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Bruce Banner / The Incredible Hulk
Dr. Robert Bruce Banner
The Hulk's human alter-ego. A socially withdrawn and emotionally reserved physicist, Bruce Banner took part in the experimental detonation of a gamma bomb, only to end up exposed to the blast himself when he attempted to save Rick Jones, a teenager who has driven onto the testing field. He survived, but the Gamma radiation he was exposed to resulted in his ability to transform into a gigantic, powerful monster known as the Hulk.
- Anti-Hero: Varies Depending on the Writer, anywhere from a pure hero to Classical Antihero, Knight in Sour Armor, or Pragmatic Hero, with Pak playing him as the last category by lying to those close to him into getting his way. Not to mention putting innocent people including his own son in harms way for his personal gain.
- The Atoner: During Mark Waid's run, Banner is committed to do far more good for the world than the Hulk has ever done harm.
- Badass Bookworm: While out of his mind after being completely separated from the Hulk, he demonstrated just how badass he can be, creating an arsenal of superscience weapons that allowed him to fight on equal terms with the green giant. He does it again in Fall of the Hulks, and any other time that he's depowered.
- Can't Stay Normal: No matter how many times he is depowered, Bruce will always transform back into the Hulk.
- The Chessmaster: Particularly during the Fall of the Hulks storyline, where Banner manages to outmanouvere all of the smartest people in the world to save Betty and the Avengers.
- Deflector Shields: That can take Hulk level blows no less.
- The Drifter: Banner constantly travels to avoid being tracked down and minimize collateral damage if he Hulks out.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Jokes aside, the Indestructible Hulk series reveals one of his major issues with being the Hulk is that he's constantly in the shadow of men like Tony Stark and Reed Richards- they'll be remembered by history as men of science, while he'll be remembered as the Hulk, even though he has as much to offer the world as either of them. The fact that neither treats him as an equal doesn't help matters."Tony Stark and Reed Richards use their genius to save the world every other week. That's how they'll be remembered in history. Meanwhile, I – I who, forgive me, have just as much to contribute – will be lucky if my tombstone doesn't simply say 'Hulk Smash'."
- Guile Hero: Bruce is one of the smartest people in the world, and it shows, particularly in Fall of the Hulks, where he plays the likes of Dr. Doom and The Leader with panache.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Always a core part of his motivation.
- The Idealist: During Mark Waid's run it is revealed that Bruce was originally a pacifist who wished to develop clean energy sources, but couldn't receive funding, so he developed a bomb for the military instead, with the hope that he could harness gamma power for this purpose. He also consistently used his genius to develop technology for the betterment of mankind during this period, and signed up the Hulk to help the Avengers, SHIELD, and the Illuminati.
- I Lied: Happens a lot during The Fall of the Hulks, as he manipulates the superhero and super villain communities to save Betty and the world from The Leader.
- Immune to Mind Control: He normally can't be mind-controlled due to the abundance of rage within him. The multiple personality disorder he suffers from has also helped. For this reason, his "Professor" incarnation, originally touted as a "merger" of all the other minds and lacking the others' rage, was vulnerable to mind control for these very reasons.
- Jekyll & Hyde: Bruce is Jekyll and the Hulk is Hyde.
- Manipulative Bastard: When he has to be, he can be very manipulative.
- Not That Kind of Doctor: Played with, while Bruce doesn't have a doctorate in medicine, he was originally a med student. Because of this, he is capable of providing medical care in a pinch, such as when he gave his cousin Jen that blood transfusion.
- Science Hero: Whenever he has to save the day independent of the Hulk, you can bank on a wide variety of gadgetry and scientific theorising being involved.
- Self-Made Orphan: Although it was an accident, and self-defense, while visiting the grave of his beloved murdered mother, he did kill his own father.
- Split Personality: He has several, although the one most commonly seen is the childlike, constantly-furious Savage/Green Hulk.
- Teleporters and Transporters: A teleportation device is another of his Bannertech inventions.
- Trauma Conga Line: More like Trauma Conga Life. He went from an traumatic, abused, isolated childhood right into an even more traumatic, abused, isolated adulthood, and has suffered through pretty much every misfortune and tragedy that life can throw at a person. On the rare occasions he does find a measure of peace or happiness, it never lasts and gets ripped away in the most brutal manner possible. Dude needs more hugs than anyone who's ever lived.
- Underestimating Badassery: Everybody does this to a depowered Bruce. They all pay for it in the long run.
- The Unfettered: Once he's finally separated from the Hulk, he becomes an absolutely terrifying example of the unfettered in his quest to get the Hulk back.
- Unstoppable Rage: Banner's anger is what triggers his transformation into the Hulk, and good lord does he have a lot of it.
The best-known and most recurring incarnation of the Hulk.
- Anti-Hero: Knight in Sour Armor or Pragmatic Hero. 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 Doctor Strange, or own, as opposed to Banner's, "greatest love of his life" queen Jarella) gives him a comprehensible direction. Basically the most pure-hearted and genuinely heroic version, 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.
- The Berserker: The Hulk is practically rage incarnate.
- Beware the Nice Ones: When given the chance, he is arguably the nicest of the Hulk's personalities. Too bad that he is usually not given a chance.
- Book Dumb: It has occasionally been noted that the Savage Hulk often emerges victorious simply because he's too dumb to quit. During a period where Banner was in control of the Hulk (not to be confused with the Merged Hulk—this was the separate, rational Banner persona able to change at will and control the Hulk form), the Leader tested this new incarnation of his foe and discovered that Banner-Hulk could be psychologically convinced that he would eventually be defeated and give up, and compared this to his Savage incarnation, who would have simply kept fighting with everything he had until physically restrained or rendered unconscious.
- Catch Phrase: "Hulk SMASH!" and "Hulk is strongest there is!"
- Children Are Innocent: He has a very childlike mind... which makes him very dangerous since he's easily angered.
- The Dreaded: While not a villain, being prone to getting into fights with other heroes and the military means that when he's not working with heroes, they're just as frightened of him as they are villains like Magneto and Doctor Doom.
- Friend to All Children / Friend to All Living Things: We've seen him get along with children and small animals and such.
- Gentle Giant: He's EXTREMELY dangerous when angered, but if left alone, he's the sweetest-natured guy you could meet.
- Genius Bruiser: Even The Savage Hulk is a Combat Pragmatist who can use the environment to his advantage, and despite declarations, he is not just "HULK SMASH!"
- Good Thing You Can Heal: Hulk can heal ridiculously fast. Once, most of his body mass was flayed off by Vector, and it grew back in seconds.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Pretty much, yeah.
- Hulking Out: The Trope Namer
- Hulk Speak: Also the Trope Namer
- Leave Me Alone!: He often claims that he wants to be left alone, but this is because he is constantly attacked without the capacity to understand why.
- Lightning Bruiser: Hulk is much faster than his size would suggest.
- Martial Pacifist: The Savage Hulk is usually gentle, helpful, and compassionate when not provoked, and won't bother you if you don't bother him.
- Purple Is Powerful: He has purple shorts.
- Strong as They Need to Be: With no known limits and it being known that Banner mentally resists him thus restraining his powers, this takes completely new meaning, just look at his entry on the page.
- Even his healing abilities vary, at times depicted him as virtually immortal, and others enough of a beating can put him down when he's healed from much worse.
- Also, the angrier the Hulk gets, the stronger he gets.
- Unstoppable Rage: The angrier he gets the stronger he becomes.
Grey Hulk/Joe Fixit
- Anti-Hero: Nominal Hero and Noble Demon. A largely amoral and hedonistic mob enforcer Villain Protagonist who mainly fought other villains, much like plenty of others within this trope. He also grew some conscience, such as 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.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: During his time as a Las Vegas mob enforcer, he had this custom-made for him.
