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"My name is Trevor, Trevor Slattery."
"What are you? Are you a decoy? You're a double, right?"
"What? Like an understudy? No, absolutely not."
― Trevor Slattery and Tony Stark[src]

Trevor Slattery is a former actor with drug addictions and other legal problems until he was approached by the scientist Aldrich Killian to pose as the Mandarin, the idealized perfect terrorist. Taking responsibility for the widespread accidents caused by Killian's experiments, the Mandarin persona convinced people that he was in command of the infamous terrorist organization known as the Ten Rings, eventually becoming the most feared terrorist in the West. Slattery was captured by Tony Stark and imprisoned in Seagate Penitentiary, where he became something of a celebrity. There, he became the subject of a documentary by Jackson Norriss, who was really an agent of the real Mandarin, and whose real purpose was to kidnap Slattery in revenge for his insult to the Mandarin.


Early Life

Career as an Actor

"I know it's a little over-the-top sometimes. It's not entirely my fault; he has a tend... he's... he's a stage actor. They say his Lear was the toast of Croydon, wherever that is."
Aldrich Killian to Tony Stark[src]

Slattery and his mother in 1964

Trevor Slattery grew up in England with his mother; his dream was always to be a world-renowned stage actor and his mother often took him to the theatre to help fuel his passion for the stage. Although Slattery and his mother were very close, with Slattery noting that she was everything to him, he failed to be with her when she passed away in 1986 as Slattery was still continuing to pursue his dream as an actor in the United States of America.

Slattery starring in Caged Heat

As Slattery continued to pursue his dream, he grew up to be a small-time actor whose biggest claim to fame was the lead role in an unsold 1985 CBS pilot called Caged Heat in which he portrayed Genadiy Mihaylovich Sheobokob, an aggressive Russian police officer. The pilot was never picked up as it was of poor quality and featured an alcoholic monkey. Slattery, however, insisted that it was too sophisticated for the networks. To push the idea of his successful career, Slattery later insisted that he had worked with and been flirted with by actor Sean Connery, although this was likely a lie.[2]

The Mandarin

Recruited by AIM

"Thirty-nine hours ago, the Ali Al Salem Air Base in Kuwait was attacked. I...I...I did that. A quaint military church filled with wives and children, of course. The soldiers were out on maneuvers. The braves were away. President Ellis, you continue to resist my attempts to educate you, sir. And now, you’ve missed me again. You know who I am, you don't know where I am, and you’ll never see me coming."
― Trevor Slattery to Matthew Ellis[src]

Slattery performing as the "Mandarin"

Down on his luck and with serious drug addiction, Slattery was approached by the wealthy scientist Aldrich Killian, the founder of the Advanced Idea Mechanics, with a job offer. Killian needed to masquerade his failed experiments with the Extremis virus as terrorist attacks. So he needed someone, a feared terrorist who would publicly take responsibility for those attacks. Killian gave Slattery plastic surgery so no one could recognize him, and from that day on, Slattery posed as the Mandarin, a terrorist leader affiliated with the Ten Rings organization.

Slattery on location in Afghanistan filming

Whenever one of Killian's experiments with Extremis would fail, causing explosions and a great number of civilian casualties, the Mandarin would appear on television and say this was "another lesson" for the American people. Between the two performances, Slattery would spend his time in the company of prostitutes, enjoying an endless supply of drugs and alcohol. Slattery was invited to travel to Afghanistan to film scenes of him as the Mandarin, although he was not trusted to use a real gun. When Jack Taggart injected himself with Extremis and exploded before the Mann's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, Slattery announced in one video that he was responsible for the explosion.

