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Sugar Motta
General Information
Gender: Female
Age: 15-16
Hair Color: Dirty blond
Eye Color: Brown
Height: 5'3
Occupations: Student
Member of the New Directions
Aliases: Richie Bitch
(Santana Lopez)
Rojo Caliente (Roz Washington)
Family & Friends
Family: Al Motta (Father)
Relationships: Rory Flanagan (Assumed Boyfriend)
Artie Abrams (former crusher)
Friends: Rory Flanagan
Artie Abrams
Mercedes Jones
Blaine Anderson
Santana Lopez
Mike Chang
Brittany Pierce
Finn Hudson
Tina Cohen-Chang
Quinn Fabray
Joe Hart
Kurt Hummel
Noah Puckerman
Sam Evans
Rachel Berry
Pets: Unnamed schnauzer Dog
Other Information
Interests: Singing, Performing
Clique: New Directions

The Troubletones (former)

Education: William McKinley High School
Talent: Dancing
Strengths: Self-confidence, outspokenness, being rich.
Weaknesses: Overly abrasive demeanor, singing voice.
Series Information
First episode: The Purple Piano Project
Portrayer: Vanessa Lengies

Quinn Fabray (Tina's Dream)

Sugar Motta is a character on the TV show Glee. She is currently a junior at William McKinley High School. Her father, Al Motta, is the wealthy owner of a piano business who donates three repossessed pianos to the glee club in The Purple Piano Project, the episode in which she first appears. Sugar has self-diagnosed Asperger syndrome, which she uses to explain why she can say whatever she wants. After the glee club performs in the school cafeteria in the hopes of recruiting new students, Sugar shows up to audition, telling the club that they're terrible but she's awesome and will be their new star. Her audition is a stunningly horrendous rendition of Big Spender, and she becomes the first person who fails to get into New Directions after auditioning. In I Am Unicorn, her father makes a huge donation to the school to set up a second glee club that will feature Sugar as the star, and recruits Shelby Corcoran to direct it. When Mercedes, Santana, and Brittany join, Sugar assumes they'll be her backup singers, but Santana openly tells her she's not a good singer, and she should stay out of their way, at which point Sugar admits that she "just wanted to be on the winning team for once". Sugar has subsequently been seen dancing and singing in several polished performances, indicating that she has greatly improved. There is a noticeable improvement in her talent as she goes from an awful singer in The Purple Piano Project in her audition of Big Spender, to a reasonably accomplished back-up singer (possibly thanks to the coaching of Shelby and Will), receiving solo lines in several group numbers with New Directions.

After The Troubletones place second at Sectionals, Shelby resigns as director, and the Troubletones are told they are all welcome in New Directions, Sugar accompanies Mercedes, Santana and Brittany when they return, and sings We Are Young with the group. In Heart, she gives Will money to pay for costumes and makeup for Regionals, and throws a big Valentine's Day party at Breadstix, where only people with dates are allowed. Artie and Rory compete to accompany her to the party, and Rory is chosen after his claim that he is being deported at the end of the school year wins her sympathy.

Sugar Motta is portrayed by Vanessa Lengies.


Sugar enrolled at William McKinley High School for the beginning of the 2011 school year. She is the daughter of Al Motta, who owns a music store and donates used pianos to the New Directions in the premiere of Season 3. Sugar comes from a very wealthy family, and her father gave a check to McKinley High so that they could start a second show choir, focusing on Sugar.

Season Three

The Purple Piano Project

Sugar auditions

Sugar auditions for the New Directions.

Sugar is inspired by New Direction's performance of We Got the Beat to audition for Glee Club. She finds the club after their performance, and bluntly tells them that they were horrible and desperately need the "star power" that she has to offer them. She also states that she has self-diagnosed Asperger's syndrome, "which means that [she] can pretty much say whatever [she] wants." Sugar auditions with Big Spender and is absolutely horrible. Rachel tells Mr. Schuester that allowing Sugar into Glee would hurt their chances at winning Nationals even more. Although he agonizes over the decision, Will eventually realizes she is right and tells Sugar that she doesn't make it into Glee Club, despite the previous everyone-gets-in policy. Sugar doesn't take this well, calling him a "Broadway Wannabe", says nobody cares of what he thinks, and implies that the angry comments were not Asperger's before storming off down the hall.

