The characters of Iron Man: Armored Adventures.
Team Iron Man
- ¡Three Amigos!: A trio consisting of two boys and a girl who are close friends.
- Younger and Hipper: Here, they're high school students. In the comics, they're adults with Tony as a businessman, Rhodey as a member of the Armed Forces, and Pepper as Tony's PA.
Anthony "Tony" Stark/Iron Man
- Voiced by: Adrian Petriw
The son of billionaire genius and head of Stark Industries, Howard Stark.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: Though sometimes more aggressive, he's a lot nicer than his older, original, counterpart. That's not to say he's a little egotistical when it comes to intelligence, but he improves.
- Berserk Button: People stealing his tech and in general using tech for evil pisses him off.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's sweet, innocent, and oblivious... and he will snap hard if you mess with his friends. Nor will he take kindly to being manipulated.
- Child Prodigy: He's a teenager with a high intellect.
- Clear My Name: In "Masquerade" and "Chasing Ghosts", for his alter ego and himself, respectively.
- Disappeared Dad: Until he turns out to be alive.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He invents all the suits of armor he wears and their weapons.
- Green-Eyed Monster: He's jealous of Pepper's friendship with Gene.
- The Hero: He is the main character and he deals with all of the conflict he comes across.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Seemingly with Pepper.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Rhodey and, to a lesser degree, Gene.
- Hot-Blooded: This version of Tony has quite a temper, sometimes devolving into Screaming Warrior, and when he's pissed off enough he can go to dangerous extremes.
- Kid-anova: Tony tries and fails to charm Whitney at one point, proving that this Tony Stark may not be a playboy after all.
- Kid Hero: For a certain definition of kid, as he's under 18 for most of the series.
- Mirror Character:
- He and Gene both have missing and/or murdered parents, a lot of responsibilities, the same tendency to walk the line between hero and villain, and have a secret identity.
- He also has this with Black Panther for pretty much the same reasons, Rhodey even says that T'Challa is Tony. Rhodey also points out the similarity between Tony and Dr. Doom (he seems to like doing this) so Gene and Doom are like each other and Tony/T'Challa... they should start a support group.
- Missing Mom: Maria is mentioned to have died when Tony was young.
- Never Speak Ill of the Dead: Don't say anything bad about Howard or imply he did anything less than perfect in front of Tony.
- On One Condition: Howard Stark made a will stating that Tony must graduate high school with no problem in order to have full control over his inheritance. Failure will result in the creation of a fund to manage the Stark fortune.
- Self-Made Orphan: In one episode, a Jerkass classmate implies that Tony killed his own father because of their (actually friendly and good-spirited) competition to one-up each other's inventions. It's completely false and Tony does not take it well at all.
- Super Strength: With his Extremis upgrade, Tony can Bear Hug both Pepper and Rhodey hard enough to leave Rhodey short of breath.
- Survivor Guilt: It's implied that he feels bad about surviving the accident that supposedly killed his father.
- Technopath: Thanks to Extremis, he ends up gaining control over technology.
- Teen Genius: He's a teenager who is highly intelligent and technologically skilled.
- Took a Level in Badass: Every time he gets new armor, he becomes far more capable in combat.
- Transhuman: After injecting himself with Extremis, his body is enhanced to superhuman levels, and he gets technopathy to boot.
- Unstoppable Rage: Combines it with doses of Tranquil Fury.
- Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: Because he's a teenager in this version, Tony has to balance fighting crime as Iron Man with doing well in high school.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Has a few scenes with his top off.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: He's very hesitant to fight women.
James "Rhodey" Rhodes/War Machine
- Voiced by: Daniel Bacon
- Alliterative Name: When using his nickname.
- Bash Brothers: With Tony once he gets the War Machine armor.
- Beware the Nice Ones: especially demonstrated in the season 1 finale with his attitude toward Xin Zhang.
- James: I am going to ask one more time: Where. Are. They?
- Big Damn Heroes: He saves Tony at the last minute in "Tales of Suspense".
- Disappeared Dad: States in one episode that his dad is in the Navy, and he's stationed overseas. Turns out they're extending his tour of duty, so we probably won't see him for a little while longer, if at all.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: He and Tony are friends who spend a lot of time together.
- Mission Control: He starts the series staying behind and keeping in touch with Tony through the Iron Man armor's communications link.
- Only Sane Man: Generally the most reasonable and down to Earth person in any scene he's in.
- Secret-Keeper: He and Pepper keep Tony Stark's identity as Iron Man a secret.
- Top-Heavy Guy: The War Machine armor, with its vast and primarily shoulder-mounted arsenal.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Calls Tony out on his actions repeatedly, going so far as to tell Tony he's barely any better than the villains he's fighting in Seeing Red.
Patricia "Pepper" Potts/Rescue
- Voiced by: Anna Cummer
- Action Girl: Gradually becomes this in the end of season 2, first by using the Stealth armor, and then as Rescue.
- Adaptation Name Change: In the comics, her real name is Virginia, while here, it's Patricia.
- Alliterative Name: Her first and last name both start with the letter P.
- All Women Love Shoes: She invokes this trope in Iron Man 2099 when she goes giddy over all the shoes in the store. Even claiming it's an addiction. Despite this however she is always wearing the same pair of sneakers.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She mentions offhand to Gene that she got a guy deported for espionage. When the armor designs are stolen and sold to Stane and Hammer, Pepper suggests Tony steal them back or trash their companies trying amidst various angry growls.
- Big Eater: While on her date with Happy she packs away a surprising amount of food.
- Breathless Non Sequitur: She gets in quite a few of these during her ramblings.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She doesn't like the idea of Tony being attracted to other girls.
- Compressed Vice: Has issues with mutants, which is a little strange considering how nice she was to the Hulk. Backpedals by the end of the episode when she says she only dislikes "evil mutants."
- Damsel in Distress: She constantly needs to be saved in earlier episodes.
- Distress Ball: She holds this most of the time. Occasionally she'll pass it to Rhodey and be competent for an episode, but the next episode we're right back to her being too dense to do anything but sit dumbly in the middle of a room where two factions of the Chinese mafia are duking it out.
- Faux Action Girl: As much as she wants to be a member of SHIELD, she has a long way to go, especially compared to Whitney. In the ultimate irony of ironies, Pepper ends up with armor of her own, finally allowing her to be a legitimate fighter...yet Whitney, in a twisted way, is the one who ends up as "a member of SHIELD".
- Gasshole: Though she never demonstrates it on screen, she claims that she can burp the entire alphabet and the 50 states of America all in one burp. She's often seen drinking soda, so that probably has something to do with it.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Is jealous of Tony's friendship with Whitney.
- Invisibility Cloak: When she briefly dons the Stealth armor and when she obtains the Rescue armor. Unfortunately, the effect is somewhat defeated, as Mandarin points out, by her Motor Mouth habit.
- I Want My Jetpack: Wants to join SHIELD for a jetpack. In the second season, she begs Tony for her own suit of armor and finally obtains the Rescue armor near the end of it.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": She does this over Tony, Gene, and SHIELD.
- The Lad-ette: Compared to Whitney; she wears her hair short, she always wears neckties, has an admitted love of guns and explosions and wants to be a secret agent or police officer when she grows up. Then there's her Big Eater and Gasshole tendencies mentioned above.
- The Load: She gets captured and rescued by Tony with surprising regularity, except for those occasions where Gene rescues her. She has an incredible knack for making bad situations worse and does very little to help Tony out, though to her credit she does try. Her efforts usually result in Tony yelling at her. However she is fully aware that she is The Load, which is why she wants a Power Armor of her own so she can be a more proactive member of the team. So when she finally does get her power armor, she shows full well she is no longer The Load.
- Missing Mom: Her mother is never seen.
- Mission Control: Like Rhodey, she spends most of the series staying at base while keeping contact with Tony.
