Characters / The Mask

Stanley Ipkiss / The Mask (Jim Carrey / Rob Paulsen)

  • Acting Unnatural: Once he gets ahold of the Mask, it happens a lot.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In the comic, Ipkiss gradually turns into a psychopath under the influence of the Mask. In the movie, he is a much nicer guy, and his only "crimes" as the Mask are robbing a bank (okay, that is a legitimate crime), messing with the police and eliminating the Big Bad. In the Animated Series, he is still not above trolling authority and people as a whole, but Stanley otherwise tries to use the Mask's power as a force of good, with relative success.
  • Adaptation Distillation: Though much of Ipkiss' personality is the same in the beginning of both the comics and the movie. In the comics Stanley becomes more psychotic and abusive whenever he doesn't have the mask on.
  • Adorkable: In the movie and the animated series? Yes. The comics? Not so much.
  • Ascended Extra: Dies a madman in issue 00 of the comics, he's The Hero of the movie and series.
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: In the movies, The Mask has a Nordic/Viking origin. In the comics, it's African.
  • Bald of Awesome: As The Mask he's completely bald and he's an unstoppable cartoonish superheero.
  • Bad Liar: Somebody stole his pajamas!
  • Becoming the Mask: literally.
  • Berserk Button:
    • In the animated series, The Mask has three big ones: do NOT mess with his face, his clothes, or the Coco Bongo. Because if you do, he will then indulge in his (second) favorite pastime: REVENGE!
    • And there's also one that both Stanley and The Mask share: DO NOT. HURT. MILO! When it comes to that dog, he can be a bit of a Papa Wolf. Pretorius found this out the hard way.
  • Butt-Monkey: whether it's the comic, the movie or the animated series, Stanley tends to get treated like crap by almost everyone other than his closest friends, though he learns to stand up for himself as the film goes on. In the comic, that serves as his motive for revenge.
    • And in the animated series, it's practically to the point that he reaches Woobie status.
  • Catch-Phrase: "Sssssssmokin'!" and "Somebody stop me!" On a lesser note, "But first..."
  • Chekhov's Gag:
    • Stanley's favorite cartoons become the traits of the Mask (for starters, he spins like Taz).
    • His head even morphs into the Tex Avery wolf from Red Hot Riding Hood.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: The Mask personality.
  • Comically Invincible Hero: Again, with the powers of the Mask.
  • Cursed with Awesome: A few times throughout the animated series, this is how Stanley feels about having the mask.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Stanley has brown hair and eyes.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Both Stanley and The Mask have their moments.
  • Extreme Doormat: Before he Took a Level in Badass in the film.
    • An episode of the animated series called "Double Reverse" explored this and the claim that the mask unleashes Stanley's repressed wild side. When he starts acting more like the Mask as Stanley, he impresses his clients, gets a promotion and a hot girlfriend. Buuuut....since he's acting like the Mask when he's not the Mask, he can't change into the Mask anymore, which is bad news when a supervillain inevitably shows up.
  • Fusion Dance: Kinda. There is no dance involved, but in the animated episode "Split Personality", the Mask is split in two. In an attempt to see if it works, Stanley puts the half on. It works to say the least, resulting in a literal fusion of the two. One half Stanley, one half the Mask.
    Stanley Half: So this is what I do as you...
    The Mask Half: It's the voodoo I do!
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Except in the comics, where he's a Villain Protagonist.
  • Heroic Host: In one episode of the cartoon, Skillit, a fairy who used to hang out with the Mask implies that it's wearers used to be much more violent and murderous, like in the comics, but Stanley turned the Mask into a much more heroic, though no less deranged, force.
  • I Have This Friend...: Stanley claims to be old college buddies with "The Mask".
  • Large Ham: both as the Stanley and the Mask in the movie. In the animated series, Stanley is portrayed as a bit less hammy and more shy, but the Mask is still incredibly hammy.
  • Nice Guy: In the movie and animated series, very much so due to the massive Adaptational Heroism. Lampshaded by both Tina and Peggy in the movie.
  • Only Sane Man: Stanley whenever he's NOT wearing the mask, especially in the animated series.
  • Sexier Alter Ego: Note that he's not more physically attractive (unless you're into that sort of thing), but more confident and impulsive (and gets Reality Warper powers), and that's why he gets the Love Interest in the end.
  • Slasher Smile: Just look at the image in our page for the comic! Although in the movie and cartoon, it just becomes part of his Dreamworks Face.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Died in The Mask issue 00, but is alive in the movie and animated series.
  • Submissive Badass: Well, Stanley is submissive, but with the mask overcomes it and becomes badass.
  • Troll: As the Mask, especially in the Animated Series.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Common cold in the Animated Series. Although it's because Stanley himself is sick, leading the Mask to be vulnerable.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Whenever Stanley puts on the mask.


