The Volturi have ruled vampiredom since ancient times, ensuring that the existence of vampires never comes to light in the human world. They cull those who threaten their existence and collect special individuals to ensure they remain on top, unchallenged—that is, until the rise of the Cullens…
WBI ProfileClassification :: Γ2567!$#*&@
Role :: Body (vampire government)
Motivations :: idealism (upholding laws), lifestyle (blood drinkers), desperation (preventing extinction), personal/material gain (gifted individuals), power/influence (unchallenged authority)
Bonus :: superpowers (lots of them), money (I’d wager), minions (so many minions), lair (Volterra), family ties (coven, ish), names (especially Aro)
Their Significance To…Aro, Caius, Marcus—as head honchos, the Volturi operation is their great legacy; these three share the greatest power in the vampire world, and the greatest enemies: each other.
All Volturi—these elite vampires are bound by convenience and mutual desire for human blood, among other benefits. Admittedly, some of them are in debt to Aro’s “mercy,” and will be killed if they turn on their superiors, but whatever.
Edward and Alice—gifted with telepathy and precognition, Aro covets the power to use their powers. As Edward and Alice would never abandon their family, the Volturi need to eliminate the family.
Bella—at first, the Volturi wanted to kill Bella for knowing about vampires (thanks, Caius). Alice’s vision of her future as a vampire saves Bella at the time, but they return when they believe she created her daughter, Nessie, illegally. Then it was war.
Carlisle—after living among them, Carlisle shares civilized relations with the Volturi, though they don’t understand him. Carlisle hopes to live in peace with them, but as head of the Cullen coven, he still poses a threat.
Cullen Family—after the Volturi, the Cullens are the largest coven in existence, and their radicalism jeopardizes Volturi standards. They keep company with humans and vampires and even breed a dhampir child. They walk a narrow line there, and if other vampires got the same idea, they'll jeopardize the entire power structure.
Denali Coven—the Volturi murdered their mother after she created a vampire child (which are illegal due to their uncontrollability, which is bad for secrecy). Only their ignorance spared them from death, so they tread carefully.
All Vampires—as long as you remain unobtrusive, they will not come and rip off your head and burn your corpse.
Notable Actionsreleasing Bella and Edward—the Volturi drop their charges against these two in both New Moon and Breaking Dawn. While they have a corrupt justice system, the Volturi aren’t inflexible. They strategically pick their battles, and they’ll choose the illusion of justice over utter victory any day.
observing—though the Volturi hold back during Eclipse, they’re still around. The best battle is one someone else fights for them, which is why they don’t prevent Victoria from attacking the Cullens. As it turns out, observation is their strongest tactical move in picking their battles.
endangering the Cullens—Nessie is the battle they choose to fight. They can fight it under the illusion of justice, trusted and respected, and even saving all vampires from exposure. In the end, the chance to disband the Cullens, gain Alice and Edward’s powers, and remove opposition is the most tantalizing opportunity they have, and why the Cullens must work so hard to fight back.
Big Idea“family” ties—the Volturi are a coven; the Cullens are a family. Where the latter hold together through loyalty, respect, and love, the former uses fear, convenience, determination, usefulness, and obligation as indicators of their relationships. They’ve survived as a coven, but it’s important to remember that this is only because it’s the most efficient way to enforce their will.
necessary evil—they are corrupt and wicked. Not upstanding vampire citizens. Okay. Yeah. Fine. But for all of that, they need to exist. There’s a level of balance needed between vampires and humans in the world. The Volturi keep the world working as it should. For both humans and vampire, it might very well be that a venal government is better than none at all.
no defeat—to some it may seem anticlimactic for Breaking Dawn to end with the Volturi getting peacefully defeated and being like, “Oops, our bad. We’ll just be on our way.” Why no awesome battle? Well, because it wouldn’t fit. The Volturi pick their battles. They keep their power. And the Cullens can prove them unjust to an audience, but they’ll still take that over an uncertain battle. They refuse to prioritize pride over risk, and just accept the loss. After all, they have centuries to destroy the Cullens… but that’s a story for another day.
You can’t beat the Volturi. You can’t. They just win. They never sacrifice their power and they aren’t afraid to do whatever it takes to do that. To be honest, I admire them so much for that reason. They’ve built an amazing empire for themselves. I almost hope they keep it.
“Then we are free to go now?” Edward asked in an even voice.
“Yes, yes,” Aro said pleasantly. “But please visit again. It’s been absolutely enthralling!”
“And we will visit you as well,” Caius promised, his eyes suddenly half-closed like the heavy-lidded gaze of a lizard. “To be sure that you follow through on your side. Were I you, I would not delay too long. We do not offer second chances.” –New Moon, Stephenie Meyer, pg 481