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Westernanimation: The Mask
There's one last thing I gotta sing about
Open up wide and really shout, Ohhhhh, look out!
This is The Mask! Smokin'!

This Animated Adaptation of The Mask lasted for 55 episodes, from 1995 to 1997. It was definitely a product of the film rather than the comic book and took its cues from the Looney Tunes inspired antics of the Mask to make him a real (sort of) cartoon character. This actually allowed the kids show to be in some ways more adult with more subversive antics.

The plot is simple: Stanley Ipkiss, a mild-mannered banker, struggles with the responsibilities of having a mask that transforms the wearer into a nigh-omnipotent trickster. He takes up the superhero thing, but his alter-ego, The Mask, is more interested in simply partying and having fun.

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Provides Examples Of:

  • Action Bomb: Cookie BaBoom (the Mayor's exotic dancer ex-girlfriend) in "Flight as a Feather" invokes this trope, but ends up stripped of her suicide belts.
    • Kablamus, meanwhile, is your garden variety self-detonating man with various "flavors" of explosions.
  • Adaptational Heroism: As with The Movie, the Mask allows Stanley Ipkiss to be a superpowered prankster instead of a malevolent entity. That said, it's alluded to that previous owners of the Mask were not so benevolent.
  • Affectionate Parody: The Goofalotatots was an entire episode-long tribute to Animaniacs.
  • The Ahnold: The Mask himself on occasion, and one-time episode villain Sly Eastenegger
  • The Alleged Car: Stanley still has "The Loaner" from the movie and Kellaway and Doyle have a green car that always clatters and backfires when they drive it and was attacked by reanimated dinosaurs with an appetite for metal (as seen in "Jurassic Mask").
  • Almost Kiss: Happens between The Mask and Chronos in "What Goes Around Comes Around", and ends up squicking The Mask out so much that he has to literally get his head examined.
  • Alternate Continuity: It doesn't seem to follow the movie which had a definite ending. It seems more like the events of the movie just happened differently with Stanley hanging onto the mask, though a throwaway line from Charlie in "The Mask Is Always Greener On the Other Side" hints that the movie happened but that Stanley either found the Mask again or simply pretended to get rid of it.
  • Anti-Hero: The Mask is Type II. He's lazy, a troll, and prefers to party and goof off, but he will still do the right thing in the end. Stanley on the other hand is rather weak and timid, so he falls into Type I.
  • Arm Cannon
  • Arch-Enemy: Good ol' Dr. Pretorius, whose motives vary by the episode, but usually fall under inhumane experiments For Science!!
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Putty Thing, though His Size May Vary.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: The Mask and Milo's Mask form tends to suffer from this, often getting completely sidetracked from the bad guy until they barrel across The Mask's own shenanigans.
  • Audience? What Audience?: On his first battle against The Mask, Kablamus ranted about children seeing them and Mask said he agreed. He then told the audience he knew about the children watching the cartoon but Kablamus was crazy. (He was right about Kablamus, mind you)
  • Bad Future: In "Comedy of Eras" and "Future Mask"
  • Banana Republic: Mentioned on "Counterfeit Mask" and "Mr. Mask Goes to Washington."
  • Batman Gambit: Stanley finds a special "Sister Mask" to be placed over the original one, which is said to give the wearer better control over his alter-ego. It turns out Dr. Pretorius created this Sister Mask and planted it in a museum; it's actually a mind-control device.
  • Bee Bee Gun: The Stinger, who gains the ability to command a large swarm of intelligent monster bees after mutating into a giant bee monster.
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: When cornered, The Stinger tends to use his large bee tail as a rather versatile weapon, either by knocking people over with it or using the stinger on the end.
  • Big Eater: In "To Bee or Not To Bee", a side-effect of The Stinger's Metamorphosis into a giant bee is now he needs an insane amount of honey to survive, which drives him to eat the contents of an entire Honey Chews factory in a single night and later enslave the entire city just so the inhabitants can manufacture more honey. Later, in "Convention of Evil", he has to have a pot of honey available at all times.
    • The Mask will eat enormous amounts of junk food during his nightly escapades, and often run up Stanley's credit card bills in the process. Whether or not this is due to him needing a lot of calories for his powers, or just because he loves food isn't established (though the latter belief seems more believable, as The Mask is supposed to be what Stanley always wants to be in life — wild, unpredictable, able to attract women and disrespect authority).
