Literature / Twilight
aka: Breaking Dawn

"If I could dream at all, it would be about you. And I'm not ashamed of it."
Edward to Bella, page 294 of Twilight

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The cover of the first book.

A series of young adult Paranormal Romance novels by Stephenie Meyer, and the title of the first book.

High school student Bella Swan moves to Forks, Washington to live with her father. There she meets and almost instantly falls in love with Edward Cullen, a beautiful, mysterious boy in her science class, soon revealed to be a vampire who sparkles.

Bella, meanwhile, turns out to be a very special girl for Edward. For some reason, Edward is

  1. unable to use his vampire powers to read her mind
  2. unusually thirsty for her blood
  3. madly in love with her

So Edward wants to form a relationship with Bella while resisting the urge to suck her dry, as well as protecting her from all the antagonists that crop up in each novel.

The series currently consists of four books (Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn). Stephenie Meyer had plans to make a POVquel called Midnight Sun, which is the plot of Twilight (nearly word-for-word) told through Edward's point of view. Then, leaked copies of the rough draft were released. Meyer has halted the publication until she gets through her reaction over the event, saying "If I tried to write Midnight Sun now, in my current frame of mind, James would probably win and all the Cullens would die." Depending on whether you're a fan or not, that may either horrify or excite you. She now has written a 200 page "novella" called The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, which came out on June 5, 2010. A guide has been announced as well, planning to be released on April 12th (after being pushed back to another date multiple times). In 2015, for the 10th anniversary of the series, Stephenie Meyer decided to write a genderswapped version of the first book featuring Beau Swan and Edythe Cullen titled "Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined."

The books were also adapted into a massively successful film series entitled The Twilight Saga, beginning with Twilight and ending with the two-part Breaking Dawn. It helped launch the careers of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson.

This is a fairly controversial book, with a massive and passionate Fandom, a massive and passionate Hatedom, and a Fandom Rivalry against the combined fans of Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, so be careful!

Books in this series

  • Twilight (2005)
  • New Moon (2006)
  • Eclipse (2007)
  • Breaking Dawn (2008)
  • The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (2010). Novella that details the last days of a character introduced in Eclipse.
  • Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined (2015). A Rule 63 retelling of the original novel to celebrate the series 10th anniversary.

Not to be confused with the numerous other works and characters with the name "Twilight".

These books contain examples of:

