Spoilers for all works set prior to the end of Avengers: Endgame are unmarked.
Tony Stark / Iron Man
Birth Name: Anthony Edward Stark
Known Aliases: Iron Man
Affiliation(s): Stark Industries, Avengers, S.H.I.E.L.D., MIT, Damage Control
Portrayed By: Robert Downey Jr., Davin Ransom (young)
Voiced By: Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man video game), Eric Loomis (Iron Man 2 video game) Foreign voice actors
Appearances: Iron Man | The Incredible Hulknote | Iron Man 2 | Captain America: The First Avengernote | The Consultantnote | The Avengers | Iron Man 3 | Avengers: Age of Ultron | Captain America: Civil War | Spider-Man: Homecoming | Avengers: Infinity War | Avengers: Endgame | Spider-Man: Far From Homenote | WandaVisionnote | The Falcon and the Winter Soldiernote | Lokinote
Anthony Edward "Tony" Stark was born on May 29th, 1970 in Long Island, New York. He is an era-defining genius and the CEO of Stark Industries who uses his own self-designed Powered Armors. After being held hostage by terrorists and escaping only with the help of Ho Yinsen, his worldview and philosophy changes, leading to him shutting down the weapons manufacturing division of his company and becoming the superhero Iron Man.
Despite various interpersonal clashes, Tony finds himself called in to join the Avengers and proves a vital asset to them as The Team Benefactor, particularly during the conflict with Ultron. However, Tony's increasing desire to protect the world and his friends, culminating from the Survivor's Guilt accumulated through each successive film he's made an appearance in, inspires him to make some catastrophic decisions that begin to cause a rift between him and his friends — particularly Steve Rogers.
After the following Civil War that ensued, during which he recruited Peter Parker and brought him under his wing, Tony split from the Avengers until the arrival of Thanos caused him to reconcile with them.
- 10-Minute Retirement:
- He quits being Iron Man at the end of Iron Man 3, and even destroys all of his suits to reinforce the point. Predictably, it doesn't stick, and he's back in action in a sleek new armor in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
- Happens a second time in Avengers: Age of Ultron, with the ending once more implying that he's done; however, Captain America: Civil War sees him back into the conflict.
- He retires during the five-year Time Skip in Avengers: Endgame, but temporarily walks out of it so that he can undo the Snap and happily return to his family once the world is made whole again. Sadly, it turns into Retirony after he dies snapping Thanos and his army out.
- Aborted Declaration of Love: Knowing that he was slowly dying in Iron Man 2, Tony attempted to confess to Pepper about his romantic feelings for her but because of his earlier shenanigans, she tells him to Get Out!.
- Accidental Misnaming: When he reveals to Peter he knows his identity.Tony: So you're the Spider... ling? Crime-Fighting Spider? Spider-Boy?
Peter: ... S-Spider-Man.
- The Ace: Tony was a Child Prodigy who graduated MIT with honors at the age of 17. He's proven to be an exceptional businessman, arguably the greatest Gadgeteer Genius of his generation (building the very first Iron Man suit with nothing but scraps), an Omnidisciplinary Scientist who can pick up advanced subjects literally overnight, a very skilled and intuitive fighter and a second-to-none multitasker. He's also one of the biggest womanizers in the films.
- Ace Custom: The Iron Man armors are always a step or two higher in terms of technology and gear compared to every other armor he makes. This is most notable when Tony upgrades to nanotech in Infinity War and Endgame, but he never upgrades the others to nanotech level. As said by Tony himself:
- Tony: While I'm happy to make the world a better place with my technology and all, there are times when you gotta save the best gadgets for yourself.
- Ace Pilot: The Iron Man armour is basically an incredibly small, agile jet fighter when it's in the air, and he's one of the Avengers' top aerial combatants. It doesn't matter who you are - trying to outfly Iron Man is almost always a futile endeavour.
- Action Dad: In Endgame, Tony has a daughter with Pepper, the little Morgan Stark. Although he's officially retired, he participates in a last Avengers mission, but with the higher stakes in that he now has Morgan to return to. He does not.
- Action Hero: Over the course of his career, he's squared off against terrorists, alien invaders, rogue A.I.'s, gods, monsters, super soldiers, and even Thanos himself in order to keep people and the planet at large safe.
- Adaptational Badass: With the Mark L, Tony fought Thanos when he first met him in Avengers: Infinity War, while in the comics, Tony was beaten easily◊ by the Mad Titan when they first met.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: MCU Tony Stark has Robert Downey Jr.'s natural brown eyes, as opposed to the blue eyes of the comics' Tony Stark.
- Adaptational Heroism: Captain America: Civil War portrays him much more sympathetically than the comics do. In the film, he goes along with the Accords out of guilt over the deaths he believes he caused. His conflict with Cap isn't just because he won't sign, but because Cap is protecting a wanted fugitive and jeopardizing the UN's sanction of the Avengers.
- Adaptational Intelligence: Downplayed. Tony Stark is a genius in all versions of his character, but his original comic rendition has him only specializing in engineering and physics. The MCU version, on the other hand, is a master engineer, physicist, chemist, hacker and computer scientist, a skilled biologist, knowledgeable in neuroscience, and a master businessman. Justified in that MCU Tony Stark is a Composite Character, with Reed Richards' intelligence being a major part of his combined character.
- Adaptation Personality Change: Tony Stark differs greatly from his comic counterpart. He's still an egotistical Insufferable Genius Deadpan Snarker with a reckless approach to saving the world, but he isn't the self-hating Broken Ace who imprisons his friends in a Hell-adjacent Pocket Dimension and repeatedly throws the world into chaos from the comics. He isn't the Casanova playboy who still serves as an armsdealer and is judged by Big Good Captain America. Instead, MCU Tony — due to being the series' first hero — is even considered the Big Good of the world, no longer sells weapons, and settles down with the love of his life.
- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: The MCU takes several liberties regarding his relationship to other characters, compared to the comics.
- Howard and Maria Stark are his biological parents in the MCU. In the comics, he is actually their adopted son, though this can be chalked up to that being a retcon that happened after the MCU started.
- He and Bruce Banner become friends in The Avengers. Not only are they both experts in science, Tony recognizes something of himself in Bruce, in that they're both men Cursed with Awesome that could use their terrible powers for good. In the comics the two aren't friends, and Stark was even one of the men that exiled Bruce from Earth in the prelude to Planet Hulk.
- He becomes a father figure to the young Peter Parker. In the comics, Spidey didn't have such a relationship with Stark, and if anything was closer to the Fantastic Four. He, however, had such a relationship with Peter in the Ultimate imprint, and were friends in the lead-up to the 616 Civil War (they had a falling-out during when Peter defected to Cap's side).
- Scott Lang, the second Ant-Man, spent much of his comics time as a supporting character for Stark, being sort of like his sidekick. Iron Man's most famous comic book story, Armor Wars, had Scott play a pivotal role. It's rather funny then that Civil War had them meet on opposing sides, with Stark being completely unaware of who Scott was.
- Adaptational Wimp: The Iron Man armor is noticeably less durable compared to the comics. He also lacks the Extremis virus that boosts his armor.
- The Alcoholic: Downplayed. Since this is a universe where the Demon in a Bottle comic arc never happened, many scenes in Tony's first few appearances involve alcohol, although it's less because he has an addiction and more because he was a carefree Millionaire Playboy. In Iron Man 2, he gets plastered while wearing the suit, though it's because more he knows he's dying and isn't handling it well. From Iron Man 3 onwards, Tony isn't shown drinking much, if at all, due to Robert Downey Jr.'s reluctance to revisit an old mindset that resulted in his self-destructive behavior.
- All for Nothing: Sort of, but given that Tony sacrificed himself just to bring back half of the universe with Peter being his main motivation, the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home somehow caused his sacrifice to be in vain because 1. Tony's firing of Quentin Beck inadvertently caused him to target and frame Peter for murder, 2. Peter eventually tries to get help from Doctor Strange, only to get cold feet and rip open the Multiverse, and 3. In the end, Peter has Doctor Strange erase everyone's memories of him. To add insult to injury, Peter's Stark Industries properties are seized by Damage Control and there's no telling what happens to Pepper and Morgan.
- Alternate Self: Tony has at least 6 variants that exist within the Multiverse. Just like with the Tony of the Sacred Timeline, most of them all end up dead, but due to different circumstances. The only known Stark variants that seem to be alive are the one seen alongside Gamora, Slayer of Thanos, and one from Earth-838 that perfected the Ultron program.
- Always Second Best:
- Fears he'll never be as brilliant as his father or as goodhearted as Steve. Is literally second-best in Captain America: Civil War when Steve chooses Bucky over him.Tony: [regarding his father] Been dead for 20 years... still taking me to school.
- Subverted in terms of his father, though . Word of God notes that he's even more brilliant than his late father Howard Stark.
- Fears he'll never be as brilliant as his father or as goodhearted as Steve. Is literally second-best in Captain America: Civil War when Steve chooses Bucky over him.
- Always Someone Better: Played with and is a case of Flip-Flop of God. Producer Nate Moore claims that Black Panther's younger sister, Princess Shuri, has the highest I.Q. in the MCU, which would put Tony in a tie for second place with Bruce Banner and Hank Pym. The Russo brothers also stated Shuri is the smartest person in the MCU. However, both director Ryan Coogler and Shuri's actor, Letitia Wright, have stated on two separate occasions that Tony and Shuri are equals in terms of natural I.Q. As shown in the films, both are gifted engineers, but Shuri is more concerned with neuroscience and medical science as secondary practices, while Tony is more invested in physics, chemistry, and computer science.
- AM/FM Characterization: In general, Tony likes to listen to a lot of hard rock from The '70s, especially in the Phase 1 films.
- Iron Man: Tony's Establishing Character Moment involves rolling in a Humvee as part of a military convoy, listening to "Back in Black" by AC/DC.
- Iron Man 2:
- After his birthday party is ruined by an Iron Man suit-wearing James Rhodes, Tony requests for the DJ to play Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust" as a way to show he doesn't take Rhodes' threat even remotely seriously.Tony: Give me a phat beat to beat my buddy's ass to.
- Earlier in the film, he dives into the Stark Expo playing "Shoot to Thrill" by AC/DC, which will be repeated in...
- After his birthday party is ruined by an Iron Man suit-wearing James Rhodes, Tony requests for the DJ to play Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust" as a way to show he doesn't take Rhodes' threat even remotely seriously.
- The Avengers, when he hacks the Quinjet's PA System before flying in to confront Loki in Germany. No matter where he goes, he has to create a spectacle. He also wears a Black Sabbath T-shirt after that.
- Anger Born of Worry: After coming to Peter's rescue during the ferry incident, Tony very angrily scolds Peter afterward for not just overstepping his boundaries and disobeying him, but for needlessly risking his life and accidentally putting everyone on the ferry in danger.Tony: What if somebody had died tonight? Different story, right? 'Cause that's on you! And if you died... I feel like that's on me. I don't need that on my conscience.
- Anti-Hero: A Type 2. He's one of the good guys, but he has a lot of character flaws. It's lampshaded by Tony and everyone around him at least once per film.Tony: Apparently, I'm volatile, self-obsessed, don't play well with others.
Pepper: That I did know.
- Anti-Role Model: In Spider-Man: Homecoming, he wants Spider-Man to be better than him and not do what he would do.
- Apocalyptic Log: At the beginning of Avengers: Endgame, Tony is recording one to Pepper, telling her that he's lost in space, adrift, with food and oxygen running low.
- Appropriated Appellation: The press comes up with "Iron Man", and he decides to go with it. In the Novelization, Tony even imitates Ozzy Osbourne's "I AM IRON MAN!" when reading the news.
- In a reversal of Rogues' Gallery Transplant, Tony's archenemy in the MCU is Thanos. He's indirectly responsible for the PTSD and trauma that plagued Tony in phase 2 and 3, which led Tony to alienate himself from Pepper and the other Avengers. Tony's actions are centered around preparing for his inevitable invasion. On Thanos' part Tony foiled his first invasion, is one of the few enemies he respects. In the end, Tony kills him but dies in the process.
- To Ultron. While Ultron is technically an enemy to the Avengers as a whole, his beef is most personal with Tony considering he is Tony's creation making him Ultron's father in a sense. Having been created by Tony, Ultron despises taking after his creator and cannot help but having Tony's likeness within him. This is very mutual on Tony's side who is well aware that Ultron is a problem he is responsible for and therefore his duty to stop.
- To Mysterio, posthumously. His entire goal of snatching EDITH and taking over the Avengers started off due to Stark firing the man over the BARF goggles, to the point Mysterio's willing to kill Peter and innocent people so as to spite him.
- Arc Words: "I am Iron Man" becomes this throughout his movies. "Legacy" is also a very important one, driving all of his initial characterization and leading him to create Ultron.
- Ascended Fanboy: To Bruce Banner as seen in their first meeting in The Avengers. He's a fan of Bruce Banner's scientific work and also the way he loses control and turns into an enormous green rage monster. They become close friends.Bruce Banner: ... Thanks.
- The Atoner: As described by Wanda Maximoff:Wanda: He will do anything to make things right.
- Initially, he really didn't give much of a crap about who was blowing up what with his toys, but after being held hostage by terrorists armed with weapons of his design, he vowed to undo his destructive legacy.
- The later films partially revisit and correct this, with Tony Stark still being plagued and haunted by his past even after he has tried to atone for it, bringing home the fact that his actions still have consequences which he has to live with. Examples include Aldrich Killian, Adrian Toomes, and the Maximoff twins for whom his actions are not Easily Forgiven in the slightest. It strays a little into Contrived Coincidence at times.
- It's also criticized in that Tony's desire to atone becomes something of a Fatal Flaw in that it leads him to over-correct to make up for it in a grand gesture. It leads him to work on Ultron with Bruce, and then it leads him to support the Sokovia Accords simply because of his need to make up for his guilt. He takes every death personally, whether it's someone killed by one of his toys or someone he failed to save.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Tony's eccentric nature and constantly active brain makes him prone to non-sequiturs and zoning out of what he's supposed to be doing.
- Awesomeness by Analysis:
- In conjunction with his various Sherlock Scans. In Iron Man 3, Tony deduces the plan behind the Extremis project just by watching security footage of a failed Extremis experiment. In The Avengers he's the first one out of the Avengers to figure out that Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. have ulterior motives for the Tesseract, and in Avengers: Age of Ultron, he finds the secret hallway where the Scepter is being held based on J.A.R.V.I.S.'s descriptions of air currents.
- In a more negative take on this trope, this is also why Tony's verbal digs tend to pack more of a substantial punch than most of the other characters'; he has the ability to see what gets under their skin and use it.
- Back-to-Back Badasses:
- Does this with his best friend War Machine during the final battle of Iron Man 2 against the Hammer Drones.
- And again with his wife Rescue when fighting Thanos' army at the end of Endgame.
- Badass Boast: His response to Steve in The Avengers when called out on his seemingly egotistical exterior.Steve: Big man in a suit of armor. Take that off, what are you?
Tony: Genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist.
- Badass Bookworm: Incredibly intelligent and ingeniously knowledgeable in anything STEM, and a badass with or without the "Iron Man" armor.
- Badass in Distress: In Endgame, he is heading back to Earth with Nebula in the Guardians' spaceship when they run out of food and water, and get close to running out of oxygen, and need external help to survive. Captain Marvel ends up saving them both.
- Badass Normal: Whenever he's out of his suit, he's like James Bond, but making his own gadgets.
- In Iron Man 2 he is able to do well against Vanko without his armor during the raceway attack, fending off Whiplash using a combination of Deadly Dodging and Car Fu.
- When without a suit in Iron Man 3, he shows he's been practicing martial arts, and even manages to kill the super-powered Ellen Brandt with some improvised explosives. He also storms the Mandarin's hideout with a few improvised weapons he cobbled together from materials he bought at a hardware store.
- He even tries his luck with some success against the Winter Soldier in Captain America: Civil War with an incapacitating device he deploys on his hand.
- Bash Siblings: With the other Avengers, especially his best friend Rhodey.
- Battle Couple: With Pepper in Endgame after she suits up for the final battle. They even get a mid-air Back-to-Back Badasses moment.
- Became Their Own Antithesis: In Iron Man 2, Tony made a big show of refusing to co-operate with the U.S government in regards to sharing his superhero tech. Fast-forward to Captain America: Civil War, and Tony is now leading the Pro-Registration side of the putting the Avengers under the UN's direct control to prevent self-made catastrophes from happening.
- Beware the Silly Ones: If he's not acting like an immature jerk, quipping at friends and enemies alike, or being a in general, then he's making revolutionary (and often deadly) scientific discoveries and inventions and verbally and/or physically destroying his opponents.
- Big Damn Heroes: He did not become one of the leaders of the Avengers for nothing:
- Iron Man: Just as the head thug is about to execute an innocent villager in Afghanistan as his wife and children scream for them to stop, he falls out the sky and proceeds to lay the smackdown on all the terrorists in short order.
- The Avengers: Multiple times. He intervenes to aid Captain America against Loki in Stuttgart, Germany. And then again saved a (shieldless) Cap from Loki's mook who had him pinned with gunfire. He also takes out a Chitauri footsoldier trying to attack Hawkeye and then a Chitauri carrier chasing Black Widow in the final battle. Then at the end of the film he sacrifices himself by carrying a nuke into the Chitauri spaceship.
- Iron Man 3: When the "House Party Protocol" is invoked, an entire legion of Iron Man armors come in to assist against the Extremis soldiers. Tony also drops in to save the passengers of Air Force One.
- Age of Ultron: Swoops in to save a family trapped in a building, and then stops a hovercraft carrying civilians into the helicarrier from crashing when an Ultron drone shoots out one of its boosters.
- Spider-Man: Homecoming: An Iron Man drone piloted by Tony saves Spider-Man from drowning when a parachute malfunctions. Later, Spider-Man webs up the ferry to keep it together, and Iron Man arrives to give Peter the support he needs.
- Big Ego, Hidden Depths: A brash-but-brilliant engineer who shows off his colossal wealth with luxury, world-class accommodations and specialized expos, is the in-universe poster child for playboys, talks a big game to everyone he meets, and always has a swagger to his stride... also has a two-sided a Dark and Troubled Past, PTSD, Inferiority Superiority Complex and a guilt complex. He cares deeply for his friends and teammates, is a father figure to his protege Spider-Man, would sacrifice himself for the greater good, and is terrified of not doing enough to keep the world safe. He's just very good at hiding it.
- Big Entrance: A big ego demands a big entrance.
- In Iron Man, he interrupts an assault on Gulmira by falling out of the sky in a Three-Point Landing.
- Iron Man 2: He lands stylishly at the site of his Stark Expo in his Iron Man suit to the cheers of many admirers after skydiving out of his personal carrier. For added effect, he's surrounded by a group of women in garb meant to resemble his armor who are performing the Can-Can. All while " Shoot to Thrill " plays in the background.
- The Avengers: Tony hacks the Quinjet's PA system to blast out AC/DC's "Shoot to Thrill", blasts Loki, and then makes his Three-Point Landing.Iron Man: Make your move, Reindeer Games.
- Bigger Stick: He claims to be America's Big Stick in Iron Man 2, and stopping others from abusing his "sticks" is a recurring problem for him.
- Bond One-Liner: In Iron Man 3. Savin, the Extremis-enhanced soldier Tony was fighting, tanked a direct blast to the face in their first engagement. The second time they come to blows, Tony puts a hole through his chest.Tony: Walk away from that, you son of a bitch.
- Brainy Brunette: He has his trademark, jet-black hair and is a scientific genius.
- Breakout Character: Before the movies came out, Tony Stark was the Lesser Star of Marvel comics: not as smart as Reed Richards, not as popular or beloved as Spider-Man, not as socially relevant as X-Men, and boasting the least interesting supporting cast and Rogues Gallery of major heroes. Then the movies came out, and suddenly Iron Man is one of the biggest things ever — to the point that he rivals Spider-Man in popularity as a brand these days, and thanks to the rights issues of Fantastic Four, has taken over Reed Richards' role as the main genius with Dr. Doom and Norman Osborn transplanted to his storylines and titles.
- Break the Comedian: One of the more light-hearted of the Avengers, and can usually keep up the razor-sharp wit even in the face of all the trauma thrown at him. However, after being beaten by Thanos, he returns to Earth dispirited and silent. He only speaks up to drop a furious "The Reason You Suck" Speech in Cap's face and leave in disgust.
- Break the Haughty: Zig-zagged. Tony starts off as arrogant and selfish, and is constantly placed in situations where he's proven wrong or his ego gets him into trouble. However, the lesson often doesn't stick, necessitating more rounds of Break the Haughty. It doesn't help that he's right as often as he's wrong, which doesn't help his ego, or that his reaction to trauma is to become more arrogant and controlling.
- Breaking the Cycle of Bad Parenting: Tony's father was distant and occasionally abusive to him. In turn, Tony tries his best to be a Parental Substitute and mentor to Peter, and becomes a genuinely good father to Morgan.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Implied to be this pre-Character Development in the first film. Along with Shuri and Bruce Banner, he's the MCU's foremost genius, and can build, invent, revolutionize, and improve almost anything mechanical or scientific like that — but only when he wants to, or absolutely has to. He sure built that arc reactor pretty quickly once he needed it, and found the solution for Extremis overnight when he needed a cure for Pepper. He's more hardworking, but quite hedonistic.
- Broken Ace: In Tony's own words, he's a "genius billionaire playboy philanthropist", and that was before he became Iron Man and became one of the world's most famous and adored superheroes. But beneath his self-confident and arrogant exterior is a man who lets his mistakes haunt him, thinks his father didn't love him, and is afraid that no matter how strong Iron Man becomes, he still isn't strong enough.
- Brought Down to Badass: Partway through the third movie, he loses a lot of his technology. Then he proves he doesn't need it. He is Iron Man.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: With his own issues, multiple personality quirks, and a long list of character flaws, Tony Stark is by far the most eccentric character in the MCU. He's also arguably the most brilliant and scientifically knowledgeable, and as such is a world-renowned billionaire and genius, an essential part of the Avengers, and operates as S.H.I.E.L.D.'s business consultant. Granted, the majority of the people he works with spend 90% of the time wanting to punch him in the face, but they still put up with him because he's just that good.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday:
- Played for Drama. He's utterly horrified to find out that Killian was some random guy whom he played a cruel joke on years ago.
- Also Played for Laughs: Apparently, the formula for Extremis (i.e. the MacGuffin powering his opponents in Iron Man 3, and what many people in the cast were trying to reverse-engineer) was something he scribbled out on scrap paper while blind-drunk.
- Byronic Hero: Every single characteristic save for the brooding—unless you catch him in a downbeat moment.
- The Cameo: Has one at the end of The Incredible Hulk.
- The Casanova: Is known as such in Iron Man and Iron Man 2. By the time of The Avengers however, he's in a monogamous relationship with Pepper and while, probably from habit, still a little flirtatious in his interactions with women (especially May Parker), he's not one by the later movies. That being said, he does retain his playboy attitude, as his crack in Age of Ultron about wanting to reinstate "prima nocta" shows.Soldier: Is it true that you went twelve-for-twelve with last year's Maxim cover models?
Tony Stark: That is an excellent question. Yes and no. March and I had a scheduling conflict, but fortunately the Christmas cover was twins.
- The Cassandra: All of Tony's motivations post-The Avengers is about preparing for the day aliens come back and attack earth once more. None of the Avengers take Tony's fear seriously and Natasha even rolls her eyes. Bruce Banner when hearing about his plan for Ultron notes that it doesn't take into account human threats from Earth, which later films and Ultron itself prove would not truly go away.
- Cassandra Truth: The whole point of Tony building Ultron and Vision was to prepare for the day when a greater extraterrestrial threat came back to Earth to finish what the Chitauri started. Everyone besides Bruce Banner initially thought this sentiment was far-fetched and ridiculous — until Thanos and the Black Order came to Earth and did exactly what Tony had predicted years ago.
- Character Development:
- Aside from the obvious "becoming less of a dick" aspects, in the first movie he's helpless to manage his affairs without Pepper, but by the third he's apparently secreted caches of money he can access while still remaining off the grid. And may have been carrying quarters, just in case he came across a payphone.
- After going into the wormhole at the end of The Avengers and being off-planet and possibly facing death in the abyss of space, while battling a cosmic-level threat, he becomes more serious, responsible, and paranoid.
- In Spider-Man: Homecoming, he takes up the role of a Parental Substitute for Peter Parker. He scolds Peter like a father would, after the younger hero acts recklessly with his technology and endangers civilian lives, and ends with him confiscating the suit which he later says was an act of Tough Love. At the end of the film, after seeing Peter being more responsible on his end and how much Peter has matured, he even has a So Proud of You moment with the boy.
- Ultimately, Tony's character development is how he goes from being an arrogant loner to a team player... and how that conflicts with Steve's development. It's ironic, because both Tony and Steve are consumed with guilt over their roles as The Ace, but Tony is desperate to find ways to offload that responsibility on organizations and Steve wants to eliminate those same organizations.
- Character Narrator: In Iron Man 3, Tony narrates bits of the story. The Stinger reveals that he's talking to Bruce Banner, a.k.a. the Hulk.
- Character Tics: Tony is sometimes massaging/holding his left arm, since it has a tendency to get repeatedly injured over the movies, ever since the first Iron Man. He usually does this when stressed and it can occasionally be seen trembling, making it likely that it's a nervous tic and probably linked to PTSD.
- Character Title: Of his own films.
- Chekhov's Skill: In terms of his hand-to-hand abilities. Initially, Tony had no skill whatsoever in unarmed combat (which is ironic, considering that his actor is one of the few Marvel actors who actually does know legitimate martial arts), but after he found himself in more and more situations when he was without his suit, he began to train in basic self-defense. Iron Man 2 has Tony practicing boxing with Happy, and in Iron Man 3, Tony's lab is notably equipped with punching bags and a wooden Wing Chun dummy, which he uses briefly while testing the Mark XLII. This all pays off later in Captain America: Civil War, when Tony engages the Winter Soldier and almost manages to bludgeon him with his own gun before he's put down.
