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I just want you to know that I was in a bad place before I came here, and you helped me. You made me not feel alone.


Brett Shimura is the new kid at East High who transferred to Albuquerque, New Mexico from Honolulu, Hawaii. He is the son of Phyllis and Cornelius Shimura, as well as the younger brother of Jason. Andy Adams is Brett's first crush, first kiss, and first love.

Feeling alone in his family, Brett longs for someone he can talk to, someone who can understand and help him through the bumps in life. Brett doesn't expect this person will be East High’s “Golden Boy” Troy Bolton, but once they become friends, there is no stopping the transformative power of their friendship. Season 1 is told through Brett’s eyes, though not in his voice, and thus we are given a deeper glimpse at his soul and motivations than those of anyone else in the series. Brett sees himself as a very socially awkward boy. He is unable to identify those characteristics that distinguish him from the rest of the characters because he is constantly in conflict with the various facets of his life. He has several distinct roles that those around him expect him to play. His parents completely loathe him, and his own personality often seems to be less important to them than his ability to get attention for feeling loved. Brett tried to be himself at all times, but it was more difficult since Weston Miller relentlessly bullied him when all he wanted was just to fit in. Whatever confidence he lacked in social settings, however, Brett was more than what he made up for it on his façade. Amid all this, the only thing Brett can grasp that fulfills his expected responsibilities from all these people and which fulfills him personally is isolating himself, and he seizes on this fanatically. This, he feels, will free him from what he feels to be his curse of ordinariness, and will make him into a person that both he and everyone else can accept.

However, when Troy comes along, we are allowed to see the true Brett shining through the poorly constructed mask of conformity. Troy nurtures Brett to become more himself through encouragement and a gift of awesomeness. However, the importance of this talent pales beside the personal qualities Brett is finally allowing himself to acknowledge. He has the sensitivity and kindness that would probably be at odds with the "loner" image almost everyone seems to see him as. Through his friendship with Troy, Brett truly manages to find himself. But with Troy in his life, Brett seems to have enough permission to want to be himself and to stand up for himself. As Brett's new friend, Troy yearned to reach out and capture the quivering life about Brett but when he tried, it slipped past his fingertips, leaving Brett depressed. Troy is the one who helps Brett see "the awesomeness in himself". With Troy in his life, Brett is able to start to shape a more confident version of himself, beyond his parents' expectations. Obviously Brett's friendship with Troy alters him tremendously. For being a mere freshman in East High, Troy really teaches Brett to be more courageous, more imaginative, and more himself. Because he has Troy in his life, Brett can exercise his generosity and become more fully himself, despite his parents' disapproval and judgement. His friendship with Troy makes up for the things that are lacking in his family life, and, just as Troy would be alienated without him, Brett would be "lonesome" without him. He's able to be Troy's one whole friend in the world as Troy is his. When Brett tells Troy that he isn't loved by anyone, it might not be with any real intent, but the pain Brett is feeling is very real. One of his biggest problems that is introduced right along with him are his struggles with school. Brett explains that he is being pressured by his parents to get good grades at school, yet seems to be unable to do so, despite studying hard. When Brett began questioning his intelligence, it is revealed that his grades are merely a result of him having a learning disability.

There is some definite proof of Brett's sexuality, his adorably innocent interactive showdown with Troy since the Pilot, seem to point to Brett being of homosexual nature. He is scared because it's the first time someone really wants to defend him and accepts him as who he is. Brett didn't come to terms with his sexuality until When There Was Me and You. Basically, he wants to be involved with boys, and doesn't want to get left out or replaced, but doesn't know how to deal with it. But he is not simply dependent on Troy for this newfound sense of self; when Troy graduates at the end of the series, he eventually finds that he can carry on and continue in the path of personal growth Troy has helped him to find. This probably has to do with Brett's sexuality and his divine parentage making him feel like an outcast in every possible way.

Brett provides the conflict for the drama part of the story. His transition to East High from Pilot will cause a ripple effect amidst being the main storyline and will be a major plot-point all throughout the show. He has the biggest role all over the story and without him there would be no story to begin with. 


