Characters: Twilight

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Major Characters

    Bella Swan, later Cullen 

Portrayed by Kristen Stewart

Isabella "Bella" Swan is the main character of The Twilight Saga. After her mother gets remarried, she moves from Arizona to Forks to live with her father. Having gone in only expecting another ordinary stay at the town, she's confronted with a heavenly surprise when she spots an impossibly gorgeous group of newcomers known as the Cullens at her local highschool. And, among them, her subsequent soulmate, Edward Cullen. It's only through a sequence of contrived events, she discovers that these God-like beauties are actually a clan of fabled creatures known as vampires. But, rather than being shocked by this discovery, instead she decides she's in love with Edward leading them to hook up and venture into a forbidden love. She describes herself as being klutzy, easily bruised and of weak constitution. She also claims to be quite plain in appearance, but takes pride in being very well read, and even moreso in being able to function by herself and having the wisdom of a woman twice her age.

  • Afraid of Blood: It causes her to faint in the first book, though there is nothing delicate about it and her description of the incident. Bella herself, though, is pretty delicate: she nearly fainted just from smelling a few drops of blood from part-way across the room.
  • Audience Surrogate: Pretty much her entire purpose in the series is being the reader's stand-in so that Edward is speaking to them
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: She wants to date Edward even though he is "dangerous," and also starts to gain interest in Jacob only after he becomes a werewolf. She is put off by Edward when he first acts gruff with her, but, weirdly enough, is never deterred by him stalking or manhandling her, nor by the knowledge that he has killed hundreds of people. However, she doesn't seem to use the stereotypical justifications ("I can change you", "He was just having a bad day"), and is (as noted) originally creeped out by Edward's hostile behavior towards her (though she is, amusingly, always Distracted by the Sexy). Her reaction to Jacob's change of personality is basically: "How dare you abandon me after making me emotionally dependent on you! Also, I think you joined a cult. Also, that's hot."
  • All Myths Are True: Bella wonders if this is the case after learning about werewolves.
  • All Women Are Lustful: Just try coming up with an instance where Bella doesn't mention Edward's impossible beauty within the same vicinity as him. Better yet, bring a beer along and see how it goes. Also, out of her and Edward, Bella is the one who repeatedly pushes for more physical intimacy in their relationship (mostly in taking things to the next level), but gets rebuffed each time. Knowledge that Edward can very easily lose control and kill her during sex never stops her for long.
  • Analogy Backfire: In Eclipse, Bella compares herself to Cathy of Wuthering Heights and her love for Edward to Cathy's love for Heathcliff... seemingly forgetting there is actually an Isabella in the same novel who does marry Heathcliff... to disastrous effect.
  • Anti-Magic: Bella is completely immune to powers that affect the mind.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking
    • Bella is disturbed to find out that Jacob has imprinted on her daughter, but manages to keep her self control about it. Until she finds out he nicknamed her "Nessie". At which point she attacks.
    • Also when Bella finds out Edward has broken into her house, more than once, even before they were dating, to sit in her bedroom and watch her sleep, Bella is more concerned that he heard her talking in her sleep.
    • Upon discovering that Edward is a vampire and can read minds, she freaks out... because he says he can't read hers, which makes her think that she's the freakish one. This is Lampshaded.
  • Author Avatar: An image circulates on the web of how Bella's in-universe description almost exactly matches how Stephenie Meyer looks in real life.
  • Bad Liar: The author frequently states that Bella is a horrible liar, even though she repeatedly lies to those around her and is infrequently found out.
  • Battle Couple: With Edward in Breaking Dawn Pt. 2, though subverted later on when we learn that the battle didn't actually happen.
  • Beautiful Dreamer: Invoked with Edward sneaking into Bella's house at night to watch her sleep, but since he's actually sneaking into her house at night to watch her sleep, the effect sort of backfires. It fits better the trope after Bella and Edward are actually in a relationship and she is allowing him to snuggle with her every night and watch her sleep.
  • Berserk Button: Turns out that Jacob calling Renesmee "Nessie" was a HUGE berserk button for her, since he's nicknaming her daughter after the Loch Ness Monster.
  • Better as Friends: With Jacob. Knowing that Jacob has feelings for her and knowing that he's going to go into battle and get himself killed, Bella kisses Jacob. When Edward asks Bella if she loves Jacob, she tells him that she loves him (Edward) more. Later, Jacob is accepted as part of the family despite the romance between Bella and Jacob.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Archie for Jacob's Betty and Edward's Veronica. She chooses Edward.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She can have a pretty fierce temper if you get on her bad side, especially when she becomes a vampire.
  • Birthday Hater: She hates the attention and how it reminds her that she still ages while Edward doesn't. She gets somewhat better in Breaking Dawn, though: she still freaks out a bit when Alice wishes her a happy nineteenth birthday, but then calms down since she doesn't grow anymore. Furthermore, she gets her own dream cottage as a birthday present, and loves it.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Almost certainly unintentional, but she often comes off as this due to her poor treatment of others and rather uncharitable thoughts about others appearances. Combines with Ron the Death Eater in some circles.
  • Blood Knight: After becoming a vampire, she's more than eager to tear the Volturi apart and set them on fire herself and even gives off a couple of uncharacteristic Slasher Smiles at the thought.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Bella uses Jacob's "Sure, sure."
  • Brainy Brunette: Despite coming off as Too Dumb to Live to many readers, she gets good grades in school.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Gentle Girl to Edward's Brooding Boy.
  • Brown Eyes: Meyer makes sure that we know exactly how beautiful they are.
  • But I Can't Be Pregnant!: In Breaking Dawn. Justified—she had previously thought male vampires were sterile.
  • The Chick
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: In regards to Edward.