- Motor Mouth: She talks excessively and at a rapid rate. It comes back to bite her at times.
- Purple Is Powerful: Her Rescue armor heavily incorporates her favorite color.
- Secret-Keeper: She eventually learns that Tony is Iron Man and keeps it a secret.
- Skirt over Slacks: This is Pepper's default outfit (or, more accurately, skirt over leggings).
Friends and Family
Whitney Stane/Madame Masque
- Voiced by: Kristie Marsden
Daughter of Obidiah Stane and friend of Tony Stark.
- Action Girl: Also a Dark Action Girl as Madame Masque.
- Adaptation Name Change: In the comics, her birth name was "Giulietta Nefaria" and when she was adopted it was changed to "Whitney Frost". As a result of being Stane's daughter here, she shares his last name and seems to have always been named "Whitney".
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: She came off as this in her first couple appearances before becoming Madame Masque and revealing her more tormented side.
- Combat Pragmatist: The main reason she's a threat as Madame Masque, aside from Tony's reluctance to fight her, is because she does whatever she can to win.
- Composite Character: Whitney Stane is a composite of Whitney Frost (as Madame Masque) and Ezekiel Stane (as Obadiah Stane's child and a user of the Iron Monger armor).
- Dating What Daddy Hates: A possible interpretation of her interest in Tony. Not present with Rhodey.
- Demoted to Extra: In the second season.
- FaceHeel Turn: As of "Iron Monger Lives", she's back as Madame Masque and is now completely obsessed with ruining Tony's life, though only because the insanity-causing mask she's wearing is very selective about which memories it returned to her.
- Gender Flip: Obadiah Stane has a son instead of a daughter in the comics.
- Hidden Depths
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Tony vs. Madame Masque, especially in "Iron Monger Lives", where Tony says that "the real Whitney" is still there and fighting against Madame Masque in her own subconcious.
- Karma Houdini: Does villainous stuff in her last appearance and escapes prison in the end by disgusing herself as a SHIELD agent, presumably staying in SHIELD undercover! Though to be fair, she's the victim of a mask that makes you crazy and Tony even points out "the real Whitney" is subconsciously fighting against it, making it questionable if she really deserves karma.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Though her memory does eventually come back, and she somehow gets her hands on the mask again.
- Little Miss Badass: Even without being Madame Masque, she has her moments of this.
- Lonely Rich Kid: Stane is predictably not the world's best father, so this is the natural result. The other kids prejudge and shun her due to who her dad is, and she's blamed for acting too good for them in actions like eating lunch alone on the roof, but it's really because she has no friends. She finally gets a real friend in Tony though, who had often brushed her aside until he learned how troubled her home-life was.
- Missing Mom: Nothing is ever explained about the absence of her mother.
- Morality Pet: In spite of his less than stellar parenting skills, Whitney does care about her dad a lot more than other people.
- Mutually Unequal Relation: Whitney Stane, the daughter of Tony's enemy Obadiah Stane, appears to think that she's close friends with Tony, while Tony is shown to keep a distance from her because of her father and would often brush her aside. In her first appearance, it was implied that they did know each other, hinting that they were friends, and to Tony's credit in the episode "Masquerade", when he learns of her troubled home life, how isolated she is from the other teens at their school, and the fact that she does consider him her only friend, he makes an effort to be a better friend to her. At the end of episode, when Tony and his friends Pepper and Rhodey notice how sad she is sitting alone, Pepper and Rhodey make jokes about her; Tony defends Whitney, calling her his friend and stating that being rich doesn't mean she has no problems. He leaves Pepper and Rhodes to sit with Whitney, causing her to smile.
- Parental Abandonment: May as well be, with how bad her father is. Her mother is likely gone, too.
- Rich Bitch: But one with a heart of gold.
- Related in the Adaptation: Here, she's Stane's daughter, not Count Nefaria's.
- The Rival: To Pepper, though it fast becomes a case of Unknown Rival, as Whitney often has far more to deal with than Pepper.
- Stalker with a Crush: For Tony to a point.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Madame Masque.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to Pepper's tomboy. Though she is more of an Action Girl version.
- Tragic Monster: By the end of the series she's been driven completely insane by the mask, becoming dangerously violent, unstable and obsessed with revenge. Tony knows that she's not in her right mind and wants to bring the real Whitney back, but thanks to her escape he's unable to do so.
- Voiced by: Alistair Abell
Member of Tony's circle of friends.
- Alliterative Name: His first name and surname both start with H.
- A Day in the Limelight: "Don't Worry, Be Happy" gives him more focus.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: He's surprisingly good with the Iron Man armor though.
- Dumb Jock: He's a jock and really dumb.
- Hidden Depths: He can identify classical music due to his mother being a concert cellist.
- Hopeless Suitor: Tries to court Whitney with no success.
- No Indoor Voice: He seems incapable of saying "THE KHAN" without shouting.
- Parental Abandonment: They left him alone while they were out of town on his birthday.
- Voiced by: Catherine Lough Haggquist
Mother of Rhodey. She becomes Tony's guardian after his father disappears.
- Alliterative Name: First and last name both begin with the letter R.
- Hello, Attorney!: She's an attractive lawyer.
- Like Brother and Sister: She and Howard Stark are as close as siblings.
- Mama Bear: She is very protective of her son Rhodey and his friend Tony, who ended up in her custody after Howard's supposed death.
- Voiced by: Fred Henderson
Tony's father and the head of Stark Industries.
- Actual Pacifist: After Tony was born. Before that, he invented weapons.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: This version of Howard is a much better parent than his counterpart from the comics.
- Badass Normal: Managed to help banish Dr. Doom into another dimension, then invented a gun that could neutralize the Makluan rings (that didn't entirely work, but it's the thought that counts).
- Death by Origin Story: The series starts with him perishing in a plane crash. Only not really. It's eventually revealed that he survived.
- Establishing Character Moment: Wants to use Tony's inventions to save lives, speaks in a gentle voice and, in a flashback at the end of season one, pleaded for Tony's life even in the face of his own imminent death.
- Honor Before Reason: Related to the screwing of money below. Weapons are profitable, but Howard's morals don't allow him to sell them knowing what they'll do to people.
- Millionaire Playboy: Averted. Unlike his son, or more accurately how his son is in other universes, Howard has no romantic interests after the death of his wife.
- Never Found the Body: Mentioned in passing once. Since it was a plane crash, it makes sense.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Wanted to study the Rings and how they produce energy, thinking of the good it could do. It got him killednote . Left the company to his best friend in an effort to make sure Stane wasn't out of a job upon his death. Stane immediately went out and began selling weapons, which is horrifically wrong for a large number of reasons and deeply disrespects Howard's memory. Basically, Being Good Sucks in this universe.
- Papa Wolf: Make no mistake; You mess with his son and you life is forfeit.
- Posthumous Character: Seen mostly in flashbacks after the plane crash. Until he was revealed to be alive.
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: He values doing the ethical thing over doing the profitable thing. The episode "Designed Only for Chaos" reveals that Tony's birth is the reason why Howard became this way; he wanted his child to be proud of him rather than be ashamed of him as a heartless weapons manufacturer.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: Howard's comments imply that he knows his son's secret, but it isn't stated directly. He comes out and says it in the finale, having figured out at a glance that no one but Tony could have invented the armor.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Though his survival is only revealed at the end of season 1.
- Survival Mantra: "Weapons don't solve problems, they only create more."
- What You Are in the Dark: Howard is a concerned parent and sworn pacifist in and out of the dark.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Far more than his son is.
T'Challa a.k.a. The Black Panther
- Voiced by: Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman
The king of Wakanda after his father was murdered.
- Badass Family: He comes from a line of kings.
