Name: Bella Swan
Full Name: Isabella Marie Swan Cullen
Date of Birth: September 13, 1987
Originally from: Phoenix, Arizona
Hair color: Brown
Eye color: Brown
Type: Human-later Vampire
Special Ability: Shields herself and others from mental attacks
About Her: Isabella “Bella” Marie Swan, later Isabella Marie Cullen, is an average, clumsy, accident-prone girl who moves from Phoenix, Arizona, to Forks, Washington, to live with her father, Charlie. Though many boys are attracted to her when she arrives, she falls in love with Edward Cullen, a mysterious boy she discovers to be a vampire. Desperate not to lose him, Bella vows to stay with Edward, even if it means turning into a vampire herself, despite Edward’s wishes. In an effort to keep her safe, he leaves the town of Forks. Jacob Black, a werewolf from the Quileute tribe and the son of Bella’s father’s best friend, comforts her in that time and Bella falls in love with him as well.
Bella is described as an understanding, caring, serious, shy, and intelligent person, with a very dry sense of humor, and is noted for being very clumsy, and also stubborn. She has a very private mind, which is thought to be why Edward is unable to see her thoughts, and she is determined to become a vampire. She is also said to be terrible at lying, but occasionally demonstrates good acting ability. Bella becomes faint at the smell of blood, though this does not bother her once she becomes a vampire — this trait may also be the reason why Bella does not hunger for blood as strongly as most newborn vampires.
Date of Change to a Vampire: Sept 13, 2006
After Bella is changed into a vampire by Edward Cullen in Breaking Dawn, she becomes very beautiful-her already pale skin becoming even whiter, her hair becoming darker, and her lips becoming fuller. After her transformation she has the ability to shield her and others’ minds from mental attacks. With her newfound ability, it is also discovered that Bella is incredibly self-controlled, much to the astonishment of the whole Cullen family-mostly Jasper. Bella learns to remove the shield from her own mind with the help of Kate, another vampire, and surprises Edward one night with all of her thoughts he has always missed out on.
Bella is described in the novels as being pale-skinned with brown hair and eyes, and a heart shaped face. Beyond this, a detailed description of her appearance is never given in the series. Stephenie Meyer explains that she “left out a detailed description of Bella in the book so that the reader could more easily step into her shoes.” While Meyer stresses that “Bella’s looks are open to interpretation”, she does supply her own personal interpretation on her website, describing Bella as: “very fair-skinned, with long, straight, dark brown hair and chocolate brown eyes. Her face is heart-shaped—a wide forehead with a widow’s peak, large, wide-spaced eyes, prominent cheekbones, and then a thin nose and a narrow jaw with a pointed chin. Her lips are a little out of proportion, a bit too full for her jaw line. Her eyebrows are darker than her hair and more straight than they are arched. She’s five foot four inches tall, slender but not at all muscular, and weighs about 115 pounds. She has stubby fingernails because she has a nervous habit of biting them.” Stephenie Meyer has stated that Bella’s “tragic flaw” in Eclipse is her lack of self-knowledge. After being turned into a vampire, she describes having a more clear view of the world.
Their Early History: Due to being human, there is no past for Bella Swan. Only the future lies ahead of her.
Name: Edward Cullen
Full Name: Edward Anthony Masen Cullen
Date of Birth: June 20, 1901
Date of change to vampire: 1918
Originally from: Chicago, Illinois
Hair color: Bronze
Eye color: Originally green
Special Ability: He is able to hear others thoughts, apart from Bella Swan.
About Him: Edward is known for being charming, polite, determined, stubborn and utterly “unattainable” to some girls. After meeting Bella Swan, he is very protective and puts her safety, humanity, and welfare before anything else, even his family. He often over-analyzes situations and has a tendency to overreact-especially in situations where Bella’s safety is at risk. He often uses outdated speech and grammar from his human life in the early 20th century. Edward is impossibly beautiful. His skin is “like marble”—very pale, ice cold, and sparkles like diamonds in the sunlight. His facial features are perfect and angular—high cheekbones, strong jawline, a straight nose, and full lips. His hair, which is always messy, retains the unusual bronze shade that he inherited in from his biological mother. His eyes, once green, are now described as gold.
Edward has certain unique abilities that are his alone. He is the fastest of the Cullens-able to outrun any of them and almost any other vampire alive. Perhaps as a result of a talent for empathy in his human life, Edward can now also read the mind of anyone within a few miles of himself; Bella is the sole exception to this rule, which Meyer has stated is due to Bella having a very private mind. Edward finds it very frustrating to not be able to read Bella’s thoughts; however, Bella prizes it very highly.
