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->''"Ladies. Children. [[LadiesAndGerms Sheep.]] Some people call me a terrorist, I consider myself a teacher. Lesson number one: Heroes. There is no such thing."''
-->-- '''The Mandarin'''

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'''''Iron Man 3''''' is the 2013 sequel to ''Film/IronMan2'' and the seventh film in the Marvel Studios produced and [[{{Creator/Disney}} Walt Disney Pictures]] distributed [[note]] The {{Paramount}} logo appears instead of Disney's, but unlike in the previous two ''Iron Man'' movies they didn't distribute it; like with ''Film/TheAvengers'', they got it through ExecutiveMeddling[[/note]] Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse. Directed by Shane Black with a screenplay by himself and Drew Pearce, the film adapts elements of the "Extremis" story arc by Creator/WarrenEllis, the "Sentient Armor" arc by JoeQuesada, the "Five Nightmares" arc by Creator/MattFraction, and the origin story of the recurring Iron Man villain [[ArchEnemy The Mandarin]]. Creator/JonFavreau, who directed the first two films, serves as executive producer along with Kevin Feige.

When an enemy from the past targets that which industrialist Tony Stark holds most dear, he must rely on his ingenuity to protect those closest to him and finally answer a question which has haunted him from the beginning: Is he the one who defines the Iron Man suit? Or is it the suit that defines him?

Stars Creator/RobertDowneyJr as Tony Stark, Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, Don Cheadle as James Rhodes, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Creator/BenKingsley as The Mandarin, Guy Pearce as Dr. Aldrich Killian, Rebecca Hall as Dr. Maya Hansen, and James Badge Dale as Eric Savin.

Tie-ins include: a two-issue comic book mini-series called ''Iron Man 3 Prelude'' that bridges the gap between ''Iron Man 3'' and ''Film/TheAvengers''; Two animated movies, ''Anime/IronManRiseOfTechnovore'' and ''WesternAnimation/IronManAndHulkHeroesUnited''; Creator/MarvelAnimation's animated series ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'', which premiered in May 2013 to build off the film's publicity.

You can watch the first and last trailer for the film [[http://youtu.be/5EjG-1U3wqA here]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ke1Y3P9D0Bc here]].

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* ActionBomb: The Extremis soldiers' PowerIncontinence is used to turn them into living bombs. [[spoiler:Tony also activates the self destruct on some of his automated armors to take out Extremis users in the FinalBattle. He traps Killian ''inside'' the Mark 42 when he orders Jarvis to light it up.]]
* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene: Pepper and Tony have one in his workshop [[spoiler:when he reveals his PTSD issues to her. There's also Tony's visit to Happy in the hospital, where we can see his anger bubbling just under the surface. It comes boiling out in the next scene, outside the hospital.]]
* ActionGirl:
** Tony assembles the Mark 42 around Pepper in one scene, which she then uses to save Tony. [[spoiler:Pepper also gets injected with Extremis later, allowing her to save Tony from the similarly super-powered Killian.]]
** DarkActionGirl: Ellen Brant and the other female Extremis soldiers.
* AdamWesting: Ben Kingsley's role as a [[spoiler:hammy Anglo actor playing an]] AmbiguouslyBrown villain is most likely a reference to his roles in Film/PrinceOfPersia, Film/TheDictator and Film/{{Thunderbirds}}, among others.
** It's also likely poking fun at [[spoiler:his background as a former Shakespearean actor who's appeared in some not-so-high art.]]
* AdaptationDistillation: Combines elements of the "Extremis" arc by Creator/WarrenEllis, the "Sentient Armor" arc by JoeQuesada, the Mandarin's origin story, [[Film/IronMan2 more]] plot points from the "Armor Wars" arc, "The Five Nightmares" arc with Ezekiel Stane, and the [[Comicbook/CivilWar "Civil War"]] story. The trick of all the Iron Man suits fighting at the same time was used in the Comicbook/NewAvengers.
** And the storyline "Haunted", featuring an incognito Mandarin planning to unleash Extremis, while Tony's sanity is in question following a traumatic battle, aka Comicbook/CivilWar.
* AdaptationExpansion: Aldrich Killian was a minor character written out within the first few pages of the "Extremis" arc in the comics. This version makes him a main villain [[spoiler: and the real identity of the Mandarin.]]
* AdaptationalHeroism: In the [[Franchise/MarvelUniverse 616]] comics, the Iron Patriot armor was worn by the villainous NormanOsborn. Now, it's the heroic ComicBook/WarMachine's new paint job.
* AdaptationalVillainy:
** In the comics, Aldrich Killian felt guilty about creating Extremis and killed himself at the start of the story. In this movie, though, he's a straight-up bad guy with no remorse. [[spoiler: In fact, he considers himself [[ArchEnemy the Mandarin]] more than the actor he hired as a scapegoat, if his BadassBoast and WordOfGod are anything to go by.]]
** In the film, Eric Savin is Killian's right-hand man who also acts with no remorse. This contrasts with his comics character, an AntiHero known as Coldblood who never delved into outright villainy.
* AIIsACrapshoot: The AI loaded into the Iron Man Mark 42 responds to chip implants that read Tony's brainwaves. Even when he's asleep and having nightmares.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: The Mandarin launches a missile attack on Tony in the hero's Malibu home.
* AloneWithThePsycho: Pepper with Aldrich.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: The Mandarin is of indeterminate but apparently Middle Eastern birth (played by the half-Indian Kingsley). Further confused by his American South accent and Chinese name. This is in contrast to the Mandarin of the comics, who as his name implies is partly of Chinese descent. Perhaps surprisingly, the movie manages to make sense out of all this by the time it's over.
* AmericanRobot: War Machine's new paintjob as Iron Patriot, meant to evoke the appearance of a certain [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica star-spangled Avenger.]]
* AnAsskickingChristmas: Set in the lead-up to Christmas.
* AnimatedArmor: The Mark 42, which can operate even while separated from Tony through J.A.R.V.I.S. reading chip implants in Tony's forearm. [[spoiler:In the climax, all of Tony's remaining suits fly pilotless to the rescue.]]
* AntiClimax: The Mark 42 flies into save Tony, only to hit the side of a crane and fall apart.
-->'''Tony''': Whatever.
** Subverted because [[spoiler: Tony uses it to trap Killian, then tells JARVIS to blow it up.]]
* ArcWords: "You know who I am."
* ArchEnemy: The Mandarin finally makes his film debut as a DiabolicalMastermind out to destroy Tony. [[spoiler:Tony's true ArchEnemy, and the true Mandarin, is Killian, who is every bit as smart as Tony, but much more ruthlessly manipulative and clever enough to hide in anonymity. The references to the Mandarin in the first movie can also be taken as a hint that Killian was behind the events there as well.]]
* ArmorIsUseless: Extremis-enhanced soldiers cut through Tony's armors like butter, as their bare hands can generate heat of up to 3000 degrees Celsius.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion / FromTheMouthsOfBabes: In the middle of a panic attack, Tony's kid sidekick says "if you're a mechanic, why don't you build something?" Tony ''instantly'' calms down. What's interesting is that we actually ''see'' him testing Tony's PTSD earlier, [[NotSoDifferent pushing the limits of acceptable behavior a lot like Tony does]].
* ArtisticLicensePhysics:
** At several points, Tony fires repulsor blasts or uses his repulsors to fly while only wearing parts of his armour. While we saw him fire low level repulsor bolts while testing the Mk. II and III in the first film, without the support of the full suit, this should damage his limbs.
** Mild example with the "burning" part of the Extremis users. They can heat up their bodies to over 3,000 degrees Celsius, enough to reduce iron and steel to blazing-hot mush. Question is, where the heck does the energy needed to create such [[ElementalBaggage incredible heat come from]]?
** The worst one is catching people in free fall. The last one is caught right above the ground level, after which there is no time to decelerate slowly enough to save any one of them. They would all splat into water and die instantly.
* AssKicksYou: A mechanical version. When Tony tests the Mk 42 suit, it goes less than smoothly. The assembly finally seems complete, but immediately after his BadassBoast ("I'm the best"), [[PlayedForLaughs the butt-plate slams into place unexpectedly]], at high speed, sending Tony flying and disassembling the suit.
* BadassBoast:
** The Mandarin promises to tear down everything Tony has built.
--->'''Mandarin''': You know who I am. You don't know where I am. You will never see me coming.
** Tony delivers one to the Mandarin via mobile phone.
--->'''Tony''': I'm not afraid of you. No politics here. Just good, old-fashioned revenge.
** Tony's final thoughts before the credits.
--->'''Tony''': You can take away my house, all my tricks and toys. But one thing you can't take away? [[MeaningfulEcho I am Iron Man.]]
** Played for laughs during the Mk 42 testing sequence (see AssKicksYou).
* BadassInDistress: Both Tony and Rhodes are captured at different parts of the film.
* BadassNormal:
** Both Tony and Rhodes show they are capable of fighting supervillains without armor. In the case of Rhodes, that shouldn't be unexpected: he's a [[ColonelBadass Colonel]], after all.
** EmpoweredBadassNormal: Tony's put Wi-Fi-esque implants into his body to control the Mk. 42, making him a cyborg.
** Happy tries to invoke this but he doesn't put up much of a fight against Savin and is nearly killed after a PunchPunchPunchUhOh moment.
* BadDreams: Tony's been suffering from them ever since [[Film/TheAvengers the last film]].
* BatmanInMyBasement: Or, more accurately, "Iron Man in my Garage". Notably, Tony's in and out over the course of, apparently, a single night.
* [[BattleButler Battle AI Butler]]: [[spoiler: when Tony initiates the House Party Protocol, JARVIS takes control of the 30-odd suits all fighting. Meaning JARVIS is effectively acting as a [[OneManArmy One-AI Army]]]].
* BeneathTheMask[=/=]BrokenAce: Killian managed to rebuild himself, both physically and psychologically, into a good-looking, wealthy, confident ubermensch. In the scene where he admits Pepper is [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty there as his trophy]], the mask slips, and we briefly see the nervous, weak StalkerWithACrush he's always been.
* BerserkButton: Tony reacts very poorly to his loved ones being hurt (and that ''includes'' loyal bodyguards and best friends). This one is a bit more dangerous than his others since it causes Tony to stop thinking rationally, making him prone to mistakes.
* BigBad: The Mandarin, who's been the BiggerBad until now. [[spoiler:...except that the apparent Mandarin, Trevor Slattery, is just a decoy for the ''true'' Mandarin, Killian.]] The [[Film.MarvelOneShots One-Shot]] ''All Hail The King'' [[TheReveal reveals]] that it is a bit more complicated: [[spoiler: Not only is Trevor not the true Mandarin, ''neither is Killian''. And the actual Mandarin is pretty upset that his identity was stolen...]]
