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This page is a collection of our favourite examples of Gas Masks in the Media (Video games, movies, etc.)

The layout should consist of the following:

Name of Game/MovieEdit

Gas Mask(s)

What they call it

Any inaccuracies

Gallery (Images relevant to the game/movie)

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Rainbow Six: SiegeEdit

Gas Mask(s): S10 or FM12, M50, fictional 4A1 lookalike, fictional panoramic mask

Inaccuracies (there are a lot)Edit

Sledge's FM12/S10 has no filter in it and the filter ports are plugged up. This would result in suffocation. In addition, the lenses in his gas mask are inaccurate.

Most of the six operators who wear gas masks wear balaclavas or hoods. The cloth of a hood or balaclava would allow air to pass through and render the seal useless. These operators include Thatcher, Mute, and Lion.

Smoke's gas mask is the only gas mask that prevents against taking damage from his toxic gas, although this is probably for gameplay reasons. His gas mask is a modified Avon S10/FM12 connected to a PAPR on his back. He seems to have inserted a filter into his exhale port, which would be impossible on a real S10 or FM12. His hood is made of rubber, however, so his seal is sound.

Lion and Finka's gas masks are fictional. They seem to be industrial respirators. They have filters that are too small to be CRBN rated and are likely just industrial particulate filers. However, neither of them would function because this fictional respirator has no oral-nasal cup.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 Edit

In Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3, a World War is waged between the American and Russian military, Russian forces use chemical and biological attacks, a large amount of the troops are wearing gas masks (oddly enough, not many are wearing MOPP gear) including the Avon S10, US M50, GP5 and the PMK-2.

In game names: N/A

Cry of Fear Edit

Gas mask: GP-5 (early Doctor model), GM-38 (actual in-game model)

In-game name: gas mask

Worn by the doctor, one of the main antagonists in the indie horror game Cry of Fear.

The mask represents the mistrust that Simon, the psychotic main character of the game, has towards his psychiatrist doctor Purnell. Furthermore, the doctor wears a gas mask to make the player think that an outbreak or a plague is happening.

The mask can also be worn by the player and used as a nightvision in the doctor mode (a short mission in which the player is in the doctor's role; available after the first completion of the game) and in the single player (after beating the doctor mode).

Inaccuracies: seems none

Doctor Purnell early model

Nether Edit

4A1, GP-5

There are 3 different gas masks in Nether with many different colours. The first gas mask appears to be a mix of a 4A1 and a GP-5, with 2 different colours. The black one with a green filter is called "Standard Issue", and the white one with a gold filter is called "Golden Breather". There is also a riot variant which comes with a riot helmet. This is quite unusual as the game is based in Chicago, and neither a 4A1 or GP-5 would be issued in the area. The second gas mask appears to be for hazardous operations, but is completely generic. It has different colours, each with different names. The third and final gas mask is a half-face gas mask called "Street Painter", which doesn't really resemble any real gas mask.

Team Fortress 2 Edit

GP-5, PMG, S10

The Pyro's standard gas mask is completely fictional, however, it does very slightly resemble a combination of a black Soviet GP5 in design and a British S10 in respiratory features such as filter input and speaker diaphragm/exhale valve. The Pyro also has different gas masks that are available to wear.

The Foster's Facade in Team Fortress 2 very clearly resembles that of a white GP-5, a gas mask also worn by Mr Foster in Killing Floor. It was a promotional item for the game if you bought Killing Floor before December 14, 2010.

The Mair Mask is a gas mask based off a PMG gas mask, but instead has the filter connected with a hose to the bottom of the mask, as opposed to the screw on filter on the left side in real life.

Other unknown gas masks include the Air Raider, Blizzard Breather, Breather Bag, Last Breath, Mishap Mercenary and Rugged Respirator.

There is also a gas mask available for the Medic called the Medi-Mask.