  • Clueless Dude Magnet: She seems pretty oblivious to all the attention she gets from men. When she does notice (like with Tyler in Twilight), she seems annoyed.
  • Cool Car: Drives a 1963 Chevy stepside pickup. In BD, her pickup crashes, and first gets a Mercedes Guardian and then a Ferrari.
  • Cool Loser: Bella is an inversion. She's socially awkward, clumsy and generally uncool, but everyone warms up to her the minute she gets to town and soon enough she has her own little circle of friends.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Dying because your baby has broken your spine as it tries to get out of you is a bloody gruesome way to die. Of course, she gets "better", but still!
  • Cursed with Awesome: Now that she became a vampire in Breaking Dawn: Part 2.
  • Cute Bookworm: By Meyer's standards at least.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Exaggerated to great lengths.
  • Damsel in Distress
  • Deadpan Snarker: In the books, Bella tells a number of dry jokes with such a straight face that the others can't tell if she's trying to be funny.
  • Description in the Mirror: This is Bella's occasion for describing her own appearance. She considers her appearance unremarkable, but the description she gives suggests good looks, similar to those of the author.
  • Designated Victim: Frequently the victim of any sort of imaginable bad happening.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: A Running Gag around Edward. Around Jacob too, though she doesn't acknowledge it as easily.
  • Do Not Call Me Paul: She corrects anyone who calls her by her first name, Isabella.
  • Dreaming The Truth
  • Dude Magnet: She is very popular among the opposite sex. Apparently even her science teacher fancies her.
  • Dull Surprise: Bella in the movie never has a discernible reaction to anything much, from death threats to getting married. The only time she reacts to anything is when she breaks her hand by hitting someone.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Was described as such in the first three books, but even moreso when she becomes a vampire herself.
  • Everybody Hates Mathematics
  • Emergency Transformation: Childbirth complications. Pulverized pelvis, shattered spine, the hole her husband bit in her uterus.
  • Emo Teen: Bella becomes one for a while after Edward leaves her in New Moon.
  • Eternal Love: With Edward, now that she is also a vampire.
  • The Everyman
  • Extreme Doormat: In the first three books she has issues standing up for what she wants in the face of what Edward wants. It's not until Breaking Dawn that she starts to show some ability in sticking to her guns.
  • Fainting: Bella has an extremely weak constitution, and faints at the smell of blood, when feeling overpowered, or even when Edward breathes on her! This isn't fake fainting to look delicate, nor a deliberate ploy from the author to make her look this elegant. She mentions without much restraint that she came that close from throwing up in one occasion. This is just Stephennie Meyer's way to remind us that Bella is very fragile.
  • First Name Basis: With her father, to whom she consistently refers as "Charlie", despite trying to call him dad. They don't see each other often so she is sometimes unable to say it.
  • Friendless Background: Though her own will. She doesn't hate being alone, to say the least.
  • Friendly Neighbourhood Vampire: Joins the Cullens as a "vegetarian" vampire after she is turned by Edward. Despite being a newborn, she has a shockingly good amount of self-control.
  • Girl Next Door
  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion: In case you haven't noticed, Meyer is a Mormon. The subject itself is never treated as a moral dilemma. Bella loves her baby, so she keeps it. But then, the message was perhaps Good Girls Want Children, which would be all the more shocking.
  • Good People Have Good Sex
  • Growing Up Sucks: Bella thinks that she should not be any older than Edward physically when she becomes a Meyerpire despite the fact that being slightly older than Edward would not cause too many negative effects for her as a Meyerpire. However, she more or less drops this opinion in Breaking Dawn, after figuring out how great sex is as a human. She's turned into a vampire not long after and still thinks it's fantastic.
  • Happily Married: To Edward in Breaking Dawn: Part 1.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Edward, sort of. His hair is a coppery color.
  • Heroic BSOD: The majority of New Moon.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager
  • Hypocrite: Either this or Hypocritical Humor, but Bella looks down on Jessica for admiring Edward's looks, yet she herself can't stop describing every inch of his body and swooning over him.
  • I Am Not Pretty: The poster girl.
  • I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: The poster girl again.
  • Idiot Hero: She mistook a VHS recording of her mother's voice projected through a phone for her actual mother, took ages to figure out that it was Victoria organizing the Seattle Army despite rather obvious evidence, is incredibly dense towards the feelings of others, tends to forget information when it's already been stated right in front of her, among many, many other instances.
  • I Just Want to Be Special
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Type A.
  • Immortality: As of Breaking Dawn: Part 2, she is Type V, The Undead and Type X, the Life Drinker. Bella is incapable of physically aging and or dying from mortal sickness. She also has the ability to live forever.
  • Informed Ability:
    • She is supposedly wide-read, but never references more than a small handful of books, and they're only the kinds any high schooler had to read in English 101. Subverted in Midnight Sun, when she is seen reading Sense And Sensibility for fun.
    • In the first book she mentions, several times, that she thinks of her mother, Renee, as her best friend. However she barely thinks about her mom after moving to Forks and neglects to e-mail her when she arrives, acting exasperated that hey, after two or three days Renee is getting kind of worried.
  • Informed Flaw: Bella spends so much time talking about how "plain" she is. However, boys are still all over her. Chalk it up to the writer's not so subtle way to try and make us believe that Bella is modest.
  • In-Series Nickname: Bella is her preferred name in the series as opposed to her full name Isabella. Some of Bella's other nicknames in the series include Bells and Bell (both used by Charlie Swan and Jacob Black), Arizona (used by Mike Newton), Spider Monkey (used by Edward Cullen), Vampire Girl (used by Emily Young and Embry Call), Leech Lover (used by Leah Clearwater and Paul Lahote), and Swan Girl (used by Emmett Cullen).
  • Instant Expert: Sure as a human Bella is a hopeless klutz. But, once she's a vampire she's free of any of the consequences faced by most newborns.
