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Real Name
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James Rupert Rhodes
Current Alias
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Aliases
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Rhodey, Jim Rhodes, Iron Patriot, Stark's Little Brother, The Patriot, Ultimate Buster, Walkey Rhode

Identity
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Alignment
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Affiliation
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Avengers, United States Army, United States Air Force, USAF liaison with Stark Industries

Relatives
Terrence Rhodes (father; deceased), Roberta Rhodes (mother), Joshua Rhodes (uncle), Jeanette Rhodes (sister, deceased), Lila Rhodes (niece), Rae LaCoste (wife), Rupert Rhodes (son), Toni Rhodes (daughter)

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Base Of Operations
Mobile across the United States of America; formerly S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier; Washington Square Park, Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York City

Characteristics
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Occupation
Lieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force

Education
Masters in Aerospace Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Air Force Academy

Origin
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Human, enhanced with cybernetics


First appearance

Modern Comics:
Iron Man Vol 1 1


History

Quote1 You changed my life. You made me a super hero. One day, I'll be able to show my kids what I did... Thank you, Tony... I love you, man... Quote2
-- War Machine

Early Years

James Rupert "Rhodey" Rhodes, born in the early to mid-1970s, is a lieutenant colonel with the United States Air Force and liaison between the military in the Department of Acquisitions and Stark Industries, where he became close friends with his now best friend, Tony Stark. When Stark had been kidnapped by the terrorist organization Ten Rings, Rhodes personally led a mission to rescue his best friend. However, upon their return, Rhodes saw Stark moving away from developing his weapons for the military and soon discovered that he was instead focusing on becoming the hero everyone know today as Iron Man. Despite all of his fears for his friend's safety, Rhodes still joined Stark in bringing down Obadiah Stane's schemes, while trying to keep Stark's secrets, only for Stark to reveal them to the media himself during a public conference held for him.

War Machine

With Iron Man's identity known, Rhodes found himself under pressure from the United States Congress and the military to take possession of the armor for himself, something that he was against. However, as Stark's reckless behavior got even worse, Rhodes had no choice but to take one of the prototype Iron Man armors before handing it over to the military, with Justin Hammer upgrading it with his new weapons to rebrand Rhodes as War Machine. After the confiscated Mark II armor was upgraded to become the heavily armed War Machine armor at Edwards Air Force Base, it was taken for a demonstration at the Stark Expo with Rhodes as its pilot. However his armor fell under the control of Ivan Vanko and Rhodes was forced to watch helplessly from within the suit while it attacked Stark.

The War Machine software was eventually rebooted by S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and their ally Natasha Romanoff enabling Rhodes to regain control over the armor once more. Going according to his plan, Vanko returned and attacked the Stark Expo with an army of Hammer Drones, as War Machine willingly teamed up with Iron Man to bring him down. Rhodes then teamed with Stark to fight against Justin Hammer's unmanned drones and then Vanko himself, resulting in Rhodes keeping the armor for himself, despite Stark's continued objections.

Killian's War

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Rhodey as he confidently pilots the War Machine Armor

With his newest armors, Rhodes was given the chance to take on the identity of the Iron Patriot and temporarily worked directly for President Matthew Ellis, with a mission to track down the Mandarin, only for Rhodey to politely take down the offer of becoming a the armored Patriot, which is something he would refer to as a "pain job." However, Rhodes had soon discovered that the Mandarin was, in fact, a ruse created by Aldrich Killian by hiring actor Trevor Slattery to portray the role, as Killian managed to capture Rhodes and steal the Iron Patriot Armor, as Killian's henchman, Eric Savin, then used it to kidnap President Ellis as part of his ongoing "Mandarin" war. Rhodes managed to free himself and teamed up with Stark to defeat Killian's army of Extremis Soldiers and save President Ellis before Killian could publicly execute him, as Rhodes also uncovered Vice President Rodriguez's role in Killian's plan, leading the the former's arrest afterwards.

