The Greendale Human Being is the school mascot designed and created by Dean Pelton and Pierce Hawthorne. Dean Pelton wanted to create a new mascot for Greendale as he felt the old mascot, a Grizzly bear, was not politically correct enough. Pierce volunteers to help him, and they both set out to design the least offensive mascot possible. What they came up with was a mascot in a tight fitting grey unitard with the Greendale logo on its chest. It was wearing a faceless mask that had crudely drawn eyes and mouth. The mask itself was tight as well and did not allow the person wearing it to see or breathe well. It first appeared in the Season One episode "Football, Feminism and You" and it makes subsequent appearances throughout the series, both in mascot form and in images on various Greendale paraphernalia. The Human Being was first portrayed by William Love. He and a few other actors have worn the mascot suit since then. In the Community webisode series "Dean Pelton's Office Hours", the Human Being is portrayed by a female.
Dean Pelton and Pierce collaborated on the design of the Human Being in his office. They spent a lot of time studying various color charts and pictures of specific racial features in order to eliminate any sign of ethnicity in the new mascot. Jeff remarked upon seeing their efforts that to not be racist is the new racism. The final look of the mascot is finished before the football pep rally where Troy was to debut as Greendale's new quarterback. Jeff and Annie were two of the first students to see the mascot and reacted to it's bizarre appearance accordingly with shock and horror ("Football, Feminism and You"). The Greendale Human Being is next seen acting as a cheerleader for the debate championship between Greendale and City College ("Debate 109"). He admonishes Jeff for his performance in the first half of the debate. Later, he can be seen celebrating with Dean Pelton and Professor Whitman after Greendale wins the debate. In "Communication Studies" he is renamed the "Cupid Being" for Valentine's Day. He is outfitted with a bow and arrow along with red shorts and Cupid wings. He is tasked with delivering to students their valentines. In the episode "Basic Genealogy", although the Human Being was designed to be genderless, he is shown to have an obvious female counterpart.
In the 2010 Fall semester of Greendale, the Human Being is first seen in a group photograph with the school's basketball team on a calendar hanging in Abed's room ("Anthropology 101"). On the Valentines Day of 2011, the 'Cupid Being' was seen on posters around the school advertising the valentines dance. Cupid Being Grams posters were also seen suggesting that he delivered valentines grams again that year. One of the pep squad members portraying the Human Being is brought into Dean Pelton's office for harassing a cheerleader. At first it seems like the cheerleader made a mistake when it's shown that a woman is playing the part of the mascot. However the pep squad member accidentally reveals her stalkerish obsession with the cheerleader. As a result, Dean Pelton immediately fires her ("Dean Pelton's Office Hours").
At the start of the 2011-12 school year, the Human Being is seen flying in the cafeteria during the final scene of Jeff's musical daydream in Biology 101. During Christmas in the 2011 semester of Greendale, the Human Being is seen wearing a festive outfit with icicles hanging off of him. Annie remarks he looks creepier but Shirley thinks it makes him look more festive ("Regional Holiday Music").
In Abed's "Happy Place" sitcom world, the Greendale Human Being appears in his animated fantasy as a doll for the Greendale Babies ("History 101"). Greendale Human Being is shown supporting a mob led by The Germans which is protesting the Study Group's hogging of Group Study Room F. In the same episode, he is at the Oktoberfest party with an alpine hat. The Greendale Human Being later is present when a party is thrown in the cafeteria in honor of a prospective rich student named Archie DeCoste ("Economics of Marine Biology"). The female Greendale Human Being later attends the graduation ceremony for Jeff Winger standing in as his "bride" ("Advanced Introduction to Finality").
In the study group's fifth year at Greendale, the school board decided to sell the school to the Subway corporation. Over the following weeks the campus is slowly transformed into a Subway sandwich university. The business even brings onto the campus their corporate spokesperson Jared Fogle. The Greendale Human Being walked in on him signing autographs and realized he was being replaced as the school's mascot ("Basic Story").
- “The team's name is 'The Human Beings'?”— Shirley
- “Yep, my idea! It was originally the Greendale Grizzlies but I thought that um, well [sotto] a lot of these students have been called animals their whole lives.”— Dean Pelton