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  • Adult Fear: Though Bella knew Jacob beforehand, finding out that your kid is betrothed to a guy nearly twenty years older without any degree of consent is just... No. And that's ignoring the fact that the kid in question is a BABY.
    • The equivalent of the government has deemed your child dangerous and are coming to kill her. People are willing to come and fight in a war for you but they're all going to die because that's just how large the opposing force is.
  • Aerith and Bob : No risk of One Steve Limit with "Renesmee".
    • Joham's daughters are named Serena, Maysun and Jennifer.
  • Afraid of Blood: Bella. Until she's not.
  • The Alleged Car: Bella's classmate Tyler drives a van—a 1980s Chevy Astro to be specific. All we know about it is that it nearly crushes Bella when Tyler is in the driver's seat. It really would have crushed her if Edward hadn't gotten between her and the vehicle.
    • Subverted with Bella's truck. While on the outside it looks like a huge, ugly clunker, its engine has been lovingly rebuilt and maintained and it runs perfectly. The truck holds a fond place in fandom and anti-fandom alike for being one of the few things Bella seems genuinely enthusiastic over.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Bella doesn't care that Edward is "dangerous", despite Edward's constant warnings.
  • All Myths Are True: Bella wonders if this is the case after learning about werewolves.
  • All Therapists Are Muggles: When Bella's erratic behavior after Edward leaves her borders on clinical depression, Charlie tries to get Bella to see a therapist. She refuses, claiming that she couldn't tell a therapist about how the Cullens were vampires and she’d felt therapy wouldn't work if she wasn't 100% truthful.
  • All Women Are Lustful: Especially Bella. Other female characters display this trope, like Tanya and her succubus "sisters", and all the Cullen women seem to spend their nights having sex with their husbands.
  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The Japanese version of New Moon uses Kato Miliyah's "Destiny" as its theme song.
  • Amicably Divorced: Charlie and Renee. They mainly split up because Renee couldn't stand Forks, and Charlie didn't want to leave. They're shown to be in communication regarding Bella, and on the rare occasion that they are together, they are quite friendly with each other.
  • 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.
    • Subverted in New Moon where the author compares Bella and Edward to Romeo and Juliet. See Lost in Imitation below for why.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Edward in the meadow scene.
  • Anticlimax: Happens a few times throughout the series:
    • In the first novel, James is described as an unstoppable killing machine. Laurent isn't even willing to face him with seven other vampires. But we see none of the fight between him and Edward since Bella is unconscious, and so the scary Big Bad is killed offscreen.
    • Whereas in New Moon, when Edward was going to off himself and Bella comes to his rescue in the Italian city where the vampire mafia lives whom it's been repeatedly explained to us does not tolerate such abominations as humans who know about the existence of vampires and it seems that they are going to die anyway, it ends up being Handwaved. "Oh, well. If she is going to be a vampire sooner or later, I suppose we can let you all go."
    • Doubly Subverted in Eclipse. It looks like Edward and Bella will miss out on the battle against the newborn vampires, but then Victoria shows up... but then ... Bella closes her eyes for a minute, and then Victoria's head's been ripped off. So much for the expected Gory Discretion Shot!
    • The final novel, Breaking Dawn ends not with the epic battle which Meyer had been using a third of the book to build up to... but with diplomatic discussion instead. And the main reason why the discussion turns out favorably for the Cullens and their allies is because Alice introduces a Deus ex Machina.
  • Anti-Magic: Bella has a pretty minor version of this, but most vampire powers (not counting purely physical ones) don't seem to work well on her, even while she's still human. Edward for instance can read nearly every mind but hers, and she can't be found directly with clairvoyance.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: According to Bella, Edward, and by extension the rest of the Cullens, sometimes use old fashioned phrases. Don't hold your breath waiting for an example of this in their dialogue. Bella, on the other hand, occasionally uses old-fashioned words and phrases herself. Presumably in an Arizona accent.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
    • 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.
  • Artistic License – Biology:
    • Vampires are stated to freak out when they smell human blood. When Bella gets a freaking papercut, it's like throwing a hunk of meat into a shark tank. So, why don't vampires freak out when a girl is menstruating? According to Word of God, it's "dead blood."
    • Breaking Dawn:
      • Vampires don't have any blood in their tissues, so Edward shouldn't be able to get an erection in the first place. Also, Meyer has said that Vampires' cells don't divide, but sperm is created by a type of cell division called meiosis, which means that Vampire men shouldn't be able to get women pregnant repeatedly a la Nahuel's father.
      • Vampire venom at one point was stated to replace all fluids in the body which is why it turns into a sparkly rock like substance. If you follow that logic, his semen should have been replaced. So the first time they had sex and he orgasmed... she should have become a vampire instead of becoming pregnant.
      • Also, Vampires somehow gain two extra pairs of chromosomes after they change. Yeah.note 
      • Werewolves also gain one extra pair of chromosomes. And Renesmee has one extra pair of chromosomes. Yeah, that she should have two unpaired chromosomes doesn't matter. In fact, all of Breaking Dawn has no clue at all when it comes to genetics.
      • Smeyer has made it known that she is oblivious to how the eye functions, and how she lacks any knowledge of the color spectrum.
      • Bella sees rainbows around each source of light. We humans can experience the same using micro prism films, those glasses that make every light have a little image over them, or going around with the new 3D movie glasses. The only difference is that the glasses/prism film have a warning not to operate any machinery, drive, or go into direct sunlight wearing the glasses.
      • Bella, upon realizing that she's missed a period, thinks that she had "never been late a day in my life". It is all but impossible for an adolescent girl to experience predictable menstruation from menarche(first period) to young adulthood, and in most cases, it takes a year or more for a girl's cycle to stabilize into anything even approaching regularity.
    • Renesmee is a half human, half vampire hybrid who has an increased heart rate (at one point mistaken for that of a bird's, which would put her way above a human baby's heart rate) and a higher body temperature, and who is also growing at a rapid pace. Her heart rate and temperature means she has a very high metabolism and her grown rate means she requires a heck of a lot of protein to continue to generate new body mass. To make a long story short her body requires very large amounts of proteins, sugars and fats to function and without it she would starve to death in a matter of days, maybe even hours. This means she needs to eat extreme amounts of food or her body would start to burn what proteins, sugars and fats it already has (in other words her muscle mass and other tissue). Getting by on a few cups of blood every day is impossible with that kind of growth rate and metabolism. Getting by on blood at all, regardless of the amount, would do her no good. Blood does not contain nutrients (such as proteins, sugars, fats) unless it picks those up from the digestive system. It would be like feeding a newborn child nothing but a few sips of water three or four times a day and expecting that to be sufficient - the baby could not survive on that. Renesmee ought to have starved to death before Bella even woke up as a vampire.
    • The whole birthing process of the vampire/human hybrids. The hybrid baby always kills its mother at birth yet it is unable to look after itself when it is newborn. Unless there is a vampire around to turn the dying mother or a caring relative standing by to look after the hybrid it will die shortly after birth from starvation, exposure, thirst, predatory animals or anything else it requires assistance with or protection from. A species simply cannot function if it always kills it mother at birth unless it's a species that is entirely self-reliant from the first moments of life. Thus the violent birthing process is in direct violation of the laws of nature, science and biology.
  • Artistic License – Economics:
    • Although it can be an easy blunder to miss, Rosalie explains in her backstory that her family was well off during the Great Depression because her dad was a banker. Part of the reason why the Depression got as bad as it did to begin with is that most if not all of the US banks went bankrupt after stock market investors hastily withdrew their inflated shares to cut losses after the stock market crashed. Since banks were losing more money than they could cover, it's very unlikely that a banker, of all people, would have been doing any better than anyone else. Then again, perhaps her father was a Joe Kennedy type...
  • Artistic License – Geography:
    • At one point, the book refers to the west coast of Brazil. The west is probably the only cardinal direction of Brazil that DOESN'T have a coastline.
    • As if it wasn't obvious by now, the Cullens need to live somewhere which has lots of rainfall and is surrounded by clouds, otherwise people would have found out that the Cullens sparkle in the sunlight and their big secret would be let out. That is why Meyer chose Forks to be the destination of choice. While it is true that Forks does get a lot of rainfall (even compared with the rest of Washington), it can get pretty nasty during summer, which tends to be more sunny than not.
  • Artistic License – History:
    • Das Sporking points out that Rosalie's gang-rape by her fiancé and his buddies in the middle of a well-lit street with at least a few witnesses doesn't sound like something that would happen in Depression-era America.
    • The sewers in London that vampires were hiding in during the 1600's didn't exist around that time.
    • A flashback scene which takes place in the 1930s (judging by the Cullens clothing) has members of the Quileute tribe dressed in buckskin breeches and animal skins (perhaps to highlight the alleged savagery of the Natives compared with the more 'civilized' Cullen clan?).
    • The buckskin breeches and animal skins are doubly insulting, because not only would Quileutes of the 1930s have worn regular clothing for everyday, keeping native clothing for special ceremonies (even by the 1880s, the clothing of natives from the Pacific Northwest was a mixture of their own culture's clothing and the sort of clothes that European-Americans wore), but Quileutes didn't wear buckskin breeches. While numerous sites mention that Quileute men once wore breechclouts and/or deerskin kilts—kilts, not breeches—in hot weather, the Quileute Nation's website says very plainly that "cedar bark is used for baskets and traditional clothing." In fact, cedar clothing was very, very common among natives of the Pacific Northwest; shirts, tunics, leggings, skirts and dresses were all made from cedar. Here's a picture taken in 1993 of Lillian Pullen, a Quileute weaver of traditional baskets, holding a cedar skirt.
  • Artistic License – Medicine:
    • When Bella is in the hospital after almost being hit by Tyler's van, they take x-rays of her skull. While this would have been normal before the 1970s, a CT scan is what is used in modern times as it can show not just fractures, but any bleeds in the brain, which are invisible on normal x-rays. However that's assuming the local hospital in Forks owned a CT scanner. Seeing as how small a town it is, that's questionable even in the 21st century.
    • According to the website of Clallam County Hospital District #1, the radiology department of Forks Community Hospital "has two radiographic units and a fluoroscopic unit, providing multiple modalities for imaging bones, organs, and soft tissue. Ultrasound imaging, echocardiograms, CT, and mammography are also available." So it's not a huge department or a huge hospital, but CT scans? Definitely available.
    • When Bella is cut by broken glass at her birthday party in the second book, Carlisle stitches up the wounds first and applies an antiseptic afterwards. In reality, the wound would need to be cleaned first, because any microbes on the surface of the skin would be able to hitch a ride on the needle as it goes in and enter directly into the bloodstream.
    • When performing a Cesarean, they sedate Bella with morphine, which means she is awake for it. She is astonishingly unaffected by being cut up and having her spine crushed.
    • The moment he hears Bella is pregnant, Carlisle immediately starts conspiring with Edward to abort it without even talking to Bella, the actual patient, and doesn't seem to have had any intention to. A list of all the medical laws and ethics that violated could keep one occupied all day.
    • At some point there is mention of a vampire who suck all the blood out of a human in the space of one second through a cut in the human's finger. The hydraulics of the vascular system really can't support that sort of thing.
    • When Bella is pregnant and the foetus craves blood dr. Cullen's answer is to have Bella drink it. Instead of, you know, transfusing her. Nutrients carry over from the mother to the unborn child via the blood stream anyway so anything the mother eats needs to be absorbed into her blood before it can travel to the foetus. By drinking the blood Bella's digestive system is actually going to destroy most of the nutrients/components in it and leave very little left over for the unborn child, whereas if they hooked it up to her intravenously it would go more or less directly to the baby. They would have to worry about alloantibodies but even if they could only use some of their blood units that way, each unit would still be infinitely more useful than anything she drank. Then there's also the fact that the good doctor apparently buys large quantities of 0 negative blood for Bella's benefit - if she's going to drink it, why does it have to be 0 neg? And doctors cannot purchase blood for their own personal use like that. They are able to buy blood but it's very carefully regulated and it can not be brought to the doctor's home for their personal use.
      • Then there's the minor detail that when a person's stomach fills up with human blood it tends to reject it. That's why people sometimes vomit blood in the first place - because it gathers in the stomach where it's not meant to go. Bella would just throw all that blood up again.
  • Ascended Fangirl: Christina Perri, a huge fan, was invited to a screening to submit a song for the soundtrack. She ended up with the successful single "A Thousand Years"
  • As the Good Book Says...: A completely out-of-context Bible quote at the beginning of one novel.
  • Attempted Rape: One of the many times Edward saves Bella.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: The vampires superhuman senses lead to them being "easily distracted" by things they see, hear or smell.
  • Author Appeal:
    • Non-sexual example: Meyer apparently stated that some of her main characters are fans of British alternative band Muse, one of her favorite bands. Also, she claims to have used them in the story a few times. Needless to say, some of the band's older fanbase dislike the new fans gained from exposure from Twilight media.
    • Cleolinda Jones suggests that Renesmee being a "perfect" baby (IE not crying, being able to instantly say what's wrong, sleeping soundly through the night) sounds like the fantasy of a woman who's had several children (in the sense of "I haven't slept in three days, oh God help me"). Given that Meyer has three boys there's probably a bit of Wish Fulfillment there.
    • Meyer has gone on record and stated that she's attracted to both Edward and Jacob.
  • Author Avatar: Bella Swan seems to be this according to some readers (the claim is supported by a strong physical resemblance), although Meyer claims that she is meant to be a kind of placeholder for female readers to project themselves on. Interestingly, Bella is actually the first name she wanted to give to a daughter who was never born.
  • Ax-Crazy: Just stay far, far away from Victoria.
  • Babies Make Everything Better: After being born, Renesmee brought peace between the Quileutes by having Jacob imprint on her, mended Rosalie and Bella's relationship, and won a lot of allies for the Cullen coven against the Volturi.
  • Badass Adorable: Alice.
  • Badass Longcoat: Victoria (in fur form), various Volturi guards, Riley Biers, Eleazar, Garrett…
  • Baseball Episode
  • Bastard Boyfriend: More as an inversion of this trope, since Edward actually does everything because he is trying to keep Bella away from what he's seen to be literally mortal harm (Except for that time he left her alone in the woods after dumping her).
    • Once. It also makes him a bit of a hypocrite, concerning what happened with Jasper and what is always at risk of happening around himself.
  • The Beautiful Elite: The Cullens are portrayed this way, and with the way Bella's friends disappear from the narrative whenever she has Edward and Alice to spend time with, she clearly has every intention of joining.
    • Also: the Denali coven, who are described as "so beautiful that it made [Bella's] stomach hurt."
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: Played straight in the first book. James, the first book's evil vampire, is described as being an average-looking vampire because he was ugly as a human. Naturally, all the Cullens were beautiful in life, making them absolutely gorgeous as vampires. The later books avert this with the Volturi. When we first meet them in New Moon, Edward points out, the Volturi aren't technically the bad guys. However, at that point all the Cullens thought the Volturi respected the law and controlled their world in a way that was better than what they will have if vampires became an anarchy with poor humans in the way. By the last book they know the Volturi (specially Aro) are ambitious bastards that will go to any length to get their way, including breaking the law and murdering innocents to achieve power.
  • Being Human Sucks: Bella constantly feels that being human makes her a liability to the supernatural creatures around her and an inadequate partner for Edward despite the fact that he tells her that her humanity is part of her appeal naturally once she becomes a vampire he finds her even prettier despite her losing all of her (literally) warm human traits. Other human characters aren't portrayed much better: Renee is easily distracted and has no sense of direction, and Bella's acquaintances at school are variously weak, shallow, jealous, immature, and ignorant.
  • Bellisario's Maxim: Repeatedly invoked by the author in interviews.
  • Beneath the Mask: Rosalie Cullen's attitude towards Bella is revealed to be this.
  • Berserk Button:
    • In Breaking Dawn, Bella accidentally breaks Seth's shoulder when she learns that Jacob nicknamed Renesmee after the Loch Ness monster.
    • Jacob when Bella talks about becoming a vampire or when Edward returns.
    • Edward when Bella is in danger.
    • Jane of the Volturi did not take it too well in Breaking Dawn, whenever her pain-illusion power was rendered useless by Bella's mental shield. Which went from anger to hatred.
    • Noted, that vampires in general in this series are not forgiving by nature. And as shown throughout the series, unless you want to face a vengeful wrath never kill their loved ones, or their mate.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • Manic Pixie Dream Girl Alice displays signs of temper, spite, and a less innocent side in the later books..
    • Typical of her clan, she's especially hostile to members of the Quileute tribe.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Between the Volturi, Victoria (especially in Eclipse), and Sam (in the first half of Breaking Dawn).
  • The Big Guy: Emmett of the Cullen Family. Felix of the Volturi.
  • Bishie Sparkle:
    • Vampires do this in the sunlight.
    • The climax of New Moon revolves around this, where Edward tries to step into the sunlight in the Volturi's city, which would get him noticed by the humans and killed by the Volturi.
  • Blatant Lies: This actually happens a lot, mostly due to Meyer's forgetting her own canon, though not always.
  • Blood-Splattered Wedding Dress:
    • Rosalie after being turned into a vampire took revenge on her ex-fiancé and his friends after they raped and left her for dead in an alleyway. She wore a wedding dress to do so. She says she made sure none of them splattered blood on it, though.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Within the Twilight universe, vampires in general do not value much of human life let alone see humans as equals. They apparently think nothing much of taking a human life particularly if it means sustaining themselves with human blood which is said to be more appealing than that of blood from an animal. Even ones who don't feed on humans for moral reasons of their own usually have some feeling of superiority, and don't think much of other vampires feeding on humans. The Cullens seems to be perfectly content with letting their non-veggie friends murder humans while they're visiting, as long as it's not anyone from Forks. Because that makes it okay.
  • The Board Game: Believe it or not.
  • 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.
  • Break-Up/Make-Up Scenario: the second book.
  • Broken Aesop: There are quite a few broken aesops in the series:
    • One aesop seems to be that a girl as plain and unassuming as Bella can find true love, but Bella's flaws fall mostly into the category of Informed Flaw, and are almost entirely removed at the end of the series. Not to mention, though Bella is intended to be plain and unassuming, nearly every man she runs into falls for her and Edward himself states that most of the boys in the school find her attractive. Clearly, not so plain. However, maybe the intended Aesop here was that if you hold off on sex until you get married and then die in childbirth, you will become a saint and absolutely perfect in every way.
    • The Cullens are portrayed as saintly vampires who value human life and therefore maintain a "vegetarian" diet of animal blood. But they never once object to other vampires killing humans — the closest they ever come is politely asking some non-veggie vamps who are staying with them to go out of town to feed, which has little to do with protecting human life and more to do with not blowing their cover. When there's a huge murder spree going on in Seattle caused by a vampire army, the Cullens never lift a finger to help until they realize the vampires are coming for them.
      • And worse still, some of the deaths the Cullens cause are glorified, the most obvious example being Rosalie murdering her fiance and his friends. This would otherwise be a pretty badass moment, if it weren't for the fact that Carlisle is supposed to be an absolute pillar of morality; if he's so moral, why did he stand by and allow his new adoptive daughter to murder humans, something he's so strongly against?
      • In the first novel Edward briefly mentions that before he went full "vegetarian" he was sort of a vigilante vampire superhero; he would make meals out of muggers and rapists when they were in the middle of attacking someone. This is presented as wrong because he's inevitably still killing, despite the fact he would also often be saving people who would have otherwise been murdered, assaulted, or raped. The option of remaining a vigilante and just not feeding on the criminals he captures is never even considered.
      • Also building on Carlisle's supposed status as a pillar of morality, the reason he saved Rosalie's life was he saw her lying raped and dying in the street and thought it would be a shame to let beauty such as hers go to waste. And then he tried to give her to Edward as a girlfriend.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Edward and Bella.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Technically, all of the Cullens, though they're Not Blood Siblings.
  • But I Can't Be Pregnant!: Bella's initial reaction to her little nudger. She accepts the fact quickly enough, though.
  • 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.

