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Sensational She-Hulk / Jennifer Walters

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Alter Ego: Jennifer Susan "Jen" Walters

Notable Aliases: Hulk

Editorial Names: Immortal She-Hulk, Savage She-Hulk, Sensational She-Hulk

Team Affiliations: The Avengers, Mighty Avengers, A-Force

First Appearance: The Savage She-Hulk (Vol. 1) #1 (February, 1980)

After being shot by mobsters, Jennifer Walter received a life-saving blood transfusion from her cousin Bruce Banner, aka The Hulk. Due to Banner's irradiated blood, Jennifer gained the ability to transform into the Sensational She-Hulk.


  • Aborted Arc: A lampshade was hung on it in the penultimate issue of Dan Slott's run, in which the characters were forced under threat of death to give the reader a high-speed run-through of how all the arcs were intended to have worked out, before being interrupted by the Civil War and World War Hulk crossover events.
  • Action Girl: One of the most famous female heroines in the Marvel Universe.
  • The Adjectival Superhero: Has had many such titles, usually doubling as an Alliterative Name, like "The Savage She-Hulk" or "The Sensational She-Hulk".
  • Adrenaline Makeover: Though it's not adrenaline that does it so much as deadly radiation. It's played within more recent stories, where she starts taking her normal meek persona more seriously and comes out of her shell as Jen as well, without letting her hair down or taking off the glasses.
  • All Amazons Want Hercules: It doesn't play out like the typical scenario, but Jen has a long-standing crush on Hercules, to the point she once even had an Erotic Dream about him.
  • Amazonian Beauty: As She-Hulk, Jen is almost seven feet tall, Head-Turning Beauty with a muscular physique. How muscular is dependent on the artist, but it is a huge range, from just noticeable one issue to out-muscling most male superheroes in another. Still, the height and the muscles haven't stopped her from being one of the Marvel universe's sex symbols, famous for providing huge amounts of fanservice, as she frequently finds herself fighting in her underwear, swimwear, or clothes torn to shreds. And for the most part, her experiences with attracting the opposite sex are well-documented.
  • Amoral Attorney: Averted, although facing a seven-foot-tall Amazon with green skin on a witness stand can be very intimidating...
  • Arch-Enemy: Titania, a fellow Amazonian Beauty and longstanding foe of Jen's. Notably, she may be the only female on Earth to rival She-Hulk in terms of power and durability (she, like Jen, can also augment her strength level through rigorous, prolonged weight-lifting training). See also: Evil Counterpart.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: Invoked in The Avengers (2018) #20, which opens with Jennifer Walters presiding as judge over a court case in which the classic She-Hulk debates the new "Hulk" form over whether or not she deserves to be the dominant She-Hulk identity, which dissolves into an outright brawl between the two as classic She-Hulk demands "Hulk" be erased from existence. It's then revealed that this is actually Jen using technology in the new Celestial corpse-turned-Avengers HQ to engage in "psychoactive calisthenics" to try and gain better control over her new identity.
  • Battle Strip: She frequently attempts to spare some of her fancier clothes by taking them off before going off to battle, if she's given the opportunity, in order to avoid a Wardrobe Wound.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: She's generally played up as one of the nicest, most even-tempered and heroic Marvel characters, and her traditional look is a very beautiful one — somewhere between a giant green supermodel and a tall green female bodybuilder. In contrast, other gamma-powered women tend to be either villains, hideously deformed, or both: Betty Ross as the Harpy was a Cute Monster Girl, but also a savage, violent monster; she became at best an Anti-Hero as the Red She Hulk, and as the Red Harpy is an abrasive, vicious harridan who genuinely looks like a monster. She-Hulk's Evil Counterpart Abominatrix is a hideously deformed ogre of a woman who literally looks like the Abomination with breasts, whilst Adrenazon isn't that bad, but still looks quite monstrous, with distorted muscles and bulging veins all over her body. The aptly named Mess from the original iteration of Gamma Corps looks like a human woman whose left body has begun mostly transforming into a copy of the Abomination. Even the short-lived Gamma Corps: Black team, whose members Aberration, Morass and Axon were Distaff Counterparts to Abomination, Glob and Zzzax, were villainous Cute Monster Girls, with an emphasis on "monster".
  • Between My Legs: The cover of Savage She-Hulk #1.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: A lot nicer than Bruce, but also scary when angry.
  • The Big Guy: Whenever she's part of a team, she's often the muscle. The famous case being when she replaced The Thing while she was part of the Fantastic Four.
  • Big Sister Instinct: She's very protective of her cousin Banner and can go in a rage if something happens to him. Like when she found out Iron Man and his team had exiled him into space.
  • Big Eater: As with her cousin, Jennifer is occasionally mentioned to need a large supply of food to fuel her gamma-powered body. On at least one occasion her arms are full of hot dogs for a meal.
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: During her "meta" phase, Jen would often despair at the crap she was forced to act out, often explicitly insulting the writers or editors. She once even tried to crawl out of the panel and off the page to throttle John Byrne for jerking her around.
  • Boobs of Steel: The bustiest superheroine in the Marvel universe, she is also one of, if not the strongest woman in the Marvel universe.
  • Boxing Lessons for Superman: While she was training to fight the Champion. Even more relevant to the trope, she trained in her human form, so that when she Hulked Out, she would be exponentially stronger.
  • Brawn Hilda: Though known for being one of Marvel's Amazonian Beauties, Jennifer's She-Hulk form has gone through some instances of hulking further out into savage looks, usually in times of uncontrolled stress.
    • The first time this happened was in the early days of The Sensational She-Hulk: she assumed a short-lived "Grey She-Hulk form" in issues #14 and #15, and would later take on an even shorter-lived, rage-fueled "Truly Savage She-Hulk form" in issue #50, due to the Rumbler nearly killing her and then trying to kill her father.
