Betty Ross/Harpy/Red She-Hulk
Betty Ross made her first appearance as the principal romantic interest of Bruce Banner and is the daughter of General Thunderbolt Ross. Over the years, the character has undergone multiple transformations, including the antiheroine Red She-Hulk. See her page.
Jennifer Walters, a cousin to Dr. Bruce Banner, once received an emergency blood transfusion from him when she was wounded, which led to her acquiring a milder version of his Hulk condition. As such, Walters becomes a large powerful green-hued version of herself while still largely retaining her personality; in particular she retains her intelligence and emotional control, though like Hulk, she still becomes stronger if enraged. In later issues, her transformation is permanent. See her page.
A rebellious orphan, Rick Jones stumbled into the test site for the Gamma Bomb and inadvertently caused Bruce Banner to be caught in the blast while trying to save Rick, transforming Banner into the Hulk. Rick became the Hulk's closest confidant, a member of the Avengers and a friend and sidekick to heroes like Captain America, Captain Marvel and Rom. For a time he was transformed into the gamma-powered monster A-Bomb.
- Alternate Company Equivalent: Often compared to DC's Jimmy Olsen (an eager young friend to a superhero... which one varies, though) or to DC's Snapper Carr (the Muggle tagalong for the local superteam; the Amalgam Universe had a "Snapper Jones").
- Ascended Fanboy
- Badass Biker: Grew into one.
- Badass Normal: Over time, especially after the first Captain America taught him extensive combat training.
- Can't Stay Normal: Even more so than Bruce or Betty. Rick has been turned into how many beings and has been a sidekick to how many different superheroes now? Even getting de-powered manages to just give him new powers, with Doc Omega's cure giving Rick super-intelligence. Immortal Hulk suggests that even the de-powering might not have taken.
- Comic Book Death: Has happened, once or twice. He was supposedly stabbed by Miek at the end of World War Hulk, but thanks to being experimented on by the Intelligencia, he got better. He's executed by HYDRA during Secret Empire, and buried. During the events of Immortal Hulk, he comes back.
- Contagious Powers / I Have Many Names / Sidekick Graduations Stick: After the Avengers, he shared his body with two Captain Marvels, became The Hulk, and spent time as A-Bomb, a blue version of the Abomination.
- Conveniently an Orphan
- Crazy-Prepared: Always carries around a parachute just in case he's ever on an exploding Skrull spaceship. (Sadly, this is a sane response to his daily life.)
- Fourth-Wall Observer: He has developed 'comics awareness' as detailed in 'Captain Marvel #60'.note He does not seem fully aware he is in a comic book, but he can clearly see the forest for the trees. Years of dealing with cosmic beings who can rewrite reality on a whim has made him the most genre-savvy of the entire Marvel Universe. He recognizes when it is time for the wacky adventures to stop for now. It's not perfect, mind you: he accepts the comforting delusion that his wife had a pleasing lesbian affair due to telepathic influence, not because she was bi and the marriage was on the rocks.
- Good Counterpart: To the Abomination, in his A-Bomb form.
- Happily Married: To Marlo Chandler, not that it's been easy. She left him for Moondragon at one point, but she and Rick got back together afterward.
- Hulk Speak: In the early days of being A-Bomb. He eventually stabilised.
- Iron Butt-Monkey: Abducted, held hostage, rescued, mutated, cured, married, divorced, teleported to a distant world, teleported back, savagely beaten, healed: put them in a different order and start again.
- The Kid with the Leash: Initially with the Hulk, though sometimes he'd give him a focus on who to go after. He performed a similar duty for Genis-Vell in the Captain Marvel series for a while.
- The Load: Responsible for making Bruce Banner, the Hulk. The becoming a potential hostage for the Hulk to save when he kept following him. As time passed, this became less and less true.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He was the one who told about Bruce being the Hulk (he thought Bruce was dead when he was missing), which made Bruce's already terrible life so much worse.
- Punny Name: A-Bomb
- Playful Hacker: After losing his powers (again), Rick has taken on this role, being a sort of Julian Assange/Edward Snowden of the wider Marvel Universe in the form of the Whisperer, leaking information as a hacktivist about any government activity he deems nefarious (first S.H.I.E.L.D.'s "Pleasant Hill" operation, later the work of HYDRA).
- Reality Warper: A couple of times, he possessed the Destiny Force, which allowed him to do this (as well as transport people from throughout time and space), which made him a target of the Kree Supreme Intelligence. He doesn't have it any more, though.
