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Troy Season Five
  Troy and Abed  
Abed Season Five

  Troy Barnes : Donald Glover Friends    Abed Nadir: Danny Pudi  
  Status:BFF's  -  First appearance: "Spanish 101"

Pairing biography

You don't hear me saying anything crazy about Abed and Troy's weird little relationship!
Shirley, "Romantic Expressionism".

Troy and Abed
Troy Barnes and Abed Nadir
Portrayed by Donald Glover and Danny Pudi.
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 (and sometimes the entire school as well) into the hijinks. Because Abed is unable to adequately express emotion, and Troy is overly emotional, this has lead to a few conflicts between them. They soon make up, however, as they understand they are better together than apart. Due to the close nature of their relationship, they have become a popular romantic pairing within certain fan spaces, though were never confirmed to be anything more than platonic on the show. (However, in 2021, the official Community YouTube account posted "Happy Valentine’s Day! On this day, may you find the Abed to your Troy.") Troy is played by Donald Glover, and Abed is played by Danny Pudi.

Pairing history

Season One

Hola me llamo Abed
Hola me llamo Troy.

–Abed and Troy demonstrating their Spanish 101 oral assignment.

School year synopsis

In their first year at Greendale, Abed invited Troy along with other classmates from Spanish 101 to Jeff's study group. Even though Troy found him to be odd at first, they eventually began to hang out more. They partnered up on school assignments together including a Spanish project and a science experiment with a lab rat. They soon formed a friendship that only got stronger throughout the year until it blossomed into a full-blown bromance. Troy even conceded that Abed was the better athlete and referred to him as his "other half". Their relationship prompted Annie to get over her crush on Troy since she couldn't compete with Abed for his affections. When Abed decided to do a college cliché bucket list, Troy eagerly assisted him. The pair tried to join a campus fraternity, built a robot, got into a huge food fight in the cafeteria and teamed up for a Paintball Assassin game. At the end of the school year, Troy needed a place to stay after he was told by his father to move out. Troy asked Abed if he could move into his dorm room but was refused. Eventually Troy came to understand Abed's reluctance realizing spending too much time together at that point in their relationship could ruin their friendship. Taking Abed's advice, Troy instead accepted Pierce's offer to move into Hawthorne Manor.

2009 - 2010 semester

"Spanish 101": Troy and Abed work on their Spanish presentation together and perform the Spanish rap in the show's first end tag.

"Advanced Criminal Law": Abed tries unsuccessfully to pull an elaborate prank on Troy.

"Environmental Science": Troy and Abed team up on a lab assignment involving a mouse and sing a duet.

"The Politics of Human Sexuality": Troy challenges Abed to various physical competitions.

"The Science of Illusion": The end tag features the debut of the "Troy and Abed in the Morning" show.

"Pascal's Triangle Revisited": Troy realizes his friendship with Abed is like a giant cookie.

Season Two

I love you!
I know.

–Troy and Abed, "Epidemiology".

School year synopsis

In their second year together at Greendale, Troy was living with Pierce at his mansion. His friendship with Abed still remained strong as the duo had a number of misadventures on campus. This included facing off against a horde of students affected by a zombie-like contagion and building their first blanket fort. Before the Winter break, Abed had a mental breakdown and Troy, alongside the study group, helped him resolve his personal issues in a therapy session with Ian Duncan. During their Spring semester, they competed for the affections of the school librarian. She ended up choosing Troy who in turn rejected her after she said disparaging things about Abed. The pair also became good friends with a foreign student named Lukka who briefly hooked up with Britta. They made some quick cash by selling their handshake to Pierce but ended up regretting it. At the end of the school year, Troy and Abed participated in the annual paintball assassination competition. When City College invaders interjected themselves into the game, Troy and Abed rallied the remaining Greendale students to put in end to their plans.

2010 - 2011 semester

"Epidemiology": Unhappy with how he is perceived by the girls on campus, Troy decides to revert to his old jock persona.

"Cooperative Calligraphy": Troy and Abed want to see the Puppy Parade but are prevented from leaving the study room when Annie's pen goes missing.

"Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design": The boys build their first blanket fort together but destroy it when it becomes too mainstream.

"Mixology Certification": At the urging of Jeff and Britta, Troy and Abed along with the rest of the study group go out to a bar to celebrate Troy's 21st birthday.

"Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas": Troy and the study group support Abed as he undergoes therapy with Ian Duncan.

"Intro to Political Science": Troy and Abed host a campus news show covering the student body president election.

"Custody Law and Eastern European Diplomacy": Troy and Abed try to prevent Britta from ruining their friendship with Lukka.

"Early 21st Century Romanticism": Troy and Abed are smitten with the school librarian and engage in a friendly competition for her.

