Griffin, also known as the Invisible Man, is one of the

characters in the Hotel Transylvania movie and TV series.

Official Profile

He is an invisible man whose glasses are the only thing that can be seen. Griffin is one of the many guests that stays in Hotel Transylvania for Mavis' 118th birthday. He is a friend of Dracula and is funny. He is one of the monsters who helps Dracula get to Jonathan, and he drives the car. He uses his invisibility to surprise people and to help him during fights. He often seems to forget he's invisible as seen when he expects people to know what color his hair is, gets embarrassed when his swimming trunks are pulled down and when he shaves and combs his hair while getting ready for the party. He plays drums in the band playing for Mavis.


Witty, dry, loyal, aerobic, a little bit awkward.


19th century

When Dracula and Martha were married, Griffin along with Wayne, Frank & Murray played music for them. They came to their home when Martha gave birth to Mavis. Then when Martha was killed by angry humans. When Dracula built a hotel for monsters, Griffin would always come to the hotel every year.    

Hotel Transylvania

Arriving at the Hotel

On the Day of Mavis' birthday party, Griffin arrives at the hotel surprising Dracula by lifting up his cape & pinches him. Griffin, Frank, Wayne, Wanda, Murray & Eunice came to Mavis' room to greet her and upon hearing that Mavis is allowed to visit a human village, he warns her to watch out for pitch forks. When Mavis jumps out & heads to the village, Frank sees that Dracula is gone as they didn't know that the village was fake & was built to scare Mavis & letting her stay in the hotel. The plan worked, but it lead a human named Johnny into the hotel.

Meeting Johnny

After Dracula failed to get Johnny out using his secret exits, he ends up seeing his friends. After Johnny was discovered, he pretended to be Frankenstein's Right Arm's Cousin, Johnnystein. Griffin surprises Johnny & asked what brings him here. Johnny continues with Dracula's lie of being a party planner for Mavis' Birthday Party that He's party planning for Mavis' birthday. Johnny decides to see how good Dracula’s friends are; he finds their musical talent "good, but a little old school." Borrowing Murray's guitar, Johnny improvises a rock song for Mavis, impressing her and the crowd; everyone wants Johnny to help with something, but Dracula says they have to stay on schedule. Ignoring Drac, everyone wants Johnny to join in. They started with Bingo, but everyone except Dracula was bored. At the Gym, we see Griffin playing charades with the Hydras, but he's terrible at it since he is invisible. At the pool, he played a Game of "Chicken Fight", supporting Murray & when he was out of the pool, Wayne pulls his swimsuit out & everyone laughs as he runs. After Johnny was kicked out of the hotel by Dracula, Griffin & his friends relaxed at the sauna. After Dracula saying that Mavis would never be with someone with Johnny's kind, Frank thinks that Dracula is saying that their kind isn't good enough, but Dracula said that he meant that she wouldn't be with someone with red curly hair. Griffin angrily tells Dracula that he has red curly hair & Dracula yells of "How was I supposed to know that?" He tells them that Johnny left because he didn't like Mavis or any monsters, but Johnny fell from a weak part of the roof landing on Dracula after showing Mavis her first sunrise.

Truth Revealed

At the night of Mavis' party, Griffin plays the drums apparently having a good time, before hearing Dracula reveal that the village that Mavis went to was fake. They approached Dracula wanting to know what he did revealing that he build the town & the zombies dressed up as the towns people to scare Mavis. Just then, the chief of the Hotel Quasimodo Wilson & his pet rat Esmeralda arrives, but he was frozen by Dracula earlier so no one knew what he was saying. However Fly translates frozen telling everyone that he said that Dracula brought a human into the hotel & that the Human was Johnny. Frank think he's lying, which Griffin agrees too & wondering why Quasimodo was picking his nose, as he said "it's a long story". When Johnny was revealed by Esmeralda, everyone panicked. After Mavis blames her dad Johnny leaves to respect his wish & Mavis yells at him & flies off. Griffin and all the other monsters leave.

Getting Johnny Back

When everyone was trying to check out of the hotel, Dracula apologizes for lying, saying that Johnny wasn't a bad guy & that he doesn't think that humans are bad anymore. When hearing that Mavis & Johnny "Zinged", Griffin agrees to get Johnny back & drove the cab to find him. Thanks to Johnny's shirt that fell off his backpack, Winnie reveals he's at the airport leaving at 8 a.m. & they begin their quest. Griffin and the group are confused when they arrive at the town where they are greeted by the humans & by a sign advertising a "Monster Festival"; they are shocked to find humans dressed up as monsters and several banners with pun-related cheers for them. Unfortunately, the way to the airport is blocked, so they walked through the crowd. Murray gets an idea to show everyone who they really are, but sense they haven't scared anyone in years, so Griffin uses Frank's pyrophobia to try scaring the humans; however, they cheer as they idolize the monsters. After Frank explains the situation, several humans dressed as vampires uses their capes to provide shade for Dracula all the way to the airport.

