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Stanley Ipkiss

The iconic protagonist of the series, the Stanley Ipkiss and Big Head of the original comic is incredibly different to the Stanley Ipkiss & the Mask of the film and its subsequent animated adaptation.

Comics Stanley/Big-Head

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A meek, inoffensive seeming man, Stanley is actually a bubbling cauldron of spite, resentment and bitterness; a lifelong weakling who is only held back by his cowardice and acceptance of his own weakness. When he gains a magical mask that imbues him with supernatural power, he finally gives vent to his pent-up fury as the monstrous Big-Head.
  • Ax-Crazy: In the comics, he very quickly flies off the deep end and starts murdering everyone who ever wronged him, then just everyone in general.
  • Back from the Dead: Stanley comes back for a while as Zombie Big Head in the short comic Night of the Living Ipkiss... kinda after the Mask was buried with his corpse at the end of Joker/Mask.
  • Bald of Evil: As Big Head, his exaggeratedly large, completely hairless head is a visual warning about the bloodthirsty monster he has become.
  • Becoming the Mask: Literally. In the comic, the confidence he feels after getting away with vengeance through his powers as "Big Head" causes him to more openly express his true feelings... which are those of a bitter and maladjusted psychopath.
  • Beneath the Mask: In the comics, it's quickly made clear that the seemingly nice, wimpy guy we're introduced to in the opening is actually a bubbling cauldron of spite and fury, held back only by his feelings of inferiority and weakness. Once he has the power to lash out at people, he quickly goes screaming off the deep end. He gets so bad that his girlfriend, Kathy, ultimately shoots him dead because she sees it as the only way to stop him from killing more people.
  • Decoy Protagonist: He's actually only the protagonist of the original Mask comic, The Mask #0, and is killed off at the end of it.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In the comic. Bikers who roughed him up? All murdered, even the innocent ones in their hideout. Cheating mechanics? Murdered and desecrated. Guy borrowed $60 and didn't give it back? Run over by a car. Teacher who embarrassed him once in elementary school? Back broken and smothered to death in front of her students.
  • Doomed Protagonist: In the comics, after all the havoc and killing he did, Stanley finally dies at the end of the first volume at the hands of his ex-girlfriend Kathy, who was wearing the Mask for the first time.
  • Domestic Abuse: As he becomes increasingly Drunk on the Dark Side, he becomes much more domineering to and controlling of his girlfriend. Eventually, it pushes her so far that she fatally shoots him.
  • Drunk on the Dark Side: In the comics, the Mask serves as a way for Ipkiss to finally vent all of his pent-up rage and hatred for being pushed around in all of his life due to his unimposing physique and milquetoast nature. As he kills more and more people, he grows more openly psychotic and smug, even when not wearing the Mask. He's quite unique in this, as neither Kellaway nor Kathy shows similar corruption despite their wearing the Mask on multiple occasions as well.
  • Harmful to Minors: In the comics, he killed a teacher in front of her students because she'd embarrassed him as a child.
  • Puff of Logic: After he comes back as a Zombie Big Head when his corpse is buried woth The Mask, he's defeated by Kathy pointing out that The Mask doesn't affect dead bodies, after which he proceeds to frown, concede the point and collapse into a heap of dried flesh and bone.
  • Practically Joker: Big Head is a snappily-dressed, wisecracking lunatic with an exaggeratedly large grin that he is constantly showing off, and who revels in murder, mayhem and massacres as fun and games. That the actual Joker used the Mask once and it did nothing to his personality, probably says something.
  • Right-Wing Militia Fanatic: In the original comics, Stanley begins to become one as the Mask exerts influence over him, suddenly obsessing over gun magazines and wearing combat fatigues and a beret — which, as Big Head, turn bright magenta.
  • Tombstone Teeth: Big-Head usually sports a mouth full of massive cartoony brick-shaped teeth, though their exact number varies randomly due to his chaotic nature; and is an Ax-Crazy entity controlled by the Mask.

Film/Cartoon Stanley/The Mask (Jim Carrey / Rob Paulsen)

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"I'm just looking for... my mask! I got it!"
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"Smmmokin!"
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"Aaaarch villains and ne'er-do-wells had better learn to decorate prison cells,"
Dubbed by: Emmanuel Curtil (European French), Fredrik Dolk (Swedish)

A sweet-natured but socially awkward man who works as a bank clerk in Edge City, Stanley Ipkiss didn't mean to fish up a magical mask that could transform him into a living cartoon character, but decided that such power deserved to be used responsibly. Luckily, Edge City is full of criminals and lunatics, ensuring the Mask has plenty of deserving foes to strut his stuff against.


