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[[caption-width-right:300:Even monsters need a vacation.]]
''Hotel Transylvania'' is a [[AllCGICartoon computer-animated]] 3D comedy film produced by Creator/SonyPicturesAnimation for Creator/ColumbiaPictures. It's the feature film debut of the legendary Creator/GenndyTartakovsky, best known for his work on Creator/CartoonNetwork's ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'' and ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan''. It also stars Creator/AdamSandler, Music/SelenaGomez, [[Music/TheLonelyIsland Andy Samberg]], and many other [[CelebrityVoiceActor Celebrity Voice Actors]].

The film is set in [[ThePlace Hotel Transylvania]], a five-star resort where the world's monsters can get away from the [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters humans who hate them]] and rest in peace. The hotel is owned by none other than {{Dracula}}, and on the [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld 118th]] [[TheHerosBirthday birthday]] of his daughter [[CuteMonsterGirl Mavis]], he invites some of the [[MonsterMash most famous monsters]] to celebrate. However, they receive an unexpected visitor; [[TheThingThatWouldNotLeave Jonathan]], a human backpacking around Transylvania who quickly [[BoyMeetsGhoul falls for Mavis]].

It was released in the US on September 28, 2012. View the trailer [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSuXLbsdaEE&feature=plcp here]].

The sequel, ''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania2'', was released on September 25, 2015. A television series, ''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvaniaTheSeries'', which is set [[{{Prequel}} before the movies]] and focuses on Mavis, airs in the United States on Creator/DisneyChannel, premiering June 25, 2017, and in Canada on Creator/{{Teletoon}}. A animated short featuring the characters, "Puppy", (set after the second movie) was played before the ''WesternAnimation/TheEmojiMovie'' in 2017.

A second sequel, subtitled ''[[WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania3SummerVacation Summer Vacation]]'' sees the Drac Pack head off on a cruise for the summer (as a surprise from Mavis to her dad), which Drac (at least at first) finds to be rather lame, pointing out that it's essentially "[[{{ItsTheSameSoItSucks}} a hotel on the water...]]"

!!''Hotel Transylvania'' provides examples of:

* AccidentalPervert:
** Jonathan puts his hand through a female skeleton's rib cage, much to her indignation.
** Later, Dracula and Jonathan walk in on the same female skeleton in the shower and two fleas on their honeymoon.
* AdaptationalHeroism: Almost all of the monsters are considerably nicer than they were in their respective source material.
* AdaptationalVillainy: [[spoiler:Quasimodo in ''WesternAnimation/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' is a hideous but nice character whose very point is to avert BeautyEqualsGoodness; He certainly isn't the FrenchJerk [[IAmAHumanitarian Humanitarian]] portrayed in this movie. That said, he is a lot more morally ambiguous in [[Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame the original, literary version.]]]]
%%* {{Adorkable}}: Jonathan.
* AdultsAreUseless: Dracula could have easily stopped Quasimodo [[NotNowKiddo had he given Mavis any chance to explain what happened.]]
* AerithAndBob: Mavis is a real name but a very old, uncommon one. Considering her age, however, it's perfectly understandable.
* AirplaneArms: Dracula runs with his arms extended behind him.
* AlliterativeFamily: The werewolves all have names that start with the letter W. Besides Wayne and Wanda, three of their pups are named Wilbur, Wally, and [[OutnumberedSibling Winnie]].
* AllThereInTheManual: ''[[http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1781164150/ref=ox_ya_os_product The Art and Making of Hotel Transylvania]]''. Buy it, read it, be amazed.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Griffin greets Dracula by pinching his butt and then calling him irresistible. Hmm... In one of the [[LicensedGame video games]], he actually calls Dracula ''handsome''.
* AnimatedArmor: The hotel guards are suits of possessed armor that are, mysteriously, vulnerable to a GroinAttack.
* AnthropomorphicFood: The "scream cheese", which is [[ShapedLikeItself cream cheese that screams]].
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: After Dracula tells Jonathan [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters the reason for him]] being an OverProtectiveDad, Jonathan suggests humans today might accept the monsters. Dracula then asks him if it's a guarantee that everyone will instantly accept them, to which Jonathan has no answer. [[spoiler: The answer ends up being yes]].
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Dracula tells a scary story to little Mavis about a human who hunts down a group of monsters and burns their clothes, bites their toes and... takes their candy. Of course, being a small child at the time, Mavis thinks candy-stealing is the scariest thing ever.
--> '''Little Mavis:''' Don't take my candy!
* ArtShift:
** Jonathan's retelling of [[spoiler:Martha's death]] after seeing a painting of her is done in a different art style.
** The credits are done in the same thick-line animation as ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' and Genndy Tartakovsky's other previous works.
** The drawings in the book Martha made for Mavis are much simpler than the regular animation of the film.
* BadassDriver: Griffin does the driving during the {{race for your love}} sequence. He is fearless and highly skilled at recovering from near certain crashes.
* Balls of Steel: Zig-zagged - Quasimodo kicks one of the suits of armour between the legs. It slumps to its knees with a yelp and then wonders "Why did that hurt me?" In fact it sounds more like it ''didn't'' hurt, and it's wondering why it bothered to drop to its knees at all.
* BarefootCartoonAnimal: Wayne and Wanda are a suburban werewolf couple who don't wear shoes, since it would be redundant for their furry feet.
* BatmanInMyBasement: Inverted. Dracula has to keep the fact that Jonathan is human a secret from the other monsters.
* BatOutOfHell: Subverted with Dracula and Mavis. They both turn into mega-adorable ones.
-->'''Dracula:''' Don't give me the pouty bat face.
