Characters: Iron Man Films
aka: Iron Man 1
This page lists characters who appear in the Iron Man and Marvel Cinematic Universe films Iron Man, Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3.For characters appearing in the comic book franchise, see the Iron Man comic book character sheet.
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Anthony "Tony" Stark / Iron Man
Anthony "Tony" Stark / Iron Man
"You want my property? You can't have it. But I did you a big favor: I have successfully privatized world peace."
Portrayed By: Robert Downey, Jr.
Film Appearances: Iron Man | The Incredible Hulk | Iron Man 2 | The Avengers | Marvel One-Shots | Iron Man 3 | Avengers: Age of Ultron | Captain America: Civil War | Avengers: Infinity WarA brilliant engineer and CEO of Stark Industries with his own self-designed Powered Armor. After being held hostage by terrorists, and escaping, his world view and philosophy changes, leading to him shutting down the weapons manufacturing division of his company, and becoming the hero Iron Man.
- Action Hero: Fighting terrorists, alien invaders and other villains to keep people safe.
- The Alcoholic: Many scenes involve alcohol. In Iron Man 2 he gets plastered while wearing the suit.
- Always Second Best: Feels he'll never be as brilliant as his father or as good-hearted as Steve.
- Anti-Hero: He's one of the good guys but he has a lot of character flaws. Lampshaded by Tony and everyone around him at least once per film.Pepper: Is this about the Avengers? Which I know nothing about.
Tony: The Avengers initiative was scrapped, I thought. And I didn't even qualify.
Pepper: I didn't know that either.
Tony: Apparently I'm volatile, self-obsessed, and don't play well with others.
Pepper: That I did know.
- Appropriated Appellation: The press comes up with "Iron Man", and he decides to go with it. In the Novelization, Tony even imitates Ozzy Osbourne's "I AM IRON MAN!" when reading the news.
- Arm Cannon: Several of Iron Man's weapons are mounted on his forearms, such as the Mark III's anti-tank missile and the Mark VI's lasers.
- The Atoner: Initially, he really didn't give much of a crap about who was blowing up what with his toys, but after being held hostage by terrorists armed almost exclusively with weapons made by his company and subsequently having his life saved by Yinsen (who's treated many fatal injuries caused by Stark's shrapnel-laden weapons), he became this.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Tony's eccentric nature and constantly active brain makes him prone to zoning out of what he's supposed to be doing.Stern: Mr. Stark? Mr. Stark!
Tony: [turns around] Hmm, yes dear?
- Autobots, Rock Out!: Tony loves him some AC/DC and Black Sabbath. He loves to blast AC/DC's "Shoot To Thrill" whenever he's making a big entrance and was seen throughout much of The Avengers wearing a Black Sabbath T-shirt.
- Badass: With or without the suit, Tony is a kick-ass hero.
- Badass Beard: More distinctive than his comic book counterpart's.
- Badass Bookworm: Incredibly intelligent, and is a badass, with and without the "Iron Man" armor.
- Badass Mustache: He's notably one of the few mainstream heroes in comics or movies that regularly sports a mustache.
- Badass Normal: Tony does well against Iron Monger during the end of Iron Man while suffering with a malfunctioning and offline armor, and is able to do well against Vanko without his armor during the raceway attack in 2. When without a suit in part of 3, he shows he's been practicing martial arts. He's like James Bond, but making his own gadgets.
- Bad Dreams: By Iron Man 3, his experiences during The Avengers have shaken him up and given him these, resulting in a hard time sleeping in general.
- Bash Brothers:
- With War Machine, his best friend.
- With Captain America after earning each other's respect through fighting side by side. Steve represents the idealism and nobility that Tony has since lost, but deep down still respects and wishes to have again.
- Bigger Stick: Claims to be America's Big Stick in Iron Man 2 and stopping others from abusing his sticks is a recurring problem for him.
- Breakout Character: Perhaps the character most helped by the MCU. Before the movies came out, he was being shifted into the background. He was still a mainline superhero in the Marvel Universe, but people wanted to see everyone else more. Then the movies came out, and suddenly Iron Man is one of the biggest things ever — to the point that he overshadows Spider-Man in popularity these days. Also, he initially wasn't very popular for people who live in a country where Marvel comics aren't widely published. After the movies came out, even non-Marvel comics fans love him.
- Brilliant but Lazy: Implied to be this pre-Character Development in the first film. He sure built that arc reactor pretty quickly once he needed it and was said by Obadiah Stane to be more of an "idea man". He's more hard working but quite hedonistic.
Tony: [covering an eye with his hand to imitate Fury's eyepatch] How does Fury even see these?
- Parodied in a scene in The Avengers:
Maria Hill: He turns.
Tony: Sounds exhausting!
- Brought Down to Badass: Partway through the third movie, he loses a lot of his technology. Then he proves he doesn't need it. He is Iron Man.
- Bully Hunter: After his time with Yinsen, Tony became royally fed-up with watching decent people suffering by the thousands every day, flew to Afghanistan, and did something about it. He would never ever admit it, but in this respect he's Not So Different from Steve Rogers.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Played for drama. He's utterly horrified to find out that Killian is none other than the man whom he played a cruel joke on back in the 1999 New Years Eve party.
- Butt Monkey: In The Avengers. A great deal of the humor in the various action sequences involve him first being genuinely badass, but then casually getting the shit kicked out of him (once by an inanimate propeller) because he A) is incredibly smart-alecky and boastful, and getting smacked around stops him from coming off as annoying, and B) wears a suit of Powered Armor, so getting the shit kicked out of him doesn't hurt anything but his pride.
- Byronic Hero: Every single characteristic save for the brooding — unless you catch him in a downbeat moment.
- The Cameo: Has one at the end of The Incredible Hulk.
- The Casanova: In Iron Man and Iron Man 2. By the time of The Avengers however, he's in a monogamous relationship with Pepper.
- Character Development: Aside from the obvious "becoming less of a dick" aspects, in the first movie he's basically helpless to manage his affairs without Pepper, but by the third he's apparently secreted caches of money he can access while still remaining off the grid. And may have been carrying quarters, just in case he came across a pay phone.
- Character Title/Protagonist Title: Of his own films.
- Chest Blaster: It drains more power than the palm blasters, so he mainly uses it as a backup weapon (unless he's blowing stuff up for laughs while hammered).
- Child Prodigy: A former one. It's mentioned he built his first AI at the age of seven.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: A downplayed example, but he REALLY has a hard time giving up being Iron Man. At the end of Iron Man 3, he initiates a self-destruct sequence on all of his suits, has surgery to remove the shrapnel in his chest so he no longer needs the arc reactor, and tells Pepper and Bruce Banner that he no longer needs the suit, as he considers it a coccoon from which he's emerged, a new man. Yet by Avengers: Age of Ultron he's back in the fight, flying the suit for the opening action sequence with nary an explanation for his change of heart.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: He certainly has some rather...eccentric behaviors.
- Comes Great Responsibility: After his switch to The Atoner, Tony is perfectly willing to wield the power of his money, fame, and genius for the greater good.
- Comically Missing the Point: A few times, he does this and mostly on purpose. For instance, his thoughts on being called the Da Vinci of our time...Absolutely ridiculous, I don't paint.
- Composite Character: This version of Tony Stark blends the serious demeanor of his 616 counterpart with the more playful billionaire personality of his Ultimate universe counterpart.
- Played with. It's demonstrated that Tony builds his suits with contingencies in mind, and newer versions improve on the flaws of the last model; The Mk 42 would've been a Lightning Bruiser if it worked right. Yet, Tony seems almost unable to simply have spares of important equipment when he needs it.note The only exception is The Avengers where not only has the Mk 6 been upgraded to have more weapons, but he had the Mk 7 to replace the Mk 6.
- By the third film, he's apparently hidden stashes of money he can get to while remaining off the grid, and memorized how to access them, as well as learning the basics of how to shoot and hand-to-hand combat.
- The Hulkbuster system in Age of Ultron includes lots of spare parts up to full on limbs, correctly anticipating the Hulk tearing them off.
- Create Your Own Villain:
- Tony admits to doing this in the opening narration of Iron Man 3. Specifically, it's his cruel joke back in 1999 that sets Killian on his Start of Darkness.
- He's also one of Ultron's creators; Ultron alludes to this.
- The fact that he keeps ending up having a hand in all of the villains he fights, directly or indirectly, clearly begins to wear on him over the course of the movies, to the point that at the end of Age of Ultron, he turns all of the Avenger resources he's assembled over to Steve, Natasha, and Maria and drives away.
- Cursed with Awesome:
Tony: It's a terrible...privilege.
- By The Avengers, this is how Tony Stark has come to view the electromagnet and the miniature arc reactor that are plugged into his chest 24/7 and are the only things keeping him alive. He spends a good deal of the film trying to convince Bruce Banner that the Hulk is a similarly awesome curse.
- This is proven true later in The Avengers when it's shown that the reactor basically makes Tony the only person unable to be controlled by Loki's scepter because it cuts direct access to his heart.
- Cutting the Knot: When challenged by Steve Rogers in The Avengers over his worldview and his unwillingness to make the sacrifice play when the chips are down, he defends himself thusly. The climax of the film sees him outgrowing this and understanding the lengths at which a real hero must go.
- Cyborg: First, we have his Arc Reactor pacemaker. Following New York, Tony's post-traumatic stress disorder leads him to build 35 additional Powered Armor suits, with subdermal implants in his arm allowing him to control the 42nd overall armor remotely piece-by-piece to pull them to him or put them on another user. While he has surgery to remove the "walking death" shrapnel from his chest, throws his reactor into the ocean and blows up the entire Iron Legion of his remaining armors (which could be controlled by J.A.R.V.I.S.) at the end of Iron Man 3, Age of Ultron shows that he didn't get rid of the implants.
- The Cynic: He defaults to this whenever he's emotionally affected by something and wants to pretend it didn't hurt him, such as his reaction to Natasha's assessment of him regarding the Avengers Initiative, finding Steve Rogers' "outdated and irrelevant idealism" annoying, or feebly trying to dismiss Coulson as an idiot for taking on a god and getting killed for his efforts.
- Deadpan Snarker: About ninety-eight percent of his dialogue is sarcasm.
- Despair Event Horizon:
- Didn't Think This Through: Tony's "run before you can walk" philosophy has mixed results. His first flight test nearly kills him, though confronting the icing problem helps against Iron Monger's untested suit. Telling the Mandarin "here's my home address, come and have a go" was a bit much even for him.
- Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?: Offered Loki, an alien god, a drink in The Avengers.
- Disability Superpower: The arc reactor that powers Tony's Powered Armor is installed in Tony's chest in the first place as (to oversimplify) a very fancy pacemaker. Remove the arc reactor and Tony's heart will very quickly give out. He finally gets the shrapnel removed in Iron Man 3.
- Disproportionate Retribution: While captured in Iron Man 3, he taunts a guard with this after the guard breaks his borrowed "deluxe Dora the Explorer" watch. "Just for that, I'm going to kill you first."
- Easily Forgiven: Played with: he doesn't seem to face any consequences after the Ultron disaster. That said, he works hard to fix his mistakes, and comes close to pulling a second Heroic Sacrifice.
- The Extremist Was Right: Creating Vision in Age of Ultron is a move of desperation that almost everyone thinks is a terrible idea, but Stark is ultimately proven correct that the Avengers aren't beating Ultron by themselves and Vision is critical to victory.
- Fanboy: To Bruce Banner as seen in their first meet in The Avengers. He's a fan of Bruce Banner's scientific work and also the way he loses control and turns into enormous green rage monster.Bruce Banner: ...Thanks.
- Fiction 500:
- Forget the private jet that turns into a nightclub with flight attendants who double as exotic dancers. He has the personal resources and completely automated production facility to build a fully functional Iron Man suit in five hours in his garage.
- As of Iron Man 2, said garage now contains a miniature, personal Hadron Collider.
- The Avengers has him kicking it up a notch, having bought the MetLife building and given it some drastic upgrades: he completely cut it off from the city's electrical grid, equipped it with 10 stories of R&D, gave it the capability to both manufacture the Iron Man armor and remove it from Tony while he enters his apartment, and chopped the top off to rebuild it as what can only be described as a fantastic display of ego.
- In 2012, Mr. Tony Stark ranks #5 on Forbes' Fictional 15, with a net worth of $9.3 billion.
- Foil: To Steve Rogers, playing the selfish cynic to Steve's old-fashioned idealist. For example, while both are shown to be dolls of the public (featured at big show events complete with dancing girls), Steve is made visibly uncomfortable with the spotlight and would rather be on the front lines whereas Tony eats up the attention.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: To the other Avengers in the team. They either find him irritating or selfish. Bruce Banner is the first to warm up to him, but that's because he's irritating (and nobody has dared to treat Bruce Banner as a normal guy you can irritate in a long time.)
- The Gadfly: Depends on what mood you catch him in.
- Tony has an unfortunate habit of using sarcastic humor as an ice-breaker in interpersonal relationships, most tellingly in his tendency to give everybody goofy nicknames and being absolutely fine about openly and lightly discussing personal trauma, such as with Captain America's 70 year freeze and how he's a fan of the way Bruce Banner "turns into an enormous green rage-monster."
- Him poking Bruce with a cattle prod stands out as a fine example but Bruce found it funny. They're both scientists; little lab pranks like that happen all the time).
- Gadgeteer Genius: When pushed, he can revolutionise Arc Reactor technology IN A CAVE! WITH A BOX OF SCRAPS!, as well as build his own personal Hadron Collider by seemingly nothing more than rewiring his own home.
- Generation Xerox: Of his father, Howard Stark. Genius inventor in the arms industry that gets involved in a war and becomes cynical as a result.
