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->"''[[CatchPhrase HULK]]'' '''''[[HulkingOut SMASH!]]'''''"
-->-- '''Hulk'''

'''HULK SMASH PUNY [[SelfDemonstrating/{{TheIncredibleHulk}} SELF DEMONSTRATING VERSION]]!!!'''

The Incredible Hulk is a comic book character. He first appeared in ''"Incredible Hulk''" vol. 1 #1 (May, 1962), created by Creator/StanLee and Creator/JackKirby. His original series was rather unsuccessful, cancelled with issue #6 (March, 1963). He was used as a guest star in various series for the next few years. He got his second chance at stardom as one of the two features of ''"Tales to Astonish''". He was regularly featured there for issues #60-101 (October, 1964-March, 1968). The title was then renamed to ''"Incredible Hulk''" vol. 2. He appeared in issues #102-474 (April, 1968-March, 1999). He has starred in several relatively short-lived titles ever since. The Hulk has become one of the publisher's better known characters and is unlikely to be forgotten about.

Creator/MarvelComics' poster child for SuperStrength, and the embodiment of UnstoppableRage and, of course, YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry, the Hulk stars in his own comic book, The Incredible Hulk (not to be confused with the [[Series/TheIncredibleHulk TV adaptation]], or the [[Film/TheIncredibleHulk second movie adaptation]].) The main premise behind the Hulk is that he is an emotionally repressed man, Bruce Banner, who due to [[ILoveNuclearPower gamma radiation]], changes into a gigantic green muscle bound humanoid whenever he loses his cool. The main gimmick behind the Hulk is that he is super strong, and his strength and [[NighInvulnerable durability]] increase the angrier he gets. The upper limits has seen him performing such feats as handling the core of a black hole, holding apart spheres of matter and anti-matter (setting apart that Hulk is made of matter...), holding together a collapsing planet, punching through barriers of spatial or temporal dimensions, [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu occasionally overpowering]] [[CosmicEntity cosmic entities]], etc.

Needless to say, the Hulk gets into a lot of very violent fights, and runs up the biggest HeroInsurance bill in the whole Franchise/MarvelUniverse, but most of the people he beats up [[KickTheSonOfABitch had it coming]] or otherwise made the mistake of provoking him. He doesn't actively seek out trouble, but the Marvel Universe being the CrapsackWorld that it is, trouble often finds him, for which he is inevitably mis-blamed. This doesn't do much to improve his disposition, as you might expect.

Notable for [[PlayingWithATrope playing with the idea of the]] {{Super Hero}}. The Hulk doesn't typically go out of his way to defend the innocent, but he does stick up for those who've befriended him and otherwise ends up doing good with his powers.

As probably the most physically powerful hero in the Marvel universe, the Hulk is normally matched up against {{Franchise/Superman}} in Marvel/DC {{crossover}} events as he's the only Marvel character who can go toe to toe with him on an even footing.

Other powers include:

* HealingFactor
* Resistance to [[PsychicPowers telepathy]]--like his physical strength, corresponding roughly to his level of rage
* Ability to see [[ISeeDeadPeople ghosts]], [[AstralProjection astral forms]], etc.
* The ability to sense the exact spot where he was irradiated, and unerringly find his way back to the area. This was later revealed to be the Hulk sensing the corpse of his [[EvilCounterpart evil]] [[FutureMeScaresMe future]] self, the Maestro, who, in a clash between modern-day Hulk and Maestro, was sent back through time to the instant of the original gamma bomb detonation in a last-ditch effort to kill him.
* Bruce Banner is the premier human expert on radiation - specifically, gamma radiation - in the entire Marvel U, with Reed Richards and even [[DoctorDoom Doctor]] [[InsufferableGenius freaking]] [[DoctorDoom Doom]] admitting his superiority in that field. Not a ''power'', as such but still pretty impressive, given that the former discovers new universes regularly and the latter invented ''time travel''. Bruce invented a time machine by accident, back when he was still employed as a weapons designer. One of the places his intelligence is taken advantage of is in the LighterAndSofter ''ComicBook/MarvelAdventures'' continuity, where he and Tony Stark are the scientific minds of the Avengers. It has also been emphasized in recent issues of The Incredible Hulk where Banner (temporarily) lost the ability to transform and made up for it with a bag full of gadgets.
** This is often pointed out at a time where Banner is not available. "We need Banner." "Banner not home, can Hulk take message?"
** The ''Indestructible Hulk'' series uses this as its driving plot point--accepting that the Hulk is just a part of his life, like a chronic condition, Banner is using his newfound time to work as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and develop new technologies.
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The Hulk has a multiple personality disorder due to repressing his emotions and many traumatic memories from the constant childhood beatings and hatred from his father, which combined with the uncontrolled mutation of his biology. Because of the nature of his powers, when he switches his personalities, his physical form also changes with his mental state. The five core personalities are:

* ''Bruce Banner'': The "default" human personality, Bruce is a brilliant and emotionally repressed man with no superpowers, though he keeps himself in shape these days.
* ''Savage Hulk'': The most iconic and recognizable Hulk, he is green, dumb, and ) (naturally) communicates in HulkSpeak. This personality always wants to be left alone, in the sense of being recurrently viciously attacked without understanding why, but also [[IJustWantToHaveFriends always wants friends]] [[IJustWantToBeLoved and to be loved]], a conflict that fuels many of his adventures. Because [[YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry he is so quick to anger]] he is often regarded as the most powerful of the core personalities. Generally thought to be Bruce's inner child. Curiously, he is a GentleGiant and TheBerserker simultaneously.
* ''Joe Fixit'': The "Grey Hulk", and supposedly the first Hulk to ever appear. (In terms of Marvel continuity. Originally, this was the result of a coloring error and inconsistent characterization), but really quite different in displayed personality. Unlike the Savage Hulk, Joe transforms at night, or more rarely when Bruce "lets him out". He has an average intellect, and is particularly known to enjoy luxury, rich food, tailor-made clothes, pleasurable company etc. He is also the most amoral of the main personalities, having worked as a mob enforcer. Thought to represent the typical teenager that Bruce never let himself become. His portrayal is generally somewhere between a BoisterousBruiser and a truly amoral being. Not to be confused with MrFixit. Joe is the opposite.
* ''The Merged Hulk'': Originally thought to be a merger of the above three personalities, creating a whole and sane Banner, it turned out this personality was created by Banner's psychologist, Doc Samson, after failing to treat Banner's MPD. This Hulk represents Banner's ideal version of himself, what he wishes he could be. As a result, he has Bruce's intellect, the Savage Hulk's power, and the Grey Hulk's craftiness. Unlike other Hulks though, he loses his strength as he grows angrier. Too angry, and his body reverts back to Banner, while his mind regresses into the Savage Hulk. This is due to a self-imposed psychic fail-safe to ensure that he won't cause damage like he did when he lost control and killed the Leader. He's typically relegated to the role of the GeniusBruiser. He is also perhaps the most handsome of all the Hulks, since he shares Banner's face. Some fans have called this persona "The Professor", but Peter David (who wrote the comic when this characterization first appeared) has asked them to stop using the name.
* ''The Green Scar'': A personality developed during ''PlanetHulk'' and ''WorldWarHulk'' (see below). Intelligent (although not on the level of Banner,, rational and unquestionably the Hulk's strongest physical form. He barely won against the Sentry at full power during ''World War Hulk''. During the ''Heart Of The Monster'' storyline, he was somewhere between this personality and Savage, and became so enraged that he could barely move without causing entire continents to undergo tectonic shifts. The same storyline also posits that Banner, Savage Hulk and the Green Scar are all simply extreme corners of the same personality, which is very closely in line with RealLife clinical theories about how Dissociative Personality Disorder develops.

