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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/themask_movie.jpg]] [[caption-width-right:350:"It's party time! P-A-R-T--[[AWorldwidePunomenon Y]]? Because I ''GOTTA''!"]] ->''Ssssmokin'!'' Ah...''TheMask'', 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 ''AceVentura Pet Detective''. It's built on {{slapstick}} comedy and turned out to be very popular, although Carrey has stated that it's the least-favorite role he's ever played. It is based, FilmOfTheBook style, on the ComicBook of the same name. Well, sort of. The original is ''not'' harmless slapstick, fitting much better in the comedy horror genre. The story of the comics begins when Stanley Ipkiss, a seemingly nice guy with repressed violent thoughts buys a green mask (really a semi-living artifact stolen from a tribe in Africa) for his girlfriend, Kathy. Putting the mask on that night and suddenly changing into a green-headed being with near-infinite powers, Stanley spends the next several months killing anyone he dislikes and becoming increasingly militant and deranged, until a final showdown with police and his girlfriend leaves him dead. The mask ends up in the hands of police Lt. Kellaway, who becomes the next "Big Head", carrying out similar murders against anyone he dislikes, until he finally realized what was happening. The stories over the years followed the mask itself as it went from owner to owner, usually pursued by Kellaway as he was one of very few who knew the truth. The story of the film follows twenty-something Edge City banker Stanley Ipkiss as he finds a magical mask, an ArtifactOfDoom endowed with the powers of the Norse {{Trickster}} god [[{{NorseMythology}} Loki]], which effectively makes the wearer completely immune to absolutely everything, and capable of practically anything. In Stanley's case, this manifests as gaining the RealityWarper abilities of his beloved classic TexAvery characters (stretching, shapeshifting, bouncing back from AmusingInjuries, and the like). While not quite reaching WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity levels, he does use it to get back on the people that bullied the shy reserved nice guy Stanley, and to woo nightclub-singer Tina Carlyle (Cameron Diaz). When other less savory individuals get hold of it, the results are not so amusing. It had a sequel, ''SonOfTheMask'', in 2005, which can usually be found in imbd.com's all time bottom 5 films list. Following the success of this film was a well-received (and often [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar very naughty]]) Saturday morning [[{{WesternAnimation/TheMask}} animated adaptation]] in 1995, which lasted until 1997. It should not be confused with the 1980s cartoon series M.A.S.K. or the 1980s Cher film ''Mask''. [[Characters/TheMask The Character Sheets]]. ---- !!This film had the following tropes: * AbsurdlyIneffectiveBarricade: Stanley sealing the gate to Landfill Park is a great example of this trope. He does it to keep Kellaway and Doyle inside... only to see the rest of the police on the same side of the wall as him! * ActingForTwo: A very interesting example of this trope. Jim Carrey is even credited as "Stanley Ipkiss/The Mask". * ActorAllusion: The picture of Kellaway's wife is Marion Wormer from ''AnimalHouse'', which also starred Peter Riegert. * TheAllegedCar: "The Loaner" Stanley receives from the mechanics. * AlmostKiss: Stanley and Tina twice: once while he's in jail, and again right after he rescues her from Dorian Tyrell. * AndStarring: "And Introducing Cameron Diaz" * AntiHero: Stanley fits the classical Greek definition of the term (Type I). The Mask himself is probably a Type IV. Even though he isn't as violent as most anti-heroes, he's still willing to do many unheroic things with little regard for those around him. ** VillainProtagonist: YourMileageMayVary but the main character does get away with a felony, shoving mufflers up car repairmens' asses for ripping him off, and frames someone else for his crimes. The "someone else" is a mob boss who was attempting to rob the same bank and was much more evil in comparison but the Mask wasn't really a good guy, either. *** It is even worse in the original comics, where the Mask is a VillainProtagonist. * ArtifactOfDoom: The mask is this in the comics, but then subverted in the movies, where the user only shows their DarkSide when he or she are genuinely evil. * AscendedExtra: Stanley Ipkiss. In the comics, he was actually killed off fairly quickly, but became the main character of the movie and cartoon in the adaptations. * AssShove: Stanley uses the mask's powers to get back at his shady car mechanics by shoving exhaust pipes up their asses. * AWorldwidePunomenon: "Je t'adore...je t'awindow, I don't care!" ** "The money better be here, Ipkiss, or you can Ipkiss your ass goodbye." * BagOfHolding: The Mask's pockets while being frisked by the police. * BANGFlagGun * BankRobbery * BatDeduction: While Detective Kellaway is not a genius, he's still able to figure out Stanley is the Mask because a piece of his pajamas were found on the scene of a mob shootout (he met Stanley while he was wearing the same pajamas). While the pajamas were tacky, they didn't stand out, nor was there anything to suggest that those pajamas were exclusive to Stanley. Granted, he was correct, but his reasoning was a total AssPull. * 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 inner child. This means that Stanley becomes The Mask by removing his mask, which is neat. On the other hand, the villain, an unrepentant violent criminal, becomes demonic when he wears it. * BecomingTheMask * BettyAndVeronica: Or, as they are named here, Peggy and Tina. Of course, [[spoiler: the "Betty" in this case ends up selling "Archie" out, while "Veronica" is the good girl]]. * BeyondTheImpossible: What the titular mask is apparently able to do. * BilingualBonus / ForeignCussWord: When the police interrupt Ipkiss' French seduction of Tina, he responds "Merde!" French for "Shit!" * BlackAndGrayMorality * {{BFG}}: [[GunsAkimbo Two of them]]. But they turn out to be [[BANGFlagGun BANGFlagGuns]]. * BlondesAreEvil: [[spoiler:Subverted. Usually in a story involving a guy, a hot lady (usually a blonde and a performer), and a simple girl, the guy gets the simple girl and optionally the hot lady betrays him beforehand. But here the guy is betrayed by the simple girl and gets the hot blonde lady.]] ** It should be noted, however, that the blonde starts off using Stanley in order to help her mobster boyfriend rob the bank. Obviously, she goes through a HighHeelFaceTurn. * BornInTheTheater: Stanly is a fan of old cartoons (classic LooneyTunes and TexAvery in particular) 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 are visibly freaked out by this; heck, Dorian even smoothes his hair down and stands up a tad straighter. * BreadEggsMilkSquick: During the ExtendedDisarming. * BreakingTheFourthWall: In both the movie and animated series, The Mask looks and speaks to the viewers multiple times. Considering he's basically a living Tex Avery creation, it makes sense. * BreakoutCharacter: Stanley Ipkiss, merely a one shot character from the original comics who lasted for about the same issue he got introduced in, became the star in TheMovie and since then became directly associated with The Mask, changing the original premisse of the comic in which The Mask itself is what matters no matter who's the one wearing it; eventually later even the comics would also make Stanley the main and most note worthy user of The Mask. * BringIt: The title character to some robbers, and Dorian Tyrell to his boss Niko during their final confrontation. * BulletSeed: Dorian Tyrell while wearing the mask. * CaptainObvious: Well spotted, Doyle. --> '''Doyle''': ''I missed him.'' --> '''Kellaway''': [glares at Doyle, then turns to leave] ''C'mon. We ALL missed him.'' * CarnivalOfKillers: Pretty-boy gangster Dorian Tyrell promises $50,000 to whoever can kill the title character (no mean feat, since the green-faced creature is practically immortal). * CasanovaWannabe: ** Richard Jeni as Charlie. ** The Mask himself fits this trope when he gets carried away on his date with Tina. * TheCastShowoff: Yes, that is Jim Carrey singing "Cuban Pete." (That is not, however, Cameron Diaz singing in the nightclub, as anyone who has seen ''MyBestFriendsWedding'' can attest to). * CatchAndReturn * TheCavalryArrivesLate: The police arrive after The Mask has disposed of Dorian Tyrell. * TheChanteuse: Tina. * CharityBall: The Casino Night version. * CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Stanley ''does'' pick Dorian up and slam him into a table at the end. ** Well, he did have a running start, and was more slamming into him, the force of the impact lifting him up, and the two just happening to land on the table. * ChekhovsSkill: Fetch! * [[ClingyMacGuffin Clingy MacGuffin]]: Stanley tosses the Mask out a window, only for it to boomerang back onto his bed. At the end of the film, he manages to throw it into the river with no side effects, but then Milo dove in and fetched it. In the original comic, the Mask is ''much'' more clingy and the owner often had to die to get rid of it. * ClothesMakeTheManiac * ClothesMakeTheSuperman * ComeWithMeIfYouWantToLive: As Stanley Ipkiss is fleeing the police, Peggy Brandt pulls up in her car and tells him to get in. [[spoiler:Of course, she wasn't doing this for his sake, so it might almost be considered a subversion.]] * ConspicuousCGI: Though considering he's got the powers of a cartoon character, it doesn't feel out of place. * CoolGuns: The Tommy gun. * CrapsackWorld: Edge City. Just to top it off, the city landfill is apparently adjacent to the city park. * CrashingDreams: Stanley and his dream of Tina. * CrowdSong: The Mask magics the entire Edge City police force into singing "Cuban Pete" with him. * CuteButCacophonic: The horn the title character uses to blow out the motorist's windows. ** ''AOOOOOOOO-GAAH!'' * DanceLine * DeletedScene: ** The [[HornyVikings