|Kurt Elizabeth Hummel|
|Birthday:||May 27, 1993|
|Address:|| 415 Whitman Avenue Lima, Ohio 45802|
New York City, New York
|Occupation(s):|| Vogue.com Intern (former)|
Lima Bean Barista (former)
|Aliases:||Porcelain, Lady Hummel, Porcelina, Tickle-Me Dough Face (Sue) Old Betty White (Sebastian) Gay Winklevii Twin, Pretty Pony, Lady Hummel (Santana), Warbler Kurt (Warblers)|
|Family & Friends|
|Family:|| Burt Hummel (father)|
Mrs. Hummel (mother; deceased)
Carole Hudson-Hummel (step-mother)
Finn Hudson (step-brother; deceased)
Mildred (aunt; mentioned)
Andy (uncle; mentioned)
|Relationships:|| Blaine Anderson (fiancé, sexual, in love with, best friend)|
Finn Hudson (crush; ended)
Mercedes Jones (crusher; former)
Tina Cohen-Chang (beard; former)
Brittany Pierce (beard; former)
Sam Evans (crush; ended)
David Karofsky (crusher; kissed; ended)
Chandler Kiehl (attraction; ended)
Adam Crawford (dated; ended)
Cody Tolentino (kissed; ended)
|Friends:|| Rachel Berry|
|Pet(s):||Pavarotti (canary; deceased)|
|Employer:|| Isabelle Wright (former)|
|Enemies:|| David Karofsky (former)|
|Clique:||New Directions (formerly), Warblers (formerly)|
|Education:|| William McKinley High School (graduated)|
Dalton Academy (formerly), New York Academy of the Dramatic Arts
|Talent:||Singing, dancing, fashion designing|
|Awards:|| 2010 Cheerleading Nationals|
2011 WMHS Prom Queen
2012 Show Choir Nationals
|Portrayer:|| Chris Colfer|
Adam Kolkin (Young Kurt)
Cory Monteith (Tina's Dream)
Eat your heart out, Kate Middleton.
—Kurt Hummel, Prom Queen
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.
Kurt is portrayed by Chris Colfer.
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Kurt is introduced as the sassy, stylish student, who often gets thrown into the dumpster by Noah Puckerman and his football friends. He auditions for the Glee Club where he hits an impressive high note. After he's accepted, he is seen singing Sit Down, You're Rockin' The Boat, the first song the Glee Club sings together. At the end of the episode, Kurt performs Don't Stop Believin' with the New Directions.
Kurt joins the New Directions in performing an inappropriate performance of Push It at the school assembly.
Kurt and Mercedes Jones form a friendship out of their fashion rivalry. Mercedes also develops a crush on Kurt. Kurt sees that Mercedes is lonely and he offers to cheer her up by taking her out shopping. The cheerleaders, driven to stir up some petty drama for the Glee Club, manipulate Mercedes into thinking that Kurt is straight and has feelings for her. When she confronts him about their relationship, Kurt, still closeted, lies to Mercedes and tells her that he has feelings for Rachel, although the subject of his real crush is Finn. Jealous and embarrassed, Mercedes throws a rock through the windshield of his car. When Kurt eventually tells her that he is gay, she asks why he was not honest with her. Kurt then admits that he is afraid and does not want anyone other than her to know the truth of his sexuality.
When Burt walks in on Kurt dancing to Single Ladies with Brittany Pierce and Tina Cohen-Chang, Kurt attempts to hide his sexuality by claiming that he has joined the football team and that he is dating Tina. Desperate to gain his father's approval, Kurt actually "auditions" for the team. Much to the surprise of Coach Tanaka, his father, and his teammates, Kurt turns out to be a spectacular place kicker and he scores the final point to win the first game of the season. The players lift Kurt onto their shoulders after the winning kick; he looks to the stands where his father is proudly shouting that Kurt is his son. After the game, Kurt nervously tells to his dad that he is gay. Burt reveals that he has known since Kurt was three and asked for a pair of "sensible heels" for his birthday. Even though he is not entirely comfortable with the situation, Burt reminds his son that he loves Kurt no matter what: that he will always support and be proud of him.
When former Glee club member April Rhodes joins the New Directions, Kurt is initially reluctant to accept her into the club, but is moved to the point of tears after she performs Maybe This Time. April attempts to get him fully on her side by sneaking him alcohol (which he dislikes at first, but accepts after she tells him it will give him courage) and vintage male muscle magazines, which he happily accepts. Emma Pillsbury, the school guidance counselor, eventually sees a haggard-looking Kurt walking through the hallway, drunk. Kurt mistakes her for Bambi and vomits on her shoes.
During a mash-off between the boys and the girls, Kurt tries to work with the girls, only for Mr. Schuester to make him cross back over. The boys perform their mash-up rather enthusiastically, and Kurt feels obliged to tell the girls that all the boys took pseudoephedrine tablets from Will Schuester's wife, Terri, to enhance their performance.
When Sue Sylvester is named co-director of the Glee Club, Kurt is recruited by her to join the minority students to make an elite Glee Club: Sue's Kids. They perform Hate on Me together. He later performs Ride wit Me and Keep Holding On with the New Directions.
Finn debates throwing a slushie on Kurt. Though his teammates will beat him up if he does not do it, Finn is torn. Eventually Kurt slushies himself and asks Finn if he thinks a football player would do that for him.
Mr. Schuester decides that one of the possible song selections for Sectionals will be Defying Gravity from the musical Wicked. Kurt is overjoyed at the idea of getting the chance to sing the song, but his hopes are dashed when Mr. Schuester immediately awards the solo to Rachel Berry. Kurt relays his disappointment to his father and a furious Burt storms down to the school, demanding his son be given the chance to at least audition for the part. Will agrees that it was unfair of him to ignore Kurt's interest in the piece and agrees to let both Rachel and Kurt audition for the solo. It is decided that the club members will vote for the winner, which worries Rachel because she knows that the rest of the students like Kurt better. Kurt, however, asks that the kids choose fairly on the merits of their musical talent, despite him being more popular and a better dresser.
Before the competition takes place, Burt receives an anonymous phone call at work calling Kurt a fag. Kurt has intercepted similar calls for some time and is more disturbed at how badly his father takes the incident. Kurt, not wanting to give his father more grief by singing a girl's song in public, throws the high note during the audition. Burt is disappointed that his son took a dive for his sake, but is touched by his actions, calling Kurt "strong" like his mother had been. Kurt responds by saying that his father is more important than stardom. Kurt later performs Proud Mary with the rest of the club.
When the Glee group is split into pairs and asked to sing ballads to their partners, Kurt and Finn are assigned as partners. Finn of course, is reluctant to pair with a boy, for fear of being pegged as gay. Kurt however, is overjoyed at the idea and attempts to flirt with Finn through the guise of friendship and giving advice for Finn's personal problems. His plan works in that he and Finn become closer friends, but backfires in other ways. In the end, Kurt hints to Finn that he has feelings for the other boy, with his ballad choice I Honestly Love You, but Finn seems to misunderstand.
Kurt's feelings for Finn continue to lead him to behave in a manipulative fashion when he manipulates Rachel with false advice on how to win over Finn, after Quinn has asked him to help seperate Rachel and Finn. Kurt convinces Rachel to take on a sultrier look, like the character Sandy in Grease. While the look does get Finn's attention, Finn admits that he prefers Rachel as she normally is. Rachel then confronts Kurt, who admits that they are both in love with the same man and that as long as Quinn is in the picture, neither of them will ever have him—Kurt less so because Finn is not gay. In the end, although not quite friends, both have bonded over their shared heartbreak. Kurt is seen wearing a blonde wig and dancing with Quinn during the group performance of the mash-up Hair/Crazy in Love.
