This is… You know… The idea that Troy is a non-polluted version of Jeff Winger… That he’s the young buck kind of up-and-coming, and that he hasn’t had a chance yet to become jaded… That Jeff has already had Britta, and that they’re- Jeff and Britta are like siblings - but that Troy is now, like, becoming a man, and you know, Britta says to him, ‘You don’t have to be like that.’ Jeff says that, to Troy and Abed all the time too, ‘You don’t have to be like me.’ Um… it’s really cool to me, like Troy’s character… He’s… 100 percent sincere. Sometimes we play him as Jethro, from Beverly Hillbillies, or Woody, from Cheers - he’s just dumb, and that’s the joke, but moreover he’s just… gutless. He’s credulous, he’s sincere. And he just happens to be one of the- about to be one of the biggest rappers in the world.
With Dance Pance.
Dan Harmon on Troy Barnes (from the Remedial Chaos Theory DVD commentary)