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Troy Season Five
  Troy and Abed  
Abed Season Five

  Troy Barnes : Donald Glover Friends    Abed Nadir: Danny Pudi  
  Status: BFF's  -  First appearance: "Spanish 101"

You don't hear me saying anything crazy about Abed and Troy's weird little relationship!
— Shirley, "Romantic Expressionism"

Troy and Abed
Danny Pudi and Donald Glover
as Troy and Abed
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.

Pairing historyEdit

Season OneEdit

Hola me llamo Abed
Hola me llamo Troy

–Abed and Troy demonstrating their Spanish 101 oral assignment

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. They also partnered up on school assignments together including a Spanish project and a science experiment with a lab rat. They form a friendship that only gets stronger throughout the year until it blossoms into a full blown bromance. Troy even conceded that Abed was the better athlete and referred to him as his "other half". Their relationship prompted Annie to get over her crush on Troy since she couldn't compete with Abed for his affections. When Abed decided to do a college cliché bucket list, Troy eagerly assists him. The pair tried to join a campus fraternity, built a robot and participated in a huge food fight in the cafeteria. At the end of the school year, Troy needed a place to stay after he was told by his father to move out. Troy asked Abed if he could move into his dorm room with him but was refused. Eventually Troy came to understand Abed's reluctance realizing spending too much time together at that point in their relationship could ruin their friendship. Taking Abed's advice, Troy instead accepts Pierce's offer to move into Hawthorne Manor.

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Troy and Abed in Season One
Significant episodes:

"Spanish 101": Troy and Abed work on their Spanish presentation together and perform the Spanish rap in the show's first end tag.

"Advanced Criminal Law": Abed tries unsuccessfully to pull an elaborate prank on Troy.

"Environmental Science": Troy and Abed team up on a lab assignment involving a mouse and sing a duet.

"The Politics of Human Sexuality": Troy challenges Abed to various physical competitions.

"The Science of Illusion": The end tag features the debut of the "Troy and Abed in the Morning" show.

"Pascal's Triangle Revisited": Troy realizes his friendship with Abed is like a giant cookie .

Season TwoEdit

I love you!
I know.

–Troy and Abed, "Epidemiology"

Although Troy resided with Pierce in his mansion during their sophomore year at Greendale, Troy and Abed's friendship still remained strong. The duo officially declared their love for each other after facing a zombie apocalypse on campus, built their first blanket fort on campus, competed for the affections of the school librarian, and teamed up to rally the Greendale students against the evil invaders from City College.

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Troy and Abed in Season Two
Significant episodes:

"Epidemiology": Unhappy with how he is perceived by the girls on campus, Troy decides to revert to his old jock persona.

"Cooperative Calligraphy": Troy and Abed want to see the Puppy Parade but are prevented from leaving the study room when Annie's pen goes missing.

"Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design": The boys build their first blanket fort together but destroy it when it becomes too mainstream.

"Mixology Certification": At the urging of Jeff and Britta , Troy and Abed along with the rest of the study group go out to a bar to celebrate Troy's 21st birthday.

"Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas": Troy and the study group support Abed as he undergoes therapy with Ian Duncan.

"Intro to Political Science": Troy and Abed host a campus news show covering the student body president election.

"Custody Law and Eastern European Diplomacy': Troy and Abed try to prevent Britta from ruining their friendship with Lukka.

"Early 21st Century Romanticism": Troy and Abed are smitten with the school librarian and engage in a friendly competition for her.

"Paradigms of Human Memory": A flashback reveals that while the study group was in an old west town, Troy and Abed dressed up as a sheriff and deputy and were shot at by a stereotypical racist old man wearing red long underwear.

"For A Few Paintballs More": Trobed organizes the Greendale alliance to repel the invading troops from City College.

Season ThreeEdit

Please Mister-Doctor-Psychiatrist-Sir...please don't send my best friend to crazy people jail.

–Troy, "Curriculum Unavailable"

In their third year at Greendale, Troy and Abed finally move in together and eventually ask Annie to join them as well. Each face their own individual challenges during the 2012-2013 semester; Troy is tempted to join an elite secret society while Abed starts to lose touch with reality inside his new playroom. Their friendship is tested when they have a falling out that ends up nearly tearing Greendale's campus apart, they and the rest of the group are expelled from Greendale and after Troy is forced to join the air conditioning school and cut off all ties to his friends and Abed.

