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Teachers and Staff

    Brad the Pianist 

Brad the Pianist

An accompanist for the glee club at rehearsals. It took him 4 seasons to speak. Played by Glee's actual musical director, Brad Ellis.

  • Face–Heel Turn: Is absolutely thrilled at New Directions being disbanded in "Swan Song" after their loss in Sectionals. He even hugs Sue for getting them shut down.
  • Invisible Backup Band: Brad sometimes falls upon this and this is hilariously lampshaded in "Theatricality".
  • Living Prop: Hilariously lampshaded in "Rumours".
    Brittany: What about him?
    Santana: He's just furniture. Sorry, no offense. (Brad shrugs)
  • Only One Name: We don't know his last name.
  • Suddenly Voiced: After spending four seasons in the corner of the screen with no opportunity to get a line, he finally spoke in "Swan Song" for a gag.

    Sandy Ryerson 

Sandy Ryerson
No, William, I am not allowed within fifty feet of children.

The former teacher in charge of Glee Club, he was fired when Rachel pointed out his inappropriate behavior with male students. He then teamed up with Sue to help bring New Directions down, being rehired to the school as the new head of the art department. Played by Stephen Tobolowsky.

     Ken Tanaka 

Ken Tanaka

The school's football coach who was engaged to Emma. His friendship with Will is strained by Emma's affections. Has shown himself to be a nice guy despite the way the plot is against him. He seems to honestly and deeply care for Emma and her wishes, despite them being more than a bit insane. Played by Patrick Gallagher. Only lasted one season.

  • Betty and Veronica: An interesting case, as if we analyze the case closely he could be considered to be either the Betty or the Veronica to Will, who would become the opposing force depending on what you consider Ken to be, although among the Fandom he is universally considered the Veronica to Will’s Betty
  • Demoted to Extra: In the back nine of Season 1.
  • Disposable Fiancé: The "Minor Flaws" type. Complete with the "quietly slipping away" part.
  • Limited Wardrobe: He said himself that he owns only one pair of regular pants.
  • Nice Guy: For all the crap that comes his way, he deeply loves Emma, despite her being more than a bit insane. Even after his fallout with Will, he was still respectful enough to give him a wise piece of advice about Emma with seemingly no bitterness.
  • Out of Focus: In The second half of Season 1.
  • Put on a Bus to Hell: For Season 2. He has a "nervous breakdown" which leads to him not coming back to McKinley, making way for Coach Beiste.
  • Romantic False Lead: A subversion actually since Emma was never really into him.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Arguable, but Ken is considered to be the Manly Man to Will’s Sensitive Guy.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Ken calls Will out on his flirtation with Emma, though it has little effect. Will tries to gently discourage Emma, but she only swoons over him all the more

     Grace Hitchens 

Grace Hitchens

The coach for the Jane Adams Academy Glee Club, and the competition for New Directions' first sectionals competition. Cares deeply for her girls and only wants to see them succeed. Stole half of the New Directions' setlist, along with Dalton Rumba. Played by Eve Jeffers.

  • Put on a Bus: Neither she nor her club are seen after Sectionals.
  • Sassy Black Woman
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: After stealing the New Directions' setlist during sectionals, she goes to tell the judges. Later, she informs Figgins of Sue's cheating.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Emma tells her that by cheating she isn't helping her girls, just telling them that that's the only way they could win.

     Dalton Rumba 

Dalton Rumba

The coach of the Haverbrook School for the Deaf glee club, and the competition for New Directions' first sectionals competition. He himself is deaf in one ear from scarlet fever. Stole half of the New Directions' setlist, along with Grace Hitchens. Played by Michael Hitchcock.

  • Catch Phrase: "Scarlet fever!"
  • Creator Cameo: Though technically only counts in season four, as Michael had not yet joined the writing staff when he appeared in season one.
  • Everything Is Ableist: Accuses anybody who disagrees with him to be prejudiced against the deaf.
  • Put on a Bus: Neither he nor his glee club appeared after sectionals.
    • The Bus Came Back: He made a brief appearance in season four to inform us that due to lack of funding to the arts, the Haverbrook glee club would have to be disbanded.

     Dustin Goolsby 

Dustin Goolsby
This hairline is 85% my own and my sperm count is off the charts.

The new coach of Vocal Adrenaline for season 2, replacing former coach Shelby Corcoran. Portrayed by Cheyenne Jackson.

  • Camp Straight
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: He wears dark colors all the time, so he probably isn't on New Directions' side.
  • Department of Redundancy Department:
    Dustin Goolsby: "Admit it. I'm handsome, I'm good looking and I'm easy on the eyes. Also, I'm gorgeous."
  • Evil Counterpart: To Will. He hates his Vocal Adrenaline kids because every time he sees them achieve something he's reminded of everything he missed out on. Will loves his kids, for almost the exact same reasons.
  • Jerkass
  • Long Bus Trip: We didn't see hide nor hair of him from "Audition" all the way up to "A Night of Neglect" (although he was supposed to be in a scene in "Special Education.")
  • Manipulative Bastard: Self-admitted in "A Night of Neglect". This seems more of a Informed Ability as we never see this come to fruition.
  • Put on a Bus: Since Vocal Adrenaline didn't win first place at Nationals, their sponsors fired him.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Had no problem in carrying Sunshine's Hello Kitty backpack with him.
  • Smug Snake
  • Training from Hell:
    Jesse: Do you know what Vocal Adrenaline is doing right now? They're on their third week of twenty-four-hour-a-day rehearsals. They're on an IV drip.