Usually, Betty Ross, Rick Jones, or his cousin [[ComicBook/SheHulk Jennifer]] can pull off a CooldownHug to calm him down. However, it's more often the case that General Ross attacks before he returns to his human form. This is so common, it has [[InterruptedCooldownHug a trope of its own on this wiki]] that was previously named Hulk's Cooldown Hug Corollary.
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The Hulk rarely teams up, but whenever he does he always plays the role of TheBigGuy as he did on both the Avengers and the Defenders, though later with the Pantheon and his Warbound, Hulk got promoted to TheHero, with [[DumbMuscle Ajax]] and [[NighInvulnerability living stone alien]] Korg taking over the roles of the big guy in their respective teams.
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Much of the modern characteristics of the Hulk were created by writer Creator/PeterDavid during his ten-year-long stint on the title. For instance, Banner's abusive father and multiple-personality disorder were explored in greater depth during [=PAD's=] run (elements that were originally introduced in a [[http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix/triad2.htm Bill Mantlo story]]), which also elevated Rick Jones from perpetual sidekick to a CrazyPrepared GenreSavvy BadassNormal.

The two-year-long epic ''PlanetHulk'' by Greg Pak has a group of superheroes calling themselves ComicBook/TheIlluminati (all of them [[UnfortunateImplications white, male, powerful]], and wealthy except for Black Panther [[WhatTheHellHero who decided not to join as it was wrong]]) decide to send the Hulk away, to a planet with no sentient life but plenty of plant and animal life, tricking him into boarding a spaceship which they reprogram. However, they failed to take into account a few astral phenomena, and the planet he lands on is most decidedly ''not'' devoid of sentient life. It is a savage world, where slavery is common, and he is made a gladiator. With this as his jumping-off point, he soon [[spoiler:ends up ruling the world]], with a group of fellow freaks and exiles at his side and a beautiful warrior woman as his queen, but as this is both [[DysfunctionJunction Marvel and the Hulk]], happiness is elusive. Soon after his victory, the ship that brought him to the world self-destructs, killing the Hulk's wife and causing widespread ecological damage that will destroy the planet's ecosystem. Unknown to the Hulk, his unborn son survives [[spoiler:(and his wife manages to come back from the dead for a while)]]. Hulk blames the Illuminati, and enraged, he and his surviving allies prepare another spaceship... to take back to Earth. This part of the story is called Planet Hulk, and took place during the ''ComicBook/CivilWar'' (as trying to convince Hulk to either register or actively fight registration probably would have overshadowed most of the other stuff in the series).

This leads into ''WorldWarHulk'', where the Hulk arrives on Earth with a mind to punish the Illuminati for not only sending him away, not only miscalculating and screwing up their own plan, but through their incompetence, ruining him even after he'd found some peace and done so much good. He learned a lot while on his world, and [[TranquilFury his rage was possibly the most perfect it's ever been]], with even the mightiest telepaths unable to affect him. The promise of this setup lead to an [[MemeticMutation internet meme]], taken from one for ''ComicBook/CivilWar'' where fans could declare which side they were on: "Civil War: You're ''all'' fucked when Hulk gets back." In the end, however, Hulk's destruction was largely confined to New York City, and he didn't end up killing anyone, "just" causing a few billion in property damage and beating up some of the more prominent superheroes in the area. Which is hardly a "World War Hulk"; for the Hulk, [[ButForMeItWasTuesday that's... Tuesday.]]

This eventually leads to Banner [[TookALevelInBadAss Taking a level in Badass]] and the next event ''FallOfTheHulks''. Inspired by the positive reception of the character in ''Film/TheAvengers'', the Hulk was recently given a new, more heroic direction. He now works for ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} in exchange for using his Hulk persona to attack enemies, and is once again a member of the Avengers. How long this status quo will last remains to be seen.

One of Marvel's most iconic characters, the Hulk has appeared in a number of adaptations in various media. He is perhaps best remembered for the 70's live-action series ''The Incredible Hulk'', which starred Bill Bixby as Dr. Banner and Lou Ferrigno as the Hulk.

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[[folder: Comics ]]

* ''The Incredible Hulk Vol. 1'' (1962)
* ''Tales to Astonish'' (1964)
* ''The Incredible Hulk Vol. 2'' (1968)
* ''Hulk Vol. 1'' (1999)
* ''The Incredible Hulk Vol. 3'' (2000)
* ''Hulk Vol. 2'' (2008)
* ''The Incredible Hulk Vol. 4'' (2011)
* ''Indestructible Hulk'' (2012)

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[[folder: Anime ]]

* ''Anime/MarvelDiscWarsTheAvengers''
* ''Anime/AvengersConfidentialBlackWidowAndPunisher''

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/{{Hulk}}''
* ''UltimateAvengers''
* ''Ultimate Avengers 2''
* ''WesternAnimation/NextAvengersHeroesOfTomorrow''
* ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk''
* ''HulkVs''
* ''Planet Hulk''
* ''Film/TheAvengers''
* ''[[WesternAnimation/IronManAndHulkHeroesUnited Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United]]''
* ''Film/IronMan3'' (cameo)
* ''Film/TheAvengersAgeOfUltron''

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk''

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/MarvelSuperheroesVsStreetFighter''
* ''[[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcomClashOfTheSuperheroes Marvel vs Capcom: Clash of the Superheroes]]''
* ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom2''
* ''VideoGame/TheIncredibleHulkUltimateDestruction''
* ''VideoGame/MarvelUltimateAlliance''
* ''Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2''
* ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3''
* ''VideoGame/MarvelAvengersAlliance''

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/TheMarvelSuperHeroes''
* ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManAndHisAmazingFriends''
* ''The Incredible Hulk'' (1982)
* ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFour''
* ''WesternAnimation/IronMan''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibleHulk'' (1996)
* ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFourWorldsGreatestHeroes''
* ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen'' (One episode)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperHeroSquadShow''
* ''WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures''
* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes''
* ''[[WesternAnimation/HulkAndTheAgentsOfSMASH Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.]]''
* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble''
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!!This series provides examples of:

