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Lucy Quinn Fabray
Status is like currency. When your bank account is full, you can get away with doing just about anything. But right now, we're like toxic assets!
Head of the Cheerios and formerly the Celibacy Club, and Finn's ex-girlfriend. She joined New Directions in order to spy for Sue, but grew to like it since they were the only ones not to ostracize her for being pregnant. She gave birth to Puck's baby (later put up for adoption) after having claimed it was Finn's. Played by Dianna Agron
Noah "Puck" Puckerman
Noah "Puck" Puckerman
Hey ankle grabber. I had sex with your mom. No, seriously. I cleaned your pool, and then I had sex with her - in your bed. Nice Star Wars sheets.
Finn's best friend and fellow football player. He is the true father of Quinn's baby. Although initially disdainful, he later joins Glee. Played by Mark Salling.
The only straight I am is straight-up bitch.
Quinn's catty cheerleader flunky who joins Glee Club with her to help spy for Sue. She later struggles to come to terms with her sexuality in the latter half of season 2. Played by Naya Rivera.
- Acquired Poison Immunity: She has built up a total immunity to mono.
- All Guys Want Cheerleaders
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: To the freaking core!
- Alpha Bitch: Santana is a stronger bitch than Quinn, considering how mean she is to everyone and how she seems to delight in making people angry or upset. Though her Anguished Declaration of Love to Brittany makes it clear that at least some of this cruelty is due to being in the closet.
- Armored Closet Gay: Though the show plays with this trope: Santana doesn't exactly try to hide the fact that she and Brittany mess around behind closed doors. But it's a horse of a different color to come out as gay, admit she has feelings for Brittany and start dating her - and thereby by expose herself to the homophobic bullying Kurt received. Even after Brittany breaks up with Artie in "Rumours" and offers to ask Santana to prom, she still chooses to go with Karofsky instead and pretend to be straight.
- Armor-Piercing Question: Finn, after being verbally abused by Santana during the entire episode, asked her the one and only question able to hurt her back, in the middle of the school. The thing is, it led to unforeseen harsh consequences:
Finn::Hey Santana, why don't you just come out of the closet?
- Anguished Declaration of Love: Gives one to Brittany after realizing she's in love with her. Unfortunately for her, Brittany rejects her due to already being in relationship with Artie.
- Ascended Fanon: Fanfic writers routinely have her using Spanish words and phrases in casual conversation, but the character never showed any sign of familiarity with the language until "The Substitute", when she started yelling in Spanish while angry.
- Although, her Spanish is quite flawed, confusing "orgullo" (pride) with "orgurro," and having a slightly Americanized accent. But it's understandable if she was born and raised in Ohio.
- Badass Boast: Against Karofsky.
Santana: First of all, anything you do became my business when you decided to toss that slushie up in my grill.
Karofsky: I think I can take a couple of queers and a girl.
Santana: Ha. See, here's what's gonna go down. Two choices: you stay here and I crack one of your nuts - right or left, that's your choice - or you walk away and live to be a douchebag another day. Oh, and also? I have razor blades hidden in my hair. Mm-hm. Tons, just all up in there.
- The Beard: She and Karofsky are each other's beards.
- Becoming the Mask
- Beta Bitch: In the beginning she was this, usurps Quinn's role as The Alpha Bitch fairly early on, then the two fight each other for the title of Alpha Bitch in season 2.
- Betty and Veronica: Santana is firmly the Veronica in the five romantic triangles she was been part of as of this time (between her and Rachel for Finn, between her and Rachel for Puck, between her and Quinn for Puck, between her and Mercedes for Puck, and between her and Artie for Brittany).
- Brutal Honesty
- Goes even further in "Silly Love Songs".
"I just try to be really, really, honest with people when I think...that they suck!"
- Bullying a Dragon: Picked a fight with Lauren over Puck. Lauren's about three times her size, and is the only girl on the wrestling team. It didn't end well.
- But Not Too Gay: Became especially obvious when they titled an episode "I Kissed A Girl" and there were no girls kissing. Became such an issue that there was a massive Internet Backdraft, compelling the writers to finally let them (complete with what was either a Take That, Us or a really hypocritical aesop about double standards of gay PDA).
- Catfight: One with Mercedes over Puck, one with Quinn when she's allowed back in the Cheerios and takes Santana's spot as captain. The second one is especially vicious. *Slap* She also has to be restrained by about three people to stop her from taking Rachel out. Against Lauren, though, her luck runs out.
- Characterization Marches On: In the very early episodes Santana was little more than Quinn's sidekick and was perfectly content with just being at her side.
- The Cheerleader: "Bitchy and slutty" type.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She's very much against anyone dating Puck, even though she isn't actually with him anymore. Brittany/Artie doesn't go over well with her either. As of "Pot O'Gold," she's not too happy about Rory's interest in Brittany either, even though so far there's no sign of it being returned.
- Cloud Cuckoolanders Minder: She occasionally acts as this for Brittany, though how much she actually needs it depends on the writer.
- Coming-Out Story
- Commuting on a Bus: In the first half of season 4.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: Sue revoking her tanning privileges causes her to cry and flee the room.
- Dark And Snarky
- Deadpan Snarker
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Exquisitely slowly, but definitely by the first season finale - though she she's still a bitch, just somewhat more willing to show enthusiasm for the club.
- "Sexy" goes a long way in terms of melting her down.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Claims to have gotten the manager of Breadstix fired for trying to stop her from taking a wheelbarrow of breadsticks away from the restaurant.
- The Dragon: Originally to Quinn as the Alpha Bitch, and then to Sue.
