Ranked: Every Character on Community, From Least Funny to Funniest

An ode to Greendale’s finest.

By James Brady Ryan

Tomorrow night, Community returns to TV. To celebrate, we gave ourselves an assignment: rank its amazingly funny cast of characters from least funny to funniest. Since almost every main character has a shot at the top spot, it wasn't going to be easy — you could check in with us hourly and our top rankings would probably change each time — but somehow, we did it.   

 

25. Pavel (Dominik Musiol)  

Troy and Abed's Polish dormmate, Pavel, is given little to do besides pop in on the pair and ask what's up. His accent gives him some color, but it doesn’t make him funny.

24. Magnitude (Luke Youngblood)

Magnitude's character has one signature joke. (He says “Pop pop,” for those of you who don't watch the show.) Unfortunately, that one joke is meaningless and overdone.

23. Quendra (Marcy McCusker)

Poor Quendra-with-a-Qu, you never really had a chance. If Jeff had liked you more, you might have had a longer stay on the show and had more of a shot. But still, points for your delivery of the phrase “I love footballs.”

22. Dean Spreck (Jordan Black)

The dean of Greendale’s rival City College, Dean Spreck is just as oddly sexual as Dean Pelton, but in a much more sinister way. His obvious hate/love/lust relationship with Dean Pelton is amusing, and so is the idea of community-college nemeses... but his actual character doesn’t really make us laugh.

21. Andre (Malcolm-Jamal Warner)

Much like Shirley, her reformed husband suffers in terms of his funniness because he has to be a good person. Luckily, that doesn't stop the show from putting former Cosby kid Malcolm-Jamal Warner in a crazy sweater — according to Andre, a gift from his dad. A meta-joke, but we’ll take it.

20. Leonard (Richard Erdman)

Sometimes, Leonard feels like the character to whom Community's writers give all the jokes that didn't quite work for Pierce. But sometimes he hits the spot; also, I don't think Pierce looks old enough to have been in The Little Rascals.

19. Male Nurse Jackie (Patton Oswalt)

Why hasn't Patton Oswalt returned to Community more? (What's that you say? Probably money?) His role is a bit thankless, but Oswalt is a good enough comedian to know that if you only get to say "herpes" once, you'd better make it count.

18. Vicki (Danielle Kaplowitz)

Mostly used as a punching bag for Pierce — but a pretty good punching bag! — Vicki didn't leave much of an impression until we saw her listless saloon girl dancing in “A Fistful of Paintballs."

17. Professor Michelle Slater (Lauren Stamile)

Professor Slater got some good lines in there — it's always fun to hear someone shut Jeff down, as she does repeatedly (before dating him) — but unfortunately, when she was up against the main cast, she just couldn't sell it all the way.

Commentarium (51 Comments)

Sep 21 11 - 11:34am
sb

Completely wrong over Magnitude, Nerve, I can't even look at you now. He's a better Poochie than Poochie himself.

Sep 21 11 - 3:07pm
Marty

We all need to be vigilant of any plot thread in which Magnitude plans to visit his home planet.

Sep 21 11 - 11:15pm
Neemo

Pop pop, my friends.

Pop pop.

Sep 21 11 - 1:10pm
Lawrence

This looks like a list of who just has the most tv air time.

Sep 21 11 - 1:20pm
Byrd

Missing - Professor Holly, the pottery teacher. "No GHOSTING!" No love for Buster Bluth?

Sep 21 11 - 1:38pm
Jocelyntron

I mean, obviously Troy and Abed are actually tied for first place, but at least you had the sense to put them both at the top.

Sep 21 11 - 2:15pm
panajane

Troy would be nothing without Abed! Abed deserves first place without a doubt. I spent a couple of hours checking out the bloopers on Community. You should too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYZr_zpLRIE

Sep 21 11 - 2:28pm
woah

Troy is my favorite character, but he only works to fill in the spots between Abed's characters and routines. Abed is #1.

