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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })What happens when you take the melodrama of Degrassi and mix it with the musical setting of High School Musical? You get Glee, where every episode is a Very Special Musical Episode!Glee was a Musical Teen Dramedy from Ryan Murphy that aired on FOX from September 21, 2009 to March 20, 2015. It begins with Ohio high school teacher Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) attempting to organize his small public school's show choir while dealing with both his personal issues and the torrid personal lives of his students. Said kids include Prima Donna Rachel Berry (Lea Michele), Lovable Jock Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith), gay romantic Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer), and cheer captain Alpha Bitch Quinn Fabray (Dianna Agron). As time goes on and more kids join, they face all manner of struggles like bullying, homophobia, teen pregnancy, and losing show choir competitions. They're also constantly pursued by Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch), the vindictive cheerleading coach who arbitrarily has declared the Glee Club her nemesis. Tons of character stereotypes showed up, to the point of reviving a few Dead Horse Tropes.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })And all the while, they're singing. The first episode alone featured music from such disparate sources as Guys and Dolls and Journey, and the show went on to showcase everything from Charlie Chaplin to Lady Gaga. The musical numbers were usually given an in-universe justification with the activities of the Glee club, but just as often sprang fully-formed from the minds of characters in normal situations, as with most musicals. That Reminds Me of a Song was the order of the day, and in the event that somebody broke into a full-on song and dance sequence with back-up dancers and props and so forth, it was generally assumed that these moments appeared to be taking place at least partially in the individual's thoughts.The first episode actually aired in spring of 2009 as a special preview before the actual premier that fall. However it was such a smash hit that the show had a full-season order by the time the other episodes started airing, and was renewed for both a second and third season before the first was halfway finished. The success put most of the cast in the spotlight and led to a touring cast concert, 3D movie of said concert, and reality show spin-off The Glee Project where hopefuls competed to land a recurring role on the series.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_3'); })However, the show soon became one of Fox's most divisive shows (due to a combination of Hype Backlash, writing of varying quality, and focusing on a few fan-favorite characters to the detriment of the ensemble—though YMMV for all of that, of course). Nevertheless it was strong enough to receive a season four renewal in 2012 and another double-renewal in 2013. It maybe have lasted longer as well were it not for the untimely death of star Cory Monteith in the summer of 2013, a few weeks before the fifth season was due to begin filming. It was later confirmed by Ryan Murphy that the sixth season would be the final season, and it ended on March 20, 2015 after six seasons and 121 episodes.The series has had a Fake Crossover with the Archie universe in "Archie Meets Glee". It also spawned a British singing contest called "Don't Stop Believing" (yes, with the 'g') that lasted six episodes in summer 2010, was won by the only team who sang Barbra Streisand, and has never been mentioned since.Please add the related tropes to following Sub Pages Character Sheet. Ho Yay Wild Mass Guessing Recap Headscratchers, which is divided into Generic (Non Season-Specific) Character-Specific Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4 Season 5 Themes Music
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Forceful Kiss: Kurt and Karofsky in "Never Been Kissed."
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Sure, Let's Go with That
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Sure, Let's Go with That: After the club's performance of "Tik Tok" ends in disaster since they were all hungover from a night of partying, they expect to be suspended, only for Figgins to congratulate them on "staging" such a performance to get the student body off alcohol. They all uncomfortably nod along to his praise. In "The First Time," Finn cooks a romantic dinner for Rachel, and she praises it saying she's never had a meat substitute taste that much like real meat. In reality, he forgot she was vegan and quickly changed the subject.
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Hotter and Sexier
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Hotter and Sexier: The Glee Club's performance of "Push It" at the assembly is much more... exciting than the disco routine that was originally planned. Sue and Olivia Newton-John remake her "Physical" music video with much hotter guys. Compare Kurt's adorable performance of "Single Ladies" (which is silly and adorable) in "Preggers" with his performance at Glee Live 2011, where he really thrusts his hips and flirts with the audience. Yowza. Compare Tina's audition number in the pilot to the group rendition of "I Kissed a Girl" in the season three episode of the same name. The Season 5 performance of "Toxic" (on "100") vs. the first performance in Season 2.
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Axes at School: "Shooting Star".
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Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other
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Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Cassandra finally lets up on Rachel in "Wonder-Ful."
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Look Behind You: Becky pulls one when helping Puck spike the punch bowl at prom.
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Sexy Shirt Switch: April Rhodes is shown coming out of the locker room shower after a couple of football players wearing Puck's jersey.
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No Accounting for Taste: Will and Terri.
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Adam Westing: Josh Groban plays himself as silly and Olivia Newton John is a big enough bitch that even Sue doesn't like her. Lindsay Lohan is obsessed with making her comeback and Perez Hilton is obsessed with finding something scandalous about her.
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Creator Cameo: Producer Ian Brennan voices the Previously On… segment, and also appeared as Late-Night TV Host and Regionals Judge Svenboolie the vampire. Choreographer Zach Woodlee also appears briefly in "Props" (he's holding the boom box).
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No Celebrities Were Harmed
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No Celebrities Were Harmed: Tammy Jean Albertson is a blatant expy of some modern conservative politicians (mainly Sarah Palin and Christine "I'm not a witch" O'Donnell). Made even funnier as she's played by Kathy Griffin.
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My Friends... and Zoidberg
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In "Theatricality," the girls (and Kurt) and guys dress up in costumes from Lady Gaga and KISS respectively.
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Hopeless Auditionees
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Hopeless Auditionees: With the New Directions becoming popular by the start of season 4, everybody wants to join. The seem to have forgotten they need talent, however, leading to one of these.
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Geographic Flexibility: It takes almost two hours to drive from Lima to Westerville, yet the New Directions/Dalton Warblers interact an awful lot (well, Kurt, Mercedes and Blaine, anyway) and even hang out at the same restaurant. It's never been said where Blaine lives, however, and he could commute to Westerville to go to Dalton Academy like Kurt had to when he transferred there.
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Trailers Always Spoil: For anyone who saw the preview for "Born This Way." Kurt returns to McKinley.
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This Is Your Song
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This Is Your Song: Many, especially in the episode "Ballad." They perform Elton John's "Your Song" in Season Four.
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Does This Remind You of Anything?: During the Screaming Birth/"Bohemian Rhapsody" montage, a nurse says, "The baby's crowning!" after which it cuts to Jesse emerging from a circle of Vocal Adrenaline dancers. Bryan Ryan bemoans "I've been living a lie!" and admits he's been telling 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, which is lampshaded immediately afterwards. "Like porn, Will!" (Ryan is played be Neil Patrick Harris, who came out of the closet several years earlier). In "Rocky Horror Glee Show," Will objects to Figgins punishing Finn for walking around the school in his Rocky Horror costume (Underwear and glasses) saying that when Santana "pantsed" Brittany, she was showing a lot less than her underwear. Figgins said that that was in a moment of celebration.
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This Loser Is You
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This Loser Is You: Jacob Ben Israel seems to be a caricature of Internet reviewers.
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Tempting Fate
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Tempting Fate: Marley tells Jake that she won't be the one to let the New Directions down at Sectionals. She collapses while performing onstage as a result of starving herself for the past few weeks, which leads to the New Directions being disqualified.
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Ripped from the Headlines: Kurt's "Single Ladies" video mirrors Joe Jonas' inexplicable decision to do so. Jacob Ben Israel getting attacked by Twilight fans.
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Evil vs. Evil: The rivalry between the football team and the hockey team sometimes comes across like this, especially with the more jerk-ish members of the teams. Both teams have members that like to bully the less "popular" students.
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Your Mom
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Your Mom: Puck uses this to try and throw an opposing football player off his game. Then he explains that this is Not Hyperbole.
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Right-Hand Cat: Played for laughs in Dynamic Duets with Hunter Clarington, the Warblers' new captain, who is presented petting a white cat.
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Meat-O-Vision: Mercedes, forced to diet by Sue, starts seeing the rest of the glee club as desserts (and a burger), before passing out. Quinn tells her that she went through the same thing.
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Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace: Burt, Carole, Hiram, and Leroy plan on doing this at Finn and Rachel's wedding.
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One-Gender School
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One-Gender School: Dalton Academy and its sister school, Crawford Country Day.
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Diet Episode: Mercedes is told to lose weight to stay on the Cheerios.
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Title Drop: Done by Kurt and Beiste in "Never Been Kissed". Finn in "Furt" and "Grilled Cheesus". Mike and his dad in "Asian F".
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Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Both Quinn and Rachel choose Finn over Troubled, but Cute Puck. At the end of season 1, Quinn seemed to have backed off a bit and Rachel/Finn were firmly together. Later seasons would disprove that. Kurt fits this trope as well—sort of. All three guys he's shown interest in have been "good men": Finn, who told Puck not to shove Kurt into a locker once; Sam, who always keeps his word; and Blaine, who is just an overall dapper gentleman.
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That Reminds Me of a Song
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Usually averted, with backing vocals coming from the rest of the cast and a lot of instrumentals done a cappella. However, does crop up occasionally, especially in the more spontaneous That Reminds Me of a Song numbers.
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Gray-and-Grey Morality: Everyone on the show, no matter how "good," seems to have very human moral failings. And Sue, who's admittedly a scary dark shade of gray, has her moments of decency (every scene with her sister or Becky, for example).
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Mr. Fanservice
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Mr. Fanservice: The majority of main male characters. Special mention must go to Chord Overstreet (Sam) showing up shirtless in nearly every episode. A Season Four subplot involving Blaine and Tina revolves mostly around appreciation of Blaine's body, with fan-service camera-shots to match.
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The Beard
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Santana blackmails Karofsky into not only being her beard, but also reforming in order to get Kurt back in McKinley
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The Cameo
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The Cameo: Chewbacca appears briefly in Artie's dream sequence in "Extraordinary Merry Christmas."
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Visual Pun
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Mercedes suffers a little for being one of the very few blacks in her school. She overcompensates for it by playing to the Sassy Black Woman stereotype, in her own words "pouring tasty chocolate" into all songs she writes.
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Those Two Guys: Mike and Matt. They're really just there to fulfill the club's needed minimum of 12 students in Season 1. In Season 2, Mike gets some character development and more lines. By Season 3, he gets A Day in the Limelight and even sings. Matt, however, is put on a bus, having transferred to another school. Matt left after getting lines in a grand total of two episodes: "Theatricality" and "Journey." Brittany and Santana started off like this but they were developed and wound up married. In fact, their storylines were more prominent than those of some of the original main cast, like Tina. Wes and David are simply Warblers, and possibly Blaine's friends. They've only spoken once or twice, and always about the Warblers, such as when Blaine enlisted their help to address Kurt's spying.
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Pom-Pom Girl
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Pom-Pom Girl: There are a lot of cheerleaders on the show and many depictions of their routines. Worryingly, a grand total of two (Mercedes and Kurt) seemed to understand a cheerleader's role is to help people and make things more fun when they joined the pom squad.
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Villain Ball
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Villain Ball: Sue holds it for the first season until the end. Starting in season two, she basically just dribbles it.
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Villain Song
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Villain Song: Sue's version of "Vogue." "Laura, Katheryn, Lana too / Will Schuester, I hate you."
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Reality Ensues
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Reality Ensues: Puck studies for his European geography test using "The Rain in Spain" from My Fair Lady, and finds out the hard way that the rain in Spain does not fall mainly in the plain. The new kids in season 4 (Marley, Jake, Ryder, Kitty, and Unique) were mostly ignored by both the founding members still in the club and the graduated members of New Directions. Come graduation, and the founding members essentially forget about the other five now that the club is officially disbanded, instead going on to focus on their own drama. Come season six, when Rachel is trying to put the club back together, and Kitty takes the group down a peg by reminding them that they never bothered to get to know her or her friends, they never stayed in touch, and after they way they were treated she's not interested in coming back to the club.
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Cool Shades
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Cool Shades: Emma suggests Finn and Quinn wear these to re-establish their coolness. To the shock of no one, they promptly get slushied. Everyone wears them in "Blame It On the Alcohol."
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Papa Wolf
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Papa Wolf: Burt Hummel with regards to Kurt. Mr. Schue with regards to his glee club students.
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Breaking the Fourth Wall
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Breaking the Fourth Wall: Done a couple of times. Episode 1.07: A truly hilarious one in the start of 4.02: first, we hear Brittany's voiceover and see her walking on the corridor, shot from behind... then the camera cuts so that we see her face and see her talking the voiceover. Cue Blaine: Brittany sorta does this too in 4.09 when she talks to Sam about "all the lesbians of the nation" going to go all Lima Heights on Sam, though she does not address the Brittana fandom directly, no one was fooled. For the record, she was right.
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Stealth Pun
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Stealth Pun: Dave Karofksy dresses as a gorilla in "Heart". What other gorilla has the initials D.K.?
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Instant Web Hit
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Instant Web Hit: Averted with an embarrassing video of Principal Figgins, which only got two hits. In Real Life, many of the musical numbers, though FOX has made it difficult by raiding YouTube. Sue's "Physical" music video in "Bad Reputation." Santana and Brittany's sex tape in "Saturday Night Glee-ver." Also in "Saturday Night Glee-ver", Mercedes lands a recording contract within days of Sam uploading a video to YouTube of her performing "Disco Inferno" in the choir room. Strictly speaking the contract comes in "Goodbye" weeks later and it's as a back-up singer, so it's not quite as ridiculous.
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Ominous Latin Chanting
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Ominous Latin Chanting: "O Fortuna" is used to hilarious effect during the Will vs. Sue scenes in "Throwdown." Again in Season 2's "The Sue Sylvester Shuffle" as Sue destroys Principal Figgins' waiting room and the football locker room and even abuses a few students. This happens a third time early in Season 4, when Figgins makes it clear that he's fine with Finn leading the New Directions. Sue once again terrifies the students outside Figgins' office by knocking books down and pulling glasses off a student's face and throwing them across the hall. Figgins finally reacts quickly enough to throw a verbal response her way while she continues:
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The Scottish Trope
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The Scottish Trope: After Rachel's speech to the Celibacy Club in "Showmance":
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I'm a Man; I Can't Help It
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I'm a Man; I Can't Help It!: According to Puck. Quinn isn't pleased. Rod says something similar to Sue after she catches him with Andrea.
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All There in the Script
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All There in the Script: Will was an economics major in college. Even with a teaching degree afterwards, he'd have to specialize in math or economics, or be a substitute. Also explains his canon lack of talent in Spanish. Artie is actually spelled "Arty". Brittany is also referred to by the writers as "Brit". The name of the glee club when Sandy was in charge was "Rhythm Explosion", and the Nationals competition in 2010 that New Directions didn't make it to was going to be in Orlando.
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Black Comedy
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Black Comedy: Fairly common, depending on the writer. As in the third episode when the shop teacher loses both his thumbs and they get him a cake with hands on it and the legend "Two Thumbs Up!"
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Alpha Bitch
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Becky destroying xylophones. Also Becky acting like a stereotypical Alpha Bitch or a miniature Sue.
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Chekhov's Gag
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Chekhov's Gag: When Sam first introduces himself to New Directions, Artie makes a crack at his "Bieber cut." Guess whose songs Sam is singing in "Comeback"? Sam says that he was going for Patrick Swayze's look in Point Break with his hair in "Duets." He later sings "Time of My Life" at Sectionals in "Special Education", a song from Dirty Dancing, one of Swayze's most famous films.
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Chekhov's Gun
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Chekhov's Gun: Cannons, in this case. Sue's budget for two glitter cannons is cut in "Audition". Later in the season, the glitter cannons are too boring for her and she gets an actual cannon which leads to Brittany, Santana and Quinn leaving the Cheerios. The cannons make a reappearance in season 6 as the grand finale of Vocal Adrenaline's (who are being coached by Sue) performance.
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Screw the Rules, I Have Money!
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Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: How Sugar establishes the second glee club, The Troubletones.
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Aborted Arc
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Aborted Arc: Repeatedly. Most notably was any Finn story lines occurring past season 4, since between season 4 and 5 Cory Monteith passed away.
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Circling Monologue
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Circling Monologue: Rachel and Sunshine have a choreographed one during their duet of "Telephone."
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Brutal Honesty
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Burt gives Kurt this blunt assessment as to his leading-man qualities:
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Graduate from the Story
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The first season established that most of the main characters were sophomores, thus necessitating at the end of season three, the Graduation episode in which they leave high school. "Goodbye" acted as a retrospective for the show's first three years, with many Call Backs and Continuity Nods given.
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Counting to Potato
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Counting to Potato: Kurt says that Brittany believes that the square root of four is rainbows◊. She also stopped learning the alphabet because she'd mix up 'm' and 'n' and didn't want to continue until she didn't replace them with each other. "How many 'm's are in the letter 'r'?◊" She turned, in all the season 4 countdown posters, the Glee 'l' into a '7'◊.
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Anachronism Stew
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Anachronism Stew: The first part of season 5 is taking place where season 4 left off in the Spring of 2013 to finish off the school year. The fourth episode features the songs "Applause" by Lady Gaga and "Roar" by Katy Perry. Two songs that came out in AUGUST 2013.
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Captain Ersatz
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Captain Ersatz: A majority of the alter egos of the Superhero Club in "Dynamic Duets" are based off of actual comic book heroes. Blaine lampshades it when Artie dresses as a certain telepathic member of a certain band of mutants, and informs him that members of the club can't dress as existing superheroes or else risk copyright violation. Artie's Dr. Y is Professor X as noted above, and his name might be a homage to Doctor Who. Marley's Wall Flower (later Woman Fierce) is Wonder Woman. (Interestingly, Melissa Benoist later became Supergirl. Kitty's Femme Fatale is Catwoman. Jake and Ryder's Mega Studs are Superman. And Blaine's Nightbird is Nightwing, a nice callback to his brief moment as Robin in "Makeover".
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Girl Posse
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Girl Posse: Early season 1 had the Terrible Trio version, with Quinn as the Alpha Bitch, Santana as the Beta Bitch and Brittany as the Brainless Beauty. However their characters no longer fit this after Characterization Marches On.
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Funny Background Event
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Funny Background Event: Glee loves this. Viewers would do well to pay attention to the background.
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Spiritual Successor
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Spiritual Successor: To Camp (2003). Gets one itself in Rise (2018).
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Hufflepuff House
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Hufflepuff House: Any of the third teams competing at Regionals.
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Camp Straight
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Camp Straight: Jesse, Bryan and even Will. It's worth noting that the actors who play the first two are in fact gay. Sue and Beiste are female/trans versions. They both look like butch lesbians (at first in Beiste's case), and are played by them, but are straight/trans. The Warblers apparently all have girlfriends. At least, according to them.
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I'll Pretend I Didn't Hear That
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I'll Pretend I Didn't Hear That: In "Extraordinary Merry Christmas," the guy hiring Artie as a director calls Artie "a modern day Tiny Tim." When he draws an offended look from Artie, he says "I'm sorry. Tiny Tim could walk." Artie's response is "In the spirit of Christmas, I'll pretend you never said that."
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Unexpectedly Dark Episode
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Unexpectedly Dark Episode: A couple of episodes do this, like "On My Way", which opens with attempted suicide and closes with a violent car crash, and "Shooting Star", with the second half being practically silent as the school faces a shooting. What's even especially jarring about them is the fact that they were set up to be more like Breather Episodes between story-heavy episodes: "On My Way" to have a singing competition and then the Official Couple's aborted wedding to wrap up the first half of the season, "Shooting Star" to be the return from season break focusing on The Ditz' wild song themes.
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Token Minority Couple
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Token Minority Couple: Puck invokes this with him and Rachel (Jews), and later Mercedes (Jewish and African American). Then there is Mike and Tina (Asian). Also, Mercedes' Season 3 boyfriend.
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Lampshade Hanging
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Holly gives a minor one to Rachel, asking her if anyone has ever told her how much she sucks?
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A Date with Rosie Palms
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A Date with Rosie Palms: In "Britney/Brittany," Sue, unfortunately, catches Jacob Ben Israel naked in the school library pleasuring himself to a video of Rachel in her Britney Spears schoolgirl outfit.
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Plot Armor
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Plot Armor: Both New Directions and the Warblers advance past Sectionals.
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Sadist Teacher
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Sadist Teacher: Sue is the poster child for this trope, often committing (and getting away with) even acts of physical assault on students in addition to her constant efforts to humiliate and degrade them. In season four, it also seems as if the teaching staff of NYADA is nothing but this trope.
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The Dreaded
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The Dreaded: According to Tina and Blaine, "Throat Explosion" in season 5. They're essentially a better-funded, constantly practicing version of New Directions, right down to being a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits.
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Break the Haughty
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Break the Haughty: If you consider Santana this, then her getting called to the office in "Mash-Off" to find that she's going to be outed to all of Ohio before she even has a chance to come out to her parents definitely counts. "I haven't even told my parents yet."
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Sickeningly Sweethearts
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Sickeningly Sweethearts: Kurt and Blaine show shades of this in "The Substitute".
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Empty Piles of Clothing
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Empty Piles of Clothing: Parodied in when Kitty punishes Dottie Kazatori. She has her Left Behind Club leave piles of clothing all over the meeting room right after Dottie leaves, and when she returns she thinks the rapture has occurred.
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The Ingenue
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Emma: suffers from obsessive–compulsive disorder and many phobias. She's basically a neurotic freak, as well as The Ingenue. But she's genuinely nice and rather cute, so maybe there's still some hope for her.
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Disqualification-Induced Victory
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Disqualification-Induced Victory: In the season 4 episode "Thanksgiving", Marley passes out during the performance at Sectionals because of her eating disorder. Because the rest of the glee club left the stage to check on her when she fainted, they are disqualified, allowing the Warblers to win. However, in the season 4 episode "Sadie Hawkins", members of the New Directions discover that the Warblers (the team that had won at Sectionals) were using steroids, leading to their disqualification. This allows the New Directions to take their place at Regionals.
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Mistaken for Cheating
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Mistaken for Cheating: Brittany and Mike by Artie and Tina. Sam, Quinn, and Kurt in "Rumours," by everyone.
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French Jerk
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French Jerk: The lead singer of Throat Explosion in season 5, Jean-Baptiste, who may or may not be French but who frequently use french words and invokes this trope, is this in spades. However, it's partially subverted: while he makes it very clear to New Directions that they aren't going to cut them some slack and crush them, he is also angered when one member of their team acts disrespectful towards the memory of Finn, and became furious when he discovered that one guy of their team stole Finn's portrait, prompting him to kick him out of the team and mail back the portrait to the New Directions, while apologizing for what happened. Blaine sums it up nicely:
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Concert Kiss
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Concert Kiss: Finn and Rachel at the end of "Pretending," complete with Held Gaze. Subverted in that the audience didn't seem too pleased, and neither were the other New Directions members, as it gave them 12th place at Nationals.
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Nominated As A Prank: After Kurt returns to William McKinley, he starts to feel like the student body is starting to tolerate his homosexuality. This changes on prom night when he gets elected Prom Queen. To make matters worse, the Prom King is Karofsky, Kurt's bully turned protector.
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I Want You to Meet an Old Friend of Mine: Subverted in "Acafellas" when it turns out Sandy's "friendship" with Josh Groban was just him being a Stalker with a Crush, and Groban just came to the concert to give Sandy a restraining order. Played straight with Jonathan Groff appearing as Rachel's future husband Jesse St. James, with him and Lea Michele being pretty much the poster children for Platonic Life-Partners.