      • Just how big of an eater is he? He can eat twenty whole pizzas in one bite.
  • Blessed Are the Cheesemakers: Gorgonzola the Cheese Witch from "Mask Au Gratin" and "Convention of Evil"
  • Body Horror:
    • Kablamus The Exploding Man.
    • To a lesser extent, The Stinger, whose bee mutation is more than a little unsettling.
    • The Mask transformations tend to be portrayed as painful and traumatic, since the wearers head is essentially changing form.
  • Boot Camp Episode: "The Green Marine"
  • Bottle Episode: The episode-long Clip Show episode "Convention of Evil" has most of the series' villains in one room and "The Green Marine," which took place inside the courtroom (and only departed from that place during flashback sequences).
  • Bragging Theme Tune: Both the CBS and syndicated versions.
    • The CBS version:
    I gotcha with my winnin' smile
    I'm a livin' lesson in flair and style
    Ya just can't help but
    Stare at my savoir-faire.
    I'm nouveau
    Deco
    Roman-Greco
    Rococo, Baroco
    Bebop, uh, hip-hop
    Flip-flop?
    Somebody stop me!
    Pretty veridian
    Faces like mine
    Don't come a dime a dozen
    I stand out in the crowd
    Babe, when they made me
    Yeah, they broke the mold
    Wholesome and kind
    And staid and refined
    Totally outta my mind!
    Arch-villains and ne'er-do-wells
    Had better learn to decorate prison cells
    Green goes with anything if they ask, see?
    Well, there's one last thing I gotta sing about
    Open up wide and really shout.
    Ooooohhh, look out!
    This is the Maaaaassssssk! Smokin'!
    • The syndicated version:
    I'm a lean, mean, green machine
    A maniac behind the ballyhoo
    Got a hyperactive mayhem gene
    And that's my gig, babe
    It's what I do.
    And I go spinnin' into town
    Got everyone seein' red.
    By the time I'm done
    They'll be seein' green instead!
    Smokin'
    The city's actin' kinda edgy
    Trust me to make things right.
    NOT!
    Hear the news? Another drive-by wedgie.
    Freaky monsters lookin' for a fight.
    Stop!
    Time for a costume change
    Then take 'em for a spin
    4, 3, 2, 1, go!
    Let the games begin
    (scatting; spoken): Somebody stop me!
    Listen!
    I'm not any ordinary superhero.
    Not
    Your
    Everyday
    Spandex-wearin' zero.
    Did someone say, "It's party time!"
    Do you even have to ask?
    Anytime
    Ready or not
    Look out!
    I am the Mask!
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: "Split Personality": After the Mask gets him and Stanley out of a trap designed to split them in half, Stanley asks why he didn't do that sooner. "Sense of jeopardy! Keeps them (points at the viewer) on the edge of their seats."
  • Butt Monkey: Stanley Ipkiss (when he's not The Mask); when Stanley becomes The Mask, the usual butt monkeys are Mrs. Peenman (the grouchy landlady), Lieutenant Kellaway and his police partner, Doyle, Mayor Tilton, Eddie when he becomes Fish Guy, and any villain who gets in The Mask's way.
  • Captain Ersatz: Quite often, usually ranging from lawyer-friendly cameos to shout-outs
    • Much of the main cast may also count, as happened with The Real Ghostbusters, none of them really look like the actors who played them, with only Charlie, Doyle and Peggy really getting anywhere close. This may have been to avoid paying for likeness rights. It's also possible that since the animated Ace Ventura (whose series ran in the timeslot following the Mask and even crossed over with it in an episode of each) actually was a clear caricature of Jim Carrey they wanted to make them distinct from each other.
      • Perhaps the funniest part of that is the fact Stanley looks quite a bit like Peter Venkman from The Real Ghostbusters.
    • Lonnie the Shark's biker gang may be an expy of the Dreadnoks from G.I. Joe. They even have Australian accents and one looks like a fat version of Torch.
      • Or rather, two of them do. Two members of the gang use the same character model. One is colored just like Torch's original toy, the other colored like Torch's animated appearance.
      • It's worth noting that this series was animated by Sunbow, the same company that created the G.I. Joe series that came on in 1985.