- Good Is Not Nice: Yes, he's willing to work hard to keep the world safe, and his heart is in the right place, but he's also still a playboy, a glory hound, and an irresponsible narcissist a lot of the time. That said, he is trying to be better.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: After Age of Ultron, for co-creating the titular villain.
- Heroes Want Redheads: His relationship with Pepper.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: As of Iron Man 3, he's very aware of how flawed he is. Hilariously so.Pepper: Well now I see why you work with the suits so much...god, what am I going to complain about now?
Tony: It's me, there's always something to complain about.
Pepper: I am gonna be okay?
Tony: You're in a relationship with me, everything will never be okay.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Rhodey; he's one of two people that he trusts.
- Honest Corporate Executive: After he returned from Afghanistan and refused to allow his product to fall into evil hands.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Tony Stark met with Ulysses Klaue – a gangster – prior to repurposing his company, but he waves it away as just a meeting and that he never actually did business with Klaue.
- Hot Scientist: Just look at the page image. There's a reason there are several scenes of him in tank tops.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Oh, he cares about people and wants to make the world a better place, no doubt. Just don't expect him to ever admit it.
- Incoming Ham: His arrival at the Stark Expo in the second movie, and appearing in Germany with guns blazing and hijacking S.H.I.E.L.D.'s audio systems to play AC/DC in The Avengers.
- In-Series Nickname: Almost always referred to as just "Tony".
- Insufferable Genius:
- Snubs an award ceremony for technological brilliance and then gives away the award like it's junk. This also colors a lot of his interpersonal interactions, but it's hilarious.
- He kept the Ultron project a secret from the other Avengers (sans Bruce) because he didn't want to be given the whole "man should not meddle" lecture.
- Insult Backfire: Initially he likes the title "Merchant of Death" but quickly comes to despise it.
- Intergenerational Friendship: He briefly become friends with the notably older Yinsen. He also befriends a boy named Harley in Iron Man 3 who proves to be quite a useful Kid Sidekick.
- It's All About Me: He gets called out on this quite often and with good cause.Tony: [Referring to the newly lit Stark Tower] [It's] like Christmas, but with more...me.
- He starts out as one, but after realizing what his company has been dealing under the table while he wasn't paying attention, he decides to atone and become a hero by hunting down and destroying the stockpiles of weapons owned by terrorists.
- This is a plot point in the flashback intro to Iron Man 3 in 1999, where he ignores multiple people in a drunken fashion and blows off Maya Hansen and Aldrich Killian in the same night, marking each their Start of Darkness.
- Jerkass Façade: Implied at times to be his only way of dealing with his guilt and feelings of self-hatred and doubt.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While Tony can be a narcissist who's a bit of a showoff, his heart's in the right place and he works hard to make the world better. By The Avengers, he's also indulging in shockingly open and extravagant displays of compassion and thoughtfulness in between smug, self-aggrandizing quips. Age of Ultron reveals that Tony's greatest fear is the other Avengers (whom he fully considers his friends by now) dying and Earth being destroyed because Tony didn't do enough.
- Jet Pack: On his Mark VII armor in The Avengers, to allow him to use both of his repulsors without having to use one to stay aloft in flight. It falls off into two engines into space when he loses power at the climax of The Avengers, but he can probably just replace it.
- Jumped at the Call: Tony may be living proof that becoming a hero can still be a lot of fun.
- Knight in Sour Armor: Tony marinates daily in cynicism and sarcasm before setting forth to bring world peace, protect the innocent, and mock the stupid.
- Kryptonite Factor: Although the Iron Man armors can withstand things ranging from tank shells to Thor's lightning, they are susceptible to heat intense enough to melt through them. This is why any of the Extremis fighters can almost fight on even ground with Tony.
- Ladykiller in Love: The first and second movies made it obvious that for all his Casanova tendencies, Tony was clearly in love with his long time Beleaguered Assistant Pepper Potts.
- The Lancer: In The Avengers as a direct foil to The Leader Captain America, and a egotistical Ace that doesn't value teamwork. He's also listed as the official Number Two (to Cap) of the team.
- Large Ham: As a man who believes the spotlight is always trained on him, it's a required trait.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Lampshades this in his narration of Iron Man 3, as his act of spurning Killian in 1999 bites him back in the ass.Tony: We create our own demons.
- The Last Dance: In Iron Man 2 until he finds a replacement element for the palladium core of his arc reactor that was poisoning him.
- Let's Get Dangerous: Many people, both foes and allies, have assumed that Tony's Cloud Cuckoolander irreverence and Obfuscating Stupidity mean he's an Upper-Class Twit who can't take anything seriously, let alone pose a threat. These people were very wrong.
- Like Father, Like Son: As the MCU has expanded, we've learned that Tony is almost exactly like his father. Except any actor playing his father is going to be cheaper than Robert Downey, Jr.
- Locking Macgyver In The Store Cupboard: How he built the Mark I Iron Man armor. It's a Invoked Trope; the Ten Rings asked him what he needed to build a Jericho Missile and Tony told them exactly what he needed.
- Lonely Rich Kid: He had no friends growing up in his swank boarding school. Later he grew up to be a Millionaire Playboy enjoying swank parties and seducing reporters.
- MacGyvering: His main ability when he's not inside his Iron Man suit. Other than building a Powered Armor with just scraps of metal, he can come up with weapons using whatever he has access to at the time.
- Mad Scientist: Proudly calls himself one in Age of Ultron.
- Man Child: At times Stark looks more like a child building with legos than an adult saving the world. Considering that he built his first AI at just seven, he really hasn't grown out of revolutionising technology by playing with toys!
- Meta Casting: Given Downey Jr.'s history with partying and drugs — plus snarky characters — he was made for the role ...except for his height. The comics Tony Stark is 6 inches taller than him, and Downey is shorter than everyone in the MCU aside from Scarlett Johansson (hence tricks to make him look taller). It memed.
- Motor Mouth: The man never shuts up. Pepper has the singular ability to hold a conversation with him by talking right over him without pause and listening at the same time, otherwise she'd never get a word in edgewise.
- Narcissist: "Textbook...narcissism?" (sees Fury's expression) "Agreed."
- The Nicknamer: One of the indicators of his generally flippant attitude is his tendency to toss off casual and frequently pop-culture-laden nicknames for people and objects — "Old Man" and "Capsicle" for Captain America, "Point Break" for Thor, "Legolas" for Hawkeye, "Reindeer Games" (due to the horns on his helmet) and "Rock of Ages" for Loki and "Glowstick of Destiny" for Loki's scepter, plus many more for people whose names he either doesn't know or doesn't care about (such as calling a random henchman "Ponytail Express" in Iron Man 3.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: He is, in his own words, a "genius billionaire playboy philanthropist" with a suit of Powered Armor.
- No Kill Like Overkill: He favors this for his combat tactics also the case with the arc reactor in his chest. 3 Gigajoules per second is a power output roughly on par with a nuclear power plant, and he essentially made it to power a pacemaker. Keep in mind that's the prototype, and he has upgraded it at least twice.
- Not So Different: To Loki in The Avengers, much to his chagrin.Tony: ...And Loki, he's a full-tilt diva! He wants flowers, he wants parades, he wants a monument built to the skies with his name plastered—
[realises he's describing Stark Tower and in turn, himself]
Scarlet Witch: "Ultron can't tell the difference between saving the world and destroying it. Where do you think he gets that?"
- To Ultron in Age of Ultron.
- No Sell: Thanks to the reactor cutting off direct access to his heart, Loki cannot mind control him.
- Not Staying for Breakfast: In both the first and third movies. The earlier has the weird condition of Christine being left alone at Tony's house.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: He often acts absent-minded, easily-distracted, and excessively self-obsessed and arrogant, but is shown to be incredibly brilliant socially and technically, delivering sarcastic putdowns to people who irritate him and building incredible machines out of whatever he has on hand. After one night of study, he becomes enough of an expert in thermonuclear astrophysics to discuss the specifics of the Tesseract with Bruce Banner.
- Odd Friendship: With Bruce Banner in The Avengers, due to them being the resident science geeks.Tony: Finally, somebody who speaks English!
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist:
- He seems to be an expert at high-energy physics, materials science, and aerospace engineering all at the same time. His in-universe nickname was "the Da Vinci of our time" but Tony doesn't think so because he doesn't paint. Granted, he does have an AI to help him.
- He's a quick study. After spending a night reading S.H.I.E.L.D.'s briefing packet, he can converse fluently with Nick Fury, Bruce Banner and the rest of the Avengers about the technical details of the Tesseract.
- He also glances at Maya Hansen's life's work, immediately understands it, invents the breakthrough equation that makes Extremis work, and scribbles most of it on the back of his name-tag, while too drunk to remember doing it.
- Once an Episode: Tony's introductory scenes are accompanied by an AC/DC song: "Back in Black" in the first film, "Shoot to Thrill" in Iron Man 2 as well as The Avengers, and "Let There Be Rock" in the Fury's Big Week comic.
- One-Man Army: As the baby-killing garbage of the Ten Rings found out the hard-and-painful way.
- Parental Abandonment: Tony complains that his dad was cold, never around for him, and he seriously doubted that his father even loved him at all. This is eventually shown not to be the case.
- Playful Hacker: Among other things, he enjoys hacking other people's sound systems to play appropriate music for his dramatic entrances. In 2 he gleefully hacks a live senate broadcast and several military satellites just to prove a point. Also offhandedly mentions that he cracked the Pentagon security net in high school on a dare in Age of Ultron.
- Poor Communication Kills:
- Tony's not very good at talking to other people about his problems, which leaves everyone around him confused and irritated by his strange behavior while he does things like build a suit of Powered Armor in his basement or slowly die of palladium poisoning. However, by the time of the third film he's getting much better, coming right out and telling Pepper that he's got problems when they start to affect her directly. He's also pretty open to Harley about anxiety attacks.
- He's back at it twice in Age of Ultron, the first time played straight after Scarlet Witch uses a vision of Earth being destroyed and the Avengers dying because Tony didn't do enough to save them to drive him to self-destructive isolation and a rabid need to do something, anything to protect the world. Subverted when Tony builds Vision without telling anyone later in the movie, as he's proven right that the other Avengers would stop him if they knew his plans and that Vision is key to victory.
- The Pornomancer: He's the page image for a reason but he stops becoming this by the time he's in a committed relationship with Pepper Potts.
- Powered Armor: Has made 45 of them by Avengers: Age of Ultron, in addition to one or two modifications on the War Machine suit for Rhodey.
- Power Palms: Repulsors, his main weapons, are fired from the palms of his armor's gauntlets.
- Pride: His primary flaw. He knows he is far smarter than virtually everyone else along with being handsome, one of the richest, most powerful, and most loved people on the planet. Rubbing it in the faces of others or not considering the opinions of others combined with not thinking his actions through especially possible negative consequences are reoccurring problems. Each film he has been in has a lesson of humility he has to learn or relearn. So he is getting better, very slowly.
- Really Gets Around: There's Maya Hansen, Christine Everhart and Pepper, plus the offscreen twelve models. That we know of...
- Relationship Upgrade: To Official Couple with Pepper as of the end of Iron Man 2.
- Retired Badass:
- By the end of Iron Man 3, Tony decides that being with Pepper is more important then being Iron Man, going so far as to blow up his entire arsenal of armored suits.
- In Age of Ultron, Tony leaves the Avengers at the end, deciding that he's done enough damage.
- Robo Family: Tony builds a number of AIs that join the "family business" so to speak. DUMM-E, J.A.R.V.I.S., F.R.I.D.A.Y., and partially, the Vision either help him in Stark Industries and/or in Avenging. In fact, Avengers: Age of Ultron plays out like a teenager rebelling against his father and Tony even jokes that Ultron is "breaking your old man's heart".
- Robot Master: Tony was always an engineering whiz in the comics, but this version makes him a genius at the programming side as well.
- Running Gag:
- Does not like being handed things.
- He's technically not an Avenger. He's a consultant.
- Sad Clown: At the end of Avengers, he laughs off his near death experience and starts babbling about the Kiss of Life and shawarma. By 3, the adrenaline's worn off and he's suffering from PTSD due to the events of Avengers.
- Science Hero: He makes powered armor and then he kicks evil ass wearing it.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: His near-death experience at the end of The Avengers has caused him nightmares, anxiety attacks, and a case of PTSD in Iron Man 3.
- Shipper on Deck: After his Relationship Upgrade with Pepper he apparently wants to see everyone else happily paired off as well; notably in The Avengers, when he offers Agent Coulson the use of his private jet to go and visit his girlfriend, who's just moved to a new city. "You gotta keep the love alive."
- The Smart Guy: Zig-zagged. Although Stark is the world's premier technologist and engineer, Tony himself acknowledges that Dr. Banner is generally smarter and defers to Bruce as the leading authority in other fields like radiation and biology. However, whenever the Hulk gets called in, Stark (or J.A.R.V.I.S. depending on how you look at it) is relied on to analyze the situation and come up with scientific solutions on the fly.
- Smart People Build Robots: He's created one incredibly advanced AI, JARVIS, and at least one other robot —Dummy— who makes up in loyalty and charm what it may lack in sophistication. All of Tony's bots have personality.
- The Team Benefactor: He becomes this for the Avengers; Steve is the actual leader, while he provides the expensive tech and a skyscraper headquarters.
- Tranquil Fury: His response when he gets angry. He doesn't shout, nor does he scream, instead keeping a calm demeanor while tripling the effort to take the target of his ire down or failing that, explosively remove his opponent's face.
- Technological Pacifist:
- Tony gradually becomes one through the first movie and is firmly seated in this trope by the end of it. He really does not want the government or military to get a hold of his technology by Iron Man 2, specifically because he believes far more lives will be saved if his suits are never mass-manufactured or used in wars.
