|Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt character|
|First appearance||"Kimmy Goes Outside!" (2015)|
|Created by||Tina Fey|
|Portrayed by||Tituss Burgess|
|Aliases||Ronald Effin Wilkerson (birth name)
|Significant other(s)||Vonda Brooks (m. 1998; separated 1998)
Mikey Politano (ex-boyfriend)
|Relatives||5 unnamed aunts|
Born Ronald Ephen Wilkerson in Chickasaw County, Mississippi, where he was raised by five aunts (one of whom melted), Titus Andromedon had no choice but to stay in the closet, and an extremely awkward time in high school, stuck as a popular kid on the football team who girls wanted to have sex with all the time. He was selected as prom king during high school. He remained in the closet until his wedding day to childhood friend Vonda Jeanne Brooks. The thought of the wedding night was too much for him and he fled the reception without saying goodbye, travelling to New York to begin a new life under a new name, Titus Andromedon.
Titus is openly gay, and is an aspiring Broadway performer. He auditioned for The Lion King on Broadway at least 20 times and never got in because he never came off as straight. He tried to put on his own production, but only got one audience member, who had simply come to show him copyright laws.
His rival is Coriolanus Burt (James Monroe Iglehart), who beat him for the role of Sharecropper #2/Cow in Alabama!, an all black version of Oklahoma!, by running onto the stage in the middle of his performance at callbacks and announcing the death of Gianni Versace.
Titus rents from Lillian Kaushtupper (Carol Kane), and makes a few bucks by walking around dressed as an Iron Man-esque character. Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper) becomes his roommate, and convinces him to return the costume and get back his investment fee, which, with some effort, he does.
Unfortunately, the money ($200) is stolen from him after Titus awkwardly sang "I'll Make Love to You" at a random man's funeral. He later gets fancy new headshots taken, and gets an agent. He then auditions for the role of Spider-Man #12 in the musical Spider-Man Too: 2 Many Spider-Men, a parody of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and over-crowded superhero movies. However, after humiliating Coriolanus when he loses as well, he is happy because he realizes the Alabama! role wasn't the big break he thought it was.
Titus then makes a music video of an original song, titled "Peeno Noir" meaning An Ode to Black Penis. Lillian films it for him, though finding the exact location is hard (including a bat-infested chandelier factory). As a result, he helps Xanthippe Voorhees clean up after her drunken party, in order to shoot the video in her house and keep from getting Kimmy fired.
Kimmy then gets Titus a gig singing at Jacqueline Voorhees' dinner party, where he meets the owner of a spooky-themed singing restaurant, where he gets a part as a Frankenwolf. He auditions for a part at the restaurant with a monologue, but after he doesn't get it, he takes very intense acting lessons about how to act like a straight man.
Titus drags Kimmy down to Indiana for the trial of Rev. Richard Wayne Gary Wayne, where he takes all the TV and radio show interviews for her. One TV show starts without him realizing, causing his viral video Gonna Be Famous (Remix) to become an Internet hit. This video later led to Titus' wife Vonda, who believed he was dead, arriving in Indiana to see him.
At the start of the show's second season, Vonda attempts to sue Titus for spousal support; however, as Titus was legally declared dead in 2008, Vonda's lawsuit couldn't go forward. It was later revealed that Vonda wanted an apology from Titus, which he initially refused though Kimmy pushed him to do so. He eventually did apologize to Vonda at the train station, and the two reconciled as friends. Titus, who was often resistant to relationships because he felt he would be let down at the end, later became involved with a construction worker named Mikey Politano, who was initially struggling with his sexuality and would eventually come out with the help of Titus (although still remaining closeted to his macho coworkers)..
Titus began workshopping his new musical Kimono You Didn't: Murasaki's Journey, about his past life as a geisha, which initially sparked internet controversy but was ultimately well-received, and, after being promoted to Spooky Gravedigger, quit his job at Dr. Dracula's Spooky Lab & Bar & Grill. He then booked a part as a swing in a production called Mahogany starring Dionne Warwick on a cruise ship departing from Miami.
On the cruise, Titus and Warwick became very close, and when she fell ill she had him take over her role for nine performances. Titus was very well received, and became addicted to the attention, especially having hated his swing job. He then intentionally poisoned Warwick and accidentally poisoned the rest of the ship to try to continue his role. In shame, he left the cruise on a lifeboat, eating his $10,000 worth of checks, his wigs, and a dolphin to keep from starving. He ended up arriving back in New York early.
Now that he was back, Titus auditioned for Sesame Street and was offered a role if he had a three way with the producer and a puppet, which he refused. He then saw what he thought was Mikey cheating on him, and recorded his own version of Beyoncé's Lemonade before realizing he was wrong. He went on to break up with Mikey because he didn't want to have to put the stress on him of being his first and his only boyfriend because Titus remembered how that was for him.
Titus got a job singing backup vocals for highly offensive conspiracy theory songs, and ended up also singing lead vocals for a song called Boobs in California (despite his moral obligations) which proved a surprise hit. Titus' likeness is also being used for the villain in a series of medicine commercials (which he auditioned for but the company thought he was crazy).
Kimmy convinces Titus to go to church for the first time since he was twelve. He joins the choir, and ends up dating the lead singer, a man named Reuben.He ends up breaking up with Reuben, realizing that while he is a great guy, he isn't the right kind of guy for Titus.
Titus also ends up working for Jacqueline twice; first she hires him to play her gay best friend and come into her apartment and throw a fit (in an effort to get her brother in law to stop trying to sleep with her) however when this fails Titus ends up pretending to be straight and in love with Jacqueline. She later hires him to sing the National Anthem over the phone for an NFL meeting, as a method of distracting the members while she climbed up the stairs to rejoin the meeting.
After all this, Titus appears on Xanthippe Voorhees' interview show Profiles, replacing Kimmy who refused to do it.
Jacqueline then gets Titus a gig singing at a sports event in an attempt to get back Mikey, ending with Titus confessing his feelings.
Burgess has received critical acclaim for his performance. Many critics hail him as the "scene-stealer" and breakout character of the series. In both 2015, 2016 and 2017, he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
|2015||Webby Award||Best Actor||Won|
|Critics' Choice Television Award||Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|2016||Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association||Best Actor||Nominated|
|Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
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