Edward is musical as he is able to play the piano like it is second nature. He enjoys a wide range of music, including classical, jazz, progressive metal, alternative rock, and punk rock, but dislikes country. He prefers indie rock to mainstream, and appreciates rock and classical music equally. He mentions in Twilight that he likes music from the fifties better than the sixties, dislikes the seventies, and says the eighties were “bearable.” Edward also composes music and Esme always brightens up whenever she hears Edward playing or composing. In Twilight we hear of Esme’s favorite composition and the new song he composes for Bella: Bella’s Lullaby.
Edward has the expensive hobby of collecting cars. He owns a Volvo S60 R and an Aston Martin V12 Vanquish as a “special occasion” car. He also gives his sister, Alice, a Porsche 911 Turbo as a gift in Eclipse for holding Bella hostage while he was gone. He bought a motorcycle to ride alongside Bella, but gave it to Jasper after he realized that riding motorcycles was a hobby she enjoyed sharing with Jacob.
Their Early History: Edward Cullen, originally born Edward Anthony Masen, was actually born on June 20, 1901 in Chicago Illinois. He is the adopted son of Carlisle and Esme Cullen, the adopted brother of Rosalie, Emmett, Alice and Jasper, and the husband of Bella Swan. While dying of the Spanish influenza in 1918, Edward was changed into a vampire by Dr. Carlisle Cullen after Edward’s mother, Elizabeth, begged him to save Edward as her dying wish. Carlisle instilled in him a sense of morality uncommon in most vampires, and central to his way of life is the refusal to consider humans as food. Being a stubborn person, Edward often struggles with himself and the way of life he leads during his younger years as a vampire. Carlisle had faith and love beyond measure with Edward however, and let him leave every time Edward decided to run off. In the end, Edward accepted who he was, and stayed with Carlisle as the family grew.
Name: Alice Cullen
Full Name: Mary Alice Brandon Cullen
Date of Birth: 1901 (?)
Date of change to vampire: Sometime in the 1920’s – she was 19
Originally from: Biloxi, Mississippi
Hair color: Black
Eye color: Vampire gold/black
Special Ability: Sees the future
About Them: Alice Cullen was originally born as Mary Alice Brandon and is the adopted daughter of Carlisle and Esme Cullen, adopted sister of Edward, Rosalie, and Emmett Cullen, and wife to Jasper. She is a petite at 4’ 10”, pixie-like, has crazy spiked dark hair and is described as being graceful, bubbly, and optimistic. Alice’s special ability of seeing the future is an enhanced version of her having premonitions as a human. However, her ability is limited as she is only able to see the outcome of a decision once it is made. Therefore, Alice cannot see decisions made in the spur of the moment. There is one other quirk in Alice’s ability-she cannot see the future of werewolves and half-breeds, only humans and vampires. Alice theorizes that she can see vampires clearly because she is one, humans somewhat less clearly because she was one, and blind to werewolves or half-breeds because she never was one. Her hobbies include shopping, make-overs, and throwing parties.
Their Early History: In the beginning of the Twilight Saga Alice’s early history is very vague, as she remembers nothing of her human life when woke up alone as a vampire. Eventually we find that she was born around 1901 in Biloxi, Mississippi, and was kept in an asylum because she had premonitions. Alice was changed by an old vampire who worked at the asylum in order to protect her from James, a tracker vampire who was hunting her. Later after doing some research, Alice finds her grave and discovers that the date on her tombstone matches the date of her admission to the asylum.
Name: Jasper Hale
Full Name: Jasper Whitlock Hale
Date of Birth: 1843
Date of change to vampire: 1863 – he was 20
Originally from: Texas
Hair color:Honey blond
Eye color: Vampire gold/black
Height: 6” 3”
Special Ability: Can manipulate the emotions of those around him
About Him: Jasper Hale, originally born Jasper Whitlock, is the adopted son of Carlisle and Esme Cullen, adoptive brother of Edward, Emmett, and Rosalie, and husband of Alice. Due to his past, where he was able to feed on humans whenever he chose, Jasper lacks strong self-control. However, we also find that the “vegetarian” lifestyle is not Jasper’s first choice and that this also affects his self-control. Tall with honey blond hair, muscular but yet lean, Jasper portrays his special ability well. Having learned at a young age as a human how to manipulate the emotions of those around him, his ability became exaggerated as a vampire. Now making him able to control the atmosphere of those he is around-calming tense people and other emotions that may be needed in his favor. His body is covered with crescent-shaped scars, after the many years of fighting, training, and executing newborn vampires. Jasper uses his ability to calm Bella when she is stressed or afraid. However, his lack of self control is evident as he attacks Bella after she gets a paper cut, prompting the Cullen family to leave Forks to protect Bella. Jasper again uses his ability to create a calm and un-tense atmosphere when he teaches the werewolves and vampires fighting techniques to defend themselves against newborn vampires.
