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Jacob Black is a fictional character in the books Twilight, New Moon and Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer. He is described as a Native American of the Quileute tribe. In Twilight he is fifteen, and in New Moon and Eclipse he is sixteen. When he reaches the age of sixteen, he undergoes the transformation that enables him to phase into a werewolf. He is described as 6' 7", lanky, but still very muscular, with black hair that is cut short when he joins his clan of werewolves, but later grows longer and hangs to his chin. His hair was also long before he became a werewolf.


Role in the books


Twilight

He has a small but very important role in this book. After Bella Swan flirts with him to get information, he introduces her to the idea that Edward Cullen is a vampire, by telling her Quileute legends. According to Stephenie Meyer via her official website, Jacob was originally just a device to tell Bella about the "Cold Ones". However, both she and her editor liked Jacob so very much that they decided to give him a much larger role in the later books New Moon and Eclipse, the sequels to Twilight.

New Moon

The book starts with Edward telling Bella he can not see her anymore, and that he has to leave. Trying to recover, Bella becomes very good friends with her father's good friend Billy's son, Jacob.
Jacob is one of an ancient line of werewolves, a member of the Quileute Tribe that has forever been the mortal enemy of vampires, even the (relatively) innocent Cullen family. At first Jacob believes it is all legend, and is frightened and disturbed by the influence a young man on the reservation, Sam Uley, has on some of the Quileute youth. But when Jacob makes the change himself in response to a new vampire threat, he learns that Sam went through his own 'werewolven' hardships, including a rather bloody incident with his girlfriend (now fiancée) Emily. As werewolves are short-tempered, highly violent, and likely to explode into wolf form when provoked to anger, Jacob, prompted by his new pack, agrees that he should stay away from Bella. Besides, he is busy patrolling the forest with his pack, searching for the vampires in the area who are killing local hikers. When Bella is caught by the vampire Laurent (from Twilight) alone in a clearing, she is saved by Jacob and the pack. Before the over-sized wolves run him off, Laurent tells Bella that Victoria, the red-haired mate of James (also from Twilight), is trying to find her to have her revenge on Edward, who killed her mate.
During a conversation in which Jacob almost kisses Bella, Bella's phone rings. When Jacob answers the phone, he tells who he believes to be Carlisle that Charlie is "at the funeral", referring to that of Harry Clearwater. In reality, it was Edward pretending to be Carlisle, causing Edward to believe Bella has died; he thus goes to Italy to ask the Volturi to kill him. Bella and Alice go to stop Edward directly after the fateful phone call, leaving Jacob hurt and angry. Jacob is disgusted by Edward's return and by Bella's willingness to go back to him and become a vampire.
Presumably, after the Cullens and Bella return to Forks, Jacob has become their enemy because of the treaty, making Bella his enemy as well because of her refusal to leave the vampires. He reminds Edward of their treaty, which states that the Cullens are not allowed to bite a human. This means that if one of the Cullens turns Bella into a vampire, the treaty is broken, and the werewolves will start a war. At the end of the meeting, Bella and Jacob are about to hug when Edward pulls Bella back, saying that it would "not be okay." Jacob begins to shake and his body swells as he gets mad, and begins to turn into a wolf. Bella manages to calm him down and she and Edward leave. However, Bella's last look at Jake is of his face crumpling in emotional pain, and she vows that she will see him smile again.