- Berserk Button: He hates being compared to any of the green Hulks. While the Blob had managed to restrain him in a bearhug, once the Blob quipped that the Hulk was barely stronger than him back when he was green Joe immediately broke free and proceeded to immediately curb stomp the Blob.
- Combat Pragmatist: Given that he wasn't quite as strong as any of his green counterparts, Joe Fixit frequently had to use his brains as much as his brawn to win fights.
- Deadpan Snarker: When written by Peter David, he's a very dark version.
- Even Evil Has Standards
- The Hedonist: Above all, he wants to indulge in the simple pleasures of life.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath
- Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk/Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Depending on the Writer
- The Mafia: He took a job as an enforcer at a corrupt casino.
- Mr. Vice Guy: Joe Fixit enjoys fine clothes, fine food, and even fine women.
- Noble Demon: Has an unusual sense of honor, and a shred of a conscience that he tries to hide.
- Pay Evil unto Evil
- Pet the Dog: He comforted a crying child during Peter David's run.
- Serial-Killer Killer: Joe Fixit may be a brute but he's disgusted by people who prey on the weak. One man's subconscious evil side found that out the hard way.
- The Unfettered: He is the most amoral of Banner's personas.
- Villain Protagonist: He was a mafioso, a torturer, a bully, a murderer, a mercenary, a lecher, a Break Them by Talking-giver to broken people, and proud of all of it. He mellowed out during the Dale Keown run.
- Viva Las Vegas: He has a special affinity for the good ol' City of Sin.
- Weak, but Skilled: Compared with the green Hulk.
- Would Hurt a Child: Was prepared to kill a kid until he was reminded of his own abusive childhood and befriended him instead.
Merged Hulk/The Professor
- Berserk Button: He's very fond of his bunny slippers, which are hard to find at his size, and very expensive. Damage them at your peril.
- Boisterous Bruiser: While smashing, he can't help making a wisecrack every now and again.
- Lightning Bruiser: Physically the largest of the Hulks, his speed is completely unhampered.
- Deadpan Snarker: Having Banner's intelligence helped make him the wittiest of the Hulks; also being largely written by Peter David didn't hurt any.
- A Friend in Need: Busted out a college girlfriend who was unlawfully contained in an Amnesty International condemned US prison.
- Genius Bruiser: He's the smartest of the Hulks, and is still superhumanly strong.
- Good Samaritan: Ran multiple charity organisations, research for cancer cures provided food for starving children, shelters and education for war-refugees, supported revolutions against tyrants of oppressed peoples through much lesser loss of lives than real world military interventions can manage, and so on.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: The Maestro (ironically his future incarnation), regarded him as this - In his mind, this Hulk isn't as strong as Thor, as smart as Mr. Fantastic, or as much a determinator as the Wild Man (...who the Hulk hadn't met yet at the time). However, he had enough in these qualities to put him down and liberate the people of his world. Also counts in comparison to the rest of his personalities: Although, touted as a perfect merger of all of them, he showed many of qualities the Hulk and Banner specialized in (Savage's strength, Fixit's cunning, Banner's intellect), yet he never excelled or surpassed in any of them, while still overall a force to be reckoned with. The original explanation given for this was that the personality was still somewhat unstable from him neglecting his treatments from Dr. Samson.
- Split-Personality Merge: Ultimately subverted. It's just a new, more stable personality. Then Double Subverted via re-retcon
- An Axe to Grind: Favored battle axes during his tenure as a gladiator on Sakaar.
- A Hero to His Hometown: In Planet Sakaar. Miek argues he should be considered a hero by Earth too, but they shot him into space.
- Bald of Evil: When merged with Nul, Breaker of Worlds.
- Barbarian Hero: When he gets dropped off on Sakaar, he becomes one.
- Blood Knight: Far more than any other version of the Hulk.
- Carry a Big Stick: Also used maces quite frequently as a gladiator.
- Drop the Hammer: As a member of The Worthy.
- Humanoid Abomination: He has essentially gradually turned into one, both in terms of raw power, destructive nature, and turning even more powerful from both dark magic and nuclear explosions, as a force of pure destruction merging forces of both science and mysticism. More openly after picking up one of the hammers of "The Worthy". This is especially true when he goes full on "Worldbreaker". For example, he went Worldbreaker in the Dark Dimension and reduced most of the realm into floating rubble.
- Papa Wolf: Don't threaten his kids. Even if you are Captain America.
- Person of Mass Destruction: While all the Hulk incarnations display this, he takes the trope Up to Eleven even for a Hulk incarnation in as the Worldbreaker, where his strength increases so much that he causes mass destruction without even trying.
- Power Glows: When he goes Worldbreaker.
- Tranquil Fury: He's by far the angriest Hulk, but he's also quite rational.
- Tron Lines: As one of the Worthy.
- Unstoppable Rage: This is the single angriest Hulk. That said, he's got the rational mind of Joe Fixit.
- Villain Protagonist: Depending on your interpretation, he's either this or The Hero of World War Hulk.
- Walking Wasteland: As the Worldbreaker. His strength is too much too control and among other things, simply walking around can devastate an entire continent.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: And the "Destroyer Of Worlds" bit came very close to becoming literal.
- World's Strongest Man: Word of God is that World War Hulk Green Scar was "stronger than any mortal and most immortals in the Marvel universe", and as always, except the Onslaught fight, he was holding back a lot so he wouldn't risk to destroy his entire home reality. Hulk's full level of power is of a literally infinite scale going by the Beyonder, and that he overpowered a villain with the power of two Celestial-level beings.
Doc Green/Omega Hulk
- Badass Beard: An impressive one. For some reason, it disappears when he reverts to Banner and then immediately grows back in exactly the same state it was before when he Hulks out again, similar to Red Hulk/Thunderbolt Ross's moustache. He was inspired to grow the beard after dreaming of a future where he becomes the Maestro.
- Boxing Lessons for Superman: He gets Iron Fist to teach him some martial arts, which helps him defeat the Red Hulk.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": While most Hulks do not like being referred to as Banner, and one of them uses "Hulk" and "Bruce" interchangeably, this one doesn't want to referred as either, as he obviously doesn't identify as Banner, seeing him as his "captor" and feeling the name "Hulk" was given to him. note
- "Flowers for Algernon" Syndrome: The Extremis virus that the personality emerged from is wearing off. What's more, the A.I. he created based on him at the height of his intelligence to prevent Banner from re-emerging, instead betrays him, essentially saying he's no longer smart enough to continue carrying out his mission.
- Genius Bruiser: In fact he is smarter than even Banner. He quickly developed the technology for a (mostly) safe, fast and permanent method of curing people from gamma radiation-induced transformations, something that eluded Banner for years.
- Then again, the A.I. he created based on his personality suggests that if this was true, then it is no longer the case as the Extremis is wearing off. And proceeds to act against his wishes.
- Gotta Kill Them All: A variant. Doc Green decides to de-power the gamma-powered superheroes as he feels it is responsibility to set things right. And he'll do it, whether they like it or not.
- Kick the Dog: Depowering Rick Jones/A-Bomb and Skaar comes across as this, as does sending Lyra to a dimension overrun by monsters (granted, that last one wasn't his intention). Telling Skaar and Lyra to their faces that he's not their father was pretty dickish too, although somewhat justified as he's an entirely different personality to Banner or the Green Scar Hulk.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Depowering the Leader and Red Hulk, on the other hand, seems pretty justified.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: He's a super-intelligent Hulk with a dry sense of humor. Just like the Merged Hulk/Professor incarnation. It's gotten to the point where he fears the emergence of future self/Evil Counterpart The Maestro.