* AllAmazonsWantHercules: Just ask Caiera and Thundra. And ''[[FoeYay Umar]]''.
* AllJustADream: Most of Bruce Jones' run on the series was retconned as being a dream induced by Nightmare. Although the story introducing this twist left ambiguous what had been real or not, most future writers considered that none of it happened.
* AlternateIdentityAmnesia: Changes, but usually Hulk and Banner do not share memories.
** Invoked in an issue of ''SecretAvengers'': Banner is dropped onto a squadron of rampaging Iron Patriot drones, and when he reverts to Banner, he's arrested by SHIELD as part of a plot to recapture the Patriots. He doesn't remember being recruited or fighting. This is partly due to the usual amnesia and [[spoiler:partially because SHIELD has memory-altering technology]].
* AfterTheEnd: Two stories written by Creator/PeterDavid focus on the Hulk in post-apocalyptic futures with very different approaches. The first, "Future Imperfect," has him transported to a future time about 100 years in the future where society has fallen into a new Medieval-like setting ruled by the Hulk's future self, the Maestro. The second, "The Last Titan," which was part of Marvel's The End series, has Bruce Banner as the last man on Earth, having survived for more than two centuries after nuclear war wiped out mankind. In the end, Hulk gets his wish, and he lives to regret it.
* AlwaysABiggerFish: He might be Earth's biggest hitter, but in most cases he can't match Cosmic Entities, as Gaea, the Phoenix Force, Dormammu, Galactus, and most prominently Zeus have proven.
* AnimatedAdaptation: The first came in 1966, as part of ''WesternAnimation/TheMarvelSuperHeroes''. He's had two TV series dedicated to him (one in the 80's and one in the 90's) both CutShort, though both series retain small but faithful fanbases. Since then, he has had multiple appearances in [=DTVs=] and other Marvel TV series since then, most prominently HulkVs, PlanetHulk, and ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes''.
** A new one, ''WesternAnimation/HulkAndTheAgentsOfSMASH'', has been confirmed for DisneyXD.
* AntiHero: Considering that the Hulk has a very "Hollywood version" of [[SplitPersonality Multiple Personality Disorder]], with a heavy dose of DependingOnTheWriter on top, it shifts wildly from incarnation to incarnation, individual interpretations thereof, and even deliberate CharacterDevelopment. However, roughly speaking, the incarnations go as follow:
** Original Hulk: UnscrupulousHero. A grumpy outsider looking for a fight and responding violently when attacked, but staying out of people's way beyond that.
** Savage Hulk: KnightInSourArmor or PragmaticHero. Extremely noble, well-intended, loyal, heroic, constantly persecuted without understanding why, only wants to be loved and have friends, but cannot understand the society around him, protector of all oppressed peoples around the universe, will be inconsolable after watching Bambi or seeing a dead bunny, and strictly a force for good as long as somebody (like his former father figure Comicbook/DoctorStrange, or own, as opposed to Banner's, "greatest love of his life" queen [[FriendToAllLivingThings Jare]][[PillarsOfMoralCharacter lla]]) gives him a comprehensible direction. Basically the most pure-hearted and genuinely heroic version, and currently seen in TheSuperHeroSquadShow, but non-constructively constantly hunted like an animal due to his sheer scale of power without the maturity to handle it properly. Nowadays, tends to usually be treated more kindly by other heroes when he shows up (due to seeming very tame by current standards, and inherent extremely UnfortunateImplications).
** Mindless Hulk in the crossroads: UnscrupulousHero. A wild animal, but not inherently malevolent, and capable of instinctive loyalty or empathy.
** Joe Fixit: NominalHero and NobleDemon. A largely amoral and hedonistic mob enforcer VillainProtagonist who mainly fought other villains, much like plenty of others within this trope. He also grew some conscience, such as [[PetTheDog grudgingly helping some children celebrate Christmas]], turned loyal and protective of his friends, and towards the end apparently avoided using excessive force against army officers or similar attackers.
** Merged Hulk: KnightInSourArmor or PragmaticHero. Possibly the most well-adjusted incarnation, and genuinely proactively well-intended, actively dedicating himself to helping the world, without going to murderous extremes, and playing reasonably well with others. However, he had a WhatTheHellHero Wolverine-style psychotic rage episode in issue 400, wherein he accidentally killed the Leader, supposedly the leftover "truly mindless Hulk", which briefly bumped him to type IV.
** Bannerless Hulk: UnscrupulousHero. Part of his mind was split from his body, and he started to largely act as the first Hulk did, although to a greater extreme, such as taking over an island for no particular purpose, although without harming anybody. Still, the army colonel pursuing him got wise on that this particular Hulk was different from the previous versions, was simply looking for attention, and caused less damage if the army stopped attacking him, so [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu she told him off to his face]], "left him alone" as he didn't really wish, and it worked out pretty well.
** Green Scar: Roughly a PragmaticHero on Sakaar/basically a more responsible version of the original. Views are split about whether he was provoked into UnscrupulousHero or NominalHero during World War Hulk (compare a sovereign nation being annihilated, and then strictly retaliating by going after those responsible, without any Hiroshima or civilian casualties involved), although due to extremes of very inconsiderate property damage, and still less bloodthirsty than the majority of pragmatic heroes.
* ArchEnemy: A toss up between the Leader, Abomination, Maestro, Brian Banner and Nightmare.
* [[AssholeVictim Asshole Victims:]] He's killed a few people in his time, but they usually really had it coming.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: He's been the king of a surprising number of worlds. He was also the president of Australia in House of M.
* AtTheCrossroads: The Incredible Hulk was banished to "The Crossroads" by Doctor Strange when he was "mindless" to a) get him away from Earth and b) let him choose where he wanted to live; but he never found a place he liked and eventually he was brought back to Earth.
* BadassBookworm: Although there are plenty of people smarter than him, most famously [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Reed Richards]] and SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom, Banner ''is'' one of the most brilliant people on the planet, and in his primary area of expertise: radiation, he is totally unsurpassed on Earth, with even Dr. Doom admitting that he doesn't know as much as Banner does on the topic. When he sets his mind to it very little can get in Banner's way.
* BadassFamily: Hulk, his cousin/stand-in sister She-Hulk/Jennifer Walters; wife Red She-Hulk/Betty Ross Banner; children Skaar, Hiro-Kala, Lyra, and Scorpion; and father-in-law Red Hulk/Thunderbolt Ross.
** At one point [[http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=26649 it was announced]] that several of them will officially become a team. Plus his friends Rick Jones (aka A-bomb) and Korg.
** In addition his past serious committed relationships Jarella and Caiera were warrior-women (as was Thundra, but that was not even an affair). Umar the Unrelenting, queen of the Dark Dimension, made him her consort on two occasions. He also had a college fling with the AIM Scientist Supreme Monica Rappacini, which means that he and M.O.D.O.K. were romantic rivals...
** And as we are including extended family members, Betty also has a daughter, the benevolent mystical entity ''Daydream'', due to being raped by ''Nightmare'', but although the demon keeps up his creepy "children fathered through rape" tendency with ''Trauma'' and ''Dreamqueen'', nobody has had an interest in reintroducing her yet.
* BarbarianHero: Most especially the Green Scar incarnation, but most versions of Hulk have shades of this at least.
* BareFistedMonk: The Hulk is so big and strong that his fists are all the weapons he needs.
* BattleAura: Introduced with the Worldbreaker level of Hulk's strength.
* BattleCouple: Hulk and Caeira. [[DependingOnTheWriter Occasionally]] Hulk and Red She-Hulk (Betty Ross).
* BattleStrip
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: ...especially if you wish to die, because if you do, [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident Mercy]] is never far! Fortunately, The Hulk never truly wished to die...
** This trope is used in a few Hulk stories, like ''Hulk: The End'', which shows the Hulk finally getting what he always wished for; to be left alone. Completely alone, not even Banner nagging in the back of his mind. He almost immediately begins to regret it.
** The "Heart of the Monster" arc played this for all it was worth. It also pointed out that an enemy's wishes would rebound to Hulk's advantage.
* BerserkButton: The big one is that due to the issues with his dad, both Hulk and Banner ''really'' don't like abusive parents, or bullies in general. The Joe Fixit Hulk also hates when someone compares him to the Savage Hulk, as the Blob found out to his sorrow.
* TheBerserker: The Hulk is practically rage incarnate.