  • Inter-Class Romance: With Edward. While Bella is from a working class status, Edward comes from a wealthy background.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Edward before she was turned into a vampire by Edward in Breaking Dawn: Part 2.
  • The Klutz: She hates it and mocks herself for it, providing the funniest parts of the book for people who get annoyed by the romance.
  • Living Forever Is Awesome: Believes that immortality is far more amazing and wondrous than mortality.
  • Living MacGuffin
  • The Load: She doesn't do anything remotely useful until Breaking Dawn and it's because of her bloodthirsty monsters keep showing up and attacking people in the surrounding areas. In the first book, James is attracted to her scent. In the second, so is Laurent. In the third, Victoria wants revenge for James. In the fourth, it's her daughter that causes the Volturi to come. Every major monster clash in all the books is a result of Bella.
  • Love Hungry: Especially in regards to Edward.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Particularly lampshaded in the parts of the story (New Moon) where Bella is involuntarily separated from Edward for a prolonged period. She starts seeing visions of him, hearing voices, and even intentionally putting herself in harm's way to evoke these reactions.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Fits the bill whenever her emotions get out of control. The first book hits the nail on the head when she can't tell the difference between a recording of her mother's voice in a home video playing on a VCR in the background and her mother's actual voice calling for help, though this is arguably justified because of her anxiety and everything that just happened up to that point.
  • Love Martyr: She is even explicitly compared to a legendary Love Martyr from a true story. She exploits this because things worked out for the Love Martyr's love ones because of her attitude.
  • Mama Bear: In Breaking Dawn, she flies off the handle when she learns that Jacob imprinted on Renesmee.
    • Bella does everything in her power to ensure that her daughter stays alive in Breaking Dawn.
  • Martyr Without a Cause: Bella is a variant. It's not that she wants to be a hero, it's that, as other characters sometimes lampshade, she blames herself for anything and everything that goes wrong. This leads to the same type of self-hatred (if not the same quantity) as The Atoner, and while she doesn't often have the opportunity to risk her life, she clearly considers herself more expendable than those around her, particularly Edward, but also her mother, father, unborn baby.
  • Mayfly-December Romance: Bella is almost a century younger than Edward. Bella is 18 and Edward is over 100.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • The name Bella means "beautiful"note . Probably unintentional, but given the conflicts she ends up causing, one considers the Latin translation of "bella": wars.
    • Also probably unintentional, but it is still interesting to note that Bella's last name, Swan, has a meaning in the real-life vampire subculture. Swan is used to refer to people involved in the vampire community, but who are not vampires themselves.
  • Must Not Die a Virgin: Bella wants to experience sex with Edward while she is still human, before she gets changed into a vampire. Doubles as a case of Too Dumb to Live, since Edward explicitly warns her that because of his super-strength, the experience will quite likely be extremely traumatic or even fatal.
  • Narrating the Obvious: Has a habit of pointing out the obvious in her narration.
  • Neutral Female: See Extreme Doormat. Again, she gets better about this in Breaking Dawn.
  • New Transfer Student: In the beginning of the series.
  • Nice Shoes: When going to the prom, much to her own frustration.
    Bella: I'll probably break my other leg. Look at this shoe! It's a death trap!
  • No Periods, Period: Played straight with Bella, who, despite having yummy blood, does not trigger a vampire feeding frenzy once a month. Handwaved by saying that menstrual blood is 'dead blood'.
  • Official Couple: With Edward.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: At least she was supposed to be one.
  • The Protagonist: The story centres on Bella and her relationships with other characters. However, she can also be considered as Supporting Protagonist.
  • Psychic Dreams for Everyone: Bella has prophetic dreams. Meyer tries to Hand Wave this by explaining that the dreams are just Bella's mind sorting out everything she knows... apparently into convenient and highly symbolic visions of the future.
  • The Quiet One
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Bella is described as having a very pale complexion with long, straight, dark brown hair. Even before she became a vampire and inherited god-like beauty, Bella was rather pretty, as she unintentionally attracted the attention of several boys in school, not just Edward.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: After she first woke up as a newborn vampire.
  • Shrinking Violet: Played with. Bella describes herself as such but she comes off as antisocial rather than shy most of the time.
  • Single Girl Seeks Most Popular Guy: Variant: most attractive guy.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: At least she knows it. And makes fun of it while regretting nothing.
  • Smug Snake: Most noticeable after she becomes a vampire she becomes more arrogant, see Took a Level in Jerkass below.
  • Stupid Sacrifice: Several times.
  • Supporting Protagonist: Yes, she's the protagonist but Edward is The Hero and does all the heroic stuff up until the end of Breaking Dawn.
  • The Talk: Has an exceptionally awkward one with Charlie in Eclipse. In the novel it just comes across as fairly uncomfortable, but in the movie Kristen and Billy make it hilarious.
  • Talking in Your Sleep: And Edward listening while he watches her sleep.
  • Unwanted Harem: A female example of this with a total of five guys in love with her, two of them supernatural. And she didn't have any boyfriends before moving to Forks.
  • Viral Transformation: In Breaking Dawn: Part 1, Bella was changed into a vampire by Edward.
  • Virgin in a White Dress: In Breaking Dawn Part 1, Bella ends up being a virgin on her wedding day only because Edward was too gentlemenly to have sex with her before they're married.
  • Weirdness Magnet
  • What Measure Is a Human?: She doesn't show much concern over the past murders caused by the other Cullens, most notably Edward's during his vigilante days. Notably, Edward himself thinks what he did was unforgivable, regardless of whether or not he was targeting criminals.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Having learned to take care of her mother over the years and being naturally responsible, Bella had developed into a very mature person, especially for her age. She even starts out Twilight by telling us that she's prepared to die in the place of someone she loves. She is, however, prone to lapses in judgement.