     Holly Holiday 

Holly Holiday
These kids feel special; they have a voice, and if we don't listen to it, they just tune us out.

A perky substitute teacher who connects to the kids by being modern and mellow. She took over the Glee Club while Will was sick, and was even given the job after Sue fired him. However, she isn't the best at dealing with the kids' serious issues. Portrayed by Gwyneth Paltrow.

  • Alliterative Name
  • The Cast Showoff: Her Spanish is better than Will's. Gwyneth Paltrow actually lived in Spain for awhile and speaks the language perfectly.
  • Catch Phrase: "I thought you'd never ask."
  • Chekhov's Classroom: In the beginning of "A Night of Neglect," she teaches the kids about hermaphroditic Nazi sympathizers. Guess what the last question in the academic decathlon is?
  • Cool Teacher: Sings, dresses up, and gossips to help teach the kids various subjects. She also asked the glee kids specifically what they want to sing. Arguably a deconstruction, however, because she is so lax and mellow that she only cares about herself and can't properly discipline the students when necessary.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In "A Night of Neglect," she leaves Will despite having feelings for him because she knows he still loves Emma.
  • Nerd Glasses: Had them in a flashback.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Holly mentions Sunshine putting in an appearance at their fundraiser to Dustin Goolsby, who then stops her and her followers from attending.
  • Totally Radical: Zig-zagged.
  • Sexy Mentor
  • Unfortunate Names: "So, are you a stripper or a drag queen?"
  • You Need to Get Laid: Basically sums up her opinion of Emma Pillsbury. Even when Emma goes to her for marriage counselling, she cites their lack of sex as a big reason as to why it's failing - while this is true, Holly doesn't seem to care about Emma's crippling OCD being a big part of the problem, and doesn't seem to sympathize with her at all.

     Roz Washington 

Roz Washington

A former Olympian who now works as McKinley's synchronized swimming coach, though recently she's begun vying for Sue's cheerleading position. She is brought back after "Shooting Star" after Sue is fired. Played by NeNe Leakes.

  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: Thanks to dyed hair.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: In charge of the Cheerios, her tenure is filled with such nonsense as getting everyone signed up for rib removal treatment.
  • Epic Fail: She thinks that Becky is Robin Sylvester, Sue's newborn daughter, who obviously grew up to be a teenager and is a co-captain of the Cheerios.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Her reaction to Bree's prank on Tina at prom.
    • She’s disgusted overhearing the ND girlsnote  joke about Beiste being domestically abusednote  and along with Sue takes up teaching them about it very seriously.
  • Glory Days: She will not hesitate to brag about the bronze medal she won in 2008.
    I won this bronze damn Olympic medal in Beijing, China! I had noodles with the president, and a threesome with Michael Phelps.
  • Informed Ability: You will probably never actually see Roz in the water, as NeNe Leakes can't swim in real life.
  • Large Ham
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Sue in "The Spanish Teacher."
  • The Rival: To Sue.
  • Sassy Black Woman
  • Serious Business: Swimming, and by extension the pool.
    I'm gonna say one thing to you, Sam Evans, and I'm only gonna say it once. If you pee in my pool, I will kill you.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Yes, winning a medal at the Olympics is a pretty big deal. But even gold medal winners in solo events are unlikely to mention it twelve times a day and wear it everywhere they go. Especially 5 years later.

     David Martinez 

David Martinez

The night class Spanish teacher at McKinley, who helps New Directions (and Will) to learn some Spanish. Former teeth model and ridiculously attractive. Becomes the official Spanish teacher after Will resigns in season 3. Played by Ricky Martin.


Other Students

     William McKinley High School Jazz Band 

William McKinley High School Jazz Band

Artie's friends who play back-up for New Directions, though not official members. However, two members temporarily join in "Hold On To Sixteen" in order to fill the membership requirements. There are several members who can all play an instrument or two. The most recognizable members are the Bassist, played by Scott Henson, and the drummer, played by John Lock.

     Azimio Adams 

Azimio Adams
I ain't singing no show tunes. That is the music of my oppressors.

A meathead football jock who, with Karofsky, took over as the school's chief bully once Puck stopped harassing the other members of New Directions. Played by James Earl III.

  • Even Evil Has Standards: According to him, picking on crippled people such as Artie is below them and Azimio even mentions his supposed moral code.
  • Jerk Jock: He even targets other jocks.
  • Joker Immunity: There's apparently nothing anyone can do about him. He and Dave assault students in the middle of the halls, in one instance with a teacher watching, and suffer no consequences.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He's extremely homophobic.
    • His homophobia is implied to be directed at Karofsky as well. After Karofsky's suicide attempt, Karofsky tells Kurt:
    Karofsky: ...My mom told me that [being gay] is a disease and my best friend told me he never wants to talk to me again...
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He wasn't nearly as developed as Karofsky, and disappeared after appearing sporadically in the second season. All we heard was Karofsky mentioning that his best friend cut contact after he was outed, and for all we know that could have been someone at his new school.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: With Karofsky

     Jacob Ben Israel 

Jacob Ben Israel
Technology has allowed us to be brutally cruel without suffering any consequences. In the past, if I wanted to tell someone they sucked, I’d have to say it to their face.

The School Newspaper News Hound, with a blog. Played by Josh Sussman.

