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AKA: Emil Blonsky
Debut: Tales to Astonish Vol. 1, #90

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.
  • The Dragon: Would often fill this role. Usually to the Leader.
  • Eldritch Abomination: After his death he received an "upgrade"...
  • 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.
  • 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 

AKA: Carl "Crusher" Creel
Debut: Journey into Mystery Vol. 1, #114

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AKA: Arm'Chedon
Debut: The Incredible Hulk Vol. 1, #413

  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Did this often enough.
  • Galactic Conqueror: He is the leader of the Troyjan Empire and foe of the Hulk during his days with the Pantheon. Arm'Chedon was so busy conquering planets that he literally did not notice that he had two sons until one of them died on earth (the other was later killed in combat with the Hulk). Interestingly, his relative obscureness might have worked in his favor, as there's no sign that his empire suffered the massive amounts of destruction that Marvel's other galactic empires (The Kree, Skrulls, and Shi'ar) have in recent years.
  • Pet the Dog: His personality is virtually identical to that of Zeus, but similarly he had a very well hidden "soft" spot for his favourite son. With that son dead, he doesn't have any nice spots anymore.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Very proud, and a warrior.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: One of the laws he enforces is to slaughter the entire family of anybody who goes beyond any of his rules in the slightest, regardless if they had nothing to do with it, as it serves as a "more powerful preventative warning".
  • The Social Darwinist: A firm believer.
  • The Spartan Way: The alien spartan way.
  • Super Power Lottery: He is basically a more skilled, powerful, and ruthless version of the Silver Surfer, with a galactic armada to back him up.

     Brian Banner

Debut: The Incredible Hulk Vol. 1, #267

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 (accidentally...or not) 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 TV series The Incredible Hulk, 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, on the other hand...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Beard of Evil: Every bit as evil as he is.
  • Canon Immigrant: As mentioned above, Hulk's father's first appearance was in the TV series The Incredible Hulk, episode "Homecoming", November 1979. Brian's debut in comics was in Incredible Hulk #267, January 1982.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Dreaded: 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... but 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.)
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Mouth of Sauron: Serves as the primary host the One Below All acts and speaks through in Immortal Hulk.
  • Never My Fault: Even when Brian's dead and in Hell, he refuses to acknowledge it might be even partially his 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.



     Gamma Corps

AKA: Lieutenant Brian Talbot (Grey); Private First Class Eliot Franklin (Griffin); Corporal Nicole Martin (Mess); Master Sergeant Gideon Wilson (Mr. Gideon); Private Timothy Wilkerson (Prodigy)
Debut: World War Hulk: Gamma Corps #1

  • Blessed with Suck: Mess. The left half of her body is Abomination-like. She's super strong, super durable, and has a healing factor... only on her left side.
  • Brother Chuck: Glenn (and Grey) technically has a nephew named Matt Talbot (which means that there is at least one missing brother or sister), who briefly hunted Hulk, but thought better of it.
  • Brought Down to Normal: The Hulk's idea of doing them a favor after a team-up was to depower them.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Griffin.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Mister Gideon blamed the Hulk for the death of his son, Jim Wilson. Jim died of AIDS (which, to be clear, he did not contract from the Hulk).
  • My Brain Is Big: Prodigy.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: The entire squad.
  • Revenge Before Reason: For Gideon, Mess, and Prodigy. Grey has his own motives and Griffin just wants someone to be mad at.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Grey's real reason for joining the team. He is Glenn Talbot's younger brother. Glenn tormented him during his upbringing, so he is not out for revenge, but to prove himself more capable than his brother by beating the Hulk.
  • Super Soldier: Gamma soldiers who follow orders.
  • Talkative Loon: Griffin again.
  • Two-Faced: Mess.


AKA: Yuri Topolov
Debut: The Incredible Hulk Vol. 1, #1

A brilliant Russian scientist mutated by gamma radiation into a deformed diminutive parody of himself. Served as a spy for the Soviet Union in the first issue, and was the Hulk's first (major) foe.