    Edward Cullen 

Portrayed by Robert Pattinson

A 108 year old vampire gifted with the ability to read minds. Having first encountered Bella in biology class, he's quick to discover that her floral scented blood evokes a intense, lethal craving. But rather than giving in, he settles for sneaking into her room at night, intrigued by the fact that he can't read her mind. Though he resists the urge to eat her, he'll stop at nothing to claim he's a soulless monster unworthy of redemption. And despite his claims of being a threat to her life, he (a century old vampire) decides it's fine to pursue a relationship with a 17 year old girl anyway. He was turned when he was 17 and dying of Spanish flu.

    Jacob Black 

Portrayed by Taylor Lautner

Jacob first knew Bella when they were just children, and they lost contact for years while she was away. He tried to push for a more romantic relationship, but by the time he made his intentions clear, she only had eyes for Edward. He became a werewolf in New Moon.


    Bella's Family 

Charlie Swan (portrayed by Billy Burke)

Charlie is Bella's father and the police chief of Forks. He is quiet and a bit of a loner, who enjoys watching sports and drinking beer. He mostly leaves Bella up to her own devices. He will occasionally try to interact with Bella, but she usually is too busy protecting him from the horrors he is not aware of to actually spend time with him as well.

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: In the books, Bella frequently uses rather unflattering terms to describe Charlie's appearance. Billy Burke, however, is fairly attractive.
  • Adults Are Useless: Bella's going through all of this, and Charlie barely steps in. When she becomes a vampire, he ends up keeping his knowledge of what has happened on a need-to-know basis. It has to be said, though, that this is only partly due to his discomfort with the strange goings-on; Bella and the Cullens know that if the Volturi find out he knows about vampires, they will either kill him or force the Cullens to turn him.
  • Badass Mustache: Billy Burke's impressive 'stache in the films has made him quite popular.
  • First Name Basis: Bella almost always calls him "Charlie" instead of "Dad". She only uses "Dad" when she's particularly emotional or upset.
  • Lethal Chef: Many fans wonder how he even managed to survive before Bella moved in. He can't even use a microwave properly!
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Until Breaking Dawn when he begins to learn a bit of the world around him. He invokes this trope by asking Jacob and Bella not to tell him any more than the basic essentials.
  • Papa Wolf: The fact that Bella's moving to Forks was presumably the first time he'd seen her in several years did nothing to stop him from looking out for her. An example: When meeting Edward for the first time in the film, he's carrying a shotgun with him. Granted, it would have done nothing to Edward, but you've gotta give the guy points for trying.
  • Parental Obliviousness: Arguably justified, considering Bella actively tries to exclude him from anything supernatural, for his own safety.
  • Pair the Spares: By the end of Breaking Dawn, Charlie has begun dating Sue Clearwater.
  • Police Are Useless: Justified. There really isn't a practical way for the police to respond to vampire activity. He probably does okay against the everyday, run-of-the-mill crime, it just isn't shown because it isn't part of the story.
  • Porn Stache: In the movie.
  • Secret Keeper: Jacob told him he's a werewolf.
  • The Talk: Has an exceptionally awkward one with Bella in Eclipse. In the novel it just comes across as fairly uncomfortable, but in the movie Billy and Kristen make it hilarious.

