Susan "Sue" Sylvester
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General Information
Gender: Female
Age: 53 (age 15 in 1976, revealed in a deleted scene in Mash Off)
34 (supposedly)
Hair Color: Blonde (Originally brown but was dyed as a kid with bad chemicals)
Eye Color: Blue
Birthday: June 30, 1961/1980
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 161 lbs (73 kg)
Occupations: Vice President of USA
Yoga Instructor (former)
Future President of USA
News Reporter (former)
Vocal Adrenaline Coach (former)
WMHS Principal (former)
Glee Club Co-Coach (former)
Cheerios Coach (former)
Aural Intensity Coach (former)
Booty Camp Director (former)
Diving Team Coach (former)
Aliases: Coach Sylvester, Miss Sylvester, Principal Sylvester (students)
General Zod (League of Doom)
Coach (Becky Jackson)
Family & Friends
Family: Mr. Sylvester (father; deceased)
Doris Sylvester (mother)
Jean Sylvester (sister; deceased)
Robin Sylvester (daughter)
Relationships: Herself (Former Spouse)
Mario (ex-boyfriend)
Cooter Menkins (ex-boyfriend)
Rod Remington (ex-boyfriend)
Will Schuester (former crush, was seduced by)
Bryan Ryan (sexual, ended)
Zach Lind, the drummer of Jimmy Eat World (sexual, ended)
Superintendent Harris (crush)
Friends: Becky Jackson
Principal Figgins
Santana Lopez
Quinn Fabray
Rachel Berry
Brittany Pierce
Terri Del Monico
Will Schuester (sometimes)
Sheldon Beiste
Dustin Goolsby
Sandy Ryerson
Cooper Anderson
Kitty Wilde
Kurt Hummel
Jean Sylvester
Millie Rose
Roz Washington
Unique Adams
Pets: Venus Fly Trap
Employer: Mr. McClung
Principal Figgins (former)
Employees: Imelda (House Maid)
Terri Del Monico (League of Doom)
Sandy Ryerson (League of Doom)
Dustin Goolsby (League of Doom)
Will Schuester (formerly)
Sheldon Beiste (formerly)
Emma Pillsbury (formerly)
Nancy Bletheim (formerly)
Brenda Castle | Brenda Castle (formerly)
Mrs. Carlisle (formerly)
Roz Washington (formerly)
David Martinez (formerly)
Mr. Kidney
Eleanor Doosenbury (formerly)
Brad (formerly)
Other WMHS Staff (formerly)
Enemies: Will Schuester (sometimes)
Andrea Carmichael
Brenda Castle
Olivia Newton-John
Ken Tanaka
Doris Sylvester
Roz Washington
Katie Couric
Renee Stobb
Mary Lou Retton (as mentioned in Grilled Cheesus)
Reggie "The Sauce" Salazar (congress opponent)
The rapist running in prison (congress opponent)
Anyone White (congress opponent)
Mr. I don't care, don't call me during dinner (congress opponent)
Other Information
Interests: Bullying people, winning, extreme taxidermy, tantric yelling, poking the elderly with pins, Klaine
Education: PhD. (online)
Talent: Hair Jokes about Will Schuester
Top 700 Recording Artist
Mocking/Bullying other staff/students
Giving nicknames
Vulnerabilities: Being mocked and humiliated by others
Metaphors that don't make sense
Cracks about her hair
Strengths: Intimidation


Weaknesses: Temper
Awards: Multiple regional and national cheerleading championships

2010 Loser of the Year

Series Information
First episode: Pilot
Last episode: Dreams Come True
Portrayer: Jane Lynch
Colby Minifie (Young Sue, deleted scene)
Matthew Morrison (Tina's Dream)

It’s not easy to break out of your comfort zone. People will tear you down; tell you that you shouldn’t have bothered in the first place. But let me tell you something: there’s not much of a difference in a stadium full of cheering fans, and an angry crowd screaming abuse at you. They’re both just making a lot of noise; how you take it, is up to you. Convince yourself that they’re cheering for you. You do that, and someday, they will.

