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Amadeus Cho

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Amadeus Cho (with Hulk in Tow)

Notable Aliases: Mastermind Excello, Prince of Power, Iron Spider, Hulk, Kid Hulk, Amadeus Hulk, Brawnhammer, Chulk, Brawn

First Appearance: Amazing Fantasy Vol. 2 #1 (January, 2006) note ; Totally Awesome Hulk #1 (February, 2016) note ; Champions Vol. 2 #22 (September, 2018) note 

Affiliations: The Avengers, Champions (2016), Agents of Atlas

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 story arc, see Totally Awesome Hulk.

He usually appears as a supporting character or sidekick in books featuring The Avengers, or individual members of that group, such as the Hulk or Hercules.


Amadeus Cho appears in the following works:

Notable Comic Books

Literature

  • The novelization of The Incredible Hulk proclaims that the minor character credited as "Computer Nerd" in the film, played by Martin Starr, was in fact Amadeus. The films would later reveal "Computer Nerd" to actually be Mr. Harrington, Peter Parker's teacher, in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Amadeus has yet to actually be introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Western Animation

Anime

Video Games


Amadeus Cho provides examples of the following tropes:

  • A God I Am Not: The finale of the "Prince of Power" miniseries: Amadeus drinks the potion to grant divine powers, but consciously only uses it to find Hercules, then gives all of the power from said potion to Herc because he felt he couldn't handle it or the risks involved.
  • Affirmative Action Legacy: Like many other heroes for the All-New, All-Different Marvel event, Cho is some sort of minority or marginalized group. In his case, Korean-American. He's this thrice over; introduced as Mastermind Excello, who was a white hero during WWII era comics, then Athena intended for him to succeed Hercules, then he becomes a Hulk.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Shown being a victim of racist bullies in a flashback.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Amadeus Cho becomes the new Hulk, his favorite hero.
    Amadeus: Carol...I was just wondering...If I were to go crazy...what makes you think you could stop me?
  • Asian and Nerdy: He's Korean-American and his superpower is being really good at math.
  • Attack Reflector: When he has access to energy shields, he can tweak them to do this to energy attacks. Thor finds this out the hard way.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Able to perform extremely complex calculations in his head.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: When taking over the position of Prince of Power as well as the head of the Olympus Group (plus sponsoring Bruce Banner's research), Cho does all his work (including fighting supervillains) in an extremely expensive tailored suit.
  • Battle of Wits: When he meets the person responsible for his family's death, the sixth smartest person in the world.
  • Big Eater: Transforming burns a lot of metabolism, so Cho is constantly hungry—to the point that in the first issue, he delays his first on-panel transformation to finish eating a big meal.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: He's entirely right in that the heroes have little to no sympathy in helping Banner live with the Hulk and spend more time treating him like a threat to be neutralized than a person in need of support and understanding when they claim to be friends to either. On their part they're also right in the Hulk being a public threat that has the clear potential to literally destroy the world by himself and he's too blinded by his faith in the Hulk never getting to that point simply because he hasn't yet to acknowledge that as something to be proactive about.
  • Brains and Brawn: He is the Brains and Hercules is the brawn.
  • Brought Down to Normal: His intellect can fade if he doesn't have enough sugar to power it. In an few issues of The Incredible Hercules he becomes dumb as a brick until he manages to find some candy bars to eat (see also The Key Is Behind the Lock, below).
  • Casanova Wannabe: Cho can't stop hitting on women—especially in Hulk form. Even women who state that they have boyfrends, or plainly state that they're not interested, don't stop his advances.
  • Character Development: When first introduced in The Incredible Hercules he was an arrogant jerk who was willing to crash SHIELD's systems for the hell of it. His time traveling with Hercules taught him to be a hero.
  • Character Shilling: Greg Pak flat out admits it. The reason that Cho showed up in just about every series Pak wrote was because he wanted to create a Korean-American superhero in a starring role, which Marvel lacked. His hope was that by slowly giving Cho exposure, fans would come to like the character and thus it would feel natural when he was given his own superhero identity. Totally Awesome Hulk is the culmination of that effort.
  • The Chessmaster: He has a knack for manipulating and tricking others into doing what he wants when he's relying on his wits, even managing to trick Athena herself. Unfortunately the trope becomes deconstructed when it becomes apparent that his manipulative tendencies that get others into trouble make him untrustworthy and hated in many superheroic communities with many despising him and others calling him a blatant sociopath for using people.
  • The Chosen One: As far as Athena is concerned.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: As a part of Marvel Fresh Start his gamma mutation has changed and he starts calling himself Brawn.
  • Energy Weapon: When Cho inherits Herc's adamantine mace, he uses some of Bruce Banner's tech to shoot these from the mace as his main form of offense.
  • Escapist Character: Deconstructed In-Universe in Totally Awesome Hulk. Amadeus Cho is an Audience Surrogate for all those who would savor the power and invincibility of the Hulk, unlike Bruce Banner. However, as the recurring dream sequences symbolize, he isn't quite as in control as he believes, and being the Hulk comes with a lot of responsibility that a kid may not be mature enough to handle.
  • Fanboy: of Hulk.
  • Fatal Flaw: Hubris; when Cho reaches a conclusion and decides a course of action, he'll stubbornly ignore any information that'd change his mind and emotionally rush to confront the problem. This leads to the mentioned manipulative actions and eventually his sister icing him out because, as the Hulk, this tendency endangered bystanders on multiple occasions.
  • Formulaic Magic: Cho has the ability to see the world as mathematical formulas.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Provides various gadgets for Banner's use, including a suit of unstable molecules (which remains intact when he becomes the Hulk).
  • Genius Sweet Tooth: Cho's enhanced intellect requires tons of sugar to work. If he goes too long without sugar, his thoughts become increasingly muddled.
  • The Hero: Due to events toward the end and what the plan certain gods have for him.
  • The Hero's Journey: His story throughout the series.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: "Hulking out", often depicted as lowering inhibitions in various ways, turns Amadeus into a Casanova Wannabe.
  • If My Calculations Are Correct: His hypermind power.
  • Insufferable Genius: Early on. One of his storylines has him slowly growing out of this. Still, was a pretty hard blow when he found out that he is NOT the seventh smartest, since the result came out when some of Earth's top brains were in space e.g. Bruce Banner and Hank Pym. When he saw Pym's laboratory and its capabilities, he said:
    Cho: Eighth. Eighth is good. I can live with eighth.
    • Then he sees Banner's Bannertech, just has to take some of it, and finds out that he (Cho) is actually tenth smartest.
  • The Key Is Behind the Lock: A notable example in one issue of The Incredible Hercules: he is kept prisoner in a society where the only junk food is locked in a vault (long story), and his intelligence is faltering. He manages to reach the vault, says "After I eat the food inside I'll be smart enough to figure out how to open the vault", and only then realizes the flaw in his plan.
  • Legacy Character: He became the new Hulk in Totally Awesome Hulk.
  • Meaningful Name: "Amadeus" means "love god" and Athena tells him he must sacrifice his love for Delphyne for his love of the gods. Amadeus says his parents picked the name because they were Methodists and Mozart fans.
  • Mental Fusion: The climax of his Incredible Hulk run ends with him accepting and absorbing his dark side, rather than erasing it completely, which changes his gamma mutation.
  • Mission Control: To Bruce Banner at times.
  • Mistaken for Gay: A Running Gag during his Incredible Hercules days was the Greek gods mistaking Amadeus for Herc's eromenos.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Amadeus Cho/Totally Awesome Hulk defeats Fin Fang Foom to impress Lady Hellbender... only for her to decide to capture him as part of her collection instead.
  • Prescience by Analysis: He possesses a "hypermind" capable of making a seemingly endless number of calculations in his head within seconds, predicting what's going to happen. Visually, it appears as numbers and formulas floating in mid-air. Later, we learn that it runs in the family as his sister Maddie can do the same thing.
  • Science Hero: When Cho becomes more active in his heroism, he uses tech to stand toe-to-toe with demons and gods. He still relies on his wits most of all, however.
  • Sidekick: To Hercules.
  • Sidekick Graduations Stick: After Secret Wars, he becomes the new Hulk, and therefore a hero in his own right.
  • Super Intelligence: Cho has this ability, which is attributed to his "hypermind." He is repeatedly established as being among the most intelligent people in the world.
  • Super Weight: Between his Hulk strength and his incredible genius, he's capable of posing a threat to the entire world, making him level 5 world weight.
  • Superior Successor: What Cho aims to be in respect to Bruce Banner. In this case, this isn't meant to upstage or belittle Banner, but to finally give the guy a break and let him deal with his issues as a normal human. In short, using all the good of the Hulk with as little of the bad as possible.
  • Teen Genius: Like Peter Parker he is, but it's more pronounced as he was building things since he was a toddler.
  • Too Clever by Half: Amadeus is undeniably intelligent but also undeniably immature and shortsighted at times. This goes back to his fatal flaw.
  • Virtual Sidekick: He created one called Calvin who was built into a Powered Armor that resembled a 3 piece suit. During his adventure on the Savage Lands, he even tells the natives there that Calvin is his Spirit Advisor for convenience.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: On both ends of this; he's called out the other heroes for not being considerate enough of Banner and the Hulk and called out by his allies for not being as considerate as he should be of others' emotional well-being. The latter has extended into physical well-being after becoming a Hulk.
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Thaddeus E. "Thunderbolt" Ross