It is Kurt who suggests the group not to fight against Glee Club's cut from the yearbook, due to all the previous years' Glee Club photos being defaced by the rest of the student body. But in the end, the kids allow themselves to be photographed for the yearbook (which goes on to be defaced as usual). Kurt also joins the rest of the group in taping a mattress commercial. Kurt performs back-up vocals during Jump.
Despite Sue releasing their setlist, New Directions win Sectionals. He is later seen performing My Life Would Suck Without You after the competition. Kurt is seen re-enacting his Single Ladies routine with Brittany and Tina.
When Will grows concerned about how the boys are treating the girls, Kurt suggests that all of them perform Madonna numbers to strengthen the girls' sense of self-worth. Sue enlists the help of Kurt and Mercedes to give her a makeover, and the three of them recreate the Vogue video. However, instead of changing herself, Sue decides to change others and offers Kurt and Mercedes a spot on the Cheerios. Because of their lack of solos in Glee Club, they accept and sing 4 Minutes at a pep rally, shocking Will. He is not pleased by them "joining the enemy camp" asking if they could have warned him beforehand. Mercedes and Kurt, however, respond that he never warned them about passing them up for solos. In the end, Will has no choice, but to accept their decision. At the end of the episode, Kurt and Mercedes receive solos in the episode's closing number, Like a Prayer.
Kurt tries to get closer to Finn by setting their widowed parents up. Finn is not happy with the idea, but Kurt tries to convince him by singing A House Is Not a Home. However, Kurt's plans don't go the way he expected when he finds himself feeling left out when Burt and Finn bond over sports at a "family" dinner. That evening, Burt confronts Kurt about his change in behavior, to which Kurt reveals how much it hurt to see his father connect so much better with Finn than with his own son. Kurt then dismisses his father, so as to avoid crying in front of him. Before leaving, however, Burt asks Kurt if he introduced him to Carole for Burt's sake or for something else, implying he suspects Kurt's attraction to Finn. Unable to deal with this, Kurt conspires with Finn to break their parents up. However, in the end, Finn comes to accept that Burt's relationship with his mother is beneficial to her, after seventeen years of being alone. Finn invites Burt to watch the basketball game with him, during which the two fall into a discussion of sports again. Both however are unaware of Kurt watching them from a nearby window outside crying.
Alongside all of this, his relationship with Mercedes hits choppy waters when he suggests she needs to lose weight so she can keep herself on the Cheerios. He strongly desires to no longer be considered a loser, enjoying his interaction with the Cheerios, such as in the group's hatred of Rachel's personality, stating that "The Glee Club would rather die than see Rachel and Jesse be the new Beyoncé and Jay-Z." He is humbled, however, when Mercedes, thanks to the help of Quinn, realizes that she is fine the way that she is and proceeds to sing Beautiful at a pep rally, after which Kurt apologizes to her.
Kurt is upset to find that he didn't make the Glist, a list of the hottest and sexual members of the glee club, so he, Artie Abrams, Mercedes, and Tina team up with Brittany to bring up their reputation by singing U Can't Touch This in the library, but they are unsuccessful.
Kurt is saddened by the fact that his dad is paying more attention to Finn and in the mistaken belief that if he becomes "straight" his father will love him again, he changes his persona to straight, becoming "Butch Kurt"—a "man's man." He dons flannel and trucker wear instead of his usual lingerie, speaks in a deeper voice, and sings Pink Houses by Mellencamp for Glee, to which everyone listens uncomfortably. He starts dating Brittany, but asks her what it's like to kiss boys during their make-out session. Kurt makes sure his father "catches" him and Brittany kissing, which Burt finds extremely odd, but proceeds to humor him, all the while encouraging his son to be true to himself and saying that he will always support him and to use protection in which Brittany thinks they need security guards.
After being rejected by his father again, in favor of spending time with Finn, Kurt has finally gives up and returns to his true persona singing his own version of Rose's Turn in the The April Rhodes Civic Pavilion, where he is confronted by his dad, who tells him that he likes him as he is, not what Kurt thinks he wants him to be; "Butch Kurt." After finally accepting that his father loves him no matter what, Kurt is at last free again to pursue his feelings towards Finn.
Kurt's role is very minor. He is seen being very excited over the New Directions jean jackets presented by Bryan Ryan.
When the Glee Club learns that Vocal Adrenaline will be doing Lady Gaga for Regionals, Kurt and the girls don Gaga-inspired outfits and perform Bad Romance. Kurt is elated when Burt invites Carole and Finn to move in with them. Kurt, in an attempt to seduce Finn, goes to elaborate attempts at making Finn feel welcomed. However, he crosses the line of Finn's existing comfort levels. Kurt's flamboyant decoration of their shared bedroom ultimately causes Finn to have an outburst and use a homophobic slur. Burt overhears this and kicks Finn out, despite the problems it might cause his relationship with Carole. Finn proceeds to make several attempts reconciling with Kurt, all of which are rejected, until at last Finn saves Kurt from several bullies attempting to assault Kurt for wearing his Lady Gaga costume, while wearing one of his own.
Kurt assists the Cheerios in winning their Nationals for the sixth time in a row, by singing a medley of Céline Dion in French. Meanwhile, the Glee Club is horrified to discover that Jesse has returned to Vocal Adrenaline and a more intense rivalry explodes between the two groups, climaxing with Rachel being egged by the rival group. Furious, the boys of the group proceed to set out for vengeance. Kurt joins the rest of boys, stating that despite everything Rachel is their friend and that only they may belittle and insult her. In the end, New Directions gets vengeance by performing a funk number in which Kurt shows off the low notes in his range at the beginning. Vocal Adrenaline is not capable of doing a funk number because they are self-admitted "soulless automatons."
Finally the group makes it to Regionals in which they are shocked to learn that Sue is one of judges. Will urges the kids to push on, and they sing a selection of songs from the group Journey. Their performance is a hit, and they receive the support of Josh Groban who feels they had the most heart. However, after Olivia Newton-John dismisses their entire performance, everyone thinks that New Directions should lose. It is only Sue who votes for them to win the competition.
They rank third place, which means that, according to Figgins, the group will be forced to disband. All the kids talk about their lives before joining the Glee Club and Kurt shares how he was not honest about who he was. They sing a "farewell" song to Will, To Sir, With Love, which Sue overhears. Moved by the love that the kids show for Will, Sue asks the principal to give them one more year, allowing the group another chance to win Regionals after the summer.
Kurt joins the New Directions in helping recruit new members for the glee club with Empire State of Mind, but is unsuccessful. Rachel managed to sway Sunshine Corazon into auditioning, but grew fearful of her joining their group when she discovered how good of a singer she really was. Rachel tried to get Kurt and Mercedes to join her in taking down Sunshine, supposedly for "their benefit." Neither of them were impressed with Rachel and were later furious to discover that she had intentionally sent Sunshine to a crackhouse rather than to auditions.
Britney/Brittany Kurt is the one who insists the most on doing Britney Spears music. He is the only one aware of a Facebook campaign that is pleading for New Directions to perform Britney Spears music at the fall homecoming assembly. Most of the kids are excited about the campaign, but Mr Schuester is adamant about his no Britney Spears policy, as he believes she is a bad role model. During a passionate argument about the importance of Britney Spears to pop culture, Kurt releases his anger verbally on Mr. Schue, causing every member of the New Directions looking shocked, which leads him to send Kurt to the principal's office. Eventually, Mr Schuester changes his mind and allows the group to perform Toxic at the Homecoming assembly, provided that he gets to sing with the kids also. The performance does not have the result the kids are hoping for, as it creates a "Britney Spears Sex Riot." Sue pulls the fire alarm, stopping the performance, and the students evacuate.Emma runs to Kurt’s French class to tell Kurt the news. Will and Emma rush Kurt to the hospital to see his father. Kurt goes to his Dad's hospital room and asks his Dad to hold his hand. Kurt seems to want to bear the burden alone, only letting Finn in after he points out that he thought they were a family and Burt would be the closest he's ever going to get to a father.
