New Directions Member
Basketball Team Member
|Aliases:|| Mega Stud (superhero alter ego)|
Douche bag (Jake)
Weirdo stalker, Son of Frankenteen (Kitty)
Ringo Starr (Blaine)
|Family & Friends|
|Family:|| Dr. Lynn, PhD. (father)|
Mrs. Lynn (mother)
|Relationships:|| Marley Rose (crush, possible crusher, one date, kissed) |
Jordan Stern (crusher, Sadie Hawkins date)
Katie (online crush, former)
Kitty Wilde (ex-crusher, possible ex-crush)
Wade "Unique" Adams (ex-online girlfriend, crusher)
|Friends:|| Jake Puckerman |
|Enemies:|| Phil Lipoff|
Wade "Unique" Adams (Possibly former)
|Clique:|| New Directions|
|Education:||William McKinley High School|
|Talent:||Singing, Basketball, Playing the drums|
Hiding his feelings for Marley
|First appearance:||The Role You Were Born to Play|
Ryder Lynn is a main character on Glee. He makes his first appearance in The Role You Were Born to Play, the fifth episode of Season Four, and is introduced as a student in his sophomore year at William McKinley High School. Finn notices something special about Ryder during football practice and manages to convince him to audition for the school's upcoming production of Grease, which is being co-directed by Finn Hudson himself, alongside Artie Abrams. Ryder earns the lead male role in the production, having been chosen by the directors over Jake Puckerman. After starring in the musical, he decides to join New Directions. After a fight with Jake (in Dynamic Duets) he finds out that he has dyslexia. In the episode Feud, he begins to move on from Marley, and goes after an online love interest named Katie, whom he shares all his secrets and shows care towards, only to find out he is being catfished. In the season finale, All or Nothing, he pursues the catfisher, as he's tired of the games that are being played on him. The catfisher was then revealed to be Unique, which shakes their friendship, causing Ryder to threaten to quit Glee Club after Regionals. He returned to the Glee Club in Season Five, so their differences must have been resolved off-screen.
Ryder is first seen doing a touchdown routine on the football field by Coach Beiste and Finn Hudson. Ryder had explained to Finn once he met him that he had to get at least a B, or his mother wouldn't let him stay on the football team. Finn suggests that he should join Glee club, but Ryder rejects due to the pressure. Finn then requests him to sign up for the musical, in which Ryder says he doesn't sing. Finn encourages him, and performs Juke Box Hero with him in the auditorium. After the performance, Ryder asks when try-outs are, and Finn says he already made it in, leaving Ryder alone on the stage, satisfied.
Later on, he introduces himself to Marley and she states she already knows him. He says that her mom is awesome because she always sneaks him extra meatballs on spaghetti day. When Kitty is making fun of her, Ryder asks what Marley did to make her be such a bitch towards her. He sings Born to Hand Jive from Grease with Marley, Mercedes, and Jake for the Danny and Sandy callbacks. Later, the cast list is put up where it is revealed that he got the part of Danny, which he appears to be very happy about.
Ryder plays Danny in New Directions' production of Grease. He practices with Sam, New Directions Boys, Mike, and Finn and they sing Greased Lightning at the tire shop. He also helps Marley with her self-esteem issues caused by Kitty. Before the production begins, he finds Marley trying to make herself vomit and he helps her feel better. He does this by telling her the story of his cousin who had to lose weight for training. His cousin had to resort to laxatives after he couldn't lose the weight. He ended up crapping in front of the entire school during a meet. Marley then changes into her Sandy costume and Ryder is impressed. When Kitty makes another negative remark and Marley again becomes depressed, he comforts her and kisses her. They then begin the production and sing You're the One That I Want with the rest of New Directions. At the end they get a standing ovation from the audience and Mr. Schuester reveals that they got extremely positive reviews.
