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   universe = [[Marvel Universe]]
   universe = [[Marvel Universe]]
| real_name = James "Jim" Rupert Rhodes
| real_name = James "Jim" Rupert Rhodes
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| aliases = "Rhodey," Iron Man
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| aliases = "Rhodey"; formerly Iron Man
| identity = Secret
| identity = Secret
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| occupation = [[Initiative]] instructor, adventurer, government agent; formerly: [[Sentinel Squad O*N*E]] combat instructor, soldier, pilot
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| occupation = Adventurer; former commander of Camp Hammond Initiative forces, O*N*E drill sergeant, marine salvager, political activist, CEO of Stark Enterprises, pilot, aviation engineer, soldier
| citizenship = U.S.A.
| citizenship = U.S.A.
| place_of_birth = Philadelphia, Pennsylvania   
| place_of_birth = Philadelphia, Pennsylvania   
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| relatives = [[Rhodes, David|David Rhodes]] (father), [[Rhodes, Roberta|Roberta Rhodes]] (mother), [[Rhodes, Jeanette|Jeanette Rhodes]] (sister, deceased), Josh (uncle, last name unrevealed), unnamed alleged son
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| relatives = [[Rhodes, David|David Rhodes]] (father), [[Rhodes, Roberta|Roberta Rhodes]] (mother), [[Rhodes, Jeanette|Jeanette Rhodes]] (sister, deceased), Josh (uncle, last name unrevealed), unidentified alleged son
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| groups = [[Initiative]]; formerly: [[Sentinel Squad O*N*E]], [[Office of National Emergency]] (O*N*E), [[Crew]], [[Secret Defenders]], [[Worldwatch]], [[Stark Enterprises]], [[Force Works]], [[West Coast Avengers]], U.S. Marine Corps
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| groups = "Team War Machine", [[Secret Avengers]]; formerly [[Initiative]], [[Office of National Emergency|O*N*E]], [[Worldwatch]], [[Crew|"the Crew,"]] [[West Coast Avengers|Avengers]], Secret Defenders, "Iron Legion," US Marines
| education = High school graduate, learned aviation engineering in the U.S. Marines
| education = High school graduate, learned aviation engineering in the U.S. Marines
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| height = 6'1";(in armor) 6'7"
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| height = 6'1"; (in armor) 6'6"
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| weight = 210 lbs.(in armor) 710 lbs
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| weight = 210 lbs.
| eyes = Brown
| eyes = Brown
| hair = Brown (gray streaks)
| hair = Brown (gray streaks)
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| powers = None
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| powers = Rhodes has no superhuman powers. In his cybernetic configuration, Rhodes required an external power source to keep himself alive, such as the War Machine armor. While in armor, Rhodes’ cybernetic links rendered him incapable of sleep, remaining aware even when his body was unconscious. Rhodes’ arms, legs, right eye and portions of his spine and skull were replaced with cybernetic parts of titanium/Vibranium compositions. Magno locks within his body could release his limbs at will or disassemble nearby machinery, incorporating their parts into his limbs or the War Machine armor. While possessed by the Ultimo virus, Rhodes could generate metallic tendrils from his body; he retained the ability to fire optic energy blasts even after the virus was purged. Even without the Ultimo technology, Rhodes’ bionic eye could fire a laser beam.
| abilities = Rhodes is an exceptional pilot, and was trained by the Marines in aviation engineering and armed and unarmed combat.
| abilities = Rhodes is an exceptional pilot, and was trained by the Marines in aviation engineering and armed and unarmed combat.
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| weapons = None
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| weapons = The War Machine armor is equipped with a variety of projectile weapons, including repulsor rays that generate a magnetic wave to repel attacks, pulse bolts (extremely powerful plasma discharges), sonic generators, flash bombs, mini-guns, incendiary bombs, missiles, Gatling guns and a cannon which can be customized for particular artillery, including the anti-superhuman SPIN (Super-Power Inhibiting Nanobots) darts. A unibeam in the chest plate can project virtually every light spectrum (visible, infrared and ultraviolet), a laser beam and an EMP (Electro Magnetic Pulse) generator that can shut down electronic devices within a 50-yard radius (the armor can reboot itself within minutes). The armor also contains retractable steel knives.
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| paraphernalia = Although Rhodes is no longer active as War Machine, he possesses a prototype copy of the War Machine armor, and once donned one of its gauntlets to grant himself superhuman strength. His old suit of War Machine armor was equipped with jet boots, a laser sword, repulsor rays, energy cannons, a uni-beam, a rocket launcher, targeting computer and scanning devices, and could be modified in the field for additional weapons.  
