Credit: Danielle Levitt/FOX ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. Photo: Naya Rivera as Santana Lopez in Glee Season 3

As the end of the year draws nearer, the barrage of “best of” lists starts to rolll in and amidst the mess is a fun one that’s caught our eye: MTV’s countdown of the Top 50 TV Characters of 2011!

The list includes a range of characters from reality to cable to network TV. And appearing at #11 no less, is none other than former background player-turned-major arc star, Glee’s Santana Lopez (played by Naya Rivera)!

MTV praises “sassy, slam-ready Santana’s struggle” (say that three times fast) in acknowledging her sexuality this season, while simultaneously accepting support from friends and confronting the fallout with her family. It’s been a tear-jerker, no doubt, and their claim that it has elevated Santana from one-liners to multi-layered is spot-on.

Go Santana!

With the upcoming guest-star chit-chat focusing on the Lopez family, we’re happy to know that this isn’t the end of Naya’s moment in the spotlight.

Incidentally, also on MTV’s list? At #45, potential Glee guest-star Nene Leakes. Yeah... we’re still not sure what to make of this either.

Source: MTV

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