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There's one last thing I gotta sing about
Open up wide and really shout, Ohhhhh, look out!
This is The Mask! Smokin'!

This Animated Adaptation of The Mask lasted for 55 episodes, from 1995 to 1997. It was definitely a product of the film rather than the comic book and took its cues from the Looney Tunes inspired antics of the Mask to make him a real (sort of) cartoon character. This actually allowed the kids show to be in some ways more adult with more subversive antics.

The plot is simple: Stanley Ipkiss, a mild-mannered banker, struggles with the responsibilities of having a mask that transforms the wearer into a nigh-omnipotent trickster. He takes up the superhero thing, but his alter-ego, The Mask, is more interested in simply partying and having fun.


This show provides examples of:

  • 0% Approval Rating: One episode the Mask is framed for robbing an orphanage and he quickly becomes the most despised person in town.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: Happens in the pilot episode. After the Mask causes Stanley nothing but trouble, he throws it in quick-drying cement, intending to get rid of it for good. But when Milo and Peggy are captured by Pretorius, he changes his mind and gets it back (after a scuffle with Walter) to save them.
  • Ac CENT Upon The Wrong Syl LA Ble: Pretorius constantly pronounces Stanley's last name "IPP-kiss."
  • Action Bomb: Cookie BaBoom (the Mayor's exotic dancer ex-girlfriend) in "Flight as a Feather" invokes this trope, but ends up stripped of her suicide belts.
    • Kablamus, meanwhile, is your garden variety self-detonating man with various "flavors" of explosions.
  • Adorkable: Stanley is this all over. It actually does get him a few girls over the course of the series.
  • Adaptational Heroism:
    • As with The Movie, the Mask allows Stanley Ipkiss to be a superpowered prankster instead of a malevolent entity. That said, it's alluded to that previous owners of the Mask were not so benevolent.
      • Even compared to the movie he's this. See Designated Hero on the YMMV page.
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    • Peggy's still constantly trying to exploit the Mask to get a scoop, but she doesn't act antagonistic towards Stanley anymore.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Charlie in the movie wasn't a Boy Scout, but he was still unarguably Stanley's friend. Charlie here is an unrepentant jerk who uses his promotion to bank manager to boss Stanley around and can't stand it when Stanley briefly becomes his superior.
  • Affectionate Parody: The Goofalotatots was an entire episode-long tribute to Animaniacs.
  • The Ahnold: The Mask himself on occasion, and one-time episode villain Sly Eastenegger.
  • The Alleged Car: Stanley still has "The Loaner" from the movie and Kellaway and Doyle have a green car that always clatters and backfires when they drive it and was attacked by reanimated dinosaurs with an appetite for metal (as seen in "Jurassic Mask").
  • Almost Kiss: Happens between The Mask and Chronos in "What Goes Around Comes Around", and ends up squicking The Mask out so much that he has to literally get his head examined.
  • Alternate Continuity: It doesn't seem to follow the movie which had a definite ending. It seems more like the events of the movie just happened differently with Stanley hanging onto the mask, though a throwaway line from Charlie in "The Mask Is Always Greener On the Other Side" hints that the movie happened but that Stanley either found the Mask again or simply pretended to get rid of it.
    • There was also another throwaway line from Peggy from that same episode that hints that the movie happened.
    "Okay, okay, so I sold you up the river to some mobsters ONCE! Can't we put that behind us?"
  • And This Is for...: In "Sister Mask", when Stanley manages to get the mind control device that Pretorius had been using to control The Mask onto him, and starts knocking him around the room like a pinball, we get this line:
    Stanley: This is for making me kick my dog. [...] And this... This is for dashing my hopes of actually being able to control The Mask someday!
  • Anti-Hero: The Mask is Type II. He's lazy, a troll, and prefers to party and goof off, but he will still do the right thing in the end. Stanley on the other hand is rather weak and timid, so he falls into Type I.
  • Arm Cannon
  • Arch-Enemy: Good ol' Dr. Pretorius, whose motives vary by the episode, but usually fall under inhumane experiments For Science!!
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Putty Thing, though His Size May Vary.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: The Mask and Milo's Mask form tends to suffer from this, often getting completely sidetracked from the bad guy until they barrel across The Mask's own shenanigans.
  • Audience? What Audience?: On his first battle against The Mask, Kablamus ranted about children seeing them and Mask said he agreed. He then told the audience he knew about the children watching the cartoon but Kablamus was crazy. (He was right about Kablamus, mind you)
  • Back from the Dead: Subverted in "All Hallow’s Eve". While The Mask has technically never faced them before, Skillit reanimates three of the mask’s previous wearers; Billy the Kid, Atilla the Hun, and Nilrem, a medieval wizard who became a monster after an “accident” with a spell.
  • Bad Future: In "Comedy of Eras" and "Future Mask"
  • Balloon Belly: Happens to The Mask quite a few times in the series, due to how much of a Big Eater he is.
  • Banana Republic: Mentioned on "Counterfeit Mask" and "Mr. Mask Goes to Washington."
