Full Name: Bree Tanner
Date of Birth: approximately 1990 (about 16 years old when she was first turned in 2006, 3 months old as a vampire)
Originally From: somewhere in Washington State, probably near Seattle
Hair Color: “dark-haired” (EC25)
Eye Color: Vampire Red
Physical Description: Bella described her as “slight” and “maybe fifteen” with “chin-length dark hair” framing her face and “alabaster pale” skin. (EC25)
Occupation: teen runaway, avid reader
Family Members: father (BT p33), absent mother, Diego (“near-boyfriend”)
Personal History: Bree Tanner was a young teenager. Her father physically abused her and her mother abandoned the family, possibly due to the abuse (BT p33). Bree ran away from home and was on the street for a few weeks but became desperate because “[she] couldn’t get a real job, and [she] was a bad thief” (BT p33). Riley met her and offered to buy her a burger – she presumed this would be her first foray into prostitution but instead, Riley drove her to one of Victoria’s hideouts, where Victoria transformed her into a vampire.
Victoria was displeased with Bree – she told Riley she felt Bree was too small (BT p72). Bree survived the transformation and lived with the rest of the newly transformed, under Riley’s leadership. Riley lectured them often on laying low, by hunting smart – killing only “the dregs” (BT p8) – and hiding in the basement during the day. However, many of the newborn vampires were volatile and unpredictable, so the group often had to move from one remote house to another and to cover up some of the more obvious killing sprees.
After one particularly spectacular massacre, Bree and an older vampire, Diego, arrived back at their latest quarters to discover it burnt to the ground. Bree and Diego hid in a cave and discovered that sunlight does not destroy vampires, as they were originally told. Bree and Diego talked about what other information Riley may have been hiding from them and they decided to follow Riley after they located and returned to the new residence. Bree and Diego followed Riley and witnessed secret conversations between Riley and Victoria and between those two and a small contingent of black-cloaked vampires (the Volturi). Diego sent Bree back home and told Bree he would consult with Riley on his new knowledge about sunlight.
Diego never returned to the house and Bree stayed close to Fred, a vampire with the special ability to repulse others. By staying in Fred’s vicinity, Bree kept herself safe from the other vampires. Riley returned and reported that their vampire army would have to fight a group of yellow-eyed vampires with a sweet-smelling human pet in four days. While the other newborns trained for the fight, Bree informed Fred about the things she and Diego suspected. When the group traveled to confront the yellow-eyed vampires, Fred offered Bree the chance to run away with him, away from the battle (BT p137). Bree declined, hoping instead to find Diego, whom she had been told was helping Victoria with surveillance.
Too late, Bree realized that Diego was tortured and murdered by Victoria and Riley and that the battle was doomed to failure. Bree tried to hide but was captured by Carlisle. She surrendered willingly and was startled by the kindness of her “enemies”. Despite Jasper’s objections, the Cullens planned to spare her life, but the Volturi arrived shortly after the fight’s end and dismissed the idea. Just before her death, Bree worked to share all her knowledge of the Volturi’s duplicity, the yellow-eye vampires secret weapon (“howler vampires”), and Fred’s existence with “the mind reader” that Riley had reported was part of the yellow-eyed coven. Felix ripped Bree apart limb from limb and burnt her remains on the spot. (EC25 / BT)
Portrayed in the films by: Jodelle Ferland
Prepared by: Lady Di