Characters / The Mask
- 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: Especially in the animated series.
- As Long as It Sounds Foreign: In the movies, The Mask has a Nordic/Viking origin. In the comics, it's African.
- Bad Liar: Somebody stole his pajamas!
- Becoming the Mask: literally.
- 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.
- Team Pet: To an extent.
- 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".
- 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
- Expy: Of Kathy, Stanley's girlfriend, from the comics.
Charlie Schumaker (Richard Jeni / Mark L. Taylor)
Lieutenant Kellaway (Peter Riegert / Neil Ross)
- 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 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, not 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
Peggy Brandt (Amy Yasbeck / Heidi Shannon)
- 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)
Niko (Orestes Matacena)
- 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
- 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.
- 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—his head was too big for it to fit.
- The Voiceless: He has no dialogue.
Dr. Arthur Neuman
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.