Characters on 'Twilight': Pictures and Descriptions

Kristen+Stewart in 2011 MTV Movie Awards - Show
Actress Kristen Stewart (L) and actor Robert Pattinson accept the Best Kiss award onstage during the 2011 MTV Movie Awards at Universal Studios' Gibson Amphitheatre on June 5, 2011 in Universal City, California. (Getty Images)more pics »The characters on Twilight are a complicated bunch! There's the vampires, and the Volturi, and the werewolves, and Victoria and her crew, Bella and the humans, and we're just getting started! Each type of characters brings something new to the series -- and movies.

Robert Pattinson (Getty) The next Twilight flick doesn't hit theaters until November 18, 2011, with the final film in the 2-part finale will come out in November 2012. So, needless to say, we all have a long wait!

Brush up on your Twilight character knowledge with us here, and you'll be all set to dive right back into the flicks -- in 162 days.

The Cullens:
The Cullens, AKA the Olympic Coven, are at the center of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight universe. The name Cullen originates with family patriarch Carlisle Cullen, who created a family of "vegetarian" vampires who don't kill people. The Cullen crest seen in the movies consists of a hand (signifying a pledge of faith) over a lion (courage) set above a chevron (another word for banner, it signifies protection) with three shamrocks (perpetuity).

Peter+Facinelli in Premiere Of Paramount Pictures' And Marvel's Carlisle Cullen
(played by Peter Facinelli in the movies)

Carlisle was born in the 1640s to a father who was a religous zealot charged with hunting down evil creatures like werewolves and vampires who usually turned out to be humans. Upon taking up his father's cause, Carlisle was attacked by a vampire and left to die. After he transformed he resisted the temptation to feed on humans and dedicated himself to saving human lives as a doctor. He lived with the Volturi for a while, but ultimately decided his "vegetarian" ways weren't a good fit for the coven and he headed to the United States. His physical age is 23.

Elizabeth+Reaser in Premiere Of Esme Cullen
(played by Elizabeth Reaser in the movies)

Esme Platt was born in 1895 in Columbus, Ohio, where Carlisle first met her when he treated her for a broken leg at the age of 16. Ten years later, Esme found herself pregnant while married to an abusive husband. She ran away, attempting to birth the child on her own. But the child died and Esme threw herself from a cliff and was taken, still barely alive, to the morgue. Carlisle found her and changed her and the two fell in love. She would go on to become the adoptive mother of the rest of the Cullens. She has no evident special vampire ability.

Robert+Pattinson in Water For Elephants Sydney PremiereEdward Cullen
(played by Robert Pattinson in the movies)

Edward Anthony Masen was born June 20, 1901, in Chicago, Illinois. When he was dying of Spanish influenza at the age of 17, his also dying mother begged Carlisle Cullen to save his life. He did so by turning him into a vampire. Edward followed Carlisle's ways and became a vegetarian vampire. He has a special ability to be able to hear what people are thinking.

Nikki+Reed in UK Style By French Connection Celebrates Lexington Social House Launch - ArrivalsRosalie Hale
(played by Nikki Reed in the movies)

Rosalie Hale was born in 1915 in Rochester, New York. At 18 she finds herself engaged to the wealthy young suitor Royce King II, who drunkenly beats her, rapes her along with several other men and leaves her left to die in the street. Carlisle found her and turned her into a vampire. Even from those beginnings, Rosalie was able to prevent herself from drinking human blood, but that didn't stop her from torturing and killing the men who raped and beat her. Carlisle originally planned for Rosalie to be Edward's mate, but their relationship was never anything more than brother and sister. She would later find her true mate in Emmett, whom she rescued after he was mauled by a bear.

Kellan+Lutz in Premiere Of IFC Films' Emmett Cullen
(played by Kellan Lutz in the movies)

Emmett Dale McCarty was born in 1915 and was 20 and living in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, when he was mauled by a bear. Rosalie found him while she was hunting in the area and carried him more than 100 miles to Carlisle in the hope of saving his life. Carlisle turned Emmett, who fell in love with Rosalie. He initially had trouble sticking to animal blood, but soon learned to restrain himself.

