Santana is introduced alongside Quinn and Brittany as one of the three most popular cheerleaders at the fictional William Mc Kinley High School in Lima, Ohio, where the show is set.
She joins the school's glee club, and soon is spying on it for Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch), coach of the cheerleading team the Cheerios.
” and “80% of screen time is reserved for heterosexual couples.” Brittany’s sexuality, while never explicitly stated by the character as bisexual, goes unconcealed for the most part because the , Ryan Murphy and company, have never known quite what to do with Brittany.
Her character fluctuates from being an infantilized teen who believes in magic combs and allows Santana to manipulate her into sex — which reinforces rape culture and plays into the ugly underpinnings of stereotypes, all of them involving the myth of the voracious lesbian who preys on innocent straight girls — to a Mensa-accepted mathematical genius.
In the second season, Rivera was promoted to series regular, and Santana was given more high-profile storylines, such as the development of her romantic feelings for her best friend Brittany Pierce (Heather Morris), and subsequent realization that she is a lesbian.
While the duo has many amazing moments, we narrowed our list down to six.
Brittany’s throwaway joke inspired interested fans in what was potentially first Sapphic coupling.
Fans rallied themselves in endorsement of the couple, but had to wait until season two, episode four, to see any intimacy between the two, presented in the form of neck nuzzling because on-camera kissing may have been “too scandalous” for a family show.
Santana was developed by Glee creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan.
Introduced as a minor antagonist and a sidekick to Quinn Fabray (Dianna Agron) in first episode of Glee, Santana's role grew over the course of the show's first season.