|Eye Color:||Dark Brown|
New Directions member
|Aliases:|| Unique (chosen identity)|
Wade (birth name)
Katie (Fake Identity)
Madonna, The New Gaga, The Black One (herself)
Chunks McGrittle (Jesse)
Mo'nique, Q in the LGBTQ...XYZ, Sweetheart (Football player)
Urethra Franklin, Tina Stomach-Turner, shemale fabulous, a naive gender confused boy in a dress, He/She, Him Slash Her, God's most fabulous mistake (Sue)
Lady Boy, Lady Man, Pre-op Precious based on the novel Barf by Sapphire, King Latifah, Oprah (Kitty)
An attractive buxom young woman, a Brick House (Figgins)
A Black Transsexual, Voice of Elmo (Bree)
|Family & Friends|
|Family:|| Rob Adams (father)|
Betty Adams (mother)
|Relationships:||Ryder Lynn (ex-online boyfriend, crush)|
|Friends:|| Marley Rose (best friend)|
|Clique:|| New Directions|
Vocal Adrenaline (Former)
|Education:|| William McKinley High School (current)|
Carmel High School (former)
|Vulnerabilities:||Desire to present self femininely|
|Awards:||MVP of the 2012 National Show Choir Championship|
|First appearance:||Saturday Night Glee-ver|
|Portrayer:|| Alex Newell |
Ginny Gardner (online avatar)
Unique was the lead vocalist of Vocal Adrenaline in Season Three, where she was afraid to perform in front of a crowd, but found a way to do so, by presenting femininely. She transferred to William McKinley High School in the first episode of Season Four, The New Rachel. She prefers that people refer to her as "she" and "Unique," her true self. Unique is best friends with Marley Rose. She had a crush on Ryder Lynn, but was too afraid to demonstrate that, so she created the fake profile, Katie, in order to get close to him.
Unique goes to McKinley to get advice from Kurt and Mercedes. She is having trouble at school and, as a member of Carmel High School's glee club Vocal Adrenaline, Unique is being put under pressure by Jesse, the club's coach. Kurt and Mercedes first try to make Unique lose Regionals for Vocal Adrenaline per Sue's advice by giving her a pair of high heels and encouraging her to perform, presenting femininely. However, the two regret it and try to explain this to Unique. This, in fact, makes her performance stronger and she performs Boogie Shoes at Regionals in feminine clothing to critical acclaim from the audience, gaining them first place.Props. She says that they have created "a monster," meaning a very dangerous opponent for the New Directions and declares that they have to take special measures against her, wanting to force Kurt to wear a dress during Nationals. Unique is later seen in Kurt's secretly recorded video, rehearsing elaborate choreography for Nationals.
Before Vocal Adrenaline's performance and after New Directions' performance, she is approached by Kurt and Mercedes, who really only want to wish her luck. Unique, however, misinterprets their visit and thinks they want to make her feel unsure, but she counters by saying that she won't even be going onto the stage. She explains them that the pressure on her shoulders has become too much, since most people have merely come to see Unique because she has become an icon to every child that's different. Kurt and Mercedes then comfort her, which makes her wonder why they are being nice, despite their rivalry, to which they say that it's not the New Directions' way to be mean to enemies. She gets some final advice and encouragement from them before they leave. While they are walking out, Unique says that she might transfer to a different school next year, implying McKinley.
Next, Unique gives a rendition of Starships and Pinball Wizard presenting femininely, which the audience enjoys. Before the winner of Nationals gets announced, Unique wins the MVP-award. It is then announced that Vocal Adrenaline came in second behind the New Directions.Call Me Maybe. Because the New Directions members are overwhelmed with being popular, they don't permit Unique to sit at the table with them and urge her to not come to school presenting femininely, which she does anyway. She is later seen with the rest of New Directions when they approach Marley to apologize for making fun of her mother. She is wearing makeup, heels and a dress in doing so. Unique tries to persuade Marley to come back by emphasising that the glee club is about diversity. This implies that the others stand by her now, too. She gets her first slushie facial when the glee club ends their friendship with the jocks and cheerleaders. Gimme More. In one scene she befriends Marley, since they are both new to the club. She realizes that Marley has laid an eye on Jake and tries to convince her to stay away from him. Unique even performs Womanizer with Marley and Tina (whom Jake is talking to during the scene) to convince her not to go out with him, though she isn't successful in the end.