Ultimate War

Months since Aldrich Killian's campaign, the infamous Movement Alliance conducted a series of massive terrorist attacks all over the world destroying the Brooklyn Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge, Eiffel Tower, Taj Mahal, and even the Great Wall of China, killing over 1,500 people on the very first day. Consequently, all the Movement's opposing adversaries, the heroes (including Rhodey), were united into creating their own Ultimate Alliance, in order to stop and prevent the Movement from commencing its schemes upon world domination and unified evil sovereignty, before its too late.

As the attacks all over the world have continued for days and then weeks, more and more casualties are sadly, starting to increase in numbers, due to the extreme acts of terrorism and serious devastation, continuously committed by the conflict between the Movement Alliance and its seemingly unstoppable forces against the combined forces heroes and anti-heroes of the world, the Ultimate Alliance, who are not stopping their fight against the villains until they find a way to make them pay for their irreversible actions and restore back peace in the entire world. Thus, in the wake of this impactful response to battle the diabolical forces of the Movement, the Great, Global Superhuman War, also dubbed as the Ultimate War, suddenly sparked across threatened nations and slowly began worldwide.

Civil War

As a consequence of the entire world after the unfortunate events of Ultimate War, the Superhuman Registration Act was eventually implemented, which were a set of legal documents designed to regulate the activities of enhanced individuals, specifically those who work for either government agencies such as S.H.I.E.L.D. or for private organizations such as the Avengers, Defenders, and many more. Established by the United Nations and ratified by 117 nations, the act serves as a "middle point" between the Avengers' desire to secure world peace and the international community's concern over the repercussions of the actions caused by many superheroes all around the world. However, this led to a major schism and conflict among the super-powered community, with one side (led by Captain America) opposed to the act resisting registration and the other side supporting registration and trying to enforce the new law, led by Iron Man himself, since he serves as the front face and leader of the Registration in the United States.

Injury Recovery

Days after the climactic end of Civil War, Rhodey willingly participated in the 50-State Initiative recruitment and training program, despite Stark's advice not to, with the latter believing it would be better if he stays serving the President like he did before. Through as yet unknown circumstances, Rhodey was critically injured at some point during the cold conclusion of Civil War after battling a group of Anti-Registration rebels overseas, and had some of his arms and legs were replaced with cybernetic prosthetics. Having been returned to the Avengers Tower, Rhodes had then continued his recovery, with the assistance from Stark who had built him a new device that could help him walk again, but Rhodes had problems to adapt to it, although his best friend and other loved ones couldn't even stop supporting him to rise up and walk again. As a result of his slow but progressive recovery, Rhodey had to retire from the mantle of War Machine in the meantime, leading him to live a short normal life for a while.

Make Love, Not War

Throughout Rhodey's long time recovering from his paralysis after Civil War, he and some of his friends, mostly his former fellow comrades in the army, decided to take a relaxing vacation in Doos an' Don'ts, a rodeo drive located in Los Angeles, as Tony once suggested him during their earlier days as close friends. There, he met Rae LaCoste, a former hairdresser who previously had a one-night stand with Tony Stark himself, much to Rhodey's slight annoyance and confusion to how many women have Tony across the United States. Despite this, however, Rhodey started having romantic feelings for Rae, and the latter would reciprocate his feelings after finding out his interest in her, though he was still somewhat bothered by her past with his own best friend, making him doubt whether or not he should have made a move to her in the first place. Once Rae found out about his troubles regarding her past with Tony, she calmed him and sincerely told him the truth, that her relationship with Tony was actually just a "one-time thing," and was never exclusive or committing to begin with. Thus, after that moment of truth, both Rhodey and Rae finally started their committed relationship as a couple, spending the rest of their days joyfully traveling across Los Angeles and its neighboring states.