- Dragon Ascendant: Succeeds Quinn as the Alpha Bitch; this has the odd effect of simultaneously making her the top dog among the school's girls, while also making her Sue's new Dragon (having previously just been a member of Sue's Quirky Miniboss Squad).
- Expy: Shares more than a few similarities to Nicole from Ryan Murphy's earlier show Popular. Both are The Dragon to the Alpha Bitch but are actually far worse than the person they're serving under and resent their status as second-in-command and both hide under a facade of bitchiness to hide their insecurities.
- Fake Guest Star: In season one.
- Femme Fatale
- Foreign Language Tirade: "New York:" Convinced that Finn and Rachel's Concert Kiss cost them Nationals, she screams at Rachel in Spanish. She's so irritated about it that it takes Sam, Mike, and Quinn to keep her from ripping Rachel to pieces.
- Freudian Slip: "Born This Way":
Santana: I've gotta gay. Go. I've gotta go.
- Friendship Trinket: Her and Brittany can be seen in multiple episodes each wearing a friendship bracelet.
- Gag Boobs: She gets a boob job in between Season 1 and 2.
- Gayngst: "Sexy" reveals that Santana is indeed gay and has only been in denial about it and her feelings for Brittany. Seeing what happened to Kurt only pushed her further into the closet. Finn outing her in "Mash-Off," though, just adds more of this.
- Girl Posse: For Quinn, initially; after Quinn is dethroned as head cheerleader, she and Brittany become more of a double-act.
- Hammerspace Hair: She keeps a phone in her hair, and also apparently razorblades. Then again, it was a RAZR phone.
- Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: "Your loss. Cause now I get the chance to write an awesome heterosexual song about Sam."
- Kind of amusing considering how her standard answer whenever someone notices her closeness to Brittany is "I am not a fan of labels."
- Fridge Brilliance really since the personality she shows when she's with Brittany and the personality she shows when with others is dramatically different. Thus when those two parts occasionally collide, she has to balance out the two without weakening either side.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: Her level of attachment to the Glee Club is in constant flux.
- Heel Realization: Her Anguished Declaration of Love to Brittany in "Sexy," where she admits that her cruelty is at least partly due to her turmoil over her feelings for her.
- Hidden Depths: As of "Sexy."
- Homoerotic Dream: Santana bitches Dr. Carl into giving her totally unnecessary anesthesia so that she and Brittany can hallucinate "Me Against The Music" together.
- Hypocrite: Just keeping it real...ly into the closet.
- Also calling Quinn a slut in "Audition".
- Hysterical Woman: When she's drunk.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Uses her sass to help Kurt and Blaine stand up to Karofsky.
- I Just Want to Be Loved: Throughout season two there have been more and more indications that she's extremely lonely and jealous of other people's relationships.
- Becomes something of a Harsher in Hindsight when, as of "Sexy", we realize this is because she feels afraid and lonely for being Gay. Lonely because either people will bully her as they did Kurt or dismiss it as something being done to get a rise out of the guys. Jealous because the isolation makes it that much harder to have a serious relationship.
- Informed Attribute: Her breasts really don't look any different most of the time post-surgery.
- Intertwined Fingers: Santana and Brittany's signature pinky-link.
- Karma Houdini:
- Antagonism towards the rest of Glee Club.
- Despite being a huge Jerk Ass to Rachel in "Special Education", not only is she not called on it by Will, he makes her the team's soloist at Sectionals.
- She finally gets her comeuppance in "Silly Love Songs", when the entire Glee Club gives her a Reason You Suck Speech, then she later gets her ass handed to her by Lauren.
- Subverted again in the first episode of season 3. When she leads the Cheerios in a sabotage of Glee club recruitment, Will kicks her out of Glee Club.
- Subverted most brutally in "Mash-Off," when her constant harassment of Finn and Rory leads to Finn outing her in a crowded hallway.
- Kick the Dog: She's regularly a bitch to everyone, but her spurning Brittany in "Duets" has often been called her worst moment; also, being especially nasty to Rachel in "Special Education".
- Lady in Red: Tends to wear red on formal occasions, including both proms.
- Ladykiller in Love: A female version. After a lot of sleeping around with both boys and at least one girl, she realizes that Brittany is all she really wants. Just compare her reaction when Brittany touches her hand in "Pot O'Gold"◊ with her flippant attitude toward sex with boys.
- Letting Her Hair Down: After she quits the Cheerios.
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The Dark to Brittany's Light.
- Limited Wardrobe: Her cheerleading uniform. The only times we see her out of it is when she performs "Like a Virgin" in the Madonna episode and sleeps with Finn and whenever the kids do a group number in matching outfits. After leaving the Cheerios, she starts dressing in normal clothes beginning with "Silly Love Songs".
- Lipstick Lesbian: Her character arc during the later part of the second season clearly makes her this.
- Manipulative Bitch: Convinced Brittany into having an affair with her behind Artie's back by telling her that it's not cheating since "the plumbing's different". There's also the incident were she literally borrows the germs of a student sick with mono (her promiscuity making her immune to "the kissing disease"), then kisses Finn because she knows he'll be kissing Quinn, thus making them both sick and making everbody realize that Quinn's been fooling around behind Sam's back. In the next episode, she convinces Sam to dump Quinn for her. But that's just prelude to her campaign for Prom Queen: she convinces Karofsky to date her and be each other's beards, and they start an anti-bullying patrol (not that hard since they alone probably account for half the school's bullying problems) to boost their popularity, getting Karofsky to convince Kurt to come back in the process. Even Kurt—the Glee Club's original schemer—had to give her props on this one.
- Let's not forget her stated reason for wanting to be Prom Queen in the first place: She thinks that if she becomes Queen, she can convince Brittany that by royal decree, the two of them have to date.
