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[[caption-width-right:240:Season 1 Cast[[note]]Top row: Damian, Bryce, Samuel, Hannah, Cameron. Second row: Alex, Emily, Lindsay. Third row: [=McKynleigh=], Ellis, Matheus. Bottom: Marissa.[[/note]]]]

''The Glee Project'' is a RealityShow that is sort of a spin-off of ''Series/{{Glee}}''. It's a talent competition[[note]]or as Robert Ulrich has stated, an "inspiration" competition[[/note]] for a 7 episode guest role on {{Glee}}. The episodes involve weekly themes for which the contestants get homework. They bring in [[HeyItsThatGuy one of the stars of Glee]] to judge the contestants as they perform the homework challenge and choose a winner. The winner gets an advantage in the week's music video, directed by Erik White. The three who do the worst that week do a "last chance performance" for ''Glee'''s ShowRunner Ryan Murphy, choreographer Zach Woodlee, casting director Robert Ulrich, and (in season 2) vocal coach Nikki Anders.

Began its second season in June 2012, two weeks after the finale of ''Glee'''s third season.

!! Reality TV Tropes at work include:
* ConfessionCam: For both the contestants and the judges.
* EliminationCatchphrase: "You have not been called back." Albeit written down as opposed to spoken.
* EliminationStatement: The eliminated contestants give a statement about how much they’ve grown and how this was the best experience of their life. Then, because this is Glee after all, the loser sings “Keep Holding On” while the remaining contestants sing backup.
* EveryoneMeetsEveryone
* NonGameplayElimination:
** [[spoiler:Cameron]] quit the competition because he felt he wasn't right for the show.
** [[spoiler:Taryn]] left early in the second season after a series of deaths in her family, leaving her in a poor emotional state to continue the competition.
* OnlyOneName: this goes one step further, as the press release announcing the cast only lists the cast members' first names
* RealityShowGenreBlindness: Cameron had no idea that, on a show focusing a lot on teenage relationships and sexuality, he might actually have to kiss somebody who isn't his girlfriend.
* RealityTVShowMansion: Averted. The contestants live in dorms.
* ShockingElimination: Fans were ''not'' pleased with the eliminations of [[spoiler: Marissa]] in episode six and [[spoiler: Hannah]] in episode eight. Particularly because both contestants were fan and judge favorites and who each won that week's challenge.
** Also [[spoiler: Shanna]] in Season 2
* VotedOffTheIsland: Nikki Anders, Zach Woodlee, and Robert Ulrich decide who should go out of the bottom three, they then perform for Ryan Murphy who decides who will be cut. The contestants are then presented with a call back list which will have all but one contestant called back.

