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  • Ass Pull: Tony and Whitney suddenly dating. Ask any watcher of the show and they will admit they didn't see this coming. However this explicitly came just after this happened in the previous episode. So most believe this was just something to prolong the Unresolved Sexual Tension between Tony and Pepper.
  • Awesome Music: The theme song.
  • Complete Monster:
    • Justin Hammer is a young weapons manufacturer whose company Hammer Multinational is the main competitor to Stark International. Hammer hires the supervillain known as Mr. Fix to work for him and later injects Fix with a nano virus that will kill him if he disobeys Hammer. After Iron Man defeats Hammer's Titanium Man armor, Hammer blames Fix for the armor's failure and uses the nano virus to kill Fix's body, but uploads his mind into Hammer's computer systems, much to Fix's dismay. After Stark International lands a big military contract, Hammer decides to get revenge by placing a control device on Stane's Iron Monger armor and sends Iron Monger on a rampage. After receiving blackmail messages from an unknown party (actually sent by Mr. Fix.), Hammer becomes increasing paranoid. Hammer starts attacking anyone who he thinks may be responsible, including his own men. Hammer uses a new chemical weapon called Z Gas to turn crime boss Count Nefaria into a zombie and then kidnaps and tortures Killer Shrike, one of his former henchmen. Hammer then turns Shrike into a zombie. After Iron Man broadcasts evidence of Hammer's crimes across the globe, Hammer starts to lose it and plans to release the Z Gas on New York City.
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    • "The Makluan Invasion" two-part series finale: The Makluan Overlord is the supreme ruler of the Makluan race. For thousands of years, he used the powers of the Ten Rings to conquer countless worlds and enslave entire civilizations, in some instances destroying them. After his son stole the Rings, the Overlord started chasing him all across the universe, determined to kill him for his betrayal. Once he discovers the Rings are hidden on Earth, he comes there with his army and quickly retrieves them before sending drones and giant robots to cause havoc in the nearest city, much to his sadistic entertainment. Amused by the efforts of Iron Man and his friends to defend their planet, the Makluan Overlord offers them to spare Earth if they manage to defeat his best warriors in his Arena of Carnage. However, he refuses to keep his promise when they win his challenge and prepares to destroy the whole planet instead, gleefully electrocuting all the humans who try to oppose him beforehand. Despite his claims that he's fulfilling the great Makluan prophecy and bringing order in the cosmos, it is obvious to everyone that the Makluan Overlord is nothing more than a power-hungry tyrant who merely wants to enslave the entire universe.
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  • Damsel Scrappy: Pepper Potts has two purposes for her existence: help Tony out on occasion and get captured and rescued constantly even in situations she should be able to escape from on her own. Her behavior is consistently damsel-like despite her aspirations to be a kick-ass SHIELD agent - at one point she's in the middle of an abandoned warehouse where two different factions of Chinese assassins are fighting and she sits there waiting to be rescued instead of getting away from the fighting. Yeah, real SHIELD material.
  • Die for Our Ship: Some Tony/Pepper fans give Whitney Stane (yes, that Whitney Stane ) this treatment.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Gene Khan/The Mandarin; Whitney Stane/Madame Masque.
    • Lampshaded with Justin Hammer. Pepper comments that the cute ones are always evil.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Tony/Whitney for some, and Pepper/Gene for others, if not those same people.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • In Hawkeye's first guest appearance, Iron Man hits him with sonic blasters, causing Hawkeye to protest that he has sensitive ears. The comic-book version of Hawkeye has been hearing impaired since the 1980s just before the West Coast Avengers started, also making this a Mythology Gag.
    • In the episode "Dragon Seed", When Pepper takes her new armor out for a test drive, Rhodey says something along the lines of "Let's hope she doesn't take out New Jersey." Tony replies, "Let's hope it's the shore." Well, thanks to Hurricane Sandy....
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Technovore's design similarities with Ultron become far more entertaining given that the MCU version of Ultron is also built by Stark.
    • Tony serving as a mentor character to Spider-Man in the MCU becomes this given that this show's premise can essentially be described as fusion of Spider-Man and Iron Man.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Ghost is a snarky mercenary who will always get the job done for a price. Ghost first appears when he is hired by AIM to assassinate Tony Stark and when Tony is saved by Madame Masque, Ghost forces them into a stalemate and leaves after extorting Masque. Later infiltrating a S.H.I.E.L.D. hovercraft, Ghost disables the security system and forces Tony to allow his escape by threatening to destroy the craft. Recording Tony's true identity to blackmail him and stealing the schematics to his tech, Ghost threatens to expose him to the world when he turns legal age and gets his inheritance, also playing off Tony's refusal to kill, showing remarkable ingenuity in all of his appearances.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • The sentient AI in the armor almost kills Mr Fix and Whiplash in an attempt to protect Tony from danger.
