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    Count Dracula
Voiced by: Adam Sandler (first three films, Puppy short), David Berni (TV series, first season), Ivan Sherry (TV series, second season), Brian Hull (Monster Pets short, fourth film)
Dubbed by: Germán Fabregat (Latin American Spanish), Santiago Segura (European Spanish), Alexandre Moreno (Brazilian Portuguese), Kōichi Yamadera (Japanese)

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 Heroism: He's a sympathetic character, unlike the one by Bram Stoker.
  • 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.
  • 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 pursuers. This presumably ends with Ericka.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Dracula as nurse Francine is certainly attractive enough to get the attention of a perverted zombie while his daughter gives birth.
  • 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.
  • Baldness Angst: It's nowhere near as bad as Griffin, but when Drac becomes a human he definitely gets thinner up there, and when he sees his reflection for the first time he desperately tries to mitigate the damage.
  • 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 Mean 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 of people 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.
  • Former Bigot: Initially, he's a Tragic Bigot who hates humans because some of them killed his wife Martha. However, he comes to abandon his prejudices after learning that things have changed over the course of more than a century, and is a Doting Grandparent to his half-human grandson Dennis.
  • Freudian Excuse: He hated 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.
  • Healing Factor: An impressive one given that when he returns to the hotel after being exposed to sunlight he heals pretty quickly. Even his clothes heal.
  • 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.
  • Honorary Uncle: Wayne's kids call him Uncle Drac.
  • Hypnotic Eyes: Can "vampnotize" others.
  • 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.
  • Last-Name Basis: Everyone, including his family, refers to him as just Dracula or Drac.
  • 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, until he met Ericka.
  • Mundane Utility: Uses his telekinesis to change Mavis' diaper, every parent probably dreams of having that ability.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Has one in each movie except the third one.
    • In the first movie it is after he causes Johnny to leave right after he kisses Mavis. He sees he forced the man whom Mavis zinged with to leave, now leaving his daughter in deep despair.
    • In the second movie it is as Dennis is being scared by Cakey. At that point Dracula realizes how selfish he has been at Dennis’ expense, which fortunately convinces him to stop the scare his father planned.
    • In the fourth movie it is when he realizes how harsh and unfair he has been to Johnny, not considering him a part of the family despite how much Johnny has changed Drac for the better.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • Sizeshifter: Dracula now gains his Size-changing powers starting in Hotel Transylvania 4.
  • 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.

    Mavis Dracula
Voiced by: Selena Gomez, Bryn McAuley (TV series)
Dubbed by: Violeta Isfel (Latin American Spanish), Clara Lago (European Spanish, first two movies), Macarena García (European Spanish, third movie), Fernanda Baronne (Brazilian Portuguese), Umika Kawashima (Japanese)

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.