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Ken Tanaka began as a major character, to the point he could even be seen as a Distaff Counterpart to Sue and/or Terri. After the first half of season 1 he only made a couple of appearances and then was Put on a Bus over the summer and replaced by Beiste.
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The Musical Musical
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The Musical Musical: It's about a high school glee club, and most of the musical numbers relate to that.
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Auto-Tune: Every song to varying degrees, most prevalent in the first season. Including successful Broadway actresses like Lea freaking Michele. Also mentioned in-series. Almost every time we hear the entire New Directions sing at once, it's auto-tuned to sound like there's more of them. There were only two exceptions, both in the first season. The first was "Gold Digger", in which the background singing was left alone, presumably for budget reasons. The second was the entire number "Ride With Me", which was completely unplanned, and therefore not recorded in a studio.
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Even Evil Has Standards
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Even Evil Has Standards: In "Journey," Sue defends New Directions against the other judges, seeing them as not having the right to mock the group due to not being personally involved with them like she is. The football bullies will throw slushies at people they deem 'uncool,' beat up gay kids, harass anyone in Glee, particularly their fellow jocks, but their moral code won't let them punch Artie because he's in a wheelchair. This is a Retcon, actually, because earlier in the series, they had no problem with the idea of locking him in a porta potty and tipping it over, and in a later episode, they slushie him. Coach Roz is basically Sue with much less Jerk with a Heart of Gold momentsnote Sue even calls her “Black Sue”, but she is furious when she overhears Santana and the other girls joke about domestic violence (to which Sue agrees with her). So much that she and Sue team up to give the girls a proper discussion and lesson about it. Santana and Sebastian might be conniving and vicious as all get out, but even they will admit that things have gone too far when someone attempts suicide. In "Thanksgiving", Santana says that Kitty is pure evil. Santana said that. Granted, this is long after she stopped being "evil" per se, but she has clearly lost none of her capacity for Brutal Honesty. Jean-Baptiste in "City of Angels," who stops gloating over Throat Explosion's superiority to chew out a teammate who's mocking Finn's death. Later on, after discovering one of his teammates stole New Directions' Finn plaque, he kicks the offender off the team and mails it back with an apology. In "Loser Like Me", we learn that Rachel's TV show was so offensive, it apparently managed to piss off every special interest group with initials, including NAMBLA, an organization of pedophiles.
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Shipper on Deck: The Warblers go up in arms when Blaine declares he wants to do a duet at Regionals. Then Blaine announces who he wants to do that duet with, and every single face in the room develops a knowing smirk. The confirming vote is unanimous. Most characters seem to at least support Kurt and Blaine's relationship. Tina urged Blaine to call Kurt during their breakup, Kurt's dad brought Blaine to New York as a Christmas present while they were broken up, everyone looked beyond happy when they got engaged, and Brittany decided that part of her dream wedding involved them getting married along side her and Santana. Taken Up to Eleven with Sue, who has a literal shrine devoted to them, though it might have been Lampshading the more fanatical shippers. In "New York," Puck, Sam, Artie and Mike were this for Finn and Rachel. As for "The Wedding", Puck and Blaine claim their support for Chang-Chang. Artie does not, and as the finale proved, he was right not to, as he would up with Tina.
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Bury Your Disabled
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Bury Your Disabled: Averted with Artie, who, being paraplegic, is perfectly fine otherwise. Played straight with Jean Sylvester - Sue's sister - who has Down's Syndrome, although she dies at a fairly late age.
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Distant Finale
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Subverted in the Distant Finale; we find out she becomes Vice President.
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Girl-on-Girl Is Hot
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Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Santana and Brittany's plan for seducing Finn in "Hell-O" is to have him buy them dinner and then allow him to watch the two of them making out. Subverted by Artie in "Rumours"; he sees Brittany's cheating with Santana as no different from any other cheating and his reaction to it ends their relationship. After Santana's outing, she gets harassed by a jock who calls her homosexuality "smokin'" along with him telling her how she just needs "the right guy." The only logical explanation for Santana and Quinn's one-night-stand.
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Kick the Dog
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Sue cracking weight jokes to a distraught Beiste in 'Choke' comes off as a Kick the Dog moment in a supposed Pet the Dog moment.
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Friends with Benefits
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Friends with Benefits: Santana with Puck and also Brittany, though with the latter it does eventually become a real relationship.
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Lethal Chef
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Lethal Chef: More literally than usual.
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Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping
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Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping/What the Hell Is That Accent?: Virginia-born Jayma Mays as Emma Pillsbury. She's supposed to be from Ohio, but she sounds more like she had a weird lisp.
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Ascended Meme
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Ascended Meme: In Britney/Brittany, the gang goes to Emma's new dentist boyfriend for a various procedures. All needing gas. What does Rachel say right after coming out of her drug-fueled dream? "Is this real life?" "Britney/Brittany" also gets Stoner Brett's "Leave Brittany Alone!" and Brittany's "It's Brittany... bitch." Mike being referred to as "The Situasian". He was originally named that out-of-show - soon he was referred to that in-show. Quinn, Santana, and Brittany were collectively referred to by fans as the "Unholy Trinity." Many fans were excited to hear Santana use the term herself in the third season premiere. A number of the couple nicknames (Puckleberry, Finchel, etc.) came from fans. In "Furt", Finn makes a speech about Portmanteau Couple Names in the school. In End Of Twerk, Sue pointed out the unfortunate implications of Will singing Blurred Lines to a bunch of twerking teenagers - either intentionally or unintentionally acknowledging the Pedo!Will meme. They also sang Blurred Lines.
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Gayngst-Induced Suicide: Discussed at several points, and shown with Karofsky's season 3 storyline.
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Stalker Shrine
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Stalker Shrine: Sue's "Hurt Locker", where she keeps everything related to New Directions, which even also has another one inside for Kurt and Blaine (Klaine), and as for Klaine, she even has the tapes of their musical dream sequence.
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Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism
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Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Exactly where Glee falls on the scale remains up for debate. Watching the halfway point of Season 1 (see Happy Ending), one is hard-pressed to think the show isn't awfully idealistic. But characters like April Rhodes, and the end of "Mattress" give rise to an alternative series interpretation. There are those who believe the apparent idealism of the show masks a deep sadness. The first season finale seemed to confirm the idea that the show falls in the middle of the scale: New Directions doesn't place at Regionals and is almost shut down by Figgins, but ends up getting another year because of Sue.
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This Cannot Be!
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This Cannot Be!: Finn and Kurt's reaction to Rachel failing her audition during the episode "Choke". Complete with Oh, Crap! faces:
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Once an Episode: In any episode of season two, you have a good chance that Sam'll take his shirt off and Kurt'll cry. Though not at the same time, mind you.
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I Banged Your Mom
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I Banged Your Mom: Puck uses this to rattle an opposing football player:
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Love Epiphany
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Love Epiphany: Blaine for Kurt when he sees Kurt performing "Blackbird." Santana for Brittany while singing "Landslide" together with Holly.
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Stock Episode Titles
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Stock Episode Titles: "A Wedding", "Homecoming", "Home", "Dream On", "Journey", "Swan Song", "Hell-O", "Opening Night", "Sweet Dreams", "The Rhodes Not Taken", "Preggers", "I Do", "Goodbye", "Duets".
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Properly Paranoid: Kurt (and Santana) both dislike Rachel's new boyfriend in New York, Brody. Seeing as Brody is secretly a sex worker...
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Character Development
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Brittany and Santana started off like this but they were developed and wound up married. In fact, their storylines were more prominent than those of some of the original main cast, like Tina.
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Forced Out of the Closet: Both Santana and Karofsky are outed against their will. When Finn and Santana are having an argument in "Mash Off", he tells her to come out in the middle of the hallway. When everyone stares at them, he continues attacking her for loving Brittany. It's later revealed in "I Kissed A Girl" that a student went and told her uncle, who is running a TV commercial outing her to the whole state in order to discredit the school. She is then threatened with rape around school. In her wedding vows she includes "I've been outed and bullied". Karofsky moves school in season 3 but still meets up with Kurt to try and woo him — when a footballer from his new, more homophobic school, sees them talking he assumes the worst and texts the team, resulting in his locker being spray painted "FAG" and everyone finding out before cyberbullying him and causing him to attempt suicide but not succeed in "On My Way".
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Recurring Extra
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Recurring Extra: There are a lot of characters that consistently show up in the background for the specific purpose of...showing up in the background. Season 1 introduced the jazz band, Azimio, Karaofsky, and Lauren. The last two ascended in season 2. Season 2 introduced Stoner Brett and the background warblers Jeff, Nick, Thad, and Trent. Season 4 introduced Dottie Kazatori and Jordan the neck-brace Cheerio.
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Foregone Conclusion: While subverted in some cases, certain "do or die" scenarios mostly lead to positive conclusions. The two major exceptions are Journey to Regionals & City of Angels.
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Blessed with Suck
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Blessed with Suck: One of the more interesting subtexts of the show — Musical talent is treated as a heady mix of this and Cursed With Awesome, depending on the situation. This becomes even more thought-provoking once you think of all the times the characters Just Want To Be Normal.
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Zany Scheme: Hiram plans one to stop Finn and Rachel from getting married.
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Flashmob: Artie does one in an Imagine Spot in "Dream On" to "Safety Dance." The Glee Club holds one for Rachel in "Born This Way" to "Barbra Streisand." This time it was real. Another in season 3 with Brittany performing "Run the World (Girls)"
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Curb-Stomp Battle: Lauren and Santana. Lauren's the one doing the stomping.
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Queer Flowers: In "New Directions", Brittany surprises Santana with a roomful of calla lilies, which she deems "the lesbian of flowers", and plane tickets to the island of Lesbos.
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Take That, Critics!
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Take That, Critics!: Season 2 began by lampshading various fan complaints (song selections, Will's rapping, Auto-Tune), to which Kurt told the anonymous commenters of Jacob's blog to say it to his face next time. He promptly got slushied.
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Take That, Audience!: In "Swan Song" Brittany mentions that lesbians have been emailing her about Santana and says that she doesn't want to put Sam in danger. This is a reference to Brittany/Santana shippers going crazy about Brittany and Sam hooking up.
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The Cover Changes the Meaning: A specialty of Glee's.
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Deus ex Machina: In Season 4, the discovery that the Warblers used steroids during their Sectionals performance functions as one of these, reversing the loss that the New Directions suffered. It's especially bad in this case because there's no reason at all that the first event should result in the second. The New Directions were disqualified for breaking a show choir rule, something that should remain the same regardless of whether or not the Warblers cheated. However, it is left ambiguous as to whether the judges invoked the disqualification rule, and thus whether New Directions were disqualified or simply voted in last place.
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Broken Aesop: While the Aesop in "Blame it on the Alcohol" was good, the kids most likely threw up onstage not because they were drunk but because what they drank contained various remnants of Rachel's dads' liquor cabinet, kool-aid, cough syrup, and crumbled up oreos. Many believe the episode to be a Spoof Aesop that's been thinly disguised to appease the network. Another one in "Blame it on the Alcohol": Kurt says that bisexuality is a myth used by people who are afraid of being "totally gay," and Blaine calls him out on it. In the end, Blaine realizes that he isn't actually bi because he has no chemistry with Rachel. So bisexuality isn't a shield to hide your gayness, it's just brought on by drunkenness! Granted, Blaine's realization doesn't invalidate his point that bisexuality is very much a thing, but it seems like the writers just backed off. There seems to even be one in-story in "Born This Way." The word Will writes on the board is acceptance and then tells the kids to make t-shirts about things that make them different and special that they should embrace because they can't change, and most of the kids do that but Will tells Emma that her shirt should have been about her OCD, and while she does need to admit that she's got OCD, it's not something that she should just accept because it can be changed and in Emma's case it really needs to change because her OCD is having severe effects on her ability to live her life. In general, a lot of the Aesops concerning bullying, especially when the show seems to take every instance of anti-gay bullying seriously but alternates in whether other forms of bullying are equally serious or something to be Played for Laughs.
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First-Name Basis: Rachel, who continues to be the only person to call Noah Puckerman solely by his first name. The rest of the cast refers to him as Puck or Puckerman.
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Hair-Contrast Duo
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Hair-Contrast Duo: Brittany and Santana.
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In the season five episode 'Tina In The Sky With Diamonds', Santana goes on a mini rant against bisexuals, saying that Brittany's bisexuality was the reason her relationship with Brittany didn't work out (Blatant Lies, Santana dumped her due to randomly deciding it wouldn't work out) and that by dating a "real" lesbian she's avoiding having her girlfriend "stray for penis", though it's sorta obvious she's using excuses to justify dumping Brittany.
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Stylistic Suck
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Stylistic Suck: Rachel's Run Joey Run video, especially highlighted by her, Puck, and Sandy's Bad "Bad Acting". Rachel's first attempts at songwriting ("My Headband" and "Only Child"). And, of course, "My Cup." All of That's so Rachel but particularly paralyzed wheelchair-user Blartie crossing his legs in the title card.
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Non Sequitur, *Thud*: April gives Kurt alcohol to boost his confidence. Suffice to say he can't hold it too well. That scene is a rather delightful example of "Non Sequitur Puke".
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Shared Dream
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Shared Dream: This happens to Brittany and Santana when they are put under anesthesia at the dentist together. They both dream of dancing to "Me Against the Music". They note how odd this is when discussing the dream with their friends. This seems to foreshadow their eventual relationship.
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Stripperific
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Stripperific: The Cheerios uniforms. Instead of the usual pleated skirts worn by cheerleaders, they wear flyaway skirts, where each pleat is it's own unconnected strip of fabric.
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World's Most Beautiful Woman
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Quinn is shown as very intelligent and athletic, as well as having great emotional depth and talent in gymnastics, dance, acting, and singing. But she just wants to be the prettiest girl there could ever be, and defines her worth this way (before Character Development hit, and it's justified in Season 2 when it's shown that she used to be fat as a child and was bullied for it).
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Villainous Rescue
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SUE of all people in "Journey," getting Principal Figgins to give the club another year after they failed to place at Regionals. This is also a Villainous Rescue, as she clearly wanted to keep playing with them for her amusement, rather than any altruistic reason.
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Her Boyfriend's Jacket
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Her Boyfriend's Jacket: Discussed and subverted in the second season. Finn and Rachel think that Sam is dating Kurt after they see him wearing Kurt's jacket, specifically citing the common practice among girls of wearing their boyfriend's jackets. It later turns out that Sam's dad lost his job, with the result of the Evans family becoming so poor that they're staying in a hotel room. The jacket in question was part of a handout package consisting of Kurt's old clothes given specifically with the intent of helping out Sam's family. In the fourth season, a Betty and Veronica Love Triangle is established between Marley, Kitty, and Jake when Marley spends a few days wearing Jake's coat (from a You Must Be Cold moment) and Kitty demands it as this trope when she and Jake start dating (though he doesn't like labels).
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Love Dodecahedron
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Love Dodecahedron: Lord, where does one even begin? In season one there's the Rachel/Finn/Quinn/Puck/Kurt relationship with Rachel and Puck dating briefly and Santana and Brittany trying to seduce Finn into a menage a trois, then there's the Terri/Will/Emma/Ken grouping. There's even a conjunction between the two groupings when Rachel gets a short-lived crush on Will. For season two, "Blame It On the Alcohol" takes the cake with the Kurt-Blaine-Rachel-Finn-Quinn-Sam-Santana-Brittany-Artie-Tina-Mike thing. Plus Puck tying in via Santana and Quinn, Lauren tying in via Puck, and Mercedes tying in via Sam. Season four becomes the most extravagant of all and a visual can be found here. No one has less than five spokes! Season 5 becomes even more convoluted, and a chart can be found here. Everyone's spokes have increased! And the final chart at the end of the series can be found here Emma even lampshades, saying that the "glee kids have dated so incestuously". When Kurt and Rachel come to ask her about colleges, she assumes that like everyone else they're there with relationship problems and says that Rachel/Kurt is the only configuration they haven't tried. By the time Glee ended, Brittany could be linked to every single other character (that she's not related to, but probably some that she is, too) by five lines or less (the furthest away being Principal Figgins (either Brittany → Finn → Emma → Will → Sue → Figgins, or Brittany → Puck → Shelby → Will → Sue → Figgins) and Ryder (Brittany → Artie → Kitty → Jake → Marley → Ryder). Santana, Quinn, and Puck have also got a lot of connections.
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What Could Have Been
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What Could Have Been: An in-universe example. After Rachel and Santana perform "So Emotional", Rachel expresses regret that the two girls never performed together before due to mutual dislike, despite their vocal chemistry. Kurt would never have existed if Chris Colfer didn't audition since the role was created specifically for him. And what a different show that would have been.... A spinoff was considered after Season 3 featuring some of the graduates. It never happened so the graduates were integrated into Season 4.
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Shirtless Scene
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Shirtless Scene: Puck, Sam, and Will have all had multiple shirtless scenes. Finn has had at least one. Mike took a while to get one, though his abs made a few appearances beforehand. Blaine gets a shirtless in the shower scene in season 3. Jake and Ryder both get gratuitous amounts of them too. Kurt doesn't get his shirtless scene until halfway through season 5 and in that episode he goes shirtless twice. A few episodes later he's shirtless again twice. Artie is the only main male character who hasn't been seen shirtless because he's insecure about his body. When the Glee guys decide to do a shirtless calendar, he does his poses fully clothed.
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Adult Fear
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Adult Fear Karofsky's father walking in on his son's suicide attempt. The scenes of the kids trapped in the choir room (and Brittany alone in the washroom) while the school is in lockdown thanks to a possible shooter. Kurt getting gay bashed. His father Burt's reaction is absolutely heartbreaking. He is livid, yelling at Kurt, before breaking down and lamenting that Kurt was supposed to be safe in New York.
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Important Haircut
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Important Haircut: Quinn. Initially played straight in "New York" where cutting her hair is enough to help stop her from trying to sabotage their chances at Nationals, but later subverted when it turns out cutting her hair didn't really fix her problems enough to set her off on a path of positive character growth.
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Gayngst
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Gayngst: The show is so full of it, examples should have its own page.
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Sustained Misunderstanding
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Sustained Misunderstanding: Brittany spends the first half of season 4 thinking Unique is actually Mercedes. Learning that she's Mt F trans* doesn't change this.
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Screaming Birth
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During the Screaming Birth/"Bohemian Rhapsody" montage, a nurse says, "The baby's crowning!" after which it cuts to Jesse emerging from a circle of Vocal Adrenaline dancers.
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Jerk with a Heart of Gold
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Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sue.
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Butt-Monkey
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Butt-Monkey: The whole Glee club. Rachel, however, is probably the biggest one for frequently being insulted and picked on within the Glee club. And yes, it's Played for Laughs.
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Schoolgirl Lesbians
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Schoolgirl Lesbians: Brittany and Santana could be the poster girls for this trope, though Brittany is bisexual. It's also a deconstruction; although it's ostensibly presented as titillation and harmless compared to the gay aspect of the cast as presented by Kurt, as of "Sexy," Santana started to acknowledge her feelings for Brittany and that part of her 'bitchiness' comes from anger and fear should people find out that she's not just having sex with Brittany but harboring said feelings. In effect, while the sexual aspect of female-female relationships is perhaps more openly acceptable, the emotional aspect tends to get drowned out in that as much if not more so than for gay men.
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Big Game
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Big Game: In "Preggers," the football game is the climax of the episode. There is also the show choir competitions, though the build up usually varies in effectiveness as well as the championship football game in the episode following the Superbowl.
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Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure
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Popcultural Osmosis Failure: In "2009", Kurt tried to explain what glee club was, saying it was sort of like a sports team, but with choreography and Beyoncé, but his dad didn't know who she was, thinking she was one of the female club members.
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Be Yourself
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They also recycled the Aesops of previous episodes. You could make a drinking game out of every episode that boils down to Be Yourself.
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Break the Cutie
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Break the Cutie: Rachel has too many to count, she seems to be the writers' favorite punching bag, the end of Season 5 and the first episode of Season 6 being the Ur-Example of this trope. Quinn has a few of these moments too. In "Original Song," we have one cutie breaking the other. What are their names? Kurt gets hit with this a lot as well. Blaine too - after 5x16, it seems something has been wrong for a while...
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Drunken Song: Most of the songs in "Blame It On The Alcohol." Will and Beiste sing "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer," and the kids sing "Tik Tok" and "Blame It (On the Alcohol)" Seen again in "Previously Unaired Christmas" with Kurt, Santana and Rachel singing "Christmas Don't Be Late" drunk on spiked eggnog.
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Shipping Torpedo
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Shipping Torpedo: The Ship-to-Ship Combat within the show rivals that of the fandom. A small sampling: Rachel tends to do this whenever Finn has a relationship with anyone else, but particularly when she tells Finn about who Quinn's baby daddy really is. Finn, for his part, has an extremely jealous streak and has punched out both of Rachel's other boyfriends. At least in earlier seasons, Sue takes pleasure in torpedoing Will/Emma at every opportunity. In a particularly emotional variation, most of the main cast takes this stance when it is revealed that Cooter has become abusive to Beiste. Sebastian isn't a fan of Blaine and Kurt together. Although he seems to get over it by the time he helps with Blaine's proposal.
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Black Comedy Rape
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Black Comedy Rape: Brittany lost her virginity at summer camp when an "alien" came into her tent. This being Brit-Brit though, it might not have happened *exactly* like that. How Sue blackmailed Figgins, by slipping him a roofie and then taking a picture of two of them in bed together. As Sue was in her tracksuit at this point, we don't know if anything happened or she just made Figgins think it did.
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Summon Backup Dancers
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Summon Backup Dancers: How the glee club functions whenever it doesn't need to actively fill up the 12 spaces, and it is most notably with the Troubletones' cheerleaders who all just appear when needed.
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Colourful Theme Naming
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Colourful Theme Naming: Emma's parents Rusty and Rose, both considered shades of red, are ginger supremacists.
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Everybody Knew Already
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Everybody Knew Already: Pre-"Preggers," Kurt's homosexuality to his dad. After coming out of the closet, Burt reveals that he knew Kurt was gay ever since he asked for a pair of "sensible heels" for his third birthday.
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Grand Romantic Gesture: Several, usually in the form of a song. Blaine is especially fond of these, like his marriage proposal to Kurt. He convinced three rival show choirs to do an elaborately choreographed (and costumed) dance to "All You Need Is Love" by the Beatles throughout the entirety of the large Dalton Academy, where they met and fell in love. Blaine is singing, all of Kurt's friends and family are there, and the proposal concludes on the stairs where they fell in love with an equally elaborate speech. Kurt very emotionally says yes.
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Downer Ending: When New Directions loses Nationals at the end of Season 2. It gets even worse in Season 5, which causes the glee club to end, albeit temporarily. When Quinn gets hit by a car in the Season 3 episode On My Way. The end of the Season 3 episode Choke. Coach Beiste goes back to her abusive husband, Rachel has ruined her chances of getting into NYADA and Puck has failed a test he needed to pass for graduation. Subverted in all cases as it turned out. A combination of Real Life Writes the Plot and Actor Existence Failure, the death of Finn Hudson in Season 5. Also in Season 5, the Glee club loses at Nationals and Glee club is forced to disband forever, or so we thought. And that was it. No saving it last minute this time. There are two episodes of emotional goodbyes and then it actually does end, as the last seven episodes were set entirely in New York. Most of the characters were graduating, but until Season 6 we had no idea what happened to Marley, Unique, Jake, Ryder, or Kitty until it was revealed that except for Kitty, all the other ex-members were forced to transfer out. Unique returned for a cameo, and all of them returned for the final number of the series, except for Marley as Melissa Benoist was not able to return to the set due to her filming the pilot for Supergirl.
