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     Sue Sylvester 

Mrs. Sue Sylvester

You think this is hard? Try being waterboarded... That's hard!

The coach of the the school's championship cheerleading squad (the Cheerios), and in season 5 interim principal. She continually attempts to bring down New Directions, but has a soft side due to her disabled family members, sister Jean and daughter Robin. Played by Jane Lynch.

  • Alliterative Name
  • Ambiguously Gay / Butch Straight: Despite her many butch attributes, Sue fell for three different men and was implied to have a fling with a fourth, but no women (so far). Though her marriage to herself - obviously a woman - does complicate things. She also outright admits in her monologue in "I Kissed a Girl" that she's straight, discussing how despite fitting various lesbian stereotypes, she's really only attracted to men.
    Sue: Why would someone assume I'm a friend of Ellen? Just because I'm mannish, and highly aggressive, and have short hair, and I only wear tracksuits, and I coach a girls' sport, and I married myself... It just doesn't make sense!
  • Arch-Enemy: Sue wants all the school's attention to be on her. And apparently part of her hate-on for Will is that she hates men with curly hair. This is Sue though, so take that with a rather large grain of salt.
  • The Artifact: One of the bigger complaints about Season 2, was the fact that it seemed like the writers were running out of ideas for Sue's character.
  • The Beard: A variant - Sue is straight, but enough people mistake her for gay due to her butch mannerisms that she feels the need to get a boyfriend to deflect suspicion.
  • Berserk Button: As Finn demonstrated in 4.05, it's a very, very bad idea to call her Down's syndrome -affected baby retarded. Only do it if you wish to be frozen alive by her gaze.
  • Bifauxnen: Sue in a Zoot Suit, that is all.
  • Big Bad: Originally the main antagonist of the series.
  • Big Damn Villains: In "Journey", Sue manages to secure another year for New Directions even after they didn’t place at Regionals.
  • Blondes Are Evil
  • Breakout Character: Arguably the most popular character in the series. She wasn't even in the original outline, and was only added when a network executive said there should probably be a villain. And even then, she wasn't planned to be a regular until another project of Jane Lynch's fell through.
  • Break the Haughty
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Her Cheerios routines are extremely awesome, all things considered.
  • But Not Too Evil: Sue is suppose to be an offensive and non-PC person, doesn't stop viewers from getting personally offended when she says something not nice, like commenting about Quinn being manic depressive.
  • Byronic Hero: As of Season 5. More heroic than the clueless Will, in any case...
  • Catch Phrase:
    • "Do you think this is hard? Try [Refuge in Audacity], That's hard!"
    • "And that's how Sue C's it".
    • "HORROR!!!
    • "Outstanding!"
    • "Let me break it down for ya."
  • Changing Clothes Is a Free Action : In "Rumors" she starts dressed as David Bowie, cut to a flashback and back, and she's now Ann Coulter. Immediately lampshaded by Terri
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Sue is the master at dealing them out at mere whims.
  • Comedic Sociopathy
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Sue is gradually undergoing this throughout season 3.
  • Depending on the Writer: Can vary from Jerk with a Heart of Gold to out and out Jerk Ass, depending on what episode it is.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: As you might have guessed, Sue has obviously dabbled in this once or twice.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: She slips Figgins a roofie and uses photos of their forced tryst as blackmail against him. This is never treated as anything other than comedic.
    • It is strongly implied that nothing actually happened, as she was fully dressed.
  • Dramatic Drop: Sue's overreaction to the Glee students using the photocopier.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty
  • Driven to Suicide: After her Humiliation Conga (see below), she attempts to commit "Sue-icide" (Though this was actually a feint.).
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • In "Journey", Sue was absolutely disgusted when the judges screwed over New Directions at Regionals simply because they lacked the flare (which in one case meant outright sucking up to the judges) of the other competitors.
    • In "Furt", Sue, who is a bully herself as well as a victim of bullying (due to her disabled sister), takes Kurt seriously and resigns as principal in protest of Karofsky being able to return to school.
  • Evil Laugh: With confetti cannons, too.
  • Faux Affably Evil
  • For the Evulz: Fundamentally Sue's reason for functioning, breathing, and existing.
    • In "The Substitute":
    Sue: My first order of business: destroy Glee Club.
    Will: I thought we were friends?
    Sue: Yeah, that got boring.
  • Genre Savvy: Prolonged exposure to the New Directions means she can now predict what they will do.
    • From "Glee, Actually":
    Mrs. Rose: Would you come with me? Marley wanted to say thank you, too.
    Sue: Does this involve the Glee club singing a Christmas song in the auditorium with snow falling on an elaborate winter scene? (later) Yep. This is exactly what I just described.
  • Glamorous Single Mother: From what we've seen from her house in previous seasons, she has no trouble supporting her daughter financially, and she regularly uses Kitty as a babysitter, which makes it seem a little odd when she says to Millie Rose in "Glee, Actually" that "we single parents know how tough it is". When you remember that Robin has Down's syndrome, though, it may lead to...
    • Fridge Horror: From her experience with her older sister, she knows that her daughter will probably always be to some degree dependent on other people in her life, will meet discrimination and scorn due to her disability, and is likely to die young. That's hard.
  • Heel-Face Turn: In "Funeral", she says she's going to stop going after the glee club and start making the world a better place for disabled people like Jean... Then subverted. She tries to be nice, but by the start of the next season she is attacking not only New Directions but every show choir in America., then done straight: by the halfway point of season 3, Sue makes it her mission in life to get New Directions named national champions. She develops a very adorable Good Cop/Bad Cop and Vitriolic Best Friends routine with Will. However...
    • Heel-Face Revolving Door: Sue is basically this, depending of the circomstances. And with what Finn told her during "The Role You Were Born to Play", season 4, every member of The New Directions should beware of the probable Unstoppable Rage that will follow.
  • Good Is Not Nice: After her Heel-Face Turn in season 3. For a given value of "good".
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Sue has a soft spot for the disabled.
  • Hoist By Her Own Petard:
    • This is what led to her temporary suspension in “Sectionals” after the leaked setlists with her letterhead and handwriting were delivered to Figgins’s hands.
    • Her plan to win a Local Emmy by doing a scathing expose on Glee's production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show is derailed when she accidentally convinces Will to cancel the show.
    • Her torturing of the club in the time leading up to Regionals inspires them to write the song that gives them the win.
    • She gets Quinn, Santana, and Britanny to join the club as moles. Finding that they enjoy being around people who support and care about them, they decide to stay. Sue has a pretty poor track record with her evil plans, doesn't she?
  • Hollywood Atheist
  • Humiliation Conga: The entire third act of "The Sue Sylvester Shuffle." Quinn, Santana, and Brittany quit the Cheerios, Sue loses Nationals for the first time in seven years, is somehow voted Biggest Loser of the Year, and the rest of the Cheerios' budget for the year goes to New Directions.
  • Ice Queen
  • Instant Web Hit: Sue's "Physical" music video in Bad Reputation.
  • Implausible Deniability: Sue in "Sectionals".
  • It's All About Me
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: At prom when she tries to get Artie to tell her who put him up to spiking the punch. She never got around to actually pulling his teeth out, though, thanks to a fight Finn started in the gym.
  • Jerkass: Sue is a real ass to everyone, except people with disabilities.
    • In the back nine episodes of season one, every time she's hit with Laser-Guided Karma she ultimately ends up benefiting from it.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: In trying to sack Will while Principal. Will is clueless enough to think that singing songs about date-rape and twerking on stage with underage minors is a good thing. Or having the entire Glee club spend a week walking around in Lady Gaga costumes just the week before. No real-life teacher would get away with such antics... and that is just within the first five weeks of her reign!
    • And a week later, when Will asks for $600 for Nationals costumes. Sue says no unless Will can explain how he can afford all of the costumes for their mid-episode dances, such as Artie's +$1,000 "Lady Gaga airbag" from three episodes ago, and yet not afford money for the Nationals costumes. Will doesn't give us an explanation...
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Has proven on several occasions that she actually has a pretty big heart.
  • Karma Houdini: Even though she gets setback or occasionally taken down a peg, she's so far avoided any real consequences for her worst actions, which would have landed her in jail.
  • Kick the Dog: Sue enjoys doing this so much that if it were a sport, she would be the gold medalist. In "Funeral," she kicks Becky off the Cheerios because she reminded her of her own sister Jean, who'd died the day before. She gets better.
  • Kindly Housekeeper: Not her, but she keeps one named Imelda around.
  • Large Ham
  • Limited Wardrobe: Her track suits.
  • Lonely at the Top: Flat-out stated in "Funk"
  • Love Redeems: But only for an episode.
  • Mama Bear: Gives a truly impressive Death Glare to Finn in 4.05 when Finn calls her baby daughter (who has Down's syndrome) "retarded".
  • Manipulative Bitch
