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The main characters of the series.
Anthony "Tony" Stark/Iron Man
Voiced by: Adrian Petriw
- Always Save the Girl
- Berserk Button: He has no mother, has lost his father, and as such is extremely protective of his friends, who he considers his adoptive family. Trying to hurt them has resulted in the normally calm genius outright trying to KILL the people responsible, and you'd better believe he can do it.
- People stealing his tech and in general using tech for evil also pisses him off. And don't even think about making any wisecracks about his father.
- Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Gene's Veronica.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's sweet, innocent, and oblivious... and he will snap hard if you mess with his friends. Nor will he take kindly to being manipulated.
- Child Prodigy
- Clear My Name: In "Masquerade" and "Chasing Ghosts", for his alter ego and himself, respectively.
- Disappeared Dad: Until he turns out to be alive.
- Gadgeteer Genius
- Genius Ditz
- Green-Eyed Monster: He's jealous of Pepper's friendship with Gene.
- The Hero
- Heroic BSOD
- Heroes Want Redheads: Seemingly with Pepper.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Rhodey and, to a lesser degree, Gene.
- Kid-anova: Tony tries and fails to charm Whitney at one point, proving that this Tony Stark may not be a playboy after all.
- Kid Hero: For a certain definition of kid.
- Never Speak Ill of the Dead: Don't say anything bad about Howard or imply he did anything less than perfect in front of Tony.
- Not So Different: He and Gene both have missing murdered parents, a lot of responsibilities, the same tendency to walk the line between hero and villain, and have a secret identity.
- He also has this with Black Panther for pretty much the same reasons, Rhodey even says that T'Challa is Tony. Rhodey also points out the similarity between Tony and Dr. Doom (he seems to like doing this) so Gene and Doom are like each other and Tony/T'Challa... they should start a support group.
- On One Condition: Howard Stark made a will stating that Tony must graduate high school with no problem in order to have full control over his inheritance. Failure will result in the creation of a fund to manage the Stark fortune.
- Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense
- Science Hero
- Self-Made Orphan: In one episode a Jerk Ass classmate implies that Tony did this to his father because of their (actually friendly and good-spirited) competition to one-up each other's inventions. It's completely false and Tony does not take it well at all.
- Super Strength: With his Extremis upgrade, Tony can Bear Hug both Pepper and Rhodey hard enough to leave Rhodey short of breath.
- Survivor Guilt: Implied.
- Technopath: Thanks to Extremis.
- Teen Genius
- Took a Level in Badass: Every time he gets new armor.
- Transhuman: After injecting himself with Extremis, his body is enhanced to superhuman levels, and he gets technopathy to boot.
- Unstoppable Rage: Combines it with doses of Tranquil Fury.
- Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl
Voiced by: Daniel Bacon
Patricia "Pepper" Potts/Rescue
- Action Girl: Gradually becomes this in the end of season 2, first by using the Stealth armor, and then as Rescue.
- Alliterative Name
- All Women Love Shoes: She invokes this trope in Iron Man 2099 when she goes giddy over all the shoes in the store. Even claiming it's an addiction. Despite this however she is always wearing the same pair of sneakers.
- Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Whitney's Veronica.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She mentions offhand to Gene that she got a guy deported for espionage. When the armor designs are stolen and sold to Stane and Hammer, Pepper suggests Tony steal them back or trash their companies trying amidst various angry growls.
- Breathless Non Sequitur: She gets in quite a few of these during her ramblings.
- Brown Eyes
- Clingy Jealous Girl
- Compressed Vice: Has issues with mutants, which is a little strange considering how nice she was to the Hulk. Backpedals by the end of the episode when she says she only dislikes "evil mutants."
- Damsel in Distress: And she is tired of it.
- Distress Ball: She holds this most of the time. Occasionally she'll pass it to Rhodey and be competent for an episode, but the next episode we're right back to her being too dense to do anything but sit dumbly in the middle of a room where two factions of the Chinese mafia are duking it out.
- Faux Action Girl: As much as she wants to be a member of SHIELD, she has a long way to go, especially compared to Whitney. In the ultimate irony of ironies, Pepper ends up with armor of her own, finally allowing her to be a legitimate fighter...yet Whitney, in a twisted way, is the one who ends up as "a member of SHIELD".
- Feet-First Introduction
- Fiery Redhead
- Genki Girl
- Girl Next Door
- Green-Eyed Monster: Is jealous of Tony's friendship with Whitney.
- Invisibility Cloak: When she briefly dons the Stealth armor and when she obtains the Rescue armor. Unfortunately, the effect is somewhat defeated, as Mandarin points out, by her Motor Mouth habit.
- I Want My Jetpack: Wants to join SHIELD for a jetpack. In the second season, she begs Tony for her own suit of armor and finally obtains the Rescue armor near the end of it.