He is first seen saying Marley already has plans for Friday night with him in front of Jake. After each of them exchange insults, the two get a bit physical, only to get broken up by Finn. Ryder, along with Kitty, joins glee club. Finn wants Ryder and Jake's rivalry to end, so he gave them an assignment to perform a duet together. They perform Superman, but that fails when they fight for Marley once more. Finn takes them away and tells them to reveal their greatest fear.After Jake gives him a note of his fear, Ryder asks him to say it face-to-face like a man. Jake reveals that his fear is that he feels he never fits because he's half black, half white, and half Jewish. Jake then asks him to say his fear. Ryder then says the reason he asked Jake to tell him to say his fear is because he could not read. Jake then tells this to Finn, who makes Ryder do a test to see what problem he has. The test proved that Ryder has dyslexia. Later, when Jake is being picked on, Ryder stands up to Phil and the others and states that he has his back as well, establishing their friendship. He then tells Marley he can't see her Friday, and they reschedule their date to next Friday. Ryder is finally seen in this episode singing in Some Nights.
Ryder is first seen socializing and interacting with the glee club members in the choir room, as Marley does her inner monologue. After this, Finn introduces the veteran glee club members to the newcomers, and pairs them together to be mentored before sectionals, Ryder is paired with Mike, and they seem to get along, as they have worked together before during Grease. Finn announces that their performance piece for sectionals will be the viral hit, Gangnam Style, to which Santana retorts that the only person who could handle an upbeat, dance song would be Brittany. In response, Finn decides to have Mike teach the moves to the glee club males in order to select a lead to dance alongside Brittany.While at Ryder's locker, Jake confesses to going on a date with Marley on the night Ryder was occupied. Ryder accepts this statement with no hard feelings, but with clear visible displeasure. They come to an agreement that Jake will not steal the dance lead from Ryder, jokingly adding "You can't have everything at this school." During dance casting, Ryder shows progress that makes him stand apart from the other contenders, as Jake visibly holds back his skills in order for Ryder to gain the lead. Puck sees this, and jabs at his brother, not knowing his true intentions, Jake responds with an excuse as Ryder happily accepts the lead. Ryder is later seen practicing the dance moves to Gangnam Style as he attempts to learn the lyrics to the song, but is having visible trouble. Jake appears and the two converse. Ryder confesses that he "practices the basics" until he finally understands, to which Jake responds with a sexual joke. Eventually, Ryder agrees to be taught by Jake on how to improve at the dance, as Jake confesses that he takes ballet, something that they swear will be a secret. Backstage before Sectionals, Ryder overhears a conversation between a distraught Marley and a worried Jake. He realizes that Marley is having fear due to the possibility that New Directions might not be able to win, and that she will feel responsible. Ryder then cuts into the conversation, attempting to make an excuse but it is soon shot down. Ryder and Jake agree to switch places for the good of Marley and the glee club. Ryder is last seen through a blurry perspective from Marley, as she collapses at the closing of the performance of Gangnam Style.
Ryder is first seen carrying Marley into the choir room with Jake after she fainted on stage. Later, he is seen sitting down when Finn announces there is no more glee club until next September. When everyone else joins different clubs, him and Jake join the basketball team. Jake states however that he joined because he was actually good. Ryder is finally seen with Jake during Don't Dream It's Over.
Ryder is first seen pushing Kurt around in Artie's Dream. He later receives a trip to Saint Tropez as an early Christmas gift from Brittany Pierce who thinks the end of the world is a few days away. When she and Sam are stating their opinions of other members of glee club, he states it is stupid and leaves with a few other people. Ryder's finally seen singing with glee club in Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.
Ryder is first seen walking with the other boys of New Directions. As girls stare at the group, he states that this is how the girls must feel during Prom. After this, Jordan walks up to him with a smile and he politely smiles back. During Tina's solo he realizes she is singing the song to Blaine. Jordan waves to Ryder through a window after the performance of Tell Him. During the dance, he sings with the other guys in No Scrubs. Periodically he can be seen dancing with Jordan. Ryder is finally seen singing the final song for the Sadie Hawkin's dance, I Only Have Eyes for You.