* BigBadWannabe: [[spoiler:"The Mandarin" is WickedCultured on camera, but is revealed to be a [[CloudcuckooLander scatterbrained]], drug-addict stage actor when Tony confronts him in person.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:An Extremis-enhanced Pepper jumps in to save Tony from Killian in the climax.]]
** [[spoiler: Before that, Rhodes mentions to Tony that he really wishes they had some backup right now; cue "House Party Protocol", more than 30 AI-controlled Iron Man suits swooping in to take down the Extremis army.]]
* BigNo: [[spoiler:Killian screams "NOOO!" when Tony uses the Mark 42 armor to trap him and blow him up (and is promptly shut up by the head piece sealing), and again just before an Extremis-enhanced Pepper detonates a missile in his face.]]
* BittersweetEnding: Not for the movie itself, but for [[spoiler:Trevor Slattery. He is pretty much going to jail for life for actions he thought were not real and just publicity stunts, but at least gets the audience he wanted.]]
** And also arguably for [[spoiler: Tony Stark himself, due to the fact that he's retiring from being Iron Man, and his malibu home was destroyed, as well as his all his armor suits]].
* BluntYes:
-->'''Harley:''' So now you're just gonna leave me here, just like my dad?\\
'''Tony:''' [''{{Beat}}''] Yep.
* BodyHorror: Extremis, even if you survive it, doesn't look particularly pleasant to live with. And it's implied that even the people who seem stable still have some risk of eventually experiencing a SuperPowerMeltdown.
* BondOneLiner: Tony says a couple of these.
-->'''Tony''': Walk away from [[TorsoWithAView that]], you son of a bitch.
* BookEnds
** ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'' ends with a cameo from Tony Stark. This movie ends with [[spoiler:a cameo from Bruce Banner.]]
** The movie begins and ends with narration from Tony.
** The first and third movies end with Tony saying, "I am Iron Man."
** The film begins with fireworks in 1999 and ends with "fireworks" in 2013.
** In the first movie, Pepper has Tony's first chest-mounted arc reactor mounted in a glass case with a brass plate reading "Proof that Tony Stark Has a Heart". At the end of the third movie, [[spoiler:after having the arc reactor housing surgically removed from his chest, Tony gives Pepper a heart shaped pendant whose chain is made from the last fragments of shrapnel that were embedded near his heart.]] Proof that Pepper Potts has Tony Stark's heart.
* BreatherEpisode: For the MCU. While all of the Phase 1 was about building up to Avengers, this film focuses mainly on Tony's arc and development before the following films begin leading to ''Age of Ultron''.
* BrickJoke
** DowntonAbbey.
** The Mark 42 knocking into something and falling to pieces.
** Speaking of the Mark 42, Tony's escape from [[spoiler:the Mandarin's hideout]]; he expects the whole armor to come flying to him. It does. Eventually. Piece by piece.
** A small example, but when [[spoiler:the false Mandarin]] comes out of the bathroom he tells the two scantily-clad women in his bed they might want to wait a minute before going in there. Minutes later, at the end of the scene, Tony orders the women in there at gunpoint, and audiences can clearly hear their expressions of disgust.
* BrokenFaceplate: After the attack, Pepper finds and picks up an Iron Man helmet, which has been cracked in half.
* BrokenPedestal: [[spoiler:The whole revenge plot was set in motion because Tony's biggest fan became disgruntled with him.]]
* BroughtDownToBadass
** Tony spends much of the film without his armor, or at least out of it, and is no less effective -- Remember, Tony Stark built a miniature arc reactor in a cave. [[MemeticMutation With a box of scraps.]]
** After being forced out of the Iron Patriot suit, Rhodey shows himself still effective as a soldier.
--->'''Rhodes:''' No, no, no, don't open--Open? Okay, here we go...\\
[Rhodes jumps out and punches Savin in the face, then thrust-kicks him.]
** And then during Tony and Rhodey's two-man unarmored raid on the tanker, Rhodes proves himself capable of taking the Mandarin's men on with just a pistol until the armors show up. Then he learns that he can't simply pick up one of Tony's suits, so with nothing but that pistol he fights his way across the tanker and gets his own damn armor back (rescuing the President along the way).
* BullyingADragon:
** Happy probably shouldn't have picked a fight with Savin like that.
** Tony giving his address to a terrorist without a plan behind it isn't much better.
* BurningTheFlag: One of the images the Mandarin uses in his announcements is of an effigy of President Ellis being set on fire with an American flag attached.
* BurningWithAnger[=/=]MyBloodRunsHot: What happens when you piss off someone upgraded with Extremis.
* ButtMonkey: This film has the [[InstantArmor Mark XLII armor]], which, because of its many technical difficulties (such as its tendencies to delay Tony's TransformationSequence and to get hit by things and fall apart), comes off as a strange kind of comic relief character.
* CallBack: A number of events from the previous Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse films feature heavily in the plot of ''Iron Man 3''.
** Tony is suffering post traumatic stress following his near death experience at the end of ''Film/TheAvengers''.
** Tony and Pepper are now living together after becoming romantically involved at the end of ''Film/IronMan2''.
** The Mandarin is styled as leader of the Ten Rings, the terrorist organization who kidnapped Tony at the beginning of ''Film/IronMan1''.
** [[spoiler:Bruce Banner being at Tony's house in TheStinger, referencing him driving away with Tony at the end of ''The Avengers''.]]
** The villains realized that they needed a flair for the dramatic to get peoples' attention "Ever since that [[Film/{{Thor}} big dude with the hammer dropped out of the sky]]."
** Tony is seen using a prototype version of calling his suit in ''The Avengers'' (the wrist cuffs). In this film, we see him expanding on the idea via implants.
** In the original film, Yinsen mentions that he has met Tony before; this time we get to see it.
* CallForward: The film opens in 1999 at a conference in Bern, Switzerland, the place Ho Yinsen mentioned he had met Tony back in ''Film/IronMan1'' and depicts Stark and Yinsen's first encounter.
* TheCameo: The standard Creator/StanLee appearance, as well as Yinsen from ''Film/IronMan1'' in the opening and [[spoiler: Bruce Banner from ''Film/TheAvengers'' in the post-credits sequence.]]
** When Dr. Ho Yinsen introduces himself, Tony remarks that it's the first time he's [[DoubleEntendre called a man Ho]], which also [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] the oddity of [[SettingUpdate an Afghan having a Vietnamese name]].
* CanonForeigner: Harley (the kid that Tony meets in Tennessee), President Ellis [[spoiler:and Trevor Slattery (the actor posing as the Mandarin).]]
* CaptainPatriotic / AllAmericanFace: Rhodey's redesigned "Iron Patriot" suit and identity is created by the government specifically to appeal to American patriotism. Bill Maher and Joan Rivers lambast it on their talk shows as for the EagleLand-ness it is.
* CastingGag: [[TheDragon Savin]] is played by James Badge Dale and [[spoiler: and Killian's plan involves using amputees as test subjects for the Extremis project, some of whom were military veterans. On ''24'', Dale played Jack Bauer's ex-military partner, and his appearance in season 3 ends with his hand getting chopped off.]]
* TheCastShowoff: Creator/RobertDowneyJr. is a practitioner of Wing Chun martial arts, so Tony Stark has a Wing Chun dummy in his garage which he is seen dealing out a few strikes to.
* TheCavalry: [[spoiler:Tony summons his ''entire fleet'' of AI-controlled Iron Man suits in the FinalBattle to save the day.]]
* CerebusRetcon: In ''Film/TheAvengers'', Tony's flight through the Chitauri wormhole was nothing more than an exciting action climax, and his following brush with death was actually played for laughs (with Tony joking about shawarma immediately after he woke up). Here, it's revealed that the whole ordeal in the wormhole actually gave him PTSD, and that he's struggled with anxiety attacks and night terrors ever since the battle in New York. Note that this is realistic; PTSD can take a while to hit.
* CharacterDevelopment: As soon as Pepper calls Tony out on his behavior early on, Tony admits he has a problem, instead of [[Film/IronMan2 avoiding the issue and hiding in a bottle]].
* ChekhovsArmoury: The add-on to Tony's Malibu home, plus all his new armor.
* ChekhovsGun:
** [[spoiler:The "glitch" of Maya's plant.]]
** Tony wearing the Mark ''42'' armor at the beginning of the movie. Note that in ''The Avengers'' he just started using the Mark 7.
** The flashbang Tony gives Harley, who then uses it to escape Savin.
** Chad Davis's dog tags, which Tony uses to defeat Brandt.
** [[spoiler:Tony's note to Maya in the opening, which contains an incomplete formula to perfecting Extremis.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: Tony's narration of the prologue about him "[[CreateYourOwnVillain creating demons]]" clearly refers to his snubbing of Killian. What one might miss, though, is that he's also referring to [[spoiler:Maya, who he also blew off that night.]]
* ChekhovsSkill:
** Tony pulling out an arm-mounted missile and blasting it to blow up a helicopter. [[spoiler: Pepper does the same thing in the climax against Killian.]]
** The Mark 42's ability to encase anyone Tony points at comes in handy at the end.
* TheChewToy:
** If the Mk. 42 armor could be considered a character, then it is definitely this, getting beat up and bashed to hell in humorous ways throughout the movie.
** Dummy the robot suffers both "emotional" and physical abuse.
* ChristmasEpisode: Takes place during the season, but is otherwise subtle about it.
* ChunkySalsaRule: The Extremis users [[spoiler:can regenerate from most kinds of injuries, short of catastrophic destruction of their head or heart. Tony kills one of them by blasting his torso out with the Unibeam, and others are blown to bits by self-destructing armor suits and various other explosions in the final battle.]]
* ComicbookMoviesDontUseCodenames: Averted more often than in past installments of the Marvel movie franchise.
** The name Mandarin is used frequently. [[spoiler:However, in a DoubleSubversion, WordOfGod says that Killian is the MarvelCinematicUniverse's true counterpart to the Mandarin, and he doesn't go by the name.]]
** Tony refers to himself as Iron Man quite a few times as do a few other characters.
** Rhodes is given the name "Iron Patriot" as a morale boost, so the government and the media refer to him as such, even though he has no SecretIdentity. Tony prefers "War Machine", and Rhodes eventually admits he does as well.
** Played straight with Eric Savin and Jack Taggert, who in the comics are known respectively as Coldblood and Firepower.
* CompositeCharacter: Aldrich Killian is a merger of his comic counterpart, Mallen (the Extremis-enhanced villain of WarrenEllis' original ''Extremis'' story), Ezekiel Stane, [[spoiler: and the Mandarin - precisely, modern incarnations, to contrast with Trevor's fictional "Mandarin" being based on the classic YellowPeril version of the character.]]
** The Extremis subjects who are used as living bombs have a lot in common with the bio-engineered bombs Ezekiel Stane designed in "The Five Nightmares," and a few superficial similarities to the comic villain Nitro (with the exception that they can't pull themselves back together after exploding like Nitro does).