* BeamMeUpScotty: In-universe, Drac is embarrassed at how twisted humans presented the image of vampires into. We equate vampires as being blood-thirsty and saying "Blah bleh blah!" to which he states he had never said anything like that in his centuries-long life and has no idea where that even came from. Even Mavis thinks he talks like this. He then sees ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''.
-->'''Dracula:''' This is how we're represented. Unbelievable.
* BedsheetGhost: The table cloths in the ballroom are all animated bedsheets, and they can make the tables fly.
* BeehiveHairdo:
** [[Film/BrideOfFrankenstein Eunice]], complete with {{skunk stripe}}.
** Jonathan's hair in his "Johnnystein" disguise.
%%* BigFun: Murray the Mummy.
%%* BlatantLies:
%%-->"I didn't do that."
* BlitheSpirit: Jonathan's carefree and accepting nature causes the hotel guests, and especially Dracula, to see humans as less monstrous and thereby opens a pathway for the two groups to reconcile.
* BoundAndGagged:
** Dracula gags the shrunken head hanging on Mavisís door after she won't shut up about what an idiot he's been.
** Quasimodo ties up Johnny and tries to bring him to the kitchen in order to make a meal out of him.
* BoyMeetsGhoul: Jonathan meeting Mavis kicks off the core love story of the film. Although she at first believes him to be a monster, she is not at all fazed when she finds out the truth.
* BreakHerHeartToSaveHer: [[spoiler:Dracula convinces Jonathan his relationship with Mavis would never work out and could even put her life at risk. When she finds out Jonathan's human and still wants to be with him, he rejects her.]]
* BrickJoke:
** During his initial MotorMouth enthusiasm about being in a castle full of monsters, Jonathan asks Dracula if his hand would disappear if he stuck it in the Invisible Man's mouth. Later...
--->'''Griffin:''' He put his hand in my mouth to see if it would disappear!
** The two honeymooning fleas that Dracula walks on? Much later, they are accidentally stomped by Frank and remark they should have honeymooned at one of their parents'.
* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: Between the werewolf couple, Wayne is stressed and pessimistic while Wanda is cheerful and upbeat.
* TheCameo: Thing from ''Film/TheAddamsFamily'' (because how many other animated hands do you know of?) can be seen very briefly riding Johnny's scooter.
* CargoShip: Johnathan sure loves his backpack.
* CatchPhrase:
** Mavis: "Holy Rabies!"
** Gremlin: "I didn't do that."
* ChekhovsGag: Jonathan's smelly old shirt becomes unexpectedly useful when it allows Winnie to track him.
* ChekhovsGunman: Winnie's ability to sniff out anything is used at the climax to find Jonathan.
%%* ClassicalMovieVampire: {{Dracula}}, obviously.
%%* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Jonathan to a degree.
* ControlFreak: Dracula believes that one can only have fun if it's properly scheduled and executed. His friends put up with this, although they are clearly exasperated at him from time to time. This could count as FridgeBrilliance, because classical vampires had OCD as one of their weaknesses.
%%* CoolLoser: Jonathan.
* CoversAlwaysLie: The poster features The Invisible Man wearing clothes, but he doesn't wear anything but his glasses throughout the film. Presumably it's to make it more obvious to the audience that there's an Invisible Man there.
* CrashIntoHello: Jonathan and Mavis meet when he crashes into her on an out-of-control flying witch's broomstick. This is a deliberate echo of how Mavis's parents met, colliding as bats.
* CreativeClosingCredits: In two parts. First, all the characters are animated in 2D style, then the rest of the credits are concept art for the backgrounds.
* CreepyFamily: Several of the monsters have their own nuclear family, most notably the Wolfman (a wife and ''several'' cubs) and of course Dracula, his daughter and late wife. The sequel has the next generation with Mavis, Jonathan and their son.
* CriticalResearchFailure: Even thou Dracula is based on Bram Stoker, the writer made the critical mistake of taking the sun weakness from Nostefaru. Stoker's Dracula was able to walk in sunlight without problem, he only couldn't use most of his power.
* CuteMonsterGirl: Mavis. If it weren't for her CuteLittleFangs, she'd look like just another PerkyGoth.
* DaddysGirl:
** Mavis for Dracula, [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by the song he sings to her as a child. Now, since she wants to leave home so much, she seems to have grown out of that phase.
** Wayne's only daughter, Winnie, is the only one of his children to respect him.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Probably one of the most blatant examples ever put on the screen, as it's apparent that monsters don't go out looking for trouble with humans, and are kind of freaked out by them. Except the EvilChef, whose first impulse is to cook the human intruder.
%%* DancePartyEnding
* DatingWhatDaddyHates: Dracula doesn't approve of Mavis being with Jonathan, [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters for obvious reasons]]. However, Jonathan is disguised as a monster when their romance starts, so Mavis doesn't know he's human at the time.
* TheDeadCanDance: And [[Music/SelenaGomez they]] [[Music/CeeLoGreen sing]] too, with AutoTune used in their songs.
* DeadWeight: Murray. He may be {{big fun}}, but he's a fat mummy, so he counts.
* DeadpanSnarker: Dracula. Griffin gets quite a few zingers as well. The shrunken head on Mavis's bedroom door does nothing ''but'' snark at Dracula.
* DefensiveWhat: During the RaceForYourLove climax, Wayne clears a line of sheep off the road by eating them up in two seconds flat. As the others look at him horrified, he says "What? Now there's no sheep on the road."
* DiggingYourselfDeeper: In the spa scene, Dracula by first saying Mavis shouldn't be with "Johnnystein" because of his kind, which is ''after'' [[BatmanInMyBasement disguising Jonathan]] and claiming him to be [[RelativelyFlimsyExcuse Frank's third cousin of his right hand]]. [[FrankensteinsMonster Frank]] naturally gets offended so Dracula backs himself up by saying that he has red hair, which [[TheInvisibleMan Griffin]] gets mad. After a couple of scenes with Johnnystein and Mavis on the roof, we cut back to the spa where [[{{Wolfman}} Wayne]] and [[{{Mummy}} Murray]] are now mad at Dracula.