Unique appears in the choir room, discussing which musical they should do. Although Unique wants to do , they decide to do Grease in the end and Unique seems to be alright with that as well.Blow Me (One Last Kiss), running through the halls of McKinley and into the auditorium, as their audition song.
Afterwards, they are complimented for this performance. When asked which role she would like to play, Unique responds that she would like to play the part of "Rizzo." She later dances back-up in Born to Hand Jive. Finn approaches Unique later while she is sitting in the library to inform her that she's getting her dream part, although Sue is against it, since she doesn't want to set a precedent that would allow Unique to join the Cheerios, although she says she wants to protect Unique from the negative reception narrow-minded people will give her. Unique promises that she will do her best to play the role convincingly. When Finn notices that Unique gets emotional, she confesses to him that she is unhappy because she wants to do stuff like wearing dresses daily and going into the girl's locker-room, but doesn't feel like people accept her doing so and by winning the part of "Rizzo" she feels as if she has found a place where she belongs. Finn then asks if Unique is prepared for all the heat that will come with playing the role (from which Finn can only partly protect her), but Unique assures him that she is. She can thus later be seen overjoyed when the audition's results are made public, for which Finn earns a nasty gaze from Sue.Look At Me I'm Sandra Dee.
The following day, Unique is in Principal Figgins office with her parents. Principal Figgins called her parents to congratulate them because Unique got the part of Rizzo in the musical, but they pull Unique out of the play because they are worried about her safety after knowing that she has been bullied in the hallways of the school. Unique later appears looking disappointed that they gave Rizzo's part to Santana. In the play, Unique sings together with Cassandra and Santana during the performance of There Are Worse Things I Could Do from the crowd.
Although she doesn't physically appear in this episode, her face can clearly be seen on a sculpture Finn uses to plan the glee club's Sectionals performance.
Since Unique is new to the New Directions, she is assigned an alumni who should assist her in the time the club is practicing for Sectionals. In Unique's case, it's Mercedes. Marley confronts Unique before Sectionals start, overjoyed that Unique is presenting femininely. Marley wonders how Unique can walk on stage dressed femininely, since many see her as male, to which Unique answers that she must perform like this at least. She doesn't listen to her parents, who had previously banned Unique from wearing a dress in public in order to protect her, because "there wouldn't be anything left inside her to protect" otherwise. Unique earns Marley's respect for being so true to herself. Unique is finally seen in the performance of Gangnam Style.
Unique can be seen running off stage with the other kids in order to care for Marley, thus assisting in getting them disqualified from Sectionals. She joins an inline-skating club two days after that, because she no longer has glee club to focus on. In the final scene, she comes back to meet Finn, Marley and the other New Directions members in the courtyard, where they perform Don't Dream It's Over.Tell Him, where she sings back-up to Brittany and Marley. During the glee club meeting, when Artie explains to Sam that he thinks Tina will ask him to the dance, Sam falsely assumes that Artie is speaking of Unique. She also comes to the Sadie Hawkins dance, although she doesn't seem to be interested in a date at all. She sings Locked Out of Heaven up on the stage with Marley and also sings backup for Ryder when he sings I Only Have Eyes For You. Then, for the rest of the episode, she is seen dancing by herself.