  • Batman Gambit: Stanley finds a special "Sister Mask" to be placed over the original one, which is said to give the wearer better control over his alter-ego. It turns out Dr. Pretorius created this Sister Mask and planted it in a museum; it's actually a body-control device.
  • Bee Afraid: The Stinger in "To Bee or Not To Bee" and "Convention of Evil".
  • Bee Bee Gun: The Stinger, who gains the ability to command a large swarm of intelligent monster bees after mutating into a giant bee monster.
  • Berserk Button: 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 that out the hard way.
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: When cornered, The Stinger tends to use his large bee tail as a rather versatile weapon, either by knocking people over with it or using the stinger on the end.
  • Big Eater: In "To Bee or Not To Bee", a side-effect of The Stinger's Metamorphosis into a giant bee is now he needs an insane amount of honey to survive, which drives him to eat the contents of an entire Honey Chews factory in a single night and later enslave the entire city just so the inhabitants can manufacture more honey. Later, in "Convention of Evil", he has to have a pot of honey available at all times.
    • The Mask will eat enormous amounts of junk food during his nightly escapades, and often run up Stanley's credit card bills in the process. Whether or not this is due to him needing a lot of calories for his powers, or just because he loves food isn't established (though the latter belief seems more believable, as The Mask is supposed to be what Stanley always wants to be in life — wild, unpredictable, able to attract women and disrespect authority).
      • Just how big of an eater is he? He can eat twenty whole pizzas in one bite.
  • Body Horror:
    • Kablamus The Exploding Man.
    • To a lesser extent, The Stinger, whose bee mutation is more than a little unsettling.
    • The Mask transformations tend to be portrayed as painful and traumatic, since the wearers head is essentially changing form.
  • Boot Camp Episode: "The Green Marine"
  • Bottle Episode: The episode-long Clip Show episode "Convention of Evil" has most of the series' villains in one room and "The Green Marine," which took place inside the courtroom (and only departed from that place during flashback sequences).
  • Bragging Theme Tune: Both the CBS and syndicated versions.
    I gotcha with my winnin' smile
    I'm a livin' lesson in flair and style
    Ya just can't help but
    Stare at my savoir-faire.
    I'm nouveau
    Rococo, Baroco
    Bebop, uh, hip-hop
    Somebody stop me!
    Pretty viridian
    Faces like mine
    Don't come a dime a dozen
    I stand out in the crowd
    Babe, when they made me
    Yeah, they broke the mold
    Wholesome and kind
    And staid and refined
    Totally outta my mind!
    Arch-villains and ne'er-do-wells
    Had better learn to decorate prison cells
    Green goes with anything if they ask, see?
    Well, there's one last thing I gotta sing about
    Open up wide and really shout.
    Ooooohhh, look out!
    This is the Maaaaassssssk! Smokin'!
    I'm a lean, mean, green machine
    A maniac behind the ballyhoo
    Got a hyperactive mayhem gene
    And that's my gig, babe
    It's what I do.
    And I go spinnin' into town
    Got everyone seein' red.
    By the time I'm done
    They'll be seein' green instead!
    The city's actin' kinda edgy
    Trust me to make things right.
    Hear the news? Another drive-by wedgie.
    Freaky monsters lookin' for a fight.
    Time for a costume change
    Then take 'em for a spin
    4, 3, 2, 1, go!
    Let the games begin
    (scatting; spoken): Somebody stop me!
    I'm not any ordinary superhero.
    Spandex-wearin' zero.
    Did someone say, "It's party time!"
    Do you even have to ask?
    Ready or not
    Look out!
    I am the Mask!
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: "Split Personality": After the Mask gets him and Stanley out of a trap designed to split them in half, Stanley asks why he didn't do that sooner. "Sense of jeopardy! Keeps them (points at the viewer) on the edge of their seats."
  • Bungled Hypnotism: In the episode "Power of Suggestion," at the Fluff Ball, Stanley gets hypnotized to act like what he's told, but as the hypnotist is about to undo his trick, Kablamus interrupts, and Stanley and the Mask are subject to suggestion for most of the episode, with Kablamus taking advantage. The hypnotism wears off when the Mask tricks him into suggesting he forget what happened at the ball, which includes getting hypnotized.
  • Butt-Monkey: Stanley Ipkiss (when he's not The Mask); when Stanley becomes The Mask, the usual butt monkeys are Mrs. Peenman (the grouchy landlady), Lieutenant Kellaway and his police partner, Doyle, Mayor Tilton, Eddie when he becomes Fish Guy, and any villain who gets in The Mask's way.
  • Canon Foreigner: Walter, The Juggernaut and main antagonist for The Mask in the comic books (there called as Big Head), comes back for the series as one of the Rogues Gallery, in a sort of PG version of the character, but maintaining most of his traits from the source.
