|Occupation:||Billionaire Industrialist, Superhero|
|Relationships:|| Howard Stark (father), Maria Stark (mother), |
Rumiko Fujikawa (Marvel Comics), Pepper Potts (Marvel Comics, Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)), Steve Rogers (Earth-3490), Edwin Jarvis (Marvel Comics, MCU), JARVIS (Marvel Comics, MCU)
|Fandom:||Iron Man, The Avengers, Marvel Cinematic Universe|
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Tony Stark (full name Anthony Edward Stark) is the alter ego of Iron Man and the main character of the comic and movie franchise of the same name. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe Tony Stark is played by Robert Downey Jr..
The most important thing to know about Tony Stark is that he hates himself. A lot. For various reasons, beginning with survivor’s guilt and ending with alcoholism and years of chronic depression. The second most important thing to know about Tony Stark is that he has a suit of high-tech armor that he loves a whole lot. And a bad heart. Unlikely though it may seem, these two facts are closely connected.
Marvel Cinematic Universe
Genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist, and weapons manufacturer turned superhero, Tony creates his first Iron Man suit while held prisoner by terrorists in a cave in Afghanistan. After finding out about the betrayal of his mentor Obediah Stane, Tony joins the Avengers Initiative as a consultant. In the final confrontation with the Chitauri, he decides the battle by flying a nuclear warhead into a wormhole and killing the Chitauri mothership. His relationship with Pepper Potts is shown on numerous occasions; most notably in Iron Man 3, where he rescues her from Aldritch Killian and blows up all his Iron Man suits. He is friends with Colonel James Rhodes and Happy Hogan.
Common Tropes and Fanon
- Adoption Fic Fics in which Tony Stark adopts Peter Parker have gained popularity in fandom, and there are a few stories where Tony adopts Doreen Green. In Frostiron fiction, Tony sometimes adopts Loki's kids.
- Tony's Alcoholism
- A+ Parenting Howard Stark's bad parenting is the source of many issues Tony has to deal with in his personal life.
- Baking AU Baking is a popular trope in courtship fics. Either the prospective romantic partner sends Tony a generous supply of homemade sweets to woo him, or Tony does the baking himself to win his crush over.
- Curtain fic with various partners.
- Domestic Avengers, Smartass Family or Superfamily - Tony is usually at the head of the family.
- Everyone Is Related:
- Genderswap is often used on Tony. When he's female, she's called either Antonia, Toni, or Natasha, the latter due to a comic storyline. (Some examples)
- Hatesex, especially with Steve/Tony or Phil Coulson in the MCU.
- Immortality Tony becomes immortal by eating a Golden Apple (Apple of Idunn). This trope is very popular in Loki/Tony Stark fics, where Loki gives the apple to his lover so they can be together forever. Usually, Tony accepts, but there are a few fics where he declines the offer and leaves a heartbroken Loki behind (see deathfic).
- Kink with various partners, also due to his reputation as playboy.
- Little Black Dress, due to his self proclaimed title of playboy.
- Mutant or supernatural creature Tony (examples)
- Tony's PTSD
- Slavefic Either Tony is enslaved, or he becomes the (reluctant) owner of Loki, who has been sold into slavery by Odin as a punishment for his crimes. Almost always, Tony is uncomfortable with the situation and works hard to find a way to set Loki free, but there are a few darkfics around where Tony takes revenge on Loki. Sometimes, a romantic relationship evolves which presents its own set of ethical issues.
- Whump, often in combination with a Steve/Tony pairing.
- Tony/Pepper Potts
- Tony/Rumiko Fujikawa
- Tony/Natasha Romanova
- Tony/Darcy Lewis
- Tony/Jane Foster
- Tony/Betty Ross
- Tony/Indries Moomji
- Tony/Steve Rogers
- Tony/Bruce Banner
- Tony/Phil Coulson
- Tony/Clint Barton
- Tony/Peter Parker
- Tony/Stephen Strange
- Tony/Bucky Barnes
- Tony/Obadiah Stane
- Tony/Scott Lang
- Pepper Potts/James Rhodes/Tony Stark
- Bucky Barnes/Tony Stark/Steve Rogers
- T'Challa/Steve Rogers/Tony Stark/Bucky Barnes (rare pairing)
- Pepper Potts/Steve Rogers/Tony Stark
In April 2021, an anonymous group of fans rented a billboard in Los Angeles asking Marvel to bring Tony Stark back in the MCU. The fan campaign caused mixed reactions on Twitter and other media.
- Iron Man Big Bang
- Tony Stark Bingo 2019 Challenge at tumblr
- Tony Stark Bingo 2020 Challenge at tumblr
- Darcy Stark series by sarcastic_fina, a Darcy fic where she's the daughter of Tony Stark.
- Together We're Both Alone by bendingwind, Darcy Lewis has a mom who used to be a showgirl in Vegas and a dad who is a financial advisor in Santa Fe. She also has a Tony.
- Ironsides by copperbadge, genderswap fic: Antonia Carter Stark takes no shit and no prisoners.
- Space Electric series by icarus_chained, Space AU, with Tony as a technomage that is closely bonded to JARVIS.
- The Last Love Song of Anthony E. Stark by jibrailis. (Steve/Tony) After contracting an Asgardian Virus, Tony starts forgetting things. And people. And Steve.
- Sins of Omission by Kiyaar. Locked to non-AO3 members. On hiatus. Steve/Tony. "A Post-Civil War, Pre-Secret Invasion AU where Steve is dead, Tony's a mess, and everything sucks."
- Slipping off the Page into Your Hands by Sineala. A Steve/Tony soulmates AU ambiguously set in Avengers Vol. 1.
- The Rise of Iron Doom by laireshi. A fluffy Tony Stark/Victor Von Doom fic that diverges from Bendis' 2015 Invincible Iron Man run.
- Tony Stark and a scene from The Avengers by Alicexz
- Genius, Billionaire, Playboy, Philanthropist, a Bruce Wayne/Tony Stark gif (Batman Begins/Iron Man) set.
- spy sometime by kanapy
- Tony and Hoodie yeah by kanapy
- Tony Stark by moishpain
- Cuckoo by fiveyearmission - character study.
- Fear is how I fall by VilyaXxX0llwyna - character study.
- Nothing Suits Tony Stark Like an Iron Suit by Cruciatus.
- Signature Move by nel_ani.
- Iron Man - Tony Stark Tribute - Viva La Vida by RDJrAdmirer.
- The Stark Legacy, a AU Tony Stark & Darcy/Steve vid.
- Everybody Loves Me, a Tony vid.
- oh no!, a Tony vid.
Additional Art Gallery
Deep in Thought by JustBast (2010)
Archives and Communities
- parkerstark, Peter Parker/Tony Stark LJ community
- Fugues Fiction Archive & Recommendations: Iron Man - recommendation site
- Stories tagged Tony Stark - AO3
- Tony centric community at FFN
- Tony Stark Fic Recs on tumblr.
- Stories tagged #tonystark on Wattpad
- elspethdixon in ship_manifesto. Captain America/Iron Man (Marvel Comics), 10 July 2008. (Accessed 21 July 2012)
- See: Iron Man Fans Ask Marvel to Bring Tony Stark Back to Life on L.A. Billboard, Archived version (Variety, April 22, 2021)
- Unhinged Fandom Buys Billboard Begging Marvel To Resurrect Tony Stark, Archived version (The Mary Sue, April 24, 2021)