- That Man Is Dead: Says Banner is gone when prompted. In actuality he's just keeping him suppressed. Avoids sleep to as not to let him out.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He will cure the Hulks. Consent is optional.
The result of Hulk being inverted during the AXIS story arc.
- Evil Makes You Monstrous: He's got jet-black armored skin, glowing red eyes and Tron Lines, and claws.
- Name's the Same: Thing is, a creature with the name Kluh was used roughly four years before: Xemnu used his magic to create an anti-Joe Fixit of sorts (read:erudite, albeit still violent).
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: He's covered in a black exoskeleton with red Tron Lines
- Sdrawkcab Name: It's kinda obvious who he is, despite the drastic change in his appearance.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: An all black monstrous Hulk's Hulk with Tron Lines who wants nothing but wanton destruction; very reminiscent of Nul from Fear Itself.
- Unexplained Accent: Apparently having his morality inverted also caused Hulk to become British.
- White Hair, Black Heart: He's got a white mohawk and is an evil Hulk.
Betty Ross/Harpy/Red She-HulkSee Betty Ross.
- Ascended Fanboy
- Badass Biker: Grew into one.
- Badass Normal: Over time, especially after the first Captain America taught him extensive combat training.
- Can't Stay Normal: Even more so than Bruce or Betty. Rick has been turned into how many beings and has been a sidekick to how many different superheroes now?
- Even getting de-powered manages to just give him new powers, with Doc Omega's cure giving Rick super-intelligence.
- Contagious Powers / I Have Many Names / Sidekick Graduations Stick: After the Avengers, he shared his body with two Captain Marvels, became The Hulk, and spent time as A-Bomb, a blue version of the Abomination.
- Conveniently an Orphan
- Crazy-Prepared: Always carries around a parachute just in case he's ever on an exploding Skrull spaceship. (Sadly, this is a sane response to his daily life.)
- Fourth-Wall Observer: He has developed 'comics awareness' as detailed in 'Captain Marvel #60'.note He does not seem fully aware he is in a comic book, but he can clearly see the forest for the trees. Years of dealing with cosmic beings who can rewrite reality on a whim has made him the most genre-savvy of the entire Marvel Universe. He recognizes when it is time for the wacky adventures to stop for now. It's not perfect, mind, he accepts the comforting delusion that his wife had a pleasing lesbian affair due to telepathic influence, not because she was bi and the marriage was on the rocks.
- Good Counterpart: To the Abomination, in his A-Bomb form.
- Iron Buttmonkey: Abducted, held hostage, rescued, mutated, cured, married, divorced, teleported to a distant world, teleported back, savagely beaten, healed: put them in a different order and start again.
- The Kid with the Leash: Initially with the Hulk, though sometimes he'd give him a focus on who to go after. He performed a similar duty for Genis-Vell in the Captain Marvel series for a while.
- The Load: Responsible for making Bruce Banner, the Hulk. The becoming a potential hostage for the Hulk to save when he kept following him. As time passed, this became less and less true.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: He was the one who told about Bruce being the Hulk (he thought Bruce was dead when he was missing), which made Bruce's already terrible life so much worse.
- Punny Name: A-Bomb
- Reality Warper: He once possessed the Destiny Force, which allowed him to do this (as well as transport people from throughout time and space), which made him a target of the Kree Supreme Intelligence. He doesn't have it any more, though.
- Shapeshifter Mode Lock: But only due to his psychoactive transformation being triggered by guilt.
- Sidekick: To the Hulk, the first Captain America (as Bucky), ROM: Space Knight and two versions of Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell and Genis).
- Totally Radical: In the early comics Rick spoke heavily in the slang of the era.
- Transformation Trinket: Captain Marvel's Nega Bands when he shared a body with him.
- Unlikely Hero: He is more of an Unlikely Sidekick, though. He's just a normal guy who has ended up being the sidekick to a number of heroes from The Hulk to Captain America, usually because he stumbled onto the wrong place at the wrong time. Then he becomes a superhero of his own right as A-Bomb.
- The Watson: In his varouis sidekick roles. Though sometimes his leading Hero would be the Sherlock, sometimes various experts would be the Sherlock, but most commonly after getting captured, Mr. Exposition would be the one who was supposed to be interrogating him.
- Genius Bruiser: Being a doctor with Super Strength will do that.
- Killed Off for Real: As a result of too much gamma radiation. He is alive and well again in the post-Secret Wars (2015) universe.
- Meaningful Name: He is a doctor, and his real name is Samson.
- And in his early years he got weaker when his hair was cut.
- Only Sane Man: Practically the only gamma-mutant that seems to have few issues with his new existence. As a psychiatrist he's usually reaching out to the Hulk, and even the more reasonable of the Hulk's enemies, to try to help resolve their issues. Sadly, the rule of drama means he's almost certain to fail.
- And during Jeph Loeb's run, he turned out to have a Superpowered Evil Side.
- The Shrink
- Super Strength: And the usual Required Secondary Power of resisting damage. But he's definitely lower down the scale than the Hulk or most of the Hulk's rogues' gallery.
- Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: To the savage Hulk and the grey Hulk.
- You Gotta Have Green Hair: As a side effect of his gamma mutation.
Doctor StrangeSee the main page
The half-alien son of Hulk and Caiera. Skaar initially came to Earth with the intent to kill his father, but eventually became an ally and declared Earth his new home.
- Antagonistic Offspring: Towards the Hulk, but not Bruce. He spent a lot of time trying to become a Self-Made Orphan.
- Barbarian Hero: 'Hero' might be debatable, but he's definitely a barbarian. From space.
- BFS: Usually carries a colossal odachi-style sword.
- Cain and Abel: With his brother Hiro-Kala.
- Calling the Old Man Out
- Combat Pragmatist: Skaar isn't above turning back into his childlike form to make opponents hesitate. Or just cheating in general.
- Daddy Issues
- Dishing Out Dirt: Can draw on the strength of the earth. Moreover, he too can control the very land itself.
- Legacy Character: To the Hulk (specifically the Green Scar incarnation), and to a lesser extent, Caiera.
- Not So Different: Daken says this to Skaar when they first meet.
- Parental Abandonment: Blames the Hulk for abandoning him.
- Split Personality: The little boy trapped inside of Skaar isn't seen often, but they are clearly different personalities.
- Super Senses: He's got an excellent sense of smell.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy
- Younger Than They Look: Actually a pre-teen boy.
A female alien met by the Hulk on Sakaar during Planet Hulk, and originally the Red King's Dragon. She eventually makes a Heel–Face Turn, falls in love with the Hulk and marries him, giving birth to Skaar and Hiro-Kala.
- Action Girl / Dark Action Girl: Starts out as the latter, then becomes the former.
- Badass: She can give the Hulk himself a run for his money in a one-on-one fight through a combination of raw power and fighting skill.
- Chainmail Bikini
- Died in Your Arms Tonight
- Dishing Out Dirt: Possess the ability to turn her own body into stone, making her superhumanly strong and resilient. Taking it further the Old Power; the Saakaran shadow peoples sacred ability enables her total control over the tectonic and geographical structure of her planet's or any planetary biosphere within reach. Channeling the power of the earth itself puts her on equal footing with the Green Scar Hulk in combat.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Part in partial to being made of stone, Subverted when the warp core of the ship transporting the Hulk blew up damaging the planet killing millions in the process.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Due to her connection to the Shadow Power she never truly died. While her physical body was eviscerated her essence still lived on within and of the planet itself, Caiera manifesting her spirit through various elements of the world itself. Double Subverted when the planet was decimated and devoured by Galactus.
