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Characters: Iron Man Films
aka: Iron Man 2

This page lists characters who appear in the Iron Man and Marvel Cinematic Universe films Iron Man 1, 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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Stark Industries

    Anthony "Tony" Stark / Iron Man 

Anthony "Tony" Stark / Iron Man

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"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.

A 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.
  • The Alcoholic: Many scenes involve alcohol. In Iron Man 2 he gets plastered while wearing the suit.
  • Always Someone Better:
    • In the second film, it seems Tony thinks his father was his Always Someone Better. Quite aside from Howard Stark's apparent lack of parenting skills, he's been "dead for almost twenty years...still takin' [Tony] to school".
    • It's not given a lot of screentime, but Tony seems to think of Steve this way. Not hard to imagine why, since he grew up hearing stories about how great Captain America is from his father. Tony sees Steve as someone who was simply born a good person while Tony still struggles with his narcissist tendencies.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 1 and 2. By the time of The Avengers however, he's in a monogamous relationship with Pepper.
    Soldier: Is it true that you went twelve-for-twelve with last year's Maxim cover models?
    Tony Stark: That is an excellent question. Yes and no. March and I had a scheduling conflict but fortunately the Christmas cover was twins.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Crazy-Prepared: 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, bur he had the Mk 7 to replace the Mk 6.
  • 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.
  • Cursed with Awesome:
    • 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.
    Tony: It's a terrible...privilege.
    • This is proven true later in the 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. Given that 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.), it's quite likely he gets rid of the implants as well at the end of Iron Man 3.
  • The Cynic:
    • Which is why he finds Steve Rogers' "outdated and irrelevant" idealism annoying.
    • He also 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, 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: Comes reeeeaaaally close to it in Iron Man 3, after Pepper apparently dies. He can't even emote properly. Thankfully, she lives.
  • 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 a drink in The Avengers. Considering Loki is considered an alien god, it comes off as this.
  • 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."
  • 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. Even Banner takes a while to warm up to him.
  • The Gadfly / Troll: 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.
  • 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.
    • And:
    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.
  • 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.
  • Insufferable Genius: Snubs an award ceremony for technological brillance and then gives away the award like it's junk.
  • 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.
  • Jerkass:
  • 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.
  • Jerkass Façade: Implied at times to be his only way of dealing with his guilt and feelings of self-hatred and doubt.
  • 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.
    • Incoming Ham: His arrival at the Stark Expo in the second movie, and appearing in Germany with guns blazing and hijacking SHIELD's audio systems to play AC/DC in The Avengers.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)
    Tony: Sonofabitch.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 42 of them by the beginning of Iron Man 3.
  • Power Palms: Repulsors, his main weapons, are fired from the palms of his armor's gauntlets.
  • 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.
  • 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/Action Hero: He makes powered armor and then he kicks 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."
  • 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.
  • 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. That being said, he's willing to kill people if necessary.
    • This continues in Avengers, where he is livid that SHIELD 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.
  • "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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Paltrow

Tony Stark's faithful personal assistant, and eventually Love Interest.
  • Ability over Appearance: Pepper Potts as played by Gwyneth Paltrow differs quite a way from her comic book counterpart, who starts out in her early-to-mid twenties and is correspondingly immature at times; the original plan for the movie more or less followed this, with Pepper implied to drop out as a potential love interest after the first movie due to her inability to cope with Tony's new lifestyle. Gwyneth Paltrow's Pepper is at least ten years older than her comic book counterpart and is shown to be mature, capable and loyal due to her greater experience and longer stint as Tony's PA; and it's probably no coincidence that she's become one of the most popular secondary characters in the MCU.
  • 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: As written above, Peppers 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.
  • 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.
  • The Cameo: In The Avengers, she appears in two scenes, and only one with speaking lines.
  • 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 Extremetis earlier, she survives.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: In the finale of Iron Man 3, she demonstrates her badass cred by disabling an Iron Man suit, ripping off its arm, and then uses its repulsor to finish off Killian.
  • Non-Action Snarker: She doesn't fight most of the time, and sass is one of her ways of dealing with things.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Everybody calls her Pepper instead of Virginia.
  • Only Sane Man: In Tony's life. She (tries to) keep him focused.
  • Redheaded Hero: 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, though.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

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"We're iron mongers; we make weapons."