  • Ace Pilot: He drives the Maskmobile which shapeshifts into various vehicles which include various gadgets. He also transforms into a racer, an old fashioned pilot or a biker form.
  • Acting Unnatural: Once he gets ahold of the Mask, it happens a lot.
  • Action Hero: He transforms into Spoof Rambo (minus the haircut), Schwarzenegger, the Rocketeer and even into Ripley as well.
  • Adaptational Achilles Heel: In the original comics, the power of the Mask has no real drawbacks or weaknesses. Both the movie and the animated series change that:
    • In the movie, the Mask only works at night and has no powers during the daytime, while in the comics and the cartoon, the Mask's powers work all the time.
    • In the cartoon episode "To Have and Have Snot", it is revealed that if the wearer is sick, so will the Mask (a weakness created solely for the cartoon), which will not behave properly, and the disease is potentially fatal.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: He was a rather homely looking guy in the comics. In the movie, he was played by Jim Carrey, who was a Pretty Boy in The '90s (whenever he was not distorting his face like a cartoon character) and looks dashing even in his 60s. The animated version of the character looks exactly like the movie version.
  • Adaptation Distillation: Though much of Ipkiss' personality is the same in the beginning of both the comics and the movie, in the comics Stanley becomes more psychotic and abusive whenever he doesn't have the mask on, whilst in the film he remains a shy and sweet person.
  • Adaptational Heroism: The original comic-book version of Ipkiss is a flat-out villain who uses the Mask to finally vent his pent-up rage, quickly getting Drunk on the Dark Side and becoming a murderous sociopath and Big Head is a supervillain who likes killing people. Neither the movie, nor the animated series is anywhere remotely this bad:
    • In the movie, Ipkiss is a genuinely nice guy and the Mask is a good hearted gangster who robs a bank at one point and messes around with the police, but he is pretty much harmless and doesn't actually want to hurt anybody, and ultimately stops the real Big Bad.
    • In the animated series, Stanley Ipkiss has graduated to using the mask for good and the Mask becomes a full-on hero after the events of the film though he is still not above trolling authority and people as a whole, especially when they're jerks, but the Mask does care about the people of Edge City and will save them and protect them from the supervillains who threaten their city and does so with relative success.
  • Adaptation Name Change: From "Big Head" to The Mask. It's also the best way to tell if someone's talking about the original Villain Protagonist from the comics or the more heroic film and animated series version.
  • Affably Evil: The Mask is this at first in the film as he decides to become a gangster first and commits crimes like robbing a bank but he ultimately just wants to have fun and give bullies their comeuppance.
  • Anti-Hero: In the comics, he's a Villain Protagonist. In the cartoons, while the Mask is a lazy troll who, to quote Stanley himself, would rather "go to water polo night at the Coco Bongo than fight crime," he'll still do the heroic thing in the end.
  • Ascended Extra: Dies a madman in issue 00 of the comics, he's The Hero of the movie and series.
  • Ascended Fanboy: In the movie, he seems to enjoy Tex Avery cartoons. When he becomes the Mask, nearly his entire persona is based on them.
  • Adaptational Backstory Change: In the movies, The Mask has a Norse origin (specifically, it's said to have belonged to Loki himself). In the comics, it's African.
  • Bad Liar: Somebody stole his pajamas!
  • Badass Adorable: Stanley can be this at times, such as when decides to fight back Dorian in the Coco Bongo.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: The Mask has a yellow zoot suit, a black and white tie which he changes to a red one with black dots around it, a hat with a feather on top and nice shoes. The Mask looks very impressive as he fights the criminals and the supervillains with them on.
  • Becoming the Mask: Literally. In the animated series, it's explicit that the Mask is fueled by tapping into Ipkiss' repressed feelings; when he tries acting like that idealized self, he drains power from the Mask until eventually it won't work for him.
  • Berserk Button:
    • In the animated series, The Mask has three big ones: do NOT mess with his face, his clothes, or the Coco Bongo. Because if you do, he will then indulge in his (second) favorite pastime: REVENGE!
    • And there's also one that both Stanley and The Mask share: DO NOT. HURT. MILO. When it comes to that dog, he can be a bit of a Papa Wolf. Pretorius found this out the hard way.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • Stanley is a nice guy but he will put on the mask to save the people who are in danger even if it turns him into a madman and a lunatic. When he loses the mask and has to go up against Dorian and his thugs, Stanley shows an incredible amount of bravery and even manages to beat Dorian in a one-on-one fistfight.
    • The Mask is a charismatic guy along with being a harmless Troll but he will save the people who are in danger along with his friends.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: The Mask is like a little kid who just wants to have fun and loves messing about with people and his enemies and is very much a Troll, but however he is a powerful superhero who will protect the people in the city, does a very efficient job at being a superhero and if any of his friends are hurt he will take revenge on anyone who has hurt them.
  • Big Brother Instinct: The Mask cares about Stanley very much and loves him like a little brother as well so if anyone bullies or takes advantage of him, they will end up on his revenge list.
  • Boxing Battler: The Mask turns himself into a boxer with yellow pants, red gloves and despite his small frame is very strong, fast and gives his enemies a hard time which ends with him being the victor.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Whether it's the comic, the movie or the animated series, Stanley tends to get treated like crap by almost everyone other than his closest friends, though he learns to stand up for himself as the film goes on. In the comic, that serves as his motive for revenge.
    • And in the animated series, it's practically to the point that he reaches Woobie status. But the Mask does get revenge on those who torment and/or annoy Stanley.
    • The Mask can have bad luck as well as he tends to be too strong towards any woman he meets across or gets ruined by his enemies but he does get them eventually thanks to his sweet nature and his charisma.
  • Casanova Wannabe: The Mask is this due to the fact that he comes on too strong towards any woman he sees putting them off at first, but he does get them over to him due to his sweet nature, charismatic charm, politeness and being a Nice Guy. In the animated series, however, he does have a little less luck due to him coming on too strong, as Stanley points out in the episode "Split Personality".
    Stanley: You know, for all that "style" you claim to have, your track record with women is about as good as mine!
  • Character Catchphrase: "Sssssssmokin'!" and "Somebody stop me!" On a lesser note, "But first..."
  • Chef of Iron: He uses two French chef forms, a fat one with yellow handkerchief and a slim one with a red handkerchief, who uses an arsenal of kitchen tools.
  • Chekhov's Gag:
    • Stanley's favorite cartoons become the traits of the Mask (for starters, he spins like Taz).
    • His head even morphs into the Tex Avery wolf from Red Hot Riding Hood.
    • His "dying monologue" ruse at the Coco Bongo to get sympathy from his would-be killer is a tactic commonly used by Bugs Bunny.
  • Chick Magnet: Despite his bad luck with women, he has managed to attract several attractive ones his way.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: The Mask is impulsive, fun loving, wacky and gets excited over trivial things like a 5 year old and enjoys dancing at the Coco Bongo but is otherwise pretty much harmless and is well liked by most people in Edge City.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Stanley, best demonstrated in "Fantashtick Voyage" when he leaves a tape to remind the Mask of his mission to heal Milo (while knowing the times he would think about shutting off the message).
  • Comically Invincible Hero: Again, with the powers of the Mask.
  • Continuity Nod: The Mask uses the disguises from the movie in the animated series, such as his red night robe, his mobster form, his Cuban musician form albeit with a brown shirt, and especially his infamous white and red stripes + boater Carny form.
  • Cursed with Awesome: A few times throughout the animated series, this is how Stanley feels about having the mask.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Stanley has brown hair and eyes.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Both Stanley and The Mask have their moments.
  • The Dog Bites Back: While most of the confrontations are left to the Mask, Stanley will stand up if necessary, in the movie alone having him insult his boss the morning after the Mask stole the bank, and punching Dorian as he tries to get the mask bak.
  • Dressed to Plunder: The Mask often transforms into a pirate (blue bicorn + eyepatch & peg leg) or a whale hunter for the sake of a sea related pun.
  • Eccentric Artist: Happens when The Mask uses his powers in artistic ways like painting or sculpting.
  • Elemental Motifs: Wind, specifically Tornadoes. Whenever he puts the mask on, high winds blow and he spins like a tornado to transform.
  • Endearingly Dorky: Both Stanley and The Mask are this because of that Stanley is too shy and The Mask is too strong towards women but both of them are sweet and kind to the people who are nice to them along with their friends which gets the girls who were not interested in Stanley or put off by The Mask to see they are both polite and cute.
  • Everyone Has Standards: The Mask, though insane, wild, chaotic and downright loving to troll those who annoy him and Stanley, does have morals, sympathy and empathy:
    • He is a Friend to All Children, to the point that when framed for stealing from an orphanage, the Mask accepts going to jail until he can clean his name.
    • He shows disapproval of Skillit's evil if not murderous idea of fun, asking "What kind of sicko do you think I am?"
    • He hasn't resorted to stealing after robbing a bank in the movie, always paying up for the drinks, the food and the things he buys (one episode even has Stanley horrified at how the Mask's Big Eater habits lead his credit card to have an Shockingly Expensive Bill).
    • He hates Mrs. Peenman, but cares about his other neighbors — when he decided to bother her with loud music, he eventually makes it play on headphones.
    • He will keep his politeness up and be kind to people no matter what, as he gives a barf bag for a man to puke in after deliberately making him nauseous (by showing his innards!).
    • He will respect women's private boundaries despite being too strong towards them at first.
  • The Everyman:
    • Stanley is a normal guy, even if a Born Unlucky one. But it all changes when he finds the Mask of Loki which turns him into a wacky and crazy madman.
    • The Mask is a variant, as he's a wacko who has to deal with unusual events and adversaries, and on occasion even get changes in his life (in one episode he becomes assistant to the President, in another he tries running for mayor), but still has sort of the life routine of a regular person, with habits like dancing at the Coco Bongo, going to fast food stands, reading comic books and watching his favourite TV shows.
    • Even for him Chrono's time travels are too much to handle.
  • Everything Sounds Sexier in French: The Mask likes to show his romantic side which is shown in his painter, movie director and hipster forms who all have an heavy exaggerated French accent (who given his cartoon fandom might be a reference to Pepé Le Pew).
  • Extreme Doormat:
    • Before he Took a Level in Badass in the film.
    • An episode of the animated series called "Double Reverse" explored this and the claim that the mask unleashes Stanley's repressed wild side. When he starts acting more like the Mask as Stanley, he impresses his clients, gets a promotion and a hot girlfriend. Buuuut....since he's acting like the Mask when he's not the Mask, he can't change into the Mask anymore, which is bad news when a supervillain inevitably shows up.
  • Face of a Thug: With his green head and very sadistic-looking Slasher Smile you would think The Mask would fit the perfect image of a supervillain. In truth he's a good-hearted superhero who has people's best interest at heart even if he's also a naughty prankster. However this is how he's portrayed in the movie. In the comic book he's a straight-up villain.
  • Fatal Flaw: Hubris. While already present in the comic (where Big Head might be an Invincible Villain, but once Stanley unmasks, Kathy returns all the abuse towards her by shooting him dead), Stanley getting too reliant on the power of the Mask leads to occasions where other characters get the drop on him. For The Mask it's Lust, as he pushes himself too hard on women, and Sloth, as he tends to decide to have fun first instead of stopping the villains.
  • Fedora Of Ass Kicking: The Mask wears a typicall gangster one-type during the climax.
  • Fourth-Wall Observer: While at times it can be construed that The Mask is a Talkative Loon speaking to himself, more often than not when speaking to the camera he's actually going for the audience, starting with him shushing so he can walk past his landlady's door without notice.
  • Friend to All Children: A given due to behaving like a hyperactive child on occasion, and he even accepts being arrested once framed for robbing an orphanage because he feels he has let the kids down.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: While the comics version is a straight example, the adaptation one is an heroic variant. In the movie he starts out this way when the mask leads Stanley to exact some transgressions (shooting at thugs, getting petty revenge on some mechanics with a horrifying prank, and robbing a bank) but he eventually mellows out. In the animated series, the Mask is a famous superhero well liked by the public, and most of his enemies are scared of him (as demonstrated by the Clip Show episode where they get together trying to cook up a plan).
  • Fusion Dance: Kinda. There is no dance involved, but in the animated episode "Split Personality", the Mask is split in two. In an attempt to see if it works, Stanley puts the half on. It works to say the least, resulting in a literal fusion of the two. One half Stanley, one half the Mask.
    Stanley Half: So this is what I do as you...
    The Mask Half: It's the voodoo I do!
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Thanks to his powers, the Mask is a brilliant handyman who frequently builds up things to defeat villains.
  • Genius Bruiser: He shapeshifts into stronger and buffed forms with an Heroic Build, while still retaining his sharp intellect and wit.
  • Gonk: Downplayed. The Mask is very inhuman-looking with his big green head and enormous teeth. Then again, while far from a beauty contest winner, he's still more easy looking than his comic book counterpart and Mask Dorian who is outright monstrous.
  • Hawaiian-Shirted Tourist: At times of pure relaxation (including for watching TV at home), The Mask puts on a Hawaiian shirt, sometimes with a straw hat.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: Stanley loves his dog Milo very much, and The Mask feels the same way as him, so anyone harming Milo is a Berserk Button for them. The Mask even gets himself back on track mostly because Milo has gone missing which shows just how much he loves him.
  • Heroic Build: The Mask has several forms who are ridiculously muscular, such as a bodybuilder with a orange thong, a masked wrestler bordering on luchador, and a superhero complete with cape.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: The Mask is a maniac who drives on Id, and everything he does is Played for Laughs, with a preference for annoyance and humiliation, at times in physical ways. But he is a genuine hero wanting to stop villains who are hurting people because they have ill intents or a sick pleasure in it.
  • Heroic Host: In one episode of the cartoon, Skillit, a fairy who used to hang out with the Mask implies that previous wearers used to be of the violent and murderous kind (including Attila, Blackbeard and Genghis Khan), like in the comics, but Stanley turned the Mask into a much more heroic, though no less deranged, force.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Zigzagged, as the only ones who truly dislike The Mask are his enemies and the police department (specially Kellaway), aside from the episode where he's framed for robbing and thus the public hates him until the Mask proves his innocence.
  • Humble Hero: The Mask, despite his quirks, ego and being a Reality Warper, does not use his powers to go any higher, still content with just living in Stanley's small apartment, doing normal things such as dancing and going to fast food stands, and when a tribe treats like a god he gets bored at hearing them praise him.
  • Iconic Outfit: The banana yellow zoot suit, which is in the movie's poster and becomes his regular outfit in media like the cartoon and the game. It even got a nod in the comics, namely Stanley's grave in the Joker/Mask crossover.
  • I Have This Friend: Stanley claims to be old college buddies with "The Mask".
  • I Know Kung Fu: The Mask often uses either an ancient martial artist, samurai or karate fighter to fight enemies.
  • I Know Madden Kombat: The Mask uses several sports gears forms (Baseball, Basketball, Sprinter, Gridiron Football, Karate, Fencing) and even the associated referees. As a part of his superpowers, he excels at all of them.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As opposed to Big Head, The Mask is usually a naughty trickster who likes to mess with people and he's certainly kinda of a jerk, but despite this he's ready to do good for people and saving others when they're in danger. The Mask cares about his friends and though he always wanted to give Stanley a wedgie he cares about him, and said that he always wanted to meet him in person and wanted to teach him how to dance at the Coco Bongo.
  • Large Ham: Both as Stanley and The Mask in the movie. In the animated series, Stanley is portrayed as a bit less hammy and more shy, but The Mask is still incredibly hammy.
  • Lethal Joke Character: Several of The Mask's forms are seemingly comically useless but even then still manages to outsmart and fight the much more threatening antagonists with them.
  • Loved by All: By the time of the cartoon the general populace loves the Mask, exceptions being the police and the supervillains.
  • The Mad Hatter: The Mask knows that he is genuinely insane but he loves every second of it and the fact he only causes goofy and harmless chaos shows that he is a lot more sane than he appears to be.
  • Manly Facial Hair: He wears a mustache when he's in any forms that have them like the sheriff, the chef, stage magician and his Einstein persona, which fits him very well.
  • Mistaken for Insane: In the movie, after Stanley's wild night with the mask, he visits Dr. Arthur Neuman, a psychologist who wrote a book about metaphorical masks. Stanley puts the mask on in front of him but nothing happens (it's implied that the mask only works at night). He tries dancing around to maybe "jump-start" the mask, but Neuman tells him he's not equipped to treat mentally-ill people and to get out of his office.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: Despite Stanley's shy and nebbish exterior, he does manage to attract some women his way.
    • His old high school crush even reveals that she had a crush on him back then and still does.
    • Stanley thinks that Evelyn is this, while Eve also thinks that he is this as well.
  • Nice Guy: In the movie and animated series, Stanley and the Mask are both this very much so due to the massive Adaptational Heroism. Lampshaded by both Tina and Peggy in the movie.
  • Non-Human Head: The Mask changes his head into an animal which his most favourite ones are a cartoon wolf when he sees any woman in sight, a Sherlock Holmes one with a dog head with a refined accent, and a dragon which he uses to breath fire out.
  • Only Sane Man: Stanley whenever he's NOT wearing the mask, especially in the animated series. The Mask does have his moments as well especially when he is the only one to see that something bad is going to happen and he tries to warn people, but gets ignored, which gets him pretty annoyed.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: The Mask smiles most of the time and he goes on being a wacky, wild, love-crazy madman but there are times when there's a serious crisis, he goes and deal with it while dropping his smile and being genuinely serious showing that The Mask knows that he needs to get himself out of his wackiness so that he can deal with whatever's happening.
  • Papa Wolf: Both Stanley and The Mask care about Milo like he is their kid, so they go after anyone who harms him. The Mask cares about any children who are with him so therefore anyone harming them as well will end up being on The Mask's revenge list as well.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Those who bully Stanley are prone to get some revenge once he puts the Mask on, such as the mechanics who price-gouged him from the movie (in a lesser case of the comics, they only get exhaust pipes in the tail pipe) or a garbage man that dumped trash in Stanley's apartment in the cartoon (first the Mask puts him in a dress, and at the end of the episode he sics some angry robot dinosaurs on him).
  • Perpetual Smiler: The Mask always smile as he is confident, wild and crazy.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: The Mask uses one of his most favourite forms which is a little boy with a propeller hat who still retains his powers and superhuman strength.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: The Mask is a powerful Reality Warper who is always imitating other media, such as a cyborg highly reminiscent of the Terminator.
  • Practically Joker: Zigzagged. Whilst the Mask has a Joker-like physique, with a sharply dressed body and perpetual large grin contrasting a shockingly deformed face, he differs vastly from the Joker in mindset. The Joker relishes pain and slaughter, whilst the Mask is just a pun-slinging, prank-pulling jokester who doesn't really want to hurt anyone, and at his worst is just a troll. The Joker is a sociopath who barely cares about himself, whilst the Mask has a small circle of friends that he cares about deeply.
  • Punch-Clock Hero: The Mask is lazy, a troll and prefers going out dancing at the Coco Bongo or going after any woman that he has a crush on half of the time, but will go after the bad guys whenever they're troubling him, or Stanley, or the people he cares about.
  • Rule of Funny: In the film and animated series his powers seems to work around this trope. It also seems to be his weakness, as only cartoon style antics seem to affect him, such as dropping a safe on his head.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Stanley is the Sensitive Guy as he tends to be more worried about things that concerns him and is shy, while The Mask is the Manly Man as he is loud, carefree and confident with facing his enemies and other things that might end his life.
  • Serious Business: Many of the times he has save the day was because he was getting revenge on the Big Bad who did something minor that just happened to affect him that episode.
  • Sexier Alter Ego: The Mask is this, even if he's far less human-looking than Stanley, for being more confident and impulsive (and having Reality Warper powers), and that often helps Stanley get the Love Interest in the end.
  • Shooting Superman: Even those who are aware of the Mask's powers still fire at him where he either dodges the bullets or takes them with no lasting impact. The most blatant example would be Dorian who attempts to attack The Mask with a knife after he had already experienced the Mask's powers for himself.
  • Slasher Smile: Just look at the image in our page for the comic! Although in the movie and cartoon, it just becomes part of his Dreamworks Face.
  • The Smart Guy: The Mask is a brilliant genius despite his quirks, and he frequently uses a Albert Einstein disguise when he's inventing something or think strategically about the situation. He also additionally works as a psychologist when he analyzes the villain.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Died in The Mask issue 00, but is alive in the movie and animated series.
  • Spectacular Spinning: As the Mask, Stanley imitates Taz and can transform into a miniature whirlwind, to either move around or transform into something else.
  • Split Personality: In the film and cartoon, the Mask is his own independent identity from Stanley, despite being fueled by the latter's interests, desires and repression. Wether one is aware of what the other does while they're active is inconsistent, as Stanley is often left horrified by discovering the Mask's actions upon changing back to him, but just as often is left aware of everything that had already happened.
  • Stage Magician: Although The Mask is already a Reality Warper, he can also shapeshift into a mandrake-like disguise with a purple top hat, jacket, red cape and even the magic wand as well.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Part of the Adaptational Heroism — when he fires at the gang it's an A-Team Firing, and even Dorian is not explicitly killed (albeit if being flushed down a pool doesn't down him, the following falling knife probably does). In the cartoon, he is greatly bothered when Skillit tells him famous murderers were previous owners of the mask.
  • Toon Physics: This is ultimately the Mask's power, the ability to give the user cartoon like abilities.
  • Troll: As the Mask, especially in the Animated Series.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Due to Toon Physics, The Mask can change his body into anything that is helpful and/or funny, usually the latter.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Common cold in the Animated Series. Although it's because Stanley himself is sick, leading the Mask to be vulnerable.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: In the cartoon, he occasionally disguises himself as a woman as per Rule of Funny.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Whenever Stanley puts on the mask. Downplayed though as The Mask is pretty much harmless and doesn't hurt or kill anyone at all and spends his time having fun, messing about and he can be sane at times when he needs to be.
  • Worst Aid: The Mask transforms into a surgeon or a dentist who though genuinely wants to help people can be a little too enthusiastic about treating his patients.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: The Mask's two most used offensive forms are massive and muscular wrestlers. He usually uses them just for show but can fight effectively when he has to.

