Isabella /Bella Swan—the 17-year-old narrator of the novel, now living with her father.
Charlie—Bella's mother, a passionate woman who has always seemed younger than her age.
Phil—Charlie's new husband, a minor league baseball player.
Charlie Swan—Bella's father, and the police chief of Forks.
Billy Black—an old Indian friend of her father's, now in a wheelchair.
Jacob Black—Billy's youngest son, interested in Bella, but tagged by his tribe as a messenger regarding the vampires.
Eric—a friendly classmate who guides Bella on her first day.
Mr. Varne—Bella's trigonometry teacher.
Mr. Banner—Bella's biology teacher.
Mr. Mason—Bella's English teacher.
Coach Clapp—Bella's gym coach.
Ms. Cope—the school's red-haired receptionist.
Tyler Crowley—the boy who nearly crashes his van into Bella on the icy day.
Jessica Stanley—one of Bella's new friends in Forks, she has a crush on Mike.
Mike Newton—another of Bella's new classmates, Mike has a crush on Bella immediately.
Eric—another of Bella's friendly new classmates.
Angela Weber—Bella goes with Angela and Jessica to buy dresses.
Alice—one of the girls in Bella's class who becomes friends with Bella.
Lauren—a blond girl in Bella's class who becomes jealous of Edward's attention.
Edward Cullen—the male lead, an intensely beautiful and powerful vampire.
Jasper Hale—one of Edward's vampire cousins, he can calm emotions.
Rosalie Hale—another of the Cullen vampire crowd, the one most opposed to Bella.
Emmett Cullen—the most physically powerful of the vampire brothers.
Alice Cullen—Edward's short, black-haired, precognitive vampire "sister."
Carlisle Cullen—the father figure to the younger vampires, a 300 year old doctor.
Laurent—the apparent leader of the band of more predatory vampires.
Victoria—another of the band of vampire predators.
James—the real leader of the new vampire pack, and a pure killer.