* BettyAndVeronica: Bruce and Talbot.
** ''ComicBook/ChaosWar'' would have Jarella and Red She-Hulk.
* TheBigGuy: The 1990s AnimatedAdaptation sometimes portrayed him as a type 2; Joe Fixit was a type 3, while in some of his more intelligent incarnations he qualifies as a type 5.
* BigScrewedUpFamily[=/=]DysfunctionJunction: [[BadassFamily As badass as they may be]], most of the core family members featured of late ''still'' have some serious psychological issues. '''Especially''' [[BrokenBird Betty]].
* BillMantlo: Had a lengthy run as writer in the early 80's which included the Crossroads Saga, as well as the first mention of Banner's abusive father.
* BlackComedyRape: [[TheVamp Umar]] turned the Hulk into her personal sex slave in a [[ComicBook/TheDefenders Defenders]] miniseries. She was too much for him at the time, and the encounter left Banner without the necessary... enthusiasm... to Hulk Out. When they met again, he was in full Worldbreaker mode and equal to the challenge.
* BloodKnight: An increasingly commonly applied character trait, the Hulk was originally an aversion. He held pretty true to the "just wants to be left alone" claim, not caring about the fights he got into. Later writers play the "left alone" as more of a hollow statement, with Hulk enjoying company, and extremely enjoying combat.
** Highlighted in ''Heart of the Monster'', where, confronted by Fin Fang Foom, giant dragon (who also happens to be green with purple pants...) [[AlwaysABiggerFish who crushes the giant fish monster]] that Hulk, She-Hulk, and A-Bomb were struggling with moments before, the following exchange occurs;
-->'''Fin Fang Foom:''' {{Who dares}} disturb the slumber of '''Him whose limbs shatter the mountains and whose back scrapes the sun?'''
-->'''Hulk:''' Hah! '''Is it my birthday?'''
* BookDumb: Even though he lacks Banner's intelligence, the Hulk can show a lot of cunning when he needs to. And for a supposedly mindless berserker, the Hulk can still come up with some fairly creative tactics when he's in a tight spot.
* BullyingADragon: Are the people who pick on Banner or Hulk tired of living?
* BullyHunter: As mentioned elsewhere, he ''really'' doesn't like them for obvious reasons... [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers except for Joe Fixit who is one himself]].
* CartwrightCurse
* CatchPhrase: Hulk will smash puny catchphrase thing!
* CharacterDevelopment
* TheChessMaster: The Leader and Greg Pak's Hulkless Banner.
* ClothingDamage: If you are a Hulk, you will suffer this indignity. Though depending on your [[FetishFuel fanbase, it may not be that much of an indignity.]]
* ColorContrast: The Hulk, in his most iconic form, is green with purple pants.
* CombatPragmatist: The Hulk is sometimes portrayed as this.
* CompleteImmortality: According to "Future Imperfect" and "The Last Titan" in combination he only ages up to a point, and according to issue #460 he will eventually reassemble even from atomisation.
* CooldownHug: Rick Jones, Jim Wilson, Jarella and Betty Ross can do this when the Hulk is especially irate.
* CrapsackWorld: And how...
** Noticeably the Hulk was living in a CrapsackWorld version of the MU long before it became that for everyone else.
* CrystalDragonJesus: During the ''Planet Hulk'' story arc, many of the natives of Sakaar believed that the Hulk was their Crystal Dragon Jesus, the Sakaarson. Then again, just as many thought he was their Crystal Dragon Antichrist, the Worldbreaker. After the Hulk left the planet, both of his sons were subject to the same debate.
** Considering that in ''Comicbook/FearItself'' [[spoiler: Hulk becomes Nul; the ''Breaker of Worlds'']] it seems there is truth in both.
** Also, Adam Warlock's crucifixion and resurrection on Counter-Earth actually took place in a Hulk title.
* DeadlyDodging: The Hulk's pulled this trick a couple of times, most notably against the Constrictor and the Absorbing Man. The first one was electrocuted when his metal whips struck an electric streetlight, and the second one shorted out when he was charged with electricity and the Hulk goaded him into hitting a large pool of water.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: It happens every now and then. Some examples:
** Hulk overpowered and punched CrisisCrossover BigBad Onslaught (at the time on a level with a CosmicEntity) so hard that it destroyed his physical body and caused a dimensional rift.
** During WorldWarHulk, he also managed to beat Zom, arguably the most powerful known demon in the Marvel Universe, although later issues somewhat retconned this by stating that Doctor Strange was holding it back. He also matched the full power of the GodModeSue TheSentry.
** Hulk also ripped the galactic threat the Galaxy Master into pieces from within; and on another occasion handled the infinite power from the singularity of the core of a black hole; and on yet another ripped apart a weapon designed to withstand and kill the Celestials.
** The there is the time he blew out the mystical flames composing [[GodOfEvil Dormammu's]] head by smacking his palms together. Dormammu wasn't out for the count though.
* DistaffCounterpart: Bruce Banner inadvertently created the She-Hulk when he provided a blood transfusion for his cousin Jennifer. Partly due to not having multiple personalities she handles the transition much better than he did.
** There's also his daughter Lyra.
* DistinguishedGentlemansPipe: Bruce Banner smoked a pipe in his first appearance, in The Incredible Hulk #1. In TheNineties when Hulk had Bruce Banner's brain he also smoked a normal sized pipe, which for him was very tiny.
** A one-shot character in the ''Hulk'' series was a brainy college student based very loosely on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leopold_and_Loeb Richard Loeb]]; he smoked a pipe as part of his "smartest guy in the room" persona.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Umar capturing the Hulk...by using a giant, magic tongue to wrap around him, pulling him into a portal that looks like an open pair of lips. [[http://www.comicbookresources.com/prev_img.php?pid=9307&pg=3 See for yourself.]]
* DoNotCallMePaul: The Hulk ''hates'' being called Bruce. Though, it's justified in that they are separate entities inhabiting the same body.
** This seems to be a recurring theme with Gamma mutates. The Leader also hates it when people call him Samuel Sterns.
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Averted. In Future Imperfect, one of the Maestro's slave girls has sex with the temporarily paralyzed (and unwilling) Merged Hulk. It's not made a big deal, and the word "rape" is never used, but Banner regards it very seriously, and mentions how helpless and out of control it made him feel.
* TheDreaded: While not a villain, the Hulk is typically treated as being as every bit as much a threat as any of the Marvel universe's major villains when heroes clash with him.
* DumbIsGood: Depending on the story. Many of the times Hulk clashes with the heroes is due to some misunderstanding or someone fooling him into thinking one of the good guys did him wrong.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The day-one Hulk wasn't just different from the Savage Hulk, he wasn't even much like the Gray Hulk is portrayed these days. He was Banner by day and Hulk by night regardless of his anger level - no HulkingOut at noon no matter how angry, no staying himself past dusk no matter how calm. As the Hulk he was similar to Frankenstein's Monster, whom he more closely resembled in the old days -- he could be outright malevolent, though you could see how he was driven to it. He once nearly deployed a doomsday device he invented just because he'd had it with puny humans. (Yes, invented, as Hulk. Loss of intelligence meant things got ''harder,'' but he was still brilliant. With this Hulk's misanthropy, that's very ''bad.'') Thankfully, Rick Jones, being close to the site of the disaster, gained a mental link with Banner that allows him to influence the Hulk. The world would ''literally'' have ended by issue three at Hulk's hands otherwise. He was less the hero and more Banner's EnemyWithin, with tremendous (but not at current levels) strength, most of his intelligence, and a belief that those rotten humans did not deserve to exist. It was [[KidWithTheLeash all Rick Jones could do]] to keep him aimed at the people chasing Banner, and bad guys they encountered, instead of... '''everyone.'''
* EldritchAbomination: The Abomination recently received an upgrade, [[FridgeBrilliance and turned into]] [[ShoutOut one of these]].
* EmeraldPower: Most victims of gamma radiation turn green on top of gaining superpowers - Hulk himself, ComicBook/SheHulk, The Leader...
* EpiphanyTherapy[=/=]SplitPersonalityMerge: Doc Samson uses this with Bruce to create The Merged Hulk.
* EvilCounterpart: The Abomination is another gamma-mutated monstrosity, whose baseline strength was originally greater than the Hulk's (not true anymore for a long time). He was recently replaced by the much more dangerous Red Hulk. There are also Madman, The Maestro, possibly the Leader, and tangentially on rare occasion Mister Hyde.
* ExpositoryThemeTune: from the 1960s cartoon, "Doc-tor Banner, belted by gam-ma rays, turns into the Hulk..."
* TheFettered: Hulk's full power is as good as always greatly restrained by Banner, as otherwise his slightest movement would destroy the world around him. This nearly happened at the end of WWH, and he is constantly trying to manage the destructive potential within him, so nobody comes to harm.
