History Film / TheMask

5th Sep '17 4:11:24 PM KingLyger
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* BeneathTheMask: Although it doesn't get played straight (it just happens literally), this trope is one of the major themes of the movie. As laid out by the psychiatrist, everyone wears social masks hiding who they really are underneath. Putting on the supernatural artifact causes the wearer to tear off their mask and embody their id. This means that Stanley becomes The Mask by removing his mask, which is neat. This still holds true for Dorian as well, since the mask that the Mask rips away is his pretenses of being a classy old-school style mobster with a legitimate business and a sense of fair play. He becomes a blunt, brutal, thoughtless thug who kills for fun and can't think beyond his next step in getting what he wants.

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* BeneathTheMask: Although it doesn't get played straight (it just happens literally), this trope is one of the major themes of the movie. As laid out by the psychiatrist, everyone wears social masks hiding who they really are underneath. Putting on the supernatural artifact causes the wearer to tear off their mask and embody their id. This means that Stanley becomes The Mask by removing his mask, which is neat. social mask. This still holds true for Dorian as well, since the mask that the Mask artifact rips away is his pretenses of being a classy old-school style mobster with a legitimate business and a sense of fair play. He becomes a blunt, brutal, thoughtless thug who kills for fun and can't think beyond his next step in getting what he wants.
23rd Aug '17 1:14:47 PM AndyLA
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** Dorian also later nearly does that to Tina in his Mask form, when he tries to kiss her. Complete with bifurcated tongue.
23rd Aug '17 1:13:41 PM AndyLA
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* ComeWithMeIfYouWantToLive: As Stanley Ipkiss is fleeing the police, Peggy Brandt pulls up in her car and tells him to get in.

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* ComeWithMeIfYouWantToLive: As Stanley Ipkiss is fleeing the police, Peggy Brandt pulls up in her car and tells him to get in. [[spoiler:Subverted, however, as her reason for doing so is to take him to Dorian and collect on the reward on him.]]
23rd Aug '17 1:11:41 PM AndyLA
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** Peter Riegert's character as well, which isn't all that surprising given one of his [[Film/AnimalHouse earliest roles]].

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** Peter Riegert's character Kellaway as well, which isn't all that surprising given one of his Peter Riegert's [[Film/AnimalHouse earliest roles]].
23rd Aug '17 1:10:47 PM AndyLA
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* CanonForeigner: Almost everyone. Only Stanley and Kellaway came from the comics.
19th Jul '17 9:21:02 PM Fireblood
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* HeroInsurance: Stanley breaks out of a jail cell, assaults an officer, steals his gun, kidnaps another officer at gunpoint and steals his car, yet receives no punishment. Even worse, he committed the crime he was held for and there was evidence of him doing so. The trope is justified because the mayor thinks Stanley is a hero who was framed by Dorian. Plus, many of those things he committed weren't entirely his fault, and he ''had'' to escape from the cell to save Tina and stop Dorian.
-->'''Mayor''': '''''Dorian Tyrell''' was "The Mask." I saw it with my own eyes.''



* TheVamp: Played with. On the surface, it seems Tina's this trope as she was only using Stanley's friendliness to infiltrate the bank, Dorian and the gang were planning to rob. At the same time Peggy Brandt, seemed to honestly like Stanley. It later turns out to be the opposite as, Tina is a nice girl really and is only around Dorian out of fear while Peggy is a BitchInSheepsClothing who wanted the $50,000 bounty on The Mask, so she wouldn't lose her condo. She even mentions this trope by name when Dorian arrives.

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* TheVamp: Played with. On the surface, it seems Tina's this trope as she was only using Stanley's friendliness to infiltrate the bank, Dorian and the gang were planning to rob. At the same time Peggy Brandt, seemed to honestly like Stanley. It later turns out to be the opposite as, as Tina is a nice girl really and is only around Dorian out of fear while Peggy is a BitchInSheepsClothing who wanted the $50,000 bounty on The Mask, so she wouldn't lose her condo. She even mentions this trope by name when Dorian arrives.



* VoluntaryShapeshifting: The Mask himself, along with other objects (turning a balloon-tommygun into a real one, for example).

