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Benjamin Franklin Chang
aka "Señor Chang", "El Tigre Chino", "Sgt. Chang", "Kevin"
Portrayed by: Ken Jeong
First appearance: Spanish 101
Date of birth: 1969
Home town: Fullerton, California
Department: Mathematics
Position: Math teacher/Security Officer
Family: Connie Chang (twin, deceased), Rabbi Chang (brother), Alessandra Chang (ex-wife)
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BioEdit

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I AM A SPANISH GENIUS!
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— Ben Chang

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Ben Chang portrayed by Ken Jeong
Benjamin Franklin "Ben" Chang, (portrayed by actor Ken Jeong) is a long time employee of Greendale Community College who has worked at the school in various capacities. In terms of familial relations, he has a deceased twin sister he claims to have eaten in utero and a brother known only as Rabbi Chang. He was at one time happily married to woman named Alessandra. Chang started his nearly decade long association with Greendale as a Spanish teacher; this comes to an end after an anonymous source revealed to Dean Pelton that he faked his teaching credentials. Chang was immediately fired but was allowed to enroll at the school as a music student with hopes of also earning a legitimate teaching degree. However, his personal life took a turn for the worse when he and his wife got divorced after it's revealed that he got roofied and had an affair with another student at a Halloween party. After being kicked out and made homeless, he eventually takes up residence in the Greendale ventilation system. Dean Pelton learned about his situation and hired him to be a campus security guard. Chang grew mentally unstable during this time and used his job to stage a coup d'état, taking over the school. After his "regime" came to an end, he returned to the school months later under the claiming to have amnesia. Shirley employed him at her sandwich shop where he proved popular with the customers. He eventually dropped that ruse, went to jail for his crimes, and is now on a work-release program employed at Greendale as a math teacher. Chang's hobbies include paintball, playing keytar, riding his scooter; he also used to swim regularly at the local YMCA.

PersonalityEdit


Look at me bro, look at me. I've got a body of a fifth grader!

–Ben Chang, "Introduction to Statistics"

Chang Is a very unbalanced man whose mania grows over the course of his time at the school. His erratic temperament usually stems from whether or not he is in a position of authority; it is then that he experiences inexplicable self confidence and extreme narcissism. Not only does this feed his delusions of grandeur but also leads him to become a bully. He was once obsessed with Latin culture and proclaimed himself "El Tigre Chino" ( The Chinese Tiger ). As a teacher he took an almost sadistic approach to his job and often intimidated his students with his unbalanced behavior. This attitude surfaced again when he was hired as a school security guard and abused his authority on a larger scale. On the other hand, he also experiences bouts of depression, self pity and neediness. This contrasts his louder and more obnoxious personality suggesting that he uses that as a mask for his insecurities. This was passively shown when he used self-deprecating humor to mock his own shortcomings. His time as a student illustrated how desperate Chang could be as he struggled to be accepted by the study group. It's hinted that monkey gas that he had inhaled had started to poison his mind. It fueled his delusions and pushed the worst of aspects of his personality to the extreme.

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Character historyEdit

Season OneEdit


So I did what any man would do. I faked my way into a job teaching Spanish at a community college using phrases from Sesame Street.

–Ben Chang, "English as a Second Language"

During the 2009-2010 semester at Greendale, Chang first met the study group with whom he would have a strained relationship over the years. He also began a petty feud with Dr. Ian Duncan whom he felt the professor had no respect for him. He had a brief separation form his wife which his student Jeff Winger helped bring a happy resolution to. Chang's poor relationship with his brother, Rabbi Chang, was revealed during the school's Family Day event. He later participated in the school's annual Paintball Assassin contest as a ringer sent in by Dean Pelton to prevent the students from winning the prize. As the year came to a close, Chang had concerns that his fraudulent qualifications as a Spanish teacher would be exposed and sought advice from Jeff about obtaining more faked credentials. Unbeknownst to him Annie would later learn about this due to her having left a Dictaphone behind which recorded their private conversation. Annie tipped off Dean Pelton and Chang's career as a Spanish teacher came to an end. He blamed Winger and went to the parking lot to wreck Jeff's Lexus with his keytar. Annie later came forward as the guilty party and managed to convince Chang to enroll at Greendale and earn a legit degree. After officially becoming a student, Chang went to see Ian Duncan and asked him to help him cheat his way through school. The professor laughed in his face and ruthlessly mocked Chang. The taunting continued when they both attended the end of the year school function called "The Tranny Dance". Chang had to restrain himself from physically assaulting Duncan lest he be expelled from school for hitting a teacher. It wasn't until after Duncan got himself suspended that Chang got a roll of nickles and punched Ian in the face.



