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Brittany Susan Pierce is a major character on Glee fandom. She is an alumnus of William McKinley High School as of All or Nothing and New Directions. She is a former member of the school's glee club, the New Directions. She was the senior class president for the school year 2011-2012.

She is bisexual and she dated her best friend, Santana Lopez, the former co-captain of the Cheerios, but they broke up due to the obstacles of a long distance relationship in Season Four. She was in a relationship with Sam Evans from Swan Song, until All or Nothing. She has also been in a relationship with Artie Abrams, which started between Duets and Never Been Kissed and ended in Rumours. She appears to be very close friends with everyone in the glee club. Brittany was supposed to graduate in Goodbye, the twenty-second and final episode of Season Three, along with her fellow seniors, but did not because she has a GPA of 0.0. She was set to repeat her senior year during 2012-2013, but left McKinley due to an early admission invitation by MIT. She received her high school diploma in New Directions, along with Blaine, Tina, Sam, Artie, Becky and the rest of the seniors, and she also reconciliated with Santana. They both went together to the Lesbos Islands. She was on tour with Santana and Mercedes. Santana proposed to her in Jagged Little Tapestry. They got married in A Wedding.

Brittany Pierce was a recurring character for Season One, but was made a main character in Season Two and remained so for Season Three and Season Four. Due to Heather Morris' pregnancy, she was downsized back into a recurring role for the fifth season onwards.

She is portrayed by professional dancer and actress, Heather Morris.

Personality

As a Cheerio, Brittany could be expected to come across as cruel, but she is generally a kind, generous, and caring person, although exceptionally naive and innocent to the point of being considered stupid, though she is very sensitive to this word, such as when she stood up for herself after Finn called her stupid, considering it as 'mean' and 'bullying.' Although at the start of the series she demonstrated signs of bullying, in truth, any form of cruelty tends to spawn from the influences of her more mean-spirited fiends, such as Santana and for a time, Quinn, though often she's largely unaware of what she's really doing. In fact, her default personality and behavior, as previously mentioned, is far more kind and sympathetic, as demonstrated by her friendship with Becky, a girl with Down Syndrome. Brittany tends to treat Becky with respect and kindness, although some claim it's only because Becky lets her cheat in class. While proudly promiscuous, Brittany has an innocent and fragile demeanor. She depends on the guidance of others, most notably her best friend, Santana, to the point that during the summer holidays, she gets lost in the sewers on the way back from motocross practice. She has an aversion to violence, particularly between her friends. As the ultimate "dumb blonde," Brittany speaks without any mental filter, often resulting in unexpected statements, such as, "I'm pretty sure my cat's reading my diary." She's even been known to weave up sentences that have little to no relation or relevance to each other. In "Britney 2.0," she even performed, what she thought was a voice-overm in her head at the start of the episode, not realizing that she was actually expressing the words out loud until Blaine pointed it out for her. She also expresses a lack of basic knowledge and common sense. This often results in her doing strange things such as attempting to put the toilet paper back on the rolls. She is, however, aware of her lack of intelligence as evidenced in Duets where she calls Puck dumb while laughing and saying, "And that's coming from me!" Brittany is an accomplished dancer and often helps to choreograph some of New Directions' routines. She has some childish characteristics such as believing in Santa with all her heart and is extremely gullible as evidenced when Artie convinced her that his comb was magical and would help the glee club when competing. Her kindness and childlike innocence can often be used against her, such as when she almost put her life on the line when Sue convinced her to launch herself of a human cannon to help "mama cannon" support her family during a Cheerleading competition.

Her best friend is Santana who is noticeably protective of Brittany and only Santana understands her childish actions. Brittany is the only bisexual character on the show. Brittany can be quite competitive as she stated in Makeover to Sam that she really wants to win.