- Really Gets Around: Rick's had his share of girlfriends which include Epiphany, the physical embodiment of the concept of flashes of insight and the "daughter" of Eternity itself. His longest relationship has been with Marlo Chandler, an ex-girlfriend of the Hulk.
- Shapeshifter Mode Lock: But only due to his psychoactive transformation being triggered by guilt.
- Sidekick: To the Hulk, the first Captain America (as Bucky), ROM: Space Knight and two versions of Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell and Genis).
- Totally Radical: In the early comics Rick spoke heavily in the slang of the era.
- Transformation Trinket: Captain Marvel's Nega Bands when he shared a body with him.
- Ungrateful Bastard: To the Avengers Idea Mechanics team. They bust him out of SHIELD prison, but he never once says anything remotely approaching a thank-you to them, because they're AIM (even if it's AIM with all the science crazies removed, and the roster includes long-time Avenger Hawkeye).
- Unlikely Hero: He is more of an Unlikely Sidekick, though. He's just a normal guy who has ended up being the sidekick to a number of heroes from The Hulk to Captain America, usually because he stumbled onto the wrong place at the wrong time. Then he becomes a superhero of his own right as A-Bomb.
- The Watson: In his various sidekick roles. Though sometimes his leading Hero would be the Sherlock, sometimes various experts would be the Sherlock, but most commonly after getting captured, Mr. Exposition would be the one who was supposed to be interrogating him.
Doctor Leonard Samson is the gamma-irradiated friend, rival, and psychiatrist of Bruce Banner with the superhuman strength equivalent to a relatively calm Hulk.
- Genius Bruiser: Being a doctor with Super Strength will do that.
- Killed Off for Real: He was killed attempting to help a returned Hulk contain all of the Gamma radiation from the Hulked-Out Heroes.
- Meaningful Name: He is a doctor, and his real name is Leonard Samson.
- And in his early years he got weaker when his hair was cut like the biblical hero, Samson.
- 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.
- Power Makes Your Hair Grow: Has long hair every time he gets into his power phase.
- The Shrink: Despite is said to be one of the most renowned psychiatrists on Earth, his good intentions often lead to poor results:
- He actually managed to merge various versions of the Hulk in one personality, but lied about the result being the real Banner.
- He was the Hulk's shrink during the Pantheon saga. In the end, Banner completely fell apart and Fury commented that Samson was acting more like his own patient.
- His regression therapy of the Punisher was hijacked by a third party and led to Castle going berserk and seemingly killing Nick Fury.
- In his own limited series, he tried Talking Down the Suicidal, only for said suicidal to jump when Samson was done talking.
- Split Personality: When M.O.D.O.K. placed Samson under mind control it produced a split personality. This led to a powerless Leonard who was defined as the good one and an evil Samson whose abilities are greater than She-Hulk's.
- Suddenly Ethnicity: During Peter David's run as writer, we learn that Leonard is Jewish.
- Super Strength: And the usual Required Secondary Power of resisting damage, he possessed sufficient superhuman strength to lift about 70 tons. But he's definitely lower down the scale than the Hulk or most of the Hulk's rogues' gallery. He's claimed to be "as strong as a calm Hulk", while ruefully admitting this isn't much of a measuring stick when Hulk is never calm.
- Super Toughness: Samson's gamma ray enhanced physique is much harder and more resistant to physical injury than a normal human. Samson's skin is able to resist penetration wounds from high caliber bullets or blades composed of most conventional materials. Samson is also physically durable enough to withstand multiple blows from the Hulk, while in an enraged emotional state, and sustain little to no injury.
- Superpowered Evil Side: His evil personality created by M.O.D.O.K. Samson grows larger in size, his hair grows out and in this form he is stronger and faster than She-Hulk. He also has a lightning bolt scar across his chest. This personality refers to himself only as "Samson".
- Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: To the savage Hulk and the grey Hulk.
- Unskilled, but Strong: One of the few Genius Bruiser examples, even. He's in the upper-tier of Super Strength, but he's nowhere near as experienced and battle-hardened as Hulk, and has the combat training you'd expect of a psychiatrist. This is best shown when various super-strong Earth heroes were tested by the Champion of the Universe; Samson was disqualified after being smacked around like a dope by the practice equipment.
- The Worf Effect: He's quite prone to getting beaten up.
- You Gotta Have Green Hair: As a side effect of his gamma mutation, he has green hair.
