The Mandarin is a fiction character, a Marvel Comics supervillain and the archenemy of Iron Man.
In 2009, Mandarin was ranked as IGN's 81st Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time.
The Mandarin first appeared in Tales of Suspense #50 (February 1964), written by Stan Lee and illustrated by Don Heck.
The Mandarin's late father was one of the wealthiest men in pre-revolutionary mainland China (and a descendant of Genghis Khan), while his late mother was an English noblewoman. Their son was born in an unnamed village in mainland China before the Communist revolution. The boy's parents died soon after his birth, and he was raised by his (paternal) aunt, who was embittered against the world and raised him with much the same attitude. Every last bit of the family fortune was spent obsessively training the Mandarin in science and combat, with the result that he was completely broke upon reaching adulthood. Unable to pay the taxes on his ancestral home, The Mandarin was evicted by the government.
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