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Kurt Elizabeth Hummel
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General Information
Gender: Male
Age: 27
Hair Color: Chestnut Brown
Eye Color: Glasz
Birthday: May 27, 1993
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 163 lbs
Address: 415 Whitman Avenue Lima, Ohio 45802
Bushwick Apartment, New York City, New York
Occupations: Broadway Actor
Co-director of William McKinley's New Directions (former)
Waiter at Spotlight Diner (former)
Waiter at The Lima Bean (former)
Assistant at Vogue (former)
Family & Friends
Family: Blaine Anderson (husband)
Unnamed daughter
Burt Hummel (father)
Unnamed mother✝
Carole Hudson (step-mother)
Finn Hudson (step-brother)✝
Pam Anderson (mother-in-law)
Cooper Anderson (brother-in-law)
Rachel Berry (surrogate)
Relationships: Blaine Anderson (husband)
Mercedes Jones (crusher, former)
Rachel Berry (fake Crush)
Finn Hudson (crush, ended)
Brittany Pierce (beard, ended)
Sam Evans (crush, ended)
David Karofsky (crusher, ended)
Chandler Kiehl (attraction, ended)
Adam Crawford (ex-boyfriend)
Cody Tolentino (kissed in alternate timeline, ended)
Walter (date, ended)
Friends: Rachel Berry
Mercedes Jones
Santana Lopez
Finn Hudson
Tina Cohen-Chang
Sam Evans
Will Schuester
Sue Sylvester
Noah Puckerman
Elliott Gilbert
Dani
Mike Chang
Quinn Fabray
Brittany Pierce
Emma Pillsbury
April Rhodes
Holly Holliday
Isabelle Wright
June Dolloway
Sugar Motta
Joe Hart
Rory Flanagan
Kitty Wilde
Spencer Porter
Ryder Lynn
Jake Puckerman
Mason McCarthy
Madison McCarthy
Roderick Meeks
Jane Hayward
Matt Rutherford
Marley Rose
Pets: Pavarotti (canary)✝
Employer: Isabelle Wright (former)
Gunther (former)
Enemies: Sebastian Smythe (ended, probably)
David Karofsky (ended)
Other Information
Interests: Broadway, fashion, writing plays, reality tv
Clique: Warblers (formerly)
New Directions (former)
Education: New York Academy of the Dramatic Arts (graduated)
William McKinley High School (graduated)
Dalton Academy (formerly)
Talent: Singing, dancing, fashion designing
Vulnerabilities: Bullies, homophobes
Strengths: Love, Compassion, Sass
Weaknesses: Burt, Blaine, People in need
Awards: 2010 Cheerleading Nationals
2011 WMHS Prom Queen
2012 Show Choir Nationals
Series Information
First episode: Pilot
Last episode: Dreams Come True
Portrayer: Chris Colfer
Adam Kolkin (Young Kurt)
Cory Monteith (Tina's Dream)

I started ballet at the ripe old age of three. My mom enrolled me after seeing me in front of the TV jeteing and debouleing to the Blues Clues theme song. That ballet class was one of the few places that just seemed to fit. And even when I saw some of the kids and their parents laughing at me, something inside my little brain said, 'Screw them. Just go for it, Hummel.' My can-do attitude was born in that room.

—Kurt Hummel, Lights Out

Kurt Elizabeth Hummel is a major character on Glee. He is the first openly gay character introduced in the series.

In the beginning of the series, Kurt is in the closet until he comes out to Mercedes Jones and eventually to his father, Burt. He harbors a crush on Finn Hudson and tries to pursue him, despite Finn being straight. He even goes as far as to set up his father with Finn's mother, Carole, just so he could be closer to him, which backfires when Finn uses a homophobic slur against him during an outburst. In the second season, Kurt meets Blaine Anderson and quickly falls in love with him. During the season, Kurt is the target of bully David Karofsky, who turns out to be gay when he kisses Kurt unexpectedly. Scared for his life, Kurt transfers to Dalton Academy with Blaine and they eventually pursue a relationship in Original Song.

During the third, fourth, and fifth seasons, Kurt's relationship with Blaine goes through several obstacles, such as when Kurt flirts with another guy or when Blaine cheats after Kurt moves to New York. Despite this, they realize they will always be in love with each other and get engaged in Love, Love, Love. Sometime before Loser Like Me, they break up, but Kurt later realizes his mistake and sets on a quest to win Blaine back. In A Wedding, Kurt finally marries Blaine.

Kurt is portrayed by Chris Colfer.

Biography

Personality

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Kurt confronts Rachel about Finn.

Kurt's personality is one of the most multi-faceted in the show, having interests in everything from cars to fashion, and seems to have very high standards for himself.

In the beginning of the show, he appears to be somewhat superficial; Kurt is obsessed with the latest fashions, which are normally of the highest quality and most expensive brands. He is also very obsessed with his hair, spending hours preparing it, and often adjusting it at random intervals, even when performing. While many assume him to just be a snob, the truth is, this is simply a mask that Kurt wears in order to hide his insecurities and fears.