  • '20s Bob Haircut: Her usual hairstyle.
  • 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.
  • Adaptational Job Change: Mavis isn't implied to work at the hotel in the first movie, but in the series that takes before it, Mavis is often seen having to do various duties at the hotel, whether she wants to or not.
  • 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 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She has demonstrated in the first film alone that despite her goody-goody, levelheaded Nice Girl ways, she can sometimes be snarky like her father. Being played by Selena Gomez certainly helps.
  • 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.
  • Forgotten Phlebotinum: Her hypnosis which she awakened at 115. Acknowledged in-universe; anyone she tries to hypnotize is unaffected (except Donald, who was weak of mind), because it isn't ready to work properly yet. She hasn't even used such by the movies, implying she's still not ready.
  • 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.
  • Genki Girl: Mavis is pretty cheerful, easy-going, naive and energetic, really saying quite a bit.
  • 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).
  • Hypnotic Eyes: Gets these after turning 115. However, anyone who isn't weak of mind is unaffected by her.
  • 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.
  • Large Ham: "This is all your fault!"
  • Like Parent, Like Child: While she does not go to the same extremes as Dracula (not having had the same Dark and Troubled Past as him), she dotes and is Improperly Paranoid over her son's safety to the point of smothering him and making her Innocently Insensitive. Unlike her father, while Dracula tried keeping her at the Hotel in-spite of her dreams of traveling, she wants them to move away from the Hotel when 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.
  • 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.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She's very cute and good looking and she has huge hips. A lot of the third movie has her in a skintight, black one-piece swimsuit that shows off her figure quite well.
  • My Beloved Smother: In Hotel Transylvania 2, she dotes on Dennis both out of maternal affection and a fear that her son could get hurt living among monsters. This leads to her ignoring Johnny and wanting to move away to a more "normal" human neighborhood in America. While she has a point that Dennis is more fragile than the other children there by virtue of being human, it is portrayed as her being Innocently Insensitive, being blind to what the rest of her family wants.
  • Nice Girl: Mavis starts off as sort of brash and rebellious in the first film but she has always been a 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. In the sequel, she is 120 when she's married and gives birth and then 125 when her son turns 5.
  • 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.
  • Perky Goth: Dresses in gothic clothing, and is very happy and energetic.
  • Properly Paranoid:
    • In Hotel Transylvania 2 she decides that it would be better for Dennis' well-being if they and Johnny moved to America to live among normal humans. While it's against what the rest of her family wants and Dennis' fangs coming in making the point moot anyway, she is right to be worried about her son's safety when he's an adolescent human several times more fragile than monsters his own age.
    • While it can be read as a girl not ready to see her father finding love again, in Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation her suspicions about Ericka are proven correct when it is revealed that she was a member of the Van Helsing family and was actually was trying to kill him at first.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She doesn't get much sun, so this is to be expected.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Inverted. Mavis wears a black, short dress with red and black stockings. She also sports red shoes. Plus, she's a nice, heroic vampire.
  • Sexy Sweater Girl: While Mavis' sweater dress is very modest, it also shows off her curves.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Mavis's "zing" was Jonathan.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Mavis falls in love with the Nice Guy Jonathan.
  • Supernaturally Young Parent: While its never confirmed if vampires are immortal in the Hotel Transylvania-universe, they certainly live a lot longer and age at a much slower rate than humans do — though Mavis is 125 by the time her and Johnny's son, Dennis, turns 5, she looks more like she could be his sister instead of his mother.
  • Super-Strength: Even in bat form, she's strong enough to carry Jonathan and his giant backpack for huge distances at high speeds.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Her favorite foods are wormcakes and scream cheese.
  • Vegetarian Vampire: Like her dad, she only drinks blood from animals.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Same case as her father, as she's able to turn into a bat.
  • Weakened by the Light: Like her father, she cannot go out during the day because the sun disintegrates her to dust.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: The TV series has her try to make her father and aunt proud by proving that she can perform tasks at the hotel responsibly.

    Jonathan "Johnny" Loughran
Voiced by: Andy Samberg
Dubbed by: Cristóbal Orellana (Latin American Spanish), Dani Martínez (European Spanish), Mckeidy Lisita (Brazilian Portuguese), Shingo Fujimori (Japanese)

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.
  • Amazon Chaser: Downplayed. Johnny was already in love with Mavis when they had their "zing", but he is noticeably impressed and proud of Mavis in the sequel (his wife at this point) when she performs impressive, daredevil-defying bike tricks. And after her performance, he brags to the local kids 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.
  • Breath Weapon: After being turned into a dragon in Transformania, Johnny becomes capable of breathing jets of fire — though he has trouble controlling this at first.
  • 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.
  • Delightful Dragon: His monster form in Transformania is a large green dragon. Nonetheless, he's as goofy and fun-loving as he's ever been, and uses his newfound size and strength to comical effect. Ends up being subverted when the monsterfication effect has him becoming more and more feral until he lashes out at Dracula when the truth is revealed about the monster real estate law clause.
  • 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).
  • Endearingly Dorky: 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?"
  • 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. He also mentions some of his travels in Transformania, and gives advice to the now human Dracula to prevent him from getting hurt, such as not interacting with strange bodies of water (advice that Dracula ignores, getting attacked by piranhas for doing so).
  • 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 "vampnotized" by Dracula due to wearing contact lenses. When he turns into a monster in the fourth movie, Dracula can't do it to him at all.
  • 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.
  • Lizard Folk: Turns into one in the fourth movie.
  • 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 (and can adopt a more serious attitude when necessary), 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.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is likely a reference to Jonathan Harker, the human protagonist who meets Dracula in Bram Stoker's original novel.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In Transformania, Jonathan becomes genuinely angry with Dracula after learning he was lied to about a monster real estate law clause, and becomes convinced he was never going to be seen as part of the 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. He returns to being a main character again in Transformania.
  • 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!"
  • Scaled Up: Van Helsing's Monsterfication Ray turns him into a bipedal dragon in Transformania, with him becoming larger and more feral as the mutation progresses.
  • Sham Supernatural: The titular hotel is for monsters only, giving them a vacation getaway from the humans who fear them. When Jonathan, a regular human, inadvertently wanders inside in the first movie and ends up staying there, he has to disguise himself as Frankenstein's cousin "Johnnystein" in order to not upset the other guests.
  • 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 original 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. At least until Ericka is introduced.
  • Walking the Earth: Johnny was doing this when he came upon the hotel.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Johnny's desire to please his father-in-law Dracula and become an acceptable successor for his role running the hotel drives his transformation into a monster during Transformania.
  • Youthful Freckles: To show his fun-loving character.