—Sue Sylvester, Preggers

Susan Rodham "Sue" Sylvester, Vice President of United States of America, is a major character on Glee. She is the former coach of the McKinley High school Cheerios cheerleading club and founder of the Muckrakers Club and League of Doom as well as the Old Maid's Club and formerly the principal of McKinley High School. Sue was at one point the coach of Aural Intensity, before their loss at Regionals in 2011. She also bullies kids on a daily basis.

Sue wanted to destroy the school's glee club, the New Directions, and their teacher, Will Schuester, attempting to bring it down at any cost. She had a disabled sister named Jean, who she often spent time with. Jean brought out her kinder side, and passed away in the Season Two episode Funeral. As a result, Sue announced she will no longer try to bring down the Glee Club - and instead decides to focus on politics. When her campaign as congress fails and later Roz Washington, the coach of the McKinley swimming team, takes over the cheerios because Sue wasn't present for them, she is kicked from being the cheerleading coach, but deals with Principal Figgins, that if she can win a Nationals championship with the glee club, she wants her cheerios back. When the New Directions win, Sue is back on top with her title as winner of two national championships, her cheerios and the glee club.

Sue is the main antagonist of Glee, and is often seen as the villainous teacher who likes to shake them up. On many occasions she, usually inadvertently, inspires Will.

She is highly critical, constantly reprimanding other students, faculty, and her Cheerios - and still manages to be one of the most loved characters of the show.

Sue has a strong disliking for most of the New Directions kids, but seems to have taken a liking for Kurt, protecting him against Karofsky and other bullies, resigning as principal out of protest, when Karofsky is allowed back. And when he told her to stop calling him "Lady," she listened. In Comeback, when Will mentions Kurt and the Warblers, she sadly whispers, "Sweet Porcelain." In Sexy, she seemed to have thought they were allies, until Kurt quickly informed her otherwise.

Sue became pregnant somewhere between The Spanish Teacher and On My Way. In Big Brother, she finds out that her child is female and has a high risk of having Down syndrome, similar to how her sister Jean and cheerio of hers, Becky, the two people closest to her, had Down syndrome. Her baby is introduced in The New Rachel and is named Robin. Sue was fired from McKinley in Shooting Star after covering for Becky who accidentally fired a gun causing the school to go into emergency lock-down, but returned in Love, Love, Love when she made Figgins get fired after police found sexual suggestives magazines in his office, and because Becky previously confessed about the gun accident (back in Lights Out).

After having achieved her goal of being Principal, she disbands the glee club after their loss at the 2013 Nationals and transfers every member left (with the exception of Kitty) and instead, the Choir Room becomes a computer room. When Rachel Berry and Kurt Hummel reboot the glee club more than one year after those events, Sue begins a new rivalry against them.

Sue's position as principal is later terminated by Lima Public Schools superintendent Bob Harris after all her secrets were discovered. She is later seen as the new coach of Vocal Adrenaline, though she later quits off-screen.

Five years later, it is revealed that she has become the first female Vice President of USA with Becky working for her as her secretary.

She is portrayed by actress Jane Lynch.



Sue is the ultimate alpha-personality in all the episodes. Seen, always, as sassy, calculating, determind, ruthless, devious, sneaky, egotistical, pompous, sarcastic, arrogant, vindictive, sadistic, scheming, manipulative, ungrateful, immoral, sociopathic, cruel, spiteful, bitter, dishonest, greedy, treacherous, dirty, sly, brutal, diabolical, sinister, pure evil, vain, vicious, ambitious, savage, rotten, nasty and unscrupulous. She is without a moral compass and possesses no scruples and conscience. She is also an extremist who shows no compassion, love or concern to anyone, but herself and her sister. She will often do anything and everything in her power to get what she wants and she usually doesn't care who gets hurt in the process. With a sense of great entitlement, she will ignore all rules and regulations that work against her, but have no issue using those same rules against others. Sue's height also leads her to speak down to people, and to name drop and speak of herself as something beyond everyone else.

Sue doesn't handle emotional pain well. If for whatever reason she gets hurt, she will take it out on everyone around her, normally by destroying anything around her and insulting people. These scenes are a scary kind of comical, dramatic music in the background and Sue throwing things around viciously, but at the same time it makes Sue look powerless for all her strength.