- In the fourth season, even after getting kicked out of Rachel and Kurt's apartment for harassing Brody, she goes to a hotel and sets up a sting that catches him red-handed as a gigolo, with Finn on hand to kick his ass.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: Despite what certain discredited stories would have you believe, Naya Rivera is definitely this.
- Meaningful Name: Or meaningful misspelling; it's relatively common for discussion posts, and even an article in Entertainment Weekly to miss the first 'n' and spell her name as "Satana". In "Duets", Mercedes cast her ballot for herself and "Satan". Then there's this Australian promo.
- Possibly unintentional, but Santana is the given name form of Santa Ana, Spanish for Saint Anna/Anne — the patron saint of Brittany, France.
- The Mistress: She calls herself one.
- The Mole: For Sue in Season 1.
- Morality Pet: Brittany is Santana's.
- Kurt and Blaine also seem to have become something like this to her, seeing how she stands up for them to Karofsky and Sebastian, in "Night of Neglect" and "Michael", respectively.
- Ms. Fanservice: In her inaugural episode wearing normal clothes, she shows great promise in this regard: apart from an array of very pretty ordinary outfits, she wears a very fetishy candystriper uniform.
- Named After Somebody Famous: Not confirmed, but it's frequently speculated that her name is a reference to famous guitarist Carlos Santana, especially since "Santana" is not commonly used as a first name (many fan fics give her a brother named Carlos, to further the joke).
- Naughty Nurse Outfit: Dresses in one in "Silly Love Songs."
- Never Live It Down: Her "Yeast-i-stat" garnered her a lot of attention in New York, to the point that several patrons of the diner she works at lost their appetites for bread after seeing her.
- Odd Friendship/Pitbull Dates Puppy: Santana, a self-identified "bitch" with a perpetually sour outlook, would on the surface seem to be the least likely companion for the generally sweet, goofy Brittany, but the two are virtually inseparable.
- One of Us: Brittana shippers always know they have a friend in Naya Rivera.
- Opposites Attract: With Brittany.
- Pet the Dog: Most of her more positive moments come from her friendship with Brittany.
- Reaction Shot: To paraphrase Television Without Pity, if there was an Emmy award for "Best Background Side-eye/Bitchface/Disgusted Eye-roll," Naya Rivera would win hands-down, both for quantity and quality.
- Really Gets Around: She's been involved with three of the five straight guys in New Directions (Puck, Finn, and Sam), and has slept with Brittany as well. Remarked at one point that she found you had to have sex at least twenty times "before the feeling of accomplishment really kicks in."
- She seems to be getting there with her female partners as well. After breaking up with Brittany in the Break Up, she ends up using a cheerleader to make Brittany jealous. The episode after that, she actually sleeps with Quinn. TWICE!
- Relationship Reveal: "Brittana" went from being a non-canon ship to a sly joke to something we actually see onscreen. And as of Sexy, it evolved into one of the more serious relationships on the show.
- Relationship Upgrade: With Brittany as of "Pot O'Gold."
- Rich Bitch: Despite some posturing at being from "the wrong side of the tracks", we see she is clearly this in "Brittany/Britney" when she brags about the "great insurance" she gets from her doctor dad.
- The Rival / Worthy Opponent: With Mercedes. They don't exactly get along, but they both admit that they respect one another's singing talents. Mercedes was even able to convince Santana to join her in Shelby's Glee Club on the basis of this.
- Schoolgirl Lesbians: With Brittany.
- Serious Business:
- Don't come between her and Breadstix.
- When Sue takes away her tanning privileges in Season 1, Santana breaks down in tears.
- She's Got Legs
- Spicy Latina
- Stepford Snarker
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: "I'm not making out with you because I'm in love with you and want to sing about making lady-babies."
- Small Name, Big Ego: "You guys love me. I keep it real and I'm hilarious!" Yeah, in-universe, no one actually likes her. Except Brittany. Also shown with her talking up her supposed ghetto-ness and badassery. Due to the nature of the show no one is actually sure what her background is, but it's clear that at least half the things she says about her awesomeness are Blatant Lies.
- The Snark Knight: Brittany is the only one safe from her vicious, vicious words.
- Those Two Girls: Was this with Brittany, originally, but they've both subsequently Darkhorsed their way to the big time.
- Thigh-High Boots: In season 4 as part of her Girliness Upgrade.
- Token Evil Teammate: Can verge on this - she likes singing and dancing, and will admit to liking the club grudgingly, but she still takes great enjoyment in being mean to everyone in the group other than Brittany.
- Transparent Closet: Apparently. Finn says "everyone already knows" and there's this little exchange:
Rachel: Look at the [newspaper rumours column]
Finn: 'Which prom queen candidate has been spending a lot of time in her closet lately?' That's wrong, Quinn's claustrophic.
(without missing a beat
) No, that's Santana.
- Twofer Token Minority: Originally just a regular one-type minority later upgraded to twofer status due to her lesbianism. What's interesting is that she's the only ethnic minority on the show whose race is incidental to her character (save for a couple of throwaway lines in Spanish).
- Vitriolic Best Buds: When she isn't being the Token Evil Teammate, she's being vitrolic to the rest of glee. As seen in one episode, though, its not because she hates them (she quit Cheerios for them after all), it's just because she's trying not to be fake and to be honest. Tends to be more vitriolic with the plot-relevant members like Quinn, Finn, Rachel while more friendly and amicable with secondary characters like Brittany, Puck, Artie, and Mercedes. Sorta.
- We Used to Be Friends: Season 2 threw some serious turmoil into her friendship with Quinn and her relationship with Brittany, though both seem on much better terms in Season 3.
- Worth mentioning that by season 4 they're both back to slapping each other and making snide comments to one another even after season 3 gave them such good character growth and sorted out their issues with one another.