    Dennis "Denisovich" Dracula-Loughran
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.
  • Baby's First Words: His first words are none other than the one phrase Drac hates — "Bleh-bleh-bleh."
  • 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.
  • Demoted to Extra: He doesn't have a very big role in Transformania, nor does he get to join his family in South America.
  • Dhampyr: His mom's a 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.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: He is half- human and half- vampire.
  • Head Pet: Dennis seemed to like being on his parent's heads when he was younger. Winnie now does it to him.
  • Hypno Fool: He and Winnie are susceptible to Dracula's hypnosis. Presumably, this is because even though his vampire powers are fully awakened after the events of the second movie, he's not old enough to develop the hypnosis immunity that fellow vampires have (Dracula used this on Mavis at a young age to get her to brush her teeth at some point in the series, supporting this theory). Or, because the fact that he's only half-vampire makes him susceptible no matter what.
  • 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.
  • Malaproper: He pronounces the word "because" as "cebause".
  • 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.


Voiced by: Kevin James (first three films), Brad Abrell (fourth film), Paul Braunstein (TV series)
Dubbed by: Mauricio Castillo (Latin American Spanish), Mario Vaquerizo (European Spanish), Mauro Ramos (Brazilian Portuguese), Yuichi Nagashima (Japanese), Gunnar Ernblad (Swedish)

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).

Voiced by: Fran Drescher
Dubbed by: Mimí (Latin American Spanish), Alaska (European Spanish), Mônica Rossi (Brazilian Portuguese), Masako Isobe (Japanese)

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

  • Cute Monster Girl: Not a bad looker, despite being a mess of stitched-up corpses.
  • Happily Married: Has a loving one with Frank.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: The third movie has her forbid Frank from gambling when everyone enters a casino. While overbearing about it as usual, her point is sound since he lost body parts he bet on prior and did so again after going behind her back.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She is critical, brash and can have an "in your face" attitude, but underneath it all, she's a loving wife.
  • Nobody Touches the Hair: Is very protective of her hair considering that she tries to tell the other monsters not to get it wet in the 3rd movie.
  • Parental Substitute: Heavily implied to be a maternal figure to Mavis.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Eunice wears dark pink high-heels.
  • Sexy Sweater Girl: Wears a plushy sweater that emphasizes a large front.

Voiced by: Steve Buscemi
Dubbed by: Eduardo Tejedo (Latin American Spanish), Lluís Villanueva (European Spanish), Jorge Lucas (Brazilian Portuguese), Katsuya Kashu'in (Japanese)

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 not being at his peak anymore, having lost most of the energy and fierceness of his younger days plus no longer being a good tracker. That said, it may just be the hassles of parenthood that have worn away his edge. When a Fishman offers to watch his brood to allow he and Wanda the opportunity to enjoy the cruise in Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, it doesn't take long for them to start bounding around the ship with Super-Speed and animalistic reflexes.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: The only thing he doesn't wear are shoes.
  • Butt-Monkey: He's pretty much the most miserable of all the 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! (i.e. Chasing balls and trying to catch a frisbee)
  • Honorary Uncle: While he's not related to Mavis by blood, she refers to him as "Uncle Wayne" and the two are very close.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As cynical and sarcastic as he is, Wayne does have a good heart and cares about his friends and their families.
  • 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!
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: He makes this type of scream when he sees human Griffin's naked butt after he turns around while hiding from Ericka and Mavis.
  • The Smart Guy: His job is a data processor.
  • Werewolves Are Dogs: He and his family have a lot of traits in common with domestic dogs, such as him and his wife taking advantage of time away from their offspring in the third film by playing fetch with each other.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Implied. The sequel shows that Wayne was the most visibly scared of his friends when they were climbing up a very tall tower.
  • Wolf Man: He's a werewolf in perpetual lupine form who acts (in most ways) as a human being.

