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"Okay, now. This is your second chance. If you don't buy my book this time I'm gonna come to your house and rip up all your X-Men."
She-Hulk, the cover of issue #1
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Sensational She-Hulk is a Marvel Comics title published from 1989 to 1994, largely written & drawn by John Byrne note .

As suggested by the title, it stars Jennifer Walters — better known as She-Hulk — in her second ongoing series, succeeding Stan Lee & John Buscema's Savage She-Hulk, as well as a 1985 Marvel Graphic Novel with this same name, also written and drawn by Byrne himself.

Sensational She-Hulk is notable for Breaking the Fourth Wall so rampantly that it basically doesn't exist, with Jen regularly addressing the audience mid-story, as well as chastising Byrne and his entire creative team for putting her in ridiculous circumstances that include Mole Man nearly taking her as his wife, being romantically pursued by Santa Claus, and squaring off against a team of reanimated dead mutants.

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Furthermore, she even interacts with the comic book medium itself, oftentimes erasing herself from panels, grabbing boxes containing dialogue, narration or editorial notes, and tearing her way through pages to get out of a pickle.

Byrne is the creator mostly associated with this run, but other writers and artists involved in the making of Sensational She-Hulk during his time off the book (from issues #9 — #30) include Steve Gerber, Bryan Hitch, and Louise Simonson.

While Sensational She-Hulk wasn't the first comic book to break the fourth wall, it's perhaps one of the best-remembered (and earliest) examples of the trope in the medium. She doesn't acknowledge the fourth wall as much anymore in recent comics, but she still occasionally reminds readers that she knows they're there. You weren't the first to do it, Deadpool!

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  • Aborted Arc:
    • In issue #4, there was a brief scene where a mysterious adventurer named "Mr. Powers" leases out an apartment in the building She-Hulk resides in for ninety-nine years. His face is conveniently hidden, although he is described as a hunk. Apparently, he's so intent on getting an apartment next to She-Hulk he even bought out the previous tenants. Nothing more about Mr. Powers was seen or mentioned beyond this issue.
    • Issue #4 also set up a Brick Joke, in which She-Hulk's cook and butler decide to quit for the sake of their insurance policies, and She-Hulk begs them not to leave, saying, "I'm not scheduled to get my robot butler until at least the ninth issue!" Ironically, Byrne quit before the ninth issue, but not before a brief Continuity Nod to the staff quitting was made at the beginning of the eighth. When Byrne returned to the book, this plot thread was eventually resolved in issue #37, but not with a robot butler — rather, with the Black Talon's assistant, Garth (who fell for She-Hulk during the 35th issue).
  • Abusive Advertising: On the cover of the first issue of her Sensational run, She-Hulk addresses the reader, saying that if her book gets cancelled she'll destroy all your X-Men comics. Then on the last issue she demands you turn over your X-Mens for destruction.
  • Acid-Trip Dimension: During Steve Gerber's run, she teamed up with Howard the Duck for an adventure visiting several dimensions, including one that consisted of nothing but giant slices of baloney floating through an endless void, which were fed on by little flying gargoyle creatures who would gleefully shout "Blo-neeeee!"
  • The Adjectival Superhero: The Sensational She-Hulk.
  • Alien Non-Interference Clause: The Critic is a member of a faction of Watchers who comment on the events they watch. He is bound by the same rule of non-interference as the Watchers but uses a loose interpretation of the non-intervention to remain within it.
  • Aliens Are Bastards:
    • Averted with Spragg's race who are mostly peaceful. Spragg was actually kicked out for being an anomaly among them.
    • Played straight with the aliens from Dimension Z who kidnap humans to force them to create nuclear weapons for them. The Supremacy, the leader of Dimension Z, kidnaps Jen to make her his queen.