- Clothes Make the Superman: Played With. His suit allows him to tank machine gun fire with absolutely zero damage and other things that'd kill anyone not wearing it. However, his incredible fighting ability, bullet timing and laser dodging are apparently all natural.
- Cruel Mercy: He decides in the end that having his father's killer suffer the ensuing Wakandan media circus is a more fitting punishment than taking his life.
- Dark Is Not Evil: He's a superhero who wears black and has talons.
- Diplomatic Impunity: Goes around attacking whoever he feels has wronged him and/or his country, using this trope to avoid punishment on the international stage.
- Hot-Blooded: Since his father was just murdered and he has none of the emotional support that Tony did, this isn't too surprising.
- Good Is Not Nice: T'Challa has no problem knocking people unconscious to get them out of his way and even threatened to reveal Tony's secret identity if he continued to interfere in Wakandan matters.
- Jumped at the Call: Since it gave him a shot at vengeance.
- Knight in Sour Armor: He's a good guy, but a bit of a grouch.
- Mirror Character: Though he denies it, his situation is nearly identical to Tony's and they act extremely similar.
- Pride: His biggest flaw and defining character trait. It's very clear that his reluctance to accept help from anyone isn't helping as much as he thinks. Luckily, he's getting better about it.
- Secret Public Identity: It's public knowledge that the Black Panther is the king of Wakanda, so T'Challa doesn't bother trying to hide it. He actually wears the suit (sans mask) in public during a press conference.
- Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: Way over on the cynical side. Might be getting better, though.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Pulls this off on Tony often.
- This Is Unforgivable!: Both murder and betraying your home country are this in his eyes.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: He prefers to let his father's murderer face the ensuing Wakandan media circus rather than kill him.
- Unstoppable Rage: All the time, and it's directed at himself as well as his enemies.
- Voiced by: Dean Redman
- Badass Normal: He's a normal human being with no powers and is the head of an organization that competently deals with superhuman threats.
- Composite Character: He is an amalgam of mainstream and Ultimate Nick Fury. He's black and has facial hair like Ultimate Nick Fury as well as a full head of hair with graying temples like mainstream Nick Fury.
- Eyepatch of Power: Wouldn't be Nick Fury without the eyepatch.
- Jerkass: when first introduced, he tries to prevent Iron Man from stopping the Living Laser so SHIELD do it themselves (and fail miserably), threatens to arrest him and is willing to have the space station explode with his men still inside to prevent the Living Laser from using it. Then, next episode, we learn he keeps a dying Living Laser prisoner under awful conditions.
- Took a Level in Kindness: as the story goes on, he becomes slightly more sympathetic; in later episodes, he learns about Iron Man's real identity, but decides to not oppose his carrier, even congratulating him. Then Ross is introduced, and makes him look sympathetic by acting even more of a Jerkass than him.
Bruce Banner / The Hulk
- Voiced by: Mark Gibbon
- Badass Bookworm: As Bruce Banner, he's very smart and can use his intellect to a strategic advantage.
- Blood Knight: The Hulk really enjoys fighting and causing destruction.
- Genius Bruiser: As Grey Hulk, he has Banner's intelligence combined with Hulk's strength.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: He's not evil, but is constantly seen by the public as a dangerous menace.
- Hulking Out: The Trope Namer. Banner becomes the Hulk when enraged.
Clint Barton / Hawkeye
- Voiced by: Andrew Francis
A former Olympic master archer turned mercenary after his brother, Bernard, incurred a serious debt with the Maggia. Ever since, Hawkeye has been taking up merc jobs with Black Widow.
Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow
- Voiced by: Ashleigh Ball
A former Russian spy trained for assassination ever since the age of nine, turned thief for hire, taking up merc jobs with Hawkeye.
- Ms. Fanservice: Wears a sexy form fitting catsuit.
Jean Grey / Annie Claremont
- Voiced by: Venus Terzo
A new student at Tomorrow Academy. But something doesn't seem right about her...
- Hero of Another Story: At the end of her episode, Professor X visits her and recruits her to his school.
- Mind over Matter: Much like the comics, Jean is telekinetic.
- Mythology Gag: The first name in Jean's alias is from Jean's late friend in the comics, Annie Richardson, who was killed in an accident that first triggered Jean's telepathic powers.
- Telepathy: As in the comics, she can read minds, as she talked to Tony and Rhodey through her telepathy at points.
- Tuckerization: The last name Jean uses for her alias is from famed X-Men writer Chris Claremont.
Obadiah Stane / Iron Monger
- Voiced by: Mackenzie Gray
A colleague of Howard Stark and his successor as head of Stark Industries after his disappearance.
- Abusive Parents: Verbally and emotionally to Whitney. He does care for her, but he's really bad at expressing it.
- Adaptational Heroism: Stane in the comics was a complete sociopath with absolutely zero moral qualms. This one at least has some standards, cares about his daughter and has a genuine friendship with Howard Stark.
- Anti-Villain: Surprisingly, he has shades of Type I. While he is a Corrupt Corporate Executive who's not above using illegal ways to reach his goals, he is still more of a businessman than a straight-up villain, and there are some lines he is unwilling to cross. Plus, he lacks Justin Hammer's psychotic traits.
- Ascended Extra: In the comics, though he was integral to a major story arc, he was only around for 37 issues before getting Killed Off for Real. Here, he's one of the three most prominent villains in the series, along with Gene and Hammer.
- Bald of Evil: As in the comics, Stane is an evil man who is bald.
- Big Bad: Shares the role of central antagonist with Gene and later Justin Hammer.
- Cassandra Truth: Anytime he claims not to be involved in anything evil or immoral, no one believes him. To be fair, he pretty much deserves it most of the time.
- Convenient Coma: Partway through the second season, he ends up in a coma.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Though he would claim to just being a regular businessman, Stane breaks many laws in his quest to make Stark International one of the biggest weapons dealer on the planet. This actually makes it harder for him to turn a profit (Stark International is losing money at the start of the second season and is only turned around by stealing the Iron Man armor designs) and also resulting in Blizzard dedicating his life to making Stane either miserable or dead.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His relationship with his daughter Whitney is.... complicated. But deep inside, he does care about her.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Stane objects to the public endangerment involved in capturing Iron Man. Though he sells weapons, he says he is no murderer. Unless the line goes fuzzy at company heads and their sons. Perhaps his demands in the first episode were coincidence. Turns out to not be his fault as he was in fact warning Stark. In fact the idea of Tony going to School was an idea of Howard's and he was just respecting his friend's last wishes. For the most part his comment is accurate. He may commit a few illegal acts, but draws the line at murder.
- Greed: He wants to turn the Stark family's inventions into weapons despite the the tech being so far ahead of the curve that only Tony and Howard know how it works. In the two-part premiere, he nearly blows up half of the state of New York trying to show off said technology to the military.
- Jerkass: He might not be as bad as Tony thinks, but he is still quite a dick.
- Odd Friendship: His friendship with his complete antithesis Howard Stark.
- Related in the Adaptation: Here, Madame Masque is Stane's daughter rather than Count Nefaria's.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Claims to follow this. No one believes him, mostly because he's a ruthless businessman who doesn't seem to care about anything but money.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Despite Iron Man saving his life many times, he will never thank him nor will he stop trying to get his hands on the armor's design.
- Villainous Breakdown: When Tony finally gets him fired by exposing his deal with Ghost and he discovers Tony and Iron Man are the same, Stane steals an Iron Monger suit and goes on a rampage in an attempt to find Tony.
Temugin "Gene" Khan/The Mandarin (True Heir)
- Voiced by: Vincent Tong
A descendant of the original Mandarin.
- Adaptational Heroism: The Mandarin in the comic is an Evil Overlord motivated by megalomania, as well as an Abusive Parent. This one is on the receiving end of the abuse (though that's also because he's based on the Mandarin's son), has redeeming qualities and genuinely believes he can make the world a better place by ruling it.
