Prior to finding the Mask, Ipkiss was a hopeless romantic who maintained that "Nice Guys Finish Last", and was quite happy to be the nice guy finishing last. Being the nice guy that he is, he was often bullied by those around him, whether it be his land lord Mrs Peenman or his obnoxious car mechanics.
His only real friends are his dog Milo, who he considers to be quite the companion and also his womanizing friend Charlie, who also works at the Bank.
Finding the Mask
Ipkiss goes through what would seemingly be a mid-life crises when he is rejected from a nightclub, his mechanics declare his car as unavailable and so he is given a car they dub 'the loaner' which is not in any way an attractive vehicle. He parked on a bridge looking down into the water comtemplating life when he sees what he thinks to be a man or body floating in the water. He hurries down to the water's edge in an attempt to save the person, but it turns out to just be some compiled garbage floating.
In this garbage however Ipkiss finds 'The Mask'. It shines a mystical sparkle that instantly captivates Ipkiss into taking it home.
Stanley gets home and out of pure despiration places the mask upon his face. Not knowing the awesome power of doing so, Staley launches himself around the room in a hurricanic manner until finally coming to a stand-still as "The Mask". No direct name is given to this character, he is simply referred to as "The Mask" or "Stanley Ipkiss wearing The Mask".
At first it seems Ipkiss has no direct control, the mask seems to operate under the control of the sub-conscience. Making deep seeded intuition a very common projection. Powers & Abilities
The Mask is a very powerful object, which defies our laws of science indefinately. The possibilities with this awesomely powerful mask is said to be limited by the wearer and their imagination. There have been accounts of Matter Manipultion, Super Strength/Speed/Agility/Durability/Senses, Invulnerability
and even Increased Intelligence
with the sacrifice of losing one's sanity. Object Manifesation
and Altering the very fabric of time and space.
The power of the mask defies all laws of physics and science, it's power is only limited by its wearer making it one of the most powerful items in the Comic Universe.