* AssPull: Tony and Whitney suddenly dating. Ask any watcher of the show and they will admit they didn't see this coming. However this explicitly came just after [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzRlM6ju4aI this]] happened in the previous episode. So most believe this was just something to prolong the UnresolvedSexualTension between Tony and Pepper.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxzDTt0RT7U The theme song.]]
* BaseBreakingCharacter: Gene and Pepper. Half the fanbase love 'em, half the fanbase hate 'em.
** To some extent, the same can be said of the show itself; half of the fans ''hate'' it for making Tony a teenager and other drastic changes to the character and his universe, while other love it for its good plot, character development, and use of various elements from the comic (such as the Armor War, Iron Monger or Extremis).
* CompleteMonster: Justin Hammer is a {{young|erAndHipper}} [[CorruptCorporateExecutive weapons manufacturer]] whose company [[ArmsDealer Hammer Multinational]] is the main competitor to Stark International. Hammer hires the super villain known as [[GadgeteerGenius Mr. Fix]] to work for him and later injects Fix with a [[ExplosiveLeash nano virus]], that will kill him if he disobeys Hammer. After Iron Man defeats Hammer's [[CompositeCharacter Titanium Man]] armor, Hammer blames Fix for the armor's failure and uses the nano virus to kill Fix's body, but uploads his mind into Hammer's computer systems, much to Fix's [[AndIMustScream dismay]]. After Stark International lands a big military contract, Hammer decides to get revenge by placing a control device on Stane's Iron Monger armor and sends Iron Monger on a rampage. After receiving blackmail messages from an unknown party (actually sent by [[spoiler: [[TheDogBitesBack Mr. Fix.]]]]), Hammer becomes increasing paranoid and AxCrazy. Hammer starts attacking anyone who he thinks may be responsible, including his own men. Hammer uses a new chemical weapon called Z Gas to turn crime boss Count Nefaria into a zombie and then kidnaps and tortures Killer Shrike, one of his former henchmen. Hammer then turns Shrike into a zombie. After Iron Man broadcasts evidence of Hammer's crimes across the globe, Hammer [[VillainousBreakdown starts to lose it]] and plans to release the Z Gas on New York City.
* DamselScrappy: Pepper Potts has two purposes for her existence: help Tony out on occasion and get captured and rescued constantly even in situations she should be able to escape from on her own. Her behavior is consistently damsel-like despite her aspirations to be a kick-ass SHIELD agent - at one point she's in the middle of an abandoned warehouse where two different factions of Chinese assassins are fighting and she sits there waiting to be rescued instead of getting away from the fighting. [[FauxActionGirl Yeah, real SHIELD material.]]
* DieForOurShip: Some Tony/Pepper fans give Whitney Stane (yes, [[ActionGirl that]] [[LittleMissBadass Whitney]] [[TheWoobie Stane]] ) this treatment.
* EarWorm: The theme song, by Rooney, will be in your head for days.
* EvilIsSexy: [[spoiler:Gene Khan/The Mandarin; Whitney Stane/Madame Masque.]]
** Lampshaded with Justin Hammer. Pepper comments that the cute ones are always evil.
* FanPreferredCouple: Tony/Whitney for some, and Pepper/Gene for others, if not those same people.
* HarsherInHindsight:
** In ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}}'s first guest appearance, Iron Man hits him with sonic blasters, causing Hawkeye to protest that he has sensitive ears. The comic-book version of Hawkeye has since been retconned as hearing-impaired.
** In the episode "Dragon Seed", When [[spoiler:Pepper takes her new armor out for a test drive]], Rhodey says something along the lines of "Let's hope she doesn't take out New Jersey." Tony replies, "[[TakeThat Let's hope it's]] [[Series/JerseyShore the shore.]]" Well, thanks to Hurricane Sandy....
* HilariousInHindsight:
** This show happened to use Extremis. Now, what was a major plot device in ''Film/IronMan3'' again?
** Technovore's design similarities with Ultron become far more entertaining given that [[Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron the MCU version of Ultron is also built by Stark]].
%%* JerkassWoobie: Gene.
* MagnificentBastard: Justin Hammer sometimes goes near to be this, but he tends to often go back into SmugSnake territory
* MoralEventHorizon: The sentient AI in the armor almost kills Mr Fix and Whiplash in an attempt to [[KnightTemplar protect Tony from danger]].
** Xin Zhang [[spoiler:is heavily implied to have murdered his wife.]]
** [[spoiler:Subverted with Gene when it's revealed he caused Howard Stark's accident, but it turns out he didn't kill Howard and kept him alive for information. Of course, from Tony's perspective, it's still played straight. Not to mention the fact Gene was going to kill Tony that day because he didn't see any use in him, it was only thanks to his armor that Tony survived.]]