Ryder is first seen in the choir room when Tina suggests the Men of McKinley calendar. He's next to Jake during Sam's "broga," which is supposed to help the guys get into the spirit of the calendar. He has a solo during Centerfold/Hot In Herre while dancing with the cheerios. When he says he wants to name his shoulders, Jake answers saying that you name your arms and not your shoulders.They then have a shirtless pose-off until Tina and Kitty come in and announce who has what month in the calendar. Ryder is surprised that Kitty didn't jump at Jake right then and there. His response is that things are getting more serious with Marley. She almost said I love you, which he referred it to as "it." Ryder asks what he would have done if she said it, and he said he'd response saying it back. He poses as Uncle Sam for the month of July during the photo shoot. Later on, he signs a calendar for Dottie Kazatori. He's finally seen performing in This Is the New Year.
Ryder is first seen in the choir room when Finn and Emma explain what being a diva truly is. He helps Brittany get her costume on for Diva. During Nutbush City Limits, he is seen staring in awe at Santana. He's finally also seen watching Hung Up and is very impressed.Anything Could Happen.
He appears when Will announces the new assignment about movies. Kitty says about Emma's leaving of the wedding, which Ryder replies "Too soon." He is later seen during Shout, and in the Boys mash-up Old Time Rock & Roll/Danger Zone, wearing a shirt, socks, and underwear only (along with Sam and Jake).Before Unchained Melody, Jake reveals that Ryder was the one performing all those romantic gestures. Jake begins to serenade Marley, but shortly after the song begins, Marley starts to think about Ryder. It goes back a forth between Jake and Ryder as both boys sing Unchained Melody. She then images Ryder kissing her multiple times and her and even imaging that Ryder sings this song to her and making her feel loved. When the song ends Marley finally tells Jake that Ryder kissed her, however she had let him. This causes Jake to leave the room where they were, angry. Finally. As the announcement of the Girls Vs Boys mashup is revealed, Ryder is all happy. When they inform them that everyone is the winner, Ryder is seen picking up what looks to be a small trash can and slamming it to the ground. Ryder says "Why have a competition in the first place?."
Ryder is seen when New Directions are performing Footloose, during the beginning of the performance he is paired with Unique. Towards the end of the song, Marley and Ryder dance together, leaving an upset Jake. At the end of the performance, Marley and Ryder share a hug.The Bitch Is Back/Dress You Up as their feud song. During the song Ryder gives angry faces towards Unique, when she walks over to him and rubs his head, Ryder is resistant. Throughout the rest of the song they exchange more angry faces towards each other. After the song is over, Unique wants Ryder to admit that she is girl, but Ryder can't accept that she is because Unique dresses as both Unique and Wade, so he is confused to who she really is. Unique walks out the room, and we see Jake tell Ryder he's a douchbag and that in the choir room they are allowed to be anyone they want to be.
He talks to Katie again about Unique, she tells him that everyone has their own truth, and that he should be accepting of it. She then asks for a shirtless picture of him, and he sends it without question.
Ryder calls a truce with Unique, Marley, Jake and himself to keep their friendships strong, he apologizes to Unique and finally accepts she is a girl, it is then revealed that Unique was bullied walking home from school after her feud song with Ryder. Marley tells her that she is going to walk her home from now on, Jake says he will too, Ryder says he will also, then we see Kitty enter saying she will also help. He tells them with everyone graduating next year that the glee club is going to be up to them, and that they need to keep the tradition alive for the most awesome club, and that the most important thing is being yourself.
He is seen dancing on Finn's side in Bye Bye Bye/I Want It That Way.