- Chick Magnet: Tony's wealth, fame and roguish charm have earned him the attention of many, many women. This is most clearly demonstrated in the original Iron Man, which includes references to several past one-night-stands Tony had with famous models, a scene where he hooks up with a reporter, and a line from a gorgeous woman eagerly asking Tony if he remembers her (he doesn't). He stops responding to the ladies' affections once he starts dating Pepper, but we get no indication the attention stops.
- Child Prodigy: A former one. He built his first circuit board when he was four, his first engine when he was six, and at some point in his childhood he designed and constructed his mechanical lab assistants DUM-E and U. It's also mentioned he built his first A.I. at the age of seven, and, given that he graduated from MIT at the top of his class when he was seventeen, he would've gotten into MIT at thirteen years old.
- Children Raise You:
- Spider-Man: Homecoming is just as much about Peter learning responsibility as a superhero as it is Tony learning responsibility as a Parental Substitute; one of the key scenes is Peter gaining self-actualization and Tony working out his Daddy Issues in the same conversation. By the time Avengers: Infinity War rolls around, several movies' worth of Character Development, along with the recent mentoring of a young teenager, have notably matured Tony and made him far easier to work with and fight beside.
- Tony's experience in raising Morgan finally allows him to understand and empathize with his father, accepting Howard's missteps as a parent. Notably when he meets Howard in the past, the two are able to have a sincere and open heart-to-heart with no resentment or anger on Tony's part.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: He really has a hard time giving up being Iron Man. At the end of Iron Man 3, he initiates a self-destruct sequence on all of his suits, has surgery to remove the shrapnel in his chest so he no longer needs the arc reactor, and tells Pepper that he no longer needs the suit, as he considers it a cocoon from which he's emerged, a new man. Yet by Age of Ultron he's back in the fight, flying the suit for the opening action sequence. In Captain America: Civil War, he admits to himself that he doesn't want to stop.Tony: And then, and then and then... I never stopped... 'cause the truth is, I don't wanna stop.
- Cloudcuckoolander: He certainly has some rather... eccentric behaviors, including threatening his mechanical lab assistants and AI systems, purposefully poking Bruce Banner in order to evoke the Hulk (and expressing excitement over the idea of the Hulk running rampant), dropping dissonant remarks both inside and outside of combat (such as when he discovers a new element in Iron Man 2; he destroys a good portion of his lab in the process, and gives a gleeful "Oops!" as the laser is cutting things in half.). He also gives nicknames to everyone and everything.
- Combat Pragmatist: Very much so, and it's especially prevalent when he's without his technology:
- Iron Man 3 has Tony relying on a combination of James Bond-style tricks, homemade weapons, and basic but effective physical maneuvers that outclass the greater martial prowess of the Extremis super soldiers, and in Avengers: Age of Ultron, he uses his technological know-how to disable one of the Ultron-controlled suits with chopsticks.
- Tony has also displayed ingenious use of his suit and his environment. In The Avengers, when Thor has him pinned down, instead of trying to get back to his feet and risk more blows, Tony simply guns his repulsors forward, knocking Thor off his feet and positioning himself for another attack. In Captain America: Civil War, he uses his various weapons to control his surroundings by collapsing parts of the ceilings and walls in order to trap Bucky and impede Captain America. And in his one-on-one fight with Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, it is because of his cunning and sheer variety of attacks that Tony is one of the only characters to (albeit briefly) give the Mad Titan a good fight.
- Comes Great Responsibility: After his switch to The Atoner, Tony is perfectly willing to wield the power of his money, fame, and genius for the greater good. Naturally, given the trope's association with Spider-Man, this justifies why the MCU version of web-slinger is so closely tied to the story and world of Tony Stark, even after the latter's Heroic Sacrifice, including Spidey's Rogues Gallery for the MCU, and why Tony serves as Peter's mentor and benefactor.
- Comically Missing the Point: A few times, though he does this mostly on purpose. For instance, his thoughts on being called "the Da Vinci of our time"...Tony: Absolutely ridiculous, I don't paint.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: The ending of the first Iron Man is one of the few instances when he's referred to as "Iron Man". Everybody just calls him Tony Stark.
- Composite Character:
- This version of Tony Stark blends the serious demeanor of his 616 counterpart with the more playful billionaire personality of his Ultimate universe counterpart.
- He also takes aspects of Hank Pym being a Science Hero and an Omnidisciplinary Scientist that serves as The Smart Guy of the Avengers, right up to replacing him as being the one who builds Ultron and having to suffer that as his greatest failure.
- More generally, he takes the role of Reed Richards in being the great representative genius of the MCU, whereas before Tony Stark was seen as a skilled inventor and engineer but not as good a theoretical physicist as Reed. This is Lampshaded in The Avengers where Tony has to learn thermonuclear astrophysics overnight and proves a very quick study. Stark's comparability to Richards is also noted where Spider-Man is concerned, as the comic book version of Parker idolized Richards at a similar point in his crime-fighting career.
- His mentoring of Peter Parker, being his backer and handler is analogous to Ultimate Fury in Ultimate Spider-Man. Samuel L. Jackson was originally supposed to reprise that mentor role in Homecoming but MCU decided to go with Tony instead.
- Consummate Liar: As shown in the prologue of Iron Man 3, back in 1999 he lied to Aldrich Killian at the New Year party to get rid of him, making the latter uselessly wait for him on the roof all night while Tony was exploring a female scientist's... research. He thus made Killian his future enemy.
- Control Freak: In response to the looming threat of alien invasion, Tony created an super-intelligent AI to police the world and supported legislation to put superheroes under direct control of the government. Half of the superheroes refused to comply with the legislation and Tony in return threw them in a supermax prison.Hawkeye: The futurist, gentleman! The futurist is here! He sees all. He knows what's best for you, whether you like it or not.
- Cool Garage: His workshop houses a Saleen S7, a Tesla Roadster, an Audi R8, an AC Cobra and a hot rod. He smashes one of them and sprays debris on another during his tests of the Iron Man suit.
- Cool Plane: Tony's custom Quinjet. It can fly anywhere in the world and has stealth technology so advanced that even people who know what to look for can't find it.
- Played with. It's demonstrated that Tony builds his suits with contingencies in mind, and newer versions improve on the flaws of the last model; The Mk 42 would've been a Lightning Bruiser if it worked right. Yet, Tony is unable to have spares of important equipment when he needs it.note The only exception is The Avengers where not only has the Mk 6 been upgraded to have more weapons, but he has the Mk 7 to replace the Mk 6.
- By the third film, he's hidden stashes of money he can get to while remaining off the grid, and memorized how to access them, as well as learning the basics of how to shoot and hand-to-hand combat.
- The Hulkbuster system in Age of Ultron includes lots of spare parts up to full on limbs, correctly anticipating the Hulk tearing them off. On the other hand, he doesn't anticipate that Hulk would start tearing up the delivery system.
- Pays off loads in Endgame: Being one of the designers of the new Infinity Gauntlet used in the film, he basically anticipated the possibility of it blowing up or someone else stealing it and using it for the wrong reasons. Thus he made sure that the stones can be easily removed and that his Mark LXXXV can form a replica Infinity Gauntlet to fit the stones to when the need arises, such as when Thanos got a hold of the gauntlet in the film's climax.
- A posthumous example: in Spider-Man: No Way Home, it is shown that if any technology absorbs his nanotechnology, the bots will just override whatever machine tried to steal them, giving the suit owner full control of the enemy's weapons. It ultimately proves to be Doc Ock's downfall.
- Create Your Own Villain: The fact that he keeps ending up having a hand in the villains he fights begins to wear on him over time, burdening him with guilt that drives his character arc:
- Tony admits to doing this in the opening narration of Iron Man 3. Specifically, it's his cruel joke back in 1999 that sets Killian on his Face–Heel Turn.
- He's also Ultron's main creator. Likewise, the initial reason why Pietro and Wanda worked for HYDRA was that they blamed him for the death of their parents and the destruction of their home when his missiles were used by enemy combatants over Sokovia.
- Helmut Zemo also has Ultron's destruction of Sokovia as his excuse in Civil War, though he blames all the Avengers rather than Tony in particular, even if Tony created Ultron.
- He even does this for other heroes' villains. Spider-Man: Homecoming shows that his continuing efforts to atone for his days as a weapons manufacturer drove Adrian Toomes out of business and led him to become The Vulture.
- This even happens posthumously. He was the one who fired Quentin Beck after he made the B.A.R.F. device, yet Stark still personally used it himself. When Stark died, Beck took the opportunity to engineer himself as a superhero known as Mysterio. What's worse, Beck isn't working alone, he has a team of over a dozen disgruntled current and former Stark Industries employees working with him, all of whom hate the late Tony's guts and feel underappreciated by him.
- This is a trait Tony inherited from his father. Howard's treatment of his former partner Vanko gave rise to Iron Man 2's Whiplash, and he oversaw the creation of SHIELD, which was immediately taken over by HYDRA. You could argue that Howard and Tony together overshadowed Stane enough to drive him to villainy, too. Between them, the Starks created at least half a dozen villains. And HYDRA!SHIELD.
- Crime Fighting With Cash: He combines his colossal wealth with his phenomenal intellect to create the most sophisticated Powered Armor on the planet — and then puts it to good use by shutting down threats ranging from pirates to aliens.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: The radiation from wielding the Infinity Gauntlet burns most of his right arm and the right side of his body, and he's left looking like death and being too weak to even speak. He dies within the minute, presumably in incredible pain.
- Cunning Linguist: According to Tony's S.H.I.E.L.D. file, he speaks fluent English, Spanish, Italian, and Dari, and even demonstrates some basic knowledge of French in Iron Man 2. It's downplayed in regards to his comic book counterpart, who spoke a grand total of at least eight different languages.
- Cursed with Awesome:
- By The Avengers, this is how Tony Stark has come to view the electromagnet and the miniature arc reactor that are plugged into his chest 24/7 and are the only things keeping him alive. He spends a good deal of the film trying to convince Bruce Banner that the Hulk is a similarly awesome curse.Tony: It's a terrible... privilege.
- This is proven true later in The Avengers when it's shown that the reactor makes Tony the only person unable to be controlled by Loki's scepter because it cuts direct access to his heart.
- By The Avengers, this is how Tony Stark has come to view the electromagnet and the miniature arc reactor that are plugged into his chest 24/7 and are the only things keeping him alive. He spends a good deal of the film trying to convince Bruce Banner that the Hulk is a similarly awesome curse.
- Cutting the Knot: When challenged by Steve Rogers in The Avengers over his worldview and his unwillingness to make the sacrifice play when the chips are down, he defends himself thusly. His final act in Endgame demonstrates he is the guy to make the sacrifice play.
- Cyborg: First, we have his Arc Reactor pacemaker. Following The Avengers, Tony's PTSD leads him to build subdermal implants in his arm allowing him to control his suit remotely piece-by-piece to pull them to him or put them on another user. While he has surgery to remove the "walking death" shrapnel from his chest, throws his reactor into the ocean and blows up the entire Iron Legion of his remaining armors (which could be controlled by J.A.R.V.I.S.) at the end of Iron Man 3, Age of Ultron shows that he didn't get rid of the implants.
- The Cynic: His main front he puts in the public, to hide how emotionally affected he really is, such as his reaction to Natasha's assessment of him regarding the Avengers Initiative, finding Steve Rogers' "outdated and irrelevant idealism" annoying, or feebly trying to dismiss Coulson as an idiot for taking on a god and getting killed for his efforts. The mask falls apart in the finale of Civil War when he finds out that Winter Soldier killed his parents while brainwashed, resulting in him lashing out furiously and painfully at Captain America.
- Daddy Issues: Where to begin? Between Howard Stark's constant idolizing of Captain America and berating Tony for not doing more with his gifts makes Tony much more fond of his mother.
- Dance of Romance: He first seems to notice Pepper romantically when he gets her out onto the dance floor for a nice slow waltz. They have an awkward and comedic conversation about it afterwards.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Between his distant and neglectful father and his oft-distant mother, Tony's less-than-caring upbringing is a major part of this, though the true darkness that influences his character is when he was abducted, tortured, and enslaved for three months in Afghanistan.
- Deadpan Snarker: The biggest one in the MCU. His sarcastic streak is legendary.
- In Iron Man 3, when he's battling Extremis-enhanced super soldiers:Brandt: That all you got? A cheap trick and a cheesy one-liner?
Tony: Sweetheart, that could be the title of my autobiography.
- In The Avengers, after Thor kidnaps Loki:Steve: Wait, Stark! We need a plan of attack!
Tony: I do have a plan. Attack.
- In Avengers: Age of Ultron, after the team tries to stop Tony and Bruce from creating Vision:Steve: I'm only gonna say this once.
Tony: How about nonce?
- In Captain America: Civil War, after he's crushed by a garage-full of cars and his suit is punctured:F.R.I.D.A.Y.: [red alarms flashing] Multiple contusions detected!
Tony: Yeah, I detected that, too.
- In Iron Man 3, when he's battling Extremis-enhanced super soldiers:
- Death by Irony: Tony Stark, "the Futurist who sees all and knows all" who acted in the name of the greater good ultimately is manipulated by Dr. Strange, who really can see the future and know all, into performing a Heroic Sacrifice in the name of the greater good of stopping Thanos and saving the universe. The great Control Freak of the MCU who anticipated and prepared for every possibility and eventuality ends up becoming a victim of fate.
- Deconstructed Character Archetype: Of the Randian Objectivist hero. He is an Eccentric Millionaire who is also physically fit and handsome enough to successfully seduce a reporter that was trying to slander him for his shady practices, the kind of Übermensch that Rand always wrote as the ideal. Like Rand's protagonists, he butts head with the government, naive altruists, and the unsuccessful who envy him. The Deconstruction part comes later in Phase 3, when he sees where his Enlightened Self-Interest gets him after Sokovia's destruction at the hands of his creation Ultron and the lives lost afterwards cause him crippling guilt, eventually turning in-favor of government oversight. Even his death in Endgame — sacrificing his own life to save everybody else — fits Rand's ideas of altruism, a concept canonized as the least Objectivist thing you could ever do.
- Decoy Protagonist: In Civil War, Tony starts out as a Tritagonist overlapping with Hero Antagonist and Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist, however, when Zemo plays the tape that shows the death of his parents at Bucky's mind-controlled hand, Tony, while still counting as the film's Hero Antagonist, becomes a vengeful Inspector Javert Final Boss who battles Bucky (and indirectly, Steve) to the death to avenge the deaths of Howard and Maria Stark.
- Despair Event Horizon:
- Downplayed in Iron Man 2, where Tony's response to his looming demise is to give up all pretense and make an ass of himself at his own birthday party. Even Rhodey fighting him and stealing the War Machine suit isn't enough to snap him out of it. Ultimately subverted when Nick Fury clues him in to the fact that all hope is not lost, according to Howard Stark.
- Comes reeeeaaaally close to it in Iron Man 3, after Pepper apparently dies. He can't even emote properly. Thankfully, she lives.
- Invoked in Age of Ultron where Scarlet Witch uses a vision of Tony's greatest fears to drive him into self-destructive mania and, ultimately, to creating Ultron.
- All but crosses it in Infinity War, when everyone he fought alongside, aside from Nebula, is dusted. In Endgame, he's initially alright with the idea of dying while drifting in space after sending a message to Pepper... Although Captain Marvel has other ideas.
- Of the general MCU. While he initially was the protagonist of Phase 1; starting with The Avengers, the focus slowly shifted towards Captain America. He remains the character with the most face-time taking in account all movies, but given that the storylines involving him (notably all of his movies, save minor sections of the first two) tend to be self-contained while Cap's have a greater impact in the general universe, he could either be considered this in general, a supporting protagonist at best, or a hero antagonist (such as in Civil War) at worst.
- There's precedent for this in the comics too, at least in regards to The Avengers roster, with Tony starting out as The Hero and The Leader of the team during the book's first few issues, until Captain America is thawed out and takes on both these roles, and Tony becomes more of a deuteragonist.
- Didn't Think This Through: Tony's "run before you can walk" philosophy has mixed results. His first flight test nearly kills him, though confronting the icing problem helps against Iron Monger's untested suit. Telling the Mandarin "here's my home address, come and have a go" was a bit much even for him. It reaches its ultimate endpoint when his desire to protect the world and save everyone causes him to jump without any real plan or even talking things out with his teammates besides Bruce, leading to the creation of Ultron.
- This even extends to his future appearances. It's hinted in Captain America: Civil War that in his support for adopting the Sokovia Accords, he didn't truly understand how much power he was actually giving up or what would've happened to the superhumans who went against it. It's clear that he's blindsided by the sheer unconstitutionality of his former teammates' detainment and how little Ross cares about his opinions towards his methods.
- In both Spider-Man: Far From Home and Spider-Man: No Way Home, this is done posthumously. While gifting E.D.I.T.H to Peter was a grand gesture showing how much he trusted and cared for Peter, he never should've even made it without telling anyone or gifted what amounts to a Weapon of Mass Destruction to a teenager. It resulted in nothing but problems for both Peter and Stark Industries who had to deal with the bad press of both its existence and how it fell into Mysterio's hands.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?:
- In The Avengers, Tony mocks, nicknames, and threatens both Thor and Loki, even going as far to do so without his suit at one instance. He gets bashed with a hammer, struck by lightning, and tossed off a skyscraper for his troubles, though not before getting in a few good hits himself.
- In Avengers: Infinity War, he's similarly sarcastic toward Ebony Maw and even calls him "Squidward" at one point. He also gets a brief verbal back-and-forth with Thanos and manages to sufficiently insult him before charging into battle and making him bleed.
- Disability Superpower: The arc reactor that powers Tony's Powered Armor is installed in Tony's chest in the first place as (to oversimplify) a very fancy pacemaker. Remove the arc reactor and Tony's heart will very quickly give out. He finally gets the shrapnel removed in Iron Man 3.
- Disappeared Dad: Downplayed. Tony is nothing but an attentive, caring father to his and Pepper's daughter, Morgan, but unfortunately becomes this to Morgan after pulling a Heroic Sacrifice in Endgame.
- Disproportionate Retribution: While captured in Iron Man 3, he taunts a guard with this after the guard breaks his borrowed "deluxe Dora the Explorer" watch. "Just for that, I'm going to kill you first."
- Don't Do Anything I Wouldn't Do: His word of advice to Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Homecoming:Tony: Don't do anything I would do. And definitely don't do anything I wouldn't do. There's a little grey area in there, and that's where you operate.
- Doom Magnet: Everyone Tony comes to love seems be doomed to a life of misery, ruin or failure (if not all three) by mere association with him. By Endgame, he's left his friend Rhodes an invalid, his wife widowed, and his daughter fatherless. Worst of all, because he made Spider-Man an Avenger, Peter loses everything he cares about: his crush, his aunt's life, his secret identity, and when he gets the latter back, everyone he ever knew forgets he existed.
- The Dreaded: As of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Tony's reputation as Iron Man and an Avenger is so well-known that criminals start to rethink their choices once he decides to make an investigation on them.
- Drink-Based Characterization: Tony is seen drinking all sorts of beverages, but being worldly and manly, he appears to prefer Scotch whisky or hot sake. His second drink of choice is champagne.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: In Avengers: Endgame, he uses his own Badass Fingersnap to wipe out Thanos and his forces. However, Tony's body is too weak to handle the strain of using the Gauntlet, killing him.
- Early-Installment Weirdness: The Iron Man 1 novelization implied that Tony had a healthy relationship with his father. Subsequent films establish that Tony's relationship with Howard was strained at best and abusive at worst.
- Eccentric Millionaire: He buys million-dollar paintings just because they're overpriced, but dislikes being handed anything. He flies to Monaco to watch an F1 race, but decides at the last minute to instead actually compete. Getting the picture?
- Elite School Means Elite Brain: Graduated from MIT summa cum laude at 17 years and certainly has the smarts to show for it.
- Embarrassing Nickname: As of Civil War, as far as Rhodey is concerned, his name is now "Tony Stank".
- The Engineer: This is Tony Stark's superpower (and what makes him a super hero), and building suits of Powered Armor is just one aspect. In Iron Man 3, he engineers himself out of most of the film's dilemmas, usually without the armor. In Endgame, he creates a functional time travel system and a nano-tech Infinity Gauntlet.
- Equipment Upgrade: Tony is constantly upgrading his armor to be a more effective superhero, starting with adding flight and moving on from there.
- Over the course of Iron Man 2 and The Avengers, he works on ways to make the armor more compact and easier to get in and out of without needing a massive rig to store it and take it on and off, as he does in the first film. By the time of Iron Man 3 his armors have the ability to open up and let him climb in and out with ease.
- In The Avengers, his new armor includes its flight stabilizers on the back rather than relying on the repulsors in his gauntlets, allowing him to use repulsor blasts as weapons while flying without compromising his flight capabilities.
- In Iron Man 3 Tony experiments with implants that let him control his armor remotely via thought, and future suits retain this functionality. The Mark 42 is modular and can be summoned to Tony and assemble around him in pieces and while he abandons this idea for his personal armors, he adopts a modular design for the Hulkbuster armor. He also integrates his AIs into his armors more thoroughly, allowing them autonomy since the suits can have their own AI to control them when he's not wearing them.
- In Infinity War he's upgraded to nanotech, allowing him to store his suit within the arc reactor on his chest and he can deploy it just by tapping the reactor. He's also able to shapeshift the armor into different weapons for combat such as shields or Arm Cannons, and it's self-repairing as long as he has enough nanites to reform damaged parts.
- In Endgame, he's augmented the polymorph features of the last suit with hard light technology to help conserve nanites. It also serves as a makeshift Infinity Gauntlet capable of stealing the stones from under Thanos' nose.
- Everyone Has Standards: In a bit of Adaptational Heroism from the comic which Captain America: Civil War is loosely based on, he's unsettled by the prison conditions that the anti-Accords Avengers are placed under.
- Evil Parents Want Good Kids: Tony is one of the good guys, but has a Dark and Troubled Past as an arms dealer and has made a few questionable decisions since then (e.g., the creation of Ultron). However, he wants Peter to surpass him and use his gifts for good before he ever gets the chance to screw up like Tony did.Peter: I just wanted to be like you!
Tony: And I wanted you to be better.
- Executive Excess:
- Iron Man: Instead of running his company, Tony prefers to spend his time partying, drinking and having one-night stands with random women. He even skips out on an award ceremony in his honour to spend the night at a casino and has his private plane include paid dancers. He grows out of it following his experiences. Deconstructed in that it was him acting this way that allowed Stane to manipulate him and misuse the company to sell arms to terrorists. Stark is horrified to discover the sheer amount of corruption and death his negligence has let occur.
- Iron Man 2: He briefly relapses into his former bad habits and takes them to self-destructive levels. It's a consequence of knowing that he's slowly dying and being unable to find a cure to the heavy metal poisoning from the tech that's allowing him to be Iron Man and keeping him alive.
- Expert Consultant: Natasha Romanov recommends Tony Stark to not be admitted to the Avengers Initiative, but kept on as a consultant. This lasts all of one short (The Consultant) before he's brought in as a full member in The Avengers.
- Expy: Outside of the MCU and Marvel in general, in Captain America: Civil War, that bared plot similarities with First Blood (both film and [[First Blood, the book the it is based on]]), his role along with T'Challa's are akin to that of the book's sympathetic version of police chief (instead of sheriff in the film version) Will Teasle for their plot-specific establishment Hero Antagonist roles they play in those respective aforementioned works. Their personal motivations to avenge the deaths of their fathers/father figures in their lives against the fugitive War Hero vets whom they believed are responsible, with Tony wanting to avenge his father Howard's death against Bucky to that of Teasle in the novel wanting to avenge his Parental Substitute Orval Kellerman's death against Rambo. In addition, both of them were estranged from their female partners at the time of the premise at the beginning of the story, with Pepper Potts having broken up with Tony at the time to that of Teasle being separated from his wife Anna in the original book as revealed in the first act, both of them have one Red-Headed Hero on their team with Black Widow for Tony to Deputy Mitch (at least in the film version) for Teasle and both characters found themselves conflicted if they're performing their committed duties the right way or not. Tony's calling out to Steve that the vibranium shield no longer belongs to him while lying on the floor after being defeated by the latter mirrors of that of the film Teasle's Defiant to the End Get It Over With egging as he lies on the floor too after being defeated by Rambo in the final confrontation.
- The Extremist Was Right:
- Creating Vision in Age of Ultron is a move of desperation that almost everyone thinks is a terrible idea, but Stark is ultimately proven correct that the Avengers aren't beating Ultron by themselves and Vision is critical to victory, and that his hopes about an A.I. superhero protector were ultimately vindicated.Thor: [...] Stark is right.
Bruce Banner: Oh, it's definitely the end times!
- Played with and discussed in Avengers: Endgame, when he gets back to Earth half-dead, he points out to the others just how Properly Paranoid he was when he made Ultron. A threat from space did come, they were completely unprepared for it and now half of the universe is nothing but ash in the wind. On the other hand, how much use Ultron would've been against a guy with five Infinity Stones is debatable.
- Creating Vision in Age of Ultron is a move of desperation that almost everyone thinks is a terrible idea, but Stark is ultimately proven correct that the Avengers aren't beating Ultron by themselves and Vision is critical to victory, and that his hopes about an A.I. superhero protector were ultimately vindicated.
- Face Death with Dignity: He's extremely composed in the face of his attempted Heroic Sacrifice in The Avengers (2012) and his real one in Endgame.
- Famed in Story:
- Unsurprisingly, given that he appeals to almost all demographics. His billionaire playboy status made him something of a celebrity to men and women alike, his genius and business success made him renowned around the world for being the lead in technology, and his philanthropy made him popular with the public in general. It's exaggerated once he dons the Iron Man armor; Tony can't go anywhere in public without drawing a crowd or Happy having to chase off the paparazzi.
- In Spider-Man: Far From Home, his sacrifice in the Battle of Earth has made him a martyr in the eyes of the public. There is a proliferation of art in tribute to Iron Man and people are constantly comparing other heroes to Tony.
- Family Man: At some point within the five-year gap between Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, he and Pepper married, are living in a quaint little house by a lake and have a five-year-old daughter named Morgan. It is made fairly obvious from the get-go that she takes after a lot from her father and he in-turn has a close relationship with her.
