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    Bella Cullen, née Swan 

Portrayed by Kristen Stewart
Isabella "Bella" Swan is the main heroine of The Twilight Saga. After her mother gets remarried, she moves from Arizona to Forks to live with her father. Having gone in only expecting another ordinary stay at the town, she's confronted with a heavenly surprise when she spots an impossibly gorgeous group of newcomers known as the Cullens at her local highschool. And, among them, her subsequent soulmate, Edward Cullen. It's only through a sequence of contrived events, she discovers that these God-like beauties are actually a clan of fabled creatures known as vampires. But, rather than being shocked by this discovery, instead she decides she's in love with Edward leading them to hook up and venture into a forbidden love. She describes herself as being klutzy, easily bruised and of weak constitution. She also claims to be quite plain in appearance, but takes pride in being very well read, and even moreso in being able to function by herself and having the wisdom of a woman twice her age.

  • Action Mom: After she had a child and became a vampire, in that order. It's subverted though, as she never actually gets to do any fighting in the end; at most she hunts some mountain lions and deer, which are no match at all for her vampire strength.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Bella Swan thinks of herself as rather plain and unfashionable, while Kristen Stewart plays her in the movies. Then again, considering how much of a Dude Magnet she seems to be at her high school, she's presumably more attractive than she lets on.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the films, she gets a few moments that make her more badass than she was in the books. In Twilight, when she's surrounded by creeps in Port Angeles she manages to knee one of them in groin. She later uses pepper spray on James; it doesn't do much, but points for trying. In Eclipse, she cuts her arm with a rock to distract Victoria and Riley to help Edward (in the book, she merely contemplates stabbing herself with it, but the fight is over pretty quickly before she can do anything). Finally, in Breaking Dawn Part 2, she actually gets to participate in the battle with the Volturi and takes out several vampires, including Aro himself with Edward's help, even though it does turn out to be only a vision.
  • Adorkable: Known for being The Klutz which is seen as cute in the books.
  • Afraid of Blood: It causes her to faint in the first book, though there is nothing delicate about it and her description of the incident. Bella herself, though, is pretty delicate: she nearly fainted just from smelling a few drops of blood from part-way across the room.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: She wants to date Edward even though he is "dangerous," and also starts to gain interest in Jacob only after he becomes a werewolf. She is put off by Edward when he first acts gruff with her, but, weirdly enough, is never deterred by him stalking or manhandling her, nor by the knowledge that he has killed hundreds of people. However, she doesn't seem to use the stereotypical justifications ("I can change you", "He was just having a bad day"), and is (as noted) originally creeped out by Edward's hostile behavior towards her (though she is, amusingly, always Distracted by the Sexy). Her reaction to Jacob's change of personality is basically: "How dare you abandon me after making me emotionally dependent on you! Also, I think you joined a cult. Also, that's hot."
  • All Myths Are True: Bella wonders if this is the case after learning about werewolves.
  • All Women Are Lustful: Just try coming up with an instance where Bella doesn't mention Edward's impossible beauty within the same vicinity as him. Better yet, bring a beer along and see how it goes. Also, out of her and Edward, Bella is the one who repeatedly pushes for more physical intimacy in their relationship (mostly in taking things to the next level), but gets rebuffed each time. Knowledge that Edward can very easily lose control and kill her during sex never stops her for long.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Particularly in New Moon:
    • She becomes very depressed after Edward leaves her, which continues for months; even a year later, she's only slightly improved.
    • She suffers horrific nightmares, becomes apathetic about everything and even seems to harbour suicidal thoughts, believing her life isn't worth continuing without Edward.
    • She also begins hearing Edward's voice(and there's no suggestion this has an actual supernatural cause) – in the film adaptation she outright hallucinates him. This is usually only when she's engaged in risky behaviour, causing her to start pulling stunts like approaching random bikers (one of whom she actually mistakes for her would-be rapist), jumping off cliffs into the ocean, hiking in the woods by herself whilst a killer is on the loose and riding a motorcycle without a helmet...just so she can hear Edward.
  • 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.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
    • Bella is disturbed to find out that Jacob has imprinted on her daughter, but manages to keep her self control about it. Until she finds out he nicknamed her "Nessie". At which point she attacks.
    • Also when Bella finds out Edward has broken into her house, more than once, even before they were dating, to sit in her bedroom and watch her sleep, Bella is more concerned that he heard her talking in her sleep.
    • Upon discovering that Edward is a vampire and can read minds, she freaks out... because he says he can't read hers, which makes her think that she's the freakish one. This is Lampshaded.
  • Audience Surrogate: Confirmed by the author. According to many fans, this is what made Twilight so "magical", since they could live vicariously through Bella and experience Edward's devotion, and the thrill his vampirism offers, for themselves.
    • Further delved into by The Oatmeal, stating that not having her physical appearance conclusively described combined with her insecure personality makes her more of a roleplaying placeholder that any human female who's experienced puberty can identify with and become.
  • Author Avatar: An image circulates on the web of how Bella's in-universe description almost exactly matches how Stephenie Meyer looks in real life.
  • Badass Pacifist: Was mostly nonviolent and a Neutral Female, but has her badass moments.
  • Bad Liar: The author frequently states that Bella is a horrible liar, and in the second book she literally proves she couldn't lie to save her life during her meeting with Laurent. When she tries to convince him that the Cullens still keep tabs on her and would avenge her death at his hands, Laurent easily sees through her transparent lies.
    • Frequently an Informed Attribute, as Bella spends most of her time lying to other characters with them very rarely catching on to it.
  • Battle Couple: With Edward in Breaking Dawn Part 2, though subverted later on when we learn that the battle didn't actually happen.
  • Beautiful Dreamer: Invoked with Edward sneaking into Bella's house at night to watch her sleep, but since he's actually sneaking into her house at night to watch her sleep, the effect sort of backfires. It fits better the trope after Bella and Edward are actually in a relationship and she is allowing him to snuggle with her every night and watch her sleep.
  • Berserk Button: Turns out that Jacob calling Renesmee "Nessie" was a HUGE berserk button for her, since he's nicknaming her daughter after the Loch Ness Monster. She eventually lightens up about it.
  • Better as Friends: With Jacob. Knowing that Jacob has feelings for her and knowing that he's going to go into battle and get himself killed, Bella kisses Jacob. When Edward asks Bella if she loves Jacob, she tells him that she loves him (Edward) more. Later, Jacob is accepted as part of the family despite the romance between Bella and Jacob.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Archie for Jacob's Betty and Edward's Veronica. She chooses Edward.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She can have a pretty fierce temper if you get on her bad side, especially when she becomes a vampire.
  • Birthday Hater: She hates the attention and how it reminds her that she still ages while Edward doesn't. She gets somewhat better in Breaking Dawn, though: she still freaks out a bit when Alice wishes her a happy nineteenth birthday, but then calms down since she doesn't grow anymore. Furthermore, she gets her own dream cottage as a birthday present, and loves it.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Almost certainly unintentional, but she often comes off as this due to her poor treatment of others and rather uncharitable thoughts about others appearances. Combines with Ron the Death Eater in some circles.
  • Blood Knight: After becoming a vampire, she's more than eager to tear the Volturi apart and set them on fire herself and even gives off a couple of uncharacteristic Slasher Smiles at the thought.
  • Blood-Splattered Wedding Dress: In the film adaptation of Breaking Dawn, she ends up wearing one in a dream sequence.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Bella uses Jacob's "Sure, sure."
  • Brainy Brunette: Despite coming off as Too Dumb to Live to many readers, she gets good grades in school.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Gentle Girl to Edward's Brooding Boy.
  • But I Can't Be Pregnant!: In Breaking Dawn. Justified—she had previously thought male vampires were sterile.
  • The Chick: The Damsel in Distress that gets saved, but doesn't fight.
  • Childhood Friend: To Jacob. He'd like to be more than friends, but she prefers Edward.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: In regards to Edward. Though she's not as bad as him, she gets quite jealous if any other women show him attention and tends to think catty things about them. She's even reluctant to invite Tanya to their wedding because she used to have a crush on Edward; she only relents when Edward points out Tanya and the Denalis are the closest thing he has to family and he wants them to be there.
  • Clueless Dude Magnet: She seems pretty oblivious to all the attention she gets from men. When she does notice (like with Tyler in Twilight), she seems annoyed.
  • Cool Car: Drives a 1963 Chevy stepside pickup. In BD, her pickup crashes, and first gets a Mercedes Guardian and then a Ferrari.
  • Cool Loser: Bella is an inversion. She's socially awkward, clumsy and generally uncool, but everyone warms up to her the minute she gets to town and soon enough she has her own little circle of friends.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Dying because your baby has broken your spine as it tries to get out of you is a bloody gruesome way to die. Of course, she gets "better", but still!
  • Cursed with Awesome: Now that she became a vampire in Breaking Dawn Part 2.
  • Curtains Match the Window: She's a brunette with chocolate brown eyes. Subverted when she becomes a vampire; her eyes turn red and eventually amber, and she has to wear contacts to make her eyes appear brown.
  • Cute Bookworm: By Meyer's standards at least. Her only hobby is reading books especially classics.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Exaggerated to great lengths in the books, heavily downplayed in the movies.
  • Dandere: Bella is definitely shy and mostly inexpressive but she is more "dere" toward Edward.
  • Damsel in Distress: Bella is ineffectual against a group of rapists and Edward must swoop in to save her. Prior to this, Edward had to save her from a careening truck. Later in the book, she is ineffectual against a vampire, and Edward and his family must swoop in to save her. Subsequent books have the same formula, right down to warring factions — werewolves and vampires — putting aside their differences to save Bella. Bella herself is absolutely useless in a fight until she herself gets cool powers.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In the books, Bella tells a number of dry jokes with such a straight face that the others can't tell if she's trying to be funny.
  • Death by Childbirth: She is reborn as a vampire after her daughter's birth.
  • Description in the Mirror: This is Bella's occasion for describing her own appearance. She considers her appearance unremarkable, but the description she gives suggests good looks, similar to those of the author.
  • Designated Victim: Frequently the victim of any sort of imaginable bad happening.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Crosses it at a regular basis. Whenever a crisis rears its ugly head Bella's first instinct is to give up, telling the reader over and over that all hope is lost. The biggest is probably in New Moon, where she spends about a year doing nothing but pining for Edward and lamenting the fact he apparently no longer loves her, even engaging in suicidal behaviour.
  • Devoted to You: It seems like every man who falls for her ends up crazy about her, especially Edward and Jacob.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: A Running Gag around Edward. Around Jacob too, though she doesn't acknowledge it as easily.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": She corrects anyone who calls her by her first name, Isabella.
  • Dreaming the Truth: Used after Bella learns Edward is a vampire. Even though Dream-Edward is attempting to lead her to her doom, Bella realizes she doesn't care if Edward's a vampire as she's more upset that Dream-Edward is about to be attacked. The same dream with a slight twist is used in the sequel New Moon so she can realize Jacob is a werewolf.
  • Dude Magnet: She is very popular among the opposite sex. Apparently even her science teacher fancies her.
  • Dull Surprise: Bella in the movie never has a discernible reaction to anything much, from death threats to getting married. The only time she reacts to anything is when she breaks her hand by hitting someone.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Was described as such in the first three books, but even moreso when she becomes a vampire herself.
  • Everybody Hates Mathematics: Bella hates maths; it's her worst subject.
  • Emergency Transformation: Edward has to turn her into a vampire quickly after she suffers fatal injuries from childbirth complications, including a pulverized pelvis, shattered spine, the hole her husband bit in her uterus.
  • Emo Teen: Bella becomes one for a while after Edward leaves her in New Moon.
  • Eternal Love: With Edward, now that she is also a vampire.
  • The Everyman: Probably meant to be this. Doesn't work out so well.
  • Extreme Doormat: In the first three books she has issues standing up for what she wants in the face of what Edward wants. It's not until Breaking Dawn that she starts to show some ability in sticking to her guns.
  • Fainting: Bella has an extremely weak constitution, and faints at the smell of blood, when feeling overpowered, or even when Edward breathes on her! This isn't fake fainting to look delicate, nor a deliberate ploy from the author to make her look this elegant. She mentions without much restraint that she came that close from throwing up in one occasion. This is just Stephennie Meyer's way to remind us that Bella is very fragile.
  • Fairytale Wedding Dress: Wears one in Breaking Dawn when she marries Edward. In the film adaptation, she has two (one of them is worn in a dream sequence).
  • Fanservice Pack: After becoming a vampire, she becomes stunningly beautiful like the other Cullens; even she - the poster girl of I Am Not Pretty - thinks so.
  • Fatal Flaw: According to Word of God, her lack of self-knowlege/awareness, which prevents her from realising her true potential, recgonising others' feelings for her and vice versa, and seeing the value in herself that others do. Of course,  some readers' interpret her as having other, more fundamental flaws...
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Bella is a typical girl who cooks for her father.
  • First-Name Basis: With her father, to whom she consistently refers as "Charlie", despite trying to call him dad. They don't see each other often so she is sometimes unable to say it.
