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     Stanley Ipkiss 

Stanley Ipkiss / 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!"
  • Acting Unnatural: Once he gets ahold of the Mask, it happens a lot.
  • 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. Neither the movie, nor the animated series is anywhere remotely this bad:
    • In the movie, Ipkiss is a genuinely nice guy; he does rob a bank at one point and messes around with the police, but he doesn't actually want to hurt anybody, and ultimately stops the real Big Bad.
    • In the animated series, Ipkiss has graduated to a full-on hero; he is still not above trolling authority and people as a whole, especially when they're jerks, but Stanley otherwise tries to use the Mask's power as a force of good, and does so with relative success.
  • 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.
  • Adorkable: In the movie and the animated series? Yes. The comics? Not so much.
  • 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.
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: In the movies, The Mask has a Nordic/Viking origin (specifically, it's said to have belonged to Loki himself). In the comics, it's African.
  • Bad Liar: Somebody stole his pajamas!
  • 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 Awesome: As The Mask he's completely bald and he's an unstoppable cartoonish superheero.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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 to death because she sees it as the only way to stop him from killing more people.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Catchphrase: "Sssssssmokin'!" and "Somebody stop me!" On a lesser note, "But first..."
  • 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.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: The Mask personality.
  • Comically Invincible Hero: Again, with the powers of the Mask.
  • 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.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In the comic. Bikers who roughed him up? All murdered, even the innocent ones in their hideout. Cheating mechanics? Murdered and descrated. 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 havok and killing he did, Stanley finally died at the end of the first volume at the hands of his ex-girlfriend Kathy, who was wearing the Mask for the first time.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fatal Flaw: Hubris. In both the comic and the film, Stanley gets too reliant on the power of the Mask, which allows other characters to get the drop on him.
    • In the comics Stanley commits a series of murders and treats Kathy like dirt. As soon as he takes off the mask, Kathy shoots him.
    • In the film Stanley robs a bank and woos Tina, antagonizing both the police and the mob. A piece of his clothing is shot off and reverts back into Stanley's pyjamas which Kellaway spots.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Definitely in the comic. In the movie he starts out this way when the mask first gives him a little bit of the power he didn't have in his normal life, ( shooting at thugs, getting petty revenge on some mechanics with a horrifying prank, and robbing a bank) but he eventually mellows out.
  • 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!
  • Harmful to Minors: In the comics, he killed a teacher in front of her students because she'd embarrassed him as a child.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Except in the comics, where he's a Villain Protagonist.
  • Heroic Host: In one episode of the cartoon, Skillit, a fairy who used to hang out with the Mask implies that it's wearers used to be much more violent and murderous, like in the comics, but Stanley turned the Mask into a much more heroic, though no less deranged, force. Though this may have to do with just who those previous hosts were: Atilla, Blackbeard and Genghis Khan are three that Skillet names.
  • I Have This Friend...: Stanley claims to be old college buddies with "The Mask".
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The Mask is usually a naughty trickster who likes to mess with people and while not evil he's certainly kinda of a jerk. Despite this he's ready to do good for people and saving others when they're in danger.
  • Large Ham: both as the 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.
  • Nice Guy: In the movie and animated series, very much so due to the massive Adaptational Heroism. Lampshaded by both Tina and Peggy in the movie.
  • No Fourth Wall: When wearing the mask, Stanley speaks right to the camera several times, and even shushes the audience so he can walk past his landlady's door.
  • Only Sane Man: Stanley whenever he's NOT wearing the mask, especially in the animated series.
  • Sexier Alter Ego: Note that he's not more physically attractive (unless you're into that sort of thing), but more confident and impulsive (and gets Reality Warper powers), and that's why he gets the Love Interest in the end.
  • 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.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Died in The Mask issue 00, but is alive in the movie and animated series.
  • Troll: As the Mask, especially in the Animated Series.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Common cold in the Animated Series. Although it's because Stanley himself is sick, leading the Mask to be vulnerable.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Whenever Stanley puts on the mask.
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     Lt. Kellaway 

