Glee: Characters Ranked

Glee characters ranked from best to worst TW// Matthew Morrison

1 – Santana Lopez

Santana’s character was remarkable in all sorts of ways, taking the cake for first place above all other competition. Santana was witty at all the right times and just ruthless enough, offering the Glee club reality checks when necessary. She started the show as just another Cheerio but really showed all parts of her raw personality as the show developed. Her most memorable plotline by far was her “coming out story” occurring in season three. Though Santana wasn’t ready, she was outed as a lesbian in Coach Sylvesters’ campaign ad which obviously was not an ideal situation. To be frank, Santana was an iconic character who deserved better.

2 – Burt Hummel

While some people may not even be familiar with Burt, others will remember his seemingly small, but important role on the show. Most memorably, Burt was an incredible father to Kurt. Even though Burt is your average “manly” man, he managed to be a very supportive and loving single father to his son, who is the complete opposite. Burt always took the time to learn about Kurt’s interests, such as musical theatre, even if he didn’t fully understand it. On top of that, he was Kurt’s number one supporter and stood up for him whenever he got bullied for things like his sexuality. Burt was an unproblematic and supportive, essential part of the show. 

3 – Sue Sylvester

Sue Sylvester carried this whole show on her back. This top-tier cheer coach might have been the main antagonist, but she was excellent show material. Not only did she keep the Glee club working hard, with her rude and sarcastic remarks, but she was also the only character on the show who continuously called out Mr. Schuester for being creepy. Aside from this, she was a leader to Becky and always believed in her to be the best she could be. Sue may have seemed like the villain, and she definitely was at times, but there is no denying that she had a soft side. 

4 – Mercedes Jones

Mercedes, the sassy vocal-powerhouse was a very important character in the show. She was Rachel’s biggest competition, giving Rachel a reason to keep pushing and improving. Not only that, Mercedes was never scared to speak her voice. If the rest of the club wasn’t where they were supposed to be, or Mr. Schuester was being a bad leader, she would interject and get everyone on track. All in all, Mercedes had a big personality, a big voice, and a big heart. 


5 – Brittany S. Pierce 

Brittany was a character of many layers. She may just seem like a dumb-blonde at first glance, but in later seasons she became so much more. For starters, Brittany developed into great representation for the LGBTQ+ community as she came out as bisexual and dated, then later married, Santana. Personality-wise, Brittany was kind and always tried to get along with other characters. One way she connected with others was through her talk show, “Fondue For Two.” On this show, she would ask her guests questions mostly revolving around whatever drama that had circled McKinley that week. Because of her complex personality, Brittany was such a memorable character, rightfully in the top five. 

6 – Kurt Hummel

Kurt was many things; talented, a fashionista, and most importantly, always proud to be himself. Kurt made television history as the first openly gay character on the show and wore this title with pride. Though, early on he had some peculiar moments, like the time he had a crush on very straight Finn, and set his Dad up with Finn’s Mom to get them “closer”. Sadly, during season two, Kurt was forced out of McKinley due to some harsh bullying in regards to his sexuality. Kurt ended up transferring to Dalton Academy where he met the love of his life, Blaine Anderson. Thankfully, in season three, both Kurt and Blaine were able to go back to McKinley safely. Truthfully, Kurt was key to “Glee’s” success and brought so much to the show. Without his talented vocals, endgame relationship, and pure spirit, the show would not have been the same.

7 – Blaine Anderson

Brought in during season two, specifically to be a love interest for Kurt, Blaine was the new kid for a while. Though naturally, some may have been skeptical of him at first, Blaine quickly proved his place in the club with his powerful vocals and sweet personality. His sweet bow ties and gelled-back hair made for perfect boyfriend material for Kurt, as well as a perfect performer for the New Directions. 

8 – Quinn Fabray

From the pilot, Quinn was made out to be the perfect, classic, mean girl, with her long blonde ponytail and head cheerleader title. Though she definitely started this way -making fun of Rachel, throwing slushies at the school’s outcasts, etc- she went through her own struggles, giving her decent character development. After Quinn became a teen mom and gave up her baby for adoption, she ended up regretting this decision later in the show. She even ended up trying to steal her baby back from the adoptive mother in later seasons. It’s rough events like this that lead Quinn to go through some sort of quarter-life-crisis, which ultimately made her a better person. 

9 – Becky Jackson

Becky acted as Sue Sylvester’s partner-in-crime. The sassy cheerleader added lots of comedic value to the show. She always had some sort of sarcastic remark or contrasting, a touching moment with Sue, showcasing their sweet mother-daughter type of relationship. Aside from that, Becky was the only character with down syndrome, which offered great representation. 

