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"That thing on his face, it's a mask. He wears it in case some Earthling sneaks onto the Interceptor — while we're in space, mind you — and goes 'Ha ha! The Green Lantern on my planet is Hal Jordan! I'm telling everyone!'"
Kilowog on Hal Jordan's mask, Green Lantern: The Animated Series

A type of mask that covers only the eyes and the area around them. Often called a "Halloween mask" by people unaware of the technical term. This style of mask originated in Venice, Italy, for use during Carnival, but now is strongly associated with the superhero genre.

Its usefulness as a disguise varies; in Real Life, while covering the eye area is surprisingly effective against people who don't know the masked individual personally, it doesn't obscure enough of the face to fool anyone who's familiar with them out of costume. Suspension of Disbelief may be required when the hero is rescuing close friends or family members who aren't in on the secret.note 

In animation and comics, these masks will frequently be Expressive Masks that somehow bind to the wearer's face with no means of visible support. Theatre-savvy readers might assume the wearer is using spirit gum, but the mask often goes from drawer to face without any adhesive applied. Sometimes this effect is achieved by having makeup of the same color as the mask applied to the skin visible through the eye holes.

A domino mask will often compose the third part of Coat, Hat, Mask. For villains, a domino mask is also one of the standard accoutrements of the cartoon burglar. They are also commonly associated with raccoons, famously sneaky and thieving animals whose eye markings resemble the domino mask. Bonus points if the mask also removes the wearer's irises and pupils. For other less heroic variants, see Malevolent Masked Men. A Sleep Mask is generally a similar sort of shape, only without the eye holes. The glasses involved in literal Clark Kenting, by disrupting the features around the eyes, derives from a similar idea.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Hello! Sandybell: At the engagement party set up by the Shearers, Marc wears a black one while Sanydbell wears a red one. They still recognize each other and dance.
  • Isabelle of Paris: Count Red and his cronies wear this. Not that it stops Victor from sussing out his true identity, Andréa Laustin, Isabelle's older brother who supposedly died in the Battle of Champigny.
  • La Seine No Hoshi: The titular La Seine No Hoshi wears a frilly red mask. Being an Expy of Zorro, she also leaves red carnations as a Zorro Mark. Black Tulip wears one as well.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • Tuxedo Mask wore a white one.
    • Sailor Venus wore a frilly one when she was still Sailor V (and yes, she wears one in Codename: Sailor V)
    • Sailor Moon originally wore a similar mask in the manga but discarded it so often that it eventually disappeared from her character design entirely.
    • An early prototype for the main cast also depict Sailor Mars and Sailor Jupiter with costumes that also included slimmer, pointed versions of this type of mask. These were removed when the team's uniforms were streamlined.
  • Red Mantle of Haunted Junction wears a mask and costume suspiciously similar to Tuxedo Mask. A connection made even more explicit in an episode mid-way through the anime in which Haruto has to deal with a group of girls calling themselves the Sailors XO and imagines summoning Red Mantle, complete with top hat. Red Mantle begs him not to make him wear the hat. After an entire episode in which his sister, Blue Hanten, attempts to force him to take off his mask to see what's underneath (assuming he's hiding an ugly face), it comes out that he wears the mask because his beauty is so overwhelming that it will cause anyone regardless of gender or preference to fall in love with him and suffer from a massive headache as the effects wear off.
  • The Kryptonbrand assassin team in Knight Hunters: Weiß Side B wear these as their trademark.
  • Papillon from Buso Renkin wears a purple one of these that kind of looks like a butterfly (hence his name).
  • There's not really a term for what Hentai Kamen wears...
  • Characters of Hayate the Combat Butler often wear these as their Paper-Thin Disguise, although other people often see through the masks.
  • Phoenix in Honey Honey No Suteki Na Bouken wears a red mask resembling a Mardi Gras mask. Almost as oddly, it is also frilly.
  • Kotetsu T. Kaburagi of Tiger & Bunny wears a domino mask whenever he's on duty as Wild Tiger, both in and out of his Powered Armor.
  • Ransack from Transformers: Cybertron for some reason has his eyes drawn in a way so that he appears to be wearing a domino mask. Since Ransack is a Decepticon, this was actually supposed to make him look like a burglar.
  • Gran Torino in My Hero Academia is a rare example from the series, despite it centering on superheroes.