  • Captain Ersatz: Quite often, usually ranging from lawyer-friendly cameos to shout-outs
    • Much of the main cast may also count, as happened with The Real Ghostbusters, none of them really look like the actors who played them, with only Charlie, Doyle and Peggy really getting anywhere close. This may have been to avoid paying for likeness rights. It's also possible that since the animated Ace Ventura (whose series ran in the timeslot following the Mask and even crossed over with it in an episode of each) actually was a clear caricature of Jim Carrey they wanted to make them distinct from each other.
      • Perhaps the funniest part of that is the fact Stanley looks quite a bit like Peter Venkman from The Real Ghostbusters.
    • Lonnie the Shark's biker gang may be an expy of the Dreadnoks from G.I. Joe. They even have Australian accents and one looks like a fat version of Torch.
      • Or rather, two of them do. Two members of the gang use the same character model. One is colored just like Torch's original toy, the other colored like Torch's animated appearance.
      • It's worth noting that this series was animated by Sunbow, the same company that created the G.I. Joe series that came on in 1985.
      • The concept for Lonnie the Shark and his biker gang is inspired from Biker Mice from Mars; Lonnie's resemblance to BMFM's main antagonist Lawrence Limburger is a real giveaway.
    • Pretorius resembles Eugene Rapaz, a drug dealer from the original comics.
    • Walter may be this to the Walter from the comics. They look the same and both never speak, but cartoon Walter is indestructible whereas comic Walter can bleed when injured, and even likes to cut himself just to freak people out. He's also tough but not indestructible as Big Head was able to subdue him with electricity.
      • Comic Walter worked for Eugene Rapaz and cartoon Walter worked for Pretorius. See the entry above.
    • Putty Thing is a dumb teenager version of Clayface from Batman: The Animated Series.
    • Another that crosses the line between this and a mythology gag, while Lt. Kellaway doesn't even come close to resembling his film counterpart, he's practically a dead ringer for Kellaway from the comics.
  • Catchphrase: The Mask happened to have two memorable lines from the movie that gained this status. "Sssssmokin'!" and "Somebody stop me!" or a variation of the two managed to work their way into most of the episodes. Another from the movie (that was also in the comic), "But first...", also appears often, at times for the Mask to do some Skewed Priorities.
  • Casanova Wannabe: The Mask does not actually have a particularly great track record with women, despite the show he puts on. Stanley points this out in one episode.
    Stanley: You know, for all that "style" you claim to have, your track record with women is about as good as mine!
  • Chained Heat: In "The Terrible Twos," Kellaway handcuffs himself to Stanley so that way if Stanley turns into The Mask, he'll know about it and have Stanley arrested. Stanley manages to distract him time and again, and eventually is let go so that he can personally handle the villains.
  • Chess with Death: The Mask has a dance-off with the Devil to get Stanley's soul back.
  • Christmas Episode: "Santa Mask"
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: A nerdy, white guy named Smedley appeared as the Mayor's assistant in the season two episodes "Going for the Green" and "Flight as a Feather." He hasn't been seen since then (though he may have quit or was fired following the Cookie BaBoom incident, since his final line to Mayor Tilton after Tilton ordered Smedley to disarm Cookie was, "On my salary? I don't even get overtime, ya cheapskate!").
  • Clip Show: Two of these — a partial one on "(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Green Mask" and an episode-long one on "Convention of Evil."
  • Comically Invincible Hero: The Mask will bounce back from anything you can come up with. He's even pretended to be killed just to piss off or scare villains.
  • Cool Car: The show often featured the Mask Mobile (which is the Mask applying his shapeshifting powers to the Loaner - once it even reversed as Stanley was forcibly unmasked while driving), which also had a prominent role in the Mask toyline.
  • Coolest Club Ever: The Coco Bongo. The biggest hotspot in Edge City, and possibly The Mask's favorite place in the whole world, to the point that he goes there almost every night. In one episode where he visits a post-apocalyptic future, seing the club in ruins leads to a Big "NO!" from him.
  • Dartboard of Hate: Kellaway has one of these (with The Mask's picture as the dartboard) on the season two episode "Flight as a Feather"
  • Deal with the Devil: Played straight on the season two episode "Boogie With the Man."
  • Defeat by Modesty: The Mask defeats Cookie BaBoom in "Flight as a Feather" by yanking her suicide belt bikini off her body so he can make a cocktail out of it. Though considering Cookie is a strip... er "exotic dancer," the word "modesty" in the trope is used very loosely.
  • Depraved Kids' Show Host: Biker boss and criminal Lonnie the Shark is actually the actor who plays Barnaby the Dinosaur, as seen in "Baby's Wild Ride"
  • Distracted by the Sexy: "Flight as a Feather," when Kellaway and Doyle go to capture the Mask, the Mask takes Cookie BaBoom — who has been spinning around for at least two to three scenes — and stops her so her naked body faces Kellaway and Doyle. While the Mask gets away, these guys melt right in front of her.