- This continues in Avengers, where he is livid that S.H.I.E.L.D. wants to create weapons based on the Tesseract, and in Iron Man 3, where Pepper's reasoning for turning down Killian is that Tony would not approve of how easily the technology could be weaponized.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Tony doesn't like Steve, at all, but there's nothing like a battle to forge a friendship. Black Widow even calls them out on their Ho Yay in Age of Ultron.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
- Tony gives one to Loki in The Avengers, telling him that there's no way there's any scenario that ends with him victorious, because he pissed off a bunch of people who'll fight until the end to beat him.
- Tony gives one of these to Maya in Iron Man 3, calling her out on compromising her moral integrity for progress.
- Took a Level in Badass: Between The Avengers and Iron Man 3 Tony seems to have taken Captain America's question about what he is without his armor seriously, since he can now handle himself in a fight without the armor and pulls off a successful infiltration of the Mandarin's mansion through McGyver'ed gadgets made out of things he found at a home supply store. Although he may have gotten a start on this in Iron Man 2, where it's implied that he's at least dabbling in some informal martial-arts training with his head of security.
- Took a Level in Kindness:
- After his experience in Afghanistan, he realizes how important he is to the rest of the world. It should be noted that as a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, he's still arrogant.
- Age of Ultron reveals that he's set up a foundation to provide relief efforts to areas and people affected by the Avengers' battles.
- Trickster Mentor: To Bruce Banner in The Avengers. He pokes him with a cattle-prod to test how he'd react, then comments that Bruce is wrong to deny the part of him that is the Hulk, noting that the amount of gamma radiation exposure he endured would have killed anyone else. Much like Yinsen stopping the shrapnel from reaching his own heart, he believes that Bruce was kept alive for a reason.
- Uncle Pennybags: We're looking at the guy who gave $100 to a guy for a small box of strawberries in 2, and told the aforementioned strawberry salesman to keep the change.
- Weaponized Exhaust: His primary weapon, the repulsor, wasn't designed to be a weapon, but rather a flight stabilizer. When he realized it worked as a weapon at full power, he incorporated it.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Tony's relationship with his father was strained, at best. This extends to his relationship with Captain America, whom Howard Stark talked about a lot, making Cap into the big brother Tony could never hope to live up to.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Has shades of this, in that he is willing to rush narrowly-focused into a plan that might be better done if he discusses it with others. This helps create Ultron and Vision, and gets called on by Captain America and Scarlett Witch:Scarlett Witch: (to Captain America) Ultron can't take tell the difference between saving the world and destroying it. Where do you thing he gets that from?
- The Wonka: CEO of Stark Industries that has rather strange behavior, such as building AIs that snark back at him. It's easy to see how Pepper and Rhodes get exasperated with him.
- Workaholic: If it wasn't for Pepper, Jarvis, and Rhodey, Tony would've starved, blown himself up or overdosed on caffeine down in his workshop years ago. This goes Up to Eleven in Iron Man 3, where he spends more and more time in his lab to cope with his PTSD and Bad Dreams. He's apparently completed at least 30 different Iron Man weapons in the space of six months.
Virginia "Pepper" Potts
Virginia "Pepper" Potts
Portrayed By: Gwyneth PaltrowLove Interest.
- Action Girl: Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow requested she become this in the third move. She does, briefly, first when she temporarily gains control of the Mark 42 armour during the attack on the Malibu mansion, then again in the finale as a result of getting pumped full of Extremis by Killian.
- Action Survivor: One becomes this when working for a super hero.
- Age Lift: Pepper is at least ten years younger in the comics.
- Alliterative Name: Her nickname and last name both start with a P.
- Beleaguered Assistant: Best example is her first scene in Iron Man 2 when she's trying in vain to get his attention for 8,011 things and he's walking away from her while talking about something unrelated.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Sweet, charming, graceful...and she's killed more Big Bads than Tony. She fries Obadiah at the end of 1, and Killian at the end of 3. Tony shares Vanko with Rhodes, and really, Vanko committed suicide, anyway, with his own drones' explosives.
- Big Damn Heroes: In the third movie, she's the one who steps in and saves Tony from Killian when the latter comes back for one last scare.
- Brought Down to Normal: The closing narration of Iron Man 3 mentions she was cured of Extremis.
- The Cameo: In The Avengers, she appears in two scenes, and only one with speaking lines.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: To Tony, naturally.
- Composite Character: She has the general appearance of her comic book counterpart, as well as being a Love Interest for Tony, but several aspects of her personality (particularly her hyper-competence) borrow a lot from Bambi Arbogast, the older woman whom Tony hires as her replacement after she's Put on a Bus in the comics. (Bambi herself — in a much younger incarnation — makes a blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearance as Pepper's new PA in Iron Man 3, presumably having replaced Natasha Romanov).
- Cursed with Awesome: Being infected with Extremis grants Playing with Fire and Healing Factor.
- Deadpan Snarker: "Taking out the trash" is the best example.
- Disney Death: In Iron Man 3 Tony watches her fall from a great height into a pillar of fire. Since she was pumped full of Extremis earlier, she survives.Tony: You just scared the devil out of me. I thought you were...
Pepper: I was dead. Why? Because I fell two hundred feet?
- The Dog Bites Back: Related to the above, Killian infuses her with Extremis, and then causes the explosion that appears to kill Peppers. Once she turns out alive again, Pepper beats up Killian, grabs one of Tony's repulsors and disintegrates the poor sap.
- Does Not Like Shoes: In The Avengers and Iron Man 3, after Pepper Potts starts a relationship with Tony. Once they start living together she's often seen being barefoot and in casual clothes, as a sign of how they're able to relax around each other. (not to mention having her with heels would create an uncomfortable height difference◊.)
- Fiery Redhead: Played with, she's certainly strong and outspoken, but too level-headed and calm to fully fit the trope.
- Girl Friday: "I do anything and everything Mr. Stark requires." This includes sneaking into her boss' company and downloading files for him without alerting anyone else. She's not the page image for nothing.
- Good with Numbers: What Tony relies on her to do.
- The Heart: Gwyneth Paltrow has credited Pepper's popularity with the fans to her fulfillment of this role as part of her relationship with Tony, and she apparently agreed to a cameo in The Avengers because of it.
- Heroes Want Redheads: It takes some time for Tony to admit, but it does happen.
- Honest Corporate Executive: As CEO of Stark Industries, she refuses to accept the Extremis project because it could be easily weaponized.
- Hyper Competent Sidekick: She runs Stark Industries for Tony when he's busy or bored. By Iron Man 2, she's the CEO of Stark Industries.
- In-Series Nickname: Her birth name is hardly ever brought up.
- Let's Get Dangerous: In the finale of Iron Man 3, she demonstrates her badass cred by disabling an Iroo Man suit, ripping off its arm, and then uses its repulsor to finish off Killian.
- Living Emotional Crutch: Tony states Pepper is "the one thing I [he] can't live without".
- Meaningful Name: Virginia "Pepper" Potts. Silk hiding fire.
- Morality Pet: Downplayed. Tony does become nicer by then end of the first movie and onward, but can still be quite arrogant and obnoxious. Pepper is the only one he's the nicest to. Pepper also doubles as his Living Emotional Crutch.
- Nice Girl: One of the most easiest to get along with.
- Non-Action Snarker: She doesn't fight most of the time, and sass is one of her ways of dealing with things.
- Oh Crap!: Throughout Iron Man 2, Tony repeatedly tried and failed to tell her about how the miniature reactor in his body was now killing him, including one incident where Pepper refused to hear him outright because she was still steaming over a quarrel they'd been having. After spending the whole movie annoyed and angry at him, Tony finally manages to drop the bomb on her, and she's absolutely terrified at the thought.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Everybody calls her Pepper instead of Virginia.
- Only Sane Woman: In Tony's life. She (tries to) keep him focused.
- Redheaded Heroine: She helps take down Stane, gets Hammer arrested, and kills Killian.
- Relationship Upgrade: To an Official Couple with Tony as of the end of Iron Man 2.
- The Reliable One: To Tony. He wouldn't ask just anyone to remove the prototype arc reactor and slot in the new one.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: She almost does this twice, in the first movie when she discovers Tony is risking his life as Iron Man and in the sequel after the pressure of running the company and having to deal with Tony's erratic and irresponsible behaviour become too much. She doesn't go through with it.
- Servile Snarker: She's an expert at the Stealth Insult. She never loses her sweet smile or polite demeanor during the following:Pepper Potts: I have your clothes here; they've been dry cleaned and pressed. And there's a car waiting for you outside that will take you anywhere you'd like to go.
Christine Everhart: You must be the famous Pepper Potts.
Pepper Potts: Indeed I am.
Christine Everhart: After all these years, Tony still has you picking up the dry cleaning.
Pepper Potts: I do anything and everything Mr. Stark requires. Including, occasionally, taking out the trash. Will that be all?
- Sexy Secretary: Ironically, not what Tony hired her for.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Downplayed; less 'subtle manipulation' and more 'semi-aggressive nudging'. Getting a concept into Tony's head when he's thinking about something else is not a job for subtlety.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Pepper doesn't begin a romantic relationship with Tony unless he was willing to take it seriously, and she wouldn't be another one of his many flings. Best evident in her refusal to kiss him in the first Iron Man.
- Slut-Shaming: Take, for example, the quote under Servile Snarker. She gets the same reporter again in Iron Man 2 with a jab about "doing a spread" on Tony. Played for Laughs, usually. Mercifully, all she has to say to Maya is "you saved yourself a world of pain".
- Territorial Smurfette:
- Subverted in Iron Man 2. Tony Stark expects this to happen with Pepper and the new aide Natasha, but the two of them get along fine. Pepper takes it as a sign of Tony's arrogance that he'd assume another Love Triangle would form over him.
- Averted with Christine Everhart in Iron Man. Pepper is perfectly civil to her after Christine slept with Tony, it's only when Christine is pretty rude to her that she snarks back. Moreover, the dialogue suggests that Pepper's had this situation with Tony's one-night stands before and thus averts the trope as a rule.
- Took a Level in Badass: In Iron Man 3, she successfully operates a suit to save Tony's life. At the end of the film, she becomes even more powerful and finishes the mastermind off with the powers derived from Extremis.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: She was always protective of Tony; in the third movie she gets to prove it physically instead of just by calling SHIELD. Killian finds this one out the hard way, and won't be coming back to learn from his mistake of messing with her and Tony.
- Xenafication: In part thanks to Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Downey Jr. insisting on it, Pepper has her own action scene in Iron Man 3. As she's usually so peaceful, her sudden aggression surprises her.Pepper: [after killing Killian] ...Oh my god...that was really violent!
Obadiah Stane / Iron Monger
Obadiah Stane / Iron Monger
"We're iron mongers; we make weapons."
Portrayed By: Jeff Bridges
- Adaptation Origin Connection: In the MCU, Obadiah is a long term business partner to both Tony Stark and his father. His betrayal is what leads to the creation of Iron Man. In the comics, he has no connection to Tony's origin, being simply a rival arms manufacturer.
- Affably Evil:
- Stane is a ruthless arms dealer who double deals and initiates a coup against Tony with the board of directors to lock him out of the company. On the other hand, he's a jovial wise-cracker who brings Tony pizza from New York (Tony lives in Malibu) and rides around on a Segway.
- In a deleted scene he tells the scientists working on the Iron Monger suit that he's appreciative of their efforts but they need to work harder. He then delivers a speech declaring that technology the level of what Tony has created only comes once a generation, and it is their duty to discover its secrets and make sure the right people have access to them for the good of civilization. He may have just been lying to motivate them, but it at least indicates Stane considers himself a Well-Intentioned Extremist Anti-Villain.
- To the scientist William, he also still speaks in soft friendly tone while saying "Here's the technology"... until he finally lost it and shouting the memetic "TONY STARK WAS ABLE TO BUILD THIS IN A CAVE! WITH A BOX OF SCRAPS!"
- Arm Cannon: The Iron Monger suit has a minigun mounted on the right forearm and a rocket launcher on the left.
- Badass Boast:Iron Monger: Now nothing's going to stand in my way. Least of all... you.
- Bald of Evil: Jeff Bridges was reported to be looking forward to shaving his head to portray Stane with this.
- Beard of Evil: A well groomed one, in contrast to Tony's goatee.
- Big Bad Friend: He's something like Tony's Honorary Uncle in the first film and plotted to have him killed.
- Black Market: His source of income is selling weapons to anyone with the money for them. His plot to have Tony killed is so he can engage in his dealings without someone watching over his shoulder.
- Bond Villain Stupidity:
- Not cleaning out his inbox, for a start.
- Leaving Tony alone to anguish and die without his heart. (Though admittedly, Stane barely had enough time to do a victory jig as Coulson and Pepper were rapidly closing in.)
- Car Fu: Tries to crush Tony under an SUV. When that fails, he grabs a motorcycle and bats him away with it.
- The Chessmaster: Orchestrated the hit on Tony in Afganistan and later locks him out of the company to continue his Evil Plan.
- Chewing the Scenery: Just that memetic line he delivered in the movie. (See Large Ham entry)
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Everyone he works with will eventually find themselves paralyzed and their stuff stolen.
- Cigar Chomper: Goes nicely with the corrupt business man thing he has going.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Handed over Stark weaponry to the Ten Rings in exchange for using them on Tony's convoy. Tony is aghast when he finds out, as it means his uber-patriotic company has been "double-dealing" to terrorists and U.S. armed forces alike.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: His motivation come the third act — he sees the vast potential in the arc reactor and armor Tony has designed, and plans to reproduce the technology and use it to create a new generation of weapons.
