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Stanley Ipkiss/The Mask


Place of birth

Edge City



First appearance

The Mask Comic

Stanley Ipkiss (aka The Mask) is the main protagonist of The Mask film and animated series. Ipkiss's job in the comic was never revealed, but in the film, he's a bank teller. In the film, Stanley is played by the Canadian actor Jim Carrey. In the cartoon series, he's voiced by Rob Paulsen. In the comic series he is a minor character and has a much different temperament.


The Mask (film 1994)

Stanley Ipkiss is a shy, immature, and unlucky bank clerk working at the local Edge City bank. He is frequently ridiculed by everyone around him, except for his Jack Russell Terrier Milo, and his co-worker and best friend Charlie Schumaker. Meanwhile, gangster Dorian Tyrell, owner of the Coco Bongo nightclub, plots to overthrow his boss Niko. One day, Tyrell sends his beautiful, songbird girlfriend Tina Carlyle into Stanley's bank to record its layout, in preparation to rob the bank.

Stanley is attracted to Tina Carlyle, and she seems to reciprocate. After being denied entrance to the Coco Bongo, he finds a wooden mask near the city's harbor. Placing it on his face transforms him into a zoot-suited, green-faced, bizarre trickster known as the Mask, who is able to cartoonishly alter himself and his surroundings at will. Stanley scares off a street gang that attempts to rob him by turning a balloon into a Tommy gun, and then he exacts revenge on his tormentors.

The next morning, Stanley encounters detective Lieutenant Kellaway and newspaper reporter Peggy Brandt investigating the Mask's activity of the previous night. To attend Tina's performance, he again becomes the Mask to raid the bank, inadvertently foiling Tyrell's plan in the process. At the Coco Bongo, Stanley dances exuberantly with Tina, whom he ends up kissing. Following a confrontation with Tyrell, Stanley flees leaving behind a scrap of cloth from his suit that transforms back into his pajamas, while Tyrell is arrested by the police as a suspect for the bank robbery.

Based on the shred of cloth, Kellaway suspects Stanley to be the bank robber. Stanley later consults an expert on masks named Arthur Neuman, who tells him that the object is a depiction of Loki, the Norse god of darkness and mischief. The same night, Stanley transforms into the Mask and meets Tina at the local Landfill Park, but the meeting is interrupted by Kellaway, who attempts to arrest him. Stanley tricks a large group of police officers into joining him in a mass-performance of the Desi Arnaz song "Cuban Pete", takes off the mask and flees with Peggy, but she betrays him to Tyrell for a $50,000 bounty. Tyrell tries on the mask and becomes a malevolent green-faced monster. Forced to reveal the location of the stolen money, Stanley is kept hostage in one of the mob's cars while Tyrell's henchmen reclaim the money, and is later given to Kellaway, along with a rubber green mask, to be detained.

When Tina visits the despondent Stanley in his cell, he urges her to flee the city. Tina thanks Stanley for treating her with respect and tells him that she knew that he was the Mask all along. She attempts to leave the city, but is captured by Tyrell's enforcer Orlando and taken to a charity ball at the Coco Bongo hosted by Niko and attended by the city's elite, including Mayor Mitchell Tilton. Upon arrival, the masked Tyrell kills Niko and prepares to destroy both the club and Tina. Milo helps Stanley escape from his cell, and Stanley brings Kellaway as a cover and hostage in a desperate attempt to stop Tyrell.

After securing Charlie's assistance, Stanley is spotted and captured. Tina tricks Tyrell into taking off the mask, which is recovered and donned by Milo, turning the dog into a cartoonish pitbull who defeats Tyrell's men, while Stanley fights Tyrell himself. After recovering the mask, Stanley uses its abilities to save Tina by swallowing Tyrell's bomb and flushing Tyrell down the drain of the club's ornamental fountain. The police arrive and arrest Tyrell's remaining henchmen, while Kellaway attempts to arrest Stanley once again. Tilton arrives and debunks Kellaway's statements, announcing to everyone that Tyrell was The Mask all throughout. He then goes on to thank Stanley for saving lives and having Stanley free to go, then Tilton then tells Kellaway that he needs to have a serious meeting with him in the morning and all charges against Stanley are dropped. As the sun rises the following day, Stanley, Tina, Milo, and Charlie take the mask back down to the harbor. Stanley asks Tina if she is sure she isn't going to miss his other persona, but Tina throws the mask into the water, and she and Stanley kiss. Charlie attempts to retrieve the mask for himself, only to find Milo swimming away with it.