Unique is first seen in the glee club meeting after finding out that the New Directions will be competing at Regionals. When "Twilight" is mentioned, she proudly tells the others that she is a part of "Team Jacob," and excitedly gets a high-five from Joe. She can also be seen during the other choir room scenes, like when Jake sings a ballad to Marley. She also takes part in the episode's final performance, This Is the New Year.Diva, with Marley and Kitty. She is next seen performing back-up alongside Kitty and Brittany for Tina during Hung Up in the courtyard. Unique can be seen watching and enjoying Blaine's, Santana's and Tina's performances for the diva-week. She also cheers for Tina, when she wins the competition. Shout, before she follows everyone to the cafeteria during the performance. After the boys' number, Unique and Marley lead the performance of Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend/Material Girl with the other New Direction Girls. She then accompanies Will with the New Directions to Emma's sister's house and sings in Will's performance of In Your Eyes. When Will announces that everyone wins the mash-off, Unique is angry like the rest of New Directions. In the end, she is seen performing Footloose with them.
While chatting with "Katie," Ryder tells her how he had been approached by Unique, who was angry because Ryder had kissed Marley. Unique tells him to stay away from her, since Marley is happy with Jake. Ryder then refers to Unique as "dude," making her really angry. Unique claims that she's female, but Ryder insists that Unique is a boy, causing Unique to push him. Ryder then follows Katie's advice, and challenges Unique to a duel. Some time later, Unique and Ryder are performing The Bitch Is Back/Dress You Up and despite their fight some time before, Unique is dancing joyfully around Ryder, who is playing the drums. Afterwards, they are asked by Will why they decided to mash-up just these two songs. A flashback, where Unique and Ryder are having a debate led by Artie is then shown. Unique explains that the mash-up was inspired by the feud Elton John and Madonna were having, and claims that she will be a fabulous Madonna, but that Ryder will be a bad Elton John. Unique then agrees to make peace with Ryder if the latter starts referring to her as a girl. When Ryder is unable to say it, Unique storms out of the choir room angrily. She's later seen screeching to the performance of Bye Bye Bye/I Want It That Way.When Ryder is persuaded by Katie to call Unique a woman, he arranges a meeting with his fellow underclassmen in glee club. It is there that he admits he doesn't understand what is going on inside Unique, but that he will support her truth as her friend, causing Unique to cry. It makes her remember the day after herself and Ryder sang the duet. On the way home, she was pursued by a group of girls who laughed at her. Marley, Ryder, Jake and Kitty (who walks in as they speak and claims to be Unique's friend, too) then promise to walk her home every day from now on. She is then part of a friendship pact made with her fellow underclassmen. She is finally seen singing and dancing to Closer.
Unique is seen with everybody in the choir room wondering why they are there, since Glee Club was cancelled that week because Finn left and Will is sick. Sam and Blaine then take the lead of the Glee Club that week and give a lesson to everybody about guilty pleasures. Unique says that she doesn't know any shame. Unique is later seen dancing with everyone in the performance of Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go. She is seen later with Tina and Marley, when they demand Kitty, who was the latest guest in Brittany's online talk show Fondue For Two, to tell them what her guilty pleasure is. Kitty refuses to reveal it, but Brittany says that it is Spice Girls. Unique screams with excitement and happiness along with the other girls and she says that she used to make their clothes with her grandma sheets and stated that she dreamed to be one of them and also that they must do a Spice Girls number and that she would be Scary Spice. Unique is later seen in the choir room where Sam reveals that his guilty pleasure is Barry Manilow. Sam starts the performance of Manilow's Copacabana and Unique is reluctant by joining the performance but she quickly enjoys the song by dancing with everyone else. When the New Directions girls are deciding which Spice Girl they're all going to be in the auditorium, Brittanysaid that Unique shouldn't be Scary Spice just because she's black, which Unique doesn't understand, then Brittany explains that it's very racist that the Scary Spice is the only black one. Unique then ends up being the Baby Spice. Tina appears and reveals the shocking news that Jake wants to do a Chris Brown song. Unique along with the girls disagrees with Jake's choice because Chris Brown is not a good role-model and he treats women badly. Unique then is performing with the girls during Wannabe, which everyone enjoys. Unique then is seen enjoying Jake's performance of My Prerogative. At the end of the episode, Unique sings Mamma Mia with the New Directions. New Directions assemble, be it when Will announces their competition for Regionals, the performances of More Than Words and Say, and throughout the shooting. She spends the minutes the New Directions spend locked into the choir room sitting in a corner with Kitty and Ryder. During that time, she is later shown to have recorded a message to the afterworld, urging them to not change who they are for anyone. After they are rescued by a task force, New Directions, including Unique, share a group hug. Blaine, and then Marley and Sam join in as the four perform You Have More Friends Than You Know after Marley asks them to sing it with her. As the song comes to an end, she positively critiques the song. At the end of the episode, Unique sings Marley's original song, Outcast, with New Directions, in which she has a solo. We Will Rock You with New Directions. She shares moments with Marley at the end while they perform Longest Time with New Directions.