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  • Campfire Character Exploration: Bella is introduced to the Quileute tribe's histories by listening to the chief's story by a campfire. Unusual example because it's more of the character exploration for an entire tribe.
  • Captain Obvious:
    Aro started to laugh. "Ha, ha, ha," he chuckled.
  • Cast Full of Pretty Boys: Most of the vampires are male and hot.
  • Catchphrase: Jacob's "Sure, sure."
  • Celibate Hero: Edward, as he's afraid that he might hurt Bella.
  • Cell Phones Are Useless: Who smashes their phone because they get bad news? Who does that?
  • The Chessmaster: Alice is a nature chessmaster based on her ability. Victoria catches wind of this and becomes a chessmaster herself by using Riley to make her moves for her since Alice isn't watching him.
  • The Clan: Of the Cullens.
  • Clark Kenting: The Cullens.
  • Cleaning Up Romantic Loose Ends: With the notable exception of Leah, basically every major character is wonderfully paired off by the end of the series.
  • Compelling Voice: Alpha werewolves (to other werewolves, at least). The dazzling from vampires to a certain extent.
  • Compulsory School Age: Quite a few times over the years.
  • Cool Bike: Jacob rides a 1986 Volkswagen Rabbit and Harley Sprint in New Moon.
  • Cool Car:
    • All the Cullens have at least one. Even klutzy Bella gets a motorcycle and a sportscar (a Mercedes S600 Guard, which is somewhat fitting as it is bulletproof and armored against explosives). Word of God says the Cullen family likes to drive fast. Meyer's brothers are massive gearheads, so she let them pick cool cars for each of the characters.
    • Edward: Volvo S60R, Aston Martin V12 Vanquish.
    • Bella: A S600 Guard and a Ferrari F430 after her piece of junk truck broke down.
    • Rosalie: BMW M3
    • Alice: more Porsches than you can probably name.
  • 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.
  • Cool People Rebel Against Authority: Happens often enough to become a theme, or at least suggest that S Meyer has problems with authority. All of her protagonists go crazy when someone tells them what to do and the audience is upposed to side with them on the issue. The Volturi are obviously the main bad guys; any time they issue orders we're supposed to boo and hiss. Riley was an authority figure in Bree Tanner, and Bree hated him. Any time Charlie tried to parent Bella and tell her no, we were supposed to disagree and think him unreasonable. Sam asserted his authority and told Jacob what to do, and he was vilified for it in Breaking Dawn.
  • Creepy Child: Jane, Alec, and Renesmee. The last gets further up in the department since she wasn't intended to be so.
  • Cursed with Awesome:
    • "This is the skin of a killer, Bella!" *sparkles*
    • Vampirism in general, especially if one survives on a diet of animal blood. It's described as being less tasty than human blood, which basically implies that one gets an eternity of youth, beauty, strength, and some sort of super power, and the only downside is that one has to eat something they don't like. Considering some of the things that people actually do in the name of youth, vitality, strength and beauty? In this world The Masquerade probably doesn't exist in order to keep a vampire genocide from happening, but rather to prevent every vampire in the world from being hounded day and night by desperate people wanting to be turned.
  • Curse That Cures: This is how Edward views vampirism. On the bright side, he was saved from a horrible, wasting death from Spanish flu and is now impossibly beautiful. On the negative side, he is hard as rock, dead, can't go out in direct sunlight, constantly thirsts to kill people and has to go to high school for the rest of his life (which is forever). This is why he is unwilling to make Bella a vampire, despite the fact that she wants to be one.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Bella, with lots of Lampshade Hanging from Edward.
  • Daywalking Vampire: Twilight vampires are not hurt by sunlight — instead they sparkle.
  • Deadpan Snarker: 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.
  • Death by Origin Story: Arguably almost all the Cullens, if you count "between life and death, only turning them into a vampire can save them now" as death.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Rosalie.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Edward is from the early 1900s. Some of what he does was perfectly acceptable in his native time. Other parts of his behavior, like sneaking into a girl's room every night to to "protect" her, would have gotten Victorian/Edwardian fathers to take out the shotgun (or send the footman with a club).
  • 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.
    • She gets it again after she has become a vampire, only this time she does consider herself pretty.
  • Deus ex Machina: There are two main reasons in the first three books for why someone wouldn't want to be a vampire: first, the overwhelming desire for human blood, which is incredibly painful to resist, and second, a vampire's inability to reproduce. In Breaking Dawn, however all these concerns are swept away when it turns out that actually, only female vampires can't have babies — male vampires have magical sperm — and therefore Bella is able to have Edward's child by having sex with him before being turned. And after the half-vampire baby starts eating Bella up from the inside and Edward turns Bella in order to save her life, it turns out Bella isn't horribly tempted at all, with a weak attempt at explanation in the form of "Well, she chose to be turned" Actually, Breaking Dawn is crammed FULL of this. A group of powerful vampires, the Volturi are built up for three books as being the most powerful group of vampires around, but Bella's newborn vampire ability just HAPPENS to be able to completely defeat them without even a fight.
  • Dhampyr: Renesmee. A few other Dhampyr are mentioned briefly in this series.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Wordof 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.
  • 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 she 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.
  • Distressed Damsel: Bella. So. Much. Immediately upon arriving in small town USA, she's beset with life-threatening dangers so that Edward can capture her attention by saving her over and over. Odd, since she's the viewpoint character and female lead.
  • Door Stopper: The first three books float around 600 pages. The fourth book is over 700 pages.
  • Double Entendre: Emmett spends a whole chapter and a half of Breaking Dawn making progressively less veiled comments about Edward and Bella's sex life. While her father is around!
  • Double Standard: Bella once criticizes another girl in her school as shallow for only liking Edward because he is good looking and comes from a wealthy family, yet the things about him that she most often expresses appreciation for are (in order of prevalance) his physical appearance, his equally attractive well-to-do family, his nice house and his expensive car.
  • Downer Ending: For Charlie and Renee at least, post-Breaking Dawn. Since Bella takes measures to hide her newfound vampirism from them, with the implication that she's never going to tell them the truth, she will likely abandon them in a decade, before they start to notice that she's stopped aging.
  • Dramatic Ellipsis: The books abuse both these and dashes — though mostly the dashes — in places they don't belong. Like... here — and back there.
  • Dramatic Irony: Bella is afraid of blood, but wants to be a vampire.
    • Bella also hates cold and snow, then falls in love with a man who is literally cold as ice and sparkles in sunlight.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: In the first book of Breaking Dawn, Bella has a dream about the Volturi coming to kill her and the Cullens. Bella narrates the exact same thing happening in the preface of the third book—literally: Meyer just copy-pasted Bella's dream into the preface.
  • Dreaming the Truth: Used in Twilight, New Moon, and Breaking Dawn.
  • Drives Like Crazy: The only thing about Edward that frightens Bella.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him:
    • Bree Tanner. Bad enough she dies for no real reason, but nobody does much to stop it or even really seems to care afterwards.
    • Irina. Her death being a pointless gesture of cruelty was lampshaded in-story, but they had also made a big deal about the fact that they had an ally able to manipulate the elements. Even if the Volturi tore her apart, they could have re-assembled her afterward if he'd kept them from burning the pieces.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: Edward. Bella also is a female version of this.