Slattery performs as the Mandarin

Since Tony Stark's friend Happy Hogan was severely injured by Killian's Extremis enhanced henchman Eric Savin during Jack Taggart's blast, Stark challenged the Mandarin to a fight using the news. Killian then accepted the challenge by sending three heavily armed helicopters to destroy Stark's mansion. Once the mansion had been destroyed, Slattery was called upon to record a response as the Mandarin. He arrived in character and demanded that they begin immediately while Aldrich Killian watched from the sidelines.[1]

"Killing" Thomas Richards

The Mandarin "shoots" Thomas Richards

"There's just one lesson left, President Ellis. So run away, hide, kiss your children goodbye. Because nothing, not your army, not your red, white and blue attack dog can save you! I'll see you soon."
― Trevor Slattery to Matthew Ellis[src]

In another video, Slattery threatened to kill Thomas Richards, an accountant from the Roxxon Corporation if Matthew Ellis of the United States failed to call him within thirty seconds. Although the president complied with the request, Slattery ignored the call and, in a mock execution, pretended to shoot the man in the head.[1] When the broadcast was over, Richards stood up and shook hands with Slattery.[3]

Mandarin threatens President Matthew Ellis

When Aldrich Killian's men captured James Rhodes and stole the Iron Patriot armor, Eric Savin took the armor and boarded Air Force One and kidnapped Ellis. Slattery then released another video showing the President in the armor hanging above an oil tanker, threatening to blow up the tank on Christmas Day. As usual, Slattery was too simple-minded and high on the drugs he had been given to realize that the video was, in fact, real and he was truly threatening America, instead still believing it all to be fake.[1]

Confronted by Tony Stark

Slattery is confronted by Tony Stark

"Don't hurt the face! I'm an actor."
"You got a minute to live, fill it with words."
"Just a role. 'The Mandarin', see, it's not real."
― Trevor Slattery and Tony Stark[src]

However, Tony Stark invaded the mansion the supposed Mandarin was residing in. He found his target in the company of two prostitutes, and after pressing him for information, Slattery told him that the whole Mandarin thing was just theater all along. Slattery told Stark that the whole Mandarin persona was just a role he plays in return for the lavish lifestyle, a speedboat and a copious amount of drugs.

Slattery speaks to Eric Savin about his info

Slattery then gave up what little information he knew of Aldrich Killian's plan in a very muddled explanation, all while focusing more on the English football match on TV than his survival. However, when Eric Savin arrived at the mansion, Savin sneaked up behind Stark and knocked him out. Savin then asked Slattery what he had told Stark about their plans, but Slattery lied about what he said to Stark, claiming that although he had panicked, he had handled the situation and said nothing, he then opened a beer and went back to relaxing with his prostitutes.[1]

Giving Answers

Slattery is threatened by James Rhodes

"This is the Mandarin?"
"I know, it's... it's... it's embarrassing."
"Hi, Trevor. Trevor... Slattery."
James Rhodes, Tony Stark and Trevor Slattery[src]

A few hours later, Stark returned with his military friend, Colonel James Rhodes, who had been vainly searching the Middle East for the phantom terrorist, and who accosted him once more on the subject of the Mandarin and Killian. Rhodes was horrified to learn that the Mandarin was this foolish actor, but soon managed to gain the information he needed to track down Killian and stop his plan, despite Slattery still remaining confused by the entire situation.[1]

Exposed and Captured

Slattery being under arrest by the police

"It's great to see you!"
― Trevor Slattery[src]

Slattery was apprehended by local law enforcement officers shortly after the defeat and death of Aldrich Killian. Slattery led drunkenly away through a crowd of onlookers and the press who took his picture and asked for a statement. Believing himself to have finally gained the fame he had desire his entire life, Slattery enjoyed having the attention from so many people and thanked them for seeing him.[1]


Jackson Norriss' Interview

Slattery in prison performing as the Mandarin

"There's somebody who wants to meet you."
"Do I know him?"
"No, but you took his name, and now he wants it back."
"Ahh. No, sorry, I still don't get it."
Jackson Norriss and Trevor Slattery[src]

Slattery was incarcerated at Seagate Penitentiary. Inside, he finally found the fame and notoriety he had always sought, gathering a strong and supportive fan-base amongst many of the inmates, although other prisoners did not respect him, as he was not even a real criminal. However, inmates such as Herman, whom Slattery appointed as his personal butler, protected and followed his orders as if he were a celebrity.