Vikings]] burying the chest containing the mask on an American beach. ** After [[spoiler: Peggy]] betrays Stanley, Dorian tosses [[spoiler: her]] [[CruelAndUnusualDeath into a newspaper printing press.]] * DeadpanSnarker: ** The Mask himself. ** Peter Riegert's character as well, which isn't all that surprising given one of his [[AnimalHouse earliest roles]]. * DisasterDominoes: Kick the car. I dare you. * DisproportionateRetribution: The AssShove applied to the mechanics. --> '''Mechanic''': Sign right here, and press down hard. --> '''Ipkiss''': There's no price. --> '''Mechanic''': ''There will be.'' ** Also, the event in CuteButCacophonic happens as a driver almost runs over the Mask and starts honking him. * DistractedByTheSexy * DistressedDamsel: Tina * DonutMessWithACop: Doyle * DramaticGunCock * TheDulcineaEffect: Stanley and Tina. * EatTheBomb: To make it safe. * EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: In the comics, whoever is wearing the mask is known as "Big Head". "The Mask" is the name the movies/cartoon use for the mask-wearer. * EvilCounterpart: "Dorian Mask" to "Stanley Mask". * EvilDetectingDog: Milo senses something is amiss with the titular mask the moment he sees it. * EvilSoundsDeep: Dorian Tyrell in his "The Mask" version. * EvilVersusEvil: Dorian versus his mob rival. * ExecutiveMeddling: Very surprisingly inverted, at least if one listens to the DVD commentaries/behind the scenes material. Chuck Russell--director of one of the ''NightmareOnElmStreet'' films ("Dream Warriors") stated that New Line was interested in developing "The Mask" along the lines of the comic books; this would have become, according to Russell, "the next Freddy Krueger." But, he noted, that draft after draft of the more comics-faithful adaptation simply did not work. So, he fought valiantly to make "The Mask" as a comedy; the Cuban Pete sequence is one of the few elements that survived until the final cut. * {{Expy}}: Dorian and most of the other mobsters may be a nod to the mob gangs from the comics, which played a key part through much of the early comics. * ExtendedDisarming * ExtremeOmnivore: The Mask swallows a bundle of explosives with no side effects. * EyePoke: Stanley Ipkiss does this to Dorian Tyrell during their fight. * EyePop: Three times in the movie: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oiMPKvxQzs once in his apartment building]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRjUzKf9zuI#t=2m00s once in the Coco Bongo club]]), and finally [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQhW3rP_oIs#t=1m00s when confronted by a lot of cops with guns]]. * FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Peggy turns Stanley over to Tyrell.]] * FanSequel: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOKuZhYzdJ0 The]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8stmVE05NvI Mask]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NPN_qcmGVw Strikes]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4DxONZ1nEI Back]] by GM Finney Productions and Smigiel Productions. It was highly anticipated and liked by many fans of The Mask. * {{Fanservice}}: Pretty much every scene Cameron Diaz is in. Particularly her [[MaleGaze entrance]] and the nightclub scene where she appears to be channeling [[WhoFramedRogerRabbit Jessica Rabbit.]] * FinalSpeech: See OscarBait * FireBreathingDiner: After The Mask swallows the bomb and it goes off. * FlatWhat: Stanley, to Peggy [[spoiler:just before Dorian shows up]]. * FootFocus: After The Mask kisses Tina in the Coco Bongo number the camera cuts to a close-up of Cameron Diaz's feet as her shoes pop off. * {{Foreshadowing}}: "Get the keys, Milo!" * FridgeHorror: When the Mask makes people sing and dance, or otherwise get in on the schtick, you can see them struggling to maintain control before finally being taken over completely by the Mask. It seems funny but then when you think about [[MindRape what's really going on...]] ** It's actually more like the power of suggestion, he was just [[LettingHerHairDown letting their down hair down for a bit]]. * FunnyBackgroundEvent: During The Mask's faux Oscar speech, the villains do their best to look presentable for the camera. Also, when the criminals begin to take hostages in the Coco Bongo, Stanley's cranky landlady scolds the thugs for talking back to the mayor as they're being rounded up. * FunPersonified: The normally shy Stanley turns into this with the Mask (mostly). * GangstaStyle: Dorian's thugs sometimes indulge in this. * GenreSavvy: The BigBad's right-hand man realizes that dark clouds over him ''inside'' may bode ill. --> ''"Um, Boss? You be careful, huh?"'' * [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Getting Crap Past The What Now?]]: Often, most notably in the whole French-Lover Park scene ('Divide and conquer', anyone?), as well as pulling out an apparently used condom during the balloon animal scene, and several others. The Cuban Pete scene had hookers in it. ** And the graphic peeing scene... * GroinAttack: Tina does this to The Mask while they're in the park. * HairFlip: Occurs in Tina's intro. * {{Hammerspace}}: Where everything the Mask uses comes from. Repeatedly lampshaded in the comic, where those people who manage to maintain their own personalities while wearing the Mask frequently wonder where the weapons are coming from. * HandSignals: Dorian Tyrell uses one to have his men stop firing. * HarmlessFreezing: The Mask does it to himself in the park. * HelloNurse: Tina. * HeroesLoveDogs: And he does! * HeyItsThatGuy: [[AnimalHouse Boon]] grew up to become a JerkAss cop. ** Ben Stein is one of the best "It's That Guy"'s around. ** [[PulpFiction Zed]] is the BigBad. * HotScoop: Peggy Brandt * HyperspaceArsenal: Stanley, as the Mask, pulls out a double handful of guns to scare off some punks. Immediately subverted, as they turn out to be {{BANG Flag Gun}}s. In a more "traditional" scene, he also produces an enormous mallet. ** And the bazooka. * MoreDakka: Also subverted in the same scene. * HyperspaceMallet: see HyperspaceArsenal -->'''Mask''': ''SNOOZE!'' * IAlwaysWantedToSayThat: Stanley's friend Charlie after he says "Officers, arrest those men!" * ILied: [[spoiler:Tyrell, after Peggy sells Stanley out for money.]] * ImprobableAimingSkills / ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy : Three+ cops fired at Stanley as he got into Peggy's car. Not only did they not hit him, but they didn't even graze her, despite her proximity and the fact that her window was open. * IWantThemAlive: Dorian Tyrell puts up fifty thousand dollars to anyone who can bring him The Mask. * InNameOnly: This bears very little resemblance to the ComicBook it was based on, with this featuring more slapstick than what many consider Gorn. * InspectorZenigata: Lieutenant Kellaway * JawDrop: The title character when he sees Tina in the club. * TheJimmyHartVersion: JimCarrey's cover of "Cuban Pete" used in the film. * KarmaHoudini: Peggy Brandt, [[spoiler:because they deleted the scene where she was killed.]] * LargeHam: The Mask (Stanley is subdued). * LastKiss: Tina makes a LastRequest of Dorian Tyrell for one. * LeaningOnTheFourthWall: The Mask's Oscar scene and apparent asides to the audience. * LetsGetDangerous: Stanley in the final act without the mask. -->'''Stanley''': Milo, you stay here and be a good boy...Daddy's gonna have to go kick some ass. -->'''Kellaway''': *to himself once Stanley leaves* ...He's a dead man. * LifeOfTheParty: When he dances with Tina in the club. * LighterAndSofter: In the original comic, Stanley starts out as a half decent guy, but quickly degenerates into a JerkAss Psycho Killer under the mask's influence. The Mask in the comic has an actual personality, and talks to (and through, when it's being worn) it's "owner", and no one appears to be able to wear the mask without being corrupted. Even Stanley's Girlfriend, [[spoiler: who turns the mask over to Kellaway after she murders Stanley with it]] doesn't trust herself with the mask's power and evil. Only [[spoiler: Kellaway]] is able to actually resist the Mask's murderous impulses long enough to stop it from killing. In fact, whoever wears the mask in the comic comes to be known as the "Big Head Killer", who everyone assumes is the same crazed individual. * LostForever: The special flavor of sherbet made by Baskin Robbins as a tie-in to ''The Mask''. Green and yellow and two flavors of delicious. But it's Lost Forever because they won't bring it back and refuse to make public the recipe. Why, cruel world, ''why??'' * LoveCanMakeYouGonk: This happens in a scene which pays homage to TexAvery. * LovesMyAlterEgo: Tina and Stanley/The Mask, initially. * MagicCountdown: The bomb counter is wildly inconsistent, and probably should have exploded at least twice in intervening scenes based on the last count. * MagicPrerequisite: The mask only works at night. If you put it on during the day, nothing happens. Handwaved by saying Loki was a night god. This is ONLY in the movies...in the comics the Mask has no such limitation. The only time it fails in the comics is [[spoiler: when [[TheJuggernaut Walter]] tries to put it on. The mask either refuses to work on him, or cannot work on him for some reason.]] This was presumably added in the movie for the express purpose of giving Jim Carrey a funny scene with Ben Stein. ** Actually, no. In the cartoon it also failed to work whenever Stanley tried to put it on in front of Dr. Neuman, as it did in the film. We can probably guess the mask was just trying to make Stanley look like an idiot. ** That moment of failure is because [[spoiler: Walter's so damn huge, the Mask is too small to actually fit over his face. He is not happy.]] *** ...what? No. He put it on, nothing happened, and he tossed it aside and walked off. They never said why. I doubt the size of his head had anything to do with it(not like his head was drawn any bigger than anyone else's, and the damn thing works on a dog and a baby!). No doubt it failed to work as Walter probably has no inner, hidden self that's repressed