** The Iron Patriot in this adaptation is basically James Rhodes in Norman Osborne's suit.
* ConservationOfNinjitsu: One Iron Man Suit? Badass. Several dozen AI controlled suits? Get torn through like tissue paper by mooks, though the casualty ratio is much more in the suits' favor. Justified for four reasons: 1.) JARVIS notes at the beginning that Tony is slapping the prototypes together without much testing or even sleep. Indeed, the Mk. 42 has malfunctions from flight to weapon systems. 2.) the mooks are super soldiers that can generate enough heat to melt the armors. 3.) The suits are all prototypes manufactured by Tony for various specialized purposes, including construction, demolition, and heavy lifting. 4.) Forty suits are all being remote controlled by a single AI, rather than both Stark and JARVIS working together in a single suit.
* ContinuityNod: The film has a number of background references to previous events in the series.
** The ring on the Mandarin's right pinky is the same ring Raza had on his right hand in ''Film/IronMan1''.
** Tony still hates being handed things, as in ''Film/TheAvengers'' and ''Film/IronMan2''.
** The "Dummy" robot is stuck on clean-up duty after a typical screw-up.
** Tony's advice to a kid with daddy issues is awkwardly say "no need to be a pussy about it," nodding to his own daddy issues in ''Film/IronMan2''.
** We actually see some people basing their "looks" on Tony at the end of ''Avengers'', and we briefly meet one in this film.
** The Roxxon Oil company previously showed up at the gas station in ''[[Film/MarvelOneShots A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer]]''.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: Despite the Extremis subjects heating to high enough temperatures to melt steel, it only affects what they're directly touching and their clothes never catch fire. Until it's time to show off some badass tattoos.
* CoolGarage: [[spoiler: Tony's gift at the end of the movie to the kid who helps him.]]
* CrazyPrepared:
** ''Every piece'' of Tony's Mark 42 armor can fly on its own onto his body and operate independently. Over hundreds of miles too.[[note]]This is actually an odd take on the trope, in that Tony prepares for various situations with specialized suits, but he didn't think to build spares of his earlier suits from the previous films, even though he has facilities in New York. He might've solved things quicker with a spare Mk. 7 instead of waiting for Mk. 42 to recharge.[[/note]]
** It's not pointed out explicitly, but Tony has some way to secure significant funds even after going "off the grid", and he's clearly been training in martial arts and firearms.
* CreativeClosingCredits: The end titles are based around a SplitScreen montage of shots from throughout the ''Iron Man'' film series.
* CreatorThumbprint: Robert Downey Jr. as a snarky anti-hero? A casual, somewhat meta voiceover [[spoiler:with a cameo from the character's best mate at the end?]] A DisneyDeath or two? Set at Christmas? Lots of MoodWhiplash? Nice to see you again, [[Film/LethalWeapon Shane]] [[Film/KissKissBangBang Black]].
* CreateYourOwnVillain:
** Tony caused Killian's StartOfDarkness by being a {{jerkass}}.
** Slightly less directly, his jerkass behavior was also responsible for the [[spoiler:abuses and failures of the Extremis program]], since he blew Maya off just as quickly as soon as he'd gotten what he wanted from her. If he'd chosen to lend a little more help than [[spoiler:a scribbled formula on a nametag]], she might never have [[spoiler:joined forces with Killian]] instead, and the whole mess could have been prevented.
** Outright stated to be the moral of the story at the end, with Tony's "we create our own demons" statement.
* CreditsGag: Tony nicknames a mook "Ponytail Express". His actor is credited as such.
* CurseCutShort: "I don't wanna to be a dic..." (''[[NotInFrontOfTheKid looks around]]'') "...tator." Tony then tries to recover by calling Rhodey "Richard".
* CursedWithAwesome: Extremis makes you virtually unkillable but it also seems to make you a violently unstable drug addict and you might explode if you're not careful.
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* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Even if NoOneCouldSurviveThat, Killian knows that since they NeverFoundTheBody, Tony Stark is still alive.
* DamselInDistress: Tony has to save Pepper a lot such as [[spoiler:when Killian kidnaps her to use as leverage.]] The 'helpless factor' is downplayed because [[spoiler:she saves him back.]]
* DarkActionGirl: Ellen Brandt is an Extremis-powered soldier who partakes in undercover missions and isn't hesitant to use lethal force.
* DarkestHour: [[spoiler:The aftermath of the attack on Tony's home. His home is in shambles, his original and most complete armor are destroyed, Tony's in the middle of nowhere, JARVIS is offline and Mark 42 is out of power]]. Best summed up by this line from the billionaire playboy.
-->''Tony'': I just stole a poncho off a wooden Indian.
* DeathByAdaptation:
** [[spoiler:Maya Hansen survived in the original "Extremis" storyline from the comics. Here, Killian murders her when she gets rebellious. Coincidentally, comics Maya was killed by AIM in a story-line released just before ''Iron Man 3'' hit cinemas.]]
** Jack Taggert, the very much alive Firepower in the comics, died in a "suicide bombing" in the film.
** [[spoiler: Likewise, Eric Savin is killed after the Mark 42 armor blows a hole through his chest]].
* DeclarationOfProtection: Tony says he's determined to protect "the one thing I can't live without" while addressing Pepper.
* DeliberatelyCuteChild: Harley unsuccessfully tries to manipulate Tony into staying by comparing Tony to Harley's disappeared father and then saying in a cute voice that he's cold.
-->'''Stark:''' [[LampshadeHanging ...wait, are you trying to guilt trip me?]]
* DetachmentCombat:
** The Mark 42 is capable of breaking into individual pieces, each of which can fly on their own and attach onto someone (willingly or not) on the fly.
** The Mark 41, "Bones", uses this as its primary method of attack, breaking into multiple parts to hit multiple enemies at once.
* {{Determinator}}: Aside from Tony Stark, there's Aldrich Killian, who went from being a crippled but brilliant nobody to a wealthy and fit leader of a scientific company in at least ten years. This also applies to his [[spoiler:Extremis powers where he manages to literally keep himself together even after suffering a powerful contact explosion.]]
* DiabolusExMachina[=/=]LookBothWays: Tony lampshades the former when his much needed suit is suddenly destroyed by a truck when crossing a highway: "That came out of nowhere"
* DinerBrawl: Tony and Ellen Brandt face off in a diner after it had been closed for the evening. It ends with the whole place blowing up.
* DirtyOldMan: Stan Lee's cameo invokes this trope; the skimpy beauty pageant contest scores a ten.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Killian's whole vendetta is because Stark blew him off once fifteen years ago. [[spoiler:His actual crime spree is more of a combined cover-up for the failures of AIM's Extremis technology and scam/racket to create demand for the super-soldiers AIM can supply. Tony's decision to investigate and openly oppose him brings him even more directly into the line of fire.]]
** Tony himself, while captured, taunts a guard with this after the guard breaks his borrowed "deluxe ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer''" watch. "Just for that, I'm going to kill you first."
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Pepper falls 200 feet to her apparent death, only to be fine, thanks to a handy-dandy dose of Extremis.]]
* DoNotAdjustYourSet: The Mandarin videos.
* TheDragon: Eric Savin serves as the Mandarin's and Killian's second-in-command.
* DrivenToSuicide: Defied for Killian. He was about to jump off the roof after Tony screwed him over, but he instead took the act as a StartOfDarkness.
* DunceCap: "Dummy" is wearing a pointed white paper hat with "Dunce" on it while sweeping up Tony's lab.
* DyingMessage: Tony is put on AIM's trail by seeing [[spoiler:Happy trying to point to Taggert's dog tags.]]
* EliteMooks: The Extremis soldiers.
* EmbarrassingPassword: [=WARMACHINEROX=]. Even the Ten Rings thugs Rhodey's holding at gunpoint chuckle at it (until he brandishes his weapon at them again).
* EqualOpportunityEvil: The Mandarin has several female {{Mooks}} in the ranks of his organization, and from many different races.
* EurekaMoment: Tony is suffering from a bout of PTSD and wasn't sure what he was gonna do next, and then Harley gives this question:
-->'''Harley:''' If you're a mechanic, why don't you build something?
* EvilCripple: Killian, as well as some of the Extremis soldiers, all used to be crippled. They used Extremis to regrow their limbs.
* EvilIsHammy: The Mandarin's melodramatic video packages.
-->'''Mandarin:''' True story about fortune cookies -- they look Chinese, they sound Chinese. But they're actually an American invention, which is why they're hollow, full of lies [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and leave a bad taste in the mouth]].
* EvilIsPetty: [[spoiler:If becoming a terrorist because someone snubbed you at a New Year's Eve party isn't petty, nothing is.]]
* EvilPlan: The Mandarin wants to teach America several lessons such as hypocrisy and helplessness through terrorist attacks on American army bases and domestic interests. [[spoiler:He's smoke and mirrors for Killian, who uses him to create a lock on military supply and demand.]]
* EvilSoundsDeep: This version of the Mandarin has a deep, [[BassoProfondo bass]] voice.
* ExactlyWhatIMeantToSay: JARVIS has just said noted that he "seem(s) to do quite well for a stretch and then at the end of the sentence I say the wrong cranberry." So Tony is a little skeptical of his claim that the Mandarin is in Miami. But it's not an error for someplace more likely to be inhabited by terrorists; the Mandarin really is in Miami.
* ExactWords:
** Tony Stark told his machines to aim and kill all the people infected with Extremis unless Stark specifically points that there's an exception.
** The Mandarin says he'll shoot the hostage on live TV if the President doesn't call him. He never says anything about ''not'' shooting the hostage if the President ''does'' call him. Also, [[spoiler: The Mandarin says that the man will live if the President calls. The President calls, and the Mandarin pulls the trigger. The gun was a non-functional prop (because Trevor was not trusted with real firearms) and the "hostage" was an actor in on the performance, thus he does live.]]
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: Upon meeting Tony, Trevor apologizes for being shorter in person and not living up to his on-screen persona.
* ExplosiveOverclocking: Extremis is essentially doing this to a biological system, gaining incredible powers at the risk of dangerous instability.
* {{Expy}}: [[RedEyesTakeWarning Red]] [[GlowingEyesofDoom eyes]]? Check. [[spoiler:[[BlondGuysAreEvil Slicked back blond hair]]]]? Check. VolcanicVeins? Check. EvilutionaryBiologist? Check. [[spoiler:ManBehindTheMan]]? Check. Give [[spoiler:Aldrich Killian]] a pair of sunglasses, and he could pass for [[Franchise/ResidentEvil Albert Wesker]].
* FailedAttemptAtDrama: A RunningGag with Tony, most notably when he keeps counting down the moment when his armor will fly through the window and save him, only for nothing to happen. The two mooks guarding him are not impressed.
* FailSafeFailure: Rhodey gets ejected from Iron Patriot when Killian heats up the suit, even though he doesn't want it to.
