James Rhodes

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Name: James Rupert "Rhodey" Rhodes
Occupation: Superhero, military's chief liaison to Stark Industries (MCU)
Title/Rank: War Machine, Iron Patriot
formerly: Iron Man
Colonel in United States Air Force (MCU)
formerly: Lieutenant Colonel
Status: Alive
Relationships: Tony Stark (best friend), Pepper Potts (friend)
Fandom: Iron Man, Iron Man Movieverse (MCU), The Avengers (Marvel) Iron Man: Armored Adventures, Ultimate Marvel, MC2, Ultimate Avengers 2,
Other: Wikipedia
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James "Rhodey" Rhodes is the alter ego of War Machine from the Marvel Comics series Iron Man.


Rhodey first appeared in Iron Man #118 (January 1979). He briefly held the Iron Man mantel in Iron Man #170 (May 1983). As War Machine, he first appeared in Iron Man #282 (September 1992) and as Iron Patriot in Gambit Vol. 5 #13 (May 2013).

Rhodey also appears in the Iron Man Films. In the first movie, Rhodey is played by Terrence Howard but in the second and third movies he is played by Don Cheadle. It's been announced that Rhodey will appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).

Rhodey as a main character in: Iron Man: The Animated Series and Iron Man: Armored Adventures. He also makes a cameo/brief appearances on The Super Hero Squad Show, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Spider-Man: The Animated Series, X-Men: The Animated Series and The Incredible Hulk animated series.


Marvel Comics

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Marvel Cinematic Universe

Rhodey appears with moderate frequency in MCU fanworks, most commonly in works focused on Tony Stark. His most common pairing is Rhodey/Tony; he is less frequently found in the slash pairings Bruce/Rhodey, Fury/Rhodey, and Rhodey/Steve and in the het pairings Pepper/Rhodey, Maria/Rhodey, and Natasha/Rhodey. He is also often included in poly arrangements.

Iron Man: Armored Adventures

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End Rhodey Erasure Project

As a part of the conversation about racism in the Avengers/MCU fandom that arose after the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, a tumblr campaign was started calling for the end of the widespread erasure of Rhodey from MCU and Avengers-related fanworks:

Campaign Seal
This campaign is born out of the needs and frustration at the lack of Rhodey-related-things whithin The Avengers Fandom. There's lack of Rhodey in fanfiction (doesn't matter the ship), there's lack of Rhodey in our dashes, there's very little fanart and almost no fanvids whatsoever. Nevermind the reason behind this sad truth, we're here to plant ourselves like trees beside the river of truth and kindly tell fandom: FUCK YOU.

WAR MACHINE ROX, with an X, all caps. Colonel James "Rupert" Rhodes is the superhero known as War Machine (now, Iron Patriot). He's featured in comics, movies, animated series and tv movies, and videogames. Because of this one fact, we think he's worthy of the same, or even more, amount of love as new, almost OC-MCU, characters get. So we started this campaign.[1]

The main blog for the campaign is the tumblr Needs Rhodey: Stop the Rhodey Erasure Now, and the tag to track and post in is #EndRhodeyErasure. There is also a network of blogs who are committed to the cause, and people who are participating are encouraged to add the End Rhodey Erasure seal to their icons.

Example Fanworks

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

Fan Fic

Fan Art

Additional Gallery

Fan Vids


  • Rhodey Possibly Canon, a tumblr discussion of Rhodey's qualifications as a rocket scientist.
  • Rhodey's Rank, a tumblr discussion of Rhodey's military rank and what it means for his interactions with other military/former military characters.

Archives and Communities



  1. Rhodey Campaign About Page, accessed 24 June 2014.