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| paraphernalia = Rhodes’ current suit of War Machine armor grants him superhuman strength, lifting 100 tons. The armor can fly at Mach 2 using its jet boots and can absorb vast quantities of radiation and other energies, releasing them through the repulsor unibeam emitters. The suit affords Rhodes significant protection from physical attacks and includes a personal force field. Its computer displays can be projected using holographic generators and these same generators can possibly be reconfigured to alter the armor’s appearance. The armor’s systems are operated by a cybernetic link to Rhodes himself that shields him from mental attacks and includes a targeting computer, radar and environment sensors and a sophisticated subspace/satellite radio communications array that can also detect local radio signals. The suit contains a physical computer interface and is specially coated to resist radar detection and targeting locks. It contains life support systems, including an hour’s air supply, and can be sealed for space and underwater travel.
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Rhodes briefly wore a suit of Eidolon Warwear armor, a living suit of armor which rested inside of his body, and could encase him at a moment's notice. The armor duplicated many of the abilities of the War Machine armor, including flight, energy blasts and sensors, but could also "grow" drones which could be used for combat and delivery operations and interface with computers. The armor would react to Rhodes' emotional state, transforming itself to provide him with whatever weapons he might desire.
Rhodes briefly wore a suit of Eidolon Warwear armor, a living suit of armor which rested inside of his body, and could encase him at a moment's notice. The armor duplicated many of the abilities of the War Machine armor, including flight, energy blasts and sensors, but could also "grow" drones which could be used for combat and delivery operations and interface with computers. The armor would react to Rhodes' emotional state, transforming itself to provide him with whatever weapons he might desire.
| debut = Iron Man #118 (1979)
| debut = Iron Man #118 (1979)
| origin = Iron Man #144 (1981)
| origin = Iron Man #144 (1981)
| significant_issues = first appearance (Iron Man #118, 1979); first became Iron Man (Iron Man #169, 1983); battled the [[Mandarin]] (Iron Man 180-181, 1984); battled Tony Stark in clash of Iron Men (Iron Man #192, 1985); almost killed during Earth re-entry (Iron Man #216, 1987); became CEO of Stark Enterprises and became Iron Man again (Iron Man  #284, 1992); quit Stark Enterprises, went off on own as War Machine (Iron Man #291, 1993); led Iron Legion against Ultimo (Iron Man #300, 1994); became head of Worldwatch (War Machine #5, 1994); battled Iron Man over [Rhodes'] use of War Machine armor (War Machine #8, Iron Man #310, 1994); went back in time to stop Nazi time-travel plot (War Machine #15-#17, 1995); lost War Machine armor in timestream (War Machine #17, 1995); became bonded to Eidolon Warwear (War Machine #18, 1995); lost Eidolon Warwear (Tales of the Marvel Universe #1, 1997)
| significant_issues = first appearance (Iron Man #118, 1979); first became Iron Man (Iron Man #169, 1983); battled the [[Mandarin]] (Iron Man 180-181, 1984); battled Tony Stark in clash of Iron Men (Iron Man #192, 1985); almost killed during Earth re-entry (Iron Man #216, 1987); became CEO of Stark Enterprises and became Iron Man again (Iron Man  #284, 1992); quit Stark Enterprises, went off on own as War Machine (Iron Man #291, 1993); led Iron Legion against Ultimo (Iron Man #300, 1994); became head of Worldwatch (War Machine #5, 1994); battled Iron Man over [Rhodes'] use of War Machine armor (War Machine #8, Iron Man #310, 1994); went back in time to stop Nazi time-travel plot (War Machine #15-#17, 1995); lost War Machine armor in timestream (War Machine #17, 1995); became bonded to Eidolon Warwear (War Machine #18, 1995); lost Eidolon Warwear (Tales of the Marvel Universe #1, 1997)
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bio_text= James Rhodes grew up in South Philadelphia. Bullied as a child, he was determined to get out and make something of himself, eventually becoming a U.S. Marine. Rhodes served several tours in Southeast Asia, studying while in the service to become an aviation engineer. As a soldier, Rhodes was willing to kill if a mission required it, but every life he took would haunt him. During one mission, Rhodes' helicopter was shot down and he crashed into the jungle. He was found by [[Iron Man (Anthony Stark)|Iron Man]], who had only recently escaped from Wong-Chu and needed transportation out of the combat area. Iron Man helped repair Rhodes' helicopter and the two men made it to safety together. Afterwards, Rhodes was approached by Tony Stark, Iron Man's "employer" (in fact, Tony Stark was Iron Man). Stark offered Rhodes a job as his pilot, and Rhodes agreed to take him up on his offer when his service was over.
