- "In some ways, he truly hated himself."
- ―Edward on Nahuel.[src]
Nahuel (pronounced: Nah-well) is a human/vampire hybrid from South America. Being roughly 150 years old, he lives with his biological aunt, Huilen, and is the only known male hybrid and the only venomous one in the series.
In the mid-1800s, Huilen and her sister Pire lived with the Mapuche (Native people of Chile). Pire was a very beautiful woman and one day told her sister about an 'angel' that found her in the woods and used to visit her during the night. Huilen knew that this 'angel' was a Libishomen from their legends, or vampire, and warned her sister. But she did not listen and soon Pire discovered she was pregnant with the vampire's child. Knowing that the Mapuche people would want to destroy the child, Pire and Huilen ran away to the deepest part of the forest. Pire tried to find the father of her unborn son, but without success. Huilen cared for her sister during her dangerously rapid pregnancy, by hunting for her and trying to keep her alive through the hard time. Huilen wanted to kill the monster child, but Pire loved the vampire's child growing in her womb, even when he broke her bones. She named him Nahuel, after the jungle cat. Huilen was unable to save Pire's life when Nahuel ripped his way free of his mother's womb, killing her quickly.
As Pire was dying, she begged her sister to care for her child, and Huilen reluctantly agreed. Nahuel's very first postbirth memory is of Huilen's scent, and of her face as she tried to lift him from his mother's body. He bit her and changed her into a vampire. After he found himself essentially alone and abandoned in the forest, he followed her scent to her, teaching himself to crawl in his first day of life. When Huilen's transformation was complete, they began their nomadic life. He learned to speak two weeks after birth.
His sister, Serena, came looking for him but Huilen chased her away with her newborn strength. They resided in the South American forests since then. Grieving the death of her sister, Huilen told him wonderful things about his mother, which made him hate himself. Though she never intended for the knowledge to turn into self-hatred, she did hold him responsible for her death. However, she also learned to love him over the years.
Nahuel's father, a vampire named Joham, came looking for him a few years later wanting his only son to join him. Joham believes he is creating a super-race with human/vampire hybrid children. He has three other hybrid daughters, and raises them to think of humans as animals. Nahuel does not like his father's way of thinking and refused to join him, as he already has a family with Huilen.
Nahuel was sad about his family. He was happy to have Huilen, but thought his father should be a better person than he actually was and that his mother deserved the life that Bella had. He also saw himself as an evil creation because his birth killed his mother.
- Main article: Breaking Dawn
Nahuel and Huilen are sought by Alice Cullen, Jasper Hale and Kachiri in South America. Alice and Jasper ask for their help to testify for their family on occasion of the Volturi's intent to destroy them after Renesmee, a newborn vampire hybrid, was mistaken to be an immortal child.
Together, they travel to Forks with Alice and Jasper, arriving just in time to prevent a battle from being commenced. He informs the Volturi on his own nature and his father's plans, but that his sisters have not committed any crime. Nahuel's testimony is critical in convincing them that Renesmee is not a threat, and after the confrontation, Nahuel was one of the last to leave. During his stay in the aftermath, his eyes are focused at Bella, but she mistakes him for looking at Renesmee, the only half-vampire he is not related to. Edward later clarifies that he was staring at Bella.
In truth, Nahuel's encounter with the Cullens changed him. He sees in Edward what his father should have been, and in Bella the life his mother should have had. He also realizes that since Bella survived giving birth to a hybrid, then he himself isn't necessarily an evil creature, and is finally able to forgive himself for his mother's death.
Also, Nahuel seems to show an interest in Renesmee, to Bella's disapproval. This is never clarified, but Edward does find her reaction amusing. Edward also likes the fact that Jacob might have some competition in the future.
- "And last a young man... not quite as fluid in his run. His skin was an impossible rich, dark brown. His wary eyes flashed across the gathering, and they were the color of warm teak. His hair was black and braided, too, like the woman's, though not as long. He was beautiful."
- ―Bella on seeing Nahuel for the first time.[src]
Nahuel is an extremely handsome young man of indigenous descent with rich dark brown skin, eyes the color of warm teak, and extremely attractive features. Like his aunt, he is short, standing at 5 feet and 7 inches. He wears his black hair in a braid past his shoulders. Bella comments him as "beautiful". His English is only slightly accented. In the movie adaptation, he is taller and muscular, with only an olive tone to his skin.
Like Renesmee and all vampire hybrids, he has a rapidly beating heart and blood circulating in his body. His skin shows a faint illumination when exposed to sunlight, allowing him to blend in better with humans. He most likely lives on human blood since he shares a life with Huilen.
