|Wade "Unique" Adams|
|Gender:|| Male (Biologically)|
|Occupation(s):||Student, singer, dancer|
|Aliases:|| Unique (Identified Identity)|
Wade (Birth Name)
Katie (Fake Identity)
Chunks McGrittle (Jesse)
Him/Her, Tina "Stomach" Turner, Urethra Franklin, She-Male Fabulous (Sue)
Mo'nique (Football player)
|Family & Friends|
|Family:|| Rob Adams (father)|
Betty Adams (mother)
|Relationships:||Ryder Lynn (ex-online boyfriend, crush)|
|Friends:|| Marley Rose (Best Friend)|
|Enemies:|| Jesse St. James|
Ryder Lynn (Ryder's side)
|Clique:|| New Directions|
Vocal Adrenaline (Former)
|Education:|| William McKinley High School (current)|
Carmel High School (former)
|Vulnerabilities:||Desire to present femininely|
|Awards:||MVP of the 2012 National Show Choir Championship|
|First appearance:||Saturday Night Glee-ver|
|Portrayer:|| Alex Newell |
Ginny Gardner (online avatar)
Unique goes to McKinley to seek 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 tried 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 tried 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.
Sue discusses her with Kurt and Mercedes at the beginning of 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. She is later seen in Kurt's secretly recorded video shown rehearsing elaborate choreography for nationals.
Before Vocal Adrenaline's performance and after New Directions', she is approached by Kurt and Mercedes, who really only want to wish her luck. Unique 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 by 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.
Unique presents femininely for the whole episode. She is present in every choir room scene and when the New Directions are performing Gimme More. In one scene she befriends , since they are both new to the club. She realizes that Marley has laid an eye on and tries to convince her to stay away from him. Unique even performs with Marley and (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.While Marley and Unique are talking in the girl's bathroom, she tells Marley that she isn't auditioning for the upcoming school musical because she doesn't want to play any part except for "Rizzo" since - according to her - Rizzo's story is her life's story. And since, according to herself, nobody takes her seriously when she presents femininely, she doubts she would get her dream role. While Marley tries to talk her into auditioning for the part, Sue comes out of a bathroom stall and tries to make clear to her that she cannot play Rizzo because she is transgender. Marley then insists that she and Unique don't care about Sue's opinion. They turn away from her and begin to perform , running through the halls of McKinley and into the auditorium. She auditions for the school musical together with Marley by singing the song in the auditorium. 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 to . 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 he 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.
Unique is seen at the beginning of the episode in the choir room, also surprised to see that Will is going to hand the leadership of the New Directions to . Later, Unique, presenting femininely, is with the other girls trying their costumes when Kitty arrives and "notices" Marley's sudden weight-gain. Kitty invites the girls to a sleep-over in her house, Unique asks if she can go and Marley says that she won't go if Unique is not invited. then allows Unique to go to her sleep-over. In Kitty's house Unique arrives in Kitty's bedroom with chocolate donuts and later has fun with the girls while Kitty performs . In the following day, Unique is in Principal Figgins' room 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 . In the play, Unique sings together with and Santana in the performance of , from the crowd.
Since Unique is new to the , she is assigned an alumni who should assist her in the time the club is practicing for . 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 read 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 .
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 singers 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 himself to the dance, Sam falsely assumes that Artie is speaking of Unique. She is 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, up until the end, she seen dancing by herself.
Unique is first seen in the glee-club meeting after it has become clear that the 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 . She can also be seen during the other choir-room scenes, like when Jake sings a ballad to . She also takes part in the episode's final performance, .Unique is happy to hear that the assignment of the week is "Diva" since she thinks of herself as the biggest Diva in the .
Tina, however, disagrees and claims to be a bigger diva. When Brittany and Blaine also get involved, the four run into the auditorium, where they perform the song
It is implied that Unique has "Asian Bird Flu" and is therefore absent during the course of the episode.
Unique along with New Directions is happy that they have to perform music from their favorite movies in a Girl vs Boys Mash-Up competition. Unique thinks in doing a song from Crying Game, as she states she knows everything about it. Unique is later seen with Sugar in the library during the performance of Shout, where she follows everyone to the cafeteria through the performance. After the boys' number, Unique and Marley lead 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 sister's house and sings some notes 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 is then appears, where Unique and Ryder are having a debate led by Artie. 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 when the latter starts referring to her as a girl. When Ryder is unable to say it, Unique storms out of the choir room angry.She's later seen screaching 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 underclass men 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 seen minutes later with everyone dancing in the performance of Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go. She is seen later with Tina and Marley, where they demand Kitty, who was the latest guest in Brittany's online talk show Fondue For Two, to tell them what is her guilty pleasure. Kitty refuses to reveal, 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 relucant by joining the performance but she quickly enjoys the song by dancing with everyone else. Unique is after seen with the girls in the auditorium where they are deciding which Spice Girl they're all going to be. 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 reveal the shocking news that Jake wants to do a Chris Brown song. Unique along with the girls also disagree with Jake's choice of doing a Chris Brown song because he's not a good role-model and that he treats women bad. Unique then is performing with the girls Spice Girl's Wannabe, which everyone enjoys. Unique then is seen enjoying Jake's performance of My Prerogative. At the end of the episode, Unique sang with New Directions the ABBA classic: Mamma Mia. 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, she joins into the group hug the glee club has.
Unique is first seen as the first in the choir room when Marley walks in to see her take birth control pills. She does this in order to enhance her breasts because that's what other transgenders do. When Marley tries to stop her, she refuses to. Meanwhile, Unique is seen talking to Blaine, and then Marley and Sam join in as the four perform You Have More Friends Than You Know when Marley wants 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, also, she is seen dancing with the rest of the Glee Club while performing Superstition. When Mercedes performs her solo, she begins to dance, Unique is seen yelling "Ooh, child, this is happening!" and is seen dancing with Kurt and Artie while she 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 the "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 had found out that it is Unique who had been catfishing Ryder, and had thus falsely confessed into being "Katie." She is unable to watch Ryder reproaching Marley wrongly, however, and thus 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 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 the circle the New Directions have before they go on stage, and at Will and Emma's wedding.
Solos (In a Duet)
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||All or Nothing||Kitty, Tina and Brittany|
|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|
- Like fellow runner-up Lindsay Pearce's character Harmony, Unique was also the lead vocalist of a rival show choir.
- In Saturday Night Glee-ver, she tells Kurt and Mercedes that if the two of them had a love child, it would be Unique.
- Is the show's first transgender character, and she states that Kurt doesn't understand her struggles because unlike her, Kurt "identifies as a male."
- Is the only "Glee Project" character to not be involved in a mash-up in Season Three (Lindsay/Harmony had Anything Goes/Anything You Can Do, Damian/Rory had I Can't Go For That/You Make My Dreams and Samuel/Joe had Cherish/Cherish).
- The only songs Unique has presented while wearing traditionally masculine clothing (so far) are Call Me Maybe, Born to Hand Jive, There Are Worse Things I Could Do, Closer, You Have More Friends Than You Know and Outcast .
- Brittany often confuses Unique with Mercedes.
- Unique is on 'Team Jacob', a reference to the Twilight series. (Naked)
- Believes that taking birth control pills would enhance her breasts as a transgender. (Sweet Dreams)
- Unique is the second member of New Directions (after Lauren) to wear dresses different from those of the other girls during competitions.
- Main article: Wade/Unique's Quotations
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