Film / The Mask
"It's party time! P-A-R-T—Y? Because I GOTTA!"


Ah... The Mask, a fun little Jim Carrey 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 Ace Ventura Pet Detective. It's built on slapstick comedy and Jim Carrey contorting his face a little more than usual, and turned out to be very popular. It is based, Film of the Book style, on the comic book 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 film follows twenty-something Edge City banker Stanley Ipkiss as he finds a magical mask, endowed with the powers of the Norse Trickster god 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 Reality Warper abilities of his beloved classic Tex Avery characters (stretching, shapeshifting, bouncing back from Amusing Injuries, and the like). While not quite reaching With Great Power Comes Great Insanity levels, he does use it to get back at the people that bullied the shy reserved nice guy Stanley, and to woo nightclub-singer Tina Carlyle (Cameron Diaz in her feature-film debut). When other less savory individuals get hold of it, the results are not so amusing.

Following the success of this film was a well-received (and often very naughty) Saturday morning animated adaptation in 1995, which lasted until 1997.

It had a Carrey-less pseudo-sequel, Son of the Mask, in 2005, which starred Jamie Kennedy and a CGI baby. It was poorly received by fans and critics.

Not to be confused with Mask, a 1980s drama about a young man with a facial deformity and his family, the Canadian Horror film "The Mask", or the toy-based cartoon M.A.S.K..

Somebody trope me!

  • Absurdly Ineffective Barricade: The Mask sealing the gate to Landfill Park is a great example of this trope. He does it to keep Kellaway and Doyle inside... only to turn and find the rest of the police on the same side of the wall as him!
  • Absurdly Long Limousine: The title character arrives at the Coco Bongo club in such a car. Yes, it is a real limousine.
  • Adaptational Heroism:
    • The Mask itself. In the comicbooks it is deliberately malevolent and corrupting and compels its wearers to commit atrocity after atrocity with the immense power it gives them, before they die and it goes to its next "master". In the film it simply removes all inhibitions, letting the wearer do whatever they want to. This is why Stanley Ipkiss becomes a wisecracking mischief-maker, but the villain lets loose with all of his evil.
    • The same can be said for Stanley Ipkiss himself. In the film he's a loveable loser with a lot of nevertheless redeeming qualities who ultimately learns to stop relying on The Mask to solve his problems, rises to the occasion, and gets the girl. In the comics he's a right-wing lunatic who uses The Mask as his personal hitman to kill those who wronged him for increasingly trivial reasons (such as suffocating his elementary school teacher), goes on a violent rampage against the police, and is ultimately shot and killed by his girlfriend.
  • Adorkable: Before he Took a Level in Badass, Stanley was this full stop.
  • The Alleged Car: "The Loaner" Stanley receives from the mechanics.
  • All Therapists Are Muggles: The psychiatrist doesn't believe that the mask could have any supernatural properties. The mask fails to work when demonstrated. This is because it only works at night.
  • Almost Kiss: Stanley and Tina twice: once while he's in jail, and again right after he rescues her from Dorian Tyrell.
  • And Starring: "And Introducing Cameron Diaz"
  • Anti-Hero: 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. Both Stanley and his Mask persona graduate to full (and in the Mask's case, very weird) hero status by the end of the film.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Played straight and inverted in the same scene. While emptying The Mask's pockets in the park, the police find a pair of "funny eyeball glasses", to which The Mask acts as if they are incriminating ("I've never seen those before in my life."), but when a bazooka is extracted, he calmly states "I have a permit for that".
  • Ascended Extra: Stanley Ipkiss. In the comics, he was killed off at the end of the first story arc, but he became the main character of the movie and cartoon in the adaptations.
  • Ass Shove: Stanley uses the mask's powers to get back at his shady car mechanics by shoving exhaust pipes up their buttocks.
  • Bag of Holding: The Mask's pockets while being frisked by the police.
  • BANG Flag Gun: The Mask whips out lethal-looking weapons to intimidate the goons, and the guns are revealed to be these after they run off.
  • Bank Robbery: Dorian sends his men to knock over Edge City Savings, only for the Mask to beat them there.
  • Bat Deduction: Kellaway immediately deduces that Stanley is The Mask after finding a piece of Stanley's pajamas at a crime scene, which had been blown off the Masks zoot suit and reverted to Stans clothes.
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: The deleted prologue shows us that Leif Erikson discovered America just to get rid of the Mask.
  • Beneath the Mask: 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 id. This means that Stanley becomes The Mask by removing his mask, which is neat. This still holds true for Dorian as well, since the mask that the Mask rips away is his pretenses of being a classy old-school style mobster with a legitimate business and a sense of fair play. He becomes a blunt, brutal, thoughtless thug who kills for fun and can't think beyond his next step in getting what he wants.
