[[caption-width-right:350: Above: Model 51, one of many Iron Man armors. Below: The guy who wears them.]]

->''"So in the movie, Tony Stark, head of Stark Industries, is a powerful genius billionaire industrialist sex-magnet. Apparently that's not enough for him, so he decides to add 'superhero' to the list as well."''
-->-- '''Green Goblin''', ''[[WebVideo/ImAMarvelAndImADC Goblin Bloggin]]''

The Iron Knight. The Armored Avenger. The Man In a Can.

Go ahead, hum that Music/BlackSabbath song. [[EarWorm You know you want to]].

Tony Stark was a genius playboy billionaire industrialist until a battlefield explosion left him with a damaged heart that threatened to kill him. Captured by the enemy forces, he is forced into manufacturing weaponry to aid them. Instead he secretly designed and built a suit of armor ''[[MemeticMutation in a cave, with a box of scraps]]'' to keep his heart beating and to escape from his captors, and in the process became the superhero known as Iron Man. The character first appeared in ''Tales of Suspense'' #39 (March, 1963), created by writers Creator/StanLee, and Larry Lieber, along with artists Don Heck and Creator/JackKirby. He has served as the protagonist of several series since that time. Notable classic storylines include "Demon in a Bottle", which deals with his alcoholism, and "Armor Wars", where he goes on a vendetta after his technology is stolen and reproduced.

In recent years, Iron Man was featured in ''Invincible Iron Man'' -- a rather character-driven title that deals with the troubles of Tony Stark, as well as the politics of Iron Man. The writer Matt Fraction modeled the plot after the movies to some extent to make it a feasible jumping on point for new fans. In 2012, Fraction and Salvador Larocca's five year run ended so that Volume 4 could launch as part of "Marvel NOW", with Kieron Gillen and Greg Land switching from ''ComicBook/UncannyXMen''.

Iron Man, during the controversial ''ComicBook/CivilWar'' story-line, chose to champion the Superhero Registration Act, which put him at odds with his long time friend and ally Captain America/Steve Rogers and resulted in a war between Stark's pro-registration heroes and Cap's anti-registration heroes. Although Stark championed Registration with good intentions (he insists it was to protect his fellow heroes from possibly being eradicated by the government following a superhero/villain related tragedy that resulted in countless civilian deaths), he did a number of questionable and downright unpleasant things to get it in place (see below). Stark's support of Superhero Registration would ultimately come back to bite him in the ass in ''Secret Invasion''.

Until the end of ''[[CrisisCrossover Secret Invasion]]'', there was a second title, ''Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D'' -- a politics and espionage-based book, dealing with Stark's role as head of the international security organization. The last few issues were handed to Iron Man's ally War Machine.

As of the dawn of the Heroic Age, Stark was rebuilding his financial empire from scratch. His vehicle to make this happen? Using technology provided by [[ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist Danny Rand]] combined with his own repulsor technology to form one of the most astounding sources of clean energy ever seen. He was offering for investors to get in on the ground floor or be flattened by him in five to ten years. And the best part? His new company wouldn't be financed by manufacture of a ''single weapon''. After ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen'', Creator/BrianMichaelBendis confirmed that Iron Man would join the ComicBook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy in the Comicbook/MarvelNOW series in early 2013.

Tony returned back to Earth just in time to have his morality inverted during ''ComicBook/{{AXIS}}'', setting up the nine-issue maxi series ''Superior Iron Man'' which took him to San Francisco in a silver Symbiote suit, [[TookALevelInJerkAss acting all kinds of jerk-ish]]. He also served as a prominent figure in ''ComicBook/JonathanHickmansAvengers'', serving simultaneously as a member of the Avengers and Illuminati to save the world from colliding into [[ComicBook/UltimateMarvel another universe]] --- and [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt failed]]. This brings us to ''[[ComicBook/SecretWars2015 Secret Wars]]'', which sees the "Armor Wars" story revisited --set in the Technopolis domain-- depicting a reality in which wearing an armored suit became mandatory for all citizens.

After ''Secret Wars'', Tony returned for a second ''Invincible Iron Man'' volume (written by Creator/BrianMichaelBendis), with a brand new suit of armor (of course), with Mary Jane Watson taking over Pepper Potts' job, Tony constantly running into ComicBook/DoctorDoom (who looks perfectly normal now), and having a gang of cyber ninjas after him. A second title, ''International Iron Man'', had Tony running into an old girlfriend who is now a crime boss who wants to kill him, all while he was trying to find out who his biological parents were.

Following the event ''ComicBook/CivilWarII'', Tony put away his suit in order for a new hero to take over--15-year old Riri Williams, an African-American girl who built her own suit of armor in her dorm room at MIT. Another title, ''Infamous Iron Man'', sees Doctor Doom also putting on the Iron Man armor.

In non-comic media, a movie based on the character, ''Film/IronMan'', was released in May 2008 with Creator/RobertDowneyJr in the title role. It did well at the box office, and as of June 2008 had a 94% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes, making it the best-received movie of the year, tying with ''Film/TheDarkKnight''. This movie was followed by two sequels and other appearances in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse. Prior to the movies, Iron Man had animated TV series in 1966 and 1994; for information on those, see [[WesternAnimation/TheMarvelSuperHeroes here]] and [[WesternAnimation/IronMan here]]. In the wake of the movies, ''WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures'' is a cartoon that takes another approach to the mythos by having Tony and his friends be teenagers. Additionally, there is a 2011 [[Anime/IronMan anime]] by Creator/{{Madhouse}}, well-received by fans in concept partly on the basis that 1) the Japanese know Mecha, and Iron Man has a [[PoweredArmor Mecha Suit]], and 2) it wouldn't be that far off the mark for the character to have adventures in Japan, since he's a businessman with corporate branches and rivals all over the world.[[note]]In fact, his arch enemy is called The Mandarin and is a descendant of Genghis Khan. Not Japanese, but at least geographically close.[[/note]] The series led to ''Anime/IronManRiseOfTechnovore'', an Anime film made to promote the release of ''Film/IronMan3''. The character has also appeared in both ''WesternAnimation/UltimateAvengers'' films as well as the prequel, ''WesternAnimation/TheInvincibleIronMan''. Iron Man featured in yet another animated feature in 2013, this time a team-up with Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk called ''WesternAnimation/IronManAndHulkHeroesUnited''.

Alongside ComicBook/BlackWidow, Iron Man is also one of the very first playable heroes to be recruited for free in ''VideoGame/MarvelAvengersAlliance'' (although technically, ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} is also free because recruiting him is a part of the game's ForcedTutorial). Aside from being playable as Iron Man, Tony Stark himself also appears as a part of MissionControl [[RunningGag and the consultant]] for ComicBook/{{SHIELD}}.

Not to be confused with ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'', which was based on a Creator/TedHughes novel entitled ''The Iron Man''. And please for the love of God, don't confuse this with ''Film/TetsuoTheIronMan''. [[{{Squick}} Much]] [[NightmareFuel pain]] [[BodyHorror will be spared from you.]]