      • The concept for Lonnie the Shark and his biker gang is inspired from Biker Mice from Mars; Lonnie's resemblance to BMFM's main antagonist Lawrence Limburger is a real giveaway.
    • Pretorius resembles Eugene Rapaz, a drug dealer from the original comics.
    • Walter may be this to the Walter from the comics. They look the same and both never speak, but cartoon Walter is indestructible whereas comic Walter can bleed when injured, and even likes to cut himself just to freak people out. He's also tough but not indestructible as Big Head was able to subdue him with electricity.
      • Comic Walter worked for Eugene Rapaz and cartoon Walter worked for Pretorius. See the entry above.
    • Putty Thing is a dumb teenager version of Clayface from Batman: The Animated Series.
    • Another that crosses the line btween this and a mythology gag, while Lt. Kellaway doesn't even come close to resembling his film counterpart, he's practically a dead ringer for Kellaway from the comics.
  • Catch Phrase: The Mask happened to have two memorable lines from the movie that gained this status. "Sssssmokin'!" and "Somebody stop me!" or a variation of the two managed to work their way into most of the episodes.
  • Chained Heat: In "The Terrible Twos," Kellaway handcuffs himself to Stanley so that way if Stanley turns into The Mask, he'll know about it and have Stanley arrested. Stanley manages to distract him time and again, and eventually is let go so that he can personally handle the villains.
  • Chess with Death: The Mask has a dance-off with the Devil to get Stanley's soul back.
  • Christmas Episode: "Santa Mask"
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: A nerdy, white guy named Smedley appeared as the Mayor's assistant in the season two episodes "Going for the Green" and "Flight as a Feather." He hasn't been seen since then (though he may have quit or was fired following the Cookie BaBoom incident, since his final line to Mayor Tilton after Tilton ordered Smedley to disarm Cookie was, "On my salary? I don't even get overtime, ya cheapskate!").
  • Clip Show: Two of these — a partial one on "(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Green Mask" and an episode-long one on "Convention of Evil."
  • Comically Invincible Hero: The Mask will bounce back from anything you can come up with. He's even pretended to be killed just to piss off or scare villains.
  • Cool Car: The show often featured the Mask Mobile, which also had a prominent role in the Mask toyline.
  • Cowboy Bebop at His Computer: The season two premiere episode, "A Comedy of Eras" has been listed on some TV episode websites as being about The Mask meeting comic actors Adam Sandler, Mike Myers, and Jim Carrey. It's actually about The Mask going against a mad female scientist named Chronos who can manipulate time.
  • Crossover: With the Ace Ventura cartoon. The Mexican dub resulted in a case of Talking to Himself as both Stanley/The Mask and Ace Ventura were voiced by the same person.
  • Dartboard of Hate: Kellaway has one of these (with The Mask's picture as the dartboard) on the season two episode "Flight as a Feather"
  • Deal with the Devil: Played straight on the season two episode "Boogie With the Man."
  • Defeat by Modesty: The Mask defeats Cookie BaBoom in "Flight as a Feather" by yanking her suicide belt bikini off her body so he can make a cocktail out of it. Though considering Cookie is a strip... er "exotic dancer," the word "modesty" in the trope is used very loosely.
  • Depraved Kids' Show Host: Biker boss and criminal Lonnie the Shark is actually the actor who plays Barnaby the Dinosaur, as seen in "Baby's Wild Ride"
  • Distracted by the Sexy: "Flight as a Feather," when Kellaway and Doyle go to capture the Mask, the Mask takes Cookie BaBoom — who has been spinning around for at least two to three scenes — and stops her so her naked body faces Kellaway and Doyle. While the Mask gets away, these guys melt right in front of her.
    • The Mask often does this, particularly in "Love Potion No. 8 1/2" when he falls for the grouchy landlady Mrs. Peenman thanks to a carnival love potion sold to him by a gypsy.
  • Elemental Powers: Tempest in "Rain of Terror" and "Convention of Evil".
  • Embarrassing First Name: According to Cookie BaBoom on "Flight as a Feather," Mayor Tilton's real name is Mortimer (though that wasn't his real name in the movie adaptation).
  • Emerald Power: "Green goes with everything if I'm asked, see?"
  • Everything's Even Worse with Sharks:
    • When Fish Guy puts on the mask and becomes Shark Dude in "The Good, The Bad, and the Fish Guy."
