->''"I knew it was you all along, Richard Nixon!"''
-->-- '''[[TheDitz Officer Barbrady]]''', ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''

As might be [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin inferred by the title]], a Nixon Mask is a [[MalevolentMaskedMan rubber mask]] with the cariactured features of UsefulNotes/RichardNixon, specifically a large nose and creepy wide grin.

Its status as the best-selling political mask of all time (and in many ways the inspiration for ''all'' political masks), as a symbol of famous counterculturists like HunterSThompson and BobDylan, and as a hilarious remnant of the seventies have made it a classic go-to prop when a strange/hilarious mask is needed.


[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Used by a group of convenience store robbers as a throw-away gag in ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns''. Note that this group predates ''Film/PointBreak'' (see below) by a full five years.
* The Nun in ''ComicBook/{{Fell}}''.
* The gang of anti-clowns in ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}''.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/PointBreak'' (1991) is perhaps the canonical example, with its team of bank robbers each donning a mask of a former president (they identify themselves as the "Ex-Presidents" and declare that [[TakeThat they already robbed us when they were in office, so why not do it again now?]]), making it almost required for future criminal-themed media to reference it.
-->'''Bank-robber wearing Nixon mask:''' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmjMa2hLXpc I'm not a crook]]!
* Parodied in the French movie ''Brice de Nice'', where the title character is obsessed with watching ''Point Break''. When he tries his hand at his first own bank robbing, he's wearing a mask of Jacques Chirac.
-->'''Brice:''' Écoutezz [sic]... je ne suis pas un escroc.
* Parodied as well in the Italian movie ''Tre uomini e una gamba'', where the main characters put on masks of former Italian presidents during an attempted robbery.
* In ''Film/AirplaneIITheSequel'', when the shuttle goes to "Worp 0.5", the stewardess warns that the passengers may experience some slight metabolic changes. It then shows every passenger in a Nixon Mask.
* ''Film/BestSeller'' (1987) opens with the robbery of a police evidence room in 1972. The robbers are not only wearing Nixon masks, they're driving a van [[HiddenInPlainSight fitted with loudspeakers broadcasting political slogans for his Presidential re-election]].
* The criminal in the B-Movie ''Film/HouseOnHighway5'' uses it as his scary mask of choice. It's actually kind of effective.
* ''Film/TheIceStorm'': Wendy Hood (as played by Creator/ChristinaRicci) wears one while seducing her neighbor in a prime case of FetishRetardant.
* The body in ''Film/MenAtWork'' is found wearing a Nixon mask.
* A recreation of the Watergate break in the Spike Lee film ''Film/SheHateMe'' has the perpetrators wearing the masks.
* Worn by one of the cheeleaders in ''Film/SugarAndSpice'', in contrast to her partners in crime: she didn't want to go along with their heist at first, but later she changed her mind - however, there wasn't a matching costume for her, so she had to make do with a Nixon mask, suit and tie.

* Worn by three characters who just happen to take part in the same shootout in ''Gone Bush'' by Chris Amies.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* One of the characters in a group of friends during the episode "Blood on the Tracks" of ''Series/ColdCase'' is seen riding a back and wearing a Richard Nixon mask... and apparently nothing else.
* One appears in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' 1996 Telemovie, while the Doctor is [[KleptomaniacHero rummaging through some costumes looking for something to wear]]. Amusingly, the music gets kind of scary and he looks at it like it's pretty terrifying.
* It also seems to be a popular disguise for streaking episodes: both Joey Gladstone of ''Series/FullHouse'' and Eric Forman of ''Series/That70sShow'' have streaked in Nixon masks (the latter in front of UsefulNotes/GeraldFord).
* ''Series/WillAndGrace''
** Jack [=McFarland's=] biological father wears the mask to hide his identity.
** Also, in the first HalloweenEpisode, in which Will and Grace get roped into babysitting Harlan's kids for the night, one of the kids is dressed as Nixon, with a mask.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Wings}}'' had a Nantucket bank being robbed by an unnamed criminal wearing a Nixon mask; however, he is later apprehended by Antonio and Brian.
* ''Series/KamenRiderKiva'' subverts it by having a robber in a UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush mask in one episode. This may be TruthInTelevision; Bush was president at the time the show aired, and masks of him were very popular in Japan.
* On ''Series/ICarly'' the gang is trapped in psycho girl Nora's basement. They attempt to escape but are stopped by Nora wearing a Nixon mask and holding a hatchet.
* One episode of ''Radio/KnowingMeKnowingYouWithAlanPartridge'' saw Alan Partridge complaining about a group of robbers who wore Alan Partridge masks.
* Used in ''Series/{{Underbelly}}: Tell Them Lucifer Was Here'' by Bandali Debs and his accomplices. Also applies to the real life robberies.
* John Enos wears a Nixon mask once in ''Series/TheSmokingGunPresentsWorldsDumbest'' to help introduce a series of clips of criminals wearing incredibly stupid "masks" (one of them uses his hands to cover his face, making them pretty useless for the actual robbery).