  • Friendless Background: Though her own will. She doesn't hate being alone, to say the least.
  • Friendly Neighbourhood Vampire: Joins the Cullens as a "vegetarian" vampire after she is turned by Edward. Despite being a newborn, she has a shockingly good amount of self-control.
  • Girliness Upgrade: At the start of the series, Bella tends to constantly wear jeans, loose-fitting shirts, outdoor boots and sneakers; in the films, she often wears a big yellow raincoat. She states she owns only one skirt, rarely dresses up with make-up and fancy hair, and avoids high heels like the plague on account of her klutziness. After meeting the Cullens, Alice makes it her mission to introduce Bella to high fashion, putting her in heels and dresses at every opportunity. By the end of the series, Bella's wardrobe is a lot more glamorous and feminine compared to her earlier, more tomboyish look.
  • Grew a Spine: See Extreme Doormat.
  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion: In case you haven't noticed, Meyer is a Mormon. The subject itself is never treated as a moral dilemma. Bella loves her baby, so she keeps it. But then, the message was perhaps Good Girls Want Children, which would be all the more shocking.
  • Growing Up Sucks: Bella thinks that she should not be any older than Edward physically when she becomes a Meyerpire despite the fact that being slightly older than Edward would not cause too many negative effects for her as a Meyerpire. However, she more or less drops this opinion in Breaking Dawn, after figuring out how great sex is as a human. She's turned into a vampire not long after and still thinks it's fantastic.
  • Happily Married: To Edward in Breaking Dawn.
  • Hair Decorations: Her signature headband from the film.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Edward, sort of. His hair is a coppery color.
  • Heroic BSoD: The majority of New Moon.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: One of Bella's primary traits is her extremely low self esteem.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: All Bella does is obsess over Edward and how perfect he is.
  • Hypocrite: Either this or Hypocritical Humor, but Bella looks down on Jessica for admiring Edward's looks, yet she herself can't stop describing every inch of his body and swooning over him.
  • I Am Not Pretty: The poster girl.
  • I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: The poster girl again.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: She desperately wants to become a vampire before she gets too old for her boyfriend, who became a vampire when he was 17.
  • Immortality: As of Breaking Dawn: Part 2, she is Type V, The Undead and Type X, the Life Drinker. Bella is incapable of physically aging and or dying from mortal sickness. She also has the ability to live forever.
  • Informed Ability:
    • She is supposedly wide-read, but never references more than a small handful of books, and they're only the kinds any high schooler had to read in English 101. Subverted in Midnight Sun, when she is seen reading Sense And Sensibility for fun.
    • In the first book she mentions, several times, that she thinks of her mother, Renee, as her best friend. However she barely thinks about her mom after moving to Forks and neglects to e-mail her when she arrives, acting exasperated that hey, after two or three days Renee is getting kind of worried.
  • Informed Flaw: Bella spends so much time talking about how "plain" she is. However, boys are still all over her. Chalk it up to the writer's not so subtle way to try and make us believe that Bella is modest.
  • In-Series Nickname: Bella is her preferred name in the series as opposed to her full name Isabella. Some of Bella's other nicknames in the series include Bells and Bell (both used by Charlie Swan and Jacob Black), Arizona (used by Mike Newton), Spider Monkey (used by Edward Cullen), Vampire Girl (used by Emily Young and Embry Call), Leech Lover (used by Leah Clearwater and Paul Lahote), and Swan Girl (used by Emmett Cullen).
  • Instant Expert: Sure as a human Bella is a hopeless klutz. But, once she's a vampire she's free of any of the consequences faced by most newborns, such as the insatiable desire for human blood.
  • Inter-Class Romance: With Edward. While Bella is from a working class status, Edward comes from a wealthy background.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Edward before she was turned into a vampire by Edward in Breaking Dawn Part 2.
  • The Klutz: She hates it and mocks herself for it, providing the funniest parts of the book for people who get annoyed by the romance.
  • Living Forever Is Awesome: Believes that immortality is far more amazing and wondrous than mortality.
  • Living MacGuffin: In the last third of Breaking Dawn - her shield ability - which blocks other vampires' mental powers - integral to the Cullens' defenses in the not-battle against the Volturi, as it allows her to block the abilities of the Volturi's trump cards, Jane and Alec.
  • The Load: She doesn't do anything remotely useful until Breaking Dawn and it's because of her bloodthirsty monsters keep showing up and attacking people in the surrounding areas. In the first book, James is attracted to her scent. In the second, so is Laurent. In the third, Victoria wants revenge for James. In the fourth, it's her daughter that causes the Volturi to come. Every major monster clash in all the books is a result of Bella.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Subverted. Bella is a loner who is well liked and doesn't want friends.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend: Played with. A loner, especially in the first book, but meets Jacob and her friends in school.
  • Love Hungry: Especially in regards to Edward.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Particularly lampshaded in the parts of the story (New Moon) where Bella is involuntarily separated from Edward for a prolonged period. She starts seeing visions of him, hearing voices, and even intentionally putting herself in harm's way to evoke these reactions.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Fits the bill whenever her emotions get out of control. The first book hits the nail on the head when she can't tell the difference between a recording of her mother's voice in a home video playing on a VCR in the background and her mother's actual voice calling for help, though this is arguably justified because of her anxiety and everything that just happened up to that point.
  • Love Martyr: She is even explicitly compared to a legendary Love Martyr from a true story. She exploits this because things worked out for the Love Martyr's loved ones because of her attitude.
  • Mama Bear:
    • In Breaking Dawn, she flies off the handle when she learns that Jacob imprinted on Renesmee.
    • Bella does everything in her power to ensure that her daughter stays alive in Breaking Dawn. That includes letting a dozen or more strangers risk their lives to protect Renesmee.
  • Martyr Without a Cause: Bella is a variant. It's not that she wants to be a hero, it's that, as other characters sometimes lampshade, she blames herself for anything and everything that goes wrong. This leads to the same type of self-hatred (if not the same quantity) as The Atoner, and while she doesn't often have the opportunity to risk her life, she clearly considers herself more expendable than those around her, particularly Edward, but also her mother, father, unborn baby.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: Bella is almost a century younger than Edward. Bella is 18 and Edward is over 100.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Bella is Latin for 'beautiful', although pulcher/pulchra is the typical Latin word for "beautiful". In most Latin texts "bella" is the plural of "bellum" and means "wars". Her name is "beautiful swan"—i.e., what the Ugly Duckling grows up into.
    • Probably unintentional, but given the conflicts she ends up causing, one considers the most common Latin translation of "bella": wars.
    • Also probably unintentional, but it is still interesting to note that Bella's last name, Swan, has a meaning in the real-life vampire subculture. Swan is used to refer to people involved in the vampire community, but who are not vampires themselves.
  • 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.
  • Narrating the Obvious: Has a habit of pointing out the obvious in her narration.
  • Neutral Female: See Non-Action Guy.
  • New Transfer Student: In the beginning of the series.
  • Nice Shoes: When going to the prom, much to her own frustration.
    Bella: I'll probably break my other leg. Look at this shoe! It's a death trap!
  • Non-Action Guy: Mainly due to her clumsiness and weak constitution.
  • Not Good with Rejection: When Edward tells her he doesn't love and dumps her in New Moon, she has a complete breakdown, becoming depressed and almost catatonic for months, believing life isn't worth living and even hallucinating Edward's voice out of desperation to be near him. She has a similar reaction when Jacob stops hanging out with her too.
  • No Periods, Period: Played straight with Bella, who, despite having yummy blood, does not trigger a vampire feeding frenzy once a month. Handwaved by saying that menstrual blood is 'dead blood'.
  • Not So Weak: She saved Edward before his suicide and distracted Victoria to save him once again.
  • Official Couple: With Edward.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: At least she was supposed to be one.
  • Pinball Protagonist: Despite being the main protagonist and narrator, she actually does very little to move the plot forwards of her own accord, mostly just reacting to events around her whilst the others characters (mostly Edward or Jacob) resolve conflict for her. This may be partly justified in that she's human and so stands little chance against supernatural enemies; case-in-point, she only actively starts contributing to the plot of her own volition towards the end of Breaking Dawn, after she's turned into a vampire.
  • The Protagonist: The story centres on Bella and her relationships with other characters. However, she can also be considered as Supporting Protagonist.
  • Psychic Block Defense: Bella is completely immune to powers that affect the mind.
  • Psychic Dreams for Everyone: Bella has prophetic dreams. Meyer tries to Hand Wave this by explaining that the dreams are just Bella's mind sorting out everything she knows... apparently into convenient and highly symbolic visions of the future.
  • The Quiet One: Not an outgoing person at all, rather unfriendly as well.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Bella is described as having a very pale complexion with long, straight, dark brown hair. Even before she became a vampire and inherited god-like beauty, Bella was rather pretty, as she unintentionally attracted the attention of several boys in school, not just Edward.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: After she first woke up as a newborn vampire.
  • Shrinking Violet: Bella describes herself as such and so do her friends. She is often very shy, timid, self-conscious and insecure of herself.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Seemingly weak and fragile but defended herself and saved Edward's life.
  • Single Girl Seeks Most Popular Guy: Variant: most attractive guy, whom all the other girls obsess over.
  • Skewed Priorities: In New Moon, she's initially hesitant about telling the wolf pack what she knows about vampires, because it feels like she would be betraying the Cullens. Even though the Cullens haven't contacted her for about a year, telling the wolves how to defeat vampires will help them protect innocent people from being massacred by Victoria and is in her own best interests, seeing as Victoria is after Bella to get revenge on Edward for killing James.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: At least she knows it. And makes fun of it while regretting nothing.
  • Smug Snake: Most noticeable after she becomes a vampire she becomes more arrogant, see Took a Level in Jerkass below.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She states that she looks a lot like her mother, but less pretty.
  • Stupid Sacrifice: Several times.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: After she adopts the vegetarian diet like all of the other Cullens.
  • Supernaturally Young Parent: A double whammy. Due to being in her late teens when she gave birth then stopped aging, and Renesmee aging faster than a human (within a few months she looks like a seven year old), Bella looks way too young to be her mother. She tells her father that she and Edward adopted Renesmee and he chooses to accept this explanation.
  • Supporting Protagonist: Yes, she's the protagonist but Edward is The Hero and does all the heroic stuff up until the end of Breaking Dawn.
  • The Talk: Has an exceptionally awkward one with Charlie in Eclipse. In the novel it just comes across as fairly uncomfortable, but in the movie Kristen and Billy make it hilarious.
  • Talking in Your Sleep: And Edward listening while he watches her sleep.
  • Teen Pregnancy: She gets pregnant at 18 and gives birth a few days before she turns 19.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After she changed into a vampire.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: After Jacob tells her that he imprinted on Renesmee and nicknamed her "Nessie", she becomes slightly hostile and cruel towards him. She even goes as far to try to kill him, but Seth gets in the way and saves him. And top of that, she won't let ANYONE nickname Renesmee "Nessie" because it's derived from the Loch Ness Monster. She eventually gets over all that, though.
  • True Blue Femininity: Bella begins wearing blue quite a bit after beginning her relationship with Edward, as he thinks she looks pretty in the color. Notable examples include her prom dress and the cocktail dress Alice dresses her in when she first awakens as a vampire.
  • Undead Barefooter: She kicked off her shoes before her first hunt, signifying that she may be getting into the habit of going barefoot.
  • Unwanted Harem: A female example of this with a total of five guys in love with her, two of them supernatural. And she didn't have any boyfriends before moving to Forks.
  • Useless Protagonist: Due to her being The Load, Supporting Protagonist, and Neutral Female.
  • Viral Transformation: In Breaking Dawn: Part 1, Bella was changed into a vampire by Edward.
  • Virgin in a White Dress: In Breaking Dawn, Bella ends up being a virgin on her wedding day only because Edward was too gentlemanly to have sex with her before they're married.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Bella is weak in almost everything except her 'shield'.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Her first love and boyfriend turns out to be a vampire, her best friend turns out to be a werewolf. A vicious vampire sets a whole army to kill her, and the leader of the vampire royalty Aro, places his eyes on her.
  • What Measure Is a Human?: She doesn't show much concern over the past murders caused by the other Cullens, most notably Edward's during his vigilante days. Notably, Edward himself thinks what he did was unforgivable, regardless of whether or not he was targeting criminals.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Bella faints a lot and gets overwhelmed easily.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Having learned to take care of her mother over the years and being naturally responsible, Bella had developed into a very mature person, especially for her age. She even starts out Twilight by telling us that she's prepared to die in the place of someone she loves. She is, however, prone to lapses in judgement. She also occasionally throws tantrums (such as sulking about Edward taking her to prom and literally stamping her foot during an argument with Jacob), becomes near suicidal after her boyfriend of a few months dumps her and does some very reckless and illogical things that put her in danger. She's also got major issues with getting old, even though she's barely out of her teens. Her self-sacrificing tendencies also seem to stem from her utter lack of self-esteem and tendency to blame herself for anything that goes wrong.

