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** Additionally, Happy becomes a stickler about Stark Industries personnel wearing their name badges when he takes over as corporate security chief. At the end, when he wakes up from his coma and the nurse and he watch Downton Abbey in celebration... he notices she is not wearing her name badge.


[[caption-width-right:300:''"A famous man once said, "We create our own demons.""'']]

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* TheSociopath: [[spoiler:Aldrich Killian, who starts a cell of superpower suicide bombers because Tony Stark didn't meet with him nearly two decades beforehand.]]

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* TheSociopath: [[spoiler:Aldrich Killian, who starts a cell of superpower suicide bombers because Tony Stark didn't meet with him nearly two decades beforehand.]]


* ShipperOnDeck: Rhodey arrives at Tony's Malibu house just as Pepper is officially moving her things in; he's openly delighted, even giving her a hug. Considering his usual role as TheStoic of the franchise, it's quite the CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.

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* ShipperOnDeck: Rhodey arrives at Tony's Malibu house just as Pepper is officially moving her things in; he's openly delighted, even giving her a hug. Considering his usual role as TheStoic of the franchise, it's quite the CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.

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** Tony throwing his first arc reactor into the ocean at the end of the movie may be an allusion to the incident in Downey's own life where he threw all his drugs into the ocean after deciding to stay sober.


* FiveBadBand:
** BigBad: The Mandarin/[[spoiler:Aldrich Killian]], who is behind the Extremis terrorist attacks.
** TheDragon: Eric Savin, [[spoiler:Killian's]] right-hand man and most effective agent.
** EvilGenius: Maya Hansen, the chief researcher for the Extremis virus.
** TheBrute: Ellen Brandt, a Dark Action Girl and one of the first to receive Extremis. She's used as a second set of hands alongside Savin and enjoys fighting.
** TheDarkChick: [[spoiler:Trevor Slattery/the fake Mandarin]], Killian's drug-addicted Unwitting Pawn and is more Affably Evil than the rest.


When an enemy from the past targets that which industrialist Tony Stark holds most dear, he must rely on his ingenuity to protect those closest to him and finally answer a question which has haunted him from the beginning: Is he the one who defines the Iron Man suit? Or is it the suit that defines him?

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When an enemy from the past targets that which industrialist Tony Stark holds most dear, he must rely on his ingenuity to protect those closest to him him. Still haunted by the events from [[Film/{{The Avengers|2012}} the Battle of Manhattan]], he must confront challenges from not only this old adversary but from ''himself'' as well, and finally answer a question which has haunted plagued him from the beginning: Is he the one who defines the Iron Man suit? Or is it the suit that defines him?


* SeriesFinale: Since this is the last Marvel movie that Robert Downey Jr. was contracted for, the film is set up as a conclusion to Tony Stark's story arc in case Downey doesn't come back. The CreativeClosingCredits also include clips from all three films in the series. [[SeriesFauxnale Downey would eventually renew his contract]], returning for ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming'', and [[Film/AvengersInfinityWar two]] [[Film/Avengers4 more]] ''Avengers'' films.

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* SeriesFinale: Since this is the last Marvel movie that Robert Downey Jr. was contracted for, the film is set up as a conclusion to Tony Stark's story arc in case Downey doesn't come back. The CreativeClosingCredits also include clips from all three films in the series. [[SeriesFauxnale Downey would eventually renew his contract]], returning for ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming'', and [[Film/AvengersInfinityWar two]] [[Film/Avengers4 [[Film/AvengersEndgame more]] ''Avengers'' films.


*** Earlier in the same scene, when the President actually does call the Mandarin, [[spoiler: he glances at the ringing phone, looking slightly nervous. He's working off a script which presumes the President would not call, and now he is uncertain what to do.]]

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*** Earlier in the same scene, when the President actually does call the Mandarin, [[spoiler: he glances at the ringing phone, looking slightly nervous.stares blankly forward for a few seconds, like he doesn't know what to do. He's working off a script which presumes the President would not call, and now he is uncertain what to do.]]

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*** Earlier in the same scene, when the President actually does call the Mandarin, [[spoiler: he glances at the ringing phone, looking slightly nervous. He's working off a script which presumes the President would not call, and now he is uncertain what to do.]]


* MeaningfulName: A Mandarin was a Chinese official, described in the movie as "an adviser to the king". [[spoiler:Killian talks frequently of being "the power behind the throne", which is probably why he stole the Mandarin's mantle for his own purposes.]]

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A Mandarin was a Chinese official, described in the movie as "an adviser to the king". [[spoiler:Killian talks frequently of being "the power behind the throne", which is probably why he stole the Mandarin's mantle for his own purposes.]]]]
** The Extremis-enhanced Brandt with her heat-based powers and name evokes the image of being branded by a heated iron.


** The Mandarin's line from the trailer, "Mr. Stark, I'm going to offer a choice. Do you want an empty life or do you want a meaningful death?" never comes up in the film itself.

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** The Mandarin's line lines from the trailer, trailers, "Mr. Stark, I'm going to offer a choice. Do you want an empty life or do you want a meaningful death?" and "Lesson number one: Heroes, there is no such thing." never comes come up in the film itself.


* QuitYourWhining: Tony's response when Harley whinges about his father walking out years ago? "Dads leave; no need to be a pussy about it."

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* QuitYourWhining: Tony's response when Harley whinges whines about his father walking out years ago? "Dads leave; no need to be a pussy about it."


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** Aldrich Killian's [[spoiler:StartOfDarkness, which stems from being snubbed and forgotten by Tony Stark some 13 years before the story began. He turned that slight into the drive he needed to become the movie's BigBad]].

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