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The Ten Rings

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The Ten Rings

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Appearances: Iron Man | Iron Man 2 | Iron Man 3 (impostors only) | All Hail the King | Ant-Man | Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

An international terrorist organization led by the enigmatic Mandarin. Despite the scale and scope of their activities, their motivations have remained largely a mystery, even to S.H.I.E.L.D.


  • Ancient Conspiracy: It seems the Ten Rings has existed for several centuries, since at least the Middle Ages.
  • Antagonist Title: The Ten Rings organization is announced to serve as the antagonist in the 2021 film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, as the title suggests.
  • The Bus Came Back: After being absent for the entirety of Phase Three, the organization is finally set to reappear in the Phase Four movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
  • The Cameo:
    • A member of HYDRA sporting the Ten Rings symbol tattooed on his neck appears as a minor antagonist in Ant-Man.
    • Another member of the Ten Rings appears during one scene in Iron Man 2.
  • Canon Immigrant: Originally a MCU creation, The Ten Rings organization made their debut as the main villians in the Ironheart comic in 2019.
  • Create Your Own Hero: They, alongside Obadiah Stane, pretty much turned Tony Stark into Iron Man.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: While initially only Middle-Eastern members were shown, Word of God (as well as All Hail the King and Ant-Man) makes it clear that they happily recruit from all races and ethnicities.
  • Fictional Counterpart: Subverted. They initially appear to be the MCU equivalent to Al-Qaeda, but it's soon made clear that they have no ideological interest in Islam or Wahhabism of any kind.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: To all three Iron Man films, and the movie Ant-Man as well. The only times they serve as the primary threat are in the short film All Hail the King and the 2021 movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
    • Even though they turn out to be Disc-One Final Boss in the first movie, they still helped Obadiah Stane quite a lot in his plans, and are largely responsible for him becoming Iron Monger and for Tony Stark becoming Iron Man.
    • The Ten Rings make a brief, but crucial appearance in Iron Man 2, during which one of their members provide Ivan Vanko with what he needs to go after Tony Stark.
    • While they don't actually appear in the third film, they still play a major role by serving as the inspiration to Aldrich Killian in making his fake "Mandarin" ploy.
    • Just like HYDRA, the Ten Rings are some of the investors interested in buying the Yellowjacket during the movie Ant-Man, with one of their members accompanying Mitchell Carson for the auction.
  • Overarching Villain: Despite only being a major threat in the first movie, The Ten Rings organization serve as this for the Iron Man trilogy as a whole. They provide support to the Big Bads of the first two films (Iron Monger and Whiplash), and serve as the inspiration for the villains of the third.
  • Nebulous Evil Organisation: They are an evil organization whose exact goals and workings are never really explained. According to how they are described, their business is just, well, about anything evil that allows them to harness power or money.
  • No Name Given: The names of its agents in Iron Man 2 and Ant-Man are not mentioned whatsoever.
  • Not Me This Time: It's revealed that they had nothing to do with the Extremis attacks engineered by Killian.
  • Out of Focus: Following All Hail the King the group has made no further appearance for years (besides a cameo in Ant-Man) as they were put aside for bigger plotlines involving HYDRA and the Infinity Stones. They are set to become prominent again alongside the real Mandarin in 2021's Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
  • Rogues-Gallery Transplant: With Iron Man gone, they are now set to go up against Shang-Chi in the 2021 film featuring him. The organization was also briefly confronted to Ant-Man during his first film.
  • Terrorists Without a Cause: We don't really know for what cause the Ten Rings organization is fighting, beyond conquest and power. Raza and his men apparently wanted to use Stark's weapons to rule their own empire, and were hired by Obadiah Stane to kill Tony Stark as part of an exchange for money and weapons, but they were simply one cell in a much larger organization.
  • Villain Team-Up: Ant-Man reveals that some members of the Ten Rings are allied with HYDRA.
  • We Wait: Jackson Norriss notes that his organization has been dormant for some time.
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Leadership

    The Mandarin (spoilers) 

The Mandarin

Species: Human

Portrayed By: Tony Leung

Appearances: All Hail the King (mentioned only) | Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

"So, you mean to tell me that you don't know the history of the Mandarin himself. He was a warrior-king. Inspired generations of men through the Middle Ages, perhaps even further back in time."
Jackson Norriss

The Mandarin is the mysterious leader of the Ten Rings terrorist organization that menaced Tony Stark in Iron Man. Though Aldrich Killian's scheme to use the Mandarin's image in Iron Man 3 made it seem that he was a mere fabrication, the Marvel short All Hail the King reveals that he is indeed real. Jackson Norriss claims he was ordered by the Mandarin to break Trevor Slattery, the fake Mandarin, out of prison, evidently so the Diabolical Mastermind can punish his impostor personally.

For Trevor Slattery and Aldrich Killian, who falsely call themselves the Mandarin, see MCU: Advanced Idea Mechanics.