!!! The Glee Project also contains examples of:
* {{Adorkable}}: Michael is really cute and sweet...and he ''loves'' calculus.
-->'''Michael''': Derivatives are ''awesome''.
** Cameron.
** Damian too. It comes as no surprise then that Damian and Cameron ended up becoming close friends and are now roommates sharing an apartment in Los Angeles together.
* AllGuysWantCheerleaders: Damian and Lindsay in the "sexuality" main challenge.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: The theme of the "believability" main challenge video.
* AlphaBitch: Lindsay seems to be like this in the beginning, which may be due to ManipulativeEditing of her confessionals.
** Lily says she was this in High School and definitely embraces it
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Bryce, Tyler, and Taryn.
* AscendedExtra: Vocal coach Nikki Anders was only seen for very short bits in the studio in season one. Now, she's present for recording, video shoots, and last-chance performances, chiming in on the final decision along with Ryan, Zach, and Robert.
* [[AscendedFanboy Ascended Fanboy/Fangirl]]: The whole premise of the show is to make one of the contenders this.
* AttractiveBentGender: Alex in drag.
* AuthorAppeal: Ryan is very clearly supportive of people like Alex (a CampGay occasionally-crossdressing countertenor in the mold of ChrisColfer) and Cameron (a nerd-chic rocker who is outspokenly Christian, which is a character type Ryan has "always wanted to write").
* {{Autotune}}: In the video for "U Can't Touch This".
* AwesomeButImpractical: According to the producers, Samuel and Lindsay are this because both are great singers, but they're not very relatable.
* BackForTheFinale: It turned out that [[spoiler: all the eliminated contestants returned to participate as background singers for the "Glee-ality" main challenge]].
* BaitAndSwitch: Ryan is a fan of this method of elimination. In a number of episodes (including the finale), he complimented a contestant, making it seem as if they were safe. He told [[spoiler:Marissa]] she was gorgeous and talented and would never have a problem being cast; he told [[spoiler:Hannah]] she was "the show" and exactly what they were looking for, and he told [[spoiler:Alex]] that he can "do something no one else can do" and praised his voice constantly. All these contestants were then eliminated.
* BeYourself: The first week's "individuality" theme.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Lindsay's [[spoiler: faux tears--especially after Alex broke down about his deceased father]] provoked sweet, upbeat Nikki to lose her temper and call Lindsay fake to her face.
* {{Bifauxnen}}: Dani is gender-androgynous.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Damian towards Matheus when they were partners. He defended Matheus when other contestants, especially Alex, tried to put him down.
* BigGuyLittleGuy: Damian and Matheus' duet.
* {{Bishonen}}: Damian and Samuel, in two very different ways.
** Cameron as well, especially in 'Theatricality'.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Subverted. In season one, there were no blondes in sight (Ellis, Emily and Lindsay were brunettes; Marissa and Hannah were redheads; [=McKynleigh=] had black hair). In season two, the redheads are gone (Shana, Ali, Dani, and Lily Mae are blonde; Nellie, Aylin, and Taryn are brunettes).
* {{Bowdlerise}}: The [[Music/{{LMFAO}} Party Rock Anthem]] video. The original song contains the line "running through these hoes like Drain-O"; in this version it's "combing through my hair like Stamos".
* TheCameo: One of the ''{{Glee}}'' cast shows up to mentor the contestants and judge the homework assignment every week.
** In season 1 it was DarrenCriss (twice!), Idina Menzel, Dot-Marie Jones, Harry Shum Jr., Creator/MaxAdler, Mark Salling, Ashley Fink, Jenna Ushkowitz, and KevinMcHale as the guest mentors. Max also appeared in the music video of his episode.
** In season 2 it was LeaMichele, Samuel Larsen, CoryMonteith, Naya Rivera, Kevin [=McHale=], Jane Lynch, Grant Gustin, Amber Riley, Darren Criss, Diana Agron, and ChrisColfer as the guest mentors. Several characters have appeared in the music videos as well - Mrs. Hagberg in "Milkshakes[=/=]Moves Like Jagger", Rick the Stick in "Hit Me With Your Best Shot[=/=]One Way or Another", Principal Figgins in both "Here I Go Again" and "We Found Love", and Rory Flanagan in "Tonight Tonight".
* CampGay: Alex, Alex, ALEX.
* CampStraight: Abraham.
* CelebrityResemblance: Many people have compared Shanna to [[Series/{{Smash}} Megan Hilty]] and Charlie to Finn. And of course, Dani looks like JustinBieber, but that's part of her appeal.
* CelibateHero: Cameron, who doesn't feel comfortable kissing the other girls because of his relationship back at home.
* TheCharmer: Ryan called Maxfield this.
* CheerfulChild: The guest singers for the "Generosity" challenge.
* TheCheerleader: Lindsay in the "sexuality" main challenge in S1.
** Lily Mae, Shana, and Ali in the "vulnerability" challenge in S2.
* CloudCuckooLander: Charlie. When asked to give three words friends would use to describe him, Abraham said things such as compassionate and tenacious. Charlie? "Dandelions, lightning and fuchsia".
* ClusterFBomb : Lily in season 2's Theatricality episode.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: In the video for "Everybody Hurts", all of the kids who are being bullied are wearing grey.
* CompositeCharacter: Fans have been saying that Alex is what would happen if [[CampGay Kurt Hummel]] and [[SassyBlackWoman Mercedes Jones]] had a child together.
** Not just fans. Ryan Murphy described Alex as "Kurt and Mercedes' love child" to Ian Brennan.
* ContinuityNod: Cameron's shown to be one of few contenders who can accompany himself through guitar. In the finale, he plays electric guitar [[spoiler: when all of the fallen contestants rejoin the final four for "Don't Stop Believin'".]]
* TheCoverChangesTheGender: Averted by Samuel's cover of "Jolene". It's written as a woman singing about another woman stealing her man . . . and that's exactly what Samuel sings it as. Played straight in Season 2, when Nellie's part of "Waiting for a Girl Like You" becomes "a boy like you."
* TheCoverChangesTheMeaning: Damian's performance of "Jesse's Girl".
* CoveredInGunge: The contestants are slushied in the "Ice Ice Baby" video.
** Back with a vengeance in Season 2 with the "Hit me With Your Best Shot/One Way or Another" video. In swimsuits, no less.
* DeadStarWalking: Dani is the most famous person in the season two cast (see YouMightRememberMeFrom), and is the first contestant profiled in the first episode. She's gone after episode two.
* DeadpanSnarker: Ellis, at times, which led to the judges think of her as negative and rude.
** Zach, when he isn't focusing on choreography. Sometimes when he ''is'', and a contestant isn't doing well.
* {{Determinator}}: The judges single out Ali in both the Fearlessness and Tenacity episodes as showing a drive beyond many of the other competitors. In the "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" video, she took more slushies than anyone else, despite having an increased sensitivity to cold. In "Eye of the Tiger", she won that week's challenge largely by hauling her wheelchair up and down four steps.
* [[DidIJustSayThatOutLoud Did I Just Sing That Out Loud?]]
-->'''Damian''': Uh, actually I changed my mind. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny I don't want to be Jesse's girl]].
* DidNotGetTheGirl: Damian gave up the love of his life for his music career.
* DoubleTake: Lily in the season 2 "Individuality" video after she realizes she gave a flyer to Principal Figgins.
* DrillSergeantNasty: Zach Woodlee and Nikki Anders are brutally honest with the contestants, and do not baby them through anything. Nikki does have TeamMom characteristics despite this.
* DreadfulMusician: None of the final four except for Samuel know how to play musical instruments.
* DreadlockRasta: Samuel, of the rebellious nature.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Samuel has very long dreadlocks, a slim frame, and an interesting tendency toward eyeliner.
* DuetBonding: Hannah was upset because Lindsay got to sing with Damian instead of her.
* DysfunctionJunction: Ali comments on how every S2 contestant has overcome an emotional or physical challenge.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Damian, Ellis, and Lindsay.
** Nellie in Season 2.
* EightiesHair: Marissa in the "Don't You Want Me Baby" video. Lily Mae in the "When I Grow Up" video (as Cyndi Lauper).
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Abraham dyed the red streaks out and the judges commented on his newfound masculinity.
* {{Expy}}: Marisa from Season 1 and Shanna from Season 2 can be seen as this due to their similar singing styles, both of them were eliminated in their first "Last Chance Performance" and the fact that they were the 3rd last contestant to leave the competition in their respective seasons.
* TheEveryman: Damian.
* [[spoiler:EverybodyLives: Samuel and Damian were the co-winners, each getting a 7-episode character arc as Joe Hart and Rory Flanagan, respectively. But Ryan and the writers were so fascinated by Lindsay and Alex that they also got characters of their own, Harmony and Wade/Unique, to the point that the latter became more prominent in season 4 and was promoted to the main cast in season 5.]]
* {{Expy}}: Some compare Lindsay to [[{{Glee}} Rachel Berry]]/LeaMichele because of the way they both [[ImNotHereToMakeFriends strive to be the best]] and their similar singing styles.
* FakeBand: The final four of season one act as one of these for the "Sing" video.
* FascinatingEyebrow: Damian's eyebrows move a lot when he sings or speaks, which is commented on and parodied by Zach.
** He also frequently gives one on his shot on the title card.
* TheFashionista: Alex wants to be a fashion designer.
* FemmeFatale:
** S1: Emily, from the beginning. Ryan seemed to think Marissa was this, pointing it out [[spoiler: before he eliminated her]].
** S2: Aylin, all the way.
* FieryRedhead: Marissa appears to be this. Hannah as well.
* FirstKiss: Ellis has hers on the set of the "We're Not Gonna Take It" video.
* FiveTokenBand: Most fans see the season 2 cast as this. There are only four who don't lack any kind of privilege: Blake, Michael, Maxfield, and Nellie (besides lacking male privilege). The others are all minorities: wheelchair, blind, lesbian, trans, black, asian, Muslim, ADHD, crack baby, and plus-size.
* FoodFight: Cameron and Hannah in the "Teenage Dream" video, albeit a sexy version.
* ForcefulKiss: Lindsay kisses Cameron at the end of the "pairability" main challenge, causing him to break down afterwards.
* FunnyForeigner: Damian, at the beginning. There was much giggling over his thick Irish accent.
** Lampshaded by Damian himself early on, when he entertains the other contestants by performing an impromptu rap that consists entirely of Irish phrases in a thick Irish accent (of course), to the point where the only part that most American viewers could fully understand was the part about "walking in Dublin."
*** Lampshaded again by Emily, who notes "I've never seen a leprechaun dance like that!"
* FunSize: Mattheus.
* GagBoobs : Lily has a weird dance move that involves boob-popping. She goes to the bottom three for it in "Danceability."
* GeekyTurnOn: Michael thinks math is sexy.
* GenkiGirl:
** Hannah.
** Ellis, when she's not snarking.
** Shanna. It's a bit of a problem during the "sexuality" challenge.
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: During the Spin the Bottle sequence in the season 2 "Dance-ability" video, Aylin and Lily Mae kiss. Blake and Michael don't, [[YaoiFangirls to the disappointment of many]].
* GoneHorriblyRight: The bullying episode in Season 2 had some of the contestants taking their roles as bullies a bit too far - Lily Mae and Charlie in particular.
* TheGlomp: Ellis to Zach, [[spoiler: during the last episode when she comes back]].
* GratuitousRap: The mash-up of [[VanillaIce "Ice Ice Baby"]] and [[{{Queen}} "Under Pressure"]].
* HappilyAdopted: Lindsay.
* HasTwoMommies: Abraham was raised by his mom and his sister.
* HeelRealization: Lily Mae was an AlphaBitch in high school, but got better.
* HeroicBSOD: Cameron after Lindsay kissed him.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Cameron quits the show in "Sexuality", which ends up saving Damian]].
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Damian and Cameron. The two are set to live together in an LA apartment near Paramount.
* HollywoodNerd: Cameron. Though many have contested that despite the term "nerd" coming from Cameron himself; he is, in fact, a hipster.
* ICallHerVera: Ali's wheelchair is named Roxanne.
* ICantDance: Hannah, though it's subverted a bit. She--and the choreographers--believe her to not be as technically proficient at dancing as the other contestants, but she works harder than others who are better dancers (*cough* Alex *cough).