    • The Mask often does this, particularly in "Love Potion No. 8 1/2" when he falls for the grouchy landlady Mrs. Peenman thanks to a carnival love potion sold to him by a gypsy.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": Stanley’s neighbor’s infant son, Baby. No seriously, that’s his name.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: Since The Mask is a Comically Invincible Hero Reality Warper that can do pretty much whatever he wants and thus any threat is over once he shows up, most every episode involves Stanley spending a good majority of the episode being unable to put on the mask or have it lose its powers for one reason or another and dodging threats trying to get it, as the only way to really threaten The Mask is to threaten Stanley.
  • Elemental Powers: Tempest in "Rain of Terror" and "Convention of Evil".
  • Embarrassing First Name: According to Cookie BaBoom on "Flight as a Feather," Mayor Tilton's real name is Mortimer (though that wasn't his real name in the movie adaptation).
  • Emerald Power: "Green goes with everything if I'm asked, see?"
  • Enfant Terrible: Even though he's over 4,000 years old, Skillit 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!
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Stanley is just so harmless and pitiful in his pleading, that the frickin' Devil finds a loophole in his own contract to offer him a way out.
  • Everyone Has Standards: The Mask may be a Chaotic Good Anti-Hero who loves dishing out atomic wedgies, but even he was deeply disturbed by Skillit’s idea of “fun”, which proves just how different this version is from his comic book counterpart.
    The Mask: What kind of sicko do you think I am?
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: About half of the villains, including Pretorius and Walter, are overtly serious to contrast the Mask's goofiness.
  • Expy: Lonnie the Shark is obviously based from Biker Mice from Mars villain Lawrence Limburger; lampshaded by the fact that he leads a three-man biker gang. Four men, if you count Pete.
  • Extreme Omnivore: The Masks main method of disposing of explosives, he has eaten, among other things, a nuclear missile and turned two suicide belts into a drink.
  • "Fantastic Voyage" Plot: "Fantaschtick Voyage" has the Mask being shrunk and sent into Milo's body to seek a virus.
  • Fate Worse than Death: The Mask takes a temporarily mortal Skillit to school instead of jail at the end of "Shadow of a Skillit".
    • Pretorius forces The Mask to kiss Mrs Peenman in "Sister Mask" with the use of mind control. It almost kills both of them.
  • The Fair Folk: Skillit from "All Hallows Eve," "Shadow of a Skillit," and "Enquiring Masks Want to Know."
  • Feel No Pain: Walter. Nothing seems to phase him, not even having a piano dropped on his head.
  • Fingerprinting Air: Pretorius saw The Mask's hand print on the windshield of his van. He sprayed it with some mystery aerosol can and produced a solid 3D copy of his hand from it which was then used to plant evidence at a crime scene.
    • On this note, this same episode actually established that Stanley and The Mask have separate fingerprints as they did not register as Stanley's when the police database was searched. They DID, however, register as The Mask. Lt Kellaway had once managed to haul him in on a jaywalking charge and got his fingerprints on file. (this was not the case in the movie, as Kellaway got a warrant to arrest Stanley as his fingerprints matched the ones left by The Mask robbing the bank)
  • Fish People: Fish Guy. He can't swim worth a crap though.
    The Mask: Not only are you a lame mutant, you're a lame fish!
  • Fountain of Youth: This happens in the episode "Little Big Mask", where The Mask invents an anti-aging cream that winds up working a little too well, and causes him (and Stanley) to get younger by the minute. The rest of the episode focuses on him trying to create an antidote and Peggy trying to keep him focused. Of course, Hilarity Ensues.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: A hilarious inversion; The Mask tries to end an episode on a cliff-hanger note when he finds himself in a tight spot, complete with mock-narrator tone — too bad the villain gets wise just in time to stop the Iris Out.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: In the pilot episode, Walter actually has a briefly visible look of terror when the bomb he's been handed is about to explode. It seems he may not have yet realized he was immune to explosives.
  • Friendly Enemy: Doyle, Lt Kellaways partner, likes The Mask and usually takes his side when Kellaway thinks hes behind a crime.
  • Gargle Blaster:
    • On "Split Personality," The Mask/Stanley goes to a tough guy bar and orders a red-hot, battery acid piledriver with extra formaldehyde in a dirty glass with a black widow spider riding on the olive. They were out of olives.
    • On "Flight as a Feather," the Mask poses as a bartender who turns two megatons worth of dynamite into a drink called the Bikini Cocktail.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Frankly, the radar was probably broken when this cartoon was made, and "Flight as a Feather" definitely had a hand in breaking it (though some channels, like the former FOX Family Channel and CBS, didn't air "Flight as a Feather" for the very reason it shattered the radar).
  • Giant Spider: Pretorius, when he gets the mask on.
  • Give Geeks a Chance: Vicky Pratt was the prettiest and most popular girl in high school who Stanley had a huge crush on, who admits to him years later that 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.
  • Going for the Big Scoop: Peggy, often at the expense of her friendship with Stan.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: In the episode “Boogie With The Man”, Stanley gets this when he’s about to have Peggy sign a contract that will have her take his place after he makes a Deal with the Devil. And surprisingly, both the angel and devil are The Mask.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: Seen in "What Goes Around Comes Around".