** In contrast, the UltimateMarvel version of the Hulk is a down right scary version of TheUnfettered. In every way that Ultimate Banner restrains or represses himself (which is every way), the Hulk cuts loose. For instance, Ultimate Banner is a vegetarian. Ultimate Hulk is [[IAmAHumanitarian a humanitarian.]]
* FredTatasciore: Ever since he first voiced the Hulk in the 2005 video game ''VideoGame/TheIncredibleHulkUltimateDestruction'', Marvel has hired Tatasciore [[RoleReprisal numerous times to voice him and continues to do so]]. Quite notable, considering that every other Marvel character (except for SteveBlum as ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} and NolanNorth as {{Deadpool}}) has had his/her/its [[TheOtherDarrin voice changed]] with almost every new appearance.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: [[LighterAndSofter The Savage Hulk]]. No, ''really.'' We've seen him get along with children and small animals and such. [[YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry You won't like him when he's angry]], but bad guys (and General Ross) just keep insisting on ''making'' him angry. Convince him you're not like them, or failing that, ''listen'' when he says "leave Hulk alone," and nothing has to get smashed.
* FugitiveArc: Given his penchant for massive destruction and [[HeroWithBadPublicity poor publicity]], a frequent story arc is Banner WalkingTheEarth on the run from authorities who want to capture the Hulk.
* FullFrontalAssault: Occasionally his MagicPants fail him and he's forced to battle in the nude; this is generally reserved for the more savage incarnations of the Hulk, especially when he's the threat, not one of the protagonists.
* FutureMeScaresMe: The Maestro.
* GalacticConqueror: Arm'Chedon, also known as Armageddon, leader of the Troyjan Empire and foe of the Hulk during his days with the Pantheon. Arm'Chedon was so busy conquering planets that he literally did not notice that he had two sons until one of them died on earth(the other was later killed in combat with the Hulk). Interestingly, his relative obscureness might have worked in his favor, as there's no sign that his empire suffered the massive amounts of destruction that Marvel's other galactic empires (The Kree, Skrulls, and Shi'ar) have in recent years.
* GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke: In UltimateMarvel, the Hulk is created as a result of Banner's attempts to replicate the effects of the SuperSerum that created ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, rather than radiation. It almost works perfectly; beyond the fact Ultimate Hulk is uncontrollable and, as Banner describes him in the Ultimate Hulk/Ultimate ComicBook/IronMan crossover, a moron (he was supposed to have been as ''smart'' as he is strong), Ultimate Hulk is everything Banner set out to make him. He has SuperStrength, a HealingFactor, NighInvulnerability, and he can even [[AdaptiveAbility subconsciously mutate to match requirements of his environment]] -- this is most dramatically portrayed in the aforementioned Hulk/Iron Man crossover, where in the span of seconds he ''transforms himself to be capable of surviving on [[DeathWorld Venus]]''.
* GeniusBruiser: The amount of genius varies on which personality is in control, although they have been known to borrow one another's skills if necessary.
* GenreSavvy:
** After so many failed cures, when the ComicBook/RedHulk storyline results in him losing the ability to turn into the Hulk, Banner outright states that he's not expecting his current Hulk-less state to last, and is just doing what he can while he waits for the inevitable.
** In the first issue of the MarvelNow revamp ''The Indestructible Hulk'', Banner appears to have accepted that his condition has no cure (at least not with present technology) and that his time would be more productively served finding ways to work around his condition rather than attempting to cure it; he literally equates his new philosophy to how individuals with chronic diseases, like diabetes, manage their conditions in order to live as normal a life as possible. He's also decided that it would be more productive both for Banner and for Hulk to work with the authorities rather than living his life constantly on the run, so has approached SHIELD to act as a scientific genius (Banner) / weapon of mass destruction (Hulk) for them.
* GentleGiant: Sorta. In the regular comic stories, he's shown to (at times) be at least a BruiserWithASoftCenter. However, in many of the cartoons, especially the ones aimed toward the pre-teen or younger demographic, he's usually this.
* GodGuise: In ''Incredible Hulk'' #384, the Hulk has been turned into an inch tall. He secretly perches on The Abomination's shoulder and pretends to be God to stop him from kidnapping his wife.
* GodzillaThreshold: On a scale of one to ten, things have to be... [[MetaPhorgotten really, really bad]] for "send in the Hulk" to be the plan you're down to. Sometimes in other characters' series or team comics, he's brought in because things are just ''that'' bad.
* TheGoodKing: During his time as the ruler of Sakaar.
** Also during his time as King of Australia during the ComicBook/HouseOfM storyline, where he overthrew the mutant government and turned it into one of the last bastions of human freedom.
* GroundPunch: This was in Hulk's arsenal of moves for quite a long time, but hasn't been seen in several years.
* HairTriggerTemper: While he's not exactly a bad guy, this is the reason he tends to get into so many battles with other superheroes. It takes very little to piss him off, so you're basically walking on eggshells when he's in your presence for the entire time.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Skaar and Hiro-Kala.
* HealingFactor: As mentioned above and it's another power that increases in intensity with his rage.
* HenshinHero
* HeroWithBadPublicity: It fact, it would be very hard to find anyone in the Marvel Universe with ''worse'' publicity who could still be considered a hero. But you really can't blame anyone.
* HeroicNeutral: HULK JUST WANT TO BE LEFT ALONE!
* HeroInsurance: The Hulk causes more property damage per capita than any other hero in the Marvel Universe, bar none. Oddly, he never causes ''casualties''.
* HijackingCthulhu: At one time, the Hulk was hypnotized by the Ringmaster.
* HoistHeroOverHead: In ''Incredible Hulk'' [[http://www.comics.org/issue/24429/cover/4/?style=default #142]], Valkyrie holds the Hulk over her head.
-->Every '''Male Chauvinist Pig''' in the world will '''Tremble'''...when he sees the '''Hulk''' hurled to his '''Death''' -- by a '''Woman'''!
* HotBlooded: There's a reason his catchphrase is "HULK SMASH!"
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Hulk and any human-sized love interest.
* HulkSpeak: ''Hulk TropeNamer for HulkSpeak!''
* HulkingOut: Trope Namer again, any time Bruce's stress level gets too high. HulkSMASH!
* ILoveNuclearPower: This is how Banner became the Hulk in the first place.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: While his fists serve him perfectly well, the Hulk can and will use any number of handy tools to help him in a fight, like construction girders, tree trunks and really big rocks.
** Not to mention [[CrowningMomentofAwesome using a car as boxing gloves]].
* InASingleBound: The Hulk's primary method of getting from place to place is using his immense strength to leap miles at at time through the air.
* InsultOfEndearment: As TheNicknamer, Hulk tends to do this with his enemies-who-become-friends when in his HulkSpeak mode. Examples:
** Doctor Strange: Dumb Magician
** Prince Namor the Sub-Mariner: Fish-Man
** SpiderMan: Bug Man
** Nighthawk: Bird-Nose
** [[ComicBook/XMen Iceman]]: Ice Man...OhWait
** Thor: Goldilocks, in WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes.
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: It's obvious that the Hulk honestly does in a way want people he can call friend, it's just that he's been betrayed or seemingly betrayed so many times he constantly tries to convince himself that he's better off without them.
* InterruptedSuicide: Banner's tried to kill himself a few times in the past; Hulk will always force a transformation to prevent it, however.
* ItsPersonal: The Hulk is usually one of the Marvel heroes most averse to killing anybody. The demon [[AnthropomorphicPersonification Nightmare]], however, is an exception. What did the villain do you ask? Well, in order, he drove Hulk mad and exiled him from humanity after finally being accepted; later killed his unborn child and raped his wife; later still turned his existence into nightmarish reality-distortions for years. The last time they met Hulk ripped off his head and stuck it on a spear.
* JackKirby: Co-creator with StanLee.
* JekyllAndHyde: Hulk has this trope all over, but the relationship between Joe and Bruce has much more in common with the original tale.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Again, this varies from personality to personality, but at the least the Savage Hulk is usually gentle, helpful, and compassionate when not provoked, and won't bother you if you don't bother him. Joe Fixit is the exception, being a JerkWithAHeartOfJerk.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Practically all of the people the Hulk beats up typically brought their fates on themselves.
