|Abed and Annie share a mostly platonic friendship marked by occasional forays into role-playing. Abed will at times adopt personalities that Annie is attracted to and the two shared a kiss during the second paintball tournament. 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. As they are both control freaks they have a tendency to clash on that front as well. 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.|
–Annie asking Abed why he stayed and ruined a psych experiment
|“||Because you asked me to stay and you said we were friends.||”|
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 Deleware.
- "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.
In the study groups fourth year at Greendale, Abed is worried that their senior year means the end of the groups friendship. He retreats to the happy place in his mind to deal with his anxieties which has Annie and the study group in a television sitcom version of his life. On Halloween, The study group go to Hawthorne Manor to rescue Pierce from his panic room. Annie and Abed search the library for the code to unlock the panic rooms door. They get separated when Abed discovers an entrance to a secret surveillance room while Annie is distracted reading Pierces journal. Later Annie and Abed along with Britta, Troy and Jeff, go to the Inspector Spacetime convention. On Thanksgiving, Annie, Abed, Troy and Pierce head to Shirley's house for dinner. When a Sadie a Hawkins Dance is announced, Annie and Shirley compete to find a date for Abed. Annie's choice is a student named Kat but she later encourages Abed to go after another girl he was interested in named Rachel. Abed discovers a connection between him and Annie after examining the intersecting history of the study groups members before they came to Greendale. It turns out he was the one who ratted Annie out when she stole a prescription pad from the doctors office in order to get more Adderall.
After they all graduated the study group is unexpectedly reunited months later and Annie and Abed re-enroll at Greendale with their friends. Not long afterwards the study group receives word that Pierce has passed away. An inquest into Pierce's death stipulated by his will and led by a Mr. Stone reveals some secrets Annie and Abed kept from each other. Annie had been overcharging Abed and Troy for their share of the rent and put the extra money into a savings account for them. She slow dosed Abed and the study group with some amphetamines in order for them to keep studying for their Anthropology final years ago. It was revealed that Abed "catfished" Annie by pretending to be her online Facebook boyfriend "Brent Underjaw" in order girl her to make pancakes for him and Troy. Abed also somehow implanted Geo trackers in Annie and the other study group members. After Troy moves out due to a chance at winning Pierce's fortune, Annie and Abed struggle to make rent for the apartment. Annie proposes her brother Anthony move in while Abed nominates his girlfriend Rachel. They decide to settle the dispute with a VCR game called "Pile of Bullets". However, neither one wins due to the confusing rules and they anger their candidates by forcing them to play along with them.
DevelopmentIn 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.