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4X13 Troy and Britta

  
Troy Season Five
  Troy and Britta  
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  Troy Barnes : Donald Glover  Exes   Friends     Britta Perry: Gillian Jacobs  
  Status: Used to date, currently friends  -  First appearance: "Interpretive Dance"


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Troy and Britta
Troy and Britta bonded in their first year at Greendale after they discovered they were both taking dancing classes and keeping it a secret from the rest of the study group. It was hinted for a while that Troy had a crush on Britta but she remained oblivious to it much like Troy was to Annie's crush on him during the study group's freshmen year. In the episode "Competitive Wine Tasting", Britta kisses Troy after he uses her attraction to men with pain to woo her, by making up a story about his uncle sticking a finger in his “plop plop.” There is some tension after Troy comes clean about not being molested, and Britta claims it was a mistake. She didn't fully reciprocate his feelings until their third year at school after realizing how deep his affection for her was. Troy is portrayed by Donald Glover and Britta is portrayed by Gillian Jacobs. Both characters first appeared on the show in the pilot episode.




Pairing history

Season One


You did get weirdly specific when you were describing Annie's body.


More specific then the stuff you told me about Britta?

–Troy and Jeff, "Romantic Expressionism"

Troy and Britta were both invited to attend a study group for a Spanish 101 class they were taking. Although it was revealed to be a sham, the group that gathered for the meeting decided to form a real study group. Throughout the semester, Troy and Britta had very little interaction despite being in the same group. This was due to Troy's budding bromance with Abed and Britta's flirtatious relationship with Jeff took up much of their time. Not long after Winter break, Troy and Britta found out they were both secretly taking dance classes. She was learning how to tap dance while Troy was taking a modern dance class to improve his coordination for football. Britta and Troy agreed that they should tell the others but he backed out at the last minute unwilling to face their ridicule. Britta expressed her disappointment at his actions but Troy ultimatley did come through for her. When she froze during her dance recital, Troy jumped on stage and helped her through it. Together they improvised a sensual dance which won over the crowd. When Annie started dating Britta's ex-boyfriend Vaughn Miller, Jeff and Britta tried to split them up. They manipulated Troy into trying to hook up with Annie but he was unsuccessful. The fallout from thier machinations led to a conflict later during a study group meeting. Troy accused Jeff of being attracted to Annie and Jeff insinuated Troy had a thing for Britta. Jeff pointed out that relationships in the group could become complicated since they all could view each other as romantic prospects. Troy and Britta regarded each other briefly considering Jeffs words. Later at the Greendale Family Day event, Britta tried to encourage Troy to be nicer to when his cantankerous grandmother Nana Barnes came for a visit. Britta ignored Troy's claims that she was a monster and ended up offending Nana Barnes while trying to introduce herself. To make up for it Britta agreed to be reprimanded with a switch and after recieving her punishment she admitted to Troy that he was right.



Troy and Britta Season One
Troy and Britta in Season One
Significant episodes:

"Study Break"(Webisode): Troy admits he would sleep with Britta if she got a haircut

"Interpretive Dance": Troy and Britta discover they are both secretly taking dancing classes at school.

"Romantic Expressionism": Jeff deflects Troy's criticism over Jeff's ogling of Annie by mentioning Troy's attraction to

"Basic Genealogy": Britta gets spanked by Troy's grandmother after accidentally insulting her.

Season Two


Maybe someday you’ll fall for someone who’s healthy. Someone who, aside from his irrational fear of automatic toilets, is normal. Someone like me.

–Troy Barnes, "Competitive Wine Tasting"

The sophomore year at Greendale sees Troy's crush on Britta becoming more apparent. Troy is upset when it's revealed Jeff slept with Britta and kissed Annie last year at school. Later, Troy and Britta along with the rest of study group gets caught up in a City College plot to sabatoge Greendale's new space program. Troy and Britta have a moment when she accidentally ends up on his lap during the caper. In the Spring semester, Britta becomes interested in Troy's friend Lukka but he tries to discourage it. He didn't want Britta "ruining" Lukka by revealing intimate details about him while they dated. Troy and Britta take an acting class together. When asked by Professor Garitty to recall a traumatic memory, Troy cannot and created a fake past where he was molested by his uncle. Britta sympathized with his made up trauma which Troy took advantage of despite Abed's warning. Eventually he was forced to come clean and although Britta was angry at first she forgave him. Near the end of the school year, the group make thier final diorama for Anthropology. Abed reveals that Britta had been having casual hook-ups with Jeff throughout the year. Troy is obviously upset, particularly because he thought everyone agreed not to have intimacy with themselves or each other.



Troy and Britta in Season Two
Troy and Britta in Season Two
Significant episodes:

"Anthropology 101": Troy becomes jealous of Jeff having kissed Annie and slept with Britta.

"Basic Rocket Science": Troy takes command of The Eleven Herbs & Space Experience and he and Britta share a moment as it's being driven back to school.

"Messianic Myths and Ancient Peoples": Troy and Britta help Shirley film a religious viral video for her church.

"Custody Law and Eastern European Diplomacy": Troy and Abed warn Britta not to ruin their friendship with Lukka by dating him.

"Competitive Wine Tasting": Britta and Troy take an acting class together taught by Professor Sean Garrity. She ends up kissing him but later claims it was a mistake.

"Paradigms of Human Memory": Britta's year long tryst with Jeff is revealed by Abed to the rest of the study group much to Troy and Annie's displeasure.

Season Three


This is a lock of my hair.
Oh...creepy.

