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Rachel Barbra Berry
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General Information
Gender: Female
Age: 26
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Birthday: December 18, 1994
Height: 5'3"
Address: 241 Birch Hill Road
Lima, Ohio
(former)
Occupations: Broadway actress
Waitress (former)
Aliases: Barbra Streisand
Family & Friends
Family: Hiram Berry (father)
LeRoy Berry (father)
Shelby Corcoran (biological mother)
Beth Corcoran (adoptive sister)
Leon (cousin)
Jesse St. James (husband)
Unnamed biological child (through surrogacy)
Unnamed Mother-in-law
Unnamed Father-in-law
Unnamed Sister-in-law
Unnamed Brother-in-law
Unamed Uncle-in-law
Relationships: Jesse St. James (husband)
Finn Hudson (ex-fiancé)
Noah Puckerman (ex-boyfriend)
Brody Weston (ex-boyfriend)
Sam Evans (ex-boyfriend)
Blaine Anderson (kissed, one date: ended)
Will Schuester (former crush)
Friends: Kurt Hummel
Mercedes Jones
Santana Lopez
Blaine Anderson
Finn Hudson
Quinn Fabray
Noah Puckerman
Rory Flanagan
Matt Rutherford
Brittany Pierce
Tina Cohen-Chang
Artie Abrams
Mike Chang
Sam Evans
Sunshine Corazon
Sugar Motta
Joe Hart
Lauren Zizes
Isabelle Wright
Sean Fretthold
Cassandra July
Dani
Will Schuester
Elliott Gilbert
Paolo San Pablo
Rupert Campion
Roderick Meeks
Jane Hayward
Mason McCarthy
Madison McCarthy
Kitty Wilde
Spencer Porter
Myron Muskovitz
Sheldon Beiste
Superintendent Harris
Sue Sylvester
Pets: Barbra (pig)
Enemies: Sandy Ryerson
Brody Weston
Terri Del Monico (possibly formerly)
Other Information
Interests: Broadway
Performing Arts
Singing, Solos
Clique: Pamela Lansbury (formerly)
New Directions (formerly)
Education: William McKinley High School (graduated)
New York Academy of the Dramatic Arts (graduated)
Talent: Singing
Ballet
Acting
Performing Arts
Vulnerabilities: Criticism
Laryngitis
Not Getting Solos
Choking Auditions
Strengths: Her voice
Vocal range
Leadership
Solos
Dancing
Powerful ballads
Ballads
Broadway performances
Comforting others
Protesting her the neglect of her talents
Determination
Weaknesses: Jealousy towards people with talent that intimidate her
Breakups
Self-esteem
Giving up solos
Not having her dreams come true
Being deceived
Awards: MVP
(Regionals, Season 2)
2012 WMHS Prom Queen
'09 Show Choir Sectionals, first place
'10 Show Choir Regionals, third place
'11 Show Choir Regionals, first place
'11 Show Choir Nationals, twelfth place
'12 Show Choir Regionals, first place
'12 Show Choir Nationals, first place
2012 NYADA Winter Showcase
Tony Award, Best Actress in a Musical
Series Information
First episode: Pilot
Last episode: Dreams Come True
Portrayer: Lea Michele
Kendall Glover (Young Rachel; Director's Cut Pilot)
Lauren Boles (Toddler Rachel)
Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina's Dream)

Being a part of something special does not make you special. Something is special because you are a part of it.

—Rachel Berry, Dreams Come True

Rachel Barbra Berry is a major character on Glee. She is a Tony award-winning musical theatre actress. She graduated from the New York Academy of the Dramatic Arts (NYADA), after getting a second chance at her degree, following her decision to drop out in Bash. She is an alumna of William McKinley High School as of Goodbye. She was the first ever captain of the school's Glee Club, the New Directions, having later recruited Finn Hudson as a co-captain in Mattress. She was one of the three major self-proclaimed divas of the club: the others being two of her closest friends, Kurt Hummel and Mercedes Jones.

Rachel is a very driven and ambitious young woman. She was raised by her two gay fathers, LeRoy and Hiram Berry, and was able to meet her biological mother Shelby Corcoran, the former coach of Vocal Adrenaline in Theatricality, due to the efforts of her now husband, Jesse St. James. Rachel is very competitive and often flaunts her "diva" behavior by demanding the spotlight and being the center of attention, due to her dream of performing on Broadway. However, on numerous occasions, during her tenure as a New Directions member, Rachel has shown that she was slowly becoming more considerate and supportive towards the other members of the glee club.