* DontExplainTheJoke:
** Dracula explains the whole purpose of the hotel to which Jonathan sums it up in one sentence to Dracula's displeasure:
--->'''Dracula:''' Itís a place I built for all those monsters out there lurking in the shadows, hiding from the persecution of humankind. A place for them and their family to come and be themselves, a place void of torches, pitchforks and angry mobs! A place of peace, relaxation, and tranquility...\\
'''Jonathan:''' Cool, so it like a hotel for monsters?\\
'''Dracula:''' Yes, exactly, a hotel for monsters. Way to sum it up.
** During a scene when Dracula and Jonathan are doing an impression of Wayne, Drac explicitly tells Jonathan that it's less funny if he explains the jokes.
* DontGoInTheWoods: Jonathan hears a story about a "spooky forest" and decides to check it out.
-->'''Jonathan:''' Who's not gonna go into a spooky forest, right?
* DroolHello: During the prologue, while Dracula is overseeing the plans for the hotel, a blob of saliva splatters on the blueprints. It comes from young Mavis playing on the ceiling.
* DysfunctionalFamily: Wayne, his pregnant wife Wanda, and all their chaotic little werewolf offspring.
-->'''Wayne:''' Hey, kids! Reel it in! You're only supposed to make Mom and Dad miserable!
* EasilyForgiven: Even though he [[BreakHerHeartToSaveHer broke her heart]], Mavis easily forgives Jonathan when he explains why. Probably by shifting her anger to her father for basically threatening to kill Jonathan if he didn't. Which was also easily forgiven because she knows how much of a [[OverProtectiveDad control freak]] he can be.
* EverythingsDeaderWithZombies: Dracula employs them as bellhops and such. There's also zombiefied [[Music/LudwigvanBeethoven Beethoven]], [[Music/JohannSebastianBach Bach]] and [[Music/WolfgangAmadeusMozart Mozart]]!
* EvilChef: Quasimodo.
* ExplosiveBreeder: Wayne has dozens of children. And his wife is pregnant again.
* ExpressiveAccessory:
** The collar on Dracula's cape points up or curves down to match his moods.
** Griffinís glasses are quite expressive.
* ExpressiveEars: Mavis has these in her bat form.
* {{Expy}}: The relationship between Dracula and Jonathan are not too dissimilar to that of Herman Munster and Grandpa Dracula from ''Series/TheMunsters''. Grandpa and the Count are both based off of the [[Film/Dracula1931 Universal Studios adaptation]] of {{Dracula}}, each having a knack for invention (Grandpa's inventions, the Count's intricate Hotel) and a mild contempt for his son in law (Herman and Jonathan). Herman and Jonathan are both dim-witted, innocent and loving to their family. Where as Herman is based off of the [[Film/Frankenstein1931 Universal Studios incarnation]] of [[FrankensteinsMonster Frankenstein]], Jonathan's "Jonnystein" identity is based off of Frankenstein ''in-universe''. [[spoiler:In the sequel, he becomes the son-in-law of Count Dracula and the father of his grandson, just like Herman.]] They are both prone to scheming with one another behind Lily/Mavis's backs with varying reactions from them and with varying success.
* ExtremeOmnivore: The gremlins.
* EyeGlasses: Griffin has expressive frames. His eyeballs are invisible, just like the rest of him.
* EyeScream: Dracula considers Jonathan's attempt to remove his contacts to be this.
* FacePalm: Dracula does this when [[spoiler:one of the zombies in human disguise impales another disguised zombie in the head]].
* FantasticRacism: Between monsters and humans in the past, bad enough that monsters went into hiding as humans became more adept at killing them. Dracula perpetuates this attitude on the monster side into the present day; Johnny even points it out in the film. [[spoiler: Averted at the end of the film and through to the sequel, where as it turns out, most humans are pretty chill about the idea of monsters existing, and thanks to Johnny, monsters are quite accepting of humans.]]
* {{Fartillery}}: Frankenstein farts in the hotel lobby, putting the blame on Murray.
* FearlessFool: Jonathan. He seems to be fine with taking a picture of a couple that's ''crying'', adventuring through a "spooky forest", and following a trail of zombies on fire to an "awesome castle". He is also seemingly ''completely unafraid'' of Dracula though this is because he thinks the hotel is having a costume party when he first shows up. And Jonathan ''is'' freaked out at first when he learns that all the monsters are real, plus Dracula is the real deal and not just a man in a costume and that Mavis is his ''daughter''.
* FieryRedhead: Averted with [[TheFool Jonathan]]. Griffin says he has red hair. [[FridgeLogic But]] [[InvisibleMan how could anyone know that]]?
* FlashbackCut: This happens when Jonathan tells Dracula how he found the hotel.
* FlyAtTheCameraEnding: The second-to-last scene has Mavis and Jonathan fly at the camera on their [[https://youtu.be/S4ORj_ash5w?t=101 ghost tables]].
* ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself: At one point, Dracula and friends go out in public during the local Monster Festival. [[spoiler:Eventually the humans realize they're the real deal, but everyone's starstruck instead of scared]].
* FrankensteinsMonster: Frank and his [[Film/BrideOfFrankenstein wife]], Eunice. Jonathan is disguised as Frank's cousin Johnnystein.
* FrenchCuisineIsHaughty: Quasimodo, the chef at the hotel, is French.
* FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire: Dracula and Mavis.
