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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, War Machine, Iron Patriot, War Veteran, One of Humanity's Greatest Soldiers, Rhodey, Jim Rhodes, Sergeant Major Rhodes, Commander Rhodes, The True Ironed Successor, True Iron Man

Identity
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Alignment
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Affiliation
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New Avengers (co-founder); formerly Avengers (defunct)

Relatives
Terrence Rhodes (father; deceased), Roberta Rhodes (mother; deceased)

Universe
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Base Of Operations
Mobile

Characteristics
Gender
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Height
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6' 3" (without armor);
6'6" (including armor)

Weight
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229 lbs (104 kg) (without armor); Formerly 460 lbs (including armor)

Eyes
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Hair
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Status
Citizenship
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Occupation
Adventurer, public enforcer, superhero; former aviator and pilot, sergeant major in the military, outlaw, freedom fighter

Education
High school graduate; learned aviation engineering in US Marines

Origin
Origin
Human


First appearance

Modern Comics:
Dark Age Vol 1 1


History

Quote1.png This is my mission now. To finish what he started... Quote2.png
-- Iron Man

Ultron Revolution

Before the years of Ultron Revolution, War Machine seemed to have the same history with his Earth-61615 counterpart, until Ultron started an all-out war against humans and those who dares to oppose him and his ideologies. Days before the long-time war against Ultron ends, Rhodes and the rest of his S.H.I.E.L.D. unit were sent to lead in their final mission neutralizing the defensive units of Ultron's Sanctuary. During the final days, Rhodes was badly injured and nearly paralyzed from a friendly-fire attack, forcing him to retire from hero work while he continuously recovers. After the modest sacrifice of those who were willing to gave up their lives so that the others can successfully finish the mission, Jim was one of the others who made it towards the very end, though the realization of the aftermath gave him scars that would never even heal, no matter how he tried. To top it off, Rhodey knew his life would never be the same after his best friend and partner-in-crime Tony Stark, Iron Man himself, had perished after a sudden incident against surviving Ultron Sentries. Rhodey attended Stark's funeral with tears he couldn't endure holding back, wherein he held a eulogy for the man who practically saved his life and inspired him to be the very armored hero he ended up becoming.

Fight with the Resistance

Infiltrating H.A.M.M.E.R.

In his return to his residence somewhere in the New York, Rhodey began suffering from depressive episodes and post traumatic stress disorder from both the destruction brought by the war and the tragedies that he personally witnessed, most recently Stark's passing, having a hard time to recover psychologically speaking, along with distrusting almost anyone to lead the recovering country ever since the Technological Depression. Feeling extremely bad for their comrade, former S.H.I.E.L.D. Director and his good friend Carol Danvers recommended Rhodey to attend a group therapy session with armed forces and other surviving veterans who were suffering from PTSD both from their previous wars which they fought before and during Ultron Revolution. Due he still had a feeling that something would go wrong by the time he noticed the newly-elected President and Vice President of the United States: former general Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross and Tony Stark's questionable son Edward Stark, respectively.

In response to Edward Stark's H.A.M.M.E.R. taking over S.H.I.E.L.D., Rhodey questioned the governance his best friend's son with hostility, and even tried to convince the president, but at the time, Ross unfortunately had too much faith in his running mate, realizing that there was no one in H.A.M.M.E.R. is on his side. In return, Stark got back at Rhodey by shamefully but efficiently using his diagnosed mental disorder and manipulated the media and public into questioning his sanity, forcing the Rhodey himself to go in hiding when the authorities started exaggeratedly considering him to be mentally-unstable and dangerous, with some overdramatic politicians even comparing him as a "fugitive". As days pass, H.A.M.M.E.R.'s government system was applied throughout the entire country, distressing Rhodey among other civilians who were already opposed to his administration and constantly questioned its ethics and effectivity.

Eventually, H.A.M.M.E.R. did not even hesitated to slowly show its true colors to the public, such as using a more brutal and more lethal methods in apprehending criminals, to the point where they even execute them in secret after they've been found guilty, innocent or not. In spite of being in hiding for a moment of time, Rhodey was the only one who was brave enough to stand up for what was right for his people, co-founding the Resistance with Tony Stark's brother Arno and a few others who showed and expressed their opposition towards Edward Stark's extreme, pseudo-totalitarian rule. Thankfully, the Resistance, led by Arno Stark and War Machine himself, after infiltrating the Triskelion in order to rescue several individuals, including Ross, Carol Danvers, and several former teenage S.H.I.E.L.D. trainees (who was also in the building at the time to help the Resistance's cause on their own terms) who came to the place for answers, taking them into the headquarters and safe-place of the Resistance away from the superior empire who has now outlawed all of them as fugitives.

