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Alter Ego: Emil Blonsky

Notable Aliases: Agent R-7, The Ravager of Worlds

First Appearance: Tales to Astonish Vol 1 #90 (April, 1967)

Craving for the power of a Hulk, Emil Blonsky purposely had himself infected with triple the amount of gamma that the Hulk originally had. However, it turned him into a monstrous amphibious reptoid as being originally more than twice the strength of the normal calm Hulk, at the cost of never being human again.

  • Appropriated Appellation: His name comes from what Betty Ross said on seeing him for the first time.
  • Arch-Enemy: He was considered this to the Hulk for quite a long time.
  • Back from the Dead: A shadow organization (later revealed to be the Ancient Order of the Shield) bent on gaining control of the Hulk harvests biological material from a mortally-wounded Bruce Banner. The organization uses this material to resurrect the Abomination under their control, leaving him "free of a mind or a conscience" and with an ability to seek out Banner/Hulk for retrieval.
  • Dirty Communists: Basically was originally a Communist spy from Yugoslavia sabotaging key areas in the United States' military defence. Gamma Base being one of them. For a while, he served the role of Hulk's Iron Curtain Evil Counterpart.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: The Abomination's default strength level is typically greater than the Hulk's, but unlike the Hulk, his strength remains at a fixed level; since the Hulk gets stronger as he gets angrier, so long as the Hulk can draw out their fights long enough, he will eventually become strong enough to stop Blonsky.
  • The Dragon: Would often fill this role. Usually to the Leader.
  • Evil Counterpart: To the Hulk. He is another gamma-mutated monstrosity, whose baseline strength was originally greater than the Hulk's (not true anymore for a long time).
  • 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.
  • Hidden Depths: Downplayed, but he's permanently stuck in his gamma form and his transformation is supposedly triggered by his self-loathing. He was also happily married to his wife, before they divorced.
  • Master Actor: As a spy, he was a master at faking loyalty to whatever government he served under.
  • The Mole: Started out as this before his transformation.
  • Monster Modesty: Like Hulk.
  • Mother Russia Makes You Strong: More like radiation made him strong, but he is from Russia.
  • 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.
  • Soulless Shell: When his body is reanimated by an anti-Hulk organization, he is "free of a mind or conscience", meaning Blonsky is effectively gone, leaving only the rampaging Abomination. And later,his genetic material is combined with Rick Jones' corpse to create Subject B, a mindless, near-unstoppable husk of a beast that later fuses with General Fortean to serve as a sort of organic battlesuit.
  • Super Strength: Enough that he often has the upper hand against the Hulk in some of their fights before Hulk starts to turn things in his favor. Notably, he's often been stronger than a calm Hulk, and only loses when the Hulk gets angry or thinks of some clever way to turn the tables.
  • Shapeshifter Mode Lock: Unlike Banner, Blonsky can't turn back to his human form.
  • Too Dumb to Live: As General Ross pointed out once, Blonsky exposed himself to a device meant to kill the Hulk. By all rights it should've killed him.
  • Tragic Monster: One story arc has him hiding out in the sewers and befriending a group of homeless people, who see him as their guardian. He tries to live peacefully with them, but eventually his obsession with Banner takes over.
  • The Undead: Briefly during Chaos War, he is one of dead characters in the Underworld that Pluto liberated in order to help defend the Underworld from Amatsu-Mikaboshi.
  • Worthy Opponent: Considers the Hulk this, which is why he constantly pursues him.
  • The Worf Effect: Courtesy of the Red Hulk, aka General Ross, to establish how dangerous it is.
  • Villainous Friendship: With the Leader. They partnered up often. The Leader was even sad when he died.

    Absorbing Man 

Absorbing Man

Alter Ego: Carl "Crusher" Creel

Notable Aliases: Rocky Davis, Lightningbolt, Greithoth: Breaker of Wills, Harold, Red Dog

First Appearance: Daredevil Vol 1 #1 (April, 1964) note ; Journey into Mystery Vol 1 #114 (March, 1965) note 

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    Brian Banner 

Brian Banner

Alter Ego: Dr. Brian David Banner

Notable Aliases: Devil Hulk

First Appearance: The Incredible Hulk Vol 1, #267 (January, 1982)

Bruce's deceased father. The horrific abuse he gave him as a child, coupled with the violent murder of Bruce's mother, was responsible for fracturing Bruce's psyche and therefore the path that led him to becoming the Incredible Hulk. He himself was killed by Bruce (possibly by accident) during a confrontation, ironically on the anniversary of his mother's death. On a personal level, he is Bruce's very first enemy, and remains one of his greatest foes even though he's long-dead. Part of it is due to Bruce/Hulk's difficulty of dealing with the abuse he suffered at a young age. The fact that he actually does come back to plague him again doesn't help matters.