Portrayed By: Jeff Bridges
Film Appearances: Iron Man 1

The CEO of Stark Industries, taking over after his friend Howard Stark died. His friendly image hides an amoral and sinister mind who seeks to use the Iron Man armor for his own ends.
  • Affably Evil:
    • He's a ruthless arms dealer...who cracks wise, rolls around on a Segway like a big kid, and brings Tony pizza from New York (Tony lives in Malibu) right after initiating a coup against him with the board of directors.
    • 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.
  • Arm Cannon: The Iron Monger suit has a minigun mounted on the right forearm.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 take over Stark Industries.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: The Iron Monger makes his voice sound deeper and more menacing when he's got the helmet on.
  • Faux Affably Evil: What he truly is. He adopts the same chiding, paternal tone as he usually does while sawing the arc reactor out of Tony's chest cavity.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Villainous Breakdown: The well-known "Box of scraps" scene and so on. 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.

    Harold "Happy" Hogan 

Harold "Happy" Hogan

Portrayed By: Jon Favreau
Film Appearances: Iron Man 1 | Iron Man 2 | Iron Man 3

Tony Stark's loyal bodyguard and chauffeur, and eventually promoted to head of security at Stark Industries by the events of Iron Man 3.
  • 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: He 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. 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 rearview 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: 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.

    J.A.R.V.I.S. 

J.A.R.V.I.S.

Portrayed By: Paul Bettany (voice)

An 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.
  • 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.
  • British Stuffiness/The Jeeves: He's basically a digital British butler.
  • Canon Immigrant: Eventually his popularity got him into the comics.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Revealed in the canon tie-in comics: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Being unmanned drones, they fall pretty easily, but still, they do damn well, and only fall when Extremis soldiers dogpile them.
    • Better, actually, those suits 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!

    Howard Stark 

United States Government and Military

    James "Rhodey" Rhodes (War Machine / Iron Patriot) 

USAF Lieutenant Colonel/Colonel James "Rhodey" Rhodes (War Machine / Iron Patriot)

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Portrayed By: Terrence Howard, Don Cheadle (pictured right)
Film Appearances: Iron Man 1 (Portrayed by Terrence Howard) | Iron Man 2 | Iron Man 3 | The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Tony Stark's best friend, and military liaison to Stark Industries. Uses a modified version of Iron Man's Powered Armor as War Machine.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Badass: Self-identified. "It's called 'being a badass'."
  • Badass Normal: Like Tony.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fail O'Suckyname: Tony isn't impressed by the new name, and Rhodey ultimately admits he liked War Machine better.
  • Gatling Good: Shoulder-mounted and auto-targeting.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Tony. Aside from Pepper, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Senator Stern 

Senator Stern

"My priority is to get the Iron Man weapon turned over to the people of the United States of America."

Portrayed By: Garry Shandling

A United States Senator who tries unsuccessfully to get Tony Stark to provide Iron Man suits for the military. He makes a cameo appearance in Captain 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 listen by that point?"
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While he's a jerk about it, its 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 it for HYDRA, 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 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 when it turns out that he works for HYDRA, meaning he was 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

The President of the United States. As part of his personal vow of protecting America from all threats, President Ellis decides to take a proactive approach in dealing with the Mandarin and the Ten Rings organization, particularly by rechristening Lt. Col. James Rhodes as the Iron Patriot.
  • 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.
  • 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 other during Project: Insight.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: What Killian tries to invoke by having President Ellis 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.
  • Shout-Out:
    • 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. The actor is made up to resemble Bush son.

    Vice President Rodriguez 

Vice President Rodriguez

Portrayed By: Miguel Ferrer
Film Appearances: Iron Man 3

The Vice President of the United States.
  • Bald of Evil: Once his true colors are revealed.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Working to have his daughter's leg regenerated.
  • 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.
  • Traitor Shot: Once he was finished talking with Rhodes and Stark, another man asked if something was wrong, leading to the above tropes.
  • 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

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"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 2

Son 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.
  • 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 a simple "You lose," to Tony.
  • 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. 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 immobolize 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.

    Justin Hammer 

Justin Hammer

"Mr. Stark has built a sword, yet he insists on using it as a shield!"

Portrayed By: Sam Rockwell
Film Appearances: Iron Man 2 | Marvel One-Shots

CEO of Hammer Industries, and a (self-perceived) rival of Tony Stark. He forges a temporary alliance with Ivan Vanko, but the latter just makes use of his resources - not taking him seriously at all. An all-around obnoxious loser.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: In the comics Hammer is much older, originally modelled after Peter Cushing.
  • invokedAdaptation Displacement: After the film, most versions of Hammer show him being a young, arrogant, and incompetent inventor and businessman.
  • Ambiguously Gay: In the short film All Hail the King, Hammer has a new male sidekick who constantly follows him and strokes his shoulder. 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.
  • 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 to — 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.
  • More Dakka: His armors and drones are equipped with massive ammunition. Tony lampshades it about Rhodey's War Machine armor that Hammer outfitted.
    Tony: You have a big gun, you aren't the big gun.
    Rhodey: Tony, don't be jealous.
    Tony: No, it's subtle, all the bells and whistles.
    Rhodey: Yeah, it's called being a Badass.
  • 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
Film Appearances: Iron Man 3

