The Iron Patriot armor appears in Iron Man 3 as the new paint scheme of James Rhodes's upgraded armor after being asked by President Ellis to be used as the U.S. government's "American hero" symbol thanks to A.I.M. in response to the events that occurred in The Avengers. Rhodey later explains that he felt that the name "War Machine" was too aggressive, and that the name "Iron Patriot" gave a better message, however, throughout the film, Tony Stark scoffs at the Iron Patriot concept. After the Iron Patriot armor is stolen by Aldrich Killian's Extremis-equipped soldiers, Eric Savin poses as Iron Patriot in order to abduct President Ellis. Later, Rhodes recovers the Iron Patriot armor and rescues the President.