10 – Sam Evans

Even if Sam joined during season two, he left a memorable place in Glee. He started just as another male-voice, but as the show progressed he became not only a great friend to Blaine,  but allowed the show to add a character viewers in financially struggling families can relate to. In regards to Sam himself, he started with average intelligence, but throughout the show, his character became ditzier and some may argue, more likable. Consistently, Sam was shown to be unproblematic, though his role may be small, which earns him this spot.

11 – Noah “Puck” Puckerman

Noah, better known as Puck, stayed as Finn’s left-hand man throughout the show, despite all the drama they had. For instance, in season 1, Puck got Finn’s girlfriend pregnant and lied about it for months but this didn’t stop the pals from making up and continuing their friendship. Aside from this, Puck also had a rebellious streak that reigned with him every season. This reputation caused many to fear him. However, in later episodes, he ended up joining and defending the Glee club, even though it had the potential to ruin his reputation. To wrap it up, Puck made some intense mistakes, but that didn’t stop him from being likable. 

12 – Artie Abrams 

Artie might have been in a wheelchair, but that did not stop him from holding his own. He kept up with the other Glee members both vocally and visually, showing anything is possible with hard work. Aside from his talent, Artie definitely had his rude moments throughout the show. The snide remarks from episode to episode might turn some people away from him, but overall he did what he had to do. 

13 – Mike Chang

Mike, though on the Glee club, did not sing often. Instead, he was known for his talented dancing skills. Even though he had the moves like jagger, he was overall a boring character with almost no development, earning Mike this spot. 

14 – Finn Hudson

Finn wasn’t too bad overall, but like most characters on Glee, he had his moments. One of them being, he’s said several offensive slurs to insult other characters, but showed overwhelming feelings of guilt after the matter, as well as learned from his mistakes. He also slipped up that time he kissed his teacher’s fiancée just days before the wedding. Yikes. Even though these mistakes were severe, he always did what he could to defend other, more bullied, members of the New Directions. This showed his true character. 

15 – Tina Cohen-Chang

Tina may have seemed like a sweet, shy, and quiet girl, at first, however she showed her true colors several times throughout the show. For starters, she faked a speech impediment to attract attention and Artie. In later seasons, Tina developed a crush on openly-gay Blaine and even acted on these feelings, though Blaine told her to stop several times. Along with that, Tina started to morph into Rachel as soon as Berry graduated. The last thing the show needed was two Rachel Berrys. 

16 – Emma Pillsbury 

Although the school’s guidance counselor with OCD might not seem like one of the worst characters on the show at first glance, Emma had some bad qualities. Most importantly, she married Mr. Schuester, completely disregarding his poor character. Not only did she fall in love with him, but she also flirted with him while he was married to his ex-wife Terri, and cheated on two boyfriends with Mr. Schuester in the later seasons. Plus, she was just annoying. 

17 – Rachel Berry

Though it is no question that Rachel was talented, she was an obnoxious, entitled, brat. Within the first 10 minutes of the pilot episode, she got a teacher fired all because they didn’t give Rachel the desired solo. Later in season 1, Rachel persistently went after Finn even though he was already in a relationship with pregnant Quinn. Not only did Rachel feel entitled to Finn, but she also felt entitled to every solo Mr. Shuester gave out. Rachel always wanted to be the best of the best, no matter the cost. This led to her sending her “competition” to a crack house in an attempt to get rid of them. In later seasons, Rachel ended up getting her dream role starring in the Broadway musical, “Funny Girl”. After all of a week, Rachel got bored of Broadway and left to start her own TV show called, “That’s So Rachel” which ended up being history after one episode. All in all, Rachel did not deserve everything that got handed to her. 

18 – Terri Schuester

Terri, or otherwise known as Wills’ first wife, was extremely toxic, as well as a liar. In season one she faked a pregnancy for months to manipulate Mr. Shuester into staying with her. Later in the season, she planned to steal Quinns’ unborn baby to keep the lie going. Once Emma and Will got together, Terri was still persistent and broke into Mr. Sheusters’ apartment on several occasions. In the end, this character was insane and only cared about material items.


TW// Matthew Morrison

19 – Will Schuester 

Mr. Schuester was an elaborate character. Though he quite obviously was passionate about leading the Glee club, he had way too many unprofessional moments. For instance, in the pilot episode, he blackmailed Finn into joining the Glee club by framing him for possessing drugs on school property. Not only does he blackmail his students, but there was also a whole episode where he fought for the students to twerk in school. While doing so, Mr. Shuester jeopardized the bathroom rights of a transgender student by putting twerking above equality. These strange moments raise some questions. Why were all of these grown man’s friends teenagers? Why was he so passionate about getting the teens to twerk in front of him? How did he become so tone-deaf? We don’t know, but do we want to know? No. That’s why he’s at the bottom.