- The Knights Who Say Squee: She does this over Tony, Gene, and SHIELD.
- The Lad-ette: Compared to Whitney; she wears her hair short, she always wears neckties, has an admitted love of guns and explosions and wants to be a secret agent or police officer when she grows up. Her first date with Happy also has her display surprisingly gluttonous habits, and she admits she's also capable of belching the 50 states of America and the alphabet from A-Z. One after the other in a single burp.
- The Load: She gets captured and rescued by Tony with surprising regularity, except for those occasions where Gene rescues her. She has an incredible knack for making bad situations worse and does very little to help Tony out, though to her credit she does try. Her efforts usually result in Tony yelling at her. However she is fully aware that she is The Load, which is why she wants a Power Armor of her own so she can be a more proactive member of the team. So when she finally does get her power armor, she shows full well she is no longer The Load.
- Missing Mom
- Mission Control
- Motor Mouth
- Naïve Everygirl
- Purple Is Powerful: Her Rescue armor heavily incorporates her favorite color.
- Red Headed Heroine
- Secret Keeper
- Skewed Priorities
- Skirt over Slacks
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Whitney's girly girl.
Friends and relatives
Whitney Stane/Madame Masque
Voiced by: Kristie Marsden
Daughter of Obidiah Stane and friend of Tony Stark
- Action Girl
- Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Pepper's Betty.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: She came off as this in her first couple appearances before becoming Madame Masque and revealing her more tormented side.
- Combat Pragmatist: The main reason she's a threat as Madame Masque, aside from Tony's reluctance to fight her, is because she does whatever she can to win.
- Composite Character: Whitney Stane is a composite of Whitney Frost (as Madame Masque) and Ezekiel Stane (as Obadiah Stane's child and a user of the Iron Monger armor)
- Dating What Daddy Hates: A possible interpretation of her interest in Tony. Not present with Rhodey.
- Demoted to Extra: In the second season.
- Face-Heel Turn: As of "Iron Monger Lives", she's back as Madame Masque and is now completely obsessed with ruining Tony's life, though only because the insanity-causing mask she's wearing is very selective about which memories it returned to her.
- Hidden Depths
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Tony vs. Madame Masque, especially in "Iron Monger Lives", where Tony says that "the real Whitney" is still there and fighting against Madame Masque in her own subconcious.
- Karma Houdini: Does villainous stuff in her last appearance and escapes prison in the end by disgusing herself as a SHIELD agent, presumably staying in SHIELD undercover! Though to be fair, she's the victim of a mask that makes you crazy and Tony even points out "the real Whitney" is subconsciously fighting against it, making it questionable if she really deserves karma.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Though her memory does eventually come back, and she somehow gets her hands on the mask again.
- Little Miss Badass
- Lonely Rich Kid: Stane is predictably not the world's best father, so this is the natural result. The other kids prejudge and shun her due to who her dad is, and she's blamed for acting too good for them in actions like eating lunch alone on the roof, but it's really because she has no friends. She finally gets a real friend in Tony though, who had often brushed her aside until he learned how troubled her home-life was.
- Missing Mom
- Morality Pet: For her father, Obadiah.
- Parental Abandonment: May as well be, with how bad her father is. Her mother is likely gone, too.
- Rich Bitch: But one with a heart of gold.
- The Rival: To Pepper.
- Stalker with a Crush: For Tony.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Madame Masque.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to Pepper's tomboy. Though she is more of an Action Girl version.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend
Voiced by: Alistair Abell
Member of Tony's circle of friends.
Voiced by: Catherine Haggquist
Mother of Rhodey. She became Tony's guardian after his father disappeared.
Voiced by: Fred Henderson
- Actual Pacifist: After Tony was born. Before that, he invented weapons.
- Badass Normal: Managed to help banish Dr. Doom into another dimension, then invented a gun that could neutralize the Makluan rings (that didn't entirely work, but it's the thought that counts).
- Death by Origin Story: Only not really.
- Establishing Character Moment: Wants to use Tony's inventions to save lives, speaks in a gentle voice and, in a flashback at the end of season one, pleaded for Tony's life even in the face of his own imminent death.
- Honor Before Reason: Related to the screwing of money below. Weapons are profitable, but Howard's morals don't allow him to sell them knowing what they'll do to people.
- Millionaire Playboy: Averted. Unlike his son, or more accurately how his son is in other universes, Howard has no romantic interests after the death of his wife.
- Never Found the Body: Mentioned in passing once. Since it was a plane crash, it makes sense.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Wanted to study the Rings and how they produce energy, thinking of the good it could do. It got him killednote . Left the company to his best friend in an effort to make sure Stane wasn't out of a job upon his death. Stane immediately went out and began selling weapons, which is horrifically wrong for a large number of reasons and deeply disrespects Howard's memory. Basically, Being Good Sucks in this universe.