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* VoluntaryShapeshifting: The Mask himself, along with other objects (turning a balloon-tommygun balloon tommy gun into a real one, for example).



* WrongfulAccusationInsurance: Stanley breaks out of a jail cell, assaults an officer, steals his gun, kidnaps another officer at gunpoint and steals his car, yet receives no punishment. Even worse, he committed the crime he was held for and there was evidence of him doing so. The trope is justified because the mayor thinks Stanley is a hero who was framed by Dorian. Plus, many of those things he committed weren't entirely his fault, and he ''had'' to escape from the cell to save Tina and stop Dorian.
-->'''Mayor''': '''''Dorian Tyrell''' was "The Mask." I saw it with my own eyes.''
19th Jul '17 8:39:20 PM Fireblood
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* AllPsychologyIsFreudian: Dr. Newman has a theory that people wear metaphorical masks to conceal who they truly are, or their Id, a Freudian concept.



* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: Niko]] He tries [[ShootingSuperman shooting at]] Dorian's SuperPoweredEvilSide, only to [[HoistByHisOwnPetard get his own bullets spat back out at him]]
* AssShove: Stanley uses the mask's powers to get back at his shady car mechanics by shoving exhaust pipes up their buttocks.

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* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: Niko]] Niko]]. He tries [[ShootingSuperman shooting at]] Dorian's SuperPoweredEvilSide, only to [[HoistByHisOwnPetard get his own bullets spat back out at him]]
him]].
* AssShove: Stanley uses the mask's The Mask's powers to get back at his shady car mechanics by shoving exhaust pipes up their buttocks.anuses.



* BatDeduction: Kellaway immediately deduces that Stanley is The Mask after finding a piece of Stanley's [[ImpossiblyTackyClothes pajamas]] at a crime scene, which had been blown off the Mask's zoot suit and reverted to Stan's clothes.

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* BatDeduction: Kellaway immediately deduces that Stanley is The Mask after finding a piece of Stanley's [[ImpossiblyTackyClothes pajamas]] at a crime scene, which had been blown off the The Mask's zoot suit and reverted to Stan's clothes.



* BettyAndVeronicaSwitch: Tina is the impossibly gorgeous girlfriend of a mobster and her criminal accomplice. Peggy is a modest, struggling journalist who would like to have a man in her life. Peggy sells Stanley to said mobster for money to pay a nice apartment, and Tina breaks up with him and ends with Stanley after he saves her life as the Mask.

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* BettyAndVeronicaSwitch: Tina is the impossibly gorgeous girlfriend of a mobster and her criminal accomplice. Peggy is a modest, struggling journalist who would like to have a man in her life. Peggy sells Stanley to said mobster for money to pay a nice apartment, and Tina breaks up with him and ends up with Stanley after he saves her life as the Mask.



* BlackAndGrayMorality: The Mask robs a bank, disturbs a police investigation and takes control of women's bodies without their consent, but he is still TheHero compared to evil personified Dorian.

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* BlackAndGrayMorality: The Mask shoves exhaust pipes up the asses of crooked mechanics, robs a bank, disturbs a police investigation and takes control of women's bodies without their consent, but he is still TheHero compared to evil personified Dorian.Dorian.
* BlackComedyRape: The Mask shoves exhaust pipes up some crooked mechanics asses for cheating him as Stanley.



* BornInTheTheater: Stanley is a fan of old cartoons (particularly ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' and Creator/TexAvery) so a lot of the jokes and gags he pulls have shades of this. In one scene he goes through an [[LargeHam overly dramatic]] death scene, after which he's immediately handed an Oscar and a silhouette audience stands up and cheers. The other characters in the scene aren't freaked out by this; heck, Dorian even smooths his hair down and stands up a tad straighter.

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* BornInTheTheater: Stanley is a fan of old cartoons (particularly ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' and Creator/TexAvery) so a lot of the jokes and gags he pulls have shades of this. In one scene he goes through an [[LargeHam overly dramatic]] death scene, after which he's immediately handed an Oscar and a silhouette audience stands up and cheers. The other characters in the scene aren't freaked out by this; heck, Dorian even smooths his hair down and stands up a tad straighter.straighter, though he looks confused too.