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Chang in Season One
Significant episodes:

"Spanish 101": Chang is first introduced in this episode.

"Advanced Criminal Law": Chang discovers a crib sheet Britta made for an exam and later sits on a tribunal along with Ian Duncan and Dean Pelton to determine her academic fate.

"The Science of Illusion": Jeff takes Chang out in order to get his mind off his separation from his wife and also in the hopes that he will ease up on the course workload he had been heaping onto the class.

"Basic Genealogy": Chang's brother Rabbi Chang visits him on Greendale's "Family Day" event.

"Modern Warfare': Chang is brought into the campus Paintball assassination game as a ringer by Dean Pelton to prevent the students from winning the prize.

"English as a Second Language": Chang fraudulent credentials as a Spanish teacher are exposed, and he is fired from his position.

"Pascal's Triangle Revisited": Chang gets into a fight with Ian Duncan at the end of the year Tranny Dance.

Season TwoEdit


Consider yourself Chang-ed!''

–Ben Chang, "Anthropology 101"

During Greendale's 2010-2011 semester, Chang continued to be enrolled as a student at Greendale. Early in the semester he made peace with Ian Duncan over the "Tranny dance" incident from last year. He tried on numerous occasions to be accepted study group with little success. On Halloween, a mysterious event took place during a party that Chang attended. Although no one can remember it (due to everyone supposedly being mass roofied), some evidence of what happened surfaced in the form of a voice mail Chang sent to Troy. It indicated Chang and Shirley had sex at the party which soon became a concern when she announced she was pregnant. When Chang discovers he might be a father he becomes obsessed with his possible parenthood and tried to become a part of Shirley's pregnancy. Ultimately the baby's father was revealed to be Shirley's ex-husband Andre's much to Chang's disappointment. During this time Chang briefly lived with Jeff for a short stint after his wife kicked him out due to his affair. He ended the year participating in the Paintball Assassin game forging brief alliances with Jeff and Abed, the math club and the cheerleaders before being eliminated by an invading army of paintball commandos. Along with a crowd of eliminated Greendale students he was there to witness Pierce Hawthorne win the competition.



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Chang in Season Two
Significant episodes:

"Anthropology 101": Chang joins the same Anthropology class as the study group in the hopes of joining them.

"Accounting for Lawyers": Chang participates in the Pop-and-Lock-toberfest competition in order to join the study group.

"The Psychology of Letting Go": Ian Duncan uses the restraining order he has on Chang to his advantage.

"Epidemiology": With a horde of infected students bearing down on them in the library restroom, Chang and Shirley share a moment and have sex before being infected themselves. The incident is erased from everyone's memories due to government agents.

"Asian Population Studies": Chang learns that he and Shirley hooked up on Halloween and might be the father of her child.

"Early 21st Century Romanticism": A homeless Chang tries to trick his way into roof over his head by scheming his way into Jeff's apartment.

"Custody Law and Eastern European Diplomacy": Chang tries to prove to Shirley he can be a responsible parent with disastrous results.

"Paradigms of Human Memory": Chang goes into the air vents in the study room and discovers Annie's Boobs secret cache of study group-related items.

"Applied Anthropology and Culinary Arts": Chang helps Shirley through the delivery of her baby and learns he is not the father after it's born. For his assistance, the child is named after him by Shirley.

"A Fistful of Paintballs": Chang tries to survive the latest paintball assassination game by making and then breaking various alliances with various campus cliques.

Season ThreeEdit


Chang you're insane! You're still into Keytar?!