    Asian Animation 
  • Happy Heroes: The primary antagonist, Big M., wears a domino mask.
  • Motu Patlu: In "Super Duper Men", Motu and Patlu's superhero outfits feature masks of this kind.
  • Nana Moon: One of Keke's many transformations is a superhero in a red-and-blue costume that looks a lot like Superman's. This transformation's costume includes a red domino mask.

    Comic Books 
  • The Spirit: The titular character is one of the most famous and earliest examples. The first issue of Darwyn Cooke's series even offers a Hand Wave for why this works:
    Ginger Coffee: So what's with all your drama? I mean, the hat and mask don't hide much... is it how you get your freak on?
    The Spirit: [sighs, then covers Ginger's eyes] Describe me.
    Ginger Coffee: Riggght. I get it. You're a big blue average with a distraction stuck to his face.
  • Batman:
    • All the Robins. The original Robin, Dick Grayson, still retains the domino mask as Nightwing. He has explicitly stated that he holds it in place using spirit gum from an actor's toolkit. Tim Drake (Robin III) has also mentioned spirit gum in his persistent internal monologue.
      • Tim comes to regret this toward the end of his solo series, when half his head is burned to a crisp when he's caught in an exploding building. Two issues before, he wondered jokingly to himself why he only wears a domino mask as he jumped through a window, noting he'd be pulling glass out of his hair for weeks.
      • He seems to have learned his lesson from this, and his current identity of Red Robin features a full cowl.
    • A villain once asked Red Hood why he wears a mask under his helmet, to which he answers:
      "I did it once for dramatic effect and then it just got to be a habit."
    • Harley Quinn wears one as part of her outfit. She also wears a hat and full face paint, which gives the impression of a full mask. However this might have something to do with her costume being based on that of Harlequin, a stock character of the Italian Commedia dell'arte. However, once she loses the harlequin theme in the New 52, the mask is replaced with streaked eye makeup.
    • The Riddler. During the period where he becomes Edward Nygma, Genius Detective, he often wears glasses that evoke the same effect.
    • In the Adam West TV series, the Joker, the Penguin and Catwoman also wear these occasionally. One is forced to wonder who they think they're fooling.
    • Tim Drake: Robin: Darcy's domino mask is the extent of her costumed secret identity as Sparrow, since she wears normal clothes even while on the case.
  • And the rest of the DC Comics characters:
    • Most of the human Green Lanterns, but not John Stewart. He immediately discards the mask when his ring tries to give him one, stating that he refuses to hide who and what he is. Guy Gardner also goes without mask, which is mostly an ego thing in his case. Hal Jordan's also covers and hides the shape of his nose. Simon Baz doesn't wear a domino mask. Instead he wears a mask that covers his entire head except his mouth; effectively hiding his identity.
      • Kyle Rayner has a sort of... crab thing on his face instead. Despite covering substantially more of his face than the others, it seems to be less effective at hiding his identity; several people who were familiar with his artwork recognized it as exactly the sort of thing he'd design.
    • Most of the Green Arrow family, including Ollie Queen himself, his son Connor (Green Arrow II), Roy Harper (Speedy I), and Mia Dearden (Speedy II). Roy temporarily wore Cool Shades during his stint as Arsenal, but he's back to the domino mask now.
    • The Outsiders: Katana in her current costume. In older incarnations, she wore fuller head coverings.
    • Terra in Teen Titans. Her Post-Crisis counterpart Atlee doesn't wear one, though.
    • Ghost Fox Killer of the Chinese super-team the Great Ten.
    • Both versions of the Trickster in The Flash, except for when the first did a Heel–Face Turn of a sort.
    • Knockout, of the New Gods and Secret Six.
    • Superman's cousin Supergirl wears a red domino mask during her Red Lantern stint in Red Daughter of Krypton. In Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade, her enemy Superior Girl wears a purple domino mask.
    • One-time Superman villain Radion wears a dark-orange domino mask in Krypton No More.
    • In The Girl with the X-Ray Mind, the members of a criminal gang known as the Bank Busters wear tiny black domino masks.
    • Way of the World: Krallian Rangers wear small, pointy brown domino masks.
    • Wonder Woman (1942):
      • Doctor Poison (Maru) wore a black domino mask over the false face mask she wore to conceal her gender.
