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|First appearance||The Avengers #94 (December 1971)|
|Created by||Roy Thomas (Writer)|
Neal Adams (Artist)
|In story information|
Mandroids were originally designed by Tony Stark and built for use by S.H.I.E.L.D. The concept was to provide the wearer with extensive offensive options so they could respond to various threats, including those from super-powered humans. Since then, Mandroid armor has been utilized by several criminals including Moses Magnum.
The Mandroid power armor is constructed of a titanium alloy that provides enhanced protection from all types of attack; the suit also offers a life support systems. Sensors include infrared scanners and radar/sonar, along with a full-range radio and intercom system. The suits increase the wearer's strength and durability to superhuman levels (a Mandroid once threw a car at Iron Man). The main armament is the array of weaponry: electrostatic beams, lasers, magnetic force "punch-blasters", "neuro-stunners", and tractor/repellor beams.
On one occasion, the Mandroids were released against the Avengers during the "Kree-Skrull War", when a Skrull posing as politician H. Warren Craddock claimed that the Avengers were aiding the alien invasion. Although the Mandroids were able to overcome various heroes from Goliath to Captain America, Iron Man was able to defeat them by using his knowledge of their weaknesses to neutralize the suits without injuring the users.
The Mandroid armor appears in the X-Treme X-Men storyline God Loves, Man Kills II. In it, William Stryker and a brainwashed Kitty Pryde wear the armor, with Stryker using Kitty's phasing ability, enhanced tenfold, to kill living beings as well as technology.[volume & issue needed]
During the events of the "Armor Wars", S.H.I.E.L.D. was sent to capture Iron Man. After discovering that elements of his technology had been stolen and given to both criminals organizations and government departments, Iron Man neutralized the S.H.I.E.L.D. Mandroids.
The Kree's version of the Mandroids are used by the Kree Empire to hunt down traitors to the Kree Empire and rely on the Psych-Magnitron to sustain their lives. Mar-Vell faces off against a Kree Mandroid and Yon-Rogg. Yon-Rogg created a Kree Mandroid with the Psyche-Magnitron. It was destroyed when Mar-Vell tricked the robot into damaging the Psyche-Magnitron causing the Kree Mandroid to fade away.
Helped by a hypnotized Invisible Woman, Ronan the Accuser retrieved a Universe Energy Core from a Psyche-Magnitron from Uatu the Watcher's dome on the Moon. Iron Man, the rest of the Fantastic Four, and Charlotte Jones tried to stop Ronan the Accuser, who used the Universal Energy Core to create some Kree Mandroids. The Kree Mandroids were easily defeated by Iron Man's repulsor blasts, Thing's punches, and Human Torch's fire.
In other media
- The Mandroids appeared in the 1990s Iron Man animated series. They are first seen in the episode "Cell of Iron". During the show's adaptation of the "Armor Wars" saga, Iron Man takes out the Mandroids for using Stark Industries' technology with inhibitor packs. The design, however, is that of the Guardsman armor.
- The Mandroids appeared in Avengers: United They Stand. In the episode "Command Decision", some are seen guarding a train filled with portable EMO generators. When the Masters of Evil attack the train, the Mandroids are swiftly dispatched. The Mandroids are later hospitalized.
- The Mandroids appear in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes. This version is built by S.H.I.E.L.D. without the knowledge or consent of Tony Stark, and are colored blue. In the episode "Iron Man is Born", a squadron appear to fight HYDRA only to also fight Iron Man even though Iron Man took out the HYDRA Dreadnoughts that was about to harm them. Nick Fury orders the Mandroids to call off their attack on Iron Man who points out that the S.H.I.E.L.D. Mandroids' designs have been used for HYDRA's Dreadnoughts. In the episode "The Man Who Stole Tomorrow", Mandroids can be seen when Thor, Ant-Man and the Wasp place Blizzard in the Negative Zone's Prison Alpha.
- The Mandroids appear in Iron Man: Armored Adventures. In "Fugitive of S.H.I.E.L.D", they are robots made by Justin Hammer and are recolored versions of Iron Man's Arctic Armor Design. In "Rage of the Hulk", the Mandroids are later used by Thunderbolt Ross, over-riding Nick Fury's command over S.H.I.E.L.D. to take down the Hulk.
- The Mandroids appear in Avengers: Ultron Revolution. This version is built by Justin Hammer out of Stark Industries' technology. In the episode "The Thunderbolts", both the Avengers and the Thunderbolts fought the Mandroids while at each of Hammer's bunkers. When it comes to Hammer's latest bunker, Justin attacks both groups in his Mega-Mandroid which has a forcefield generator. Upon Meteorite disabling the forcefield generators, the Avengers and the Thunderbolts were able to defeat the Mega-Mandroid and hand Hammer over to the authorities.
- Mandroid style drones are seen in Iron Man 2. They're built by Ivan Vanko and funded by Justin Hammer, under the illusion that they were to be sold to the U.S. government (they had sets each belonging to the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines), but were in fact made to destroy Iron Man via remote control. Eventually, both Iron Man and War Machine destroyed all the Hammer drones.
- The Mandroids appear in the anime film Iron Man: Rise of Technovore.
- X-Men #118
- Avengers #94
- Iron Man #227
- The Amazing Spider-Man #604
- Captain Marvel #18
- Iron Man Vol. 3 #14