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Their First Time
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Their First Time: An entire episode is dedicated to the first times of Rachel, Blaine, and Kurt.
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Author Existence Failure: Sadly invoked in between seasons four and five, with the death of Cory Monteith. Finn was put to rest as well, with no cause of death listed, as his life was what was emphasized..
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Early Installment Weirdness: The opening episodes feature less music and a lot more focus on Will than the later ones, not to mention Artie played the guitar.
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Huge Guy, Tiny Girl
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Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: 6'3" Cory "Frankenteen" Monteith with 5'2" Lea Michele. Mercedes and Shane.
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Train-Station Goodbye: Happens at the end of "Goodbye" between Finn and Rachel.
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Painting the Medium: Will and Sue, in a voiceover of themselves arguing in slow-mo at the beginning of Throwdown: Sue's "This is not happening. The cruel slow-motion laughter is just your imagination."
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Experimented in College: Quinn sleeps with Santana while both of them are tipsy, though they don't go to college together. Santana implies she sleeps with experimental college girls on a regular basis.
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Freaky Is Cool
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Freaky Is Cool: The show in general. It especially takes this idea starting around season 2 and runs with it. The plots behind "Theatricality" and "Born This Way" especially stand out.
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Disproportionate Retribution: Shockingly, Sue: "I sold my house to a nice young couple and salted the earth in the backyard so that nothing could grow there for 100 years. Know why I did that? Because they tried to get me to pay their closing costs." For that matter, half of everything Sue does is completely insane considering the "slights"; when Will leaves a straw behind on the lunch table, Sue takes it as a personal insult and launches a plan involving brainwashing Sam and ruining the club. In the episode 'Special Education'. Finn lies to Rachel about sleeping with Santana the previous year before he and Rachel became a couple. In response to the revelation Rachel decides to hurt Finn in the best way she can think of by hooking up with his best friend who happens to be the same dude that knocked up his OTHER ex. This was supposed to make them even. Finn didn't see it that way, and dumped her. Vocal Adrenaline TP's the choir room. Puck and Finn slash their tires. Santana bullies Finn calling him fat and talentless. He responds by outing her in a crowded hallway.
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Unresolved Sexual Tension: Tends to get resolved later on.
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Crazy-Prepared: Despite Kurt being certain that performing "Music of the Night" is the best audition number he can do, when he decides to switch to "Not the Boy Next Door" immediately before his audition its revealed that he already had backup singers prepared and had the proper outfit underneath his costume. When Sam returns in "Hold On to Sixteen", Santana reveals that she's been keeping a notebook full of jokes regarding his lips just in case they ever met again.
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Motive Decay
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Motive Decay: After Principal Figgins reveals in "Wheels" that the Cheerios boosters "write fat checks" to pay for most of their expenses, it becomes unclear why Sue needs to bring down New Directions in order to finance even her more lavish Cheerios demands. If her donors can finance plane tickets to Albuquerque, they can certainly afford a fog machine. So what is Sue's motive - if she has one to begin with?
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Book-Ends: In the "Loser Like Me"/"Homecoming" two-part season 6 premiere. Near the beginning of the first episode Rachel hops into a golf-cart and is driven out of her studio. At the end of the second she hops in another one and rides it to the homecoming dance. In the first episode Rachel says "being a part of something special makes you special". Years later, in the final episode, she amends this to "something is special because you're a part of it". The first episode closes with the hand-raise of all the kids of the glee club (at that time a measly six) in their red outfits in the auditorium, the final episode does the same but this time there are all the dozens of cast members. The first filmed shot for the show was Cory Monteith's face, so was the last via the "Finn Hudson Memorial Auditorium" sign. In Season Five, when the glee club (temporarily) ends all the glee kids appear in the auditorium to sing to Will in the (approximate) order they joined the club in, making this part a literal book-ended mirror for the original glee club.
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In "Matress," Sue mentioned that she has a storage locker full of trophies. We see the locker in Season 6's "The Hurt Locker" two-parter.
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Replacement Mooks
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Replacement Mooks: After the football team joins New Directions in "The Sue Sylvester Shuffle," the hockey team takes over slushie duty.
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The Dragon
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Becky, rather than being a one off character for the particular episode she was in continued to show up and got more screen time and lines as Sue's assistant, culminating in her becoming the head of the Secret Service for Sue's VP run.
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It's a Wonderful Plot
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It's a Wonderful Plot: Artie's Dream Sequence in "Glee, Actually", where he visits a parallel universe in which he was never paralyzed and Rory acts as his Clarence. Artie never provided the spirit to keep the glee club together, Will is still married to Terri and became an alcoholic, Kurt wasn't able to graduate and never met Blaine, Rachel is stuck as the school librarian, the jocks are still jerks, with Finn being the biggest homophobic jerk of all of them, Becky didn't develop any self-respect and thus became the school slut (and she is pregnant) and Quinn lost the will to live after her accident, her body and her mind broken.
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Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness
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Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness: Glee has jumped around on this scale, though increasingly it came to terms with its innately goofy nature.
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No Bisexuals
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No Bisexuals: Possibly averted with Brittany, though the show often seems to not take bisexuality seriously. Brittany has never officially declared herself bisexual; in fact, the show seems to be taking pains to avoid the word, instead using more ambiguous words like "bicurious" or "fluid" to describe Brittany's sexuality, words that leave plenty of room for a Hand Wave that she is straight/lesbian. Add that to the Word of Gay on Santana, and Ryan Murphy's apparent belief that bisexual kids don't need TV role models the way gay kids do, and you can see why many fans predict Brittany's sexuality will wind up being either gay or straight.
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High School
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High School: The entire setting of the show. Sue; in most of season one, she tries to have the Glee Club disbanded, but when Principal Figgins threatens to disband it at the end of the first season, Sue goes out of her way to save it, only to go back into "I hate the Glee Club" mode at the start of Season 2. Pretty much the entire school - the Glee Club switch from Slushie targets to heroes when they win Nationals in Season 3, but at the start of Season 4, "order is restored" and they're back to being last-class citizens at the school.
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Likes Older Women: Josh Groban, of all people, seems to be this way. And, more blatantly, Puck.
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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?
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Prom Wrecker: Happens twice in the series. In season two, Kurt is the victim of this when he's voted Prom Queen. In season five, Bree does this to Tina when the latter becomes Prom Queen. This is a specific reference to Carrie, as Bree covers Tina in a red goo.
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Beta Couple: Artie/Tina were this in Season 1. Mike/Tina and Sam/Quinn (until the latter couple broke up) were this for Season 2, later joined by Puck/Lauren. Season 3 had Kurt/Blaine firmly in the beta position, until Season 4 broke all the couples up.
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Enemy Mine
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Enemy Mine: Will and Sue team up to get rid of Coach Beiste after he gets both of their budget cuts, but Will backs out after Sue goes too far. Sue and Roz Washington team up to give the New Direction girlsnote Santana, Tina, Mercedes, Brittany and Sugar a proper lesson about why domestic abuse is not a joking matter after hearing them make fun of Beiste's black eye and which turned out to be true. Jake and Puck get their mothers to bond by reminding them that Mr. Puckerman had seduced and left both women, as well as both his sons.
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Even the Guys Want Him
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Kurt is the only openly homosexual kid in his entire high-school. He appears to only have one friend, Mercedes, but he doesn't have much in common with her, and their friendship is true, but definitely not deep. Even his step-brother basically ignores him most of the time. At least until Wild Dapper Love Interest appearsnote It's SUPER EFFECTIVE on both Kurt and the Public, but as the boy in question is Oblivious to Love, the battle is not won. Or is it? (DAMN THAT COCKBLOCKING PIANO) But this is just the beginning...
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But Not Too Bi
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But Not Too Bi: While it took over twelve episodes for Brittany and Santana to kiss on screen, by comparison, Season Four had Sam and Brittany make out pretty much every episode.
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Incompatible Orientation
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Incompatible Orientation: Kurt's crushes on Finn and Sam, and Mercedes and Brittany's interest in Kurt. As you can see, this involves Kurt a lot. Rachel's interest in Blaine in "Blame it on the Alcohol." Puck acknowledges this with Santana in "I Kissed a Girl," joking that "I know I was just a phase." She also deals with this from a rugby player who hits on her in the hallway, saying she just needs to "find the right guy." Tina's crush on Blaine. Blaine's crush on Sam.
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How the Character Stole Christmas
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How the Character Stole Christmas: One of the subplots of "A Very Glee Christmas," with—you guessed it—Sue as the Grinch who tries to steal Christmas from the Glee club (and it's even invoked, with Sue dressing up in a Santa suit and green facepaint and Becky dressing up as Max). There's even a scene with Sue and Brittany that parallels the one with the Grinch and Cindy Lou Who (complete with them quoting the dialog from the book), and towards the end of the episode the Glee Club performs "Welcome Christmas."
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F--
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F--: Only Brittany could receive such a grade.
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Meaningful Background Event: At the beginning of "The Substitute," several Cheerios are seen carrying a large trophy down the hallway. Shortly later we realize that Sue is the new principal, and it's being moved to her new office. When Sue resigns at the end of "Furt," the cheerios carry the same trophy down the hallway in the opposite direction.
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Jitter Cam
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Jitter Cam: And a lot of it.
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Kangaroo Court: Played for laughs. The Warblers, being extremely set in their ways, are scandalized every time someone suggests that something be done differently:
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The Casanova
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Emma yells at Will for being a slut (see The Casanova) A lot of people in the show get blasted, as when Quinn deals with her pregnancy or when Sue kicks Santana off the Cheerios for getting a boob job. The second episode of the fourth season involves a musical attack on Jake for his womanizing.
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The Problem with Pen Island
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The Problem with Pen Island: The glee club is known as the "New Directions" (Nude Erections). Better yet, Will comes up with the name while in bed. Used again and lampshaded by Sue when she called Aural Intensity "the obviously not stupidly named" (Oral Intensity).
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Single-Target Sexuality: Emma was worried that Will was this to Terri due to them being High-School Sweethearts. She was then relieved to hear that he has had crushes on other girls, like April Rhodes.
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Girls vs. Boys Plot: Once a Season the Glee club is divided between girls and boys, with the groups then having to perform a musical medley. This is supposed to be a friendly competition, but often the groups take it too seriously. For instance, in the first season both groups take drugs in order to keep their energy up.
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Comically Missing the Point: Figgins believes that vampires actually exist and forces Tina to lose her Perky Goth style because Jacob Ben Israel was attacked by rabid Twilight fans and he doesn't want any more incidents. Tina points out that she doesn't even read Twilight or watch the movies because her parents don't allow her to, but she has to do it anyway. Both Rachel and Emma completely miss the point of Will's "Don't Stand So Close to Me/Young Girl" mashup. Artie thinking that joining the football team and getting abs is what he needs to do to win Tina back. In "A Very Glee Christmas", Finn entirely misses the point of Rachel's speech about the Christmas Tree being the foundation of Christmas and the hearth of the Christmas home. He fails to realize that she is actually alluding to their relationship. In the same episode, the entire glee club fails to grasp the meaning of The Gift of the Magi. In the third season Christmas episode, Artie's been pushed to direct a local Christmas show.
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I Want My Beloved to Be Happy
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I Want My Beloved to Be Happy
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Trope Overdosed
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Heel–Face Turn: Quinn, Puck and Karofsky have all done this. Santana, as well. Plus Judy Fabray and Mike Chang Sr. In "On My Way," Sebastian Smythe.
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Parent with New Paramour
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Parent with New Paramour: Both for Finn's mom and Kurt's dad. Together.
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Tastes Like Purple
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Tastes Like Purple: While drunk, Rachel yells out that wine coolers, "taste like PINK!"
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Plot Hole: In Season 4, the New Directions were disqualified at Sectionals due to Marley fainting and the group heading offstage, letting Dalton Academy win against only one other school. However, when Dalton are disqualified for doping, the New Directions end up winning, despite both being disqualified and there being another school aside from Dalton and McKinley that wasn't disqualified!
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Sue appears to not do this purely out of malice. In Furt she claims that her repeated references to Kurt as "Lady" were because she thought it was his name - though she has referred to him by name on-screen in previous episodes. When Kurt points out that he takes offense to it, she allows him to choose a different nickname for her to call him. He chooses the name Porcelain, which she uses exclusively afterwards. The implication is that the nicknames are a way for Sue to express contempt, respect or possibly even affection without losing her Drill Sergeant Nasty persona. Of course, only Sue knows which she's expressing at any given time.
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Manly Tears: In "Rumours" when Rachel and Finn bring Sam back the guitar bought back for him by the glee club after he sold it with all his other possessions. Will occasionally has episodes of these. Particular examples are when he finds out the sex of his baby and sees her on the sonogram for the first time, discovers Terri isn't pregnant and at the end of Season One when the class performs "To Sir, With Love." This also occurs when Will is seen crying while holding Finn's jacket, shortly after he learns about Finn's death. Pretty much every guy in that episode including Puck, Artie, Sam, Kurt, Blaine, and Burt.
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Author Appeal: As with any Ryan Murphy show there are a number of gay characters. Also in fanfiction, the songs featured will usually be ones that the author likes.
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While the Aesop in "Blame it on the Alcohol" was good, the kids most likely threw up onstage not because they were drunk but because what they drank contained various remnants of Rachel's dads' liquor cabinet, kool-aid, cough syrup, and crumbled up oreos. Many believe the episode to be a Spoof Aesop that's been thinly disguised to appease the network.
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Planet of Hats: Invoked in-universe. Some of the judges apparently wondered, due to it being an all boy school, whether Dalton Academy was actually a school for homosexuals... or if they just happened to have a lot of gay students.
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Evil Laugh: Sue gives a pretty good one when she tells Will that Beiste is quitting.
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Chewing the Scenery: Darren Criss in "Love Shack" at the end of "Heart." In fact, the whole cast was hamming it Up to Eleven in that number.
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The Unfair Sex: Quinn tells Finn that she is pregnant but does not tell him that the father is in fact his best friend Puck, instead calling him a "Lima loser" who could never support her and the baby like Finn could, despite Puck expressing a strong desire to be a father due to not wanting to be a deadbeat like his own dad. He also receives full blame from Mercedes when she says it's Quinn's right to choose who acts as the child's father and that he has "no business messing up that girl's life any more than [he] already [has]", not caring that the guy whose sperm actually made her pregnant most definitely has rights to the child and that Finn doesn't know he's not the father. Once the lie gets out, she chooses to put the child up for adoption, and in the second season, she resumes her past relationship with Finn even though she had betrayed him so blatantly before. However, it is at least acknowledged in "100" that Quinn hasn't had the greatest track record with relationships that involve any level of honesty, and she tells Rachel in "Sectionals" that all she did was what Quinn didn't have the balls to do — that being, tell Finn that Puck impregnated her. Even though Brittany cheated on Artie with Santana for months, the show presents their breakup as Artie's fault for calling her stupid because Santana had persuaded her that it wasn't cheating 'if the plumbing is different'. Additionally, Santana has called Brittany stupid plenty of times, and got away with it. Likewise his first relationship with Tina ended because he was a "bad boyfriend". Never mind that she cheated on him with Mike. Santana stalks Finn through the halls of the school and loudly humiliates him as part of a plan to crush his self-esteem and eliminate him as a musical rival. When he loses his temper and blurts out that she is in love with Brittany (note that he does not call her a lesbian), it is treated as the most horrible offence imaginable because it appears that he outed her. Santana's campaign to emotionally destroy him is completely forgotten and she is regarded as the victim.
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Jerkass Has a Point: Sue and Bryan Ryan have a duelling Jerkass session in which they drop a number of necessary anvils about the utility of athletics/phys-ed and drama/music. Then they anger-bang. Sue rightfully pointing out that by denying Unique the chance to go onstage and do Grease, she's protecting...it...from a lot of hate. Then again, she also states that most of the hate would be spurred on by her as well. Sue, in yet another "The Reason You Suck" Speech given to Will, points out that he has a habit of utilizing one student's talents at an opportune moment and dropping his adoration of them like a bad habit when they're no longer necessary. She also points out that the most talented members in Glee Club are the band, who can and have performed any background music at the drop of a hat but Will doesn't pay a lick of attention to. Will's open-jaw reaction is all he can muster in response. Santana, being a Jerkass on par with Sue occasionally, gets some very good points in about the other students while she's raking them over the coals. She makes a devastating speech to Rachel once in regards to how Rachel really doesn't care about any of the other students in Glee at the time and that she has personally sold multiple previous students down the river to get parts in plays or solos. Santana even hits her with an Armor-Piercing Question - namely, asking Rachel the name of another random student in Glee, whose moniker Rachel doesn't even get close to naming correctly. Cassandra July teaches her NYADA students through negative reinforcement and the show focuses on her particularly going after Rachel. However, much of her critiques and harsh words are relevant feedback and commonly heard amongst the industry and from critic reviews. She explains her methods are to prepare her students for the harsh world of show business and points out if Rachel can't grasp mere pressure and criticism than she will never survive on Broadway. She's also correct in pointing out that Rachel being the star in her small-town high school and her big ego aren't enough keep her afloat anymore now that she's amongst the best of the best in both NYADA and New York.
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Serious Business
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Serious Business: High-school show choir. Among the fandom, shipping is serious business. For example, within hours of "Never Been Kissed" being aired, there was already Fan Fiction, Youtube videos, photo collages, and arguments over the Portmanteau Couple Name for Kurt and Karofsky, plus Ship-to-Ship Combat with supporters of Kurt/Blaine.
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Ivy League for Everyone
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Ivy League for Everyone: Quinn's acceptance to Yale. Somewhat justified in that Quinn is often shown to be an excellent student and her parents are implied to be very rich. In "Sadie Hawkins", Lauren Zizes tells the "Too Young to Be Bitter" club that the dance empowered her to apply for a wrestling scholarship at Harvard. Ivy League schools don't offer athletic scholarships. Brittany gets accepted to MIT after doodling the numbers on the back of her notepad to get them out of her head that appears to be of great scientific significance when viewed in various sequences. Tina gets accepted to Brown after being waitlisted. Blaine is accepted to NYU.
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The Cover Changes the Gender
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The Cover Changes the Gender: "Rose's Turn," "Stronger," and "Forget You." "4 Minutes," too. It was originally sung by a guy and a girl, and still is, but Kurt takes the female role and the line "Come on, boy," becomes "Come on, girl." "Sing!" from "A Chorus Line" gender-swaps, as well. Mike takes the girl's part and Tina takes the guy's part. As Tina says, it's perfect for them because Mike is insecure about his lack of singing skill. "Never Been Kissed" invokes this by having New Directions sing gender flipped mash ups of popular songs. And they sound totally awesome. Averted with "Just The Way You Are." "She" and "her" remain in the song even though it's being sung to Kurt. The lyrics also remain unchanged ("Baby girl, where you at...") when the Warblers and Blaine sing "When I Get You Alone" to Jeremiah. When Brittany sings "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)," she swaps the line about needing a man to needing a woman. Deliberately invoked by Will when he requires the male students to sing "What it Feels Like for a Girl": He's trying to teach them a feminist lesson about how they have been acting toward the girls of the group.
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Unstoppable Rage
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Will when he found out Terri wasn't pregnant. It wasn't pretty.
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Meaningful Echo
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Meaningful Echo: Rachel's quote at the beginning of the page about being in something special gets a callback in the series finale.
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Covered in Gunge
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Covered in Gunge: The trademark slushie facials that glee members and other unpopular kids received.
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Good Needs Evil
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Good Needs Evil: Sue states in season five that the New Directions are at their best when they have a villain going after them. And since she is the principal and needs glee club to win in order to make herself look good, she appoints Bree to be just such a villain.
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Driven to Suicide
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Driven to Suicide: Karofsky. He gets better. There have also been a few brief but very clear references to the fact that this might have been Kurt's fate if the glee club never existed, including this one from Kurt himself: In the penultimate episode "2009" (a flashback episode of scenes we didn't see from the Pilot), Kurt actually takes a moment to look at a pamphlet on this subject, which Emma observes and tells Burt (Kurt's father), whose intervention leads Kurt to befriending Rachel and audition for the Glee club.
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Teacher/Student Romance
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Teacher/Student Romance: A brief, one-sided one occurs in "Ballad," when Rachel begins to crush on Will. Puck and Shelby begin a genuine one in "Pot O' Gold." In "Choke," Puck tries to invoke this trope in with his European Geography teacher, so she doesn't fail him. It doesn't work.
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Babies Ever After
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Babies Ever After: In the final episode it's revealed that Will and Emma have had three more children beyond the boy they had in season 5, and Kurt and Blaine are expecting a baby with Rachel as their surrogate.
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Once Done, Never Forgotten
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Once Done, Never Forgotten: People are still making jabs about Tina putting Vapo-Rub on Blaine's chest while he was passed out.
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Casting Gag
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Casting Gag: invoked Casting Lea Michele (Rachel) and Jonathan Groff (Jesse) as love interests, considering their past in Spring Awakening. Will had major Ship Tease going on with both Shelby and April, implying a Love Triangle. The two are played by Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth who famously were part of a Love Triangle over Fiyero in Wicked. Barry Bostwick and Meat Loaf both appear in "The Rocky Horror Glee Show," though as conservative strawmen who want Sue to fight the show. Matt Bomer, known for playing a con man plays a guy who stars in credit report commercials, which are known scams. Idina Menzel as Rachel's mother. Everyone tried to deny it at first, but the Gleeks were not fooled. A huge part of Puck's character is that he Likes Older Women. Let's just say that was the exact opposite of Mark Salling's type in real life. Dianna Agron is Jewish, but playing a devout Christian whose faith is often a plot point. Compare this to Lea Michele, who was raised Catholic but plays the very Jewish Rachel. Later on, Matt Bomer is cast as Blaine's older brother. Their real-life sexualities are a direct switch of the characters'; Matt Bomer plays the straight brother and Darren Criss the gay one.
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Christmas Episode
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Christmas Episode: "A Very Glee Christmas", "Extraordinary Merry Christmas" and "Glee, Actually".
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Coming-Out Story
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Coming-Out Story: Everyone (with the exception of Mercedes) already knows Kurt is gay before he actually comes out. He even pretends to be straight in "Laryngitis" in hopes that his dad will like him more, and fools pretty much no one except, of course, Brittany. Santana's got one, too. A couple seasons worth, after a half season spent for her to realize she's a lesbian, before abruptly being forced out and even then there's another season coming to terms with this and confirming the sexuality. According to Finn, though, "everybody" knew. Conversely to with Kurt, Brittany seems to be the only one who knew all along.
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TheyPlottedAPerfectlyGoodWaste
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They Plotted a Perfectly Good Waste: An in-universe example. Finn and Rachel's rendition of "Born Again" from "Duets." To be fair, they were actually trying to throw the competition. One can only imagine if it had gone over well. Much of the fandom feels this way about Santana's coming out.
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I Gave My Word
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I Gave My Word: Sam gave one to Finn during "Duets." When Finn tells him that he shouldn't sing a duet with Kurt because that will make him a target for bullies and "we live in their world." Sam replies that he gave Kurt his word and in his world, that's that.