    • Issues #44 and #45 have both the Skrulls and the Carbon Copy Men. The Skrulls are, as usual, not very pleasant towards humans and are willing to destroy an entire planet to kill off the Carbon Copy Men - another alien race who can shapeshift - to stop them from "infringing upon their franchise". The Carbon Copy Men pretend to be the D'bari, an alien race whose home planet was destroyed in The Dark Phoenix Saga, in order to hide from the Skrulls and go as far as imprisoning other beings to keep up the ruse.
  • All Just a Dream: Subverted in issue #34. After She-Hulk is shown the zombie corpse that murdered someone, the scene cuts to her waking up in bed. She assumes the previous scene was a dream since the Comics Code forbids showing zombies. Weezi tells her that it wasn't a dream and that the Comics Code has since allowed zombies in comics.
  • Alliterative Name: Darren Dare, the head writer for the series "Heartbreak Hospital".
  • All Men Are Perverts: She-Hulk deduces that the creature possessing Captain Britain is male and comes up with a plan to lure it out by exploiting her sex appeal.
  • And Now You Must Marry Me:
    • Xemnu tries to transform She-Hulk into a female member of his species so she can be his bride.
    • The Mole Man agrees to help She-Hulk defeat Spragg in exchange for an undisclosed favor. After Spragg is banished from Earth, the Mole Man asks Jen to marry him which she reluctantly agrees to. The wedding gets called off when Jen finds out the Mole Man was holding Weezi hostage in case Jen reneged on their deal.
    • The Living Eraser kidnaps She-Hulk so his leader, the Supremacy, can make her his queen.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism:
    • She-Hulk is skeptical that Nick St. Christopher, who claims to be able to tell who has been "naughty or nice" can help her get evidence of an Australian serial killer's guilt. She-Hulk herself refers to this as a "hoary old comic cliché" and admits she has encountered people with similar abilities while in the Avengers.*
    • Weezi doesn't believe Howard the Duck when he tells them that the Critic, a bald alien man, warned him that the universe was at stake. Then they turn on the radio and hear a report about a bald giant in a tweed sports coat jumping out of a plane.
    • Howard himself has difficulty believing his ears when he is told who the Watchers are.
    Howard: I thought I'd heard more or less everything but a race of cosmic couch potatoes is almost more than I can swallow.
    • Issue #29 has She-Hulk representing clients who are trying to prove that aliens exist despite Galactus, the Skrulls and the Kree being common occurrences in the Marvel Universe.
    • Issue #31 has Bob Robertson, the hero of Journey into Mystery #68 trying to warn people of the return of Spragg the Living Hill. The local police do not believe him but fortunately She-Hulk does.
  • Armed with Canon: In issue #36, She-Hulk and Wheezi visit She-Hulk's father Morris Walters for the holidays, and Morris takes them in to meet She-Hulk's never-seen-before brothers and sisters and their families. She-Hulk, in response, pulls out a copy of the sixth issue of The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition and recites all her known relatives up until then, before she kicks the entire extended family out, insisting she's an only child.
    She-Hulk: Bad enough Marvel's done stories that establish both my male cousins are giant monsters! I don't want to provide any further grist for that particular mill!
  • Artistic License – Physics: Averted in issue #31. She-Hulk points out that Spragg's body would have burned up re-entering the Earth's atmosphere. Bob Robertson confirms that this is indeed what happened to Spragg but the psychic energy which comprised his being was still able to infuse itself with Earth's native terrain.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: Averted. As seen in the issue when she first goes into outer space in issue #7, She-Hulk's lungs can allow her to survive in the vacuum of space for a brief period of time but if she isn't given oxygen soon enough she will die. In issue #41, Ulysses Archer gives her some special pills that allow her to breathe in space for sixty minutes.
  • Battle Strip:
    • In issue #4, Jennifer sees Stilt-Man on the loose. Before going after him, she strips down to a red chemise, not wanting to damage her very expensive, custom-made business suit.