- Fatal Flaw: Carelessness, a flip side of his tendency to be Taught by Experience. Sometimes Played for Laughs:
- Iron Man: When he was testing the flight suit, he pushed the altitude beyond its tested limits with no back-ups. He could have died.
- Iron Man 2: Tony's fight against Whiplash would be much easier if he packed spare laser cartridges.
- Iron Man 3: Many of his problems could have been avoided if he bothered to store some of his extra suits in Stark Tower.
- Age of Ultron:
- Instead of sealing off Loki's scepter, he screwed around with the unknown highly unpredictable alien technology, leading to the creation of Ultron (albeit influenced by Wanda's Mind Rape). Thor, a Sufficiently Advanced Alien, told him how dangerous it was and was mad at him when he found out.
- If Tony conducted his AI experiments on an isolated network that isn't connected to his weapons systems or the Internet, Ultron would never get the chance to do anything. Instead, the Killer Robot took control of his drones and later digitally transferred itself to another country.
- His suits initially don't have a parachute, an auxiliary power source or any kind of safety system that saves the user's life if the important parts of the suit stop working, which serves as a major aspect of his own escape from the F-22 Raptors in Iron Man and leads to Rhodes breaking his spine from falling down in Civil War.
- He's all for the Sokovia Accords in order to keep the Avengers together... until he sees the conditions Team Cap is imprisoned in. Putting Wanda under house imprisonment also led to her joining Team Cap.
- A Father to His Men: As one of the co-leaders of the Avengers, especially towards Peter Parker in Civil War when he sends him off early in the middle of battle to make sure he does not get hurt. Then in Spider-Man: Homecoming, he continues to look out for Peter while acting as a Parental Substitute.
- The Fettered: Tony Stark before his kidnapping by the Ten Rings was The Unfettered. After returning from his experiences a changed man he realizes he has been "comfortable with a system of zero accountability" and creates a new legacy of responsibility, which becomes a major theme for Iron Man throughout the franchise.
- Fiction 500:
- Forget the private jet that turns into a nightclub with flight attendants who double as exotic dancers. He has the personal resources and completely automated production facility to build a fully functional Iron Man suit in five hours in his garage.
- As of Iron Man 2, said garage now contains a miniature, personal Hadron Collider.
- The Avengers has him kicking it up a notch, having bought the MetLife building and given it some drastic upgrades: he completely cut it off from the city's electrical grid, equipped it with 10 stories of R&D, gave it the capability to both manufacture the Iron Man armor and remove it from Tony while he enters his apartment, and chopped the top off to rebuild it as what can only be described as a fantastic display of ego.
- In 2013, Mr. Tony Stark ranks #4 on Forbes' Fictional 15, with a net worth of $12.4 billion.
- His "Binarily Augmented Retro Framing" device (or "B.A.R.F.") cost him over $600 million to bring to life, something he admits could only be self-funded since no research firm would ever throw that kind of green at him on flight-of-fancy tech. He then says that everyone in attendance of the demonstration (which he is conducting at MIT) will have their research projects fully funded by his grant.
- Final Boss: Steve's final opponent in Civil War is not Baron Zemo, nor the other Winter Soldiers that are in hibernation. It's Tony, trying to kill Bucky to avenge his mother.
- Final First Hug:
- Defied in Spider-Man: Homecoming; he tries to keep himself emotionally distant in his mentoring of Peter Parker, rebuffing a hug from him.
- Played straight in Avengers: Infinity War. When Thanos' Badass Fingersnap culls half the universe's population, and Peter is one of the victims, all Tony does is hug the terrified, crying boy as he disintegrates.
- Also played straight in Avengers: Endgame. When taking a brief break from the final battle, Tony Stark runs into Peter Parker, who has been brought back to life by Bruce Banner and does not hesitate to give him a hug. Tony dies not that long afterward, with Peter standing by him as he passes on.
- Flaw Exploitation: In Civil War, his emotionally volatile responses to negative situations do pretty much all of Zemo's work breaking up the Avengers. All Zemo has to do is show Tony and Steve the recording of Bucky killing the Starks and Tony flips, any thought of stopping or capturing Zemo forgotten in favour of just plain killing Bucky. Just as Zemo was banking on.
- To Steve Rogers, playing the seemingly selfish cynic to Steve's old-fashioned idealist. For example, when both are shown to be darlings of the public (featured at big show events complete with dancing girls), Steve is visibly uncomfortable with the spotlight while Tony relishes in it.
- To Doctor Stephen Strange: they both start out as being self-centered, reckless men who care about personal pleasure and success until a life-changing accident brings them down a few pegs. The difference is Tony (as Iron Man) uses technology while Strange uses Magic. Additionally, Stark gets the chance to stroke his own ego for good by becoming a beloved superhero, while Strange learns humility by fighting battles kept away from the public eye. It is these similarities that lead to them butting heads so often.
- Forgiven, but Not Forgotten: Downplayed. After the Time Skip in Avengers: Endgame, he finally forgives Steve for his part in their falling out, represented by giving back Captain America's shield. However, judging by how he refuses to mention his parents' death by name and is uncomfortable referring to it even obliquely, he's not fully forgotten it.
- Forgot About His Powers: After the trailer for Endgame, memes joked about how Tony could build robotic armor when trapped in a cave but is helpless on an alien spaceship full of advanced technology.
- Formerly Fit: Not as much as Thor but 5 years of retirement and simple aging means that Tony is notably out of shape and weaker in Endgame than he was in Infinity War.
- For Your Own Good: In Civil War, his attitude towards Wanda, putting her under lock and key (and Vision's watch) in the Avengers compound to avoid anyone trying to attack her. She doesn't appreciate Tony making major decisions on her behalf without even bothering to tell her first. Hawkeye later calls him on it as well.Wanda: You looked me in my room.
Tony: First of all, that's an exaggeration. Secondly, I did it to protect you.
Hawkeye: He sees all. He knows what's best for you, whether you like it or not.
- Freudian Excuse: Tony describes his father as emotionally distant, "calculating", and not given over to displays of affection or love. This might help explain some of his present-day problems.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: He's not very popular among the superhero community due to three reasons: his status as a Bunny-Ears Lawyer and a reputation for hedonism; his past as a Jerkass weapons manufacturer and a son of Howard Stark (especially important to the Maximoff twins, Hank Pym and Scott Lang to whom Hank passed the prejudice); his role in the creation of Ultron and the Sokovia Accords. He tends to win people over when they see him putting his life on the line.
- Friend to All Children: Tony has an affinity for kids, and is a lot more patient and understanding (yet no less snarky) when interacting with them. Three of the closest bonds he shares are with kids, in fact: Harley, Peter/Spider-Man and his own daughter Morgan hold their own with regards to witty banter and adore the man greatly.
- Fun with Acronyms: Tony likes giving his tech and AI acronyms. J.A.R.V.I.S. is Just a Very Intelligent System, B.A.R.F. is Binary Augmented Retroframing, etc.E.D.I.T.H.: Mr. Stark loved his acronyms.
- The Gadfly: Depends on what mood you catch him in.
- Tony has an unfortunate habit of using sarcastic humor as an icebreaker in interpersonal relationships, most tellingly in his tendency to give everybody goofy nicknames and being absolutely fine about openly and lightly discussing personal trauma, such as with Captain America's 70-year freeze and how he's a fan of the way Bruce Banner "turns into an enormous green rage-monster."
- In The Avengers, he pokes Bruce with a cattle prod, but Bruce finds it funny. They're both scientists; little lab pranks like that happen all the time.
- In Civil War, he teases Peter Parker over his initial improvised costume and gadgets.
- Gadgeteer Genius: When pushed, he can revolutionize Arc Reactor technology and design advanced prostheses IN A CAVE! WITH A BOX OF SCRAPS!, as well as build his own personal Hadron Collider by nothing more than rewiring his own home. He is also masterful in multiple fields of science and has accomplishments ranging from being the first to crack nanotechnology without the use of vibranium to finding a cure to the Extremis method. To the point he also created two Infinity Gauntlets on the fly without being dependent on the smiths of Asgard.
- Generation Xerox: Of his father, Howard Stark. Genius inventor in the arms industry that gets involved in a war and becomes cynical and aloof as a result. Probably the real reason for their estranged relationship was that they were too similar to each other.
- Genius Bruiser: He's a genius no matter what he wears and easily qualifies as one of the most powerful Avengers when he's in his suit. Case in point, he's the only character besides Thor, Wanda, Captain Marvel, and Dr. Strange to (albeit briefly) match Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War.
- Genocide Survivor: He survives the Snap at the end of Infinity War, which is of little-to-no comfort for him as he's been fearing that something like this would happen ever since the Chitauri Invasion happened.
- Gift-Giving Gaffe: A running gag in the films is that Tony Stark is terrible at buying gifts for Pepper.
- In Iron Man, he outright forgot her birthday and she bought herself an expensive dress on his dime.
- In Iron Man 2, he buys her strawberries has an apology present, forgetting that she's deathly allergic to them.
- In Iron Man 3, he buys her an enormous stuffed bunny for Christmas that barely fits in the house and that she does not like, which he's eventually forced to agree with.
- In Avengers: Endgame, Tony is building the Rescue Suit as an anniversary present (an odd choice since Pepper's something of a Wet Blanket Wife who disapproves of Tony continuing to be Iron Man). He lampshades this trope as Pepper "never wears what I buy her". In a subversion though, Pepper does end up donning the suit in the climax of the movie.
- Giver of Lame Names: Despite being the MCU's resident Nicknamer, he has had some off moments:
- He called two of his early robotic arm assistants "DUM-E", and "U".
- In the Novelization of Iron Man 2 and one of the tie-in comics, it's explained that he tried to get his new element patented as "badassium". Predictably, the IUAPC shot it down.
- In Endgame, his Paper-Thin Disguise when confronted with his father Howard Stark when they met in the SHIELD facility in the 1970's? "Howard Potts."
- Played for Drama in Spider-Man: Far From Home. One of Quentin Beck's gripes with Tony is naming his life's work "Binarily Augmented Retro Framing", or B.A.R.F.
- Good is Not Nice: Yes, he's willing to work hard to keep the world safe, and his heart is in the right place, but he's also abrasive and not good at endearing himself to his teammates.
- Good Parents: Tony becomes a caring and devoted father to his and Pepper's daughter, Morgan.
- Good with Numbers: Since he's a genius in anything STEM (particularly engineering and physics), this is a given. It's lampshaded by Tony himself in Iron Man:Tony: [to Yinsen] If my math is right — and it always is — then three gigajoules per second.
- Go Out with a Smile: A dying Tony still manages to give Pepper a weak smile in his last moments.
- Grade Skipper: He graduated top of his class from MIT when he was seventeen with a BS in Engineering. Given that he started MIT at age 14 and an undergraduate degree generally takes four years to earn, Tony would've graduated a year early.
- Guile Hero: Doubles up with Science Hero. Tony Stark, of the original Avengers, is the most likely to Take a Third Option. It often works; his crazy and half-improvisational plans often leave his enemies without a clue what he's going to do next.
- Guilt Complex: In Civil War, he gives his complete support to the Sokovia Accords because of his overwhelming guilt over the events of Age of Ultron. He strives to submit to a higher authority that would prevent him from doing any more wrong, and attempts to appease the government by any means necessary. He also tries to convince the other Avengers to do the same regardless of their concerns. Of known events in support of the Accords (New York, Washington D.C., Sokovia, and Lagos), only one (Sokovia) can be blamed on the Avengers — the rest were caused by enemy forces, and the Avengers tried to stop them and minimize the collateral damage. Tony's inability to see that because of guilt eventually results in fracturing the team, the very thing that he was trying to prevent.
- Handicapped Badass: Until Iron Man 3, Tony had to use an arc reactor to stop shrapnel from killing him. And even then, he was a badass genius.
- Hands-Off Parenting: Initially, Tony tried this approach with Peter, fearing that if he was any more involved he'd be overbearing like his father. After this proves to not be the most effective way of mentoring Peter, though, Tony keeps closer tabs on the kid.
- Happily Married: Contrary to both his and Pepper's fears, he's a devoted husband and father. It helps that he retired from super-heroics, allowing him to focus on his family.
- Heartbroken Badass: Hand in hand with his unresolved issues concerning his father's lack of love towards him, Tony's single greatest fear is to fail a child who admires and looks up to him; hence his continued (and futile) refusal to return Peter Parker's friendship and affection lest he begins to love him like a son. You can therefore witness the exact moment that Stark's heart shatters in Avengers: Infinity War when he helplessly watched a crying Peter Parker crumble into ash in his arms, as he collapses and inconsolably weeps for the boy who saw him as a second father.
- Hero Antagonist: In Captain America: Civil War, he is in direct opposition to Cap even though he isn't evil. While Helmut Zemo is the true Big Bad and the one responsible for the events of the movie, Tony and his group are actively trying to capture Steve and Bucky while ignoring Zemo's plan to unleash five HYDRA Super Soldiers from suspended animation. He officially takes this spot in the film's final act once he finds out HYDRA used Bucky to kill his parents, by watching a video of it with Bucky right next to him, and snaps.
- The Hero Dies: One of the principal heroes of the entire MCU, and the one to start the MCU in the first place, and he gives his life to stop Thanos and his forces during the climax of Endgame. The Infinity Stone Saga begins and ends with him. Spider-Man: Far From Home has Tony's death as a major plot point, since Peter Parker saw Tony as a father figure; now that Tony's dead, Peter spends a good portion of the film rather upset.
- The Hero's Idol: Peter Parker a.k.a. Spider Man's biggest influence growing up was easily Iron Man. Tony tries to guide this younger, more impulsive Spider Man to making smarter choices as a hero. Peter is likewise devastated by Tony's death at the end of Avengers: Endgame. Beck manages to deconstruct it by pretending to be similar to the man, allowing him to seize the EDITH goggles to wreck havoc.
- Heroes Want Redheads: His first girlfriend, as opposed to one-night-stand, is redheaded Pepper.
- Heroic Sacrifice:
- The Avengers: He attempts to make "the sacrifice play" by directing a nuclear warhead away from Manhattan and into the wormhole towards the mother-ship. He has no expectation or hope of surviving in the deep vacuum of space, in another part of the universe. He survives by falling back into the wormhole just in time and having his fall stopped by the Hulk.
- Endgame: He uses the Infinity Gauntlet to wipe out Thanos and all of his army, knowing that his body is too weak to use it.note He takes a second to realize what he is about to do and still go through his fingersnap. It also counts as a Dying Moment of Awesome.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation:
- As of Iron Man 3, he's very aware of how flawed he is. Hilariously so.Pepper: You know, I think I understand why don't want to give up the suits. What am I going to complain about now?
Tony: Well, it's me. You'll think of something.
- And:Pepper: Am I gonna be okay?
Tony: No. You're in a relationship with me. Everything will never be okay.
- This theme continues in Spider-Man: Homecoming where he makes it clear that he doesn't consider himself a superhero role model. He tells Peter, "don't do anything I would do" and later, when Peter says he was trying to be a hero like him, Tony replies, "I wanted you to be better."
- As of Iron Man 3, he's very aware of how flawed he is. Hilariously so.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: In the beginning of the Age of Ultron, one of Tony's droids is met with hatred by the locals of Sokovia, and the camera pans to some anti-Iron Man graffiti. After Age of Ultron, for co-creating Ultron, he has more than a few haters in-universe (although he's still popular among young people as seen in Homecoming). This bad publicity is part of what leads him to support the Accords and become more responsible. Even when Tony becomes an acknowledged hero the world posthumously, the former Stark Industries employees hate him enough to sabotage Peter Parker, with Mysterio's entire chain of actions designed to discredit him and usurp the Avengers.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Rhodey; he's one of two people that Tony trusts.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Even though he's just doing his duty to support the Accords, Captain America: Civil War depicts Tony going down this route as he increasingly becomes real enemies with Steve, allowing Revenge Before Reason to be in the front wheel of his morale during his battle against Steve, especially after his friend Rhodes gets injured in a skirmish. Once he finds out HYDRA used Bucky to kill his parents, Tony goes ballistic and doesn't even attempt to capture the former anymore, instead actively trying to hurt him.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Uses sarcasm, obnoxious humour, and narcissism to hide any insecurity or fear — which there turns out to be a lot of, given his Inferiority Superiority Complex, Daddy Issues, Survivor Guilt, Guilt Complex, and Cassandra status.
- Honest Corporate Executive: After he returned from Afghanistan and refused to allow his products to fall into evil hands.
- Horrible Judge of Character:
- Tony Stark met with Ulysses Klaue — a gangster -– prior to repurposing his company, but he waves it away as just a meeting and that he never actually did business with Klaue.
- Later on, Tony assumes that with the new evidence that exonerates Barnes and proves Zemo was responsible for the attack, Ross will help him out. Not so much.
- Hot Paint Job: One of the cars in his garage is a 1932 Ford Flathead Roadster with a flame paint job. He fittingly calls it "Hotrod".
- Howard Hughes Homage: Tony's a 21st century version inspired by Hughes in his youth, as a wealthy, eccentric, playboy engineering genius who loves to fly - although Tony prefers Powered Armor to planes.
- He believes that superheroes need to be put in check, but has absolutely no problem enlisting an unregistered up-and-coming underage superhero (Spider-Man) to further his goals.
- Despite being a Friend to All Children, he also throws said untrained sixteen-year-old who's only had his powers for a matter of weeks into a super-battle.
- Tony accuses Steve of letting his emotions cloud his reasoning regarding his opposition of the Sokovia Accords, even though Tony's own reasons for supporting them is largely due to his own guilt. Tony then throws reason out the window in the final act as he tries to kill Bucky over something Bucky had no control over.
- Admonishes Peter for being "nothing without the suit" by saying he shouldn't have it if that's how he feels, yet he has tied almost all of his identity to being Iron Man (despite making many attempts to distance himself). At least in this instance, it comes with an air of "do as I say, not as I do." Plus, Iron Man 3 made a point of demonstrating that with or without the suit, Tony is Iron Man.
- Hypocritical Humor:
- Part of his Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap! in the first Avengers is in part due to him realizing his description of Loki also fits himself.
- He tells Peter to shut up with the pop culture references in Infinity War after Peter makes a second reference to the Alien franchise — a thing Tony himself is often guilty of, including earlier in the same film when he called Ebony Maw "Squidward". Minutes later, he's calling Drax "Mr. Clean" and Quill "Flash Gordon".
- I Am Not Left-Handed:
- Word of God notes that the reason Tony didn't just flat-out bash Bucky's skull in or laser him to pieces at the end of Captain America: Civil War was because he wanted to strangle him with his bare hands to make a point — a brainwashed Bucky killed Maria Stark by strangling her to death, so in Tony's mind it was only fair that Bucky die the same way.
- The same goes for his clashes with Steve; Word of God, as well as various instances at the end of Captain America: Civil War, make it abundantly clear that Tony had no intentions of actually hurting Steve or even knocking him out had Cap not tried to intervene in his Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
- I Am Not My Father: Much of his motivation prior to the Sokovia Accords is undoing Sins of Our Fathers by taking Stark Industries out of the weapons trade, which is how Howard Stark built the fortune that Tony inherited. The fact that civilians continue to be killed by bombs made by Stark Industries haunts him through Iron Man 3 and Civil War. His father's actions such as deporting Vanko, and having a bad relationship with Hank Pym (though in that case, Hank was hardly all that nice a guy himself) also haunts him. It also reflects on his anxiety about settling with Pepper and starting a family, since he's worried if he'll be good with kids, and his interactions with Harley and later Peter stem from him trying to be a good Dad to see if he can make it.
- Iconic Attribute Adoption Moment: He builds his first Iron Man armor to escape his imprisonment by the Ten Rings but doesn't build the iconic red and gold suit until sometime after he returns home. Even then the suit's baseline abilities (such as flight and repulsor rays) don't properly debut until Tony takes it to deal with a Ten Rings attack on an innocent village.
- If I Wanted You Dead...: During the final confrontation in Civil War, he makes it clear to Cap several times that he only wants Bucky, not him. This reluctance is what actually causes him to lose the fight.
- I Hate Past Me: He rather nonchalantly tells Scott Lang to go ahead and give his 2012 self the equivalent of a heart attack so they can grab the Tesseract.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: A downplayed example as he does like being a hero and a billionaire but Tony's greatest wish is to retire to a humble life with Pepper.
- Immune to Mind Control: Ends up being this by accident in The Avengers. Loki has to put his scepter up to people's hearts in order to brainwash them into doing his bidding, but Tony's Arc Reactor just so happens to be in front of his heart to prevent the shrapnel from killing him. Thus, all Loki can do is make a pathetic "clink" sound effect when he tries to take control of Tony.
- Improvised Weapon User: Tony dismantles Bucky's gun and uses the slide to bludgeon him when armorless in Civil War.
- Incoming Ham: His arrival at the Stark Expo in the second movie, and appearing in Germany with guns blazing and hijacking S.H.I.E.L.D.'s audio systems to play AC/DC in The Avengers.
- Insecure Love Interest: Tony agrees with Killian that he doesn't deserve someone like Pepper, which is in complete compliance with his self-loathing nature.
- In-Series Nickname: Almost always referred to as just "Tony". About the only person who calls him Anthony is Justin Hammer.
- Insistent Terminology: During a senate hearing, he states that he doesn't see the Iron Man armor as a weapon, but a hi-tech prosthesis.
- Instant Costume Change: When the situation calls for it, Tony can don his Iron Man armors very quickly.
- Instant Humiliation: Just Add YouTube!: Near the beginning of Iron Man 2, he is Hauled Before A Senate Sub Committee because he refuses to share his signature Powered Armor with the US government. He proceeds to make a mockery of it. By the time he gets home, his antics are already on YouTube with 1,890,873 views, much to his amusement.
- Insufferable Genius:
- Snubs an award ceremony for technological brilliance and then gives away the award like it's junk. This also colors a lot of his interpersonal interactions, but it's hilarious.
- He kept the Ultron project a secret from the other Avengers (sans Bruce) because he didn't want to be given the whole "man must not meddle" lecture. When called on it afterward, he just angrily bites back that everyone else "doesn't get" what he was trying to do.
- In general, when Tony's at his worst (or lowest), this becomes a serious issue for him, as he'll absolutely refuse to accept the possibility he might be wrong about something, or refuse to budge on an issue. For example, throughout Iron Man 2, he believes that since he's looked for every possible means of curing palladium poisoning, there isn't one at all, and needs encouragement from Fury to find one (and never mind the problem was caused by having a chunk of palladium in his chest in the first place, something that 3 demonstrates could have been solved by Tony just hiring a bunch of doctors to get the shrapnel out of his chest). Hawkeye calls him on it during Civil War.
- Intergenerational Friendship:
- He befriends a boy named Harley in Iron Man 3 who proves to be quite a useful Kid Sidekick.
- He becomes something of a mentor to Peter Parker from Captain America: Civil War onwards.
- As pointed out by Obadiah Stane in the first Iron Man:Stane: How ironic, Tony! Trying to rid the world of weapons, you gave it its best one ever!
- In Civil War, Peter Parker is hesitant about flying to Germany, but Tony charismatically pressures him into going. Whereas in Spider-Man: Homecoming, Peter is eager to join the Avengers, but Tony is hesitant about it.
- His goal of enabling Peter to succeed Iron Man as an even better hero ends up with the poor boy having his identity erased.
- As pointed out by Obadiah Stane in the first Iron Man:
- Irrational Hatred:
- Tony attacks Bucky with a murderous rage over the killing of his parents, despite knowing that Bucky was a brainwashed slave of HYDRA at the time. In his defense, he was also blindsided by Steve's betrayal in keeping the truth from him for years, coupled with the very stressful events he experienced that day.
- In Infinity War, he has come to acknowledge being irrational when he attempts to reason with Star-Lord to prevent him from making the same mistake by attacking Thanos for killing Gamora before they can remove the Infinity Gauntlet.
- It's All About Me:
- Zig-Zagged. While both Cap and Miriam Sharpe directly accuse Tony of fighting only for himself, he actually demonstrates plenty of ability to empathize with, and fight on behalf of, the common man when shown how much harm his weapons cause in the hands of criminals and terrorists. However, it is true that Tony has an oversized ego and self-interest, and that he spends every movie he appears in struggling against it.
- Self-centeredness has long been a character trait of Tony Stark, but initially it was portrayed more an endearing/annoying factor than a true flaw. Such as when he bought a giant tower in order to put his name on it in big letters. As he says, "It's like Christmas, but with more... me."
- While Tony does think supporting the Accords is the right thing, he's perfectly willing to ignore his teammates' feelings on the matter and go behind their backs to do it. Eventually, Black Widow and Hawkeye call out Tony on making the issue all about himself and his personal guilt.Black Widow: Are you incapable of letting your ego go for one goddamn second?
- In Spider-Man: Homecoming, when he rips Peter a new one after the ferry disaster, he seems to care more about how Peter's actions could affect him, though this ends up being subverted in Avengers: Infinity War.Tony: If you died, that's on me. I don't need that on my conscience.
- In Avengers: Endgame, he initially refuses to help Scott Lang and his remaining Avengers teammates try to figure out a way to bring back their loved ones who were Snapped because most of his loved ones are still around or, in his daughter's case, arrived after the event. He does eventually change his mind, but only once he's assured that they won't do anything that may jeopardize his daughter's existence.
- It's All My Fault: Deconstructed. He's a textbook case of how fine a line there is between this and It's All About Me, and how they can be equally destructive; he constantly attempts to assuage his guilt and self-loathing with superheroism, only for his altruism to be scorned as his self-gratification* , and his efforts to assuage his guilt* . As of Civil War, Pepper has left him because being Iron Man has consumed his life to the point of leaving no room left for self-indulgent romance. This continues in Spider-Man: Homecoming where he tries to be a responsible mentor for Peter Parker so the kid stays out of trouble that he can't handle and grows into a better superhero than he himself, but at times it sounds like he is trying to vicariously fix his own troubled relationship with his deceased father.