      • Mask (Nina Close) wore a domino mask and wig to hid her identity while acting as a villain. A large part of the reason these actually worked as a disguise was that her husband had essentially beaten her into acting meek, quiet and submissive at all times and as Mask she was the opposite of these things.
    • Wonder Woman's daughter Stephanie Trevor when she took up her mother's mantle in Superman & Batman: Generations.
    • Black Canary occasionally uses one Depending on the Artist. Usually it's used in modern works only on the first Black Canary (Dinah Drake) to distinguish her with the second one (Dinah Lance). In the classic Black Canary's case, a mask works well to hide her identity because she already wears a wig (her natural hair is black not blonde) and thus her identity is hidden even more.
    • DC Comics Bombshells sees Batwoman and the Batgirls with painted-on domino masks.
  • This is less prevalent in Marvel Comics, but happens occasionally:
    • Ms. Marvel: Carol Danvers mask as Ms. Marvel. The mask's uselessness was lampshaded by her parents, who weren't fooled in the least. This is also worn by "Dark Avengers" Ms. Marvel (Moonstone), who usually wears a different outfit, and Kamala Khan, who wears a simple figure-eight blue cloth mask. In Issue #22 of ''Ms. Marvel (2014), after Kamala reveals her identity to Josh/Discord, the latter comments that in hindsight a part of them had always known, since a domino mask isn't exactly heavy-duty concealment.
      "That mask doesn't exactly cover a whole lot, you know?"
    • X-Force: X-23 and Warpath. Despite the name, Domino doesn't wear one, although her facial marking resembles one half of a domino mask.
    • Bucky Barnes, both when he was Captain America's sidekick and when he was the Winter Soldier. Barnes dropped it when he became Cap. Rick Jones wore the same mask during his brief stint as Bucky, and the Heroes Reborn version of Bucky also wore a variation of this mask. Another patriotic character briefly used the name Bucky but changed it to avoid playing up a racist stereotype (he was black) and later adopted the name Battlestar. He wore a similar domino mask.
    • Lady Bullseye.
    • Spider-Man: The supporting character Black Cat wears a black, angular domino mask with windows much larger than her actual eyes. She actually hits both types of this trope, being both a superhero and a reformed cat burglar.
    • Jean Grey wore an outsize hood ornament variation with her second Marvel Girl costume.
    • Young Avengers has two: Stature with the traditional black, and Patriot who wears a red one (since his costume is based on Bucky's).
    • Diamondback wears a pink domino mask, as does the villain Batroc. They are both from the Captain America comics.
    • Emma Frost's incarnation in Marvel Adventures wears this as a costumed rogue "Silencer".
    • In All-New Wolverine, Laura and Gabby's laboratory-modified pet, Jonathan the Actual Wolverine, who often accompanies them on their adventures, uses one that includes his own little superhero suit to go with it.
    • The bombshells from Ultimate Marvel, mother and daughter, both use it.
    • Parodied in The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. While Squirrel Girl is completely fooled by Koi Boi and Chipmunk Hunk's disguises, Nancy is unimpressed and points out they're only wearing domino masks and are obviously their classmates.
  • Several characters from Watchmen, including Nite Owl I, the Comedian, and Ozymandias. Nite Owl I also points out the advantages of spirit gum adhesive versus a simple string or piece of elastic when wearing this kind of mask.
  • The whole family of The Umbrella Academy, until they disband, even though they don't have secret identities. The Rumor puts on the mask during the first story to help her get in the groove of being a superhero again.
  • The Phantom Lady would wear them occasionally in the 1940s. When she bothered with a mask at all.
  • The Phantom.
  • The Beagle Boys, Scrooge McDuck's primary foes, who first appeared in comic books of the 1950s; also an example of the burglar Sub-Trope. It has been repeatedly lampshaded and parodied, and their masks have been revealed at one point to actually be carnival masks because they could not afford anything better, but eventually decided that those masks had become part of their image.
  • Pulp-era character the Domino Lady.
  • Any comic version of Green Hornet and Kato.
    • Ditto for any comics featuring The Lone Ranger.
    • Also, some versions of Zorro when it isn't a bandana.
  • Implied in The Private Eye by P.I.'s eye makeup. He takes it off and puts it on several times in the series. Also notably inspired by a friend of his mother who was shown wearing a legitimate domino mask.