- And then they flirted with and eventually slept with each other.
- Word of Gay: After "Sexy" there was some speculation as to whether she was a lesbian or bisexual. Writer Brad Falchuk clarified that it was the former, about a month before this was stated on the show.
Brittany S. Pierce
Brittany Susan Pierce
I think my cat's been reading my diary.
Santana's friend and later, girlfriend
and fellow cheerleader. Sweet and outgoing, apparently quick to make friends even with unpopular kids, but is even dumber than Finn, to The Ditz
levels. Played by Heather Morris.
- Ascended Extra: For the first season Brittany was mainly there to either drop numerous one-liners or perform dance moves. The second season boosted her up to playing a primal role in Santana's coming-out story. Subverted a bit in season 3 where she's taken a bit out of focus but season 4 plays it straight again to where she becomes the main female lead of the Lima side since most of the others characters have graduated.
- Anatomically Impossible Sex: Claimed she must be pregnant because a stork was building a nest near her home.
- Anything That Moves: Brittany stated that she's kissed everyone in the school. Girls, guys, even the Janitor.
“I made it up. Coach Beiste didn’t touch my boobs. Actually, I really wanted to touch her boobs.”
- Betty and Veronica: She was the Betty to Puck's Veronica in their triangle with Santana.
- She's become the Veronica to Tina's Betty in their triangle with Artie.
- To bring things full circle, she was the Archie in a triangle with Artie and Santana. Also Archie to Sam/Santana.
- The Beard: Kurt dated her in his attempt to appear more straight. She didn't seem to mind.
- Berserk Button: Subverted. She will react to being called stupid very graciously, but do not expect to be on her good side afterwards (as Artie and Finn find out).
- Biker Babe:
- She mentions in "Special Education" that she practices motocross. Though, on the other hand, being Brittany what she says and what she means may be two different things.
- She is dressed kind of like one in the "Do You Wanna Touch Me" number.
- Bi the Way: Brittany and Santana are ... close.
Santana: Sex isn't dating.
Brittany: Yeah, if it was Santana and I would be dating.
- Also, while some fans have speculated based on the events of "Sexy" that Santana is lesbian, rather than bisexual (and this theory was later confirmed by Word of Gay), Brittany's admission that she has feelings for both Artie and Santana does make it clear she goes both ways.
- The fall 2011 GLAAD report listed her as bisexual as well.
- Book Dumb: She's not very intelligent, but is fairly savant with social and emotional situations. She can usually interpret what a person is really feeling and can easily make friends.
- Brainless Beauty: Exceedingly so.
Mr. Schue: Can anyone tell me what a ballad is?
Brittany: A male duck.
- In her defense, few people know what a mallard even is. She was close, at least.
- Bunny Ears Dancer: She may be dumber than a jar of mayonnaise, but Brittany is one of the two best dancers in the group (the other being Mike), performing complex moves you wouldn't expect from a girl who sometimes forgets her middle name. The real reason is because Heather Morris is a professional dancer in real life who has toured with Beyoncé. She was brought on the show to teach the "Single Ladies" choreography, but was kept on since a third cheerleader was wanted.
- But Not Too Bi: She's bisexual, but the show went a long time before her to kiss her girlfriend, even though she's made out frequently with the boys she's dated. See above "But Not Too Gay" example under Santana for more details.
- Can't Catch Up: Because of her name, she feels like she has always lived in Britney Spears's shadow, stating that she will never be as talented as she.
- Characterization Marches On: In her first few appearances, her handful of lines and her facial expressions don't suggest she's any different from Quinn and Santana. Gradually, her famously stupid persona emerged.
- The Cheerleader: The "cute but brainless" type.
- Closet Key: To Santana.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander
- Dancing Stilettos: Can YOU do backflips in high heels?
- Can Count To Potato: "[she] thinks the square root of four is rainbows" and stopped learning the alphabet when she kept mixing up m and n.
- "How many 'm's are in the letter 'r'?"
- How on earth did she get early acceptance to MIT, renowned as the "greatest mathematical mind ever"?
- The Cutie
- Depending on the Writer: Brittany's stupidity depends on the writers. There are episodes where she is a bit ditzy, if maybe just a bit out there and then there are episodes when her stupidity is hyped up to near impossible levels that makes you question how she even functions everyday life.
- The Ditz: Brittany can out-ditz anyone on this show.
Everyone raise your right hand. (Brittany raises her left hand) Your right
- Dumb Blonde: In one of Kurt's voice-overs in Episode 10, he tells us that Brittany thinks the square root of 4 is "rainbows."
- It's revealed in the Christmas special that she still believes in Santa Claus and, when taken to a Mall Santa wishes for Artie to be able to walk note
- Dumb Is Good: Brittany's extreme stupidity isn't idealized or generally presented positively, but her ability to quickly befriend just about anyone (in contrast to fellow Cheerios Quinn and Santana) is because she's too stupid to be mean most of the time.
- Expy: Heather Morris has said she always imagined the character as being akin to Amanda Seyfried's Karen in Mean Girls.
- Face-Heel Turn: In "Pot O' Gold", she leaves New Directions for the Trouble-tones.
- Fake Guest Star: In season one.
- Fat Cat: Brittany's pet cat Lord Tubbington.
- Fetish: Apparently, the taste of her own armpits turns her on.
- Food As Bribe: Artie, Mike, and Tina got Brittany to join the Brainiacs because they bribed her with Dots. They didn't regret it.
- Fourth Wall Observer: Implied in Britney 2.0, after Blaine catches her talking to herself.
Blaine: Brittany...who are you talking to?
Brittany: I thought I was doing a voiceover.