  • BFG: Two of them. But they turn out to be BANG Flag Guns.
  • Bond One-Liner: "Snooze" and "You were good, kid, real good. But as long as I'm around, you'll always be second best, see?"
  • Born In The Theater: Stanley is a fan of old cartoons (particularly classic cartoons) Looney Tunes and Tex Avery in particular) so a lot of the jokes and gags he pulls have shades of this. In one scene he goes through an 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 aren't freaked out by this; heck, Dorian even smooths his hair down and stands up a tad straighter.
  • Bowel-Breaking Bricks: The animated alarm clock spews a few cogs and springs just before The Mask smashes it with a giant hammer.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: During the Extended Disarming.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: The Mask looks and speaks to the viewers multiple times. Considering he's basically a living Tex Avery creation, it makes sense.
    • The Oscar-winning scene: the theatre audience (shown using shadows at the bottom of the screen) applaud him for his ‘acting’, and Dorian and his goon, realising they’re on screen, awkwardly fix their hair.
  • Breakout Character: Stanley Ipkiss, merely a one shot character from the original comics who lasted for about the same story arc he got introduced in, became the star in The Movie and since then became directly associated with The Mask, changing the original premise of the comic in which The Mask itself is what matters no matter who's the one wearing it.
  • Bring It: The title character to some robbers, and Dorian Tyrell to his boss Niko during their final confrontation.
  • Bullet Seed: Dorian Tyrell while wearing the mask, with actual bullets. Which were just fired into his chest. They even sound like a semi-automatic as he spits them.
  • Captain Obvious: Well spotted, Doyle.
    Doyle: I missed him.
    Kellaway: (glares at Doyle, then turns to leave) C'mon. We ALL missed him.
  • Carnival of Killers: 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).
  • Casanova Wannabe
    • Richard Jeni as Charlie.
    • The Mask himself fits this trope when he gets carried away on his date with Tina. Unlike Stanley, who's too shy and reserved, the Mask tends to come on a bit too strong.
  • 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 dives in and fetches it.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Milo senses something is amiss with the Mask the moment he sees it. Later he recognizes that the only way out of danger (a gangster had him by the hind legs) was to put it on.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Dorian Tyrell while wearing the Mask. Judging by the deleted scene Dorian appears in, his voice originally sounded even deeper.
  • Extreme Omnivore: The Mask swallows a bundle of explosives with no side effects.
  • Eye Poke: Stanley Ipkiss does this to Dorian Tyrell during their fight and yields one of the funniest moments in the film.
    Dorian: I'm gonna take you apart!
    Stanley: Well, I hope you can enjoy the victory with ONE FRIGGIN' EYE! (POKE)
  • Eye Pop: Three times in the movie: once in his apartment building, once in the Coco Bongo club, and finally when confronted by a lot of cops with guns.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Peggy turns Stanley over to Tyrell.
  • Face Palm: Dorian pinches the bridge of his nose during The Mask's overly-dramatic "death" scene.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: An infamous deleted scene was going to have the Big Bad kill Peggy by crushing her to death using a printing press instead of Stanley Ipkiss after the latter is forced to give up the titular Mask so that the villain can become the Mask himself. Peggy then emerges out of the printing press as a newspaper written entirely in red ink, has a picture of her screaming, and is entitled "Reporter Killed in Freak Accident."
  • Fan Sequel: The Mask Strikes Back by GM Finney Productions and Smigiel Productions. It was highly anticipated and liked by many fans of The Mask.
  • Fanservice: Every scene Cameron Diaz is in. Particularly her entrance and the nightclub scene where she appears to be channeling Jessica Rabbit.
    • Which would then mean that The Mask is Roger Rabbit. Appropriate, since he's a toon, and she has a thing for him...
    • According to the DVD commentary, they kept trying different bras in her first scene trying to get as much cleavage as possible.
  • Final Speech: Parodied during the title character's "death" scene.
  • Fire-Breathing Diner: After The Mask swallows the bomb and it goes off.
  • Flat "What.": Stanley, to Peggy just before Dorian shows up.
  • Foreshadowing
    • "Get the keys, Milo!"
    • Stanley, after being reprimanded by his landlady for watching cartoons too loudly, apathetically flicks to a TV show with Dr Neuman who describes the metaphorical social mask suppressing the Id. Guess what the titular mask itself enables for those who wear it?
  • Funny Background Event
    • During The Mask's faux Oscar speech, the villains do their best to look presentable for the camera.
