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"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. But one thing you can't take away? I am Iron Man."
Anthony Edward 'Tony' Stark, Iron Man 3
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Tony Stark was a genius playboy billionaire industrialist until a battlefield explosion left him with a damaged heart that threatened to kill him. Captured by the enemy forces, he is forced into manufacturing weaponry to aid them. Instead he secretly designed and built a suit of armor (IN A CAVE! WITH A BOX OF SCRAPS!) to keep his heart beating and to escape from his captors, and in the process became the superhero known as Iron Man. The character first appeared in Tales of Suspense #39 (March, 1963), created by writers Stan Lee, and Larry Lieber, along with artists Don Heck and Jack Kirby. He has served as the protagonist of several series since that time.

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  • The Alcoholic: One of his flaws. Not only did it appear in the comic as the famous storyline "Demon in a bottle", he gets hammered in Iron Man 2.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Tony can be an asshole, but he usually means well.
  • Powered Armor: His powers come from one that he built.
  • Science Hero: A hero who uses science and technology (which, after all, he used to build his armor) to save the day.

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