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| Character information for Jacob Black || |
|Portrayed by|| Taylor Lautner|
| Species || Shapeshifter aka werewolf|
| Special talents || |
| Interests ||riding a motorbike; running; Bella; Renesmee|
| Friends and Family ||part of the Quileute tribe,|
Jacob "Jake" Black is a fictional character in the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. He is described as a Native American of the Quileute tribe in La Push, near Forks, Washington. In the second book of the series, he undergoes a transformation that allows him to morph into a wolf. For the majority of the series, Jacob competes with Edward CullenBella Swan's love. In the films Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse, Jacob is played by Taylor Lautner.
Concept and creationAccording to Stephenie Meyer, Jacob was originally meant to only be a device through which Bella could learn Edward's secret in Twilight. However, Meyer, her agent, and her editor all liked the character so much that they decided to give him a larger role in the following book, New Moon, with Meyer calling the character, "my favorite gift that New Moon gave to me."
"Jacob was my first experience with a character taking over—a minor character developing such roundness and life that I couldn't keep him locked inside a tiny role....From the very beginning, even when Jacob only appeared in chapter six of Twilight, he was so alive. I liked him. More than I should for such a small part."Meyer has said that after Jacob started emerging as a prominent character in New Moon, she went back to Twilight, which she was editing at the time, to "weave Jacob and [his father Billy] throughout Twilight more centrally."
Detailed description of Jacob
Physicality AppearanceJacob has russet skin, black hair and dark eyes. In Twilight, he is described as a lanky 6'2" sixteen-year-old with a long black ponytail. By Eclipse, Jacob stands at 6'7" and has a toned and muscular build. In New Moon, after discovering that he is a werewolf, he cuts off his long hair. He later grows it out in Eclipse because he thinks Bella prefers it long. This makes his fur as a wolf shaggier and longer than that of his brothers. He is said to be quite handsome, often being described by Bella as beautiful. He tends to wear only cut-off style jeans or shorts, since clothes are often ruined during his transformations into a wolf. As a wolf, Jacob's fur is a russet color, like his skin.
Personality and abilities Bella describes Jacob as a "happy person" who extends this happiness to the people around him. As Jacob's character emerges in New Moon, he is shown to be cheery, passionate, adventurous, but quick in temper. Jacob is also able to phase at will into a giant wolf. His body temperature is warmer than a human's, reaching about 108.9°F (42.7°C), which allows him to withstand very cold weather. His body also heals quickly, he can communicate with his werewolf pack telepathically when in wolf form, and he is physically stronger and faster. Werewolves do not age if they regularly turn into their wolf form, with Jacob's body physically grown to the equivalent of a 25-year-old. Once they begin phasing, a werewolf may "imprint"—a method of finding one's soul-mate—on someone, and will act as a close family member if the imprintee is not yet old enough to be their lover. Jacob imprints on Edward and Bella's daughter Renesmee in Breaking Dawn, and acts as an older brother figure to her.
Role in the books
TwilightJacob has a small role in the first book of the series. He is the son of Billy Black, an old Swan family friend. When Bella uses him to get information on Edward Cullen and his family, Jacob tells her Quileute legends and introduces her to the idea that Edward is a vampire. Bella comes to like Jacob, and he develops a crush on her.
New MoonDistraught over Edward's leaving in New Moon, Bella finds friendship with Jacob and slowly emerges from her months-long depression. Their friendship grows strong, but Jacob also develops romantic feelings for Bella that she does not reciprocate. Jacob, a member of the Quileute tribe, is descended from an ancient line of "shape-shifters" that assume wolf form. The Quileutes are vampires' mortal enemies, and Jacob undergoes his first transformation into a wolf in response to a new vampire threat. He becomes busy patrolling the forest with his pack, searching for vampires in the area. When Bella is caught by the vampire Laurent alone in a clearing, she is saved by Jacob and the wolf pack, who chase and kill Laurent. Bella, who has been taking dangerous risks to feel closer to Edward, impulsively jumps off a cliff and almost drowns, but Jacob saves her life. After Edward mistakenly believes she has died, Bella and Edward's sister, Alice Cullen, rush to Italy to stop Edward from killing himself, leaving Jacob hurt and angry. Jacob is disgusted by Edward's return and by Bella's willingness to take him back after he left her. Jacob reminds Edward of his tribe's treaty with the Cullen family, which states that the Cullens are not allowed to bite humans.
EclipseIn Eclipse, Jacob attempts to distance himself from Bella by not returning her phone calls and refusing to see her, enraged by the fact that Bella plans to become a vampire. Later, Jacob visits Bella and Edward to discuss the vampire Victoria's return, and he tells Bella that he misses her and wishes that they could remain friends. With Edward's approval, Bella begins to visit Jacob on a regular basis. On one of these visits, Jacob tells Bella that he is in love with her and that he wants her to choose him over Edward. Bella is caught off guard by his confession and tells him she only thinks of him as a friend. He forcibly kisses her, much to her displeasure, and she reacts by punching him in the face - breaking her hand and not leaving a scratch on him. Jacob's werewolf pack and the Cullen family join forces to defeat Victoria and the army of newborn vampires she has created. Before the battle, Jacob overhears Edward and Bella discussing their engagement, angering him greatly. Jacob threatens suicide and Bella, in an attempt to stop him, kisses him passionately. Afterward, she comes to the realization that she loves Jacob, but her love for Edward is greater. The epilogue is written from Jacob's point-of-view; angry and hurt at Bella's decision to become a vampire, and marry Edward, he runs away in his wolf form to escape his pain.
Breaking DawnJacob returns after an absence to attend Bella and Edward's wedding in Breaking Dawn; though still visibly pained by her decisions, he tells Bella that he wants her to be happy. He is outraged when Bella inadvertently informs him that she and Edward plan to make love before she becomes a vampire, because he knows that Edward's strength could kill her. When Bella and Edward return from their honeymoon, Jacob becomes the narrator of the story for the next several chapters as he learns that she is pregnant with her and Edward's half-vampire, half-human child and that she has become desperately weak. When he informs the pack of Bella's pregnancy, their leader Sam Uley plans an attack on the Cullens, the point of which is to kill Bella and the baby because of the threat he believes the child presents. Jacob, who feels that the Cullens are innocent, disobeys Sam's command and separates himself from the pack, fulfilling his birthright as an Alpha wolf. He is joined in his new pack by Seth and Leah Clearwater, and they aid Jacob and the Cullens in protecting Bella. After the birth of Renesmee, Bella and Edward's daughter, Jacob almost immediately "imprints"—an involuntary response in which a shape-shifter finds his soul mate— with Renesmee. As a result, he no longer has romantic feelings for Bella, though they remain close friends. The enmity between Jacob and the Cullens is dispelled, and he and Edward come to view each other as brothers.
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