He sings in Closer with the rest of New Directions. Throughout the performance we see him assure Unique that he is her friend, when see him interact with Kitty as he lifts her in the air, at the end of the song we see Ryder with his arms around Artie and Sam. At the end of the episode we see Ryder ichatting with Katie again, she ask if everything worked out, and then proceed to ask Ryder if he was still into Marley, to which he replied "I think I'm finally moving on." He asks if they can meet, and she doesn't message back, but we hear someone else typing, as Ryder begins to look around to see if she is there. Ryder looks back at his computer and Katie suddenly goes offline, which leaves Ryder worried and confused.
Ryder is first seen in the choir room when Blaine and Sam explain the meaning of this week's theme: guilty pleasures. He asks if they are singing those kinds of songs for regionals and Sam responds with no. He also tells the two to go first, where the sing with Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go. Ryder says he also likes Barry Manilow and would have the same hairstyle as if Justin Bieber wasn't around. He's also seen enjoying the girls singing Wannabe, and is pumping his arms up. He's finally seen singing in Mamma Mia.
Ryder is first seen in the auditorium when Mr. Schuester announces the competition for Regionals and when Brittany also announces a comet is coming towards Earth. He talks to Jake about Katie, who he's been talking to on the Internet. Jakes tells him he needs a plan if he wants to approach her suddenly. He finds Katie and takes her to the choir room to sing her Your Song. She's confused when he's finished because she's wondering why her and not someone else. Ryder explains and shows her all of their conversations, and she reveals her name is not Katie and it's Marissa. Marissa tells him that he's been catfished since her picture was used by someone else to create a fake identity.He chases down Marley and Jake, and accuses both of them pretending to be Katie to get back at him for what he did. Both of them deny it, and Marley asks him if he wants to talk about this. Ryder says no and storms off angrily. He receives a text from Katie, saying she's sorry for lying and everything. She says she'll explain everything at 3:30 outside the choir room tomorrow. He hides in a corner when the gunshot goes off and starts to text others when Will tells them to. His message to his parents if to his dad; saying he loves him and a thanks for everything. He starts to panic and calls Katie, but a phone in the choir room starts to ring. He eventually hangs up when there's no answer. Ryder asks Kitty if she's Katie. She responds with no and the two of them dating would be just gross. When she leaves, Jake says she's been cool lately so it couldn't have been her. Ryder answers saying he'll find out at 3:30. He stands outside the choir at the time, where only Sue Sylvester walks by. When he asks her why she isn't going to write him up her answer is she's fired so she can't. He texts Katie asking where she is with no response. He runs to the auditorium to sing Say with the rest of the New Directions.
Ryder is first seen in the choir room when Will announces the theme for Regionals: Dream. He has various scenes after this in the choir room. He's finally seen singing in the performance of Outcast. He doesn't have any speaking lines.You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'. Ryder decides to reveal himself by singing Everybody Hurts. Once he's finished, he tells New Directions that when he was 11 years old he was molested by his baby sitter. Some of the guys say that "it's awesome" and it makes him more "experienced," but Will disagrees and says that it should be reported. But it's learned that she has been already locked up for doing it again to someone else. He says he's the luckiest guy in the world, then walks back to his seat. Meanwhile Kitty looks in another direction looking odd.
Kitty asks Ryder to dinner at Breadstix later on. She explains why her relationship with boyfriends get complicated. She also says she understands what he went though. In the 6th grade, she was also molested by one of her friend's older brother. After Kitty finishes her story, Ryder replies with a thank you. He then has a solo in We Will Rock You. He talks to Katie about how she's opened him up, and she responds saying he's opened her up Katie says can I ping you in a bit and Ryder says sure, as Katie goes offline Kitty appears. Kitty comes up to him and asks if he wants to get lunch with her, but he says no. She tells him that he knew that she had trouble connecting with guys and that she started to like him. He asks her if they could try being together once he figures out who Katie is. She says no and walks away. Katie comes back online just a few seconds after this. He's last seen singing in Longest Time.