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{{bio|bio_text= Iron Man’s closest ally is Jim “Rhodey” Rhodes, a stalwart force of justice. A soldier in steel and circuitry – he is the indomitable War Machine!
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Rhodes was true to his word, serving for some time at [[Stark International]] as Stark's personal pilot and becoming Tony's close friend. Rhodes was forced to watch as Stark gave in to alcoholism, and finally, during a battle with the villain [[Magma (Jonathan Darque)|Magma]], Stark went into battle as Iron Man while intoxicated. After a humiliating defeat, Iron Man went to Rhodes to help recharge his armor, and inadvertently revealed his double identity to Rhodes. Too inebriated to continue his fight with Magma, Stark passed out, and Rhodes donned the armor in order to save Stark International from Magma's rampage. Rhodes succeeded in his first mission, and Stark asked him to stay on as Iron Man so that he could continue to pursue his life of alcoholism.  
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==ORIGIN OF A HERO==
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[[image:MikeFichera--Glenda-Parnell-Rhodey-wedding.jpg|thumb|left|Glenda, Parnell, and Rhodey]]James "Rhodey" Rhodes was a US Marine who served several tours in Southeast Asia while studying to become an aviation engineer. In the service, he grew close with his comrade Parnell Jacobs, whom he introduced to childhood friend Glenda Sandoval. Parnell and Glenda eventually fell in love and married.  
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[[image:rhodes01.jpg|left|thumb|200px|Rhodes as Iron Man]]
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Rhodes was a soldier with a conscience, willing to kill if a mission required it, yet haunted by every life he took. During one mission, Rhodes’ helicopter was shot down in a jungle and was discovered by Iron Man (Tony Stark), who had recently escaped from the guerrilla Wong-Chu and needed transportation. Iron Man helped repair Rhodes’ helicopter and they made it to safety together. Afterward, Rhodes was approached by Tony Stark, claiming to be Iron Man’s "employer," and was offered a job as Stark’s pilot. Rhodes agreed to take him up on his offer when his tour of duty was completed. For a while, Rhodes worked as a mercenary with Parnell, but when he caught Parnell running guns to the dictatorship of Santo Marco, he went back to Tony to make good on his word.  
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Although a novice, Rhodes' combat experience served him well for his new lifestyle; he turned to inventors Morley and Clytemnestra Erwin to help him maintain the armor and began taking mercenary jobs to fund the armour's upkeep. Stark, meanwhile, continued drinking and eventually lost Stark International. Rhodes made a name for himself facing threats such as [[Thunderball]], the [[Radioactive Man (Chen Lu)|Radioactive Man]] and the [[Mandarin]], and banded with many of Earth's heroes on [[Battleworld]] during the [[Beyonder]]'s so-called "Secret Wars". Most of these heroes continued to believe that he was the original Iron Man.  
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When Rhodes returned from Battleworld, he found that Stark was now trying to make a recovery, and he hesitantly allowed Tony back into his life. As Rhodes, Stark and the Erwin twins prepared to set up their own company, [[Circuits Maximus]], Rhodes found himself increasingly at odds with Tony, jealous of the armor to the point where he would refuse to let Stark repair it. He finally learned that his emotional problems were related to the armour's cybernetic interface, which had not been adjusted for Rhodes' brainwaves. Rhodes also joined the [[Avengers]] when [[Hawkeye (Clint Barton)|Hawkeye]] opened the [[West Coast Avengers|West Coast branch]], although Hawkeye was shocked when he finally learned that he wasn't working with the original Iron Man.  
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==THE NEW IRON MAN==
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[[image:MikeFichera--Rhodey-as-IronMan.jpg |left|thumb|Rhodey as Iron Man]]
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Rhodes served for some time at Stark International as Stark’s pilot and became Tony’s close friend, risking his life to aid Tony against enemies such as [[Hammer, Justin|Justin Hammer]] and the [[Maggia]]. He watched helplessly as Stark gradually gave in to alcoholism. After a humiliating defeat battling the villain Magma (Jonathan Darque) while intoxicated, Iron Man went to Rhodes for help recharging his armor and inadvertently revealed his identity. Too inebriated to continue his fight with Magma, Stark passed out and Rhodes donned the armor becoming Iron Man for the first time. He saved Stark International from Magma’s rampage and Stark asked him to continue as Iron Man.