In the episode Yes/No, Finn, whom she has had conflicting feelings for ever since the episode Pilot, proposes to Rachel and in Michael, Rachel accepts his proposal. In On My Way, they planned to get married, but in the beginning of Big Brother it is revealed that they postponed their wedding due to Quinn Fabray's texting and driving car accident. In Goodbye, Finn told her that he is setting her free so that she could go to New York and follow her dreams which she couldn't do if she was married to him. She graduated from McKinley High School in the Season Three graduation episode, Goodbye.

In The New Rachel, Rachel is now a student at NYADA and is struggling to fit in with the new adjustments. Her dance teacher, Cassandra July, isn't making her stay in New York City very welcoming either. In The Break-Up, Finn returns, but with the ongoing drama, Rachel breaks off their relationship "for now" and their relationship was put on hold. In Glease, it seems their relationship has fully dropped after Finn says they shouldn't have contact and he doesn't want to know about Rachel's arrival to Lima, Ohio if she does return again someday. Although at Will's almost wedding they talk multiple times, sing a duet, and sleep together. In the episode, Sweet Dreams, her Broadway journey begins after auditioning for Funny Girl and asked to return for callbacks. During Wonder-ful, she and Cassandra July reconcile and they become friends, after promising she and other NYADA students will help her. In All or Nothing, she re-auditioned for Funny Girl, but it is unknown if she has been selected at the end of the fourth season.

In Season Five, during Tina in the Sky with Diamonds, we found out that she was selected to play 'Fanny Brice' in Funny Girl. Despite the good news, Rachel receives the shock of Finn's death in The Quarterback, which is very tough for her to deal with, specially in the subsequent year. In A Katy or A Gaga, Rachel joins Kurt's band, Pamela Lansbury. Santana Lopez becomes Rachel's understudy which reopens old wounds. Because of her feud with Santana, she is kicked out of the band by Kurt in Trio. In Bash, Rachel quits her schooling at NYADA to focus on Funny Girl. As of Opening Night, the revival of Funny Girl successfully opened on Broadway receiving good reviews from the New York Times. In The Untitled Rachel Berry Project, she decides to leave Broadway and go to Los Angeles to shoot the very first episode of a new series based on her life.

In Season Six, it is revealed that her TV show, titled That's So Rachel, has been cancelled due to very poor ratings after airing its pilot episode. Since she can't go back to Broadway, Rachel returns to Ohio to find out her parents are getting divorced and to relaunch the glee club along with Kurt, and together (with some help of the Alumni) they recruit new members. In What the World Needs Now, with Mercedes' piece of advice and with New Directions' and Alumni's help, Rachel goes to New York to audition for a play in a new Broadway show, which is revealed to have gotten later in the season. However, after personally requesting it, Rachel is reaccepted in NYADA, which leads her to drop the role and decide to go back to college to finish her education. In the series finale, Dreams Come True, it is revealed that in 2020, she is now a successful Broadway actress, married to her friend and old love Jesse St. James, who is also her director, and a surrogate for Klaine. She finally wins a Tony Award - her lifelong dream - for her role in the fictitious Broadway musical Jane Austen Sings, showing that at the end, her long dreams in life has finally accomplished and all the things she went through and worked hard for is finally paid off in the best way possible.

She is portrayed by actress and singer Lea Michele.

