Pre- and Post-Afghanistan Tony

Pre- and Post-Afghanistan Tony

Thanks for all your rec lists, you are so amazing putting them all together! I was wondering if you know of any Stony fics dealing with how Tony’s personality used to be different before Afghanistan and Iron Man. For example if a younger Tony time travelled, or Tony was deaged and lost his future memories, or something just comes up in the press about something he did in the past? Thank you!

I’m not sure if this is really what you are asking for, but here’s a hodgepodge of suggestions for you!


Time Travel/Younger Tony

Childhood is the Kingdom Where Nobody Dies by MemoryDragon:
Seven-year-old Tony Stark wakes up on a Hydra base, lost, afraid, and
alone.  He has to overcome his fears before it’s too late for the
Avengers and Captain America.

Past Imperfect by @captainneverever: Present day Tony tells Steve that Steve wouldn’t like the college version of Tony. An
alternative Steve, living in a dystopian future, is sent back to the
past to stop the death of a young Tony Stark at MIT. He doesn’t know
what he’s going to find but he’s going to try his best to save Tony.

Ripple Effect by sabrecmc:
After the events of Infinity War, Steve is sent back in time on a
desperate mission to find the Tesseract.  Instead, he meets up with
21-year old Tony, still reeling from his parents’ deaths.  Who,
naturally, tries to climb Steve like a tree.  Somehow, this fixes

Ghost of Fanboys Past by MiniRaven:As a kid, Tony practically worshiped Captain America.
He read every comic book, treasured every poster, every playing card. To
say he was obsessed would be an understatement. Thank goodness Tony’s
early fanboy days were far behind him.Or, at least, they would be if AIM hadn’t kidnapped Tony, reached
into his time stream, and pulled out the six year old version of him who
was absolutely smitten with Captain America.Or, as Tony liked to call it, Tuesday. After being rescued by the newly reformed Avengers, Tony realizes
he’s got a lot on his plate. Not only does he have to figure out how to
send said kid back to the past, but he also has to deal with his
teammate’s strange infatuation with his younger self. Specifically tell
his new boyfriend, Steve Rogers, that this kid is not adorable. You
should not listen to him. You should not encourage him. Why do you let
him say all these embarrassing things. Child, stop. You’re embarrassing
me. No, don’t do that. Stop. Please stop. For the love of god, someone
please shut him up!

Thing One and Thing Two by avengercat:
Steve is dating Tony but doesn’t know he’s Iron Man because Iron Man’s
identity is still a secret. Billy accidentally brings Tony Stark as a
child to the present. Worried about the consequences of meeting his past
self, present day Tony hides in his armor and lets everyone believe
that the spell also sent his present day self to the past. Until a
solution is found, the Avengers must take turns taking care of kid Tony.
Tony battles with the decision to come clean, especially as Steve gets
closer to Iron Man.

Three Assholes, Two TARDISes, and a Dalek Walk Into a Bar by @la-toratempesta @snowzapped: It’s only natural that Tony’s curiosity was piqued when
a blue police call box appeared right in the heart of MIT. For one,
Tony had never seen cops use a police call box before. He wasn’t even
sure that anyone here even knew what a police call box is – he for sure didn’t, but he wanted to find out.The secrets were bigger on the inside, after all.

If You Want to Live (the Historical Present Remix) by @sineala: The Civil War is over. The SHRA is gone. Steve has been
brought back to life. He’s settling into his new duties as America’s
top cop. His longtime friendship with Carol Danvers – Avenger, former
director of SHIELD, and former leader of the pro-Registration forces –
is now a tenuous one. But something is very wrong in the world. This
isn’t how it was supposed to be. Someone is missing.Tony Stark
was killed at the age of seventeen, and it’s up to Steve to travel into
the past to save a man he doesn’t remember from a man he knows all too
well: a mysterious assassin from another time and place, a man with a
metal arm. And the truth is more complicated than anyone could ever have

A Moment in History by @itsallavengers: Everything was going fine until Tony Stark from ten years in the past landed on his ass in their kitchen.Present-day Tony supposes this is just another Sunday Morning.