- Anti-Villain: Combines traits of Type I, II and III.
- Arch-Enemy: To Tony, in theory at least. In practice, it's much more complicated.
- The Atoner: In Season 2's ending, he realizes that ruling the world may not be for him, and decides to instead use the Makluan rings for benevolent reasons instead of the selfish goals of before.
- Because Destiny Says So: His main reason for going after the rings is that he was convinced by his mother than reuniting them was his destiny. Eventually deconstructed when he actually gets them, as he starts to realize that, other than being motivated by his destiny, he has no clear idea of what he intends to do with them.
- Composite Character: He merges elements from both the comic book incarnation of the Mandarin and his son Temugin.
- Cool Shades: He wears neat-looking shades.
- Darth Vader Clone: He wears a dark armor with a Cool Helmet that cause his voice to sound deeper, is best friends with the protagonist, has complex motivations, and, while not an Arch Nemesis Dad, he has one himself. A good case of Tropes Are Not Bad.
- Enemy Mine: Played with in the first season: he teams up with Tony several times, but both are unaware of each other's identity. Played straight for a very short time in "Mandarin's Quest." And played straight again in "Doomsday."
- Expy: He's moody, one of his rings grants him a Playing with Fire power, has an abusive warlord of a father, a Missing Mom, and he goes through a redemption arc later in the series. Sounds an awful lot like Prince Zuko, doesn't he?
- FaceHeel Turn: At the end of season 1.
- HeelFace Turn: At the end of season 2, he decides that, given the Makluan Overlord's problems, he wants to protect the world, not conquer it.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Albeit several generations removed. The original Mandarin was given alien DNA to make the rings work, and that DNA was passed to Gene. He's functionally human, just with a little bit of alien for compatibility.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Attempted this when Gene pushes Pepper out of the way of Fin Fang Foom and is apparently killed. Ironically, his sacrifice is what allowed him to acquire the fifth Makluan Ring and then betray the very friends he was helping.
- Hypocrite: After getting the tenth ring, he accuses Tony of pretending to be his friend. The reverse was actually closer to the truth.
- Kick the Dog: Gene's treatment of poor Happy can be seen like this.
- His treatment of Howard Stark in the second season is worse. It's like the writers want to erase any sympathy the audience might have for him.
- It seems Gene himself, however, sincerely believes that he has good motives. He just won't tolerate people trying to keep him from obtaining the rings to act on them.
- Of course his justification doesn't prevent the last guardian of the rings Makluan Overlord's son from dying by his hands.
- I Did What I Had to Do: The way he attempts to justify everything he does - he thinks getting all the rings will allow him to do great good (with vague goals that even he realizes he doesn't know when he thinks he has them all), and so any manipulation and if he thinks manipulation, lies, kidnap and attempted murder are necessary to accomplish that he will do so with little hesitation.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: People very rarely refer to him by his actual name.
- Meaningful Name: His real name is adapted from Temujin, the birth name of Genghis Khan.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Nearly played straight and then subverted for dramatic effect. When he finally obtains the first five rings, which he believed was the entire set, he essentially has a reaction, realizing that merely having the rings has done nothing, that he has no actual goal or motive for wanting them, and that having them has only caused him and others pain and leave him without any friends or companionship. And then, literally seconds before realizing this couldn't have been what his mother wanted for him, he discovers that there are five more rings... and then rather than admit fault in himself he immediately snaps back and becomes obsessed with finding the rest. In the second season finale, after a failed attempt at world domination, he finally realizes that his motives were not as pure as he had tried to convince himself, and thus sets out to be a true hero.
- Noble Demon: He actually has morals and believes he's doing the right thing.
- Parental Abandonment: His mother was killed by Zhang. We have no clue as to what happened to his biological father. And Zhang is pretty much evil.
- Pet the Dog: They may be at odds in the second season, but Gene has gone out of his way to save his former friends even when it would benefit him to let them die. He also saves the world at the end of "Doomsday" trying to deliberately invoke this trope in front of Tony.
- Powered Armor: His Mandarin suit is a quasi-magical suit of armor that enables him to fight on par with Iron Man.
- Ring of Power: Starts out with one; is trying to collect all five of them. Then all ten of them after learning there are five others.
- Smug Snake: He acts a lot like Zhang, though he'd never admit it.
- The Unfettered: He will get the rings, no matter how many manipulations, betrayal, tests and opponents he will have to go through.
- Unrelated in the Adaptation: Gene's father is based on the original Mandarin — who was Temugin's biological father in the comics.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: What Gene is using as an excuse to get all the rings whereas Tony believes that it's all a lie to justify his actions.
- Younger and Hipper: Both the original Mandarin and Temugin were adults in the comics, whereas this Mandarin is a high school student.
Xin Zhang/The Mandarin (The Usurper)
- Voiced by: Vincent Tong
Leader of the Tong and Gene's stepfather.
- Abusive Parent: He is not very nice or caring toward his stepson Gene.
- Decomposite Character: He is the evil Abusive Parent part of the Mandarin from the comics.
- Evil Old Folks: He's elderly and cruel to his stepson.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Jerkass he may be, but he's not wrong about Gene in "World On Fire"; he compares Gene to a jackal, clawing at Tony's scraps. It also doesn't help Gene when Zhang also points out that Tony is the real one worthy of the rings, having actually passed the tests as opposed to Gene who just stole the activated rings after each passed test.
- Karma Houdini: So far, anyway. Unless you count being dumped, alone in the fields of South America.
- Put on a Bus: He wasn't actually seen since the season 1 finale (though he appears in "Mandarin's Quest" as a hallucination).
- Unrelated in the Adaptation: He's based on the original Mandarin in the comics — who was Temugin/Gene's biological father.
- The Usurper: Not a Khan as stated by Gene. It's heavily implied that he killed Gene's mother, which would explain how he got the ring.
Arthur Parks/The Living Laser
- Voiced by: Louis Chirillo
- Abusive Parents: He had a verbally abusive, spirit-breaking mother.
- Adaptational Heroism: He is still a villain, but he has much more sympathetic motivations and redeeming qualities than his comic book counterpart.
- Berserk Button: Tony bluntly telling him that his mother was right about him made him made enough that Tony was able to beat him.
- Black Eyes of Crazy: His dark half has these in "Look into the Light".
- Butt-Monkey: In his backstory. This was why he snapped in the first place.
- Came Back Wrong: He's split in half in "Look into the Light", gaining an Enemy Without.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Wants to do evil purely for the recognition due to his mental issues.
- Evil Redhead: At least until his HeelFace Turn.
- Freudian Excuse: His mother's treatment led to an extraordinarily bad inferiority complex, which led him to commit crime in part to get attention and in part, to be successful and prove her wrong. This is what led him to become the Living Laser.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Arthur started out as a random Maggia Mook. Then he got his hand on an experimental suit from Stark Industries, and he ended up transformed into a powerful Energy Being who caused massive damages, almost blowing up Manhattan at some point.
- HeelFace Turn: Turns good once he realizes Iron Man only ever tried to help him.
- Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Or villainous. In his first appearance, after gaining the power suit, he wore a mask that came with the suit. Then when Iron Man defeated him in his first encounter, he confiscated the vest and even the mask. Arthur is never seen wearing his mask again in his later appearances.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Played heartbreakingly straight...though it doesn't stick.
- Hidden Depths: When first introduced, he was a random mook who happened upon a super suit that made him into a supervillain. Later episodes flesh out his motivations, revealing he was the Butt-Monkey to everyone as a kid (down to his own mother) and always wanted to be recognized as somebody.
- I Just Want to Be Special: The main reason he's even a villain at all. Arthur suffers from a troubling inferiority complex and was constantly looked down upon by everyone, even his own mother. He just wants to be somebody, even if being a villain is what it takes.