Killian runs a brain-trust organization called the Advanced Idea Mechanics that is developing Extremis, a chemical that can reprogram human DNA. With its abilities to regenerate limbs, enhance strength, and cure wounds, Killian intends to use it to change the world.
  • 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 Extremeis, 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 severly 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. This was done partly to avoid the Yellow Peril aspect of the Mandarin character and the Unfortunate Implications that trope carries, especially since the movie was partly funded by Chinese film company DMG Entertainment. 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 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
Film Appearances: Iron Man 3

A scientist Tony Stark met (and slept with) in 1999. Her works with plants helped create Extremis.

    Eric Savin 

Eric Savin

Portrayed By: James Badge Dale
Film Appearances: Iron Man 3

An Extremis-powered henchman working for Aldrich Killian.
  • 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.

    Ellen Brandt 

Ellen Brandt

Portrayed By: Stephanie Szostak
Film Appearances: Iron Man 3

A war veteran who becomes an assassin after her exposure to Extremis.

The Ten Rings

    Raza 

Raza

"Whoever holds the weapons manufactured by Stark Industries rules the world...and soon, it will be my turn."

Portrayed By: Faran Tahir
Film Appearances: Iron Man 1

A major commander in an international terrorist organization known as "The Ten Rings". He was hired by to kill Tony Stark (without really knowing it was Stark to begin with). Upon finding out that they in fact had the Tony Stark in custody, Raza got greedy and ambitious. It 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.
  • 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 by Obidiah Stane, he is disposed of by 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.
  • 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.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Once Stane has the original Mark I armor, he is disposed of.

    Abu Bakaar 

Abu Bakaar

Portrayed By: Sayed Badreya
Film Appearances: Iron Man 1

A high ranking member of the Ten Rings, who's eager for Stark to assemble them a Jericho missile.
  • 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.
  • 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 

"The Mandarin" / Trevor Slattery

"Some people call me a terrorist, I consider myself a teacher. America...ready for another lesson?"

Portrayed By: Ben Kingsley
Film Appearances: Iron Man 3 | Marvel One-Shots

The supposed leader 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.


  • 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 when "the Mandarin" is revealed to be a drug-addicted actor who 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 the real Big Bad, Killian. Trevor's just an actor.
  • Bigger Bad: 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 he is not the Mandarin and, by extention, not the Bigger Bad, the real Mandarin is.
  • 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 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: He 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 his problems with drugs.
  • 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: 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.
  • 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.
  • Evil Brit: His actor 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.
  • Expy:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hookers and Blow: What he tried to tempt Tony with. What Killian did tempt him with.
  • In the Hood: Wears an ornate hooded coat.
  • 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. 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, too, 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.
  • 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-white and half-Chinese. Ben Kingsley is half-white and half-Indian. This was done partly to avoid the Yellow Peril aspect of the character, and the Unfortunate Implications that trope carries and especially since the movie was partly funded by Chinese film company DMG Entertainment.
  • 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 mystical powers. 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.
  • 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. Considering he's actually a stage actor, it's not really surprising. Then again, he spends most of his time worrying not about intelligent matters, but about drugs, alcohol, sex, and soccer games...
  • Would Hurt a Child: He mentions off hand at one point that his latest attack specifically targeted the spouses and children of military personnel who were away on a mission. Again, he didn't do it, being an actor hired to be the patsy for the Big Bad.

Civilians

    Christine Everhart 

Christine Everhart

"What do you say to your other nickname, the Merchant of Death?"

Portrayed By: Leslie Bibb
Film Appearances: Iron Man 1 | Iron Man 2

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
    Hammer: [Christine]'s actually doing a big spread on me for Vanity Fair. I thought I'd throw her a bone, you know. Right?
    Pepper: Right. Well, she did quite a...spread on Tony last year.
    Tony: And she wrote a story as well.
  • 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 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
Film Appearances: Iron Man 1 | Iron Man 3

An Afghan physicist who saves Tony Stark's life, and brings out his true potential.
  • 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.
  • 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, here, is 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.
  • 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.

    Harley Keener 

Harley Keener

Portrayed By: Ty Simpkins
Film Appearances: Iron Man 3

A kid Tony meets in Tennessee, who lets him use his garage/workshop to hide the Iron Man armor.
  • 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.

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