** The Oscar-winning scene: the theatre audience (shown using shadows at the bottom of the screen) applaud him for his ‘acting’, and Dorian and his goon, realising they’re on screen, awkwardly fix their hair.

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** The Oscar-winning scene: the theatre theater audience (shown using shadows at the bottom of the screen) applaud him for his ‘acting’, and Dorian and his goon, realising realizing they’re on screen, awkwardly fix their hair.



** Richard Jeni as Charlie.

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** Richard Jeni Creator/RichardJeni as Charlie.



* ClothesMakeTheManiac: [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]]. The Mask unlocks a seemingly absolute power for its wearer and desinhibits him, but doesn't make him evil ([[InNameOnly unlike in the source comic]]).

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* ClothesMakeTheManiac: [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]]. The Mask unlocks a seemingly absolute power for its wearer and desinhibits him, disinhibits them, but doesn't make him evil ([[InNameOnly unlike in the source comic]]).



-->'''Kellaway''': [[PigLatin Ixnay!]] Ehay's otgay an ungay! ''(Stanley jabs the gun on his side)'' OW!

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-->'''Kellaway''': [[PigLatin Ixnay!]] Ehay's otgay an ungay! ''(Stanley jabs the gun on into his side)'' OW!



** The AssShove applied to the mechanics. Though given that their EstablishingCharacterMoment implies they scam ''all'' their customers like they do Stanley. (And it's ''still'' kinder than [[CruelAndUnusualDeath what happens to them]] in the comic.)

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** The AssShove applied to the mechanics. Though given that their EstablishingCharacterMoment implies they scam ''all'' their customers like they do Stanley. (And Stanley they don't draw much sympathy. And it's ''still'' kinder than [[CruelAndUnusualDeath what happens to them]] in the comic.)



* DistressedDamsel: Tina during the final confrontation at the Coco Bongo, which she spends either at gun point or tied up. Even so, she manages to distract Dorian, convince him to take out the Mask, and kick it so Stanley can recover it.

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* DistressedDamsel: Tina during the final confrontation at the Coco Bongo, which she spends either at gun point or tied up. Even so, she manages to distract Dorian, convince him to take out off the Mask, and kick then kicks it away so Stanley can recover it.



* DramaticGunCock: By the Mask, when he pulls two gigantic cartoonish guns on Dorian's henchmen.

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* DramaticGunCock: By the The Mask, when he pulls two gigantic cartoonish guns on Dorian's henchmen.



%%* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Mask

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%%* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The MaskMask.



* ExtendedDisarming: [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]] in the scene where Kellaway's men frisk the Mask down at the park.

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* ExtendedDisarming: [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]] in the scene where Kellaway's men frisk the The Mask down at the park.



** Stanley, after being reprimanded by his landlady for watching cartoons too loudly, apathetically flicks to a TV show with Dr Neuman who describes the metaphorical social mask suppressing the Id. Guess what the titular mask itself enables for those who wear it?

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** Stanley, after being reprimanded by his landlady for watching cartoons too loudly, apathetically flicks to a TV show with Dr Dr. Neuman who describes the metaphorical social mask suppressing the Id. Guess what the titular mask itself enables for those who wear it?



** The whole French-Lover Park scene ("Divide and conquer", anyone?)

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** The whole French-Lover Park scene ("Divide and conquer", anyone?)anyone?).



%%* HelloNurse: Tina

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%%* HelloNurse: TinaTina.



** Ipkiss himself. The crimes he commits as the Mask end up [[spoiler:getting pinned on Dorian Tyrell]].

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** Ipkiss himself. The Most of the crimes he commits as the Mask end up [[spoiler:getting pinned on Dorian Tyrell]].



* {{Nepotism}}: Stanley's boss at the bank, whom Stanley accused of getting his position through family connections.

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* {{Nepotism}}: Stanley's boss at the bank, whom Stanley accused of getting his position through family connections.because his father owns it.



* NiceGuysFinishLast: Stanley Ipkiss for most of the movie. Stanley even wrote an article about this in Peggy's column.

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* NiceGuysFinishLast: Stanley Ipkiss for most of the movie. Stanley even wrote an article a letter about this in to Peggy's advice column.



