Best Glee Characters

The Top Ten

Santana Lopez Santana Lopez is a fictional character from the Fox musical comedy-drama series Glee. The character is portrayed by actress Naya Rivera, and has appeared in Glee from its pilot episode, first broadcast on May 19, 2009.

The thing about Santana is that she is so strikingly real, so honest and true, to such an extent that it is seamless to identify and relate to her: she is the bitch that we love to watch because she represents the bitch in all of us. Yes, she's funny with the, frankly, rude things she says. But more than that, she is real. In her, the writers have made a truly 3-dimensional character who is not just an unpleasant person, but is an unpleasant person because of her inner struggle and turmoil. The point is, we all know what that feels like, which, in my opinion, makes her the best glee character because she strikes me as the must true.

Going from a background character to a fan favorite speaks to the depth her character was given throughout the 6 seasons. Santana highlighted the intricacies of the human condition and proved that the most flawed of characters still have heart. Naya's portrayal of Santana could not have been done by anyone else. She EASILY has the best voice and her one-liners made the show. Santana and Brittany provided 90% of the comedic relief in Glee and did so flawlessly. Put the two pretty cheerleaders together changed the opinions of so many people all over the world and I'll forever stand by that.

Santana's not only the best character on Glee, but definitely one of the best on television period! She is a complex character who is frighteningly easy to relate to! Not only does Santana amuse with wonderful comedic barbs, but she stirs great compassion as she struggles to handle her challenges. Multi-layered, she is simultaneously fierce and vulnerable. Add Naya Rivera's (Santana) amazing vocals, dance, and beauty to make her easily the "true star" of Glee. I hope to see more of her in the future as the show winds down... Maybe a spin-off? Add in an album or two... I needs my Santana tunes!

Santana is just awesome! She has the best insults ever and I enjoy my saturday nights watching her insults on YouTube! She also has and amazing voice! I'm glad that they are starting to add her in more songs now and she alwways caught my attnetion as the prettiest and coolest and meanest and... Shes just... Awesome! I think she has the best voice of them all!

Kurt Hummel

Kurt is such a sweetheart who cares about the ones he loves. Kurt is an amazing character who isn't afraid to show who he is!

Kurt shows that it's okay to be who you are. He is a role model to many, proving that being your own weird self is always the best thing to do. He has a sweet character that has the biggest heart but knows not to let people in who are just going to out you down. Kurt's sharp sense of humour and witty remarks always make for interesting viewing. He also has a strong side that was shown while he was being bullied. He stood up for himself in the end, along with a little push from Blaine, and showed that you don't have to be pushed around.

Something about Kurt that I've always admired is his bravery and pride. He isn't afraid to be himself, and that's spoken to me, and a lot of people I know. His determination to not let the world get to him is inspiring and beautiful. He's always been one of the strongest characters on the show, persevering despite the horrendous bullying and showing that he is himself, he is always going to be himself, and that no one can tell him what he can or cannot do or become. He's been a symbol throughout the show of how being true to yourself is the best way to be, because lies are just that: a lie. And nothing is worth giving up the best person you could ever become just because someone tells you that you shouldn't, can't, or won't.

Kurt gives a certain realism to Glee. He holds himself higher than other because he knows he has more potential than other people give him credit for. He has sass and style, and he knows where he stands. He doesn't need to bring other people down, he puts them where they should really be. He, like Kurt said, is not a box. There are more than 6 sides to his personality. Although he has a main personality trait, you can often see many other sides to him.

He is the character who has probably gone through the most hardships (although most/all of the Glee kids went though troubles, it was extremely directed on him during Season 1 and 2), but still ended up in a pretty good place.

Plus, let's be real: Klaine is endgame.

Blaine Anderson

Hands down most likable character in the whole show. And one of the most talented. He does it for the girls and the gays that's it.

Blaine is funny and really talented at singing. He is such a kind person who just wants to help others. He is an overall amazing character!

Although the later seasons of Glee, were written, by writers who didn't understand the show; or the way it was originally intended and who did their damndest, to ruin ALL of the Glee characters; by turning them into one note, charactercers of themselves. I will always see Blaine Anderson, the way that the three creators of the show, wrote him and intended him to be. The easy going, sweet, confident, loving, romantic, lead singer of The Warblers; who asked Kurt to dance, when Karofsky left him alone, on the dance floor.