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    Film — Live-Action 
  • Blood Pi: Amber has a tendency to wear domino masks when she dresses in costume. Her last one is made out of a cheerleader's face.
  • Kill Bill: The Crazy 88.
  • In Green Lantern (2011), the limitations of the masknote  in real life to people who know you is lampshaded.
    Carol Ferris: I've seen you naked! Did you think I wouldn't recognize you just because I can't see your cheekbones?
  • The movie version of The Green Hornet.
  • Jet Li's character in Black Mask.
  • Wonder Woman wears a silver mask in Heroic Trio that resembles a domino mask except that her mask goes higher on her forehead than the usual depictions.
  • La Reine Margot: Margot wears a domino mask when she goes out onto the street looking for some rough trade to have sex with. La Môle, the man she chooses, assumes she's wearing it because she's ugly or disfigured, not knowing he's having sex with a member of the royal family.
  • Selina Kyle uses one in The Dark Knight Rises, which is technically part of her safecracking goggles, and which she also uses to protect her eyes when riding the Batpod.
  • In The Lone Ranger (2013), John wears one made from the vest of his brother. The eye holes were made from the bullet holes. A frequent Running Gag is people he encounters asking him: "What's with the mask?"
  • The Fall: Lee Pace wears a red one when playing the Masked Bandit.
  • In A Cinderella Story, Sam's costume for the Halloween dance is basically a fancy dress, and this. Nobody can recognize her. Her friend Carter also has one as part of his Zorro costume, but at least that's a whole outfit.
  • One Night in October: Freddie, one of the three people robbing Michelle's house, wears a silver Mardi Gras-style domino mask.
  • Masquerade (2021): Daniel and Olivia wear eye masks — along with the other guests — for a social event at the beginning of the film.