Later, everyone in the Glee Club comforts him. Kurt finds Rachel singing Papa, Can You Hear Me? to his father and asks them to leave. He remembers all the good times with his dad and sings I Want to Hold Your Hand in Glee club, showing all his emotions (as he had been acting very calm through the dilemma) at the end of the song. Mercedes Jones asks him to come to church with her. Although he doesn't believe in God, Kurt agrees, and at church Mercedes sings Bridge Over Troubled Water with everyone in the church comforting him. Kurt goes back and holds Burt's hand again saying that he doesn't believe in God, but he believes in both of them and Burt starts to squeeze his hand, signaling that he is going to be all right.
Kurt initially believes that the newest member of the Glee Club, Sam Evans, may be gay because Kurt can tell Sam dyes his hair, and proposes that they sing a duet together for the duets competition. When Finn finds out, he pleads with Kurt to break it off as he believes that doing a duet with Kurt may cause Sam to be harassed by others for singing with a gay male which may potentially lead to him leaving Glee Club. Kurt doesn't listen, but after a talk with his dad, he comes to the conclusion that, while incredibly unfair, it would be the right thing to do to let Sam sing a duet with someone else. He then decides that he will sing Le Jazz Hot on his own, wearing a costume that represents both the male and female side of the human psyche, thus making it a "duet." At the end, Rachel confronts Kurt and informs him that she knows he is lonely. During this heart to heart talk, they come to the realization that they aren't as different as they believe they are, and sing a duet of Happy Days Are Here Again/Get Happy as the episode closes.Mr Schuester plans to hold a school production of The Rocky Horror Show, Kurt is offered the role of Frank-N-Furter. He rejects, saying there's no way he'd play a transvestite in fishnets, high heels and lipstick, to which Santana mockingly asks if Kurt is opposed to playing the role "because that look was last season." Mike Chang takes the role instead. (later to be replaced by Mercedes). Kurt is then cast as Riff-Raff. He joins in on singing back-up on Damn It, Janet and shares the male lead with Finn in Time Warp.
Dave's bullying begins to escalate, as Kurt gets painfully shoved into lockers and openly insulted. Adding to Kurt's misery, when Mr Schuester presents that the group perform another boys vs girls mash-up competition, Mr Schuester again forces Kurt to join the boys' team as opposed to the girls' team, which he would have preferred. Dave hammers Kurt again and when Kurt speaks out, Dave threatens to beat him up. Will sees the aftermath of Kurt again being bullied by Dave and attempts to reach out to him. Kurt tells Will that he, like everyone else in school, too easily lets homophobia slide and that he's not feeling challenged musically. In response, Will alters the competition, requiring the teams to tackles songs better suited to the opposite gender.While Kurt attempts to stay strong, he finds himself slowly cracking under the strain of being so easily bullied as well as being the only openly gay student in the school. After his song choices being rejected by the other guys, Kurt sneaks into Dalton Academy to check out their competition. Noticing the boys all are rushing off to somewhere, he stops one of them, claiming to be a new student and asks what's happening. The student introduces himself as Blaine and explains that Dalton's Glee Club are about to throw an impromptu performance.
When Kurt asks if the Glee club is cool at Dalton, Blaine says that the Warblers are like rock stars. Taking Kurt's hand, he rushes them to where the Warblers will perform and reveals himself to be the lead singer for their show choir. Kurt is enthralled with their performance of Katy Perry's Teenage Dream. He is overwhelmed by how accepting everyone at the school is and seems smitten by the attention that Blaine shows him during the song. Afterwards, it’s revealed that Blaine and two of his friends Wes and David are aware that Kurt was a spy, but actually found the fact that he was "such a horrible spy" endearing and did not hold it against him. Instead, they have coffee with him. Confessing to being a spy, Kurt asks several of the Warblers if they're all gay. Blaine says that out of the three of them he is, the others explain that their school has a zero-tolerance policy on harassment. Alone with Blaine, Kurt reveals that he's the only out student at McKinley High and is constantly harassed by Karofsky. Blaine had a similar experience at his school before Dalton and regrets running away. He advises Kurt that prejudice is ignorance and by confronting Karofsky he'll teach him that he can't get away with it. Blaine suggests that while Kurt could do what he did and transfer schools, another option would be to confront his bully.
Staying in contact, Blaine urges Kurt to have "courage" via a phone text. Kurt takes his advice, and after being shoved into a locker by Karofsky once more, Kurt calls him out and follows him, demanding to know what his problem is. Dave becomes extremely defensive, ordering Kurt to back off. Kurt refuses to do so, stating that Karofsky isn't his "type", and that Dave can't "punch the gay out of him any more than he can punch the ignoramus out of Karofsky." Mid-insult, Dave grabs Kurt and kisses him. Dave attempts for a second one, but Kurt immediately pushes him away, completely in shock by what just happened, causing Karofsky to punch a locker and run from the room, clearly upset. Kurt gets Blaine to help him confront Karofsky about his closeted homosexuality. Kurt and Blaine approach Dave, who's back to his insulting persona, denying his feelings and growing more violent when they try to talk him into accepting his feelings. When Kurt defends Blaine by pushing Dave away, he runs off. Still in a sense of shock after what happened, Kurt explains to Blaine that before Dave, he had never been kissed when it actually "counted." Blaine offers to buy Kurt lunch. Later we see that Kurt now has a picture of Blaine in his locker with the word "courage" beneath.
Kurt begins to blow off Mercedes, in favor of his new friendship with Blaine. Mercedes is curious about Kurt's budding relationship with Blaine, but he assures her that it's not a romantic situation. Later, Kurt takes Blaine and Mercedes out for dinner. It is evident during the outing how close Blaine and Kurt have become as they have a lot in common. Mercedes seems to fade out during their chatting. Kurt is comfortable and relieved that he can discuss "gay issues" with another. He high fives, pats, and touches Blaine throughout the conversation.
When Mercedes smuggles Tater Tots into the school, Kurt tells her she's substituting food for love - and substituting Kurt for a boyfriend. He assures her that she'll find someone and urges her to take care of herself in the meantime. Mercedes agrees with him and goes off to meet the jock he tried to set her up with. Dave then confronts Kurt asking if he told anyone else about him kissing Kurt in the locker room, with Dave claiming that Kurt kissed him, rather than the other way around. Kurt replies he hasn't told anyone to which Dave says, "Good, because if you tell anybody, I'll kill you." He walks off, leaving Kurt terrified for his life.
Kurt and Finn discover that their parents are finally getting married, and Kurt is made the wedding planner. At the same time, Kurt is terrified by Dave Karofsky and begins to panic whenever Dave is near him. Dave walks up to him, touches his upper chest, and attempts a smile at Kurt. He then grabs the wedding figurine Kurt is holding, asking "Can I have this?" before walking off, leaving Kurt looking unsettled. Will sees this and asks Kurt if he's alright, causing Kurt to shake and cry; Will takes him to the principal. After Will and Sue say they can't do anything to help him, the glee boys on the football team confront Dave in the locker room and demand he leave Kurt alone.
