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    Count Dracula 
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Voiced by: Adam Sandler, David Berni (T.V. Series)

Count Dracula is the main protagonist and the owner of Hotel Transylvania and Mavis's overprotective father.


  • Accidental Pervert: While trying to secretly get Johnny out of the hotel in the first movie, he accidentally walks in on a female skeleton taking a shower.
  • Action Dad: Not seen as much in the first movie, but in the second movie, he and his family completely curb stomp Bela and his army.
  • Adaptational Badass: Downplayed. Sunlight is a problem for him, unlike his novel counterpart, but even then, it's only a serious hindrance after too much exposure. Besides that, the series takes a lot of classic Dracula powers (mind control, super strength, animal transformations, flight) and gives Drac mastery of them all. The third film shows it off the most, with him evading the van Helsings for hundreds of years, to the point of an ancient weapon being considered the only thing that could kill him and it only manages to temporarily render him unconscious.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Downplayed. In the original novel Count Dracula was immune to sunlight as the only thing that exposure to it did to him was remove his powers until nightfall. In this adaptation, sunlight is a problem for Dracula but only after being exposed for too long.
  • Adaptational Heroism: He's a sympathetic character, unlike the one by Bram Stoker.
  • Adorkable: Dracula is a HUGE, utterly sweet dork as a father, and later grandfather.
  • Airplane Arms: He runs with his arms extended behind him.
  • Anti-Hero: He's very manipulative and loud, and strict about the rules, but he's a nice guy who would do anything for his family.
  • Arch-Enemy: Is considered such for the entire Van Helsing bloodline, having encountered multiple generations of Van Helsings and evaded their attempts on his life in an almost Bugs Bunny-esq degree of competence, Abraham being one of his most persistent pursuer. This presumably ends with Ericka.
  • Badass Cape: Its coolness was even lampshaded by Johnny in the first movie.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Dracula is always seen in a black tuxedo with a black cape and the inside of his cape is purple along with black dress shoes.
  • Badass in Charge: He runs the titled hotel and is the de facto leader of the monsters.
  • Bad Boss: Both downplayed and zigzagged with Benevolent Boss. See the latter entry below.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: In-universe. He's 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 Twilight.
    Dracula: This is how we're represented. Unbelievable.
  • Benevolent Boss: Downplayed. While Drac is a little distant and authoritative with his staff, he doesn't do anything outright abusive to his employees. Sometimes zigzagged with a downplayed version of Bad Boss however. In the first movie, a suit of armor complains that he doesn't pay him and he once used his magic to seal the mouth of a shrunken head. He also can be very rude with his staff, averting Nice to the Waiter.
  • Berserk Button: Downplayed. Drac doesn't go "berserk", but becomes extremely annoyed when someone thinks he says "bleh, bleh, bleh".
  • Brainy Brunette: He's able to handle a hotel since his daughter was a toddler.
  • Break the Haughty: His own systems and party-planning were turned against him when the monsters found out he smuggled Mavis's boyfriend into the castle.
  • Catchphrase: "I do not say bleh bleh bleh!"
  • Character Development:
    • In the first film, Dracula's Control Freak tendencies were noted frequently which lead him to do some questionable decisions to protect her, but his interactions with Johnny and seeing Mavis heartbroken over the former's apparent rejection, forces him to learn to let go of his Control Freak tendencies and allows Mavis to travel the world with Jonathan.
    • His wife, Martha, was murdered by bigoted humans, Dracula had a very low opinion of them and was quite adamant of Johnny not being with her because of that (as well as his fear of Mavis leaving), but befriending Johnny throughout the first movie has him change these views, to the point of becoming the couple's Shipper on Deck. Come the second movie, he is allowing humans as guests in his hotel, but would prefer his grandson to be a full vampire instead of humans, but comes to not care in the end, only caring about Dennis' happiness. His development comes full circle in the third movie when he zings with Ericka, a human; and he's not upset about zinging with a human, he's only concerned about the zing because he thought it only happened once.
  • Chick Magnet: He was Happily Married to Martha before her death. One of his witch employees has an obvious crush on him. Frank's cousin took a liking to him. And Ericka had a mutual zing with him.
  • Classical Movie Vampire: His physical appearance fits the trope to a T; slicked hairstyle, a black Ominous Opera Cape with a High Collar of Doom and a thick Eastern European accent. His personality is far from the classical sinister yet gentlemanly demeanor, though.
  • Control Freak: Dracula plans out everything to the smallest detail. His friends even treat his sudden OK with "hiring Johnny" for help with the party as a O.O.C. Is Serious Business.
  • Cool Old Guy: Especially after he becomes a grandfather — Drac owns an awesome hotel, is a talented rapper, can breakdance, and is a vampire.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: His wife's death caused her husband to hate all humans and make some irrational decisions in regards to introducing Mavis to humans.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Vlad was very rough and strict on Dracula when he was growing up. Dracula was a late-fanger growing up, so Vlad used fear and other cruel methods to scare the fangs out of Dracula. Vlad also made Dracula grow up to hate humans. As Dracula grew up and moved away, he slowly stopped contacting and communicating with his father all together. Then, when he finally meets Martha the love of his life and they have Mavis, his beloved wife is killed by an angry human mob.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: So long as you don't piss him off, he's a swell guy.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The most sarcastic character in the entire franchise.
  • Declaration of Protection: Dracula makes a vow to protect Mavis and Dennis as infants in the first and second movies,respectively.
  • Defrosting Ice King: After being dismissive and cold to Johnny for most of the movie, he comes to genuinely like the human after some bonding.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the series due to being away at the Vampire Council. Mavis takes his spotlight for such.
  • Disguised in Drag: He dresses up like a nurse so he can enter the delivery room and witness Dennis' birth.
  • Doting Grandparent: He absolutely adores his grandson, Dennis.
  • Doting Parent: As overprotective as he might be, he adores Mavis and she will always be his cute little girl in his eyes.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: A legendary vampire with black hair and pale skin.
  • Fantastic Racism: Justified. Dracula has a low opinion because a mob of them murdered his wife, Martha. However, he grows out of this mindset.
  • Fatal Flaw: His Control Freak nature has lead to numerous problems in both the first and second movie.
  • Freudian Excuse: He hates humans and takes questionable measures to protect Mavis because his wife was killed by humans.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: He never tried to hurt humans even back in the day and only wanted his family to live in peace as seen when he tried to talk the angry mob down. Even in modern times the most he does is try to scare Jonathan into leaving before warming up to him.
  • Glamour Failure: As typical with vampires, he has no reflection. He also doesn't appear in photos.
  • Gibberish of Love: In the third movie, he often devolves into this around Ericka.
  • Good Parents: Oversensitiveness aside, Mavis couldn't ask for a better dad.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Especially after he becomes a grandfather. Drac is a fun guy to be around, but he's also The Stoic and prone to sarcastic quips.
  • Happily Married: Dracula had a loving relationship with his wife, Martha. Making her death at the hands of humans even more tragic.
  • Heroic Build: Dracula has a broad, muscular build and is a definite good guy.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Interestingly, despite having lost the love of his (immortal) life by the hands of mortals, Dracula never sought vengeance upon them and instead contented himself with distancing him and the rest of the supernatural world from humanity.
    • The ending of the first movie reveals Dracula is really good at rapping.
    • The second movie shows he can play the ukulele and paints as a hobby.
  • Hopeless with Tech: He has a really hard time learning how to use a cellphone, mainly thanks to the (capacitive) touchscreen.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: He's basically an animated, vampire version of his voice actor.
  • Interspecies Romance: Him (a vampire) and Ericka (a human) zing with one another and are engaged by the end of third movie.
  • Irony: He hated humans in the first movie but had his second zing with one in the third.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a nice fella. But he does have a few less than pleasing personality traits, notably his rude way of treating his staff.
  • Knight Templar Parent: Downplayed. Dracula was willing to trick his daughter into thinking humans were dangerous to keep her in the hotel... because he couldn't bare to lose the way her lost Martha. Plus, even before revealing what he had done, it was implied he was ashamed at what he done but what was too stubborn to admit it.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: He's a good guy, but is more of an anti-hero.
  • The Leader: Of the titled area and the monsters.
  • Like Parent Unlike Child: Zig zagged. Dracula hates and fears humans, justified because they killed his wife, leaving him to raise his daughter alone. His daughter Mavis, however, despite being told all her life that humans hate and fear monsters, is curious and adventurous, wanting to meet them and see the world. In the end, Drac relents because his daughter's happiness matters more to him, and because he gets to see with his own eyes that the world has changed since he was a young vampire in love.
  • Love at First Sight: Dracula "zinged" with Martha. And he did it again with Ericka in the third movie.
  • The Mourning After: His late wife Martha was the only woman he ever loved.
  • Mundane Utility: Uses his telekinesis to change Mavis' diaper, every parent probably dreams of having that ability.
  • Nightmare Face: When he's angry.
  • Occult Blue Eyes: A legendary vampire with blue eyes.
  • Odd Friendship: While his initial relationship with Jonathan is frosty, due to Dracula himself being very orderly and controlling, and Jonathan having a relatively carefree lifestyle, they end up becoming good friends (with Jonathan reaffirming Dracula's faith in humanity).
  • Our Vampires Are Different: This Dracula doesn't drink human blood because "you have no idea where it's been" reason.
  • Overprotective Dad: Until he lets Mavis and Jonathan live their relationship.
  • Papa Wolf: In general, never. Ever. Mess with his family.
    • Drac risked burning to death just to make Mavis happy.
    • In the second movie, Drac promises to keep his grandson, Dennis, safe no matter what.
  • Parental Hypocrisy: He complains that Mavis is too overprotective of Dennis, when he was way more overprotective of her. However Drac did have a really good reason to be so protective of her and was before he realized that humans liked monsters now.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Around since at least the 19th century.
  • Restored My Faith in Humanity: Spending time with Jonathan and befriending him makes Dracula see that he isn't a bad person and makes him realize that maybe not all humans are bad. Being cheered on by the humans at the monster festival helps even more.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • After spending time with Johnny and reading Martha's letter, Dracula realizes his mistake and goes with his friends to get Johnny, so he and Mavis can be together.
    • In the sequel, he's an avid Dennis/Winnie shipper.
  • Shipping Torpedo: Actively tries to stop Mavis and Jonathan from becoming an item.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Subverted. His only true love was Martha. This later changes in the third movie when he falls in love with Ericka, and it's initially made a big deal because he'd previously thought that "you only zing once".
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: He's "ice" to his staff (mostly) and those he doesn't like, but is "sugar" for his friends and family.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: His sarcasm is quite prevalent throughout the story.
  • Took a Level in Idealism: By the end of the first movie, Dracula has his faith in humanity restored thanks to Johnny.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Becomes nicer to Jonathan after their bonding moments, and to humans in general after witnessing the monster parade for them.
  • Tragic Bigot: He has a lot of contempt for humanity because their hatred of monsters led to Martha's death. Hanging out with Johnny makes him see that not all humans are evil.
  • Vampire Vords: Was there any doubt of this?
  • Vegetarian Vampire:
    Human blood is too fatty. And you never known where it's been.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: To turn into a bat. He can also change back fully clothed. In the sequel, it is revealed that he can also become a wolf and a snake.
  • Weakened by the Light: He cannot go out into the sun as it causes him to disintegrate into dust.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: His methods may be over the top, but his heart is always in the right place.
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    Mavis Dracula 
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Voiced by: Selena Gomez, Bryn McAuley (T.V. Series)