- And again in Sadie Hawkins, when she says music usually starts when she turns around or says "It's Brittany, bitch."
- Friendship Trinket: Her and Santana can be seen in multiple episodes each wearing a friendship bracelet.
- Full-Name Basis: She's usually referred to as Brittany S. Pierce rather than Brittany Pierce.
- Genius Ditz: She knows a lot about cat diseases, surprisingly. And politics. And as of the S4 finale she is accepted to MIT to study mathematics, based on the "Brittany Code."
- Girl Posse: For Quinn, initially; after Quinn is dethroned as head cheerleader, she and Santana become more of a double-act.
- Good Bad Girl
- Good with Numbers: Brittany makes a mathematical breakthrough (albeit accidentally) and gets an early admission offer to MIT.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Played straight for the most part as she is generally much sweeter, innocent and goofier than the other cheerleaders but at times, she can have moments where she can be rather mean.
- Heroic BSOD: In "Britney 2.0", due to Santana leaving for Louisville, Brittany follows Britney's example and has a complete breakdown: feasting on junk food, beating up the paparazzi, trying to shave her head, and lip synching. Invoked, however. She planned on hitting rock bottom so that she can make an even more glorious comeback.
- She also had apparently gotten caught up in Lord Tubbington's Ponzi scheme over the summer.
- Hidden Depths: A brainless cheerleader...who is friends with people far less popular than her.
- In the third season she begins to show more independence and common sense. And, of course, her math genius as of the season 4 finale.
- Hollywood Tone-Deaf: When she tries to do runs in "Duets."
- Homoerotic Dream: Brittany and Santana jointly hallucinate themselves as Britney Spears and Madonna in a new version of "Me Against The Music."
- Idiot Savant: Despite having a 0.0 GPA throughout the first three seasons (and only raising it by 0.2 by the end of the fourth), she manages to get a perfect score on her SATs. This grabs the attention of MIT, who decide to give her another test since they are rightfully suspicious. She fails horribly, but does write down a series of numbers that end up being incredibly important and allow her a full scholarship to the school.
- I Just Want to Be Loved: She seems genuinely depressed after she is rebuffed by both Santana and Artie.
- Incompatible Orientation: Brittany and Kurt.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Brittany seems to be that special combination of sweet and dumb, and she does mean well, if anything.
- Informed Flaw: In "Britney/Brittany," they reveal that she doesn't brush her teeth and washes her mouth with soda, having the cavities to match. Of course, her teeth appear as perfect as everyone else's in the show.
- Ignorance Is Bliss: Brittany gives Sue the set list for New Directions, but Brittany has no clue about what she's going to do with it.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: When she tries to secretly tape Glee club rehearsals for Sue.
Mr.Schue: What are you doing?
Brittany: Coach Sylvester...didn't tell me to do this.
- Intertwined Fingers: Brittany and Santana's signature pinky-link.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: She's typically very sweet, she has a vast knowledge of all things cat-related, and at least two cats.
- Ladykiller in Love: In "Duets", Artie breaks off his pairing with Brittany when he thinks she seduced him just so he would sing with her. Turns out her affection was genuine after all.
- Launcher of a Thousand Ships: In-universe. She once stated she has made out with everyone in school...which means she's probably at least kissed every member of the Glee Club.
- Letting Her Hair Down: After she quits the Cheerios, her hair is perpetually down.
- Limited Wardrobe: Her cheerleading uniform. Apart from when everyone is wearing performance costumes, the only time we've seen her out of her cheerleading uniform is once on a date with Kurt. Until she quits in "The Sue Sylvester Bowl Shuffle."
- She appears in Artie's "Safety Dance" flash mob wearing a tank top, shorts, and tights. But seeing as this is a fantasy it may not count.
- She gets a number of Britney Spears outfits in "Britney/Brittany".
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The Light to Santana's Dark.
- Lipstick Bisexual
- May-December Romance: Or maybe "January-May Romance"; when told by Sue to date a younger man, she claims to have found a "super cute" seven-year-old who plays soccer with her sister.
- Mistaken for Cheating: With Mike in "Special Education". Ironically, she actually was cheating on Artie around that time, but not with Mike.
- The Mole: But not a very good one.
Brittany: Coach Sylvester didn't tell me to do this.
- Morality Pet: For Santana.
- Ms. Fanservice
- Name's the Same: Her name can be read as Brittany S. Pierce.
- No Last Name Given: In the first season, her lack of a last name was a Running Gag, to the point that she is only referred by her first name in the yearbook. However, it was finally revealed in episode 2.02, and it's Pierce, which she is embarrassed by. Her middle name is Susan. Which makes her Brittany S. Pierce. She thus goes from the only member not have their last name to the first to have her middle name mentioned.
- Nice Girl
- Odd Friendship / Pitbull Dates Puppy: Santana, a self-identified "bitch" with a perpetually sour outlook, would on the surface seem to be the least likely companion for the generally sweet, goofy Brittany, but the two are virtually inseparable.
- Opposites Attract: With Santana.
- Operation Jealousy: She initially dates Artie to try and make Santana jealous.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: When the kids get a substitute teacher and switch names to mess with her, Brittany claims to be Mike Chang. There are at least two problems with that.
- People's Republic of Tyranny: At the start of "Brittany 2.0", she reveals via "voice over" that she's secretly plotting a "...Middle Eastern style sham election to make me Class President for life."
- Pet the Dog: Her friendship with Becky.
- Popular Is Dumb
- Put on a Bus: At the end of season four she leaves high school to enroll at MIT early. Most of the finale is dedicated to her saying goodbye to the club.
- The Bus Comes Back: Returns for the 100th episode and seems to be heading to New York after accepting an offer from Santana to go there when they finish on their vacation.