An aerobics and swimming instructor, Marlo is one of the Hulk's (well, Joe Fixit's, anyway) love interests. During his stint living incognito in Las Vegas, the Hulk as mob enforcer "Joe Fixit" took a shine to Marlo and struck a relationship with her. However, it was not to be, as Joe's violent ways eventually pushed her away from him, and they broke up. She eventually became the girlfriend of Rick Jones (and later wife), and found out (in a spectacular way) that Joe Fixit is Bruce Banner's alter ego.
- Bi the Way: Sometime after she split (temporarily) with Rick Jones, she started seeing Moondragon.
- The Bro Code: Rick Jones, the Hulk's longtime friend , began seeing her after she and Fixit broke up. However, Bruce flipping out had less to do with her dating Rick, and more to do with her presence making worse his issues.
- Came Back Wrong: She was killed by a very disturbed woman who believed she was Rick's mother. Rick tried to bring her back using one of the Leader's machines, but brought her back as an Empty Shell. She got better later. Much better, in fact.
- Good Bad Girl: She's kind of a flirt, and even had a stint as a porn actress in her early adulthood (though she's not proud of it).
- I See Dead People: After her contact with Cosmic Entity Death.
- The Missus and the Ex: She makes a surprise visit to Rick's apartment, since he started seeing her. If anything, she was more surprised to learn that Bruce knew Rick. Her explanation that she's "Joe's" ex and knew Bruce through him, makes everyone (save Marlo, at first) put two-and-two together, but unfortunately at a time when Bruce's DID was flaring up, her presence only made things worse. Fortunately, the situation was explained to her and she learned that Joe Fixit was really the Hulk and an alternate personality of Bruce Banner. While taken aback by the weirdness of it all, she and Betty made fast friends.
- Morality Chain: To Joe Fixit.
- She's Got Legs: See Statuesque Stunner. Half of her is pretty much her long, well-toned legs.
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: To the Grey Hulk/"Joe Fixit", then later Rick Jones.
- Statuesque Stunner: She's pretty tall, dwarfing her husband Rick (who is 5'9"), and of course very beautiful.
- Superpower Silly Putty: First she had a series of death-related powers (communicating with the dead, resurrection powers, death touch, etc.) as part of her contact with Death. Heck, it was even implied she was a limited-scale Reality Warper. These are now gone...supposedly. Then she was mutated into a new Harpy, before turning back normal.
- Unlikely Hero: Was just a fitness instructor, but her involvement with the Hulk eventually led to space adventures, and her becoming the avatar of Death.
- Wedding Smashers: Her wedding with Rick was anything but quiet, bringing the attention of villains ranging from the Skrulls to Mephisto.
- Weirdness Magnet
- Angry Black Man: Downplayed - He doesn't trust authority, but came to a rather positive relationship with General Thunderbolt Ross. That said, his sense of alienation in a hostile world, one can understand how he and the Hulk came to be such good friends.
- Back for the Dead: He returned after a long absence where he revealed he'd contracted AIDS, then ended up getting badly wounded in a supervillain attack and was hospitalized. Then he was forgotten for a few years until he was shown dying from the disease.
- Black Best Friend: To the Hulk.
- Conveniently an Orphan: Subverted. He was homeless, yes. But not an orphan, apparently. He told everyone that he was, even until the end of his life. His father appeared over a decade after Jim passed away, looking for revenge against the Hulk. Hulk instead, chews him out for being such a lousy father, that Jim never even thought to mention him.
- Killed Off for Real: Poor Jim dies of AIDS.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Sort of, more like uncle. He discovers that The Falcon is his uncle.
- Very Special Episode: Jim's final issue had him contracted with AIDS, and he gets injured during a protest. He begs the Hulk (then in his Merged incarnation), to give him a blood transfusion that could save his life (The Hulk is immune to AIDS). Hulk refuses, as the possibility of his life being ruined by becoming like him was too great. He does however, stay at his bedside during Jim's last moments until he succumbs to the illness. Hulk later makes a donation to Jim's clinic large enough to keep it going until the next decade.
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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.
- Antagonistic Offspring: Towards the Hulk, but not Bruce. He spent a lot of time trying to become a Self-Made Orphan.
- Barbarian Hero: 'Hero' might be debatable, but he's definitely a barbarian. From space.
- BFS: Usually carries a colossal odachi-style sword.
- Cain and Abel: With his brother Hiro-Kala.
- Calling the Old Man Out
- Combat Pragmatist: Skaar isn't above turning back into his childlike form to make opponents hesitate. Or just cheating in general.