    • In issue #21, Jen's clothes get ripped during her fight with Abominatrix. She tears off the remains and fights in her pink chemise.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Dr. Robert "Bob" Doom is the fifth cousin of Doctor Doom whose side of the family emigrated to America. Jealous of his cousin's power and wealth, Robert sought to take control of the tri-state area. To that end, he used mind-controlling dental implants to make his wealthy patients sign over their estates to him. She-Hulk became aware of his plans when one of his patients, Packard Stanford, discovered a malfunctioning implant in his tooth and asked She-Hulk to file a law suit against him.
  • Bigger on the Inside: Samuel Barone's house contains a hallway so large that Weezi claims it couldn't possibly fit in any house.
  • Brawn Hilda: Tillie the Hun and Abominatrix are much larger than Jen who is more of a Statuesque Stunner and Amazonian Beauty.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: The covers during John Byrne's historical run on her book are famous for loads of fourth wall breaking. The most famous are her naked using the Comics Code logo to cover herself and Volume 2 Issue 1, in which she warns the readers that, if they don't buy her book, she'll rip up all their X-Men comics. Sixty issues later, when the run's final issue came out, an angry Shulkie tells the readers that she warned them and to hand the X-Men comics over!
  • Brick Joke:
    • See her warning on the cover of issue #1? Fifty-nine issues later, she makes good on it.
    • Throughout issue #35, the "fake ToddMcFarlane layouts" established in issue #31 are used, except the "shadow-boxes" used behind the panels are missing. At the end of the issue, however, She-Hulk enters her office to find that the final page is covered in black sheeting. Something went wrong with the comic's shipment, apparently.
    She-Hulk: Ma-a-an!! How come this kind of thing never happens over in Namor??
  • Berserk Button: In issue #22, She-Hulk travels back in time to the 1940s and ends up in a fight with the superhero team known as the All-Winners Squad. When Namor grabs her by the hair, She-Hulk sends him flying with a punch.
    Let's get something straight: NOBODY PULLS MY HAIR!!!/
  • Body Horror: In issue #16, Jennifer's transformation into a more grey, muscular and savage She-Hulk is shown.
  • Bullying a Dragon:
    • Issue #21: She-Hulk goes to the Benchmark Hotel to ask questions about Wheezi's abduction. The clerk refuses to cooperate and instead orders a bunch of security guards to escort her out. She-Hulk easily tosses them aside and then threatens to add unprovoked assault to her complaints.
    • Issue #24: She-Hulk loses an embezzlement case to a man named Bono which results in her client going to jail for a crime he didn't commit. Bono repeatedly taunts She-Hulk throughout the story while hiding behind the threat of litigation if she attacks him. Eventually, She-Hulk loses her patience and smashes the priceless vase Bono was trying to steal from her over his head resulting in her finding a computer disk inside. As it turns out, this disk contains all the evidence to put away Bono's future self.
  • Casual Interstellar Travel: Subverted. She-Hulk's Flying Car, built by Al the Alien and Ulysses Archer, is only capable of one interstellar jump which She-Hulk uses to return to Earth after her space adventure. The car also has a recall system that allows it to return to space in the event Al needs to service it. This system is used to bring She-Hulk and Weezi to Al and Ulysses when the latter are attacked by Spragg.
  • Christmas Episode: Issues #8 and #36.
  • Claustrophobia: Gray She-Hulk doesn't like small spaces to put it mildly.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Xemnu uses his hypnotic powers to subdue She-Hulk. After she wakes up, she attacks him from behind before he can have an opportunity to hypnotize her into unconsciousness again.
    She-Hulk: When you're dealing with somebody with Xemnu's powers, you don't always play by Queensbury rules.
  • Comic-Book Time: Lampshaded and discussed in issue #4 when Jen and Weezi meet for the first time. Weezi states that because she was not in frequent publication she was allowed to age normally while Jen will always remain relatively young because she will always appear in comics.
  • Corrupted Character Copy: Clark Finark is this to Superman. He once ran a campaign for a a midwest congressional seat. Unfortunately, Finark's opponent discovered that Finark's birth certificate stated he was from the planet Veegwal note . Finark's campaign imploded and he blamed his image consultant, Lexington Loopner for his misfortune.