Ryder is first seen in the choir room when Will announces Rachel got a callback for Funny Girl. Him and Jake dance in the front of the room during Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours. He's also at Mercedes Vocal Training in the auditorium when she sings Superstition. Ryder is seen sitting in the choir room during You Are the Sunshine of My Life, I Wish, and Higher Ground. When Mercedes asks what each of them is going to do for Regionals, he says commit. He's finally seen performing in For Once in My Life.
Ryder is first seen texting Katie, asking for her true name. Silhouettes of the other glee members come up with her messages, showing that Katie could be anyone. While discussing Regionals, Ryder stands up from his chair and says he won't perform unless Katie reveals themselves. He demands to see everyone's cellphones if no one comes forward. He kicks a chair when no one responds quickly. Still yelling, Marley stands up and says she's the catfish. He's confused since she had nothing to do with it. All she says is that she's sorry. He leaves the choir room when people start to defend her. Later on, Marley asks to talk to him. Ryder harshly responds asking why she doesn't just text him about it. After saying how glee club doesn't need him at Regionals in the hall, Unique comes and reveals she's the true Katie. She explains everything and says she doesn't want to lose what they have. Unique also asks for him to not punch her. Ryder responds saying he won't punch her in the face, but he'll never speak to her again.
Ryder shows up for Regionals, but says he's leaving glee once it's over. He's in the show circle when Brittany announces she's leaving, where she called him, Marley, Jake, and Kitty the foster kids. He sings with the other boys of New Directions during Hall of Fame. Ryder cheers when they all win Regionals. When he hugs Unique, he realizes they aren't speaking to each other and they go their separate ways. Ryder's finally seen when Will and Emma get married in the choir room.
At the beginning of the episode, Ryder is seen in the choir room with the rest of the New Directions, even though, according to the previous episode, it was stated that he would quit after Regionals due to being catfished by Unique. He is shown to be excited when Will gives the New Directions a two weeks assignment: The Beatles. Kitty makes a remark about it, also including the incident that happened between Unique and Ryder, he just rolls his eyes at her.
He sings back-up vocals with the New Directions Boys for Artie and Kitty's Drive My Car as he enjoys the carnival. He also pays attention to Blaine when he announces to the New Directions that he wants to propose to Kurt and needs their help, Ryder seems upset when Blaine mentions that he also asked the Warblers for help.
Later, Ryder has a meeting with Sam, Jake, and Blaine. He agrees with the others that Tina has become bitter and feels lonely. In order to help her, the four guys perform I Saw Her Standing There, he plays the drums during it and offers to be Tina's date for Prom. However, in the end, Tina chooses Sam instead. Ryder also sings backing vocals in All You Need Is Love as Blaine proposes to Kurt, and when Kurt says "yes," Ryder is seen clapping cheerfully.Something while waiting outside of the nurse's office. He questions Kitty about her posters for Prom Queen, Ryder seems confused as he thought she was gonna help Tina win. At Prom, he along with Jake, Unique and Marley perform Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and after Sue announces that Tina is the new Prom Queen, he is seen cheering for her. When Tina gets Carrie’d he, along with the rest of the New Directions, run to comfort and support her. He sings back-up vocals during Hey Jude and gives Tina her bouquet while the girls are cleaning her up. He also sings back-up vocals during Let It Be.
