universities but couldn't handle the pressure of other people's expectations. The night before a big game, which was attended by college recruiters, he intentionally injured himself (either by dislocating both of his shoulders or faking a knee injury as accounts vary) while doing a keg flip at a party. With few options for a higher education, he considered Greendale after being handed a promotional flyer by Ben Chang while at the frozen yogurt place. Troy later admitted he chose the school because it was close to his house and because he saw a late night commercial for Greendale in which had a student giving a thumbs up sign in a "cool way." While at GCC he grew very close to a study group he joined, particularly Abed Nadir who became his best friend and Britta Perry whom he dated for a year. After graduating from college, he briefly re-enrolled some time later in order to discover who he was. When his fellow study group member Pierce Hawthorne passed away, Troy was offered a chance to win his fortune by completing a sailing trip around the world. Troy accepted the challenge and said goodbye to his friends before he left on the boat with his childhood idol LeVar Burton. A news report suggests that while on the trip Troy and LeVar Burton were taken hostage by pirates. His current whereabouts are unknown.


Troy began the series as an arrogant, selfish jock who was so concerned with keeping his former High School status that he wore his letterman jacket for the first few days at Greendale. Jeff implied that Troy wanted so badly to be liked that much of what he did was done just to appear a certain way to other people. Eventually, Troy evolved from his original persona into an overly sensitive and goofy nerd. The transformation was largely due to his mutually beneficial friendship with Abed, something Troy seemed to lack in his high school years. Troy cared deeply about his friends and has been willing to sacrifice himself for their sake on several occasions (("Epidemiology"), ("First Chang Dynasty")). Despite his heroic and lovable traits, Troy has numerous insecurities and something of a childish personality. It is noted by Abed that Troy is extremely emotional, easily distracted, and is insecure about his level of intelligence ("Pillows and Blankets"). He struggled to be viewed as an adult by the rest of the study group due to his juvenile antics with Abed. However, it's shown that he can be serious and mature when he needs to be ("Introduction to Finality"). S1-Troy Barnes

Character history

Season One

You are a stupid jock who lost his scholarship by dislocating both shoulders in a keg stand!
Keg flip, they are very hard to pull off!

Annie and Troy, Pilot.

School year synopsis

Troy (along with Pierce, Shirley and Annie), is asked by Abed to join Jeff and Britta in a Spanish study group. When it's discovered that Jeff lied about being a Spanish tutor, the rest of the study group kicks him out. When Troy and the others later find Jeff depressed on the steps of the library, they all take pity on him and invite him back. Troy and Abed soon become fast friends and a full-blown bromance develops. He also becomes more comfortable with college life and ditches his varsity jacket along with his jock mentality. He also spent the year oblivious to Annie's obvious school girl crush on him until he was made aware of it by Jeff and Britta. When he helps Britta out at her dance recital it lays the seeds for future developments between them. An encounter with Jerry the janitor makes Troy aware of the exceptional repair man skills he possesses. At the end of the semester, his father kicks him out of the house to make room for his much younger girlfriend. Troy tries to move in with Abed in his dorm room but is told by his friend that living together at this point would put too much of a strain on their friendship. He instead accepts a previous offer he got from Pierce and moves into his mansion with him.

2009-2010 semester

"Pilot": Troy and the rest of the study group meet for the first time.

"Spanish 101": Troy's friendship with Abed starts, and they both appear in the show's first end tag performing the "Spanish Rap".

"Introduction to Film": Pierce helps Troy with his "baby sneeze" and to stop wearing his high school letterman jacket.

"Social Psychology": Troy wastes all day in a psych experiment Annie asked him to join.

"Advanced Criminal Law": Troy messes with Abed and then gets messed back. He promises Abed to never mess with him again.

"Football, Feminism and You": Jeff convinces Troy to join the Greendale football team.

"Introduction to Statistics": Troy dresses as Eddie Murphy for Annie's Halloween party and bonds with Abed.

"Home Economics": Troy asks for Annie's help with a date not knowing she is in love with him.

"Debate 109": Troy show the Study Group Abed's films about them, "The Community College Chronicles".

"Environmental Science": Troy helps Abed recapture the mouse for their science experiment by singing "Somewhere Out There".