** Damian is by far, the WORST dancer of the contenders, and he knows it. However, like Hannah, he works hard and his positive attitude has more than made up for his lack of dance ability.
** Cameron as well admitted to having a lot of trouble with dancing, which is probably because of his lanky and awkward frame. This is subverted a bit by Glee's own head choreographer Zach Woodlee fanboying over how cool Cameron moves in "Theatricality". Nikki did this as well in his final audition before being cast as one of the Final Twelve.
** Tyler in season two, being transgender, has issues with his body. He talks a lot on the ConfessionCam about how he's having to relearn how to use his body, and that dancing is very challenging.
* IconicItem: Marissa's banana earrings have become this within the fandom.
* ImagineSpot: The videos for "We're Not Gonna Take It", "Here I Go Again", and "When I Grow Up".
* ImNotHereToMakeFriends: Lindsay, though largely believed to be due to ManipulativeEditing.
** Could be the case with Mario in S2 as well.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Cameron, arguably.
* IncrediblyLamePun: They sing "Ice Ice Baby" in the video where they’re getting slushie facials.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Lindsay and Emily.
* JerkJock: Bryce had some aspects of this. Blake's character in the "Actability" episode, in the "Perfect" trailer.
* LadykillerInLove: Samuel reveals himself to have been this in the "vulnerability" challenge, when he dubs himself "rejected".
* LetsDuet: The "pairability" and "sexuality" challenges in S1.
* LipstickLesbian: McKynleigh and Ali, though neither came out until after their respective seasons.
* LittleMissSnarker: Ellis.
* LovableJock: Damian in the "sexuality" main challenge.
* LoveDodecahedron: A Type 2 occurs in the video for “The Only Exception”. Hannah wants Alex, who wants Damian, who wants Lindsay, who wants Samuel, who wants Hannah.
* LyricSwap: Marissa slips Ryan's name into the chorus of her performance of "Hate on Me".
** And in Charlie's performance of "It's Not Unusual".
* MarriedToTheJob: Damian, or at least he’s afraid of this happening.
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Nellie and Abraham's friendship.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Lindsay is portrayed as an AlphaBitch character in her confessionals, but in real life she and the other contestants are very good friends.
* {{Megane}}: Cameron.
* MetalScream: Part of Matheus's skill-set, which doesn't fair well when he tries to sing swing.
* NerdsAreSexy: Cameron without a doubt.
* NiceGuy: Both Cameron and Damian came off as this throughout the competition, which inevitably led to mass fan adoration. The two caused many HeartwarmingMoments in the show. Damian defended Mattheus in one episode and then Alex on Twitter. Cameron, in particular, was the epitome of a sweet lovable nice guy when he also reassured Alex, gushed to the cast about how they were all friends, gave [=McKynleigh=] flowers when she was eliminated, handed tissues to Lindsay (and Damian) during the Live Finale Chat, and, you know.... the Dameron thing.
** NiceGuy / ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Robert, especially in contrast to DeadpanSnarker Zach and, well, [[SelfDemonstratingArticle Ryan]].
* NiceHat:
** Ryan Murphy sports a few, most notably the bright yellow beret.
** Charlie tends to wear a blue beanie.
* NiceShoes: Damian's and Matheus' boots in their duet. Apropos, they sung "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'".
* ObliviousToLove: Damian has no idea about Hannah's crush on him.
* OddCouple: Matheus and Alex, in their duet. Surprisingly, they had decent chemistry.
* OddFriendship: Hannah and Lindsay were best friends during their time on the show together, and are moving into an apartment in LA together. Also Aylin and Lily Mae are portrayed as rivals and competing with each other, yet they'll be rooming together in LA as of August 2012.
* OlderThanSheLooks: Ellis.
-->"I'm eighteen, I swear!"
* TheOner: The music video for "Eye of the Tiger".
* {{OT3}}: Damian, Hannah, and Cameron. Invoked by Damian, hilariously enough:
-->"The threesome's back together again!"
** He also dedicates his final performance to them.
** In season 2 it's Michael, Blake, and Nellie (occasionally referred to as Blichellie). Sometimes Shanna is included as well, making it an OT4.
* ParentalAbandonment: Shanna was raised by her grandparents because her mother was heavily involved in drugs.
* PerpetualFrowner: Samuel has a default "squinting" face when he sings. {{Lampshaded}} by Lindsay.
* PoolEpisode: The "One Way With Another / Hit Me With Your Best Shot" performance.
* PortmanteauCoupleName: Invoked by guest judge Darren Criss in "Pairability" with Matalex (Matheus and Alex), leading to the contenders coming up with their own couple names some of which are also now used by fans when ActorShipping.
** Examples include: Dameron (the bromance of Cameron and Damian and the most known shipname to come from the show), Damsay (Damian/Lindsay), Marissam (Marissa/Samuel), Camsay (Cameron/Lindsay), Dannah (Damian/Hannah), Samsay (Samuel/Lindsay), and Camrissa (Cameron/Marissa).
** Season 2 has Chaylin/Charlin (Charlie/Aylin), Michellie (Michael/Nellie), Blichael (Blake/Michael), Blanna (Blake/Shanna), and Shaylin (Shanna/Aylin}.
* PowerTrio: Cameron, Damian, Hannah. They referred to themselves as "the threesome" and there were plenty of [[{{CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming}} Crowning Moments Of Heartwarming]] between them.
* PregnantBadass: Nikki in S2.
* RavenHairIvorySkin: Lindsay in S1. Nellie in S2.
* ReactionShot: Nikki gets some very good ones, all of them stemming from her frustration with the contestants in the recording booth.
* RealPersonShipping: Hannah reveals that she had a bit of a crush on Damian. Shipping ensues among the fans.
** Not the only pair, just look at the PortmanteauCoupleName entry above.
** A great deal of the TGP fandom is guilty of this, especially in regard to Dameron, bromance or otherwise. Other fan-supported ships include Damsay, Camrissa and Samsay. Dannah started gaining steam since the airing of the Sexuality episode, while Samsay became popular after [[spoiler: Glee-ality and their epic running-jump hug]].
*** The cast themselves also do this. Ironically, Cameron ships Damsay, while Lindsay is considered one of the biggest Dameron supporters out there.
* ReplacementGoldfish: Samuel becomes Ryan's ideal Christian character after [[spoiler: Cameron quits]].
* TheRunnerUpTakesItAll: Hinted that more than one of the contestants may get a spot on the final show.
** As of the finale: [[spoiler: CONFIRMED. ''EVERYONE'' gets a spot. Damian and Samuel were co-winners, each with 7-episode arcs, and Lindsay and Alex will get 2-episode guest spots.]]
** Exemplified by Alex, who return early in season four and was promoted to series regular, whereas Samuel has only had a few lines each episode and Damian and Lindsay had both left.
* SadistTeacher: Zach, Robert, and Erik in the "Eye of the Tiger" video shoot, forcing the contestants to do the entire video over and over again until they got everything right in ''one take''.
* {{Scatting}}: Hannah has a unique rap-style called "skadoosh".
* [[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules Screw The Money, I Have Rules!]]: The reason [[spoiler:Cameron]] left the competition. He knew he didn't have the acting power to kiss another girl (as he was currently in a relationship and felt like he was cheating) and didn't want to rob the other kids of their chance, even though Ryan told him he would be giving up a recording contract, a starring role, and a concert deal.
* ShirtlessScene, {{Fanservice}}: Michael and Blake get a couple in "Actability"'s video. Also Charlie (FanDisservice) in "Fearlessness."
* ShrinkingViolet:
** Alex's singing partner in the "generosity" main challenge.
** Nellie in season 2, which contributed in part to her elimination.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Lindsay and Alex, the latter to the point that it landed him in the bottom three more than once.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: The "pairability" episode changed how most of the competition process worked for that week.
** Instead of one big music video there were four smaller ones, each centered around a different pair.
** The winner of the homework assignment got to pick their duet partner, and both would get assistance from the mentor.
** Instead of the bottom three people singing, it was the bottom three pairs. From them, the bottom three would be chosen. However, they wouldn’t sing again; it went straight to elimination after that.
* SomethingSomethingLeonardBernstein
-->'''Matheus:''' Mfft lala la [[PunctuatedForEmphasis GIVES YOU HELL]]!
** Michael also suffers a few of these in season 2.
* SoundtrackDissonance: The reaction of many fans (and some of the contenders) to the Vulnerability homework assignment in season 2 being the upbeat [[KellyClarkson "My Life Would Suck Without You"]].
** Not helped by the fact that when used in ''{{Glee}}'' the song is used to celebrate winning Sectionals for the first time.
* SpicyLatina: Emily. [[spoiler: Eventually it led to her being eliminated, since she kept switching back to this personality when she was supposed to be vulnerable.]]
* SpinTheBottle: In the "Dance-ability" music video of season 2.
* StepfordSmiler: Lindsay, apparently.
** Subverted slightly since Lindsay seems genuinely happy about her life. And then of course, as of [[spoiler: "Glee-ality", she makes the decision to stop being perfect and to find herself beneath all her masks]].
* SternTeacher: Not a teacher, but music video director Erik White has very high standards, and doesn't like it when the contestants mess up the shoot.
* TheStoic: Aside from the big group crying session earlier in the series, Samuel's known to be the only character that hasn't had an emotional breakdown.
** [[spoiler: This was actually to his disadvantage because Ryan Murphy WANTED to see vulnerability from the contestants and when Samuel found out, he believed it to be too late in the game therefore having [[NotSoStoic his own emotional breakdown]] in "Generosity".]]
* StreetMusician: Samuel started out as one.
* TakeAThirdOption: [[spoiler: None of the final four are eliminated before the finals]].
* TantrumThrowing: Marissa kicks a chair during the "tenacity" homework challenge, but the spontaneity of it won her the challenge, according to Creator/MaxAdler.
** Of course, Marissa's move was less of a real tantrum and more of fulfilling the Homework assignment. Hers was simply the most noticeable.
* TeamDad: Robert Ulrich, who encourages the kids through the challenges and comforts them when it's time for the callback list to be posted.
** Ryan actually gets a bit of this when he [[spoiler: goes backstage to talk to Cameron, making sure he was making the decision that was best for him, not what Ryan wanted him to do]].
* TeamMom: Nikki Anders, the vocal director. She goes the extra mile to comfort the contestants and help them during their last-chance performances. Does not stop her from being a bit of a DrillSergeantNasty to contestants who are screwing up.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Charlie.
* ThisIsACompetition: One of Lindsay's StockPhrases.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Hannah, in comparison to Lindsay and Marissa.
* TotallyRadical: Damian throws in several "yo's" and "dawgs" during the shoot for "U Can’t Touch This". It works.
* TrainingFromHell: The contestants actually have ''less'' time than the actual cast of the show to learn their songs and choreography.
** The "Tenacity" episode in S2 took this UpToEleven; the contestants had to shoot the video ''in one take''. If one person messed up even the tiniest bit, they had to start all over again.
* {{Transgender}}: Tyler.
* TwoferTokenMinority:
** Alex is black and gay.
** Tyler is half black, half Jewish, and transgender.
** Mario is black and blind.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Nikki and her husband Adam. ''Yikes''.
* VocalRangeExceeded: The worst-case scenario of vocal recording with Nikki.
* TheVonTropeFamily: Marissa Von Bleicken.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Matheus is fond of his own abs.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: [[spoiler: Alex does the "pairability" challenge in drag ("Nowadays" from ''Theatre/{{Chicago}}''), his last chance performance in "Tenacity" ("And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" from ''{{Theatre/Dreamgirls}}'') in drag, and his final performance on the show in drag ("I Am Changing" from ''{{Theatre/Dreamgirls}}'')]].
* WildTeenParty: In the "Dance-ability" music video of season 2.
* WriteWhoYouKnow: Ryan Murphy bases the winner's ''Glee'' character on their personality.
* XMeetsY: ''Series/{{Glee}}'' meets ''Series/AmericasNextTopModel'' meets ''Theatre/AChorusLine''.
* YouAreNotAlone: At the end of the "Mad World" music video.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Abraham has bright red highlights in his hair.