Renée Dwyer (portrayed by Sarah Clarke)

Bella's flighty, fun-loving mother, ex-wife of Charlie, now married to Phil Dwyer.

    Bella's Classmates 

The human students at Forks High School. The most prominent ones are Mike Newton, Jessica Stanley, Angela Weber, Eric Yorkie, Tyler Crowley, and Lauren Mallory.

    Jacob's Family 

Billy Black

Jacob's father.


    Carlisle Cullen 

Portrayed by Peter Facinelli

The patriarch of the Cullen clan, Carlisle's been around for centuries. The son of an Anglican pastor in the 1600s, Carlisle was turned after a fateful encounter while hunting vampires. Initially horrified, he tries many times to kill himself before succumbing to his thirst by drinking animal's blood. After being revived, he goes on to live out his immortal lifespan as a doctor and helper and eventually decides to create a companion for his growing loneliness. The rest is history.

    Esme Cullen 

Portrayed by Elizabeth Reaser

The matriarch of the Cullen clan and Carlisle's wife, Esme's beauty is matched only by her gentle nature and great capacity for love. After meeting Carlisle as a young girl, she later married another man who turned out to be an abusive jerk. She managed to escape, while pregnant, but her child died shortly afterwards, robbing her of the will to live. After a near successful suicide attempt, Carlisle, who recognized her, transformed her. She fell in love all over again, and has since found solace in her big family of immortal adopted kids.

    Alice Cullen 

Portrayed by Ashley Greene

One of Edward's many adopted siblings, Alice used to be in a mental institution because she claimed to see the future. After being transformed into a vampire to save her from a sadistic hunter, she's managed to find Jasper and the Cullens and has lived with them since. She is funny, happy in nature and well adapted to living as a vampire and aside from Emmett is Edward's closest relative and ally. She adores Bella even before she meets her, just because she knew she will love her.

  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Sometimes acts like this, particularly towards Edward.
  • Badass: She isn't necessarily the greatest fighter, but it's hard to hit someone when they can see the future.
    • Badass Adorable: Seems to fit, as she's constantly described as "tiny" and "pixie-like".
  • The Beautiful Elite
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She has been known to display a temper every so often. Such as when Emmett and Jasper are restraining James and she leaps onto his shoulders and tears his head off.
    • In the movie, Jane kills Jasper. Alice's response is to grab Jane and drag her to Wolf!Sam's waiting jaws. All Just a Dream, lucky for Jane.
  • Blood Knight: Shows shades of this in "Eclipse" when she finds out that Edward will be sitting out of the fight with the newborn army at Bella's request. Stating that he is going to be missing all of the fun.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Alice is the Gentle Girl to Jasper's Brooding Boy.
  • Brown Eyes: When human, and they're Dull Eyes of Unhappiness in the graphic novel.
  • The Chessmaster: Due to her clairvoyance.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Gives off this vibe.
  • The Cutie: Generally acts like this, despite being a vampire.
  • Cute Bruiser: Fairly cute, but also a Badass.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: The Official Illustrated Guide for Twilight revealed that Alice had seen her father kill her mother, but her father had her declared insane and locked away in a mental institution, so no one believed her. At the institution, she underwent shock treatment and lost all memories of who she was. She also ended up being hunted by James, which made the vampire taking care of her decide to force a (painful) transformation on her while she was in this state, only for James to kill him and leave Alice without any guides when she awoke a vampire. Additionally, it's not touched upon in the series, but her time at the institution must have been doubly unpleasant, considering conditions at the time.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Not to the extent of many other characters, but she has her moments.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: A vampire with black hair.
  • The Fashionista: Loves dressing people up and throwing parties, especially if Bella's involved. She not only organized Bella's wedding, but packed her honeymoon suitcase, dressed her up in a cocktail dress and stilettos for her first post-vamp hunt, and filled up her closet at home with more clothes than Bella felt she could wear for a while.
  • Friendly Neighbourhood Vampire: Like all of the Cullens.
  • Genki Girl: She's very energetic.
  • Girly Bruiser
  • Girly Girl
  • Girl Next Door
  • Happily Adopted: By the Cullens.
  • Hope Bringer: She represents hope for Jasper.
  • In-Series Nickname: Some of Alice's nicknames in the series include Shortie (used by Jacob Black), Little Freak (used by Edward Cullen), Frightening Little Monster (used by Jasper Hale), and Psychic (used by Jacob Black).
  • Immortality: She's Type V, The Undead, and Type X, the Life Drinker. Alice has the ability to live forever without physically aging.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Alice is the Light Feminine to Rosalie's Dark Feminine.
  • Magic A Is Magic A: How Alice's precognition worked seemed to vary each time it figured into the plot. Sometimes her visions are infallible, other times unreliable, and sometimes people can avoid showing up on her radar if they know the right tricks. Sometimes she can get visions of things she specifically wants to see, other times what she sees and when she sees it are totally random. Generally the only thing consistent is her power goes dark if the future involves a species she's never been, like a werewolf or half-vampire.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: To Jasper.
  • Nice Girl: Alice is known to be really friendly towards everyone.
  • Perpetual Smiler
  • Plucky Girl
  • The Pollyanna
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Energetic Girl to Jasper's Savvy Guy.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Like all of the other Cullens.
  • Teens Are Short: Alice is the smallest of the Cullen women.
  • Viral Transformation
  • Waif-Fu
  • Waif Prophet
  • Womanchild

    Emmett Cullen 

Portrayed by Kellan Lutz

Adopted into the Cullen family after Rosalie, Emmett is a fairly jolly guy. Found by Rosalie after getting mauled by a bear, he was transformed and has been inseparable from her and the Cullens since then.