* FreudianSlip: Mavis has one when her father asks if she has fallen for Johnny, stating he was "adorable". It is at this moment that Dracula realizes she is in love with Johnny.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Jonathan and the suit of armor fighting in Mavis's bedroom.
* GameFace: Dracula busts out the fangs and wide mouth, complete with ominous red background, whenever he gets comically upset.
* GenderBender: Mr. Hydraberg, Dracula's six-headed client, has five male heads and one female head (who loudly objects being singularly called "mister.")
* GentleGiant: Frank.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Quite a few.
** A witch uses a sponge to clean up a puddle in the lobby. Said sponge has a face with eyeballs and a mouth, and it makes happy noises as it absorbs a puddle of werewolf urine. Yes, a urophiliac sponge, in a kid's movie.
** When Dracula is carrying Jonathan to the storage closet, squished between Drac and the backpack, Jonathan says something that ''[[{{Mondegreen}} sounds]]'' like "I can't [[PrecisionFStrike f**king]] breathe under here." It's amazing how that one got past the radar, muffled though it was. Or he just said "It's kind of funky to breathe under here."
** See AccidentalPervert. If that lady wasn't a skeleton, those scenes wouldn't have made it into the movie.
** Jonathan asks Mavis if she's naked while she's in her bat form. In front of her ''dad'', no less!
** Two bed bugs, who only appear as small black specs on-screen, have reserved a regular-sized honeymoon suite that Drac and Jonathan accidentally stumble into and apologetically leave.
** Being invisible, though it causes him much strife, allows Griffin to get away with doing things no family-rated movie would allow, actually. In fact, heís a living, walking getting crap past the radar!
*** During the scene at the pool, Wayne pulls down Griffin's swimming trunks and blames it on his kids; Griffin gets completely embarrassed and says the pool water was cold when he got in before running off. If he wasn't invisible that scene would've been removed or altered.
*** There's also him powdering his butt later on, which ends up being one of the most suggestive things done by a guy who spends the entire movie virtually naked.
** Dracula mentions people going [[GoshDangItToHeck "bat-poop"]] if they find out about Jonathan.
* GodTest: This scene
-->'''Frank:''' There's the real Dracula!\\
'''Resident:''' Prove it!\\
''[[[CrowningMomentOfFunny cue Dracula quickly hypnotizing him and causing him to smash his mug into his head]]]''\\
'''Resident:''' Alright, continue.
* GonnaNeedMoreTrope: When the toilet is clogged by Bigfoot, you can see the Zombie look at his plunger and makes a face that pretty much states "I'm going to need a bigger plunger".
* GoryDiscretionShot: Wayne eats an entire flock of sheep by himself in mere seconds. We only see the shocked looks on his friends' faces.
-->'''Murray:''' That was pretty sick, man.\\
'''Wayne:''' You eat lamb chops, it's the same thing!
* GPSEvidence: Wolfman's daughter can tell a lot about something by sniffing their sweaty shirt. Like when they got into a car, where that car was going, which plane they're planning to board, and [[RuleOfFunny which airline meal they're ordering fifteen minutes before they're even going to order it.]]
* GrandRomanticGesture: Jonathan does this at Mavis's birthday party by somehow getting fireflies to form the shapes of exotic places she wants to visit.
%%* GroinAttack
* {{Hammerspace}}: Where Drac pulls out Jonathan from after crashing into Mavis's room through the window.
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: Wayne and Wanda's werewolf pups.
* HappilyMarried: Wayne and Wanda, despite their evergrowing offspring and [[BroodingBoyGentleGirl very different personalities]].
* HartmanHips: Mavis's sweater dress shows off hers quite well. The female mummy at the hotel and the human woman dressed up at the Monster Festival sport these, as well.
* HateSink: Quasimodo's role in a nutshell.
* HauntedCastle: The hotel itself.
* HeadlessHorseman / StingyJack: The cabby for the hotel turns out to be a monster that uses a greenish, detachable jack o'lantern instead of an actual head, driving a motorized carriage instead of a horse.
* HellHotel: Subverted in the case of the titular hotel. While it is a hotel built with monsters in mind, it's a ''very'' cheerful place.
* HenpeckedHusband: Frank.
-->'''Eunice:''' Frank! Did you book us a tandem massage? Did you get us a table at Hunchback's? Did you do ''anything''?
* HeroesWantRedheads: A gender-reversal example with Mavis and Johnny.
* TheHerosBirthday: The plot starts when Dracula plans a big party for Mavis's 118th birthday. Mavis uses this to insist she's old enough to leave the castle and see the world.
* HiddenElfVillage: Or Hidden Monster Hotel at any rate. The hotel was designed to be as difficult to find by humans as possible, being surrounded by a haunted forest and a graveyard. The building manager also tells Dracula to never start fires to avoid attracting attention. Jonathan ends up finding said hotel through local rumors and following Drac's flaming zombies.
* HighDiveHijinks: Frank uses the tentacle of a sea monster instead of a diving board, raising him several stories above the pool. When he hits the water, his detachable body parts come loose. Johnny tries the same thing later, but Dracula drains the water from the pool and puts a blob monster in Johnny's landing spot.
* HoldYourHippogriffs: Mavis says "Holy rabies!" when she's excited. Dracula calls Mavis many unusual nicknames like "dead-ums," "sweet fangs" and "love droppings" just to name a few.
-->'''Dracula:''' You're old enough to drive a hearse now, you're old enough to make your own choices.
* {{Housewife}}: Wayne's wife Wanda is perfectly happy to be a stay-at-home mom and just can't and won't stop having babies.
* HumansAreBastards: Dracula has developed this belief, even moreso than the other monsters, [[spoiler: due to the traumatic experience of his wife being killed by a group of rioters setting his home on fire.]]