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Rhodes' Iron Man stint came to an end when [[Iron Monger|Obadiah Stane]], the man who bought out Stark International, blew up Circuits Maximus, killing [[Erwin, Morley|Morley Erwin]] and injuring Rhodes. Rhodes offered Stark the Iron Man armor back so that he could bring down Stane, but Stark built a new suit instead and faced Stane in a battle that ended with Stane's suicide. Stark remained active as Iron Man and Rhodes resumed his role as pilot and confidant, occasionally suiting up to aid Stark against such threats as the [[Living Laser]], [[DeWitt, Kearson|Kearson DeWitt]], and [[Fin Fang Foom]]. As an extra Iron Man, Rhodes also aided the Avengers against a renegade [[Quicksilver]] and his [[Zodiac (LMDs)|Zodiac]] allies.  
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Although a novice, Rhodes’ combat experience served him well for his new role as a super hero. Meanwhile, Stark continued to drink and eventually lost Stark International to his rival [[Iron Monger|Obadiah Stane]]. Rhodes made sure Tony’s alternate Iron Man armors were destroyed to prevent them from falling into Stane’s hands and carried on Iron Man’s tradition.  
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[[image:WAR_MACHINE_5.jpg|left|thumb|200px|War Machine]]
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==SECRET WARS AND POWERFUL ALLIES==
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Stark began to suffer from nervous system troubles during his clashes with Kearson DeWitt, and eventually suffered a total nervous systems collapse. On his apparent deathbed, he transferred control of [[Stark Enterprises]] to Rhodes, and left him a new suit of Iron Man armor (nicknamed the "War Machine" armor). Rhodes reluctantly honored his best friend's dying wish and became Iron Man again. During his time as CEO of Stark Enterprises, he became involved with [[LaCoste, Rae|Rae LaCoste]], a former girlfriend of Stark's. Rhodes was insulted when he finally learned that Stark had faked his death so that his scientists could find a cure for his condition. Stark let Rhodes keep the War Machine armor as a peace offering, but Rhodes wanted nothing else to do with him. As War Machine, Rhodes joined the western Avengers, but he resigned after an angry confrontation with Iron Man during a team meeting convened to shut down the group's West Coast headquarters.  
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As Iron Man, Jim faced threats from foes like [[Thunderball]], the [[Radioactive Man (Chen Lu)|Radioactive Man]], and the [[Mandarin]]. Together with many of Earth’s heroes, he fought against an army of some of the toughest super villains on the constructed planet called Battleworld during the near-omnipotent [[Beyonder|Beyonder's]] so-called “[[Secret Wars]].” Most of these heroes continued to believe he was the original Iron Man. Soon after his return from [[Battleworld]], Rhodes learned that Stark was trying to make a recovery and gradually allowed him back into his life. Rhodes, Stark and inventor siblings Morley and Clytemnestra Erwin set up their own company, [[Circuits Maximus]].
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As Rhodes pondered his place in the world, he was approached by [[Cetewayo, Vincent|Vincent Cetewayo]] of [[Worldwatch]], a human rights organization seeking a leader. Although Rhodes turned them down at first, he reconsidered when Cetewayo was killed. In Worldwatch, Rhodes made enemies in several countries, but gained valuable allies in the Worldwatch staff, including former Mossad. [[S.H.I.E.L.D.]] agent [[Joseph, Bathsheva|Sheva Joseph]]. Rhodes was also forced to  return to Stark for repairs on his armor, and the two men finally came to terms. Rhodes continued to date Rae LaCoste, despite his parents' attempt to split them up by claiming that Rhodes had fathered a child out of wedlock with another woman. Rhodes doubted that their story was true.  
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Though his teammates assumed he was the same Iron Man who helped found the [[Avengers]], Rhodes joined the [[West Coast Avengers|West Coast branch]] of the Avengers in Los Angeles under the leadership of [[Hawkeye (Clint Barton)|Hawkeye]]. Hawkeye was shocked when he learned that he was not working with the original armored hero.
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During a time travel mission to World War II with Sheva to stop [[Grinz]], a Nazi officer who was receiving advanced technology from the future, Rhodes learned that Grinz was supplied by his own son, [[Raeder]]. Rhodes killed Grinz to prevent Raedar from being born; the resulting paradox shunted Rhodes and Joseph back to their own time, but the War Machine armor was destroyed in transit. Haunted by Grinz's death, Rhodes took some time off Worldwatch.  
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Rhodes’ time as Iron Man ended when Obadiah Stane blew up Circuits Maximus, killing Morley and injuring Rhodes. He offered his Iron Man armor back to Tony so he could bring down Stane, but Stark built a new suit of armor instead and faced Stane in a battle that ended with Stane’s suicide. Stark remained active as Iron Man, and Rhodes resumed his role as his pilot and confidant at the new company Stark Enterprises. However, Rhodes became Iron Man again to aid the Avengers against the renegade mutant [[Quicksilver]], the Zodiac Life Model Decoys (LMDs) and to help Tony against the Living Laser. While re-entering Earth’s atmosphere from an excursion to Stark Satellite One, Rhodes was badly burned through the armor and thereafter seldom wore it. During this time, he was romantically involved with Stark’s public relations director Marcy Pearson. Tony began to suffer from nervous system troubles during his clashes with Kearson DeWitt, causing Rhodes to become Iron Man again to help fight DeWitt and later the Mandarin and [[Fin Fang Foom]].  