!!This Franchise/MarvelUniverse comic book provides examples of:

* ActionGirl:
** Tony's love interest Bethany Cabe is a professional bodyguard and troubleshooter.
** His assistant Maria Hill fits too, and Pepper is on her way, having just found an armor made for her.
* TheAdjectivalSuperhero: Most instances of the comic follows the tradition, viz. ''The Invincible Iron Man''.
* AffirmativeActionLegacy: Following ''ComicBook/CivilWarII'', Tony put away his suit in order for a new hero to take over--15-year old Riri Williams, an African-American girl who builds her own suit in her dorm room at MIT.
* AGodAmI: Post-Inversion Tony, in ''Superior Iron Man'': when Daredevil accuses him of playing God, Tony goes on a rant about how he's the most intelligent, capable person on the planet, and that he's not playing God: "all this time... [he's] been playing human."
* AIIsACrapshoot:
** Whenever Tony makes AI for the suit, it either falls obsessively in love with him and/or goes crazy.
** Then there is the LMD (an android designed to imitate a specific person to perfection) that became convinced it was a better Tony Stark than the real thing and proceeded to take his place for several weeks.
** An exception is the AI in the ''Hypervelocity'' miniseries, which saved his life and later sacrificed itself so a nuclear bomb wouldn't be detonated.
** Played straight with the 'Jarvis' AI in the Rescue armor he created for Pepper Potts -- which worked just fine for a while, and then fell in love with her obsessively, holding her hostage until he was destroyed by Jim Rhodes.
** Played completely straight with late-volume-1 villain VOR/TEX, a disembodied artificial intelligence which used Tony's artificial (at the time) nervous system to steal his body and take his place. While occupying Tony's body, he... misbehaves.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: An in-universe example by Obadiah Stane in regards to his father. The original story was that when Obadiah was eight, he and his father (a drunk who could never hold a steady career) stayed at a hotel, where his father won a large sum of money gambling. The elder Stane was delirious with joy, and told his son his perpetually bad luck had finally changed, and to prove it, he played Russian Roulette with himself, with a six-shot revolver holding a single bullet. Guess how that turned out. However, Obadiah later decided that his father had at that moment intentionally chose to commit suicide, believing that life was a game, the world was his opponent, and despite his winning at gambling, the world would inevitably defeat him again.
* AmoralAttorney:
** As the head of Stark Enterprises' legal department, Bert Hindel was assigned by Tony to protect his technology by legal means after it was stolen by Spymaster and then resold by Justin Hammer during the ''Armor Wars'' arc. Unfortunately, Hindel completely fumbled the ball, forcing Tony to resort to attacking everyone who was using his stolen tech and forcibly deactivating it. Tony fired Hindel for his poor performance... and then when he was shot and nearly killed by [[{{Yandere}} Kathy Dare]], Hindel reappeared as her defense attorney. He tried to portray her as an innocent victim reacting to Tony's [[BlatantLies drunken abuse]], with the hope of parlaying the trial into a lucrative book deal. Unfortunately, he [[EpicFail screwed up once again]] when Tony's new lawyer introduced testimony from Dare's psychiatrist, and Dare ended up being confined in a mental institution.
** Dare's lawyers over the years had, in fact, kept her from being institutionalized previously, and it was apparently her lawyers who got her on a prescription drug she shouldn't have been allowed near, that resulted in her [[SuicideIsPainless committing suicide]].
* AnthologyComic: Started out in ''Tales of Suspense''.
* AntiHeroSubstitute: [[spoiler: Doctor Doom, apparently]]. Stark was one for himself during ''Superior Iron Man''.
%%* {{Archenemy}}: The Mandarin.
%%* ArrogantKungFuGuy:
%%** The Mandarin.
%%** Also the Masters of Silence.
* TheArtifact: The Tony Stark on Earth-616 isn't the original. He's actually a combination of the original Tony, brainwashed, killed, then brought back to life, and a teenage Tony from another dimension. This resulted from ''ComicBook/HeroesReborn'', and Marvel never mentioned it again, hoping for everyone to just forget about it.
** And then they did ''practically the exact same thing'' for the 2015 Secret Wars... down to Franklin Richards being the one who re-creates him.
* ArtisticLicenseNuclearPhysics: In ''Tales of Suspense'' #49, guest starring Angel of the ''ComicBook/UncannyXMen'', Angel is accidentally caught in Tony Stark's nuclear weapons test. His immediate first thought afterwards? ''He can feel his personality getting eviler''. And no, it's not just implied by his actions, he literally '''states''' the radiation made him evil. At no point does he mention feeling anything, like crippling radiation sickness.
* BackFromTheDead: If the Iron Man suit is destroyed, Tony Stark can just make a new one as long as he himself escapes harm. Even if he is harmed, Stark has an incredible resilience. He's been shot and paralyzed by a crazy girlfriend, he died, was cryogenically frozen and finally resuscitated after his nervous system started shutting down, he was rebooted entirely after ''Heroes Reborn'' (which technically speaking involved ''three different versions of him'' dying) and he deleted and re-uploaded his brain in 'World's most wanted' and 'Stark Disassembled'. Plus, several "future Marvel Universe" stories have Tony saving his brain patterns in his armor or in a computer after his death. And his origin story was a 'death and rebirth' writ large.
** When Riri Williams once again bemoans her lack of a functioning A.I. to help efficiently run her suit, what is delivered to her garage? [[spoiler:The A.I. brain scan of the late Tony Stark]].
* BadassBookworm: Tony Stark is the man who builds high tech suits of armor for his heroing.
* BadassFamily: Thanks to the revelation of [[spoiler:his brother, Arno Stark. He tells Tony he doesn't want an armor... then he makes his own, the Mark MMXX (or 2020) armor]].
* BadassMustache: Tony is one of the few mainstream heroes in comics that regularly sports a mustache. It has also been modernized to a [[BadassBeard Goatee]].
* BadassNormal: Out of their armor, both Stark and Rhodes can handle almost any threat until they can suit up.
%%* BarrierBustingBlow
* BeardOfSorrow: Tony grew this when he was a alcoholic bum living on the streets of New York.
%%* BeleagueredBureaucrat: Tony Stark during his Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. period had some serious aspects of this. Especially during Knauf's run.
* BlackBestFriend: James "Rhodey" Rhodes, aka War Machine (and occasionally Iron Man).
* TheBlacksmith: Tony Stark's more iconic moments in visual media show him doing some literal blacksmithing; pounding out molten iron with hammers and pouring it into molds. [[{{Fanservice}} Shirtless.]]
* BlessedWithSuck: Tony's incarnation in the [[{{Retcon}} in-universe cartoon]] for ComicBook/UltimateMarvel [[UltimateUniverse universe]] may potentially be even smarter than mainstream Tony, and has a [[HealingFactor regenerative ability]], because he has "undifferentiated neural tissue" (in laymen's terms, on the cellular level, his body is a brain) scattered throughout his body as a result of prenatal exposure to a retrovirus his mother was working on. The downside of this? Even when wearing his protective biosuit and plastered on booze, Ultimate!Tony lives in incessant, perpetual, inescapable pain. As in "being skinned alive" levels of pain. When his blood alcohol level drops, or if he takes the suit off, ''it gets even worse''. He's also got a brain tumour that's due to kill him soon (from unrelated causes); one almost gets the impression he's relieved at the prospect.
* BodyHorror:
** There have been periods where he was literally trapped inside the armor, once when he was paralyzed he needed the suit to walk. Another time while fighting to keep his technology out of the wrong hands he had a rather vivid nightmare of being consumed by his own technology as a reflection of how much he depends on it to keep him alive. Then, ironically enough, at one point the armor was in fact killing him.
** In the first arc of ''Mighty Avengers'' (vol.1), his Extremis-altered biology is used as an entrance point by an artificial intelligence... specifically, Ultron. Not satisfied with that, Ultron immediately used Tony's [[TransHuman posthuman]] abilities to transform his body... into an identical copy of Janet Pym (aka the Wasp, whom Ultron has had a serious hangup with for decades...).
** Then, there was 'Haunted', in the course of which SHIELD agents (Tony being their director at this point) bring the body of Karim Mahwash Najeeb - a UN official who had been murdered by henchmen of the Mandarin - aboard the SHIELD helicarrier for autopsy. Unfortunately the Mandarin had boobytrapped it with a synthetic weaponized tumor, which exploded from the corpse, attacked and assimilated anyone it could get to. It basically grew over the entire ship like some monstrous fungus, until Tony managed to stop it - by ''allowing it to assimilate him'', and having his super-boosted immune system kill the entire thing at once. It's a grotesque and hideous scene, not in the last place because the growth has killed one of Stark's oldest friends.
* BodySurf:
** In the third annual issue back in the 70s, anyone who held the wand of the (then-deceased) villain Molecule Man was eventually possessed by his essence. He is defeated when Comicbook/ManThing grabs the wand, and since he doesn't have a mind to possess, Molecule Man's essence disappears completely.
** Also, aformentioned occasion of Ultron taking over his mind... a later story where his mind was taken over by the son of Ho Yinsen who is looking for revenge on the people who murdered his father... and much earlier, when his body was hijacked by emergent artificial intelligence Vor/Tex.
* BootstrappedTheme: Iron Man was slated to appear in both ''VideoGame/MarvelSuperHeroesVsStreetFighter'' and ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcomClashOfTheSuperheroes'', but licensing issues due to a film project (that ultimately languished in DevelopmentHell and died) prevented his inclusion. Thus, his friend War Machine (who was a PaletteSwap of Iron Man) took his place in ''[=MvC1=]''. Come ''[[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3 MvC3]]'' and the return of character themes, Iron Man received [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNNQBAj10n4 a remix]] of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WjbVHaq0Wo War Machine's theme,]] which was an expansive rearrangement of ''Iron Man'''s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JoPRwYqj-c theme]] from ''VideoGame/MarvelSuperHeroes''. Consider this to be the musical equivalent of the ''Demon in a Bottle'' storyline.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Like the rest of the Marvel superheroes, Tony turned evil thanks to the inversion spell during the ''AXIS'' event. Later subverted when Tony took measures to keep the reversal of the spell from affecting him, resulting in his FallenHero status in ''Superior Iron Man'' and ''Time Runs Out''.
** Infamously, during 'The Crossing', Tony turned traitor and died due to having been brainwashed by Kang the Conqueror. Later this was retconned as the work of Immortus.
* BreakOutTheMuseumPiece: On various occasions, Stark has had to don his older armor despite the fact that all of Tony's old armors were destroyed ''several times''. (Apparently Tony likes to rebuild them.)
** The Iron Legion in issues 299-300 were all obsolete when they were used.
* BreakoutCharacter: He was originally considered a B-list hero compared to the likes of SpiderMan and ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}, but after the success of his [[Film/IronMan1 first film]] and [[Film/IronMan subsequent sequels]], he has come to equal both of them in popularity and became Marvel's new mascot.
* BrilliantButLazy: Somewhat. He can create multiple, formidable armors and a life support system ahead of the current time, which he made with extremely limited resources. While he does things with this, he can't be asked to sit through a ceremony made for a friend and ally without falling asleep during the history recap.
* BrokenAce: Even billionaire scientific geniuses can have serious personal problems.
* BroughtDownToNormal: The storyline World's Most Wanted has Tony feeling this way as he deletes his brain and loses his intellect, though his abilities decrease well below average (Tony doesn't really see the difference). In the story "Stark Disassembled", [[spoiler:Pepper feels this way as her heart-mounted repulsor generator and armored suit are dismantled to reboot the brain-dead Tony Stark.]]
* ButtMonkey:
** Tony during the mid-1980s, when he spiraled downward into a status of a homeless drunk. He got better, but not before a long parade of indignities.
** Again in the ''Civil War''-''Dark Reign'' Marvel Universe, where Tony Stark became "villainous" or at least, less sympathetic than the opposition. Norman Osborn putting a bounty on his head is just the icing on the cake.
* CanonImmigrant: A lot of the movie stuff has transferred over into the comics, including arc reactors, Raza, and the phrase [[AscendedMeme in a cave with a box of scraps]].
* CapitalismIsBad: The comics play with this on some occasions. Creator/StanLee and Larry Lieber noticed that all the businessmen in the Marvel Universe, and for that matter comics in general, were those of the CorruptCorporateExecutive type, and thus decided to create a superhero who averted this trope in the form of Tony Stark (AKA Iron-Man) to demonstrate that [[DarkIsNotEvil Capitalism was not inherently evil]]. Some of the villains that he faces, like Obadiah Stane, lack any of Stark's integrity and [[WarForFunAndProfit take advantage of armed conflicts to make a profit]]. Thus the beneficial and detrimental effects of Capitalism can be played up in certain storylines.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: While Tony has concocted defenses against the Mandarin's rings, he's got nothing against his Kung Fu.
* ChestBlaster: The Uni-Beam is fired directly from the reactor at his chest.
* ChivalrousPervert: Tony is a well-known playboy.
* ClarkKenting: For most of the character's history, Iron Man had a secret identity. The cover story was that Iron Man was Tony's bodyguard...despite the fact that he hardly ever was seen in the same place as Tony, which would make him one of the worst bodyguards ever. Plus, when trouble struck, Tony would run off, and then Iron Man would show up a second later, without the guy he was supposed to be protecting! No one put two and two together because for several decades because he appeared together with Iron Man many times, thanks to allies wearing the armor and the judicious use of androids which either looked exactly like him or wore the armor.
* ClingyCostume: Originally, Tony Stark had to constantly wear his chestplate to keep himself alive.
* ClothesMakeTheLegend: His red and yellow armor, though far from the only set he uses, is emblematic of the character.
* ComicBookTime: Stark was originally injured during a walk in the jungles of Vietnam, when he was already a millionaire industrialist and genius inventor. Over the years, this has perpetually been updated to wherever the United States was involved in a conflict 10-ish years ago. Currently, it's Afghanistan. In ten or fifteen years, it might well be Iraq. Yet he's forever 35-ish years of age.
* ContagiousPowers: Rhodey and now Pepper received armored alter-egos in "War Machine" and "Rescue" and this is justified in that building high-tech armor is what Stark ''does''.
* CorporateSponsoredSuperhero: Tony Stark's cover for Iron Man was that he is Tony's bodyguard, sponsored by Stark Industries.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive:
** Stark himself is a generally honest businessman, but some of his competitors are not so ethical. As Iron Man, Stark often ends up defending his own holdings against the attacks of his business rivals.
** The "Crash and Burn" arc dealt with Stark having to deal with being accused as this, as the result of Stark Enterprises buying out Stane International (the company originally founded by Howard Stark, before Obidiah Stane took it from Tony). Stark had to deal with the ramifications of Stane International's shady dealings.
** Played straight in the pages of ''Superior Iron Man'', although Tony himself wouldn't agree: he gave thousands of people access to a version of Extremis - a body-altering technology - that made them physically perfect... but then it turned out it only lasted for 24 hours, and you had to buy new increments for $99 a day. Superior Tony just considers this good business.
* CostumeCopycat: Tony's downward spiral left him in no shape to pilot the Iron Man armor. Fortunately, Rhodey proved a capable replacement until Stark pulled himself together. In thanks, Tony would eventually make Rhodey an armored suit of his own called War Machine.
* CrimefightingWithCash: All those armors are just one of the ways that Tony uses the bounty of Stark Industries as a superhero.
* CurbStompBattle: If Tony's on the receiving end of one, chances are good that in the next issue he'll deliver one right back with an upgraded armor. The battles with Firepower at the end of the ''Armor Wars'' arc, Ultimo in Iron Man #299-300 and Mallen in the ''Extremis'' arc are textbook examples. The conclusion of his first fight with Titanium Man is one from the comic's early history.
* CuttingTheKnot: The Ghost has attached a device to Tony's armor that makes him intangible and will make Tony die of hunger and thirst unless he can find a way to get the thing off. Tony manages to regain his solid form, but he still needs to think of a way to remove the device from his armor. Rhodey simply blows it to pieces with his gun.
* DarkActionGirl:
** Madame Masque, one of his villains, is a .
** As is Justin Hammer's granddaughter (and the Mandarin's daughter) Sasha, when she's piloting Detroit Steel - or, indeed, when she is in an expensive dress, or her underwear.
%%* DatingCatwoman: Madame Masque.
* DeadpanSnarker: Mostly subverted; fans of [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse the movies]] may [[CommonKnowledge assume]] Tony fits this trope, but it's really not a major quality in his comic book depictions. Although some writers have been borrowing more from Creator/RobertDowneyJr's portrayal and incorporating this trope more into Tony's characterization as time goes on.