Eclipse

The third installment of the series begins with Jacob trying to keep a safe distance away from Bella. She desperately tries to get ahold of him to talk, but he ignores her attempts. The book starts with Bella reading a note from Jacob, including many sentences that he had crossed out, which says:
Yeah, I miss you, too. A lot.
Doesn't change anything. Sorry.
-Jacob
He is enraged by the fact that she will become a vampire after graduation, which is only a few weeks away. Bella feels bad that she's spending all her time with Edward and so she sneaks off to visit Jacob occasionally. Jacob invites Bella to come with him to a Quileute council meeting, and she accepts. Jacob and Bella spend the night together and listen to tribe legends, believed to be real by the Quileute. On one of her later visits, Jacob tells Bella that he loves her and he kisses her, thinking that Bella loves him back. Bella, outraged that he would kiss her even though he knows that she loves Edward, punches him in the jaw and breaks her hand. Jacob brings Bella home and is told by Edward that if he ever brings Bella back injured again, he will be running on 3 legs. He also tells him if he ever kisses Bella again, he will break Jacob's jaw. However, Edward also claims that he would allow Bella and Jacob to kiss if it was what she wanted.
A while later Jacob attends a graduation party for Bella being held at the Cullens' house, and gives her a charm bracelet with a carving of a werewolf on it as a graduation present. While he's there he learns that Victoria has amassed a newborn vampire army to attack Bella. Jacob eagerly agrees to learn how to fight these vampires alongside the Cullens to protect Bella. Their original plan was to have the werewolf, Seth, watch over Bella in a remote mountain place while the Cullens and the werewolf pack fought off the vampires. Bella, however, wanted Edward with her when she stayed in the mountains, and he agreed as long as Jacob would carry her to there so that her scent would be lost.
Before the battle begins, Edward, Bella, and Jacob set up camp. A blizzard blows through the camp, and Bella begins to freeze. Jacob comes in the tent and stays in Bella's sleeping bag to warm her up with his abnormal body heat, much to Edward's horror. Later on, Bella wakes up, and Jacob accidentally rolls on top of her, nearly crushing her. Edward throws Jacob off, and they begin to fight until Bella stops them, and Jacob leaves the tent. Bella and Edward then start discussing their marriage plans, and Jacob overhears their conversation, resulting in him howling in agony and running away in anger. Upon Bella's request, Edward brings Jacob back and leaves them alone to talk. After some talk, Jacob says that he's going to kill himself because Bella doesn't love him. Bella then begs and pleads with him not to. Bella agrees to kiss him if he won't commit suicide, and after they kiss Bella realizes that she loves Jacob as well, but her love for Edward overpowers everything else. Jacob then leaves to finish the battle, and gets injured trying to save a fellow werewolf, Leah. Carlisle patches him up and a worried Bella visits him. They talk and agree that Jacob should let Bella stay with Edward. Jacob reminds her that he will always be there for her whenever she needs him, and if she ever changes her mind.
The epilogue is written from Jacob's point of view. Jacob is sitting on the edge of the cliff and Leah is trying to talk to him. Jacob angers her and she runs off, and then he returns home. At home he finds that Edward has sent Jacob an invitation to Bella and Edward's wedding. With it a note is enclosed from Edward, saying that Jacob did not have to come to the wedding, but if their positions had been reversed he would have wanted the choice. Edward also thanks Jacob for everything he's done for Bella, especially for being her friend after he left. This causes Jacob to run away in wolf form in anger, attempting to "leave Jacob Black behind", to escape the pain he feels from Bella's decision to become a vampire.

Physical appearance

Jacob is described to be 6'7" tall, with a toned and muscular build. Bella describes him as having dark russet skin. In New Moon, upon discovering his werewolf powers and joining the Quileute pack, he crops his black hair. He later grows it out to chin length in Eclipse because he thinks Bella prefers it that way. In Eclipse, Bella sees him at her school describes him as almost dangerous-looking. He is often described as good-looking and having an "impish grin", like a child caught doing something they shouldn't. He tends to wear only cut-off style jeans, saying that when turning from human to a werewolf he doesn't like to have carry a lot of clothes, since they are ruined during transformation. As a wolf, Jacob is a russet-color and is very furry because of his long hair.

Werewolf Abilities

  • Regeneration - Body heals at an abnormal rate, faster than any human body can.
  • Phasing - Can morph in and out of "werewolf" form. With practice and skill, one can morph faster and with more efficiency. Less experienced, young werewolves will frequently phase when losing their tempers. There is still a risk when a werewolf ages and becomes more and more experienced in controlling their powers, but happens much less frequently.
  • Telepathy - Only works within pack, when in wolf form. They can speak with each other telepathically and hear each other's thoughts. Though this is more than useful while hunting and tracking, there is no privacy left in the pack because of this ability. It can be described as both a gift and a burden.
  • Physically enhanced - Has "super-strength" in both wolf and human form. In wolf form, they are also exceptionally fast. Before phasing, the human form will build up their muscles naturally and will be ready for the first time they phase.
  • Delayed aging - They do not start aging until a solid period of time without phasing has passed. The exact length of time is unknown.
  • Constant temperature - Werewolves have a constant body temperature of about 108 degrees to withstand severe cold.
  • Imprinting - Werewolves can "imprint" on a certain person once they begin phasing. Jacob describes imprinting to be stronger than true love.


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