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Offscreen Breakup
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Offscreen Breakup: Puck and Quinn (season 1), Sam and Santana (season 2), Mike and Tina (between season 3 and 4), Kurt and Adam (season 5), Santana and Dani (season 5).
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Age-Inappropriate Art
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Age-Inappropriate Art: Every so often, New Directions performs musical numbers that are really not appropriate to be taught at schools; examples include "Push It," "Toxic," the entirety of "The Rocky Horror Glee Show," "Do You Wanna Touch Me", and any number involving twerking.
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Human Cannonball
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Human Cannonball: Sue attempts to use this as part of the cheerleading routine at Nationals, willfully ignoring that this type of stunt is very dangerous outside a cartoon. She is called out on this by Quinn, Santana and Brittany who quit the team in protest right before the competition.
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I'll Never Tell You What I'm Telling You!
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I'll Never Tell You What I'm Telling You!: When Brittany is asking Will embarrassing questions.
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Pair the Spares
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Pair the Spares: Rachel and Puck try this but it doesn't workout. This doesn't stop the shippers, seeing as Puckleberry and Rachel's ship has some of the most vocal fans in the online community. Possibly Mercedes and Sam, as well. Before it was revealed that she married Jesse, Sam & Rachel had shades of this.
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Two-Person Pool Party
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Two-Person Pool Party: Where Finn thought he got Quinn pregnant, despite them not actually having sex. Cut to Miss Conception. Still, despite common rumors, hot tub water is actually good for sperm and can lead to quite easy conception without active sex.
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Up to Eleven
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Most characters seem to at least support Kurt and Blaine's relationship. Tina urged Blaine to call Kurt during their breakup, Kurt's dad brought Blaine to New York as a Christmas present while they were broken up, everyone looked beyond happy when they got engaged, and Brittany decided that part of her dream wedding involved them getting married along side her and Santana. Taken Up to Eleven with Sue, who has a literal shrine devoted to them, though it might have been Lampshading the more fanatical shippers.
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Burn Baby Burn
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Burn Baby Burn: After being fired as principal at McKinley, Sue burns everything inside her hurt locker, including her Cheerio trophies.
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Camp Gay
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Camp Gay: Kurt seems very much at peace with his "feminine" side. He loves clothes, day spas, and fancy costumes. He wears a dress in "Theatricality," performs numbers from Victor/Victoria, and tries to join the girls' group in boys vs. girls competitions. However, in "Furt" he resents being referred to as a lady unless it is from a friend, similar to N-Word Privileges. In one episode when he's watching movies with Mercedes and Rachel, one of the girls says she's feeling emotional and Kurt replies "But our periods don't come until the end of the month." He's been much less camp later. While still into fashion, he's much less flamboyant as he grows older. Burt gives Kurt this blunt assessment as to his leading-man qualities:
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Idiot Ball
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Idiot Ball: Seasons 2 and 3 of Glee seemed to run on this.
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Invoked Trope
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Invoked in-universe by Jake. He thinks it's unfair that he gets called out for wanting to sing a Chris Brown song because of Brown's alleged abuse of Rihanna, but no one has a problem singing Britney Spears or Whitney Houston songs despite their own less-than-perfect behavior.
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Lecherous Licking
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Lecherous Licking: In "Blame It on the Alcohol," Santana pours salt on Brittany's stomach and licks it off.
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ColorCodedForYourConvenience
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Color-Coded for Your Convenience: During the "Like a Virgin" sequence, all three women are wearing lilac nightgowns and all three men are wearing dark gray/black shirts. (Lilac, apparently, symbolizes first love.) In addition, Dustin Goolsby wears dark colors in every scene he's in, so he probably isn't on ND's side. Jesse, too, but he's got the Heel–Face Revolving Door thing going. Averted with Blaine, who wears dark gray/black/maroon in every scene where he's not in uniform, but has shown himself to be firmly on ND's side now that Regionals is over. In fact, when he transfers to McKinley, Blaine shows up wearing their colors - black shirt, red pants, and a black, red and white bow tie - to tell Kurt about his transfer and perform his introductory number. Rory Flanagan, the Irish exchange student, wears green shirts throughout most of his first episode. Though this might be Justified in that he's trying to keep up the ruse that he's a leprechaun.
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Put on a Bus
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Put on a Bus: Multiple characters. Special note goes to pretty much all of the new New Directioners, with Kitty being the only one retained for the final season, although Unique does make a cameo. It makes sense, mind you, since their plot was intended to be tied to Finn's, with his death making them more or less redundant, but it doesn't make it any less jarring when they essentially disappeared, with only Marley even getting a line in the episode "New Directions."
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Belligerent Sexual Tension
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Belligerent Sexual Tension: Puck and pretty much every girl he flirts with.
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Played for Laughs
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In general, a lot of the Aesops concerning bullying, especially when the show seems to take every instance of anti-gay bullying seriously but alternates in whether other forms of bullying are equally serious or something to be Played for Laughs.
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Character Shilling
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Character Shilling: For Will and Finn. Particularly, other characters stand around gushing about how talented, good-hearted and attractive they both are. The characters also seem to unable to shut up about how awesome Finn was especially after he dies. Apparently he was 'the coolest kid at school', charismatic leader (for some a severe case of an Informed Attribute), always stood up for love and justice and deserves all the credit for changing the lives of the glee club members and shape of the school. We get it, Rachel can sing, there's no need to have every character say that she's the greatest singer ever.
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Sudden Name Change
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Sudden Name Change: The name of the Glee Club changes between "New Directions" and "The New Directions" quite often.
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Real Life Writes the Plot
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Real Life Writes the Plot: Finn disappears from the series before the last three episodes of Season 4 when Cory Monteith checked himself into rehab. When he died in between seasons, Finn died too. Also Heather Morris's pregnancy necessitated writing Brittany out for Season Five, though she did appear in three episodes.
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V-Formation Team Shot
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V-Formation Team Shot: In "Theatricality" when the gang comes to Kurt's defense, in full Lady Gaga and KISS costumes, no less.
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Popular Is Dumb
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Popular Is Dumb: Played straight with Finn, Puck, Brittany, and Terri (back in her high school days that is).
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Real Men Wear Pink
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Real Men Wear Pink: The football team gains the confidence and cohesion to turn its losing streak around by practicing (and performing) Beyoncé dance routines, partly on the premise that if they can pull it off in public then they can do anything. Puck lampshades it earlier: "I'm a stud, dude. I could wear a dress to school and people would think it was cool." In "Theatricality," Finn does just that. Since it's not Puck, it doesn't get the desired result. In season 3, Puck ends up wearing a dress (and wig) to school. And no, people don't think it cool and he ends up getting in a fight about it.
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Miss Conception
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Miss Conception: Finn believes Quinn when she claims he got her pregnant from premature ejaculation in the hot tub. Finn also thinks that cucumbers can cause AIDS.
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All Guys Want Cheerleaders
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All Guys Want Cheerleaders: Quinn, as head cheerleader was the most popular girl in school, when Santana took over as cheer captain she claimed that title.
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Armor-Piercing Question
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Unfortunately, this lead to Finn asking the one question designed to hurt Santana where she lived: Hey Santana, why don't you come out of the closet?
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Celebrity Paradox
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Celebrity Paradox: Just who starred in Wicked in the Glee universe? Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, obviously. Likewise, Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff presumably still starred in Spring Awakening. There are just a couple people in Lima, Ohio who look like them. In "Grilled Cheesus," Burt mentions that Kurt has a copy of Grey's Anatomy season 6. April Kepner appears in that season, who is played by Sarah Drew, who plays Suzy Pepper. In season 14, Matthew Morrison (Will) and Stefania Spampinato (a model and dancer on Glee, most notably in the season 5 “Brave” performance) joined the Grey's Anatomy cast (as Paul and Carina). Early on in the series, Emma says that there are people out there who get famous without any talent — like John Stamos. Her new boyfriend Carl is played by him, and she thinks he's very talented. Will had a storyline when he considered trying to make it on Broadway. His actor originated Link Larkin in Hairspray, which must exist in universe, because the kids sang "You Can't Stop the Beat." Within the first couple of episodes, there's a scene where Finn shows Quinn his name for their baby (Drizzle) and says he got inspiration from Gwyneth Paltrow's baby name, Apple. Fast forward one whole season, and a teacher named Holly Holliday shows up played by Paltrow. In "Asian F", Kurt laments the fact that he is not the "leading male" type, with a comment that no-one is looking to cast him opposite Kate Hudson. 20 episodes later, Hudson shows up as Rachel's new dance teacher, Cassandra July. In a Sue's Corner web episode, Sue does a piece on 'sneaky gays', in which she laments gays no longer being obvious. Among the sneaky gays are Neil Patrick Harris, who later plays Bryan Ryan, and Adam Lambert, who later plays Elliott Gilbert, AKA Starchild. The deaf club choir director defends the stealing of "Don't Stop Believin'" by saying that it's the number one downloaded song on iTunes. Which is correct (or was at the time), if you include the Glee cast version with the Journey version. And the original experienced a major resurgence in popularity after it was Glee, and so the song probably wouldn't be very downloaded - or popular among high-schoolers - if it weren't for the show, which apparently has to exist inside itself. Ouch. Pretty much all of the main cast seems to exist in the Glee universe, if Blaine and Sam apparently watching "Frenemies" during "Tested" is anything to go by. Yeah, have fun figuring that one out.
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Only Child Syndrome
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Only Child Syndrome: Most main characters on the show. Only Puck, Blaine, Sam, Quinn, Sue, and Jake have known siblings (though in Quinn's case, her sister is only mentioned, never seen). Finn and Kurt later become stepbrothers. Mercedes mentions a brother who is off to college when she suggests Quinn move in with her. Brittany mentioned having a younger sister in "The Power of Madonna".
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"The Reason You Suck" Speech: Sue and Santana are the masters of this. Though it bites Santana in the ass, when Finn retaliates in one episode and outs her in a hallway, after she goes too far. Holly gives a minor one to Rachel, asking her if anyone has ever told her how much she sucks? Rachel herself gives one in "Laryngitis" when she figures out that some of the others in Glee Club have been phoning it in during rehearsals. Santana lets Sue have it big time in "The Quarterback", giving her hell about her bad attitude towards Finn, but it's immediately clear that she's yelling at herself too. Rachel lays one on Sue in "Opening Night", telling her exactly what a horrible, awful person she is and how she'll never really know the kind of love in her entire life that Rachel has known in that one night. In "Jagged Little Tapestry" Santana gives Kurt an EPIC one after he says that she and Brittany are too young to get married by detailing why she thinks it didn't work out between him and Blaine.
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Orbital Kiss: The Concert Kiss at the end of "Pretending."
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Tsundere
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Tsundere: Terri's behavior towards Will. It's later explained that after the fake pregnancy stunt, she was diagnosed as Bipolar.
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Lame Comeback
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Lame Comeback: Rory attempting to trash talk Santana. It comes with being a Fish out of Water. Remember the potato famine and WWI. That was one evil comeback, being something the Irish wouldn't wish on anyone.
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Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!
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Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Will cooperating with Sue in order to help her make Coach Beiste her new nemesis. This results in Beiste getting very mad when Finn tries to get Artie onto the team. He kicks him off the team, and before that tells Will that he had heard that Will was really cool and that Sue was the school bully. Nice job, William. Rachel causes Sunshine to join Vocal Adrenaline because, in order to keep the girl from stealing her spotlight, she sent her to a crack house. Sue, of course, is the cause of getting Vocal Adrenaline to take Sunshine on. Rachel's dads' plan to stop Rachel getting married by encouraging Rachel and Finn to go for it.
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Wacky Marriage Proposal
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Wacky Marriage Proposal: A synchronized swimming performance, the glee club singing "We Found Love," and Will jumping in the pool in a white tux (complete with top hat and tails) definitely counts. Averted later in the episode with Finn and Rachel. Not really wacky but extremely extravagant, Blaine's proposal to Kurt includes four rival showchoirs dancing in elaborately choreographed routine that takes place all throughout Dalton Academy while Blaine sings The Beatles' "All You Need Is Love". All of Kurt's family and friends are there and it concludes with an equally elaborate speech on the stairs where they first met.
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Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking
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Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In "Bad Reputation," after the premiere of Rachel's "Run Joey Run" video, Jesse and Finn are upset that Rachel manipulated them for the sake of changing her reputation, while Puck seems more concerned with the fact that the video sucks.
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Breather Episode
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Breather Episode: The (mostly) lighthearted and almost farcical "Theatricality," after the rather dark and depressing "Dream On." Then again, any episode would be Lighter and Softer following the guy who's famous for his dark and depressing shows. "Choke", a very heavy episode which had a Downer Ending for all of the plots contained in it, was followed immediately by "Prom-asaurus", which contained such elements as cheerios wearing dinosaur masks and a subplot focused around Blaine's abundance of hair gel. "Dynamic Duets", a very goofy episode, sandwiched between "Glease" and "Thanksgiving", which deal with Kitty's attempts to make Marley bulimic, the aftermath of Kurt and Blaine's painful breakup, and Marley collapsing in the end of "Thanksgiving"", causing New Directions to lose Sectionals. At first, many fans believed "Shooting Star" would be one given the previews involving Brittany singing to her cat and the entire plot of the first half. Subverted in the second half the moment the gunshots go off.
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School Forced Us Together
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School Forced Us Together: When he takes over as head of the Glee club, Mr. Schuester tries to recruit popular kids, thinking it will encourage more people to join. He's initially unsuccessful as they think the Glee club is uncool. He ends up planting weed on Finn, the football team's quarterback. When he confronts Finn, he offers to not turn him in if he joins the Glee club.
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Stuffed into a Trashcan
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Stuffed into a Trashcan: Too many to count.
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Continuity Cavalcade
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"100" and "New Directions" border on constituting a Continuity Cavalcade, but special mention goes to "Don't Stop Believin'". The choreography is an homage to the original staging from "Pilot" and "Journey", while the members of New Directions (past and present) enter the stage in the order of their joining the Glee club. Add to that a heavy dose of symbolism in who sings which line. The whole sequence was designed as a temporary sendoff to the glee club, as the rest of Season 5 was set entirely in New York.
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Dramatic Drop
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Dramatic Drop: Sue's overreaction to the Glee students using the photocopier.
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Finding Judas
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Finding Judas: After all of Sue's evil doings and lies have been revealed, she accuses Will of revealing them, and screams "Judas!", only to find out it was Becky.
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Signature Style
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Signature Style: Many of the kids have genres and artists that they stick to for solos. Kurt does mostly showtunes with some occasional love for The Beatles; Sam and Puck like to perform acoustically (Puck also likes performing songs by Jewish artists, including Neil Diamond, Sammy Davis Jr., and Billy Joel, as well as classic rock); Rachel does Broadway; and Mercedes, Quinn, and Santana mostly do soul/R&B. Much of this corresponds to the actors' preferences. Artie also tends to do a lot of R&B (and he seems to be the club's rapper-in-residence), but the genres he's sung are actually really varied. Finn tends to do well with some classic rock; Will seems to do more adult contemporary or showtunes (when he's not rapping); Rory is shaping up to be the club's crooner. Blaine likes current pop music, especially those songs by female artists.
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No Theme Tune
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No Theme Tune
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Straight Gay
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Straight Gay: Karofsky, Sebastian, and Spencer.
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Exactly What It Says on the Tin
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"The Break-Up". A heartbreaking case of Exactly What It Says on the Tin. And when they say "break-up", it's not one couple. It's every main couple on the show.
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Gay Aesop
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Conservative parents were once more angered by Blaine and Kurt's kiss scene, though one has to wonder why any of them were surprised in a show that is so upfront about its pro-gay message.
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World of Snark
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World of Snark: Most of the characters get a swing at this.
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Jerk Jock
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Averted. Jerk Jock David Karofsky, Warbler David, and Spanish Teacher David Martinez all share a name. There are also two Andreas - Andrea Cohen from Vocal Adrenaline, and Rod's co-anchor.
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Truth in Television
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Truth in Television: Exaggerated, of course, but the school's money troubles mirrors a lot of Ohio's schools' problems.
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Gonna Need More X
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Gonna Need More X: When Kurt rehearses "The Music of the Night" for his NYADA audition, the stage is littered with candles and candelabras. When reconsidering his song choice, he says he needs something fresh, something new, something exciting... or maybe he just needs more candles.
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Trans Equals Gay
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Trans Equals Gay: Averted. Unique makes it quite clear that she wants to dress as a woman because she identifies as one, not just as an extension of her campness. Sue, however, doesn't get it and tries to get Kurt to perform in drag in order to compete with her. Also averted by Coach Beiste who's transitioning to male after previously identifying as a straight woman.
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Humiliation Conga
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Rachel Berry, since season 5. At first, she didn't want Santana to be her understudy for "Funny Girl", yet later she asks her to do so, due to being stuck in L.A. traffic after having an audition that didn't go well. Also, in season 3 Finn once asked Rachel to go to L.A. with him to pursue his future career (at that time) there and told her that she could be a Hollywood actress, but Rachel said no because Broadway is her destiny and she's not a Hollywood actress, and later in season 5, she is offered to do a TV show about her in L.A., and she says yes. This sets off a chain of events that winds up humbling her like never before.
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Protagonist-Centered Morality
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Protagonist-Centered Morality: Many critics felt that the story arc about bullying which began in "Never Been Kissed" was inherently flawed, because the show had previously treated bullying in a light-hearted manner... just so long as it came from members of the glee club. In "Sexy", Santana is framed in a sympathetic light after revealing to Brittany that she is a closeted homosexual and that these feelings cause her a lot of difficulty and confusion. Brittany tries to get her to come to terms with it by encouraging her to be true to herself, but when she explains that she still loves Artie and will not break up with him even though Santana tearfully confessed that she wants to be with her, Santana becomes hostile and angry with her for how she "blew [her] off". While Sue expels Dave Karofsky, who went through a very similar arc, for his bullying, Brittany constantly overlooks Santana's bad behavior even when Artie becomes upset with her and how she doesn't recognize that Santana is manipulating her and taking advantage of his insecurities so she can break them up. Meanwhile, Brittany's response to Finn telling her that leprechauns are not real and that she is being stupid is to say such talk "is bullying and [she] won't accept it"... as Santana is standing right next to her. In "Hold onto Sixteen", Quinn is repeatedly told by Rachel that she would be doing the wrong thing by informing people of Shelby's sexual relationship with Puck, which would cause her to lose her job, prove her an unfit mother and allow Quinn to retake her child. Despite Quinn having selfish motives for wanting to reveal the affair, the fact remains that Shelby shouldn't have gotten involved with Puck, a student at the school she works at and if she had lost the job and the child as a result of this, it would have ultimately been her own fault.
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Denser and Wackier
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Denser and Wackier: Many have noticed a general trend in this direction. The first half of the first season was a lot darker and, except for explicit fantasy sequences, seemed committed to making sure their stage numbers were possible in a school undergoing a budget crisis. Since the second half of Season 1, it's increasingly moved away from realistic musical numbers, with brand-new, out-of-this-world costumes for every number and extras ranging from harpists to gospel choirs.
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Ragtag Bunch of Misfits
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Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The entirety of New Directions. Lampshaded by Olivia Newton-John, who accuses the club of invoking this trope for sympathy.
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Stalker with a Crush
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Stalker with a Crush: Suzie Pepper and Rachel in "Ballad." Jacob Ben Israel, stalker with a knickers fetish. Sandy Ryerson for Josh Groban. Kurt for Finn, especially evident after Finn is first shown to his new bedroom.
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Wardrobe Wound
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Wardrobe Wound: Unpopular students often have slushies thrown at them as a form of bullying.
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Out-of-Character Moment
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Out-of-Character Moment: Will's furious reaction to finding out about the faked pregnancy. Some people have argued it resembles domestic abuse, but it's precisely how far that is from his usual personality that make it so chilling. Frequently referred to as "Five minutes of Mad Men in the middle of Glee."
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Took a Level in Jerkass
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Took a Level in Jerkass: Sebastian was always a jerk, but adding rock salt to a slushie and throwing it in Blaine's face was a new low. Gradually inverted with Sue over time; as much as she still takes Refuge in Audacity, she has begun to develop more caring aspects of her character. Becky, of all people, through Season 3. She goes into full-on Jerkass mode when she doesn't get nominated for Prom Queen in "Prom-asaurus".
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Designated Hero
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Designated Hero/Designated Villain: An In-Universe example. When Mercedes demands that Sue returns the tots to the cafeteria, she is treated as the hero, despite Sue pointing out that the nutrition in the school really is terrible and Mercedes' reaction to seeing broccoli was to think it was a toilet brush.
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Wham Episode
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Wham Episode: "On My Way". Karofsky attempts suicide, and the episode ends with Quinn having a car accident. "The Break-Up". A heartbreaking case of Exactly What It Says on the Tin. And when they say "break-up", it's not one couple. It's every main couple on the show. "Thanksgiving", At the end of "Gangnam Style", Marley collapses on stage from food deprivation. In the next episode we find out it caused New Directions to lose Sectionals. "Shooting Star", Becky brings a gun to school because she's scared for her safety, and when Sue tries to take it from her it goes off. Then Sue covers for Becky, and it gets her fired.
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Dumb Blonde
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The deaf choir that competed in "Sectionals" was also like this. The Dumb Blonde judge then pointed out they were terrible singers.
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Softer and Slower Cover
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Softer and Slower Cover: Rachel and Shelby's rendition of Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" was an...interesting take on it, if not strictly speaking unique. Gaga herself does it that way a lot. Artie's rendition of "Dancing with Myself," which is closer to the much lesser-known Nouvelle Vague version than Billy Idol's original. Kurt's cover of "I Want to Hold Your Hand" in "Grilled Cheesus," which was lifted directly from the version done in Across the Universe. And Finn's cover of "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" which was taken from Greg Laswell's cover. The Adam's Apples cover of "Baby Got Back", which was near spot on to Jonathan Coulton's version of the song. So spot on in fact, that Coulton called them on it and demanded credit for the arrangement. Blaine performs "Teenage Dream" full-Warbler when we first meet him, then later solo at a piano in S4.
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Artistic License – Education
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Artistic License – Education: Let's see here: A teacher who not only bullies students but encourages them to do it to others, a student with a 0.0 GPA being permitted to do athletic competitions, a club that seems to meet at all hours of the day, a Spanish teacher who never actually qualified on the subject (and has to go to night school to learn the subject he's supposed to be teaching), a female student being punished by the glee club coach for refusing to wear a clamshell bikini during a performance (it's important to note that she is 15 years old and has an eating disorder that the coach already knew about when he set the assignment), a student in a wheelchair being allowed to play football by invoking Ain't No Rule, a teacher becoming so close to his students that one of them is the best man at his wedding, not to mention the whole deal with the student who brought a gun to school...
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Justified Trope
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Rory Flanagan, the Irish exchange student, wears green shirts throughout most of his first episode. Though this might be Justified in that he's trying to keep up the ruse that he's a leprechaun.
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Cultural Cringe
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Cultural Cringe: A localized version of the trope: several characters utterly despise Lima, OH, and small towns in general, and fantasize about moving to New York (and seem to have a very rose-tinted, idealized view of NYC, which Seasons 4 & 5 confirmed). In season four, apparently Bushwick = Williamsburg. Anyone who's ever been to Bushwick knows this is really not the case.