Blaine is the strongest performer and musician, he is the sweetest and most adorable character, and best looking.

Rachel Berry Rachel Barbra Berry is a fictional character and de facto female lead from the Fox musical comedy-drama series Glee.

Rachel really inspires me with her determination, and drive, her talent, and how far she's come. Yea at first she was annoying, wanting all solos and stuff. But that's what makes up her, she even said so herself. That's who she was, and she's come such a long way. I hope we can all agree that she's the most talented person on that show. A lot of people dislike her, but in my opinion, her and Finn are the best characters. They had the most chemistry, and to all those people out there saying "I hate Rachel. She's not even the best singer.." Well take a look at where let's say Kurt is? Umm.. Singing in a play of Peter Pan with the elderly? Santana? Ya well whats she doing... Rachel is on Broadway, and got into NYATA. My point is Rachel knows what she wants, she's do driven for her goals, and gets them. This is because of her determination and her TALENT. She can do what ever her mind is set to. Yea sure she was a little annoying in the beginning, but so were a lot of the ...more

Rachel Barbra Berry is an ICON! Yes she could be obnoxious, arrogant and selfish. Yes she did some awful things. But so did almost every single character on this show. Glee is a comedy (even though it really should've been more of a drama) and the writers often made her do outlandish, crazy things just to cause drama and move the plot along. Her character development was constantly thrown into the trashcan, but we all know continuity was practically non-existent on this show. So, in real life, would I be friends with her? Probably not. But she was a damn entertaining character to watch, one I always ended up rooting for. Her drive and dedication was inspiring, and she gave us so many amazing songs and iconic lines. I pretty much only watched the last season for her. And in the end, Rachel Berry really was the face of Glee! Who knows how long the show would've lasted without her.

Sure sometimes Rachel can kind of be annoying, but she is an overall wonderful character! She is just a very ambitious person who wants to fulfill her dreams and become a star because (just like Finn said) she is a star!

She gets hate for no Reason. But that's ok because the world will always be filled with rotten bullies who try to be just like Santana (who was horrible) yes Rachel made mistakes but she always apologized and fought for what she wanted. She will always be my inspiration (love you lea Michele) Rachel was put through hell in high school she was constantly torn down and bullied so Much (Santana Quinn and Brittany ) that she almost got a nose job. She was strong enough to make it through these bullies and even when Santana tried to steal her Broadway part she still made it to Broadway and got a tony and graduated NYADA no matter how many people tried to get in her way. A true inspiration. I don't know why people like Santana so much she' accomplished nothing and did nothing but bully. WE LOVE YOU RACHEL rachel accomplished everything even if she went through hell including bullies many rough break ups and everyone hating her there was always a target on her back. All the glee fans hate ...more

Finn Hudson Finn Hudson is a fictional character from the Fox musical comedy-drama series Glee. The character was portrayed by Cory Monteith and first appeared on television when Glee initially premiered its pilot episode on Fox on May 19, 2009. Finn was developed by Glee creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and ...read more.

Finn is ultimately my favorite character of Glee, he is funny, kind, brave, and just the best character. Sure he makes mistakes sometimes but he is after all only human. Not to mention he is a awesome boyfriend! Finn is THE best character!

To me, best character on glee. He has a dorky sense on humor, he has the looks, he's very driven and a real leader and inspiration to everyone in glee club. His voice and dorky dancing just lures you in and makes you LOVE. He is the one who brought the team together. He was the one who inspired and motivated everyone when they thought the glee club was doomed due to will leaving. He had his bad moments, like everyone does, but the way he loved Kurt in the wedding was just perfect. He worked his butt off to make the wedding as perfect as possible and would do anything for Kurt to forgive him, I like the way Finn is determined. Not to mention he's a sucker for love, and he always loved Rachel and made her feel the way no one could make her feel. He gave Rachel more confidence in herself. He would do anything for her, no matter how much he gets hurt. But also the fact that he's very sensitive and isn't afraid to show when he's weak is another quality I admire in this man. This is glee's ...more

As the ultimate Gleek, I strongly believe that Glee was amazing with Cory Monteith in it. Even though he died, we could all feel him through the rest of the series. The auditorium was named after him! Without him, the people who joined Glee wouldn't have. Even though Quinn joined Glee Club with a motive, it was because of Finn and he made the boys on his team do the most embarrassing dance in public. He was a leader and an inspiration. Not only were the actors/actresses on Glee affected by his death but fans and Gleeks were affected too. I felt so sorry for Lea because Cory really touched her. Finn, you deserve number 1 on this list. Not 7!