  • Adaptational Attractiveness: The Mandarin in the comics was often emphasized as an old man and a kind of demonic figure. Here he's played by the handsome Tony Leung, who often played romantic male leads and heroic figures in Hong Kong/Taiwanese/Mainland movies.
  • Adaptational Nationality: Averted. He was a straight up Yellow Peril in the comics, but here, his organization is based in Afghanistan; however, the Ten Rings is shown to have members from various countries, meaning the Mandarin's exact nationality was still in doubt until the first Shang-Chi movie, where he is confirmed (by virtue of his casting) to retain his Chinese heritage.
  • Berserk Button: His is other people using his name. Norriss claims that such a thing is worth ten holes in the body of any given impostor.
  • Composite Character: As the main villain of the Shang-Chi movie, the Mandarin is seemingly taking the place of Shang-Chi's father, Fu Manchu (aka Zheng Zhu).
  • Decomposite Character: He is one of three characters in the MCU known to call himself the Mandarin, the others being the impostors Trevor Slattery and Aldrich Killian. And if he is a Legacy Character, then there could be more holders of the name.
  • The Ghost: So far, he's only been referenced by name in Iron Man 3 and All Hail the King, without appearing personally. This finally changes in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, where he's the Big Bad.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: He's behind the Ten Rings, but hasn't yet stepped into the spotlight with any evil plans. Tony Stark's entire career as Iron Man passed without a single encounter with the man who had the most to do with shaping him into a hero. He finally reveals himself in Phase Four with Shang-Chi.
  • Meaningful Name: The word "Mandarin" comes from an English term used to refer to government officials in imperial China and Vietnam. Indeed, the Mandarin is said to have advised powerful figures throughout human history.
  • Real After All: He was thought to be a fabrication by Killian in Iron Man 3. Turns out he's indeed real and doesn't take kindly to someone stealing his name for their schemes.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Apparently, he's been around since before the Middle Ages. Granted, he could just be a Legacy Character, like some other versions.
  • Reimagining the Artifact: See directly below.
  • Rogues-Gallery Transplant: He's set to debut in the Shang-Chi movie, despite the fact that he and Shang-Chi never cross paths in the comics. The Mandarin is traditionally the Arch-Enemy of Iron Man, and while he has a vague and distant connection to Tony in the MCU via his organization, they never met. The Doylist reason is that the directors and producers of Marvel didn't think the Yellow Peril subtext of an American hero against a scheming Asian villain was fitting for the times, which wouldn't be the case with a story centered on an Asian male lead.
  • The Unfought: Tony Stark died without ever facing the leader of the organization that put him inside a cave with a box of scraps, or even knowing he wasn't just a myth that Aldrich Killian used for his own petty goals.
  • Warrior Prince: He's described as a warrior king who's "inspired generations of men".

Operatives

Afghanistan

    Raza 

Raza Hamidmi Al-Wazar

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"Tony Stark has created the ultimate weapon: a masterpiece of death. A man with a dozen of these could rule all of Asia."

Species: Human

Citizenship: Afghan

Portrayed By: Faran Tahir

Voiced By: Óscar Flores (Latin-American Spanish dub)

Appearances: Iron Man

"Whoever holds the weapons manufactured by Stark Industries rules the world... and soon, it will be my turn."

A major commander in the Ten Rings. He was hired by Obadiah Stane to kill Tony Stark (without really knowing it was Stark to begin with). Upon finding out that they in fact had the Tony Stark in custody, Raza got greedy and ambitious. It didn't end well for him.