- Disposable Women: Regardless of the amount of Character Development she had in the arc she appeared in, she still died to give the Hulk a reason for his Roaring Rampage of Revenge when he returns to Earth. Kind of a shame, since out of the Hulk's greatest loves, her time (publication-wise) was the briefest, and up until Betty was brought back (as Red She-Hulk), she was indisputably the most Badass of them.
- The Dragon: To the Red King, until she makes a Heel–Face Turn.
- Grey-Skinned Space Babe: Aside from grey skin, she looks relatively close to a human.
- Heel–Face Turn
- Killed Off for Real: At the end of Planet Hulk, resulting in the Hulk's Roaring Rampage of Revenge against Earth.
- Lady of War: She's fast, graceful, and wields an elegant weapon. She breaks from standards however, by being one of the few non-Asgardians who can not only take a punch from the Hulk, but return the favor in kind.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: Unlike most of the Red King's servants, her obediance disk was removed as she was a child; she was still following only because she made an oath to be his shadow.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: A story in the What If?: Planet Hulk one-shot showed what would have happened if Hulk died instead of her. Hell hath no fury like this woman.
JarellaHulk's other, other true love. Notable mainly because she's had more influence on the comic after her death than she did while alive.
- Everything Is Better With Princesses: She was the princess of the sub-atomic world of K'ai.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: Her people resembled normal humans except for their green skin.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She had golden hair and was a noble and altruistic young woman.
- Heroic Sacrifice: She sacrificed her life to save a child from a collapsing wall.
- Killed Off for Real
- The Power of Love
- Battle Couple: Was in a relationship with Hiroim.
- The Big Guy
- Dishing Out Dirt: Kinda... he's basically made of rock, but he can't control earth at all. He can apparently communicate with it, though.
- Gentle Giant
- Informed Attribute: Supposedly his strength and durability are related to the makeup of the atmosphere of whatever planet he's on at the time. That hasn't really been expanded upon.
- My Greatest Failure: Killing his brother.
- One-Gender Race: Kronan's are an entirely male race who reproduce by having two of the stone men hold hands in in magma until a child is formed.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: More proud soldier race, but it's there.
- Battle Couple: Was in a relationship with Korg.
- Badass Preacher
- Dishing Out Dirt: After the death of Caiera.
- Heel Realization: During World War Hulk, he admitted that the Warbound had gone too far — but he knew it was too late to stop.
- The Heretic
- Heroic Sacrifice
- Killed Off for Real: Subverted: he got better.
- The Lancer
- My Greatest Failure: Most people point to him breaking his oath as a shadow guard, but he stands by that. He sees his greatest failure as believing that he was the Sakaarson.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: In Planet Hulk he was shown to be versed in the mystic practices of the shadow priests, but there wasn't anything to suggest those practices translated to actual magical power. In World War Hulk, he's able to break through enchantments made by Doctor Strange, who was weakened at the time, but still.
- Warrior Monk
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Broke his oath to the emperor when he refused to kill the emperor's son on his orders. Considering that son grew up to be the Red King, that might not have been the best move, but he stands by it.
Amadeus ChoA Korean-American Teen Genius whose life was saved by the Hulk. He sides with the Hulk during the events of World War Hulk and teams up with Hercules afterwards. He teams up with Bruce Banner again after Hercules loses his powers during the events of Chaos War
- Asian and Nerdy: Of Korean descent.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Provides various gadgets for Banner's use, including a suit of unstable molecules (which remains intact when he becomes the Hulk).
- Mission Control / Voice with an Internet Connection: To Bruce Banner at times.
A young woman with powers who may or may not be Bruce Banner's biological daughter.
- Action Girl
- Luke, I Might Be Your Father: Carmilla learns from Amadeus that she might be the daughter of Bruce Banner and Monica Rappaccini, Scientist Supreme of A.I.M. However, this has yet to be confirmed one way or another.
- Poisonous Person: Can release various poisons from her left hand.
- Tyke Bomb: Genetically engineered by A.I.M. to be a part of a group of child soldiers called Wakers.
- Appropriated Appellation: His name comes from what Betty Ross said on seeing him for the first time.
- Arch-Enemy: He was considered this to the Hulk for quite a long time.
- Dirty Communists: Basically was originally a Communist spy from Yugoslavia sabotaging key areas in the United States' military defence. Gamma Base being one of them. For a while, he served the role of Hulk's Iron Curtain Evil Counterpart.
- The Dragon: Would often fill this role.
- Eldritch Abomination: After his death he received an "upgrade"...
- Evil Counterpart: To the Hulk.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His wife, Nadia. He kept his identity a secret from her, figuring it was better that she assume him dead than see him a monster.
- Green-Eyed Monster: One of his prime motivations. He's jealous that Hulk can have a normal life and family as Banner, while he's stuck as the abomination.
- The Grotesque: Views himself as this, especially after taking a fall into Toxic Waste.
- Killed Off for Real: Not that it did much good.
- Master Actor: Surprisingly enough.
- The Mole: Started out as this before his transformation.
- Mother Russia Makes You Strong
- Never My Fault: He blamed Banner for his condition, never mind the fact that he exposed himself to gamma radiation in the first place.
- Professor Guinea Pig: Not a professor, but definitely has the "self-experimentation" factor in check.
- Super Strength: Enough that he often has the upper hand against the Hulk in some of their fights before Hulk starts to turn things in his favor. Notably, he's often been stronger than a calm Hulk, and only loses when the Hulk gets angry or thinks of some clever way to turn the tables.
- Shapeshifter Mode Lock: Unlike Banner, Blonsky can't turn back to his human form.
- Too Dumb to Live: As General Ross pointed out once, Blonsky exposed himself to a device meant to kill the Hulk. By all rights it should've killed him.
- Tragic Monster: One story arc has him hiding out in the sewers and befriending a group of homeless people, who see him as their guardian. He tries to live peacefully with them, but eventually his obsession with Banner takes over.
- Worthy Opponent: Considers the Hulk this, which is why he constantly pursues him.
- The Worf Effect: Courtesy of the Red Hulk, aka General Ross.
- Worf Had the Flu: Apparently he's been a terror in Hell ever since he died.
- Cold-Blooded Torture
- Galactic Conqueror
- Pet the Dog: His personality is virtually identical to that of Zeus, but similarly he had a very well hidden "soft" spot for his favourite son. With that son dead, he doesn't have any nice spots anymore.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy
- Sins of Our Fathers: One of the laws he enforces are to slaughter the entire family of anybody who goes beyond any of his rules in the slightest, regardless if they had nothing to do with it, as it serves as a "more powerful preventative warning".
- The Social Darwinist
- The Spartan Way
- Super Power Lottery: He is basically a more skilled, powerful, and ruthless version of the Silver Surfer, with a galactic armada to back him up.
Bruce's deceased father. The horrific abuse he gave him as a child, coupled with the violent murder of Bruce's mother, was responsible for fracturing Bruce's psyche and therefore the path that led him to becoming the Incredible Hulk. He himself is killed by Bruce himself (accidentally...or not) during a confrontation, ironically on the anniversary of his mother's death. On a personal level, he is Bruce's very first enemy, and remains one of his greatest foes even after being long-dead. Part of it is due Bruce/Hulk's difficulty of dealing with the abuse he suffered at a young age. The fact that he actually does come back to plague him again doesn't help matters.
- Abusive Parents: In a class of his own.
- Alcoholic Parent
- Alliterative Name: Brian Banner.
- Archnemesis Dad: Does his best to hold the title of his son's archenemy, despite competition from the likes of General Ross, Nightmare, the Abomination and the Leader.