  • Badass: A very strong vampire who is also brave and always eager to fight.
  • The Beautiful Elite: Like every Cullen.
  • The Big Guy: He is even described as stronger than an average vampire.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: He loves fighting, even seeming excited for the battle against the Volturi in BD.
  • Brilliant but Lazy: Has repeatedly (and, on Meyer's part, probably unintentionally) proven himself to be actually pretty smart or at least very sensible, as he's pointed out multiple ways to avoid conflict all throughout the series (see also The Strategist below). That being said, he appears to have zero interest in his education, and has never finished any particular degree simply because it bored him.
  • Determinator: Known to demand a rematch for every fight he loses, even if there's little to no chance he'll win next time.
  • Double Entendre: Constantly makes jokes about Edward and Bella's sex life, around Charlie no less!
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Dark-haired and a vampire.
  • Friendly Neighbourhood Vampire
  • Gentle Giant: Not exactly 'gentle', but one of the nicer vampires nonetheless.
  • Happily Adopted
  • In-Series Nickname: Emmett's nicknames include Em (used by all of the Cullens) and Monkey Man (used by Rosalie Hale).
  • Immortality: Emmett possesses the ability of living forever without aging physically.
  • Man Child: Physically the oldest of the Cullen "children" and actually pretty mature in a lot of ways, but he still has a tendency to act kind of childish.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Has zero problems with being a vampire and doesn't seem at all haunted by his past.
  • Rescue Romance: With Rosalie, who saved him from a bear.
  • Sore Loser: A mild version, Emmett's reaction to losing is to keep asking for rematches until he wins.
  • The Strategist: Downplayed because it's only there for a single chapter, but the fourth book, he is the one to come up with a plan to defeat the Volturi, or at least keep them from killing the Cullens. And, at the end, it actually works.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Like all of the other Cullens.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: Also qualifies as Tall, Dark and Snarky.
  • Viral Transformation

    Rosalie Hale 

Portrayed by Nikki Reed

The second kid to be adopted into the family. Rosalie is stunningly beautiful, even for a vampire, but she's really had a hard life. She grew up during the Great Depression, but managed well, and was even poised to marry a man who still had his money in those tough times, even though she didn't love him. She was then beaten and gang-raped by her fiancé and his friends while they were drunk off their rockers, and was left for dead in an alley. Taking pity on her, Carlisle transformed her. Being with Emmett gave her a reason to keep going on. She's not really nice to Bella in the beginning, but grew to accept her later.