    Lt. Kellaway 

Lieutenant Mitch Kellaway (Peter Riegert / Neil Ross)

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Somebody STOLE your pajamas?
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Dubbed by: Daniel Russo (European French, 1994 film)


  • Adaptational Jerkass: His dislike of the Mask is completely justified in the comic, and he is just a misguided Hero Antagonist in the movie. In the Animated Series, on the other hand, he keeps treating the Mask like a criminal and chasing him, no matter how many times he saw him save the day or defeat actually dangerous criminals.
  • Arch-Enemy: Shares this role with Walter, though while Walter's a villain, Kellaway's a Hero Antagonist, especially in the comics, where he follows the Mask wherever it goes, intent on containing it and putting an end to Big Head.
    Commissioner Gordon: I hope Kellaway knows what to do with that thing.
    Batman: He knows better than anyone.
  • Butt-Monkey: Especially in the Animated Series.
  • Character Catchphrase: The Animated Series gives us one; "I'll get you, Mask!"
  • The Comically Serious: His refusal to even be remotely amused by the Mask's antics only add to the hilarity.
  • Deadpan Snarker: All 3 versions have their moments, but he's especially this in the movie. Being played by Boone helps.
  • Fighting from the Inside: The mask puts him under its sway so deeply that he very nearly kills a group of cops who fired upon him, and would likely have killed his former boss if not for the interference of his former partner, Lionel, who challenges Big Head to a fist fight. One Curb-Stomp Battle later, Big Head's stuck a stick of dynamite in the guy's mouth and lit it. Kellaway snaps out of it and (over the mask's protests) blows himself (themself?) up instead.
  • Hero Antagonist: In the movie and the series. He's technically completely right that the Mask is a criminal, since he was never punished for robbing the bank in the movie, but in the series, this has blossomed into an outright hatred of the Mask.
  • Inspector Javert: In the cartoon, he's got a grudge. In the comics though, it's justified.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Masked Kellaway is this because while he might still get the usual Big Head viciousness he's still moral enough to only go after criminals, while also being nice to the Italian man who was being attacked by thugs, sparing the life of the corrupt prosecutor he went to scold, and deciding against killing a police officer who attacked him.
  • More than Mind Control: The mask manipulates him by playing upon his frustration with the limits and corruption of the law, and his desire to be respected.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • Kellaway tells Katherine that he'd only planned to use the mask to clean the town up a little, and then to save his career by ending a hostage situation. He didn't expect it to get out of hand. So he locks it away and gives her the key. Only to break the desk it was in, later.
    • The one that sticks is when he nearly kills his former partner.
  • Never My Fault: In the cartoons, he is unable to accept that most of the problems he went through are from his own doing rather than the Mask he blames so much on.
    • In "Mother of All Hoods", Kellaway begs his team that he's not responsible for ruining the sting operation yet somehow forgets that he told Stanley about its location.
    • In "The Angels Wanna Wear My Green Mask", the titular characters had to spell it out to him that he brought down his own plights because of his continuous provocation towards Stanley and the Mask.
  • No Full Name Given: His first name is never given in the comics, and it's lampshaded a few times ("Lieutenant, what exactly is your first name?"). Word of God says it's Prometheus.
  • No Sense of Humor: See below.
    • Moreso in the comics, where he's trying to hunt down and stop an artifact that turns anyone who wears it into an unstoppable, psychotic mass-murderer.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: In the mask he goes on a number of violent vigilante sprees, though he only uses deadly force against those who use it on him.
  • Perpetual Frowner: His cartoon version almost always has a scowl on his face due to being constantly frustrated at the Mask's antics or because his partner is being an idiot.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: In the comics.
  • Shout-Out: In the cartoon, he wears a brown raincoat, much like another TV police lieutenant with no first name given.
  • Straight Man: With almost no sense of humor.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He however develops some respect for the Mask in following episodes of the animated series. He thanked the Mask for saving him from Putty Thing and accepted his proof that Stanley didn't counterfeit money in one episode.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: His rampage started because he just wanted to clean up the city, but he got a hard lesson in the fact that even those with the best of intentions get them twisted by the mask.
  • Wrongly Accused: Since no one realizes there's a different person under the mask, Kellaway-as-Big Head ends up on the hook for Big Head-Stanley's numerous horrible crimes.

    Walter 

Walter

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"Uhh, don't you even want an aspirin?"

A mute mafia bruiser who appears in both the comics and cartoon. Strong and insanely durable, he serves as the original run's recurring antagonist. The cartoon downgrades him to henchman, but compensates by making him tough enough to make a battleship blush.

Has his own spin-off, Walter: Campaign of Terror where he very aggressively pursues a career in politics.


  • Adaptational Badass: In the comic, he was incredibly strong and durable, but could eventually be taken down with enough beating. In the animated series, he has flat-out Nigh-Invulnerability even to the Mask's supernatural powers, and can only be defeated by being sent away or trapped somewhere.
  • Ambiguously Human: Putting aside the fact that he's able to go with just about anybody empowered by the mask thanks to his inhumane strength and durability, something that no other characters really portray, he's also abnormally large to the point of being a giant, and, while he retains the injuries he's inflicted with, they don't seem to bother him or hinder him in any way.
  • Arch-Enemy: In the comics. He takes a backseat to Dr. Pretorius in the cartoon, though he is still a fairly persistent and important villain of his own.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Never seen without one. In one issue it's noted that his suit costs $2000 (this was in the ‘90s, mind, so a fair bit more today).
  • Badass Normal: In the comic. Although Walter isn't a superhuman in a comic book sense, his large build, immunity to pain and brute strength is enough for him to fight toe-to-toe with Big Head, even hurting him on multiple occasions, and once even beating a Kathy!Big Head by surviving whatever she threw at him and outlasting her until she just gave up.
  • Bald of Evil: He starts with a full head of hair but ends up becoming this in the comic after sustaining enough damage.
  • Big Bad: The only villain who both presents an actual threat to Big Head and who manages to stick around for more than one issue. Especially the case in Strikes Back.
  • Blood Knight: The man is absolutely driven by the desire to crack skulls. Even when he thinks he's going up against an unstoppable superhuman (without knowing there's an Artifact of Doom behind them) and his employer is ordering him to leave, he hangs around for no other reason than to lay on a beating.
  • The Brute: More so in the comics than the cartoon, where he was a mob hitman and enforcer.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: "Lemme guess — you pump iron, right?" That's the most explanation we get.
  • Character Exaggeration: His portrayal in the cartoon has him being portrayed as even more insanely durable and tough than he already is, to the point where its essentially pointless to fight him aside from cartoonish ways of getting him out of the picture or trapping him, and even then, all that accomplishes is delaying him momentarily.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: In the comic, it's established that Walter can feel pain, it's just that he enjoys suffering. He's shown cutting his own face with a knife whilst his employer is talking to him just because he's bored, and in another issue hammers nails into his his palm to form a smiley face then walks away, clenching his fist and smiling as blood drips from the self-inflicted wound.
  • The Comically Serious: Practically a superpower. He is immune to Big Head's witty one-liners, does not respect that Talking Is a Free Action, and generally does not care about Mook Chivalry. As the mask operates on strict cartoon logic, this gives him a massive leg up.
  • Creepy Blue Eyes: They stare straight into your soul, and each eye is a slightly different shade.
  • Dented Iron: His comics form is abnormally tough and resilient, but the damage he keeps wracking up has a visible toll on his body, even if it doesn't slow him down — originally just an ugly guy with cauliflower ears and a few self-inflicted scars, the abuse he's been through from multiple Big Heads and other enemies leaves him looking downright hellish by the end of his own mini-series.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Managed to beat Big Head twice. The first time he manages to pin and beat on Katherine!Big Head until she surrenders the Mask, and later he clobbers Archie!Big Head into submission with a headstone.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: Walter's initially just a mafia enforcer, but after he figures out what The Mask is capable of he becomes more interested in that than whatever it is his current boss wants him to do. Creates a humorous dynamic later on with mafia bosses (among others) "hiring" him by just showing up and giving him money and luxuries, only to get murdered when they try to muscle him into actually carrying out their will.
  • The Dreaded: Normal humans cower in this presence (even when armed) and his obsessive attraction to the mask is enough to convince more than one wearer that the superpowers aren't worth it.
  • Evil Redhead: In the cartoon, sometimes also portrayed with brown hair as in his first appearances in the comics.
  • Flanderization: In Walter's first appearance he's a pretty huge guy, but he just gets bigger and bigger as things go on. This actually becomes kind of a plot point in one of the later stories when his head turns out to be so huge the mask just can't stay on.
  • Flat Character: He's a mute homicidal maniac and that's it. It's played for satire in Campaign of Terror where he runs for mayor... by punching people he doesn't like, standing around, and never uttering a single syllable.
  • Foil: To Big Head, of course. They're both psychotic maniacs, but Big Head is loud, cartoonish, and derives powers from a supernatural artifact, while Walter is silent, self-made, and always deadly serious, plus, nothing is explained about his extreme strength and durability unlike Big Head, who, as mentioned before, is explicitly supernatural, leaving the question if Walter is just that strong and tough, if he's superhuman, or if he's human at all in the first place.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Once brutally murders a bunch of mafia goons when one of them suggests Walter "owes" their boss.
  • Hidden Depths: In the animated series, he's shown to enjoy painting.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Even in the cartoon, the only humor we get from him is about how ridiculously invulnerable he is and how he won't show any emotion even in the most absurd situations. Aside from that, he is usually is played as a real threat.
  • Lighter and Softer: In the animated series, compared to how he is in the comics.
  • Implacable Man: This is played as much for comedy as it is for horror on the animated show.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Whatever causes his strength and durability is hinted to be supernatural in nature. In a non-canon story Walter has his head taken off and just reattaches it, while in reality he's survived third-degree burns and copious amounts of blood loss.
  • Mayor Pain: There's a Spin-Off miniseries (the last work taking place in The Mask universe done by the original team) titled Campaign of Terror in which Walter (successfully!) runs for mayor.
  • Near-Villain Victory: Only reason it isn't a Total Villain Victory is because the Mask wound up not working on him.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: In the cartoon. In the comics he could be taken down with enough of a beating.
  • Only One Name: There's no surname known for Walter.
  • Progressively Prettier: In his first appearance he's rather fat and generally piggish-looking (he's even drawn with pink skin sometimes) with a massive gut, a triple chin, and a goofy comb-over. By the time of his second appearance he's become a square-jawed mountain of muscle. Ends up getting inverted later on as mounting injuries turn him into a grotesque pile of scar tissue.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: In Strikes Back he trades out his Creepy Blue Eyes for these, signifying his transition from an Elite Mook into a proper supervillain.
  • Self-Mutilation Demonstration: In the comics, Walter quite regularly gruesomely mutilates himself to get a laugh at others' expense. In fact, cackling at others' disgust and horror is one of the few times we see him showing actual emotions.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: In the cartoon, he wants to claim the mask and its power for himself. In one episode he actually gets it...only to find out he can't use it, because his face is too big to put it on.
  • The Sociopath: He's pretty much Michael Myers by way of the Tyrant T-103, except that he's smart enough to get paid.
  • Smarter Than You Look: He's the only villain who's able to suss out Big Head's nature completely on his own. In Campaign of Terror he defuses a bomb using nail clippers in less than a second, and pulls off a Batman Gambit that wipes out all his competition in one night.
  • The Stoic: While Walter at least glowers in the animated series, his default expression in the comics is a piercing, inscrutable stare (see above) that nobody can read properly, beyond it being a bad thing that he's close enough to look at you. His blank face and violent streak are so indecipherable, in fact, that his staff in Campaign of Terror manage to sell him as a hero and populist dark-horse by spinning his amoral, self-centered psychopathy as crusading for the little guy.
  • Super-Strength: Especially in the cartoon; in "Split Personality", he's shown to be able to actually break the Mask itself in half, a feat made all the more impressive by the fact that before he did so, the Mask had been hit by a car and run over by a steamroller without a scratch.
  • Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: The original Mask arc ends with him getting his hands on said mask after several issues of trying. When he tries to put it on, however, it just falls off — either his head was too big for it to fit or the mask simply cannot work with whatever he has going on his in head.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: When the Mask doesn't work on him, Walter just tosses it away in frustration and walks out of Mask comics forever.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Taken to ludicrous levels in Campaign of Terror. He's on trial for 28 counts of murder but somehow manages to ride a wave of populism to the office of mayor.
  • The Voiceless: Regardless of medium, Walter never speaks. Ever. The comics justify it by noting he was shot in the throat long ago, which destroyed his vocal cords.
  • Wicked Cultured: He's characterized as this in the cartoon, as alongside his taste for nice suits, he also enjoys painting in his spare time.

