Tuesday Toonsday: Get to Know the Characters of M.A.S.K.!

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The 1985 series M.A.S.K. from Hasbro’s Kenner toyline had one of the wackier casts of all the cartoons we’ve covered so far.  Admittedly, I had no idea of what to expect when we tackled this show since it was popular just a few years before my time.  I wish I’d have done a bit more research because boy howdy do they just throw you right into this mess.  I’ve put together a handy character guide (thanks to Wikipedia) in order to help acclimate you to the acronymic insanity.  I left out the names of their masks and vehicles because my God it’s just too much. IT’S JUST TOO MUCH!

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M.A.S.K.

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Matt “Hunter” Trakker – The leader of M.A.S.K. as well as a multi-millionairephilanthropist. He was one of the creators of the original M.A.S.K. team. In the comics, the team was co-created by him along with his teenage brother Andy and Miles Mayhem. Mayhem double-crosses Matt and causes the death of Andy when he steals some of the masks for his newly established V.E.N.O.M. team.

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Scott Trakker – he adopted son of Matt Trakker. His father raised him alone. He has great mechanical skills and is always upgrading T-Bob with some new function

T-Bob – The cowardly robot sidekick of Scott Trakker who can convert into a scooter. He was built by Scott. T-Bob likes making bad jokes and is easily frightened. According to Fleetway comics, T-Bob was short for “Thingamabob.”

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Bruce “Magic” Sato – Mechanical engineer and design specialist who serves as Matt Trakker’s de facto second-in-command. Bruce Sato is of Japanese origin. He often talks in Confucian riddles that only Matt Trakker seems to understand. Occupation: toy designer.

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Alex “Megabyte” Sector – Computer and communications expert and Zoology specialist. Hails from Britain Occupation:veterinarian and exotic pet store owner. As an action figure, Sector originally came with the Boulder Hill playset.

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Dusty “Powderkeg” Hayes – Auto and marine stunt driver, all-terrain specialist and tracking and demolition expert. Occupation:pizza cook and deliveryman.

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Brad “Chopper” Turner – Expert hill climber, rock musician, motorcycle driver, and helicopter pilot.

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Hondo “Striker” MacLean – Weapons specialist and tactical strategist. Occupation: history teacher.

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Buddie “Clutch” Hawks – A master of disguise and intelligence expert. Occupation: mechanic. As an action figure, Hawks originally came with the Boulder Hill playset.

 

V.E.N.O.M.

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Miles “Wolf” Mayhem – The leader of V.E.N.O.M. and the twin brother of Maximus Mayhem. In the comics, he betrayed the original M.A.S.K. team by killing Andy Trakker and stealing half of the masks for evil purposes. In the cartoon, the origin of V.E.N.O.M. is a lot less clear, though Mayhem’s connections to M.A.S.K remain the same as the comics and that he co-created the organization.

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Sly “Wrecker” Rax – con manespionage artist, and weapons expert. In the comics, he has ambitions of replacing Miles Mayhem as the leader of V.E.N.O.M.

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Cliff “Blaster” Dagger – The eyepatch-wearing member of V.E.N.O.M. who is an expert in demolitions and bare-knuckle brawling. He is also a convicted arsonist.

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