     Sunshine Corazon 

Sunshine Corazon

I'm such a better singer than everyone else so I know how it feels. I'm all alone at the top. Also, I'm really short, so even when I'm in a group of people I feel like I'm wandering alone in a forest.

A Filipina exchange-student with a voice to match Rachel's. Rachel doesn't take it too well, though, and she ends up transferring to Vocal Adrenaline instead. Introduced in Season 2. Played by Jake Zyrus note .

  • Adorkable: According to Zyrus, she'll turn out like this.
  • Break the Cutie: Seriously, even the biggest die-hard Rachel fans would agree that she crossed the line with her treatment of Sunshine. From their duet of "Telephone", where Rachel is trying her best to show Sunshine how talented she is, while Sunshine has the look of someone thinking, "This is really fun. She's nice to be singing this song with me." to Rachel's sending Sunshine to a crackhouse instead of auditions. Bad form, Berry, bad form.
  • Foil: To Rachel. All the talent without the ego. Also, while Rachel likes to think of herself as The Ingenue, Sunshine actually is. Although it appears that since her Long Bus Trip as the star of Vocal Adrenaline, she's acquired something of an ego.
  • Foreign Exchange Student: From the Philippines, where it's sunny every day!
  • Girlish Pigtails: In the bathroom scene.
  • The Ingenue
  • Lonely at the Top: She says this to convince New Directions to let her sing at the benefit.
  • Long Bus Trip: Most of Season 2. The Bus Came Back in "A Night of Neglect."
  • Meaningful Name: Lampshaded by Rachel, who snarks that she is named so because she comes from the Philippines where it's sunny every day (except for the monsoons, of course). Additionally, "Corazon" is a Spanish given name common in the Philippines which means "heart."
    • However, "Corazon" is more of a first name in the Philippines, so most Filipinos agree that her having it as her surname sounded quite strange.
  • Meganekko
  • Naïve Newcomer
  • New Transfer Student: An exchange student from the Philippines.
  • Nice Hat: She's seen wearing a beret in nearly every scene she's in, except for her performance at Nationals.
  • Performance Anxiety: Before performing at Nationals, she admits to Rachel that she doesn't think she can do it because of all those people.
  • The Rival: To Rachel, though this is mainly how Rachel perceives her.
  • Sixth Ranger Traitor: She joins New Directions but then leaves to join Vocal Adrenaline. What makes this an unusual case is that her choice is given an understandable motivation, and she does so with no malice.
  • Teens Are Short

     "Stoner" Brett Butkowski 

Brett "Stoner Brett" Butkowski

A stoner kid who wanders around the halls. Played by Ryan Heinke.

  • His Name Really Is "Barkeep": When he auditions for New Directions in season four, he lists his name as Stoner Brett. Later it's revealed that he has a last name (Butkowski), though even school staff act as though his full name includes "Stoner".
  • Jaccuse: He shouts it at New Directions in Britney 2.0 when it's revealed that they're lip synching.
  • Recurring Extra: A few random appearances since his initial one, but nothing by way of plot or characterization.
    • Ascended Extra: Though not very far, he's become more prominent and was even nominated for Prom King.
  • The Stoner: It's in his name. He signs the Glee Club sign-up sheet this way.
  • Tap on the Head: Gets hit with a falling bucket in "Tina in the Sky With Diamonds" after Tina gets slushied Carrie-style.

     Shane Tinsley 

Shane Tinsley

Mercedes' new boyfriend in season 3 after Sam moves away, and also a linebacker for the football team. Unlike most of the other jocks, he is supportive of New Directions, or at least Mercedes.

  • Big Eater: He eats very unhealthy, and one episode shows him selecting 2 cheeseburgers, 1 hot dog, tater tots, nachos with cheese, milk and salsa all for one lunch.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: He's at least as tall as Finn, and twice as wide.
  • Manly Tears: After finding out about Sam and Mercedes' kiss.
  • Nice Guy: Quite different from the other jocks we've seen; Shane supports the glee club and even encourages Mercedes to compete against Rachel for the role of Maria. And while he is displeased with Mercedes leaving him, he accepts it and moves on, and shows no ill will towards her and Sam by the time Prom rolls around.
  • Romantic False Lead: With Sam's triumphant return to McKinley (aka Chord's return to Glee), Shane became one of these for Samcedes.
  • Token Shipping



"I've been acting since I was a fetus. Literally. An ultrasound of me was featured on Murder, She Wrote."

A New York Academy Of Dramatic Arts hopeful who seems to be more than a match for Rachel. Portrayed by Lindsay Pearce, one of the runner-ups from The Glee Project.

  • The Ace
  • Always Someone Better: Her musical number of "Anything Goes/Anything You Can Do" exemplifies this.
  • Expy: In-universe, of Rachel.
  • Graceful Loser: She shows an odd amount of joy over winning third place in "Hold Onto Sixteen," despite the fact that there were only three teams competing.
  • Meaningful Echo: Her quip about being in Murder She Wrote is quite similar to Rachel claiming she won her first dance competition at three months old.
  • Meaningful Name
  • Promoted Fanboy
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin
  • The Rival: Teased as Rachel's rival, but ultimately subverted in "Hold Onto Sixteen" when we find out she's just a sophomore.

     Dottie Kazatori 

Dottie Kazatori

A Japanese-American freshman who acts as Tina's personal assistant starting in season four. She is very jittery and usually messes up her tasks in some way. Portayed by Pamela Chan.