** And let's not even talk about [[PsychopathicManchild Justin]] [[CompleteMonster Hammer]]...
* NeverLiveItDown: Pepper isn't really as useless as much as her detractors like to make out. While she ''is'' the go-to DamselInDistress, she's rarely the only person at the time in danger, and while not an ActionGirl, she does have her own contributions to the team (notably, she was once able to track down the wife of the Crimson Dynamo's pilot, in order to get him to stop his rampage, using nothing but detective work and pretending to be an FBI agent). However, the DamselInDistress aspect of her character has made people ignore her other aspects and write her off as TheLoad. Though it doesn't help that Pepper herself seems to see herself as TheLoad and hoping to get her own armor to stop being that.
* PeripheryDemographic: Despite being aimed primarily at boys, the show has an interesting amount of female viewers, which is usually unheard of for a superhero show. The show also attracts quite a bit of anime fans. Both of these are probably attributed to the show's heavy anime-influence as well as it's effort to not rehash the stories found in the comic books like other superhero shows, which have a history of alienating both of these demographics.
* PortmanteauCoupleName: Several for each pairing of the cast, but special mention goes to "Pepperony."
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: Pepper finally gets her armor to fight with in the three-part season 2 finale. She even gives herself the name Rescue since she just rescued Tony and Rhodey multiple times since getting it.
* SpecialEffectFailure: A minor instance. In the second season, Pepper complains about Tony having gone without a shave in a while, making it look like he's growing a goatee. While this is presumably meant as a MythologyGag, Tony's character model hasn't actually been changed to reflect it, so Pepper's comment comes off as rather odd.
** Banner's transformation into the Hulk in this show (he just transforms in a flash of light and his clothes are back to normal when he turns back to normal) can also seem pretty lazy compared to the usual transformation sequences given to the character.
* TearJerker: [[spoiler:The ending of "Best Served Cold" will make anyone's heart clench.]]
** Or the ending of "Designed Only For Chaos" for that matter.
** During "Designed Only For Chaos", while Tony and Arthur are idly talking, Arthur reveals some of his DarkAndTroubledPast.
--> '''Arthur''': All my life people have stepped on me and called me useless. But your trying to save my life, why?
--> '''Tony''': [[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre Because your not useless, and your life is worth saving.]]
--> '''Arthur''': (''genuinely stunned, then grateful'') [[HeartwarmingMoments Thank you Tony.]]
** Near the end of "Ghost in the Machine", after Tony's finally caught up to Ghost, he ruthlessly attacks and overpowers Ghost. Just when it looks like Ghost has gotten the upper hand thanks to phasing his hand into Tony's chest, Tony reveals he can cancel Ghost's ability, and that he's willing to do so despite the fact that it would ''kill'' him. Tony's almost happy at the idea, stating he now has "nothing left to loose". For his part, it's the only time in the series that the Ghost sounds genuinely frightened, he actually has to talk Tony down to save his hand. Considering Tony seemed to think Ghost had already revealed his secret to two of his worst enemies, his threat to Ghost could very well be interpreted as a ''[[DrivenToSuicide suicide attempt]]''.
** The ending of "Dragonseed", while we barely knew him, the death of [[spoiler: the Makluan guardian]] was surprisingly heartbreaking.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter:
** Whiplash is [[spoiler:killed off and the only indicator that it happened is Justin Hammer remarking on it]].
** A lot of the episodes involving Justin Hammer have a very "filler" feel to them, due to the fact none of his actions actually affect the main plot involving the Mandarin or the Makluan Rings, in spite of his EvilCounterpart aspects to Tony. [[spoiler:He also dies just before the final episodes and all of his actions that screwed over Tony get undone very quickly, leaving him feeling unimportant to any of the series' events]].
* UncannyValley: The faceplate for the Mk. II Iron Man armor makes it look as if Iron Man has a perpetual SlasherSmile[=/=]PsychoticSmirk[=/=]SidewaysSmile (take your pick).
* WhatAnIdiot:
** Obadiah hiring criminals as heroes for his massed produced Iron Man suits. For a guy with ties to the military he could have easily gotten a hold of soldiers.
** The entire reason [[spoiler:Obadiah finds out Tony is Iron Man]] is because both his identities said the ''exact same phrase'' ("manufactured evil") right to him.
%%* TheWoobie: Whitney Stane; especially after [[BittersweetEnding "Best Served Cold"]].
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