Once donning the old jade mask, the wearer becomes endowed with superpowers, and becomes dangerously violent. Also, the wearer dons a large, green and bald head, large teeth, and has the power to do nearly anything the wearer wants to. They become a living killer cartoon.
Stanley Ipkiss is looking for a gift to give his girlfriend Kathy. As he's looking in an antiques shop he finds an old mask that calls out to be tried on. When Stanley tries on the mask he becomes as he's later dubbed Big-Head. As Big-Head he goes on a rampage getting revenge on those that he has ever had a grudge against. For example his first grade teacher and some bullies from his old school. When Stanley takes off the mask he begins to have an emotional change and starts being abusive toward Kathy. Kathy kicks Stanley out but keeps the mask since it was a gift.
Stanley feels that he needs to steal the mask back. But Stanley gets spotted by the police and thinks the only way out is as Big-Head. In his attempt to get out Big-Head nearly kills everyone and when Stanley gets back to his home he is shot in the back by Kathy. Who then figures out that Stanley is Big-Head.
Kathy takes the mask and gives it to Lt. Kellaway. She warns him not to put it on and she explains that the mask is responsible for creating Big-Head. Lt. Kellaway ignores her and puts on the mask as a joke. But then becomes Big-Head. As big head Lt. Kellaway hunts down all the criminals that have put his job in peril. Walter a musically mutated crime lord who has never spoken now has a massive grudge against Big-Head for killing all his henchmen. but Big-Head gets to him first and beats him to within an inch of his life. After Lt. Kellaway takes off the mask he begins to realize what has been happening and buries the mask in his basement and vows never to let it be worn again.
The Mask was created by Loki the God of Mischief. When the wearer dons the Mask they get a small portion of his powers. It should be noted that this origin only applies to the movie version of the Mask, the comic version's origin is still a mystery.
As Big-Head the wearer has cartoon like powers like being able to pull a giant mallet or bazooka from their pocket. Also they are able to change what they are wearing and the shape of their body but no matter what shape the body the user always has a large green head. The wear also has the power to do anything they wish to do. Like fly, eat a car etc. The wearer can not feel pain or even die, the wearer bleeds like a normal person. He gets shot with hundreds of bullets and does not bleed in that particular instance, suggesting that its more to do with the will of the wearer whether he wants to bleed or not. He doesn't feel it and depending on the wearer's personality the Mask would bring their inner self out while usually getting revenge on all the people who had made the wearer mad or just destroying what they didn't like.
The mask gives the wearer reality bending powers on a minor scale. The wearer is usually seen bringing his imagination into reality. The will of the wearer at the time of wearing the mask gets fullfilled after wearing it.
As seen in second movie, it is possible to pass on the reality bending powers to a child. This was done while the wearer still had the mask makes out with his wife. The child that is born exhibit shape shifting abilities just like the wearer of the mask. Although this trait more closely links to Loki's original abilities.
The Mask: Official Movie Adaptation
After the success of the movie Dark Horse created a comic of the movie version but does include little bits that did not feature in the movie like when Stanley gets his watch stolen by a gang of thugs before he got them with the balloon animal routine.
Differences Between Comic & Movie
There are several noticeable differences between the comic book version and movie version of the Mask. The first is names. In the comics, the wearer is referred to as Big Head, which led to later comics portraying the character with an actual big head. The movie and cartoon version is referred to as "The Mask"
The comic's plot-line is about various people becoming Big Head and causing bloody chaos wherever they go. The movie and cartoon plot-line has Stanley Ipkiss as a good-hearten but pushover of a man who uses the Mask to protect his home city and often the world.
While both are bizarre and powerful, they can be portrayed as opposites. Big Head is psychotic and extremely violent. He plays the role between anti-hero and villain depending on the wearer at the time.. The Mask, on the other hand, is much more comedic like a regular cartoon character. He is portrayed as a mischievous and wacky character who just wants to have fun, but does heroic deeds if necessary. Big Head handles most personal grudges by killing his targets, while the Mask pranks his enemies, such as giving them wedgies. Big Head uses actual weapons like guns and axes, while Mask uses slapstick comedy and prank items. Big Head is more straightforward his battles with Mask unleashes cartoon insanity an confusion in his.
The Mask had also shown to be much more powerful than Big Head. His reality warping powers exceeds Big Head's only ability to conjure items out of thin air. He can alter his size and shape, pop out of pictures, transform into various people and objects, and do virtually anything. However the Mask has been shown to be vulnerable to somethings. In the cartoon series, when a villain named Channel Surfer trapped him in a TV show, the Mask's own powers were unable to get him out. And another time when Stanley developed a cold, it affected the Mask's powers when he put it on later. This is a noticeable difference from Big Head, who instantly healed whenever the mask was put on.
Some other wearers are the Joker. The Joker had got a hold on the Mask, putting it on he was then able to defeat Batman. But the Joker had got bored of being so powerful he decided to blow up each major city with nukes. But he was later tricked out of taking the the Mask off. Another wearer is Lobo. Lobo was hired to find the "Ultimate Bastich" Lobo and the Mask fought, seeing how they couldn't kill each other the Mask offered to help find his bounty. The two make a bet, Lobo wins the bet and gets to wear the mask. Later on Lobo put the Mask on and became unstoppable. He destroyed many other planets. Lobo then gets sucked into a black hole and is sent through time. Later finding out he is the "Ultimate Bastich" he takes the mask off and puts it back where the thief had found it. Lobo then turned his past self in for the money reward.
The Joker found the mask in Gotham City museum and not knowing the power it possessed, the Joker puts it on and became invincible. He used his new found strength to attack Batman and nearly crippled him. This also caused tension between him and Harley Quinn, who seeks help from Poison Ivy to help remove the mask from him. Later Lt. Kellaway and Batman worked together trying to defeat the Joker. Batman tricked the Joker to take off the mask by saying he lost his own style and it's no longer funny.
Grifter is sent to break up a weapons smuggling at a gun show in Las Vegas. Grifter initially thought the Mask was the bad guy but after the Mask's girlfriend got threatened
Grifter and the Mask team up to stop the smuggling
Lobo vs. The Mask
Lobo is hired to find the "Ultimate Bastich". The hunt leads to earth where a thief has become Big Head. After the battle that decimates tons of people in Manhattan Big Head finally agreed to help Lobo find the previous wearer. After causing mass destruction, Lobo finally seizes the mask for himself. He puts the mask on and destroyed lots of planets. A black hole sends Lobo back in time for a month. Ironically he finds out he is the "Ultimate Bastich". Then Lobo takes the mask off and puts it where the thief found it before. Lobo then breaks the time loop and turns his past self for money reward.
Marshal Law vs. The Mask
Marshall Law is called in to take down the superhuman serial killer who possessed the Mask.