- Deadpan Snarker: The only thing he and Tony have in common is witty banter.
- Disney Villain Death: Faceplants directly into the prototype arc reactor, causing the plant to blow up. That's assuming he didn't die first from being electrocuted.
- Drunk on the Dark Side: Normally calm and Affably Evil, Obadiah seems to lose his cool after becoming the Iron Monger, and even seems to realize it: "I must admit, I'm deeply enjoying the suit!"
- Evil Chancellor: Not royalty or even part of the government, but still fills the role due to his position in Stark Industries.
- Evil Gloating: "This is your legacy. A new generation of weapons, with this at its heart."
- Evil Mentor: He tries to steer Tony over to his line of thinking; "We're Iron Mongers".
- Evil Plan: Arranged for Tony's murder and the takeover of Stark Industries.
- Evil Sounds Deep: The Iron Monger makes his voice sound deeper and more menacing when he's got the helmet on.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Definitely a part of his motivation. He thinks he's been "holding [Tony] up" for almost three decades, and resents being pushed into the background since he took over the company (literally, in the montage of magazine posters shown at the beginning of the film).
- Large Ham: Evil Is Hammy, after all. Best exemplified by the Punctuated! For! Emphasis! gem of a quote he gives to one of the scientists at Stark Industires:Stane: Tony Stark was able to build this IN A CAVE!...WITH A BOX OF SCRAPS!!
- Manipulative Bastard: Manipulates Tony out of the company and uses and discards the Ten Rings when they are no longer useful.
- Meaningful Name: Tony often refers to his mentor/father figure as "Obie". Obie = Obi = Obi-Wan.
- Mini-Mecha: The Iron Monger suit is closer to this than Powered Armor.
- No Honor Among Thieves: Perturbed by Raza's refusal to kill Tony, Stane later meets with him in the desert to talk terms. However, Raza no longer has any collateral with which to bargain, and Stane simply disposes of him and his goons.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Though interrupted.Iron Monger: Your services are no longer required.
- The Resenter: Stane grew too comfortable running the company during Tony's adolescence.
- Treacherous Advisor: Already a major early villain from the comics, Obadiah was retooled as having co-founded Stark Industries with Tony's dad, who then served as a mentor to Tony and the second-in-command of his company when the elder Stark died and Tony inherited the company. Naturally, this being an adaptation, Obadiah turns out to be more villainous than he lets on.
- Villain Has a Point: Up until the third act where he steals Tony's arc reactor and leaves him for dead (not to mention all his subsequent actions), Stane's reasons for his villainy are perfectly understandable. Putting a hit on Tony is extreme, but consider Tony is a Rich Idiot with No Day Job who yet gets all the fame and credit for the success of Stark Industries, as well as the fact that upon his return from Afghanistan Tony announces he's shutting down the weapons division of Stark Industries, the company's focus for decades, with no plans for what the company is going to do instead, and he keeps a technological breakthrough like the arc reactor secret and for his own private use. No wonder Stane wants to get rid of Tony, he's reckless and damaging to the company Stane helped his father build.
- Villainous Breakdown: Everything he does after Pepper steals the evidence of his terrorist dealings and hands them over to S.H.I.E.L.D. including the well-known "Box of scraps" scene. Even his final gambit is nothing more than a desperate, insane bid to drag Tony down with him.
- War for Fun and Profit: His ultimate goal is to revolutionize the U.S. military with arc-powered weapons and suits. Each patented and trademarked by Stark Industries, of course.
- Wicked Cultured: This guy is great on the piano, but the hidden message was less well-meaning.
- Would Harm A Child: He throws a car full of them at Tony. He was looking directly into the windshield and could see them screaming, so he was well aware of what he was doing.
Harold "Happy" Hogan
Harold "Happy" Hogan
"Let me tell you something, you know what happened when I told people I was Iron Man's bodyguard? They would laugh in my face. I had to leave while I still had a shred of dignity."
Portrayed By: Jon Favreau
- Alliterative Name: First and last name starts with an H.
- Amusing Injuries: His fight with a single guard has him mostly getting his butt kicked, though he eventually wins. Earlier, he also gets an airbag to the face, and Black Widow wipes the floor with him in boxing.
- Badass Driver: His Monaco run must be seen to be believed; slaloming against the direction of the incoming race cars at top speed note — much of it one-handed because Pepper is desperately trying to get the Mark V uncuffed from his arm. With the key in his pocket.
- Battle Butler: Practices boxing. While not nearly as badass as Black Widow, he does try. His real skill is driving.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: He doesn't consider it a real job.Happy: I tell people I'm Iron Man's bodyguard and they laugh in my face.
- Boxing Battler: In his few fight scenes, he uses boxing.
- Butt Monkey: Comic relief is his thing.
- Creator Cameo: John Favreau directed the first two Iron Man movies.
- Guile Hero: When he sees Savin, he immediately follows his car, and attempts to spy on him and Taggart in 3. He goes pretty well too, up until he gloated to Savin about stealing a piece of an Extremis vial. Although, that could be attributed to the fact that he never considered Savin fighting back in public.
- Hopeless Suitor/Nice Guy: Though Word of God from Jon Favreau confirms that he's secretly in love with Peppernote , he's still a Shipper on Deck for her and Tony, and doesn't even make a big deal out of it.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: He is a pretty good boxer, unfortunately, he happens to live in a World of Badass. Black Widow easily defeated him in their training in Iron Man 2. He complains about it in Iron Man 3, hence why he switched to his new job as head of security.
- The Peeping Tom: While driving, he can't resist looking through the rear-view mirror and getting a peek at Black Widow changing into her Spy Catsuit. Unfortunately, he should have been thinking more about driving.
- Promoted to Love Interest: Inverted. In the comics, he is Pepper's love interest, and eventually her husband. In the films, he isn't, and instead supports Pepper and Tony being together. There remains one hint of his attraction to Pepper, though; note the Downton Abbey scene he's seen watching.
- Properly Paranoid: His suspicion about Killian and his men leads him to following the trail of their plot.
- Rules Lawyer: After becoming head of Stark Industries security, he's an incredible stickler for protocol, namely everyone wearing their ID badges visibly on their torso. He takes a 300% increase in HR complaints as a sign of accomplishment.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: He always wears a suit.
- Shipper on Deck: Calls Pepper "the best thing that's ever happened to [Tony]", and is concerned about her possibly falling for Killian if Tony continues to neglect her.
- Spanner in the Works: Before he slips into a coma he points towards the dogtags of the exploded Extremis soldier, thus giving Tony a lead on why the bombs the Mandarin uses leaves no trace.
- Time Passage Beard: Inverted. In 1999, he had a beard and longer hair, but shaved off both in the present.
Portrayed By: Paul Bettany (voice in MCU)
Other Appearances note : Mainstream Marvel Universe | House of M | Age of Ultron | The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes | Iron Man: Armored Adventures | Ultimate Spider-Man | Avengers Assemble | Iron Man: Rise of Technovore | LEGO Marvel Super Heroes | Super Hero Squad OnlineAn extremely advanced AI developed by Tony Stark. Jarvis assists Tony in just about everything the billionaire develops, has complete functional control of various terminals and robots Tony owns, and in a lot of ways is Tony's house. Jarvis also serves as the operating system for the Iron Man suit through an up-link, essentially making him the other half of Iron Man.For tropes relating to the Vision, see Avengers: Age of Ultron.
- Adaptation Distillation: The "Tony's A.I. butler" concept dates back to the 90's Iron Man cartoon. So he goes through two alternate media before making his way to the comic books.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Averted. Not only is Jarvis both competent and eloquent, he's constantly having back and forth banter with Tony.
- A.I. Roulette: One of his robots (supposedly, Tony's first) is incredibly incompetent. Tony describes it as a "tragedy."
- Animated Armor: In a pinch, he can take direct control of Tony's armor. During the climax of Iron Man 3, Jarvis controls most of Tony's suits on his own; since Tony isn't wearing them or controlling them directly, they speak and behave with Jarvis' own voice and personality.
- Benevolent A.I.: During the climax of Avengers, he offers to call Pepper, an act that has no tangible benefit except comforting Tony during what could be his last moments.
- In Age Of Ultron, he puts himself on the line to stop Ultron before anyone else even knows that he exists. He also places himself as a barrier between Ultron and all of the nuclear launch codes by his own volition.
- British Stuffiness/The Jeeves: He's basically a digital British butler.
- Came Back Strong: Invoked. After Ultron destroys J.A.R.V.I.S., his salvaged personality is uploaded into Vision.
- Canon Immigrant: Eventually his popularity got him into the comics.
- Composite Character: Though he was originally created as a modernized version of Edwin Jarvis, he also gains the traits of another character when he becomes the Vision.
- Dead Guy Junior: Revealed in the canon tie-in comics and Agent Carter: J.A.R.V.I.S. is named and programmed after the personality/voice of a once real-life Jarvis that served the Stark family when Tony was a child. note Tony privately admits that the human Jarvis was the only one who was ever really there for him growing up.
- Deadpan Snarker:[shows Tony a gold Mark III render]
Tony: A little ostentatious, don't you think?
Jarvis: What was I thinking? You're usually so discreet.
Tony Stark: Tell you what, throw a little hotrod red in there.
Jarvis: Yes, that should help you keep a low profile.
- Decomposite Character: Initially, J.A.R.V.I.S. was written as a modernized version of the character of Edwin Jarvis. Later on in the setting, it was revealed that Edwin was actually a butler for both Howard and Tony Stark, and though he passed away, J.A.R.V.I.S. was created in his memory.
- Fun with Acronyms: His name stands for "Just A Rather Very Intelligent System".
- Gadgeteer Genius: He's a computer AI, fully capable of engineering components himself and carrying out other complex tasks.
- Heroic Sacrifice: The majority of his programming is destroyed when he tries to stop the seconds-old Ultron, and he dedicates the rest of it to keeping Ultron away from every nuclear launch code in the world. The little that remains is then made into The Vision.
- Hive Mind: Whenever he's controlling robots directly, they all function as one entity, even speaking in unison at one point. He's even able to operate forty of Tony's Iron Man armors at once.
- Master Computer: J.A.R.V.I.S. assists in just about every aspect of Tony's life. Averted in that J.A.R.V.I.S. is generally nice and compliant, albeit sarcastic as hell and prone to questioning his creator's more reckless stunts.
- Mythology Gag: The name references Edwin Jarvis, the Avengers' butler in the comics.
- Nice Guy: Fiercely loyal to Tony, as shown when he asks him if he'd like to call Pepper before heading for what looks like certain death.
- Servile Snarker: He's quite sarcastic, no doubt about it, but he's loyal to Tony nonetheless.
- Shipper on Deck: For Tony and Pepper. When Tony is apparently about to die in The Avengers, it's J.A.R.V.I.S. who suggests that he call Pepper to say goodbye.
- Took a Level in Badass: In the third movie, Tony gets J.A.R.V.I.S. to operate an entire legion of Iron Man armors. They have their own advantages for being unmanned Animated Armor, thus reducing the disadvantage of their Conservation of Ninjutsu status. Their parts can be detached and re-attached at J.A.R.V.I.S.'s will anytime. Heck, they can still move and kick asses even after some of them are beheaded!
See the "Others" section in Marvel Cinematic Universe
United States Government and Military
James "Rhodey" Rhodes (War Machine / Iron Patriot)
USAF Lieutenant Colonel/Colonel James "Rhodey" Rhodes (War Machine / Iron Patriot)
"The future of air combat...Is it manned, or unmanned? I'll tell you in my experience, no unmanned aerial vehicle will ever trump a pilot's instinct."
Portrayed By: Terrence Howard, Don Cheadle (pictured right)
Film Appearances: Iron Man (Portrayed by Terrence Howard) | Iron Man 2 | Iron Man 3 | Avengers: Age of Ultron | Captain America: Civil WarTony Stark's best friend, and military liaison to Stark Industries. Uses a modified version of Iron Man's Powered Armor as War Machine.
- Adaptational Heroism: Not Rhodey himself because he's a hero in the comics. This trope applies only to the Iron Patriot Armor. In the comics, it was originally used by Norman Osborn, a supervillain who was at best a Knight Templar.
- American Robot/Captain Patriotic: His new "Iron Patriot" paintjob in Iron Man 3. Despite being based on a villain's look in the comics, here it just plays up his Military Superhero status. Surprisingly drops the paint scheme as of Avengers: Age of Ultron.
- Appropriated Appellation: After Tony insults his armor by calling it a "war machine" in Iron Man 2, Rhodey takes to calling his armor that himself. Tony notes in the tie-in comic to Iron Man 3 that he meant it as an insult.
- Atrocious Alias: Tony isn't impressed by the Iron Patriot name, and Rhodey ultimately admits he liked War Machine better. By way of his AIM passcode, no less...
- Badass: Self-identified. "It's called 'being a badass'."
- Badass Normal: Like Tony, he has no superpowers.
- BFG: Tony seems to think he's compensating for something. Rhodey's reply is "It's called being a badass."
- Bald of Awesome: Only the Don Cheadle version.
- Bash Brothers: With Iron Man and highlighted at the end of 2.
- Black Best Friend: Tony's Only Friend is him. Everyone else that he spends any time with works for him or was made by him.
- Brought Down to Badass: In 3. He's stripped of his suit, and winds up on an oil tanker armed with only a pistol against Extremis-empowered soldiers. He proceeds to go and get his suit back and rescue the President.
- Can't Hold His Liquor: Sucks at avoiding temptation and gets drunk much faster than Tony.
- The Cavalry: Shows up in the climatic fight of Avengers: Age of Ultron, acting as point defence for the helicarrier.