* DescentIntoAddiction: The ''Demon in a Bottle'' story arc from 1979 deals with Stark's slow descent into alcoholism. Although he managed to seemingly beat the addiction by the end of the arc, it returned later to further ruin his life, and has been a major defining element for the character ever since.
* DistaffCounterpart: Pepper Potts briefly, when she wore the Rescue armor in Fraction's run.
* DrivenToSuicide: In the ''World's Most Wanted'' storyline, Tony decides to shut down his own brain to erase all the data in it and thereby foil [[VillainWithGoodPublicity Norman Osborn]], doing so with a big grin, a lot of gallows humor, and a calm explanation to Maria Hill (when she attempts ReversePsychology) that shooting himself in the head just wouldn't be ''reliable''. Sure, he's fighting evil in a very tight corner, but them's not the actions of a sane and happy man.
** When Obadiah Stane has made his final move and is facing checkmate, he chooses to cheat Tony out of his victory and calmly repulsors his own head off.
** When Kathy Dare - crazy stalker lady who shot Tony - attended his 'funeral', she ended up taking a gun to herself, weeping for herself and for Tony.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Iron Man's suit is a clunky gray thing in its first appearance, then a clunky gold thing for a couple more issues, before he switches to a slim red-n-gold number that is recognizably related to almost every suit he's worn since.
** A large chunk of the early stories in ''Tales of Suspense'' focus on RedScare plots and villains. That includes the Black Widow as a villain and later Hawkeye who she has wrapped around her finger.
** Along those lines when Tony Stark is introduced he's firmly a part of the military industrial complex as a way of attempting to make a sympathetic character that young people at the time wouldn't relate to. After the Vietnam war writers would steer him away from the direction of weapons manufacturer and make it a period of his life that he regrets.
** The origin of Iron Man's incredible power used to be miniaturized transistors and electromagnets.
** The period when the Iron Man face plate had a nose that came about because [[http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2010/05/27/comic-book-legends-revealed-262/ Stan Lee made a joke]] about Iron Man not having a nose that was taken literally.
* EasilyForgiven: A perfect example of the differences of opinion about his actions: He never does these things for sh*ts and giggles, but always to protect people.
** Tony and Reed Richards cloned Thor during Civil War, and the clone then went on to murder Bill Foster/Black Goliath. Thor was pissed off for a while but forgave him quickly after Siege. He also hunted his friends like animals during Civil War, particularly Steve, who forgave him as soon as Steve himself came back from the not-really-dead. He's also been part of the Illuminati, which contributed to the Skrulls being able to infiltrate so easily, who shot the Hulk into space, while Tony himself later injected She-Hulk with a serum which stopped her from being able to turn into She-Hulk because he was worried that she would (rightfully) tear him apart for what he'd done to her cousin. Let's see if he's forgiven so easily when it's discovered that [[spoiler: the Illuminati wiped Steve's memory when he didn't agree with them.]] [[note]] In that last case, ''the fate of the entire multiverse'' was at stake and so holding a grudge would have been petty. [[/note]]
* EitherOrTitle: "Alone Against A.I.M." or "What a Way to Start Out in Your Own Mag!!"
* EmbarrassingMiddleName: Anthony Edward Stark. Not much embarrassing, but he prefers not to make it well-known.
* EnemyMine: Every once in a while, Iron Man will need to team up with a villain or rival in order to overcome a greater situation.
** Dr. Doom in the time-travel episodes.
** When the Mandarin found himself opposing the Makluan dragons he'd helped unleash, he was forced to team up with Iron Man (and [[Comicbook/WarMachine Iron Man]]) to stop them.
** The ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' issue "What If Iron Man Lost the Armor Wars?" (v2 #8) had an outlaw Tony Stark teaming up with some of his armored foes to get back at Justin Hammer, who'd caused his downfall [[ForWantOfANail because Ant-Man couldn't stop the "pest control" in the TransCorp computers]].
* EpicFail: Bert Hindel's attempts to legally protect Tony's technology during the Armor Wars arc...and his later attempt to get revenge on Tony after he was fired by portraying [[{{Yandere}} Kathy Dare]] as an innocent victim of [[BlatantLies Tony's drunken abuse]].
* EscapedFromHell: In ''Legacy of Doom'', ComicBook/DoctorDoom betrays Tony and traps him in [[{{Hell}} Mephisto's Realm]], where Mephisto declares that Tony will be trapped there '''''[[LargeHam FOREVER]]!''''' Tony's response to this is to fight off both the minions of Hell and [[ShapeShifterGuiltTrip a demonic apparition of his father]], and then use the power of [[ScienceHero technology]] to escape. All in the span of about thirty minutes, which may or may not set some sort of record where {{Badass Normal}}s are concerned.
-->'''Mephisto:''' I ''hate'' it when that happens. Really.
* EverythingIsAnIpodInTheFuture: The Superior Iron Man armor.
* EverythingSensor: Tony's various armors have various sensor functions installed.
* EvilCostumeSwitch: After ''Comicbook/{{AXIS}}'', Tony begins sporting a suit of sleek, silver armor as the Superior Iron Man.
* EvilCounterpart: Most of the armored villains he fights could be considered Evil Counterparts to some degree, particularly Obadiah Stane / Iron Monger.
* FaceHeelTurn:
** Whether or not he did this during Marvel's ''ComicBook/CivilWar'' is a touchy topic that has led to natter on this page.
** ''The Crossing''. [[Discontinuity/ComicBooks The less said about it]], [[DorkAge the better]].
** Played classically straight during ''Comicbook/{{AXIS}}'' when his alignment was inverted by a spell cast by Doctor Doom and the Scarlet Witch. However, he was the only formerly heroic villain who designed the means to ''stay'' a villain in case the spell was reversed - which was exactly what happened. This is how he became the Superior Iron Man. This has since been undone following the post-''Comicbook/SecretWars2015'' multiversal reboot.
* FakingTheDead: While he was clinically dead for a bit, Stark was immediately [[HumanPopsicle put into a cryogenic state]] so that Dr. Sondheim and Abe Zimmer could get to work literally rebuilding his nervous system. In an attempt to protect everyone else, and to keep his opponents from coming for him while he was in this state, Tony let everyone believed he was dead. [[WeWouldHaveToldYouBut Trying to explain it to his best friend, though]], [[RageQuit doesn't go so well.]]
* FallenHero: Earns this status after he deliberately avoids the reversal of the inversion spell from the ''AXIS'' storyline, from ''Superior Iron Man'' to the beginning of the ''Secret Wars'' storyline.
* FanService:
** For very bizarre and silly reasons, there was a scene in one comic book involving Tony having to fight another superhero. Only the two men were only allowed to do so naked, and wrestling.
** Also numerous instances where Tony wears nothing and a little black shadow.
* {{Fiction 500}}: [[http://www.forbes.com/lists/fictional15/2011/profile/tony-stark.html He]] runs a MegaCorp and can still redirect some money into an advanced lab and a collection of [[http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c166/Ennead13x/Western%20Comic/Picture1-1.png truly expensive]] armor.
* {{Flanderization}}:
** Matt Fraction has quite openly done this by very simply stating outright that ''all'' of Iron Man's problems boil down to his alcoholism. This was all the more painful for the fact that Fraction himself is a recovering alcoholic, pulling it into AuthorTract territory.
** Matt Fraction did something similar with the "Repulsor generator". Repulsors are Iron Man's signature weapons - palm-mounted energy beams which push really hard against things. Possibly in a reaction to the movie's ''arc reactor'', Fraction promoted the repulsor to an energy source instead and not just an energy source for technology - it also turns people into super-people when you implant one in them. Ultimately, the repulsor tech was the root and spine of Iron Man - when it had started out as simply one weapon of many.
* FlyingBrick: The Iron Man armor grants Tony both flight and greater strength.
* FlyingFirepower: When he's not brawling, he hangs back and uses energy blasts to drop his targets.
* ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself: Averted in ''Iron Man'' (vol. 3) #33 - Tony went to a costume party dressed as Captain America.
* FreakyFridayFlip: In ''Iron Man'' (vol. 1) #255, a bizarre mutant with the ability to manipulate radio signals (who settles on going by "Freak Quincy") inadvertently links up with the Russian microwave satellite that was empowering Devastator during a training exercise against the Crimson Dynamo, somehow switching the minds of Tony Stark (who was trying to stop Quincy as Iron Man) and Valentin Shalatov (the Dynamo). Shalatov's lack of familiarity with the Iron Man armor resulted in a rather... unfortunate accident for Quincy, but Stark and Shalatov were able to find a way to reverse the process.\\
