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The cover of the first book.

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

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

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

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

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

So Edward wants to form a relationship with Bella while resisting the urge to suck her dry, as well as protecting her from other vampires who also begin to hunt her.

The main series consists of four books (Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn). Meyer had plans to make a POVquel called Midnight Sun, which is the plot of Twilight from Edward's point of view. After the manuscript was leaked, the project was put on hold for several years, eventually being completed and published in 2020. Meyer has also written a 200 page novella called The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, which came out on June 5, 2010. In 2015, for the 10th anniversary of the series, Meyer released a gender-swapped version of the first book featuring Beau Swan and Edythe Cullen, titled Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined.


Books in this series

The books were adapted into a massively successful film series entitled The Twilight Saga, beginning with Twilight and ending with the two-part Breaking Dawn. It helped launch the careers of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. In 2015, a collection of seven short films titled The Storytellers: New Voices of the Twilight Saga was released, which explore background events in the Saga. The segments can be watched online.

There are also graphic novel adaptations covering the first book and the first half of New Moon. An adaptation of the second half of New Moon has been announced but delayed indefinitely.


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

These books and films contain examples of:

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  • Absolute Cleavage: In Twilight, Rosalie's prom dress has a neckline down to her waist.
    Her vivid scarlet dress was backless, tight to her calves where it flared into a wide ruffled train, with a neckline that plunged to her waist.
  • Actionized Adaptation: The films tend to have a lot more action. In Eclipse, we actually see the fight between the protagonists and the newborn vampire army (which was only mentioned in the book itself), and in Breaking Dawn Part 2, the film's climax includes a long battle scene. (In the book, though the characters spend much of the third act preparing in case of a fight, the final stand-off is resolved by talking.) Ultimately, the fight did turn out to be All Just a Dream, but we still see it happen. And that's before getting into the original plan that Paramount had for adapting the book when they had the rights, which would've been closer to a teen version of Underworld (2003) than to the books.
  • Adaptational Hairstyle Change:
    • Bella Swan. In the novel, she's described as having silky straight hair. Kristen Stewart sported a wavy hairstyle in the films.
    • In the books Jacob grows his hair long again at some points when he runs away or stops taking care of himself, but in the movies, from New Moon onwards he keeps his hair cropped short. A probable factor is that Taylor Lautner hated wearing a long wig.
    • Bree Tanner from Eclipse was described as having chin-length hair. She had Jodelle Ferland's natural waist-length hair in the film.
  • Aerith and Bob :
    • No risk of One Steve Limit with "Renesmee".
    • Joham's daughters are named Serena, Maysun and Jennifer.
  • Afraid of Blood: Bella. Until she's not.
  • The Alleged Car:
    • Bella's classmate Tyler drives a van—a 1980s Chevy Astro to be specific. All we know about it is that it nearly crushes Bella when Tyler is in the driver's seat. It really would have crushed her if Edward hadn't gotten between her and the vehicle.
    • Subverted with Bella's truck. While on the outside it looks like a huge, ugly clunker, its engine has been lovingly rebuilt and maintained and it runs perfectly. The truck holds a fond place in fandom and anti-fandom alike for being one of the few things Bella seems genuinely enthusiastic over.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Bella doesn't care that Edward is "dangerous", despite Edward's constant warnings.
  • All Myths Are True: Bella wonders if this is the case after learning about werewolves.
  • All Therapists Are Muggles: When Bella's erratic behavior after Edward leaves her borders on clinical depression, Charlie tries to get Bella to see a therapist. She refuses, claiming that she couldn't tell a therapist about how the Cullens were vampires and she’d felt therapy wouldn't work if she wasn't 100% truthful.
  • All Women Are Lustful: Especially Bella. Other female characters display this trope, like Tanya and her succubus "sisters", and all the Cullen women seem to spend their nights having sex with their husbands.
  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The Japanese version of New Moon uses Kato Miliyah's "Destiny" as its theme song.
  • Ambiguous Situation: In Breaking Dawn, when Charlie talks about hunting Edward “to the ends of the Earth,” do the other wedding guests think he’s joking, or are they laughing nervously because they know he’s not?
  • Amicably Divorced: Charlie and Renee. They mainly split up because Renee couldn't stand Forks, and Charlie didn't want to leave. They're shown to be in communication regarding Bella, and on the rare occasion that they are together, they are quite friendly with each other.
  • Analogy Backfire: In Eclipse, Bella compares herself to Cathy of Wuthering Heights and her love for Edward to Cathy's love for Heathcliff... seemingly forgetting there is actually an Isabella in the same novel who does marry Heathcliff... to disastrous effect.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Edward in the meadow scene.
  • Anti-Magic: Bella has a pretty minor version of this, but most vampire powers (not counting purely physical ones) don't seem to work well on her, even while she's still human. Edward for instance can read nearly every mind but hers, and she can't be found directly with clairvoyance.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: According to Bella, Edward, and by extension the rest of the Cullens, sometimes use old fashioned phrases. Don't hold your breath waiting for an example of this in their dialogue. Bella, on the other hand, occasionally uses old-fashioned words and phrases herself. Presumably in an Arizona accent.
  • Artistic License – Biology:
    • Vampires are stated to freak out when they smell human blood. When Bella gets a freaking papercut, it's like throwing a hunk of meat into a shark tank. So, why don't vampires freak out when a girl is menstruating? According to Word of God, it's "dead blood." The Official Illustrated Guide later clarified that the blood from a woman's period isn't freshly oxygenated blood flowing from the heart, like blood from a cut would be, and thus doesn't elicit the same reaction.
    • Newborn Vampires are said to be stronger than aged ones due to their tissues still containing blood from when they were human, and it takes about a year to consume it all. So where exactly does that blood go? How do vampires consume and process blood if their bodies can't change?
    • Breaking Dawn:
      • Pregnancy Does Not Work That Way:
      • Vampires don't have any blood in their tissues, so Edward shouldn't be able to get an erection in the first place. Also, Meyer has said that Vampires' cells don't divide, but sperm is created by a type of cell division called meiosis, which means that Vampire men shouldn't be able to get women pregnant repeatedly a la Nahuel's father.
      • Vampire venom at one point was stated to replace all fluids in the body which is why it turns into a sparkly rock like substance. If you follow that logic, his semen should have been replaced. So the first time they had sex and he orgasmed... she should have become a vampire instead of becoming pregnant.
      • Also, Vampires somehow gain two extra pairs of chromosomes after they change. Yeah.note 
      • This also brings up the question of why male Vampires even produce semen if the species can functionally reproduce by biting humans.
      • Bella, upon realizing that she's missed a period, thinks that she had "never been late a day in my life". It is all but impossible for an adolescent girl to experience predictable menstruation from menarche (first period) to young adulthood, and in most cases, it takes a year or more for a girl's cycle to stabilize into anything even approaching regularity.
      • Werewolves also gain one extra pair of chromosomes. And Renesmee has one extra pair of chromosomes. Yeah, that she should have two unpaired chromosomes doesn't matter. In fact, the writing in Breaking Dawn has no clue at all when it comes to genetics.
      • Meyer has made it known that she is oblivious to how the eye functions, and how she lacks any knowledge of the color spectrum.
      • Bella sees rainbows around each source of light. We humans can experience the same using micro prism films, those glasses that make every light have a little image over them, or going around with the new 3D movie glasses. The only difference is that the glasses/prism film have a warning not to operate any machinery, drive, or go into direct sunlight wearing the glasses.
      • Renesmee is a half human, half vampire hybrid who has an increased heart rate (at one point mistaken for that of a bird's, which would put her way above a human baby's heart rate) and a higher body temperature, and who is also growing at a rapid pace. Despite the massive strain this would place on one's metabolism, she gets by on just a few sips of blood a day.
  • Artistic License – Economics:
    • Rosalie explains in her backstory that her family was well off during the Great Depression because her dad was a banker. Part of the reason why the Depression got as bad as it did to begin with is that most if not all of the US banks went bankrupt after stock market investors hastily withdrew their inflated shares to cut losses after the stock market crashed. Since banks were losing more money than they could cover, it's very unlikely that a banker, of all people, would have been doing any better than anyone else. Then again, perhaps her father was a Joe Kennedy type...
  • Artistic License – Geography:
    • At one point, the book refers to the west coast of Brazil. The west is the only cardinal direction of Brazil that DOESN'T have a coastline.
    • As if it wasn't obvious by now, the Cullens need to live somewhere which has lots of rainfall and is surrounded by clouds, otherwise people would have found out that the Cullens sparkle in the sunlight and their big secret would be let out. That is why Meyer chose Forks to be the destination of choice. While it is true that Forks does get a lot of rainfall (even compared with the rest of Washington), it can get pretty nasty during summer, which tends to be more sunny than not.
  • Artistic License – History:
    • The sewers in London that vampires were hiding in during the 1600s didn't exist around that time.
    • A flashback scene which takes place in the 1930s (judging by the Cullens' clothing) has members of the Quileute tribe dressed in buckskin breeches and animal skins (perhaps to highlight the alleged savagery of the Natives compared with the more 'civilized' Cullen clan?).
    • The buckskin breeches and animal skins are doubly insulting, because not only would Quileutes of the 1930s have worn regular clothing for everyday, keeping native clothing for special ceremonies (even by the 1880s, the clothing of natives from the Pacific Northwest was a mixture of their own culture's clothing and the sort of clothes that European-Americans wore), but Quileutes didn't wear buckskin breeches. While numerous sites mention that Quileute men once wore breechclouts and/or deerskin kilts—kilts, not breeches—in hot weather, the Quileute Nation's website says very plainly that "cedar bark is used for baskets and traditional clothing." In fact, cedar clothing was very, very common among natives of the Pacific Northwest; shirts, tunics, leggings, skirts and dresses were all made from cedar. Here's a picture taken in 1993 of Lillian Pullen, a Quileute weaver of traditional baskets, holding a cedar skirt.
  • Artistic License – Medicine:
    • When Bella is in the hospital after almost being hit by Tyler's van, they take x-rays of her skull. While this would have been normal before the 1970s, a CT scan is what is used in modern times as it can show not just fractures, but any bleeds in the brain, which are invisible on normal x-rays. However that's assuming the local hospital in Forks owned a CT scanner. Seeing as how small a town it is, that's questionable even in the 21st century. It's worth noting that the real-life Forks Community Hospital does have the equipment for CT scans.
    • When Bella is cut by broken glass at her birthday party in the second book, Carlisle stitches up the wounds first and applies an antiseptic afterwards. In reality, the wound would need to be cleaned first, because any microbes on the surface of the skin would be able to hitch a ride on the needle as it goes in and enter directly into the bloodstream.
    • When performing a Cesarean, they sedate Bella with morphine, which means she is awake for it. She is astonishingly unaffected by being cut up and having her spine crushed.
    • The moment he hears Bella is pregnant, Carlisle immediately starts conspiring with Edward to abort it without even talking to Bella, the actual patient, and doesn't seem to have had any intention to. A list of all the medical laws and ethics that violated could keep one occupied all day.
    • At some point there is mention of a vampire who sucked all the blood out of a human in the space of one second through a cut in the human's finger. The hydraulics of the vascular system really can't support that sort of thing.
    • When Bella is pregnant and the fetus craves blood, Dr. Cullen's answer is to have Bella drink it instead of just transfusing her; nutrients carry over from the mother to the unborn child via the blood stream anyway, so anything the mother eats needs to be absorbed into her blood before it can travel to the fetus. By drinking the blood Bella's digestive system would destroy most of the nutrients/components in it and leave very little left over for the unborn child, whereas if they hooked it up to her intravenously it would go more or less directly to the baby. They would have to worry about alloantibodies but even if they could only use some of their blood units that way, each unit would still be infinitely more useful than anything she drank. Then there's also the fact that the good doctor apparently buys large quantities of 0 negative blood for Bella's benefit - if she's going to drink it, why does it have to be 0 neg? Doctors also cannot purchase blood for their own personal use like that; it's very carefully regulated and it can not be brought to the doctor's home.
      • Then there's the minor detail that when a person's stomach fills up with human blood it tends to reject it. That's why people sometimes vomit blood in the first place - because it gathers in the stomach where it's not meant to go. Bella would just throw all that blood up again.
  • Artistic License – Physics: Bella is about to be hit by a car. Edward gets between her and the car and then stops it with one arm, slightly denting the door in the process. Wrong. Car doors simply aren't built sturdily enough to allow that. While Edward may be strong enough to stop the car, all of his strength would be concentrated in a very small area; his arm would have punched through the door and the car would have hit him and Bella anyway.
  • Ascended Fangirl: Christina Perri, a huge fan, was invited to a screening to submit a song for the soundtrack. She ended up with the successful single "A Thousand Years"
  • As the Good Book Says...: A Bible quote from Genesis describing God's command not to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, often held up as the Ur-example of temptation and the origin of the phrase "forbidden fruit" altogether. Temptation and the desire to resist it was one of the major themes of the first novel.
  • Attempted Rape: One of the many times Edward saves Bella.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: The vampires superhuman senses lead to them being "easily distracted" by things they see, hear or smell.
  • Author Appeal:
    • Non-sexual example: Meyer apparently stated that some of her main characters are fans of British alternative band Muse, one of her favorite bands. Also, she claims to have used them in the story a few times. Needless to say, some of the band's older fanbase dislike the new fans gained from exposure from Twilight media.
    • It's been suggested that Renesmee being a "perfect" baby (IE not crying, being able to instantly say what's wrong, sleeping soundly through the night) sounds like the fantasy of a woman who's had several children (in the sense of "I haven't slept in three days, oh God help me"). Given that Meyer has three boys there's probably a bit of Wish-Fulfillment there.
    • Meyer has gone on record and stated that she's attracted to both Edward and Jacob.
  • Author Avatar: Bella Swan seems to be this according to some readers (the claim is supported by a strong physical resemblance), although Meyer claims that she is meant to be a kind of placeholder for female readers to project themselves on. Interestingly, Bella is actually the first name she wanted to give to a daughter who was never born.
  • Author Usurpation: Twilight is likely the only successful work of Meyer's that everyone can name.
  • Ax-Crazy: Just stay far, far away from Victoria.
  • Babies Make Everything Better: After being born, Renesmee brought peace between the Quileutes by having Jacob imprint on her, mended Rosalie and Bella's relationship, and won a lot of allies for the Cullen coven against the Volturi.
  • Badass Adorable: Alice.
  • Badass Longcoat: Victoria (in fur form), various Volturi guards, Riley Biers, Eleazar, Garrett…
  • The Bard on Board: According to Stephenie Meyer and the Official Guide, New Moon is inspired by Romeo and Juliet (which also gets referenced a lot in-story) and Breaking Dawn is inspired by A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Merchant of Venice.
    • Like Romeo and Juliet, the plot involves two Starcrossed Lovers torn asunder and the heroine feeling pressured to choose a more suitable love interest (Bella explicitly compares Jacob to Paris at one point). After learning of the heroine's supposed death, the hero attempts to kill himself in his heartbreak, not realizing she's still alive, although New Moon features a happier outcome for the lovers. The climax also takes place in Italy, where Romeo and Juliet is set.
    • The imprinting in Breaking Dawn serves a similar purpose to the love potion in A Midsummer Night's Dream, in that it helps clear up the love triangles and unrequited feelings to ensure everyone gets a happy ending. Like that play, love also drives much of the characters' actions, including the not-so-rational ones. As for The Merchant of Venice, the story involves the heroes being put on trial and facing bloodshed and death, but are unexpectedly bailed out at the last minute and leave unscathed.
  • Baseball Episode: The famous baseball scene in the first movie.
  • Battle Discretion Shot: In the first book, Bella passes out from her injuries before the Cullens arrive to rescue her from James. She drifts back into consciousness enough to hear, but not see, Edward's arrival and James' death.
  • The Beautiful Elite: The Cullens are portrayed this way, and with the way Bella's friends disappear from the narrative whenever she has Edward and Alice to spend time with, she clearly has every intention of joining.
    • Also: the Denali coven, who are described as "so beautiful that it made [Bella's] stomach hurt."
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: Played straight in the first book. James, the first book's evil vampire, is described as being an average-looking vampire because he was ugly as a human. Naturally, all the Cullens were beautiful in life, making them absolutely gorgeous as vampires. The later books avert this with the Volturi. When we first meet them in New Moon, Edward points out, the Volturi aren't technically the bad guys. However, at that point all the Cullens thought the Volturi respected the law and controlled their world in a way that was better than what they will have if vampires became an anarchy with poor humans in the way. By the last book they know the Volturi (specially Aro) are ambitious bastards that will go to any length to get their way, including breaking the law and murdering innocents to achieve power.
  • Being Human Sucks: Bella constantly feels that being human makes her a liability to the supernatural creatures around her and an inadequate partner for Edward despite the fact that he tells her that her humanity is part of her appeal. Once she becomes a vampire he finds her even prettier despite her losing all of her (literally) warm human traits. Other human characters aren't portrayed much better: Renee is easily distracted and has no sense of direction, and Bella's acquaintances at school are variously weak, shallow, jealous, immature, and ignorant.
  • Beneath the Mask: Rosalie Cullen's attitude towards Bella is revealed to be this.
  • Berserk Button:
    • In Breaking Dawn, Bella accidentally breaks Seth's shoulder when she learns that Jacob nicknamed Renesmee after the Loch Ness monster.
    • Jacob when Bella talks about becoming a vampire or when Edward returns.
    • Edward when Bella is in danger.
    • Jane of the Volturi did not take it too well in Breaking Dawn, whenever her pain-illusion power was rendered useless by Bella's mental shield. Which went from anger to hatred.
    • Noted, that vampires in general in this series are not forgiving by nature. And as shown throughout the series, unless you want to face a vengeful wrath never kill their loved ones, or their mate.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • Alice displays signs of temper, spite, and a less innocent side in the later books.
    • Typical of her clan, she's especially hostile to members of the Quileute tribe.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Between the Volturi, Victoria (especially in Eclipse), and Sam (in the first half of Breaking Dawn).
  • The Big Guy: Emmett of the Cullen Family. Felix of the Volturi.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Readers who understand Portuguese will get a laugh at Kaure assuming Edward is a Lobishomen in Breaking Dawn, since the word (and the legend) derives from lobisomem, which means... werewolf. Even funnier in the Brazilian translation of the book, where they literally translate it as lobisomem, so to the readers it's easy to assume Kaure is mistaking Edward for a werewolf of all things.
  • Bishie Sparkle:
    • Vampires do this in the sunlight.
    • The climax of New Moon revolves around this, where Edward tries to step into the sunlight in the Volturi's city, which would get him noticed by the humans and killed by the Volturi.
  • Blood-Splattered Wedding Dress: Rosalie after being turned into a vampire took revenge on her ex-fiancé and his friends after they raped and left her for dead in an alleyway. She wore a wedding dress to do so. She says she made sure none of them splattered blood on it, though.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: Within the Twilight universe, vampires in general do not value much of human life let alone see humans as equals. They apparently think nothing much of taking a human life particularly if it means sustaining themselves with human blood which is said to be more appealing than that of blood from an animal. Even ones who don't feed on humans for moral reasons of their own usually have some feeling of superiority and don't think much of other vampires feeding on humans. The Cullens seems to be perfectly content with letting their non-veggie friends murder humans while they're visiting, as long as it's not anyone from Forks.
  • The Board Game: Believe it or not.
  • Breaking and Bloodsucking: Edward breaks into Bella's room at night. Infamously, he doesn't feed on her blood, just watches her sleep.
  • Break-Up/Make-Up Scenario: The second book.
  • Broken Aesop: There are quite a few in the series:
    • According to Word of God, the Bella/Edward/Jacob love triangle was intended to show Bella's choice in the matter of love, namely that she had the option of Jacob but chose Edward. The "love through choice" moral is shot to hell through most of the other couples though, particularly in the case of imprinted couples (the guy can't help but feel attracted to the girl and while the girl technically is able to refuse him, there is a ton of pressure not to. To give an idea of just how much pressure, in the very first imprinted couple the books show the girl did try to refuse the guy which caused him to fly into a rage and more or less literally rip her face off.). Especially egregious is the case of Jacob, who made a number of speeches about how imprinting is essentially the loss of free will and he hopes to never have it and then finds himself happily imprinted on Renesmee, even though he absolutely hated her not five minutes prior. Which kind of contradicts everything the author said about Jacob being an option since it's implied if not outright stated that Jacob's interest in Bella was apparently only due to him being subconsciously drawn to her because he was meant to imprint on Renesmee in the first place.
    • One of the themes is abstinence before marriage, yet all their waiting is all made irrelevant during the final instalment. The first time they actually sleep together after their wedding, it's a violent event that leaves Bella injured and the bed destroyed. To make matters worse, the pregnancy turns out bloody, gruesome, and nearly fatal. Marriage does not protect from sexually transmitted diseases, nor does it physically or emotionally prepare one for pregnancy.
    • One aesop seems to be that a girl as plain and unassuming as Bella can find true love, but Bella's flaws fall mostly into the category of Informed Flaw, and are almost entirely removed at the end of the series. Not to mention, though Bella is intended to be plain and unassuming, nearly every man she runs into falls for her and Edward himself states that most of the boys in the school find her attractive. Clearly, not so plain. However, maybe the intended Aesop here was that if you hold off on sex until you get married and then die in childbirth, you will become a saint and absolutely perfect in every way.
    • The Cullens are portrayed as saintly vampires who value human life and therefore maintain a "vegetarian" diet of animal blood. But they never once object to other vampires killing humans — the closest they ever come is politely asking some non-veggie vamps who are staying with them to go out of town to feed, which has little to do with protecting human life and more to do with not blowing their cover. When there's a huge murder spree going on in Seattle caused by a vampire army, the Cullens never lift a finger to help until they realize the vampires are coming for them.
      • And worse still, some of the deaths the Cullens cause are glorified, the most obvious example being Rosalie murdering her fiance and his friends. This would otherwise be a pretty badass moment, if it weren't for the fact that Carlisle is supposed to be an absolute pillar of morality; if he's so moral, why did he stand by and allow his new adoptive daughter to murder humans, something he's so strongly against?
      • In the first novel Edward briefly mentions that before he went full "vegetarian" he was sort of a vigilante vampire superhero; he would make meals out of muggers and rapists when they were in the middle of attacking someone. This is presented as wrong because he's inevitably still killing, despite the fact he would also often be saving people who would have otherwise been murdered, assaulted, or raped. The option of remaining a vigilante and just not feeding on the criminals he captures is never even considered.
      • Also building on Carlisle's supposed status as a pillar of morality, the reason he saved Rosalie's life was he saw her lying raped and dying in the street and thought it would be a shame to let beauty such as hers go to waste. And then he tried to give her to Edward as a girlfriend.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Edward and Bella. Though Bella can be fairly broody herself at times, Edward is it much more, and so maintains the dynamic.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Technically, all of the Cullens, though they're Not Blood Siblings.
  • But I Can't Be Pregnant!: Bella's initial reaction to her little nudger. She accepts the fact quickly enough, though.
  • Byronic Hero: Edward is lonely but can't stand how much he wants Bella and her blood.
    Edward: Beautiful? This is the skin of a killer, Bella.