Even though she is generally a very kind and sweet girl, Brittany will become angry at people who call her stupid. Brittany does not tolerate being bullied by other people. When Finn called her an idiot in Pot o' Gold she stood up for herself, telling Finn that it was mean and bullying and that she wouldn't accept it. She has revealed that everyone in school at one time or another had called her stupid or an idiot. She also claims that because Finn is one of the leaders of New Directions, which makes his insult even worse. Brittany appears to still believe in fictional and imaginary people. She still believes that Santa Claus is an actual person who can grant any wish. She also believes that Irish people are leprechauns who cannot be seen by anyone except for her, and have the power to grant three wishes. By the end of Pot o' Gold, Brittany appears to have realized that leprechauns are only fictional animals. Brittany doesn't like seeing people sad and often shows sympathy towards people, especially her best friend Santana. This is shown in Silly Love Songs when Santana cries because the Glee club ganged up on her and Brittany comforts her. This is also shown in Blame It on the Alcohol when Santana cries because Mr. Schue says that around 400 people die a year from alcohol poisoning, and Brittany gives her a hug to calm her down. The same happens, in Prom Queen when Santana is upset about losing Prom Queen. Brittany also helps Santana cheering up Quinn in New York when Quinn is still upset about her break-up with Finn. Brittany looks sympathetic towards Tina when she has a very big break down in Silly Love Songs and also in A Night of Neglect when Tina cries after getting heckled off stage, and she comforts Sugar in Girls (and Boys) on Film when she's sad about Mr. Schue not going to pick a winner for the mash-up competition.

Sexuality

Brittany is notorious for being exceedingly promiscuous at McKinley High, having slept with many males and apparently females, though the only known female she has slept with is Santana as revealed in the episode Sectionals. In Bad Reputation, she claims to have made out with everyone in the school. She aims to hook up with as many people as she can, stating that she's made out with boys, girls, and one of the school's male janitors, as claimed in Bad Reputation, even inviting Kurt to 'tap this' in Laryngitis. While Brittany has only dated one girl, Santana, she has shown interest in other females in several episodes, such as in Audition where she claimed she wanted to touch Coach Beiste's boobs. She also was seen slow dancing with a girl at prom during Jar of Hearts in the episode Prom Queen. The episode Britney/Brittany gave many hints about her sexuality, with being bisexual with Brittany having fantasies with her acting sexually during musical numbers towards both Carl Howell and Santana Lopez. During the episode, she also calls Britney Spears 'really hot' and gets overly excited when Rachel dresses up in Britney Spears' Baby One More Time outfit.

In Duets, Brittany and Santana are seen in bed together after making out with Santana kissing Brittany's neck. When Brittany says they should sing a duet in glee club of Melissa Etheridge's Come To My Window, Santana gets defensive and rejects Brittany, causing conflict between them. Brittany begins dating Artie Abrams to make Santana jealous while also denying Santana sex. However, after Brittany makes a catty remark towards Santana, she says, "I'm mad at you, but you're still so hot."

Her sexuality was never directly addressed until Sexy, where it is revealed that Brittany is still sleeping with Santana despite being attached to Artie. Brittany prompts Santana to have a conversation about their relationship, which Santana rejects. Eventually, though, the two consult Holly Holiday about their relationship. When Holly asks whether either of them thinks they may be a lesbian, Brittany states that she doesn't know because Santana refuses to talk about it. Later, when Santana admits she's in love with Brittany, Brittany tells her that she loves her too, but is also in love with Artie. In Born This Way, Brittany claims she 'thinks she's bi-curious', but as she is later seen trying to initiate a romantic relationship with Santana, it is made obvious that her feelings go deeper than curiosity. Brittany also urges Santana to come out of the closet in the following episodes.

In New York, when Santana asks about her relationship with Brittany, Brittany tells her that she loves Santana more than she has ever loved anyone before.