* FamousFamousFictional: The Mandarin rounds off a list that includes bin Laden and Gadaffi.
* {{Fanservice}}: The Mandarin's female perks. Also the Christmas beauty pageant contestants.
* FanDisservice: Pepper in a sports bra and gym pants while [[spoiler:being tortured and then dropped into a flaming abyss]]. Ellen Brandt has her own moment when she's being injected with the Extremis formula: [[BareYourMidriff bare midriff]], short shorts, and [[spoiler:a missing arm being regrown]].
* FauxShadow: [[spoiler:The film is based on the Extremis storyline and features Tony mentally controlling parts of his armor. Despite this, he never gets injected with Extremis (which here is limited just to heat powers, as opposed to being a power roulette), and controls his armor via implants of his own design.]]
* FinalBattle: The Extremis goons and the AI-controlled Iron Man suits. Yes, ''all'' of them.
* FirstPersonSmartass: Tony's narration at the beginning and end of the film.
* FlawedPrototype[=/=]LogicalWeakness
** The Mark 42 keeps having problems because it (and many of the other new suits) is still in the rough prototype stages. Because Stark made it very easy for the suit to come apart into individual modules, it spends a great deal of time doing just that, whether or not he ''wanted'' that to happen at the moment.
** Many of Tony's armors count, as he rushes through each one to go onto the next design.
** Extremis is successfully regrowing people's limbs back, with the mild side effect of turning them into [[spoiler:unstable walking bombs.]]
* {{Foil}}: Extremis is this to Tony Stark's Iron Man technology. The latter is PoweredArmor of a modular design that can be fitted with a multitude of weapons while the former is an organic superhuman enhancement meant to heal injuries with its RequiredSecondaryPowers serving as weapons.
* {{Foreshadowing}}
** [[spoiler:Aldrich Killian wears an abnormally large number of rings for a non-married man.]]
** When Tony starts analyzing The Mandarin's methods, he notes that the terrorist has a thing for theatrics. [[spoiler:He has no idea that it's ''all'' theatrics.]]
** Killian being the founder of AIM, a prominent group of villains in the comics.
** After Mandarin [[spoiler:apparently shoots his hostage in cold blood, his voice becomes wavery and he seems visibly shaken, cluing in the audience early that he isn't quite the terrorist he appears to be.]]
** The fortune cookie rant. [[spoiler:Look Chinese, sound Chinese, actually an American creation, hollow, full of lies. Trevor definitely resembles that remark. Also, as noted in the above point, even acting as though he just killed someone in cold blood appears to leave a bad taste in the mouth. Plus, the first thing we hear him say when out-of-character is essentially the same thing, about fortune cookies not being Chinese - only this time, it's ''way'' different.]]
** [[spoiler:Pepper, in the Mark 42, saves Tony during the mansion attack. In the climax, Pepper, empowered by Extremis, saves Tony, finishing up by using the repulsor from one of the Legion suits.]]
** The President wonders how the Mandarin got a number onto his phone. [[spoiler:Given that the Veep was working with Killian, he probably did it.]]
** On the merchandise side, one of the roleplay toys is a hand-mounted repulsor without a glove. [[spoiler:Tony uses one of these during his HomelessHero phase.]]
*** Similarly, the ''Marvel Legends'' figures released to tie in with this movie has Iron Man and Iron Patriot as they appear in the movie, past versions of them both, War Machine, all the parts to build a comic-version Iron Monger [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers and...]] [[Film/TheAvengersAgeOfUltron Ultron.]]
** When Maya shows up, Tony jokes that he hopes there isn't a 12-year old kid in the car. Maya says he's 13. [[spoiler:Which foreshadows Harley, a 12-year old kid...who Tony ''doesn't'' let tag along with him when things get dangerous, or get in the car.]]
** Right before [[spoiler:Savin (in the [[GrandTheftPrototype hijacked Iron Patriot suit]]) commences the attack on Air Force One]], [=JARVIS=] makes mention of "cranes arriving" and "cellar doors being cleared up." [[spoiler:A few minutes after saving the crew of [=AF1=], Tony finally tells JARVIS to initiate [[TheCavalry the "House Party Protocol"]].]]
* FramingDevice: Tony's voice-overs were Tony telling the story to what turns out to be his psychiatrist (well, sort of).
-->'''[[spoiler:Bruce Banner]]:''' I'm not ''that'' kind of doctor.
* FreezeFrameBonus:
** [[VinceOffer The Slap Chop commercial]] before the second Mandarin broadcast.
** When the Mandarin comes in for his broadcast, sharp-eyed viewers will realise that [[spoiler:the weapons by his throne are plastic replicas.]] He confirms this later to Tony.
* FromBadToWorse: Tony is suffering from [[ShellShockedVeteran post traumatic stress]] following the events of ''Film/TheAvengers'' and The Mandarin is attacking with bombs no one can trace. Then Tony's house is blown up, he loses access to all of his resources, and [[spoiler:Iron Patriot is hi-jacked by the bad guys.]]
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Killian starts out as a nobody with some bright ideas which he pitches to Tony in Switzerland in 1999. After being rejected, he decides to get revenge by gaining power and influence through terrorism and military contracts. Appropriately enough, Killian's plan hinges on him remaining a nobody in the eyes of the world.
* GadgeteerGenius: When deprived of his armour, Tony slowly descends into a HeroicBSOD until an [[NotSoDifferent obnoxious]] [[FromTheMouthsOfBabes kid]] points out, "You're a mechanic, why don't you build something?" One shopping trip later, he's [[Franchise/MetalGear Solid Snake]] with a [[ItMakesSenseInContext spud gun]].
* GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke: Killian wants to use [[BioAugmentation Extremis]] for military applications...once some [[SuperPowerMeltdown issues]] get sorted out.
* GenreSavvy: All over the place.
** When a tied up Tony escapes Killian's guards, the last one just quits when he realizes Tony has him outgunned.
* GodzillaThreshold: [[spoiler:The "House Party Protocol."]] is reserved for when there is no other option left because it involves a lot of firepower in one place with little precise control over what it hits.
* [[AGoodNameForARockBand A Good Name For An Autobiography]]
-->'''Tony''': You walked right into this one. I've dated hotter chicks than you.\\
'''[[DarkActionGirl Brandt]]''': That all you got? A cheap trick and a cheesy one-liner?\\
'''Tony''': [[InsultBackfire Sweetheart, that could be the title of my autobiography]].
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: One of the effects of Extremis, crossed with RedEyesTakeWarning.
* GrandFinale: For the individual ''Iron Man'' films for the time being. Tony however will be back in the Avengers movies.
* GrandTheftPrototype: [[spoiler:Rhodey's Iron Patriot armor is hijacked from him by an Extremis-powered Killian. In the climax, Rhodey goes and ''takes back his armor with his own two hands'', saving the president's life at the same time.]]
* GroinAttack:
** Having armor that can have each piece fly to you? Awesome. Having the codpiece fly to you too fast and smack you in the crotch? Not awesome.
** Take away Tony's armor and guess what he does.
* HealingFactor: The objective of Extremis is to imbue this onto its subjects up to and including regrowing limbs. Extremis-powered agents invoke this to make themselves superhuman (along with being sentient nuclear reactors).
* HeCleansUpNicely: Aldrich Killian, who in 1999 was a pimply, greasy-haired HollywoodNerd.
* HeroicBSOD: Tony has anxiety attacks every time someone mentions [[Film/TheAvengers what happened in New York]].
* HiddenVillain: [[spoiler: Aldrich Killian]].
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:Turns out turning Pepper into an Extremis was a bad idea for Killian as it not only saves Tony, but leads to his own death as well.]]
* HookersAndBlow: Trevor Slattery is fueled and quite happily controlled through this.
* HotWind: Ellen Brandt experiences this when Tony meets her for the first time. Justified by the winter weather in Tennessee at the time.
* HowDoIShotWeb: [[spoiler:When Tony puts Pepper into the Mark 42 armor and tells her to get Maya and herself out of the house, she tries to blow out a plate glass window to escape through. Unfortunately, she can't get the hand-mounted repulsor to work until it fires accidentally when she drops her hand to her side, and throws them both through the glass.]]
* HurtingHero: Tony, suffering from post traumatic stress after the events of ''Film/TheAvengers''.
* HumanWeapon: The purpose of Extremis. Sometimes taken to the most literal meaning as some subjects explode, turning into human bombs.
* HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace: One of the words that can trigger a panic attack is "wormhole".
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: [[spoiler:Pepper thinks that Killian is holding her to force Tony's co-operation. He is, but Killian admits (rather shamefaced) that he has more primal motives as well.]]
* [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Girlfriend]]: [[spoiler:And Killian [[KickTheDog tortures her in front of Tony]].]]
* ImprovisedWeapon:
** The 42 isn't really ready for battle when Tony gets ambushed in his own home by a pack of helicopters. What does Tony do? Launch pianos at the helicopters and manually rip out his forearm mini-missiles, throw them, and give them a repulsor shot to detonate them.
** He also blasted Ellen Brandt by setting a fire, opening an LNG gas line, and microwaving a set of dog tags to create a spark.
** Then there was the time when he [[MacGyvering MacGyvered]] a bunch of stuff from the hardware store and built a tranquilizer nailgun, a makeshift taser, a taser-glove, and Christmas-ornament flashbangs.
* IncendiaryExponent: Extremis gives subjects SuperStrength and a HealingFactor, but generates a massive amount of heat that can potentially turn the user into a [[WhyAmITicking living bomb]].
* IncrediblyLamePun: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]].
-->'''Tony:''' ''(to [[MyBloodRunsHot Ellen Brandt]])'' You walked right into this one -- I've dated hotter chicks than you!
* InTheStyleOf: The credits song, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrMPMTVOz8M Can You Dig It]]" is a 70's style action series theme, complete with strings, bongo beats, horns, organs and tambourine.
* ItsPersonal: For Tony, it crosses the line when [[spoiler:Happy is put in a coma.]] For [[spoiler:Killian]]...it always was.
* KidSidekick: While in Tennesee, Tony picks up a kid named Harley, who serves to annoy Tony and aggravate his PTSD. Harley also saves Tony's life, helps fix his suit, and helps him break through the PTSD.
** TagAlongKid: Defied. Harley insists that he and Tony are connected and claims that Tony leaving is like when his father left. So you think Tony will keep Harley with him for the rest of the movie, right? [[RealityEnsues No, Tony has none of that]]. Though he does outfit Harley with a CoolGarage in gratitude, possibly grooming him for R&D down the line.
* KickTheDog:
** The Mandarin murders a man on live TV, just to prove how evil he is. [[spoiler:Although he doesn't really.]]
** [[spoiler: Killian injecting Pepper with Extremis. The process is very painful, possibly deadly, and there's no real reason for him to do it other than to piss off Tony.]] [[TheDogBitesBack This one ends up being a bad idea.]]