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Perhaps the greatest example of this is the perfectly nice and friendly Jane Lynch who plays the gleefully evil Sue. Hell, according to the cast, Jane Lynch is pretty much the Team Mom. When the Glee cast went to New York to see a play she was starring in she greeted them with "Where are my babies?"
  • Mistaken for Gay: By many of the fans, due to the fact that she's played by Jane Lynch. In-universe, during Sue's campaign for Congresswoman, one of her opponents tries to make it seem like Sue is gay because she's unmarried and because she appointed a lesbian, Santana, as head cheerleader. However, as we've seen in her previous dalliances with men and as she confirms in the following episode, Sue is actually straight.
    • As mentioned above (see The Beard), this apparently happens to her often.
  • Mommy Issues: Explored in "Furt".
  • Morality Pet: Her little sister and Becky.
    • Also, Kurt to a degree.
  • The Nicknamer: Rarely calls the kids by their real names.
    • In "Throwdown", she addresses the minority students as "Santana! Wheels! (Artie) Gay Kid! (Kurt) Asian! (Tina) Other Asian! (Mike) Aretha! (Mercedes) Shaft! (Matt)"
    • In "Furt", when Kurt asks her to stop calling him 'Lady', she offers him a choice of three alternatives: Gelfling, Porcelain, and Tickle Me Doe-Face. (He goes with Porcelain.)
    • Again in "Extraordinary Merry Christmas", when she calls Artie, Kurt and Blaine into her office. Blaine seems upset when she at first calls him "Other Gay", but seems pleased when she rectifies this by calling him "Young Burt Reynolds".
    • Subverted when it comes to fourth-season newcomer Marley Rose, who simply doesn't have very many negative/extreme/racial points that Sue can make fun of at all. In that respect, Sue freely admits that she hasn't thought of a name for Marley at all, but when she tries a few seconds later, all Sue can manage to do is compliment her. Though, given the bulimia disaster, don't be surprised if you later hear Sue call her something along the lines of "Vomit Factory!"
  • Obviously Evil: By now, the Glee kids really should have stopped taking any advice she gives them.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: "O Fortuna" is used to hilarious effect during the Sue vs. Will scenes in episode 7. And again during her rampage in the Superbowl episode. And again in Glease...
  • Pet the Dog:
    • All of Sue's actions in Episode 9, really: reading Little Red Riding Hood to her sister, accepting Becky into the Cheerios despite her disability, treating her no differently than the other members of the squad, donating money to build three new wheelchair ramps in the school...
    • In "Journey" She manipulates Principal Figgins into giving Will and New Directions another year because she respects the relationships he has with his students. Besides, what would she do without an enemy?
    • In "Furt" She promises to keep an eye on Karofsky in case he harasses Kurt again, and has him expelled as soon as the death threat comes to light. She also resigns as principal partly due to the school board overruling her expulsion of Karofsky.
    • In "Glee, Actually", she sells a valuable Christmas tree to a toothpick factory and leaves the money at Marley's house so Marley's mom can pay for her daughter's therapy. She also leaves them a bunch of presents, something they would otherwise have had to miss out on in order to put the money towards Marley's treatment. She may have also been responsible for buying the tree, since Marley's mother had decided to forgo getting one, as it costs 50 dollars.
  • Pretend Prejudice: It varies, but Sue spews an incredible volume of invective at just about every conceivable group, while at the same time not really treating those groups markedly different from anybody else (her chief cheerleader/minion is Latina and a lesbian, she recruited Kurt (gay) and Mercedes (black) onto the team without a problem). She basically just seems to be a misanthrope who will use any insult at her disposal. Occasionally, she's been shown to have a much better understanding of privilege than Will "We're all minorities!" Schuester.
    • Sue is the living embodiment of the Competition Theory of racism: she doesn't feel any actual prejudice towards any group, but she will exploit whatever edge she can get, whether it be race, gender, sexuality, disability, anything. If dissing someone for being gay will give her an edge, she'll use it. If dissing someone for being prejudiced against gays will give her an edge, she'll use it. If an opening for dominance exists anywhere, Sue will use it.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Sue tends to perform utterly epic ones whenever she can.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: During her short tenure as Principal. Also has shades of this trope throughout the series, but to a more subtle extent.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Her standard modus operandi.
  • Rich Magnificent Bastard With A Day Job: She has a condo in Boca, has her own segment on the news, is a internationally ranked cheerleading coach. From the look of her house she has enough money to finance her Cheerios herself and then some. One wonders why she wants to take down Glee at all.
  • Running Gag: Whenever Sue gets really frustrated and furious, she destroys everything in her path like a wild demon, while O Fortuna plays in the background.
  • Sadist Teacher
  • Salt the Earth: Sue actually salted the earth in her backyard when she sold her house.
  • Screw Yourself: She tried to marry herself in "Furt". It may or may not be legal...
  • Serious Business: Domestic Abuse. Sue is the first person to sling an offensive joke, but she will not tolerate students making light of spousal violence. Period.
  • Ship Tease:
    • In “Funk” they really tease the hell out of the Sue and Will ship.
    • Their dance to "Sing, Sing, Sing" was kind of adorable, too.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Subverted; though Sue has won national cheerleading competitions for X amounts of years in a row, gives interviews, and said to have written a book (in "Journey"), Sue is still a teacher and (as Olivia Newton-John says) "lives in Ohio!"
  • Smug Snake: A definite defining characteristic of Sue. The problem in her case is that she often has a reason to be smug, as she is indeed often in control of any situation she is in and does not only masterfully plays her part, but often comes in top in any confrontation she has. What’s worse, she seems to relish in the effect her smugness has on others.
  • Stealth Insult: Sue, being Sue, manages to sneak one to Will in her rendition of Vogue on “The Power Of Madonna.”
  • Strawman Political: Early on, she tended towards being a Straw Conservative. This has been toned down, particularly since the beginning of the "Back 9" of Season 1; she's subsequently acquired a couple of Straw Liberal traits, and a bunch of randomly crazy ones that don't really relate to any ideology.
    • Maybe the writers realized the inherent contradictions of being comically self-centered and Strawman Conservative and a union public-sector worker.
  • Taking the Heat: During the episode "Shooting Stars", a gun is fired (twice) inside the school, which cause a general panic. She confesses to Will, Shanon and Figgins that it was her gun which was fired accidently, when she was cleaning it, and she accepts the consequences of her actions (namely, getting fired)... Except that she in fact covered for Becky, who brought a gun to school in order to protect herself, and who accidently fired it when giving it to Sue.
  • Team Mom: Gradually grows into (an albeit begrudging) one of these for New Directions.
  • Took a Level in Kindness
  • Tritagonist when she isn't The Antagonist
  • Torture Technician: She threatens to pull Artie's teeth out during "Prom".
  • Unsportsmanlike Gloating: Sue is a master at this and relishes in rubbing it in the face of her opponents
    "I am engorged with venom, and triumph."
  • Victory Is Boring: At least part of the reason (and the main reason that she'll admit to) that she helped the glee club in the season finale. What would she do without Will to push around?
  • Villain Song: Sue's version of "Vogue". Also "You're a Mean One, Sue the Grinch"
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Sue, of all people, calls Will out thrice: once on his treatment of his minority students, once on his treatment of disabled students, and once on relying on gimmicks rather than trusting in his kids. Amazingly enough, she's totally right.
    • Two of those are rather debatable, particularly the disabled one - Will assumed that Sue had some sort of sadistic ulterior motive, which is completely justified given what he knows about her.
  • When She Smiles: Most of the time, Sue is only smiling when she's acting smug, and when all is going according to her plan. In "Glee, Actually", following her Pet the Dog gesture, the Glee club decides to sing a Christmas song to thank her (something she's Genre Savvy enough to guess). Her smile during the last seconds of the episode is incredibly heartwarming.
  • Wild Card: While in Season 1 she was focused on hating and destroying Will and the club in Season 2 it's become almost impossible to predict what she'll do next, why or how.
  • Woman Scorned: When she has problems in her love life (as evidenced by "Mash-Up"), she takes it out on everyone around her.
  • Worthy Opponent: Eventually sees Will as this.
  • Younger Than They Look:
    • In "Vitamin D", Sue wrote in her diary that she's turning thirty soon, which means she's only twenty-nine, or in deep, hilarious denial.
    • She also claims to have participated in Operation Just Cause in 1989, so it seems that denial would be more likely.
    • She claims to have been involved in My Lai, putting her in her early 60s, if not older
    • Mercedes even caught her in a lie about her age when she realized the math just didn't add up.
    • In Funeral Sue states that Jean (her older sister) was over 50 at the time of her death, making it likely that Sue is quite a bit older than her stated age of 30.
    • So, in this case at least, Sue is an Unreliable Narrator.
    • There are so many instances of the math of her age not adding up (examples not mentioned here include, but probably are not limited to, claiming having been a teacher for 20 years in 1.02 and having frozen her eggs in the 70s in the third season, the first of which would make her 40+ and the second 60+ years old), that it can well be considered a Running Gag. There's also some Fridge Brilliance regarding her Down's Syndrome -affected baby: the likelihood of the child having Down's increases drastically with the mother's age.