  • Abusive Parents: In a class of his own. He'd been abused by his father, leading Brian to believe his father was a monster, that he had inherited the 'monster gene', and that any children he had would be monsters too. Brian initially chose to ignore Bruce, believing him to be a monster in the making. When it became apparent Bruce was a child genius, Brian saw his worst fears confirmed, and started beating both Bruce and his mother, Rebecca. After several years of abuse, Rebecca attempted to escape with Bruce, but Brian killed her and intimidated Bruce into saying Brian hadn't done anything to them. The truth only came out when Brian got drunk and boasted about what he'd done. Brian was locked up in a mental institution, and shortly after release got killed by a now adult Bruce. End result? Bruce developed multiple personality syndrome - and after a certain accident with a gamma bomb, his personalities became the various Hulks.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Hulk's father first appeared in The Incredible Hulk (1977), being named DW Banner. It's never stated what "DW" stands for, but it's certainly not "Brian". Curiously, in Ang Lee's film Hulk, it was once again changed, this time to "David", as a Mythology Gag to the TV series.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Although DW Banner wasn't exactly a sympathetic guy, he wasn't a villain and he really cared about his son David. Brian, is a different story altogether.
  • Alcoholic Parent: In the past, the stress of his job eventually led him to become an alcoholic and he began to develop anger problems, lashing out at others even when they tried to help him. While drunk on the job one day, Brian accidentally overloaded some machinery, causing an explosion that caused him to lose his job.
  • Alliterative Name: Brian Banner.
  • And I Must Scream: In Immortal Hulk issue 0, it turns out the Leader's been torturing Brian by making him relive his death over and over again. And a short time later, in issue 39, it turns out he ate Brian, who is still alive and conscious inside him.
  • 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. When Bruce remembers the real events of his death, he's informed that the police didn't even try very hard to look into the circumstances because Brian was that disgusting.
  • Ax-Crazy: He spent his married life terrorising his wife and son, killing the former after she tried to leave him - which got him sent to a mental institution - and ultimately would attempt to murder Bruce himself later on in a crazed episode. Death has only made him worse in this regard, as he’s come back from the dead multiple times to launch more attempts on the life of his son, a major one of which was helping The One Below All cross into and destroy the Universe just to see his son suffer in the resulting carnage.
  • Beard of Evil: Every bit as evil as he is.
  • Canon Immigrant: As mentioned above, Hulk's father's first appearance was in The Incredible Hulk (1977), episode "Homecoming", which aired on November 1979. Brian's debut in comics was in Incredible Hulk #267, January 1982.
  • Catchphrase: "Little monster."
  • 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.
  • Commander Contrarian: He despised baby Bruce, seeing him as a monster, but at the same time would lose his temper (well, lose it more) at the thought of someone taking him away.
  • Death by Irony: Bruce was visiting his mother's grave on the anniversary of her death, when Brian arrived and confronted him, accusing him of being a monster and intending to kill him. During the fight that occurred, Bruce defensively kicked Brian away from him, and he fell back and cracked his skull on his late wife's tombstone. Worth mentioning that Brian killed her himself many years before.
  • Death Is Cheap: His death never sticks. Well, sort of. He is, and has been, completely stone-dead since before Bruce ever became the Hulk, but that doesn't stop him popping up anyhow.
  • Demon of Human Origin: As he's a truly evil human who came back from beyond as a malevolent presence that possesses living beings, is in service to an indescribable evil, and even manifests as a demonic monster at times, he certainly appears this way after death.
  • The Dreaded: Even the nastiest Hulks in Bruce's mind are scared of him. As he so eloquently puts it in Immortal Hulk:
    Hulk: It's not. Not you. Can't be.
    Brian: You can see ghosts. You can smell lies. You'd know if it weren't. I'm the father you killed, Bruce. Back through the Green Door. Back from death.
    Hulk: Stay back—stay—
    Brian: Feel that. My claws in your gut? That's the proof! Who else could ever hurt you like this? Who else can make the monster scared?
  • Even Evil Can Be Loved: By his own account, Rebecca had loved him once, an indescribable thing for someone who grew up convinced he was unworthy of love thanks to his own father. However, he blamed Bruce being born for taking that from him. (Rebecca's side of it we don't know, whether she still loved Brian after he turned on her and Bruce. That said, apparently an apparition of her tends to visit him in Hell. She doesn't say anything, though.)
  • Evil Uncle: To Jennifer Walters.
  • Freudian Excuse: Had an abusive father himself, and was convinced he'd inherited a "monster gene" that he'd pass on to his own children. This belief grew into obsession and paranoia after he suffered radiation exposure in an accident during his own work as a physicist, and then his wife became pregnant.
    • Immortal Hulk tweaks it a bit, his upbringing having convinced him that he'd break some kind of spell by having children. Then his research into gamma radiation gave him a glimpse of something through the Green Door, and soon afterwards he discovered his wife was pregnant.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He was partly motivated by jealousy of how much affection his wife gave Bruce. Jealousy. Of an infant.
  • Hate Sink: Brian is an absolutely horrifying depiction of what domestic abuse can do to a family, and the effects of the psychological damage of what he did to his son linger on throughout the comic's long run.
  • Jerkass: He's a real piece of work, alright. He beat his son simply because he was incredibly smart for his age, and when his wife tried to protect him from his wrath, he beat her as well. He later murdered her for trying to get away from him with Bruce, coerced his son into not testifying against with the threat of Hell, and later after the trial went to a bar, and gloated about literally getting away with murder. His wife's murder. This one act got him in trouble and committed to an asylum. More assholery on his part got him killed when he pushed Bruce too far, and he was of age to do something about it. He also willingly joined forces with Mikaboshi in order to hurt Bruce. Even without these, he just tends to be an asshole about everyone and everything.
  • 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. Even worse is when he knowingly aligned himself with Mikaboshi in order to hurt Bruce (since Bruce's friend Marlo had something Mikaboshi needed to complete his plans, Brian agreed to go after Marlo).
  • 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.
  • Mask of Sanity: Got let out of the hospital by pretending he'd gotten over the many, many things that got him put in there, like the murderous insanity. It didn't take very long for that mask to slip.
  • Mouth of Sauron: Serves as the primary host the One Below All acts and speaks through in Immortal Hulk.
  • Never My Fault: In his view, whenever he does something bad, it is always someone else (his father, Bruce, the Hulk, Rebecca, etc.) who is somehow responsible, which also means that he does not deserve any of the bad things that have happened to him as a result of his actions. Even when he's dead and in Hell, he refuses to acknowledge that it might be even partially his own fault, making himself out to be the victim.
  • 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. Unfortunately, this also applies with the Hulks, and that can be a problem for the childlike Savage Hulk.
  • Offing the Offspring: Tried and failed several times. It was one such attempt that resulted in Bruce becoming a Patricide. This extended to his own grandson, Skaar, during Chaos War.
  • Paper Tiger: What he really is. Whatever power he "acquires" is actually borrowed from outside and inside help from the likes of Amatsu-Mikaboshi and The One Below All. Take away the powers and you have an impotent, pathetic, sorry ass, one-trick pony of a ghost .
  • The Paranoiac: The Leader explicitly labels him as having paranoia.
  • Posthumous Character: Brian's ghost often continues to haunt Bruce's alter-ego, the Hulk, after his death, often appearing to taunt him, stating that Bruce is no better than he himself; villains such as Mentallo, the Red Skull, Devil Hulk, and Guilt Hulk also use the image of Brian Banner against the Hulk in an attempt to weaken him. It's subverted in Chaos War, when he's revived and takes on a Devil Hulk-like form to do Mikaboshi's bidding, but played straight again when he returns in Immortal Hulk.
  • Retcon: Originally, Bill Mantlo's run said that Bruce and Brian's last meeting Brian had attacked Bruce and ran off into the night, to be killed by muggers. Several years later, Peter David established that actually, Bruce had killed Brian by accident, and he was the one who ran off into the night, blocking the memories out.
  • The Sociopath: Whether he possessed any love for his family at one point or not is another story, but by the time of Bruce’s conception he’s a violent, intemperate sadist who abused his family and murdered his wife, is callous and unempathetic to the point that he boasted of killing her, and continued to torment his son from beyond the grave after his death. He also possesses impulse control issues given his alcoholism, anger issues, and the aforementioned gloating about killing his wife, was manipulative enough to bully his son into not testifying at his mother’s murder trial, and is completely incapable of admitting guilt for his scummy, reprehensible acts to the point of painting his actions as just when not outright denying any responsibility whatsoever for them, All in all, while Bruce look like a monster, his father all but outstrips him when it comes to lacking in moral decency, sanity, and even humanity.