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[[caption-width-right:240:Season 1 Cast[[note]]Top row: Damian, Bryce, Samuel, Hannah, Cameron. Second row: Alex, Emily, Lindsay. Third row: [=McKynleigh=], Ellis, Matheus. Bottom: Marissa.[[/note]]]]

''The Glee Project'' is a RealityShow that is sort of a spin-off of ''Series/{{Glee}}''. It's a talent competition[[note]]or as Robert Ulrich has stated, an "inspiration" competition[[/note]] for a 7 episode guest role on {{Glee}}. The episodes involve weekly themes for which the contestants get homework. They bring in [[HeyItsThatGuy one of the stars of Glee]] to judge the contestants as they perform the homework challenge and choose a winner. The winner gets an advantage in the week's music video, directed by Erik White. The three who do the worst that week do a "last chance performance" for ''Glee'''s ShowRunner Ryan Murphy, choreographer Zach Woodlee, casting director Robert Ulrich, and (in season 2) vocal coach Nikki Anders.

Began its second season in June 2012, two weeks after the finale of ''Glee'''s third season.

!! Reality TV Tropes at work include:
* ConfessionCam: For both the contestants and the judges.
* EliminationCatchphrase: "You have not been called back." Albeit written down as opposed to spoken.
* EliminationStatement: The eliminated contestants give a statement about how much they’ve grown and how this was the best experience of their life. Then, because this is Glee after all, the loser sings “Keep Holding On” while the remaining contestants sing backup.
* EveryoneMeetsEveryone
* NonGameplayElimination:
** [[spoiler:Cameron]] quit the competition because he felt he wasn't right for the show.
** [[spoiler:Taryn]] left early in the second season after a series of deaths in her family, leaving her in a poor emotional state to continue the competition.
* OnlyOneName: this goes one step further, as the press release announcing the cast only lists the cast members' first names
* RealityShowGenreBlindness: Cameron had no idea that, on a show focusing a lot on teenage relationships and sexuality, he might actually have to kiss somebody who isn't his girlfriend.
* RealityTVShowMansion: Averted. The contestants live in dorms.
* ShockingElimination: Fans were ''not'' pleased with the eliminations of [[spoiler: Marissa]] in episode six and [[spoiler: Hannah]] in episode eight. Particularly because both contestants were fan and judge favorites and who each won that week's challenge.
** Also [[spoiler: Shanna]] in Season 2
* VotedOffTheIsland: Nikki Anders, Zach Woodlee, and Robert Ulrich decide who should go out of the bottom three, they then perform for Ryan Murphy who decides who will be cut. The contestants are then presented with a call back list which will have all but one contestant called back.

