Armor-Piercing Question: After Dracula tells Jonathan the reason for him being an Over Protective Dad, 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. The answer ends up being yes.
Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: 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.
Batman in My Basement: Inverted. Dracula has to keep the fact that Jonathan is human a secret from the other monsters.
Bat out of Hell: Dracula, of course. Mavis turns into a rather adorable one.
Dracula: Don't give me the pouty bat face.
Beam Me Up, Scotty!: 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. He then sees Twilight.
Dracula: This is how we're represented. Unbelievable.
Bedsheet Ghost: The table cloths in the ballroom, and they can make the tables fly.
Bound and Gagged: Well, gagged in the case of the shrunken head hanging on Mavis’s door.
Johnny, once Quasimodo gets ahold of him, with intent to make him the main dish for the party.
Boy Meets Ghoul: Jonathan and Mavis; boy meets vampire. A bit of an unusual case, because Mavis has no idea Jonathan is human for most of the movie.
Break Her Heart To Save Her: 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.
One of the questions asked to Dracula Jonathan: If I stuck my hand in The Invisible Man's mouth, would it disappear? Later, every monster is at the front desk asking for a refund after they learned there was a human at the hotel Griffin: He put his hand in my mouth to see if it would disappear!
The Cameo: Thing from The Addams Family (because how many other anthropomorphic hands do you know of?) can be seen very briefly riding Johnny's scooter.
Covers Always Lie: 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.
Well, he does wear swim trunks during the pool scene. And gets really embarrassed when they're pulled down.
Crash into Hello: Jonathan and Mavis meet when he crashes into her on an out-of-control flying witch's broomstick.
Mavis's parents also met the same way, colliding as bats.
Creative Closing Credits: In two parts. First, all the characters are animated in 2D style and the rest of the credits are concept art for the backgrounds.
Daddy's Girl: Mavis for Dracula, 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.
Dark Is Not Evil: 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 Evil Chef, whose first impulse is to cook the human intruder.
Dating What Daddy Hates: Dracula doesn't approve of Mavis being with Jonathan, 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.
Defensive "What?": During the Race for Your Love 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."
Don't Explain the Joke: Dracula explains the whole purpose of the hotel to which Jonathan sums it up in one sentence to Dracula's displeasure:
Dracula: It’s 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 . . .
Jonathon: 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.
Wayne: Hey, kids! Reel it in! You're only supposed to make Mom and Dad miserable!
Easily Forgiven: Even though he 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 control freak he can be.
Flashback Cut: This happens when Jonathan tells Dracula how he found the hotel.
The Fool: 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.
For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: At one point, Dracula and friends go out in public during the local Monster Festival. Eventually the humans realize they're the real deal, but everyone's starstruck instead of scared.
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.
See Accidental Pervert. 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!
In the Monster Festival, a human dressed in mummy bandages walks seductively past the monsters' car and winks. Murray is understandably happy.
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.
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 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.
Being invisible, though it causes him much strife, allows Griffin to get away with doing things no PG-rated movie would allow, actually. In fact, he’s a living, walking getting crap past the radar!
Dracula mentions people going "bat-poop" if they find out about Jonathan.
Gonna Need More Trope: 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 am going to need a bigger plunger".
Gory Discretion Shot: 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!
The Hero's Birthday: The plot starts when Dracula plans a big party for Mavis' 118th birthday. Mavis uses this to insist she's old enough to leave the castle and see the world.
Hidden Monster Hotel: 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.
High Dive Hijinks: 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. Jonathan tries the same thing later, but Dracula drains the water from the pool and puts a blob monster in Jonathan's landing spot.
Hold Your Hippogriffs: 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: Wanda is perfectly happy to be a stay-at-home mom and just can't stop having babies.
Humans Are Bastards: Dracula has developed this belief, even moreso than the other monsters, due to the traumatic experience of his wife being killed by a group of rioters setting his home on fire.
Humans Are the Real Monsters: 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. 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.
Hypnotic Eyes: 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.
Knight Templar Parent: Dracula takes the whole Overprotective Dad 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 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 knows from experiencewhat humans can do to vampires.
Kryptonite Factor: 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.
Laser-Guided Amnesia: One of Dracula's powers. Jonathon's contacts block it, and he refuses to use it on Mavis, who wants to forget her heartbreak.