Bi-Beast I

Notable Aliases: Skull-Brother

First Appearance: The Incredible Hulk Vol 1, #169 (November, 1973)

A giant two-headed android living on a floating island in the sky, and containing the knowledge of the bird people that built it.
  • Genius Bruiser: His intellect is comparable to Bruce and his strength is at least comparable to the Hulk's. Two heads certainly are better than just one.
  • Character Death: Dies in his first appearance.
  • Mechanical Monster: Is a android given the form of a two-headed creature with Super Strength and a monstrous appearance.
  • Multiple Head Case: Has two conjoined heads one atop the other, the top head was given a knowledge of warfare while the bottom head was given a knowledge of culture.

Bi-Beast II

First Appearance: The Incredible Hulk Vol 1 #214 (August, 1977)

    Glenn Talbot 

Glenn Talbot

Alter Ego: Major (later Colonel) Glenn Talbot

First Appearance: Tales to Astonish Vol. 1, #61

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.

  • Bullying a Dragon: Much like General Ross, he antagonised and chased the Hulk and Bruce relentlessly.
  • Death Equals Redemption: When he reappears in Chaos War he's calmer and admits that he was a terrible husband to Betty, helping fight Mikaboshi's forces.
  • Jerkass: Extremely unpleasant and disrespectful. His abusive nature doesn’t help.
  • Killed Off for Real: He was an ordinary human picking a fight with the freaking Hulk. He eventually gets killed thanks to his own arrogance and overconfidence. Really couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: A flashback in Immortal Hulk shows that, many unpleasant qualities aside, Glenn is at least not as insane as Fortean.
  • Smug Snake: Extremely smug and dickish.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Betty actually considered this guy worth marrying at one point. Despite the total screaming lack of anything near likable about him.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Hit Betty at least once.



Alter Ego: Cain Marko

Notable Aliases:

First Appearance: The X-Men Vol 1 #12 (July, 1965)

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Alter Ego: Samuel Sterns

Notable Aliases: Red Leader, Sam Sterns, John Doe

First Appearance: Tales to Astonish Vol 1 #62 (December, 1964)