  • Anti-Villain: He was a spy, and originally fiercely loyal to the Soviet Union, but he could never live a normal life, even after Banner cured him, and he switched sides.
  • Dirty Communists: Not as dirty as the others in his time by far, but he is quite cowardly.
  • Evil Genius: At first.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Super Intelligence or no, Yuri longed for the day he could returned to how he was before. Fortunately for him, he was one of the rare villains who got his wish.
  • The Grotesque: Extremely ugly.
  • Heel–Face Turn: At the end of the issue, when Banner finds a cure for his condition.
  • I Die Free: After being depowered, he blows himself up, taking his masters with him.
  • Legacy Character: Had a mutant son who became the supervillain the Gremlin.
  • My Brain Is Big: The radiation that mutated him increased his intelligence, and also expanded his cranium to show it.
  • Redemption Equals Death: After being cured, he renounced his loyalty to the Soviet Union, and killed his superiors by detonating the military base he operated from, staying behind to "die as a man".
  • Russian Guy Suffers Most: His experiments with radiation deformed him, and yet he was still expected to serve the Soviet Union, with no suggestion of any treatment even if he succeeded in his mission.
  • Starter Villain: Appeared in the first issue, and was never seen again afterwards.
  • Super Intelligence: As a result of his radiation experiments.
  • Tragic Monster: A heavily tragic figure, who just wanted to serve his country.

    General Reginald Fortean

Debut: Hulk Vol. 2, #30.1

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 unter the pretext of getting revenge for Ross' death to aquire the resources to persue 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 was even stated that they had no interest in detroying the hulk and what the aim of Fortean's organization was to weaponize hulk.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • 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 what he did.
  • 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.

     Glenn Talbot

Debut: 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.
  • 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.


Debut: The Incredible Hulk Vol. 2, #89

A sentient space station that was a weapon designed by S.H.I.E.L.D. who built itself with advanced A.I. circuitry and whose intelligence surpassed what was initially intended. When it's creators initially tried to stop it, it responded in turn (it is believed this is what caused the Chernobyl incident). It's creators decided to leave it alone, where it made itself larger by incorporating space debris into itself. As a last resort, the Hulk was fired into space to put a stop to it.

  • AI Is A Crap Shoot: Was created by SHIELD before going rogue. Was actually created by the Illuminati and suggested by Tony Stark as leader of SHIELD to get rid of the Hulk.
  • Energy Absorption: Absorbs solar energy, converts it to nuclear energy, then stores it on a subatomic level. It's capable of replicating any energy signature it analyzes, though the Hulk's gamma signature is hard to pin down.
  • Grey Goo: Incorporates matter into itself, making itself larger and more powerful. It is unclear as to the extent of it's absorbing abilities, but it's large, ship-like exterior form made from the floating space debris surrounding Earth has allowed it to grow to the size of a small city.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Has the potential to grow larger than the Earth itself, and most definitely has the fire power to wipe out humanity.
  • Kill Sat: It's purpose was to be a nuclear deterrent by remotely detonating from orbit any nuclear stockpile in the world.
  • Not So Different: Believes the Hulk and itself to be this at first. The Hulk disagrees, knowing that Godseye wishes to kill humanity, which is to much, even for the Hulk, as he just wants to be left alone.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: When Banner comes aboard it, the only reason he is spared is because the AI is curious about human nature, most specifically the dual nature of a being like the Hulk.