The episode begins with the performance of Seasons of Love with the current and former members of New Directions, including Ryder, all wearing black outfits. He is seen sad and hurt through the whole episode due to Finn's death, especially when Will announces that they will do a memorial for him, during Mercedes' performance of I'll Stand by You, Artie and Sam's Fire and Rain, and when Santana breaks down while performing If I Die Young. Along with some of his friends, he places some red drumsticks at Finn's locker memorial in his honor. He is last seen in the Choir Room when Rachel is about to perform Make You Feel My Love.Mr. Schuester to come in. After Mr. Schue reveals the nationals competition, and asks the New Directions if they are a Katy Perry or a Lady Gaga, Ryder asks if there is a third option. When Sam is meeting with the "Katy's" about the Gaga number, Ryder asks, "But what are they building?" Sam replies with, "They are building the future." Ryder also agrees with Marley 's suggestion of using sparklers inside, and offers the suggestion of using confetti shaped like human skulls. He performs in a Gaga costume for Applause alongside Sam, Blaine, Artie, and Marley. He appears confused and upset with Marley for not going along with the weeks assignment. He watches from the audience during Wide Awake, sitting with Mr. Schuester, Artie, Blaine, Sam, and Penny . When Tina runs into the choir room and announces that Throat Explosion is doing Applause for Nationals, Ryder replies with, "so, big deal, we'll just do another Lady Gaga song." After Jake asks Ryder if he thinks Mr. Schuester had been thinking that all week or just made it up on the spot, Ryder says, "What are you talking about? Mr. Schue is a genius." He performs in the final number, Roar, along with the New Directions, and Pamela Lansbury.
In the beginning of the episode when the New Directions are all watching Blaine 's twerking video that Tina recorded, Ryder goes and sits by Blaine and puts his arm around him. Later when Kitty is teaching the New Directions how to twerk, she tells Ryder, along with Tina, that he will be "twerking in the back." He is seen upset and yelling with the rest of the New Directions when Sue says she is going to ban twerking at McKinley. He then dances in Blurred Lines with Will and a lot of other McKinley students in rebellion. Ryder, Jake, and Sam stick up for Unique after she sings If I Were a Boy. During Will's speech, Ryder demonstrates Elvis' dance moves. He is seen playing the drums when Will erases "Twerk" from the board and confusedly asks "what is going on? The end of the week isn't over." In defense of Unique he also says, "rebelling is one thing, but losing who we are, that's not cool." At the end of the episode he sings in On Our Way with the rest of the New Directions.
Ryder is first seen in the choir room when Mr. Schuester comes in to give the weeks lesson. He is seen listening to, and singing back up when Blaine and Sam perform Movin' Out. Later on, Ryder angrily confronts Jake in the locker room and questions why he would mess up so bad and hurt Marley. This leads into Jake singing My Life, because Jake says that Ryder should accept him the way he is or leave him the hell alone. During My Life, Ryder is seen looking mad at Jake and glancing at Marley.Ryder approaches Marley in the hallway, and asks her to go out with him, because he is a good guy and would never do her like Jake did. Marley tells him she needs a break from men, but that she will think about it. This leads into Ryder singing An Innocent Man. At the end of the song, he officially asks Marley to go out with him. She says yes, causing Jake to walk out of the choir room angry. Later on, Ryder comes up to Marley and tells her to check her Instagram. When she does she sees a picture he posted with the caption, "best date ever." He then tells her that he doesn't want to move too fast or freak her out, but he would really like to go on another date soon, maybe even tonight. Before Marley can respond, Jake comes up and interrupts their conversation by asking if the two of them are really a thing now. Ryder proceeds to put his arm around Marley and say, "it's none of your business anymore." Jake then looks at two pretty girls walking by and says cool and congratulations to Ryder and Marley as he walks off with the two girls. After this exchange, Marley turns to Ryder and tells him that just because they went on one date doesn't mean that they are dating. Ryder looks confused and dejected as Marley tells him that she still needs time to get over Jake. Ryder is last seen dancing and singing with the New Directions in You May Be Right.
In the beginning of the episode, Ryder is seen playing the drums and then helping Tina to play them. When Blaine tells the New Directions his ideas for Nationals and then says he has won more show choir competitions than anyone in the room, Ryder coughs and says, "you suck." During Blaine's puppet hallucination, Ryder's puppet is seen sitting at the drums and says that Blaine is the most talented teenager on this planet. Ryder's puppet plays the drums and dances around in You're My Best Friend. Ryder is seen in the choir room when Jake tells the New Directions that he is bored and doesn't want to help choreograph because the others won't be able to do the moves anyway. He is seen watching Nasty/Rhythm Nation. When Blaine is about to give the New Directions their puppets, Ryder is seen yawning. When he gets his puppet he is excited. He performs in The Fox dressed as a Frog and is seen bouncing around.
