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Troy Fairbanks is an attending political science student at Winchester University, an elected student body president, and the former leader of the Coalition of Racial Equality student union, as well as the only son to Dean Walter Fairbanks. He is a major character in the indie film Dear White People and in the Netflix adaption series of the same name, portrayed by Brandon P. Bell.


Troy Fairbanks has been raised under the care of his father Dean Fairbanks. Under his love or lack of, he was taught to dress, present, and express himself in mannerisms of the higher class, deeming this the appropriate method of gaining respect from others. This, however, has placed conflict between himself and his black peers, often finding himself clashing more with his former girlfriend Samantha White.

The overall internal conflict from his environment has put some toll of frustration on his ability to make changes in his life. Troy revealed to Lionel Higgins that he has had thoughts of escaping from home and school, ditching communication to the rest of the world if it meant he could find peace.


Early LifeEdit

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Early Days at WinchesterEdit

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House ElectionsEdit

Standing on the stage, Troy put on a speech.[3]

Dear Black PeopleEdit

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Presidental ElectionEdit

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Town HallEdit

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A Failed NightEdit

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Soul Searching JourneyEdit

Reggie GreenEdit

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Samantha WhiteEdit

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Coco ConnersEdit

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Walter FairbanksEdit

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Troy Fairbanks' Appearances


No means no.
—Troy Fairbanks[src]


See Gallery.


  • Troy's father makes a comment that Troy was one year away from legally able to consume alcohol. While no exact date is given, Troy would have to be born between the years 1996 and 1997 for this to be true.[1]
  • Troy may suffer from Tourette Syndrome, though he has never been professionally diagnosed.[5]



Winchester Student Body
Armstrong-Parker House AlRashid BakrBrookeJoelle BrooksChariseCoco ConnersDejonElizabethTroy FairbanksReggie GreenLionel HigginsJamesKarenKordellMartinKelsey Philips (Sorbet) • SungmiTraceySamantha White
Bechet House

Chad TownsendDanielleEmilySofia FletcherMuffy Tuttle

Blakey Graduate House Gabe MitchellMiloVanessa
Davis House AmyAbigailCliftonDaveEthanGordonMaxSilvio Romo
Garmin Club House ColinGordonJeffreyKurt FletcherMitchNate
Webster House Trevor King
Others AddisonAlexisWesley AlvarezAnnieAnnieAJBeccaChristinaConnerDeondreElisaEvaGeorgeIkumiJamilaJasmineJeanetteJoshLeoThane LockwoodMeharMikahMikoNelsonPaigeSabrinaTanikaThadTheadoraToddTopperTristanVijalZak
For a full list of minor characters, see List of Minor Characters.