    E - F 
  • Eccentric Mentor: Aro, one of the most cheerful vampires you've ever seen in the entire series, is also the strongly implied leader of the Volturi, and according to Edward, "You don't irritate the Volturi, not unless you want to die." And this is before SMeyer revealed that Aro killed his sister. Among that, it's because he wants to take over the world — or not the world, but he has some sort of domination plans, it being the reason he killed his sister, because didn't want her to run off with Marcus. Puts the guy in a new light, doesn't it?
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Bella is described as having a very pale complexion with long, straight, dark brown hair. She's the "suffer in silence type" who actually wants to be turned into a vampire.
  • Emergency Transformation: Several times. Actually, most of the Cullens.
    • Esme: Attempted suicide after the death of her son (he was only a few days old).
    • Rosalie: Gang-raped, beaten, and left for dead by her fiance and his friends.
    • Edward: Just another victim of the 1918 Spanish influenza epidemic.
    • Emmett: Mauled by a bear.
    • Alice: Was transformed in order to prevent James from hunting and killing her.
    • Bella: Childbirth complications. Pulverized pelvis, shattered spine, the hole her husband bit in her uterus... y'know, the usual.)
    • The Quileute werewolves: The gene that causes them to phase (which all members of their tribe apparently possess) is only triggered when there is a significant vampire presence (i.e., the Cullens) in the area. Otherwise, they would have remained human.
  • Emo Teen: Bella becomes one for a while after Edward leaves her in New Moon. Also, despite his actual age, Edward. It could be argued that Bella is this through the whole series (until she becomes a vampire) she's constantly miserable (in Edward's absence) despite the fact that she gets straight A's with little effort, her father makes little or no effort to control her and everyone loves her. Any other teenager would be thrilled to have her life.
  • Emotional Maturity Is Physical Maturity:
    • It doesn't matter if a character is a hundred years old or one, their maturity level will correspond to their physical appearance. Actually a plot point — children turned into vampires never mature or learn the consequences of their actions, and cannot be trusted not to simply slaughter a village whenever they get hungry.
    • Averted by Renesmee.
  • The Empath: Jasper, who has the ability to control other people's emotions. Which might explain a good portion of the plot...
  • Enemy Mine: The climax of Eclipse has the Quileutes and Cullens working together to defeat a vampire army headed by Victoria.
    • When the Romanian vampires show up uninvited to join the Cullens' group in Breaking Dawn, they explicitly state that they don't care whether or not Renesmee is an immortal child as the Volturi believe. They're just thrilled that someone is finally willing to stand up to their old enemies, the Volturi, and they want in on it.
  • Enfant Terrible: Babies who turn into vampires. Although they're never seen in the series, the description of one is enough to freak Bella out.
  • Epigraph: The Bible, Romeo and Juliet, Robert Frost's Fire and Ice, Orson Scott Card's Empire.
  • Erotic Dream: Thanks to one of these, Bella gets Edward to have sex with her again while she's still human!
  • Eternal Love: Seems to be treated as the best part of being a vampire: you can be with your true love for all eternity. Or at least until the sun goes supernova.
  • Everybody Hates Mathematics: Bella hates maths; it's her worst subject.
  • The Everyman: Bella Swan, often lampshaded by Edward.
  • Everything's Better with Sparkles: *Sighs* Edward.
  • Express Delivery: Oh boy. After Edward and Bella get pregnant the first time they have sex, they realize that the baby is growing too fast. In fact, the baby quickly tries to "eat" its way out of Bella, so Edward has no choice but to perform a caesarean on Bella. With his teeth, because they are the only thing sharp enough to cut through the protective barrier around the foetus. The damage the baby and the caesarean causes force Edward to turn Bella into a vampire.
  • Fainting: Bad news usually causes Bella to collapse. As does Edward kissing her, once. And a teeny tiny drop of blood. And a few other things.
  • Fan Art: Much of this is pretty snarky. However, there is some serious work out there that's worth taking a look at, as with most fandoms.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • Vampires and werewolves.
    • The vampires, including the Cullens, are strongly prejudiced against humans. Bella accepts fairly easily that vampires are superior to human beings, never wondering why, if this is true, that the Volturi are so dedicated to keeping a supposedly inferior species from finding out about the handful of vampires in the world.
  • Fatal Attractor: Edward would like to believe he is this.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Aro
  • Female Gaze: In a book, no less. Cut out any sentence paying tribute to Edward's godly, wondrous, Adonis-esque physique, and you'll lose maybe more than a third of each book. Even New Moon, which he was only in half of.
  • Fetus Terrible: The only people who seem convinced that Bella's child is a good thing are Bella and Rosalie. Everyone else just wants her to abort it. Considering that it began feeding on its mother's blood while in the womb, then tried to go after a cup of blood her mother spilled while still in the womb, destroying her mother's pelvis and breaking her spine in half in the process, it might have been a good idea.
  • Fiction 500: After 300 years of strategic art collecting and 100 years of playing the stock market (with a clairvoyant providing fiancial advice), the Cullens took second place the 2011 Forbes Fictional 15 list with an estimated wealth of $36.2 billion. Apparently, Carlisle has a controlling interest in the blood product company Immuncor. According to the list, Carlisle has more money than both Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne combined.
  • Fix Fic:
    • A significant number of fics have been written based on the premise of Bree Tanner not dying.
    • As well as many ignoring or rewriting events from the final book so the author's favorite pairing(s) can be together]]
    • There is also Luminosity, which fixes Twilight utilizing a simple What If? scenario where Bella was changed into a more rational, thinking person.
  • Foregone Conclusion: The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. Even if one hasn't read Eclipse the title pretty much gives it away.
  • 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.
  • Four-Girl Ensemble: The four Cullens women are the snarky Bella, pixie-like Alice, elegant Rosalie, and the motherly Esme.
  • Freakiness Shame: Bella's positive reaction to Edward's sparkly skin and odd eyes.
  • Friendless Background: Bella.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampires: The Cullens, not very social but not intentionally harmful.
  • From a Certain Point of View: Meyer (in)famously claimed that vampires are unable to reproduce. When Bella later got knocked up, she went back and used Weasel Words to try and claim she actually meant that only female vampires can't have kids all along (evidently by claiming an obscure definition of "have").
  • From a Single Cell: When Bella is transformed, she goes from starved and skelletor-y to healthy-looking with curves by venom alone.
  • Fur Against Fang: Vampires and werewolves really, really hate each other, although Edward and Jacob make friends pretty quickly as soon as Jacob finds out he imprinted on Edward's infant child, despite the decades of hate. Which doesn't upset anyone except Bella, and only enough for her to try and kill him. Seth seems to get along with the Cullens.
    • There really is no reason why there's so much animosity between them. The werewolves have an excuse to be wary of vampires because one of them attacked and slaughtered their tribe. The vampires, on the other hand, just seem to innately hate werewolves.

    G - H 
  • Gender Flip: The one-off Life and Death:Twilight Reimagined (even the cover is flipped, with a man holding out a green apple) starring Edythe Cullen and Beau (Beaufort) Swan (full list of flipped names here). Ostensibly written to show that Bella is not just a Distressed Damsel, only a powerless human surrounded by super-beings and a male character would've acted the same way.
    • The only characters who aren't flipped are Bella/Beau's parents, which Meyer reasoned would have caused too many narrative problems:
      "Beau was born in 1987. It was a rare thing for a father to get primary custody of a child in those days — even more so when the child was just a baby," wrote Meyer in the foreword. "Most likely, the mother would have had to be proven unfit in some way."
  • Genki Girl: Alice.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: In New Moon, Alice offers to slap some sense into Bella when the later starts to panic.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: "Better than Freaky Fred's backside" from The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (hinting at anal sex there, are we, Meyer?).
  • 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.
    Jacob: Bloody annoying, that's what it is, only you can't be annoyed until after.
  • Glamour Failure: see the much-reviled/-loved *sparkles*
  • Good People Have Good Sex:
    • Edward and Bella as newlyweds. Edward even has to warn Bella that she can't just have sex 24/7.
    • The whole Happily Married Cullen family: Bella even marvels, once she realizes how great vampire sex is, why they aren't having sex all the time.
    Emmett Cullen: Did Edward tell you how many houses Rose and I smashed?
    • To the point where Bella is having so much fun having sex with Edward she forgets about her newborn daughter.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: "HOLY CROW!"
  • Grounded Forever: In New Moon.
    Charlie Swan: Bella, do not ever do that to me again. Ever. And you're grounded for the rest of your life.
  • Happily Adopted: The Cullen kids.
  • Happily Ever After: Bella gets everything she wanted and then some. She marries Edward, becomes a beautiful and powerful vampire, doesn't lose contact with Charlie, the Cullens are all happy and together, she lives in a beautiful cottage, her best friend Jacob finds his own soulmate in her daughter so he can be family now, the Volturi go without a fight, and she gets a beautiful baby girl who requires no raising outside of advice and love, since the kid is well out of diapers and spoon-feeding and screaming by the time she's a year old. However, Bella is an unreliable narrator and it might be Happily till the Volturi come with a plan to destroy the Ever After.
  • Happily Married:
    • The entire merry Cullen bunch, sans Edward (at least, until Breaking Dawn)
    • Also Renee and Phil, and it's implied that Charlie and Sue will end up this way too.
  • Hate Fic: The series gets this treatment a lot, to the point where around half of the fics listed in the recs page are these.
  • Have You Tried Not Being a Monster?: Bella asks Jacob this word for word when he first gets his wolf abilities and she thinks he and his friends have been killing hikers.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Eleazar after leaving the Volturi in favor of a more peaceful lifestyle, but he did this long before the events of the novels and doesn't realize that the Volturi—or, more specifically, Aro—has nasty intentions until Breaking Dawn. After that, he blames himself for helping their cause even though he was blissfully unaware of it for most of his life.
    • The rest of the Denali coven and Edward can also fall under this category, since they all fed on human blood for a portion of their lives and later chose to abstain.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Bella has one for a good part of New Moon. Edward also has one when Bella tells him she is pregnant.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Bella almost makes one in the first book to trade her own life for her mother's when James issues the ultimatum, and then she makes it clear she's prepared to make it again for the sake of her unborn child in Breaking Dawn.
  • 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.
    • An even better example is Carlisle, who is explicitly stated to have trained himself over the roughly three centuries that he has lived as a vampire to the point where he is virtually immune to the smell of human blood.
    • A lack of this on the part of most vampires is also stated to be the reason why not all humans who are fed on become vampires themselves. Enough of the victim's own blood must be left in their veins to allow the vampire's venom to spread through the victim's body and trigger the change. It requires a level of willpower (though not necessarily of the heroic variety) that very few vampires possess to pull themselves back before completely draining the victim.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager:
    • Most of them, but Bella and Edward especially, since they mostly think of absolutely nothing but one another, in New Moon especially to the exclusion of common sense. Bella's Heroic B.S.O.D. in New Moon has particularly unfortunate connotations in this trope, since how it's handled implies that her life is literally nothing without her boyfriend.
  • Horny Devils: The Denali sisters, formerly—they are even said to have inadvertently founded the succubus myth in-universe.
    • Joham, a vampire "scientist" who purposely impregnates human women in order to create vampire/human hybrids, can be considered an incubus.
  • Horror Hunger
  • Hunk: Jacob and all the male werewolves. Also, Emmett is consistently described as being this. Also, Felix is mostly likely this, given he's described as being just as huge and strong as Emmett, and given that he's a vampire, it's probably safe to say that he's this.
    • Laurent describes James as such.
  • Hypocrite: Jake accuses Bella of being this when she is under the impression he and the other wolves have killed people, referring to them being what they are as "wrong". As if Edward didn't tell Bella straight away that he's killed people before, and she doesn't seem to have any problems forgiving Jasper, who also nearly killed her.