    • Her Celestial-empowered "Hulk" look from The Avengers (Jason Aaron) (2018) is a long-running variant, sporting wild black hair, a bodybuilder build compared to her cousin Bruce, and primal posture. Although just how monstrous it looks is another case of Depending on the Artist, it's very much not her traditional giant green super-model form.
    • Her second gray form, also referred to as "Hulk" from Mariko Tamaki's run, had a physique similar almost like her aforementioned successor. Wild hairstyle as well, but came with contrasting bright green skin tearings littered throughout her body matching her dark scowling look.
  • Break the Cutie: During Hulk (2016). She went from one of the most fun characters in the Marvel Universe, to someone suffering from depression and PTSD after she was put into a coma by Thanos in Civil War II.
  • Breath Weapon: In The Avengers (Jason Aaron), Jennifer got her powers upgraded from exposure to a dying Celestial, Eson the Searcher. With her new power to manipulate gamma radiation, she can breathe out a gamma-ray blast
  • The Bronze Age: She-Hulk was created firmly in the Bronze Age. She shares this with Spider-Woman and Ms. Marvel, since Distaff Counterparts were all the rage in that era.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Often as an actual lawyer at that. She's also worked for a Bunny Ears Law Firm.
  • Cerebus Retcon: The Immortal She-Hulk one-shot adds some elements to She-Hulk's new "Hulk" form that have actually won over some of the readers that thought the change in personality caused by a Near-Death Experience didn't make sense when Jen has almost died a bunch of times. It's revealed that like all gamma mutates, Jen had a green door inside of her and in fact was killed by Thanos but came back to life because of the green door and the Below Place. Brian Banner confirms that Jen has died, come through, and gone back to the living world before, when she was first shot. It's explained that Jen's new personality is because, while she doesn't remember being in the Below Place, the trauma of her death, Bruce's death, and shortly thereafter facing the One Below All in Hell at the lowest point of creation warped her subconsciously.
  • Characterization Marches On: When She-Hulk was first introduced in Savage She-Hulk, she was much more similar to her cousin, being very ill-tempered and violent while in Hulk form. Subsequent characterization in the Fantastic Four and The Sensational She-Hulk gave She-Hulk the feisty but fun-loving personality she's known for.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Played With. She-Hulks Super Strength (for the most part) is proportional to how strong her base human form is. So the stronger Jennifer Walters is, the stronger She-Hulk is. Thanks to an intense training regime she put herself through to fight The Champion, Jennifer became so fit in her human form that when she became She-Hulk again she was several magnitudes stronger than before.
  • Cheek Copy: Once was fired for this, mostly because it broke the copier. She was busted because when she protested it could have been anyone, the boss explains it was a 'color' copier.
  • Color Contrast: Many of her costumes have a lot of purple in them in order to contrast with her green skin.
  • Cosmetic Award: Titania, armed with the gem of infinite power, is too much for She-Hulk, but can't see her when she's in human form, because of an enchantment of the Scarlet Witch. So, how can she beat her? She requested the aid of fanboys at a comic book store, who figured out the working of the gems and received a glitzy and glamorous No-Prize.
  • Crusading Lawyer: She brings the same sense of work ethics and morality into the courtroom as she does as a superhero, often fighting tooth and nail for the sake of her clients and their causes.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Shortly before the start of The Sensational She-Hulk, She-Hulk was "gene-locked" following the events of her graphic novel, resulting in her permanently being big and green. She was completely unfazed by this — but when Dan Slott took on the 3rd run of her solo title, he retconned the condition to being a purely psychological one. Either way, she likes being a superstrong, sexy, vivacious bombshell. Go figure.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Jen sometimes exhibits signs of this. She's usually this mostly when she's in a group (usually The Avengers or Lady Liberators).
  • Death Is Cheap: In the opening act of Civil War II, she's fatally wounded in a fight with Thanos (between various writers, it ping-ponged between whether she was Only Mostly Dead or actually died. Currently, it stands as her having actually died, but quickly revived thanks to Resurrective Immortality .) In Empyre, she's killed by a Cotati, which lasts for a short while until it's removed.
  • Depending on the Artist: During her Savage incarnation, she was statuesque with the vague hint of muscle tone but with wild hair. Under John Byrne she morphed into a green supermodel with massive 80s hair. During Dan Slott's run, Juan Bobillo gave her more bulk but because of his style, she often appeared pudgy rather than muscular. When PAD took over the title, Jen was consistently shown to be both tall and impressively muscular in her Hulk form — a trend that has been followed since the discontinuation of her solo title.
  • Depending on the Writer: She's been an exact female copy of the Hulk, a Fourth Wall Breaker, Fun Personified, and even downright serious.
  • Did They or Didn't They?: There's the ongoing fandom argument about whether she had sex with the Juggernaut, which has been retconned out and brought back in a number of times. In this case it's because Juggernaut has repeatedly tried to kill Bruce/The Hulk and many felt it was out of character for her. Especially considering that when she found out that Iron Man exiled Hulk into space after having slept with Stark, she got really angry and beat the crap out of him. Wolverine, another character who Really Gets Around, actually refused Jen's advances on the basis that "He didn't want Juggernaut's sloppy seconds," although considering that Wolvie is much worse than she is, and has also tried to murder her cousin/isn't really much different from Juggernaut, according to the writer this was simply Rule of Funny. Then again, Wolverine and Hulk are Vitriolic Best Buds. It was later found out that a parallel universe version of Jen had slept with the Juggernaut.
  • Distaff Counterpart:
    • Supposedly, She-Hulk was spawned as a direct consequence of a The Benny Hill Show clip that involved a woman getting big and green and bursting out of her clothes — She-Hulk being the response to ensure they had a copyright on the character. But Comic Book Resources has debunked this story.