"Paradigms of Human Memory": A flashback reveals that while the study group was in an old west town, Troy and Abed dressed up as a sheriff and deputy and were shot at by a stereotypical racist old man wearing red long underwear.

"For A Few Paintballs More": Trobed organizes the Greendale alliance to repel the invading troops from City College.

Season Three

Please Mister-Doctor-Psychiatrist-Sir...please don't send my best friend to crazy people jail.

–Troy, "Curriculum Unavailable".

School year synopsis

In their third year at Greendale, Troy and Abed finally moved in together. Eventually, they asked Annie to join then as their roommate, which she happily accepted. Each face their own individual challenges during the 2012-2013 semester; Troy is tempted to join an elite secret society while Abed started to lose touch with reality inside his new playroom. Troy confronts Abed on his issues, particularly an unsettled debt he owed to a celebrity look-a-like company. At the same time Abed is uneasy after he noticed Troy and Britta's growing attraction to each another. Their friendship was further tested when they had a serious falling out over the construction of a pillow fort. Although it was peacefully resolved, Troy and Abed's problems continued as the study group was blamed for a riot in the cafeteria. Thanks to Chang manipulating the school board, the study group was expelled. Ultimately, the study group cleared their name and were reinstated but in the midst of this Troy was forced to make a deal with the air conditioning school. Troy had to cut off all ties to his friends and move out of his apartment into the AC school's dorms. The loss of his best friends sent Abed spiraling into a deep depression. He took on the persona of Evil Abed to cope with his loss. Meanwhile, Troy got embroiled in a murder mystery at his new school and exposed the one responsible. He was then released from his obligations to the AC annex and was reunited with Abed and the study group.

2011 - 2012 semester

"Remedial Chaos Theory": Troy and Abed move in together and invite the study group to a housewarming party.

"Studies in Modern Movement": Troy and Abed help Annie move in to their apartment, but their antics start to annoy her so much that she has second thoughts.

"Urban Matrimony and the Sandwich Arts": Troy and Abed de-whimsify themselves in order to be normal enough to attend Shirley's wedding.

"Contemporary Impressionists": The first rift in Troy and Abed's relationship forms when the study group has to help pay off Abed's debt to Vinnie by becoming celebrity impersonators.

"Digital Exploration of Interior Design": Troy and Abed build competing pillow and blanket forts at school which leads to a campus-wide war.

"Pillows and Blankets": The war between Troy's Blanketsburg and Abed's Pillowtown is chronicled in a documentary.

"First Chang Dynasty": Troy joins the Greendale Air Conditioning Repair School in order to save his friends and is forced to leave Abed.

"Introduction to Finality": Troy leaves the Air Conditioning Repair school and returns to the apartment moving into the room that used to have The Dreamatorium in it.

Season Four

Troy and Abed back from summer!

–Troy and Abed, "History 101".

School year synopsis

The duo entered their fourth year at Greendale with Troy in a relationship with Britta and Abed worried about the study group breaking up after Jeff graduated. Troy attempted to alleviate his best friend's anxieties about the future and also tried to make him comfortable with the fact he was now dating. To that end, they attended an Inspector Spacetime convention with Britta, Jeff and Annie. Abed tried to expand his social circle including reaching out to a Spacetime fan he met online and also befriending one of The Germans. His friendship with Troy remained solid though and along with Annie and Pierce they went to Shirley's house for Thanksgiving. However, Troy's relationship with Britta wasn't going as well. Abed was there for him and helped him with an issue he had been trying to avoid dealing with.

2012 - 2013 semester

"History 101": Troy, along with Britta and Annie, try to reassure Abed on the first day of the study group's last year at Greendale together.

"Conventions of Space and Time": Troy and Abed attend an "Inspector Spacetime convention. Britta warns Troy that a fellow fan named Toby Weeks is trying to steal his best friend away.

"Paranormal Parentage": Troy and Abed along with the study group try to free Pierce from his mansion's panic room.

"Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations": Troy, Abed, Pierce and Annie agree to go to Shirley's house for Thanksgiving.

"Intro to Knots": For Christmas, Troy receives a miner's hat and a pickax while Abed gets a box of buttered noodles.

"Basic Human Anatomy": Troy and Abed switch bodies.

Season Five

Troy, your entire identity has been consumed by your relationship with another man.