Mavis Dracula is the deuteragonist of Hotel Transylvania. She is Dracula and Martha's "teenage" daughter who turns 118 in the first film. By the second film, she is the wife of Jonathan and the mother of their son, Dennis as well as the only granddaughter of Vlad.


  • Action Girl: Not seen as much in the first movie, but in the sequel she and her family completely curb stomp Bela and his army.
  • Action Mom: In the sequel, she kicks some ass in the climax along her son and her father.
  • Adorkable: Mavis gets quite giddy at the prospect of traveling the world or thinking about Jonathan.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Called "Mavy-Wavy" and "Little Mouse" by her father.
  • All-Loving Heroine: She is always willing to help someone out, even if her own life is in danger. Proof of that is when she was at the "human" village. After all the threats the pitchfork-armed, torch-wielding "humans" made of burning her clothes, taking her candy, biting her toes, and even shoving garlic bread in her face, she still offered her help when the "humans" were on fire.
    Mavis: "Holy rabies! You're on fire. Can I do anything? Can I help you?"
  • Babies Ever After: She and Johnny have a son, Dennis, by the second movie.
  • Badass Adorable: Mavis is a sweet, adorkable cutie. But, as the sequel demonstrates, she can kick ass.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Mavis can be scary if someone makes her angry.
  • Breakout Character: She quickly became the most popular character - and almost the face - of the franchise, to the point that she received her own series as protagonist.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: In the first and second movie, Mavis is the first one to call out Dracula whenever he does something selfish or sneaky.
  • Catchphrase:
  • Character Development: In the sequel, Mavis is more than willing to stand up to her father and his Control Freak nature.
  • Character Tics: When Mavis is happy and excited, she has a tendency to lean forwards on her tip toes with her hands spread out at her sides.
  • Cute Monster Girl: More precisely, a cute vampire girl.
  • Daddy's Girl: Lampshaded by the song Dracula sings to her during her childhood.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Like her father, she wears all black, but is a definite good person.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Dracula is upset that she had her zing with Johnny, a human. He comes around though.
  • Doting Parent: While she may be a little overprotective, she clearly adores Dennis and only wants what's best for him.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: She's a Perky Goth vampire girl with short black hair and pale skin.
  • Expressive Ears: When she turns into a bat.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: She's the daughter of Dracula, but she would never hurt anyone. She only wants to get to know humans and see the world outside of the hotel.
  • Generation Xerox: While not as bad as her father, one could compare her helicopter-parenting to the Count's overprotective desire to shelter her. One could argue that it could have been that bad without her family and friend's interventions.
  • Give Him a Normal Life: She thinks what's best for Dennis is to raise him like a normal human and have him grow up in an ordinary human environment.
  • Glamour Failure: She has no reflection and she doesn't appear in photos.
  • Good Parents: Like Johnny, she loves Dennis very much and always looks out for her son, although she can be a little overprotective over him.
  • Hairstyle Inertia: Has the same bob haircut from her youth.
  • Happily Married: To Jonathan in the sequel. While they do disagree with whether their son should stay at the hotel, both have a loving and strong marriage, encouraging one another when the other feels down.
  • Hartman Hips: Mavis' sweater dress shows off hers quite well. However it's downplayed because she's still supposed to be barely an adult (by monster standards, anyway).
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Falls in love with the redheaded human, Jonathan.
  • Immortal Immaturity: She's a 118-year old vampire who acts like a 18-year old human. Apparently, her emotional maturity is as stunted as her physical development. Justified in that she has spent her entire life extremely sheltered and hasn't been allowed to see the world beyond the castle/hotel, and thus has had almost no opportunities to become wise over the years.
  • The Ingenue: In the first film, she is wholefully innocent, gentle, sweet, and often naive.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: She has her father's blue eyes, but unlike him Mavis is naive, friendly and sweet.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Jonathan. She's a vampire, he's a human.
  • Intrigued by Humanity: Unlike her father, Mavis finds humans interesting and is excited to know about them and their activities.
  • Irony: In the first film, Mavis is chafing under her father's overprotective attitude, as he wants her to stay safe in his castle and she only wants to go see the world. In the second, she is determined to take her son away from the castle for his safety, and is seemingly oblivious to the fact that Dennis wants to stay.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Dracula explicitly told her that he couldn't bare to lose her. Justified since she's his only child, and he promised his late wife he would always protect her.
  • Love at First Sight: Mavis's "zing" was Jonathan.
  • The Maiden Name Debate: After her marriage with Jonathan, Mavis keeps her surname.
  • Mama Bear: Mess with her son, Dennis, and Mavis will be pissed.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: Unless Jonathan becomes a vampire himself, Mavis will long outlive him.
  • Mundane Object Amazement: She treats a minimarket like an amusement park.
  • Nice Girl: Mavis starts off as sort of brash and rebellious in the first film but she has always been an kind-hearted, wholesome, soft spoken, and lovable person who becomes a strong Mama Bear since the second film. Also, see her All-Loving Heroine section.
  • Nightmare Face:
    • Blink and you'll miss it, but when Dracula admits that the village was fake late in the film, Mavis makes a freaky angry expression with her eyes wide and bulging and her fangs bared. It must run in the family.
    • A much more visible one in the sequel when she mimics her father's roar at an airport clerk. It's not very effective, but still...
  • Obvious Pregnancy: Zigzagged. At the start of the second film, she doesn't really look any different. But, when she turns into her bat form, her belly becomes visibly distended, which clues her father in that he's going to become a grandfather.
  • Occult Blue Eyes: Inherited from her father, the legendary vampire Dracula.
  • Older Than She Looks: She's 118 years old, yet she looks, acts and thinks like a teenager.
  • Only Sane Woman: One of the most reasonable residents of the hotel.
  • Overprotective Mom: In the sequel, she shows she takes after her dad in overprotective parenting. She has her father babyproof the entire hotel, refuses to let Dennis try out any monster activities as she thinks they're too dangerous for him, and she considers moving out of the hotel and living with Jonathan's family so Dennis can grow up in a more safe environment.
  • Parent with New Paramour: Drac falls in love with Ericka in the third movie, and Mavis initially has her doubts, and not simply because Ericka is trying to hurt her father. Her fears are alleviated later on, and she's absolutely ecstatic when Drac later proposes to Ericka.