** Killian shooting [[spoiler:Maya in front of Tony.]]
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Maya Hensen, courtesy of the true Mandarin himself, Killian]].
* KnowWhenToFoldEm:
** One mook realizes that laying down his life for a bunch of weirdos with superpowers isn't worth it.
---> '''Mook:''' Honestly, I hate working here; ''they are so weird.'' ''[[[ScrewThisImOuttaHere takes out magazine and runs]]]''
** Rhodes jumps out of the overheating Iron Patriot suit and proceeds to drop-kick Savin. Then Killian shoots a stream of fire at him from his mouth. Rhodey evades, but he is immediately aware that he can't win that fight.
--->'''Rhodes''': You can ''breathe fire?!'' Okay... ''[stands down and gets knocked out]''
* LargeHam: The Mandarin. [[spoiler:Or at least Trevor is, considering that he's played by BenKingsley in his "let's gobble up scenery" mode. Killian, on the other hand, is considerably calmer aside from the EvilGloating at the climax.]]
* LastSecondWordSwap: When Rhodes and Tony are talking in the diner, Rhodes has to revise his language when he realizes kids are approaching.
-->'''Rhodes:''' I don't want to sound like a dic... tator.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall:
** The banter between Tony Stark and former ''Film/IronMan'' series director Creator/JonFavreau's character Happy Hogan.
--->'''Happy Hogan''': Don't talk to me like that. You're not my boss. I don't work for you anymore.
** TheStinger opens with a line where Tony thanks the person he's been telling the story to for sticking around--applicable both to [[spoiler:Bruce Banner]], the person he was literally telling the events of the movie to, and [[ThankingTheViewer the audience]], who would have stayed through the entire credits and likely all three movies.
* LegendaryInTheSequel: By the third movie, Tony has firmly established his reputation as a great hero. His fame and legendary status are acknowledged several times.
* LeParkour: Tony has picked up some of this, using it to help him move around the shipyard in the final battle scene. It's a rather useful skill for someone who's picked up martial arts, to make use of.
* LenoDevice: Continuing from the previous two films, both Bill Maher and Joan Rivers with the ''Fashion Police'' crew cameo as themselves on their shows, this time commenting on the look of the Iron Patriot. They're even full-blown scenes in the DVD.
* LighterAndSofter: While there is so much danger enhanced by Tony being unable to don his armor for most of the movie, the film doesn't try to hide that it's set in a WorldOfSnark, and it's even more comedic than the predecessor.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler:The Vice President]], who has a handicapped daughter.
* LoveTriangle: Aldrich Killian shows interest in Pepper, who's with Tony.
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* MacGyvering: Stranded, isolated, hunted, out of power and stuck in the middle of nowhere, Tony still manages to jerry-rig weapons for himself.
* MacrossMissileMassacre: Helicopters launch a salvo of missiles on Tony's home in Malibu.
* MadeOfExplodium: The oil barrels at the Roxxon oil tankers explode very easily.
* MagicPants:
** Extremis users can generate enough heat to cut through steel like a hot knife through butter, but their clothes are apparently made of some amazing material that will never melt or burn.
** This is especially prevalent in the final battle, when [[spoiler:Killian]] is running so hot that his skin is [[VolcanicVeins transparent]], yet only loses his shirt to unrelated damage.
** When [[spoiler:Pepper]] falls into a large fire, her clothing remains intact.
* TheManBehindTheCurtain: [[spoiler:The Mandarin, purportedly a dreaded terrorist mastermind, turns out to be a washed-up British actor hamming up the Fu Manchu for [[HookersAndBlow coke and girls]].]]
* TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler:Aldrich Killian, the founder of A.I.M., and the true mastermind behind the Extremis terror attacks.]]
* MeaningfulEcho: The final line of the film: "I am Iron Man."
* MeaningfulName: A Mandarin was a Chinese official, described in the movie as "an adviser to the king". [[spoiler:Killian talks frequently of being "the power behind the throne", which adds to the interpretation that he's the real Mandarin.]]
* MesACrowd: In the final battle, [[spoiler:JARVIS pilots 35 suits simultaneously.]]
* MissionControl: Much like an actual deployed fighter jet, Iron Patriot has a dedicated support staff feeding him intel and keeping him up to speed. [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse They're not heard from during the extended period]] that he goes [[spoiler: AWOL, nor when someone else is in the suit]].
* MisterSandmanSequence: Subdued because it wasn't actually that long ago (as of 2013 - given a few decades, it'll truly become this), but the first scene is set in 1999, where Eiffel 65's "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" is the background music of choice.
* MonumentalDamage: The courtyard of Grauman's Chinese Theater is destroyed early in the film.
* MoodWhiplash:
** A fun flashback to Tony's happy-go-lucky party days takes a sudden sad turn when we learn that [[Film/IronMan Yinsen]] [[CallForward is one of the guests]].
** Another is when Maya shows up at Tony's house. Maya is standing around while Tony and Pepper argue like an old married couple (including about the giant stuffed bunny), when:
--->'''Maya''': Uh, guys? ''Guys?'' '''''GUYS!?''''' Should we be worried about '''''THAT?!''''' [[spoiler: (A missile hits the house seconds later.)]]
* MoralityPet: Harley, the boy who helps Tony repair and recharge his armor after he crash-lands in Tennessee, serves as Tony's moral compass.
* MythologyGag:
** The Roxxon Oil company is a long-time institution of the comics universe, most notable for its involvement in the creation of various incarnations of Deathlok.
** At one point when Happy and Pepper are discussing security procedures at Stark Enterprises, he addresses someone offscreen as "Bambi", the first name of Tony's most famous secretary in the comics, Mrs. Arbogast. A few seconds later, we see a brief glimpse of a woman approximately where "Bambi" would have been, and she looks like a young (early 30s at most) version of Mrs. A.
** The circular basement complete with a series of armors is nearly identical to Tony's base from the 90's ''WesternAnimation/IronMan'' cartoon.
** The Mark XXXVIII "Igor" Armor is based off the comic's second Hulkbuster armor.
** The Mark XXXIII "Silver Centurion" Armor is inspired by the 1980s Silver Centurion Armor.
** The Mark XV "Sneak" Armor is inspired by the modern comic's Stealth Armor.
** The black Mark XVI "Nightclub" Armor is inspired by the 1980s Stealth Armor.
** Pepper briefly dons the Iron Man suit, referencing her stints as the armored superhero "Rescue" in the comics as well as the few times she wore the suit for one reason or another.
** The [[spoiler:real]] Mandarin has a tattoo of Fin Fang Foom, a dragon that belonged to to the alien race that created the Mandarin's rings in the comics.
** Tony starts the final battle in the Silver Centurion suit, then goes into a red-and-gold number, and when ''that'' gets wrecked switches to basic War Machine-ish gray. He's basically re-enacting twenty years of the armor's development over the course of five minutes of fighting.
** The little nifty flick-out one shot repulsor used by Tony to attack Savin, is based on the Repulsor Gun used by Tony in Ultimate Iron Man: Armour Wars (another Warren Ellis work).
** The movie's version of the Extremis Enhancile combines elements of the Extremis Enhancile from the "Extremis" Arc, along with elements from "The Five Nightmares" arc.
** In the comics, the Iron Patriot armor was worn by the villainous NormanOsborn. Now, it's the heroic ComicBook/WarMachine's new paint job. In Ultimate Comics, Iron Man is also using the code name of Iron Patriot and using a specially designed and painted Iron Patriot suit, to help rally Americans back under one banner after their country went to pot following the destruction of Washington D.C. Its use for Killian's purposes may be a nod to its use by a major villain in the comics.
** Multiple for WarrenEllis' ''Extremis'' arc;
*** Dr. Maya Hansen and Aldrich Killian are key characters.
*** The POTUS is named "Ellis".
*** TheDragon takes a Uni-beam through his chest at contact range.
*** The BigBad breathes fire. Though that last one is admitted in-universe to be ridiculous, and it's never mentioned again. It was one of the key powers of the [[ContinuityNod original Extremis enhancile]] along with superhuman speed, which was also removed for the movie.
** The more gold inclined armor of the Mark XLII is potentially a reference to the original [[http://cdn.comixology.com/2012/MAY12/MAY121879.jpg Iron Man suit from the 60's]], which was painted exclusively in gold.
** Happy says that people laughed at him when he told them he was Iron Man's bodyguard. In the comics, the cover story for Iron Man was, for a long while, that he was an employee of Tony Stark, usually his bodyguard. [[spoiler:Also, the comics Hogan dies after being put in a coma protecting Tony, much like this Happy was put into a coma and ''almost'' killed investigating Savin.]]
** Tony couldn't spare one armor from his Iron Legion for Rhodey because none of them were calibrated for Rhodey's brainwaves; in the comics, Rhodey ended up going insane from using Iron Man armor that had specifically been calibrated for Tony.
* NeverTrustATrailer:
** The trailers and posters gave the impression it was much DarkerAndEdgier. Despite reaching DarkestHour moments, it's the most comedic of all installments, being as lighthearted and snarky as ''Film/IronMan2'', if not more.
** The Mandarin's line from the trailer, "Mr. Stark, I'm going to offer a choice. Do you want an empty life or do you want a meaningful death?" is not in the film itself.
** Likewise, Tony's narration in the first trailer is cut together from many different speeches he gives.
** The first trailer makes it seem like Tony's armor rebels and begins trying to kill him, [[MythologyGag as various versions have done in the comics]]. It doesn't, and the featured scene of it acting on its own was him subconsciously controlling it while he was having a nightmare.
** Tony never says "Ohh boy" when trying to choose who to save of the falling passengers of Air Force One, [[spoiler:likely because instead he saves them all.]]
** [[spoiler: There's the set up that Aldritch has a bigger role than expected and that he, not Ben Kingsley's character, is the true Mandarin. The trailers consistently built up Kingsley's character as the ArchEnemy.]]
** In the trailer, Rhodey suggests that Tony calls [[ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} for]] [[Film/TheAvengers backup]]. In the film proper, it's Tony himself who actually says it, as a rhetorical question.
** The conversation between Tony, Pepper and Maya in the living room of the Malibu mansion was PlayedForLaughs in the trailer, but is delivered more seriously in the film itself, where it takes place in the middle of an argument between Tony and Pepper. In particular, Pepper's line "This is normal in our house, yes!" is said much more angrily in the film proper than in the trailer.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: [[spoiler:Killian can breathe fire]]...unexpectedly. Immediately [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Rhodes.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** In the opening of the film, Tony outright admits that he's partly responsible for the events that take place during it.
--->'''Tony:''' We all make our own demons.
** If Tony hadn't brushed Killian off, and if he hadn't [[spoiler:only left Maya with a partial formula after sleeping with her]], the entire situation could have been avoided, because neither of them started out as villains. They only wanted to help people.