"The Politics of Human Sexuality": Troy competes with Abed at several sports and loses but comes to terms with this at the STD Fair.

"Comparative Religion": Troy helps Jeff practice boxing in preparation for his fight with school bully Mike Chilada.

"Investigative Journalism": Troy loves Buddy's high kick.

"Interpretive Dance": Britta finds out that Troy is taking dance classes at school.

"Romantic Expressionism": Manipulated by Jeff and Britta, Troy makes a play for Annie even though she is seeing Vaughn Miller.

"Communication Studies": Troy and Pierce are forced to wear ladies pant suits by Chang and dance with him at the Valentine's dance.

"Physical Education": Troy loves Abed's Don Draper impersonation he works on to pick up Jenny Adams.

"Basic Genealogy": Troy's grandmother Nana Barnes shows up for the school "Family Day" event.

"Beginner Pottery": Troy takes a sailing class in the parking lot with Pierce, Shirley, Britta and Star-Burns.

"The Science of Illusion": Troy does the first Troy and Abed in the Morning! show.

"Contemporary American Poultry": Troy acts as the "bagman" in Abed's chicken finger mafia and gets a pet monkey which he names "Annie's Boobs".

"The Art of Discourse": Troy helps Abed pull a number of classic college pranks.

"Modern Warfare": Troy is taken out of the Paintball Assassin game by the Glee Club.

"English as a Second Language": Troy discovers he has plumbing skills and Jerry tries to convince him to abandon school and become a plumber.

"Pascal's Triangle Revisited": Troy decides to move in with Pierce.

Season Two

I just spent the last two years thinking that you guys knew more than me about life and I just found out that you guys are just as dumb as me!

Troy, "Mixology Certification".

School year synopsis

Troy is still adjusting to living with Pierce when he returns to school. Now in his sophomore year, he and the study group take Anthropology 101 together. Pierce learns that Troy had been quoting his offensive comments on a Twitter account called "Old White Man Says," but eventually forgives him when he finds out how popular the account had become. Troy makes a gruesome discovery at the mansion when he finds Pierce's mom dead. On Halloween, he rescues everyone from a mysterious contagion brought on by taco meat although everyone's memory of the event is erased by government agents. Troy later receives a voice mail that hints Chang hooked up with Shirley that same night. Troy discovers on his birthday that he is actually turning 21 years old and the study group takes him to a bar to celebrate. He attends an acting class with Britta and lies about a childhood trauma, at first to win the respect of his classmates but later to to take advantage of Britta's attraction to "damaged" men. He and Abed build a blanket fort together, have a friendly competition over the affections of the school librarian and rally the Greendale students when the school is invaded by City College.

2010-2011 semester

"Anthropology 101": Troy is upset with Jeff for "hogging the doughnuts"; Pierce discovers Troy has been quoting him on a Twitter account called "Old White Man Says".

"Accounting for Lawyers": Troy helps reveal that Alan Connor ratted out Jeff to the state bar and later participates in the Pop and Locktoberfest.

"The Psychology of Letting Go": Troy deals with finding Pierce's mom dead.

"Basic Rocket Science": Troy assumes control of the "Eleven Herbs & Space Experience" when the Winnebago, along with him and the rest of the study group, are towed off school property before it's debut at a press conference announcing it as part of Greendale's new space program.

"Messianic Myths and Ancient Peoples": Troy stars in Abed's apology to Shirley movie about Jesus.

"Epidemiology": At a school sponsored Halloween party, Troy reverts back into his original jock persona as a horrifying epidemic grips the rest of the attendees.

"Aerodynamics of Gender": Jeff and Troy discover a secret place which contains a trampoline and is tended to by the school groundskeeper Joshua.

"Cooperative Calligraphy": Troy placates everyone when they can't find Annie's pen by telling a story where a ghost took the pen.

"Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design": Troy and Abed build a blanket fort at the school.

"Mixology Certification": Troy celebrates his twenty first birthday at a bar with the rest of the study group.

"Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas": Troy becomes Troy Soldier is Abed's Christmas fantasy world and prevents the Christmas Wizard from stopping Abed from going to the North Pole. he later hits the Christmas Wizard with nun chucks.

"Asian Population Studies": Troy tells Shirley about a voice mail message he received from Chang that stated that she and Chang hooked up on Halloween.

