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Ah... ''The Mask'', a fun little Creator/JimCarrey 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 ''Film/AceVenturaPetDetective''. 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, FilmOfTheBook style, on [[ComicBook/TheMask 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 {{T|heTrickster}}rickster god [[Myth/NorseMythology 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 RealityWarper abilities of his beloved classic Creator/TexAvery characters (stretching, shapeshifting, bouncing back from AmusingInjuries, and the like). While not quite reaching WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity 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 (Creator/CameronDiaz 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 [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar very naughty]]) Saturday morning [[WesternAnimation/TheMask animated adaptation]] in 1995, which lasted until 1997.

It had a Carrey-less pseudo-sequel, ''Film/SonOfTheMask'', in 2005, which starred Jamie Kennedy and a CGI baby. It was poorly received by fans and critics.

Not to be confused with ''Film/{{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 ''WesternAnimation/{{MASK}}''.


!!Somebody trope me!

* AbsurdlyIneffectiveBarricade: 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!
* AbsurdlyLongLimousine: The title character arrives at the Coco Bongo club in such a car. Yes, it ''is'' [[http://www.imcdb.org/vehicle_24386-Lincoln-Town-Car-Stretched-Limousine-1990.html a real limousine]].
* AdaptationalHeroism:
** The Mask itself. In the comic books it is [[EvilMask 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 lovable 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 TookALevelInBadass, Stanley was this full stop.
* TheAllegedCar: "The Loaner" Stanley receives from the mechanics.
* AluminumChristmasTrees: Intelligent dogs say "Uh?" in a questioning tone to express confusion.
* AllPsychologyIsFreudian: Dr. Newman has a theory that people wear metaphorical masks to conceal who they truly are, or their Id, a Freudian concept.
* AllTherapistsAreMuggles: 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.
* AlmostKiss: Stanley and Tina twice: once while he's in jail, and again right after he rescues her from Dorian Tyrell.
* AndStarring: "And Introducing Cameron Diaz"
* AntiHero: Stanley fits the [[ClassicalAntiHero 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.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Played straight and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick 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".
* AscendedExtra: 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.
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: Niko]]. He tries [[ShootingSuperman shooting at]] Dorian's SuperPoweredEvilSide, only to [[HoistByHisOwnPetard get his own bullets spat back out at him]].
* AssShove: Stanley uses The Mask's powers to get back at his shady car mechanics by shoving exhaust pipes up their anuses.
* BagOfHolding: The Mask's pockets while being frisked by the police.
* BangFlagGun: The Mask whips out lethal-looking weapons to intimidate the goons, and the guns are revealed to be these after they run off.
* BankRobbery: Dorian sends his men to knock over Edge City Savings, only for the Mask to beat them there.
* BatDeduction: Kellaway immediately deduces that Stanley is The Mask after finding a piece of Stanley's [[ImpossiblyTackyClothes pajamas]] at a crime scene, which had been blown off The Mask's zoot suit and reverted to Stan's clothes.
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: The deleted prologue shows us that Leif Erikson discovered America and never came back ''just to get rid of the Mask''.
* BeneathTheMask: 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 social mask, though, ironically, to do so, he puts a real mask on. In the end, he has to take off this mask, and in doing so, finds a balance for himself. This still holds true for Dorian as well, since the mask that the artifact 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.
* BettyAndVeronicaSwitch: Tina is the impossibly gorgeous girlfriend of a mobster and her criminal accomplice. Peggy is a modest, struggling journalist who would like to have a man in her life. Peggy sells Stanley to said mobster for money to pay a nice apartment, and Tina breaks up with him and ends up with Stanley after he saves her life as the Mask.
* BiggerBad: Niko, to Dorian's BigBad - until Dorian goes full TheStarscream on him.
* BilingualBonus: When the police interrupt The Mask's French seduction of Tina, he responds with a ForeignCussWord: "Merde!", French for "Shit!"
* BlackAndGrayMorality: The Mask shoves exhaust pipes up the asses of crooked mechanics, robs a bank, disturbs a police investigation and takes control of women's bodies without their consent, but he is still TheHero compared to evil personified Dorian.