  • Attack the Mouth: During a scene, he threatens to put a heated piece of coat inside Yinsen's mouth to make him talk.
    Raza: <Open your mouth.>
  • Bad Boss: In a deleted scene, he shoots his second in command Abu Bakaar for allowing the prisoners to play backgammon. Granted, in the final product Abu reappears alive and well later, so this is obviously non-canon.
  • Bald of Evil: This terrorist has one shiny dome.
  • Berserk Button: He doesn't take it well when he thinks Tony and Yinsen are lying to him and treating him like an idiot (which is true). He almost ends up burning Yinsen's face for this.
  • BFG: Arms himself with a pretty huge grenade launcher when he tries to stop Iron Man from escaping the cave.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Was clearly over his head in dealing with Tony Stark, as well as trying to negotiate with Stane. He pays with his life for the latter.
  • The Cameo: In the short film All Hail the King, a photo of Raza briefly appears when Jackson Norriss shows documents about the Ten Rings.
  • Canon Foreigner: He was created for the first film and has yet to appear in the comics. Although he seems to be partly inspired from Raza Longknife, especially his name and his scarred face.
  • Canon Immigrant: Appeared in the 2010 Invincible Iron Man Annual as part of the Mandarin's Blatant Lies retelling of Iron Man's origin.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: His organization is called the Ten Rings and he expressed admiration for Genghis Khan. He's also shown wearing a prominent ring, which the novelization calls the Ring of Fire. All are references to long-time Iron Man villain the Mandarin, whom he mentions obliquely as the ring's original owner.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He is ordered by Obadiah to kill Tony in the beginning, but when he and his fellow terrorist learned their captive was Tony Stark, they keep him alive so he could build them a missile.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture:
    • He has Tony tortured by repeatedly drowning him in freezing water after he refused to build a Jericho Missile.
    • Later, he threatens to burn Yinsen's face with heated coal to make him talk. Thankfully, Tony stops him from actually doing it.
  • Come Alone: When Obadiah Stane comes to his camp, Raza agrees to lead him to the remains of Iron Man's first armor on the condition that Obadiah doesn't bring his men with him.
    Raza: Come. Leave your guards outside.
  • Composite Character: His name and baldness are taken from Raza Longknife, while his role as Tony Stark's captor comes from Wong-Chu.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: He is the main antagonist until a little after Tony escapes from the cave.
  • The Dragon: To Obadiah Stane, to a degree as he was hired to kill Tony. However, he mistakenly thinks they are a Big Bad Duumvirate.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: Wanted Stane to give him Iron Man suits so he can conquer vast amounts of Asia. He didn't get his wish.
  • Evil Plan: He wants to be a modern Genghis Khan and take over Asia with state-of-the-art weapons. He believes Tony is his ticket to acheving this.
  • Expy: Of Wong-Chu, the Vietnamese warlord from the comics who serves the same role as Iron Man's Starter Villain.
  • Far East Asian Terrorists: Leads the "Ten Rings" out of Afghanistan.
  • Faux Affably Evil: At first, he can come across as a slightly affable villain during the scene where he pays a visit to Stark and Yinsen in their cells, telling them to relax when they put their hands on their head, and starting to talk to them casually. But then, he orders his men to hold down Yinsen and prepares to torture him...
  • Feigning Intelligence: Raza isn't exactly a fool, but in the novelization Tony realizes that he makes a show of understanding his workshop better than he actually does.
  • A Glass of Chianti: Serves himself a drink of alcohol during his meeting with Obadiah Stane.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: The right side of his face was badly burnt when Tony Stark laid waste to the Ten Rings' encampment as he escaped in a prototype suit of powered armor.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: He's a villain, and is seen smoking cigarettes in some scenes, making him one of the few confirmed smokers of the MCU.
  • Grenade Launcher: He uses one against Iron Man during his escape, albeit it acts more like a rocket launcher.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Despite knowing that Obadiah Stane is the kind of man to have his boss assassinated in order to take his place, he fails to consider that he might turn against him once he no longer needs him. His negligence ends up causing his death.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: When he tries to fire at Tony Stark (who's wearing his first, bulky Iron Man armor) with his Grenade Launcher during his escape from the cave, he somehow manages to miss his target, despite standing just a few feet from him. To be fair, Yinsen managed to warn Tony beforehand, which helped him to dodge Raza's shot.
  • I Want Them Alive: Despite Obadiah Stane's orders, Raza wanted Tony Stark to be captured alive, since he was aware of how valuable he really is, and planned to force him to build weapons for him.
  • Killed Offscreen: Last time we saw him, he was paralyzed by Obadiah's device, but still alive. However, Obadiah then leaves and orders his men to eliminate all the members of the Ten Rings. Presumably, Raza was one of the victims.
  • Kneel Before Zod: A variation. He orders his men to put Yinsen on his knees so he could torture him.
    Raza: <On his knees!>
  • Made of Iron: Despite standing very close to the explosion provoked by one of Iron Man's missile, Raza manages to survive with a large scar on the right side his face, but aside from that he doesn't seem impaired in the slightest.
  • Mutilation Interrogation: He tries to interrogate Yinsen by threatening to burn his face with a piece of heated coal. Fortunately, Tony manages to convince him not to do it, as he needs him as an assistant.
  • Not in My Contract: Obadiah Stane hired him to commit an assassination, but Raza didn't know the target was someone as important as Tony Stark. When he realizes it, he decides to capture him alive instead and sends a video to Stane to complain to him that he wasn’t paid enough to kill such a valuable target.
  • Not So Different: He tries to convince Obadiah Stane that they should continue to work together by telling him they have something in common, they both share the same hatred of Tony Stark and want to take revenge on him. It doesn't work.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: He tries to force Tony Stark to construct a Jericho Missile for him, and makes it very clear that he will be tortured and killed if he refuses.
  • Out-Gambitted: By Obadiah Stane. Their meeting resulted in his death.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: He recognizes there is more value to keeping Tony alive than killing him, either to get more money from Stane or to have Tony build weapons for him.
  • Rule of Three: He asks Yinsen three times to tell him the truth about what's really going on, raising his voice more and more each time.
    Raza: <Tell me the truth. Tell me the truth! TELL ME THE TRUTH!!>
  • Spotting the Thread: At one point, he sees Tony Stark using a mechanical leg in the surveillance video, which makes him understand that his prisonners are hiding something from him. Later, he also notices that Tony Stark no longer visible on the screen (he was inside his first armor), making him realize there is something wrong.
  • Starter Villain: He's the first notable villain confronted by Iron Man. In a sense, he also serves as this to the MCU as a whole.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: When interrogating Yinsen, he first asks him to tell the truth by speaking in a normal voice, but since his prisoner keeps giving him the same unsatisfying answer, Raza ends up shouting at him.
    Raza: <Tell me the truth.>
    Yinsen: <He's building Jericho.>
    Raza: <TELL ME THE TRUTH!>
  • Surrounded by Idiots: He's apparently the only member of the Ten Rings to notice that there is something suspicious with Tony's construction of the Jericho Missile. While his men realized it looked different from their pictures, they simply shrugged it off.
  • Take Over the World: As he explains to Tony Stark and later to Obadiah Stane, he's planning to conquer all of Asia and then the entire world with the help of Stark weapons.
    Raza: Today, whoever holds the latest Stark weapons, rules the world... and soon, it will be my turn.
  • Too Dumb to Live: He underestimates Stane's treachery, and is promptly disposed of.
  • Two-Faced: Due to having been hit by the explosion of one of Iron Man’s missiles, he has a huge scar on the right-side of his face, while the other side looks perfectly fine.
  • Villainous Valour: Say what you will about this guy, but he was willing to fight Iron Man by himself, only armed with a grenade launcher. Even though the first Iron Man's armor wasn't as powerful as most of the following ones, that still takes some serious guts.
  • Wants a Prize for Basic Decency: Apparently, he's expecting Yinsen's gratitude and even loyalty simply because he didn't kill him.
    Raza: <I let you live. This is how you repay me?>
  • We Have Ways of Making You Talk: Says something like this when preparing to torture Yinsen.
    Raza: <You think I'm a fool? I'll get the truth.>
  • Wicked Cultured: Raza has a strong knowledge of history, which inspires his ambition. He also has a sophisticated manner of speaking, even in the tensest situations.
  • You Have 48 Hours: After losing patience, he gives Tony and Yinsen 24 hours to finish the construction of the Jericho Missile.
    Raza: You have until tomorrow, to assemble my missile.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Once Stane has the original Mark I armor, he is disposed of.
  • You Will Be Spared: He captures Tony and Yinsen alive rather than killing them in order to force them to build a Jericho Missile, and pretends that he will let them leave unharmed once they have finished. He is obviously lying, though.