--->'''Tony:''' You start with something pure, something exciting. Then come the mistakes. The compromises.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed[=/=]DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything:
** The Mandarin [[spoiler:as played by Trevor Slattery]] is a combination of Ming the Merciless from ''Series/FlashGordon'' and Osama bin Laden.
** And, [[spoiler: Slattery himself]] seems to be channelling RussellBrand.
* NoConservationOfEnergy: The Extremis regeneration works even when the body doesn't have any obvious source of mass to replace destroyed tissue, let alone possess the required amount of energy to do so and release such an immense amount of heat that can melt metal. Extremis users are never seen eating piles of food or taking in some kind of fuel to sustain them.
* NotHisSled: [[spoiler: Mandarin's identity]] is different from the comics.
* NotInFrontOfTheKid: See CurseCutShort, above.
* NotInTheFace: ''Almost'' directly quoted by Tony in Florida, as the pieces of the Mk 42 fly to him; the last one is the face plate, which he catches in midair rather than letting it slam into place, paraphrasing this trope at the same time.
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler:Killian survives a full body contact explosion from the Mark 42]] and is [[EvilMakesYouUgly disfigured]] and ''[[VillainousBreakdown pissed]]'' at Tony.
* NotThatKindOfDoctor: Invoked word for word in TheStinger. [[spoiler:Bruce Banner is not a therapist.]]
* ObligatoryJoke: Tony's "cheesy one-liner" during his fight with Brandt.
-->'''Tony:''' You walked right into this one. I've dated hotter chicks than you.
* ObliviouslyEvil:
** [[spoiler:Trevor Slattery had no idea that people were actually in danger when he was doing his portrayal of the Mandarin.]]
--->[[spoiler:'''Trevor''']]: I never thought people have been hurt. He lied to me.
** Tony even refers to [[spoiler:Trevor]] as "Lawrence Oblivier" at one point.
* OfficialCouple: Tony and Pepper, albeit with a few arguments here and there.
-->'''Tony''': I'm in a committed relationship.
* OlderThanTheyLook: No age is given for Maya but unless she is supposed to be a TeenGenius in the 2000 scenes she is presumably [[VagueAge at least a few years older]] than Rebecca Hall.
* OnlySaneMan: The AIM guard that Tony spares sees himself this way. He's the only one scared of the man with the MAC-10 and the repulsor glove, and has seen enough movies (Like ''Film/{{Machete}}'', which almost certainly inspired that scene) to know what'd happen if he kept shooting.
-->'''Guard:''' ''[surrendering]'' Honestly, I hate working here. They are '''so''' weird.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness:
** Tony is completely shocked he of all people had an anxiety attack.
** Pepper gets a similar moment later on - ''Tony Stark'' actually apologized? And admitted he had a problem? Something is ''really'' wrong here...
* OutOfTheInferno: Several Extremis enhanciles demonstrate it: when you can voluntarily generate heat of over 3000 degrees and instantly heal yourself as you go, walking through an ordinary open gasoline fire is a minor feat.
* PeoplePuppets: A mild version. Tony's "Barrel of Monkeys" plan involves electrifying the hands of all 13 falling people so their grips are tight enough to form an unbreakable chain. For all purposes, it worked.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Killian and, on a lesser scale, Extremis soldiers can do a lot of damage to a town.
* PetTheDog: Despite being annoyed by [[KidSidekick Harley]], he and Tony have some heartwarming moments.
* PlayingWithFire: People upgraded with Extremis can generate enough heat to melt metal. One of them can [[BreathWeapon breathe fire]].
* PopCulturalOsmosis: It isn't immediately clear for the movie watcher, but as soon as someone says he has created a group named "[[ScienceIsBad Advanced Idea Mechanics]]", any comic book reader (or someone who has seen the Avengers animated series) will realize that's the bad guy.
* PowerGlows: Extremis superpowers cause users to glow red, lighting up their skeleton and internal organs. At lower power levels, it can look like VolcanicVeins.
* PowerIncontinence: ZigZagged. Some Extremis users lose control of their powers due to incompatible genes and/or a willpower deficiency and [[SuperPowerMeltdown explode]]. Others can control their powers with no such risk.
* PreAsskickingOneLiner:
** Right when the [[spoiler:Iron Legion]] provide some much-needed backup on the Roxxon Norco, Tony has this to say:
--->'''Tony:''' What are you waiting for? It's Christmas. Take 'em to church.
** When the Mark 41 takes out multiple Extremis soldiers:
--->'''JARVIS:''' Gentlemen.
* PresidentEvil: [[spoiler:The Vice-President gave Killian the info he needed to kill the President in exchange for using Extremis to regenerate the lost leg of the Vice-President's crippled daughter.]]
* PreMortemOneLiner: "JARVIS, I want you to do me a favour and [[spoiler:blow the Mark 42.]]"
* PragmaticAdaptation: The Mandarin. YellowPeril wouldn't fly, especially with Chinese investors; comic book purists be damned. So Kingsley is cast as an AmbiguouslyBrown bad guy with JustAStupidAccent, and a little twist in his back story.
* ProductPlacement:
** Several scenes prominently feature the logos of Sun Microsystems and Oracle, [[http://www.oracle.com/us/ironman3/index.html who use Iron Man in their online marketing]]. The new computer Tony buys for Harley has a Verizon [=FiOS=] screensaver, and there are the usual Audis that have appeared throughout the film series. Other products also appear.
** The Chinese cut of the film prominently features the drink Gu Li Duo in scenes exclusive to Chinese theatres. This is made more blatant when said cut even opens with a short advertisement proclaiming Gu Li Duo as the drink that Iron Man "relies on to revitalize his energy".
* ProperlyParanoid:
** Tony continues upgrading the already formidable Iron Man armor out of fear his enemies will target his loved ones. Later in the film, the Ten Rings do just that, destroying the hero's home in the process.
** To a lesser extent, Happy gets a bad vibe from Killian and Savin right from the beginning, which isn't a lot given his [[RulesLawyer reputation as head of security]] and his suspicion that Killian might be moving in on Pepper, but he is quickly vindicated. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, he falls into a coma before he can relay what he learns to Tony.]]
* PsychoSoldier: [[spoiler:All the Extremis goons are former soldiers who lost limbs and more than a few of them are rather psychotic.]]
* PunchClockVillain:
** At least one of the Mandarin's henchmen:
--->'''Henchman''': Honestly, I hate working here. These people are ''so'' weird.
** [[spoiler:Trevor Slattery, who's merely posing as the sinister Mandarin just so he can have a cushy life, courtesy of Killian.]]
* QuotingMyself: Played with at the beginning. Tony starts the movie with something along the lines of "A famous man once said, 'We create our own demons.'" He goes on to say he doesn't remember who, but now he's said it and that makes ''two'' famous guys who said that. He soon decides to start his narrative over.
* {{Qurac}}: Next to Chinese imagery, Mandarin's videos include footage and symbolism associated with the Middle East (crossed scimitars, veiled women, angry armed turbaned men, etc.).
* RaceLift:
** The Mandarin. [[spoiler:Both of them. The Comic Book Mandarin is half English, half Chinese, but Trevor Slattery, who portrays "The Mandarin" in-universe, is played by the half-white half-Indian BenKingsley. The film's "real" Mandarin is actually Aldrich Killian, played by the Caucasoid Guy Pearce.]]
** Jack Taggert ([[ComicBookMoviesDontUseCodenames known in the comics as Firepower]]) went from African-American to Caucasoid.
* RealityEnsues: Frequently.
** As seen in the trailers, Tony publicly challenges the Mandarin, and his entire house is destroyed in an attempt to kill him shortly thereafter.
** Tony refuses to take Harley into danger, and keeps him as safe as he can.
** The Iron Man suits, which have been churned out quickly and are all basically in the prototype stage, are ripped apart easily by the Extremis soldiers, whose heat output is up to 3000 degrees Celsius.
** During the final battle, Tony runs out of bullets for his gun and asks Rhodey for a new magazine. Rhodey replies that they have different types of guns, so their clips aren't compatible.
*** In the same scene, Tony and Rhodey are hiding behind a crate. Tony quickly ducks out to assess the situation. When Rhodey asks for details, Tony replies that he did it too fast and didn't see a thing. Most untrained people would have trouble assessing a situation at a quick glance.
** Part of Tony's main arc throughout the film is the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder he is suffering from previous films. This is something that he suffers with throughout the entire film, and is never presented with an easy fix-all.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: This is the last MCU film Robert Downey Jr. is contracted for, which affects certain aspects of the ending. The fact that he got hurt on the set might relate as well. Though it has been confirmed a month later that Creator/RobertDowneyJr has signed on for two more Film/TheAvengers films.
* RecoilBoost: Several times in the film, when in desperate close combat, Tony fires his repulsers in the opposite direction to whip the body part right at his enemy.
* {{Reconstruction}}: Why are grandiose pulp villains like the Mandarin so jarring and out of place in the modern world? [[spoiler:That's because he's a ''fictional character'', created by Killian as a decoy. Killian, who is the ''real'' grand manipulator and comics Mandarin's ''actual'' MCU counterpart, instead takes advantage of anonymity.]]
** [[spoiler: This also alludes to the Mandarin's own character evolution in the comics through the years - starting off as a YellowPeril pulp villain (similar to Trevor's character), and later becoming a suave, manipulative businessman who works from the shadows (similar to Killian).]]
* RedEyesTakeWarning: One of the effects of Extremis, crossed with GlowingEyesOfDoom.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:After Maya goes through a HeelFaceTurn, she doesn't stay alive for long.]]
* RedHerring[=/=]TheReveal: [[spoiler:The apparent Mandarin is just a stage actor named Trevor Slattery. The ''real'' villain is Aldrich Killian, who set the whole thing up to cover up his Extremis failures, and to drum up a fake terror threat to replace Tony.]]
* RequiredSecondaryPowers: Extremis is just a tissue-regeneration mechanism whose side effects result in extreme durability and heat generation as requirements for said body-part regeneration. Heat is released by all biological processes (which is the source of living body heat as well as the elevated temperatures of a fever) and the heat that would be released by the body as it is regenerating an entire limb in seconds would be tremendous. Similarly, a body physically capable of generating that kind of heat and withstanding the temperatures would be naturally very durable, which lends the Extremis soldiers their strength and toughness on top of tissue regeneration. So in this case, the RequiredSecondaryPowers become the ''primary'' powers of the Extremis troops.
* RevealShot: When the camera pans down from the Vice President to his daughter, revealing that [[spoiler:she has lost a leg. Gee, that'd be a practical application for that Extremis stuff don'tcha think?]]
* RevengeBeforeReason: Killian targets Tony for leaving him on a rooftop 13 years ago, even though it's to the detriment of Killian's main plans. He feels the experience gave him the desperation to do ''anything'' to beat Tony at his own game, and is perfectly willing to try and use Tony to further his plans.
