Tony Stark may be the most famous person to ever wear the iconic Iron Man armor, but he’s not the only one. Over the years, several other characters have donned the red and gold suit and used its incredible technology to either protect the world or try to rule it.
One of the most notable people to become Iron Man after Tony Stark was James Rhodes, his closest friend and ally. Rhodey, also known as War Machine, first appeared as Iron Man in the 1980s and has since become a mainstay in the Marvel Universe. He has worn various versions of the armor, including the Silver Centurion and the Iron Patriot, and has proven to be a formidable hero in his own right.
Another close ally of Tony who has worn the Iron Man armor is Pepper Potts, who has been both his loyal assistant, as well as his love interest. Potts was given the Iron Man suit by Stark as a gift, and she used it to become the hero known as Rescue. Potts is a skilled pilot and has the ability to control the suit using her own thoughts, making her a formidable force on the battlefield.
Tony Stark’s personal driver and bodyguard, Happy Hogan has worn the Iron Man suit on a few occasions when Tony was unable to do so. He’s been pitted against some of Iron Man’s toughest foes, and has the injuries to prove it. The severity of those injuries has at times caused him deep psychological scars.
One person who was far from an ally to Tony Stark and has worn the Iron Man armor was Doctor Doom. The ruler of Latveria is a brilliant scientist himself, and was once a bitter rival of Tony Stark. However, his decision to don the armor came after Stark himself was put into a coma. Doom seemed to have a change of heart about his own calling, and decided to try to carry on Stark’s legacy for a while.
There have been a few instances where Ultron has taken on the identity of Iron Man. One notable instance occurred in the “Age of Ultron” storyline, where Ultron used his advanced technology to create a robotic version of Tony Stark and used it to infiltrate the Avengers. In doing so, Ultron was able to manipulate the other Avengers and use their trust in “Iron Man” to his advantage. Eventually, his true identity was revealed, leading to a final showdown between the Avengers and Ultron.