- Asshole Victim: This man was an utter bastard. Even if it wasn't entirely an accident... no-one in their right mind would hold it against Bruce for killing his father.
- Back from the Dead: Repeatedly
- Beard of Evil
- Clap Your Hands If You Believe: His power level and powers rely entirely on how powerful Bruce believes him to be. When he was feared by Bruce, he was easily able to overpower the Hulk family, and had green Playing with Fire powers.
- Death by Irony: Bruce was visiting his mother's grave on the anniversary of her death, when Brian arrived and confronted him accusing him of being a monster and intending to kill him. During the fight that occurred, Bruce defensively kicked him away from him, Brian fell back and cracked his skull on his late wife's tombstone. Worth mentioning that Brian killed her himself many years before.
- Domestic Abuser
- Freudian Excuse: Had an abusive father himself, and was convinced he'd inherited a "monster gene" that he'd pass on to his own children. This belief grew into obsession and paranoia after he suffered radiation exposure in an accident during his own work as a physicist, and then his wife became pregnant...
- Green-Eyed Monster: He was partly motivated by jealousy of how much affection his wife gave Bruce. Jealousy. Of an infant.
- Jerkass: He's a real piece of work, alright. He beat his son simply because he was incredibly smart for his age, and when his wife tried to protect him from his wrath, he beat her as well. He later murdered her for trying to get away from him with Bruce, coerced his son into not testifying against with the threat of Hell, and later after the trial went to a bar, and gloated about literally getting away with murder. His wife's murder. This one act got him in trouble and committed to an asylum. More assholery on his part had gotten him killed when he pushed Bruce too far, and he was of age to do something about it.
- Kick the Dog: Oh, yes. Bad enough he spent years physically and verbally abusing his wife and infant son, but smashing his wife's head open in front of Bruce, warning his son he would burn in Hell if he testified against him in court, and then later trying to murder Bruce on the anniversary of his wife's murder, at her gravesite... this man never stopped kicking this particular dog. Not even death stopped him from coming back to torment his son even more over the years, first as a ghost (or possibly just hallucinations) then as an Eldritch Abomination. Also, when he attacked the Hulk family, among them was Skaar, his own grandson. That didn't stop him trying to murder the kid along with everyone else.
- Laser-Guided Karma: How he died. He attacked the son he spent years heaping abuse on at his wife's grave on the anniversary of her murder at his hands... and wound up getting knocked over and smashing his skull (which was exactly how he killed her) on her tombstone. Unfortunately, that didn't keep him down forever...
- Not Afraid of You Anymore: The only way for Bruce to lower his power is for him to not perceive him as powerful in the first place.
- Offing the Offspring: Tried and failed several times. It was one such attempt that resulted in Bruce becoming a Self-Made Orphan. This extended to his own grandson, Skaar, during Chaos War.
- Posthumous Character
- The Power of Hate
"You've opened a door to me, Bruce. A crack of light on my face that I never had before. Did you imagine I'd ever let you close it on me? We're going to be gods in this world that's rejected and feared you for so long. We're going to tear it into a billion pieces. I'm the inevitable conclusion. I'm the ultimate - you. I'm the Devil."An outright malevolent Hulk who represents all of the evil and darkness (and especially the self loathing) within Bruce, the Devil Hulk is imprisoned deep within the mindscape. Appearing as a demonic beast with reptilian traits, the Devil seeks to manifest in the real world so he can turn it into his own personal slaughterhouse, but to do so he requires Bruce to let him out willingly.
- As Long as There Is Evil: "You'll never be rid of me."
- Ax-Crazy: Unlike the other personalities, he doesn't cause destruction out of anger, he does it because he simply wants to.
- Battle in the Center of the Mind
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Abomination in The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction.
- Card-Carrying Villain: He calls himself the Devil.
- Elemental Powers: In Ultimate Destruction.
- Enemy Within
- Expy: Of the Dark Hulk from the 1990s animated series.
- Evil Sounds Deep
- Fangs Are Evil: In The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction.
- Human Popsicle: Originally encased in metaphorical ice and chains, the latter were broken by the machinations of General Ryker, while he got out of the former on his own.
- Lean and Mean: His more humanoid form.◊
- Lizard Folk
- Lotus-Eater Machine: He once placed Bruce in a perfect fantasy world, in the hope that this would cause Bruce to stay in the mindscape, and allow him to get out.
- Overly Long Tongue
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Size Shifter: He can go from a giant, to slightly larger than the Savage Hulk, to a lanky human-esque form.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: How he tried to break Bruce down in his debut.
- The Sociopath: Why it would be really bad if he ever got out.
- Superpowered Evil Side: This one is genuinely evil, not just angry.
- Terms of Endangerment: It's very, very creepy.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Outside of the Chaos War (Brian Banner turned into a hybrid of him and the Guilt Hulk) he hasn't been seen or mentioned in a while, and may have just been an illusion created by Nightmare all along.
- Blessed with Suck: Mess. The left half of her body is Abomination-like. She's super strong, super durable, and has a healing factor... only on her left side.
- Brother Chuck: Glenn (and Grey) technically has a nephew named Matt Talbot (which means that there is at least one missing brother or sister), who briefly hunted Hulk, but thought better of it.
- Brought Down to Normal: The Hulk's idea of doing them a favor after a team-up was to depower them.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Griffin.
- Genre Savvy: Griffin/Clown. He guessed Stryker's plan exceedingly quickly.
- Insane Troll Logic: Mister Gideon blamed the Hulk for the death of his son, Jim Wilson. Jim died of AIDS (which, to be clear, he did not contract from the Hulk).
- My Brain Is Big: Prodigy.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad
- Revenge Before Reason: For Gideon, Mess, and Prodigy. Grey has his own motives and Griffin just wants someone to be mad at.
- Sibling Rivalry: Grey's real reason for joining the team. He is Glenn Talbot's younger brother. Glenn tormented him during his upbringing, so he is not out for revenge, but to prove himself more capable than his brother by beating the Hulk.
- Super Soldier
- Talkative Loon: Griffin again.
- Two-Faced: Mess.
A soldier under General Ross's command, and Bruce's rival for Betty's affections. Despite the fact that he was an utter dick. Eventually killed in action trying to kill the Hulk, but he did score a crippling blow when he learned that Bruce Banner physically changed into the Hulk and told his superiors.
- Death Equals Redemption: When he reappears in Chaos War he's calmer and admits that he was a terrible husband to Betty, helping fight Mikaboshi's forces.
- Bullying a Dragon: Much like General Ross, he antagonised and chased the Hulk and Bruce relentlessly.
- Jerkass: Oh, yes.
- Killed Off for Real: He was an ordinary human picking a fight with the freaking Hulk. He eventually gets killed thanks to his own arrogance and overconfidence. Really couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.
- Smug Snake
- What Does She See in Him?: Betty actually considered this guy worth marrying at one point. Despite the total screaming lack of anything near likable about him.
- Would Hit a Girl: Hit Betty at least once.
Yuri Topolov/GargoyleA brilliant Russian scientist mutated by gamma radiation into a deformed diminutive parody of himself. Served as a spy for the Soviet Union in the first issue, and was the Hulk's first (major) foe.
- Anti-Villain: He was a spy, and originally fiercely loyal to the Soviet Union, but he could never live a normal life, even after Banner cured him, and he switched sides.
- Dirty Communists
- Evil Genius: At first.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Super Intelligence or no, Yuri longed for the day he could returned to how he was before. Fortunately for him, he was one of the rare villains who got his wish.
- The Grotesque
- Heel–Face Turn: At the end of the issue, when Banner finds a cure for his condition.
- I Die Free: After being depowered, he blows himself up, taking his masters with him.
