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- 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.
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.
"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.
- 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.
- 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.
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
- 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.
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.
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.
Originally George Tartleton, one of the lowly technicians of AIM, he was forcibly mutated by the organization into a living supercomputer. A villain that originally appeared as one of Captain America's antagonists, he's crossed paths with the Hulk a number of times before, most notably during the Fall of the Hulks
and World War Hulks
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With The Leader in Fall of the Hulks.
- Bio-Augmentation: He is the result of this.
- Cephalothorax: He is literally a floating head with limbs attached to them. He's also the page image.
- Evil Counterpart: To Captain America: The former was a young army recruit who was barely fit for duty, and transformed into a superhero with peak-human physical abilities as a symbol for the country. MODOK was a mere technician altered by AIM scientists into a living supercomputer to advance AIM's ambitions to take over the world. Captain America was the US' perfect soldier. MODOK was AIM's perfect (mad) scientist.
- Fun with Acronyms: He was originally called MODOC (Mental Organism Designed Only For Computing). However, he eventually rebelled against AIM, and killed his masters: he then referred to himself as MODOK (Mental Organism Designed Only For Killing). In some adaptations, the C is back and stands for "Conquest". Well, whatever he was designed for, he was designed only for that thing - you can be sure of that!
- My Brain Is Big: In this case, almost a Brain in a Jar. He still has some vestigial limbs but they're not good for much.
- Psychic Powers
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: He was originally a Captain America villain, until he became one for the Avengers as a whole, and sometimes antagonizes the Hulk. But when he does, he is a formidable enemy.
- Super Intelligence: He was designed to be an organic supercomputer.
- The Man Behind the Man: He was one of the super-villains behind the creation of the Red Hulk. He also had Betty altered twice: First, as the Harpy, and second as the Red She-Hulk.
- Turned Against Their Masters: He was created by AIM to be their weapon, but he was too smart for them, killed its creators and often as much ends up taking over AIM and controlling them instead.
Originally a Dr. Strange villain. Nightmare occupies a parallel semi-real dimension, in which he is very formidable indeed. This is fortunate, since if the Hulk could get at him, there'd be some real
family-unfriendly violence. Nightmare has gotten under the Hulk's skin in a big way.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: Represents everybody's sleep terrors.
- The Corrupter
- Dimension Lord: Master of his own realm, which is usually only accessible (in a very limited way) by sleeping. Certain magicians can visit in their waking hours, if only in astral form, but it's fairly inaccessible for the Hulk.
- Eldritch Abomination: He appears fairly human, but it's likely that his shape is mutable.
- For the Evulz
- God of Evil: Really more of a god of fear, but it amounts to nearly the same thing.
- Gratuitous Rape
- It's Personal: It says something that in a rogues' gallery like this, the Hulk considers it particularly personal for Nightmare.
- Mind Rape: And, of course, you're most vulnerable when you sleep.
- Nightmare Fetishist
- Psychic Powers: In a limited sense, at least to the extent of imposing hallucinations or illusions. In his own realm, however, he's closer to Reality Warper.
- Reality Warper: It takes somebody on Dr. Strange's level to compete with him in his own realm. His influence over reality in 'the waking world' isn't as strong.
An entity with the combined powers of Professor X
, Franklin Richards
, and X-Man
. The Hulk defeated his physical form in single combat. A one-off villain, but notable for the fact that the Hulk was the only
one able to cope with this particular Superpowered Lottery
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 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.
- Psycho for Hire
- 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.
Possibly the Hulk's most dangerous "adversary", Onslaught and Galaxy Master included. A very ancient, 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. And yes, he'll abuse the power.
- 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, 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. Doctor Strange
, the one guy who should really
know better, twice used him to defeat an invincible foe: not
the person you want to start claiming Utopia Justifies the Means