Fanfic Recs / Iron Man

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These are recommendations made by Tropers for Fan Fics, all of which have been signed. After a few samples, you will be able to judge whether you might be interested in the 'fic, based on who recommended it. No-name recommendations will be zapped. Nobody would back up the rec. Discussion of the recommendation is welcome on the discussion page. As such discussion is important, do remember to add the discussion page to the watchlist, if need be.

Do warn when a fanfic may head into sexually explicit or non-canon territory. Some people just don't like it, and as we all know, Shipping is Serious Business.

Authors, and Websites

Metal Heart Fics set in an AU where Tony is a woman. May have been inspired by the fic Your Fixed Point by quigonejinn. Sadly, has not updated since 2008.

Amonitrate has a consistently high quality collection of Iron Man fics (many of which are character driven, canon-compliant, and good enough to make you feel like you were hit by a shovel) ranging from one-shots to a short novel.

Tony and Pepper A web site dedicated to all things Pepperony.

Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.

The Kids Aren't All Right by M
  • Recc'd by Lavanya Six, Polaris, Jonn, herpaderpgirl, Thalassa, and LongLiveHumour
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "It's been 'a hell of a year' since industrialist Tony Stark owned up to his alter ego in a move that stunned observers and longtime aides alike. With the US facing unprecedented homegrown suicide attacks, Iron Man's contribution to national security is more than ever under scrutiny. As she follows Stark during a year of crisis, exclusively for Vanity Fair, Christine Everhart explores the many contradictions of the man behind the mask, uncovers tales of personal loyalty, patriotism gone awry and corporate betrayal, and asks whether Iron Man is the embodiment of an outdated American fantasy — a self-made, unilateral, technological solution to hopelessly complex problems — and whether he can survive the violent encounter with reality."
  • Comments: A smart and insightful look into the reality of Iron Man.
    • Desperately needs a follow-up. As of Iron Man 2, the "self-made, unilateral, technological solution to hopelessly complex problems" is working, making this hand-wringing Jossed!
    • Very well-conceived and well-written, the story reads (and looks!) like an actual Vanity Fair biographical piece on Tony Stark as written by Christine Everhart. Thoughtful, smart, and definitely worth reading.

''Revision" by Kadigan
  • Recc'd by error-cascade
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: A canon-compliant expansion story of Tony Stark's kidnapping in Afghanistan.
  • Comments: This fic is well written and emotionally compelling. It truly expounds on how bad the Afghanistan incident was without adding in unrealistic details; for example, a decent portion of the story focuses on Stark doing physical therapy (in a cave! while held by terrorists!). Don't fret too much about the on-going status, as the story is currently at the night before Tony Stark's escape (and the writer has not abandoned the story).

Firefighter by A Wandering Minstrel
  • Recc'd by peppermintflame
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Pepper Potts goes for a job interview with Tony Stark. She has no idea what she's getting into. But then again, neither does he.
  • Comments: Very short, but funny. It's like a cut scene from the movie.
  • Tags: There is mention of some hanky panky, so PG 13 to be safe.

Books and Backchat by A Wandering Minstrel
  • Recc'd by peppermintflame
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Pepper and Tony discuss literature. Sort of.
  • Comments: Another short fic from WM, but again, fun.

Squirrelly Business by Lord Yellowtail
  • Recommended by LooneyToons
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Movie Iron Man meets the one and only Squirrel Girl.
  • Comments: A nice short story that explores what the Ultimate/Movie version of Marvel's indomitable Squirrel Girl might be like, and how she and Tony might meet.

Hazard Pay by Perri Smith
  • Recommended by Tabby, seconded by Jonn
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Pepper is trapped when danger hits closer to home than anyone predicted.
  • Comments: This is some of the best action writing I've read in a long while. Well-paced and exciting and always easy to follow, and everyone gets their turn to shine.

Almost No One Makes It Out by atra
  • Recommended by Lavanya Six, Jonn
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: What would have happened if Tony hadn't been born filthy rich? A military AU.
  • Comments: Solid fic. In a world where Tony was born in the gutter and not with a silver spoon in his mouth, Reality Ensues after his Afghanistan adventure when he doesn't have money and influence to protect himself. The altered character dynamics, especially between Rodney and Tony, are a big draw. The author's writing style sucks you into Tony's head.

What Happened To The Burd? by Jonn Wood
  • Recommended by Liangnui
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A vital question is answered. Set after Iron Man 2.
  • Essentially, What Happened to the Mouse? made into a cute, funny little oneshot that is sort of like shaved ice on a hot day.
    • Writer's note: Um... thanks!

The Legend of El Diablo by CSI Clue
  • Recommended by: Lady Nomad
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Tony discovers the joys of yard sales and ended up setting off a huge chain of events.
  • Comments: This is a very funny fic. The characters are spot on and have some weird things that are explainable. There is also a sentient car and kittens in it. There is a good dose of Pepperony in it too.