  • Halloween Episode: "All Hallow's Eve".
  • Heroic Willpower: When Stanley puts the mask, he acts as crazy as ever, but still goes up against whatever villain is causing trouble in the episode. When any other (non-villainous) character puts it on, they just go completely bonkers. The implication is Stanley's the only one who can muster enough willpower to somewhat control using the mask. On one occasion in "Shadow of a Skillit" however it's revealed that there have been a few who were able to do the same one of these was Abraham Lincoln.
  • Hypno Fool: Stanley and The Mask on the season two episode "Power of Suggestion"
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Two comic obsessed teens (Dak and Eddie) decide to infect themselves with radiation hoping it would give them superpowers, but unfortunately they forgot to bring along an insect to bite them afterwards. Due to some events, they did mutate into inhuman creatures. Sadly, Eddie (the one with glasses) turned into a Fish Guy that's not even able to swim, while his buddy is a huge, Clayface-like goo monster. Whenever Fish Guy sees someone doing something extraordinary, he starts complaining about wanting to have superpowers too.
  • I Love Nuclear Power:
    • A lot of the low-level, one-shot criminals in the series love using nuclear power (or dynamite) to annihilate themselves and the city.
    • Nuclear power (with a dash of Wrong Genre Savvy) is how Dak and Eddie became Putty Thing and Fish Guy respectively on the episode "The Terrible Twos."
  • Immortal Immaturity: Skillit. He may be over 4,000 years old, but he acts like a Spoiled Brat.
  • Implacable Man: Walter, a silent, hulking thug. As in the comics, Walter is one of the only characters who can make The Mask feel pain.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: When you're the Mask, nearly everyone ends up this way. But special nod goes to Putty-Thing and Fish Guy, who are both ridiculously incompetent. Fish Guy doesn't even have powers; he's a fish that can't swim or breathe underwater.
  • Inevitable Waterfall: Happens to Stanley and Charlie while they're canoeing on a river in "Up The Creek".
  • Inspector Javert: Kellaway, so very much - even more so than in the movie.
  • Interservice Rivalry: Kellaway and the Edge City Police Department vs. Agent X and the FBI in "Martian Mask". The FBI believes the Mask is an alien instead of a superhero or criminal.
  • It Came from the Fridge: The episode "Sealed Fate" has the head of the Putterware company developing a technique that turns leftovers into food monsters.
  • Jewish Mother: Lt. Kellaway's mother, most certainly, in "The Mother of All Hoods", which seems rather odd as Kellaway himself doesn't even seem to be Jewish. Of course, Lt. Kellaway's mother, from her brief appearances in the comics, was not this type. She was just a kindly old lady in glasses.
  • The Juggernaut: Walter, perhaps the only villain in the show to never undergo serious Villain Decay.
  • Jumping on a Grenade: In most cases, it would either be "sitting on it" or "eating it."
  • Just Friends: Stanley and Peggy hover between this and Vitriolic Best Buds throughout the series. Their relationship never even comes close to being romantic.
  • Kick the Dog: Literal example in "Sister Mask", when Pretorius had control of the Mask, and made the Mask kick Milo. Stanley wasn't happy about that, and when he got his revenge, he turned the Sister Mask on Pretorius, made him become a soccer ball and then made him kick around his robot body and his own henchmen. He even nearly calls out this trope word-for-word:
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: Lt Kellaway has a downplayed version of this.
  • Large Ham: The Mask, especially in season three's "To Have and Have Snot." He gets called out on it by Pretorious, who's voiced by Tim Curry, ironically.
  • Latex Perfection: The Mask disguises himself as Dr. Neuman in "Convention of Evil", to the point of copying his voice, height, and mannerisms perfectly. The only way anyone could figure out his disguise is when the real one called Pretorius and told him he couldn't show up in time.
    • He also does this in "Little Big Mask", disguising himself as Stanley to trick Peggy.
    • This may also be another Mythology Gag, as one of Big Head's abilities in the comics was to wear incredibly realistic masks made of skin to literally resemble anyone he/she wanted to.
  • Leitmotif: Milo the dog had a little signature ditty when he appeared onscreen.
    • So do Mrs. Peenman, Kellaway, Doyle, and The Mask himself.
  • Living Shadow: Skillit is an otherworldly prankster who uses his shadow to absorb others' shadows and steal their youth.
  • Losing Your Head: Dr. Pretorius
  • Loud of War: "Flight as a Feather" had a scene in which The Mask uses a large boombox and a cassette entitled "The Mask's Greatest Hits" as a form of torture on Mrs. Peenman - first out loud, then through headphones.
  • Love Potion: "Love Potion No. 8 ½" has one, that makes Milo a dog magnet, Stanley\The Mask and Kellaway fall for Mrs. Peenman, and ultimately the gypsy who sold them to be pursued by men.
  • Meaningful Name: the real names of Kablamus, The Stinger, and The Tempest (see Steven Ulysses Perhero). Also, Cookie BaBoom, considering her method of suicide/homicide.
