The [[TheNineties '90s]] AnimatedAdaptation based on the Franchise/MarvelUniverse {{Superhero}} and his alter ego, Tony Stark. (An earlier Iron Man animated series was shown as part of the ''WesternAnimation/TheMarvelSuperHeroes'' lineup that ran in 1966.)

This series ran for two seasons from 1994 to 1996 alongside ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFour'' as part of the syndicated ''Marvel Action Hour''. Like ''Fantastic Four'', it had a bland first season and a significantly improved second.

The first season dealt with Iron Man and his team of fellow superheroes, Force Works--consisting of Comicbook/WarMachine, [[ComicBook/{{SpiderWoman}} Spider-Woman (Julia Carpenter)]], ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}}, ScarletWitch, and Century--battling the forces of the evil Mandarin, such as Whirlwind and Grey Gargoyle. The episodes in this season were mostly one-part stories. Common points of contention for many during this season were the shoddy animation, and that other than the "Origin of Iron Man" two-parter, which modernized his origins, there were no attempts to adapt stories from the comic mythos.

The second season featured much [[AnimationBump better animation]] (Due in part by switching to a [[Creator/KokoEnterprises different animation studio]]) and stories more similar to the comic. It was more {{Arc}} based, and the {{Superhero}} team aspect was downplayed with all the teammates besides Spider-Woman and War Machine resigning after Tony [[FakingTheDead faked his death]] without letting them in on the plan. Mandarin was also downplayed, having small cameos in some episodes as he reclaims his powerful Ten Rings, which were scattered during a confrontation with Iron Man in the season premiere.
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!! Tropes present in this series:
* AbridgedSeries: Some ''WesternAnimation/MarvelMashUp'' segments feature this show.
* AdaptedOut: The show's version of Force Works replaces U.S. Agent with Hawkeye.
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The Japanese dub uses a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWP_StfvsGs different opening theme song]].
* AnimeThemeSong: When broadcast in Japan.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: When Tony literally says "WhatHaveIDone" after pointlessly fighting the hero Stingray, War Machine tells him, "Well, let's see: near as I can figure, you've trespassed on federal property, assaulted a naval officer, and taken a dip without waiting an hour after mealtime!"
* AvengingTheVillain: Firebrand in "Fire and Rain".
* BackForTheFinale: Scarlet Witch, Century and several of the Mandarin's minions
* BettyAndVeronica: Spider-Woman and Scarlet Witch in the first season.
** ThirdOptionLoveInterest: Veronica Benning, Tony's physical therapist in the first season.
* BigBad: Mandarin.
* BraggingThemeTune: Distilled into four words - "[[PunctuatedForEmphasis I. AM. IRON MAN!]]"
* TheBusCameBack: Even before the finale, Blacklash and Blizzard appeared in the Armor Wars two-parter hijacking a plane. Also, Titanium Man, who only appeared in the first episode of season 1 until his return in the season 2 episode "Distant Boundaries".
* CanonForeigner: Hypnotia, an {{Expy}} of ''[[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]]'' villainess Enchantress, and Dark Aegis, the main villain of the episode, "Distant Boundaries".
* ClipShow: Both seasons had one - "The Wedding of Iron Man" and "Empowered," respectively.
* CommutingOnABus: Hawkeye in Season 2. Unlike Scarlet Witch or Century, he appeared in two episodes in between the premiere and finale.
* CompositeCharacter: Julia Carpenter (Spider-Woman) has a lot of traits of Pepper Potts. It's more evident in the second season.
** She's also somewhat of an {{Expy}} for Bethany Cabe, Stark's other red-haired associate at the time.
** Justin Hammer has some traits of Obadiah Stane. As revealed in "The Origin of Iron Man" 2-parter, he caused the attack on Stark Industries.
* ConspicuousCG: The first season featured a completely CG-rendered [[TransformationSequence suit-up sequence]] whenever Tony donned his Iron Man armor. It looked very cheap (even for an animated series of its time; The fact that it was done in part with a '''''college''''' of all places doesn't help its case) and was replaced in season two with a much more fitting and better animated 2D sequence in the intro.
* {{Crossover}}: Iron Man appears (alongside War Machine) in a few episodes of ''{{Spider-Man The Animated Series}}'' (with a new design that mixes his season one and two designs with new elements) and (by himself) in an episode of the then-latest ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibleHulk'' cartoon. The Hulk himself appears in an episode of this show as he teams up with Iron Man to stop The Leader from going back to the past to take Bruce Banner's place in the gamma bomb explosion that created the Hulk.