- Cloud Cuckoolanders Minder: "That's why I have to be your babysitter. You need your diaper changed, I'll get you a bottle." As much as he complains, he truly cares about Tony.
- Colonel Badass: Lieutenant-Colonel, to be precise.
- Composite Character: In 3, he wears the Iron Patriot, originally worn by Norman Osborn in the comics.
- Deadpan Snarker: The only way to interact with Tony. "How was the Fun-Vee?"
- Distressed Dude: Both sequels involve the War Machine/Iron Patriot armor being captured or hijacked by the main villains.
- Gatling Good: Shoulder-mounted and auto-targeting.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Rhodey is one of the very few people Tony truly trusts, and he's always trying his hardest to keep Tony from hurting himself.
- Humans Are Warriors: He likes talking about the soldier community: "They've got my back....and I've got theirs."
- Improbable Aiming Skills: In 3, he nails several difficult shots with a pistol, including a distant light and some cables.
- The Lancer: Serves as a foil to Tony. He's humble, responsible, and follows orders.
- Meaningful Rename: His superhero moniker is changed from "War Machine" to "Iron Patriot" in the face of the Mandarin terror threat.
- Military Superhero: Lieutenant-Colonel of the US Air Force and War Machine.
- Moment Killer: To Tony and Pepper at the end of Iron Man 2. To be fair, he was sitting right there and they didn't bother to check.Rhodey: Get a roof!
- More Dakka: War Machine has five different kinds of guns.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: Downplayed for a funny moment. He thinks "Iron Patriot" is stupid like everyone else, but his superiors approved it so he goes along with it.
- No Hero to His Valet: Most people who actually care about Tony spend a decent amount of time deflating his ego, and Rhodey is no exception.
- Not So Above It All: He tries very hard to be the responsible adult around Tony. It's not as easy as one might think.
- Not So Stoic: When he's with Tony, he's a bit more livid, like if Tony's gotten him a bit drunk, gets angry with Tony, or dons the War Machine armor, especially during the final battles and the finale of Iron Man 2.
- Only Sane Man: One of two in Tony's life. The other one is Pepper.
- The Other Darrin: Terrence Howard was replaced by Don Cheadle for the second film. His first scene in the second film is framed in such a way that his face isn't visible until after Tony greets him, so that the audience is clear on who he is.Tony: I didn't expect to see you here.
Rhodes: It's me, I'm here, deal with it, let's move on. Drop it.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: When hanging out with the Avengers. In Age of Ultron he tells a story to Thor and Tony (complete with witty one-liners) and gets patronizing approval, and he remarks that that story usually kills. He's later seen telling the story again to a group of civilians just to make himself feel better.
- Powered Armor: His piece was originally the Mark 2, the first flight-capable suit Tony made after returning from captivity. Rhodes confiscates it from Tony and gets it upgraded by Justin Hammer in Iron Man 2.
- Ret Canon: Again, this version of Iron Patriot. It's migrated into mainstream Marvel Universe after Iron Man 3.
- Shipper on Deck: The Iron Man 3 prequel comic mentions how thrilled he is that Pepper is moving in with Tony.
- Shoulder Cannon: It's a big gun, but not the big gun.
- The Stoic: When he's with his co-workers, he's calm and focused.
"My priority is to get the Iron Man weapon turned over to the people of the United States of America."
Portrayed By: Garry ShandlingCaptain America: The Winter Soldier.
- Canon Foreigner: Was created specifically for Iron Man 2, and thus has no comic book equivalent.
- Cerebus Callback: His appearance in Iron Man 2 becomes one after the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It is entirely possible that the reason why the government wanted Tony's Iron Man armor was because of Stern's allegiance to HYDRA.
- Corrupt Politician: He's an undercover HYDRA member.
- Dirty Old Man: When speaking to Sitwell in The Winter Soldier, he mentions a constituent he works with, describing her as "really hot, wants to be a reporter, but who listens by that point?"
- Jerkass Has a Point: While he's a jerk about it, it's hard to argue that he's wrong to be worried about leaving technology as sophisticated and dangerous as the Iron Man suits in the hands of a Manchild like Tony Stark. Granted, he probably wanted to hand it over to HYDRA for their goals, but that doesn't actually disprove his point.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: When he's roped into giving Tony and Rhodey medals for stopping Ivan Vanko, he deliberately messes up pinning Tony's medal so that it jabs him at the same time. Pretty mean but, as he puts it, Tony had been "a little prick" to him, so it's getting even.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: He's a Senator who tries forcing Tony Stark back into weapons contracting.
- No Party Given: We never learn if he's Republican, Democrat, or an independent. His real allegiance turns out to be HYDRA.
- Properly Paranoid: Stern feels the suits should be granted to the US so they can defend against enemy ones, but Tony assures him that there's no danger of rival armor suits to counter his, and that all attempts are decades behind. However, Ivan Vanko soon arrives to provide some doubts about that. Downplayed since, as a member of HYDRA, Stern is an enemy himself all along.
- Shout-Out: His name is a reference to Howard Stern, who heavily promoted the first Iron Man film on his radio show, even interviewing director and casual friend Jon Favreau.
- Stealth Insult: To Tony: "Funny how annoying a little prick can be."
President Matthew Ellis
President Matthew Ellis
"You elected me on a single platform: I will defend this country at all cost."
Portrayed By: William Sadler
- Defiant to the End: Even when threatened by Savin wearing the Iron Patriot armor, Ellis doesn't cower and instead tries to pull a gun in the face of his situation.
- Distressed Dude: In Iron Man 3, he is abducted by Aldrich Killian.
- The Ghost: Although he is seen on video for the Captain America exhibit in the Smithsonian Institution, he is still unseen entirely in both Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. The former more so when HYDRA targets him and others during Project: Insight.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: What Killian tries to invoke by having the President die in the suit of armor that the President commissioned for Rhodes while set on fire by oil.
- The Leader: He's the leader of the USA. Based on what we see of him, he cuts a Charismatic type figure.
- Our Presidents Are Different: He's President Personable, who later becomes President Target by Killian. Likely would have become President Action given he was wearing the Iron Patriot armor, but never got a chance to use it.
- Becomes President Target again when HYDRA starts Project: Insight.
- His name is likely one to Warren Ellis, who wrote the Extremis arc that the film takes inspiration from.
- "Ellis" is also the middle name of Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida, possible 2016 presidential candidate, and son and brother, respectively, of former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. Sadler is made up to resemble the younger Bush very significantly.
Vice President Rodriguez
Vice President Rodriguez
Portrayed By: Miguel Ferrer
- Bald of Evil: Once his true colors are revealed.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Once he becomes President he'll still technically answer to Killian, making him the real leader.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Working to use Extremis to have his daughter's leg regenerated.
- Karma Houdini: Averted. An ending montage shows him being arrested, along with other surviving accomplices of AIM.
- Number Two: He's the second in command of the USA.
- President Evil: He's working with Killian to kill the president, in order to have his daughter's leg regenerated.
- The Starscream: The plan is for President Ellis to be killed and Vice President Rodriguez to take his place.
- Traitor Shot: Once he was finished talking with Rhodes and Stark, another man asked if something was wrong, leading to the above tropes.
- Twenty Fifth Amendment: He was to ascend to the office of president once Killian had killed Ellis.
- Walking Spoiler: There's really no way to talk about him without spoiling his morality, since he doesn't show up at all until that particular reveal.
Hammer Advanced Weapons Systems
Ivan Vanko / Whiplash
Ivan Vanko / Whiplash
"If you could make God bleed, people would cease to believe in Him. There will be blood in the water. The sharks will come."
Portrayed By: Mickey Rourke
Film Appearances: Iron Man 2Son of Anton Vanko, a former partner of Howard Stark, who forced his father's exile to Siberia, and a subsequently miserable life turned him to revenge against Howard's son Tony.
- Affably Evil: Vanko's shown to be a pretty nice guy as long as you're on his good side, and even if you aren't, he isn't above some polite conversation.
- Badass: Implied to be a fearsome guy in his past (Mafiya tatoos and all) and then he goes to give Iron Man a run for his money.
- Badass Normal: Electro-whips aside, Vanko's just a normal guy fighting true Powered Armor. Until his second suit, which is indeed Powered Armor and much stronger than Tony's and Rhodey's.
- Big Bad: In Iron Man 2,he's the major threat and the one pulling the strings but he's content to let Hammer think he's just an underling.
- Canon Immigrant: Vanko's version of Whiplash is later migrated into mainstream Marvel comics universe.
- Clothes Make the Superman: He provides the page image.
- Composite Character: Of Whiplash (the whips) and Crimson Dynamo (the Powered Armor, being Russian, and his name).
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Discussed Trope; Tony asks why he didn't take his arc reactor, inferior to his but still functional, to an enemy nation or the black market and make a fortune. He also could have lived a comfortable life on Hammer's dollar with the quality of work he was providing. In both cases, he preferred using his talents to get revenge on Tony instead of making money.
- Driven to Suicide: Unable to kill Tony and wounded by him, he actives the self-destruct device inside his Whiplash Power Armor and other Hammer Drones, gloating to Tony, "You lose." while he laughed.
- Evil Counterpart: He built a miniature arc reactor out of scraps and used it to power weapons that gave Iron Man a good run for his money. The novelization even has Tony note that if their fathers had been in reversed positions and it was Howard who was deported and left to descend into drunken depression, Tony might have ended up just like Vanko.
- Evil Plan: "What your family did to mine in forty years, I will do to you in forty minutes."
- Flunky Boss: Hacks War Machine and the "Hammeroids", sending them against Tony before he finally takes him on personally.
- Genius Bruiser: One of two people capable of making arc reactor technology and then used it to make his own Powered Armor.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has the traditional scar down his eye.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Firmly believes (and not without some measure of justification) that he should have and could have been where Tony is now, if not for Howard Stark screwing his father.
- Large Ham: Mickey Rourke is clearly enjoying himself, best represented by Vanko frequently breaking into a smug smile.
- Made of Iron: His harness apparently gives him a good degree of protection. Happy drives a car into him and Vanko is barely stunned, and after being flung through the air onto asphalt he's still conscious, if dazed and bleeding heavily.
- The Mafiya: If his tattoos are accurate, he's a member.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: He shows that he's both fluent and eloquent in his early face-to-face confrontation with Tony Stark, but speaks to Hammer in broken, barely intelligible English just to mess with him.
- Oral Fixation: His toothpick.
- Pet the Dog: In his only displays of kindness, he shows he likes cockatoos, even the one Hammer gets him in place of Vanko's own back in Russia.
- The Quiet One: Vanko is notably very quiet, especially when compared with Tony or Justin. In several of his most prominient scenes, Vanko says barely anything at all; during the climax, his only words are "Good to be back" and "You lose."
- Renegade Russian: Tried selling Soviet nuclear fuel on the black market at one point.
- Revenge Before Reason: Why he's not using his technology for practical purposes; he only wants revenge.
- Shock and Awe: His whips are charged with electricty.
- Sins of Our Fathers: Tony's, specifically.
- The Stoic: Vanko is extremely calm and collected, even when held in captivity or being scolded by his billionaire employer. When Hammer tells his guards to start taking Ivan's bird and other comforts away, you can see when he stops protesting and when he starts just going with it silently. It's like flicking a switch.
- Tattooed Crook: Displays tattoos that are common with Russian criminals.
- Tragic Villain: All his disdain for Tony's family is well-founded (save for the fact that his own father was a crook). His father was cut off from the project he helped start, was deported to a winter wasteland to die in a bitter swill of alcoholism and disgrace, and he himself got wrapped up in organized crime to make a living. Beneath his cold exterior is a genius mind that even Tony Stark is impressed by.
- Troll: He clearly enjoys antagonizing Hammer just for the sake of doing it, such as telling him the drones won't be ready for the expo presentation when they most definitely are.
- When All You Have Is a Hammer: His harness and later his Powered Armor aren't shown to have any on-board weapons like the Iron Man or War Machine armor, except for the whips. Vanko still overpowers both of them because the whips are just that effective. It makes sense. The Iron Man and War Machine armors are filled to the brim with ranged weaponry, most of which is explosive. Up close, they either miss, or hit and damage both Vanko and themselves. The whips bring the attacker in close and immobilize them while delivering an electric discharge to fry and mangle the armor.
- Whip It Good: It cuts real well too.
- Worthy Opponent: He believes Tony to be the only one worthy enough to talk straight to. Other times he is either silent or in Hammer's case pretending to be an incompetent, broken English speaking Cloud Cuckoo Lander. With Tony, he makes his intentions clear and even follows Tony's sarcastic advice when upgrading his weaponry.
"Mr. Stark has built a sword, yet he insists on using it as a shield!"
Portrayed By: Sam Rockwell
- Adaptational Attractiveness: In the comics Hammer is much older, originally modelled after Peter Cushing.
- Adaptational Comic Relief: His comics counterpart is more cynical and his hatred of Tony Stark is much more apparent.
- Adaptation Displacement: After the film, most versions of Hammer show him being a young, arrogant, and incompetent inventor and businessman.
- Age Lift: His comics counterpart is much older.
- Ambiguously Bi: In Iron Man 2, he is briefly seen with Christine Everhart who seemingly flirted with him... until she left him when Tony told her Hammer lost his contract with the Government. In the short film All Hail the King, Hammer has a new male sidekick who constantly follows him and strokes his shoulder. To be fair, such behavior isn't exactly uncommon in prison. Hammer also talks about his "understanding" relationship with Tony that gives his jealousy a possible new meaning.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Thinks he's Tony's rival and is using Vanko to further his plans to show up Tony with the tech Vanko designs for him. The reality is the other way round.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: For all his villainous aspirations, he's just plain weird.