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==I AM WAR MACHINE==
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Rhodes then encountered Skye, a mysterious woman who was an opponent of [[Immortus]] (who had disguised himself as [[Kang]]). [[Skye]] helped lead Rhodes to a suit of Eidolon Warwear armor, bio-technology of a long-dead extraterrestrial race, and the Warwear bonded itself to Rhodes. Rhodes used the armor to battle Stark, who had been made into a sleeper agent of Immortus, and Stark finally gave his life opposing Immortus while Rhodes saw to the destruction of the Starcore satellite that Stark had armed with temporal weapons. Afterwards, Rhodes was horrified to learn that Sheva had become ravaged by a temporal disease caused by their adventure, a disease that killed her. He also learned that the Warwear had protected him from the disease and resisted attempts by [[S.H.I.E.L.D.]] to capture and study him. Rhodes was forced to leave Worldwatch to preserve their good name.  
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[[image:WAR_MACHINE_5.jpg|left|thumb|200px|War Machine]]Before Tony suffered from a total nervous system collapse, he transferred control of Stark Enterprises to Rhodes and left him his most recent Iron Man suit (nicknamed the "War Machine" armor). Rhodes reluctantly honored his best friend’s dying wish and became Iron Man again. His first action as CEO of Stark Enterprises was to fire his girlfriend Marcy Pearson, whose ruthless career goals had soured their relationship. Subsequently, he became involved with Rae LaCoste, a former girlfriend of Tony’s. Believing Tony Stark to be dead, Rhodes was insulted when he learned that Tony had faked his death so his scientists could find a cure for his condition while sustained in a cryogenic state. Tony let Rhodey keep the War Machine armor as a peace offering, but Rhodes wanted nothing else to do with him. As War Machine, he rejoined the West Coast Avengers, but resigned after an angry confrontation with Iron Man during a team meeting preceding the closing of the West Coast Avengers branch.
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With Stark gone, Stark Enterprises became [[Stark-Fujikawa]], and Rhodes was offered a position with them, but learned that they were after the secrets of Stark's armor. Rhodes sacrificed his Warwear in order to purge Stark's computers of all data on the armor. Stark was restored to life by [[Richards, Franklin|Franklin Richards]] and eventually returned to his previous career.  
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==JIM RHODES: DIRECTOR OF WORLDWATCH==
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Rhodey accepted the role of director of [[Worldwatch]], a human rights organization, where he gained valuable allies including former Mossad/[[S.H.I.E.L.D]]. agent Bathsheva Joseph. During this time, Tony and Rhodey finally came to terms in the course of a team-up against the Mandarin. War Machine and Bathsheva time traveled to World War II to stop Grinz, a Nazi officer who was receiving advanced technology from his son Raeder from modern times. Rhodes killed Grinz to prevent Raeder from being born and the resulting paradox shunted Rhodes and Bathsheva back to their own time. The War Machine armor was seemingly destroyed in transit.
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Bonded to a suit of ancient alien Eidolon Warwear armor, Rhodey was forced to battle a mind-controlled Tony Stark, who had become a sleeper agent of [[Immortus]]. Stark gave his life opposing Immortus. S.H.I.E.L.D. sought to study the Warwear and attempted to capture Rhodes, but he resisted them and resigned from Worldwatch to preserve the organization’s good name.
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==SEPARATIONS, BANKRUPTCY AND MURDER==
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With Tony gone, Stark Enterprises became [[Stark-Fujikawa]]. Rhodey was offered a position with them, but upon learning that they were after the secrets of the Iron Man armor, he sacrificed his Warwear in order to purge Tony’s computers of all data on the armor. No longer able to continue as War Machine, he began performing marine salvage with his own company, Rhodes Recovery. Soon after, Tony returned to life thanks to [[Richards, Franklin|Franklin Richards’]] reality-altering powers. Rhodes Recovery eventually went bankrupt as a consequence of Jim’s extravagant lifestyle and an unscrupulous accountant.