    • The rumor at the time was that CBS was planning a spin-off of the wildly successful Hulk series based on a female version of the Hulk. Marvel assumed CBS would still have to pay royalties, until The Benny Hill Show sketch came along (again, as noted above, this has been debunked, mainly because the Benny Hill sketch appeared one year after She-Hulk's debut). When Marvel's lawyers confirmed that Marvel wouldn't see a red cent from CBS should they go forward with their plans, they couldn't rush the first issue of She-Hulk out fast enough. The whole thing ended up being moot anyway, since CBS didn't go through with the spin-off for fear of being labeled "The Superhero Network".
    • During Jason Aaron's "Hulk" run, Jen gets a new form that looks more like her cousin, picks up his bad temper and some of his angstiness, and likewise reverts to his iconic speech patterns.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Zigzagged, much like the rest of her costume. When she puts an uniform on in advance, she usually wears them.
  • Drowning My Sorrows:
    • In the 2014 She-Hulk, Jen hangs out in a lawyer bar to drown her sorrows after losing a really high-paying job. Considering she was still lucid after two doubles, she may have more work than most given her gamma-enhanced metabolism.
    • Explicitly shown in the first issue of the Slott series. She-Hulk spends a night drowning her sorrows after losing her job and getting kicked out of Avengers Mansion. Holden Holliway, lawyer extraordinaire, shows up to offer her a dream job, but only as Jennifer Walters - not as the She-Hulk. She takes him up on the challenge and un-Hulkifies immediately. She loses her gamma metabolism and about 300 pounds of body mass without changing the amount of alcohol in her system. The result is going from mildly melancholy to passed-out-drunk in the space of three panels, pausing only to puke all over Holliway's shoes on her way down.
  • Effortless Amazonian Lift: She's prone to doing this to her lovers as a Running Gag, no less.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Do not call her "Shulkie". She even gets mad at Ben Grimm for calling her that. (And him she likes.)
  • Ethical Slut: Jennifer Walters aka She-Hulk is one of the nicest, most idealistic characters in the Marvel Universe, enjoys sleeping with others, and has one of the longest lists of partners of anyone in the MU. Note that this is only in her She-Hulk form.
  • Evil Counterpart: She's actually got four, though people only tend to remember Titania and Red She-Hulk. However, Titania didn't start out as evil at all (at least according to her flashback arc), just severely victimized, out of options, severely personality-changed by Doctor Doom's machine, and had fallen into bad company. It was later that she turned into a murderous asshole. Red She-Hulk also started out nice, but had experiments performed on her mind that turned her much nastier than she used to be. Insane, arrogant, and possibly ruthless, but turns out she is more of an Anti-Hero as shown in her own series. The more minor examples are Abominatrix, a Distaff Counterpart to the Abomination created when an attempt to create a gamma-based cure for PMS went horribly wrong, and Andrenazon, a paraplegiac whose overdose on an experimental drug called Adrenazon transformed her into a disfigured, roid-raging green giantess.
  • Expelled from Every Other School: Southpaw had been expelled from several schools before being sent to live with her grandfather, who happened to be Jennifer Walters' boss. He palms her off on She-Hulk, ostensibly so that she'll learn what it's like having to deal with someone with superpowers and poor impulse control.
  • Fantastic Legal Weirdness: The Dan Slott and Charles Soule runs on her solo title, in particular, concentrated on weird legal issues such as somebody suing for compensation because they didn't like the results of their accidental Superhero Origin, or Dr. Doom's son claiming political asylum after a fight with his dad.
  • Fastball Special: Jen has performed the Fastball Special several times with Wolverine, X23 and Hellcat and has even been thrown herself a couple of times, by The Thing and Medusa.
  • Feminist Fantasy: She-Hulk is a brilliant lawyer, as well as a physical powerhouse, and her series often deals with positive portrayals of female sensuality and sexuality.
  • Flying Car: During The Sensational She-Hulk she was gifted with a flying car by Ulysses Archer and his alien friend Al which allows her to make her trip back to Earth after her space adventure.
  • Foil: To her cousin.
    • Bruce is rarely the one in control of his Hulk form, which is more often than not being used by one of his many, many split personalities. Jennifer is almost always in control of her She-Hulk form.
    • Bruce wants more than anything to be normal. Jennifer has in the past done whatever it takes to remain She-Hulk permanently.
    • Hulk represents everything Bruce represses about himself. She-Hulk is everything that Jennifer ever wanted to let out.
  • Friends with Benefits: Has this relationship with Tony Stark, since the two of them are Avengers that are well known for "getting around".
  • Fun Personified: The Dan Slott series, and the She-Hulks run is also a lot of fun.
  • Gendered Outfit: While a part of the Fantastic Four, she wore the same outfit design, in her case a leotard version of their costume that was arguably more like a feminine analog to The Thing's shorts (i.e., the The Big Guy of the team wears less clothing, even if she's a Big Girl.)
  • Genius Bruiser: Jen, who helps pioneer the field of superhuman law when she's not kicking butt.
  • Gentle Giant: She's extremely tall and muscular (as mentioned above) and is one of the nicest characters in the Marvel Universe. Subverted with the "Hulk" identity she morphed into after Civil War II, which is far more aggressive, bad-tempered and generally ticked off at the world.
  • Good Bad Girl: She's a one of the Marvel Universe's most openly and happily sexually active superheroines. Other characters in the story may not be so accepting.
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: Lampshaded. When she was working as a SHIELD agent after Civil War, they captured the Abomination, and reported to the new head of SHIELD, a man standing in the shadows. Who complains that it is a shame that a $900,000,000 airship apparently can't have good illumination, and steps to the light. This man, as everybody should have already known by then, is Tony Stark.
  • Hello, Attorney!: She is a famous lawyer. A hot green lawyer.
  • Heroic Willpower: Jen was able to maintain her identity even after weeks of systematic torture and brainwashing at the hands of the Winter Guard.
  • Hero Does Public Service:
    • In the Avengers story arc "The Search for She-Hulk", Jen is eventually found helping repair a community devastated by one of her cousin's rampages.