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  • Campfire Character Exploration: Bella is introduced to the Quileute tribe's histories by listening to the chief's story by a campfire. Unusual example because it's more of the character exploration for an entire tribe.
  • Cast Full of Pretty Boys: Most of the vampires are male and hot.
  • Catchphrase: Jacob's "Sure, sure."
  • Celibate Hero: Edward, as he's afraid that he might hurt Bella.
  • Cell Phones Are Useless: Edward smashes his phone after a misunderstanding leads him to believe Bella is dead, meaning Bella has to travel around the world to stop him from killing himself. Who smashes their phone because they get bad news? Who does that?
  • The Chessmaster: Alice is a natural chessmaster based on her ability. Victoria catches wind of this and becomes a chessmaster herself by using Riley to make her moves for her since Alice isn't watching him.
  • The Clan: Of the Cullens.
  • Clark Kenting: The Cullens.
  • Cleaning Up Romantic Loose Ends: With the notable exception of Leah, basically every major character is happily paired off by the end of the series.
  • Clothing Reflects Personality: In New Moon, after Edward breaks up with Bella and she falls into a depression, Bella wears darker clothing as the months progress, reflecting her emotional depressive state.
  • Compelling Voice: Alpha werewolves (to other werewolves, at least). The dazzling from vampires to a certain extent.
  • Compulsory School Age: Quite a few times over the years.
  • Cool Bike: Jacob rides a 1986 Volkswagen Rabbit and Harley Sprint in New Moon.
  • Cool Car:
    • All the Cullens have at least one. Even klutzy Bella gets a motorcycle and a sportscar (a Mercedes S600 Guard, which is somewhat fitting as it is bulletproof and armored against explosives). Word of God says the Cullen family likes to drive fast. Meyer's brothers are massive gearheads, so she let them pick cool cars for each of the characters.
    • Edward: Volvo S60R, Aston Martin V12 Vanquish.
    • Bella: A S600 Guard and a Ferrari F430 after her piece of junk truck broke down.
    • Rosalie: BMW M3
    • Alice: more Porsches than you can probably name.
  • Cool Loser: Bella is an inversion. She's socially awkward, clumsy, and generally uncool, but everyone warms up to her the minute she gets to town and soon enough she has her own little circle of friends.
  • Cool People Rebel Against Authority: Happens often enough to become a theme, or at least suggest that Smeyer has problems with authority. All of her protagonists go crazy when someone tells them what to do and the audience is supposed to side with them on the issue. The Volturi are obviously the main bad guys; any time they issue orders we're supposed to boo and hiss. Riley was an authority figure in Bree Tanner, and Bree hated him. Any time Charlie tried to parent Bella and tell her no, we were supposed to disagree and think him unreasonable. Sam asserted his authority and told Jacob what to do, and he was vilified for it in Breaking Dawn.
  • Creepy Child: Jane, Alec, and Renesmee. The last gets further up in the department since she wasn't intended to be so.
  • Cursed with Awesome:
    • "This is the skin of a killer, Bella!" *sparkles*
    • Vampirism in general, especially if one survives on a diet of animal blood. It's described as being less tasty than human blood, which basically implies that one gets an eternity of youth, beauty, strength, and some sort of super power, and the only downside is that one has to eat something they don't like. Considering some of the things that people actually do in the name of youth, vitality, strength, and beauty? In this world The Masquerade probably doesn't exist in order to keep a vampire genocide from happening, but rather to prevent every vampire in the world from being hounded day and night by desperate people wanting to be turned.
  • Curse That Cures: This is how Edward views vampirism. On the bright side, he was saved from a horrible, wasting death from Spanish flu and is now impossibly beautiful. On the negative side, he is hard as rock, dead, can't go out in direct sunlight, constantly thirsts to kill people and has to go to high school for the rest of his life (which is forever). This is why he is unwilling to make Bella a vampire, despite the fact that she wants to be one.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Bella, with lots of Lampshade Hanging from Edward.
  • Daywalking Vampire: Twilight vampires are not hurt by sunlight — instead they sparkle.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Bella tells a number of dry jokes with such a straight face that the others can't tell if she's trying to be funny.
  • Death by Origin Story: Arguably almost all the Cullens, if you count "between life and death, only turning them into a vampire can save them now" as death.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Rosalie.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Edward is from the early 1900s. Some of what he does was perfectly acceptable in his native time. Other parts of his behavior, like sneaking into a girl's room every night to "protect" her, would have gotten Victorian/Edwardian fathers to take out the shotgun (or send the footman with a club).
  • Description in the Mirror: This is Bella's occasion for describing her own appearance. She considers her appearance unremarkable, but the description she gives suggests good looks, similar to those of the author.
    • She gets it again after she has become a vampire, only this time she does consider herself pretty.
  • Destructo-Nookie: Vampires all have Super Strength so they have destructive sex; Emmett says that he and Rosalie have broken multiple houses.
    • Edward breaks the bed while having honeymoon sex with Bella.
  • Deus ex Machina: There are two main reasons in the first three books for why someone wouldn't want to be a vampire: first, the overwhelming desire for human blood, which is incredibly painful to resist, and second, a vampire's inability to reproduce. In Breaking Dawn, however all these concerns are swept away when it turns out that actually, only female vampires can't have babies — male vampires have magical sperm — and therefore Bella is able to have Edward's child by having sex with him before being turned. And after the half-vampire baby starts eating Bella up from the inside and Edward turns Bella in order to save her life, it turns out Bella isn't horribly tempted at all, with a weak attempt at explanation in the form of "Well, she chose to be turned" Actually, Breaking Dawn is crammed FULL of this. A group of powerful vampires, the Volturi are built up for three books as being the most powerful group of vampires around, but Bella's newborn vampire ability just HAPPENS to be able to completely defeat them without even a fight.
  • Dhampyr: Renesmee. A few other Dhampyr are mentioned briefly in this series.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: 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.
  • Distress Ball: Jacob ends up grabbing this when he shoves Leah out of the way just to be crushed by a Newborn Vampire. The book attempts to make it out that Leah was the one in distress because she was fighting the vampire alone to begin with, but... both she and her little brother have defeated newborns in single combat before, and nothing about this fight really necessitated Jacob shoving her out of the way. Of course, all the blame for this goes to Leah. Not to mention the entire reason Jacob gets hurt is that he was too slow for the vampire making this an What an Idiot! moment on an even higher level - Leah is the fastest werewolf.
  • Distressed Damsel: Bella. So. Much. Immediately upon arriving in small town USA, she's beset with life-threatening dangers so that Edward can capture her attention by saving her over and over. Odd, since she's the viewpoint character and female lead.
  • Divided for Adaptation: Breaking Dawn was adapted into two movies.
  • Doom Magnet: For decades, the Cullens have lived in relative peace and routine. Since Bella's introduction, over the span of 2 years they have been involved in vampire wars, worked with werewolves to thwart repeated attempt's on Bella's life, and nearly come to blows with the powerful Volturi.
  • Doorstopper: The first three books float around 600 pages. The fourth book is over 700 pages.
  • Double Entendre: Emmett spends a whole chapter and a half of Breaking Dawn making progressively less veiled comments about Edward and Bella's sex life. While her father is around!
  • Double Standard:
    • Bella once criticizes another girl in her school as shallow for only liking Edward because he is good looking and comes from a wealthy family, yet the things about him that she most often expresses appreciation for are (in order of prevalence) his physical appearance, his equally attractive well-to-do family, his nice house, and his expensive car.
    • Mainly when it comes to Twilight's Fandom in the saying that: "If these were 40-year old men screaming for 17-year old girls, they'd be on "To Catch A Predator" so fast it would make your head spin."
    • The series also repeatedly implies that men should not be held accountable for things that they do when they are very angry or otherwise emotionally overwhelmed.
      • Both Edward and Jacob "accidentally" hurt Bella (or come really close to doing so) on at least a few occasions and this is usually excused by the fact that they are male and therefore unable to control certain impulses.
      • Most of the other men in the series also do things that could be interpreted in a negative light but usually aren't because they did them in "the heat of" rage/passion/jealousy/lust/etc. But any time a woman steps even the slightest bit out of line she is swiftly and harshly reprimanded for it, usually by the men around her some of whom exhibit the exact same behavior at some point.
      • The series implies that men, and only men, should not be held accountable for things they do while angry, or any other time for that matter. Bella's narrative is willing to forgive any man for almost anything he does, and the few times she doesn't, she still describes him in surprisingly positive terms. By comparison, Bella seems to hate women by default, especially non-vampires, and expects them to remain in control of their emotions at all time (except herself) and views women as stupid, shallow, or selfish for being even a little bit emotional about anything. About the only non-vampire woman she doesn't hold in contempt at least a little bit is Angela, and that's mostly because she's too much of a doormat to bother her the way almost all other humans do.
    • A lot of things the Cullens (The Beautiful Elite) do are considered horrible when anyone else does them.
      • Bella also judges all the non-vampires around her very harshly (even when their only crime is having the sort of flaws that any normal human being would) but is endlessly forgiving of the vampires in the Cullen family pretty much no matter what they do.
      • The series is greatly biased in favor of the vampires over the werewolves. The vampires are almost always described as insanely beautiful every time one of them is mentioned, and narrative even kisses the asses of the villainous vampires, however the werewolves usually don't get off so well. Bella's narration constantly expresses doubt that the werewolves can handle vampires, even after she finds out that they already have and she personally witnessed one fleeing from the pack in terror. Also, if a werewolf says something negative about vampires, Bella will express in narration feeling outright offended by it, and if it's Jacob saying it, she'll often yell at him and force him to apologize. Whenever a vampire, usually Edward or Alice, says something negative about the werewolves, Bella never says anything to them about it and at most wishes silently that the two sides would get along.
    • When Leah is heartbroken over Sam and is moody about it, everyone considers her a bitch who should get over it. When Jacob is heartbroken over Bella, everyone holds his hand and doesn't say a cross word to him.
    • Bella at one point criticizes another girl for only liking Edward for his looks and the fact that he comes from a wealthy family, even while she herself constantly gushes over his physical appearance and hardly ever mentions anything else about him aside from his nice house, cool car, and equally attractive well-to-do family.
    • She's also always rolling her eyes at the few human girls she occasionally hangs out with for being shallow and silly and frivolous, but adores Alice who is, arguably, the embodiment of those qualities, implying that it's bad to be that way, unless you're a beautiful, wealthy vampire.
    • The age difference between Bella and Edward arguably invokes this, considering that the older one is a male.
    • Bella often manipulates the feelings of those around her to get what she wants with no regard to whether or not she is hurting them, but any other woman in the series who acts in this way is framed as a heartless bitch.
  • Downer Ending: For Charlie and Renee at least, post-Breaking Dawn. Since Bella takes measures to hide her newfound vampirism from them, with the implication that she's never going to tell them the truth, she will likely abandon them in a decade, before they start to notice that she's stopped aging.
  • Dramatic Ellipsis: The books abuse both these and dashes — though mostly the dashes — in places they don't belong. Like... here — and back there.
  • Dramatic Irony: Bella is afraid of blood, but wants to be a vampire.
    • Bella also hates cold and snow, then falls in love with a man who is literally cold as ice and sparkles in sunlight.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: In the first book of Breaking Dawn, Bella has a dream about the Volturi coming to kill her and the Cullens. Bella narrates the exact same thing happening in the preface of the third book—literally: Meyer just copy-pasted Bella's dream into the preface.
  • Dreaming the Truth: Used in Twilight, New Moon, and Breaking Dawn.
  • Drives Like Crazy: The only thing about Edward that frightens Bella.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him:
    • Bree Tanner. After being given focus throughout Eclipse and even surviving the New Born battle, she is unceremoniously killed by the Volturi as a testament to their ruthlessness.
    • Irina. Her death being a pointless gesture of cruelty was lampshaded in-story, but they had also made a big deal about the fact that they had an ally able to manipulate the elements. Even if the Volturi tore her apart, they could have re-assembled her afterward if he'd kept them from burning the pieces.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: Edward. Bella also is a female version of this.