"Celebrity Pharmacology 212": Troy is a bee in Annie's anti-drug play and gets hit in the face with a baseball thrown by the middle school audience.

"Advanced Dungeons & Dragons": Troy is Bing Bong the Archer in the D&D game.

"Early 21st Century Romanticism": Troy has a friendly competition with Abed for the affections of librarian Mariah. When Troy wins he finds her criticism of Abed unbearable and leaves her for Abed.

"Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking": Troy meets his idol LeVar Burton.

"Intro to Political Science": Troy and Abed broadcast the student president election on GCTV.

"Custody Law and Eastern European Diplomacy": Troy and Abed try to prevent Britta from dating their new friend Lukka.

"Critical Film Studies": Dressed as "Pumpkin" for a "Pulp Fiction" theme birthday party for Abed, Troy becomes jealous of Jeff's gift for Abed and ends up ruining it.

"Competitive Wine Tasting": Troy takes an acting class with Britta and lies about a past traumatic experience which gets him top marks in class and also the attention of Britta who becomes attracted to him.

"Paradigms of Human Memory": Troy suffers a nose bleed when the study group starts arguing about how they always argue.

"Applied Anthropology and Culinary Arts": Troy and Abed sell their signature handshake to Pierce.

"A Fistful of Paintballs": It's revealed in a flashback that Troy voted Pierce out of the study group.

"For A Few Paintballs More": Troy and Jeff fight over the leadership of the remaining Greendale students while trying to take back the school from Dean Spreck and his City College Storm Troopers.

Season Three

You are the True Repairman Troy. You fix not only air conditioners but the men who fix air conditioners.

Robert Laybourne, "Introduction to Finality".

School year synopsis

In Troy's third year at school, he and Abed finally move in together. They also later welcome Annie as the roommate at their apartment. His talent as a repairman gets him the attention of the Air Conditioning Repair school annex. Throughout the semester, the head of the A/C department Vice-Dean Robert Laybourne tries to convince Troy to join them enticing him with the perks of being in an elite A/C secret society. A schism forms between him and Abed while at the same time Troy finds himself getting closer to Britta who starts to return his unrequited affections. While he is constructing a Pillow Fort with Abed they have a falling out resulting in a campus wide civil war. Although the best friends make up, Troy and the study group are later expelled by the school board thanks to Ben Chang having framed them for causing a riot at school. Troy and the group eventually manage to expose Chang as the true culprit and redeem themselves by saving the school from his rule. However, he is forced to leave his friends and join the AC school due to their assistance during the crisis. Over the summer, a shocking death at the AC school has Troy convinced it was a murder. After confronting the culprit he wins his freedom from the school and is able to reunite with his friends.

2011-2012 semester

"Biology 101": Troy and the study group return to Greendale for their third year at school.

"Geography of Global Conflict": Troy represents the country Georgia in the Model UN but speaks like he is from Georgia the state.

"Remedial Chaos Theory": Troy and Abed throw a housewarming party for their new apartment.

"Competitive Ecology": When made lab partners, Troy and Abed realize they spend too much time together.

"Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps": Troy tells a horror story about him and Abed as jet fighter pilots who end up being sewn together.

"Advanced Gay": Troy is given an offer by Vice Dean Laybourne to enroll in the Air conditioning repair school and join the secret society behind it.

"Studies in Modern Movement": Troy and Abed welcome their new roommate Annie into the apartment.

"Documentary Filmmaking: Redux": Troy and the study group participate in a commercial for Greendale being directed by Dean Pelton and the attraction between him and Britta is noticed by Abed.

"Foosball and Nocturnal Vigilantism": Troy and Annie try to stop Abed from seeking Batman style vengeance on their landlord for the supposed theft of a Dark Knight DVD.

"Regional Holiday Music": Abed convinces Troy to join him in performing at the Glee Club's Christmas Pageant by rapping the song "Christmas Infiltration".

"Urban Matrimony and the Sandwich Arts": Troy and Abed decide to "normalize" themselves inside the Dreamatorium in order to be ready for Shirley's upcoming nuptials.

"Contemporary Impressionists": Troy prevents Abed from having his legs broken (since Abed owes money to a celebrity for hire service) by having the study group act as various celebrities at a Bar Mitzvah. Troy dresses as early Michael Jackson.