  • Medium Awareness: The Mask regularly acknowledges the audience. When Kablamus tries to do it as well, Mask dismisses him as nuts.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Dr. Pretorius, where his plans of mass destruction are usually in the name of science.
  • Most Writers Are Male: Subverted with "Flight as a Feather." Would you believe that, in spite of the appearance of (and subsequent Fanservice provided by) Cookie BaBoom (the Mayor's exotic dancer ex-girlfriend), that the episode was written by a woman? Yeah, there may have been some male writers pitching ideas — among other things, but an actual woman — named Julia Lewald — is credited for writing "Flight as a Feather".
  • Ms. Fanservice: Peggy is pretty much the main one in this series, but there are also a few one-shot characters that fit this trope as well: Evelyn/Eve from "Bride of Pretorius", Cookie BaBoom from "Flight as a Feather", and Davida Steelmine from "Magic".
  • Mythology Gag: In "Sister Mask", when Pretorius wears the mask, Peggy refers to him as "Big Head" - the name given to the mask wearer in the original Dark Horse comic series.
    • In "The Mask is Always Greener on the Other Side," the Mask once again produces a framed (and signed!) photograph of Kellway's wife.
    • In "Santa Mask," the Mask performs a mambo version of "Jingle Bells" in the Cuban Pete costume.
  • My Favorite Shirt: "Future Mask" — a robot from the future rips The Mask's favorite pants and the Mask chases through time to get him.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Cookie Ba Boom in Flight of a Feather.
  • Naked People Trapped Outside: Again, Cookie Ba Boom in Flight of a Feather.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Skillit. His idea of fun includes boiling innocents in oil, flaying the skin off their bodies or splitting their spines.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Stanley's "Bad Wolf" poster is an expy for the Big Bad Wolf in Tex Avery's Red Hot Riding Hood cartoons.
    • Andrew Bedwetter from the episode “Broadway Malady” is an obvious parody of Andrew Lloyd Webber.
  • No Matter How Much I Beg: Done in multiple episodes, usually when Stanley instructs Milo to hide The Mask away where he'll never find it.
  • Not Me This Time: When Dr. Pretorius arrives on a Cruise Ship Stan and the other main characters are on he admits that while he does plan to blow up the ship as a test of his weapon, the fact that they are on the boat is just a coincidence and he didn't invite them.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: There are a few instances when Doyle doesn't act like his normal, bumbling self, but almost acts like Lt. Kellaway. This is usually a sign that something bad is about to hit.
  • Overprotective Aunt: Mrs. Peenman is revealed to be this in "Mask au Gratin" when it comes to her niece Jennifer. She makes a deal with Stanley to show Jennifer around town since she’s busy preparing for a paintball tournament, and in exchange, she’ll look the other way about his rent being late. When he and Jennifer are about to head out, Mrs. Peenman reminds her niece, who is a grown woman, to “be careful crossing streets” and “don’t talk to strangers”. She then threatens Stanley with a shotgun that he better not try anything with her niece.
  • Playing Sick: Pete the biker's M.O. of not doing work.
  • Police are Useless: Kellaway and Doyle. Justified in that The Mask is simply too powerful for them to handle. Otherwise, Kellaway is a competent cop. Doyle is...not so much.
    • One episode most of the police force are busy looking for missing pastries instead of responding to a hostage situation involving Lonnie the shark, and only Kellaway and Doyle are respond to it.
  • Politicians Kiss Babies: Done in a cartoon. Of course, when the Mask himself ran for the mayor, he kissed babes instead.
  • Pun-Based Title: If the episode title is not a Snowclone with Mask\Green ("Jurassic Mask", "Cool Hand Mask", "Mr. Mask Goes to Washington", "For All Mask-Kind"), it is one of those: "Rain of Terror", "Split Personality" (the mask is split in half), "Sealed Fate" (the seal in the case being of plastic containers), "To Bee or Not to Bee", "To Have and Have Snot"...
  • Pungeon Master: The Mask himself, as well as several of his adversaries.
  • Race Against the Clock: A few episodes have done this, two of the most notable ones being "Little Big Mask" and "To Have and Have Snot".
  • Reality Warper: The Masks main ability, though usually limited to himself and his immediate area.
  • Real After All: In "Santa Mask"
  • Really 700 Years Old: Skillit. He’s over 4,000 years old, but doesn’t look a day over twelve.
  • Rebus Bubble: In "Split Personality," when Stanley is thinking of what would happen if his old high school bully found and wore The Mask. He was mostly right. Luckily, the mask had been split in half at the time and Chet was only wearing it on one half of his body, allowing his normal self to stop his Mask persona when he went too far.
    • Also, in "Enquiring Masks Want to Know", the Mask has one after Peggy points out to him that the various cryptids (i.e. Sasquatch and the Loch Ness Monster among various other things) that have been suddenly appearing in Edge City as of late don’t have shadows, which makes him realize only one person could be behind this; Skillit.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Cookie BaBoom and Smedley, the Mayor's assistant were never shown prior to "Flight as a Feather," yet they've been established as being regular characters (despite that Cookie is a One-Episode Wonder and Smedley only appeared in two episodes: "Flight as a Feather" and the previous episode, "Going for the Green.")
