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    Bruce Banner / The Incredible Hulk 

Dr. Bruce Banner

  • 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: 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
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Jokes aside, the Indestructable 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.
  • 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 supervillain communities to save Betty and the world from The Leader.
  • Jekyll & Hyde: Jekyll
  • Manipulative Bastard: When he has to be.
  • Nerd Glasses
  • 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
  • Teleporters and Transporters: A teleportation device is another of his Bannertech inventions.
  • Took a Level in Badass
  • 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.

Savage/Childlike Hulk

Joe Fixit

Merged Hulk/The Professor.

"Green Scar"

    Supporting characters 

Betty Ross/Harpy/Red She-Hulk

Bruce Banner's first and most enduring Love Interest, Betty Ross is the daughter of General Ross, one of the Hulk's longtime foes. She's since been through almost as much trauma as Banner himself having married, and then divorced Glenn Talbot, lost her relationship with her father, been turned into the supervillainess Harpy by MODOK, nearly died of cancer given to her by the Abomination, and finally been turned into the Red She-Hulk by The Leader, who then forced her to fight against most of the Marvelverse's heroes. Currently back in control of herself, Betty is now struggling to establish a new sense of self.
  • Absolute Cleavage: As Red She-Hulk
  • Action Girl/Dark Action Girl: As Harpy and Red She-Hulk
  • Amazonian Beauty: Following her transformation.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: The Leader had to do this to her in order to make her into a willing servant.
  • BFG: As Red She-Hulk
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: By MODOK when she was Harpy and The Leader when she was Red She-Hulk
  • Broken Bird
  • Can't Stay Normal: Betty is almost as much of a victim of this as Bruce himself. She's been turned into two different supervillains, died and come back, you name it.
  • Convenient Miscarriage: Nightmare killed her and Bruce's unborn baby. He also raped her in her sleep to magically conceive the entity "Daydream", which is Betty's daughter that she never met.
  • Daddy's Girl: At first, but Ross eventually managed to shatter that bond.
  • Daddy Issues: Has developed more and more of them.
  • The Dragon: As the Red She-Hulk she was The Dragon to MODOK and The Leader.
  • Dying as Yourself: Just barely averted. When Skaar stabs Red She-Hulk Betty reverts to herself in time to die...only to be saved by Doc Samson.
  • Faking the Dead: Her father faked her death and put her on ice until somebody found a cure for her condition.
  • First Girl Wins: She was Bruce's first cannonical love interest, and the one that the writers will always come back to.
  • Heel-Face Revolving Door: As Red She-Hulk
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: As Red She-Hulk
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Actually fell for Glenn Talbot, a Jerk Ass at best, and a sociopathic Smug Snake at his worst.
  • Ill Girl: When she got cancer after being poisoned by the Abomination.
  • Love Interest: Other girls come and go, but Betty is always Bruce's love interest. Even when married to Glenn Talbot, she confessed that she was unable to stop being in love with Bruce.
  • Love Triangle: First with Bruce and Talbot, then with Bruce and disposable love interest Ramon. Through her and Bruce's alternate personalities into the mix and things get even more complicated.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: As Red She-Hulk
  • Self-Made Orphan: Narrowly averted. Betty almost killed the Red Hulk, only to realise he was her father and stop in time.
  • Split Personality: The degree to which she retains control over Red She-Hulk varies a lot. Sometimes it's just an angrier Betty, while at others it is an entirely different persona whom she fears losing control over.
  • Statuesque Stunner: As The over seven foot tall Red She-Hulk
  • Super Strength: When transformed into the Harpy. As Red She-Hulk her super strength goes off teh charts.
  • Super Villain Packing Heat: As Red She-Hulk
  • Tragic Monster: As Harpy and Red She-Hulk
  • Unstoppable Rage: Beneath her calmer exterior, Betty is nearly as repressed as her husband. When she turns into Red She-Hulk all that rage finally gets an outlet.


See the main page.

Rick Jones/A-Bomb

Doc Samson

Doctor Strange

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Hulk's other, other true love.



Amadeus Cho

A 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

Carmilla Black/Scorpion

A young woman with powers who may or may not be Bruce Banner's biological daughter.

  • 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.
    • Required Secondary Powers: Complete immunity to all known toxins and toxic environments due to, quote, "ridiculous" amount of redundant physiological defenses. Interestingly enough this part was intended in her design where the former ability to poison others was an unexpected mutation.
  • Tyke Bomb: Genetically engineered by A.I.M. to be a part of a group of child soldiers called Wakers.


