In all versions, the story initially revolves around a magical mask which bestows on its wearer reality-bending powers and an altered appearance, characterized by a large set of teeth and a green head. The mask affects the personality of the wearer by removing all social and moral inhibitions, causing the wearer to become insane. The character was inspired by a combination of the Joker and Steve Ditko’s version of the Creeper, as well as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In the original comics, characters who wore the Mask would become cruel antiheroes at best or murderous, vengeful villains at worst with ultra-violent tendencies, even if this was not the wearer’s original intention. In the 1994 film and the animated series, the Mask was toned down to make it only as dangerous as its wearer, and the main character Stanley Ipkiss was depicted as a mischievous yet benevolent superhero. The same is true of the 2005 sequel’s main character Tim Avery, who is named after Tex Avery.