Samuel Sterns was a worker in a chemical plant in a menial capacity until an accident working with radioactive material bombarded him with gamma radiation, turning his skin green and making his head grow, filling it with extreme knowledge. He became the one who men call The Leader and was one of Hulk's arch-enemies. 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.
  • Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence: He almost became a being of "pure thought," but the metamorphosis didn't take and he used what was left of himself to try and perform a Grand Theft Me on the Hulk to replace his old body. Inverted in Immortal Hulk where it's revealed he descended to the Below Place and set himself up as the One Below All's new host.
  • Assimilation Plot: More than once, his goal has been transforming most/all of the world's population into gamma beings.
  • Back from the 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. Immortal Hulk gives the explanation that the One Below All keeps resurrecting him, for its own purposes.
  • Beard of Evil: Usually a goatee, a marker of devious characters.
  • 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.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With M.O.D.O.K. during the Fall of the Hulks.
  • Body Horror: That time he ascended, his body bloated until it didn't look remotely human anymore. In his depiction in Immortal Hulk, his body proportions are just slightly off.
    • Taken even further in Immortal Hulk in the Below Place and in Banner's mindscape, where his human form splits into a xenomorph like form: arachnid legs spout from him, and Leader's face splits open to reveal a fanged proboscis.
  • 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.
  • Cannibalism Superpower: The Leader absorbs Brian Banner's mind and gains the ability to transform into him after devouring his mind through a proboscis.
  • Catchphrase: "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.
  • Complexity Addiction: His ultimate scheme in Bruce Jones' run was to mentally and physically exhaust both Banner and the Hulk over the course of forty issues through a labyrinth of conspiracies, grotesqueries, and deceptions to obfuscate his involvement with their woes and to condition them back into a state where they were easily controlled by his powers.
  • Demonic Possession: In Immortal Hulk, he figures out a way to hijack control of anyone who's been in the Below Place, starting with Rick Jones, then moving on to the Green Scar and Del Frye. However, after that, his attention starts slipping due to the four-way split.
  • Depower: More than once, he's been turned back to regular old Samuel Sterns, but like with the Hulk, it never takes for long.
  • Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?: His endgame in Immortal Hulk is to hijack the power of the One Below All to rewrite reality to his desire.
    • Evil Is Not a Toy:Then after is aformentioned attempt to scam Cthulhu, it turns out he neglected to pay close enough attention to Brian Banner's explanation about how Brian's power comes from his connection to the One Below All before Sterns eats him(his soul since this is the non-living world) and that the One Below All digs in and wears his host's souls like a face or a mask a la Buffalo Bill. When the Leader had Banner spliced with the Devil Hulk into a macabre broadcasting tower to punch a hole between the Below Place and the living world, cue the spirit of Brian Banner appearing before Sterns to remind him what the One Below All does. The leader only has a few moments of terror and begging Bruce (who is in no shape to help anyone) for help before the One Below All possesses Sterns and corrupts him.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Hates being called Samuel Sterns. This is somewhat justified; after the Hulk, his gamma transformation likely caused the greatest alteration to his personality, to the point where they may well be two different people, like the Hulk and Banner.
  • Evil Counterpart: The Hulk is a skinny scientist who gains Super Strength from gamma rays. The Leader was a borderline mentally handicapped janitor who gains Super Intelligence from gamma rays.
  • Evil Genius: From his point of view, the evil genius.
  • Evil Is Petty: It's been pointed out several times that many of his schemes would have worked... if he chose not to preemptively involve the Hulk, who would have in all likelihood ignored him. But his petty grudge against the not-so-jolly green giant prevents him from leaving the Hulk out of his plans, thus shooting himself in the foot.
  • "Flowers for Algernon" Syndrome: Was fairly far below average intelligence before his accident, so any time he's in danger of losing his powers it's basically this. However, it's been noted that every time he's turned back to Samuel Sterns, Sterns becomes a little smarter than he was before.
  • For Science!: He once blew up an inhabited city just to see if the radiation would produce useful minions. It produced five, out of a population of fifty-thousand (everyone else died). He has a history of much more ambitious schemes of the same type, with all of humanity acting as his lab rats.
  • Genre Savvy: The Leader knows that for all his claims of wanting to be left alone, the Hulk relies on strong support networks: his teams, his friends and his alternate personalities. So in Immortal Hulk, the Leader deliberately isolates the Hulk from these first.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: According to Immortal Hulk, when he learned the real truth about his constant resurrections, he had an understandable moment of horror, and tried reaching out to Bruce (around the time of the Jenkins Hulk run). But Bruce wasn't in any mood to talk, which the Leader took as rejection, so he doubled down on the evil dickery.
  • Hidden Depths: Even before his intelligence boost he was shrewd enough to hide whatever he didn't want taken from him in multiple places and memorize where they were using a code.
  • Insufferable Genius: For all his mental abilities, he can't help but not shut up about how brilliant he is. At one point, during Immortal Hulk, it turns out when he's Samuel Sterns even he thinks he's too full of himself (mainly because the so-called smartest mind on the planet didn't ever think to make his tech user-friendly).
  • Joker Immunity: He's died several times. He's fallen into a volcano, been atomized and ascended to another plane of existence, but he always comes back eventually...
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Normally, killing an already dead person and using them as a skin-suit would be pretty horrific... but when than person is Brian Banner, who'd just sided with the One Below All to unleash Hell on all creation to get at his son again... not so much.
  • The Leader: Not only is it in his title, but he tends to act as this in supervillain collectives such as the Intelligencia.
  • Mind over Matter: He has telekinesis, which is powerful enough to knock down or briefly restrain the Hulk.
  • Mind Rape: Had to take his Charm Person power Up to Eleven, with a healthy dose of Cold-Blooded Torture to get it to work on Red She-Hulk.
  • My Brain Is Big: And depending upon the artist and how advanced his mental state is, may be exposed. Sometimes he has even worn external braces to help support his head upright. Once when he nearly lost his intellect and had to get it back, he instead wound up with a thick, gigantic cranium that made it look like he had a giant brain. In Immortal Hulk, when he takes over the Green Scar and Del Frye, their brains swell up to match him.
  • My Skull Runneth Over:
    • In his very first appearance, he tried stealing some of the Watcher's tech to boost his intelligence. It apparently killed him.
    • In his stint on Ross' version of the Thunderbolts it's revealed that he has long ago reached the physical limit of his intellect, but it kept expanding. The only way he could survive was parceling it out on encrypted servers accessible by the internet. When he gives his brother full access his head expands until it bursts. Him accessing it gives him a profuse nosebleed.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: He's a schemer, not a fighter.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: The Intelligencia schemed to take over America, but the Leader was more interested in prodding around with gamma science, and experimenting on Bruce's friends and family.
  • Secondary Color Nemesis: Besides his green skin, one of his most recognizable outfits is an orange jumpsuit.
  • Smug Snake: Very arrogant, often to the point of underestimating the Hulk. The Leader is also convinced that his own genius and willpower allow him to return from death, blinding him to the One Below All's use of him.
  • Split Personality: Samuel Sterns and the Leader have generally aligned goals, but they are different people. Sterns even criticises the Leader as being too smart for his own good, and for failing to create failsafes that would allow Sterns to help them both if depowered.
  • Super Intelligence: Probably the second smartest human, after the High Evolutionary, in terms of raw intelligence.
  • Unholy Matrimony: With Doctor Alba in Hulkverines. The two eventually went their separate ways, but the split was apparently amicable, as the Leader is shown musing that he misses her while hoping that she is doing well, even saying, "I was sorry not to stay."
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: Doesn't matter how many people end up in graves, he will have his perfect world.
  • Visionary Villain: What he thinks he is. He has the brains, resources and will, but lacks any qualities that would make him remotely sympathetic.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Although in this case the well-intentioned part is likely mostly in his own head.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Would torture and mind rape Betty Ross to turn her into the Red She-Hulk.



