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Former New Directions Member
Basketball Team Member
|Aliases:|| Mega Stud (superhero alter ego)|
Douche bag (Jake)
Weirdo stalker, Son of Frankenteen (Kitty)
|Family & Friends|
|Family:|| Dr. Lynn, PhD. (father)|
Mrs. Lynn (mother)
|Relationships:|| Marley Rose (crush, one date ended, kissed) |
Jordan Stern (crusher, Sadie Hawkins date)
Katie (online crush, former)
Kitty Wilde (ex-crusher, possible ex-crush)
Unique Adams (ex-online girlfriend, crusher)
|Friends:|| Jake Puckerman|
|Enemies:|| Phil Lipoff|
|Clique:|| New Directions|
|Education:||William McKinley High School|
|Talent:||Singing, Basketball, Football, Playing the drums|
Hiding his feelings for Marley
|First appearance:||The Role You Were Born to Play|
Rebelling is one thing, but betraying who we are, that’s not cool.
—Ryder Lynn, The End of Twerk
Ryder Lynn is a major 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 his crush Marley Rose , 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 returns to the Glee Club in Season Five, so their differences must have been resolved off-screen. In New Directions the Glee Club gets disbanded, which is why he is no longer a member of the New Directions.
While Finn is searching among the football players for a boy to play the lead in the upcoming school musical Grease, Ryder's touchdown routine catches his eye. Finn next approaches Ryder during study hall, where Ryder shares that he's struggling with school. Finn claims that singing helped him improve his grades, which is why he invites Ryder to audition for the school musical. Ryder, saying he doesn't sing, is relucant at first, but decides to attend the audition after receiving a mediocre grade. At the audition he is tricked into singing Juke Box Hero with Finn, which Finn then says he considers his audition for the school musical.
Jake observes Ryder introducing himself and flirting with Marley, which is why he himself auditions for the school musical. It is then agreed to have a call-back to determine the final role allocation, so Ryder, along with Marley, Jake, and Kitty, is invited to sing Born to Hand Jive. He is later revealed to have earned the male lead in the musical.
During rehearsals, it doesn't go unnoticed by Jake that Ryder has very little experience with fixing cars, which is what Finn declares is the central content of Grease. However, Finn manages to make Ryder get familiar with cars by getting him to sing Greased Lightning along with Mike and the New Directions Boys.
On the night of the first performance, Ryder finds Marley forcing herself to vomit in a toilet. She then shares her insecurities with him, whereupon Ryder encourages her to stop suffocating. Before they are about to go on stage, Ryder shields Marley from Kitty's insults, and they then share a kiss. Together they go through the first show of Grease.
Much to Jake's dismay, Ryder reveals that Marley has been going out with him since the school musical. This revelation evolves into mutual provocation at first, and then into a brawl, which has to be arbitrated by the glee-club. Ryder is then revealed to have joined during the next glee-club practice. For his first assignment, he and Jake are tasked with singing a duet to resolve their feud. However, this plan backfires when Ryder and Jake agree that singing a duet won't make them reconcile, and moreover start brawling again while singing Superman. Finn then tasks them with sharing their biggest fear, to help them understand each other more.
As Jake is about to reveal his biggest fear to Ryder, he attempts to do so by handing him a note on which he has written it down. Ryder rejects, however, and makes Jake tell him about his fear. Ryder later relucantly reveals that he had made Jake tell him, since he himself can't read.
Jake shares this newly gained knowledge with Finn, who takes Ryder to a specialist. Said specialist diagnoses him with dyslexia, which explains why Ryder had been struggling with school as much as he had. Out of gratitude, Ryder then gathers their friends to help save Jake from a pack of bullies. It becomes apparent that they now consider each other friends. Ryder then has to cancel his plans with Marley, since they interfer with an appointment with a special aids teacher to help his dyslexia.
He and Jake join the school's basketball team when the New Directions get disqualified at Sectionals, but quit to rejoin glee-club towards the end of the episode.Jordan Stern approaches him several times during the episode, Ryder never gets asked out to the sadie-hawkins dance, and thus attends without a date. While he is singing I Only Have Eyes For You for a slow dance, he unhappily watches Jake dance with Marley as they establish their relationship.
He happily agrees to model for the "Men of McKinley"-calender, where Tina assigns him to pose for the months february and july. He subsequently attends all the training units organized by Sam to help them get in shape.
