They Blinded Us With Science: The Tony/Bruce Fic Rec List
Did you go into the Avengers shipping Steve/Tony?
Did you come out of the Avengers screaming “OH MY GOD TONY BRUCE PRECIOUS BABIES DFNREMFNREFNNERMG!!!!!!!!!!”
If so, you have stumbled upon the right post! These are the stories that capture the best of the Tony/Bruce dynamic, that expand upon what we saw in the film, that will give you all the feels, from joy and elation to sobs and destroyed heartstrings. I compile this list in the name of science and other feels.
As per usual, more recs will be added over time.
Ouch! Right in the fucking feels (the stories that remind you why you’re gonna sink with this ship)
-Five Times Synaesthesia Was A Problem For Tony Stark by Sonora. Probably my favorite Tony/Bruce fic ever, even though it is mostly Tony-centric. I would have never thought of Tony having this condition, but it actually MAKES A FUCKTON OF SENSE AND EXPLAINS TONY SO MUCH. The multitude of emotions that Tony experiences in this fic, from initial confusion as a child to sadness at not being able to explain it to anyone to his bitterness are so palpable, and the hope he feels once he meets Bruce will make your heart soar.
-beginnings after endings series by hulks. This one is seven parts, exploring the relationship between the two after the events in the Avengers. It doesn’t necessarily have to be read in order, you can read each part as a standalone and it makes sense on its own, too. I love the slow build in this series to a relationship, and how the author deftly portrays Tony and Bruce as two guys with a lot in common, who don’t really know how to go from friends to lovers. The shift in the relationship from total bros to total bros who sleep together is just divine. The best part, though, has to be part 2, changing channels, because two guys helping each other out while watching porn is one of my most favorite, favorite, favorite tropes ever.
-so here’s to drinks in the dark at the end of my rope by sleeponrooftops. THE MOTHER OF ALL TONY/BRUCE FICS. Tony and Bruce learn to trust each other, trust themselves, and it sounds so simple, but it’s so much more than that. What I love most about this fic is that I can easily see this happening. As in this is exactly what happens in between the first movie and the next, and you can’t convince me otherwise.
-breaking beds in dubai by hulks. In which Bruce is unable to say how he feels out loud, so Hulk steps in. It starts out as sweet, but that last line is heartbreaking. That last line is what earned me the ‘WTF?’ look from my co-workers when I had to shove my fist into my mouth to keep from sobbing.
-the world’s a beast of a burden by sleeponrooftops. There’s nothing I love more than seeing a relationship through the eyes of another character. This time it’s Steve, who doesn’t understand how someone like Bruce can trust, let alone love, someone like Tony. What I love most about this fic is that it doesn’t portray Steve as mean or judgmental, which can be an issue when it comes to Steve/Tony interaction in general. This fic doesn’t do that, and of course the Tony/Bruce is divine.
-The Small Things by anonymous. Five things Tony didn’t know about Bruce, and the one thing he already did. This sweet, lovely fic fleshes out Bruce, giving him characterization beyond brilliant scientist who turns into a giant green rage monster. Not to mention I’m a sucker for the ‘five things’ trope and love fics.
-Writing I <3 You by outerealm. In Bruce takes to expressing his feelings through science on Tony’s body. So sweet, so hot at the same time. Both of them expressing themselves the only way they can, a way that no one else can understand.
-Tony talks down the Hulk by anonymous. Kink meme fill in which Tony has to calm the Hulk down, and uses the opportunity to confess that Bruce is not just his science bro. Lovely little fill that showcases the absolute trust and faith Tony has in Bruce.
-Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be series by Ravenspear. An AU in which Tony, who survives the events in Afghanistan but is a little darker, a little more bleak, commits treason to rescue Bruce Banner, a man he doesn’t know but admire, from years of captivity, experimentation, and torture. It has two parts so far, and I try not to rec works in progress, but this one is so damn good I can’t help myself. I love Tony so much in this, and Bruce is so precious and sad and I just can’t.
-Into the Dark by Cashay. Where Bruce and the Hulk have a conversation, and realize that they’re both in agreement when it comes to Tony Stark. I’m a sucker for fics like this, the man speaking face to face with the monster inside of them.
-and this is the end of the story by yugimutos. Tony knows what will happen if the arc reactor gets into the wrong hands, and forces Bruce to make a promise that Bruce eventually has to keep. The beauty of this fic is how understated it is, which allows the full tragedy of the situation to hit you like a ton of bricks. I love this story so much because it speaks volumes about the kind of person both Tony and Bruce are, and how both of them are big damn heroes who will make the right call, even at the sacrifice of themselves.
Sexytimes in the name of science (the stories that remind you that big brains are the most vital sex organ)
-Positive Trend by by gqgqqt. Bruce wears a suit, Tony approves, and the readers spontaneously combusts from the hotness. Bottom!Tony seems to be the current trend, so Bruce riding Tony like a pony is much, much welcome.
-Shaded by miltennious. Blowjobbery and gratituous usage of the arc reactor. I’m not necessarily sold on the arc reactor being an erogenous zone for Tony (too much trauma behind it, i.e. the fact that it’s the only thing keeping Tony alive plus Obadiah stealing it from him and leaving him die), but this fic uses the arc reactor in a clever way. Plus I can never, ever resist a blowjob.
-Unexpected Uses by Noxnoctisanima. Tony makes some additions to his suit in the name of science. And orgasms. I love blowjobbery, but frottage is my Kryptonite, y’all.
-Accidental stimulation by anonymous. Another kink meme fill in which Tony and Bruce are stuck in a very small space, but it works out in the favor. Again, I really, really love frottage. I especially love it when the two involved are chest to back. It pleases my senses, just as this fic does.
-Forty-Four Times Bruce Banner Has Sex With Tony Stark by Ark. The evolution of Tony’s and Bruce’s sex life, with feels along the way. Funny, hot, and sweet all at the same time.
-Distractions by anonymous. Kink meme fill where Bruce talking about science really, really turns Tony on, and Tony being Tony decides that jerking off in the lab while Bruce is talking is a perfectly sensible solution.
-Tony’s Brilliant Bad Idea by zelda_zee. Bruce is certain that sex with Tony is a terrible idea. Tony proves him otherwise. Excellent Bruce voice, and Tony is his usual insistent, charming self. What I really love about this fic is the way Tony is both insistent yet soothing, reassuring Bruce that he doesn’t have to live like a hermit, that he can trust Tony and most of all, himself.
-you’re not the only one with restraint by DevilishKurumi. Tony is persistent, Bruce tries to resist but fails, and there is blowjobbery and safe words like quantum mechanics. I think one of the reasons why I love PWPs for this pairing is because it’s not all just penetrative sex, there is a wide variety of blowjobs and handjobs and frottage and yes good.
-Experiments And Control by Salmon_Pink. Tony is organized chaos, but needs to be controlled, needs to be dominated. Bruce is just the man to give that to him. This fic ends up on the list for the following reasons; 1. The author does a great job of portraying Tony as submissive without making him weak. 2. The author does a FANTASTIC job of showing Bruce as dominant, instead of Bruce being dominant thanks to the Hulk’s influence. 3. The dirty talk is EXTREMELY hot without being too cheesy or overbearing.
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