and his only goal up to that point was to get the mask. He was seen off and on in the series after that, sometimes doing mundane tasks like painting in the park. * MaskOfPower: It brings your innermost fantasies to life! If you're a little repressed and a hopeless romantic, it turns you into a love-crazy wild man. If you're a [[OhCrap sociopathic mobster]]... * MoneyToThrowAway: The Mask does this to get into the club. --> '''Bouncer:''' Are you on the list? --> '''Mask:''' No, but I believe my friends are, perhaps you've heard of them. (ka-ching!) Franklin, Grant, and....J-J-J-Jackson? * MuggingTheMonster: A street gang tries this with The Mask. Bad idea. * TheMusicMeister: The Mask is surrounded by police, so he starts singing a [[strike:mambo]] rumba number and the policemen start singing and dancing along, to their great surprise * MythologyGag: The scenes with the balloon animals/Tommy gun and of attacking the jerkass auto mechanics were from the comic, albeit severely toned down to just a humiliating beating. * {{Nepotism}}: Stanley's boss at the bank. * NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Used constantly for comedic effect. The RuleOfFun greatly applies here. * NiceGuysFinishLast: Stanley Ipkiss for most of the movie. Stanley even wrote an article about this in Peggy's column. * NiceHat: The title character wears one. * NoManShouldHaveThisPower: At the end of the movie, Stanley casts the mask into the river. * NoNameGiven: Averted. Lt. Kellaway's first name was never said in the original comics or in the film's dialog, but it is given in the credits. [[spoiler:it's Mitch.]] * NonHumanSidekick: Milo the dog, who at first misunderstands the command to "Get the keys", picking up the cheese from the guard's sandwich before bringing the keys Stanley uses to escape from the jail cell. * NonSingingVoice: Cameron Diaz's singing is dubbed over by voice actress Susan Boyd. * NotOnTheList: The Mask shows how having certain vouchers with pictures of BenjaminFranklin, UlyssesSGrant and AndrewJackson can overcome that difficulty. * OfficeGolf: The head mobster, who drives off of Dorian's face to show his displeasure. * OffLikeAShot: The Mask, repeatedly. * OhCrap: Tyrell's henchmen after The Mask pulls out his multiguns. [[spoiler:Every single one of them is a [[BangFlagGun BANG Flag Guns]].]] Also the street gang when The Mask finishes making his last balloon-sculpture. * OneLastSmoke: Dorian Tyrell and a mortally wounded henchman. May count as a PetTheDog moment for Dorian. * ORingOrifice: The mechanics and the mufflers. * OrWasItADream: For like five seconds, Stanley convinces himself of this. Then Kellaway knocks on the door, and Stanley opens it to see Ms. Peenman screeching at a hole in the floor that the Mask made with his HyperspaceMallet. -->'''Stanley''': ''This is... Impossible!'' -->'''Kellaway''': ''[[ImpossiblyTackyClothes Those pajamas are impossible]]. This actually happened!'' * OscarBait: Parodied during the title character's "death" scene. ** Sadly, that scene is probably the only time Jim Carrey [[AwardSnub will ever hold an Oscar statuette]]. * PainfulTransformation: Both putting on and taking off the mask. * PigLatin: Kellaway and Doyle outside the police station. * PistolWhipping: Stanley does it twice, to the cop guarding him and a {{mook}} in the Coco Bongo club. * PlanetEris: Best-fitting trope to describe how everyone works along with Stanley when he wears the Mask, and totally ignores the fact that he's got a huge green prosthetic over his entire head and can pull cannons out of his suit pockets. * PragmaticAdaptation: From the comic book. * [[PreAssKickingOneLiner Pre Ass-Shoving One Liner]]: "Hold on to your lug nuts! It's time for an overhaul!" * PunchPunchPunchUhOh: Stanley vs. Dorian Tyrell ** More like Punch, Punch, Punch, "I'm winning... OhCrap". * QuizzicalTilt: Stanley's dog Milo does this the first time Stanley turns into the title character. * RealityWarper * RealityWarpingIsNotAToy: Played with, Stanley is a good guy and therefore as the Mask is FunPersonified 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. * RecycledTheSeries: Animated series that had a respectable run in syndication. * RedEyesTakeWarning: Dorian Tyrell while wearing the mask. * RingRingCRUNCH: When The Mask is trying to sneak past his landlady's door. * RoadsideWave: Stanley outside of the Coco Bongo club. * RogerRabbitEffect * RubberHoseLimbs: The Mask, during the "El Pachuco" dance number. * RummageFail: The gold standard. * ScrewTheRulesIHaveSupernaturalPowers: Stanley uses his powers to rob a bank, woo the girl of his dreams, and take revenge on people who annoyed him. * SealedEvilInACan: More like sealed Id in a mask. * ShallowLoveInterest: Cameron Diaz's character of Tina fits this to a ''t''. She is the FemmeFatale at first and then inexplicably begins to like Stanley. There's really no reason for this change other than the script calling for it. ** [[WhoFramedRogerRabbit He makes her laugh]]. *** It's hardly inexplicable. It's more that she falls for/is interested in the Mask - partly because her current boyfriend's a jerk-ass mobster, but when Stanley's outed as the Mask following Tyrell stealing the mask, she falls for him, knowing they're one and the same. When Stanley proves to be something of a bad-ass without the mask, beating up Dorian anyway, that's just icing on the cake. * ShoutOut: ** Many examples to classic Tex Avery animations, but one notable ShoutOut to a live action movie is to ''TheUntouchables''. When the hero is frisked, his BagOfHolding turns up a whole lot of junk, including a BAZOOKA, to which he calmly says "I have a permit for that.", precisely the same words used in similar circumstances by Frank "the Enforcer" Nitti. ** Also, DirtyHarry (probably a shout out for ClintEastwood being one of Jim Carrey's impersonations in stand-up as well as Carrey having a minor part in ''The Dead Pool''), and Sally Field at the Oscars, following this gem of a quote: --> Hold me closer Red. It's getting dark. (cough, cough cough) Tell [[Film/TheWizardOfOz Auntie Em]] to let OldYeller out. (cough- cough, cough) Tell [[AChristmasCarol Tiny Tim]] I won't be coming home this Christmas. (COUGH, COUGH COUGH) Tell [[GoneWithTheWind Scarlett I do give a damn]]. ** "No! It wasn't me! [[Series/TheFugitive It was the One-Armed Man!]]" * SicklyGreenGlow: The title artifact sometimes gives off this. * SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler: Stanley Ipkiss himself]], who did not survive in the comics. * SpontaneousChoreography: Twice, first between the Mask and Tina at the Coco Bongo and later with the Mask and the police outside the park. Justified since the Mask has magic powers. * SquashedFlat: The title character, after jumping out a window. * StandardPoliceMotto: Used by Stanley on a cop to get him to help save Tina. * StarMakingRole: For CameronDiaz. * ThatPoorCat: After The Mask throws away a Tommy gun. * ThrowItIn: The Mask pulling out a condom in the balloon making scene was an addition by Jim Carrey. * TimeBomb: Disposed of in a...''unique'' fashion. ** [[FireBreathingDiner "That's a spicy meat-a ball!"]] ** Of course, it has a MagicCountdown. * TimmyInAWell: Milo * TookALevelInBadass: The entire climax of the film is a good example of this, Stanley without The Mask breaks out of jail, cold cocks the guard, takes the detective who was hounding him hostage and walks out of the precinct (pretending to be his prisoner and pleading his innocence!). He then arrives at the club, knocks out ANOTHER guard, takes ANOTHER gun and faces off with Evil Mask. All this from the meek "good guys finish last" banker. Oh yeah that's a level of Badass alright. ** This is after shouting down his boss in epic fashion after the money-swindler tries to chew him out for being late. Definitely a step up from earlier in the movie. * TransformationTrinket * TricksterArchetype * TrojanPrisoner: Stanley's escape from the police station. * {{Troll}}: The Mask is a living embodiment. Just imagine him smiling with a more stretched smile, saying ‘Problem?’ or ‘lol u mad?’, and saying ‘LOLOLOLOL’ instead of his strange laughter, and you got yourself a textbook troll. He even makes [[InsaneTrollLogic troll science]] real! * UnusualEuphemism: The Mask's [[LooneyTunes Pepe Le Pew]] impersonation. "Our love is like a red red rose, and I am a little [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar thorny]]!" ** "Kiss me, mah dear, and Ah will reveal mah ''croissant'', Ah will spread your ''paté'', Ah will ''dip mah ladle in your vichyssoise!''" *GroinAttack ensues* *** (injured falsetto) "''She is so coy!''" (Hamtastic growl) "'''AH LOVE EEET!'''" * UrineTrouble: Milo the dog to one of Dorian's henchmen. * VertigoEffect * VileVillainSaccharineShow: It's not exactly saccharine, but the amoral and frankly psychopathic Dorian Tyrell would still be a scary villain in a much more adult-oriented film. ** The same guy (Peter Greene) also plays a similar villain in the American ''LifeOnMars.'' Brrrr. * VisualPun: His first spin is in front of a couch with a Taz pillow. * VoluntaryShapeshifting: The Mask himself, along with other objects (turning a balloon-tommygun into a real one, for example). * WaitHere: Stanley to Milo in the police car. * WalletMoths: In this case, a ''pocket'' moth. * WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Peggy Brandt, who seems to disappear from the main action towards the end. [[spoiler: In a deleted scene, we saw her death: Dorian Tyrell caught her trying to sneak off with her money, at which point he threw her into a newspaper machine. This being "The Mask," her death was cartoonish: an "extra edition" came out of the machine, printed in red ink. Peggy's visibly pained face was on the front page, along with the accompanying headline.]] * WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Dorian has Stanley captive but gives him over to the police, effectively killing two birds with one stone: the cops leave him alone and he gets rid of Stanley for good. * WildTake: The Mask after