The BEST Episodes of Iron Man

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Apr 20, 2020

Network: UPN

Iron Man, also known as Iron Man: The Animated Series, is an American animated television series based on Marvel Comics' superhero Iron Man. The series aired from 1994 to 1996 in syndication as part of The Marvel Action Hour, which packaged Iron Man with another animated series based on Marvel properties, the Fantastic Four, with one half-hour episode from each series airing back-to-back. The show was backed by a toy line that featured many armor variants.

Hands of the Mandarin (2)

#1 - Hands of the Mandarin (2)

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 24, 1996

The Mandarin has captured Iron Man and learns his true identity. The rest of Force Works arrive at the Mandarin's citadel in a rescue attempt, but are captured. The Mandarin is now ready to complete his plan, using their energies to power the Heart of Darkness. But Tony manages to escape to Jim and Su-Yin, who helps build an armor immune to the anti-technology field. Iron Man and War Machine are now ready for the final battle.

star 7.86
35 votes
Writers: Adam Gilad
The Armor Wars (2)

#2 - The Armor Wars (2)

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 25, 1995

Iron Man's quest to disable all armored warriors continues, even going against War Machine. Justin Hammer, who leaked Stark's armor secrets, creates a massive armored warrior named Firepower to stop Iron Man and destroy Stark Enterprises. The only way Iron Man can take Firepower down is with new exo-armor.

star 7.79
34 votes
Directors: Bob Arkwright
Writers: Len Uhley
The Beast Within

#3 - The Beast Within

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 23, 1995

Tony fakes his death after several attempts on his life, which seemed connected to a larger plan involving the abduction of four industrialists by the Mandarin. Tony returns in a more powerful suit of armor and has to team up with a double crossed Mandarin to stop Fin Fang Foom from taking over the world.

star 7.74
34 votes
Writers: Greg Johnson
Data in, Chaos Out

#4 - Data in, Chaos Out

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 8, 1994

The Mandarin and Justin Hammer have taken control of Stark satellites, using them to inflict a disaster. Meanwhile, Modok turns Jim Rhodes against his friends, leading to Iron Man battling War Machine.

star 7.71
42 votes
Enemy Without, Enemy Within

#5 - Enemy Without, Enemy Within

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 29, 1994

Force Works race to save a model that was kidnapped by the Mandarin's henchmen. But Modok has a more than passing interest in her.

star 7.45
64 votes
Iron Man to the Second Power (2)

#6 - Iron Man to the Second Power (2)

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 26, 1994

Iron Man goes head to head with his evil double and must also face the Living Laser and the Grey Gargoyle.

star 7.37
62 votes
The Defection of Hawkeye

#7 - The Defection of Hawkeye

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 12, 1994

Incriminating evidence suggests Hawkeye has betrayed Force Works, but he protests that he is innocent.

star 7.33
61 votes
Hands of the Mandarin (1)

#8 - Hands of the Mandarin (1)

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 17, 1996

The Mandarin has reclaimed all ten rings and plans to turn Earth back into a pre-technology society using an anti-technology field, with him in charge. He demonstrates the power of the field by disabling New York City and Iron Man himself. Unable to defeat him alone, Tony brings the Force Works team back together.

star 7.06
36 votes
The Wedding of Iron Man

#9 - The Wedding of Iron Man

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 17, 1994

The Mandarin and Justin Hammer learn that Tony Stark is Iron Man after reviewing several past battles.

star 7.00
33 votes
Distant Boundaries

#10 - Distant Boundaries

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 11, 1995

An unmanned alien ship arrives on Earth with a message begging for Iron Man's help against Dark Aegis. Iron Man is determined to help, since it was he that left Dark Aegis adrift in space, and readies the ship for take off. Jim, who is determined to conquer his fears, suits up as War Machine again to accompany Iron Man. But a dangerous stoaway threatens their mission.

star 6.97
32 votes
Directors: Bob Arkwright
Writers: Greg Johnson
Hulk Buster

#11 - Hulk Buster

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Feb 3, 1996

One of the Mandarin's missing rings creates a time rift and Julia gets sucked in. Iron Man manages to recover the ring with Bruce Banner's help, but before Julia can be saved, The Leader steals it and now possess two of the Mandarin's rings. The Leader plans to travel back to before the gamma bomb detonation and gain the power of the Incredible Hulk.