Later, while Kurt is giving Finn and Burt dancing lessons, Dave sees and mocks them, angering Burt. Kurt hesitates but when Finn tells Kurt to tell his father the truth or he will, Kurt tells Burt that Dave has been harassing him for a few weeks. When his dad presses Kurt for more information, he admits that Dave threatened to kill him, which shocks both Finn and Burt. Burt rushes after Dave and throws him up against the wall, threatening Karofsky to pick a fight with him. He is pulled off of him by Finn and Kurt. The situation causes Sue to call Dave's dad, Paul Karofsky, to the school. Paul notes that Dave has been acting differently and takes Kurt's side. Upon Kurt telling Sue that Dave threatened to kill him, Sue expels Dave.Later, Burt marries Carole, making Finn and Kurt stepbrothers. At the reception, Finn says that "Furt" has been born, and he has Kurt's back no matter what it costs him. Finn and the rest of the Glee Club proceed to sing Bruno Mars' Just the Way You Are to him, with Finn putting his past insecurities with Kurt aside, and they dance, ending with a hug. Sue reveals that her expulsion of Dave has been overridden by the school board and he'll be returning the next day. She resigns in protest, allowing Figgins to return as acting principal and says she'll be a set of eyes and ears for Kurt in the hallway. Kurt leaves the office and runs into Burt and Carole, who offer to use their honeymoon money to pay for his tuition at Dalton Academy. Kurt goes into the choir room and announces he's transferring to Dalton Academy, effective immediately, because Dave is returning the next day. All the guys offer to protect him, but Kurt refuses. He walks out of the choir room in tears, leaving all of Glee Club stunned and upset. Not only about Kurt's leaving, but also that Kurt would be their competition for Sectionals, leaving Rachel worry about it.
Kurt, who is now a member of Dalton Academy finds himself struggling to adjust to the energy of the place. The Warblers make him watch over their mascot, a canary named Pavarotti, in order for him to join their Glee Club. Kurt makes jokes that mostly fall flat. He presents an idea for Sectionals, but the council politely declines. After the meeting, Blaine comes over to him in the hallway and offers Kurt the chance to audition to sing a solo at Sectionals, because Kurt showed guts by suggesting new ideas. Kurt goes to Rachel for help and together they work on Don't Cry for Me Argentina for his audition. Unfortunately, Kurt is not selected; Nick and Jeff, both of whom had auditioned multiple times for the solo, are told they can go forward to the next level of auditions. Blaine tells Kurt that he doesn't have to show off or try so hard, and to try to blend in.
At Sectionals, Kurt runs into Rachel, where she admits her own shock that he didn't get the solo and jokingly states that the reason she had never been as nice to him before was because of the fact he was her biggest competition. She admits they all miss him, and he says he misses his old school as well. Rachel admits that the most important thing is for Kurt to be safe. During their talk, he accidentally lets slip that he knew Finn had slept with Santana, assuming that Rachel had known already.
The Warblers perform Hey, Soul Sister, before New Directions goes up, and Kurt is pleased to see that a majority of his friends from New Directions smile up at him from the audience with pride and support, even giving them a standing ovation at the end. He returns the kind gesture and leads the audience to give a standing ovation for New Directions after they perform. In the end, both the Warblers and New Directions tie for first place at Sectionals, meaning both groups will be competing again at Regionals against Westvale High School's Aural Intensity. After the competition, Kurt, who is still taking care of Pavarotti, becomes scared that the bird might be dying, when he notes that he is becoming weak and his feathers are falling out. He texts Blaine, who assures him that the warbler is simply molting.
When Blaine asks Kurt to help him prepare for a gig, they flirtatiously sing Baby, It's Cold Outside. Afterwards, Will visits Kurt where Kurt reveals that he is in love with Blaine. (A Very Glee Christmas)
Kurt joins The Warblers in preparing for Regionals. He and Blaine later join Rachel and Mercedes for coffee at The Lima Bean. Afterwards, he and Blaine can be seen at the football game, cheering on the New Directions, who have joined the football team. (The Sue Sylvester Shuffle)
When Blaine reveals he has a crush on someone, Kurt assumes it's him but is disappointed when it turns out to be someone else. However, when Blaine's attempts at wooing his crush backfire, Kurt reveals to Blaine that he has feelings for him. Blaine is surprised, but suggests they should stay friends for the time being. (Silly Love Songs)
Kurt accompanies Blaine to Rachel's house party where Blaine gets extremely drunk and kisses Rachel. The next morning, Burt catches Blaine in Kurt's bed, but Kurt insists that nothing had happened. When Blaine starts questioning his sexuality, Kurt admonishes him and asserts that bisexuality is not real. (Blame It on the Alcohol)
Kurt struggles to be sexy when Blaine has The Warblers perform Animal for their sister school, Crawford Country Day. Blaine offers his services, but learns that Kurt is too resistant about the topic of sex. Burt decides to give Kurt "the talk" after a conversation with Blaine, but Kurt becomes uncomfortable. (Sexy)
When Pavarotti suddenly dies, Kurt sings Blackbird in his memory, causing Blaine to realize his feelings for Kurt. Blaine then proposes they sing together at Regionals, where Blaine admits his feelings for Kurt and kisses him passionately. At Regionals, Kurt and Blaine sing Candles, before The Warblers perform Raise Your Glass. The Warblers end up losing, but Blaine and Kurt agree that they still have each other. (Original Song)
Kurt and Blaine visit McKinley High for the benefit concert where Blaine comments that Kurt misses his old school. They soon confronted by Karofsky, who begins to taunt them. Santana Lopez witnesses this and intervenes. (A Night of Neglect)
Santana is able to get Kurt to transfer back to McKinley with the promise that Karofsky's bullying would stop. After saying goodbye to Blaine, he sings As If We Never Said Goodbye to his old friends. At the end of the episode, Kurt lead Born This Way with Mercedes and Tina, sporting a T-shirt that reads "Likes Boys." (Born This Way)
Finn and Rachel are surprised to find Kurt leaving a hotel room with Sam and assume he is cheating on Blaine. However, it turns out that Kurt has been helping Sam after Sam's father loses his job. (Rumours)
While dining at Breadstix together, Kurt asks a reluctant Blaine to his high school prom. Later, Karofsky tearfully apologizes to Kurt for the bullying. At prom, the school plays a cruel joke on Kurt by rigging the vote and making him prom queen. Although he's pushed to tears, Kurt eventually finds the courage to come back and accept the crown. When it's time for the king and queen dance, prom king Karofsky backs out, allowing Blaine to step in for the dance. (Prom Queen)
Kurt competes against Mercedes, Rachel, and Santana for the big solo at Nationals by singing Some People, but is unsuccessful in impressing newly appointed consultant Jesse. When Sue's sister, Jean Sylvester, dies unexpectedly, Kurt helps in planning the funeral where he and the New Directions perform Pure Imagination. (Funeral)
In New York, Kurt invites Rachel for breakfast at Tiffany's where he reveals his plans to come to New York for college. They sneak into the Gershwin Theater and sing For Good from Wicked. At Nationals, the New Directions suffer a terrible loss and return to Ohio in defeat. Despite this, Kurt remains in high spirits when he meets Blaine again and is surprised when Blaine tells him he loves him, which he responds that he loves him, too. (New York)
Kurt convinces Blaine to transfer to McKinley. Kurt and Rachel learn, from Emma, about a prestigious performing arts school called the New York Academy of the Dramatic Arts (or NYADA, for short) and plan to psyche out the competition with Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead. However, they are shocked when the competition turns out to be a lot better than they'd expected. At the end of the episode, Kurt performs You Can't Stop the Beat with New Directions. (The Purple Piano Project)
In an effort to beef up his résumé, Kurt attempts to run for student class president and audition for the school musical with I'm the Greatest Star. However, obstacles like Brittany and Blaine threaten his efforts. (I Am Unicorn)