- My Brain Is Big: The radiation that mutated him increased his intelligence, and also expanded his cranium to show it.
- Redemption Equals Death: After being cured, he renounced his loyalty to the Soviet Union, and killed his superiors by detonating the military base he operated from, staying behind to "die as a man".
- Russian Guy Suffers Most: Tell me about it. His experiments with radiation deformed him, and yet he was still expected to serve the Soviet Union, with no suggestion of any treatment even if he succeeded in his mission.
- Starter Villain: Appeared in the first issue, and was never seen again afterwards.
- Super Intelligence: As a result of his radiation experiments.
- Tragic Monster
Another villainous personality lurking in the back of the mental plane, this one embodies all of Bruce's guilt, especially that relating to the death of his mother at the hands of his father. Like the Devil Hulk, he is monstrous in appearance (resembling a green Xenomorph) and hellbent on hijacking Bruce's body in order to cause mayhem. After his first attempt (which resulted in the emergence of the Merged/Professor Hulk) failed, he resurfaced years later to try again, empowered by Bruce mourning Betty Ross.
- Battle in the Center of the Mind
- Breath Weapon: He once displayed the ability to breathe fire, which was pretty weird.
- Composite Character: Got his humongous size and Abusive Father persona transplanted into Devil Hulk's appearance for Ultimate Destruction.
- Enemy Within
- Fangs Are Evil
- Kaiju: He's freaking enormous.
- Spikes of Villainy: He was covered in them in his debut.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes
- Superpowered Evil Side
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Ditto what's under Devil Hulk.
- A Million Is a Statistic: His attitude and the main thing separating him from Skaar. They both despise their father and are hell-bent on killing him, but Hiro-Kala has absolutely no regard for how many people wind up getting caught in the crossfire. As far as he's concerned, they're just numbers.
- Antagonistic Offspring: Like Skaar, he desperately wants to kill their father. Unlike Skaar, he doesn't care how many people become collateral damage in the process.
- Bald of Evil
- Cain and Abel: With Skaar
- Dishing Out Dirt: Very skilled user of the Old Power.
- Freudian Excuse: Abandoned on a barbaric planet, sold into slavery, saw his world destroyed...
- Galactic Conqueror
- A God Am I: He is the World Breaker and Sakaar'son. He demands your worship. Interestingly enough on K'ai he denied his worshipers proclamations to his divinity.
- Kill All Humans
- The Power of Hate: Harnessed his hate and rage in order to increase his powers.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: They couldn't look more different, and have radically opposed personalities as well. They both survived using one of their inherited powersets. He with his Old Power and Skaar by transforming.
- Super Strength
- Super Empowering: Through a combination of Old Power and Power Cosmic, Hiro was able to create a unique energy all his own called the New Power. Which basically was a combination of both without any new applications or abilities, but given his skill with both, he was able to share this power with those he wished ala GALACTUS.
- Two-Faced: Half of his face was burned off in an incident with Galactus.
The Leader/Samuel Sterns
Once a mentally-handicapped janitor working in a nuclear facility, Samuel Sterns gained green skin, an enlarged head, and superhuman intelligence after being exposed to gamma radiation. He has fought the Hulk dozens of times, usually as a part of his schemes to Take Over the World.
- Archenemy: Another major contender for the title, opposing the Hulk continuously and viciously since the Silver Age.
- Assimilation Plot: More than once, his goal has been transforming most/all the world's population into gamma beings.
- Back from the Dead / Not Quite Dead: He's been killed off more than once, and there's rarely an explanation as to how he's come back. It's even been theorized there's more than one Leader running around from alternate universes.
- Beard of Evil
- Big Bad: Frequently, and of the Fall of the Hulks storyline in particular. If somebody is masterminding a scheme to make Banner's life miserable, chances are it's The Leader.
- Brains and Brawn: The brains, with various robots, or beings like the Red Hulk and Red She-Hulk as the brawn.
- Brains: Evil; Brawn: Good: The brains in the equation, with the Hulk as the brawn.
- Catch Phrase: "So says the Leader" in the 90s cartoon.
- Charm Person: Can mind control any non-gamma being just by touching them.
- The Chessmaster: The Leader always lays out his plans weeks, or months in advance. This is best evidenced during the Red Hulk and Fall of the Hulks storylines.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": Hates being called Samuel Sterns. This is somewhat justified; after the Hulk, his gamma transformation likely caused the greatest alteration to his personality, to the point where they may well be two different people, like the Hulk and Banner.
- Evil Counterpart: The Hulk is a skinny scientist who gains Super Strength from gamma rays. The Leader was a borderline mentally handicapped janitor who gains Super Intelligence from gamma rays.
- Evil Genius: From his point of view, the evil genius.
- Evil Is Petty: It's been pointed out several times that many of his schemes would have worked... if he chose not to preemptively involve the Hulk, who would have in all likelihood, ignored him. But his petty grudge against the not-so-jolly green giant prevents him from leaving the Hulk out of his plans, thus shooting himself in the foot.
- "Flowers for Algernon" Syndrome: Was fairly far below average intelligence before his accident, so any time he's in danger of losing his powers it's basically this.
- Insufferable Genius
- The Leader: Not only is it in his title, but he tends to act as a Type I in supervillain collectives such as the Intelligencia.
- Mind Rape: Had to take his Charm Person power Up to Eleven, with a healthy dose of Cold-Blooded Torture to get it to work on Red She-Hulk.
- My Brain Is Big: And depending upon the artist and how advanced his mental state is, may be exposed. Sometimes he has even worn external braces to help support his head upright. Once when he nearly-lost his intellect and had to get it back, he instead wound up with a thick, gigantic cranium that made it look like he had a giant brain.
- Non-Action Big Bad: He's a schemer, not a fighter.
- Smug Snake: Often
- Super Intelligence: Probably the second smartest human, after the High Evolutionary, in terms of raw intelligence.
- Utopia Justifies the Means
- Visionary Villain
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Although in this case the well-intentioned part is likely mostly in his own head.
- Would Be Rude to Say "Genocide" / Evilutionary Biologist: He once blew up an inhabited city just to see if the radiation would produce useful minions. He has a history of much more ambitious schemes of the same type, with all of humanity acting as his lab rats.
- Would Hit a Girl: Would torture and mind rape Betty Ross to turn her into the Red She-Hulk.
The Leader's brother, but so completely unhinged that Leader wants nothing to do with him.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander
- Evil Counterpart: He's even crazier than Hulk himself, and with no conscience or morality whatsoever to keep it in check.
- Evilutionary Biologist
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin
- Faux Affably Evil
- In-Name-Only: In the 2003 video game Hulk(which served as a sequal to the Ang Lee movie), virtually nothing of his character remained from the comics. He was a Stalker with a Crush to Betty, rather than the Hulk, and his obsession with the Hulk (which was rather mild) boiled down to wanting to prove he was stronger. His shape/size changing powers were also left out.
- Insane Troll Logic
- Mad Artist
- Mad Scientist
- Power Born of Madness
- Psychopathic Manchild
- Stalker with a Crush: Yes, romantically, in a completely unhinged Ax-Crazy Yandere fashion.
- Super Strength: Even stronger than a calm Hulk, and able to grow and increase his density further still.
- Talkative Loon
- Troll: The other half of his motivation to harass the Hulk is that he finds it hilarious to be extremely annoying.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting
Maestro/Robert Bruce Banner (alternate)
A corrupt, more powerful version of the Hulk from a possible Bad Future where most of humanity was decimated by nuclear war. He built a city with radiation shielding which he named Dystopia, where he rules over the surviving humans like an Emperor.