  • Covers Always Lie: Parodied. Issue #37 features Wolverine, Spider-Man and the Punisher on the cover but as She-Hulk points out, the cover never actually mentions they are actually appear in the issue.
  • Crazy Enough to Work: Deconstructed in Issue #46. She-Hulk's escape plan involves the Ovoid granting her the ability to swap minds with someone else, which she plans to use to get a signal to her friends aboard a Skrull ship to come and get them. Unfortunately, the Ovoid assumed She-Hulk was a Skrull due to her green skin and as a result of the radiation in her blood, She-Hulk ends up swapping body shapes with Weezi rather than swapping bodies with her. Her friends do come to her rescue but the plan doesn't quite have the results Jen wanted.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Black Talon places a secondary spell on his zombies which makes anyone who survives an encounter with them to contact him immediately. As a result, he is aware that She-Hulk and Weezi are coming to New Orleans to seek his help and prepares to have them neutralized before they can threaten his plans.
  • Creepy High-Pitched Voice: Spragg is described as having a high voice by Robertson.
  • Cruel Mercy: She-Hulk defeats Xemnu and gives him to an alien named Big Enilwen who believes him to be a teddy bear. When Xemnu and She-Hulk clash again, he says that she should have granted him a warrior's death instead of the indignity of being a child's plaything.
  • Cupid's Arrow: Mahkizmo gets hit with one of Eros's love arrows, causing him to fall in love with her. The arrow was originally meant for She-Hulk as part of a bet between Eros and his mother Aphrodite.
  • Curse Cut Short: Subverted in issue #41. Jen is about to say that her male audience only likes her for hair when she is interrupted by the ship she is on being struck. Jen finishes her sentence and complains about the Comics Code jumping the gun.
  • Custom Uniform of Sexy: Taryn O'Connell's NASA uniform in issue #6 consists of a shirt that shows off her cleavage and short shorts.
  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: Issue #52 has Greg Hallerhand, the producer of a soap series called "Heartbreak Hospital", getting yelled at by his boss for the show's decreasing ratings. Hallerhand's boss threatens to not only fire him if the ratings don't improve but also to rip out Hallerhand's spleen and serve it for lunch.
  • Deadmans Switch: Dutch Rosenblatt had his pacemaker linked to the arming mechanism of the Rosebud bomb. If he dies, the bomb goes off.
  • Deal with the Devil: Issue #28 has She-Hulk visited by Montgomery H. Price, an agent of Mephisto. He offers to make She-Hulk's financial problems go away if She-Hulk agrees to let her boss use her likeness on merchandise, allowing Jen to make money just for being her. The contract she signs stipulates that Jen will lose her soul to Mephisto if the merchandise makes one billion dollars in one year which Price states is an impossible goal, so Jen has nothing to worry aboutnote . The contract also forbids her from injuring herself which means she can't even fight crime to rescue people, forbids her from talking about the deal and requires that she maintain a spotless image. Jen is able to get out of the contract by exploiting the termination clause: "My contract automatically becomes null and void, if in the past or present, I have participated willingly or unwillingly in a manner unbecoming the high moral standards required." This turns out to be the time when a tabloid magazine took nude photos of Jen without her permission in Fantastic Four #275.
  • Demonic Possession:
    • Issue #13 deals with the town of Mount Pressure, where the local priest has outlawed "improper use of all organs" through a religion called Organism. She-Hulk confronts him and it is revealed that he is possessed by an alien called the Anomaly which has been feeding off the repressed energies of the townspeople.
    • Issue #26 deals with She-Hulk having to defend Meggan of Excalibur after she was possessed by a monster that went on a rampage in her body and was exorcised by Rachel Summers. However, the monster had jumped into Captain Britain's body and lay dormant within him until it learned that She-Hulk was coming to London and would pose a threat to it. It then tries to destroy the plane She-Hulk was flying in using Captain Britain.
  • Depraved Dentist: Bob Doom.
