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    Isabella 'Bella' Swan later Cullen 

Portrayed by Kristen Stewart

Isabella Swan is the main character of Twilight. 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 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.
    • She's pretty delicate: she nearly fainted just from smelling a few drops of blood from part-way across the room.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: She still wants to date Edward, even though he is "dangerous." She also starts to gain interest in Jacob only after he becomes a werewolf.
    • However, she doesn't seem to use the stereotypical justifications ("I can change you", "He was just having a bad day"), and was originally creeped out by Edward's hostile behavior towards her (though she was, amusingly, always Distracted by the Sexy). Her reaction to Jacob's change of personality is extremely nuanced, basically: "How dare you abandoning me after making me emotionally dependent! Also, I think you joined a cult. Also, that's hot."
      • Weirdly she was put off by Edward when he first acted gruff with her, but is never deterred by him stalking or manhandling her, nor by the knowledge that he had killed hundreds of people.
  • 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.
  • 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 managed 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.
  • Audience Surrogate: Pretty much her entire purpose in the series is being the reader's stand-in so that Edward is speaking to them
  • 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 with this after Bella and Edward are actually in a relationship, and she allows him to snuggle with her every night and watch her sleep.
  • Berserk Button: DO NOT hurt Edward, her family, or anyone that she holds dear. She will go from mild-mannered to fiery and violent.
    • Turns out that Jacob calling Bella's daughter "Nessie" was a HUGE berserk button for her, considering that Nessie is also the name of the lochness 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
  • 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 freaks out a bit when Alice wishes her a happy nineteenth birthday, but 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.
  • 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 despite not paying any attention to school whatsoever, and likes to read.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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/Dojikko: Exaggerated to great lengths.
  • Damsel in Distress
  • Deadpan Snarker: Her snark can easily go over the line, though. 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: Pretty much the only thing that justifies any relevance she has. Normally through her own stupidity she will end up in these contrived situations just so that she can be rescued by Edward. And. Every. Single. Instance of something going horribly wrong, every pointless death in the books, can all be traced back to Bella and her inane decisions.
  • 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: And she seems pretty oblivious to it, too. When she does notice (like with Tyler in Twilight), she seems annoyed.
  • 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 a vampire.
  • The Everyman
  • Extreme Doormat: She might as well have the word Welcome tatooed on her forehead since she's more than willing to let Edward dictate her every decision and actions...regardless of her actual thoughts on the matter.
  • Fainting: Bella has an extremely weak constitution, and faints at the smell of blood as well as when feeling overpowered. This isn't fake fainting to look delicate, nor a deliberate ploy from the author to meke 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 and helpless.
    • And when Edward breathes on her, don't forget that!
  • Family-Unfriendly 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!
  • First Name Basis: With her father, to whom she consistently refers as "Charlie", despite trying to call him dad. Apparently, she is just unable to do otherwise. That's cool, right?
  • Friendless Background: Though her own will. She doesn't hate being alone, to say the least.
  • Friendly Neighbourhood Vampire
  • Girl Next Door
  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion: In case you haven't noticed, Meyer is a Mormon.
    • Interestingly, 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.
    • 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, of course.
  • 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 swoon 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.
  • I Love You, Vampire Son: With Edward.
  • Immortality: As of Breaking Dawn: Part 2. 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.
    • 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 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.
  • It's All About Me
  • 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, if not the pesky consequences. 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 probably justified because of her anxiety, and everything that just happened in the first book, at this 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.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Sometimes she uses and toys with people and the feelings of those around her (epecially Jacob) to get her way.
  • Mama Bear: In Breaking Dawn, she flies off the handle when she learns that Jacob imprinted on Renesmee.
  • 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... (this also seems to be responsible for a good deal of reader hatred, particularly from those who think she's merely Too Dumb to Live, but that's neither here nor there).
  • 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".
    • 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.
    • Also probably unintentional, but given the conflicts she ends up causing, one considers the Latin translation of "bella": wars.
  • The Millstone: All of the consequences in the books are a result of Bella's acquiaintanceship with vampires. If she had never meddled in their lives because of her Smitten Teenage Girl case regarding Edward, none of the vampires would have feel drawn to her scent, nor would she have given birth to Renesmee who the Volturi track down in Breaking Dawn. Really, anything in the plot could have been avoided if not for her and the Cullens' idiocy. To top it off, Bella does absolutely nothing. She doesn't fight, she doesn't heal...nothing. And yet everyone treat her like she's platinum and should be protected for the risk of other people getting killed.
  • 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.
  • Neutral Female: Really, whenever she's confronted with Edward, Jacob, or one of the Cullens outright forcing her into something she doesn't want, at most, she'll just pout while submitting to their will with no complaints. No speaking up for herself. No opinions or trying to reason with them; basically being reduced to a human traveling-bag.
  • Narrating the Obvious: She is quite an unobservant narrator of her own story, so half the time she doesn't notice what should be completely obvious to the other characters and/or all the readers.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Arguably, Bella's ability to suppress vampires' powers.
  • 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'. An Anatomy Fail on Meyer's part when you realize that menstrual blood has been proven to be cleaner/newer/FRESHER/more alive than normal 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.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Our romantic heroine and POV character herself. We never learn much about her life in Phoenix, and although she easily makes friends in the beginning of the first novel, she immediately dumps them to be with Edward. Her whole life revolves around Edward, to the point where she actually goes catatonic when he leaves her, and in the last book she turns into a vampire, and completely leaves her human life behind her for a life with her Edward. She also has no character development at all throughout the books. At one point her mother literally compares her to a satellite around Edward—always orientating herself to always be near him—and she agrees with her mother with no second thoughts.
  • 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.
  • Talking in Your Sleep: And Edward listening while he watches her sleep.
  • 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.
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: Bella's mental shield ability would be a lot less impressive if vampires with mental powers weren't so common.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Bella would rather read books or fix cars than shop or mess with her appearance. Alice and Rosalie love shopping, makeovers, and are overall very feminine.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: She was rather edgy as a human, but once she becomes a vampire, she becomes much more vicious.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: While rather edgy and manipulative in the films, she's this compared to the book version where we see her thoughts, which consist mainly of her insulting and belittling her father, her "friends", and pretty much everything that isn't a Cullen.
  • 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?: Bella doesn't seem to care about fact that Edward and some other Cullens killed some humans in their past. She finds it "only natural" for Edward to go through this phase. She also doesn't care as long as her guests in Breaking Dawn go out of town to find and kill their food.
  • 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. Once she's fallen in love with Edward and her leaves her in New Moon this is subverted as Bella turns out to be immature, whiny and lacking in self-control as first seen when she throws tantrums at her parents for trying to get her to move back with her mother.

    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
  • 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, even among the Hatedom.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

    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.

    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 and 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.

    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.
  • Beta Couple: With Alice.
  • 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 has the ability to live forever without physically aging.
  • Kuudere
  • 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: 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
  • Red String of Fate: With Jacob when he imprinted on her in Breaking Dawn: Part 1.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse
  • Wife Husbandry
  • 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
  • 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.
    • Blessed with Suck: Unfortunately, it 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.
  • 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 / Keet: Seth. Edward even mentions that his mind is one of the purest and kindest he's ever read.
    • 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.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Seth and Leah.
  • Team Mom: Emily
  • Theme Naming: Most of them have Old Testament names (Jacob, Seth, Leah, Sam, Paul, Rachel and Rebecca). 4 of them (Jacob, Seth, Emily and Paul) are named after Meyer's siblings.
  • 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 

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