"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
, 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
). 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.
Somebody trope me!
- Absurdly Ineffective Barricade: Stanley 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.
- 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. Of course, 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 asses.
- Bag of Holding: The Mask's pockets while being frisked by the police.
- BANG Flag Gun: Stanley whips out lethal-looking weapons to intimidate the goons, and the guns are revealed to be these after the run off.
- Bank Robbery
- Bat Deduction: Kellaway immediately deduces that Stanley is The Mask after finding a piece of Stanley's pajamas at a crime scene.
- 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. On the other hand, the villain, an unrepentant violent criminal, becomes demonic when he wears it. 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.
- Becoming the Mask
- Betty and Veronica Switch
- Bigger Bad: Niko
- Bilingual Bonus / Foreign Cuss Word: When the police interrupt Ipkiss' French seduction of Tina, he responds "Merde!" French for "Shit!"
- Black and Gray Morality
- BFG: Two of them. But they turn out to be BANG Flag Guns.
- Blondes Are Evil:
- Inverted. Usually in a story involving a guy, a hot lady (usually a blonde and a performer), and a simple girl, the guy gets the simple girl and optionally the hot lady betrays him beforehand. Here the guy is betrayed by the simple girl and gets the hot blonde lady. It should be noted that the blonde starts off using Stanley in order to help her mobster boyfriend rob the bank and goes through a High Heel-Face Turn.
- Discussed. Stanley's buddy keeps trying to steer him away from the hot blonde and towards the simple red head.
- 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 (classic 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.
- 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 at him.
- Butt Monkey: Stanley — until he discovers the power within the Mask, that is. Also Kellaway, the hapless cop in pursuit of the Mask.
- 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.
- The Cast Showoff: Yes, that is Jim Carrey singing "Cuban Pete". (That is not, however, Cameron Diaz singing in the nightclub, as anyone who has seen My Best Friends Wedding can attest.) Both Carrey and Diaz did all of their own dancing, Jim even helped choreograph the "Cuban Pete" number.
- Catch and Return
- Catch Phrase: "Ssssmokin'!"
- The Cavalry Arrives Late: The police arrive after The Mask has disposed of Dorian Tyrell.
- Changing Clothes Is a Free Action: Another obvious power of The Mask.
- The Chanteuse: Tina.
- Charity Ball: The Casino Night version.
- Chekhov's Skill: Fetch!
- 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 dove in and fetches it.
- Clothes Make the Maniac
- Clothes Make the Superman
- Clueless Deputy: Doyle again. In one scene, Kellaway tries to relay to Doyle that Stanley's secretly holding him at gunpoint. It goes about as well as you'd expect.
Doyle: Hey, Lieutenant, where are you taking Ipkiss?
Ehay's otgay an ungay!
- Come with Me If You Want to Live: As Stanley Ipkiss is fleeing the police, Peggy Brandt pulls up in her car and tells him to get in.
- Comes Great Responsibility: Stanley pays some lip service to this trope, pondering becoming a Super Hero...right before rushing off to Ripley Auto Finishing to get some rather painful revenge on the mechanics that ripped him off.
- Conspicuous CGI: Since the Mask has the powers of a cartoon character, it doesn't feel out of place. They weren't trying to make it realistic in the first place, it's deliberately cartoony. That it saves money on effects is just a nice bonus. Alternate explanation: The effects are realistic, it's just that the Mask doesn't fit with our concept of reality.
- Cool Guns: The Tommy gun. Especially the one made out of a balloon.
- Crapsack World: Edge City. Just to top it off, the city landfill is apparently adjacent to the city park.
- Crashing Dreams: Stanley and his dream of Tina.
- Crowd Song: The Mask magics the entire Edge City police force into singing "Cuban Pete" with him.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Stanley could be seen as this at the end.
- Cute but Cacophonic: The horn the title character uses to blow out the motorist's windows. Crosses over with Loud of War and Make Me Wanna Shout.
- Dance Line
- Deadpan Snarker
- The Mask himself.
- Peter Riegert's character as well, which isn't all that surprising given one of his earliest roles.
- Disaster Dominoes: Kick the car.
- Disproportionate Retribution
Mechanic: Sign right here, and press down hard.
Ipkiss: There's no price.
Mechanic: There will be.
- What happens after a driver almost runs over the Mask and starts honking at him.