Tony and Pepper Go To Target by A.j
  • Recommended by: Lady Nomad
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Basically, Tony and Pepper go to Target.
  • Comments: It is hilarious when Tony discovered the wonders of Target after a slight malfunction in his thrusters. Pepper having to handle him. It does have some touching stuff at the end.

Concession by obsession_inc
  • Recommended by: Thalassa
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Christine Everhart is assigned to write a story about Tony Stark at about the same time Tony Stark disappears. Christine then investigates and discovers more than she ever expected about Tony, as well as Pepper Potts. AU. "Once you consent to some concession, you can never cancel it and put things back the way they are." - Howard Hughes
  • Comments: If you're looking for a happy, light-hearted Iron Man piece of fanfiction, this isn't it. What this is, though, is a dark, brilliantly written, insidiously chilling suspense mystery that slowly sucks you in with its believability, twists and turns, and character studies.

Heart and Souls and Vignettes by Aaron Cronin
  • Recommended by Kirayoshi
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Set after Iron Man 2, with speculation for the Avengers movie. In Hearts and Souls, Tony and Pepper begin to explore a closer relationship, while taking on business and medical crises, a new project with its own temptations, and mysterious goings-on in the Middle East. In the follow-up, Vignettes, we follow the lives of Tony and Pepper into the future.
  • Comments: Solid storyline that can easily fit after the second Iron Man movie, and explores the lives of the principal characters from there. More than just a shipper-fic (although there is shipping), there's also an intriguing mystery as Nick Fury wants Tony to investigate possible terrorist attacks in the Middle East that turn out not to be what either Fury or Tony expected. The sequel, Vignettes, tells more-or-less self-contained stories that follow through a quarter-century from the end of Hearts and Souls, reflecting on Tony and Pepper's family. Suspense, drama, humor, they used to say on the old Marvel covers, "Face it, True Believer. This one has it all!"

Everyone Deserves A Birthday by Starry_Stark
  • Recommended by: This Is Ridiculous
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: May Parker is determined to make Tony Stark a cake for his birthday, and Peter is going to help.
  • Comments: Set after Spiderman: Homecoming, but the movies are literally set in the same universe, so I don't think this falls under the crossover category.

The Priming Game by amonitrate
  • Recc'd by error-cascade
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A canon-compliant fic that fills in the blanks between Rhodey and the military finding Tony Stark and when he finally gets to come home. The story explores the emotional aftereffects of trauma and examines the logistic issues of explaining (or not explaining) Stark's escape as Iron Man.
  • Comments: At 12,000 words, the writer goes into detail without getting bogged down. Really nice length.

''Pressure Suit by to_the_wick(Jei_Stark)
  • Recommended by error-cascade
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A series of drabbles that "remixes" the Iron Man film from Tony Stark's POV. The series contains stories in small, emotionally resonant details, like why Stark prefers to keep dirt under his fingernails while Yinsen does not.

Backgammon by rmc28
  • Recommended by error-cascade
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A short, sharp fic about Yinsen, Tony, and Backgammon.

Broken Inside by asthiathien
  • Recommended by error-cascade
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A one-shot between Tony and Rhodey between Afghanistan and homecoming. A small exploration of the guilt behind Tony's decision to become Iron Man.

A Lonely, Lost Thing by Phoenix Falls
  • Recommended by error-cascade
  • Status: Complete (although the larger series is Dormant)
  • Synopsis: An exploration of the friendship between Tony and Rhodey at MIT. Spoilers: Tony is not doing so hot. Mind the tags.
  • Comments: This story is part of a larger series that contains more MIT stories, Tony/Rhodey, Tony/Pepper, and Avengers content.

Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.

Your Fixed Point by quigonejinn
  • Recc'd by Joysweeper, seconded by Lavanya Six
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Identity is not a fixed point. Say Tony Stark is a woman does not like it when her name is spelled with a "i" or when she is called "Antonia" or anything but who she is. And has the same personality and everything. How does this make things look different?
  • Comments: It's bits of vignette examining how a female Tony seems different in the role, and also memories of things like Tony and Rhodey in college, not a rewrite of the story. This ships Tony / Anything That Moves and is rated, hmm, let's go R. Tony's still Tony, with maybe less emphasis on alcohol and more on sex, though there's hinting that male Tony is also bi. There is a link in the first part to the second.
    • Lavanya Six: By far the best genderswap fic I've ever read. It examines Tony Stark's life as it would be if he had been born a woman, instead of treating her as "Tony Stark with boobs" like most genderswaps would.

An Uncanny Likeness by outtabreath
  • Recommended by LadyNomad, Marlee Cross
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Pepper has her very own action figure and Tony can't keep his hands off of it.
  • Comments: It is a very cute story that shows how much Pepper wanted Tony but kept on denying it. The image of Tony with a Pepper action figure is just adorable and makes you want Mattel to make a Pepper action figure.