Alter Ego: Philip "Phil" Sterns

Notable Aliases: Phillip Sterns

First Appearance: The Incredible Hulk Vol 1 #362 (November, 1989)

Phil Sterns - physician, scientist, and brother to Samuel Sterns, AKA the Leader. Philip Sterns developed a deranged love/obsession with Banner's "career" as the Hulk. Sterns subjected himself to a multitude of experiments involving gamma-radiation to emulate his "hero". This resulted in Sterns turning into a distorted monstrosity, possessed of vast superhuman strength. He also developed multiple personality disorder. From this point on, a much stronger, arguably deranged, personality gave him 'orders' to carry out. Eventually became so completely unhinged that even Leader wants nothing to do with him.

  • Ax-Crazy: Fully willing to kill people without remorse and even seems to enjoy it.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Crazy with and without his multiple personality disorder, and even before his powers.
  • Evil Counterpart: He's even crazier than Hulk himself, and with no conscience or morality whatsoever to keep it in check.
  • Evilutionary Biologist: Very evil and gave himself powers.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Speaks like someone you might want to grab a beer with, but beneath this is utterly unhinged and deranged to everyone.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Similar to his more infamous brother.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: His whole motivation for mutating himself was envy of Banner's academic success and the Hulk's power.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Sterns subjects himself to a multitude of experiments involving gamma radiation to emulate his "hero.". This results in Sterns turning into a distorted monstrosity with vast superhuman strength, and developing multiple personality disorder.
  • In Name Only: In the 2003 video game Hulk(which served as a sequal to the Ang Lee movie), virtually nothing of his character remained from the comics. He was a Stalker with a Crush to Betty, rather than the Hulk, and his obsession with the Hulk (which was rather mild) boiled down to wanting to prove he was stronger. His shape/size changing powers were also left out.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Everything he does in some way in another.
  • Mad Artist: His shapechanging.
  • Mad Scientist: Flat out crazy, and has the scientific expertise to do something about it.
  • Mood-Swinger: He can be composed and polite, then utterly insane in the next moment.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Dude calls himself "Madman" and lives up to it.
  • Power Born of Madness: His power comes from gamma experiments that lead him to go insane.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: He still can’t get over the fact that both Bruce and the Hulk are better than him. He has lashed out in his inability to accept the fact he is not as good as he thinks.
  • Stalker with a Crush: A former schoolmate of Bruce Banner, Sterns develops a deranged love/obsession with Banner's "career" as the Hulk.
  • Super Strength: Unlike the Hulk, Madman is unable to become stronger as he becomes angrier, but he is capable of creating significant boosts in his size, density and power, being able to reach at least twice of the "calm strength level" of most incarnations.
  • Talkative Loon: A crazy bastard who will not shut up.
  • Troll: The other half of his motivation to harass the Hulk is that he finds it hilarious to be extremely annoying.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: He has claimed to be able to assume many different appearances, including the scientist spying on the "New World Order".



Alter Ego: Dr. Robert Bruce Banner

Notable Aliases: The Hulk

First Appearance: Hulk: Future Imperfect Vol 1 #1 (December, 1992) note ; Maestro Vol 1 #1 (October, 2020) note 

See here for more info.



Alter Ego: Abigail Mercy Wright

Notable Aliases: Angel of Mercy, Kali

First Appearance: The Incredible Hulk Vol 1 #338 (December, 1987)

A missionary of extraterrestrial origin who takes it upon herself to kill those who don't have the strength to commit suicide out of despair, thinking she's doing them a favor.