I Am Unicorn

Sugar convinces her dad, the very wealthy Al Motta, to make a private donation to McKinley so they can afford a second Glee Club, starring Sugar. She also convinces her dad to have Shelby Corcoran tracked down, since she's "the best show choir director money can buy." While practicing with Shelby, Sugar rudely tells her that she is a bad singer, and that she has a weird nasally voice that she can only stand for so long, but then Sugar hugs Shelby after the insult.

Pot O' Gold

Sugar with the Troubletones

Sugar with The Troubletones.

Sugar is glad to see that Brittany and Santana join her Glee Club as her new "backup singers," but Santana soon puts her in her place, telling Sugar that she has seen what she can do, and that all she's talented enough for is singing and dancing in the background. Sugar meekly says that she just wanted to be part of the winning team for once, and Mercedes tells her (not unkindly) that if she stops trying to be the star and just sings in the background, then she will be (part of the winning team). When Shelby announces the name of the club, The Troubletones, Mercedes, Santana and Brittany are happy and Sugar (who was in the background, struggling to get a look in) said that she liked the name too. She dances to Candyman with three other girls while Mercedes, Brittany, and Santana sing. At the end she rehearses with the rest of The Troubletones.

Mash Off

Sugar as well as other members of The Troubletones and New Directions, are called to the auditorium by Shelby and Will. Upon arrival both groups begin a little fight, but Will and Shelby perform You and I/You and I where she is seen dancing and waving her cell phone in the air during the last verse. At the end, Will and Shelby tell their groups that there was a competition between them both. At a meeting of The Troubletones, Mercedes claims to be the captain of the group and Sugar with other three members agree. Mercedes says the medley will be Adele, and Sugar said she sounds like Adele. In the competition, The Troubletones sing Rumour Has It/Someone Like You.

I Kissed a Girl

Sugar (along with Shelby, Mercedes, Brittany and Santana) go to help New Directions with Finn's ass ignment to help out Santana. She sings back-up in I Kissed a Girl with the girls defending Santana. During the episode she is very friendly with Mercedes, Brittany and Rory, in the end of the episode she is seen to be shocked when Rachel reveals her suspension.

Hold on to Sixteen

Survivor I Will Survive

Sugar sings in Survivor/I Will Survive.

She joins the rest of her all-girls show choir to give the New Directions a post-Sectionals proposition. This includes, if The Troubletones win, that they can vote in any member they think is talented enough to join. Will declines, stating how his club is just focusing on winning. Sugar performs Survivor/I Will Survive at Sectionals with the rest of her team, receiving a miniscule solo. The girls are disappointed when they place second and do not advance to Regionals. Afterwards, Sugar joins the New Directions with Mercedes, Santana, and Brittany, and they sing We Are Young in The April Rhodes Civic Pavilion.


Sugar declines Artie's offer

Sugar turns down Artie's offer to sing a duet with him.

She is seen to have joined the New Directions. She, along with the rest of the kids, perform the number Summer Nights in the beginning of the episode. Sugar has a solo line in the performance, and sounded good, indicating that Shelby did help her learn to sing better. Sugar participates in the celebration when Mr. Schue announces that he is proposing to Ms. Pillsbury. Later, Artie asks her if she would like to work on Mr. Schue's assignment with him. Assuming he is asking her out, she turns him down saying that he's not her type, and that people are really mean so they'd both be judged. She later participates in the We Found Love proposal number in the pool.

The Spanish Teacher

When Will introduces David Martinez to the New Directions, Sugar, among Quinn, Kurt, Santana, and Rachel, seem attracted to him. She then sings and dances in the background to Sexy and I Know It. Sugar is also present for other performances; when Mercedes sings Don't Wanna Lose You, when Samsing s Bamboleo/Hero, then when Santana and David sing La Isla Bonita, and when Will sings A Little Less Conversation in the Auditorium.


Sugar Artie Rory

Artie and Rory compete for Sugar's love.