!!! The Glee Project also contains examples of:
* {{Adorkable}}: Michael is really cute and sweet...and he ''loves'' calculus.
-->'''Michael''': Derivatives are ''awesome''.
** Cameron.
** Damian too. It comes as no surprise then that Damian and Cameron ended up becoming close friends and are now roommates sharing an apartment in Los Angeles together.
* AllGuysWantCheerleaders: Damian and Lindsay in the "sexuality" main challenge.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: The theme of the "believability" main challenge video.
* AlphaBitch: Lindsay seems to be like this in the beginning, which may be due to ManipulativeEditing of her confessionals.
** Lily says she was this in High School and definitely embraces it
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Bryce, Tyler, and Taryn.
* AscendedExtra: Vocal coach Nikki Anders was only seen for very short bits in the studio in season one. Now, she's present for recording, video shoots, and last-chance performances, chiming in on the final decision along with Ryan, Zach, and Robert.
* [[AscendedFanboy Ascended Fanboy/Fangirl]]: The whole premise of the show is to make one of the contenders this.
* AttractiveBentGender: Alex in drag.
* AuthorAppeal: Ryan is very clearly supportive of people like Alex (a CampGay occasionally-crossdressing countertenor in the mold of ChrisColfer) and Cameron (a nerd-chic rocker who is outspokenly Christian, which is a character type Ryan has "always wanted to write").
* {{Autotune}}: In the video for "U Can't Touch This".
* AwesomeButImpractical: According to the producers, Samuel and Lindsay are this because both are great singers, but they're not very relatable.
* BackForTheFinale: It turned out that [[spoiler: all the eliminated contestants returned to participate as background singers for the "Glee-ality" main challenge]].
* BaitAndSwitch: Ryan is a fan of this method of elimination. In a number of episodes (including the finale), he complimented a contestant, making it seem as if they were safe. He told [[spoiler:Marissa]] she was gorgeous and talented and would never have a problem being cast; he told [[spoiler:Hannah]] she was "the show" and exactly what they were looking for, and he told [[spoiler:Alex]] that he can "do something no one else can do" and praised his voice constantly. All these contestants were then eliminated.
* BeYourself: The first week's "individuality" theme.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Lindsay's [[spoiler: faux tears--especially after Alex broke down about his deceased father]] provoked sweet, upbeat Nikki to lose her temper and call Lindsay fake to her face.
* {{Bifauxnen}}: Dani is gender-androgynous.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Damian towards Matheus when they were partners. He defended Matheus when other contestants, especially Alex, tried to put him down.
* BigGuyLittleGuy: Damian and Matheus' duet.
* {{Bishonen}}: Damian and Samuel, in two very different ways.
** Cameron as well, especially in 'Theatricality'.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Subverted. In season one, there were no blondes in sight (Ellis, Emily and Lindsay were brunettes; Marissa and Hannah were redheads; [=McKynleigh=] had black hair). In season two, the redheads are gone (Shana, Ali, Dani, and Lily Mae are blonde; Nellie, Aylin, and Taryn are brunettes).
* {{Bowdlerise}}: The [[Music/{{LMFAO}} Party Rock Anthem]] video. The original song contains the line "running through these hoes like Drain-O"; in this version it's "combing through my hair like Stamos".
* TheCameo: One of the ''{{Glee}}'' cast shows up to mentor the contestants and judge the homework assignment every week.
** In season 1 it was DarrenCriss (twice!), Idina Menzel, Dot-Marie Jones, Harry Shum Jr., Creator/MaxAdler, Mark Salling, Ashley Fink, Jenna Ushkowitz, and KevinMcHale as the guest mentors. Max also appeared in the music video of his episode.
** In season 2 it was LeaMichele, Samuel Larsen, CoryMonteith, Naya Rivera, Kevin [=McHale=], Jane Lynch, Grant Gustin, Amber Riley, Darren Criss, Diana Agron, and ChrisColfer as the guest mentors. Several characters have appeared in the music videos as well - Mrs. Hagberg in "Milkshakes[=/=]Moves Like Jagger", Rick the Stick in "Hit Me With Your Best Shot[=/=]One Way or Another", Principal Figgins in both "Here I Go Again" and "We Found Love", and Rory Flanagan in "Tonight Tonight".
* CampGay: Alex, Alex, ALEX.
* CampStraight: Abraham.
* CelebrityResemblance: Many people have compared Shanna to [[Series/{{Smash}} Megan Hilty]] and Charlie to Finn. And of course, Dani looks like JustinBieber, but that's part of her appeal.
* CelibateHero: Cameron, who doesn't feel comfortable kissing the other girls because of his relationship back at home.
* TheCharmer: Ryan called Maxfield this.
* CheerfulChild: The guest singers for the "Generosity" challenge.
* TheCheerleader: Lindsay in the "sexuality" main challenge in S1.
** Lily Mae, Shana, and Ali in the "vulnerability" challenge in S2.
* CloudCuckooLander: Charlie. When asked to give three words friends would use to describe him, Abraham said things such as compassionate and tenacious. Charlie? "Dandelions, lightning and fuchsia".
* ClusterFBomb : Lily in season 2's Theatricality episode.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: In the video for "Everybody Hurts", all of the kids who are being bullied are wearing grey.
* CompositeCharacter: Fans have been saying that Alex is what would happen if [[CampGay Kurt Hummel]] and [[SassyBlackWoman Mercedes Jones]] had a child together.
** Not just fans. Ryan Murphy described Alex as "Kurt and Mercedes' love child" to Ian Brennan.
* ContinuityNod: Cameron's shown to be one of few contenders who can accompany himself through guitar. In the finale, he plays electric guitar [[spoiler: when all of the fallen contestants rejoin the final four for "Don't Stop Believin'".]]
* TheCoverChangesTheGender: Averted by Samuel's cover of "Jolene". It's written as a woman singing about another woman stealing her man . . . and that's exactly what Samuel sings it as. Played straight in Season 2, when Nellie's part of "Waiting for a Girl Like You" becomes "a boy like you."
* TheCoverChangesTheMeaning: Damian's performance of "Jesse's Girl".
* CoveredInGunge: The contestants are slushied in the "Ice Ice Baby" video.
** Back with a vengeance in Season 2 with the "Hit me With Your Best Shot/One Way or Another" video. In swimsuits, no less.
* DeadStarWalking: Dani is the most famous person in the season two cast (see YouMightRememberMeFrom), and is the first contestant profiled in the first episode. She's gone after episode two.
* DeadpanSnarker: Ellis, at times, which led to the judges think of her as negative and rude.
** Zach, when he isn't focusing on choreography. Sometimes when he ''is'', and a contestant isn't doing well.
* {{Determinator}}: The judges single out Ali in both the Fearlessness and Tenacity episodes as showing a drive beyond many of the other competitors. In the "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" video, she took more slushies than anyone else, despite having an increased sensitivity to cold. In "Eye of the Tiger", she won that week's challenge largely by hauling her wheelchair up and down four steps.
* [[DidIJustSayThatOutLoud Did I Just Sing That Out Loud?]]
-->'''Damian''': Uh, actually I changed my mind. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny I don't want to be Jesse's girl]].
* DidNotGetTheGirl: Damian gave up the love of his life for his music career.
* DoubleTake: Lily in the season 2 "Individuality" video after she realizes she gave a flyer to Principal Figgins.
* DrillSergeantNasty: Zach Woodlee and Nikki Anders are brutally honest with the contestants, and do not baby them through anything. Nikki does have TeamMom characteristics despite this.
* DreadfulMusician: None of the final four except for Samuel know how to play musical instruments.
* DreadlockRasta: Samuel, of the rebellious nature.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Samuel has very long dreadlocks, a slim frame, and an interesting tendency toward eyeliner.
* DuetBonding: Hannah was upset because Lindsay got to sing with Damian instead of her.
* DysfunctionJunction: Ali comments on how every S2 contestant has overcome an emotional or physical challenge.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Damian, Ellis, and Lindsay.
** Nellie in Season 2.
* EightiesHair: Marissa in the "Don't You Want Me Baby" video. Lily Mae in the "When I Grow Up" video (as Cyndi Lauper).
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Abraham dyed the red streaks out and the judges commented on his newfound masculinity.
* {{Expy}}: Marisa from Season 1 and Shanna from Season 2 can be seen as this due to their similar singing styles, both of them were eliminated in their first "Last Chance Performance" and the fact that they were the 3rd last contestant to leave the competition in their respective seasons.
* TheEveryman: Damian.
* [[spoiler:EverybodyLives: Samuel and Damian were the co-winners, each getting a 7-episode character arc as Joe Hart and Rory Flanagan, respectively. But Ryan and the writers were so fascinated by Lindsay and Alex that they also got characters of their own, Harmony and Wade/Unique, to the point that the latter became more prominent in season 4 and was promoted to the main cast in season 5.]]
* {{Expy}}: Some compare Lindsay to [[{{Glee}} Rachel Berry]]/LeaMichele because of the way they both [[ImNotHereToMakeFriends strive to be the best]] and their similar singing styles.
* FakeBand: The final four of season one act as one of these for the "Sing" video.
* FascinatingEyebrow: Damian's eyebrows move a lot when he sings or speaks, which is commented on and parodied by Zach.
** He also frequently gives one on his shot on the title card.
* TheFashionista: Alex wants to be a fashion designer.
* FemmeFatale:
** S1: Emily, from the beginning. Ryan seemed to think Marissa was this, pointing it out [[spoiler: before he eliminated her]].
** S2: Aylin, all the way.
* FieryRedhead: Marissa appears to be this. Hannah as well.
* FirstKiss: Ellis has hers on the set of the "We're Not Gonna Take It" video.
* FiveTokenBand: Most fans see the season 2 cast as this. There are only four who don't lack any kind of privilege: Blake, Michael, Maxfield, and Nellie (besides lacking male privilege). The others are all minorities: wheelchair, blind, lesbian, trans, black, asian, Muslim, ADHD, crack baby, and plus-size.
* FoodFight: Cameron and Hannah in the "Teenage Dream" video, albeit a sexy version.
* ForcefulKiss: Lindsay kisses Cameron at the end of the "pairability" main challenge, causing him to break down afterwards.
* FunnyForeigner: Damian, at the beginning. There was much giggling over his thick Irish accent.
** Lampshaded by Damian himself early on, when he entertains the other contestants by performing an impromptu rap that consists entirely of Irish phrases in a thick Irish accent (of course), to the point where the only part that most American viewers could fully understand was the part about "walking in Dublin."
*** Lampshaded again by Emily, who notes "I've never seen a leprechaun dance like that!"
* FunSize: Mattheus.
* GagBoobs : Lily has a weird dance move that involves boob-popping. She goes to the bottom three for it in "Danceability."
* GeekyTurnOn: Michael thinks math is sexy.
* GenkiGirl:
** Hannah.
** Ellis, when she's not snarking.
** Shanna. It's a bit of a problem during the "sexuality" challenge.
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: During the Spin the Bottle sequence in the season 2 "Dance-ability" video, Aylin and Lily Mae kiss. Blake and Michael don't, [[YaoiFangirls to the disappointment of many]].
* GoneHorriblyRight: The bullying episode in Season 2 had some of the contestants taking their roles as bullies a bit too far - Lily Mae and Charlie in particular.
* TheGlomp: Ellis to Zach, [[spoiler: during the last episode when she comes back]].
* GratuitousRap: The mash-up of [[VanillaIce "Ice Ice Baby"]] and [[{{Queen}} "Under Pressure"]].
* HappilyAdopted: Lindsay.
* HasTwoMommies: Abraham was raised by his mom and his sister.
* HeelRealization: Lily Mae was an AlphaBitch in high school, but got better.
* HeroicBSOD: Cameron after Lindsay kissed him.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Cameron quits the show in "Sexuality", which ends up saving Damian]].
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Damian and Cameron. The two are set to live together in an LA apartment near Paramount.
* HollywoodNerd: Cameron. Though many have contested that despite the term "nerd" coming from Cameron himself; he is, in fact, a hipster.
* ICallHerVera: Ali's wheelchair is named Roxanne.
* ICantDance: Hannah, though it's subverted a bit. She--and the choreographers--believe her to not be as technically proficient at dancing as the other contestants, but she works harder than others who are better dancers (*cough* Alex *cough).
