OOC Name: Jen the fangirl (fangirljen)
Character Name: Virginia "Pepper" Potts
Character Journal: ms_pepper_potts
Taken From: Iron Man
Played By: Gwyneth Paltrow
Occupation: Mr. Tony Stark's personal assistant, minder, babysitter, doer of anything and everything Mr. Stark requires.
Description: Pepper is a tall, thin, fair-skinned, and red haired woman in her early thirties. She typically wears sharp looking and designer business suits, but is not above wearing a skirt if the mood strikes. She is the personal assistant for one of the wealthiest industrialists in the world and very much dresses the part, gearing up for whatever the situation calls for--and Tony has gotten her into some hairy (and disgusting) situations. While tall already, Pepper is not above wearing shoes that will make her even taller (past six foot) and stand a few inches above her boss, as long as the shoes are stylish and work with the ensemble.
Skills/Abilities/Powers: The uncanny ability of keeping a level head under the pressure which her employer causes, very witty, and the ability to keep track of, cover for, and do whatever else she needs to do to keep Tony (mostly) on task.
Personality: Pepper's very good natured, friendly, but not overly. Professional, but can be casual if the situation calls for it. She works well with her peers and other associates. She's dedicated to her job (too far, in fact, in the way that her job is her life), works very hard, and is just excellent at what she does. She acts out of certainty, and attempts to maintain this even when getting into situations she hasn't experienced before--which, in that case, she's not afraid to admit that she has never faced such a situation before, at least to people that she knows. Though, there could be one problem: perhaps she likes Tony more than she should. In all honesty, she's trying not to think about that or what happened at the charity event at the Disney Concert Hall. Most of the time, she does keep her wits about things, but when there is a giant suit of armor being controlled by your employer's crazed and evil mentor chasing after you, there's little else you're going to try to do except for run--except when Tony calls on her. She can (at least attempt) be brave for Tony, especially if it means saving his life.
Background: Pepper has been working for Tony Stark for quite a few years, enough time to build up a reputation among the press. Things were going as they normally had until the trip to Dubai went wrong. Tony was en route back to the compound when the convoy he was in was attacked. The soldiers were killed and Tony went missing. Pepper worried for Tony's life, but still continued working as best as was possible under Stane's control of Stark Industries. Lieutenant Colonel Rhodes remained as optimistic as anybody could be in this situation and would run checks over the desert close to where Tony had disappeared. Three months after the disappearance, Rhodes' squad managed to find Tony and brought him back to Los Angeles.
Tony was not the same man anymore. Pepper saw a marked change in him. His dry-witted personality was still in place, but there was a dogged determination that hadn't been there before.Tony had become a man who had found a purpose. She watched him change his entire approach to his company. It wasn't just his personality that had changed, but there were physical changes as well, such as there was now a shiny blue mental piece in Tony's chest. It kept him alive and that was all that really mattered to Pepper. After Tony did an upgrade on his personal arc generator, he asked Pepper to throw away the former. She is unable to do this, however. Instead, she takes the piece, mounts it on a base that has the words, "Proof that Tony Stark has a heart" and gives it to him. He claims to not be sentimental, but she knows otherwise.
Pepper had concern for Tony, but she did not doubt his shift in personality and his new lease on life; however, this wasn't completely true when he came back from his first mission. He started sounding like an obsessed man, his focus was so much on making a difference -himself-. Not by the works of his company, but by himself, in the armor he had fashioned. Pepper's allegiance to Tony wavered because she was going to be damned if she saw him go out and get himself killed. But she cannot stay away for very long at all and continues working for him. After the evening of the gala that Pepper would rather soon forget, Tony asks her to log onto his computer to find the shipments that went to the terrorists. Pepper finds this and more than she had expected: also in the hidden files are: the video communication that was filmed with Tony as a hostage and blueprints for a new suit. Before she can get this information to Tony, she is first caught by Stane, who she is quickly able to get away from nearly without a hitch. By her luck, she meets Agent Phil Coulson of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division in the lobby of Stark Industries and pulls him along with her, promising him that she get him that debriefing he's been pressing for a while now. Coulson calls on other SHIELD agents and they go to investigate Stane's secret room, but not before they are met by Stane in the Iron Monger suit.
As a means of stopping Stane, Tony sends Pepper to overload the reactor. The overload kills Stane, but it also destroys the lab.
The next day, a press conference is held. Pepper, along with Rhodes and Agent Coulson, tell Tony that he has to play to the script that Agent Coulson has given him--but in true Tony Stark fashion, this isn't what happens. Instead, Tony admits that he's Iron Man. Once again, Pepper finds herself just outside the spotlight of the media circus that encircles her boss and has to deal with this new direction life has taken them.