    • Lonnie the Shark (given his appearance) counts as well.
  • Everything's Worse with Bees: The Stinger in "To Bee or Not To Bee" and "Convention of Evil".
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: About half of the villains, including Pretorius and Walter, are overtly serious to contrast the Mask's goofiness.
  • Expy: Lonnie the Shark is obviously based from Biker Mice from Mars villain Lawrence Limburger; lampshaded by the fact that he leads a three-man biker gang. Four men, if you count Pete.
  • Extreme Omnivore: The Masks main method of disposing of explosives, he has eaten, among other things, a nuclear missile and turned two suicide belts into a drink.
  • The Fair Folk: Skillit from "All Hallows Eve," "Shadow of a Skillit," and "Enquiring Masks Want to Know."
  • Feel No Pain
  • Fingerprinting Air: Pretorius saw The Mask's hand print on the windshield of his van. He sprayed it with some mystery aerosol can and produced a solid 3D copy of his hand from it which was then used to plant evidence at a crime scene.
    • On this note, this same episode actually established that Stanley and The Mask have separate fingerprints as they did not register as Stanley's when the police database was searched. They DID, however, register as The Mask. Lt Kellaway had once managed to haul him in on a jaywalking charge and got his fingerprints on file. (this was not the case in the movie, as Kellaway got a warrant to arrest Stanley as his fingerprints matched the ones left by The Mask robbing the bank)
  • Fish People: Fish Guy. He can't swim worth a crap though.
    The Mask: Not only are you a lame mutant, you're a lame fish!
  • Friendly Enemy: Doyle, Lt Kellaways partner, likes The Mask and usually takes his side when Kellaway thinks hes behind a crime.
  • Gargle Blaster:
    • On "Split Personality," The Mask/Stanley goes to a tough guy bar and orders a red-hot, battery acid piledriver with extra formaldehyde in a dirty glass with a black widow spider riding on the olive. They were out of olives.
    • On "Flight as a Feather," the Mask poses as a bartender who turns two megatons worth of dynamite into a drink called the Bikini Cocktail.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Frankly, the radar was probably broken when this cartoon was made, and "Flight as a Feather" definitely had a hand in breaking it (though some channels, like the former FOX Family Channel and CBS, didn't air "Flight as a Feather" for the very reason it shattered the radar).
  • Giant Spider: Pretorius, when he gets the mask on.
  • Going for the Big Scoop: Peggy, often at the expense of her friendship with Stan.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: Seen in "What Goes Around Comes Around"
  • Heroic Willpower: When Stanley puts the mask, he acts as crazy as ever, but still goes up against whatever villain is causing trouble in the episode. When any other (non-villainous) character puts it on, they just go completely bonkers. The implication is Stanley's the only one who can muster enough willpower to somewhat control using the mask. On one occasion in "Shadow of a Skillit" however it's revealed that there have been a few who were able to do the same one of these was Abraham Lincoln.
  • Hypno Fool: Stanley and The Mask on the season two episode "Power of Suggestion"
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Two comic obsessed teens (Dak and Eddie) decide to infect themselves with radiation hoping it would give them superpowers, but unfortunatly they forgot to bring along an insect to bite them afterwards. Due to some events, they did mutate into inhuman creatures. Sadly, Eddie (the one with glasses) turned into a Fish Guy that's not even able to swim, while his buddy is a huge, Clayface-like goo monster. Whenever Fish Guy sees someone doing something extraordinary, he starts complaining about wanting to have superpowers too.
  • I Love Nuclear Power:
    • A lot of the low-level, one-shot criminals in the series love using nuclear power (or dynamite) to annihilate themselves and the city.
    • Nuclear power (with a dash of Wrong Genre Savvy) is how Dak and Eddie became Putty Thing and Fish Guy respectively on the episode "The Terrible Twos."
  • Implacable Man: Walter, a silent, hulking thug. As in the comics, Walter is one of the only characters who can make The Mask feel pain.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: When you're the Mask, nearly everyone ends up this way. But special nod goes to Putty-Thing and Fish Guy, who are both ridiculously incompetent. Fish Guy doesn't even have powers; he's a fish that can't swim or breathe underwater.
  • Inevitable Waterfall: Happens to Stanley and Charlie while they're canoeing on a river in "Up The Creek".
  • Inspector Javert: Kellaway, so very much - even more so than in the movie.