–Britta and Troy say goodbye, "First Chang Dynasty"

Troy and Britta become closer towards the end of their third year at Greendale as she realizes his attraction to her and her own feelings for him. At the end of the year, Troy resolves his issues with the Greendale Air Conditioning Repair School, helps him move back into his apartment.



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Troy and Britta in Season Three
Significant episodes:

"Remedial Chaos Theory": In one timeline, Britta comforts Troy when Jeff teases him about his immaturity.


"Competitive Ecology": Troy and Britta want to ditch their current lab partners and team up on their Biology project together.


"Documentary Filmmaking: Redux": Troy and Britta are cast in the new school commercial as students promoting diversity and are forced by the director, Dean Pelton, to hug each other repeatedly.


"Origins of Vampire Mythology': Troy sends Britta a complimentary text in order to dispel the attraction she has to Blade.


"Virtual Systems Analysis": At Annie's insistence, Troy and Britta go on a lunch date together. Despite Abed's predictions to the contrary, they end up having a good time.


"First Chang Dynasty": Britta tearfully says goodbye to Troy who is forced to leave the study group and enroll in the Greendale Air Conditioning Repair School.


"Introduction to Finality": Britta happily welcomes back Troy who was able to return to Greendale. She later helps him move back into his apartment in the room which used to contain the Dreamatorium.
  • To meet different people!




Good luck Troy.

Shirley is worried about Troy's relationship with Britta, "History 101"

Troy and Britta are in a relationship in the study group's senior year at Greendale. Jeff notes teasingly that Troy and Britta's relationship is slowly progressing. Later, Troy and Britta get into a fight while trying to observe Troy and Abed's wish making ritual at the school's fountain. Although they tried their best to keep it a secret from Abed, he eventually tells them that he knew they had been having sleeping together in the apartment. Later, Troy and Britta attend the Inspector Spacetime convention together along with Abed, Annie and Jeff. While there, Britta warns Troy about Toby Weeks correctly guessing he was trying to steal his best friend away. Towards the end of the school year, Troy and Britta are reminded by Shirley and Annie that it's their one year anniversary. On their suggestion, they decide to go to Señor Kevin's. A "body switch' between Troy and Abed occurs that puts a damper on those plans with Abed taking Troy's place on the date. Troy nearly has his best friend do what he had been too afraid of doing himself. A speech from Jeff convinces him to be honest with Britta and he goes to Señor Kevin's to break up with her. Troy admits he hasn't matured enough yet to be in an adult relationship. He adds that while he was never comfortable being her boyfriend he knows with certainty that he can handle being just her friend a lot better. In response, Britta fights back her tears and silently agrees. Later in the study room, Britta pulls Troy aside after the group leaves and the two share an extended hug. In "The Darkest Timeline", Evil Troy and Evil Abed interview Troy and Britta from "Timeline Five". They are with their son "Chewbacca" which Troy told Britta means "He who hunts bounties".


Season Four:

Significant episodes:


"History 101": Troy and Britta are now a couple and have their first fight.

"Paranormal Parentage": During Halloween, Troy and Britta along with the rest of the study group get sidelined from attending Vicki's party to go help Pierce at his Pierce's mansion. It's there that Shirley warns Troy about not letting Britta, who has more dating experience, force him into doing anything he isn't ready for . Later, Britta asks Troy if they could skip going to Vicki's party and watch an episode of "Inspector Spacetime" together .


"Conventions of Space and Time": Despite the elaborate lengths Britta went through to keep her sleeping with Troy a secret, Abed ends up revealing he knew about it all along. She later warns Troy about Toby Weeks suggesting he is trying to steal Abed away from him.


"Economics of Marine Biology": In the episode end tag, Troy and Britta are in bed together watching a Let's Potato Chips commercial on his laptop. Troy becomes upset when he sees she is eating "Springless" and asks her to leave.

"Basic Human Anatomy": Troy is having trouble being honest with Britta and he and Abed role play as each other in order for him to express what he feels.


"Advanced Introduction to Finality": Evil Troy and Evil Abed from "The Darkest Timeline" interview an alternate reality Troy and Britta from "Timeline 5".

Development

Initially Jeff and Britta were pushed as the primary romantic pairing for the show with Troy and Annie meant to be the secondary one. Development of both pairings were stalled, however, due to a number of reasons. For one thing, Troy's friendship with Abed started to become more central to his character than the possible romance with Annie. On top of that, Annie herself was discovered to have good chemistry with Jeff. In the Community: The Complete First Season DVD commentaries, the creator of the show, Dan Harmon, also wanted to further develop Britta's character past her simply being Jeff's conscience. Eventually the Troy and Abed and Jeff and Annie pairings became more popular then the official ones which were originally envisioned. In various interviews ([1], [2]), Harmon related his decision to make it so that all romantic entanglements could be a possibility on the show and eventually started putting in fanservice for shippers of certain pairings. Troy and Britta were given such a moment in the Season One episode "Interpretive Dance". The possible attraction was hinted at more in Season Two in episodes like "Basic Rocket Science" and "Mixology Certification" and further developed in Season Three. In the Community: The Complete Season Three DVD commentaries, Harmon credits writer Megan Ganz with convincing him to explore the Troy and Britta pairing further.

Relationship analysis

Troy and Britta share a few similarities to the Jeff and Annie pairing: both have significant age differences, both are opposite in personalities, and both were pairings that were not originally planned. The main difference is that, for the most part, Britta has been more unguarded in her feelings towards Troy particularly in comparison to Jeff's mostly ambiguous admissions to Annie regarding his feelings for her. In Season Four, Troy and Britta will be in an official relationship and Abed having to deal with his anxieties of losing his best friend to someone else, a plot point hinted at in "Virtual Systems Analysis".

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