Characters: Twilight

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Major Characters

    Bella Cullen, née Swan 

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.

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Bella Swan thinks of herself as rather plain and unfashionable, while Kristen Stewart plays her in the movies.
  • 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: Confirmed by the author. According to many fans, this is what made Twilight so "magical", since they could live vicariously through Bella and experience Edward's devotion, and the thrill his vampirism offers, for themselves.
  • 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.
  • But I Can't Be Pregnant!: In Breaking Dawn. Justified—she had previously thought male vampires were sterile.
  • 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: Bella is ineffectual against a group of rapists and Edward must swoop in to save her. Prior to this, Edward had to save her from a careening truck. Later in the book, she is ineffectual against a vampire, and Edward and his family must swoop in to save her. Subsequent books have the same formula, right down to warring factions — werewolves and vampires — putting aside their differences to save Bella. Bella herself is absolutely useless in a fight until she herself gets cool powers.
  • 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.
  • Devoted to You: It seems like every man who falls for her ends up crazy about her, especially Edward and Jacob.
  • 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: Used after Bella learns Edward is a vampire. Even though Dream-Edward is attempting to lead her to her doom, Bella realizes she doesn't care if Edward's a vampire as she's more upset that Dream-Edward is about to be attacked. The same dream with a slight twist is used in the sequel New Moon so she can realize Jacob is a werewolf.
  • 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: Bella hates maths; it's her worst subject.
  • 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: Probably meant to be this. Doesn't work out so well.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: All Bella does is obsess over Edward and how perfect he is.
  • 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: She desperately wants to become a vampire before she gets too old for her boyfriend, who became a vampire when he was 17.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Bella is a very good example of 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: Not exactly an outgoing person.
  • 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.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: After she adopts the vegetarian diet like all of the other Cullens.
  • 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: Her first love and boyfriend turns out to be a vampire, her best friend turns out to be a werewolf. A vicious vampire sets a whole army to kill her, and the leader of the vampire royalty Aro, places his eyes on her.
  • 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.