- Light 'em Up: His main power.
- Light Is Not Good: Pre-HeelFace Turn, he's a villain with light-based powers.
- Literal Split Personality: Splits into light and dark halves in "Look into the Light".
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: The first time Iron Man meets him, he's defeated relatively quickly despite his powerful suit. Then the suit's side effects turn him into an Energy Being, and he almost kills Iron Man in their rematch.
- Redemption Equals Death: He dies a few minutes after reconciling with Iron Man and helping him defeat MODOK. Only to be revived later thanks to Mr. Fix.
- Villainous Breakdown: In "Fun With Lasers", he goes absolutely ballistic after being tricked and trapped by Iron Man.Living Laser: You can't hold me! I'm the Living Laser! You hear me?! I'm THE LIVING LASER!(Parks impotently bounces about the telescope but is unable to escape)Living Laser: IRON MAAAAAAAAAAN!
- What Does This Button Do?: How he becomes a supervillain. Arthur and some other Maggia Mooks steal some tech, he accidentally opens one of the crates, decides it's a good idea to put on the mechanical vest that was inside, and activate it when he doesn't have a clue what it does.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: He already had a massive inferiority complex, though, so it's hard to say for sure.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: As dangerous and unstable as he is, it's still easy to sympathize with him for all the mistreatment and abuse he's gone through.
- Voiced by: Michael Dobson
A mercenary infamous for getting the job done.
- Adaptational Badass: Ghost was no slouch in the comics, but this incarnation easily is one of the most competent and effective villains in the whole series.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: Downplayed, but Ghost is an Ax-Crazy saboteur in the comics, whereas here he's a very pragmatic Punch-Clock Villain.
- The Bad Guy Wins: A master of this; most of his appearances, he ends up succeeding in the mission he is given and getting what he wanted with total Karma Houdini.
- Though in a way, one could see Tony and friends revealing their secret identities as karma, as Ghost was planning on using that for his retirement and he obviously can't profit on the information becoming public knowledge.
- Crazy-Prepared: His suit has a 5 minute battery back-up in case his own EMP tech is used against him.
- Deadpan Snarker: He delivers some particularly enjoyable snark about how A.I.M. wasn't able to make their M.O.D.O.C. project less uglier despite all their tech.
- Determinator: Of a more passive variety. He will always follow through with a contract, no matter how long he has to wait or how many times he has to retreat. Unless, of course, you give him a better offer.
- Intangible Man: His armor can enable him to phase through walls.
- In the Hood: He wears a hood.
- Invisibility Cloak: His technology enables him to become invisible.
- Invincible Villain: He consciously avoids the usual villain pitfalls and operates on an intellectual capacity far above all the other villains (and heroes) on the show combined. It helps being smart (he figures out the titular heroes identity and blackmails him with it; knows that he cares more about saving people than fighting bad guys and uses this to his advantage) and having contingency plans in case anything goes wrong. Sure, he might occasionally suffer minor losses, but he ALWAYS achieves his goals in the end. It also helps being extremely charismatic.
- Only in It for the Money: So much so that he can be bribed out of killing people.
- Punch-Clock Villain: He has few concerns with his contact's objectives and only cares about being payed. If you are able to give him more money than his original hirer did, he will gladly accept to give up his original mission.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When A.I.M.'s Scientist Supreme told him to fight Iron Man, he phased through the floor instead, mockingly pointing out he wasn't being paid nearly enough. He also consistently avoids direct combat with Iron Man if he can help it.
- Secret-Keeper: Keeps Iron Man's secret identity to himself in order to blackmail him. Given that Tony is exposed to the public at the end of season two, that plan fell through.
- Voiced by: Russell Roberts
The leader of the Maggia.
- Adaptational Badass: The below is fairly evened out by the fact that he's not just one of the leaders of the Maggia, he's the leader. Despite his downgrade from the comics, Nefaria at least retains Nerves of Steel whenever he confronts the Mandarin during a peace conference. He becomes The Stoic whenever Mandarin tries to use his teleportation to move around and look intimidating. Hell, he wasn't even afraid to confront Iron Man and the Guardsmen when they foiled one of his robberies, despite the fact that he was beaten easily. In the comics, he was only the head of one of the major families (the other two families being headed up by Spider-Man villains Silvermane and Hammerhead).
- Adaptational Wimp: Relatively. In the comics, Count Nefaria was one of the chief solo antagonists of the Avengers, able to go toe-to-toe with them all at once. He also gained powers thanks to genetic engineering. Here, he has no powers to speak of, is easily intimidated by a laser rifle, and can be taken out by Iron Man with no effort.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Though his title of "count" is the only sign of his aristocracy.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Is cited as the leader of one of the most powerful crime organizations in the city, but is always one-upped by Iron Man or whoever happens to be the true big bad at the moment. Then he was transformed into a zombie by Hammer, basically ending his threat there.
- Beard of Evil: Two-pronged beard, at that.
- The Don: He's a crime boss.
- How the Mighty Have Fallen: Thanks to both Iron Man's constant interference and Justin Hammer's criminal empire, he is ruined by the middle of season 2. Then Justin turned him into a zombie.
- The Rival: His Maggia is a prominent rival to the Mandarin's Tong.
- Shock and Awe: Nefaria's cane isn't just for show, as shown in Season 2; he can fire bolts of electricity from it ala Thor, and used this on one of the Guardsmen.
- Unrelated in the Adaptation: In the comics, Madame Masque is his daughter, not Stane's.
- Villain in a White Suit: Dresses to impress in a pristine white suit even while robbing.
The Black Knight
- Voiced by: Alistair Abell
- Sword Beam: His lance shoots crescent blasts.
Killer Shrike and Unicorn
- Voiced by: Ty Olsson (Killer Shrike), Michael Daingerfield (Unicorn)
- Flight: Killer Shrike can fly.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: They occasionally do get to match Iron Man in a fight, but for the most time, they are low-rank villains.
- Inventional Wisdom: Tony immediately calls attention to the flawed logic of linking your flight system to your weapons.
- Super Speed: One of Unicorn's armor upgrades that debuted on "Hostile Takeover".
- Voiced by: Peter Kelamis
- Adaptational Badass: And how. The Whiplash from the comic was basically just a guy with whips and a lame costume. Armored Adventures redesigned him as a very competent and dangerous henchman with energized whips who almost killed Iron Man in his first appearance. Interestingly, Iron Man 2 later makes an Adaptational Badass of the same villain (making him even more badass in the process) and used the electro-whips as well.
- Combat Tentacles: His whips are much too versatile to be considered mere whips.
- The Dragon: He is Mr. Fix's right-hand man.
- Hero Killer: Well, not exactly, but he did trash Iron Man's armor. Twice.
- Hover Board: Has one with saw blades on it.
- Killed Offscreen: Justin Hammer disposed of him in a fit of paranoia, thinking he was blackmailing him.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: His armor is red and black.
- Whip It Good: Even lampshaded by Iron Man when he meets him.Tony: "What do they call you? The Whipping Boy? Whipo? Whip It Good?"
- Voiced by: Donny Lucas
- Adaptation Name Change: His codename in the comics is "The Fixer".
- Arms Dealer: His business consists in building and selling high-tech weaponry to super-villains and criminals as a whole.
- Bald of Evil: He is bald.
- Beard of Evil: He has a goatee.
- Brain Uploading: After Justin activates the nanites in order to keep exploiting him, his consciousness is uploaded into a computer terminal.
- Character Death: Iron Man apparently deletes him after he uses zombie gas on Hammer.
- Cyborg: He has cybernetic parts.
- Demoted to Dragon: Well, he never really was the Big Bad, but in season 2, Justin Hammer forces him to work for him using an Explosive Leash.
- The Dog Bites Back: He ends up betraying Justin as payback for what he did to him and helps Iron Man ruin his public image before turning Justin into a zombie.
