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 held the WWE Divas' Championship, Brie once and Nikki twice. 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:

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     Tropes Applying to Both 
  • Aborted Arc:
    • When they first split up and feuded with each other, they made up for no reason just in time for the 25 Diva battle royal and were then traded to Raw - with no mention of their feud.
    • Again when Nikki turned heel on NXT, Brie was annoyed with Nikki's heelish ways but nothing really came of it (though Nikki did grudgingly shake AJ's hand after teaming with her, so one could count that as an official face turn).
    • One brought on by Executive Meddling: the storyline between themselves and Daniel Bryan was ordered to be ended by the network, for fear it was heading in a non-PG direction. Thus Gail Kim was retconned into being Bryan's girlfriend of six months. Their feud with her never had much of a resolution and was completely dropped when Brie became Divas' Champion.
    • The angle involving Nikki's betrayal of Brie in 2014 never got a payoff. What most people expected to happen was that after Brie's thirty days as Nikki's personal assistant were up (a stipulation in a match Brie lost) that Brie would turn on Nikki and either branch off on her own or go after Nikki's Divas' Title. Fans speculated that Brie could have been a Fake Defector so time will tell.
  • Aesop Amnesia: "Listen here. What if. Guys. Stay with me. What if. The Bellas do twin magic?" — WWE Creative
  • Alpha Bitches: Since turning heel in early 2011, they began 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.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Bella means "beautiful" in Spanish and "sweetheart" in Italian.
  • 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:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fanservice Pack: Their initial ring gear was very modest (noted under Token Wholesome below). In 2011 they abruptly added a Spy Catsuit inspired outfit to the proceedings - and then shortened the legs of it.
  • Faux Action Girl: Depending on who you ask, but they've arguably improved and are now competent wrestlers.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: The Divas will always fall prey to Twin Magic, despite the noticeable clue that a) They don't look alike at all, and b) THEY HAVE FUCKING NUMBERS ON THEIR BACK
    • From 2008-2012 you could only tell who was who if their hemline was low enough to reveal Brie's tattoo or if they spoke, since Brie has a deeper voice than Nikki. note  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 2012, Nikki got a boob job, which makes telling them apart a bit easier since their return in 2013. 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. Now they look less like twins and more like sisters, if that makes sense.
  • 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.
  • MsFanservice: Their stripperific outfits and sexy/flirty mannerisms are nothing new to the Divas division, but the Bellas stood out as fanservice-y even in a cast full of Ms. Fanservices because of their old entrance, which included them showing off their asses at the cameras and the crowd set to music aptly titled "You Can Look, But You Can't Touch".
  • Mythology Gag: Nikki said "Brie is a man" on the first Jerry Springer segment she and Brie appeared in. A possible nod to the one of the ways they can be told apart - Brie has a deeper voice.
  • 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.
  • 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. Nikki likes wine, and Brie likes hippie shit.
  • Power Trio: Became this with Alicia Fox once she joined them, forming Team Bella. It came back to bite them in the butt when Stephanie McMahon brought up the three strongest women's wrestlers from developmental and assigned them to help Team Bella's three greatest threats to make two new, powerful trios who wasted no time in going after Team Bella.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sensible Heroes, Skimpy Villains: When it comes to promos with each other (and the possibility of things getting physical) the sisters are like this. Brie will often just wear casual pants and a t-shirt while Nikki wears cocktail dresses and high heels.
  • Shout-Out: 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 and has full-out adopted her husband's "YES!" Lock into her moveset. Nikki's finisher involves hoisting the opponent over her shoulders and taunting like John Cena's Attitude Adjustment does.
  • 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.
  • Spy Catsuit: Added a couple of these to their attire around 2011-ish.
  • Tag Team Twins: Complete with Twin Switch until turning face in 2013.
  • Token Wholesome: The twins admitted this in their 2012 Shoot Interview. They said that when they first appeared in WWE, they tried very hard to preserve PG. Nikki says "we were like the G girls", saying that they didn't want to alienate their kid fans. Their attire back then was considerably more modest - aside from Bare Your Midriff, their tops concealed all cleavage and underboob while their pants had lots of ruffles (preventing any She's Got Legs). They became Hotter and Sexier after their heel turn - even wrestling in catsuits for a time.
  • 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.
  • Wild Card: Post WrestleMania 31. It is unclear if they are supposed to be heels or faces as they seem to alternate depending on how the story goes.
  • 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.

