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I realized a human could never defeat a monster, but I wouldn’t let our family legacy down and so I began to search for an answer and then I saw it in an ancient text.
~ Abraham realizing that he will never defeat Dracula.

Professor Abraham Van Helsing, simply known as Abraham Van Helsing, is the main antagonist of the Hotel Transylvania franchise. He is the main antagonist of Sony Pictures Animation's 16th feature film Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation and returned as a supporting character in Sony Pictures Animation's 23rd feature film and the final film of the franchise Hotel Transylvania: Transformania.

He is a notorious monster hunter, he is also Dracula's former archenemy and Ericka Van Helsing's great-grandfather.

In the 19th century, Van Helsing started hunting down Dracula and his friends to free humanity from all monsters, but always failed. However, he has survived well into the present by adopting a robotic body which keeps his head and organs alive.

He is voiced by Jim Gaffigan.


Sometime in the 19th century, Abraham Van Helsing was born into a family famous for hunting monsters. Abraham's family believed that monsters were disgusting and dangerous. His family had already been well known throughout Transylvania for centuries by the time Abraham rose to the rank of monster hunter.

During the late 19th century, Abraham came across the famous vampire, Count Dracula. Abraham vowed to destroy Dracula and all of the other monsters. Despite his persistence and ambition, Abraham was never able to succeed in defeating Dracula. Eventually Abraham gave up trying to kill Dracula, accepting that no human could defeat Dracula, but his hatred towards him and other monsters never went away. Parts of his body started to die, forcing him replace them with mechanical body parts to prolong his life.

He would later have a family, though something down the line because Abraham was forced to raise his great granddaughter Ericka who stated she never knew her parents and he had raised her.

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

Throughout the film, Abraham orders Ericka to kill Dracula. At the end, however, when Ericka refused to do so, he decides to do it himself. By controlling the Kraken, Abraham was almost succeeded in doing this; however, Jonathan was able to defeat the Kraken using music. After he was saved by Dracula, Abraham admits that not all monsters are bad and redeems himself.

Hotel Transylvania: Transformania

In the film, Abraham gives advice to Johnny on how he can impress Dracula, by telling him about an invention that turns people into both human and monster.

Powers and Abilities

  • Athletic prowess (formerly): In his heyday, Abraham Van Helsing was a muscular, athletic man with remarkable endurance, stamina, and durability, surviving all sorts of enormous physical traumas no ordinary human could.
  • Enormous intellect and mastery of magic and technology: As a young man, Van Helsing built a lightening cannon, and has a vast knowledge of biology, medicine, and machinery, rebuilding his failing old body with a largely mechanical one. He also combined magic with technology and created a device which can change humans into monsters and monsters into humans.
  • Transforming ability and speed: In his cyborg form, Abraham can compress or expand his body to fit through compact spaces. Additionally, he can move at lightening speed in transformania, even though in hotel Transylvania 3: Summer vacation, he was incredibly slow-moving. It is possible he upgraded himself between the events of both movies.


Unlike his original incarnation from the Bram Stoker novel, this Van Helsing is xenophobic, ruthless, ill-tempered, deluded, and utterly relentless in his ultimate goal; to destroy all monsters, who he hates with a burning passion. He goes to extreme lengths to accomplish this goal, even disfiguring his own body and prolonging his life to see an end to all monsters.

At first, he acted crazed and delusional, believing what he was doing was right and even being willing to sacrifice his great-granddaughter to do so. At one point, he casually remarked that his family legacy will die with him, though he did briefly show concern when his great granddaughter presumably fell to her death.

However, unlike the other main antagonists of the series, he was not completely evil or beyond redemption. Rather, he just believed he was truly doing the right thing and protecting humanity. However, when Dracula saved his life, he showed Van Helsing there was truly no difference between humans and monsters, and he redeemed himself. Abraham even admitted that he was wrong about monsters being evil. In hotel transformania, He is now a friendly if eccentric scientist and spends his free time studying both science and magic, and while benevolent, ultimately led to the movie's main conflict, albeit unintentionally.


You can't run from me, Prince of Darkness! I will hunt you 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!
~ Abraham during his numerous attempts to destroy Dracula.
Why? Why after everything, would you save my life? (Dracula: Because, basically, we are all the same! Claws or fangs, two eyes or three eyes...) (Monsters: Green skin, no skin, prickly, brainy...) (Tinkles: Ruff!) I'm sorry! ...Huh. I feel kinda silly now; for decades, I have hunted your kind, persecuted you. The only thing I can do to make it up to you is... give you a... a 30% refund. Oh, alright... full refund.
~ Abraham redeeming himself.



  • Unlike many versions of Van Helsing, this version is portrayed as an evil, deluded monster-hating psychopath while Dracula is the true hero. He has been trying to hunt and kill Dracula and every other monster thinking that they are menaces to humans.
    • Although his actions were unexpectable to monsters, Abraham still can be considered an anti-hero as he is just a guy who wants the humanity safe and he was surprised when Dracula saves him rather than leaving him to his death.
  • Abraham serves as a villainous counterpart to Dracula, as both held a deep hatred towards each other's kind so they tried to protect their own kind from them (though while Dracula made a hotel to keep the monsters away from conflict, Abraham wanted to kill all monsters out of hatred), and groomed their descendants to follow their xenophobic philosophies only to fail. But after seeing the good the other race is capable of, they had a change of heart and accepted that both humans and monsters can be together.


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