Sugar announces to the members of New Directions that her father has organized a party at Breadstix for Valentine's Day and they're all invited. But, she tells them they must have a date. When Mercedes points out Sugar is single, she replies "not for long". Rory and Artie then compete against each other for Sugar's affection by buying better gifts than the other. After Artie sings Let Me Love You to Sugar, she chooses him. However, when Rory announces he'll be moving home at the end of the year, she chooses him as her Valentine. At the night of the party, Sugar welcomes all her guests to the "Sugar Shack". During Cherish/Cherish, Sugar seems upset that Rory is leaving and even says her father would buy Ireland for him. She then sings and dances to Love Shack with the rest of New Directions.

On My Way

When Finn tells the New Directions about Sebastian planning to put a fake nude photo of him online, she announces she'd feel like killing herself if that happened to her. She is then present when Will tries to make the New Directions know their lives are worth living, and she says she wants to see Sex and the City , Part 3 get released. At Regionals, Sugar performs in Fly/I Believe I Can Fly, Here's To Us and What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger). She is then present when New Directions are announced winners. Later on, Sugar is a bridesmaid for Rachel and Finn's wedding and she waits with the others for Quinn to arrive.

Big Brother

She participates in Cooper Anderson's acting masterclass and Bootycamp with New Directions. She also goes to Six Flags for Senior Skip Day and is seen sitting next to Kurt on the rollercoaster.


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Sugar, Brittany, and Santana in Cell Block Tango.

She is first seen talking with Brittany, Tina, Mercedes, and Santana. She laughs at Santana's joke and gets yelled at by Roz who overhears the joke. She performs in Cell Block Tango with the rest of the girls (however her solo is not featured) and she is present when Beiste admits to being in an abusive relationship. She also sits with Tina, Mercedes, Santana, and Brittany during Shake It Out, but doesn't sing.


When Tina says other people may want solos too, Sugar speaks up saying she wants one although she admits she cannot sing. Later, In Tina's dream, Sugar is seen as Quinn, with Quinn playing Sugar. After reality returns to normal, Sugar is shocked when Sue tells the club about her hiring of 'little people' to accompany each of them for Nationals and when Puck walks into the choir room, in a dress, Sugar flirtily greets him. Later, Sugar expresses her irritation at being forced to sew the costumes and being looked down on by the seniors, but Tina tells her they should be good team players and then they will shine next year. She is later seen sitting by Rory on the Nationals bus, cheering on Rachel & Tina singing Flashdance... What A Feeling and screaming wildly as they set off.


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Sugar cheers on Puck and Sam's fight.

Sugar is seen helping and comforting Mercedes when she is ill with food poisoning. Later, while Puck and Sam are fighting, she is chanting 'Fight!' relishing in the drama going on. She also complains in the background, saying she misses Mercedes until Santana starts her rage. Before they go onto stage at Nationals, Finn tells Will they want to win Nationals for him, something Sugar vocally agrees with and she is delighted that Mercedes is well enough to perform. Sugar performs in all 3 Nationals numbers, singing and dancing backup in Edge of Glory and Paradise By The Dashboard Light, and singing backup during Rachel's solo of It's All Coming Back To Me Now along with Blaine, Mike, Rory, Quinn and Tina. While awaiting the Nat ionals results, Sugar is nervously holding Sam and Puck's hands, and she vibrantly celebrates when they win. While celebrating their win at McKinley, Sugar is seen pouring out Sparkling Cider excitedly and spraying out the contents onto Rory happily. Finally, at the Teacher of the Year awards, Sugar performs We Are The Champions with the rest of New Directions and she happily hugs Will, showing her opinion of him since The Purple Piano Project has changed greatly.



Sugar with the Non-graduating New Directions members.

Sugar is first seen watching the original five New Directions members perform their number Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat. She also makes a contribution with the others non-seniors of New Directions to sing In My Life as a their tribute for the seniors. She attends the Graduation Ceremony at the April Rhodes Civic Pavilion in support of her friends. Sugar is at the train station to say goodbye to Rachel as she leaves for New York. She waves excitedly but sadly as the train leaves.


Sugar diagnosed herself with Asperger's Syndrome, stating that she can "pretty much say whatever she wants," giving her an excuse for the constant insults she gives out. She believes she is talented and better than everyone in the Glee Club but she is actually not as talented as she thinks she is. However, after a while she seems to have mellowed, becoming a generally nicer person; In I Kissed a Girl she not only performs with the New Directions' girls to help Santana but also seems to be talking in a friendly way with New Directions members throughout the episode.