Comic Series

    Katherine Matthews 
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Stanley Ipkiss' ex-girlfriend and second wearer of the mask. Back when they were dating, Stanley bought the mask as a gift for her collection of art pieces. But after the mask's influence starts making him abusive towards her, she breaks up with him and kicks him out. After he breaks into her apartment to steal back the mask and his subsequent killing spree as Big Head, she dons the mask and shoots him in the back, killing him.


  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Averted. She loved Stanley in spite of his moody, mercurial personality. Once he gets the mask and changes for the worse, she kicks him out and breaks things off.
    • Subverted as revealed in "I Pledge Allegiance to The Mask". She had this phase in high school.
      Kathy: Stanley wasn't the first time I took a punch from a guy. Speed junkie boyfriend in high school. Real tough, motorcycle. He's doing twenty now for beating a woman to death. Dated her right after me.
  • Comes Great Responsibility: Played with. The mask is so dangerous and manipulative that she knows it can't be used safely, so she takes responsibility upon herself to somehow get rid of it for good.
  • Does Not Like Men: Her elder version as portrayed in I Pledge Allegiance To The Mask has been characterized as someone with a very low opinion on men as the mini-series revises the fact she was only abused by Stanley in the original comics into Katherine being a victim of several abusive relationships in the past; with that Katherine is shown to be very indifferent to outright bitter of men in general in her elderly years.
  • Fights Like a Normal: She's not at all comfortable using the mask's seemingly endless array of firearms and cartoonish weapons against people unless desperate, and briefly tries to take on Walter "her way" using martial arts with the mask on. This does not work out.
  • Heroic Willpower:
    • She put the mask on at the end of its debut story, but during the Time Skip between stories, she apparently didn't get up to the madcap violence and lunacy that have been the hallmarks of its other wearers, though she-as-Bighead seems to have done something she's not happy about. Later, it's shown to have its hooks in her, but she resists using it unless she has to save herself or someone else.
    • When we actually see her wear it, she has way more control than any other user we see, and actually maintains her own consciousness. This leads to other issues.
  • Honey Trap: Gets the mask from Nunzio, the mobster who'd been wearing it by seducing hi
  • Ignored Expert: She tells Kellaway that the mask is the answer to the Bighead murders, and is firm to the point of hysteria about telling him not to put it on. Naturally, he writes her off as just being distraught.
  • In the Back: Shoots the unmasked Stanley in the back both to protect herself and to take the mask for her own.
  • It's All My Fault: Blames herself for the mobsters shooting Kellaway, since he wouldn't have tried to resolve their hostage situation and prove his heroism if she hadn't given him the mask. She tricks him into taking it off.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Masked Kathy is chaotic like all the other mask personas but unlike most of them she does have control over her actions and keeps her mind in check most of time even when it slips up she regains control of it again and she fights against people who are criminals and does not do a lot of mayhem unlike the mask personas did and she does take her face off when she becomes afraid that she will lose control again.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: She assumes Walter is after the mask and gives it up to him after he beats on her enough. He hadn't actually figured it out by that point though, and this just gives him motivation to hunt it down.
  • Offstage Villainy: Averted. At first we don't know exactly what wacky antics she got up to as Bighead, as her first appearance after claiming the mask has her taking it to the police station in a bag and surreptitiously berating it and swearing never to listen to it again. It turns out that she apparently didn't do anything too terrible, as she calls herself the one person who didn't end up abusing its power.
  • Only One Name: Played straight in the initial comic series, where she was only known as Katherine or Kathy, and her surname was unknown. Averted as of the release of "I Pledge Allegiance to The Mask", where we finally know her last name; Matthews.
  • Only Sane Man: Masked Kathy is pretty much one of the few who does not let the power of the mask get to her head completely and compered to the ones who are benevolent she tends to keep her mind in balance the most out all of them.
  • Properly Paranoid: As soon as she talks to Kellaway and sees his personality's apparently done a complete 180, she starts getting suspicious that he wore the mask.
  • Sanity Has Advantages: Inverted. Since the mask runs on Power Born of Madness, her strong will and ability to keep control of herself cripple her ability to use its full power.
  • Ship Tease: Possibly. Kellaway puts his arm around her at the end of "Return of the Mask", and she seems pretty pleased. Later installations show that they've at least teamed up to hunt down the mask.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Her elder years in I Pledge Allegiance to The Mask turned Katherine into a very sour person compared to her original characterization, and younger self from the original comics. Originally Katherine didn't seem to have any issues with men in general, her abuse was solely through Stanley; come the later series and elder Katherine is revealed to have suffered through many abusive relationships in the past, Stanley's was just one of them, that made her very distrusting of men in general, her thoughts and actions in I Pledge Allegiance to The Mask shows Katherine not only despising truly bad men, but showing a base lack of sympathy for even the men who never did anything wrong towards a woman or anyone else.
  • Torso with a View: Gets shot straight through as Bighead, and actually seems to die...until she remembers other Bigheads had the same thing happen to them and lived. As mentioned above, she wasn't in the right mindset to use the mask "properly".
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: She correctly attributes Stanley's change in personality to the presence of the mask. She does not realize the mask itself is what changed him, until she literally adds it up.

    Lionel Ray 
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  • Adapted Out: He is omitted in the film and the animated series.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Subverted, as Lionel is one of the few people Big Head doesn't end up killing.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: In "I Pledge Allegiance to the Mask", Kellaway returns to Edge City after hearing that Big Head might have returned, looking for Lionel. He is told that Lionel committed suicide two years ago.
  • Driven to Suicide: In issue 3 of "I Pledge Allegiance to the Mask", there's an opening flashback that reveals why he committed suicide; he had also worn the mask. Like Kellaway before him, he also tried using the mask to do vigilante work, mainly taking out Neo-Nazi groups. And just like Kellaway, the mask's power proved too much. He tried to mail it all the way to Antarctica so no one would ever wear it again, and when some goons showed up at his apartment looking for it, he slit his wrists, taking the secret of its whereabouts to his grave. Or so he thought...
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Lionel is either an idiot for challenging Big Head to a fist fight, or he was trying to distract him from killing the Chief in a way that wouldn't harm anyone else around them.
  • Idiot Ball: Lionel challenged Big Head to a fist fight. This went as well as one would expect...
  • Token Minority: Lionel is the only member of the named main cast who's black.
  • The Watson: He's not only Kellaway's partner, but one of the few people in the police force that Kellaway even trusts.
  • White Dude, Black Dude: Subverted. With Kellaway and Lionel it's more "angry dude, calm dude", respectively.

    Nunzio 
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  • Anti-Villain: He was this before he got his hands on the mask, being a wimpy driver who is bullied by the rest of the Mob.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: He's always wearing a nice suit while he has the mask on.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He may have taken over the mafia, but his own goons don't respect him and only follow him out of fear of his powers. Once he's gone, they're more than happy to go back to working for Mozzo.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Of "The Mask Returns." He spends the first half of the series taking over the mafia of Edge City, but gets killed by Kathy halfway through, leaving her to deal with Walter.
  • The Don: He uses the Mask's powers to take over Edge City's mafia.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Went from a meek and wimpy getaway driver to the top of the criminal food chain.
  • The Purge: After getting the mask, he kills all of the other mafia families leadership so he can be the sole ruler of Edge City's crime empire.
  • Smug Snake: Under the mask's influence, he's confident, cunning, and utterly ruthless, but so arrogant that he doesn't even consider the possibility people could be using him or lying to him. It gets him killed.
  • Stutter Stop: Nunzio has a stutter to signify his nervousness. It goes away when he wears the mask.

    Don Mozzo 
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  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Begs for his life when Big Head has him cornered.
  • The Don: See his name.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: He's behind all the villainy in "The Mask" but is never encountered or even mentioned by the protagonists, who instead deal with his henchmen. It's not until The Mask Returns that the action catches up to him, and pretty far into it at that.
  • Karma Houdini: Despite being responsible for all sorts of stuff he's able to escape at the ends of Returns and is never mentioned again. Since Nunzio wiped out all the other big families in Edge City, Mozzo might actually have benefited from the entire ordeal.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Leaves the corrupt D.A. on his payroll at Big Head's mercy, and drily comments that he hopes the next D.A. will come cheaper.

    Boris Stoika 
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A professional killer hired to replace Walter. He is a less-than-adequate replacement.


  • Bad People Abuse Animals: Tries to shoot a caged lion after hearing that it has $14k worth of gold teeth in its mouth.
  • Butt-Monkey: His career starts with getting flung through a windshield after one of his cohorts puts the mask on the driver, after which Big Head copies his face. Even though this isn't really his fault he gets fired by Don Mozzo, then spends the rest of his time getting laughed at by mob bosses and thrown through windows by Walter.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: He thinks he's hot stuff, but absolutely nobody takes him seriously.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Has a brief non-speaking role at the end of "The Mask" getting hired by Don Mozzo.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: For some inexplicable reason he seems to think he's best friends with Walter.
  • Hero Killer: He guns down Kellaway and puts him in a coma, ironically making him the most successful villain in the series.
  • Unexplained Recovery: When we last see him in "Returns" his sprawled out on the road in a pool of his own blood, but he's back in "Strikes Back" looking none worse for the wear.

    Rick 
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  • Ascended Fanboy: He was a huge fan of Big Head and actually finds the Mask by poking around where he was supposedly killed.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: He's horrified by some of the things he does with the mask, and is all too happy to be rid of it by the end.
  • Rebellious Spirit: Has a natural rebellious streak. He uses the mask to tear down institutions he thinks are evil.
  • Rooting for the Empire: An in-universe example. He supports and idolizes Big Head due to seeing him as a counter-cultural icon.

    Ben 
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  • Autobots, Rock Out!: Can put on a one-man metal concert, complete with a light show.
  • Dreadful Musician: He was this before he got the mask.
  • Harmless Villain: He doesn't cause any real harm under the Mask's influence. He's mostly just kind of a troll.
  • Looks Like Cesare: How he looks when wearing the Mask.
  • Troll: Decides to troll a bunch of rock fans by playing a swing number instead of a rock song.

    Hugo 
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  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Wearing the mask has no effect on his personality, but instead distorts his perception, almost as if he had taken acid and had a bad trip instead of wearing an ancient, evil mask.
  • Mushroom Samba: The mask severely distorts his perception, causing him to see people as frightening monstrosities.
  • Only Sane Man: He's the only person to ever fully resist the Mask on his own. It doesn't even change his personality.
  • Recovered Addict: He starts the story recovering from a drug addiction.
  • Red Right Hand: The only mask wearer to avert this. He's identical to his normal self while wearing the mask, and the one time he shapeshifts he looks like a suited gentleman.

    Archie 
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  • Anti-Hero: After donning the Mask, he tries to become a superhero. Being a Big Head, his methods quickly veer towards the extreme.
  • Black and Nerdy: He's a huge nerd and is the only black guy in his group.
  • Only Sane Man: Subverted. His friends give him the mask because they figure he's too well-adjusted to put it on. Unfortunately this is not the case.
  • The Smart Guy: He's very intelligent.