    • 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.
    • When Ibkiss yells back at his boss, two police officers in the background seem to be laughing at the scene unfolding.
  • Fun Personified: The normally shy Stanley turns into this with the Mask (mostly).
  • Gangsta Style: Dorian's thugs sometimes indulge in this.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar
    • The whole French-Lover Park scene ("Divide and conquer", anyone?)
    • Pulling out an apparently used condom during the balloon animal scene.
    • The Cuban Pete scene has hookers in it.
    • The graphic peeing scene.
  • Groin Attack: Tina does this to The Mask while they're in the park.
  • Gun Twirling: As The Mask, Stanley twirls about a dozen weapons — in each hand.
  • Hair Flip: Occurs in Tina's intro.
  • Hammerspace: Where everything the Mask uses comes from. Including an actual mallet.
  • Hand Signals: Dorian Tyrell uses one to have his men stop firing.
  • Harmless Freezing: The Mask does it to himself in the park.
    Kellaway: FREEZE!
  • Heart Beats out of Chest: This happens to the title character while he's watching Tina Carlyle sing at the Coco Bongo Club. Also the Trope Codifier and now provides the trope image.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal
    • Stanley, as the Mask, pulls out a double handful of guns to scare off some punks. They turn out to be BANG Flag Guns. Complete with Gun Twirling !
    • In a more "traditional" scene, he also produces a Hyperspace Mallet to kill an alarm clock.
    • And the bazooka.
  • I Always Wanted to Say That: Stanley's friend Charlie after he says, "Officers, arrest those men!"
  • Iconic Outfit: The Mask's banana-yellow zoot suit and hat, which was based on a suit Jim Carrey's mom made for him when he first did stand-up.
  • I Lied: Tyrell, after Peggy sells Stanley out for money.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Three+ cops fire at Stanley as he gets into Peggy's car. Not only do they not hit him, but they don't even graze her, despite her proximity and the fact that her window is open.
  • Impossibly Tacky Clothes: Stanley's pajamas, to the extent that Kellaway deduces that he is the title character when he finds a piece of them at the Coco Bongo after The Mask's run-in with Tyrell's men.
  • I Want Them Alive: Dorian Tyrell puts up fifty thousand dollars to anyone who can bring him The Mask before the police do.
  • In-Name-Only: This bears very little resemblance to the Comic Book it was based on, with this featuring more slapstick than what many consider Gorn.
  • Invisible Holes: After the Mask is shot by Tyrell's men, he takes a drink and the liquid sprays out of the bullet holes. "Did you miss me? I guess not!"
  • Karma Houdini:
    • Peggy Brandt, because they deleted the scene where she was killed.
    • Ipkiss himself. The crimes he commits as the Mask end up getting pinned on Dorian Tyrell.
  • Last Kiss: Tina makes a Last Request of Dorian Tyrell for one.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: The Mask's Oscar scene and apparent asides to the audience.
  • Leit Motif: The Mask itself has not one, not two, but THREE separate themes depending on the mood. There's a mysterious, mystical theme that plays during scenes with the Mask by itself to show it to have otherworldly properties. There's an upbeat, jazzy tune that plays whenever Ipkiss puts on the Mask, showing how fun and wacky it can be. And finally, there's a more foreboding tune that's heavy on brass to show the Mask's dark side.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: 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.
  • Life of the Party: The Mask, when he dances with Tina in the club, even giving the band matching zoot suits.
  • Lighter and Softer: 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) its "owner", and no-one appears to be able to wear the Mask without being corrupted. The film also allows victims of the Mask's shenaningans to get off with Amusing Injuries for the most part, whereas in the comics, the actions might be amusing but the injuries most certainly are not.
  • Love Can Make You Gonk: This happens in a scene which pays homage to Tex Avery.
  • Loves My Alter Ego: Tina and Stanley/The Mask, initially.
  • Magic Countdown: The bomb counter is wildly inconsistent, and probably should have exploded at least twice in intervening scenes based on the last count.
  • Magic Prerequisite: The Mask only works at night. If you put it on during the day, nothing happens. This is handwaved by saying Loki was a night god. The somewhat canon animated series said it was the Mask messing with Stanley.
  • Mask of Power: 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 sociopathic mobster...then everyone's in big trouble.
  • Meaningful Name: Pull up to the club in "The Loaner" and you'll probably be a loner yourself on the way home.
  • Money to Throw Away: 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?
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Milo while wearing the Mask.
  • Mugging the Monster: A street gang tries this with The Mask. Bad idea. In a deleted scene, they originally robbed Stanley.
