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Wrestling: Bella Twins
You can look, but you can't touch.

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.
  • Alliterative Name: Brie Bella.
  • 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.
  • Arch-Enemy: Currently, Stephanie McMahon seems to have become this to Brie, what with Brie's husband's beef with The Authority and Stephanie tormenting Nikki to punish Brie.
  • 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.
  • Bullying a Pregnant Dragon: Made fun of the pregnant Kharma.
  • Cain and Abel:
    • They split and feuded with each other briefly in 2009 for an all-female version of this trope, but that was dropped when they were drafted to Raw.
    • It happened again when they sided with opposite teams going into WrestleMania 28 and they brawled at ringside.
    • And again at WrestleMania 30; they initially worked together in the Vickie Guerrero Invitational match, but eventually turned on each other.
    • And again when Nikki apparently bought into Stephanie's words about Brie having abandoned her and stolen the spotlight from her, and attacked Brie at SummerSlam.
  • Catfight: Most memorably with Gail Kim. Actually with each other on ECW.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Lately, Brie favors red outfits (much like her husband), while Nikki wears black and has blonde streaks (which later became Evil Wears Black with Blondes are Evil streaks).
  • The Ditz: Both of them. Really.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: It's become much easier to tell them apart since their face turn in 2013.
  • 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.
  • Enemy Mine: With the rest of the Total Divas cast initially when AJ Lee cut her promo against them. It eventually lead to a Heel-Face Turn for the twins.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: They clearly didn't approve of Eve Torres's plot to use John Cena like she did with Zack Ryder. Now Hilarious in Hindsight with Nikki Bella's public relationship with Cena.
  • 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...
  • Face-Heel Turn:
    • 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.
  • Five Moves of Doom: Only as faces...
    • Brie - flying clothesline, two dropkicks, running knee to an opponent lying at the middle rope, missile dropkick, Bella Buster (also known as an X-Factor.
    • Nikki - clothesline, dropkick, facebuster to the knee, back body drop, The Rack Attack.
  • Flower in Her Hair: Not always, but they used to frequently wear and sometimes even wrestle with flowers on their heads.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • They made a bet to see which of them could be Daniel Bryan's "first". It didn't get completely past the radar as the network ordered the storyline to end, which is why Gail Kim was brought in. The segment where Gail was revealed then implied the twins had confused the word "vegan" with "virgin".
    • 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.
    • Since Brie introduced the catch-line on Total Divas, "Brie Mode" has become a slogan of Brie-related WWE merchandise being sold to all ages. Said introduction defined "Brie Mode" as what happens when she gets wasted drunk, loses all sense of inhibition, and is playfully mocked for it in bed the next day by Bryan Danielson.
  • 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.
  • Granola Girl: Brie in real life. She borders on Soapbox Sadie when she's at her worst.
  • Hair Decorations: They used to wear flowers in their hair around 2009-ish. Brie has opted to wear her hair back with an Alice-band.
  • Happily Married: Brie, to Daniel Bryan.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Brie, so much. She calls it 'Brie Mode'.
  • Heel-Face Turn: AJ Lee's promo on the Total Divas cast gradually turned the Bellas and Eva Marie face as they united with Natalya, JoJo, and The Funkadactyls. Brie's engagement with Daniel Bryan was then acknowledged on screen, solidifying the turn.
  • Heel-Face Revolving Door: Nikki turned heel on NXT season 3 but was still a face when appearing on Raw and Smackdown.
  • 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.
  • Hotter and Sexier: Nikki when she first turned heel in 2009. This led to her accidentally breaking PG. See Parent Service below.
  • I Have No Sister: "You might say I lost a sister - but I never really had one" Doubles as a very big Kick the Dog moment.
  • 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 capitalize 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.
  • The Lad-ette: Nikki is quite close in real life. She liked video games growing up, is a Big Eater, and loves her drinking.
  • Making Use of the 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.
  • Meaningful Name: Bella Twins = beautiful twins, duh.
  • 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 / Real Name as an Alias: Brie and Nikki Bella's real names are Brianna Monique and Stephanie Nicole Garcia-Colace, but they're called by their ring-names even on the reality show Total Divas. To be fair, Total Divas also treats several other wrestlers' ring-names as their real names (probably in attempt to avoid confusing the viewers who don't know the wrestlers's real names), "Brie" and "Nikki" are shorthands for Brianna and Nicole respectively, and presumably Nicole goes by her middle name to avoid confusion with that other Stephanie who happens to be their boss.
  • Parent Service: An accidental example. When Nikki went out with The Miz and John Morrison she made some sexy gestures...but forgot that their entrance was in slow-motion. And that WWE is a PG show.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Total Divas seems to be showing this. Nikki is more headstrong and outgoing while Brie is calmer and more down-to-earth.
  • Precious Puppy: Brie's dog Josie.
  • Precision F-Strike: Brie's use of the word 'bitch' to Stephanie.
  • 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.
  • Rogues Gallery: Gail Kim, The Funkadactyls, Kelly Kelly, and Kaitlyn. AJ Lee and Eve Torres can be added to the list as well, AJ having been a rival and Kick the Dog opponent since NXT 3 and Eve having been the one who used her influence with John Laurinaitis to (temporarily) fire the twins in an Evil vs. Evil twist.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Non-fatal variation. Brie opted to quit her job at the WWE so that Stephanie McMahon wouldn't be able to use Brie's job as leverage to strong-arm Daniel into giving up his hard-won WWE World Heavyweight Championship to keep his wife employed. Unfortunately, Stephanie and Triple H just decided to officially strip Daniel of the title anyway, making Brie's sacrifice pointless.
    • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Worse, as The Authority couldn't touch her now, they began dishing out Revenge by Proxy on the still-hired Nikki.
    • 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.
  • Sibling Team: The majority of the time, the Bellas are a tag team, though they have split up and even feuded with each other on occasion.
  • Sibling Triangle/Triang Relations: Two, Carlito and Primo for Brie on Smackdown, and both twins for Daniel Bryan on Raw. Both situations ended poorly. They were teasing a third with Alberto Del Rio, but nothing came out of it due to them leaving WWE.
  • Spicy Latinas: Downplayed as their Hispanic heritage is mostly ignored in favour of their Italian roots. They fit the bill a little more as heels, the "hot tempered" part at least.
  • Tag Team Twins: Complete with Twin Switch until turning face in 2013.
  • 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.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: That being said, Nikki still likes wearing pink and getting dolled up.
  • Tomboyish Baseball Cap: Nikki's trademark accessory since late 2013.
  • 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.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Brie is not afraid of laying her hands on her boss if she threatens her husband.
  • 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.
  • Wrestling Family: Due to being twin sisters who work together as wrestlers. Through Brie's marriage to Daniel Bryan, he is now a part of the family as well.
  • 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.

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