* {{BFG}}: [[GunsAkimbo Two of them.]] But they turn out to be [[BangFlagGun "Bang!" Flag Guns]].
** While being frisked down by police, one of the agents retrieves a bazooka from the Mask's {{Hammerspace}}. The Mask claims that he has a permit for that.
* BlownAcrossTheRoom: When Dorian (in his Mask-enhanced form) shoots bullets out of his mouth and kills Niko, Niko is thrown into the air and several feet backwards.
* BondOneLiner: "Snooze" and "You were good, kid, real good. But as long as I'm around, you'll always be second best, see?"
* BornInTheTheater: Stanley is a fan of old cartoons (particularly ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' and Creator/TexAvery) so a lot of the jokes and gags he pulls have shades of this. In one scene he goes through an [[LargeHam 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, though he looks confused too.
* BoundAndGagged: During the climax, Tina is tied to a post in the Coco Bongo club by her ex-boyfriend Dorian Tyrell next to a bomb that will blow up the entire club and kill her.
* BowelBreakingBricks: The animated alarm clock spews a few cogs and springs just before The Mask smashes it with a giant hammer.
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: During the ExtendedDisarming. The harmless items end with a bazooka and a signed picture of Kellaway's wife.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: The Mask looks and speaks to the viewers multiple times. Considering he's basically a living Creator/TexAvery creation, it makes sense.
** The Oscar-winning scene: the theater audience (shown using shadows at the bottom of the screen) applaud him for his ‘acting’, and Dorian and his goon, realizing they’re on screen, awkwardly fix their hair.
* BreakoutCharacter: 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 TheMovie 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.
* BringIt: The title character to some robbers, and Dorian Tyrell to his boss Niko during their final confrontation.
* BulletSeed: 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.
* CanonForeigner: Almost everyone. Only Stanley and Kellaway came from the comics.
* CaptainObvious: Well spotted, Doyle.
-->'''Doyle:''' I missed him.\\
'''Kellaway:''' ''(glares at Doyle, then turns to leave)'' C'mon. We ALL missed him.
* CarnivalOfKillers: 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).
* CasanovaWannabe
** Creator/RichardJeni 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.
* CatchAndReturn: While wearing the Mask, Dorian absorbs all the bullets that Niko fires on him, with no ill effects, and shoots them back to him through his mouth. [[RealityEnsues This kills Niko.]]
* CatchPhrase: "Ssssmokin'!"
* TheCavalryArrivesLate: The police arrive after The Mask has disposed of Dorian Tyrell.
* ChangingClothesIsAFreeAction: Another obvious power of The Mask. He does it by either spinning or changing as the camera cuts away from him.
* TheChanteuse: Tina, as the main star of the Coco Bongo.
* CharityBall: The Casino Night version, which is then broken into by the Mask-wearing Dorian and his goons as part of his vengeance on Niko.
* ChekhovsSkill: Milo's ability to find Stanley's keys and to fetch the frisbee comes in handy when he has to break his owner out of prison, and then when he has to recover the Mask from Dorian's goons.
* ClingyMacGuffin: 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.
* ClothesMakeTheManiac: [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]]. The Mask unlocks a seemingly absolute power for its wearer and disinhibits them, but doesn't make him evil ([[InNameOnly unlike in the source comic]]).
* ClothesMakeTheSuperman: Played straight. Whoever wears the Mask is only limited by his own will and imagination.
* CluelessDeputy: 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?
-->'''Kellaway''': [[PigLatin Ixnay!]] Ehay's otgay an ungay! ''(Stanley jabs the gun into his side)'' OW!
-->'''Doyle''': Oh, I get it! Pig Latin, right? ''[thinks]'' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Eesay... ouyay... aterlay!]]
* ComeWithMeIfYouWantToLive: As Stanley Ipkiss is fleeing the police, Peggy Brandt pulls up in her car and tells him to get in. [[spoiler:Subverted, however, as her reason for doing so is to take him to Dorian and collect on the reward on him.]]