Little Boy (Inside My Chest) by Rowantreeisme (WiP): Curious, Tony stopped, tipped his head, as Fury keyed
in a password to the computer. Fury nodded to the monitor, and Tony
nearly dropped the suitcase. “Holy mother of Tesla someone fucking
cloned me.” He said, stepped forwards, squinted at the screen as his gut
protested the fact that he was watching himself sit on a bed in a
standard-issue SHIELD dorm room, younger and clean-shaven and wearing
what Tony knew had been one of the spare shirts he kept on the base just
in case, except it was at least a size too big, and damn, had he really
been that skinny when he was a kid? He’s gotten mad at anyone, mostly
Rhodey’s mom, who suggested that he eat more, put some meat on his
bones, but if this is what he’d looked like? Well. That was one hell of something to deal with at two in the morning.

The Brain Delete/Memory Loss

Take Me Back to the Start by @laireshi:
Tony’s pretty sure that’s his tech destroying New York, but he doesn’t
remember designing it. There are a lot of things he doesn’t remember.
But when a version of himself from the past shows up, and Steve can’t
even look at him, Tony starts to understand why he chose to forget.

Optimistic Decompression by exfatalist: To destroy all records of the Superhuman Registration
Act before they could fall into Norman Osborn’s hands, Tony Stark
deleted his brain. In so doing, he forgot a lot of very important – and
very terrible – things that he did. His life since has been spent
attempting to reconcile how much his friends seem to despise him and
knowing, logically, that he could have only ever acted according to his
best judgment.And while no amount of sensory input could possibly bring back such
irreparably lost data, nothing was ever logical about the quiet moments
when two people lay entwined together.

Versions of Reality by @itsallavengers:
while held captive by HYDRA, Tony’s memories of Iron Man are stolen from
him. He doesn’t know how to get them back, and with every passing
second, he becomes more and more aware of how expendable he truly is
when he doesn’t have the appeal of the suit to keep him afloat.  Just how long is it going to take for the team to get bored of him, now that he has nothing to offer them?

even if the brain has forgotten, perhaps the teeth remember (or the fingers) by theappleppielifestyle: Tony gets temporary amnesia. Some things are clearer without his preconceptions dragging him down.

The Last Love Song of Anthony E. Stark by jibrailis:
After contracting an Asgardian virus, Tony starts forgetting things. And people. And Steve.

Changeling by @sineala:
Instead of deleting his entire brain and reloading from a backup, Tony
attempts to erase just the SHRA database from his mind. As Steve later
finds out, this is unfortunately not what he actually did.

Error Handling by @sineala:
After the Civil War, Tony moves into Avengers Tower and tries to pick up
the pieces of his shattered mind and his shattered life. It’s not going
particularly well. He wishes someone would tell him what’s going on. He
wishes he knew what he did as Iron Man, as an Avenger, as the director
of SHIELD. But mostly he wishes Captain America would stop looking at
him like he’s about to cry.

hold on to me (I’m a little unsteady) by halfasgoodasanything:
tony loses his memory. steve’s afraid to get too close, because he can’t
take seeing tony without love in his eyes. steve also seems to be the
only thing that helps him remember anything, so. heartbreak all around,
until tony’s memory comes back.

De-Aged Tony

Tony Stark and the Dime a Dozen Spell by Lillian_Cho: “Thor, look out!”The moment Tony saw the spell
take form, he barreled towards his teammate to intercept the flash of
purple light. Too late did he remember that: 1) if there was a team
member that didn’t need his protection, it was Thor a.k.a. the
near-invincible alien god, and 2) the Iron Man suit provided zero
defense against magic.“Oh, crap,” was Tony’s succinct observation before he was completely engulfed in sparkly purple light.

One of a Kind by kellebelle:Tony is turned back into his five-year-old self, and guess who Fury has assigned to babysit. Tony is a swell kid. Too bad Howard never noticed. (One shot)

A Second Chance by orphan_account:
During a battle with Loki, Tony is being his usual snarky self.  After hitting a raw nerve, Loki decides to take his revenge.


Upon Waking by @winterstar95​:
A story of recovery. In a world without superheroes, Tony Stark, the
disinherited son of a billionaire, goes to Afghanistan as an embedded
media star, only to be held hostage for months until he’s rescued.
During his recovery, his therapist Doctor Bruce Banner prescribes an
unusual treatment; volunteer work at a rehab center. He meets an
eclectic assembled group including a vet who thinks he’s Thor, a
physical therapist who might be a spy, and an all American hero, Steve
Rogers. It is Steve Rogers, the soldier in a coma, who captures his
interest and, eventually, his heart.

You Know How to Give by @brandnewfashion​:
Steve was one of very few people who knew that the real Tony Stark was
thoughtful and selfless, and genuinely cared about others.The problem?
The man was absolute shit at showing it.