seeing the police outside the park. * WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Stanley and Milo when they don the mask. ** This is apparently the way the mask functions. The only ones that are immune to this are those who already are insane. * WorkingTheSameCase: An example with criminals. Dorian was planning on robbing Stanley's bank but the Mask hits it first, leading to a brief exchange. * YouSaidYouWouldLetThemGo: Peggy the reporter to Dorian Tyrell, re: Stanley Ipkiss. * YouTasteDelicious: While Stanley is with Tina, she suddenly starts licking his ear. Then he wakes up and discovers that it was a dream, and his dog Milo is licking him. !!The comics had the following tropes: * AntiHero: While Stanley just wanted revenge for all those who did him wrong, Kellaway really wanted to use the mask for good. Let's just say Big Head had other plans. * AdaptationDistillation: While it's hard to think this could apply to the original Mask comics... they were actually the product of John Arcudi and Doug Mahnke fleshing out and adapting Mike Richardson's original "Masque" concept. Most of the original ideas remained intact, however. * AssholeVictim: Played with - the victim may have ticked off the mask wearer somehow, but the "asshole" part was in the wearer's mind and likely enhanced a hundred times by the mask's influence. * AxeCrazy: People who wear the mask don't start out like this, but it does happen eventually. * BodyHorror: Mask wearers are referred to as "Big Head" for a good reason. Their head becomes a giant mutated lump with large eyes, a huge mouth, no ears and a tiny nose. ** The two jerkass auto mechanics that Big Head kills early on. One is wrapped up and impaled by chains and hooks. The other one... well... his skull was removed and replaced with a muffler, complete with a visual of skin stretched out over the muffler. It wasn't pretty. * {{Bookends}}: The first person to wear the mask, Stanley, is the last one to have it at the end of the comic's run. (Sure, it's a dead body, but it counts.) * BlackComedy: Big Head might be a killer who does things to people that may lead to a MoralEventHorizon, but he is funny while doing it. * CrossOver: Lobo VS The Mask, Grifter VS The Mask ** Also Joker/Mask, though it seemed to be in its own hybrid canon that combined the comics and cartoon into one * CurbstompBattle: At the end of the first two series, this is what happens to the cops when they try to stop Big Head. * DeadpanSnarker: Big Head is this, but it varies between wearers. * DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Walter blasts Kathy/Big Head with both barrels of an elephant gun. For a being enhanced with the powers to bend reality and shrug off injuries, Kathy stayed down for the count long enough to make us think she was dead. ** This also happens the first time we see Walter as he gives Kellaway/Big Head quite a harsh beating that actually stuns him. We ARE talking about a being that gives entire police precincts the runaround here! * FauxActionGirl: Kathy. While she's brutally unstoppable while wearing the mask, without it on she tends to play it safe. Though at heart, she's not an action girl OR a killer, she's just an unlucky woman who got mixed up in this mess. * {{Gorn}}: Big Head's bloody trail of victims was depicted without censorship, as were Walter's self mutilation habits. * GroundhogDayLoop: Lobo VS Mask. [[spoiler: Lobo is hired to hunt down the "Ultimate Bastich", a being that destroyed numerous planets and killed billions. He's led to Earth, the last known location and finds Big Head, who, after a lengthy fight, admits it was his last wearer. After a lengthier galactic hunt, Lobo takes the mask himself, ends up going through a wormhole, and after being offended by a child's crayon drawing, obliterates numerous worlds. He'd been hired to hunt himself.]] The loop was broken at the end of the issue, however. * HammerSpace: Even characters often wonder where Big Head gets all of his weapons. That's assuming the mask isn't literally creating matter from nothing, anyway. * IAmNotShazam: "The Mask" is the title of the book. Anyone who wears the mask itself is always referred to as "Big Head". ** This is subverted with the movie and cartoon though, as Stanley's alter ego went by the title name. * LostTribe: The mask itself originally belonged to an unnamed African tribe, which used it in their rituals. * MythologyGag: In the original 4-part series, a 2-page spread of a laughing Big Head shows Kellaway's vigilante spree in action. A near identical spread shows up again in Lobo VS Mask when Lobo is wearing it. ** In ''The Mask Strikes Back'', a reference is made to Big Head wearing a yellow zoot suit. This was never shown in the comics, but WAS a key part of the film, which had come out prior. *** Though the yellow suit did eventually become comic canon in Lobo VS Mask. **** It also shows up in Joker/Mask. Though Joker/Mask also seemed to be it's own little canon which combined the comics and cartoon into one. * NoNameGiven: Lt. Kellaway's first name is never revealed. He even refused to tell people when asked. ** It's given as "Mitch" in the credits for the movie, but that's a different canon and that name wasn't used in any other canon for TheMask. * OnlyAFleshWound: Big Head suffers injuries and bleeds profusely, but ignores almost all of it. Though being a magical artifact that can bend reality, Big Head can instantly re-grow and regenerate anyway. In some cases, Big Head's been known to turn severed pieces into clones. * PoliceBrutality: Lt. Kellaway was given the mask to keep it put up after Stanley's death. He tried it on (he had no reason to believe Kathy's story, at any rate) and became the second "Big Head". Kellaway promptly went on a massive killing spree to off drug dealers, mobsters and anyone else he felt the system let slip through. * PowerMakesYourVoiceDeep: While it's hard to depict, Big Head's angular voice bubbles and scratched out lettering indicates a monster-like tone of voice that characters often comment on. The CD of the first two series shows that Big Head can also make his voice very high. * PuppeteerParasite: The mask itself is a semi-living entity that can speak. Anyone who wears it is initially in control, or so it seems, as they seem to be fully aware of what they're doing with their new powers. However, they're quickly driven to murder and violence and after only a short time find their own minds being subdued as the mask takes control. * SecretIdentity: Subverted as the mask changed hands quite often, though as far as most of the police and media knew, it was the same killer each time. * SelfMutilationDemonstration: Walter would do this just to screw with people. * SquashedFlat: After Stanley first puts on the mask, he's run over by a car and flattened, complete with hideous amounts of blood. But he's just fine. ** This scene "sort of" appeared in the movie(altered somewhat), albeit much more cartoony than gory. * SternTeacher: Stanley's old teacher was one, even to the point of doing the same to students now as she did to Stanley as a boy... right before Big Head entered the classroom and killed her in front of the children. * SymbolSwearing: Despite heavy bloodshed and gore, actual cursing was censored in the books. * TheVoiceless: Walter never speaks. * UnwittingPawn: People who wear the mask are just tools used by the mask itself. * VoiceChangeling: Big Head can mimic anyone's voice to impersonate anyone. * WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Oh sure, at first being the mask is fun, but by the end of it you become so AxeCrazy it's not even funny. ---
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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/themask_movie.jpg]] [[caption-width-right:350:"It's party time! P-A-R-T--[[AWorldwidePunomenon Y]]? Because I ''GOTTA''!"]] ->''Ssssmokin'!'' Ah...''TheMask'', 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 ''AceVentura Pet Detective''. It's built on {{slapstick}} comedy and turned out to be very popular, although Carrey has stated that it's the least-favorite role he's ever played. It is based, FilmOfTheBook style, on the ComicBook of the same name. Well, sort of. The original is ''not'' harmless slapstick, fitting much better in the comedy horror genre. The story of the comics begins when Stanley Ipkiss, a seemingly nice guy with repressed violent thoughts buys a green mask (really a semi-living artifact stolen from a tribe in Africa) for his girlfriend, Kathy. Putting the mask on that night and suddenly changing into a green-headed being with near-infinite powers, Stanley spends the next several months killing anyone he dislikes and becoming increasingly militant and deranged, until a final showdown with police and his girlfriend leaves him dead. The mask ends up in the hands of police Lt. Kellaway, who becomes the next "Big Head", carrying out similar murders against anyone he dislikes, until he finally realized what was happening. The stories over the years followed the mask itself as it went from owner to owner, usually pursued by Kellaway as he was one of very few who knew the truth. The story of the film follows twenty-something Edge City banker Stanley Ipkiss as he finds a magical mask, an ArtifactOfDoom endowed with the powers of the Norse {{Trickster}} god [[{{NorseMythology}} Loki]], which effectively makes the wearer completely immune to absolutely everything, and capable of practically anything. In Stanley's case, this manifests as gaining the RealityWarper abilities of his beloved classic TexAvery characters (stretching, shapeshifting, bouncing back from AmusingInjuries, and the like). While not quite reaching WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity levels, he does use it to get back on the people that bullied the shy reserved nice guy Stanley, and to woo nightclub-singer Tina Carlyle (Cameron Diaz). When other less savory individuals get hold of it, the results are not so amusing. It had a sequel, ''SonOfTheMask'', in 2005, which can usually be found in