He also privately trains with Jake in the locker-room. After getting interrupted by Kitty and Tina while comparing their bodies, Jake shares how eager he is to commit to his relationship with Marley. Realizing he is upsetting Ryder with this confession, he apologizes, and shows sympathy. Ryder admits to still having feelings for Marley, yet gives Jake advice on how to deal with his relationship struggles.
Marley, however, sees through this, and realizes that Ryder must have helped Jake prepare all these gifts. They share a kiss as she is about to thank.Unchained Melody. However, during the performance, Marley repeatedly imagines that Ryder is singing to her, and not Jake. After ake finishes the song, Marley, overcome with guilt, confesses that she knew Ryder had selected the gifts, and that he had kissed her when she approached him about it, causing Jake to furiously leave the room.
Also, after hearing from Marley that Ryder had kissed her, Unique tries to make him stop meddling with Jake and Marley's relationship. However, when Ryder casually revers to Unique as a boy, she also demands that he refer to her as female. As Ryder refuses, she pushes him.
Ryder later discusses this incident with an aquaintance named "Katie" that he had made online. Not being aware of having acted wrong towards Unique, he is adviced by Katie to resolve the conflict by singing with her, since it is feud-week in glee-club. Ryder and Unique agree to sing The Bitch Is Back/Dress You Up for that matter. Afterwards, they seem eager to make up, but when Ryder refuses to say that he thinks Unique is a girl, she leaves the choir-room visibly hurt.
Ryder turns to "Katie" to discuss his confusion regarding Unique with her. "Katie" tells him, that even if he doesn't understand her, it would be right to respect what Unique thinks is true for herself. During a gathering of the glee-club underclassmen, he then approaches Unique to apologize to her, and also Jake to apologize for kissing Marley.
At the end of the episodes, he admits to "Katie" that he feels as if he has moved on from Marley. It had become apparent towards the episode, that he seems to be devloping feelings for "katie" instead. He asks "Katie" if they could meet in person, but "katie" simply logs off without replying.
Thinking he recognizes "Katie" from the pictures she had said depict her, Ryder leads a girl at school into the empty choir-room, where he serenades her with Your Song. In the subsequent conversation, however, it becomes clear that the girl he had just serenaded is not the same person he had been chatting with. Both, Ryder and the girl, conclude that someone had taken pictures of her to catfish him.
During the shooting, Ryder calls "Katie"'s number, in an attempt to make potentially last amends with her. He is surprised to then hear a phone ringing inside the choir-room, to which he concludes that "Katie" must be in glee-club with him.
When Ryder meets up at the time "Katie" had arranged with him, he is disappointed when it becomes clear that he is being stood up.
Kitty, however, does shows a lot of empathy, and takes him out to eat at BreadstiX. There she opens up about how her former friend's brother had molested her, and how nobody had wanted to believe her, ultimately making Kitty transfer schools.
Kitty later asks Ryder to date him. Ryder, however, who is still chatting with his catfisher, rejects her in favour of "Katie". This earns him criticism from Kitty, who claims that Katie is only a projection, and that Ryder is getting hung up on a fantasy. Meanwhile, Ryder explains to his catfisher, that, although to no avail, he had told the glee-club about his molesting to provoke a reaction from "Katie", implying Ryder shared his molesting with them. When the catfisher then wants to know why Ryder is still talking to them, he explains how his revelation in glee-club proves that "Katie" has made him less barred, and that he's grateful for that despite the lying.
As Marley attempts to persuade Ryder into re-joining, he pressures her for an explanation for what she did. Unwilling to let her friend take the blame for something she didn't do, Unique then reveals herself as the true catfish. She trys to explain that she liked him, but was afraid that he wouldn't like her back, and thus created the catfishing account, but would understand that Ryder would want to beat her. Ryder explains that he won't beat Unique, but will also not talk to her ever again.
Ryder eventually shows up at Regionals to say that he will not quit until after the competition, since he wouldn't want to punish the whole club when he's really only mad at one member. However, after the victory for the New Directions is announced, they share a hug, indicatign that the hard feelings might have vanished.
Ryder agrees to help Blaine with his plan to help Tina get over her loneliness. He joins the performance of I Saw Her Standing There to play the drums, thus oftering himself as a potential prom-date for Tina, although she ultimatively decides against him.
It is worth mentioning at this point that Ryder didn't leave glee-club as he had announced in All or Nothing, and that his storyline with Unique never gets resolved.