"Digital Exploration of Interior Design": Troy stops helping Abed build his pillow fort and instead decides to pursue the World record for the largest blanket fort.

"Pillows and Blankets": The campus war between Troy's blanket fort and Abed's Pillow fort is told in a documentary.

"Origins of Vampire Mythology": Troy tries to stop Abed from over reacting to his prized Batman DVD being destroyed.

"Virtual Systems Analysis": Troy and Britta are set up on a lunch date by Annie.

"Basic Lupine Urology": Troy and Abed investigate the death of their Biology project yam.

"Course Listing Unavailable": Troy reassures the study group that they will be all right even though they have been expelled from school because they still have each other.

"Curriculum Unavailable": Abed is order to attend a psychiatric session with Dr. Heidi that the Study Group also attends which results in a number of eccentric flashbacks.

"Digital Estate Planning": Abed and the Study Group try to help Pierce win his inheritance by playing a video game. Troy character loses his clothing in a poker game.

"First Chang Dynasty": Troy finally gives into the A/C repair school and joins them in order to save the lives of the study group.

"Introduction to Finality": Troy learns of his AC destiny and is then compelled to solve the mystery behind Robert Laybourne's untimely death by challenging Murray to a showdown in The Sun Chamber.

Season Four

It's Pierce's special gym. He never let me use it because he thinks I'm a child. He's hiding the indoor swing and I'm a child? Why are there so many collars in here? Oh! Secret dogs!

–Troy, "Paranormal Parentage".

School year synopsis

Troy started his fourth at school in a relationship with Britta. On Halloween, Troy and Abed dress up as Calvin and Hobbes and Shirley warns Troy about not letting Britta pressure him into anything he isn't ready for yet. Troy, Britta Abed, Jeff and Annie all attend the Inspector Spacetime convention. He becomes jealous when Abed introduces him to a new friend he made online called Toby Weeks. He and Annie investigate Chang's mysterious return to school. Troy has a traumatic balloon ride with the rest of the study group and reveals to them his most shameful secret: he started the Greendale Fire of '03. On the anniversary of his first date with Britta, Troy pretends to "swap" bodies with Abed. It's later revealed he did this in order to avoid admitting to her that their relationship wasn't working. He eventually comes clean and breaks up with Britta. When Abed tries to piece together any unknown connections between the study group, Troy recalls how he intentionally injured his knee in a keg flip and how he previously lied about not knowing who Annie was. He later makes the group realize that their past histories are all linked by a fateful day at the Greendale Mall when they all went to Yogurtsburgh.

2012-2013 semester

"History 101": Troy and Britta are now a couple and have their first fight.

"Paranormal Parentage": Shirley expresses her concern to Troy about his relationship with Britta; later Britta asks Troy if the could skip Vicki's Halloween party and go watch an episode of "Inspector Spacetime".

"Conventions of Space and Time": Troy becomes jealous when Abed spends more time at the Inspector Spacetime convention with his new friend Toby Weeks.

"Alternative History of the German Invasion": Troy and the Study Group fight The Germans for having taken over Group Study Room F.

"Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations": Troy, Abed, Pierce and Annie attend Shirley's Thanksgiving Day dinner with her in-laws.

"Advanced Documentary Filmmaking": Troy teams up with Annie (as "Partner and Hoolihan") and discover where Chang/Kevin went when he fled Greendale the year before.

"Economics of Marine Biology": Troy struggles in a Physical Education Education class while Shirley excels.

"Herstory of Dance": Troy helps Britta with her Sophie B. Hawkins dance while vainly trying to pull pranks.

"Intro to Felt Surrogacy": Lost in the woods with the Study Group, Troy tells his most terrible secret, that he started the Greendale Fire of 2003 by trying to burn an ant hill.

"Intro to Knots": Troy becomes insecure in his relationship with Britta at a Christmas party at Jeff's apartment.

"Basic Human Anatomy": Troy and Abed swap bodies as he tries to avoid telling Britta that he wants to break up with her.

"Heroic Origins": Abed's investigation into the group's interactions before they met at Greendale reveals that Troy's keg flip that ruined his football scholarship was due to things Annie said to him at a high school party.

