Brianna Monique Danielson (nee Garcia-Colace) and Stephanie Nicole Garcia-Colace (born on November 21, 1983) are better known as WWE Divas Brie and Nikki Bella, commonly known as The Bella Twins. They are best known for their use of "Twin Magic," in which they switch places to fool their opponents. Each Bella has been a one-time WWE Divas's Champion, making the Bella Twins collectively two-time Divas's Champions. In addition to their WWE careers, they are notable for starring in Total Divas.That Other Wiki has a rundown of their career.
Tropes associated with the Bella Twins:
A-Cup Angst: Nikki disliked her bust size so much she got a boob-job. She said in an interview that she was initially happy with her figure but didn't like how things were starting to "sag" as she approached 30.
Alpha Bitches: Since turning heel in early 2011, they have been acting like prima donnas. They also guard their presumed status "heads of the divas division" jealously, especially Nikki. Their antagonism toward anyone almost always comes back to fear of losing this supposed spot to someone else, be they NXT rookies, the current Divas's Champion, or a Wrestling Monster like Kharma.
Beta Bitch: When one sister held the Divas' title, the other sister became this.
Armour-Piercing Slap: When Jerry Lawler tries to stop Nikki from attacking Brie, she smacks him in the face...and he backs off.
Ascended Meme: 'Brie Mode' was a nickname for Brie when she gets too drunk. She ended up making it a catchphrase, naming a move after it and eventually getting it on a t-shirt. Plenty of Brie Mode signs followed suit.
Big Sister Instinct: Brie has protected Nikki from unnecessary conflict several times, the most notable being Nikki's match against Tamina Snuka on November 11, 2013. Nikki received a headbutt from AJ Lee while resting on a rope, Brie immediately attacked AJ, but was slammed into the side of the ring. Nikki is left unable to defend herself and loses the match, AJ skips around the ring to then get drop kicked in the face by Brie, AJ rolls out of the ring, and Tamina lifts Brie onto her shoulder, but Brie slips out of it and drop kicks Tamina in the face and falls out of the ring. Brie then rushes to Nikki, who is still on the floor, and stands by her protectively.◊
Averted one time Brie left Nikki to get attacked by Kharma. Nikki forgave Brie because she admitted she would have done the exact same thing.
Do Not Call Me Paul: On Total Divas the name Bella is used as if it's their real last name - whereas other talent gets called by their real names. That being said, Bryan does use Brie's real last name when he proposes to her.
Double Entendre: Nikki's finisher is called The Rack Attack - both a reference to her bigger boobs than Brie's and the fact that it's done from a Torture Rack.
Evil Is Petty: Their primary heel tactic amounts to making fun of their foe, often just because the target can't do anything in return.
Evil Twin: Nikki plays this role whenever the sisters are pit against each other. First in 2009 briefly, then on NXT season 3, and in 2014. Nikki finally got to be the "good" twin in 2011 when she was on Team Teddy going into WrestleMania 28 with Brie on Team Johnny. Also at WrestleMania 30 it was Brie who attacked Nikki first, having realised that they were opponents in their match.
As soon as the twins turned back face, fans were already speculating when Nikki would turn heel on Brie - and never the other way around. Sure enough...
After finding out that Daniel Bryan had been dating Gail Kim for six months and only been with them out of pity, since they had nothing to do after Raw stopped having Guest Hosts.
Nikki turned heel again on August 17, 2014 at SummerSlam when she came to the ring for Brie's match against Stephanie, leading the audience to assume that she was there to help Brie against Stephanie and Triple H. She ended up attacking Brie instead, then walked away and let Stephanie win the match.
Fan Nickname: Nikki opted for 'Fearless Nikki' when Stephanie started mistreating her.
Fire-Forged Friends: After AJ Lee's pipe bombshell promo, the Bellas grudgingly sided with the rest of the Total Divas cast, gradually turning face. By the time Survivor Series came around, they were all united against AJ and her team. If one looks at the latter season 2 episodes of the show, it seems they've become this in real life, too.
On an episode of the webseries "The JBL and Cole Show," Wade Barrett wasn't able to tell them apart and was presenting "Nikki or Brie" with a subpoena for wrestler's court. The twins say they won't accept it until Wade can tell them apart, and tell him there's one huge reason it should be easy (both were in outfits that make Nikki's boob job pretty obvious.) He still can't figure it out, so they tell him it's... their earlobes.
Girliness Upgrade: Technically inverted with Nikki, as she opted for a more tomboyish looking ring gear to tell them apart. Though Brie technically played this straight, wearing her hair in a girlier style and favouring ruffles on her gear.
Girlish Pigtails: Nikki opts for this hairstyle more often to establish the differences between them.
Girly Bruiser: In their 2012 shoot interview they stated that this was their intention with their style of wrestling.
The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: While their personalities are similar and most of the time they get along, Total Divas reveals that Brie and Nikki lean towards the Smart Sister and the Pretty Sister, respectively, and the differences in their views can cause friction between them.
Good Is Not Nice: Really the deal with Nikki as a face. She has a gleaming smile, high fives and kisses fans, and will help her team mates out, but is still very feisty and aggressive.
Hidden Depths: Total Divas revealed more of the Bellas's personalities and their personal lives. For example, in addition to being an athlete and wrestler, Nikki is apparently a qualified real-estate agent.
Hoist By Their Own Petard: Used Twin Magic (switching while ref has his back turned) in their Divas Championship match against Layla. This didn't turn out so great as Layla was able to counter the fresh Bella's move and win the Divas Title.