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At that time, Jim’s sister Jeanette was killed by members of the 66 Bridges gang. Unable to get at her killers through the police, Rhodes became a vigilante to bring the 66 Bridges to justice. Rhodes used part of a prototype War Machine armor to face off with Triage, the head of this gang, and they were dispersed by Rhodes and his allies.
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==MUTANT MANAGEMENT==
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When the Office of National Emergency (O*N*E) began to train human pilots in the use of giant mutant hunting robotic [[Sentinel Squad O*N*E|Sentinels]], Tony arranged for Rhodes to be assigned as their drill sergeant. He donned a new suit of armor based on the Iron Man designs in order to lead O*N*E and also piloted his own Sentinel nicknamed “War Machine.” He led a team of O*N*E pilots against the Savage Land Mutates and aided the X-Men against their foe [[Apocalypse]] (En Sabah Nur). When the superhuman community was plunged into a civil war over disagreement on the Superhuman Registration Act (SHRA), of which Tony was a major proponent, Rhodes piloted the War Machine Sentinel in an attempt to arrest the [[Black Panther (T’Challa)]] and [[Storm]] (Ororo Munroe) for violating the SHRA. However, his Sentinel was badly damaged. The Black Panther saved Rhodes from angry protesters and the latter encouraged Iron Man to let the Panther and Storm depart in peace.
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==WE CAN REBUILD HIM==
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[[image:MikeFichera--Rhodey-Cyborg.jpg  |left|thumb|as a cyborg]]While testing fighter jets in Dubai, Rhodes was attacked by terrorists and suffered horrific injuries costing him all four limbs and most of the right side of his face. Tony intervened and used bleeding edge technology to build him cybernetic replacements. Rhodes’ ex-girlfriend Bethany Cabe prepared a genetic clone of Jim’s body with the ultimate goal of transferring his consciousness into it. Requiring an external power source to stay alive, Rhodey once again became War Machine and seldom removed the armor, finding that he was incapable of sleep due to his cybernetic link. The armor Tony provided Rhodes was constructed of mostly non-Stark parts as a failsafe in case Tony’s systems were infiltrated.
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War Machine was made the field commander to oversee Camp Hammond, in Stamford, Connecticut, where the 50-state Initiative enacted by the SHRA began to prepare registered superhuman cadets for their licensed activities. When the Skrulls, led by Queen Veranke, attacked Earth, disabling Stark’s technology, Rhodes received a coded message from Tony directing him to a stealth satellite in Earth’s orbit specially designed to equip his armor and combat the Skrull threat.
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When the invasion was over, [[Osborn, Norman|Norman Osborn]] (the pardoned Green Goblin) had become leader of the Initiative and H.A.M.M.E.R. (replacing S.H.I.E.L.D.) and obtained his own Iron Man armor as the Iron Patriot. Though he was under Osborn’s command, Rhodes attempted to covertly aid Tony, now a wanted fugitive, in escaping Osborn. War Machine protected the world from the threat of the infectious robotic extraterrestrial Ultimo virus, and earned the adulation of the Olympian god, Ares.
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==A NEW BEGINNING==
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Osborn raided the facility where Rhodes’ clone body was kept to use as blackmail against Rhodey. Undaunted, Rhodes went rogue along with five allies calling themselves “Team War Machine” who helped destroy the remaining Ultimo parts. The Iron Patriot assisted Rhodes against Ultimo, but then captured Rhodes and sent him to the International Criminal Court. After Ares broke him out of custody, Rhodey sacrificed his life to save a child from an attack by Osborn. However, at the moment of Rhodes’ death, Suzi Endo (aka Cybermancer) transferred Jim’s consciousness into the waiting clone body. No longer a cyborg, Rhodey donned a new suit of War Machine armor to continue his adventures.  
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Rhodes founded his own marine salvage company, but an extravagant lifestyle and an unscrupulous accountant left him bankrupt. At that time, Rhodes' sister [[Rhodes, Jeanette|Jeanette]] was killed by members of the [[66 Bridges]] gang in a part of Brooklyn called "Little Mogadishu". Unable to get at his sister's killers through the police system, Rhodes became a vigilante in order to bring the 66 Bridges to justice. He was aided in his mission by [[Cole, Kasper|Kevin "Kasper" Cole]], a.k.a. the White Tiger, a police officer and protégé of the [[Black Panther (T'Challa)|Black Panther]]; [[Junta|Danny Vincent]] a.k.a. Junta, a former secret service agent trying to regain his reputation; and [[Josiah X]], a Muslim minister who was the son of the 1940's super-soldier [[Bradley, Isaiah|Isaiah Bradley]]. Rhodes used part of a prototype War Machine armor to face off with [[Blacque, Nigel|Triage]], the head of the 66 Bridges, and the gang was dispersed by Rhodes and his allies.
 