    E - F 
  • Eccentric Mentor: Aro, one of the most cheerful vampires you've ever seen in the entire series, is also the strongly implied leader of the Volturi, and according to Edward, "You don't irritate the Volturi, not unless you want to die." And this is before SMeyer revealed that Aro killed his sister. Among that, it's because he wants to take over the world — or not the world, but he has some sort of domination plans, it being the reason he killed his sister, because didn't want her to run off with Marcus. Puts the guy in a new light, doesn't it?
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Bella is described as having a very pale complexion with long, straight, dark brown hair. She's the "suffer in silence type" who actually wants to be turned into a vampire.
  • Electric Love:
    • Bella describes this sensation upon touching Edward in their Bio class. She feels his exceptionally cold hand and feels a shock. Both Bella and Edward pull away their hands.
    • Later on when the romance is in full bloom, Bella describes the feeling of electricity between the two of them during a movie in class when all the lights are off. They are "hyper-aware" of each other then.
  • Emergency Transformation: Several times. Actually, most of the Cullens.
    • Esme: Attempted suicide after the death of her son (he was only a few days old).
    • Rosalie: Gang-raped, beaten, and left for dead by her fiance and his friends.
    • Edward: Just another victim of the 1918 Spanish influenza epidemic.
    • Emmett: Mauled by a bear.
    • Alice: Was transformed in order to prevent James from hunting and killing her.
    • Bella: Childbirth complications. Pulverized pelvis, shattered spine, the hole her husband bit in her uterus... y'know, the usual.)
    • The Quileute werewolves: The gene that causes them to phase (which all members of their tribe apparently possess) is only triggered when there is a significant vampire presence (i.e., the Cullens) in the area. Otherwise, they would have remained human.
  • Emo Teen: Bella becomes one for a while after Edward leaves her in New Moon. Also, despite his actual age, Edward. It could be argued that Bella is this through the whole series (until she becomes a vampire) she's constantly miserable (in Edward's absence) despite the fact that she gets straight A's with little effort, her father makes little or no effort to control her and everyone loves her. Any other teenager would be thrilled to have her life.
  • Emotional Maturity Is Physical Maturity:
    • It doesn't matter if a character is a hundred years old or one, their maturity level will correspond to their physical appearance. Actually a plot point — children turned into vampires never mature or learn the consequences of their actions, and cannot be trusted not to simply slaughter a village whenever they get hungry.
    • Averted by Renesmee.
  • The Empath: Jasper, who has the ability to control other people's emotions as well as feel them himself.
    • Jane seems like an inversion, as she can make you feel pain but seems unable to feel other people's pain, but it is at least somewhat plausible that she started out a regular empath who devoted her abilities to torturing people for Aro, and now that seems to be all she does.
  • Enemy Mine: The climax of Eclipse has the Quileutes and Cullens working together to defeat a vampire army headed by Victoria.
    • When the Romanian vampires show up uninvited to join the Cullens' group in Breaking Dawn, they explicitly state that they don't care whether or not Renesmee is an immortal child as the Volturi believe. They're just thrilled that someone is finally willing to stand up to their old enemies, the Volturi, and they want in on it.
  • Enfant Terrible: Babies who turn into vampires. Although they're never seen in the series, the description of one is enough to freak Bella out.
  • Epigraph: Each book opens with a quote from a different source.
    • Twilight: The Bible.
      But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil,
      thou shalt not eat of it:
      for in the day that thou latest thereof
      thou shalt surely die.
      Genesis 2:17
    • New Moon: Romeo and Juliet.
      These violent delights have violent ends
      And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
      Which, as they kiss, consume.
      Romeo and Juliet, Act II, Scene VI
    • Eclipse: Robert Frost's "Fire and Ice" in its entirety.
    • Breaking Dawn: Edna St Vincent Millay's "Childhood is the Kingdom Where Nobody Dies".
      ''Childhood is not from birth to a certain age and at a certain age
      The child is grown, and puts away childish things.
      Childhood is the kingdom where nobody dies.
      Edna St. Vincent Millay
    • Part two of Breaking Dawn: A Midsummer Night's Dream.
      And yet, to say the truth,
      reason and love keep little company together nowadays.
      William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act III, Scene i
    • Part three of Breaking Dawn: Orson Scott Card's Empire.
      Personal affection is a luxury you can have only after all your enemies are eliminated. Until then, everyone you love is a hostage, sapping your courage and corrupting your judgement.
  • Erotic Dream: Thanks to one of these, Bella gets Edward to have sex with her again while she's still human!
  • Eternal Love: Seems to be treated as the best part of being a vampire: you can be with your true love for all eternity. Or at least until the sun goes supernova.
  • Everybody Hates Mathematics: Bella hates maths; it's her worst subject.
  • Everyone Must Be Paired: Due to its primary theme being about the importance of romance, almost every single character (except Leah) gets a love interest in the end. Even the newborn baby. To her mom's ex, no less.
  • The Everyman: Bella Swan, often lampshaded by Edward.
  • Everything's Better with Sparkles: The (in)famous sparkling vampires. Most dramatically shown with Edward, when he introduces Bella to it.
  • Express Delivery: Oh boy. After Edward and Bella get pregnant the first time they have sex, they realize that the baby is growing too fast. In fact, the baby quickly tries to "eat" its way out of Bella, so Edward has no choice but to perform a caesarean on Bella. With his teeth, because they are the only thing sharp enough to cut through the protective barrier around the foetus. The damage the baby and the caesarean causes force Edward to turn Bella into a vampire.
  • Fainting: Bad news usually causes Bella to collapse. As does Edward kissing her, once. And a teeny tiny drop of blood. And a few other things.
  • Fan Art: Much of this is pretty snarky. However, there is some serious work out there that's worth taking a look at, as with most fandoms.
  • Fanservice: Considering that by the time the fourth movie came out it was extremely common in both popular media, fandom, and anti-fandom to point out the number of times the movies went out of their way to feature Taylor Lautner's bare chest, it's very hard to read Jacob dramatically ripping off his shirt in the first thirty seconds of Breaking Dawn, Part One as anything other than the screenwriters' snarky acknowledgement of how silly things had gotten.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • Vampires and werewolves.
    • The vampires, including the Cullens, are strongly prejudiced against humans. Bella accepts fairly easily that vampires are superior to human beings, never wondering why, if this is true, that the Volturi are so dedicated to keeping a supposedly inferior species from finding out about the handful of vampires in the world.
  • Fatal Attractor: Edward would like to believe he is this.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Aro
  • Female Gaze: In a book, no less. Cut out any sentence paying tribute to Edward's godly, wondrous, Adonis-esque physique, and you'll lose maybe more than a third of each book. Even New Moon, which he was only in half of.
  • Fetus Terrible: The only people who seem convinced that Bella's child is a good thing are Bella and Rosalie. Everyone else just wants her to abort it. Considering that it began feeding on its mother's blood while in the womb, then tried to go after a cup of blood her mother spilled while still in the womb, destroying her mother's pelvis and breaking her spine in half in the process, it might have been a good idea.
  • Fiction 500: After 300 years of strategic art collecting and 100 years of playing the stock market (with a clairvoyant providing financial advice), the Cullens took second place the 2011 Forbes Fictional 15 list with an estimated wealth of $36.2 billion. Apparently, Carlisle has a controlling interest in the blood product company Immuncor. According to the list, Carlisle has more money than both Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne combined.
  • Foe-Tossing Charge: In the final battle in the last film, Alice kills or throws aside several Volturi mooks in order to get to Jane.
  • Foregone Conclusion: The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. Even if one hasn't read Eclipse the title pretty much gives it away.
  • Forgot I Could Change the Rules: Jacob has to submit to the will of Sam, the Alpha Wolf. When Sam orders him to help destroy the Cullens (and Bella), he remembers that he was born to be the Alpha but he had voluntarily given up the birthright. Choosing to become the Alpha frees Jacob from obeying Sam's orders.
  • Four-Girl Ensemble: The four Cullen women are the snarky Bella, pixie-like Alice, elegant Rosalie, and the motherly Esme.
  • Freakiness Shame: Bella's positive reaction to Edward's sparkly skin and odd eyes.
  • Friendless Background: Bella.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampires: The Cullens, not very social but not intentionally harmful.
  • From a Certain Point of View: Meyer (in)famously claimed that vampires are unable to reproduce. When Bella later got knocked up, she went back and used Weasel Words to try and claim she actually meant that only female vampires can't have kids all along (evidently by claiming an obscure definition of "have").
  • From a Single Cell: When Bella is transformed, she goes from starved and skeleton-like to healthy-looking with curves by venom alone.
  • Fur Against Fang: Vampires and werewolves really, really hate each other, although Edward and Jacob make friends pretty quickly as soon as Jacob finds out he imprinted on Edward's infant child, despite the decades of hate. Which doesn't upset anyone except Bella, and only enough for her to try and kill him. Seth seems to get along with the Cullens.
    • There really is no reason why there's so much animosity between them. The werewolves have an excuse to be wary of vampires because one of them attacked and slaughtered their tribe. The vampires, on the other hand, just seem to innately hate werewolves.