The incident, although a "filler" issue as the comic was transitioning to the team of John Byrne and John Romita, Jr. at the time, was referenced much later on, when [[EnemyMine Shalatov needed Stark's help to stop the rampaging Titanium Man]] (the original, Boris Bullski).
** Obidiah Stane had used the mad scientist Dr. Atlanta to switch the minds of Bethany Cabe and Madame Masque. The gambit came into play after Stane's death, but the two were eventually switched back.
* FriendshipMoment:
** In ''Iron Man'' (vol. 1) #184, James Rhodes and two other guys were working on creating their own tech company, they were getting ready to leave for California. [[TheAlcoholic Tony Stark]] came up asking for a job. In the past few months he had [[HumiliationConga lost his company, lost access to his money, gave up being Iron Man and is homeless.]] Not only that but he had only spent a week being sober. Tony was afraid that he would be rejected for what happened. But Rhodey and the others promptly accepted him.
** Tony and Rhodey would fight soon afterward, though, because Rhodey was suffering from migranes that caused him to believe Tony was going to take the armor back from him. Rhodey went on a rampage that forced Tony to [[UpgradeVsPrototypeFight don his new prototype suit to stop him]]; at the end of the fight, Tony was able to convince Rhodey that he wasn't out to take the armor back, and the two shook hands again. (Rhodey would later discover his headaches were caused by his own guilt, and when Tony ultimately did become Iron Man again, he accepted the change.)
* GadgeteerGenius: Tony Stark, obviously, but also Ivan Vanko and especially in the case of the latter, as he's working from a dingy little workshop in St. Petersburg, with resources nowhere the quality or quantity of Stark's. And he still manages to make a weapon that beats the crap out of Iron Man.
* GenderBender: The problem with having a techno-organic supercomputer inside you is that someone might find a way to hijack it. Namely, a psycho KillerRobot with a severe [[Theatre/OedipusRex complex]] that centers on one of your teammates. Tony was ''not'' amused when he woke up after being changed back to normal.
* GoldColoredSuperiority: Iron Man is often called "The Golden Avenger" even though he's mostly red nowadays (although he once had a fully golden armor).
* GotTheCallOnSpeedDial:
** Every time Stark gets his armor wrecked, he just goes and builds a new one.
** Pepper's doing this, too. She briefly had her own set of armor that she had to give up to help save Tony. As soon as he's recovered, she's on his case to rebuild it.
* GuileHero: DependingOnTheWriter, Iron Man can be shrewd and manipulative, for instance his "I hacked you while you were distracted" trick. Len Kaminski particularly wrote him this way.
* HandBlast: Iron Man's stock weapon are his palm-fired repulsor beams.
* HealingShiv: The Ghost slaps a device onto Tony's armor that makes him just as intangible as the Ghost. Tony [[ClingyMacGuffin can't remove it]] and can't touch anything at all, not even food or water. Tony's afraid that he'll die of hunger or thirst if he doesn't find a way to get the device off. He eventually uses an electromagnetic pulse to short the device out and become solid again, but it's still stuck to his armor. Unless they can find a way to remove it in six minutes, they're back to square one. That's when Rhodey pulls out his gun and tells Tony to brace himself. Putting the gun right over the device, Rhodey shoots Tony at point-blank range and shatters the device:
-->'''Iron Man''': I never thought I'd say 'thanks for shooting me,' but that seems to have done the trick!
* HeartInTheWrongPlace: Averted by Iron Man, whose heart-sustaining arc reactor is located in the center of his chest.
* HeartLight: Iron Man's power source resembles one of these given it's place in his chest.
* HeartTrauma: Part of his origin story is getting scrannel stuck near his heart.
* HeroInsurance: Tony tries to cause as little collateral damage as possible. This is because Stark Enterprises' facilities are frequently the sites of his battles, and when they're not Tony will compensate whoever's property he wrecks.
* HeroesWantRedheads:
** Pepper Potts, Black Widow, Bethany Cabe. If it's a significant Iron Man love interest, chances are it's a redhead.
** There's also the [[WesternAnimation/IronMan animated series]] that has [[COmicBook/SpiderWoman Julia Carpenter]] as a love interest and yes, she's a redhead.
** Averted: The woman who came closest to him, ever, to the point of almost getting married to him, was Rumiko Fujikawa - who was, needless to say, Japanese.
* HesBack: A few times, most notably involving overcoming his alcoholism.
** First, there was the highly-acclaimed "Demon In A Bottle" storyline. Justin Hammer had remote-hacked Iron Man's armor, resulting in the death of a foreign ambassador. Although Iron Man was ultimately absolved of wrongdoing, Tony nearly [[HeroicBSOD crawled into the bottle to stay]] because of this, until his friends snapped him out of it (just in time, too, since SHIELD was in the process of assuming control of Stark International).
** A few years later, Obidiah Stane came along, and [[TheChessmaster manipulated Stark in many ways]] to force him back into the bottle. Stark was forced to relinquish the armor to Jim Rhodes, and then lost Stark International to Stane. With his personal fortune frozen, Stark hit Skid Row hard, and would've died in a blizzard, if not for his need to protect a newborn baby. With a newfound respect for life, Stark cleaned himself up, and joined Rhodey and the Irwin twins in moving to California to start anew. He'd have been happy enough, doing jobs for Cly and Morley, but after Tony had to [[ScrapHeapHero go back in action in a prototype suit]], Stane decided Stark was a threat again, and [[NiceJobFixingItVillain decided to target Stark's friends]]. Cue Stark donning the brand-new Silver Centurion armor and [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge flying to Long Island to]] [[CurbStompBattle kick Stane's ass six ways from Sunday]], driving Stane (despite his Iron Monger suit) to [[DrivenToSuicide kill himself]].
* HollywoodCyborg: He's become more and more this over the decades. Early on, he relied in his chestpiece for survival. Then came the Extremis which was bound with his nervous system. Then the entire suit became part of his body. But then the writers reverted him to only relying on a chestpiece for survival.
* HonestCorporateExecutive: In stories that focus or involve his running of Stark Industries, he's shown to have honorable practices like the "no selling weapons to terrorists" thing. Naturally this depends on the writer and ''Civil War'' in particular didn't show him as this.
* HumongousMecha:
** Some of the non-canon stories have Tony piloting these, while the Hulkbuster armors verge on this trope.
** Rhodey has the War Machine Satellite, which can turn into a giant mecha.
** Although Tony didn't design it, his company built Red Ronin, the piloted giant robot built to fight Franchise/{{Godzilla}} in ''Comicbook/GodzillaKingOfTheMonsters''. Marvel no longer has the license for Godzilla, but Red Ronin still shows up from time to time.
** Tony once was offered the possibly most powerful and massive mecha in the Marvel universe - the 25,000 feet tall Godkiller. ''Humongous'' might actually be underselling it.
* IKEAWeaponry:
** For years, Tony has made Iron Man armors that collapse and store inside his briefcase.
** Then Extremis let him store most of the undersheath in the hollow parts of his bone where the marrow is normally found. Calling on the rest of the suit when in need.
*** [[spoiler: AND NOW STORES THE WHOLE THING IN HIS BODY! THE WHOLE #@#* $* $* SUIT! Justified by now having a new power source that makes even Extremis look obsolete, in fact, the newness is heavily modified from dormant Extremis tech that survived the Disassembly purge.]]
* ImpossiblyCoolWealth: Especially the Ultimate version of Tony, who very much is a 'you can't take it with you' capitalist. Examples: an island village/research facility floating high up in the air; an airplane which has a luxury suite inside it, suspended in liquid teflon so you never notice any turbulence; an Iron Man 'suit' the size of two football stadiums.
* InsufferableGenius:
** He loves pointing out just how much smarter he is than everyone else.
** He's far worse as Superior Iron Man, where he doesn't even try to cover it up anymore: this version literally thinks he is the most capable and intelligent person in the world. Worryingly, ''this just might be true''.
--->'''Tony:''' I'm not ''playing'' god. All this time... I've been playing ''human''.
* ItsAllAboutMe: At one point, Tony's attending a funeral for a group of heroes in Invincible Iron Man and his internal monologue is complaining about Thor ignoring him -- he'd cloned Thor and sent the clone after his friends, but all Tony cared about were his own hurt feelings.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold:
** Even [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks early on]], he refused to trust his closest friends with his secrets until his back was against the wall, not because [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies they would be endangered]], but because he believed no one else was equal to the responsibility.
** ''Superior Iron Man'' shoves him firmly into JerkAss territory because of the morality inversion of the AXIS event.
* JetPack: The thrusters and repulsors of the armor allow Iron Man to fly really long distances. The main verniers are on his feet. His back generally carries flaps for air stability and braking.