- Driven by Envy/Evil Is Petty: He has people killed just to get Vanko out so he can make his Hammerdrones, all for the sake of showing up Tony Stark.
- Evil Counterpart: Tries oh-so-hard to be this to Tony, only to fail spectacularly. It's really driven home during his display at the expo where he tries dancing his way onto the stage in an utterly feeble impersonation of Tony's showmanship to a very underwhelmed audience. Hilariously, when Tony shows up in the Iron Man armor, doing nothing more than coming in for a landing on the stage, the crowd goes wild.
- Evil Plan: Repeat: everything he does is for the sake of showing up Tony Stark.
- First Name Basis: He's the only one to call Tony Anthony.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Even though he's wealthy like Tony, he definitely envies Tony's talent and success. His technology throughout the film is described as a joke and a failed knock-off of Stark's. His jealousy is even shown when he's talking to Stark or mentioning him. Heck, most of his motivation in the film is to upstage Stark.
- Ignored Enemy: Despite his efforts, Tony barely acknowledges Hammer as a fellow industrialist, let alone a rival.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: His efforts at being either a respected businessman or a crafty villain are both such Epic Fail, it's hard not to feel sorry for the poor schmuck.
- Jerkass: One of the oilyest, most dickish characters in 21st century movies.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: He's not as smart as he makes himself out to be.
- Large Ham: Being an Evil Counterpart of Tony, he still needed to be a man full of himself. All Hail the King even has Hammer complaining about Slattery stealing the spotlight from him too — both represent how Evil Is Hammy, but Hammer does it without effort to overact!
- Made of Explodium:
- His "Ex-Wife" miniature bunker-buster projectile is supposedly extremely explosive. Emphasis on supposedly.Hammer: These are the Cubans, baby. This is the Cohibas, the Montecristos. This is a kinetic-kill, side-winder vehicle with a secondary cyclotrimethylenetrinitramine RDX burst. It's capable of busting a bunker under the bunker you just busted. If it were any smarter, it'd write a book, a book that would make Ulysses look like it was written in crayon. It would read it to you. This is my Eiffel Tower. This is my Rachmaninoff's Third. My Pieta. It's completely elegant, it's bafflingly beautiful, and it's capable of reducing the population of any standing structure to zero. I call it "The Ex-Wife."
- It doesn't work at all. It almost makes you wonder if one of the scriptwriters recently had a nasty divorce.
- His "Ex-Wife" miniature bunker-buster projectile is supposedly extremely explosive. Emphasis on supposedly.
- More Dakka: His armors and drones are equipped with massive ammunition. Tony lampshades it about Rhodey's War Machine armor that Hammer outfitted.
- Motor Mouth: Often speaks in fast and rambling sentences.
- Never My Fault: As he's being dragged to jail for attempting to kill Tony Stark and allying himself with Vanko, he accuses Pepper Potts of ruining his career and reputation.
- Redemption Promotion: The Ex-Wife doesn't work in Iron Man 2. In the Iron Man 3 Prelude comic, an Ex-Wife is launched at War Machine and temporarily disables it. This is the one Tony made, not the Hammer-downgraded one. Looks like he had something on it after all.
- Smug Snake: He has the same ego as Tony, but none of the genius to back it up.
- Sweet Tooth: He's eating ice cream when he meets up with Ivan and sucking on a sucker while presenting weapons to Rhodes (pictured above).
- Unknown Rival: To Tony. It was emphasized thoroughly in the second film.
Advanced Idea Mechanics (A.I.M.)
Dr. Aldrich Killian
Dr. Aldrich Killian
"The whole world's going to be watching."
Portrayed By: Guy Pearce
- Adaptational Villainy: In the comics, Aldrich Killian felt guilty about creating Extremis and killed himself at the start of the story. In the movie, he is instead the very much alive founder of the villainous AIM organization and impersonating the MCU version of the Mandarin.
- Adorkable: Before becoming a bad guy. Just look at the way he gushes when Tony talks to him.
- Ascended Extra: Aldrich Killian was a minor character written out within the first few pages of the "Extremis" arc in the comics. The Iron Man 3 version is a main character featured throughout the film.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: The leader of AIM, and the only Extremis Super Soldier who fights Tony to a stand-still in the Final Battle.
- Ax-Crazy: Only when his blood is really up. Normally, he's rather friendly and calm.
- Badass: The only man able to take on Iron Man without any sort of battle-suit and come close to winning.
- Badass Boast: Near the end of the film, Killian gives us this. But he's actually not the Mandarin — he just stole the name.Aldrich Killian: No more false faces. You said you wanted "The Mandarin"...you're looking right at him. It was always me, Tony, right from the start. I AM THE MANDARIN!
- Badass in a Nice Suit: After his rise to power, Killain takes to wearing business suits.
- Beard of Evil: Had one during the early stages of Extremis trials, as video evidence shows.
- Beneath the Mask/Broken Ace: Killian managed to rebuild himself, both physically and psychologically, into a good-looking, wealthy, confident ubermensch. In the scene where he admits Pepper is imprisoned as his trophy, the mask slips, and we briefly see the nervous, weak Stalker with a Crush he's always been.
- Big Bad: He's closely involved with fighting Tony in the third film, over a petty joke of Tony's from years ago. In fact, he's the one behind nearly everything in the film, from Extremis to the fake Mandarin. Again, because of a petty joke Tony played on him.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: At the beginning of the third film, it's not clear how much he is working with the Mandarin, but they clearly both have the same general "destroy Tony Stark" goal. In reality, while the Mandarin does exist (as revealed in All Hail the King), the one we see here is a fake, and Killian is behind the whole thing.
- Bigger Bad: Averted. Co-writer Drew Pearce revealed on Twitter that Killian's line "It was me, from the very start" just refers to his being the mastermind of the Extremis scheme. He was never the real Mandarin — he stole the name from the Ten Rings.
- Big "NO!": Twice. First, when Tony Stark seals him in the Mark 42 armor to blow him up. Second, his last words as Pepper sends one of Tony's missiles at him.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Seeing as he's the founder of AIM and all, he definitely fits.
- Composite Character:
- Invents Extremis like comics Aldrich Killian, but also has the dragon-tattoos, martial arts skills and Social Darwinist mindset of modern comic book incarnations of the Mandarin (though despite his Famous Last Words claim, he's not the Mandarin).
- He also bears many similarities to Gregory Stark.
- A few aspects of his character also come from M.O.D.O.K., head of AIM in the comics. Fittingly, in the video game sequel, he became M.O.D.O.K. after his "death" in the film.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: What with being the founder of AIM (terrorist sponsor!) and all.
- Create Your Own Villain: It's Tony Stark's petty joke back in 1999 that sets Killian on his Start of Darkness.
- Diabolical Mastermind: The true mastermind of the film, leading the criminal organization AIM in drumming up fake terrorist attacks.
- Disproportionate Retribution: His whole vendetta is because Stark blew him off once fifteen years ago. 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.
- The Dog Bites Back/Hoist by His Own Petard/Karmic Death/Laser-Guided Karma: It's not Tony who finishes him off. It's Pepper, whom he kidnapped and injected with Extremis.
- Evil Counterpart: Killian is a brilliant and arrogant weapon designer like Tony Stark, who is attracted to Pepper and has experimented on his own body. However, he uses his creations for evil instead of atoning for past mistakes. Also in contrast, Killian was insecure and fragile, whereas Tony was just a jerk and so full of himself that he didn't notice his glaring problems.
- Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: He's obviously trying to be the kind of villain who has a horribly and memorably sadistic sense of humour. Problem is, his jokes are dull and labored, even given their sadism.
- Evil Is Burning Hot: Can generate temperatures of up to 3000 degrees with his skin (see Touch of Death below), and in one scene he breathes fire .
- Evil Is Petty: Goes to extreme lengths to spite Tony just because the guy was a jerk to him back on New Year's Eve of 1999.
- Evil Makeover: Became much more sharp-dressed after his Start of Darkness.
- Evil Plan: The payoff of his plotting in Iron Man 3 is to monopolize the War on Terror by supplying both terrorists and the military that hunts them. On a personal level, he wants Pepper to be his trophy and Tony to suffer.
- Fanservice Pack: Thanks to the Extremis, he's buff.
- Faux Affably Evil: His initial charming demeanor only makes his true spiteful insanity all the more disturbing.
- Foil: Tony is incredibly smooth, born into wealth, and has a heart of gold. Killian used to be a loser, had to work his way up to the top, and is a sociopath.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Goes from being a Hollywood Nerd to a Corrupt Corporate Executive who's the head of AIM. This trope is the MO of his plan (to everyone besides the audience and Tony, he's still just a nobody).
- Genius Bruiser: He was always a brilliant scientist, but he also became an outstanding martial artist after embarking on his quest. He also has super-strength from Extremis.
- Genius Cripple: Before Extremis, he needed a cane to walk.
- Green-Eyed Monster: His hatred for Tony comes from his jealousy over Stark's successes.
- Healing Factor: The main power given to him by Extremis. It's powerful enough that he can regrow limbs in seconds and can even recover, albeit severely weakened, from being caught in an explosion.
- He Cleans Up Nicely: Pepper didn't recognize him at first; he says he spent five years with a personal trainer. Except that he actually gave himself a Super Serum makeover with Extremis.
- Hollywood Nerd: In 1999, he had buck teeth, wore big glasses, and is socially awkward. By 2013, he's an attractive, svelte man who also runs a scientific brain trust. However, it's just a facade for his true vile nature.
- I Have Your Wife: He kidnaps Tony's girlfriend Pepper, and the President, so that the heroes will stay out of the way.
- Kick the Dog: He murders Maya, his chief Extremis researcher, for no reason other than to pile more misery on Tony.
- Knight of Cerebus: When it turns out that the Mandarin we see on TV is just a fake, Killian's character becomes much darker to contrast with Trevor Slattery becoming progressively silly. Most humorous moments after The Reveal are few and far between, and the death count escalates.
- Lightning Bruiser: Is this due to Extremis. Especially notable during the final battle: he's able to keep up with an armored-up Tony in hand-to-hand combat (and at one point, dodge a rapid-fire barrage of repulsor blasts from Shotgun, Tony's fastest armor, with ease), and strong enough to easily rip Tony's armors apart with nothing but his red-hot hands.
- Loony Fan: He was Tony's big fan back in 1999, but Tony saw him as a nuisance. He wasn't actually loony, but Tony, being a jerk at the time, just blew him off.
- The Man Behind the Man: He's been preparing for this role for years, ever since Tony snubbed him. He's not very good at it, though; his ego means it's pretty clear from the start that he's behind some of the things happening to Tony. In fact, he's the real Big Bad behind all of them, and assumes the mantle of the Mandarin at the climax (though he's actually not the real one). The apparent Mandarin is just an actor he hired.
- Meaningful Name: A Mandarin was the name for an ancient Chinese "advisor to the King". As "the power behind the throne", this makes the name sort of fitting for Killian, even though he turns out in All Hail the King to have merely stolen it from the real Mandarin.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast/Punny Name: His last name sounds like "Kill" + "Villain".
- Nightmare Face: After surviving getting blown up by the Mark 42 armor, his face is horribly burnt with Glowing Eyes of Doom and Throat Light.
- 90% of Your Brain : Downplayed, but still there. When showing off the "live feed" of his brain he makes a point to show off a small chunk of his brain that doesn't seem to be used very much. At least, not while he isn't using any Extremis powers.
- Playing with Fire: Killian is the closest thing to a fire-elemental supervillain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe thus far, which is especially notable given that past Iron Man villains tended to have no superpowers and instead used Powered Armor, much like Tony.
- Psychopathic Manchild: When you think about it, Killian dragging the entire world into his petty vendetta against Tony somewhat resembles a kid setting someone's house on fire for stealing his favorite toy.
- Revenge Before Reason: He targets Tony Stark in retaliation for Stark's scorning of him and his projects in 1999, even though it's to the detriment of his main plans.
- Race Lift: He's a Caucasian man based on modern incarnations of the Mandarin, who's half-Chinese and half-white. And then All Hail the King reveals that he was never actually the Mandarin.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: After his Start of Darkness, he starts wearing business suits.
- Shrinking Violet: Male example, before Tony's cruel prank made him snap.
- The Sociopath: And the only clear cut one in the Iron Man series. Charming? Check, though in a Faux Affably Evil way. Manipulative? Check. Lack of morals or empathy? Double check — just look what he did to poor Maya. Grandiose sense of self-worth? The guy was trying to own the War on Terror and in a sense thought himself a god. Poor impulse control? Well, he did have that bit under control until Tony kinda blew him up — then again, poor Maya, and his overall plan was simply to get back at Tony for a prank. Troubled childhood? Given what he looked like back on New Year's Eve of 1999, we can assume life must have been a bit difficult for the dork that he was.
- Suddenly Shouting: During his Famous Last Words, "I AM THE MANDARIN!!!" Though he's really not.
- Super Prototype: He uses one against Tony. Specifically, himself. The AIM videos Tony watches imply Killian was the first human test subject of Extremis. Later, Killian is the only one who manages to take Iron Man one-on-one.
- Throwing Off the Disability: He doesn't need his cane to walk in the present day, thanks to over a decade of physical therapy and/or his Extremis upgrades.
- Took a Level in Badass: Went from a meek cripple to an unfettered Visionary Villain and a fire-breathing One-Man Army.
- Villainous Breakdown: Goes from a calm Magnificent Bastard to a raging madman who screams I AM THE MANDARIN!!!
- Villainous Crush: Has a thing for Pepper, who previously shunned him but now finds him charming.
- Visionary Villain: Claims he wants to use the dangerous Extremis virus to change science, medicine and war as we know it.Tony: You're a maniac...
