|“||My time as a human is over, but I've never felt more alive. I was born to be a vampire.||„|
|~ Bella Cullen|
Isabella "Bella" Marie Cullen (née Swan) is the main protagonist in the Twilight series. She is the wife of Edward Cullen, former love interest and best friend of Jacob Black and mother of Renesmee Cullen.
She is 5'4" had brown for eyes as a human and hair color. As a vampire, she had crimson when she was a newborn, her eyes became golden brown/topaz after a few months. Her hair became a more Auburn brown with slight highlights. She is very slender and pale as a human and vampire. She was clumsy as a human but became more graceful as a vampire. Her husband thought she was "so beautiful" when he saw her as a newborn. As a human, she wasn't very fashionable with the exception of her prom, 18th birthday, her wedding and honeymoon, but when she became a vampire, her sister-in-law, Alice, made sure that her closet was very fashionable.
She is described as being clumsy, having a weak constitution, being nonathletic and hating anything physical. Bella is also described as a reclusive loner, insecure, and very sensitive. She also cares for the rest of the Cullen family, her husband Edward, her daughter Renesmee, her parents Charlie and Renée, and her best friend Jacob Black. She has a tendency to underestimate the people around her mainly because of her concerns for their safety.
As a human, Bella easily fainted at the sight or smell of blood, which she said smells like rust and salt in Twilight, though it changes after she became a vampire. Bella is also shown in Breaking Dawn, to have a good mood climate, and is able to run away from the smell of human blood when she goes on her first hunting trip as a vampire.
Bella has a sarcastic sense of humor, especially when she gets mad; Bella is almost always a very soft and forgiving person who is hard to anger. She can surprisingly be very brave, able to block painful thoughts and memories (hence her special vampire ability), and tends to come face-to-face with life-threatening danger head-on, even though she can get scared later. She puts Edward before herself and everybody and everything else, but several 'selfish' tendencies emerge (as when she asked Edward to stay with her instead of fighting vampires in Eclipse). Meyer has stated that Bella's "tragic flaw" in Eclipse is her lack of self-knowledge. This is most obviously illustrated in her consistent denial of any romantic feelings for Jacob Black, despite the fact that she later realizes that she is, indeed, in love with him.
Bella is also a very bad liar except to herself. According to Eclipse, Jacob and Edward saying that she's a terrible liar, are evidence to this. Besides, she also admits this throughout the whole saga, though she seemingly manages to lie to herself about her romantic feelings for Jacob.
In contrary to her low profile demeanor, Bella, according to Edward in Midnight Sun, has no sense of fear when she finds out Edward is a vampire. Instead of running away, as she should have, she decides to ask lots of questions with extreme curiosity. This makes Edward believe that it is not bad luck that follows her around, but that she has no sense of self-preservation. Bella isn't very rational nor sensible as she lacks common sense and street intelligence.
She hates anything cold and wet, even snow, which is why she initially hated to live in Forks. However, after meeting Edward, she found the town much more comfortable, even calling it "home". As a vampire, she also dislikes the idea of feeding on humans but is glad to have found the strength she needed to protect her loved ones.
Bella inherited her mother's high perceptiveness to some degree, as she was able to guess Edward was a mind reader, the first human to do so. However, she was not able to guess that Edward was in love with her.
After being turned into a vampire, she describes having a much clearer view of the world. She is also very self-controlled, being able to ignore the scent of human blood on her first hunting trip, this is an amazing discovery since her daughter is half-human. Bella's private mind that was able to repel some vampires' mental abilities while she was human evolved after she became a vampire; her skill strengthened, allowing her to shield herself and those around her from other vampires' mental gifts. By the end of Breaking Dawn, she is able to cast the shield away from herself. She is also described by Edward as "very graceful", even for a vampire, in comparison to her earlier clumsiness as a human.
Bella moves to her father, Charlie's, home in Forks, Washington. She meets the mysterious Edward Cullen which puts her in a lot of danger, as she learns that he is from a family of vampires (who drink animal blood instead of human blood). Bella expresses a desire to become a vampire herself, against Edward's wishes she has been attacked by a tracker vampire called James, who is thirsty for her blood. In order for James to kill Bella, he tricks her into coming to her ballet studio, saying her mother is there. Bella then finds out it was all a trick and becomes frightened and then later sprays pepper spray into James eyes and then tries to get away by running as fast as she can but when that fails, the Cullens rush over to save her.
Edward and the other Cullens leave Forks in an effort to keep Bella safe from the vampire world. Bella's friend Jacob Black, a member of the Quileute tribe who can shapeshift into wolves, comforts the distraught and severely depressed Bella. She comes to care deeply for Jacob, though less than she loves Edward. Through a misunderstanding from Rosalie, Edward goes to the Volturi to die to be with Bella since he briefly thinks she committed suicide. Bella along with Alice goes to Italy to stop Edward. Due to her mind not being able to read by Edward, she successfully stops him and after a confrontation Aro the Volturi's leader lets them leave when Alice shows him a vision of Bella as a vampire. Back in forks, Bella goes to the Cullen house to vote on her transformation. Everyone but Rosalie and Edward vote yes and Bella makes the plan to do it after High School Graduation having Edward do it. He's still reluctant and with having Jacob reminding him about the treaty, Bella tells him its her choice and Jacob leaves in wolf form. Edward tells Bella that he will change her but on one condition...he wants her to marry him first.
Bella and Edward are preparing for high school graduation. Jacob Black confesses that he's in love with her and kisses her against her will which results in her punching him in the face, spraining her hand in the process. Bella, Edward, Alice and Jasper graduate with their classmates. Bella asks to make love with Edward while she’s still human, he is hesitant since he knows that he could easily harm her but agrees to try once there they’re married so she becomes Edwards fiancée. The Cullens, with the truce of the Werewolves, defeat Victoria and her army. Edward and Bella start planning their wedding with having Alive be their wedding planner, the first thing they plan to do is tell her father of their engagement with a small joke about Edward being bulletproof.
Bella marries Edward. She gets pregnant on their honeymoon. He transforms Bella into a vampire after she nearly dies giving birth to their daughter, Renesmee Cullen. Jacob imprints on Renesmee, this displeases Bella greatly, but is calm and slowly accepts it when he tells her it’s not a sexual thing and that he’s just going to be her protector and best friend for now. Irina goes to the Volturi thinking Renesmee is an immortal child. The Cullens and Jacob travel to gather witnesses to prove nothing illegal happened. Eventually, they convince the Volturi that Renesmee isn't a threat and everyone goes home and lives in peace. Alice has a vision 7 years into the future of a fully grown Renesmee accepting Jacob's imprint being in a relationship with him.
- Twilight (2008)
- The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)
- The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)
- The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011)
- The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (2012)
- The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (2009)
- Nostalgia Critic (2011)
- Special Collector's Edition (2013)
- Brows Held High (2014)
- MAD (2009, 2010, 2012, 3 appearances)
- Twilight: The Graphic Novel (2010-11, 2 appearances)
- Deadpool (2011, 1 appearance)
- Zwielicht (2011, 1 appearance)
- Twilight Collector's Edition (2012, 1 appearance)
- New Moon: The Graphic Novel (2013, 1 appearance)
- Scene It? Twilight (2009)
- The scent of her O negative blood is incredibly attractive to vampires, described by Bree Tanner to be the "sweetest scent she'd ever smelled", though it is a thousand times more intense to Edward Cullen.
- She has the counterpart of Beaufort “Beau” Swan in the alternate non-canon Twilight Book Life & Death which came out on the first book 10th anniversary.