    Ray Tuttle 
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    Emily Tuttle 
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    Mask Hunters 
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A group of neo-Nazis hunting the mask for their own sinister ends. They're the main antagonists of The Hunt For Green October.
  • Adventurer Archaeologist: A villainous example.
  • All Germans Are Nazis: The leader, Axel, seems like to be German either by nationality or by origins and is a murderous and power hungry supremacist. The other members, however, could be from other countries.
  • Badass Crew: A group of killers who travel the world fighting government agents and ninjas. it's only through pure luck that they don't get The Mask.
  • Big Bad: Axel is the leader.
  • Dark Action Girl: One of them. Interestingly, she's also the only one of the team that isn't blonde, instead being an Evil Redhead.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: The red-headed female member asks if it was really necessary to kill the arms dealer they bought the guns from.
  • Gratuitous German: Their leader tends to break out in German at random times, just so you remember who they are.
  • Plot-Irrelevant Villain: Their only contribution to the main story is providing a violent and spectacular Final Battle. Until then their globe-trekking adventures don't intersect with the Tuttles at all.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Just in case you weren't sure they were evil.
  • Too Dumb to Live: At least some of them are alive (albeit heavily wounded) when the fighting stops — until one of them attempts a Taking You with Me using some explosive barrels on an immortal monster who's demonstrated an ability to survive pretty much anything and incinerates all the survivors.
  • Would Harm a Child: Threaten to murder Tuttle's daughter if he doesn't tell them where the mask is. Fortunately this turns out to be Mugging the Monster.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: They murder their weapons dealer after getting their guns, reasoning that they won't have to worry about buying guns after they get The Mask.

    Eric Martins 

Eric Martins

  • Anti-Hero: After donning the mask, he maintains the heroic goal of rescuing his sister, but otherwise does whatever he wants in his Big Head guise.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Eric is a reasonably nice guy, but the mask allows him to really let loose.
  • Big Brother Instinct: His entire story is about rescuing his sister from gangsters that want to sacrifice her in a voodoo ritual.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Both of his parents died when he was young, and as a result he became an overprotective brother to his sister.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: Very nearly becomes this in the end, vowing to use the mask to protect his sister from anyone who would harm her. Jasmine talks him out of it.
  • Nice Guy: Eric is this while his mask persona is also this as well considering that he's pretty much harmless only causes property damage and the people that he harms are criminals and intends to harm his sister which he and his unmasked self both love and care about.

    Papa Croc 

Papa Croc

  • Big Bad: Of Southern Discomfort.
  • Exit, Pursued by a Bear: He is last seen being surrounded by hungry crocodiles.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His first scene has him quietly musing on why crocodiles are the best predator in the world, before having Ogoun use his voodoo powers to force a treacherous lieutenant into a lake filled with them, all without raising his tone, establishing him as a sadistic, evil, but disturbingly calm villain.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He never lets up his polite tone, even when he is killing people horribly.
  • Hollywood Voodoo: He uses voodoo to produce snuff films.
  • Karmic Death: In his first scene, Papa Croc forces one of his men to jump into the lake where he is eaten alive by crocodiles. At the end of the comic, he falls into the lake himself and suffers the same fate.
  • Scary Black Man: He's a black voodoo practitioner and crime boss who produces snuff films.

    Ogoun 

Ogoun

  • The Dragon: To Papa Croc.
  • In the Back: He gets shot several times in the back by the local police while he is about to kill Kellaway.
  • Never Found the Body: His body disappears from the morgue after his death.
  • Scary Black Man: He's one of the few characters in this franchise that can out-scary Big Head.
  • The Voiceless: He doesn't seem to be able to speak, though he can laugh.
  • Voodoo Doll: He's fond of using these to kill and torture people. He very nearly gets the edge against Big Head with them.

    Aldo Krasker 
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  • Anti-Villain: He isn't even aware of the crimes he commits as Big Head.
  • Best Served Cold: His Big Head iteration is obsessed with getting revenge on the classmates that bullied him over twenty years ago.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He's very quick with a dry joke, even though he tends to keep them to himself.
  • Evil Is Petty: He's a 35 year old man still obsessing over how he got kicked out of a high school drama club nearly twenty years ago, to the extent that the mask's influence causes him to kill the other members.
  • Expy: Of John Doe from 7. He even goads the cops into killing him as his final themed murder! It's lamp-shaded in-universe, with the cops suspecting that he's copying "that movie with the seven deadly sins."
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When he realizes that he's been killing his bullies.
  • Nice Guy: Krasker doesn't have a mean bone in his body. It gets to the point that Big Head has to outright take him over to get him to kill anyone.
  • Split Personality: Big Head manifests itself as an alternate ego that acts on Krasker's repressed violent urges and talks to him in his sleep. Unlike other wearers he blacks out when wearing the mask and doesn't realize until the end that he's out murdering people every night, or that the mask even has supernatural powers.
  • Suicide by Cop: Overwhelmed by guilt over his crimes as Big Head, he tricks the police into thinking he's putting on the mask so they can shoot him to death.
  • Theme Serial Killer: While the primary goal of his killings is revenge, there is a sick theme to each of the deaths. The cops initially conclude that his killings are inspired by the Seven Deadly Sins or Shakespeare's Seven Ages of Man, but both counts are wrong. They're inspired by "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."

    Bardard Thespian Club 
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The eight members of Aldo Krasker's high school acting club. Nearly twenty years later they start getting killed off one by one.


  • Artistic License – Military: Eve is rather young for a retired Marines officer, though it could have been a medical retirement.
  • Asshole Victim: They're not the most likeable bunch. They're big enough jerks one of the investigating cops thinks that the killer is punishing them for their sins a la 7.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Unlike the very gruesome murder scenes everyone else leaves, Eve Kopfsalat's corpse is left so immaculate that it's not actually clear how she was killed.
  • Bit Character: We aren't given any details about Donald Decaportoto.
  • Camp Gay: Shasta is a sleazy, incredibly feminine fashion designer who gets kidnapped outside a gay club after following a drag queen (actually Big Head, of course) into a limo. His corpse is left in a skirt and gimp suit.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: And how! One of them is crucified with hand weights, another is disemboweled and strung up with his own intestines, but probably the worst is the guy who's force-fed ipecacs until he vomits himself to death.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Krasker as Big Head murders them in gruesome fashion over some unspecified bullying back in high school, all because one of them pulled a mean-spirited prank on him that week. Most of them barely remember who he is and are flummoxed that anybody could hold a grudge for that long.
  • Evil Is Petty: Gina Mazarin is a 35 year old adult sending fake reunion disinvites with passive-aggressive notes on them to random people she didn't like in high school, two decades after she's seen any of them.
  • Fat Bastard: Judge Cannigliari weighs 375 pounds and is a corrupt mafia judge.
  • Karma Houdini: Gina is the one who kicks off Krasker's killing spree by harassing and bullying him, and she's the only one who survives, much to Kellaway's annoyance.
  • Mercy Kill: Roger Carew is a miserable loser running a porn shop who is dying of a terminal illness. Krasker calls it a mercy kill, but it's of course subverted since pity isn't why he offs him.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Eve wears a skimpy black dress when she's alive, and when she's dead her remarkably glamorous corpse is dressed in lingerie and provocatively posed.
  • No Dead Body Poops: Averted. Big Head dressed Nick Hopper in a diaper, and the cops find it full.
  • Poetic Serial Killer: Parodied, the methods Big Head chooses are based on increasingly strained Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer puns. Nick is Dasher, Becher is strung up to look like a dancing marionette (Dancer), Shasta is strung up to look like a prancing girl (Prancer, of course), and Eve is left posed like a pinup girl (Vixen). Cannigliari is killed by being force-fed a scouring powder called Comet, Roger is strung up to look like Cupid, Donald Decaportoto (Donner) is, well, "Don Dercapitated" ("So it's a stretch! Sue me!"), and Krasker is blitzed (Blitzen) by the police. It's also a subversion since Big Head's actually just killing his high school bullies as opposed to choosing victims who fit a Rudolph-themed profile.
  • Police Are Useless: Their predicament is not helped by the fact that the cops somehow fail to realize (until Kellaway points out the obvious) that all the victims went to the same high school, were in the same graduating class, and were in the same club, and so fail to do anything to protect the remaining members.
  • Rich Jerk: Becher is said to be this, but it's something of an Informed Attribute.

    Abner Mead 

Abner Mead

  • Big Bad: He's the main villain of "I Pledge Allegiance to the Mask", due to his becoming the new Big Head.
  • Domestic Abuse: Under the mask's influence, he begins physically abusing his family, forcing them to walk out on him.
  • Jerkass: When he's not wearing the mask.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: He becomes an arrogant and abusive jerk, even without the mask, much faster than Stanley did.
  • Motive Decay: At first, he's trying to become president because he believes his policies will save the country, but as Big Head, he wants to use the presidency to cause as much chaos and violence as he can.
  • President Evil: Not yet, but he's working on it.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: His platform is built on genuinely worthwhile ideas, but he's still using the mask to assassinate political rivals.

The Films

    Milo 

Milo

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"Tee hee hee!"
  • Action Pet: Despite just being a small Jack Russell terrier dog, Milo gets his share of the action, especially when he gets to wear the Mask.
  • Angry Guard Dog: Masked Milo is this attacking anyone who dares to harm his owner and the other dogs as well.
  • Badass Adorable: Particularly his masked self, not that the regular one lacks Action Pet moments.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Masked Milo like his owner The Mask has a short attention span and is very much genuinely insane but like him has a good heart and will protect the people as well.
  • Canine Companion: He is Stanley's dog.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: While not evil (at least in the right hands) Milo could tell from the start that there was something strange about the Mask but however during the battle at the Coco Bongo Milo has no choice but to put it on to save himself and his owner from Dorian Tyrell and his men.
    • In the animated series episode "Sister Mask", he quickly sensed that the titular Sister Mask wasn't what it seemed, as he immediately started growling and chewing on it. Stanley unfortunately ignored this, kickstarting the episode's conflict, as it was actually a controlling device created by Pretorious.
  • Heroic Dog: Milo is very sweet and kind just like Stanley, and he loses none of that as Masked Milo, very much caring about his owner and willing to protect him at all costs.
  • Nearly Normal Animal: In the film, he knew that Stanley was in trouble at the Coco Bongo, overruled Stanley's early order to remain in the car, and successfully unlocked the door to go look for him.
    Kellaway: Smart dog...
  • Non-Human Sidekick: The closest thing Stanley has to a sidekick.
  • Team Pet: To an extent.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: Masked Milo is as mischievous and cartoonish as The Mask.
  • Urine Trouble: In the movie, he urinates on one of Dorian Tyrell's henchmen while wearing the mask. The animated series also features some occasional jokes where he urinates on stuff, like piddling on a campaign poster for Mayor Tilton in "Mayor Mask".

    Tina Carlyle 

Tina Carlyle (Cameron Diaz)

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"Mr. Ipkiss. Hi!"

    Charlie Schumaker 

Charlie Schumaker (Richard Jeni / Mark L. Taylor)

    Doyle 

Detective Doyle (Jim Doughan / Jim Cummings)

  • Butt-Monkey: Most by being next to Kellaway as plain is inflicted on the lieutenant. Kellaway's disrespect on how dumb Doyle gets also counts.
  • Captain Obvious: In the cartoon, he has a tendency to comment on blatantly obvious things that are happening around him.
  • Clueless Detective: Don't bother trying to give him a hint in Pig Latin.
    • He's even more clueless in the cartoon, making one wonder how the hell could he have passed the police academy exams.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: In the cartoon, he occasionally notes a key fact that completely undermines Kellaway's efforts to arrest Stanley or the Mask, such as how Stanley detained Putty Thing instead of aided and abetted the villain.
  • Friendly Enemy: Tried to shake Stanley's hand after he saved the day. Has a few moments with The Mask in the cartoon, especially in the episode "Magic".
  • Nice Guy: A mild-mannered and pleasant person, in a sharp contrast to how brash Kellaway gets. In the animated series he gives Stanley a very rare comic in mint conditionnote  that he owned solely because Stanley's version of it was destroyed and he was a fellow comic book fan.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: He's so dumb it's clearly Played for Laughs.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: You'd think having a Deadpan Snarker like Kellaway for a partner would mean he'd be able to understand sarcasm, but NOPE.
    Doyle: (after the mayor tells Kellaway to come to his office tomorrow morning) Boy, that doesn't sound good at all.
    Kellaway: No, that doesn't sound good. What would sound good to you?
    Doyle: Breakfast.
    Kellaway: SHUT UP!
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Both a film-wise and adaptation wise. In his initial scene at the bank, he seems to be quite intelligent and competent. By the time we see him at the park, he's suddenly a ditz and by the film's end he's a certified idiot (though some of that may have been him being influenced by the Mask's power). The cartoon made him even dumber.

    Mrs. Peenman 

Mrs. Peenman (Nancy Fish / Tress MacNeille)

The landlady who owns and manages the run-down apartment complex where Stanley Ipkiss lives.


  • Butt-Monkey: And how! Especially in the animated series (though, given how much of a mean old lady she is, Peenman is more of an Asshole Victim).
  • Cranky Landlord: Landlady in this case.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Or woman, in this case. She's always yelling and complaining, mostly about Stanley.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Stuff like treading on new carpets makes her angry.
  • Jerkass: Bangs on walls and screams at people, demands money to be delivered on time and generally is merciless.