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Discussed
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Discussed in season 6 when Spencer wants to be starting QB, and Sam wants him to show he can make a stand before he'll give him the position, so gives him a Rousing Speech:
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The Bus Came Back
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The Bus Came Back: For Jesse, Sunshine, and April at different points in Season 2, as well as Shelby in Season Three. The bus was also nice enough to stop and bring back Sam Evans in Season 3 - just in time for Sectionals no less! Santana returns in "Diva", having quit her cheerleading scholarship at Louisville (apparently her Brutal Honesty was interpreted as bitchiness, surprisingly). She then moves to New York and moves in with Kurt and Rachel. After disappearing at the start of Season 4, Roz Washington finally returns as the new cheerleading coach. The bus dropped off April Rhoades and Holly Holiday for the 100th episode. The bus made three more stops in the final season, dropping off Karofsky, Unique, and Jesse.
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Poorly Timed Confession
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Poorly Timed Confession: In "I Kissed A Girl" Puck is comforting Quinn when she feels unworthy of love and has depression after giving their child up for adoption. Puck chooses this moment to tell her that he slept with Shelby, the woman who adopted their child and Quinn's best friend's mom.
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Gay Guy Seeks Popular Jock
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Gay Guy Seeks Popular Jock: Kurt crushes on Finn, freaking the latter out. Later, they become friends and stepbrothers after Kurt's dad marries Finn's mom.
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Back for the Finale
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Back for the Finale: Carol Burnett reprised her role as Mrs. Sylvester in the tail end of the final season. Max Adler also returned as Karofsky in a recurring role, and Jonathan Groff as Jesse for two guest spots. In the final number, almost every major cast member returned to perform note  the only missing members were Marley, due to Melissa Benoist being busy with Supergirl (2015), and Rory, due to a scheduling conflict with Damian Mc Ginty.
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Magic Feather
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Magic Feather: The "magic comb" Artie gives to Brittany. You comb your hair with it and you can't lose.
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Champions on the Inside
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Champions on the Inside: They lost the regionals at the end of the first season, but they still get determined to do better next time, especially since the Glee club will still be supported].
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Vomit Indiscretion Shot
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Vomit Indiscretion Shot: When Santana and Brittany throw up during their performance of "Tik Tok."
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Betty and Veronica
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In the fourth season, a Betty and Veronica Love Triangle is established between Marley, Kitty, and Jake when Marley spends a few days wearing Jake's coat (from a You Must Be Cold moment) and Kitty demands it as this trope when she and Jake start dating (though he doesn't like labels).
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Moral Guardians
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Moral Guardians: When "Showmance" aired, some groups were angry because the show was showing kids act "sexy." An in-universe example: After the sexy "Push It" number, Will explained to Rachel that the inappropriate performance, while popular with the student body, would discourage parents from letting their kids join glee club. Also, in response to the performance Principal Figgins composed a list of "approved" songs that the club could sing, with help from his pastor. Rachel looks at the list and asks what a luftballon is, referencing the song "99 Luftballons," a song about an accidentally triggered apocalypse - possibly a Take That! at the cluelessness and/or mixed-up priorities of Moral Guardians. Conservative parents were once more angered by Blaine and Kurt's kiss scene, though one has to wonder why any of them were surprised in a show that is so upfront about its pro-gay message. Also a common reaction to certain photo shoots where the Glee actors (particularly Lea Michele and Dianna Agron) have dressed in provocative clothing, often coupled with a strange expectation that adult actors are required to act like they are minors if they happen to play them on TV. "The First Time" is the most controversial episode so far—even airing with a content warning—for dealing with Kurt and Blaine losing their virginity to each other. This is despite the fact that their love scene was no more risqué than Brittany's and Santana's a season prior.
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Adaptation Displacement
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Adaptation Displacement: An in-universe example. The lines Finn and Rachel run are from the film version of Cabaret, suggesting they are putting on an adaptation of that rather than the original stageplay. The songs from the film often do find their way into stage productions of the play in real life, however. Similarly, the versions of Rocky Horror and Grease that the club puts on are movie based rather than the actual stage productions.
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Heel–Face Revolving Door
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Heel–Face Revolving Door: Quinn. Jesse St. James. He dates Rachel and ostensibly transfers schools for her, turns out to be The Mole for Shelby, comes back as the evil, mean-spirited "helper" for the New Directions in Season 2, and then as Vocal Adrenaline's mean-spirited coach for Season 3. Settled on the face side of the door by Season 6, as he winds up marrying Rachel.
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Sleep Mask
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Sleep Mask: Terri is seen wearing one to bed in "Ballads."
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Poke the Poodle
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Poke the Poodle: The Gleeks attempt to do something scandalous, and the best they can come up with is causing a disturbance in the library. And even that fails spectacularly.
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Not So Different
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Not So Different: The kids spent three years complaining about Rachel hogging the spotlight. What happens after she graduates? The senior members bitch at each other about who should be "the new Rachel," completely forgetting the gripe they had with the old one.
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Hold My Glasses
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Hold My Glasses: Lauren hands off her glasses to Puck before kicking Santana's ass.
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Nothing Is the Same Anymore
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Nothing Is the Same Anymore: For seven episodes in season 5, the show abandoned the McKinley High storyline, and took place completely in New York, following the glee club alumni. Ultimately subverted when Season 6 went back to its original premise.
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The Only One Allowed to Defeat You
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The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Sue, in "Journey" has managed to become one of the four judges at regionals, poised to take down New Directions for good. The other three judges turn out to be Olivia Newton-John, Josh Grobin, and a local newscaster who stood her up on a date. They all turn out to be even smugger than Sue, and mock, not only New Directions but McKinley High as well. This leads Sue, not only to vote for New Directions, but to save the club from being cut after they come in last.
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I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me
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I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: Rachel's reaction to Jesse, and to a lesser extent, Finn. Also, gender-swapped with Artie and Brittany.
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Egging
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Egging: Happens and is mentioned a few times, when Rachel is pelted by the members of Vocal Adrenaline in the first season. One of which is her ex-boyfriend, Jesse, who knows she's vegan. Ouch.
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Kill It with Fire
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Kill It with Fire: One of the Purple Pianos from the season 3 premiere.
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Springtime for Hitler
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An in-universe example. Finn and Rachel's rendition of "Born Again" from "Duets." To be fair, they were actually trying to throw the competition. One can only imagine if it had gone over well.
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A Day in the Limelight
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Mike and Matt. They're really just there to fulfill the club's needed minimum of 12 students in Season 1. In Season 2, Mike gets some character development and more lines. By Season 3, he gets A Day in the Limelight and even sings. Matt, however, is put on a bus, having transferred to another school. Matt left after getting lines in a grand total of two episodes: "Theatricality" and "Journey."
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Foreshadowing
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Foreshadowing: At the end of "Original Song," during the judging scene, there is a poster for the stage show, Wicked. Easily passed off as 'just a stage musical reference' at the time, but come "New York," Kurt and Rachel take a visit to the Broadway set of Wicked. This is very subtle and possibly unintentional, but Sebastian called Blaine to ask how to remove a wine stain from his Dalton jacket. Guess what the first aid for a fresh (red) wine stain is? Rub salt into it. Later in the episode, Sebastian threw a rock salt laced slushie at Blaine (although it was meant for Kurt), lacerating his eye. Karofsky's apology speech for the New Directions in "Born This Way". "[Santana] showed me all these stories online about kids who had jumped off roofs or hanged themselves because of bullying". Come "On My Way", where Karofsky is outed in his new school, gets bullied, and tries to hang himself. In seasons 2 and 3, during the prom story arcs, there was occasional talk of whoever was crowned Prom Queen getting the Carrie treatment. It finally happens in season 5 with Tina, though of course with slushie mix instead of pigs blood.
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Whole Episode Flashback
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Whole Episode Flashback: The penultimate episode, "2009", took place over the course of the pilot episode...from 2009.
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Fag Hag
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Fag Hag: Kurt accuses Rachel of being this when she develops a crush on Blaine in one episode. Also assumed by Emma when Rachel and Kurt ask her for guidance about their school applications. She shows them her Me and My Hag pamphlet. Kurt calls Tina a hag that is all hagged out when her crush on Blaine has gotten to the point where she truly believes she has a chance with him. She later laments that all she'll ever be is a hag. Her never ending crushes on gay guys that continues once she goes off to college becomes a running joke.
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Attack of the Political Ad
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Attack of the Political Ad: All of the congressional campaign ads in "Mash Off."
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Continuity Nod
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Continuity Nod: In "Hold on to Sixteen," when Harmony is singing "Buenos Aires" from Evita, Rachel tells Kurt, "This it torture, I should be singing that song!" - a nod to "Dream On," in which she tells Jesse that starring in Evita is one of her dreams. Remember Becky Jackson, the cheerleader with Down's Syndrome in "Wheels"? She's still on the squad in "The Power of Madonna". In "Audition", she's helping Sue with Cheerios auditions, giving her own snarky commentary. Eventually became an Ascended Extra. Sue's sister, also from "Wheels", returns for the back nine, but would sadly pass a season later. The entire "My Life Would Suck Without You" routine in "Sectionals" is a continuity nod to the choreography of many past numbers. The waitress at Breadstix who Brittany and Santana were rude to in "Hell-O" was the same one who spelled it out to Sue that Will had stood her up in "Funk". Breadstix would become the default hangout in the series The female Vocal Adrenaline singer, Andrea Cohen, who sang the "With Ray!" solo during their performance of "Rehab" all the way back in the Pilot and was identified by Rachel in "Acafellas" (1x3) when the Glee kids visit Carmel High, reappears toward the end of the season in "Funk." She's also there when they perform at Regionals. Finn discovers Sam's awesome voice while he's in the shower singing 80's power ballads... the same way Will discovered Finn's voice in the pilot. "Britney/Brittany" had a subtle (and hilarious) one - Kurt's facial expression upon discovering that Brittany doesn't brush her teeth, harking back to "Laryngitis". Rachel compares her Britney Spears inspired wardrobe change to her Grease-inspired one in "Britney/Brittany". Promos for "The Sue Sylvester Bowl Shuffle" had Sue wearing the fur-lined tracksuit that Kurt recommended Will buy for her in "A Very Glee Christmas". In "A Very Glee Christmas," Blaine mentions performing in the show at King's Island theme park. In "Silly Love Songs," he says "That was the most embarrassing thing I've ever done—and I've performed at theme parks." In the final scene of "New York," he says that he's trying out for the summer gig at Six Flags. When the priest at Burt and Carole's wedding skips the customary prayer, a reference to Brittany's line from "Grilled Cheesus": 'Whenever I pray, I fall asleep.' When Will suggests a solution for Beiste's problem with disunity on the football team Beiste says "You're going to kiss me again?", a nod to "Never Been Kissed". In "Showmance", Sue tells Will 'I don't think you will find anyone else to swim over to your Isle of Misfit Toys.' Guess what song is sung in "A Very Glee Christmas"? In "Britney/Brittany", Brittany mentions singing a Kesha song. She finally does in "Blame It on the Alcohol". When Blaine is trying to cheer up Kurt after losing Regionals, he tells them there are "plenty of GAPs in Ohio." At the end of "The Rhodes Not Taken", April plans on making an all-white production of The Wiz. In "Rumours", she mentions that it ended up being a disaster. The pompoms that Kurt and Finn come across in "Funeral" made their first appearance way back in "Wheels". Puck and math class: In "Asian F", we find out that Figgins still thinks that Tina is a vampire (which she first convinced him of in "Theatricality"). "100" and "New Directions" border on constituting a Continuity Cavalcade, but special mention goes to "Don't Stop Believin'". The choreography is an homage to the original staging from "Pilot" and "Journey", while the members of New Directions (past and present) enter the stage in the order of their joining the Glee club. Add to that a heavy dose of symbolism in who sings which line. The whole sequence was designed as a temporary sendoff to the glee club, as the rest of Season 5 was set entirely in New York.
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Inspirationally Disadvantaged
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Inspirationally Disadvantaged: Ooh boy. Artie is this occasionally, though it's not his entire character. This also applies to the two characters with Down's Syndrome, Sue's sister Jean and Becky the cheerleader, although the latter seems to be breaking away from it. Then there's Shawn the quadriplegic from "Laryngitis," an unabashedly heavy-handed use of this trope, not helped by the fact that the character was never seen again now that he's taught us all his lesson. Made all the more ridiculous by the fact that Finn and Rachel see a paraplegic every day at school. Apparently, he's not sad enough to serve this purpose. The deaf choir that competed in "Sectionals" was also like this. The Dumb Blonde judge then pointed out they were terrible singers.
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Sarcasm Mode
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Will cooperating with Sue in order to help her make Coach Beiste her new nemesis. This results in Beiste getting very mad when Finn tries to get Artie onto the team. He kicks him off the team, and before that tells Will that he had heard that Will was really cool and that Sue was the school bully. Nice job, William.
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First Kiss
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First Kiss: It turns out that neither Kurt nor Beiste have ever been kissed, and lose theirs by the end of ..."Never Been Kissed". Except that in Kurt's case, he kissed Brittany in "Laryngitis" when he pretended to be straight. This was simply his first kiss with another boy, hence his line to Blaine that it was the first one that "counted."
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Living Prop: The backup musicians. One has to wonder if the members of the Jazz Band get slushied with as much regularity as the Glee kids do.
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Left the Background Music On: A subtle example in "Silly Love Songs": when Blaine reveals that the guy he's going to serenade at Valentine's isn't Kurt, Kurt makes an Oh, Crap! face and dramatic music starts playing. The scene immediately cuts to a gramophone playing the same music in Rachel's room, where Kurt is having a sleepover with Mercedes and Rachel and lamenting said inconvenient plot twist.
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Overly Long Gag: In "Britney/Brittany," Jacob's now infamous jizz in his pants during the "Toxic" number.
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Homage
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Homage: "Extraordinary Merry Christmas" is one to classic Christmas specials, specifically, The Star Wars Holiday Special, The Judy Garland Holiday Special, and A Charlie Brown Christmas. Likewise, the next year's episode "Glee, Actually" is a tribute to Love Actually.
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Eye Scream
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Eye Scream: Blaine's eye getting pierced after being slushied by Sebastian (the slushie contained rock salt).
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Single Tear
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Single Tear
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LadyKillerInLove
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Lady Killer In Love: Puck with Lauren. And more seriously, Puck with Quinn. It's been implied he loved her back in Season 1, was one of the only people who was able to bring her back from the brink in Season 3, and in Season 5 they finally get together for real.
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Canon Discontinuity: This seems to be the case with the season 5 episode, "Previously Unaired Christmas." The premise behind the entire episode is that it's an episode that was made last year only to be rejected and replaced with the canonical season 4 Christmas episode "Glee, Actually."
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Dance Party Ending
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Dance Party Ending: "Prom Queen," while not the big season-ender, definitely falls under this.
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Double-Meaning Title
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Double-Meaning Title: The Season 4 premiere, The New Rachel: It's both about New Directions' quest for the next big star of the club, who they refer to as "the new Rachel," as well as (the old) Rachel learning to adapt in New York and become a "new and improved" version of herself.
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Mood Whiplash
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Mood Whiplash: In "Shooting Star", the episode goes from the Glee choir singing "More Than Words" to Brittany's cat Lord Tubbington to gun shots going off in the school with students and teachers fearing for their lives. The Prom Queen voting scene in "Tina In The Sky With Diamonds" is loaded with this. One minute, Tina is smiling and celebrating having been voted Queen, the next minute, Bree pulls a Carrie (with slushie mix of course) and everything just goes completely quiet.
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Chekhov's Classroom
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Chekhov's Classroom: Early in "A Night of Neglect," Holly is teaching Brittany and Artie's history class about Hermaphrodite Nazi Sympathizers. Guess what the final category is in the Academic Decathlon?
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Scandalgate
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Scandalgate: In the first season, the Glee Clubbers sometimes referred to their "first scandal" - Quinn getting pregnant - as "Babygate." The debacle of Chord quitting and/or being fired (the fandom has never received a straight answer) from the show after his option as a series regular was not picked up is commonly referred to as "Chordgate".
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Ascended Extra
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Season 1 introduced the jazz band, Azimio, Karaofsky, and Lauren. The last two ascended in season 2.
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Rule of Three
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This happens a third time early in Season 4, when Figgins makes it clear that he's fine with Finn leading the New Directions. Sue once again terrifies the students outside Figgins' office by knocking books down and pulling glasses off a student's face and throwing them across the hall. Figgins finally reacts quickly enough to throw a verbal response her way while she continues:
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Status Quo Is God
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Status Quo Is God: All the time.
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Matzo Fever
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Matzo Fever: The reason Puck and Rachel date. Not to mention that the former is a total Ladies Man who managed to steal his best friend's devout Christian girlfriend and the latter is the definition of Hollywood Dateless, especially considering her Stalker with a Crush is named Jacob Ben Israel.
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Recycled Premise
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Recycled Premise: A number of plots, characters and ideas are blatantly lifted from Popular, also created and written by Murphy. With Season Four, the show is recycled itself with all the new characters being only slightly different versions of older characters. Marley is Rachel, Kitty is Quinn, Jake is Puck, Brody is Jesse, and Cassandra is April. Then in season five, Bree is Santana. They also recycled the Aesops of previous episodes. You could make a drinking game out of every episode that boils down to Be Yourself.
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Karma Houdini
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Karma Houdini: In the season two episode "Prom Queen", it isn't revealed who was responsible for crowning Kurt Hummel as Prom Queen.
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Imagine Spot
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Imagine Spot: Many, throughout the show's run. Among the more noteworthy ones is "The Safety Dance", in which Artie stands up and leads a Flash Mob.
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Quirky Girl, Quirky Tux
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Quirky Girl, Quirky Tux: Brittany is a complete The Ditz, as well as loving unicorns and being all-round kooky, which inspires her white tuxedo with blue tulle skirt and top hat at the dinosaur-themed Senior Prom that she organized. Note that she is also nominated for Prom King, alongside her girlfriend.
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Hide Your Pregnancy
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Hide Your Pregnancy: After Heather Morris became pregnant, Brittany was noticeably absent for a couple episodes. She comes back for the season 4 finale and it is explained that she will no longer be attending McKinley (and therefore why her character will no longer be a regular). Heather has a noticeable baby bump that was clearly trying to be hidden with some looser clothes.
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Time-Shifted Actor
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Timeshifted Actor: Eight year-old Kurt appears in flashback scenes in "Grilled Cheesus," played by young actor Adam Kolkin who bears an astonishing resemblance to Chris Colfer.◊
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Your Approval Fills Me with Shame
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Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Will and Sue team up to get Beiste fired, for "stealing" their budgets. When Beiste quit after (s)he was humiliated in "Never Been Kissed", Sue calls Will to the auditorium and showers him with confetti. Will is not pleased at what happened.
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Two First Names
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Two First Names: Bryan Ryan, played by the king of three first names himself.
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RealLife
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In Real Life, many of the musical numbers, though FOX has made it difficult by raiding YouTube.
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Worst. Whatever. Ever!
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Worst. Whatever. Ever!: Sue describes The League of Doom as the worst henchmen ever.
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Adults Are Useless
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Adults Are Useless: To an extent. The adults do nothing about bullying at McKinley (although this is Truth in Television), and even Will passively permits this. The school board dismisses the claim of Karofsky's death threat and only give him a verbal warning. Averted by Sue, who genuinely wants to help Kurt, but is held back by protocol, and even resigns the position of principal so that she can help him better. Not that it helps. Twice within the first three episodes of Season 1, everything is going to pot until the kids stop listening to the adults and take charge themselves. In fact if you include the Disco/Push it dilemma, they're three for three. Will is an aversion, at least if you ask the members of New Directions. They even sing "My Life Would Suck Without You" in his honor. (Many viewers, however, consider that an Informed Attribute because he actually has been pretty useless when the kids needed him [Kurt being bullied, Santana's public outing, etc]). This trope is brought up in the episode On My Way. When Karofsky tries to kill himself the faculty of McKinley conference in the principal's office. Among the things said, Sue says that she should've seen it coming, because she was principal when he was bullying Kurt and she knew something was up. Will says that they were all hard on Dave because they thought he'd hurt Kurt, they just didn't imagine that he'd hurt himself. A minor example in "Dynamic Duets". The Glee Club's Nationals Trophy is stolen by the Warblers, who refuse to give it back unless Blaine rejoins them. Eventually, Blaine and Sam break into the school and take it back. Principal Figgins doesn't seem to care much that a major piece of school property was stolen and is being held for ransom - in fact, his reaction is never mentioned, nor is that of the Dalton administration.
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Odd Friendship
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Odd Friendship: Quinn and Mercedes, especially when Mercedes was dating Quinn's baby daddy. Artie is the Wolverine of the show in that every single one of his friendships is at the very least a little odd (and not just because he's in a wheelchair). The most jarring example of this is when he and Rachel seemingly get over their previous "He can't keep up!" and "You're irritating!" after he's mugged in "New New York". Really, the entire club is held together with one big web of odd friendships.
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Holiday Volunteering
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Holiday Volunteering: Sue attempts to recruit homeless shelter volunteers for Christmas hoping to get the Glee Club.
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Secret Santa
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Secret Santa: Sue slips her name in as the only one.
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Underdogs Never Lose
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Underdogs Never Lose: Subverted.
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Dramatic Irony
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Dramatic Irony: Many of the scenes involving Will and Finn's reactions to Terri and Quinn's pregnancies respectively - after the audience is made aware that Terri isn't really pregnant, and Puck is the real father of Quinn's baby. One of the best examples is in "Mash-Up" when the other football players are teasing Finn about joining glee, and one of them offers this (not knowing just how close to the truth he is):
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Dissimile
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Dissimile
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Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!
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Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Sue lands an Award Bait expose on New Directions putting on a production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show due entirely to Will's jealousy over Emma, but makes her case so well that Will cancels the show.
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Reverse Cerebus Syndrome
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Reverse Cerebus Syndrome: A mild example, but the first season (especially before the mid-season break) was a lot darker and more dramatic. In the 2nd season, though, some episodes do nothing but bounce from gag to gag.
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Oh, Crap!
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Oh, Crap!: A song in the cafeteria is met by someone throwing a plateful of spaghetti at the club. Puck barely has time to say "Oh god, no" before a food fight erupts. Kurt's reaction to the massive support Brittany receives for her Senior President campaign. Kurt congratulates Harmony on her Sectionals Performance in "Hold On To Sixteen." Her reply? After Karofsky shows up in his gorilla suit to confess his love to Kurt on Valentine's day in the third season and Kurt shoots him down, only for Karofsky to turn around and see someone from his football team. Jesse's reaction when he sees Unique. Kurt and Finn's reaction when they see Rachel completely fail her audition for NYADA.
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For the Evulz
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At least in earlier seasons, Sue takes pleasure in torpedoing Will/Emma at every opportunity.
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Deadpan Snarker
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Quinn's official Facebook page makes her out to be ditzy and lacking in knowledge about some really basic things, but that's seemingly contradicted by who she is in-story: a straight-A student who kept up her average even during an unwanted pregnancy and gets into Yale early-admission; even outside of the classroom, her intelligence shows through her role as a Deadpan Snarker.