Debut: Skaar: Son of Hulk #2

  • A Million Is a Statistic: His attitude and the main thing separating him from Skaar. They both despise their father and are hell-bent on killing him, but Hiro-Kala has absolutely no regard for how many people wind up getting caught in the crossfire. As far as he's concerned, they're just numbers.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: Like Skaar, he desperately wants to kill their father. Unlike Skaar, he doesn't care how many people become collateral damage in the process.
  • Bald of Evil: Bald, but a little less villainous than most.
  • Cain and Abel: With Skaar.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Very skilled user of the Old Power.
  • Freudian Excuse: Abandoned on a barbaric planet, sold into slavery, saw his world destroyed...
  • Galactic Conqueror: Conqueror of wolrds.
  • A God Am I: He is the World Breaker and Sakaar'son. He demands your worship. Interestingly enough, on K'ai he denied his worshipers' proclamations to his divinity.
  • Kill All Humans: Kill all aliens actually.
  • Magic Knight: He has training in armed and unarmed combat along with his Old and New Power.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Can take hits from his father, a worldbreaker. Not many can boast this.
  • The Power of Hate: Harnessed his hate and rage in order to increase his powers.
  • Power of Love: When he realized he was developing feelings for another, he killed her to prevent his powers from going out of his control and threatening the universe.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: They couldn't look more different, and have radically opposed personalities as well. They both survived using one of their inherited powersets. He with his Old Power and Skaar by transforming.
  • Super Empowering: Through a combination of Old Power and Power Cosmic, Hiro was able to create a unique energy all his own called the New Power. Which basically was a combination of both without any new applications or abilities, but given his skill with both, he was able to share this power with those he wished ala Galactus.
  • Super Strength: Inherited from both parents.
  • Stronger Sibling: He is much more powerful (and less kind) than his brother Skaar.
  • Two-Faced: Half of his face was burned off in an incident with Galactus.


AKA: Cain Marko
Debut: The X-Men Vol. 1, #12

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     The Leader

AKA: Samuel Sterns
Debut: Tales to Astonish Vol. 1, #62

Once a mentally-handicapped janitor working in a nuclear facility, Samuel Sterns gained green skin, an enlarged head, and superhuman intelligence after being exposed to gamma radiation. He has fought the Hulk dozens of times, usually as a part of his schemes to Take Over the World.

  • Archenemy: Another major contender for the title, opposing the Hulk continuously and viciously since the Silver Age.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • For Science!: He once blew up an inhabited city just to see if the radiation would produce useful minions. He has a history of much more ambitious schemes of the same type, with all of humanity acting as his lab rats.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • My Skull Runneth Over: 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.
  • Smug Snake: Very arrogant, often to the point of underestimating the Hulk.
  • Super Intelligence: Probably the second smartest human, after the High Evolutionary, in terms of raw intelligence.
  • 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.


AKA: Philip Sterns
Debut: The Incredible Hulk Vol. 1, #362

The Leader's brother, but so completely unhinged that 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".


AKA: "Abigail Mercy Wright"
Debut: The Incredible Hulk Vol. 1, #338

  • 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.


AKA: George Tarleton
Debut: Tales of Suspense Vol. 1, #93

A lowly technician working for Advanced Idea Mechanics (A.I.M.), George Tarleton was nothing special. One day, Tarleton is picked by A.I.M.'s Scientist Supreme to be genetically altered into a living computer code-named M.O.D.O.C.: Mental Organism Designed Only for Computing. The experiment was a success: Tarleton's brain became enormous, granting him superhuman intelligence and vast psionic powers. Driven mad by the procedures performed on him, M.O.D.O.C. kills his masters in cold blood. Enjoying the slaughter, M.O.D.O.C. renames himself M.O.D.O.K: Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing. Having eliminated the existing command structure, M.O.D.O.K. takes over A.I.M, declaring himself the new Scientist Supreme.

For more information on him, please refer to his page.

     One Below All 

Debut: Immortal Hulk #5

A malevolent entity that resides in the Below-Place - the deepest layer of Hell, the One Below All is the dark counterpart of the One Above All. Sealed behind a metaphysical Green Door, it is the source of the elusive mutagenic third form of Gamma energy, and in a way every Gamma mutate is a facet of it.