He can be brutally honest, once telling Mercedes she looked like "a technicolor zebra" because of her hoodie. He's very smart, as proven through his quick-witted sense of humor and use of intelligent vocabulary. This was further proven when speaking to Mr. Schuester he told him he wasn't "challenged in the least" at McKinley. He can be manipulative at times, as seen when he tricks Rachel into dressing more like Sandy from Grease in order to win over Finn's affections, despite Kurt's knowledge Finn is attracted to the opposite look in a girl. This side of Kurt is also shown when he sets up Finn's mother with his father to get closer to Finn.

As the only openly gay boy at McKinley, he tries his best to keep strong, a trait that his father and many in the Glee club value in him. However, having no friends at school who he can completely talk to about being gay, he is often seen as a very lonely individual. This loneliness has at times caused his romantic interest in certain boys to become a bit unsettling, as seen during the course of his crush with Finn. When Kurt develops a crush he seems to fall hard, as shown with Finn in Season One and Blaine in Season Two.

Throughout, he is able to persevere through the cruelties of high school. Kurt puts those he cares about before his own wants, despite his superficial exterior, as in Wheels where he throws a high note, thus giving up a solo in order to spare his father the stress of being ridiculed for his son singing a girl's song, and somewhat in Laryngitis, trying to change himself so that he and his father can better relate and because he felt that he wasn't doing enough to help his dad feel comfortable (though this all may or may not be a cover-up). Kurt, like Rachel and Mercedes, can be a bit of a diva at times, but he cares deeply for his fellow Glee Club members, as seen when he wanted to help the boys get revenge against Vocal Adrenaline for egging Rachel. Tina was also picked on by two bullies, but is defended by Kurt. He also told the bullies to pick on him instead.

He has tendencies to lash out and get defensive under pressure, as illustrated particularly in his and Blaine's fight in Blame It on the Alcohol. Kurt, while ambitious, seems to always be generous enough to appreciate real talent. He contends with both Rachel and Blaine for solos, but always acknowledges Rachel's talent and singing ability. Even when competing with her for the lead solo in Funeral, he rises to his feet and applauds and is pulled down by Santana. He is extremely good at keeping secrets, even when his safety is at stake, as seen in his relationship with Karofsky. He is also sensitive enough to forgive him later because he realizes that Karofsky is miserable. Kurt is shown throughout to be a very caring individual, even towards people he isn't close to; such as defending Rory, and shouting at Santana for "attacking" him in Mash Off.

He also has a strong "family first" mentality, as shown in Wheels when he throws the high F in order to protect his father. Kurt is also an extremely forgiving person, seen when he forgives Dave for bullying him, when he forgives Rachel for running for class president, when he forgives Mercedes for busting his window, and when he forgives Blaine for cheating on him.

Appearance

Kurt Season 1 Promo

Kurt in season 1

Kurt is slender and quite tall in regards to the rest of his New Directions teammates. His eyes are glasz (blueish, greyish, greenish color), and his skin is very pale and clear. His hair is chestnut and wavy. His pale skin earned him the nickname "Porcelain" from Sue Sylvester. He takes very good care of himself.

He seems to never wear the same outfit twice a week unless under stress or depressed, as shown in Funk. Throughout the seasons, Kurt's fashion trends change, Season One he would always wear large amounts of clothing and as the series continued the layers began to decrease, but staying eccentric all the way through. Ryan Murphy has said this is due to Kurt's journey of accepting himself for who he is.

He has also made changes in his appearance, such as getting a tattoo on his upper back, and a piercing in his tongue during Season Five, as part of his grieving process due to Finn's death. It is implied he took the piercing out.

Relationships

Friendships

Songs

Total - 111

Trivia

  • Chris had originally auditioned for the role of Artie, but the producers loved his audition so much, they created Kurt just for him. He was used in place of an Indian character, Rajeesh, who was intended to be Mercedes Jones's love interest.
  • Kurt is the first character to be identified by name in the series.
  • The name "Kurt Hummel" comes from the character "Kurt von Trapp" from The Sound of Music, in which Chris Colfer had once played, and Hummel is named after the Hummel collector dolls with rosy cheeks.
  • Despite being an openly gay character, Kurt's first on-screen kiss was with a girl.
  • Alongside with Blaine, Will, Finn, Sue, Mike, Quinn, Santana, Brittany and Rachel, they are the only characters to have a middle name revealed.
  • Kurt auditioned for the Glee Club because his dad said he needed to join a team by the end of the week.
  • As revealed in 2009, Mercedes was the one to suggest that Kurt audition for New Directions with Mr. Cellophane.
  • Kurt has at least one solo in every season, except the last one.
  • From the second season onwards, he had fewer solos than the previous season. He didn't even get one in the final season.
  • Kurt sang in a total of 111 songs and appeared in 116 episodes, making Chris Colfer the second most frequent cast member on the series.
  • He was the first openly gay guy in the show.

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