Their Early History: Jasper Hale was born in Texas and joined the Confederate States Army in 1861 to serve in the Civil War. Due to his extremely charismatic personality, he ascended through the ranks quickly. In 1863 Maria, a vampire, found Jasper when he was twenty years old and turned him into a vampire. Recognizing his high rank in the army, Maria decided to change him into a vampire, thinking he would help her claim territory in Monterrey. Overseeing the training of the young vampires, Jasper also held the responsibility to execute them when they were no longer useful (about a year after their transformation- when their strength began to fade). Jasper grew weary of the lifestyle and left, joining an old friend, Peter, and his mate Charlotte. Feeling his prey’s emotions, even as they died, Jasper eventually left Peter and Charlotte, as he no longer wanted to feed on humans. Alice, foreseeing that they would be together, met him in a half-empty diner in Philadelphia, and together they sought out the Cullen family.
Name: Rosalie Hale
Full Name: Rosalie Lillian Hale
Date of Birth: 1915
Date of change to vampire: 1933 – she was 18
Originally from: Rochester, New York
Hair color: Golden
Eye color: Vampire gold/black
Special Ability: None
About Her: Born Rosalie Lillian Hale, Rosalie Hale is the adopted daughter of Esme and Carlisle Cullen, adoptive sister of Edward, Alice, and Jasper, and wife of Emmett. Rosalie throughout the books acts as the sister of Jasper and that they are Esme’s niece and nephew. Gorgeous even compared to other vampires, Rosalie acts and looks like a model. She is mean to Bella due to jealousy of her being human, and not wanting Bella to choose a life as a vampire. Rosalie is known for being vain and self centered. She wishes to be human and have children so much so that she would give up her immortality and beauty for it. Rosalie eventually warms up to Bella and wishes to reveal her past to Bella with the hopes that she will choose to stay human. She also joins the fight against a group of savage newborn vampires. With her new bond with Bella, Bella contacts Rosalie after finding out she is pregnant, knowing that Rosalie has always wanted children. Rosalie stays by Bella’s side throughout the pregnancy, defending her choice to keep the baby, and Rosalie acts as a guardian to the child, Renesmee, taking care of her while Bella is going through her transformation into a vampire.
Their Early History: Frozen at age eighteen and born in 1915 in Rochester, New York, Rosalie was the daughter of a banker. Tall, statuesque, and has long, wavy blonde hair, Rosalie is described as being the most beautiful person in the world. As a human, Rosalie was a woman who had beauty, elegance, class, and eyes resembling violets. A quick engagement with Royce King II led Rosalie to become extremely envious of her good friend Vera and her baby boy. While visiting them one night she noticed that she did not share the same relationship with Royce as Vera did with her husband. But on her walk home and Rosalie met an intoxicated Royce with his friends. Royce bragged about his fiancée’s beauty, leading to her being beaten, presumably raped, and left to die. Carlisle came across her as he was a doctor in Rochester at the time and decided to change her into a vampire (hoping she would be a mate for Edward). After her transformation, she tortured and killed those who had beaten her, including Royce, but did not drink their blood.
Full Name: Emmett McCarty Cullen
Date of Birth: 1915
Date of change to vampire: 1935 – two years after Rosalie – he was 20
Originally from: Tennessee
Hair color: Dark
Eye color: Vampire gold/black
Special Ability: None
About Them: Emmett Cullen, originally born Emmett McCarty adopted son of Carlisle and Esme Cullen, adopted brother of Edward, Alice, and Jasper, and Rosalie’s husband. Known for his bear like appearance, Emmett is described as being tall, burly, extremely muscular, and to most humans, the most intimidating of his adoptive siblings. He has slightly curly dark hair and dimpled cheeks. He loves to tease the people he loves and uses his intimidating presence to sometimes push some issues.
Their Early History: In 1935 while living in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Emmett, who was then twenty, was mauled by a bear. The injuries from the attack were so severe that he would not live. He was found by Rosalie, who had been hunting in the area at the time. Seeing Emmett she was reminded of her friend’s baby having the same curls, dimples, and innocent appearance. Refusing to let Emmett die, Rosalie carried him over a hundred miles to Appalachia back to Carlisle Cullen, asking him to spare Emmett’s life by turning him into a vampire. Emmett joined Carlisle’s coven, but initially had trouble adjusting to the family’s diet of animal blood. Emmett is at first wary of Bella, knowing Edward’s internal struggle with her and eventually romantic relationship, but eventually warms up to her. He often teases her for her clumsiness and constant blushing, and eventually votes in favor of her becoming a vampire. Emmett’s teasing continues until Bella beats him in an arm wrestling match when she is a newborn vampire in Breaking Dawn.