  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: The One Below All uses David Banner as an avatar, although David says that simulateneously he is an independent spokesperson for the entity. Not that this form makes Hulk that comfortable...
  • The Anti-God: As the opposite of the One Above All, using terms to describe itself that are a dark mirror of its benevolent counterpart.
  • Bigger Bad: Both of the Immortal Hulk comic, and arguably 616 as a whole, as it is apparently Marvel's equivalent of the Devil.
  • Demonic Possession: The One Below All can possess Gamma mutates by slipping through them from the Green Door. If another superhuman then absorbs the mutate's Gamma, the One Below All can then pass into them.
    • In a Bad Future, the One Below All has completely possessed the body of the Hulk, having eaten all of Banner's identities.
  • Hero Killer: In the Bad Future, it eats Franklin Richards, Galactus, Mr Immortal and every Hulk persona.
  • Legacy Character: In the Bad Future, the One Below All possesses the Hulk and becomes the last living being in the universe, thereby becoming Galactus' heir in the next universe. The One Below All also takes on the Green Scar's outfit, nickname of 'Worldbreaker', and never stops making the universe's inhabitants pay.


Debut: Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1, #41

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.

  • 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.

     Shaper of Worlds

Debut: The Incredible Hulk Vol. 1, #155

A powerful being that developed from a Skrull Cosmic Cube.

  • Anti-Villain: Not evil, as such, but does evil work for others.
  • Contrived Coincidence: When he lost the ability to absorb dreams, Shaper was seeking a type of radiation that would restore his abilities. Three guesses just who gave off the unique radiation signatrue that worked.
  • Creative Sterility: He has no imagination of his own, so he depends upon other beings' ideas to manipulate reality. He can only create by copying the desires of others.
  • Deal with the Devil: Actually The Joker, but close enough.
  • Reality Warper: The Shaper of Worlds generates illusions that typically cannot be distinguished from reality. Its initial reach is limited to a few meters, but increases when used. He can transform an entire planet in 21 hours. "Illusions" last for four years, unless the Shaper manipulates them again to be kept.
  • The Spock: Very composed.
  • Unexpected Character: He was Marvel's villain in the Hulk/Batman crossover.


AKA: Joss Shappe
Debut: The Incredible Hulk Vol. 1, #388

Joss Sharpe wears a suit of armor that he appropriated off of its prior owner and wearer, which is armed with adamantium blades and jet engines allowing him to travel at speeds of over 300 mph. As a hitman, he goes by the name Speedfreek, and indulges in the drug Snap, which boosts his abilities even further.

     Thunderbolt Ross/Red Hulk 

AKA: General Thaddeus E. "Thunderbolt" Ross
Debut: The Incredible Hulk Vol. 1, #1

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 his page.


AKA: Romulus Augustulus
Debut: The Incredible Hulk Vol. 1, #5

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.


AKA: Simon Utrecht (Vector); Ann Darnell (Vapor); James Darnell (X-Ray); Michael Steel (Ironclad)
Debut: The Incredible Hulk Vol. 1, #254

Corporate executive Simon Utrecht wasn't satisfied with having immense wealth and influence. Desiring greater power and inspired by the accident that gave the Fantastic Four superhuman powers, Utrecht sponsored a space mission with the intent of being bombarded with cosmic rays similar to the Four and gaining powers of his own. The plan succeeded, with Utrecht and his crew gaining superhuman powers, but when Bruce Banner saw what they were doing, he aborted the launch and brought them back to Earth. Enraged at having their quest for power cut short, Utrecht and his crew attacked the Hulk with the superhuman abilities they'd gained. Banner defended himself by turning into the Hulk, but the battle was cut short when the U-Foes, as they called themselves, lost control of their powers. They seemed to have been killed by their own abilities, but eventually managed to restore themselves and would return to torment the Hulk time and again.

Simon Utrecht gained superhuman repelling powers as Vector, while pilot Mike Steele became the superstrong and metallic Ironclad. Crew member Jimmy Darnell became the radioactive X-Ray, while his sister Ann Darnell became Vapor, capable of turning herself into any form of chemical gas.

