|Birthday:||Between late September and mid-October, 1979|
|Family & Friends|
|Family:|| Rusty Pillsbury (father)|
Rose Pillsbury (mother)
Betty Pillsbury (niece)
Mr. Schuester (Father-in-law)
Mrs. Schuester (Mother-in-law)
Bella James (niece)
|Relationships:|| Will Schuester (husband, in love with, sexual)|
Carl Howell (ex-husband)
Ken Tanaka (ex-fiancé)
|Friends:|| Will Schuester|
|Employer:||Mr. Figgins (The Next Generation)|
|Strengths:|| Compassion |
|First appearance:||For Your Entertainment|
Emma Pillsbury-Schuester (previously Pillsbury-Howell) is a recurring character on Glee: The Next Generation. Emma was a series regular for Season 1, but from Season 2 onward, she is a recurring character. She is a guidance counsellor at McKinley High School in Lima, Ohio. Emma suffers from OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), and is married to glee club director Will Schuester. She is also the aunt of Bella James, who is her sister's daughter.
Emma could easily be seen as the ideal counselor. Sweet, insightful, selfless and empathetic, Emma is constantly doing what she can to offer good and helpful advice to not only the students, but also to those that she cares about (primarily Will). Unfortunately, despite the fact that Emma tries her best to be logical in her advice, she often lets her emotions take advantage of her actions. Her relationships with Will and Ken are obvious example, as Emma not only began dating, but also agreed to get engaged to Ken, although she did not even like him, all so as to try and spare herself the pain of pining for Will. Because of Emma's natural kindness, this has also caused her to become extremely meek towards dominant people such as Sue and Terri, who often attempt to bully her. However, when push comes to shove, Emma will still try to stand up for herself, and will without a question stand-up for others (i.e. standing up for the glee kids at sectionals.) Emma rarely stands up for her self but did when she finds out Will cheated on her, announcing in the teacher's lounge that Will was a "Slut." She has also stood up to Terri telling her that Will deserves much better than her and when Terri found Emma surprising Will at the apartment she asked her if there was a reason why she was there and Emma said that she wanted Terri gone when Will got home. She has also shown her bolder side to Figgins by yelling at him about canceling Glee even though they have worked hard all year. She too has shown a snarkier side by asking if Sue had been finally punched in the face when she had her tear ducts removed. In Season Two, she seems to have become slightly more independent, though she is still shy.
Although Emma seems pretty normal at first glance, like everyone else at the school she has her own sorts of oddities. Most obvious is her mysophobia, OCD and her large, round eyes. She tries her best to make sure everything around her is neat, hygienic and in order. She always brings her lunch to work, and often will clean her food as she eats it, as well as doing things like not mixing different colored grapes, wiping each grape carefully with a sanitizing wipe, and eating with plastic gloves on. Emma also had, what some might consider, an unhealthy romantic interest in Will. Despite the fact he was married, she often was seen watching him intently, to the point where she would become easily distracted. As previously mentioned, she attempted to cancel out her feelings for Will, by dating a man who was completely wrong for her. This also caused her to become very inconsiderate towards Ken, who she informed that despite dating/engaged, they would not live together, kiss or have anything even remotely close to a normal relationship. She reacted maturely to Will telling her that he left his wife although her decision to resign showed her emotional weakness as she didn't want to work at the school any longer because of her feelings for Will and her guilt over Ken. Emma can also be known to have panic attacks when put under great amounts of stress.