Identical Twin ID Tag: Previously you could only tell who was who if their hemline was low enough to reveal Brie's tattoo. They actually took steps to avoid this as for a while Brie had bangs but wore hair extensions on TV to match her sister. Since leaving WWE in 2011, Nikki got a boob job, which makes telling them apart a bit easier. Since turning face, they've abandoned Twin Magic altogether and wear different attires when wrestling. Nikki typically wears a t-shirt and baseball cap. They've even developed slightly different wrestling styles, Brie with a more aerial offence and Nikki with more power.
In the End, You Are on Your Own: Nikki had to wrestle solo, in matches that were increasingly stacked against her, after Brie quit. Stephanie McMahon tried to stir up feelings of resentment and abandonment in Nikki towards Brie in hopes of turning the sisters against each other. For awhile, it looked like it hadn't worked, but then Nikki betrayed and attacked Brie at SummerSlam.
Irony: In the match where Brie won the title. Eve Torres was feeling Genre Savvy and got the ref to draw an X on Nikki's hand so they couldn't switch. They attempted the switch anyway and the distraction caused by the ref checking Nikki's hand was enough for Brie to capitalise and win the title.
Nikki dubbed herself 'Fearless Nikki' while she was getting persecuted by Stephanie. This led to her eventually giving in and siding with The Authority.
Making Use of the Twin/Twin Switch: Initially done in Brie's debut match, no less. According to the twins, sometimes when it was still only Brie on the main roster, Nikki would sometimes pretend to be her and go out and wrestle the match.
Mythology Gag: Nikki said "Brie is a man" on the Jerry Springer segment. A possible nod to the one of the ways they can be told apart - Brie has a much deeper voice.
Nice Hat: Nikki now wears a baseball cap to the ring during her entrance, probably as a Shout-Out to the wrestler she's dating.
Only Known by Their Nickname: Brie and Nikki Bella's real names are Brianna and Stephanie Garcia-Colace, but they're called by their ring-names even on Total Divas, a reality show, which also treats several other wrestlers's ring-names as their real names (probably in attempt to avoid confusing the viewers who don't know the wrestlers's real names). Presumably Stephanie's name was changed to "Nicole" to avoid confusion with that otherStephanie.
Put on a Bus: Left in late April of 2012 due to their contracts being up and their opting not to renew them. In kayfabe, they were said to have been fired by Eve Torres after losing a Triple Threat match against Layla for the Divas's Championship.
Revenge by Proxy: After Brie foiled Stephanie McMahon's Evil Plan and, worst of all, slapped her, Stephanie turned her wrath upon poor Nikki since she couldn't go after Brie herself (as Brie had quit). She punished Nikki by putting her in matches that were nigh-impossible for Nikki to win, including the first-ever four-on-one Divas's match in the WWE, with Nikki inevitably losing and getting beaten down by the other Divas. It was strongly implied that Stephanie was doing this to break Nikki's spirit and make her quit, too.
Mostly reversed when Brie filed criminal charges against Stephanie McMahon for assaulting her at a match which Brie had been attending as a fan to show support for Nikki, then forced Stephanie to agree to stop targeting Nikki and to re-hire Brie (as well as having a match against Brie at SummerSlam so that Brie can get a little revenge) in exchange for the charges being dropped. Brie still couldn't save Daniel's championship, but probably the only reason she didn't demand that Stephanie give Daniel another title shot is that he is still recovering from injuries.
Shout-Out: The socks Nikki wears as part of her gear is a nod to her previous soccer experience.
Both sisters have signature moves that are a nod to their respective men. Brie uses a running knee (to an opponent across the bottom rope) as a nod to Daniel Bryan's flying knee. Nikki's finisher involves hoisting the opponent over her shoulders and taunting like John Cena's Attitude Adjustment does.
Brie has full-out adopted her husband's "YES!" Lock into her moveset.
Taking A Third Option: Brie, faced with the dilemma of either be fired or see her husband be stripped of his WWE World Heavyweight title, chose to quit instead.
Tomboy and Girly Girl: Nikki is a lover of video games and also has a higher constitution when it comes to alcohol. Since their face turn, their attires appear to evoke this trope: Nikki wears a baseball cap and t-shirt giving her a more casual/tomboyish look, while Brie tends to wear outfits with ruffles on them and wear her hair in a girlier style.
Troll: Seem to enjoy saying and doing things without provocation, just to get under other Divas' skin.
Tsundere: Both sisters actually. Nikki is a Type A where the majority of people see her tsuntsun side while John (and sometimes Brie) see her deredere side. Brie is a Type B where she is mostly deredere but does have a bitchy side.
Visual Pun: Nikki's first night after her Summerslam heel turn, one of her high heels falls off as she's walking down the ramp.
Worked Shoot: When Nikki won the title off Beth Phoenix. Beth's ankle injury was played up as legit and Nikki and Beth very obviously communicated when Beth was getting checked out - making it look like they were improvising the finish due to her injury. But nope the injury was just a work.
You Go Girl: A meta example: Brie's feud with Stephanie McMahon is beginning to be treated with a degree of focus and prominence you would expect of a feud between high-tier Superstars instead of Divas. It was even the main story of the 07/28/2014 edition of RAW, with Brie's confrontation with Stephanie—including Stephanie agreeing to a SummerSlam match with Brie—closing out the show! Again, this amount of attention is almost never given to Diva feuds.
Your Cheating Heart: Used to build heat for Stephanie McMahon in her SummerSlam 2014 match against Brie, when she – with the help of a friend identifying herself as Meghan Miller, Daniel Bryan's physical therapist – revealed a supposed sexual encounter between Bryan and Miller, with Miller playing the part of the innocent, shaken, exploited young physical therapist perfectly.