Sep 21 11 - 3:02pm
Marty

Uh.... you take that back about Magnitude before I reach through the computer and END you.

POP POP!

Sep 21 11 - 3:06pm
Marty

Also, did you just analogize "Friends" to this show? That should bar you from any further commentary on "Community" for all time.

Sep 21 11 - 5:27pm
Didimydoe3

hahaha

Sep 21 11 - 11:20pm
marty

Even Abed compares Friends to Community

Sep 21 11 - 3:17pm
Jax

"P...pop..."

"POP WHAT MAGNITUDE??? POP WHAT? WHAT'S HE TRYING TO SAY???"

Sep 21 11 - 6:25pm
Timmeka

LOL Love that one!

Sep 21 11 - 3:45pm
dom

Hmm... I think I prefer Abed over Troy. With Abed Troy is weaker but Abed can work on his own. Deffinately my favourite character.

And yeah, I give you hell for Senor Chang. He should be a lot higher. Apart from that I agree with this list, as much as it pains me to rank the characters from my favourite show.

Sep 22 11 - 10:47pm
JT

DITTO.

Sep 21 11 - 4:23pm
Histrion

Finally, somebody else recognizes that Senor Chang is not funny. Ken Jeong is funny. Senor Chang is not.

Sep 21 11 - 4:58pm
Hippiechic81

Senor Chang is friggin' hilarious so I disagree there!!! I know I'll get crap for this but I just don't think Chevy/Pierce is that funny. His character feels the most forced and I almost never laugh at anything he says or does. Big hearts for everyone else though!!!!!!!!!

Sep 22 11 - 2:11am
kas

Britta? Is that you?

Sep 21 11 - 5:24pm
Montebello

This list is awful.

Sep 21 11 - 5:26pm
Henry E.

Donald Glover should be 25th. He's the least funny. I'm so tired of hyper-active squealing people that get cheap laughs that way. And seriously, Patton Oswalt that low? That speaks for the rest of this article.

Sep 21 11 - 5:38pm
tvtayber

Abed is WAAAAYYYY funnier than Troy. WAY.

Apr 22 12 - 9:07am
Me

Inflection is SOOOOOOO interesting

Sep 21 11 - 5:53pm
Carty

Wow, this list is completely off. Chang that far back on the list? Terrible. Also I like Donald Glover, but he is no where near the funniest person on the show. This list just made me angry.

Sep 21 11 - 6:36pm
Doddsy

Senior Chang is by far the biggest mistake with this list, he is awesome especially in second series he should be in top 5. Abed is by far number 1 and then pierce. Troy should be number 4.

Sep 21 11 - 9:25pm
Thugmaggedon

Sorry, pal, Ken Jeong is good for nothing. Actually, he's pretty good in this show. Yeah, now that I think about it, you're totally right. I just don't like that guy in anything else. Who even cares about him?

Sep 21 11 - 9:27pm
Thugmaggedon

Also, are you British? A British chap named Doddsy - boy, is there something I like about that. I once met a British guy named Giles and shat my Ps.

Sep 21 11 - 6:39pm
MB

Did anybody see the Cougar Town episode, where Abed was randomly just hanging out in the background, overtly eavesdropping on the main characters??

Sep 21 11 - 7:17pm
Lawrence

Yeah I ended up looking for that clip and it was just so awkward.. lol.

Sep 21 11 - 6:55pm
Erik

Chang at 15?? Go to hell.

Sep 21 11 - 9:19pm
Peppy

What about the Human Being???

Sep 21 11 - 9:24pm
Thugmaggedon

You're not gonna find a bigger fan of 'mmunity than me - give me a glass of vino and my sweats and I'm giggles-deep before the theme song. But holy God Donald Glover is not funny. It's things like this list that make it painfully obvious that the general public should not be allowed to watch TV shows.

