— Martha's final words to Mavis in her 118th birthday present
Shortly after Mavis was born, a group of angry humans raided Dracula and Martha's home, Castle Lubov. Dracula was able to escape with Mavis, however she was killed by the mob of humans, and died.
She was 409 years old at the time of her death.
Sometime in the 18th century while flying in the night as a bat, Martha crashed into another bat, and they both fell to the ground. The bat Martha knocked into turned out to be another vampire, Dracula.
Dracula and Martha instantly felt something for each other and soon became inseparable. They began to date, and soon became married. In 1894, they had a child, a baby girl named, Mavis. Shortly a few months after Mavis was born however, a group of angry humans stormed Dracula's home, intending to kill him and his family for being vampires. Dracula told her to hide as he tried to calm the humans, but she was killed by the mob leaving Dracula to take care of Mavis alone. Traumatized by the tragic event, he built a hotel to keep her and other monsters safe.
Her history provides an interesting point of discussion about the differing perspectives of humans and monsters: Jonathan learned a fairy tale version of Martha's mysterious demise, while Dracula recounts a much more graphic ending to her life. In a more uplifting way, Martha gift to Mavis inspires her daughter to find her own "zing" and to remind Dracula how important it is to let others into your life.
Martha is only mentioned a few times in Hotel Transylvania 2. She is first mentioned in a song sung by Dracula at Jonathan and Mavis' wedding, Martha is mentioned for a second time when Dracula urges Mavis to eat Martha's own recipe for Monster ball soup. Mavis accepts it, but begins to hysterically cry due to her mood swings from being pregnant.
Later, Martha is mentioned for a third time when Drac and the gang take Dennis away in the hearse to teach him how to be a monster, Dennis asks Dracula if he ever misses Martha. Dracula tells Dennis that he always thinks about her, and that she was his Zing.
Paintings of Martha are shown in the background throughout the film.
Johnny once heard about a woman named The Lady Lubov that she met a lonely count got married, and had a child and they both got perished in a fire.
However, the true story told by Dracula was that Martha first met him in Hawaii, and at some point they were married. Martha later gave birth to Mavis. However, instead of dying in a fire, Martha was killed by humans (possibly staked in the heart, as that is one way to kill a vampire, though Dracula commented that a stake in the heart would kill anyone) while she was hiding from a mob, leaving Dracula to become a widower, bitterly hateful towards humankind, and becoming overly-protective of his daughter to the point that he never wanted her to leave the hotel and taking drastic measures to change her mind should she feel the urge to leave. Which is why Dracula wanted to build Hotel Transylvania to protect Mavis and all the monsters. He hated Johnny because he was a human. But eventually accepts him.
True LoveEditHer present for Mavis's 118th birthday:
"For your 118th birthday.
Two lonely bats crashed in the night...
They felt a Zing, love at first sight.
They knew right then, they would be husband and wife.
For a Zing only happens once in your life.
Your Zing will come, my love... cherish it.
- She is a skilled artist and is good at writing poetry, as shown when Mavis showed Dracula her 118th birthday present from Martha.
- She resembles Vampira.
- She resembles Morticia from the Addams Family franchise.
- There is a deleted scene of the prologue for the first film showing how Martha and Dracula first met, and their life from getting married to having Mavis. (Called Love at first bite).
- Her painting is based on the painting "Mona Lisa".