    Jonathan "Johnny" Loughran 
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Voiced by: Andy Samberg

Jonathan is the tritagonist of Hotel Transylvania He's the 21-year-old human backpacking his way across Europe and stumbles on the titular hotel. By the sequel, he has married Mavis and fathered a son, named Dennis.


  • Accidental Pervert: Johnny 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.
  • Adorkable: He's an American surfer-dude backpacker klutz who tends to ramble about random anecdotes from his travels, geeks out over the monsters (once he's through being terrified of them), is quite considerate of the feelings of others, and is a hopeless romantic. Mavis practically lampshades this trait when talking to Dracula:
    Mavis: "Phffft! No, come on, Dad, he's so weird and awkward, it's like 'are you an idiot or do you know you're adorable?'"
  • Amazon Chaser: Downplayed. Johnny was already in love with Mavis when they had their "zing", but he noticeably impressed and proud of Mavis in the sequel (his wife at this point) when she performed impressive, daredevil-defying bike tricks. And after her performance, he brags to local bikers about her:
    Johnny: That's my girlfriend, suckers!
    Mavis: Your wife, Johnny.
    Johnny: My wife? Even better!
  • Ascended Fanboy: Johnny is a fan of some of the most famous monsters like Frankenstein, Dracula, the Invisible Man. He not only becomes one of their close friends, but he also becomes Dracula's son-in-law by the sequel.
  • Babies Ever After: He and Mavis have a son, Dennis, by the second movie.
  • Badass Pacifist: In the third movie, Johnny manages to defeat the Kraken by using a song with Dracula's magic helping to amplify the sound.
  • Berserk Button: Being called a "wimp" by Vlad had Johnny nearly start a fight with the old vampire.
  • Black Sheep: Downplayed. While Johnny genuinely loves his family (and they feel the same way), it's implied that part of the reason he travels around the world was so he could find a place where he fit in because he never truly fit in with his family.
  • Blithe Spirit: For the hotel, as he brings some much needed fun changes to the overly traditional hotel.
  • Break Her Heart to Save Her: Sort of. Jonathan attempts this in the first film so that he won't drive Mavis and Dracula apart. He loves Mavis, but he cares too much about Dracula to leave him alone or to leave father and daughter estranged.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: He is a proud "slacker"; but he set up a party in half a day, figured out the table numbers by himself and kept track of them, and later helps the hotel get up-to-date with new technology.
  • Butt-Monkey: A lot of humor involves him suffering humiliating misfortunes.
  • Catchphrase: "Just gotta roll with it."
  • Chekhov's Gag: In the first movie, Jonathan's smelly old shirt is what Dracula and friends use to find him.
  • Companion Cube: He really cares about his backpack. It was even the best man at his wedding and has its own seat at the dinner table.
  • The Ditz: Comes hand and hand with also being The Fool.
  • Dumbass Has a Point:
    • He sarcastically comments on knowing what Mavis feels like when Dracula orders him around like a prisoner. Sarcasm aside, he's on point.
    • When Dracula tells him to take a time-out, Johnny angrily replies that he's a "grown man". Manchild or not, Johnny is and adult and Dracula has no right to tell him something he would say to a child.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: In the first movie, Johnny mentions growing up with six brothers. In the sequel, it's revealed that he only has two brothers (plus one sister).
  • Fanboy: Jonathan is a fan of Dave Mathews, as he mentioned that he had tickets to six Dave Mathews band concerts when he tried to convince Dracula to keep him alive.
  • Fiery Redhead: Downplayed. He likes to have fun, but is generally laid back.
  • The Fool: 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.
  • Frankenstein's Monster: Not really, but he dressed like one.
  • Freaky Is Cool: After getting over his initial terror of being trapped in a hotel of monsters, he wants to stay.
  • Generic Guy: Johnny may act as the Blithe Spirit, but besides that and his love of monsters, there's really nothing "unique" about him as a whole.
  • Genius Ditz: Implied. He can play the guitar, plan a massive party in half a day on no notice and possibly no prior experience, and took all of five seconds to figure out the numbers of all of the tables in Dracula's ballroom, and keep track while flying around.
  • Good Parents: Like Mavis, he loves Dennis very much and always look out for his son. Johnny also qualifies as the Open-Minded Parent.
  • Happily Married: To Mavis in the sequel. While they do disagree with whether their son should stay at the hotel, both have a loving and strong marriage, encouraging one another when the other feels down.
  • Henpecked Husband: In the sequel, he goes along with everything Mavis says and doesn't argue with her decisions, even if he doesn't agree with them. Probably ties into how he's a Mellow Fellow who "just rolls with it".
  • Hidden Depths: His first appearance portrays Johnny as a classic example of The Fool. However, he can plan a party in half a day, and figures out the numbers on all of the tables in Dracula's ballroom. He is also really good on the guitar. There's also the fact he's travelling through Europe primarily on foot, knows the local lore, judging by his knowledge of the "Lady Lubov" (Martha), and is implied to have been to France, Germany, and Greece, among other places, due to having patches that represent them on his backpack.
  • Idiot Hero: Well, more like "Idiot Deuteragonist". Just see his entry in The Fool section.
  • I Know Karate: "You wanna throw down old man [Vlad]! Certified yellow belt since 1997."
  • Immune to Mind Control: He cannot be hypnotized by Dracula due to wearing contact lenses.
  • Insecure Love Interest: He shows shades of this in the sequel. He still does not seem to be able to believe that Mavis is his wife, and still refers to her as "his girlfriend".
    Mavis: "Your wife, Johnny".
  • In-Series Nickname: Goes by either "Johnny" or "Jonathan", usually the former.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Mavis. He's a human, she's a vampire.
  • Keet: Always full of energy and life.
  • Lovable Coward: Can't blame him for being initially terrified of Hotel Transylvania.
  • Love at First Sight: Johnny's "zing" was with Mavis.
  • Magnetic Hero: His good-natured attitude allows him to win many people over, even ones who greatly dislike him at first.
  • Manchild: Downplayed. Johnny is mature enough to know he's a grown man, but his enthusiasm makes him seem endearingly childish.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Guy: For Mavis — He told her about the wondrous things in the human world.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: He apparently grew up with six brothers, so sharing stuff isn't an issue for him. This may have been retconned, as only two brothers show up in the sequel (with family pictures in his parents' house suggesting they're all the brothers he has), along with a sister.
  • 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 only vaguely touched uponnote  as a possibility.
  • Mellow Fellow: His motto is "just roll with it".
  • Messy Hair: Johnny's hair is curly, spiky, and appears to be regularly uncombed.
  • Nice Guy: Laid-back, easygoing, kind, thoughtful, and a bit of a romantic.
  • One Of These Is Not Like The Others: He is the only human in Dracula's fake town.
  • Open-Minded Parent: Unlike Mavis, Johnny is okay with letting Dracula try and bring out Dennis' inner vampire and he honestly thinks Dennis would be happier living among monsters at the hotel instead of having to move to California with Johnny's human family.
  • Out of Focus: In the sequel. In the first movie he was the Tritagonist of the same, along with Dracula and Mavis, but in Hotel Transylvania 2 much of that role falls on his son Dennis, and he becomes more a supporting character.
  • Papa Wolf: Johnny may not have the parenting skills of Mavis and Drac, but he doesn't hesitate to enter into the fray to save his son in the climax of the second film.
  • Phrase Catcher: "That's cool!"
  • Shout-Out: Anyone who's savvy enough with the story of Dracula would realise that Johnny is a shout-out to Jonathan Harker, the young and naive solicitor who was temporarily imprisoned within Dracula's castle in the orignal Bram Stoker novel.
  • The Pig Pen: When Drac sniffs one of his t-shirts, he immediately recoils in disgust. It's never made clear if he's bad at hygiene or just bad at maintaining it while backpacking.
  • The Slacker: He calls himself this and is proud of it.
  • The Social Expert: As of the second film, Johnny's job at the hotel is helping to make the place more human-friendly, which has resulted in more modern methods and incorporating more human-appropriate activities.
  • Token Human: The only human of the main characters.
  • Youthful Freckles: To show his fun-loving character.