- Odd Friendship: With Obadiah Stane.
- Posthumous Character: Seen mostly in flashbacks after the plane crash. Until he was revealed to be alive.
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!
- Secret Secret Keeper: Howard's comments imply that he knows his son's secret, but it isn't stated directly. He comes out and says it in the finale, having figured out at a glance that no one but Tony could have invented the armor.
- Skilled, but Naïve
- Spared by the Adaptation: Though his survival is only revealed at the end of season 1.
- Survival Mantra: "Weapons don't solve problems, they only create more."
- We Hardly Knew Ye
- What You Are in the Dark: Howard is a concerned parent and sworn pacifist in and out of the dark.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Far more than his son is.
Voiced by: Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman
The king of Wakanda after his father was murdered.
- Badass Family: He comes from a line of kings.
- Clothes Make the Superman: Played With. His suit allows him to tank machine gun fire with absolutely zero damage and other things that'd kill anyone not wearing it. However, his incredible fighting ability, bullet timing and laser dodging are apparently all natural.
- Cruel Mercy: See Thou Shall Not Kill below.
- Dark Is Not Evil
- Diplomatic Impunity: Goes around attacking whoever he feels has wronged him and/or his country, using this trope to avoid punishment on the international stage.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: To Tony, very angrily.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Very much so.
- Heroic BSOD
- Hot-Blooded: Since his father was just murdered and he has none of the emotional support that Tony did, this isn't too surprising.
- Good Is Not Nice: T'Challa has no problem knocking people unconscious to get them out of his way and even threatened to reveal Tony's secret identity if he continued to interfere in Wakandan matters.
- Jumped at the Call: Since it gave him a shot at vengeance.
- Knight in Sour Armor
- Not So Different: Though he denies it, his situation is nearly identical to Tony's and they act extremely similar.
- Pride: His biggest flaw and defining character trait. It's very clear that his reluctance to accept help from anyone isn't helping as much as he thinks. Luckily, he's getting better about it.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge
- Scary Black Man
- Secret Public Identity: It's public knowledge that the Black Panther is the king of Wakanda, so T'Challa doesn't bother trying to hide it. He actually wears the suit (sans mask) in public during a press conference.
- Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: Way over on the cynical side. Might be getting better, though.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Pulls this off on Tony often.
- This Is Unforgivable!: Both murder and betraying your home country are this in his eyes.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: He prefers to let his father's murderer face the ensuing Wakandan media circus rather than kill him.
- Tragic Hero
- Unstoppable Rage: All the time, and it's directed at himself as well as his enemies.
- Bad Ass
- Composite Character: he is an amalgam of mainstream and Ultimate Nick Fury.
- Da Chief
- Eyepatch of Power
- Knight Templar
- Jerk Ass: when first introduced, he tries to prevent Iron Man from stopping the Living Laser so SHIELD do it themselves (and fail miserably), threatens to arrest him and is willing to have the space station explode with his men still inside to prevent the Living Laser from using it. Then, next episode, we learn he keeps a dying Living Laser prisoner under awful conditions.
- Took a Level in Kindness: as the story goes on, he becomes slightly more sympathetic; in later episodes, he learns about Iron Man's real identity, but decides to not oppose his carrier, even congratulating him. Then Ross is introduced, and makes him look sympathetic by acting even more of a Jerk Ass than him.
- Scary Black Man
Bruce Banner / Hulk
Obadiah Stane / Iron Monger
Voiced by: Mackenzie Gray
- Abusive Parents: Verbally and emotionally to Whitney. He does care for her, but he's really bad at expressing it.
- Adaptational Heroism: Stane in the comics was a complete sociopath with absolutely zero moral qualms. This one at least has some standards, cares about his daughter and has a genuine friendship with Howard Stark.
- Anti-Villain: Surprisingly, he has shades of Type I. While he is a Corrupt Corporate Executive who's not above using illegal ways to reach his goals, he is still more of a businessman than a straight-up villain, and there are some lines he is unwilling to cross. Plus, he lacks Justin Hammer's psychotic traits.
- Bald of Evil
- Big Bad: Shares the role with Gene and later Justin Hammer.
- Cassandra Truth: Anytime he claims not to be involved in anything evil or immoral, no one believes him. To be fair, he pretty much deserves it most of the time.
- Convenient Coma
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Though he would claim to just being a regular businessman, Stane breaks many laws in his quest to make Stark International the biggest weapons dealer on the planet. This actually makes it harder for him to turn a profit (Stark International is losing money at the start of the second season and is only turned around by stealing the Iron Man armor designs) and also resulting in Blizzard dedicating his life to making Stane either miserable or dead.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His relationship with his daughter Whitney is.... complicated. But deep inside, he does care about her.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Stane objects to the public endangerment involved in capturing Iron Man. Though he sells weapons, he says he is no murderer. Unless the line goes fuzzy at company heads and their sons. Perhaps his demands in the first episode were coincidence. Turns out to not be his fault as he was in fact warring Stark. In fact the idea of Tony going to School was an idea of Howard's and he was just respecting his friend's last wishes. For the most part his comment is accurate. He may commit a few illegal acts, but draws the line at murder.
