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Amadeus Cho, also known as Mastermind Excello, Prince of Power, The (Totally Awesome) Hulk, and presently Brawn, is a Marvel Comics character created by Greg Pak and Takeshi Miyazawa, first appearing in Amazing Fantasy #15 (dated January 2005).

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:

     Notable Comics 

     Western Animation 


     Video Games 

Amadeus Cho provides examples of:

  • 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.
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  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: 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.
  • 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 eg 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 become 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 / Voice with an Internet Connection: To Bruce Banner at times.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Amadeus Cho/Totally Awesome Hulk defeats Fing Fang Foom to impress Lady Hellbender... only for her to decide to capture him as part of her collection instead.
  • 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 Weight: Level 5
  • 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.
  • 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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