    Abu Bakaar 

Abu Bakaar

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Species: Human

Citizenship: Afghan

Portrayed By: Sayed Badreya

Appearances: Iron Man

A high ranking member of the Ten Rings, who's eager for Stark to assemble them a Jericho missile.


  • Barrier-Busting Blow: He's victim of one during the battle against Iron Man. After hiding behind a wall to call for reinforcements, Iron Man punches through the wall, grabs him and pulls him out into the open.
  • Beard of Evil: He's got a beard and he's evil.
  • Bilingual Bonus: All his dialogue is in Arabic, so Yinsen must translate what he says for Tony.
  • Blatant Lies: Tells Tony that once he completes the Jericho missile, he will let him go. Tony immediately recognizes this as a lie, which Yinsen confirms.
  • Declarative Finger: Does this in a deleted scene when he tells Yinsen and Tony that he was a champion of backgammon in his town. Yinsen mocks him by doing the same thing when translating what he said to Tony.
  • Dirty Coward: In Gulmira, he may act tough when dealing with defenseless villagers, but as soon as Iron Man shows up, he hides away while letting his henchmen do the fighting, showing his cowardly nature.
  • Do with Him as You Will: After Tony saves the villagers Abu and his men were terrorizing, he throws him to them so they can have revenge.
    Iron Man: He's all yours.
  • The Dragon: He is implied to be Raza's Number Two minion. He is the one charged to act as the main contact for Tony Stark and Yinsen, and during the attack of Gulmira he's clearly the one giving orders.
  • Evil Is Petty: In addition to keeping Tony prisoner and making him build a missile, he also forces him to wash his clothes. However, Tony's lived such a pampered life that he has no idea how and botches the job.
  • Far East Asian Terrorists: A high-ranking member of the "Ten Rings" out of Afghanistan.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Once Tony wakes up in the cave, Abu greets him in an almost friendly manner, and even tells him he's honored by his presence. However, when Tony says he refuses to build the Jericho, Abu drops the act and sends him to be tortured.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: In a deleted scene, Abu enters the cell to check Tony and Yinsen's progress, and, seeing them playing backgammon, makes Yinsen's move for him. He turns out to be pretty good at the game.
  • Hidden Depths: According to a deleted scene, he used to be a champion of backgammon in his native town. He's still quite good at playing it in present day.
  • Insistent Terminology: When Yinsen translates what he said to Tony in a deleted scene and says that Abu is from "some small town", Abu insists that it was a "big town", not a small one.
  • Kick the Dog: During the attack on Gulmira, he brutally beats an innocent man in front of his family before ordering his henchmen to execute him, for little reason except showing how much of an asshole he is.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: After putting a villager of Gulmira to the ground, he starts kicking him repeatedly, then he attempts to have him killed.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Iron Man leaves him at the mercy of the villagers he has been tormenting so that they could take revenge on him.
  • Milking the Giant Cow: He often makes grand gestures with his hands when he's speaking, especially in his first scene. This might be because he's aware that Tony Stark doesn't understand his language.
  • Mouth of Sauron: Raza doesn't seem to directly speak to Tony Stark before a few months of captivity or so, therefore Abu is the one who does the talking on his behalf, notably by explaining to Tony the terms of their deal.
  • Non-Action Guy: He's pretty much the only member of the Ten Rings who's never seen wielding a weapon at any point during the first movie (except during the shooting of the video of their demands). In Gulmira, Abu merely gives orders around, but doesn't seem to participate directly in the killings and abductions. When Iron Man shows up, he doesn't even try to fight and simply hides away to call for reinforcements, unlike the rest of his henchmen.
  • Oh, Crap!: Two in a row. First when he sees Iron Man's arm punching through a wall to catch hm, then when he's thrown in front of the villagers of Gulmira and they start approaching towards him. The look on his face is priceless.
  • Released to Elsewhere: He promises that he will set Tony free after he has finished building the Jericho missile for them. Subverted in that neither Tony nor Yinsen believe him for a second.
    Yinsen: When you're done, he will set you free.
    Tony: No, he won't.
    Yinsen: No, he won't.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: During the raid in Gulmira, he complains that all of his henchmen are incompetent after one of them lets a villager escape from his grasp and embrace his son.
    Abu: <You're all incompetent!>
  • That Wasn't a Request: After Tony Stark is captured, Abu asks him to build a Jericho Missile, but Tony refuses... cuts to him being mercilessly tortured, making it clear that his captors won't accept "no" as an answer.
  • Throw 'Em to the Wolves: His final fate. After disposing of his henchmen, Iron Man throws him to a crowd of villagers he had been terrorizing, who start closing in on him.
  • Uncertain Doom: In his last scene, Abu is left by Iron Man at the mercy of the villagers of Gulmira, who have very good reasons to be angry at him. While his fate was probably unpleasant, it's unknown if he was actually killed or not.
  • Would Hurt a Child: In Gulmira, he violently grabs a child who was hugging his father and throws him away.
  • You Have Failed Me: Raza kills him in a deleted scene for letting Tony and Yinsen play. However, this is non-canon, as Abu shows up in a later scene.