- Greed: He wants to turn the Stark family's inventions into weapons despite the the tech being so far ahead of the curve that only Tony and Howard know how it works. In the two-part premiere, he nearly blows up half of the state of New York trying to show off said technology to the military.
- Jerkass: He might not be as bad as Tony think, but he is still quite a dick.
- Odd Friendship: His friendship with his complete antithesis Howard Stark.
- Poisonous Friend: Again, to Howard.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Claims to follow this. No one believes him, mostly because he's a ruthless businessman who doesn't seem to care about anything but money.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Despite Iron Man saving his life many times, he will never thank him nor will he stop trying to get his hands on the armor's design.
- Villainous Breakdown: When Tony finally gets him fired by exposing his deal with Ghost and he discovers Tony and Iron Man are the same, Stane steals an Iron Monger suit and goes on a rampage in an attempt to find Tony.
Temugin "Gene" Khan/The Mandarin (True Heir)
Voiced by: Vincent Tong
Descendant of the original Mandarin.
- Adaptational Heroism: The Mandarin in the comic is an Evil Overlord motivated by megalomania, as well as an Abusive Parent. This one is on the receiving end of the abuse, has redeeming qualities and genuinely believes he can make the world a better place by ruling it.
- Anti-Villain: Combines traits of Type I, II and III.
- Arch-Enemy: To Tony, in theory at least. In practice, it's much more complicated.
- The Atoner: In Season 2's ending, he realizes that ruling the world may not be for him, and decides to instead use the Makluan rings for benevolent reasons instead of the selfish goals of before.
- Because Destiny Says So: His main reason for going after the rings is that he was convinced by his mother than reuniting them was his destiny. Eventually deconstructed when he actually gets them, as he starts to realize that, other than being motivated by his destiny, he has no clear idea of what he intends to do with them.
- Composite Character: He merges elements from both the comic book incarnation of the Mandarin and his son Temugin.
- Cool Shades
- Darth Vader Clone: he wears a dark armor with a Cool Helmet that cause his voice to sound deeper, is bestfriend with the protagonist, has complex motivations, and, while not an Arch Nemesis Dad, he has one himself. A good case of Tropes Are Not Bad.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Enemy Mine: Played with in the first season: he teams up with Tony several times, but both are unaware of each other's identity. Played straight for a very short time in "Mandarin's Quest." And played straight again in "Doomsday."
- Face-Heel Turn: At the end of season 1.
- Heel-Face Turn: At the end of season 2, he decides that, given the Makluan Overlord's problems, he wants to protect the world, not conquer it.
- Gray Eyes
- Half-Human Hybrid: Albeit several generations removed. The original Mandarin was given alien DNA to make the rings work, and that DNA was passed to Gene. He's functionally human, just with a little bit of alien for compatibility.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Attempted this when Gene pushes Pepper out of the way of Fin Fang Foom and is apparently killed. Ironically, his sacrifice is what allowed him to acquire the fifth Makluan Ring and then betray the very friends he was helping.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Tony.
- Hypocrite: After getting the tenth ring, he accuses Tony of pretending to be his friend. The reverse was actually closer to the truth.
- Kick the Dog: Gene's treatment of poor Happy can be seen like this.
- His treatment of Howard Stark in the second season is worse. It's like the writers want to erase any sympathy the audience might have for him.
- It seems Gene himself, however, sincerely believes that he has good motives. He just won't tolerate people trying to keep him from obtaining the rings to act on them.
- Of course his justification doesn't prevent the last guardian of the rings Makluan Overlord's son from dying by his hands.
- I Did What I Had to Do: The way he attempts to justify everything he does - he thinks getting all the rings will allow him to do great good (with vague goals that even he realizes he doesn't know when he thinks he has them all), and so any manipulation and if he thinks manipulation, lies, kidnap and attempted murder are necessary to accomplish that he will do so with little hesitation.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: People very rarely refer to him by his actual name.
- Meaningful Name: His real name is adapted from Temujin, the birth name of Genghis Khan.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Nearly played straight and then subverted for dramatic effect. When he finally obtains the first five rings, which he believed was the entire set, he essentially has a reaction, realizing that merely having the rings has done nothing, that he has no actual goal or motive for wanting them, and that having them has only caused him and others pain and leave him without any friends or companionship. And then, literally seconds before realizing this couldn't have been what his mother wanted for him, he discovers that there are five more rings... and then rather than admit fault in himself he immediately snaps back and becomes obsessed with finding the rest. In the second season finale, after a failed attempt at world domination, he finally realizes that his motives were not as pure as he had tried to convince himself, and thus sets out to be a true hero.