Finn is just the best I loved the way he pulled the team together and how much he accepted everyone. He stayed in the glee club even though he got bullied a lot and he just wanted to quit but he didn't for Rachel and the glee club. It is sad that he died. Finn just brought everyone back up to the top when feeling down and when they wanted to quit the glee club

Brittany Pierce

In my opinion, Brittany is one of the best characters on GLEE. She's so funny, cute and sweet and she is caring and loving. She can dance very well and she has an amazing voice. Heather Morris is one of my favorite actresses all times, I think she did an amazing job by acting Brittany and I'm just happy to see her acting talent developing in the show. Brittany is a special person and she makes people happy, and that's what is so unique about that character.

Funny Funny Funny... no filter, fun personality and bomb dance moves.

Can't wait to hear her talking. Totally funny character

Brittany is so sweet and she loves everybody on Glee club. She never causes pointless drama and she's such a talented dancer. I was disappointed we didn't see more of her in season 5 and season 6 but I think that season 2 and season 4 were her best seasons!

Quinn Fabray Quinn Fabray is a fictional character from the Fox musical comedy-drama series Glee. The character is portrayed by actress Dianna Agron, and has appeared in Glee since its pilot episode, first broadcast on May 19, 2009. She is the cheerleading captain at the fictional William McKinley High School in ...read more.

QUINN FABRAY is an ICON---her different levels of singing voice, her amazing dancing skills and her story line! For me, Quinn had the best character development in the show. I love the songs she performed, although it wasn't that much, but all her songs in the show suits her voice and her character. I also love how classy and poised she dances, and I love how she delivers her lines, her facial expressions and her acting skills, all in all. Thankfully, it was Dianna Agron,who portrayed her. She nailed it. She made Quinn unforgettable and an icon. I hope she will someday win an award for being a great actress. She deserves it.

At first I didn't like Quinn but she truly has some amazing character development. I think her having Beth made her change to be a better and loving person.

oh my god she's so awesome look at her shes so pretty and watch the lucky duet with sam it sounds so good oh my do it!

There's something about Dianna Agron's portrayal of Quinn that pulls in the viewer and makes you lover her despite her many flaws. Agron paints an honest, sincere portrait of a girl who experiences the life-altering realities that many high school girls dread. And she carefully transitions the character from a mean, superficial sophomore to a softened, resolved senior.

But ultimately, the true gravity of Quinn is her relatable nature. Her character isn't exaggerated or sensationalized. Her character is, simply put, real.

Sue Sylvester

F-ing HILARIOUS. Literally cracked me up on multiple occasions. Irreplaceable.

She is the best character ever with a good personality on the inside and a lot of defiance to keep herself getting hurt what makes her the best character and the way she loves her sister is the most beautiful thing that way her all walls are out when she with her I love this character so much

She is the only character in Glee who didn't once disappoint me. Even at times she failed or lost, she was elegant and never really lost her head; never resorted to childish drama. And though she was a compulsive liar and a psychopath she was a mind genius, a vicious leader and most of all - a winner, a fighter. When she strikes she's tall and fiery and doesn't let petty emotions get in her way, she's ruthless.
But in the end she was actually a good person; - she reveled in her rage but not because she had "temper issues", but because she converted her anger and controlled it, bent it into her will.

Who doesn't like Sue sylvester, I mean, she is hilarious. My personal favourite line "Get the hell out of my office". Jane Lynch, the actress who plays Sue is ultimately one of the best in the biz. She is constantly reminding everyone of her youth, and giving us a laugh every now and then

Mercedes Jones

She is such an inspiring person and she doesn't mind sharing the spotlight with anybody. Even though she is underrated on Glee (a lot! ) she admits that Rachel is one of the best singers she has ever heard. That means she really appreciate other people. And she is a person you can relate to, awesome voice, personality, unique vocal range... She is everything I wanna be.