    Ahmed and Omar 

Ahmed and Omar

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Omar (on the left) and Ahmed (on the right) escorting Raza (in the center).

Species: Humans

Citizenship: Afghans

Portrayed By: Ahmed Ahmed (Ahmed) and Fahim Fazli (Omar)

Appearances: Iron Man

Two members of the Ten Rings who are often seen accompanying Abu Bakaar and Raza.


  • All There in the Manual: Their names are only given in the credits.
  • Beard of Evil: Both of them are bearded members of a terrorist organization.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Much like Abu Bakaar, their few lines of dialogue are in Arabic.
  • Character Death: They are both executed by Obadiah Stane's henchmen alongside other members of the Ten Rings.
  • The Danza: Ahmed is notably one of the few characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe who have the same name of the actor portraying them (Ahmed Ahmed).
  • Far East Asian Terrorists: Like most members of the Ten Rings from the first Iron Man film, they are terrorists from Afghanistan.
  • Only One Name: They are merely known as "Ahmed" and "Omar".
  • Surveillance Station Slacker: When charged of the surveillance of Tony Stark and Yinsen, Ahmed notices that what they are building doesn't look anything like their picture of Jericho Missiles, but dismisses it as simply being a modified version.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: They are two terrorists who are rarely, if ever, seen apart from each other.
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    Raza's followers 

Species: Humans

Appearances: Iron Man

The other members of the Ten Rings working for Raza in Afghanistan.