- Noble Demon
- Parental Abandonment: His mother was killed by Zhang. We have no clue as to what happened to his biological father. And Zhang is pretty much evil.
- Pet the Dog: They may be at odds in the second season, but Gene has gone out of his way to save his former friends even when it would benefit him to let them die. He also saves the world at the end of "Doomsday" trying to deliberately invoke this trope in front of Tony.
- Ring of Power: Starts out with one; is trying to collect all five of them. Then all ten of them after learning there are five others.
- Smug Snake: He acts a lot like Zhang, though he'd never admit it.
- The Unfettered: He will get the rings, no matter how many manipulations, betrayal, tests and opponents he will have to go through.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: What Gene is using as an excuse to get all the rings whereas Tony believes that it's all a lie to justify his actions.
Xin Zhang/The Mandarin (The Usurper)
Voiced by: Vincent Tong
Leader of the Tong and Gene's stepfather.
- Abusive Parent: To Gene.
- Evil Old Folks
- Karma Houdini: So far, anyway.
- Unless you count being dumped, alone in the fields of South America.
- Put on a Bus: He wasn't actually seen since the season 1 finale (though he appears in "Mandarin's Quest" as a hallucination).
- The Usurper: Not a Khan as stated by Gene. It's heavily implied that he killed Gene's mother, which would explain how he got the ring.
Arthur Parks/The Living Laser
Voiced by: Louis Chirillo
- AbusiveParent: He had a verbally abusive, spirit-breaking mother.
- Adaptational Heroism: He is still a villain, but he has much more sympathetic motivations and redeeming qualities than his comic book counterpart.
- Black Eyes of Crazy: His dark half has these in Look into the Light.
- Butt Monkey: In his backstory. This was why he snapped in the first place.
- Came Back Wrong: He's split in half in Look into the Light, gaining an Enemy Without.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Wants to do evil purely for the recognition due to his mental issues.
- Evil Redhead: At least until his Heel-Face Turn.
- Freudian Excuse: His mother's treatment led to an extraordinarily bad inferiority complex, which led him to commit crime in part to get attention and in part, to be successful and prove her wrong. This is what led him to become the Living Laser.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: started out as a random Maggia Mook. Then he got his hand on an experimental suit from Stark Industries, and he ended up transformed into a powerful Energy Being who caused massive damages, almost blowing up Manhattan at some point.
- Heel-Face Turn: Turns good once he realizes Iron Man only ever tried to help him.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Played heartbreakingly straight... though it doesn't stick.
- Hidden Depths: when first seen, he apparently is a mere mooks who got a suit too powerful for him. Later episodes flesh out his motivations, revealing he was the Butt Monkey to everyone as a kid (down to his own mother) and always wanted to be recognized as somebody.
- Light 'em Up: His main power.
- Literal Split Personality: Into light and dark halves in "Look Into The Light".
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: the first time Iron Man meets him, he defeats him relatively quickly despite his powerful suit. Then the suit's side effects turns him into an Energy Being, and he basically almost kills Iron Man when he comes back.
- Redemption Equals Death: He dies a few minutes after reconciling with Iron Man and helping him defeat MODOK. Only to be revived later thanks to Mr. Fix
- Single Issue Psychology
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: He already had a massive inferiority complex, though, so it's hard to say for sure.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds
A mercenary infamous for getting the job done.
- Adaptational Badass: comic book Ghost was no slouch, but this incarnation easily is one of the most competent and effective villains in the whole series.
- Adaptational Heroism: Not that it's saying much, but this version of Ghost, while still a villain, is much more reliable and sane than his Ax-Crazy comic book counterpart.
- Badass: possibly one of the most badass characters in the show, considering he rarely ends up failing unwillingly.
- The Bad Guy Wins: A master of this; most of his appearances, he ends up succeeding in the mission he is given and getting what he wanted with total Karma Houdini.
- Though in away, one could see Tony and friends revealing their secret identities as karma, as Ghost was planning on using that for his retirement.
- Casual Danger Dialogue
- Combat Pragmatist
- Crazy-Prepared: His suit has a 5 minute battery back-up in case his own EMP tech is used against him.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy
- Deadpan Snarker: He delivers some particularly enjoyable snark about how A.I.M. wasn't able to make their M.O.D.O.C. project less uglier despite all their tech.
- Determinator: Of a more passive variety. He will always follow through with a contract, no matter how long he has to wait or how many times he has to retreat. Unless, of course, you give him a better offer.