Lieutenant Mitch Kellaway (Peter Riegert / Neil Ross)

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Somebody STOLE your pajamas?
  • Adaptational Jerkass: His dislike of the Mask is completely justified in the comic, and while he is a misguided Hero Antagonist in the movie, he overall does nothing the could be considered unreasonable. 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 arrest 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.
  • The Comically Serious: His refusal to even be remotely amused by the Mask's antics only add to the hilarity.
  • 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.
  • 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 "Bighead" to a fist fight. One Curb-Stomp Battle later, Bighead'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.
  • 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.
  • 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 seems to only use deadly force against those who use it on him.
  • 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-Bighead ends up on the hook for Bighead-Stanley's numerous horrible crimes.

     Walter 

Walter

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  • 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 is flat-out Nigh Invulnerable even to the Mask's supernatural powers, and can only be defeated by being sent away or trapped somewhere.
  • 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 Normal: In the comic. Although Walter isn't a superhuman in a comic book sense, his large build 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: In the comic.
  • The Brute: More so in the comics than the cartoon, where he was a mob hitman and enforcer.
  • The Comically Serious: In the cartoon. No matter all the absurd hijinks the Mask throws at him, he still keeps a serious, stoic face.
  • The Dragon: To Dr. Pretorius in the cartoon, to the mob in the comics.
  • Dragon Ascendant: This is averted for a good while - no matter how many of his bosses get killed by Big Head, he's content to wait around (even turning himself into the police once) until someone else hires him. It takes until The Hunt For Green October for him to pursue The Mask under his own motivations.
  • Evil Redhead: In the cartoon, sometimes also portraited 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.
  • 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 dream sequence Walter had his head taken off and just reattached it, while in reality he's survived third-degree burns and copious amounts of blood loss.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: 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.
  • President Evil: There's a Spin-Off miniseries (the last work taking place in the The Mask universe done by the original team) titled Campaign of Terror in which Walter (successfully!) runs for mayor.
  • Self-Mutilation Demonstration: Just to be clear here- comic Walter can bleed, though it doesn't seem to really hurt him. Cartoon Walter is impervious to wounds. That said... in the comics he had a disgusting habit of cutting himself just to mess with people's heads.
  • 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: On one occasion he got his hands on the mask. When he tried to put it on, however, it just fell 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 with Good Publicity: Taken to ludicrous levels in Campaign of Terror. He's on trial for 28 counts of murder, but when a crazed gunman runs into the room Walter breaks his arm, saving the jury and judge who then hail him as a hero and declare him innocent. The first thing he does when he gets out is pummel his landlord in front of television cameras - but the cameras also filmed the landlord throwing out a destitute single mother, and the footage is edited to make Walter appear a champion of the oppressed.
  • The Voiceless: He has no dialogue. In the comics, it's revealed he is this due to getting shot in the throat.

Characters from the Comic

     Katherine 
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 him into taking it off.
  • 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.
  • 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: Only known as Katherine or Kathy, his surname is unknown until now.
  • 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.
  • 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.

     Ray Tuttle 

Ray Tuttle

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     Lionel 

Detective Lionel

  • Adapted Out: He is omitted in the film and the animated series.
  • Angry Black Man: Lionel turned into one when Kellaway/Big Head started fighting the police, and challenged Big Head to a fist fight. Big Head almost killed him, and would have if Kellaway hadn't regained control of himself.
  • Black Best Friend: Oh hell, Lionel is Kellaway's ONLY friend!
  • Black Dude Dies First: Subverted, as Lionel is one of the few people Big Head doesn't end up killing.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Lionel is either an idiot for challenging Bighead 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.

     Mask Hunters 

Mask Hunters

A group of crypto-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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 real purpose in the plot is to show up at the end for the climactic fight scene. Everything before that is just them showing how evil they are so we know it's okay to kill them.
  • 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. Turns out she's not as defenseless as they expected.
  • 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.