Voiced by: Molly Shannon
Dubbed by: Xóchitl Ugarte (Latin American Spanish), Mónica Pérez (European Spanish), Sakiko Uran (Japanese)

A werewolf who is Wayne's wife; Apparently never not pregnant, she seems completely oblivious to her husband's stress caused by her infinitely growing brood of pups.

  • 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 just as worn out as Wayne.
  • Doting Parent: Wanda always has an explanation for her pups' unruly behavior, "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 four 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 the only time when she isn't seen pregnant is during the end credits of the first film.
  • Nice Girl: The polar opposite of her husband's sarcastic and cynical personality — Wanda's sweet, lovable and very maternal.
  • Werewolves Are Dogs: She and her family have a lot of traits in common with domestic dogs, such as her and her husband taking advantage of time away from their offspring in the third film by playing fetch with each other.

Voiced by: Sadie Sandler (first three films), Zoe Berri (fourth film)

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.
  • Demoted to Extra: She and Dennis have very few scenes in Transformania and don't go with their families to South America.
  • 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.
  • Hidden Depths: The sequel has her telling Dennis about her aspirations to going into business school and running her own company.
  • Hypno Fool: She and Dennis are susceptible to Dracula's hypnosis. In her case, she may be too young to develop the hypnosis immunity that monsters presumably share (Drac tried this on Johnny, who had just been turned into a human earlier in the fourth movie, without success).
  • 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 permanently 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.
  • 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.
  • Werewolves Are Dogs: She and her family have a lot in common with domestic dogs, such as being hyperactive and licking everyone.

    Werewolf Kids
Voiced by: N/A

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.
  • Werewolves Are Dogs: They have a lot of traits in common with domestic dogs, such as running around, biting and chewing everything and everyone they find.

Voiced by: David Spade
Dubbed by: Ricardo Tejedo (Latin American Spanish), Joan Pera (European Spanish), Marcelo Garcia (Brazilian Portuguese), Norio Wakamoto (Japanese)

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.

  • All There in the Script: Is never referred to by "Griffin" in the original movie, the credits alone reveal his real name. The others do start addressing him properly in the sequels.
  • 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.
  • Ambiguously Human: The Griffin of the original book and novel was biologically a human, and he was only a "monster" because he had the inhuman trait of being invisible and was an evil bastard. This Griffin is accepted without question by the Hotel despite their Fantastic Racism towards humans, even being one of Dracula's best friends. He was also alive and with the Drac Pack in 1897 in the third movie's prologue, adding more questions over what he is.
  • Baldness Angst: When turned human and losing his invisibility, Griffin is not pleased to realize he's balding.
  • Butt-Monkey: Attacked by wolf pups, publicly embarrassed in the swimming area, and much more.
  • Honorary Uncle: Mavis often calls him "Uncle Griffin".
  • Invisible Jerkass: He seems to be fond of Comedic Sociopathy; at least in the beginning.
  • Invisible Streaker: Most of the time, he's completely nude except for his floating Eye Glasses, even powdering his ass when preparing for the main event. The one time he wears clothes is for the sake of a gag where he gets his pants pulled down and claims shrinkage. Transformania outright confirms this when he loses his invisibility, revealing once and for all that he's nude, and when he's made invisible again, the others insist he avert this.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Griffin may a sarcastic jokester, but he does care about and loves his friends.
  • Joke of the Butt: After he is turned into a visible and therefore naked human in Transformania, he gets some shots focusing on his bare butt that are played for humor. The very end of the film even has one last close-up of his ass appear after "The End" card.
  • Meaningful Name: Also doubles as a Shout-Out. His name is the same as the original invisible man.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Transformania has him left naked after he becomes human, since all he ever wore were a pair of glasses. After he is made invisible again, Murray insists that he wear clothes from now on under the reasoning that being invisible is no excuse to avoid wearing clothes.
  • Quirky Curls: Griffin reveals he has curly, red hair and he's quite the lovable jokester.