  • Interservice Rivalry/Sibling Rivalry: Kelleway and the Edge City Police Department vs. Kellway's brother and the FBI in "Martian Mask". The FBI belives the Mask is an alien instead of a superhero or criminal.
  • Jewish Mother: Lt. Kellaway's mother, most certainly, in "The Mother of All Hoods", which seems rather odd as Kellaway himself doesn't even seem to be Jewish. Of course, Lt. Kellaway's mother, from her brief appearances in the comics, was not this type. She was just a kindly old lady in glasses.
  • Jumping on a Grenade: In most cases, it would either be "sitting on it" or "eating it."
  • Kick the Dog: Literal example in "Sister Mask", when Pretorius had control of the Mask, and made the Mask kick Milo. Stanley wasn't happy about that, and when he got his revenge, he turned the Sister Mask on Pretorius, made him become a soccer ball and then made him kick around his robot body and his own henchmen. He even nearly calls out this trope word-for-word:
    Stanley: And that's for making me kick my dog!
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: Lt Kellaway has a downplayed version of this.
  • Large Ham: The Mask, especially in season three's "To Have and Have Snot." He gets called out on it by Pretorious, who's voiced by Tim Curry, ironically.
  • Latex Perfection: The Mask disguises himself as Dr. Neuman in "Convention of Evil", to the point of copying his voice, height, and mannerisms perfectly. The only way anyone could figure out his disguise is when the real one called Pretorius and told him he couldn't show up in time.
    • He also does this in another episode, disguising himself as Stanley to trick Peggy.
    • This may also be another Mythology Gag, as one of Big Head's abilities in the comics was to wear incredibly realistic masks made of skin to literally resemble anyone he/she wanted to.
  • Leitmotif: Milo the dog had a little signature ditty when he appeared onscreen.
    • So do Mrs. Peenman, Kellaway, Doyle, and The Mask himself.
  • Living Shadow: Skillit is an otherworldly prankster who uses his shadow to absorb others' shadows and steal their youth.
  • Losing Your Head: Dr. Pretorius
  • Loud of War: "Flight as a Feather" had a scene in which The Mask uses a large boombox and a cassette entitled "The Mask's Greatest Hits" as a form of torture on Mrs. Peenman - first out loud, then through headphones.
  • Meaningful Name: the real names of Kablamus, The Stinger, and The Tempest (see Steven Ulysses Perhero). Also, Cookie BaBoom, considering her method of suicide/homicide.
  • Medium Awareness: The Mask regularly acknowledges the audience. When Kablamus tries to do it as well, Mask dismisses him as nuts.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Pretorius, where his plans of mass destruction are usually in the name of science.
  • Most Writers Are Male: Subverted with "Flight as a Feather." Would you believe that, in spite of the appearance of (and subsequent Fanservice provided by) Cookie BaBoom (the Mayor's exotic dancer ex-girlfriend), that the episode was written by a woman? Yeah, there may have been some male writers pitching ideas — among other things, but an actual woman — named Julia Lewald — is credited for writing "Flight as a Feather".
  • Mythology Gag: In "Sister Mask", when Pretorius wears the mask, Peggy refers to him as "Big Head" - the name given to the mask wearer in the original Dark Horse comic series.
    • In "The Mask is Always Greener on the Other Side," the Mask once again produces a framed (and signed!) photograph of Kellway's wife.
    • In "Santa Mask," the Mask performs a mambo version of "Jingle Bells" in the Cuban Pete costume.
  • My Favorite Shirt: "Future Mask" — a robot from the future rips The Mask's favorite pants and the Mask chases through time to get him.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Cookie Ba Boom in Flight of a Feather.
  • Naked People Trapped Outside: Again, Cookie Ba Boom in Flight of a Feather.
  • No Matter How Much I Beg: Done in multiple episodes, usually when Stanley instructs Milo to hide The Mask away where he'll never find it.
  • Not Me This Time: When Dr. Pretorius arrives on a Cruise Ship Stan and the other main characters are on he admits that while he does plan to blow up the ship as a test of his weapon, the fact that they are on the boat is just a coincidence and he didn't invite them.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: There are a few instances when Doyle doesn't act like his normal, bumbling self, but almost acts like Lt. Kellaway. This is usually a sign that something bad is about to hit.