  • Didn't We Use This Joke Already?: In issue #34, when obscure character Mahkizmo reveals himself, an editor footnote appears congratulating the reader with a "no-prize" if they recognize him before the reveal. Two pages later, Samuel David Barone reveals himself as the Black Talon (himself an obscure character), and another footnote appears, this time asking, "Er...John, I don't mean to get picky, but didn't we just do this bit two pages ago, with Mahkizmo?"
  • Distaff Counterpart: Abominatrix is this to the Abomination, a recurring foe of the Incredible Hulk. Unlike with Hulk and She-Hulk, however, Abomination was not involved in Abominatrix's origin and the two have never met.
  • Distressed Dude: Wyatt Wingfoot.
  • Easily Forgiven: Not only do Razorback and Taryn suffer no consequences for stealing a NASA space shuttle, but NASA gives them jobs.
  • Elemental Baggage: In issue #24, Jen is attacked by Light Master, Radioactive Man and Plant Man. Plant Man is the only one incapable of attacking her since there are no nearby plants for him to use.
  • End-of-Series Awareness: The last cover provides a rather threatening version.
  • Erotic Dream: Jen has a few of these starring Hercules starting from issue #7.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: The corrupt senators working with Jasper Keaton to find Rosebud are appalled when they find out that he is holding Weezi as a hostage. Admittedly, they are more concerned about how it will affect their polling numbers if word gets out.
  • Exploiting the Fourth Wall: In issue #5, She-Hulk escapes from Doctor Bong's Bongvision™ world by ripping a hole in the page, leading the other characters across two pages of ads, and ripping back into reality at a later point in the story.
  • Exact Words: Played with. During issue #8, Nick St. Christopher gives She-Hulk a present, instructing her to "use it this Christmas for something special". In issue #36, when She-Hulk wonders how to realize her father's Christmas wish despite being unable to revert to human form, Wheezi reminds her of the present and recommends making use of it. She-Hulk argues that Christmas had come and gone twice in real-time. "Not in your book," Wheezi responds.
  • Expy: Nosferata the She-Bat (aka Purple Hayes) is a blatant female parody of Batman whose parents were gunned down in an alley way, the main difference being that her parents were hippies. Her enemy and the murderer of her parents, Jack Serious, is a parody of the Joker as depicted in Batman (1989). He even uses a joke variation of the Joker's "Did you ever dance with the devil in the pale moonlight?" line from that film.
  • Flight, Strength, Heart: Captain Rectitude is a villainous variation. He has flight, super strength on par with She-Hulk and has been genetically modified by the American Purity Foundation to have his normal biological drives replaced with a strong anti-smut instinct.
  • Flying Car: She-Hulk gets one courtesy of Ulysses Archer and his alien friend Al which allows her to make her trip back to Earth after her space adventure.
  • Footnote Fever: In issue #38, She-Hulk chews out John Byrne for a plot development she's displeased with yet again, while Renée Whitterstaetter provides footnotes for which earlier issues she refers to in her rant, leading to thisnote :
    Awright! Awright! It's bad enough She-Hulk's reading me the riot act! You don't have to annotate it! - John
    But that's part of my job, John. You know how the readers love these footnotes. - Renée
    Sure, sure. And it helps move the back issues, so the store owners love 'em, too... but do they have to be at my expense? - John
    Well, what do you suggest I do? You know it's Marvel policy to provide a footnote for any past issue reference. It gives new readers some sense of what's going on, even if they don't actually go out and buy the back numbers. - Renée
    Granted. But usually these things are just, you know, dry-as-dust historical notations. Oh, sure, sometimes we try to make 'em seem more colorful or even humorous, but the fact of the matter...
    She-Hulk: (getting crowded out by the footnotes) DO YOU MIND?!?
  • Four Is Death: The Black Talon, the main villain of issues #34 and #35, revives four dead X-Men villains as zombies to do his bidding.
  • Gag Boobs: In issue #52, a woman at a Los Angeles airport assumes She-Hulk has breast implants.