Unique is first seen watching Kitty perform Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours, also, she is seen dancing with the rest of the Glee Club while performing Superstition. When Mercedes performs her solo and begins to dance, Unique is seen yelling "Ooh, child, this is happening!" and is seen dancing with Kurt and Artie, while Mercedes sings. At the end, she performs with New Directions in the auditorium.
"Katie" is shown claiming to be Unique before, but pulled out of it again. When Ryder is at his limit and pressures "Katie" into revealing herself in front of the entire glee club, Unique is shown to be scared. She seems relieved when Marley then falsely confesses to be "Katie." It is revealed that Marley found out that it is Unique, who had been catfishing Ryder, and was covering for her. When this leads to a fight between Ryder and Marley, Unique finally confesses to Ryder to have catfished him. Unique explains that she likes Ryder, but had been too unsure to tell him and had thus made a sockpuppet account with the pictures of a pretty blonde to get closer to him. She says that it had started harmless, but become serious to the point of no return. Unique tells Ryder that she'd understand if Ryder wanted to punch her, but swears that she had meant everything she told him. She is then told by Ryder that he is not going to punch her, but that he isn't going to talk to her ever again either, leaving Unique shattered. Unique later performs in I Love It, and shares a hug with Ryder on stage, which leads to an awkward tension between them. Unique is also present during the scenes in the choir room, during New Directions' show circle, and at Will and Emma's wedding.
Unique is shown in the choir room towards the beginning of the episode with everyone else when Will reveals the assignment. Once Kitty makes a snarky remark about Ryder being catfished, Unique rolls her eyes, blaringly annoyed. When people begin telling how they relate to the beatles, she admits she doesn't really know the Beatles, as she's "a little bit on the black side."
She is seen to be enjoying the carnival along with all the other New Direction members. She is also seen paying attention to Blaine when he tells the New Directions' that he wants to propose to Kurt. Unique is seen gathering up fellow show choirs during Help!. Later on, Unique is seen in the auditorium fangirling during I Saw Her Standing There. At the end of the episode, she is present during the proposal.
Unique can be seen in the choir room when the prom nominations are read out. She seems to be excited for both Blaine and Tina's nominations. Though, once Tina dumps Sam to ensure the "wallflower vote," she seems a bit shocked, stating that it is "awkward." She seems to be enjoying Tina's solo, until the bell rings, where she apologizes for having to leave.
She is later seen at the Brundleprom, performing Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band alongside Ryder, Jake, and Marley. She can be seen in the audience while Sue is announcing the Prom Court winners encouraging Tina. Once Tina is Carrie'd, she is shocked and concerned, and runs after her to check on her. In the choir room, she offers Tina her dress, and helps to clean her up so she can return to prom, as well as singing back-up during Hey Jude. At the end of the episode, she is in the auditorium with the rest of the New Directions, performing Let It Be.
As the episode starts, Unique stand with the rest of the New Directions and the alumni as they sing Seasons of Love in the auditorium.
