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->''"Illusion is the Ultimate Weapon".''

''M.A.S.K.'' was an animated television series directed by three Japanese studios - Creator/KKCAndDAsia, Studio World, and [[Creator/ProductionReed Ashi Production]]; with Korean studio Creator/HanhoHeungUp[[note]]and Japanese photography firm Creator/TransArts[[/note]] and produced by the French-American Creator/DICEntertainment (Jean Chalopin & Andy Heyward). It was based on the toyline of the same name sold by Creator/{{Kenner}}.

A total of 75 episodes were broadcast from 1985 to 1986 in syndication. One of many cartoons produced during the 1980s as a vehicle for toys, M.A.S.K. (which is an acronym for the [[FunWithAcronyms Mobile Armored]] [[XtremeKoolLetterz Strike Kommand]]), was essentially a mashup of ''Franchise/GIJoe'' (with the whole "opposing factions of terrorist and peacekeepers" thing) and ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' (with the converting vehicles; here, the gimmick wasn't transforming robots, but seemingly ordinary vehicles that turned into heavily-armed fighting machines). It featured a special task force featuring [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters an array of characters]], led by Matt Trakker, with transforming vehicles engaged in an ongoing battle against the criminal organization V.E.N.O.M. (an acronym for the Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem), with an emphasis on super-powered helmets called "Masks" worn by the characters.

The series, like with these types of shows, focused mainly on the vehicles and characters from the toy line. [[SixthRanger More characters were introduced]], both from M.A.S.K. and V.E.N.O.M., as the line expanded. There is a storyline difference in the mini comic books which came with each toy. In the comics, Miles Mayhem knew the identity of Matt Trakker [[DeathByOriginStory and had originally helped start the M.A.S.K. team but betrayed him later by killing Matt's younger brother Andy]].

Besides the cartoon and toys, there were also various merchandising products like sticker books, coloring books and party goods to capitalize on the success of the show, as well as a ComicBookAdaptation from Creator/DCComics.

In that series, the M.A.S.K. team is sponsored by an organization called the [[FictionalUnitedNations Peaceful Nations Alliance]], with a guy named Duane Kennedy as their rep. Their exact relationship wasn't explained. Duane and the P.N.A. did appear in the cartoon, although in a smaller role. Similarly, V.E.N.O.M. didn't exactly have a clear goal as to what they did. They ''weren't'' the typical villains who sought global dominance, and their schemes mostly revolved around illegal activities and the like. The comics tried to give them a more fleshed-out background, where they were seemingly the main force of a bigger evil group called [[BiggerBad Contraworld]]. Like with M.A.S.K. and the P.N.A., their relationship wasn't explained in detail; what Contraworld was trying to use the agents for wasn't clarified either.

M.A.S.K. Agents:

* '''Matt "Hunter" Trakker:''' TheLeader of M.A.S.K. as well as a multi-millionaire philanthropist. He drives Thunderhawk, a car that can open its gullwing doors[[note]]The same kind the [=DeLorean=] uses.[[/note]]to become a jet
* '''Scott Trakker:''' The adopted son of Matt Trakker, who raised him alone. He has great mechanical skills and is always upgrading his robot sidekick T-Bob with some new function.
* '''T-Bob:''' The cowardly robot sidekick of Scott Trakker, who can convert into a scooter. He was built by Scott. He likes making bad jokes and is easily frightened.
* '''Bruce "Magic" Sato:''' Mechanical engineer and design specialist, and Matt Trakker's de facto second-in-command. Is of Japanese origin. Occupation: toy designer. He often talks in Confucian riddles that only Matt and Alex seems to understand. He's the main pilot of Rhino, an 18-wheel semitruck that can serve as a mobile command center, with a grill that can also be used as a battering ram.[[note]]It's also featured in the toyline and show's logo.[[/note]]
* '''Alex "Megabyte" Sector:''' Computer and communications expert and Zoology specialist. Hails from Britain. Occupation: veterinarian and exotic pet shop owner. He serves as Rhino's systems commander, although as an action figure, Sector originally came with the Boulder Hill playset.
* '''Dusty "Powderkeg" Hayes:''' Auto and marine stunt driver, all-terrain specialist and tracking and demolition expert. Occupation: pizza cook. He drives Gator, a jeep that can launch a hidden speedboat.
* '''Gloria Baker:''' A champion race car driver and black-belt in kung fu. Occupation: racer/sensei. She drives Shark, which can turn into a submarine. Unlike the other members of MASK, [[ToylessToylineCharacter there was never a Shark toy]], although there was a Gloria action figure, but this wasn't until very late in the toyline.
* '''Brad "Chopper" Turner:''' Expert hill climber, rock musician, motorcycle and helicopter pilot. He drives Condor, a motorcycle that can turn into a helicopter.
* '''Hondo "Striker" [=McLean=]:''' Weapons specialist and tactical strategist. Occupation: history teacher. He drives Firecracker, a pickup truck that has a dirt bike attached to the back.
* '''Buddie "Clutch" Hawks:''' A master of disguise and intelligence expert. Occupation: mechanic. He originally served as the co-pilot for Firecracker, but later got his own vehicle, Hurricane, a 1957 Chevrolet that can turn into a six-wheeled attack tank, although, like Alex Sector, the action figure came with the Boulder Hill playset.
* '''Calhoun "Stonewall" Burns:''' A construction and demolition specialist. He works as an architect and enjoys raising horses. He drives Raven, a black car that can turn into a seaplane.
* '''Jacques "Trailblazer" [=LeFleur=]:''' A natural disaster specialist and martial arts master. Occupation: lumberjack. Hails from Québec, Canada. He drives Volcano, which looks something like an ATV, but with monster truck wheels.
* '''Julio "Doc" Lopez:''' Expert in languages and cryptography. He is of Latino descent. Occupation: doctor. He drives Firefly, an F1 car that can turn into a jet.
* '''Ace "Falcon" Riker :''' Former NASA test pilot. Works at a hardware store. He drives Slingshot, a van that can launch a hidden jet fighter.
* '''Boris "The Czar" Bushkin:''' A big, burly, bald, bearded Russian who was a former VENOM agent who defected to MASK. He drives Bulldog, a semi-track that, according to Wiki/TheOtherWiki, can turn into a "half-track tank".
* '''"Chief" Nevada Rushmore:''' An American Indian and Matt Trakker's childhood friend. He drives Goliath II, a tow truck that can serve as a launching platform for Goliath I, a racecar that turns into a jet that Matt drives in the second season.
* '''Ali "Lightning" Bombay:''' An immigrant from Kandukar, India. He drives Bullet, a motorcycle that can turn into a hovercraft.

V.E.N.O.M Agents:

* '''Miles "Wolf" Mayhem:''' The BigBad. The leader of V.E.N.O.M. In the comics, he betrayed the original M.A.S.K. team by killing Andy Trakker, and stealing half of the masks for evil purposes. In the cartoon, the origin of V.E.N.O.M. is a lot less clear, though Mayhem's connections to M.A.S.K. remain the same as the comics, and that he co-created the organisation. Mayhem's catchphrase is "I oughta buy you a new face". He pilots Switchblade, a helicopter that can turn into a jet.
* '''Sly "Wrecker" Rax:''' A ConArtist. In the comics, he [[TheStarscream has ambitions of replacing Miles as V.E.N.O.M. leader]]. He drives Piranha, a motorcycle with a sidecar in which the sidecar can launch as a mini-submarine.
* '''Cliff "Blaster" Dagger:''' Demolitions expert and [[DumbMuscle strongman]]. He drives Jackhammer, a truck whose bed has a hidden cannon
* '''Vanessa Warfield:''' V.E.N.O.M.'s espionage and intelligence agent. Becomes the unofficial leader of the team by the beginning of the second season, and is one of few agents besides Mayhem to pilot Switchblade regularly when he is incapable of doing so as well as occasionally riding shotgun with Dagger in Jackhammer. Falls for Brad Turner in series finale "Cliff Hanger". Came THIS close to stealing a space shuttle in "The Everglades Oddity". She drives Manta, a car that can turn into a plane. Her car didn't get a toy, and she didn't get an action figure until the racing era.
* '''Bruno "Mad Dog" Sheppard:''' A kidnapping specialist and another strongman. He drives Stingray, a car that can turn into a tank.
* '''Nash "Goon" Gorey:''' [[YesMan Overeager and boot-licking henchman]]. In the comics, Gorey was initially a new recruit for M.A.S.K., but was revealed to be [[TheMole a mole]] working for V.E.N.O.M. He serves as co-pilot for Outlaw, a tanker truck that can turn into a mobile command center that was later given to Miles Mayhem; essentially an EvilCounterpart to Rhino.
* '''Lester "The Lizard" Sludge:''' A smarmy henchman with an [[AnnoyingLaugh annoying signature laugh]]. Almost succeeds in murdering Matt Trakker in "When Eagles Dare". He drives Iguana, an off-road vehicle that, according to Wiki/TheOtherWiki turns into a "mobile buzz-saw platform".
* '''Floyd "Birdman" Malloy:''' Biker gangman and expert forger. He drives Vampire, a motorcycle that can turn into a jet.
* '''Maximus Mayhem:''' WeakWilled twin brother of Miles Mayhem who serves as co-pilot for Buzzard, and F1 car that can split into three separate vehicles: a drone controlled jet, and two smaller motorcyles, which the two brothers drive.