    Peggy Brandt 

Peggy Brandt (Amy Yasbeck / Heidi Shannon)

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  • Betty and Veronica: Wholesome, "plain" looking, and much less extravagant compared to Tina, Peggy is the Betty. Subverted in that Peggy betrayed Stanley to Dorian for money (even though he "promised" not to hurt Stanley), while Tina was more straightforward in their relationship. In the end of the movie, Tina won over Stanley; but Peggy was the one who made it into the cartoon adaptation and still yet remained on friendly terms with.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: When teamed up with the Mask in the animated series, Peggy is often stuck trying to keep him focused on the job at hand. This goes double in "Little Big Mask," when the Mask's anti-aging formula begins uncontrollably regressing Stanley, forcing Peggy to spend the rest of the episode trying to keep the increasingly infantile Mask out of trouble and at work on a cure.
  • Distress Ball: In the cartoon.
  • Easily Forgiven: In the cartoon Stanley doesn't seem too mad about her selling him out in the movie.
  • Face–Heel Turn: In the movie, she turns Stanley over to Tyrell for money.
  • Friend in the Press: In the cartoon , having become friends with Stanley since the film, Peggy acts as his sensible confidant (although she occasionally proves she can be just as immature and irresponsible) being the only one who knows that Stanley and the Mask are one and the same, as well as regularly trying to exploit the Mask so she can report on the story.
  • Going for the Big Scoop: In the cartoon.
  • Hypocrite: Peggy calls out on a mad movie star for trying to blow up a city in the name of making a movie and yet, she herself has endangered the city and nearly condemned humanity to a terrible fate all for the name of becoming a tabloid star.
  • Intrepid Reporter: In the cartoon.
  • It's All About Me: When she puts on the mask in the animated series episode "Counterfeit Mask".
    Stanley: I thought you wanted to help me so you could report a great story!
    Mask!Peggy: I don't need to report the story, darling... I AM the story!
  • The Jekyll Is a Jerk: In "Counterfeit Mask", Peggy Brandt ends up wearing the Mask instead of Stanley, gaining her own vain and selfish Mask persona who will happily threaten beauticians with a hammer for not doing a thorough job. However, Peggy isn't normally a straightforward "nice" character, having been taken from film continuity — in which she sold Stanley out to Dorian Tyrell, and though she's repented of this and even demonstrated true friendship to Stanley since then, Peggy's still trying to exploit the Mask for the scoop that will make her career. She's also hard-nosed, impatient, and more than a little domineering, especially compared to Stanley... and as serious as Peggy is, she isn't above being immature when she can get away with it, as she demonstrates when the Mask's youth serum allows her to be a teenager again in "Little Big Mask".
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Masked Peggy is vain and vapid constantly reminding herself that she is the most beautiful woman in the world but she does genuinely care about Stanley even saying that he's the only one who understands her, and when she sees that she's got a crooked eyebrow, she gives Stanley the tool he needs to take her face off, and lets him do it so that his masked alter ego The Mask can save their dog Milo.
  • Karma Houdini: In the movie, since the scene of Peggy getting shoved in the printing press by Dorian and coming out as a bloodied newspaper that has her death on the front page was cut. She and Stanley became friends in the cartoon, on the other hand. But he never got over her selling him out.
  • Ms. Fanservice: In the cartoon. Not that she's less pretty in the movie, where as soon as she appears, Charlie is smitten.
  • Not So Above It All: In the animated series, Peggy naturally comes across as much more serious than the Mask, but the show occasionally gives her an opportunity to demonstrate that she can be just as silly.
    • "Little Big Mask" ends with her being exposed to the anti-aging formula, regressing to her teenage years... and despite having had to baby-sit the Mask during his regression and worry about a potential Death by De-aging, Peggy loves being a teen again, and as soon as she hears that they have the antidote on hand, she jubilantly cartwheels out of the apartment to have some fun.
    • In "Counterfeit Mask," Peggy takes up the Mask for a change, developing her own ridiculously immature persona in the process.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: In a Deleted Scene in the film, Dorian rewards her for selling out Stanley by throwing her into a printing press. This scene is actually kept in the comics adaptation of the film,
  • Secret-Keeper: In the animated series. Out of Stanley's very small circle of friends, she's the only one that knows he and The Mask are one and the same. (Well, other than Milo, anyway.)
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Since her death was removed from the theatrical cut of the movie, she is featured as still alive in the animated series.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In the cartoon; she is still constantly trying to exploit the Mask to get a scoop, but she at least no longer acts antagonistic toward Stanley.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: She disappears after Dorian puts on the mask and was presumably allowed by Tyrell and his men to walk away unharmed. Originally, he would follow up by tossing her into a newspaper printing press.
  • You Said You Would Let Them Go: After she sells out Stanley to Dorian, Dorian's goons grab Stanley and drag him towards the printing press, to which she protests, "You said you wouldn't hurt him!" Dorian's response? "I Lied."

    Dorian Tyrell 

Dorian Tyrell (Peter Greene)

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"That guy dancing with Tina?! He's dead meat!"
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"What a rush!"

Dubbed by: Patrick Floersheim (European French)

The film's main antagonist. A mob enforcer dating Tina who plots to rob the bank Stanley works at. When the Mask foils his scheme and flirts with Tina in front of him, the two become arch-enemies.


  • Ambition Is Evil: He plans to usurp his boss Niko and becoming the new crime boss of Edge City.
  • Berserk Button: DON'T COME ANYWHERE NEAR HIS GIRL!
    • And if you're the girl in question, do NOT try to walk out on him if you value your life. In the extended workprint version of the film, he all but outright admits that he killed one of his previous girlfriends when she tried to leave him.
      Dorian: You know what happened to the last bitch that ran out on me? Do you?!
      Tina: No...
      Dorian: Nobody else does, either. And nobody ever will.
  • Big Bad: The main antagonist of the film.
  • Create Your Own Hero: Dorian and Stanley would never have crossed paths had Dorian not sent Tina to stake out the bank Stanley worked at so he could rob it. Stanley ends up developing a crush on Tina, leading to him robbing the bank as the Mask so he could get into the Coco Bongo club, ruining Dorian's own plans to rob the bank in the process.
  • Decomposite Character: From the barely contained rage bubbling beneath his surface persona to the considerably more violent bent he takes wearing The Mask, Dorian carries Stanley's worst traits from the comics that were excised for the adaptation.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: Despite having experienced firsthand how powerful the mask is, he still tries to kill Stanley while Stanley's wearing it. Armed only with a knife. It ends with Dorian getting flushed down a pool and probably drowning.
  • Domestic Abuse: He's bad enough to Tina in the movie, but cut scenes show he had a tendency to put her down and imply he murdered a previous girlfriend who tried to leave him.
  • Dragon Ascendant: Dorian starts out as a henchman to Niko, the current kingpin of Edge City. Once Dorian gets ahold of the mask, he kills Niko and proudly assumes the role of public enemy #1.
  • Elemental Motifs: Thunderclouds. He gets wrapped in one for his transformations, and the clouds themselves symbolize the dangerous and destructive nature he keeps hidden.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Possibly his friend and lieutenant Freeze. He is the only person in the movie Dorian consistently treats with respect. He was furious when Freeze dies and cared enough to give him One Last Smoke. How much of that was because of his anger over Freeze's death and the failure of the plan to rob the bank is hard to tell. He also was willing to give Tina a final kiss before killing her.
  • Evil Counterpart: Like Stanley, Dorian is abused and undermined by people above him in the food chain, mostly Niko in his case, but his desires and aspirations are much more dangerous than Stanley's, as evidenced by his personification while wearing the mask meant to intimidate people into submission rather than impress them as Stanley tries to do.
  • Evil Laugh: He does this when he wears the Mask. A very deep and evil-sounding one.
  • Evil Makes You Ugly: While the Mask makes Stanley bald and cartoonish, Dorian instead gets a demonic Game Face that even retains the hair.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: When he wears the Mask, it makes his voice significantly deeper. Though he had Peter Greene's cold, low voice when he was human.
  • Evil Wears Black: He's always seen dressing in black clothes.
  • Green and Mean: In his Mask persona.
  • If I Can't Have You…: He never outright says it, but it's heavily implied that this is his reasoning for tying Tina to the bomb that he planned to blow up the Coco Bongo with. A deleted scene also implied he murdered a previous girlfriend when she tried leaving him.
  • The Jekyll Is a Jerk: In the climax of the film, Dorian gets the Mask and makes for Coco Bongo to massacre his enemies. Of course, Dorian was already a ruthless gangster who was out to overthrow his boss, so his Mask persona is just him with all remaining vestiges of restraint sanded off.
  • Killed Off for Real: He doesn't come back in the cartoon or the sequel.
  • Law of Disproportionate Response: Get pushed around by the "Big Boss"... Blow up his Casino and everyone in it.
  • Lean and Mean: He's a quite thin and cruel gangster. When he wears the Mask however he's more bulky-looking.
  • No-Respect Guy: Niko degrades Dorian after a failed heist. Additionally, the Mask had the power to put an end to him any time he felt like it but opted to annoy the guy until he put Tina's life in danger.
  • Opposing Combat Philosophies: Stanley and Dorian's use of the Mask are significantly different. Stanley takes full advantage of the Mask's reality-warping magic for creative Toon Physics and assumes a number of colorful and energetic personas. By contrast, Dorian relies entirely on brute force with his most innovative use of the mask being when he absorbs the bullets from Niko's gun and spits them back at him.
  • Pet the Dog: He gives Freeze a cigarette before he expires.
  • Power Makes Your Voice Deep: His voice gets much deeper when he wears the Mask.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eyes turn red when he's wearing the Mask.
  • Revenge Before Reason:
    • The Mask ruins Dorian's bank heist and dances with Tina at the Coco Bongo. At this point, Dorian's boss Niko has become aware of Dorian's plan to overthrow him and has given him a week to leave town or be killed. Rather than cut his losses and flee, Dorian pools all his resources to find the Mask and get his revenge.
    • At the end of the film he has firsthand knowledge of just how dangerous the mask can make someone and has lost it to Stanley. He still tries to kill Stanley armed with just a knife.
  • The Starscream: He's been plotting to overthrow his boss Niko and take his place as the Don of Edge City. Though he's caught out and threatened over it, he ultimately succeeds in this goal by using his new powers as the Mask to kill Niko, shortly before he himself is defeated by Stanley as The Mask.
  • Smug Snake: Dorian's ego and ambition greatly exceed his reach.
  • Undignified Death: Trying to shank a Reality Warper whose powers you just lost only for him to magically improvise a giant toilet out of the small pool you're standing in and cartoonishly flush you down it definitely ranks among the most humiliating ways a mobster could die.
  • Uncertain Doom: What exactly happened to him in the climax? Did he die by drowning in the "pool flush" or has he been killed off-screen by his own penknife ? Or maybe he just flushed out of the club and get caught by the police? None of these is confirmed or either implied. However, a planned but unmade episode of the cartoon series would have confirmed his death via having him return as a ghost.
  • Unstoppable Rage: When he wears the Mask. Given how The Mask works it's likely that this rage was bubbling inside him the whole time.
  • Villainous Valour: He has enough guts to spit out the golf tee Niko's henchmen force into his mouth.

    Niko 

Niko (Orestes Matacena)

  • Asshole Victim: He is killed by Dorian once he gets the mask. He won't be missed though given that was an equally nasty and merciless criminal like his murderer.
  • Bad Boss: Uses Dorian's mouth for a golf tee in once scene.
  • The Don: He's the much feared mob boss of Edge City.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He first acts nice to Dorian before using his mouth to hold his golf tee and hitting him with the club.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Is the boss of Dorian.
  • Mundanger: Before the mask was introduced, Niko had pretty much the entire city in the palm of his hand. The cops couldn't touch him and he had the resources to bribe officials.
  • Ruthless Foreign Gangsters: He's implied to be Cuban like his actor.

    Mayor Tilton 

Mayor Tilton (Ivory Ocean / Kevin Michael Richardson)

Dubbed by: Med Hondo (European French)

  • Adaptation Name Change: His first name is Mitchell in the film, while the animated series establishes that his first name is Mortimer.
  • Kavorka Man: In the series most infamous episode, "Birds Of A Feather", Tilton has to deal with a crazed ex-lover, an incredibly sexy "exotic dancer" who threatens to blow herself up along with him, because if she cant have him, no one can. This despite Tilton being bald, fat and having a rather wimpy personality.
  • Mayor Pain: While he isn't evil by any stretch, he isnt exactly the most honest politician around. He spends city fund money on statues of himself, dates "exotic dancers", and is the spitting image of the two-faced, suck-up type politician.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Not enough for villain status, but the Tilton who appeared in the movie was much more pleasant than the cartoon version, who is smarmy and self-absorbed.

    Dr. Neuman 

Dr. Arthur Neuman (Ben Stein)

Stanley's jaded, apathetic personal psychotherapist. Stanley tries to seek comfort and advice from him in dealing with his many life issues, but receives little attention.


