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Virginia 'Pepper' Potts (Marvel)

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Pepper utilizes high-tech "telepresence enhancements" to monitor and communicate with the Order when the team is out in the field

Virginia "Pepper" Potts was a member of the secretarial pool at Stark Industries during the days when the company was run by Howard Stark. After the death of Howard, his son Tony Stark assumed control of the company and quickly realized Pepper's value because she understood the day-to-day business of running the company better than he did. To Pepper's dismay, she found herself performing a great deal of Tony's work for him, as he was often out socializing. Pepper continued her studies in business administration in order to cover for her employer.

After Tony had become Iron Man, Pepper began to see a change in his behavior (although she was unaware of the reasons why). Tony began to assume more of his responsbilities and eased the pressure off of Pepper, but still valued her contributions to the company. Pepper became infatuated with Tony but he distanced himself from her emotionally because of his Iron Man armor, which at that time he needed to keep himself alive. Tony soon hired ex-boxer Harold "Happy" Hogan as his chauffeur, and Happy was immediately attracted to Pepper. Pepper repeatedly turned Happy down when he tried to date her, but when he was nearly killed aiding Iron Man against the Titanium Man, Pepper realized that she loved him. Eventually, they were married and left Stark Industries.

Pepper and Happy experienced some marital problems over the years, to the point that they became divorced. They both returned to Tony's employ when he started up his business Stark Solutions (now both aware that he is Iron Man), and although Pepper found herself drawn to Tony again, she and Happy eventually reconciled and remarried. The couple considered starting a family to supplement their adopted children, but during Pepper's pregnancy she was assaulted by Iron Man's enemy Ayisha and lost the baby. She and Happy continued to work for Tony through all the tumult of his time as Iron Man, but when Happy was placed in a vegetative coma after a fight with the Spymaster, Pepper requested that Tony turn off his life support as an act of mercy. Tony eventually complied.

Pepper eventually become team leader of the Order, California's superheroic team mandated under the Fifty-State Initiative. Lacking superpowers herself, Pepper (a.k.a. "Hera") monitors and directs the team from the their headquarters.


First Appearance: Tales of Suspense (1959) #45

Other Identities:
Hera (Marvel)(The Order)
Rescue (Marvel)

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Issue Appearances:
A+X (2012)
Age of Innocence: The Rebirth of Iron Man (1996)
Avengers (1998)
Avengers Prime (2010)
Avengers: Back to Basics (2018)
Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (2005)
Avengers: Endless Wartime (2013)
Avengers: The Origin (2010)
Black Panther (1998)
Black Widow (2010)
Black Widow: Deadly Origin (2010)
Bring Back the Bad Guys (1998)
Captain America (1998)
Fantastic Four (1961)
Fantastic Four (1998)
Force Works (1994)
Free Comic Book Day 2007 (Marvel Adventures) (2007)
Free Comic Book Day 2010 (Iron Man/Thor) (2010)
Gambit (2012)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2013)
Indomitable Iron Man (B&W) (2010)
Invincible Iron Man (2008)
Invincible Iron Man (2017)
Iron Man (1968)
Iron Man (1998)
Iron Man (2005)
Iron Man (2013)
Iron Man & the Armor Wars (2009)
Iron Man 2.0 (2011)
Iron Man Legacy (2010)
Iron Man Magazine Special Edition (2010)
Iron Man vs. Whiplash (2010)
Iron Man: Bad Blood (2000)
Iron Man: Early Warnings (2014)
Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin (2007)
Iron Man: Iron Protocols (2009)
Iron Man: Killer Commute (2010)
Iron Man: Kiss and Kill (2010)
Iron Man: Rapture (2011)
Iron Man: Season One (2013)
Iron Man: The Iron Age (1998)
Iron Man: The Legend (1996)
Iron Man: Titanium! (2010)
Iron Man: Viva Las Vegas (2008)
Iron Man/Captain America '98 (1998)
Iron Man/Hulk (2013)
Marvel 75th Anniversary Celebration (2014)
Marvel Adventures Iron Man (2007)
Marvel Collectors' Item Classics (1965)
Marvel Comics (2019)
Marvel Comics Presents (1988)
Marvel Double Feature (1973)
Marvel Héroes (2010)
Marvel Heroes & Legends (1997)
Marvel Legends (2007)
Marvel Super Special (2010)
Marvel Super Stars Magazine (2011)
Marvel Super-Heroes (1967)
Marvel Tag Gratis-Exemplar (2017)
Marvel Tales (1964)
Marvel Tales: Black Widow (2019)
Marvel Two-In-One (1974)
Marvel's Greatest Comics (1969)
Marvel's The Avengers (2015)
Marvels (1994)
Shadows & Light (1998)
Siege (2010)
Spider-Man Team-Up (1995)
Superior Iron Man (2015)
Symantec Iron Man Custom Comic (2010)
Tales of Suspense (1959)
Tales of Suspense (Faksimile) (1999)
The All-New Iron Manual (2008)
The Amazing Spider-Man (2015)
The Amazing Spider-Man (2018)
The Avengers (1963)
The Invincible Iron Man DVD-ROM (2007)
The Iron Age (2011)
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
The Mighty World of Marvel (1972)
Thor/Iron Man - Gratis Comic Tag (2011)
Thunderbolts (1997)
Tony Stark: Iron Man (2018)
Uncanny X-Force (2010)
Untold Tales of Spider-Man (1995)
What If? Fallen Son (2009)
What If? Special (1988)
Women of Marvel: Celebrating Seven Decades Handbook (2010)

Movie Appearances:
Iron Man (2008)
The Invincible Iron Man (2006)

Group Affiliation(s):
Initiative (Marvel)
Lookups (Marvel)
Stark Enterprises
Stark Industries (Marvel)
Stark International (Marvel)
Stark Resilient
Stark Solutions
The Order (Marvel)

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