Killian: No. I'm a visionary. But I do own a maniac, and he takes the stage tonight.
- Walking Spoiler: Knowing too much about him spoils The Reveal of Iron Man 3 that he, and not Ben Kingsley's character, is the real Big Bad.
- Would Hit a Girl: He doesn't hesitate to murder Maya when she's about to perform a Heel-Face Turn.
Dr. Maya Hansen
Dr. Maya Hansen
Portrayed By: Rebecca Hall
- Anti-Villain: She worked with Killian in the hopes that she could create a stable version of Extremis to be used for medical purposes.
- Brainy Brunette: She helped create Extremis, after all.
- Deadpan Snarker: A bit.Tony: Please don't tell me there's a twelve-year-old kid in the car that I've never met.
Maya: He's thirteen.
- Death by Adaptation: She survived in the original "Extremis" storyline from the comics. Here, Killian murders her when she gets rebellious.
- Green Thumb: Downplayed. She's no Poison Ivy, but her plants do demonstrate unusual powers, such as healing, exploding, and feelings that include disliking being touched.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Once she sees how far Killian is going regarding Tony and Pepper, she threatens to kill herself if Killian doesn't free them. Unfortunately, Killian opts to just shoot her.
- Evil Genius: No matter what Killian says, she's the actual brains behind Extremis. She's willing to go along with his Evil Plan for the most part, barring her brief Even Evil Has Standards moment.
- Face-Heel Turn: She helped develop Extremis and stayed to work out the kinks, but she seemed to be OK with the whole "fake terrorism" scheme.
- Heel Face Door Slam: After learning that Killian injected Pepper with the Extremis, Maya starts to have a change of heart and tries to free Tony. Unfortunately, Killian puts a bullet in her in response.
- Hot Scientist: Otherwise Tony wouldn't be interested in her research, even leaving her some notes while escaping.
- Not That Kind of Doctor: While she is a scientist, Maya is referred to as a botanist, due to her work being using plants to experiment on. She doesn't mind the term being used, mainly because her actual job is quite a mouthful: a biological DNA coder running a team of 40 out of a privately funded think-tank.
- Older Than They Look: Maya never says her age, but unless she is supposed to be a Teen Genius in the 1999 flashback, she has to be at least five to six years older than Rebecca Hall (Hall was born in May of 1982, and would have been 17 at the time of the 1999 flashback scene; and was 30 years old at the time of filming for the movie).
- Professor Guinea Pig: Averted. As shown by the cut on her forehead in the page image, she never injected herself with Extremis. She might have saved herself if she did.
- Walking Spoiler: Her first scene is "Tony's nth one night stand" because the rest would give away too much.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She holds out hope to be able to create a stable version of Extremis for medical purposes.
- Working with the Ex: What her reunion with Tony in the present is for. By then he's in a committed relationship.
Portrayed By: James Badge Dale
- Adaptational Villainy: In the comics, he's the cybernetic Anti-Hero known as Coldblood. Here, he's Killian's second-in-command and enforcer.
- Badass: He's an ex-soldier who makes kicking the crap out of people look effortless.
- Bald of Evil: Notably, he's one of the only bald characters in 3, and sadistically cruel.
- Character Tics: Often chewing gum when wreaking havoc.
- The Dragon: Serves as the villainous Killian's right-hand man.
- Empowered Badass Normal: An ex-soldier turned Extremis supersoldier. Then he wears the Iron Patriot armor on top of it all.
- Faux Affably Evil: Savin could be engaging in brutal combat while joking around, as such in the case when he asked Harley what he wanted for Christmas while holding him hostage, ready to kill him.
- Healing Factor: Courtesy of Extremis. Doesn't save him when Tony blasts his midsection with a Unibeam.
- Oral Fixation: Gum. He's almost always chewing it unless he needs to speak.
- Slouch of Villainy: Seated in the Stark Industries building, he has one leg dangling over one armrest and his head leaning on the other.
- Smug Smiler/Slasher Smile: He quite clearly enjoys fighting.
- Smug Snake: He's quite arrogant, to say the least.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: When using his Extremis powers.
- Torso with a View: Tony inflicts this on him via Chest Blaster.
- Touch of Death: His Extremis powers lets him generate temperatures in excess of 3000 degrees Celsius from his skin, allowing him to destroy anything he touches.
- Would Hurt a Child: Casually takes Harley hostage to get something from Tony.
Portrayed By: Stephanie Szostak
- Ax-Crazy: She doesn't even bother to hide the fact that killing people is a ton of shits and giggles for her.
- Blood Knight: She refers to "the smart way" and "the fun way." Her "fun way" is gruesomely murdering anyone who prevents her from capturing Tony.
- Blown Across the Room: Is sent flying into a power line after Tony causes an explosion by microwaving a pair of dog tags in a room with an open gas valve.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Tony accidentally walks into her five minutes before they meet again to deal each other more injuries.
- Dark Action Girl: She's quite efficient when it comes to hand-to-hand combat.
- Deadpan Snarker: "That's all you got? A cheap trick and a cheesy one-liner?"
- Empowered Badass Normal: An ex-soldier turned Extremis supersoldier.
- Evil Redhead: Her hair's scarlet, and she's definitely got the evil part down. "Fiery" could be a more accurate word.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: If you look closely enough at the above image, you can see a scar on the side of her mouth.
- Mythology Gag: The scars are probably a reference to her face in the comics having been burned off by Man-Thing.
- Impersonating an Officer: She tries to impersonate Homeland Security after "arresting" Tony. Once the local sheriff doubts her, she decides to screw it and show her true colors.
- Oh Crap!: It takes a minute for her to realize what Tony's planning before she and the building go boom.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: When using her Extremis powers.
- Scars Are Forever: They're there despite Extremis giving her a Healing Factor powerful enough to regrow her lost hand.
- Touch of Death: Her Extremis powers let her generate temperatures in excess of 3000 degrees Celsius from her skin, allowing her to destroy anything she touches.
The Ten Rings
"Whoever holds the weapons manufactured by Stark Industries rules the world...and soon, it will be my turn."
Portrayed By: Faran TahirIt didn't end well for him.
- Bald of Evil: This terrorist has one shiny dome.
- Canon Foreigner: He was created for the first film and has yet to appear in the comics. Although he seems to be partly inspired from Raza Longknife, especially his name and his scarred face.
- Canon Immigrant: Appeared in the 2010 Invincible Iron Man Annual as part of Mandarin's Blatant Lies retelling of Iron Man's origin.
- Character Death: After being deemed no longer useful, he is disposed of by Obadiah Stane.
- Chekhov's Gunman: His organization is called the Ten Rings and he expressed admiration for Genghis Khan. He's also shown wearing a prominent ring, which the novelization calls the Ring of Fire. All are references to long-time Iron Man villain and Big Bad of Iron Man 3, The Mandarin.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He is ordered by Obadiah to kill Tony in the beginning, but when he and his fellow terrorist learned their captive was Tony Stark, they keep him alive so he could build them a missile.
- Disc One Final Boss: He is the main antagonist until a little after Tony escapes from the cave.
- The Dragon: To Obadiah Stane, to a degree as he was hired to kill Tony. However, he mistakenly thinks they are a Big Bad Duumvirate.
- Dragon with an Agenda: Wanted Stane to give him Iron Man suits so he can conquer vast amounts of Asia. He didn't get his wish.
- Evil Plan: He wants to be a modern Genghis Khan and take over Asia with state-of-the-art weapons. He believes Tony is his ticket to acheving this.
- Expy: Of Wong-Chu, the Vietnamese warlord from the comics who serves the same role as Iron Man's Starter Villain.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: The right side of his face was badly burnt when Tony Stark laid waste to the Ten Rings' encampment as he escaped in a prototype suit of powered armor.
- Out-Gambitted: By Obadiah Stane. Their meeting resulted in his death.
- Pragmatic Villainy: He recognizes there is more value to keeping Tony alive than killing him, either to get more money from Stane or to have Tony build weapons for him.
- Too Dumb to Live: He underestimates Stane's treachery, and is promptly disposed of.
- Wicked Cultured: Raza has a strong knowledge of history, which inspires his ambition. He also has a sophisticated manner of speaking, even in the tensest situations.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Once Stane has the original Mark I armor, he is disposed of.
Portrayed By: Sayed Badreya
- Beard of Evil: He's got a beard and he's evil.
- Bilingual Bonus: All his dialogue is in Urdu, so Yinsen must translate what he says for Tony.
- Blatant Lies: Tells Tony that once he completes the Jericho missile, he will let him go. Tony immediately recognizes this as a lie, which Yinsen confirms.
- Do with Him as You Will: After Tony saves the villagers Abu and his men were terrorizing, he throws him to them so they can have revenge.
- The Dragon: To Raza, at the very least.
- Evil Is Petty: In addition to keeping Tony prisoner and making him build a missile, he also forces him to wash his clothes. However, Tony's lived such a pampered life that he has no idea how and botches the job.
- Go-Karting with Bowser: In a deleted scene, Abu enters the cell to check Tony and Yinsen's progress, and, seeing them playing backgammon, makes Yinsen's move for him. He turns out to be pretty good at the game.
- You Have Failed Me: Raza kills him in a deleted scene for letting Tony and Yinsen play. However, this is non-canon, as Abu shows up in a later scene.
The Mandarin / Trevor Slattery
"Some people call me a terrorist, I consider myself a teacher. America...ready for another lesson?"
Portrayed By: Ben Kingsleyleader of the international terrorist organization "The Ten Rings". After years of plotting in the shadows, he decides to come after Tony personally in Iron Man 3.
- Adaptational Wimp: He's missing his magic rings from the comics, and overall comes across as a Non-Action Guy. This is because he's just a figurehead set up by Killian, and Trevor is a coked-up narcoleptic drunken actor.
- Affably Evil: Trevor turns out to be pretty friendly, if kooky as hell and not a tad amoral.
- Ambiguously Brown: In-universe, no one is quite sure about his ethnicity, since his name, tactics, clothing and accent all come from markedly different cultures. Justified as he's designed to be the embodiment of what Americans consider an evil anti-American terrorist. While this trope still applies even after The Reveal, due to Kingsley's mixed heritage, one can say that "the Mandarin"'s mishmash of various cultural motifs was meant to play on this trope.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Uses this against Tony. Not intentionally, granted, but Trevor has a really short attention span. He falls asleep all the time and promptly interrupts his own reveal of AIM's plot to Tony and Rhodey to cheer on the soccer game he's watching on TV.
- Attention Whore: As should probably be expected of someone who appears on TV to threaten an entire country. He can be seen waving to his "fans" even as he's taken away by the police at the end.
- Bait-and-Switch Boss: All the lead up to fighting Killian is sent out the window when Tony breaks into his hideout, skipping the middleman and going straight for the top. However, it's revealed "the Mandarin" is just an actor playing a fictional terrorist created to keep the good guys distracted. Killian is the real Diabolical Mastermind and Big Bad.
- Badass Baritone/Basso Profundo/Evil Sounds Deep: Has a deep, booming, gravelly voice. It's just the voice Trevor uses as "the Mandarin"; in reality, he has a stereotypical "crazy old man" voice with a thick Cockney accent.
- Beard of Evil: Has one very much styled like Colonel Gaddafi or Osama bin Laden. It also doesn't look like it's been well maintained, which makes even more sense once you find out that he's just a drug-addicted actor working for Aldrich Killian, and Slattery generally doesn't look after his health as well as he should.
- Big Bad: The main antagonist of the third film. Until it turns out "the Mandarin" is just a smoke-screen for Aldrich Killian. Trevor's just the figure head.
- Bi the Way: In All Hail the King', Slattery has gone under situational homosexuality in prison. He also admits he experimented while in drama school.
- Blue and Orange Morality: He invokes this early on with his "What Is Evil?" moment. It somewhat applies when he's out of character, as all that really matters to him is his acting, and drugs, and women. It barely seems to occur to him that he's doing something wrong.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He can be silly when he's not being threatening. This is because he's an actor, but he's talented enough that Aldrich Killian is willing to overlook that.
- Canon Foreigner: How this Mandarin relates to the comics Mandarin is up for debate. He seems like he should be considered the same character, but his blurrier origin story makes it questionable. It turns out he's not the Mandarin. Trevor Slattery doesn't exist in the main Marvel universe.
- Catch Phrase: Tends to exclaim "Bloody hell!" when he gets surprised, which is something that "the Mandarin", as he's presented, would never say.
- Classically Trained Extra: Referenced by him in his speech to Tony. Further expanded later: Trevor was quite a respected Shakespearean actor back in England. Killian says, "His Lear was the toast of Croydon, whatever that means." This was presumably before drug addictions made him impossible to insure.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: He can affect this when he needs to. We're pretty sure it's real. Outside of the Mandarin persona, he's a drug-addicted loon.
- Cool Shades: In some of his videos, he wears sunglasses that make him look like an eccentric warlord in the vein of Muammar Gaddafi. The poster of him reclining with them on looks a lot more hilarious after The Reveal, at which point it just looks like Trevor had a bit too much fun the night before and was still a bit high or drunk when he came in to pose for the photo.
- Dirty Old Man: He enjoys hiring prostitutes. He offers them to Tony in a desperate attempt to save his own ass.
- Decoy Leader: He's a Dangerously Genre Savvy terrorist leader, so he has several decoys. Except he's the real decoy. Killian wanted a cover-up to distract from himself.
- Diabolical Mastermind: The self-styled leader of the criminal/terrorist organization known as the Ten Rings. Except he's not. There is a Mandarin who is the head of the Ten Rings, and he's not happy that Trevor stole his identity.
- Evil Brit: Kingsley is half-British; he occasionally slips into a British accent or uses colloquialisms. Clearly intentional; in-universe, he's a British actor Killian hired to act as a decoy.
