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Troy Fairbanks is a character on the Netflix original series Dear White People. He is portrayed by Brandon P. Bell in the TV adaptation and the original film.


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.


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Dear Black People

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Presidental Election

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Town Hall

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  • 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. (Chapter III)
  • Troy may suffer from Tourette Syndrome, though he has never been professionally diagnosed. (Chapter VIII)



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