Trying to back himself up on why 'Jonnystein" isn't suitable for Mavis, Dracula says he has red, curly hair . . . to which Griffin asks defensively, "What's wrong with red, curly hair?" Well . . . the guy's invisible, so of course Draculanote or any other character for that matter is gonna point that out.
Jonathan says he had six brothers growing up, making him a seventh son.
Mayfly-December Romance: 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.
Drac mentions that Jonathan makes a lousy Frankenstein, but would be a very good vampire. Foreshadowing, perhaps?
In the first trailer, when Jonathan first enters the hotel, he loudly says "Hello?", a shocked Dracula says "A human!" and Jonathan says "What is this place?" In the movie the animation is the same, but the characters don't say anything until Dracula traps Jonathan in the revolving door.
Also, in the scene where Dracula and Jonathan are in the tunnel network and have the accidental pervert moment with the skeleton in the shower, Jonathan is dressed like his normal human self. The movie version of the scene has him wearing his "Johnnystein" monster disguise.
The Bigfoot who causes the clogged toilet problem had white fur with blue hands and feet in all the trailers. He's brown in the final version, probably because so many people said he looked more like the Yeti.
The silhouetted montage of all the monsters of the world beginning their travels to the hotel from their respective hideouts is cut from the final film.
One trailer showed the scene where one of the suit of armor gets kicked between the legs, making it look like Jonathan did it when it actually was Quasimodo.
The scene with Dracula going down the hall with the shrunken heads has some difference to the voices between the trailer and the movie.
At no point does Dracula try to convince Johnny that this is just a normal hotel, unlike in the trailer.
Mundane Utility: 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.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Dracula tries to convince Mavis to stay away from the human world 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 Jonathon to the hotel, and his upbeat outlook quickly changes her mind, forcing him to betray his ruse and further alienate her.
Mood Killer: Averted. When Johnathan 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.
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).
Puppy-Dog Eyes: Mavis tries this on her dad while in bat form; it doesn't work.
Dracula: Don't give me the pouty bat face.
The Quincy Punk: The werewolf pups have this look and similar bad behavior.
Race for Your Love: At the climax of the film, after Jonathan's identity is revealed, 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.
Sassy Black Woman: The shrunken head hanging on the hotel rooms, but particularly the one on Mavis' door.
Second Act Breakup: Double Subverted. 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. Then he tells her he hates monsters and leaves for Dracula's sake.
Seven Minute Lull: Just as big D confesses to Mavis that he made up the town with the angry mob to scare her for her own safety.
She Cleans Up Nicely: 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.
She Is All Grown Up: In the sense that Mavis at 118 is a young woman who wants her own life and to see the world.
Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: The only characters who appeared in the first trailer were 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 hadn't gotten a proper introduction was Quasimodo. He made a brief appearance screaming "A human!" but his face couldn't be seen and his name wasn't mentioned.
Sleep Cute: At the beginning of the scooter scene, as the characters are doing charades, front row center, a pink gill monster is resting against the bluish colored gillman who seemed to be drifting off to sleep.
And then there's "Problem (The Monster Remix)," which spoils the moment when 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 what happened with Mavis' mother from that.
Vegetarian Vampire: Neither Dracula or his daughter drink human blood. Instead their meals apparently consist of small critters like mice, scorpions, worms etc. This is actually more accurate to the behavior of real vampire bats, who generally avoid human blood.
Dracula does, however, threaten Jonathan at one point to leave the castle or he will suck ''All the blood out his body." Yikes.
Visible Invisibility: Type 5 with Griffin, he's the only one who can see himself and uses glasses so others can "see" him. Possibly Type 1 with the vampires, see The Mirror Shows The True Self.
Both times he has to tell people not to interpret it or copy it.
Walking the Earth: 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.
Wall Crawl: Mavis simply walks up the wall and onto the ceiling while pacing around her room.
She does it literally as a baby though.
What Measure Is a Non-Human?: 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.
What the Hell, Hero?: In order to keep Mavis from leaving the hotel, Dracula 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 Johnny is revealed to be a human and their sentiments really sour.
Weirdness Censor: 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, altough one ask for some proof
Wicked Witch: Dracula employs them as maids. One particular witch seems to have a crush on him.
Won't Take "Yes" for an Answer: 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.