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Current revision as of 17:48, 27 May 2010

 

Universe
Marvel Universe

Real Name
James "Jim" Rupert Rhodes

Aliases
"Rhodey"; formerly Iron Man

Identity
Secret

Citizenship
U.S.A.

Place of Birth
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

First Appearance
Iron Man #118 (1979)

Origin
Iron Man #144 (1981)


Iron Man’s closest ally is Jim “Rhodey” Rhodes, a stalwart force of justice. A soldier in steel and circuitry – he is the indomitable War Machine!

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ORIGIN OF A HERO

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Glenda, Parnell, and Rhodey
James "Rhodey" Rhodes was a US Marine who served several tours in Southeast Asia while studying to become an aviation engineer. In the service, he grew close with his comrade Parnell Jacobs, whom he introduced to childhood friend Glenda Sandoval. Parnell and Glenda eventually fell in love and married.

Rhodes was a soldier with a conscience, willing to kill if a mission required it, yet haunted by every life he took. During one mission, Rhodes’ helicopter was shot down in a jungle and was discovered by Iron Man (Tony Stark), who had recently escaped from the guerrilla Wong-Chu and needed transportation. Iron Man helped repair Rhodes’ helicopter and they made it to safety together. Afterward, Rhodes was approached by Tony Stark, claiming to be Iron Man’s "employer," and was offered a job as Stark’s pilot. Rhodes agreed to take him up on his offer when his tour of duty was completed. For a while, Rhodes worked as a mercenary with Parnell, but when he caught Parnell running guns to the dictatorship of Santo Marco, he went back to Tony to make good on his word.

THE NEW IRON MAN

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Rhodey as Iron Man

Rhodes served for some time at Stark International as Stark’s pilot and became Tony’s close friend, risking his life to aid Tony against enemies such as Justin Hammer and the Maggia. He watched helplessly as Stark gradually gave in to alcoholism. After a humiliating defeat battling the villain Magma (Jonathan Darque) while intoxicated, Iron Man went to Rhodes for help recharging his armor and inadvertently revealed his identity. Too inebriated to continue his fight with Magma, Stark passed out and Rhodes donned the armor becoming Iron Man for the first time. He saved Stark International from Magma’s rampage and Stark asked him to continue as Iron Man.

Although a novice, Rhodes’ combat experience served him well for his new role as a super hero. Meanwhile, Stark continued to drink and eventually lost Stark International to his rival Obadiah Stane. Rhodes made sure Tony’s alternate Iron Man armors were destroyed to prevent them from falling into Stane’s hands and carried on Iron Man’s tradition.

SECRET WARS AND POWERFUL ALLIES

As Iron Man, Jim faced threats from foes like Thunderball, the Radioactive Man, and the Mandarin. Together with many of Earth’s heroes, he fought against an army of some of the toughest super villains on the constructed planet called Battleworld during the near-omnipotent Beyonder's so-called “Secret Wars.” Most of these heroes continued to believe he was the original Iron Man. Soon after his return from Battleworld, Rhodes learned that Stark was trying to make a recovery and gradually allowed him back into his life. Rhodes, Stark and inventor siblings Morley and Clytemnestra Erwin set up their own company, Circuits Maximus.

Though his teammates assumed he was the same Iron Man who helped found the Avengers, Rhodes joined the West Coast branch of the Avengers in Los Angeles under the leadership of Hawkeye. Hawkeye was shocked when he learned that he was not working with the original armored hero.

Rhodes’ time as Iron Man ended when Obadiah Stane blew up Circuits Maximus, killing Morley and injuring Rhodes. He offered his Iron Man armor back to Tony so he could bring down Stane, but Stark built a new suit of armor instead and faced Stane in a battle that ended with Stane’s suicide. Stark remained active as Iron Man, and Rhodes resumed his role as his pilot and confidant at the new company Stark Enterprises. However, Rhodes became Iron Man again to aid the Avengers against the renegade mutant Quicksilver, the Zodiac Life Model Decoys (LMDs) and to help Tony against the Living Laser. While re-entering Earth’s atmosphere from an excursion to Stark Satellite One, Rhodes was badly burned through the armor and thereafter seldom wore it. During this time, he was romantically involved with Stark’s public relations director Marcy Pearson. Tony began to suffer from nervous system troubles during his clashes with Kearson DeWitt, causing Rhodes to become Iron Man again to help fight DeWitt and later the Mandarin and Fin Fang Foom.

I AM WAR MACHINE

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Before Tony suffered from a total nervous system collapse, he transferred control of Stark Enterprises to Rhodes and left him his most recent Iron Man suit (nicknamed the "War Machine" armor). Rhodes reluctantly honored his best friend’s dying wish and became Iron Man again. His first action as CEO of Stark Enterprises was to fire his girlfriend Marcy Pearson, whose ruthless career goals had soured their relationship. Subsequently, he became involved with Rae LaCoste, a former girlfriend of Tony’s. Believing Tony Stark to be dead, Rhodes was insulted when he learned that Tony had faked his death so his scientists could find a cure for his condition while sustained in a cryogenic state. Tony let Rhodey keep the War Machine armor as a peace offering, but Rhodes wanted nothing else to do with him. As War Machine, he rejoined the West Coast Avengers, but resigned after an angry confrontation with Iron Man during a team meeting preceding the closing of the West Coast Avengers branch.

JIM RHODES: DIRECTOR OF WORLDWATCH

Rhodey accepted the role of director of Worldwatch, a human rights organization, where he gained valuable allies including former Mossad/S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Bathsheva Joseph. During this time, Tony and Rhodey finally came to terms in the course of a team-up against the Mandarin. War Machine and Bathsheva time traveled to World War II to stop Grinz, a Nazi officer who was receiving advanced technology from his son Raeder from modern times. Rhodes killed Grinz to prevent Raeder from being born and the resulting paradox shunted Rhodes and Bathsheva back to their own time. The War Machine armor was seemingly destroyed in transit.