     Emma Pillsbury-Schuester 

Emma Pillsbury-Schuester

The school's obsessive-compuslive germophobic guidance counselor. Is in love with Will but got engaged to the football coach, Ken, because he was still married to Terri at the time. They began going out after he left her.

At the end of season one, she begins dating her dentist Carl, who actually begins to help her with her OCD. Eventually, they get married, until her continued crush on Will leads to them getting an annulment.. She is now married t Will Schuester. Played by Jayma Mays.

  • Abusive Parents: Her parents used to tie her thumbs together to stop her from cleaning everything. She chewed through the twine. "It was so cute!" And rather than being remotely understanding about her mental illness, they pick on her and belittle her over it. "Is that my little Freaky Deaky?"
  • Adorkable
  • Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Terri’s Veronica.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: After learning from Sue about Will's escapades throughout the second half of season 1, she's beyond furious. She's even more furious after New Directions loses Regionals (supposedly due to Sue's machinations) and Principal Figgins wastes no time in canceling the club in "Journey".
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The Redhead of the trio.
  • Break the Cutie: A lot of moments, but probably the worst was when Terri tells Emma that she will never have a chance with Will and she may as accept her consolation prize and marry Ken.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Mostly averted, Emma often gives and takes on board bad advice, struggles to give anybody guidance with sex issues, though later episodes show that she can be a capable counselor when necessary, like when she was talking with Artie in "Dream On".
    • Whenever she makes Will listen to reason, she generally shows herself to be thoughtful and extremely observant.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Emma is kind of spacey, but that adds to her charm.
  • Crazy-Prepared: She has pamphlets for everything.
  • The Cutie
  • Deadpan Snarker: Only to Sue. The moments where Emma stops being a frightened little Woobie and delivers a perfect one-liner are some of the funniest moments in the show.
    (Sue walks in with dark eye makeup)
    Emma: Sue! Did someone finally punch you? (flawless smile)
    • Not only to Sue, though
    Rachel: I guess I just don't have a gag reflex.
    Emma: When you're older, that will turn out to be a gift.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Emma to Will.
  • Fiery Redhead: Averted.
  • Freudian Excuse: One episode implies that at least part of the reason for her Super OCD germophobia results from her ginger-supremacist parents making her clean glasses and silverware touched by a non-ginger server at a restaurant.
  • Hates Being Touched: The reason she's a virgin. Over the course of the series she slowly gets better, culminating in her and Will sleeping together in "Nationals".
  • Heroes Want Redheads
  • Heroic BSOD: In "Diva" she has a panic attack about planning for the wedding, and starts completely trashing her office until Finn Shut up kisses her.
  • Important Haircut: Not so much a haircut as a style-change. In "Special Education", her hair is not as perky as it is in the previous episodes. This reflects how Carl is making her less obsessive about her life.
    • She did get an actual haircut earlier in the season - also designed to show how dating Carl is getting her to break out of her shell.
  • Love Hurts: Episode 2 showed Emma sitting in her car, in the rain, and crying while listening to sad music because she has such a crush on Will.
  • The Maiden Name Debate: When Emma gets engaged to Ken, she specifically tells him that she's going to keep her name. Later on, one of the ways that it is made clear to the audience that Emma has indeed married Carl is a shot of her old name plate reading "Ms. Emma Pillsbury" being replaced with a new one that reads "Ms. Emma Pillsbury-Howell".
  • Motor Mouth: Pulls one during the song "(Not) Getting Married Today". Jayma Mays, that was awesome.
  • Nature Abhors a Virgin: In "Hell-O", Emma confesses to Will that she's a virgin. If her insecurity about her virginity is any indication, then this is the direction her character will go.
  • Neat Freak: It results from her phobia of germs.
  • Super OCD: "[Ken] has seventy-four flaws." She's also great at setting tables.
  • Terrified of Germs
  • Visual Innuendo: Emma singing about how she could have "done a thousand things I've never done before" combined with a close-up of a pearl necklace?
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Emma to Will when he gets upset about her and Ken's wedding being scheduled for the same day as Sectionals, not only assuming that Ken did this on purpose but also that Sectionals is more important than their wedding. And delivers another one when Sue tells her about Will and Shelby/Will and April.

     Terri Schuester 

Terri Schuester (nee Delmonico)

Look, Will, I know that I made your life... challenging sometimes, but... it was only because I loved you so much.

Will's bratty now-ex wife. She suffers a hysterical pregnancy but lies to Will and continues to pretend it's real. Played by Jessalyn Gilsig.

    Principal Figgins 

Principal Figgins

My hands are tied Schue!

The principal of William McKinley High. Known to be quite the cheapskate. Played by Iqbal Theba.