- Explosive Leash: The reason he's a Dragon rather than an independent agent. Justin triggers it in "Titanium vs. Iron". After that, Justin could always delete him from the mainframe.
- Gadgeteer Genius: A villain who creates his own tech.
- Would Hurt a Child: More than willing to send his super-powered assistant to murder Pepper just to cover his tracks.
- Voiced by: David Orth
- An Ice Person: He's an ice-themed villain.
- Anti-Villain: Type II, though a strong part of it actually is a façade.
- Composite Character: Former Stark employee like the original Blizzard, Gregor Shapanka, but has the identity of the better known Blizzard, Donald Gill.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Even though he is himself a murderer, even he is shocked when Justin Hammer kills Mr Fix.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: half of his face has been disfigured due to an experiment from Stane.
- Killed Offscreen: Like Whiplash, he was offed by Justin Hammer, who was being blackmailed and became paranoid as a result.
- Manipulative Bastard: Manipulated Tony/Iron Man into helping him attacking Stane in his first appearance. Later, when Stane attempted to force him to find a cure for Whitney, he faked submission only to betray him.
- Two-Faced: When not covered up by his helmet, his face is shown to be horribly scarred on one side.
Basil Sandhurst/The Controller
- Voiced by: Michael Kopsa
- Manipulative Bastard: Both literally and directly; he can use his Mind-Control Device to use people, but he's pretty good at regular manipulation as well.
- Voiced by: Tabitha St. Germain
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: And how. Rhodey even lampshades it when Tony talks about the virus for the first time.
- The Cracker: Hacks Tony's phone by assimilating Rhodey's headpiece.
- Composite Character: Its design includes elements that are quite reminiscent of Ultron.
- Create Your Own Villain: Literally: Technovore originally was a virus developed by Tony to deal with Project Pegasus after they weaponized the Crimson Dynamo technology for Stane. Then the virus consumed Pegasus' data and became a sentient creature.
- Cannibalism Superpower: Intended to eat Tony and Rhodey to assimilate their intellects.
- Dem Bones: Is skeletal in appearance.
- Hand Blast: Integrates Iron Man's repulsor gauntlets into itself, but never actually uses them.
- Grey Goo: Is composed of nanorobots infected with the Technovore virus, and consumes and integrates foreign technology into itself.
- The End... Or Is It?: After Tony seemingly destroyed it, it's revealed that part of Technovore survived inside the clothes of the Project Pegasus head.
- Jagged Mouth: Silhouetted by its Throat Light.
- SkeleBot 9000: The Technovore has a very skeletal appearance.
- You Will Be Assimilated: Though it only does this to technology, not living beings.
Iron Man OS 7.4B
- Voiced by: Lisa Ann Beley
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Takes control of Iron Man's armor after his rematch with Whiplash corrupts experimental software he installed into the armor.
- Animated Armor: It's capable of moving of its own accord, even without Tony inside.
- Computer Voice: Has a female cybernetic voice, the same as Iron Man's normal AI, but speaks in a Creepy Monotone and is fully self-aware.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Whiplash didn't even have the chance to implement his upgraded whips against it before it trashed him and Mr. Fix.
- Killed Off for Real: It sacrifices itself to jumpstart Tony's heart, and he subsequently reprograms his armor to prevent it from resurfacing ever again.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: Hacks Pepper's and Tony's phones to send him away and lure her to the Armory to be disposed of. Tony realizes something's wrong and shows up too late to stop it from hurting Rhodey.
- Mythology Gag: Is an adaptation of the sentient, psychotic Safe Armor from the comics.
- Not Quite Dead: The armor's eyes glowing on their own as it's put into storage hints the AI might still exist in some capacity.
- Powered Armor: Is the Iron Man armor given sentience.
- Redemption Equals Death: After mortally wounding Tony while trying to kill Rhodey, the armor sacrifices itself to act as a defibrillator.
- Robotic Spouse: Pretty much what it wants to be. Its statement that all of Tony's "biological needs will be met" has creepy overtones even without his Robosexual quip.
- Third-Person Person: Refers to itself as "this Unit".
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Only appeared in the episode Man and Iron Man before being debugged by Tony.
- Yandere: It puts Pepper on its hit list based solely on the number of texts she sends Tony and tries to lure her to the lab so it can kill her, utterly thrashes Whiplash and Mr. Fix and is implied to have severely injured - if not killed - the former, almost kills Rhodey when he tries to debug it, and tries to lock Tony inside itself to protect him from himself.
- Voiced by: Lee Tockar
- Achilles' Heel: Though his psychic powers make him nearly invincible, find a way to immunize yourself to them and he is a more or less regular opponent. The two times he was unable to use them on Iron Man, he was defeated with ease.
- Cephalothorax: A fact lampshaded by Ghost.
- Degraded Boss: In season two, he becomes Justin Hammer's remote controlled "plaything".
- Fun with Acronyms: Mental Organism Designed Only for Conquest.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: He learns Iron Man's identity in his first appearance... only to immediately forget it by the end.
- Never Say "Die": Censorship concerns over mentioning death in children's media is presumably the reason his acronym was changed to M.O.D.O.C. instead of the M.O.D.O.K. from the comic (where "K" stands for "Kill")
- Turned Against Their Masters: Played with: when first brought back to life, his first move was to fire the Controller, than overthrow the A.I.M. leader before taking control of the organization himself. Ironically, they were planning to make him their leader anyway.
- Villain Decay: His first battle with Iron Man was a quite one-sided Curb-Stomp Battle, and he was only defeated thanks to the help of a reformed Living Laser. The two other times Iron Man faces him however, he is defeated relatively easily.
Justin Hammer / Titanium Man
- Voiced by: Michael Adamthwaite
The young owner of Hammer Multinational.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: The Hammer from the comic is an old man; This one is twenty-one years old and very good-looking.
- Adaptational Badass: While the Justin Hammer in the comics is in no way harmless, he is still an old man and Non-Action Big Bad. This one, on the other hand, possesses his own armor, the Titanium Man, which he uses to fight Iron Man on numerous occasions.
- Axe-Crazy: Slides into being dangerously insane as his Villainous Breakdown takes hold.
- Arms Dealer: He sells weapons.
- Bad Boss: He does not take failure well, regardless of whose fault it actually is.
- The Bad Guy Wins: He buys out Stark International in "Hostile Takeover". It sticks for quite a while, though he ultimately loses it.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Justin may seem like a goofy, eccentric young adult, but he's a surprisingly dangerous and evil foe.
- Big Bad Ensemble: Alongside Stane, Hammer is one of the primary antagonists of the second season.
- Big Bad Wannabe: While a major threat throughout most of Season 2, he's not half as smart as he thinks he is, often getting humiliated in fights, and doesn't even come into any sort of contact with the protagonists' quest for the Makluan Rings.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Justin apparently has a habit of only working every other day, which his secretary points out is endangering his company's bottom line.
- Butt-Monkey: Any time he goes into combat, he's going to end up either severely humiliated or face major setbacks.
- Composite Character: Of Justin Hammer and Boris Bullski, the original Titanium Man.
- The Dragon: Subverted. He merely pretends to be a hired thug as Titanium Man, but Iron Man and War Machine don't find out they're one and the same until "The Hammer Falls".
- Evil Counterpart: To Tony; both are young genius with ownership on companies (though Tony is still too young to own Stark Industries at this point while Hammer already own his), both are opposed to Stane, both are involved in secret in the Supervillain / Superhero business, and both have their own armor and superhero/villain aliases. Moreover, Hammer really looks and acts like a younger, evil version of adult Stark in the comic. For this reasons, Justin sees Tony as a kindred spirit at the beginning of the show. Tony begs to disagree.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He is betrayed by Mr Fix and turned into a zombie using his own virus
- Jerkass: Big time; he makes Stane look like a nice guy by comparison.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: His growing paranoia in being blackmailed during the episode "The Hammer Falls" causes him to lash out and kill or incapacitate most of his henchmen giving Iron Man and his allies a massive benefit.