In the choir room, Mr. Schue announces that they will be devoting the week to sing songs to help them cope with Finn's death. Unique sings back up to Mercedes in I'll Stand by You, and then again sings back up in the auditorium during Fire and Rain. She later watches If I Die Young and No Surrender in the choir room, joining the group hug at the end. She is last seen watching the performance of Make You Feel My Love.
Unique, Kitty, Tina, and Jake are put together to come up with a 'Katy' song, since they classify themselves as "Gagas." She and Tina are seen arguing about ideas in the choir room while Jake lays face down on the piano. After complaining that they have been at it for 5 hours, Jake decides to go and help the Cheerios with their choreography. Kitty realizes that Bree has put him up to this, and Unique, suspecting that Bree is up to something, quickly warns Marley about Jake and Bree. Later Kitty gets mad at Unique because she couldn't get them real tigers for their performance. Unique defends herself by saying that, in contrast to what they believed, Lima doesn't have a zoo and that she got Jake a tiger costume instead. In the end they decide to take away all the props, costumes and gimmicks and do a stripped-down acoustic version of Wide Awake for the assignment. She and the rest of New Directions are suspended by Sue for their inappropriate outfits, and then sing Roar in the end.If I Were a Boy, as she sings the scene changes to the choir room. When she is done singing, Ryder, Jake, and Sam want to stand up for Unique and start a fight with the guys who teased her, but Unique tells them not to as it won't change anything in the long term. Sue puts a porta potty with question marks all over it into the choir room and bolts in down. That is supposed to be Unique's special toilet.
When Unique has to use the porta potty, Will decides to take her to the teachers bathroom. They talk and Unique says she'll have to get used to being different, a freak. In the end, Will ends the twerking because Sue said he had to. If he did then she would give Unique a key to the teachers bathroom. In the end Unique joins everyone in singing On Our Way.
Unique is first seen in the choir room when Mr. Schuester announces the weekly assignment. She asks who Billy Joel is to which Artie replies. She is later seen when the New Directions and Will perform You May Be Right.
Unique is first seen with the other New Directions when Blaine enters the room, and after he states his ideas for Nationals, she is seen, along with everyone else, disagreeing with his ideas. Later, she is seen in puppet form while You're My Best Friend is being performed. Then, she is seen watching Jake during his fantasy performance. Later, she is called into Sue Sylvester's office and asked to help her with a new, more feminine look. She responds by taking out her makeup bag and letting her know that she has her covered. While Sue is seen walking the halls, Unique smiles at her approvingly. She is seen at the opening of the box of puppets made for the New Directions by Blaine, and she is seen performing The Fox.
During the McKinley High Non-Denominational Christmas Club meeting Artie announces that upon vandalism of their outdoor manger scene, Figgins wants the Glee club to arrange a Living Nativity Scene. Unique immediately announces her wish to play the role of Virgin Mary, which Kitty dismisses. The following day, Unique performs Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree with the rest of New Directions and Will while decorating their Christmas tree, for which they earn first place in the 50th Annual McKinley Classroom Decorating Contest.The following day, Unique, Marley, and Tina put on a fabulous performance of Mary's Little Boy Child as their audition for the part of Virgin Mary. Unique is annoyed when she looks at the cast list and learns that Marley got the part but when Marley tells the others that they should give Kitty the role in order to cheer her up, Unique comes up with the perfect plan. New Directions pretend to have given the role of Virgin Mary to Unique, who performs Love Child with them in order to passive aggressively make Kitty take the role, which she does.
At the end of the week, Unique plays the role of Angel Gabriel when the New Directions and Becky perform Away in a Manger for the Living Nativity Scene.
She makes her first appearance in this episode singing backup along with the other New Directions during Whenever I Call You Friend. Unique is seen in the the Glee Club meeting, where she makes a comment on what wig she should wear. Later in the meeting, she is shown singing along to My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It). She is then seen gasping after Tina accidentally pushes Artie over. She makes her final appearance of the episode watching the performance of Breakaway.