  • Blackmail: How Sue pushes him around in Season 1.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: He thinks vampires are real. And in a DVD extra that William Shakespeare was an American president.
  • Insistent Terminology: "So-called Finchel".
  • Instant Web Hit: Averted. It only got 2 hits.
  • Kick the Dog: cutting the Glee club even though it only lost to the national champions, a choir that found out who the judges were, and despite the fact Sue Sylvester was one those judges.
  • Only Sane Man: Most of the time.
  • Only Sane Employee
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Again, most of the time.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: In "Britney 2.0", with some Brain Bleach thrown in:
    Figgins: I would like to address the rumor that I like to be milked like a cow because my breasts are full of wholesome, nourishing milk. This rumor is not true.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After finding out about all of Sue's shenanigans he FINALLY asserts his authority in suspending her pending an investigation. The look on his face afterwards suggests he knows about the can of worms he's opened.
  • Unsettling Gender-Reveal: He didn't realize that Unique was, in fact, a boy.
  • Unwitting Pawn: The reason why Sue gets away with so much crap.

    Becky Jackson 

Becky Jackson

Got it, coach!

A Handicapable Cheerio with Down's Syndrome, who showed up in "Wheels" and has never been too far away since. In season 3 she becomes co-captain of the Cheerios (with Santana). Played by Lauren Potter.

    Jesse St. James 

Jesse St. James

I like to give impromptu concerts for the homeless - it's so important to give back.

Member of Vocal Adrenaline, the Glee Club's biggest competition going in to Regionals. Was in a relationship with Rachel in the back nine of Season 1. It ended in "Funk", when Jesse goes back to Carmel High, and he and the rest of Vocal Adrenaline egg Rachel. As of the Season One finale, he's firmly back on the "heel" side of the "heel" / "face" divide.

He returns for the final three episodes of season two in order to make amends with Rachel after he was kicked out of UCLA for only going to his theatre classes. Mr. Schuester later hires him as a consultant for New Directions, to the dismay of everyone save Rachel.

By season three he has become the coach for Vocal Adrenaline.

Played by Jonathan Groff.

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys
  • All Love Is Unrequited
  • Alliterative Name: If you omit the St. in his name, that is.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: At least in the first season.
  • Badass Boast: YMMV on this, but he and the rest of Vocal Adrenaline singing “Another One Bites The Dust” personally to the members of New Directions just oozes “you’re screwed”. By the reactions of most of the members of New Directions, they seem to achieve the purpose a Badass Boast usually does.
  • Becoming the Mask: He admits to Shelby that he's starting to fall for Rachel.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Finn's Betty.
  • Birds of a Feather: Seemingly with Rachel.
  • Brainless Beauty: This seems to be the case come his return in "Prom Queen."
  • Brutal Honesty: His absolutely ripping Santana's, Mercedes's, and Kurt's performances apart in "Funeral" could count as this.
  • Camp Straight: To some degree.
    • It's played with. Jonathan Groff doesn't portray him as "camp" in terms of mannerisms, but the character is written as a total musical theatre nerd, so there's some overlap. The first thing the boy DOES is tell Rachel she lacks Barbra Streisand's emotional depth. He's also a straight Stephen Sondheim fanboy, which is a pretty good example of the way the show subverts stereotypes.
  • Cassandra Truth: No one in New Directions listens to his criticisms during Season 2, choosing to believe that their Power of Friendship approach will garner them the win. Surprise surprise, National Show Choir Championships don't work like that, and they finish in twelfth place.
  • Casting Gag: Not the first time a member of Spring Awakening is on the show.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: It's pretty obvious that he's evil, since he wears black and dark gray all the time! Possibly subverted in season two: he keeps the dark colors and is still a major jerkass, but he's shown himself to be on New Directions' side.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: He's going to the University of California, Los Angeles. Perhaps you've heard of it? It's in Los Angeles.
  • Derailing Love Interests: He goes from "I'm starting to have feelings for Rachel and I don't want her to get hurt" to being utterly cruel for no fathomable reason. While the way he broke up with her could still make sense, the egg-assault in the parking lot and him acting like she somehow did something to deserve it does not make sense, especially since the last time we saw them they were perfectly happy together and she had done nothing to upset him. Possibly subverted, though, as when he comes back in "Prom Queen" he obviously regretted "trading love for his future."
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: As the New Direction's consultant near the end of season 2. He provides some rather harsh critiques. He wasn't entirely wrong.
    • When he returns in season 3 as the coach for Vocal Adrenaline, we see he's kept the persona, but lost the point.
  • Duet Bonding: How he wins Rachel over in "Hell-O" with Lionel Richie's Hello. And how he leads up to his apology to Rachel in "Prom Queen" with Adele's Rolling in the Deep.
  • Easily Forgiven: Most probably by Rachel, at least. On the other hand, Finn doesn't look like he's about to forgive Jesse any time soon, and neither do Mercedes and Kurt.
    Kurt [to Rachel]: Correction. You had feelings for him. He made breakfast on your head.
  • Evil Counterpart
  • Foil: To Finn, being a confident, promising singer and performer on par with Rachel.
  • Heel-Face Revolving Door
  • Heel Face Mole:
  • Hidden Depths: He seems to bring this out in Shelby, especially in "Dream On", and admits to actually starting to fall for Rachel.
  • Insufferable Rival Lead Singer
  • Jerkass: To nearly everyone - especially Finn, but not so much Rachel.
    • Jerkass Has a Point: A lot of his criticisms of New Directions ended up being spot-on however.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Kevin McHale (Artie) and Cory Monteith (Finn) have both described Jonathan Groff as being one of the nicest, sweetest people on the planet. Also, he isn't one of Lea Michele's (Rachel) best friends in Real Life for nothing.
  • Morality Pet: Rachel, and only Rachel.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Quite possibly the biggest one in the series among the fans. An incredibly big part of his popularity among the fans is due to Jonathan Groff's good looks.
    • Kick the Morality Pet: His first act of betraying New Directions in Season 1 was luring Rachel to the parking lot and, along with the rest of Vocal Adrenaline, egging her in "Funk".
    • Pet the Dog: Telling Carmen Tibideaux that Rachel is a star, and would be an excellent addition to NYADA.
  • New Transfer Student: From "The Power of Madonna." He transfers back, though.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: See "Punny Name" below.
  • Oh, Crap: The look of Jesse’s face, along with the rest of Vocal Adrenaline after Will invited them to see New Directions rendition of “Give Up the Funk” and as they are seeing the rendition is priceless; they speak volumes about how unsure they are that New Directions would be a easy win.
  • Parental Favoritism: Says that the fact that his parents favored him over his brother and sister drove them to be an addict and bulimic respectively.
  • Punny Name: He's so bad his name is Jesse James, but it's in hiding with the St. Plus they pretty obviously gave him the name Jesse so they could get Jessie's Girl on at some point (which occurs in "Laryngitis").
  • Put on a Bus: He left for UCLA after "Journey" and is only mentioned a couple of times in Season 2 until The Bus Came Back. This was probably the reason he was made a senior in the first place.
    • The Bus Came Back: He returned in "Prom Queen", and stayed for the last three episodes of season two. He returns again in the back eight of season 3 as Vocal Adrenaline's coach.
  • Reality Ensues: He flunked out of UCLA when he didn't realize he would actually have to study and make the grades.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: Sort of. Will hires Jesse as a consultant for the New Directions in Season 2. The group is still hostile for his actions in the previous season, and Jesse is an unrepentant Jerkass. That doesn't mean his criticisms weren't right.
  • The Rival: For Finn.
  • Romantic False Lead: We all know who's gonna win Rachel in the end. Played horribly straight in "Funk," where he humiliates Rachel for no reason, although in "Prom Queen" and "Funeral" one can tell he regretted it.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After "Total Eclipse of the Heart."
  • Sixth Ranger Traitor
  • Spear Counterpart: To Rachel, arguably. They're both arrogant , confident in their talents, and ambitious.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The most common rendition is "Jesse" (as in Jesse James) but there are still fans who use "Jessie" (as per "Jessie's Girl").
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: This is how Rachel sees her relationship with Jesse.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Got kicked out of the University of Los Angeles (in Los Angeles) because he only went to his theatre classes.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In "Funk", although to some extent you can tell he regretted it. It goes Up to Eleven after he begins advising the club in "Funeral", and is a dick to pretty much everybody except for Rachel.
  • Traitor Shot: At the end of "Hell-O" he kisses Rachel...with while making eye contact with Shelby across the stage.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Appears that way.

