Tear Jerker / Iron Man

"Don't waste your life, Stark."
  • When talking about Yinsen's family, Yinsen asks if Tony has anyone to return home to. Tony silently indicates the negative. Yinsen marvels that Tony is a man who has everything, yet nothing.
  • "My family is dead. I'm going to see them now... Don't waste your life, Stark..."
  • When, after Tony's escape from the terrorists, Rhodey finds him stumbling around in the desert, he sarcastically asks "How was the Funvee"? It's funny, until you realize that that Tony mentioned the Funvee once in a throw-away quip, three months ago in movie time. Just imagine how many times Rhodey has replayed that conversation in his head, thinking about how he might never see Tony again.
    • "Next time you ride with me, all right?"
  • The press conference Tony held after getting back from Afghanistan when he first talks about Howard Stark about never saying a proper goodbye when he passed away.
  • "I shouldn't be alive, unless it was for a reason. I'm not crazy, Pepper. I just finally know...what I have to do...and I know in my heart, it's right."
  • Tony, not long after discovering that Obie has screwed him over, blasts apart pretty much every glass surface in the room after seeing his reflection in one of them.
    • On the newscast in the background, it is said that an Afghani child is asking, "Where are my mother and father?" Given his Parental Abandonment, Tony had likely asked that exact question years ago.
  • In the opening scene, three soldiers that Tony gets to know whilst in the "Fun-Vee" get slaughtered when the Ten Rings attack the convoy. Even worse is Jimmy, the youngest soldier, who seems incredibly nervous around Stark, but has the most Adorkable grin on his face when Stark says it's cool if he takes a picture with him... especially when he's allowed to do the peace sign. He arguably gets the more horrific death of the three, being riddled with machine gun fire.
    • This gets even worse when you think about how Tony always makes the peace sign in the future when taking pictures, because of this soldier who never even got his picture.
    • "I saw American men and women being killed by the very weapons I'd designed to keep them safe." Tony was never just in this for the money, he honestly believed his weapons were saving lives, lives that would have been lost without his weapons to end conflicts decisively. Now he's seen that's not the case, and is utterly heartbroken (literally and figuratively).
  • The scene where the terrorists capture afghan civilians in Gulmira and separate the women and children from their men and fathers. A little boy refuses to let his father go and the terrorist drag them away from each other and prepare to shoot the man in the head in front of his family. Thank goodness Iron Man comes right in time to save them. The hug the son and the father give each other after that is just heartwarming.
    • Meta Tearjerker when you remember that this is a superhero film, and the good guy always comes just in time — but this kind of thing happens all the time in real life, without Iron Man turning up in the nick of time to rescue them.