imbd.com's all time bottom 5 films list. Following the success of this film was a well-received (and often [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar very naughty]]) Saturday morning [[{{WesternAnimation/TheMask}} animated adaptation]] in 1995, which lasted until 1997. It should not be confused with the 1980s cartoon series M.A.S.K. or the 1980s Cher film ''Mask''. [[Characters/TheMask The Character Sheets]]. ---- !!This film had the following tropes: ''The Mask'' may refer to: * AbsurdlyIneffectiveBarricade: Stanley sealing the gate to Landfill Park is a great example of this trope. He does it to keep Kellaway and Doyle inside... only to see the rest of the police on the same side of the wall as him! * ActingForTwo: A very interesting example of this trope. Jim Carrey is even credited as "Stanley Ipkiss/The Mask". * ActorAllusion: The picture of Kellaway's wife is Marion Wormer from ''AnimalHouse'', which also starred Peter Riegert. * TheAllegedCar: "The Loaner" Stanley receives from the mechanics. * AlmostKiss: Stanley and Tina twice: once while he's in jail, and again right after he rescues her from Dorian Tyrell. * AndStarring: "And Introducing Cameron Diaz" * AntiHero: Stanley fits the classical Greek definition of the term (Type I). The Mask himself is probably a Type IV. Even though he isn't as violent as most anti-heroes, he's still willing to do many unheroic things with little regard for those around him. ** VillainProtagonist: YourMileageMayVary but the main character does get away with a felony, shoving mufflers up car repairmens' asses for ripping him off, and frames someone else for his crimes. The "someone else" is a mob boss who was attempting to rob the same bank and was much more evil in comparison but the Mask wasn't really a good guy, either. *** It is even worse in ''ComicBook/TheMask'', the original comics, where comic book series * ''Film/TheMask'', the Mask is a VillainProtagonist. * ArtifactOfDoom: The mask is this in the comics, but then subverted in the movies, where the user only shows their DarkSide when he or she are genuinely evil. * AscendedExtra: Stanley Ipkiss. In the comics, he was actually killed off fairly quickly, but became the main character of the movie and cartoon in the adaptations. * AssShove: Stanley uses the mask's powers to get back at his shady car mechanics live-action film inspired by shoving exhaust pipes up their asses. * AWorldwidePunomenon: "Je t'adore...je t'awindow, I don't care!" ** "The money better be here, Ipkiss, or you can Ipkiss your ass goodbye." * BagOfHolding: The Mask's pockets while being frisked by the police. * BANGFlagGun * BankRobbery * BatDeduction: While Detective Kellaway is not a genius, he's still able to figure out Stanley is the Mask because a piece of his pajamas were found on the scene of a mob shootout (he met Stanley while he was wearing the same pajamas). While the pajamas were tacky, they didn't stand out, nor was there anything to suggest that those pajamas were exclusive to Stanley. Granted, he was correct, but his reasoning was a total AssPull. * 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 inner child. This means that Stanley becomes The Mask by removing his mask, which is neat. On the other hand, the villain, an unrepentant violent criminal, becomes demonic when he wears it. * BecomingTheMask * BettyAndVeronica: Or, as they are named here, Peggy and Tina. Of course, [[spoiler: the "Betty" in this case ends up selling "Archie" out, while "Veronica" is the good girl]]. * BeyondTheImpossible: What the titular mask is apparently able to do. * BilingualBonus / ForeignCussWord: When the police interrupt Ipkiss' French seduction of Tina, he responds "Merde!" French for "Shit!" * BlackAndGrayMorality * {{BFG}}: [[GunsAkimbo Two of them]]. But they turn out to be [[BANGFlagGun BANGFlagGuns]]. * BlondesAreEvil: [[spoiler:Subverted. Usually in a story involving a guy, a hot lady (usually a blonde and a performer), and a simple girl, the guy gets the simple girl and optionally the hot lady betrays him beforehand. But here the guy is betrayed by the simple girl and gets the hot blonde lady.]] ** It should be noted, however, that the blonde starts off using Stanley in order to help her mobster boyfriend rob the bank. Obviously, she goes through a HighHeelFaceTurn. * BornInTheTheater: Stanly is a fan of old cartoons (classic LooneyTunes and TexAvery in particular) 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 are visibly freaked out by this; heck, Dorian even smoothes his hair down and stands up a tad straighter. * BreadEggsMilkSquick: During the ExtendedDisarming. * BreakingTheFourthWall: In both the movie and animated series, The Mask looks and speaks to the viewers multiple times. Considering he's basically a living Tex Avery creation, it makes sense. * BreakoutCharacter: Stanley Ipkiss, merely a one shot character from the original comics who lasted for about the same issue he got introduced in, became the star in TheMovie and since then became directly associated with The Mask, changing the original premisse of the comic in which The Mask itself is what matters no matter who's book * ''WesternAnimation/TheMask'', the one wearing it; eventually later even the comics would also make Stanley the main and most note worthy user of The Mask. * BringIt: The title character to some robbers, and Dorian Tyrell to his boss Niko during their final confrontation. * BulletSeed: Dorian Tyrell while wearing the mask. * CaptainObvious: Well spotted, Doyle. --> '''Doyle''': ''I missed him.'' --> '''Kellaway''': [glares at Doyle, then turns to leave] ''C'mon. We ALL missed him.'' * CarnivalOfKillers: Pretty-boy gangster Dorian Tyrell promises $50,000 to whoever can kill the title character (no mean feat, since the green-faced creature is practically immortal). * CasanovaWannabe: ** Richard Jeni as Charlie. ** The Mask himself fits this trope when he gets carried away on his date with Tina. * TheCastShowoff: Yes, that is Jim Carrey singing "Cuban Pete." (That is not, however, Cameron Diaz singing in the nightclub, as anyone who has seen ''MyBestFriendsWedding'' can attest to). * CatchAndReturn * TheCavalryArrivesLate: The police arrive after The Mask has disposed of Dorian Tyrell. * TheChanteuse: Tina. * CharityBall: The Casino Night version. * CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Stanley ''does'' pick Dorian up and slam him into a table at the end. ** Well, he did have a running start, and was more slamming into him, the force of the impact lifting him up, and the two just happening to land on the table. * ChekhovsSkill: Fetch! * [[ClingyMacGuffin Clingy MacGuffin]]: Stanley tosses the Mask out a window, only for it to boomerang back onto his bed. At the end of the film, he manages to throw it into the river with no side effects, but then Milo dove in and fetched it. In the original comic, the Mask is ''much'' more clingy and the owner often had to die to get rid of it. * ClothesMakeTheManiac * ClothesMakeTheSuperman * ComeWithMeIfYouWantToLive: As Stanley Ipkiss is fleeing the police, Peggy Brandt pulls up in her car and tells him to get in. [[spoiler:Of course, she wasn't doing this for his sake, so it might almost be considered a subversion.]] * ConspicuousCGI: Though considering he's got the powers of a cartoon character, it doesn't feel out of place. * CoolGuns: The Tommy gun. * CrapsackWorld: Edge City. Just to top it off, the city landfill is apparently adjacent to the city park. * CrashingDreams: Stanley and his dream of Tina. * CrowdSong: The Mask magics the entire Edge City police force into singing "Cuban Pete" with him. * CuteButCacophonic: The horn the title character uses to blow out the motorist's windows. ** ''AOOOOOOOO-GAAH!'' * DanceLine * DeletedScene: ** The [[HornyVikings Vikings]] burying the chest containing the mask on an American beach. ** After [[spoiler: Peggy]] betrays Stanley, Dorian tosses [[spoiler: her]] [[CruelAndUnusualDeath into a newspaper printing press.]] * DeadpanSnarker: ** The Mask himself. ** Peter Riegert's character as well, which isn't all that surprising given one of his [[AnimalHouse earliest roles]]. * DisasterDominoes: Kick the car. I dare you. * DisproportionateRetribution: The AssShove applied to the mechanics. --> '''Mechanic''': Sign right here, and press down hard. --> '''Ipkiss''': There's no price. --> '''Mechanic''': ''There will be.'' ** Also, the event in CuteButCacophonic happens as a driver almost runs over the Mask and starts honking him. * DistractedByTheSexy * DistressedDamsel: Tina * DonutMessWithACop: Doyle * DramaticGunCock * TheDulcineaEffect: Stanley and Tina. * EatTheBomb: To make it safe. * EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: In the comics, whoever is wearing the mask is known as "Big Head". "The Mask" is the name the movies/cartoon use for the mask-wearer. * EvilCounterpart: "Dorian Mask" to "Stanley Mask". * EvilDetectingDog: Milo senses something is amiss with the titular mask the moment he sees it. * EvilSoundsDeep: Dorian Tyrell in his "The Mask" version. * EvilVersusEvil: Dorian versus his mob rival. * ExecutiveMeddling: Very surprisingly inverted, at least if one listens to the DVD commentaries/behind the scenes material. Chuck Russell--director of one of the ''NightmareOnElmStreet'' films ("Dream Warriors") stated that New Line was interested in developing "The Mask" along the lines of the comic books; this would have become, according to Russell, "the next Freddy Krueger." But, he noted, that draft after draft of the more comics-faithful adaptation simply did not work. So, he fought valiantly to make "The Mask" as a comedy; the Cuban Pete sequence is one of the few elements that survived until the final cut. * {{Expy}}: Dorian and most of the other mobsters may be a nod to the mob gangs from the comics, which played a key part through much of the early comics. * ExtendedDisarming * ExtremeOmnivore: The Mask swallows a bundle of explosives with no side effects. * EyePoke: Stanley Ipkiss does this to Dorian Tyrell during their fight. * EyePop: Three times in the movie: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oiMPKvxQzs once in his apartment building]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRjUzKf9zuI#t=2m00s once in the Coco Bongo club]]), and finally [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQhW3rP_oIs#t=1m00s when confronted by a lot of cops with guns]]. * FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Peggy turns Stanley over to Tyrell.]] * FanSequel: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOKuZhYzdJ0 The]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8stmVE05NvI Mask]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NPN_qcmGVw Strikes]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4DxONZ1nEI Back]] by GM Finney Productions and Smigiel Productions. It was highly anticipated and liked by many fans of The Mask. * {{Fanservice}}: Pretty much every scene Cameron Diaz is in. Particularly her [[MaleGaze entrance]] and the nightclub scene where she appears to be channeling [[WhoFramedRogerRabbit Jessica Rabbit.]] * FinalSpeech: See OscarBait * FireBreathingDiner: After The Mask swallows the bomb and it goes off. * FlatWhat: Stanley, to Peggy [[spoiler:just before Dorian shows up]]. * FootFocus: After The Mask kisses Tina in the Coco Bongo number the camera cuts to a close-up of Cameron Diaz's feet as her shoes pop off. * {{Foreshadowing}}: "Get the keys, Milo!" * FridgeHorror: When the Mask makes people sing and dance, or otherwise get in on the schtick, you can see them struggling to maintain control before finally being taken over completely by the Mask. It seems funny but then when you think about [[MindRape what's really going on...]] ** It's actually more like the power of suggestion, he was just [[LettingHerHairDown letting their down hair down for a bit]]. * FunnyBackgroundEvent: During The Mask's faux Oscar speech, the villains do their best to look presentable for the camera. Also, when the criminals begin to take hostages in the Coco Bongo, Stanley's cranky landlady scolds the thugs for talking back to the mayor as they're being rounded up. * FunPersonified: The normally shy Stanley turns into this with the Mask (mostly). * GangstaStyle: Dorian's thugs sometimes indulge in this. * GenreSavvy: The BigBad's right-hand man realizes that dark clouds over him ''inside'' may bode ill. --> ''"Um, Boss? You be careful, huh?"'' * [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Getting Crap Past The What Now?]]: Often, most notably in the whole French-Lover Park scene ('Divide and conquer', anyone?), as well as pulling out an apparently used condom during the balloon animal scene, and several others. The Cuban Pete scene had hookers in it. ** And the graphic peeing scene... * GroinAttack: Tina does this to The Mask while they're in the park. * HairFlip: Occurs in Tina's intro. * {{Hammerspace}}: Where everything the Mask uses comes from. Repeatedly lampshaded in the comic, where those people who manage to maintain their own personalities while wearing the Mask frequently wonder where the weapons are coming from. * HandSignals: Dorian Tyrell uses one to have his men stop firing. * HarmlessFreezing: The Mask does it to himself in the park. * HelloNurse: Tina. * HeroesLoveDogs: And he does! * HeyItsThatGuy: [[AnimalHouse Boon]] grew up to become a JerkAss cop. ** Ben Stein is one of the best "It's That Guy"'s around. ** [[PulpFiction Zed]] is the BigBad. * HotScoop: Peggy Brandt * HyperspaceArsenal: Stanley, as the Mask, pulls out a double handful of guns to scare off some punks. Immediately subverted, as they turn out to be {{BANG Flag Gun}}s. In a more "traditional" scene, he also produces an enormous mallet. ** And the bazooka. * MoreDakka: Also subverted in the same scene. * HyperspaceMallet: see HyperspaceArsenal -->'''Mask''': ''SNOOZE!'' * IAlwaysWantedToSayThat: Stanley's friend Charlie after he says "Officers, arrest those men!" * ILied: [[spoiler:Tyrell, after Peggy sells Stanley out for money.]] * ImprobableAimingSkills / ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy : Three+ cops fired at Stanley as he got into Peggy's car. Not only did they not hit him, but they didn't even graze her, despite her proximity and the fact that her window was open. * IWantThemAlive: Dorian Tyrell puts up fifty thousand dollars to anyone who can bring him The Mask. * InNameOnly: This bears very little resemblance to the ComicBook it was based on, with this featuring more slapstick than what many consider Gorn. * InspectorZenigata: Lieutenant Kellaway * JawDrop: The title character when he sees Tina in the club. * TheJimmyHartVersion: JimCarrey's cover of "Cuban Pete" used in the film. * KarmaHoudini: Peggy Brandt, [[spoiler:because they deleted the scene where she was killed.]] * LargeHam: The Mask (Stanley is subdued). * LastKiss: Tina makes a LastRequest of Dorian Tyrell for one. * LeaningOnTheFourthWall: The Mask's Oscar scene and apparent asides to the audience. * LetsGetDangerous: Stanley in the final act without the mask. -->'''Stanley''': Milo, you stay here and be a good boy...Daddy's gonna have to go kick some ass. -->'''Kellaway''': *to himself once Stanley leaves* ...He's a dead man. * LifeOfTheParty: When he dances with Tina in the club. * LighterAndSofter: In the original comic, Stanley starts out as a half decent guy, but quickly degenerates into a JerkAss Psycho Killer under the mask's influence. The Mask in the comic has an actual personality, and talks to (and through, when it's being worn) it's "owner", and no one appears to be able to wear the mask without being corrupted. Even Stanley's Girlfriend, [[spoiler: who turns the mask over to Kellaway after she murders Stanley with it]] doesn't trust herself with the mask's power and evil. Only [[spoiler: Kellaway]] is able to actually resist the Mask's murderous impulses long enough to stop it from killing. In fact, whoever wears the mask in the comic comes to be known as the "Big Head Killer", who everyone assumes is the same crazed individual. * LostForever: The special flavor of sherbet made by Baskin Robbins as a tie-in to ''The Mask''. Green and yellow and two flavors of delicious. But it's Lost Forever because they won't bring it back and refuse to make public the recipe. Why, cruel world, ''why??'' * LoveCanMakeYouGonk: This happens in a scene which pays homage to TexAvery. * LovesMyAlterEgo: Tina and Stanley/The Mask, initially. * MagicCountdown: The bomb counter is wildly inconsistent, and probably should have exploded at least twice in intervening scenes animated series based on the last count. * MagicPrerequisite: The mask only works at night. If you put it on during the day, nothing happens. Handwaved by saying Loki was a night god. This is ONLY in the movies...in the comics the Mask has no such limitation. The only time it fails in the comics is [[spoiler: when [[TheJuggernaut Walter]] tries to put it on. The mask either refuses to work on him, or cannot work on him for some reason.]] This was presumably added in the movie for the express purpose of giving Jim Carrey a funny scene with Ben Stein. ** Actually, no. In the cartoon it also failed to work whenever Stanley tried to put it on in front of Dr. Neuman, as it did in the film. We can probably guess the mask was just trying to make Stanley look like an idiot. ** That moment of failure is because [[spoiler: Walter's so damn huge, the Mask is too small to actually fit over his face. He is not happy.]] *** ...what? No. He put it on, nothing happened, and he tossed it aside and walked off. They never said why. I doubt the size of his head had anything to do with it(not like his head was drawn any bigger than anyone else's, and the damn thing works on a dog and a baby!). No doubt it failed to work as Walter probably has no inner, hidden self that's repressed and his only goal up to that point was to get the mask. He was seen off and on in the series after that, sometimes doing mundane tasks like painting in the park. * MaskOfPower: It brings your innermost fantasies to life! If you're a little repressed and a hopeless romantic, it turns you into a love-crazy wild man. If you're a [[OhCrap sociopathic mobster]]... * MoneyToThrowAway: The Mask does this to get into the club. --> '''Bouncer:''' Are you on the list? --> '''Mask:''' No, but I believe my friends are, perhaps you've heard of them. (ka-ching!) Franklin, Grant, and....J-J-J-Jackson? * MuggingTheMonster: A street gang tries this with The Mask. Bad idea. * TheMusicMeister: The Mask is surrounded by police, so he starts singing a [[strike:mambo]] rumba number and the policemen start singing and dancing along, to their great surprise * MythologyGag: The scenes with the balloon animals/Tommy gun and of attacking the jerkass auto mechanics were from the comic, albeit severely toned down to just a humiliating beating. * {{Nepotism}}: Stanley's boss at the bank. * NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Used constantly for comedic effect. The RuleOfFun greatly applies here. * NiceGuysFinishLast: Stanley Ipkiss for most of the movie. Stanley even wrote an article about this in Peggy's column. * NiceHat: The title character wears one. * NoManShouldHaveThisPower: At the end of the movie, Stanley casts the mask into the river. * NoNameGiven: Averted. Lt. Kellaway's first name was never said in the original comics or in the film's dialog, but it is given in the credits. [[spoiler:it's Mitch.]] * NonHumanSidekick: Milo the dog, who at first misunderstands the command to "Get the keys", picking up the cheese from the guard's sandwich before bringing the keys Stanley uses to escape from the jail cell. * NonSingingVoice: Cameron Diaz's singing is dubbed over by voice actress Susan Boyd. * NotOnTheList: The Mask shows how having certain vouchers with pictures of BenjaminFranklin, UlyssesSGrant and AndrewJackson can overcome that difficulty. * OfficeGolf: The head mobster, who drives off of Dorian's face to show his displeasure. * OffLikeAShot: The Mask, repeatedly. * OhCrap: Tyrell's henchmen after The Mask pulls out his multiguns. [[spoiler:Every