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The Mask is pretty damn scary, so read at your own risk. Nightmare Fuel for Son of the Mask goes here.

As a Moments subpage, all spoilers are unmarked. You Have Been Warned.

The Comic

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  • Most of the entirety and concept of the original comics is this. The art style is in your face constantly so it has certain moments that can border to Uncanny Valley. And, although cartoony in design, there's enough violence in this to border many, many, many different emotions...
  • The Toon Physics only applies to those wearing the mask, so naturally, Blood and Gore everywhere! For example, remember the scene where Ipkiss sticks car parts into the bodies of the mechanics who ripped him off? In the movie, they are alive but need a proctologist but in the comic, they are left as bloody corpses! One guy's body is hanging from a chain with tools sticking out of his ears, nose and mouth and the other guy has a muffler shoved into his mouth and his head has taken the shape of the muffler. Or how about the scene where he makes a Tommy gun out of a balloon? In the movie, he scares away the thugs but in the comic, he blasts them dead!
  • Ipkiss is shown to hold a grudge for YEARS. He suffocates an old school teacher of his...in front of a class room full of children!
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    • Don't worry though. He dies in the first story... due to being shot in the back by his girlfriend Kathy... after which she puts on the Mask and becomes Big-Head herself...
  • Everything about Walter. A utter monster of a behemoth, with Super Strength to spare. He is Made of Iron and uses this fact to inflict self mutilation on such a scale that it would probably kill a normal person. He is NOT stupid either, working his way up to become boss of the underwold and showing a great savvy whenever he is fighting Big Head. If Walter were to wear the Mask the consequences would be utterly and totally catastrophic. Fortunately he is immune to it. To put things in perspective, the mask works for animals and even people like Lobo and The Joker. But not Walter. This is one of the biggest mysteries of the Mask ever. Why didn't it work? Was it because his head was too big for him to wear it, was it because he's already seemingly invincible that he doesn't need it, or is it because he has no personality that the Mask can exploit?
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  • The crossover with Lobo, where the Czarnian bounty hunter is hired to hunt down the Ultimate Bastich-that is, the previous wearer of the mask. It's already terrifying enough to scare away dozens of superheroes before we learn who the Ultimate Bastich is: Lobo himself. Sleep well.
  • Pictured above is one little trick of the Mask's that was wisely left out of the adaptations. In the comics, Big Head can disguise himself as anyone he wants... and, when he wants to take the disguise off, he does so by ripping off a layer of bloody skin like cheap latex.
  • Where do we even start with the 2019-2020 comic series "I Pledge Allegiance to the Mask"? How about the basic premise: in a parody of the election of Donald Trump in 2016, the Mask falls into the hands of a presidential candidate and the Mask decides to pursue political office with all of its usual bloodthirsty mayhem and psychotic humor... and people eat it up, to the point that the Mask genuinely seems to be likely to win.
    • Then there's the way the series ends: the Mask successfully gets into office and immediately begins running America as his own personal kingdom. He comes within an inch of pushing the button to start a nuclear war against the rest of the planet before his previous wearers make a suicide mission to kill his current host. In the chaos, they all get killed and the Mask is seemingly destroyed... only for its ethereal image to rant to the reader that they don't need him anymore, and they can create all the chaos he wants without him riding their faces. The very last panel? A shot of the Statue of Liberty with Big Head's face telling the reader "go fuck yourself".

The Film

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  • The scene where Niko uses his golf simulator as a means of torturing Dorian, by hitting a golf ball off his face and threatening to use his Nine-Iron to give him more than a bloody lip next time. If not for the fact that this was an action comedy movie, this would have fit right in with movies like The Godfather.
  • The first time Stanley transforms into The Mask. Painful Transformation, indeed. For one thing, the Mask flings itself onto Stanley's face and then proceeds to wrap itself around his head like a cartoon. All while Stanley feels nothing but pain as it tightly grips onto his head. By the time he's taken over by the Mask and spinning into the usual yellow suit, it comes off as a relief.
  • The Shocking Swerve where Peggy is revealed to not be a potential love interest, but an opportunist who sells out Stanley for a suitcase full of cash to none other than Dorian. That's when everything really takes a turn for the dark.
  • Peggy's death scene. She attempts to leave Dorian be with Stanley, but Dorian himself won't let her. He tosses her to the presses where she becomes page one of the newspaper with the headline saying "Reporter Killed in Freak Accident", all while Stanley is forced to watch this and he can't do anything about it. The scene is so horrifying that it's no wonder it becomes a deleted scene.
  • Dorian's transformation in his Mask persona. Unlike Stanley's comedic style Dorian's appearance is utterly diabolical and sinister.
    • His most terrifying moment being when he storms the Coco Bongo and confronts his old boss Niko. Dorian goads Niko into shooting him, absorbs all of his gunfire and then returns it through his mouth with enough force to send Niko up into the air before he hits the ground. Possibly the greatest example of From Nobody to Nightmare committed to film.
    • In the early stages of production of the movie they originally tried to follow its Dark Horse Comics roots. The creators manage to invoke the original "Big Head" persona through Dorian when you think about it.
  • The scene when Dorian confronts Tina when she tries to leave town is already pretty tense, but the extended workprint version of the film manages to make it even worse, as he all but outright states to Tina 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.

The Animated Series

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Even when in animated form, it still looks like it hurts.
  • While it appears that Stanley is pretty much used to it by now, whenever someone puts on the Mask for the first time in the series, it still looks like as much of a Painful Transformation as it was in the movie.
  • Quite a few villains in the series have put on the Mask and become even more dangerous than they already were: (Pretorius in "Sister Mask", Chet Bozzack in "Split Personality", and Fish Guy in "The Good, the Bad, and the Fish Guy", just to name a few). But would you believe that Dr. Neuman, who isn't even a villain, would be the most dangerous of them all? In the episode "Shrink Rap", he puts on the Mask, and becomes an Axe-Crazy Psycho Psychologist. He attacks random people and puts them in wedgie straitjackets, nearly lobotomizes Charlie, and tries to help Dr. Pretorius nuke Edge City because he decided that killing the population would end the "scourge of Ipkissia Maskosis”. Hell, at one point, he tries to kill Stanley via electrocution! Who knew Ben Stein could be so terrifying?! And don’t even get me get started on his voice, which alternates between a deep hellish sound and an insane high pitch.
  • Skillit's victims undergo Rapid Aging after losing their shadows. At first the effects are only minor, but it accelerates with every day.
    • This line he says to Stanley in his debut episode gives us a little Fridge Horror.
    Skillit: I’ve known everyone who has ever possessed the Mask. Or should I say the Mask has possessed.
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