  • Asian and Nerdy: Huge glasses, big bow ties - this trope for certain.
  • Butt-Monkey: Tina, Kitty, and Bree have all abused or belittled her in some way. For some reason she puts up with most of it.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Helps Bree and the cheerios give Tina the {{Carrie} treatment in "Tina in the Sky with Diamonds". Though she is still working for Tina in the next episode.
  • Nerd Glasses
  • You, Get Me Coffee: This for Tina.

     Jordan Stern 

Jordan Stern

More famously known as the Neckbrace Cheerio, after the neck brace she is always seen wearing. Appears in several background shots in season four, and in season 5 she is named and seemingly becomes one of Bree's minions. Portrayed by Chelsea.

  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: She is somehow on the Cheerios despite being stuck in a neck brace which would, presumably, hamper her ability to cheer.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: In season four, she was only known as "The Neckbrace Cheerio". Ryan Murphy actually suggested her name was Celeste, but it was confirmed as Jordan in "Tina in the Sky with Diamonds".
  • Recurring Extra: Appears in the background in most season 4 episode. Manages to ascend in season five after being nominated for prom queen.
    • Ascended Extra: Though like Brett, she hasn't ascended very far. Despite the prom queen nomination she's yet to receive a single line or any backstory.
    • Apparently she was close enough to Brittany that she was a guest at Brittany and Santana's wedding.



The new head bitch of McKinley in season five. Absolutely ruthless when it comes to destroying the glee club. Portrayed by Erinn Westbrook.

  • Alpha Bitch: Only time will tell whether she turns out to be a Lovable Alpha Bitch like all those who came before her.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: In her first appearance, Artie calls her "nice" and Kitty calls her "a stone-cold bitch". Kitty turns out to be totally right.
  • Convenient Replacement Character: Is outright called the "new Santana Lopez" at one point.
  • Ice Queen: Cold, uncaring, and ruthless.
    • She cracks a little in "Puppet Master" when she believes she's pregnant. She's visibly freaked out and even asks Jake to accompany her to the hospital.
  • In-Series Nickname: She's always called "Demon Hellspawn" during previous episode briefings.
  • Karma Houdini: The last five minutes of 5x02 practically shine a spotlight on how far the writers were stretching to justify keeping her at the school and create a new school villain. For all the shit she causes in the second episode of the fifth season, she's promoted to head cheerleader of the Cheerios by Sue - because Sue thinks that the New Directions needs someone to challenge them.
  • Prom Wrecker: Drops red goo on Tina after she gets voted Prom Queen, because she couldn't stand another Glee kid getting voted Prom Queen.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Averted, Sue has no idea who she is.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Jake, calling him out on his man-slut behaviour, pointing out how miserable he makes girls around him and what could be the harsh consequences that await him in the long term.
  • Token Minority: From previous looks at the Cheerios group as a whole, she's far from being the only non-white cheerleader on the squad (after the main characters, Brittany Parks is the main Cheerio and Mercedes was one for a while), but Sue literally doesn't remember ever having accepted a black cheerleader - which makes her cruel actions towards the New Directions even more memorable to Sue.

Parents and Other Family Members

     Carole Hudson 

Carole Hudson-Hummel
We don't need any more memories or ghosts. We need a family. A home.

Finn's mother, who raised her son alone after her husband's death. She agrees to take in Quinn early in the first season when it was believed that Finn was the father of Quinn's baby. Later, Kurt sets her up with his own father in a ploy to be able to live with Finn. The two of them tie the knot in "Furt." Played by Romy Rosemont.

  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Once she starts dating Burt, she changes her formerly Messy Hair into something sleeker.
    • Kurt's actually the one that changed it.
  • Glamorous Single Mother: For the most part, averted. Carole is shown to be struggling juggling Finn and her many jobs at the same time.
  • Happily Married: Burt and Carole.
  • Open-Minded Parent: Is incredibly supportive of her son and his interests, and is one of the few characters who does not completely freak out when Quinn gets pregnant.
  • Parental Substitute: For Kurt, who has apparently un-soured on his dad's romance with Carole and accepted her with open arms.
  • Parent with New Paramour: Kurt sets her up with his own dad. By the time he's soured on the idea, it's too late.
  • Second Love: With Kurt's father, Burt Hummel.
  • Skip to the End: Burt and Carole cut the priest off while he says the vows and say their "I Do"s, but it's out of excitement as opposed to just rushing.

     Kendra Giardi 

Kendra Giardi
You worry too much, Terri. Mom smoked and drank a bottle of Reunite on ice every night when she was pregnant with us and we're TOTALLY normal!

Terri's manipulative older sister and the one that come up with the idea of adopting a baby for Terri. Played by Jennifer Aspen.

     Jean Sylvester 

Jean Sylvester

Sue's older sister, who happens to have Down's Syndrome. Played by Robin Trocki.

  • Bury Your Disabled: "Funeral." She died of natural causes, though - she contracted pneumonia and passed away less than a week later.
  • Hope Spot: Sue was told Jean probably wouldn't pass thirty. And then she turned thirty-five, then forty, then fifty, so much that Sue thought they could grow old together. Unfortunately, Jean passes away in "Funeral."
  • Inspirationally Disadvantaged
  • Morality Pet: For Sue. Her condition is the reason Sue has a soft spot for the disabled.
  • Tonight, Someone Dies: The titular "Funeral" was hers.

