Western Animation: Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.

aka: Hulk And The Agents Of SMASH
Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. is an Animated Adaptation of Marvel Comics' popular The Incredible Hulk franchise. The series features the Hulk teaming up with She-Hulk, Red Hulk, Skaar, and A-Bomb to fight threats too great to handle alone. The series airs alongside Avengers Assemble on Disney XD's Marvel Universe block.

Agents of S.M.A.S.H. features the voices of Fred Tatasciore as the Hulk, Clancy Brown as Red Hulk, Eliza Dushku as She-Hulk, Seth Green as A-Bomb, and Ben Diskin as Skaar. The series is produced by Marvel Animation and overseen by Paul Dini, best known for his work on Batman: The Animated Series and DC Comics' DC Animated Universe.

Tropes applying to Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.

  • Adaptational Badass: The Mole Man, being the ruler of a civilization that's constantly attacked by underground monsters, has unexpectedly good fighting skills, as he demonstrates against the subterranean Larva Beasts.
  • Adaptational Heroism: This version of Red Hulk actually doesn't seem like such a bad guy.
    • In "Of Moles and Men", The Mole Man and his minions are also portrayed as this as they go as far to help Hulk save his hometown from the queen of the Larva Beasts in gratitude for all his efforts in Subterranea.
  • Adaptational Modesty: The Red Hulk is fully clothed in this version compared to his comic book counterpart having no shirt and wears shorts.
    • Short legs were added to She-Hulk's leotard.
    • Oddly averted in the case of A-Bomb, who spends the series apparently naked, though he wears a belt.
      • Actually in Wendigo Apocalypse when A-Bomb turns into a Wendigo we see him grow hair all over his body revealing that he wears blue shorts the exact same colour as the rest of him.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In "Planet Leader", Hiroim (A member of the generally heroic Warbound in the comics) is the brutal slavemaster of the mines of Sakaar.
  • Adaptational Wimp: All five Hulks are far less powerful than how they're portrayed in the comics, with weaker enemies having a slight advantage over them when the plot allows it.
    • Apparently more vulnerable as well. The show is very vague on what can actually kill a Hulk, but it's implied molten lava, the vacuum of space, getting crushed by metal walls, and even extreme temperatures can likely put an end to them.
  • Adapted Out: The Red King, No-Name of the Brood, and Caiera do not appear among the denizens of Sakaar in "Planet Leader" (Justified in the Red King's case, as the Leader has his position in this continuity).
  • Aliens Speaking English: Though Annihilus, Blastaar, and The Collector do this, A-bomb lampshades Ego doing it:
    A-Bomb: It's a living planet... who speaks perfect English. Does anybody else think that's weird?
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Three green, one red, one blue.
  • Bare Your Midriff: She-Hulk's "civilian" outfit in "The Incredible Shrinking Hulks". Oddly, she apparently wearing her leotard (which doesn't follow this trope) underneath. Unless they changed clothes during the title card. (But where did they get the tiny clothes?)
  • BFG: Red Hulk's weapon of choice.
  • BFS: Skaar's weapon of choice, when he's not using an axe.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished. Royally averted and dovetailing with Nobody Poops after Shulkie stinks up the bathroom on the jet. A disgusted A-Bomb throws a whole can of air freshener at the resulting odor.
  • Big Eater: The entire team is this, Justified since well, they're Hulks.
  • Big "NO!": The Hulk when he believes his teammates were killed by The Leader.
  • Boss Subtitles: Every newly-appearing character gets 'em, very 90s-shonen-anime-ish. Since it's all Rick Jones's documentary, he might have added 'em in post-production.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": The Hulks all wear belts with an "H" insignia.
    • Weirdly, Hulk, Red Hulk, and Skaar are already seen wearing them in the first episode, even though they're not anything even close to a team at that point.
    • Even more weirdly, when Rick becomes A-Bomb, he bursts through his clothes, and is already wearing his H-belt underneath.
  • The Cameo: J. Jonah Jameson makes one in the first episode, claiming Hulk to be a worse threat than Spider-Man, which is really saying something.