  • Artistic License – Gun Safety: Zig-zagged. They show very good trigger discipline while lounging around their base, but appalling trigger discipline during the video transmission of their demands.
  • Attack! Attack... Retreat! Retreat!: After hearing an explosion, a few terrorists charge into Tony and Yinsen's cell... only to promptly flee in terror when Yinsen starts Firing in the Air a Lot.
  • Bag of Kidnapping: They put a bag on Tony's head after capturing him, and again when they get him out of the cave to show him their camp.
  • Bizarre and Improbable Ballistics: During Tony's escape, one of the Ten Rings members fires a handgun at his Iron Man armor, only for the shot to bounce off and kill him. It is quite clear that the bullet could not possibly have deflected at that angle. Maybe the bullet ricocheted off Iron Man into the cave wall, and then off the cave wall into him?
  • Bloodless Carnage: Even though Iron Man kills dozens of them in rather brutal ways throughout the film, there is never any blood splatter whatsoever.
  • Blown Across the Room: Many of them get blown a few feet backwards by Iron Man's repulsor blasts, with a single blast having enough power to partially demolish a brick wall when the victim collides. Since the repulsors were originally meant to be flight stabilizers, it does make sense.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Somehow, one of the Ten Rings members manages to do this to himself when he tries to shoot Iron Man and his bullet ricochets off the armor.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Many of them fire quite a lot of bullets at various points during the film, but they are never seen reloading even once.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Even with their automatic weapons and their tank, it's ridiculously easy for Iron Man to crush nearly all the terrorists during their battle in Gulmira, thanks to his new upgraded armor.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: While they fail to stop him, they still get some good shots at Iron Man during his escape from the cave. They actually end up damaging his armor, and even disable his right leg and drive him to his knees by shooting at some vulnerable parts before he uses his rockets to fly away.
  • Death by Cameo: Tom Morello, of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, plays a member of the organization. He's the very first person to be killed by Iron Man.
  • The Enemy Weapons Are Better: They primarily use American weapons manufactured by Stark Industries, as they are the most effective ones. Tony Stark is outraged when he realizes that his weapons are in the hands of terrorists.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Tony Stark managed to construct his first Iron Man armor right under their noses, without any of them noticing, even though they were constantly monitoring his work.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: According to Yinsen, this terrorist group includes members from all over Central Asia, Middle East, Russia, Hungary and Balkans.
  • Far East Asian Terrorists: All of them. They are a group of terrorist operating in Afghanistan.
  • Five Rounds Rapid: Many of them try to bring down Iron Man with their rifles and guns, to no avail.
  • Good Guns, Bad Guns: They almost exclusively use Western guns. They're referred to as made by Stark International. This is used to illustrate how Stark can't bother himself at first over his tech falling into the wrong hands.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: In their last scene, all the surviving terrorists are held at gunpoint by Obadiah Stane's henchmen. Stane then orders all of them to be executed, but the camera moves away just before we see their death.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: They leave their two prisoners alone in their cell most of the time, with a large supply of weapons and explosives, which allowed them to build the first Iron Man armor. Aside from Raza, no one seemed to get suspicious. When Tony uses the armor to escape, the Ten Rings members don't do a particularly good job at stopping him either, even though the armor has some vulnerable spots. Had they simply left a few guards in the cell to keep an eye on their prisoners in the first place, this wouldn't have happened.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: One of the Ten Rings members tries for a head shot while Tony Stark's first armor is momentarily stuck... but he's killed when his bullet ricochets off Tony's helmet.
  • Human Shield: When confronted to Iron Man in Gulmira, a few Ten Rings members decide to grab some villagers and hold them at gunpoint. Unfortunately for them, Tony designed his armor with such a situation in mind, and promptly uses his targeting system to shoot them all without touching the hostages at all.
  • Insecurity Camera: While they use security cameras to monitor Tony's construction of the Jericho missile, no one (except Raza) realizes he's actually building something else before it's too late. At least, when one of the cameras is destroyed by an explosion, Raza immediately understand something is wrong and sends his men in Tony's cell.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: In Gulmira, some members of the Ten Rings manage to hit Iron Man in mid-air with their tank, while he was flying at high speed. Those who are using normal firearms are also pretty sharp, though it doesn't really help against Iron Man's armor.
  • Join or Die: This is how the Ten Rings recruits. They attack villages and either kill or capture the men. Then, they take their women and children to an unknown location where they're used as collateral. The men are asked to join them, with their families' lives, as well as their own, on their line if they refuse. This is Truth in Television for many terrorist groups and militaristic regimes.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: During the battle of Gulmira, Iron Man proceeds to take down most of the Ten Rings terrorists until he is stopped by a small group holding hostages at gunpoint while screaming at him in their native tongue. Iron Man shuts them all up by shooting all the terrorists simultaneously.
  • Kill It with Fire: Many of them are burned alive by Iron Man's flamethrowers right after his escape from the cave.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: Shortly after Tony's escape, they eventually get their hands on some Jericho Missiles thanks to Obadiah Stane. They are notably seen using a few missiles to wreak havoc during their attack of Gulmira.
  • Man on Fire: Some terrorists are set on fire when Iron Man starts burning down their camp.
  • Mooks: They serve as Raza's army of evil soldiers who are mostly there to be killed in mass by the hero. In fact, they are the very first example of this trope in all the entire franchise.
  • Mook Horror Show:
    • From their point of view, Tony's escape from the cave in a huge, unstoppable suit of powered armor is played out quite a bit like a monster movie, especially the armor's debut; the lights go out, and a nightmarish, hulking metal thing looms behind one of the terrorists.
    • To a lesser extent, this also applies to the battle of Gulmira, in which Iron Man brutally kills all the terrorists with his new upgraded armor.
  • "Open!" Says Me: At one point, some villagers of Gulmira try to hide inside their house, but a terrorist opens the door by kicking it and shoots everyone inside.
  • Punched Across the Room: After landing in the middle of Gulmira, the first thing Iron Man does is to punch the closest member of the Ten Rings, sending him flying a few meters up until he crashes against a nearby wall. Played more realistically than most examples of this trope, as we can actually hear the sounds of his breaking bones, making it clear that it was fatal.
  • Rape, Pillage, and Burn: What they did to Gulmira. They kill or capture the men, take the women and children as hostages, loot their resources and blow up some houses.
  • Screaming Warrior: Some of them scream while shooting at Iron Man during his escape of the cave.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When Tony uses his first armor to escape from the cave, several Ten Rings members choose to flee for their lives rather than face the armored hero.
  • Shooting Superman: Zig-zagged.
    • Throughout Tony Stark's escape, the terrorists try to shoot at his armor, to no effect. One guy gets the brilliant idea to fire a pistol at his helmet while he has his hand stuck in a wall, but the bullet deflects and kills him instead. When Tony arrives in the camp outside, another group of guys tries doing the exact same thing, without more success. However, one of them finally has the presence of mind to use a fixed machine gun, and succeeds in causing some damage to the armor. Others start shooting at him again, and eventually Tony is overwhelmed by their unrelenting gunfire and gets the right leg of his armor disabled, forcing him to fly away with his rockets.
    • During the battle in Gulmira, the terrorists quickly realize that their weapons have absolutely no effect on Iron Man's armor, and turn their guns on their civilian hostages.
  • Shoot the Hostage Taker: Happens to several terrorists in Gulmira. When confrontated to Iron Man, they try to use the villagers as human shields to force him to stand down. Unfortunately for them, he has some form of shoulder-mounted guns that can target and take them all down at once before they can harm their hostages.
  • Sound-Only Death:
    • During Tony's escape from the cave, some Ten Rings members try to stop him by closing a metal door on his way. However, one of the members isn't fast enough and gets trapped on the wrong side when they close the door. While we don't actually see Iron Man killing him, we hear his screams from behind the door.
    • In addition, we don't see Obadiah Stane's henchmen executing the remaining members of the Ten Rings, but we hear the gunshots.
  • Tae Kwon Door: One of the members gets crushed when Iron Man smashes a metallic door inside the cave.
  • Take a Moment to Catch Your Death: When a group of terrorists comes to his unlit cell, Iron Man loudly kills one of them, causing the others to start shooting everywhere. Once they're done, they look at each other satisfied, but Iron Man suddenly shows up in front of them and kills all of them one by one.
  • Tanks for Nothing: A Downplayed example. In Gulmira, the Ten Rings try to use a tank against Iron Man and it does succeed in knocking him out of the sky with a shell. However, Iron Man easily avoids the tank's next volley and launches his own mini-missile at it. He then turns away from the tank to begin his Unflinching Walk as the tank explodes.
  • Tank Goodness: Their tank is still the weapon that inflicted the most damage to Iron Man during the battle of Gulmira. Not only was it able to accurately knock him out of the sky with a shell, it also scuffs up his armor (there's a deleted scene that showed how bad the damage was).
  • Too Dumb to Live: One member tries to charge at Iron Man during his escape, only to be violently punched against a wall and very likely killed. What was he expecting?
  • Torture Technician: Two members are charged of torturing Tony by drowning him repeatedly when he refuses to build a Jericho Missile.
  • Throw Down the Bomblet: During their raid on Gulmira, some of the Ten Rings members throw grenades in houses to kill the people inside instead of using firearms.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: In Gulmira, one of the terrorist is ordered by Abu Bakaar to execute a man in front of his family. Rather than simply shooting him immediately, he asks the man to look at him in the eyes first, for some reason. This leaves enough time for Iron Man to show up and kill the terrorist with a solid punch before he could execute his target.
  • Would Hit a Girl: They murder and capture many women during their sack of Gulmira. In addition, one of the military they killed in the opening scene was a woman.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The children aren't spared when they attack Gulmira, with many of them getting captured, probably to be used as hostages or to be trained to become Child Soldiers.
  • You Are Already Dead: After firing a dinky missile at one of the Ten Rings' tanks, Iron Man starts walking away. Said tank explodes a few seconds later.