     Tropes Applying to Brie Only 
  • Alliterative Name: Brie Bella.
  • Arch-Enemy: Stephanie McMahon, what with Brie's husband's beef with The Authority and Stephanie tormenting Nikki to punish Brie. Eventually, Nikki pulled a Face-Heel Turn and the Bellas became each other's archenemies. After a brief feud including Nikki wishing Brie had died in the womb... they be came loving sisters again
  • 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 Damn Kiss: Brie to AJ Lee at the 2014 Survivor Series, also counting as a Distraction Kiss - as it helped Nikki win her match. AJ has had Les Yay with numerous opponents but this was the first time one of them actually kissed her.
  • 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. Brie actually threw AJ Lee off Nikki when they — the twins themselves — were feuding.
    • 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.
  • Contralto of Danger: One of the ways that the twins can be told apart is that Brie is a deeper, raspier voice than Nikki, which one probably wouldn't expect.
  • Demoted to Extra: Ever since the Bellas reunited in late 2014, Brie mostly acts as her sister's manager and ocassionally wrestles in tag teams bouts.
  • Easily Forgiven: This seems to be the case with Brie willingly assisting Nikki in her Divas Title match against AJ Lee at Survivor Series 2014. There are other possibilities so time will tell.
  • Five Moves of Doom: Flying clothesline, two dropkicks, running knee to an opponent lying at the middle rope, missile dropkick, Bella Buster (also known as an X-Factor).
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: 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.
  • Granola Girl: In real life. She borders on Soapbox Sadie when she's at her worst.
  • Happily Married: To Daniel Bryan.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: So much. She calls it 'Brie Mode'.
  • 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.
  • Precious Puppy: Brie's dog Josie.
  • Precision F-Strike: Brie's use of the word 'bitch' to Stephanie.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: Girly Girl to Nikki's Tomboy. Ever since they turned face in 2013, Brie tends to wear outfits with ruffles on them, wears her hair in a girlier style, and wrestles a more aerial based offense with slaps and hair-pulls. Ironic, considering that she has a deeper voice and is a harder drinker than her sister.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Brie is not afraid of laying her hands on her boss if she threatens her husband.
  • You Go Girl: A meta example: Brie's feud with Stephanie McMahon was 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. Uniquely Brie didn't believe the story at all and - rather than asking Megan if it was true - seemed to wonder why she was going along with Stephanie.

     Tropes Applying to Nikki Only 
  • 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.
  • Amazonian Beauty: Loves working out and many of her social media photos show her flexing or working out.
  • Arch-Enemy: Paige, AJ Lee and when they're feuding, Brie herself. Eventually, Nikki pulled a Face-Heel Turn and the Bellas became each other's archenemies. After a brief feud including Nikki wishing Brie had died in the womb... they be came loving sisters again
  • Armour-Piercing Slap: When Jerry Lawler tries to stop Nikki from attacking Brie, she smacks him in the face...and he backs off.
  • Conspicuous Consumption: "If a vegetable merged with another vegetable to form a once in a lifetime vegetable for $10,000, Brie you would buy that vegetable" — justifying purchase of a $10,000 purse
  • 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 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: 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.
  • Five Moves of Doom: Clothesline, dropkick, facebuster to the knee, back body drop, The Rack Attack.
  • Girliness Upgrade: Technically inverted, 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: For a while, Nikki opted for this hairstyle more often to establish the differences between them, but nowadays it's usually worn down.
  • 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.
  • Heel-Face Revolving Door: Nikki turned heel on NXT season 3 but was still a face when appearing on Raw and Smackdown.
  • 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.
  • 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: Nikki dubbed herself 'Fearless Nikki' while she was getting persecuted by Stephanie. This led to her eventually giving in and siding with The Authority.
  • It's All About Me: Nikki's Face-Heel Turn after SummerSlam 2014.
  • The Lad-ette: Nikki is quite close in real life. She liked video games growing up, is a Big Eater, and loves her drinking.
  • The Leader: Of Team Bella, with her sister and Alicia Fox as her eager henchwomen.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Shout-Out: The socks Nikki wears as part of her gear is a nod to her previous soccer experience.
  • Squash Match: At the 2014 Survivor Series, Nikki Bella defeated Diva's Champion AJ Lee in thirty five seconds!
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Brie's Girly Girl. Nikki is more athletic than Brie, a lover of video games and also has a higher constitution when it comes to alcohol. Since their face turn, Nikki wears a baseball cap and t-shirt giving her a more casual/tomboyish look and wrestles a more power-based offense.
  • 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.
  • Unnecessary Roughness: In some of the promos after Nikki's heel turn. In one she hit Brie with a microphone by throwing it at her. She also attacked her with a high heeled shoe - which busted Brie's leg open in real life.
  • 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.