In the The Mask comic he bought The Mask in a antique shop as a gift for his girlfriend Katherine. Late that evening, he travels to the bathroom only to see The Mask on the toilet seat, thinking Kathy put it there to scare him, he puts it on to scare her back. But the moment it touches him it attaches to his face and extends to the back of his head. Transforming him into the first Big-Head, he then goes on to cause chaos in Edge City. killing a biker gang who assaulted him when he was buying The Mask, his old grade school teacher who embarrassed him as a kid, a group of mechanics at a muffler shop, and a guy who owed him 60 bucks.

The Mask takes an emotional toll on Ipkiss, he becomes a bit more abusive to Kathy and values The Mask over Kathy. His murders attract the attention of the police, who attempt to hunt him down. It climaxes when Stanley breaks in Kathy’s apartment to retrieve The Mask after he was kicked out. While he enters through the window of the apartment, the window hits Stan’s back, screaming in pain. Kathy hears his scream and calls the police, thinking he was a burglar. She then smashes a lamp on Stan’s head, now realizing that Stan broke into her apartment. The cops finally arrive, and Kathy tries to get rid of them by saying it she called them falsely. However, Stan puts on The Mask, and tells the cops to get out of the house

The cops are weirded out, but Kathy says that it was just Stan. While one of the cops have a look, he gets a lamp smashed on his head, he then smashes more lamps on more cops’ heads. And also kills one of them by shooting them

Meanwhile, more cops arrive. And Big Head disguises as an old lady and tells them where all the chaos is occurring. However, one of the cops notice that the old lady had a beer, Big Head rips off his disguise, pulls out a bazooka and blows up the cops

He then goes on to trick the cops by shooting another cop, thinking that the cop they shoot was Big Head in disguise. One of the cops realize that the sergeant was still alive, even though he was blown up by the bazooka. It was revealed that it was Big Head in disguise, he slaps the other cops and runs away. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Kellaway is alerted about Big Head, and is told that he isn’t going to be easy to catch. He then responds that he came prepared, meanwhile. At the rooftop of the apartment, the cops are attempting to find Big Head, while Big Head uses his reality breaking powers to kill all of them. Kellaway arrives with an army of cops, he then orders them to shoot Big Head, he falls off the building but decelerates in mid air and lands safely on a car

He then takes the car on a joyride, blowing up a truck, breaking through a convenience store, shooting a cop while driving which causes a car crash, and then purposely crashing the car. He then appears on the top of the car where Kellaway, and his partner, Lionel, where. He smashes an axe on the car, but they stop at a road block. Big Head appears, whipping out miniguns and flamethrowers on killing everyone. Both cops and civilians, He then disappears by going through the sewers, and the chaos finally stops

He then emerges from the sewers, and encounters a cop. He kills him by pulling out an uzi snd shooting the cop in the crotch. Stanley then arrives home, and decides to skip town. When Kathy sneakily grabs The Mask, puts it on, and shoots Stanley at the back, killing him.


Film/Animated series

Stanley is a shy, immature, meekish, and good-hearted person who is usually unlucky and mistreated by people around him. He is the workhorse and victim of other people's selfish demands and harshness from his co-workers, neighbors and so-called friends like one of his best friends, Charlie Schumaker and his cranky landlady, Mrs. Peenman. Though with the help of the mask, he usually gets his own back.

Stanley hopes of one day finding the perfect girlfriend, but just like his Mask-persona, he's unlucky of getting one as a crazy event, usually involving the Mask and his enemies, ruins a date between him and his girlfriend


Stanley appears normal but is actually suppressing very violent thoughts. He has festered intense grudges towards people over the smallest offense. After donning the mask, he begins to become more unstable and craves the mask, breaking in his ex-girlfriend's apartment to get it. He also doesn’t just kill the people whom he hates, but just anyone in general

Mask Personality

Film/Animated Series

Ipkiss' Mask persona is a zoot-suited, green-faced, grinning, bizarre, wacky trickster with an energetic, hyperactive, zany, and wild personality who possesses powers with cartoonish, Tex Avery-style movements and humor. His famous catchphrases are "SssssMOKIN'!!" and "Somebody Stop Me!".