Metro: 2033 and Metro: Last LightEdit

Metro 2033 & Metro: Last Light

Date of release (Metro 2033)

NA-March 16th, 2010 AU-March 18th, 2010 EU-March 19th, 2010 JP-May 13th, 2010 (360) JP-June 25th, 2010 (PC) PS4, Xbox One NA-August 26, 2014 EU-August 29, 2014 Linux December 11, 2014

Date of release (Metro: Last Light)

NA May 14th, 2013 EU May 17th, 2013


Survival-horror/First-person shooter

British Civilian Duty Respirator, PMK-3

What the game calls them:

Just 'Gas Mask' they don't refer to any actual names, there are a number of different Gas Masks featured in the game, including those noted here

Any inaccuracies:

The British Civilian Duty respirator was a rather strange addition to the game, since it doesn't really fit the time (Russia got destroyed in 2013), considering that the mask was present in the build up to and during the Second world war.

What makes them great masks:

In the context of the game, they fit perfectly, the PMK-3 is true to the Game's setting (it's Russian after all) and fits nicely into the game


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Metro ReduxEdit

In 2014, 4A Games and Publisher Deep Silver announced the remastered Metro Series available as Metro: 2033 Redux and Metro: Last Light Redux.

Both games feature art where characters wear current-issue gas masks such as the S10 and the PMK-1. Although the games use the PPM-88 as the primary gas mask in the game, the advertisements and art used gas masks that are period-accurate, which is unusual, since the Metro games seems to prefer gas masks which are rare, out of date and out of place (except for the PPM-88). As of May 2014, It is still unclear if the gas masks used in the art are going to be found and be useable in-game.

The Metro and S.T.A.L.K.E.R franchises feature the heavy use of gas masks in the games. In Metro, the gas masks are destructable and have to be replaced if they are damaged by enemy attacks. Filters also run out depending on the game difficulty chosen, can have a life of 1 minute per canister up to 5 for easy difficulty.

Half-Life Edit

M40A2 Gas Mask With Laser Protective Lens Outserts

An M40A2 with the special Laser Protective Ballistic Lens Outserts. These are uncommon to find, and can be expensive when found.

Gas Mask(s): M40A2, S10 NBC Respirator (partly), PMK-2

The M40A2 with laser protective lenses is worn by the HECU marines. However, the Black Mesa model has a nose similar to the S10 NBC Respirator.

Half Life 2Edit

Gas Mask(s): PMG

In game name: Unnamed

Inaccuracies: None really, the masks were similar but not directly named.

The major antagonists of the Half Life 2 universe must be the Combine. A race of technologically advanced militarized aliens, they are currently in control of earth and make use of sympathizers to control the population.

The most commonly seen uses of these Gas Masks on the Combine take the form of the combine police (known as "Civil Protection") and their soldiers (Known, unsurprisingly, as "Combine Soldiers") These masks are based on the Soviet PMG gas mask, Which was used in the Cold War in the 70s.


DayZ Standalone Edit


The M10M as seen in the DayZ Standalone.

Gas Mask(s): Czechoslovakian M10M, Russian GP-5

In game name: Gas Mask, GP5 Gas Mask

Inaccuracies: None, it seems identical to its real life counterpart.

The mask fits in the game because it's set in a post-Soviet country after a zombie outbreak in the early 21st century.

Although the in-game country in-game is called Chernarus, it is based off of the landscapes between the cities "Ústí nad Labem

" and "Podmokly" in the Czech Republic[1]. This further proves that the OM10M and GP5 fit well in the game's setting.


S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - Shadow of Chernobyl, Clear Sky, Call of Pripyat Edit

Gas Mask(s): PBF, M40 (XM40 model in game), S10, GP-4u, SM-90 (Call of Pripyat cover)

Image (if possible)

What they call it: Gas mask(CoP)

Any inaccuracies: There is a half-face version of PBF gas mask, PBF gas masks use canisters instead of porkchop filters, and in SOC, there is a version for loners that has one visor instead of two.