Biography

Personality

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Overbearing, hyperactive, self-involved, egotistical and shrewd, Rachel can often come off as one of the more annoying girls in the Glee Club, something all the other members have said at one point or another. First competition while still in diapers, Rachel's one true desire is to become a famous singing star and she has spent almost every moment of her life obsessively going for that goal. She is the best singer in Glee club and has faced Kurt Hummel, Sunshine Corazon, and Mercedes Jones in diva-offs. Rachel is so energized by her ambition that she often speaks at a rapid pace, often without any tact to what she says. Rachel can also be manipulative in her actions, such as getting the previous glee teacher fired when she didn't get a solo and using the fact that she has two gay dads and therefore a connection to the civil rights union to force a business to get Finn hired for a waiting job. Ironically, she has difficulty seeing when other people are manipulating her, such as when Kurt gave her bad advice to gain Finn's attention. She is easily angered for not getting her way, and at such occasions, she will leave the room with a dramatic exit (Though, as Artie once pointed out, they get less dramatic every time she does it). Yet despite her less than appealing tendencies, Rachel is not a bad person. Deep down, like so many other teens, she only wishes to be loved and to have friends. When others are hurting or feeling rejected, Rachel often is willing to come to their side and offer them help, even if the manner in which she does it is less than smooth, such as offering Quinn her support and friendship when she found out she was pregnant and was kicked off the cheerleading team, despite all the years of emotional torment. Rachel is a vegan, a fact revealed to fans in Funk before Vocal Adrenaline eggs her. (Although a minor error, she was seen eating pizza with pepperoni in the episode The Rhodes Not Taken. It was mentioned by Finn as he said: I think they import the pepperoni from, Michigan or something.) But she could have become a vegetarian after The Rhodes Not Taken. This was also confirmed in Duets when Finn tells Rachel that the vegan meatballs at Breadstix are "okay." She is also quite intelligent and is an overachiever.

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Young Rachel

Rachel's romantic feelings towards certain people, like her core personality, can be somewhat scary. Upon meeting and singing with Finn for the first time, she became obviously enamored, causing Finn to become somewhat fearful for his safety as she sang to him. However, despite her overbearing nature, Finn found himself attracted to her "Swimfan" personality. Rachel also became attracted to Will at one point, after they sang a duet ballad together, and like Finn, Will became afraid, but for very different reasons. The only person who has not shown fear in regards to Rachel's romantic advances was Jesse St. James, who not only welcomed the advances, but apparently returned them as well as instigated them intentionally, due to their similar personalities. Jesse even admitted to being in-love with Rachel, which Rachel admitted in return, after only knowing him for a few days. It was later revealed that Jesse was trying to reconnect Rachel and her mother, making it unclear how much of their relationship was real and how much was part of the plot (though it is hinted at that Jesse genuinely cared for Rachel). In Theatricality it is discovered that her mother is Shelby Corcoran, the coach of their rival show choir, Vocal Adrenaline. Her mother, however, upon realizing how much she missed in Rachel's life, and how painful it was trying to continue a relationship that never existed, decided it was best that they not continue seeing each other. Despite Rachel's diva personality, the members of New Directions care about her. When Jesse cracked an egg on her head, the club members were furious and even threatened to rip his face off. Later she has been trying to improve her personality. In Duets, she let Sam and Quinn win, but as Finn pointed out it was, in a way, for personal reasons. This behavior continues as she offers Kurt some friendly support and invites him to do a duet with her. In Special Education, she helps him try for a solo at Dalton Academy, and offers him immense support during the Dalton Academy Warblers' performance, urging him to smile and giving him a standing ovation. Rachel is very protective of her Jewish roots and her two fathers. She often speaks about them and her upbringing, her unconventional life has given her a solid grounding, but she was still pleased to find her mom in Season One. Despite her being incredibly beautiful, it has been shown many times she's insecure of how she looks, like in Born This Way when she wanted to get a nose job and in Silly Love Songs when she said Quinn was prettier than her.

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Rachel and Finn kiss.

By Season Three, Rachel still has her determined and self-centred wits. At the first half of the season, she was very determined to get Maria in the West Side Story musical at McKinley. Afraid she won't get the role, she runs against Kurt and Brittany for Senior Class President, thinking for herself, instead of for Kurt, which is generally angry, as Rachel promised she would vote for him. But Rachel's selfishness pulls in, as later she drops out of the candidates and tells everyone to vote for Kurt. When it's time to vote, Rachel knows Kurt will lose to Brittany and cheats by stuffing many votes for Kurt, which Kurt is blamed for. At the end of I Kissed a Girl, it seems Rachel has admitted to Figgins that she did the dirty work and she will be disqualified for Sectionals. She seems to care about Shelby and Quinn a lot, as when Quinn was out to get Shelby for having an affair with Puck, Rachel stops Quinn and they become friends afterwards. On the second half of the season, Finn pops the big question and asks Rachel to marry him, in which she doesn't answer, until Michael, she says yes. When Sebastian decides to blackmail Rachel with a photoshopped, naked picture of Finn and threatening to post it up if Rachel does not withdraw from Regionals, Rachel seems to not care about Finn and says she will go sing and won't matter if Finn's picture is uploaded which angers Finn. At the end of On My Way, Rachel and Finn's wedding has come, but Quinn ends up in a car accident, leaving Rachel completely scarred and the wedding is cancelled. Rachel is saddened and continues to feel bad that it was her fault that caused Quinn to be injured, but Quinn reassures her. By the end of Season Three, Rachel's development from that self-centred, determined person in Season One to the more caring, determined leader that everyone respects.

