Mike is a student at Greendale who is seemingly obsessed with working out. He has a tendency to be belligerent and likes to pick on and intimidate people. His appearance is notable for the thick mustache he sports along with his penchant for wearing hoodies with cut off sleeves, fingerless weight gloves, and a weight belt. According to him, his life is a gym, and he is the leader of a group of similarly minded gym rats. His first appearance was in the Season One episode "Comparative Religion". He later makes a cameo in the Season Two episode "A Fistful of Paintballs". He is portrayed by actor Anthony Michael Hall.
In the study group's first year together, Mike was in the cafeteria along with his gang in right before Winter break was to start. Abed had just grabbed the last winter doodle cookies for his friends which angered Mike. He yelled out that he who wanted some for himself explaining that he couldn't have any other cookies since he's allergic to them. He then knocked the plate of cookies out of Abed's hand which caused Jeff to come over to defend his friend. However, the ex-lawyers snarky replies only made Mike angrier and caused his ire to to turn toward Jeff instead. The sudden arrival of Dean Pelton caused Mike to back off but before he left he warned Jeff that this wasn't over. He made good on his threat by showing up at Jeff's class later that day.
Mike explains things to Abed.
Mike harassed Jeff as he and the other students were taking their Spanish finals for the semester. Mike not only taunted Jeff about a wrong answer he put down but also snatched the test away and threw it to the floor. Fed up with Mike's antics, Jeff challenged him to a fight. They agreed to meet at a bicycle rack at 3:00 later that day to settle things. As the time aproached, Mike gave Jeff a demonstration of how crazy he was to Jeff by stapling a paper snowman to his forehead in the cafeteria. He and his gang showed up at the appointed place and were surprised when Jeff actually arrived for the fight. Mike impatiently waited for Jeff to take off his watch and other valuables before starting. he noticed Jeff was wearing a homemade bracelet and mocked him for that.
It's on like Donkey Kong.
It was a trinket given to Jeff by his friend religious friend Shirley. To Mikes surprise it inspired Jeff to change his mind and ask that they call off the fight. In response Mike sucker punched him just as the study group arrived to support Jeff. Mike assumed that the were there to back Jeff up and ordered his crew to attack them all. A big fight ensued which spilled out into the quad where a large holiday display had been set up. As the two groups went at it, Mike threw a punch at Jeff who moved out of the way. He ended up hitting one of the displays and injured his hand. Seizing the opportunity, Jeff knocked Mike out as the rest of the study group subdued his gang ("Comparative Religion").
At the end of the 2011 semester at Greendale, Mike and his gang are seen participating in the Western themed paintball contest. Together they hunted down their fellow student with their last victim being Neil. After cornering him in a deserted hallway, Neil starts to plead with them noting that shooting an unarmed man was against the rules. Mike tells him there is only one rule, last man standing wins. Mike was about to shoot him with his Paintball pistol when he was surprised by the sudden appearance of Annie Edison behind him. She quickly shot him and his gang before they could react eliminating them all from the competition. Mike angrily told her if she was a dude she'd have his fist up her balls ("A Fistful of Paintballs")
Still a bully and still wanting to put a fist up someone's balls
Anthony Michael Hall starred with Chevy Chase in the 1983 movie "National Lampoon's Vacation ". He played Rusty, the son of Chevy's character Clark Griswald. The comedy was written by John Hughes who the Pilot of "Community" was dedicated to shortly after his death. Dan Harmon has cited his work as being an influence on the show and referenced a few of his movies in various episodes. Anthony Michael Hall did not reprise the role for any of the later "Vacation" movies; the part of Rusty, as well as his sister Audrey, would be recast in every sequel. A meta reference was made about this by Clark Griswald in "Vegas Vacation" when he told his children he didn't recognize them any more.
Eugene Levy, Anthony Michael Hall, and Chevy Chase in the first "Vacation" film.