- After the End
- Badass: He is/was the freakin' Hulk, after all. He's far-and-away, the undisputed most powerful being on Earth in his era, mostly because all the superheroes and supervillains are long dead in his time. That said, he easily overpowers present-day Hulk, which considering how terrifying he is especially when enraged, speaks volumes.
- Badass Beard Of Evil: A huge, shaggy one.
- Badass Grandpa: Over 100 years old, and he's only gotten Stronger with Age, to the point where he can steamroll the Merged/Professor Hulk, and pretty much anyone else below that weight class. Even in human form he can still draw on at least some of his Hulk strength.
- Bad Future: Let's see: A largely radioactive wasteland, the last of humanity living in a domed city, with the aged not-so-jolly green giant as tyrant. Yep.
- Bald of Evil: Actually has a full head of hair as Banner, but it recedes to the crown of his head in Maestro form as his head and forehead distort and broaden.
- Bathe Her and Bring Her to Me
- The Berserker
- Blood Knight: Really loves throwing down, and fully admits to being this in Contest Of Champions (2015). Since anyone else in his world who could stand up to him is dead or incapacitated, it's no surprise that he relishes taking on any extra-dimensional/time-travelling heroes who pop up in Dystopia.
- Cold-Blooded Torture
- The Corrupter: Tries to be this to the "present" Hulk.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Being much stronger than his present self and knowing how he thinks meant this was the inevitable result of Hulk trying to fight him. Or indeed, practically anyone. The one exception so far was an alternate version of the Silver Surfer, who casually shrugged off his attacks. In the 2015 Future Imperfect miniseries the Maestro kills God Emperor Doom with relative ease after merging with the Destroyer armour, although that turns out to be an illusion.
- The Dark Side Will Make You Forget: After a nuclear war, and years of his iron-fisted rule, he's stopped caring about his allies, friends and loved ones, most of whom are long gone. Most telling is Betty Ross, who he remembers how he got to meet her, but has sank so low that he apparently forgotten or doesn't care what it was that made her special to him in the first place. This is probably another major reason why the Hulk hates him: Without even trying, he dishonours (his timeline) Betty's memory.
- Deadpan Snarker: An smart, evil version of the Hulk as created by Peter David. Taken even further in Contest of Champions written by Al Ewing, where he relentlessly snarks at everyone and everything.
- Dirty Old Man: If you're a attractive young woman, expect to end up in his "harem", whether you like it or not. He's almost never seen without several of his scantily-clad "consorts" draped over him.
- The Dreaded: As you can imagine, his subjects are batshit scared of him. He's also this to the Hulk, in that Hulk fears becoming him.
- Dystopia: He chose this as the name of the kingdom he built. Also serves a cruel irony - The one who saved what's left of humanity is the one who has such little regard for it.
- Evil Counterpart: Taken to whole new levels.
- Evil Me Scares Me/ Future Me Scares Me: The Hulk is horrified and repulsed by what the Maestro has become and the society he has created, and is haunted for years by the idea that he could go down the same path.
- Evil Old Folks: He can turn back to a now-aged Bruce Banner at will in order to hide among normal humans if it serves his purposes. In his human form he retains his own mind and can draw on at least some of his Hulk strength.
- Evil Overlord
- Fallen Hero: A fallen version of our hero, to be exact.
- Faux Affably Evil
- Freudian Excuse: Up there with Magneto as Marvel villains go. He went through everything "our" Hulk did, plus several decades of more of the same, watching his friends and loved ones die of various causes, in one version, having his infant son kidnapped at birth and raised as a weapon against him who he was forced to later kill, and TWO nuclear wars. The Omega Hulk storyline implies that the Maestro may be an extension of the Doc Green persona, which only came about because Bruce Banner was shot in the head and had his brain restored with Extremis. Making this the second time Banner has suffered brain damage (and the first time that happpened he temporarily turned into a young "Maestro", complete with long hair and beard). Nothing excuses his atrocities, but anyone would be messed up in the head after all that.
- Future Badass: Believe it or not, he fits this since the extra radiation made him even stronger than the Hulk in the present. The Hulk was no match for him - partly because of the Maestro's superior mutation and partly because he could predict his past self's actions.
- Genius Bruiser: What makes him especially dangerous. He has all Banner's intellect and the Hulk's power without a shred of morality or conscience left.
- Genre Savvy: When the present-day Hulk threatens suicide to prevent his future, the Maestro scoffs at him, pointing out that since he has no memory of fighting a future variant of himself, he concludes that the Hulk is from an alternate timeline and therefore is free to do whatever he wants to himself without any consequence to the Maestro. Having called his bluff, the Hulk relents.
- Gratuitous Rape: He has one of his slaves do this to a paralyzed Hulk.
- The Hedonist: More so than even Joe Fixit/Grey Hulk. He literally has a harem of women attending to his every whim.
- Hero Killer: Killed off all the other heroes (maybe villains too) who weren't already dead after the wars in his reality. In the 2015 Contest of Champions series he kills off a load more heroes from other realities as part of the Contest.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: So he claims.
- I Hate Past Me: More interested in subverting than destroying the Hulk, but even that seems like it would alter the very events that led to the Maestro's creation.
- I Love Nuclear Power: Far stronger than his younger self due to absorbing the fallout of the nuclear wars. It also apparently unbalanced his mind.
- Impossibly Cool Clothes: As befits his status as an Evil Overlord, his wardrobe is definitely a few steps up from torn purple trousers.
- Kick the Dog: A lot.
- Killed Off for Real: In the original graphic novel he appeared in. However, thanks to the shenanigans involved with Secret Wars, he got better, and wound up involved in the most recent Contest of Champions.
- Madden Into Misanthropy: Not surprising, as he spent his childhood and early adulthood being abused and victimised by peers and authority figures (not least his own father), and then decades of being tormented and hounded by humanity as the Hulk before they nuked themselves to near-extinction.
- That Man Is Dead: His attitude towards his former identity as Bruce Banner, although that doesn't stop him assuming human form when it suits his purposes.
- Might Makes Right: Combine that with the Hulk's regular boast - that he is "the strongest one there is", and you end up with...
- The Social Darwinist: Only the fit survive, and the rest of the fit can get in line behind him.
- Physical God: As an even stronger Hulk, he already qualifies but takes it Up to Eleven when he steals the Iso-Sphere and becomes a Reality Warper. He loses the Iso-Sphere in the end, though.
- Sadist: Even more so than Joe Fixit/Grey Hulk on his worst day. He enjoys overwhelming his victims physically whilst taunting them and rubbing it in their faces that they're powerless to stop him.
- Smug Super: Has a habit of flaunting his might, and boasting about how strong and smart he is. As nearly every superhero and supervillain who had even a chance of challenging him is dead in his era, and the ones that aren't (read:gamma mutants such as his cousin, now named Shulk and the Abomination) are incapacitated in some form, he has every right to be this trope.
- Then Let Me Be Evil: All his life, he has been mistreated - as the Hulk, humanity treated him like a monster. However, it took to a different when humanity took from him most of what he ever cared about in its nuclear armageddon, until eventually they destroyed themselves. But he not only survived, he got stronger and more unhinged, and decided to take what's left of humanity and force them to do his every whim as his playthings, becoming the very monster that they've always accused him to being.
- The Unfettered: All the negative traits and impulses Bruce Banner has spent his life trying to repress, the Maestro fully embraces.
- Up to Eleven
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: He can change back into an elderly Bruce Banner at will.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: See Freudian Excuse and Then Let Me Be Evil. He's a despicable monster now, but he is/was the same Bruce/Hulk we pity and root for, and the many, many tragedies and hardships in his life clearly warped his mind as much as the radiation absorption.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Especially if it's a death wish.
