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.