Although he had been twerking and joining into a provocative song during the course of the week, it is Ryder ultimately who says that they should not act the way they had been durign the week anymore, since they hadn't been true to themselves.An Innocent Man. Much to Jake's dismay, Marley says yes when Ryder asks her to go out with him again after the performance.
A few days later, Ryder is shown to be spreading word online about being in a relationship with Marley, which the girl is visibly uncomfortable with. After claiming that he is dating Marley in front of Jake, Marley draws the consequences, After saying that one date doesn't mean they are dating, she then announces that she requires more time to get over Jake.Nationals.
The next day, Ryder is tasked with calling Jake as the glee club is about to depart. When Jake acts offended due to him asking out Marley so soon in Movin' Out, Ryder apologizes, and the boys make up. Ryder next tells Jake about Marley's intention of quitting glee club, so the boys make a plan to get Mercedes to talk to Marley.
Ryder, together with Jake, is mentioned by Mercedes later on, when she mentions how much the boys care about Marley.
Ryder gets manipulated by Rachel to vote in her favour during the Rachel vs. Mercedes diva-off. Santana later uses this against her, by exposing how Rachel had been manipulating him without even knowing his name.
In his final scene, Ryder and his fellow glee club underclassmen revel in memories over their time in glee club.
Ryder appears to be a very polite and well-mannered guy, who will try to befriend other people and also try to help them if he feels they need it. However, Coach Beiste describes him as a loner during his first appearance. This may be partly due to having been molested as child, since Ryder himself mentions having difficulties with opening himself up to others as a result of that incident. Also, this lack of trust seems to make him struggle with feelings of resentment, like when he forgot about manners in All or Nothing and began kicking tables.
He seems to have particular trouble in trusting girls, since he choose commiting to a girl he only knew from the internet. However, it appears that once Ryder manages to trust a girl, he acts really affectionate towards her, like when he prepared an elaborate performance for Marissa in Shooting Star, and prepared instagram images for Marley in Movin' Out.
One of his biggest problems that is introduced right along with him are his struggles with school. He explains that he is being pressured by his parents to get good grades at school, yet seems to be unable to do so, despite studying hard. When Ryder began questioning his intelligence, it is revealed that his grades are merely a result of him having dyslexia. The doctor who diagnosed him actually thinks he is rather intelligent. Despite still making frequent spelling mistakes, he mentions getting better grades since beginning his dyslexia training.
Ryder also plays for the school's football team, although Beiste refers to him as a bad player. However, it are Ryder's dancing moves that initially bring him to Finn's attention, and he is also showing to be lifting weights in Naked, which indicates that Ryder is overall athletic.
- 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.
Ryder mistook Marissa for "Katie," the online romance he was having, because Unique had used pictures of her to create a sock puppet 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 she tells him 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 anger and disappointment.
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, but then turn back. As of Season Five, they seem to have reconciled and are friends again.
- 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.
- Solos (In a Group Number)
|Born to Hand Jive||The Role You Were Born to Play||Jake, Marley, and Mercedes|
|You're the One That I Want||Glease||Blaine, Brittany, Finn, Kurt, Marley, Rachel, and Santana|
|Some Nights||Dynamic Duets||Blaine, Jake, Joe, Kitty, Marley, Sam, and Tina|
|No Scrubs||Sadie Hawkins||Artie, Blaine, Joe, and Sam|
|Centerfold/Hot In Herre||Naked||Jake and Sam|
|This Is the New Year||Artie, Blaine, Brittany, Jake, Marley, Sam, Tina, and Unique|
|Say||Shooting Star||Blaine, Brittany, Kitty, Marley, and Sam|
|Outcast||Sweet Dreams||Jake, Kitty, Marley, and Unique|
|We Will Rock You||Lights Out||Artie, Blaine, and Jake|
|Longest Time||Artie, Jake, Kitty, Marley, and Sam|
|Hall of Fame||All or Nothing||Artie, Jake, Joe, and Sam|
- Back-up singing
|Song||Episode||Sung by||Back-up with|
- Solos (In a Group Number)
|I Saw Her Standing There||Love, Love, Love||Blaine, Jake, and Sam|
|Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band||Tina in the Sky with Diamonds||Jake, Marley, and Unique|
|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||Artie, Jake, Kitty, and Will|
- Ryder is the third person on Glee to be diagnosed with dyslexia. The first two were Howard Bamboo and Sam Evans.
- Main article: Ryder's Quotations
Will Schuester (former)