  • The Ace: How Bella sees him, but apparently all the vampires qualify compared to the humans.
  • A Man Is Not a Virgin: Notably averted with Edward.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: The meadow scene, which is what Meyer dreamed about and also the first scene she wrote.
  • The Atoner: Edward was a rebellious vampire before he learned the error of his ways.
  • Bastard Boyfriend: Edward tries his best not to be, but unfortunately, he often failed miserably.
  • Battle Couple: Becomes this with Bella in Breaking Dawn Pt. 2.
  • The Beautiful Elite
  • Berserk Button: If you hurt Bella or harm anyone in Edward's family, he will come after you.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Jacob's Betty for Bella's Archie. He wins.
  • Big Man on Campus: Played with. He's a bit of a loner, however he's considerd the most attractive and desirable guy in the school, as well as the smartest (he and the other Cullens are all perfect students).
  • Bishōnen: He's tall, slender, with delicate features and a borderline-androgynous build. According to Carlisle and Word of God Edward takes after his mother.
  • Bishie Sparkle: Famously so, being one of the faces of the series.
  • Bookworm: Edward loves reading and literature.
  • Breaking and Bloodsucking: Edward breaks into Bella's room at night. Infamously, he doesn't feed on her blood, he watches her sleep. A month before they met too.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Edward is the Brooding Boy to Bella's Gentle Girl.
  • Byronic Hero: Edward is lonely but can't stand how much he wants Bella and her blood.
    Edward: Beautiful? This is the skin of a killer, Bella.
  • Celibate Hero: Until he met Bella. Before he married Bella, Edward was a virgin.
  • Chick Magnet: Just about any women in the series acknowledges that he's attractive, including Bella's human friends.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: Edward attracts girls but he seems to be completely oblivious to it.
  • Cock Fight: With Jacob over the affections of Bella.
  • Cool Car: Edward drives a Volvo S 60 R, Aston Martin V12 Vanquish.
    • Subverted in the New Moon movie with Edward's Volvo XC 90. Why such a soccer-mom car?
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Make a move on Bella, and he won't be very happy with you.
  • Friendly Neighbourhood Vampire: He battles for the heart of Bella Swan against the other friendly minority Jacob Black, a werewolf. At least he's a Surly Neighborhood Vampire— the rest of his 'family' fit this trope pretty well too
  • Heroic BSOD: Edward also has one when Bella tells him she is pregnant.
  • Heroic Willpower: Edward's resistance of Bella's blood makes him poster boy for this trope. Of course, both Edward and Bella have to resist their regular sexual lust too, for reasons of safety and morality.
  • Horror Hunger: For Bella's blood. The scent of Bella's blood drives him crazy.
  • The Hunter: Edward preying on criminals during his "rebellious years".
  • Immortality: Edward is a Type V and Type X. Edward is incapable of physically aging. He also has the ability to live forever without getting sick or dying.
  • I Am a Monster: Struggles with this, especially since he's murdered people in his past. However, they were all criminals, and, as Bella points out, he probably saved more lives than he took.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: He has to go to the Volturi in order to commit suicide.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: He wishes he could relate to Bella the way a normal guy would, without the bloodlust and super strength getting in the way.
  • I Love You, Vampire Son: He is the one who turns his love interest, Bella, into his vampire mate, per her request.
  • In-Series Nickname: Other names used for Edward in the series include Cullen (used by Mike Newton), Mr. Edward (used by J. Jenks) and The Hair (used by Jessica Stanley).
  • Informed Flaw: His "dangerous" nature.
  • Inter-Class Romance: With Bella. Edward is from a wealthy family and Bella is from a working class background.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Bella before she became a vampire in Breaking Dawn: Part 2.
  • Interrupted Suicide: Edward attempts this on New Moon when he thinks his beloved Bella is dead.
  • Insecure Love Interest: In New Moon, Edward leaves Bella because of this, resulting in much angst from both of them.
  • Invisible to Normals: Edward's stopping of the van about to crush Bella with his bare hands with no one but Bella realizing could fall under this, and it is even mocked in Mark Reads Twilight, where he says this is part of an overused idea he calls "The 'I Am Going To Do Something Spectacular And Clearly Attention-Grabbing In Front Of Plenty Of People, Yet No One Is Going To Notice Except (Conveniently) The Main Character' Phenomenon."
  • I'm Not a Hero, I'm...: "What if I'm not a superhero? What if I'm the bad guy?"
  • Manly Men Can Hunt: Like all of the other Cullen males.
  • Master of the Mixed Message
  • Mayfly-December Romance: Edward has almost a century on Bella in regards to age. Edward is over 100 years old and Bella is 18.
  • Meaningful Name: The name Edward means "beautiful guardian".
    • Also Edward's last name Cullen ("culling"), which is for a family of predators.
  • Mood-Swinger: He has a rather disturbing proclivity to switch between a romantic gentleman to a frothing lunatic at any resistance on Bella's part.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Considering the series is largely from Bella's POV, and she's madly in love with him.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: He's the skinniest of the Cullen males and yet still managed to lift full-sized van off of Bella thanks to his Super Strength.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In New Moon, when Bella gets a small paper-cut, Edward punts Bella away to prevent Jasper attacking her in a blood-frenzy. This, however, causes her to lacerate her arm.
  • Noble Male, Roguish Male: Edward is the Noble Male to Jacob's Roguish Male.
  • Noodle People: Despite Bella's insistence that he's muscular, in his actual descriptions he comes off as being very skinny with almost no muscle tone.
  • Official Couple: With Bella.
  • Old-School Chivalry:
    Edward Cullen: I'm from a different era, things were a lot less complicated. And if I'd were met you back then I would have courted you, would've taken chaperoned strolls, iced tea on the porch and...I may have stolen a kiss or two but only after asking your father's permission. I would have got down on one knee and I would have presented you with a ring.
    [he puts a small ring box in her hand and kneels in front of her]
  • Papa Wolf: He's very protective of Bella and his family.
  • Rescue Romance: Edward and Bella were already secretly interested in each other, but it was Edward saving Bella from Tyler's out of control van that laid the groundwork for their relationship.
  • Serial-Killer Killer: When Edward was younger, he rebelled against Carlisle's animal blood philosophy, so he used his mind reading powers to only feed on rapists and murderers. But even that proved to be too much for his conscience.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: With Bella. Edward is fascinated by even the most mundane things about Bella and she gushes about how gorgeous he is every time he enters her field of vision and once even swoons over how good his breath smells.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: In his human life.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: The only girl he has ever dated or fallen in love with is Bella.
  • Smug Snake: Despite all the brooding he does about how horrible it is to be a vampire, and how miserable his life, Edward really does consider himself far superior to those around him.
  • The Sociopath: He has little regard for human life, and is said to be a very good torturer.
  • Spiky Hair: In the manga adaptation.
  • Stalking Is Love: One of the most egregious acts he does in the name of "love" is breaking into Bella's room every night to watch her sleep. And he did this before they were a couple.
  • Wife-Basher Basher: After "rebelling" against Carlisle to try out a more "traditional" vampire lifestyle, his first act was to track down, torture and murder Esme's abusive ex-husband before escalating to judge, jury and executioner of anyone he deemed "evil".
  • You Need to Get Laid: Edward's broodiness and fatalism has been linked to the fact that he has never had sex in almost a century. Once he gets married and does the deed he certainly becomes less stressed.

