|Annie and Abed|
|Portrayed by Alison Brie and Danny Pudi|
|“||So you're familiar with two sins, how about a third?||”|
Abed and Annie share a mostly platonic friendship marked by occasional forays into role-playing. Abed will at times adopt the sort-of personality that Annie tends to fall for and Annie has shown to be attracted to him at these times. It is not clear if this is purposeful or because certain situations call for it. The two shared 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. Abed is portrayed by Danny Pudi and Annie is portrayed by Alison Brie.
|“||This is really important to me Abed. Could please go as my friend, my really good friend?||”|
–Annie asking Abed to participate in Duncan's Science lab
|“||Wow, I didn't realize we were really good friends. I figured we were more like Chandler and Phoebe, they never really had stories together. Sure I'll do it Chandler.||”|
In his freshmen year at Greendale, Abed invites a number of his Spanish 101 classmates, including Annie, to a study group. Abed seems touched that Annie considers him a good friend and helps her with her psych experiment. Later in the year, Annie shows a brief attraction to Abed while he is role-playing as Don Draper. At the end of the semester, Abed says goodbye to Annie who was leaving to go with Vaughn to his new school in Connecticut.
- "Social Psychology": Abed agrees to take part in a psychological experiment Annie is a part of .
- "Physical Education" when Abed role-played as Don Draper and almost kissed Annie.
- "Contemporary American Poultry": Abed creates a Chicken Finger Mafia with the study group with Annie's role being that of the "legman" who handles distribution of the food to other students.
- "Pascal's Triangle Revisited": Abed says goodbye to Annie who was leaving for the summer with Vaughn by doing thier secret handshake.
|“||You Like me because I'm immature. You need more immaturity in your life||”|
The sophomore year at Greendale sees Annie and Abed along with Troy breaking into Alan's office, becoming "Mean Girls" together and bonding over more role play. A Dungeons & Dragons game sees Annie assume the role of "Hector the Well-Endowed" ( a character Abed created with Troy in mind ) who seduces the Elf Maiden, a character controlled by Abed in his role as the Dungeon Master. At the end of the year, a paintball war pitting Greendale against City College sees them assuming the roles of Han Solo and Princess Leia. They share a long, drawn-out kiss in the library as paint rains down on them.
|“||Your simulations are nothing more than anxieties, you're afraid you don't fit in, you're afraid you'll be alone. Great news! You share that with all of us so you'll never be alone and you'll always fit in.||”|
The third year at Greendale sees Abed inviting Annie to move in to his apartment with him and Troy, and Annie helping Abed to deal with his abandonment issues inside The Drematorium.
DevelopmentEditIn real life the actors portraying Annie and Abed, Alison Brie and Danny Pudi, are good friends and have even been referred to as the real Troy and Abed on set (). The chemistry of the two cast members was also noted in a few interviews they did together () and when they guest hosted the G4 network's talk show "Attack of the Show" together (). The pairing of Annie and Abed is not only a nod to this friendship but also to Community creator Dan Harmon's intentions regarding relationships on the show.
He had stated in several interviews (, ) any pairing on the show was a romantic possibility. In one interview with the online entertainment news site Vulture , he discussed specifically the Annie/Abed kiss they shared in the Season Two finale "For A Few Paintballs More". He admitted the difficulty of an actual romance between the two characters and that the role playing between the two is a way for the writers to provide fan service. The fans of the duo get their moment while allowing a return to the status quo and keeping other romantic pairings viable. Although Alison Brie has stated that she is open to all romantic possibilities for Annie on the show in an interview with the Huffington Post she was unsure a one with Abed would actually work as she sees them more as siblings.