"Advanced Introduction to Finality": Troy sends Evil Troy back to the Darkest Timeline but shooting him in his throat voicebox.

Season Five

I've never been to LegoLand. I just wanted you guys to think I was cool.

–Troy, "Cooperative Polygraphy".

School year synopsis

Troy and the study group are unexpectedly reunited with Jeff for another year at Greendale Community College. They all re-enroll at the school after Jeff joins the staff as the new law professor. At Abed's insistence, Troy, Annie, Shirley and Britta take a Nicolas Cage-themed media studies course taught by Professor Sean Garrity. Troy and the rest of the group also form a teacher/student alliance called the "Save Greendale Committee". When the Ass Crack Bandit resurfaces, Troy becomes one of his victims and is traumatized by the incident. When Star-Burns confesses to the crime, Troy confronts him at a press conference and slaps him, although it is later revealed that Star-Burns is not responsible. Soon after, Shirley finds out that Pierce has died and Troy and the group attend his funeral. A man named Mr. Stone carries out Pierce's will and asks them to participate in a private inquest which makes them eligible for a share of Pierce's estate. After the inquest is done, Troy is revealed to have gotten all of Pierce's shares of Hawthorne Wipes worth over 14 million dollars. The only condition is that Troy accept the challenge of sailing around the world. Before Troy embarks on his trip, Abed hosts a campus wide game of "Hot Lava" in his honor. Troy and Abed enjoy one last adventure at school and, thanks to Britta's persistence, admit how much they will miss each other. Once the game is over, a rig pulling Pierce's sailing vessel "The Childish Tycoon", along with co-anchor LeVar Burton, arrives to pick Troy up. Troy says goodbye to everyone and climbs aboard, sharing one last look with Abed as he leaves. Sometime after their journey started it was reported that LeVar Burton and his "non-celebrity companion" were captured by pirates off the Gulf of Mexico.

2013-2014 semester

"Repilot": Troy and the group return to Greendale.

"Introduction to Teaching": Troy, Abed, Shirley, Annie and Britta take a Nicolas Cage themed class.

"Basic Intergluteal Numismatics": Troy becomes a victim of the Ass Crack Bandit.

"Cooperative Polygraphy": Troy is bequeathed Pierce's shares of Hawthorne Wipes on the condition that he sail around the world.

"Geothermal Escapism": Troy leaves Greendale Community College to pursue the challenge set up by Pierce: To sail around the world in one year. Accompanying him is his co-anchor and idol, LeVar Burton.

"Analysis of Cork-Based Networking": It's hinted by a news report that Troy was captured by pirates alongside his co-captain LeVar Burton.