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Troy and Abed on Season Three
Significant episodes:

"Remedial Chaos Theory": Troy and Abed move in together and invite the study group to a housewarming party.

"Studies in Modern Movement": Troy and Abed help Annie move in to their apartment, but their antics start to annoy her so much that she has second thoughts.

"Urban Matrimony and the Sandwich Arts": Troy and Abed de-whimsify themselves in order to be normal enough to attend Shirley's wedding.

"Contemporary Impressionists": The first rift in Troy and Abed's relationship forms when the study group has to help pay off Abed's debt to Vinnie by becoming celebrity impersonators.

"Digital Exploration of Interior Design': Troy and Abed build competing pillow and blanket forts at school which leads to a campus-wide war.

"Pillows and Blankets': The war between Troy's Blanketsburg and Abed's Pillowtown is chronicled in a documentary.

"First Chang Dynasty": Troy joins the Greendale Air Conditioning Repair School in order to save his friends and is forced to leave Abed.

"Introduction to Finality": Troy leaves the Air Conditioning Repair school and returns to the apartment moving into the room that used to have The Dreamatorium in it.

Season FourEdit

Troy and Abed back from summer!

–Troy and Abed, "History 101"

The duo entered their fourth year at Greendale with Troy in a relationship with Britta and Abed worried about the study group breaking up after Jeff graduates. Troy attempts to alleviate his best friend's anxieties about the future and also tries to make him comfortable with the fact he is now dating. Towards the end of the school year, Abed does the same thing for Troy by helping him work up deal with an issue he's been struggling with but trying desperately to avoid.

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Troy and Abed in Season Four
Significant episodes:

"History 101": Troy, along with Britta and Annie, try to reassure Abed on the first day of the study group's last year at Greendale together.

"Conventions of Space and Time": Troy and Abed attend an "Inspector Spacetime convention. Britta warns Troy that a fellow fan named Toby Weeks is trying to steal his best friend away.

"Basic Human Anatomy": Troy and Abed switch bodies.

Season FiveEdit

Troy and Abed in a bubble!

–Troy and Abed, "Geothermal Escapism"

Sometime after graduating, Troy and Abed along with the other study group members decide to reenroll at Greendale after Jeff accepts a position there as a teacher. One of the first classes they took was a class on movie star Nicolas Cage taught by Professor Garrity. Troy worries when Abed becomes obsessed with the actor and later witnesses him having a nervous breakdown in class. The two join a new group at school called the "Save Greendale Committee". Later, Troy gets assaulted by the "Ass Crack Bandit" and Abed does his best to comfort his friend. They are both saddened when informed of Pierces death and later attend his funeral with the rest of the study group. When Troy learns Pierces bequeathal to him is his shares of Hawthorne Wipes he accepts the condition that he sail around the world before receiving it. Abed has trouble accepting his friend is leaving but tries to say goodbye through a campus wide game of "Hot Lava". After having one last adventure together, Troy says his goodbye to Abed and the study group. He leaves the campus with his co-captain LeVar Burton on a rig pulling the boat they will be sailing on, the "Childish Tycoon".

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Troy and Abed in Season Five
Significant episodes:

"Repilot": Troy and Abed unexpectedly return to Greendale for what maybe their last time together.

"Introduction to Teaching": Troy is worried about the affect Abed's new media studies class is having in his mental state.

"Basic Intergluteal Numismatics": Abed comforts Troy when he becomes a victim if the "Ass Crack Bandit"

"Cooperative Polygraphy": Abed is saddened when Troy accepts Pierce's challenge to win his fortune, a sailing trip around the world.

"Geothermal Escapism": Troy and Abed have one last campus adventure playing a school wide game of "Hot Lava".



What's happened to you and me, Troy?

Pierce, "Pascal's Triangle Revisited"

Comedic Triple-Threat Donald Glover in Studio Q19:20

Comedic Triple-Threat Donald Glover in Studio Q

Donald Glover talks about his career and how Troy and Abed started

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.



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