- Daddy Issues
- Dishing Out Dirt: Can draw on the strength of the earth. Moreover, he too can control the very land itself.
- Legacy Character: To the Hulk (specifically the Green Scar incarnation), and to a lesser extent, Caiera.
- The Mole: Pretended to join Norman Osborn's second Dark Avengers team, but he was actually a spy for Steve Rodgers.
- Not So Different: Daken says this to Skaar when they first meet.
- Parental Abandonment: Blames the Hulk for abandoning him.
- Split Personality: The little boy trapped inside of Skaar isn't seen often, but they are clearly different personalities.
- Super Senses: He's got an excellent sense of smell.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy
- Younger Than They Look: In his non-hulked form, he looks like a pre-teen boy. In reality, he's ridiculously young, but Bizarre Alien Biology means he aged quickly.
A female alien met by the Hulk on Sakaar during Planet Hulk, and originally the Red King's Dragon. She eventually makes a HeelFace 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. 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 planet's or any planetary biosphere within reach. Channeling the power of the earth itself puts her on equal footing with the Green Scar 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: Regardless of the amount of Character Development she had in the arc she appeared in, she still died to give the Hulk a reason for his Roaring Rampage of Revenge when he returns to Earth. Kind of a shame, since out of the Hulk's greatest loves, her time (publication-wise) was the briefest, and up until Betty was brought back (as Red She-Hulk), she was indisputably the most badass of them.
- The Dragon: To the Red King, until she makes a HeelFace Turn.
- Grey-Skinned Space Babe: Aside from grey skin, she looks relatively close to a human.
- HeelFace Turn
- High-HeelFace Turn: She's the only woman among the Red King's officials and turns against him.
- 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.
- Noble Top Enforcer: Even before her HeelFace Turn, she disapproving of the Red King's actions.
- Rapunzel Hair: Which she often ties in Braids of Action
- 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.
- Statuesque Stunner
- Stripperiffic: Her outfit does show a significant amount of skin. Not as extreme as most examples in superhero comics and the art does avoid subjecting her to the Male Gaze for the most part.
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.
- Back from the Dead: During the Chaos War, queen Jarella is revived to assist the Hulk in fighting Abomination, a Zom-possessed Doctor Strange, and the forces of Amatsu-Mikaboshi.
- Everything Is Better With Princesses: She was the princess of the sub-atomic world of K'ai.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: Her people resembled normal humans except for their green skin.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She had golden hair and was a noble and altruistic young woman.
- Heroic Sacrifice: During a battle between the Hulk and Crypto-Man in an unnamed town in New Mexico, she sacrificed her life to save a child from a collapsing wall.
- Lady of War: Jarella is a great warrior and a brilliant military leader. She was an excellent swords-woman and a superb hand-to-hand combatant.
- The Lost Lenore
- The Power of Love: It turns out that since Hulk's power is emotion-based and quasi-mystical in nature, the love he felt for Jarella makes her even more powerful after dying than his father's spirit turned from his rage. Bruce mother also said that she by far preferred his more moral wife Jarella to his other wife, the Blood Knight Red She-Hulk.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: She died by being crushed beneath a collapsing building during a fight the Hulk had with a robot drone.
- Badass Gay / Battle Couple: Was in a relationship with Hiroim - the "gay" part is less pronounced on Korg's part due to his race's biology (see One-Gender Race).
- The Big Guy
- Dishing Out Dirt: Kinda... he's basically made of rock, but he can't control earth at all. He can apparently communicate with it, though.
- Gentle Giant
- Informed Attribute: Supposedly his strength and durability are related to the makeup of the atmosphere of whatever planet he's on at the time. That hasn't really been expanded upon.
- My Greatest Failure: Killing his brother.
- One-Gender Race: Kronans are an entirely male race who reproduce by having two of the stone men hold hands in in magma until a child is formed.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: More proud soldier race, but it's there.
- Silicon-Based Life: His race, the Kronans, first appeared waaaaay back in Thor's first appearance as "the Stone Men From Saturn!"
- Badass Gay / Battle Couple: Was in a relationship with Korg.
- Badass Preacher
- Dishing Out Dirt: After the deaths of Caiera and his people he inherited the stone-based "Oldstrong Power", drawing power from the planet itself, enabling him to turn his body into immensely hard and strong 'mystic rock'.
- Heel Realization: During World War Hulk, he admitted that the Warbound had gone too far — but he knew it was too late to stop.