* KingIncognito: For a few issues, Tony Stark decided he didn't want to be Iron Man any more, so he gave away his fortune and went to Silicon Valley under the alias of ''Hogan Potts''. He worked as a normal grunt at a company. He didn't last long.
* KingpinInHisGym: The Mandarin frequently practices against multiple martial artists, sometimes brutally murdering them with his bare hands.
* KnightTemplar: When Tony's technology was stolen by Spymaster and then resold by Justin Hammer, Tony became determined to get it back and prevent it from hurting anyone... no matter what the cost. This led to the ''Armor Wars'' story arc, and Tony eventually even {{Lampshaded}} the fact that he was verging on this trope.
* LetsYouAndHimFight: Subverted in an issue where a rogue Tony ends up fighting War Machine (they've done this a couple times). It's staged to look realistic so Rhodey's superiors are happy.
* LightIsNotGood: The Superior Iron Man suit looks like an {{Apple}} product, given its white, silvery design. But the man inside is a greedy, extremistic, self-righteous douchebag.
* LockingMacGyverInTheStoreCupboard: His origin story. The terrorists/communists think that he will really follow up on his promise to build weapons for him.
* LovesOnlyGold: Supervillain Mordecai Midas is obsessed with gold.
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: The armor that Tony built to replace his destroyed Silver Centurion suit contained an energy shield in the left gauntlet that Tony could use to protect himself from beam weapons.
* MacGyvering: Tony Stark is a version of Angus [=MacGyver=] who happens to ''wear'' a complete high tech tool kit with him.
* MadeOfIron: Literal as of the dawn of the Heroic Age. [[spoiler: Stark now contains the ENTIRE SUIT INSIDE HIS BODY. No not just the undersheath, not just some systems and such EVERYTHING!]] [[spoiler:the whole issue reveals that this whole new armor makes Extremis Armor look like Nintendo 64 compared to Playstation 3]]. It becomes less literal after he has it removed from him.
* MadScientist: The Mandarin, the Controller, and the Ghost. Tony has also clashed periodically with Advanced Idea Mechanics, a whole organization of Mad Scientists.
* MagicVersusScience:
** Stark is smarter than the average FlatEarthAtheist, acknowledging that Comicbook/DoctorStrange and other magical characters are doing ''something'' beyond his understanding, but he finds magic and its defiance of physical laws, even those of a superhero universe, profoundly irritating and uncomfortable. This has had some negative consequences, as [[spoiler:his taking a sample of [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]]'s DNA in an attempt to figure out how his "godly" powers work resulted years later in ''Civil War'''s Thor clone, who ended up killing one of Tony's friends on the other side of the war.]]
** Averted in ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' v2 #113, where Tony becomes the Sorcerer Supreme instead of Doctor Strange... and [[MagicKnight combines the Sorcerer Supreme magic with his Iron Man technology.]]
** The "Knightmare" storylines with Doctor Doom, involving TimeTravel and the Arthurian legends, has Tony having to deal with magic, much to his frustration. When the two are brought to the year 2093 in the second story, Tony admits magic can have its benefits when he wields Excalibur and the sword is able to magically restore his armor.
** Also, in a BadFuture brought about by the horrible attempts to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong in the ''[[Comicbook/AgeOfUltron Age of Ultron]]'' storyline, Tony Stark is an enfeebled dictator of the USA, [[DarkLordOnLifeSupport sustained by the life-support his suit grants]] and commander of the Defenders against the demonic forces of Morgan le Fay, in a literal war between magic and science over New York City. Unfortunately, Tony, and therefore science, is fighting a losing battle, although it is implied were [[ComicBook/AntMan Hank Pym]] still around, the odds would have been evened. Hell, it's Pym's death [[ForWantOfANail that started events]] leading to the war in the first place. [[note]]: Wolverine and Sue Richards went back in time to stop Pym from creating Ultron and prevent Ultron's takeover of the world. Wolverine's "solution" to the problem was to kill him before he gets the chance, leading to the aforementioned Defenders vs Morgan le Fay timeline.[[/note]]
* MagneticWeapons: The repulsor rays in the gauntlets are pure magnetic force beams. Instead of propelling a projectile, they create a variable push (from "slam a Mook against a wall" to "blow a hole in a mountain").
* ManipulativeBastard:
** Tony has often fallen into this for what he [[IDidWhatIHadToDo judges is the greater good]]. Not surprisingly, this has lead to... strained relations with his friends and allies over the years. See ''Civil War'' and ''Armor Wars'' for the most prominent examples.
** The Mandarin, the Controller, Obadiah Stane, and Justin Hammer are skilled in manipulation. Stane once bought out his company.
* ManipulativeBitch:
** Sunset Bain often opposes Tony Stark in his day-to-day business but also opposed him as Iron Man although she always manages to get other people to dirty their hands in her stead. She even manipulated Stark into working for her several times. When Tony was much younger, Sunset managed to start her company by seducing him into bed and then stealing all his secrets.
** Justine and Sasha Hammer, too, in grand Hammer tradition of opposing and trying to run Stark into the ground.
---> '''Assistant Pilot:''' Ms. Hammer, we can't just leave her--
---> '''Sasha Hammer:''' The hell we can't.
* MeaningfulName: Tony's middle name, "Edward" is translated in Old English as 'Rich Lord' or 'Rich Protector'.
* MechaMooks: Tony often uses old armors like this. When his body was possessed by Ultron and transformed into a robot version of the Wasp, the Avengers had to face an army of Mecha Mook Iron Man units.
%%* MillionairePlayboy
* MonsterModesty: The villain Fin Fang Foom is a giant space dragon that only wears a pair of purple underwear.
%%* MoreHeroThanThou
* MustMakeAmends:
** Tony Stark after the events of ''ComicBook/CivilWar''.
** [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Justin Hammer]] (and, before his death, Obidiah Stane) had taken the company Tony's father had founded, and done lots of bad things with it. When Stark found out what Stane International had been up to after he'd reacquired it, he put everything else on hold so he could clean up their messes and make things right.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone:
** When the Watcher paid him a visit and showed him [[WhatIf two alternate outcomes to]] ''Comicbook/CivilWar''.
** After [[spoiler:being rebooted in "Stark Disassembled", he was then shown a record of the Civil War. He ''[[HeroicBlueScreenofDeath breaks down in tears]]''.]]
* NemesisWeapon: Iron Man's enemy the Titanium Man wears a suit of armor like Tony Stark's, but one that's much bulkier and contains nothing but offensive weaponry, as opposed to the more versatile toolset in the Iron Man armors.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Tony was based on Howard Hughes.
* NonIndicativeName:
** Only Iron Man's earlier armos were mostly made of iron. Played with in ''Unbeatable Squirrel Girl'' #2 when the title heroine infiltrates Stark Tower and overhears two employees:
-->"Look, all I'm saying is, his suits aren't even made out of iron anymore. Boss should be calling himself Ceramically-Enhanced Alloy Man while he's in San Fran."
** When was the last time the Hulkbuster armor managed to bust Hulk?
* NothingIsTheSameAnymore:
** Stark's external pacemaker chestplate, which he kept hidden for some time, is eventually discovered by the public and he finally received professional medical treatment for his heart condition.
** ''Extremis''. This Warren Ellis story changed Iron Man for good, it seems - new repercussions keep popping up and there is no sign of it stopping.
* OffTheWagon: Tony is a recovering alcoholic and is frequently tempted to go back to the bottle during emotionally charged storylines. He hasn't given in to that temptation for ''decades'' (real-time) until ''Comicbook/FearItself.''
* OhCrap:
** If you're a regular mook without superpowers of your own, seeing Iron Man arrive on the scene is often cause for this.
** Tony has a few of these moments himself, for example when he's on the receiving end of a CurbStompBattle (or is about to receive one, if he's just run out of weapons). When this happens, it's usually the Hulk who's involved.
* OldShame: In-Universe, the nose armor is one of Tony's biggest regrets in design choices.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: After Tony lost his company to Obadiah Stane, he moved out to California with some friends to start a brand-new electronics company. Rhodey used the Iron Man armor as a hired mercenary to obtain seed money.
* OpiumDen: Where The Mandarin is born according to the Invincible Iron Man annual.
* ParentalAbandonment: Tony took over Stark Enterprises at 21 when his parents were killed in a car crash.