Slattery being interviewed in his cell

Jackson Norriss, a member of the Ten Rings, infiltrated Seagate disguised as a documentary maker to interview Slattery. To maintain his cover, Norriss did a lot of research about Slattery's life and interviewed him many times, talking about the role of Aldrich Killian as his employer, the logistics of Killian's plan in creating an amalgam warlord. On the last day of his interview, Norriss wanted to wrap out his film asking about the real Trevor Slattery, bringing him documents about his past, such as a photograph with his mother when he was a kid and his role as the main character in a rejected TV pilot.

Slattery discusses his past

When Norriss asked about the possibility that there were people who could be angered by his portrayal of the Mandarin, Slattery said he knew as he read the internet message boards. However, Norriss claimed he was referring to the Ten Rings or the Mandarin himself, who could be angered by his portrayal, Slattery was surprised to learn that the terrorists were real, as he previously thought that they were another aspect of the role A.I.M. created for him. Norris questioned this as Slattery had previously claimed to have done detailed research into the Ten Rings upon getting the role of the Mandarin, so Slattery admitted this to be a lie.

Slattery being kidnapped by the Ten Rings

While relating the history of the Mandarin, Norriss retrieved the handgun he had concealed inside his video camera, killing the guards. Herman attacked Norriss until he was able to stab Herman in the neck. Slattery picked one of the guns from a guard, and was able to aim at Norriss with it before being disarmed. Regaining control of the situation, Norriss revealed that he was sent to break Slattery out of prison and take him to the presence of the Mandarin.[2]


The discovery of the whole ruse made Slattery a very well known though controversial figure. In order to exploit his fame and tell Slattery's biography, a TV movie was put into development, with the title Man or Mandarin: The Trevor Slattery Story.[4] The second movie was also quickly announced, with the title 10 Rings To Rule Them All: The Trevor Slattery Story.[5]


"Trevor, you told me that when you got this role that you'd researched it thoroughly."
"Yeah, but when an actor tells you he's "done the research" it means he's switched on his computer, googled his own name and had a quick wank."
Jackson Norriss and Trevor Slattery[src]

Trevor Slattery is easy-going and wishes to avoid confrontation. He considers himself a very talented actor and loves the approval of his audience. At times, he seems cowardly, but self-preservation can bring out his bravery. The Mandarin persona he created was devoted to studying the works of Sun Tzu and insurgency tactics. He surrounds himself with dragons and symbols of warlords and Chinese iconography because he wants to represent the prototypical terrorist who is out there doing fieldwork, supervising atrocities for the intelligence community who went nuts in the field. Slattery enjoys being the center of attention but views himself as innocent in the A.I.M. scheme.



"I'm an out of work actor love, you've no idea what I'm capable of, and thanks to the CBS network, I'm pretty good with a handgun."
― Trevor Slattery to Jackson Norriss[src]
  • Small Handgun: During the pilot for Caged Heat, Slattery handled a small handgun for several scenes.

Slattery preparing to "use" his handgun

  • Heckler & Koch P7M13: While performing the role of the Mandarin, Slattery was required to shoot Thomas Richards in the head on live television to horrify Matthew Ellis. The gun however was loaded with blanks and Richards survived the ordeal.
  • Beretta 92FS: As Slattery was attacked by Jackson Norriss as punishment for his actions, Slattery managed to get ahold of one of the guns carried by a Seagate Penitentiary guard and aimed it at Norriss; however, he was soon disarmed and captured by Norriss.
  • AKMSU: While shooting scenes as the Mandarin for Aldrich Killian, Slattery had traveled overseas and performed scenes as the Ten Rings leader, including shooting a machine gun at images of President Ellis.








Slattery's tattoo on the back of his neck

  • Slattery has a tattoo of Captain America's Shield on his neck. It has been noted that in place of the star is an "A", the symbol for anarchy.
  • The ring on Slattery's right pinkie is the same one Raza wears in Iron Man.

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