Mercedes is a diva but she's better than Rachel because even though she wants to be a big star, she's still a good friend and she makes people smile. Rachel can be a good friend too but being in the spotlight is her priority.

Love her! She totally should've won the diva off!

Mercedes is awesome. I love her voice and the fact that when she's on stage, she turns into a diva and a big star.

Sam Evans

Sam is a silly and handsome young man! Most of the time that I laughed while watching Glee was because of Sam. He is so cool! And I love his friendship with Blaine!

He is a sweetheart he treats everyone and deserve so much better.

He was mostly unproblematic, and looked out for his friends however he could. Sam pretty much saved Blaine when he got really down (you know why, and what season). His impressions were cute and dorky- HE was cute and dorky.

Santana is the best in my opinion she's beautiful and has the most amazing voice, but I want to vote for Sam here, Sam is like male Brittany how can you no like him, he makes the best jokes without realizing it, he's a cool dude, a downto earth guy, someone like us, he might not have the most amazing voice but he's pretty decent and his struggles are amazing, makes me appreciate what I have, he's a good character

The Contenders

Marley Rose

Marley is nearly the only one who never deliberately did anything to hurt anyone. She was extremely forgiving and so sweet, even when the other party didn't deserve it. Ik she was in Supergirl but Glee's biggest mistake was not giving her scenes in season 6 and make her more of a central character. I thought id put in Kurt (who is still amazing) but honestly, Marley is the most underrated character in glee, which is what appealed to me really.

Uhhh. This is hard for me. Like I think Marley is a sweet girl and all, but she's also kind if annoying. I disliked season 4 and 5 BECAUSE of the new characters. I could never warm up to them, and as I said before in another comment they are just trying to play the same roles if Finn, Rachel, Quinn, and puck, with these cheap new knockoffs. They don't have any chemistry I find, and they always go on about how glee is their life and how they are really going to miss It, when in reality it would just kinda effect the old characters. They were there through it all, and you can even tell that Mr. Shue loved the old characters more. He cried when he thought the glee club would end, when they graduated.. Ext... But I thjnk that Marley is trying to be Rachel. Ryder is the new Finn, jake is the new pick, and kitty is the new Quinn. They can't really live up to their expectations I find, and in really disappointed in the show, and how they just kinda kept the same story line for the new ...more

Underrated alert!
Sweet, Funny and likable

She’s one of me favorites

The most underrated character in the history of the show. She's the most relatable female character in the show: a simple girl with insecurities that loves performing.

Noah Puckerman

Puck broke all boundaries in Season 1 when after making fun of the Glee club in every way possible Puck ended up joining Glee and can I say I'm glad he did because I don't think I could live with myself if he didn't he broke the stereo type and in high school where he was the top dog he gave that up for Quinn then I think that everyone else is wrong about him he is sensitive he is a nice guy and he deserves higher than 10 place!

Noah is my fave character by far at the beginning he seemed like a real jerk but later he reveals he's a lot more then that! I think him singing is super sexy though! And when he sang keep holding on for Quinn in season 6 actually made me tear up a bit after I watched that puck became boyfriend goals and when he beat up Quinn's boyfriend for Quinn! He's such a cutie! And him with Beth was absolutely perfect! He should be number 1

In season one, Puck seems like a stereotypical high school jock but later on it's revealed that he has much more to him than that. In the glee club, Will always seems to not know how to deal with Puck and he is often underestimated by the other glee clubbers. It seems to me a bit unfair that through Mckinley everyone almost always had someone to help them with their problems (Finn had Mr Schue, Sam had Finn and Rachel, Quinn had Mercedes and in the third season she had puck) while many of his problems weren't seen to or just ignored.

Puck has such a great character! He turns out to be very hard working and determined.

Emma Pillsbury

Way to go Emma you showed anything is possible when you defeated your illness once and for all when all the odds were against you no one should ever had doubted you and you show that dreams can come true. Sure you had your ups and downs but so does everyone else so I say three cheers for Mrs. Pillsbury!