–Troy Barnes, "First Chang Dynasty"

At the start of the 2011-2012 semester at Greendale, Chang found himself homeless and living in the school's air vents. He hits his lowest point when his new "home" is flooded with monkey gas. It is later suggested this gas slowly began to poison his mind. Dean Pelton needed to replace some staff after the a drastic school budget cut forced him to cut costs. He offered Chang a job as a security under officer. In return for his "services," Dean Pelton gave him the closet in the cafeteria as a place to live. Chang burnt it down by accident while trying to "solve a mystery". Pelton overlooked what happened due to his culpability in the matter which caused the campus security chief Sgt. Nunez to resign over the cover up. Chang was promoted to Nunez's position and recruited a group of preteens to be his campus security force called "The Changlourious Basterds". Together they participated in the infamous "Pillow and Blanket" campus civil war fighting on the side of Troy and his Blanket fort. At the same time he began planning an outrageous plot to betray Pelton and take over the school. He implemented his plan when a riot broke out during a memorial that was being held in the cafeteria for the recently deceased Star-Burns. In the wake of the incident he replaced Pelton with a look-a-like and ingratiated himself with the Greendale school board members. Using his influence, along with his fake Dean, he had the study group blamed for the riot and expelled from Greendale. He establishes dictatorship over the campus and quickly drains its financial resources remaking the school as a monument to himself. This culminates in an expensive birthday extravaganza he throws at the end of the year. The study group crashes the party and brings his reign to an end. Chang flees to City College where he finds himself again living in the air vents of a school.



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Chang in Season Three
Significant episodes:

"Biology 101": Chang is hit by monkey gas and then gets offered a job as a security guard.

"Geography of Global Conflict": Chang adjusts to his new position and has to deal with Britta who returned to her activist ways.

"Pillows and Blankets": Chang and his security force join forces with Troy's Blanketsburg fort to take down Abed and his Pillowtown fort.

"Course Listing Unavailable": Chang and his Changlorious Basterds wreck havoc on a memorial service turned riot.

Season FourEdit


Hi, I'm Kevin.

–Chang, "Alternative History of the German Invasion"

Chang approaches a mailman and hands him Greendale stationary with a written explanation claiming his name to be Kevin and that he has "Changnesia". Chang is brought into Greendale by the faculty board as a way to secure financial assistance. Dean Pelton is skeptical of Chang's claims until "Kevin" turns himself in to the authorities for his previous crimes against the school. Chang is released from jail and reintroduced to a horrified study group. Greendale tries to secure a grant for $40,000 to further understand Changnesia. After getting over the initial shock of his return, all of the members of the study group try to help except Jeff who tries to prove Chang is a fraud. Chang is given a job at "Shirley's Sandwiches" and becomes a model employee. When Jeff creates an embarrassing spectacle involving Chang's ex-wife Alessandra Chang he finally accepts Chang has "Changnesia". However, it's revealed Jeff's suspicions were correct and Chang was using his amnesia as a cover working for Dean Spreck from City College to destroy Greendale from within. One if his failed attempts included trying yo sabotage a Christmas party the study group has with their history an professor Noel Cornwallis at Jeff's apartment. Towards the end of the school year, Abed researches the study groups history and realizes Ben Chang played an instrumental part in their formation. When Abed informs him of this and suggests he was always one of them, Chang has a change of heart and refuses to help Spreck with his plans . Before Jeff graduates from Greendale he has a daydream involving Chang saving him from being shot by his "Darkest Timeline" counterpart "Evil Jeff".



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Chang in Season Four
Significant episodes:

"History 101": Chang makes a shocking return to Greendale claiming to have "Changnesia".


"Advanced Documentary Filmmaking": Jeff tries to prove Chang is faking being "Kevin" before the MacGuffin Neurological Institute awards Greendale grant money to further study hid "Changnesia".

"Intro to Knots": "Kevin" takes the blame for tying up Cornwallis in order to stir up conflict within the study group.

"Herstory of Dance": "Kevin" deejays the Sadie Hawkins dance at school.

"Heroic Origins": Chang is revealed to have played a large part in the study groups formation.

Season FiveEdit


I didn't just masturbate in the study room, I masturbated everywhere. EVERYWHERE!