* ComesGreatResponsibility: Stanley pays some lip service to this trope, pondering becoming a SuperHero...right before rushing off to Ripley Auto Finishing to get some [[AssShove rather painful revenge]] on the mechanics that ripped him off.
* ConspicuousCGI: 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 [[RealityIsUnRealistic Mask doesn't fit with our concept of reality]].
* CoolGuns: The Tommy gun. Especially the one made out of a balloon.
* CrapsackWorld: Edge City. Just to top it off, the city landfill is apparently adjacent to the city park.
* CrashingDreams: Stanley and his dream of Tina.
* CrowdSong: The Mask magics the entire Edge City police force into singing "Cuban Pete" with him.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Stanley could be seen as this at the end.
* CuteButCacophonic: The horn the title character uses to blow out the motorist's windows. Crosses over with LoudOfWar and MakeMeWannaShout.
* DanceLine: Happens between the Mask and the cops as the "Cuban Pete" scene changes into a conga.
* DeadpanSnarker
** The Mask himself.
** Kellaway as well, which isn't all that surprising given one of Peter Riegert's [[Film/AnimalHouse earliest roles]].
* DisasterDominoes: The destruction of the "Loaner" is a contained version of that. The car breaks, Stanley goes check on it, gets burned and kicks the car in frustration... and it breaks down piece by piece.
* DisproportionateRetribution
** The AssShove applied to the mechanics. Though given that their EstablishingCharacterMoment implies they scam ''all'' their customers like they do Stanley they don't draw much sympathy. And it's ''still'' kinder than [[CruelAndUnusualDeath what happens to them]] in the comic.
-->'''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.
* DieselPunk: Edge City is a world that is in equal parts the 1940s (when the cartoons the Mask copies were made) and the 1990s; there is modern technology, but the title character is a zoot-suited ladies man anti-hero, the buildings wouldn't look out of place in an old gangster movie, and the soundtrack is a swanky neo-swing.
* DistractedByTheSexy: This is why Cameron Diaz's character is sent to meet the nerdy Stanley Ipkiss (Jim Carey).
* DistressedDamsel: Tina during the final confrontation at the Coco Bongo, which she spends either at gun point or tied up. Even so, she manages to distract Dorian, convince him to take off the Mask, and then kicks it away so Stanley can recover it.
%%* DonutMessWithACop: Doyle
* DramaticGunCock: By The Mask, when he pulls two gigantic cartoonish guns on Dorian's henchmen.
* TheDulcineaEffect: Stanley falls in love with Tina after meeting her at the bank. Since she's played by Cameron Diaz, we can hardly fault him.
* EatTheBomb: With only a few seconds left, the Mask eats the dynamite left by Dorian next to Tina's feet, eliminating it with no ill effects.
%%* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Mask.
* EveryoneLooksSexierIfFrench: Stanley plays this up when he meets Tina in the park as the mask.
* EvilCounterpart: "Dorian Mask", who is much ugly looking and uses the Mask's cartoon-like powers for evil, to "Stanley Mask", who is (almost) harmless.
* EvilDetectingDog: 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.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Dorian Tyrell while wearing the Mask. Judging by the deleted scene Dorian appears in, his voice originally sounded even deeper.
* EvilVersusEvil: Dorian's coup against his former boss, the gangster Niko.
* ExtendedDisarming: [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]] in the scene where Kellaway's men frisk The Mask down at the park.
* ExtremeOmnivore: The Mask swallows a bundle of explosives with no side effects.
* EyePoke: 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 [[PrecisionFStrike ONE FRIGGIN' EYE!]] ''(POKE)''
* EyePop: Three times in the movie: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oiMPKvxQzs once in his apartment building]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRjUzKf9zuI#t=2m00s once in the Coco Bongo club]], and finally [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQhW3rP_oIs#t=1m00s when confronted by a lot of cops with guns]].
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Peggy]] turns Stanley over to Tyrell.
* FacePalm: Dorian pinches the bridge of his nose during The Mask's overly-dramatic "death" scene.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: An infamous deleted scene was going to have the BigBad 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."