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"I've trashed my military career, I'm constantly being attacked by my supposed allies, my family won't talk to me... and the only place I can be human is on a secret base with the one man I can't stand.
I'm doing great."
General Ross

General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross was overseeing the testing of the gamma bomb when Bruce Banner raced out onto the testing grounds to save teenager Rick Jones. For Banner's pains, he was blasted with gamma radiation, turning him into the Hulk.

Ross became the Hulk's most persistent enemy, initially because of the Hulk's attacks against the U.S. Army; as time passed, it developed into something more personal, an obsession. Even as Ross sought to bring the Hulk down, he envied and coveted the power the Hulk possessed.

In the end, the death of Ross' daughter Betty at the hands of the Abomination, the Hulk's betrayal by the Illuminati, and the assassination of Captain America plunged Ross into the depths of despair, where the Intelligencia, a cabal of Mad Scientist supervillains, found him. They made Ross an offer: the power to "rescue" America, and the chance to have Betty brought Back from the Dead. He accepted, and by combining cosmic energy with gamma radiation siphoned off from the Hulk, the Intelligencia transformed him into the Red Hulk.

The Red Hulk persona first appeared in Hulk vol. 3 #1 (March, 2008), created by Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness. The Red Hulk's first mission was killing the Abomination, and from there he proceeded to run amok across the MU, kicking a lot of dogs and getting on the bad side of a lot of major players - culminating in his stripping Banner of the Hulk.

There was at least some method behind the rampage: the Red Hulk was working with the Intelligencia on a coup to overthrow the United States government in the hope of making a better world. Finally, his treatment at the Intelligencia's hands led him to break ranks with them, teaming with the Hulkless Bruce Banner to bring them down in Fall of The Hulks.

In the end, believing he'd been let down by both sides, the Red Hulk made his own bid for power - only to be stopped and de-powered by a re-Hulkified Banner.

Had his own title, officially taking over the Hulk series while Incredible Hulk was focused on Banner's story, up until issue 58, where the title was renamed and taken over by Red She-Hulk, his daughter Betty. The Red Hulk was further announced to be moving into a relaunched volume of the Thunderbolts, alongside other anti-heroes such as Deadpool, Elektra, Venom, and The Punisher.

Ross has made frequent appearances in other Hulk-related media. The Red Hulk made his cross-media debut in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!, and is part of the main cast in Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.. The Red Hulk is also available as an alternate skin for the Hulk in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 and Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and as his own playable character in Marvel: Avengers Alliance. He also appears as a free-roam boss fight and unlockable character in Lego Marvel Super Heroes. Red Hulk was added as a playable character to the roster of Marvel: Future Fight during the Ant-Man game update.

General Ross appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in The Incredible Hulk, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.


Red-Hulk provides examples of:

  • Aesop Amnesia: On occasion, Ross would mellow out on his Hulk hate... but sooner or later, he'd be back to form, hating Banner and Hulk alike.
  • Alien Blood: Following his initial transformation, Ross now has glowing yellow blood in both forms.
  • Always Someone Better: The Green Hulk of course. Banner even calls himself "the alpha," as in alpha Hulk of the other Hulks, at one point.
  • Anti-Hero: Red Hulk is violent, almost sociopathic and trigger-happy.
  • Archenemy: Probably the closest thing the The Incredible Hulk has to one.
  • Artistic License – History: Word of God from Jeff Parker, supported later in the comic, is that the Army Air Force being currently active was intentional (in Real Life, it was abolished in 1947, replaced by the Air Force as an entirely separate arm of the military).
  • Back from the Dead: Twice, both before he ever became the Red Hulk.
  • Badass Mustache: As Ross. It disappears when he takes his Red Hulk form, and oddly grows back instantly when he becomes human. At least until he regains his Red Hulk powers in the Captain America arc, "All Die Young", which now sees Ross keep the mustache as Red Hulk.
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: He viewed the Hulk as a monster yet became a Hulk himself. He also ends up being hunted across the world as a fugitive the same way he relentlessly pursued Banner.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Ross always wanted to be the Hulk. Then he got Mode Lock.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: New MODOK is looking to completely avert this. He knows not to underestimate anyone and is very pragmatic. He even thanks Black Fog for beating him down, reminding him to never think oneself invincible.
  • Brought Down to Normal: At the end of the Omega Hulk storyline, the "Doc Green" Hulk removes his Red Hulk powers. Coates' run on Captain America sees Ross regain his Red Hulk powers.
  • Bullying a Dragon:
    • He never could get it into his head that if he just left the Hulk alone, there'd be far less collateral damage.
    • Provoking Galactus did not end well for him either.
  • Butt-Monkey: Jeff Parker did his best to give Rulk what was coming to him for all the behavior of the early issues - effectively dropping Ross' Karma Houdini Warranty. Unfortunately, this was not good news for anyone around Rulk...
  • Came Back Wrong: When Ross was brought back the first time, the Leader hadn't quite perfected the requisite technology... Originally, he came back as a Soulless Shell, which was later retconned as And I Must Scream.
  • Catchphrase: Under Loeb, Red Hulk was prone to yelling "I'm my own man, my own monster!"
  • Comic Book Death: He's seemingly killed during Coates's Captain America run. "Seemingly" as it later turns out he faked his death with an LMD. However, this trope actually gets explored over in Immortal Hulk. After the last two near-misses, his funeral's not exactly swarming with mourners, and Iron Man (who gives a half-hearted eulogy) keeps glancing at the coffin in case anything happens. While nothing did, the LMD soon got hijacked by Carnage and Grendel during Absolute Carnage.
  • Create Your Own Villain/Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Bad idea disconnecting the scientist trying to stop the Synthegraft subjects before she was done, Ross; now she's been transformed into supervillain Zero/One.
    • Ross has impeded and even outright stopped Banner's attempts to cure himself of the Hulk many, many times, usually unwittingly.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: He delivered lots of these to other heroes, before Galactus brought his winning streak to an end. After this, Rulk was on the receiving end of many.
  • Darkest Hour: During Bill Mantlo's run on Incredible Hulk, Ross was faced with either owning up to releasing the Abomination against the Hulk in defiance of a Presidential pardon and being charged with treason, or committing suicide. He opted to own up. The full implications of this were overlooked by later writers, as he eventually returned to military service. Jeph Loeb eventually explained Ross' return to service by revealing the charges had been dropped as part of the Intelligencia's schemes.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Ross has never been happy with Betty's relationship with Banner.
  • Daydream Surprise: The beginning of Hulk #32.
  • Deal with the Devil: Has a distinct tendency to end up making these. He made one with one with MODOK, which made him the Red Hulk in the first place, then another with MODOK and Leader to resurrect his daughter. In Thunderbolts, he makes one with Mephisto on behalf of the team.
  • Death Faked for You: During his plot against the Intelligencia, he and Banner make it look like the Red Hulk killed him. He later does it again during Ta-Nehisi Coates's Captain America run as part of his investigation into Alexa Lukin.
  • Determinator: Say what else you like about him, but Ross doesn't give up till the bitter end.
  • Dishonored Dead: Downplayed in Immortal Hulk, where he gets what is on the surface a respectful funeral, but everyone is going through the motions and nobody is really sorry to see him go. He’s buried at West Point, but only because that's the only cemetery that would take his body; it's attended by his daughter and some former colleagues who are mostly there out of a sense of obligation; and the eulogy is delivered by Tony Stark, who is only there because Ross was briefly an Avenger, and gives a very short, awkward and carefully worded speech and generally clearly doesn’t want to be there (and keeps eyeing the casket as if expecting someone to pop out of it). It's even further downplayed as it's later revealed he didn't even die at all, just used an LMD to fake his death.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In Age of Ultron, he brutally kills Taskmaster for attempting to escape with the parts of the Ultron drones the group acquired. It gets even worse when you realize that Taskmaster didn't have any means of fighting the Ultron drones, was shaken after witnessing Black Panther's sudden death, and the fact that his job was to escape with the Ultron parts!
  • Distaff Counterpart: Much to Ross' dismay, when the Intelligencia resurrected Betty, they turned her into the Red She-Hulk.
  • The Dragon: Black Fog was this to Zero/One's Evil Genius, before being released from her control. He considers his 'debt' to her - for freeing him, and for the pain she inflicted on him - paid.
  • Dramatic Irony: General Fortean believes the Red Hulk killed Ross, and wants him dead. As such, he's unaware that the Red Hulk is Ross, or the extent to which he's following in Ross's footsteps. Ross, on the other hand, is all too aware of the irony.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Quite apart from the Red Hulk, there was the time Ross took over the body of energy being Zzzax. Or the time he was given the Redeemer armor.
  • Enemy Mine: Banner and Ross have teamed up on occasion.
  • Energy Absorption: Can absorb various forms of energy, including gamma radiation and cosmic energy, to boost his strength. He's even able to use this on living beings, allowing him to permanently rob gamma mutates of their powers.
  • Everyone Has Standards: On occasion.
    • Ross can be a General Ripper on his bad days, but even he thinks Brian Banner is a piece of human-shaped scum. ... of course, he follows up on this by hating Bruce even more for being unable to stand up to the man.
    • After his de-powering by Doc Omega, Ross swears off hunting Banner because he feels they're too similar. But this means the job is left to Fortean, who has absolutely none of Ross's restraint or qualms.
  • Evil Counterpart: To the Hulk, initially.
  • Faking the Dead: As far as most of the world's concerned, Thunderbolt Ross is dead (in truth, it was a Life Model Decoy). Ta-Nehisi Coates's Captain America run ses him do this again.
  • Faustian Rebellion: Against the Intelligencia.
  • Four-Star Badass: Ross himself. General Fortean also counts, although he's only two-star.
    Ross: Son, I didn't get these stars by being somewhere else when the spit hit the fan!
  • Gathering Steam: Averted. Unlike Banner, getting angry causes the Red Hulk to overheat and collapse.
  • General Ripper: Depending on the Writer, went between this and Inspector Javert.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: As Red Hulk, Ross has glowing yellow eyes.
  • Hair Reboot: His mustache, as mentioned above.
  • Hammerspace: Mark Waid has put forth the suggestion that Ross' mustache goes into the Negative Zone when he transforms. It has its own adventures there. According to Thunderbolts Volume 2 issue 21, it goes to Mephisto's realm of Hell. Some of the Thunderbolts have a fight with it, turned enormous.
  • Healing Factor: When he sleeps or transforms.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He served as an Avenger for a time.
  • Henshin Hero: Well, Anti-Hero.
  • Hero Antagonist: He was originally portrayed as this since he was trying to stop the Hulk. Over time, Ross became more of a General Ripper, however, as he caused more harm than good, and the comics began to emphasize how wrong he was in his methods. He was still ultimately a Well-Intentioned Extremist.