Full Name: Carlisle Cullen Status: Vampire
Date of Birth: 1640s
Date of change to vampire: After 1663 – he was 23
Originally from: London, England
Hair color: Blond
Eye color: Vampire gold/black
Special Ability: None
About Them: Carlisle Cullen, born Stregoni Benefici, is Esme’s husband and the adoptive father of Edward, Rosalie, Emmett, Alice, and Jasper. Carlisle whose physical age is twenty-three and he is described as looking like a model. He has blond hair, stands at 6’2” and is slender but muscular. Carlisle theorizes that when a human is turned into a vampire, they will have an enhanced ability from their previous life. So according to his theory Carlisle believes he brought compassion from his human life. Carlisle has had centuries to perfect his medicinal talents, therefore making him an excellent doctor. Unlike most vampires, he is not at all tempted by the scent of human blood, due to the over 300 years he has spent holding back his temptations. While Carlisle has no special ability, he is able to have serious self-control and can hardly smell the scent of human blood while he is working. Throughout the Twilight saga, Carlisle works as a doctor, acting as the coven leader and offering medical advice and help whenever Bella is in need.
Their Early History: Carlisle Cullen was born in 1640’s and was the son of an Anglican pastor in London, England during a time of religious upheaval. His father and other pastors would hunt down creatures such as witches, werewolves, and vampires, and often mistook humans for them. As his father aged, Carlisle was put in charge. One night, he was attacked by a vampire and left to die on the streets. Knowing he would not be accepted by society, he hid himself and silently went through the painful transformation, emerging as a vampire. Horrified, he tried various methods of killing himself, but nothing worked. One night, he could endure hunger no longer and fed on a group of passing deer. Subsequently realizing that he did not have to live off humans, he set out to perfect his resistance to blood lust and become a doctor. For a short time, Carlisle lived with the Volturi, though he eventually left and traveled to the New World.
While treating patients with the Spanish Influenza, he met a woman who begged him to do whatever he could to save her son, Edward. Out of loneliness, Carlisle transformed him into a vampire and Edward became his companion. In 1921, Carlisle moved to Wisconsin where he treated Esme after a failed suicide attempt brought on by the loss of her infant son. Carlisle felt compelled to save her life and subsequently fell in love with her. Carlisle then transformed Rosalie Hale, a young woman who was almost killed by her drunken fiancé and his friends in Rochester, New York, and left in the street to die. While hunting, Rosalie later found a young man named Emmett who had been mauled by a bear, and carried him over 100 miles to Carlisle. Carlisle then changed Emmett, since Rosalie was unwilling to do it herself for fear of blood lust overwhelming her. After Carlisle changed Emmett, Carlisle and his family moved to Hoquiam, Washington, where they made a treaty with the Quileute Native American tribe. The treaty stated that the Quileutes would leave the Cullens alone if the Cullen family did not bite any humans or trespass on their land. The Cullens agreed to this treaty, and lived in relative peace until they had to move on. Between the Cullen’s first and second stay in Forks, Alice and Jasper joined his coven as well, having found Carlisle on their own.
Name: Esme Cullen Full Name: Esme Anne Platt Evenson Cullen Status: Vampire
Date of Birth: 1895
Date of change to vampire: 1921 – she was 26
Originally from: Columbus, Ohio
Hair color: Caramel
Eye color: Vampire gold/black
About Them: Esme Cullen, originally born Esme Anne Platt -and later Esme Anne Evenson- is the wife of Carlisle Cullen and the adoptive mother of Edward, Rosalie, Emmett, Alice, and Jasper. Esme enjoys restoring old houses-which is proved when she restored an old house for both Rosalie and Emmett upon their marriage and Edward and Bella as well. Esme is frozen at age twenty-six and has no special ability. But yet, she has a strong ability to love passionately-she loves the people in her life with such a passion that cannot be denied. Esme stands 5’6” with caramel-colored hair. Her radiant heart-shaped face has dimples, and her figure is slender, yet rounded and soft. Esme reveals her past to Bella during the Cullen’s baseball game in Twilight. Esme is the stable mother Bella never had and treats her as her own daughter, including comforting her after several traumatic events. Esme also owns a South American Island named “Isle Esme” that was purchased for her by Carlisle, and it is there that she allows Edward and Bella to spend their honeymoon.
Their Early History: Esme was born in the late 1800s and lived in Columbus, Ohio. It was there where she was treated at the age of sixteen by Carlisle after breaking her leg when climbing a tree. She married Charles Evenson at a young age, but was abused by him. After finding out she was pregnant, she ran away and gave birth to a son, who subsequently died a few days later. Devastated by her son’s death, Esme attempted to kill herself by jumping off of a cliff. Presumed dead, Esme was brought to a morgue.Carlisle, who remembered treating her years before, was able to sense her heartbeat and changed her into a vampire. Esme and Carlisle fell in love and married soon after. She loves her adoptive children-Edward, Bella, Rosalie, Emmett, Alice, and Jasper- as much as she did her own son, but still grieves that she cannot bear children.