In I Am Unicorn, Brittany decides she wants to manage Kurt's campaign for class president, with the idea that students should celebrate being "unicorns," meaning that they're special and not afraid to show it. Eventually, with inspiration from Santana, Brittany decides to run for president herself, telling Kurt that she is a unicorn as well—or "maybe a bicorn," and thus confirming Brittany's bisexuality.

In Pot o' Gold, Santana and Brittany are seen out for dinner at Breadstix. Santana asks if they're on a date, and Brittany claims she thought that they were dating—since both Brittany and Santana are single, Brittany says she wanted to "mingle." Santana starts crying, and when Brittany asks why, Santana tells her that's she's just really happy. At the end of the scene, Santana tells Brittany, "I wish you'd hold my hand." Brittany takes her hand, and they both look happy, until Santana gets nervous and hides their joined hands under a napkin.

In Heart, Santana and Brittany are publicly dating. In the episode, the two share their first freely public on screen kisses (one in the hallway, and one at Breadstix during Cherish/Cherish). Apparently they have kissed in public before since Principal Figgins tells them that they've had multiple complaints about their PDA from somebody for religious reasons. They are now a fully out couple; the rest of Glee Club and the school at large knows their relationship.

In Prom-asaurus, Brittany is up for prom king (causing Sue to comment when reading her name, "That's weird"). She doesn't win, only receiving four votes; Santana refuses to accept winning prom queen if Brittany won't be her king.

Although it has been said many times that Brittany is bisexual, Santana says in Previously Unaired Christmas that they are both lesbians.

Ships

  • Brittana - Brittana is a femslash ship between Brittany Pierce and Santana Lopez.

Canon Relationships

Santana Lopez

They have had a sexual relationship and also an intimate friendship. They were in the Celibacy Club, Cheerios, and Glee Club together. During the school day, they are constantly together and they sit together during Glee Club meetings. They frequently held hands and linked pinkies all through season one. While Brittany often makes unintelligent and nonsensical remarks, Santana rarely comments negatively but frequently gives her questioning looks, laughs or defends her from any harsh comment made directly at her. In one instance, Santana helps Brittany when she doesn't know her right from her left. In another, Santana says "leave Brittany alone" when Kurt tries to blame Brittany when Mr. Schue says no to performing a number by Britney Spears. While Santana is often tough in her relationships with other people, she shows a softer side to her personality when she is with Brittany. The two are often seen intimately cuddling, holding hands and walking with their pinkies locked. The pinkies locked thing seems to be their handshake. Also, they are often seen wearing matching bracelets and backpacks. When Brittany finally confronts Santana about their relationship, they end up confessing their love to one another, but don't end up dating because Brittany stated that it would be wrong to break up with Artie because she loves him too and because Santana is too afraid to be an out lesbian because of her reputation. Brittany eventually breaks up with Artie. When they began dating, they kept it as a secret due to Santana's fear of what others would think. They officially called it a relationship in the episode Pot o' Gold, when Santana hesitantly inquired if they were dating. Brittany responded with statements implying she was under the assumption they had been dating for a while. As of The Break-Up, they are on an official break in their relationship, because Santana doesn't want the pressures of a long distance relationship. Santana assures Brittany that it's not a break-up, although Brittany says it feels like one. In Diva, Brittany pushes Santana to follow her dreams and move to New York and calls her her best friend.

Trivia

  • Brittany is one of two bisexual characters on the show. The other is Cody Tolentino. But anyway, she is the only female bisexual character.
  • Brittany is the only female original member that has never been slushied on-screen.
  • Along with Becky, Brittany has been a cheerio for at least four seasons.
  • She and Kitty are the only main characters whose full name wasn't revealed in their debut.
  • She was Kurt's first on-screen kiss.
  • Season Six is the one and only season where she doesn't wear a Cheerios uniform in the promotional photo.
  • Alongside with Kurt, Will, Sue, Mike, Quinn, Blaine, Santana, Rachel, and Tina, she is one of the only characters to have a middle name revealed.
  • She has a duet with Santana in every season except season four.

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