    Edward Cullen 

Portrayed by Robert Pattinson
A 108 year old vampire gifted with the ability to read minds. Having first encountered Bella in biology class, he's quick to discover that her floral scented blood evokes a intense, lethal craving. But rather than giving in, he settles for sneaking into her room at night, intrigued by the fact that he can't read her mind. Though he resists the urge to eat her, he'll stop at nothing to claim he's a soulless monster unworthy of redemption. And despite his claims of being a threat to her life, he (a century old vampire) decides it's fine to pursue a relationship with a 17 year old girl anyway. He was turned when he was 17 and dying of Spanish flu.

  • The Ace: How Bella sees him, but apparently all the vampires qualify compared to the humans.
  • Alone Among the Couples: Before meeting Bella, he was this in the Cullen coven, since his adoptive parents and siblings were all already in a relationship.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: The meadow scene, which is what Meyer dreamed about and also the first scene she wrote.
  • The Atoner: Edward was a rebellious vampire before he learned the error of his ways.
  • Bastard Boyfriend: Edward tries his best not to be, but unfortunately, he often failed miserably.
  • Battle Couple: Becomes this with Bella in Breaking Dawn Part 2.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Jacob's Betty for Bella's Archie. He wins.
  • Big Man on Campus: Played with. He's a bit of a loner, however he's considerd the most attractive and desirable guy in the school, as well as the smartest (he and the other Cullens are all perfect students).
  • Bishie Sparkle: Famously so, being one of the faces of the series.
  • Bookworm: Edward loves reading and literature.
  • 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.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Edward is the Brooding Boy to Bella's Gentle Girl.
  • 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.
  • Celibate Hero: Until he met Bella. Before he married Bella, Edward was a virgin.
  • Chick Magnet: Just about any women in the series acknowledges that he's attractive, including Bella's human friends.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: Edward attracts girls but he seems to be completely oblivious to it.
  • Cock Fight: With Jacob over the affections of Bella.
  • Cool Car: Edward drives a Volvo S60R, Aston Martin V12 Vanquish. Subverted in the New Moon movie with Edward's Volvo XC90. Why such a soccer-mom car?
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Make a move on Bella, and he won't be very happy with you.
  • Heroic BSoD: Edward also has one when Bella tells him she is pregnant.
  • 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.
  • Horror Hunger: For Bella's blood. The scent of Bella's blood drives him crazy.
  • Immortality: Edward is a Type V and Type X. Edward is incapable of physically aging. He also has the ability to live forever without getting sick or dying.
  • I Am a Monster: Struggles with this, especially since he's murdered people in his past. However, they were all criminals, and, as Bella points out, he probably saved more lives than he took.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: He has to go to the Volturi in order to commit suicide.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: He wishes he could relate to Bella the way a normal guy would, without the bloodlust and super strength getting in the way.
  • I Love You Because I Can't Control You: He's attracted to Bella because of her mysteriousness.
  • I Love You, Vampire Son: He is the one who turns his love interest, Bella, into his vampire mate, per her request.
  • In-Series Nickname: Other names used for Edward in the series include Cullen (used by Mike Newton), Mr. Edward (used by J. Jenks) and The Hair (used by Jessica Stanley).
  • Informed Flaw: His "dangerous" nature.
  • Inter-Class Romance: With Bella. Edward is from a wealthy family and Bella is from a working class background.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Bella before she became a vampire in Breaking Dawn Part 2.
  • Interrupted Suicide: Edward attempts this on New Moon when he thinks his beloved Bella is dead.
  • Insecure Love Interest: In New Moon, Edward leaves Bella because of this, resulting in much angst from both of them.
  • 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."
  • I'm Not a Hero, I'm...: "What if I'm not a superhero? What if I'm the bad guy?"
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Even when Bella is with Jacob.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He was initially very aloof and rude to Bella but it's because he really wanted her.
  • Kiss of the Vampire: Edward's make out sessions are tame for this reason.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: To Bella.
  • Like Brother and Sister: With Rosalie, although there are quite a few fans who may disagree.
  • Love at First Sight: With Bella. More like Love At First Smell in Edward's case.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: To the point he stalks and controls Bella.
  • Manly Men Can Hunt: Like all of the other Cullen males.
    • Failed example, given how the same holds truth for the Cullen females, and all vampires in general, no matter their gender.
  • Master of the Mixed Message
  • Mayfly–December Romance: Edward has almost a century on Bella in regards to age. Edward is over 100 years old and Bella is 18.
  • Meaningful Name: The name Edward means "wealthy guardian". Also Edward's last name Cullen ("culling"), which is for a family of predators.
  • Mood-Swinger: He has a rather disturbing proclivity to switch between a romantic gentleman to a frothing lunatic at any resistance on Bella's part.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Considering the series is largely from Bella's POV, and she's madly in love with him.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: He's the skinniest of the Cullen males and yet still managed to lift full-sized van off of Bella thanks to his Super Strength.
  • 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.
  • Noble Male, Roguish Male: Edward is the Noble Male to Jacob's Roguish Male. Where Jacob is a cocky, reckless, hotblooded, bad-boy werewolf, Edward is a cultured, thoughtful, overprotective and somewhat repressed gentleman vampire,
  • Noodle People: Despite Bella's insistence that he's muscular, in his actual descriptions he comes off as being very skinny with almost no muscle tone.
  • Official Couple: With Bella.
  • Old-School Chivalry:
    Edward Cullen: I'm from a different era, things were a lot less complicated. And if I'd were met you back then I would have courted you, would've taken chaperoned strolls, iced tea on the porch and...I may have stolen a kiss or two but only after asking your father's permission. I would have got down on one knee and I would have presented you with a ring.
    [he puts a small ring box in her hand and kneels in front of her]
  • Papa Wolf: He's very protective of Bella and his family.
  • Pretty Boy: He's tall, slender, with delicate features and a borderline-androgynous build. According to Carlisle and Word of God Edward takes after his mother.
  • Really 700 Years Old: He looks 17, but he is 108 years old.
  • 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.
  • Sadist: He gleefully fantasizes about torturing Mike Newton because of Mike's crush on Bella.
  • 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.
  • Romantic Vampire Boy: Kindhearted and protective vampire.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: With Bella. Edward is fascinated by even the most mundane things about Bella 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.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: In his human life.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: The only girl he has ever dated or fallen in love with is Bella.
  • Smug Snake: Despite all the brooding he does about how horrible it is to be a vampire, and how miserable his life, Edward really does consider himself far superior to those around him.
  • The Sociopath: He has little regard for human life, and claims to be a very good torturer. In "Midnight Sun", he casually ponders committing genocide of the Quileute because Jacob has unwittingly broken the contract by telling Bella the old vampire legends of his people.
  • Spiky Hair: In the graphic novel adaptation.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Constantly stalks his girlfriend.
  • Stalking Is Love: One of the most egregious acts he does in the name of "love" is breaking into Bella's room every night to watch her sleep. And he did this before they were a couple.
  • Wife-Basher Basher: After "rebelling" against Carlisle to try out a more "traditional" vampire lifestyle, his first act was to track down, torture and murder Esme's abusive ex-husband before escalating to judge, jury and executioner of anyone he deemed "evil".
  • Yandere: Besides being a Crazy Jealous Guy, he'd kill off any love rivals... if Bella didn't stop 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.

