Created By: Potman on May 30, 2011 Last Edited By: Potman on August 18, 2011
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Mask of Confidence

Just an entirely unremarkable and normal mask, but it works anyway

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Mask of Power needn't be magical: all it needs to do is to cover your face. The symbolism noted under that trope, of taking a new face and thus becoming a new person, works especially strong here, and there is no magical effect involved whatsoever: the wearer becomes more powerful and confident simply because of the psychological effect.

Always a Cool Mask by default. Compare Beneath the Mask and Magic Feather. Split Personality, Secret Identity Identity, and What You Are in the Dark are often related.

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • In One Piece, after leaving the Straw Hat Crew, Usopp develops an alternate identity of Sogeking, so that he might still help to save his companion without betraying his true identity to the rest of the crew and let them know that he did not leave (it doesn't work, but that's beside the point). The mask included in the costume is nothing but a common carnival souvenir, but "Sogeking" is drawn out once again in a future battle, and grants Usopp enough confidence to win.
  • Mamoru in Soukyuu No Fafner wears a Goubain mask when piloting his Fafner, which makes him act more Hot-Blooded.

Film

Literature
  • Walter Plinge, the Phantom in Discworld book Maskerade, is not suspected of what he is because without the mask he is acting like an altogether different person.
  • The hunters' warpaint in Lord of the Flies.

LiveActionTV
  • The Benny Hill Show, "In Boutique Mask Dance." Benny goes to a mask boutique, tries to flirt with the shopgirl who rejects him. He puts a handsome mask on and she's falling all over herself, but he plays hard to get. Then he takes the mask off momentarily and puts it back on, but puts on a female mask by mistake, so now the shopgirl doesn't care for him. He's confused. Then a man enters the shop, sees this beautiful girl (Benny) and tries to woo her.

RealLife
  • People are known to act as a much less 'filtered' and 'conformed' version of themselves when wearing a mask of some sort.

WebComics
  • Flipside: Maytag is outgoing and freethinking when in her jester outfit, and extremely shy and neurotic without it.
Community Feedback Replies: 11
  • May 30, 2011
    Hadashi
    Real Life

    • People are known to act as a much less 'filtered' and 'conformed' version of themselves when wearing a mask of some sort.
  • May 30, 2011
    Rolf
    Related with Cool Mask
  • May 30, 2011
    PapercutChainsaw
    ^^This! I work in a primary school. One day we made masks as an art project. The kids all put them on and promptly went nuts.
  • May 30, 2011
    Damr1990
    basically Magic Feather + Cool Mask + What Are You In The Dark?+Secret Identity (anonimy gives you oportunity to act ways usually u don't withou people knowig it is you)?

    • Also Lelouch/Zero from Code Geass
  • May 31, 2011
    Potman
    "Related to What You Are In The Dark." That should be added, yes.
  • May 31, 2011
    Generality
    Flipside: Maytag is outgoing and freethinking when in her jester outfit, and extremely shy and neurotic without it.
  • June 2, 2011
    StarryEyed
    The Blue Mask, despite not using any firebending, manages to be much more badass and open to playing nice with the Avatar than Prince Zuko.
  • August 11, 2011
    TheChainMan
    Mamoru in Soukyuu No Fafner wears a Goubain mask when piloting his Fafner, which makes him act more Hot Blooded.
  • August 12, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    The hunters' warpaint in The Lord Of Flies *grr* what could I have misspelled?

  • August 13, 2011
    randomsurfer
    ^Lord Of The Flies. Misplaced the "The."
    • The Benny Hill Show, "In Boutique Mask Dance." Benny goes to a mask boutique, tries to flirt with the shopgirl who rejects him. He puts a handsome mask on and she's falling all over herself, but he plays hard to get. Then he takes the mask off momentarily and puts it back on, but puts on a female mask by mistake, so now the shopgirl doesn't care for him. He's confused. Then a man enters the shop, sees this beautiful girl (Benny) and tries to woo her.
  • August 13, 2011
    GoodGuyGreg
    Someone needs to solve the "how do I wore glasses over mask wile keeping right focus" problem.

    I had an actual example in mind, but forgot about it along the way. This trope may justify why Faceless mooks act the way they do.
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