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Informed Flaw
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Informed Flaw: Pretty much any "bad" song is still better than most people would be able to do in real life. This was especially obvious in "Sectionals," when a judge comments the McKinley kids looked "under-rehearsed" in a performance that's still better than many school/amateur groups could manage with several weeks' practice. Their fictional version of Lima is made out to be a bad place to live and the school is almost constantly undergoing budget cuts yet almost everyone seems to have an Upper Middle Class lifestyle and McKinley is a pretty rich-looking high school. They can even afford fog machines and costumes, apparently. Quinn's official Facebook page makes her out to be ditzy and lacking in knowledge about some really basic things, but that's seemingly contradicted by who she is in-story: a straight-A student who kept up her average even during an unwanted pregnancy and gets into Yale early-admission; even outside of the classroom, her intelligence shows through her role as a Deadpan Snarker. Will's drinking problem comes out of nowhere, and somehow Sue knows all about it. He goes from having a beer with dinner to grading drunk to deciding he has a problem and is going to quit drinking. Finn's weight. While clearly lacking the six pack abs of Sam and Mike, he's not remotely overweight by any standard and yet any insult sent his way that isn't about his truly terrible dancing is usually about him being fat.
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Face–Heel Turn
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Face–Heel Turn: Mercedes, Santana, and Brittany when they quit Glee Club to join Troubletones. Of course they later rejoin New Directions.
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Accidental Misnaming
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Accidental Misnaming: The only time Sue calls Emma by her correct name is in the pilot. All other times, she has "mistakenly" called her names like Irma, Alma, Ellen, Arlene, You, or the Redhead. Sue appears to not do this purely out of malice. In Furt she claims that her repeated references to Kurt as "Lady" were because she thought it was his name - though she has referred to him by name on-screen in previous episodes. When Kurt points out that he takes offense to it, she allows him to choose a different nickname for her to call him. He chooses the name Porcelain, which she uses exclusively afterwards. The implication is that the nicknames are a way for Sue to express contempt, respect or possibly even affection without losing her Drill Sergeant Nasty persona. Of course, only Sue knows which she's expressing at any given time.
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Catchphrase
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Catchphrase: Will: "From the top". Sue: "Do you think this is hard? Try [Refuge in Audacity]. That's hard!" "I'm gonna break it down for ya." "And that's how Sue c's it!" Figgins: "Schue, my hands are tied!" Kurt: "Mr. Schue, if I may..." Holly: "I thought you'd never ask."
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Ms. Fanservice
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Ms. Fanservice: The ladies aren't that bad to look at either.
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Instant Birth: Just Add Water!
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Instant Birth: Just Add Water!: In "Journey," Quinn seems to give birth within a five or six minute time frame.
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Catholic School Girls Rule
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Catholic School Girls Rule: Rachel, though not actually a Catholic schoolgirl, once dressed like one as Homage to Britney Spears. Inverted/Deconstructed with the Warblers, who always wear private school uniforms.
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Fridge Brilliance
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The glee club is known as the "New Directions" (Nude Erections). Better yet, Will comes up with the name while in bed.
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Dork in a Sweater
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Dork in a Sweater: Cute and nerdy Artie. Sweater vests, even.
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Loophole Abuse
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Loophole Abuse: Ain't no rule that says a wheelchair can't be used as a battering ram in football!
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Ur-Example
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Rachel has too many to count, she seems to be the writers' favorite punching bag, the end of Season 5 and the first episode of Season 6 being the Ur-Example of this trope. Quinn has a few of these moments too.
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RetCon
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The football bullies will throw slushies at people they deem 'uncool,' beat up gay kids, harass anyone in Glee, particularly their fellow jocks, but their moral code won't let them punch Artie because he's in a wheelchair. This is a Retcon, actually, because earlier in the series, they had no problem with the idea of locking him in a porta potty and tipping it over, and in a later episode, they slushie him.
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Retcon
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Retcon: When Rachel's dads appear in person on the show, they look nothing like the picture we saw of them three years prior in the pilot. And Hiram has a lighter skin tone than before.
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Retool
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Season Five's "100" and "New Directions" acted (unofficially) as a two-parter goodbye episode to McKinley High's Glee Club after they lost at Regionals and are forced to (temporarily) disband. The show went into a minor Retool as the final seven episodes shifted focus to New York, with Will and Sue reduced to cameos. Season 6 returned to McKinley.
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Singing in the Shower: In the pilot, Mr. Shuester is passing by the locker rooms when he overhears Finn singing "Can't Fight This Feeling" by himself in the shower. Will recognizes his talent immediately and decides that Finn needs to be in the Glee club - ultimately resorting to planting marijuana in his locker to blackmail him into joining. In the second season premiere, "Audition", Finn discovers Sam's singing talent in the exact same way. He passes by the locker room and overhears Sam singing "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" in the shower. Finn then decides to convince Sam to join the club.
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Moral Myopia: Many of the characters suffer from this but none worse than Finn Christopher Hudson. He cheats on Quinn in "Showmance" and he's just confused about his feelings. Rachel cheats on him and he treats it like a crime against humanity. He entices Quinn to cheat on Sam with him (just weeks after breaking up with Rachel for the exact same thing) and he just has unresolved feelings for her. Screaming at the Glee club for joining other activities is fine, despite that he was on the football team for three years.
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Hollywood Autism: Subverted and parodied with Sugar, the girl with self-diagnosed Asperger's, who's clearly just using the false diagnosis as an excuse to be a jerk. The writers were forced to drop that trait after they got angry fan responses over it.
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Terrified of Germs
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Terrified of Germs: Emma, to the point of individually handwashing grapes.
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Hide Your Lesbians
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Hide Your Lesbians: It is safe to say that the gay couples were not given anywhere near as much representation on-screen for a good portion of the series — subverted in the final season mostly because there wasn't a heterosexual Official Couple (and instead two gay weddings with another three same-sex relationships compared to Sam and Rachel sharing a kiss so he could complete the set.)
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Gilded Cage
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Gilded Cage: Dalton Academy for Kurt, per a rather unsubtle metaphor at the end of "Special Education."
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Take That!
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An unequivocal Take That! was directed at Chris Brown and Rihanna's relationship during the episode Guilty Pleasures.
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They Do
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And more seriously, Puck with Quinn. It's been implied he loved her back in Season 1, was one of the only people who was able to bring her back from the brink in Season 3, and in Season 5 they finally get together for real.
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Invisible Backup Band
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Invisible Backup Band: Usually averted, with backing vocals coming from the rest of the cast and a lot of instrumentals done a cappella. However, does crop up occasionally, especially in the more spontaneous That Reminds Me of a Song numbers. Used more and more these days. In "The Power of Madonna," during "Like A Prayer," Mercedes sings the line "let the choir sing!": cue a curtain being raised to reveal that their high school auditorium suddenly has a stained glass window and contains a full gospel choir. Lampshaded in "Theatricality"
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Operation: Jealousy
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Operation: Jealousy: Brittany dates Artie to get back at Santana, and Artie plays along to get back at Tina. Neither are aware of the other's ploy, though. To be fair, they do to develop genuine feelings for each other, proven when Santana admits her feelings to Brittany and Brittany rejects her in favor of Artie.
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Double Standard: Figgins comes down on Santana and Brittany for making out, but Rachel and Finn are allowed to kiss for several minutes with no complaints. Santana is understandably pissed off by this. There were several instances of gay couples' kisses being cut from montages by Fox. Invoked in-universe by Jake. He thinks it's unfair that he gets called out for wanting to sing a Chris Brown song because of Brown's alleged abuse of Rihanna, but no one has a problem singing Britney Spears or Whitney Houston songs despite their own less-than-perfect behavior. By the Glee Club examples, hetero high school relationships are chiefly just flings not remembered a year later, and Last Minute Hook Ups at best, and gay high school relationships are epic One True Love for life, leading to Happily Married. The trend even rings in the last generation, when Spencer is the only one given of the group a boyfriend. Of course, had Finn not died, the ratio would've been less overwhelming, but still.
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Twofer Token Minority
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Twofer Token Minority: Santana is a triple shot minority, being Hispanic, a lesbian, and left-handed. Also Leroy Berry, one of Rachel's dads, is gay and black. Her other dad, Hiram, is gay and Jewish. The Cohen part of Tina's last name suggests that she's possibly both Asian and Jewish. Jake Puckerman is half black and Jewish. Unique is black and transgender. Blaine is gay and biracial (At least his actor Darren Criss is biracial. There's been a few comments on the show that imply Blaine is as well but his race has never been explicitly stated).
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Talk Show
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Talk Show: Brittany's web show, "Fondue For Two."
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Love Triangle: Too many to the point where it gets ridiculous. Some of the more significant ones include (with the "central" person in the middle: Terri/Will/Emma, Will/Emma/Carl, Quinn/Finn/Rachel, Finn/Quinn/Sam, Finn/Quinn/Puck, Santana/Brittany/Artie, Santana/Brittany/Sam, Kurt/Blaine/Sebastian, Artie/Tina/Mike, Artie/Sugar/Rory, Finn/Rachel/Brody, Finn/Rachel/Jesse, Jake/Marley/Ryder, Marley/Jake/Kitty.
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Five-Token Band: The original 5; Kurt (gay), Mercedes (African American), Artie (paraplegic), Tina (Asian) and Rachel (Jewish and the daughter of mixed-race, same-sex parents). The writers originally planned to have another character in the glee club named Rajish. Kurt replaced him.
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Blended Family Drama: Season two had a subplot about Finn's mom Carole finding her Second Love in Kurt's dad Burt. Both boys had their issues with the relationship and feared the new family (Finn worried that Burt would replace his deceased father, Kurt worried that Burt preferred Finn), but eventually became close stepbrothers. Not bad for two guys who started out with a Gay Guy Seeks Popular Jock dynamic!
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Demoted to Extra
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Demoted to Extra: Terri. When the show started, it looked like she was going to be a regularly appearing character, and for the first half of Season 1, she was. After her fake pregnancy was exposed, however, she started appearing more and more sporadically in the second half. In Season 2 she only appeared a couple times at most and was eventually Put on a Bus. Emma starting in season 3. Tina virtually didn't exist anymore except to further Mike's storyline. All the character development she had since Season 1 has happened off screen, and then finally she disappeared for an entire episode without any mention as to why. The focus came back in "Props", however, were she finally got her own plot and was also set up to be the female lead in season 4, where she was able to come back into the center of things. Ken Tanaka began as a major character, to the point he could even be seen as a Distaff Counterpart to Sue and/or Terri. After the first half of season 1 he only made a couple of appearances and then was Put on a Bus over the summer and replaced by Beiste. Puck, Quinn, Mike, and Mercedes were demoted to recurring in Season 4, followed by Brittany in Season 5 (as Heather Morris had a baby) and Artie, Tina, and Santana in Season 6; by the end of the series, only Rachel, Will, Sue, and Kurt were left from the original cast.
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Whole Costume Reference: In "Theatricality," the girls (and Kurt) and guys dress up in costumes from Lady Gaga and KISS respectively. During the black and white holiday special portion of "Extraordinary Merry Christmas," Finn and Puck appear to be dressed as Luke Skywalker and Han Solo respectively. When asked by Blaine if they are in fact dressed as Luke and Han, Finn claims that any resemblance to Star Wars characters is purely coincidental.
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A Good Name for a Rock Band
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A Good Name For A Rockband: Several are suggested in "A Katy or a Gaga" for Kurt's new band, including: The Apocalipsticks, The Nip-Slips, and Areola 51, before they settle on Pamela Lansbury.
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Tantrum Throwing
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Tantrum Throwing: Sue has done this twice when she gets especially annoyed.
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Serenade Your Lover
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Serenade Your Lover: It's a musical show about high school. There are a few.
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It's All About Me
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It's All About Me: Rachel interprets any attempt Will makes to give another glee member some of the spotlight as personal sabotage. She seemed to be getting better, only to revert back in the season two opener when a wonderfully talented exchange student wanted to audition. The last seven episodes of Season 5 immersed her in this trope, to the point where as Season 6 confirmed, you knew it was all gonna bite her in the end.
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Pandering to the Base
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Pandering to the Base: In-universe, this is Aural Intensity's MO. In the first season they sing a Josh Groban/Olivia Newton John medley and in the second season they do a mix of Christian songs. It never really works for them since they always become runner ups. The second time, one of the judges was a nun and even she wasn't impressed by the blatant pandering.
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Cast Full of Crazy: Most of the characters could easily be classified as non-neurotypical. Additionally, one of the most prominent fan theories is that it all takes place in one of the characters' heads whilst they are committed to a mental institute - this character usually Quinn, Finn or Rachel. Out of all the characters, only Quinn and Emma are canonically called and stated to be "crazy" (Quinn: depression and bipolar, according to Sue, Emma: OCD), but the others display many signs of craziness. Sandy could be argued to have clinical delusion and be a stalker, Shelby had postpartum - as did Quinn, as a matter of fact - and Brittany definitely has... something. Santana and Dave both rush through mental illnesses related to gayngst in the first half of season 3. Marley has bulimia, Kitty has a pathological lying disorder, Ryder (and to an extent, Sam) has the disappointment syndrome - plus they're both dyslexic, and Jake and Puck are irrational. The list could go on.
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Enforced Method Acting
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Doubles as Enforced Method Acting, as no one saw it coming except Naya Rivera, and that was only after director Eric Stoltz told her to prior to filming the scene.
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Tyrant Takes the Helm
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Tyrant Takes the Helm: "Throwdown," where Sue becomes co-captain of Glee. She ends up being the impetus for everyone leaving the Glee club and then coming back. She leaves at the end, but not before revealing to the entire group that Quinn's pregnancy is now public knowledge. But semi-subverted when Sue becomes Principal. In her brief time in charge, she actually does something about Kurt's bullying and introduces healthier food in the cafeteria. The latter is regarded as unforgivable by Mercedes, however. When Sue became principal again in season 5, she managed to get rid of Figgins, New Directions, and also, its director, Will, who becomes the new director for its rival, Vocal Adrenaline (after losing Regionals), and it gets even worse in Season 6, with much more strict policies, and Sue also transferred everybody except Kitty to other schools.
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Berserk Button
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Will's Berserk Button is supposedly messing with any of the students in New Directions, but he's rather inconsistent about it.
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Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Becky dislikes the idea of Sue not agreeing to the uniting of Warblers and New Directions as a show choir supergroup after Dalton Academy was destroyed by fire, so she reveals Sue's secrets on TV.
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Ambiguously Bi: Rod Remington, WOHN news anchor. Quinn in the season 4 episode "I Do".
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Save Our Team
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Save Our Team with The Power Of DANCE!
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Perky Goth
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Figgins believes that vampires actually exist and forces Tina to lose her Perky Goth style because Jacob Ben Israel was attacked by rabid Twilight fans and he doesn't want any more incidents. Tina points out that she doesn't even read Twilight or watch the movies because her parents don't allow her to, but she has to do it anyway.
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Pitbull Dates Puppy
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Pitbull Dates Puppy: Quinn and Finn's relationship, as Quinn was portrayed (at first) as a total bitch while Finn was a genuine Nice Guy.
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Big Applesauce
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Big Applesauce: The season 2 finale takes place here. Due to Kurt and Rachel attending the fictional school of NYADA, some episodes of season 4 also take place here, Santana joins them in later episodes. It's even taken Up to Eleven in Season 5, due to the cancellation of the glee club, after "New Directions", the last seven episodes of season 5 took place here, with Blaine, Sam, Artie, and Mercedes joining. (Season 6, of course, returned to Lima.)
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Happily Married
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Happily Married: Burt and Carole Hudson-Hummel and Hiram and Leroy Berry. The latter get divorced in Season 6.
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Circle of Shame
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Circle of Shame: Lampshaded by Sue. "This is not happening. The cruel slow-motion laughter is just your imagination."
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Mind Screw
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Pretty much all of the main cast seems to exist in the Glee universe, if Blaine and Sam apparently watching "Frenemies" during "Tested" is anything to go by. Yeah, have fun figuring that one out.
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Sliding Scale of Continuity
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Sliding Scale of Continuity: Level 4 (Arc-Based Episodic).
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Casual Sports Jersey
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Casual Sports Jersey: The members of the William McKinley High School football team are almost never seen outside of their practice and matches without the preppy varsity jackets of the team, if not just wearing their game shirt or anything else team-branded. This is probably to avoid being the targets of their own group's bullying antics, which involves throwing drinks at nerds, shoving people into lockers, or any other methods of abuse. It's notable that even though Finn and Puck are star players on the team, after joining the glee club, they slowly start to shed from the jerseys, until they never wear them again after senior year (third season). The cheerleaders are also permanently in their uniforms or varsity sweaters, like the football (and hockey) team. This does seem like coach Sue enforces it, though.
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Crazy Homeless People
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Crazy Homeless People: A previous, unseen Glee Club member known only as Patches was driven insane by his peers and now lives outside the library. Rachel encounters one in "New York." He sells her expired tickets to Cats and makes her swipe her credit card through his butt crack, the trauma apparently making Rachel forget Cats closed in 2000.
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Cool and Unusual Punishment
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Cool and Unusual Punishment: Sue removing Quinn and Santana's tanning privileges causes Santana (who's Latina) to cry.
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Better Than a Bare Bulb
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Better Than a Bare Bulb: The writers will take any chance they get to poke fun at some of the show's stranger aspects. The longer it ran, the more frequent the lampshades.
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Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male
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Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Subverted. In the first season, Quinn is constantly verbally abusive towards Finn, repeatedly tells him he's stupid, attempts to control his hobbies and activities, and pretty massively affects his life by letting him raise and pay for a child that isn't even his. However, Quinn gets a lot of crap from Finn once he finds out the kid isn't his, and he even dumps her.
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The '80s
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The '80s: Several of the performance / fantasy sequences play with the fashions and accessories of the time period (evoking the music videos), particularly "Hot for Teacher," "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,", "Party All The Time", and "Take On Me."
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Kids Play Matchmaker
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Kids Play Matchmaker: Kurt gets his father and the mother of his Unrequited Crush to hook up. This Zany Scheme is an Epic Fail on that side due to Incompatible Orientation, but the parents do end up falling in love and getting married.
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Fake Pregnancy
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Fake Pregnancy: Terri tries this. She thought she was really pregnant and told Will. But when she found out she wasn't, she feared he would leave her, since their marriage was rocky anyways. She lied about being pregnant for months with the intent of eventually adopting his student's baby..
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I Have No Son!
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I Have No Grandaughter: When Santana's being disowned by her grandmother
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Subverted Trope
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Quinn tells Finn that she is pregnant but does not tell him that the father is in fact his best friend Puck, instead calling him a "Lima loser" who could never support her and the baby like Finn could, despite Puck expressing a strong desire to be a father due to not wanting to be a deadbeat like his own dad. He also receives full blame from Mercedes when she says it's Quinn's right to choose who acts as the child's father and that he has "no business messing up that girl's life any more than [he] already [has]", not caring that the guy whose sperm actually made her pregnant most definitely has rights to the child and that Finn doesn't know he's not the father. Once the lie gets out, she chooses to put the child up for adoption, and in the second season, she resumes her past relationship with Finn even though she had betrayed him so blatantly before. However, it is at least acknowledged in "100" that Quinn hasn't had the greatest track record with relationships that involve any level of honesty, and she tells Rachel in "Sectionals" that all she did was what Quinn didn't have the balls to do — that being, tell Finn that Puck impregnated her.
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Dull Surprise
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Dull Surprise: Fans were puzzled on Kurt's line "Is this about Finn?" in "End of Twerk."
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Nice, Mean, and In-Between
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Nice, Mean, and In-Between: The cheerleaders and the footballers have this going on initially. Brittany is nice, Santana is mean and Quinn is in between. Mike is nice, Puck is mean, and Finn is in between. These are also the pairs they'll often end up in.
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FanFiction
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Among the fandom, shipping is serious business. For example, within hours of "Never Been Kissed" being aired, there was already Fan Fiction, Youtube videos, photo collages, and arguments over the Portmanteau Couple Name for Kurt and Karofsky, plus Ship-to-Ship Combat with supporters of Kurt/Blaine.
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Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male
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Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: In Season 2, Brittany takes Artie's virginity to combat his feelings for Tina. She just picks him up out of his chair, places him on the bed, and the show fades to the next scene. There is no mention of consent. Afterward, Artie is clearly upset about it, but the whole thing is treated like it's no big deal. Discussed in 4.20. Ryder tells the glee club he was molested at 11 by his female teenage babysitter. Several of the glee club guys start congratulating him for it. Tina and Mr. Schuester try to point out what a bunch of idiots they're being, but they don't get it. Averted in the case of Tina rubbing a vapor medicine into Blaine's chest when he was unconscious, though it may be because Blaine's gay (thus nobody would congratulate him for being molested by some girl). It's treated as creepy and she never really lives it down. 'The Hurt Locker'. Sue gets called out (though doesn't suffer any suitable consequences) for kidnapping, but no comment is made about how she forced two young boys to perform a semi-sexual act on each other and actually threatened to release on them a substance which would cause a sexual stimulation to their genitalia, and possibly make them, in her words 'hump, hump, hump' (or, if we take it to it's illogical conclusion, even possibly cause the less resilient one of them to try to rape the other). Very funny. Now try to imagine, say, Figgins doing this to Santana and Brittany. The backlash would be large and plentiful.
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True Companions
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True Companions: The Glee Club.
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No Yay
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No Yay: In-universe example with Santana and Karofsky. Tina thinks she might throw-up. Puck nearly does.
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Formally Named Pet
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Formally Named Pet: Brittany's cats Lord & Lady Tubbington.
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Hope Spot
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Hope Spot: In-Universe. Sue was told Jean probably wouldn't live past 30. But then she turned 35, then 40, then 50, and Sue finally believed that they could grow old together. Unfortunately, Jean passed away in "Funeral."
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Counterpoint Duet
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Counterpoint Duet: "Happy Days Are Here Again/Come On Get Happy," "For Good."
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Aesop Amnesia
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Rachel is by far the best singer and performer at her school, but thinks that entitles her to be liked by everyone, when, in fact, everyone constantly and insistently reminds her of how much they dislike her, even the nicest people on the show can't stand her. A remarkable case of this trope since the problem isn't her comrades' prejudice or anything, but her own attitude. Couple this with Aesop Amnesia and you can see why it'll take her a while before leaving the trope behind, if she ever does.
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Nice Guy
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Will Schuester, their teacher and coach, is heavily implied to have been sort of a geeky, lonely kid at school, and is emotionally stunted at that stage because he married his high-school sweetheart... who does her best to bring him down. He appears to have very few friends outside of the teacher staff and the students.
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Opposing Sports Team
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Opposing Sports Team: Mostly averted with the two teams Glee faces in "Sectionals" (their teachers cheat, but they feel bad about it and admit to it); played straight with Vocal Adrenaline, the "evil empire" of show choir.
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Blah Blah Blah
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Blah Blah Blah: Mercedes is third wheel to Blaine and Kurt. Mercedes is going into tots-withdrawal. The result: "Gay Gay Gay" (and a tiny pink purse.)
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A Cappella
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A Cappella: The Dalton Academy Warblers was an all-male A Cappella group (played by the Real Life Tufts University Beelzebubs).
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Dating Do-Si-Do
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Dating Do-Si-Do: At this point is easier to list the couples who didn't get together at some point.
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Shout-Out
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Shout-Out: In "Glease", Becky plays the xylophone over the announcements in the same manner as it's played in Grease. In "Thanksgiving", Santana discovers laxatives in Marley's bag and immediately knows that she got them from Kitty. When she tries to tell Quinn, Quinn doesn't believe her, prompting Santana to insist that "the pretty little liar gave them to her!" While performing "It's Not Unusual", Blaine does the Carlton Dance. "I knew Rachel Berry. I was friends with Rachel Berry. You are no Rachel Berry.