    Dennis "Denisovich" Dracula-Loughran 
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Voiced by: Asher Blinkoff, Sunny Sandler (as a baby)

Dennis Dracula-Loughran is the half-vampire/half-human son of Johnathan and Mavis. He is also the grandson of Dracula and the late Martha as well as Mike and Linda. Through Mavis, Dennis is the great-grandson of Vlad.


  • Alliterative Name Dennis Dracula.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Downplayed. Dennis is teased by his cousins, but is loved by his parents, grandparents, aunt, and uncles. He's also loved by his monster surrogate family and his best friend - and inevitable crush - Winnie.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Dennis is the youngest on both sides of his family.
  • Badass Adorable: Once his vampire powers awaken, the adorable little Dennis beats the shit out of Bela in bat form, completely on his own.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Dennis is the sweetest little boy ever, but you wouldn't want to get him angry. Bela learns the hard way.
  • Cheerful Child: Dennis is nearly always happy and excitable throughout the sequel.
  • The Cutie: Quite the adorable sprite.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Dennis got his name from his deceased paternal great-grandfather.
  • Dhampyr: Combined with Half-Human Hybrid and (an inversion of) Human Mom Nonhuman Dad—his mom's vampire while his dad's a human, and though he ultimately gets his mom's vampire abilities, Dennis (as Frank points out) is still technically half-human.
  • Die or Fly: Dracula tries to force Dennis to learn how to fly by throwing him off a high tower. It doesn't work, but Dracula catches him on time.
  • Fanboy:
    • He loves Kakie the Cake Monster.
    • His favorite superhero is Batman.
  • Fiery Redhead: Downplayed. Dennis inherited his father's red hair and while he's a Cheerful Child, he's fairly even-tempered. Unless you make him mad.
  • Head Pet: Dennis seemed to like being on his parent's heads when he was younger. Winnie now does it to him.
  • Human Mom Nonhuman Dad: Inverted. His mother is a vampire while his father is human.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: He got his mother's blue eyes, and he's an innocent, adorable little cutie.
  • Instant Expert: Despite only just getting his vampire powers, he seems to master them pretty quickly during his fight against Bela.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Winnie, in that she's a werewolf-pup while he's a vampire/human-hybrid.
  • Keet: He's always full of energy.
  • Momma's Boy: While he obviously loves both of his parents and his very close to them, Dennis seems a little closer to his mom than he does to his dad—along with that, Mavis (much like her dad was with her) is very protective of her son, to the point of making dad babyproof literally the entire hotel and even going so far as to consider moving out of the hotel and to a place that she felt would be safer for Dennis when he initially didn't shown any monster abilities (unaware that her husband and even their son, along with her dad, are against it). Also, until Dennis was shown to have inherited his mom's vampire abilities, Mavis only feeds him healthy human food (such as avocados) and has him sleep at night.
  • Nice Guy: Dennis is an adorably sweet kid.
  • Nightmare Face: Inherits his from his mother and grandfather, and it's so powerful it sends Bela flying through several trees like an organic missile.
  • No Guy Wants to Be Chased: At the end of the third movie, Winnie makes a very forward romantic advance and asks Dennis to look her in the eyes so they can "zing". Dennis gets nervous and then runs off, believing he's "too young to zing".
  • Nom de Mom: Shares the last names of his mother and father.
  • Occult Blue Eyes: He got the blue eyes of his vampire mother and grandfather. In the climax, he reveals he does have vampire powers.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Despite being all of five years old, once his vampire powers kick in he easily hands Bela his rump.
  • Puppy Love: Winnie has a crush on him and although Dennis claims she's only a friend, he does appear to have a thing for her. At the end of the third movie it's still only at "a thing" level, as while Winnie blatantly offers to "zing" with him, Dennis runs off since he believes he's too young to "zing", so it's still just at "puppy love" level for now.
  • Quirky Curls: He inherited his father's red curls and energetic nature.
  • Significant Birth Date: He was born on Friday the 13th (though it doesn't clarify which month).
  • Strong Family Resemblance: With the exception of his eye color (which he gets from his mom), Dennis looks identical to his dad.
  • Took a Level in Badass: The beginning has Dennis unable to fly. The climax not only has him unleash his vampire powers, but being able to use them with expertise instantly.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Dennis really likes avocados.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: His vampire powers finally awaken when he and Winnie are attacked by Bela and Winnie gets hurt protecting him.
  • Wise Beyond His Years: Dennis seems very intelligent and mature for his age, and seems to have a better understanding of what's going on around than the adults think—he's also capable of buckling himself in and cutting avocadoes open on his own.

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Allies

    Frank 
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Voiced by: Kevin James

Dracula's best friend and Mavis' favorite "Uncle Frank" is none other than Frankenstein's monster — an oversized working man with an even bigger heart. It has been a long time since this monster stormed through the countryside, frightening villagers and constables alike. He is an unassuming married man who loves his adoptive family, Drac and Mavis. Imagine his surprise when he and his wife Eunice show up for Mavis' 118th birthday party and he is introduced to a cousin he has never met, Johnnystein (human Jonathan in a last-minute disguise).