    Hulk: All Hulk ever wants is to be left alone!!
    Red Hulk: Right. You wanted to be left alone when you went to war with the entire planet? Trashed half of New York City! I'll see to it that you're left alone — in a graveyard!
  • Heroic Red Ring of Death: The angrier Red Hulk gets, the hotter he gets, until he overheats.
  • Hero Killer: As Red Hulk, he murdered Clay Quartermain, a long time supporting SHIELD agent.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Ross just doesn't get that he's worse than the Hulk now that he has his powers, owing to his lack of restraint and even less compulsions about beating up whoever got in his way.
  • Home Base: Where Banner has a number of hidden bases, Ross has only one so far: Gamma Base.
  • Hot-Blooded: Literally.
  • Hulking Out: He normally chooses when to change and keeps his own mind, but when the general is poisoned it causes him to immediately hulk out and go on an unstoppable rampage.
  • Hulk Speak: Unlike the original Hulk, this is noticeably averted.
  • I Love Nuclear Power: Gamma radiation + cosmic energy = Red Hulk.
  • In Another Man's Shoes: In Jeff Parker's run. Transformed into a Hulk, hunted by the U.S. Army, unable to convince them of his good intentions... Ross has finally found out what Banner was going through when Ross was leading the hunt. Whether he's actually figured that out yet is another matter - seeing the other person's perspective has never been one of his strong suits.
  • In Name Only: His team of Thunderbolts seemingly has no relation to previous Thunderbolts team. But then again, "Thunderbolt" is his nickname to begin with.
  • In a Single Bound: Thanks to his super strength.
  • In-Series Nickname: Ross was nicknamed 'Thunderbolt' by his troops because he 'struck like a thunderbolt' against their enemies.
  • The Insomniac: Type D, superpowered. Red Hulk is able to go for long stretches without sleep... but even he needs to sleep eventually. It's very bad news when Fortean infected him with nanites that would kill him if he turned human, which he does whenever he sleeps. Ironically, this prevented Ross from taking the opportunity to show Fortean that Rulk and Ross are one and the same.
  • Interrupted Cooldown Hug: Was often the reason for this. Doesn't apply to him, though, since his anger usually shorts him out.
  • I Wish It Were Real: Played for Drama. Zero/One, being unable to distinguish between the 'real' Black Fog, and the tall stories that sprang up around him, 'upgrades' him into the creature of her childhood nightmares.
  • Jerkass: Ross was never Mr. Nice Guy before. Getting the super powers he so craved didn't help his disposition.
  • Kick the Dog: When he and Banner first met, Ross accidentally destroyed Bruce's childhood doll. And the jerkward didn't even bother apologizing for it.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Abomination most certainly had his fate coming, as weirdly-written as it may have been.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Hulk #30.1, "The Whale", points out Ross and Fortean's similarities to Captain Ahab, and to each other. Ross is aware of the parallels; Fortean isn't.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: For decades, he has ruined Bruce's/Hulk's life. And after becoming the Red Hulk, it was Bruce who gave him a taste of his own medicine by making the public believe Ross had died as a hero. Because of this, Rulk can't ever be Ross again in public and live a normal life, or he would (like Hulk said) hang for treason for his crimes as Rulk — only to be pardoned after his helped fight against HYDRA in Secret Empire.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: Ross and Banner, following the Compound Hulk incident.
  • Mad Scientist: Zero/One presents herself as rational and efficient - but to outside observers, she's a mad scientist with no sense of ethics who's unable to distinguish fiction from reality.
  • Magic Pants: Although Ross' are black, rather than purple.
  • Military Brat: Ross' family has been in the military at least since the American Civil War.
  • Muggle Best Friend: Jacob's an unusual variant of this: he's the MBF for Zero/One, a villain. He's not exactly thrilled about it.
    • Jacob is incredibly afraid of Zero/One. So much so that he refused her offer for synthetic skin graft transplants on his horrifically burned body.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: At one point, gets briefly possessed by both the Venom symbiote and the Spirit of Vengeance, turning him into a gamma-mutated symbiotic red colored Four-Star Badass. It looks every bit as awesome as it sounds.
    Venom Rulk Rider "Wwe am smassh for venggeance!"
  • Not So Different: Subverted with Ross and Fortean. Ross attempts to point this out to warn Fortean off his mission to kill Red Hulk but, well, the Hulks have never been known for their good fortune...
  • Not So Stoic: When it comes to his family.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Briefly did this very early on as Rulk, but it didn't work because Iron Man pointed out a stupid, mindless Hulk doesn't use a gun.
  • Old Soldier: A rare officer version.
  • Papa Wolf: For all Ross' faults, he's fiercely protective of his daughter Betty. One of the reasons he hunted the Hulk so obsessively is because he felt Betty's relationship with Banner would endanger her... and he was arguably right. Not to mention that right after becoming the Red Hulk, he tracked down the Abomination, who had killed her, and murdered him.
  • Playing with Fire: When he starts to overheat, it's quite literal, as his body puts out a extreme amount of heat hot enough to melt some of the sand in a desert he was in.
  • Pride: Probably Ross's defining feature, for better and worse.
  • Psycho Rangers: Headed up the Offenders, an Evil Counterpart team to The Defenders.
  • Radiation-Immune Mutants: In fact, he gains his powers from it.
  • Red Baron: Known as "thunderbolt" to many.
  • Red Is Violent: As Red Hulk, being even more ravaging than Hulk himself.
  • Reluctant Retiree: All Ross has known has been military service. Once he was unable to go back, he was at a loss for what to do with himself. Always somewhat unhappy about superheroes and super-teams, he joined the Avengers, probably because it was the closest thing to military service he can do now.
  • Remember the New Guy?: General Fortean, who used to be one of Ross' subordinates in his Hulk-hunting days.
  • Revenge: Ross has been on both sides of this, but perhaps the most impressive example is Uatu the Watcher retaliating for Ross punching him in the face by launching what may be the most passive-aggressive revenge schemes ever, courtesy of the Alien Non-Interference Clause.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Ross' desire to take down the Hulk took him down some very dark paths in the past.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: The Life Model Decoys at Gamma Base, who are aware of their nature, and serve as Ross's supporting cast.
  • Secondary Color Nemesis: Inverted, along with Primary-Color Champion. The green and purple original Hulk is the hero, while Red Hulk is the villain.
  • Secret Identity: If Ross ever tries pulling a Back from the Dead, Banner will publicly reveal he's the Red Hulk... and given that he tore up the White House, that isn't going to go down well.
  • Shapeshifter Mode Lock: Red Hulk's Energy Absorption abilities are set to force this sooner or later. General Fortean implanted him with nano-mines set to go off when he turned human, but he managed to get them deactivated.
  • Shockwave Clap: Comes with the Hulk territory.
  • Shooting Superman: When it came to the Hulk, this was generally his Plan A.
  • Smug Super: Again, getting Hulk powers did not do the man's ego any favors.
  • Split Personality: Averted, Ross retains his identity in both forms.
  • The Stoic: Ross allows himself few displays of emotion beyond anger. The Red Hulk's a different matter.
  • Supernaturally Delicious and Nutritious: Vampires love snacking on his blood.
  • Super Senses: Able to see various forms of energy, including gamma radiation and cosmic energy
  • Super Strength: Though he can't reach the levels Banner can.
  • Two Beings, One Body: The Compound Hulk in Hulk #30.
  • Two First Names: His first name is Thaddeus — a name relatively popular in America during the 1970s — and his last name is Ross.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Typically has full control over his transformation, though he sometimes reverts when he sleeps.
  • Weaponized Exhaust: When he starts overheating, the heat is extreme enough to melt sand, let alone the effects it can have on his opponent.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Ross has always been one of these.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: On the one hand, Ross is rather uncomfortable with the Life Model Decoys' nature; on the other, they're human enough he often acts as he would around flesh-and-blood humans. It turns out these LMDs dissolve when they're destroyed; they can't be repaired. Like humans, they only have one life. Taken further when Ross eventually enters a relationship with Annie.

