Sunday, January 10, 2016

Tony Stark—Iron Man

Robert Downy Jr. Tony Stark is the centerpiece of the MCU. Charismatic, intelligent, and rockin' a sweet suit of armor, his 2008 film kickstarted one of the largest and highest grossing film/TV franchises ever. I think his Savage does him a fair bit of justice, but I hope his suits don't get too much better as time goes on, else I'll have to make another Power Level just for him.

Name: Anthony Stark
Race: Human
Experience: 180 (Legendary)
Power Level: Cosmic with Super Karma (85 PP)
Agility d8; Smarts d12; Spirit d8; Strength d6 [d12+6]; Vigor d6 [d10]
Pace 6; Parry 5 [6]; Charisma 4; Toughness 5 [21 (14)]
Hindrances: Arrogant, Dependency (M—Arc Reactor), Dependent (M—Pepper), Heroic, Rebellious, Smart Mouth, Stubborn
Edges: Attractive, Noble, Filthy Rich, Scholar (Computers & Engineering), Charismatic, Engineer, Scholar (Electronics & Physics), Jack-of-All-Trades, Marksman, Level Headed, First Strike, Dodge, Recall Device, Followers (Iron Legion). [Improved Nerves of Steel, Take the Hit.] [Ambidextrous, Two-Fisted.]
Skills: Driving d6, Fighting d6 [d8], Knowledge (Computers) d10, Knowledge (Electronics) d8, Knowledge (Engineering) d10, Knowledge (Physics) d10, Notice d6 [d10], Persuasion d6, [Piloting d6,] Repair d8 [d10], Shooting d6 [d10], Stealth d4, Taunt d6, Throwing d6.
Inventory: Tailored Suit (Charisma +1 when appropriate).
Powers (as of the Mk. XLV):
  • Armor +14 (13): Hardy, Heavy Armor. Device (–1, Iron Man Armor).
  • Doesn't Breathe (1): Contingent on armor, Device (–1, Iron Man Armor).
  • Heightened Senses (3): Data Sense, Eagle Eye, Infravision, Low Light Vision, Super Sight. Device (–1, Iron Man Helmet), Requires Activation.
  • Resistance (1): Air, Cold, Fire/Heat. +4 to resist, +4 Toughness. Contingent on armor, Device (–1, Iron Man Armor).
  • Super Attribute (18): Strength +9, Vigor +2. Contingent on armor, Device (–1, Iron Man Armor).
  • Super Edge (4): Improved Nerves of Steel, Take the Hit. Contingent on armor, Device (–1, Iron Man Armor).
Flight Systems (Switchable):
  • Flight (19): Mach 1, Climb 4, –6 to hit while flying. Contingent on armor, Device (–1, Iron Man Armor). Switchable (primary).
  • Repulsor Beam (6): Range 12/24/48, Damage 3d6, RoF 1, AP 4, Heavy Weapon. Device (–1, Iron Man Gauntlet).
  • Repulsor Beam (6): Range 12/24/48, Damage 3d6, RoF 1, AP 4, Heavy Weapon. Device (–1, Iron Man Gauntlet).
  • Repulsor Beam (6): Range 12/24/48, Damage 3d6, RoF 1, AP 4, Heavy Weapon. Device (–1, Iron Man Gauntlet).
  • Flight (9): Pace 96, Climb 2, –3 to hit while flying. Device (–1, Iron Man Gauntlets and Boots).
  • Repulsor Beam (6): Range 12/24/48, Damage 3d6, RoF 1, AP 4, Heavy Weapon. Device (–1, Iron Man Gauntlet).
  • Tri-Laser System (6): Range 12/24/48, Damage 2d6, RoF 1, AP 10, Heavy Weapon, Lethal. Device (–1, Iron Man Gauntlet).
  • Flight (9): Pace 96, Climb 2, –3 to hit while flying. Device (–1, Iron Man Gauntlets and Boots).
Weapons Systems (Switchable):
  • Attack, Melee (6): Damage Str+2d6, Heavy Weapon, Multiple Attacks. Device (–1, Iron Man Gauntlets).
  • Super Edge (2): Ambidextrous, Two-Fisted. Contingent on heightened senses, Device (–1, Iron Man Armor).
  • Super Skill (12): Fighting +1, Notice +2, Piloting +2, Repair +1, Shooting +2. Contingent on heightened senses, Device (–1, Iron Man Helmet). Switchable (primary).
  • Unibeam (13): Range 12/24/48, Damage 3d10, RoF 1, AP 6, Focus, Heavy Weapon. Device (–1, Iron Man Chest Plate).
  • Super Skill (1): Notice +1, Shooting +2. Contingent on heightened senses, Device (–1, Iron Man Helmet).
  • Micro-Missiles (13): Range 12/24/48, Damage 4d6, RoF 3, AP 6, Heavy Weapon, Lethal, Requires Material (–2, micro-missiles). Contingent on armor, Device (–1, Iron Man Armor).
  • Super Skill (1): Notice +1, Shooting +2. Contingent on heightened senses, Device (–1, Iron Man Helmet).
  • Anti-Tank Missile (13): Range 12/24/48, Damage 6d6, RoF 1, AP 4, MBT, Focus, Heavy Weapon, Lethal, Requires Material (–2, anti-tank missiles). Contingent on armor, Device (–1, Iron Man Armor).
  • Super Skill (1): Notice +1, Shooting +2. Contingent on heightened senses, Device (–1, Iron Man Helmet).
*Stark's power set has varied between movies as he switches between suits. All notable previous suits will be listed over in this entry.