%% * PhlebotinumDependence: The electromagnet.
* PillarsOfMoralCharacter: Under Matt Fraction, it has been attempted to portray Tony as the true form of hero as applied to the real world; i.e. rather than as a simplified, idyllic vigilante directed at an unrealistic StrawmanPolitical or OmnicidalManiac. He is a true philanthropist--someone more dedicated to rescue work than warfare, towards building and helping rather than destroying, and towards more constructive, useful, and applicable definitions of true idealism and heroism than Marvel usually tends to use. Previous acclaimed writer David Michelinie once called Iron Man "the world's greatest force for good", and he may actually have a good point.
* ThePowerOfHate: Tony's RoguesGallery is a varied bunch, but the one thing they all have in common? They are primarily motivated by their hatred of Tony Stark. The Mandarin Rings are an extreme example. The rings' sole purpose is to hurt Tony Stark, and they only choose people who either have a pre-existing grudge against Tony or could be easily manipulated into hating Tony.
* PoweredArmor: The Iron Man armor is the likely TropeCodifier, and current example image on said page.
* PowerCrystal: On the chest and palms, function as Repulsor Beam emitters.
* PowerGlows: The Repulsor Beam emitters glow when in use.
* PowerOfTheSun: Most of Stark's Iron Man armors have a solar energy collection function that can keep them working on a basic level in situations where there is no other power source to access for recharging, but it's mainly an emergency backup that cannot seriously provide enough power fast enough for combat.
* PowersAsPrograms: Tony is always coming up with new design ideas for his armor. He'll even incorporate his competitors' and enemies' ideas into his armor if he thinks they'll be useful.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain:
** Mallen is rather open about how he thinks the KKK is a force of good.
** The original depiction of Wong Chu and the Mandarin were ''very'' politically incorrect, given the YellowPeril thing.
* ReallyGetsAround:
** "[[http://i41.tinypic.com/14yb76.jpg Every time you kiss Iron Man, you taste Galactus.]]" And that list is woefully incomplete and outdated, too.
** Within the first episode of the animé adaptation, he's already flirted with two women, both main characters, the first within the first five minutes of the show.
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: Even the tiniest pieces of Tony's powered armor technology could solve any number of problems, from enabling paraplegics to walk, to replacing bulky forklifts with compact wearable lifting gear, to potential solutions for the world's energy supply. Why doesn't he release it? Because releasing it to civilians only doesn't solve the problem of potential misuse.
* RemoteBody:
** Iron Man can control his suits at a distance; he even uses remote-controlled armor while he's crippled.
** The [=NTU-150=] Telepresence Unit is the logical extreme of this trope, as unlike his other suits, it was a full-fledged robot controlled via a subspace link connected directly to Stark's brain. Especially useful considering that, at the time, Stark had just come BackFromTheDead, and needed time to gain full use of his own artificial nervous system.
* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: Strongly [[AvertedTrope averted]]. Stark plays hard, but he is quite publicly a sharp deal maker and a genius engineer with a workaholic streak. He turned a significant fortune into a monumental one, and has lost it and recovered it at least twice. He's also widely considered to be brilliant by both civilians and heroes and is consulted on scientific, engineering and medical matters.
* RichesToRags: Post SecretWars, Tony's unintentional negligence of his company between going off to space and super heroics causes Stark Industries to fall into hard times to the point where Tony can't fund the Avengers anymore and has to sell Avengers Tower.
* RollerbladeGood: When Tony needs to get around fast and he can't fly, such as being indoors, some of his suits have pop out roller skate wheels in his boots to skate around on.
* RoguesGalleryTransplant: Some villains have gone back and forth between being a foe of IM or being a foe of someone else; Scarecrow, a former circus acrobat originally appeared as a foe of IM back in the 60s, but later tussled a bit with Captain America and the Falcon, and later became a major enemy of ComicBook/GhostRider. The Mandarin branched out a bit in the 60s, attempting to control the Hulk, fighting Captain America, the Inhumans, and was the villain of the first ''Avengers'' annual (with various other ''Avengers''-related villains- ComicBook/TheEnchantress and Skurge, the original Power Man, the Swordsman, and Living Laser- working for him). Speaking of Living Laser, he eventually became a regular villain for IM, despite his original appearances in ''The Avengers'' as having been a StalkerWithACrush on The Wasp. Grey Garogyle had two notable encounters with Shellhead- once in the late 60s, and again in the mid 80s- despite being primarily a Thor villain.
* ScienceIsBad:
** Played with in the sense that Tony Stark's scientific advances are meant to benefit mankind, but many of his enemies either try to steal Stark's knowledge for their own personal gain, or use their own scientific talents for evil. Science itself is not evil, but it can be used by evil people. At one point, Stark is compelled to destroy his armor so its secrets won't fall into the wrong hands, but then realizes that he has a responsibility to use his science smarts to defend against those who use their science for evil.
** Emphatically inverted when he confronted the Goddess (the villain from ''Infinity Crusade'' - a religious nutjob with the power of a goddess), who wanted him to forgo the cold truths of science for the (admittedly bogus) spirituality she offered. In response, Tony virtually read her a catechism of science, ending with a jab at her own evil and greed.
** Also inverted in the ''Invincible Iron Man'' series. Stark agrees to an interview with a journalist based on IntrepidReporter John Pilger, who wants to understand why Tony does what he does (and actually intends to peg him as a heartless profiteer of war). After being constantly railroaded by the interview, Stark cuts off the documentarian and admits yes, he creates weapons of war for use by the United States government, but goes on to explain that every microchip he manufactured for use in American smart-bombs has since being widely developed for civilian purposes; the technology itself isn't inherently 'good' or 'bad'. In short, he regards the development of weapons as an unfortunate, but necessary evil that finances his humanitarian projects.
%%** The Mandarin decides on this in the ''Hands of The Mandarin'' arc.
* ScienceHero: [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Reed Richards]] was first, but Tony is the TropeCodifier in comic books because he fights with his inventions.
* ScienceIsUseless:
** Averted here in that if you attack him with magic, don't expect much considering Stark is usually able to use his scientific knowledge and technology to beat any spell you throw at him.
** As demonstrated in ''Iron Man'' v5 #23-26, when Tony travels to the realm of the Dark Elves to recover four of the Mandarin's rings, then in the possession of Malekith the Accursed; the vicious hordes of the Dark Elves set out to hunt him in their forests... He escapes with the rings after eventually giving them a beatdown exploiting their weakness to iron... and from then on, Dark Elf children who are misbehaving to their elders are chided with "You better behave, or the Iron Man will come to get you!"
** In ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' v2 #113, Tony became Sorcerer Supreme -- ''but still used his armor''. The issue climaxed with Stark beating and humiliating the Dread Dormammu ''singlehandedly''. This version of Tony is like a heroic version of Doctor Doom, except better.
* SecretIdentity: Averted. Tony ''used'' to keep it a secret but it came out eventually. See ClarkKenting above.
* SexyStewardess: Tony Stark's private flight attendants are so sexy, they double as go-go dancers.
%%* ShootTheDog: Tony as Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.
* ShoulderCannon: War Machine, as well as the remote controlled armor, and the massive combat armor deployed against the Brides of Darkness.
* ShoutOut: The British Iron Man tech in ''Ultimate Armor Wars'' is suspiciously reminiscent of a certain ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' protagonist.
** In ''Iron Man vs. Whiplash'' #3, Tony hides out at a Swiss hotel, when the receptionist says he looks familiar he claims to be Robert Downey Jr.
** Going way back, Tony once had a luxury yacht with the nameplate [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus Throatwabbler Mangrove]].
* SidekickGraduationsStick: Of a sort. Rhodey got his start replacing Tony in the Iron Man suit. Tony eventually came back, but Rhodey continued being a superhero as War Machine. Eventually, Pepper gets a suit of her own as well.
* SpandexLatexOrLeather: None. His powered armor is a gold-titanium alloy!
* TheSponsor: In the story ''Demon In A Bottle'', Tony Stark had a stint where he gave up the suit and wallowed in booze and despair for a while, but his then-girlfriend Bethany Cabe picked his ass up and got him back in the game.