- Jack of All Stats: Due to the Ace Custom nature of his armors, Tony can (and does, as the first Iron Legion indicates) build armors that can specialize in certain environments, tasks, or forms of combat. However, his baseline suits definitely put him in the top tier of the Avengers, but he isn't the number one in any particular area. Tony undoubtedly has the highest IQ, but he lacks Steve's tactical skill. Tony and Thor can both fly, but Thor seems to fly faster and is a veritable Flying Brick. Tony's suits grant him superhuman strength, but without something like the Hulkbuster or the Bleeding Edge armor, he is not as strong as the Hulk. Tony has also been taking self-defense training, but without his suit he is not as capable of a hand-to-hand combatant as Black Widow or Hawkeye. Tony is a Gadgeteer Genius, but his ability to manipulate technology is inferior to that of the android Vision.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Tony is a selfish, hypocritical, narcissistic Manchild with a complex Never My Fault attitude. But, he's still correct on some things.
- He proves that the Hulk isn't inherently dangerous and is a part of Banner rather than a different being.
- His decision to go with the Accords is because that the Avengers do need to be checked with their incredible power.
- Tony's anger at Natasha in Civil War is reasonable given how she was supposed to side with the Accords and decided to help Steve during the airport flight.
- While visiting the superheroes in prison after the airport fight, Clint makes a sarcastic quip in regards to Tony's Knight Templar like actions but Tony points out that he and the others had a choice and knew the consequences.
- His anger and murderous hatred towards Steve and Bucky, respectively, is hard to blame. For the former, Steve withheld information regarding the deaths of Tony's parents; as for the latter, while he was brainwashed into it, Bucky is still responsible for the murders of Tony's parents.
- Throughout Homecoming, Tony wasn't exactly the best mentor to a young Peter, but he was right to call out the boy for being reckless in his pursuit to apprehend the Vulture. His attitude regarding Peter being dependent on his suit is also justified, given that Peter underestimated his own abilities and truly defeated the Vulture after getting in tune with them.
- His anger at Dr. Strange in Infinity War is understandable given he and Peter had just saved him from torture and death but the doctor can only respond with ungratefulness.
- Though he was ignoring his own fault in the Civil War mess, Tony's livid What the Hell, Hero? moment to Steve points out the latter's was also at fault for the mess as well.
- While nicknaming Beck's hologram technology "BARF" was a bit of a dick move, firing Beck for being unstable was clearly the correct thing to do. And to be fair, even Tony himself openly admitted there and then to not being fond of the name, but likely couldn't come up with any other name in time, though Beck clearly ignored that part.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While Tony can be a bit of a showoff, his heart's in the right place and he works hard to make the world better. By The Avengers, he's also indulging in shockingly open and extravagant displays of compassion and thoughtfulness in between smug, self-aggrandizing quips. Age of Ultron reveals that Tony's greatest fear is the other Avengers (whom he fully considers his friends by now) dying and Earth being destroyed because Tony didn't do enough.
- Jumped at the Call: Tony is living proof that becoming a hero can still be a lot of fun.
- Karma Houdini: Played With. He created Ultron yet doesn't face any consequences for the property damage and deaths that his Ax-Crazy A.I. caused. That said, he is haunted by his mistakes and is willing to atone for his actions in Civil War.
- Kidnapped Scientist: In the first film, he and Dr. Yinsen are abducted and told to build the Jericho missile by the Ten Rings or be executed (or build the Jericho missile and then be executed anyway). They Take a Third Option.
- Knight in Sour Armor: Tony marinates daily in cynicism and sarcasm before setting forth to bring world peace, protect the innocent, and mock the stupid.
- Kryptonite Factor: Although the Iron Man armors can withstand things ranging from small arms fire to Thor's lightning, they are susceptible to heat intense enough to melt through them. This is why any of the Extremis fighters can almost fight on even ground with Tony.
- Ladykiller in Love: The first and second movies made it obvious that for all his Casanova tendencies, Tony was in love with his long-time Beleaguered Assistant Pepper Potts. Since Iron Man 2, he has been monogamous.
- The Lancer: In The Avengers as a direct foil to The Leader and Ideal Hero Captain America, and an obnoxious Ace that always has a plan different to Steve's. He's also listed as the official Number Two (to Cap) of the team.
- Large Ham: As a man who believes the spotlight is always trained on him, it's a required trait. His hamminess dials down after The Avengers (something about staring face to face with the void at the heart of the universe made him wise up).Tony Stark: I am Iron Man, the suit and I are one.
- Laser-Guided Karma:
Tony: We create our own demons.
- Lampshades this in his narration of Iron Man 3, as his act of spurning Killian in 1999 bites him back in the ass.
- In the opening scene of Iron Man, during his attempt to call for help during the Ten Rings ambush, a warhead lands right in front of him with the corporate label Stark Industries prominently displayed for a brief moment before promptly detonating and peppering him with shrapnel. Weapons maker attacked by his own weapons.
- The Last Dance: In Iron Man 2 until he finds a replacement element for the palladium core of his arc reactor that was poisoning him.
- Leaning on the Furniture: He makes a habit of it that Doctor Strange does not appreciate in Infinity War:Strange: Are you seriously leaning on the Cauldron of the Cosmos?
- Leitmotif: Many of his scenes involve AC/DC songs.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: Many people, both foes and allies, have assumed that Tony's Cloudcuckoolander irreverence and Obfuscating Stupidity mean he's an Upper-Class Twit who can't take anything seriously, let alone pose a threat. These people were very wrong.
- Like Father, Like Son: As the MCU has expanded, we've learned that Tony is extremely similar to his father in many ways such as sense of humor and a desire to help people.
- Like You Were Dying: In Iron Man 2 when confronted with his poisoning and seemingly imminent death, Tony asks Natasha Romanoff what she would do if she had only a brief time to live. Natasha, evaluating him for S.H.I.E.L.D., tells him that she would do whatever she wanted. As a result, he decides to have a wild party at his house in Malibu and get completely drunk in full armor, thereby endangering everyone around him.
- Lineage Comes from the Father: Everything from Tony's personality to his looks seems to come from his dad — both are playboy tech whizzes who run the same multi-billion dollar company and have a sarcastic streak. They're also both dark-haired, dark-eyed, about the same height, and have similar facial structure and hair style. This is in contrast to Tony's mother, who was a soft-spoken blue-eyed blonde that seemed to prefer art and music over science.
- Locking Macgyver In The Store Cupboard: How he built the Mark I Iron Man armor. It's a Invoked Trope; the Ten Rings asked him what he needed to build a Jericho Missile and Tony told them exactly what he needed.
- Lonely Rich Kid: He had no friends growing up in his swank boarding school. Later, he grew up to be a Millionaire Playboy enjoying swank parties and seducing reporters, although it's shown that this is a very shallow existence and his only true friends are Rhodey, Pepper, Happy, and his robots.
- Luxurious Liquor: In several films, he is seen drinking scotch to match his narcissistic rich boy persona. In the first Avengers film, he even prepares one for Loki when they're exchanging words at Stark Tower and as an excuse to go behind the bar to get his Iron Man suit attachment bracelets in preparation for needing to jump out the windows — though this could well be exploiting the theory behind the trope to prevent the trickster from questioning his movement. In the first Iron Man film, he even throws in a portable alcohol station for the troops in the Middle East who buy his weapons.Tony Stark: Give me a scotch, I'm starving.
- MacGyvering: His main ability when he's not inside his Iron Man suit. Other than building a Powered Armor with just scraps of metal, he can come up with weapons using whatever he has access to at the time.
- Mad Scientist: Proudly calls himself one in Age of Ultron. You gotta own up to it, you know?
- Made of Iron: He can take an amazing pounding, even out of his suit. Routinely takes impacts and falls that should kill a human being. Except a massive dose of gamma radiation after using the Infinity Gauntlet.
- At times, Stark looks more like a child building with legos than an adult saving the world. Considering that he built his first A.I. at just seven, he really hasn't grown out of revolutionising technology by playing with toys!
- He'll often start behaving childishly even in serious situations, like during his Senate hearing, where his antics earn him a disapproving look from Pepper. Most of Iron Man 2 involves him struggling with these tendencies.
- Even his former employee Quentin Beck lampshades this, outright calling him a "boozy man child".
- Manly Facial Hair: This is a distinctive trait of Tony's, being a superhero who has not once (save in a computer-generated flashback in Civil War) been clean-shaven while onscreen. When time travelling back in the 1970s his facial hair style is even commented upon as resembling that of a Beatnik, befitting his rebellious "bad attitude" persona.
- Married to the Job: See his Chronic Hero Syndrome entry. By Civil War, his devotion to the Iron Man role is damaging his relationship with Pepper. He's obviously realized this flaw in Homecoming, where Tony tells Peter that if he truly needs the suit to be a superhero and good person, then he doesn't deserve it.
- Meaningful Funeral: Tony Stark's funeral pans over his family, friends and associates and is interspersed with shots of the universe recovering, showing how many lives he touched and how much he gained after the cave in Afghanistan.
- Mentor Archetype: A Parental Substitute to Spider-Man in Homecoming, by providing him with a better suit and giving him life lessons such as "if you need the suit to be a hero then you don't deserve it" while also praising him when he succeeds. He becomes a case of Mentor Occupational Hazard in Endgame.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: His father was murdered before the start of the film series. Yinsen died helping Tony escape from the Ten Rings. Tony then found himself on the other side of this trope when he took on Peter Parker as a protégé and had a daughter.
- Meta Casting: Given Downey Jr.'s history with partying and drugs — plus snarky characters — he was made for the role ...except for his height. The comic book version of Tony Stark is 6 inches taller than him, and Downey is shorter than everyone in the MCU aside from Scarlett Johansson (hence the visual tricks done to make him look taller). It memed.
- Metal Head: As punny as it might seem... huge fan of both Black Sabbath (having a song eponymous to his codename helps!) and AC/DC.
- Metaphorgotten: Towards the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Tony Stark tells Peter, "You screwed the pooch, but then you did the right thing; you took her to the free clinic, you raised the hybrid puppies- Okay, that's not a great analogy..."
- Millionaire Playboy: Billionaire, in this case. And a philanthropist. Oh, and genius.
- Mirror Character: Iron Man and Doctor Strange both started as arrogant and selfish persons who turned into anti-heroes, and their origin films have similar plot points. They share a strong mutual dislike of the other, primarily because they're both Insufferable Genius Deadpan Snarkers who are evenly matched in both capacities.
- Momma's Boy: A Badass Bookworm Guile Hero with razor-edge technology of his own design who gravitates more toward his mom due to his abusive father. He never talks negatively about her and her death affected him more than his dad's. Note his reaction upon finding out that the Winter Soldier killed his parents: "He killed my mom."
- Motor Mouth: The man never shuts up. Pepper has the singular ability to hold a conversation with him by talking right over him without pause and listening at the same time, otherwise she'd never get a word in edgewise.
- My Greatest Failure:
- His naiveté on the harm the weapons his company initially created were doing.
- His hand in the creation of Ultron, and the ensuing destruction of Sokovia, leading to the dissolution of the Avengers come Civil War.
- Peter Parker dying in his arms and being unable to save him is probably the worst; finding a reminder about that painful loss is what ultimately convinces him to return to the Avengers for one last mission.
- Narcissist: Black Widow's report in Iron Man 2 dubs him as such. However, it is a milder case of It's All About Me: Tony acts like he believes the entire world revolves around him, as demonstrated by his series of suspiciously specific denials at the Stark Expo, his performance at the Senate subcommittee hearing, and discussed by Nick Fury (who reminds Tony that he is "not the center of my universe") and Pepper, who at one point threatens to throw something at his head if he says "I" one more time. But he deeply cares about Pepper, fellow Avengers, young Peter Parker and ordinary people he protects for their own sake — something a pathological narcissist is incapable of, along with taking the blame.Tony Stark: "Textbook... narcissism?" [sees Fury's expression] Agreed.
- Never My Fault:
- Tony goes along with the Accords and does his best to repair the public image of the Avengers, ignoring that keeping Wanda under house arrest is a bit much even for PR.
- When Clint holds Tony responsible for imprisoning most of Team Cap, Tony tries to deflect blame by telling him they're the ones who decided to break the law and he didn't write it. Of course, Tony is ignoring the fact that Ross was initially going to send a SWAT team to go after them (which Team Cap probably would've easily beaten) until Tony convinced him to let him and the other Pro-Reg heroes do it.
- Tony rips Peter a new one after the ferry incident in Spider-Man: Homecoming, ignoring that it was his aloofness and dismissiveness towards Peter that spurred him to try to take on the Vulture himself in the first place.
- Tony explodes at Steve in Endgame claiming that his idealism left Earth vulnerable to Thanos and for not being there for him when it all happened, ignoring a) that none of his own solutions like Ultron or the Sokovia Accords ultimately panned out, b) his refusal to communicate or compromise with his teammates resulted in the Avengers disbanding in the first place and c) Steve had given Tony a direct line to contact him with that he never even attempted to use until Bruce implored him to put his grudge aside and call him. Which he still didn't do, albeit due to being distracted by the Children of Thanos, and Bruce having to make the call instead.
- N.G.O. Superpower: After revealing himself as Iron Man he says that he has "privatized global security". When the U.S. Senate tells him to hand over the suit, he fights them and wins. Maria Hill joined Stark Industries after the collapse of S.H.I.E.L.D. so his Army of Lawyers could protect her from the worlds' governments, it worked. And that's not even counting the added power of the Avengers.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Tony is the one who ultimately gets blamed for creating Ultron. This is the defining event that causes the UN to draft the Sokovia Accords in Civil War, which splits up the Avengers, of which both Tony and Steve are responsible for.
- The Nicknamer: One of the indicators of his generally flippant attitude is his tendency to toss off casual and frequently pop-culture-laden nicknames for people and objects. His reputation as a nicknamer was even used as a category on Jeopardy! in 2019.
- "Old Man" and "Capsicle" for Captain America.
- "Point Break" alongside Shakespeare references for Thor, later "Lebowski" when Thor was fat and drunk.
- "Legolas" for Hawkeye.
- "Big Man", "Enormous Green Rage Monster" (which he's a big fan of), and "Jolly Green" for Hulk/Banner.
- "Reindeer Games" (due to the horns on his helmet) and "Rock of Ages" for Loki.
- Also "Glowstick of Destiny" and "Joystick" for Loki's scepter.
- Plus many more for people whose names he either doesn't know or doesn't care about (such as calling a random henchman "Ponytail Express" in Iron Man 3 or "Forrest" for the first airman he addresses in Iron Man).
- In Civil War:
- He dubs Spider-Man "Underoos".
- At one point, he calls Bucky "Manchurian Candidate".
- In Infinity War:
- He dubs Ebony Maw as "Squidward".
- And Drax "Mr. Clean" and Star-Lord "Flash Gordon".
- He even refers to Thanos' Q-Ships as exactly what they looked like, Donuts.
- He does call Dr. Strange "Wizard", but isn't the first to do so as Thor had done so in Thor: Ragnarok.
- In Endgame:
- He cheekily refers to Nebula as a "Blue Meanie" from The Beatles Animated Movie Yellow Submarine in his recorded will to Pepper; kind of a cheap shot considering she did help him patch up and *disinfect* the nasty stab wound her father Thanos gave him through his midsection.
- He refers to Strange as the "Bleecker Street Magician" doing his "Reason You Suck" Speech to Rogers after his return to Earth.
- He initially thought Rocket was a "build-a-bear." Rocket quipped back that he may be one. Later on Stark calls him "Ratchet".
- He has plenty for Lang including Thumbelina, Stuart Little, and "Piss-ant".
- Despite all of the above, this is ZigZagged for himself as he can't think of a meaningful alias.Howard: Do I know you?
Tony: [fumbles with his visitor badge] No sir; I'm a visitor from MIT
Howard: Got a name?
Howard: Well that will be easy to remember.
Tony: Howard [pauses to figure out a last name] Potts.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: He is, in his own words, a "genius billionaire playboy philanthropist" with a suit of Powered Armor.
- No Kill like Overkill: He favors this for his combat tactics. Also the case with the arc reactor in his chest. Three Gigajoules per second is a power output roughly on par with a nuclear power plant, and he essentially made it to power a pacemaker. Keep in mind that's the prototype, and he has upgraded it at least twice.
- "No More Holding Back" Speech: Gives one at the end of Iron Man 3.Tony: So if I were to wrap this up tight with a bow or whatever, I guess I'd say my armor, it was never a distraction or a hobby, it was a cocoon. And now, I'm a changed man. You can take away my house, all my tricks and toys. One thing you can't take away... I am Iron Man.
- No OSHA Compliance: As noted above under Fatal Flaw, nearly every experiment he does would have gotten him arrested in the real world.
- No-Sell: Thanks to the reactor cutting off direct access to his heart, Loki cannot mind-control him.
- Nothing but Skin and Bones: At the start of Endgame, he becomes this after 3 weeks in space with barely any food and water to keep him alive. After arriving on Earth, he's so malnourished that he can't even stand for long before collapsing out of exhaustion.
- Not Me This Time: A variation. While he did fire Quentin Beck in the past, unlike the other "demons" he created, it's established that Beck was always an unstable and shifty person before losing his position, and used this event as an excuse to run a Monster Protection Racket.
- "Not So Different" Remark:
- From Loki in The Avengers, much to his chagrin.Tony: ... And Loki, he's a full-tilt diva! He wants flowers, he wants parades, he wants a monument built to the skies with his name plastered—
[realises he's describing Stark Tower and in turn, himself]
- From Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming. When Peter Parker confronts Toomes and accuses him of being an illegal arms dealer selling high tech weaponry to the highest bidder, Toomes points out that Tony started off as an arms dealer who sold high tech weaponry to the highest bidder as well.
- From Loki in The Avengers, much to his chagrin.
- Not Staying for Breakfast: Young Tony may be The Pornomancer, but he fears the morning after something fierce. In the first film, he dispatches Pepper to get rid of Christine Everhart while hiding in his basement garage. He also does it in a flashback from the third film.Tony: How'd she take it?
Pepper: Like a champ.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: He often acts absentminded, easily-distracted, and excessively self-obsessed and arrogant, but is shown to be incredibly brilliant socially and technically, delivering sarcastic putdowns to people who irritate him and building incredible machines out of whatever he has on hand. After one night of study, he becomes enough of an expert in thermonuclear astrophysics to discuss the specifics of the Tesseract with Bruce Banner.
- Odd Friendship:
- With Bruce Banner in The Avengers, due to them being the resident science geeks.Tony: Finally, somebody who speaks English!
- With Nebula in Avengers: Endgame. Despite their contrasting attitudes, the two bond while being stranded together in space.
- With Bruce Banner in The Avengers, due to them being the resident science geeks.
- Offscreen Breakup: With Pepper after Iron Man 3. They get back together by the end of Homecoming.
- Off to Boarding School: Tony bitterly describes Howard Stark's happiest moment as the day he shipped Tony off to boarding school. Subverted with the reveal that HYDRA had infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D., and that Howard was a target. Howard sending Tony off was in order to get him away to safety.
- Oh, Crap!: Despite being a superhero, Tony is a civilian and the only one of the original Avengers without any formal combat training and the psychological training associated with it, so he gets this a lot:
- In Iron Man:
- When an armed missile lands right in front of him, which causes the injury which leaves him with the shrapnel in his chest.
- More subdued one, but he has one when he realizes his terrorist captors are using guns manufactured by his company.
- Again when he gets the proof that his company was actually selling them the weapons.
- When he fails to escape the F-22s sent after him.
- When Obadiah takes his arc reactor.
- When Iron Monger was not taken out by a fall from the skies.
- In Iron Man 2:
- When Vanko attacks him at the racetrack.
- When he realizes the Hammer drones and War Machine armor had been hacked by Vanko.
- When Vanko activates a self destruct sequence.
- The Avengers (2012):
- When he gets news that the Tesseract was missing.
- When he gets trapped between the helicarrier rotors.
- When he realises Loki was headed for Stark Tower.
- When Loki attacks him.
- When the Chitauri start pouring in.
- Iron Man 3: Most of the movie.
- In Iron Man:
- Old Superhero: Downplayed but there by the Time Heist where Tony is 53 and visibly getting on in years after spending the last 5 years in peaceful retirement. His age and being out of shape has a noticeable impact as while Tony's mind is still as sharp as ever, in battle Tony isn't the Strong and Skilled One-Man Army he was at his peak.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Word of God defines Tony as a master engineer, master physicist, master chemist, master computer scientist, skilled in neuroscience, and knowledgeable in biology. His main skill is the franchise's greatest engineer and he can build impossible inventions by having a practical grasp of different subfields in science and how to create tools that tap into the different kinds of knowledge. Originally he used this ability to build weapons, later he uses that to build his Iron Man technology and its various upgrades and sub-systems.
- He is an expert at high-energy physics, materials science, and aerospace engineering all at the same time. His in-universe nickname was "the Da Vinci of our time" but Tony doesn't think so because he doesn't paint.
- He's a quick study. After spending a night reading S.H.I.E.L.D.'s briefing packet, he can converse fluently with Bruce Banner about the technical details of the Tesseract.
- He also glances at Maya Hansen's life's work, immediately understands it, invents the breakthrough equation that makes Extremis work, and scribbles most of it on the back of his name-tag, while too drunk to remember doing it.
- It's implied in Iron Man that Tony might even possess some level of expertise in genetics; when he's being grilled by some reporters over his company's war profiteering, he deflects the blame by pointing out breakthroughs in genetically engineered "intelli-crops" and advancements in medical technology, presumably both invented/designed by him.
- Subverted briefly in Age of Ultron where he defers to Banner in Vision's creation due to Banner knowing bio-organics better than he does (although he runs point on several of the AI issues of their projects, both for Vision and their previous attempt at bringing Ultron to life).
- He designs a pair of glasses (that come with an astounding price tag of over six-hundred million dollars) that allow him to project memories directly from his brain in Civil War, which is his neuroscience skill in action.
- Once per Episode: Tony's introductory scenes are accompanied by an AC/DC song: "Back in Black" in the first film, "Shoot to Thrill" in Iron Man 2 as well as The Avengers, and "Let There Be Rock" in the Fury's Big Week comic.
- One Last Job: In Avengers: Endgame Tony is retired and only participates in the Time Heist to bring back Peter Parker. It's implied that once it's over he will go back into permanent retirement. True to this trope, he dies at the climax of the movie.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Whenever Stark stops being a Deadpan Snarker, you know shit is gonna get serious. For example, when he chews out Peter for being careless and most notably when he learns Bucky killed his parents.
- Infinity War shows him as the only person left to stand up to Thanos after the plan to take the Infinity Gauntlet is botched. It also shows Tony when he's lost control of the situation. There's no strategy. Tony is throwing everything he has at Thanos, with none of it working. It's the first time we've seen Stark panicking.
- Opposites Attract: With Pepper. In particular, Pepper is good at covering for his weaknesses and shortcomings being reliable, focused and organized to counter Tony's Absent-Minded Professor and Workaholic tendencies.
- Papa Wolf:
- He is very protective of his teammates, especially Peter Parker. In Infinity War, when Quill has Peter at gunpoint, Tony angrily threatens to shoot Drax, with a large laser cannon no less. Bringing Peter back is one of his major motivations for rejoining the fight in Endgame.Quill: [holding Peter at gunpoint] Tell me where the girl is or I swear to you, I'm gonna french-fry this little freak.
Tony: [angrily] Let's do it! You shoot my guy and I'll blast him! Let's go! [aims a cannon at Drax]
- In Endgame, Tony is initially reluctant about traveling back in time since the outcome can jeopardize the existence of his daughter Morgan. Later on, when 2014 Thanos plans to use the Infinity Stones to kill everyone (Morgan included), Tony performs a Heroic Sacrifice by using the Infinity Stones to disintegrate the Mad Titan and his army.
- He is very protective of his teammates, especially Peter Parker. In Infinity War, when Quill has Peter at gunpoint, Tony angrily threatens to shoot Drax, with a large laser cannon no less. Bringing Peter back is one of his major motivations for rejoining the fight in Endgame.
- Parental Neglect: Tony complains that his dad was cold, never around for him, and he seriously doubted that his father even loved him at all. This is eventually shown not to be the case in regards to whether he loved him.
- Parental Substitute: Tony acts as this for Peter Parker from Civil War onwards, being the father he never had. He becomes his mentor for all things superhero, giving him his supersuit and saving him when he gets in trouble. Even though Tony is emotionally stunted, he attempts to give Peter encouragement and "break the cycle of shame" that he had to endure with his own father. When Peter gets disintegrated by Thanos, Tony does not take it well. The first thing he does when they reunite in Endgame is hug him.
- Parent-Child Team:
- With Harley in Iron Man 3 against the Extremis-enhanced supersoldiers.
- With Peter Parker at the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming and the New York battle in Avengers: Infinity War.
- Parent ex Machina: Subverted. If it wasn't for Tony, Peter would've drowned and/or split himself in half trying to hold a ferry together — not to mention his suit, which was provided by Tony, has bailed him out multiple times. However, Tony ended up playing a much larger role to Peter than just being a convenient save here and there, and helped Peter become a more responsible, self-actualized hero by the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming.
- Parents as People: In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Tony isn't Peter's father but he does serve as a Parental Substitute. He's incredibly flawed in that role, prone to both not listening and not clearly communicating. There's also an undercurrent of Tony trying (unsuccessfully) to not get emotionally attached which comes across as neglecting Peter. Tony even realized this at one point, mentioning how much much he's acting like his father Howard. They make up later and by Infinity War, the two share a close relationship.
- Parents for a Day: More like parent for a few hours. In Iron Man 3, Tony briefly bonds with Kid Sidekick Harley in order to defeat the Mandarin.
- Parents in Distress: Tony would've been bludgeoned by one of the Thanos' minions during the battle of New York had Peter not appeared out of nowhere and pulled a Punch Catch on it in Avengers: Infinity War.
- Parting-Words Regret: When he's demonstrating his new technology to reframe old memories, he expresses a wish that the happy memory of his last moments with his parents was how it had really happened.
- Passing the Torch: E.D.I.T.H. from Spider-Man: Far From Home is Tony's way of handing control of Stark Industries' weapons and information gathering technology to Peter after his death.Tony's Note: To the next Tony Stark. I trust you.