Physical Appearance Edit

Brett Shimura is a very attractive Japanese-American boy of medium height, around 5'4" tall. He has large and widely-spaced dark chocolate brown eyes, black hair — styled neatly and combed well, but sometimes disheveled. His lips are full. He wears glasses, and has olive skin.

Brett doesn’t have any preferred type of clothing. Basically he’ll wear anything that is in style and considered to be cool and the hottest fashion. He could benefit by putting a little flair in his street style, wearing more uplifting colors, with black or blue jeans or shorts which show off his slender figure. He wears minimal pieces of jewelry: a ring on his middle finger on his right hand.

Personality and Traits Edit

This place has taught me so much about friendship, loyalty, love. But most importantly it's taught me that the best things in life — the very best things — happen unexpectedly.


Being raised in toxicity and emotional abuse, Brett Shimura, traumatized and disordered by the years of experimentation, abuse, and neglect he had received, is psychologically unbalanced and extremely depressed, with a bitter grudge against almost everyone. He is timid, socially withdrawn, and extremely cautious around other people. Despite his traumatic personal life, Brett does have a kind-hearted and caring side which is shown when he is under the care of Troy Bolton, who is like a brother to him. Now after suffering under the foot of his family, Brett only shows this side when he is in the company of Troy — who truly understands and can sympathize to what Brett goes through. It's evident that years of abuse and lack of parental love, the dysfunction that exists in his family, and the unexpected death of his brother on whom he was co-dependent caused Brett's mental well-being to tail-spin and spiral out of control. He tries to put on a facade and make it appear as if he is okay, but underneath it all is a very emotionally damaged person. Brett is clearly an emotional mess but this is understandable considering that type of family that he comes from. After his brother’s death, Brett completely lost it and never recovered emotionally. Add onto the fact that he doesn't really have any friends or supporters, and its understandable why Brett is so messed up. Brett realizes that he is trying to be someone he's not so that he will be considered "well-liked". Brett discovers that he is not alone, and that everyone tends to mask their real feelings and thoughts to become what people expect them to be, such as Troy.

Shy, socially withdrawn, caring, and emotional, although he used to be a cheerful boy, his tragic experiences have left him understandably bitter, confused, and unloved. And the hardest part for him is his parents who he still cares for so much, even though they despise him. Brett has a big heart. Though being a benevolent and generous person, Brett suffers from emotional instability due to years of keeping his emotions bottled up. When his strong emotions are triggered, Brett often loses control over his emotions which can create dangerous situations for himself and others around him. He begins to panic as he realizes he had brought harm upon himself, which made him lose control of both his emotions and self-esteem, resulting in sobbing uncontrollably. However, after witnessing his brother's death, Brett lived in fear and trauma for a great amount of his life as he became too terrified to let his true-self over-develop. He consequently chose isolation from everyone he cared for, including Troy. This would eventually result in years of loneliness, misery, bitterness, and grief. Regret would gradually take its toll on Brett as well when tragedies struck throughout his life from the loss of his older brother, leaving him to mourn and grieve alone.

By taking the time to embrace Brett's mental health problems doesn't put it front and center — Season 1 helps normalizes a topic that's normally considered taboo, especially among teens, due to the stigma surrounding it. Brett’s behavior throughout the series is to watch someone acting out beyond the bounds of general angst. He lashes out in response to things that highlight and deepen his unhappiness. What Brett’s journey does is let the audience know that falling into the abyss of those feelings is a valid experience that needs to be talked about openly and honestly. In the end, that is how Brett recovers and how many like his forge ahead every day. After all of the traumatic events that he's gone through Season 1 and into Season 2 especially with his parents being emotionally and physically abusive, Brett shows signs and symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The push is for him to conform — to embrace his sexuality and general awesomeness and love himself, instead on those pursuits that are either more "depressing" or which will be more practically useful to his family. However, it's Brett misfortune, he feels trapped and useless, finding running to be the only safe outlet for his own talents and inclinations. Brett's damaging experience through the crucial stages from childhood to adulthood caused his personality to shift. He became reclusive, insecure, emotionally unstable, anxious, and depressed. For Brett, his insecurities and low self-esteem grew more restrained as the years passed, slowly molding him into the emotional boy others saw him to be. When given the chance to rest and relent, however, Brett's true warm, kind-hearted, fun-loving, and innocently mischievous personality came about — but only briefly, and with restriction, as seen throughout the series.