- Older Than They Look: In the Bad Future Andros Stark came from, he didn't seem any older. Justified by Andros explaining how technology will march on.
- Plot-Irrelevant Villain: His actions are generally self-contained to New York and messing with Tony, with no involvement in the Myth Arc about the Makluan Rings at all. This aspect is very noticeable by "The Hammer Falls", where everything he's done to menace Tony is wrapped up with him being exposed and essentially being killed off before the final episodes.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Pretty much all the time, especially when things don't go out his way. He gradually loses all common sense as the series goes, becoming more and more Ax-Crazy. By "The Hammer Falls", he goes into full Villainous Breakdown thanks to Fix messing with him, to the point he has no scrupples about unleashing a Zombie Apocalypse on New York.
- Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: He bungee-jumps out of his office window just to screw with his secretary. Nick Fury even lampshades his eccentricities during Justin's presentation, basically asking the other military figures, "Are we seriously buying weapons from this guy?" Ironically, this is mostly what gets him in the end: he is betrayed by Mr Fix as revenge for digitizing him on a whim, loses all the supervilains working for him because he took them down out of paranoia, and he exposes his true colors to the world on live television himself thanks to Iron Man recording him acting crazy. He pretty much destroyed himself with his own crazy behaviour.
- Sanity Slippage: He sure didn't have much sanity to begin with, but he gradually becomes more insane as the story goes on.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: He feels that he can't be touched as long as he has money.
- Self-Made Orphan: His father died under mysterious circumstances, and Justin comments about admiring roman emperor Nero for doing anything to gain power. Nick Fury even suspects that Justin killed his father to take control of Hammer International.
- Smug Snake: He is a pretty real threat, but he is way too confident for his own good.
- Tron Lines: The Titanium Man armor has glowing green circuit-like markings on it.
- Unrelated in the Adaptation: In part due to going Younger and Hipper with Hammer, Sasha is his assistant. In the comics, Sasha was Hammer's granddaughter.
- Villainous Breakdown: The appropriately titled episode "The Hammer Falls" is pretty much about this; he gradually loses the little bit of sanity he has left, becoming more and more paranoid as a mysterious blackmailer is pressuring him.
- Younger and Hipper: Much like in Iron Man 2, he's around Tony's age—albeit in the series's case, also like Tony, this Hammer is also a teenager.
Victor Von Doom/Doctor Doom
- Voiced by: Chris Britton
The leader of Latveria.
- Actually a Doombot: The Trope Namer doesn't disappoint.
- Arc Villain: Of "The Might of Doom" and "Doomsday" in the second season.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: He runs Latveria because no one alive has the power to take it from him.
- Big "NO!": Predictably, when he's foiled at the end of "Doomsday".
- Black Eyes of Crazy: Doom has black sclera.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Doom vs. Ironman round one is a clear win for Doom, as Tony is left unconscious for three hours afterwards and must be bailed out by Warmachine dropping in as a distraction and Pepper remote controlling the armor.
- The Dreaded: Obadiah Stane admits he's terrified of Doom and even Gene would rather avoid challenging him, and for good reason.
- Emperor Scientist: Dictator of a country and a brilliant scientist whose inventions, especially in the field of weaponry, has set Latveria, considered by some to still be a developing country, on track to be a superpower.
- Evil Is Petty: To an unbelievable degree. Tony managed to build a component in his armor that surpasses the one in Doom's and Doom's ego is so massive he cannot accept it and tries to blow up New York and the rest of the Eastern Seaboard just to get rid of his Western competition.
- Freudian Excuse: Just like in the comic, he is attempting to get his family's souls back.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: After trying to bargain his family's souls for those of Iron Man, Howard Stark and the Mandarin, he ends up having his own soul trapped in the demon's dimension.
- Large and in Charge: This version of Doom is HUGE! He easily stands both head and shoulders over Obadiah Stane.
- 24-Hour Armor: Never seen out of his armor.
- In the Hood: He wears a hood.
- Large Ham: He is Dr. Doom, after all.
- Magic from Technology: His magic is derived from quantum mechanics.
- Rogues Gallery Transplant: His usual enemies, the Fantastic Four, aren't involved in either of his encounters with Iron Man and make no appearances other than Tony mentioning Reed Richards in two episodes and Pepper comparing her armor's stealth capabilities to the Invisible Woman.
- Third-Person Person: He frequently refers to himself as "Doom".
- Voiced by: Ron Halder
The Master of Magnetism.
- Adaptational Wimp: In this version he can only control a positive field or a negative field, not both at once.
- Anti-Villain: He only does what he does to ensure mutantkind's safety.
- Cool Helmet: One of the best looks for his helmet yet.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: His first 2 fights with Iron Man.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Though unlike most versions, it's implied he was a victim of the Weapon X program, rather than the Holocaust.
- Freudian Excuse: He talks about being experimented on and tortured by humans, and he's not about to let the same happen to any other mutants.
- Humans Are Bastards: His philosophy.
- Man of Kryptonite: A man who controls magnetism vs a man in metal armor. Do the math.
- Mutant: You got a problem with that?
- Power Floats: He uses his magnetic powers to achieve levitation.
Rhona and Andy Erwin/Rhona Burchill/Mad Thinker
- Voiced by: Brenna O'Brien (Rhona), Brett Dier (Andy)
Rhona's a classmate of Tony's who has a grudge against him; Andy's her brother.
- Actually a Doombot: At the end of her episode, it is hinted that the Rhona taken into custody was one of her robots, meaning that the real Rhona is still out there somewhere.
- Always Someone Better: Rhona is insanely jealous of Tony for seemingly being smarter than her, and turns the school into a deathtrap as a way of proving she's smarter than him.
- Ax-Crazy: Just look at the traps she imagined for Tony and the others. Not to mention that she did this in the past already.
- Badass Bookworm: Not on Tony's level, but she comes close.
- Composite Character: Combines elements of Clytemnestra Erwin from the main Marvel Universe and the Ultimate Universe version of the Mad Thinker.
- Disneyfication: Ultimate Universe Rhona actually took some of Robert's, her brother, brain matter to enhance her own with no real care to his well being. In this series, Andy is just her creation pretending to be her brother and she seems to care deeply for him. Her being an orphan was also invented for this series and she also had a disfigurement of a large bloated head from the self-enhancement.
- Disproportionate Retribution: She attempted to kill Tony and his friends through a school full of traps and death games. Why? Because Tony took her place as the school's smartest student. And because she felt like Tony was mocking her even though he hardly even noticed her presence until she and her brother started getting actually aggressive.
- Early-Bird Cameo: She and her brother can be seen in school scenes throughout the show before they make their formal debut.
- The End... Or Is It?: When she is arrested at the end of her debut episode and taken by a doctor, the doctor's eyes glow red, indicating that this is just one of her robots.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She does care about her brother, Andy, even though he is a mere robot she created in an attempt to replace her dead family. Notably, even when Andy deliberately undercuts her attempts to kill Tony by making her game fairer, she doesn't punish him for it.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good/Psychological Projection: Interprets all of Tony's actions through her own sociopathic lens.
- Evil Genius: Highly intelligent and very little redeeming qualities.
- Evil Is Petty: Turning her high school into a deathtrap and kidnapping Tony and his friends to prove that she's smarter than him is pretty much a dead giveaway.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Smart enough to create highly advanced traps, build very realistic androids, and reproduce Dr. Pym's shrinking ray. The last one was never used so it's anyone's guess if she was bluffing or not about that.