She also is seen enjoying the performances of Perfect, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun and Constant Craving, and her singing seems to have improved to the point that she can sing backing vocals as she sings along in the background to I Kissed A Girl, as well as her backing vocals in Troubletones performances. In Yes/No, she gets solo line in Summer Nights.

In Choke she sings and dances in Cell Block Tango as one of the six merry murderesses, and sang the 'Six' story although her part is not featured in the episode. Sugar tends to be rather quirky, making exaggerated gestures and odd faces in the background.



Rory Flanagan

Main article:Sugar-Rory Relationship

In Heart, Artie and Rory competed to win Sugar's heart, and when Artie was having the advantage Rory says that at the end of the year he would be deported and he sings Home. Sugar then feels really sorry and becomes his girlfriend.

In Big Brother, they were seen getting off the bus to enter Six Flags together during the Senior Ditch Day.

Artie Abrams

Main article:Sugar-Artie Relationship

When Sugar auditioned for New Directions, Artie seemed to despise her. However, he seemed to have developed a crush on her since then. In Hold on to Sixteen, when The Troubletones disband and the girls are "guided" back into New Directions by someone "special", Artie takes this role for Sugar. He asks her out in Yes/No and competes against Rory for her heart, but can't establish himself against the Irishman.

Noah Puckerman

In The Purple Piano Project, during the performance of We Got the Beat, Sugar watches Puck do push-ups at her lunch table. In I Kissed a Girl, while singing I'm the Only One, Puck sings a bit of it to Sugar and she pretends to pass out dramaticly. In Props, when Puck walks in wearing a dress, Sugar shows some sexual intrest. And in Goodbye, while You Get What You Give, Puck seems to interact with Sugar, and then, in the end of the song, takes her to the center of the choir room with the other New Directions' members.


Unreleased Songs

Season 3:

Solos (In A Group Number)

Season 3

Song Episode Solos with
Candyman Pot O' Gold Mercedes, Santana and Brittany
Survivor/I Will Survive Hold On To Sixteen

Summer Nights

Yes/No Sam, Mercedes, Rory, Tina, Puck, Finn, Kurt and Santana
Love Shack Heart Blaine, Mercedes, Kurt, Rachel and Brittany
Cell Block Tango Choke

Mercedes, Santana, Tina and Brittany

In My Life Goodbye Tina, Rory, Artie, Sam, Joe and Blaine

Back Up

Season 3

Song Episode Sung By Back Up with
We Are Young Hold On To Sixteen Rachel, Finn, Quinn, Sam, Santana and Mercedes Brittany
It's All Coming Back To Me Now Nationals Rachel Tina, Rory, Blaine, Mike and Quinn


  • Has 'self-diagnosed' Asperger's and uses this as her excuse to bluntly insult people (i.e. she is simply rude and is using a developmental disorder as an excuse, which further explains her character). It is unknown if she actually has some kind of disorder since she is very hyper and rarely thinks about what she says.
  • Her father describes her as a "Super Nova." (I Am Unicorn)
  • Her name may be a reference to a song (and perhaps the band also) 'Sugar Water' by Cibbo Matto, which was played in the final episode of 'Nip/Tuck', a show connected to Glee's own Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk.
  • Believes she sounds just like Adele when she sings. (Mash Off)
  • She is the second person to be rejected from New Directions, but she later joins. Becky Jackson also did not get in, however she was told she would be given an audition in the fall if she so desired. Being that the club was only a week away from Nationals, it made no sense to add a new member.
  • She is one of only two girls in the club that has not ever been involved in a relationship with Puck, with the other being Tina.
  • She is one of only four current members of New Directions that has not been slushied on screen, with the others being Brittany, Joe and Rory.
  • The reason she didn't appear in Michael, Saturday Night Glee-ver and Dance With Somebody is because Vanessa's contract for Glee doesn't cover tribute episodes.
  • Her absence from Extraordinary Merry Christmas is because Vanessa was on holiday with her parents.
  • Although she admits she can't sing in Props, she demonstrates some vocal talent in several group numbers.



Main Article: Sugar's Quotations


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