Where to start with Hegel? I've read passages for various classes, and applied some of what I learned to a critique of Blood Meridian, but I've yet to read a full text of his. I want to read Zizek, so i need some Hegel first.
You can do the long route, from Greek through Descartes to Schelling, Goethe and finally Hegel.
Or you can go with his lecture series, which are his easier and more digestable works. Lectures on Philosophy of History especially. And history of Philosophy.
No it's not. Hume is. Also, you forgot Aristotle and Spinoza.
You don't need to go through everyone in philosophy so that you can fight Hegel as a 'final boss' or whatever. You can if you really want to, but it's not necessary to approach a thinker like an academic to understand the broad strokes. Start with Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy's article on Hegel. Get Inswood's Hegel Dictionary to understand Hegel's language, History of Philosophy if you want the background, and then just either jump into the Phenomenology of Spirit or go through the Encyclopedia Philosophy. People would tell you to start with Philosophy of History and Philosophy of Right because they're easier to read, but Philosophy of History was based on Hegel's lectures and abridged by someone else in such a way to appear 'dialectical', and Philosophy of Right is expanded upon concepts from earlier works.