    Jacob Black 

Portrayed by Taylor Lautner
Jacob first knew Bella when they were just children, and they lost contact for years while she was away. He tried to push for a more romantic relationship, but by the time he made his intentions clear, she only had eyes for Edward. He became a werewolf in New Moon.

  • Ascended Extra: He has a minor role in Twilight. In the following books, he becomes the Tritagonist.
  • Badass Biker: Jacob had an interest in fixing and riding motorcycles before he became a werewolf, and over the course of three books, he cements his status as a badass werewolf who rides bikes.
  • Barbarian Longhair: To contrast the "perfect" Cullens. He gets a haircut after he starts phasing, to stop his fur becoming too long.
  • Berserk Button: Jacob loses it when he discovers that Bella wants to be a vampire. He also loses it when he finds out that Bella plans to lose her virginity to Edward while she is still a human, but it's justified, as he fears that the superhumanly-strong Edward will either hurt or kill her in the process.
  • Better as Friends: With Bella. Ultimately, Jacob imprints on Bella's daughter, Renesmee.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Edward's Veronica for Bella's Archie. He loses.
  • The Big Guy: At least in the books. He stands 6'7". Subverted in the film, as he's only 5'10".
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Like Emmett, Jacob is very proud and he loves a good scrap. In fact, one of the only things he enjoys about becoming a werewolf is his newfound status as a tough guy who can take on vampires. In both Eclipse and Breaking Dawn, Jacob has to accept that not all his problems can be solved with pure brawn.
  • Brownface: In the movie.
  • Brutal Honesty: Jacob tends to not sugarcoat things. Though he does try to be softer with the people he cares about, his default reaction is still blunt honesty, a flaw that's juxtaposed with Edward's (who's often more secretive).
  • Catchphrase: "Sure, sure."
  • Character Development: Jacob goes from being a friendly but mild-mannered and non-confrontational teenager to an aggressive, hotheaded Boisterous Bruiser after he transforms into a werewolf and becomes part of Sam's pack. He butts heads with Edward numerous times out of jealousy and mutual Fantastic Racism, but gradually overcomes his prejudices towards the Cullens so he can help Bella, even after he's already become the loser in their love triangle, and he gradually comes to accept the Cullens as friends and allies during Bella's pregnancy. After being the cocky, reckless, rebellious bad boy of Sam's pack for several books, Jacob has to mature and deal with a brand new set of responsibilities when he becomes alpha of his own little pack, consisting of Leah and Seth, which results in him becoming a more responsible and authoritative werewolf, if still irritable. He finally mellows out entirely once he finds his own imprint.
  • Childhood Friends: With Bella.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Bella again.
  • Cleaning Up Romantic Loose Ends: Jacob in the third book suffers from derailment: he goes from a friendly, devoted guy to a possessive jerk to better enable the canon couple. Then, in the last book, he imprints on Bella's newborn baby, is conveniently is no longer at all attracted to Bella, and mellows out considerably. In fact, with the notable exception of Leah, basically every major character is wonderfully paired off by the end of the series.
  • Cock Fight: With Edward over the affections of Bella; their mutual prejudice towards each other's species contributes to it. Jacob winds up being the loser in the love triangle, though they do eventually become friends later as they put aside their differences for Bella's sake in the second half of Eclipse and Breaking Dawn.
  • Cool Bike
  • Deadpan Snarker: Jacob is very snarky and sardonic, especially as he grows increasingly cynical about his life and his place in the supernatural world from New Moon to Breaking Dawn.
  • Derailing Love Interests: Turns from his nice, friendly, easy-going Twilight self into a possessive jerk in the last pages of New Moon and coming to a peak in Eclipse. According to some, this is to make way for the Official Couple. Although in many ways, his derailment actually makes him act more like Edward, leading to an alternate interpretation that this was supposed to make him more appealing. (Or that Meyer just can't write her characters very distinctively.)
  • Determinator: Jacob is very stubborn and rarely ever gives up on the things he considers to be worthwhile. This is a both a strength and a flaw, depending on the situation.
  • 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 her 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.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Dogged. Hehehehehe. Sorry.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Alice has called Jacob "mutt" and Rosalie has called Jacob "dog."
  • Expository Hairstyle Change
  • Flanderization: Over the course of the saga, his initially fairly healthy and respectful affection towards Bella was Flanderized into obsession, probably done to sway "Team Jacob" shippers to be more sympathetic to Edward. For the most part, unfortunately, this ended up only spurring the Team Edward/Team Jacob rivalry even further.
  • 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.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Justified due to his werewolf gene. Jacob was already hotheaded as a human, but this trait is amplified after his transformation into a werewolf, leading him to worry at times about turning into Sam.
  • Hopeless Suitor: To Bella.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager
  • Hot-Blooded: Literally. His body temperature is about 108.1 at rest. The reasons behind it verge into Artistic License territory, but they're not unreasonable.
  • Important Haircut: It marks his transformation into a werewolf.
  • Imprinting: He imprinted on Renesmee in Breaking Dawn Part 1.
  • In-Series Nickname: Other than Jake, which is what Bella and everyone else often calls him, some of Jacob's other nicknames in the series include Chief Jacob (used by Bella Swan), Uncle Jay (used by Claire Young) and Jacob Wolfe (used by Bella Swan).
  • Intimate Healing: Jacob has a higher body temperature than normal, so he's the obvious choice to help Bella avoid hypothermia.
  • The Jail Bait Wait: He's imprinted on Renesmee and will only be seen as her brother until she comes of age. Where they may develop romantic feelings for each other.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Jacob can be selfish, rude and hotheaded, and once he becomes a werewolf he's often characterized as a Noble Bigot. Jake is also strong, loyal and courageous, a true friend, and is often willing to put his own feelings and needs aside for the bigger picture, making him worthy of his eventual status as pack alpha.
  • Just Friends: With Bella.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: To Bella.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Those abs...
  • The Nicknamer: Jacob has a variety of different nicknames for basically every single character in the series.
  • Noble Bigot: After Jacob becomes a werewolf and discovers all the Quileute legends are real, he starts to despise vampires, particularly the Cullens because of Bella's relationship with his romantic rival, Edward. Jacob freely admits to enjoying being able to fight and kill amoral, carnivorous vampires who try to hunt on the reservation, though he nevertheless honors the peace treaty the Cullens have with the tribe, and is willing to team up with the Cullens whenever Bella is in danger. A large part of Jacob's character development in "Eclipse" and "Breaking Dawn" is letting go of his resentment towards the Cullens and realizing, like Bella did, that they try to be good people in spite of their vampiric nature.
  • Noble Male, Roguish Male: Jacob is the Roguish Male to Edward's Noble Male. Where Edward is a cultured, thoughtful, overprotective and somewhat repressed gentleman vampire, Jacob is a cocky, reckless, hotblooded, bad-boy werewolf.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Jacob (as well as his pack) is more of a skinwalker or a shapeshifter than a traditional werewolf. He transforms into a full (albeit giant-sized) wolf instead of a biped hybrid, and he can bring on the transformation at any time of the day instead of just turning on the full moon.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Until he starts taking a more dramatic role, he is the funniest character in the book.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Jacob is the Red Oni to both Bella's and Edward's Blue Oni.
  • Refusal of the Call: As a descendant of Ephraim Black, an old chief and the alpha of the tribe's first werewolf pack, Jacob was actually supposed to lead the new pack when it resurfaced in "New Moon", but he hated being a werewolf, he didn't want the job, and he wasn't ready, so he handed the responsibilities over to Sam. Jacob does wind up regretting this later, when he has to follow Sam's orders to the word. Jacob winds up answering the call anyway and rebelling when Sam tries to force him to do something he considers to be abhorrent, striking off on his own and unwittingly creating his own faction of Quillette werewolves: his own pack.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: In Breaking Dawn, Jacob decides that Bella's baby must die because Bella apparently died giving birth to her. He goes to find her and kill her himself, only to imprint when he actually looks into the baby's eyes.
  • Romantic Runner-Up: To Edward for Bella.
  • Shirtless Scene: According to the Seattle Times, Jacob takes his shirt off thirteen times total in the movies; out of which, three times were in the rain, and not happening at all in the first movie.
  • Squaring the Love Triangle: When Jacob ends up falling in love with Renesmee.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Due to Flanderization.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Even before he became a lupine shape-shifter, Jacob was pretty tall, clocking in at ‎6'7 feet, and Bella describes him as being a beautiful man several times. This trope is downplayed in the films, where Taylor Lautner is nine inches shorter than book Jacob.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Jacob is frequently described as being tall and handsome in the books, and after he becomes a werewolf, his personality starts to become sardonic, sarcastic and self-deprecating.
  • Took a Level in Badass: When he became a werewolf. Jacob starts the series as an ordinary and unassuming, if remarkably tall, lovesick teenager and overtime he becomes a super strong, super fast werewolf who has hunted down and killed vampires; eventually leading his own splinter pack of shapeshifters.
  • Took a Level in Cheerfulness: After becoming increasingly cynical, frustrated and aggressive in New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn about how being a werewolf has permanently changed his life for the worse, along with his unrequited feelings for Bella, imprinting helps to relieve a lot of the tension in Jake and leads him to becoming a more amiable and laidback person once more.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In Twilight and the first half of New Moon he was a sweet, amiable guy with a simple crush on Bella that she selfishly exploited. But, once he becomes a werewolf, he's a surly, petulant Noble Bigot with no qualms about forcing himself on Bella.
  • Tritagonist: He's the third most important character after Bella and Edward from New Moon onwards.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: His response to Leah telling off Bella for the way she (Bella) has been treating him? He immediately jumps to Bella's defense when she starts crying, and gets mad at Leah for upsetting her, even though she stood up for him.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: Did not end up with Bella, his childhood friend.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Once Jacob transforms into a werewolf, he's almost always shirtless whenever he appears, to the point where it almost becomes a running gag in the franchise. Lampshaded by Edward in Eclipse, when he grouses "Doesn't he own a shirt?"
  • Wife Husbandry: Jacob imprinted on Renesmee the moment she was born in Breaking Dawn Part 1. He becomes a sort of uncle/older brother figure to the her, and it's assumed that of course, she'll want to marry him once she's of age.
  • Working-Class Werewolves: Jacob and his packmates come from a rather modest, working-class background on a reservation, compared to the most lavish and indulgent lifestyles the vampires in the franchise partake in, from the Cullens to the Volturi.