  • Color Character: Red Hulk.
  • Cool Sword: Skaar can be seen wielding one, as pictured above.
  • Crazy-Prepared: The Leader always seems to have a back-up plan when his previous attempt to kill the Hulks fails. Not surprising considering he's one of the most intelligent minds on the planet.
  • Darker and Edgier: While still a fairly light-hearted show, season two began to introduce some darker elements. The stakes are higher, death could happen to anyone, and the Leader, who has already done a lot of horrible deeds in the series, was willing to let himself die from a poisonous gas if it meant killing the Hulks to.
  • Designated Girl Fight: When the Leader's "Agents of C.R.A.S.H." attack Vista Verde, She-Hulk fights Titania.
  • The Dragon: Skaar starts out as one to Annihilus due to a mind-control chip.
  • Distaff Counterpart: She-Hulk.
  • Distant Finale: Of the Avengers Assemble television series.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Fun with Acronyms: Naturally, given the title. When asked in-universe what "S.M.A.S.H." stands for, Rick responds "Who cares? We're awesome!"
    • For the record it stands for Supreme Military Agency of Super Humans. Still no idea what C.R.A.S.H. is supposed to mean.
  • Genius Bruiser: The Hulk's shown to be fairly intelligent in this show, given how quickly he figures out that Annihilus needs gamma energy to open a portal from the Negative Zone.
  • Go-Go Enslavement: She-Hulk in "Planet Leader". And, yes, someone had to take off her leotard (and subsequent the Xena getup) offscreen to get her into that while she was unconscious. It may have just been the robots, though.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Partially averted. Hulk's considered a hero in his hometown, but Rick tries to make him a hero everywhere else.
    • As usual, Spider-Man, who guest stars in one episode. It's implied that this is part of the reason Hulk likes and relates to him, to the point he introduces him to his team.
  • Hulking Out: The entire team. Though once Rick becomes A-Bomb, we never see any of them in their non-Hulked forms. Possibly because the show is framed as Rick's webcast, and some of them have secret identities. Much like how Spider-Man has his face pixellated when he gets unmasked during a guest appearance, for the same reason. On the other hand, the episodes in which they attempt to do "normal" activities strongly imply that they're in their Hulk forms all the time.
  • Hulk Speak: Averted with Hulk himself (though he can fall back into this at times), played straight with Skaar (though he sometimes averts it, as seen in his conversation with the Leader).
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Red Hulk and Hulk.
    • Wolverine in "Wendigo Apocalypse" has shades of this, as well.
  • Killed Off for Real: Ymir and the Wendigo King.
    • Surprisingly, Doctor Doom was likely killed after being flung into space just as his armor overloaded. Probably a Doombot, though.
    • Terrax, one of Galactus' heralds, was killed offscreen by Firelord after he was deemed "unworthy".
  • Knight of Cerebus: Abomination is the most serious and deadly villain, yet. He takes most of the team down without trouble. And his ultimate goal is to blow up half the continent, while blaming it on the Hulks.
    • Deathlok is a mercenary from a Bad Future, and his character is played very seriously with little to no humor.
  • Large Ham: Blastaar.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Hulk and She-Hulk.
  • Magic Pants
  • The Man Behind the Man: The Leader was the one supplying Annihilus with earth-tech, and also gave assistance to Sauron and Ymir.
  • The Mole Skaar, due to the Leader's holding the secret of his origin.
  • Mythology Gag: Red Hulk makes references to Hulk's mindless days in the first episode.
    • Rick Jones name drops Kang the Conqueror and Doctor Doom when he's wondering who's responsible for the portal above "Vista Verde".
    • When Rick Jones is trying to come up with a hero name for himself, at one point he thinks of calling himself "Bucky"; a reference to his brief time as Captain America's new Bucky in the comics.
    • Red Hulk punching out The Watcher.
    • Red Hulk (He's a goldmine of these) saying he'd make a better Emissary than She Hulk, the line beign "Give me sparkly power cosmic and a flying red surfboard and you'd see some fireworks alright." A straight reference to the time Red Hulk hijacked the Silver Surfer's Power Cosmic and went on a joyride.