* StalkerWithACrush: ''Three''. Kathy Dare, who shot him for rebuffing her and then tried to claim he was the abusive one at her trial; Tiberius Stone, who tried to lock his mind in a virtual program after a strategic isolation campaign, and one of his own armors, who was practically an abusive boyfriend when it became sentient.
* SuperIntelligence: He is ranked among the smartest persons on earth in the MarvelUniverse with Super-Genius class inteligence.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: In the first issue of the 2015 volume of ''Invincible Iron Man'' Tony dates an East Asian scientist who has invented a cure for the X-Gene. No, Tony is ''not'' putting the moves on [[Comicbook/AstonishingXMen Kavita Rao]]. Meet Amara Perera, everyone!
** He also recently hired a new personal assistant who, like Pepper Potts before her, is a red-haired firebrand who has dealt with superheroes before; [[Franchise/SpiderMan Mary Jane Watson!]]
* TangledFamilyTree: Obadiah Stane's son, Ezekiel, is in a relationship with Sasha Hammer, the daughter of Justin Hammer's daughter and the Mandarin. That's a union of most of Tony's arch enemies. Now if it turns out his mom's Sunset Bain... 'Stane and Bain', how could they resist?
* TechnicalPacifist: Averted on occasion in the comics... just ask Mallen. Oh, right, you can't. He has no head, but considering Mallen had sworn to kill the President, nothing less than death would stop him and ''his body was trying to get up after his head had been blasted off'', you might argue Tony was spit out of options.
* TechnologicalPacifist: Tony eventually becomes one by swearing military contracts.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: A frequent victim. One early story has him use a counting device built into his armor. That was quickly made obsolete by the real life invention of the pocket calculator. Nowadays he uses an AI for such things. Another major example of early mentions of technology that would now be out of date, is that his suit was powered by transistors.
* TechnologyPorn: Rather inevitable, given the premise is super high tech armor.
* {{Technopath}}: Tony can interface with machines using his mind after his Extremis and Bleeding Edge upgrades.
* TemporarilyAVillain: During the late nineties, Iron Man went insane and became a villain, only to be replaced briefly by a younger version of himself from a different time.
* TimTaylorTechnology: In the earliest issues, the function of the [[YouKeepUsingThatWord "transistors"]] Tony developed was to provide ''more power'' -- "My tiny transistors are '''so''' powerful that they can increase force of '''any''' device '''a thousandfold!'''"
* {{Transhuman}}: His Extremis and Bleeding Edge upgrades made him essentially into this; one consisted of a body-altering technology letting him store most of his armor in the hollow parts of his bone where the marrow is normally found. The other was {{Nanomachines}} kept inside his body until mentally commanded to become his armor or turn into any type of structure upon Stark's skin like clothes, and also augmented his intelligence. [[StatusQuoIsGod Both upgrades were removed]].
* VariantPowerCopying: Tony's suits usually have this ability, such as being able to copy Comicbook/CaptainAmerica's fighting moves by replicating them and then performing the motions, or copying Comicbook/{{Magneto}}'s abilities using orbital satellites that can absorb electro-magnetic energy, or copying Comicbook/{{Venom}}'s symbiote by using nanomachines that approximate the symbiote's biological abilities.
* UltimateJobSecurity: Tony won't fire anyone without good cause, but he ''will'' let the axe fall if he feels a major employee's performance isn't up to snuff. After the Armor Wars storyline, he fired the head of his legal department for repeatedly screwing up Tony's legal attempts to protect his technology. Another time, he immediately drop kicks an executive for making a very profitable technology sale to Doctor Doom, a big time international crime no-no.
* UpgradeVsPrototypeFight:
** Tony Stark has had to face off occasionally against advanced versions of his armor using older models. Some examples include when he battled [[AIIsACrapshoot his own armor]] gone {{Yandere}} in the ''Sentient Armor'' arc, and later facing off against ComicBook/NormanOsborn, who was using his ''ComicBook/DarkAvengers'' "Iron Patriot" suit, with a suit (literally) [[MemeticMutation made in a cave, with a box of scraps]].
** This idea was played with in Creator/MattFraction's "Five Nightmares of Tony Stark" storyline. In that story, a villain got his hands on some of Stark's tech, and used it to create armies of cheap, expendable Iron Men suicide bombers. Though Tony never fought the knock-offs directly, the situation was one of his titular nightmares: not a ''better'' version of his suit but a ''cheaper'' one, something that could be mass-produced.
%%* VirtualGhost: Occurs several times. the ''Hypervelocity'' miniseries. Also used in the 'Iron Man: Rapture' mini.
* WaterSourceTampering: Tony's plan in ''Superior Iron Man'' involves infecting people with Extremis via the water supply.
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: War Machine. In his case, it's "When all you have is an electric minigun, a missile box and a crapload of other guns".
* WhatTheHellHero: Not in those exact words so much, but Hawkeye's reaction to Iron Man's actions in the Armor Wars. Also, the [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]] when Tony tried to pick a fight with him (see WrongGenreSavvy below).
* WhyDidYouMakeMeHitYou:
** Towards the Anti-Reg side in Civil War when he sent villains after them and sent them to a prison in the Negative Zone. He also does it to Steve in New Avengers by asking why he always has to be like this before [[spoiler: the Illuminati wipe his memories of his time with the Illuminati.]]
** His words to Mallen's corpse after decapitating him with a repulsor ray: "Damn you. Damn you for making me do that."
* WolverinePublicity: He starred in four different shows on four different networks (''WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures'' on Nicktoons, ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperheroSquadShow'' on Cartoon Network, ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' and ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'' on Disney XD, and ''Anime/IronMan'' on G4). That's without even getting into [[Film/IronMan the]] [[Film/TheAvengers2012 movies]], which made him a famous character in an unprecedented level (probably the first film alone being responsible for all this publicity). Three other characters are on ''Armored Adventures'', ''Superhero Squad'', and ''The Avengers'': Nick Fury, who's been getting pimped out by Marvel himself lately, MODOK, who is also a new character in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'', and the Hulk. He's in his solo book, Hickman's Avengers book, Hickman's New Avengers, and Guardians of the Galaxy.
* WrongGenreSavvy: In the ''Crash and Burn'' storyline, Tony learns that one of the plants he'd acquired in buying out Stane International had been producing gamma bombs for the Pentagon, and the press had become aware, meaning that the [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]] was going to find out. Expecting the Hulk to come in to smash the place, Tony orders the plant evacuated, and waits for the Hulk to show up wearing Hulkbuster armor. When the big green guy does show, Tony throws the first punch. Hulk (who has Banners' intellect during this period) [[WhatTheHellHero calls him out on this]], stating that he only came by to discuss a timeframe for shutting the plant down, not to smash anything. Having reached an accord, Tony decides there's no time like the present, so they end up leveling the plant themselves.
* {{Yandere}}: Madame Masque [[spoiler: she sees Pepper as a "rival" to Tony's affection and she's willing to torture her while beating and making Tony beg for mercy in order to "win" his love back. She also does this when she threatens Tony with a pistol on his left temple when she would agree to run away with him and live together if he rejects Pepper.]]
** Then there was Kathy Dare, Tony's ex-girlfriend who shot him after they broke up. He wasn't even the first guy she got revenge on, as she burnt down the mansion of a ''previous'' boyfriend and her psychiatrist had recommended that she be institutionalized.
** There was also one occasion where one of his suits spontaneously developed sentience and acted like an obbessive lover.
* YellowPeril: His archnemesis is the Mandarin, who by his name you can tell he is an Asian themed villain. There's also his original enemy Wong Chu (who is colored yellow in Tales of Suspense #39), as well as several frankly embarrassing Asian opponents - especially Samurai Steel.
* YourUniverseOrMine: When placed opposite of any female character in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3''. This ranges from Crimson Viper to [[{{Jailbait}} Tron Bonne]] to [[ChineseVampire Hsien-Ko]] to [[HornyDevil Morrigan]]. The only exception? Amaterasu, who is a ''dog.''
--> ''(before the fight)'' So, you doing anything after this?\\
''(after the fight)'' Told you. A nice candlelight dinner would've been better.