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* {{Blackmail}}: In Captain America's tie-in to ''ComicBook/TheFallOfTheMutants'', Tony approaches Steve and gives him an adamantium shield to replace having lost his iconic Mighty Shield upon surrendering the Captain America name and costume. Tony hopes its enough to keep Steve out of his problems, but it doesn't work and Steve gives the shield back afterwards.


The arc was adapted into a two-parter in the second season of ''WesternAnimation/IronManTheAnimatedSeries'' with [[AdaptationDistillation various changes made]]. A live-action Creator/DisneyPlus series based on this storyline was announced for the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse in December 2020, with Creator/DonCheadle set to reprise his role as ComicBook/WarMachine, taking Tony's place as the main character.

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The arc was adapted into a two-parter in the second season of ''WesternAnimation/IronManTheAnimatedSeries'' with [[AdaptationDistillation various changes made]]. A live-action Creator/DisneyPlus series based on this storyline was announced for the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse in December 2020, with Creator/DonCheadle set to reprise his role as ComicBook/WarMachine, taking Tony's place as the main character.
character. In September 2022, it was revealed that Marvel were redeveloping the planned series into a feature film.


** {{ZigZagged}} with Gremlin. Gremlin uses the name and the armor of the Titanium Man, an Iron Man foe who goes way back, but Gremlin himself is primarily a ComicBook/{{Hulk}} villain, first appearing in Incredible Hulk #163.

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** {{ZigZagged}} with Gremlin. Gremlin uses the name and the armor of the Titanium Man, an Iron Man foe who goes way back, but Gremlin himself is primarily a ComicBook/{{Hulk}} [[ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk Hulk]] villain, first appearing in Incredible Hulk #163.


The arc was adapted into a two-parter in the second season of the 1994 ''WesternAnimation/IronMan'' show with [[AdaptationDistillation various changes made]]. A live-action Creator/DisneyPlus series based on this storyline was announced for the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse in December 2020, with Creator/DonCheadle set to reprise his role as ComicBook/WarMachine, taking Tony's place as the main character.

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The arc was adapted into a two-parter in the second season of the 1994 ''WesternAnimation/IronMan'' show ''WesternAnimation/IronManTheAnimatedSeries'' with [[AdaptationDistillation various changes made]]. A live-action Creator/DisneyPlus series based on this storyline was announced for the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse in December 2020, with Creator/DonCheadle set to reprise his role as ComicBook/WarMachine, taking Tony's place as the main character.


* SkewedPriorities: Bordering on being outright TooDumbToLive. A Guardsman refuses to take off his armor's helmet even though it's been disabled, making him unable to breath. The Captain has to tear off the helmet to save him.

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* SkewedPriorities: Bordering on being outright TooDumbToLive. A Guardsman refuses to take off his armor's helmet even though it's been disabled, making him unable to breath.breathe. The Captain has to tear off the helmet to save him.


* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Tony's mantra through the whole storyline.



* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Tony starts to realize that his little rampage is going off the rails when he realizes the hero Stingray ''[=doesn't=]'' have Stark tech.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The Captain gives this to Iron Man on finding out his plan to destroy the Mandroids owned by the US government.

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Tony starts to realize that his little rampage is going off the rails when he realizes the hero Stingray ''[=doesn't=]'' ''doesn't'' have Stark tech.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: NiceJobBreakingItHero:
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The Captain gives this to Iron Man on finding out his plan to destroy the Mandroids owned by the US government.government.
** Tony's fight with the Cap also causes a breakout at the Vault, which Steve and his allies have to contain over in ''Captain America''.


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* SkewedPriorities: Bordering on being outright TooDumbToLive. A Guardsman refuses to take off his armor's helmet even though it's been disabled, making him unable to breath. The Captain has to tear off the helmet to save him.

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* RetCon: This story has Nick Fury easily falling for Tony's claims a nonexistent figure named "Randall Pierce" is Iron Man and agreeing to give the armor back once "Pierce" is in custody. The later ''Nick Fury vs S.H.I.E.L.D.'' mini-series has a on-the-run Fury meeting Stark and when Tony mentions this, Fury claims to have no idea what he's talking about ("ya saw someone, just wasn't me"). He also makes it clear he knows Tony's secret and has no problem telling the world if Tony doesn't help him.


''Armor Wars'' (Originally referred to as "Stark Wars") was a seven-issue ComicBook/IronMan storyline running in Iron Man #225 to #232 (December 1987 to July 1988), detailing the exploits of the Golden Avenger in trying to rescue his technology.

