I'm only here because of a brief addiction to pills that I was told would help me focus but instead ended up costing me my scholarship and virginity.
— Annie Edison
Annie was a very good student with a 4.0 GPA at Riverside High School, which she attended with fellow study group member Troy Barnes. She lost her college scholarship and dropped out of high school due to an addiction to Adderall, which induced a nervous breakdown that culminated in her jumping through a plate glass window yelling, "Everyone's a robot!". Against the wishes of her mother, she chose to confront the addiction. Her decision to go to rehab instead of trying to ignore the incident caused her to become estranged from her family (especially her mother), from whom she has since cut off all ties. With the exception of one of her grandmother, who seems to be the only one reaching out. She began attending Greendale Community College at the age of 18, and it's hinted that one of the main reasons is because her high school crush Troy was going there as well.
Although she is young, Annie has overcome a lot of personal hardships including a drug addiction, her subsequent estrangement from her parents, and poor living conditions in a bad neighborhood. Even with these setbacks, she still maintains a bright and optimistic disposition. She is a typical Type A personality; ambitious, studius and very well organized. Although Jeff is the de facto leader of the study group, she usually takes charge when it comes to actually running the study sessions. A romantic at heart, she is often drawn to strong alpha-male type personalities. This has been demonstrated by her former school girl crush on Troy when he was a quarterback in high school as well as her ongoing attraction to Jeff. Despite Annie's seemingly innocent demeanor, she has displayed a more selfish and manipulative side on occasion. In her freshmen year at greendale, she used her "Disney face" to get her way, and went to the extreme of ratting out Señor Chang's fake credentials as a teacher in order to keep the study group together. She has grown up a lot since then but has had occasional relapses into immaturity.
Annie joined the study group only because she saw that Troy was joining as well. When she and the group discover that Jeff had been lying about his credentials as a tutor, they kick him out. She later takes pity on him and helps convince Britta to invite Jeff back to the group. Annie spent her freshmen year devoted to her studies and participating in school activities such as Debate and the school paper. It is during the debate that romantic sparks occurred between her and Jeff, creating an underlying tension between them that was hinted at a few times. She was active in school events helping to organize, set up, and promote functions like the Dia De Los Muertes party and the STD Fair. Towards the end of the year, she had given up on her crush on Troy and started dating Vaughn. At the end of the semester she decides to transfer with him to a prestigious Hacky Sack college. She was supposed to leave with him on the night of the Greendale's Tranny Dance but changes her mind and breaks up with him. When she returns to the school, she runs into Jeff who is also wrestling with a difficult choice he just made involving Britta and Slater. After commiserating about their romantic troubles, Annie timidly kisses Jeff who responds with a more passionate kiss of his own.
"Pilot": Annie is invited to a Spanish study group where it's hinted that she went because Troy had agreed to attend.
"Spanish 101": Shirley and Annie are inspired by Britta to become activists and begin a protest against Gautamala.
"Introduction to Statistics": On Halloween, Annie throws a "Dia De Los Muertes" party for extra credit and invites Jeff hoping his poularity on campus will insure it's success.
"Debate 109": Annie and Jeff team up for the Intercollegiate Debate finals against Greendale's rival school City College
"The Politics of Human Sexuality": Annie, Shirley and Britta attempt to break into Dean Pelton's office to view a mannequin that's a part of Annie's demonstration at the STD Fair.
"Investigative Journalism": While working on the school newspaper, Annie takes the "Ace newshound" title given to her by the new editor-in-chief Jeff too seriously uncovering a possible scandal involving Dean pelton.
Annie spent the summer obsessing over her kiss with Jeff and returns to school with a schoolgirl crush on him. Jeff tries to make it clear to her it was a mistake, and she agrees to keep what happened a secret. She is later forced to watch as he and Britta compete in a bizarre love contest and ultimately discovers the two of them slept together last year. Hurt and angry, she punches Jeff which leads to her admitting to the rest of the group that she kissed him at the Tranny Dance. Annie and Britta tried to put aside what happened with Jeff and work together on a fund raiser. However, the unresolved issues between them causes a messy fight between them. Her poor living situation at Dildopolis are revealed with Pierce offering to help her out financially. Over the year, she and Jeff share a few tension filled moments searching for her lost pen, investigating a conspiracy, dealing with her crush on Rich, and running against each other for student body president. She is hurt after learning that Jeff had been hooking up with Britta for most of the semester. At the end of the year, Annie and the study group participate in the 2011 Paintball Assassination game which eventually becomes a war against City Collegeinvaders. Annie and Abed share a kiss as they are eliminated from the competition.