* FanSequel: ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOKuZhYzdJ0 The]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8stmVE05NvI Mask]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NPN_qcmGVw Strikes]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4DxONZ1nEI 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 [[MaleGaze entrance]] and the nightclub scene where she appears to be channeling [[Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit 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.
* FinalSpeech: Parodied during the title character's "death" scene.
* FireBreathingDiner: After The Mask swallows the bomb and it goes off.
* FlatWhat: Stanley, to Peggy just before [[spoiler: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?
* FunnyBackgroundEvent
** 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 Ipkiss yells back at his boss, two police officers in the background seem to be laughing at the scene unfolding.
* FunPersonified: The normally shy Stanley turns into this with the Mask (mostly).
* GangstaStyle: Dorian's thugs sometimes indulge in this.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar
** 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.
* GroinAttack: Tina does this to The Mask while they're in the park.
* GunTwirling: As The Mask, Stanley twirls about a dozen weapons — [[GunsAkimbo in each hand]].
* HairFlip: Occurs in Tina's intro.
* {{Hammerspace}}: Where everything the Mask uses comes from. Including an actual mallet.
* HandSignals: Dorian Tyrell uses one to have his men stop firing.
* HarmlessFreezing: The Mask does it to himself in the park.
-->'''Kellaway:''' FREEZE!
* HeartBeatsOutOfChest: This happens to the title character while he's watching Tina Carlyle sing at the Coco Bongo Club. Also the TropeCodifier and now provides the trope image.
* HelloNurse: Tina. Her sex appeal is [[DistractedByTheSexy downright used in her introductory scene as a distraction]], to make the bank employees not notice her purse has a camera.
%%* HeroesLoveDogs: Stanley, to Milo.
* HeroicComedicSociopath: The Mask, when worn by Ipkiss - he even prefers to injure instead of kill. When worn by the BigBad, not so much (once shot by his boss, he cartoonishly spits the bullets back like a machine gun).
* HeroInsurance: 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 committed 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 weren'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.''
* HyperspaceArsenal
** Stanley, as the Mask, pulls out a double handful of guns to scare off some punks. They turn out to be {{BANG Flag Gun}}s. Complete with GunTwirling !
** In a more "traditional" scene, he also produces a HyperspaceMallet to kill an alarm clock.
** And the bazooka.
* IAlwaysWantedToSayThat: Stanley's friend Charlie after he says, "Officers, arrest those men!"
* IconicOutfit: 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.
* ILied: Tyrell, after [[spoiler:Peggy]] sells Stanley out for money.
* ImColdSoCold: Parodied. The Mask, dressed like a cowboy, is shot in the chest and falls into the shooter's arms, overly dramatically telling him he's "so cold" while coughing, and saying his last wishes before dying dramatically. [[spoiler:He then receives an Oscar for his performance, while the shooter starts weeping.]]
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Three or more cops fire at Stanley as he gets into Peggy's car. Not only do they not hit him, but the only thing they manage to hit is one of her taillights, despite her proximity and the fact that her window is open.
* ImpossiblyTackyClothes: 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.
* IncomingHam: Every time Stanley becomes the Mask, it's accompanied by one of those.
-->(first) S-s-s-smokin!\\
(second) Hold on, Sugar. Daddy's got a sweet tooth tonight!\\
(third) Hello, cherie. We meet again! Is it fate? Is it meant to be? It is written in the stars... that we are destined to fraternize? I'd like to think so! Ha ha!\\
(fourth) Did you miss me? I guess not!
* IWantThemAlive: Dorian Tyrell puts up fifty thousand dollars to anyone who can bring him The Mask before the police do.
* InNameOnly: This bears very little resemblance to the ComicBook it was based on, with this featuring more slapstick than what many consider Gorn.
* InvisibleHoles: 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!"
* JawDrop: The title character when he sees Tina in the club. Along with an EyePop
* KarmaHoudini:
** [[spoiler:Peggy Brandt]], because they deleted the scene where she was killed.
** Ipkiss himself. Most of the crimes he commits as the Mask end up [[spoiler:getting pinned on Dorian Tyrell]].
* LargeHam: The Mask, as his delivery, his facial expressions, even his clothes are as over the top possible. Stanley is subdued, although he also goes full-on ham at times, such as when yelling at his boss and punching Tyrell in the face.