    Robert L. Maverick 

Robert L. Maverick

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Meet Robert Maverick, everybody.

An all-new all-different Red Hulk will be a part of the upcoming post-Civil War II title U.S.Avengers. Eventually revealed as Robert Maverick.


  • Badass Mustache: Unlike the Ross Red Hulk for the first time, Maverick retains his mustache when he hulks out.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: "Hulk Plug-In, do your sluggin'!"
  • Cool Shades: He's also usually seen with sunglasses.
  • De-Power: During Avengers: No Surrender, the Immortal Hulk drains all the gamma radiation out of him.
  • Expy: General Maverick, who is new Red Hulk in U.S.Avengers. This guy exists solely because Marvel didn't let Al Ewing use Ross and make him Red Hulk again and the biggest difference is that he is even more of a General Ripper than Ross.
  • General Ripper: How much so? General Ross thinks this guy goes too extreme. For example, his response to A.I.M. operating on American soil was to immediately and angrily shoot down any possibility of talking to them in favour of letting loose the Amerikaiju.
  • Hour of Power: His power-up only works for an hour, then takes a day to recharge. In the first issue he hulks out, his teammates watch him demolish a flying airbase within seconds of hulking out, and wonder what he's going to do with the remaining fifty-something minutes. The HYDRA moles within AIM manage to trick him by offering a work-around, which he accepts.
  • Seen It All: He's apparently had his own career dealing with mad science long before he shows up in New Avengers, and as a result is not remotely threatened by the Maker's monologues.
  • Shout-Out: His Catchphrase seems to be an incredibly tongue-in-cheek one to the infamous The Thing segments of Fred and Barney Meet the Thing.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Look at this guy. Old Soldier and General Ripper Rulk with a handlebar of sheer, unadulterated MAN! Oh, It's Thunderbolt Ross? Nope. Meet Robert Maverick, everybody.

    Betty Ross 

Betty Ross

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Full Name: Elizabeth "Betty" Ross

Notable Aliases: Elizabeth "Betty" Talbot, Elizabeth "Betty" Banner, Harpy, Red She-Hulk, She-Rulk, Mr. Blue, Red Harpy

First Appearance: The Incredible Hulk #1 (1962) note  / The Incredible Hulk #168 (1973) note  / Hulk Vol. 2 #15 (2009) note 

"Dad told me to forget Bruce Banner! But I could as soon forget my heart... or my soul!"
Betty Ross

Betty is Bruce Banner's first and most enduring Love Interest, and daughter of General Thunderbolt Ross, one of the Hulk's longtime foes. She's since been through almost as much trauma as Banner himself: she's married, and then divorced Glenn Talbot; been estranged from her father; been turned into the supervillainess Harpy by M.O.D.O.K.; nearly died of cancer given to her by the Abomination; and finally been turned into the Red She-Hulk by The Leader, who then forced her to fight against most of the heroes of Earth. Back in control of herself (but still empowered), Betty struggled to establish a new sense of self. She briefly had her own 10-issue series as Red She-Hulk that ran from December 2012 to September 2013.

Unfortunately, Doc Green (Hulk's new persona that's both super smart and strong) came to the conclusion that the world was in danger from Gamma Mutates, who thus needed to be depowered. After Doc Green depowered A-Bomb (Rick Jones) and Skaar, he also depowered Betty and she lost her power as Red She-Hulk.

Except this didn't stick. During the Immortal Hulk storyline, she was shot in the head by Bushwacker. She subsequently self-revived in a new Gamma Mutate form; a crimson-skinned and more-monstrous looking version of her ancient Harpy persona, nicknamed "Red Harpy" by the fans.

