Tony Stark's Fighting Skills

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Even people who don't think Iron-man is underrated, there is one thing that is pretty underrated about him and that is his combat skill. Surprisingly, Stark is not lacking any fighting skills. In fact, he is pretty good. He is not coming close to Captain America or Batman levels but it is not like he has a skill of nameless fodder or above average skill. He deserves to be called a skilled fighter and this thread will provide all info needed about Stark's fighting capabilities. If I missed some feats, feel free to post them. Keep in mind, this thread is about Stark's fighting skill so don't post feats which show his intellect, multi tasking abilities, tactical feats or marksmanship skill unless those feats were preformed while fighting someone. Providing context and issue numbering would be appreciated as well.

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Training/Skill

During the events of Demon in a Bottle, Tony asked Captain America, probably one of 3 best fighters in the Marvel Universe to train him in hand to hand combat. This training is something Tony will reference a lot of times in the future when he found it useful.

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~Source: Iron Man #125 - The Monaco Prelude!

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Here he references Captain America's training. He actually taught him few Martial Art Techniques and not just basic hand to hand combat.

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~Source: Iron-man: Fatal Frontier #11

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He wasn't trained by Captain America only. He was also trained by Black Widow, Shang Chi and Black Panther. All three of those people are one of the best fighters of the Marvel Universe. Shang Chi has skill comparable to Daredevil and T'Challa is rivaled only by the likes of Captain America and Danny Rand Iron Fist.

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~Source: Iron-man: Fatal Frontier #12

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His friend James Rhodes who was long time military soldier claimed that there is no way he could have ever beat Tony in a fair fight and the best he could have hope for is a draw.

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~Source: Iron Man #262 - The Enemy Within

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Viper/Madame Hydra who is a Master Martial Artist compliments Tony's fighting skills and claims that she recognizes Captain America's fighting style which means something considering the fact that she is one of Cap's greatest foes and she encountered him on various occasions. Tony was also able to get the best of Viper for a moment but he was put down because he lost his temper and focus because Viper mentioned Cap and was mocking Tony on being responsible for Cap's death.

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~Source: Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Annual #1 - Regime Change

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Feats

Even before his training with Cap, Tony was able to land a hit on Mandarin while he was attacking him. Not only Mandarin Mastered several forms of Martial Arts but during classic days, Mandarin was shown to be strong and durable enough to fight and even overpower Iron-man without his rings.

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~Source: Tales of Suspense #86 - Death Duel For The Life Of Happy Hogan!

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Again before his training, he was able to caught Mandarin off guard and get the best of him, using his Martial Arts skill against him. Which is extremely hard to do in a fight against the Master of Multiple Martial Arts.

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~Source: Iron Man #100 - Ten Rings To Rule the World!

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Yet another feat he preformed before he was trained by Cap. Uses a nerve strike to one shot the Freak.

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~Source: Iron Man #67 - Return Of The Freak

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Stomps Hammer's goons.

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~Source: Iron Man #125 - The Monaco Prelude!

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Fodders are getting stomped by Tony.

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~Source: Iron Man Vol. 3 #41 - Aftermath

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Stomps more fodders.

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~Source: Iron Man: Legacy #3 - War of the Iron Men, Part Three

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Stomps armed fodders while being drunk.

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~Source: Iron Man: Legacy #6 - Industrial Revolution Part 1: Man on the Street

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Using knowledge he gained after his training with Shang Chi, Black Panther and Black Widow, he stomps Extremis Enhanced Solider who is not only a super human but is skilled himself.

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~Source: Iron-man: Fatal Frontier #12

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Overpowers the Mauler. Not only he was a challenge for Iron-man but he was confused Stark's Armor System making the suit almost useless so Stark used his fighting skills to free himself.

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~Source: Iron Man #156 - The Mauler Mandate!

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Frees himself and overpowers Titanium Man who held him in place despite the fact that Titanium Man is stronger than Iron-man.

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~Source: Iron Man #135 - Return Of The Hero

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Despite the fact that Tony removed Bleeding Edge from his body and is no longer enhanced human, his brain functions are still as fast and powerful as they were before. Tony is extremely good multi-tasker and has the ability to focus parts of his brain on certain task and preform them just as good or even better as one human can while focusing 100% of his brain on certain task. Tony was able to stomp armed goons without much effort while using 33%/one third of his brain. The other third of his brain was remotely controlling his Marvel Now suit while the last third of his brain actually entered into a time dilation mode with one-third of his brain that ran hacking program suites. In other words Tony was able to stomp multiple armed goons with 33% of his brain while the other 66% were focused on processed two extremely difficult tasks all at the same time.

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~Source: Iron-man: Fatal Frontier #5-7

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Cap didn't taught him Martial Arts only. He taught him Evasion Techniques which allowed Tony to get away from drones shooting lasers at him and outsmart them by making them shoot each other.

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~Source: Iron Man #258.1 - The Thought That Killed

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Takes down a group of trained alien gladiators by himself and beats them with a troll face.

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~Source: Iron Man Vol. 5 #7 - The Godkiller, 2 of 3

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Stomps the group of Skrulls, aliens with meta human stats and makes a reference to Cap's training.

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~Source: New Avengers: Illuminati #1

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Takes out ninjas (Masters of Silence) using pure skill and even beats them in their own game.

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~Source: Iron Man #282 - War Machine

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While in the water, Tony had 60 seconds left to breathe and there are about 5 sharks attacking him so he dodges the shark's attack and catches its pinna landing on it's back holding it in place. Then he bites the shark until blood comes out, making other sharks attack and eat the shark Tony bit while going far away from the shark before the other sharks caught him as well. This feat also shows tactical skill and physical abilities.

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~Source: Marvel Super-Heroes #13

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Holds his own against Doctor Doom and dodges his attack and blocks it by holding Doom's arm getting him off balanced. Doom is another Master of Martial Arts who was able to beat Black Panther.

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~Source: Iron-man: Fatal Frontier #11

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Holds his own against Captain America. He did have Extremis but Cap is enhanced human as well and superior in every physical way still (based on feats). To provide context, this happened during the Civil War and a lot of people died so it wasn't a friendly fight. Steve was angry at Stark.

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~Source: Iron Man/Captain America: Casualties of War #1 - Rubicon

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The Extremis armor's computer systems gave Tony Pre-Programmed Martial Arts Skills with "cast arsenal of fighting moves".

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~Source: Iron Man: Hypervelocity #2

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Apparently it is good enough to humiliate Captain America in hand to hand combat without the use of his superior stats.

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~Source: Civil War #3 - Whose Side Are You On?

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Hope you enjoyed seeing our favorite genius/billionaire/playboy/philanthropist kicking some ass without his armor (some feats I showed were Tony wearing the armor but that is besides the point). I will probably make a thread about his tactical skill feats and of course some feats of his intellect which is his greatest weapon.

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