  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Utrecht was already a multimillionaire, captain of industry, and former political office-holder, but that just wasn't enough for him. He wanted real, physical powers.
  • Dumb Muscle: When you look at their powersets, they're actually far, far above the Fantastic Four and could easily be Avengers-level threats if they had half a mind. Unfortunately for them, they are a bunch of petty, lazy, unimaginative idiots who are perfectly content to work as mid-level mercenaries and frequent punching bags for the Hulk.
  • Energy Being: X-Ray.
  • Evil Counterpart: To the Fantastic Four. Oddly, they've never actually fought the Fantastic Four. This was also completely intentional on their part; they got their powers deliberately through the same method as the FF.
  • Four Is Death: Four people who are AxCrazy.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: A parallel to the Fantastic Four.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The U-Foes succeeded in gaining their powers, but Banner's interrupting their trip meant they didn't get enough radiation to actually control their powers. This led to their first defeat without the Hulk even needing to do anything. Subsequent occurrences can be blamed on them not caring enough to get good with their abilities.
  • Mind over Matter: Vector can emit powerful psychic waves that repel anything he directs his energies at. He can repel anything from physical matter to tracking signals to Doctor Strange's magic.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: This, along with Super Strength, is Ironclad's primary power. He's gone multiple rounds with the Hulk and lived to tell the tale.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Sure, they don't have much of a street cred, but Vector can repel the magic of Doctor Strange, hurl planets, blast the Hulk into a walking skeleton, and rip apart reality itself. Also, they think nothing of blowing up thousands as long as they get paid.
    • If one takes time to examine their powers, they're actually considerably more powerful than the Fantastic Four (they were exposed to considerably more cosmic rays). Unfortunately they aren't nearly as smart as the FF, which is probably the main thing holding them back from being major villains.
  • Power Incontinence: Vapor nearly dissipated, Vector repelled himself off the planet, Ironclad sank to the Earth's core and X-Ray nearly overloaded when he absorbed too much radiation to control. Their powers doing all sorts of things that they're not supposted to do is a regular occurrence, and half the time, your best bet against them is to just wait for their powers to backfire.
  • Pure Energy: X-Ray can control a wide variety of forms of radiation, and emit them in deadly blasts that can burn even the Hulk or The Mighty Thor.
  • Stupid Evil: Just one of them could pose a credible threat to the Fantastic Four, and the four of them put together have the sort of firepower that would typically make the Avengers take notice. Fortunately for everyone else, however, they are too stupid and lazy to really learn how to put their abilities to good use (half the time, they manage to defeat themselves when their powers go haywire because they still have a novice-level grasp of them at best), and, more importantly, would much rather work as hired thugs or go around spoiling for a fight with the Hulk than put in the effort to advance themselves as a team.
  • Super Smoke: And a whole lot of other gases too. Vapor's powers allow her to transform herself into any kind of gas she desires. Mustard gas and carbon monoxide work great for choking even heroes like the Hulk.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: When this four was making their foolhardy expedition, they would have likely killed themselves overdosing of cosmic radiation if Bruce Banner hadn't brought their spacecraft down. As it is, they survived while gaining superpowers, and then tried to kill Banner for interfering in their affairs.
  • Unholy Matrimony: Vapor and Vector
  • Worf Effect: Similar to the Wrecking Crew, Hulk rival Thor's villains, the U-Foes eventually became second-tier villains to be beat up by everybody. Still, similar to the above mention WC, they get very few moments to shine here and there.


Debut: The Incredible Hulk Vol. 1, #166

A humanoid creature entirely made of electricity created accidentally after an attempt to sabotage a nuclear power plant in New York City. Aside from insanely powerful electric powers, ZZZAX can feed on brain electricity, killing his victims and temporarly taking on their personality traits in the process.


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