    • In another story, Jen volunteers with Green Cross (an organization devoted to helping victims of the Hulk's actions) to clean up the town that she herself trashed during one of her own rampages. Initially, she works incognito, but ultimately comes out as She-Hulk to expose a woman who's trying to use She-Hulk's actions to cover up her murdering her husband.
  • The Heroine: Of the Lady Liberators.
  • Heroism Won't Pay the Bills: Whenever she's not saving the world as She-Hulk, Jennifer Walters works as a lawyer, which is how she makes a living.
  • Hilarity Sues: Her third series, written by Dan Slott, began as Harvey Birdman in the Marvel Universe. Hercules was sued for battery, Starfox for sexual harassment, and J. Jonah Jameson for libel, among others. Charles Soule's series in 2014 returned to the world of superhero law for several plots, starting with Doctor Doom's son claiming political asylum in the USA.
  • Hollywood Law: Jennifer is a very good lawyer, and she should be able to use that solves a lot of problems. But in many cases, the authors want She-Hulk fighting a battle with her fists, and not fighting one in a courtroom, so her legal or diplomatic skills are rendered useless, and the legal system in Marvel Universe is modified to accommodate more action.
    • In Marvel Graphic Novel: The Sensational She-Hulk, she is arrested by S.H.I.E.L.D. She-Hulk asks to see the arrest warrant, only to be told that they do not need one. She is then strip-searched in front of a large number of soldiers (she asked them; they wanted to see her jump rope naked). This incident was clearly an In-Universe case of a jerkass S.H.I.E.L.D. agent breaking the rules and wasn't even done according to procedurenote . Dum Dum Dugan was furious when he found out and she only took off her clothes as a form of Defiant Strip.
    • In the She-Hulk Ceremony, Part II graphic novel, a group comes to literally bulldoze the Native American Reservation where her fiancé lives, with no legal process, because laws do not protect Native Americans.
  • Hulking Out: Not as much or as often as the Trope Namer, but it does happen. She used to be just like her cousin in every way but the vocabulary but this was revealed to be caused by a degenerative blood disease. Once Morbius treated it, Jen's transformations became easier for her to control.
  • I Just Want to Be Beautiful:
    • The 2011 run of She-Hulk showed that Jennifer may have issues concerning her normal body. She regards her regular appearance as 'plain' and 'boring', and is surprised when men would rather spend time with the mousy little brunette than her Statuesque Stunner form.
    • In The Sensational She-Hulk #55, a vengeful Jennifer in a savage Brawn Hilda look stares back her own reflection, spelling out "ugly". However, it quickly turns she was playfully reciting U.G.L.Y by Daphne and Celeste, and thanks the artist and writer for giving her this rebellious look.
    • A similar subversion happens again in The Avengers (2018) #20, where Jennifer spends the entire issue asserting that she prefers her ugly and fearsome new "Hulk" form, because it gets her the sort of respect her cousin gets instead of being lusted after. Granted given new evidence from the Immortal She-Hulk one shot, pointing out her own altered state of mind this outlook is fueled more by trauma of recent events such as Civil War II.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Unlike Bruce Banner, who does not want to turn into Hulk and wants to be normal, being She-Hulk has several advantages for Jennifer Walters: power, beauty, fame, an adventurous life, keeps her intellect and personality, etc. So, when she can, she stays as She-Hulk all the time, and when she can't, she does whatever it takes to return to that permanent state.
  • In a Single Bound: She can use the Super Strength on her legs to leap to incredible heights.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: She was as good as impossible to corrupt, even after weeks of systematic torture and brainwashing at the hands of the Winter Guard, and mentally recovered nearly instantly afterwards.
  • Interdisciplinary Sleuth: As both a superhero and an attorney, her stories can range from super-heroics to courtroom dramas.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Jen became good friends with Jazinda the Skrull during the Skrull Invasion.
  • Ivy League for Everyone: Jen has earned both her B.A. and her Juris Doctor from UCLA Law, which is consistently ranked #15 or #16 among U.S. law schools and is the best law school in Southern California. Though some later writer at some point didn't get the memo and said she went to Harvard Law, that seems to have been explained away as a post-J.D. LLM (a specialized master's degree).
  • Knuckle Cracking: Frequently does this when she wants to look threatening. In the 2014 title, Jennifer does this along with a Pre Ass Kicking One Liner.
  • The Lad-ette: Bluntly and unapologetically sexual, loves to beat up evildoers, and in some versions also fond of booze and partying.
  • Leotard of Power: A purple and white one is her most common attire unless she's in a courtroom.
  • Like Brother and Sister: With Bruce Banner/The Hulk, although they are cousins, they were partially raised together and act more as siblings. She's really protective of him too (though he usually can take care of himself). She-Hulk beat the crap out of Iron Man after she found out he exiled Bruce into deep space.
  • Loners Are Freaks: The 2011 run showed that during her college days Jennifer was so focused on her studies over partying and socializing that when she was named as valedictorian at her graduation, her classmates had no idea who she even was.
  • Loss of Inhibitions: Since the gamma-ray exposure unlocks the person's "deepest sense of self", the repressed Jen manifested itself as the fun-loving and flirtatious She-Hulk.
  • Loves My Alter Ego:
    • Originally in Savage She-Hulk, she was dating two guys... one as Jennifer Walters and one as She-Hulk, although that was mutual.
    • Later the trope was inverted when she was married to John Jameson, who repeatedly expressed a dislike of Jennifer's powered She-Hulk form - much to her chagrin.
  • Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex: Inverted with John Jameson (who was depowered at the time), who did not like the idea of coitus with the superpowered She-Hulk.
    Jen: And if things get too... you know, just use the safe word.
    John: No kidding. I've got a few more "safe words," like "Ow!" and "Dear God!" and "crushed pelvis".
  • Medium Awareness: Jen has had many Meta Guy shenanigans over the years.