Notable Comic Book appearances

Animated Series appearances

Live-Action Film appearances

Video Game appearances


Tropes

  • Absolute Cleavage: When she still had her Red She-Hulk power, Betty wore a black leather suit that exposes her cleavage.
  • Action Girl / Dark Action Girl: As Harpy and Red She-Hulk. In her normal form, Betty is moderately skilled in the use of small firearms.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: She's blonde in the 1996 animated series. This was a carryover from an actual dye job in the comics in the early 1990s.
  • Adaptational Job Change: Pretty much every adaptation tends to make her a scientist alongside Bruce, to give more explanation for why a generally asocial guy like him has ended up in a relationship with his boss's daughter, and to make it a more equal pairing.
  • Amazonian Beauty: As Red She-Hulk, and she also has a habit of getting her clothes torn.
  • Anti-Hero: As Red She-Hulk, after she's freed from The Leader's control.
  • Badass Family: Her lover is Hulk, her father is Red Hulk, and her paternal great-aunt is a Golden Age superheroine Golden Girl (Betsy Ross). There are also cousin-by-marriage She-Hulk, and step-children Skaar and Lyra. Betty also has a daughter, the benevolent mystical entity Daydream, due to being raped by Nightmare, but although the demon keeps up his creepy "children fathered through rape" tendency with Trauma and Dreamqueen, nobody has had an interest in reintroducing her yet.
  • Battle Couple: With Hulk as Red She-Hulk, sometimes.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: The Leader had to do this to her in order to make her into a willing servant as Red She-Hulk.
  • BFS: As Red She-Hulk, she has a great sword named Savage Sword of She-Hulk, created by Iron Man and blessed by Odin.
  • Boom, Headshot!: During Immortal Hulk, Bushwacker shoots her in the head, by accident, while aiming for Bruce. It was assumed at the time she had been completely depowered. Then her eyes glowed red...
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: By MODOK when she was Harpy and The Leader early in her time as Red She-Hulk.
  • Break the Cutie: Several decades of being around Bruce and the Hulk, and therefore being a target for all the insanity therein, have done a severe number on Betty.
  • Brought Down to Normal: She has been depowered by Doc Green (Hulk) in Hulk vol.3 #8 after he decided Gamma-powered mutates are threats to the world. It didn't take. At least, not in the way he expected.
  • Catchphrase: As Red Harpy, she tends to say "this is me".
  • Comic Book Death: Actually died of cancer in the late 90s (Peter David had just come through a bad divorce). She stayed dead until 2009, when Jeph Loeb brought her back for Fall of the Hulks.
  • Convenient Miscarriage: Nightmare killed her and Bruce's unborn baby.
  • Cooldown Hug: Betty Ross can do this when the Hulk is especially irate.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: In her first outing as Red Harpy, she rips out a blinded Hulk's heart, having worked out this would kick-start his healing factor, which had been momentarily disabled. However, Devil Hulk makes it clear he doesn't forgive or forget.
  • Daddy's Girl: At first, but Ross eventually managed to shatter that bond.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: The biggest case in the whole Marvel universe. General Ross didn't think much of Bruce before the Hulk, and it's still not that clear which one he hates more.
  • Death Faked for You: Her father faked her death and put her on ice until somebody found a cure for her condition.
  • Distaff Counterpart: As Red She-Hulk, starts off as one to Red Hulk, right down to the Clueless Mystery over her identity.
  • The Dragon: As Harpy to MODOK and as Red She-Hulk to Leader.
  • Dying as Yourself: Just barely averted. When Skaar stabs Red She-Hulk Betty reverts to herself in time to die... only to be saved by Doc Samson.
  • Discard and Draw: Betty initially started out as a normal human love interest. Then she was mutated by MODOK into a Harpy-like gamma mutant who could fly and fire energy blasts. She was eventually cured. After being poisoned by the Abomination, Betty is revived by the Leader and MODOK as the Red She-Hulk and she is granted the same abilities as Hulk and She-Hulk as well as the ability to absorb energy like the Red Hulk. Bruce's "Doc Green" persona depowered her. As of Immortal Hulk, Betty now has a gamma form resembling the Harpy form but now red.
  • Dysfunctional Family: Being the Hulk's wife and the daughter of General Ross, this is a given.
  • Energy Absorption: As Red She-Hulk, she is able to absorb energy, such as radiation and power cosmic, to increase her power level, and can discharge energy by touch.
  • Evil Counterpart: Red She-Hulk was initially this to She-Hulk until Red She-Hulk is freed from the Leader's control.
  • Fanservice Pack: When she became Red She-Hulk, Betty became much more sexualized often suffering Clothing Damage and at one point having sex with the Hulk while a guy with a giant eye ball for a head watched.
  • Femme Fatalons: As Harpy, she had razor sharp talons which cut and tear through materials such as rock and metal, as well as carrying heavy objects.
  • First Girl Wins: She was Bruce's first canonical love interest, and the one that the writers will always come back to.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: As Red She-Hulk, her eye colour becomes glowing yellow. The same as Red Harpy.
  • Hand Blast: As Harpy, she could fire powerful concussion blasts from her hands; which were so powerful that she hurt and knocked-out the Hulk when they fought.
  • Harping on About Harpies: M.O.D.O.K. turned her into a Gamma-powered harpy once. After being shot in the head, she then resurrected as a crimson-skinned version of her original harpy person, thus combining her two Gamma Mutate identities into one.
  • Healing Factor: As Red She-Hulk, she is capable of rapidly regenerating injuries such as the severe injury after being impaled by Skaar's massive sword.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: As Red She-Hulk, she has pulled one of those in The Incredible Hulk sagas "Super Spy Banner" and "Heart of the Monster". She's a Face for good in the end of "Heart of the Monster". And then she seemingly resumes Heel status after becoming Red Harpy.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: When she still had the Red She-Hulk power, Betty wore a black leather suit.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Actually fell for Glenn Talbot, a Jerkass at best, and a sociopathic Smug Snake at his worst.
  • Hot Scientist: In Hulk (2003), Marvel Cinematic Universe, and some other adaptations.
  • Ill Girl: When she got cancer after being poisoned by the Abomination.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By Skaar. She got better (see Dying as Yourself above).
  • Lightning Bruiser: As a Gamma Mutate, she is both superhumanly strong and fast.
  • Love Cannot Overcome: Being in love with the emotionally withdrawn Bruce Banner is tough enough already, and she was often driven away by his Hulk alter ego.
    • Resurfaces again when she becomes the Red Harpy. After being killed again and coming back as the more monstrous Red Harpy, her primary thoughts was how she went from loving Bruce to their incredibly toxic relationship with each other. When they finally reunite she cuts out and eats a weakened Hulk's heart, despite Hulk begging for her aid. Only that turns out to be an attempt to help Hulk - tearing his heart out kick-starts his disabled healing factor. But she still makes it clear she's pissed at him. In fact, she later learns to control her transformation, but refuses to appear as anything other than Red Harpy to Bruce. Eventually, Bruce reaches his breaking point and demands she transform back. Betty attacks him for it.
  • Love Interest: Other girls come and go, but Betty is always Bruce's love interest. Even when married to Glenn Talbot, she confessed that she was unable to stop being in love with Bruce.
  • Love Triangle: First with Bruce and Talbot, then with Bruce and disposable love interest Ramon. Throw her and Bruce's alternate personalities into the mix, and things get even more complicated.
  • The Lost Lenore: Becomes one for Bruce until she's Back from the Dead.
  • Military Brat: She was the daughter of General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross, and thusly has been immersed in military culture all her life.
  • Most Common Superpower: As Red She-Hulk, unsurprisingly.
  • Muggle: What she started off as, back in the '60s. Obviously, not so much these days.
  • My Suit Is Also Super: As Red She-Hulk her leather suit stretches to fit and regenerates from any Clothing Damage she accrues from battle.
  • Mythology Gag: The fact that she is the Ultimate Marvel version of She-Hulk could be seen as this, since she actually did spend a brief period of time as a gamma-empowered entity called the Harpy, which can basically be described as, well, She-Hulk as a harpy with the ability to fire energy blasts. She's also gone on to become the Red Hulk version of She-Hulk in the mainstream verse as well.
  • Nightmare Face: Red Harpy has a demonic face, glowing eyes, fangs, and an overly long tongue.
  • The Nose Knows: As Red Harpy, she has a tremendous sense of smell, capable of finding someone whose scent she knows from across the country, even when they're dead.
  • Odd Friendship: Curiously, while she's on the outs with Bruce, this doesn't apply to Joe Fixit (though this might have something to do with the fact Joe doesn't mind her Red Harpy form, unlike Bruce, who is incapable of handling the sight of it).
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: As Red Harpy, she slaughters a bunch of Fortean's "clean-up" squad sent to kill any witnesses to the new Abomination's rampage.
  • Properly Paranoid: Being around Bruce and her dad for so long means she's got some tricks up her sleeves, in case any of their enemies are watching her. This messes up General Fortean's attempts to spy on her and Bruce reuniting in Immortal Hulk (but also might have played a part in Bushwhacker accidentally shooting her in the head, rather than Bruce).
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Initially. She settles into Red Is Heroic eventually but still remains pretty violent.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: As Red Harpy, her eyes are solid red.
  • Resurrective Immortality: As of Immortal Hulk, turns out so long as the sun's down, she can't die.
  • The Rival: Her relationship with She-Hulk has progressed to this. They also act as Good Cop (Jen) and Bad Cop (Red) over in Incredible Hulks.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Averted. Betty almost killed the Red Hulk, only to realise he was her father and stop in time.
  • Skunk Stripe: Inverted as Red She-Hulk, she has black hair with two stripes of red hair running through it, enhancing her similarity to a demon.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Her costume as Red She-Hulk is sleeveless.
  • Split Personality: The degree to which she retains control over Red She-Hulk varies a lot. Sometimes it's just an angrier Betty, while at others it is an entirely different persona whom she fears losing control over.
    • Red Harpy is vastly more malevolent and vicious than either Betty or Red She-Hulk. As seen when she massacres a bunch of mercenaries simply because she can (though it was in relational , and then rips out and eats the heart of a vulnerable Hulk.
      • Red Harpy appears to bring out the worse of Betty's bottled up emotions. She's aware she could have just disarmed the mercenaries, but killed them anyway because they killed an innocent civilian. While she tracked Bruce her primary thoughts was how toxic their relationship was and how in the end it has turned her into a monster. While her internal monologue has her state "this is me", she also treats Betty as a separate person in a conversation with Devil Hulk.
  • Split-Personality Takeover: A constant risk as Red She-Hulk.
  • Statuesque Stunner: As the seven-foot-tall Red She-Hulk.
  • Super Strength: When transformed into the Harpy. As Red She-Hulk her super strength goes off the charts.
  • Superhero Packing Heat: As Red She-Hulk, she was seen brandishing an automatic weapon.
  • Terse Talker: As Red Harpy, she only ever speaks in short sentences, usually seven words at most.
  • Tragic Monster: As a Gamma Mutate in general.
    • As Harpy: She was transformed against her will by M.O.D.O.K. into a mindless brute that he used as a living weapon.
    • As Red She-Hulk: The same thing happened to her again, only she was smart enough to realize she was being used as a puppet by the Leader.
    • As Red Harpy: She literally was shot in the head and then woke up in this new mutant form, which has a Split Personality that is far more monstrous and consciously evil than either of her previous forms.
  • True Love Is Boring: Bruce and Betty just can't be happy for long. Peter David did a worthy job of averting this for a while, but David eventually had a messy divorce from his wife, and Betty happened to be her favorite character. So... David later regretted his decision. Betty later came Back from the Dead, but she and Bruce are not back together yet.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Beneath her calmer exterior, Betty is nearly as repressed as her husband. When she turns into Red She-Hulk all that rage finally gets an outlet. Even more so as Red Harpy.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Odd case with Jennifer Walters. Betty gets along with Jen just fine. But when Betty turns into Red She-Hulk, they start trading insults back and forth.

