Characters: Incredible Hulk

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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 A socially withdrawn and emotionally reserved physicist, Bruce Banner took part in the experimental detonation of a gamma bomb, only to end up exposed to the blast himself when he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: 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 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.
    "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.

Savage/Childlike Hulk

The best-known and most recurring incarnation of the Hulk.

  • Anti-Hero: Traditional childlike Hulk was a very misunderstood Knight in Sour Armor.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Grey Hulk/Joe Fixit

  • 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.
  • The Casino: He worked as a mob enforcer at a casino.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • Split-Personality Merge: Ultimately subverted. It's just a new, more stable personality.

"Green Scar"

  • 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

  • Anti-Hero: Pragmatic Hero.
  • Badass Beard: He first grows a full beard and then trims the sides, leaving him with just an impressive moustache and goatee. 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.
  • 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.
    • 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 that he has no parental feelings toward him and Lyra that he's not her 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.

    Supporting characters 

Betty Ross/Harpy/Red She-Hulk

See Betty Ross.


See She-Hulk.

Rick Jones/A-Bomb


Doc Samson

  • Genius Bruiser: Being a doctor with Super Strength will do that.
  • 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.
  • 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 Strange

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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.


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's or any planetary biosphere within reach. Channeling the power of the earth itself puts her on equal footing with the green Scar persona of the 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
  • 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.


Hulk's other, other true love. Notable mainly because she's had more influence on the comic after her death than she did while alive.



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.

  • 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.
    • 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

  • Arch-Enemy: He was considered this to the Hulk for quite a long time.
  • 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.
  • Like a Badass out of Hell: During Chaos War, the "given a job" type.
  • 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.
  • Shapeshifter Mode Lock
  • 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.


Brian Banner

  • Abusive Parents: In a class of his own.
  • Alcoholic Parent
  • 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.
  • Domestic Abuser
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He was partly motivated by jealousy of how much affection his wife gave Bruce. Jealousy. Of an infant.
  • 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

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.
  • 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.

Glenn Talbot

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.

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.


  • 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 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
  • Super Empowering: Through a combination of Old Power and Power Cosmic Hiro was able to creat a unique energy all his own called the New Power. Which basically was a combination of both wihtout any new implications let alone powers, 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 an almost 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. 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.

Madman/Philip Sterns

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.
  • After the End
  • Badass
  • Badass Beard Of Evil: The first thing you notice about him that sets him apart from modern-day Hulk is his impressive grey beard.
  • Badass Grandpa: Well over 100 years old, and he's only become more powerful and dangerous with age... not to mention a lot nastier. Even in his human form as a scrawny old man he's still a serious threat.
  • Bad Future
  • Bald of Evil: In his human form he has a full mane of hair, albeit grey. In his Maestro form his hairline recedes to the crown of his head as his brow and forehead become thicker and broader, making it seem like he has male-pattern baldness.
  • Bathe Her and Bring Her to Me
  • The Berserker
  • The Corrupter: Tries to be this to the "present" Hulk.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Being much stronger than he 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.
  • Dirty Old Man: If you're a attractive young woman, expect him to take you to be part of 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: He rules largely through fear as his subjects are, justifiably, batshit scared of him.
  • Dystopia: He chose this as the name of the kingdom he built.
  • Evil Counterpart: Taken to whole new levels.
  • Evil Me Scares Me/ Future Me Scares Me: The Hulk is utterly 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 voluntarily transform 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
  • Freudian Excuse: Actually has a pretty good one as 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. Is it any wonder the guy went nuts? 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).
  • 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: Part of what makes him so dangerous is that he retains Banner's intellect... but without a shred of morality or conscience left.
  • Gratuitous Rape: He has one of his slaves do this to a paralyzed Hulk.
  • The Hedonist
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Smug Super
  • 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: In the What Savage Beast novel and the Secret War: Future Imperfect miniseries, he demonstrates the ability to change back into an elderly Bruce Banner at will.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: For all his sadism and cruelty, a case could be made that he fits this trope. His former life as Bruce Banner and as the Hulk was filled with tragedies and suffering that would have driven most people mad and/or bad. Add in the things that obviously happened in his Bad Future and well...



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

Thunderbolt Ross/Red Hulk

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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.


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.