In the study group

Abed Nadir (See main article:"Troy and Abed")
Troy and Abed are best friends whose bromance has been prominently featured on the show. The other members of the study group are both amused and disturbed at how close the two are. Their many misadventures at Greendale inevitably drag their friends into their hijinks and the entire school a few times as well. Being that Abed is unable to adequately express emotion, and Troy is overly emotional, this has led to a few conflicts between them. They soon make up, however, as they understand they are better together than apart. In the group's fifth year at school, Troy accepts an amazing opportunity but is forced to leave Greendale because of it. Abed has trouble saying goodbye to his best friend but eventually lets him go. They share one last adventure at school before he departs.
Troy and Abed saying Yahtzee
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Pierce Hawthorne
Pierce and Troy initially started a friendship based on mutual adolescence. At the end of Troy's first year at Greendale, he moves out of his fathers house and accepts an offer from Pierce to move into his mansion ("Pascal's Triangle Revisited"). The second year at school together it's revealed that Troy had been quoting Pierce under a Twitter account called "Old white man says" ("Anthropology 101"). When Troy later moves out of the mansion to live in an apartment with Abed, Pierce is shown to be jealous. Troy has hinted that he sees Pierce as a bit of a role model of a man going through life despite numerous hardships on his own ("Remedial Chaos Theory"). When Pierce dies, he bequeaths his fortune to Troy stating that he sees great potential in him ("Cooperative Polygraphy").
Troy and Pierce
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Annie Edison (See main article:"Troy and Annie")
In their freshmen year, Annie had a crush on Troy that was obvious to everyone except him. He remained oblivious until Britta and Jeff made him aware of it ("Romantic Expressionism"). Unfortunately, at that point Annie had moved on and was dating Vaughn. While it is clear that he finds Annie attractive ("Accounting for Lawyers"), he hasn't tried to pursue her romantically and instead has developed feelings for Britta ("Competitive Wine Tasting"). They have settled into a more fraternal dynamic between them and Troy has told Annie that he enjoys talking to her. ("Paranormal Parentage").
Troy and Annie singing
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Britta Perry (See main article: "Troy and Britta")
Troy and Britta bonded in their first year at Greendale after they discovered they were both taking dancing classes and keeping it a secret from the rest of the study group. It was hinted that Troy had a crush on Britta but she remained oblivious to it much like Troy was to Annie's crush on him. Britta later kisses Troy after he uses her attraction to men with pain to woo her. She didn't reciprocate his feelings until their third year at school after realizing how deep his affection for her was. At the start of their Senior year at school they are in a relationship and dating.
Troy and Britta to meet different people1
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Jeff Winger
Initially when Troy meets Jeff he is in awe of him but that admiration fades a bit as he gets to know him better. Jeff and Troy have shared interests in numerous things such as RC cars, basketball and secret trampolines. The two apparently stop hanging out as much as they used to when Britta reveals intimate details about sexual kinks. At the start of the group's third year at school, Jeff seems to be threatened by Troy and mocks his childishness. By the end of the year, however, Jeff has a change of heart and lets Troy know he doesn't have to be like him to be a grown-up. It is implied that Troy looks to Jeff for approval at he end of "Course Listing Unavailable " both for rallying the group and his feelings for Britta which Jeff does. When Troy leaves Greendale to travel around the world, Jeff tells him that Troy leaving makes Troy cooler then he'll ever be.
3X19 Troy and Jeff on a trampoline
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Shirley Bennett
Troy has had the least interaction with Shirley out of all the study group members. Troy is often subjected to Shirley's motherly ways and never wants to disappoint her. In their sophomore year at school, Troy kept a voice mail Chang sent him that hinted he could be the father of Shirley's baby a secret not wanting Shirley to know until he could verify it ("Epidemiology"). During the Pillows and Blankets War she took Troy's side believing Abed was in the wrong for hurting his feelings. On Halloween of their senior year the two team up together while in Pierce's mansion. She warns Troy to be careful while dating Britta ("Paranormal Parentage"). Later, the two take P.E.E., Physical Education Education, together in which Shirley excels while Troy does not ("Economics of Marine Biology").
Troy and Shirley
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Other notable relationships

Nana Barnes
Nana Barnes is Troy's grandmother who, during his freshmen year at Greendale Community College, visited him during the Family Day event held at the school. A cantankerous and ornery old lady, Troy was not looking forward to seeing her. Britta attempted to show Troy that he should honor and cherish his grandmother. She learned that Troy was right about Nana Barnes when she accidentally insulted her and agreed to make it up to her by being spanked with a switch. After administrating the punishment, Nana Barnes overheard a conversation Troy and Britta had where her grandson called her a monster. She then demanded that Troy get her a switch so she could administer to him some punishment.
1X18 she's not family you can't make her get a switch
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Jerry the Janitor
During Troy's freshman year at Greendale, he displayed extraordinary skills as a plumber, which got the attention of a janitor named Jerry. Jerry tried to convince him to give up on college and pursue a career in plumbing. He later returned during Troy's third year at school and warned him about Vice Dean Laybourne and the Greendale air conditioning repair annex.
Troy and Jerry
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Vice Dean Robert Laybourne
In Season Three, Murray brought Troy to Laybourne's attention after observing his plumbing skills. Laybourne personally tried to recruit Troy to the Greendale Air Conditioning Repair School Annex. He even manipulated Troy and Abed against each other in an attempt to make this happen. After Troy finally enrolled at the school, Laybourne unexpectedly died in what is deemed an accident. Troy suspected his second-in-command Murray of having something to do with it. In a duel inside the Sun Chamber, Troy later saw what appeared to be Laybourne's ghost watching him in the crowd.
Troy and Laybourne
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Murray alerted his boss Robert Laybourne to Troy's repairman skills and has him kidnapped to take part in an "audition" for the A/C school. After the study group is expelled from Greendale by Chang, Troy met up with Murray at Señor Kevin's" to get insider information so he and the group could take down Chang. He reluctantly joined the A/C school to get the group out of a jam when their plan went awry. Later, Murray personally picked up Troy at his apartment to take him to the A/C school. After suspecting Murray for the death of Laybourne, Troy challenged him to a duel in The Sun Chamber and got him to admit his guilt.
Troy and Murray
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In the study group's second year together at Greendale, Troy and Abed both competed for a date with a school librarian named Mariah. Despite the fact that she ultimately chose Troy, he decided not to go out with her after she admitted the reason she didn't pick Abed was because she found him to be weird.
Notable appearances:
LeVar Burton
Troy is a huge fan of LeVar Burton from his time as host of the popular PBS children's show "Reading Rainbow." In the study group's sophomore year, Pierce overdosed on drugs and was taken to the hospital. Although he fully recovered he decided to get back at the study group for ignoring him all year. Pretending to be on his death bed, Pierce bequeathed Troy a visit from LeVar Burton in order to mess with him. This had the intended affect, as Troy was frozen in his idol's presence and couldn't talk or move. LeVar returns years later when Troy is about to leave Greendale. He was hired to be Troy's co-captain for a trip around the world.
2X16-Troy and LeVar eating dinner
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In his first year at Greendale, Troy went on one date with a classmate of his with the ambiguous name of Randi. Annie, who still had a huge crush on Troy at the time, reluctantly helped him prepare for the date. The relationship did not seem to work out when Annie took back the blanket that she let him borrow in the middle of their date.
Troy and Randi
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Class history

