|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 first seen in the cafeteria along with his gang. Abed had just grabbed the last winter doodle cookies for his friends which angered Mike who wanted some for himself. Jeff came to Abed's defense which caused Mike to turn his ire on him. He tried to pick a fight with Jeff, but the sudden arrival of Dean Pelton caused him to back off. Before he left he warned Jeff that their dispute wasn't over. Later, during the Spanish finals for the semester, he showed up at the classroom and harassed Jeff. Mike taunted him about an answer he putt down and then tossed Jeff's papers to the floor. Fed up with Mike's antics, Jeff challenged him to a fight. Sometime later in the cafeteria, Mike demonstrated how crazy he was to Jeff by stapling a paper snowman to his forehead.
|When Jeff showed up for the fight he changed his mind deciding to honor Shirley's beliefs of non-violence during the holidays. 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 ensues 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 but missed after Jeff moved out of the way. He ends up hitting one of the displays and injuring his hand. Seizing the opportunity, Jeff knocked Mike out as the rest of the study group subdues 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")
- “Give me a winter doodle!”— Mike wants Abed to give him a cookie.
- “Oh, you're funny. You're a funny man. Wanna hear something funny, funny man? Knock, knock...My fist up your balls!”— Mike
- “You're just like this school. You're obnoxious, you're cramping my style, and you smell like french fry oil!”— Jeff
- “I..DON'T...GET... IT!”— Mike
- “Dude, my life is a gym!”— Mike the
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.