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Said word for word by Dracula. He hates them, and built the hotel not only to protect his daughter from them, but also as a place for other monsters to get away from humans. [[spoiler:It ends up being subverted by the humans of the 21st century, but was played very straight by those of the 19th century who murdered Dracula's wife]].
* HypnoticEyes: Dracula can hypnotize anyone simply by staring into their eyes, allowing him to either control their actions or erase their memories. It works through windows, but apparently not contact lenses.
* HypocriticalHumor:
** This is not the [[Series/TheNanny first time]] that Creator/FranDrescher had a joke involving [[NoIndoorVoice her voice]].
--->'''[[Film/BrideOfFrankenstein Eunice]]:''' Humans hate us! They're vicious! [[LargeHam And they're very LOUD!!]]
** Later, to Quasimodo:
--->'''Eunice:''' Your voice is ''really'' annoying.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: The exact line Drac uses to justify [[spoiler:deceiving Mavis at the fake village. No-one, especially Mavis, is impressed by that excuse]].
* ImAHumanitarian: Averted with most of the monsters. [[spoiler:Except [[EvilChef Quasimodo]], who wants to make Jonathan into "human pot pie."]]
* ImmortalImmaturity: 118-year old vampire Mavis acts like a 18-year old human. Apparently, her emotional maturity is as stunted as her physical development.
* InkSuitActor:
** Say, doesn't Dracula look real similar to Creator/AdamSandler?
** Compare voice actress [[http://media.zoom-cinema.fr/photos/celebrites/14211/_thumbs/jackie-sandler_jpg_250x250_q95.jpg Jackie Sandler]] to character [[http://images.wikia.com/hoteltransylvania/images/5/58/Martha.PNG Martha]]. Yes, Dracula's wife is played by Sandler's real wife.
** Mavis has more than a passing resemblance to Selena Gomez.
* InSeriesNickname:
** Dracula's friends call him "Drac".
** Dracula calls Mavis [[EmbarrassingNickname "Mavy-Wavy"]].
* InterspeciesRomance: Mavis, a vampire, falls in love with Jonathan, a human.
* InvisibleJerkass: The Invisible Man seems to be fond of ComedicSociopathy; at least in the beginning.
* InvisibleStreaker: The Invisible Man, particularly evident when he powders his ass.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Eunice ''does'' care about her friends and family, but she shows it in a very rude and abrasive way, doubling as {{Tsundere}} Type A with her husband Frank.
%%* TheJester: Griffin.
* JumpScare: The first scene with Dracula's angry face kind of sneaks up on you.
* JustPlaneWrong: The plane is flying with its landing gear down for far too long after takeoff.
%%* {{Keet}}: Jonathan.
* KillItWithFire: [[spoiler:How Martha died]].
* KnightTemplarParent: Dracula takes the whole OverprotectiveDad thing so far that he not only teaches Mavis that humans are dangerous with scary bedtime stories and not letting her play outside, but he essentially imprisons her in an isolated castle for most of her life [[spoiler:and the one time he lets her out he sets up a bad encounter with fake humans so she'll never want to leave again]]. Though this is not entirely without good reason, since Dracula [[TheLostLenore knows from experience]] [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters what humans can do to vampires]].
* KryptoniteFactor: Both Dracula and Mavis are ''very'' vulnerable to sunlight, to the point that the touch of the smallest sliver of dawnlight on the tip of her ''shoes'' made Mavis yelp and pull back into the shade. More significant exposure causes Dracula to smoke and embers to appear on his bat-fur. Still, while painful, Dracula was able to spend a significant amount of time in the sun and healed within minutes of returning to the shade. Furthermore, even the slightest amount of shade seems sufficient to protect them, as Mavis was able to watch the sunrise from the shadow of the hotel's chimney without being burned.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: One of Dracula's powers. Jonathan's contacts block it, and he refuses to use it on [[spoiler:Mavis, who wants to forget her heartbreak]].
* LampshadeHanging:
** When Dracula's suits of armor attempt to subdue Quasimodo, he [[GroinAttack kicks one in the crotch]], and it responds by doubling over in pain and then saying, "Why did that hurt me?"
** Trying to back himself up on why "Jonnystein" isn't suitable for Mavis, Dracula says he has red, curly hair... to which [[TheInvisibleMan Griffin]] asks defensively, "What's wrong with red, curly hair?" Well... the guy's ''invisible'', so of course Dracula[[note]] or any other character for that matter[[/note]] is gonna point that out.
* LandingInSomeonesBathtub: Jonathan falls through a ceiling and lands in a steam room with Dracula and his friends.
* LargeHam: Most actors are enjoying themselves, but Creator/AdamSandler's Dracula takes the cake.
* LikesOlderWomen: Jonathan falls for Mavis, who looks young but is actually a century older than him.
* LimitedWardrobe: Mavis has a closet full of black dresses that are all exactly the same. For her big birthday celebration, she actually sews something new for herself out of her old clothes.
* TheLostLenore: [[spoiler:Dracula's wife Martha]].
* LoveAtFirstSight: Or rather "zing" at first sight.
* MagicPants: {{Lampshaded}} by Jonathan, who asks Mavis if she's wearing tiny clothes while in her bat form. Earlier in the film, she transforms with a Hawaiian shirt which shrinks to fit her bat form.
* MagicSkirt: Mavis's dress (and her hair) remains static when she does her WallCrawl trick.
* MarketBasedTitle:
** In Japan, the movie is called ''Monster Hotel''.
** In Russia, the film is marketed as ''Monsters on Vacation''.
* MarshmallowHell: Eunice does this to Mavis while she's arguing with Dracula about letting her visit a human village.