  • Adaptational Heroism: In the original 'Frankenstein' novel, the "monster" was both good and bad. He's portrayed as an innocent person, who turns bad after numerous bad run-ins with humanity; he also kills two of Dr. Frankenstiens closet friends/family in an attempt to get back at him for not helping him.
  • Adaptational Ugliness: Frank has the stereotypical appearance of Frankenstein's monster but in the original 'Frankenstein' novel, the "monster" is specifically described as being a beautiful Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette, with yellow eyes and dark lips.
  • Berserk Button: "FIRE!! BAD!!"
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's an easygoing Gentle Giant, but show him fire or be a jerk and he will go berserk.
  • Big Eater: Something that was shown more in the sequel; Frank will eat anything he finds delicious.
  • Big Fun: Shares it with Murray; dude's a major party animal.
  • Frankenstein's Monster: You bet.
  • Freaky Is Cool: He thinks the idea of his hand having pig strangling blood ancestry is "pretty cool".
  • Gentle Giant: He's the biggest, and has an equally big heart.
  • Happily Married: Has a loving one with Eunice.
  • Henpecked Husband: His wife constantly reminds about what he should and shouldn't do.
  • The Lancer: Can also be The Big Guy.
  • Nice Guy: Frank's generally an easy-going and good-natured guy. Just don't show him fire.
  • Scary Stitches: It comes with being Frankenstein's monster. The stitches don't seem too strong, as he's able to ship himself to the hotel in pieces, and falls apart after diving from the pool's extra-high dive.
  • Unusual Eyebrows: His are stitches.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He can't stand fire. Just seeing it send him into a rage.

    Eunice 
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Voiced by: Fran Drescher

Eunice is Frank's beloved wife. What Frank lacks in forcefulness, Eunice more than makes up for.


    Wayne 
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Voiced by: Steve Buscemi

Wayne is a werewolf who's a miserable data processor by day and a put-upon father by night.


  • Badass Decay: In-Universe. Wayne often complains about no longer being at his top, having lost most of the energy and fierceness of his younger days plus no longer being a good tracker.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: The only thing he doesn't wear are shoes.
  • Butt-Monkey: He's pretty much the most miserable of all characters.
  • The Cynic: Wayne's outlook on life in general is dismal as his ever-growing family normally gives him a lot of mental stress.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Seems pretty exhausted by having a bunch of kids, so that's why he's deadpan.
  • Furry Reminder: There are many, many dog jokes based off of him!
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As cynical as he is, Wayne does have a good heart and does care about his friends and their families.
  • Nice Hat: A hat with narrow stripes, which is only seen in official artwork of the first movie.
  • Papa Wolf: A literal example. In the second movie, he attacks Bela to protect Winnie.
  • Pushover Parents: Only Winnie respects him.
    Wayne: "Hey, kids, reel it in! You're only supposed to make Mom and Dad miserable!"
  • The Smart Guy: His job is a data processor.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Implied. The sequel shows that Wayne was the most visibly scared of his friend when they were climbing up a very tall tower.
  • Wolfman: He's a werewolf who acts (in most ways) as a human being.

    Wanda 
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Voiced by: Molly Shannon

Wanda's a werewolf and the wife of Wayne; she lives in a state of maternal bliss so contentedly that she can't see the mayhem caused by her innumerable brood of werewolf pups. Apparently, she seems to never stop being pregnant.


  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Like Wayne, the only item of clothing she doesn't wear are shoes.
  • Characterization Marches On: The first two films show her completely content with the amount of children she has, but by the third film she seems to be getting worn out as much as Wayne.
  • Doting Parent: Wanda always has an explanation for any destructive behavior shown by her pups, "since that's what kids do."
  • Explosive Breeder: She and Wayne already have a lot of children, and she's pregnant during the events of all three movies even though the end of the first showed her having already given birth at the end suggesting that this is a new litter.
  • Hartman Hips: Aside from being heavily pregnant, she has these.
  • Honorary Aunt: She's one to both Mavis and Dennis. Mavis even refers to her as Aunt Wanda.
  • Monster Is a Mommy: Literally. Wanda plays this trope straight, and isn't seen not pregnant.
  • Nice Girl: The polar opposite of her husband's sarcastic and cynical personality - Wanda's sweet, lovable and very maternal.
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    Winnie 
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Voiced by: Sadie Sandler

The only daughter of Wayne and Wanda's many pups until the third film where she has another sister named Sunny. Also best friends with Dennis in the second film.


  • Ascended Extra: One of Wayne's many kids in the first movie who was crucial to the climax of the film but nothing more beyond that. In the sequels, her role's expanded.
  • Character Development: After seven years, Winnie didn't appear to physically change but she has mentally matured.
    Winnie: [in response to Dennis questioning her serving him a dead pigeon] Enjoy it. 'Cause once I graduate from business school and start running a company, you're not gonna get home-cooked meals like this anymore.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Especially considering she's a cute werewolf puppy.
  • The Cutie: Due to being the youngest she also show signs of being cute like displaying an adorable position while sucking her pacifier atop a floating table during the disco scene.
  • Daddy's Girl: The (former) only daughter of Wayne and Wanda, as well as the only child who still respects her father.
  • Death Glare: When she notices Dennis' human cousins laughing at him, she shoots them a furious glare over her shoulder and begins growling.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She ties her hair in little twintails, identifying her as the only female werewolf pup.
  • The Glomp: She always loves to tackle Dennis and lick him.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Winnie has a gargantuan (and incredibly blatant) crush on Dennis. To top it off, she says she loves his "strawberry locks". Then in the third movie, she kisses him on the cheek after a victory dance, and then at the end she just comes right out and says she wants to "zing" with Dennis, though Dennis says he's too young to "zing" right now.
  • Hidden Depths: The sequel has her telling Dennis about her aspirations to going into business school and running her own company.
  • Interspecies Romance: Winnie is a werewolf pup who has a huge crush on Dennis, a human-vampire hybrid.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: She says she has 300 brothers.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: When she opens her mouth, she reveals she has dozens of fangs, and Dennis certainly is impressed by her set.
  • The Nose Knows: Wayne calls on her to sniff out Jonathan's scent when he cites years of diaper changes have permenantly destroyed his sense of smell. Not only does she manage to track the smell effortlessly, she can do so to the tiniest detail such as what cab Jonathan got into, where he was heading, what airplane he was getting on and even what kind of in-flight meal was being served on that airplane.
  • Only Sane Woman: Of all her brothers, she's apparently the only one who is serious.
  • Outnumbered Sibling: Was the only daughter of Wayne and Wanda's wolf pups until the third film (though even then she's still severely outnumbered with just one younger sister). She even claims she has 300 brothers.
  • Puppy Love: An almost literal example with Dennis in the sequel, with her having an obvious crush on him. At the end of the third movie, she tries to upgrade it from "puppy love" to "zing" level and asks Dennis to look her in the eyes, but Dennis believes he's too young to "zing" right now and runs away without looking.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Winnie's cute enough to make even the manliest hearts vaporize.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: In the sequel, Winnie has a crush on Dennis (often referring to him as her "zing"). Why? Because he's the nicest boy she's ever met. She makes her move at the end of the third movie and asks Dennis to "zing", which he turns down since he doesn't feel ready for it yet.
  • Suddenly Voiced: In the scene where she sniffs Johnny's shirt, she describes where he is.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Whether it's his mean cousins or Bela, if someone causes distress to Dennis, Winnie will be pissed.