"Anthropology 101": Annie is forced to watch as Jeff and Britta play a romantic game of oneupmanship.
"For a Few Paintballs More": Annie and the study group rally the rest of the Greendale students to giht of the invading City Collge army. While role playing as Princess Leia she kisses Abed who was acting as Han Solo.
At the start of her junior year at Greendale, Annie is worried about whether or not Pierce will come back to the study group. When he returns, she and the others welcome him back much to Jeff's chagrin. At the housewarming party for Troy and Abed's apartment, Abed invites her to move in with them which she happily accepts. Aside from the challenges of living with Troy and Abed, Annie is forced to deal with a rival named Annie Kim, providing aid to students injured in a Pillow and Blanket war, attempting to play matchmaker with Troy and Britta and trying to figure out her still undefined relationship with Jeff. At the end of the year she and the study group incite a riot in the cafeteria during a wake held for Star-Burns after learning that they lost all their Biology credit. Through the machinations of Ben Chang, she and her friends are all expelled by the Greendale school board. Two months later she participates in an elaborate plan the study group concocts to rescue a kidnapped Dean Pelton and over throw the tyrannical regime Chang has instituted at Greendale in their absence. After being reinstated at school, she and the study group (sans Troy who had been forced to join the Greendale Air Conditioning Repair School) retake Biology. She later helps Shirley and Pierce at the grand opening of their new business, "Shirley's Sandwiches".
"Biology 101": Annie and the study group welcome Pierce back much to Jeff's chagrin.
Yay! "Hospital administration"! I can't wait to be buried alive under a pile of paperwork and bedpans just trying to summon the courage to ask out Dr.Patel, the gorgeous Indian Neurosurgeon, who doesn't even know I exist!
Annie starts the year excited that she and the study group are now seniors. She is determined to make the most of the year by doing "Senior-itis" this year and being more laid back and relaxed than she was in previous semesters. Her enthusiasm for the year is dampened when she learns that Jeff had been taking classes online and now has enough credits to graduate early. Upset that the group will be breaking up sooner than expected she starts to reexamine what it is she really wants to do after college. During Halloween, Annie and the study group -sans Pierce -are invited to Vicki's party. However, they all get side tracked when Pierce gets trapped inside his mansion's panic room. They go to rescue him but discover that it was all an elaborate prank to get back at them for going to Vicki's party without him.
"History 101": Annie's plans to enjoy her senior year with the group are ruined when Jeff anounces that he will be graduating early.
"Paranormal Parentage": Annie and the group attempt to rescue Pierce who is trapped in his mansions panic room.
Annie was originally obsessed with Troy and did everything she could to try to get him to like her, including helping him plan a date with another girl just so she could be closer to him. Annie gradually starts to lose feelings for him, and by the time Troy realizes that he's attracted to her, it's too late as she's already begun dating Vaughn. Annie and Troy have since become good friends as demonstrated in "Mixology Certification", where he tells her that he thinks she's "cool." Although Troy is now aware of her attractiveness, he seems to not be interested in her romantically and has instead shown a strong affection for Britta, which Annie accepts and even supports, as shown when she tried to get the two together.
When Annie first meets Jeff, she is immediately suspicious of his credentials as a "board certified tutor" in Spanish but is eventually charmed by him along with the rest of the study group. They share a kiss which creates an underlying tension between them throughout the rest of their freshman year at Greendale. The tension continued to build between them, culminating in another kiss outside the Tranny Dance. Uncomfortable with the age difference, Jeff initially tries to keep his distance from Annie and denies to her several times that anything is going on between them. Recently, however, Jeff has become a little more honest about his feelings.