    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.

  • Barbarian Longhair: To contrast the "perfect" Cullens. He gets a haircut after he starts phasing, to stop his fur becoming too long.
  • Berserk Button: Jacob loses it when he discovers that Bella wants to be a vampire. He also loses it when he finds out that Bella plans to lose her virginity to Edward while she is still a human, but it's justified, as he fears that the superhumanly-strong Edward will either hurt or kill her in the process.
  • Better as Friends: With Bella. Ultimately, Jacob imprints on Bella's daughter, Renesmee.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Edward's Veronica for Bella's Archie. He loses.
  • The Big Guy: At least in the books. He stands 6'7". Subverted in the film, as he's only 5'10".
  • Boisterous Bruiser
  • Brownface: In the movie.
  • Brutal Honesty
  • Catch Phrase: "Sure, sure."
  • Childhood Friends: With Bella.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Bella again.
  • Cleaning Up Romantic Loose Ends: Jacob in the third book suffers from derailment: he goes from a friendly, devoted guy to a possessive jerk to better enable the canon couple. Then, in the last book, he imprints on Bella's newborn baby and conveniently is no longer at all attracted to Bella. In fact, with the notable exception of Leah, basically every major character is wonderfully paired off by the end of the series.
  • Cock Fight: With Edward over the affections of Bella.
  • Cool Bike
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Derailing Love Interests: Turns from his nice, friendly, easy-going Twilight self into a possessive jerk in the last pages of New Moon and coming to a peak in Eclipse. According to some, this is to make way for the Official Couple. Although in many ways, his derailment actually makes him act more like Edward, leading to an alternate interpretation that this was supposed to make him more appealing. (Or that Meyer just can't write her characters very distinctively.)
  • Determinator
  • Distress Ball: Jacob ends up grabbing this when he shoves Leah out of the way just to be crushed by a Newborn Vampire. The book attempts to make it out that Leah was the one in distress because she was fighting the vampire alone to begin with, but... both her and her little brother have defeated newborns in single combat before, and nothing about this fight really necessitated Jacob shoving her out of the way. Of course, all the blame for this goes to Leah. Not to mention the entire reason Jacob gets hurt is that he was too slow for the vampire making this an What an Idiot moment on an even higher level - Leah is the fastest werewolf.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Dogged. Hehehehehe. Sorry.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Alice has called Jacob "mutt" and Rosalie has called Jacob "dog."
  • Expository Hairstyle Change
  • Flanderization: Over the course of the saga, his initially fairly healthy and respectful affection towards Bella was Flanderized into obsession, probably done to sway "Team Jacob" shippers to be more sympathetic to Edward. For the most part, unfortunately, this ended up only spurring the Team Edward/Team Jacob rivalry even further.
  • Forgot I Could Change the Rules: Jacob has to submit to the will of Sam, the Alpha Wolf. When Sam orders him to help destroy the Cullens (and Bella), he remembers that he was born to be the Alpha but he had voluntarily given up the birthright. Choosing to become the Alpha frees Jacob from obeying Sam's orders.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Justified due to his werewolf gene.
  • Hopeless Suitor: To Bella.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager
  • Hot-Blooded: Literally. His body temperature is about 108.1 at rest. The reasons behind it verge into Artistic License territory, but they're not unreasonable.
  • Important Haircut: It marks his transformation into a werewolf.
  • Imprinting: He imprinted on Renesmee in Breaking Dawn: Part 1.
  • In-Series Nickname: Other than Jake, which is what Bella and everyone else often calls him, some of Jacob's other nicknames in the series include Chief Jacob (used by Bella Swan), Uncle Jay (used by Claire Young) and Jacob Wolfe (used by Bella Swan).
  • Intimate Healing: Jacob has a higher body temperature than normal, so he's the obvious choice to help Bella avoid hypothermia.
  • Just Friends: With Bella.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: To Bella.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: In Breaking Dawn, Jacob decides that Bella's baby must die because Bella apparently died giving birth to her. He goes to find her and kill her himself, only to imprint when he actually looks into the baby's eyes.
  • Romantic Runner-Up: To Edward for Bella.
  • Shirtless Scene: According to the Seattle Times, Jacob takes his shirt off thirteen times total in the movies; out of which, three times were in the rain, and not happening at all in the first movie.
  • Squaring the Love Triangle: When Jacob ends up falling in love with Renesmee.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Due to Flanderization.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: His response to Leah telling off Bella for the way she (Bella) has been treating him? He immediately jumps to Bella's defense when she starts crying, and gets mad at Leah for upsetting her, even though she stood up for him.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Lampshaded by Edward in Eclipse, when he grouses "Doesn't he own a shirt?"
  • Wife Husbandry: Jacob imprinted on Renesmee the moment she was born in Breaking Dawn: Part 1. He becomes a sort of uncle/older brother figure to the her, and it's assumed that of course, she'll want to marry him once she's of age.