     Burt Hummel 

Rep. Burt Hummel (I-OH)

He is my son. Out in the world, you do what you want; not under my roof.

Kurt's dad, a flannel-wearing auto mechanic (who owns his own business) and single father who looks like the last sort of parent who'd accept having a gay son, let alone one as camp as Kurt. In his case, appearances are definitely deceiving. Played by Mike O'Malley.

  • Action Dad
  • Berserk Button: Using the word "fag" around Burt is the fastest way to enrage him, even more if it's directed at his son.
    • Denying Kurt things isn't a good idea, either. He threatened to take a blow torch to the school when Will automatically gave a solo to Rachel despite Kurt expressing a desire for it, and he calmly but somewhat menacingly brought in some businessmen to donate when a play Kurt had a vested interest in seeing continue was threatened due money constraints.
  • Characterization Marches On: The first mention of Kurt's dad in "Acafellas" states that he bought Kurt a car in exchange for a promise to stop dressing in such a stereotypically gay way. This seems extremely out of character for Burt, in retrospect.
    • This trait comes back in 2.20 "Prom Queen" when Burt is concerned that going to prom in a kilt will make Kurt too visible and therefore a target for homophobic violence. It seems to be an intermittent trait that surfaces in response to concerns about Kurt's safety more than anything else.
  • Good Parents
  • Grease Monkey
  • Hidden Depths: Most of the audience would have pegged him as a homophobe when he first appears (and not to mention that in "Acafellas," it was mentioned he punishes Kurt for keeping flamboyant items, or rather bribe Kurt to not keep those items) but he surprises Kurt and everyone else.
    • As of "Pot O'Gold", it looks like we can add political acumen to the list of Things We Did Not Know About Burt Hummel. He joins the House race to challenge Sue, and makes an extremely intelligent advertisement for himself.
  • Hollywood Heart Attack: Averted, his heart attack in "Grilled Cheesus" is brought on by another medical condition altogether, and is depicted realistically, with Burt mistaking it for indigestion before collapsing.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Non-romantic, but still. His desire to protect Kurt is starting to blind him to his son's less savory actions (such as, y'know, trying to seduce Finn even though Finn clearly didn't feel the same way).
    • Firmly averted as of 2.04 'Duets'. It isn't easy trying to teach your proud, stubborn, deeply vulnerable sixteen-year-old-son to navigate the collision points between his survival strategies, the rough edges of his own personality, and other people's boundaries and limitations - especially while trying not to sound like the bullies who tell him every day that he's in the wrong just for existing, and especially not while you're still recovering from a heart attack and days-long coma. But Burt's doing the best he can.
  • Nice Cap
  • Nice Guy
  • Open-Minded Parent: He supports his son's interests and activities even without fully understanding them. So much so that when he catches his son making out with a girl, he recommends protection if things get to that point. Though given the flimsy attempt by Kurt to pretend to be straight, one can guess he's mostly just humouring his son's soul searching.
  • Parent with New Paramour: Kurt fixes him up with Finn's mom as part of one of his schemes, but then sours on the idea, but it's too late.
  • Papa Wolf: One surefire way to get the rather intimidating Mr. Hummel breathing down your neck is to go after his son. To the point that he turns on Finn, his girlfriend's son - aka the kid most guys sweat about impressing - and berates him and kicks him out of the house for using the word 'faggy'.
    • In "Furt", he's ready to do something when Kurt admits that Karofsky has been taunting and shoving him. However, he's stopped by the realisation his son isn't telling him everything. As soon as Kurt tells him about the death threat, he's out of the room before either boy can blink, absolutely flipping out on Karofsky and pinning him to the wall, despite his heart condition and the fact Karofsky is a minor, which could have gotten Burt in serious trouble. The only thing that stops him is his son, scared for his father's health, pleading him to stop.
  • Second Love: With Finn's mom, Carole.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Burt gives a pretty big one to Finn in "Theatricality" and a smaller, but no less impressive one to him in "Furt".
    • He gives a smaller one to Kurt in "Duets" but really isn't up to the challenge.
  • Why Couldn't You Be Different?: Averted, though he admits that Kurt wasn't the son he initially imagined having.

    Shelby Corcoran 

Shelby Corcoran

I want you to look so talented, it's hurting you; I want a look so optimistic it could cure cancer.

The director of Vocal Adrenaline, New Directions' biggest rivals. Played by Idina Menzel.

  • Ascended Meme: Despite claims to the contrary, Shelby is Rachel's birth mother.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Emma's Betty and Will's Archie, at least for an episode.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The Brunette of the trio.
  • Broken Bird: She may be starting to move on now but failing to become an actress hurt her deeply.
  • Christmas Cake
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: A very mild case of this and a saint compared to her colleague, Dakota Stanley, but she has some level of this.
  • Hot Teacher: She's played by Idina Menzel, that's enough and needs no more explanation.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: After giving up Rachel for adoption, she's been told she can no longer have children. In "Journey", she tells Rachel that she wants a second chance at a family (but not, apparently, with Rachel herself), and adopts Puck and Quinn's daughter.
  • Love Interest: Will's, for an episode, at least.
  • Rachel I Am Your Mother
  • May-December Romance: With Puck.
  • Only Sane Woman: She is the one of the most level-headed characters the show has portrayed so far.
  • Put on a Bus: She quits her job after Regionals, instead moving to New York to take care of Beth. The bus comes back for the first half of season three, as well as a guest appearance near the end of season four.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: She actually is quite the reasonable person though.
  • So Proud of You: She tells Rachel this when Rachel asks her to sign her NYADA recommendation letter in "Mash-Off."
  • Teacher/Student Romance: With Puck.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gives one to Quinn in "Mash-Off", regarding how Quinn doesn't really care about Beth and only wants her to boost her own self-confidence.
    • Quinn gives her one when she confronts her about Puck, pointing out that she shouldn't have brought Beth back to Lima, ambushed her, and tried to get them to be a part of the baby's life since both had been moving on.
  • Workaholic: Shelby is so caught up in coaching Vocal Adrenaline (and probably teaching at some point) that she doesn't even own a house at her age. She realizes this is a problem.

     Shannon Beiste 

Shannon Beiste

Do not get up in The Panther's business, lady. You're all coffee and no omelette.

Ken Tanaka's replacement as football coach. Played by Dot Jones.