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In Season Four, Rachel has definitely changed. She is a big fish in a big ocean as she goes to New York, Finn sending her off in Season Three's finale. She goes by herself as her best gay, Kurt, did not make it in. In The New Rachel, Rachel can already see how hard she is being tested as her teacher, Cassandra July, pushes her hard to the point that she can't take it anymore. In New York, Rachel is not the boss, she is the learner. Brody Weston, a fellow NYADA student, tells Rachel that the only reason she's in New York is because she's changed into a new, improved girl and she should look at shaping the future rather than always dwelling in the past.

In the third episode of Season Four, Makeover, Rachel has a makeover from Isabelle and Kurt, getting rid of her old looks from Lima, Ohio, and readying herself as the New Rachel, the fresh, changed one. She is seen with a different hairstyle, new looks and particularly different clothing. Before Brody and her sing A Change Would Do You Good, Brody comments on her change, saying that New York City isn't New York City until you have a makeover. When Brody and Rachel have a date/dinner at Rachel and Kurt's NYC apartment, they continually flirt and speak about secrets and changes. When Finn knocks on the door during the Brochel moment, it leaves Rachel shocked. This is because, although Finn is Rachel's first love, Rachel has changed a lot upon coming to New York, especially with a new love interest, Brody.

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In Season Five, Rachel is finally making her dream come true, playing Fanny Brice in Funny Girl. Even though she loses Finn, she proves to be very mature and strong. During the second half of the season, however, some of her old attitude kind of returns because of fighting with Santana over the startdom at Broadway, but later, in New Directions, they make up and remain friends. Ever since, she has progressively returned to the way of being she had at the start of the season.

Relationships

Songs

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Trivia

  • Along with Artie, Kurt, Sue, and Will, she has been main cast every season of the series.
  • She was named after Rachel Green, Jennifer Aniston's character on the TV show Friends.
  • Her main idols are Patti LuPone and Barbra Streisand.
    • Her middle name, Barbra, comes from Barbra Streisand.
  • She has had the most solos in Glee Club, and the most solos on the show, at 46.
    • She sang, at least, four solos per season.
  • She is the first person to be seen getting slushied in the show.
  • She is the only character to have a duet with all original members:
  • Along with Will, she has had the most voiceovers of any character.
  • She was vegan, but was later revealed she is now vegetarian in Thanksgiving.
  • Rachel was the first Glee Club member to have a crush on a teacher.
  • Alongside Mercedes and Artie, she is one of the only characters to have at least one solo per season.
  • She is the only character to sing in every season premiere.
  • All of Rachel's unreleased duets are with Finn.
  • She is the only alumna that never mentored the Glee Club in Season Four.
  • She is the only person to have sung a solo at a Sectionals, Regionals and Nationals competition, and coincidentally in the order of seasons. Don't Rain on My Parade in Season One's Sectionals, Get It Right in Season Two's Regionals, and It's All Coming Back To Me Now in Season Three's Nationals.
  • She is the character to feature more different characters in duets.
    • She had 22 duet partners on the show.
  • Rachel is tied with Blaine for singing in the most episodes in a single season, having sung in at least one song in every episode except for one in Season Two.
    • She is also tied with Blaine for singing the most duets in a single episode. She had three duets in Duets and Blaine had three in Girls (and Boys) on Film.
  • She has appeared in the most episodes out of any character on the show, the only episodes she didn't appear were The Role You Were Born to Play, Dynamic Duets and Shooting Star, all which were in Season Four.
  • Alongside with Kurt, Santana, Sue, Will, Quinn, Mike, Brittany and Blaine, she is the only character to have a middle name revealed.
  • She along with Artie, Carole, Emma, Figgins, Kurt, Mercedes, Noah, Quinn, Santana, Sue, Terri, Tina, and Will are the only characters to appear in the first and last episode.
  • She sang the first and last released solo in the series.
    • Incidentally, both of these solos took place in the auditorium.
  • She has a tattoo on her hip that says Finn, which is seen in The End of Twerk after Kurt decides to get one.

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