–Chang, "Cooperative Polygraphy"

When the study group is unexpectedly reunited for another year at Greendale after they have graduated, they find Chang still at school sleeping in Group Study Room F. He decided to drop his Kevin persona, admitted his crimes and got probation for work release as a math teacher in Greendale. Along with fellow teacher Buzz Hickey, he shows Greendale's new Law professor Jeff Winger the perks of being on the teaching staff. When the campus menace known as the "Ass Crack Bandit resurfaces, Chang volunteers to act as bait wearing a specially designed backwards costume. Chang briefly participates in a private inquest run by Mr.Stone looking into the death of Pierce Hawthorne. Chang becomes the leader of a gang of hoodlums known as the "Locker Boys" during a campus side game of "Hot Lava". He officially joins the "Save Greendale Committee" after Troy leaves and comes up with the mid term dance theme. Chang performs a one man show at an art house in front of a spectral audience, becomes a popular figure on campus thanks to a staus ranking app, and gets tied up after unknowingly walking in on a shady business transaction. He and the committee helps Buzz reconnect with his son Hank through a game of "Dungeons & Dragons". When the school is in the process of being sold to the Subway corporation, Chang betrays his friends and teams up Richie and Carl to stop their plans on saving Greendale. Despite trapping the committee in an underground laboratory, the sale to Subway is ultimately thwarted. Carl unwittingly entrusted Chang with millions of dollars they found. Afterwards it's later shown that Chang is once again a member of the committee and used the money to replace all his teeth with diamonds.



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Chang in Season Five
Significant episodes:

"Repilot": Chang is a teacher again at Greendale.


"Introduction to Teaching": Chang helps Buzz Hickey show Jeff the ropes of being Greendale teacher.


"Basic Intergluteal Numismatics": Chang puts on a backwards costume in order to help catch the "Ass Crack Bandit"


"Cooperative Polygraphy": Chang admits to a particular solo act he performed not only in the study room but EVERYWHERE.


"Geothermal Escapism": Chang participates in Abed's campus wide game of "Hot Lava" leading a gang called the "Locker Boys".


"Analysis of Cork-Based Networking": Chang joins the Save Greendale Committee and comes up with bear themed dance that is revealed to be inspired by a new story of a bear mauling people at a birthday party.

"Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality": Chang starts a one-man show and realizes that he's preforming for ghosts, and later goes crazy believing that he is a ghost.

"App Development and Condiments": Chang fakes an injury to earn some sympathy points to become a "5" in the game MeowMeowBeenz

"VCR Maintenance and Educational Publishing": Chang walks in on Shirley, Jeff and Hickey finding unopened chemistry textbooks, and they tie him up and force him to lie.

"Advanced Advanced Dungeons & Dragons": Chang and his friends try to help Hickey reconnect with his son in a game of Dungeons & Dragons.

"G.I. Jeff": Chang plays "Overkill" in Jeff's hallucination.

"Basic Story": Chang teams up with Subway and betrays the group once he finds out that Greendale is being sold to Subway.

"Basic Sandwich": Chang tries to get Shirley and Hickey admit that they are trying to save Greendale, and later realizes that he has serious mental issues.


Class historyEdit

Semester Course Instructor Classmates
Spring 2010 Critical Media Literacy and Politics of Gender unknown none, enrolled in order to compete in paintball game
Fall 2010 Anthropology 101 June Bauer; Ian Duncan Abed, Annie, Britta, Jeff, Pierce, Shirley, Star-Burns, Troy
Spring 2011 Anthropology 102 Ian Duncan Abed, Annie, Britta, Fat Neil, Jeff, Pierce, Rich, Shirley, Star-Burns, Troy, Vicky
Introduction to Italian Wines unknown Jeff, Pierce, Wu Mei (not actually enrolled)

TriviaEdit

  • Ben loves Latin culture and salsa - dancing and the dip, especially Colombian timba and spicy mango, respectively.("[[1]]")
  • Ben uses his last name in place of regular words as a running gag; for example, "change the subject" becomes "Chang the subject."
  • Ben is afraid of hamsters as revealed in Epidemiology, and in The Science of Illusion, it's revealed that he also has a fear of frogs.
  • As revealed in Modern Warfare, Ben plays paintball three times a week and owns his own equipment, consisting of a full automatic with a tiger camo print and two golden pistols.
  • Ben is of Chinese heritage.
  • In Season One's “Investigative Journalism,” it is shown that Ben is born in 1969 but in Season Three's “First Chang Dynasty," it is said that he is 25 years of age. This, of course, is obviously false, as that would mean he was 16 or 17 years old when he began teaching at Greendale.
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