- Really Gets Around: Not as much as, say, Santana, but she hasn't made out with nearly everybody in school for nothing. The Oh Crap face when Holly tells the kids that when they have sex with somebody, they have sex with everybody they've had sex with is hilarious.
- Relationship Reveal: "Brittana" went from being a non-canon ship to a sly joke to something we actually see onscreen and an essential part of Santana's coming-out storyline.
- Schoolgirl Bisexuals: With Santana.
- She's Got Legs
- Shotacon: In "The Power of Madonna", when Sue tells the Cheerios to find boyfriends younger than themselves, she dates a seven-year old friend of her sister's who she describes as "cute".
- Student Council President
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: In Hairography, when caught filming the rehearsal:
Britanny: Coach Sylvester didn't tell me to do this.
- Small Name, Big Ego: After deciding that she was a better performer than Britney Spears in her hallucinations, she demands every solo in the club. This is taken with a grain of salt.
- Those Two Girls / Those Two Bad Guys: Was this with Santana, originally, but they've both subsequently Darkhorsed their way to the big time.
- Too Dumb to Live: Gave herself temporary brain damage/memory loss from taking "all [her] antibiotics at the same time".
Brittany: I don't remember how to leave.
- Womanchild: She still belives in Santa Claus, she has a dollhouse, and at Christmas she wears her hair like Cindy Lou Who.
- You Are the New Trend: As of episode "Comeback", where her popularity leads to her style being mass copied by most if not almost all the girls at school. Rachel attempts to utilize this for her own advantage, but it backfires.
- Your Cheating Heart: Has apparently been cheating on Artie with Santana through the entire length of their relationship, though they rationalize this as not-cheating since "the plumbing is different". When Artie finally confronted her and she admitted it, Artie didn't take it too well.
Mike Chang, Jr.
Michael Chang, Jr.
I can pop and lock.
A football player who joins with Puck. He is an exceptional dancer. In season 2 he begins a relationship with fellow Asian Tina Cohen-Chang. Played by Harry Shum.
- Academic Athlete: Is apparently on the academic decathlon team, as well as being a football player and a dancer.
- Actor Allusion:
- His Christmas wish is for Channing Tatum to stop being in movies; Tatum starred in the first Step Up movie, while Harry Shum, Jr. was in both of the sequels.
- "Asian F" has an interaction between his father and Principal Figgins that indicates that Mike Chang is Mike Chang Jr. Harry Shum in real life is also a Jr.
- Adorkable: In “Duet,” just see his performance of “Sing” alongside Tina.
- Ascended Extra: In season 1 he was a glorified background dancer mainly in Glee Club to fill out their ranks. That changed starting in season 2.
- Beta Couple: Him and Tina could be considered this to, well everyone, considering they have, hands-down, the most stable relationship in the show and were together throughout the entirety of seasons 2 and 3, and showed no signs of breaking up during it. However, they do break up shortly before the beginning of season 4.
- Billy Elliot Plot: His father wants him to give up performing to be a doctor.
- Character Development: It helps that he's actually getting lines (and songs) now.
- Commuting on a Bus: In season 4.
- Everyone Calls Him Other Asian. In the first season, fans generally referred to him as "Other Asian" after Sue (and later Tina) referred to him by that name. After his Shirtless Scene (or shirt-open scene) in "Audition," The SituAsian became an alternative suggestion. However, as his screentime increased, both nicknames were dropped.
- Fake Guest Star: For the first two seasons. He became a series regular in the third season.
- Hidden Depths: Possibly the one with the biggest Hidden Depths next to Artie, Mike is initially seen only as a football player, but as the series progresses it’s revealed he is one hell of a dancer, possibly the best dancer in the group, and if “Sectionals” and "Asian F" are anything to go by, he is also a skilled choreographer. Another showing of his Hidden Depths is his apparent easy friendship with the ‘‘losers’’ of the group (Tina, Artie, Kurt and Mercedes) as seen in both “Throwdown” and “Dream On”. He's one of the most enthusiastic members of of New Directions, even if he isn't the most vocal. As soon as the music starts Mike starts moving. "A Night of Neglect" reveals that he's also on the academic decathlon team and at prom, we find out that he has a childlike love of dinosaurs.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: A possible, and quite more realistic, explanation for Mike and Matt’s friendship and close bond.
- Hollywood Tone-Deaf: As heard in "Sing!". Justified as the song is supposed to sound like that. Later episodes, in particular "Asian F", slowly subvert this with the explanation that he's training his vocal prowess.
- I Have No Son: His father disowns him for pursuing his dancing career. He comes around eventually.
- Lovable Jock: Mike was one of the few jocks who didn't have an ounce of Jerkass in him. When forced to choose between Glee Club and Football, he went with Glee Club without a second thought.
- Mistaken for Cheating: With Brittany in "Special Education."
- Mr. Fanservice: Just watch this video.
- Nice Guy
- Off Screen Break Up: With Tina at the start of season 4.
- One Steve Limit: Averted. He and Tina both have the last name "Chang" (hyphenated, in her case), with no indication they're related, moreso that they're dating now.
- The Quiet One
- Relationship Reveal: Dating Tina as of season 2, despite previously being a popular Crack Pairing by the Fandom.
- Satellite Character: Season 1.
- Shirtless Scene: At Asian Camp. This leads Tina to chow down on the eye candy so hard that they hook up.
- Those Two Guys: With Matt, until the latter left.
- Token Minority Couple: With Tina. The show even lampshades it by having the word "Asian" come up nearly every time the two of them are together.
- Unreveal: In "Duets," for the people who were hoping to finally hear Mike sing. He finally gets a brief singing role alongside Tina in "Marry You" from "Furt."