* LastKiss: Tina makes a LastRequest of Dorian Tyrell for one.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: The Mask's Oscar scene and apparent asides to the audience.
* LeitMotif: 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.
* LetsGetDangerous: 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.
* LifeOfTheParty: The Mask, when he dances with Tina in the club, even giving the band matching zoot suits.
* LighterAndSofter: 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 AmusingInjuries for the most part, whereas in the comics, the actions might be amusing but the injuries [[{{Gorn}} most certainly are not]].
* LoveCanMakeYouGonk: This happens in a scene which pays homage to Creator/TexAvery.
* LovesMyAlterEgo: Tina and Stanley/The Mask, initially.
* MagicCountdown: The bomb counter is wildly inconsistent, and probably should have exploded at least twice in intervening scenes based on the last count.
* MagicPrerequisite: 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.
* MaskOfPower: 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.
* MeaningfulName: Pull up to the club in "The Loaner" and you'll probably be a loner yourself on the way home.
* MoneyToThrowAway: 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?
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: Milo while wearing the Mask.
* MuggingTheMonster: A street gang tries this with The Mask. Bad idea. In a deleted scene, they originally robbed Stanley.
* TheMusicMeister: 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.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: 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.
* MythologyGag: 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}}: InUniverse, Stanley's attempt to put on the mask during the day in front of Dr. Neumann.
* NecktieLeash: 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 because his father owns it.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Used constantly for comedic effect. The RuleOfFun greatly applies here.
* NiceGuysFinishLast: Stanley Ipkiss for most of the movie. Stanley even wrote a letter about this to Peggy's advice column.
* NiceHat: The title character wears one.
* NighInvulnerability: The mask basically grants its wearer this; both Stanley and Tyrell shrug off gunshots. Stanley even ''eats'' a bunch of dynamite sticks without any ill effects.
* NoManShouldHaveThisPower: At the end of the movie, Stanley tosses the Mask into the river. Both Charlie and Milo immediately jump in after it..
* NoNameGiven: 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.
* NonHumanSidekick: 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.
* NotOnTheList: The Mask shows how having certain vouchers with pictures of Creator/BenjaminFranklin, UsefulNotes/UlyssesSGrant and UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson can overcome that difficulty.
* NotWhatISignedOnFor: 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 [[Music/{{Journey}} Steve Perry]]).
* OfficeGolf: The head mobster, who drives off of Dorian's face to show his displeasure.
* OffLikeAShot: The Mask, when not leaving in a hurricane. Most notably, right after he decides "I better make a little stop" and goes rob the bank.
* OhCrap
** Tyrell's henchmen after The Mask pulls out his multiguns. Every single one of them is a [[spoiler:BangFlagGun]].
** 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 [[FailedASpotCheck right behind him.]] He's so terrified his eyes, skull, and tongue leap out of his face as he screams.
* OneLastSmoke: Dorian Tyrell and a mortally wounded henchman. May count as a PetTheDog moment for Dorian.
* OrWasItADream: 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 HyperspaceMallet.
-->'''Stanley:''' This is... impossible!\\
'''Kellaway:''' [[ImpossiblyTackyClothes Those pajamas are impossible]]. This actually happened!
* OscarBait: Parodied during the title character's "death" scene.
* PainfulTransformation: Both putting on and taking off the mask.
* PantyShot: Tina gets a lot of these in her dance scene with The Mask.
* PigLatin: Kellaway and Doyle outside the police station.
-->'''Doyle''': Where are you taking Ipkiss?\\
'''Kellaway''': Ixnay! Ehay's otgay an ungay.\\
'''Doyle''': I get it. Pig Latin, right? Eesay ouyay aterlay.
* PistolWhipping: Stanley does it twice, to the cop guarding him and a {{mook}} in the Coco Bongo club.
