The Ten Rings is the name of the terrorist organization that abducts Tony Stark in Iron Man. The organization's name and iconography was later appropriated by Aldrich Killian who falsely designated his idealized persona of the The Mandarin as their leader while placing blame on the group for his illegal activities.
A terrorist group kidnaps Tony Stark, who are initially assumed to be Islamic fundamentalists before being revealed to be The Ten Rings. The group is damaged deeply by the attack by Tony Stark's metallic battle suit. The group receives much of its weaponry from Stark Industries through Obadiah Stane. Raza, the leader of the Ten Rings, has a single red ring that he rubs with his other hand. He also makes a reference to Genghis Khan when speaking to Stark and Yinsen.
One of the members gave Ivan Vanko a fake ID and a ticket to the Grand Prix De Monaco.
Iron Man 3 Prelude
Months later, after Vanko attacked the Stark Expo, the Ten Rings seemingly set up a trap for James Rhodes, a friend of Stark and pilot of the War Machine armor, in order to take his suit, but they failed. However, the soldiers of the Ten Rings informed their supposed leader, the "Mandarin", that they managed to scan the armor during the battle and get enough information that would help them against Tony Stark.
It was implied that the Ten Rings had struck various places around the globe - including Tony Stark's house in Malibu, to fulfill the Mandarin's plans to take over America. It was revealed that these incidents were merely financed by Aldrich Killian's A.I.M. who had appropriated the organization's name for his own schemes. This includes the creation of the "Mandarin" figurehead as well as the modification of the War Machine armor. Though Aldrich Killian was killed, the fate of the terrorist organization remains unknown.
- Raza - Commander
- Abu Bakar
- Ivan Vanko - Client; Vanko received a forged passport from a Ten Rings representative.
- Obadiah Stane - Weapons Supplier/Client.
- A.I.M - Front for illegal activities.
- The name 'Ten Rings' refers to the ten rings that give the Mandarin his powers in the original comics. Separately, the character of the "Mandarin" appears as the main antagonist in Iron Man 3 in which his alter ego is revealed to be Aldrich Killian who had appropriated the iconography of the Ten Rings as part of his scheme.