  • Big Eater: She eats a chicken for every meal. A whole chicken.
  • Brawn Hilda: An example of Deconstructed Trope.
  • Butch Straight
  • Distaff Counterpart: Her characterization, clothing style, and delivery is very similar to Ken's, to the point that one dating site pairs her up with him!
  • Domestic Abuse: As of "Choke" it's revealed that she's in one, and even after Sue offered to rescue her, Shannon still went back to her abuser. Oh Shannon...
    • But as of "Props", she has now left her abusive husband. Some things just take more than one episode to resolve.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: But this is part of the Jerk with a Heart of Gold personality.
  • Gentle Giant: She's built like a tank, but wouldn't hurt a fly.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Some of her Jerkass and Drill Sergeant Nasty characteristics are an act to get results from her team and to hide her insecurities, but once she drops the act she's a genuinely decent and nice person. This is especially evident in her forgiving Will for his previous Jerkass behavior himself, something that she has no reason at all to do. She also allows Finn back on the football team after kicking him off and even gives Artie a chance to prove himself on the field.
  • Jerkass Façade: She's initially set up as another villain, and as noted above, is a big Drill Sergeant Nasty, but it's pretty clear by the end of her introductory episode that she's a nice lady. She'd just had to put up a tough front to cope with bullying and to do what is usually a "man's job", coaching a football team.
  • Lame Comeback: In a weird variant, Beiste's comebacks to Sue are completely nonsensical, but this in itself completely throws Sue off her game.
  • Mama Bear: Do NOT fuck with the Glee kids, especially Puck.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: "Beiste" is pronounced like "Beast." Subverted, though, since she's actually a giant pussy cat.
  • Odd Friendship: With Sue, of all people. Even though Sue still snipes at Beiste and has a rivalry with her, when Sue discovered that Beiste's husband hit her, she immediately offered to let Shannon come live with her.
  • Parental Substitute: To Puck.
    "You are loved, pumpkin. You are not alone."
  • Pædo Hunt: One of Sue's ploys to get Beiste fired is to get Brittany to claim that Beiste touched her boobs.
  • Team Mom: Increasingly, she's this to the glee club.
  • Verbal Tic: Tends to call everyone close to her "Pumpkin."
  • When She Smiles: Referenced in "Never Been Kissed."

     Carl Howell 

Dr. Carl Howell

Santana: Can I just say you are the hottest dentist I've ever seen?
Carl: I get that all the time.

Emma's sexy dentist boyfriend. He marries her in "Special Education" but as of "Born This Way" it seems they are divorced. Played by John Stamos.

  • Always Someone Better
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Can accept the fact that Will still has feelings for Emma, but it's really a bad idea to act on them regardless.
  • Disposable Husband: Like Terri, Carl seems a little too well-set-up to be this.
  • Foregone Conclusion: It's rather unlikely he and Emma are going to work out in the long term. Which ticks off quite a few fans who think Carl is better for Emma than Will ever was.
  • Mr. Fanservice: In his first appearance at Glee, all the girls clearly find him attractive; Santana makes sexual invitations at every opportunity.
  • Nice Guy
  • Romantic False Lead: See "Foregone Conclusion."
  • Unaccustomed As I Am To Singing And Dancing: Despite his claim that he couldn't sing and dance like Will in Britney/Brittany, he is in fact pretty awesome at both, and rocks out to "Whatever Happened To Saturday Night" during the Rocky Horror episode.

     Dave Karofsky 

David "Dave" Karofsky

This is high school. People's memories for good stuff lasts about as long as their Facebook Status.

A meathead Hockey jock ("puckhead") who, with Azimio, took over as the school's chief bully once Puck stopped harassing the other members of New Directions. In "Never Been Kissed", he forcefully kisses Kurt after Kurt confronts him over his bullying. He later threatened to kill him if he told anybody. The threat itself came to light, and he got (temporarily) expelled for it. Played by Max Adler.

  • Adorkable: Not usually, but there are times when he resembles a large puppy. The scene where he asks Sebastian about getting boys to like him is a good example. Making Sebastian's kicking the puppy response even more painful to watch.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: Dave Karofsky easily could be a Jewish name, although it could also easily not be. The actor who plays him is Jewish.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: To Kurt during episode "Heart".
  • Armored Closet Gay
  • Ascended Extra: As of "Never Been Kissed".
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: Subverted. He gets crowned Prom King, but then Kurt gets crowned Prom Queen. Neither of them think it's very awesome.
  • Bad Bad Acting: On a specific note, his apology to ND. On a broader note, subtlety is not his strong suit; the only reason more people in-universe haven't figured out his secrets is because he isn't Camp Gay.
  • The Bear: He says the guys at the gay bar call him a "bear cub".
  • The Beard: Mutually, with Santana.
  • Becoming the Mask: When Santana blackmails him into starting the anti-bullying initiative with her, at first it's just part of her scheme to win Prom Queen with him as her King (thus being each other's beard in the process). But as he starts getting into it, he begins to genuinely regret his actions, and gives a tearful, heartfelt apology to Kurt. By that point Kurt didn't even feel the need to be protected, but let Dave keep doing so because it was helping him come to terms with himself.
    • Seeing as how conflicted his feelings for Kurt are, he probably did feel guilt before.
  • Billy Elliot Plot: Averted. His father has no problem with gay people. It's the homophobia from the kids at school which causes him to hide in the closet. As many an LGBT kid with accepting parents but a hostile school environment can tell you, this is very much Truth in Television.
    • However, when Kurt visits him in the hospital after his suicide attempt, we learn his mother believes he, "has a disease and maybe [he] can be cured.".
  • The Bully
  • Bungled Suicide
  • Byronic Hero: Gets shades of this in late Season 2. But he does fit the trope.
  • Character Development: The kiss scene in 'Never Been Kissed' took Karofsky from a one-dimensional stock character to a tortured individual, and from what it's been declared in interviews, it's just the beginning.
  • Character Existence Failure: After his cameo appearance and two-episode arc in Season 3, culminating in his Bungled Suicide in "On My Way", the character is neither seen nor heard from again. This despite the episode highlighting that Kurt wishes to help him get through it.
  • Character Tic: More of an actor tic; Max Adler's tongue has a habit of appearing at the oddest moments. There are times, especially in scenes with Kurt, it might be intentional, but it happens enough in Real Life that there's no way it's simply an acting choice on his part.
  • Depraved Homosexual: Karofsky's behavior towards Kurt shows signs of this. Though his Freudian Excuse is that it's because he's in denial about being gay, different from most cases of the trope, as is the fact that his main target is another gay person.
  • Driven to Suicide: After he's outed at his new school. But his attempt fails.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: According to him, picking on crippled people such as Artie is below him and Azimio even mentions his supposed moral code.
  • Forceful Kiss: To Kurt in "Never Been Kissed."
  • Freudian Excuse: Averted - according to Word of God, Karofsky's dad isn't the reason for his Gayngst. Although, as we learn in "On My Way," his mother is a different story. The homophobes at school are.
  • Gayngst: Oh yeah. And how.
  • Genius Bruiser: In spite of his thuggish appearance and demeanor, is (or at least was) an excellent student.
    • He mentions being in Calculus during "Prom Queen", despite being a junior.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: He's taken it to violent levels on occasion.
  • Heel-Face Revolving Door: In "The Sue Sylvester Bowl Shuffle". He hates Glee at the beginning, then he loves it when he finds out he's pretty good at it, then hates it again when he gets a slushie facial, then loves it again after joining them in the middle of "Thriller/Heads Will Roll", then hates it again by the end of the episode.
    • He doesn't hate it, he doesn't want to join because it would make him slushee-target even faster than his coming out would.
  • Heel-Face Turn: A fake one, at Santana's urging in "Born This Way". He's only pretending to be rehabilitated so he and Santana can be Prom King and Queen.
    • As revealed in a scene between him and Kurt in "Prom Queen", Karofsky's apology is genuine and he truly is sorry for what he did to Kurt. Additionally, he and Kurt have a heart-to-heart in a gay bar in "The First Time", so he really did do a Heel-Face Turn.
  • I Call It "Vera": He named his fist "the Fury".
  • Jerkass Façade
  • Jerk Jock: Speculated. Apparently, he even targets other jocks.
  • Joker Immunity: There's apparently nothing anyone can do about him. He assaults students in the middle of the halls, in one instance with a teacher watching, and suffers no consequences. Even after Sue finds out about the death threat he gave Kurt and had him expelled, the school board just gave him a verbal warning and sent him back.
  • Last Name Basis: The only people who ever call him Dave are the adults and Kurt.
  • Loving Bully: To Kurt. He even gives him a Forceful Kiss in the episode "Never Been Kissed".
  • Manly Gay: Especially now that he's considered a "bear cub."
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Max Adler supports gay rights in Real Life, and even made his own It Gets Better video.
  • Oh, Crap: After his Anguished Declaration of Love to Kurt in "Heart" he runs into someone who is presumably a classmate...who saw the whole thing.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He starts the series as an extreme homophobe, but gets better starting around "Born This Way."
  • Recurring Extra: Until his ascension in "Never Been Kissed".
  • Spear Counterpart: He shares many characteristics with Santana, most obviously the Gayngst, but also the fact that they were both bullies and most of the glee club hated for most of the first two seasons (and some still do).
  • Straight Gay: Although he doesn't seem to have any concept of this.
  • Straw Hypocrite
  • Those Two Bad Guys: With Azimio.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: After The Reveal.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: As of "On My Way".
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: According to his father.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Mike, Sam, and Artie confront him on his bullying of Kurt. It results in all three of them getting knocked down.
  • Villainous Crush: Much to Kurt's dismay.
    • It's debatable if he actually had a crush on Kurt or was just kissing the only out-gay kid he knew to explore his own confused feelings.
    • Confirmed in episode "Heart" though it's less villainous nowadays.
  • When He Smiles: "Thriller/Heads Will Roll" is the first time we see him with a genuine smile on his face, not some douchey smirk. The way his face lights up when he runs in to join the performance is absolutely adorable.
    • His smile in Heart right after The Reveal is really cute.
  • Yandere: His post-NBK interactions with Kurt have strong elements of this.
  • You Are What You Hate: Oh, Karofsky...