    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.
  • Alpha Bitch: Popular and bitchy Lauren.
  • Asian and Nerdy: Eric in the films.
  • Attention Whore: Jessica, allegedly. See False Friend.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Tyler and possibly Mike, if you trust Midinight Sun.
  • Composite Character: In the movies, Lauren is merged with Jessica and Ben is merged with Eric.
  • Covert Pervert: Mike, in Midinight Sun. Listening to his thoughts is Edward's equivalent of a Mind Rape, so he tries to concentrate on Angela's.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Word of God says Lauren fell prey to a modeling scam that cost her over a thousand dollars and a good chunk of her hair. What made her deserving of this? She made one relatively minor sarcastic comment about Bella.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Eric, Tyler and especially Mike were this to Bella.
  • False Friend: Jessica, apparently. Exploited in Midinight Sun. She keeps thinking that Bella isn't that interesting and decides to befriend Bella to create an interesting Girl Posse to bring attention to her. However, Breaking Dawn heavily implies that though self-centered and oblivious to Bella's feelings, she has come to genuinuely like her.
  • The Generic Guy: Mike. Subverted when it comes to Midnight Sun.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Besides Angela, the girls are all jealous of Bella.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Likewise, most of the boys seem to be crushing on Bella. Of course, normal high school boys have no shot with a girl who hangs out with sparkly vampires and buff werewolves.
  • Informed Flaw: The narrative frequently accuses Jessica of being a False Friend, but no evidence actually exists to prove this.
  • Nice Girl: Angela, who is Bella's closest human friend in the novels, shown to be quite selfless and pleasant in contrast to the others who come off as overbearing often. Even Edward thinks highly of her in contrast to his opinions of Bella's other human friends as he finds her unusually kind, with Midnight Sun showing her thoughts to be genuine towards Bella.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: To Bella, Mike is a perfectly likable, popular, athletic, nice guy but he comes off as totally useless since Edward Cullen is around.
  • Pair the Spares: Mike with Jessica, Tyler with Lauren, and Angela with Ben (Eric in the films).
  • Race Lift: The movies turn these characters into a Five-Token Band.
  • Satellite Character: All of them.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Shallow "chatterbox" and Attention Whore Jessica was smart enough to be valedictorian of her class (only in the film though, in the books Eric was valedictorian).