Frank Castle's Funeral

Rhodey was present present during Frank Castle's funeral since he was one of the heroes who were subsequently inspired by the Punisher's actions, who ultimately sacrificed himself in order to steal the plans of the Empire (in secret) and destroy most of the Empire's bases and headquarters all around the world, so that the Resistance can finally take down the tyranny of Edward Stark once and for all. Frank's mission was thought to be a failure at first, but it was immediately revealed that he did in fact, get all of the information and the resources for destroying the Empire from the within, and as a result, he caused the self-destruction of every base affiliated with the Empire.

Ending Stark's Empire

With Castle's sacrifice making every hero contemplate against on their doubts and instead to have hope, Rhodey was reminded of his best friend Tony Stark's sacrifice during Ultron's global rule and even after Ultron's defeat, to which he revisited the now destroyed Stark Mansion. Rhodey was meant to pay respect to the deceased Starks (Pepper Potts and Tony Stark) once more, and even curse out to them about their son who grew up as the dictator president. However, Rhodey's suit started emitting a beeping noise, as his GPS indicates that the "Successor Protocol" was ready to be activated. Following the beeping of his tracker it grows when he's near to where the GPS was guiding him, Rhodey found himself finding an old and abandoned Stark Industries facility somewhere in California, miles away from the Stark Mansion.

As Rhodey thoroughly investigated the place, he was surprised to discover a small bunker within the facility that used to be the storage of countless scrapped and undeveloped Iron Man Armors, astonishing Rhodey upon his first time accessing the hidden area. Examining the secret storage room, Rhodey learned that Tony had it hidden as one of his post-mortem contingency plans, in case another national and/or global cataclysm event just like the previous Ultron Revolution would happen sooner or later. Upon successfully finding a way to reactivate the power of the room, Rhodey was also introduced by an A.I. hologram named J.O.C.A.S.T.A., who explained to him through a recording of Stark himself in the past, elaborating why and how he thought that a something worse could most likely follow Ultron's decade of a mayhem across the world, and much to Rhodey's overwhelming surprise, he was one of the main candidates chosen by his best friend to succeed his role as Iron Man, as Rhodey happened to be the one who discovered Stark's secret facility years after its abandonment.

With it, Tony's recording also confessed that he knew the real identity of her son's mother: the late Eliza Schmidt, an illegitimate daughter of Hydra leader Red Skull, whom the latter went missing in the events of Ultron Revolution. Stark was visibly dismayed in the recording that he messed up as a father, but relieved himself right after, since he and everyone else wouldn't have known it sooner due to the fact that the world was at hell at the time. After the recording ended, an enlightened Rhodey promised Stark in his grave that he wouldn't fail him this down, ensuring that his son's tainted vision of peace through tyranny would be brought down, without having to take out his life in doing so. Inside the facility, Rhodey activated a hidden room with a suit synthesizer which Stark had left in for him. Accessing Stark's tech, Rhodey had J.O.C.A.S.T.A.'s assistance to repurpose and upgrade some of the facility's undeveloped Iron Man Armor, synthesizing his own adaptive and all-new Iron Man Armor. Wearing his Iron Man armor for the first time, Rhodey flew away and left the already abandoned Stark facility, which following Stark's preset protocol, exploded afterwards to erase any traces of the facility now that it's exposed. Rhodes, in his new suit, held another meeting with the Resistance, his New Avengers, in their secret base and brought them hope in the form of new information on how the alliance of heroes can deal with the threat of the Empire now more than ever, since he knows a major aspect of Edward Stark's origin and ultimate goal as the nation's ruler.

Taking Down "Iron Man"

Ross as the new Hulk and Rhodey in the guise of Edward Stark's Iron Man Suit

The downfall of Edward Stark's organization and his allies was a very crucial factor in turning the favors of victory into the heroic resistance that ensured their victory against his empire, thus making any room to get his rule back quite impossible. Having no other choice but to let his adversaries play into his own ego, the diabolical Iron Man and his last last surviving allies took their last stand at the secret headquarters in the Alps, the last functioning H.A.M.M.E.R. headquarters until Stark himself had met his fate with a battle against the heroic resistance. Initially thinking he had the upper hand to eradicated all of his resistors, Stark unavoidably met his fateful defeat at the hands of an enraged and empowered Ross, who was now the Hulk, with the assistance of Jim his uncle Arno Stark, with Rhodey deeming himself to Edward as the true successive embodiment of Iron Man seeing Edward to fail into becoming what his father hoped him to be, and instead descend into the worst version of a Stark none of them thought was possible of happening.