Twenty-five years after ''MASK'' left the airwaves, the line was "adopted" by ''Franchise/GIJoe'' when a new Matt Trakker action figure was released as part of the Joe figure line under the name "Specialist Trakker", with a character bio explaining MASK and VENOM as special ops units of the Joe Team and COBRA.

In 2011, Creator/{{Hasbro}} released a one-off comic titled ''[[Trivia/Revolution2016 Unit: E]]'', which attempted to crossover Hasbro's more famous lines such as ''G.I. Joe'', ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'', and other, not-so-famous (or even out-of-left-field) properties like ''Toys/{{Micronauts}}'', ''WesternAnimation/ActionMan'', ''Stretch Armstrong'', and even ''TabletopGame/CandyLand''. [[http://www.oafe.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UnitE2.jpg Here]], it seemed to have been [[CompositeCharacter roughly merged]] with another Hasbro property, ''WesternAnimation/{{COPS}}''; it took place in a futuristic, (even more) dystopian UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}}, where the government has left the Motor City's people to fend for themselves, resulting in widespread chaos. An ancient workshop belonging to the "League of Ancient Wheelmen" was found and used by Matt Trakker (now a police officer) and a new team of civil servants, who use the tech they found to help Detroit's citizenry and combat the decay, as M.A.S.K.

December 2015 saw Hasbro and Creator/{{Paramount}} announcing the formation of a shared Hasbro movie universe (using the ''G.I. Joe'' movies as a starting point), which will include this series, as well as the ''Toys/{{Micronauts}}'', the ''WesternAnimation/{{Visionaries}}'' and ''[[ComicBook/RomSpaceknight ROM]]''. 2016 had Creator/IDWPublishing announcing a rebooted comic based on the series, to be part of the new ComicBook/HasbroComicUniverse, starting with the crossover ''[[ComicBook/Revolution2016 Revolution]]''; Miles Mayhem here [[CompositeCharacter was previously a member of]] [[Franchise/GIJoe Joe Colton's Adventure Team]], and parts of the M.A.S.K. tech was reverse-engineered from [[CanonWelding Decepticon Triple-Changer Blitzwing]] (M.A.S.K. having started as an anti-Transformer initiative operated by the Earth Defense Command as a subdivision of the GI Joe Team); after the events of ''Revolution'', a ''M.A.S.K.'' ongoing started, with Matt and the rest of M.A.S.K. now on the run, trying to track down Mayhem ([[spoiler: who had turned traitor and been working with [[ComicBook/MicronautsIDW Baron Karza]]; when that went south during the Revolution, Mayhem vanished, but has now reappeared with several former M.A.S.K. agents, now operating as V.E.N.O.M]]).

Not to be confused with ''Film/TheMask'', or the docudrama ''[[Film/{{Mask}} Mask]]'' starring Cher (it doesn't help that the latter film came out the same year).

