|Troy and Abed|
|Portrayed by Donald Glover and Danny Pudi|
|“||You don't hear me saying anything crazy about Abed and Troy's weird little relationship!||”|
|“||They're just jealous."||”|
–Troy and Abed reply in unison
Troy and Abed are best friends whose bromance has been prominently featured on the show. The other members of the study group are both amused and disturbed at how close the two are. Their many misadventures at Greendale inevitably drag their friends (and sometimes the entire school as well) into the hijinks. Because Abed is unable to adequately express emotion, and Troy is overly emotional, this has lead to a few conflicts between them. They soon make up, however, as they understand they are better together than apart. Troy is played by Donald Glover, and Abed is played by Danny Pudi.
|“||Hola me llamo Abed.||”|
|“||Hola me llamo Troy.||”|
Abed invites Troy along with other classmates from Spanish 101 to Jeff's study group. Even though Troy finds him odd at first, they start hanging out more and are often partnered up on school activities together. They form a friendship that only gets stronger throughout the year until it blossoms into a full blown bromance. The relationship prompted Annie to get over her crush on Troy noting that there was no way she'd be able to compete with Abed for his affections. Troy even states that he considers Abed his "other half". At the end of the year, Troy asks Abed if he can move in with him but is hurt when Abed refuses. Taking Abed's advice, he moves in with Pierce instead after realizing they spend too much time together as it is and living together could ruin their friendship. Throughout the season they appeared in most of the show's end tags.
|“||I love you!||”|
The sophomore year at Greendale sees the pair officially declaring their love for each other after facing a zombie apocalypse on campus, building their first blanket fort on campus, competing for the affections of the school librarian, and teaming up to rally the Greendale students against the evil invaders from City College.
|“||Please Mister-Doctor-Psychiatrist-Sir...please don't send my best friend to crazy people jail.||”|
Troy and Abed finally move in together and eventually ask Annie to join them as well. Their friendship is tested when they have a falling out that ends up nearly tearing Greendale's campus apart and after Troy is forced to join the Greendale Air Conditioning Repair School.
|“||Troy and Abed back from summer!||”|
–Troy and Abed, "History 101"
Troy and Abed's friendship is tested again by outside forces. Threating their relationship this year is Troy's budding relationship with Britta, Abed's new friend Toby, These
|“||What happened to us Troy?||”|
Originally, Abed and Troy were meant to be best friends with other members of the study group. Abed and Jeff were modeled somewhat after the dynamic of Van Wilder and Taj. Troy and Pierce were to be paired off as a Beavis and Butthead type duo. In the Season One DVD commentaries, Dan Harmon mentions seeing Danny Pudi and Donald Glover clicking during press interviews and deciding to partner them onscreen. They have since become a popular pairing on the show and have been featured in most of the episode end tags. In an interview with Studio Q, Donald Glover gives his thoughts on why Troy and Abed work so well and also his opinions on other pairings such as Troy and Pierce, Jeff and Britta and Jeff and Annie.