After Dracula got Johnny back, Griffin & everyone celebrated Mavis & Johnny's relationship. Griffin, along with, Frank, Wayne, Murray, Johnny, Mavis & Dracula sang a song about "Zing".

Griffin is seen playing the drums and is seen one last time dancing on the floating tables.

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Hotel Transylvania 2

By the time of the second film, Griffin has become a dancing instructor at Hotel Transylvania. He is shown in a video with 2 women or girls as a dance or exercise video which he was disappointed at the girls for not following him.

Mavis and Johnathan's Wedding

Griffin is seen sitting with Dracula, Frank, Wayne, Murray, Wanda and Eunice at Johnny and Mavis' wedding at the beginning of the second film. After Murray asks Griffin if he has a date, Griffin says he does and tells them that his date is invisible, that's why they can't see her. Frank says is she from Canada, but Griffin tells them to be quiet because the wedding is starting. Griffin looks at Mavis adorably as she approaches the stage in her wedding dress and is disappointed when Drac tells Mavis and Johnny to share a small kiss. He looks at Drac angrily along with the other monsters for having Drac to manipulate a shrunken head by placing it in between Mavis and Johnny as they are about to kiss. 

Later at the reception, Griffin is sitting somewhere with his invisible date and dancing with her.

Dennis' first Birthday

Griffin is shown attending Dennis' first birthday along with Frank, Eunice, Murray, Wayne, Wanda and the wolf pups.

Monster-Training boot camp

Three years and a half later after attending Dennis' first birthday, Griffin is seen with Drac, Murray, Frank, Wayne, and his invisible girlfriend. Griffin is playing with himself just before they go on a road trip to bring out Dennis' inner monster. Griffin and the others then head into the hearse, and Griffin hops into the drivers seat. Then Blobby shows up asking Drac if he can hop into the hearse too, but when he does Griffin and the others are sucked into Blobby. They wait until the sidecar for Blobby is attached to the hearse, then the gang is off to start their trip.

In the forest, Drac tells Dennis how monsters are nice just like him, but when the moon comes out, it becomes big and scary. Griffin along with Wayne, Murray, Frank dance to the song. Drac turns off the radio, then Griffin asks Drac what he's putting in the CD player.

They eventually reach their first destination the Forest of Slamonya, which now called Dark Forest Municipal Park and Bike Trail. Griffin and the guys get out the hearse, and Griffin hid in the bushes with the others and watched Frank trying to scary two female joggers, remaining stunned when the two joggers ask Frank if he would like to take a selfie with them. Then Griffin and the guys get back in the hearse to go to the next stop on their trip.

They go deeper into the forest and stop. They watch Wayne trying to kill a deer but instead, Wayne spots a frisbee and plays a game of tug a war with a dog. Then Griffin and the guys get back in the hearse to go to their next part of their trip. While in the hearse Drac and Wayne fight over the frisbee causing Griffin to make a sharp turn.

Then Griffin and the others stop and get out of the hearse. Drac tells Murray it’s his turn to show Dennis that the Mummy can crash through walls, create swarm of beetles, create sandstorms and put a curse on anyone. Griffin and the guys look bored as they watch Murray try to conjure up a sandstorm and they all laugh except for Drac, who gives Griffin the titty twister after Griffin says aww, how cute. Frank puts two raisins and a carrot on the sand snowman Dennis made. Then, Griffin and the guys get back in the hearse to drive to their next and final destination. Griffin tells the guys he’s the best selling workout video.

Finally, they reach their last stop, Drac's childhood camp, Winniefacaca. Griffin and the monsters are impressed about the camp. Griffin is seen around the campfire singing a song with the guys, Dana, and the vampire children. Then Griffin follows his friends up the jump tower, and says he can't watch Drac throw Dennis off the jump tower as he takes off his glasses and puts his head down. Griffin and the other monsters then make the jump tower fall over catching Frank and the camp on fire. Griffin, Wayne and Murray try calm Frank down, then Griffin is seen watching the camp burning as Drac lies to Mavis to where they are. After Mavis calls and demands to know where they are, Drac freaks out and says that they have no car. Griffin tells Drac not to worry and that he made a call which turns out to be Blobby. They get on Blobby's scooter and leave the camp to return to the hotel.  

