Top 10 Best Glee Characters

The Top Ten
1 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.

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. Putting the two pretty cheerleaders together changed the opinions of so many people all over the world, and I'll forever stand by that.

2 Kurt Hummel

Something about Kurt that I've always admired is his bravery and pride. He isn't afraid to be himself, and that has 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 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.

3 Blaine Anderson

He is such a nice person and has an incredible gift. One of the best male voices we have on Glee. He is so cute and loves helping others. And come on, who doesn't love Blaine? He is polite, kind, and has an interesting personality.

Especially in the beginning of season 2, he was so mysterious and charming. Plus, he makes the perfect match with Kurt. I love Blaine even more every time he encourages Kurt when he has his doubts about something, when they laugh and spend time together, and when they kiss.

Blaine is like an angel for Kurt. He is the person that made his life more beautiful. So, Blaine is AWESOME!

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

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 were 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.

5 Brittany Pierce

Brittany is just so gorgeous and sweet. The one problem was that Ryan Murphy made her insulting half the time and nice the other half. When Santana says, "You look like one of the bait girls on 'To Catch a Predator!'" Brittany responds with, "Yeah. And I'm more talented than you."

But this is literally the same person who helped Becky believe in herself and didn't blame Rachel and Finn for ruining Nationals because they were a family. Make up your mind, Ryan Murphy! Is she a mean girl, a dumb blonde, or a super talented, friendly dancer we all want her to be?

6 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

As the ultimate Gleek, I strongly believe that Glee was amazing with Cory Monteith in it. Even after his death, we could all feel his presence throughout the rest of the series. The auditorium was named after him!

Without him, many characters wouldn't have joined the Glee Club. Even though Quinn joined with a motive, it was because of Finn, and he even made the boys on his team perform the most embarrassing dance in public. He was a leader and an inspiration.

Not only were the actors and 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!

7 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 storyline! For me, Quinn had the best character development in the show. I love the songs she performed.

Although it wasn't that many, all her songs in the show suit 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.

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.

8 Mercedes Jones

Although Mercedes had some of the worst storylines in Glee, like the tot thing (and Rachel getting all the solos instead of Mercedes, like huh?!), Mercedes is kind, helpful, and always has everybody's back no matter what!

In my opinion, Mercedes is the best singer in the glee club. She is a performer and a star, not only a good singer or dancer (well, she isn't a good dancer, but still), she is an ICON!

Mercedes Jones is such an inspiring character. She doesn't mind sharing the spotlight with others. Although she is underrated on Glee, she acknowledges Rachel as one of the best singers she has ever heard. This shows her appreciation for other people.

Mercedes is someone you can relate to, with her awesome voice, personality, and unique vocal range. She is everything I want to be.

9 Sue Sylvester

She is the only character in Glee who never once disappointed me. Even at times when she failed or lost, she was elegant and never really lost her head. She 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, not because she had "temper issues," but because she converted her anger and controlled it, bending it to her will.

10 Sam Evans

Sam Evans is my all-time favorite Glee character. I love Glee and most of its characters, but Sam stands out as the sweetest and kindest. He may not be the best singer or dancer, but he's a great guy. He might not be the main character, but I can't say anything bad about him.

I especially love Samcedes! Sam Evans is the best!

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.

The Contenders
11 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.

I know she was in Supergirl, but Glee's biggest mistake was not giving her scenes in season 6 and making her more of a central character. I thought I'd put in Kurt (who is still amazing), but honestly, Marley is the most underrated character in Glee, which is what really appealed to me.

Super underrated. Also, a very relatable character. She's just nice, pretty, and insecure. She can be boring from time to time, but can't all the characters? Her singing voice is honestly overrated, but she was, in my opinion, the best 2nd Generation female singer (Kitty was meh). She was the only 2nd Gen character I warmed up to.

12 Emma Pillsbury

Way to go, Emma! You showed that anything is possible when you defeated your illness against all odds. No one should have ever doubted you. You prove that dreams can come true. Sure, you had your ups and downs, but so does everyone. So, I say three cheers for Mrs. Pillsbury!