She's nice and she has a really good story line. Sometimes I think she deserves better than Will, but then they're so nice together.

She's just so cute.

Emma is so sweet and I can sort of relate to her.

Artie Abrams

I love him Artie really needed more screen time. He is super inspirational and a geuly funny character and I don't get why people didn't like him. Kevin is such an amazing singer and deserved more solos.

I love artie he's sweet, caring, and has actual problems teenagers face, he is always polite when people are performing, he is an awesome singer and I think he deserves a relationship with Kitty or Quinn. He is smart, too. I love artie and he deserves more solos and screen time.

Artie is a very kind man. He endures not only the average teenage problems, but also faces the problem of disability with a smile. He is always polite and is a fantastic singer. I believe he is the best character, but then again I'm only on season one.

He's the best male singer and he must be very inspirational for all the handicaped kids who watch the show. Also, HE? S SUPER CUTE

Mike Chang

Mike is just so underrated which is what makes him the best! He deserved more appreciation!

Mike is one of the original Glee clubbers and in my opinion, one of the most interesting characters. He barely had a storyline and when he did, it was always related to Tina, but he just brought that special something in the show. He is one of those people I just can't imagine Glee without them.

Mike was that shy guy who would barely speak and seeing him transition from that into being a student at Joffery and dancing at every chance he gets is so inspirational to people like Mike- dancers, people who are labelled as nothing more than a Brainiac, and shy or quiet people who are neglected. Plus, he's really sweet!

Mike was that guy who didn't get much attention, but when he did, the whole episode lit up and the plot became real. I always wanted to watch episodes with him in it because his chill-attitude combined with his talent was the ultimate package.

Burt Hummel

Best transition. He learned how to communicate. He opened up completely, became the most supportive loving father. Perfect depiction of what a dad should be.

I wish he was my dad, he was so great and loving to Kurt, and wasn't afraid to be stern. He was also great at being welcoming to Finn, and standing up for his son Kurt, after being homophobic himself. And we all cried during the "Grilled Cheesus" episode

He is a great person, definitely breaks the stereotype of the fathers that are not supported of their gay sons and I'm sure he has helped many people.

I couldn't have pictured a better actor to portray the role. Burt's role just seems so real. He's so understanding and he gives the best advice to Kurt.

Will Schuester

Believable role. Top 4 male vocalists hands down. Handsome, Hair, Hot...

Sadly, he's so underestimated by many people. Let's not forget that Will is the reason Glee started again and he's kind of the soul of the club. Also he is the hottest teacher like ever. And not only that of course, he's the dream come true teacher to be honest. If we all were taught by such people there would be no things like violence and war and misunderstanding in the world. So, yea, vote for him, Cheers

My Favorite Star In My Favorite Show Glee Is Will Shuester Who Is Matthew Morrison He Is A Spanish Teacher He Is Amazing Teacher And Role Model He Is A Hottest Teacher He Cheers People Up He Is Honest And He Is A Dream Come True Teacher And Will Is A Director Of Glee Club And Will Is Cute Adorable Hot Charming And Good Looking Guy I What To Go In The Show Glee So I'm Close To Him And Be In Glee Club And Be In Basketball And Football So I Can See Him And Will Can Take Me To His House I Love Will Schuester

Wait...but he's mean. Not always, but remember when everything became about winning? Don't you remember how he treated Mercedes. I get it that we're all missing Glee right now and it's easiest to think of him since was their leader but seriously, he was awful.

Tina Cohen-Chang

Tina is one of the characters with the most development. She started as the awkward goth girl with the shutter and now she's a true diva, that shines on stage, she even won prom queen and she showed everybody in Glee that she has the charisma and the drive to be on top.

Tina's great. I can relate to her, I mean, she's not the biggest, flashiest character, she's not a Kurt or a Rachel, she's more of an average high school girl with her clothes style changing and being a team player for the first couple of seasons. I'll say it again, Tina's great.

Tina has an amazing voice, and she had so much character development. She is sometimes played off as a joke, but she so confident in herself by the end and I can relate to her, as she is always kind of in the background, but she should have had more focus because SHE. IS. AMAZING.