    I - K 
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: Edward has to ask the Volturi for help committing suicide in New Moon. It doesn't work.
  • I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: It takes Bella three books to stop talking like this. Heck, she continues to go on about it at her damned wedding, wondering why Edward would have picked her over the more attractive Tanya or Rosalie.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming:
    • Jacob's chapters in Breaking Dawn have chapter titles like You Know You've Got Problems When You Feel Bad For Being Rude To Vampires, Good Thing I've Got A Strong Stomach, Waiting For The Damn Fight To Start Already, What Do I Look Like? The Wizard Of Oz? You Need A Brain? You Need A Heart? Go Ahead. Take Mine. Take Everything I Have. This is opposed to the one-word titles Meyer usually uses.
    • The title of the birth chapter: There Are No Words For This.
    • It could also be a way to show the differences between Bella and Jacob given that the 12 leaked chapters of Midnight Sun are titled on the same style that Bella's titles are.
  • I Hate You, Vampire Dad:
    • Inverted. Not one of the main characters is ever angry at the vampire who turned them. They get plenty angry at their current state but never think to blame Carlisle. Hell, Bella is ecstatic to be turned by Edward. Then again, she'd been wanting it since she found out vampires were real, and jumped on every possible chance to get it.
    • In the case of the Volturi Jane and Alec adore Aro (he saved them from burning at the stake after all). Riley loved Victoria until, sadly, too late for him, he realized that she didn't love him.
    • In the novella, Bree seems quite loyal to Riley, despite the fact that she remembers him turning her into a vampire by kidnapping her and breaking her arm.
  • I Love You, Vampire Son: This sums up Bella and Edward's relationship in Breaking Dawn. See I Hate You, Vampire Dad above.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Almost definitely unintentional, but...when the Cullens play baseball, you could refer to their sports equipment as "vampire bats."
  • Inhumanly Beautiful Race: All the vampires (except James), but especially the Cullens.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Edward when he claims it would be better for Bella to have sex and then be turned into a vampire after she marries him. Rosalie when she says Bella shouldn't be vampired like she wants to because Rosalie herself wouldn't have wanted to in Bella's situation. Edward again whenever he claims that Bella is to blame for her blood smelling good to vampires.
    • Rosalie can be explained by the fact that she was turned against her will to save her life, and has stated that she doesn't entirely enjoy being a vampire (nor can she understand how someone would willingly choose that lifestyle). Edward on the other hand...
  • Insecure Love Interest: In New Moon, Edward leaves Bella because of this, resulting in much Wangst from both of them.
  • Inter-Class Romance: Bella's strictly working class. The Cullens are wealthy (its easy to make money if you're immortal and have a clairvoyant handling your investments).
  • Interrupted Suicide: Edward attempts this on New Moon when he thinks his beloved Bella is dead.
  • Invincible Hero: Pretty much every protagonist in the series, but especially Edward Cullen.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: The whole point of the series.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Rosalie hates being a vampire, and has admitted she'd give up her beauty and immortality just to have the opportunity to have a child of her own. Edward also wishes he could relate to Bella the way a normal guy would, without the bloodlust and super strength getting in the way.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Bella's intent to become a vampire.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Bella is a very good example of type A.
  • I'm Not a Hero, I'm...: "What if I'm not a superhero? What if I'm the bad guy?"
  • In Medias Res: Each book (and the three sections of Breaking Dawn) opens with a preface that describes a scene that happens at the climax of that story.
  • Interspecies Romance: Humans and vampires! Humans and werewolves! Half-humans/half-vampires and werewolves!
  • 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."
  • Ivy League for Everyone: Bella gets in to Dartmouth with very little effort.
  • I Was Having Such a Nice Dream: Bella cries because she is so upset that Edward woke her up from an Erotic Dream she was having about him and her.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: The reason Edward leaves in New Moon.
    • The reason why a lot of vampires (mainly males, strangely enough) make major sacrifices. For example, Jasper's willingness to forgo human blood for Alice, Garrett's presumed willingness to forgo human blood for Kate, Eleazar's willingness to ditch the Volturi for Carmen, et cetera.
  • Jail Bait Wait: A rather extreme form, with werewolves falling in love with toddlers, then having to wait for them to hit their mid-late teens before they can do anything physical.
  • Jerkass: Beau in Life After Death comes across like this at the end of the book. Things go pretty similar to Twilight with him picking a fight with Charlie and leaving, but then Beau ends up becoming a vampire much earlier than Bella did. Instead of trying to explain the way Bella did in Breaking Dawn, he goes along with the Cullens' plan of faking his death in a car accident.
  • Just Eat Gilligan: Why didn't Carlisle call the Volturi in New Moon and tell them to tell Edward that Bella was alive?
    • Explained in universe. Carlisle didn't stay in contact with the Volturi after leaving them centuries earlier. Aro had plans to check on him eventually and find out how he fared, but they didn't stay close enough for Carlisle to have his phone number.
  • Kill It with Fire: The only known way to get rid of vampires for good. But just fire isn't enough: first you have to rip them up into pieces (which is kind of difficult, considering that their flesh is as hard as stone) and then scatter the ashes. However, since their bodily fluids are flammable, once you have them in little pieces setting them on fire is pretty easy.
    • A simple way for them to get set on fire would be through the mouth. And considering the most physically supreme coven in existence (the Romanians) died from regular arson (by the Volturi, but still just arson), they are obviously not nearly as impervious as they seem.
    • The reason why vampires have to be in pieces before they can be burned is because otherwise they can put the flames out, which is largely helped by their Super Speed. Even if a vampire were to be set on fire through the mouth, all he or she would have to do to extinguish the flame would be to close their mouth.
  • Kissing Cousins: Sam and Leah are 2nd cousins. This means that it is also possible that he is related to Emily.
    • This could apply to Edward and Tanya—though, not literally—but we're not quite sure how diligent Tanya was in her romantic pursuit.
  • Kiss of the Vampire: Edward and Bella's make-out sessions in early books are decidedly tame for this reason.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Edward is more like Bella's knight in sparkling armor.

