Place of Death

Edge City


Former Mafia


Orestes Matacena

First appearance

The Mask (film)

Niko is the mob boss of Edge City and a minor antagonist in The Mask. He was portrayed by Orestes Matacena.


Niko Tina Dorian

(From left) Niko, Tina and Dorian

Niko owns the casino/club Coco Bongo which is a popular establishment compared to his other businesses and leads a group of gangsters with his right-hand Dorian Tyrell. However, he has been hearing from his henchmen that Dorian's criminal activities are getting unwanted attention from the cops. He also learned that Dorian has been intentionally hiding his money and getting some gangsters to work for him.

Niko, worried that Dorian would take his position away from him and getting unwanted attention from the police, sends his henchmen to get Dorian for a meeting. Niko's men put a golf tee and a golf ball on Dorian's mouth while Niko waves a golf club in front of him. He hits the golf ball but leaves Tyrell's skull unharmed. Instead, Niko gives Dorian one week to leave Edge City or he would kill him.

Two nights after his meeting with his right-hand, Niko celebrates with his men at the Coco Bongo by smoking cigars and drinking alcohol, believing that Dorian left the city. Unfortunately, Dorian (now wearing the Mask of Loki) blows up the doors of the Coco Bongo and enters the club with his henchmen. A gunfight erupts with Dorian and Niko's forces after the two crime lords exchange some words. Eventually, all of Niko's men were killed and Niko is challenged by his former second-in-command to shoot him in the stomach. Niko shoots at Dorian but the bullets didn't harm him. Dorian breathes the bullets and fires at Niko, killing him and sending him flying backwards.

The Mask: The Animated SeriesEdit

The now-deceased Niko does not appear in the animated series. However, an early draft of one episode was to have the ghosts of Niko, Tyrell and their deceased henchmen to return to Edge City and wreak havoc. The plot was to involve both of the ghosts and their gangs to break the remaining gang members out of jail, regain their areas of influence and resume their war against one another. However, the script would determine that they join forces in an effort to exact revenge against Ipkiss. Both Matacena and Greene were approached in order to reprise their roles, but eventually the episode was scrapped.