Tina is amazing because she is a simple girl and she might luck Rachel's star quality but she's there for her friends and she has a heart of gold. It was nice to see her coming out of her shell.

Sebastian Smythe

Yeah he can be kind of a douche, but he is really funny, and such a great villain with a really great smile, voice, and awesome one liners. He is like a mix between Santana, Sue, and Terri.

Maybe he isn't the nicest guy in the show but he proved to be one of the best villains. He performed well, especially in 'Smooth Criminal'. I wish he would have gotten more screen time, especially with Blaine.

He might be mean but it makes the show a lot more interesting. Besides, he is one of the funniest characters and he is also a spectacular singer.

Best villain, his rivalry with Santana and competition with Kurt were amazing to watch. Not the nicest guy in the least, but by far one of the most interesting.

Holly Holiday

My favorite apart from santana because she helped out santana and brittany at the start of their relationship and she also was so down to earth and actually cared about the kids and wasn't some weirdo perv man who was going to sing toucha toucha touch me with rachel

Holly has all these young and fresh ideas that made glee more interesting... not that it is not the most interesting show ever

She makes will look like a grandpa

Hilarious, and totally cool

Kitty Wilde

At first I thought Kitty was just a horrible person, but she really grew on me. Her character was just so sassy and funny! I truly appreciated her character in Glee!

People compare her to Quinn a lot but she's her own person. Quinn was unclear about her motives and you could never guess what she would do next. Kitty is more immature, she's more of a high school girl that gets jealous and she's mean just because that's what people expect from her. The only thing they have in common is that they were both cheerleaders and that they were blonde.

Yea I have to agree with some of you. I'm really annoyed and I disliked season 4, and 5 because of all the good characters were gone! I couldn't warm up to the new actors, and as much as they could try to replace Quinn with kitty, Rachel with Marley, and Ryder with Finn, they could never replace them. There was something special that happened on glee with the original cast, that rarely happens in T.V. shows. But after they left, replaced them and got cheap knockoffs, I was actually disappointed in the show.

She has been through hell, she overcame bullying and every obstacle that came in her way. Now she's such a stunning, talented and remarkable young lady. She has an amazing soft voice and I just can't wait 'til I see more about her in the future! She is awesome.

Jesse St. James

Him and Rachel are the only characters with enough confidence and ambition to actually make it. If you knew had a dream that you were passionate about you would know what it takes to make it in this business but you DOn't.

Some people hate Jesse and I see where they are coming from, but I loved Jesse! He was so funny and sassy, and overall just a cool antagonist of the series! He is definitely in my top 5 favorite characters! And not to mention he was an amazing singer!

Jesse St. James is an ICON. It's a shame they didn't turn him into a regular after s1, or that they didn't bring him back for s4-5. But I guess Jonathan Groff had better things to do, and in the end I'm kinda glad they didn't get more chances to completely ruin him like they did everyone else. He gifted us with one of the most epic performances of all time: Bohemian Rhapsody intercut with Quinn giving birth. Just YES. And in the end he got everything he wanted: the fame and success, the Tony, and the girl. And I was more than happy with that!

I hate that rachel ended up with him, he was an alright character but it made no sense, he was a horrible person to her and when finn died I know it was hard for the writers to figure it out, but man I swear sam should have ended up with her. There chemistry was great and it made sense as he was kind of "the new finn" there was no explanation for there break up at all

Coach Shannon Beiste

She seems so nice, and the story behind her is so sad, and she is also a very buce person.

She deserves so much more recognition! :(

Jake Puckerman

I liked him a lot in season four, but the writers kind of screwed up his character in season five. I hated how he treated Marley and then he expected her to forgive him like nothing happened.

He has a pretty good voice, and has been the best male dancer in Glee Club besides Mike Chang. He and Marley also had really great story lines.

The new puck? I don't think so. He tries to be but can't even come close

It seems like he's trying to copy puck

Ryder Lynn

Ryder was a great singer and a total sweetheart! I'm sad that we didn't see very much of him!

He's very sweet and he has an amazing voice. I wanted him to sing more because Innocent Man and Your Song were just awesome.

So hot, he sings well and he is a sweet guy! !

So handsome! And he sings so well. Marley was meant for him. I wanted them to be together... RYLEY

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