Emil Blonsky/Abomination

Absorbing Man

Carl "Crusher" Creel was a professional turned ordinary criminal, until he drank a liquid provided by Loki that gave him the power to copy the properties of anything he touches. Creel's intelligence lags far behind his incredible power, leading to his defeat more than once over the years. Originally a Thor villain, but turned into a semi-regular sparring partner for the Hulk, due to his scale of power and simple nature.


Brian Banner

Devil Hulk

"You've opened a door to me, Bruce. A crown 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.

Galaxy Master

Gamma Corps

  • 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.
  • 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.

Guilt Hulk

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.


  • 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 Sakaarson. He demands your worship. Interestingly enough on K'ai he denied his worshipers proclamations to his divinity.
  • Kill All Humans
  • Nigh-Invulnerability
  • The Power of Hate: Harnessed his hate and rage in order to increase his powers.
    • Power of Love: When he realized he was developing feelings for another, he killed her to prevent his powers from going out of his control and threatening the universe.
  • 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
  • Two-Faced: Half of his face was burned off in an incident with Galactus.


Originally associated with the X-Men, but similarly to Absorbing Man, he eventually turned into one of Hulk's regular opponents, due to being one of very few regular supervillains that can actually pose any threat to him.

The Leader

Once a mentally-handicapped janitor working in a nuclear facility, Samuel Sterns gained green skin, an enlarged head, and the brains of a supergenius 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 an almost handicapped janitor who gains Super Intelligence from gamma rays.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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.


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.




An entity with the combined powers of Professor X, Magneto, Franklin Richards, and X-Man. The Hulk defeated his physical form in single combat.

Shaper of Worlds

Thunderbolt Ross/Red Hulk

See the page.



  • 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
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Sure, they don't have much of a street cred, but Vector can repell 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.
  • Psycho for Hire
  • Unholy Matrimony: Vapor and Vector


Possibly the Hulk's most dangerous "adversary", Onslaught and Galaxy Master included. A billions of years old higher-dimensional energy being, and occasional ruler of her own magical universe, fully capable of beating up cosmic entities or rewriting entire realities to suit her whims, and by far exceeding virtually any known arch devils or pantheon godheads in existence. Basically the most evil and powerful woman in the Marvel Universe. She finds the Hulk extremely attractive as a potential trophy husband, due to the upper limits of his raw power, destructive potential, and easily manipulated nature.


Father of The Incredible Hercules and king of the Greco-Roman pantheon.

  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Hulk only managed to get in one hit during their fight, and it took days to recover.
  • Bad Ass: The most powerful of the Olympians.
  • Bolt of Divine Retribution: His signature power source is his Thunderbolt and about the only way he uses his energy powers.
  • Coldblooded Torture: After defeating the Hulk, he let a vulture repeatedly eat his entrails, and sadistically gloated about it. More significantly, he did the same to Prometheus for a far longer time for having the audacity to give mankind fire.
  • Cruel Mercy: Allows Hercules to rescue the Hulk because he considers simply being the Hulk to be greater than any punishment he could give him.
  • Date Rape: He has raped quite a few women in the myths. Extra depravity points for forcing himself on them in the form of different animals.
  • Easy Amnesia: Thanks to waters from the River Lethe
  • Extreme Omnisexual: See Date Rape.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: How Amatsu-Mikaboshi killed him.
  • Jerkass Gods: Beyond the repeated rape and torture, he supposedly created Pandora's Box to eternally plague the human race with atrocities, out of spite because they had learned of fire.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As an amnesiac kid. As an adult he is a Jerk with a Heart of Jerk.
  • Large and in Charge: Recently drawn this way, being as a big as the Hulk during his fight with him.
  • Kick the Dog: Hulk offering to make a sacrifice so others could go free prompted Zeus to sum up his actions and say "Wrong religion" and deck him.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: After he temporarily loses his powers, he completely emotionally breaks down due to his extremely pompous nature, is reduced to a hobo living on the streets, and is kicked in the groin and beaten up by Electra when attempting to hit on her.
  • Kid Sidekick: After his memory is erased temporarily replaces Cho as Hercules's sidekick.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Gives the Hulk one of the most vicious and thorough beatings he's ever received.
  • Really Gets Around: Much to Hera's hatred.
  • Shapeshifting Seducer: Nowadays he doesn't transform into animals to bed women, he transforms into rock stars.
  • Shock and Awe: Even without his Thunderbolt he can still summon storms and shoot lighting.
  • Super Weight: Level 6
  • Vetinari Job Security: Pluto, Hera, Apollo and Athena all either replaced or are considered replacements for Zeus as the Lord of Olympus. All are either crazy, completely cold, or at least as evil as Zeus.


Possibly the most powerful known demonic entity, seeking to destroy all of reality, and occasionally used by Doctor Strange as a weapon.


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