  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Especially if it's a death wish.
  • Combo Platter Powers
  • Dark Chick: In the Thaddeus Ross' Thunderbolts team. But, during "Thanos' invasion", Mercy went rogue, and the Thunderbolts decided to get rid of her once and for all.
  • Depending on the Writer / Multiple-Choice Past: Very different assigned origins and motivations, from alien, to angel of mercy, to artificial mutate. One moment she will turn into a giant monster, and the next help a soul to the afterlife. Lampshaded in that she has mentioned that she is simply very fickle.
  • The Empath: She possesses telepathic powers that allow her to read the thoughts of others and to sense their emotions.
  • Everything's Better with Sparkles
  • The Fair Folk: Maybe, maybe not. She's worn this hat here and there, and she definitely acts the part.
  • Femme Fatalons: Usually when she shape-shifts.
  • Flight: Mercy is able to levitate and propel herself through the air at unknown speeds.
  • God Guise: She appeared as the goddess Kali before pilgrims in a temple.
  • Mercy Kill: Her shtick, usually. Sometimes it's less about people who actively want to die and more about people she feels would be better off dead, hence her battles with the Hulk.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Can apparently do virtually anything on a limited scale.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Alien, shapeshifter, and suicide assistant.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: She looks like some kind of fairy... and can still give the Hulk a good run for his money!
  • She's Got Legs: All her outfits go out of their way to emphasize her legs.
  • Super Strength: Mercy possesses an undefined level of superhuman strength. She was at least strong enough to break the Punisher's hand simply by squeezing.
  • Tautological Templar: She kills people with a death wish, but also expands this to people who she deems deserve to die, even if they resist. She may even actively enjoy it, as she kills scores of people? And what's her moral justification for all of this? She's an "angel of mercy".
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Mercy is able change her form, and to duplicate a person both in appearance and personality.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Giver her M.O., she's almost certainly this. She has a loose interpretation of the term "assisted suicide", to the point that she adds "people who can't accept that they're better off dead". As this judgement is entirely her own is where the most problems arise. A Thunderbolts issue even implies that this is merely a justification for the fact that she enjoys killing people.

    Mister Hyde 

Mister Hyde

Alter Ego: Calvin Zabo

Notable Aliases: Edward, Jack the Ripper, Edward Hyde

First Appearance: Journey into Mystery Vol 1 #99 (December, 1963)

See here for more info.

    One Below All 

One Below All

Alter Ego:

Notable Aliases: Cosmic Satan, The Devil, Satan, Brian Banner

First Appearance: Immortal Hulk Vol 1 #4 (October, 2018)

See the Marvel Comics Cosmic Entities page for more info.


    Red King 

Red King

Alter Ego: Angmo-Asan II

Notable Aliases: Angmo II, Lord Emperor of Sakaar, the Hero Protector, Crown Prince, Deliverer of the People

First Appearance: The Incredible Hulk Vol 2 #92 (April, 2006)

The emperor of the planet Sakaar who took it over after making himself look like a hero.

  • Alliterative Name: Angmo-Asan.
  • Archnemesis Dad: Even his own daughter Omaka hates him for trying to kill her so she wouldn't threaten his rule.
  • Bald of Evil: His head has no hair and has no morals.
  • Bread and Circuses: This is how he kept control of Sakaar, with wars engineered by him and Gladiator Games.
  • The Caligula: The guy is a terrible ruler, vain, child-like and an unrepentant bastard with no morals.
  • The Emperor: While only styling himself as a king, he definitely rules like an insane emperor.
  • Enfant Terrible: Even when he was only a young prince, he was a sociopath with no regards for the lives of others.
  • The Evil Prince: Even when he was a prince, he was totally evil.
  • Hate Sink: He's easily one of the Hulk's most despicable villains, with no redeeming qualities.
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: Unlike his father Angmo I, who was a warlord that unified and saved the planet of Sakaar during the Spike War, he's a Royal Brat with desires for power and glory.
  • Offing the Offspring: Had his infant son killed and while his daughter Omaka survived the murder attempt, her arms had to be replaced with cybernetics.
  • Powered Armor: His fancy golden armor that allows him to match the Hulk.

    Reginald Fortean 

Reginald Fortean
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Alter Ego: General Reginald Fortean

Notable Aliases: Abomination

First Appearance: Hulk Vol 2 #30.1 (May, 2011) note ; Immortal Hulk Vol 1 #21 (September, 2019) note 

A general who was originally one of Ross's proteges and served under him in the past. After believing Red Hulk killed General Ross, he vows to hunt down and kill Red Hulk. He later clashes with Betty Ross as the Red She-Hulk and is one of the main antagonists of the Immortal Hulk series.