Bella's Family

     Charlie Swan 

Portrayed by Billy Burke
Charlie is Bella's father and the police chief of Forks. He is quiet and a bit of a loner, who enjoys watching sports and drinking beer. He mostly leaves Bella up to her own devices. He will occasionally try to interact with Bella, but she usually is too busy protecting him from the horrors he is not aware of to actually spend time with him as well.

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: In the books, Bella frequently uses rather unflattering terms to describe Charlie's appearance. Billy Burke, however, is fairly attractive.
  • Adults Are Useless: Bella's going through all of this, and Charlie barely steps in. When she becomes a vampire, he ends up keeping his knowledge of what has happened on a need-to-know basis. It has to be said, though, that this is only partly due to his discomfort with the strange goings-on; Bella and the Cullens know that if the Volturi find out he knows about vampires, they will either kill him or force the Cullens to turn him.
  • Badass Mustache: Billy Burke's impressive 'stache in the films has made him quite popular.
  • First-Name Basis: Bella almost always calls him "Charlie" instead of "Dad". She only uses "Dad" when she's particularly emotional or upset.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Frequently seen drinking a tall can of beer when going through stressful times with Bella, which is often.
  • Lethal Chef: Many fans wonder how he even managed to survive before Bella moved in. He can't even use a microwave properly!
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Until Breaking Dawn when he begins to learn a bit of the world around him. He invokes this trope by asking Jacob and Bella not to tell him any more than the basic essentials.
  • Only Sane Man: The most rational character who doesn't get involved in the crazy melodrama and love affairs.
  • Papa Wolf: The fact that Bella's moving to Forks was presumably the first time he'd seen her in several years did nothing to stop him from looking out for her. An example: When meeting Edward for the first time in the film, he's carrying a shotgun with him. Granted, it would have done nothing to Edward, but you've gotta give the guy points for trying.
  • Parental Obliviousness: Arguably justified, considering Bella actively tries to exclude him from anything supernatural, for his own safety.
  • Pair the Spares: By the end of Breaking Dawn, Charlie has begun dating Sue Clearwater.
  • Police are Useless: Justified. There really isn't a practical way for the police to respond to vampire activity. He probably does okay against the everyday, run-of-the-mill crime, it just isn't shown because it isn't part of the story.
  • Porn Stache: In the movie.
  • Secret Keeper: Jacob told him he's a werewolf.
  • The Talk: Has an exceptionally awkward one with Bella in Eclipse. In the novel it just comes across as fairly uncomfortable, but in the movie Billy and Kristen make it hilarious.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Drinks Rainier beer in the movies, which is accurate to the Pacific Northwest.

     Renée Dwyer 

Portrayed by Sarah Clarke

Bella's flighty, fun-loving mother, ex-wife of Charlie, now married to Phil Dwyer.


Bella's Classmates

The human students at Forks High School. The most prominent ones are Mike Newton, Jessica Stanley, Angela Weber, Eric Yorkie, Tyler Crowley, and Lauren Mallory.

     In General 

  • Alpha Bitch: Popular and bitchy Lauren.
  • Asian and Nerdy: Eric in the films.
  • Attention Whore: Jessica, allegedly. See False Friend.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Tyler and possibly Mike, if you trust Midinight Sun.
  • Composite Character: In the movies, Lauren is merged with Jessica and Ben is merged with Eric.
  • Covert Pervert: Mike, in Midinight Sun. Listening to his thoughts is Edward's equivalent of a Mind Rape, so he tries to concentrate on Angela's.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Word of 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.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Eric, Tyler and especially Mike were this to Bella.
  • False Friend: Jessica, apparently. Exploited in Midinight Sun. She keeps thinking that Bella isn't that interesting and decides to befriend Bella to create an interesting Girl Posse to bring attention to her. However, Breaking Dawn heavily implies that though self-centered and oblivious to Bella's feelings, she has come to genuinuely like her.
  • The Generic Guy: Mike. Subverted when it comes to Midnight Sun.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Besides Angela, the girls are all jealous of Bella.
  • Hidden Depths: In the movies, at least. Listen to Jessica's rambling about the zombie apocalypse genre, and you'll find that it's actually quite thoughtful — it just happens to be in Valley Girl speak. (This was thanks to Anna Kendrick being allowed to improvise a bit. Amusingly, at this point in the book, Bella admits that Jessica is going on about something, but she's not listening to her and has no clue what she's even talking about. For all we know, this might be what she was saying.)
  • Hopeless Suitor: Likewise, most of the boys seem to be crushing on Bella. Of course, normal high school boys have no shot with a girl who hangs out with sparkly vampires and buff werewolves.
  • Informed Flaw: The narrative frequently accuses Jessica of being a False Friend, but no evidence actually exists to prove this.
  • Meganekko: Angela in the films.
  • Motor Mouth: Jessica. When will she not talk?
  • Nice Girl: Angela, who is Bella's closest human friend in the novels, shown to be quite selfless and pleasant in contrast to the others who come off as overbearing often. Even Edward thinks highly of her in contrast to his opinions of Bella's other human friends as he finds her unusually kind, with Midnight Sun showing her thoughts to be genuine towards Bella.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: To Bella, Mike is a perfectly likable, popular, athletic, nice guy but he comes off as totally useless since Edward Cullen is around.
  • Pair the Spares: Mike with Jessica, Tyler with Lauren, and Angela with Ben (Eric in the films).
  • Race Lift: The movies turn these characters into a Five-Token Band.
  • Satellite Character: All of them.
  • Shrinking Violet: Angela, the shyest and quietest.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Shallow "chatterbox" and Attention Whore Jessica was smart enough to be valedictorian of her class (only in the film though, in the books Eric was valedictorian). Though a cropped scene from the books has Bella explicitly state that Jessica has better marks than herself.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Mike who obsesses over Bella, following her like a 'dog'.
  • With Friends Like These...: Bella's friendship with Jessica, especially the scene where Bella walks willingly into a dangerous situation without caring that she puts Jessica, who's quite reasonably panicking, at risk at well.

Jacob's Family

     Billy Black 

Jacob's father.


    Carlisle Cullen 

Portrayed by Peter Facinelli
The patriarch of the Cullen clan, Carlisle's been around for centuries. The son of an Anglican pastor in the 1600s, Carlisle was turned after a fateful encounter while hunting vampires. Initially horrified, he tries many times to kill himself before succumbing to his thirst by drinking animal's blood. After being revived, he goes on to live out his immortal lifespan as a doctor and helper and eventually decides to create a companion for his growing loneliness. The rest is history.

  • Action Dad: Carlisle always knows what's going on and gets quite involved. Even if he hates violence and fighting.
  • Alliterative Name: Carlisle Cullen.
  • The Atoner: Became a doctor to save lives as a compensation for, well, being a vampire.
    • Alternatively, he is trying to compensate for the lives taken by the vampires he created. Indirectly, he does have a lot of blood on his hands.

    Esme Cullen 

Portrayed by Elizabeth Reaser
The matriarch of the Cullen clan and Carlisle's wife, Esme's beauty is matched only by her gentle nature and great capacity for love. After meeting Carlisle as a young girl, she later married another man who turned out to be an abusive jerk. She managed to escape, while pregnant, but her child died shortly afterwards, robbing her of the will to live. After a near successful suicide attempt, Carlisle, who recognized her, transformed her. She fell in love all over again, and has since found solace in her big family of immortal adopted kids.

    Alice Cullen 

Portrayed by Ashley Greene
One of Edward's many adopted siblings, Alice used to be in a mental institution because she claimed to see the future. After being transformed into a vampire to save her from a sadistic hunter, she's managed to find Jasper and the Cullens and has lived with them since. She is funny, happy in nature and well adapted to living as a vampire and aside from Emmett is Edward's closest relative and ally. She adores Bella even before she meets her, just because she knew she will love her.