- Intangible Man
- In the Hood
- Invisibility Cloak
- Invincible Villain: He consciously avoids the usual villain pitfalls and operates on an intellectual capacity far above all the other villains (and heroes) on the show combined. It helps being dangerously genre savvy (he figures out the titular heroes’ identity and blackmails him with it; knows that he cares more about saving people than fighting bad guys and uses this to his advantage) and having contingency plans in case anything goes wrong. Sure, he might occasionally suffer minor losses, but he ALWAYS achieves his goals in the end. It also helps being extremely charismatic.
- Only in It for the Money: So much so that he can be bribed out of killing people.
- Punch Clock Villain: He has few concerns with his contact's objectives and only cares about being payed. If you are able to give him more money than his original hirer did, he will gladly accept to give up his original mission.
- Scarily Competent Tracker
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When A.I.M.'s Scientist Supreme told him to fight Iron Man, he phased through the floor instead, mockingly pointing out he wasn't being paid nearly enough. He also consistently avoids direct combat with Iron Man if he can help it.
- Secret Keeper: Keeps Iron Man's secret identity to himself in order to blackmail him. Given that Tony is exposed to the public at the end of season two, that plan fell through.
Voiced by: Russell Roberts
Leader of the Maggia.
The Black Knight
Voiced by: Alistair Abell
Killer Shrike and Unicorn
Killer Shrike is voiced by: Ty Olsson
Unicorn is voiced by: Michael Daingerfield
Voiced by: Peter Kelamis
Voiced by: Donny Lucas
Voiced by: David Orth
- An Ice Person
- Anti-Villain: Type II, though a strong part of it actually is a façace.
- Composite Character: Former Stark employee like the original Blizzard, Gregor Shapanka, but has the identity of the better known Blizzard, Donald Gill.
- Even Evil Has Standards: even though he is himself a murderer, even he is shocked when Justin Hammer kills Mr Fix.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: half of his face has been disfigured due to an experiment from Stane.
- I Lied: In his first appearance.
- Killed Offscreen: Like Whiplash, he was offed by Justin Hammer, who was being blackmailed and became paranoid as a result.
- Mad Scientist
- Manipulative Bastard: Manipulated Tony/Iron Man into helping him attacking Stane in his first appearance. Later, when Stane attempted to force him to find a cure for Whitney, he faked submission only to betray him.
Basil Sandhurst/The Controller
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: And how. Rhodey even lampshades it when Tony talks about the virus for the first time.
- The Cracker: Hacks Tony's phone by assimilating Rodey's headpiece.
- Composite Character: Its design include elements that are quite reminiscent of Ultron.
- Create Your Own Villain: Literally: Technovore originally was a virus developed by Tony to deal with Project Pegasus after they weaponized the Crimson Dynamo technology for Stane. Then the virus consumed Pegasus' data and became a sentient creature.
- Cannibalism Superpower: Intended to eat Tony and Rodey to assimilate their intellects.
- Crush. Kill. Destroy!: "Consuuuuuuuuuuuuume!"
- Dem Bones: Is skeletal in appearance.
- Hand Blast: Integrates Iron Man's repulsor gauntlets into itself, but never actually uses them.
- Grey Goo: Is composed of nanorobots infected with the Technovore virus, and consumes and integrates foreign technology into itself.
- The End... Or Is It?: After Tony seemingly destroyed it, it's revealed that part of Technovore survived inside the clothes of the Project Pegasus head.
- Jagged Mouth: Silhouetted by its Throat Light.
- Skele Bot 9000: The Technovore has a very skeletal appearance.
- You Will Be Assimilated: Though it only does this to technology, not living beings.
Iron Man OS 7.4B
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Takes control of Iron Man's armor after his rematch with Whiplash corrupts experimental software he installed into the armor.
- Animated Armor: Is capable of moving on its own accord even without Tony inside.
- Computer Voice: Has a female cybernetic voice, the same as Iron Man's normal AI, but speaks in a Creepy Monotone and is fully self-aware.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Whiplash didn't even have the chance to implement his upgraded whips against it before it trashed him and Mr. Fix.
- Killed Off for Real: It sacrifices itself to jumpstart Tony's heart, and he subsequently reprograms his armor to prevent it from resurfacing ever again.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: Hacks Pepper's and Tony's phones to send him away and lure her to the Armory to be disposed of. Tony realizes something's wrong and shows up too late to stop it from hurting Rodey.
- Mythology Gag: Is an adaptation of the sentient, psychotic Safe Armor from the comics.
- Not Quite Dead: The armor's eyes glowing on their own as it's put into storage hints the AI might still exist in some capacity.
- Powered Armor: Is the Iron Man armor given sentience.
- Redemption Equals Death: After mortally wounding Tony while trying to kill Rodey, the armor sacrifices itself to act as a defibrillator.
- Robotic Spouse: Pretty much what it wants to be. Its statement that all of Tony's "biological needs will be met" has creepy overtures even without his Robosexual quip.
- Third-Person Person: Refers to itself as "this Unit".
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Only appeared in the episode Man and Iron Man before being debugged by Tony.