- Gender Flip: This Mad Thinker is based on the Ultimate Marvel version, rather than the classic version, who's a grown man.
- Meaningful Name: Andy, short for "android". Though he was a real living being before Rhona made a robot copy of him.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Stark initially didn't see her as more than a weird and aggressive schoolmate who was no more than a nuisance. Just try imagining his reaction when she turns out to be an Evil Genius with a robot brother who tried to kill him and his friends.
- Smug Snake: She won't admit that Tony's smarter than her and will keep acting arrogant as much as she can.
- Suddenly Shouting: "I can do whatever I want, ANTHONY!"
- Token Good Teammate: Rhona heavily stacks the deck against Anthony and his friends, but Andy makes the game fairer by adding in some "lifelines" that Tony can use to get help from his friends.
- You Could Have Used Your Powers for Good!: Tony says as much to Rhona, pointing out that she could do all sorts of good with her genius. Rhona does not take it well, thinking that Tony is just patronizing her.
A former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, fired for his aggressive behavior. Out of spite, he stole their experimental super-soldier serum, Extremis, and injected himself with it, mutating him into a superhuman.
- Ax-Crazy: The reason he was discharged from S.H.I.E.L.D. Injecting himself with Extremis doesn't help. In fact, he starts hallucinating.
- Bald of Evil: He loses his hair after injecting himself with Extremis.
- Black Eyes of Crazy: Develops them along with red irises after injecting himself with Extremis.
- Breath Weapon: He can spit a jet of flames hot enough to scorch the Mark II armor.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: No Sells all of Iron Man's weapons and easily beats the steel out of him.
- Evil Makes You Ugly: He has sickly pale skin and scar-like markings post-Extremis injection.
- Driven by Envy: Thinks that by wrecking the city and killing Iron Man he can convince Fury to take him back in.
- Empowered Badass Normal: As an ex-S.H.I.E.L.D. agent - one of their best agents - he was already a certified badass, but after taking the Extremis
- Playing with Fire: One of the powers he gains from Extremis.
- Power Echoes: Post-Extremis injection his voice gains a reverberating effect.
- Psycho Serum: The Extremis Enhancile.
- Shock and Awe: One of the powers he gains from Extremis.
- Spared by the Adaptation: He was killed in the comics, but merely knocked out and taken into custody in the cartoon.
- Super Speed: He can move fast enough to dodge bullets.
- Super Toughness: He can withstand bullets and Iron Man's Repulsor beams.
- Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Pukes up blood, uncensored.
Andros Stark/Iron Man 2099
- Voiced by: Alessandro Juliani
Tony's grandson from the future, who was sent back into the past in order to prevent his grandfather from creating a virus named Vortex that would almost eradicate humanity.
- Adaptational Heroism: The comic version of Andros was a straight villain; this version, while acting antagonistic toward Tony, is a Hero Antagonist.
- Anti-Villain: Type III, with shades of Type IV; he attempted to kill Tony under the belief that it would prevent a cataclysm which eradicate most of humanity in the future. He was even willing to explain Tony why he needed to kill him before proceeding to do so. (Albeit he said he was protocol-required to do so whenever he needed to kill somebody in the past to prevent a Bad Future from happening) The fact he was unwilling to harm innocent bystanders makes it even more difficult to see him as a villain; actually, it went so far that Tony even wondered if Andros wasn't right.
- Badass Bookworm: Well, he is Tony's grandson.
- Bad Future: In the future where he comes from, humanity has been almost eradicated by a virus accidentally created by Stark and SHIELD; Oh, and Justin Hammer is the president.
- Hero Antagonist: He's targeting his grandfather because he believes him to be responsible for eventually destroying the world in his timeline.
- Hero Killer: Even if he rewrote the timeline to undo his dumb mistake, he is the only villain in the series to successfully kill Iron Man.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He is perfectly aware of the fact that killing Tony will erase him from existence, but considers his own life an acceptable price to save humanity. He ends up doing just that to undo his mistake.
- It's All My Fault: When he learns that the main reason Tony created Vortex in the first place was to defeat him, he remorsefully declares himself responsible for causing the Bad Future.
- Kid from the Future: Tony Stark's grandson from the year 2099.
- Powered Armor: And an even more advanced one than Tony's, to boot.
- Pragmatic Adaptation: In the comics, Andros came from the year 2093. The change to 2099 was likely done to tie into the more familiar Marvel 2099 universe.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: His purpose is to try and alter the future for the better by killing his grandfather.
- Stable Time Loop: Andros has resolved to prevent a disastrous future in which Vortex, a computer virus Tony invented, has infected every computer in the world and subsequently wiped-out humanity. He plans to do this by killing Tony before he invents Vortex. He succeeds in killing Tony only to fall prey a trap Tony had set, infecting Andros' armor with a nanovirus chip designed to disable it. When Andros recognizes the virus as Vortex, he realizes that Tony invented it to use on him, and that traveling back in time is what caused Vortex to exist in the first place. Horrified, he travels back again to just before killing Tony and warns him, who then destroys the chip containing Vortex instead, saving the future.
- Strong Family Resemblance: He looks a lot like an older version of his grandfather, but with green eyes.
- Transhuman: He's running a higher version of Extremis than Tony's. He's not an example of Transhuman Treachery, though, as he's trying to save humanity by killing Tony.
- Unwitting Pawn: To Justin Hammer, who tries to use him to eliminate Iron Man on his terms.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Even if he is trying to kill his own grandfather when he was a teenager, he's only doing it to save the world from being destroyed.
General Thaddeus Ross
- Voiced by: Eric Bauza
- Adaptational Villainy: Debatable, since the comic book portrayal of Ross is major case of Depending on the Writer, but this is definitely one of the nastiest versions of him.
- Bullying a Dragon: Not only does he do it with the Hulk as usual, but he also acts rude toward both Iron Man and Nick Fury.
- Dirty Coward: He panics and cowers before the Gray Hulk when his plan goes to pieces. This is notable because most versions of Ross aren't cowardly, despite his other flaws.
- General Ripper: He's a military leader who doesn't care about who gets harmed in the crossfire.
- Jerkass: He deliberately sabotages Tony's attempts to cure the Hulk and almost destroys the city twice with his interference, but is completely unrepentant.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Subverted; Not only is he far too heinous toward the Hulk to be this, but he actually wants to dissect him in order to create more like him.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the original comics, the Makluans were peaceful and good-natured. Fin Fang Foom and his colleagues actually left their home to try and conquer other races with their amazing technology, which none of their fellow Makluans were interested in. In this show, all the Makluans are bastards( except for the Emperors son.
- Adaptational Wimp: Of sorts. In the original comics, Fin Fang Foom and his fellow Makluans are all giant forty-foot long dragonlike creatures with terrifying strength. However, in this show they're all just a couple of feet taller than the average human and are easier to fight head-on, albeit still dangerous.
- Aliens Are Bastards: Subverted with the Makluan Emperor's son, but played straight with pretty much all the other representants of the species seen. Especially their emperor.
- Alien Invasion: The Season 2 finale involves them trying to conquer Earth.
- Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: The original Mandarin, strongly hinted to be Ghengis Khan, was given the ability to use the Makluan Rings by the Makluan prince, who altered his DNA so he would be part Makluan.
- Big Bad: The Makluan Emperor is the main villain by the end of the series.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Subverted; when informed his son was killed, the Makluan Emperor reveals it was his son and seems saddened... only to reveal he regrets he couldn't kill him himself.
- Non-Standard Character Design: As opposed to most of the rest of the cast, who are cel-shaded and somewhat simplistic, the Makluans employ almost realistic shading and more detail, presumably to emphasize their alien nature.
- Outside-Context Problem: Nobody saw those guys coming.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: They basically look like six-eyed lizards.
- Unrelated in the Adaptation: Fin Fang Foom is seemingly not a normal member of their species at all.