She's very good at holding grudges to unhealthy, almost super-villain levels, particularly her desire to destroy the Glee Club for getting money that had once been promised to her Cheerios. Sometimes she ignores these grudges in the short term, when external events reach the softer side she keeps locked deep inside herself.

Sue makes it a point to make fun of Will's hair, often commenting about his curls and his perm,even saying he looks like a sheep and she can't help, but picture "small birds laying sulfurous eggs" in his hair and it revolts her. However, in The Power of Madonna, it's revealed that this hate actually stems from jealousy due to her own awful hair.

Sue also holds no man or woman to her loyalty to anyone save herself and her sister. For example, despite both being members of the school staff, Sue is more than willing to betray Will at the drop of a hat. The same held true for Quinn, who for a long time was a loyal member of her cheerleading squad, and who Sue kicked out for being pregnant.

We see, however, that Sue's aggression and unreliability stem largely from a difficult childhood. Her mannerisms are very much in parallel with her mother's, a woman who left Sue to take care of herself and her handicapable sister at a young age. This explains why she has such a thick emotional shell surrounding her more vulnerable qualities.This softer self isn't gone, just very well hidden from the world, and when it does leak out she's sure to push it back in before too long.

Sue is very loving towards her sister Jean, who suffers from Down's Syndrome and who Sue visits as often as she can.This love for her sister caused Sue to donate money to the school to help disabled kids and to allow a student with Down's syndrome to join the Cheerios. After Jean's passing, the memories Sue relived lead her to apologize to Will for being a bully as opposed a supportive friend, and she called off her vendetta against Glee, an act that is likely to be overlooked for comic effect by the writers for the first act of Season Three, Episode One.

Also, when Sue had thought she had found love, she became noticeably kinder and more understanding towards others, even Will and the Glee Club. However, when she found out she'd been cheated on, she returned to her old cruel and vicious nature.

This kind/cruel dichotomy has happened many times. Her fluctuating personality can change from episode to episode depending on the circumstances, showing perhaps how unstable and lonely, her character is. An alternative theory is Sue's absolute lack of concrete character as highlighted her absolute ability to have coherent, predictable allegiances and stance is actually the result of a complete authorial disregard for continuity.

Sue's age has been somewhat a mystery throughout the series thus far. In The Power Of Madonna, we get the first news of her age when in self monologue she admits she's about to turn thirty despite the fact that she looks like someone in her forties/fifties. As well as that, in Furt, we can clearly see on her dating profile that it says her age is "27." And in Funeral, it's revealed her sister made it well past fifty, and it was said in previous episodes she and Sue went to school together. In a deleted scene from Mash Off, it is revealed that she is in fact fifty-two years old.

Her sharp wit and quick tongue leave funny, clever, and often insane proclamations in their wake, and while they're mostly ill-intended, and usually directed at Will Schuester, are some of the best lines of the show.



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  • Sue is the first main character to appear in the show.
  • Along with Artie, Kurt, Rachel, and Will, she has been main cast every season of the series.
    • She is the only one of them who never appeared in every episode in a season.
  • Sue rarely calls people by their real names, out of humor, affection, spite, or lack of interest in learning their names. She usually creates a nickname, or in Emma's case, always call her by a different name.
  • Cartoon Network's MAD Funny does a parody segment of Glee, in which during one performance, one of the singers claims, "Not sure if that's a guy!", which is a pokes fun at Jane Lynch's acting.
  • The character Jo from the animated series Total Drama is based on Sue Sylvester.
  • She claims to be of Trinidadian and Native American heritage.
  • In Love, Love, Love, she changed her name to Susan Rodham Sylvester.
  • In The Hurt Locker, Part One, she reveals herself to be a secretly obsessive Klaine-fan.
  • According to flashback scenes in The Hurt Locker, Part Two, she is a Republican Party supporter.
  • As a newborn, she already had a complete dentition and used to bite her mother.
  • She said both the first and last spoken lines in the series.
  • She is the first female Vice President of the US in the Glee storyline. In reality, no woman has been elected Vice President of the US.



Main article: Sue's Quotations


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