Secret Invasion

A stealthy invasion secretly planned by the ruthless Skrull race comes to fruition, as the Ultimates (both the 50-State Initiative of Iron Man and the Anti-Registration Forces of Captain America), S.H.I.E.L.D., the Thunderbolts, the Dark Avengers, and most of the Earth's super-powered individuals must unite to stop the conquering villainous extraterrestrial race, aided by the cosmic heroes, the Guardians of the Galaxy and the entire Ravager Network. In the ensuing attempted invasion, Rhodey had no other choice but to delay his quality time with Rae and help out his once again by donning the War Machine Armor, something that he has never done for months due to his recovery. During the end of the fighting, a seemingly reformed Norman Osborn, who was doing by the heroic ironed persona of the Iron Patriot, killed the escaping Veranke, the Skull Queen, which ended the war and the attempted invasion, once and for all.

At the time, the legal documents that is the Superhuman Registration Act, remained implemented right until the aftermath of the Secret Invasion, where both leaders of both sides, as it was first demanded by Stark for his old friend, demanded the United Nations to finally abolish the act, after both sides reunited into saving the Earth from the Skrull Invasion, ultimately ending the Superhuman Civil War, once and for all. Only a few moments after the conflict was declared a victor for the heroes and villains of Earth, Rhodey almost immediately leaves the battlefield decided to fly to Rae in her home back at Los Angeles, where they both happily reunite as they hug and kiss passionately. Their love for each other would later on prove to be one of the strongest there is, as Rhodey would later propose to Rae months before the infamous Infinity Quest, with the two subsequently getting married. Eventually, Rhodey and Rae would conceived twins, named Rupert (named after Rupert, his presumed middle name) and Toni (daughter named after his best friend, Tony), during the early days of the Heroic Age.


Powers and Abilities

Powers

Cybernetic Enhancements: James Rhodes originally has no powers of his own but has access to various capabilities built into his War Machine Armor, a high-tech suit of armor that grants him the following abilities. However, after being severely injured overseas during the Superhuman Civil War as a enforcer of the Pro-Registration Act, Rhodey was partly rebuilt as a cyborg by Tony Stark. These cybernetics provided him with a number of new features:

  • Superhuman Strength
  • Durability
  • Flight
  • Eidetic Memory
  • War Machine Super-Armor
  • Technoforming
  • Power Supply
Power Grid [1]
Intelligence
 3
Strength*
 2
Speed*
 2
Durability*
 1
Energy Projection*
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Fighting Skills
* Higher values represent enhancements granted by a standard War Machine armor.

Abilities

  • Skilled Pilot
  • Skilled Navigator
  • Technology Expert
  • Master Martial Artist

Strength level

  • Class 15+ (with armor)
  • Class 7 (without armor)

Weaknesses

  • Non-Superhuman Physical Conditioning


Paraphernalia

Equipment:
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Rhodey as the second holder of the Iron Patriot persona

  • War Machine Armors
    • Iron Man Armor: Mark II
    • War Machine Armor: Mark I
    • War Machine Armor: Mark II
      • Iron Patriot Armor: Mark II
    • War Machine Armor: Mark III
    • War Machine Armor: Mark IV
    • War Machine Armor: Mark V
    • War Machine Armor: Mark VI

Transportation:

  • Flight

Weapons:

  • Ex-Wife Missile
  • Beretta 92FS Inox
  • Walther P99
  • Stark Sonic Cannon


Notes

  • Unlike his Earth-199999 who became the Iron Patriot the first time he got the chance to serve President Matthew Ellis, this version of Rhodey politely decline the offer that was given to him, preferring to keep his War Machine persona which believes is better for him, although he still temporarily worked for President Ellis nonetheless.
    • Norman Osborn would later use the persona of the Iron Patriot as a part of his new diabolical schemes to rebrand S.H.I.E.L.D. as H.A.M.M.E.R., declaring him as the first official individual to take the mantle. However, after Osborn's defeat at the hands of the Ultimates during the Siege of Asgard, Rhodey would temporarily take the Iron Patriot mantle for a short term, before eventually returning as the War Machine.
  1. Modern Comics: Iron Man Vol 1 10


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