    • The series The Sensational She-Hulk is famous for its characters' acknowledgment of the comic medium including climbing across panel borders, referencing captions, and other related awareness.
    • Parodied in an issue of Damage Control, which made She-Hulk look like a lunatic who thinks she's a comic book character. Then again, she directly responded to the text captions pointing this out, so... Does that make it a subverted parody?
    • And in Marvel's short-lived Heroes for Hire series, Shulkie regularly got into arguments with the third-person narrator... until she fired him.
    • In Marvel vs. Capcom 3, She-Hulk has special dialogue with Deadpool where she mentions how popular she was in the early 90's, as well as her own habit of breaking the fourth wall. In another quote, she threatens to kick Deadpool's butt should there ever be a Marvel Vs. Capcom 4.
  • Meta Guy: ​One of Jen's "superpowers" is her constant Breaking the Fourth Wall, though whether she gets it from gamma radiation is anyone's guess. Since her own title isn't as much of a Gag Series as it used to be, she doesn't do it that often, but one memorable scene in an early '00s run has her address the narrator while her supporting cast watches her apparently talk to herself. In her 100th issue, she is asked whether she really can see through the fourth wall, and she responds "No, I can't" - looking straight at the reader and smiling. In another example, she actually crushes a narration box out of anger (she'd just been attacked) and tosses it out the window, nearly hitting Spider-Man!
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: Jennifer Walters started out as a somewhat demure lawyer — her transformation initially made her far more aggressive and angry. Over the years, her continued use of the She-Hulk form has meant that the effect of her powered-up form is simply a far more uninhibited version of herself.
  • Monster Modesty: Jen is a rare Fanservice version of this trope.
  • Most Common Superpower: One issue of Dan Slott's run established in court of law that she has the largest breasts of any MU heroine. Whether or not this is an Informed Attribute is something that varies.
  • Ms. Fanservice: A buxom Amazonian Beauty clad in a Leotard of Power, who gets frequent Clothing Damage and provides the page image for Fanservice.
  • Mugging the Monster: A rather humorous example happened to her after the Stamford disaster. An angry mob of anti-superhero protestors had formed outside of the courthouse where she — as Jennifer — was defending two surviving members of the New Warriors. One guy recognized her and grabbed her, shouting "I've got She-Hulk!" Then she hulked out and dryly asked, "Okay, you've got She-Hulk. Now what?" The response? "I... Uh... Guess I Didn't Think This Through."
  • My Suit Is Also Super: Jen has often been the butt of this trope's joke. There is a partial handwave in that much of her clothing is made of unstable molecules or is "approved by the Comics Code Authority" (for modesty purposes) however she often loses items of clothing that she is fond of during fights. Her shoes are a full handwave, however. A 6'7" woman with a bodyweight of close to 700 pounds needs some nigh-indestructible Jimmy Choo's. Hers are made with Adamantium heels.
  • Nice Girl:
    • One of the kindest and most idealistic superheroines in the Marvel Universe. This includes working as a (considerably less well-paid than corporate) public defense attorney, consistently trying to make the system work for particularly vulnerable groups in society, and running her own disaster relief organization. This on top of her general unpaid rescue work, and being one of the very least murder-happy heroes on the planet. However, her temper can get the best of her at times.
    • A time-policing court once sentenced her to erasure from history, saying that in any case where she thought herself invaluable some other super-strong heroine could have filled in. The counterargument came in the form of her clients. She-Hulk is rather fungible, but Jen Walters is completely irreplaceable.
    • She was one of Bruce's only companions when they were kids, with Jen recalling how they would hide out in the public library to escape Bruce's abusive father.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Just like most Hulks, her skin is so durable that is able to shrug off all kinds of damage, being completely Immune to Bullets or even cannon shells.
  • No Guy Wants an Amazon:
    • Somewhat perversely, despite She-Hulk racking up the notches on the bedpost, she ends up marrying Captain John Jameson, who expresses a genuine dislike of her being She-Hulk (see Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex above for a typical bedtime conversation between them). Jen was kind of a hypocrite, since she also had problems with his Man-wolf form because Captain John Jameson mauled one of her co-workers while in said transformation.
    • Her co-worker Pug — who had a pretty serious crush/unrequited love thing going on — regularly seemed uncomfortable with Jennifer when she was in her She-Hulk form, actively encouraging her to remain in her normal human form. Possibly a reversal of "Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex" concerns.
    • Notably inverted near the start of one of her solo series. She takes a guy to bed after a victory party at Avengers mansion, and when she wakes up, she's reverted to Jennifer in her sleep. She desperately tries to transform into She-Hulk before the guy wakes up, stating in an internal monologue that she hates the part where a guy goes to bed with the Sensational She-Hulk, and wakes up with tiny, mousey Jennifer Walters. Could be part of the ongoing exploration of Jen's own insecurities, but it's implied that she's indeed been with men who weren't as into the Jennifer Walters side of her.
    • Subverted with her budding romance with The Mighty Thor during The Avengers (2018), where Thor is very much attracted to She-Hulk, and on their first date, they admit that they need to find more common ground between him and Jennifer Walters as well.
  • Notably Quick Deliberation: In the first issue of the Dan Slott series, Shulkie manages to break the record for the fastest jury deliberation in history, which is initially taken as a sign of her skills as a prosecutor. Unfortunately, the defendants convince the judge to declare a mistrial because She-Hulk saved the world on the day before the verdict came down, which they argued might have unduly influenced the jury.
  • Occult Law Firm: Goodman, Lieber, Kurtzberg & Holliway specialized in supernatural law, and employed lots of different superhumans, including speedsters as messengers. The Charles Soule-written run also had Jennifer operating as a solo practitioner, with many of her cases involving superpeople.
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten:
    • Despite being one of the genuinely nicest heroes on the planet, people everywhere (writers, readers, in-universe characters) keep focusing on her promiscuous sex life. That goes double for the back and forth denials and seeeming-confirmations and that Jen had had sex with Juggernaut at some point in the past.