     Sebastian Smythe 

Sebastian Smythe

Let's get a few things straight. Blaine is too good for you, New Directions is a joke, and one of us has a hard-luck case of the gay face, and it ain't me.

The new captain of the Dalton Academy Warblers, who is openly gay, freely promiscuous, and sets his sights on Blaine the moment the two meet. Played by Grant Gustin.

  • Aborted Arc: Save for a couple of rather dangerous pranks, Sebastian arguably doesn't get that much more threatening than when he first appears. The build-up to full-blown antagonist is slow and steady through the first half of Season 3, but his development and story arc is somehow brought to a complete stop and instantly resolved in "On My Way," in which Karofsky's suicide attempt pushes him to become 'good,' effectively ending the threat he poses to the others. While this can be considered a 'complete' character development arc, the nature in which he is built up makes it seem like the writers were planning bigger things for him, but very suddenly decided against it. He then gets demoted to a rather harmless background character in the fourth season in favor of new Warbler Captain Hunter Clarington.
    • There's also absolutely nothing to say for his sudden lack of interest in Blaine for the rest of his appearances since 'Michael' - anyone remember how he used to text and talk to Blaine as often as Kurt did and then tried to blind Kurt? Well, forget that - the writers seem to have forgotten it.
      • Played with and justified in that despite the fact that Sebastian can be seen giving Blaine adoring looks and praising his performance in Dynamic Duets, he also stated that he'd turned over a new leaf, presumably meaning he's not going to actively chase Blaine any more.
  • Actor/Role Confusion: Poor Grant Gustin actually got death threats from Klainers because his character was trying to break up Kurt and Blaine so he could have Blaine to himself.
  • Affably Evil: Sebastian definitely acted this way, particularly when he told Kurt right to his face that he was going to try to seduce Blaine away from him.
  • All Gays Are Promiscuous
  • Alliterative Name: Applies to his actor, too!
  • Ambition Is Evil
  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Kurt's Betty.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Switches from insulting New Directions and Kurt to smiling and talking about going out drinking the second Blaine returns from getting coffee.
  • Being Good Sucks: He clearly states so in Dynamic Duets.
    Blaine: ...Sebastian, of course it was you [that stole the Nationals' Trophy].
    Sebastian: No it wasn't. I swear. I turned over a new leaf, remember? No more bullying, blackmail, or salt this year.
    Blaine: That must be boring for you.
    Sebastian: (beat) Yeah, it is. Being nice sucks.
  • Captain Obvious: It's all fun and games. Until it's not. Makes perfect sense in context, though.
  • Demoted to Dragon: After his Heel-Face Turn, he loses his position as vocal coach of the Warblers to new Big Bad Hunter Clarington.
  • Depraved Homosexual: Although unusual in that his target is also gay, otherwise a much straighter-playing of the trope than Karofsky.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Sebastian might be a dick, but even he's not going to laugh off a suicide attempt, specially one he feels partially responsible for. Very much truth-in-television, as parts of the gay community that vocally disagree with each other will come together on that particular issue.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He tells Kurt that he's going to steal Blaine away from him right to his face, is eager to use information Blaine accidentally discloses to the Warblers' advantage, openly states he's tired of playing nice against the New Directions, and attempts to blind Kurt, though Blaine took the slushie for him. Sebastian does all of this with a smirk on his face.
  • Heel Realization: As he admitted, it's all fun and games until someone tries to commit suicide.
  • Limited Wardrobe: So far we have seen him once out of the uniform, at the gay bar. He goes to performances at another school wearing it. He visits the Lima Bean wearing it. And apparently he is wearing it while he drinks wine (unless that was only an excuse to call Blaine).
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor
  • Meaningful Name: Possibly totally unintentional, but Saint Sebastian is considered to be a gay icon and even the patron saint of homosexuals.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: He rejects Dave's advances with every bit of sympathy and tact we've come to expect from him (that is, none at all and making fun of Dave's weight and appearance at that). After Dave attempts suicide, Sebastian is horrified at the part he played, calls off an unrelated blackmail scheme against New Directions, and does a complete Heel-Face Turn.
  • The Nicknamer: Fond of this. He attaches nicknames to the various New Directions members with varying levels of spite depending on how much he knows about them.
    • He calls Rachel 'a young Barbra Streisand' and Kurt 'an old Betty White.'
    • He calls Blaine 'Gay Cyclops' after the slushie incident.
    • He calls Tina 'Tina Blowin-Wang' despite never having a conversation with her.
    • In a deleted scene, he calls Santana Sha-Queer-a after she's outed.
    • On the other hand, Santana and Kurt are shown to have more than a few nicknames for him too.
  • Not Me This Time: See Being Good Sucks above.
  • Obviously Evil: His first conversation with Blaine is intercut with Santana—as Anita in West Side Story—singing "A Boy Like That."
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: If his comments towards Santana are any indication, he's racist and sexist on top of being a douche. It's also implied that he's a Smug Snake towards anyone who isn't wealthy.
    • He also has issues with Kurt's effeminacy, though it's hard to tell if any of these are genuine prejudices or just low blows to people he doesn't like.
    • He tends to take a trait that he knows about a person and just attach a nickname to him/her, regardless of whether the nickname is good or bad. He calls Rachel 'a young Barbra Streisand' and Blaine 'Gay Cyclops' in 'On My Way.' See The Nicknamer above.
  • Really Gets Around
  • The Rival: Played for Laughs, but just see the interaction between Sebastian and Artie in “Michael”, especially in Bad and later in Black And White. It reeks of two rival gang leaders trying to best each other.
  • Romantic False Lead: In his early appearances, he was set up as a possible romantic interest for Blaine in competition with Kurt.
  • Sesquipedalian Smith: A mild case.
  • Smug Smiler
  • Smug Snake: "Smirky little meerkat face" and "obnoxious CW hair" aside, Sebastian seems confident about how it's only a matter of time before Blaine succumbs to his "charms".
  • Spear Counterpart: Has been described as a male version of Santana. There are even people who ship them together because of this, despite the mutual case of Incompatible Orientation.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": During his early appearances, his surname was alternately spelled as "Smyth" or "Smythe".
  • Stalker with a Crush: To Blaine. Seemed less desperate than the normal application of this trope, until he throws a rock-salt-laced slushie in Blaine's face, lacerating his eye and forcing him to have surgery. Sebastian openly admits the slushie was intended for Kurt.
  • Straight Gay
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: At first his villainy was limited to trying to get in Blaine's pants despite the latter's attachment to Kurt, until the episode "Michael" upgraded him to full-blown antagonist.
  • Villainous Crush: On Blaine.
  • Villain Song: "Smooth Criminal".
  • The Villain Sucks Song: "A Boy Like That".