In gratitude, Troy would become a loyal companion to Brett, providing him with the company and serving as a diligent helper when something troubling occurs. Brett as most people will tell you is very sweet and very nice. He seems to be the kind of boy everyone can trust. Well as much as you can trust him, he is very scared to trust back. He has been hurt in the past where he is constantly shy and scared. He can't help it thats just how he was in the beginning. After bonding with Troy and the gang, Brett worked his hardest with himself and therefore he was able to start opening up with them about his feelings and his personal life. Troy was the first who brought Brett out of his shell of being shy. He encouraged Brett to smile more. He encouraged Brett to be himself. Troy encouraged Brett to do the best that he could and not worry about the consquences. Because of Troy, Brett is taking chances. The devotion of Troy would ultimately play a crucial role in Brett escaping his abusive household, thus furthering the example of how Brett's evergreen kindness towards others, despite his situation, would ultimately lead to his uprising. Brett appears to be an awkward guy who has numerous self-esteem issues, from doubt in his sexuality to thinking he "isn't good enough" for anyone. These insecurities make him susceptible to someone for comfort. Plus, it's clear that Brett is a complete emotional mess who has no clue on what he wants in life. He is terrible at lying as it goes against his good-hearted and noble character. Once you get past his shy nature, Brett is likable, endearing, calm, down-to-earth, mellow, charismatic and adorably dorky at times (especially in his interactions with Troy). His kind, caring, good-hearted and endearing personality make it highly easy to root for him to succeed. Brett is a nice guy who's friendly and caring to everyone, with the exception of those that he considers to be his arch-nemesis, such as Weston Miller.

As the series progresses, Brett seems to finally have opened completely about his feelings, sexuality, and thoughts. He is not afraid to say what he thinks, developing a much more carefree personality, to the point that he is now considered to be proud of who he is. Brett has gained enough strength and sense of self-worth through his friendship with Troy to carry on without him and not lose touch with all Troy has taught him. Brett is a different person after Troy, and it is apparent that he will be more successful in his world because of Troy. He sees Troy as “his other, more exciting self”.