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''Armor Wars'' (Originally (originally referred to as "Stark Wars") was a seven-issue ComicBook/IronMan storyline running in Iron Man #225 to #232 (December 1987 to July 1988), detailing the exploits of the Golden Avenger in trying to rescue his technology.



A live-action Creator/DisneyPlus series based on this storyline was announced for the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse in December 2020, with Creator/DonCheadle set to reprise his role as ComicBook/WarMachine, taking Tony's place as the main character.

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The arc was adapted into a two-parter in the second season of the 1994 ''WesternAnimation/IronMan'' show with [[AdaptationDistillation various changes made]]. A live-action Creator/DisneyPlus series based on this storyline was announced for the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse in December 2020, with Creator/DonCheadle set to reprise his role as ComicBook/WarMachine, taking Tony's place as the main character.



* CharlieBrownFromOuttaTown: Inverted. To cover his ass from the legal problems his action are causing, Tony, as part of his SecretIdentity at the time, lies about "firing" the old Iron Man and hiring the new one. He even pushes this lie to rejoin the West Coast Avengers after they kick him out for his behavior in this story arc.

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* CharlieBrownFromOuttaTown: Inverted. To cover his ass from the legal problems his action actions are causing, Tony, as part of his SecretIdentity at the time, lies about "firing" the old Iron Man and hiring the new one. He even pushes this lie to rejoin the West Coast Avengers after they kick him out for his behavior in this story arc.



** In Iron Man #229: Tony designs a stealth armor, similar to what he had in the way back in Iron Man #152.

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** In Iron Man #229: Tony designs a stealth armor, similar to what he had in the way back in Iron Man #152.



* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Justin Hammer. He buys Stark technology from the supervillain the Spymaster.

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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Justin Hammer. He buys Stark technology from the supervillain the Spymaster.Spymaster and puts it in various armored goons in his employ.



* CreateYourOwnVillain: In the wake of Iron Man's rogue actions, the Pentagon commissioned Cord to create Firepower to destroy the renegade Avenger. However, once this was done, Cord refused to turn his new toy over to the Feds (threatening to blackmail them with a press release about Firepower - a heavily-armoured suit with a ''[[NukeEm tactical nuke]]'' - being designed for ''[[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill riot control]]''), and turned Firepower loose on Stark Enterprises' assets instead. Stark, who'd been willing to leave Iron Man "dead", created a "new" Iron Man that promptly [[CurbStompBattle tore Firepower apart]].

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* CreateYourOwnVillain: In the wake of Iron Man's rogue actions, the Pentagon commissioned Cord to create Firepower to destroy the renegade Avenger. However, once this was done, Cord refused to turn his new toy over to the Feds (threatening to blackmail them with a press release about Firepower - a heavily-armoured heavily-armored suit with a ''[[NukeEm tactical nuke]]'' - being designed for ''[[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill riot control]]''), and turned Firepower loose on Stark Enterprises' assets instead. Stark, who'd been willing to leave Iron Man "dead", created a "new" Iron Man that promptly [[CurbStompBattle tore Firepower apart]].



* GoodVersusGood: Iron Man and the Captain. Iron Man wants to destroy the S.H.I.E.L.D Mandroids using Stark technology, not trusting anyone, including the government with his super-technology. While Cap does sympathise with this view, he finds Tony’s methods reckless, this sours their relationship.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Iron Man’s fighting against S.H.I.E.L.D, he’s kicked out of the West Coast Avengers, he nearly causes an international incident in the U.S.S.R and gets into a fight with the Captain.

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* GoodVersusGood: Iron Man and the Captain. Iron Man wants to destroy the S.H.I.E.L.D Mandroids using Stark technology, not trusting anyone, including the government with his super-technology. While Cap does sympathise sympathize with this view, he finds Tony’s methods reckless, and this sours their relationship.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Iron Man’s fighting against S.H.I.E.L.D, he’s kicked out of the West Coast Avengers, he nearly causes an international incident in the U.S.S.R and gets into a fight with the Captain.Captain (as Steve Rogers was calling himself at the time).



* KnowWhenToFoldThem: One of the first villains Iron Man goes after is the Mauler. When Tony demands the armor, he gives it up without a fight, saying that he only gets paid to fight and muses later he can just go steal another.

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* KnowWhenToFoldThem: One of the first villains Iron Man goes after is the Mauler. When Tony demands the armor, he gives it up without a fight, [[PragmaticVillainy saying that he only gets paid to fight and muses later he can just go steal another.another]].