    G - H 
  • Getting Smilies Painted on Your Soul: Jasper can control the emotions of those around him, and according to Bella, it's impossible to feel anything but what he wants you to feel. It's also not a matter of discussion or consent.
    Jacob: Bloody annoying, that's what it is, only you can't be annoyed until after.
  • Glamour Failure: See the much-reviled/-loved *sparkles*
  • Gory Discretion Shot: In "Twilight", a security officer gets hunted down by evil vampires Laurent, Victoria and James. And the camera cuts to a far-away blurry shot just as the vampires begin devouring the security officer. And again when the three kill Waylon, it cuts away to the outside of the boats.
  • Good People Have Good Sex:
    • Edward and Bella as newlyweds. Edward even has to warn Bella that she can't just have sex 24/7.
    • The whole Happily Married Cullen family: Bella even marvels, once she realizes how great vampire sex is, why they aren't having sex all the time.
    Emmett Cullen: Did Edward tell you how many houses Rose and I smashed?
    • To the point where Bella is having so much fun having sex with Edward she forgets about her newborn daughter.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: "HOLY CROW!"
  • Grounded Forever: In New Moon.
    Charlie Swan: Bella, do not ever do that to me again. Ever. And you're grounded for the rest of your life.
  • Happily Adopted: The Cullen kids.
  • Happily Ever After: Bella gets everything she wanted and then some. She marries Edward, becomes a beautiful and powerful vampire, doesn't lose contact with Charlie, the Cullens are all happy and together, she lives in a beautiful cottage, her best friend Jacob finds his own soulmate in her daughter so he can be family now, the Volturi go without a fight, and she gets a beautiful baby girl who requires no raising outside of advice and love, since the kid is well out of diapers and spoon-feeding and screaming by the time she's a year old. However, Bella is an unreliable narrator and it might be Happily till the Volturi come with a plan to destroy the Ever After.
  • Happily Married:
    • The entire merry Cullen bunch, sans Edward (at least, until Breaking Dawn).
    • Also Renee and Phil, and it's implied that Charlie and Sue will end up this way too.
  • Harmful Healing: In Eclipse, when Jacob's ribs get broken, the others have to keep re-breaking them because they keep healing incorrectly.
  • Have You Tried Not Being a Monster?: Bella asks Jacob this word for word when he first gets his wolf abilities and she thinks he and his friends have been killing hikers.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Eleazar after leaving the Volturi in favor of a more peaceful lifestyle, but he did this long before the events of the novels and doesn't realize that the Volturi—or, more specifically, Aro—has nasty intentions until Breaking Dawn. After that, he blames himself for helping their cause even though he was blissfully unaware of it for most of his life.
    • The rest of the Denali coven and Edward can also fall under this category, since they all fed on human blood for a portion of their lives and later chose to abstain.
  • Heirloom Engagement Ring: In Eclipse, Edward gifts Bella his mother's antique engagement ring with his proposal.
  • Heroic BSoD: Bella has one for a good part of New Moon. Edward also has one when Bella tells him she is pregnant.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Bella almost makes one in the first book to trade her own life for her mother's when James issues the ultimatum, and then she makes it clear she's prepared to make it again for the sake of her unborn child in Breaking Dawn.
  • Heroic Willpower: Edward's resistance of Bella's blood makes him poster boy for this trope. Of course, both Edward and Bella have to resist their regular sexual lust too, for reasons of safety and morality.
    • An even better example is Carlisle, who is explicitly stated to have trained himself over the roughly three centuries that he has lived as a vampire to the point where he is virtually immune to the smell of human blood.
    • A lack of this on the part of most vampires is also stated to be the reason why not all humans who are fed on become vampires themselves. Enough of the victim's own blood must be left in their veins to allow the vampire's venom to spread through the victim's body and trigger the change. It requires a level of willpower (though not necessarily of the heroic variety) that very few vampires possess to pull themselves back before completely draining the victim.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager:
    • Most of them, but Bella and Edward especially, since they mostly think of absolutely nothing but one another, in New Moon especially to the exclusion of common sense. Bella's Heroic BSoD in New Moon has particularly unfortunate connotations in this trope, since how it's handled implies that her life is literally nothing without her boyfriend.
  • Horny Devils:
    • The Denali sisters, formerly—they are even said to have inadvertently founded the succubus myth In-Universe.
    • Joham, a vampire "scientist" who purposely impregnates human women in order to create vampire/human hybrids, can be considered an incubus.
  • Horror Hunger
  • Hunk: Jacob and all the male werewolves. Also, Emmett is consistently described as being this. Also, Felix is mostly likely this, given he's described as being just as huge and strong as Emmett, and given that he's a vampire, it's probably safe to say that he's this.
    • Laurent describes James as such.
  • Hypocrite: Jake accuses Bella of being this when she is under the impression he and the other wolves have killed people, referring to them being what they are as "wrong". As if Edward didn't tell Bella straight away that he's killed people before, and she doesn't seem to have any problems forgiving Jasper, who also nearly killed her.