  • Ridiculous Procrastinator: One of the Mask's Catchphrases is "But first...", meaning he's going to goof off before saving the city. This happens in nearly every episode.
    • Though there have been some occasional inversions of the gag where he expresses eagerness to do one of his usual pastimes and says "But first" before stopping to defeat the villains.
  • Riddle for the Ages: Just how did Walter end up inside the whale on "Flight as a Feather"?
  • Running Gag: The Mask wedgies his enemies, namely Kellaway, Doyle, and Mrs. Peenman.
  • Saw a Woman in Half: Done to the title character on the season three premiere episode "Magic". Naturally, he hams it up and pretends he really got sawn in half to mess around with the pretty magician.
  • Say My Name: Kellaway would shout "DOYYYYLE" whenever Doyle did anything dopey (which was pretty often).
  • Secret Keeper: Peggy is one of only three people who knows Stanley and The Mask are one and the same.
    Stanley: You're the only one who knows my secret. Well... You and Milo.
    • Pretorius and Walter are also aware- though Pretorius never tells any of the other villains for some reason and Walter can't talk.
  • Sequential Symptom Syndrome: In "To Have and Have Snot", the common cold turns out to be the only thing that can kill the Mask (because Stanley was sick in the first place). The symptoms are actually numbered from one to seven, and serve as a sort of countdown to doom.
  • Serious Business - The founder of Putterware treats her company like a cult dedicated to the destruction of her former employers.
  • Sexier Alter Ego: Subversion. Stanley even points out that The Mask's luck with women is just as bad as his. Stanley is too shy, but The Mask comes on too strong.
    • The same with Evelyn and Eve, who are basically more shy than Stanley, and come on stronger than the Mask.
  • Sexy Coat Flashing: A warped variation done by Cookie BaBoom on "Flight as a Feather." After Smedley tries to stop Cookie from rushing the stage after Mayor Tilton, she supposedly flashes her naked body by opening her trenchcoat. Smedley lecherously growls, "Dy-no-mite!" As the trenchcoat hits the ground, the camera pans up, revealing the two megatons worth of dynamite strapped to Cookie's body - only to have the Mask give her a Shameful Strip.
  • Shameful Strip: The Mask does this to Cookie Ba Boom in Flight of a Feather to save the Mayor's life but more importantly to himself to get his feather back when he yanks her suicide bombs off her - and then uses her very public nudity to stun Kellaway and Doyle.
  • Shapeshifter Default Form: The Masks standard appearance is with his trademark yellow zoot suit and feathered hat.
  • Shapeshifter Mode Lock: In "Love Potion No. 8/12", the Mask can't transform into different characters because of Madame Suspiria controlling her magic on The Mask.
  • Ship Tease: While Stanley and Peggy are portrayed as Just Friends, it’s hinted that he may subconsciously have some feelings for her, considering that The Mask has acted a little flirty towards her a few times.
    Peggy: Mask! You’re alive! I could kiss you.
    Mask: (immediately zips over and holds her in a dip) Pleasure’s all mine, Sugar.
  • Shoot the Television: Mrs. Peenman does so when Trapped in TV Land Mask enters a rerun of Gilligan's Island.
  • Shout-Out: Plenty. It would require an entire wiki to catalog everything. If the show can go 5 minutes without a reference, it's a miracle.
  • Showy Invincible Hero: The Mask is virtually undefeatable, with only a handful of villains being able to defeat him. A lot of episodes actually revolve around Stanley losing the mask and having to get it back, or having to get away from danger to go get it at home.
  • Skewed Priorities: Sometimes The Mask will acknowledge the villain to defeat, "but first..." he will do something cruel or irrelevant. For instance, in the first episode, he pursues the bank guard that would have a date with Stanley, leading the robbers to escape.
  • Something Else Also Rises: Kellaway and Doyle's reaction (of the melting variety, though there was that kinky twang noise prior to Doyle's and Kellaway's reaction) to the now-naked Cookie BaBoom on "Flight as a Feather."
    • The Mask's reaction to seeing Davida Steelmine perform magic tricks on the season three premiere "Magic."
  • Song Parody: In "Flight as a Feather," The Mask has a cassette of himself singing a parody of "O, Christmas Tree" which makes fun of Mrs. Peenman and makes her listen to the song on full blast.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Peggy was, in a deleted scene, killed by Tyrell in the original film. In the cartoon, she's his trusted confidant and Secret Keeper, as well as the implied Love Interest.
  • The Speechless: Walter doesn't say a single word, which just adds to his scariness.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero and Punny Name:
    • Kablamus's real name is Joe Blow.
    • Tempest's real name is Fritz Drizzle
    • The Stinger's real name is Buzz Stingman.