  • Older Than Television: In The Phantom of the Opera, Christine and Raoul wear white and black domino masks to the masquerade ball so they can meet without the Phantom noticing.
  • Part of the required uniform of burglars operating with a Thieves' Guild licence in Discworld, along with the black and white hooped jumper, cloth cap, and bag marked "SWAG". That's how you know they're official burglars, and not just random housebreakers.
  • In Starfighters of Adumar, Wedge wants to go out and think without being recognized. His local guide gives him a mask that's a little more concealing than a domino mask, but not much — it covers his forehead, too. And it works. He does wince at the color, saying that lavender isn't him, but she tells him that that's the point.
  • Rudyard Kipling did a funny poem, "Pink Dominoes," in which the narrator doesn't recognize until it's too late that the girl with whom he's necking isn't his fiancée, because she's wearing a pink domino just like the one his girl had been wearing to the dance. Fortunately, his sweetheart didn't catch him kissing the other girl....
    Then Jenny came, and I saw with shame
    She'd doffed her domino;
    And I had embraced an alien waist—
    But I did not tell her so.
  • In Wearing the Cape, domino masks or their equivalent are often worn by superheroes whose civilian identities are already publicly known. It's an expected part of the costume, but is also useful for making them unrecognizable to anyone who doesn't know them personally, allowing them a measure of privacy in public—a humorous inversion of movie-stars tendency to don baseball caps and sunglasses to go to Starbucks.
  • Some of the heroes in Relativity wear domino masks... and at least one villain dons one in imitation of the heroes.
    August Moon: I can see why you capes like the costumes and the masks. Very liberating.
  • Ernest in The Poster Children wears one for crimefighting or otherwise in the field. June notes that it isn't meant to keep his identity secret (since no BPHA-certified hero has a secret identity), but rather to look professional and also provide night-vision, thermal-vision, and be used as corrective lenses since Ernest wears glasses.
  • As might be expected from her name, the costume of the Domino Lady includes a domino mask.
  • Josie, Mae, and Akiko of The League Of Secret Heroes gain these as part of their superhero costumes.
  • Sherlock Holmes
    • In The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton, Watson makes a pair of domino masks out of black silk for himself and Holmes as they are preparing to break into the titular blackmailer's house. During the heist, they witness Milverton's murder by a third party and Watson nearly gets caught in the ensuing chaos, providing the police with a rather vague description of a man with a square jaw, mustache and a mask over his eyes, but is never found out in the end.
    • In A Scandal in Bohemia, the mysterious royal personage who comes to visit Holmes is wearing a black visard mask to conceal his identity. Holmes of course has already worked out who he is, so the client just tears off the mask and gets down to business.
  • Stick Cat: In "Two Catch a Thief", a burglar breaks into Goose's and Tiffany's apartments to steal all their valuables. Said burglar is wearing a black domino mask.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Arrow, Oliver Queen initially averts this by using greasepaint over the eye area. Barry Allen suggests one of these, causing Oliver to snark back that he should find one that "conforms perfectly to my face and doesn't affect my ability to aim while I'm on the run!" Barry takes up the challenge and makes a black domino mask of compressible microfabric that he leaves as his parting gift. Roy and Thea later wear these, and the Black Canaries have a downplayed version where the masks are bigger, so slightly more of their faces are hidden. Oliver, Roy, and Thea's masks are more justified as they wear hoods, which obscures their heads more. Huntress also adopts a mask even though her real identity is well known, copying the 'masked vigilante' look from Oliver.
  • Robin, the Riddler, Joker, Catwoman and Penguin from Batman (1966).
  • Charmed (1998): In "Witches in Tights" the Halliwell sisters are turned into superheroes by a spell and given costumes with domino masks. The masks carry some sort of enchantment that clouds their thinking, making them act like superheroes instead of questioning what's happening to them.
  • In The Flash (2014), the Villain of the Week Trajectory wears one as part of her speedster outfit. In a later episode, the outfit is repurposed for Jesse Quick, still with one of these masks.
    • In a season 4 episode, Iris temporarily gains super speed and wears one when she has to save the day.
    • The end of season 4 and the first episodes of season 5 reveal the mysterious girl who appears throughout season 4 to be Barry and Iris' daughter, Nora. She also wears a domino mask as part of her speedster outfit.
      • In fairness, Jesse and Iris have their hair tied back and most people probably wouldn't be able to get a good look at them if they are moving fast. Nora gets a haircut after her first few appearances throughout season 4, and in season 5 is shown to have the same hairstyle as a superhero as she does as a civilian. However, not many people would really know her, since she's from the future.
  • As mentioned, The Green Hornet.
  • Also as mentioned The Lone Ranger.
  • A wish-fulfilling symbiote swarm in Sanctuary takes the shape of full body armour and a domino mask, in line with Walter's and later, Kate's expectations of what a superhero should look like.
  • Wonder Woman:
    • In the pilot, "The New Original Wonder Woman", the Amazons on Paradise Island wore these types of masks during the competition to determine who would become Wonder Woman. Diana's mother, Hippolyta, forbade her from competing, but somehow couldn't recognize her in the mask.
    • In "Fausta, The Nazi Wonder Woman", the titular imposter wears a domino mask with her Wonder Woman disguise. Despite the fact that Diana herself has never worn such a mask (except as described above), everyone is completely fooled; Steve penetrates her disguise only after a Something They Would Never Say moment.
  • In Queen of Swords a Distaff Counterpart to Zorro, the heroine also wears a black mask that covers only half of her face. This mask is made from her deceased mother's black lace shawl. As usual, no one recognizes her, despite her being extremely attractive with and without the mask.

  • Zorro. He actually wore a full-face mask in the original pulp stories; the domino mask didn't come until the Douglas Fairbanks films.
  • The Domino Lady, a Pulp Magazine Proto-Superhero, took her name from the type of mask she wore.

  • Part of the crime-fighting uniforms of The Aquabats! are domino masks. As well as a vital part of the Aquacadet uniforms.
  • Suggs and several other members of Madness wear domino masks when they're dressed as criminals in the music video for the song "Shut Up".

    Newspaper Comics 
  • In a 1979 Peanuts strip, Snoopy drew a domino mask on Woodstock, expecting the blue jays to mistake Woodstock for a raccoon.
    • Snoopy himself would don this when posing as the Masked Marvel, in-strip or in animation.
    • In a 1989 strip, Lucy wore a domino mask during a baseball game, thinking that a "Masked Marvel" would increase attendance.
    Charlie Brown: I can see the "masked", but what about the "marvel"?
  • These masks are featured in Calvin and Hobbes whenever the titular duo play Calvin Ball. The masks must be worn by all participants of the game. No one is allowed to question the masks.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Taichi Ishikari wears a domino mask as part of his entrance attire.
  • Katie Lea Burchill as "The Beautiful Nightmare" in mockery of Gregory Helms.
  • Crazy Star wrestled with a domino mask in her rookie year but after that time got a larger, more elaborate and concealing mask.