Russia

    Ten Rings Gangster 

Ten Rings Gangster

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Species: Human

Citizenship: Russian

Portrayed By: Ali Khan

Appearances: Iron Man 2

A member of the Ten Rings installed in Russia. He helps Ivan Vanko to travel to Monaco to confront Iron Man by providing him with false documents.


  • All There in the Manual: The fact that he's a member of The Ten Rings organization isn't made clear within the film itself, but Word of God confirmed it and the credits referred to him as "Ten Rings Gangster".
  • Bilingual Bonus: His only line of dialogue is in Russian.
  • Call-Back: In the first Iron Man, it was briefly mentioned by Yinsen that some Ten Rings members are speaking Russian. In the second film, it's revealed that they actually have agents operating in Russia.
  • Friend in the Black Market: He serves as one to Ivan Vanko. He provides him with a forged identity card and travel documents to Monaco.
  • Karma Houdini: Despite being a criminal who helped Ivan Vanko in his Evil Plan, nothing bad ever happens to him. After giving Vanko the false papers he needed, he's never seen again.
  • No Name Given: He isn't named in the film. He's only referred as "Ten Rings Gangster" in the credits.
  • Revenge: While not explicitly stated, it's very likely that his reason for helping Vanko in his crusade against Iron Man is to take revenge on the superhero for all the trouble he has caused to his organization.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He only appears during one short scene, but he's the one who provided Ivan Vanko with what he needed to go after Tony Stark. Without him, Vanko probably wouldn't have been able to leave Russia, and the majority of the movie would have been very different.

United States

    Jackson Norriss (spoilers) 

Jackson Norriss

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"You're right, and for that sin you'll soon suffer horribly with a hole in your body for every ring of our faith."

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: Scoot McNairy

Appearances: All Hail the King

"My name is Jackson Norriss. Today will be the most important of my career: my final interview with the most infamous man in America. A man that the world thought was a terrorist called the Mandarin, but is now alleged to be nothing but an actor. Thus far, the subject has been evasive and apparently oblivious to the point of my work. In fact, he seems oblivious to pretty much everything, except his own growing celebrity status, because now the whole world knows his name..."

A member of the Ten Rings posing as documentary filmmaker to get close to Trevor Slattery at Seagate Prison.