- Mike finally has his own song as of "Asian F," in which he sings "Cool" from West Side Story.
- "Well Done, Son" Guy
At the beginning of the year, I was just another football player.
Another football player who joins at the same time who seems to be close with Santana. Has had two lines (one in episode 20 and the other in episode 22). Was Put on a Bus
in season 2. Played by Dijon Talton.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: A possible, and quite more realistic, explanation for Matt and Mike’s friendship and close bond
- Hidden Depths: Less so than Mike purely due to a lack of lines, but he's also regarded as one of the club's best dancers and seems to get along easily with the "losers" of New Directions. It seems Mike and Matt were the ones who usually carried Artie into the auditorium for practice.
- Lampshade Hanging: "I used to be just another football player..."
- Lovable Jock
- Put on a Bus: Matt did not return in Season 2, with his exit being explained as transferring to a different school.
- Satellite Character: The guy had in total about 3 lines in the season he appeared.
- Those Two Guys: With Mike
I am Sam. Sam I am. I do not like green eggs and ham.
A new student who joined the football team and became fast friends with Finn. He joined the Glee club after getting injured on the field (though he eventually becomes well enough to do both). Has a quirky sense of humor and has shown surprising maturity. Introduced in Season 2. Played by Chord Overstreet.
I want to be like a Kardashian. I want a TV show, and a fragrance. It'll be called Zizes, and the slogan will be: You just got Zized.
President of the McKinley High AV Club and member of the wrestling team, who is recruited to join New Directions as a replacement for Kurt
. Played by Ashley Fink.
- Ascended Extra: She's been a minor character since the first season.
- Bad Ass: Puck admits that she's a bigger one than he is.
- Big Eater
- Brawn Hilda: All she needs is the accent.
- Catfight: Averted. She doesn't bother with the slapping or scratching, she goes straight for the body slams. Santana found that out the hard way.
- Curbstomp Battle: Lauren pulls off a particularly awesome one against Santana.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Eleventh Hour Ranger: Joins New Directions just before Sectionals in year two to ensure they have the required twelve people to compete.
- Food As Bribe: Her services must be bought with candy.
- Hidden Depths: The Glee Club was about as surprised as the audience when she walked in ready to join.
- Hoist By Her Own Petard: Lauren tries to sabotage Quinn's chances at becoming prom queen by posting photos of her all over school from back when she was fat and had a larger nose. But this causes people to see Lauren as a Jerkass, and Quinn actually shoots up in the prom queen rankings.
- Jerkass Façade: Says Glee Club is "stupid" yet in the final scene of the episode, she's clearly enjoying herself.
- Nonuniform Uniform: When the girls wear matching dresses, Lauren always wears hers with ballet flats and short sleeves while the others wears high heels and no sleeves.
- Odd Friendship: With Puck, of all people, combined with Crack Pairing. She rescued him from a port-a-potty, he invited her to become a member of New Directions, she agreed, but only if he'd make out with her. Apparently, she "rocked his world".
- Punny Name / Ironic Name: Zizes sounds quite a bit like "size S", at least the way Mr. Schuester pronounces it in "Special Education".
- Put on a Bus: Quits the Glee Club and dumps Puck out of nowhere at the beginning of Season 3. The actress confirmed she wouldn't be back...
- Recurring Extra: Appears in several bit-parts in the earlier episodes before she does anything of importance.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: She leaves New Directions at the beginning of season 3 because it just isn't cool enough for her any more.
- Sour Supporter: She's only in the club to fulfill their 12-member minimum to compete, per an agreement with Puck.
- The Stoic: Her default expression looks something like a grimace that almost never changes.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In "Born This Way," when she discovers pictures of Quinn pre-weight loss and nose job, and spreads them all over school as a part of her prom queen campaign.
- YMMV - some people would definitely consider Quinn a hypocrite for bullying girls like Rachel at the start of the series when she used to be picked on herself.
- It should be noted though that she isn't a jerkass by the end of the episode where she does apologize to Quinn for what she did.
- Tsundere: Not so much with the dere-dere, but at first she joins New Directions because she wants Puck to love her. Once he actually falls for her, she enters hardcore tsun-tsun mode.
- Unaccustomed As I Am To Singing And Dancing: For someone who thinks show choir is stupid, she was surprisingly good at keeping up with the choreography and harmonies despite learning everything at the last minute in "Special Education".
Lead singer of the Dalton Academy Warblers from an all-boys school, and also gay. He transferred schools because bullies at his old school were too much for him, and becomes a mentor, later boyfriend, and eventual fiancè
for Kurt. Transfers to McKinley in season 3. Played by Darren Criss
An exchange student from Ireland living with Brittany. He was also in love with her, going to such lengths as convincing her that he was a leprechaun in order to get her "pot of gold". He befriends Finn and joins the Glee Club at the end of "Pot O' Gold". He and Artie had a competition for the affections of Sugar Motta during the episode "Heart" which Rory won by claiming he could not get his Visa extended. Played by Damian McGinty
- All Guys Want Cheerleaders
- All of the Other Reindeer: He's constantly bullied by the jocks.
- And by constant we mean his introduction episode.
- A Man Is Not a Virgin: Averted. He's trying to rectify this, however, by getting Brittany's "pot of gold".
- Break the Cutie
- Butt Monkey: Poor Rory gets picked on even more than the other characters. He gets picked on by all the students, loses his Brittany's friendship due to a misunderstanding, and accidentally gets in the middle of a fight between Santana and Finn without knowing it. As time goes by the bullying decreases.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: He wears green tops for the duration of Brittany thinking he's a leprechaun.
