James Rhodes was a pilot in the United States Marines stationed in Afghanistan during an U.S. military involvement in Asia. Blasted out of the sky by enemy rockets, Rhodes managed to land in one piece and was attempting to get his craft airworthy when inventory Tony Stark, clad in his Iron Man armor, happened to be passing by. Stark had just completed his original armor, had avenged his fellow prisoner Professor Yinsen, and was trying to make his way to the American defense perimeter. Attacked by enemies, Iron Man proved to Rhodes they were on the same side, and Rhodes allowed him to drain the helicopter's batteries to recharge his armor. The two then trekked through the jungle together, finally discovering a hidden enemy rocket base. Stealing an enemy helicopter, they destroyed the base, and flew to the nearest American encampment. Before leaving Afghanistan for the United States, Stark offered Rhodes a job as a pilot as soon as his military stint was over. Rhodes initially declined, but after a succession of other jobs, Rhodes finally accepted Stark's offer and became his personal pilot and chief aviation engineer. While working at Stark International, Rhodes aided Iron Man in his battles against such foes as the Roxxon Oil Company, Justin Hammer, the Dreadnoughts, and Obadiah Stane.
When devastating personal problems caused Tony Stark to abuse alcohol and become incapable of using the Iron Man armor responsibly, Rhodes put it on in order to defend Stark International from the criminal Magma. He offered to return it but Stark insisted Rhodes take on the responsibility of being Iron Man for a while to enable Stark to enjoy himself. Reluctantly Rhodes agreed, and after Stark employee Morley Erwin helped him figure out how to operate the armor, found himself in battle with such foes as Thunderball, Firebrand, Krang, Flying Tiger, the Radioactive Man, the Mandarin, the Zodiac, and Vibro. Although he was unable to help Stark from being swindled out of proprietorship of Stark International by Obadiah Stane, he did prevent Stane from taking custody of all of Stark's Iron Man armors. With Morley Erwin and his sister Clytemnestra, Rhodes embarked upon a brief career as a mercenary in order to obtain funds with which they could begin a new business venture. By the time they succeeded in raising sufficient capital, Tony Stark had recovered from his several months-long alcohol binge, and offered to join them. The four moved out to Silicon Valley, California, where they founded Circuits Maximus, a small electronics design firm. Stark still was not interested in resuming his Iron Man role and gave his blessing to Rhodes to continue. Rhodes was initiated into the established ranks of superhuman champions when he became one of those who participated in the first Secret Wars. Soon afterwards, he was invited to join the newly-founded West Coast Avengers by chairman Hawkeye, who believed him to be the original Iron Man. After proving his worth to the group, Rhodes revealed to them he was Iron Man's replacement.
Battle vs. Lex Luthor (by Max117D)Edit
In Malibu, California, outside the Stark Industries building, Lex Luthor has managed to cripple Iron Man's suit, disabling its fight capabilities. An energy blade ignites in the right gauntlet in Luthor's suit and was about to finish him off when he hears an noise of an engine and the shaking vibration of the pavement from behind. He turns around and sees what appears to be another version of Iron Man only this one has grey color of different hues and a minigun on his right shoulder and a rocket launcher on his left.
"Another Iron Man perhaps?" Luthor sneered.
"The name's War Machine!" The figure spoke.
Luthor shouted in rage and charges at War Machine with the energy blade at the ready but he misses. War Machine fires his Minigun shoulder and machine gun gauntlets at Luthor. The bullets bounced off harmless off of Luthor's armor but one of them manages to graze his left ear and he fires an energy blast that sends War Machine hurling in the air and crashes into a abandoned bus.
War Machine fires an rocket at Luthor but he blocks it with the suit's force field.
"HA!! That's the best you can do, War Machine?!" Luthor mocked as he moves closer. Unknown to Luthor, WM has planted one of the mines underneath the rubble that stood between them, he steps over the rubble and the mine exploded, throwing Luthor into the taxi cab, damaging the suit's flight capabilities..
Luthor gets back up, furious he fires another energy blast that weakened War Machine's suit and he throws a punch, sending him flipping over the pavement and crash into another car. He gets back up and fires the Minigun at Luthor who blocks it again using the force field.