single one of them is a [[BangFlagGun BANG Flag Guns]].]] Also the street gang when The Mask finishes making his last balloon-sculpture. * OneLastSmoke: Dorian Tyrell and a mortally wounded henchman. May count as a PetTheDog moment for Dorian. * ORingOrifice: The mechanics and the mufflers. * OrWasItADream: For like five seconds, Stanley convinces himself of this. Then Kellaway knocks on the door, and Stanley opens it to see Ms. Peenman screeching at a hole in the floor that the Mask made with his HyperspaceMallet. -->'''Stanley''': ''This is... Impossible!'' -->'''Kellaway''': ''[[ImpossiblyTackyClothes Those pajamas are impossible]]. This actually happened!'' * OscarBait: Parodied during the title character's "death" scene. ** Sadly, that scene is probably the only time Jim Carrey [[AwardSnub will ever hold an Oscar statuette]]. * PainfulTransformation: Both putting on and taking off the mask. * PigLatin: Kellaway and Doyle outside the police station. * PistolWhipping: Stanley does it twice, to the cop guarding him and a {{mook}} in the Coco Bongo club. * PlanetEris: Best-fitting trope to describe how everyone works along with Stanley when he wears the Mask, and totally ignores the fact that he's got a huge green prosthetic over his entire head and can pull cannons out of his suit pockets. * PragmaticAdaptation: From the comic book. * [[PreAssKickingOneLiner Pre Ass-Shoving One Liner]]: "Hold on to your lug nuts! It's time for an overhaul!" * PunchPunchPunchUhOh: Stanley vs. Dorian Tyrell ** More like Punch, Punch, Punch, "I'm winning... OhCrap". * QuizzicalTilt: Stanley's dog Milo does this the first time Stanley turns into the title character. * RealityWarper * RealityWarpingIsNotAToy: Played with, Stanley is a good guy and therefore as the Mask is FunPersonified 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. * RecycledTheSeries: Animated series that had a respectable run in syndication. * RedEyesTakeWarning: Dorian Tyrell while wearing the mask. * RingRingCRUNCH: When The Mask is trying to sneak past his landlady's door. * RoadsideWave: Stanley outside of the Coco Bongo club. * RogerRabbitEffect * RubberHoseLimbs: The Mask, during the "El Pachuco" dance number. * RummageFail: The gold standard. * ScrewTheRulesIHaveSupernaturalPowers: Stanley uses his powers to rob a bank, woo the girl of his dreams, and take revenge on people who annoyed him. * SealedEvilInACan: More like sealed Id in a mask. * ShallowLoveInterest: Cameron Diaz's character of Tina fits this to a ''t''. She is the FemmeFatale at first and then inexplicably begins to like Stanley. There's really no reason for this change other than the script calling for it. ** [[WhoFramedRogerRabbit He makes her laugh]]. *** It's hardly inexplicable. It's more that she falls for/is interested in the Mask - partly because her current boyfriend's a jerk-ass mobster, but when Stanley's outed as the Mask following Tyrell stealing the mask, she falls for him, knowing they're one and the same. When Stanley proves to be something of a bad-ass without the mask, beating up Dorian anyway, that's just icing on the cake. * ShoutOut: ** Many examples to classic Tex Avery animations, but one notable ShoutOut to a live action movie is to ''TheUntouchables''. When the hero is frisked, his BagOfHolding turns up a whole lot of junk, including a BAZOOKA, to which he calmly says "I have a permit for that.", precisely the same words used in similar circumstances by Frank "the Enforcer" Nitti. ** Also, DirtyHarry (probably a shout out for ClintEastwood being one of Jim Carrey's impersonations in stand-up as well as Carrey having a minor part in ''The Dead Pool''), and Sally Field at the Oscars, following this gem of a quote: --> Hold me closer Red. It's getting dark. (cough, cough cough) Tell [[Film/TheWizardOfOz Auntie Em]] to let OldYeller out. (cough- cough, cough) Tell [[AChristmasCarol Tiny Tim]] I won't be coming home this Christmas. (COUGH, COUGH COUGH) Tell [[GoneWithTheWind Scarlett I do give a damn]]. ** "No! It wasn't me! [[Series/TheFugitive It was the One-Armed Man!]]" * SicklyGreenGlow: The title artifact sometimes gives off this. * SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler: Stanley Ipkiss himself]], who did not survive in the comics. * SpontaneousChoreography: Twice, first between the Mask and Tina at the Coco Bongo and later with the Mask and the police outside the park. Justified since the Mask has magic powers. * SquashedFlat: The title character, after jumping out a window. * StandardPoliceMotto: Used by Stanley on a cop to get him to help save Tina. * StarMakingRole: For CameronDiaz. * ThatPoorCat: After The Mask throws away a Tommy gun. * ThrowItIn: The Mask pulling out a condom in the balloon making scene was an addition by Jim Carrey. * TimeBomb: Disposed of in a...''unique'' fashion. ** [[FireBreathingDiner "That's a spicy meat-a ball!"]] ** Of course, it has a MagicCountdown. * TimmyInAWell: Milo * TookALevelInBadass: The entire climax of the film is a good example of this, Stanley without The Mask breaks out of jail, cold cocks the guard, takes the detective who was hounding him hostage and walks out of the precinct (pretending to be his prisoner and pleading his innocence!). He then arrives at the club, knocks out ANOTHER guard, takes ANOTHER gun and faces off with Evil Mask. All this from the meek "good guys finish last" banker. Oh yeah that's a level of Badass alright. ** This is after shouting down his boss in epic fashion after the money-swindler tries to chew him out for being late. Definitely a step up from earlier in the movie. * TransformationTrinket * TricksterArchetype * TrojanPrisoner: Stanley's escape from the police station. * {{Troll}}: The Mask is a living embodiment. Just imagine him smiling with a more stretched smile, saying ‘Problem?’ or ‘lol u mad?’, and saying ‘LOLOLOLOL’ instead of his strange laughter, and you got yourself a textbook troll. He even makes [[InsaneTrollLogic troll science]] real! * UnusualEuphemism: The Mask's [[LooneyTunes Pepe Le Pew]] impersonation. "Our love is like a red red rose, and I am a little [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar thorny]]!" ** "Kiss me, mah dear, and Ah will reveal mah ''croissant'', Ah will spread your ''paté'', Ah will ''dip mah ladle in your vichyssoise!''" *GroinAttack ensues* *** (injured falsetto) "''She is so coy!''" (Hamtastic growl) "'''AH LOVE EEET!'''" * UrineTrouble: Milo the dog to one of Dorian's henchmen. * VertigoEffect * VileVillainSaccharineShow: It's not exactly saccharine, but the amoral and frankly psychopathic Dorian Tyrell would still be a scary villain in a much more adult-oriented film. ** The same guy (Peter Greene) also plays a similar villain in the American ''LifeOnMars.'' Brrrr. * VisualPun: His first spin is in front of a couch with a Taz pillow. * VoluntaryShapeshifting: The Mask himself, along with other objects (turning a balloon-tommygun into a real one, for example). * WaitHere: Stanley to Milo in the police car. * WalletMoths: In this case, a ''pocket'' moth. * WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Peggy Brandt, who seems to disappear from the main action towards the end. [[spoiler: In a deleted scene, we saw her death: Dorian Tyrell caught her trying to sneak off with her money, at which point he threw her into a newspaper machine. This being "The Mask," her death was cartoonish: an "extra edition" came out of the machine, printed in red ink. Peggy's visibly pained face was on the front page, along with the accompanying headline.]] * WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Dorian has Stanley captive but gives him over to the police, effectively killing two birds with one stone: the cops leave him alone and he gets rid of Stanley for good. * WildTake: The Mask after seeing the police outside the park. * WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Stanley and Milo when they don the mask. ** This is apparently the way the mask functions. The only ones that are immune to this are those who already are insane. * WorkingTheSameCase: An example with criminals. Dorian was planning on robbing Stanley's bank but the Mask hits it first, leading to a brief exchange. * YouSaidYouWouldLetThemGo: Peggy the reporter to Dorian Tyrell, re: Stanley Ipkiss. * YouTasteDelicious: While Stanley is with Tina, she suddenly starts licking his ear. Then he wakes up and discovers that it was a dream, and his dog Milo is licking him. !!The comics had the following tropes: * AntiHero: While Stanley just wanted revenge for all those who did him wrong, Kellaway really wanted to use the mask for good. Let's just say Big Head had other plans. * AdaptationDistillation: While it's hard to think this could apply to the original Mask comics... they were actually the product of John Arcudi and Doug Mahnke fleshing out and adapting Mike Richardson's original "Masque" concept. Most of the original ideas remained intact, however. * AssholeVictim: Played with - the victim may have ticked off the mask wearer somehow, but the "asshole" part was in the wearer's mind and likely enhanced a hundred times by the mask's influence. * AxeCrazy: People who wear the mask don't start out like this, but it does happen eventually. * BodyHorror: Mask wearers are referred to as "Big Head" for a good reason. Their head becomes a giant mutated lump with large eyes, a huge mouth, no ears and a tiny nose. ** The two jerkass auto mechanics that Big Head kills early on. One is wrapped up and impaled by chains and hooks. The other one... well... his skull was removed and replaced with a muffler, complete with a visual of skin stretched out over the muffler. It wasn't pretty. * {{Bookends}}: The first person to wear the mask, Stanley, is the last one to have it at the end of the comic's run. (Sure, it's a dead body, but it counts.) * BlackComedy: Big Head might be a killer who does things to people that may lead to a MoralEventHorizon, but he is funny while doing it. * CrossOver: Lobo VS The Mask, Grifter VS The Mask ** Also Joker/Mask, though it seemed to