1. Darth Vader
Maybe the appeal here is mostly masochistic because of that whole “force choke” thing, but Darth Vader’s mask is not only much more appealing than his actual face, it’s one of the sickest around.
Batman’s mask has always looked pretty fantastic, but never as good as on Christian Bale. Not only does he look good, but he’s sauve as hell. And a billionaire, who, casually, decided to dedicate his life to vanquishing evil. That’s a little much.
No-one did a sexier Catwoman than Eartha Kitt, and particularly during the time she did. Instead of throwing it in our faces, Eartha Kitt and her Catwoman outfit represent a more dignified, subtler sexuality, which is—certainly in this case—much better.
4. Phantom of the Opera
Probably the classiest mask on this list, it helps that most of the actors who have portrayed the Phantom of the Opera have been very attractive. Just a little uncomfortably.
5. Iron Man
Pretty much every aspect of Tony Stark and his Iron Man suit is sexy. He’s rich as hell and he’s just trying to do some good for everyone. And clearly he knows how to properly color-coordinate.
6. V for Vendetta
The fact that we have absolutely no idea what “V” actually looks like is why he makes this list. Mystery is sexy, and V does it right. Plus, his voice is awesome.
7. Samus Aran
No-one knew for years that intergalactic bounty hunter Samus was even a human, much less a girl. And ever since then, people have been even more obsessed—particularly when it was unveiled that she’s not just a badass, but a hot badass.
While starring in one of the greatest films of our time helps, Westley is just an Adonis. With or without the mask, surely anyone would fall prey to his golden locks and his charming demeanor.
9. Mrs. Doubtfire
Okay, maybe Mrs. Doubtfire isn’t conventionally or even obviously sexy, but the fact that Robin Williams was willing to go for it certainly warrants Doubtfire’s inclusion on this very historical-based post. Also, in this photo it’s really not even that unbelievable.