Role in Series Edit

PilotEdit

The brick building had an overwhelmingly dusty grey hue, but there was red and white text centered above the doors spelling East High School. A stone fountain with an 'E' engraved on it stood in the middle of a concrete walkway whose slabs reached from the street to the row of doors. Positioned directly above them was a massive clock over-looking the courtyard from the third story. Brett Shimura hesitated approaching the intimidating structure, but his mother locked her arm in his and wouldn't leave him behind. They glanced around the entrance to the locker-lined hallways and staircases, unsure of where to go. "There!" his mother pointed to a support pillar with a sign directing them to the main office. She set off down the proper hallway, but Brett lazily let his feet drag. He sheepishly glanced at the lockers to the right of him, intimidated by them somehow. "Pick up your feet, Brett!" She demanded, irritated by the admittedly annoying squeaks of Brett’s shoes dragging across the tile floor. "Welcome to East High. Home of the Wildcats! I'm Miss Sawyer. How may I help you?" said a blonde woman with lots of enthusiasm. "Hi. My name is Brett Shimura. I, um, just transferred here and it's my first day." Brett said with a tiny smile. "Oh yes! Brett! You'll be an amazing asset to our school population! Here's your schedule and if you need anything, feel free to come by the front office or the counseling center down the hall at anytime! You've only missed about a few weeks of school so you shouldn't be too far behind! Have a great day!" She said while handing Brett his schedule and locker number. "Bye, Mom." Brett said softly. Brett held his books sternly as he made his way down the hallway, looking at his surroundings. He walked down the corridor. Confused on where his class was located, his head whirled back as if he thought it was in the opposite direction. He turned just in time but didn't have time to react before a body slammed into him. Whoever that person was, Brett felt their hands grab his shoulders in a simultaneous attempt to stop him from falling. But, it was a moment too late and they tumbled to the ground together. "Oh, pardon me! I am so sorry. Are you all right, man?" a male voice asked in a contrite tone. Immediately, the person bent down to help. A pair of deep cerulean-colored orbs locked on Brett’s chocolate brown. This boy had a perfectly carved face, which held a warm smile. His beauty was intimidating to Brett — from his deep cerulean eyes to his muscular chest. Brett felt his oxygen decrease while staring at him. He watched the gorgeous boy for a second — unable to restrain his eyes. He looked slowly away from the concerned boy's gaze, looking around; then his eyes lock on the gorgeous boy's for a second, before he looked back down. The anxious Brett nodded that he was okay. The blue-eyed boy turned to help him up. "Th... thanks. I wasn't paying any... any attention so it was my fault." Brett stammered back. "No, it wasn't." the boy replied, shaking his head. "It's my fault. I just didn't see you. I'm so sorry." He apologized again as he stared anxiously down on the boy. "Can I help you up?" he asked. "I'm fine." Brett simply said, shaking his head as he tried to get up gracefully. The beautiful boy smiled warmly. When the boy came back upright he studied the shy Brett for a few moments as if he was trying to read his mind. "Are you sure you're all right, little dude?" the boy asked kindly, handing Brett back his books. "Yeah, thank you." Brett responded softly, pushing up his glasses. "You're very welcome." the boy smiled warmly. Brett chuckled awkwardly and started to turn to continue walking down the hallway. "Wait!" the blue-eyed jock called out, causing the shy Brett to turn around. "I don't recognize you. Are you new here?" the boy asked in curiosity. The shy Asian boy nodded shyly. "Well then, I should introduce myself, shouldn't I? My name is Troy Bolton. May I have your name?" Troy asked politely. "Brett." the boy replied nervously. "No, what's your full name?" Troy asked, smiling warmly. "Brett Shimura..." the Asian boy sheepishly replied, confused. "Well, Brett Shimura, it's a pleasure to meet you. I know it's hard to make friends on the first day, so I thought maybe I could help you out." Troy said confidently as he slightly laughed. "Oh, okay. That's nice of you though, Troy." Brett gushed. "No problem. Here, pull your schedule out so we can see if we have any classes together." Troy said. Brett pulls out his class schedule and hands it to Troy. Troy, in return, takes it and studies it. "Sadly, we don't have any classes together. You have Walters for Homeroom. But don't worry, he's super nice. I promise." Troy chuckled. Brett smiled