     Russell & Judy Fabray 

Russell & Judy Fabray

Quinn's wealthy parents, who didn't take the news of her pregnancy very well. Played by Gregg Henry and Charlotte Ross.

  • Alpha Bitch: It's implied Judy was one.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Judy eventually breaks with her husband's position and supports Quinn.
    • Broken Aesop: The rationale for her doing this is that he cheated on her, not because she decided Quinn had been treated unfairly.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Judy most probably knew about Quinn's pregnancy, but didn't say anything.
  • Overprotective Dad: Russell at first, but he doesn't seem to mind throwing her out after her pregnancy is revealed.
  • Put on a Bus to Hell: Russell's off-screen infidelity that led to the breakup of their marriage.
  • Stepford Smiler: Both of them.
  • Straw Character: Both of them, particularly Russell, are shots at ultraconservative Evangelicals.
  • Straw Hypocrite: Russell.
  • Strawman Political: "Honey, Glenn Beck is on!"
  • Take That!: The aforementioned Evangelicals; and Russell's infidelity was a parody of Jesse James' cheating on Sandra Bullock.
  • We Have No Daughter: Their initial reaction to finding out about Quinn's pregnancy.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Quinn has very very mild shades of this. The fact that her dad brings up her sister Frannie, who was apparently married to a good Christian man, helps reinforce this.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Russell cheated on Judy with a "tattooed skank," leading to her leaving him.

     Beth Corcoran 

Beth Corcoran

Quinn and Puck's daughter, conceived during a one-night stand pre-season one. Quinn gives birth to her in "Journey," where she is then adopted by Shelby.

     Doris Sylvester 

Doris Sylvester

Sue's Ex-Nazi-hunter of a mother. After finally catching the last one, she returns to Lima to be part of her duaghters' lives. Sue rebuffs her when she forces herself in after being absent for so many years. Portrayed by Carol Burnett.

  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: She hunted down every last Nazi in the world.
  • Missing Mom: Left to hunt down the Nazis while Sue and Jean were little girls. Sue did not take this well.
    Sue [when asked if she would invite Doris to Jean's funeral]: As far as I'm concerned she said her goodbyes to us years ago.
  • My Beloved Smother
  • Sins of Our Fathers: It seems most of the "Nazis" she's been hunting as of late are the descendants of the original Party, who seem to be normal people in their 20's-40's, living normal lives and distancing themselves from the "family business". Doris hunting them down becomes Fridge Horror when you think about it.
  • Special Guest: Oh hi there, Carol Burnett.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Sue calls her out on leaving the two of them as children to hunt Nazis.

     The Evanses 

The Evanses

Sam's family, composed of his parents, Dwight and Mary, and his younger siblings Stevie and Stacy. Played by John Schneider, Tanya Clarke, Cody Hamilton, and Ava Chelsea Ingram respectively.

     Mike & Julia Chang 

Michael "Mike" Robert Chang, Sr. & Julia Chang

The parents of Mike Chang, Jr. Played by Keong Sim and Tamlyn Tomita.

  • I Have No Son!: Mike Sr.'s reaction to learning that his son has taken a starring role in the school musical and refuses to go to medical school.
  • Jerkass: Mike Chang, Sr. is a Fantasy-Forbidding Father who has high standards for his son. Although, in "Hold On To Sixteen", it is obvious he's far more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • Open-Minded Parent: Julia, after initially supporting her husband's position.
  • So Proud of You: Unlike her husband, this is Julia's reaction to learning about Mike's role in the musical. Mike Sr. himself looks like he's heading in this after the events of "Hold On To Sixteen."
  • Tragic Dream: Julia's dream of becoming a dancer.
  • Women Are Wiser: Julia is much, much more understanding of her son's career ambitions.

     Alma Lopez 

Alma "Abuela" Lopez

Santana's paternal grandmother. Played by Ivonne Coll.

  • Abusive Abuela: She's apparently so venomous that Santana thought her own name was Garbage Face until she was five, which is both deeply unsettling and explains why Santana (as a self-proclaimed bitch) admires her so much.
  • Cool Old Lady: Santana certainly thought so.
  • Ice Queen
  • I Have No Granddaughter: Pulls this on Santana when she comes out as a lesbian to her.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Everyone refers to her as if "Abuela" was her actual name.
  • Parental Substitute: She's implied to have been Santana's primary caretaker when she was a child (including putting her to bed at night), and it's suggested that her son and daughter-in-law practice Hands-Off Parenting.
  • They're Called "Personal Issues" for a Reason: Believes in this. The problem isn't so much that Santana is a lesbian, but more on the scandal when people talk about it out loud.

     Hiram & Leroy Berry 

Hiram and Leroy Berry

Rachel's fathers, who paid Shelby to be their surrogate. Their love for theater and performing rubbed off on their daughter in a big way. Played by Jeff Goldblum and Brian Stokes Mitchell.