  • Action Pet : Despite just being a small jack russel terrier dog, Milo gets his share of the action, especially when he gets to wear the Mask.
  • Canine Companion: He is Stanley's dog.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: While not evil (at least in the right hands) Milo could tell from the start that there was something strange about the Mask.
  • Nearly Normal Animal: In the film, he knew that Stanley was in trouble at the Coco Bongo, overruled Stanley's early order to remain in the car, and successfully unlocked the door to go look for him.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: The closest thing Stanley has to a sidekick.
  • Team Pet: To an extent.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: While wearing the mask, Milo's alter-ego is as mischievous and cartoonish as Stanley.
  • Urine Trouble: In the movie, he urinates on one of Dorian Tyrell's henchmen while wearing the mask. The animated series also features some occasional jokes where he urinates on stuff, like piddling on a campaign poster for Mayor Tilton in "Mayor Mask".

Ray Tuttle

  • Bully Hunter: Taken to the extreme.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Much more of a hero than the Villain Protagonists of previous arcs, at least.
  • Just Like Robin Hood: He attempts this. However, his actions do more harm than good and in the end he realizes he's become no better than the man who ruined his life in the first place.
  • The Lost Lenore: His wife's death before the comic drive him to raid a casino and kill the Corrupt Corporate Executive responsible.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When he discovers that one of his victims died from a heart attack.
  • Papa Wolf: Uses the Mask to wreak violent retribution on his daughter's bullies.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: He's willing to maim and cause millions in property damage, but murder is a step too far for him, and he suffers a breakdown when one of his victims dies.
  • The Woobie: Leads a pretty miserable life. He attempts to use the mask to remedy this, but only ends up ruining hundreds of other lives and getting his house destroyed. On the bright side, his daughter's post-traumatic mutism is cured by the end of the story.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Has little patience for kids bullying his daughter.
  • Would Hit a Girl
    "I know you're never supposed to hit a lady, but then again, you're no lady - you're a lousy Nazi!"

Tina Carlyle (Cameron Diaz)

Charlie Schumaker (Richard Jeni / Mark L. Taylor)

Lieutenant Kellaway (Peter Riegert / Neil Ross)

  • Butt-Monkey: Especially in the Animated Series.
  • The Comically Serious: His refusal to even be remotely amused by the Mask's antics only add to the hilarity.
  • Hero Antagonist: In the movie and the series. He's technically completely right that the Mask is a criminal, since he was never punished for robbing the bank in the movie, but in the series, this has blossomed into an outright hatred of the Mask.
  • Inspector Javert: In the cartoon, he's got a grudge. In the comics though, it's justified.
  • No Sense of Humor: See below.
    • Moreso in the comics, where he's trying to hunt down and stop an artifact that turns anyone who wears it into an unstoppable, psychotic mass-murderer.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: In the comics.
  • Shout-Out: In the cartoon, he wears a brown raincoat, much like another TV police lieutenant with no first name given.
  • Straight Man: With almost no sense of humor.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: His dislike of the Mask is completely justified in the comic, and while he is a misguided Hero Antagonist in the movie, he overall does nothing the could be considered unreasonable. In the Animated Series, on the other hand, he keeps treating the Mask like a criminal and chasing him, no matter how many times he saw him save the day or arrest actually dangerous criminals.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He however develops some respect for the Mask in following episodes of the animated series. He thanked the Mask for saving him from Putty Thing and accepted his proof that Stanley didn't counterfeit money in one episode.

Detective Doyle (Jim Doughan / Jim Cummings)

  • Clueless Detective: Don't bother trying to give him a hint in Pig Latin.
    • He's even more clueless in the cartoon, making one wonder how the hell could he have passed the police academy exams.
  • Friendly Enemy: Tried to shake Stanley's hand after he saved the day.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: He's so dumb it's clearly Played for Laughs.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Both a film-wise and adaptation wise. In his initial scene at the bank, he seems to be quite intelligent and competent. By the time we see him at the park, he's suddenly a ditz and by the film's end he's a certified idiot (though some of that may have been him being influenced by the Mask's power). The cartoon made him even dumber.

Detective Lionel

  • Adapted Out: He is omitted in the film and the animated series.
  • Angry Black Man: Lionel turned into one when Kellaway/Big Head started fighting the police, and challenged Big Head to a fist fight. Big Head almost killed him, and would have if Kellaway hadn't regained control of himself.
  • Black Best Friend: Oh hell, Lionel is Kellaway's ONLY friend!
  • Black Dude Dies First: Subverted, as Lionel is one of the few people Big Head doesn't end up killing.
  • Idiot Ball: Lionel challenged Big Head to a fist fight. This went as well as one would expect...
  • Token Minority: Lionel is the only member of the named main cast who's black.
  • The Watson: He's not only Kellaway's partner, but one of the few people in the police force that Kellaway even trusts.
  • White Dude, Black Dude: Subverted. With Kellaway and Lionel it's more "angry dude, calm dude", respectively.