** Damian is by far, the WORST dancer of the contenders, and he knows it. However, like Hannah, he works hard and his positive attitude has more than made up for his lack of dance ability.
** Cameron as well admitted to having a lot of trouble with dancing, which is probably because of his lanky and awkward frame. This is subverted a bit by Glee's own head choreographer Zach Woodlee fanboying over how cool Cameron moves in "Theatricality". Nikki did this as well in his final audition before being cast as one of the Final Twelve.
** Tyler in season two, being transgender, has issues with his body. He talks a lot on the ConfessionCam about how he's having to relearn how to use his body, and that dancing is very challenging.
* IconicItem: Marissa's banana earrings have become this within the fandom.
* ImagineSpot: The videos for "We're Not Gonna Take It", "Here I Go Again", and "When I Grow Up".
* ImNotHereToMakeFriends: Lindsay, though largely believed to be due to ManipulativeEditing.
** Could be the case with Mario in S2 as well.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Cameron, arguably.
* IncrediblyLamePun: They sing "Ice Ice Baby" in the video where they’re getting slushie facials.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Lindsay and Emily.
* JerkJock: Bryce had some aspects of this. Blake's character in the "Actability" episode, in the "Perfect" trailer.
* LadykillerInLove: Samuel reveals himself to have been this in the "vulnerability" challenge, when he dubs himself "rejected".
* LetsDuet: The "pairability" and "sexuality" challenges in S1.
* LipstickLesbian: McKynleigh and Ali, though neither came out until after their respective seasons.
* LittleMissSnarker: Ellis.
* LovableJock: Damian in the "sexuality" main challenge.
* LoveDodecahedron: A Type 2 occurs in the video for “The Only Exception”. Hannah wants Alex, who wants Damian, who wants Lindsay, who wants Samuel, who wants Hannah.
* LyricSwap: Marissa slips Ryan's name into the chorus of her performance of "Hate on Me".
** And in Charlie's performance of "It's Not Unusual".
* MarriedToTheJob: Damian, or at least he’s afraid of this happening.
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Nellie and Abraham's friendship.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Lindsay is portrayed as an AlphaBitch character in her confessionals, but in real life she and the other contestants are very good friends.
* {{Megane}}: Cameron.
* MetalScream: Part of Matheus's skill-set, which doesn't fair well when he tries to sing swing.
* NerdsAreSexy: Cameron without a doubt.
* NiceGuy: Both Cameron and Damian came off as this throughout the competition, which inevitably led to mass fan adoration. The two caused many HeartwarmingMoments in the show. Damian defended Mattheus in one episode and then Alex on Twitter. Cameron, in particular, was the epitome of a sweet lovable nice guy when he also reassured Alex, gushed to the cast about how they were all friends, gave [=McKynleigh=] flowers when she was eliminated, handed tissues to Lindsay (and Damian) during the Live Finale Chat, and, you know.... the Dameron thing.
** NiceGuy / ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Robert, especially in contrast to DeadpanSnarker Zach and, well, [[SelfDemonstratingArticle Ryan]].
* NiceHat:
** Ryan Murphy sports a few, most notably the bright yellow beret.
** Charlie tends to wear a blue beanie.
* NiceShoes: Damian's and Matheus' boots in their duet. Apropos, they sung "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'".
* ObliviousToLove: Damian has no idea about Hannah's crush on him.
* OddCouple: Matheus and Alex, in their duet. Surprisingly, they had decent chemistry.
* OddFriendship: Hannah and Lindsay were best friends during their time on the show together, and are moving into an apartment in LA together. Also Aylin and Lily Mae are portrayed as rivals and competing with each other, yet they'll be rooming together in LA as of August 2012.
* OlderThanSheLooks: Ellis.
-->"I'm eighteen, I swear!"
* TheOner: The music video for "Eye of the Tiger".
* {{OT3}}: Damian, Hannah, and Cameron. Invoked by Damian, hilariously enough:
-->"The threesome's back together again!"
** He also dedicates his final performance to them.
** In season 2 it's Michael, Blake, and Nellie (occasionally referred to as Blichellie). Sometimes Shanna is included as well, making it an OT4.
* ParentalAbandonment: Shanna was raised by her grandparents because her mother was heavily involved in drugs.
* PerpetualFrowner: Samuel has a default "squinting" face when he sings. {{Lampshaded}} by Lindsay.
* PoolEpisode: The "One Way With Another / Hit Me With Your Best Shot" performance.
* PortmanteauCoupleName: Invoked by guest judge Darren Criss in "Pairability" with Matalex (Matheus and Alex), leading to the contenders coming up with their own couple names some of which are also now used by fans when ActorShipping.
** Examples include: Dameron (the bromance of Cameron and Damian and the most known shipname to come from the show), Damsay (Damian/Lindsay), Marissam (Marissa/Samuel), Camsay (Cameron/Lindsay), Dannah (Damian/Hannah), Samsay (Samuel/Lindsay), and Camrissa (Cameron/Marissa).
** Season 2 has Chaylin/Charlin (Charlie/Aylin), Michellie (Michael/Nellie), Blichael (Blake/Michael), Blanna (Blake/Shanna), and Shaylin (Shanna/Aylin}.
* PowerTrio: Cameron, Damian, Hannah. They referred to themselves as "the threesome" and there were plenty of [[{{CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming}} Crowning Moments Of Heartwarming]] between them.
* PregnantBadass: Nikki in S2.
* RavenHairIvorySkin: Lindsay in S1. Nellie in S2.
* ReactionShot: Nikki gets some very good ones, all of them stemming from her frustration with the contestants in the recording booth.
* RealPersonShipping: Hannah reveals that she had a bit of a crush on Damian. Shipping ensues among the fans.
** Not the only pair, just look at the PortmanteauCoupleName entry above.
** A great deal of the TGP fandom is guilty of this, especially in regard to Dameron, bromance or otherwise. Other fan-supported ships include Damsay, Camrissa and Samsay. Dannah started gaining steam since the airing of the Sexuality episode, while Samsay became popular after [[spoiler: Glee-ality and their epic running-jump hug]].
*** The cast themselves also do this. Ironically, Cameron ships Damsay, while Lindsay is considered one of the biggest Dameron supporters out there.
* ReplacementGoldfish: Samuel becomes Ryan's ideal Christian character after [[spoiler: Cameron quits]].
* TheRunnerUpTakesItAll: Hinted that more than one of the contestants may get a spot on the final show.
** As of the finale: [[spoiler: CONFIRMED. ''EVERYONE'' gets a spot. Damian and Samuel were co-winners, each with 7-episode arcs, and Lindsay and Alex will get 2-episode guest spots.]]
** Exemplified by Alex, who return early in season four and was promoted to series regular, whereas Samuel has only had a few lines each episode and Damian and Lindsay had both left.
* SadistTeacher: Zach, Robert, and Erik in the "Eye of the Tiger" video shoot, forcing the contestants to do the entire video over and over again until they got everything right in ''one take''.
* {{Scatting}}: Hannah has a unique rap-style called "skadoosh".
* [[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules Screw The Money, I Have Rules!]]: The reason [[spoiler:Cameron]] left the competition. He knew he didn't have the acting power to kiss another girl (as he was currently in a relationship and felt like he was cheating) and didn't want to rob the other kids of their chance, even though Ryan told him he would be giving up a recording contract, a starring role, and a concert deal.
* ShirtlessScene, {{Fanservice}}: Michael and Blake get a couple in "Actability"'s video. Also Charlie (FanDisservice) in "Fearlessness."
* ShrinkingViolet:
** Alex's singing partner in the "generosity" main challenge.
** Nellie in season 2, which contributed in part to her elimination.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Lindsay and Alex, the latter to the point that it landed him in the bottom three more than once.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: The "pairability" episode changed how most of the competition process worked for that week.
** Instead of one big music video there were four smaller ones, each centered around a different pair.
** The winner of the homework assignment got to pick their duet partner, and both would get assistance from the mentor.
** Instead of the bottom three people singing, it was the bottom three pairs. From them, the bottom three would be chosen. However, they wouldn’t sing again; it went straight to elimination after that.
* SomethingSomethingLeonardBernstein
-->'''Matheus:''' Mfft lala la [[PunctuatedForEmphasis GIVES YOU HELL]]!
** Michael also suffers a few of these in season 2.
* SoundtrackDissonance: The reaction of many fans (and some of the contenders) to the Vulnerability homework assignment in season 2 being the upbeat [[KellyClarkson "My Life Would Suck Without You"]].
** Not helped by the fact that when used in ''{{Glee}}'' the song is used to celebrate winning Sectionals for the first time.
* SpicyLatina: Emily. [[spoiler: Eventually it led to her being eliminated, since she kept switching back to this personality when she was supposed to be vulnerable.]]
* SpinTheBottle: In the "Dance-ability" music video of season 2.
* StepfordSmiler: Lindsay, apparently.
** Subverted slightly since Lindsay seems genuinely happy about her life. And then of course, as of [[spoiler: "Glee-ality", she makes the decision to stop being perfect and to find herself beneath all her masks]].
* SternTeacher: Not a teacher, but music video director Erik White has very high standards, and doesn't like it when the contestants mess up the shoot.
* TheStoic: Aside from the big group crying session earlier in the series, Samuel's known to be the only character that hasn't had an emotional breakdown.
** [[spoiler: This was actually to his disadvantage because Ryan Murphy WANTED to see vulnerability from the contestants and when Samuel found out, he believed it to be too late in the game therefore having [[NotSoStoic his own emotional breakdown]] in "Generosity".]]
* StreetMusician: Samuel started out as one.
* TakeAThirdOption: [[spoiler: None of the final four are eliminated before the finals]].
* TantrumThrowing: Marissa kicks a chair during the "tenacity" homework challenge, but the spontaneity of it won her the challenge, according to Creator/MaxAdler.
** Of course, Marissa's move was less of a real tantrum and more of fulfilling the Homework assignment. Hers was simply the most noticeable.
* TeamDad: Robert Ulrich, who encourages the kids through the challenges and comforts them when it's time for the callback list to be posted.
** Ryan actually gets a bit of this when he [[spoiler: goes backstage to talk to Cameron, making sure he was making the decision that was best for him, not what Ryan wanted him to do]].
* TeamMom: Nikki Anders, the vocal director. She goes the extra mile to comfort the contestants and help them during their last-chance performances. Does not stop her from being a bit of a DrillSergeantNasty to contestants who are screwing up.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Charlie.
* ThisIsACompetition: One of Lindsay's StockPhrases.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Hannah, in comparison to Lindsay and Marissa.
* TotallyRadical: Damian throws in several "yo's" and "dawgs" during the shoot for "U Can’t Touch This". It works.
* TrainingFromHell: The contestants actually have ''less'' time than the actual cast of the show to learn their songs and choreography.
** The "Tenacity" episode in S2 took this UpToEleven; the contestants had to shoot the video ''in one take''. If one person messed up even the tiniest bit, they had to start all over again.
* {{Transgender}}: Tyler.
* TwoferTokenMinority:
** Alex is black and gay.
** Tyler is half black, half Jewish, and transgender.
** Mario is black and blind.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Nikki and her husband Adam. ''Yikes''.
* VocalRangeExceeded: The worst-case scenario of vocal recording with Nikki.
* TheVonTropeFamily: Marissa Von Bleicken.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Matheus is fond of his own abs.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: [[spoiler: Alex does the "pairability" challenge in drag ("Nowadays" from ''Theatre/{{Chicago}}''), his last chance performance in "Tenacity" ("And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" from ''{{Theatre/Dreamgirls}}'') in drag, and his final performance on the show in drag ("I Am Changing" from ''{{Theatre/Dreamgirls}}'')]].
* WildTeenParty: In the "Dance-ability" music video of season 2.
* WriteWhoYouKnow: Ryan Murphy bases the winner's ''Glee'' character on their personality.
* XMeetsY: ''Series/{{Glee}}'' meets ''Series/AmericasNextTopModel'' meets ''Theatre/AChorusLine''.
* YouAreNotAlone: At the end of the "Mad World" music video.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Abraham has bright red highlights in his hair.
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26th Jul '14 4:13:13 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* EnforcedMethodActing: Marissa's and Lindsay's surprise kisses for Samuel and Cameron, respectively.