  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Sometimes acts like this, particularly towards Edward.
  • Badass Adorable: Seems to fit, as she's constantly described as "tiny" and "pixie-like".
  • The Beautiful Elite
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She has been known to display a temper every so often. Such as when Emmett and Jasper are restraining James and she leaps onto his shoulders and tears his head off. In the film of Breaking Dawn, Jane kills Jasper. Alice's response is to grab Jane and drag her to Wolf!Sam's waiting jaws. All Just a Dream, lucky for Jane.
  • Blood Knight: Shows shades of this in "Eclipse" when she finds out that Edward will be sitting out of the fight with the newborn army at Bella's request. Stating that he is going to be missing all of the fun.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Alice is the Gentle Girl to Jasper's Brooding Boy.
  • The Chessmaster: Due to her clairvoyance.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Gives off this vibe.
  • The Cutie: Generally acts like this, despite being a vampire.
  • Cute Bruiser: Fairly cute, but also a badass.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: The Official Illustrated Guide for Twilight revealed that Alice had seen her father kill her mother, but her father had her declared insane and locked away in a mental institution, so no one believed her. At the institution, she underwent shock treatment and lost all memories of who she was(this is a documented side effect of shock treatment). She also ended up being hunted by James, which made the vampire taking care of her decide to force a (painful) transformation on her while she was in this state, only for James to kill him and leave Alice without any guides when she awoke a vampire. Additionally, it's not touched upon in the series, but her time at the institution must have been doubly unpleasant, considering conditions at the time. Perhaps its for the best that she doesn't remember any of it.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Not to the extent of many other characters, but she has her moments.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: A vampire with black hair.
  • The Fashionista: Loves dressing people up and throwing parties, especially if Bella's involved. She not only organized Bella's wedding, but packed her honeymoon suitcase, dressed her up in a cocktail dress and stilettos for her first post-vamp hunt, and filled up her closet at home with more clothes than Bella felt she could wear for a while.
  • Fragile Speedster
  • Friendly Neighbourhood Vampire: Like all of the Cullens.
  • Genki Girl: She's very energetic.
  • Girly Bruiser
  • Happily Adopted: By the Cullens.
  • Hope Bringer: She represents hope for Jasper.
  • In-Series Nickname: Some of Alice's nicknames in the series include Shortie (used by Jacob Black), Little Freak (used by Edward Cullen), Frightening Little Monster (used by Jasper Hale), and Psychic (used by Jacob Black).
  • Immortality: She's Type V, The Undead, and Type X, the Life Drinker. Alice has the ability to live forever without physically aging.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Alice is the Light Feminine to Rosalie's Dark Feminine.
  • 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 seen, like a werewolf or half-vampire. Except when it doesn't.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: To Jasper.
  • Nice Girl: Alice is known to be really friendly towards everyone.
  • Waif Prophet: She is described as pixie-like and has visions of the future.

    Emmett Cullen 

Portrayed by Kellan Lutz
Adopted into the Cullen family after Rosalie, Emmett is a fairly jolly guy. Found by Rosalie after getting mauled by a bear, he was transformed and has been inseparable from her and the Cullens since then.

  • The Beautiful Elite: Like every Cullen.
  • The Big Guy: He is even described as stronger than an average vampire.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: He loves fighting, even seeming excited for the battle against the Volturi in BD.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Has repeatedly (and, on Meyer's part, probably unintentionally) proven himself to be actually pretty smart or at least very sensible, as he's pointed out multiple ways to avoid conflict all throughout the series (see also The Strategist below). That being said, he appears to have zero interest in his education, and has never finished any particular degree simply because it bored him.
  • Determinator: Known to demand a rematch for every fight he loses, even if there's little to no chance he'll win next time.
  • Double Entendre: Constantly makes jokes about Edward and Bella's sex life, around Charlie no less!
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Dark-haired and a vampire.
  • Friendly Neighbourhood Vampire
  • Gentle Giant: Not exactly 'gentle', but one of the nicer vampires nonetheless.
  • Heroic Build
  • In-Series Nickname: Emmett's nicknames include Em (used by all of the Cullens) and Monkey Man (used by Rosalie Hale).
  • Immortality: Emmett possesses the ability of living forever without aging physically. Emmett is Type V, The Undead and Type X, the Life Drinker.
  • Manchild: Physically the oldest of the Cullen "children" and actually pretty mature in a lot of ways, but he still has a tendency to act kind of childish.
  • Nice Guy: Despite his Big Guy build, he is normally friendly and cheerful.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Has zero problems with being a vampire and doesn't seem at all haunted by his past.
  • Rescue Romance: With Rosalie, who saved him from a bear.
  • Sore Loser: A mild version, Emmett's reaction to losing is to keep asking for rematches until he wins.
  • Stout Strength: Not necessarily overweight, but still bulkier than the other Cullens.
  • The Strategist: Downplayed because it's only there for a single chapter, but the fourth book, he is the one to come up with a plan to defeat the Volturi, or at least keep them from killing the Cullens. And, at the end, it actually works.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Like all of the other Cullens.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Also qualifies as Tall, Dark, and Snarky.

    Rosalie Hale 

Portrayed by Nikki Reed
The second kid to be adopted into the family. Rosalie is stunningly beautiful, even for a vampire, but she's really had a hard life. She grew up during the Great Depression, but managed well, and was even poised to marry a man who still had his money in those tough times, even though she didn't love him. She was then beaten and gang-raped by her fiancé and his friends while they were drunk off their rockers, and was left for dead in an alley. Taking pity on her, Carlisle transformed her. Being with Emmett gave her a reason to keep going on. She's not really nice to Bella in the beginning, but grew to accept her later.

  • Affectionate Nickname: Emmett calls Rosalie "angel" and "babe."
  • Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: A very strange example: while she insists that Edward is like a brother to her, she also confesses that the fact that he was never interested in her hurt her vanity, especially when he fell in love with Bella. As Edward himself puts it in Midnight Sun:
    Edward: Rosalie was mortally offended that I found some insignificant human girl more appealing than her.
  • The Beautiful Elite: Unlike the other Cullens, she was this even before she became a vampire, having been the daughter of a noveau riche family who planned to use their daughter's extreme beauty for further social advancement.
  • Beneath the Mask: During her heart-to-heart with Bella in Eclipse, she reveals a very sensitive, caring side of herself.
  • Blood-Splattered Wedding Dress: Defied Trope. After becoming a vampire, she took revenge by killing her rapists — a group that included her would-be fiancé — while wearing a wedding dress (not hers, but one she had stolen for the occasion; she said she was quite melodramatic back then). However, she was very careful not to actually spill any of their blood because she knew she wouldn't be able to resist it and she didn't want any of them to be a part of her, so the dress went unstained.
  • Broken Bird: Most of her bitchy behaviour towards others, primarily Bella is because of what happened to her in her Dark and Troubled Past.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Like Carlisle, Rose has golden hair and golden eyes.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: It was revealed that Rosalie was gang-raped and left for dead before she was turned into a vampire.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: At first, she came off very cold towards Bella. She eventually mellows out towards her though.
  • Determinator: Usually around blood. While she momentarily loses focus when helping perform Bella's c-section, she's rather proud of the fact that she's never once tasted human blood. That includes the time she carried a bloodied, bear-mauled Emmett miles to Carlisle to change. She didn't try to turn Emmett herself because she didn't trust herself to be able to stop if she actually sunk her fangs in him.
  • Emergency Transformation: Was dying right before her transformation.
  • Freudian Excuse: Rosalie is not a villain, but she is the only member of the Cullen family who seems to dislike Bella, and is semi-antagonistic towards her. Her behavior is explained in Eclipse as being the result of having been deprived of everything she ever wanted by her transformation into a vampire, right when she was about to achieve it. The reason she is so angry at Bella is that Bella is ready to throw her entire future as a human away to become a vampire with a long, repetitive life ahead of her, without so much as a second thought. The events leading up to Rosalie's transformation might also have something to do with her anger.
  • Friendly Neighbourhood Vampire
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: She wants nothing more than to be able to have children and grow old with Emmett and would give up her beauty and immortality just for that chance. As such, she isn't thrilled with Bella's seemingly off-hand dismissal of potential motherhood.
  • Immortality: She is Type V, The Undead, and Type X, the Life Drinker. Rosalie has the ability to live forever without physically aging.
  • Immortal Infertility: Being a vampire renders a person "frozen in time" and therefore unable to become pregnant. Before her vampire transformation, she wanted children and now cannot have them. This is a source for a lot of her hostility towards Bella, because Bella wants to be a vampire and would willingly give up the one thing Rosalie truly wants and cannot have.
  • In-Series Nickname: Rosalie's nicknames include Rose (used by the Cullen family), Kitty (used by Carlisle Cullen), Babe (used by Emmett Cullen), Blondie (used by Jacob Black), Ice Cold Barbie (used by Jacob Black), and Angel (used by Emmett Cullen).
  • Jerkass: Rosalie can be cold, unsympathetic, and bitterly cynical.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She still cares about those she loves, though. And eventually, she starts to treat Bella like a sister-in-law after Renesmee's birth.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The dark to Alice's light.
  • Like Brother and Sister: With Edward, although there are some fans who would disagree with this.
  • Perpetual Frowner: You can pretty much count the times she isn't frowning or sulking in the series on one hand.
  • Pride
  • Rape and Revenge: She killed the men who gang-raped her and beat her almost to death.
  • Rape as Backstory: Was walking home when she ran into her drunken fiancé and his buddies, who gang-raped her and left her for dead in the streets. This story is used to shed light on Rosalie's bitterness and make her more sympathetic to Bella and to fans.
  • The Resenter: In the beginning, towards Bella. But it was mostly out of jealousy of the fact that Bella was a human and Rosalie has always desired to be human again.
  • The Scapegoat
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: In regards to her relationship with Emmett. Rosalie admitted that, after the trauma she went through, her life got better after she met Emmett.
  • The Snark Knight: Rosalie is rather snide.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Her social climbing parents basically treated her like a trophy to be married off so as to elevate themselves. Rosalie was so naive at the time that she didn't realize it. Later, she also came to blame her looks for her getting raped.
  • Socialite: Back during her human days.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She is the tallest of the Cullen women.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Cold at first, but more kind later on.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Like all of the other Cullens.
  • Token Evil Teammate: As mentioned above, she's not really evil, but she is the only one of the Cullens to ever be openly antagonistic towards Bella.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: She becomes Bella's guardian when she gets pregnant with Renesmee. She was mostly focused on the latter, though. And after Renesmee's birth, she finally accepts Bella as a member of the Cullen family.
  • Tsundere: Cold towards Bella just because she was jealous of her.