  • Affably Evil: Masked Dr. Neuman is actually very polite, despite being insane and psychotic. He even releases Pretorius from prison just by demanding the police to do so, rather than blast through the wall to bring him along. The problem is his actions are too extreme to be seen in a positive light.
  • All Therapists Are Muggles:
    • Not even him wearing the mask (and thus transformed, with multiple witnesses that can say that he was seriously Not Himself) in the animated series and two entirely different men having clearly experienced something after getting possession of the mask on the films makes him stop thinking it's clearly the product of hysteria and derangement, and does nothing to help them.
    • In the animated series, Masked Dr. Neuman becomes convinced that people describing the existence of the Mask-as-individual are suffering from a disorder he calls Ipkissia Maskosis and he believes the mask does not work, even though he is clearly wearing it.
  • Ax-Crazy: When he wears the mask in the cartoon, he drops any hint of sanity, assaults people without a care, and he shows glee and joy at the thought of Edge City to be destroyed and takes pleasure in trying to kill Stanley.. It is frightening.
  • The Cameo: The only character from the first movie to appear in the sequel, which was probably for the best...
  • The Comically Serious: Masked Dr. Neuman maintains his deadpan-professional demeanor which he mixes it up with the Mask's cartoony antics, such as being completely serious while putting out wedgie straitjackets on anyone he thinks has got Ipkissia Maskosis.
  • Creepy High-Pitched Voice: Alternates between this and Power Makes Your Voice Deep when he wears the mask, and it is freaky.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Emphasis on the "Deadpan". He's played by Ben Stein, what did you expect?
  • Dull Surprise: He is played by Ben Stein and his standard expression when dealing with anything that is happening, in all versions of the story, is best described as "meh".
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Even Masked Dr Neuman agrees that Pretorius is insane but decides to free him and team up with him to destroy Edge City anyway.
    Masked Dr Neuman: They were right you are completely insane.
  • Evil Counterpart: His masked self turns out to be one of those, seeing insanity in everyone except himself (while the Mask instead embraced that he's crazy) and being more than willing to respond with an aggressive treatment. Including to a child and a gorilla. It gets worse when he actually goes along with Pretorius' ideas...
  • Fantastically Indifferent: The animated series has him encounter the Mask, in all of his Reality Warper mischief, several times and he does not cares about it at all. He even goes full I Reject Your Reality and assumes that all Mask sightings are a type of highly contagious derangement… when he's wearing the Mask.
  • Laughably Evil: His masked self is one of those, with cartoonish behavior like riding on a child bicycle (plus a pogo stick and a book!), bouncing his head on the pavement, giving straitjackets made out of wedgies, and seeing stars when Pretorius hits him with an Hyperspace Mallet pulled from Masked Neuman's pocket.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: Masked Dr. Neuman, while psychotic, is not as evil like the other villains who end up with the Mask, as he at least restrains himself from doing more than putting people in both bird cages and wedgie straitjackets (even if Charlie and Stanley only escape grisly fates through borderline blind luck). And of course, even when he goes along with a guy he recognizes as just as insane as him in Pretorius, Neuman is only trying to murder Stanley as opposed to Pretorius preparing to nuke the city!
  • Pet the Dog: Masked Dr. Neuman spares the Police Officer even though she tried to get double clearance on him, and spares Charlie Schumaker from having a lobotomy after his appointment alarm went off on his watch and puts him in a wedgie straitjacket instead.
  • Psycho Psychologist: Again, when he wears the mask. He attacks random people to put them in wedgie straitjackets, nearly lobotomizes Charlie Schumaker, and tries to help Dr. Pretorius nuke Edge City because he decided that killing the population would end the "scourge" of Ipkissia Maskosis.
    Stanley: I take advice from that guy?! He's mad!
  • Reverse Psychology: In the animated series episode "Double Reverse", he suggests that Stanley use this as a way to make Stanley's life better. This advice winds up working a little too well, because since Stanley's acting like the Mask when he's not the Mask, he can't change into the Mask anymore.
  • The Shrink: A certified psychiatrist. Stanley goes after him for advice in the movie, and follows suit in the cartoon.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: In the animated series, he's afraid of dogs, which makes him particularly uncomfortable around Milo.

    Loki 
  • The Ghost: He never appears in person, at least not in the first movie.
  • God of Darkness: Loki is described as a night god on the first movie, which is why the Mask only works at night. However, Loki displays no night-related powers himself and his powers aren't affected at all during the day.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: The creator of the mask, but he is not a direct threat.

Animated Series

    Dr. Pretorius 
Voiced by: Tim Curry
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The closest thing Stanley Ipkiss has to a personal arch-nemesis, Dr. Pretorius is a crazed cybernetically enhanced scientist seeking to seize control of the Mask and/or perform megalomaniacal "experiments" that if completed would result in the destruction of Edge City or the Earth itself.


  • Big Bad: The main antagonist of the animated series.
  • Character Catchphrase: "Mental note: [some observation regarding recent events]".
  • Creepy Mascot Suit: When Pretorius wears The Mask, he turns into a Giant Spider that looks like a mascot suit, although it's just Pretorius' cyborg head with the mask on.
  • Cyborg: He cybernetically reconstructed his upper torso so he could detach his head on a set of spider-legs, allowing head and body to operate independently of each other. He explains in his introductory episode that he did it as a way to lighten his workload, so he could divide his work between head and body projects.
  • Evil Brit: While he's not actually British, he is voiced by Tim Curry and speaks in an RP accent, so fills this role within the series.
  • Expy: He looks a lot like Eugene Rapaz, a drug dealer from the comics. Tone down the mohawk and replace the eye lenses with glasses...
  • Hammerspace: The tiny circular base of his head has the mechanisms to drive six small legs, a computer interface jack, various tools, a neural interface and circuitry, and one would assume a complex life support system to keep him alive without a body (albeit such a system may be meant for short term use as he's almost always attached to his robotic body).
  • Heel Realization: Averted. He rejects the accusation that he is evil and explains that he is first and foremost a man of science. When he wears the mask and finally sees his monstrous inner self, he nonchalantly notes that he may be evil after all.
  • Losing Your Head: When it happens, it grows spider legs!
  • Mad Scientist: Sometimes planning the weirdest things possible For Science!. For instance, taking pictures of aquatic sea life living on the moons of Neptune... by destroying Edge City with a nuclear bomb, as the blast would provide a super-powerful flash so his camera could reach that far. Or trying to get a fake Mayor Tilton elected so he could turn Edge City into a toxic waste dump and experiment with those chemicals as a supply of mutagenic agents.
  • Power Makes Your Voice Deep: During the one time that he wears the mask.
  • Shout-Out: He shares his name with the mad scientist from Bride of Frankenstein.
  • Villain Decay: In his first appearance, he was a serious and dangerous antagonist who came up with a relatively credible plan (by cartoon standards, that is) and almost killed Stanley at least twice. In later episodes, while he would still turn out to be a threat occasionally, his plans became much goofier, and he started becoming more of a Butt-Monkey like other villains. Granted, with an opponent like the Mask, it was probably inevitable.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: Speaks with a British accent mixed with Central European, but it's not clear what his actual accent is.

    Lonnie the Shark and his gang 
Voiced by: Glenn Shadix (Lonnie the Shark) and Charlie Adler (Pete)

Lonnie the Shark is a local crime boss who controls a gang of bike-riding thugs that harass Edge City.


  • Crossdresser: In a humorous scene, at one point, Lonnie puts on a dress while posing as a teacher.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Lonnie can be very deadpan at times. For example when Pete frantically tells him the Mask is out to get him, Lonnie sarcastically responds with the incident on when Pete encountered the 'monster dog' earlier on. And he shows very little enthusiasm at the meeting with other villians and Pretorius. Pete has his moments with his witty remarks towards others.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Pete receives the far end of this when Milo releases the dogs he teased earlier.
  • Nice Character, Mean Actor: He is the portrayer of Barney knockoff Barnaby!
  • Scary Teeth: While human, he sports shark-like teeth.
  • The Team Normal: A villain example. Surprisingly despite having a few unusual quirks, Lonnie and his gang are the most average looking villains compared to their more fantastical compatriots.
  • Vile Villain, Laughable Lackey: While Lonnie looks the part of a crime boss, Pete is so wimpy and pathetic that one must wonder why Lonnie bring him along.
  • Visual Pun: Having shark fin-like hair and shark-like teeth, he's a loan shark.

    The Stinger 
Voiced by: Stuart Pankin
A beekeeper who attempted to genetically enhance his bees to become more productive. When they stung him, they caused him to mutate into a powerful humanoid bee, cursed with an insatiable appetite for sugar and honey. Desperate to survive, he began a crime spree in Edge City, first stealing the sugary goods he needed to live, then brainwashing its populace to produce food for him.
  • Bee Afraid: After being stung by the multiple genetically-altered bees, he mutates into a bee-human hybrid that is able to command swarms of bees, possesses insatiable hunger for honey and is capable of brainwashing anyone who gets stung by his bees.
  • Bee-Bee Gun: After mutating, Stinger can command a horde of bees to do his bidding.
  • Horror Hunger: He is perpetually starving, which is what drives him to supervillainy.
  • Mind Manipulation: The Stinger's bees has some form of venom that whenever they sting someone, their victim will be under his thrall.
  • Punny Name: His real name is Buzz Stingman.
  • Tragic Villain: Zigzagged. Played straight in his initial appearance, where he was mutated against his will and even reverted back to normal. Subverted in that he returned to villainy and presumably transformed himself back into the Stringer voluntarily.
  • Villainous Glutton: He starves for honey and the Mask takes advantage of that to beat him.

    Tempest 
Voiced by: Bud Cort
A former Weatherman named Fritz Drizzle, who was struck by lightning and gained the power to control the weather as a result, which he uses to exact revenge on those who disrespected him.

    Gorgonzola 
Voiced by: Cree Summer
An ancient Mesopotamian cheese witch who can possess anyone who removes her cursed amulet from her tomb.

    Kablamus 
Voiced by: Jim Cummings
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: Was originally a scientist who viewed balloons popping as a shortcoming and tried to make one that could expand indefinitely. It failed, and getting caught in its explosion bonded him to the chemicals used to create it, allowing him to explode as many times as he wants.
  • Punny Name: Of the rather unfortunate variety; his real name is Joe Blow.
  • Spontaneous Human Combustion: His power. He can inflate himself and explode and somehow, he can put himself back together.

    Putty Thing and Fish Guy 
Voiced by: Cam Clarke (Putty Thing) and Jeff Bennett (Fish Guy)
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A pair of nerds from Stanley's local comic shop who decided to get even when Lt. Kellaway bullied them by seeking to irradiate themselves and gain super powers. Initially, they hoped to become "bug-men" like their favorite superhero, but they forgot the bug to fuse their genes with once irradiated. An accident when they were being transported by ambulance resulted in the radioactive nerds being flung into two different shops; one fell into a pottery place and became an animate mass of clay, whilst the other fell into a fishmonger's shop and became a sapient fish. Taking on the names Putty Thing and Fish Guy, they became Edge City's most ineffectual supervillains.


  • Beware the Silly Ones: Putty Thing is very stupid, but his power occasionally gives even the Mask trouble.
  • Blob Monster: Putty Thing is a living mass of clay. He's the only one of the "Terrible Two" that can actually pose some threat against the Mask like turning his hands into a sledge hammer or transforming into a King Cobra.
  • Butt-Monkey: Fish Guy is always the butt of everyone's jokes.
  • Character Catchphrase: Fish Guy has two:
    • "X has got cooler powers than me!"
    • "He's making fun of me!"
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: When Fish Guy wears the mask and becomes Shark Dude, he's far more threatening.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: They are clear caricatures of Wayne and Garth.
  • Surfer Dude: They're a, like, totally supervillain twist on this trope, dudes.
  • Too Dumb to Live: They're both pretty stupid (as evidenced by how they mutated), but Putty Thing can't even spell "I" without Fish Guy's help.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: In all honesty, Fish Guy is even lamer than Stanley Ipkiss. The kid can't even swim and he's now a mutant fish.
  • Youth Is Wasted on the Dumb: The reason they're like this is because they thought it's a good idea to douse themselves in radioactive materials and get superpowers.

    Skillit 
Voiced by: Jason Marsden ("Shadow of a Skillit"), Benny Grant ("All Hallow's Eve and "Enquiring Masks Want to Know")
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"This may come as a shock, but I'm over 4,000 years old, and I've known everyone who has ever possessed the mask! Or should I say the mask has possessed?"

A millennia-old mischievous imp who hails from the Shadowland, and can use his own Living Shadow to steal the shadows from other people, causing them to rapidly age, and allowing him to remain forever young. Claims to have known every prior user of the Mask and is quite disappointed at the current incarnation's relative benevolence.