    • Xin Zhang is heavily implied to have murdered his wife.
    • Subverted with Gene when it's revealed he caused Howard Stark's accident, but it turns out he didn't kill Howard and kept him alive for information. Of course, from Tony's perspective, it's still played straight. Not to mention the fact Gene was going to kill Tony that day because he didn't see any use in him, it was only thanks to his armor that Tony survived.
  • Never Live It Down: Pepper isn't really as useless as much as her detractors like to make out. While she is the go-to Damsel in Distress, she's rarely the only person at the time in danger, and while not an Action Girl, she does have her own contributions to the team (notably, she was once able to track down the wife of the Crimson Dynamo's pilot, in order to get him to stop his rampage, using nothing but detective work and pretending to be an FBI agent). However, the Damsel in Distress aspect of her character has made people ignore her other aspects and write her off as The Load. Though it doesn't help that Pepper herself seems to see herself as The Load and hoping to get her own armor to stop being that.
  • Periphery Demographic: Despite being aimed primarily at boys, the show has an interesting amount of female viewers, which is usually unheard of for a superhero show. The show also attracts quite a bit of anime fans. Both of these are probably attributed to the show's heavy anime-influence as well as it's effort to not rehash the stories found in the comic books like other superhero shows, which have a history of alienating both of these demographics.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: Several for each pairing of the cast, but special mention goes to "Pepperony."
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Pepper finally gets her armor to fight with in the three-part season 2 finale. She even gives herself the name Rescue since she just rescued Tony and Rhodey multiple times since getting it.
  • Special Effect Failure: A minor instance. In the second season, Pepper complains about Tony having gone without a shave in a while, making it look like he's growing a goatee. While this is presumably meant as a Mythology Gag, Tony's character model hasn't actually been changed to reflect it, so Pepper's comment comes off as rather odd.
    • Banner's transformation into the Hulk in this show (he just transforms in a flash of light and his clothes are back to normal when he turns back to normal) can also seem pretty lazy compared to the usual transformation sequences given to the character.
  • Tear Jerker: The ending of "Best Served Cold" will make anyone's heart clench.
    • Or the ending of "Designed Only For Chaos" for that matter.
    • During "Designed Only For Chaos", while Tony and Arthur are idly talking, Arthur reveals some of his Dark and Troubled Past.
    Arthur: All my life people have stepped on me and called me useless. But you're trying to save my life, why?
    Arthur: (genuinely stunned, then grateful) Thank you Tony.
    • Near the end of "Ghost in the Machine", after Tony's finally caught up to Ghost, he ruthlessly attacks and overpowers Ghost. Just when it looks like Ghost has gotten the upper hand thanks to phasing his hand into Tony's chest, Tony reveals he can cancel Ghost's ability, and that he's willing to do so despite the fact that it would kill him. Tony's almost happy at the idea, stating he now has "nothing left to loose". For his part, it's the only time in the series that the Ghost sounds genuinely frightened, he actually has to talk Tony down to save his hand. Considering Tony seemed to think Ghost had already revealed his secret to two of his worst enemies, his threat to Ghost could very well be interpreted as a suicide attempt.
    • The ending of "Dragonseed", while we barely knew him, the death of the Makluan guardian was surprisingly heartbreaking.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Whiplash is killed off and the only indicator that it happened is Justin Hammer remarking on it.
    • A lot of the episodes involving Justin Hammer have a very "filler" feel to them, due to the fact none of his actions actually affect the main plot involving the Mandarin or the Makluan Rings, in spite of his Evil Counterpart aspects to Tony. He also dies just before the final episodes and all of his actions that screwed over Tony get undone very quickly, leaving him feeling unimportant to any of the series' events.
  • Uncanny Valley: The faceplate for the Mk. II Iron Man armor makes it look as if Iron Man has a perpetual Slasher Smile/Psychotic Smirk/Sideways Smile (take your pick).
  • What an Idiot!:
    • Obadiah hiring criminals as heroes for his massed produced Iron Man suits. For a guy with ties to the military he could have easily gotten a hold of soldiers.
    • The entire reason Obadiah finds out Tony is Iron Man is because both his identities said the exact same phrase ("manufactured evil") right to him.


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