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Top 10 Iron Man Armors

The best Iron Man armors have made him the hero he is today.

Time to armor up! Welcome to and today we are counting the top ten Iron Man armors. For this list, we’ve looked over armors that have appeared in the Iron Man mythos over the years, including comics, television, and film. Get ready to roll out Tony Stark’s greatest hits!

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#10: MK1

You can’t beat the classics! The first suit ever designed by Tony Stark, the mark one armor was used as an emergency plan in order to escape capture. While this suit may not be the armor that turns Stark into the Iron Man we all know and love, it is the tool that broke him out of his old weapon dealing ways. Got to give credit where credit is due.

#9: Anti-Radiation Armor

A little gift from Bruce Banner, this armor was made to turn radiation of any kind into energy and enhance the wearer’s strength, which kinda handy when one of your friends is literally made up of gamma rays. However, it’s not exactly the safest of suits, as a technical glitch nearly saw Tony die of radiation poisoning.

#8: Hydro Armor

With so many of Marvel's heroes, villains, and enemies living at the bottom of the ocean, it was inevitable that Iron Man would have to see some undersea combat sooner or later. Able to function at depths of up to three miles, you’ll be needing this if you ever want to visit Atlantis.

#7: Stealth Armor “Iron Man #152” (November 1981)

One piece of armor that is constantly getting remodeled and improved, the Stealth Armor was created so that the human tank could be sneaky once in a while. Able to distort radar and sonar signals, you won’t him coming before it’s too late.

#6: MK VII (Film Version)

Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man gets himself into trouble on a daily basis, but luckily he always manages to suit up at the last moment. The best example of this is when Loki tosses him out of the window, leading to the unveiling of a new set of armor, now completed with extra thrusters to take care of all those pesky aliens.

#5: Silver Centurion

While your armor is getting fixed up, it’s always good to have a back-up. Originally made for James Rhodes, this suit was used by Tony during skirmishes with the Iron Monger and a few battles against other armor users, in what came to be known as the Armor Wars. Aside from a few mentions here and there, this suit is now something of a relic.

#4: Extremis Armor

There’s being Iron Man, and then there’s taking it to the next level. After being injured during the Skrull invasion, Tony injects himself with an experiment super-soldier serum known as Extremis. The result doesn’t only make him stronger, but enables him to bond with his armor at will. Among other abilities it granted him, such as being able to mentally access any network, this armor ensured Tony Stark and Iron Man were one.

#3: Hulkbuster

Most would shy away from a fight with an enormous green rage monster, but not Iron Man. Adding a hell of a lot of extra padding, this suit can not only take a punch from the Hulk, he can dish one out. It may be simple in its design, but when your goal is beat up the Incredible Hulk, that an achievement in itself.

#2: MK II

It may have only been in the film for ten minutes, but it both wowed us and made us breakdown laughing. After being rescued and brought back to America, Tony immediately begins to work on a new set of armor, one that’s much more high-tech than the prototype he used to escape capture. Here, we see him fly for the first time and get a glimpse of the spectacle that would be the Iron Man franchise. It also notably gets stolen by Captain Rhodes in the second film, and turned into the firepower enhanced War-machine suit.

Before we armor up with our number one pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

  • MK V (Film Version)
  • Thorbuster
  • Arctic Armor
  • MK VI (Film Version)

#1: Classic Armor

This was the template for the iconic Iron Man image. This trademark look came about after his second set of armor (one that was completely gold) was bested by a villain known as Mr Doll. After making the armor more streamlined and throwing in a little hotrod red, IronMan not only took down the villain, but set the trend for the superhero we know today.

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