War Machine (real name James Rupert "Rhodey" Rhodes) is a fictional character, a comic book superhero appearing in comic books from the Marvel Comics universe. The character of James Rhodes first appeared in Iron Man #118 (January 1979) by David Michelinie, John Byrne, and Bob Layton. The War Machine armor, which became his signature armored battlesuit, was designed by D. E. Johnson and later modified by Len Kaminski and Kevin Hopgood.
The character has been a featured character in the Iron Man animated series, the Iron Man: Armored Adventures series, and the animated film The Invincible Iron Man. He has been portrayed by Terrence Howard in the 2008 Iron Man film and Don Cheadle Iron Man 2 and the subsequent films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Starting from Iron Man 3 however, the character leaves the War Machine identity to become Iron Patriot.