    Skaar 

Skaar

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Alter Ego: Skaar Banner

Notable Aliases: Son of Hulk, Sakaarson, World Breaker, Killer of Killers, Hulk, Santos

First Appearance: What if? Planet Hulk Vol. 1, #1

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
  • Depower: His Hulk powers were removed by Doc Green, though he cryptically keeps it unclear if his Oldstrong powers are also gone.
  • 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 Rogers.
  • Not So Different: Daken says this to Skaar when they first meet.
  • Parental Abandonment: Blames the Hulk for abandoning him.
  • Put on a Bus: Depowered by Doc Green and given enough money start a new life for himself.
  • 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.
  • Token Good Teammate: Luke Cage put him on the Dark Avengers when they replaced the Thunderbolts to serve as a morality chain. Due to circumstances, this didn't exactly work out too well.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Thanks to growing up in the ruins of a Crapsack World without any parents, he's got issues... and that was before he got to Earth. And it applies to Skaar and Kid Skaar. At one point during Dark Avengers, an enemy forcibly turns him back to his child state, and tells Cage if he lets go of the kid for even a moment, he'll immediately hulk out and try to kill him, something Skaar confirms.
  • "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.

    Hiro-Kala 

Hiro-Kala

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Notable Aliases: Sakaarson, World-Breaker

First Appearance: Skaar: Son of Hulk Vol. 1, #2

Affiliations:

Hiro-Kala was once an enslaved Shadow child. After the destruction of Sakaar, he learned of his heritage. He is the Son of Hulk and Caiera the Oldstrong. He began a mission to travel the universe and purge it of the Old-Power.


  • Alas, Poor Villain: In-universe, in spite of all he's done, Banner can't help but be devastated that he's been sealed away within stone to be used as a battery to help repair a planet he devastated. He's still his son in spite of it all, and he became the way he is because of circumstances outside his control.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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    Weapon H 
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Weapon H (Clayton Cortez) is a character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character, created by Greg Pak and Mike Deodato Jr., first appeared in The Totally Awesome Hulk #21 (September 2017) during the "Weapons of Mutant Destruction" storyline. In 2018, Weapon H was featured in his own comic series.

A discharged ex-soldier by the name of Clayton who was kidnapped by the Weapon X program. With DNA of both the Hulk and Wolverine inside him, he has a healing factor ability and Adamantium claws and bones.


Weapon H provides examples of the following tropes:

  • The Ace: As Weapon H, Clay has the powers of both Hulk and Wolverine in addition to having extensive military training, potentially making him more powerful and deadly than either of them.
  • Alien Blood: Clay's blood turns green whenever he uses his powers even without transforming.
  • All Your Powers Combined: The explicit goal of the Weapon H program. Clay has the combined powers of Wolverine, the Hulk, Warpath, and Domino, with some Nanomachines from Lady Deathstrike making it possible for his bones to be coated in Adamantium and still grow with him. This trope is downplayed, he's only manifested Wolverine and the Hulk (Amadeus Cho version) powers plus a bit of Lady Deathstrike's bionic weirdness. He hasn't shown that he can fly like Warpath nor does he manipulate luck like Domino and even his creator is wondering if he has those abilities.
  • Composite Character: Weapon H is one of Hulk and Wolverine. Aside from the obvious, his back story and personal issues are a combination of Hulk and Wolverine’s. Like Hulk he had an abusive father, he has to deal with his own view of himself, and desires to be left alone. Like Wolverine he has a dark history with military ,feels like he doesn’t deserve to be called a hero, and doesn’t want to be used as a weapon.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: A grey skinned Hulk with a buzzcut and Wolverine Claws showed up in the Civil War tie-in of 2015's Secret Wars, though there it was referred to by Captain America as Logan.
  • Heroic Neutral: Clay just wants to be left alone, but at the same time is compelled by his conscience to help people.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Weapon H has blank, red eyes.
  • Rags to Riches: Clay is an ex-marine turned mercenary while Sonia is just a Roxxon secretary. Even though Clay, prior to being Weapon H, has been able to get lucrative contracts with an elite black ops PMC - money is still tight which is one of the beefs Sonia's mother has with him. This all changes when Clay takes the Weird World rescue mission from Roxxon, one condition of his is that he and Sonia gets $10 million dollars each. Clay succeeds and they're now multimillionaires.
  • Wolverine Wannabe: Weapon-H has the abilities of not only various characters associated with Weapon X — most prominently Wolverine — but also gamma-radiated characters like the Hulk, thus making him an example of a HULK MASH!-Up as well.

    Jackie McGee 

Jackie McGee

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Alter Ego: Jacqueline "Jackie" McGee

First Appearance: Immortal Hulk Vol. 1, #1 (June, 2018)

Affiliations: Arizona Herald

A reporter from the Arizona Herald who was working on a story on the reappearing Hulk. Introduced in The Immortal Hulk.


  • Age Lift: Her original counterpart was around the same age as David Banner in when Banner first became the Hulk in The Incredible Hulk (1977). While an adult now, this version was a teenager during an early rampage of the Hulk.
  • Angry Black Woman: Subverted. She points out that she lives in a society that tells her she can't get angry, no matter how much crap is thrown her way. She calls out the Hulk on how he, a genius white man who turns into a walking superweapon, can be given government pardons and statues no matter how much destruction is left in his wake, while she can't so much as get angry at whatever injustice befalls her.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: She has dedicated her life to finding Bruce in order to discover how she could become like him, with her anger recognized and accepted rather than dismissed and looked down upon. However, after actually spending time with Banner and seeing the horror show that is his life along with what being the Hulk has cost him, she regrets taking his situation at face value.
  • Canon Immigrant: Loosely based on Jack McGee from the 1977 TV show.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: The Hulk ran through her neighborhood when she was younger and destroyed her family home. Insurance wouldn't cover it because Hulk attacks are considered an "act of God", and this put considerable stress on her father who ended up dying more or less destitute.
  • Gender Flip: The original character was a white man.
  • I See Dead People: Discovers she's become a gamma mutate who sees ghosts and astral forms when she loses her concentration.
  • Intrepid Reporter: She is a normal reporter who traveled across the country to follow the Hulk.
  • Race Lift: The character she's based on was a white man.
  • Wham Line: When she finally managed to catch up to the Hulk directly, she asks.
    Jackie: "How do I get to be what you are?"

