Tony Stark/James Rhodes

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Pairing
Pairing: James "Rhodey" Rhodes/Tony Stark
Alternative name(s): Iron Husbands, RhFe, Iron Bros, The Big Guns, Iron War, War Machine/Iron Man, Iron Patriot/Iron Man
Gender category: M/M, Slash
Fandom: Iron Man, Iron Man Movieverse, The Avengers (Marvel)
Canonical?: No
Prevalence: Rare
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Tony/Rhodey is the slash pairing of James Rhodes/War Machine and Tony Stark/Iron Man in the Marvel universe.

Marvel Cinematic Universe

Canon

Rhodey and Tony appear together in all three Iron Man movies as well as The Avengers 2. They are long-time best friends and Rhodey works as military liaison to Stark Industries.

Fandom

A small number of fans have shipped Tony/Rhodey since the first movie, but despite being a buddy pairing with significant on-screen interaction and affectionate physical contact, it has remained a very small pairing in the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe. After the release of both the first and second movie it was outcompeted by the canonical het pairing of Tony/Pepper; once the first Captain America movie was released, Steve/Tony quickly overtook and surpassed both Tony/Rhodey and Tony/Pepper in the Iron Man fandom. Some fans speculate this is due to fandom's preference for Two White Guys pairings; others argue it is simply due to the change in actors playing Rhodey causing his character to be less consistent across the movies.[1]

Tropes & Fanon

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  • Nicknames: In the movies, Tony at various points calls Rhodey "sourpatch," "platypus," and "honeybear;" as a result, nicknames in general and "honeybear" in particular often appear in fic.
  • Tony & Rhodey went to MIT together: The opening voiceover of the first movie stated that Tony went to MIT and in a later scene Rhodey is wearing a brass rat, so many fans assume that they met in college and have been friends since then.
  • Genderswap: Most commonly with always-a-girl!Tony, like in gyzym's takes a lot of love and compliance, though scrollgirl wrote always-a-girl!Rhodey here.
  • Threesome with Pepper Potts: Most commonly in a triad, but sometimes in a V-shaped relationship.

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Canon

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References

  1. "SVU shipping with added commentary by brobaiting about white guys shipping and mixed race shipping". Archived from the original on 2020-06-01.