Abed and Annie share a mostly platonic dynamic and friendship marked by occasional forays into role-playing. Depending on what persona Abed assumes, Annie has shown to be attractive to him. The two share a kiss during the second paintball tournament when Abed role plays as Han Solo and Annie assumes the part of his Princess Leia. For now, the attraction is mostly played up as a running gag, and whether it's indicative of any deeper feelings between them is unclear. Regardless, the two still enjoy a solid friendship and even have a secret handshake.
Britta and Annie, although friends, are initially not as close to each other as they are with other members of the study group. Most of the time they had an almost sisterly friendship where they support and are protective of each other. On a few occasions feelings of jealousy between the pair arose which have lent a more adversarial nature to their interactions. These conflicts occurred mostly due to their seemingly similar taste in men, particularly Vaughn and Jeff. Recently they have since moved past all these issues and formed a more solid friendship. Annie has even been instrumental in helping Britta in her budding relationship with Troy.
Shirley and Annie's relationship changes constantly, as sometimes they act like mother/daughter, sometimes like sisters, and sometimes like friends. As the more compassionate members of the study group, they often take issue with many of the morally ambiguous antics of their friends. Because she is the youngest of the group, Shirley is often overprotective of her which sometimes annoys Annie (along with Shirley's various attempts to convert her to Christianity). In spite of this, they have developed a good friendship and will often find the same things adorable. This leads to them both saying "Aww!" at the same time which has become a running gag on the show. In season four, their relationship has developed a more hostile and competitive element since Annie discovered that they are both competing for Valedictorian.
Pierce actually does something nice for once]]There have been a few times when Pierce has acted a little creepy towards Annie, and also times when he's acted ignorant about her religion, but besides that, their relationship is quite sweet. Pierce likes being liked, and Annie is nice to everyone most of the time, so he reciprocates that kindness towards her. Pierce is nicer to Annie than he is to anyone else in the group, and when he was bequeathing gifts to everyone, he gave her a tiara. She returned it, not realizing that there was no underlying meaning to the gift other than the fact that she was Pierce's favorite.
Annie had a boyfriend in high school (whose name was never mentioned) that she lost her virginity to. They had sex on the floor of his walk-in closet to Madonna's Erotica. While they were having sex he had cried before, during and after. She later found out he was gay.
Annie getting over Troy, Annie shows an interest in Britta's ex-boyfriend Vaughn and asks her for permission to date him. Although Britta gives her consent, she later teams with Jeff to break them up. When they realize that Annie and Vaughn genuinely likes each other, they and the rest of the study group give their approval of the relationship. At the end of the school year, Vaughn is offered a chance to join a prestigious Hacky Sack university on the east coast. On a whim, Annie decides to transfer with him but changes her mind the night she was to leave. She returns to school and runs into a possible reason for wanting to stay.
During Annie's Spring Break at her second year at Greendale, she helped dredge rivers with Rich, a fellow student at Greendale. Rich is a perfect gentleman (causing Jeff to despise him because 'No one can be this good a person'), so it's no surprise that Annie soon develops a crush on him. He and Annie become closer when he starts taking Anthropology, causing Jeff to become extremely jealous. Annie asks Rich out but he declines, claiming that she's 'too young'.
“Troy, why are you singing our high school's politically conservative, shamefully outdated old fight rap?"--("Football, Feminism and You"”
“Oh, sure. I'll just blow it off. I'll just blow everything off! Heck, I guess I'll just blow off walking. ('Kay.) Or now I'll just blow off standing. I'm just blowing everything off! Maybe I'll blow off talking language! (Okay.) Blee boo blah blee bluh bloo blah bee buh bluuhhhhh.”— "Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design"
“Hey, guys! Thanks for meddling in my love life! That was super mature of you! Oh, and because you two are idiots, I should probably add that... I'm being sarcastic!”— "Romantic Expressionism"
“I'm totally comfortable being uncomfortable with my sexuality! (Oh, Annie!) Yeah, and if there were more people like me, then maybe we wouldn't have to have an STD fair!”— "Politics of Human Sexuality"