Tony Stark: genius billionaire playboy philanthropist? Well, certainly, yes, but he hides a heart of gold and an enormous desire to not only make the world a better place, but to make up for him and his company's past deeds and accidental involvement with terrorist organizations. He is arrogant and refuses to cooperate with authority figures, but his genius ability to invent his suits and his funds to keep them repaired allow him to disregard most of these figures anyways. That said, he truly cares about people's well being and has devoted his life to training and building to try and help them while his girlfriend Pepper runs the business.

When he was young, Tony's father was hardly the greatest role model, but he had another father figure instead: Jarvis. After the death of Howard and Maria, followed shortly by the death of his butler, Howard's friend Obadiah took control of Stark Industries. Though the young Stark was a genius—creating the J.A.R.V.I.S. A.I. system and graduating suma cum lade at M.I.T. at 17—he didn't have the know-how to manage his family's empire. A few months later, however, control of the company was transferred back to Tony as he helped lead his company's development in a new age of arms supremacy.

Stark was reckless and arrogant in his success, sleeping with women all over the world, and meeting a young Aldrich Killian back in 1999. He would waste vast amounts of money on trinkets and cars, still having ever more in his accounts.

This was cut short after a weapons test in Afghanistan, where he was kidnapped by members of the Ten Rings organization. Stark would remain in captivity for three months after Ho Yinsen saved his life by magnetizing his heart (to keep the shrapnel away). In this time, Stark not only miniaturized his company's arc reactor technology, but created his first Iron Man suit to escape. Moved by the collateral damage of Ho Yinsen's death, as well as seeing his own arms in the terrorist cell, Stark continued to innovate and improve his idea of a powered suit of armor until he created his first combat-ready suit: the Mk. III armor. He used this to save Ho Yinsen's home village of Gulmira, though was intercepted by a few Air Force fighters before his good friend Colonel Rhodes called them off.

Determined to track more of his illicit shipments and destroy them, he asked his assistant Pepper Potts to pull up the records from Stane's computer, where she discovered that Stane was the one that facilitated Tony's kidnapping and assassination attempt. Once he realized his, he was forced to fight Stane in a new Iron Monger suit (while Tony's suit wasn't even at full power. This ended up with Stane getting cooked by a massive arc reactor overload, followed by Tony's famous statement: "I am Iron Man."

After months of playing the super hero, as well as creating a new suit, prototyping another, and refusing to surrender any of his tech to the government, Stark was nearly assassinated by a Russian thug named Ivan Vanko using arc reactor technology to power his weapons systems. Disheartened, with the government trying to push for the acquisition of his suits (via Rhodes), Stark got hammered at one of his own parties in his Mk. IV suit, nearly destroying his mansion in a duel with Rhodes wearing the Mk. II.

The next day, Tony was confronted by Nick Fury about the effects of palladium poisoning due to Stark's arc reactor, as well as revealing that Stark's new assistant Natalie Rushman was actually a highly trained S.H.I.E.L.D. agent sent to keep tabs on him. Fury presented Stark with a lot of his father's old work in an attempt to find a cure for Stark's poisoning. Shortly after, Vanko contacted Stark, revealing that he was still alive and out for blood. Finding out that one of his business rivals had saved Vanko, Stark hurried and ended up in the Stark Expo battle, saving Pepper again and becoming romantically involved shortly afterwards.

A few months later, finishing up applying his green energy project to the newly built Stark Tower in New York, Tony was contacted by Phil Coulson about the Avengers Initiative, being told that Loki had arrived and was threatening the safety of the planet. He flew out to Germany to apprehend the Norse god, and shortly after briefly dueled Thor as well, but ultimately brought Loki back to the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier. After a brief argument with Fury, Rogers, and the other Avengers, he worked with Captain America to repair one of the helicarrier's damaged thrusters as Loki escaped. Rogers was instrumental in the Battle of New York, nearly sacrificing himself to keep New York from being hit in a nuclear strike.

Months later, Stark's PTSD and anxiety had driven him to construct 35 new Iron Man armors, but after his former bodyguard Happy was nearly killed in a Ten Rings "bombing," Stark threatened the Mandarin, head of the Ten Rings, which resulted in his Malibu mansion being bombarded with missiles as he escaped with his very experimental Mk. XLII. After some undercover digging, he found that Aldrich Killian was behind the Mandarin bombings, and with Rhodes' help exposed the Mandarin as Trevor Slattery—a down-on-his-luck actor simply playing the part—and overthrew A.I.M.'s attempt at assassinating the president. Shortly after, Stark detonated all of his previous Iron Man suits at the battle on the Norco, vowing to focus more on Pepper.

Within a few years, however, Stark had returned with a new suit, helping to recover Loki's scepter from a HYDRA base in Sokovia, and with Banner's help accidentally created Ultron with it (who proceeded to destroy J.A.R.V.I.S.). Stark worked tirelessly to shut Ultron out of his and Rhodes' suits, as well as having to deploy his new Hulk Buster armor to prevent the destruction of a South African city. He confronted Ultron a few days later with the other Avengers and Vision, an synthetic robot created with J.A.R.V.I.S.'s old code matrix, destroying the city of Sokovia but saving almost all of the citizens involved.

Stark recently retired from the Avengers, going back to live with Pepper and focus on moving on (but still funding the superhero team).


  1. Where is the Recall Device edge from? Otherwise like the build!

    1. It was a custom Edge I built some time ago, specifically for Iron Man and Thor. I'm glad you like the build, but it's going to be changed around a bit in the coming months as I go through and revamp certain heroes to be more rules-appropriate—a lot of the Contingents that I used here are sort of double-dipping, as it were.