    • Celia N. Airtight made a name for herself on the food sealing business.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Played for Laughs in several episodes.
    Tempest: They're always talking about how your parents screwed you up, how you have all this repressed hostility. Well I don't have any repressed hostility!
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Depending on who wears the Mask, such as Dr Pretorius, Dr Neuman and Stanley's former high school bully Chet Bozak, their Mask side can take on this aspect, either through lacking the miniscule morality center that Stanley's Mask has, or by a genuine evil streak like Chet has.
  • Swiss Army Appendage: The Mask as Toolverine.
  • Take That!: The "Dan Quayle Center For Space Cases" mental hospital from For All Mask-Kind.
    • The Andrew Lloyd Webber Expy in "Broadway Malady" is named Andrew Bedwetter.
  • This Is Unforgivable! / Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: From "Baby's Wild Ride":
    Kidnapping and extortion are bad enough...But, for the crime of bringing Barnaby upon the children of this great land....YOU MUST PAY!
  • Those Two Guys: Lieutenant Kellaway and Doyle and the teenage slackers Dak and Eddie (who become Putty Thing and Fish Guy on the aptly titled episode "The Terrible Twos").
  • Threatening Sharks:
    • When Fish Guy puts on the mask and becomes Shark Dude in "The Good, The Bad, and the Fish Guy."
    • Lonnie the Shark (given his appearance) counts as well.
    • Milo wearing the Mask is prone to becoming a shark when in water.
  • Time Master: Thanks to her time warping gadgets, Dr. Chronos is one of the few villains on this show who poses a real threat to The Mask.
  • Time Stands Still: Done on the two episodes that have Chronos as the villain: "Comedy of Eras" and "What Goes Around Comes Around."
  • Title Montage: All three seasons featured an opening that was just clips from the series
  • Tranquil Fury: Having swiftly beaten the Mask then pulling out far more weaponry than needed to off Stanley, Pretorius was obviously not happy at having his visionary scheme foiled; but he announced his intentions with as much emotion as someone reporting the local weather.
  • Transformation Trauma: Stanley seems used to it by now, but a lot of first time wearers of the Mask react in pain and horror when the transformation occurs.
  • Trapped in TV Land: The season two episode "Channel Surfin'". Complete with nauseating Care Bears parody, and a visit to Gilligan's Island to tell Gilligan what everyone else has been complaining about for years:
  • The Trickster: The Mask's thrives on deflating his enemies' (or Lt. Kellaway's) egos.
  • Unexplained Recovery: The Stinger's debut ended with him transformed back to normal and Gorganzola was a spirit that possessed Ms. Peenman's niece via an enchanted cheese amulet, with her eventually reverting back to normal; both show up in "Convention of Evil" with no explanation as to how.
  • Unlucky Everydude: Stanley is an average guy who seldom catches a break.
  • Urine Trouble: Some episodes will have Stanley's dog Milo urinate on something as part of a gag. One example is "Mayor Mask", which shows him peeing on a campaign poster for Mayor Tilton.
  • The Vamp: Shy and demure Evelyn's mask persona is this to a tee.
  • The Voiceless: Walter never talks.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: The Mask's main power is to transform into something appropriate for the situation. He has several favorite forms he reuses, such as Child Mask, Ancient Martial Arts Mask, Terminator Mask, Pirate Mask, Knight Mask and Swimsuit Mask, though he has several other forms he only uses once.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Wearing The Mask while ill will screw up Stanley's powers and eventually kill him. So naturally, the city's attacked by a giant mucus monster while he's got a cold.
    • Pretorius, deadly, evil genius that he is, can easily be disabled by knocking his head off his cyborg body, he seems to have trouble securing it properly. His detached head isnt exactly defenceless, but its much smaller and weaker than his body. His cybernetic body is a rather competent fighter, even minus the head to direct it.
  • Wedgie: The Mask gives Kellaway one at least Once per Episode.
  • With Friends Like These...: Stanley's closest friend, Peggy Brandt, mostly uses him for tabloid material since she's the only person who knows that Stanley is The Mask. She even gets captured on purpose just to force him to use the Mask.
    • Charlie as well. Having apparently been promoted after the events of the movie, he becomes a severe Pointy-Haired Boss, foisting all of his work onto Stanley, forcing Stanley to run numerous non-work related errands for him on top of that, and invariably threatening to fire him if he refuses or fails any of this. In one episode, Stanley had decided to act like the Mask even when not wearing it, and ends up getting a promotion that Charlie had been vying for. This is the same Charlie who had done all of the aforementioned to Stanley, and he somehow actually has the unmitigated gall to actually try to make Stanley feel guilty about this.
  • Wild Take: The Mask pulls one of these at least Once per Episode.
  • Wingding Eyes: The Mask gets them quite often, mostly of the heart variety whenever he sees a pretty girl.
  • Wire Dilemma: This happens in the episode “Shrink Rap”. While attempting to disarm a nuclear missile Pretorius launched, The Mask tries cutting all the wires. When that doesn’t work, he goes for Plan B; eating it.


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