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Confetti Drop
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Confetti Drop: Nearly every show choir competition has one when they announce the winners, but the two most notable ones in the series are when the New Directions throw confetti over the audience from slushy cups when performing "Loser Like Me' and when a similar thing happens but is followed by masses of confetti raining down when the glee club return to McKinley after winning Nationals in season 3.
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Luke, I Am Your Father
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Luke, I Am Your Father: Shelby Corcoran is Rachel's birth mother.
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Freudian Excuse
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Freudian Excuse: Both Finn and Puck had no father figures due to Finn's dying and Puck's being a deadbeat. So naturally both want to be there for Quinn when she announces her pregnancy.
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Slut-Shaming
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Slut-Shaming: Emma yells at Will for being a slut (see The Casanova) A lot of people in the show get blasted, as when Quinn deals with her pregnancy or when Sue kicks Santana off the Cheerios for getting a boob job. The second episode of the fourth season involves a musical attack on Jake for his womanizing. Quinn and Santana's efforts to talk Rachel out of doing a nude scene really comes off as this, as well. Sam tries to slut shame Artie (he even uses the phrase "slut shame") when Artie confesses he contracted an STD. Though, since it's Sam and he doesn't really know how to slut shame, he didn't really do it right. Blaine talks him down anyway.
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LastMinuteHookUp
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By the Glee Club examples, hetero high school relationships are chiefly just flings not remembered a year later, and Last Minute Hook Ups at best, and gay high school relationships are epic One True Love for life, leading to Happily Married. The trend even rings in the last generation, when Spencer is the only one given of the group a boyfriend. Of course, had Finn not died, the ratio would've been less overwhelming, but still.
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Last Minute Hookup
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Last Minute Hookup: Sam and Mercedes at the end of Season Two. Quinn and Puck in "Goodbye". It came out of nowhere.
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Heteronormative Crusader
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Heteronormative Crusader: Alma, Santana's grandmother, who believes that girls marry boys. She later attends her granddaughter and Brittany's wedding, though, saying that despite her beliefs, she believes family is the most important thing.
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Series Continuity Error
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Series Continuity Error: Rachel is a member of just about every extracurricular group there is at McKinley, so how is she so light on extracurriculars that it's an issue on her NYADA application? To an even larger extent, Kurt is played as having almost no shot at getting into NYADA unless he becomes class president. However, along with being in the Glee Club, he brought the Cheerios to a national title, started a P-FLAG chapter at McKinley, was in the school play and, most of all, organized his father's successful congressional campaign. And as a performing arts school, NYADA would definitely take notice of that, considering that Burt ran on a pro-arts platform. In the Season 2 Christmas episode, Rachel doesn't celebrate Christmas because she's Jewish. A year later, she's all about Christmas.
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Hard Work Hardly Works
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Hard Work Hardly Works: Averted in the first two seasons. While New Directions is good and certainly has a lot of heart, they neither beat Vocal Adrenaline in Regionals in season 1, nor Nationals in season 2. Rachel and Kurt's respective NYADA Auditions. Rachel picks a song she already knows forward and backward, and messes it up on top of that. That's not to mention the mark on Rachel's disciplinary record from having stuffed the ballot box earlier in the year. Meanwhile, Kurt goes with a more difficult, risky song (complete with elaborate routine, backup dancers and costumes) and performs it very well, according to the judge. Guess who ultimately makes the cut.
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Dude, Not Funny!
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Sue rightfully pointing out that by denying Unique the chance to go onstage and do Grease, she's protecting...it...from a lot of hate. Then again, she also states that most of the hate would be spurred on by her as well.
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Musical World Hypotheses
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Musical World Hypotheses: Ryan Murphy has three rules for the musical numbers: "It will be done where they’re on stage rehearsing or performing or whether they’re in the rehearsal room, or it will sort of be in that sort of fantasy that has been routed on the stage, and you realize that they were performing it in their head or performing out to the auditorium the entire time." In troper terms, all the musical numbers have to either be diegetic or all in the character's heads. In other words, it has to make sense in narrative context. Some musical numbers have been very close to breaking these rules, but it still remains.
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Lighter and Softer
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The (mostly) lighthearted and almost farcical "Theatricality," after the rather dark and depressing "Dream On." Then again, any episode would be Lighter and Softer following the guy who's famous for his dark and depressing shows.
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Skip to the End
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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.
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All Part of the Show
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All Part of the Show: In a totally natural sense, Figgins believes that the Glee Club's vomit attack during their performance of "Tik Tok" was all special effects. In reality, New Directions was drunk off their asses.
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Spoiled Brat
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Spoiled Brat: Rachel acts like one in "Extraordinary Merry Christmas," but she gets over it. Myron, the superintendent's nephew.
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Cerebus Syndrome
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Cerebus Syndrome: Starting with the second half of Season 1.
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Beauty Is Best
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Beauty Is Best: Quinn is shown as very intelligent and athletic, as well as having great emotional depth and talent in gymnastics, dance, acting, and singing. But she just wants to be the prettiest girl there could ever be, and defines her worth this way (before Character Development hit, and it's justified in Season 2 when it's shown that she used to be fat as a child and was bullied for it). When given the opportunity, Rachel considers having a nose job because she is embarrassed by her Jewish nose (for a short while) but quickly learns that her talent outshines her schnoz.
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Deliberately Monochrome
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Deliberately Monochrome: The Holiday Spectacular from "Extraordinary Merry Christmas" (on purpose, since it was meant to evoke the Judy Garland Christmas special), and the respective performances of "Vogue" in "The Power of Madonna" and "Scream" in "Michael".
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Armor-Piercing Slap
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Armor-Piercing Slap: Santana to Finn after he outs her. It's so powerful it closes the episode in stunned silence. Doubles as Enforced Method Acting, as no one saw it coming except Naya Rivera, and that was only after director Eric Stoltz told her to prior to filming the scene.
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The Quarterback
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The Quarterback: Finn "The Quarterback" Hudson, and to a lesser extent Sam. Finn is the well-respected QB, who has the loyalty of his team enough to get them to join the glee club, and with the help of Sam, Santana, and Beiste reforms them to not bully people. He was also decent enough in the beginning to not actually partake in the terrorizing of students that his teammates did, and lets them prepare for the standard bullying he approves of. Confident and truthful enough to dump his Alpha Bitch cheerleader girlfriend for one of the school "losers", and after a couple of seasons manages to regain his status. Rallies the football team, the glee club, and the school. Discussed in season 6 when Spencer wants to be starting QB, and Sam wants him to show he can make a stand before he'll give him the position, so gives him a Rousing Speech:
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In Spite of a Nail
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In Spite of a Nail: During Artie's It's a Wonderful Plot Dream Sequence in "Glee, Actually", Rory comments that Quinn texts and drives, and consequently paralyzed in all possible timelines.
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Littlest Cancer Patient
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Littlest Cancer Patient: In the episode "Comeback" a significant plot point involves a pediatric oncology ward, including a sing-along with a large group of pre-adolescent cancer patients.
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PetHomosexual
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Pet Homosexual: The show seems to thrive on this device.
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Loads and Loads of Characters
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Loads and Loads of Characters: Put it this way, a Season Four promotional group shot featured eighteen characters (main cast and recurring) and was notably missing no less than eight other characters of similar standing.
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Replacement Flat Character
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Replacement Flat Character: The show regularly has to introduce new Jerk Jock and Alpha Bitch characters because the previous owners of the titles inevitably go through character development into nicer people (Karofsky for the jocks, Kitty for the Cheerios). Later it extends to the rest of the archetypes, as the characters evolve or graduate, and the authors are not especially shy about this trope, often having the new guys dubbed by the other characters as "New (insert previous one)": Unique is called Mercedes by Brittany (even with the real Mercedes present), Kitty is considered "the new Quinn" even by herself (and Brittany once refers to her as "Quinn" as the real Quinn is present), Bree is "New Santana", Roz is "Black Sue" (according to Sue herself), Jake is "Little Puckerman", etc.
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Cast Full of Gay
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Cast Full of Gay: Despite many characters being cis-hetero, the list of LGBT characters is rather long. By the end of the series there have been three regular characters (Kurt, Blaine, Santana) and ten major recurring characters (Sandy, Dave, Sebastian, Rachel's dads, Adam, Dani, Elliott, Spencer, and Alistair) that are homosexual, a ton of one-shot characters that are queer, plus two transsexuals (Coach Beiste and Unique) and one bisexual (Brittany) in the main cast. Fanfic writers believe Dalton is a SCHOOL full of gay. So do many of the characters, whose reaction upon encountering Dalton or the Warblers for the first time usually has something like 'is this a gay school or just a school that appears gay?' between the lines. Plus, there are a LOT of out actors on the show. Chris Colfer, Dot Marie Jones, Jane Lynch, Naya Rivera (implied to be bisexual) and Alex Newell all play main characters, but there have been a ton of out guest stars including Adam Lambert, Demi Lovato, Matt Bomer, Neil Patrick Harris, Cheyenne Jackson, Meredith Baxter, Jonathan Groff, Victor Garber, Ali Stroker and Ricky Martin. In addition, there was one guest star who subsequently came out as trans (Jake Zyrus, formerly known as Charice), and one main cast member who also came out as trans (Josie Totah, formerly known as JJ Totah).
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Lampshaded
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More prominent in earlier seasons, mostly due to network restrictions. In season two, Kurt and Blaine have their first kiss and it's full, on the mouth. In season three however, both Kurt and Blaine and Santana and Brittany barely show any affection on screen. As mentioned above, Santana and Brittany took over a dozen episodes from becoming an official couple and sharing their first on-screen kiss. The whole thing was Lampshaded in "Heart" when they got in trouble for sharing a peck in the hallway, while straight couple Finn and Rachel could make out all over the place with no consequence.
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Emma even lampshades, saying that the "glee kids have dated so incestuously". When Kurt and Rachel come to ask her about colleges, she assumes that like everyone else they're there with relationship problems and says that Rachel/Kurt is the only configuration they haven't tried.
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Implausible Deniability
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Implausible Deniability: Sue in "Sectionals." Being Sue, she takes it to Refuge in Audacity levels.
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Hoist By Her Own Petard: What really ruined Sue's plot to destroy the glee club is that the setlists she leaked to the other choir directors were on Cheerios letterhead ("Circumstantial evidence"), in her own handwriting ("I didn't do it") and personally signed by Sue herself. ("FORGERIES!") Once New Directions won the other judges sent the evidence to Principal Figgins. The list of progressive excuses is lifted from Sherlock Holmes's own list in Scandal in Bohemia: Maybe she thought she had good precedent.
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What the Hell, Hero?
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What the Hell, Hero?: Burt gives one to Finn after overhearing him call Kurt "faggy". Rachel gets one from the entire Glee club after her cruelty scares away Sunshine, the foreign exchange student with the pipes to rival Rachel's own. Will gives one to the boys (and Tina) for their treatment of Coach Beiste (see Think Unsexy Thoughts above). Will gets TWO more in "The Rocky Horror Glee Show," with Carl calling him out using the glee club to make a move on Emma, and Sue calling him out on pushing boundaries just for the sake of pushing boundaries. Shelby really lets Quinn have it when she finds out Quinn tried to make her look like an unfit mother, especially with the last thing she says before kicking Quinn out of her house: In "The Spanish Teacher," Santana cuts Will's cojones off for making a mockery of her culture with his crappy Spanish lessons, actually causing him to rethink the direction of his teaching career. Marley gives one to the Glee club when they join in on joking about the lunch lady's weight. Besides being a horrible thing to do in general, she reveals that that's her mother.
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Sympathy for the Devil
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Sympathy for the Devil: Rachel appears surprisingly sympathetic and supportive toward Quinn, at least in "Vitamin D." (Her intentions are less genuine in "Throwdown," when she appears to be using her "support" for Quinn to get closer to Finn.) Quinn doesn't seem to get too mad at Rachel after she admits that it was her who told Finn that he wasn't the real father of Quinn's baby, in order to get Finn for herself. She later explained, saying Rachel was just doing what she should have done in the first place. Quinn was owning up to her mistake and realized that while what Rachel did was bad, it wasn't evil - Rachel was just protecting a friend. Quinn going along with Rachel's ploy for Quinn to ask Finn out, to test if Finn really loves Rachel. Rachel comforts Quinn (notice a pattern here?) when she didn't win Prom Queen, even when Quinn had slapped her across the face moments before.
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Refuge in Audacity
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Gradually inverted with Sue over time; as much as she still takes Refuge in Audacity, she has begun to develop more caring aspects of her character.
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Salt the Earth
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Salt the Earth: Sue actually salted the earth in her backyard when she sold her house.
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Hypocrite: Although he was cheated on by his last two girlfriends and pretty broken up about it, Finn's more than eager to help Quinn cheat on Sam with him. And when she points that out he explains that when they cheated on him, it meant that they didn't love him. In "Sexy", Blaine is completely okay with using sex appeal during a performance note Or at least how much sex appeal they can given that the Warblers have to perform in their school uniforms. Then, during season's 3 "Hold on to Sixteen", he describes it as "selling themselves", and tears down Sam for suggesting to do so. Also all the Glee Club members who join in 'It's Not Right But It's OK'. Almost all of them have cheated or helped cheating on someone. Sue is this for many people since she preached against bullying even though she's one of the most vicious ones herself. The football team. They love to pick on the Glee club for being "losers", despite the fact that they themselves never win any football matches! In fact, they only began to win games after the "losers" from Glee club joined them. In the season four episode Swan Song, Finn, as the new Glee club coach, acts as if the club members have committed some sort of mortal sin by joining other clubs after the club loses Sectionals and Sue takes over their choir room, conveniently forgetting that when he was in high school, he was in Glee club while simultaneously playing football and no one complained about that. Rachel Berry, since season 5. At first, she didn't want Santana to be her understudy for "Funny Girl", yet later she asks her to do so, due to being stuck in L.A. traffic after having an audition that didn't go well. Also, in season 3 Finn once asked Rachel to go to L.A. with him to pursue his future career (at that time) there and told her that she could be a Hollywood actress, but Rachel said no because Broadway is her destiny and she's not a Hollywood actress, and later in season 5, she is offered to do a TV show about her in L.A., and she says yes. This sets off a chain of events that winds up humbling her like never before.
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Estranged Soap Family
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Estranged Soap Family: Very few of the parents on Glee show up to watch their kids, and even some of the ones who have been established to support the club are absent during important performances.
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Interchangeable Asian Cultures
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Interchangeable Asian Cultures: Played for Laughs — "homogenous Asian culture" seems to be a running gag with Mike and Tina. They got together at Asian Camp and in "Duets," after they started arguing, Mike says they "should go to Asian couples therapy." Tina wonders why it has to be Asian. Furthermore, they are able to find out that Rachel gave Sunshine directions to a crackhouse for auditions because the "Asian community is very tight-knit." Sunshine is Filipino while Mike is Chinese and Tina is Korean, three communities that generally have little in common.
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Indecisive Parody: Because the show has three runners who take turns writing episodes, it can really oscillate in its tone and message. Is this show a quirky high school drama with comedic elements (and awesome music) or is it a comedic parody of a high school drama (with awesome music)? No one seems to be sure, as the show veers wildly back and forth, sometimes not taking itself seriously enough for the former, and sometimes taking itself way too seriously for the latter.
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Reaction Shot: Another favorite of the shows.
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Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!
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Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Myron, despite being a 13-year-old middle school student, is somehow able to attend McKinley and join New Directions, thanks to his superintendent uncle pulling some strings.
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Dr. Feelgood: Whoever supplied Sandy with medicinal marijuana.
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Failed Attempt at Drama: Rachel attempting to storm out in a wheelchair, and bumping into the doorframe.
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Musicalis Interruptus: They get through about thirty seconds of "You're the One That I Want" in Pilot before Mercedes divas out about being in the background. Season 4's ''Glease" finally completes the song. In Season 2's Auditions, Sunshine and Rachel start a duet of "Telephone" before Sue barges into the bathroom and tells them to SHUT UP. Tina gets hit by this a lot. She starts performances of both "My Funny Valentine" (in "Silly Love Songs") and "I Follow Rivers" (in "A Night of Neglect") before breaking down into tears, and is also interrupted during her performances of "Revolution" (in "Tina in the Sky with Diamonds") "So Far Away ("Jagged Little Tapestry"). And then there's the moment in "Ballad" from Season 1, with Rachel and Will riding his car. Rachel's got a crush on Will, and she asks him to put a tape in the stereo so that she can sing "Crush" to him, but she doesn't get more than 10 seconds into the song before Will ejects the tape out of embarrassment.
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Reset Button
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Reset Button: Anytime Sue looks to finally stop going after the club, you can bet the Status Quo will be back to normal next week.
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Screw This, I'm Outta Here!
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Screw This, I'm Outta Here!
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Spin-Off
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Spinoff: One was planned for three "graduating" students, but it was never approved by the network.
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Writers Cannot Do Math
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Writers Cannot Do Math: Just have a look at Will's equation in "A Night of Neglect." 5000*0.25=20000 is NOT correct! According to Amber Riley's Twitter, this was indeed done on purpose, and was an inside joke of sorts with the cast. Finn was apparently born right before the Gulf War... which started and ended in January 1991, meaning Finn should have graduated a year before the show even started, though this may be explained by the fact that his dad didn't actually die in the war.
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Hollywood Atheist: In "Grilled Cheesus", Sue takes offense at the glee club singing religious songs in a public school setting, and has Kurt make a formal complaint. When confronted by Emma, Sue revealed that lost her faith in God because every time she prayed for her sister Jean to be cured of her Down's Syndrome, she didn't get an answer. Also, Kurt also tried to knocked down everyone's attempts at trying to pray for Burt, though later more-or-less accepted their beliefs by the end of the episode.
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The Baby Trap
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The Baby Trap: After thinking she's pregnant and finding out it was just a hysterical pregnancy, Terri continues to claim to be pregnant to continue her failing marriage with Will. Quinn also tells Finn he's the father of her baby when in actuality Puck is really the father. And in testament to the utter ridiculousness of the show, the two manage to overlap. Beware the Nice Ones came into play in both instances.
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Sixth Ranger
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Sixth Ranger: Quinn, Santana and Brittany join the glee club in the 2nd episode. Puck, Mike and Matt join a couple of episodes later. Season 2 has Sam and later Lauren. Season 3 has Blaine, Rory, Sugar, and Joe.
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Did I Just Say That Out Loud?
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Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Emma, to Will: "If we did a survey of the most crushworthy teachers in school, you'd be number one with a bullet." In "Auditions," Finn agrees with Rachel when she says she's controlling. When Sam (making out with Quinn) and Tina (making out with Mike) both imagine Coach Beiste in compromising positions to 'cool down', they both accidentally moan out "Beiste." And, of course, "Marry me, Will!"
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Hand Wave
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Possibly averted with Brittany, though the show often seems to not take bisexuality seriously. Brittany has never officially declared herself bisexual; in fact, the show seems to be taking pains to avoid the word, instead using more ambiguous words like "bicurious" or "fluid" to describe Brittany's sexuality, words that leave plenty of room for a Hand Wave that she is straight/lesbian. Add that to the Word of Gay on Santana, and Ryan Murphy's apparent belief that bisexual kids don't need TV role models the way gay kids do, and you can see why many fans predict Brittany's sexuality will wind up being either gay or straight.
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Everyone Can See It
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Everyone Can See It: Finn points this out about Santana and Brittany's relationship in "Mash Off."
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Lyrical Dissonance
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Lyrical Dissonance: Frequently with Glee.
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Two Decades Behind
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Two Decades Behind: When we get a flashback to Will and Bryan in high school, everyone has mullets and 80's-style clothing. But the pilot states that Will's glee club won nationals in 1993, placing the flashback in the very early 90's. People were dressing a little differently then. Possibly because small rural towns are notoriously time-lagged, especially when it comes to fashion. In some parts of the country, the 80's didn't end until about 1998. Also, Bryan Ryan is stated to be two years older than Will. If Will graduated in 1993, Bryan had already graduated, so the clip featuring Bryan would be no later than the 1990-1991 school year. The costume department was bang-on in that scene. Will's music taste, which is heavily lampshaded.
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Legion of Doom
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LeagueOfDoom: In her irrational quest to destroy Will and to a lesser extent the Glee club, Sue put together one of these. Hilariously, it fails.
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Ship Tease
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As for "The Wedding", Puck and Blaine claim their support for Chang-Chang. Artie does not, and as the finale proved, he was right not to, as he would up with Tina.
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Chekhov's Gunman
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Chekhov's Gunman: Lauren Zizes appears in several minor parts in the first season but it's not until "Special Education" that she joins the glee club.
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Cat Fight
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Cat Fight: "Audition" had one between Quinn and Santana shortly after Quinn got her position as head cheerleader back and Santana (due to getting a boob job) was demoted to the bottom of the pyramid. Lauren averts this. She doesn't bother with slapping and scratching, and goes straight for the body slams, giving Santana a much-deserved assbeating.
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Unfortunate Names
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Unfortunate Names: One student from the Jane Addams Academy is named Aphasia, which is a type of language disorder. Finn wanted to name Quinn's baby "Drizzle." Puck wanted to name Quinn's baby "Jackie Daniels."
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Despair Event Horizon
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Despair Event Horizon: In "On My Way," Dave Karofsky hits one of these and is Driven to Suicide. He gets better, though.
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You Wanna Get Sued?
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When asked by Blaine if they are in fact dressed as Luke and Han, Finn claims that any resemblance to Star Wars characters is purely coincidental.
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Tangled Family Tree
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Tangled Family Tree: Because Shelby adopted Beth, Quinn and Puck are the parents of Rachel's sister, the latter of whom she dated. Rachel was dating her sister's mother's ex-boyfriend Finn, whose mother is married to Kurt's father. In "Pot o' Gold," this becomes even more complicated after Puck hooks up with Shelby. Meaning he is dating his ex-girlfriend's biological mother, who is also the adoptive mother of his biological daughter. And more, after adding Puck's half-brother Jake to the mix! Beth's family tree is basically just "Glee".