    L - M 
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: Bella wasn't even trying to get pregnant. Then suddenly she did! Rosalie and Esme, on the other hand, will never be able to have children of their own (although Esme seems perfectly happy with her big family of big immortal adopted children).
  • Let's Meet the Meat: Well, technically.
  • Lost in Imitation: It's a major complaint for many that Edward and the other vampires are unaffected by sunlight (other than going sparkly), but if you read Dracula, vampires aren't supposed to be vaporized by sunlight, just lose their superhuman abilities.
  • Love at First Sight:
    • Imprinting for werewolves, sometimes to a squicky level.
    Jacob: It's not like love at first sight, really. It's more like ... gravity moves. When you see her, suddenly it's not the earth holding you here anymore. She does. And nothing matters more than her. (Eclipse)
    • Variant: Edward falls in Love At First Smell, effectively.
    • Some would say Bella. Considering the first chapter of the first book is entitled "First Sight"...
  • Love Makes You Crazy: a central theme. Both Edward and Bella fit this trope.
    • Bella unquestionably, because of her lack of reaction to the fact that Edward's a vampire - which he often comments on.
    • Not to mention that she constantly get in trouble, walking alone in a dangerous forest, dark alleys, unstable werewolves, evil vampires. How she made it to seventeen before Edward met her is a mystery.
    • New Moon lampshaded it as well, with a comment from Alice: "I've never met anyone so prone to life-threatening idiocy!"
    • There's a part in the first book where Bella outright tells the reader she's thinking of deliberately putting herself in danger, and thus forcing Edward to come save her, in order to make him stick around. It's on page 211, chapter 10.
    • An early one: When Edward takes Bella to meet his family for the first time, she's much more concerned by the possibility that they won't like her than by the fact that she could very well end up as their next meal. Lampshaded, naturally, by Edward.
  • Ludicrous Precision: When she gets stomach flu in New Moon, Bella spends exactly twenty-four hours on the floor of the bathroom.
  • Magic A Is Magic A: How Alice's precognition worked seemed to vary each time it figured into the plot. Sometimes her visions are infallible, other times unreliable, and sometimes people can avoid showing up on her radar if they know the right tricks. Sometimes she can get visions of things she specifically wants to see, other times what she sees and when she sees it are totally random. Generally the only thing consistent is her power goes dark if the future involves a species she's never been, like a werewolf or half-vampire.
  • Magical Native American: The werewolves can be counted as part of this trend, given their common ethnicity.
  • Malaproper: Meyer doesn't know what all of the words she uses mean.
    • At one point in the first chapter, Bella's schedule is accidentally implied to be covered in fish semen due to the magic of this trope.
    • Another memorable instance has Meyer say Bella is "translucent," implying this is something that's odd about her. All humans have translucent skin.
    • In still another Bella watches wide trenches filled with water protecting a fortified building swirl in the air.
      • To be fair, that's more of a spelling error since the proper word, 'motes', sounds exactly the same.
    • In the fourth book a little girl plays with one of the werewolves hair like it's periods of rulership.
  • Manchild:
    • Edward Cullen is over 100 years old, a virgin, and decides to start a relationship with a human whose blood smells sweet to him & his presence puts her in constant danger. He gets better, although she gets MUCH worse
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Alice to Jasper.
  • Mandatory Motherhood: Technically, not every woman in the story is capable of reproduction. However, the ones that aren't are universally regarded as having something wrong with them, especially if they don't want to have children. Meyer even contradicts herself to uphold this (she originally said all vampires couldn't have children and later changed it to female vampires can't have children.) In a particularly disturbing passage, an infertile young woman is described as a horror who is less than female.
  • Manly Men Can Hunt: The male Cullens. Actually, all male vampires.
    • Also Jacob, but he's only shown hunting in his wolf form.
  • Mars Needs Women: The imprinting business with the werewolves looks suspiciously like this, especially if all female werewolves are as infertile as Leah. According to Meyer, there were no female werewolves before Leah and it is never said if a female werewolf could imprint.
  • 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).
  • Master of the Mixed Message: Edward. Oh, god, Edward.
  • May Fly December Romance: One of Bella's main reasons for wanting to become a vampire is her concern that, when she grows old, Edward will no longer find her physically appealing.
  • Mindlink Mates: A non-romantic version with the werewolves. Those in the same pack can hear each other's thoughts when they're in wolf form.
  • Mind Rape:
    • Specifically Jane and Alec, although most of the Volturi can fall under this category.
    • Renesmee. Especially disturbing when you think of what she could do once she grows up and gains a better understanding of nightmare fuel. Doubly so since it's heavily implied that anyone seeing her visions can't help but believe them to be true.
    • Jasper. His power is to control the emotions of anyone he chooses. It is irrelevant what you want to feel.
    Jacob: Bloody annoying, that's what it is, only you can't be annoyed until after."
  • Misaimed Fandom: In-universe; Bella's Romeo and Juliet comparisons, which indicate that she has not actually understood the play... Just like a large number of teen girls.
  • Mockbuster: Called Blood Red Moon. Reviewed by Obscurus Lupa.
  • Moral Dissonance: Holy HELL is there Moral Dissonance. It starts with the idea that Edward once resented Carlisle for years for trying to stop him from eating people (which Bella finds reasonable).
  • Moral Myopia: Victoria's reason for wanting to kill Edward and Bella is to avenge James. It was never brought up that the only reason Edward killed James was because he thought it was good idea to make Bella his next prey, ignoring the Cullens' warning that Bella was under their protection, and thus off limits.
  • The Musical: A fan-made one. Twilight The Musical.
  • 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.

    N - O 
  • Narrating the Obvious: The series is notorious for this. Bella 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: Oh, God.
    • Alice being able to see the future (Specifically how well it works goes up and down depending on how handy it is or isn't to the plot for her power to work. And not just how well it works at the moment, how well it's always worked and how much the Cullens have always depended on it changes to reflect how well it works in any particular scene).
    • Marcus's power was pretty much drudged up to show yet again just how soul-bonded Bella and Edward are.
    • Victoria's power to always know where to hide was basically a way for the author to Hand Wave how a pack of werewolves and the entire Cullen family together couldn't catch her sooner.
    • Arguably, Bella's ability to suppress vampires' powers.
    • Charles, a never-before-seen vampire at the end of Breaking Dawn, has the power to detect lies and is introduced to confirm that all of the Cullens' claims are the truth. Maggie has the opposite power—she's able to detect lies.
    • Kate's power to psychically electrocute others with a touch is pretty convenient, as it helped Bella learn how to expand her shield to protect everyone. This also applies to Zafrina's realistic visual illusions.
    • Additionally, Eleazar's oh-so convenient ability to detect other vampire powers is the reason why Bella even knows her shield exists.
  • New Transfer Student: Bella, to open the series.
  • Nice Girl: Angela Weber, a background character.
  • 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.
  • No Periods, Period: Breaking Dawn reveals that Leah Clearwater, the only female in the Quileute werewolf pack, is a "genetic dead end" (as she puts it) because she stopped getting her period when she first became a werewolf. And she thinks this is a bad thing. Though, given how human anatomy and tropes work, she's probably right.
    • And of course, vampires don't have periods, because their bodies are unchanging (this ties into the whole "can't bear children" thing).
    • 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.
  • No-Sell:
    • Edward can read every human, vampire, or spirit wolf's mind, but not his beloved Bella's. This fascinates him.
    • Nor Charlie's, for the most part, as was revealed in Midnight Sun.
    • James' reaction to getting maced.
    • This could also be seen as an example of True Love Is Exceptional.
  • Not Blood Siblings: ...Bad puns about their dietary habits aside.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: For someone who grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, Bella sure speaks like a Californian.
  • Obstructive Code of Conduct: The Volturi enforce laws that all other vampires must follow: any humans who learn of vampires must be turned into vampires or killed, do not turn babies or toddlers into vampires, do not make alliances with werewolves, do not hunt in Volterra, do not lie to or defy the Volturi. The punishment is death, but the Volturi often bends the rules and invites vampires with special talents to join them.
  • Oddly Common Rarity: Imprinting is supposed to be rare, yet the entire wolfpack that we see save Seth and Leah have imprinted by the end of the series. The series spans two years.
    • This also applies to vampires' psychic powers. They're constantly said to be rare throughout the first three books, but by Breaking Dawn, it seems like vampires without powers are the minority.
  • One Head Taller: In the books, the vast majority of the males are tall and the vast majority of the women are average or short. The Quileutes take this Up to Eleven.
  • One Steve Limit: Meyer appears to have gone to pains to avoid name overlap, considering her huge cast of characters, but she almost seems to have a fixation on the name Charles. We have the main character's overbearing father, Esme's abusive first husband, and the vampire who's singled out at the end of Breaking Dawn because of his power to verify that the Cullens are telling the truth about Renesmee.
  • One True Love: Bella and Edward, of course. One, as the fact that they neither have nor can have any other romantic love interest shows. And true, because, even though Mike Newton, Tyler Crowley, Eric Yorkie, Jacob Black, and Tanya all try to persuade Bella or Edward that they would be perfect together, the only perfect pairing (indeed, the only possible one) is Bella and Edward.
  • Only Sane Man: Bella's dad, Charlie, the sanest any Twilight character can be.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Bella, the main character. Well at least she was supposed to be...
    • Bella's human friends
  • Orphaned Series: Midnight Sun was dropped midway through being written with no indication that it'll ever be finished.
  • The Other Rainforest: Set in Forks, Washington.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: And how! they're sparkly golem-like creatures made of diamonds that run on explosive oil strained from human blood, without fangs (even cute little ones) and have no problem with the sun, holy symbols or garlic. Hell, Twilight is practically the embodiment of this trope!
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: The Quileute (also referred to as shape-shifters) are purely hereditary, and they have higher body temperatures, for one. They can also transform at will, as long as there's a nearby vampire presence. More traditional werewolves are mentioned — the Volturi have hunted them to near-extinction.

