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Comic Book

  • While the climax of "The Hunt for Green October" is enough to invoke a lifetime of Adult Fear, the ending is pretty sweet. Ray Tuttle, the man who just wanted payback on Sky City's dirty elite, now finds himself under the crosshairs of a Nazi cult who wants the Mask to rule the world, and they go so far as to use his daughter to blackmail him. Little does he know that she had gotten a hold of the Mask and was out exacting her own brand of revenge, and when they decide to use Ray as hostage to barter for the mask (after she takes out all other gangs vying for it like punks), she decides to have her dear Daddy become Big Head one last time so he can take out the Nazi filth. After doing so, he retains enough sanity to save the girl's life from an explosion (caused by the Nazi leader in a Taking You with Me moment), and when they're safe, she pleads to Ray to stop being Big Head ever again, having finally realized for herself how it pushes people to violence and murder, and she doesn't want anybody else to end up like her mother. So she pleads to him for her mother's sake. Hammering it home is the fact that she had stopped speaking ever since witnessing her mother's death, and the kid finally talking to him for the first time in months, probably a couple of years, showing that she had finally come to grips with what happened... Well, it's a rare moment of levity in such an over-the-top-violent comic.


  • When Stanley and Tina go to the bridge to get rid of the mask for good.
    Stanley: Are you sure about this? Once this guys' gone, all that's left is me?
    Tina: (takes the mask from Stanley, and unhesitatingly throws it into the river)
    (Cue the Big Damn Kiss)
  • After Stanley's been arrested (thanks to Dorian), Tina visits him in prison to warn him about Dorian's plan to attack the charity ball. We then get this exchange:
    Tina: Thanks.
    Stanley: For what?
    Tina: Lots of things. Sharing the sunset with me. For being the only guy who's ever treated me like a person and not some sort of party favor. For being any kind of romantic, even a hopeless one.
    Stanley: ...You're welcome.
    Tina: You know that night at the club? I knew I'd found someone special.
    Stanley: [rolls his eyes dejectedly] The Mask.
    Tina: No, it was the guy inside the mask. It was you, all along. Stanley... Ip... kiss.
  • Even though it leads to the massive Mood Whiplash that was her Face–Heel Turn reveal, and it was very likely that she was lying through her teeth the whole time, you gotta admit, Peggy's little "You Are Better Than You Think You Are" Speech to Stanley was pretty damn sweet.
    Peggy: Look, I don't know what's happening to you, Stanley... but I do know this; that letter that you sent my column? That was from a guy with more guts... and more heart, than any of the creeps that I've met in this city. Whatever that mask is... you don't need it. You, Stanley Ipkiss, are already all you'll ever need to be.
    • And even after the betrayal, Peggy also reveals that she didn't want Stanley to be harmed, protesting against Dorian that he promised he wouldn't hurt Stanley. Luckily, Stanley is mostly unharmed, despite him being arrested. But her showing concern and standing up for him shows she still at least cares somewhat about him.
  • Milo's interactions with Stanley, he's a really loyal dog.
    • This also applies to the animated series, where it's shown on several occasions that The Mask adores Milo just as much as Stanley does.
  • The scene where Stanley and Peggy first meet and talk about the letter he sent to her "Ask Peggy" column is downright adorable.
    Stanley: You really think hundreds of women are looking for a guy like me?
    Peggy: Sure... I'm one of 'em.

Animated Series

  • The fact that Peggy could easily reveal Stanley's secret identity to the world and get the front page story she's always wanted (heck, she's even joked about it a couple times throughout the series), but she doesn't. Here she is, sitting on what could possibly be the biggest story ever; "Identity of The Mask Revealed!"... And she doesn't say a word. Not only is Peggy a good Secret Keeper, she's a good friend.
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  • There are very few instances where the Mask doesn’t get distracted by whatever trivial thing he wants to do and leaps right into action... and most of the time, it’s because of Milo. It just really makes it clear just how much both Stanley and The Mask care about that dog.
    The Mask: There are certain things in this world which are taboo, forbidden, verboten. AND MESSING WITH INNOCENT DOGS AND BABY SEALS IS TOP OF THE LIST!

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