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!!''M.A.S.K.'' contains the following tropes:

* ActuallyPrettyFunny:
** At the end of "Mystery of the Rings", Matt Trakker chews out his son for disobeying him and informs him that he is grounded. T-Bob asks to take Scott's picture because it could be the last time they'll ever see him smile. Matt responds to T-Bob's statement by laughing.
** When Scott is asked how he successfully cleaned the ice cream off of T-Bob in "Bad Vibrations", he hesitates before answering in an ashamed tone that he ate the ice cream off of T-Bob because he didn't want it to go to waste. After Matt and the other members of M.A.S.K. laugh at this revelation, Scott soon laughs as well.
* AgonyOfTheFeet: Miles Mayhem and Vanessa Warfield get zapped in their feet by shrunken members of M.A.S.K. in "Disappearing Act".
* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: Every episode ends with Scott and/or T-Bob being taught an important safety lesson. Amusingly, some episodes of the second season have members of V.E.N.O.M. learn and teach these safety lessons instead.
* {{Animesque}}: The cartoon was a Japanese-American co-production, which was common in the 1980's.
* AvengersAssemble: Just about every episode, Matt Trakker has his computer "scan personel files for the M.A.S.K. agents best suited for this mission." The computer names the agents it selects, followed by their special skills and the vehicle they drive or co-pilot. After each is named, a little vignette shows the agent being alerted, dropping whatever he is doing, and running off.
** A few episodes would include "[Name of Agent] pre-selected" if one of the team was already with Matt, or "[Name of Agent] unavailable" if they were incapacitated or injured.
* BadassDriver: Pretty much all of them, but Dusty Hayes, Gloria Baker, Brad Turner, Ali Bombay, Sly Rax, and Floyd Malloy stand out.
* BaldOfAwesome: Alex Sector and Boris Bushkin are both bald and members of M.A.S.K.
* BigBadassRig: Rhino, Outlaw, Goliath, Bulldog.
* BigBad: Miles Mayhem is the main villain due to being the leader of V.E.N.O.M.
* CallingYourAttacks: Most of the time--not always--characters using their mask's powers would call out something like "Lifter, on!" or "Whip, on!" depending on the name of their mask. The series was inconsistent about this, though, and sometimes just seemed to be an excuse for the target of a destructive power to get out of the way.
* CardCarryingVillain: You don't call yourself "vicious evil" for no reason.
* ChainsawGood: Lester's Iguana vehicle has a chainsaw blade on the back and a shredding sawblade on the front.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Bruce Sato, Hondo [=MacLean=], Julio Lopez, and Cliff Dagger were all absent from the show during the second season.
* ConveyorBeltODoom: Matt gets trapped on one in "Lippizaner Mystery".
* CoolCar: Several that were based on RealLife cars would have been cool all by themselves. The fact they ''transformed'' just made them cooler.
* CoolOldGuy: Alex Sector.
* CoolShades: Brad Turner, Sly Rax, and Lester Sludge.
* DemotedToExtra: A lot of the characters who weren't downright [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome Chucked]] were subject to this in the second season. Most notable being Scott, who was a major character in the first season but in the second season only appeared in the [=PSAs=] at the end of the episodes "For One Shining Moment", "High Noon", and "Cliff Hanger". "High Noon" is also the only season two episode to feature T-Bob, but, like Scott, he only appears in the PSA at the end and he also doesn't have any lines.
* DisappearedDad: In "Green Nightmare", Matt confirms that "My father... [[NeverSayDie has left us]]".
* DoNotCallMePaul: Floyd Malloy objects to Vanessa calling him Floyd in "Challenge of the Masters", insisting that she instead call him "Birdman".
* Dude, Where's My Car?: Gloria Baker, although a champion race car driver, does not receive Razorback--Brad Turner does.