sheepishly whilst looking around. "So, where are you from?" Troy asked out of curiosity. "Um, I just moved here from Hawaii, like, a week ago." Brett chuckled nervously. "Golly! Hawaii is a beautiful place! What part of Hawaii?" Troy asked. "Honolulu." Brett stated awkwardly. "Well in that case, let me be the first to welcome you to not only Albuquerque, but to East High! Want a tour of East High?" Troy asked voluntarily. Brett nodded hesitantly but smiles gently. "Well, lets go then! So, how do you like East High so far, Brett?" Troy asked curiously. They walk down the crowded hallway. "Actually, I, um... I don't really know. I just came out of the front office..." Brett said nervously, trailing off. "Oh. Well, that's okay. Someone needs to show you the ropes." Troy said, giving a wink. Brett looked up at him helplessly, but smiled. "So the grand tour of East High School." Troy grinned proudly. Brett smiled weakly and then followed Troy, trying to remember where everything was. Troy did most of the talking as they walked, pointing out classes that Brett had and telling him what teachers to look out for and who were okay. "First impressions are the best way to leave lasting impressions. As long as they're good of course." Troy said brightly. "Oh, yeah." Brett chuckled sheepishly. Troy smiled down at him. "Well, I'm glad I could help you out, Brett. Anytime you need a friend, well I'll need to get mine buffed up after all the work I've done in it today, but I'm happy to have helped you." Troy said warmly. Brett chuckled softly. Troy could tell Brett was smart and he should show it. He guessed again that he was just shy. Troy grinned to a group of people, at least five. "I want to introduce you to some more friendly Wildcats, so you'll feel more comfortable. Is that okay?" Troy offered warmly. Brett smiled meekly. "I know you're nervous, Brett. But there's no need to be." Troy assured. "I just... It's... I'm not good in social situations, and I..." Brett trailed off as Troy pulled back enough to look down at the shy new kid’s face. Brett peered at him from under his eyelashes, taking in his expression. "Talking to a group of strangers, just... makes me feel like a nervous wreck because I have no idea how to make small talk..." Brett stated nervously. Troy huffed a sympathetic sigh. He didn't want to appear like he was pitying Brett, as he knew many people with any kind of disposition didn't like that, yet he wasn't sure what else he could do. He'd never had trouble with people, or meeting new people, as he generally saw himself as laid-back and easy-going. However, as he looked on at the gentle, innocent boy beside him who was struggling to even think of walking towards his friends, Troy was beginning to realize how lucky he was to be this way. "Of course they will like you, Brett." he confirmed easily. Brett scoffed, and Troy watched Brett scrunch up his nose in disbelief. "Listen to me." he husked in his usual soft, half-whisper voice. He crouched slightly to be at Brett’s eye-level. "Of course they will like you." he emphasized. "They will, just as I do. There's no need to be scared. I'll stay with you." Troy stated gently. Brett smiled wanly, though he was beginning to feel better. "You don't have to—" Brett began automatically. "Hey guys! I would like to introduce you to our newest Wildcat — Brett Shimura. Brett, meet the gang. This is my childhood best friend-slash-wingman, Chad Danforth..." Troy said, pointing to Chad. The group of students all turned around when they saw Brett. Chad offered a friendly grin to him which Brett smiled shyly. "Nice to meet you, Brett. This is my girlfriend, Taylor." Chad announced proudly. "Hello, I'm Taylor McKessie. It's so nice to meet you, Brett. And can I just say, you are a cutie!" Taylor squealed with delight. Brett blushed, letting out a small laugh. The group laughed as well. "Brett, this is Ryan Evans." Troy stated. "A.K.A. Drama King. And it's a pleasure to meet you, Brett." the blonde blue-eyed flamboyant boy wearing a fedora said, smiling kindly. "Hi, nice to meet you." Brett responded softly. "And this is the love of my life, Gabriella Montez!" Troy announced proudly, causing Gabriella to hold back a laugh. "Hi, Brett. It's a pleasure to meet you. I hope you have a fantastic first day at East High! You're going to love it here, I promise." Gabriella smirked sweetly. Troy lovingly wrapped his arm around Gabriella's waist. The warning bell for Homeroom rang through out East High and the few people that were still left in the hallways quickly disappeared into various classes. "Oh, shoot! Darbus will be furious, guys! Nice to meet you, Brett!" Chad said as the gang rushed past Troy and Brett. "Yo, Hoops! Come on, man!" Chad hollered. REST IS TBA