[[folder:Music Videos]]
* In the video for Bow Wow Wow's "Do You Wanna Hold Me" the guitarist rocks out in a Reagan mask.
* The Manic Street Preachers wear the masks in the music video for "The Love of Richard Nixon".
* One of the costumes used in Music/TheResidents' 13th Anniversary Tour was one of these.
* In one of the shots in Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start The Fire" the kid of the couple is shown wearing the mask and holding a toy pistol.
* "Drive Me Wild" by [[Music/PrincesAssociates Vanity 6]] is set in a club where one of the dancing people wears the Nixon mask and juggles cassette tapes (an allusion to the tapes that precipitated Nixon's downfall).

[[folder:Video Games]]
* A Nixon mask, along with a [[UsefulNotes/BillClinton Clinton]] mask, [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush George W. Bush]] mask and [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama Obama]] mask, is an unlockable cosmetic item in ''[[PAYDAYTheHeist PAYDAY: The Heist]]'' and ''VideoGame/{{PAYDAY 2}}''. There's also another set of four masks in the latter game with interesting variation of this trope, specifically a set of masks based on [[Usefulnotes/GeorgeWashington George Washington]], [[Usefulnotes/AbrahamLincoln Abraham Lincoln]], [[Usefulnotes/UlyssesSGrant Ulysses S. Grant]], and [[Usefulnotes/BenjaminFranklin Benjamin Franklin]], with green and white color schemes meant to echo the appearance of US banknotes.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Meatwad wears one for Halloween in ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce''.
* HippieTeacher David Van Dreissen wears it for Halloween in ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead''.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''
** Spoofed by having a man in the mask rob money from a charity car wash, and the attempts to report the crime derailed by trying to remember which movie he was referencing.
** Cleveland is snuck into a white's only golf-course using a Nixon mask.
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'': A shark attempting to pass itself off as human in "Beach Blanket Bravo" wears one. It goes surprisingly well.
-->'''Surfer:''' Wait a second. You're not a shark, are you?\\
'''Shark:''' [[MostDefinitelyNotAVillain Uh... no! I'm... Richard Nixon]]!\\
'''Surfer:''' Cool! Hey, thanks for getting us into China and everything! ''(does the V sign)''
* Worn by the "Chicken Lover" in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode of the same name.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Squidbillies}}'', worn by an aging stunt-hooker as part of rehearsing a sex scene with a double-amputee con artist... hu... Patrick Swayze.
* ''WesternAnimation/FriskyDingo'': One of the X-tacles wore a Nixon mask.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'', the kids are performing various impressions, mostly making fun of teachers or kids with funny accents. Jason says that he'll do his Richard Nixon, but needs to retrieve his mask first.
* Hustler Kid wears one for Halloween in ''WesternAnimation/RecessTakingTheFifthGrade''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSylvesterAndTweetyMysteries'': One episode features a villain impersonating the ghost of UsefulNotes/WilliamHowardTaft to scare the President away. After being unmasked, he says that he chose President Taft because, as the largest President in history, he'd make an impressive ghost and the costume shop was out of [[UsefulNotes/RichardNixon Nixon]] masks.


[[folder:Real Life]]
* Etiquette Hell describes [[http://www.etiquettehell.com/content/eh_wedding/vendors/evendors2002arc.shtml a wedding]] where "For reasons that were never revealed, the [=DJs=] put on mariachi sleeves and latex Richard Nixon masks(?!?!) before leading the conga line under the limbo bar [...] my date whispered to me: '[[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs LSD could add nothing to this experience]]'."
* Stories tell of a man who robbed a bank using one of these as a disguise; he was armed and it was a very serious situation, but still. And, exactly like UsefulNotes/RichardNixon himself, [[BlatantLies he was not a crook.]]