Longish headcanon about Natasha’s life up to and including Clint making the different call. When she started her ledger, and what she did to try and remove the red.
((Has mentions of Self Harm))
Submitted by heavensarcher
Potentially problematic (alcohol abuse)
Tony, when he gets so drunk that he can’t even work, has a special serum that he’s developed to lower his blood alcohol content. No one knows about it; he’s embarrassed by the mere fact that he ever needed to develop such a thing. But it lowers the risk of alcohol poisoning and is the reason why, after a night of binge drinking, he rarely seems to have as bad a hangover as he should have.
Submitted by meios
Potentially problematic (sexism)
Warning for sexism:
In an ideal world, Sif and Loki might have been the closest of friends—Sif, alienated for pursuing the path of a male warrior, and Loki, laughed at for pursuing the feminine arts of magic.
Instead, Sif found that one of the few times she was accepted by her fellow warriors was when she mocked Loki for being less of a warrior than she was, and Loki got a hearty slap on the back, cheers, and guffaws when one of his sharp retorts cut Sif down.
As a result, the two of them have never gotten along, even though neither of them entirely realizes why.
Submitted by sakura-no-miko
Potentially problematic (eating disorder)
(possibly maybe this should have a trigger warning for eating disorders?)
Tony has this…thing about eating. Normally it’s nothing serious, he forgets to eat a lot, he’s a busy man and all and he is a firm believer in the fact that a strong cup of coffee is all a man needs to keep him going. Pepper makes sure he gets enough food when he goes down to the lab, she’s good like that, and when Bruce is around he uses his doctor voice and subtle threats to get him upstairs and into the kitchen for a proper meal. But when he’s alone - which isn’t often since there are crazy people in his house all the time now, but Jarvis can control doors and not many people have the override codes and if he really needs some peace he changes them - but when he’s alone he’ll go days, sometimes as much as a week. If he passes out Jarvis lets someone know. He’s been hospitalized more than once for this, but every time he just chases away the worry with that Tony Stark smirk and a joke.
Sometimes, though, things get a little more serious. When things are really out of control, when the weight of having to save the world and everyone on it settles too heavily on his shoulders, Tony starts to break apart. And if there’s one thing Tony Stark hates, it’s losing control. So he goes into overdrive, trying to control everything he can, but for all his riches and wealth and power, Tony Stark doesn’t have as much to control as he needs. Really, the only thing he has any power over is food. He can’t control when his body needs it but that’s just another failure in a long line of failures, and that just pushes him even further. He will become strict with himself, dictating what and how much he eats until it dwindles down to nothing. This takes time, and he hides it well, and if anyone suspects anything he’s quick to brush them off. But as time passes the sarcasm gets harder, the smiles more strained, and eventually he lands himself in the hospital.
It’s not a problem, though. He tells everyone that. He doesn’t have an ‘eating disorder’ like so many shrinks have tried to tell him. It’s not something he needs help with. It’s just a quirk.
It’s getting harder and harder to convince himself of that though.
Submitted by agent-hutcheridge
Potentially Problematic (Racism)
I slightly surprised (and annoyed) at the fact that no one’s acknowledged the fact that Steve would be terrified/shocked/surprised/appalled at the fact that people of other races (specifically African Americans, Latinos, and those of Asian descent) would be walking around freely (since Jim Crow segregation didn’t end until 1965). Yeah, it was NY/ the North but there was still a lot of racism towards people of color…
Submitted by Anon
Potentially problematic (sexism)
Sif dislikes Loki because he was one of the ones who ‘scoffed at the idea that a young maiden could be one of the fiercest warriors this realm had ever known,’ and never gave her the respect she was due.
I’m getting this from a combination of her dislike and instant suspicion, that comment that suggests Asgard is pretty sexist, and the fact that Loki calls Black Widow - another great female warrior he underestimates - a mewling quim. As well as knowledge of how patriarchies and sexism work.