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Loners Will Stay Alone
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Loners Will Stay Alone: Glee has sort of a theme about freaks and geeks and outcasts drawing strength from their situations and overcoming them. Kurt is the only openly homosexual kid in his entire high-school. He appears to only have one friend, Mercedes, but he doesn't have much in common with her, and their friendship is true, but definitely not deep. Even his step-brother basically ignores him most of the time. At least until Wild Dapper Love Interest appearsnote It's SUPER EFFECTIVE on both Kurt and the Public, but as the boy in question is Oblivious to Love, the battle is not won. Or is it? (DAMN THAT COCKBLOCKING PIANO) But this is just the beginning... Rachel is by far the best singer and performer at her school, but thinks that entitles her to be liked by everyone, when, in fact, everyone constantly and insistently reminds her of how much they dislike her, even the nicest people on the show can't stand her. A remarkable case of this trope since the problem isn't her comrades' prejudice or anything, but her own attitude. Couple this with Aesop Amnesia and you can see why it'll take her a while before leaving the trope behind, if she ever does. Santana alienates herself from everyone else by being a complete Jerkass. Even with her many, many male lovers, she never shares any meaningful interaction with them, and doesn't even look them in the eye while having sex. Her one female lover, Brittany, is also her one friend. Turns out Santana's a Armoured Closet Gay and is head-over-heels in love with Brittany. Artie had this trope, among many other disadvantages, inflicted to him by his wheelchair, which tends to scare people away on one hand and make them push him around in a literal as well as figurative sense on the other. Tina inflicted this trope on herself note , by faking a stutter, out of sheer shyness and sociophobia. Falling in love with Artie makes her grow out of itnote , but when Artie finds out, he is not amused. Mercedes suffers a little for being one of the very few blacks in her school. She overcompensates for it by playing to the Sassy Black Woman stereotype, in her own words "pouring tasty chocolate" into all songs she writes. Quinn suffers a temporary version of this for getting pregnant. Her isolation is further intensified because she rejects the biological father of the kid and wants to have the kid be raised by her actual boyfriend, whom she thinks will make a much better father. Will Schuester, their teacher and coach, is heavily implied to have been sort of a geeky, lonely kid at school, and is emotionally stunted at that stage because he married his high-school sweetheart... who does her best to bring him down. He appears to have very few friends outside of the teacher staff and the students. Sue Sylvester, complete and utterly self-inflicted due to being a universe-grade Jerkass on par with the Prince from Level E. Once she thought she could escape this, but she was just being led on in revenge for her constant, over-the-top evilness. Coach Tanaka: The Ugly, Boring and Overweight sort. Emma: suffers from obsessive–compulsive disorder and many phobias. She's basically a neurotic freak, as well as The Ingenue. But she's genuinely nice and rather cute, so maybe there's still some hope for her. note Before his transition Coach Beiste: In his case it's due to his manly frame, deep voice, and talent at sports. At age forty, he has still never been kissed. By a romantic partner at any rate.
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Kindly Housekeeper
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Kindly Housekeeper: Sue seems to have one in the form of Imelda.
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Think Unsexy Thoughts
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Will gives one to the boys (and Tina) for their treatment of Coach Beiste (see Think Unsexy Thoughts above).
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Prom Is for Straight Kids
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Prom Is for Straight Kids: Discussed, as Blaine is reluctant to go because of a bad incident during a Sadie Hawkins dance at his former school. But it's averted (mostly) as Kurt and Blaine seemingly go without a hitch and Brittany can be seen dancing with a girl at one point.
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Safe Driving Aesop
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Safe Driving Aesop: Quinn gets paralyzed for a short while due to texting when driving and in the next episode has a rant at Finn, who walked into people in the hallway because of looking at his phone. Finn, also, almost killed a mailman when learning to drive which is treated as his turn-off. During Quinn's storyline, she starts being the character mouthpiece to drive the story home, until Artie (who was paralyzed in a car accident as a child) helps her chill out.
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Mama Bear
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Mama Bear: Sue, surprisingly enough, for Becky and to a lesser extent Kurt.
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The Bear
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The Bear: It is is lampshaded and discussed by Kurt and David Karofsky, who we find out in season three has taken to hanging out at a local gay bar and been dubbed a bear cub because of his youth and rather burly stature. Kurt, apparently not knowing anything about the term, jokingly asks if he's a cub because he "looks like Yogi." This trope is apparently the type of guys Karofsky usually is attracted to, and knowing this fact, Sue, who plans to get Blaine (who was dating Karofsky at the time) back together with Kurt, puts an actual bear in his and Karofsky's apartment.
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Musical Episode
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Musical Episode: All of them.
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Strawman Political: Sue is a subversion of this trope — while her opinions are indeed extreme, they don't skewer any one group or party but are rather a grab-bag of crazy. Although one post on Sue's Twitter seems to show she leans towards Republicans. Even more evident in Season 6, in "The Hurt Locker, Part 2", which shows that she voted for Mc Cain and later Mitt Romney, and then she got upset when Obama was elected as President for both terms. Both the Celibacy Club and Quinn's parents ("Honey, Glenn Beck is on!") are particularly anvilicious examples of this, as they reproduce, in more extreme, parodic ways, various arguments and strategies of the abstinence movement. Even a lot of abstinence supporters are squicked out by purity balls, and both Quinn's pregnancy and the fact that her parents throw her out over it seem to be deliberate criticisms of the abstinence movement and just fundamentalist Christianity in general. In season two's Regionals, Kathy Griffin plays a wildly over-the-top Tea Party member (and blatant Sarah Palin/Christine O'Donnell Expy) who dealt with losing her nomination by tweeting that Obama is a terrorist. In general, if a character espouses views that are different than those of the creators, the chances of their being portrayed as a regular person is absolutely zero; they will inevitably be a frothing-at-the-mouth nutcase who is completely made of sociopolitical stereotypes. Kitty in Season 4 is becoming a major case, and she doesn't read newspapers because she thinks they were wrong about Watergate. The Tea Party club from Season 6.
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Backhanded Apology
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Backhanded Apology: Santana delivers a nasty one to Finn in "Mash Off": Unfortunately, this lead to Finn asking the one question designed to hurt Santana where she lived: Hey Santana, why don't you come out of the closet?
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Everyone (with the exception of Mercedes) already knows Kurt is gay before he actually comes out. He even pretends to be straight in "Laryngitis" in hopes that his dad will like him more, and fools pretty much no one except, of course, Brittany.
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Whole Plot Reference: In "A Very Glee Christmas," Sue's plot is How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, from the moment Will addresses her as a Grinch. Becky fills in for Max the dog, and the Glee club for the residents of Whoville (with Brittany as Cindy-Lou Who).
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Third-Option Love Interest
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Third-Option Love Interest: Played straight in "Bad Reputation." Puck is the Third-Option Love Interest in the Finn/Rachel/Jesse triangle.
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Indy Ploy
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Indy Ploy: Used a lot by Quinn, Santana and occasionally by Sue Sylvester, a la Doctor Who.
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Cast Full of Pretty Boys
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Cast Full of Pretty Boys: All of the male cast members can be grouped as either Bishounen or Hunk. Some of them both.
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Morality Pet
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Morality Pet: Sue's sister has Down's Syndrome and lives in a nursing home. Sue goes to visit after work frequently and reads fairy-tales to her. This continues later, as while talking about her sister, Sue reveals that her relentless mocking of Will's hair is due to her feeling insecure about her own hair, which was badly damaged in a childhood incident and can't do much more than the "Florence Henderson look." (Given the absurdity of that anecdote, it seems likely that it was a lie.) Brittany for Santana a lot. Beth is one for Quinn and Puck. Puck reveals he also always thought of Finn as one after his death
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Artistic License – Sports
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Artistic License – Sports: The episode "Preggers" gives us the notorious "All the Single Ladies" football play. In real life, a play like that would get flagged for false start, offside, delay of game, illegal formation, playing music over the sound system while the play clock was running and illegal motion (more than one person moving before the snap).
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Greek Chorus
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Greek Chorus: It varies, but any of the minor characters can fall under this.
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Down to the Last Play
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Down to the Last Play: The football game in "Preggers."
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Family Theme Naming
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Family Theme Naming: Burt and his son Kurt.
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Expy
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In season two's Regionals, Kathy Griffin plays a wildly over-the-top Tea Party member (and blatant Sarah Palin/Christine O'Donnell Expy) who dealt with losing her nomination by tweeting that Obama is a terrorist.
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Can't Get in Trouble for Nuthin'
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Can't Get in Trouble for Nuthin': In "Bad Reputation," the less popular Glee kids pull stunts to try and raise their Badass cred. It doesn't work.
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No Budget
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Almost every time we hear the entire New Directions sing at once, it's auto-tuned to sound like there's more of them. There were only two exceptions, both in the first season. The first was "Gold Digger", in which the background singing was left alone, presumably for budget reasons. The second was the entire number "Ride With Me", which was completely unplanned, and therefore not recorded in a studio.
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Suspiciously Specific Denial
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Suspiciously Specific Denial: While holding her Valentine's Day part in "Heart", Sugar thanks her daddy for booking the entire restaurant and reminds the guests that "he is not in the mafia!"
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Nature Abhors a Virgin
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Nature Abhors a Virgin: Will finds out that Emma is still a virgin, and - along with other reasons (like her OCD and Will's recent divorce) - this is grounds for them to "take a break" from each other.
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The Mole
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Jesse St. James. He dates Rachel and ostensibly transfers schools for her, turns out to be The Mole for Shelby, comes back as the evil, mean-spirited "helper" for the New Directions in Season 2, and then as Vocal Adrenaline's mean-spirited coach for Season 3. Settled on the face side of the door by Season 6, as he winds up marrying Rachel.
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Freudian Slip
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Freudian Slip: Santana has one after realizing the perfect plan to use Karofsky to get Kurt back at McKinley and become Prom Queen.
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But Not Too Gay
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But Not Too Gay: More prominent in earlier seasons, mostly due to network restrictions. In season two, Kurt and Blaine have their first kiss and it's full, on the mouth. In season three however, both Kurt and Blaine and Santana and Brittany barely show any affection on screen. As mentioned above, Santana and Brittany took over a dozen episodes from becoming an official couple and sharing their first on-screen kiss. The whole thing was Lampshaded in "Heart" when they got in trouble for sharing a peck in the hallway, while straight couple Finn and Rachel could make out all over the place with no consequence. Season Four was pretty much the same, but there was at least an excuse considering all the show's couples were broken up. There were still a couple aversions of this trope however, most prominently in the episode "I Do", which had Kurt and Blaine having a full-on makeout session in the car. In general, in seasons three and four, gay couples would only kiss if it was a Very Special Episode. Season Five finally started to avert the trope for real. In the first two episodes of the season, Kurt and Blaine share duets, get engaged in the most over the top proposal ever, share two passionate kisses, and Santana also gets a new girlfriend that she flirts with and kisses on screen. Once Blaine moves in with Kurt mid-season, the trope is practically non-existent. They cuddle in bed, duet, dance, share steamy and casual kisses, have realistic arguments, and their very active sex life becomes somewhat of a running joke. And when Brittany comes back later in the season, she and Santana get back together with a passionate kiss. Season Six also averted the trope. Brittany and Santana share sweet moments cuddling in bed, kissing, sharing loving duets, and getting engaged in a simple, but adorable, proposal. Kurt and Blaine, while not even dating, share a very steamy kiss and their break up is a main plot point. Later in the season, both couples got married in a double wedding, which of course included kisses, dances, duets, and declarations of love.
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Offscreen Romance
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Offscreen Romance: Mike and Tina most notably between seasons 1 and 2, with a mini-flashback showing the (literal) second they get together and nothing else.
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Artistic License – Geography
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Artistic License – Geography: While the writers have clearly done some research on Ohio locales (such as Rachel mentioning EJ Thomas Hall in Akron), there are smaller details they get wrong that an Ohio native can point out. Some are the result of Hollywood Provincialism, while others are just plain wrong: Outside the larger cities and their suburbs, the smaller cities like Lima don't have particularly large Asian or Jewish populations. Lima does, however, have a significant Black population, at least more so than we've seen on the show. Westerville, the location of Dalton Academy, is a suburb of Columbus and almost 2 hours from Lima. Kurt commuting when he attended Dalton and dating Blaine at leisure must take a hell of a lot of gas. Ohio's age of consent law is 16. It technically wasn't illegal for Jeremiah, Blaine's previous crush, to date him and be intimate. It's not unreasonable for an adult to be uncomfortable having that sort of relationship with a teenager, but saying he'd go to jail over it was right out. Since Blaine was retconned to being a sophomore in season 2, he very well could have still been 15 by Valentine's day. Blaine would have to move to Chicago for the summer if he wants to perform at Six Flags, since Six Flags Great America is the only Six Flags park in that part of the Midwest, as the one in Ohio was sold to Cedar Fair, Inc. in 2004, and then closed in 2007. His better bets would be Cedar Point in Sandusky, or going back to King's Island in Cincinnati. The students at McKinley are often seen lounging outside before class during times of the year when it would be way too cold to do so (from late October to mid-April, if you're lucky). In fact, most Ohio high schools don't have much in the way of outdoor accommodations at all for that reason. Akron, Vocal Adrenaline's home base, is 3 hours from Lima, making it extremely unlikely that the kids from one town can travel to the other at leisure. And since Akron is basically a slightly-smaller Cleveland, it's also unlikely for Carmel High to have such an outrageous budget for its glee club. Since it hasn't been established who Unique is living with in Lima, it's clear she drives 155 miles every day to go to school. Allen County does not have a community college, though this is forgivable since NYADA is equally fictional.
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Rousseau Was Right
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Rousseau Was Right: All but the most unrepentant Jerkasses have been shown to be basically decent people or at least have some desire to do the right thing. Of course, the more central a character is to the plot of an episode or to the show as a whole, the more likely they are to fall into this trope.
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Wheelchair Antics: After some coaching from Artie, New Directions performs a wheelchair dance to "Proud Mary" in Wheels.
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Clingy Jealous Girl
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Rachel tends to do this whenever Finn has a relationship with anyone else, but particularly when she tells Finn about who Quinn's baby daddy really is.
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Crossover
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Crossover: With Archie Comics.
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Big Damn Heroes
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Big Damn Heroes: Rachel happens to quit the musical and rejoin the glee club right at the moment when Will kicks April out - in the middle of a performance, no less. Finn, after Will convinces him to re-join the club despite his ill will toward Puck and Quinn, and Finn arrives right before their big sectionals performance with a new number that helps them to take Sectionals despite the other clubs stealing their set list. SUE of all people in "Journey," getting Principal Figgins to give the club another year after they failed to place at Regionals. This is also a Villainous Rescue, as she clearly wanted to keep playing with them for her amusement, rather than any altruistic reason. Puck in "Special Education" when he convinces Lauren to join the Glee Club and again in "The Sue Sylvester Bowl Shuffle" when he convinces the Football team to play the game.
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Jerkass
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Sue Sylvester, complete and utterly self-inflicted due to being a universe-grade Jerkass on par with the Prince from Level E. Once she thought she could escape this, but she was just being led on in revenge for her constant, over-the-top evilness.
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Jerkass
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Becky, of all people, through Season 3. She goes into full-on Jerkass mode when she doesn't get nominated for Prom Queen in "Prom-asaurus".
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Duet Bonding
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Duet Bonding: It's a show about kids singing. Of course they use this trope.
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Silent Credits
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Silent Credits: "Shooting Star" - the episode where McKinley High seems to have had a school shooting - has these. Even though the "shooting" was due to Becky accidentally discharging her father's gun in Sue's office, and no one got hurt.
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Spotting the Thread
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Spotting the Thread: It's relatively easy to realize that Artie's dance sequence is a Dream Sequence in "Dream On" His dance moves provide a major clue.
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Romance-Inducing Smudge
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Romance-Inducing Smudge: In "Wheels," Puck and Quinn have a playful food fight while making cupcakes for a bake sale. Puck goes to wipe flour off of Quinn's cheek and they lean towards each other... then Finn walks in.
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One Steve Limit
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One Steve Limit: Averted. Jerk Jock David Karofsky, Warbler David, and Spanish Teacher David Martinez all share a name. There are also two Andreas - Andrea Cohen from Vocal Adrenaline, and Rod's co-anchor. There's also the point that Mike and Tina share a surname (Chang) although it's hyphenated in Tina's case (Cohen-Chang). On that note, she also shares it with Andrea Cohen. As of season 3 there were two students with the surname Adams - Azimio and Unique.
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The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything
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The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Despite being the Spanish Teacher, Will rarely seems to be shown teaching. This comes back to bite him in the ass on "The Spanish Teacher". After this, he teaches history. Again, this is rarely shown.
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Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick
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Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: In "Hell-o":
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Technician vs. Performer
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Technician vs. Performer: Within New Directions, this is the basis of Rachel and Mercedes' diva rivalry. Rachel has a trained voice with performance technique down pat, while Mercedes has a strong voice and follows her instincts. It's also the basis in the New Directions vs Vocal Adrenaline rivalry. Vocal Adrenaline are technicians whose performances include spot-on choreography and amazing vocals, but lack human warmth (at one point they describe themselves as souless robots). On the other hand, the New Directions are performers who, while packing less technical proficiency, tend to really get into their songs and transmit a genuine sense of caring for what they're performing. In a subversion of what normally would be expected (the victory of the genuine performers), the New Directions lost to Vocal Adrenaline in both Season 1 and Season 2.
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Fallen Princess
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Fallen Princess: The Alpha Bitch Quinn becomes pregnant despite being president of the celibacy club. She is then embarrassed in front of the school, kicked off the cheerleading squad, and forced to move in with her boyfriend after her parents kick her out of the house. And it only got worse when it was revealed that the baby's father was actually her boyfriend's best friend. She later subverts the Character Development that you usually get from this trope - after she gives the baby up for adoption, she does her damndest to get her status back, and her goal of season two is to become prom queen, no matter what the cost - even if it means cheating on her boyfriend and, when she doesn't become Prom Queen, conspiring to get the Glee club disqualified from Nationals out of spite and jealousy. Strangely, she could still count as a Fallen Princess - while she has some of her popularity back, her desire to be popular again stems from the idea that there's no real future for her, and that the best she can do is be the popular girl, get an average job and marry someone like Finn. It should be noted that a lot of emotional and mental issues are at play here. Rachel Berry in Season 6. She finally got her dream to be a Broadway star and her "Funny Girl" show was a hit, but after a failed attempt to be a TV star from "That's so Rachel" (which gets hate from various groups and is also the lowest rated TV show), she is forced to come back home in Lima, and when she gets home, her dads get divorced and they put their house on the market.
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Early-Bird Cameo
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Early-Bird Cameo: "Last Christmas" was a standalone single released in 2009 and didn't appear in the show...until the 2010 Christmas episode. Samuel Larson and Alex Newell; they sang on the 2011 Christmas Album, but their characters were not introduced until after the Christmas album was released.
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Offhand Backhand
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Offhand Backhand: Done by Finn to Rachel accidentally in "Born This Way" due to his terrible dancing skills.
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Digging Yourself Deeper
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Digging Yourself Deeper: After Santana confronts Karofsky about checking out Sam's ass.
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Absentee Actor
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Absentee Actor: Everyone missed at least one; appropriately considering how driven to succeed Rachel is, Lea Michele wins the best attendance prize (she only misses three episodes in season 4, thus putting her at 118/121), which used to belong to Kevin McHale until late season 5.
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The Cheerleader
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The Cheerleader: Between them, Quinn, Santana and Brittany pretty much cover all aspects of the trope, though no one character is the trope trifecta of stupid, bitchy and slutty. The offscreen Cheerios seem to fit the Brainless Beauty side of the trope if their test scores are any indication ("I have in my hand a Spanish quiz in which one of your Cheerios misspelled her name & answered every question with a drawing of a sombrero!")
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Innocent Innuendo
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Innocent Innuendo: Listen to the first few lyrics of "My Cup." Yeah.
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Strolling Through the Chaos
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Strolling Through the Chaos: Blaine walks through the practicing football team during "Hopelessly Devoted to You" as an homage to Across the Universe.
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True Meaning of Christmas
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True Meaning of Christmas: Played with in "Extraordinary Merry Christmas." Rory reads Linus' speech from A Charlie Brown Christmas, which is about the birth of Christ, to the rest of club. However, the speech is more of a reminder for them to stop being so selfish and materialistic.
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Picture Day
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Picture Day: Inverted in "Mattress" - the students don't really seem all that concerned about their individual pictures (minus Rachel), as all the drama is about the group pictures. So the typical conventions of the trope are absent.
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Law of Inverse Fertility
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Law of Inverse Fertility: Terri is desperate to get pregnant yet can't. Quinn breaks her celibacy vow once (while cheating) and ends up with a baby. Shelby had Rachel and gave Rachel's dads full custody, but now that she's older and wants children, is unable to have any.
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Product Placement
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Product Placement: In "Hairography," Schuester namedrops Pep Boys. In "Britney/Brittany," Emma's new boyfriend mentions that he shook up his dull life by impulsively buying a convertible at his local Chevy dealership. Not long after, Will "impulsively" buys the exact same model, and in case you can't identify cars by sight, the camera helpfully stays fixed on the Corvette logo for several seconds. Guess what sports car appears during the very next commercial break? All technology is made by Apple. The school uses iMacs, all characters seem to have Macbooks, the phones are all iPhones... (except in Season 4, when the phones seem to be Samsung phones).
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Dude, She's Like, in a Coma!
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Averted in the case of Tina rubbing a vapor medicine into Blaine's chest when he was unconscious, though it may be because Blaine's gay (thus nobody would congratulate him for being molested by some girl). It's treated as creepy and she never really lives it down.
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Hollywood Pudgy
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Hollywood Pudgy: One subplot of "The Rocky Horror Glee Show" involves Finn intimidated by the idea of walking around in his underwear, partially because he's afraid of measuring up to toned, yet fashionably skinny Sam, even though even Finn would have a body most high school boys in real life would kill for. People who saw him apparently had to get counseling, in-universe. The audience wasn't similarly traumatized.
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Altar the Speed
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Altar the Speed: Emma and Ken, almost, in the first season... and then Emma and Carl for real in the second season. In "On My Way" Rachel and Finn attempt this. Will tries to push Emma into doing this because he's afraid the Glee kids won't come back for the wedding after they graduate and move away from Lima.
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Mushroom Samba
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Mushroom Samba: The kids' performances in "Vitamin D" along with a good chunk of Finn's performance after Terri gets him started on the stuff. Also in "The Substitute," Will hallucinates the entire Glee Club as toddlers when he first catches a cold of the semester. Later, he has an over-the-top dream sequence of him and Mike dancing to "Make 'em Laugh".
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Clean, Pretty Childbirth
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Clean, Pretty Childbirth: Played straight, where Quinn gets a Screaming Birth scene set to "Bohemian Rhapsody".
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High-School Sweethearts
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High-School Sweethearts: Will and Terri. Not a happy example of this one. Quinn tried to invoke this with her and Finn. Also, Kurt and Blaine, and Santana and Brittany. Finn and Rachel were supposed to be this.
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Beauty Is Bad
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Beauty Is Bad: The three initial bitchy cheerleaders are also referred to at the same time as the prettiest in school.
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How the Mighty Have Fallen
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How the Mighty Have Fallen: Sue is finally fired from being principal at McKinley after the Superintendent saw her hurt locker, she lost her position, financial security and legacy, then also gets humiliated on a Fox News interview, and eventually becomes the new coach of Vocal Adrenaline. Subverted in the Distant Finale; we find out she becomes Vice President.
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Love Makes You Crazy
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Love Makes You Crazy/Love Makes You Dumb/Love Makes You Evil: Oh sooo much. But then, they are in high school.
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Series Fauxnale
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Series Fauxnale: The third season finale "Goodbye" and season five's "100" and "New Directions" all function with a definite Grand Finale vibe, although Glee had been renewed for more seasons way before their respective airings. The first season established that most of the main characters were sophomores, thus necessitating at the end of season three, the Graduation episode in which they leave high school. "Goodbye" acted as a retrospective for the show's first three years, with many Call Backs and Continuity Nods given. Season Five's "100" and "New Directions" acted (unofficially) as a two-parter goodbye episode to McKinley High's Glee Club after they lost at Regionals and are forced to (temporarily) disband. The show went into a minor Retool as the final seven episodes shifted focus to New York, with Will and Sue reduced to cameos. Season 6 returned to McKinley.
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