Characters from the Film

     Milo 

Milo

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"Tee hee hee!"
  • Action Pet: Despite just being a small jack russel terrier dog, Milo gets his share of the action, especially when he gets to wear the Mask.
  • 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.
  • 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: While wearing the mask, Milo's alter-ego is as mischievous and cartoonish as Stanley.
  • 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!"
  • Betty and Veronica: The beautiful and exotic mobster's girlfriend, she's the Veronica to Peggy as the Betty. Subverted in that [[spoilers: she was pretty straightforward in her relationship with Stanley, unlike Peggy]]. In the end of the movie, it wasn't Peggy, but Tina who won over Stanley; but she was Adapted Out of the cartoon.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: When the movie was adapted into a Saturday morning cartoon, Tina was never seen and her existence was not acknowledged.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Not cold, just a little aloof at first, and long before she learns for a certainty that he's the Mask, she's actually quite friendly with Stanley.
  • Distressed Damsel: During the final showdown in the Coco Bongo, being tied next to a bomb.
  • Expy: Of Kathy, Stanley's girlfriend, from the comics.
  • Femme Fatale: She uses her allure on Stanley, who's completely Distracted by the Sexy
  • Ms. Fanservice: Cameron Diaz as a sexy club singer? Yep
  • Reformed Criminal: She starts the movie as Dorian's girlfriend and accomplice in casing the bank but abandons crime the first chance she gets.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Tied up and with a bomb counting down at her feet, her quick thinking enables her to get the mask off Dorian.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: When Stanley asks her whether she's sure about throwing the mask away because all that'd be left is him, she responds by throwing it into the bay herself and kissing him.
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     Charlie Schumaker 

Charlie Schumaker (Richard Jeni / Mark L. Taylor)

     Doyle 

Detective Doyle (Jim Doughan / Jim Cummings)

  • 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.
  • Friendly Enemy: Tried to shake Stanley's hand after he saved the day.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: He's so dumb it's clearly Played for Laughs.
  • 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)

  • 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 Woman: 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 extravangant compared to Tina, Peggy is the Betty. Subverted in that [[spoilers: Peggy betrayed Stanley to Dorian for money (even though he "promised" not to hurt Stanley), while Tina was more strightforward 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 .
  • 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.
  • Going for the Big Scoop: In the cartoon.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Secret Keeper: In the animated series. Out of Stanley's 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.

     Dorian Tyrell 

Dorian Tyrell (Peter Greene)

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"That guy dancing with Tina?! He's dead meat!"
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"WHATARUSH!"
  • 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 an earlier draft of the script and the extended workprint version of the film, he all but outright states 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.
  • Character Death: He doesn't come back in the cartoon or the sequel
  • Domestic Abuse: Don't see too much in the movie, but it seems pretty obvious anyway.
  • Evil Counterpart: Like Stanley, Dorian is abused and undermined by people above him in the food chain (in his case, mostly Niko.) 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 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. See below.

     Niko 

Niko (Orestes Matacena)

  • Asshole Victim: He is killed by Dorian once he gets the mask.
  • Bad Boss: Uses Dorian's mouth for a golf tee in once scene.
  • 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.

     Mayor Tilton 

Mayor Tilton (Ivory Ocean / Kevin Michael Richardson)

  • 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)

  • 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, whilst wearing the Mask himself, he becomes convinced that people describing the existence of the Mask-as-individual are suffering from a disorder he calls Ipkissia Maskosis.
  • Ax-Crazy: When he wears the mask in the animated series. It is frightening.
  • The Cameo: The only character from the first movie to appear in the sequel, which was probably for the best...
  • Deadpan Snarker: Emphasis on the "Deadpan". He's played by Ben Stein, what did you expect?
  • 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.

Characters from the Animated Series

     Dr. Pretorius 

Dr. Pretorius (Tim Curry)

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  • Big Bad: The main antagonist of the animated series.
  • 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 it between head and body projects.
  • 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...
  • Hammer Space: 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 non-chalantly notes that he may be evil after all.
  • Knight of Cerebus: In his first episode, until Villain Decay kicked in.
  • 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.

     Chet Bozzack 

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. Riding 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.
  • 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.
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