    I - K 
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: Edward tries to kill himself in various dramatic ways in New Moon, and eventually has to ask the Volturi for help committing suicide. It still doesn't work.
  • I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: It takes Bella three books to stop talking like this. Heck, she continues to go on about it at her damned wedding, wondering why Edward would have picked her over the more attractive Tanya or Rosalie.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming:
    • Meyer usually uses one- or two-word titles for chapters from Bella's POV. Midnight Sun (2020), from Edward's POV, also uses this style.
    • Jacob's chapters in Breaking Dawn have chapter titles like "You Know You've Got Problems When You Feel Bad For Being Rude To Vampires", "Good Thing I've Got A Strong Stomach", "Waiting For The Damn Fight To Start Already", "What Do I Look Like? The Wizard Of Oz? You Need A Brain? You Need A Heart? Go Ahead. Take Mine. Take Everything I Have." The title of the birth chapter: "There Are No Words For This".
  • I Hate You, Vampire Dad:
    • Inverted. Not one of the main characters is ever angry at the vampire who turned them. They get plenty angry at their current state but never think to blame Carlisle. Hell, Bella is ecstatic to be turned by Edward. Then again, she'd been wanting it since she found out vampires were real, and jumped on every possible chance to get it.
    • In the case of the Volturi Jane and Alec adore Aro (he saved them from burning at the stake after all). Riley loved Victoria until, sadly, too late for him, he realized that she didn't love him.
    • In the novella, Bree seems quite loyal to Riley, despite the fact that she remembers him turning her into a vampire by kidnapping her and breaking her arm.
  • I Love You, Vampire Son: This sums up Bella and Edward's relationship in Breaking Dawn. See I Hate You, Vampire Dad above.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Almost definitely unintentional, but... when the Cullens play baseball, you could refer to their sports equipment as "vampire bats."
  • Informed Attribute: Bella is supposedly very intelligent: other characters talk about how smart she is a lot and the story frequently mentions her getting straight A's, but she never actually does anything that demonstrates above average intelligence. In fact in dangerous or stressful situations, when a high intellect might prove beneficial, she usually just grabs her first emotional impulse and goes with it without stopping for an instant to think about the potential consequences; things only turn out o.k. through sheer luck/coincidence or through the interference of Edward, Jacob or one of the Cullens.
    • Bella is also described by the author to be well-read and having already read all the classics, though we only ever read about her dealing with the most famous classics (Pride & Prejudice, Romeo and Juliet, Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, etc) and only when they are currently reading said book for school. She also seems to repeatedly misinterpret the meaning the authors were going for or flat out misunderstanding what the book is actually about, like saying that Wuthering Heights was about Catherine and Heathcliff's romance,note  or stating Romeo and Juliet to be a wonderful love story.note  (Though this might be a failure on Meyer's side.)
    • The author also seemed to be trying to convince the reader that Bella is a headstrong, independent, modern woman despite the fact that throughout the entire story she almost never actively tries to take control of her own life; she makes a few vain attempts to seem self-possessed (she occasionally argues with Edward or puts up a little resistance before giving in), but Edward usually winds up making her decisions for her in the end.
    • Edward also talks a lot about how good and kind and pure and virtuous Bella is (Incorruptible Pure Pureness), but most of her actions are either completely selfish or impulsive reactions to external stimuli; the majority of the things she does that would conventionally be considered indicators of virtue or selflessness are things that Edward forces her to do or things that she's doing out of her selfish desire to be with Edward (usually only with regard to how they affect Edward and herself, with no consideration for anyone else.) Left to her own devices, Bella is childishly selfish and reckless.
      • The fact is, everything about Bella's personality is defined in terms of what she hates and/or holds in contempt. Even the things she ostensibly does like or care about (e.g. Edward's looks, Alice's company, sparkly vampires, having her "true love") are distinguished solely by how they lack the flaws she carps about in everything else — which is, after all, what "perfect" really means — or by how miserable the prospect of not having them there will make her. Small wonder that she wants to be a vampire: it's not that she likes vampires, it's that she loathes imperfect humans and her own mortality.
    • Vampires are supposed to be highly intelligent and once Bella has been turned into one she often informs us of how fast her brain works now and how much smarter she is than any human. However she is extremely slow on the uptake in most situations and the reader can easily figure out what's going on in any given situation before Bella connects the dots.
      • This goes for all vampires. They seem to utterly lack the capacity for critical thinking and the reader always catches on to what is going on and understands who or what is behind something before the allegedly super intelligent Meyerpires do. Furthermore when faced with a threat (as for instance finding out that the Volturi are coming in Breaking Dawn) they react by freezing up and showing no signs of doing any thinking for several hours, as if their brains cannot process stressful information very easily.
    • Carlisle is repeatedly said to be incredibly compassionate but (apart from being a doctor) never seems to show any concern for anyone outside his own "family"; in many instances, he is even shown passively allowing innocent people to suffer and die, deciding that Edward and Bella's relationship is more deserving of his attention, right down to stealing O-negative blood for Bella's use that (presumably) other people really need as well.
  • Inhumanly Beautiful Race: All the vampires (except James), but especially the Cullens.
  • Insecure Love Interest: In New Moon, Edward leaves Bella because of this, resulting in much Wangst from both of them.
  • Inter-Class Romance: Bella's strictly working class. The Cullens are wealthy (its easy to make money if you're immortal and have a clairvoyant handling your investments).
  • Interrupted Suicide: Edward attempts this on New Moon when he thinks his beloved Bella is dead.
  • Invincible Hero: Pretty much every protagonist in the series, but especially Edward Cullen.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: The whole point of the series.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Rosalie hates being a vampire and has admitted she'd give up her beauty and immortality just to have the opportunity to have a child of her own. Edward also wishes he could relate to Bella the way a normal guy would, without the bloodlust and super strength getting in the way.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Bella's intent to become a vampire.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Bella is a very good example of type A.
  • I Love You Because I Can't Control You: Part of Edward's attraction to Bella is that he can't read her mind and (presumably) can't manipulate her as easily as he could other people.
  • I'm Not a Hero, I'm...: "What if I'm not a superhero? What if I'm the bad guy?"
  • In Medias Res: Each book (and the three sections of Breaking Dawn) opens with a preface that describes a scene that happens at the climax of that story.
  • Inhuman Eye Concealers:
    • In New Moon, the Volturi Heidi is responsible for procuring prey and bringing them to Volturi tower by pretending to be a tour guide. Bella notes that she has unusual violet eyes, from wearing blue contact lenses over red vampire eyes.
    • In Breaking Dawn, the newly-turned Bella needs to bluff out her father when he unexpectedly visits. Part of this involves wearing brown lenses to cover her bright-red eyes.
  • Interspecies Romance: Humans and vampires! Humans and werewolves! Half-humans/half-vampires and werewolves!
  • Invisible to Normals: Edward's stopping of the van about to crush Bella with his bare hands with no one but Bella realizing could fall under this, and it is even mocked in Mark Reads Twilight, where he says this is part of an overused idea he calls "The 'I Am Going To Do Something Spectacular And Clearly Attention-Grabbing In Front Of Plenty Of People, Yet No One Is Going To Notice Except (Conveniently) The Main Character' Phenomenon."
  • Ivy League for Everyone: Bella gets in to Dartmouth with very little effort.
  • I Was Having Such a Nice Dream: Bella cries because she is so upset that Edward woke her up from an Erotic Dream she was having about him and her.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: The reason Edward leaves in New Moon.
    • The reason why a lot of vampires (mainly males, strangely enough) make major sacrifices. For example, Jasper's willingness to forgo human blood for Alice, Garrett's presumed willingness to forgo human blood for Kate, Eleazar's willingness to ditch the Volturi for Carmen, et cetera.
  • Jail Bait Wait: A rather extreme form, with werewolves falling in love with toddlers, then having to wait for them to hit their mid-late teens before they can do anything physical.
  • Jealous Romantic Witness: The series runs off of these moments between Bella, The Rival Jacob, and One True Love Edward, with the latter two baiting Bella into such moments by the third book in order to make their romantic claims on her that much more apparent to one another. This peaks in Eclipse when the three have to camp in the woods in the middle of winter and Bella begins to freeze. Edward cannot help since as a vampire, his skin is ice cold. Jacob however runs very warm due to his shapeshifter nature and thus Bella has to share his sleeping bag with him in order to keep warm. The entire chapter that follows is a conversation between Edward and Jacob discussing Jacob's smugness over the situation, their feelings for Bella, and her feelings towards both of them.
  • Just Eat Gilligan: Why didn't Carlisle call the Volturi in New Moon and tell them to tell Edward that Bella was alive?
    • Explained in universe. Carlisle didn't stay in contact with the Volturi after leaving them centuries earlier. Aro had plans to check on him eventually and find out how he fared, but they didn't stay close enough for Carlisle to have his phone number.
  • Killer Bear Hug: Jasper instructs the Cullens and the Quileutes on fighting the newborn vampire army that are coming to wipe them out. He explains that while exceptionally strong, they are vulnerable due to lack of control and technique. The most important thing is that they don't get their arms around anyone as they'll use that strength to crush their target to a pulp. Sure enough, this is exactly what happens to Jacob, the only one of the defending side to be hurt.
  • Kill It with Fire: The only known way to get rid of vampires for good. But just fire isn't enough: first you have to rip them up into pieces (which is kind of difficult, considering that their flesh is as hard as stone) and then scatter the ashes. However, since their bodily fluids are flammable, once you have them in little pieces setting them on fire is pretty easy.
    • A simple way for them to get set on fire would be through the mouth. And considering the most physically supreme coven in existence (the Romanians) died from regular arson (by the Volturi, but still just arson), they are obviously not nearly as impervious as they seem.
    • The reason why vampires have to be in pieces before they can be burned is because otherwise they can put the flames out, which is largely helped by their Super Speed. Even if a vampire were to be set on fire through the mouth, all he or she would have to do to extinguish the flame would be to close their mouth.
  • Kissing Cousins: Sam and Leah are 2nd cousins. This means that it is also possible that he is related to Emily.
    • This could apply to Edward and Tanya—though, not literally—but we're not quite sure how diligent Tanya was in her romantic pursuit.
  • Kiss of the Vampire: Edward and Bella's make-out sessions in early books are decidedly tame for this reason.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Edward is more like Bella's knight in sparkling skin.