Nahuel, much like Edward in the beginning, had thought very negatively of himself, and always had self-hatred for the life he had taken from his mother. He is also quite determined, as his father and sisters have tried multiple times to persuade him to join them to no avail. He can also be depicted as caring and more human than any of them.
When he meets Renesmee, another hybrid, and her parents, he sees the ideal perfection of what his parents should have been: His father should have been as caring and loving as Edward: and his mother should have lived the life that Bella has. After meeting the family, he comes to realize that his existence doesn't necessarily mean he is an evil creation and begins to forgive himself, learning to think more positively.
Powers and abilities
- "You were able to create an immortal?"
- ―Aro, to Nahuel.[src]
As a vampire hybrid, he displays the same abilities of full vampires, supernatural senses, strength, and speed, but to a lesser degree. His skin is harder than granite and his bones, including his razor sharp teeth and nails, are nearly unbreakable. Because of his human traits, he can easily blend in with humans and hide his physical abilities. His saliva is venomous enough to induce a person's conversion into a vampire, as proven when he turned his aunt. Differently from his half-sisters and Renesmee, who do not produce venom, he does; it is unclear whether this is due to random inheritance or actual gender difference.
- "My aunt, Huilen, raised me as her own. I made her immortal."
Huilen is Nahuel's maternal aunt.
When Nahuel's father impregnated his mother and left, Huilen took care of her. It was her sister's dying wish that she take care of Nahuel that kept her from killing him. After he was born, he bit her and transformed her into a vampire.
Over the next one and a half century, they remain mostly in South America. Huilen (initially) blames Nahuel for his mother's death, but she has come to love him as well. When Nahuel's father, Joham, came for him a few years later, he expected his son to join his family. But he refused the moment he realized how little his mother's life mattered to him.
Whenever Nahuel wants to visit one of his half-sisters, Huilen is always uncomfortable with leaving the country and most of all, uncomfortable with being around Joham.
- "He looks at me and he sees what his father should've been."
- ―Edward on Nahuel's vision[src]
Joham is Nahuel's father, a vampire who in the course of his research on vampires and their powers, sired four of the five human-vampire hybrids currently known - two older half-sisters, Serena and Maysun, Nahuel and a younger half-sister, Jennifer. Joham believes he is creating a super-race with human-vampire hybrid children. He has three other daughters and raises them to think of humans as food. Nahuel does not like his father's way of thinking and refused to join him, as he already has a family with Huilen. Nahuel still remains on bad terms with him.
Serena is Nahuel's oldest half-sister; he finds her too much like their father in personality, and is not at all close to her. Also for this reason, Nahuel dislikes her more than the other sisters. She was meant to collect him and take care of him while he grew, but Nahuel's aunt Huilen chased her away.
Despite this dislike, Nahuel seems to care for Serena enough to ask the Volturi to spare her life if they ever confronted his father.
Maysun is Nahuel's second older half-sister; she was occasionally sent by Joham to soften Nahuel up to him, but unlike Serena, Nahuel liked Maysun quite a bit, even though he did not return her visits, unlike with her younger half-sister, Jennifer.
Jennifer is Nahuel's younger half-sister.
Jennifer is closest to Nahuel, whose visits he occasionally returns, and whom he tends to feel protective of. She is described by Nahuel as his favorite sister, and is the only one whose visits he returned. On occasion, he convinces Huilen to visit her.
- Main article: Renesmee Cullen
- "... It looks like he'll have some competition to worry about when the time comes."
- ―Edward on Jacob and Nahuel[src]
When her aunt and uncle, Alice Cullen and Jasper Hale, sought Nahuel and Huilen out, they explained their situation to them and persuaded him to join them back to Forks and testify against the Volturi's accusations and tell them about the traits of hybrid vampires in order to save their family.
Because Renesmee is currently the only hybrid he isn't biologically related to, Bella and Edward remark that he may want her as his mate when she reaches full maturity, and that Jacob may have some competition by then.
Huilen states that his name was based on the jungle cat.
J.D. currently stars in the TV show Revolution, alongside Billy Burke.
Nahuel • Jennifer • Maysun • Serena
|Current nomads||Alistair • Boris • Charles • Charlotte • Fred • George • Huilen • Jennifer • Joham • Luca • Makenna • Mary • Maysun • Nahuel • Peter • Randall • Serena • Shelly • Steve • Toshiro|
|Former nomads||Cold Man • Cold Woman • Garrett • James • Kumboh • Laurent • Victoria|