Sep. 17, 2009
30 min.
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The student body at Greendale higher education Community College is made up of high-school losers, newly divorced housewives, and old people who want to keep their minds active. Within these not-so-hallowed halls, Community focuses on a band of misfits, at the center of which is a fast-talkin' lawyer whose degree has been revoked, who form a study group and end up learning a lot more about themselves than they do about their course work.

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Gillian Jacobs was born on October 19, 1982 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA as Gillian McLaren Jacobs. ...

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Britta Perry ~ "I peed alone my whole life...women have always hated me... I don't even know how it started".

AKA: "The Worst"
Birthday: October, 1980
Home Town: Riverside, Colorado
Major: Psychology
Occupation: Bartender; Former Anarchist; Foot Model and Waitress

Britta Perry is a student at Greendale Community College She has never really known what she wanted to do with her life and has experienced difficulty juggling her life and problems within large organizations. Britta was born in Riverside, Colorado in October 1980. Britta has two older brothers, one of whom works with children with some type of special disorder in a hospital. On her eleventh birthday, an eager-handed man in a dinosaur costume intruded in on her party at a restaurant; this event has haunted her into adulthood. Britta dropped out of high school because she thought it would impress Radiohead and joined a group of anarchists who vandalized billboards. She was successful at recruiting new members but was kicked out for not being anarchist enough. She joined the Peace Corps, did some foot modeling, attended a world-trade rally where she was tear-gassed, and visited Africa. One day, Britta woke up and realized she was "almost thirty and flat broke," thus prompting her to enroll at Greendale to find some direction.

Britta's claims that other girls have always hated her, and Abed estimates that over 50% of the people who meet her don't like her. Although she aspires to be selfless she is prone to be vain and hypocritical in her actions. Despite her best efforts, when she tries to do good it will usually backfire on her. She is distrustful of large organizations, particularly government and religion (she has identified herself as an atheist). Britta's constant rants against such institutions annoys everyone in the study group who consider her a buzz-kill. She attempts to appear progressive and cool but often comes off as misinformed and pretentious. Her mispronunciation of certain words has caused her to be referred to as "the worst" and made her the butt of many jokes.

She has a hipster mentality and scorns anything conventional or popular. Britta loves cats and has had several including Suzie B who became ill and died whom she later replaced with Daniel who has only one eye. Romantically she found herself drawn to men who are damaged in some way; once Troy points this out she admited it's because she hates herself.

Jeff and Britta were the first major pairing, romantic or otherwise, on Community. A clear love/hate dynamic was established between the two with Jeff's aggressive pursuit of Britta romantically in the beginning of Season One. Although Jeff created the study group as a means to impress her, he eventually forms a close bond with all of them including Britta. Initially, they felt a sense of responsibility towards the other members of the study group and considered themselves to be their "Greendale parents". They have since abandoned those roles and just become friends with them. Although they eventually became lovers, they ultimately decided they were better off just being friends.

Troy and Britta bonded in their first year at Greendale when they learned they were taking dancing classes and keeping it a secret from the rest of study group. Troy had a crush on Britta but she remained oblivious much like Troy was to Annie's crush on him. Britta later kissed Troy when he lied about a traumatic childhood trauma but she later claims it was a mistake. She reciprocated his feelings during their junior year after realizing how deep his affection for her was. They dated in their fourth year at school but broke up after Troy realized he wasn't ready for a serious relationship yet.

Shirley and Britta have a strong friendship and mutual respect for each other. Despite the fact that the younger study group member is an Atheist and Shirley is a devout Christian they normally get along quite well. However, the differences will occasionally put a strain on their relationship. Britta will sometimes go too far in teasing Shirley about her beliefs usually because she gets annoyed with all the sermonizing. Nevertheless, both are always there for each other when they need support; Britta set aside her own feelings about Shirley's ex-husband and supported her friend when the couple decided to reunite and Shirley helped Britta sort through her feelings for Jeff. The bond they share was highlighted when they naturally gravitated towards each other when the study group needed to be split into pairs for Biology lab partners.

Britta and Annie are initially not as close to each other as they are with other members of the study group. The relationship between the two women fluctuated over the years resulting in some differing extremes. Most of the time they have had an almost sisterly friendship and are supportive and are protective of each other. However, there were a few occasions that feelings of jealousy between the pair arose. These conflicts occurred mostly due to their seemingly similar taste in men, particularly Vaughn and Jeff. Recently they have moved past these issues and formed a more solid friendship. Annie has even been instrumental in helping Britta in her budding relationship with Troy.

Britta tends to take a more maternal role towards Abed and worries about his obsession with pop-culture and inability to distinguish reality from fantasy. On several occasions she has tried to protect him coming to his defense when his father tried to stop his interest in filmmaking and also attempting to prevent him from being kicked out of school after he seemingly had a nervous breakdown. In study group's third year at Greendale together, Abed eventually admits to having problems and needing therapy. He asks Britta, who had declared psychology as her major, to help him deal with his issues.

Britta, like the rest of the study group, tolerates Pierces racist and boorish behavior as much as possible. Often he will imply or outright call Britta a lesbian much to her annoyance. In general, Britta tends to feel sorry for Pierce although his attitude makes that difficult. She even attempted to make him feel better by participating in hypnotherapy sessions with him . Pierce on occasion has stood up for Britta, telling Vaughn to lay off her when he wrote a song about her and was shown to be supportive of her when he thought she was coming out of the closet after she befriended a supposedly lesbian student. He also made sure a dance she organized at school was successful by getting Sophie B. Hawkins to perform.

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03x12 - Contemporary Impressionists
Season 3, Episode 12
03x07 - Studies In Modern Movement
Season 3, Episode 07
02x16 - Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking
Season 2, Episode 16
02x05 - Messianic Myths and Ancient Peoples
Season 2, Episode 05
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