- Establishing Character Moment: Any of his broadcasts could count, but his "I consider myself a teacher" is the big one. Except that's just a role he plays. Trevor's moment is when he rushes out of the bathroom, giggling like a kid, and tries to impress his prostitutes with the trivia about how fortune cookies aren't Chinese.
- A Middle Eastern anti-American terrorist who was formerly under the US's employ, leads an extremist rebel band, sends video broadcasts, and views himself as a cleanser of evil. In-universe, in fact. Trevor's Mandarin is supposedly Killian's attempt to directly draw on his influence.
- Trevor Slattery himself seems an awful lot like an older Russell Brand.
- Faux Affably Evil: Despite how politely he may speak, he still engineers terrorist attacks, plane crashes, and the burning of Tony's home to the ground. Though all of the aforementioned weren't his idea, and he turns out to be more Affably Evil.
- Genius Ditz: Once again, he can affect this personality when needed. Once again, it appears to be his real personality. Despite being a washed-up substance-abusing mess, Trevor is a skilled enough actor to at least play the role of a Diabolical Mastermind convincingly.
- Greater Scope Villain: He is the leader of the Ten Rings, which are antagonists in the first movie, but the Mandarin doesn't confront Tony until the third movie. While Trevor Slattery is not the Mandarin and, by extension, not the Greater Scope Villain, the real Mandarin that operates the Ten Rings from the shadows is.
- Heel-Face Turn: He claims to have defected from a Western intelligence agency when he found their methods unconscionable. Since that was all a lie, it doesn't count. He has a real one later, when he lends his speedboat to Tony and Rhodey after finding out the true nature of AIM's plans, though it's unclear how much force was required to make him do the favor.
- Hidden Depths: There's a lot more to him than is visible at first glance. Or a lot less, depending on your point of view. However regardless of his copious flaws, he certainly is an astonishing actor.
- Hookers and Blow: What he tried to tempt Tony with. And what Killian did tempt Trevor with.
- In the Hood: Wears an ornate hooded coat when he's in his Mandarin character.
- Knight of Cerebus: Tony's life takes a considerably darker turn once he shows up. When he is outed as a fake, he promptly loses this status and hands it over to Killian.
- Knight Templar: "Some people call me a terrorist. I consider myself a teacher."
- Large Ham: Ben Kingsley at his best and Killian lampshades it. A Justified Trope, since he's a stage actor in-universe.Mandarin: You'lll neverrr seee meeeee cominggggg.
- Master Actor: He's an incredibly talented actor when he wants to be. Which is why he was chosen to play the role of the Mandarin persona in the first place.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: Ben Kingsley is always described as friendly and almost jovial. It's also an In-Universe example. Outside of the Mandarin persona, he's harmless and fairly friendly.
- Mouth of Sauron: Some of the earlier Ten Rings "leaders" were using his speeches. Except not really. In reality, he's this for Killian, who writes his scripts.
- Never Trust a Trailer: The Mandarin gets many lines in trailers and ads that are never said during the actual film. This is most likely to hide his true nature even further, and implies that the Mandarin footage that we saw in the trailer is just B-roll footage that Killian has filmed for the video packages he then broadcasts on the air. Oh, and by the way, have you seen his Evil Overlooker for the movie's poster in the main page of Iron Man 3? It's also to make you believe he is the Big Bad.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Has a name of an imperial Chinese official, a samurai style haircut, a Middle Eastern-looking beard, brown skin, wears East Asian clothing, wields modern weapons, and talks like a Baptist preacher. According to Word of God, his tactics are a mish-mash of Chinese Art of War, South American guerillas, and Middle-Eastern terrorism, essentially being a hybrid of all of America's enemies in modern history. This is because, as an actor, he's taking cues from various movies.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Both inverted and played straight. Trevor is a scatterbrained nobody who pretends to be a terrorist mastermind. However, a deleted scene on the Blu-ray disc shows that Trevor's smarter than he acts, and also wrote some of his own dialogue.
- Obliviously Evil: He makes use of this more than once. He uses the fact that "the Mandarin" is just a role to beg for mercy; he honestly had no idea that people were being killed. This is probably why he's in a low-security prison in All Hail The King.
- Plucky Comic Relief: After The Reveal, he serves up comedy to contrast with Killian becoming a Knight of Cerebus.
- Puppet King: Some of the earlier Ten Rings leaders served as this to him. Except not at all. He's just a figurehead used to divert attention from Killian's plans, and the real Mandarin is still out there.
- Race Lift: In the comics, he's half-British and half-ethnic Mongolian. Ben Kingsley is half-white and half-Indian.
- Red Herring: He's been scattering these around the entire trilogy. In truth, he is one. He's just an actor hired to divert attention from the real antagonist, Killian. Once a poor, struggling alcoholic actor, he merely poses as the Mandarin in exchange for all sorts of amenities from Killian, including a mansion and a speedboat. Although he's an amoral sleazebag, he's far from truly evil. He even lends his speedboat to Tony and Rhodey, albeit through force.
- The Reveal: The Mandarin as he makes it doesn't exist. He's a Red Herring for Killian, who claims to be the real Mandarin. However...
- In All Hail the King, it's revealed that both Trevor AND Killian only stole the Mandarin's name. The real one's still out there.
- Ring of Power: Invoked with his ten rings. In the comics, they give him alien technological energy attacks. In this version, they serve as a symbol of his leadership over the terrorist organization The Ten Rings. In truth, they are merely part of his costume.
- Rogue Agent: Claims to be a former Western intelligence officer who ran morally questionable ops on behalf of the West, before he went "off the reservation" and started his own private war against America. He's actually a British actor.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: Once he is revealed just to be drunkard washed up actor and Tony gets his information about Killian from him, the movie's comedic humor is gone for the rest of the movie, changing the format drastically.
- Short Hair with Tail: Has very short hair except for a topknot, which, surprisingly, he retains even when he's not in-character.
- Too Dumb to Live: In All Hail the King, he points a gun at Jackson Norris' head, but hesitates pulling the trigger long enough for Norris to take the gun from him.
- Too Kinky to Torture: For a drunken British actor, he's remarkably composed and unfazed even while being repeatedly threatened with a gun shoved in his face. All the alcohol and drugs he's taken probably helped with that.
- Villain Episode: He's featured as the lead character of the Marvel One-Shot All Hail the King (an extra feature on the Thor: The Dark World Blu-Ray), taking place after the events of Iron Man 3.
- Visual Pun: At one point, he's seen with a fruit bowl full of, you guessed it, Mandarin oranges.
- Walking Spoiler: Knowing too much about him spoils the reveal that he's just an actor whom Killian hired to serve as a Red Herring.
- What Is Evil?: He pulls the moral relativism card during his ultimatum in the first trailer.Mandarin: Lesson number one: Heroes. There is no such thing.
- Wicked Cultured: He's quite cultured for a terrorist. It's not really surprising, since he's just an actor. Then again, he spends most of his time worrying not about intelligent matters, but about drugs, alcohol, sex, and football games...
- Would Hurt a Child: He mentions off hand in his first video that his attack on the air base in Kuwait was specifically targeted the spouses and children of military personnel who were away on orders. Again, he didn't know the attack actually happened, being that he's just the guy hired to be the patsy for Killian, the actual engineer who had to cover up an Extremis agent exploding in the air base.
"What do you say to your other nickname, the Merchant of Death?"
Portrayed By: Leslie Bibb
Film Appearances: Iron Man | Iron Man 2 | Newsfront With Christine Everheart (Ant-Man viral marketing)A reporter from Vanity Fair. She has strong feelings against Tony Stark's weapons development, and feels he is a war profiteer. Despite this, sexual tension pops up between the two. She later transitions to television and new media as the host of WHiH World News.
- Ascended Extra: After having a few minutes of screentime in each Iron Man movie, she takes a role as the host of the Web Original WHiH World News videos on YouTube.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: It takes just a minute and a half of arguing with Tony to pull her into bed with him. However, it doesn't go anywhere past that night.
- The Bus Came Back: After a five year absence in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, she reappeared in this video marking the MCU's first foray into Web Original content.
- Fanservice Extra: She's in Iron Man for just five minutes and two of those minutes are spent in a Modesty Bedsheet or just a shirt.
- Hot Scoop: Tony only cared about the 'hot' part and snarked at her scoop.
- Intrepid Reporter: Played with; Christine Everhart clearly wants to be this, but the fact that she ends up sleeping with Tony not long after self-righteously calling him out as the 'Merchant of Death' alone indicates that she's probably not as intrepid as she wants people to think. She generally comes off as being a bit smug and incompetent. Then again, she is the one to reveal to Tony that his company is selling weapons to the villains.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold/Good Is Not Nice: Pretty rude to both Tony and Pepper, yet has a strong sense of right and wrong.
- Jerkass Has a Point: After Tony escapes from capture, he agrees with her that his weapons development has gotten out of hand.
- Operation Jealousy: It's implied she started dating Justin Hammer in order to make Tony jealous. By then he doesn't care.
- The Resenter: After she realizes Tony used her for a night, she decides to take it out on Pepper. She's clearly out of her league.Christine: After all these years, Tony still has you picking up the dry cleaning.
- Romantic False Lead: She's introduced before Pepper, who ends up being Tony's true love.
- Stealth Insult: Often the victim of this, especially from Pepper. In addition to the above "trash" one...
- Strawman News Media: During her coverage of Scott Lang robbing VistaCorp, she says that there is no proof to back up his claims that VistaCorp was stealing from its customers. The station that airs her show is owned by VistaCorp, which Scott is quick to point out when he is interviewed.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Her first meeting with Tony turns from interviewing to accusing, calling him the Merchant of Death and a war profiteer. When he returns from capture and tells her he's stopped Stark Industries weapons manufacturing, she tells him that's still not enough, because there are still plenty of Stark-built weapons already in the hands of terrorists. Of course that was Obadiah Stane's doing, not Tony's. Though it does give Tony the idea of going to Afghanistan to deal with this problem.
- You Just Told Me: "I never said you were a superhero."
Dr. Ho Yinsen
Dr. Ho Yinsen
Portrayed By: Shaun Toub
- A-Team Firing: It's justified because he's a doctor and likely has no combat experience. The novelisation explains because he's a doctor and takes not killing very seriously even in the hellhole he's in.
- Firing in the Air a Lot: He's not even aiming at the terrorists, he just shoot his guns skywards while screaming and running after them.
- Call Forward/The Cameo: Appears in the opening scene of Iron Man 3, a flashback to New Year's Eve 1999. He tries to introduce himself to Tony at a party but is brushed off — an event he referenced during their first conversation in Iron Man.
- Death by Origin Story: The only difference between the film version of Iron Man and the various comic origins is that Dr. Yinsen is now a Muslim. He's still a respected colleague, and he still sacrifices himself to allow Tony to escape.
- Death Seeker: Wanted to die so he can be reunited with his family, but not before helping Stark escape and become a better man.
- Doomed Hometown: Yinsen mentions hailing from a village called Gulmira. Guess where Raza decides to test his brand new Stark Industries toys?
- Heroic Sacrifice: Sacrifices himself to buy Tony time to activate his first Iron Man suit.
- The Medic: He's a skilled and resourceful field surgeon. He is capable to remove much of the shrapnel from Tony Stark's body, and helped keep him alive long enough to build an electromagnet piece in his chest to keep the remaining shrapnel from entering his heart.
- Last Name Basis: With Tony. Justified in that he never tells Tony his first name in the first film. In Yinsen's cameo at the start of Iron Man 3 he tells him his first name is "Ho", but Tony doesn't remember the meeting years later.
- MacGyvering: Gerry rigged an electromagnet out of a car battery for Tony's heart. It won't last long, but it gives Tony enough time to patch together a unique upgrade.
- Nice Guy: An upstanding doctor.
- The Obi-Wan: Teaches and inspires Tony when he was at his lowest. Dies to ensure Tony would live.
- The Paragon: He is the main reason for Tony's Heel-Face Turn.
- The Power of Acting: How he keeps Tony alive for a while when they are in captivity, acting as though he were on the side of the Ten Rings when the members are present.
- Race Lift: He's Vietnamese in the comics, even when Tony's origin isn't tied to the Vietnam war. Amusingly, this means the MCU Yinsen still has an East Asian name despite being of Middle Eastern descent (Shaun Toub is Iranian).
Portrayed By: Ty Simpkins
- Batman in My Basement: Or Iron Man in his garage.
- Deliberately Cute Child: 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.
- Disappeared Dad: He went out for lottery tickets six years ago. He must've won, because he never came back.
- From the Mouths of Babes: He says a lot of things that Tony would normally be angry at people for, especially repeatedly invoking his Shell-Shocked Veteran panic attacks. However, since he's a kid, Tony mostly takes it in stride as best as he can, and it is Harley's help that allows him to break through the aforementioned Shell-Shocked Veteran status. Basically, he gives Tony a tastes of his own medicine in regards to Tony's constant pushing the envelope of acceptable behavior (like lightly zapping Dr. Banner in The Avengers).
- Genre Savvy: Attempts to manipulate Tony with a Deliberately Cute Child ploy but the equally Genre Savvy Tony drives away instead.
- Innocently Insensitive: Even after he sees how badly Tony reacts to it he repeatedly pushes Tony to tell him about New York.
- Kid Sidekick: He provides assitance to Tony when he's off-the-grid but when it really gets dangerous, Tony tells him to go home and not put himself at risk. He does reward him for his help however with a upgraded potato gun and an upgraded workshop to go with it.
- Tag Along Kid: Defied. Harley begs to leave Tennessee with Tony, but he mocks the idea and drives away.