- Yandere: It puts Pepper on its hit list based solely on the number of texts she sends Tony and tries to lure her to the lab so it can kill her, utterly thrashes Whiplash and Mr. Fix and is implied to have severely injured - if not killed - the former, almost kills Rodey when he tries to debug it, and tries to lock Tony inside itself to protect him from himself.
- Achilles' Heel: Though his psychic powers make him nearly invincible, find a way to immune yourself to them and he is a more or less regular opponent. The two times he was unable to use them on Iron Man, he was defeated with ease.
- Cephalothorax: A fact lampshaded by Ghost.
- Degraded Boss: In season two, he becomes Justin Hammer's remote controlled "plaything".
- Electronic Speech Impediment
- Fun with Acronyms: Mental Organism Designed Only for Conquest.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: He learns Iron Man's identity in his first appearance... only to immediatly forget it by the end.
- Never Say "Die": Presumably the reason his acronym was changed to M.O.D.O.C. instead of the M.O.D.O.K. from the comic (where "K" stand for "Kill")
- Psychic Powers
- Psycho Prototype
- Red Glasses Take Warning
- Turned Against Their Masters: Played with: when first brought back to life, his first move was to fire the Controller, than overthrow the A.I.M. leader before taking control of the organization himself. Ironically, they were planning to make him their leader anyway.
- Villain Decay: His first battle with Iron Man was a quite one-sided Curb-Stomp Battle, and he was only defeated thanks to the help of a reformed Living Laser. The two other times Iron Man faces him however, he is defeated relatively easily.
Justin Hammer / Titanium Man
The young owner of Hammer Multinational.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: The Hammer from the comic is an old man; This one is twenty-one years old and very good-looking.
- Adaptational Badass: While the Justin Hammer in the comics is in no way harmless, he is still an old man and Non-Action Big Bad. This one, on the other hand, possesses his own armor, the Titanium Man, which he uses to fight Iron Man on numerous occasions.
- Arms Dealer
- Bad Boss: He does not take failure well, regardless of whose fault it actually is.
- The Bad Guy Wins: He buys out Stark International in "Hostile Takeover". It sticks for quite a while, though he ultimately loses it.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Justin may seem like a goofy, eccentric teenager, but he's a surprisingly dangerous and evil foe.
- Big Bad Wannabe: While a major threat throughout most of Season 2, he's not half as smart as he thinks he is, often getting humiliated in fights, and doesn't even come into any sort of contact with the protagonists' quest for the Makluan Rings.
- Blondes Are Evil
- Butt Monkey: Any time he goes into combat, he's going to end up either severely humiliated or face major setbacks.
- Composite Character: Of Justin Hammer and Boris Bullski, the original Titanium Man.
- Evil Counterpart: To Tony; both are young genius with ownership on companies (though Tony is still too young to own Stark Industries at this point while Hammer already own his), both are opposed to Stane, both are involved in secret in the Supervillain / Superhero business, and both have their own armor and superhero/villain aliases. Moreover, Hammer really looks and acts like a younger, evil version of adult Stark in the comic. For this reasons, Justin sees Tony as a kindred spirit at the beginning of the show. Tony begs to disagree.
- Jerkass: Big time; he makes Stane look like a nice guy by comparison.
- Karmic Defeat: He ends up gradually losing his sanity, betrayed by Mr. Fix, accidentally revealing his madness to the world and turned into a zombie by his own zombie gas.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Older Than They Look: In the Bad Future Andros Stark came from, he didn't seem any older. Justified by Andros explaining how technology will march on.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Pretty much all the time, especially when things don't go out his way. He gradually loses all common sense as the series goes, becoming more and more Ax-Crazy. By "The Hammer Falls", he goes into full Villainous Breakdown thanks to Fix messing with him, to the point he has no scrupples about unleashing a Zombie Apocalypse on New York.
- Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: He bungee-jumps out of his office window just to screw with his secretary. Nick Fury even lampshades his eccentricities during Justin's presentation, basically asking the other military figures, "Are we seriously buying weapons from this guy?" Ironically, this is mostly what gets him in the end: he is betrayed by Mr Fix as revenge for digitizing him on a whim, loses all the supervilains working for him because he took them down out of paranoia, and he exposes his true colors to the world on live television himself thanks to Iron Man recording him acting crazy. He pretty much destroyed himself with his own crazy behaviour.
- Sanity Slippage: He sure didn't have much sanity to begin with, but he gradually becomes more insane as the story goes on.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!
- Self-Made Orphan: His father died under mysterious circumstances, and Justin comments about admiring roman emperor Nero for doing anything to gain power. Nick Fury even suspects that Justin killed his father to take control of Hammer International.
- Smug Snake: He is a pretty real treath, but he is way too confident for his own good.
- Tron Lines: The Titanium Man armor has glowing green circuit-like markings on it.