* RevisedEnding: An [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEnKtahqzBE animatic]] posted by one of the storyboard artists who worked on the film shows a scene, just before [[spoiler: Tony's prototypes sweep in]] to save the day, of Trevor getting his hands on [[spoiler: a batch of Extremis]], with unfortunate results. In the film, [[spoiler: he doesn't explode, survives the assault on Killian's ship and is ultimately led off to jail]].
* RingOfPower: The Mandarin's 10 Rings, which in the comics grant him various powers. Here they're just a visual theme. Sharp-eyed viewers will spot Killian's rings early on and clue in that he's involved with the Mandarin.
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: Roxxon's incident off the coast of Florida is very similar to not only the Exxon Valdez incident, but also the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig.
* RuleOfSymbolism:
** When Tony first tries out the Mark 42 suit - designed to be assembled around his body - the faceplate doesn't work at first. Instead, it hovers, facing Tony directly. One of the overarching themes in the film is Tony's debating over whether he is defined by being Iron Man or Tony Stark.
** Much like his description of a fortune cookie, [[spoiler:[[HypocriticalHumor the Mandarin is an American invention, hollow, and full of lies]].]]
** Invoked by [[spoiler:Killian]] with the "Death by Oil" plan. He doesn't care about the president or the politics behind the oil or its tanker. He just knows that it would play well on the news.
* RunningGag:
** Tony's "limited edition" ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'' watch.
** Iron Patriot doesn't get as much love as War Machine by a long shot.
** The Mark. 42 suit is made to come apart and pull together very easily. This, of course, results in it getting knocked/blown/smashed apart as many times as the movie can get away with.
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* SadisticChoice/[[spoiler:TakeAThirdOption]]
** After UsefulNotes/AirForceOne is attacked, flinging the passengers out to fall, JARVIS and Tony have this conversation:
--->'''Tony:''' How many in the air?\\
'''JARVIS:''' Thirteen, sir.\\
'''Tony:''' How many can I carry?\\
'''JARVIS:''' Four, sir.
** [[spoiler:He saves them all.]]
** Tony also has to choose between saving [[spoiler:Pepper and the President. He chooses both.]]
** This is a callback to ''Film/TheAvengers'', where Captain America takes Tony to task over always needing a way out.
* SarcasmFailure: Something finally happens so surprising that even Tony can't quip: [[spoiler:a surprisingly alive Pepper saving Tony from Killian.]]
-->'''Tony:''' ...I got nothing.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: After Tony takes out a room full of mooks, the last one standing drops his gun and runs away.
* SequelEscalation: Averted compared to previous ''Film/IronMan'' films. While Tony is all over the country trying to solve the mystery of the bombings and the Mandarin, he spends most of the time out of armor, there are far less fight scenes than the previous movies, and his villains are not robots or guys in big suits of armor but rather, men and women who can burn things. This is a good thing, however, in that the toned down setting allows more exploration of Tony Stark's character.
* SeriesFinale: Since this is the last Marvel movie that Robert Downey Jr. is contracted for, the film is set up as a conclusion to Tony Stark's story arc in case Downey doesn't come back. The CreativeClosingCredits also include clips from all three films in the series. Robert Downey Jr. is however returning for two more Film/TheAvengers films.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: The Mandarin proclaims that he will kill a man on live television if the President does not call him in thirty seconds, as his cell phone has the number for the phone next to the Mandarin. When the Vice-President objects to the President beginning to call as "we don't negotiate with terrorists", the President replies he doesn't care; he has to try to save the man's life.
* SdrawkcabName: Tony has a EurekaMoment when leafing through a soldier's files. [[spoiler:He flips the paper around, and the thick MIA stamp on the file now reads AIM.]]
* SelfDestructMechanism: All the newer Iron Man suits seem to have them, which can be detonated by JARVIS on command.
* SequelHook: The title card after the credits reads "Tony Stark Will Return." And it has been confirmed that Creator/RobertDowneyJr has signed on for two more Film/TheAvengers films.
* ShadowArchetype: Aldritch Killian is a brilliant and arrogant weapon designer like Tony Stark, but uses his creations for evil instead of to atone for past mistakes. Whereas Tony declared to the world "I am Iron Man. Also, here's my home address. And someone get me a cheeseburger.", Killian instead hides in the shadows and puts someone else forward as the face of his campaign.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Any mention of [[Film/TheAvengers New York, aliens, or wormholes]] sends Tony into panic attacks.
* ShipperOnDeck: Happy is ''determined'' to keep Pepper and Tony together - particularly funny when you factor in that in the comics, Happy is in love with Pepper.
** He's also a [[Series/DowntonAbbey Tom Branson/Sybil Crawley]] shipper.
* ShooOutTheClowns:
** The comic relief robotic arms, Dummy and Butterfingers, are shown early on in the film doing menial tasks. The next time we see them is during the house attack, with [[TearJerker one of them seems to be freaking out as another is smashed and flopping on the floor, and then both go sliding down the cliff with the rest of the house]]. [[spoiler:At the end of the movie, as he throws his arc reactor electromagnet off the cliff of his ruined home, he also salvages Dummy and Butterfingers.]]
** Same goes for Happy, [[spoiler:who is blown into a coma in the first act.]]
** JARVIS disappears for a while as well, [[spoiler:after Tony's house is destroyed.]]
* ShoutOut:
** Tony is shown to have a Wing Chun training dummy in his workshop. Robert Downey Jr. is a real-life practitioner of Wing Chun kung fu.
** The "Tony Stark will return" TitleCard at the end is very reminiscent of {{the stinger}}s in ''Film/JamesBond'' films and the TitleCard in ''{{Film/Thor}}''.
** Tony refers to Savin as ''Film/{{Westworld}}'' during their first fight.
** A kid who looks like Ralphie from ''Film/AChristmasStory'' asks for Tony's autograph and he mentions this film by name. Added points for the fact one of the producers and actors in Iron Man is Peter Billingsley, who played Ralphie in ''Film/AChristmasStory'' (he plays Stane's chief technician in the "[[MemeticMutation Built this in a cave with a box of scraps]]" scene).
** At one point, Happy refers to the Avengers as the ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends''.
** Tony calls Trevor MerylStreep.
** Killian has dragon tattoos that look like the Iron Man villain Fin Fang Foom.
** To ''Series/DowntonAbbey'', showing clips of the show with Tony even saying "PBS, Sunday nights". More specifically, [[FightingIrish Branson]] and [[SpiritedYoungLady Lady Sybil]].
** During a fight, Iron Man is pinned down by rubble and has to defend himself with a spike that extends from his arm. It has almost the exact blocking and camera angle as a similar scene in ''Film/RoboCop1987.''
** There's a scene in the final battle that closely resembles a scene from the first ''{{Franchise/Terminator}}'' movie, when [[spoiler:Tony has apparently defeated Killian but is trapped under some rubble, and then Killian surges out of the fire, as indestructible as ever, ready to continue the fight.]]
** You'd need freeze-frame to catch it in the actual film, but the Mark XXXVIII "Igor" Armor looks like ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' [[http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/mediawiki/images/2/2b/Ultramarine_terminator.jpg Space Marine Terminator armor]], complete with stripped power gloves and all.
** At one point, Stark starts having a panic attack and adds "[[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} ERIN HELP ME]]" to a young fan's drawing of Iron Man while autographing it.
** Harley gave Tony a WesternAniamtion/DoraTheExplorer watch.
* SoLastSeason: Tony goes from the Mark 7 at the end of the ''Film/TheAvengers'' to the Mark ''42'' at the beginning of ''Iron Man 3'' out of fear over new threats to himself and his loved ones. It's also partially as a 'distraction' due to his PTSD. Of note is that his new armors, while more specialized, don't perform any better than his originals.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: Scenes with Chinese actors were added into the version distributed in China to make it more appealing to the booming market in the PRC. They're completely unrelated to the main story and never interact with any of the main characters in any meaningful way. It's more or less like "Oh no, people are exploding all around the country! They're trying to kill the President! Oh, by the way, here are some Chinese heart surgeons for some reason."
* SpaceWhaleAesop: Don't be a jerk to awkward, crippled, disheveled nerds, or they will become evil, rich, and work with terrorists in hopes of destroying your whole life.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Much of the plot would never have happened as it did had Happy not been at the Chinese theater.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler: Happy getting badly wounded and falling into a coma mirrors what happens to him in the ''ComicBook/CivilWar'' crossover. While that storyline ultimately saw him becoming braindead and eventually either passing on from his wounds or Tony using his connection to the Extremis to shut off his life support and MercyKill him, in the film his wounds aren't as severe and he eventually awakens.]]
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Jack Taggert is now "J. Tagg''a''rt"...[[Literature/AtlasShrugged hmmm]]...
* StalkerWithACrush:
** Killian to Pepper. He wants her as a "trophy" to get back at Tony.
** Milder PlayedForLaughs example: The guy who runs the news van Tony breaks into has a creepy obsession, but is ultimately harmless.
* StealthPun: How would you describe Tony Stark's girlfriend [[spoiler:that is infected with Extremis? A hot pepper.]] How would you describe her [[spoiler:when she's wearing the Iron Man armor? Iron Potts. Also Tony gave her the armor to save her in an attack. As in he '''Rescue'''d her. The dialogue all but says that.]]
* TheStinger: After the credits, Tony's voiceovers are revealed to be him recounting the events of the film to [[spoiler:Bruce Banner, who fell asleep at the beginning.]]
* StopOrIShootMyself: [[spoiler:Maya Hansen threatens to kill herself if Killian doesn't let go of Tony, reasoning that he still needs her expertise on Extremis. He just kills her himself.]]
* StormingTheCastle: Tony sneaks into a Miami mansion where the Mandarin is located, taking out the guards with weapons he [[MacGyvering improvised himself]].
* SuperheroPackingHeat:
** As always, War Machine/Iron Patriot has bullet based weaponry, but this time [[spoiler:Rhodey shows his military training when he was removed from the suit.]]
** When Tony extricates himself from imprisonment in the Mandarin's mansion, he only gets the right gauntlet and the left boot from his Mark 42 (the rest lagging a bit behind). He supplements his improvised repulsor thruster acrobatics with various firearms taken from foes he already waylaid in the bedlam.
** And in a case of Supervillain Packing Heat, [[spoiler:Savin, when in the Hijacked Iron Patriot armor, uses a stolen hand gun to kill the President's guards rather than the on-board weapons, due to his inexperience with the armor.]]
* SuperPrototype: [[spoiler:Killian is shown to be ''much'' more powerful than a "standard" Extremis SuperSoldier, and fights Iron Man one-on-one in an extended final battle.]]
* SuperPowerMeltdown: Extremis test subjects who are physically and/or mentally unable to control the heat output that goes with their powers explode.
* SuperToughness: [[spoiler:Killian is able to take on a full body contact explosion and survive while others like Brandt die when in close proximity to an explosion.]]