    • When Spidey and Venom from Ultimate Spider-Man guest-star, A-Bomb makes a wild guess that Venom is some kind of alien who came to Earth in a meteor; a reference to Spider-Man 3 (and, to a lesser extent, the comics, where the symbiote is an alien but didn't arrive on a meteor).
    • In the Lotus-Eater Machine episode, the fantasy world includes that She-Hulk has found time to take a law degree and is now on the Supreme Court. (In the comics, she became a lawyer before she became a Hulk.)
    • After Crystal nearly dies, A-Bomb wakes her up by pulling a Rage Against the Heavens. He claims he got the idea from a movie, a reference to how the Hulk revives Iron Man at the end of The Avengers.
  • Not Quite Dead: The Collector easily manages to survive a planet-sized explosion with only torn clothing and a wounded pride.
    • Annihilus survived a similar fate.
  • Reality Ensues: In a stark contrast to her comic counterpart, She-Hulk's a Hollywood stuntwoman rather than a lawyer. During her debut appearance, she explains that stunt work was the only job she could get due to her alarming appearance, which may be a reference to Wonder Man's struggles with the same issue in the comics.
  • Red Is Heroic: Red Hulk, Spider-Man and Iron Man.
  • Rogues-Gallery Transplant: The first three confirmed villains for the show are Annihilus, Blastaar, and Ego the Living Planet, all three of whom are traditionally enemies of the Fantastic Four. They also face off against The Collector, normally an Avengers foe (Although Hulk is an Avenger in most comics and media). There was also an episode where the team faced off against Sauron, who's traditionally an X-Men villain. And one not normally considered in the Hulk's league for that matter, since one of his main powers is hypnotism and one of the Hulk's powers in the comics is resistance to mind control.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: The Collector provides one to Hulk and Spider-Man. He says that Earth's media views them both as menaces, not heroes, so they weren't worthy enough to be captured along with the rest of the planet's heroes.
  • Shout-Out:
  • The Smurfette Principle: She-Hulk seems to be the only female on the team so far.
  • Stealth Pun: Hulk ends each episode by saying "Hulk, out." to the camera.
  • Stock Footage: Hulk's horrified expression is copied and pasted into almost every episode, normally in a scene where there's danger.
  • Surveillance as the Plot Demands: Played With: We actually see the cameras, they're the little round floating machines that the characters give their POVs to. Though presumably, since Rick has lots of them floating around wherever the Hulks go, we're actually still seeing everything through the eyes of in-universe cameras. They have figured into the plot a few times when someone throws one at someone; and it was apparently through these that Hulk learned that Skaar is The Mole.
  • Toilet Humor: Seemingly in every episode. The most common audience reaction being disgust rather than humor. A small list:
    • She-Hulk stinking up the bathroom in the pilot.
    • A-Bomb farting in his stasis pod in "The Collector."
    • Too many examples to list in "All About Ego."
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Red Hulk in general is nicer than his comic counterpart (even after the Heel-Face Turn in the comics), if a little bit of a jerk.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Hulk and Red.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Hulk and Red Hulk have no problem with using lethal force against Annihilus's insect minions. Or against Annihilus himself, for that matter.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer: Considering the whole team is Hulks, they tend to default to smashing things. Lampshaded in the episode with Venom, when Spider-Man tells them to stop smashing because it won't work and Hulk says "I like smashing. It's my go-to thing." In the end he grabs a huge church bell and keeps hitting it because Venom hates sound. So he smashes smarter, not harder.
  • Wrong Turn at Albuquerque: Trying to get rid of the team's pet dinosaur, Red Hulk tried to take it to some forest but a wrong turn (and yes, Red Hulk mentioned Albuquerque) led them to Latveria.

Alternative Title(s):

Hulk And The Agents Of Smash