- Main article: Marley-Ryder Relationship (Ryley)
They meet in The Role You Were Born to Play and strike up a quick rapport. In Glease, he finds Marley in the bathroom making herself vomit. He tells her she shouldn't do it, and shares a story about his cousin's experience with laxatives. He says he doesn't want to kiss a girl with puke on her breath on stage or later, and then leaves. When Kitty destroys her confidence a few minutes before the final act, he tells her how amazing she is and kisses her before going out to play Danny and Sandy together in Grease. In Dynamic Duets, Ryder and Jake fight for Marley's affections and they share a few moments during Superman. Ryder cancels his date with Marley due to an appointment with a dyslexia specialist and she asks Jake out instead. In Thanksgiving, Jake tells him that he and Marley went out, but says break it off if it will ruin their new friendship, to which Ryder declines.In I Do, it is shown that Ryder knows a lot about Marley's favorites as he volunteers to help a struggling Jake arrange Valentine's Week for her. Back at McKinley, Marley approaches Ryder, thanking him for helping Jake as she knows that he isn't capable of the romantic gestures. She gives him a Valentine's Day card, and says that when it's for real, the girl will be the luckiest in the world. Ryder says that it was for real, quickly grabbing her head and kissing her, before letting go and apologizing as Marley awkwardly leaves. As Jake sings Unchained Melody to her in Girls (and Boys) on Film, driven by guilt over the kiss, Marley has an out-of-body experiences where she watches on distraughtly at herself and Ryder kissing at the pottery wheel. At the end of the song, she confesses that she let Ryder kiss her. In Feud, Ryder apologizes to Marley and Jake for his actions. In Movin' Out, Ryder asks Marley on a date after serenading her with An Innocent Man. She agrees to the date, but afterwards says she needs more time to get over Jake.
- Main article: Jake-Ryder Relationship (Jyder)
They both started off as rivals, when Jake became jealous when Ryder was talking to Marley. Later they competed for the lead, Danny Zuko for the school musical Grease with Ryder successfully receiving the part. During the musical, Ryder and Marley become closer, culminating in Jake witnesses Ryder kiss Marley . After this, they briefly fought for the affections for Marley, resulting in physical confrontations. When Finn assigns them the task of revealing their weaknesses to better understand each other, the experience leads them to become best friends. In Movin' Out, Ryder confronts Jake over hurting Marley.Unique had used pictures of Katie to create a sockpuppet account. For that reason Ryder thought Marissa was the girl he had been chatting with when he saw her at school. Ryder then takes her into the choir room and dedicates Your Song to her. Afterwards, Ryder confesses that he loves her. While talking, it turns out that Marissa isn't Katie after all, and that he has been catfished. Marissa implores Ryder that he asks her out anyway, which he has yet to do.
- Main article: Ryder-Unique Relationship (Ratie/Rydique)
We first see Katie in Feud talking to Ryder online via instant messaging where they share secrets about their lives. Katie helps Ryder with problems he is having with Unique. At some point, they exchange phone numbers and begin texting.
In Shooting Star, Ryder thinks he sees Katie walking past his classroom he tries to get up and go after her but Coach Beiste stops him. Meeting her at her locker later on, he asks her to come with him, he then proceeds to sing to the confused girl who reveals her name is Marissa, who explaining to Ryder that he's been cat fished by someone pretending to be Marissa.
Ryder freaks out and tearfully confronts Marley and Jake, assuming one of them is behind it, which they both deny. Afterwards, he questions Kitty, who also denies the accusation. Once she leaves, Ryder tells Jake he's still believes it's her because Katie and Kitty are almost the same name. During the choir room lockdown, Ryder calls Katie's phone to find out if she's alright and a phone in the choir room begins to ring, suggesting that it is one of the New Directions members. Prior to the shooting, Katie promises to meet Ryder at 3:30 outside the choir room, but doesn't show up to Ryder's chagrin.