    Werewolf Kids 
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The Werewolf Kids (also called the Werewolf Pups and Wolf Pups) are the children of Wayne and Wanda. Most of them appear to be male, but it is unknown exactly how many of them there are.


  • Badass Adorable: They help take out Bela and his army in the sequel's climax.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Unlike Winnie, they are the most ill-behaved and show no respect towards their father.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: They all wear black t-shirt (some with skull patterns) and they aren't the most well-behaved, but they are on the side of good.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: As Bela and his flunkies discover the HARD way after hurting Winnie and pinning Wayne.
  • Odd Name Out: In the third film, there's a second daughter named Sunny, who so far is the only werewolf whose name doesn't start with a "W".
  • Rule of Symbolism: "The disorder they cause in the hotel provides the audience with insight into how uncomfortable Dracula gets when he loses control over something," says head of story Kaan Kalyon.

    Griffin 
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Voiced by: David Spade

Griffin, also known as the Invisible Man, only wears glasses to be seen. He uses his invisibility to surprise people and to help him during fights. He's sarcastic and witty personality-wise.


  • Alone Among the Couples: In the sequel, all his friends have found someone except him and Drac. This results in Griffin claiming he does have an invisible girlfriend, but nobody buys it. Fortunately, he meets a real invisible woman in the end.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Griffin greets Dracula by pinching his ass and then calling him irresistible, but meets an invisible woman in the sequel.
  • Butt-Monkey: Attacked by wolf pups, publicly embarrassed in the swimming area, and much more.
  • The Chew Toy: See above.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The second snarkiest, after Dracula.
  • Expressive Accessory: His glasses seem to bend and distort with his emotions.

    Murray 
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Voiced by: Cee Lo Green (first movie), Keegan-Micheal Key (sequels)

Murray the Mummy is a big bandaged guy, who's actually larger-than-life.


  • Big Fun: Along with Frank, the most jovial and light-hearted.
  • The Big Guy: Shares this role with Frank.
  • Dead Weight: Murray is technically already dead, but he's the heaviest (after Frank).
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Not intentionally but his arrival to the hotel in the first movie saw him coming in via a mound of sand much to Dracula's annoyance. He attempts to summon a sandstorm in the sequel, but throws his back out halfway through.
  • Nice Guy: Murray is a extremely friendly, fun-loving, and good-natured mummy.

    Blobby 
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Voiced by: Jonny Solomon (Second Film), Genndy Tartakovsky (Third Film)

Blobby is a speechless, green, Blob Monster with eyeballs and is one of Drac's friends.


  • Ascended Extra: He was one of the memorable background characters in the first movie with barely any effect on the plot, but in the sequel he is given an expanded role alongside the main characters. He's even given shared billing in promo material and trailers.
  • Blob Monster: He's a living mass of green jelly.
  • A Lizard Named "Liz": A Blob Monster named Blobby.
  • Mr. Seahorse: Blobby gets sea-sick on the cruise-liner in Hotel Transylvania 3. When he vomits, the puke suddenly transforms into a tiny clone of Blobby, which then embraces him, calling him "Pappa!"
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: As shown in the sequel and the third movie, Blobby can survive falling from a tall cliff and being blown up by a flare gun round.
  • Soft Water: A blob equivalent. Anyone/anything that falls into Blobby is instantly stopped without any harm, no matter how high the fall is.
  • The Speechless: He doesn't speak, so his character is entirely conveyed through pantomime, and the noises his gelatinous body makes.
  • Sudden Name Change: In the first movie, his name was Steve. It was never said out loud in the film.
  • Truly Single Parent: The third film has him singlehandedly create a smaller blob creature that he treats like his child.

     The Kraken 
Voiced by: Joe Jonas
The Kraken is the host of Atlantis who welcomes people to the casino with a musical number. However, it has a darker side...
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: The Ultimate Weapon is music that drives it into a mad rage where it destroys and kills whoever it's told. It sunk Atlantis and nearly takes out the monsters at the dance club.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Introduced as merely a cool lounge singer, come back for the finale as Abraham's brainwashed minion until Johnny and Drac free him.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: When under the control of the Ultimate Weapon, its eyes glow yellow.

     Tinkles 
Voiced by: Joe Whyte
A giant puppy owned by Dennis.
  • Big, Friendly Dog: He's large enough to be ridden on, and is very playful and affectionate.
  • Clark Kenting: In Summer Vacation, Dennis and Winnie sneak him aboard by simply hiding him in a trench coat and fedora. Mavis doesn't realize it's him until after his hat falls off.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: When he senses Abraham Van Helsing and his great-granddaughter behind a door, he starts viciously barking and growling.
  • Meaningful Name: He got his name because he urinated in Mavis' living room.
  • Talking Animal: He's capable of human speech.

Extended Dracula Family Members

    Martha 
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Voiced by: Jackie Sandler

Martha was the wife of Dracula and the mother of Mavis. She was killed by a mob of humans while trying to hide.


    Vlad 
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Voiced by: Mel Brooks

Vlad is the father of Dracula, the paternal grandfather of Mavis, the grandfather-in-law of Jonathan and the maternal great-grandfather of Dennis.


  • Abusive Dad: Vlad used fear and other cruel methods to get Dracula's fangs to pop out.
  • Age Without Youth: He is the first vampire shown on screen that shows signs of senility like a human would and his teeth are actually dentures. All other vampires we see look like adults or kids.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He wears all black, and while he may be more of a jerk than his son, he proves not to be a completely heartless vampire.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Makes his opinions of the hotel, Murray, and just about anything else clearly known.
  • Easily Forgiven: Despite having a strained relationship and possessing Dennis' favorite monster, Vlad is forgiven. Which is unsurprising, given he saved Johnny, a human, from being killed by Bela.
  • Expy Coexistence: Given that He Looks Like Orlok, he's an expy of an expy of his own son.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Goes from hating humans and the idea of being related to them to saving Johnny from being killed by Bela.
  • Heel Realization: Doesn't seem to understand at first just how badly he's hurt his great-grandson, until Drac and Mavis lay into him for it.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Vlad may not be the nicest, but he was willing to protect his human family after he finds out that his great-grandson is half-human.
  • Kavorka Man: The Hotel Transylvania 3 teaser trailer shows Vlad being goggled by three witches - despite being a wrinkly old vampire.
  • Looks Like Orlok: Is a bald vampire with pointy ears.
  • The Nose Knows: With one sniff, Vlad was able to know that Linda and Mike (who were dressed up as zombies), "smelled funny"; getting a small hint that they weren't actual monsters, but he was distracted by Frank to pay much heed.
  • Papa Wolf: Oh yeah. Changes the view he's had of humans for hundreds if not thousands of years in roughly two minutes, because his great-grandson is half-human, and doesn't hesitate to hit his most loyal minion with a Fate Worse than Death for daring to attack a human that his son and granddaughter love.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: A very quick example. He goes from hating humans to saving Johnny and telling Dennis that it doesn't matter if he gets his fangs.

    Aunt Lydia 
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Voiced by: Dan Chameroy

Aunt Lydia is Dracula's older sister and Mavis' aunt. She is a recurring character who appears in Hotel Transylvania: The Series.