Mrs. Peenman (Nancy Fish / Tress MacNeille)

  • Butt-Monkey: And how! Especially in the animated series (though, given how much of a mean old lady she is, Peenman is more of an Asshole Victim).
  • Grumpy Old Woman: Always yelling and complaining, mostly about Stanley.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Stuff like treading on new carpets makes her angry.
  • Jerkass: Bangs on walls and screams at people, demands money to be delivered on time and generally is merciless.

Peggy Brandt (Amy Yasbeck / Heidi Shannon)

  • Distress Ball: In the cartoon.
  • Easily Forgiven: In the cartoon Stanley doesn't seem too mad about her selling him out in the movie.
  • Face–Heel Turn: In the movie, she turns Stanley over to Tyrell for money.
  • Going for the Big Scoop: In the cartoon.
  • Intrepid Reporter: In the cartoon.
  • It's All About Me: When she puts on the mask in the animated series episode "Counterfeit Mask".
    Stanley: I thought you wanted to help me so you could report a great story!
    Mask!Peggy: I don't need to report the story, darling... I AM the story!
  • Karma Houdini: In the movie, since the scene of Peggy getting shoved in the printing press by Dorian and coming out as a bloodied newspaper that has her death on the front page was cut. She and Stanley became friends in the cartoon, on the other hand. But he never got over her selling him out.
  • Ms. Fanservice: In the cartoon.
  • Secret Keeper: In the animated series. Out of Stanley's small circle of friends, she's the only one that knows he and The Mask are one and the same. (Well, other than Milo, anyway.)
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Since her death was removed from the theatrical cut of the movie, she is featured as still alive in the animated series.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In the cartoon; she is still constantly trying to exploit the Mask to get a scoop, but she at least no longer acts antagonistic toward Stanley.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: She disappears after Dorian puts on the mask and was presumably allowed by Tyrell and his men to walk away unharmed. Originally, he would follow up by tossing her into a newspaper printing press.

Dorian Tyrell (Peter Greene)

    • And if you're the girl in question, do NOT try to walk out on him if you value your life. In an earlier draft of the script and the extended workprint version of the film, he all but outright states that he killed one of his previous girlfriends when she tried to leave him.
    Dorian: You know what happened to the last bitch that ran out on me? Do you?!
    Tina: No...
    Dorian: Nobody else does, either. And nobody ever will.
  • Big Bad: The main antagonist of the film.
  • Character Death: He doesn't come back in the cartoon or the sequel
  • Domestic Abuser: Don't see too much in the movie, but it seems pretty obvious anyway.
  • Evil Makes You Ugly: While the Mask makes Stanley bald and cartoonish, Dorian instead gets a demonic Game Face that even retains the hair.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: When he wears the Mask, it makes his voice significantly deeper. See below.

Niko (Orestes Matacena)

Mayor Tilton

  • Kavorka Man: In the series most infamous episode, "Birds Of A Feather", Tilton has to deal with a crazed ex-lover, an incredibly sexy "exotic dancer" who threatens to blow herself up along with him, because if she cant have him, no one can. This despite Tilton being bald, fat and having a rather wimpy personality.
  • Mayor Pain: While he isnt evil by any stretch, he isnt exactly the most honest politician around. He spends city fund money on statues of himself, dates "exotic dancers", and is the spitting image of the two-faced, suck-up type politician.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Not enough for villain status, but the Tilton who appeared in the movie was much more pleasant than the cartoon version, who is smarmy and self-absorbed.

Dr. Pretorius (Tim Curry)

  • Big Bad: The main antagonist of the animated series.
  • Cyborg: And it's implied he did this to himself intentionally, without actually needing it.
  • Expy: He looks a lot like Eugene Rapaz, a drug dealer from the comics. Tone down the mohawk and replace the eye lenses with glasses...
  • Hammer Space: The tiny circular base of his head has the mechanisms to drive six small legs, a computer interface jack, various tools, a neural interface and circuitry, and one would assume a complex life support system to keep him alive without a body (albeit such a system may be meant for short term use as he's almost always attached to his robotic body).
  • Heel Realization: Averted. He rejects the accusation that he is evil and explains that he is first and foremost a man of science. When he wears the mask and finally sees his monstrous inner self, he non-chalantly notes that he may be evil after all.
  • Knight of Cerebus: In his first episode, until Villain Decay kicked in.
  • Losing Your Head: When it happens, it grows spider legs!
  • Mad Scientist: Sometimes planning the weirdest things possible For Science! (for instance taking pictures of aquatic sea life living on the moons of Neptune... by destroying Edge City with a nuclear bomb, as the blast would be like a flash bulb).
  • Power Makes Your Voice Deep: During the one time that he wears the mask.
  • Shout-Out: He shares his name with the mad scientist from Bride of Frankenstein.
  • Villain Decay: In his first appearance, he was a serious and dangerous antagonist who came up with a relatively credible plan (by cartoon standards, that is) and almost killed Stanley at least twice. In later episodes, while he would still turn out to be a threat occasionally, his plans became much goofier, and he started becoming more of a Butt-Monkey like other villains. Granted, with an opponent like the Mask, it was probably inevitable.