    Lyra 

She-Hulk

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Alter Ego: Lyra

Notable Aliases: Lyra Walters

First Appearance: Hulk: Raging Thunder Vol. 1, #1 (August 2008)

See here for more info.


    She-Hulk 

She-Hulk

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Alter Ego: Jennifer "Jen" Susan Walters

Notable Aliases: Hulk, Shulkie

First Appearance: Savage She-Hulk #1 (February, 1980) note  / Hulk Vol 4 #6 (July, 2017) note 

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.


    Del Frye 

Del Frye

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Alter Ego: Delbert John "Del" Frye

First Appearance: Immortal Hulk Vol 1 #2 (September, 2018)

The son of Doctor Frye was a popular schoolboy in his small hometown, where he was known for his kindness and as a local American Football star. This all changed when his father experimented on him, seemingly killing him.


  • And I Must Scream: Trapped in a never ending loop of his own death.
  • Body Horror: He and Rick Jones end up fused in a highly deformed body, with his body always glowing green while Rick's body looks like an appendage. Charlene manages to ease their pain and allow them to speak while she tries to find a way to separate them.
  • Grand Theft Me: Possessed by The Leader, although enough of his will is gone that he doesn't really object.
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    Abomination 

Abomination

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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.


    The Leader 

The Leader

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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.


    Madman 

Madman

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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.


    Doctor Frye 

Doctor Frye

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Alter Ego: Frye (First Name Unknown)

Notable Aliases:

First Appearance: Immortal Hulk Vol. 1, #2

A doctor whom experimented on his son with Gamma rays. His son died, after which he went insane. He started experimenting on himself becoming a ghoul-like creature.


  • And I Must Scream: Left trapped by the Hulk buried under a cave-in unable to move for the rest of his life.

    Flux 

Flux

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Alter Ego: Benjamin Tibbets

Notable Aliases:

First Appearance: The Incredible Hulk Vol. 2, #17

Hulk-like creature with an erratic transformation; parts of him sometimes transforming while the rest of him remains human.
  • Body Horror: His powers were unstable and different parts of his body would mutate while others remained human.
  • Killed Off for Real: He was killed by Grey of the Gamma Corps during a raid mission on an A.I.M. base.
  • Sole Survivor: He was the only survivor of his platoon when they were exposed to a Gamma Bomb detonated by General Ryker.

    Abominatrix 

Abominatrix

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Alter Ego: Florence Sharples

First Appearance: Sensational She-Hulk #21 (November, 1990)

Before she became Abominatrix, Florence Sharples worked for Jasper Keaton's savings and loan company as a manager. She was chosen as a medical test subject for a cure for premenstrual syndrome (PMS) using gamma rays. Instead, the treatment changed Sharples into the Abominatrix, a gamma mutate with perpetual PMS.

    Gamma Corps: Black 

Gamma Corps: Black

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Alter Egos: Aberration, Morass, Axon

Notable Aliases:

First Appearance: Incredible Hulk #601 (October, 2009)


  • Amazon Brigade: Unlike the previous iteration of the Gamma Corps, this team is made up of only females.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Despite being visibly mutated and based on three of the more physically monstrous Gamma Mutates, they still retain very obviously female and even attractive forms.
  • Distaff Counterpart: They are female versions of Abomination, Zzzax and Glob.
  • Killed Off for Real: All three of them were killed fighting Lyra.
  • Psycho for Hire: All three of them were soldiers who went through the Gamma procedure to avoid the death penalty for previous crimes.
  • Super Empowering: They were essentially an experiment by Osborn, using future knowledge from Lyra's computer Boudicca, that it was possible to replicate superpowers so he can profit off them.
  • Terrible Trio: They are a trio of soldiers given the powers of some of the Hulk's most famous enemies.

Aberration

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Alter Ego: Rana Philips

Notable Aliases:

First Appearance: Incredible Hulk #601 (October, 2009)

A member of Gamma Corps: Black, Private Ronna Phillips was modified to resemble a female version of Abomination.


  • Bare Your Midriff: She wears a tank-top that shows her abs.
  • Killed Off for Real: After taking over a small desert town in California and being badly wounded by Lyra, her body began to mutate into a tumorous mass which Lyra then killed by shoving a massive pipe into her head.
  • Pointy Ears: Unlike Emil Blonsky's fin-like ears, hers are more pointy and human-like.
  • The Scapegoat: Private Philips was incarcerated after her commanding officer used her as a scapegoat for his torture of prisoners of war, inciting her to kill him. Private Philips was sentenced to death, leaving her nothing to lose by being altered by Ryker's experiment.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Unlike the bald Abomination, Aberration has green hair.

Axon

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Alter Ego: Erin Cicero

Notable Aliases:

First Appearance: Incredible Hulk #601 (October, 2009)

Axon was a criminal sentenced to death like the other members of the Gamma Corps Black. But she was taken in by the Origins Corporation and was given abilities for one purpose. To use their training to "Sell their product, by killing anyone that gets in their way."


  • Bare Your Midriff: Her outfit exposes her midsection.
  • Psycho Electro: Just like the being her powers derive from, she can "feed" on others' bio-electricity.
  • She Knows Too Much: Before Lyra could kill her like she had with the rest of Gamma Corps: Black, general Ryker had her remotely terminated for being known by too many civilians.
  • Shock and Awe: Being the female version of Zzzax, she can absorb and discharge electricity.
  • Sssssnake Talk: Just like Zzzax, her voice crackles with electricity like thizzz.

Morass

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Alter Ego:

Notable Aliases:

First Appearance: Incredible Hulk #601 (October, 2009)

Morass, a criminal sentenced to death like the other members of the Gamma Corps Black. But she was taken in by the Origins Corperation and was given abilities for one purpose. To use their training to "Sell their product, by killing anyone that gets in their way."


  • Logical Weakness: She had the ability to reconstruct her body from the earth that she came into contact with. When she tried to reform at an alkali salt flat, she instantly dried out and Lyra destroyed her body, killing her.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Unlike Axon and Aberration, her real name was never revealed.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: She's the first of the Gamma trio to be killed.

    Half-Life 

Half-Life

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Alter Ego: Tony Masterson

Notable Aliases:

First Appearance: The Incredible Hulk Vol. 1, #334

Half-Life was an English professor who was exposed to gamma radiation. He can absorb energy from an enemy.


    Max Stryker 

Max Stryker

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Alter Ego: Max "Hammer" Stryker

Notable Aliases: Max Hammer

First Appearance: The Incredible Hulk Vol. 1, #296

Max Hammer was a criminal mob boss, who blackmailed Banner into using the Gammascope to heal his broken body transforming him into a brutish mockery of his former self.


    Ravage 

Ravage

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Alter Ego: Dr. Geoffrey Crawford

Notable Aliases:

First Appearance: Rampaging Hulk Vol. 2, #2

Searching for a way out of his prison-like body, Dr. Crawford stole a small dose of Bruce Banner's gamma blood and energy, transforming himself into the Ravage.



Alternative Title(s): Marvel Comics Amadeus Cho, Marvel Comics Betty Ross, Marvel Comics Red Hulk, Marvel Comics Weapon H

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