- Paying for the Action Scene: In Age of Ultron during the fight in Johannesburg he piledrives the Hulk into a skyscraper that is under construction, but makes sure to buy the building before he commits to the act.
- Perspective Reversal: Early in the films, Tony is an egotist who has little use for authority, while Steve Rogers just wants to join the Army and do his part for his country. By the time of Civil War, the fallout from his reckless actions have made Tony believe that the Avengers need to be subject to oversight while Steve, having witnessed how corrupted and obstructive governing bodies have become in the modern day, distrusts the idea, to the point where the two end up leading opposing factions of the team.
- Phlebotinum Dependence: He needs to keep his electromagnet powered by palladium on so that shrapnel in his chest won't migrate to his heart. In Iron Man 2, he creates a new element to replace the palladium, and at the end of Iron Man 3 he has the pieces of shrapnel removed so that he no longer needs the arc reactor to survive.
- Playboy Has a Daughter: Has a daughter Morgan with Pepper Potts after the five-year Time Skip in Endgame. She, along with his quiet house by a lakeside, contrast with his former life of philandering in his isolated bachelor pad.
- Playful Hacker: Among other things, he enjoys hacking other people's sound systems to play appropriate music for his dramatic entrances. In 2 he gleefully hacks a live senate broadcast and several military satellites just to prove a point. He reminisces cracking the Pentagon security net in high school on a dare, in Age of Ultron.
- Poor Communication Kills:
- Tony's not very good at talking to other people about his problems, which leaves everyone around him confused and irritated by his strange behavior while he does things like build a suit of Powered Armor in his basement or slowly die of palladium poisoning. Pepper spends most of 2 assuming Tony's just on a massive ego-trip driven by his new status as a hero, and when Tony does try to tell her his inability to articulate his thoughts means he completely blows it. Twice. However, by the time of the third film he's getting much better, coming right out and telling Pepper that he's got problems when they start to affect her directly. He's also open to Harley about anxiety attacks.
- He's back at it twice in Age of Ultron, the first time played straight after Scarlet Witch uses a vision of Earth being destroyed and the Avengers dying because Tony didn't do enough to save them to drive him to self-destructive isolation and a rabid need to do something, anything to protect the world.
- Spider-Man: Homecoming: The damage to the ferry would be prevented if Tony called Peter earlier to tell that he received the warning about the weapons deal and tipped off the FBI, if Peter didn't hang up on Tony, or if Peter hadn't removed the suit's tracker so Tony would know where Peter was heading. FBI agents also would be better prepared to tangle with Toomes and his men, if Tony had done a better job at listening to Peter to know what they were facing.
- Spider-Man: Far From Home: Tony leaves E.D.I.T.H. to Peter with a rather short and cryptic note. Peter would never have given it to someone else if Tony had written a more explicit message to prevent Peter from misinterpreting his intent.
- The Pornomancer: He's the page image for a reason (12 for 13 on a yearly cover model list) but he stops becoming this by the time he's in a committed relationship with Pepper Potts.
- Posthumous Character: In Far From Home, Tony is dead but his legacy still weights on many of the characters. Left without a superhero like Iron Man, many people place their expectations on Spider-Man who is reluctant to become a successor of such an icon, while Quentin Beck is revealed to be a former employee of Stark Industries with a grudge on Tony. Tony has also left Peter his glasses, which contain an advanced AI giving Peter control over a swarm of killer drones.
- Post-Victory Collapse: In The Avengers after helping save New York from an alien invasion and a tactical nuke, he is found lying on the street, nearly comatose. After he regains consciousness, he doesn't have any particular desire to sit up again right away:Tony: All right. Hey. All right. Good job, guys. Let's just not come in tomorrow. Let's just take a day. Have you ever tried shawarma? There's a shawarma joint about two blocks from here. I don't know what it is, but I wanna try it.
- Primal Fear: As revealed in Age of Ultron while he is under Wanda's spell, Tony's greatest fear is being a sole survivor. Becoming an Avenger gave Tony his first real friends in a long time. He would sacrifice himself for the greater good without a second thought but is deeply afraid of losing them. When Thanos uses the Infinity Gauntlet in Infinity War, Tony helplessly watches the new teammates he has, including the boy who saw him as a father disintegrate one by one until only Nebula — whom he barely knows — is left. He is completely broken.
- Primary-Color Champion: His main Iron Man suit is one with both red and yellow colored armor.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: The climax of the Final Battle in Endgame has him uttering his Catchphrase prior to finger-snapping away the time-displaced Thanos and his entire army.
- Properly Paranoid: He's possibly the only person on the planet who believes that the Chitauri and their mysterious master will return one day, and kick the Avengers' asses. He's not wrong.Tony: A hostile alien army came charging through a hole in space — we're standing 300 feet below it. We're the Avengers. We can bust arms dealers all the livelong day, but that up there? That's the endgame. How were you guys planning on beating that?
- The Protagonist: Of his own series of films, but one of two main contenders for this for the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole, the other being Captain America. His film was the one that kick-started the MCU, and he continues to have a major role and Character Development through The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War and Spider-Man: Homecoming as well as cameos and mentions in the others. Even when he's not personally present, his family's influence is felt through the different films (i.e. Howard Stark in The First Avenger, the Insight Repulsors or Hank Pym hating Howard Stark), and finally on top of all that in the end he's the one who ultimately kills Thanos.
- Pungeon Master: He doesn't force the puns, but he never shies away from an opportunity for innuendo. For example, Iron Man 3 he claims his autobiography could be titled A Cheap Trick and a Cheesy One-Liner.James Rhodes: Think I can't hold my own?
Tony Stark: We get through this, I'll hold your own.
James Rhodes: You had to make it weird.
- Rage-Breaking Point: After being on edge for most of Civil War, Tony finally snaps when he finds out that Bucky killed his parents. But what really makes him go full ballistic is when he finds out that Steve knew and deliberately kept Tony in the dark about it.
- Really Gets Around: There's Maya Hansen, Christine Everhart, and Pepper, plus the offscreen twelve models, that we know of... Thankfully, he cools it down a lot after the first film and even more after joining the Avengers. He's in a committed relationship with Pepper, after all.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
- Tony gives one to Loki in The Avengers, telling him that there's no way there's any scenario that ends with him victorious, because he pissed off a bunch of people who'll fight until the end to beat him.
- Tony gives one of these to Maya in Iron Man 3, calling her out on compromising her moral integrity for progress.
- Tony gives a big one to Steve in Avengers: Endgame while still recovering from his near-death experience in space. He rips his IV drip out after yelling at Steve about how his naïve attitude in Age of Ultron and Civil War led to Earth being unprepared for Thanos' invasion. He rages at Steve for holding him back and not being present for the fight on Titan, all before passing out.
- Red Is Heroic: Red is his signature color because he specifically included "hotrod red" into the Mark 3 armor which is the one he uses to start his superhero career.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni:
- The Red Oni To Steve Rogers' Blue Oni. Boy, does it show between these two. Heck, the colors of their suits can be a good literal/visual example of this. He's also the Red Oni to Doctor Strange's Blue Oni. For the two of them, it is science vs. magic.
- Tony plays the role of Blue Oni to Peter Quill's Red Oni on Titan, trying to browbeat him into a plan and to take Thanos seriously. It's implied that Tony's greater experience has matured him, experience that Quill lacks.
- Refreshingly Normal Life-Choice: In Endgame, Tony finally settled down with Pepper and had a child in the 5-year interim after The Blip, but after discovering Scott Lang's quantum time travel, figures out a way to bring everyone back and has to see it through. He dies defeating Thanos, but ensured his family (including Peter Parker) would be safe in the process.
- Related in the Adaptation: Inverted. After the movies were released, the Tony of the comics was retconned to be Howard Stark's adoptive son, though they're still related in the Ultimate universe.
- Relationship Upgrade:
- To Official Couple with Pepper as of the end of Iron Man 2. Broke up with each other sometime between Iron Man 3 and Civil War, due to Tony breaking his promise to retire as Iron Man, but are back together by the events of Spider-Man: Homecoming and are engaged with wedding plans during Infinity War.
- They have another Relationship Upgrade at the end of Homecoming. When Peter backs out of the press conference they had planned at the last minute, Pepper pressures Tony as to what they are going to tell the 50 reporters they had gathered in the next room, to which Tony and Happy produce an engagement ring they had been carrying since 2008. Come the beginning of Infinity War, Tony and Pepper are discussing having children.
- Following up on the above, Endgame features the ultimate example of this. By 2023, five years after Infinity War, Tony and Pepper have not only gotten married but are also raising an adorable four-year old little girl named Morgan.
- Relative Button: Tony has two main ones:
- Anything involving his parents, but especially Howard. This is mostly due to his troubled childhood and his parents' untimely deaths.
- Losing the people he loves is another. Tony cares deeply for his friends and family and fears their death above all else. Threatening or hurting the people he cares about is a great way for him to lose all reason and rationality.
- Renaissance Man: So much so that his nickname to much of the world is "The Da Vinci of Our Time". Not only is Tony an accomplished Omnidisciplinary Scientist with breakthroughs in engineering, physics, chemistry, neuroscience, computer science, and genetics, but he's also business savvy, politically apt, multi-lingual, and a competent tactician.
- Retired Badass:
- By the end of Iron Man 3, Tony decides that being with Pepper is more important than being Iron Man, going so far as to blow up his entire arsenal of armored suits.
- In Age of Ultron, Tony leaves the Avengers at the end, deciding that he's done enough damage.
- In Endgame, Tony fully retires for 5 years and gets to build a family with Pepper. Now living in a more humble house by a lake and having a daughter he adores in Morgan, Tony is actually reluctant to accept the Avengers' call for his help.
- Retirony: In Endgame, a retired Tony is the one who is most adamant that they only bring back those killed by Thanos' snap and change nothing else, having gained a family in the intervening years that he doesn't want to lose and fully wishing to go back into retirement with them afterwards. He ends up making a Heroic Sacrifice to save the universe.
- Revenge Before Reason: During the climax of Captain America: Civil War, Tony lets Zemo escape after the latter reveals that Bucky was responsible for killing Tony's parents. Despite knowing that Zemo was the manipulator of all the events in the film, Tony instead focuses on trying to kill Bucky. Additionally, he knew that Bucky was brainwashed while under HYDRA and wasn't in control of his actions.
- Revenge by Proxy: It's stated by the Russos that his real motive in trying to kill Bucky in Civil War was not to get revenge on him for killing his parents, but rather that he was hoping to kill Bucky to get revenge on Steve, since he defended Bucky and withheld the true cause of his parents' death from him.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Is uncharacteristically quiet when pursuing Bucky at the end of Civil War, and refuses to quit his hunt even as his armor's functions are reduced one by one. It takes Steve needing to shut down his armor completely to have him halt.
- Robo Family: Tony builds a number of AIs that join the "family business" so to speak, composed of the robotic arms DUM-E and U (seriously, those are their names), J.A.R.V.I.S., F.R.I.D.A.Y., and partially (as in, partial credit for creation), the Vision. Age of Ultron plays out like a teenager rebelling against his father and Tony even jokes that Ultron is "breaking your old man's heart". Note that Ultron implicitly accepts that analogy.
- Robot Master: Tony was always an engineering whiz in the comics, but this version makes him a genius at the programming side as well.
- Rude Hero, Nice Sidekick: Has this dynamic with Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Avengers: Infinity War. While Tony is snarky and blunt towards the other heroes they need to team up with, Peter's a lot more approachable and easygoing with them.
- Running Gag:
- Does not like being handed things. Works literally and as a Stealth Pun about his character, as well: his father's success could have left him phenomenally rich and spoiled, but he nevertheless proved himself to be a prodigy and went on to earn a rightful place among the greatest minds of the planet.
- He's technically not an Avenger. He's a consultant.
- Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: Stark may be smart enough to build the world's first functioning suit of Powered Armor, but he's simultaneously too dumb to know his own social security number and too dense to buy remotely acceptable Christmas presents for his own girlfriend (as another example, when trying to apologize to her he brought her strawberries, which she was deathly allergic to, and attempted to atone for this gaffe by noting that at least he remembered strawberries were 'important' in some way). In general, the films play up his total lack of normal human skills a lot more than the comics do, where he's brilliant but just an asshole.
- Sad Clown: At the end of Avengers, he laughs off his near death experience and starts babbling about the Kiss of Life and shawarma. By 3, the adrenaline's worn off and he's suffering from PTSD due to the events of Avengers. By the time that Civil War has rolled around a combination of his guilt over Ultron's actions the pressures of trying to keep the Avengers together from the Sokovia Accords, his Offscreen Breakup with Pepper, and the Trauma Conga Line he suffers throughout said movie leave Tony a shell of his former self who barely jokes or snarks at all.
- The Scapegoat:
- In the case of Iron Man 2, Vanko blames Tony for the actions of his father Howard Stark for the impoverishment and downfall of himself and his father. Howard Stark saw to deport Ivan's dad when the latter sought to use the Arc Reactor technology for weapons. Likewise, Aldrich Killian in Iron Man 3 chose to use AIM to weaponize and exploit veterans on his own, all to get back at Tony for insulting him at a party.
- Mysterio blames Stark for firing him for being unstable and accuses him of stealing credit, while Beck's attitude makes it completely clear Stark was justified in firing him.
- Science Hero: He makes powered armor and then he kicks evil ass wearing it. It's particularly prevalent in Iron Man 3, where even without his suit he can hold his own using improvised weapons he made from materials brought from a hardware store.
- Secretly Dying: In Iron Man 2, he realizes that the Arc Reactor in his chest, which was supposed to keep him alive, is slowly poisoning him. He prepares for his death by handing control of his company to Pepper, and undergoes a public, alcohol-fueled breakdown.
- Seen It All: By Infinity War, he just takes crazy things in stride. He is more surprised by seeing Banner again than he is by Doctor Strange's sudden introduction via a magic portal. He also doesn't bother questioning how he's meeting another human being from Earth on a distant planet, accompanied by a blue alien and a yellow-ish alien with antennae.
- Shadow Archetype: All three of the major Avengers villains serve as Foils to Tony. ... as is one hero.
- Loki has the worst of Tony's Drama Queen and Attention Whore tendencies. He also has Daddy Issues with Odin like Tony has with Howard. Lampshaded by Tony himself in a hilarious "Not So Different" Remark.
- Ultron is directly this due to being Tony's creation based on his own personality. He has Tony's snark (he occasionally steals Tony's lines), narcissism and drama queen tendencies as well has his affinity for machines and science. However, instead of channeling his ego and brilliance into being a superhero like Tony does, Ultron becomes a genocidal maniac. Also lampshaded by various characters.
- By Avengers: Endgame, Tony has become a foil to Thanos. Both are great men of power, wealth, intellect and scientific-mastery driven by ironclad ideals and haunted by obsessions and self-perceived obligations to a greater purpose which they are willing to give their lives to accomplish. Both were fathers to daughters and adopted children whom they loved dearly, and both walked down the path of tyranny in the name of defending the safety of their perceived reality. To emphasize the point, their leitmotifs are the same melody, only Thanos' "Porch" is played in a Minor key, and Tony's "The Real Hero" is played in a Major key.
- Steve and Tony serve as major foils to one another. Tony starts as an arrogant loner The Ace, Steve starts as a desperate joiner loser. Tony's journey is a response to his guilt over not being able to save everyone by himself and his desire to join and build organizations so he can offload his responsibility. Steve's journey is to respond to disappointment and betrayal by trying to take apart organizations and build up individuals so that no organization can usurp power in his name.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: When he's not in his armor or his lab, Tony can almost always be found in a top-of-the-line suit and tie. Justified as a businessman, social worker and public figure, he has to maintain appearances. It's lampshaded by Thaddeus Ross in The Consultant:Ross: Stark. You always wear such nice suits.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: His near-death experience at the end of The Avengers has caused him nightmares, anxiety attacks, and a case of PTSD in Iron Man 3. Wanda playing to his fears of this event and what hinged on it is what sets in motion the events of Age of Ultron. Peter Parker's death in Infinity War pushes him over the edge and he is an emotional wreck when he returns to Earth.
- Shipper on Deck: After his Relationship Upgrade with Pepper he apparently wants to see everyone else happily paired off as well; in The Avengers, when he offers Agent Coulson the use of his private jet to go and visit his girlfriend, who's just moved to a new city. "You gotta keep the love alive."
- Signature Move: The double palm repulsor blast, followed by the arm missile.
- Sink or Swim Fatherhood: Tony unexpectedly becomes a Parental Substitute to Peter after Civil War, forcing him to learn how to parent on the fly. It doesn't work out so much at first, but after a few near-disasters and an attempted heist, Tony and Peter share a close bond and a working relationship by the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming and throughout Avengers: Infinity War.
- Sink or Swim Mentor: His "mentoring" of Spider-Man consists of just giving Peter a high tech suit and letting him patrol the streets of New York with no supervision or training. The only regular contact between them is Peter sending Happy reports of his activities which are then given to Tony and the only times Tony ever personally gets involved are to chew Peter out and punish him when he screws up, or save his bacon. He did try and turn it into something constructive, but circumstances interrupted him.
- Sins of Our Fathers:
- In Iron Man 2, Vanko (A.K.A. Whiplash) was Howard's fault, not Tony's, but Tony was the one who had to deal with him.
- In Ant-Man, Hank Pym outright refuses to call the Avengers for aid on the grounds that he'd spent too long trying to keep the Pym particle from Howard to just hand it over to Tony despite there having been no indication that Tony and Pym have ever met or that Tony even knows Hank exists. Hank seems to have gotten over this after Tony's Heroic Sacrifice, considering he attended his funeral.
- Unfortunately, he ultimately becomes the "father" in this trend. Spider-Man's first two Big Bads, The Vulture and Mysterio, start their respective evil plans because of Tony's actions; the former lost a substantial salvage contract because of Damage Control and the latter was offended that Tony named his illusion technology "B.A.R.F." and fired him for being "unstable".
- Sitting on the Roof: He often ends up on the roofs, enjoying the view, fighting enemies or making out with Pepper (which earns him a "Get a roof" comment from Rhodey). Thus in Iron Man 2, he is chilling out on the rooftop sign:Nick Fury: Sir, I'm gonna have to ask you to exit the donut.
- Skewed Priorities: Played for laughs quite often. He waves off Pepper's request that Happy Hogan drive Tony to the hospital after his captivity in Iron Man despite Tony's injuries. Instead he wants to hold an admittedly serious press conference — but only after he gets a cheeseburger.
- The Smart Guy: Zig-zagged, as he shares this role with Bruce Banner the majority of the time. While Tony is the world's premier mechanic and engineer, Bruce specializes more in biology and radiation, with both possessing a general knowledge of each other's fields. In The Avengers the two finally meet and hold an intelligent, scientific conversation with each other, cracking physics jokes and the like.
- Smart People Build Robots: He's created the world's most advanced A.I., J.A.R.V.I.S, and at least one other robot — DUM—E — who makes up in loyalty and charm what it may lack in sophistication. All of Tony's bots have personality.
- The Snack Is More Interesting: He is often seen eating, be it a burger just before a press-conference or pizza during a heated conversation with Obadiah in Iron Man; donuts before talking to Nick Fury or strawberries after an unsuccessful attempt to explain himself to Pepper in Iron Man 2; or dried blueberries while arguing with Captain America in The Avengers. It has become such a defining trait of the character that they used it in the teaser for Captain America: Civil War, where Robert Downey Jr. is quarreling with Chris Evans over a donut.
- The Social Expert: As expected of someone who is constantly in the spotlight, Tony is very good at analyzing people and social situations. In his establishing character moment, he effortlessly deduces the motivations and history of a reporter and uses it to charm her. As a hero, Tony uses that skill to deduce a villain's motivations and to play to crowds of people as well as help lead the Avengers. In a more negative take, Tony often makes hurtful verbal digs because he can understand someone enough get under their skin.
- Something Person: Iron + Man.
- So Proud of You: Tony has a moment of this toward Peter at the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming, after Peter catches the guy selling and distributing alien weapons. He has his arm around his shoulder and everything, and even offers Peter a new suit and a place on the Avengers.
- Stating the Simple Solution: In Avengers: Infinity War, in response learning about Thanos' going after the Infinity Stones and needs all six for the Snap, he immediately suggests to the Sorcerers to put the Time Stone "down the garbage disposal". The latter refuse as protecting it was their job and actually destroying it might not even be possible as unlike the Mind Stone with Wanda, there are no known individuals that are directly powered by the Time Stone for a similar case to happen.
- Super Intelligence: True to his comic book original, Tony is one of the rare examples of this trope that was born with this ability, rather than receiving it later on from an outside source. Along with Shuri, Bruce Banner, and a handful of other geniuses, he's the smartest human on the planet.
- Symbolic Glass House: "Genius billionaire playboy philanthropist" Tony owns a sleek, modern clifftop mansion with panoramic views of the ocean below. It is generally a show of luxury, with a bit of 'isolation' in the second film, where he pushes his friends away while Secretly Dying of palladium poisoning and 'exposure' in the third, where the house is the target of a missile strike carried out by gunships disguised as news helicopters.
- Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: In Captain America: Civil War, Tony is committed to fulfilling his role in the pro-Accords side due to his guilt over the collateral damage caused by all of the Avengers' fights; however, he still cares about his friends and wants the Avengers to sign the Accords in order to protect them. He starts to swing into Inspector Javert mode during the second half of the movie as he refuses to listen to Steve about the possibility that Bucky may be telling the truth about Zemo trying to unleash a group of Super Soldiers and assumes that Steve is delusional, going to more extreme lengths to end the conflict, which isn't really helped by the fact that he has an extremely small deadline to bring Steve and Bucky in before the authorities take over completely. He eventually becomes a full on antagonist (though a sympathetic one) when he finds out Bucky killed his parents and snaps (due to the circumstances in which he finds out), and attacks Bucky.
- Tainted Veins: In Iron Man 2, he suffers from palladium poisoning from the arc reactor, and the veins on his chest around it turn dark and visible.
- Taught by Experience: He is constantly learning by trial-and-error and improving his suits by correcting old flaws:
- Iron Man: He faces the "icing problem" early on during a test flight and nearly plummets to his death. He has solved the problem by the end of film, which gives him the edge over the Big Bad.
- The Avengers: After the electrical discharges from Whiplash's weapons disabled his suit in Iron Man 2, Tony has upgraded his suit further to absorb excess electrical energy, which he can then channel into his repulsors. He uses this feature against Thor. It also stays to his latest suits, when he and Thor weaponize it against Thanos with an even powerful set of lasers. He also had to deal with a running dogfight midair, something he couldn't counter due to relying on all four of his repulsors to fly, leading to the addition of a "jetpack" system from the next suit onward that let him shoot down enemies midair without slowing to a near stop.
- A malfunctioning parachute was a major aspect of his own escape from the F-22 Raptors in Iron Man,. In Spider-Man: Homecoming, we learn Tony has included a parachute and wingsuit in the Spider-Man suit he designed. Tony found himself exposed in the snow in IM 3, and the Spidey suit also includes a heater that can quickly dry Peter out.
- Avengers: Endgame: He trades his nanotech-shields for Hard Light ones in the Mark 85, so it consumes less nanomachines than Mark 50, because he kept running out during his fight with Thanos. It also presumably allows him to strengthen the shield just by pumping more power in, and gives him more visibility.
- The Team Benefactor: He becomes this for the Avengers; Steve is the leader, while he provides the expensive tech and a skyscraper headquarters.Maria Hill: All set up, boss.
Tony Stark: Actually, [Steve]'s the boss. I just pay for everything and design everything and... make everyone look cooler.
- Team Dad:
- Chris Hemsworth (Thor) describes him as "the godfather of the Avengers" because of how closely he works with S.H.I.E.L.D. to get the team together, as seen in The Stinger of The Incredible Hulk. This would explain why Tony always clashes with The Leader Captain America over how to "raise the kids," so to speak.
- He plays this role during the Battle On Titan by bringing everyone together, playing peacemaker and coming up with the plan to take on Thanos (which Quill then modifies). At times, he seems like an exasperated parent dealing with unruly teenagers.
- Team Prima Donna: In The Avengers, he is insufferably smug and bossy. Tony does, however, turn the stereotype on its side by being by far the most welcoming and friendly person out of everyone else toward Bruce Banner, the team's Naïve Newcomer.
- Technological Pacifist:
- Tony gradually becomes one through the first movie and is firmly seated in this trope by the end of it. He really does not want the government or military to get a hold of his technology by Iron Man 2, specifically because he believes far more lives will be saved if his suits are never mass-manufactured or used in wars.
- This continues in Avengers, where he is livid that S.H.I.E.L.D. wants to create weapons based on the Tesseract, and in Iron Man 3, where Pepper's reasoning for turning down Killian is that Tony would not approve of how easily the technology could be weaponized.
- Teen Genius: A former one, in addition to Child Prodigy. He cracked the Pentagon's firewall on a dare when he was seventeen and graduated top of his class from MIT with a prize-winning invention at the same age.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Tony doesn't like Steve, at all, but there's nothing like a battle to forge a friendship. Black Widow even calls them out on their Ho Yay in Age of Ultron, and in Avengers: Infinity War, he gets past his initial irritation with both Dr. Strange and the Guardians of the Galaxy in order to fight side-by-side with them against Thanos.
- Three-Point Landing: He is often depicted in his suit in this pose in promotional art, and he actually performs such landing in Iron Man 2 (on the Stark Expo main stage), The Avengers (when he makes an appearance in Germany to capture Loki), Iron Man 3 (multiple times), Age of Ultron (during the assault on Hydra's Sokovia base) and Infinity War (during the fight with Thanos).
- Throwing Out the Script: At the end of Iron Man, Tony and S.H.I.E.L.D. come up with a cover story that Tony is supposed to give at the press conference. After a few questions from a skeptical press, Tony decides to just tell the truth: "I am Iron Man."
- Title Drop: For what would eventually be the final Avengers movie, back in Age of Ultron.Stark: We're the Avengers. We can bust arms dealers all the livelong day, but that up there... that's the endgame.