    P - R 
  • Pair the Spares: Nearly everyone except Leah, and the author seems to want her to be especially disliked.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: It takes Bella an insanely short amount of time to figure out that Edward is a vampire.
  • Paranormal Romance
  • Plot-Relevant Age-Up: One-month gestation results in a September birth date. By December, Renesmee is walking, talking, and reading Tennyson. Another half-vampire reveals that maturity is reached at the age of seven.
  • Poor Communication Kills: In New Moon, one of Charlie's friends dies, and when Edward gets wind of the funeral he is mistakenly led to believe that it was Bella who died, driving him to go to Italy and attempt suicide by sparkling. Why he never thought to call someone to verify this or look in the local paper for her obituary instead of automatically assuming she was really dead is anyone's guess. Or why it never crossed his mind that a small-town police officer would be obliged to go to funerals of town officials, homicide or accident victims, retired officers... basically, anyone in town who'd been influential or died by violence.
  • Pretty Boy: Every single one of the male vampires, except for Emmett and Felix, and James.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality:
    • You can eat humans, and we'll even lend you our cars to broaden your range, as long as you don't try to eat Bella Swan.
    • Also: the wolves won't do a thing to stop said human nomming if it's being done in the name of Jake's sweetie, Renesmee.
    • In a list of traits that mark an abuser. If you get any, then that person is dangerous. Edward Cullen gets almost all of them.
  • Psychic Dreams for Everyone: Bella has prophetic dreams for no apparent reason.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!:
    • Rosalie in Breaking Dawn:
    "You. Got. Food. In. My. Hair."
  • Puny Earthlings: Humans can't possibly compete with or stand up to vampires or werewolves, and it's implied that before the Cullens only werewolves could protect normal people from vampires.
  • Purple Prose: Buckets. Especially when it comes to Edward's appearance.
  • Rape as Backstory: Rosalie. Esme is also a possibility.
  • 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.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: To the books instead of in them is the not-quite-blog Reasoning With Vampires, which picks apart word choice, sentence structure, logistical issues, and just about everything else wrong with the series in little infographics that deal with specific, stand-out segments of the book. It's surprisingly respectful, for all that.
  • Recycled In Space: Described by the author as Romeo and Juliet WITH VAMPIRES AND WEREWOLVES!
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: For the vampires that drink human blood, as well as newborn ones.
  • Reluctant Warrior: Carlisle to the point that the werewolves designated him a non-priority target; he had the most experience and a lot of potential to do harm, but his hesitation made him less dangerous.
  • Remember the New Guy:
    • We hear briefly about the Volturi, mainly that they and Carlisle are on friendly terms, but that he left because he did not agree with their diet of humans. Edward speaks pretty well of them, when he tells Bella about them. In the next book and all books after, it's revealed that the Volturi are a highly corrupt organization, and the Cullens are all highly suspicious of them. This also leads to a case of Remember Those New Rules, since it's not until then that it's mentioned that there are any sort of laws or governing of vampires.
    • In New Moon, we find out that the teenagers of La Push had been turning into werewolves ever since the Cullens first settled down in Forks. This is not present in Twilight or Midnight Sun (when nothing is done to stop Peter and Charlotte from killing people in Forks).
  • The Renfield: People who work for Volturi hope, that they will be transformed into vampires, but may be also killed.
  • 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.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Victoria's search to harm Bella after The Cullens kill her mate James.
  • The Rich Have White Stuff: Specifically invoked in the case of the Cullens.
    • The Cullens are shocking white vampires, in contrast to everyone but most startlingly to the Quileutes, who are dark tan with black hair. The Quileutes are obviously natives, and at one point Edward Cullen is referred to as "the freaky pale skinned boy". This may also play on the expectations of immortal vampires being wealthy and native peoples not.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Jacob in Breaking Dawn decides Bella's baby must die, because Bella apparently died giving birth to her. At least, that was until he looked into the baby's eyes.
  • Roaring Rampage of Romance: Bella and Edward start a war and cause all sorts of chaos and mayhem, including hurting each other, in their quest to be together.
  • Romance Novel

    S - T 
  • Sadly Mythtaken:
    • Granted, vampires actually didn't sparkle in sunlight; vampires hating (or even rotting in) the sun is actually Newer Than They Think, the idea having been invented and popularized by Nosferatu.
    • On the negative side, the myths used to have ugly, short, smelly peasant vampires with reddish not pale skin. They almost always had some sort of shapeshifting and definitely did sleep (during the day at least). Fangs were also common because of the lips of posthumously exhumed corpses being peeled back after death. Telekinetic and other creepy poltergeist abilities were common because if something bad happened in your home it's easier to just blame a dead guy.
    • On the positive side for werewolves while several myths of werewolves were a little more anthropomorphic the most of the original myths of werewolves actually were just men changing into wolves without anthropomorphic features. Twilight also explicitly mentions the more modern werewolves with their changing on the full moon and bites transferring the infection.
  • Satellite Love Interest:
    • One of the most bizarre examples of this trope can be found in the concept of "imprinting", in which males "recognize" the females that they are destined to fall in love with — which can occur as early as child-birth (in fact, Jacob imprinted on Bella's child before she was even conceived). Many of these female imprintees are "basic" by default considering they're infants or toddlers and thus have no fixed personalities at all. Their lives revolve entirely around their future husbands considering the teenage boys appear to become their caregivers until they're of marriageable age, and whether the girls ''want'' to be in these relationships is treated as somewhat irrelevant in the text. They are future wives, nothing more. In-universe, it's explained that the boys become anything and everything that the girls want. They literally live and breath to make their imprints happy. So they're satellites as well.
      • One example of this was when Jacob came across his friend Quil (a teenage boy) on a date with Claire (a two year old) at the beach, which involved Quil just watching as Claire played in the sand.
    • Also, Bella Swan, 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 Bella to a satellite around Edward—always orientating herself to always be near him—and Bella agrees with her mother with no second thoughts.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Supernatural Powers!: Especially Bree Tanner, but even Bella and most of the Cullens think like that sometimes.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Carlise helps to take care of the wounded Quileutes, despite the centuries-old feud between the two groups. This helps to bridge the gap between the two clans.
  • Second-Act Breakup: Pretty much the only point of New Moon.
  • 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.
  • Sexy Discretion Shot: Breaking Dawn. Edward and Bella arrive at their honeymoon destination. She takes a shower and goes out on the beach where Edward is. She takes her towel off, he pulls her into his arms and... Oh look, it's the next morning.
  • Shoot the Medic First: Inverted. The Quileutes have a standing policy that Carlise is the lowest priority target should they ever attack the Cullens.
  • Shot to the Heart: Variant: Edward injects vampire venom directly into Bella's heart in an attempt to save her life after a difficult childbirth.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Bella compares her love affair with Edward to Wuthering Heights and Romeo and Juliet. New Moon parallels the latter when Bella and Edward almost commit Tag Team Suicide due to a communication error. Even funnier when considered that Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet to be a cautionary tale about the dangers of falling in love too fast, which is exactly what Bella and Edward did! On the more squicky end, one couple is Claire and Quil. Claire is two, Quil is Jacob's age.
    • How about Rosalie as the Bride in Kill Bill?
    • Depending on whether Twilight or Full Metal Panic! came out first, the Japanese title of the first book (The Boy I Like Is Kinda a Vampire) can be a Shout-Out to the title of the first episode of Full Metal Panic (The Guy I Like Is Kinda a Sergeant)
    • The fact that the Cullen family likes to drive fast could be a Shout-Out to the line "the dead travel fast" from Bram Stoker's Dracula. (Which was itself a quote from a famous German poem.)
    • Leah's cousin Emily is introduced in New Moon.
  • Show, Don't Tell: Inverted. Stephenie Meyer's Modus Operandi. She strongly dislikes the word "said" and almost always provides at the very least an adverb for the verb she decides to use, rather than letting the dialogue speak for itself. She is also a big fan of saying how people feel, which can be jarring, since the books are told from a first-person perspective and (with the exception of Midnight Sun) do not have a narrator who can read minds. At the very least, Bella's supposed to have been socially withdrawn before the story begins, and as a result doesn't sound like somebody who'd be skilled at reading other people.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts:
    • Bella's opinion of Sam and Emily.
    • One could also argue this for Edward and Bella, he is fascinated by even the most mundane things about her 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.
  • Six Student Clique:
    • Bella's friends at Fork High School.
      • The Head: Mike
      • The Muscle: Tyler
      • The Quirk: Eric
      • The Pretty One: Lauren
      • The Smart One: Angela
      • The Wild One: Jessica
      • Sixth Ranger: Bella, though she pretty much ditches them for the Cullens. Angela's boyfriend, Ben, could also count.
    • The Cullens themselves, especially when they attend high school, and especially once Bella begins dating Edward.
      • The Head: Edward
      • The Muscle: Emmett
      • The Quirk: Jasper
      • The Pretty One: Rosalie
      • The Smart One: Bella
      • The Wild One: Alice
  • Smug Super: Most of the vampires.
  • Someone to Remember Him By: Inverted, invoked, and rejected. Inverted in the sense that Bella is the one that would die if she carried out her pregnancy. Invoked when Bella tries to tell Edward that though she'll probably die, Edward will still have their child to love and take care of in her place. Rejected when Edward tells her he doesn't think he could possibly love their child if he/she is the reason for taking Bella away, as he/she would also be a representation of Bella's ignorance of Edward's choice in the matter.
  • Stag Party: Subverted; the Cullens' idea of a bachelor party is hunting grizzly bears and mountain lions. When Bella asks Edward if there will be strippers, Emmett can be heard yelling "Bo-ring!"
  • Stalker With a Crush: Edward.
  • Stalking Is Love: Edward. Following Bella to keep her safe. Sneaking into her room to watch her sleep. Even before he was involved with her. And he gets her in the end, too.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: James attempted this trope, video taping him torturing and killing Bella to make Edward seek revenge and start a "game" with him. Lucky for Bella, Edward was fast enough to avert it.
  • The Stoic: Sam Uley. Forced to deal with his lycanthropy on his own, he cultivated a kind of zen calm to cope, and help the others who came later.
  • Static Character:
    • All the vampires, literally. Word of God is that they are forever frozen at the same level of emotional maturity they were at when they were turned. Hence why Edward manages to become an Emo Teen while being over a hundred years old.
    • Bella does not change or grow as a person at all throughout the course of the story.
  • Stupid Sacrifice: Bella attempts this several times.
  • Suck Out the Poison: In Twilight, vampires have no body fluids except for venom, which is used to change people into vampires via biting. When James bites Bella at the climax of the first novel, Edward has to suck out the poison to prevent it from spreading. A very heroic thing, except that A) this technique rarely works in the real world (due to the circulation system almost instantly carrying the poison away from the wound) and B) Edward himself has venom in his mouth. By all rights, Bella should have been a vampire by the end of the first book. This is what ends up happening in Life after Death; Edythe attempts to suck out the venom, but its gotten too far into Beau's system and his transformation has always begun.
  • Suicide by Sunlight: Attempted by Edward.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: When the vampires have fed off of non-human blood. When thirsty, they go black, and if they've had human recently, they turn red.
  • Supporting Protagonist: While Bella is no doubt the protagonist of the series, Edward is The Hero and does all the heroic stuff up until the end of Breaking Dawn.
  • Sympathetic Murder Backstory: Edward Cullen confesses to murdering a whole bunch of people shortly after he was turned, and Bella narrates that it is perfectly reasonable.
  • Tag Team Suicide: Edward tries this in New Moon when he thinks Bella's dead.
  • Talking the Monster to Death: At the end of the last book of the series, a great battle pitting vampire against vampire is waived in favor of a lengthy discussion. Everyone goes home without a single punch thrown. This comes after reading through a lengthy training montage that is said to take weeks if not months of book time.
  • Team Mom: Esme, to the vampires; Emily, to the wolves.
  • Their First Time: Played straight, except when Edward and Bella kept switching positions on who was the "ready" one.
  • Theme Naming: Many of the Quileutes have Old Testament Biblical names. (Jacob, Leah, Seth, Samuel, Paul...) Four of them (Jacob, Seth, Emily, and Paul) were named after Meyer's siblings. It can also be attributed to the Mormon belief that many if not all Native Americans are descendants of a Hebrew tribe known as the Lamanites.
  • Those Two Guys: Bella's human friends, as well as the members of the pack (who aren't Jacob, Sam, Leah, or Seth) fill this role. Quil and Embry fill it especially well.
  • The Three Faces of Eve: Bella's Naïve Everygirl is contrasted with Esme (wife), who warmly welcomes Bella into her home and later restores a cottage on the Cullen estate for Bella and Edward, Rosalie (seductress), who is jealous of Edward's affection for Bella because she the one who has always been desired by men, and Alice (child), who values Bella's safety above all and cares for her like a sister.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Bree and Diego from The Short, Second Life of Bree Tanner would surely count as well. They both know that they're being kept in a basement by a Riley, who (A) has been kidnapping other teenagers to make into vampires and (B) clearly doesn't care if they kill each other. Later on, they discover that the story they had been fed about how sunlight burns them up was a lie. They also learn that they were all being used as cannon fodder and Bree remembers that the night she had been turned into a vampire, she had been kidnapped and tricked into it. They also find out that Riley is discussing plans with Victoria. So of course they come to the conclusion that Riley is completely innocent and will surely help them if they tell him everything they know, so Diego decides to meet him alone, to tell Riley that he knows all of these secrets, without telling anyone except for Bree where he is going. Needless to say, Diego does not return. Bree qualifies as this trope because after all of that, she doesn't realize that Diego is dead until Riley has run off and left her and the other vampires to be killed by the Cullens. What a brilliant pair!
  • Trans Equals Gay: In Eclipse, the Quilleute shapeshifters' discomfort with opposite genders sharing sexual memories through their telepathy is characterized as gender confusion.
  • Traumatic C-Section: The scene wherein Edward rips Bella's unborn child out from her body with his teeth. Probably not intended to be as worrying as it is. Though considering that when they tried to do it the normal way, the scalpel broke. It's implied that they cut up her entire stomach, in a cross from ribcage to hip.
  • Trend Covers: Practically every other YA novel getting released/re-released since Twilight has a "one symbolic object on dark background" cover. Though Newer Than They Think since this sort of symbolism has popped up in many genres such as mystery due to the pretty basic symbolism/eye catching picture it provides.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Edward Cullen, described as a fatalist by the author and self loathing by the actor that plays him. Not to mention that he spents half of the time calling himself a soulless monster.
  • Two-Person Pool Party: The Honeymoon, but in ocean instead of a pool. Good thing it's a private island!

