Brittany says she reciprocates her love, but as she also loves Artie, she will not break up with him.In the hope of convincing Brittany to drop Artie and be with her, Santana runs for school prom queen.
As the season progresses, she becomes more sympathetic to other glee club members, saying she is staying in the club not because Sue is forcing her, but because she likes it.This storyline has been positively received by critics.Santana is introduced as a popular cheerleader at William Mc Kinley High School.She blackmails closeted jock and Kurt's bully Dave Karofsky (Max Adler) into becoming her beard and running mate, and to also start an anti-bullying campaign with her to get Kurt to transfer back, as he only left Mc Kinley to go to Dalton Academy for a safe school environment because Karofsky had threatened to kill him; he wins prom king, but Santana is not named queen, instead the queen being Kurt.Brittany comforts her, and encourages her to embrace her true identity.Rivera, who has been vocally supportive of the love story between her and Morris' character, has received widespread praise for her portrayal of Santana, as well as for her for vocal work in numerous songs performed as part of the show's central glee club, New Directions.
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.
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Santana Lopez is a fictional character from the Fox musical comedy-drama series Glee.
She has several romantic relationships, briefly dating Puck (Mark Salling), taking Finn Hudson's (Cory Monteith) virginity, and carrying on a friends with benefits relationship with Brittany.
In season two, the show delves into the motivations behind Santana's antagonism and her sexual aggressiveness towards boys; it is later revealed that her cruel attitude is because she is struggling with her romantic feelings towards Brittany, and subsequently with her lesbian identity.
Santana and her friends, cheerleaders Quinn Fabray (Dianna Agron) and Brittany Pierce (Heather Morris), join the school glee club, New Directions, because Quinn wants to keep an eye on her boyfriend Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith); cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) then enlists the three of them to help her destroy the glee club from the inside.