When it comes to Community background players, Starburns, Leonard, and Fat Neil are all great, but no one’s had a breakout year quite like Magnitude. The one-man catchphrase machine ("Pop, pop!") has been featured in just a couple of episodes—crashing a Valentine's Day party in Jeff's apartment, running for student body president in "Intro to Political Science"—but his popularity is such that Magnitude is already the subject of a seriously exhaustive “oral history” over at The Wrap. Previewing Magnitude’s return in the Josh Holloway-aided two-part paintball finale beginning tonight, creator Dan Harmon, staff writer Adam Countee, and Magnitude himself, Luke Youngblood, dump a wealth of background information on the character. To wit: Originally just a one-off joke, Magnitude was first named "Poochie" until someone remembered The Simpsons, then went through various iterations like "Quasar" and "Event Horizon" until they realized the “nickname-within-a-nickname” potential of “Magnetic Attitude.” Click through for everything else you could possibly want to know about Magnitude, including his secret history as a 16-year-old prodigy from Barbados with a cardiologist father.
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