    L - M 
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: Bella wasn't trying to get pregnant, and did not even believe it was possible for Edward to father children. Rosalie and Esme, on the other hand, both wanted children and will never be able to have biological children (although Esme seems perfectly happy with her big family of big immortal adopted children).
  • Lost in Imitation: It's a major complaint for many that Edward and the other vampires are unaffected by sunlight (other than going sparkly), but if you read Dracula, vampires aren't supposed to be vaporized by sunlight, just lose their superhuman abilities.
  • Love at First Sight:
    • Imprinting for werewolves, sometimes to a squicky level.
    Jacob: It's not like love at first sight, really. It's more like ... gravity moves. When you see her, suddenly it's not the earth holding you here anymore. She does. And nothing matters more than her. (Eclipse)
    • Variant: Edward falls in Love At First Smell, effectively.
    • Some would say Bella. Considering the first chapter of the first book is entitled "First Sight"...
  • Love Makes You Crazy: A central theme. Both Edward and Bella fit this trope.
    • Bella unquestionably, because of her lack of reaction to the fact that Edward's a vampire - which he often comments on.
    • Not to mention that she constantly get in trouble, walking alone in a dangerous forest, dark alleys, unstable werewolves, evil vampires. How she made it to seventeen before Edward met her is a mystery.
    • New Moon lampshaded it as well, with a comment from Alice: "I've never met anyone so prone to life-threatening idiocy!"
    • There's a part in the first book where Bella outright tells the reader she's thinking of deliberately putting herself in danger, and thus forcing Edward to come save her, in order to make him stick around.
    • An early one: When Edward takes Bella to meet his family for the first time, she's much more concerned by the possibility that they won't like her than by the fact that she could very well end up as their next meal. Lampshaded, naturally, by Edward.
  • Ludicrous Precision: When she gets stomach flu in New Moon, Bella spends exactly twenty-four hours on the floor of the bathroom.
  • Magic A Is Magic A: How Alice's precognition worked seemed to vary each time it figured into the plot. Sometimes her visions are infallible, other times unreliable, and sometimes people can avoid showing up on her radar if they know the right tricks. Sometimes she can get visions of things she specifically wants to see, other times what she sees and when she sees it are totally random. Generally the only thing consistent is her power goes dark if the future involves a species she's never been, like a werewolf or half-vampire.
  • Magical Native American: The werewolves can be counted as part of this trend, given their common ethnicity.
  • Malaproper: Meyer doesn't know what all of the words she uses mean.
    • At one point in the first chapter, Bella's schedule is accidentally implied to be covered in fish semen due to the magic of this trope.
    • Another memorable instance has Meyer say Bella is "translucent," implying this is something that's odd about her. All humans have translucent skin.
    • In the fourth book a little girl plays with one of the werewolves hair like "reigns".
  • Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex: Along with morality concerns, this is why Edward is reluctant to have sex with Bella.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Alice to Jasper.
  • Mandatory Motherhood: Technically, not every woman in the story is capable of reproduction. However, the ones that aren't are universally regarded as having something wrong with them, especially if they don't want to have children. Meyer even contradicts herself to uphold this (she originally said all vampires couldn't have children and later changed it to female vampires can't have children.) In a particularly disturbing passage, an infertile young woman is described as a horror who is less than female.
  • Manly Men Can Hunt: The male Cullens. Actually, all male vampires.
    • Also Jacob, but he's only shown hunting in his wolf form.
  • Mars Needs Women: The imprinting business with the werewolves looks suspiciously like this, especially if all female werewolves are as infertile as Leah. According to Meyer, there were no female werewolves before Leah and it is never said if a female werewolf could imprint.
  • Martyr Without a Cause: Bella is a variant. It's not that she wants to be a hero, it's that, as other characters sometimes lampshade, she blames herself for anything and everything that goes wrong. This leads to the same type of self-hatred (if not the same quantity) as The Atoner, and while she doesn't often have the opportunity to risk her life, she clearly considers herself more expendable than those around her, particularly Edward, but also her mother, father, unborn baby... (this also seems to be responsible for a good deal of reader hatred, particularly from those who think she's merely Too Dumb to Live, but that's neither here nor there).
  • Master of the Mixed Message: Edward. Oh, god, Edward.
  • May Fly December Romance: Edward is immortal and Bella is a normal human, with a normal human lifespan.
  • Men Act, Women Are: Bella stands around while two supermen fawn over her and their families promise to lay down their lives to protect her. Everybody either loves her or wants to kill her to spite the Cullens, but about the only thing about her that stands out is that she's immune to mind reading. This, of course, is a trait she can't control and didn't even know about until Edward told her. On the rare occasion when she is called to action, it's usually just to find a man so he can take care of the problem.
  • Mindlink Mates: A non-romantic version with the werewolves. Those in the same pack can hear each other's thoughts when they're in wolf form.
  • Mind Rape:
    • Specifically Jane and Alec, although most of the Volturi can fall under this category.
    • Renesmee. Especially disturbing when you think of what she could do once she grows up and gains a better understanding of nightmare fuel. Doubly so since it's heavily implied that anyone seeing her visions can't help but believe them to be true.
    • Jasper. His power is to control the emotions of anyone he chooses. It is irrelevant what you want to feel.
    Jacob: Bloody annoying, that's what it is, only you can't be annoyed until after."
  • Misaimed Fandom: In-Universe; Bella's Romeo and Juliet comparisons, which indicate that she has not actually understood the play... Just like a large number of teen girls.
  • Mockbuster: Called Blood Red Moon. Reviewed by Obscurus Lupa.
  • Moral Myopia: Victoria's reason for wanting to kill Edward and Bella is to avenge James. It was never brought up that the only reason Edward killed James was because he thought it was good idea to make Bella his next prey, ignoring the Cullens' warning that Bella was under their protection, and thus off limits.
  • The Musical: A fan-made one. Twilight The Musical.
  • Must Not Die a Virgin: Bella wants to experience sex with Edward while she is still human, before she gets changed into a vampire. Doubles as a case of Too Dumb to Live, since Edward explicitly warns her that because of his super-strength, the experience will quite likely be extremely traumatic or even fatal.

    N - O 
  • Narrating the Obvious: The series is notorious for this. Bella is quite an unobservant narrator of her own story, so half the time she doesn't notice what should be completely obvious to the other characters and/or all the readers.
  • "Near and Dear" Baby Naming: In Breaking Dawn Bella comes up with two names for her unborn child depending on whether it's a boy or girl: for a boy she has Edward Jacob in honor of the baby's father and her close friend, respectively, and Renesmee for a girl in honor of both Bella's mother Renee and Edward's adoptive mother Esme. Bella has a daughter, so Renesmee it is (although most people call her Nessie for convenience). Bella also states that Renesmee's middle name can be Carlie after Bella's father Charlie and her father-in-law Carlisle.
  • Never Heard That One Before:
    • In book 1, when Bella and Edward are on their way back to the car from Edward's first demonstration of his "sparkling", Edward offers to show Bella how he travels in the forest.
      Bella: [warily] Will you turn into a bat?
      Edward: [laughing] Like I haven't heard that one before!
    • In book 4, during Bella's pregnancy, Jacob cracks a couple of blonde jokes at Rosalie. She's familiar with both of them.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands:
    • Alice being able to see the future (Specifically how well it works goes up and down depending on how handy it is or isn't to the plot for her power to work. And not just how well it works at the moment, how well it's always worked and how much the Cullens have always depended on it changes to reflect how well it works in any particular scene).
    • Marcus's power was pretty much drudged up to show yet again just how soul-bonded Bella and Edward are.
    • Victoria's power to always know where to hide was basically a way for the author to Hand Wave how a pack of werewolves and the entire Cullen family together couldn't catch her sooner.
    • Arguably, Bella's ability to suppress vampires' powers.
    • Charles, a never-before-seen vampire at the end of Breaking Dawn, has the power to detect the truth and is introduced to confirm that all of the Cullens' claims are true. Maggie has the opposite power—she's able to detect lies.
    • Kate's power to psychically electrocute others with a touch is pretty convenient, as it helped Bella learn how to expand her shield to protect everyone. This also applies to Zafrina's realistic visual illusions.
    • Additionally, Eleazar's oh-so convenient ability to detect other vampire powers is the reason why Bella even knows her shield exists.
  • New Transfer Student: Bella, to open the series.
  • Nice Girl: Angela Weber, a background character.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In New Moon, when Bella gets a small paper-cut, Edward punts Bella away to prevent Jasper attacking her in a blood-frenzy. This, however, causes her to lacerate her arm. Things goes even farther when he makes his family move away because he's afraid one of them will slip and attack her. It turns out the girlfriend of the vampire they killed in the last book is looking to settle the score, though, and Edward's decision has left Bella unprotected (at least, as far as he knows).
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Subverted, with Bella. On the one hand, Bella only falls in love with monsters and doesn’t even seem happy with the thought of dating a normal boy. On the other hand, Bella does get freaked out a few times in the books, just not as much as an average girl would.
  • No Periods, Period: Breaking Dawn reveals that Leah Clearwater, the only female in the Quileute werewolf pack, is a "genetic dead end" (as she puts it) because she stopped getting her period when she first became a werewolf. And she thinks this is a bad thing. Though, given how human anatomy and tropes work, she's probably right.
    • And of course, vampires don't have periods, because their bodies are unchanging (this ties into the whole "can't bear children" thing).
    • Played straight with Bella, who, despite having yummy blood, does not trigger a vampire feeding frenzy once a month. Handwaved by saying that menstrual blood is 'dead blood'. An Anatomy Fail on Meyer's part when you realize that menstrual blood has been proven to be cleaner/newer/FRESHER/more alive than normal blood. The Official Illustrated Guide later clarified that it wasn't freshly oxygenated, and thus wouldn't elicit the same reaction as blood from a cut.
  • No-Sell:
    • Edward can read every human, vampire, or spirit wolf's mind, but not his beloved Bella's. This fascinates him.
    • Nor Charlie's, for the most part, as was revealed in Midnight Sun (2020).
    • James' reaction to getting maced.
    • This could also be seen as an example of True Love Is Exceptional.
  • Not Blood Siblings: ...Bad puns about their dietary habits aside.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: For someone who grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, Bella sure speaks like a Californian.
  • Obstructive Code of Conduct: The Volturi enforce laws that all other vampires must follow: any humans who learn of vampires must be turned into vampires or killed, do not turn babies or toddlers into vampires, do not make alliances with werewolves, do not hunt in Volterra, do not lie to or defy the Volturi. The punishment is death, but the Volturi often bends the rules and invites vampires with special talents to join them.
  • Occult Detective: Bella in the first two books. In the first book, Bella knows that there is something not quite right about Edward and becomes consumed with discovering what his secret is. The same thing happens in New Moon when Jacob becomes a werewolf.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • In Twilight, when Bella sees the truck swerving towards her. The Cullen siblings respond with one of their own when Edward saved Bella from an oncoming truck and exposing himself as a vampire to her.
    • When Bella runs into the guys heckling her and her friends at the dress shop and they corner her near a dark alleyway.
    • When Bella discovers her mom's voice calling to her for help is really an old videotape used to lure her into James's trap.
    • When Bella reads further into her online research of "the cold one" and discovers Edward is a vampire.
    • Edward's and the Cullens' reaction when James catches a whiff of Bella's scent and becomes hungry.
    • In New Moon, when Bella punched Paul in the face and he angrily morphs into a werewolf in front of her.
  • Oddly Common Rarity: Imprinting is supposed to be rare, yet the entire wolfpack that we see save Seth and Leah have imprinted by the end of the series. The series spans two years.
    • This also applies to vampires' psychic powers. They're constantly said to be rare throughout the first three books, but by Breaking Dawn, it seems like vampires without powers are the minority.
  • One Head Taller: In the books, the vast majority of the males are tall and the vast majority of the women are average or short. The Quileutes take this Up to Eleven.
  • One Steve Limit:
    • Meyer appears to have gone to pains to avoid name overlap, considering her huge cast of characters, and only reuses the name Charles. We have the main character's overbearing father, Esme's abusive first husband, and the vampire who's singled out at the end of Breaking Dawn because of his power to verify that the Cullens are telling the truth about Renesmee.
    • Invoked in the first book, where Bella gives up on reading Austen because there are characters named Edward.
    • And again when Bella remembers that there were several Jessicas in her class back in Phoenix.
  • One True Love: Bella and Edward, of course. One, as the fact that they neither have nor can have any other romantic love interest shows. And true, because, even though Mike Newton, Tyler Crowley, Eric Yorkie, Jacob Black, and Tanya all try to persuade Bella or Edward that they would be perfect together, the only perfect pairing (indeed, the only possible one) is Bella and Edward.
  • One-Word Title: Books 1 and 3, Twilight and Eclipse.
  • Only Sane Man: Bella's dad, Charlie, the sanest any Twilight character can be.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Bella, the main character. Well at least she was supposed to be...
    • Bella's human friends
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Rather than being harmed by sunlight, vampires in Twilight sparkle unnaturally in the sun. They also lack fangs (even cute little ones), are not bothered by holy symbols or garlic, and each vampire has his or her own one unique special psychic ability, in addition to Super Toughness, Super Speed, and Super Strength.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: The Quileute (also referred to as shape-shifters) are purely hereditary, have higher body temperatures in human form, and can transform at will as long as there's a nearby vampire presence. More traditional werewolves are mentioned — the Volturi have hunted them to near-extinction.