  • Bad Boss: By the time of Immortal Hulk, he's an awful person to work for, snubbing or sneering at any show of humanity from his subordinates, or threatening them with going back to jail for not doing as he says. It eventually gets to the point that he kills two mooks for walking in the middle of a fight with the Hulk, and says it's still not his fault. This is what finally prompts everyone at Shadow Base to leave him to his fate.
  • Believing Their Own Lies: Fortean claims that he wants to stop chaos and bring order. But in reality, he wants control, and to dominate. Unlike Ross it was never about helping make the world a better place. It was always about control and he used other members of the military under the pretext of getting revenge for Ross' death to acquire the resources to pursue his own goals. Once he had his resources and people he started doing whatever it took to gain power and exert control over what he calls the shadows or chaos but really just wanted to set himself up as the one in charge behind the shadows. It's even stated that they have no interest in destroying the Hulk and the aim of Fortean's organization is to weaponize gamma mutation.
  • Black and White Insanity: Hulks are bad. Anything that opposes them is good and right, even when that involves murder and desecrating corpses to make more gamma mutants. Fortean's insanity in this regard is so great he'll chide and threaten his underlings just for showing basic human decency about the horrible things he makes them do.
  • Control Freak: What Fortean actually is. It started in his childhood when he heard stories about how god imposed order on the world by giving it structure. It's implied that Fortean wanted to be the one to impose order and stand on high as God. In the flashbacks, each defining incident for him was just another step on his road to his own brand of order to the world.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: A flashback in Immortal Hulk shows him during his days working under Ross seeing the aftermath of a Hulk rampage. Ross and Talbolt use the example of a young Jackie McGee as a reminder of what they're supposed to be fighting for, protecting people from harm. Reginald takes this as justification to shove down any qualms he might feel in the name of the Greater Good.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Only just. He refrains from sending thugs after Betty on the day of her father's funeral, but only then. Once he finds out she's Red Harpy, he's got no compunction ordering her death as well.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Ross may be a Jerkass, but he has at least a few redeeming qualities, like his love for his daughter and the fact that he does what he does because he believes it will help and protect people. He would also never endanger or sacrifice innocent people if he could at all help it and there are some lines even he won't cross. Fortean on the other hand is The Unfettered and sees rules, laws, and morality as obstacles to his missions. His sole focus is to destroy the monsters and he couldn't care less about the regular people who get caught up in the mess. He used to have a few scruples about it, apologizing to someone he thought was caught up in his mission against Red Hulk, but got worse over time.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: He had Rick Jone's (probably) dead body dug up and turned into a monstrous new Abomination to try and kill the Hulk. Then he tried recovering the leftovers after the Hulk was done with it, and it merges with him. When the Devil Hulk kills him, it turns out this exposure is enough to drag him down to Hell.
  • General Ripper: Is even more unreasonable and uncompromising than Thunderbolt Ross in this regard, and Ross is the page image for this trope.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Big time. Fortean is willing to do some really, really horrible stuff to take down the Hulks and does it without batting an eye.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: His reaction to seeing Betty as Red Harpy is stunned awe.
  • Kick the Dog: By the time of Immortal Hulk issue 20, he's got no problem ordering the murder of as many civilians as needed in the name of "collateral damage".
  • Meaningful Name: "Fortean" shares a root with the Latin word "Fortis", meaning strong, fitting for a man fighting "the strongest one there is" and trying to be stronger than him. "Fortean" is also used to refer to followers of paranormal researcher Charles Fort, and Fortean doe end up applying to that side of things as well given his frequent dwellings in the supernatural.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: It's only at the end when he finds himself in The Below Place facing Brian Banner and The One Below All does he realize where his pursuit of the hulk and weaponizing gamma mutation have lead him. When he realizes he's damned himself and that he's been the unwitting pawn of The Ultimate Evil he is horrified at the realization before Joe Fixit kills him for good
    No. No. I...I don't want this...I'd never have...This soul.
  • Necessary Evil: How he sees himself and how he justifies his actions. In truth he's more of a Knight Templar.
  • Neck Snap: Joe Fixit snaps his neck while he's in Hell, and distracted by his horror at being in Hell at all.
  • Never My Fault: He's practically a champion at shifting blame and responsibility onto other people, provided it's something to take blame for. He claims he's proud to "make the hard decisions", but when people start calling him out on the actions he takes, he'll refuse to take any ownership for that. Dr. McGowan is forced to dig up Rick Jone's corpse and turn it into an abomination on his orders? Her fault. Said abomination starts killing people? Needed to be done. He melts two loyal soldiers for no reason? Friendly fire.
  • Remember the New Guy?: He was introduced in 2011, with Ross remembering him as having been around during his crusade against the Hulk; later, it got extended back to having being around since before the Hulk's creation.
  • Revenge: His motive for pursuing Red Hulk, believing he'd killed Ross.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: He's moved from Hulk to Hulk in his time, going from General Ross to Betty to Bruce.
  • Villainous BSoD: Freezes up when he realizes he is in Hell after dying, resulting in Joe Fixit breaking his neck to make it permanent.
  • Volumetric Mouth: In the Subject B suit his mouth stretches long when he vomits up acid. The gullet is lined with teeth.



Alter Ego: Alexei Systevich

Notable Aliases: Aleksei Popov, Alex, Alex O'Hirn, Big Horn Guy, Mecha-Rhino, Mr. Hornman, Ryan O'Smith, Tubby

First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 #41 (October, 1966)

A Rhinoceros-themed Russian villain primarily known as a foe of Spider-Man, but between his first few appearances and the early eighties he almost exclusively battled the green goliath. He also derives his strength from Gamma rays.See here for more info.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: Downplayed. His unique physiology allow him to survive in outer space with little issue, but he still requires an oxygen mask to actually last in outer space.
  • Determinator: Once fought Hulk for days, on a traveling spacecraft, in orbit around the sun.
  • Dumb Muscle: The Leader recruited him for this express purpose; the Rhino was one of the few who could reliably fight the Hulk and simultaneously submit to his will. All the others were either too weak, or too ambitious in their own right.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: More well-known as a Spider-Man villain, the Rhino nonetheless has been quite the foe for the Hulk as well.
  • Super Strength: Can lift 80 tons without his suit, and over 100 with it. In his early appearances whomever he was being the hired muscle for would in fact boost his powers in preparation for a bout with the Hulk.
  • Wedding Smashers: His first fight with the Hulk had him ruin Bruce Banners' and Betty Ross's wedding.