star 6.95
62 votes
Writers: Francis Moss, Greg Johnson, Ted Pederson
The Origin of Iron Man (2)

#12 - The Origin of Iron Man (2)

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 10, 1994

As his armor continues to recharge, Tony sees more of his past. Meanwhile, Force Works are on their way to rescue him, but they'll have to be faster than the Mandarin's henchmen.

star 6.94
35 votes
The Armor Wars (1)

#13 - The Armor Wars (1)

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 18, 1995

Tony discovers the Crimson Dynamo's armor possessed secret Stark technology. Thinking others could be using his technology to hurt people, Tony goes after every known armored warrior, whether hero or villain.

star 6.94
34 votes
Directors: Dan Thompson
Writers: Len Uhley
And the Sea Shall Give Up Its Dead

#14 - And the Sea Shall Give Up Its Dead

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 24, 1994

The Mandarin turns the crew of a sunken Russian submarine into zombies, pitting them against Iron Man and Force Works.

star 6.88
149 votes
Empowered

#15 - Empowered

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Feb 10, 1996

Modok has found one of the missing rings, but the Mandarin soon reclaims it. While Iron Man uses H.O.M.E.R. to find where Modok is hiding, the Mandarin uses his rings to see what Iron Man has been doing in recent months.

star 6.88
33 votes
The Origin of Iron Man (1)

#16 - The Origin of Iron Man (1)

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 3, 1994

A powerless Iron Man is trapped in the Chinese arctic. To keep warm, Tony views his past memories, reliving the origin of his mighty armor.

star 6.78
36 votes
Rejoice! I Am Ultimo, Thy Deliverer

#17 - Rejoice! I Am Ultimo, Thy Deliverer

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 1, 1994

Iron Man has to contend with the infamous Ultimo, who was brought back on-line thanks to Mandarin and Modok.

star 6.71
131 votes
The Origin of the Mandarin

#18 - The Origin of the Mandarin

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 5, 1994

A video diary reveals how the Mandarin acquired his powerful rings.

star 6.51
65 votes
Beauty Knows No Pain

#19 - Beauty Knows No Pain

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 21, 1995

Julia and several employees are kidnapped in Cairo, Egypt, by Tony's former lover, Madame Masque. She has dedicated herself to finding the Golden Sepulcher of Isis to cure her disfigured face. But the spirit of Isis possesses her, forcing Iron Man to fight her.

star 6.50
6 votes
Directors: Dan Thompson
Writers: Brooks Wachtel
The Grim Reaper Wears a Teflon Coat

#20 - The Grim Reaper Wears a Teflon Coat

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 22, 1994

The Mandarin steals the Grim Reaper, a new military jet developed by Stark.

star 6.48
67 votes
Silence My Companion, Death My Destination

#21 - Silence My Companion, Death My Destination

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 15, 1994

Iron Man races to save Julia's kidnapped daughter.

star 6.46
65 votes
Iron Man to the Second Power (1)

#22 - Iron Man to the Second Power (1)

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 19, 1994

Modak creates a double of Iron Man. The double is sent to steal the only antidote to the infamous Dark Water Fever.

star 6.46
63 votes
Not Far From the Tree

#23 - Not Far From the Tree

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 14, 1995

An intercepted A.I.M. signal leads Tony to find his thought dead father, Walter Stark. While he deals with painful memories, Tony also discovers what really happened to his father and why S.H.I.E.L.D. was involved.

star 6.40
5 votes
Directors: Bob Arkwright
Writers: Francis Moss
Fire and Rain

#24 - Fire and Rain

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 30, 1995

Jim nearly drowns in his War Machine armor, making it hard for him to put the armor back on. Iron Man, meanwhile, discovers the son of a former Stark employee is seeking revenge as Firebrand.

star 6.29
7 votes
Directors: Bob Arkwright
Writers: Len Wein
Iron Man, on the Inside

#25 - Iron Man, on the Inside

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 4, 1995

Hawkeye's spine is wounded in a battle with Ultimo. Iron Man shrinks down to molecular size to implant a chip that will save him. But no one knows is that a mysterious Hacker is in control of Ultimo and now H.O.M.E.R. too.

star 6.17
6 votes
Directors: Dan Thompson
Writers: Steve Cuden