Bonded to a suit of ancient alien Eidolon Warwear armor, Rhodey was forced to battle a mind-controlled Tony Stark, who had become a sleeper agent of Immortus. Stark gave his life opposing Immortus. S.H.I.E.L.D. sought to study the Warwear and attempted to capture Rhodes, but he resisted them and resigned from Worldwatch to preserve the organization’s good name.

SEPARATIONS, BANKRUPTCY AND MURDER

With Tony gone, Stark Enterprises became Stark-Fujikawa. Rhodey was offered a position with them, but upon learning that they were after the secrets of the Iron Man armor, he sacrificed his Warwear in order to purge Tony’s computers of all data on the armor. No longer able to continue as War Machine, he began performing marine salvage with his own company, Rhodes Recovery. Soon after, Tony returned to life thanks to Franklin Richards’ reality-altering powers. Rhodes Recovery eventually went bankrupt as a consequence of Jim’s extravagant lifestyle and an unscrupulous accountant.

At that time, Jim’s sister Jeanette was killed by members of the 66 Bridges gang. Unable to get at her killers through the police, Rhodes became a vigilante to bring the 66 Bridges to justice. Rhodes used part of a prototype War Machine armor to face off with Triage, the head of this gang, and they were dispersed by Rhodes and his allies.

MUTANT MANAGEMENT

When the Office of National Emergency (O*N*E) began to train human pilots in the use of giant mutant hunting robotic Sentinels, Tony arranged for Rhodes to be assigned as their drill sergeant. He donned a new suit of armor based on the Iron Man designs in order to lead O*N*E and also piloted his own Sentinel nicknamed “War Machine.” He led a team of O*N*E pilots against the Savage Land Mutates and aided the X-Men against their foe Apocalypse (En Sabah Nur). When the superhuman community was plunged into a civil war over disagreement on the Superhuman Registration Act (SHRA), of which Tony was a major proponent, Rhodes piloted the War Machine Sentinel in an attempt to arrest the Black Panther (T’Challa) and Storm (Ororo Munroe) for violating the SHRA. However, his Sentinel was badly damaged. The Black Panther saved Rhodes from angry protesters and the latter encouraged Iron Man to let the Panther and Storm depart in peace.

WE CAN REBUILD HIM

File:MikeFichera--Rhodey-Cyborg.jpgWhile testing fighter jets in Dubai, Rhodes was attacked by terrorists and suffered horrific injuries costing him all four limbs and most of the right side of his face. Tony intervened and used bleeding edge technology to build him cybernetic replacements. Rhodes’ ex-girlfriend Bethany Cabe prepared a genetic clone of Jim’s body with the ultimate goal of transferring his consciousness into it. Requiring an external power source to stay alive, Rhodey once again became War Machine and seldom removed the armor, finding that he was incapable of sleep due to his cybernetic link. The armor Tony provided Rhodes was constructed of mostly non-Stark parts as a failsafe in case Tony’s systems were infiltrated.

War Machine was made the field commander to oversee Camp Hammond, in Stamford, Connecticut, where the 50-state Initiative enacted by the SHRA began to prepare registered superhuman cadets for their licensed activities. When the Skrulls, led by Queen Veranke, attacked Earth, disabling Stark’s technology, Rhodes received a coded message from Tony directing him to a stealth satellite in Earth’s orbit specially designed to equip his armor and combat the Skrull threat.

When the invasion was over, Norman Osborn (the pardoned Green Goblin) had become leader of the Initiative and H.A.M.M.E.R. (replacing S.H.I.E.L.D.) and obtained his own Iron Man armor as the Iron Patriot. Though he was under Osborn’s command, Rhodes attempted to covertly aid Tony, now a wanted fugitive, in escaping Osborn. War Machine protected the world from the threat of the infectious robotic extraterrestrial Ultimo virus, and earned the adulation of the Olympian god, Ares.

A NEW BEGINNING

Osborn raided the facility where Rhodes’ clone body was kept to use as blackmail against Rhodey. Undaunted, Rhodes went rogue along with five allies calling themselves “Team War Machine” who helped destroy the remaining Ultimo parts. The Iron Patriot assisted Rhodes against Ultimo, but then captured Rhodes and sent him to the International Criminal Court. After Ares broke him out of custody, Rhodey sacrificed his life to save a child from an attack by Osborn. However, at the moment of Rhodes’ death, Suzi Endo (aka Cybermancer) transferred Jim’s consciousness into the waiting clone body. No longer a cyborg, Rhodey donned a new suit of War Machine armor to continue his adventures.



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