Then War Machine fires another rocket, this time it goes past Luthor and hits a building behind him and it falls down on him. Luthor manages to dodge out of the way but after he did War Machine runs up and slams his fist into Luthor's chest. Damaging the force field capabilities. Luthor ignites the energy blade and attempts to stab War Machine with it but he dodges out of the way and slams his fist into the gauntlet, damaging it and making the blade non-functional.
Then Luthor knees War Machine in the stomach and grabs the Minigun and rips it off his shoulder and slams it against War Machine's side, knocking him onto the ground and WM throws a kick that knocks Luthor back a little, enough for him to get back up on his feet. But then Luthor fires the Repulser in the chest at War Machine that sends him onto the ground, and Luthor charges the repulser to full charge to finish him off but then War Machine fires the Repulser Ray palms just as Luthor fires it. Causing the explosion that sends both in the air.
Afterwards, War Machine gets up and sees Luthor laying on the ground in the rubble, bleeding from the head but alive. Then the police came and arrested Luthor who swears revenge as he is carried away. War Machine shouts "I am the War Machine!" in the air and leaves.
WINNER: WAR MACHINE
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Battle vs. Asajj Ventress (Legends) (by Tomahawk23)Edit
No battle was written.
Winner: War Machine.
Although Asajj Ventress had two powerful lightsabers at her disposal, James Rhodes took the fight due to his superior intellect, mobility, and strength, as well as an advantage at range. To see the original battle, weapons, and votes, click here.
Battle vs. Optimus Prime (G1) (by So-Pro Warrior)Edit
All is quiet in the streets of New York the Avengers have been busy and have ridden New York of most of the Supervillian problems. However with other villians out there the Avengers have scattered into teams with other superhero groups to find the last remnants of escaped Supervillians. However while the other heroes are away James Rhodes also known as Iron Man's partner and fellow Avenger War Machine is keeping watch over New York at Stark Enterprise. James is realaxing watching some TV when he hears his phone ring, he picks it up and sees Tony Stark on it and answers it.
"Hey Tony hows it going" James says
"Oh it's all going good up here in the North" Tony says
Just then James hears the sound of explosions on the other side of the phone.
"Let me guess you found Dr.Doom?" James says
"Yeah me along with Wasp, Spidey, Wolverine and The Fantastic Four are handling him and his Doombots right now" Tony says as he fires his Repulsor Rays destroying some Doombots.
"So how are things over in the Big Apple huh?" Tony asks
"Things are good haven't been any robberies, kidnappings, shootings, anything" James says
"Oh well that's good we should be wrapping up here soon" Tony says
Meanwhile at the Autobot crashed ship HQ...
"Hey Optimus how come everyone else is out busting cons while I'm here on guard duty" Ironhide says
"Because Ironhide if the Decepticons find out that half our forces are gone then Megatron might launch a attack with what's left of the Deceptiocns with him" Optimus says
"Yeah well you think he learned his lesson the last time he attacked our base" Ironhide says
The HQ's alarm all of a sudden go off.
"Decepticon's detected in New York city" Teletran 1 says
"Finally time to bust some cons" Ironhide says
"Stay here Ironhide the last time the base was undefended the Decepticons got a hold of a lot of data." Optimus says
"Wait for the others to return and then you can come help me" Optimus says
"Alright you got it Prime" Ironhide says
Optimus then transforms into vehicle mode and drives off.
1 hour later...
"Alright Tony I understand now if you don't mind I would like some piece and quiet so if don't mind to stop calling me alright thanks" James says
He hangs up his phone again and turns it off and is about to fall asleep when a loud explosion rocks the building. James looks out the window and sees smoke rising from the nearby power plant.