Also Aziz Ansari in Parks & Rec. blows, too.

Also, wait, now that I read the whole list, JBR can't rate any of these char'cs. Sorry, what was funny about Dino Stamatopoulos?

Sep 27 11 - 2:19pm
Bless

'Mmunity? Sigh. I really wanted to value your opinion, too.

Sep 21 11 - 9:34pm
Andre

Just wanna say that Abed's "oddly serious monologue" is a just another pop culture reference. It's reenactment of My Dinner with Andre, in which the titular character, Andre, talks about his own life changing experiences in a series of serious monologues. So, really, it's not odd at all!
Abed is nothing but brilliant.

Sep 21 11 - 9:54pm
Ariane

The writers are the funniest thing about Community. That they have not won gads of awards is a travesty.

Sep 21 11 - 9:57pm
Walrus9

I go to UCLA and Donald Glover (Childish Gambino) came to our free concert last Sunday, and he was hella good! How is he so good at so many things??

Sep 22 11 - 10:43am
thinkywritey

His rap is mind-blowing.

Sep 21 11 - 10:58pm
JJ

Shirley, Andre, starburns, professor Malcom, and Jeffs teacher girlfriend were never meant to be funny.

You could call this list characters the writer of this list likes the most, which is hard to agree with, but as it is the list is whack.

Pop Pop

Sep 22 11 - 1:24am
Dougie

Would it kill nerve to get better writers?

Sep 22 11 - 3:26am
Alex

I'm gonna get soo much shit for this, but Shirley should be much higher, Britta much lower. Shirley's one liners are perfectly crafted.

Also, Pop pop.

Sep 22 11 - 3:31am
Chuck

Magnitude's ranking invalidates this entire list. Pop-pop fo' life!

Sep 22 11 - 9:23am
Shenanigans!

How does Patton Oswalt even make the list when there's no room for Kevin Corrigan as Professor Professorson?

Sep 22 11 - 11:53am
jess

WASTE OF TIME LIST. shirley funnier than Chang?! NO WAY. chang should be in the running for number one with abed and troy. and pierce

Sep 22 11 - 12:37pm
Steve

I guess it depends on how you balance season 1 vs. season 2. Season 1 Chang would deserve to be higher, but they were really scattershot with him in season 2. Same with the Abed vs. Troy debate in my mind. Season 1 was Abed (and I'd actually put Annie second), but Donald Glover would top the list for Season 2 in my opinion.

Sep 22 11 - 2:47pm
Rob H

Nerve got the top 3 right, and nailed it on Chang, but the rest of the cast is jumbled. Magnitude is top 15, and with apologies to Chevy Chase (love him, but he hasn't been funny since 1989), Pierce's character is just not funny at all.

Sep 27 11 - 12:17am
Rob

Any body who says Donald Glover is not funny should kill themselves. Seriously. He is number one undisputed. Who on the show a has highlight reel like this:
http://thelaughbutton.com/news/donald-glovers-moments-community/

Oct 10 11 - 3:40am
jo

Aight - chevy is not funny. sorry - he's everyone's least favorite character and never causes a laugh. maybe you've gotta be old. And both magnitude and vicki need to seriously move up this list. dedicated fans love these two.

May 13 12 - 9:23am
andrew

britta, annie, shirley and jeff are all stupid characters and annoying as hell. I could watch a show with just Abed, Troy, and Pierce. That would be hilarious.

May 20 12 - 12:43pm
Will

I think you overrated Annie. You ranked Pierce well, but for the wrong reason. You were right when you said you would get hell for ranking Chang so low. How dare you. Personally, Jeff, Abed, and Troy are in a 3 way tie for me.

Jun 18 12 - 9:52pm
this list is shit

senor chang is one of the funniest characters of all time. and duncan is also hilarious. troy? seriously? no.

Aug 09 12 - 8:18pm
Hanna Titimets

Chang isn't funny. End of.