Brittany reveals to Kurt that she will be running against him in the student election. Kurt sings in It's All Over when Mercedes turns up late to Booty Camp, causing her to quit. Kurt surprises Blaine with roses in an effort to show support for Blaine, who is a shoe-in for the role of Tony. (Asian F)
Kurt begins to feel threatened when a handsome Warbler named Sebastian Smythe pursues Blaine. Kurt and Blaine decide to accompany Sebastian to a gay bar where Blaine gets drunk and overly affectionate, causing an argument. After the school play, Kurt and Blaine apologize to each other, affirming their love, and they make the decision to have sex for the first time with each other. (The First Time)
In support of Santana's coming out, Kurt and Blaine sing Perfect, but she rebuffs them. After the election voting, Kurt is accused of stuffing the ballot, but it turns out to be Rachel. At the end of the episode, he sings Constant Craving as he fills out his NYADA application. (I Kissed a Girl)
Kurt warns Sebastian to stay away from Blaine, but Sebastian refuses. At Sectionals, Kurt and Tina lead ABC with Quinn and Mike Chang. During their performance, Kurt notices Sebastian in the audience, eyeing Blaine. (Hold on to Sixteen)
Kurt participates in co-hosting Artie's Christmas special with Blaine, singing Let It Snow and My Favorite Things. After filming is complete, he and the rest of New Directions go to help out at the homeless shelter and sing Do They Know It's Christmas? to everyone. (Extraordinary Merry Christmas)
Kurt joins the girls during Summer Nights as Mercedes talks about her fling with Sam. He later joins Rachel and Finn at Breadstix to discuss their futures post-graduation, where he laments that he doesn't think he'll get into NYADA. (Yes/No)
At The Lima Bean, Sebastian confronts Kurt and his friends and reveals that The Warblers will be performing Michael Jackson songs at Regionals. During a sing-off with The Warblers, Blaine gets injured after Sebastian tosses a slushie that was intended for Kurt. Later, Kurt, Rachel, and Finn visit Blaine and sing Ben to him. Kurt finally gets his letter from NYADA, stating that he is a finalist, which upsets Rachel, who hasn't gotten hers. At the end of the episode, Kurt and New Directions confront Sebastian and The Warblers and perform Black or White. (Michael)
When Rachel reveals her engagement to Finn, Kurt initially objects. He later approaches Finn with pamphlets for New York-based schools. (The Spanish Teacher)
Kurt begins to receive gifts from a "secret admirer" and assumes that Blaine is the one sending them. However, it is later revealed to be Karofsky, who tells Kurt that he's in love with him. Although flattered, Kurt gently rejects him. At the end of the episode, Blaine makes a surprise visit and they sing Love Shack together with the girls. (Heart)
When news hit about Karofsky's suicide attempt, Kurt joins The God Squad where he reveals that he feels guilty for ignoring Karofsky's attempts at contacting him. Kurt later joins Blaine, Brittany, and Santana at The Lima Bean to confront Sebastian, who apologizes for his actions after he feels responsible for Karofsky's suicide attempt. After New Directions win at Regionals, Kurt visits Karofsky at the hospital where they agree to form a friendship. (On My Way)
Kurt and Mercedes are visited by the new lead vocalist of Vocal Adrenaline, Wade Adams, who seeks advice from them on how to be confident as a woman named Unique. When Sue gets word of this, she orders them to encourage Wade to go along with the Unique persona, but have second thoughts and try to discourage him. Wade, however, goes on stage as Unique and his performance is well received. (Saturday Night Glee-ver)
In memory of Whitney Houston, Kurt joins Mercedes, Rachel, and Santana in singing How Will I Know. Kurt and Blaine begin to feel distant with each other, prompting Kurt to exchange flirty text messages from a boy named Chandler Kiehl that he met at a sheet music shop. Blaine catches wind of this and accuses him of cheating, which Kurt denies. After a conversation with Burt, Kurt sings I Have Nothing as an apology to Blaine, and the two work out their issues. At the end of the episode, they perform My Love Is Your Love with New Directions. (Dance with Somebody)
NYADA auditions have finally arrived, and Kurt and Rachel prepare their own performances. Kurt decides to play it safe with a song from Phantom of the Opera, but after an unimpressed reaction from Carmen Tibideaux, he changes the song to Not the Boy Next Door at the last minute, nailing his audition. (Choke)
Kurt and Blaine join Rachel in performing Big Girls Don't Cry, and agree to go to Rachel's anti-prom, which turns out to be extremely boring. They decide to go to prom, despite Brittany's hair gel ban, where Blaine reveals his curly hair, much to Kurt's shock. (Prom-asaurus)
Sue calls Kurt and Mercedes to her office where she reveals Unique's success as a drag performer. She then orders Kurt to wear a dress and perform as "Porcelina," which Kurt refuses. Kurt and Blaine are at the mall when Tina falls and hits her head in the water fountain. In an alternate universe, Kurt switch places with Finn, who shows his support to Tina (as Rachel). (Props)
At Nationals, Kurt has a solo in Paradise by the Dashboard Light. After New Directions are revealed as the winners, Kurt and the seniors perform We Are the Champions to Will, who was just awarded Teacher of the Year. (Nationals)
Burt surprises Kurt with a performance of Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) with Brittany and Tina as a graduation present. Kurt then has a discussion with Blaine about the future of their relationship, and reassures Blaine that he isn't saying goodbye to him. Kurt sings I'll Remember as his goodbye to New Directions. It's later revealed that Kurt did not get into NYADA, but Rachel did. Despite this, he sees Rachel off with the rest of their friends at the train station. (Goodbye)
Having failed to get into NYADA, Kurt busies himself around Lima, obtaining a job as a barista and joining the New Directions for auditions. However, after encouraging words from Blaine and Burt, Kurt moves to New York and surprises Rachel, who breaks down from her stressful life in the Big Apple. (The New Rachel)
Kurt and Rachel buy a loft together. Later, when Rachel complains about her dance teacher, Cassandra July, and her abusive treatment, Kurt reveals her backstory as "the biggest trainwreck in Broadway history. (Britney 2.0)
Kurt applies for an intership at Vogue.com where he meets the eccentric Isabelle Wright, who is impressed by his style. Later, he and Isabelle help give Rachel a makeover, singing The Way You Look Tonight/You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile. At the end of the episode, we see Kurt ignore a phone call from Blaine, foreshadowing the events of the next episode. (Makeover)
Blaine and Finn visit Kurt and Rachel in New York where their relationship problems come to head. Blaine reveals that he cheated on Kurt, leading to them singing Don't Speak. Kurt and Blaine break up and they, along with other couples going through issues, sing The Scientist. (The Break-Up)
Kurt and Rachel travel to Lima to see the school production of Grease. Kurt has an awkward run-in with Blaine, where he reveals that he doesn't trust Blaine anymore. (Glease)
Kurt, Rachel, and Rachel's new boyfriend Brody Weston celebrate Thanksgiving together, but are interrupted by Isabelle and her drag queen friends, singing Let's Have a Kiki/Turkey Lurkey Time. Isabelle is able to convince Kurt to call Blaine and talk things out. (Thanksgiving)
Kurt attempts to get into NYADA by convincing Carmen to give him a second chance. At the NYADA Winter Showcase, Kurt sings Being Alive as an impromptu audition. At the end of the episode, it's revealed that Kurt got accepted into NYADA. (Swan Song)
In an alternate universe where Artie can walk, Kurt is held back a year and still being bullied by his peers and mentions that he doesn't know who Blaine is. In real life, Burt visits Kurt in New York where he reveals that he has prostate cancer. He later surprises him with a visit from Blaine, with whom he sings White Christmas at the ice rink. At the end of the episode, they sing Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. (Glee, Actually)
Kurt meets Adam Crawford, a charming senior and leader of the NYADA glee club, Adam's Apples. Feeling lonely from the break-up, Kurt asks out Adam, who accepts and they exchange numbers. (Sadie Hawkins)
Tired of her growing diva attitude, Kurt challenges Rachel to a second diva-off, after admitting that he blew the first one they competed in. During NYADA's Midnight Madness, Kurt and Rachel sing Bring Him Home and Kurt is announced the winner. Having been knocked down a peg, Rachel mends things with Kurt. (Diva)