* KnightInSourArmor: This is really highlighted in his ''Chaos War'' tie in, when Doctor Strange tells him that the world needs his help;
-->'''Hulk:''' ''The world'll get it. Like it always does. But you can go to hell.''
* KnockoutGas: One of the most consistent ways of defeating the Hulk, at least on those occasions when he doesn't remember that he can hold his breath for hours. As the Hulk isn't all that bright, this is not infrequent.
* LastNameBasis: With more intelligent versions of the Hulk, he tends to be on this with people he doesn't nickname. This is especially common with [[ComicBook/FantasticFour the Thing]], who he calls Grimm, and General Ross, his own father-in-law. In WorldWarHulk, he was on LastNameBasis with ''everybody'' except the Sentry. He also generally calls Wolverine "Logan".
* LetsYouAndHimFight: Various heroes have been unlucky enough to cross the Hulk's path, including Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}}, Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}, Comicbook/IronMan and the heroes who make up part of his regular rogues' gallery (see below). It's not an experience any of the other guys would care to repeat.
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d during the Marvel Knights crossover storyline, where Hulk (in Smart/Banner/Merged Hulk form at the time) accidentally bumps into Comicbook/GhostRider while strolling through the park at knight. Hulk outright says "Let me guess, this is one of those times two heroes meet, there's a misunderstanding, and they end up fighting before they realize there's a bigger threat and should work together, right? How about we just skip to the end?" Ghost Rider, fully possessed by the [[KnightTemplar Spirit of Vengeance]] and only seeing the (accidental, collateral) pain Hulk has caused, doesn't go along with the plan.
** ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} got started as a character created to be a Canadian hero sent to fight the Hulk.
* LighterAndSofter: For roughly half of the 90s.
* LightningBruiser: The Hulk's not just huge, he's ''fast.'' This is the first mistake most new enemies of his make when they meet him.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: With She-Hulk. They're cousins, but they treat each other as siblings. They're pretty protective of each other.
* TheLostLenore: Jarella (and Betty, until she came BackFromTheDead.
* LonersAreFreaks: Played with in the cases of both Bruce and the Hulk. Both personalities are loners who feel they're best left to their own devices, but for different reasons. While they do have friends in the Marvel-verse, many characters consider them both freaks of nature and ostracize them.
* LoveCannotOvercome: Being in love with the emotionally withdrawn Bruce Banner is tough enough already, but his onetime wife Betty Ross was often driven away by his Hulk alter ego.
* LoveTranscendsSpacetime: Jarella
* TheMafia: Joe Fixit worked for a mafioso casino owner at one point, serving as his bouncer and all-around enforcer.
* MagicPants: Quite possibly the TropeCodifier.
* MerryChristmasInGotham: [[http://www.leaderslair.com/noexcuses/hulk2-378.html An issue]] dealt with Rhino and Hulk teaming up to be MallSanta and Helper.
* {{Misblamed}}: InUniverse, the Hulk is frequently blamed for the damage his fights cause, even though he's rarely the one who started it.
* MonsterModesty: Hulk is the main offender but many of his enemies (Abomination) or his allies (Skaar) utilize this trope.
* MonsterShapedMountain: In #261 Hulk battles the Absorbing Man on EasterIsland. The Absorbing Man absorbs the Earth itself, but then Hulk bashes him into the sea, where he becomes a small, man-shaped island.
* MrViceGuy: Joe Fixit enjoys fine clothes, fine food, and even fine women.
** A side trait of Ultimate Hulk as well, due to his Banner's unrestrained Id. Most notably, when Wolverine tracks him down in ''Ultimate Wolverine vs Hulk'', he's surrounded by a huge harem of scantily-clad Tibetan women and makes it obvious he's been having sex with them.
* MuggingTheMonster: Sometimes the {{Asshole Victim}}s don't recognize Bruce Banner until it's too late...
* MythologyGag: In ''UltimateMarvel'', [[spoiler: Betty Ross becoming the Ultimate ComicBook/SheHulk could be seen as this, given Betty had a brief stint as a gamma-powered monster called [[HarpingOnAboutHarpies the Harpy]] before her ComicBookDeath and is now the [[ComicBook/RedHulk Red]] ComicBook/SheHulk in the mainstream universe]].
* NeighborhoodFriendlyGangsters: Michael Bertinelli, the Mafia-tied casino owner who employed the Hulk as a bouncer, wasn't particularly amoral for being a gangster. In discussions with a rival gangster who wanted to muscle in on his territory, Bertinelli alluded to the "friendly understanding" with the local police, wherein they agreed to leave him alone in exchange for his not stepping beyond an accepted limit of behavior. Bertinelli even prevented the Hulk from killing the rival gangster after he'd been kidnapped, drawing the line at murder.
* NeverSmileAtACrocodile: Whenever Hulk ventures into Comicbook/ManThing's swamp, he is attacked by alligators.
* TheNicknamer: Hulk's generally not good with names, depending on the incarnation. Sometimes it's out of lack of intelligence, others out of lack of respect, and others its a sign of affection. ComicBook/IronMan is usually Metal Man or Tin Man(or Tin Head), Thor is usually Blondie or Goldilocks, Sentry is Golden Man.
* NighInvulnerable: Shrugs off ground zero nuclear explosions, planet-splitting impacts, or solar temperatures, and swiftly heals virtually any damage beyond that point. This even extends to extremely resistance to mind-control or molecular manipulation of his body, and some adaptive evolution to build greater immunity or adapt to hostile environments.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Zeus vs. the Hulk. The god wins, enough so that only Hulk's HealingFactor keeps him alive long enough to be rescued.
* NothingIsScarier: The threat of the Hulk can be more terrifying than his actual presence. Issue #34 (from 2002, despite the low number), written by Bruce Jones, does a masterful job of this. We see Banner, but never the Hulk, other than Banner's eyes turning green as he's about to change. The results of the Hulk's actions, seen afterwards, have far more impact than seeing him in action.
* NothingIsTheSameAnymore: Originally, Banner's Hulk condition was a secret and all the US Military suspected was that Banner was somehow a compatriot of the monster. Unfortunately, Rick Jones later mistakenly thought Banner was dead and told Col. Glenn Talbot everything. With that, Banner's life ''really'' goes to hell with him becoming a fugitive.
** Jason Aaron's current run on the book decided it had to one up all earlier status quo changes by [[spoiler: separating the Hulk and Banner into two separate entities, driving Banner to do anything he can to be one with the Hulk again to the point that he basically becomes a mad scientist figure and makes a FaceHeelTurn.]]
* OddFriendship: Bruce is developing one with Maria Hill in Indestructible Hulk. Although they disagree on most things, he likes that she always gets him back whenever he messed with her. Might cross over into UnresolvedSexualTension.
* OffingTheOffspring: The Green Scar persona is initially extremely angry with his son Skaar, for causing the death of his mother Caiera. In contrast, Skaar's initial motivation was to become a SelfMadeOrphan. They both mellowed out eventually.
* OhCrap: Is Hulk coming your way? Is he angry? This is the only sane reaction.
* PapaWolf: May there be mercy upon you if you injure or threaten anyone the Hulk considers a friend. This also goes for anyone who harms his son.
** To the point where Bruce; not the Hulk, but Bruce, promised to kill Steve Rogers if he killed his son Hiro-Kala, who for the record was trying to crash a Mars-sized planet into Earth at the time.
* ParentalSubstitute: Doctor Strange
* PedestrianCrushesCar: You'd have to be [[TooDumbToLive pretty dumb]] to think the Hulk can be [[CarFu taken out by cars]] that are ''smaller'' than him, yet characters still try.
* PermaShave: Hulk no grow puny facial hair! Hulk punch scruff and beard!
** Averted in ''Peace in our Time'', right before PlanetHulk. Living in the wilderness Banner sports a long beard so Hulk has one as well.
** Indeed, Hulk sported stubble throughout PlanetHulk, and has had a fair bit on and off since then. The merged Hulk would occasionally go unshaven during the nineties, and the Maestro had a full on [[BadassBeard badass]] BeardOfEvil.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: So very, very much.
* PostMortemComeback: After the Leader died (circa #345) and before he came BackFromTheDead, he implanted his memories into a loyal follower who had a similar gamma-induced mutation as he did.
* PowerLimiter: Almost always strongly on, except against certain high-level CosmicEntity characters, as otherwise he could accidentally ignite reality-spanning destruction. He even once did just that, when in the Crossroads dimension. He might have done a lesser variant when in Umar's Dark Dimension as well.
* ThePowerOfLove: It turns out that since Hulk's power is emotion-based and quasi-mystical in nature, the love he felt for Jarella makes her even more powerful after dying than his father's spirit turned from his rage. His mother also said that she by far prefered his PillarsOfMoralCharacter wife Jarella to his other wife, the BloodKnight Red She-Hulk.
