fiction The Greatest Masked Characters  

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List Rules Vote for your favorite mysteriously masked hero or villain!

In fiction, masks are often used to disguise secret identities. These masks usually become as iconic, if not more so, than the characters who wears them. Often times characters will don a mask in order to protect their identity while living their secret life. Superheroes commonly wear identity-shielding masks. Other fictional characters use masks to cover up disfigurement.

Horror movies often use masks as a way to hide the identity of the killer, especially since it’s more terrifying to wonder what sort of face is so scary that it needs to be hidden away. The masks in Friday the 13th and Scream have become far more well-known than the killers that wore them and are often worn as Halloween costumes.

The fictional characters on this list wear masks for a myriad of reasons, from hiding secret identities to scaring potential murder victims. Who is your favorite fictional character to ever don a mask?

Batman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Masked Characters
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Batman


Appears In: Batman Beyond, Young Justice, Batman, Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League Unlimited, + more

Powers & Abilities: Flight, Martial arts, Eidetic memory

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#1 on The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

#1 on The Best Members of the Justice League and JLA

#56 on The Greatest TV Characters of All Time

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Spiderman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Masked Characters
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Spiderman


Appears In: Marvel Universe

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#94 on The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe

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Darth Vader is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Masked Characters
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Darth Vader


Appears In: Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, + more

Powers & Abilities: Telepathy, Levitation, Force

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#2 on The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time

#9 on The Best Video Game Villains of All Time

#4 on Vader to Binks: Best to Worst Star Wars Characters

#8 on Which Star Wars Characters Deserve Spin Off Movies?

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Deadpool is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Masked Characters
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Deadpool


Appears In: Deadpool, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Hulk Vs, Marvel Universe

Powers & Abilities: Martial arts, Healing factor, Immortality, Superhuman strength, Teleportation

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#11 on The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

#63 on The Greatest Cartoon Characters in TV History

#24 on The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe

#13 on The Greatest Marvel Avengers Characters of All Time

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