When Ryder threatens to quit glee club unless Katie reveals herself, Marley takes the fall for Unique, but the truth is soon uncovered. Ryder tells Unique he will never speak to her again, and promises to quit glee club after Regionals. When their victory is announced, Ryder and Unique, overtaken by excitement and joy, hug each other. They seem to have since reconciled.
- Main article: Kitty-Ryder Relationship (Kyder/Ritty)
Kitty and Ryder met in The Role You Were Born to Play, and both got into New Directions in Dynamic Duets. Their relationship is taken into the next level later in Lights Out, when after Ryder sings Everybody Hurts, and confides to the group that he was sexually abused by his babysitter when he was eleven. Kitty asks Ryder out on a date, where she shares with him that she had a similar experience, leading to the two sharing a moment. Later, when Ryder chooses to chat with "Katie" instead of going to another date with her, she leaves him and turns down his offer to reschedule once he settles things with "Katie," obviously hurt by his rejection. As the members of New Directions sing Longest Time, Kitty watches Ryder sadly throughout the performance.
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Solos (In a Group Number)
|Born to Hand Jive||The Role You Were Born to Play||Marley, Mercedes, and Jake|
|You're the One That I Want||Glease||Marley, Finn, Rachel, Santana, Brittany, Blaine, and Kurt|
|Some Nights||Dynamic Duets||Blaine, Sam, Joe, Tina, Marley, Kitty ,and Jake|
|No Scrubs||Sadie Hawkins||Blaine, Sam, Joe, and Artie|
|Centerfold/Hot In Herre||Naked||Sam and Jake|
|This Is the New Year||Blaine, Sam, Marley, Brittany, Artie, Jake, Tina, and Unique|
|Say||Shooting Star||Blaine, Marley, Sam, Brittany, and Kitty|
|Outcast||Sweet Dreams||Marley, Jake, Kitty, and Unique|
|We Will Rock You||Lights Out||Artie, Jake, and Blaine|
|Longest Time||Artie, Kitty, Marley, Sam, and Jake|
|Hall of Fame||All or Nothing||Artie, Jake, Joe, and Sam|
|I Saw Her Standing There||Love Love Love||Blaine, Sam, and Jake|
|Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band||Tina in the Sky with Diamonds||Unique, Marley, and Jake|
|Applause||A Katy or A Gaga||Artie, Blaine, Marley, and Sam|
|On Our Way||The End of Twerk||Artie, Blaine, Jake, Kitty, Marley, Sam, Tina, and Unique|
|You May Be Right||Movin' Out||Will, Artie, Kitty, and Jake|
|Song||Episode||Sung by:||Backup with:|
|Gangnam Style||Thanksgiving||Tina||Kitty and New Directions|
|You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'||Lights Out||Sam||New Directions|
|Song||Episode||Sung by||Backup with|
|Something||Tina in the Sky with Diamonds||Sam||Jake|
- Ryder is the third person on Glee to have dyslexia. The first is Howard who mentions having dyslexia in Pilot. The second is Sam, who mentions having dyslexia in Audition.
- He can play the drums. (Feud, Love Love Love, Puppet Master)
- He is a fan of the Spice Girls and Barry Manilow. (Guilty Pleasures)
- He was presumably born in 1997, since he mentions being born 13 years after 1984. (Shooting Star)
- He was molested by his babysitter when he was 11 years old. (Lights Out)
- Prior to getting the lead male role in McKinly High's production of Grease, Ryder couldn't read music. (The Role You Were Born to Play) It is unknown if he has since learned.
- Ryder thinks Mr. Schuester is a Genius. (A Katy or A Gaga)
- He performs in The Fox dressed as a frog. (Puppet Master)
- Main article: Ryder's Quotations