* DumbMuscle: Cliff Dagger and Bruno Sheppard.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In the early episodes, V.E.N.O.M. has generic {{Mooks}} at their disposal. Matt also had a different mask ("Ultra-Flash") and a different MASK uniform.
* TheEngineer: Buddy and Bruce, both of the Mechanic subtype. They seemed to be the ones called on to repair the team's vehicles in the field.
* EjectionSeat: The Rhino semi-trailer track sported one for the passenger side that ejected anyone in the seat sideways, out of the car.
* EverybodyLaughsEnding: Fairly often, an episode would end with the heroes laughing.
* ExpositoryThemeTune: The theme song explicitly mentions that the titular organization always saves the day from V.E.N.O.M.
* EyeBeams: Most of the masks emit their special powers from the mask's eyes. Matt Trakker's Spectrum/Ultra Flash, Bruce Sato's Lifter, Dusty Hayes' Backlash, Hondo [=McLean=]'s Blaster I, Gloria Baker's Aura.
** Most frequently (but not always) in the heroes' masks; the villain masks usually had their emitters in the forehead or shoulder pads.
* {{Flight}}: Granted to a limited extent to Alex Sector by his Jackrabbit mask and Matt Trakker's Spectrum mask.
* FunWithAcronyms:
** M.A.S.K. stands for Mobile Armored Strike Kommand and V.E.N.O.M. stands for Vicious Evil Network Of Mayhem.
** In "Curse of Solomon's Gorge", T-Bob complains that he has a FLU, which he clarifies means "faulty leakage unit".
* {{Gainaxing}}: Vanessa Warfield's breasts can be seen jiggling when she's running in "Riddle of the Raven Master".
* GenreShift: The first season was more of a generic action-adventure series, and M.A.S.K. members maintained secret identities. The second season was based around racing vehicles and had V.E.N.O.M. aware of the M.A.S.K. team's identities.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** Buddie Hawks' mask is called Penetrator. It allows him to pass through solid objects by vibrating. Its alternate name, Vibrator, is not much better.
** In "Counter-Clockwise Caper", T-Bob is mistaken for a slot machine by a man who appears to be inebriated.
* GilliganCut: In "The Scarlet Empress", T-Bob states that he'll never turn into his scooter mode so that Scott can ride to the waterfall, only for the scene to cut to him doing exactly that.
* GodGuise: T-Bob is mistaken for a god by an Incan priest in "Secret of the Andes". He is encouraged to go along with it because the Incan priest may reveal the location of El Dorado if he still believes T-Bob to be a god.
* HappilyAdopted: Scott Trakker is said to be Matt's adopted son. Throughout the series, it is clear that he loves his adoptive father as if he was his natural father.
* HardLight: The explanation for the holographic pilots in the Split Seconds vehicles.
* HeelFaceTurn: Part of Boris' BackStory.
* HollywoodAcid: Miles' Viper mask fires globs of corrosive acid.
* HumanPopsicle: The episode "Secret of the Andes" had Matt Trakker and his son Scott discover and thaw out a frozen Incan priest.
* HuskyRusskie: Boris Bushkin is Russian and also very huge and strong.
* IAmVeryBritish: Alex Sector speaks in a posh [[UsefulNotes/BritishAccents British accent]].
* IdenticalTwinIDTag: Maximus Mayhem differs from his twin brother Miles because his hair is a lighter shade of gray, he wears a monocle, and his mask has a green stone on it instead of a red one.
* ILied: In "Assault on Liberty", V.E.N.O.M. threatens to destroy the UsefulNotes/StatueOfLiberty unless it's paid a huge ransom. Near the end, Mayhem smugly says "I would have blown the statue up anyhow, just so they would know who they're dealing with." [[spoiler:This is immediately followed by M.A.S.K. pulling a BigDamnHeroes moment.]]
* InitialismTitle
* IntangibleMan: Buddy Hawks when he uses his Penetrator mask.
* {{Invisibility}}: Jacques [=LaFleur=] when he uses his Maraj mask.
* ItsAlwaysMardiGrasInNewOrleans: The setting of "Mardi Gras Mystery".
* KidAppealCharacter: T-Bob.
* LastNameBasis: This is how the VENOM agents are usually referred to (e.g.: [Miles] Mayhem, [Cliff] Dagger), except for Vanessa Warfield.
* LiteralAssKicking:
** Near the end of the episode "Ghost Bomb", Sly Rax and Vanessa Warfield get shot at and react by running away while clutching their rears in pain.
** "Disappearing Act" has Miles Mayhem and Vanessa Warfield get shot in their asses with lasers.
* MachineMonotone: The computer voice that recommends which agents might be best suited for the mission of the episode does this.
* MadLibsCatchphrase:
-->[MASK agent], [Missions specialties/other data], Vehicle code name: [name of MASK vehicle]"[[note]]The only real exceptions are Alex Sector ("Rhino systems commander") and Buddie Hawks ("Firecracker co-pilot").[[/note]]
* MaskPower: This show runs on it.
-->[[CallingYourAttacks [name of mask], on! / fire!]]
* MasterOfIllusion: Brad Turner when he uses his "Hocus-Pocus" mask. And possibly the vehicles' engineers.
* MerchandiseDriven: Every character got at least one toy and vehicle release. Most had two, but Matt Trakker had ''seven'' different toys.
* MindOverMatter: Granted to Bruce Sato by his Lifter mask.
* NerdGlasses: Nash Gorey.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Trakker's Spectrum Mask. While most of the other masks only have one power, his can be used to glide, fire laser blasts, or broadcast across a range of frequencies.
* NiceHat: Buddy Hawks and Cliff Dagger.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Sly Rax sounds like Creator/JackNicholson. Ace Riker sounds like Creator/JohnWayne.
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: Uttered in the first two minutes of the pilot episode, "The Death Stone".
* NotWearingPantsDream: Discussed by Dusty Hayes in the episode "Eyes of the Skull".
-->'''Dusty''': Without my mask, I feel like I'm in one of those dreams where you forget to put pants on.
* NumberTwo: Implied to be Alex when he takes command after Matt is bitten by a poisonous snake in "The Everglades Oddity".
* OffModel: While the series was of average quality for 1985 standards, there are a few episodes that stand out in this regard. Some, like "The Deathstone" and "High Noon" would do this to ''[[AnimationBump increase]]'' [[AnimationBump the overall quality]]. While others, such as "Race Against Time", would be full of choppy and glitchy animation that would leave one wondering how the episode even managed to air in that state.
* OfficialCouple: Matt Tracker and Gloria Baker. Most obvious in "The Counter-Clockwise Caper".
* PlayingWithFire: Cliff Dagger when he uses his Torch mask.
* PoisonAndCureGambit: VENOM attempts this in "Cold Fever".
* PortraitPaintingPeephole: Scott Trakker is seen looking through the eyes of a portrait in "Riddle of the Raven Master".
* ProductPromotionParade: Matt's AvengersAssemble sequence invariably was one of these.
* ResetButton: In "Eyes of the Skull", Mayhem acquires a magical CrystalSkull that gives him XRayVision, which he uses to find out the identities of the M.A.S.K. members. Since this knowledge [[Main/StatusQuoIsGod would have changed the status quo of the series]], when the skull is destroyed [[Main/LaserGuidedAmnesia he forgets everything he learned through it]].
* RidiculouslyHumanRobot: T-Bob sometimes displays emotions, complains of being tired, and engages in other un-robotlike behavior. This is even {{Lampshaded}} in one episode:
-->'''T-Bob:''' You saved my life!\\
'''Scott:''' I hate to tell you this, T-Bob... but you're not alive.\\
'''T-Bob:''' Oh. I forgot.
* RightHandCat: The episode "In Dutch" had Miles Mayhem conspiring with a nameless villain who carried around a white cat.
* RobotBuddy:
** T-Bob is a robot and Scott Trakker's closest friend.
** The second season introduced one for V.E.N.O.M., the drone pilot for the Buzzard's core fighter that was shown out of the vehicle in the series.
* SecretKeeper: Scott is implied to be this, since he knows the true identities of both the MASK and VENOM agents, but it's never explored.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Only one woman in each faction, and Vanessa and her vehicle never got a toy till the last two waves. At least Gloria technically got two rides (however, there was never a Shark toy; there ''was'' a Gloria figure made for the Split Seconds series, though).