  • Playing Sick: Pete the biker's M.O. of not doing work.
  • Police Are Useless: Kellaway and Doyle. Justified in that The Mask is simply too powerful for them to handle. Otherwise, Kellaway is a competent cop. Doyle is...not so much.
    • One episode most of the police force are busy looking for missing pastries instead of responding to a hostage situation involving Lonnie the shark, and only Kellaway and Doyle are respond to it.
  • Pungeon Master: The Mask himself, as well as several of his adversaries.
  • Reality Warper: The Masks main ability, though usually limited to himself and his immediate area.
  • Real After All: In "Santa Mask"
  • Rebus Bubble: In "Split Personality," when Stanley is thinking of what would happen if his old high school bully found and wore The Mask. He was mostly right.
  • Recycled: The Series: A cartoon adaptation of a PG-13 Jim Carrey movie (two similar series that fit this description include "Ace Ventura: The Animated Series" - with which this show had a Crossover - and the short-lived cartoon adaptation of "Dumb And Dumber")
  • Remember the New Guy: Cookie BaBoom and Smedley, the Mayor's assistant were never shown prior to "Flight as a Feather," yet they've been established as being regular characters (despite that Cookie is a One-Episode Wonder and Smedley only appeared in two episodes: "Flight as a Feather" and the previous episode, "Going for the Green.")
  • Ridiculous Procrastinator: One of the Mask's CatchPhrases is "But first...", meaning he's going to goof off before saving the city. This happens in nearly every episode.
    • Though there have been some occasional inversions of the gag where he expresses eagerness to do one of his usual pastimes and says "But first" before stopping to defeat the villains.
  • Riddle for the Ages: Just how did Walter end up inside the whale on "Flight as a Feather"?
  • Running Gag: The Mask wedgies his enemies, namely Kellaway, Doyle, and Mrs. Peenman.
  • Saw a Woman in Half: Done to the title character on the season three premiere episode "Magic". Naturally, he hams it up and pretends he really got sawn in half to mess around with the pretty magician.
  • Say My Name: Kellaway would shout "DOYYYYLE" whenever Doyle did anything dopey (which was pretty often).
  • Sequential Symptom Syndrome: In one episode the common cold turns out to be the only thing that can kill the Mask. The symptoms are actually numbered from one to seven, and serve as a sort of countdown to doom.
  • Serious Business - The founder of Putterware treats her company like a cult dedicated to the destruction of her former employers.
  • Sexy Coat Flashing: A warped variation done by Cookie BaBoom on "Flight as a Feather." After Smedley tries to stop Cookie from rushing the stage after Mayor Tilton, she supposedly flashes her naked body by opening her trenchcoat. Smedley lecherously growls, "Dy-no-mite!" As the trenchcoat hits the ground, the camera pans up, revealing the two megatons worth of dynamite strapped to Cookie's body - only to have the Mask give her a Shameful Strip.
  • Shameful Strip: The Mask does this to Cookie Ba Boom in Flight of a Feather to save the Mayor's life but more importantly to himself to get his feather back when he yanks her suicide bombs off her - and then uses her very public nudity to stun Kellaway and Doyle.
  • Shapeshifter Default Form: The Masks standard appearance is with his trademark yellow zoot suit and feathered hat.
  • Shapeshifter Mode Lock: In "Love Potion No. 8/12", the Mask can't transform into different characters because of Madame Suspiria controlling her magic on The Mask
  • Shout-Out: Plenty. It would require an entire wiki to catalog everything. If the show can go 5 minutes without a reference, it's a miracle.
    • The episode "When Pigs Ruled the Earth" has nods and allusions to Planet of the Apes and Soylent Green (as well as the book that inspired the latter, Make Room! Make Room!). The antagonist of the episode is a Pig Man named Dr. Maius (a pun on Planet of the Apes' Dr. Zaius) and it is mentioned in the future the Mask and Peggy Brandt end up in that humans are sent to a country by the pig-people to make Soylent Green, which is assured to Stanley Ipkiss to be a vegetarian dish.
  • Sexier Alter Ego: Subversion. Stanley even points out that The Mask's luck with women is just as bad as his. Stanley is too shy, but The Mask comes on a little too strong.
  • Something Else Also Rises: Kellaway and Doyle's reaction (of the melting variety, though there was that kinky twang noise prior to Doyle's and Kellaway's reaction) to the now-naked Cookie BaBoom on "Flight as a Feather."