* PowerUpgradingDeformation: The Hulk and several of his friends and enemies.
* RadiationImmuneMutants: The Hulk and his RoguesGallery.
* ReallyGetsAround: Although far less than [[ComicBook/SheHulk his cousin]], Hulk does get more affairs than expected for a giant, hulking ball of pain. From [[UglyGuyHotWife Betty]], [[FriendToAllLivingThings Jar]][[PillarsOfMoralCharacter el]][[UndyingLoyalty la]], [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Be]][[DoingItForTheArt re]][[RealityWarper et]], [[SpyCouple Kate]] [[HotScientist Waynesboro]], [[ValleyGirl Marlo]], [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Caiera]], and [[ForgottenChildhoodFriend the college girlfriend]] [[UndyingLoyalty that he saved from being unlawfully contained]] in an ''Amnesty International'' condemned US prison; to being desired by [[StrawFeminist Thundra]], the other college fling [[EvilutionaryBiologist Monica Rappacini]] and [[EldritchAbomination Umar]] (''TWICE'')... Not to mention [[TheHedonist Joe Fixit]] who probably had ten times as much sex as all the other incarnations put together. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Red She-Hulk, in those ExactWords. He even has a couple of kids as a result of this (at least Jen uses birth control, it seems).
* ResistTheBeast: Banner, especially in cases where Hulk is portrayed the most destructively and as a huge detriment on his life, does so regularly.
* TheRival: [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]] will always be the big one, as they are Marvel's two heaviest "[[FountainOfExpies Big Name]]" hitters, and sometimes one of them wins, sometimes the other, but usually it somehow ends up as a draw. Basically Hulk has a lot more raw power and durability, so he should have the edge in pure close combat, despite a considerable skill disadvantage, but if Thor ever started to use all of his myriad powers in ways Hulk couldn't counter (hit him with multiple planet-shattering blasts from the other side of the solar system, teleport his brain into a black hole etc) then there wouldn't be much that Hulk could do about it. Still, the thing is that Thor and Hulk get along swell with each other when not fighting, or when watching each other's back, starting back in the first ''ComicBook/SecretWars''.
** Namor has a personally perceived rivalry with the Hulk, but while he has been able to knock out the Hulk underwater in older stories, nowadays he is just vastly out of his league. Wolverine and the Thing also have a bit of this going on, but both of them are technically vastly overpowered. The Thing's durability and [[{{Determinator}} sheer tenacity]] mean he's still commonly used for slugfests with the Hulk, though. If you count villains, then ComicBook/RedHulk and TheJuggernaut also fit this role.
** In crossovers with DC, the Hulk always gets in a fight with {{Superman}}.
* RoguesGallery: The Hulk has a really big one, including the Leader, the U-Foes, the Abomination, the Glob, the Rhino, Speedfreek, the Bi-Beast, Rock, Redeemer, the Gamma Corps, Constrictor, Boomerang, Madman, the Wendigo, Piecemeal, Absorbing Man, the Juggernaut, Mercy, Mister Hyde, Red Hulk, and ZZZAX. The Hulk also stands out in that he regularly clashes with a number of other ''heroes'', including [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]], ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}, and [[ComicBook/FantasticFour the Thing]].
* RoguesGalleryTransplant:
** Some of the Hulk's recurring enemies, like the Juggernaut, and Absorbing Man, originally started out fighting other foes (and those two still do on a regular basis). The Big Green Machine also tangles with other heroes' enemies every now and again, even if they don't become permanent fixtures.
** Ever since ''Comicbook/TheDefenders'' introduced Umar (a ''Doctor Strange'' villain) as a StalkerWithACrush for the Hulk, she's been added to his list of foes ''and'' romantic interests.
* SecondSuperIdentity: Early in Creator/PeterDavid's run, the Hulk is caught in the middle of a gamma bomb explosion and presumed dead, but he ends up hiding out in Las Vegas as a mob enforcer calling himself Joe Fixit. This ends up being the gray Hulk's all-but-official name.
* SelfInflictedHell: The Alternate Future story "Hulk: The End" concludes with the Banner part of the Hulk dead and the savage personality trapped alone on a nuclear-ravaged Earth with nothing to look forward to except wandering aimlessly and being daily devoured by gigantic mutant cockroaches from which he always heals. Hulk could have died with Banner or die at any time by reverting to Banner. But the Hulk's own stubbornness at admitting weakness ever, viewing dying as a form of defeat or weakness, the idea he needs someone else, or being anything less than the "strongest one there is" would in his mind mean his old, dead enemies triumphant over him means he is trapped in a hell he could escape at any time.
* ShockwaveClap
* ShootingSuperman: Hulk gets this even more than Superman does, most often from General Ross.
* SinglePowerSuperheroes: The Hulk's potential levels of laws of physics-defying sheer power and indestructibility are unmatched among other superheroes; he has displayed sufficient superhuman speed to match ComicBook/TheMightyThor and TheSentry; and he possesses some other more uncommonly displayed abilities such as [[AdaptiveAbility reactive evolution]] and near immunity to molecular manipulation, dark magic, radiation, or telepathic assault; but he usually relies on his fists. Some readers think that the Hulk's wins against characters with a much wider powerset, such as Thor, Sentry, and Gladiator, as PlotInducedStupidity. (For example: Thor should not logically be able to match Hulk in a fist fight, but he could just teleport Hulk's brain into a black hole, or bombard him with planet-shattering blasts from far out of range for a few hours, whereas Sentry and Gladiator could fly him into space and leave him stranded there, etcetera.)
* SlapSlapKiss: According to one source, Hulk's ideal relationship is a [[HillbillyHorrors hillbilly]] MasochismTango with a woman so strong that he wont hurt her from beating her up, and vice versa...
* SlidingScaleOfAntagonistVileness: The Maestro: SocialDarwinist: "How did you get to be in charge Maestro? By talking your opponents to death?" "No, by beating them to death, and it all went so quickly that I'm sorry I didn't prolong it." "You're fighting the inevitable, Hulk. I'm simply the final product of natural selection. The strong survive. I'm the strongest. I survived. When you go against me, you go against the laws of nature."
* SongsInTheKeyOfLock: The Leader's time machine.
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: You might notice most times it's "The Hulk".
* StalkerWithACrush: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Madman]], in an AxCrazy FoeYay fashion, which is why he isn't seen much.
* StanLee: Co-creator with JackKirby.
* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: Hulk basically has this ability as an actual power. In one moment he's punching out a cosmic entity, and the next he has trouble with [[PopularityPower Captain America or Wolverine]].
** Memorably displayed during Marvel's ''ComicBook/SecretWars'' limited series, when the heroes are trapped under ''a mountain range'' with the Hulk (barely) keeping them from being crushed. As the Hulk starts to weaken, Reed Richards begins insulting him for being useless DumbMuscle, which irritates the Hulk to become stronger. Of course, considering that he nowadays ([[RuleOfCool somehow... look he can punch through reality, just go with it]]) holds together collapsing planets even when calm.
* SuperNotDrowningSkills: According to [[http://www.marvel.com/universe/Hulk_(Bruce_Banner) his profile on Marvel.com]], the Hulk has a gland in his lungs that requires very little oxygen to function. This is not only why [[BatmanCanBreatheInSpace he can hold his breath for a long time in space]] (in fact, he can TALK in space when he needs to), but he can also extract enough oxygen from water to ''breathe under the water's surface!''.
* SuperPrototype: In a way, the Hulk is this for the other gamma mutants. Hulk is the first, even though he was created by accident. The others (Leader, Abomination, Madman, Ravage, Red Hulk) were created either by recreating that accident or copying his DNA. Some, such as Abomination and Ravage, have higher base-line strength than the Hulk, and most other gamma beings retain their intelligence(though not necessarily their full personality) while transformed, which could be considered improvements, but the Hulk's potential strength and secondary powers, as well as a somewhat intangible quality that makes the Hulk seemingly impossible to permanently cure, has shown that the Hulk, while flawed, is the most powerful gamma being created.
* SuperRugPull: This is one of his special moves in any [[VideoGame/MarvelSuperHeroes Capcom]] [[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom fighting game]] he's in.
* SuperStrength: The only time his upper limit was measured, by the Beyonder, it literally rated as having "no finite limit" by 3-dimensional standards, after which the entity stated that he considered Hulk as a fellow infinite being.