In the cafeteria, after sitting down at an empty table, Brett looked around before actually sitting down and later sat his textbooks down beside him. After finishing his brownie, Brett drank the rest of his milk. The boy didn't seem to notice Troy's presence at first so he cleared his throat which made the boy jump and flinch. REST IS TBA


The Start of Something NewEdit

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Get'cha Head in the GameEdit

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What I've Been Looking ForEdit

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Stick to the Status QuoEdit

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When There Was Me and YouEdit

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Bop to the TopEdit

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Breaking FreeEdit

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We're All In This TogetherEdit

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What Time Is It?Edit

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FabulousEdit

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Work This OutEdit

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You Are The Music In MeEdit

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I Don't DanceEdit

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Gotta Go My Own WayEdit

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Bet On ItEdit

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EverydayEdit

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All For OneEdit

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Now or NeverEdit

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Right Here, Right NowEdit

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I Want It AllEdit

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Can I Have This DanceEdit

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A Night To RememberEdit

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Just Wanna Be With YouEdit

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The Boys Are BackEdit

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Walk AwayEdit

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ScreamEdit

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We're All In This TogetherEdit

The episode gives us a little insight as to what happened in the moments we weren’t privy to in the Pilot. In the direct-to-video "parallel Season 1" Season 2, Brett makes a few brief, non-speaking appearances in the scenes for which he was present in the Pilot.


Brett walked in the large entry of East High and stopped to examine all the students and the path he would take. He decided to go straight ahead. He took a deep breath, cleared his throat, fixed his backpack over his shoulder and took one step forward. He ran his fingers casually through his messy hair, and took another step forward. Little by little, he was making his way through the halls. As he was walking, he looked to his left when he heard a male's voice. Brett saw the basketball jock nonchalantly leaning against a locker with his hands buried in his jean pockets talking to his mates. One of them was spinning a basketball on their finger. Troy smiled at Brett, but his smile faded a little bit after. It'll be a few more minutes until he actually meets Troy.


High School MusicalEdit

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Trivia Edit

  • Something traumatic happened to Brett; some tragic event in his past that shaped a fundamental level of his self-confidence as it still has a powerful affect in his life – later revealed to be his older brother's demise.
    • Brett shows symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety, and depression.
  • He became mentally unstable as a result of being emotionally abused as a child and recently dealing with the loss of his older brother.
    • He has major abandonment issues stemming from his parents neglecting him as he grew up.
    • Brett gets depressed whenever he's left alone in a dark place or thinks he's getting abandoned, due to PTSD from Jason dying and having spent years of emotional abuse at the hands of his parents.
  • Troy Bolton at least has Chad Danforth and the rest of the gang to help him cope with growing up and his future, but Brett had no one to help him come to terms with Jason's death and leaving him behind. He was completely alone the whole time, until revealing his tragic past to Troy.
    • Notice that while Brett talks about Jason, he never mentions his parents that were once loving and sweet, fellow people that Brett would have had a bond with. One of the resilience factors in not developing PTSD is being surrounded by a loving family that can provide a sense of safety for you, but Brett didn't even have that.
  • In We're All In This Together, even though Brett wasn't part of the series until a few minutes later on in the Pilot, we get to see that he’s a part of the universe. He has recently transferred to East High and is grieving the loss of Jason.
  • Brett just wants to have friends, and wants to be loved and wants to be surrounded by people.
    • Troy is the only person who has shown interest in him, as a friend.
    • Brett doesn't understand feelings very well, and he thinks he's mucking up a friendship with romantic feelings, because he's never really felt love before.
    • Troy has extended a hand in friendship, and Brett is either misreading it, or has become obsessed with having somebody in his life because he's been alone his entire life.
  • It's evident that years of abuse and lack of parental love, the dysfunction that exists in his family, and the unexpected death of his older brother Jason on whom he was codependent caused Brett's mental well-being to tail spin and spiral out of control. He tries to put on a facade and make it appear as if he is okay, but underneath it all is a very emotionally damaged person.
  • Brett is clearly an emotional mess but this is understandable considering that type of family that he comes from.
    • Both of his parents are abusive and cold-hearted and didn't provide Brett with much love and support.
    • His brother Jason, who Brett was extremely close to, ended up being murdered. After his death, Brett completely lost it and never recovered emotionally. Add onto the fact that he doesn't really have any friends or supporters, and its understandable why Brett is so messed up.
    • He has a bad self-image problem since he was little, and he can’t interact with people without feeling scared.
    • The people who should have cared for him most (the parents) let him down and treat him like garbage.
  • He has (or had) a crush on Troy Bolton, until meeting Andy Adams in Season 2.