* NighInvulnerability: The mask basically grants its wearer this; both Stanley and Tyrell shrug off gunshots.

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* NighInvulnerability: The mask basically grants its wearer this; both Stanley and Tyrell shrug off gunshots. Stanley even ''eats'' a bunch of dynamite sticks without any ill effects.



* RealityWarpingIsNotAToy: Played with; Stanley is a good guy and therefore as The Mask is FunPersonified and uses his powers largely for personal amusement. (He does get a little payback in on the side, though.) Dorian is a bad guy so as The Mask he's a vaguely demonic HumanoidAbomination who abuses his powers for revenge and murder.

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* RealityWarpingIsNotAToy: Played with; Stanley is a good guy and therefore as The Mask is FunPersonified and uses his powers largely for personal amusement. (He amusement (he does get a little payback in on the side, though.) though). Dorian is a bad guy so as The Mask he's a vaguely demonic HumanoidAbomination who abuses his powers for revenge and murder.



* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Played with -- when the club bouncer asks if Stanley is on the list to get in, Stanley responds "nooooo, but I believe my friends are, perhaps you know them?" He holds up two wads of cash and throws them into the air as a distraction, walking in as the crowd swarms the bouncer to get the cash.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveSupernaturalPowers: Stanley uses his powers to rob a bank, woo the girl of his dreams, and take revenge on people who annoyed him.

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* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Played with -- when the club bouncer asks if Stanley is on the list to get in, Stanley responds "nooooo, "Nooooo, but I believe my friends are, perhaps you know them?" He holds up two wads of cash and throws them into the air as a distraction, walking in as the crowd swarms the bouncer to get the cash.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveSupernaturalPowers: Stanley uses his powers to rob a bank, woo the girl of his dreams, and take revenge on people who annoyed cheated him.


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** He's also not a "night god", though {{trickster god}} is a fair description.
18th Jul '17 7:03:51 PM ngh93
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* WrongfulAccusationInsurance: Stanley breaks out of a jail cell, assaults an officer, steals his gun, kidnaps another officer at gunpoint and steals his car, yet receives no punishment. Even worse, he commited the crime he was held for and there was evidence of him doing so. The trope is justified because the mayor thinks Stanley is a hero who was framed by Dorian. Plus, many of those things he committed wasn't entirely his fault, and he ''had'' to escape from the cell to save Tina and stop Dorian.

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* WrongfulAccusationInsurance: Stanley breaks out of a jail cell, assaults an officer, steals his gun, kidnaps another officer at gunpoint and steals his car, yet receives no punishment. Even worse, he commited committed the crime he was held for and there was evidence of him doing so. The trope is justified because the mayor thinks Stanley is a hero who was framed by Dorian. Plus, many of those things he committed wasn't weren't entirely his fault, and he ''had'' to escape from the cell to save Tina and stop Dorian.
12th Jul '17 9:43:03 PM JonnyB
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* DieselPunk: A mystical mask transforms a mild-mannered loser into a zoot-suited ladies man anti-hero, complete with cartoonish powers and a swanky neo-swing soundtrack.
12th Jul '17 4:25:13 PM SinDustries
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Ah... ''The Mask'', a fun little JimCarrey romp from 1994. It's one of his works from early on in his A-list film career; specifically his first film to arrive in theaters after ''Film/AceVentura Pet Detective''. It's built on {{slapstick}} comedy and Jim Carrey contorting his face a little more than usual, and turned out to be very popular. It is based, FilmOfTheBook style, on [[ComicBook/TheMask the comic book of the same name]]. Well, sort of. The original is ''not'' harmless slapstick, fitting much better in the comedy horror genre.

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Ah... ''The Mask'', a fun little JimCarrey romp from 1994. It's one of his works from early on in his A-list film career; career, specifically his first film to arrive in theaters after ''Film/AceVentura Pet Detective''. It's built on {{slapstick}} comedy and Jim Carrey contorting his face a little more than usual, and turned out to be very popular. It is based, FilmOfTheBook style, on [[ComicBook/TheMask the comic book of the same name]]. Well, sort of. The original is ''not'' harmless slapstick, fitting much better in the comedy horror genre.
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