* FakeAmerican: Cameron gets Damian to say raunchy things in an American accent.



* OneOfUs:
** Cameron and Damian spend a lot of time playing Mario Kart and FIFA on the Wii. Cameron himself was overjoyed when one of his fans sent him a PowerRangers action figure.
** Charlie is a big ''Franchise/StarTrek'' and ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' fan.
** Nellie is a self-proclaimed [[Creator/TeamStarkid Starkid]].



* RomanceOnTheSet:
** Charlie and Aylin in season 2, though partway through they choose to put it on hold and focus on the competition. They resumed their relationship after the show finished.
** Dani and Ali, also from season 2, though their romance wasn't even hinted at during the show's run since [[spoiler: Dani left in week two and Ali made it to the finale]].



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Many fans speculate about who would have won if [[spoiler: Cameron hadn't quit and Damian had gone home]].



* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Abraham has bright red highlights in his hair.
* YouMightRememberMeFrom: Everyone remembers Dani from ''Series/AmericasGotTalent''.

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* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Abraham has bright red highlights in his hair.
* YouMightRememberMeFrom: Everyone remembers Dani from ''Series/AmericasGotTalent''.
hair.
21st Jun '14 7:59:05 PM PerfumePreppy
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* [[spoiler:EverybodyLives: Samuel and Damian were the co-winners, each getting a 7-episode character arc. But Ryan and the writers were so fascinated by Lindsay and Alex that they will also each receive a 2-episode guest spot. EVERYBODY WINS.]]

