First of all, stop yelling at me. Just hear me out: I believe Artie to be an underrated vocal powerhouse, one who’s proven he can own anything thrown his way, from Michael to Britney. His sassy hand gestures are always on point, and his runs are so good, they give me the runs. Frankly, Artie has more diva in his legs — which don’t even work! — than most of his fellow New Directioners.
9. Kitty Wilde
If there were a Brownies equivalent for divas, Kitty would be dripping in patches. Despite her uninspired origin — let's face it, she was a shameless clone of the great Quinn Fabray — Kitty managed to develop her own unique brand of sass and mayhem, a deadly concoction usually reserved for lessers like Marley and… well, pretty much just Marley. She gets extra points for being the only Season 4 newbie Sue deemed worthy of keeping at McKinley.
8. Quinn Fabray
Ms. Fabray began her time on Glee as McKinley High's Quinn-tessential mean girl, then gradually evolved into the well-rounded, well-respected woman she is today. She may be soft-spoken, but her words have always cut like knives, and her contribution to "Problem" in Season 6 proved she's only gotten fiercer with age.
7. Brittany S. Pierce
Though she often lacks the confidence of her new bride, Brittany marches to the beat of her own (occasionally off-tempo) drummer. Whether she's dishing dirt on her web show, or literally carrying tiny virgins to her bed (Artie!), Brittany is a curious, unpredictable firecracker of a human. For proof of her performance skills, one need only watch her destroy "Run the World (Girls)" or "I'm a Slave 4 U."
6. Kurt Hummel
I like to think of Lady Hummel as a diva-in-progress. He’s had the attitude since Day 1, but it’s taken some time for his confidence to catch up to the rest of him. And while he’s never been much of a belter, that brazen falsetto is powerful enough to knock out all your baby teeth. Honestly, one of the only reasons Kurt isn’t higher on this list is because his identity got — for lack of a better word — swallowed up by Blaine during their relationship. That’s not Kurt’s fault, but it is what it is.
5. Blaine Anderson
Just when we thought no one applied more product to their hair than Will Schuester, along came this walking oil spill. Never afraid to throw down with the girls, and rarely (if ever) shown up, Blaine exudes all the qualities of a true diva — including the tendency to, on occasion, outshine his fellow performers to the point of mild annoyance. Hey, no one said divas had to play well with others.
4. Wade "Unique" Adams
A relatively late entry into Glee‘s diva race, “Boy Mercedes” became an overnight sensation with her Season 3 performance of “Starships.” Unique commands attention wherever she roams, and while I do have a soft spot for her fellow Season 4 newbies, not one of them could even hold a candle to Unique in terms of stage presence. (Guys, you think high school was tough? Try going back and doing it in heels, wigs and full makeup. Diva.)
3. Mercedes Jones
Mercedes officially threw down her diva gauntlet with Season 1’s “Bust Your Windows,” and she’s remained a force to be reckoned with ever since. Unwaveringly true to herself, when society told Ms. Jones she didn’t fit its standards of beauty, she flipped it off and downed another plate of tots. Additionally, she never let a man put her second — and when they tried, she chewed them up, spit them out and left the mess for someone else to sweep up. (Bye, Shane!)
2. Rachel Berry
On paper, Rachel should be the show’s No. 1 diva. Not only was she New Directions’ go-to girl for competition-crushing ballads, but she’s one of the few characters who actually achieved her dreams, becoming a star on Broadway. Where she falls short, frankly, is attitude. A true diva doesn’t care what other people think of her, which is something Rachel never managed to master, despite her countless successes over the years. From the time she choked at her NYADA audition to the months she hid from society after starring in that horrendously offensive sitcom pilot, Rachel has turned sweating her haters into a full-time job.
1. Santana Lopez
While Rachel exerts all of her energy trying to emulate divas of old — see exhibit B(arbra Streisand) — Santana unapologetically lives her life as the kind of diva that young girls and gays will someday aspire to be. People look to her for honesty, albeit brutal, because she’s earned the right to tell it like it is. And let’s never forget the time she took on Ms. Berry’s signature song, Funny Girl‘s “Don’t Rain on My Parade,” not only making it her own, but basically blowing Rachel out of the water. Santana is the future.