    • She-Hulk was once called to the stand as a (hostile) witness for the defense of The Leader. The defense attorney (who worked at Jen's own law firm!) was seeking to prove that The Leader was not wholly responsible for his actions, as gamma radiation poisoning affects a person's personality, rather like a mind-altering substance. Jen had to go through her list of lovers as She-Hulk (which took quite some time), then as Jennifer Walters (which was all of two names). She-Hulk was supremely embarrassed, and even went on a small character arc of examining if her behavior really was all that different as She-Hulk versus as Jen. The Leader was so amused he declared it didn't matter if he got the chair, seeing Jen publicly humiliated was Worth It.
  • Omnidisciplinary Lawyer: In the Marvel Universe, Jennifer specializes in superhero law, but that includes criminal cases, civil rights law, civil suits and anything else that might come up. What tends to vary from volume to volume is whether Jen is one of the best superhero lawyers, or one of the only ones. In some versions, her entire firm is occupied with superhero law, while in others, she's employed at a more prosaic firm where the senior partners expect her to attract superhero business (and she's been fired for failing to do so).
  • Personality Powers: The Hulk Gamma mutants have transformations directly linked to their mental state. Jen was a meek, sexually repressed woman, but as She-Hulk she becomes the ideal woman; strong, independent, beautiful, and sexually liberated.
  • Pervy Patdown: An incident when a Jerkass agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. forced her to undergo a strip-search with him being the searcher in question and various other male SHIELD agents witnessing the event.
  • Poke the Poodle: Her attempts to be a Sin City style anti-hero, with art by Frank Miller himself.
  • Power Incontinence: Jen's been hit with this a few times. During her stint with the Fantastic Four, she was hit with an extra dose of gamma radiation, leaving her stuck as She-Hulk for a time, something she didn't mind. In Geoff Johns' Avengers run, she catches a whiff of a mass death cloud which leaves her unable to control her Hulk form for some time (still, better than dying horribly). During Avengers Disassembled, the Scarlet Witch losing control of her sanity and powers caused her to temporarily go Savage, causing her to rip apart Vision. Her injuries sustained by Thanos at the start of Civil War II, combined with the then-death of Bruce Banner, caused her to create a "Gray She-Hulk" that proved to be incredibly painful to transform into. She solved that last problem with a Battle in the Center of the Mind, being able to process her grief.
    • In The Avengers (Jason Aaron) she has returned to having less control of herself, due to a power up by a dying Celestial, which puts her on or slightly above The Hulk's base strength level though at the cost of higher intelligence while Hulked out. Unlike the previous Gray She-Hulk case Jen is actually more than okay with this turn of events, as it means she can be an even greater asset to the Avengers, and the side of good in general, than ever before. On that note her new buffer, Hulk-like form, isn't so much a new personality like Gray She-Hulk was but more her usual She-Hulk self, just minus the intelligence.
  • Powerup Full Color Change: Like most Hulks, she turns green when she activates her powers, and has turned grey when unlocking a stronger and more savage form.
  • Power Makes Your Voice Deep: Her voice is noted to be deeper when in She-Hulk form.
  • Power Makes Your Hair Grow: Jen's human form usually had pretty short hair, but it usually grows to be waist-length when she turns into She-Hulk.
  • Promotion to Parent: Holden is able to get his underage granddaughter Sasha (a.k.a. "Southpaw") out of a supervillain prison on the condition that she remain in Jen's custody. Unfortunately, this doesn't do much to steer her away from delinquency.
  • Proud Beauty: Jen is very proud of her Amazonian Beauty physique as She-Hulk.
  • Psychoactive Powers: She can usually use her powers at will, but she has been stuck before in her Hulk form due to subconscious unwillingness to change back, and in her human form when she was too scared to become She-Hulk again. If you make her angry enough, she can also turn into a Savage She-Hulk that is very reminiscent of her cousin's form.
  • Punch-Clock Hero: Quite literally. Jen is the retained legal counsel for Luke Cage and Jessica Jones and for their team, the Mighty Avengers. Which means she also joins them in battle should the need arise.
  • Really Gets Around: Jen has unapologetically slept with a great many people, including Hercules and Iron Man. This is generally Played for Laughs. For example, when called to testify in a trial, this involved a list of her past sexual partners. It was several meters long, and involved hundreds of entries. Though the double standards do piss her off and she loathes when people try to shame her for it. She once asked Iron Man why no one gave him crap for sleeping around (Iron Man being a male example of this trope)... while in bed with him.
  • Reluctant Fanservice Girl: She is often subject to embarrassing situations or Wardrobe Malfunction, which are played for both humor and fanservice.
  • Reveling in the New Form: Usually prefers being in her Hulk form, because she's more confident and taller.
  • The Rival: Her relationship with Red She-Hulk/Betty Ross has progressed to this. They also act as Good Cop (Jen) and Bad Cop (Red) over in Incredible Hulks.
  • Sexier Alter Ego: Compare mousy Jennifer Walters to the Amazonian Beauty Green-Skinned Babe that is She-Hulk. Originally, her form as She-Hulk was originally explained as being molded by her subconscious desire to look like the ideal woman.
  • Sex God: As She-Hulk, Jen's sexual prowess is legendary and she's often been shown to be an insatiable lover with near-unlimited stamina, often leaving a Destructo-Nookie in the morning after.
  • Shapeshifter Mode Lock: She has occasionally been unable to transform back into her original human form. But since she prefers being She-Hulk, she rarely ever minds.
  • Shapeshifting Excludes Clothing: Jen's civilian clothes often get shredded when she transforms into She-Hulk, although Magic Pants often prevents her from ending up too exposed. The opposite can also be true, once when she shifted from She-Hulk to human, the civilian clothes outfitted for She-Hulk ended up being too large, and Jen had to hold them to prevent them from falling off.