* SneezeOfDoom: PlayedStraight in "Curse of Solomon's Gorge" with (believe it or not) T-Bob.
* SouthernFriedPrivate: Dusty comes close; he's got the voice and the mannerisms, but not the mistrust of others.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Ten years after the end of ''M.A.S.K'', Kenner (now under Hasbro ownership) created ''WesternAnimation/VorTechUndercoverConversionSquad'', another cartoon-backed toyline about two rival team of agents fighting with superpower-granting helmets and transforming vehicles. According to one of the writers involved in the ''Vor Tech'' cartoon, the brand created by Hasbro as a way to reuse the ''M.A.S.K'' toy molds (as the [[Film/TheMask then-recent Jim Carrey movie]] apparently made using the ''M.A.S.K'' name not viable).
* TheStarscream: Sly Rax in the comics.
* StrawFeminist: V.E.N.O.M.'s sole female member Vanessa Warfield occasionally shows shades of this, most notably calling Brad Turner a "male swine" in the episode "Race Against Time" and making misandrist remarks about men being weak and easy to beat in the tie-in comics by Creator/DCComics
* SuperSenses: Matt Trakker's Spectrum mask grants him super vision. The theme song even says so.
* SuperStrength: Granted to Nash Gorey by his Powerhouse mask.
* SwissBankAccount: Miles Mayhem is mentioned to have a Swiss bank account in "Bad Vibrations".
* ThirdPersonPerson: Bruno Sheppard refers to himself in third person in "Race Against Time".
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Sly Rax and Cliff Dagger would often play this role, especially in the early episodes.
* TooSmartForStrangers: The PSA at the end of the episode "The Ultimate Weapon" involved Matt Trakker warning Scott about the dangers of hitchhiking. Fortunately, Scott's friend avoids anything unpleasant when Scott offers for him to walk with him and his dad to the ball game.
-->'''Matt Trakker:''' You never know who's going to pick you up. The person who picks him up could be a V.E.N.O.M. agent, or worse, a child molester.
* ToylessToylineCharacter: Shark, Gloria's vehicle in the cartoon. Gloria was the very last figure, but came with a different vehicle as part of the Split Seconds line.
* TransformingVehicle: The basic premise.
* {{Tsundere}}: Vanessa Warfield towards Brad Turner in the second season.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Which almost justifies all the FamilyFriendlyFirearms; the directed-energy weapons both on the vehicles and the masks.
* TheUnFavourite: Nash Gorey by all the other V.E.N.O.M. agents.
* VocalEvolution: In a couple of early episodes, T-Bob sounds somewhat like [[Franchise/TheMuppets Kermit the Frog]] and doesn't stutter.
* WeWillMeetAgain: Miles Mayhem often says something like this when M.A.S.K. defeats him.
** Lampshaded in "Where Eagles Dare"
-->'''Mayhem:''' I'll get you, Trakker! I'll get you yet!
-->'''Matt:''' ''(singsong)'' You keep telling me that, Miles.
* WhipItGood: Vanessa Warfield when she uses her Whip mask.
* WreckedWeapon: The heroes' transforming vehicles were occasionally damaged or shot up, but never really destroyed. But in one memorable episode the BigBad gets his hands on an experimental melting-ray and dissolves Hondo's truck, Firecracker, into a puddle of goo. He's naturally dejected at the loss, but at the [[ResetButton end of the episode]], he gets Hurricane, a brand new transforming '57 Chevy to replace it. By contrast, later seasons simply gave the characters a second vehicle with no real fanfare.
* WriterOnBoard: Scientologist writer Jeffrey Scott's episode "The Star Chariot" involves an ancient spacecraft left behind by AncientAstronauts. The ending has Scott and T-Bob apparently killed, [[DisneyDeath then beamed away to an alien world, resurrected by aliens, and beamed back offscreen]]. All in two or three minutes.
* XtremeKoolLetterz: In this series, Command begins with a k.
* YesMan: Nash Gorey just can't stop flattering Miles Mayhem on how brilliant he is.
* TheYoda: Bruce Sato, but "talk the same way as him, he does not".
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