  • Accent Upon The Wrong Syllable: Leroy prefers his name pronounced "Leh-ROY", rather than the more common "LEE-roy"
  • All Gays Love Theater: They even met while performing in a show together...a show that's an expy of Naked Boys Singing.
  • But Not Too Black: Leroy, but justified. It's long been established that Rachel's parents are a mixed couple and that none of them know which is her biological father, so it makes sense for her black dad to be light-skinned.
  • But Not Too Gay: An early criticism of the show is that Rachel talked about her dads a lot but we never actually got to meet them. Their appearance in the third season finally put this to rest.
  • Camp Gay
  • The Ghosts: Rachel's dads were oft-mentioned but never appeared onscreen until the third season episode "Heart".
  • Stage Dads: A benevolent version. While they've certainly pushed Rachel towards performing and encourage her diva-like behavior, she has a good relationship with them.
  • Twofer Token Minority: A gay, interracial, Jewish couple.

     Cooper Anderson 

Cooper Anderson

Blaine's older brother, who does credit card commercials. Portrayed by Matt Bomer.

  • Aloof Big Brother: Blaine's, who notes how it seems like he's just pointing out everything Blaine does wrong.
    Young Cooper: (after watching Blaine dance) Your balance is completely off.
    Young Blaine: But I just learned to walk three years ago!
  • The Charmer: He's able to wrangle free Cokes out of the normally-grumpy Sandy.
  • Giving Someone the Pointer Finger
    Cooper: I’m sorry, are you talking to me right now? Because I can’t tell if you’re talking to me if you don’t point your finger.
  • Informed Flaw: Blaine treats Cooper as though he was a real hard ass on Blaine, Cooper is annoying at worst but clearly thinks a lot of his brother.
  • It's All About Me
  • Large Ham: He suggests SHOUTING ALL OF YOUR LINES because the character is REALLY INTENSE.
  • Metaphorgotten:
    Cooper: Stanislavski says the fingers are the eyes of the body, but he never mentioned that the toes…are the ears.
  • Punny Name: It's a reversal of news Journalist Anderson Cooper.
  • Shout-Out: His name is one to Anderson Cooper.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky
  • Small Name, Big Ego: During his "master class" he gives out really nonsensical advice for someone who should know what he's doing. That, or he's just a Jerkass.
    • Turns out he's actually struggling in LA and is only a star in Ohio, so he plays it up whenever he's back home.
    • He actually thinks that he's a master actor because he advertises shoddy companies.

     Maribel Lopez 

Maribel Lopez

Santana's mother. Played by Gloria Estefan.

  • Education Mama: Never got to go to college herself, and wants her daughter to.
  • Open-Minded Parent: Is ultimately fine with Santana not going to college and following her dreams.
  • Special Guest: Santana's mom is played by one of the biggest names in Latin pop music history.

     Millie Rose 

Millie Rose

Marley's mother and the school lunch lady.

  • Adult Fear:
    • Having your daughter develop an eating disorder. Even worse, watching your daughter collapse on stage and not knowing why. Just imagine the scenarios that must have been going through her head.
    • Again when a gun went off at McKinley. Knowing what we know about her, it's not hard to imagine that her first thought was "Oh God, is Marley okay?!"
  • Alphabetical Theme Naming: Marley and Millie.
  • Amazingly Embarassing Parent: Played with. She sees herself this way and distances herself from Marley because of it, but Marley doesn't think of her like this.
  • Beauty = Goodness: An inversion: she's hideous by societal standards, but is an absolute saint.
  • Mama Bear: Inverted: Marley is ferociously (though not violently) protective of her, to the point of giving the New Directions a serious tounge-lashing when they join in on making fun of her with the popular kids.
  • No Name Given: Until Glee, Actually, when we learn that it's Millie.

     Lord Tubbington 
Brittany's cat, who has a strange and wild life off-camera. Played by Aragorn.

Other Adults

     Josh Groban 

Josh Groban
Crowds of screaming teenagers don't do it for Josh Groban... No... Josh Groban likes a blousy alcoholic.

Josh Groban. Seriously.

     Olivia Newton-John 

Olivia Newton-John
Brunettes have no place in show business.

Olivia Newton-John is offended that the brunette Josh Groban has his own TV Tropes entry, and she does not.

     Rod Remington 

Rod Remington

Lima's local news anchor, "Ohio legend", and frequent show choir competition judge.

     April Rhodes 

April Rhodes
I haven't had a drink in forty-five minutes!

The star of the McKinley glee club in Will's school days, now a washed-up drunk. Played by Kristin Chenoweth.

  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: The main trio seem partial to a drink, but Ginger far outdoes the guys, to the extent that Ryan refers to her as a lush more than once.
  • Innocent Cohabitation: In “Home”, this is what happens between Will and April during her stay at his house, even if Sue later tried to twist it for her own purposes.
  • The Mistress: Becomes this to a rich man, and ends up doing quite well from his death.
  • Mrs. Robinson: When told by Will to try and win over the rest of the glee club, she is shown, among other things, exiting the school showers with Puck and some other football players, everybody smiling.
  • Sexy Shirt Switch: April Rhodes is shown coming out of the locker room shower after a couple of football players wearing Puck's jersey.

     Bryan Ryan 

Bryan Ryan
His dreams didn't come true, and neither. Will. Yours.

A former star of the McKinley High glee club and a rival of Will Schuester and now a bitter and jaded member of the school board. He tries to take down the arts program and with it, Glee Club. Played by Neil Patrick Harris.