- Did Not Get the Girl: Brittany realizes that he's not a real leprechaun and leaves him for the Trouble Tones. However he did 'get' Sugar Motta in the episode "Heart".
- Dogged Nice Guy: Averted. He tries to grant all of Brittany's wishes. Which seems like a "Nice Guy" thing to do, he's not in love with her, he just wants to get her to sleep with him.
- Fascinating Eyebrow
- Friendless Background
- Funny Foreigner
- Humiliation Conga: The bullies at McKinley are much more unkind to him than they were to previous exchange student Sunshine Corazon.
- Naïve Newcomer
- New Transfer Student: An exchange student from Ireland.
- Nice Guy
- Oireland: Rory, the Irish exchange student, wears all green and lets Brittany think he's a leprechaun.
- Promoted Fanboy: Damian was one of the winners of The Glee Project.
- Put on a Bus: In season 4.
- The Unintelligible: To Brittany, at least. She can't understand what he says because of his Irish accent.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: All he wants is Brittany's intimacy, and it causes two more members to leave New Directions.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: His attempt at a Spanish one in "America".
- Many fans who didn't watch The Glee Project thought his regular accent was so over-the-top it had to be faked. But that really is McGinty's natural accent.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: His preconceptions about America.
I have self-diagnosed Aspergers
, which means I can pretty much say whatever I want.
A rich girl who tries out for New Directions and fails terribly - she can't sing to save her life. She later created her own glee club—the Troubletones—with Mercedes, Santana, Brittany, and some Cheerios, who competed against New Directions. When they lost Sectionals, they were invited to rejoin ND. Dated Rory for much of Season 3. Played by Vanessa Lengies.
- Adorkable: Lately she's been doing a lot of spacey things in the background.
- Attention Whore: "I love the sound of applause."
- Blatant Lies: "Aspergers!"
- Brutal Honesty: Due to her "self-diagnosed Aspergers", which is clearly just an excuse to be a complete bitch.
- Catch Phrase: "Aspergers" or a variant thereof, after blatantly insulting someone. Subverted after Will refuses to let her in to New Directions: She reams him out for not recognizing her perceived talent and then yells "Not Aspergers!" to demonstrate that she seriously meant it.
- Character Development: Seems to have gotten some as of "I Kissed A Girl", as we see her dancing in her seat when the New Directions perform their songs. (Recall how her first appearance involved her telling them how much they sucked.) Perhaps The Troubletones have actually taught her some humility.
- Characterization Marches On
- Daddy's Girl
- Dreadful Musician
- Deadpan Snarker
- Demoted to Extra: She was already suffering from this in the last episodes of Season 3, but gets fully blown into it in Season 4. She rarely gets any dialoge aside from one-liners, hasn't been the focus of any episode, hasn't had a solo yet, and doesn't even appear in most episodes, without even an explanation on why she's not there.
- Disability as an Excuse for Jerkassery: This was originally one of her defining traits, but it was dropped after the writers caught hell from fans who didn't quite get that she wasn't supposed to be a serious portrayal of someone with Asperger's.
- The Ditz: After she stopped being a Jerkass.
- Expy: As mentioned below, she's a talentless Rachel. Also, she has more than a few similarities to Trina Vega.
- Fandom: Sugar has been so popular within the fandom that part of it thought up "Sugar of the Future". It has become so popular that Vanessa and HeMo have picked up on it. It basically comes down to the idea that Sugar is Brittana's daughter from the future back in the past to get her moms together.
- Foil: Remember every time someone has remarked that Rachel is annoying beyond belief, but her talent makes it worth keeping her around? Sugar is Rachel without the talent. Even their auditions parallel each other: like Rachel, Sugar automatically asked for rehearsal details when she finished singing, as if the idea that she didn't get in was unfathomable.
- Hollywood Tone-Deaf : Vanessa Lengyies is actually a very good singer and dancer.
- Hoist By Her Own Petard: Creates a new Glee Club because she wants to be the main star and get all the solos. Once the far more talented Mercedes, Santana and Brittany transfer, she's forcefully relegated to back-up dancing and singing.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Hinted at in "Pot O' Gold"
Sugar: I just wanted to be on the winning team for once.
- Jerkass: Due to saying whatever's on her mind. Looks like she's gotten a lot better, though.
- Mafia Princess: Heavily implied
- Out of Focus: Happened a couple times in Season 3, but it's way more prominent in Season 4. Despite being a member of New Directions, she's absent in a large number of episodes, without a single explanation on where she's supposed to be.
- Rich Bitch: Comes from a very wealthy family.
- Spoiled Brat: This seems to be the case, though she seems to have mellowed somewhat.
- Spoiled Sweet: Once she joins New Directions and starts helping them financially.
- Start My Own: Since Will didn't let her in to New Directions, she had her father fund her own Glee club within McKinley, with the only rules being that she is in it and Shelby is the coach.
- Joins New Directions after the Troubletones lose at Sectionals and takes Mercedes, Santana and Brittany with her, effectively ending the Troubletones.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers a pretty hilarious one to Will.
"You know what?! Who cares what you think? Hm?! Nobody! You're a washed up Broadway wannabe who's stuck in Lima and has lead the Glee club to how many national wins? Oh, I'm sorry, zero! Not Aspergers!"
- Vocal Range Exceeded: Constantly.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: She's dissapeared entirely in Season 5. Especially glaring since Season 5 is, unlike previous seasons, set in the same academic year as Season 4.
Joseph "Joe" Hart
A homeschooled student who transferred to McKinley after realizing his best friend was his mom. Described as a "teenage Jesus", he wants to let people know that Christians can be cool and aren't all door-to-door Bible salesmen like his dad. Played by The Glee Project
winner Samuel Larsen.