On Monday, the trailer_ for the fourth entry into the children's animated Hotel Transylvania series, titled Transformania, dropped online. Rather than inspire excitement, however, the trailer has sparked a lot of anger out of some fans of the series, particularly Invisible Man stans.
For the first time in the series' history, the "Invisible Man" character, aka Griffin, who remains invisible throughout the first three films, is revealed sans-invisibility, and the man he's turned out to be does not match the image in many fans' heads. The film also reveals human forms of Dracula and the other monsters they've come to know and love, but none sparked anger quite like the sight of Griffin's curly red hair, pear-shaped body, big, sagging nose and balding head.
i was watching the new hotel transylvania trailer and this is what the invisible man actually looks like im so 😭 pic.twitter.com/1lfrLtizXc
— soph | steve rogers wife (@wintersoIdierry) May 17, 2021
for everyone including me who thought the invisible man from hotel transylvania was hot 😔🪦 pic.twitter.com/ubJhJRZcLf
— IYAH (@J1RAIYAH) May 19, 2021
i take it back the invisible man from hotel transylvania isn’t hot. pic.twitter.com/0pqJEwDX8r
— ana is sexy 📎🎰 (@chaoticdorito) May 17, 2021
To those outside the fandom, the hardest thing to grasp is how so many people can be attracted to a character that's entirely invisible. It's not as if this is some elaborate hoax — people have seemingly found themselves attracted to the character for a number of years, as evidenced by tweets from as early as 2019 expressing attraction towards him. It seems like a good number of people have been keeping their attraction to the character fittingly invisible to the public, but were unable to keep it in any longer following the reveal.
day 37 apart from my boyfriend: attracted to the invisible man in Hotel Transylvania 3
— ames tierney (@itsamy_t) September 27, 2019
why do i have a crush on the invisible man from hotel transylvania pic.twitter.com/9pwxspfhwf
— 1nachofriesandamediumdrpepperpls (@christena_weena) November 3, 2020
Griffin's invisibility (coupled with his character's loyal, slightly awkward traits) is arguably what made fans attracted to him. His lack of an appearance outside some stylish glasses and a single mention of his red, curly hair in the second film allows fans to imagine him in any way they want, which is reflected in the outpouring of fan art showing off what fans wish Griffin looked like instead.
The invisible man from Hotel Transylvania. I'm taking no constructive criticism. pic.twitter.com/cXq6ZiqXvL
— • ａｃｅ (@auriiace) May 18, 2021
THE INVISIBLE MAN WE DESERVED HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA YOU COWARDS pic.twitter.com/h32KOa9xP0
— shaDUMB (@kurapitom) May 17, 2021
— ☀️🌈⚡️‼️Paul/Bingo‼️🌻🍟🌧 (@B1NG0BANG0B01NG) May 17, 2021
night time sketches presents: brining justice to the invisible man from hotel transylvania
(aka my interpretation of him lmao) pic.twitter.com/sVEFRahvUG
— moss – artfight crunch (@moss_acre_) May 18, 2021
Some fans have demanded changes to the character's animation, citing the changes made to Sonic's character design in the 2020 film Sonic The Hedgehog after massive fan backlash as a sign that not all hope is lost. With the film's release date of July 23rd looming around the corner though, it's looking like the character's stans may just have to live with the fact that the invisible man of their dreams is no visible heartthrob.
all im sayin is if we could bully sony into changing sonic maybe we have a chance with the invisible man pic.twitter.com/Wz50xZ8huT
— president x (@xantiie) May 17, 2021