  • Always Someone Better: In their younger years, Bryan was this to Will.
  • Breaking Speech: He gives a brutal one to New Directions about how dreams are nothing more than dreams and that they'll never come true. It leaves all of them badly shell-shocked and drives Tina to tears.
  • Broken Bird: In flashbacks he was a nicer and more optimstic person. He's bitter hurtful.
  • Chick Magnet: He was extremely popular with the ladies back in his time, as seen in Will’s memories; also a trait he shares with his actor, Neil Patrick Harris.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Bryan’s antagonistic role in “Dream On” is only more accentuated by the black leather and dark clothing he wears.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He is played by Neil Patrick Harris, so this comes as no surprise to anyone.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything??: Bryan Ryan lies to his wife that he's going on "business trips" when he's actually visiting New York to see Broadway plays. He has a secret stash of playbills in the basement.
  • Evil Plan: Destroy the Glee Club.
  • Irony: The one girl he always wanted got married to his rival and the man he mocked during his younger years.
  • Jerkass: A very nasty guy.
  • Mr. Fanservice: What part of Neil Patrick Harris was confusing? Bryan Ryan himself was one In–Series as well during his school days.
  • The One That Got Away: He describes Terri as this.
  • Two First Names: Bryan Ryan, played by the king of two (or is it three?) first names himself.

     Isabelle Wright 

Isabelle Wright

Columbus! You're from Lima - I'm from Columbus.

The recently-appointed editor of, who gives Kurt an internship because she's impressed by his online resume and big dreams, and considers him a kindred spirit due to their shared Ohio origins and love of fashion. Played by Sarah Jessica Parker.

Other Glee Clubs

     Vocal Adrenaline 

Vocal Adrenaline

Hailing from Carmel High, they fill the spot of New Directions' rival glee club during the first season and end of the second season. As such, they seem very good, thanks in no small part to the training it seems they undergo (in addition, Tina says they dope their dancers).

Their key members seem to rotate every season.They were coached by Shelby in the first season, and their lead singer was Jesse. After Shelby was Put on a Bus after "Journey," she was replaced by Dustin in season 2, and their lead singer was Sunshine. In season 3 Jesse returns, this time as coach, and their lead singer is Unique.

  • Always Someone Better: For New Directions.
  • Badass Decay: From the end of the second season, where they lose Nationals for the first time in four (or eight) years. Continues when New Directions win Nationals in season 3, and cemented when they fail to even reach Nationals in seasons 4 and 5.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: This seems to be the case
  • Characterization Marches On: Their two appearances in the first thirteen episodes didn't show any sign of them being "the evil empire of show choir," just overworked professional performers who did covers of British pop songs. One of their performers even warned New Directions to say away from Dakota Stanley. They also functioned as a choir, singing and dancing in one. Come the back 9 where the performances are built around Jesse (stating a tradition of every season having a new frontman) and they're perfectly willing to do dirty handed thing to break the competitions' spirit.
  • Combat Pragmatist
  • Fake Band: Except for the soloists, the performers are professional dancers lip-syncing to a group of anonymous singers. A number of So You Think You Can Dance? finalists have appeared as Vocal Adrenaline "singers".
  • Kick the Dog: Their egging Rachel in "Funk."
  • Opposing Show Choir: They're the "evil empire" of show choir.
  • Out of Focus: They were portrayed as the team to beat in the first season, and though they still are in later seasons their presence is rarely touched on until the last few episodes. As of writing they've yet to even be mentioned in season 4.
  • The Rival
  • Serious Business: Their motto is rumored to be "murder or be murdered," they give their dancers human growth hormones, and one of their spotlights is so bright one needs to wear sunscreen onstage.
    Jesse: Do you know what happens in Vocal Adrenaline if someone dies during a rehearsal? They use them as a prop. Like Weekend at Bernie's.
    • When New Directions goes to Carmel to hire their choreographer, Rachel mentions that they practice every day from 2:30 pm until midnight.
  • Training from Hell: When you're taught and directed by the likes of Dakota Stanley, Shelby Corcoran, Dustin Goolsby and Jesse St. James, this is bound to happen.

     Jane Addams Academy Glee Club 

Jane Addams Academy Glee Club

New Directions' competition for sectionals in season one. Composed entirely of female juvenile delinquents. Coached by Grace Hitchens.

     Haverbrook School for the Deaf Glee Club 

New Directions' other competition for sectionals in season one. All of the members are deaf, and sing mostly in ASL. Coached by Dalton Rumba. Were disbanded after Haverbrook lost funding for its arts programs.

     The Dalton Academy Warblers 

The Dalton Warblers
This is a kangaroo court!

An A Cappella glee club from an all-boys prep school, the Dalton Warblers provide New Directions' main competition during the second season. They're run by a student council rather than a teacher; they later take on Kurt when he changes schools to get away from Karofsky. Like Vocal Adrenaline, their lead singers rotate every year: in season 2 Blaine sang lead until he transferred, making way for Sebastian in season 3, and in season 4 Hunter Clarington took over.