  • Anti-Villain: She's the main antagonist of the TV series, but it's more about her Good Old Ways beliefs clashing with Mavis's love for change. Other than that, Lydia does have moments that show she cares for her niece.
  • The Baroness: Is referred to as such by various characters throughout the series.
  • Clucking Funny: Aunt Lydia is a grimly serious authority figure with a pet chicken named Diane.
  • Color Motifs: Purple. Except for the white part of her hair, Lydia's hair is colored purple. Her clothing is a mixture of black and purple. And her pet chicken, Diane, has purple coloring on her head.
  • Control Freak: Much like her brother, Lydia strives to maintain order in the hotel.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: While she acts as the antagonist for most of the series, it is clear that she does value her niece as family to some capacity. This is most telling in "Bugging Out", where she begrudgingly praises Mavis for doing all of the chores she was assigned, and then later tells Mavis that she does deserve to work at Hotel Transylvania in spite of her screw-ups. The sincerity in what she said is made even more poignant when a truth bug blew up next to her as she said it, proving that actually meant that. This is cemented in Fangceanera, when it's revealed that everything she has done is to prepare Mavis to obtain her cape, even celebrating when she does so.
  • Evil Aunt: Aunt Lydia, apparently due to being a traditionalist in monster ways and trying to impose them when running the hotel.
  • Good Old Ways: She always begrudges the monster world's un-involvement with mankind (but not in the "peace and harmony" sort of way). Unlike Drac, who has tried to stay as far away from humans to keep him, Mavis and the rest of monster kind safe, Lydia misses hunted them as food and using them as fodder for the Bad Friday celebration.
  • Guilty Pleasures: Throughout the episode "Hotel Pennsylvania", Lydia does everything she can to keep Mavis and her friends from watching the titular human show, even confiscating all of the televisions in the hotel and stationing a guard-hellhound on the bridge to keep them from leaving. By the very end, we find Lydia also watching the show on all of the confiscated TVs.
  • Nightmare Face: When angered, she makes a angry face that intimidates everyone just like her brother and niece, complete with Flaming Hair.
  • Perpetual Frowner: She usually very grumpy, and thus does not amuse easily. This is even Played for Laughs in "How Do You Solve A Problem Like Medusa", were after seeing Medusa humiliated, she struggles to bring herself to smile at her old rival's humiliation, disturbing Mavis and her friends as she does so.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Her main color theme is purple and she's a strict, authoritative figure.
  • Sibling Rivalry: It is implied that Drac out performed her in various things ever since he was born, dethroning her as winner of the Bad Friday competition when he first tried out.
  • Skunk Stripe: Has three white stripes in her (mostly) black hair.
  • Staff of Authority: Always seen carrying a black with a purple orb at the top with Diane seen sitting on it. This symbolizes her being in charge of Hotel Transylvania.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Lydia looks almost exactly like her brother, Dracula. The only difference being in gender and hair color.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: "Breakfast at Lydia's" shows she adores Quasimodo's goulash. She always has it for breakfast and scarfs it down whenever she has it.

    Mike and Linda Loughran 
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Voiced by: Nick Offerman (Mike), Megan Mullally (Linda)

Johnny's parents.


  • Butt-Monkey: A mild example, but Linda finds herself in a fair amount of slapstick and mishaps with various monsters throughout the movie (getting accidentally absorbed inside Blobby, doused by Bigfoot's teardrop, and having blood beater spat all over her blouse by Dracula.) She even gets frozen by Dennis during the Dance Party Ending - though to be fair, Mike was visibly embarrassed by her...enthusiasm.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Mike uses his snark to call out Linda's moments of insensitivity.
  • Hartman Hips: Linda has these.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Mike is bigger and rounder than the lithe and smaller Linda.
  • Innocent Bigot: Linda says some stereotypical things about monsters, but it's more due to being Innocently Insensitive than malice.
  • Nice Guy: Despite their moments of insensitivity, they both mean well and are overall good people.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: Downplayed. They prove to be very nice people, their only faults being moments of accidental insensitivity, mostly from Linda.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Linda is more bouncy than the grumpy Mike.

Antagonists

    Quasimodo 
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Voiced by: Jon Lovitz, Scott McCord (T.V. Series)

Quasimodo Wilson, the former Hunchback of Notre Dame, is now the gourmet chef at Hotel Transylvania. He has a pet rat named Esmeralda and is the main antagonist of the first film.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: His hair is green instead of gray in Hotel Transylvania: The Series.
  • Angry Chef: In the episode "Breakfast at Lydia's", he throws a tantrum and quits as head chef of the hotel when Mavis asks for a pinch of salt to go with her ghoulash.
  • Bad Boss: Whenever Drac finds something wrong with his food, he takes it out on a gargoyle waiter, blaming them for it.
  • Chef of Iron: Takes on a squad of castle guards and the gargoyle waiters and manages to evade them easily.
    When you bump with the hump, you land on your rump!
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He doesn't appear in the sequel. Presumably, Drac fired him trying to cook Jonathan, and even if he didn't do it immediately, Quasimodo's hostility toward humans probably made him too much of a liability when the hotel started welcoming human guests. He has made sporadic appearances in the TV Series, though.
  • Embarrassing First Name: In the Hotel Transylvania: The Series episode "Brain Drain", Mavis' Uncle Gene is known to "sleep-gossip". One of the secrets he reveals is that Quasimodo's real name is Rainbow.
  • Evil Chef: The head chef who has major hatred for humans (as opposed to the fear the other monsters have) and not above trying to cook them.
  • French Cuisine Is Haughty: He is French.
  • French Jerk: He's a complete jerk with a thick French accent.
  • Hate Sink: He is the least sympathetic character in the film and he unapologetically tries to kill Johnny, giving the audience someone to root against when the movie has no antagonists.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: He kidnaps Jonathan with the intent of baking him into a pie.
  • In Name Only: Doesn't have much in common with Victor Hugo's tragic misunderstood monster. Though he may be based mostly on Igor.
  • Jerkass: The least likable character in the movie.
  • Large Ham: Prone to over-the-top dramatics.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Said Gargoyle waiter takes advantage of him being frozen from Dracula's power by sticking his finger up his nose.
  • Nice Hat: His chef hat.
  • Plot-Irrelevant Villain: Aside from trying to cook Johnny, he really has nothing to do with the main plot of the first movie, which is about the Character Development of Dracula, Mavis, and Johnny.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Not seen or mentioned in the sequels. With his actions in the first film he was most likely fired but it is never stated.

    Bela 
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Voiced by: Rob Riggle

A demonic-looking vampire bat that works under Vlad, Bela is an always angry monster who absolutely despises humans.


  • Ax-Crazy: Per his Berserk Button of humans, he basically has no issue with murdering anyone that affiliates with, or is human.
  • Berserk Button: He really doesn't like humans.
  • Conflict Killer: His hatred of humans drives the endgame of the second film, and also makes the Dracula family put aside their problems with each other to defend Dennis and Winnie.
  • Fantastic Racism: He has a strong and irrational hatred for humans, for some reason.
  • Fate Worse than Death: After his colony of bat monsters is driven off by the Draculas, Bela tries to take revenge by killing Jonathan, the easiest target and one that would hurt all the Draculas. Vlad stops him, but instead of killing him, he shrinks Bela down to mouse size and lets the wolf cubs have him.
  • Flat Character: He doesn't have much to his character beyond his hatred of humans.
  • Knight of Cerebus: It doesn't last long, given how outclassed his species is against the Draculas, but Bela is pretty much the first real bad guy encountered (notwithstanding the angry mob that killed Martha). He's genuinely threatening to those weaker than him.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Likely named after classic Dracula actor Bela Lugosi.
  • No Indoor Voice: Bela is always yelling.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: He and his friends serve Vlad, but are a lot different from Vlad, Drac, and Mavis, most notably in that they're always demonic-looking. Also, Drac's hypnotism works on them when it doesn't work on more human-looking vampires.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eyes are dark red.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Bela showed no problem with hurting Dennis and Winnie, and actually did hurt the latter.

    Ericka Van Helsing 
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Don't trust this woman.
Voiced by: Kathryn Hahn

The captain of the cruise ship Legacy in the third film. Apparently organizing a cruise for monsters, they're unaware she's actually the descendant of Abraham Van Helsing, and her goal is to slay all the monsters on the ship.