* PragmaticAdaptation: Takes the main characters from #0 and #1 of ''The Mask'', the basic premise, and some moments, mostly comedic ones (Stanley taking revenge on thugs and mechanics, being SquashedFlat on a road, and realizing he could be a superhero "but first..."; The Mask [[note]]in the comic, it was Kellaway, who took the mask after Stanley's death[[/note]] doing balloon tricks) to rework it into a zany comedy instead of the [[CruelAndUnusualDeath gory]] BlackComedy of the original.
* [[PreAsskickingOneLiner Pre Ass-Shoving One Liner]]: "Hold on to your lug nuts! It's time for an overhaul!"
* PunchPunchPunchUhOh: Stanley vs. Dorian Tyrell.
* QuizzicalTilt: Stanley's dog Milo does this the first time Stanley turns into the title character.
* RealAwardFictionalCharacter: The Mask accepts an Oscar for a [[LargeHam hammy performance]] as an audience applauds "[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Shadowrama]]"-style.
* RealityWarper: What the mask is apparently able to do: break physical laws.
* RealityWarpingIsNotAToy: Played with; Stanley is a good guy and therefore as The Mask is FunPersonified 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 HumanoidAbomination who abuses his powers for revenge and murder.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: When the criminal Dorian Tyrell puts on the magical mask of Loki and his massively evil hidden dark side comes out, his eyes become red.
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: Peggy's deleted death scene has Tyrell not approving her backstabbing ways and throwing her in a press.
* RingRingCRUNCH: 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.
* RoadsideWave: Stanley outside of the Coco Bongo club.
* RogerRabbitEffect: In a way, as the Mask basically puts a cartoon in real life (only depicted through computer graphics).
* RubberHoseLimbs: The Mask, during the "Hey Pachuco" dance number.
%%* RummageFail
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: 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.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveSupernaturalPowers: Stanley uses his powers to rob a bank, woo the girl of his dreams, and take revenge on people who cheated him.
%%* SealedEvilInACan: More like sealed Id in a mask.
* SadlyMythtaken
** 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.
** He's also not a "night god", though {{trickster god}} is a fair description.
* ShoutOut
** Many examples to classic Creator/TexAvery animations and the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes. Most notably, The Mask imitates Taz (moves by spinning), Westernanimation/DaffyDuck (wildly jumping), Westernanimation/BugsBunny (dying in the enemy's arms), Westernanimation/PepeLePew (way too intimate attempt at romance) and the Wolf from ''Westernanimation/RedHotRidingHood'' (doing a WildTake in reaction to a sexy woman).
** One notable ShoutOut to a live-action movie is to ''Film/TheUntouchables''. When the hero is frisked, his BagOfHolding 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 ''Film/AnimalHouse''.
** Also, Film/DirtyHarry (probably a shout out for Creator/ClintEastwood being one of Jim Carrey's impersonations in stand-up as well as Carrey having a minor part in ''Film/TheDeadPool''), 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 [[Film/TheWizardOfOz Auntie Em]] to let Literature/OldYeller out. ''(cough- cough, cough)'' Tell [[Literature/AChristmasCarol Tiny Tim]] I won't be coming home this Christmas. ''(COUGH, COUGH COUGH)'' Tell [[Film/GoneWithTheWind Scarlett I do give a damn]].
** "No! It wasn't me! [[Series/TheFugitive It was the One-Armed Man!]]"
** Milo wearing the Mask has a laugh similar to Mutley's of ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces''/''WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines''.
** 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 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQhwNtY3N2k an Alka-Seltzer commercial]] from 1969.
** The Fog-Horn's "Squeeze Me Gently" disclaimer is very ''Literature/AliceInWonderland''.
** After The Mask receives an award for his death scene, he quotes Creator/SallyField and her famous acceptance speech.
* SicklyGreenGlow: The title artifact sometimes shines right before being worn, a big example of this.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Two of them: Tina, and it's hinted at when it comes to Peggy. But, of course, FirstGirlWins.
* SmokingBarrelBlowout: The Mask does this on a cartoon bike horn after using it to litterally destroy every window on a man's car.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler:Stanley Ipkiss]] himself, who did not survive in the comics.
* SquashedFlat: The title character, after jumping out a window.
