One way to indicate a Mask of Power is having it float. Sometimes, it means that the mask itself is sentient. Note: That doesn't include masks which float with other items due to Selective Gravity.
Examples:Anime and Manga
- The Noh mask in an InuYasha episode "The Flesh Eating Noh Mask".
- The Helmet of Nabu, which gives Doctor Fate his powers.
- The voodoo masks in The Princess and the Frog, which represent The Friends On The Other Side.
- The masks representing the ancestral kings of Atlantis in Atlantis: The Lost Empire float and spin around the crystal that gives Atlantis its life.
- Also, at the end of the film, a new mask, representing the now deceased King Kashekim Nedakh is actually constructed by his daughter and son-in-law upon becoming the new rulers of Atlantis, which then floats away into the sky to join the other masks representing the dead kings of Atlantis.
- And for some reason, the queens never get floating masks.
- Maybe they get absorbed by the crystal, they seem to be the only ones that can control it while alive, and then the King's masks make more sense, they are a way for the kings to be with their wives forever.
- The haunted mask from the Goosebumps series.
- BIONICLE: the Ignika and Spectral Mask.
- Super Mario Bros. 2: Phanto, which pursue your character if you are holding a key.
- Aku Aku and Uka Uka in Crash Bandicoot. Though a variation exists that they make the player invincible when worn.
- The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask: Near the end of the game, the titular mask discards the Skull Kid and begins floating around on its own.
- Jalhalla from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker seems to be this and uses a swarm of Poes to create a body.
- Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves: the Mask of Dark Earth floats around the mining operation, looking for a suitable wearer.
- Banished Pantheon spirits in City of Heroes manifest as floating masks.
- Vector Strong Bad from StrongBadZone: "Your Head A Splode!"
- Yamask from Pokémon Black and White, which is a ghost connected to a mask, the former of which can turn invisible.
- Some of the Tiki Tak Tribe from Donkey Kong Country Returns are floating Tiki masks.
- Llamas with Hats: As Carl's atrocities continue to mount, he carries around the Paul Mask to replace his friend that had run away. Things get creepier when it starts to talk back to him ("You must finish your work, Carl.") and float around. It's actually an indication that Carl's sanity has gone off the rails.
- Tarakudo, the Big Bad of Season 4 of Jackie Chan Adventures.
- An episode of Aladdin: The Series was actually about Princess Jasmine buying an evil floating mask at a bazaar.
- In The Simpsons episode "I'm Goin' to Praiseland", Ned and Homer build a Bible-themed amusement park, with their main attraction being a floating mask of Ned's late wife Maude. Unfortunately, it turns out that the mask is kept afloat by a leaking gas pipe, and their amusement park is shut down for that reason.