In Wrestling, there are a lot of terms that describe how a wrestler is being treated by the company that employs them. This includes:
- buried/bury: when a wrestler's ability and skill has completely lost its legitimacy in an attempt by the company to decrease popularity
- push: when a wrestler is being portrayed as being skilled and they are being portrayed more and more to increase their popularity and legitimacy as a wrestler
- depushed: when a wrestler's abilities and screen time is shown as being limited, on the way to being buried
- Main Event: A wrestler who is one of the leading wrestlers in the company
- Mid-Card: A wrestler who is in development but it is still not one of the headlining wrestlers
- Low Card: A wrestler who is still establishing their abilities and normally their appeal is limited in the company
- Jobber: A wrestler who consistently loses matches to elevate the popularity of other wrestlers
- Face: Good guy
- Heel: Bad Guy
- Tweener: in between face and heel, a face who does heelish things and vice versa
So when I was thinking about how Glee is nearing the end of its third season, and some of the characters would be graduating, I thought it would be good to combine two things I love, professional wrestling and Glee. So I will describe how the characters in Glee have progressed since the beginning of Season 1 to before the return from the Season 3 break.
- Will Schuester: Started as: Face Main Event Star
- Now: Buried Face Mid-Card Star
Will started out as a man looking for a purpose while feeling caged. Will may have been neutered by his former wife, but at least he had adult friends and a life outside of Glee Club. He was mostly the moral figure of the Glee Club in Season 1 and seen as being mostly competent at his job. However, at this point his only friends are the Glee Club students and his ability as a teacher and independent person has constantly been depushed to the point that his ability is laughable. He constantly says the wrong thing to the wrong person and even manages to offend the love of his life without even trying. Heck, even his fiance, who was laughed at in Season 1 for having mental problems, is shown as being more competent then him. He's on the mid-card because his storylines are not nearly as prominent as they were in season 1 and at this point he's incompetent.
- Coach Sue Sylvester: Started as: Heel Main Event Star
- Now: Tweener Main Event Jobber
Without a doubt, Sue was the main villain at the start of Season 1. She was main-eventing because she was pretty much the only one presenting a certain amount of conflict for the Glee Club on a consistent basis. With the reveal of her older sister, Jean, having down syndrome, she was portrayed as being a bit more likeable and possibly making a face turn. However, the show required her to be heelish because, once again, conflict, and because her character is pretty much built around being a heel. Instead, she became a tweener, which allowed her to retain a certain amount of likability while still keeping the usual mean aspects of her character. With the death of Jean, she may have returned to her full heel ways, but Season 3 she was still portrayed as being sympathetic while keeping her edge. Her prominence has been reduced since Season 1 because honestly, the writers can't figure out what to do with her. So they gave her a baby. Now she really just exists to elevate the Glee Club.
- Counselor Emma Pillsbury: Started as: Face Main Event Star
- Now: Face Main Event Star
Wow, what development Emma has gotten. Since she started on the show, she was the neurotic love interest of Will who was in denial of her problems. Since then, she faced her fears, went for counseling, and ended up becoming one of the most likeable, rational and relateable characters on the show. She forced Will to make-up his mind about her and take a stand for what seems to be the first time in his life. Emma is a huge asset to the show and I can't wait to see what she has in store for us.
- Finn Hudson: Started As: Face Main Event Star
- Now: Depushed Face Main Event Star
Finn's abilities and character haven't really changed much since Season 1. In fact, his ability to lead the Glee Club and the Football Team has been seriously called into question many times, to the point that he couldn't even get a Football scholarship for university. However, he is still a respected main character and now even Will, his teacher, looks up to him, so his character hasn't really changed much since season 1. He's on the Main Event because his storylines are prominent in the show.
- Rachel Berry: Started as: Face Main Event Star
- Now: Face Main Event Star
You could pretty much copy and paste what happened to Finn for Rachel. She hasn't reached the levels of fail that Finn has, but her actual acceptance of Finn's proposal has degraded her thinking ability, but not to the point that her rationality or abilities have been buried or depushed. She's still on the Main Event because her storylines are prominent on the show and her abilities have never been called into question or been portrayed as being incompetent.
- Quinn Fabray: Started: Heel Main Event Star
- Now: Buried Face Mid-Carder
Quinn isn't a low card star, but let's face it, at the beginning, she was Main Eventing Glee and her skills were never questioned. She was also considered to be a heel. She managed to make it through a tough prgenancy, which was never acknowledged in Season 2 in any significant way and made a face turn. However, in Season 3, she went insane due to baby, which is probably just as bad as Natalya's current farting gimmick in the WWE, barely had a song and her hard work of getting into a good school with a full scholarship has been completely ignored. She started as a heel and managed to successfully turn face. This is the problem of the midcard. You can be an amazing wrestler, or in this case, amazing character with amazing character growth since season 1, but if the company doesn't recognize it, you'll still be stuck on the Mid-Card. Natalya might be one of the best wrestlers in the world, but she has the worst gimmick in the WWE. The same goes for Quinn. Poor Quinn.
Quinn is a Mid-Carder because her storylines haven't been prominent since season 1 and her abilities are rarely portrayed, half the time she's barely sentient. However, she is one of the few characters who has made successful face and heel turns, giving her character a lot more potential development, however most of this development wasn't taken advantage of.
