Insecure Steve

Insecure Steve

Hello! You’re fic recs are amazing! Thank you for putting so much time an effort into them. I didn’t see the following in recs you’ve already done – point me in the right direction if this is an accidental repeat. Do you have any recs for fics where Steve is the one with low self-confidence / self-esteem? I’ve read itsallAvengers’ “Nobody Panic, Everything’s Fine” and it made me want more, but my searches always seem to find fics with Tony as the one with low self-esteem. Thank you! 🙂

I do!  I actually love insecure!Steve, and I think it fits with canon when you see how awkward he is trying to talk to Sharon.  I think a big part of him was shaped by how people treated him and reacted to him when he was all skinny and in pain all the time, so it is hard sometimes to internalize that they might like him now and maybe it isn’t all due to how he looks.  Anyway, here are some insecure Steve recs, so enjoy!


Sometimes You Just Don’t Need a Plan by @blossomsinthemist:
Even a tactical expert doesn’t plan for everything, and sometimes
thinking too much about something just hurts you when it doesn’t have

Nobody Panic, Everything’s Fine by @itsallavengers: Steve doesn’t get jealous. He doesn’t. Honestly. It’s
just…well- Tony’s been spending an awful lot of time with a new
employee. Who’s smarter than him. And funnier. And more interesting and
generally a better match for Tony than he ever would be. But he’s not jealous. Honestly.

IronFan4Ever by awesome_goddess_of_mischief: After finding out Tony Stark is Iron Man, Steve has been avoiding his friend.Does he hate him? And why is he hiding his Tumblr page from Tony?((Just
a little post-secret identity fluff and embarrassed/blushing Steve.
Written for the 2017 International Fanworks Day; my favourite ship

Better by Pearl_Unplanned:
Steve was hit with an alien ray that caused rapid brain growth. While
he’s enjoying being a lot smarter, since now he may just be smart enough
and good enough, for Tony, he doesn’t realize the consequences of the
alien technology until it might be too late.

Do I Have to Draw You a Picture? by Sparcina:
Steve wants Tony, but thinks he’s not good enough. Tony wants Steve, but thinks he’s not good enough.
Loki thinks the both of them are idiots and tries his hand at matchmaking.

In Shades of Grey and Candle Light by InesStarkDowney: Every year, on the 15th of September, The September
Foundation Gala was held and that year Steve attended it but only
because he couldn’t say no to Tony. Yet, all Steve did was drink in
hopes to, somehow, get drunk and forget the sight in front of him: Tony
dancing with a beautiful girl and not him. So he drank and drank
without succeeding, till Tony was next to him and, like before, Steve
couldn’t say no to whatever Tony asked of him.

Ride It Out, Wait It Out by BGB:
2012 is undeniably and often painfully different from the 1940’s. So
much has happened, and Steve just can’t see where he could ever fit in
when he’s no longer certain who he even is.

Hit the Brakes by Tsuki_Amano: Steve’s always known that Tony was more experienced
than he was, but somehow he never thought it might be to quite this
extent. For the first time in their relationship, he’s left considering
the question of whether or not his lover was satisfied with their
Tony’s more than happy to correct that misconception.Or the one where Steve accidentally discovers that Tony has a stash of sex toys and wonders if their sex life is inadequate.

Wherever by MsErmestH: Remember that time Steve got de-serumed and was super
bothered about it, but Tony was just excited Steve was letting him run
the tests? (Here’s a reminder)What if they had a date that night?

Hold Me Close by @naxa1818:
Steve gets de-serumed and is insecure about it. Tony makes him feel better.

In the Eyes of the (Bearded) Beholder by ShyOwl:
Steve has never been called attractive his whole life. Tony finds this hard to believe.

Poster Child Redux: Steve’s POV by sabrecmc: Tony likes the new Captain America poster. A LOT.Steve likes Tony.  A LOT.These two boys need to stop thinking about it and get together.