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The Toasterverse is an enormously popular universe of fics that scifigrl47 started posting prior to the release of The Avengers movie and which is still ongoing. It is currently made up of two series in progress and one behind-the-scenes collection of headcanon pieces. The primary pairing is Steve/Tony, though Clint/Coulson features heavily and Thor/Jane has also been focused on. There are a number of popular OCs featured in the verse, including the titular toaster.
In Which Tony Stark Builds Himself Some Friends (But His Family Was Assigned By Nick Fury)
The primary series in the Toasterverse, In Which Tony Stark Builds Himself Some Friends (But His Family Was Assigned By Nick Fury) is a mix of domestic fluff, heavily plotted action fics, and a fix-it fic for the big spoiler in The Avengers. It is currently made up of six fics:
- Some Things Shouldn't Be A Chore: ~22,000 words, rated Teen and Up. Steve takes things like personal responsibility and respect seriously. Tony's got people he pays to take care of that kind of thing, and anyway, he's pretty sure that he's going to die of some exotic disease in his workshop, because Dummy's still a little spotty about what is 'clean' enough to put on an open wound. The rest of the Avengers are in this for personal gain, except for Clint, he just enjoys being a dick. And some things shouldn't be a chore.
- Ordinary Workplace Hazards, or SHIELD and OSHA Aren't on Speaking Terms: ~26,000 words, rated Mature. Tony Stark has once again engineered something that might well lead to the downfall of Western Civilization. No one's really surprised. This time, however, it might just be the lesser of two evils. Clint and Phil hate playing pickup, but damn, Clint loves the Roombas, and damn, Phil loves Clint, though he's not really sure why sometimes. It's time to play Hide-And-Seek with hostile robotic AIs in the SHIELD home office.
- Four (Or Five) Reasons for Kidnapping Tony Stark: ~78,000 words, rated Teen and Up. There are four reasons for kidnapping Tony Stark. Tony's sick of all of them. Well, there's potentially a fifth, but it's highly unlikely that Captain America will suddenly fulfill THAT fantasy. Tony's deeply disappointed about that. Steve Rogers, as always, is oblivious. At least, that is, until someone who isn't him kidnaps Tony. Then he's just pissed.
- Dating the Long Way Around: ~67,000 words, rated Mature. Tony Stark was pretty sure the Universe had it out for him. Call it karma, or the natural balance, but on occasion, he had a sneaking suspicion that for every good thing that happened to him, something bad was waiting around the corner. That being the case, his first real date with Steve Rogers would probably lead to something disastrous. But in that he was, in fact, going on his first real date with Steve, he wasn't sure he cared. Steve was certain he didn't. It's a Thursday night in New York City, what can possibly go wrong?
- Things Unseen (That Are Captured on Film): ~41,000 words, rated Mature. Written for the Cap/Iron Man Big Bang in 2012. In which the Avengers discover the video footage of Tony testing the Iron Man armor, and that goes about as well as it could be expected. Steve Rogers attempts to make peace with his lover's rather cavalier attitude to his health and safety, and starts learning more about Tony's family along the way, both the one he was born into, and the one he's chosen. And, of course, the one that's chosen him. Subtitled: It's all Clint's fault. No one is surprised.
- Hollow Your Bones Like a Bird's: ~96,000 words, rated Mature. In the wake of the Chitauri invasion, Clint Barton wakes up in a world that he very nearly had a hand in destroying. And confronting a loss he might not be able to cope with. The Avengers always needed something to avenge, but once the crisis is past, what keeps them together?
Phil Coulson's Case Files of the Toasterverse
An offshoot series the Toasterverse, Phil Coulson's Case Files of the Toasterverse is made up of eleven short stories from an undefined period during or after In Which Tony Stark Builds Himself Some Friends (But His Family Was Assigned By Nick Fury). It is almost exclusively domestic fluff verging on crack.
- Phil Coulson is Not the Avengers' Public Relations Manager: ~7,000 words, rated Teen and Up. From the Avengers Case Files of Phil Coulson: Grocery shopping is necessary, Tony's a little too proud of his tech, Captain America's lost on the streets of New York, and sometimes social injustice just happens. Phil Coulson's the one who's got to write this nonsense up, and he is not their PR Manager.
- Phil Coulson Does Not Bake (And The Avengers Do Not Shop At IKEA Anymore: ~7,000 words, rated General Audiences. Sometimes Tony Stark makes poor choices. Sometimes Tony pushes his teasing of Steve Rogers just a little too far. Sometimes Steve decides he's had enough. Phil Coulson's the one who's got to write this nonsense up, and he does not bake.
- Phil Coulson Is Not A SHIELD Recruiter (Except In Special Cases): ~5,000 words, rated Teen and Up. Sometimes normal people have interactions with the Avengers that are more than just running, screaming, or getting rescued. When that happens, SHIELD has paperwork. Phil Coulson is very familiar with that paperwork. SHIELD has very, very strange employment interviews that occasionally involve flying Roombas, and Phil Coulson is not a SHIELD recruiter.