  • Adaptational Villainy: In the comics, he's a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent turned reporter and an ally of the Defenders. In the MCU, he's an operative of the Ten Rings. However, see Decomposite Character.
  • Ambiguous Situation: Another reporter called "Jackson Norris" (different actor) appears in the viral marketing for Civil War. Is he meant to be the same Ten Rings operative, still undercover? Was "double-S" stealing the real Norris' identity? Is it an amazing coincidence? Who knows?
  • The Bad Guy Wins: He serves as the main antagonist of All Hail the King, and was sent by the Mandarin to break Trevor Slattery out of prison and capture him. Despite Herman's best efforts, he succeeds in fulfilling his mission almost without a hitch.
  • Battle Strip / The Coats Are Off: Shortly before grabbing his gun and starting to shoot at everyone, he takes off his jacket and puts it on a chair.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: At first, he seems to be nothing more than a harmless documentary filmmaker. Turns out he's a dangerous killer working for a terrorist organization.
  • Combat Pragmatist: When fighting the unarmed Herman, he's shown to be willing to use anything at his disposal to take down his opponent. First he tries to shoot him, then he seizes his baton to pummel him, and finally he snatches a pen to stab him to death.
  • The Comically Serious: He spends his screen time trying to put up with Trevor's shenanigans and keep a straight face at the same time. He's completely dumbfounded when he realizes that Trevor didn't research the Mandarin or the Ten Rings despite impersonating the former.
  • Crazy-Prepared: In addition of having a gun hidden in his video camera, he also has other emergency weapons like a baton in the tripod just in case he gets disarmed.
  • Decomposite Character: There's also a Jackson Norris, with a single "S" and also a reporter, that appeared in the WHiH Newsfront viral marketing videos.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He’s visibly put off by Trevor’s self-centered behavior and refusal to take responsibility for his life.
  • False Reassurance: When Trevor says he doesn't want to die, Norriss tells him that he's not there to kill him, but only to break him out of jail. At first, Trevor is relieved. However, Norriss then reveals that he's actually planning to bring him to the real Mandarin, so that he could punish him himself.
  • Gadget Watches: His watch can serve as a Walkie-Talkie, as seen when he uses it to contact his accomplices of the Ten Rings to let them know that he succeeded in capturing Trevor Slattery.
  • The Heavy: He's technically the primary villain of the short, but he's acting under the orders of The Mandarin.
  • Improvised Weapon: During his fight against Herman, he eventually uses a pen to kill his opponent.
  • Intrepid Reporter: He uses the cover of a filmmaker trying to get a story on a convicted criminal.
  • It's Personal: He is as upset that Trevor Slattery didn't research the Mandarin and the Ten Rings as he is that Trevor stole the real Mandarin's title. He's also upset that Trevor is nonchalant about the existence of the Ten Rings, despite their centuries of history.
  • Karma Houdini: Even though he shot several guards, brutally killed Herman and captured Trevor Slattery so he could be punished by the Mandarin, as far as we know he got away scot-free.
  • Lawman Baton: Turns out one of the tripod's legs of his videocamera contains a hidden baton. Norriss pulls it out during his fight against Herman and uses it to beat him up repeatedly.
  • Nerves of Steel: Doesn't even flinch when Trevor Slattery points a gun on his head and threatens to shoot him.
  • The Pen Is Mightier: After failing to put him down with a gun and a baton, he ends up killing Herman by taking his pen and stabbing him in the neck with it.
  • Prepare to Die: Says something like this to Trevor Slattery during the interview.
    Trevor Slattery: It's not the Mandarin people will remember, it's the name, Trevor Slattery. It's the brand of Trev.
    Jackson Norriss: You're right. And for that sin you will soon suffer horribly with a hole in your body for every ring of our faith.
  • Scaramanga Special:
    • He manages to get a pistol into the prison by hiding its components as parts of his video camera. During the interview, he activates a function of the camera that assembles the weapon pieces by pieces, then makes it pops out of the tape deck.
    • Also, he has a baton concealed as a leg of his camera's tripod.
  • Shoe Phone: As it turns out, many special gadgets are installed in Jackson Norriss's filmmaker equipment, such as a gun inside his camera video, a baton in his tripod, and a phone in his wristwatch.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: He rolls up his sleeves before taking his gun and shooting at the guards, showing the Ten Rings tattoo on his arm.
  • Stronger Than They Look: He doesn't have a particularly impressive build, yet he's capable of overpowering Herman, a guy pretty much twice his size.
  • Tattooed Crook: He has the symbol of his organization tattooed on his right arm.
  • They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: Looks like a perfectly normal guy on the surface. Is actually a formidable assassin and a member of an infamous terrorist organization.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: He makes it clear that he considers Trevor Slattery's impersonation of the Mandarin to be an unforgivable sin that deserves the most horrible sentence possible.
  • Wham Line: At first, the short film appears to be simply about some filmmaker named Jackson Norriss trying to make a documentary about Trevor Slattery. But then, the guy reveals that he's not what he seems to be with this line:
  • You Killed My Father: A variation. He kills Trevor's butler Herman, with whom he was pretty good friend. This infuriates him enough to pick up a gun and threaten to shoot Norriss.
    Trevor Slattery: You. You killed my butler!
  • You Wouldn't Shoot Me: Says this to Trevor Slattery when he tries to point a gun at him. He turns out to be right.
    Jackson Norriss: You're not capable of pulling that trigger, Mr. Slattery.

    Hydra Buyer 

Hydra Buyer

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Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: Rod Hallett

Appearances: Ant-Man

A member of the Ten Rings affiliated with HYDRA. He accompanies Mitchell Carson during his purchase of the Yellowjacket suit, and gets confronted to Ant-Man.


  • Beard of Evil: Has a small beard, and is a member of not one but two terrorist organizations.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: During their brief fight in the Pym Technologies building, Ant-Man defeats him in a few seconds with only two blows.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: If you pause at the right moments, you can glimpse his tattoo of the Ten Rings symbol on his neck. It's even more visible in a deleted scene.
  • Killed Offscreen: Possibly. See Uncertain Doom below.
  • Mook: He's one of the numerous henchmen of Darren Cross and Mitchell Carson who get defeated by the protagonists during the fight in the Pym Technologies building. Interestingly, he's a Mook who's working for both The Ten Rings and HYDRA.
  • No Name Given: His name is never revealed in the film. Even in the credits, he's only referred as "Hydra Buyer".
  • Tap on the Head: Ant-Man ends up knocking him out with a solid punch in the head.
  • Tattooed Crook: Just like Jackson Norriss, he has a tattoo of his organization symbol, albeit his is on his neck.
  • Uncertain Doom: Last time we saw him, he was knocked out by Ant-Man inside the Pym Industries building. It's unknown if he woke up and managed to escape the destruction of the building that happens a few minutes later, or if he was Killed Offscreen.
  • Unexpected Character: Arguably even moreso than the members of HYDRA, considering their organization made appearances in other movies of Phase 2. Who would have expected to see a member of the terrorist organization from the Iron Man films to show up in an Ant-Man movie?
  • Villain Team-Up: He's a member of the Ten Rings organization who allied himself with members of HYDRA, and works alongside them.
  • The Voiceless: He never says a single word in any of his scenes.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Has no qualms about drawing his gun at Hope when she tries to stop Cross from killing her father.
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    Obadiah Stane 

Obadiah Stane

    Ivan Vanko 

Ivan Vanko

    Mitchell Carson 

Mitchell Carson

    Darren Cross 

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