  • Affectionate Nickname: Emmett calls Rosalie "angel" and "babe."
  • Badass
  • Beneath the Mask: During her heart-to-heart with Bella in Eclipse, she reveals a very sensitive, caring side of herself.
  • Blondes Are Evil: She is not really evil, but is definitely not a nice person.
  • Blood-Splattered Wedding Dress: Defied Trope. After becoming a vampire, she took revenge by killing her rapists — a group that included her would-be fiancé — while wearing a wedding dress (not hers, but one she had stolen for the occasion; she said she was quite melodramatic back then). However, she was very careful not to actually spill any of their blood because she knew she wouldn't be able to resist it and she didn't want any of them to be a part of her, so the dress went unstained.
  • Broken Bird: Most of her bitchy behaviour towards others, primarily Bella is because of what happened to her in her Dark and Troubled Past.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Like Carlisle, Rose has golden hair and golden eyes.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: It was revealed that Rosalie was gang-raped and left for dead before she was turned into a vampire.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: At first, she came off very cold towards Bella. She eventually mellows out towards her though.
  • Determinator: Usually around blood. While she momentarily loses focus when helping perform Bella's c-section, she's rather proud of the fact that she's never once tasted human blood. That includes the time she carried a bloodied, bear-mauled Emmett miles to Carlisle to change. She didn't try to turn Emmett herself because she didn't trust herself to be able to stop if she actually sunk her fangs in him.
  • Emergency Transformation
  • The Fashionista
  • The Fighting Narcissist
  • Freudian Excuse: Rosalie is not a villain, but she is the only member of the Cullen family who seems to dislike Bella, and is semi-antagonistic towards her. Her behavior is explained in Eclipse as being the result of having been deprived of everything she ever wanted by her transformation into a vampire, right when she was about to achieve it. The reason she is so angry at Bella is that Bella is ready to throw her entire future as a human away to become a vampire with a long, repetitive life ahead of her, without so much as a second thought. The events leading up to Rosalie's transformation might also have something to do with her anger.
  • Friendly Neighbourhood Vampire
  • Happily Adopted
  • Hidden Depths
  • Hot Girls Are Bitches
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: She wants nothing more than to be able to have children and grow old with Emmett and would give up her beauty and immortality just for that chance. As such, she isn't thrilled with Bella's seemingly off-hand dismissal of potential motherhood.
  • Immortality: She is Type V, The Undead, and Type X, the Life Drinker. Rosalie has the ability to live forever without physically aging.
  • In-Series Nickname: Rosalie's nicknames include Rose (used by the Cullen family), Kitty (used by Carlisle Cullen), Babe (used by Emmett Cullen), Blondie (used by Jacob Black), Ice Cold Barbie (used by Jacob Black), and Angel (used by Emmett Cullen).
  • Jerkass: Rosalie can be cold and unsympathetic.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The dark to Alice's light.
  • Like Brother and Sister: With Edward, although there are some fans who would disagree with this.
  • Perpetual Frowner: You can pretty much count the times she isn't frowning or sulking in the series on one hand.
  • Rape as Backstory: Was walking home when she ran into her drunken fiancé and his buddies, who gang-raped her and left her for dead in the streets. This story is used to shed light on Rosalie's bitterness and make her more sympathetic to Bella and to fans.
  • The Resenter: In the beginning, towards Bella. But it was mostly out of jealousy of the fact that Bella was a human and Rosalie has always desired to be human again.
  • The Scapegoat
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: In regards to her relationship with Emmett. Rosalie admitted that, after the trauma she went through, her life got better after she met Emmett.
  • The Snark Knight: Rosalie is rather snide.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Her social climbing parents basically treated her like a trophy to be married off so as to elevate themselves. Rosalie was so naive at the time that she didn't realize it.
  • Socialite: Back during her human days.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She is the tallest of the Cullen women.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Like all of the other Cullens.
  • Tsundere: Often portrayed as such in fanon. Type A.
  • Viral Transformation
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: Rosalie is described as being the most beautiful woman in the world.
  • Wrench Wench: At times.

    Jasper Hale 

Portrayed by Jackson Rathbone

Born in the Deep South, Jasper participated in the Civil War before being transformed. He lived out his early days training an army of vampires, but after the stress proved too much for him, he left, and later met the love of his existence, Alice, and has lived a peaceful existence with the Cullens since then.

  • Aloof Big Brother: To Edward, Emmett and Rosalie. He is the eldest of the Cullens children.
  • The Atoner: Jasper used to be a troubled vampire who endlessly killed others for sport. He has learned the error of his ways thanks to Alice and his love for her.
    • This is subverted in "Midnight Sun,” "Eclipse,” and the "Short Second Life of Bree Tanner."
    • Such as in "Midnight Sun", he had no issue with murdering Bella, an innocent girl in cold blood to "protect" Alice and the family's secret from what he deemed to be "a slight danger."
    • Then in "Eclipse," he had no issue with suggesting (and if Carlisle had not been against it) that the entire Cullen Clan eats innocent people to be stronger for their battle with the newborn army.
    • In "The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner," he is shows that he had no issue with abusing his power to entice Bree into attacking him so he could have an excuse to kill her after Carlisle offered her asylum.
  • Badass: One of the most badass characters in the series, as we learn from his past history, if not the biggest one, although we never get to directly see his sheer badass in the book. The movies made sure to remedy this, especially the 3rd one.
    • In the final battle we see all the Cullens and the Werewolves brutally fighting against the Newborns, giving it their all. Jasper's first move of the fight, however, is to literally punch a newborn's head clean off his body, and he spends the rest of the battle tossing them aside and ripping them to shreds like wet paper, with not one of the Newborns capable of stopping him.
    • It's a shame that the 4th book was what it was, as everyone would have loved to see Jasper in action and being the badass we know he has to be.
  • The Berserker: When he was an emotionless Super Soldier who killed endlessly.
  • Blood Knight: Struggled with this.
  • Blood Lust: Jasper lost control and almost killed Bella when she cut her finger.
  • Break the Cutie: His whole past qualifies as this.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Jasper is the Brooding Boy to Alice's Gentle Girl.
  • Brown Eyes: When he was a human.
  • The Corruptible: To Maria.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: Maria did this to Jasper by turning him into a vampire and using him to become a killing machine.
  • Dark and Troubled Past
  • The Empath
  • Friendly Neighbourhood Vampire
  • Getting Smilies Painted on Your Soul: Jasper can control the emotions of those around him, and according to Bella, it's impossible to feel anything but what he wants you to feel. It's also not a matter of discussion or consent.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: The good kind.
  • Happily Adopted
  • Hidden Depths: Jasper may look stoic but he actually has a rather dark and troubled past. He was used by a woman named Maria and was basically a killing machine.
  • Horror Hunger: Jasper was the one who had issues with human blood. He even admitted that he was tempted to kill Bella because of her blood.
  • Immortality: Jasper is Type V, The Undead and Type X, the Life Drinker. Jasper has the ability to live forever without physically aging.
  • Love Hurts
  • Love Redeems: In regards to his relationship with Alice. Alice changed Jasper as a person.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Jasper has little to say throughout the movies until the Training Montage in Eclipse. Up until then, he has a rather generic American accent, but in Eclipse he remembers he was a Civil War veteran from Texas replete with a... jarring southern accent.
  • The Quiet One
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Savvy Guy to Alice's Energetic Girl.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: He later became a Super Soldier after he was turned by Maria.
  • Southern Gentleman
  • The Stoic
  • Sugar and Ice Personality
  • Super Soldier: To some extent.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Like all of the other Cullens.
  • Troubled, but Cute
  • Viral Transformation