* MassiveNumberedSiblings:
** The werewolves. ''Holy shit''. Oh, and Wanda's pregnant again.
** Jonathan says he had six brothers growing up, making him a [[MagicalSeventhSon seventh son]].
* MayflyDecemberRomance: Mavis is just coming of age by vampire standards, but she's older than any living human and will long outlive Jonathan unless he becomes a vampire himself, which is never touched upon as a possibility.
* MickeyMousing: Not surprising, considering Creator/GenndyTartakovsky's love of [[WesternAnimation/TexAveryMGMCartoons Tex Avery's work]].
* AMinorKidroduction: The prologue starts with Mavis as a baby in 1894.
* MissingMom: [[spoiler:Mavis's mom was killed by humans. No wonder Dracula thinks HumansAreTheRealMonsters and is such a {{knight templar parent}}]].
* MissingReflection: One gag has Mavis practicing a speech to her dad in front of a mirror. She's a vampire, so there's no reflection.
* MonsterMash: Dracula's Hotel Transylvania is a 5-star resort for the world's monsters, including [[{{Mummy}} Murray the Mummy]], [[{{Wolfman}} Wayne the Wolf]] [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent and his family]], [[FrankensteinsMonster Frank]] and his wife [[Film/BrideOfFrankenstein Eunice]], [[InvisibleMan Griffin the Invisible Man]], [[DemBones skeletons]], [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti a giant bigfoot as well as a yeti]] and [[Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame Quasimodo]].
* MoodKiller: Averted. When Jonathan and Mavis are about to kiss near the end of the film, Dracula makes comically roars with red lighting. Shortly after he apologizes and leaves, letting them get to it.
* MundaneUtility: Dracula and Mavis use their vampire powers for practical purposes, such as when Dracula uses telekinesis to change baby Mavis's diapers and Mavis uses her smaller bat form to thread a needle more easily.
* MultipleHeadCase: Hydraberg.
-->'''Head 1:''' Hey, mister Dracula! We asked for a room with a view of the pool!\\
'''Head 2:''' The room's fine! We just wanna book a massage.\\
'''Head 3:''' Yeah! Swedish!\\
'''Heads 4, 5 & 6:''' [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Shiatsu! Aromatherapy! Lower back!]]\\
'''Dracula:''' I'll get back to you, Mr. Hydraberg!\\
'''Head 1:''' See that you do!\\
'''Head 2:''' I doubt it.\\
'''Head 5:''' [[AmbiguousGender That's ''Miss'' Hydraberg!]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: What Dracula states when he realizes [[spoiler:that he broke his daughter's heart and shattered her dreams]].
* MythologyGag: Quasimodo's rat is named Esmeralda, the name belonging to his gypsy friend in the original story.
** Notice Frank's light-blue skin? While some interpretations recolor Frankenstein's Monster as green, the original black-and-white movie's makeup was indeed pale blue, to give the impression in monochrome of pale and injured tissue.
* TheNamesake: Hotel Transylvania.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Dracula tries to convince Mavis to stay away from the human world [[spoiler:by setting up a fake human village for Mavis to visit where the townspeople (disguised zombies) will scare her out of wanting to go again]]. Though this works, the ruckus leads Jonathan to the hotel, and his upbeat outlook quickly changes her mind, [[spoiler:forcing him to betray his ruse and further alienate her]].
* NightmareFace:
** Dracula does this a few times when he's angry.
** Mavis has a blink-and-you'll-miss-it example in the scene where Dracula admits that [[spoiler:the village was a fake]]. Runs in the family, I suppose.
* NoEyeInMagic: Jonathan's contact lenses make him immune to Drac's hypnotism.
* NoodleIncident: Jonathan's had a rather... interesting backpacking trip, to say the least, including almost getting eaten at a Music/{{Slipknot}} concert.
* TheNoseKnows:
** Esmeralda the rat can tell Johnnystein is a human by his scent, so Quasimodo uses her to track him down.
** Exaggerated with Wayne's daughter Winnie, who with one sniff can not only determine Jonathan current location, but an impossibly precise sequence of events leading up to it (what time the plane Jonathan is on is leaving, the fact that he ordered the vegetarian meal, etc.).
* OddCouple: Dracula and Jonathan.
* OlderThanSheLooks: Even though Mavis looks, thinks, and acts like an 18-year-old girl, she is actually 118 years old.
* [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Girl]]: Mavis.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Despite initial hesitation at the VA list, one of the only complaints about the VA work was Adam Sandler's inconsistent accent.
* OurMonstersAreDifferent: And there's a lot of them.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Who knew Dracula could be such a DotingParent? Vampires here are also shown to have telekinesis, hypnotic powers, and the ability to defy gravity, walking on walls and ceilings. Dracula and Mavis seem to prefer eating [[VegetarianVampire mice and scorpions]] to human blood.
-->'''Dracula:''' Human blood is so fatty, and you never know where it's been.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: Wayne and Wanda, a married werewolf couple with a titanic family of werewolf pups, and Wanda is pregnant forever with more and more. Also, and even odder, all appear to have no human form.
* OutnumberedSibling: The werewolf family has [[MassiveNumberedSiblings lots of sons and only one daughter]], who can only be identified by her pacifier, [[PinkMeansFeminine pink shirt]] and {{tertiary sexual characteristics}}, and the only one who still respects Wayne and has much of a speaking role.
* PaperThinDisguise: Jonathan's "Johnnystein" disguise is little more than blue body paint with fake stitches, an old coat, and a [[ImprobableHairStyle different hair style]]. But given that no one here has really seen a human, they wouldn't know the difference.
* ParentalBonus: The Egyptian Queen character in several hotel scenes, and the human dressed as a mummy.
* PeoplePuppets: Dracula's MindOverMatter power lets him do this. One example is him putting Jonathan in "time out".
* PerkyGoth: Mavis comes off this way.
