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Charles Halstead, the first Psycho-Pirate, had imagined and divined the existence of several golden faceplates with the power to influence others' emotions. He longed for a successor in the arts of crime related to emotions, and so chose to impart this knowledge onto

The Medusa Mask can manipulate the emotions of others, matching the appearance the mask takes (sad face, happy face etc.). It is the source of the Psycho-Pirate's powers.

History

New Earth

Charles Halstead, the first Psycho-Pirate, had imagined and divined the existence of several golden faceplates with the power to influence others' emotions. He longed for a successor in the arts of crime related to emotions, and so chose to impart this knowledge onto his cellmate, Roger Hayden. Hayden located the masks after Halstead's death and, for a time, wielded them separately as the new Psycho-Pirate. He later decided to merge all of the masks into one, giving him the power of the whole Emotional Spectrum with a single mask. He succeeded in his endeavors, but the united mask had the sad problem of inflicting a form of emotional vampirism upon the wearer, forcing him to drain emotions to sustain himself.

He wore this mask during the Crisis on Infinite Earths, the Infinite Crisis and the Last Laugh riots. During Underworld Unleashed, this mask was bonded to him and its metal largely replaced half of his brain. For a brief time this expression of Neron's "gift", revealed itself as a golden, gleaming eye patch over his left eye. The mask also held the power to summon any of the people who had died during the Crisis on Infinite Earths, but the strain removed Hayden from reality.

Later, during the time Hayden was resurrected as a Black Lantern, Conner Kent discovered the mask had a harmful influence upon the members of the Black Lantern Corps. He was able to destroy Black Lanterns Roger Hayden and Kal-L by forcing them to experience all emotions with the mask. The emotional blast severed the connection between the corpses and the rings, leaving them inert again. Unfortunately, the escaping rings shattered the mask, destroying it.

Arrowverse

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Roger Hayden using the Mask.

In the Arrowverse, the warrior Gilgamesh used the gold mask to imprison the spirit of a powerful demon, or an ancient psychic meta-human. With the centuries, the mask has popped up all over the world; the Yoruba Tribe in Africa, 17th Century pirates, Jasper Winters's millhouse in Atlanta, and later the Khandaqi Embassy. Eventually, Roger Hayden stole the mask and claimed that he got psychic powers from it, but no one believed him because he was certifiably insane and he was sent to the Arkham Asylum.[1][2]

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Psycho-Pirate possessing Cecile Horton.

After the breakout at Arkham during the Elseworlds, the Asylum returned the mask to the embassy but then they donated it to the Central City Museum, where its was going on display as a part of an exhibition. During the war between the Forces of Nature, the spirit inside the mask possessed Cecile Horton and sent Barry Allen into a coma, to manipulate Team Flash to steal the mask from the Central City Museum. After recovering the mask, the spirit invaded S.T.A.R. Labs to steal technology to increase his powers, but he was defeated by Iris West and Chester P. Runk. Later, the mask was contained at A.R.G.U.S..[3][1]


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