    Renesmee Cullen 

Portrayed by Mackenzie Foy as young!Renesmee and Christie Burke as teenage!Renesmee

She is Edward and Bella's daughter as of Breaking Dawn.

  • Brainy Baby: She was able to speak only seven days after her birth.
  • Brown Eyes: Chocolate brown eyes, just like her mom's.
  • Child Prodigy
  • Creepy Child: She almost never speaks except through tactile telepathy and has a disturbing level of awareness and intellect despite being only a few months old.
  • Dhampyr: She is the daughter of a human woman and a vampire. Although the word is never used in-series.
  • Girly Girl
  • Human Mom, Non-Human Dad: Renesmee was born to Bella, who is a human and to Edward, who is a vampire.
  • Half-Human Hybrid
  • In-Series Nickname: Jacob Black gives her the nickname "Nessie" because he thinks her full name, Renesmee Carlie Cullen, is a "mouthful". At first, Bella refuses to use this nickname because of the obvious allusion to the Loch-Ness Monster, but by the end of the series she eventually warms to it. Before long everyone thinks of her as Nessie. Other nicknames include Ness (used by Charlie Swan and Jacob Black), Vanessa Wolfe (by Bella Swan), E.J. (meaning Edward Jacob; used by Bella Swan), Bebe Linda (used by Carmen) and Little Nudger (used by Bella Swan).
  • Living MacGuffin
  • Quirky Curls
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: After she was born, Renesmee learns the vampire laws and limitations very quickly and understands their consequences. She can memorize perfectly anything she sees or experiences, and understands people without much problem. Bella comments that she is already more intelligent than most adults, and has better control over her thirst than any of them.
  • Younger Than They Look

    The Volturi 
An ancient coven of vampires living in Volterra, Italy. They consider themselves the rulemakers of the vampire world and purveyors of the arts. They are a large group, headed by the Big Three: Aro, Caius and Marcus, and have many scouts and guards. They are considered the antithesis of the Cullens.

    James' Coven 
The first adversary encountered in the first book. They first started out as a small group of hunters and nomads who just lived to drink good blood. Things went from bad to worse when Bella and her rich blood came into the picture. James was offed in Twilight, followed by Laurent in New Moon, and then Victoria and her giant army of newborns in Eclipse.


    The Wolf Pack 
Werewolves Wolf-like changelings of the series. They are members of the Quileute tribe and are trained to protect humans from vampires. Members include Sam Uley (alpha), Paul Lahote, Jared Cameron, Embry Call, Quil Ateara V, Seth and Leah Clearwater, and Jacob.
  • Animorphism
  • Blessed with Suck: Unfortunately, their Healing Factor can sometimes cause their injuries to heal too fast, which is why Jacob needs his bones to be re-broken over and over to prevent them from knitting in the wrong shape.
  • Bond Creatures
  • Cheerful Child: Seth is a teenager, but definitely fits this trope.
  • Fantastic Racism: Towards vampires.
  • The Generic Guy: Apart from Seth and Sam, they really don't have much to distinguish themselves from one another, and only Paul has a personality trait as a hothead.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper
  • Healing Factor: All Quileute werewolves have this.
  • Hot-Blooded: Paul, though he settles down in Breaking Dawn after imprinting on Jacob's sister offscreen.
  • Important Haircut: If they have long hair, they chop it off after they start phasing because it means shorter fur as a wolf.
  • Involuntary Shapeshifting: At first. Once they gain enough control, it becomes Voluntary Shapeshifting, although they might accidentally phase anyway if they lose their tempers.
  • The Lancer: Seth plays this role for Jacob after they split from Sam's group.
  • Lightning Bruiser
  • Nice Guy: Seth. Edward even mentions that his mind is one of the purest and kindest he's ever read.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Most of them have Old Testament names (Jacob, Seth, Leah, Sam, Paul, Rachel and Rebecca).
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Seth and Leah.
  • Team Mom: Emily.
  • Theme Naming: 4 of them (Jacob, Seth, Emily and Paul) are named after Meyer's siblings.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Seth becomes less nice in Breaking Dawn for a little while, due to jumping on the Double Standard bandwagon against his sister, but thankfully, he (unlike most other characters) gets over it fairly quickly.
  • Wife Husbandry: A bad side effect of imprinting, as Quil and Jacob learn. Jacob is initially slighty Squicked to think about this as it relates to Quil and Claire, but after he imprints on Renesmee, the process is detailed more; his primary concern is for her to be "safe and happy", and if they eventually hook up, well, that's just a bonus.

    Leah Clearwater