** He also made a cameo appearance in ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFour'' as a member/leader of the Avengers (although the colors of his leg armor are swapped in these cameos).
* CurseCutShort: "Ultimo! I thought I pulled the plug on that son of a -"
* DarkerAndEdgier: The second season had darker colors, a more mature tone, and spent time developing the more self-destructive aspects of Stark as a character.
** Ex-KGB who wants to basically bring back the Cold War and win it decides to launch a nuke at a Russian city and make America look responsible, and when stopped, decides to detonate it there, atomizing himself and anyone else in the immediate area, and causing numerous deaths from radiation poisoning. No, this isn't an episode of Series/TwentyFour, it's an episode of a ''kids' cartoon.'' [[spoiler:Crimson Dynamo's swan-song, setting off the animated version of the Armor Wars storyline... which is also one of those episodes that shows Stark's dark side.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Hawkeye.
* EnemyMine: In "The Beast Within," Iron Man and the Mandarin are forced to work together to defeat the dragons.
** In "Distant Boundaries," Titanium Man teams up with Iron Man and War Machine to take Dark Aegis down.
* EnhanceButton: In "The Beast Within," Tony finds Fin Fang Foom's shadow in a satellite snapshot by enlarging, isolating, and enhancing it.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: In "Distant Boundaries," Titanium Man is disgusted with Dark Aegis for destroying a planet simply ForTheEvulz.
-->"My hunger is different from that of Dark Aegis. I want power to control; to lead. He wants power to annihilate!"
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: In "The Defection of Hawkeye", the Mandarin sets up evidence that Hawkeye is a traitor, and is completely shocked that Tony and the others trust him regardless.
* ExiledFromContinuity: The 616 version of Force Works featured U.S. Agent, who presumably did not appear because of rights issues (as the character is tied to CaptainAmerica).
** Likewise, the producers could not use Cap himself in season two's Armor Wars adaptation.
* FantasticVoyagePlot: "Iron Man, on the Inside," where Tony does this to fix Hawkeye's spinal injury. (This was adapted from a comic book story, but with CaptainAmerica as the patient instead.)
* ForgingScene: The second intro sequence has one of these.
* GrandFinale: Season two's "Hands of the Mandarin" two-parter, where Mandarin--having finally collected all of his Ten Rings--launches a scheme to make all of the planet's technology useless, which would make his arch-enemy Iron Man ineffective against him. As Mandarin reforms his team of super villains, Iron Man reforms his superhero team and develops new armor to negate Mandarin's anti-technology, and a final confrontation between the two ends in [[spoiler:Mandarin's death]].
* HeroesWantRedheads: Spider-Woman, Wanda (season one), and Veronica, Tony's physical therapist.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Titanium Man in "Distant Boundaries," taking Dark Aegis with him.]]
* IdentityImpersonator: Tony pulls this one on the Mandarin in "The Wedding of Iron Man." Tony himself appears at the wedding in disguise (so he can change into Iron Man later), while a robot represents Tony Stark.
* TheIgor: {{MODOK}}.
* {{Irony}}: Discussed throughout "Cell of Iron," as Iron Man finds a given something ironic and H.O.M.E.R. tries to understand the concept. PlayedForLaughs, until the end.
-->'''Iron Man:''' Goodbye, Dearborn. It's ironic that your ultimate gift to mankind wasn't the Star-Well after all, but rather the life you sacrificed to destroy it.\\
'''H.O.M.E.R.:''' You say it is ironic, but I fail to detect the previous element of humor. Is irony not always funny?\\
'''Iron Man:''' No, H.O.M.E.R.. Sometimes, it isn't funny at all.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Hawkeye
** Iron Man could count, too, given he does jackass things like faking his death and the "Armor Wars" stuff, but he did believe he trying to help people.
* KickTheDog: The Mandarin almost kills Blizzard in the first episode for ''freezing his begonias''.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Fing Fang Foom, Titanium Man (taking Dark Aegis with him), Crimson Dynamo]].
* TheLancer: Hawkeye
* LastMinuteHookup: Tony and Julia
* LegionOfDoom: The first season exclusively featured the Mandarin as the BigBad with the other villains (Blizzard, Blacklash, Grey Gargoyle, Whirlwind, Hypnotia, Living Laser, M.O.D.O.K., Justin Hammer, and Fin Fang Foom) all working for him and rotating in and out as needed.
* LimitedAnimation: The first season.
* LoveTriangle: A villainous version. Dreadknight and Blacklash both want Hypnotia, whereas Hypnotia wants Tony Stark.
