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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.
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
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of personal loyalty, patriotism gone awry and corporate betrayal, and asks whether Iron Man is the embodiment of an outdated American fantasy — a self-made, unilateral, technological solution to hopelessly complex problems — and whether he can survive the violent encounter with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.
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.
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.
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.
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, romance...as they used to say on the old Marvel covers, "Face it, True Believer. This one has it all!"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.