Ashley+Greene in Premiere Of Alice Cullen
(played by Ashley Greene in the movies)

Mary Alice Brandon was born around 1901 in Biloxi, Mississippi. Even as a human she had premonitions, an ability that would manifest itself in much stronger was after she was turned into a vampire. She was changed by an unknown vampire in 1920 to save her from the tracker vampire James. She awoke with no memory of her previous life, but with a vision of a happy life with her future mate, Jasper, and the rest of the Cullens.

Jackson+Rathbone in 'Girlfriend' Portraits - 2010 Toronto International Film FestivalJasper Hale
(played by Jackson Rathbone in the movies)

Jasper Whitlock was born in 1843, and at 20 was rising through the ranks as a Confederate soldier when he was turned by a vampire named Maria. Maria used Jasper to train newborn vampires for her army and kill them when they were no longer useful. After nearly a century in Maria's service, he ran away and eventually met Alice in a half-empty diner in Philadelphia. Together the two sought out the Cullens. Jasper took the last name Hale to pass as Rosalie's twin brother. He has the ability to influence the emotions of the people around him.

Kristen+Stewart in Bella Cullen
(played by Kristen Stewart in the movies)

Bella Swan is 18 at the time she's turned into a vampire in Breaking Dawn. She is the central character in the Twilight saga and took the name Cullen when she married Edward Cullen. Bella and Edward fall in love after they meet at her high school while she is still a human. After marrying Edward, Bella becomes pregnant with a vampire/human half-breed daughter that she and Edward name Renesmee. Upon becoming a vampire, Bella develops the ability to produce a shield to protect those she loves.

Mackenzie+Foy in Mackenzie Foy at the Grocery StoreRenesmee Cullen
(to be played by Mackenzie Foy)

Renesmee "Nessie" Carlie Cullen is a half vampire, half human girl born during the events described in Breaking Dawn. Her name is a mix of the name Renee (Bella's mother), and Esme (Edward's adoptive mother). From almost the time she is born, Renesmee is able to communicate her thoughts to Edward. She ages at a very accelerated rate, and is able to project one person's thoughts and experiences into another person's mind. Like other half-breeds, she is expected to live a very long life but is still mortal.

(All Photos by Getty Images except Mackenzie Foy, photo by Bauer Griffin)

Twilight's werewolves consist of major characters like Jacob, the Quileute tribe's Alpha male who can control the clan telepathically no matter what kind of resistance he gets from any individual. As a whole, the wolves are important because they are immune to vampire bites and are able to heal within seconds. They can also tear through vampire skin with ease, which isn't good news for the vampires.

Find info on the werewolves of Twilight here:

Taylor+Lautner in 2011 People's Choice Awards - Backstage And AudienceJacob Black
Played by Taylor Lautner in the movies
Jacob is the Alpha male and the strongest of the pack. He has the unique ability to control the clan telepathically and with force, even if the individual werewolves try to rebel. However, he can't really control Bella Swan, the girl he fights for against vampire Edward Cullen.

Chaske+Spencer in Jeffery Fashion Cares Shopping BenefitSam Uley:
Played by
Chaske Spencerin the movies
Sam is the oldest member of the La Push pack and was the first wolf to phase. He is calm and mature but has had some turmoil in his personal life. He dated Leah Clearwater before he transformed but was unable to tell her what he had become so their relationship crumbled. Then, he imprinted on Leah's cousin Emily Young and felt very guilty for breaking Leah's heart and later scarring Emily's face when he was phasing once.

Tyson+Houseman in Premiere Of Quil Ateara
Played by Tyson Houseman in the movies

Quil is Jacob's best friend and second cousin. He feels left out when Jacob and Embry after they joined the pack, but later phases too and gets to join his friends again.


Kiowa+Gordon in 2010 Teen Choice Awards - ArrivalsEmbry Call
Played by Kiowa Gordon in the movies

Embry is one of Jacob's other close friends. There's some uncertainty about who Embry's father is, and that causes some tension between Quil, Jacob, and Sam.


Alex+Meraz in Karl Lagerfeld & Rachel Bilson Debut The Original Film Series Inspired By Magnum Ice Cream At The 2011 Tribeca Film FestivalPaul
Played by Alex Meraz in the movies

Paul has some trouble with his temper, which causes him to change into wolf form at some inopportune times. At one point he even tries to attack Bella!


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