- Took a Level in Badass:
- Between The Avengers and Iron Man 3 Tony has taken Captain America's question about what he is without his armor seriously, since he can now handle himself in a fight without the armor and pulls off a successful infiltration of the Mandarin's mansion through MacGyver'ed gadgets made out of things he found at a home supply store. Although he may have gotten a start on this in Iron Man 2, where he's at least dabbling in some informal martial-arts training with his head of security. By Captain America: Civil War, he's able to briefly hold his own against the Winter Soldier without a suit.
- The armor showcased in Infinity War is the culmination of the technological prowess and tactical skills Tony honed throughout his entire superhero career. Taking notes from the Black Panther, it utilizes nanomachines that form the suit around him with the press of a button on the arc reactor on his chest, making it incredibly convenient to have around compared to his previous armors. It can also create virtually any weapon Tony can think of for him to utilize, boost his flying speeds in a pinch, and allow him to survive in the vacuum of space.
- Speaking of Infinity War, Tony's absolute determination to keep fighting and his ten years of experience as Iron Man make him the only hero in the entire film, besides Thor, capable of going toe-to-toe with Thanos and wounding him, despite his vastly inferior strength.
- Took a Level in Kindness: After his experience in Afghanistan, he realizes how important he is to the rest of the world. It should be noted that as a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, he's still obnoxious.
- Too Much Alike:
- Seems to be one of the (many) reasons he and Howard never got along.
- He and Stephen Strange share a strong mutual dislike of the other, primarily because they're both Insufferable Genius Deadpan Snarkers who are evenly matched in both capacities. Not helping is that Strange doesn't work for Tony, so there's not much incentive for him to be on Tony's good side, since Tony can't do anything if he doesn't.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Tony was noted to have a liking towards cheeseburgers and it was the first thing he wanted after he escaped captivity.
- Tragic Hero: Tony definitely has shades of this. While all of what he does is born of a genuine desire to do the right thing (and fulfill his promise to Yinsen not to waste his life), his hubris and his impulsive nature causes him to act quickly and make decisions that make things worse. And he is often the one to suffer the consequences of it. Endgame has him being the one whom Doctor Strange foresaw as making the Heroic Sacrifice to save the universe, which Tony silently comes to terms with before he does it, knowing he will never have the chance to live out his years in peace with his wife and daughter. He truly fulfilled his promise to Yinsen in the end.
- Tragic Keepsake: Despite his attempts to retire and move past the events of the Snap, he has a photo of himself and Peter Parker at his home. His funeral shows that he still has the arc reactor that he and Yinsen built in Afghanistan.
- Tranquil Fury:
- His default response when he gets angry. He doesn't shout, nor does he scream, instead keeping a calm demeanor while tripling the effort to take the target of his ire down or failing that, explosively remove his opponent's face.
- This is averted in Iron Man 3, when he unexpectedly starts screaming at Trevor to tell him where the Mandarin is while pointing a gun at him.
- In Civil War once Tony sees the video of Bucky murdering his parents as the Winter Soldier and hears Steve admit that he knew about it, he drops his usual snark routine and becomes single-minded in his desire to see Bucky dead.Tony: Don't bullshit me, Rogers, did you know?
- In Spider-Man: Homecoming, after Peter goes and gets involved with stopping Vulture – the exact opposite of what Tony told Peter to do – and the attempt culminates in a ferry almost sinking, Tony later takes Peter aside and the audience then gets to see him at his scariest; he doesn't raise his voice or change his expression, but you can feel the wave of blistering fury that comes from the suit when it opens to reveal he's inside.
- His final confrontation with 2014 Thanos is silent fury at his opponent deciding to exterminate all life in the universe for his own version, and doesn't raise his voice above speaking levels while snapping him and his army out.
- Trauma Conga Line: Boy, does he go through a lot in each film he appears in starting from Phase 2. He suffers from PTSD, nearly watches the love of his life die, has his creation attempt to destroy the world, briefly breaks up with said love, almost loses his best friend, is betrayed by one of his teammates and gets beaten up by him and his parents' murderer, left as one of the few operating Avengers after the team disbands, and personally fails to stop half the universe from being killed, resulting in his protégé, who he had come to see as a son, fading to dust in his arms.
- Trickster Mentor: To Bruce Banner in The Avengers. He pokes him with a cattle-prod to test how he'd react, then comments that Bruce is wrong to deny the part of him that is the Hulk, noting that the amount of gamma radiation exposure he endured would have killed anyone else. Much like Yinsen stopping the shrapnel from reaching his own heart, he believes that Bruce was kept alive for a reason.
- Troll: Along with his status as The Gadfly:
- Iron Man: Tony sardonically talks down to Christine Everheart after she tried to demonize him to the public. It is also a Running Gag for Rhodey to scold Tony for being irresponsible, only for Tony to find some new way to defy him just for kicks.
- Iron Man 2:
- At the Senate hearing, he calls Senator Stern "dear", turns everything he says into a double entendre, and ignores him for several minutes at a time. It gets Stern so upset that he launches a Precision F-Strike at Tony.... only for Tony to blow kisses to him on his way out.
- At the same hearing, Tony delivers a Stealth Insult as Justin Hammer was first entering the courtroom and makes a huge deal of Justin being on-screen when Tony hacks into the Senate's video recordings to magnify everyone else's attempts at the Iron Man suit. Tony also announces that Iran, North Korea, and Hammer Industries are five, ten, and twenty years away from success, respectively.
- Tony interrupts Nick Fury to ask whether he should focus on Fury's eye or eyepatch, refers to the Avengers Initiative as Fury's "super-secret boy band", and, after Fury finishes explaining the role of business consultant to Tony, Tony shakes his hand like he's accepting... and then promptly tells Fury with a smile on his face that S.H.I.E.L.D. can't afford him.
- The Avengers: Tony purposefully avoids Phil Coulson in his first few minutes on-screen. Fast forward to his fight with Thor, and he's making fun of Thor's accent, clothes, hammer, and overall foreign presence. He is also constantly mouthing off or talking down to Steve Rogers, pokes Bruce Banner with an electric cattle prod in order to evoke the Hulk, and doesn't mind messing with Loki:
- Loki: [after the scepter fails] ... This usually works.
Tony: [in an understanding tone] Well, performance issues. It's not uncommon. One out of five —
[Loki grabs him by the throat and throws him out the window]
- Iron Man 3: Tony calls Extremis-enhanced super soldier Brandt "Hot Wings", tells her he'd dated "hotter" girls than her, and has this exchange with her:Brandt: Is that all you got? A cheap trick and a cheesy one-liner?
Tony: Sweetheart, that could be the title of my autobiography.
- Avengers: Age of Ultron: Tony refers to himself as Ultron's "Old Man", calls Ultron "Junior" and tells him how disappointed he is in him.
- Captain America: Civil War: After Thaddeus Ross threatens him with detainment, Tony tells Ross that he's welcome to call him, and that Tony would put him on hold because "he likes to watch the line blink." At the end of the movie, Tony does just that, much to Ross' chagrin.
- Avengers: Infinity War: Tony engages in this and Snark-to-Snark Combat at every opportunity with Dr. Strange. He also has nicknames for most of the Guardians in under a minute.
- Two-Faced: After using the Infinity Stones to kill Thanos, getting mortally wounded in the process, the right side of his face gets horrifically burned, spreading all the way down the right side of his body and even burns off his right ear.
- Ultimate Blacksmith: He personally designed and makes his own armour. Even decades after he made his first, no other person on Earth has even come close to replicating it. In Endgame, he even manages to make a fully functional Infinity Gauntlet. It works and holds up to handling the power of the Stones just as well as the one made by Asgard's personal smiths.
- Uncle Pennybags: We're looking at the guy who gave $100 to a guy for a small box of strawberries in 2, and told the aforementioned strawberry salesman to keep the change. Not to mention funding the projects of ALL the students in attendance at his MIT demonstration.
- Underestimating Badassery: He is focused on major cosmic threats such as the Chitauri and Thanos, but keeps underestimating local threats and dismissing ordinary criminals as "below the pay-grade," both his own and that of the Avengers as a team:
- In Iron Man 2, he argues that he had privatized world peace and believes he was untouchable with no one able to match his technology or trigger a real arms race. Ivan Vanko arrives and proves him wrong, and backed by Hammer does manage to field a force that rivals his.
- In Iron Man 3, he goads the Mandarin to attack his house and gives him his address on live TV, believing that Mandarin won't be able to touch him. He ends up with his house destroyed, a fugitive on the run, captured by Killian, the real Mandarin, and in the end is nearly killed by him.
- In Avengers: Age of Ultron and Civil War, Ultron, Crossbones, and later Zemo prove him wrong. Collectively they undo the gains made by the Avengers, eroding their goodwill, internally dividing them, and handicapping them before they face Thanos.
- In Spider-Man Homecoming he underestimates the Vulture, believing that feds can handle a guy who has operated Beneath Suspicion for four years evading both the Avengers and law enforcement, and whose technology easily outplays and overmatches the FBI in their only confrontation.
- The Unfavorite: Tony felt this way next to Steve Rogers despite not even being related to him. Howard would always talk about what a hero Cap was to Tony as the latter was growing up, to the point where Tony started both resenting Cap, whom he had never met, and feeling like he was this next to someone who had been presumed dead for decades.
- Tony: (To Steve) Oh, really? You two knew each other? He never mentioned that. Maybe only a thousand times. God, I hated you.
- Unknown Rival:
- Retired Ant-Man Hank Pym resents him because his father tried to replicate his Pym Particle and passed this distrust onto his protege Scott Lang, who tells Tony in Civil War that Hank always said you can never trust a Stark. Tony doesn't seem to know who Hank is and definitely doesn't know who Scott is, so he can only respond to this with a genuinely confused, "Who are you?"
- In Homecoming Adrian Toomes practically considers Tony his Arch-Enemy, both for the fact his government-backed organisation Damage Control took over the lucrative clean-up operation he had heavily invested in, and more generally because he believes the likes of Tony don't care too much about the little people like him. Tony never even heard about Toomes until Spider-Man reported his existence to him, and even then he doesn't consider him enough of a threat to get the Avengers involved.
- Unskilled, but Strong: While Tony has developed fighting skills over the years, there are still a number of other superheroes who are far more skilled than him in combat. In Captain America: Civil War, Falcon manages to keep up with him and get the better of him a number of times because he's so much better at flight than him. One of the reasons he has trouble taking down Steve and Bucky in the same film is that they were simply much, much better-trained fighters than him.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: A major running theme of the MCU is the damage caused by Tony's actions. This continues even after he gives up arms manufacturing and becomes Iron Man, which was a deliberate attempt to avoid this. This even carries on posthumously.
- In Iron Man 3, it's revealed that Tony spurning Aldrich Killian and Maya Hansen led to them creating Extremis, causing a severe chain reaction leading to many deaths.
- In a bit of paranoia, Tony uses the Mind Stone to create Ultron, leading to the Killer Robot almost eradicating humanity entirely (though luckily, unlike with Infinity Ultron, they were able to stop him before it came to that).
- Tony backing the Department of Damage Control led to Adrian Toomes' crew being left penniless, driving them to crime until he became the Vulture.
- In Infinity War, it's Tony that demands that he and his group take the fight to Thanos on Titan, hoping to surprise him and get the Gauntlet from him. In the end, this only ensures that Thanos gets the Time Stone from Strange, leading to the deaths of half of the universe and later on his and Natasha's deaths via Heroic Sacrifice.
- Spider-Man: Far From Home reveals that naming B.A.R.F. as such enraged its creator, Quentin Beck, and Tony fired him for being unstable. This slight causes Beck to become Mysterio, later leading to Peter's identity being outed to the world, the spell to reverse said outing being botched, multiversal villains crossing over, and thanks to the Green Goblin, the universe almost collapsing and Peter being Unpersoned to the world.
- Unwitting Pawn: To Dr. Strange. Turns out the only reason Strange bargained for his life because he saw Tony inventing time-travel technology (the key to undo Thanos' damage across the universe), and Tony sacrificing himself being the deciding factor in defeating Thanos. That said, Strange is clearly not happy about it, and his demeanor makes it clear had he any alternate way to spare Tony while saving the universe, he would have done so without hesitation.
- To He Who Remains. The leader of the TVA bargained on the Avengers eventually time-traveling so as to send Loki Variant L1190 to him (which, again, is impossible without Tony), so that he could either retire after literal eons of watching over the Sacred Timeline, or watch it burn by one of his evil Variants. Either way, he doesn't have to stick around to find out.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: One of the tie-in comics features a flashback of a five- or six-year-old Tony tinkering around with a screwdriver and a gaming console. Cue Howard stepping on one of his toys the next room over, cursing loudly about it, then going to Tony to slap the screwdriver and gaming console out of his hands and yell at him for wasting his time with toys. Tony runs off crying and tells the butler Jarvis that he wants to go back to school, even though it's a weekend.
- Viewer-Friendly Interface: Tony Stark's computers all use big, gesture-controlled holograms.
- Villain Killer: He's the most prolific killer of villains in the Infinity Saga. He shares his first Big Bad kill with Rhodey, when they kill Ivan Vanko. On his own, he subsequently kills Eric Savin and Ellen Brandt, minor villain Doctor List, Ebony Maw of the Children of Thanos, and finally alternate timeline Thanos and his entire army.
- Warts and All: In a pep talk to Peter, Happy reminds him that while the world needs the next Iron Man, Tony screwed up a lot. Even Tony himself couldn't live up to ideal of Iron Man, but he did his best. So Peter can as well.
- Weak, but Skilled: Tony is heavily reliant on his suits and is not a trained soldier like Captain America or had enough experience with combat like Thor. Once he's out of the suit, then he's pretty vulnerable. Granted, he does have some martial arts skills but his suits are the primary force.
- Wealthy Philanthropist: He is the rich CEO who once described himself as "a genius, billionaire, playboy philanthropist".
- "Well Done, Son" Guy: Tony's relationship with his father was strained at best, abusive at worst. This extends to his relationship with Captain America, whom Howard Stark talked about a lot, making Cap into the big brother Tony could never hope to live up to.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He is willing to rush narrowly-focused into a plan that might be better done if he discusses it with others. This helps create Ultron and Vision.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- On the receiving end of one from Steve in Civil War. Cap chews Tony out for his "confining" of Wanda to the Avengers compound, calling it internment. He gives one back when he learns the fate of his parents and questions if Steve knew.
- In Spider-Man: Homecoming, he demands the suit he made for Peter Parker back after Peter tries to stop the Vulture on his own and nearly sinks an entire ship as a result.
- The Wonka: CEO of Stark Industries that has rather strange behavior, such as building A.I.s that snark back at him. It's easy to see how Pepper and Rhodes get exasperated with him.
- Worf Had the Flu: In the final fight of Civil War, he's trapped in an enclosed area, limiting the destructive potential of his heavier weapons such as his missiles or lasers and forcing him to rely on his fists and basic repulsors.
- World's Smartest Man: For a long time, it was believed Tony held this status in the MCU. However, Black Panther (2018) sought to debunk this and establish Shuri, the princess of Wakanda, as the true holder of that title.
- Workaholic: If it wasn't for Pepper, JARVIS, and Rhodey, Tony would've starved, blown himself up, or overdosed on caffeine down in his workshop years ago. In Iron Man 3, he spends more and more time in his lab to cope with his PTSD and nightmares. He's apparently completed at least 30 different Iron Man weapons in the space of six months.
- The World Is Just Awesome: In his Video Will, Tony expresses this sentiment, the culmination of his Character Development from the shallow cynical playboy he once was.Tony: God, what a world. Universe now. If you told me ten years ago that we weren't alone, let alone, you know, to this extent, I mean, I wouldn't have been surprised, but come on. Who knew? The epic forces of darkness and light that have come into play...
- Worthy Opponent: To Thanos; the respect is more than earned, due to Tony's bravery, cunning and absolute refusal to surrender. He is one of the only people in the universe to visibly wound Thanos in single-combat.
- Wowing Cthulhu: In conjunction with his Worthy Opponent status. In Avengers: Infinity War, Tony puts up such a phenomenal fight against Thanos that even the Mad Titan can't help but express his respect for him:Thanos: You have my respect, Stark. When I am done, half of humanity will still be alive; I hope they will remember you.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: Avengers: Endgame gives Tony a huge amount of emotional closure after the Trauma Conga Line of previous movies. Pepper survives the Snap which allows him a peaceful retirement with her, contrary to his fears he's an amazing parent to Morgan, he's matured enough to reconcile with Steve Rogers, he brings back Peter, and he finally accepts that his father loved him. With the resolution of his Character Arc, his death was inevitable.
- You Killed My Father: Tony puts aside any rational or political motivations towards the end of Captain America: Civil War once Zemo reveals that a brainwashed Bucky killed Tony's parents in 1991. The only thing Tony wants after that is Bucky's death.
- Young and in Charge: Formerly. At 21 years old, he was the youngest CEO in history to own and run a Fortune 500 company. Turns out it was a good thing for Stark Industries; under Tony's reign, the company's revenue and net worth had never been higher, and currently clocks in at a whopping $20.3 billion and $12.4 billion, respectively.
- Butt-Monkey: He tends to prematurely die in the Multiverse (at least in the realities seen in What If...?). And the one Variant of him who doesn't get prematurely killed some way or another is not chosen by Uatu to fight Infinity Ultron.
- Cosmic Plaything: Almost nothing ever goes right for him here.
- Death by Adaptation: He tends to die much sooner than the main Tony Stark in these timelines.
- Dies Differently in Adaptation: Most of it has him being killed by Hank Pym, Strange Supreme, the Zombie virus, Killmonger, and Infinity Ultron.
- They Killed Kenny Again: Becomes this in the What If…? (2021) series where he is slaughtered in all of his appearances... until its first season finale when a variant of him is shown in a universe in which Gamora killed Thanos and he's alive and well there.
Tony Stark / Iron Man
Affiliation(s): Stark Industries
Voiced By: Mick Wingert
Appearances: What If...?
On Earth-51825, Tony Stark never had the chance to join the Avengers, instead dying inside Randy's Donuts.
- Aborted Arc: He's killed during the events of Iron Man 2, meaning he doesn't invent the new element like in the film which cures him of his sickness.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Yellowjacket enters Tony's body through a syringe and rearranges his organs, causing him to convulse and die immediately afterward.
- Death by Adaptation: He dies 13 years earlier than his Earth-199999 counterpart.
- Dies Differently in Adaptation: Iron Man dies here by a heart attack caused by Yellowjacket. In the Sacred Timeline, he died from the wounds caused by snapping with all six Infinity Stones in his gauntlet.
- Plot-Triggering Death: Downplayed as the real divergence point of the third episode was Hope van Dyne's death that occurred a year before the episode begun, but it's his death and the foul play that comes with it that triggers the murder mystery plot of the episode which eventually uncovers the aforementioned divergence point.
Tony Stark / Iron Man
Species: Human (formerly), Zombified human
Affiliation(s): Stark Industries (formerly), Avengers (formerly)
Voiced By: N/A
Appearances: What If...?
On Earth-89521, Tony Stark became infected by a zombie virus.
- And Then John Was a Zombie: He is turned by a zombie horde and has to be killed by Hope van Dyne.
- Death by Adaptation: He dies five years earlier than the Sacred Timeline Tony.
- Devoured by the Horde: Went down while fighting a massive horde of zombies, with the rest of the Avengers.
- Dies Differently in Adaptation:
- Instead of dying after dusting Thanos' army in Endgame, Tony is infected by the zombie virus, and his zombie is destroyed by getting beheaded during what would have been the first act of Infinity War.
- This is also different from his death in the comics, where he dies because a starving, zombified Hulk stepped on his chest so hard that he crushed it.
- Face–Monster Turn: All traces of Tony's humanity are gone once he's zombified, with his first act being to devour and turn Ebony Maw and Cull Obsidian alongside Zombie Doctor Strange and Wong before mindlessly going after Bruce shortly after.
- Fallen Hero: He was one of Earth's greatest heroes until he got infected by the Quantum Virus and turned into a mindless zombie.
- Forgot About His Powers: While fighting off zombies in the Golden Gate Bridge, Tony didn't think to just fly up and kill the zombies from up there like what Rhodey did with the Outriders in Avengers: Infinity War.
- Face-Revealing Turn: He's first introduced in silhouette alongside Doctor Strange and Wong, beating the crap out of Cull Obsidian and Ebony Maw. The heroic Avengers theme is playing... until the sounds of the fight turn gruesome, the dust settles, and Tony slowly turns around to reveal his decayed, lipless face.
- Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Justified, as the helmet would get in the way of eating people, and his conspicuous lack of a helmet is used to set up a Face-Revealing Turn early on. Unfortunately for Tony, it enables Wasp to easily dispatch him via decapitation. During the last stand of the Avengers, Tony is seen fully helmeted, suggesting that he removed it posthumously.
- "Hey, You!" Haymaker: Delivers a sling-ring assisted repulsor blast to the back of Ebony Maw's head, interrupting his speech.
- It Can Think: Despite being a zombie, Tony can still use his Mark 50 armor (established to be partially controlled through neural uplink) to fly and shoot with repulsors.
- The Noseless: He doesn't have a nose like most other zombies because it either rotted away or was bitten off by another zombie.
- Off with His Head!: Zombie Tony is beheaded by Wasp and drops dead.
- Red Is Violent: He's a ravenous zombie wearing an armor that's primarily red.
- The Undead: He's a flesh-eating zombie.
- Undeathly Pallor: Like the majority of the other zombies, he has an incredibly pale complexion.
- The Voiceless: He doesn't say any lines before becoming a zombie takes away his ability to do so.
Affiliation(s): Stark Industries
Voiced By: Mick Wingert
Appearances: What If...?
The Tony Stark of Earth-32938, who never became Iron Man due to Killmonger saving him from being injured by his own IED in Afghanistan.
- Adaptational Jerkass: As a result of being saved by Killmonger, Tony never learned any lessons he would have had as a prisoner of the Ten Rings. He remains arrogant, alcoholic, and all too eager to build bigger and badder weapons for war as payback. The only redeeming quality he has is still caring for his friends which is why he turns against Killmonger after discovering his new "friend" murdered Rhodes as part of a False Flag Operation. Even then, his idea of justice is to coldly murder Killmonger with his own drone.
- Adaptational Villainy: Without his life-changing experience in Afghanistan, Tony sees no problem to make a deal with Ulysses Klaue for Vibranium. His only concern is that it would be bad publicity for his company if the press gets word of it, but gets around it by using Rhodes as his military representative.
- Adaptational Wimp: As a consequence of never becoming Iron Man in this timeline, Tony is significantly weaker in combat due to having fewer toys to rely on in sticky situations. After his attempt to use one of his drones to kill Erik fails, Tony is easily executed by the man with no other backup to help him.
- Affably Evil: As a result of never becoming Iron Man, he never becomes humbled and instead becomes more amoral than ever. Despite this, he possesses a personable and carefree demeanor.
- The Alcoholic: He drinks a lot throughout the episode, having never had the humbling experiences Sacred Timeline Tony went through to kick some of his vices. Most scenes with Tony show him with a drink or mentioning his drinking. Even when Killmonger mortally wounds him, he drops a glass of whiskey.
- Bonding over Missing Parents: He and Erik bond over losing their fathers at a young age.
- Death by Adaptation: He dies 14 years sooner than his Sacred Timeline counterpart.
- Dies Differently in Adaptation: Rather than heroically sacrificing himself to stop Thanos, Tony Stark is instead killed by Killmonger after he discovers Killmonger's role behind the murder of Rhodes.
- Fatal Flaw: His arrogance and carelessness in how he chose to confront Killmonger backfired quickly.
- For Want of a Nail: The only variant of Tony Stark who doesn't become Iron Man.
- Ignored Epiphany: During the press conference, Tony admits seeing his own weapons being used to kill young American soldiers in Afghanistan. Yet, thanks to Killmonger's timely rescue, Stark ignores any implications that it's his war profiteering ways that led to these deaths, instead doubling down on weapon manufacturing.
- Pinned to the Wall: How Killmonger murders him.
- Revenge Before Reason: Tony seethes with anger when J.A.R.V.I.S. shows him that Killmonger murdered Rhodes. But instead of informing the police about it, Tony instead tries to trap Killmonger in his room and kill him with his drone to achieve "justice". He ends up getting killed and Killmonger is able to wipe out J.A.R.V.I.S.'s memory banks to ensure nobody will know the truth.
- Slave to PR: Tony here has no issue with buying smuggled Vibranium from a well-known black market dealer, except for the possibility of shareholders panicking if they or the press finds out about Stark Industries' illegal activities. Thus, he has Rhodes represent him under the guise of diplomacy.
Tony Stark / Iron Man
Affiliation(s): Stark Industries, Avengers
Voiced By: Mick Wingert
Appearances: What If...?
On Earth-29929, Tony Stark is forced to watch as Ultron succeeds in his plan, dooming not only his world but also his entire universe.
- Death by Adaptation: He dies eight years earlier than his Sacred Timeline counterpart.
- Dies Differently in Adaptation: Rather than heroically sacrificing himself to stop Thanos, Tony Stark is instead killed by Ultron as he activates all the nukes in the world.
- Fatal Flaw: And unlike his Sacred Timeline counterpart, it actually is fatal.
- Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Like in the Sacred Timeline, he created Ultron to avert a potential future where his friends were killed and Earth was ripe for the taking. In this timeline however, Ultron succeeded in his plans and Tony was the last man standing as he watches Ultron enact exactly what he feared would come to pass before getting killed by the android.
- Tragic Hero: Unlike his main universe counterpart, his Fatal Flaw of carelessness winds up killing him and the rest of his universe.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Even more so than his Sacred Timeline counterpart. His version of Ultron not only grows greedy enough to exterminate his world, he went on to destroy his entire universe along with several other universes before being stopped.
- The Worf Effect: He gets killed alongside Thor, Hulk, and Captain America to show how powerful Ultron would have become had he successfully acquired Vision's body.
Tony Stark / Iron Man
Voiced By: Mick Wingert
Appearances: What If...?
A Variant of Tony Stark who is friends with Gamora and helped her defeat Thanos.