He has a short-attention span as he forgets about the most important tasks like defeating the bad guys and goes off on doing fun activities. In the TV Series' pilot episode, The Mask Is Always Greener on the Other Side Part 1, Mask successfully captures the robbers stealing from Edge City Savings, but forgets to tie them up for the cops as he is concern on finding Matilda, the security guard Stanley/Mask has a crush on, who run when scared by Mask when he came to stop the robbers, leaving the robbers to run off with the money.

The Mask has an ego at times as he loves being the center of attention. He is sometimes viewed as a beloved celebrity in Edge City by the public, an excellent dancer and a gentleman who attracts the ladies during parties at the Coco Bongo or casinos. He is respected and liked by some members of the police department like Doyle. He's a showoff when wanting to be the top best dancer or winner of any contests. He will try to get people's attention if they want to or not such as in the episode, Goin' for the Green, Mayor Tilton passed an Anti-Mask campaign after Mask humiliates him at the beginning of the episode and Mask tries to grab the people's attention, but failed. But The Mask shows himself to be a lot more sane than he appears to be which is shown at the later part of the same episode such as he continues to get everyone's attention, but to warn them about the giant swamp monster, created by Colonel Klaxon, attacking the city, but they continue to ignore him which got him very annoyed at them being idiots, and he also snarks at anyone who are either idiots, jerks or cowards such Kellaway who is obsessed with taking him in, even though there are bigger things to worry about than him, Doyle who is laidback and dim, and Mayor Titon who is a wimp, while The Mask is the one who is doing a job of keeping everyone safe and protected.

Despite his chaotic nature, the Mask does have a good-heart, since he is Stanley Ipkiss's persona. At the end of each episode, he does do the right thing of defeating the villains and saving the city and other people when they're in danger. For example, in The Mask Is Always Greener on the Other Side Part 2, when the Pretorius-controlled, walking House of Tomorrow was about to hit the Children's Hospital, Mask is shocked at it and went in to make the House to slip on a roller-skate and run off to the harbour, away from the hospital, saving it. He also will protect any children who are with him at all times, along with keeping them safe as well.

It also shows that Mask does care about children. In the episode, Sister Mask, the Mask does show he has morals on what is good and evil. When mind-controlled by Pretorius as a puppet, he is unwillingly forced to steal a variable meteorite fragment from a military base and attack the army who's trying to stop them, the Mask tries to stop it as he truly doesn't want to hurt or kill anyone and wants to use Mask of Loki for good instead of evil. In the animated series, the Mask follows the same personality as before in the film such as being a genuine troublemaker who is chaotic and wild, but harmless as well.

The Mask is also adorable as he gets all loving around his dog playing words with his mouth. He also loves superhero comic books as well, which makes him a big fan of them very much. He can be childish and immature when he refuses to take his face off which gets his friends to remind him what will happen if he does not so he agrees in the end to do it, but he does have his moments of being a responsible adult, when he's on an important job which involves innocent lives or about himself such as his existence is at risk, or being a babysitter to children, and doing his job as a superhero to save people from danger.

His favourite hobbies are dancing and partying at the various parties and clubs like the Coco Bongo, one of his favourite places in the world, eating large quantities of food, watching action movies like the Mad Monkey or Rampaging Reptiles film franchises and harassing and pulling crazy antics on various villains and people who provoke him or torments Stanley, like giving them atomic wedgies, which is one of the running gags in the cartoon series.

The Mask sometimes cause grief and stress to Stanley due to his trouble-making, like using his credit cards to buy expensive products like a new wide-screen TV or large amounts of pizza, getting into chases with the police and making them suspicious about his true identity and forgetting to stop the bad guys and go off on doing something that is fun for him, but he does genuinely care about Stanley and loves him like a little brother such as getting revenge on those who bullied him and protecting him, such as the time when they both existed at the same time, they were both tied to a saw machine which The Mask frees himself from it and also saving Stanley from getting killed by it as well.


Stanley's mask persona is insane and murderous. He is green-faced with especially maniacal and frightening facial gestures. He begins by killing a biker gang who beat him up, then murdering an old elementary school teacher for embarrassing him once in class years ago. After stealing the mask from his girlfriend Kathy one night, he goes on a bloodthirsty rampage, ultimately killing nearly a dozen police officers. Deciding to flee the city, Stanley takes off the mask before packing, but he is shot dead by Kathy, herself wearing the mask.




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