  • Adaptational Badass: In the comic, he was incredibly strong and durable, but could eventually be taken down with enough beating. In the animated series, he is flat-out Nigh Invulnerable even to the Mask's supernatural powers, and can only be defeated by being sent away or trapped somewhere.
  • Arch-Enemy: In the comics. He takes a backseat to Dr Pretorius in the cartoon, though he is still a fairly persistant and important villain of his own.
  • Bald of Evil: In the comic.
  • The Brute: More so in the comics than the cartoon, where he was a mob hitman and enforcer.
  • The Comically Serious: In the cartoon. No matter all the absurd hijinks the Mask throws at him, he still keeps a serious, stoic face.
  • The Dragon: To Dr. Pretorius in the cartoon, to the mob in the comics.
  • Evil Redhead: In the cartoon.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Even in the cartoon, the only humor we get from him is about how ridiculously invulnerable he is and how he won't show any emotion even in the most absurd situations. Aside from that, he is usually is played as a real threat.
  • Implacable Man: This is played as much for comedy as it is for horror on the animated show.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: In the cartoon. In the comics he could be taken down with enough of a beating.
  • President Evil: A comic (likely based on the cartoon) had him running for Mayor of Edge City.
  • Self-Mutilation Demonstration: Just to be clear here- comic Walter can bleed, though it doesn't seem to really hurt him. Cartoon Walter is impervious to wounds. That said... in the comics he had a disgusting habit of cutting himself just to mess with people's heads.
  • Super Strength: Especially in the cartoon; in "Split Personality," he's shown to be able to actually break the Mask itself in half, a feat made all the more impressive by the fact that before he did so, the Mask had been hit by a car and run over by a steamroller without a scratch.
  • Too Spicy For Yog Sothoth: On one occasion he got his hands on the mask. When he tried to put it on, however, it just fell off—either his head was too big for it to fit or the mask simply cannot work with whatever he has going on his in head.
  • The Voiceless: He has no dialogue.

Dr. Arthur Neuman (Ben Stein)

  • All Therapists Are Muggles: Not even him wearing the mask (and thus transformed, with multiple witnesses that can say that he was seriously Not Himself) in the animated series and two entirely different men having clearly experienced something after getting possession of the mask on the films makes him stop thinking it's clearly the product of hysteria and derangement, and does nothing to help them.
  • Ax-Crazy: When he wears the mask in the animated series. It is frightening.
  • The Cameo: The only character from the first movie to appear in the sequel, which was probably for the best...
  • Deadpan Snarker: Emphasis on the "Deadpan". He's played by Ben Stein, what did you expect?
  • Psycho Psychologist: Again, when he wears the mask.
    Stanley: I take advice from that guy?! He's mad!
  • Reverse Psychology: In the animated series episode "Double Reverse", he suggests that Stanley use this as a way to make Stanley's life better. This advice winds up working a little too well, because since Stanley's acting like the Mask when he's not the Mask, he can't change into the Mask anymore.
  • The Shrink: A certified psychiatrist. Stanley goes after him for advice in the movie, and follows suit in the cartoon.

Mask Hunters

A group of crypto-Nazis hunting the mask for their own sinister ends. They're the main antagonists of The Hunt For Green October.
  • Adventurer Archaeologist: A villainous example.
  • Badass Crew: A group of killers who travel the world fighting government agents and ninjas. it's only through pure luck that they don't get The Mask.
  • Dark Action Girl: One of them. Interestingly, she's also the only one of the team that isn't blonde, instead being an Evil Redhead.
  • Gratuitous German: Their leader tends to break out in German at random times, just so you remember who they are.
  • Plot-Irrelevant Villain: Their only real purpose in the plot is to show up at the end for the climactic fight scene. Everything before that is just them showing how evil they are so we know it's okay to kill them.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Just in case you weren't sure they were evil.
  • Too Dumb to Live: At least some of them are alive (albeit heavily wounded) when the fighting stops - until one of them attempts a Taking You with Me using some explosive barrels on an immortal monster who's demonstrated an ability to survive pretty much anything and incinerates all the survivors.
  • Would Harm A Child: Threaten to murder Tuttle's daughter if he doesn't tell them where the mask is. Turns out she's not as defenseless as they expected.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: They murder their weapons dealer after getting their guns, reasoning that they won't have to worry about buying guns after they get The Mask.