    P - R 
  • Paranormal Romance: The central plot is the romance between a human girl and a vampire (as well as a Vampire-Werewolf Love Triangle). Twilight is probably the most prominent example of the genre from the late 2000's/2010's and helped revamp it, especially for teens.
  • Plot-Relevant Age-Up: One-month gestation results in a September birth date. By December, Renesmee is walking, talking, and reading Tennyson. Another half-vampire reveals that maturity is reached at the age of seven.
  • Poor Communication Kills: In New Moon, one of Charlie's friends dies, and when Edward gets wind of the funeral he is mistakenly led to believe that it was Bella who died, driving him to go to Italy and attempt suicide by sparkling. Why he never thought to call someone to verify this or look in the local paper for her obituary instead of automatically assuming she was really dead is anyone's guess. Or why it never crossed his mind that a small-town police officer would be obliged to go to funerals of town officials, homicide or accident victims, retired officers... basically, anyone in town who'd been influential or died by violence.
  • Preppy Name: Rosalie's ex-fiance Royce King II
  • Pretty Boy: Every single one of the male vampires, except for Emmett and Felix, and James.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality:
    • You can eat humans, and we'll even lend you our cars to broaden your range, as long as you don't try to eat Bella Swan.
    • Also: the wolves won't do a thing to stop said human nomming if it's being done in the name of Jake's sweetie, Renesmee.
    • There exists a list of traits that marks an abuser. If you get any, then that person is dangerous. Edward Cullen gets almost all of them.
  • Psychic Dreams for Everyone: Bella has prophetic dreams for no apparent reason.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!:
    • Rosalie in ''Breaking Dawn:
    "You. Got. Food. In. My. Hair."
  • Puny Earthlings: Humans can't possibly compete with or stand up to vampires or werewolves, and it's implied that before the Cullens only werewolves could protect normal people from vampires.
  • Purple Prose: Buckets. Especially when it comes to Edward's appearance.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: How the final battle of Breaking Dawn is depicted. All of the leaders of the Volturi are killed, but many allies die in the battle including Carlisle, Jasper, Seth, and Leah. However, the entire battle is revealed to be merely a potential future for Aro foreseen by Alice and is promptly avoided peacefully.
  • Rape as Backstory: Rosalie in Eclipse. Esme is also a possibility.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Bella is described as having a very pale complexion with long, straight, dark brown hair. Even before she became a vampire and inherited god-like beauty, Bella was rather pretty, as she unintentionally attracted the attention of several boys in school, not just Edward.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: To the books instead of in them is the not-quite-blog Reasoning With Vampires, which picks apart word choice, sentence structure, logistical issues, and just about everything else wrong with the series in little infographics that deal with specific, stand-out segments of the book. It's surprisingly respectful, for all that.
  • Recycled IN SPACE!: Described by the author as Romeo and Juliet WITH VAMPIRES AND WEREWOLVES!
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: For the vampires that drink human blood, as well as newborn ones.
  • Rejected Marriage Proposal: At the end of New Moon, Edward asks Bella to marry him, saying it's his condition for him turning her into a vampire. She rejects him because she thinks eighteen is too young to get married, especially as her mother drilled into her that getting married too young like she did is a terrible mistake. Edward continues to suggest it throughout Eclipse, but Bella remains reluctant, though she does try negotiating that Edward have sex with her while she's still human in exchange for marriage. However, Edward is iffy about this because he's old-fashioned and doesn't believe in sex before marriage. Bella finally accepts when Edward agrees they can consummate the marriage before she becomes a vampire (and he formally proposes with a ring).
  • Religious Vampire: Carlisle was raised the son of a pastor, and it is his continued faith that drives him to help people as a doctor.
  • Reluctant Warrior: Carlisle, to the point that the werewolves designated him a non-priority target; he had the most experience and a lot of potential to do harm, but his hesitation made him less dangerous.
  • Remember the New Guy?:
    • We hear briefly about the Volturi, mainly that they and Carlisle are on friendly terms, but that he left because he did not agree with their diet of humans. Edward speaks pretty well of them when he tells Bella about them. In the next book and all books after, it's revealed that the Volturi are a highly corrupt organization, and the Cullens are all highly suspicious of them. This also leads to a case of Remember Those New Rules, since it's not until then that it's mentioned that there are any sort of laws or governing of vampires.
    • In New Moon, we find out that the teenagers of La Push had been turning into werewolves ever since the Cullens first settled down in Forks. This is not present in Twilight or Midnight Sun (when nothing is done to stop Peter and Charlotte from killing people in Forks).
  • The Renfield: People who work for Volturi hope that they will be transformed into vampires, but may be also killed.
  • Rescue Romance: Edward and Bella were already secretly interested in each other, but it was Edward saving Bella from Tyler's out of control van that laid the groundwork for their relationship.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Victoria's search to harm Bella after the Cullens kill her mate James.
  • The Rich Have White Stuff: Specifically invoked in the case of the Cullens.
    • The Cullens are shocking white vampires, in contrast to everyone but most startlingly to the Quileutes, who are dark tan with black hair. The Quileutes are obviously natives, and at one point Edward Cullen is referred to as "the freaky pale skinned boy". This may also play on the expectations of immortal vampires being wealthy and native peoples not.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Jacob in Breaking Dawn decides Bella's baby must die, because Bella apparently died giving birth to her. At least, that was until he looked into the baby's eyes.
  • Roaring Rampage of Romance: Bella and Edward start a war and cause all sorts of chaos and mayhem, including hurting each other, in their quest to be together.
  • Romance Novel: An archetypical Paranormal Romance for young adults, featuring the story of a human girl and an eccentric vampire as Star-Crossed Lovers.

    S - T 
  • Sadly Mythtaken:
    • Vampires hating (or even rotting in) the sun is actually Newer Than They Think, the idea having been invented and popularized by Nosferatu. (Granted, there's still nothing about vampires sparkling in the sun.)
    • On the negative side, the myths used to have ugly, short, smelly peasant vampires with reddish not pale skin. They almost always had some sort of shapeshifting and definitely did sleep (during the day at least). Fangs were also common because of the lips of posthumously exhumed corpses being peeled back after death. Telekinetic and other creepy poltergeist abilities were common because if something bad happened in your home it's easier to just blame a dead guy.
    • There's a positive side to this trope for werewolves. While several myths of werewolves had them be a little more anthropomorphic, most of the original myths of werewolves actually were just men changing into wolves without anthropomorphic features. Twilight also explicitly mentions the more modern werewolves, with their changing under the full moon and bites transferring the infection.
  • Satellite Love Interest:
    • One of the most bizarre examples of this trope can be found in the concept of "imprinting", in which males "recognize" the females that they are destined to fall in love with — which can occur as early as child-birth (in fact, Jacob imprinted on Bella's child before she was even conceived). Many of these female imprintees are "basic" by default considering they're infants or toddlers and thus have no fixed personalities at all. Their lives revolve entirely around their future husbands considering the teenage boys appear to become their caregivers until they're of marriageable age, and whether the girls want to be in these relationships is treated as somewhat irrelevant in the text. They are future wives, nothing more. In-universe, it's explained that the boys become anything and everything that the girls want, literally living and breathing to make their imprints happy, so they're satellites as well.
      • One example of this was when Jacob came across his friend Quil (a teenage boy) on a "date" with Claire (a two-year-old) at the beach, which involved Quil just watching as Claire played in the sand.
    • Also, Bella Swan, our romantic heroine and POV character herself. We never learn much about her life in Phoenix, and although she easily makes friends in the beginning of the first novel, she immediately dumps them to be with Edward. Her whole life revolves around Edward, to the point where she actually goes catatonic when he leaves her, and in the last book she turns into a vampire, and completely leaves her human life behind her for a life with her Edward. She also has no character development at all throughout the books. At one point her mother literally compares Bella to a satellite around Edward—always orientating herself to always be near him—and Bella agrees with her mother with no second thoughts.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Supernatural Powers!: Especially Bree Tanner, but even Bella and most of the Cullens think like that sometimes.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Carlise helps to take care of the wounded Quileutes, despite the centuries-old feud between the two groups. This helps to bridge the gap between the two clans.
  • Second-Act Breakup: Pretty much the only point of New Moon.
  • Secret Chaser: Bella with Edward’s secret in book one and Jacob’s secret in book two. Bella mentions that Renee has the capacity to become one to her in book three.
  • Secret-Keeper: Bella to both the Cullens and the Quiletes in the first three books. Until she becomes a vampire herself.
  • Serial-Killer Killer: When Edward was younger, he rebelled against Carlisle's animal blood philosophy, so he used his mind-reading powers to only feed on rapists and murderers. But even that proved to be too much for his conscience.
  • Sexy Discretion Shot: In Breaking Dawn. Edward and Bella arrive at their honeymoon destination. She takes a shower and goes out on the beach in a Modesty Towel where Edward is. She takes her towel off, he pulls her into his arms and... Oh look, it's the next morning.
  • Shock-and-Switch Ending: For people who read the book series, the scene near the end of Breaking Dawn Part 2 where quite a few characters die is an absolute shocker. Once the scene completes, we see it was a vision Alice saw of the future, invoking this trope.
  • Shoot the Medic First: Inverted. The Quileutes have a standing policy that Carlise is the lowest priority target should they ever attack the Cullens.
  • Shot to the Heart: Variant: Edward injects vampire venom directly into Bella's heart in an attempt to save her life after a difficult childbirth.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Bella compares her love affair with Edward to Wuthering Heights and Romeo and Juliet. New Moon parallels the latter when Bella and Edward almost commit Tag Team Suicide due to a communication error. Even funnier when considered that Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet to be a cautionary tale about the dangers of falling in love too fast, which is exactly what Bella and Edward did!
    • How about Rosalie as the Bride in Kill Bill?
    • The fact that the Cullen family likes to drive fast could be a Shout-Out to the line "the dead travel fast" from Bram Stoker's Dracula. (Which was itself a quote from a famous German poem.)
    • Leah's cousin Emily is introduced in New Moon.
  • Show, Don't Tell: Inverted. Stephenie Meyer's Modus Operandi. She strongly dislikes the word "said" and almost always provides at the very least an adverb for the verb she decides to use, rather than letting the dialogue speak for itself. She is also a big fan of saying how people feel, which can be jarring, since the books are told from a first-person perspective and (with the exception of Midnight Sun (2020)) do not have a narrator who can read minds. At the very least, Bella's supposed to have been socially withdrawn before the story begins, and as a result doesn't sound like somebody who'd be skilled at reading other people.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts:
    • Bella's opinion of Sam and Emily.
    • Edward and Bella as he is fascinated by even the most mundane things about her and she gushes about how gorgeous he is every time he enters her field of vision and once even swoons over how good his breath smells.
  • Skewed Priorities:
    • 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.
  • Smug Super: Most of the vampires.
  • Someone to Remember Him By: Inverted, invoked, and rejected. Inverted in the sense that Bella is the one that would die if she carried out her pregnancy. Invoked when Bella tries to tell Edward that though she'll probably die, Edward will still have their child to love and take care of in her place. Rejected when Edward tells her he doesn't think he could possibly love their child if he/she is the reason for taking Bella away, as he/she would also be a representation of Bella's ignorance of Edward's choice in the matter.
  • "Spread Wings" Frame Shot: From the movie. When Edward is seated in the science class at school, there's a stuffed and mounted owl behind him. At one point, the camera view makes it look like the owl's wings belong to Edward. Owls are creatures of the night, very much like vampires.
  • Stag Party: Subverted; the Cullens' idea of a bachelor party is hunting grizzly bears and mountain lions. When Bella asks Edward if there will be strippers, Emmett can be heard yelling "Bo-ring!"
  • Stalker with a Crush: Edward.
  • Stalking Is Love: Edward. Following Bella to keep her safe. Sneaking into her room to watch her sleep. Even before he was involved with her. And he gets her in the end, too.
  • Stealth Insult: Alice to Bella regarding Jacob in New Moon: "As soon as you put the dog out".
  • Straw Vulcan: Any character who tries to convince Bella to think rationally and make practical decisions as opposed to blindly following her heart is usually treated as an enemy. In the end Bella's flat out refusal to be logical or rational, using the fact that she's in love as a justification for making decisions that even she openly admits are unwise, winds up making all of her dreams come true.
  • The Stoic: Sam Uley. Forced to deal with his lycanthropy on his own, he cultivated a kind of zen calm to cope, and help the others who came later.
  • Static Character:
    • All the vampires, literally. Word of God is that they are forever frozen at the same level of emotional maturity they were at when they were turned. Hence why Edward manages to become an Emo Teen while being over a hundred years old.
    • Bella does not change or grow as a person at all throughout the course of the story.
  • Stupid Sacrifice: Bella attempts this several times. Most prominent is Eclipse, when she cuts herself to distract Victoria and Riley from trying to kill Edward and Seth....only to learn after the fact that they were both winning and she had actually made things harder for them. The film adaptation changes this by having Edward and Seth legitimately about to be killed, making her using herself as bait more meaningful.
  • Suck Out the Poison: Vampires have no body fluids except for venom, which is used to change people into vampires via biting. When James bites Bella at the climax of the first novel, Edward has to suck out the poison to prevent it from spreading. A very heroic thing, except that A) this technique rarely works in the real world (due to the circulation system almost instantly carrying the poison away from the wound) and B) Edward himself has venom in his mouth. By all rights, Bella should have been a vampire by the end of the first book. In Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined, this is what ends up happening; Edythe attempts to suck out the venom, but its gotten too far into Beau's system and his transformation has always begun.
  • Suicide by Sunlight: Attempted by Edward.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: When the vampires have fed off of non-human blood. When thirsty, they go black, and if they've had human recently, they turn red.
  • Supporting Protagonist: While Bella is no doubt the protagonist of the series, Edward is The Hero and does all the heroic stuff up until the end of Breaking Dawn.
  • Symbolic Serene Submersion: After Bella jumps off a sea cliff in the film of New Moon, she floats limply down through the water and hallucinates Edward floating beside her. It's not a genuine suicide attempt, but something of a cry for attention symbolizing the depths she is willing to reach for Edward.
  • Sympathetic Murder Backstory: Edward Cullen confesses to murdering a whole bunch of people shortly after he was turned, and Bella narrates that it is perfectly reasonable.
  • Tag Team Suicide: Edward tries this in New Moon when he thinks Bella's dead.
  • Talking the Monster to Death: At the end of the last book of the series, a great battle pitting vampire against vampire is waived in favor of a lengthy discussion. Everyone goes home without a single punch thrown. This comes after reading through a lengthy training montage that is said to take weeks if not months of book time.
  • Team Mom: Esme, to the vampires; Emily, to the wolves.
  • Their First Time: Played straight, except when Edward and Bella kept switching positions on who was the "ready" one.
  • Theme Naming: Many of the Quileutes have Old Testament Biblical names. (Jacob, Leah, Seth, Samuel, Paul...) Four of them (Jacob, Seth, Emily, and Paul) were named after Meyer's siblings. It can also be attributed to the Mormon belief that many if not all Native Americans are descendants of a Hebrew tribe known as the Lamanites.
  • This Loser Is You: Most of the fans still say they like the books because of how much they identify with Bella/ wish they were Bella.
  • Those Two Guys: Bella's human friends, as well as the members of the pack (who aren't Jacob, Sam, Leah, or Seth) fill this role. Quil and Embry fill it especially well.
  • The Three Faces of Eve: Bella's Naïve Everygirl is contrasted with Esme (wife), who warmly welcomes Bella into her home and later restores a cottage on the Cullen estate for Bella and Edward, Rosalie (seductress), who is jealous of Edward's affection for Bella because she the one who has always been desired by men, and Alice (child), who values Bella's safety above all and cares for her like a sister.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Bree and Diego from The Short, Second Life of Bree Tanner would surely count as well. They both know that they're being kept in a basement by a Riley, who (A) has been kidnapping other teenagers to make into vampires and (B) clearly doesn't care if they kill each other. Later on, they discover that the story they had been fed about how sunlight burns them up was a lie. They also learn that they were all being used as cannon fodder and Bree remembers that the night she had been turned into a vampire, she had been kidnapped and tricked into it. They also find out that Riley is discussing plans with Victoria. So of course they come to the conclusion that Riley is completely innocent and will surely help them if they tell him everything they know, so Diego decides to meet him alone, to tell Riley that he knows all of these secrets, without telling anyone except for Bree where he is going. Needless to say, Diego does not return. Bree qualifies as this trope because after all of that, she doesn't realize that Diego is dead until Riley has run off and left her and the other vampires to be killed by the Cullens. What a brilliant pair! * Town with a Dark Secret: Forks is a subversion.
  • Trans Equals Gay: In Eclipse, the Quilleute shapeshifters' discomfort with opposite genders sharing sexual memories through their telepathy is characterized as gender confusion.
  • Traumatic C-Section: The scene wherein Edward rips Bella's unborn child out from her body with his teeth. Probably not intended to be as worrying as it is. Though considering that when they tried to do it the normal way, the scalpel broke. It's implied that they cut up her entire stomach, in a cross from ribcage to hip.
  • Trend Covers: Practically every other YA novel getting released/re-released since Twilight has a "one symbolic object on dark background" cover. Though Newer Than They Think since this sort of symbolism has popped up in many genres such as mystery due to the pretty basic symbolism/eye catching picture it provides.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Edward Cullen, described as a fatalist by the author and self loathing by the actor that plays him. Not to mention that he spents half of the time calling himself a soulless monster.
  • Two-Person Pool Party: The Honeymoon, but in ocean instead of a pool. Good thing it's a private island!