    Tabletop Games 
  • According to the rules of Hero System, a domino mask counts as disguise.
  • These are sported by some of the heroes in Sentinels of the Multiverse. In particular, a domino mask is one of the few things that Energy Being Dr Medico actually wears; it doesn't disguise him, because he's made of bright yellow energy and is instantly recognisable from a considerable distance, he doesn't have a nose or mouth, and while he has eyes, they're hard to tell apart from the rest of him with the glow, so he uses the domino mask as a sort of "look here" marker.

  • This is a near-constant character design in SuperThings, fitting the "everyone's a super" concept that the series has. As such, this style of mask is worn by both hero and villain alike. Some eschew the mask for goggles or glasses that fit the similar aesthetic, while hat-based characters have the hatband making up a portion of their mask.

    Video Games 
  • Worn by Sly Cooper. However, since Sly's a raccoon, his face under the mask presumably looks the same.
  • City of Heroes, of course, features standard domino masks and dozens of variations in the costume creator.
  • The Sims 2 offers all three kinds as full-face makeup: a black mask for burglars, a red mask for supervillains (that matches the Spikes of Villainy supervillain uniform) and a blue mask for Captain Hero.
  • Blue Mages from Final Fantasy V wear these. Future incarnations of the class tend to drop this from the design, and specific blue mages like Strago, Quistis and Kimahri don't wear them, but the masks came back in XIV and Explorers.
  • Leo of Lunar: Eternal Blue wears one when he goes through a sort of identity crisis and pretends to be some kind of superhero. Note that absolutely everyone recognizes him, but they decide there's no harm in playing along. One of the Fanservice bromide items depicts his sister Mauri in a similar costume with the same type of mask, though she never actually wears the costume during the game.
  • Will of the Elite Four in Pokémon Gold and Silver/Crystal and HeartGold/SoulSilver wears one.
    • The Pokémon Riolu has one of these, adding to the black-and-blue color scheme of its fur.
  • Takenaka Hanbe from Sengoku Basara wears a purple one, for no apparent reason. It goes well with his outfit though.
    • Some dialogue hints that he wears it because it's good for concealing his emotions.
  • Team Fortress 2: The Spy's other miscellaneous item is Le Party Phantom, a Masquerade mask. It's larger than most examples listed here, covering the entire upper half of his face that was exposed by his balaclava.
  • Dorothy Albright from Arcana Heart wears a red one, though she's a young Stage Magician and not a burglar.
  • Masks like this are an can be chosen on the creation screen for DC Universe Online. If one doesn't choose it there (or one of it's variations) the style(s) can be bought at Hero/Villain's HQ. Calculator or Oracle will also send you an item with this style as it's default appearance after clearing the tutorial.
  • In The Wonderful 101, all members of the Wonderful 100 put on these masks when assuming their identities. This includes temporary members that you pick up along the way.
    • The final boss dons a domino mask in his "Wonder-Jergingha" form.
  • In The YAWHG, the Green Man and Blue Lady will wear these if they choose to spend a week fighting crime in the Slums.
  • Dr. Zeke wears one in Robopon 2.
  • Guile from Chrono Cross wears a golden one. The reason why he wears it is unknown, but when he takes it off, he shocks his friend so much that she loses some time of her lifespan or so.
  • Inklings from Splatoon have natural black markings around their eyes that give the impression of a domino mask.
  • The Big Bad of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Skull Face, wears one. Combined with his stetson, three-piece suit, and leather boots, it makes him look like a twisted knockoff of Zorro.
  • Persona 5: The Protagonist wears a slightly triangular white and black bird mask that covers around his eyes and the bridge of his nose, but leaves the rest of his face visible. While the rest of the Phantom Thieves also wear masks that expose the lower half of their face, special mention goes to Haru’s Mask, which is a simple, traditional, plain-black domino mask.
  • ARMS: Most of the human cast wear these as their normal attire, and so do their fans. Apparently the mask is part of how they control their ARMS power; when they take it off, their arms become much less stable.
  • The base raccoon skin in Super Animal Royale is literally wearing a tied-on mask. The alternate skins are not.
  • Maxwell of Triangle Strategy wears a mask like this in conjunction with a nice hat. After his defeat at Avlora's hands, his mask and hat are recovered by House Wolffort — Roland starts wearing them to protect his identity while Faking the Dead.
  • In Everybody Edits Flash, the Robber smiley appears with a black mask around its eyes.

