Tony can't get himself back from Siberia, and it takes the night for him to be rescued. While waiting to see if he'll die of hypothermia, he realises something for the first time. It wasn't that he failed because he hadn't tried hard enough. He had failed because he had tried too hard. His so-called team-mates had formed the habit of blaming Tony for everything because he had let them. He had shouldered the blame, let them attack him without consequence, and cleaned up after their mess, all so they could continue to feel self-righteous in peace. But it wasn't just him they were attacking, and saving the world didn't give them a free pass to be the very bullies that Steve claimed to fight against.
Tony woke up in hospital, still sustained by the relief of his realisation. Things sucked, but they would get better. He was Tony Stark, and no challenge was too much for him. It was odd how much easier it was to plot when he actually did intend ways to manipulate the ex-Avengers into falling in line. And since that was what they seemed convinced he was doing all along, they didn't deserve a warning that it would now be true.
Not to be confused with the Australian interview series hosted by Andrew Denton.
Tropes you can find in this story:
- Accusation Fic: As you can see from elsewhere in this page, this story is not kind to "Team Cap" in general and Steve Rogers in specific at all.
- Boring, but Practical: At one point, Tony tells Rhodes to guess which act of his saved the most lives. While Rhodes guesses it was sending the nuke bound for New York through the Chitauri portal, Tony corrects him that it was inventing mosquito repelling fabric. Because of the clothes, screens, and nets made from that fabric (the last of which Tony donates in mass to charities), mosquito born diseases have almost been eradicated.
- Broken Pedestal: Captain Rogers to his team and by the world at large. The Rogue Avengers are seen as this as well.
- Completed Fic: The fic ended July 30, 2017.
- Destructive Saviour: Other countries view the Rogue Avengers as this because they don't appreciate having vigilantes smashing around their property regardless of whether said vigilantes are doing "what's right."
- Disabled in the Adaptation: Spending hours semi-conscious in an abandoned Siberian bunker in a suit with no power leaves Tony badly frost bitten, to the extent his fingertips have to be amputated.
- It's All About Me: Steve Rogers will always ignore experts on any situation because of an almost pathological need to be the one others turn to for answers, thus refusing to turn to anyone else for answers. Because he's horrendous at diplomacy or public relations, he tries to solve all his problems with violence, even if it's the worst possible solution (such as protesting the Sokovia Accords). Finally, when Tony donates Steve's shield to a Captain America exhibit, Steve starts planning to steal it and (because vibranium is sacred to Wakandans) brainwash T'Challa into allowing him to keep it.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Despite her Never My Fault tendencies, Wanda Maximoff is right when calls out Steve for talking about clearing their names while wanting to use her powers to commit more crimes, especially since said crimes aren't even For The Greater Good but to help Steve steal back his shield then brainwash T'Challa into allowing them to keep it despite vibranium being sacred to Wakandans.
- Never My Fault: Steve and Wanda have this belief.
- The Paragon: Deconstructed with Steve Rogers. Because of his reputation and how he influences others, his followers are mainly following him because of who he is and they don't question him. Also because Steve is convinced that he's always picking the morally good option and inspiring others around him to do the right thing, he is incapable of seeing situations that involve Grey and Gray Morality. This has caused a lot problems for those that follow him and the world at large.
- Power Incontinence: Wanda's powers react to her emotions sometimes, causing her to influence the minds of others.
- Pride: Steve's Fatal Flaw, in a nutshell.
- Reality Ensues:
- Bruce Banner points out how five Winter Soldiers wouldn't be capable of holding a small village, let alone taking over/destroying the world. No matter how good they are at killing, they're still only five people.
- Despite Ross being a major Jerkass, Tony still has to play nice with him due to the man's position.
- Spending hours semi-conscious in an abandoned Siberian bunker in a suit with no power leaves Tony badly frost bitten, to the extent his fingertips have to be amputated.
- When Wanda makes a remark about an interviewer asking Tony questions he doesn't want to answer, Scott informs her that interviews don't work like that. Both parties meet up before hand to negotiate which questions can and cannot be asked and while some reporters might try to ask some unapproved questions, they know better than to try with Tony Stark who's not only rich and powerful, but is known to walk out on interviews if someone does.
- While some people think Captain America might have been right to oppose the Sokovia Accords, they all agree he went about it in the wrong way. Attacking police officers and harming civilians only weakens his position, especially since Rogers could have instead argued his point with the United Nations or even simply staged a hunger strike in protest. Captain Britain even says that Rogers' actions "poisoned the well" for independent superheroes like him.
- Brian Braddock carelessly uses the same phone for both his hero and civilian identity so quite a number of people knew he's Captain Britain, though MI13 kept his enemies from learning it.
- Bodycams make it harder for both sides of an argument to falsify things. While various governments could string footage together to make heroes look bad, the heroes have their own copy to offer as counter-evidence. Likewise, heroes might be protected against false accusations, but still have to watch their behavior since everything they do as heroes is being recorded at all times.
- While it is serious Paranoia Fuel, the fact that in this story Wanda sometimes messed with people's minds on accident is great news for Scott's and Clint's court case as it massively strengthens their defense if it can't be proven beyond a reasonable doubt that they were completely in their right minds during the battle at the Berlin airport.
- Wanda being Easily Forgiven is torn apart by Laura Barton in argument with her husband, who points out that in actuality at least 3 Avengers (Tony, Bruce, and Clint himself) all were actively angry with her or at least were squeamish around her. She also points that Wanda's abilities made her a much bigger threat of manipulating the team than Tony.
- The whole fic intends to apply realistic geopolitical and political concerns to the events of Civil War. For one thing, General Ross is not presented as the untouchable force he was in the film (with it even noted in the intro notes that other countries' leaders wouldn't be enthusiastic about a warhawk American being granted so much authority). The Avengers besides Tony and Natasha not knowing about the Accords is addressed by them not following politics around them, since such a large and complex arrangement WOULD be discussed long enough for news to have trickled down beforehand. Other countries don't appreciate having vigilantes smashing around their property regardless of whether said vigilantes are doing "what's right."
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Despite how they treated him, Tony Stark does his best to help out most of the rogue Avengers. In particular, once Clint calls him, Tony first apologizes for not keeping him appraised of things regarding the Accords then offers his help to get Clint a plea deal and makes sure he knows what Clint wants out of it, such as whether Clint wants to retire again or if he wants to be an international or United States only hero.
- Selective Obliviousness: Lampshaded when Clint wonders how he never realized what was going on with the Avengers until an outside source spelled it out. In particular, when Steve threw his shield at Tony's head because Wanda claimed he was making another Ultron, Steve committed attempted murder on the word of a terrorist.
- Stating the Simple Solution: A number of people suggest easier methods for Steve to fight the Sokovia Accords, such as speaking against them at the UN meeting or even staging a hunger strike. At the time, Captain America still had a lot of political influence if he'd chosen to use it.
- Uniqueness Decay: During WWII, all the known vibranium in the world was used to make Captain America's shield. Decades later, it's revealed that Wakanda has a literal mountain of it, though they consider it a national treasure and don't let anyone else use it. Then Tony Stark figures out how to synthesize vibranium and starts making body armor for law enforcement with the stuff.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: After the members of Team Captain America return to the United States, Tony subtly plays up his disability to make Steve more sympathetic, which causes the man to go after Tony's critics.