- Combo Platter Powers
- Dark Chick
- Depending on the Writer: Very different assigned origins and motivations, from alien, to angel of mercy, to artificial mutate. One moment she will turn into a giant monster, and the next help a soul to the afterlife. Lamp Shaded in that she has mentioned that she is simply very fickle.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Consequently.
- Everything's Better with Sparkles
- The Fair Folk: Maybe, maybe not. She's worn this hat here and there, and she definitely acts the part.
- Femme Fatalons
- God Guise: She appeared as the goddess Kali before pilgrims in a temple.
- Mercy Kill: Her shtick, usually. Sometimes it's less about people who actively want to die and more about people she feels would be better off dead, hence her battles with the Hulk.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Can apparently do virtually anything on a limited scale.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: She looks like some kind of fairy... and can still give the Hulk a good run for his money!
- Reality Warper
- She's Got Legs: All her outfits go out of their way to emphasize her legs.
- Tautological Templar: She kills people with a death wish, but also expands this to people who she deems deserve to die, even if they resist. She may even actively enjoy it, as she kills scores of people? And what's her moral justification for all of this? She's an "angel of mercy".
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Giver her M.O., she's almost certainly this. She has a loose interpretation of the term "assisted suicide", to the point that she adds "people who can't accept that they're better off dead". As this judgement is entirely her own is where the most problems arise. A Thunderbolts issue even implies that this is merely a justification for the fact that she enjoys killing people.
M.O.D.O.K.A lowly technician working for Advanced Idea Mechanics (A.I.M.), George Tarleton was nothing special. One day, Tarleton is picked by A.I.M.'s Scientist Supreme to be genetically altered into a living computer code-named M.O.D.O.C.: Mental Organism Designed Only for Computing. The experiment was a success: Tarleton's brain became enormous, granting him superhuman intelligence and vast psionic powers. Driven mad by the procedures performed on him, M.O.D.O.C. kills his masters in cold blood. Enjoying the slaughter, M.O.D.O.C. renames himself M.O.D.O.K: Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing. Having eliminated the existing command structure, M.O.D.O.K. takes over A.I.M, declaring himself the new Scientist Supreme.For more information on him, please refer to his page.
Shaper of Worlds
- Anti-Villain: Not evil, as such, but does evil work for others.
- Creative Sterility
- Reality Warper
- The Spock
Thunderbolt Ross/Red HulkSee the page.
A former Roman Emperor who tried to take over Camelot during Arthurian times, but was defeated and exiled by Merlin in the underground world of Subterranea. There, he ended up becoming the leader of a species of orange-skinned, semi-humanoid creatures, and a fountain of youth he used to become immortal. He now aspires to conquer the surface world using all the things he has acquired.
- Emperor Scientist: He was the king of the Tyrannoids, a subterranean race of semi-humanoids, in addition to being an accomplished scientist. He was also the last Emperor of the Roman Empire.
- Faux Affably Evil
- Immortality: Thanks to a fountain of youth he owns in Subterranea, he is able to stay young and not die from old age.
- Magic from Technology: He claims to be a "sorcerer", but he actually is a scientist far ahead of his time, using technology recovered from the Deviant. Though he does know some real sorcery as well, it's just very limited.
- Pragmatic Villainy
- Utopia Justifies the Means
- Well-Intentioned Extremist
Corporate executive Simon Utrecht wasn't satisfied with having immense wealth and influence. Desiring greater power and inspired by the accident that gave the Fantastic Four superhuman powers, Utrecht sponsored a space mission with the intent of being bombarded with cosmic rays similar to the Four and gaining powers of his own. The plan succeeded, with Utrecht and his crew gaining superhuman powers, but when Bruce Banner saw what they were doing, he aborted the launch and brought them back to Earth. Enraged at having their quest for power cut short, Utrecht and his crew attacked the Hulk with the superhuman abilities they'd gained. Banner defended himself by turning into the Hulk, but the battle was cut short when the U-Foes, as they called themselves, lost control of their powers. They seemed to have been killed by their own abilities, but eventually managed to restore themselves and would return to torment the Hulk time and again.Simon Utrecht gained superhuman repelling powers as Vector, while pilot Mike Steele became the superstrong and metallic Ironclad. Crew member Jimmy Darnell became the radioactive X-Ray, while his sister Ann Darnell became Vapor, capable of turning herself into any form of chemical gas.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Utrecht was already a multimillionaire, captain of industry, and former political office-holder, but that just wasn't enough for him. He wanted real, physical powers.
- Dumb Muscle: When you look at their powersets, they're actually far, far above the Fantastic Four and could easily be Avengers-level threats if they had half a mind. Unfortunately for them, they are a bunch of petty, lazy, unimaginative idiots who are perfectly content to work as mid-level mercenaries and frequent punching bags for the Hulk.
- Energy Being: X-Ray
- Evil Counterpart: To the Fantastic Four. Oddly, they've never actually fought the Fantastic Four. This was also completely intentional on their part; they got their powers deliberately through the same method as the FF.
- Four Is Death
- Four-Temperament Ensemble
- Hoist by His Own Petard: The U-Foes succeeded in gaining their powers, but Banner's interrupting their trip meant they didn't get enough radiation to actually control their powers. This led to their first defeat without the Hulk even needing to do anything.
- Mind over Matter: Vector can emit powerful psychic waves that repel anything he directs his energies at. He can repel anything from physical matter to tracking signals to Doctor Strange's magic.
- Nigh Invulnerable: This, along with Super Strength, is Ironclad's primary power. He's gone multiple rounds with the Hulk and lived to tell the tale.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Sure, they don't have much of a street cred, but Vector can repel the magic of Doctor Strange, hurl planets, blast the Hulk into a walking skeleton, and rip apart reality itself. Also, they think nothing of blowing up thousands as long as they get paid.
- If one takes time to examine their powers, they're actually considerably more powerful than the Fantastic Four (they were exposed to considerably more cosmic rays). Unfortunately they aren't nearly as smart as the FF, which is probably the main thing holding them back from being major villains.
- Power Incontinence: Vapor nearly dissipated, Vector repelled himself off the planet, Ironclad sank to the Earth's core and X-Ray nearly overloaded when he absorbed too much radiation to control.
- Psycho for Hire
- Pure Energy: X-Ray can control a wide variety of forms of radiation, and emit them in deadly blasts that can burn even the Hulk or The Mighty Thor.
- Super Smoke: And a whole lot of other gases too. Vapor's powers allow her to transform herself into any kind of gas she desires. Mustard gas and carbon monoxide work great for choking even heroes like the Hulk.
- Ungrateful Bastard: When this four was making their foolhardy expedition, they would have likely killed themselves overdosing of cosmic radiation if Bruce Banner hadn't brought their spacecraft down. As it is, they survived while gaining superpowers, and then tried to kill Banner for interfering in their affairs.
- Unholy Matrimony: Vapor and Vector
- Worf Effect: Similar to the Wrecking Crew, Hulk rival Thor's villains, the U-Foes eventually became second-tier villains to be beat up by everybody. Still, similar to the above mention WC, they get very few moments to shine here and there.
A humanoid creature entirely made of electricity created accidentally after an attempt to sabotage a nuclear power plant in New York City. Aside from insanely powerful electric powers, ZZZAX can feed on brain electricity, killing his victims and temporarly taking on their personality traits in the process.
- Energy Beings
- I'm a Humanitarian: Or rather psychic vampire: he feeds on brain electricity.
- Shock and Awe: A being of pure sentient electricity.
- Super Strength: Somehow... maybe through electromagnetism.
- Technopathy: His control over electricity allows him to control nearly any form of technology that relies on electricity to work.