    U - Z 
  • Uncanny Valley: Averted in-universe. Lampshaded when a new vampire gets instructions about how to behave human. ("Cross your legs, blink three times a minute, lift your shoulders so it looks like you are breathing.")
  • Undeathly Pallor: Every character who is considered beautiful.
  • Unfortunate Names
  • Unreliable Narrator:
    • Bella is supposed to have low self-esteem about her looks, but the events of the series suggest that she's gorgeous. There are also plenty of probably unintentional examples - for example, Bella becomes convinced that her friend Jessica is using her for popularity and doesn't actually like her, on the basis of absolutely no evidence. One of the plainer examples comes from the beginning of the third book where she describes the Cullens as "dedicated to protecting human life," then shortly afterward we see Edward reacting to a killing spree in a nearby city that's obviously perpetrated by a vampire, which he brushes off as Someone Else's Problem.
    • In Bree's novella, the protagonist sees Edward as a good-looking red-headed guy, rather than the marble-perfect tousled, bronze-haired Adonis of Bella's descriptions, suggesting that Bella's viewpoint might be skewed.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: The Cullens attempt to be this to throw off suspicion, though its debatable how effective they are at this. Despite being Genre Blind to their true nature, the rest of the school have noticed that both pairs of adopted siblings are romantically involved, that they always buy lunch but never eat any of it, and that they are absent on sunny days.
  • Vampire Bites Suck: Extremely painful venom and one of the few things that can actually leave a mark on vampire skin.
  • Vampires Are Rich: The Cullens own their own island. James, Laurent or Victoria were not rich, however. The nomads vampires in general are not wealthy, just vampires who establish big covens and are old enough to accumulate money.
  • Vegetarian Vampire: The Cullen clan of vampires, who hunt, kill and drink the blood of animals for sustenance, call themselves "vegetarians". They make a point to say they are careful not to impact the environment. Considering how fast they move on foot and the excess of money they have, they can travel pretty much wherever is needed in order to be responsible vampires. An easier way of not impacting the enviroment would have been to just go to any butcher shop and outright buy a few litres of pig's blood.
  • Vehicular Sabotage: In Twilight, Charlie detached Bella's battery cables for fear Bella would sneak out of the house to see Edward.
  • Viewers Are Goldfish: Stephenie Meyer has the irresistible urge to describe how unbelievably gorgeous Edward is over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over AND OVER!!!!! We heard you the first time, Meyer.
  • Wanton Cruelty to the Common Comma: It happens a lot.
  • Wants a Prize for Basic Decency: Bella seems to think that the Cullens refraining from eating humans makes them some of the greatest people who ever lived. Even if they actively look down on the humans it would bother them to kill, are friends with plenty of other vampires who think nothing of feeding on humans, commit plenty of other crimes with no hesitation or remorse, and have a distinct laissez-faire policy toward bad things happening around them unless it's something that stands a good chance of inconveniencing them, personally.
  • Warm Bloodbags Are Everywhere: This series runs on this trope.
  • We All Live in America: When Bella is in Italy and narrates the celebration of "Saint Marcus' Day", it sounds very much like Saint Patrick's Day with red instead of green.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Or "danger magnet" as Bella calls herself.
  • What a Piece of Junk: Charlie bought Billy Black's truck for Bella when she decided to move to Forks to live with him. It was a gift to show his appreciation for her moving in. Bella was hesitant to like it at first, worried that it would cost too much money to keep up and that it might be in bad condition, but as soon as she saw it, she knew it was perfect for her. It's a 1953 Chevy Pick-up truck.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Carlisle's power is "compassion", Esme's power is love. But Rosalie's main power, according to Meyer, is beauty. The alternative suggested by Edward, tenacity, isn't much better.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Inverted. 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.
    • The Cullens seem to have it the same way: despite their own moral reasons for abstaining from a human diet, they don't really care if humans die by being eaten by vampires, as long as they're not the ones doing it.
      • On the other hand Bella's freaking out about the tragedy of all the lives being lost at the beginning of Eclipse, so figure that.
  • Wife Husbandry:
    • Quil and Claire.
    • Jacob and Renesmee.
  • Wish Fulfillment: Reading the book, and Meyer's statements in interviews, shows that the Twilight books are nothing but this. Ranging from the popularity in highschool, to Edward's personality, including the admittance that Bella is 'the daughter she wanted, but never had' and that Renesmee is how she wanted child-raising to be like.
  • With Us or Against Us: After her breakdown in book II, Bella divides her acquaintances at school into "friends" and "enemies" based on how loyal they were to her after what amounts to a four-month-long silent treatment.
  • Wrench Wench: Rosalie.
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: Edward claims at one point that Renesmee gains a year and a half of development in around 1 month. This means she should be around 18 in only a year, not in 7 years like the story claims.
    • A one-month pregnancy implies a growth rate of nine times normal, whereas "five years in three to four months" implies a growth rate of between fifteen and twenty times normal.
    • Although it was stated that her aging would gradually slow down as time progressed, Carlisle said her growth decelerated so slowly that they weren't even sure it was really happening.
    • Edward also claims in Twilight that he was born in 1901 and that that was 107 years ago, but when you look it up in the timeline you find that the year in which Twilight took place was 2005, effectively putting Edward in his 104th year.
  • You Are Grounded: From the last chapter of New Moon to the first chapter of Eclipse.
  • You Are What You Hate: Dangerous to hang out with, have a hard time keeping their instincts under control, and are physically powerful. Vampire, or werewolf?
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Victoria had planned to do this with Riley in Eclipse under the guise of "being in love" with him, which Edward tried to warned Riley about.
  • You Keep Using That Word:
    • Bella's skin is "translucent". Translucent means "Allowing light, but not detailed images, to pass through." Skin is slightly translucent, which is why, if a person sticks a flashlight in their mouth, their skin glows red. Why this is so noticeable and unique for Bella is never explained, considering it's a universal human thing.
    • Not once in the text does Bella/Stephenie use the words "reason" and "reasonable" correctly, as she seems to think the latter means "graceful"; what she means by the former is not known.
    • Meyer seems to think that "subjective", when applied to Alice's visions, means "can change easily".
  • You Must Be Cold: because Edward is convinced Bella's going to go into shock and let's face it, it's not like the cold bothers him.
  • 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. Also, Bella had a history of night terrors and talking in her sleep which ceased after her honeymoon.
  • Younger Than They Look: Renesmee.
  • Your Vampires Suck: This series has been on both the giving and receiving end of this trope (receiving more often than not, though).
  • You Sexy Beast: The entire basis of the series. And the author loves to remind us.

*SPARKLE*

Alternative Title(s): New Moon, The Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn

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