- Dead Alternate Counterpart: Inverted, as he is the only version of Tony in What If…? to be alive and well in the Multiverse.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic causing the episode he was supposed to debut in to be delayed into Season 2, he makes a brief appearance in the Season 1 finale in the scene where Uatu recruits his universe's Gamora (who was also supposed to debut in the delayed episode).
- Ignored Aesop: Despite seeing how easily the Infinity Stones can be misused, he nonetheless entertains the idea of using them to protect the universe.
- In Spite of a Nail: Despite clearly living a completely different life to his Sacred Timeline counterpart, he still has the same drive and idea that would lead to the creation of Ultron.
Tony Stark / Iron Man
Affiliation(s): Avengers (formerly)
Portrayed By: N/A
On Earth-838, Tony Stark was able to build a suit of armor around the world with the creation of the Ultron Sentries, allowing the Avengers to disband and live their own lives.
- Alternate Universe Reed Richards Is Awesome: He succeeded where his other counterparts failed by creating a version of Ultron which did what he intended and helped protect the world.
- For Want of a Nail: This Tony's successful execution of the Ultron program allowed the AI to protect Earth from threats without need of the Avengers. As such, it's implied that Tony and the rest of the Avengers outside of Captain Carter retired from superheroics, leading to the formation of the Illuminati.
- The Ghost: He doesn't appear and isn't even mentioned in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, but was confirmed to exist by Word of God.
- Retired Badass: Implied by the producer of Multiverse of Madness, referencing how Tony had intended for Ultron to make it possible for the Avengers to retire. So it's possible that like Wanda, he retired from the Avengers instead of continuing as Iron Man.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Because he succeeded in creating a benevolent Ultron and Thanos was killed during Infinity War, this Tony never had to sacrifice himself to stop the Mad Titan.
- Team Member in the Adaptation: Inverted. He's not a member of the Illuminati in this universe (though he's definitely an ally as he has Ultron and his sentries defend their headquarters) and the Avenger representing the team in this universe instead of him is Peggy Carter, who is a straighter example of this trope as she was never associated with the Illuminati in the comics.
Appearances: Iron Man | Iron Man 2 | Captain America: The First Avengernote | The Avengers | Iron Man 3 | Avengers: Age of Ultron | Captain America: Civil War | Spider-Man: Homecoming | Avengers: Infinity War | Avengers: Endgame | WandaVisionnote | The Falcon and the Winter Soldiernote | Lokinote | What If...?
The various mechanized combat suits used by Tony Stark.
- Achilles' Heel: As powerful as his armor is, it becomes completely useless if something prevents the arc reactor from powering it. Steve and Bucky spend most of their fight against him in Captain America: Civil War trying to disable it, with Steve eventually succeeding by impaling his Vibranium shield into it.
- American Robot: His "Iron Legion" fully turns into that after being redesigned from armor suits to identical robotic drones in Iron Man 3.
- Animated Armor: He or his A.I. can control Mark 42 in Iron Man 3 and Mark 47 in Homecoming remotely.
- Arm Cannon: Several of Iron Man's weapons are mounted on his forearms, such as the Mark III's anti-tank missile and the Mark 6's lasers.
- Awesome, but Impractical: Many of his attempts to create Instant Armor resulted in this:
- Mark 5 is a portable version of armor capable of automatically covering him rather quickly. However, it's also considerably weaker and less protective than his standard suit, and it cannot fly.
- Mark 42 can easily split itself apart and latch onto Tony in select pieces, but this very function makes it easy to break apart.
- Back for the Dead: Marks 1 - 7 are on display in Tony's lab at the beginning of Iron Man 3. They're all blown to bits when the Mandarin sends his men to Tony's home.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: The Mark 23 has a retractable arm blade, which he uses to cut Killian's arm off as does the Mark 50 in Avengers: Infinity War; it's responsible for almost stabbing Thanos.
- Chest Blaster: All models after the second show this capability. It drains more power than the palm blasters, so he mainly uses it as a backup weapon (unless he's blowing stuff up for laughs while hammered), resulting in a Once per Episode pattern:
- Iron Man: In the climactic battle, when Iron Monger lifts a car full of innocent civilians above his head and is about to throw it Tony uses his chest RT to knock his enemy out from under the car, and catch it by the front bumper — when he used it with his Mark 1 reactor it ate about a fifth of his remaining power.
- Iron Man 2: He casually destroys a watermelon with it while drunk.
- The Avengers: After getting supercharged by a lightning bolt from Thor, he uses it in conjunction with a double repulsor attack to blast Thor in retaliation.
- Iron Man 3: It comes back in full glory, when he blows a hole in Savin's chest and caps it off with a Bond One-Liner.
- Avengers: Age of Ultron: In the climax, he uses it in conjunction with a lightning bolt soaked blow from Thor to destroy Ultron's bomb.
- Captain America: Civil War: In the climactic fight, he blows off Bucky's metal arm with it.
- Avengers: Endgame: Tony and Pepper use theirs in tandem during a mid-air Back-to-Back Badasses moment in the Battle of Earth.
- Clothes Make the Superman: Played with. It's only because of his suits that he can play a role in direct combat and rival gods and monsters, but Tony considers his mind to be more important that whatever fancy laser or nanobot system he's packing. Iron Man 3 showed that Tony's Gadgeteer Genius is his greatest weapon, and Spider-Man: Homecoming had him spell it out.Tony Stark: If you're nothing without the suit, then you shouldn't have it.
- Collapsible Helmet: In the first film, his face plate just slides up or down as necessary. By Iron Man 2, not only is the helmet of Mark 5 collapsible, the whole suit is. Even then, the helmet is the last part of the suit to deploy. By Civil War, his Mark 46 armor has a helmet that can fully retract into the suit. In Infinity War, the helmet is made out of nanomachines, and a new one can reform if the first one is torn off, which happens while he is fighting Thanos.
- Divergent Character Evolution: Mark 1 also gave rise to the Iron Monger, and Mark 2 to the War Machine and Whiplash suits.
- Energy Absorption: In The Avengers, his suit absorbs Thor's lightning bolt:Jarvis: Power to 400 percent capacity.
Tony Stark: How about that? [fires a supercharged repulsion blast back at Thor]
- Energy Weapon: Repulsors aside, lasers have been a mainstay of the armor's weapon systems starting from the Mark 6, as a one-off, last-ditch weapon. By the time of Avengers, he's upgraded the mechanisms so he can use it more than once with the Mark VII. Despite its power, Iron Man has mostly used it as a cutting tool rather than a straight weapon.
- Flying Brick: As the initial posterboy of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he's got the classic superhero package of flight, Super Strength, and Super Toughness when wearing most of his armors, letting him brawl on a reasonably level playing field with just about any monster or supervillain he faces as a solo hero or a member of the Avengers.
- Flying Firepower: His armor lets him fly at supersonic speeds and shoot energy blasts (from particle beams to lasers) and missiles. He's often compared to a humanoid fighter jet, and can take on just about anything in an aerial dogfight with a decent chance of victory.
- Heads-Up Display: With the exception of the Mark I, all of Tony's Iron Man suits and it's derivatives feature a HUD.
- Immune to Bullets: His suits are at least immune to rifle fire. However, they have limits. In the first movie, the Mark 3 has its repulsors cut out and gets scuffing and scratches to its millimeters-thick armor from a single shot from an anti-aircraft gun (not a tank, as is commonly believed). Later, the same suit suffers damage from two 20mm cannon shots, and Tony's panic definitely implies that he'd be in critical danger if F-22s landed any more hits. Pepper comments "are those bullet holes?" when seeing him take it off later. In Iron Man 3, four of the suits are blown up by a single hit from an ATGM, launched by one of the Mandarin's helicopters, though it might be because they are inert. The Mark 46 armor in Civil War completely averts this, being vulnerable to Hawkeye's arrows (being the weakest overall physically and in attack power, despite several new fancy features)
- Iconic Item: His Iron Man armor, as much as it can be considering how often he upgrades to a new model.
- Instant Armor: Downplayed, then Played Straight. Because one of the main weaknesses of the armor is that Tony must don it, which is easier said than done due to its bulk and complexity, and that without it, Tony is unable to fight superpowered criminals and aliens, he's constantly tried to make the process of wearing it be as easy and fast as possible.
- Iron Man 2: Tony has created a considerably weaker, portable version of the armor which can automatically assemble around the user's body in a short time.
- The Avengers: Starting from this film, his armors can fly to him and can make and unmake themselves automatically so that he walks in and out of them. Mark 7 required a special set of bracelets to lock onto.
- Iron Man 3: With Mark 42 he tried to push the idea up to individual autonomous limbs that can fly toward him, but the technology was so buggy he scrapped the idea, only using it for the Hulkbuster armor since it was guaranteed the monster would tear off something during the process of being neutralized.
- Infinity War: The Mark 50 armor uses the same nanotechnology as T'challa's Black Panther suit. The suit itself is stored in his arc reactor and spreads over his body with a single touch.
- Jack of All Stats: In terms of superpowered heroes. Tony's suits aren't as strong and durable as Hulk, as fast as Quicksilver or pack the sheer destructive capability of Thor or Captain Marvel. What the suits do have is a dizzying array of weapons and a huge amount of versatility which when combined with Tony's genius and skill allows him to go toe to toe with gods.
- Jet Pack: Starting with his Mark 7 armor in The Avengers, to allow him to use both of his repulsors without having to use one to stay aloft in flight. It falls off into two engines into space at the climax of The Avengers, but he can probably just replace it. From Iron Man 3 onward, the jet pack is just two small slits on the back of his torso.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: Unlike in the comics, every version of the completed Iron Man armour with any serious screentime has a large, prominent jaw. It makes them look more heroic and less creepy than the blank, featureless masks that comic-Tony often uses.
- Lightning Bruiser: The vast majority of Tony's suits have incredibly potent offensive capabilities, the ability to reach supersonic speeds, and the resilience to withstand a shot from a tank followed by an uncontrolled fall from high enough to make a crater while taking negligible damage.
- Macross Missile Massacre: Starting from Mark 6 onwards, other than the one in his forearm, he has extra missiles, mostly in his shoulder and rarely in his wrist. The Hulkbuster is also capable of launching a small barrage of devastating missiles during combat. It serves as Tony's last-ditch finishing move during the battle, using it as well as the suit itself to bring down an entire (empty) skyscraper on the Hulk.
- Mana: A tech version. The Iron Man suits have a major weakness in that they consume a lot of power. Thus Tony is constantly watching his battery percentage to make sure he doesn't run out and at low power, he can't use his best attacks. The Mark 50 onwards mitigates this with backup power sources but is replaced with a similar weakness due to Tony only having so many nanomachines on him.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: Tony often updates Iron Man suits mid-movie, either because the previous one became trashed or because it's become outdated.
- Palette Swap:
- Powered Armor: Has made 50 of them by Infinity War, in addition to one or two modifications on the War Machine suit for Rhodey:
- Iron Man to Iron Man 3: Mark 1 to Mark 7
- Iron Man 3: Mark 8 to Mark 42 ("Iron Legion")
- Avengers: Age of Ultron to Avengers: Infinity War: Mark 43 to Mark 50. Avengers: Endgame reveals Pepper Potts' "Rescue" Armor is officially designated Mark 49.
- The very final suit he has in Avengers: Endgame is designated Mark 85, implying an unknown set of armors from Mark 51-84.
- Power Palms: Starting from Mark 7 his armors have additional thrusters so Tony doesn't need to use his hand repulsors to stay aloft, allowing him to shoot.
- Red Ones Go Faster: Most of the suits are primarily red in color and becomes faster with every new upgraded suit.
- Remote Body: Tony can directly control Mark 42 in Iron Man 3 over long distances with a special headset. Mark 47 in Homecoming no longer requires him to use an elaborate headpiece, so he can just pretend to be on the phone while attending a party.
- Shoulder Cannon: Several of his armors have small precision shot guns inside the shoulders, and mini missiles.
- Super Strength: Granted to him by his armor.
- Promotional material for Iron Man 2 gives the limit of his early "regular" suits as being able to lift 3 tons, which roughly matches the climax of his first movie where lifting an SUV over his head causes him to double over and seriously stretches the suit's capabilities to their limits.
- The Mark 7 he uses in The Avengers had enough strength to push back one of the Helicarriers engines and even trade blows with Thor for a bit (although Thor is weakened from his trip to Earth, while Iron Man's armor is supercharged).
- The Mark 42 has a maximum lift capacity of 900 pounds per a Freeze-Frame Bonus (see 0:24), while Hulkbuster is as strong as the Hulk before the Hulk eventually overpowered him.
- Mark 50 is capable of dolling out physical blows strong enough to briefly stagger Thanos. It also manages to push an Asteroid the size of a small moon onto him (albeit with Gravity working in it's favour). It's also able to take direct attacks from Thanos in rapid succession, though it does end up breaking in the end.
- Super Speed: His reflexes are those of a normal human's (albeit a trained and experienced one), but his early suits are fast enough to reach Mach 2. By Infinity War, Mark 50 is able catch up to space ships exiting the atmosphere. The minimum speed required for that is Mach 20.
- Tricked-Out Shoes: Iron Man's feet do not have particularly fancy gadgets, but ever since the Mark 1 they've incorporated rockets (for the Mark 1) or repulsors (for the rest) that are the primary exhausts through which the armors can fly, the palm repulsors being designed as stabilizers. The Mark 50 evolves beyond the previous repulsor system by occasionally having the feet's nanomachines combine into a powerful rocket that multiplies the flight speed of the armor.
- Unfinished, Untested, Used Anyway:
- Iron Man: Tony's first flight starts out like a dream - and then he encounters the icing problem and barely escapes with his life. This first-hand knowledge becomes a Chekhov's Gun in his fight with Stane.J.A.R.V.I.S.: Sir, there are still terabytes of calculations required before an actual flight is...
Tony Stark: Jarvis... sometimes you gotta run before you can walk.
- The Avengers: His old Mark 6 suit is too trashed to rely on anymore, so he demands that J.A.R.V.I.S. prepare his still in testing Mark 7. The new suit arrives Just in Time to save his life and works perfectly during the whole battle. Of course, the Mark 7 being an incremental upgrade of by then well-proven technology means there is less what could go wrong.
- Iron Man 3: Tony's become erratic from PTSD and has been rushing through prototypes without giving them the proper testing time. The results are utterly unreliable, and in a number of action scenes he doesn't use armor at all.
- Iron Man: Tony's first flight starts out like a dream - and then he encounters the icing problem and barely escapes with his life. This first-hand knowledge becomes a Chekhov's Gun in his fight with Stane.
- Un-Installment: While they must have existed in-universe, Marks 51 through 84 are never shown on-screen. To a lesser extent, the Mark 49 was never used by Tony himself, having been built for Pepper Potts.
- Unobtainium: What's been powering his suits since Iron Man 2. It's actually an element he created himself, with some guidance from his father, which is more potent and nontoxic to his body compared to palladium.
- Walking Armory: His armor carries a staggering amount of weaponry, including Power Palms, primarily designed as flight stabilizer and then used as Weaponized Exhaust and Chest Blaster, all three directly powered by the arc reactor. Then under the armor lie a missile powerful enough to blow up a tank (and alternatively a set of smaller missiles) under each forearm plate, needleguns or missile launchers in the shoulder area, and Frickin' Laser Beam generators under the wrists. He's also occasionally shown a cuff launcher to immobilize opponents and knee-mounted missile launchers.
- Weaponized Exhaust: His primary weapon, the repulsor, wasn't designed to be a weapon, but rather a flight stabilizer. When he realized it worked as a weapon at full power, he incorporated it.Pepper: I thought you said you were done making weapons?
Tony: This is a flight stabilizer. It's completely harmless. [boom] I didn't expect that.
- Worf Had the Flu: In all three of his solo movies, Tony is hampered by something in the climactic battle with the Big Bad; he was using a more primitive arc reactor against Stane, his arsenal was drained fighting mooks before Vanko, and his primary armour was still damaged in the third. Civil War also counts since Tony was fighting with multiple handicaps as otherwise he could have easily defeat Steve and Bucky, super-soldier or not. And in Infinity War while the suit is more powerful than ever, Tony is older and out of shape meaning that he can't take full advantage of the suit.
Appearances: Iron Man | Iron Man 2 | Iron Man 3
The first suit of armor Tony made, cobbled together from pieces of weapons and machines in a cave to help him escape.
- Beta Outfit: He builds Mark 1 "in a cave! With a box of scraps!", and it is big and bulky due to both being a mechanical prototype, and as a nod to the original Iron Man suit in the comics. After getting back to the city he creates the silver-colored Mark 2 before settling on Mark 3's coloration with gold-titanium alloy casing with red highlights, which becomes a standard for the majority of his suits.
- Early-Installment Weirdness: An In-Universe example, since it was quickly cobbled together in a cave, the Mark I has a much bulkier design than most later suits, uses flamethrowers instead of repulsers, and can't fly for that long.
- Fire-Breathing Weapon: It had two flamethrowers built into its wrists. Played more realistically than most examples, being used to destroy equipment rather than as an anti-personnel weapon.
- Mighty Glacier: Unlike later armors, the Mark I can't fly for long periods of time, and is never seen moving faster than a speed-walking pace, but it is still capable of sending regular humans flying with a single punch, can launch arm mounted rockets, and is Immune to Bullets.
- Not Quite Flight: It had fuel and propulsion, but only enough to launch upward. Landing was much harder.
Appearances: Iron Man | Iron Man 2 | The Avengers (2012) (helmet only) | Iron Man 3 | Avengers: Endgame (helmet only)
The first suit of armor built by Tony upon his return to America, this one was far more advanced and the first capable of flight (though not too impressive on the landing front).
- Achilles' Heel: Despite its incredible flight capabilities right out of the gate, the Mark 2 is incapable of withstanding the colder temperatures of higher altitudes, leading to its parts freezing up. Tony eventually corrects the problem. Obadiah does not.
- Amusing Injuries: Tony takes punishment after punishment getting it up and running. At first it consists of his attempts to get the jet-boots firing, causing Tony to rocket up face-first into a concrete pillar in his lab. Even after the armor has been constructed and makes a successful flight, Tony decides to make a landing on his roof only to fall through three floors, land on one of his vintage sports cars and be sprayed with a fire extinguisher by DUM-E.
- Beam-O-War: At the end of the brawl between Rhodey wearing the Mark 2 and Tony wearing the Mark 4, they both raise their arms and fire their repulsors at each other, resulting in this.
- Beta Outfit: Though more advanced than Mark 1, Tony still has some kinks (like the aforementioned "icing problem") to work out with the suits before he can debut the classic red and gold armor in full.
- Chekhov's Gun: Though it's the suit worn for the shortest amount of time in Iron Man, it comes back in a big way in Iron Man 2 when Rhodey takes it and Hammer converts it into the War Machine armor.
- Chrome Champion: An all-silver ensemble to mark its prototype status. It will be the last suit of armor before Tony adopts his standard red and gold look.
- Foreshadowing: The "icing problem" it sustains during its initial flight comes back when Tony fights Obadiah at the film's climax.
- How Do I Shot Web?: Since his time spent in the Mark 1 suit was mostly running for his life, Tony uses the second iteration to work out how to be Iron Man.
Appearances: Iron Man | Iron Man 2 | Captain America: The First Avengernote | Iron Man 3
Perhaps the most iconic suit of armor developed by Tony Stark, the Mark 3 was constructed after working out some of the kinks of the Mark 2 and given a red and gold color scheme that would appear prominently in most armors from thereon.
- Break Out the Museum Piece: Tony is forced to power it with his first ARC reactor after Obadiah rips the improved one out of his chest. Built to power the relatively primitive Mark 1, Tony is basically running on fumes the entire fight with the Iron Monger in this armor.
- Mythology Gag: Tony considers leaving it all gold before deciding to have JARVIS "throw in a little hot-rod red". Tony's second suit of armor in the comics was all gold before he progressed to the more iconic red and gold.
- Shoot the Hostage Taker: During the battle of Gulmira, five Ten Rings members use some villagers as human shields to force Iron Man to surrender. However, Tony uses his armor to target all five of them and shoots them dead with his shoulder-mounted guns while leaving the hostages unharmed.
Appearances: Iron Man 2 | Iron Man 3 | What If...?
An armor built to replace the Mark 3 after it was heavily damaged during the fight against Iron Monger.
- Beam-O-War: At the end of the brawl between Rhodey wearing the Mark 2 and Tony wearing the Mark 4, they both raise their arms and fire their repulsors at each other, resulting in this.
- Chekhov's Gun: The aforementioned Beam-O-War. It becomes crucial at the end of the second film to defeat Whiplash.
- Mundane Utility: For the first half of Iron Man 2, Tony used this armor for purposes outside combat deployment.
- The opening of the Stark Expo involves him dropping from high altitude in the armor, while the venue blasts out AC/DC's "Shoot to Thrill". What better PR stunt for Stark Industries tech, right?
- During his birthday party, Tony uses the various weapons of this armor to blow up alcohol bottles and watermelons in order to entertain his guests.
Appearances: Iron Man 2 | Iron Man 3 | What If...?note
A suit specialized on portability and easy access, that can be collapsed and turned into a briefcase.
- Emergency Weapon: It is significantly less powerful than the regular armors and is only used in case of emergency.
- Flawed Prototype: Its durability limits (as a suit on the go) will be improved upon by Mark 7.
- Hammerspace: Let's face it, this is where this suit really comes from. There's no way it could fold down into a suitcase-sized package that's light enough to carry in one hand.
- Handcuffed Briefcase: The suitcase is usually carried around by Happy Hogan and locked to his wrist.
- Impossibly-Compact Folding: Somehow, a full body powered armor suit can fit in a briefcase...
- Mythology Gag:
- In the earliest issues of Iron Man, Tony Stark would often carry his armor around in a briefcase. In later years he made the briefcase itself into armor.
- This armor's color scheme bears a great resemblance to the Silver Centurion armor from the comics. It's just a resemblance, ultimately, as Tony builds the actual Silver Centurion later between The Avengers and Iron Man 3 as Mark 33.
- Series Mascot: Despite being featured in only one scene, it still made it onto the Blu-Ray case for the film.
- Transformation Trinket: The aforementioned suitcase can turn into and equips its user with the armor.
Appearances: Iron Man 2 | Captain America: The First Avengernote | The Avengers (2012) | Iron Man 3
Tony Stark's first suit powered by the element he invented, no longer relying on Palladium cores to charge the suit's (and thus his pacemaker) arc reactor.
- Combined Energy Attack: At the end of Iron Man 2, Tony and War Machine both shoot at Whiplash with their repulsors at the same time, causing a massive shockwave that heavily damages his armor.
- Energy Absorption: Manages to absorb Thor's thunderbolt and supercharging the power levels to 475%.
- Energy Weapon: Has a laser array installed on the gloves that shoots beams in every direction.
- Death or Glory Attack: However, it's a one-time use in any given battle.
- It Only Works Once: The Death Blossom laser can only be used once per battle, as it uses too much power to be used more often.
- Mythology Gag: This armor's triangular arc reactor bears a resemblance to the Extremis armor from the comics.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: The Death Blossom laser. It was never established or mentioned before Tony uses it to finish off the Hammer Drones during the final battle.
- Spectacular Spinning: When Tony uses the Death Blossom lasers during the battle with the Hammer Drones, he pulls a 360 degree spin that slices them all in half.
- Super Not-Drowning Skills: This is the first armor shown to allow its wearer to go underwater, as seen when Tony uses it to work on the electrical system of Stark Tower in the Hudson River during his first scene in The Avengers (2012).
- Unobtainium: The first suit designed to run off the element that his father had postulated and Tony completed, replacing the toxic Palladium core that was driving his previous models. It's also more potent than Palladium.
Appearances: The Avengers (2012) | Iron Man 3 | Avengers: Endgame | Lokinote | What If...?
An armor that Tony configured to seek two wrist-mounted beacons and form around the wearer. The suit has the honor of being deployed during the Chitauri invasion of New York, as well as being the first to experience the vortex of space when Iron Man redirects a nuclear missile to the Chitauri mothership.
The origin of the technology that would later be used for the Mark 42 and "Veronica" Hulkbuster modular system.
- Energy Weapon: The laser array of the Mark 6 was retained, with significant increase in battery lasting power.
- Desperate Object Catch: In this case being Tony himself, as he activated the armor right before Loki throws him from Stark Tower, giving him a very real-world test of the armor's ability to properly align with the wrist beacons and attach itself before he went splat.
- Foe-Tossing Charge: Blows through a large number of Chitauri to get to Cap.
- Macross Missile Massacre: Holds the largest number of missiles housed in any of the armors, enabling it to obliterate massive number of Chitauri. It is also the only armor to house missiles in its kneepads, 4 each.
- One-Hit Polykill: Bounces his repulsors off Cap's shield to kill a large number of Chitauri.
Marks 8 - 41
Appearances: Iron Man 3
A group of thirty-three armors of various design and specialization, created during a period of rapid development after the Battle of New York.
- Action Bomb: During the Final Battle, Tony activates the self destruct on some of the Iron Legion armors to take out Extremis soldiers.
- Affectionate Nickname: Starting with the Mark 15, Tony gave them all nicknames. Marks 15 through 41 are, in order: Sneaky, Nightclub, Heartbreaker, Cassanova, Tiger, Python, Midas, Hot Rod, Shades, Tank, Striker/Thumper, Gamma, Disco, Jack, Fiddler, Blue Steel, Piston, Romeo, Silver Centurion, Southpaw, Red Snapper, Peacemaker, Hammerhead, Igor, Starboost/Gemini, Shotgun, and Bones.
- All Your Powers Combined:
- The Mark 18 combines the stealth capabilities of the Mark 16 with the weapons systems of Mark 17.
- The Mark 31 combines the speed of the Mark 21 with the energy effeciency of the Mark 30.
- Batman Can Breathe in Space: The Mark 39 was designed for suborbital space travel.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: The Mark 30 has extendable blades in its arms. Presumably, these were added because it takes minimal energy to use them, as opposed to a repulsor. Mark 33 retains this trait, likely for similar reasons.
- Blue Is Heroic: Mark 27, Mark 30, and Mark 38 are primarily blue.
