Top 10 Superhero Unmasking Moments

Top 10 Superhero Unmasking Moments

Written by Jamie Leslie

Moments from movies where superheroes take of their masks and reveal their secret identities. WatchMojo presents the Top 10 Moments where a superhero is unmasked. But what will take the top spot on our list, Spider-Man's unmasking at the hands of Harry Osborne in Spider-Man 2, Rorschach's reveal in Watchmen, Batman revealing his face to catwoman in Batman Returns? Watch to find out!

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It’s time to see who’s really hiding behind those masks. Welcome to, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Moments When A Superhero Is Unmasked.

For this list, we'll be looking at the pivotal moments in movies where a superhero has his or her identity exposed by means of unmasking – whether or not it’s literal.

#10: Ant-Man

“Ant-Man” (2015)

It’s fair to say that many kids grow up believing their parents are their very own superheroes, but things can get entirely too real when your dad arrives back from the quantum realm in a super-shrinking suit. Ex-convict Scott Lang may be anything but a model citizen. However, the love and admiration he has for his daughter is evident through every one of his actions. In this scene, Scott finally becomes the hero he has always wanted to be for her. It’s not only a significant moment for Scott as a father, but as a superhero.

#9: Batman

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” (2016)

The Bat is dead. Bury it. Perhaps the Dark Knight’s most fearsome adversary is his own mind, as this apocalyptic nightmare sequence was fueled by his deadly premonition of what a future with Superman held. Captured and detained, Batman stared face to face with an evil construct of the Kryptonian. Before Superman delivers a fatal blow to Batman’s chest, he first unmasks him, bringing the once defender of justice to a mere mortal in the face of a god. Even if the film itself has a ton of problems, this unmasking scene is an undeniable highlight.

#8: Daredevil

“Daredevil” (2003)

A true testament to a villain’s wickedness is not just how they end their arch-nemesis, but also what they strip from them before they do it. Literally pinned against the wall, Daredevil lies defenseless as Kingpin makes his way to reveal his opponent’s true identity. Upon being outed as Matthew Murdock, the notorious blind attorney from Hell’s Kitchen, Daredevil is now forced to tear away from his vigilante persona, and approach his final bout with Kingpin as nothing more than a man who’s been driven to his brink. Daredevil proves victorious, but decides to spare his enemy. After all, it’s not like Kingpin is going to tell anyone he was defeated by a blind guy.

#7: Black Panther

“Captain America: Civil War” (2016)

Take a knee, Avengers, as you all now stand within the presence of royalty. The young prince of Wakanda’s pursuit of Bucky Barnes ends prematurely when the team is apprehended by German armed forces. However, in attempts to ease tensions and preserve what is left of his nation’s integrity, the Black Panther opts to relieve himself of his helmet, revealing his true identity. Unapologetic in his actions, T’Challa and Captain America share a lasting stare, signifying that this whole ordeal has become much more problematic than what was once perceived.

#6: Spider-Man

“The Amazing Spider-Man” (2012)

Everyone’s got a little superhero in them. All it takes is a little motivation. Responding to a desperate father’s distress call, Spider-Man leaps into action to save a young boy still trapped in one of the vehicles suspended by his webbing. Mask on or mask off, Spider-Man is a man of the people. So in order to quell the child’s unrest, Peter Parker hands his mask to him, exposing not only his identity, but also the fact that he’s a human being, and perhaps just as terrified as everyone else.

#5: Deadpool

“Deadpool” (2016)

If there’s anything this fourth-wall breaking superhuman has taught us it’s that beauty is only skin-deep. Underneath Deadpool’s cool and charismatic exterior is a face only a mother could love, and after hiding what his cancer-curing experimentation has brought him from the world, he is finally confronted with his long-lost lover who requests to see the face of her savior. A couple jokes and a bad Hugh Jackman joke later, Wade takes off his mask to reveal his disfigured face, only to realize that his girlfriend has never been more in love.

#4: Iron Man

“Iron Man” (2008)

Being a superhero is exhausting enough. However, being a superhero and a celebrity has got to be damn near impossible. Initially opting to not become a national public symbol and to just be a really smart guy with a mechanized suit, Tony Stark takes to a live press conference to address the speculation of the man behind the iron mask. Crumbling behind the façade of his loose statement, Tony has a sudden change of heart and embraces the identity of Iron Man. Meh, having a secret identity is overrated anyway.

#3: Rorschach

“Watchmen” (2009)

Is it possible for one to wear the mask so long that you forgot who you truly are? This hard-boiled vigilante tests this idea after he discarded his identity of Walter Kovacs for Rorschach. Just moments after Rorschach breaks into an apartment to interrogate a lead in his investigation, he’s ambushed by police, leaving him nearly no chance of escape. A few minutes and a couple broken spines later, Rorschach gets pinned down by remaining officers who forcibly remove his mask. Pleading for them to give him back his “face,” Walter must come face to face with the insanity he sought so long to escape.

#2: Batman

“Batman Returns” (1992)

We’re not so different, you and I. While there are some that regard Batman as a pillar of justice, there are just as many that see him as a common criminal, and that line never gets so blurred as when he’s paired with Catwoman. In attempting to bring down crime boss Max Shreck, Batman must also prevent Catwoman from enacting her own form of justice. By discarding his crime-fighting façade, Bruce doesn’t only reveal his identity to one of his most complex adversaries, but also professes his true feelings to the one woman he may forever be uncertain about. Of course, it takes Max Shreck a moment to put two and two together.

#1: Spider-Man

“Spider-Man 2” (2004)

Underneath all the web slinging, spidey-senses, and superhuman strength, people tend to forget he’s still just a kid from Queens. Losing the use of his mask in the midst of a fight with Doc Ock, Peter wastes no time in saving a train full of people from crashing to their doom. Using his own body to tether the force from the train, the superhero saves the day in the nick of time, but lays exposed in front of a host of witnesses. When he comes to, he gains an oath from the grateful citizens that his secret will stay safe with them.