  • The Music Meister: The Mask is surrounded by police, so he starts singing a rumba number and the policemen start singing and dancing along, to their great surprise.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: The look on Peggy's face after Dorian forces Stanley to tell him how the mask works and then puts it on practically screams this.
  • Mythology Gag: 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. Though humiliation the mechanics received was just as painful.
  • Narm: In-Universe, Stanley's attempt to put on the mask during the day in front of Dr. Neumann.
  • Necktie Leash: Tina Carlyle compliments Stanely Ipkiss' tie when they first meet, pulling and stroking it suggestively. He responds that "it's a power tie. It's supposed to make me feel... powerful," while his body language reveals that at the moment, intimidated by her sexuality, he's feeling anything but.
  • Nepotism: Stanley's boss at the bank, whom Stanley accused of getting his position through family connections.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Used constantly for comedic effect. The Rule of Fun greatly applies here.
  • Nice Guys Finish Last: Stanley Ipkiss for most of the movie. Stanley even wrote an article about this in Peggy's column.
  • Nice Hat: The title character wears one.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: The mask basically grants its wearer this; both Stanley and Tyrell shrug off gunshots.
  • No Man Should Have This Power: At the end of the movie, Stanley tosses the Mask into the river. Both Charlie and Milo immediately jump in after it..
  • No Name Given: 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. It's Mitch.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: 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.
  • Not on the List: The Mask shows how having certain vouchers with pictures of Benjamin Franklin, Ulysses S. Grant and Andrew Jackson can overcome that difficulty.
  • Not What I Signed On For: Apparently, Peggy at least partially agreed to hand Stanley over to Dorian only if he swore not to hurt him, and is genuinely shocked when Tyrell has him dangled over a letter press.
  • Novelization: By Steve Perry (not THAT Steve Perry).
  • Office Golf: The head mobster, who drives off of Dorian's face to show his displeasure.
  • Oh, Crap!
    • Tyrell's henchmen after The Mask pulls out his multiguns. Every single one of them is a "Bang!" Flag Gun.
    • Also the street gang when The Mask finishes making his last balloon-sculpture.
    • When The Mask barricades the Landfill Park gate to escape from Kellaway and Doyle he turns around to find SWAT, a helicopter, and dozens of cops right behind him. He's so terrified his eyes, skull, and tongue leap out of his face as he screams.
  • One Last Smoke: Dorian Tyrell and a mortally wounded henchman. May count as a Pet the Dog moment for Dorian.
  • Or Was It a Dream?: 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 Hyperspace Mallet.
    Stanley: This is... impossible!
    Kellaway: Those pajamas are impossible. This actually happened!
  • Oscar Bait: Parodied during the title character's "death" scene.
  • Painful Transformation: Both putting on and taking off the mask.
  • Panty Shot: Tina gets a lot of these in her dance scene with The Mask.
  • Pistol-Whipping: Stanley does it twice, to the cop guarding him and a mook in the Coco Bongo club.
  • Ring... Ring... CRUNCH: When The Mask is trying to sneak past his landlady's door. An annoying alarm clock comes out of his pocket and he silences it by whacking it with a croquet mallet after missing twice.
  • Roadside Wave: Stanley outside of the Coco Bongo club.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Played with — when the club bouncer asks if Stanley is on the list to get in, Stanley responds "nooooo, but I believe my friends are, perhaps you know them?" He holds up two wads of cash and throws them into the air as a distraction, walking in as the crowd swarms the bouncer to get the cash.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Supernatural Powers!: Stanley uses his powers to rob a bank, woo the girl of his dreams, and take revenge on people who annoyed him.
  • Sadly Mythtaken
    • The first film makes out that Odin banished Loki into a mask, from Valhalla, due to his mischievousness. Such a thing never happened (the closest is that Loki was banished from the company of the gods for many other reasons that culminated in duping Hodir into killing Baldur). Nor was Valhalla the home of the Norse Gods, Odin in particular had many other residences in Asgard. A more accurate statement would have been to say that Odin banished him from Asgard (a mildly accurate statement, at least).
    • Loki appears in the sequel, and more or less angrily says that the guy who said this was full of shit. The same film also makes the statement that Loki is Odin's biological son rather than his blood brother (the Marvel Comics trap), though.
  • Shout-Out
    • Many examples to classic Tex Avery animations.
    • One notable Shout-Out to a live-action movie is to The Untouchables. When the hero is frisked, his Bag of Holding 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. The last item pulled out is a photograph which is a nod to actor Peter Riegert's previous work on Animal House.