- The Heretic: Originally, Hiroim was a Shadow Priest, dedicated to the story of the Sakaarson he who would unite the people of Sakaar and trained to join the other Shadows. However, for his blasphemy of daring to dream that he could be the Sakaarson, he was expelled from the order.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In the World War Hulk Aftersmash: Warbound series, Hiroim sacrifices himself to stop the Leader, and transfers his old power to Kate.
- Not Quite Dead: Before his death, he was briefly able to rebuild his form, with an intact left arm, out of extant rock, channeling the full might of his Oldpowers.
- The Lancer: To "Green Scar" Hulk.
- Magic Knight: He is an experienced fighter and soldier with quasi-mystical training. He later receives the Oldpower after Caiera's death.
- My Greatest Failure: Most people point to him breaking his oath as a shadow guard, but he stands by that. He sees his greatest failure as believing that he was the Sakaarson.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: In Planet Hulk he was shown to be versed in the mystic practices of the shadow priests, but there wasn't anything to suggest those practices translated to actual magical power. In World War Hulk, he's able to break through enchantments made by Doctor Strange, who was weakened at the time, but still.
- The Oathbreaker: Hiroim the Shamed is called so for having renounced a previous Warbond pact before joining the Hulk's.
- Religious Bruiser
- Warrior Monk: He has received quasi-mystic training as a Shadow Priest, and is an experienced warrior, strategist, and philosopher.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Broke his oath to the emperor when he refused to kill the emperor's son on his orders. Considering that son grew up to be the Red King, that might not have been the best move, but he stands by it.
A Sakaar imperial who was made into a gladiator slave when her father spoke out against the Red King. After the deaths of her father and her bodyguard she joins the rebellion against the Red King.
- Action Girl: She received combat training from her bodyguard Skee.
- Badass Normal: While not human, Elloe possesses no unusual abilities and is simply a highly trained athlete and fighter.
- Break the Cutie: Her father and bodyguard being killed (the former which she witnessed) lead to her having a rather cynical outlook.
- Dirty Coward: She tries to kill Primus the man who killed her father by using the obedience disks on a bunch of slaves and commanding them to kill him. Hulk breaks the staff that controls the disks and tell Elloe that if she wants Primus dead to do it herself not make a bunch of slaves that they had just freed do her dirty work.
- Red-Skinned Space Babe
- Hypocrite: Elloe killed Primus Vand as he begged for mercy for killing her father. When Miek wants to execute Elloe's mother - a Sakaar Imperial supremacist whose people have been enslaving and killing Sakaar insectoids for years - Elloe defends her.
- Leeroy Jenkins: In the final battle with the Red King, Elloe ignores orders to wait for the Hulk to return and attacks the Red King's capital with designs on becoming queen of Sakaar when she kills him. This turns out to be a trap set for by Red King loyalists and she is only saved by the timely arrival of the Hulk.
- Riches to Rags: She originally lived a life of privilege as the daughter of a high-ranking Sakaar family until her father spoke out against the Red King. For this she, her father and her bodyguard Lavin Skee where made into gladiators.
- Token Heroic Orc: Aside from her father and her bodyguard (both of whom die early on in Planet Hulk), she is the most sympathetic of the Sakaar Imperials. And even then, her father and Skee seemed more noble and optimistic than her.
No-Name of the Brood
A Brood warrior who became one of the Hulk's Warbound on Sakaar.
- Birds of a Feather: She and Miek are both members of hive insectiod races.
- Creepy Good: She's an insectiod alien with a face pulled in a perpetual Slasher Smile and is part of an alien race known for being villainous in the Marvel Universe.
- Official Couple: With Miek. Sadly this ends when he reveals his treachery in World War Hulk.
- Token Heroic Orc: She is unusual among Brood in the Marvel universe for being able to feel compassion for others.
The constantly proclaimed "seventh smartest" actually possibly eight or tenth, as Dr. Banner hints that he was lying to Cho person on the planet. His family was murdered in an explosion and he has been on the run since. Drawn to Hercules for protection following the disaster of World War Hulk. In the process of finding what happened to his family draws surprising connections to the Olympian gods Hercules. He teams up with Bruce Banner again after Hercules loses his powers during the events of Chaos War Famous for his ability to make almost infinite mathematical complex calculations within moments. Later on, he becomes a Hulk himself. For tropes regarding that storyarc, see Totally Awesome Hulk.
A young woman with powers who may or may not be Bruce Banner's biological daughter.
- Action Girl: She kicks lots of ass, as can be expected from the possible daughter of a hero.
- 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.