    • The Mask's reaction to seeing Davida Steelmine perform magic tricks on the season three premiere "Magic."
  • Song Parody: In "Flight as a Feather," The Mask has a cassette of himself singing a parody of "O, Christmas Tree" which makes fun of Mrs. Peenman and makes her listen to the song on full blast.
  • The Speechless: Walter doesn't say a single word, which just adds to his scariness.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero and Punny Name:
    • Kablamus's real name is Joe Blow.
    • Tempest's real name is Fritz Drizzle
    • The Stinger's real name is Buzz Stingman.
    • Celia N. Airtight made a name for herself on the food sealing business.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Played for Laughs in several episodes.
    Tempest: They're always talking about how your parents screwed you up, how you have all this repressed hostility. Well I don't have any repressed hostility!
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Depending on who wears the Mask, such as Dr Pretorius, Dr Neuman and Stanley's former high school bully Chet Bozak, their Mask side can take on this aspect, either through lacking the miniscule morality center that Stanley's Mask has, or by a genuine evil streak like Chet has.
  • Swiss Army Appendage: The Mask as Toolverine.
  • Take That: The "Dan Quayle Center For Space Cases" mental hospital from For All Mask-Kind.
    • The Andrew Lloyd Webber Expy in "Broadway Malady" is named Andrew Bedwetter.
  • Those Two Guys: Lieutenant Kellaway and Doyle and the teenage slackers Dak and Eddie (who become Putty Thing and Fish Guy on the aptly titled episode "The Terrible Twos").
  • Time Master: Thanks to her time warping gadgets, Dr. Chronos is one of the few villains on this show who poses a real threat to The Mask.
  • Time Stands Still: Done on the two episodes that have Chronos as the villain: "Comedy of Eras" and "What Goes Around Comes Around."
  • Title Montage: All three seasons featured an opening that was just clips from the series
  • Trapped in TV Land: The season two episode "Channel Surfin'". Complete with nauseating Care Bears parody, and a visit to Gilligan's Island to tell Gilligan what everyone else has been complaining about for years:
    The Mask: Youve been here for 30 years. Youve built a nuclear reactor out of coconuts. For the love of God, man! FIX THE HOLE IN THE BOAT!!
  • The Voiceless: Walter (Pretorious's red-haired, Frankenstein's monster-esque hired goon)
  • Transformation Trauma: Stanley seems used to it, but a lot of first time wearers of the Mask react in pain and horror when the transformation occurs.
  • Trickster Archetype: The Mask's thrives on deflating his enemies' (or Lt. Kellaway's) egos.
  • Unlucky Everydude: Stanley.
  • Verbal Tic: Pretorius constantly pronounces Stanley's last name "Ipp-kiss."
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: The Mask's main power is to transform into something appropriate for the situation. He has several favorite forms he reuses, such as Child Mask, Ancient Martial Arts Mask, Terminator Mask, Pirate Mask, Knight Mask and Swimsuit Mask, though he has several other forms he only uses once.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Wearing The Mask while ill will screw up Stanley's powers and eventually kill him. So naturally, the city's attacked by a giant mucus monster while he's got a cold.
    • Pretorius, deadly, evil genius that he is, can easily be disabled by knocking his head off his cyborg body, he seems to have trouble securing it properly. His detached head isnt exactly defenceless, but its much smaller and weaker than his body. His cybernetic body is a rather competent fighter, even minus the head to direct it.
  • Wedgie: The Mask gives Kellaway one at least Once an Episode.
  • With Friends Like These...: Stanley's closest friend, Peggy Brandt, mostly uses him for tabloid material since she's the only person who knows that Stanley is The Mask. She even gets captured on purpose just to force him to use the Mask.
    • Charlie as well. Having apparently been promoted after the events of the movie, he becomes a severe Pointy-Haired Boss, foisting all of his work onto Stanley, forcing Stanley to run numerous non-work related errands for him on top of that, and invariably threatening to fire him if he refuses or fails any of this. In one episode, Stanley had decided to act like the Mask even when not wearing it, and ends up getting a promotion that Charlie had been vying for. This is the same Charlie who had done all of the aforementioned to Stanley, and he somehow actually has the unmitigated gall to actually try to make Stanley feel guilty about this.

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