* SuperpowersForADay: [[spoiler:Pepper after getting injected with Extremis, which she uses to finish off Killian. At the end, she is fixed by Tony, but it's left deliberately unclear if he got rid of the powers completely or just fixed the SuperpowerMeltdown issue.]]
* SuperSoldier: A byproduct of Extremis, which was initially designed to repair and regrow living tissue. There's also a side order of [[MyBloodRunsHot burning hot bodies]] involved.
* SwissCheeseSecurity: Iron Patriot, an armoured man [[spoiler:with a concealed face, is allowed to enter Airforce One just like that without so much as a word. Nobody bothers to check that he's actually Jim Rhodes (all he had to do was to remove the mask)]], and this led to disaster. Especially bad since [[spoiler: that very suit of armor had been hijacked by enemies in the last ''Iron Man'' movie.]]
* TakeAThirdOption: Done by Killian when [[spoiler:Maya threatens to kill herself if he doesn't let Tony go. He shoots her when he decides that she's disposable and keeps Tony imprisoned.]]
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Played with and averted. While Tony is suffering anxiety attacks and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, nobody but Harley asks him about his problems. Eventually, he does talk out his problems on a chaise longue with [[spoiler:Bruce Banner]], but he's not a therapist. [[spoiler:He doesn't have the ''[[YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry temperament]]'' for it.]]
* ThreePointLanding:
** The Iron Patriot greets the President this way before boarding Air Force One although the shaky way the suit lands should tell you that [[spoiler:it's Savin that is in the suit.]]
** The CreativeClosingCredits include a sequence of shots of three-point landings from throughout the series.
* ThroatLight: Red light shines out of Extremis subjects mouths when they lose control of their powers.
* TooDumbToLive: The Secret Service lets a heavily armed and armoured man with a concealed face walk onto the Air Force One, without verifying his identity. After he had been AWOL for at least several hours. With predictable results.
* TookALevelInBadass: Pepper. In the first film she was Tony's PA, in the second she was promoted to CEO, in ''The Avengers'' she designed Stark Tower in New York and now she's getting in on the action scenes, [[spoiler:especially at the end.]]
* TookALevelInKindness/[[TookALevelInJerkass Jerkass]]: Tony is a nicer guy all around, continuing the CharacterDevelopment that's been in progress since the second act of the first film. His {{Troll}} level has also increased ''exponentially'' since ''Film/TheAvengers''. This being [[TheGadfly Tony Stark]], that is truly an accomplishment.
* TomatoSurprise: A minor one occurs when Tony is saving the passengers from UsefulNotes/AirForceOne plummetting towards the water. [[spoiler:After the "barrel of monkeys" save, he checks to make sure they're all safe and takes off over the bridge. A semi truck runs flat into him...and the pieces of the Mark 42 scatter across the bridge. Tony only winces in disgrace as Rhodey opens up the door to the dark room he was in.]]
* TorsoWithAView: Tony offs [[spoiler:Savin]] this way via [[ChestBlaster Unibeam]].
* TrashTheSet
** Tony's Malibu home is blown up in a missile attack and falls straight into the ocean, with Tony's Mark 1 through Mark 7 Iron Man armors blown up one by one along with it.
** Savin causes a water tower to collapse in order to kill Tony, flooding the entire area around him.
** The [[spoiler:self-destruct mechanism of Mark 42 used to try and kill Killian]] managed to destroy the supports holding up the oil rig and causes it to collapse.
* {{Transhuman}}:
** Tony's latest goal is to [[{{Cyborg}} interface his central nervous system directly with his armor]].
** Extremis uses BioAugmentation to give normal humans a HealingFactor, SuperStrength and other superpowers.
* UniversalAmmunition: Averted. Rhodey can't give Tony extra ammo during the final battle because their guns are different.[[note]]While both their handguns use 9mm ammo, the magazines are designed differently, and Rhodey does not have the time to manually unload rounds from a spare mag to give to Tony to manually load back into his empty mag.[[/note]]
* UpToEleven: Tony goes from the Mark 7 Iron Man Suit to the Mark 42 between the end of ''The Avengers'' and the start of this film. The FinalBattle includes ''all'' of them.
* VaporTrail: During the diner fight, Tony splashes a trail of fuel towards Agent Brandt and then throws the canister of fuel at her before igniting the trail with red hot remains of his handcuffs.
* VillainBall: [[spoiler:Killian had no reason whatsoever to leave Rhodey alive after dumping him out of the Iron Patriot armor. Indeed, he had every reason to kill him since a) he was a commando, capable of escaping their mansion (which was not guarded by Extremis mooks) and b) he could identify Killian himself. After knocking Rhodey out, they don't even bother to tie him up.]]
** [[spoiler: Throughout the climax, Killian could have killed Tony several times over if he could resist a single opportunity to stop and make him squirm. Somewhat justified as his motive (and to an extent his will to live) is formed entirely around spiting him, so playing things safely and quickly (and thus less painfully) defies the whole point.]]
* [[spoiler:ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: Pepper kicks ass at the end and saves Tony while doing it. Killian won't be bothering anyone else again.]]
* VisualPun: The Mandarin at one point can be seen sitting next to a fruit bowl full of, you guessed it...Mandarin oranges.
* VoodooShark: Rhodes has an "Iron Patriot Support Staff" whom he communicates with and gets his orders from, making him operate more like a soldier than a completely autonomous unit (which was the issue with Iron Man in the first place). However, this explanation creates the question of "what the hell was the Iron Patriot Support Staff doing when Rhodey was AWOL for hours, then comes back without saying a word to anyone or checking in at all."
* WarForFunAndProfit: [[spoiler:Killian's]] EvilPlan is to profit off of a war in which the villains control both sides, one with support from [[spoiler:the Vice President]] and the other with [[spoiler:his Extremis mooks.]]
* TheWarOnTerror: The story revolves around a series of terrorist attacks using operatives enhanced with the Extremis virus.
* WaterTowerDown
* WeaponizedExhaust: Aside from [[PowerPalms the usual]], [[SuperSpeed the Mark 40 "Shotgun"]] can use its repulsors to enhance the power behind its punches.
* WearingAFlagOnYourHead
** The ComicBook/WarMachine suit has been repainted with American flag colors and motifs. This is mocked by ''everyone''.
** The Mandarin [[spoiler: (though not the true one)]] has a red, white and blue shield tattoo similar to Captain America's iconic weapon on the back of his neck.
* [[spoiler:WesternTerrorists: AIM is the real villain, not the Ten Rings.]]
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Tony remarks that the Mandarin's speech mannerisms are similar to that of a Baptist preacher's despite being AmbiguouslyBrown and using a Chinese name. [[spoiler:Justified, as it was all an act to exploit America's fear of its recent terrorist enemies.]]
** The accent is really over the top with overly drawn out R's, almost as if [[spoiler:the Mandarin was an unskilled British actor trying to do an American accent.]]
* WholeCostumeReference: ComicBook/WarMachine's new paint job is based on the [[DarkAvengers Iron Patriot]] armor worn by NormanOsborn in ''ComicBook/DarkReign''.
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: The final lines of the film:
--> ''"You can take away my house, all my tricks and toys. But one thing you can't take away? I am Iron Man."''
* WorldOfSnark: Shane Black takes the trademark snark of the previous Iron Man movies and ramps it UpToEleven.
* WorfHadTheFlu: Tony spends most of the movie with either scraps of armor, no armor at all, or a series of prototypes that were never as powerful as the originals since he assembled many of them over a short period of time with no sleep and never bothered to test them.
* XanatosGambit: The Mandarin holds a gun to a man's head on national TV. He tells the President that if he doesn't call, he'll kill the guy. If Ellis doesn't call, the guy dies and the president loses face for not saving him. If he does call, he shows that the Mandarin has power over him. This is TruthInTelevision with many terrorist tactics; there is a ''reason'' official policy for most countries is simply "We do not negotiate with terrorists."
* {{Xenafication}}: Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow pushed heavily for Pepper Potts to be an ActionGirl. Thus, Pepper has her own action scene where she [[spoiler:kills Killian. As she's usually so peaceful, though, her sudden aggression surprises her.]]
-->'''Pepper:''' [''[[spoiler:after killing Killian]]''] ...oh my god...that was really violent!
* YellowPeril: [[spoiler:{{Exploited}}. In the movie, the Mandarin is a fictional character specifically catering to American Sinophobia.]]
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler:Maya attempts to use herself as leverage to convince Killian to not kill Tony. Sadly, Killian decides she has become replaceable.]]
* YoureInsane:
** Tony says this to the bad guys several times, almost verbatim.
** One mook has this to say of his boss just before he quits and runs away.
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!!''Iron Man 3 Prelude'' contains the following tropes:
* AllThereInTheManual: The book explains why War Machine was not present during the events of ''Film/TheAvengers''. It turns out [[spoiler:he was foiling a terrorist attack from the Ten Rings over in Hong Kong during the Chitauri invasion.]]
* TheCameo:
** PhilCoulson appears on a monitor screen, preparing to have a conversation with Tony.
** [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]] and the Quinjet piloted by ComicBook/BlackWidow make a brief appearance.
** The rest of the Avengers make a cameo in the shawarma restaurant when Rhodey finally has time to make it to New York.
* ComicBookMoviesDontUseCodeNames: Averted. Rhodey actively refers to his suit as the War Machine armor, though Tony explains that [[AppropriatedAppellation he meant for the name to be an offhanded insult]].
* ContinuityNod
** At the start of the book, Tony and Pepper are shown working on Stark Tower, which would end up becoming a major plot point in ''The Avengers''.
** The tank used by the Ten Rings members fires the same type of "Bunker Buster" missile Justin Hammer installed in War Machine's armor during ''Iron Man 2''. This time it actually works.
** Tony ends up calling Rhodey for assistance during the Chitauri invasion seen in the climax of ''The Avengers''. Being in China, Rhodey is obviously unable to make it back to New York in time. In the next issue, he does find time to get to New York just in time for the Avengers having shawarma.
* MidSeasonUpgrade: Rhodey is given a new, sleeker suit of armor to replace the bulky Mark II armor Justin Hammer customized for him during ''Film/IronMan2''.
* MythologyGag: Tony confiscates Rhodey's Mark II armor at the start of the book, stating the armor wasn't calibrated for Rhodey's body and could have killed him. This mirrors a comic story where [[AffirmativeActionLegacy Rhodey temporarily became Iron Man]], only to slowly be driven insane with paranoia due to the armor being calibrated for Tony's brainwaves.
* ShipperOnDeck: Rhodey arrives at Tony's Malibu house just as Pepper is officially moving her things in; he's openly delighted, even giving her a hug. Considering his usual role as TheStoic of the franchise, it's quite the CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.
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->''"You can take away my house, all my tricks and toys. But one thing you can't take away? [[BookEnds I am Iron Man.]]"''
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