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    Web Original 
  • Justice Squad: Worn by both Capeman and Ultrawoman.
  • Red Panda from Red Panda Adventures wears one. Most likely inspired by those listed under Comic Books and Radio.
  • Whateley Universe: Several of the students at Superhero School Whateley Academy wear them in their fall term combat finals, including Aquerna and Belphegor. The effectiveness of them is lampshaded by Wallflower, who mentions that she needs to use a lot of makeup around them in order to blend the mask against her face.
  • The Anthropomorphic Personification of 4Chan's /co/ board, Conrad, and would-be mascot for /aco/, Jacolyne, both wear this kind of mask being a send up of The Spirit for the former and The Lone Ranger note  for the latter. As with many examples these masks do move with their faces. Depending on the Artist Conrad's eyes are not shown, in contrast to Jacolyne.
  • The superhero guide, How to Hero hates these and suggests that superheroes looking to protect their identities look into wearing a balaclava or something else that will cover their entire head instead.

    Western Animation 
  • Too many cartoons to count have the domino mask, black and white horizontally striped shirt, and a large sack as standard issue Cat Burglar equipment. This particular trope is Older Than Television, so it didn't start with cartoons.
  • The Venture Bros. has Phantom Limb and Professor Impossible when he joins the Revenge Society. In the sixth season, Blue Morpho and Kano — as an homage to Green Hornet and Kato — wear blue ones when they're out fighting crime. When Monarch and #21 take up the mantle to hide their motives, they wear the same masks along with the rest of the outfit. Wide Wale and his henchman Rocco lampshade the trope when they reveal that, since they know The Monarch personally, a domino mask and fedora don't do much to conceal the Blue Morpho's identity.
  • Quick Draw McGraw wears one as El Kabong.
  • The title character from the short-lived Stripperella.
  • Darkwing Duck.
  • Homer uses one of these to disguise the identity of a raccoon on an episode of The Simpsons. It doesn't change the animal's appearance at all.
  • Robin's mask in Teen Titans (2003) is worn constantly and manages to act as his eyes and eyebrows (showing frowns, eye-widening, blinks).
  • The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are an interesting variation on this. The purpose of their masks is not to disguise them (which is almost impossible anyway) but to differentiate among them. Without their coloured masks, letter belt buckles and individual weapons, they all look alike note .
  • In Kim Possible, the members of Team Go wear domino masks—except that Shego never did, even before she quit to become a villain.
  • When Terry had to fight against his own Batsuit in Batman Beyond, he decided to put on the domino mask from Nightwing's display case to disguise himself. The old batsuits had a few tears and rips in them.
  • Looney Tunes: Yosemite Sam always wears one, whether his role of the day is pirate, western bandito, knight, or Civil War general.
  • Swiper from Dora the Explorer.
  • In The Little Rascals episode "The Zero Hero", Alfalfa wears a domino mask as part of his homemade Alpha-Man costume.
  • In Beware the Batman, Katana wears a domino mask along with the same black leather jacket she wears as Tatsu.
  • The titular character of Miraculous Ladybug and her crime fighting partner, Chat Noir both wear one of these — they're a big factor in the heroes' near-ludicrous cases of Cannot Spit It Out and Unrequited Love Switcheroo. The two somehow do not recognize each other. However, since magic is involved, it could be assumed that there is some sort of Glamour making them unable to recognize each other.
    • Confirmed. In the Miraculous World: New York special, Uncanny Valley explains to Marinette that the masks use quantum masking to conceal their identities, but as an android, she is able to see through it. This is actually a plot point, since Adrien gives up his miraculous after accidentally destroying Uncanny with his Cataclysm. Thankfully she is revived using Ladybug's World-Healing Wave, meaning Uncanny needs to give him his miraculous back.
  • Daemona Prune of Phantom Investigators wears a green one as part of her PI costume.

Alternative Title(s): Only My Eyes Need A Mask