    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.

  • Action Dad: Carlisle always knows what's going on and gets quite involved. Even if he hates violence and fighting.
  • Alliterative Name: Carlisle Cullen.
  • The Atoner: Became a doctor to save lives as a compensation for, well, being a vampire.
    • Alternatively, he is trying to compensate for the lives taken by the vampires he created. Indirectly, he does have a lot of blood on his hands.
  • Badass: Like most vampires.

    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.
  • 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.
  • 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 seen, like a werewolf or half-vampire. Except when it doesn't.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: To Jasper.
  • Nice Girl: Alice is known to be really friendly towards everyone.

    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.
  • 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. Emmett is Type V, The Undead and Type X, the Life Drinker.
  • 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.

    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: Being a vampire and all.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.

    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.
  • 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
  • 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 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.

    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.
  • 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.
  • Human Mom Non Human Dad: Renesmee was born to Bella, who is a human and to Edward, who is a vampire.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Half-vampire, half-human, all impossible.
  • 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).
  • 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: She ages at an increased rate, presumably to facilitate bumping uglies with Jacob, which is just the very definition of romantic.

    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.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: James is described as being very unremarkable in appearance, but in the movie, he's played by this guy. It is worth mentioning here that Bella is the one doing the describing and next to her oh-so-gorgeous vampire boyfriend, everyone probably seems unremarkable in appearance.
  • Affably Evil: Laurent
  • Ax-Crazy: Stay far, far away from Victoria.
  • Big Bad: James in the first book and the first movie. Victoria in the second and third books and the third movie.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Victoria in the second film, with the Volturi
  • Blonde Guys Are Evil: James in the movies.
  • Chessmaster: Victoria's power is self-preservation.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: James, very much so. Victoria also has some shades of this.
  • Faux Affably Evil: James
  • Evil Redhead: Victoria.
  • For the Evulz: James. His gentle and almost polite amusement makes it even worse.
  • Mercy Kill: Laurent claims this is his motivation for trying to kill Bella in New Moon: If he kills her, it'll be quick and painless. If Victoria kills her, it won't.
  • Oh Crap!: Laurent's last look in his face when he sees the Wolf Pack
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: James


    The Wolf Pack 
Wolf-like changelings (not werewolves) 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 

  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Thanks to having some time apart from Sam in the last book, Leah warms up to Jacob and becomes much happier and calmer than she used to be.
  • Double Standard: Leah is a bitch who is ruining the lives of everyone because she can't get over being dumped by her fiance for a girl he'd literally just met, and having to mentally listen to him hate her, with no way to escape. When Jacob is the same because Bella married her boyfriend instead of him, Sam (the fiance who dumped Leah) tells Leah to be nice to Jacob, because he's had a much rougher time than she has. And the girl Sam left Leah for was her own cousin, Emily, whom Leah was very close to, and when Emily told Sam to go back to Leah he snapped and mauled her face so badly that she bears horrific scars that everyone can see.
  • First Love: For Sam.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: All the other shapeshifters think she's a complete bitch. To be fair to them, she does try to stir up trouble by purposefully bringing up painful subjects, but still, it's hard not to feel sorry for her, especially considering the aforementioned Double Standard.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Develops this type of friendship with Jacob in "Breaking Dawn".
  • We Used to Be Friends: Leah is more than a little pissed at Emily (her cousin/best friend, who was like a sister to her) for giving in and getting together with Sam.