Voiced by: Cee Lo Green (first movie), Keegan-Michael Key (sequels)
Dubbed by: Enrique Cervantes (Latin American Spanish), Xavier de Llorens (European Spanish), Reginaldo Primo (Brazilian Portuguese), Yūji Mitsuya (Japanese)

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.
  • Casanova Wannabe: He constantly tries to flirt with a recurring female mummy, but to no real avail to advance their relationship.
  • Chummy Mummy: He is a very friendly and fun-loving mummy.
  • Monochromatic Eyes: His eyes have no pupils and glow a bright green.
  • 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.

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.
  • Gelatinous Encasement: Other characters frequently get caught in Blobby, such as a scene in the first film where Drac uses him to catch Jonathan after a high-dive into an empty pool, leading to him floating in the green jell-o like monster.
  • A Lizard Named "Liz": A Blob Monster named Blobby.
  • Mister 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!"
  • Nice Guy: He is a friendly and caring monster who just wants to be accepted and part of the team.
  • 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. And a second one they treat like a puppy.

    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.
  • Combat Tentacles: When mind-controlled by Van Helsing, it uses its tentacles to destroy Atlantis and attack the monsters.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: When under the control of the Ultimate Weapon, its eyes glow yellow.
  • Lightning Bruiser: A creature the size of a city that can move fast enough to counter a vampire's Super-Speed.
  • Super-Strength: It's stronger than you'd expect even given its massive size - it can swing its tentacles through solid rock like knives through butter.
  • Wink "Ding!": Gives one to the camera after singing the song "It's Party Time."

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.
  • Canis Major: He's a puppy that's bigger than a horse.
  • 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.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He has black fur, but he's a very playful and friendly pup.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: When he senses Abraham Van Helsing behind a door, he starts viciously barking and growling.
  • Meaningful Name: He got his name because he urinated in Mavis' living room.
  • Perpetual Smiler: He mostly has a big open smile on his face.
  • Talking Animal: He's capable of human speech.

Extended Dracula Family Members

Voiced by: Jackie Sandler
Dubbed by: Rosalba Sotelo (Latin American Spanish), Olivia Fernández (European Spanish)

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

Voiced by: Mel Brooks
Dubbed by: Michel Galabru (EU French, second film), Henry Guybet (EU French, third film), Ignacio López Tarso (Latin American Spanish), Arturo Fernández (European Spanish), Mário Monjardim (Brazilian Portuguese, second movie), Júlio Chaves (Brazilian Portuguese, third movie)

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.
  • Fantastic Racism: While Dracula's hatred of humans was born out of personal tragedy and preferred a "live/let-live" relationship with them before Johnny entered their lives, Vlad is more proactive in this hatred and tried instilling a desire to hunt humans into him at an early age. While at first horrified when he finds out that his son allowed humans into his Hotel and his family, he gets over it fairly quickly.
  • 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.
  • Inksuit Actor: He resembles a vampire version of his actor Mel Brooks.
  • 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.
  • Meaningful Name: Is named after Vlad the Impaler, who is commonly cited as the inspiration for Count Dracula.
  • 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 too distracted by Frank to pay much heed.
  • Out of Focus: He doesn't appear nor is even mentioned in Transformania.
  • 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
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.
  • 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.
  • Embarrassing First Name: It's revealed in "The Naming of the Shrew" that her given name is actually Poopsie and she goes by Lydia because she knows that no one would take her seriously if she went by Poopsie.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Uncle Gene
Voiced by: Patrick McKenna

Dracula and Lydia's wheelchair-bound uncle and Mavis' great-uncle. He is a recurring character who appears in Hotel Transylvania: The Series.

  • Basement-Dweller: He spends almost all his time down in his small basement-like room in the hotel playing video games.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: He tends to be a bit loopy.
  • Cool Uncle: Uncle Gene is a lot closer and friendlier with Mavis than Aunt Lydia. Mavis enjoys spending time with him to play video games or go on road trips, and is sometimes disappointed by how he spends so much time cooped up in his room with his eyes glued to a screen instead of spending more time with her.
  • Looks Like Orlok: He's noticeably much more monstrous looking than the other members of the Dracula family, being hunched over and totally bald, with pupiless eyes and pointy ears.

Voiced by: Carter Hayden

Mavis' first cousin and the son of an unidentified sibling of Dracula and Lydia. He is a recurring character who appears in Hotel Transylvania: The Series.

