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Ssssmokin'!
~ Stanley's famous catchphrase in the film
Somebody stop me!
~ The Mask

Stanley Ipkiss is the Edge City Bank teller and the main protagonist of comic book and the 1994 live-action film, The Mask, and the animated series that followed. He is the secret identity of The Mask.

In the film, he was portrayed by actor Jim Carrey, who also portrayed The Grinch in How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Colonel Stars and Stripes in Kick-Ass 2, Lloyd Christmas in Dumb & Dumber, Tom Popper in Mr. Popper's Penguins, Ace Ventura in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Horton the Elephant in Horton Hears a Who!, and Ebenezer Scrooge in 2009 in A Christmas Carol. In the animated series, he was voiced by Rob Paulsen.

History

The Mask

Stanley Ipkiss is a shy 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 singer girlfriend Tina Carlyle into Stanley's bank to record its layout, in preparation to rob the bank.

Stanley is attracted to Tina, 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 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. 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.

The Mask: Animated Series

In the show, Stanley is the main hero of the show. Stanley struggles with finding the girl to be with, but ends up not getting them thanks to his alter-ego The Mask being too strong towards them or his enemies, though he does get some good luck on his side thanks to being a nice guy. The Mask is the deuteragonist of the show. The Mask is lazy, a troll, and likes to party around in his favourite nightclub the Coco Bongo and gets too strong towards any girls he meets, but he is a genuine hero and does care about his friends, the people in Edge City and can be a father/older brother figure towards children which in the former he is this to the youngest children being surprisingly stern, but still fun-loving and caring towards them and in the latter he is this to the oldest children being the goofy, oldest, fun-loving and caring to them. Stanley and The Mask care very much about Milo their dog, with Stanley being a responsible dad to him while The Mask is the laidback, goofy and fun-loving mom towards him. Stanley and The Mask are voiced by Rob Paulsen, who also voiced Donatello and Carl Wheezer.

In other media

Space Jam: A New Legacy

The Stanley Ipkiss incarnation of The Mask makes a cameo appearance in the 2021 film Space Jam: A New Legacy, the anticipated sequel to the 1996 Warner Bros. hybrid film Space Jam. He appears alongside other characters from various other Warner Bros. properties to watch LeBron James and the Looney Tunes compete in a basketball match against the Goon Squad.

It has been reported that Jim Carrey will reprise his role in the film.

Trivia

  • Matthew Broderick, Steve Martin, John Goodman, Rick Moranis, Martin Short, Mike Myers, Keanu Reeves, the late John Ritter and the late Robin Williams were all considered for the role of Stanley Ipkiss before Jim Carrey was cast.

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Leonardo | Donatello | Raphael | Michelangelo | The Mask | Stanley Ipkiss | Tina Carlyle | Lloyd Christmas | Harry Dunne | Austin Powers | Vanessa Kensington | James Carter | Inspector Lee | Felicity Shagwell | Little Nicky | Satan (Little Nicky) | Foxxy Cleopatra | The Losers Club (Bill Denbrough, Ben Hanscom, Beverly Marsh, Eddie Kaspbrak, Mike Hanlon, Richie Tozier & Stan Uris) | Davis Okoye | Dr. Kate Caldwell | George

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