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Masks are a staple in the world of superheroes and villains. They are mostly used to conceal the characters’ identities from the general public. But every now and then masks take over becoming the actual face of the characters. We have put together a list of five examples of the most interesting face-covered fictional characters in contemporary pop culture.

Din Djarin

The Mandalorian

The character that inspired this list comes from a fictional space community in which removing your helmet is not allowed. Originally inspired by Clint Eastwood’s westerns, The Mandalorian has become such a sensation that the Emmys have allowed the actor that portraits the character, Pedro Pascal, into being submitted in the category of best actor Drama even though his face is barely seen in the show, demonstrating that you can do fine acting not using your facial expressions.


Judge Dredd

Judge Dredd

This British police, judge AND executioner from the future- also inspired by Clint Eastwood, but by his Dirty Harry series – same as Djarin, wears his helmet all the time. This has become an issue when trying to bring big names to mainstream adaptations of the popular comic book. Arnold Schwarzenegger turned down the role in the 1995 film because his face wouldn’t be seen. Stallone took over, but he was allowed to take the helmet off. More successful was Karl Urban who offered a very good performance in the 2012 movie while keeping his face covered, as it should be. 


Bane

DC Comics

This exotic DC villain can say that he has been one of the few people to have cracked the Batman – he literally cracked the bat on his knee, like a stick. As a result of some creepy experiments, Bane needs to constantly be fed with Venom, a chemical composition that if removed will kill the man. This feeding is done through a complex mechanism that includes a mask and tubes into Bane’s brain. Tom Hardy, who has made a career taking on mumbling acting roles, made a decent Bane in 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises.


Child Detection Agency or CDA

Monsters Inc.

We bet you a spin-off about these special forces fighting against human child contamination would be a hit. In the world of Monsters Inc. – and Monsters University, remember that one? – the CDA is a very serious organization that contrasts with the wacky tone of the rest of Monstropolis. It would be interesting seeing how this task force works and what its members look like since every time we see them, they’re covered from head to toe by their yellow suits.


Tomura Shigaraki

My Hero Academia

Masks are as common as super powers in this acclaimed manga series, but we have to single out Shigarakis’. Why? Because his mask is made of zombified hands that belonged to his family whom he killed as a teenager. We do get to see the face of the leader of the League of Villains, but let’s face it, that hands mask is the coolest one in the world of MHA and on this list.


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