Floating Mask

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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:

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     Anime and Manga  

  • The Noh mask in an InuYasha episode "The Flesh Eating Noh Mask".

     Comic Books  

  • The Helmet of Nabu, which gives Doctor Fate his powers.
  • Johnny Sorrow's mask in Justice Society of America seemingly floats above the empty collar of his suit. However, when he removes it, his horrific true face can be seen, and kills whoever sees it. It's not clear if the mask makes his head invisible, or if it's only there when he takes it off.

     Film  

  • 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.

     Literature  

     Toys  

  • BIONICLE: the Ignika and Spectral Mask.

     Video Games  

     Web Animation  

     Western Animation  

  • 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.


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