Marvel character highlight #16: War Machine

Name: James Rupert “Rhodey” RhodesWar Machine

Affiliation: United States Marine Corps, Stark Enterprises, Avengers, West Coast Avengers, Iron Legion, Secret Defenders, Sentinel Squad O*N*E, The Initiative, Team War Machine, Secret Avengers, United States Department of Defense

Special abilities: Rhodes wears an advanced suit capable of becoming the ultimate weapon. Much like Tony Stark’s Iron Man armor, Rhodes’ suit grants flight, advanced warfare weaponry and protection against varying levels of attack. Rhodes is a capable and skilled Marine and aircraft pilot.

Background: James Rhodes was a lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, participating in battles in Southeast Asia. His plane was shot down over a jungle by the Viet Cong, and he meets Tony Stark for the first time.The duo escapes after making it back to an American installation. Stark offers Rhodes a job as his personal pilot, something that Rhodes accepts after the Vietnam War. Rhodes dons the alternate suit of War Machine for the first time to defeat the villain known as Magma as a way to save Stark, who was defeated during his relapse into alcoholism. Rhodes has since used the War Machine armor and battled under the Iron Man banner in various capacities since, despite retiring several times.

Relationships: Tony Stark (Iron Man), best friend and employer; Roberta Rhodes, mother; Joshua Rhodes, uncle; Jeanette Rhodes, sister (deceased)

First Versus game appearance: Marvel vs. Capcom

Appearances in other media: Iron Man (animated TV show), X-Men the Animated Series (animated), Spider-Man (animated TV show, 1994), The Incredible Hulk (animated TV show), Iron Man: Animated Adventures, The Super Hero Squad Show, The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Avengers Assemble, Ultimate Avengers 2, The Invincible Iron Man, Iron Man: Rise of the Technovore, Iron Man (2008 film), Iron Man 2 (2010 film), Iron Man 3 (2013 film), Marvel vs. Capcom, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse, Marvel Ultimate Alliance, Iron Man (2008 video game), Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2, Marvel Super Hero Squad, Iron Man 2 (2010 video game), LEGO Marvel Super Heroes

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