At the wedding of Will and Emma, Kurt and Blaine are hooking up in the backseat of a car. They later sing Just Can't Get Enough at the wedding reception. He is later confronted by Tina about his treatment of Blaine. Afterwards, Kurt and Blaine proceed to have sex in a hotel room during We've Got Tonite. (I Do)
Kurt snowed in the apartment with Adam, Rachel, and Santana. To pass the time, he suggest they watch the film Moulin Rouge!, where Santana comments that Come What May was supposed to be Kurt and Blaine's wedding song. Later, Kurt daydreams of Blaine and himself, singing Come What May, suggesting that he is still not over Blaine. (Girls (and Boys) on Film)
Annoyed with Santana's flagrant disregard of boundaries, Kurt and Rachel order her to move out of the apartment. (Feud)
When Santana learns the truth about Brody's real profession, Kurt advises Santana to hold off from telling Rachel as she prepares for her Funny Girl audition. At night, Rachel and Santana discover Kurt's "boyfriend arm" pillow. He later gives them one for each other. At the end of the episode, the three sing Mamma Mia as they watch the movie version. (Guilty Pleasures)
During Funny Girl audition, Kurt appears along with Artie, Finn, Mercedes, and Tina during Don't Stop Believin'. At the end of the episode, Kurt can be seen, waiting for Rachel to get her callback. (Sweet Dreams)
Isabelle asks for Kurt's help at the New York City Ballet educational programs, which he accepts. He brings along Rachel and Santana where Isabelle helps Santana realize her dancing dreams by singing At the Ballet. (Lights Out)
Kurt returns to Lima with Mercedes and Mike to get Burt's test results to see if he has cancer or not. He sings You Are the Sunshine of My Life for his father. It's later revealed that Blaine is planning to propose to Kurt and asks Burt for permission. (Wonder-ful)
Kurt attends a double date with Blaine and two lesbians named Jan and Liz Stevens. Blaine hopes that witness their love would help Kurt realize his feelings for Blaine enough to marry him. At the end of the episode, Kurt witnesses Will and Emma get married and Blaine stands next to him with the engagement ring behind him. (All or Nothing)
Kurt and Blaine agree to give their relationship a second shot and sing Got to Get You into My Life together. Afterwards, Burt drives Kurt to Dalton Academy where Blaine proposes to him. (Love, Love, Love)
Kurt sings Get Back with Rachel in an attempt cheer her up after she hasn't heard back from the Funny Girl producers. After Rachel wins the role, Kurt accepts a job at the Spotlight Diner and performs Let It Be with Rachel, Santana, and Santana's new girlfriend, Dani. (Tina in the Sky with Diamonds)
Kurt returns to Lima in the wake of Finn's sudden death, singing Seasons of Love with New Directions past and present. He later gets into a small conflict with Puck over who gets to own Finn's letterman jacket. After Santana's tearful performance, he goes to speak with her about how she should stop feeling guilty. (The Quarterback)
Kurt decides to hold auditions for a new band he's creating. When a flashy auditionee named Starchild auditions, Kurt becomes jealous and rebuffs him for being too flashy. Starchild later visits him in a toned-down attire, revealing that his real name is actually Elliott Gilbert and Kurt agrees to let him be a part of the band, which is eventually named Pamela Lansbury. (A Katy or A Gaga)
In an attempt to "live life on the edge," Kurt and Rachel agree to get tattoos, which ends badly when Kurt's tattoo reads "It's Get Better" instead of "It Gets Better." He later has the tattoo changed to "It's Got Bette Midler." (The End of Twerk)
Kurt, Rachel, and Santana welcome Blaine and Sam to New York as they prepare to look at colleges to go to. Kurt and Blaine discuss Blaine's future career, in which Kurt encourages him to go to NYADA. They all later sing Just the Way You Are. (Movin' Out)
Kurt books a gig for Pamela Lansbury at Callbacks, which is negatively received by his bandmates. He explains his decision with a vision of him playing Madonna's Into the Groove, where everyone loves their performance. Kurt and Blaine have a discussion about Blaine having control issues. Pamela Lansbury's first gig ends up a bust when only one person shows up. (Puppet Master)
In a special "unaired Christmas episode," Kurt, Rachel, and Santana get jobs as Santa's helpers, singing Here Comes Santa Claus (Down Santa Claus Lane), but it ends in disaster. They later meet a sexy Santa named Cody Tolentino, whom they invite over for to the apartment where they get high from helium and extremely drunk, singing The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late). Kurt is later caught making out with Cody by Rachel and Santana. However, the following morning, Kurt, Rachel, and Santana all learn that they were robbed by Cody. At the end of the episode, they take a job as singing mannequins, performing Away in a Manger. (Previously Unaired Christmas)
Kurt begins to worry that Elliott might try to take over the band. After Elliott takes Kurt to a guitar shop where they sing I Believe in a Thing Called Love, Kurt has second thoughts. They take a selfie together with Elliott kissing Kurt's cheek, which upsets Blaine after Becky shows him the photo on Facebook. (Frenemies)
Due to Rachel and Santana's feud, Kurt kicks them out of the band and forms a new band with Dani and Elliott, One Three Hill. They have their first performance at Callbacks, performing The Happening. At the end of the episode, the three have band practice, singing Hold On. (Trio)
Kurt returns to Lima again to participate in Will's final glee club assignment. He joins Mercedes and Rachel in singing Defying Gravity. The following day, he receives a flask as a wedding gift from April. (100)
In an effort to mend Rachel and Santana's relationship, Kurt and Mercedes sing I Am Changing. Kurt joins all the New Directions members, old and new, in singing Don't Stop Believin' to Will as a special goodbye. (New Directions)
Kurt sings Downtown with Artie, Blaine, Rachel, and Sam. Kurt and Blaine adjust to their life in New York with You Make Me Feel So Young, but Kurt eventually grows increasingly annoyed with Blaine's constant smothering. He finds releases with Elliott, singing Rockstar, and Elliott convinces him to work out their issues. Kurt and Blaine eventually agree to live separately for the time being. (New New York)
Kurt joins Blaine, Rachel, and Sam in attending a candlelight vigil for a gay-bashing victim by singing No One Is Alone. Later, Kurt and Rachel have a talk and is disappointed that Rachel would drop out of NYADA in favor of Funny Girl, which ends in an argument. After dinner, Kurt sees a gay man being harassed and comes to his aid, getting attacked himself. Burt visits him in the hopsital and expresses his grief, but Kurt reiterates that he is strong. At the end of the episode, Kurt sings I'm Still Here with Burt and all his friends enjoying the performance. (Bash)
Kurt and Blaine begin to have issues again after Blaine gains weight and becomes insecure around Kurt, who gets attention for his toned body. Their issues come to head when Blaine accidently strikes at Kurt during stage combat practice after singing Love is a Battlefield. They eventually work out their issues, with promises to be more honest with each other. (Tested)
Kurt appears in Rachel's dream in the same outfit he wore in the first season "diva-off". He later attends Rachel's opening night for Funny Girl with Blaine, Mercedes, Sam, Santana, and Tina. Later, they are seen reading a very positive review from the New York Times. (Opening Night)
Kurt meets up with Blaine and informs him that a wealthy socialite named June Dolloway, who helps kickstart artists' careers, is visiting NYADA. He convinces Blaine to sing Story of My Life for June, but it backfires when Blaine is the one she becomes interested in. Blaine lies to Kurt about being a part of June's show when in reality, June wants Blaine to dump him. (The Back-Up Plan)
Kurt takes on a special project of Peter Pan with the help of a former Broadway star named Maggie Banks. He auditions with Memory. He also helps mend Maggie's relationship wit her daughter, Clara. On opening night, Kurt performs Lucky Star as Peter Pan, which is well received. Lastly, Kurt joins the gang at the diner in singing Take Me Home Tonight as they give away dogs to people. (Old Dog, New Tricks)
Kurt becomes upset when he learns that Blaine lied to him about June. At June's showcase, Blaine surprises everyone by singing American Boy with Kurt, against June's wishes. At the end of the episode, Kurt performs Pompeii with the New York gang as they begin the next chapter of their lives. (The Untitled Rachel Berry Project)
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.