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

Such an underestimated character. Her morals were almost perfect throughout the whole show. Caring and loving with Will, the kids, and everyone, even Sue.

13 Noah Puckerman

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 often seems unsure of how to deal with Puck, and he is frequently underestimated by the other glee clubbers. It seems a bit unfair that throughout 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 addressed or were just ignored.

14 Artie Abrams

I love Artie. He's sweet, caring, and faces actual problems that teenagers encounter.

He's always polite when others are performing. He's an awesome singer, and I think he deserves a relationship with Kitty or Quinn. He's smart, too.

I love Artie and think 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.

15 Will Schuester

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 ever. And not only that, of course, he's the dream-come-true teacher, to be honest. If we were all taught by such people, there would be no things like violence, war, and misunderstanding in the world. So, yeah, vote for him. Cheers

Will Schuester was an amazing teacher and role model for many of the Glee kids. He brought them together and proved that, no matter how different they are, there's always something that unites them.

I agree with what everyone said to him in the New Directions episode (Season 5).

16 Tina Cohen-Chang

Tina has an amazing voice, and she experienced significant character development.

She is sometimes portrayed as a joke, but she becomes very confident in herself by the end, and I can relate to her.

She's always kind of in the background, but she should have had more focus because SHE. IS. AMAZING.

Tina is one of the characters with the most development. She started as the awkward goth girl with the stutter, and now she's a true diva that shines on stage.

She even won prom queen and showed everybody in Glee that she has the charisma and drive to be on top.

17 Mike Chang

Mike Chang was the shy guy who barely spoke. Watching him transition from that into a student at Joffrey and dancing at every opportunity is so inspirational. He's an inspiration to dancers, people labeled as nothing more than a brainiac, and shy or quiet individuals who are often overlooked.

Plus, he's really sweet!

Mike Chang is one of the original Glee club members 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. However, he brought something special to the show. He is one of those characters I just can't imagine Glee without.

18 Burt Hummel

Burt is just a good person whom I love. He isn't only one of the most humble and kind characters in Glee. He also has great character development!

Although I don't think he's the best character, he definitely gets to stand on the podium!

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.

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

19 Kitty Wilde

People often compare Kitty Wilde to Quinn, but she's her own person. Quinn's motives were unclear, and you could never guess what she would do next. Kitty, on the other hand, is more immature. She's a typical high school girl who gets jealous and is mean simply because that's what people expect from her.

The only things they have in common are that they were both cheerleaders and blondes.

She has been through hell, overcoming bullying and every obstacle that came 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 to see more about her in the future! She is awesome.

20 Holly Holliday

Holly is just a boss, and she is the coach that New Directions deserves (I mean, I do hate Will).

I really like Holly, end of the story.

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

21 Lauren Zizes

Even though I voted for Kurt (because Kurt is, well, Kurt), I love Lauren, and I'm so sad to see that she's quite hated. I find her awesome, so badass, and funny. It's like a breath of fresh air.

The fact that, as some haters said, they don't try to make her attractive and she still gets the "hottie" is just so amazing. The badasses meet, and I'm so sad Puck ended up with Quinn and Lauren left so soon. I just really loved her.

Lauren was really inspiring when she ran for prom queen. She shows you don't have to be supermodel skinny to be cool... well, her and Meghan Trainor.

22 Sebastian Smythe

Maybe he isn't the nicest guy on the show, but he proved to be one of the best villains. He performed exceptionally well, especially in Smooth Criminal.

I wish he would have gotten more screen time, especially with Blaine.

Yeah, he can be kind of a douche, but he is really funny and a great villain with a really great smile, voice, and awesome one-liners.

He is like a mix between Santana, Sue, and Terri.

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.

23 Coach Shannon Beiste

She seems so nice, and the story behind her is so sad.

24 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 expected her to forgive him like nothing happened.

He has a pretty good voice and has been the best male dancer in the Glee Club besides Mike Chang.

He and Marley also had really great storylines.

25 Ryder Lynn

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.

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

He is hot, sings well, and is a sweet guy.

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