** Ties in with StrongAsTheyNeedToBe. If Hulk needs to be X strong to lift Y object or punch Z bad guy, he magically is because [[ContrivedCoincidence he just happens to be that angry]].
** One memorable occasion was in issue 440, when he pushed a 10x stronger than normal, warrior's madness-enhanced, completely berserk/definitely not holding back Thor, towards the ground by using a single arm.
** Other occasions include destroying the Stranger's force-field, which was able to move the orbit of a planet, destroying the Dark-Crawler's pocket universe, repeatedly destroying a self-healing planet in the Dark Dimension, breaking free from a power-draining machine which the Silver Surfer and Doctor Strange couldn't escape from, or even supporting the weight of a star during the Infinity event.
* SuperWeight: Level 5, but when ridiculously angry, in much the same manner that ''DragonBallZ'' was level 5 towards the end. In terms of infinite potential upper limits of raw power only he is a level 6.
* SuperhumanTransfusion: How Jennifer Walters got her powers, from a transfusion of Bruce's blood.
* TameHisAnger: He tries. But it doesn't work.
* TanksForNothing: Tanks are nothing more than a convenient projectile to Hulk.
* ThouShaltNotKill: Not an absolute version, and he makes exceptions for any thoroughly malevolent EldritchAbomination, OmnicidalManiac, and such, or as a very last option if too many other lives depend on it, but contrary to popular belief (due to that he loves to rumble and smashing inanimate objects), and similarly to ComicBook/SpiderMan, the most heroic Hulk incarnations (including Banner, Savage Hulk, the merged version, and likely the current one), are as close as the Franchise/MarvelUniverse gets, or at the very least far more so than the majority of the heroes. He really, ''really'' hates to kill, and has [[FriendTOAllLivingThings repeatedly gone into a panic or been brought to tears at times when he hasn't been able to save bystanders]]. It takes ridiculous extremes to get him to that point. Lampshaded by his son Skaar who considers him extremely "[[ARealManIsAKiller weak]]" in this respect. Of course, [[TokenEvilTeamMate Joe Fixit]] was the very odd one out in not having that problem, although he seemed to avoid using lethal force during the Dale Keown run/towards the end.
* TookALevelInBadass: Bruce Banner, following his loss of the Hulk, in Greg Pak's run.
* TheTopicOfCancer: One story (probably an annual) had a wealthy cancer patient come up with a convoluted plan to get the Hulk's gamma-irradiated blood in the hopes that this would make his normal cells superpowered and able to overcome the cancer. Instead, the cancer cells were the ones that became super-powered, with nightmarish results. There was a callback to this years later when Hulk learned that one of his old friends was dying of AIDS and refused to donate his blood for fear something similar would happen.
* TransformationIsAFreeAction: How long it takes Bruce to become the Hulk varies depending on the medium, writer and situation. Usually it takes minutes, but in the MarvelCinematicUniverse, he was able to become the Hulk in seconds [[spoiler:to spit out a bullet he had fired into his own mouth]]. It's entirely possible that the transformation speed itself depends on his anger level.
* TranslationPunctuation: Averted for one word in an issue of ''Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk'' which is focusing on the villains of the story, who are all Soviet agents. The standard < > is in use except for one EstablishingShot of the capital city, which is captioned "Moscova" along with a NoteFromEd saying (paraphrased) "I know we're doing the TranslationConvention thing, but it's ''their'' capital."
* TrueLoveIsBoring: Bruce and ''any'' of his wives.
** Bruce and Betty just can't be happy for long. Creator/PeterDavid did a worthy job of averting this for a while, but [[CreatorBreakdown David eventually had a messy divorce from his wife]], and [[TakeThat Betty happened to be her favorite character]]. [[KilledOffForReal Sooooo....]] David later regretted his decision. Betty later came BackFromTheDead, but she and Bruce are not back together yet.
* UndersideRide: In an 80s era ''Incredible Hulk'', Bruce Banner clings to the axle of a van as if rolls away. His suit and back get torn up as a result.
* UndyingLoyalty: To his friends.
* UnskilledButStrong: The iconic DumbMuscle Green hulk, to the point he's the page image
* UnstoppableRage: The poster boy. "The longer Hulk fight, the madder Hulk get! The madder Hulk get, the stronger Hulk get!" Subverted in that, again partially due to the issues with his dad, both Hulk and Banner are constantly terrified of accidentally hurting any innocent or defenseless "little people", especially children. Being put in a situation wherein he has to, or does so unintentionally, as with Hiro-Kala, is one of the worst things that can happen to him. Inanimate objects and seriously evil people who can take the punishment, on the other hand, are perfectly fair go.
** His daughter Lyra, on the other hand, is an inversion. The angrier she gets, the ''weaker'' she gets. This issue is later resolved with a nanomachine treatment that Bruce gives her.
* UpgradeVsPrototypeFight: Hulk and Rulk (and Ultimates Hulk vs. Ultimate Abomination): Both are supposed to be 'improved' versions of The Hulk (among other things because they retain their full personality while Hulk is his typical "Hulk Smash!" self). Unfortunately, all of those improvements cannot really factor in that Hulk is just gonna get madder and more dogged to win such a situation... and eventually he's gonna get mad enough to be able to smash them flat, superior intelligence, battle tactics and powers be damned.
-->Ultimate Hulk as he rips Ultimate Abomination's head off: "You think too much!"
* VillainessesWantHeroes: [[NeverLiveItDown As has been mentioned elsewhere on this page]], [[TheHedonist Umar]] [[DidYouJustRomanceCthulhu considers the Hulk extremely attractive]] to the degree that the [[BlackComedyRape Hulk got exhausted from the effort...]] [[TakeOurWordForIt although at least that sort of thing has happened more frequently to Thor]].
** [[EvilutionaryBiologist Monica Rappacini]] was also interested at one point.
** His third wife, Caiera, started out as an AntiVillain and TheDragon during ''PlanetHulk''.
* VillainProtagonist: Truly Mindless Byrne Hulk, physically separated from Banner: An unconsciously mass-murdering force of destruction, with only the body remaining, and the Hulk himself literally not responsible for its actions. [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk Joe Fixit]] probably also qualified for a while.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Although his friendships with other Marvel heroes comes and goes depending on whose blaming who for what at that point in time, this is as tolerant as he gets with anyone he views as a friend. Basically if isn't threatening to smash you or isn't smashing you currently, consider yourself this.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: At one point Banner had taken complete control of the Hulk's powers, and was able to shift between his basic human form and that of the Hulk at will. There is also his "Joe Fixit" personality, where he would be Bruce Banner by day, and "Mr. Fixit" Hulk by night.
* WaterSourceTampering: One of the annuals focused on the Leader trying to turn all of Earth into Gamma beings.
* WellIntentionedExtremist. The "merged Hulk" was an extremely light version, with the best of dedicated altruistic aims, kept relatively very clean and non-extreme in his methods, and having much greater positive than negative effects, to the degree that it is highly arguable whether he was in the right or not. A major story arc during the era involved him joining (and eventually leading) the Pantheon, an organization of good-will that spent their time researching cancer cures and invading countries to depose cruel dictators. During this period, the Hulk got into conflict with other heroes not just because of his anger issues, but also because of conflicting moral outlooks.
** The Leader also falls under this; his goals are usually to take over the world and use his genius to create a utopia. At the expense of a hell of a lot of lives, that is.
* WouldHitAGirl: Your gender doesn't matter to the Hulk. If you're posing yourself as an opponent or if you piss him off, you'll get what's coming to you. Just ask [[PowerIncontinence Va]][[PsychoForHire por]], [[TheVamp Moon]][[ManipulativeBastard stone]], [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident M]][[{{UsefulNotes/Suicide}} e]][[BizarreAlienBiology r]][[NinjaPirateZombieRobot c]][[DependingOnTheWriter y]], or [[DoubleAgent Ani]][[GenderBender mus]]! There are times when even She-Hulk has found out the hard way.
** Subverted against Selene. The Black Queen offered him to join the Hellfire Club in her service. And even though the Hulk could have just smacked her away (a supremely powerful immortal like Selene wouldn't have suffered much), after a brief battle, he just pulled a mix of ShamefulStrip and DefeatByModesty by removing her cape to turn the offer down.
* WriterOnBoard: Creator/PeterDavid's divorce led to him killing off Betty Banner. This however, led to one of the best depictions of grief ever seen in comics, the issue following her death encompassed an entire year-and-change of Bruce's depression as told to Peter Parker by a forty-year-old Rick Jones.
* YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry: The Trope Namer.
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