  • Sixth Ranger: While Jen's been a part of a number of teams, she's this trope in terms of the Fantastic Four, having replaced The Thing following the original Secret Wars (1984).
  • Split-Personality Switch Trigger: During an instance in Geoff John's Avengers when her powers weren't working properly, the Avengers tried subduing her without getting her angry, only for Jen to fill them in on a little detail: It wasn't anger that was making her lose control, it was fear. And the Scarlet Witch just spooked her. Cue several issues of fighting before Jen could be calmed down.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Even in her human form, Jen is already 5'10 and is often already good-looking, as She-Hulk she's an Amazonian Beauty who is 6'7" or higher.
  • Strong and Skilled: She has received combat training from Captain America and Gamora and even in her human form has enough skill to dispatch several would be muggers. After being defeated by the Champion of the Universe, She-Hulk exercised for several months in her Jennifer Walters form, resulting in a significant gain in strength and muscle mass in her She-Hulk form and allowing her to soundly defeat the Champion in a rematch. She defeats Abomination in her Heroic Rematch with pressure point attacks and nerve strikes.
  • Superhero Sobriquets: The Jade Giantess, The Glorious Green Glamazon. Also "Shulkie", but she doesn't like that one.
  • Superhuman Transfusion: This is She-Hulk's origin. Jen needed a blood transfusion and Bruce was on hand, afterwards she was permanently changed into a hulk, albeit she retained her personality and intellect. It later turned out that the Hulk's drastic change in personality is caused by a multiple personality disorder which is exacerbated by his transformation. She-Hulk's personality does change, but instead of HULK SMASH!, she just gets sassier and more confident. She also doesn't have the insane number of alternate transformations that Bruce does.
  • Super Strength: Like most other Hulks, Jen possesses immense super strength although it has varied compared to other Hulks. In her slimmer forms, she's usually depicted as weaker, while her Brawn Hilda forms her strength has shown to be a match to the Immortal Hulk's.
  • Take That, Critics!: The Avengers (2018) #20 is literally an entire issue dedicated to Jen mentally (and in some cases verbally) mocking and deriding all of the audience who have complained about the "Hulk" identity she developed under Jason Aaron. Highlights include a Battle in the Center of the Mind where she fights off "Classic She-Hulk" who is demanding that "Hulk" persona be erased, mentally recalling the time she verbally called Bruce Banner out for admitting he envied how She-Hulk was better accepted than he was because he didn't understand that it came at the cost of sexual harassment, snapping at Deadpool that she prefers the freedom of being ugly and mean when he asks her why she can't go back to being fun again, and concluding that she's never felt happier with herself than she has since she underwent this transformation. However, again taking the Al Ewing Immortal She-Hulk one shot into account, the validity of her statements are called into question as she isn't in her right mind.
  • The Tease: She can be very flirtatious and enjoys teasing others, with her teammates often being subject to this.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Invoked. She-Hulk was brought before the Living Tribunal to decide a very important thing: he had found a new Ultimate universe, and was considering erasing the Marvel Universe and replacing it with this new one. She-Hulk's defense, at its core, was that her universe was more fun. They told her: she narrated a great cosmic story... in less than one page. Justified, as the Registrator was about to explode.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Much more averse to resorting to killing in combat than virtually any Marvel superhero around.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Given her size, any time she's with someone of average height counts as this.
  • Turbine Blender: In one of the first issues of her third series, Jen and her associate Mallory Book are investigating the death of a man who got sucked into a jet engine. As they're looking around the test lab, someone switches the engine on and seals the lab so the two can't escape. Jen figures at the last minute that if she hulks out and shields Book with her body they'll make it through the blades alive. They do, but both their suits are shredded.
  • Unstoppable Rage: She is usually incredibly kind and friendly, but if somebody genuinely triggers her righteous anger and determination by doing or threatening to do something horrible, she has the same ability to enormously increase her calm power level as her cousin, and can get almost as powerful.
  • Vapor Wear: In her first appearance Jennifer does not wear any underwear under her torn dress.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Odd case with Red She-Hulk. Jen gets along with Betty Ross just fine, but when she turns into Red, they start trading insults back and forth.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Most of the time she's able to control her transformations, although sometimes she gets stuck in either form. She rarely minds being stuck as She-Hulk, but being stuck as human Jen can be a problem.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Hotness: Somewhat plain, mousy Jennifer Walters becomes perhaps the definition of Amazonian Beauty, to the point she most often prefers to remain as She-Hulk, once even regarding losing the ability transform back into Jennifer as not an issue.
  • Will Not Tell a Lie: She's a very honest individual.
  • With a Foot on the Bus: At the end of Dan Slott's run. Iron Man had Brought Her Down to Normal, but there was a new She-Hulk in town: a Jennifer Walter from an alternate universe without superhumans, who got powers when moving to the Marvel Universe. They made a deal: "our" Jennifer would depart to that universe, and the new foreign one would stay. She said goodbye to everybody, Reed Richards sent him thought the dimensional portal, but had an idea: he took her back right after she moved to that universe, restoring her powers. So, the Marvel Universe kept the She-Hulk who had been She-Hulk since the 1970's, and the foreigner left.
  • The Worf Effect: As with her cousin, Jennifer often gets drafted into playing the role of punching bag to show how dangerous an enemy can be.
  • World's Strongest Woman: She-Hulk is generally billed as the strongest woman in the world in the Marvel Universe, though this is contested whenever her Evil Counterpart and usual Arch-Enemy, Titania, enters the picture. Titania is commonly portrayed as stronger than a calm She-Hulk despite usually ending up on the wrong side of The Worf Effect, and both women can further increase their already impressive strength through various means.
  • You Fight Like a Cow: She's a frequent quipper during combat, and particularly enjoys mocking her enemies.
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Savage She-Hulk / Lyra

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You wouldn't like her when she's calm!