  • Black Sheep: He is looked down upon as a failure and generally ignored by the rest of the Dracula family for being pathetic and obnoxious.
  • My Nayme Is: His name is pronounced as "Klow-shh". However, he can never seem to correct anybody on this.
  • The Rival: To Mavis. He constantly tries to outdo her in everything.

    Mike and Linda Loughran
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.

Mavis' friends

    Wendy Blob
Voiced by: Evany Rosen

A pink-haired, bespectacled blob who is the daughter of Bob Blob (any relation to Blobby from the movies is not made explicit), as well as Mavis' closest friend. She is one of the main characters of Hotel Transylvania: The Series.

    Hank N. Stein
Voiced by: Gage Munroe

The son of Frank and Eunice and one of the main characters of Hotel Transylvania: The Series.

  • LEGO Body Parts: His body parts can detach just like his dad.
  • Lovable Coward: While essentially good-natured, he is very timid and gets scared easily — and not just by fire either.

    Pedro Moomay
Voiced by: Joseph Motiki

A short, fat mummy who bears a strong resemblance to Murray (despite not actually being related). He is the son of a large female mummy named Shonda. He is one of the main characters of Hotel Transylvania: The Series.

  • Big Eater: He's very fond of food and and usually either thinking about it or eating it.


Voiced by: Jon Lovitz, Scott McCord (TV 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.
  • Adaptational Villainy: The original version of Quasimodo (and the version in the Disney adaptation) were objectively heroic.
  • Ambiguously Human: It's not clear if he's actually a monster, especially since the original character was human, just deformed. One theory is that he's a ghoul, but nothing is said about this in the films.
  • 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 for 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.
  • Plot-Irrelevant Villain: Aside from trying to cook Johnny and exposing him as a human to the other monsters, 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.

Voiced by: Rob Riggle

A demonic-looking vampire bat that works under Vlad, Bela is an angry and misanthropic monster who thinks that humans shouldn't be with monsters.

  • Ax-Crazy: Per his Berserk Button of humans, he basically has no issue with murdering anyone that affiliates with, or is human.
  • Berserk Button: The mere existence and presence of humans is enough to make him extremely enraged.
  • 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's even more misanthropic than Vlad.
  • 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.
  • Irrational Hatred: Bela's hatred of humans is never really explained. He just says they "don't belong with monsters".
  • 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: Being a staple of his actor, Bela rarely speaks without 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.
  • Plot-Irrelevant Villain: Most of the film revolves around Dracula's hijinks training Dennis to be a vampire, and doesn't have an active villain. Bela doesn't appear at all until the third act, primarily serving as an excuse to have a climactic battle.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eyes are dark red.
  • The Starscream: He originally worked for Vlad, who was already an intimidating vampire who raised Dracula to hate humans. But whereas Vlad eventually warmed up to humans, Bela continued to try to kill them, even if they were relatives of his master.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Unlike Quasimodo or Van Helsing, he basically has no comedic traits, and went as far as trying to kill both Dennis and Winnie.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The last we see of Bela is him getting licked by Wayne and Wanda's pups while shrunken down to mouse size, so it's unclear if he was either mauled to death by them offscreen, or simply just reverted to normal size and fired by Vlad.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Bela showed no problem with hurting Dennis and Winnie, and actually did hurt the latter.

    Ericka Van Helsing
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.