     Cassandra July 

Cassandra July

Rachel's dance instructor at NYADA, and a huge bitch, though she really does care about her students. Has a bit of a drinking problem. Played by Kate Hudson.

  • Alpha Bitch: It may not be high school anymore, but most of her remarks are those of an Alpha Bitch.
  • The Alcoholic
  • Anti-Villain: Type III. She does want her students to succeed, but acts bitchy and bullies them so they'll be ready for the hard life that awaits them on this business.
  • Berserk Button: Savagely attacked an audience member for answering his phone in the middle of one of her plays.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Subverted. She's an awesome dancer, but her Broadway career ended very quickly when she became known as "that crazy actress".
  • Disproportionate Retribution: No matter how annoying a cell phone ringing is when you're acting, taking it from its owner and destroying it is not the right way to deal with the issue.
    • Rachel was a tad careless with her words at the start of Glease. But Cassandra luring Rachel into leaving for Ohio so Cassandra could sleep with Brody, and then rubbing it in Rachel's face afterward was just plain low.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Gives ones to all of her new students. Rachel's is "Schwimmer" (implying she looks like a man - David Schwimmer).
  • Expy : She's basically a Hotter and Sexier Sue. She even uses most of her same tactics.
  • Fallen Princess: She was a highly regarded actress until she snapped on Broadway.
  • Hot Teacher
  • Ice Queen
  • Instant Web Hit: Presumably the video of the onstage meltdown that ruined her career.
  • Jacob Marley Warning: In "Britney 2.0", after Rachel blows up at her, she warns Rachel that if her outburst had been caught on camera and put on the web, she'd never get cast in a role. This, of course, is exactly what happened to Cassandra herself.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Acts mean to her students, but when one of them succeeds she's actually overjoyed.
  • Karma Houdini: Receives no comeuppance for bullying Rachel.
  • Lady Drunk: Younger than the usual version, but personality-wise fits right in.
  • Manipulative Bitch: She sends Rachel to Lima to see Grease with her frequent flyer miles, then hooks up with Brody who Rachel backed out of her plans with to go to Lima.
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • My Greatest Failure
  • The Nicknamer
  • Pet the Dog: Turning Rachel's "6 am dance midterm" into a public recognition and celebration that she got the Funny Girl callback. She tries to claim that it's just NYADA tradition, but even Rachel can tell Cassandra's actually proud of her.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Starts giving one to Rachel in Glease over the phone. Rachel hangs up.
    "Auditioning for an off-Broadway play, throwing yourself at an upper classman, and telling me that I need to get back in the game? I need to get back in the game?! I think you were over reaching and needed a little bit of a reminder. I am the game, Schwimmer. And you are what you've always been. A privileged, self-indulgent, dime a...
  • Sexy Mentor: Oh so much.
  • She's Got Legs
  • Show Some Leg: Her dance performance.
  • Sadist Teacher: "Welcome to Dance 101. If you don't have body dysmorphic disorder in a month, you aren't trying hard enough."
  • Villain Song: "Americano / Dance Again".
    • Better example her parts in "There are worse things I could do" since it involves her seducing Rachel's love interest specifically to hurt her and contains lyrics like "I could hurt someone like me out of spite and jealousy"
  • Woman in Black

     Brody Weston 

Brody Weston

One of Rachel's classmates at NYADA, as well as a potential love interest. Played by Dean Geyer.

     Hunter Clarington 

Hunter Clarington

The new Captain of the Dalton Academy Warblers in Season 4, who is determined to dethrone the New Directions as National Champions. Played by Nolan Gerard Funk.

  • Affably Evil
  • Ambition Is Evil: Oh yes. Hunter is so determined to win that he forces the Warblers to use steroids, which leads to their initial win (later revoked).
  • Berserk Button: Splenda. Apparently, it tastes like pencils.
    • Oh, and don't suggest that he looks too old for high school. It will not end well.
  • Camp Straight: Claims to be this, perhaps in an attempt to keep Blaine (and the fans) from thinking he's anything like his predecessors.
    • Interestingly enough, he didn't explicitly say he was straight, only that he's "not even remotely bi-curious". This could imply that he's either entirely straight or entirely gay. Time will show if Glee's writers did this on purpose and whether they will actually subvert the heteronormative expectation that he's straight.
  • Expy: Of Sebastian, though he's "not even remotely bi-curious."
  • Evil Is Hammy: Though this may have been a result of being introduced in Dynamic Duets, he really does act particularly hammy while explaining his strategy to win Nationals to Blaine. It even sounds like a monologue that a villain would say after finally getting what he wants.
  • Meaningful Name: Someone called Hunter surely can't be good.
  • Military Brat: Implied to be this, having led his military academy choir to a Regionals victory with Presidential Honors, which is what led Dalton to offer him a scholarship to transfer and lead the Warblers to victory.
  • Obviously Evil: Our introduction to him involves swinging around in a swivel chair and stroking a cat! So guess who serves as the figurative 'Dark Side' in Dynamic Duets?
  • Right-Hand Cat: Named Mr. Puss.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Because Marley blacks out mid-performance during Sectionals, the Warblers are unanimously voted the winners of Sectionals - just like Hunter predicted.
    • Subverted, as they won because of abusing steroids. When this is discovered, their win is revoked and New Directions moves on to Regionals instead.
  • We Can Rule Together: His reasoning as to why Blaine should transfer back and rejoin the Warblers comes off this way, implying that with Hunter's leadership and Blaine acting as the central vocal force that a Nationals win is guaranteed.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Disappears after "Naked" and has not even been mentioned in season 5, despite the Warblers reappearing in "Love, Love, Love" (with Sebastian seemingly leading again, along with the Warbler Council). It has been presumed that he was summarily expelled after the steroids scandal.

     Dani 

Dani

I think you need a 100% Sapphic goddess.

Santana's girlfriend, an aspiring artist who works alongside her, Rachel and Kurt at the Spotlight Diner. Played by Demi Lovato.

  • Celebrity Paradox: Rachel and Brody previously covered "Give Your Heart A Break", Demi Lovato's biggest hit. One review jokingly speculated that Dani actually "is Demi Lovato in one of those Princess Jasmine scenarios where she’s trying to find someone who loves her for her."
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde
  • Gayngst: Her parents didn't take well to her being gay, though at this point she seems fairly well-adjusted about it.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Santana lampshades it, trying to crack a joke about her parents knowing she'd be a lesbian and giving her a boyish name.
  • Lipstick Lesbian
  • No Last Name Given
  • Satellite Character: So far, Dani has been a rather flat character who's only purpose is to be in Pamela Lansbury (Kurt's cover band) and also be Santana's girlfriend.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After her parents started freaking out about her sexuality she packed up her things and left.
  • Special Guest
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Seeing as Brittany and Santana are now back together, it's likely Dani's never going to make an appearance again.

     Elliot "Starchild" Gilbert 

Elliot "Starchild" Gilbert

A boy who goes to NYU and joins Kurt's band. A theatre kid who is very flamboyant and outgoing, and not afraid to hide his talent. "Starchild" is his stage name, but he goes by Elliot in casual situations. Played by Adam Lambert.


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