Student Rec
Student Name: Troy Barnes Major: Air Conditioning Repair Enrolled: 2009 — 2014
Semester Course Instructor Enrolled Students
Fall 2009 Accounting Prof. Eustice Whitman Troy Barnes, Shirley Bennett, Annie Edison, Pierce Hawthorne, Abed Nadir and Jeff Winger
Astronomy Unnamed professor Troy Barnes and Annie Edison
Biology Lab Unnamed professor Troy Barnes, Garrett Lambert and Abed Nadir
Modern Dance Madame LeClair Troy Barnes
Spanish 101 Señor Ben Chang Buddy Austin, Troy Barnes, Shirley Bennett, Annie Edison, Pierce Hawthorne, Abed Nadir, Alex "Star-Burns" Osbourne, Britta Perry, Toby and Jeff Winger
Spring 2010 Modern Dance Madame LeClair Troy Barnes
Psychopharmacology Unnamed professor Troy Barnes
Sailing Admiral Lee Slaughter Shirley Bennett, Troy Barnes, Pierce Hawthorne, Alex "Star-Burns" Osbourne and Britta Perry
Spanish 102 Señor Ben Chang,
Dr. Escodera
Buddy Austin, Troy Barnes, Shirley Bennett, Annie Edison, Pierce Hawthorne, Abed Nadir, Alex "Star-Burns" Osbourne, Britta Perry and Jeff Winger
Fall 2010 Anthropology 101 Prof. June Bauer,
Dr. Ian Duncan
Troy Barnes, Shirley Bennett, Annie Edison, Pierce Hawthorne, Abed Nadir, Alex "Star-Burns" Osbourne, Britta Perry and Jeff Winger
Unknown 2010-11 Hairstyling Unnamed professor Troy Barnes and Jeff Winger
Spring 2011 Anthropology 102 Dr. Ian Duncan Troy Barnes, Shirley Bennett, Ben Chang, Annie Edison, Pierce Hawthorne, Vicki Jenkins, Abed Nadir, Fat Neil, Rich Stephenson, Alex "Star-Burns" Osbourne, Britta Perry and Jeff Winger
The Actor Inside Prof. Sean Garrity Troy Barnes, Vicki Jenkins, Garrett Lambert and Britta Perry
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 
Summer 2012 Air Conditioning Repair Murray Troy Barnes
Fall 2012/
Spring 2013
Air Conditioning Repair Troy Barnes
History Prof. Noel Cornwallis Troy Barnes, Shirley Bennett, Annie Edison, Pierce Hawthorne, Lukas, Karl, Abed Nadir, Britta Perry, Reinhold and Jeff Winger
Physical Education
Coach Jason Chapman Troy Barnes, Shirley Bennett, Cutler, Dornetto, Donovan, Fat Neil, Goldman, Guest Panos, McKenna and Winston
"Summer-Winter" semester (2012/13) Astronomy Unnamed professor Troy Barnes, Shirley Bennett, Annie Edison, Abed Nadir and Britta Perry
Air Conditioning Repair Yoga class Troy Barnes
Major: Undeclared Re-Enrolled: 2014 — 2014 (abandoned)
Semester Course Instructor Enrolled Students
Fall 2014? Nicolas Cage: Good or Bad? Prof. Sean Garrity Troy Barnes, Shirley Bennett, Annie Edison, Abed Nadir and Britta Perry


