Superheroes generally have at least one or two things going for them; awesome super powers, oodles of cash, good looks, and/or a charming personality. Iron Man, though, puts them all to shame. First of all, he's a genius. He has more smarts than he even knows what to do with. Next time you need someone to rescue you from your Calculus homework, I think you know who to call. Tony Stark can hook you up.
He Can Fly
Tony Stark may not have any "super powers," but unlike Batman, he's put his riches to good use and created a few powers of his own. One such power is his ability to fly. Just like a rocket ship, Iron Man can take to the skies and fight the forces of evil with his epic badassery. Is that a bird? Is it a plane? Is it Superman? No. It's Tony Stark. Show some respect.
Tony Stark is the master of snark. He has a hilarious one-liner for every situation, and everything he says is soaked through with sarcasm. Other superheroes take themselves and each other far too seriously. To Iron Man, they're all just punch lines waiting for his set-up.
No matter what needs to be done, Tony Stark has connections that can make it happen. He's got friends in the business world, science, law enforcement, the military, athletics, and after 'The Avengers,' he is even personally acquainted with gods. That's what I call being well-connected.
This one's pretty obvious. Hello -- it's Robert Downey, Jr. we're talking about. Because of his good looks and charm, Tony Stark is quite the stunner, whether he's wearing a nice suit or a ratty old Black Sabbath t-shirt.
The man has some serious style. His facial hair is always perfectly trimmed, his suits look like something straight out of GQ, and even his metal Iron Man suits are stylishly designed. He has a real flair for fashion, and it comes through in everything he does.
Not only does Tony Stark have plenty of brain power to spare, but due to his expert gadgetry work, he was able to make himself physically powerful, as well. Let's take a moment to remember who did most of the heavy lifting in 'The Avengers'; that's right, Mr. Stark and his suit collection. His machines have the power to get stuff done, and they just keep getting better with every build.
He Doesn't Take People's Crap
If one thing can be said about Tony Stark, it's this: he doesn't know the meaning of the word 'polite.' (Okay, he's a genius, so he most likely does, but you know what I mean.) If you say or do something stupid, no matter who you are, he will call you out on it. While other superheroes are fumbling over their words and meandering through red tape to get things accomplished, Iron Man just blows right through it. He does what he wants to do when he wants to do it, and he doesn't let anyone stand in his way.
Iron Man is so much more than just a pretty boy in a cape. In fact, who needs a cape? He has a different look, attitude, and skillset than the rest of the superhero gang. Because he stands out from the crowd, he's a thousand times more memorable than your average caped crusader.
No one, and I mean no one, is as brave as Iron Man. The man picked up a nuclear missile and carried it into outer space, for crying out loud! It doesn't get more courageous than that.
What could be better than a man with confidence? Sure, most heroes have at least a basic level of confidence, but you can't fully grasp the meaning of the word until you take a look at Tony Stark. He's got charisma, and he knows it. Look at how he struts his stuff on convention stages! Not just anybody could pull that off. Have you watched 'Captain America: The First Avenger' lately? I rest my case.
When you hear the heavy rock music kick in, you know that Iron Man has arrived and he's about to kick some major tail. Watching him in a fight is incredibly exciting, because you're never quite sure what's going to happen -- except that you know he's going to come out still swinging when it's all over.
No superhero can take a beating like Iron Man, either. If they did, they'd never see the light of day afterward! Tony can find himself in the belly of an alien beast, without air or power in space, deep underwater, and shot in the chest by deadly shrapnel, and no matter what, he gets back up and keeps fighting.
We've already discussed Tony Stark's mass of wealth, but I'd be remiss to not give it its own slide. The dude is filthy stinking rich. Just imagine the good you could do with that kind of money!
He Makes It Look Easy
Lastly, the thing that ties all of his amazing qualities together is the fact that he makes it look easy. Being a superhero is child's play to Tony Stark. He might as well be chilling on the beach and drinking margaritas.