- Distracted by the Sexy
- Distressed Damsel: Tina
- Donut Mess with a Cop: Doyle
- Double Standard: Rape, Male on Male: Two car mechanics are assaulted and raped by Stanley while wearing the mask. He rapes them in the ass with certain phallic car parts, and this is played for laughs in the movie. Few would consider this funny when done to a female character.
- The fact that they were Asshole Victims helps the humor in the situation, too.
- Dramatic Gun Cock
- The Dulcinea Effect: Stanley and Tina.
- Eat the Bomb: To make it safe.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: The Mask
- Evil Counterpart: "Dorian Mask" to "Stanley Mask".
- Evil-Detecting Dog: Milo senses something is amiss with the Mask the moment he sees it.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Dorian Tyrell while wearing the Mask. Judging by the deleted scene Dorian appears in, his voice originally sounded even deeper.
- Evil Versus Evil: Dorian versus his mob rival.
- Extended Disarming
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- "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.
- Fun Personified: The normally shy Stanley turns into this with the Mask (mostly).
- Gangsta Style: Dorian's thugs sometimes indulge in this.
- Genre Savvy: The Big Bad's right-hand man realizes that dark clouds over him inside may bode ill.
"Um, Boss? You be careful, huh?"
- Getting Crap Past The What Now?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Hello, Nurse!: Tina
- Heroes Love Dogs: Stanley, to Milo.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: The Mask, when worn by Ipkiss. When worn by the Big Bad, not so much.
- Hot Scoop: Peggy Brandt
- 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!"
- Jaw Drop: The title character when he sees Tina in the club.
- 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.
- Large Ham: The Mask (Stanley is subdued).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Lost Forever: The special flavor of sherbet made by Baskin Robbins as a tie-in to The Mask. Green and yellow and two flavors of delicious. But it's Lost Forever because they won't bring it back and refuse to publish the recipe. Why, cruel world, why??
- 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. Handwaved by saying Loki was a night god.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Nepotism: Stanley's boss at the bank.
- 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. Of course, 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.
- Off Like a Shot: The Mask, repeatedly.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Pig Latin: Kellaway and Doyle outside the police station.
- Pistol-Whipping: Stanley does it twice, to the cop guarding him and a mook in the Coco Bongo club.
- Pragmatic Adaptation: From the comic book.
- Pre Ass-Shoving One Liner: "Hold on to your lug nuts! It's time for an overhaul!"
- "Je t'adore... je t'awindow, I don't care!"
- "The money better be here, Ipkiss, or you can Ipkiss your ass goodbye."
- Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...: Stanley vs. Dorian Tyrell.
- Quizzical Tilt: Stanley's dog Milo does this the first time Stanley turns into the title character.
- Real Award, Fictional Character: The Mask accepts an Oscar for a hammy performance as an audience applauds "Shadowrama"-style.
- Reality Warper: What the mask is apparently able to do: break physical laws.
- Reality Warping Is Not a Toy: Played with; Stanley is a good guy and therefore as The Mask is Fun Personified and uses his powers largely for personal amusement. (He does get a little payback in on the side, though.) Dorian is a bad guy so as The Mask he's a vaguely demonic Humanoid Abomination who abuses his powers for revenge and murder.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Dorian Tyrell while wearing the mask.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Peggy's deleted death scene.
- 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.
- Roger Rabbit Effect
- Rubber Hose Limbs: The Mask, during the "Hey Pachuco" dance number.
- Rummage Fail
- 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.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: More like sealed Id in a mask.
- 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.
- 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:
- "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.
- Sickly Green Glow: The title artifact sometimes gives off this.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Stanley Ipkiss himself, who did not survive in the comics.
- Squashed Flat: The title character, after jumping out a window.
- Standard Police Motto: Used by Stanley on a cop to get him to help save Tina. Doesn't work.
- Strapped to a Bomb: Tina
- The Starscream: Tyrell, to Niko.
- Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: Lieutenant Kellaway
- That Poor Cat: After The Mask throws away a Tommy gun.
- Time Bomb: Disposed of in a... unique fashion.
- Timmy in a Well: Milo
- 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 "good 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.
- Trickster Archetype
- 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.
- Urine Trouble: Milo the dog to one of Dorian's henchmen.
- Vertigo Effect
- 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.
- 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.
- Wheel o' Feet
- 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.
- 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.
- X-Ray Sparks: Shortly, the first time Stanley puts on the Mask.
- You Said You Would Let Them Go: Peggy Brandt to Dorian Tyrell, re: Stanley Ipkiss.
- 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.