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.
- Main article: Kurt-Mercedes Relationship (Kurtcedes)
Mercedes and Kurt have been friends since the beginning of the first season, although during their relationship they have had disagreements over things such as religion. They frequently have sleepovers and enjoy spending time with each other. In Acafellas Mercedes develops a crush on Kurt and becomes angry when he rejects her, although she is supportive when he confesses to her that he's gay. Throughout the show's seasons, the pair's friendship strengthens, becoming close friends who are always there for each other. When Burt gets sick, Mercedes takes Kurt to church where she asks everyone to pray for Kurt's father. When Kurt begins his friendship with Blaine, Mercedes begins to feel like a third wheel. When Kurt announces to the New Directions that he is transferring to Dalton Academy, Mercedes seems hurt and steps up to try to convince him to stay at McKinley.
Later, when Kurt returns home in season four, she helps him to get through the days leading up to the results of his dad's surgery. Kurt seems happy for Mercedes' success in Los Angeles and supports her decision to quit the record deal.
In Season Five, Kurt and Mercedes feud again about Tater Tots and sing a duet (I Am Changing ) to Santana and Rachel to persuade them to stop fighting.
- Main article: Kurt-Rachel Relationship (Hummelberry)
- Main article: Finn-Kurt Relationship (Furt)
- Main article: Sue-Kurt Relationship (Surt)
Throughout the first three series, Sue seems to take a liking to Kurt above the other members of the New Directions. She takes special care to protect him from harassment and bullying, particularly at the hands of David Karofsky. This may, in part, be due to her experience of the difficulties of being a social outcast, a consequence of having a sister with Downs syndrome, Jean.
- Main article: Blaine-Kurt Relationship (Klaine)
Kurt is instantly enamored by Blaine when he goes to spy on the Dalton Academy Warblers. Blaine is not angry when he finds out. They become friends, and Kurt ends up going to Dalton with Blaine. Kurt admits to having feelings for Blaine after they sing Baby, It's Cold Outside. Blaine doesn't instantly reciprocate his feelings, until Original Song, in which Blaine admits to being mutually in love with Kurt, and they become a couple.
Kurt transfers back to William McKinley High School soon after Regionals. Since he remarks how much he'd love to have Blaine with him during his senior year, the latter transfers to the high school in Lima at the beginning of the school year. Around then do they lose their virginities to each other. Their relationship is tested when it becomesm ore and more aware to Blaine that Kurt will propoably be leaving him behind after graduation, to which Kurt promises they will make it work.As predicated, Kurt moves to New York in The New Rachel. Blaine starts feeling neglected as a result of their long-distance relationship, and ends up cheating with a man named li. Although Blaine immediately travels to New York to confess this and apologize to Kurt, the latter breaks up with him. Over the new couple of weeks, Blaine repeatedly tries to apologize to Kurt, but the latter doesn't accept it until he has a heart-to-heart with Isabelle Wright. Kurt and Blaine both manage to move on after speaking themselves out on it in Glee, Actually. Blaine then begins crushing on Sam Evans, and Kurt begins a relationship with Adam Crawford. Despite this, they reunite in Love Love Love, and get engaged in the same episode.
After graduating, they move into Kurt and Rachel's apartment together, but Blaine moves out when living together doesn't work for them. While attending NYADA together, a change in their relationship stresses Blaine especially. They also clash when June Dolloway doesn't want Kurt in her showcase with Blaine, but they eventually manage to sort that out, too.
- Main article: Chandler-Kurt Relationship (Kandler)
- Main article: Adam-Kurt Relationship (Kadam)
Adam made his first appearance in Sadie Hawkins. Kurt meets Adam during his first week at NYADA, when Kurt was standing in front of the sign up sheets for the Adam's Apples. He introduces himself to Adam, but Adam said that he already knew Kurt from the performance at the Winter Showcase, which he describes as being "breathtaking." While Kurt's looking at the Adam's Apples sign up sheet, Adam decides to take Kurt and show him a performance, which Kurt enjoys. As the days go by, the two boys get closer as Adam compliments Kurt whenever they happen to run into each other. Kurt later tells Rachel that he has an eye on someone, referring to Adam. Rachel advises Kurt to take the chance he could get, and so with that thought in mind, Kurt asks Adam out for drinks, to which Adam agrees and they then exchange numbers. In Girls (and Boys) on Film they are seen doing impressions of Downton Abbey characters, watching Moulin Rouge, and baking cookies with one another, during a blizzard that has left them, Rachel and Santana snowed in in the loft. Adam later confronts Kurt about his feelings for Blaine and asks Kurt if he has just been a rebound, Kurt lets him know that he wants to get over Blaine so bad and reassures Adam that he was never a rebound. Adam then insists on taking Kurt to the movies to find their own sappy love movie they can connect with, and he takes Kurt's hand. Adam is mentioned, but does not appear in the next seven episodes, what exactly happened between him and Kurt after Girls (and Boys) on Film is unclear as of now. Later in Love, Love, Love, Kurt tells Blaine that although people liked the idea of them as a couple, the two of them never got serious. The last time Adam had been mentioned was during 'A Katy or A Gaga' when Kurt is at the Spotlight Diner and informs Santana, Dani, and Rachel that he was starting his own band as he states that he had to due to being kicked out of the Adam's Apple once Adam had learnt that Kurt was getting engaged to Blaine.
- Main article: Brittany-Kurt Relationship (Kurttany)
In season one, Kurt believes that the only way to not grow closer to his father and impress him, is by pretending to be straight. One day during glee practice, Brittany approaches Kurt about wanting to hook up so she can have a "perfect record." They are later seen making out in Kurt's room where they are interrupted by Burt who is rather confused as to the reason why Kurt did that. Their relationship is short-lived and they broke up when Burt encourages Kurt to be who he really is. In I Am Unicorn, Brittany wants to help Kurt campaign for class president, but when Kurt disagrees with her bold ideas, they become competitors for the position.