** Spider-Woman and Scarlet Witch both want Iron Man in the first season.
* MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight: In "Hulk Buster," the Leader seeks to eliminate Bruce Banner in the past and claim the Hulk's power for himself.
-->"Our destiny is about to be uncrossed, Banner."
* MerchandiseDriven: Likely the reason why the first season featured Iron Man and Force Works vs. the Mandarin's LegionOfDoom (it was a very similar setup to ''{{Transformers}}'', ''{{Thundercats}}'', and ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983''), and ''definitely'' the reason that season 2 gave Iron Man the ability to switch armors on the fly to adapt to any situation. Marvel had looked at the success of the multi-colored Batman toys in the wake of ''Film/BatmanReturns'' and were trying to copy its success with Iron Man by giving him an armor for every occasion. It didn't take off as well as Marvel had hoped.
** Also led to ExecutiveMeddling for comics at the time: ''West Coast Avengers'' was canceled in favor of the more Iron Man-centric ''Force Works'' in preparation for the hoped-for Iron Man fad.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: During "Iron Man, on the Inside," Hawkeye suffers a paralyzing, most likely fatal injury while fighting Ultimo. Iron Man (possibly feeling guilty over their falling out) is particularly hard on himself, but Julia insists that it was an accident.
* NinjaLog: Iron Man pulls this of on Blacklash in "Silence My Companion, Death My Destination" when he disguises a high-voltage transformer using his hologram.
* OnlySaneMan: Among the Mandarin's usual lackeys, Hypnotia consistently came across as the only one that wasn't an idiot. She also proved to be quite powerful with her hypnotic abilities in various occasions, from hypnotizing an entire village for 24 hours to using delayed-action hypnotism in a video recording.
* OffModel: The first season even [[EpicFail fails in]] [[UpToEleven comparison to both]] WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}} or [[WesternAnimation/FantasticFour Fantastic Four's first season]].
* OhCrap: Hulk in his crossover episode when he realizes the time travel has brought him to just before the gamma bomb test.
* TheOtherDarrin: Dorian Harewood took over for James Avery as War Machine, Whirlwind, and Whiplash early into Season 1. Also, Harewood, Robert Hays, John Reilly (the voice of Hawkeye), JimCummings and Neil Ross (Fin Fang Foom) were the ''only'' cast members to return for Season 2. Virtually everyone else was replaced.
** Century also suffered from this... twice! His original voice actor was among those let go in-between seasons. In "The Beast Within," Jim Cummings takes over voicing the character. But in "The Hands of the Mandarin" two-parter, fellow series regular Creator/TomKane had the role instead. (This was most likely because H.O.M.E.R. didn't appear in Part 2 and production wanted Kane to have something to do.)
* PetTheDog: Blacklash once saved Hypnotia from falling off a building.
* PowerTrio: Iron Man, War Machine, and Spider-Woman in Season 2.
* PromotedToLoveInterest: Spider-Woman, almost definitely because she was more {{Toyetic}} than any of Tony's canon love interests.
** The Scarlet Witch, too, though obviously unrequited.
* RatedMForManly: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBbnT-cIDVM The second US opening theme]].
** Doubles as CrowningMusicOfAwesome.
* {{Retcon}}: In Season 1, the accident that killed Tony's father was caused by Justin Hammer. In Season 2, it was caused by A.I.M.
* ReversePolarity: Iron Man uses this to get away from Mandarin's traps.
* RhetoricalQuestionBlunder: See ArsonMurderAndJaywalking above.
* RingOfPower: The Mandarin. Ten of them!
* SayMyName: The season two premiere "The Beast Within" features Rhodey, in response to his best friend Tony supposedly getting blown sky high, belting out a tortured [[ChewingTheScenery "TONYYYYYYYYYY!"]]
* ShoutOut: The villain Beetle talks like a member of [[Music/TheBeatles a certain rock band]].
* [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere Screw This, We're Outta Here]]: Force Works in Season 2 effectively disbands when half the the team (Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye, and Century) quits, having become disgusted with Tony faking his own death.
* StockFootage: Season 1 featured the lengthy ConspicuousCG clip of Tony suiting up as Iron Man and dubbing in new dialogue for different episodes.
** "Hulk Buster" reuses the climatic explosion from "The Beast Within" and a Hulk transformation from ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFour''.
* StopHelpingMe: While Tony tries to disarm a warhead, H.O.M.E.R provides a countdown.
-->'''Tony:''' H.O.M.E.R? That's not ''help-ing.''
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Walter Stark looks like Tony Stark with gray hair.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: H.O.M.E.R. replaces the female-voiced computer from Season 1.
