Unaffiliated: Instinct / Tech
Harold “Happy” Hogan received his ironic nickname during his boxing days for his constant refusal to smile. Hogan rescued the playboy millionaire Tony Stark (secretly the super hero Iron Man) when Tony’s car was involved in a brutal collision during a stock-car race. As a token of his gratitude, Stark hired the boxer as his personal chauffeur and bodyguard. Though Happy assumed he had landed a “nice quiet safe job” he became entangled in Tony’s dangerous world, coming face-to-face with villains such as Jack Frost (Gregor Shapanka), Scarecrow (Ebenezer Laughton), Unicorn (Milos Masaryk) and taken hostage by the Black Knight (Nathaniel Garrett). While working, Hogan soon fell in love with Stark’s secretary Virginia “Pepper” Potts and romantically pursued her. Tony Stark’s deceptions, necessary to maintain his secret identity, alienated him from both Happy and Pepper, who grew closer together and began dating.