Sep. 17, 2009
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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halls, Community focuses on a band of misfits, at the center of which is a fast-talkin' lawyer whose degree has been revoked, who form a study group and end up learning a lot more about themselves than they do about their course work.

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Jeff Winger ~ "I'm no sociopath. I always know what I'm doing is wrong. I'm just a guy that doesn't like taking tests, doing work, and getting yelled at. So if you think about it, I'm the sanest person here".

AKA: "Tinkletown", "Tango", "Milord"
Birthday: November 20, 1978
Home Town: Denver, Colorado
Department: Law
Position: Law Professor

Jeffrey Tobias "Jeff" Winger was once a practicing attorney from Denver, Colorado. His father is William Winger who divorced his mother Doreen Winger née Fitzgerald when he was very young. William later had another child named Willy Jr. who is Jeff's step-brother. Jeff was a very successful defense attorney specializing in DUI/DWAI/DUID cases, traffic offenses, and juvenile crimes for over six years. He worked for a law firm called Hamish, Hamish & Hamlin that was founded by Ted. At work he was often partnered with a lawyer named Mark and the two were known as "Tango & Cash" respectively. A drunk driving case Jeff handled involved a Psychology Professor named Ian Duncan with whom he eventually became good friends with.

At the height of his success at the firm, Jeff's fraudulent academic credentials were exposed by a colleague of his named Alan Conner. Jeff was immediately disbarred with his license suspended until he earned a legitimate degree. For four years he went to Greendale Community College with this goal in mind. During this time he became close friends with a study grop he formed. After having earned a Bachelors degree in Education, he briefly returned to practicing law and unsuccessfully started his own firm. After it's closure, he returned to Greendale where he accepted a job as a Law professor. He was also reunited with his study group when he joined a special committee formed by Dean Pelton to "save" Greendale.

Jeff possesses a sarcastic wit along with a vain and egotistical personality; this is due to his mother over praising him when he was a child. He is an Agnostic, although this can be seen as an example of his tendency not to put any effort into anything. He hates talking about his feelings and tries to avoid dealing with emotional conflicts. As Professor Kane pointed out to him, he keeps people at a distance and cannot open himself up to others; this is directly tied into his father's abandonment of him at an early age. He confessed to his ex-boss Ted that he admired the cool looking divorce lawyer hired by his parents because he did his job without letting his personal feelings get in the way. This, along with an unfortunate incident with a bully named "Big Cheddar", helped shape the negative aspects to his personality. However, Jeff's time with the study group has been a more positive influence and started to change him for the better.

When Alan Connor tells him he was responsible for his disbarment, Jeff thanks him as he genuinely values his time spent at Greendale. Although the group tended to look to Jeff as their leader, they began to rely on him less in this role.

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. 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. Although they eventually became lovers, they have since settled into a more platonic relationship.

When Annie first meets Jeff, she is immediately suspicious of his credentials as a "board certified tutor" in Spanish but is eventually charmed by him along with the rest of the study group. During a debate competition, the two discover they are both attracted to each other and share a kiss. This creates an underlying tension between them throughout the rest of their time at Greendale. Jeff initially tries to keep his distance from Annie; he is uncomfortable with the age difference and denies to her that anything is going on between them. Recently however, he has become a bit more honest about his feelings.

Jeff meets Abed first before the study group is formed. Initially, he acts like Jeff's flunky. Eventually, this evolves into a good friendship, particularly after they briefly become roommates when Jeff is evicted from his condo. Like the rest of the study group, Jeff accepts Abed's odd behavior and has shown to be very protective of him. Abed is one of the few members of the group Jeff often goes to for advice. Abed has admitted he admires Jeff's ability to instantly bond with others because it's something he has trouble with himself despite his close relationship to Troy.

As with the other members of the study group, Shirley has a mostly maternal relationship with Jeff. Although annoyed with her mother henning and sermonizing, Jeff respects her beliefs and appreciates that she cares so much for her friends. They have recently learned about a history they share together; when Shirley was 12-years-old she publicly humiliated a 10-year-old Jeff by making him wet his pants in a game of foosball. They have since made peace with the past and have become closer with Jeff even saying that Shirley is the only one who understands him. Shirley has been shown to be one of the best influences on Jeff during his time at Greendale.

Pierce initially is as in awe of Jeff as the rest of the study group and tries repeatedly to become his best friend. He later become envious of Jeff's status in the group. He will often claim that Jeff is gay and has made many remarks about this. Despie this, Pierce has shown that he does care about Jeff on several occasions. When Jeff goes crazy in pottery class, he gives him advice about accepting his limitations. He later took the blame for Jeff's actions when he tried to destroy the study table by telling the group he bribed Professor Kane to kick him out of class. Pierce took pity on him seeing how Jeff had a harder time being excluded from the group than he did.

Troy initially looks up to Jeff, especially admiring his way with women. Occasionally, he'll exhibit signs of jealousy over Jeff's relationship with Britta, who he has a crush on. Troy, like the rest of the study group, considers him the official leader but will at times argue with decisions he has made. Jeff and Troy are the two most physical members of the group and sometimes play basketball games together. As the series progresses, Troy struggles with his attempts to be seen as more mature and his childish antics with Abed. He starts to assert himself more and Britta suggested Jeff feels threatened by him now.

The Dean has a bit of a crush on Jeff and always tries to make a move on him, often touching him inappropriately and talking suggestively to him. A few times the Dean will go too far with his crush such as when he blackmailed Jeff to spend the day with him at the mall. Although annoyed by his creepy advances, Jeff has shown to be somewhat fond of the Dean and even had fun on their "date" together. He has gone as far as forgiving Dean for his crazy antics on the set of a Greendale commercial he was filming and also hatching a plan to save Craig from Chang after he is kidnapped and replaced by Faux-by.

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