* PinkGirlBlueBoy: The Gillwoman is pink, the Gillman is blue.
* PintSizedPowerhouse: Quasimodo when he's running off with a {{bound and gagged}} Jonathan. Just look at him go!
* PuppyDogEyes: Mavis tries this on Drac while in bat form. It doesn't work.
-->'''Dracula:''' Don't give me the pouty bat face.
* TheQuincyPunk: The werewolf pups have this look and similar bad behavior.
* RaceForYourLove: At the climax of the film, after Jonathan's identity is revealed, [[spoiler:he rejects Mavis and leaves the hotel never to return, out of respect for Dracula's anti-human beliefs. Mavis is heartbroken and thinks her love is unrequited. However, Dracula changes his views about humans to the point that ''he'' chases after Jonathan ''himself'', risking exposure to sunlight and even flying after Jonathan's airplane, all so he can bring them back together]].
* RavenHairIvorySkin: Mavis.
* RelativelyFlimsyExcuse: Dracula claims that "Johnnystein" is Frank's long-lost 3rd cousin of his right hand. Frank believes him.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter:
** All those werewolf pups, especially Winnie.
** Mavis and Drac's bat forms.
* RunningGag:
** Drac roaring in a jarringly unearthly manner and turning red whenever he's upset.
** The mispronunciation of Hawaii.
** Anybody doing an impression of Dracula always says "blah bluh blah", though Dracula himself claims he never says that.
--->'''Dracula:''' I do ''not'' say "blah bluh blah!"
** [[RecurringExtra The old gremlin lady]] who eats other people's belongings and denies it by saying "I didn't do that."
** Apparently, Jonathan smells.
* SassyBlackWoman: The shrunken head hanging on the hotel rooms, but particularly the one on Mavis's door.
* SecondActBreakup: DoubleSubverted. It at first seems like the revelation that Jonathan is human will break up him and Mavis, but she still loves him and wants to be with him. [[spoiler:Then he tells her he hates monsters and leaves for Dracula's sake]].
* SeductiveMummy: Downplayed; the female mummy character does not look like an attractive woman by human standards, but she acts in a seductive way, and Murray has a crush on her.
* SevenMinuteLull: Just as big D confesses to Mavis that he made up the town with the angry mob to scare her for her own safety.
* SheCleansUpNicely: Played with. Mavis wears her normal clothes to her birthday party, the only difference being a home-made Dracula cape. Jonathan is impressed and says she looks beautiful.
* SheIsAllGrownUp: In the sense that Mavis at 118 is a young woman who wants her own life and to see the world.
* ShoutOut:
** Jonathan's scooter has a sticker with [[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory Dexter's]] face on it.
** Jonathan himself appears to be named after Jonathan Harker from [[Literature/{{Dracula}} Bram Stoker's novel]].
** The chase scene with the flying tables is a reference to the space battles in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' movies, possibly a [[ActorAllusion director allusion]], as Genndy Tartakovsky directed the original ''[[WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars Clone Wars]]'' miniseries.
** The story revolves around a human making it into the monster world where humans are feared as the monsters. [[WesternAnimation/MonstersInc Hilarity ensues when an important member is forced to disguise the human as a monster as well to avoid mass panic.]]
** Or, a character with a FunnyForeigner accent and BigBad-level capabilities [[WesternAnimation/DespicableMe needs to get adjusted all at once to parenthood and other aspects of normal life.]] There's even a rhyming children's book! Fortunately the minions aren't as prominent here.
** Jonathan talks about Music/DaveMatthewsBand and Music/{{Slipknot}}. There's a clip of "Sexy and I Know It" by Music/{{LMFAO}} played at one point.
** Wayne's daughter is named [[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheGhoulSchool Winnie]], though their personalities are opposites whereas here, this Winnie is is mostly a sweetheart, whilst ''that'' Winnie is an aggressive, reckless tomboy. Though [[Franchise/WinnieThePooh there's still a more famous Winnie who's a more positive role model in a children's show.]]
** The cave entrance Mavis took Jonathan to is shaped like the mask of [[Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera a certain opera ghost in Paris]].
** Griffin is the name of title character in Creator/HGWells' novel ''Literature/TheInvisibleMan''.
** Quasimodo and his pet rat Esmeralda are inspired off of two of the main characters in ''Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''.
** "Wayne and Wanda" are a singing duo from ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', fairly prominent in the [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness first season]] but only appearing occasionally since then.
* ShrunkenHead: On the room doors that seem to act as the "Do Not Disturb" cards in normal hotels. They also yell at the maids when the room needs to be cleaned.
* SingleTargetSexuality: This is what a "zing" is, meaning you'll only fall in love once.
* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: The only characters who appears in the first trailer are Dracula and Jonathan, though there's a quick shot of Murray leaving his pyramid, but that's it. As of the second trailer, the only character who still hasn't gotten a proper introduction is Quasimodo. He makes a brief appearance screaming "A human!" but his face can't be seen and his name isn't mentioned.
* SleepCute: At the beginning of the scooter scene, as the characters are doing charades, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5U5UeW3v6GI front row center]], a pink gill monster is resting against the bluish colored gillman who seemed to be drifting off to sleep.
* SoftWater: Averted when Frank tries belly-flopping into a pool from several stories high.
* {{Squick}}: In-universe, Jonathan trying to take out his contact lens ''really'' grosses Drac out.
* StealthPun:
** At one point early in the movie, Dracula stands on a stool made of toads.
** Mavis has been cooped up so long, she is climbing the walls.
** That bright red lollipop Mavis has in the opening scene? It's a ''blood-sucker''.
* SuddenMusicalEnding: Overlaps with DancePartyEnding. (Somewhat Justified when the cast includes Selena Gomez and CeeLo Green as well as Andy Samberg of Lonely Island.)