    Jasper Hale 

Portrayed by Jackson Rathbone
Born in the Deep South, Jasper participated in the Civil War before being transformed. He lived out his early days training an army of vampires, but after the stress proved too much for him, he left, and later met the love of his existence, Alice, and has lived a peaceful existence with the Cullens since then.

  • Aloof Big Brother: To Edward, Emmett and Rosalie. He is the eldest of the Cullens children.
  • The Atoner: Jasper used to be a troubled vampire who endlessly killed others for sport. He has learned the error of his ways thanks to Alice and his love for her.
    • This is subverted in Midnight Sun, Eclipse, and the Short Second Life of Bree Tanner.
    • Such as in "Midnight Sun", he had no issue with murdering Bella, an innocent girl in cold blood to "protect" Alice and the family's secret from what he deemed to be "a slight danger."
    • Then in Eclipse, he had no issue with suggesting (and if Carlisle had not been against it) that the entire Cullen Clan eats innocent people to be stronger for their battle with the newborn army.
    • In "The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner," he is shows that he had no issue with abusing his power to entice Bree into attacking him so he could have an excuse to kill her after Carlisle offered her asylum.
  • The Berserker: When he was an emotionless Super Soldier who killed endlessly.
  • Blood Knight: Struggled with this.
  • Blood Lust: Jasper lost control and almost killed Bella when she cut her finger.
  • Break the Cutie: His whole past qualifies as this.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Jasper is the Brooding Boy to Alice's Gentle Girl.
  • The Corruptible: To Maria.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: Maria did this to Jasper by turning him into a vampire and using him to become a killing machine.
  • Dark and Troubled Past
  • The Empath
  • Hidden Depths: Jasper may look stoic but he actually has a rather dark and troubled past. He was used by a woman named Maria and was basically a killing machine.
  • Horror Hunger: Jasper was the one who had issues with human blood. He even admitted that he was tempted to kill Bella because of her blood.
  • Immortality: Jasper is Type V, The Undead and Type X, the Life Drinker. Jasper has the ability to live forever without physically aging.

    Renesmee Cullen 

Portrayed by Mackenzie Foy (young!Renesmee) and Christie Burke (teenage!Renesmee)
Edward and Bella's vampire-human hybrid daughter, conceived, carried and given birth to by Bella while she was still human, and Jacob Black's imprintee.

  • Brainy Baby: She was able to speak only seven days after her birth.
  • Creepy Child: She almost never speaks except through tactile telepathy and has a disturbing level of awareness and intellect despite being only a few months old.
  • Dhampyr: She is the daughter of a human woman and a vampire. Although the word is never used in-series.
  • Human Mom, Non-Human Dad: Renesmee was born to Bella, who is a human and to Edward, who is a vampire.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Half-vampire, half-human, all impossible.
  • In-Series Nickname: Jacob Black gives her the nickname "Nessie" because he thinks her full name, Renesmee Carlie Cullen, is a "mouthful". At first, Bella refuses to use this nickname because of the obvious allusion to the Loch-Ness Monster, but by the end of the series she eventually warms to it. Before long everyone thinks of her as Nessie. Other nicknames include Ness (used by Charlie Swan and Jacob Black), Vanessa Wolfe (by Bella Swan), E.J. (meaning Edward Jacob; used by Bella Swan), Bebe Linda (used by Carmen) and Little Nudger (used by Bella Swan).
  • Last Episode, New Character: It's when she was born for chrissakes!
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: After she was born, Renesmee learns the vampire laws and limitations very quickly and understands their consequences. She can memorize perfectly anything she sees or experiences, and understands people without much problem. Bella comments that she is already more intelligent than most adults, and has better control over her thirst than any of them.
  • Younger Than They Look: She ages at an increased rate, presumably to facilitate bumping uglies with Jacob, which is just the very definition of romantic.

The Volturi

An ancient coven of vampires living in Volterra, Italy. They consider themselves the rulemakers of the vampire world and purveyors of the arts. They are a large group, headed by the Big Three: Aro, Caius and Marcus, and have many scouts and guards. They are considered the antithesis of the Cullens.

     In General 

  • Affably Evil: Aro. Actually, make that Faux Affably Evil, since Aro is "never more dangerous than when he was gracious."
  • Agony Beam: Jane's power. More a case of Mind Rape since her talent, as are most of the Volturi's talented members, is described to work inside the mind.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Aro, who killed his own sister to secure his power. Caius as well.
  • Anti-Villain: They keep the other vampires' in line and enforce the laws and put down any threat to the secrecy of vampires which, inadvertently, protects humanity as well.
  • Berserk Button: Jane really does not take well to her power being rendered useless.
  • Big Bad: Aro in the fourth book and the fourth and fifth films.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: Aro with Victoria in New Moon.
  • Blood Knight: Caius.
  • The Brute: Felix is a huge, muscular vampire, he rivals Emmett.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: In the books, the Volturi's ranks are determined by the color of their cloak. The leaders, wives and Chelsea (the linchpin of the coven and guard) wear pure black, the permanent members of the guard wear dark grey with Jane And Alec wearing the darkest shade while the replaceable members wear light gray.
  • Creepy Child: Jane and Alec. When they were younger before they were inducted into the Volturi, they were heavily suspected of being witches by their town's superstitious villagers, as their psychic gifts were drawing too much attention.
  • Creepy Twins: Jane and Alec.
  • Deflector Shield: Renata, a member of the guard and Aro's personal bodyguard whose talent is to project a psychic wave that repels an attacker by sending them off in another direction with no memory of what they were doing in the first place.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In Breaking Dawn - Part 1, Aro orders the death of the secretary because she misspelled "Carlisle" in a note.
    "Carlisle? Which is spelt with an S. Sweet, Bianca."
  • Eccentric Mentor: Aro, again.
  • The Eeyore: Marcus, since his wife, which was Aro's sister, had been murdered and he never found the culprit.
  • The Empath: Marcus whose talent is seeing and identifying relationships between people.
  • Enfant Terrible: Jane and Alec, again.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Aro and Caius, despite their hunger for power and at times acts of tyranny over the vampire world, do actually value the lives of their wives Sulpicia and Athenodora, ensuring that they are perfectly protected at all times.
  • Evil Counterpart: The Volturi are collectively presented as one to the Cullens as the only coven large enough to rival the Cullens in size. A few of the individual members of the Volturi are even presented as counterparts to individual members of the Cullens, such as Felix to Emmett as each is The Big Guy of his respective coven.
  • Freudian Trio: Caius is the Id, Aro is the Ego and Marcus is the Superego
  • Grammar Nazi: Aro in the films.
  • Humans Are Special: Although they tend to see humans only as food, and don't care much about their human servants, they do appreciate human art, literature, and music. They also acknowledge that taking over and ruling the planet is impossible.
  • The Lancer: Demetri, being Volturi's tracker and one of their main fighters.
  • Large Ham: Aro in the movies. Michael Sheen clearly had too much fun playing him!
  • Little Miss Badass: Jane. Despite being a little girl, changed at the age of 12 she is very feared and respected by the other vampires.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Aro, who keeps using Marcus while also having killed his wife, and Aro's own sister without Marcus knowing.
  • Mind Rape: The majority of the Volturi guards' psychic talents are versions of this trope which adds to the coven's formidability:
    • Alec and Jane's respective powers, Agony Beam and Sense Loss Sadness, are described as abilities that trick the mind and work inside it for their gifts to take.
    • Chelsea's power of manipulating relationships works within her target's mind when she creates and sustains the slave-like devotion and adoration the guard displays towards the coven even when they had no previous interest in serving the Volturi.
    • Demetri, the Volturi's tracker captures the essence of someone's mind once he meets them, or through someone else who has met them in the past, and follows that essence like a scent.
    • Renata's Deflector Shield works against potential attackers by implanting a thought inside a charging attacker to go some other way with a confused memory of the reason why they were doing so.
  • More Than Mind Control: Two permanent members of the guard, Chelsea and Corin.
    • Chelsea can influence the emotional ties between individuals: she can strengthen, weaken or completely severe them. Her power is mainly used to dissolve the allegiances between the Volturi's enemies, to create the loyalty a vampire feels towards the coven when Aro wants that vampire to join the guard and to keep the coven functional and stable.
    • Corin can induce others with a drug-like influence that keeps people content, so her primary job is to keep the Volturi wives content with their prison-like circumstances.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: The laws they enforce indirectly protect humans, but they do it to keep their power over the vampires and to protect The Masquerade, not out of the goodness of their hearts.
  • Prim and Proper Bun: Jane in the movies.
  • The Quiet One: Marcus doesn't talk much. Justified, since he is depressed and bored most of the time.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Justified since they are Vampires.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: They have red eyes as they feed off human blood.
  • Red Right Hand: Due to centuries of being waited upon and never acting of their own volition, the oldest Volturis' bodies are starting to crumble.
  • Sadist: Jane who enjoys the fear and respect her power gives her. Also Caius, who is in the habit of using her power to punish offenders of the Volturi's laws before they are executed.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: Demetri, with heavy emphasis placed on how much more powerful his tracking gift is and how much better he is at it than James.
  • Sense Loss Sadness: Alec's gift is total sensory deprivation. He can cut off all the senses of his targets, human or vampire, sight, smell, hearing, touch.
  • Super Strength: Felix, even by vampire standards, as according to 'The Twilight Saga: the Official Illustrated Guide' he is the physically strongest vampire the Volturi have encountered.
  • Touch Telepathy: This is Aro's special power, which lets him hear much more than Edward's standard telepathy.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Caius.
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: Heidi, whose beauty is comparable to Rosalie's. Her attractiveness, as well as her psychic talent to physically appeal to others is why Heidi is the Volturi's fisher, who lures human victims to Volterra for the sustenance of the coven.
  • You Have Failed Me: Caius doesn't handle disappointment well, as Irina learns fatally.

James' Coven

The first adversary encountered in the first book. They first started out as a small group of hunters and nomads who just lived to drink good blood. Things went from bad to worse when Bella and her rich blood came into the picture. James was offed in Twilight, followed by Laurent in New Moon, and then Victoria and her giant army of newborns in Eclipse.