Notable Aliases: Lyra Walters

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

Hailing from Earth-8009, Lyra is the genetically engineered daughter of Thundra and the Hulk. She traveled to Earth-616 where she became an agent of A.R.M.O.R. and later joined the Defenders before enrolling at Avengers Academy.


  • Antagonistic Offspring: She tried to commit Matricide at one point and later fought her father, which resulted in her promising to commit Patricide.
  • Anti-Hero Substitute: Both subverted and played straight. Right after Jen's ongoing series was cancelled, All-New Savage She-Hulk was announced, with Lyra — as a main protagonist. People were pissed, because it looked like we were going to get a Darker and Edgier replacement of Jen. However, as the comics ended, both She-Hulks became very good friends, Jen kept her name and become something like a Mentor for Lyra. Even when Jen was mysteriously Put on a Bus Lyra chose to look for her, rather than simply take her place.
  • Bare Your Midriff: She has worn midriff-baring outfits like those of her mother.
  • Double Standard Rape: Female on Male: In Hulk Vol 3 issue #16 Lyra has several Shirtless Captives as her Sex Slaves. Which is both played for laughs and even seen as OK in-universe. She was even high fived for by guys from her world.
  • Duel to the Death: In the She-Hulks mini-series she suggests this to two boys who ask her out, in order to win a date.
  • Evil Hero: Unlike regular She-Hulk Lyra is rather violent and has acted rather villainous at times due to the world she grew up in, hence the title Savage She-Hulk. She tried to change but she wasn't making much progress in adapting to Earth-616.
    Lyra: You're right. I am not Jennifer Walters. I am nothing like Jennifer Walters. Jennifer Walters is a kind woman and honorable warrior. That is why I was trying to find her. So I could learn from her. For I... am nothing but a monster.
  • Fastball Special: Does this with the mutant Loa when she joined The Defenders.
  • Females Are More Innocent: Hulk Vol 3 issue #16 shows Lyra creating an Enlightened Matriarchy when she gets trapped in a hellish nightmare dimension run by violent male demons. In only 3 days she had conquered the dimension, enslaved all the men, and put the women in charge where they embraced her as their Empress. Under their rule the dimension had stopped being the hellish nightmare it was back when the men ran it.
  • Fiery Redhead: She's red-haired like her mother.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: In Fall of the Hulks she gets her clothes burnt off in a fight with Johnny Storm (Human Torch) and defeats him while naked. This was all a part of her strategy to make him put his guard down.
    Lyra: That was a mistake.
    Johnny: Um... not from where I'm standing.
    Lyra: They told me you had a weakness for women.
    Johnny: And that's a bad thing... WHYYYYYYYGGHH!
  • Hulking Out:
    • Originally averted. Her hulk form is her natural state which she was born in and can't turn human on her own and unlike the other Hulks she gets weaker the angrier she gets.
    • After World War Hulks, her father had injected her with S.P.I.N. (Super-Power-Inhibiting Nanobots) Technology to negate her anger-driven power drain. This also allowed Lyra to change from Hulk to human form at will and turn into her Hulk form when angry like the rest of her family. However, this alternation was only temporary and her powers had returned to the way they were when she joined The Defenders.
  • Jekyll & Hyde: Averted, as unlike the rest of the Hulk family, she doesn't have a dual personality.
  • Lady Land: She comes from a future where women have conquered most of the world, renaming it The United Sisterhood Republic. They have enslaved most of the males of that time and are at war with a tribe of savage men. Of course, that tribe of men enslaves women, so neither side are exactly better.
  • Parental Abandonment: Thundra had left Lyra after rising her through childhood for reasons not revealed yet. Lyra greatly resented her mother for it to the point where she wants to kill her.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: She is pretty sexist towards men due to her background, though she doesn't allow it to get in the way of what she does. This does depend on the writer, since in some stories have her being better and accepting that the present isn't like her future.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: The reason why she acts as superhero is that she doesn't want to give up being a warrior.
  • Put on a Bus: During the "Omega Hulk" storyline all the Hulks with the exception of Bruce, Jennifer, and Lyra were depowered. While Lyra kept her powers she was also put to the side by giving up being a hero to live in a dimension which she ruled as Empress. She eventually showed up in Squadron Supreme #15, where she reunited with her mother in Weirdworld.
  • Slave Race: The men on her world. Not that they are any better.
  • Straw Feminist: She views men as fools, considers the enslavement of them to be their proper place, and doesn't want much to do with her father because he is a male. None of this is surprising given how she grew up. She has her moments like sparing a boy from a male tribe on her world and even attempted to avenge a male agent as she would do any comrade, but at the end of the day she rather have women be in charge.
  • Super Mode: Lyra's technique "Gamma Sight" is this, which she herself developed. This enables her to fight in a trance-like meditative state when she is completely calm and at peace. This state allows her to feel minute traces of gamma rays in every human being and use them to heighten her perception and reflexes, and possesses higher fighting skill than any of her other family members.
  • Superpowerful Genetics: She inherited her powers from her father. As well as her mother's powers, as she overpowered Axon who had absorbed her gamma powers.
    • However, it doesn't seem like she had her mother's powers in She-Hulks as she gets hurt with dodge balls in human form. But this could be due to the S.P.I.N. Bruce gave to her.
  • Tyke Bomb: She was bred to be the Sisterhood's champion and use the power of The Hulk to win the war between the genders. Thundra had time traveled to the past to steal Hulk's DNA (via kissing), went back to her future, and gave birth to Lyra.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Inverted. The angrier she gets, the weaker she gets. This issue is later resolved with a nanomachine treatment that Bruce gives her.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: She couldn't bring herself to kill a boy of one of the male tribes on her world.
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry!: Yes actually, you would. As a means to keep her under control, scientists engineered her to be an inversion of this trope and get 'weaker' the angrier she gets. She must remain totally calm to use her full strength.


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