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  • Troy is the second main character to leave the show. Actor Donald Glover arranged to leave five episodes into Season Five in order to pursue other opportunities. His final episode appearance was in "Geothermal Escapism". Troy has appeared in 89 episodes of "Community".
  • Troy's favorite movie is The Bridge on the River Kwai.
  • In Season 2, Troy's phone is a Motorola Droid X.
  • Troy has a deceased cousin named "Dimitri".
  • Troy's nicknames include "T-Bone", "Butt Soup", "The Disco Spider", "Constable Reggie", "George Washington Lemon Fresca", "Butts Carlton".
  • Troy has a candy cigarette habit.
  • Troy is 5'10" tall, according to Abed in the episode Advanced Criminal Law.
  • Troy is a Jehovah's Witness, as stated in "Comparative Religion".
  • Troy has a gimmick where he mentions butts with admiration or intrigue.
  • Troy has a tendency of pretending to be asleep whenever he is in an awkward situation.
  • He used to think that everyone was age 10 twice.
  • Troy apparently cries when he hears "Come Sail Away" by Styx.
  • His jersey number as the quarterback for the Greendale football team is 5.
  • He cried during the About a Boy Soundtrack.
  • In the Season Five episode "Analysis of Cork-Based Networking" (the first episode following Troy's departure), a news broadcast watched by Buzz Hickey has a ticker that reads "Levar Burton and non-celebrity companion captured by pirates in the Gulf of Mexico".
  • Among the three main characters who left the cast, he is the only one whose departure had a build-up, as opposed to Pierce and Shirley who left between seasons without much fanfare with an explanation of their absence provided later, as well as the only former main character to not make a cameo appearance after his departure.
  • He has a Chinese pen pal named Pai Mai.
  • During a 2020 reunion Zoom call interview, Donald was asked what he thought Troy's fate was, and he gave three different answers.
    • He's dead.
    • He's lost, and it's Abed's job to try and find him.
    • He just got back in the middle of the Coronavirus pandemic, and is safe at home with his money.


  • Jeff: Any other meaningless conspiracy theories?
Troy: Yes. Did you know Gogurt is just yogurt?
  • "My emotions! MY EMOTIONS!"
  • "(Grabs a glass of wine) Ooh! No-no juice! Oh, that's good no-no juice."
  • Troy: You chloroformed the janitor?
Annie: Stop yelling at me! You're the ones that got caught!
Troy: You're the one who's yelling!
  • "I don't know what to do. My whole brain is crying!"
  • "(Hey, Troy sneezes like a girl!) How 'bout I pound you like a boy - that didn't come out right."
  • "Do they do stuff to your butt? (No.) Do you get paid more if they do stuff to your butt? (No.) It's fine. I'll do it. I'm in."
  • "Aww, I wanna lick it."
  • "You don't get to tell me what to do! You are not Shirley! ...And Shirley's not my mom!"
  • "Oh, let's not leap to thing doing!"
  • "The only thing I have to know about the universe is that I'm at the center of it."
  • "Bing, bong, sing along! Your team's Al Gore 'cuz your views are wrong."
  • "No. We're all gonna get through this. We're all alive, and we're all fine. And Britta, you're not the worst. You're the best."
  • "He's shooting lightning, and I'm naked!"
  • "No! No, take him to the police...he murdered someone. Take him to jail. You guys are weird."
  • "Gasp! Kettle Korn! That's a fun time snack!!"
  • "You are bad at gift giving!"


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Troy Barnes