    • Also, Dirty Harry (probably a shout out for Clint Eastwood 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:
      The Mask: Hold me closer Red. It's getting dark. (cough, cough cough) Tell Auntie Em to let Old Yeller out. (cough- cough, cough) Tell Tiny Tim I won't be coming home this Christmas. (COUGH, COUGH COUGH) Tell Scarlett I do give a damn.
    • "No! It wasn't me! It was the One-Armed Man!"
    • Milo wearing the Mask has a laugh similar to Mutley's of Wacky Races/Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines.
    • Edward G. Robinson, when the Mask lights a cigar and says "You were good, kid, real good. But as long as I'm around, you'll always be second best, see?".
    • "That's a spicy meat-a-ball" is a nod to an Alka-Seltzer commercial from 1969.
    • The Fog-Horn's "Squeeze Me Gently" disclaimer is very Alice in Wonderland.
  • Tempting Fate: Not even two seconds before Stanley is literally dropped off at the police station by Dorian's goons (Bound and Gagged, no less!), we get this exchange:
    Doyle: Something'll turn up.
    Kellaway: Sure, Stanley Ipkiss is gonna fall right into my lap!
  • Took a Level in Badass: The entire climax of the film — 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 "Nice 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.
  • Toon Physics: The Mask's Reality Warping operates on this.
  • Transformation Trinket: The green mask of Loki.
  • Transformation Trauma: Surprisingly, this is NOT from the original comic, where the Mask just slips on and off. In the movie, it looks incredibly painful.
  • Trojan Prisoner: 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 going "TROLOLOLOLOL" instead of his strange laughter, and you've got yourself a textbook troll. He even makes troll science real!
  • Unusual Euphemism
    • The Mask's Pepe Le Pew impersonation. "Our love is like a red red rose, and I am a little thorny!"
    • "Kiss me, mah dear, and Ah will reveal mah croissant, Ah will spread your paté, Ah will dip mah ladle in your vichyssoise!" (Groin Attack ensues)
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Aside from Dorian, people seem more interested in Stanley's crimes as The Mask than his blatant Reality Warper powers. For instance the cops are seemingly unfazed when they frisk him and pull dozens of items from his pockets larger than the pockets, and a group of muggers are happy to receive balloon animals from the man they were just mugging who has just changed clothes and produced a cane and podium from nowhere.
  • The Vamp: Played with. On the surface, it seems Tina's this trope as she was only using Stanley's friendliness to infiltrate the bank, Dorian and the gang were planning to rob. At the same time Peggy Brandt, seemed to honestly like Stanley. It later turns out to be the opposite as, Tina is a nice girl really and is only around Dorian out of fear while Peggy is a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing who wanted the $50,000 bounty on The Mask, so she wouldn't lose her condo. She even mentions this trope by name when Dorian arrives.
    Peggy: What took you guys so long? I've been Vamping here for 20 minutes!
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: 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.
  • Villainy-Free Villain: What makes Lt. Kellaway an antagonist in this film? Accurately sleuthing out the identity of the culprit of a major bank heist and being kind of a jerk about it. Of course, he has no way of knowing that the Mask is a magical manifestation and Stanley has no control over his actions.
  • Visual Pun: His first spin is in front of a couch with a pillow with a picture of Taz (Looney Tunes Tasmanian Devil) on it.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: The Mask himself, along with other objects (turning a balloon-tommygun into a real one, for example).
  • Wait Here: Stanley to Milo in the police car.
  • Wallet Moths: In this case, a pocket moth.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Peggy Brandt, who seems to disappear from the main action towards the end. 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.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: 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.
  • Wild Take: The Mask after seeing the police outside the park. It details both an Eye Pop and his entire skull popping out of his head.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: 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, since Dorian is still basically the same person, just an even bigger dick.
  • Working the Same Case: An example with criminals. Dorian was planning on robbing Stanley's bank but the Mask hits it first, leading to a brief exchange.
  • World of Weirdness: Best-fitting trope to describe how everyone just goes along with Stanley being "a guy in a big green mask" and totally ignoring the fact that he can turn into an ice statue and cartoon wolf, make people sing with him and pull cannons out of his pockets.
  • Wrongful Accusation Insurance: Stanley breaks out of a jail cell, assaults an officer, steals his gun, kidnaps another officer at gunpoint and steals his car, yet receives no punishment. Even worse, he commited the crime he was held for and there was evidence of him doing so. The trope is justified because the mayor thinks Stanley is a hero who was framed by Dorian. Plus, many of those things he committed wasn't entirely his fault, and he had to escape from the cell to save Tina and stop Dorian.
    Mayor: Dorian Tyrell was "The Mask." I saw it with my own eyes.
  • You Taste Delicious: 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.