"(Sigh) so much for resting time to suit up." James says
James puts on his War Machine suit and flies out of Stark Enterprises towards the Power Plant. He looks down to see civillians running in horror and arrives at the power plant. He looks up to see two jets fly out of the explosion and is confused and then looks to his right and sees a fire truck but notices it is driving out of the flames away from the explosion and wonders why and flies after it. War Machine notices the fire truck is chasing after the jets and tries to yell for the driver to stop but the truck keeps on driving. He tries to get the truck to stop but no matter what he says it doesn't stop. So he has no choice and fires his Repulsor Rays in front of the truck which makes it stop and flies down to inpect the vehicle. He opens the door and finds no driver inside and quickly flies into the air but doesn't see any sign of the driver. Just then he looks up to see the jets and notices them to have military design flying towards him. War Machine tries to contact them but no respone soon however the Jets start firing at War Machine and James quickly dodges the shots but soon hears someone behind him yell
James turns around to see the fire truck start transforming and before him stands a gigantic robot. The robot is Optimus Prime who takes out his Ion Blaster and fires at the jets which turn out to be Decepticons. He is able to score hits on both Decepticons engines which send the the Decepticons plumenting to the ground. Optimus then puts his Ion Blaster away and walks to James who is confused to what just happened.
"Are you okay?" Optimus asks
"What, what are you?" James asks
"My name is Optimus Prime" Optimus replies
"Well listen to me you just shot down two military jets and killed the pilots" James says
"No I did not those were--" Optimus says but is interrupted
"No I won't listen to your lies robot Dr. Doom must of made you" James says
"Wait!!!" Optimus says
But it is to late and James fires his Repulsor Rays at Optimus which sends him flying back. War Machine flies at Optimus who gets up and tries to stop Rhodie but James hits Optimus right in the face which makes Optimus fall back down. Optimus gets back up and takes out a Neutron Assault Rifle
"I'm sorry human but I must defend myself" Optimus says
"Bring it on Tin Can!!" James says
Optimus fires his Neutron Assault Rifle at War Machine but Rhodie flies to the side to dodge the bullets and fires back with his Minigun but the bullets have no affect against Optimus and bounce right off. Optimus takes careful aim and fires at War Machine scoring one hit on War Machine damaging the suit but not a lot. Rhodie fires a rocket and Optimus who quickly tosses the Neutron Assault Rifle at it destroying both but is not harmed. Optimus takes out his Thermo Rocket Launcher and fires at War Machine but Rhodie quickly takes flight but notices the rockets are folloing him indicating lock-on and so fires some of his rockets to destroy them with the resulting explosion forcing Rhodie to the groud as he descended. He quickly reactivates his boots and notices he out of missles and fires his Repulsor Rays at Optimus who takes cover and returns fire with his Ion Blaster but War Machine dodges the shots and shoots back with his Repuslor Rays. The two continue to fire but score no hits.
"Warning energy levels at 50%" The computer warns James
"Great I need to take this robot down fast." James says
He waits for the moment and as Optimus pops out to get a shot he charges his Unibeam and fires at Prime destroying the Ion Blaster and damaging Optimus in the chest a lot and sends him flying. Optimus lands on his back and notices a lot of damage don to his chest. He opens it up to see if the matrix is okay and it is.
"Thank the Allsparks the Matrix is alright." Optimus says
He knows he won't be able to take much more and tries to transform but his transforming cog has been damaged and he can't transform. He looks up to see War Machine tired from the blast, James looks p to see Optimus damaged but still up and functioning and notices power levels at 10% and thinks that if he fires another Unibeam and it doesn't work then he is done for. So he decides to finish this up close and flies at mach speed at Optimus and hits Optimus in the chest with both his fists and sends him flying again into a building. Optimus recovers but is badly damaged and is losing consciousness and tries to keep up and so is Rhodie. Rhodie prepares for another hit and flies at Optimus. While it is against what Optimus stands for he has no choice. He takes out his Energon Axe and as War Machine flies at him Optimus with the last of his strength cuts Rhodie in half. The Energon Axe cuts right through War Machine's armor and Rhodie is cut in two and his two body parts fly past the energon axe and crash onto the ground. Optimus looks at the two body parts of the Avenger and falls down on his knees in sorrow just as the rest of the Autobots arrive to help him.
"What have I done?" Optimus says
WINNER: OPTIMUS PRIME
While War Machine could fly, and was more well trained, the only weapons that proved effective against Optimus was the Repulsor Rays and Unibeam as bullets are not affective against transformers making the minigun useless and Optimus brought in the better Close range weapon which could cut right through the Iron Man armor and his other weapons could hit more harder becasue the size of the transformer bullets being bigger then that of the human.