The four went to battle to the death while the Alps headquarters collapses in the process, in which Stark continuously harming himself, failing to admit that his suit of armor is irreversibly malfunctioning, causing his own doing every time he inflicts a heavy attack against the heroes until it explodes, fatally wounding him one last time. Taking his last breath, the fatally-wounded Stark simply mocked Ross and Rhodes that society would without the guidance of his empire and new order. Ross simply that he talked too much and that he has idolized his grandfather too much that has turned him to the monster who he was now, trying to make Edward see their argument that there could've been a better way to bring peace without restricting the people's freedom. Edward simply snickered realizing that his father's long-time allies' have a point, but it was too late for him to change into the good son that his late father would've expected him to be.

Stark smiled as he fully succumbed to his severe wounds and died of blood loss, much to the heroes, though assured that his tyranny was finally over after half a decade of his authoritative rule across the planet as it is now dismantled for the greater good, ensuring that peace and freedom is restored at last. Rhodey and Arno was somewhat unsettled by Edward Stark's final smile, but the two humorously hoped that in his death, he would get "detention" for his unforgivable crimes, now that he may or may not be likely reunited with his old man Tony Stark and her adoptive mother Pepper Potts on the other side.

Secret Wars

The multiversal events known as the incursions caused realities to crash with each other, with the central point being each universe's planet Earth, and one of those universes have pitted Earth-61616 against another distant future reality that unexpectedly unleashes an army of duplicated speedsters, led none other than the future Speed Demon. During the cosmic assault, Rhodey suits up his upgraded Iron Man armor for the first and last time and willingly assisted his allies which attempted to destroy the alternate Earth, as an attempt of stopping the great "speed storm" summoned by the chaotic speedsters, while the others launch several massive spaceships (built and previously owned by the deceased artificial intelligence Ultron) containing millions and millions of people as they try an evacuate the planet. In the end, the two realities collided, and Rhodey and his teammates unfortunately died together with his universe.

Return

After the restoration of the Multiverse at the hands of the benevolent Beyonder in order to compensate the disastrous and convoluted Secret Wars, Iron Man and the rest of Earth-61616's surviving residents would later resurface in his own native universe, which was eventually brought back to existence together with the rest of the Multiverse, most notably after the heroes of the mainstream reality were able to banish Nightmare from this reality, preventing him from taking over Earth-61616 and making it his realm of darkness.


Powers and Abilities

Powers

Seemingly those to James Rhodes of Earth-61615.

Iron Man Armor

  • Shapeshifting Suit: Rhodey's synthesized primary armor can easily be stored in a suitcase, which conveniently shortened the suiting up time. The end result of his creation within the hidden Stark facility was an upgraded Iron Man Armor Model Mark 40, a new suit of armor that could change shape and color based on the task at hand, essentially merging all of Stark's known armor modes into a single suit now succeeded by Rhodes being the rightful second title holder of Iron Man.
    • Modular Armor
    • Stealth Armor
    • Hulkbuster Armor
    • War Machine Armor
    • Edward Stark's Iron Man Armor

Support Powers

  • Superhuman Strength
  • Superhuman Speed
  • Flight
  • Power Cells
  • Energy Conversion Power Recharge
  • Zero-Point Energy Bubble
  • Self-Contained Life-Support System
    • Environmental Protection
  • Magnetism
  • Onboard Computer
  • Sensor Array
  • Override

Defensive Powers

  • Enhanced Durability
  • Energy Shield

Offensive Powers

  • Self-Cloaking
  • Repulsor Rays
  • Unibeam
    • Tri-beam
    • Multi-beam
    • Pentabeam
    • Omnibeam
  • Lasers
  • Pulse Bolts
  • Energy Blade
  • Pulse Barrage
  • Smart Missiles
  • Hyper-velocity Impact
  • Plasma Discharge
Power Grid [1]
Intelligence
 3
Strength*
 2
Speed*
 2
Durability*
 1
Energy Projection*
 1
Fighting Skills
* Higher values represent enhancements granted by a standard War Machine and Iron Man armor.


Abilities

Seemingly those to James Rhodes of Earth-61615.

Strength level

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

Weaknesses

Seemingly those to James Rhodes of Earth-61615.

  • Mental Disorders
    • Depressive Episodes
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (formerly)


Paraphernalia

Equipment:

The War Machine in his prime, pre-Ultron Revolution

Seemingly those to James Rhodes of Earth-61615.

  • Iron Man Armors
    • Iron Man Armor Model MK XL
    • Iron Man Armor Model MK XXXIX
  • War Machine Armors
    • War Machine Armors MK I
    • War Machine Armors MK II
    • War Machine Armors MK III
    • War Machine Armors MK IV
    • War Machine Armors MK V
    • Iron Patriot Armor: Mark II

Transportation:

  • Flight

Weapons: Seemingly those to James Rhodes of Earth-61615.


Notes

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  1. Dark Age Comics: Iron Man Vol 1 1


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