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(2013)

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Character error 

Radical differences between altitudes when Iron Man is saving the airline passengers. At one point Jarvis calls out "18,000" feet and then only eight seconds later he calls out "10,000" feet. Nothing falls at 1,000 miles per hour from natural gravity. Then Jarvis calls out the last 9,400 feet in twenty seconds, nearly three times longer than it took the first distance.
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Harley says he would like to add retro-reflective panels to Iron Man to make him stealthy. This would have the opposite effect and greatly increase Iron Man's detectability since that is the very purpose of retro-reflection.
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Continuity 

When Harley first meets Tony in his garage, he realizes who Tony is after seeing the Mark 42 suit - he acknowledges this by handing Tony the newspaper with the article about his Malibu home being blown up. So why did Harley ask Tony his name a few minutes later ("Harley. And you're...?")?
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When Stark and Rhodes talk to the Vice President from the boat, the Vice President's mobile changes between shots.
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When Stark is talking to the press and gives out his address to the Mandarin, the image on the reporter's phone is the same as from our point of view, and not what the phone's camera would have seen.
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When Tony Stark is giving his address to the press his blue sunglasses are not on when camera cuts to rear shot of his head.
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When Pepper and Killian first meet, Pepper's ponytail changes between shots - appearing behind her back, then half over her shoulder, then behind her back again.
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Tony and Killian meet in 1998, along with Pepper and Happy in Switzerland. Fifteen years passes by and there are no significant age-related physical changes in their appearance, a nicer suit of clothes and a different hairstyle by Killian notwithstanding.
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When Brandt comes into the bar, she's seen putting her DHS badge on the table with her right hand in the close up, but with her left hand when the camera cuts away to show her.
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When Happy's closing the sliding doors, he's almost done. In the next scene, they're more open than they were before.
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Factual errors 

When Maya Hansen is threatening to inject herself with Extremis, she says the dosage is 1200cc. That is equal to 1.2 liters, a volume impossible to hold in one syringe.
When Tony and Rhodey are at the docks and taking cover, Tony asks for more ammo from his pistol, even though Rhodey tells him their bullets are not compatible, which Tony insists that they are. While Tony may not have any military training like Rhodey does, he is a notorious former weapons designer, and should know that certain pistols can only use certain caliber bullets.
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Hair lost or burnt off by those injected with Extremis grows back along with missing body parts. While hair is living within the follicle, once it's outside the skin, it's dead and cannot be regenerated in its current state. (As long as the follicle is not damaged, it can be regrown, but styling would not regenerate.)
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When the DHS agent working for Killian who came to get the file arrests Tony and the Sheriff intervenes and asks her what was happening, she identifies herself as a Homeland Security Special Agent and shows him her badge. However the badge she showed the Sheriff wasn't a DHS badge, it was a DEA, Drug Enforcement Administration, badge.
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Plot holes 

When Tony is zip-tied to the bed, he asks one of the guards the distance between Miami and Tennessee. The guard says 832 miles, which is correct for some parts of Tennessee. This means Tony's armor is ~832 miles away. Even assuming his armor travels at 1000 miles/hour, it would take his armor almost an hour to get to him, rather than the few minutes shown in the movie. Tony's armor would have to travel at almost 10,000 miles/hour to get to Tony in 5 minutes. The current airspeed record for a plane is only 2,193 miles/hour. Tony's armor, at the current airspeed record, would still take 23 minutes to get to him.
Tony flew from his home in California to Rose Hill Tennesse and Jarvis reported having less than five percent power remaining, which is why Tony crash landed there. The "clean slate" protocol involved the remaining iron man suits flying from California to Florida, a distance of over 3,000 miles, this would have taken many hours to accomplish, and furthermore, how is it that all the iron man suits could have flow that far in such a short time and still had power to fight Killian's henchmen?
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Revealing mistakes 

While Tony and Rhodey are talking to the Mandarin before getting onto the speedboat, the injuries to Tony's left eye are shown on his right eye instead.
While the Extremis Soldiers can heat up metal to near liquid states, their clothing remains completely unaffected.

Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

(at around 1h 29 mins) Killian shoots Maya, even though he wasn't holding a gun to start with and he doesn't appear to pick one up or produce it from his person.
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Continuity 

At the end of the movie Tony stands on the cliff where his house used to be and looks down over the edge, but there are no remains of his house at the foot of the cliff.
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Factual errors 

During the Air Force One scene, gunfire shatters one of its passenger windows. The actual Air Force One planes (there are two) are equipped with bulletproof windows.

Plot holes 

When Tony is observing the map of the U.S. in the wake of the Mandarin's attack on the Chinese Theater, Jarvis brings up the map of all heat signatures in the country. Tony then asks Jarvis to take away everywhere there's been a Mandarin attack. 20-30 heat signatures disappear from the map. Earlier in the movie, Rhodey tells Tony that there have been 9 total attacks, and 3 that the public know about. Where did all the heat signatures come from?
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