Help Me by writingmonkey10
  • Recommended by LadyNomad
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Different take on IM 2, Tony is dying of palladium poisoning but he has found a "temporary" cure with a twist. How he and Pepper get through it, Pepperony, hurt/comfort, movieverse, spoilers, read AFTER watching IM 2.
  • Comments: This is like Iron Man 2 if it just focused on the palladium poisoning and the relationship between Pepper and Tony. It feels like the movie, it is suspenseful and dramatic but there are some moments of humor as well.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder by Rose Cake 31
  • Recommended by EctoplasmCookie
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: To get Tony out of the public eye after his recent announcement (See the end of the first movie), Pepper decides to take him to a remote island for some down-time. Pepperony with light hurt/comfort and humor. Movieverse, ignores IM 2 continuity.
  • Comments: This story was written before IM 2 came out, so it retcons Tony's identity being non-secret and takes an alternate route. The first few chapters are mostly character building before it jumps into the plot, which is heavy on fluff but well-written. The story began to take a dark turn later on, and unfortunately ends on a cliff hanger as the author hasn't updated in over a year. It's definitely worth reading, though.

Change is Gonna Come by dress without sleeves
  • Recommended by Zephyr 77
  • Vanished from the internet. Please post a link if found.
  • Pairing: Tony/Pepper
  • Synopsis: 4 times Tony Stark tried to convince Pepper to date him, and the one time he succeeded.
  • Comments: This delightful little piece had the right amount of humour and fluff to power a small town. The characterizations and playful relationship of Tony and Pepper are spot on and just so cute that you would already think they are dating.

Resurrection, Reconstruction, and Redemption by Elspethdixon and Seanchai
  • Recommended by Axidental Quark
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Steve/Tony
  • Synopsis: Doom brings Cap back from the dead, whereupon he has to deal with Doombots, Red Skull, the Mandarin, Registration, a bunch of bickering superheroes, and Tony's apparent nervous breakdown.
  • Comments: This is probably the seminal Steve/Tony fic. Just about the first in fandom, one of the fandom's only real epics, and just generally one of the best Steve/Tony's out there. It deals with the fall-out from Civil War quite well; it doesn't allow anyone any easy outs, and yet you come out of it feeling like you understand and empathize with everyone more. It's got a very nice cast of supporting characters, who manage to share the stage with Cap and Tony without stealing the limelight from the main story. It's also long enough that there is a definite, substantial plot in there - as well as some adorable Steve/Tony bits. A bit comics!canon heavy - maybe not for fans just coming in from the movies, though if you keep a wikipedia tab open at the same time/have a rough grounding in the story, it should be easy enough.

Salt in their scars by ophelia_hamlet
  • Recommended by error-cascade
  • Status: Ongoing (with infrequent updates)
  • Paring: Tony Stark/Pepper Potts
  • Synopsis: Instead of becoming Tony Stark's PA, Pepper Potts joins VAST, an eco-friendly consulting firm. Being Pepper Potts, she manages to become CEO at 26. Being Pepper Potts, she still meets Tony Stark, but under vastly different circumstances. Note that the fic, although not just lemon, does veer into sexually explicit territory. Also, at time of posting, the story is still in a Pre-IM 1 timeline.

12 Weeks by grapefruity
  • Recommended by error-cascade
  • Status: Dead
  • Pairing: Tony Stark/Pepper Potts
  • Synopsis: Tony Stark is missing in Afghanistan. Pepper Potts in reluctantly serving as Obadiah's PA. Both are realizing how much they miss each other.

Green Laruel by VR Trawkowski
  • Recommended by error-cascade
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Tony Stark/Pepper Potts
  • Synopsis: Set after the events of Iron Man. Pepper Potts is kidnapped, but the story avoids all the irritating cliches. Pepper is not helpless, unrealistically powerful, or the prop to someone's dark-fic fantasy. Instead, we have a Pepper who is powerful, competent, but very human; a slowly building romance; and a series of plot twists. Note that this fic is gloriously long.

A Man Of Iron by Mr Chaos
  • Recommended by Clato Lawa
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Game of Thrones
  • Synopsis: Antony 'Tony' Stark is the arrogant cousin of Ned Stark whose made his fortune crafting fine weapons for the lords of Westeros. Tony leads a joyful life, doing what he pleases and leaving the politics of the realm to others. But when violent attack nearly ends his life, Tony decides to take action and creates a hero for the people to rally around... a knight known as Iron Man.
  • Note: Other Marvel characters appear in later chapters, starting with Wolverine as a Dothraki bodyguard.

Meeting of Minds by starsoverhead
  • Recommended by: roguehistoria
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Crossover with Knight Rider. Jarvis is following his usual evening routine when another presence surprises him. How can he not know of another artificial intelligence as advanced as he is?

Memories Of Iron by becuzitswrong
  • Recommended by: Atillart
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: Crossover with Worm. Taylor Hebert always triggered because of the bullying of classmates and a former friend. Here, instead of triggering, a cosmic entity gifts her with the memories of a man as talented as he was tormented. One who accomplished amazing things in his life. Now Taylor has the opportunity to use that knowledge to save her world. First, she'll need to save her own sanity.