  • Becoming the Mask: She pretends to accept monsters and feigns romantic interest in Dracula so as to mislead them into thinking that she's not against them. She becomes the mask when she genuinely starts to love Dracula and realizes that monsters aren't all that bad.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She acts like a cheery and kind woman, and Dracula falls head over heels for her. However, this is all a façade for her very sinister plan to slay Drac and all the other monsters on the ship. This is subverted later on, as she starts to return Dracula's feelings for her and even saves his life when Van Helsing tries to kill him.
  • Character Development: Ericka started with an intense hatred toward monsters but comes to realize they aren't all bad while falling in love with Dracula.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Out of the antagonists in the series, she's the first major one with a direct impact on the main plot, unlike Quasimodo and Bela. Further differences from said two include that she's a human who is dressed in a clean, white and gold outfit, and being the first female antagonist in the film series, with the former two being male. She's also the first antagonist to become an ally, whereas Quasimodo and Bela both faced humiliation for all the things that they had wrought.
  • Fantastic Racism: She thinks monsters are "disgusting", and the cruise is a trap to slay all of them. She loses this mentality once she genuinely starts to fall in love with Drac.
  • Gibberish of Love: She slips into this when Drac proposes to her at the end of the third movie. She says yes once she can speak clearly.
  • The Heavy: She does all the grunt work for her great-grandfather, who doesn't get directly involved until she brings him the McGuffin that has the power to kill Drac.
  • Heel–Face Turn: While she initially plans to kill all monsters, she falls in love with Dracula and begins to genuinely accept monsters.
  • High-Heel–Face Turn: She's the first female villain in the main film series (as explained under Contrasting Sequel Antagonist), and is quicker to make a Heel–Face Turn than her great-grandfather is.
  • In Love with the Mark: She spends most of her earlier time trying to murder Dracula before genuinely falling for him.
  • Interspecies Romance: Her (a human) and Dracula (a vampire) zing with one another and are engaged by the end of third movie.
  • Irony: Spent most of her life being taught to hate monsters, but falls in love with one as an adult.
  • Kindness Button: The first time she doesn't fake kindness around Drac is when he opens up about losing his wife and raising his daughter alone since she was a baby. Since she herself lost her parents when she was a baby, this is why she's sympathetic to them.
  • Light Is Not Good: In contrast to a majority of the monsters, who aren't that scary in spite of their macabre appearance, she wears a white Captain's uniform with gold highlights, along with white hair, and has goals firmly rooted in killing the monsters. Subverted, as she falls in love with Dracula, comes to accept all monsters and has a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Love at First Sight: Ericka admits to having "zinged" with Dracula.
  • Love Redeems: Learning that Drac has "zinged" with her causes Ericka to regret her actions.
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Well, great-granddaughter, but Van Helsing, who is depicted as a mad scientist who built a Cyborg-like body for himself, is her great-grandfather and she is beautiful enough to have Dracula fall for her.
  • Number Two: Serves as one to her great-grandfather before having a Heel–Face Turn in the end.
  • Official Couple: With Dracula at the end of the third movie.
  • Parental Abandonment: Combined with Raised by Grandparents—in a conversation with Drac, Ericka explains that her parents died when she was really young, that she was raised primarily by her great-grandfather, and has spent most of her life on the Legacy.
  • Raised by Grandparents: After the death of her parents, Ericka was raised by her great-grandfather.
  • Second Love: To Dracula, since his first love and wife, Martha, died. She reciprocates his feelings for her, and the two eventually become engaged.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: After many failed attempts at killing Dracula, Ericka first begins to warm up to him when she sees him playing around in the water with his adorable little family. This intensifies when they share some brief bits of their family history and Drac's pressures of dating after losing his wife. She begins to genuinely return his affections when she realizes he's not the evil monster she was raised to believe he is.
  • Van Helsing Hate Crime: Just present as just plain not liking monsters than them having done anything to her. Extra points for being a Van Helsing to boot. Though it's revealed this is from her upbringing from Abraham. Once actually interacting with Drac, she starts to come around to the notion that not all monsters are bad.
  • Villainous Crush: She's The Heavy of the third film, begins to genuinely fall for Dracula.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Ericka has pure white hair, but pretends to be a sweet woman while trying to slay Drac and his friends. This is subverted once she makes a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Zany Scheme: Just like her great-grandfather, she has a tendency into trying to assassinate Drac as quickly as possible (like smashing him with boats, or spiking guacamole with garlic oil), even despite the fact Abraham is taking things slow to ensure Drac is truly taken down for good at Atlantis. Luckily, both of them grow out of it, at varied times.

     Professor Abraham Van Helsing 
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I will hunt you down for all eternity! I swear, I will never rest until I destroy you and every other monster if it's the last thing I ever do!
Voiced by: Jim Gaffigan

The legendary monster hunter. Though he wants to kill all monsters, he has a special contempt for Dracula, who has evaded him endlessly.


  • Adaptational Villainy: Since Abraham Van Helsing is the most famous monster hunter in fiction and the monsters of Hotel Transylvania are much less evil than in their source material, it's obvious that this version of Van Helsing is more malevolent than other incarnations. However, he goes above and beyond by wanting to kill every monster, not just Dracula. Subverted after Ericka falls for Dracula and makes this obvious to him, which makes him let go of this mindset.
  • Bald of Evil: His hair receded into this, and he laments the loss of the "golden locks" he had when he was younger.
  • Big Bad: Of Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, despite miniscule screen time.
  • Cyborg: In order to keep himself alive, he replaced his body piece by piece with clumsy Steam Punk tech to the point where the only remaining parts of his are his head, arms and a few internal organs.
  • Family Honor: His main motivation. Abraham's three immediate predecessors were established monster hunters, and he intends to preserve the Van Helsing family legacy.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: He believes that monsters are abominations that should be stamped out, yet by this point it would be a stretch for him to qualify as human given his mechanical upgrades.
  • Heel–Face Turn: It takes awhile as he continues with his scheme even when he sees Ericka switching sides. But finally pulls this once his scheme is foiled and wounds up getting saved by Dracula.
  • Human Popsicle: He used this method to put himself in Suspended Animation and survive to the present day.
  • Hunter of Monsters: What he is most famous for, having inherited the job from his ancestors.
  • Hypocrite: He hates monsters and plots to destroy them, yet he is fine employing Fish People for his cruise-liner and using a singing Kraken to exterminate them.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: During his Wile E. Coyote-style chases with Dracula, he took a lot more punishment than normal humans would be able to.
  • Lightning Gun: He is introduced carrying a plasma globe-topped Ray Gun capable of shooting lightning.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Ericka is merely helping carry out his scheme to kill Dracula and the other monsters.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: In the present, as he's in no shape to fight. He merely directs the Kraken to kill for him.
  • Road Runner vs. Coyote: He can be considered the most persistent of Dracula's pursuers and yet was thwarted every time.
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: He isn't seen alive in the trailers; only his picture is present. The illusion is given that Ericka is trying to honor "Great-Grandpa Van Helsing"'s memory.
  • Terrorists Without a Cause: His Fantastic Racism does not seem to be based around a particular ideology or motivation other than exterminating monsters being the Van Helsing Family Business.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: In his heyday, his upper body was gargantuan in comparison to his tiny legs.
  • Van Helsing Hate Crime: The Trope Namer even. He has no other motive behind hunting monsters besides preserving the Van Helsing family legacy. He wishes to set Ericka on the same path, even if it means raising her in solitude.
  • Walking Spoiler: His exact role in the film is a surprise.

Alternative Title(s): Hotel Transylvania 2, Hotel Transylvania The Series, Hotel Transylvania 3 Summer Vacation

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