  • Acrofatic: Dominic Barnes, aka Trent, is adorably round-faced and chubby - and can really move.
  • Ambiguously Gay: A Running Gag has people assuming that they are gay. All of them. One of the judges at a Regionals competition asks if they are a school for gay boys. Even Blaine seems a little unsure about it, at one point in the sixth season asking if any of them are straight when they protest Jane trying to join. For added humor, whenever the question gets asked of one of them directly, the Warbler who answers is almost invariably Camp, yet denies the allegation vehemently.
  • Assimilation Academy: Played with. The Warblers frown upon Kurt's natural theatricality - and on singing anything that isn't a top-40 hit - but he and they learn to adjust somewhat.
  • Cast Full of Pretty Boys: Most of the guys in there are straight-up Bishōnen, and most of the ones that aren't are still good-looking.
  • The Comically Serious: "YOU MOCK US, SIR."
  • Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: They probably still would have won Sectionals, due to New Directions' disqualification, but since they took steroids, they were disqualified.
  • Elaborate University High
  • Fake Band: In Season 2, the non-lead part was performed by the Tufts University Beelzebubs, and the visible cast just lip-synced.
  • One-Gender School
  • Put on a Bus: Wes graduates between seasons 2 and 3.
  • Recurring Extra: Unlike most of the other show choirs, they almost always consist of the same background characters without anything in the way of characterization. All seasons have included Trent, Jeff, Nick, and Thad.
  • School Uniforms Are the New Black: Nobody except Blaine has been seen outside their uniforms. Mostly justified as most of their screentime is set in Dalton Academy, but they even wear them when singing in public and to competitions (which is also justified as they are representing the school at competitions and may be required to be in uniform by school rules).
  • Serious Business: Everything.
  • Shipper on Deck: They are outraged by Blaine's suggestion that they turn one of their Regionals numbers into a duet, until he specifies that he wants to sing it with Kurt - at which point they unanimously approve the idea. It's Wes's smirk that makes it.
  • Step Up to the Microphone: Although he has only had a one line in the entire show, Nick sings the majority of "Uptown Girl" - very well indeed.
  • Team Pet: Pavarotti the canary.
  • Those Two Guys: Wes and David, the two most-seen non-Blaine, non-Kurt Warblers. After Kurt transfers to Dalton, it's revealed that they are two of the three-member Warblers' Council, and are frequently seen in company with a third guy, Thad.
    • There's also Jeff and Nick, two Warblers even more in the background than the Council.
  • Token Straight: Hunter Clarington, their new captain as of Season 4, is "not even remotely bi-curious." Which gives the implication that the same cannot be said for the rest of the team...
    • The way he says this seemed more like he was trying to distinguish himself from the previous two Warbler captains - Blaine and Sebastian - who, besides being gay, were ultimately unsuccessful in their attempts to bring the Warblers farther than Regionals.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In "Michael," although this is something of Sebastian's fault, and they get better by the end of it.
  • White Sheep: Trent refuses to take steroids with the rest of the Warblers during season 4 and is kicked out of the group. Later he agrees to testify against them in order to get them disqualified and allow the New Directions back into the competition.
  • Worthy Opponent: Unlike, say, Vocal Adrenaline, the Warblers wouldn't even think of using underhanded tactics to win. They and New Directions even cheer for each others' teams at Sectionals and Regionals (although, admittedly, Kurt leads them in that).
    • When Sebastian throws a rock-salt-laced slushie in Blaine's face, lacerating his eye, the Warblers seem too stunned to react - this being Dalton, they're not really used to anything other than good-natured competition. This lasts until the end of the episode, when they stage an implied coup d'etat.
      • Three episodes later, however, Sebastian attempts to blackmail Rachel into dropping out of the competition.

     The Troubletones 

The Troubletones

Another glee club in WMHS, founded by the Mottas after New Directions turned Sugar down. They're trained by Shelby Corcoran, who quit her New York job to teach them. The club consisted of Sugar, Mercedes, Santana, Brittany and a bunch of nameless cheerleaders. The club disbanded after placing 2nd at Sectionals, but went on to perform as part of New Directions at Regionals and Nationals. In Nationals, the Troubletones adopted Quinn and Tina into their ranks.

  • Amazon Brigade
  • A House Divided: Mercedes, Santana, and Brittany end up quitting New Directions temporarily when they complain that they aren't getting enough attention within it, and join up with the Troubletones.
  • Defector from Decadence
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The four major characters in the group counts, with Mercedes being phlegmatic I, Santana being choleric, Brittany being supine and Sugar being sanguine.
  • Little Black Dress: The "Rumour Has It/Someone Like You" mashup has several, a different one for each member.
  • Living Prop: The members that aren't Santana, Mercedes, Brittany, and Sugar are this. No dialog and are barely treated as actual members of the team outside of performances. When Finn has the two teams temporarily merge, the extra girls are nowhere to be seen. And they disappear after the Troubletones lose Sectionals and permanently merge with New Directions, only to then briefly reappear at Regionals for the Troubletones performance. Nationals as well, which is even more amazing considering they didn't even ride the bus with New Directions.
  • The Rival: To New Directions, obviously. Their name stems from the fact that they're around to stir up trouble.
  • Start My Own

     Aural Intensity 

Aural Intensity

A Glee club from West Hill High School that has faced New Directions twice at Regionals. The second time, they get coached by Sue.

     The Golden Goblets 

Golden Goblets

A Glee club from Our Lady of Perpetual Sorrow that faces New Directions at Regionals in Season 3.

     The Rosedale Mennonites 

  • Competed against The Warblers and New Directions in Season 4. Should have won by default when The Warblers cheated and ND were disqualified.

     The Portland Scale Blazers 

Portland Scale Blazers

A nationally ranked Glee club. Won the 2011 National Show Choir Championships, and competes against Vocal Adrenaline and New Directions on the 2012 Nationals, placing third.

  • The Generic Guy
  • Informed Ability: Having won the previous National Championship, one would expect them to be quite good, but their only number shown (Starlight Express) isn't anything special, and they get third place.


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