Alter Ego: Maynard Tiboldt

Notable Aliases: Martin Thraller, Dr. Arnold Quaid, Dr. Roland Grand

First Appearance: Incredible Hulk #3 (September, 1962)

See the Circus Of Crime for more info.

    Thunderbolt Ross/Red Hulk 

Thunderbolt Ross

Alter Ego: General Thaddeus E. "Thunderbolt" Ross

Notable Aliases: Circle of Four, Ghost Rider, Hulk, Redeemer, Red Hulk, Red King, Red Man, Rulk/Rulky, Thunder Thighs Ross, Venom, Zzzax,

First Appearance: The Incredible Hulk Vol 1 #1 (May, 1962) note ; Hulk Vol 2 #1 (March, 2008) note 

Ross, one of the arch-enemies of the Hulk, is a United States military officer, the father of Betty Ross, ex-father-in-law of Glenn Talbot, father-in-law of Dr. Bruce Banner, and was head of the Gamma Bomb Project that turned Banner into the Hulk. After the creation of the Hulk, Ross pursues the creature with a growing obsession, and after learning that Banner and the Hulk are one and the same, Ross hunts Banner as well. In 2008, Ross was transformed into the Red Hulk in order to better combat his nemesis. See Red Hulk for more info.



Alter Ego: Romulus Augustulus

Notable Aliases: Romulus Augustilus, Des, Dr. Tyrone, Abomination, Romulus Augustus

First Appearance: The Incredible Hulk Vol 1 #5 (January, 1963)

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.

  • Been There, Shaped History: Was the last Emperor of the Western Roman Empire, got banished by Merlin (given how many Merlins there are in the Marvel Universe, it's anyone's guess who that was), discovered the Fountain of Youth...
  • Betty and Veronica: There's a rather strange love triangle going on between Marvel's subterranean overlord characters. Tyrannus is the Veronica, Kala is the Archie, and Mole Man is the Betty (she chooses Veronica after stringing Betty along).
  • Emperor Scientist: He was the king of the Tyrannoids, a subterranean race of semi-humanoids, in addition to being an accomplished scientist. He was also the last Emperor of the Roman Empire.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Speaks politely, but is willing to cause massive atrocities in a whim.
  • Historical Badass Upgrade: He's apparently the Roman emperor Romulus Augustus, who was in real life a 16-year-old puppet king whose rule lasted about a year, not a suave world-conquering scientific genius.
  • Immortality: Thanks to a fountain of youth he owns in Subterranea, he is able to stay young and not die from old age.
  • Magic from Technology: He claims to be a "sorcerer", but he actually is a scientist far ahead of his time, using technology recovered from the Deviants. Though he does know some real sorcery as well, it's just very limited.
  • Magitek: Mixes magic and technology quite nicely, often using it for his weapons.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Almost never starts anything unnecessary and doesn’t focus on petty grudges.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: His belief that justifies his methods.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He just wants to make a better world for his people.



Alter Ego: Francois Lartigue, Georges Baptiste, Jean-Pierre Beaubier, Larry Brackett, Luc Lemay, Michael Fleet, Paul Cartier, Phillips Waggoner

First Appearance: The Incredible Hulk Vol 1 #162 (April, 1973)

A mythological hulking beast that roams the Canadian wilderness, attacking and ingesting those unlucky enough to cross it's path.



Alter Ego: Xemnu

Notable Aliases: Living Hulk, Xemnu the Titan, Richmond Wagner, Amos Moses

First Appearance: Journey into Mystery Vol 1 #62 (November, 1960)

Xemnu is an alien who has attempted to conquer the Earth several times. He has the ability to mind control others to do his tasks.



Alter Ego: Zzzax

Notable Aliases: The Living Dynamo, Rozzz

First Appearance: The Incredible Hulk Vol 1 #166 (August, 1973)

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 temporarily taking on their personality traits in the process.

  • Demonic Possession: In one story arc, S.H.I.E.L.D. attempted to infuse Thunderbolt Ross with Zzzax's electricity powers, but Zzzax flipped the table on them and devoured Ross's mind instead (leaving the man functionally brain-dead for a time). However, Ross's hatred for the Hulk was so intense that his mind overtook Zzzax instead, making Zzzax believe he was Ross on a hunt to kill Bruce. Later on in the same story Zzzax was able to possess a Hulk-ified Rick Jones and force him to hurt himself in an attempt to kill him.
  • Energy Beings: Made of energy.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Eats people for brainpower.Or rather psychic vampire: he feeds on brain electricity.
  • Shock and Awe: A being of pure sentient electricity.
  • Sssssnake Talk: Zzzax zzzpeakz with an electric crackle verzzzion of thizzz trope.
  • Super Strength: Somehow... maybe through electromagnetism.
  • Technopathy: His control over electricity allows him to control nearly any form of technology that relies on electricity to work.


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