- Kurt Hummel: When He Started: Pushed Face Mid-Card
- Now: Pushed Face Main Event Star
When Kurt started, there was no doubt he would be a main eventer on Glee. He definitely had skill, his storyline had a decent amount of prominence, and because he was an LGBT character you knew he would be going somewhere. In the beginning his storylines weren't very prominent but were still very powerful, but in season 2 he got a major push. He had some of the most heart-breaking storylines and his love story in season 2, as well as the development of his abilities, contributed to him becoming a main event star. He always took the high road when it came to bullying. His judgement regarding bisexuality and his sympathy to Quinn's issues were questionable, but even the best facecan make mistakes
- Mercedes Jones: When She Started: Face Mid-Card
- Now: Pushed Face Mid-Card
Mercedes has the misfortune of having amazing talent, but never really having a compelling storyline. She was often the moral guardian for the characters, but never really had a chance to show her emotional depth. She was always a side character, even though she did have an episode or two to show her character. That is why she is still relegated to the Mid-Card
- Tina Cohen-Chang: When She Started: Face Mid-Card
- Now: Depushed Face Mid-Card, danger of being low-card
Tina in season 1 got some songs, some character development, and was shown as being a somewhat important character. Since then, she really didn't get a storyline until mid-Season 3 and has really just existed as being a moral guardian. She hasn't really had an opportunity to show any sort of emotional depth or character. The company hasn't given much resources into helping her develop her in-club skills or mic ability. She does have another season to shine, so hopefully this time next year she will be getting closer to the main event.
- Artie: When He Started: Mid-Card
- Now: Low-Card
Artie was in a similar situation to Tina in the beginning of season 1. In Season 2 he got a big push as Brittany's girlfriend and had some.... interesting storylines. However, since getting dumped he never really made a come-back and was recently seen dumping Becky in favour of the time-travelling love-child of Brittany and Santana (according to fanfiction). He barely gets a chance to sing or show any aspect of his character. As such, he is in the low card.
- Santana Lopez: When She Started: Low-Card
- Now: Pushed Mid-Card and sometimes Main Eventer
In Season 1, Santana was pretty much Quinn's sidekick and person who threw out vicious, vicious words randomly. However, after the fanbase became obsessed with a throw-away line (“Sex isn't dating, yeah if it were, Santana and I would be dating”), it was eventually revealed in Season 2 that she was actually in love with Brittany. This storyline actually did consume a significant portion of Season 2. As well, her musical abilities have grown with leaps and bounds, showing that she has what it takes to be a main eventer. For a lot of Season 3 her development was done by herself, which may have upset fans of Brittana (because they wanted Santana's and Brittany's development to happen as a couple) but it ended up showing Santana's strength as a character. The fans were behind her and made her a star. While her storylines aren't given the same significance as Kurt, she is still an important part of the plot and plays a key role in Glee. As such, she is a pushed mid-carder and sometimes Main Eventer.
- Brittany Pierce: When She Started: Low-Card
- Now: Pushed Mid-Card Jobber
Pretty much the same story as Santana. She got her first big push as Artie's boyfriend and causing tension for Santana, but her storyline with Santana really made her shine in Season 2. Since then, she hasn't gotten as much development as Santana. Her skill has gone up significantly, but she doesn't have the same abilities (or her abilities aren't pushed or developed as much) as Santana. She mainly exists to elevate Santana at this point. In the first half of Season 3 she wasn't seen on screen with Santana as much. In the second half of season 3 she has been seen more with Santana but hasn't really gotten any particular independent storylines. She mainly serves to help legitimize Santana as a character. As such, she is a pushed main-event jobber.
- Noah “Puck” Puckerman: When He Started: Heel Mid-Carder
- Now: Tweener Mid-Carder
Puck has pretty much been consistent since Glee started. He never had any particularly prominent storylines but he was an important supporting member of the Glee Club. He was originally mostly a heel but he has started to make face-turns while working with Artie, becoming more sympathetic to the Glee Club, and previously helping Quinn. He hasn't really had a storyline since then.
- Mike Chang: When He Started: Face Low-Card Jobber
- Now: Face Mid-Card
It's pretty hard to get lower then Mike Chang, unless you were Matt Rutherford, who got put on a bus in the beginning of Season 2. He didn't really have lines, he was an amazing dancer but he couldn't sing. However, he got a decent storyline in Season 2 by dating Tina, unfortunately his status as a low-card kept Tina to the Mid-Card while elevating himself to the Mid-Card. They never really had any storylines of substance until season 3, mainly because they were the only normal, sensible, smart kids in the whole damn school. Mike's storyline was a sensible story that worked really well and was really good. I hope to see more of this from them for the rest of the season, as Mike is graduating at the end of the season.
- Becky Jackson: When She Started: Face Low-Card Jobber
- Now: Tweener Mid-Card
Now, we all probably thought Becky would be a one-off character that would be forgotten. However, I am continually impressed with Becky's development. She hasn't really had any storylines, per say, but she is an amazing side-kick for Sue and her ability to show heelish and face tendencies has my admiration and respect. Becky is a really well-fleshed out mid-carder and I think she could have the potential to be on the main event at some point. I can only hope for great things from her for the rest of the season.
Now if you made it to the end of this list, I'm impressed. I could have done some more, but I decided to end it before it got far too long. I didn't include a few characters because they were mainly introduced past season 2. I was debating whether to include Lauren Zizzles, but she was only relevant in season 2, which is too bad because I really liked her character. She was a good match for Puck, but I guess that ship has sailed for now.