1. He gets hurt by trying to protect his team mates, like say he jumps in front of Steve just as a gun is fired at him or whatnot
2. His suit fails or he gets shot while he's flying and he plummets down to the ground.
3. His arc reactor suffers a nasty blow and malfunctions or even breaks
4. One of the avengers(preferably, ehem, Steve) is falling from a building and he catches him but doesn't have time to fire his repulsors for flight and instead uses his own body to cushion the fall (okay this one is wayyy too specific, but it would still be amazing if someone were to write something for this)
5. Oh and this one that I just thought of too-- like the scene in Iron Man 3 with the exploding mansion where Tony puts the suit on Pepper instead of himself just so she could be safe. I thought that was really sweet and I was wondering if anyone wrote a kind of insight fic on what was going through his head or just put all of that intensity into writing. Or maybe someone could make a fic where he got seriously injured because of that sacrifice. Or maybe the same scenario but with a different person (ehem, Steve?) I don't know, it would really be amazing (again) if someone were to make one. I'm terrible at writing, so.
6. He sacrifices himself for his team mates in general
7. He hides injuries, maybe?
Thanks a whole bunch! I don't know how to use tags? Help.