** Firepower is one, being created by the US military and Edwin Cord to finally destroy Iron Man once and for all. The first one, appearing in Iron Man #230 is Jack Taggert, a test pilot. The second one, however, is Edwin Cord, who blackmails the US military so that he can kill Iron Man.

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** Firepower is one, being created by the US military and Edwin Cord to finally destroy Iron Man once and for all. The first one, appearing in Iron Man #230 is Jack Taggert, a test pilot. The second one, however, is Edwin Cord, was a soldier who blackmails attempted to keep a lid on the US military so that he can kill government's nuclear waste disposal (or lack thereof) until War Machine kicked his metal ass in Iron Man.Man #288.



** Firepower launches a freaking nuclear missile at Iron Man during their fight in Iron Man #230
** When a rogue Firepower attacks Iron Man at Stark Enterprises in Iron Man #231, he attempts to detonate a neutron bomb. Edwin Cord is really obsessed with killing Iron Man. (To be fair, Iron Man caused the defeat of Cord Colgomerate way back in Iron Man #145, so there is some precedent).

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** Firepower launches a freaking nuclear missile at Iron Man during their fight in Iron Man #230
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** When a rogue Firepower attacks Iron Man at Stark Enterprises in Iron Man #231, he attempts to detonate a neutron bomb.said nuke again. Edwin Cord is really obsessed with killing Iron Man. (To be fair, Iron Man caused the defeat of Cord Colgomerate way back in Iron Man #145, so there is some precedent).precedent.)


** Stilt-Man, appearing in Iron Man #225, is a straighter example, starting out as a ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} villain (his first appearance in Daredevil #8), and having fought ComicBook/{{SpiderMan}} before this.

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** Stilt-Man, appearing in Iron Man #225, is a straighter example, starting out as a ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} villain (his first appearance in Daredevil #8), and having fought ComicBook/{{SpiderMan}} ComicBook/SpiderMan before this.


* CharlieBrownFronOuttaTown: Inverted. To cover his ass from the legal problems his action are causing, Tony, as part of his SecretIdentity at the time, lies about "firing" the old Iron Man and hiring the new one. He even pushes this lie to rejoin the West Coast Avengers after they kick him out for his behavior in this story arc.

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* CharlieBrownFronOuttaTown: CharlieBrownFromOuttaTown: Inverted. To cover his ass from the legal problems his action are causing, Tony, as part of his SecretIdentity at the time, lies about "firing" the old Iron Man and hiring the new one. He even pushes this lie to rejoin the West Coast Avengers after they kick him out for his behavior in this story arc.


* {{Commie Land}}: Iron Man goes to Siberia to fight Gremlin and the Crimson Dynamo.
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* {{Commie Land}}: CharlieBrownFronOuttaTown: Inverted. To cover his ass from the legal problems his action are causing, Tony, as part of his SecretIdentity at the time, lies about "firing" the old Iron Man and hiring the new one. He even pushes this lie to rejoin the West Coast Avengers after they kick him out for his behavior in this story arc.
* CommieLand:
Iron Man goes to Siberia to fight Gremlin and the Crimson Dynamo.
* {{Continuity Nod}}:ContinuityNod:

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* CrazyPrepared: When SHIELD come to ask for Stark's help arresting the apparently rogue Iron Man, Stark is able to provide them with a complete dossier on "Randall Pierce", a fake identity he created when he started his current campaign, including false birth and tax records.


* LiteraryAllusionTitle: Iron Man #228: “Part Four: Who Guards the Guardsmen?” is a reference to the Satires from the Roman poet Juvenal, which also happens to be Alan Moore’s inspiration for the name of {{Watchmen}}. Watchmen came out in 1986, and Iron Man #228 came out in 1988.;

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* LiteraryAllusionTitle: Iron Man #228: “Part Four: Who Guards the Guardsmen?” is a reference to the Satires from the Roman poet Juvenal, which also happens to be Alan Moore’s inspiration for the name of {{Watchmen}}.''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}''. Watchmen came out in 1986, and Iron Man #228 came out in 1988.;


A live-action Creator/DisneyPlus series based on this storyline was announced for the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse in December 2020, with Creator/DonCheadle set to reprise his role as ComicBook/WarMachine.

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A live-action Creator/DisneyPlus series based on this storyline was announced for the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse in December 2020, with Creator/DonCheadle set to reprise his role as ComicBook/WarMachine.
ComicBook/WarMachine, taking Tony's place as the main character.


[[caption-width-right:350: Tony Stark is ''angry''.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350: Tony Stark is ''angry''.Original armor, do not steal.]]

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