* SuperSmoke: A standard vampire power.
* SurferDude: Jonathan has the attitude and lingo down, plus he's shown riding scooters and surfing on flying tables.
* SweaterGirl: While Mavis's sweater dress is very modest, it also shows off her curves.
* TakeThat: Dracula doesn't like how a certain [[Literature/{{Twilight}} in-flight movie]] represents vampires. He also thinks Music/{{LMFAO}} (specifically "Sexy And I Know It") is bad enough to suck out your soul.
* TeensAreShort: Jonathan and Mavis are considerably shorter than Dracula and friends despite being 21 and (1)18.
* ThatRussianSquatDance: Dracula and a pair of animated armor guards flanking him do it. It's probably easier if gravity is not an issue.
* TheThingThatWouldNotLeave: Jonathan.
* ToiletHumor: It's an Creator/AdamSandler movie. This sort of comedy is inevitable.
* TorchesAndPitchforks: Humans are usually shown using these when attacking monsters.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil:
** Or the CoverVersion does in this case. The newly released "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjEE5xMjL1s Call Me Maybe]]" reveals Dracula [[spoiler:eventually accepts Mavis and Jonathan's relationship although he still can't deal with [[AlmostKiss watching them kiss]]]].
** And then there's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIovU07tkhM Problem (The Monster Remix)]]," which spoils the moment when [[spoiler:Dracula sees Mavis kissing Jonathan for the first time on the dance floor]].
** One of the trailers also shows a brief clip of Dracula with an infant Mavis looking at a burning building in a serious manner. It doesn't take much imagination to figure out [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters what happened with Mavis's mother]] from that.
* TunnelNetwork: The castle has more than one {{secret underground passage}}.
* {{Uberwald}}: Transylvania, of course.
* UnusualEyebrows: Frank's are just stitches.
* VampiresHateGarlic: Dracula confirms that vampires indeed are harmed by garlic. However, the way he explains it to Jonathan, it sounds more like an allergy than the standard supernatural reason.
-->'''Jonathan:''' So, can I ask you a question? Is it true? About the garlic thing?\\
'''Dracula:''' Yes. I cannot have it. My throat swells.
* VampireVords: Dracula talks like this.
* VegetarianVampire: Neither Dracula or his daughter drink human blood because, as stated by Dracula, it's too fatty and you don't know where the human's been. Instead their meals apparently consist of small critters like mice, scorpions, worms, etc., as well as a blood substitute such as Near-Blood and Blood Beaters. This is actually more accurate to the behavior of real vampire bats, who generally avoid human blood. Dracula does, however, try to scare Jonathan away from the hotel by threatening to drink him dry. At the end of the movie though, he does admit to Mavis that he would have if [[spoiler:Johnny didn't pretend to hate monsters]].
* VisibleInvisibility: Type 5 with Griffin, he's the only one who can see himself and uses glasses so others can "see" him.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Dracula and Mavis's power to turn into bats. They can also change back [[MagicPants fully clothed]].
* VomitIndiscretionShot: [[Film/TheFly1986 A Fly Man]] does this twice; once during a game of charades and again during a water aerobics class. Both times he has to tell people not to interpret it or copy it.
* WalkingTheEarth: Jonathan was backpacking across Europe before he came to the hotel. Judging from the patches on his backpack, he's been to France, Spain, the United Kingdom, Hungary, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Romania and Mexico. He also says that everything he owns is in that backpack.
* WallCrawl: Mavis simply walks up the wall and onto the ceiling while pacing around her room. She does it literally as a baby, though.
* WhamShot: When Dracula says "the legend is wrong" and pulls the curtain away, [[spoiler:revealing him in the picture with his wife, the Lady Lubov]], it's a big reveal that explains a lot.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Quasimodo can be considered a "monster" because of his mannerisms and being perceived as a monster by regular humans. After all, if a no-humans rule was fully in effect, Griffin technically wouldn't be allowed on the premise either.
* WhatTheHellHero: In order to keep Mavis from leaving the hotel, Dracula [[spoiler:builds a fake human village for her to visit and has zombies in human costumes attack her with pitchforks and torches]]. Despite some {{stylistic suck}} from the zombies' incompetence, the plan works, but Dracula eventually confesses everything to Mavis during her birthday party. She is understandably pissed. ''Everybody'' helps her to confront him about it, even before [[spoiler:Johnny is revealed to be a human and their sentiments really sour]].
* WeirdnessCensor: [[spoiler:Subverted. all the people in the Halloween festival during the third act are aware that Frankenstein is real and think he is just awesome. Dracula too, although one ask for some proof]]
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Frank is afraid of fire.
-->'''Frank:''' Seriously, watch out for fire. [[ThousandYardStare Fire bad]].
* WickedWitch: Dracula employs them as maids. One particular witch seems to have a crush on him.
* WimpFight: In a FunnyBackgroundEvent, Johnathan gets into one with one of the {{Animated Armor}}s while Dracula is trying to convince his daughter to leave the room.
* WontTakeYesForAnAnswer: Mavis has a whole speech prepared why Dracula should give her permission to go outside. When he says yes, she goes off into the speech before realizing he already gave her permission.
* WorldOfHam
* YouDirtyRat: Quasimodo's pet rat Esmeralda.
* YourCostumeNeedsWork:
** Jonathan thinks the hotel is having a costume party when he first gets there, and initially mistakes Dracula for a guy in a costume.
** This happens again when Dracula and friends go to the [[ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself Monster Festival]]. Pretty much all the humans are in monster costumes and initially don't recognize the real monsters.
* YourVampiresSuck: Not even Daddy Dracula can resist poking fun at [[Literature/{{Twilight}} Edward Cullen]].
* YouthfulFreckles: Jonathan has these.