    U - Z 
  • Uncanny Valley: Averted in-universe. Lampshaded when a new vampire gets instructions about how to behave human. ("Cross your legs, blink three times a minute, lift your shoulders so it looks like you are breathing.")
  • Undead Child:
    • Breaking Dawn: Renesmee is apparently half-vampire, and aged to 17 in 7 years.
    • The Volturi have also declared it illegal for any vampire to turn a child because vampire children lack the proper maturity level to do their part in maintaining The Masquerade and will never gain said maturity level due to being permanently stuck as children and thus, they inevitably threaten to expose the existence of vampires to the mostly unaware human population. The confrontation between the Cullens and the Volturi at the end of Breaking Dawn is prompted by another character mistakenly identifying Renesmee as one of these and subsequently reporting the Cullens to the Volturi for turning her.
    • Twilight has also Jane and Alec, the youngest and smaller vampires of the series, twins turned at around age twelve by Aro Volturi. (Exact ages for what constitutes as an Immortal Child was never explicitly stated. It is assumed that if the child in question is able to follow the laws set by Volturi, then they will be allowed to continue their existence.)
  • Undeathly Pallor: Every character who is considered beautiful.
  • Unreliable Narrator:
    • Bella is supposed to have low self-esteem about her looks, but the events of the series suggest that she's gorgeous. There are also plenty of probably unintentional examples - for example, Bella becomes convinced that her friend Jessica is using her for popularity and doesn't actually like her, on the basis of absolutely no evidence. One of the plainer examples comes from the beginning of the third book where she describes the Cullens as "dedicated to protecting human life," then shortly afterward we see Edward reacting to a killing spree in a nearby city that's obviously perpetrated by a vampire, which he brushes off as Someone Else's Problem.
    • In Bree's novella, the protagonist sees Edward as a good-looking red-headed guy, rather than the marble-perfect tousled, bronze-haired Adonis of Bella's descriptions, suggesting that Bella's viewpoint might be skewed.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: The Cullens attempt to be this to throw off suspicion, though its debatable how effective they are at this. Despite being Genre Blind to their true nature, the rest of the school have noticed that both pairs of adopted siblings are romantically involved, that they always buy lunch but never eat any of it, and that they are absent on sunny days.
  • Unwanted Harem: Bella unwittingly gains a number of male suitors over the course of the trilogy. In Twilight, she falls for Edward while gaining the attention of Justin, Eric, Mike, and Jacob as well as some guys who attempted to rob her without even trying. Same for Edward, who attracts the attention of Jessica and Angela but still wants Bella.
  • Wanton Cruelty to the Common Comma: It happens a lot.
  • Wants a Prize for Basic Decency: Bella seems to think that the Cullens refraining from eating humans makes them some of the greatest people who ever lived. Even if they actively look down on the humans it would bother them to kill, are friends with plenty of other vampires who think nothing of feeding on humans, commit plenty of other crimes with no hesitation or remorse, and have a distinct laissez-faire policy toward bad things happening around them unless it's something that stands a good chance of inconveniencing them, personally.
  • Warm Bloodbags Are Everywhere: This series runs on this trope.
  • We All Live in America: When Bella is in Italy and narrates the celebration of "Saint Marcus' Day", it sounds very much like Saint Patrick's Day with red instead of green.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Or "danger magnet" as Bella calls herself.
  • What a Piece of Junk: Charlie bought Billy Black's truck for Bella when she decided to move to Forks to live with him. It was a gift to show his appreciation for her moving in. Bella was hesitant to like it at first, worried that it would cost too much money to keep up and that it might be in bad condition, but as soon as she saw it, she knew it was perfect for her. It's a 1953 Chevy Pick-up truck.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Carlisle's power is "compassion", Esme's power is love. But Rosalie's main power, according to Meyer, is beauty. The alternative suggested by Edward, tenacity, isn't much better.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Inverted. Bella doesn't seem to care about the fact that Edward and some other Cullens killed some humans in their past. She finds it "only natural" for Edward to go through this phase. She also doesn't care as long as her guests in Breaking Dawn go out of town to find and kill their food.
    • The Cullens seem to have it the same way: despite their own moral reasons for abstaining from a human diet, they don't really care if humans die by being eaten by vampires, as long as they're not the ones doing it.
      • On the other hand Bella's freaking out about the tragedy of all the lives being lost at the beginning of Eclipse, so figure that.
  • Wham Line: In Twilight:
    Jacob: Did you know Quiluetes are supposedly descended from wolves?
    • Jacob too drops one to Bella regarding why he's avoiding her in New Moon.
    Bella: Did Sam get to you? Is that what's happening?
    Jacob: Sam's trying to help me. So don't blame him. But if you want somebody to blame, how about those filthy bloodsuckers you love? The Cullens?
  • Wife Husbandry:
    • Quil and Claire.
    • Jacob and Renesmee.
  • Wish-Fulfillment: Reading the book, and Meyer's statements in interviews, shows that the Twilight books are nothing but this. Ranging from the popularity in highschool, to Edward's personality, including the admittance that Bella is 'the daughter she wanted, but never had' and that Renesmee is how she wanted child-raising to be like.
  • With Us or Against Us: After her breakdown in book II, Bella divides her acquaintances at school into "friends" and "enemies" based on how loyal they were to her after what amounts to a four-month-long silent treatment.
  • Wrench Wench: Rosalie.
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: Edward claims at one point that Renesmee gains a year and a half of development in around 1 month. This means she should be around 18 in only a year, not in 7 years like the story claims.
    • A one-month pregnancy implies a growth rate of nine times normal, whereas "five years in three to four months" implies a growth rate of between fifteen and twenty times normal.
    • Although it was stated that her aging would gradually slow down as time progressed, Carlisle said her growth decelerated so slowly that they weren't even sure it was really happening. Which makes sense as, according to the above, she grew at least twice as fast as before she was born.
    • Edward also claims that he was born in 1901 and that that was 107 years ago, but when you look it up in the timeline you find that the year in which Twilight took place was 2005, effectively putting Edward in his 104th year.
  • Womb Horror: Human Bella gets impregnated by vampire Edward, and the Dhampir fetus starts slowly killing her. After she dies from the pregnancy and/or emergency non-medical C-section, Edward gives her an Emergency Transformation into a vampire to save her life.
  • Working-Class Werewolves: Jacob Black and the rest of the werewolves (although they're technically "shapeshifters who can turn into wolves") live on a Native American reservation (which are notorious for high poverty rates) in rather rundown houses (or at the very least, Jacob's house is quite humble) and often wear little but denim cut-offs. This a sharp contrast to the vampiric Cullens who regularly show off their wealth with their Cool Cars and Big Fancy House, and own an entire island off the coast of Brazil. It even comes up in the Vampire-Werewolf Love Triangle; Jacob gives Bella a second-hand truck he fixed up and a handmade wolf charm on a bracelet as gifts, whilst Edward gives her an Audi and a diamond heart charm. In the film adaptations, this trope is fully taken advantage of by the filmmakers to give Jacob an opportunity to strip off or walk around shirtless in just about every scene he's in.
  • You Are Grounded!: Bella gets grounded by her dad from the last chapter of New Moon to the first chapter of Eclipse.
  • You Are What You Hate: Dangerous to hang out with, have a hard time keeping their instincts under control, and are physically powerful. Vampire, or werewolf?
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Victoria had planned to do this with Riley in Eclipse under the guise of "being in love" with him, which Edward tried to warn Riley about.
  • You Keep Using That Word:
    • Bella's skin is "translucent". Translucent means "Allowing light, but not detailed images, to pass through." Skin is slightly translucent, which is why, if a person sticks a flashlight in their mouth, their skin glows red. Why this is so noticeable and unique for Bella is never explained, considering it's a universal human thing.
    • Not once in the text does Bella/Stephenie use the words "reason" and "reasonable" correctly, as she seems to think the latter means "graceful"; what she means by the former is not known.
    • Meyer seems to think that "subjective", when applied to Alice's visions, means "can change easily".
  • You Killed My Father: James attempted this trope, video taping him torturing and killing Bella to make Edward seek revenge and start a "game" with him. Lucky for Bella, Edward was fast enough to avert it.
  • You Must Be Cold: Because Edward is convinced Bella's going to go into shock and let's face it, it's not like the cold bothers him.
  • You Need to Get Laid: Edward's broodiness and fatalism has been linked to the fact that he has never had sex in almost a century. Once he gets married and does the deed he certainly becomes less stressed. Also, Bella had a history of night terrors and talking in her sleep which ceased after her honeymoon.
  • Younger Than They Look: Renesmee. By the time she's only a few months old, she looks like a seven year old.
  • Your Vampires Suck: This series has been on both the giving and receiving end of this trope (receiving more often than not, though).
  • You Sexy Beast: The entire basis of the series. And the author loves to remind us.


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


When Edward Saves Bella

Up until this point, aside from the prologue, the film was a typical teen drama. Then a van swerves into Bella's path and Edward, who had been mostly antagonistic towards Bella, comes in and saves her life. The fact that he was able to make a dent in the van causes Bella's interest in the boy.

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