- Boring, but Practical: The Mark 20's specialization is... energy efficiency and long-distance flight. Rather underwhelming considering the Mark 3 could get him from America to Afghanistan and back three years earlier, but considering later armors needed to power both weapons and flight for long periods or go into space, it's developments were crucial for future armors. Marks 30 and 33 later returns to refine the concept.
- Chrome Champion: Marks 12 through 15, as well as 18, 22, 29, 32, and 34, are all primarily silver or gray in coloration.
- Color Contrast:
- The Mark 22 has a gray body but bright red arms and legs. The boots even have hot rod flames painted on them!
- The Mark 24 is mostly black with some bright white sections.
- The Mark 27 is blue with orange highlights.
- The Mark 28 is mostly dark grey with some bright orange plates. This one may actually have some motivation to it: if you see it, it's probably drenched in radiation and some hazard markings are likely in order.
- Costume Evolution: Many of them diverge from Tony's usual armor design. It would be easier to list the ones that kept the traditional red and gold color schemenote , and Marks 35 and 38 have significant changes to the base form. Though by the time of the film they appear in, Tony's come back around to a more standard armor design, so it didn't exactly go anywhere.
- Deflector Shields:
- The Mark 24 incorporated repulsor shields for added durability.
- The Mark 33 had a magnetic polarity shield that could repel incoming metal items (such as bullets), which could also be reversed to pull metallic items in.
- Detachment Combat: The Mark 41 uses this as its primary method of attack, breaking into multiple parts to hit multiple enemies at once.
- Exotic Weapon Supremacy: The Mark 39 has a "concussion cannon" unique to it. Presumably this was designed out of a need for a weapon meant to function in space.
- Fashionable Asymmetry:
- Unlike Marks 25 and 26, the Mark 29 only has a jackhammer on one arm.
- Mark 34 had a large hydraulic claw on its left arm for aiding in disaster recovery.
- Flawed Prototype: On the low end of "flawed," the Mark 22 is a serviceable prototype of the War Machine 2, but it's nothing to write home about.
- Fragile Speedster:
- Mark 14, which has been stripped of all its weapons apart from the repulsors and a few missiles in favor of increased speed.
- Mark 40, which lost nearly all armor in order to boost speed and maneuverability.
- Highly-Conspicuous Uniform: Most of the armors are fairly flashy, but there are a few of particular note.
- Averted with the Mark 23, which is painted in multi-scale camo, a design choice made even more bizarre than the opposite considering it's not one of the stealth focused armors.
- Very notable with the Mark 27, which is a stealth armor with a bright blue and orange color scheme.
- Gold-Colored Superiority: The Mark 21 uses the solid gold color scheme Tony dismissed for the Mark 3.
- Hot Paint Job: Mark 22, appropriately nicknamed "Hot Rod", is a prototype of the War Machine Mark 2 armor that has flames painted on its arms and legs.
- Long-Range Fighter:
- Mark 17, which specializes in repulsor artillery.
- Mark 32, whose oversized arc reactor fuels an equally large unibeam.
- Mark 33 has pulse cannons whose projectiles build in power the longer they travel.
- Meaningful Name:
- Python (Mark 20) was named because of the snake's ability to function for a long time on one meal.
- Romeo (Mark 32) was named because of its large chest reactor, aka its big heart.
- Mundane Utility: Tony's genius and near limitless resources created the Marks 25 and 26, armors designed for construction. He comes back to the concept three armors later with the Mark 29, where he put enough thought into it to say the previous models weren't maneuverable enough for a construction site and needed an updated model.
- Nigh-Invulnerable: Mark 24 was built specifically for combat, and as such it can take more of a beating than any previous armor.
- Non-Lethal Warfare: The Mark 36, which was designed for crowd control and riot suppression.
- The Mark 23 was specifically designed to endure extreme heat, presumably for work around volcanoes or other similar environments. This would be Crippling Overspecialization, but the only fight we see it take part in is against the Extremis supersoldiers, who have a strong heat basis to their powers.
- Marks 25 and 26 can survive high temperatures and electrical surges. The 26 in particular is also resistant to Gamma radiation.
- The Mark 28 is specifically designed to protect the wearer from all radiation.
- Power Pincers: The Mark 35 has extendable hydraulic claws for use in disaster aid, such as moving rubble.
- Punch Parry: While wearing the Mark 16, Tony does this with Killian during the final fight.
- Stealth Expert: The Mark 15 is designed to be sensor invisible, with a nearly nonexistent radar profile and the ability to change its outer coloring to blend in with the environment. Mark 16 takes it farther at the cost of armor and all weapons save the repulsors, making it more suited for infiltrating buildings than airspaces where it would risk being shot down if detected. The Mark 27 continues this trend, noted for having a color scheme that allows it to use a special kind of stealth... somehow.
- Super Not-Drowning Skills: The Mark 37, which was designed for deep sea traversal.
- Super Speed: Marks 19, 21, and 40 are specialized for hypersonic flight, each improving on the last.
- Super Strength: The Mark 38, which is the strongest of all the armors and may have served as a prototype to the Hulkbuster. However, in combat this is the only trait it can rely on, as it was designed for heavy lifting and lacks any other weapon systems.
- Utility Weapon: Utility before weapon, but the Marks 25, 26, and 29 have pneumatic jackhammers. They can pulverize concrete with ease. Now imagine what one would do to a person.
- Voice of the Legion: Literally in Iron Man 3.Tony: Jarvis, target Extremis heat signatures, terminate with extreme prejudice.
Jarvis: [from the remaining 34 armors] Yes, Sir.
- Weaponized Exhaust: The Mark 40 can use its repulsors to enhance the power behind its punches, as shown during the fight against Killian.
Mark 42 / Autonomous Prehensile Propulsion Suit
Appearances: Iron Man 3 | Spider-Man: Homecoming
An armor used throughout Iron Man 3 by Tony. It can split itself apart and can be controlled from afar.
- Action Bomb: Became this during the final battle of Iron Man 3, in which Tony made the suit assemble around Killian's body before telling Jarvis to blow it up in order to kill him. Unfortunately, it didn't work.
- The Cameo: Appears in Spider-Man: Homecoming as one of the items in the shipment Vulture tries to hijack near the end.
- Detachment Combat: Its main design concept is to be able to separate into its own pieces and fly independently.
- Flawed Prototype: Of the Mark 43, as seen in Age of Ultron. The Mark 43 is virtually identical to the Mark 42 (save for the paint scheme) but it works. It's hinted that the Mark 42's flaws come from Tony creating it while he was heavily sleep deprived and coping in his own manic way with his post-traumatic stress.
- Fragile Speedster: Fast, mobile, can barely take a hit. Downplayed though, it falls apart only when its doesn't have anybody in it.
- Unexplained Recovery: Even though the suit exploded at the end of Iron Man 3, it later reappears in the background inside the jet carrying all the tech from Avengers Tower during Spider-Man: Homecoming, complete with all of its battle damage from Iron Man 3. In-universe, Tony probably felt some attachment to the suit and, like his lost Hall of Armors, and in particular, the Mark 1 armor, kept it as a memento.
Appearances: Avengers: Age of Ultron | What If...?
The first armor that Tony created after the others were destroyed by the "Clean Slate Protocol".
- Animated Armor: This armor has a voice-activated feature called "Sentry Mode" that allows it to act on its own when Tony activates it.
- Attack Its Weak Point: After using his armor to detect the power source of Baron Strucker's HYDRA base, Tony fires a missile at it to deactivate the energy shield.
- Macross Missile Massacre: This armor can fire a large number of missiles, as seen during the fight against Ultron in South Africa.
Mark 44 / "Veronica" / Hulkbuster Armor
Appearances: Avengers: Age of Ultron | WandaVisionnote
An armor developed by Tony Stark and Bruce Banner specifically to stop the Hulk should Banner ever lose control. More properly, "Veronica" isn't Powered Armor so much as a drone containing modular components that can assemble into a Mini-Mecha capable of matching the Hulk in strength. This modular nature also means that the Hulkbuster can easily call for replacements of damaged or destroyed pieces of itself, something vital in a protracted fight against the Hulk. Originally designated as Iron Man's Mark 44 armor, an updated Mark 48 version was created some time before the Battle of Wakanda.
- Abnormal Limb Rotation Range: Because the user is secured in the Hulkbuster's chest cavity, the limbs are able to bend in ways that are anatomically impossible for a human. In one instance, Tony rotates one arm in its shoulder socket to land a punch on the Hulk behind his back.
- Achilles' Heel: Though the Hulkbuster itself is designed to avert this with its many redundancies and the ability to replace its components, it does have one crucial weak point: the drone that actually deploys the replacements. Since it needs to remain close enough to the Hulkbuster for it to receive deployed care packages in time, it's vulnerable to collateral damage, shown when the Hulk backhands a deployed care package back into it, knocking it out the sky. Luckily Tony manages to end the fight soon afterwards, meaning the Hulk doesn't get a chance to capitalize on this development.
- Adaptational Badass: The Hulkbuster armor is not nearly as powerful or durable in the comics as it is in the movie, relatively speaking. Not to mention, the comics version never won a fight against the Hulk like the movie version did. Justified though, because this version was designed by both Tony AND Bruce, thus making it more festive in taking its target out.
- An Arm and a Leg: In Avengers: Age of Ultron, the armor loses its left arm during the fight against Hulk, though it gets quickly replaced.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: The suit is never called "Hulkbuster"; the system that deploys it is named "Veronica" by Stark and Banner. A Freeze-Frame Bonus at least shows "Hulkbuster" appearing backwards on Tony's HUD.
- Crazy-Prepared: It's made specifically to stop the Hulk, with input from Bruce Banner, so it's prepared for almost any eventuality. Its modular design allows damaged components to be replaced on the fly from the Veronica unit, it has customised attachments designed to restrain the Hulk and limit his mobility, multiple mini-arc reactors for power so Hulk can't just rip out one central powerplant, and has Unibeam-strength repulsors to keep the Hulk at bay.
- Crippling Overspecialization: It's built solely to stop the Hulk, making it the Mighty Glacier to Stark's usual Lightning Bruiser armors. However, because it's built to play the same game as the Hulk, Bruce Banner uses it to imitate the Hulk's fighting style when Hulk refuses to fight in Wakanda.
- Detachment Combat: Much like the Mark 42, the Hulkbuster comes in separate pieces that fly down from a storage satellite and assemble to make the greater armor. This design is actually needed because the Hulk can easily wreck through the limbs and they'll need regular replacement in order for the armor to stand a chance. In Infinity War, Banner even uses one of the wrists as a makeshift Rocket Punch by sticking it on Cull Obsidian hand and make it fly into Wakandan's forcefield, killing the alien when he collides with the field.
- Fluffy the Terrible: "Veronica", while a Meaningful Name, isn't exactly the nomenclature you'll expect to be given to Tony's largest and physically strongest suit (or at least the delivery system for its components).
- Four-Fingered Hands: In contrast to Tony's other armors.
- Glass Cannon: Played with. Despite being by far the biggest, most physically powerful suit Tony has ever built, being able to take and dish out damage to a degree not seen in any other suit - save for perhaps his nanotech ones - in a straight-up fight, the Hulk can still tear the Hulkbuster apart with ease, hence why it has a multitude of redundancies and specialized weapons made solely for neutralizing the Hulk, such as the ability to replace badly damage components.
- Godzilla Threshold: The armor was designed to neutralize a rampaging Hulk. This meant the armor was stored on a Stark satellite, ready to be called to anywhere on Earth at any moment, and used the technology of the Mk 42 armor to be able to fly out in parts. For this reason, it can do as much collateral damage as the Hulk himself, so Tony spends pretty much all of the fight against the Hulk taking extreme care not to have any civilians die in the crossfire.
- Knockout Gas: It's a blink-and-you-miss-it moment, but the Hulkbuster possesses a sedative gas sprayer within its right arm. During the battle, Tony can be seen briefly attempting to use it to help calm the enraged Bruce down, very unsuccessfully.
- Kryptonite Ring: It was designed with the help of Bruce Banner specifically to neutralize the Hulk. This also makes it very useful in taking down opponents who share similarities with the Hulk, such as Cull Obsidian and Thanos.
- Logical Weakness: Though Tony is able to replace the Hulkbuster's damaged components, he does so by calling in care packages from a drone flying nearby, which take time to deploy and assemble. Not only does this leave the Hulkbuster somewhat vulnerable in the meantime, it also means the replacement components can be intercepted, which the Hulk does so when it's busy tearing apart the Hulkbuster, incidentally deflecting it straight into the drone as a result and taking it out of the fight.
- Meaningful Name: "Veronica" is an allusion to Betty and Veronica, in that Veronica is called in when the sweet, non-violent Betty method can't stop the Hulk. (As a bonus, Betty's also the name of Banner's former girlfriend.)
- Meta Mecha: The suit forms around the existing Iron Man Armor, with the main armor being contained inside the central chest cavity. It even forms a dual-layered HUD when fully assembled. By Infinity War, it's been modified for use by unarmored pilots as well, with Bruce Banner using it during Infinity War.
- Mighty Glacier: The biggest drawback of the Hulkbuster is that while it is strong and tough enough to trade blows with the Hulk and Cull Obsidian, it's not nearly as agile. Tony got in trouble a couple times because the Hulk could quickly move to exploit lapses in the massive armor's defense. Similarly, Thanos' Outriders manage to (temporarily) bring it down through sheer numbers and Cull Obsidian manages to tear off an arm, though admittedly, Bruce was a bit distracted at the time.
- Mini-Mecha: This suit is closer to one than a Powered Armor, having completely mechanized limbs that can be easily replaced if they're ever torn off.
- Punch Catch: The piston arm has a secondary function that allows it to lock on to Hulk's arm by retracting the fist and then clamping down restraints once Hulk's arm is drawn in. Amusingly, this was done right after Hulk had pulled a punch catch on the Hulkbuster.
- This gets done again during Infinity War, with the Hulkbuster's severed left arm being used to catch Cull Obsidian's arm when he goes in for a finishing blow, leading to his subsequent demise by the severed arm hurling him into Wakanda's energy field.
- Punch Parry: At one point the Hulk and the Hulkbuster's fists strike each other full force, resulting in a shockwave reverberating.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: One of the arm attachments is a piston-powered fist which Tony uses to rapidly punch Hulk in the face.'Hulkbuster's fist: *BAMBAMBAMBAMBAMBAMBAM*
Tony: Go to sleep go to sleep go to sleep...
Mark 44 / "Veronica" / Hulkbuster Armor
Appearances: What If...?
A version of the Hulkbuster Armor that a Variant of Tony Stark constructs on Sakaar.
- Noodle Incident: How it was crafted isn't explained when it appears due to the episode it originally appeared in being delayed.
Appearances: Avengers: Age of Ultron | WandaVisionnote
The armor used by Tony during the final battle of Avengers: Age of Ultron.
- Combined Energy Attack: During the climax of Age of Ultron, Tony combines his armor's repulsors with Thor's lightning and Vision's laser beam in an attack that severely damages Ultron's vibranium armor.
- High-Tech Hexagons: Unlike any of its predecessors, the Mark 45 has a hexagonal-shaped indent around the circular Arc Reactor. It's also the most advanced armor at the time of Age of Ultron.
- Red Is Heroic: This armor has a predominantly red color scheme.
Appearances: Captain America: Civil War | Spider-Man: Homecomingnote | The Falcon and the Winter Soldiernote
The armor worn during the Avengers' Civil War.
- Attack Its Weak Point: Steve does this at the end of his fight with Tony by jabbing his shield's edge into the main Arc Reactor, crippling the suit.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: In the final fight scene, Tony has F.R.I.D.A.Y. analyze Captain America's hand-to-hand combat moves and provide a programmed countermeasure tactic, allowing him to gain the upper hand.
- Collapsible Helmet: Mark 46, along with War Machine Mark 3, gives us fully collapsible helmets, as opposed to simply having the faceplate open.
- EMP: This armor can fire EMP projectiles from its lower forearm. During the airport battle, Tony uses this to disable a helicopter before Captain America could use it to flee.
- Macross Missile Massacre: Much like the Mark 7, this armor has several mini-missile launchers on each shoulder. Tony fires many of them to stop Clint and Wanda during the airport battle.
- Power Up Let Down: The Mark 46 Iron Man armor he uses during Captain America: Civil War doesn't seem quite up to standards set by him until that point. Although still a powerful suit, it can be temporarily pinned and even damaged by people on Super Soldier tiers of power, whereas Tony had demonstrated that earlier models took the strength of demigods before it could be damaged by bare hands. It probably isn't even bulletproof and gets pierced by Hawkeye's arrow. Unlike the much earlier Mark 6 armor, it also isn't airtight, which allows Ant-Man to sneak into the suit and sabotage its internal systems. Its flight speed is also downgraded, being unable to catch up to a Quinjet or catch Rhodey before he hit the ground or move out of the way of falling cars, when the suits had been supersonic since Mark 3. Its repulsors are weaker too, as while the previous ones were capable of blasting people through concrete walls, shoving aside vehicles, even destroying bunkers and hurting Asgardians, these repulsors are only able to stun Falcon and super-soldiers and only chip asphalt. Given how badly Tony was affected by the fallout of Sokovia and recent events, he may have intentionally made the suit weakernote or rushed its production like the Iron Legion.
- Supernormal Bindings: This armor can launch two disc-like projectiles capable of forming a powered clamp that automatically attach to the enemy's legs, and is strong enough to restrain Captain America himself.
- Tron Lines: Sort of. Mark 46 shows smaller Arc Reactors that dot the suit as additional power sources.
Appearances: Spider-Man: Homecoming
The armor worn during Vulture's attempted theft of the Avengers Tower cargo.
- Animated Armor: Mark 47 shows that Tony still employs its technology when he has it save Peter from drowning, remote controlled all the way from India. Peter later tries to turn his absence on him later on after his disastrous attempt to snag the Vulture but that time, Tony is in the suit.
- Big Damn Hero:
- Tony sends the armor to rescue Peter as he's about to drown in a lake after a fight with the Vulture.
- When the Staten Island Ferry starts falling apart, Tony uses the armor himself to save Peter and the passengers.
- Energy Weapon: The Mark 47 has a laser system far more advanced than its predecessors, allowing it to rebuild the collapsing Staten Island Ferry by welding together the cutlines.
- Knows the Ropes: This armor can shoot ropes from its wrists, as seen when Tony uses this to reattach the broken parts of the ferry together.
- Mythology Gag: The color scheme of the armor is based on the Iron Tech armor from the Ultimate Marvel comics.
- Palette Swap: Beyond the color scheme, Mark 47 has few significant differences from Mark 46.
Mark 48 / Hulkbuster Armor 2.0
Appearances: Avengers: Infinity War | Avengers: Endgame
An updated version of the Hulkbuster Armor used by Bruce Banner in the Battle of Wakanda and the Ambush on Thanos.
- Advertised Extra: Many promotional art for Avengers: Endgame showed the Hulkbuster armor with a slightly updated color scheme. However, the Hulkbuster is in the actual movie for all of one scene, and it doesn't even have that color scheme.
- An Arm and a Leg: In Avengers: Infinity War, the armor loses its left arm against Cull Obsidian. It is repaired by the beginning of Avengers: Endgame.
- Forgot About His Powers: Save for the brute strength and repulsors, the redundancies built into the first Hulkbuster, along with the missiles, knockout gas, rapid-fire punching option and punch-catch mechanisms go unused during Infinity War, possibly because it was Bruce's first time using it, or because this new Hulkbuster armor doesn't have the same weapons as its predecessor. This makes his battle with Cull Obsidian much more difficult as a result.
- Four-Fingered Hands: It's even more visible in this version.
- Intangibility: During the Battle of Wakanda, Thanos uses the Space Stone to turn the Hulkbuster intangible just before the latter attacks him. Suddenly no longer able to hit Thanos, the Hulkbuster goes flying through him and ends up embedded in a rock wall.
- Midseason Upgrade: The Hulkbuster was substantially redesigned between Civil War and Infinity War/Endgame, losing a bit of bulk and becoming sleeker in the process. It still retains its signature brute strength, though the combat repulsors have taken on a red tint and explosive properties.
- Tiny-Headed Behemoth: The effect given off by Bruce Banner inside the Hulkbuster when he opens the helmet part, his normal-sized head poking out of the Hulk-sized machine.
Mark 49 / Rescue Armor
Mark 50 / Bleeding Edge
Appearances: Avengers: Infinity War | Avengers: Endgame | What If...?
Tony's first suit that eschews the solid metal of his other armors in favor of being comprised entirely of nanobots.
- Achilles' Heel: The Mark 50 has one major weakness - there's a finite amount of nanites stored in the Arc Reactor. A long drawn out battle can use up the nanobots with no way for Tony to replace them.
- Morph Weapon: Being made entirely of nanobots, it can reshape itself at a thought to form a wide variety of gadgets and weapons.
- Hollywood Healing: With the Bleeding Edge nanomachine colony at his disposal, Stark becomes the first hero in the MCU capable of casting "Healing Magic", by spraying surplus nanomachines over wounds, even critical ones, to staunch bleeding and, presumably, eat harmful virus'/bacteria and knit together severed/broken tissue. The hasty application of this "healing spray" allowed him to survive having a nano-machine sword driven clean through his liver, intestines, left lung and kidney by Thanos. Though he is still weakened and required further medical treatment from Nebula to fully recover from this lethal injury.
- Nanomachines: What his Mark 50 suit is made of. It assembles itself over him instantly very much like T'Challa's suit in Black Panther. It also has a surplus of nanos beyond what is needed to make the suit, which not only allows him to summon extra weapons and armor on the fly but also to immediately replace pieces of the suit that get torn off (though this has its upper limits, as his bout with Thanos shows).
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: The Mark 50 suit features a vast array of new abilities on top of the ones introduced in previous movies. No matter what the bad guys throw at Iron Man, he'll counter it with something you've never seen him use before. Justified, because tinkering with his suit and improving its technology is what Tony does with his spare time.
- Power Fist: Can enlarge the size of his fists and feet to hit harder.
- Rocket Punch: While other suits can invoke this in spirit via the palm and foot repulsors, using its nanomachines, this suit can outright form rocket boosters on its elbows and ankles, giving its blows one hell of an oomph.
- Super Toughness: Probably has THE standout durability feat amongst Tony's armors, getting hit by a massive chunk of moon Thanos hurled at him and getting back up pretty quickly. The armor survives a battle with the Black Order, despite getting knocked around, a crash on Titan, a flock of bat-like creatures sent by the Reality Stone, a fireblast powered by the Power Stone, having a moon dropped on it, six direct punches from Thanos, and two direct hits from the Power Stone.Tony: You throw another moon at me, I'm gonna lose it.
- Transformation Trinket: He now has a proper one, in the form of an attachable chest-mounted Arc Reactor. Tapping the reactor is all Tony needs to do to summon the armor. Endgame shows that Tony can simply stick it on and rip it off his chest with no external process needed or injury to him.
- Walking Armory: His Bleeding Edge armor is a Morph Weapon allowing him to create anything from the reserves of nanomachines he has. So he adds to his arsenal a shield, additional big repulsors to create an even more intense blast, an Arm Cannon he threatens Drax with but never uses, even more powerful missiles, Power Fists that can at least stagger Thanos, a Blade Below the Shoulder and a fancy sword.
- The Worf Barrage: Iron Man unleashes everything he has on Thanos in a one-on-one confrontation. The end result: a small cut on Thanos' cheek.Thanos: All that for a drop of blood...
Mark 85 / Model-Prime
Appearances: Avengers: Endgame | What If...?
Built five years after the Snap. In many ways, it is pretty much identical to the Mark 50 in terms of technology, with some minor upgrades to its weaponry. This armor has the honor of being worn during the Battle of Earth and being the final armor built and worn by Tony Stark before his ultimate sacrifice.
Unless noted, much of the tropes regarding its abilities are the same as the Mark 50.
- 11th-Hour Superpower: And how. The very last thing it does is serve as a third Infinity Gauntlet, granting Tony nigh-unlimited power for the few brief moments before he died.
- Bling-Bling-BANG!: After the more gilded Mark 42, the Mark 85 has very prominent gold, primarily on the shoulders, upper arms, and thighs, as seen in the character page picture for Tony. Particularly notable as the featured suits for Tony between this and 43 placed more focus on red as the primary color with gold as merely accents (with the exception of the Mark 47)
- Composite Character: While functionally identical to the nanotech Mark 50, the armor brings back the signature faceplate mechanism of previous armors, when, being nanotech, it didn't need to have that again.
- Energy Absorption: Tony actually asks Thor to hit him with lightning so he can channel that energy against Thanos, much like what Thor did to him accidentally in The Avengers. This ability also explains how it was able to handle housing in the energy of the Infinity Stones.
- Hard Light: The shields are now made of this rather than solid material. Presumably, this was done to address Mark 50's ultimate handicap—in that generating solid weaponry eats up the nanomachines for the armor.
- Mythology Gag: As the final armor, it is only fitting that its appearance evokes the classic Ditko armors (Model 2 and Model 4). Not simply in color scheme, but the organic aesthetics of the nanomachine armors allow the suit to evoke the musculature of the armors.
- Multiform Balance: Somewhat. In addition to this armor, Tony also has his quantum suit when travelling through the Quantum Realm, and switches between the two. Unlike with Rhodeynote , Tony can't, or at least isn't shown to be able to, simultaneously don both at once, and certainly doesn't wear his Iron Man helmet with his quantum suit like toy packaging would have you believe.
- Nanomachines: Same as the Mark 50, but we see the full extent of how fluid the nanotechnology is when Tony configures his right gauntlet into a makeshift Infinity Gauntlet by floating the six stones pilfered from Thanos into position.
- Socketed Equipment: Notably capable of becoming one due to its nanomachine construction. Pivotally, Tony manages to make a makeshift Infinity Gauntlet out of his right-hand armor after stealing it from Thanos—culminating with his own Badass Fingersnap Heroic Sacrifice.
- Walking Armory: Mostly same as the Mark 50, but this time around the armament mostly consists of Hard Light energy weapons to compensate for the Mark 50's Achilles' Heel.