     In General 

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: James is described as being very unremarkable in appearance, but in the movie, he's played by this guy. It is worth mentioning here that Bella is the one doing the describing and next to her oh-so-gorgeous vampire boyfriend, everyone probably seems unremarkable in appearance.
  • Affably Evil: Laurent.
  • Ax-Crazy: Stay far, far away from Victoria.
  • Big Bad: James in the first book and the first movie. Victoria in the second and third books and the third movie.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: Victoria in the second film, with the Volturi
  • Chessmaster: Victoria's power is self-preservation.
  • Faux Affably Evil: James.
  • Evil Redhead: Victoria.
  • For the Evulz: James. His gentle and almost polite amusement makes it even worse.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Victoria in New Moon and Eclipse. She gets Riley to do her bidding all the way to the end. She also gets Laurent to spy on the Cullens and Bella for her by playing a friend.
  • Mercy Kill: Laurent claims this is his motivation for trying to kill Bella in New Moon: If he kills her, it'll be quick and painless. If Victoria kills her, it won't.
  • Oh, Crap!: Laurent's last look in his face when he sees the Wolf Pack
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: James.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Laurent. In the first novel he warns the Cullens about James, and doesn't take part in his hunt for Bella. However, in New Moon he agrees to Victoria's request to spy on the Cullens for her.
  • Undead Barefooter: They hunt barefoot; justified, since they don't feel pain, and it allows them to run faster.
  • Vengeful Widow: Victoria.


The Wolf Pack

Wolf-like changelings (not werewolves) of the series. They are members of the Quileute tribe and are trained to protect humans from vampires. Members include Sam Uley (alpha), Paul Lahote, Jared Cameron, Embry Call, Quil Ateara V, Seth and Leah Clearwater, and Jacob.

     In General 

  • Blessed with Suck: Unfortunately, their Healing Factor can sometimes cause their injuries to heal too fast, which is why Jacob needs his bones to be re-broken over and over to prevent them from knitting in the wrong shape.
  • Cheerful Child: Seth is a teenager, but definitely fits this trope.
  • Fantastic Racism: Towards vampires. To be fair, aside from the Cullens most of the vampires they encounter kill innocent people (and if the stories are to be believed, two vampires slaughtered many of their tribe centuries ago).
  • The Generic Guy: Apart from Seth and Sam, they really don't have much to distinguish themselves from one another, and only Paul has a personality trait as a hothead.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Many of them suffer from this to a dangerous degree since they can transform as a result and become ten times more deadly. Sam left scars on Emily's face when they got into a fight.
  • Healing Factor: All Quileute werewolves have this.
  • Hot-Blooded: Paul, though he settles down in Breaking Dawn after imprinting on Jacob's sister offscreen.
  • Important Haircut: If they have long hair, they chop it off after they start phasing because it means shorter fur as a wolf.
  • Involuntary Shapeshifting: At first. Once they gain enough control, it becomes Voluntary Shapeshifting, although they might accidentally phase anyway if they lose their tempers.
  • The Lancer: Seth plays this role for Jacob after they split from Sam's group.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Most of the wolves fight like this.
  • Nice Guy: Seth. Edward even mentions that his mind is one of the purest and kindest he's ever read.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Most of them have Old Testament names (Jacob, Seth, Leah, Sam, Paul, Rachel and Rebecca).
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Seth leaves Sam's pack when they decide to attack the Cullens, citing this as the reason. Leah to a certain extent leaves for the same reason, but moreso to protect Seth.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Seth and Leah.
  • Team Mom: Emily.
  • Theme Naming: 4 of them (Jacob, Seth, Emily and Paul) are named after Meyer's siblings.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Seth becomes less nice in Breaking Dawn for a little while, due to jumping on the Double Standard bandwagon against his sister, but thankfully, he (unlike most other characters) gets over it fairly quickly.
  • Totally Not a Werewolf: Though they're often mistaken as such throughout the series, the pack are not in fact werewolves, but shapeshifters. The difference between the two winds up being crucial when Caius Volturi accuses the Cullens of allying themselves with werewolves, which has been against the Volturi's rules since they attempted to hunt werewolves to extinction. But since the pack aren't actually werewolves, the Cullens and their allies get off scot-free.
  • Wife Husbandry: A bad side effect of imprinting, as Quil and Jacob learn. Jacob is initially slightly Squicked to think about this as it relates to Quil and Claire, but after he imprints on Renesmee, the process is detailed more; his primary concern is for her to be "safe and happy", and if they eventually hook up, well, that's just a bonus.

     Leah Clearwater

  • Action Girl: After becoming a werewolf, she fights vampires with the rest of the pack. This is even more prominient in the films, as we see more of the fights onscreen.
  • Adapted Out: In the film version of New Moon, though she shows up in Eclipse like in the books.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Sam used to call her "Lee-Lee". Jared later refers to her by the nickname in an attempt to get her to return to Sam's pack, which just pisses her off.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: She is still in love with Sam, but he left her for Emily due to imprinting on her.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Emily's Betty for Sam's Archie.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Towards her little brother Seth.
  • Blessed with Suck: How she generally views being a werewolf. To be fair to her, it's made her life much more difficult and causes her a lot of suffering she could otherwise avoid.
  • Boyish Short Hair: After becoming a werewolf, she wears her hair in a pixie cut (in the films, it's a slightly longer bob cut).
  • Broken Bird: Perpetually bitter and angry about various incidents in her life.
  • Brother-Sister Team: With Seth.
  • Childhood Friend: To her cousin Emily, even thinking of her as a sister. Until the incident with Sam, at least.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Her boyfriend whom she loved very much and thought she'd spend the rest of her life with disappeared for weeks and then came back a changed person (unbeknownst to her at the time, he'd phased), without explanation. He then unexpectedly dumped her and started pursuing her cousin Emily, who she loves like a sister. Emily eventually got with Sam, leaving Leah feeling utterly betrayed and devastated. Not too long after, Leah finds out she's a werewolf which completely mucks her life up; even worse, the first time she phased it was during an argument with her father shortly after which he suffered a fatal heart attack, which she now believes is her fault. Subsequently, she's stuck in a pack where no one else likes her, has to obey the commands of her ex and watch him and her cousin be googly-eyed over each other.
  • Deadpan Snarker: One of her most defining traits is her snarkiness.
  • Death by Adaptation: Somewhat. In Breaking Dawn Part 2, she is killed after falling down a chasm during the battle with the Volturi, which didn't happen in the book. However, it then turns out the battle was only one of Alice's visions and Leah is fine after all.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Thanks to having some time apart from Sam in the last book, Leah warms up to Jacob and becomes much happier and calmer than she used to be.
  • Die, Chair! Die!: The first time she phased, she shredded a couch.
  • Double Standard: Leah is a bitch who is ruining the lives of everyone because she can't get over being dumped by her fiance for a girl he'd literally just met, and having to mentally listen to him hate her, with no way to escape. When Jacob is the same because Bella married her boyfriend instead of him, Sam (the fiance who dumped Leah) tells Leah to be nice to Jacob, because he's had a much rougher time than she has. And the girl Sam left Leah for was her own cousin, Emily, whom Leah was very close to, and when Emily told Sam to go back to Leah he snapped and mauled her face so badly that she bears horrific scars that everyone can see.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Her initial reaction to Emily getting with Sam. She is more forgiving towards her after she finds out about the whole werewolves and imprinting business, though they're still not as close as they once were.
  • First Love: For Sam.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: All the other shapeshifters think she's a complete bitch. To be fair to them, she does try to stir up trouble by purposefully bringing up painful subjects, but still, it's hard not to feel sorry for her, especially considering the aforementioned Double Standard.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Film only. In Breaking Dawn Part 2 she sacrifices herself to save Esme, launching herself and a few other vampires over a cliff edge to prevent Esme from being dragged over.
  • Hopeless Suitor: To Sam. Especially after she became a werewolf, she knows she has no hope of ever being with him, because he imprinted on Emily.
  • Howl of Sorrow: In Breaking Dawn Part 2, she lets out one when she sees Seth killed in front of her.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Subtle, but she clearly hates having to live with a pack that makes it clear she's not welcome. In Breaking Dawn, she says she almost wishes she could imprint on someone just so she'd stop loving Sam.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: She wants to stop phasing, and plans on stopping ASAP and going to community college.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Her perspective on Sam/Emily. She loves Sam and wants the best for him; she just doesn't want to have to stick around to watch them be together. She even agrees to Emily's bridesmaid at their wedding.
  • It's All My Fault: She blames herself for her father's death in "New Moon" because it happened as the result of a heart attack he got from seeing her phase for the first time.
  • Jerkass: She can be rather unsympathetic, cold and bitterly cynical.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Her calling Bella out for stringing Jacob along in "Breaking Dawn" (off-screen) is supposed to make readers feel sorry for Bella, who breaks down into tears over it, except Leah is completely right and only does so to defend Jacob.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She still cares about those she loves, though, and she defends her tribe and other innocent people from vampires.
  • The Lancer: Jacob promotes her to his Beta when he forms his own pack.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: Downplayed, as she's isn't overly fixated on having kids, but in Breaking Dawn she is upset that she's stopped menstruating due to the phasing, as she worries this means she may never actually be able to have biological children if/when she wanted to. She even wonders if this is why Sam didn't imprint on her.
  • Lightning Bruiser: She's the fastest of the pack; her speed is just about the only thing about being a shapeshifter that she likes.
  • Love Hurts: She hates still having feelings for Sam, because she knows he no longer feels the same way, but due to being a werewolf, she's stuck working with him and gets to have front row seats to his Happily Ever After with Emily. It's one of the sources for her ongoing emotional pain.
  • No Sympathy: She's one of the few protagonists who doesn't show much sympathy for Bella, especially in Breaking Dawn where she gives her a "Reason You Suck" Speech.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: She gives one to Bella (off-page) in Breaking Dawn, in particular chewing her out for stringing Jacob along with little regard to his feelings.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Seth.
  • The Smurfette Principle: She is the sole female werewolf not only in her pack, but in HISTORY.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's said to be very beautiful and stands 5'10" in the books.
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: In the epilogue for New Moon, Leah complains that Jacob's feelings for Bella are making her dream about kissing Bella through their Psychic Link. Of course, some fans don't buy that explanation.
  • Tsundere: Type 1. She's generally bitter, sarcastic and abrasive, but has a softer side that comes out around her brother and eventually Jacob.
  • Trauma Conga Line: In a rather short space of time, she loses her boyfriend to her cousin/best friend (and so loses her friendship too), becomes a werewolf which upends her life and loses her dad. It's not all that surprising she's a bit jaded.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Develops this type of friendship with Jacob in Breaking Dawn.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Leah is more than a little pissed at Emily (her cousin/best friend, who was like a sister to her) for giving in and getting together with Sam.


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