Submitted by MK
Potentially problematic (mentions of PTSD)
Tony may have hated having non-Stark products pollute his precious tower, but he was a man, and he got bored – so instead of spending time, money, and resources to develop his own gaming console (which Bruce pointed out would most likely be redundant compared to all the others already on the market), he simply decided to buy every major console in existence. Wii, Xbox, Playstation – he didn’t see the problem with it. He just wanted to have some options!
Two games were the most popular among the Avengers – Mario Kart and Call of Duty. Mario Kart was always inevitably a hot mess. No one wanted to accept anything less than first place, so things tended to get quite out of control. Clint and Tony had an extreme rivalry going on, and half the time would end up placing low due to the fact that they were focusing more on dragging each other down than the actual race. Natasha tried to lay low and not offend anyone else so she could just quietly nudge her way to the front. Steve consistently forgot how the controller worked and/or got confused with which screen he was supposed to be looking at. Bruce liked Mario Kart, so he tried to join them as often as he could, but sometimes the frustration was just too much and he’d end up bolting out of the room in the middle of a race. One day, tired of all the competition, Steve snapped the disc in two. They came to a unanimous agreement that it was for the best, but less than a week later a brand new copy mysteriously appeared sitting on top of the Wii.
Call of Duty was just as frustrating to them in a completely different way. Tony was prone to fits of violent swearing and throwing whatever solid objects he could get his hands on at the console. Every so often he’d swear off the game because he claimed he just couldn’t handle “the idiocy of the other players” but Pepper had a little hunch that he was really just bitter there was no option for him to suit up. (“DOES THIS DAMN GAME NOT KNOW WHO I AM?”) Sure enough, she found him up at four in the morning one day playing with the code on his computer and trying to put in an ‘Iron Man option’. Both Natasha and Clint were surprisingly terrible, though they swore it was the game. (No one really bothered challenging that claim, because…it was Natasha Romanoff and Clint Barton.) Natasha, like Tony, was a screamer, and would let all of her frustration out on the poor TV she was playing the game on. (“It’s the…the..everything! Everything’s wrong! The reaction time, the reflex speed, EVERYTHING! Damn it, why is this guy so slow? That stab shouldn’t have killed me! I SHOULD’VE DODGED THAT!”) Clint, however, was horrifyingly calm when he played. The only thing that gave away his frustration was the occasional twitch or tensing of a muscle. Usually after Clint played he would disappear for hours (nobody really wanted to try and look for him) and they would find arrows in random places – say, the TV, or a couch, or the ceiling. Bruce…well, he just stayed away from Call of Duty altogether. Steve was undeniably the best out of all of them, excelling just as he would on a tangible battlefield, but he didn’t enjoy playing it very much, because he hated the way it literally made war into a game. After what he’d seen on the front lines, he could hardly sit down and relive it all just for kicks. When he had PTSD-like flashbacks, though, it helped in an almost therapeutic way, and nobody was quite sure why.
Submitted by cad3nce
Tony lost one of his best friends, Danny, to suicide when they were in their twenties. He hung himself in his apartment on one of the nights that he and Tony were supposed to hang out.
Tony has always thought it had something to do with the girl he was dating at the time. Something about her hadn’t seemed right.
Because of this, he makes sure that Bruce Banner is always happy and that he doesn’t have a reason to try killing himself again.
Tony can’t handle losing another best friend.
Submitted by possiblyenjoyable
Due to it’s sci fi nature (Bruce and Tony) , interesting plots (Natasha), fantastic characterization (Clint) , well done writing (Thor and Steve) , and good looking actors (everyone) , many of the Avengers are fans of Fringe. The only episode they couldn’t watch all the way through, though, was “Letters of Transit.” As soon as Dr. Bishop appeared frozen in Amber, Steve started to have flashbacks and hyperventilating. They shut it off immediately and they still don’t know how it ended.
Submitted by haveievermentioned
This is my headcannon for Natasha’s childhood with the KGB… The time with them scarred her. Badly.
Submitted by ignite-the-spark91