Pepper Potts/Tony Stark

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Pairing: Tony Stark/Pepper Potts
Alternative name(s): Pepperony[1]
Gender category: Het
Fandom: Iron Man,
Iron Man Movieverse & The Avengers Movieverse (MCU)
Iron Man: Armored Adventures
Canonical?: Yes (in the MCU)
Prevalence: Moderately high
Other: Tony and Pepper Online
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Tony/Pepper is the pairing of Pepper Potts and Tony Stark in the Iron Man films (and as such the Marvel Cinematic Universe).


In all three of Iron Man films feature Tony/Pepper as the most prominent pairing, as does The Avengers film (Pepper being one of the only girlfriends of the superheroes in the film).


Tony/Pepper is one of the more popular het pairings in Iron Man and the Avengers fandom, particularly that part of the fandom concerned with the movie-verse.

Tony/Pepper fans were angry about "break up" of Tony and Pepper faced off-screen where is stated in Captain America: Civil War[2]. Despite the fact this often appeared in fandom due to Steve/Tony fics often breaking up the pairing, many feel that the pairing break up came out of nowhere and is just another way to get rid of another female character. Some fans took Steve Rogers question about Pepper being pregnant and ran with that instead. The first draft of CACW actually had Pepper pregnant but was scrapped because Gwyneth Paltrow's contract renegotiation[3].

Two of the most well-known Pepper/Tony fans are the actors that portray them: Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Downey Jr.[4].

A reconciliation appears to be in progress in Spider-Man: Homecoming with marriage dates discussed briefly in Avengers: Infinity War; it isn't yet clear if this will be reflected in future films or how fandom will respond.

Common Tropes and Fanon

  • Break-up fics are extremely common, and the number of fics tagged with the Tony/Pepper tag is deceptive, as its most common use is as a background/past relationship to make room for (usually) a slash pairing like Steve/Tony.
  • Pepper/Tony as a background pairing are also extremely common
  • Another popular trope are kidfics which feature Pepper being pregnant or Tony and her already having a child

Poly Ships

Sometimes Pepper/Tony appears as part of a triad (or larger poly arrangement), rather than as an independent pairing. Pepper Potts/James Rhodes/Tony Stark is an early example of this, with OT3 and threesome fanfiction appearing after the first Iron Man film. The release of The Avengers in 2012 increased the number of potential poly arrangements. Some examples include:

  • Bruce Banner/Pepper Potts/Tony Stark
  • Pepper Potts/Steve Rogers/Tony Stark
  • Pepper Potts/Natasha Romanov/Tony Stark
  • Loki/Pepper Potts/Tony Stark
  • James "Bucky" Barnes/Pepper Potts/Tony Stark (rare)




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