- Main article: Ryder-Unique Relationship (Rydique/Rynique)
We first see their relationship develop when Unique uses the online persona "Katie" in Feud to talk with 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 explains to Ryder that he's been catfished by someone pretending to be her.
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 because during the fifth season premiere (Love Love Love), Ryder is still in New Directions and there is mention of their problem.
- Main article: Marley-Unique Relationship (Marlique)
Marley and Unique are both initiated into the glee club during The New Rachel, and are officially classified as "besties" by Unique during Britney 2.0, when she tries to warn her off starting a relationship with Jake, the McKinley bad boy.
They soon sing together when they decide to audition for different roles in Grease, and Mercedes says that their performance was the most energetic that she had seen all day, and this strengthens their friendship. Kitty later has a slumber party at her house and invites Marley who responds that she will not attend unless Unique is invited.
Unique is there to defend and care for Marley after she collapses at Sectionals, and tells the rest of New Directions to give her some space. When Tina later calls Unique out about her Diva status, Marley jumps to her defense, and they all perform a number together. When Ryder kisses Marley, Unique stands up for her friend and tells Ryder to stop messing with her and Jake's relationship. At the end of the fourth season, Marley shows Unique how much she means to her when she discovers that she has been the one catfishing Ryder and covers for her.
Marley and Unique are seen sitting together and laughing during the Drive My Car performance, and perform with Jake and Ryder at prom. When Unique realizes that Bree is trying to steal Jake away, she jumps to her friend's defense and tells her she needs to watch her back and up her game to keep Jake as her boyfriend.
Solos (In a Group Number)
|Call Me Maybe||The New Rachel||Blaine, Tina, and Brittany|
|Womanizer||Britney 2.0||Tina and Marley|
|There Are Worse Things I Could Do||Glease||Santana and Cassandra|
|This Is the New Year||Naked||Blaine, Brittany, Marley, Sam, Jake, Ryder, Tina, and Artie|
|Diva||Diva||Brittany, Blaine, and Tina|
|Wannabe||Guilty Pleasures||Kitty, Tina, Marley, and Brittany|
|Mamma Mia||Rachel, Santana, Kurt, Blaine, Sam, Marley, and Kitty|
|You Have More Friends Than You Know||Sweet Dreams||Marley, Sam, and Blaine|
|Outcast||Marley, Jake, Ryder, and Kitty|
|I Love It||Kitty, Tina, and Brittany|
|Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band||Tina in the Sky with Diamonds||Jake, Ryder, and Marley|
|Wide Awake||A Katy or A Gaga||Jake, Kitty, and Tina|
|Roar||Dani, Kurt, Sam, Kitty, Rachel, Santana, Elliott, and Tina|
|On Our Way||The End of Twerk||Artie, Blaine, Jake, Kitty, Marley, Ryder, Sam, and Tina|
|Mary's Little Boy Child||Previously Unaired Christmas||Marley and Tina|
|America||City of Angels||Artie, Kitty and Sam|
|Song||Episode||Sung by:||Backup with:|
|Look At Me I'm Sandra Dee||Glease||Kitty||Tina, Brittany, and Sugar|
|Tell Him||Sadie Hawkins||Marley and Brittany||Sugar, Kitty, and Tina|
|I Only Have Eyes For You||Ryder||Artie and Joe|
|In Your Eyes||Girls (and Boys) on Film||Will||New Directions|
|Song||Episode||Sung by:||Backup with:|
|You May Be Right||Movin' Out||Will, Artie, Jake, Kitty and Ryder||WMHS students|
- Unique is the show's first transgender character.
- Like fellow The Glee Project runner-up Lindsay Pearce's character Harmony, Unique was also the lead vocalist of a rival show choir.
- Main article: Wade/Unique's Quotations