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50 Ways Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man Has Saved Your Day

Ol' Shellhead to the rescue!

Bust out the candles and shawarma cake, because today (April 4) isn't just any ordinary day — today is Iron Man Appreciation Day!

Well, at least that's what we're calling today. You could also call it Robert Downey Jr.'s birthday. The man behind the Armored Avenger just turned 50 years young, and we're celebrating the Generation Award-winning star the only way we know how: By spending the entire day saluting his most Marvelous role of all, Tony Stark.

Chances are good that at some point in your life, whether directly or indirectly, Iron Man totally saved your day. Here are 50 ways he pulled it off:

  1. By knocking out that one guy who always picks on you.
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  2. Really, he has your back in every fight.
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  3. By sending you out of the room before something bad happens.
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  4. By calling you out on your pity party.
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  5. By showing that even superheroes don't always know everything.
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  6. By eating the last donut…
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  7. …among other ways of saving your diet.
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  8. By bringing every toy to the party…
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  9. …and by bringing the party to you.
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  10. And by bringing all his friends to the party.
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  11. Even though the party sometimes goes wrong.
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  12. By being your very own personal alarm clock.
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  13. By posing for pictures anytime you ask, albeit with some stipulations.
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  14. By hearing you out on your long, hard day…
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  15. And making you feel like the most special person in the world…
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  16. …and paying you compliments to make everything better.
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  17. By being a cool guy who doesn't look at explosions.
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  18. Seriously, cool guys don't look at explosions.
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  19. And this guy? The definition of cool.
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  20. By braving the elements to be at your side.
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  21. By letting you play with his gadgets.
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  22. But mostly by playing with his own gadgets.
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  23. By keeping his eyes on the prize.
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  24. By proving that even though he can't lift EVERY hammer…
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  25. (Even when he has help…)
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  26. …that at the end of the day, all you need is YOUR hammer.
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  27. By saving you from all of the aliens.
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  28. Like, ALL of the aliens.
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  29. Even the big ones.
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  30. By patting himself on the back when he knows he deserves it.
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  31. By looking at his own reflection…
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  32. …and showing you how to be at home with yourself.
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  33. And letting you know when when he needs your help.
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  34. By making your dinner plans for you…
  35. …and never being afraid to call the restaurant…
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  36. …AND being available to get everyone to dinner on time.
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  37. Good call on dinner, Iron Man.
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  38. By showing the love…
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  39. …and by sharing the love.
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  40. By watching that sad movie with you.
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  41. By helping you…
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  42. …and by helping you help him.
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  43. (Among other "Jerry Maguire" quotes.)
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  44. By popping up where you least expect him.
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  45. By inspiring you from behind his mask…
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  46. …while also knowing when to show you the man underneath.
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  47. By defying your expectations.
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  48. By being true to himself…
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  49. …which means, straight-up chilling.
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  50. Epic fist-bump time.
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