Wolfenstein:The Old Blood Edit

Masks used in game: IDA-59 rebreather

Umbrella Corps./Biohazard: Umbrella Corps. Edit

Umbrella Corps/Biohazard: Umbrella Corps

Date of Release:

NA: June 21, 2016

EU: June 21, 2016

JP: June 23, 2016


Tactical Shooter, Multiplayer, Third-Person/First-Person

Masks used in game: Avon S10, Scott GSR, US M17A1/2, US M50, Scott M95, Soviet PBF, MSA Millennium, FM12-Israeli 4A1 mix (possibly), MSA Phalanx Riot Control Mask

Inaccuracies: The M17A1/2 is incorrectly depicted with a canister filter and referred to as a "CZ mask", none of the masks use their designated names.

While technically not incorrect, Hunk's mask appears to have a VPU (Voice Projection Unit) on the front of his mask (like on most masks that use a side mounted filter, more so the SF10) the mask itself appears to have a facepiece akin to that of the Israeli 4A1 mask, but has very similar lenses to the Avon FM12. The VPU resembles the voice diaphragm of a MK II Lightweight Respirator.

The MSA Millennium model in game also appears to have the voice diaphragm/exhale valve cover as the Phalanx which seems to be a stand in for a VPU.


World War 3 Edit

Gas Masks: SzM-41M, MCU-2/P, M65, MP-6

In-Game Names: Civilian Gas Mask (SzM-41M), Gasmask MCU (MCU-2/P), German Gasmask (M65), Military Gas Mask (MP-6)

Inaccuracies: The SzM-41M in-game has an incorrect inlet-valve when compared to its real-life counterpart and also includes extra rubber that reaches all the way down the neck and onto the shoulders, similar to a hood. The MCU-2/P in-game is proportioned very weirdly, uses the wrong voice-diaphragm, and the filter being used with it is plugged on the bottom, rendering it unusable.

All of the filter being used with gas masks either have traits that make them fictitious or are not the filter that was commonly issued with the mask, aside from the MP-6. The MP-6 includes an FP-5 filter with a custom print featured on the filter.

Overall, the masks are very accurate to their real-life counterparts. They serve as in-game cosmetics, which can be bought using non-premium currency, and can be found while customizing the face wear of the player. They serve no function in-game to the player and are purely for-show. 

Gallery Edit

WW3 gp5

The Civilian Gas Mask, or the SzM-41M. Note that the filter depicted is inaccurate


The Gasmask MCU, or the MCU-2/P. Note how the proportions are wrong and the mask is slightly stouter than its real-life counterpart.

WW3 M65

The German Gasmask, or the M65.


The Military Gas Mask, or the MP-6. Note how the text on the filter says 'WW3' in place of where the text 'FP-5' would usually be.

Battlefield 1 Edit

Gas masks feature prominently in Battlefield 1, as poison gas is now a weapon. In exchange for immunity to gas, the player's peripheral vision is limited, hearing becomes muddled (which is rather unrealistic as most of the masks do not cover the ears), and they are unable to utilize their weapon's iron sights. This limits the gassed players' engagement ranges and allows the powerful CQC Assault class to close in on enemies who would otherwise gun them down from a safe distance. The exception to this is the Tank Hunter, who wears a unique gas mask that provides protection without any drawbacks.

The Allied Powers and the Red Army use the Mk IV General Service Respirator. Its use is anachronistic as it was not introduced until the late 1920s. Additionally, it is missing the hose that connects the mask to the filter and as such should not be functional.

The Central Powers and the White Army use the Model 1917 Lederschutzemaske. It appears correctly in third person, but when put on in first person appears to be the Mk IV.

Flame troopers wear a rare German gas mask.

Tank hunters wear a Cover's Automatic Respirator and Gas Goggles. This provides protection from gas without compromising their combat ability.

The Russian scout carries a Zelinsky Kummant filter on her back. Though, she also uses Mk IV General Service Respirator in actual gameplay.


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