–Jeff, "Repilot"

School year synopsis

Sometime after graduating, an unexpected study group reunion (sans Pierce) led to Troy and Abed deciding to re-enroll at Greendale. One of the first classes they took together was a course on movie star Nicolas Cage taught by Professor Garrity. Troy worried when Abed became obsessed with the actor and later witnessed him having a nervous breakdown in class. Along with their friends, the duo joined a new group at school called the "Save Greendale Committee". Later, Troy was assaulted by the "Ass Crack Bandit" and Abed did his best to comfort his friend. They were both saddened when informed of Pierce's death and attended his funeral with the other study group members. The executor of Pierce's will informed Troy he was bequeathed the bulk of Hawthorne's fortune. The one condition was that Troy sail around the world before receiving it. Abed had trouble accepting his friend was leaving but tried to say goodbye through a campus wide game of "Hot Lava". After having one last adventure together, Troy said goodbye to Abed and the study group. He left the campus with co-captain LeVar Burton on a rig pulling the boat they would be sailing on called the "Childish Tycoon".

2013 - 2014 semester

"Repilot": Troy and Abed unexpectedly return to Greendale for what maybe their last time together.

"Introduction to Teaching": Troy is worried about the affect Abed's new media studies class is having in his mental state.

"Basic Intergluteal Numismatics": Abed comforts Troy when he becomes a victim of the "Ass Crack Bandit".

"Cooperative Polygraphy": Abed is saddened when Troy accepts Pierce's challenge to win his fortune, a sailing trip around the world.

"Geothermal Escapism": Troy and Abed have one last campus adventure playing a school wide game of "Hot Lava".


What's happened to you and me, Troy?

Pierce, "Pascal's Triangle Revisited".

Originally, Abed and Troy were meant to be best friends with other members of the study group. Abed and Jeff were modelled somewhat after the dynamic of Van Wilder and Taj. Troy and Pierce were to be paired off as a Beavis and Butthead type duo. In the Season One DVD commentaries, Dan Harmon mentions seeing Danny Pudi and Donald Glover clicking during press interviews and deciding to partner them onscreen. They have since become a popular pairing on the show and have been featured in most of the episode end tags. In an interview with Studio Q, Donald Glover gives his thoughts on why Troy and Abed work so well and also his opinions on other pairings such as Troy and Pierce, Jeff and Britta and Jeff and Annie.

Comedic Triple-Threat Donald Glover in Studio Q

Donald Glover talks about his career and how Troy and Abed started


Season One

"Introduction to Statistics"

Can I ask you something that I always wanted to ask real Batman? Am I good-looking?Troy
You're a very attractive young man.Abed

The Politics of Human Sexuality

Troy and I played basketball. It’s fun.Abed
Don’t gloat. It’s impossible to guard you. Your eyes are too gentle and mysterious.Troy

Romantic Expressionism

Well, what about you and Troy?Britta
Troy... The other day after Spanish, I thought he was trying to hold my hand, but he'd just mistaken me for Abed. He'll never think of me that way.Annie
(as love interest) I love you, kickpuncher!Abed
(as Kickpuncher) The only thing beyond the reach of my fists is humanity.Troy
(normal voice) You're sure Britta couldn't do your part?Troy
(normal voice) I asked her. She wasn't available.Abed
Let's go film the sex scene.Troy

Season Two


I love you.Troy
I know.Abed

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons

I'm... Ew. "Hector the Well-Endowed"? Abed.Annie
I didn't know you'd grab one at random. I made that one with Troy in mind.Abed
Yeah, I bet you did.Shirley

Early 21st Century Romanticism

Troy, I would love to be his friend.Mariah
I know you would, it's incredible.Troy
But romantically, he's... You know.Mariah
I hate her, I hate her, I hate her!Troy
What happened?Abed
She called you weird.Troy
I am weird.Abed
Not as weird as her. Who the hell is Nicholas Nickleby? She wouldn't shut up about it.Troy
Hm. I know.Abed
(hugs Abed) There's someone out there for us. Happy Valentine's Day.Troy
It is now.Abed

Season Three

Contemporary Impressionists

Abed is a magical, elf-like man who makes us all magical by being near us.Troy

Digital Estate Planning””

(about videogame character) She can make babies for me.Abed
Oh, and I can't? (sadly) I can’t.Troy

Season Four

Paranormal Parentage””

And that's why we leave the couples' costumes to the couples, she said wisely.Britta
You should probably warn your boyfriend's boyfriend.Jeff

Conventions of Space and Time

You are not being crazy. That dude is trying to steal your boyfriend.Britta
I mean...what if Abed wants to replace me? It makes me so angry and sad all at the same time.Troy
(about Inspector Spacetime) He's an alien, but his human friends keep him grounded and invested in the world, like with me and Troy.Abed
Maybe all relationships are made up of logical inspectors and emotional constables, and we need both to make space and time a better place.Abed
You okay?Troy
I am. You know, for the first time in my long history of being locked inside things, I knew someone would come.Abed

Basic Human Anatomy

I have to go talk to Troy.Britta
Tell your boyfriend and his boyfriend that playtime is over.Jeff

Heroic Origins

(to Abed) You were out there somewhere and you weren't looking for me?Troy

Season Five