  • Became Their Own Antithesis: She spends much of Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation hating monsters, and particularly intent on killing Dracula. By the end of the movie, she's realized that monster life has value as well, and in love with Dracula.
  • 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: Erika is the first major female villain in the series, and along with her great-grandfather, the first antagonists to be humans rather than other monsters. Erika also plays a crucial role in the main plot, and has significantly more screentime and development than either Quasimodo or Bela from the previous films. 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.
  • The Dragon: Serves as one to her great-grandfather. While Abraham Van Helsing is the true Big Bad, she does most of the work. She has a Heel–Face Turn in the end.
  • 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.
  • Foil: To Martha. Both are love interests to Dracula who he "zinged" with. Martha was his First Love and wife whom he had Mavis with, was a vampire, wore all black, dies at the hands of evil humans, had long hair, a Nice Girl from the start, she had a small but pivotal role (especially in the first movie), but most of her character isn't fleshed out; Ericka is Drac's Second Love (with them being engaged by the end of the third movie), is a human, wears all white, is alive by the end of the third film, received notable Character Development, has short and white hair, and starts off as the Big Bad before making a Heel–Face Turn.
    • She's also a foil to Mavis, being a villianous, human female character who spent most of her life living on a cruiseship. Unlike Mavis, she never rebelled against her (great-grand)father and enthusiastically did their bidding to an advanced age, at least before she met 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.
  • Hartman Hips: Ericka has wide hips and a big butt. They stand out in all of her outfits
  • 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. Zig-Zagged, 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.
  • 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
"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!"
Clickhere to see him in his prime.
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. He does, however, have a Heel–Face Turn after Dracula saves his life despite having every reason in the world at that point to let him die, which makes him let go of this mindset.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Well, since this Dracula is still alive (for lack of better term) in the present day, this Abraham needs to have failed to kill him. Not only this, he's tried to kill Drac numerous times, but the Count constantly beats him and considers him a pest instead of a threat.
  • Archenemy: For Dracula, or at least he seems to think of himself as such. In reality, Dracula considers him to be a, particularly persistent, nuisance at best.
  • 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.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Unlike Quasimodo and Bela, Van Helsing is a human who hates and hunts monsters, instead of being a monster himself. Unlike the prior two, who mainly serve as minor obstacles who don't affect the actual plot of their respective films, Van Helsing actively drives the major conflict of the third movie, from his grudge with Dracula and monsters as a whole to Ericka's uncertainties about the prejudices she's been taught. And while Quasimodo and Bela were introduced as allies before revealing their more antagonistic sides, Van Helsing is introduced as a threat to the monsters but ultimately changes his ways and becomes considered a member of the family, like Ericka.
  • Cyborg: In order to keep himself alive, he replaced his body piece by piece with clumsy Steampunk tech to the point where the only remaining parts of his are his head, arms and a few internal organs.
  • Easily Forgiven: Dracula saves his life in the endgame of Summer Vacation, and makes it clear that he doesn't hold anything against him. It's also Played for Laughs as the monsters on the cruise ship are justifiably mad at him, but he sways them by giving all of them full refunds.
  • Family Honor: His main motivation. Abraham's three immediate predecessors were established monster hunters, and he intends to preserve the Van Helsing family legacy.
  • Foil: To Dracula. Like Dracula was with Mavis, Abraham raised Ericka to hate the other side of the human-monster divide, only for her to end up in a cross-species relationship that, while horrified at first, he approves of in the end after learning to let go of his prejudices.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: He believes that monsters are abominations that should be stamped out, yet by the main events of Summer Vacation, it would be a stretch for him to qualify as a human, considering 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.
  • 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 themnote .
    • He wants to destroy monsters, yet by the movie's plot in present day he has rendered himself a Cyborg to prolong his life past human limitations, making him no less monster-like than artificially-created monsters like Frankenstein.
  • 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. As such, the trailers make it seem that Ericka is the Big Bad out to finish what he started.
  • 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.
  • Villain Has a Point: When he scolds Ericka for trying to kill Dracula behind his back, he mentions that if Dracula discovered who she was, it could have ruined the legacy. And truth be told, Dracula finding out about Ericka's true identity could not only put a huge wrench in their plans, but also break Drac's trust in her for life.
  • Walking Spoiler: His exact role in the film is a surprise.

    The Cartwrights

Voiced by: Linda Kash (Kitty Cartwright), Ryan Belleville (Donald Cartwright), Sunday Muse ("The Nosepicker")
A human family who live just outside of Hotel Transylvania, composed of the vehemently monster-hating Kitty Cartwright, her clueless husband Donald, and their baby daughter, known to the monsters only as "The Nosepicker". They only appear in Hotel Transylvania: The Series.
  • Bumbling Dad: Donald isn't very smart, much to his wife's ire.
  • Fantastic Racism: Kitty hates monsters and her plans to get rid of them frequently put her at odds with Mavis and her friends.
  • Hartman Hips: Kitty has very noticeable and large hips.
  • Henpecked Husband: Donald is constantly pushed around by his wife, although given that he's consistently shown to be very unintelligent, it's clear that Kitty wears the pants in the relationship.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: "The Nosepicker". It's what the monsters refer to the Cartwrights' daughter as, but what her parents call her is never stated in the show.

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