-->'''The Mask:''' ''<peels himself up off the street>'' Look ma! I'm roadkill! Ha ha ha!
* StandardPoliceMotto: Used by Stanley on a cop to get him to help save Tina. Doesn't work.
* StrappedToABomb: [[spoiler:Tina in the climax. The Mask solves it by ''eating'' the thing.]]
* TheStarscream: Dorian Tyrell, to Niko. [[KlingonPromotion He kills him]] and would have taken over his operation (and who knows what else) if it wasn't for Stanley's intervention.
* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: Lieutenant Kellaway, who is just trying to do his job against a man who has been disturbing the peace and robbing banks. See VillainyFreeVillain below.
* TemptingFate: Not even two seconds before Stanley is literally dropped off at the police station by Dorian's goons (BoundAndGagged, no less!), we get this exchange:
-->'''Doyle:''' Something'll turn up.
-->'''Kellaway:''' Sure, Stanley Ipkiss is gonna fall ''right into my lap''!
%%* ThatPoorCat: After The Mask throws away a Tommy gun.
* TimeBomb: Disposed of in a... ''unique'' fashion.
-->'''The Mask:''' [[FireBreathingDiner That's a spicy meat-a ball!]]
* TimmyInAWell: Stanley and Milo's communication. Though the dog misunderstands him ("not the cheese, the keys!").
* TookALevelInBadass: 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 "NiceGuysFinishLast" 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.
* ToonPhysics: The Mask's RealityWarping operates on this.
* TransformationTrinket: The green mask of Loki.
* TransformationTrauma: Surprisingly, this is NOT from the original comic, where the Mask just slips on and off. In the movie, it looks incredibly painful.
* TricksterArchetype: The Mask, who is always willing
* TrojanPrisoner: 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 [[InsaneTrollLogic troll science]] real!
* UnusualEuphemism
** The Mask's [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Pepe Le Pew]] impersonation. "Our love is like a red red rose, and I am a little [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar thorny]]!"
** "Kiss me, mah dear, and Ah will reveal mah ''croissant'', Ah will spread your ''paté'', Ah will ''dip mah ladle in your vichyssoise!''" ''(GroinAttack ensues)''
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Aside from Dorian, people seem more interested in Stanley's crimes as The Mask than his blatant RealityWarper 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.
* UrineTrouble: Milo wearing the mask urinates on one of Dorian's henchmen.
* TheVamp: 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 BitchInSheepsClothing 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!
%%* VertigoEffect
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: 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.
* VillainyFreeVillain: 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.
* VisualPun: His first spin is in front of a couch with a pillow with a picture of Taz (WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Tasmanian Devil) on it.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: The Mask himself, along with other objects (turning a balloon tommy gun into a real one, for example).
* WaitHere: Stanley to Milo in the police car.
* WalletMoths: In this case, a ''pocket'' moth.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Peggy Brandt, who seems to disappear from the main action towards the end. In a deleted scene, we saw [[spoiler: 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.]]
* WheelOFeet: While in his The Mask form, Stanley Ipkiss's legs spin like wheels while running from the police in Landfill Park. {{Justified}}, as the Mask is a RealityWarper TricksterArchetype and Stanley himself - whose desires are given form by the Mask - is a cartoon lover.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: 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.
* WildTake: The Mask after seeing the police outside the park. It details both an EyePop and his ''entire skull'' popping out of his head.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: 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.
* WorkingTheSameCase: An example with criminals. Dorian was planning on robbing Stanley's bank but the Mask hits it first, leading to a brief exchange.
* WorldOfWeirdness: 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.
%%* XRaySparks: Shortly, the first time Stanley puts on the Mask.
* YouSaidYouWouldLetThemGo: [[spoiler:Peggy Brandt]] to Dorian Tyrell, re: Stanley Ipkiss as he's grabbed by thugs and threatened:
-->'''Peggy''': You said you wouldn't hurt him!\\
'''Tyrell''': ILied.
* YouTasteDelicious: 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.
** Dorian also later nearly does that to Tina in his Mask form, when he tries to kiss her. Complete with bifurcated tongue.