be in its own hybrid canon that combined the comics and cartoon into one * CurbstompBattle: At the end of the first two series, this is what happens to the cops when they try to stop Big Head. * DeadpanSnarker: Big Head is this, but it varies between wearers. * DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Walter blasts Kathy/Big Head with both barrels of an elephant gun. For a being enhanced with the powers to bend reality and shrug off injuries, Kathy stayed down for the count long enough to make us think she was dead. ** This also happens the first time we see Walter as he gives Kellaway/Big Head quite a harsh beating that actually stuns him. We ARE talking about a being that gives entire police precincts the runaround here! * FauxActionGirl: Kathy. While she's brutally unstoppable while wearing the mask, without it on she tends to play it safe. Though at heart, she's not an action girl OR a killer, she's just an unlucky woman who got mixed up in this mess. * {{Gorn}}: Big Head's bloody trail of victims was depicted without censorship, as were Walter's self mutilation habits. * GroundhogDayLoop: Lobo VS Mask. [[spoiler: Lobo is hired to hunt down the "Ultimate Bastich", a being that destroyed numerous planets and killed billions. He's led to Earth, the last known location and finds Big Head, who, after a lengthy fight, admits it was his last wearer. After a lengthier galactic hunt, Lobo takes the mask himself, ends up going through a wormhole, and after being offended by a child's crayon drawing, obliterates numerous worlds. He'd been hired to hunt himself.]] The loop was broken at the end of the issue, however. * HammerSpace: Even characters often wonder where Big Head gets all of his weapons. That's assuming the mask isn't literally creating matter from nothing, anyway. * IAmNotShazam: "The Mask" is the title of the book. Anyone who wears the mask itself is always referred to as "Big Head". ** This is subverted with the movie and cartoon though, as Stanley's alter ego went by the title name. * LostTribe: The mask itself originally belonged to an unnamed African tribe, which used it in their rituals. * MythologyGag: In the original 4-part series, a 2-page spread of a laughing Big Head shows Kellaway's vigilante spree in action. A near identical spread shows up again in Lobo VS Mask when Lobo is wearing it. ** In ''The Mask Strikes Back'', a reference is made to Big Head wearing a yellow zoot suit. This was never shown in the comics, but WAS a key part of the film, which had come out prior. *** Though the yellow suit did eventually become comic canon in Lobo VS Mask. **** It also shows up in Joker/Mask. Though Joker/Mask also seemed to be it's own little canon which combined the comics and cartoon into one. * NoNameGiven: Lt. Kellaway's first name is never revealed. He even refused to tell people when asked. ** It's given as "Mitch" in the credits for the movie, but that's a different canon and that name wasn't used in any other canon for TheMask. * OnlyAFleshWound: Big Head suffers injuries and bleeds profusely, but ignores almost all of it. Though being a magical artifact that can bend reality, Big Head can instantly re-grow and regenerate anyway. In some cases, Big Head's been known to turn severed pieces into clones. * PoliceBrutality: Lt. Kellaway was given the mask to keep it put up after Stanley's death. He tried it on (he had no reason to believe Kathy's story, at any rate) and became the second "Big Head". Kellaway promptly went on a massive killing spree to off drug dealers, mobsters and anyone else he felt the system let slip through. * PowerMakesYourVoiceDeep: While it's hard to depict, Big Head's angular voice bubbles and scratched out lettering indicates a monster-like tone of voice that characters often comment on. The CD of the first two series shows that Big Head can also make his voice very high. * PuppeteerParasite: The mask itself is a semi-living entity that can speak. Anyone who wears it is initially in control, or so it seems, as they seem to be fully aware of what they're doing with their new powers. However, they're quickly driven to murder and violence and after only a short time find their own minds being subdued as the mask takes control. * SecretIdentity: Subverted as the mask changed hands quite often, though as far as most of the police and media knew, it was the same killer each time. * SelfMutilationDemonstration: Walter would do this just to screw with people. * SquashedFlat: After Stanley first puts on the mask, he's run over by a car and flattened, complete with hideous amounts of blood. But he's just fine. ** This scene "sort of" appeared in the movie(altered somewhat), albeit much more cartoony than gory. * SternTeacher: Stanley's old teacher was one, even to the point of doing the same to students now as she did to Stanley as a boy... right before Big Head entered the classroom and killed her in front of the children. * SymbolSwearing: Despite heavy bloodshed and gore, actual cursing was censored in the books. * TheVoiceless: Walter never speaks. * UnwittingPawn: People who wear the mask are just tools used by the mask itself. * VoiceChangeling: Big Head can mimic anyone's voice to impersonate anyone. * WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Oh sure, at first being the mask is fun, but by the end of it you become so AxeCrazy it's not even funny. ---film ----
3rd Dec '11 8:29:13 AM Micah
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* LoveCanMakeYouGonk: This happens in a scene which pays homage to TexAvery.

* TheProblemWithLicensedGames: There was a tie-in game released for the home consoles. The problem? As with any super hero that has infinite powers and is nearly invulnerable, the character has to be seriously stripped of powers and made weak to make the game work. As a result, The Mask is often beaten up by low-level thugs with pocket knives. And as you'd expect, the level layouts, bosses and plot progression really don't match the film in anything but the loosest sense. ** You also have to fight Dorian Mask, the final boss... while Stanley is still wearing the mask. Just think about that for a second.

* TrailerJokeDecay: The trailer featured most of the [[CrowningMomentofFunny crowning moments of funny]] of the movie, so those who saw the trailer first were left unsatisfied by the end of the movie.
27th Nov '11 10:04:32 PM foxley
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* CarnivalOfKillers: Pretty-boy gangster Dorian Tyrell promises $50,000 to whoever can kill the title character (no mean feat, since the green-faced creature is practically immortal).
24th Nov '11 7:22:57 AM kchishol
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* NotOnTheList: The Mask shows how having certain vouchers with pictures of BenjaminFranklin, UlyssesSGrant and AndrewJackson can overcome that difficulty.

* NotOnTheList: The Mask shows how having certain vouchers with pictures of BenjaminFranklin, UlyssesSGrant and AndrewJackson can overcome that difficulty.
24th Nov '11 7:21:58 AM kchishol
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* NotOnTheList: The Mask shows how having certain vouchers with pictures of BenjaminFranklin, UlyssesSGrant and AndrewJackson can overcome that difficulty.
21st Nov '11 1:02:56 PM Lapis
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** It's actually more like the power of suggestion, he was just [[LettingHerHairDown letting their down hair down for a bit]].
13th Nov '11 6:17:21 PM snoproblem
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** ''AOOOOOOOO-GAAH!''
13th Nov '11 2:09:04 PM Arivne
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* EyePoke: Stanley Ipkiss does this to Dorian Tyrell during their fight.
13th Nov '11 2:05:55 PM Arivne
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* Expy: Dorian and most of the other mobsters may be a nod to the mob gangs from the comics, which played a key part through much of the early comics.
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* Expy: {{Expy}}: Dorian and most of the other mobsters may be a nod to the mob gangs from the comics, which played a key part through much of the early comics.
13th Nov '11 1:49:16 AM JonnyB
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The story of the comics begins when Stanley Ipkiss, a seemingly nice guy with repressed violent thoughts buys a green mask(really a semi-living artifact stolen from a tribe in Africa) for his girlfriend, Kathy. Putting the mask on that night and suddenly changing into a green-headed being with near-infinite powers, Stanley spends the next several months killing anyone he dislikes and becoming increasingly militant and deranged, until a final showdown with police and his girlfriend leaves him dead. The mask ends up in the hands of police Lt. Kellaway, who becomes the next "Big Head", carrying out similar murders against anyone he dislikes, until he finally realized what was happening. The stories over the years followed the mask itself as it went from owner to owner, usually pursued by Kellaway as he was one of very few who knew the truth.
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The story of the comics begins when Stanley Ipkiss, a seemingly nice guy with repressed violent thoughts buys a green mask(really mask (really a semi-living artifact stolen from a tribe in Africa) for his girlfriend, Kathy. Putting the mask on that night and suddenly changing into a green-headed being with near-infinite powers, Stanley spends the next several months killing anyone he dislikes and becoming increasingly militant and deranged, until a final showdown with police and his girlfriend leaves him dead. The mask ends up in the hands of police Lt. Kellaway, who becomes the next "Big Head", carrying out similar murders against anyone he dislikes, until he finally realized what was happening. The stories over the years followed the mask itself as it went from owner to owner, usually pursued by Kellaway as he was one of very few who knew the truth.
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