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* [[spoiler:EverybodyLives: Samuel and Damian were the co-winners, each getting a 7-episode character arc. arc as Joe Hart and Rory Flanagan, respectively. But Ryan and the writers were so fascinated by Lindsay and Alex that they will also each receive a 2-episode guest spot. EVERYBODY WINS.got characters of their own, Harmony and Wade/Unique, to the point that the latter became more prominent in season 4 and was promoted to the main cast in season 5.]]
1st Mar '14 9:44:57 AM fq
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** Tyler in season two, being transgendered, has issues with his body. He talks a lot on the ConfessionCam about how he's having to relearn how to use his body, and that dancing is very challenging.

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** Tyler in season two, being transgendered, transgender, has issues with his body. He talks a lot on the ConfessionCam about how he's having to relearn how to use his body, and that dancing is very challenging.
16th Feb '14 1:40:49 AM m8e
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** In season 1 it was DarrenCriss (twice!), Idina Menzel, Dot-Marie Jones, Harry Shum Jr., MaxAdler, Mark Salling, Ashley Fink, Jenna Ushkowitz, and KevinMcHale as the guest mentors. Max also appeared in the music video of his episode.

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** In season 1 it was DarrenCriss (twice!), Idina Menzel, Dot-Marie Jones, Harry Shum Jr., MaxAdler, Creator/MaxAdler, Mark Salling, Ashley Fink, Jenna Ushkowitz, and KevinMcHale as the guest mentors. Max also appeared in the music video of his episode.



* TantrumThrowing: Marissa kicks a chair during the "tenacity" homework challenge, but the spontaneity of it won her the challenge, according to MaxAdler.

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* TantrumThrowing: Marissa kicks a chair during the "tenacity" homework challenge, but the spontaneity of it won her the challenge, according to MaxAdler.Creator/MaxAdler.
31st Jan '14 8:19:44 AM TheMysteriousTroper
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** In season 2 it was LeaMichele, Samuel Larsen, CoryMonteith, Naya Rivera, Kevin McHale, Jane Lynch, Grant Gustin, Amber Riley, Darren Criss, Diana Agron, and ChrisColfer as the guest mentors. Several characters have appeared in the music videos as well - Mrs. Hagberg in "Milkshakes[=/=]Moves Like Jagger", Rick the Stick in "Hit Me With Your Best Shot[=/=]One Way or Another", Principal Figgins in both "Here I Go Again" and "We Found Love", and Rory Flanagan in "Tonight Tonight".

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** In season 2 it was LeaMichele, Samuel Larsen, CoryMonteith, Naya Rivera, Kevin McHale, [=McHale=], Jane Lynch, Grant Gustin, Amber Riley, Darren Criss, Diana Agron, and ChrisColfer as the guest mentors. Several characters have appeared in the music videos as well - Mrs. Hagberg in "Milkshakes[=/=]Moves Like Jagger", Rick the Stick in "Hit Me With Your Best Shot[=/=]One Way or Another", Principal Figgins in both "Here I Go Again" and "We Found Love", and Rory Flanagan in "Tonight Tonight".
30th Dec '13 10:28:27 PM nombretomado
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* WholesomeCrossdresser: [[spoiler: Alex does the "pairability" challenge in drag ("Nowadays" from ''Theatre/{{Chicago}}''), his last chance performance in "Tenacity" ("And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" from ''{{Dreamgirls}}'') in drag, and his final performance on the show in drag ("I Am Changing" from ''{{Dreamgirls}}'')]].

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* WholesomeCrossdresser: [[spoiler: Alex does the "pairability" challenge in drag ("Nowadays" from ''Theatre/{{Chicago}}''), his last chance performance in "Tenacity" ("And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" from ''{{Dreamgirls}}'') ''{{Theatre/Dreamgirls}}'') in drag, and his final performance on the show in drag ("I Am Changing" from ''{{Dreamgirls}}'')]].''{{Theatre/Dreamgirls}}'')]].
29th Dec '13 6:37:31 PM dkscribbler31
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* UnfortunateImplications: Compare the current status of the Season 1 winners' characters on ''Series/{{Glee}}''. [[spoiler:Despite Damian and Samuel being crowned the winners of the first season, and Alex being crowned a runner-up, Alex's character is the only one of the three whose character made it past one season, as Damian's and Samuel's characters were PutOnABus immediately after their contracted arc to introduce new characters. What may be worse is the fact that Lindsay, a fellow runner-up of Season 1, literally got less than ten minutes of screen time in total compared to Alex. These facts, combined with Ryan's obvious favoritism towards Alex in the first season, does not help opinions that Ryan unfairly favors actors/characters with whom he can most relate to and will put more effort in writing for those characters in the show proper. Blake's case when he won Season 2 turned out better for him; his character Ryder is still on the show and shares the same status as Alex in the show as a relatively static character, though it probably helps that he's actually dating one of the other cast members in real life]].
29th Dec '13 6:36:24 PM dkscribbler31
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* UnfortunateImplications: Compare the current status of the Season 1 winners' characters on ''Series/{{Glee}}''. [[spoiler:Despite Damian and Samuel being crowned the winners of the first season, and Alex being crowned a runner-up, Alex's character is the only one of the three whose character made it past one season, as Damian's and Samuel's characters were PutOnABus immediately after their contracted arc to introduce new characters. What may be worse is the fact that Lindsay, a fellow runner-up of Season 1, literally got less than ten minutes of screen time in total compared to Alex. These facts, combined with Ryan's obvious favoritism towards Alex in the first season, does not help opinions that Ryan unfairly favors actors/characters with whom he can most relate to and will put more effort in writing for those characters in the show proper. Blake's case when he won Season 2 turned out better for him; his character Ryder is still on the show and shares the same status as Alex in the show as a relatively static character, though it probably helps that he's actually dating one of the other cast members in real life]].
4th Sep '13 5:05:17 AM Viira
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[[caption-width-right:240:Season 1 Cast[[hottip:*:Top row: Damian, Bryce, Samuel, Hannah, Cameron. Second row: Alex, Emily, Lindsay. Third row: [=McKynleigh=], Ellis, Matheus. Bottom: Marissa.]]]]

''The Glee Project'' is a RealityShow that is sort of a spin-off of ''Series/{{Glee}}''. It's a talent competition[[hottip:*: or as Robert Ulrich has stated, an "inspiration" competition]] for a 7 episode guest role on {{Glee}}. The episodes involve weekly themes for which the contestants get homework. They bring in [[HeyItsThatGuy one of the stars of Glee]] to judge the contestants as they perform the homework challenge and choose a winner. The winner gets an advantage in the week's music video, directed by Erik White. The three who do the worst that week do a "last chance performance" for ''Glee'''s ShowRunner Ryan Murphy, choreographer Zach Woodlee, casting director Robert Ulrich, and (in season 2) vocal coach Nikki Anders.

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[[caption-width-right:240:Season 1 Cast[[hottip:*:Top Cast[[note]]Top row: Damian, Bryce, Samuel, Hannah, Cameron. Second row: Alex, Emily, Lindsay. Third row: [=McKynleigh=], Ellis, Matheus. Bottom: Marissa.]]]]

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''The Glee Project'' is a RealityShow that is sort of a spin-off of ''Series/{{Glee}}''. It's a talent competition[[hottip:*: or competition[[note]]or as Robert Ulrich has stated, an "inspiration" competition]] competition[[/note]] for a 7 episode guest role on {{Glee}}. The episodes involve weekly themes for which the contestants get homework. They bring in [[HeyItsThatGuy one of the stars of Glee]] to judge the contestants as they perform the homework challenge and choose a winner. The winner gets an advantage in the week's music video, directed by Erik White. The three who do the worst that week do a "last chance performance" for ''Glee'''s ShowRunner Ryan Murphy, choreographer Zach Woodlee, casting director Robert Ulrich, and (in season 2) vocal coach Nikki Anders.
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