- Phil Coulson Can't Keep the Avengers Out of Medical: ~11,000 words, rated Teen and Up. Tony Stark sometimes doesn't make the best choices with his health. Tony is usually bad at communicating. Steve usually doesn't end up in medical, but there are always exceptions. Phil Coulson is the one who has to write up this nonsense, and he can't keep the Avengers out of medical.
- SHIELD Has Paperwork for Everything: ~14,000 words, rated Mature. Clint Barton knows where his loyalties lie, and they have more to do with his handler than his employer. Phil Coulson takes his responsibilities seriously, and a big part of his job is protecting the agent in his care from any threat to his well-being. At this rate, neither of them is going to get a date. Natasha Romanov has other ideas, and the only side she's on is her own.
- Phil Coulson Does Not Take Attendance: ~10,000 words, rated Teen and Up. Sometimes, taking a job working for SHIELD is the end of a journey. Sometimes, it's the beginning. Everyone has to take the same briefings, no matter where they came from, or why they're there. Some people are destined to play hooky, willingly or not. Some people have better things to do, and some people want minions. Phil Coulson has to write up this nonsense, and he does not take attendance.
- Phil Coulson Is Not the Avengers Matchmaker (Or Their Style Consultant): ~16,000 words, rated Teen and Up. Thor really is everyone's favorite. With Jane Foster moving to New York at last, it's only fitting that the team come together to welcome the new arrivals, in high class New York style. Tony Stark makes poor choices, everyone needs a nice outfit eventually, and sometimes, it's harder being a princess than it looks. Phil Coulson has to write this nonsense up, and he is not the Avengers' matchmaker. They could do worse than to follow his fashion advice, however.
- Ghosts of Christmas Memory: ~12,000 words, rated Teen and Up. There were three Christmases that Phil Coulson and Clint Barton spent together that altered their relationship. They were tied together by a song, a job, and Clint's ability to become injured in just about any situation. Christmas is a time of giving, friendship and love.
- Phil Coulson Doesn't Work for Stark Industries: ~18,000 words, rated Teen and Up. Sleeping with a super hero is great, until he becomes a little restless at night. Tony Stark, not the easiest sleeper himself, knows his way around a nightmare, but what do you do when protecting the ones you love leads to unexpected international incidents? Subtitled: lying to Steve Rogers is much harder than it looks. Phil Coulson's the one in charge of writing this nonsense up, and he does not work at StarkIndustries. -INCOMPLETE
- The Best of Life and Asgard: ~16,000 words, rated Mature. Tony Stark has been drunk at a few parties in his life. A quick browse of YouTube makes that impossible to deny, so he doesn't bother. But he can control himself, he doesn't have to drink. He can stay perfectly sober for just one night. He promised, he could go one night without drinking. The problem is, he was the only one who made that promise.
- Discussions in Dynamic Relationships: ~5,000 words, rated General Audiences. Betty Ross hasn't seen Bruce Banner in more than a year. Jane Foster saw Bruce three days ago. They're both attending the "21st Annual Women in Science and Technology Conference." Bruce, obviously, is not. He's going to regret that, soon enough.
Secrets of the Toasterverse
An open-ended collection of drabbles, character studies, bits of headcanon, and actual short stories in the Toasterverse.
- Calcifer: The titular toaster, an appliance in Avengers Tower that Tony gave sentience to.
- Roomba Army of Doom: Eighty-seven roombas that Tony upgraded to do housework around Avengers Tower, complete with sentience via a hive mind.
- Harris: A co-captive with Tony at a HYDRA base; later recruited to SHIELD.
- Shawn and Drew: A college couple that met the Avengers at a pro-gay marriage protest. Drew is a Tony Stark fanboy.
- Fucking Magical by PaxieAmor
Toasterverse fanart by sarahsupastar
Art for Some Things Shouldn't Be A Chore by dr-kara
Art for Ordinary Workplace Hazards by sylphide-cathayan
Art for Four (or Five) Reasons for Kidnapping Tony Stark by lickfoot
Art for Thing Unseen (That Are Captured on Film by sam-paranoid
Art for Hollow Your Bones Like a Bird by billiontinylines
Art for Phil Coulson is Not the Avengers' Public Relations Manager by unidentifiedspoon
- Two podfics of Some Things Shouldn't Be A Chore: one by darlingsweet, one by happyhanabi
- Podfic of Ordinary Workplace Hazards, or SHIELD and OSHA Aren't on Speaking Terms by happyhanabi
- Podfic of Four (Or Five) Reasons for Kidnapping Tony Stark by happyhanabi
- Podfic of Things Unseen (That Are Captured on Film) by happyhanabi
- Podfic of Phil Coulson Is Not The Avengers' Public Relations Manager by dapatty
- Podfic of Phil Coulson Can't Keep the Avengers Out of Medical by kerravon