On the way back to the hotel, Griffin and the guys stop so Blobby can use the bathroom, then the scooter dies and they fly on Blobby all the rest of the way back to the hotel. Once everyone gets back to the hotel, Griffin sees Drac call Mavis and asks her when is she going to arrive at the hotel, not knowing that she has already beat them to the hotel. Then, Griffin watches the video of Drac throwing Dennis off the jump tower. After Mavis argues with Draco about Dennis's safety, Griffin and the guys watch Mavis and Dennis walk into the hotel and they give Johnny a sad look. Griffin and the guys feel sad that couldn't turn Dennis into a vampire.  

Dennis' fifth birthday

Griffin attends Dennis' birthday but is not shown at first when Vlad arrives at the hotel. Griffin, along with everyone else, watches Kakie the cake monster’s performance and witnesses Dracula and Vlad's plan unfold. Griffin is seen looking on at the Dracula family argument before everyone realizes Dennis is missing. He leaves the hotel shortly after in search of Dennis in the nearby forest.

Bela's attack

While they search for Dennis, they hear a lot of bat screeches and they finally find Dennis. Griffin tells him that they’ve been looking everywhere for him. Then he watches Dennis fight off the bat creatures one by one. After Dracula and Mavis join in the fight Griffin, Frank and Murray join in the fight, too. After the fight, they all cheer in victory after they beat the bat cronies and Dennis asks Dracula if he's cool now. Draco replies that he’s now a vampire and a superhero and that he has always been a cool human, vampire, unicorn no matter what. Dennis asks Mavis now that he's a vampire, if they can stay at Hotel Transylvania, and Mavis says they can and everyone cheers. Linda tells Dennis that she and the Loughrans would come visit him every holiday, unaware that Bella is in the bushes, fuming with anger in defeat. Bela grabs a stick, pops out of the bushes and lunges at Johnny, who tries to defends himself for his end. He and the others see Bela frozen and are shocked to see Vlad save Johnny's life, which he tells everyone that Vlad has a change of heart.

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Griffin and the others head back to the hotel to finish Dennis' birthday celebration. Griffin is last seen dancing with the invisible woman and falls in love with her.

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation


Monster Vacation


Dance Party


Hotel Transylvania: Transformania

Hit by Helsing's ray, Griffin becomes visible again, showing his face and body for the first time. He is seen as a balding middle aged man with curly red hair and brown eyes with a long nose and a pot belly. Afterwards he becomes embarrassed of being naked.

Memorable Quotes

Hotel Transylvania

  • "Umm, what's wrong with red curly hair?" (Dracula: Why are you getting upset?) I have red curly hair!
  • "He put his hand in my mouth to see if it would disappear!"

Hotel Transylvania 2

  • "I can't watch this!" (takes off his glasses)

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

  • "Wait, wait. I've always wanted to do this. (throws wine in Dracula's face and slaps him) Wake up! Wake up, Drac! Snap out of it!"


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  • "At one time, Griffin wore a more complete outfit, but we stripped him of his clothing to have more fun. It's hard to imagine you can articulate so much with so little until you try it," says director Genndy Tartakovsky. "When Griffin was more fully attired, I envisioned him in a 1970s disco vibe, complete with gold chains and a toupee," recalls designer Carter Goodrich.
  • At one point in the story development process, Griffin was actually cast as the bartender in the hotel, serving up quips alongside his cocktail concoctions.
  • It is stated that he has red curly hair. However, at the wedding in the third film, when Tinkles spits on his head, it is revealed that he does not have curly hair and yet, he was bald. It is unknown whether he lied to Dracula or shaved his hair, but because he is invisible, he wouldn't see his hair in mirrors. However, there's a scene in the first film where he's in the bathroom shaving the cream, it has shown that he is combing with a afro comb. It has presumed that he does have curly hair so it is implied that he shaved his hair offscreen in the third film. This also implies that invisible folk can see themselves, as well as other invisible folk, which explains why Griffin constantly forgets that he is invisible. During the new trailer of Hotel Transylvania 4: Transformania, we finally got to see Griffin’s true visible appearance. He actually really does have curly hair and a bald spot, although he didn’t seem to be aware he was balding.
  • He became very embarrassed when he was pantsed at the pool, in spite of the fact that nothing was visible.
  • He often seems to forget that he is invisible, as forgetting no one would see him when he was pantsed by Wayne, and when Dracula said Mavis would never like someone with red curly hair, he became very angry and said that he had red curly hair, to which Dracula replied 'Well how was I supposed to know that!?'
  • He can play drums and plays during 'Where did the time go?'. 
  • It is unknown whether Griffin is his surname or whether the creators made it his first name in the movie. In the original H.G. Wells book; his first name is never revealed, but in other TV shows and movies he has been given a first name; including John, Jack and Hawley. In any event he is only called 'Griffin' in Hotel Transylvania.
    • Out of all the monsters, Griffin is quite possibly the most human as his only monstrous trait is being invisible. However, he is possibly immortal or at least extremely long-lived, with him being one of Dracula's old friends.


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