* SwissArmyHero: Iron Man in Season 2, with the power to switch to different armors for different challenges.
* TemptingFate[=/=]ChekhovsGun: In "Silence My Companion, Death My Destination", Rachel Carpenter wonders when she will ever need classical music and her mother later gives her a tape of a Van Cliburn performance. Apparently, the music can be used to recharge Iron Man.
* TenMinuteRetirement: Tony has one of these in "The Armor Wars."
* TensionCuttingLaughter: While chewing Tony out for his actions in Armor Wars, Julia insists that he can't just ask her and Rhodey for forgiveness; their emotions aren't something he can switch on and off like a computer. H.O.M.E.R asks if [[InsultFriendlyFire he should be offended by that]], and Tony, Julia and Rhodey all crack up. Tony isn't laughing for long, since he's in pretty bad shape.
* TitleDrop: The big guy himself word-for-word in "Rejoice! I Am Ultimo, Thy Deliverer"... ''repeatedly''.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Let's just say in Season 2, some of Tony's less admirable personality traits from the comics made their way onto the show.
* ToylessToylineCharacter: For a show meant to shill toys, several:
** On the heroes' side, Scarlet Witch and Stingray.
** Amongst the bad guys, Hypnotia, Justin Hammer, Firebrand, Controller, Stilt-Man, Beetle, and Firepower.
** Beetle's case may be justifiable because he was released as part of the Spider-Man toyline, and Marvel toylines from the same time are similar enough to be put together as a same collection, so a Beetle on the Iron Man toyline would have been redundant. What is still strange, is that the Spidey toyline was series-based too, and Beetle didn't appear in the Spider-Man cartoon.
** Strangely subverted with USAgent, who was a member of ForceWorks in the comics but not the show, yet had a figure produced for this toy line, even though it was very rare.
** Actually, the USAgent figure was dropped because the number of slots available in the toyline were cutback (company-wide), and the figure was planned to become a figure of the Living Laser in series 5 of the Toy Biz line, but the line was cancelled. However, the figure, with LL's armor pieces, was retooled as the "Astral Armor Professor Xavier" figure in the "X-Men Mutant Armor" line (the other figures from that series were put into the "Spider-Man Techno Wars" and the aforementioned Mutant Armor lines).
** Justified for Stingray, Controller, Stilt-Man, and Firepower, as they were only in the Armor Wars two-parter, Justin Hammer was merely a civilian (albeit one secretly corrupt), while Firebrand was only in one episode.
* TransformationSequence: The first season had out-of-place CGI OnceAnEpisode. The second season had a ''much'' better one in the opening sequence.
* WeWouldHaveToldYouBut: Force Works quits after Tony pulls this on them in the second season premiere.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Tony has these issues with his father, as seen in "Not Far from the Tree."
* WhamEpisode: "The Beast Within" - Fing Fang Foom is written out, the Mandarin's rings are scattered across the world, his LegionOfDoom gets arrested, and Iron Man's {{Jerkass}} scheming costs him half his team.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: In "Distant Boundaries," Iron Man and War Machine head into space to save an alien civilization from Dark Aegis. By the time they arrive, Dark Aegis has already slaughtered them.
-->'''Iron Man:''' You're payin' big time for this crime, Dark Aegis! Bank on it!\\
'''Dark Aegis:''' Crimes? Against who? Humanity? The fools of this planet were grotesquely less than human.\\
'''Iron Man:''' Life is life, pal! Even yours--as twisted as it is--is born with value.
* WhatTheHellHero: Tony's buddies are rather ticked after learning he faked his death without letting them know it was a ruse to stop Mandarin's scheme in "The Beast Within."
** The "Armor Wars" two-parter is pretty much this non-stop until Tony has a WhatHaveIDone moment after defeating the heroic Stingray only to find that Stingray was not using his technology.
** The first season had an episode where Tony fooled the Mandarin into thinking that Tony Stark and Iron Man were separate people by having Julia (Spider-Woman) marry a robot duplicate with everyone being in on the charade except for Wanda, who was very upset at the deception. And even though she was in on it, [[CerebusSyndrome Season 2]] had Julia rightly point out how she was being jerked around.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Rhodey gains a crippling fear of being submerged in water due to watching his friend drown as a young boy, and then getting stuck at the bottom of the ocean in the War Machine Armor.
* WholeEpisodeFlashback: The "Origin of Iron Man" two-parter.
* WolverinePublicity: Netflix lists its streaming of ''The Marvel Action Hour'' under Iron Man's name.
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See also ''Comicbook.IronMan'' and ''Film.IronMan'', other works with this title.
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