- Main article: David-Kurt Relationship (Kurtofsky)
Throughout Season One, Karofsky is constantly harassing Kurt, shoving him into lockers, and calling him insulting names. However, the tormenting becomes drastically worse in season two when teachers and classmates are starting to notice how he treats Kurt. The boys from glee club get into a fight with Karofsky trying to defend Kurt. However, it is to no avail, and the bullying continues. It isn't until Never Been Kissed when Kurt gets the courage and strength to face Karofsky and confront him about the bullying. However, when he chases Karofsky into the locker room,they get into a very big argument. Karofsky is telling Kurt to back off, but Kurt will not stop yelling. The final straw is when Karofsky pulls Kurt forward and forcing him to kiss him (Kurt's first kiss with a boy). They are both equally shocked at the act. Karofsky tries to kiss Kurt again, but Kurt recoils, and Karofsky ends up punching a locker in frustration and running away as Kurt freaks out at the knowledge that his tormentor is gay. The next day, Kurt and Blaine try to talk to Karofsky about the kiss, but he refuses to speak about it to either of them. They get violent on the stairwell, but Karofsky turns around and leaves to avoid a discussion. However, the bullying does not stop. In fact, it gets worse. Kurt gets shoved even harder and starts getting scared and flinching everytime he turns a corner at school. Things reach a climax when Karofsky asks Kurt if told anyone about the incident. Kurt does not believe in outing people so he keeps quiet about it. Although, that does not stop Karofsky from threating Kurt. He says that if Kurt tells anyone, he will kill him. Now, even though Kurt thinks that it is an empty threat, he is terrified and starts considering a transfer to Dalton Academy in Westerville. Although he is very reluctant about it, Kurt decides that is the safer and better solution to switch schools. He stays at Dalton for some time, until Karofsky and Santana form the bully whips: a club made to end all bullying at McKinley. After Kurt shows him compassion, Karofsky apologizes for the pain he inflicted upon him. It seems as though the bullying at McKinley has died down until the night of prom where Karofsky is announced king and Kurt is announced queen. Karofsky is still to afraid to come out of the closet and leaves during their dance.
In season three, Karofsky does not attend McKinley anymore. He has a conversation in a gay bar with Kurt in The First Time, showing he's slowly making progress in accepting himself. We again see him in the Valentine's Day episode. Kurt has a secret admirer he thinks is Blaine until it is revealed that Karofsky is the one sending Kurt gifts and Valentine's Day presents. Seeing as Kurt and Blaine were involved at the time, and Kurt does not reciprocate Karofsky's feelings, Kurt gently rejects Karofsky, who is upset, even moreso when noticing their conversation was overheard by a current classmate of his. Things take a tragic turn when Karofsky attempts suicide because of the bullies at his new school. Luckily, it was a failed attempt and Kurt comes by the hospital to comfort him and get him through the rough times. In the end, they end on friendly terms and possibly stay in touch with one another.
- Solos (In a Group Number)
|Like a Prayer||The Power of Madonna||Finn, Jesse, Mercedes and Rachel|
|What It Feels Like For a Girl||Artie, Finn and Puck|
|Bad Romance||Theatricality||Mercedes, Quinn, Santana and Tina|
|Give up the Funk||Funk||Artie, Finn, Mercedes and Tina|
|Any Way You Want It / Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin'||Journey||Artie, Finn, Puck, Mercedes and Rachel|
|Don't Stop Believin'||Artie, Finn, Mercedes, Puck, Rachel and Santana|
|To Sir, With Love||Artie, Finn, Mercedes, Rachel, Santana and Tina|
- Piano Playing
- Solos (In a Group Number)
|One of Us||Grilled Cheesus||Finn, Mercedes, Quinn, Rachel and Tina|
|There's a Light (Over At the Frankenstein Place)||The Rocky Horror Glee Show||Finn and Rachel|
|Time Warp||Artie, Brittany, Finn, Mercedes, Quinn, Santana (album) and Tina|
|We Need a Little Christmas||A Very Glee Christmas||Mercedes and Tina|
|The Most Wonderful Day of the Year||Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album||Artie, Brittany, Sam, and Tina|
|Born This Way||Born This Way||Mercedes and Tina|
|Pure Imagination||Funeral||Artie, Finn and Tina|
- Back-up singing
|Song||Episode||Sung by||Back-up with|
|Damn It, Janet||The Rocky Horror Glee Show||Finn and Rachel||Mercedes and Quinn|
- New York, New York by Frank Sinatra (New York)
- Solos (In a Group Number)
|You Can't Stop the Beat||The Purple Piano Project||Artie, Finn, Mercedes, Rachel and Tina|
|It's All Over||Asian F||Finn, Puck, Mercedes, Mike, Santana and Will|
|Constant Craving||I Kissed a Girl||Shelby and Santana|
|ABC||Hold on to Sixteen||Mike, Quinn and Tina|
|Do They Know It's Christmas?||Extraordinary Merry Christmas||Artie, Blaine, Brittany, Finn, Mercedes, Puck, Rachel, Santana and Tina|
|My Favorite Things||Blaine, Mercedes and Rachel|
|Summer Nights||Yes/No||Finn, Mercedes, Puck, Rory, Sam, Santana, Sugar and Tina|
|Ben||Michael||Finn and Rachel|
|Black or White||Artie, Mercedes, Rachel and Santana|
|Love Shack||Heart||Blaine, Brittany, Mercedes, Rachel and Sugar|
|How Will I Know||Dance with Somebody||Mercedes, Rachel, and Santana|
|My Love Is Your Love||Artie, Blaine and Mercedes|
|Big Girls Don't Cry||Prom-asaurus||Blaine and Rachel|
|Paradise by the Dashboard Light||Nationals||Blaine, Brittany, Finn, Mercedes, Mike, Puck, Rachel and Santana|
|We Are the Champions||Finn, Puck, Quinn, Rachel, and Santana|
- Back-up singing
|Song||Episode||Sung by||Back-up with|
|More Than a Woman||Saturday Night Glee-ver||Finn||Santana|
- Solos (In a Group Number)
|The Way You Look Tonight / You're Never Fully Dressed||Makeover||Isabelle and Rachel|
|Don't Speak||The Break-Up||Blaine, Finn and Rachel|
|The Scientist||Blaine, Brittany, Emma, Finn, Rachel, Santana and Will|
|You're the One That I Want||Glease||Blaine, Brittany, Finn, Marley, Rachel, Ryder and Santana|
|Let's Have a Kiki||Glee: The Music, Season 4, Volume 1||Isabelle and Rachel|
|Let's Have a Kiki / Turkey Lurkey Time||Thanksgiving|
|Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas||Glee, Actually||Blaine, Brittany, Jake, Marely, Puck and Sam|
|We've Got Tonite||I Do||Artie, Betty, Blaine, Finn, Jake, Marley, Quinn, Rachel and Santana|
|Mamma Mia||Guilty Pleasures||Blaine, Kitty, Marley, Rachel, Sam, Santana and Unique|
|At the Ballet||Lights Out||Isabelle, Rachel and Santana|
- Solos (In a Group Number)
|Let It Be||Tina in the Sky with Diamonds||Artie, Kitty, Rachel, Santana and Tina|
|Seasons of Love||The Quarterback||
Mercedes, Mike, Puck, Santana, and Tina
|Just The Way You Are||Movin' Out||Blaine, Rachel, Sam and Santana|
|Into the Groove||Puppet Master||Elliott and Rachel|
|Here Comes Santa Claus||Previously Unaired Christmas||Rachel and Santana|
|The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)||Cody, Rachel, and Santana|
|Away in a Manger||Kitty, Rachel and Santana|
|The Happening||Trio||Dani and Elliott|
|Hold On||Artie, Blaine, Dani, Elliott, Rachel, Sam, Santana and Tina|
|Defying Gravity||100||Mercedes and Rachel|
|Don't Stop Believin'||New Directions||Artie, Blaine, Rachel, Tina, and Will|
|Downtown||New New York||Artie, Blaine, Rachel and Sam|
|No One Is Alone||Bash||Blaine and Rachel|
|Take Me Home Tonight||Old Dog, New Tricks||Artie, Blaine, Maggie, Mercedes, Rachel, Santana and Sam|
|Pompeii||The Untitled Rachel Berry Project||Artie, Blaine, Brittany, Mercedes, Rachel and Sam|
- 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.