  • Allergic to Routine: Despises adults due to being adherent to jobs and strict careers, and how children are often confined to schools. As such, he enjoys causing chaos and going on a rampage.
  • Anything but That!: His reaction to being taken to school after he's defeated in his debut episode.
  • Brought Down to Normal: This happens in his debut episode, as his powers and immortality are rooted in his shadow, which managed to flee into the portal back to the Shadowland, without him, just before it closed. This doesn't last long, however, as he regains them when he's reunited with his shadow in "All Hallow's Eve".
  • Enfant Terrible: Despite being over 4,000 years old, he certainly qualifies. His idea of a "fun time" is either torture or a bloodthirsty rampage. Heck, the Mask even calls him this verbatim when they first meet!
  • Expy: Of Peter Pan, specifically the version from Peter Pan & the Pirates (who was also voiced by Jason Marsden).
  • The Fair Folk: A whimsical supernatural being prone to mischief and extreme brutality whenever it suits him.
  • Growing Up Sucks: The main reason why he steals the youth of mortals via their shadows.
  • Immortal Immaturity: He may be 4,000 years old, but he's still a selfish little brat.
  • Living Shadow: It's also the source of his powers.
  • Necromancer: In "All Hallow's Eve", he brings back three long dead former wearers of the Mask.
  • Never Grew Up: Because he doesn't want to.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Oh, yeah. To him, some of the most evil people in history (i.e. Blackbeard, Attila the Hun, Genghis Khan) are "a bunch of fun guys", and he gets his kicks off slaughtering innocents or just plain torture. To him suffering and horror are interchangeable with fun and games.
  • Older Than They Look: Looks 12, is actually several millennia older than that.
  • Rapid Aging: What happens to his victims when he steals their shadows. The Mask is the only one immune to this.
  • Really 700 Years Old: He's over 4,000 years old, but in his own words, doesn't looks a day over 12.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Has red irises and yellow sclera.
  • Shout-Out: A bit to Mr. Mxyzptlk from the Superman franchise, since he can be banished back to his dimension by saying "Mask" backwards. But this isn't instantaneous, rather it opens a portal and the Mask nearly gets sucked in himself.
  • Spoiled Brat: He's so smug because he always had things going his way.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He's typically childish but always smug and confident, until the Mask gets the better of him. Then he throws a massive tantrum.
  • Villainous Friendship: With The Mask's previous owners. Apparently so heartfelt Skillit actually greets the current one with a big, friendly hug.

    Bub 
Voiced by: Jonathan Harris
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  • Actor Allusion: In the episode "Convention of Evil", he refers to The Mask as a "Neanderthal Ninny", which was one of the many Catchphrase Insults used by one of Jonathan Harris' most well known roles, Dr. Smith, in Lost in Space.
  • Affably Evil: Despite being Satan himself, he's actually polite and cordial.
  • Deal with the Devil: His M.O. and how he fooled Stanley into going to Hell.
  • Lampshade Hanging: When it's time for Bub to collect, Stanley protests that the others he made a deal with are still around to enjoy whatever they wanted. Bub says his other clients all had lawyers to finalize their deals, whereas Stanley impulsively signed the contract without reading all of it.
  • Louis Cypher: "Bub" can pass as a nickname, but it being short for "Beelzebub" is left to the viewer to recognize.
  • Read the Fine Print: His contracts all include extremely tiny print relating to important loopholes and details. He says all his previous clients thought to check before signing, and he mocks Stanley for not doing so.
  • The Shadow Knows: His shadow shows his true devil appearance.
  • Tom the Dark Lord: He certainly doesn't mind to be called Bub rather than "The Devil".

    Dr. Amelia Chronos 
Voiced by: Victoria Caroll
A Mad Scientist who creates devices that can manipulate time for her own nefarious schemes.
  • A God Am I: She's certainly off her rocker considering she claims herself to be "Mistress of Time". And that she's obviously messing with time for her own selfish gains which is why The Mask opposes her.
  • And I Must Scream: The Mask unwittingly (or intentionally) subjects Chronos with a time loop where she gets crushed by a grandfather clock over and over again. It took 1,000 years to break free, but this made her more vengeful than ever. Things got worse for her when she later got caught in another time loop, this time involving an exploding cheese bomb.
  • Hoist by Their Own Petard: Chronos would be subjected by the same devices she used to control time with.
  • It's Personal: While Villains do seek revenge against The Mask, Chronos' thirst for it is way beyond the norm, matching her so-called "God-Complex".
  • Smug Snake: With all that power, Chronos has a big ego. Unfortunately for her, the Mask is the King of Ego-Breaking.
  • Time Master: She uses an array of devices to manipulate time itself.

    Chet Bozzack 
Voiced by: Dan Castellaneta
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A former childhood bully of Stanley who managed to get a job at the bank. He has reformed his bullying ways, but the urge to hurt others still lurks inside of him, waiting for something to let it out. Like half of the mask when it's split into two pieces.


  • Heel Realization: After being forced to almost kill Stanley by his mask half, he realizes what a horrible person he was, ridding him of his urge to bully.
  • Mythology Gag: His half mask self is a better example of how Bighead from the comics acted than Stanley does in the cartoon.
  • Never My Fault: Subverted. While he acknowledges that he "had it coming" in regards to him getting expelled from Edge City High School, he still partly blames Stanley.
  • Reformed Bully: He's supposedly this, though Stanley's trauma as a victim of his still makes him wary.
  • The Sociopath: Chet's bullying was actually a deep psychological issue that he has a therapist to help him keep under control. When he wears part of the mask, half of him is turned into an outright evil murderous maniac.

    Evelyn/Eve 
Voiced by: Kath Soucie
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"Hiya Sugar"

Evelyn is a shy, quiet woman and Stanley's one-time date. When she accidentally puts on the mask, she becomes Eve, a vamp of a woman who's head-over-heels for Stanley.


  • Abhorrent Admirer: Played with, as Stanley likes Evelyn but is terrified of her Eve persona due to both her unpredictability as a wearer of The Mask and her aggressively coming onto him. To recap, as soon as she puts the mask on, she declares that she's in love with him and proceeds to smother him in hugs and kisses, much to his dismay. He does come to see just how polite and kind she is since she does not try to do anything harmful to him and is conflicted if he should remove her face or not but decide to do it to bring Evelyn back. Still, he does come to care for Eve's safety and even saved her from getting captured by Pretorius, even though he ends up being captured himself.
  • Action Girl: As Eve, she has all of the Mask's powers and wastes no time in confronting Pretorius when he kidnaps Stanley by accident.
  • Affectionate Nickname: When she's Eve, she calls Stanley her "screwball rabbit".
  • All Women Are Lustful: As Eve, as she spends the majority of her episode clinging to Stanley and trying to kiss him.
  • Bespectacled Cutie: As Evelyn, she wears glasses that emphasizes the shy, sweet side of her personality.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Evelyn fires upon Dr. Pretorius when he tries to kill Stanley.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Eve dresses up like a vamp and has a Southern American accent and acts like one as well, but like The Mask she is very powerful as she fights against Pretorius and most likely like The Mask would have used her power to save the planet if Stanley did not take her face off.
  • Big Eater: Eve, like the Mask, is shown eating a whole bowl of pork rinds.
  • Birds of a Feather: As Evelyn, she and Stanley have a lot of things in common.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Eve, being wacky, fun loving, and impulsive, while also making an alien face in reply to Stanley making one early to Evelyn. But like the Mask she's harmless and cares about Stanley and is in madly love with him as well.
  • Distaff Counterpart:
    • Eve is pretty much The Mask in a dress because like him she is genuinely insane but she is also a superhero like him as she fights Pretorius and tries to stop his body from activating the button.
    • As Evelyn, she is basically an even shyer, female version of Stanley.
  • Endearingly Dorky: Both Evelyn and Eve are this due to the fact that they like Aliens and She-Ra which Eve transforms herself into them while fighting Pretorius to save Stanley from him.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Eve goes off strong but does not force herself on Stanley, showing just like him to respect men's private boundaries. Later on, she regrets throwing Stanley through the ceiling once she sees he's frightened, while also noticing she forgot that he is not like her. She rejects joining Pretorius because mostly she prefers Stanley over him, and partly that he is a madman that is willing to destroy the world and hurting people to get what he wants.
  • Forceful Kiss: Eve delivers a couple to Stanley after putting the mask on, much to his chagrin.
  • Gag Lips: As Eve, she has a pair of big, red lips that sometimes grows to comedic sizes when she tries kiss Stanley.
  • Hot-Blooded: As Eve.
  • The Lad-ette: As Eve, she is a very wild party animal who aggressively pursues Stanley, which contrasts the more shy and bookish Evelyn.
  • Lady in Red: As Eve, she wears a revealing red dress with matching high heels.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: As Eve, she is mad about Stanley. Emphasis on MAD!
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Eve. Emphasis on the "Manic" part.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: As Eve, she is much more aggressive and wild compared to the shy and meek Stanley.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: As Eve, much to Stanley's horror.
  • Nice Girl: Evelyn and Eve are this with them being sweet and kind to people who are nice to them.
  • Prim and Proper Bun: As Evelyn, she wears one to emphasis her shy, bookish personality.
  • Sexier Alter Ego: Eve is this due to being much more taller, wears a red dress, has jewelry and a necklace around her neck, earrings around her square ears, red lips, blue eyeshadows and has a ponytail around the back of her head as well. She is very confident as well telling Stanley that she loves him in no time at all.
  • Southern Belle: Eve speaks with a light Southern accent and is a Nice Girl, along with being very ladylike, despite her too strong nature.
  • The Vamp: Eve is this to a T. Downplayed as she is genuinely a caring, kind, fun-loving and nice woman who does have morals and she is not evil as she wants Stanley to kiss her back and does not try to force herself on him.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Eve will go after anyone who intends to harm Stanley and will attack them to save him such as attacking Pretorius for kidnapping Stanley and trying to kill him.

    Vicky Pratt/Davida Steelmine 
Voiced by: Cree Summer
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"I do more than just illusions."

Stanley's old high school crush who is now a famous illusionist. Her live stage shows provide the perfect alibi for her, as she is also a skilled jewel thief. She is in love with Stanley but hates The Mask.


  • The Ace: According to Stanley, she was Class Valedictorian, Head Cheerleader and the Homecoming Queen when they were in high school. And she is a damn good magician.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She acts like a charming, professional magician to hide the fact that she is a cunning jewel thief.
  • Dating Catwoman: Averted. While she and Stanley do have mutual feelings for each other, once he learned the truth about her thieving ways, he decided to stop her.
    Stanley: Vicky Pratt is just an illusion. And Davida Steelmine is a criminal.
  • Disappearing Box: Uses this on The Mask twice.
  • Escape Artist: We never see her in action, but is implied to be one when The Mask captures her and puts her in a straight jacket and chains. She probably would've escaped... if Doyle hadn't earlier made The Mask aware that there's always a weak link in the old "chained up" escape trick.
    Davida: What makes you think this will hold me?
    Mask: (pulls a chain link out of her hat) Hmm, I guess because I removed the weak link. (winks)
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: She doesn't seem to understand why Stanley rejects her after she confesses to being a criminal and it's implied that she sincerely thought he would have changed his mind and be with her.
  • Give Geeks a Chance: She was the prettiest and most popular girl in high school, and Stanley had the biggest crush on her. And when they meet up again years later, she admits to him that she had a huge crush on him right back, and judging from the backstage pass she sent him and how she acts around him, hasn't stopped crushing on him.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Vicky seems fond of the color purple.
  • Greed: Seems to be her motive for crime, as she merely told Stanley that she "loves jewels".
  • Impossibly Awesome Magic Trick: She can create very convincing illusions (including illusion doubles of herself), was able to teleport The Mask from the Coco Bongo to the city harbor twice, can shoot fireballs from her hat, and can even jump into her hat to make a quick escape.
  • Likes Clark Kent, Hates Superman: Turns out Stanley's crush on her was mutual, and she liked him enough to reveal her secrets as a jewel thief to him, because after all, "magicians never reveal their secrets". The Mask, however, she can't stand, much to his shock.
    Mask: Does this mean you really do like Stanley more than me?
    Davida: (faux gasps) You figured it out. You're a genius.
    Mask: I know.
  • Stage Magician: A rare female example.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Well, she tries, after escaping the straight jacket and chains that were purposefully sabotaged to prevent Escape Artist use and left an illusion behind in Doyle and Kellaway's patrol car. Unfortunately, her teleportation trick through her hat leaves the hat behind and The Mask yanks her back out to face justice.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: She genuinely seems to have feelings for Nice Guy Stanley.

    The Goofalotatots 

Stinko, Pinko, and Snot

Voiced by: Jess Harnell (Stinko), Frank Welker (Pinko), and Candi Milo (Snot)
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From left to right; Snot, Stinko and Pinko

The stars of both Stanley and The Mask's favorite cartoon. They are kidnapped by Pretorius and replaced with robotic duplicates in a scheme to disable all of Edge City's authority figures.



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