- Villainous Breakdown: The appropriately titled episode "The Hammer Falls" is pretty much about this; he gradually loses the little bit of sanity he has left, becoming more and more paranoid as a mysterious blackmailer is pressuring him.
Voiced by: Christopher Britton
The leader of Latveria.
Voiced by: Ron Halder
The Master of Magnetism.
Rhona Erwin/Rhona Burchill/Mad Thinker
Voiced by: Brenna O'Brien
A classmate who has a grudge with Tony for out-smarting her.
- Ax-Crazy: Just look at the traps she imagined for Tony and the others. Not to mention that she did this in the past already.
- Badass Bookworm: Not on Tony's level, but she comes close.
- Disproportionate Retribution: She attempted to kill Tony and his friends through a school full of traps and death games. Why? Because Tony took her place as the school's smartest student. And because she felt like Tony was mocking her even though he hardly even noticed her presence until she and her brother started getting actually aggressive.
- The End... Or Is It?: When she is arrested at the end of her debut episode and taken by a doctor, the doctor's eyes glow red, indicating that this is just one of her robots.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She does care about her brother Andy even though he is a mere robot she created in an attempt to replace her dead family.
- Evil Genius
- Gadgeteer Genius: Smart enough to create highly advanced traps, build very realistic androids, and reproduce Dr. Pym's shrinking ray. The last one was never used so it's anyone's guess if she was bluffing or not about that.
- Not So Different: Played with; she apparently likes believing that Tony has the same defect as her, accusing him of befriending Happy because having an idiot for a friend made him feel more intelligent, and having her brother hint that Tony killed Howard because he couldn't stand his father being smarter than him. She's wrong, of course, and Tony didn't take the accusation well.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Stark initially didn't see her as more than a weird and aggressive schoolmate who was no more than a nuisance. Just try imagining his reaction when she turns out to be an Evil Genius with a robot brother who tried to kill him and his friends.
- Smug Snake: She won't admit that Tony's smarter than her and will keep acting arrogant as much as she can.
Andros Stark/Iron Man 2099
Tony's grandson from the future, who was sent back into the past in order to prevent his grandfather from creating a virus named Vortex that would almost eradicate humanity.
- Adaptational Heroism: The comic version of Andros was a straight villain; this version, while acting antagonistic toward Tony, is a Hero Antagonist.
- Anti-Villain: Type III, with shades of Type IV; he attempted to kill Tony under the belief that it would prevent a cataclysm which eradicate most of humanity in the future. He was even willing to explain Tony why he needed to kill him before proceeding to do so. (Albeit he said he was protocol-required to do so whenever he needed to kill somebody in the past to prevent a Bad Future from happening) The fact he was unwilling to harm innocent bystanders makes it even more difficult to see him as a villain; actually, it went so far that Tony even wondered if Andros wasn't right.
- Badass Bookworm: Well, he is Tony's grandson.
- Bad Future: In the future where he comes from, humanity has been almost eradicated by a virus accidentally created by Stark and SHIELD; Oh, and Justin Hammer is the president.
- Hero Antagonist
- Hero Killer: Even if he rewrote the timeline to undo his dumb mistake, he is the only villain in the series to successfully kill Iron Man.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He is perfectly aware of the fact that killing Tony will erase him from existence, but considers his own life an acceptable price to save humanity. He ends up doing just that to undo his mistake.
- It's All My Fault: When he learns that the main reason Tony created Vortex in the first place was to defeat him.
- Grandkid From The Future
- Powered Armor: And an even more advanced one than Tony's, to boot.
- Pragmatic Adaptation: In the comics, Andros came from the year 2093. The change to 2099 was likely done to tie into the more familiar Marvel 2099 universe.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: His purpose.
- Strong Family Resemblance: He looks a lot like an older version of his grandfather, but with Green Eyes.
- Transhuman: He's running a higher version of Extremis than Tony's. He's not an example of Transhuman Treachery, though, as he's trying to save humanity by killing Tony.
- Unwitting Pawn: To Justin Hammer.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist
General Thaddeus Ross
- Adaptational Villainy: Debatable, since the comic book portrayal of Ross is major case of Depending on the Writer, but this is definitely one of the nastiest versions of him.
- Bullying a Dragon: Not only does he do it with the Hulk as usual, but he also acts rude toward both Iron Man and Nick Fury.
- Dirty Coward: He panics and cowers before the Gray Hulk when his plan goes to pieces. This is notable because most versions of Ross aren't cowardly, despite his other flaws.
- Four-Star Badass
- General Ripper
- Jerkass: He deliberately sabotages Tony's attempts to cure the Hulk and almost destroys the city twice with his interference, but is completely unrepentant.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Subverted; Not only is he far too heinous toward the Hulk to be this, but he actually wants to dissect him in order to create more like him.