  • Gendercide: Mahkizmo travels back in time to kill every female in the past with a "Gender Bomb" that will cause them to age rapidly until they die. Mahkizmo's goal was to scare the female population of his timeline into fearing men, not realizing that wiping out the entire female population in the past would mean everyone from his timeline would cease to exist including himself.
  • Genius Loci: Spragg the Living Hill is a sentient, alien hill. He belongs to a race of aliens which began as a cloud of spores that landed on Earth and evolved into sentient hills with Psychic Powers.
  • The Ghost: The villain of Issue #48, which She-Hulk explains wasn't determined, so they let the reader imagine their favorite being involved in the story. The villain's appearance is kept entirely off panel, and their name and traits are portrayed in character dialogue as modifiers.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!:
    • While falling down in issue #11, She-Hulk utters a string of g-rated "profanities" such as "ear wipe", "dog shingles", "death pokes" and "pig strings".
    • Issue #13 features an entire town full of people who talk like this because they've been terrified into being as ludicrously wholesome as possible by an alien-possessed priest.
  • Government Conspiracy: In the 1940s, an atomic bomb codenamed "Rosebud" was stolen by a gangster named Dutch Rosenblatt in order to end his gang war with his rival Vinnie Vidivicci. The bomb's exact location was never found out but suspected to be somewhere in Las Vegas where Rosenblatt resided. The government was unable to find any evidence of Rosenblatt's guilt and covered up the theft of the bomb.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Sharyn, Lexington Loopner's assistant, carries a torch for him. She greets She-Hulk rather icily when she arrives for dinner date with Loopner.
  • Green-Skinned Space Babe: While the male denizens of Dimension Z are Little Green Men, the female denizens are tall, gorgeous women with green skin, not unlike She-Hulk herself. Despite this, the Supremacy wants She-Hulk as a queen instead of a woman from his home dimension because he finds them boring.
  • Groupie Brigade: She-Hulk gets mobbed by a large group of paparazzi and enthusiastic fans at an airport when she goes to Los Angeles in issue #52 . At first she is flattered by the attention but it soon starts getting uncomfortable for her. One guy asks her to sign his drool-stained Marvel Swimsuit Edition, while a very pushy woman tugs at She-Hulk's top and asks the heroine who did her implants. Later, She-Hulk expresses annoyance at the unwanted attention since she was in town for medical treatment.
  • Heart Beat-Down: Captain Rectitude's costume can fire purple energy blasts from the heart-shaped emblem on his chest.
  • He Knows Too Much: Rocket Raccoon stops by on Dandesh IV to refuel his ship and catches one of the Carbon Copy Men relaxing his D'bari form for a few seconds. Fearing Rocket will give away their location to the Skrulls, the Carbon Copy Men petrify and imprison him.
  • Hello, Attorney!: D.A. Tower is so handsome that Jen faints at first sight of him. To her disappointment, she is told that he is married.
  • Heroic Seductress: How She-Hulk helps defeat the creature that possessed Captain Britain in issue #26. She drops her coat, revealing herself to be wearing "underwear" made out of trash which drives the creature mad with lust and causes it to leave Britain's body. After the creature is caught on film (thus allowing them to prove that Meggan really was possessed), Rachel Summers begins raining trash on the creature for it to absorbs until it reaches its limit and is destroyed.
  • Hero of Another Story: Louise "Weezi" Grant Mason was a superhero during The Golden Age of Comic Books known as the Blonde Phantom. She worked with the All-Winners Squad, a team which included the Captain America, Namor the Sub-Mariner and the original Human Torch.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: In issue #21, Captain Rectitude offers to destroy the "Randi Rocket" fountain statue which he sees as an offensive depiction of women but is stopped by his boss Jasper Keaton. A time travel trip in #22 reveals the rocket in the statue is actually the Rosebud bomb that Keaton was looking for.
  • Hollywood Voodoo: The Black Talon is the main villain of issues #34-#35. He is a voodoo priest who can control zombies. He revives four dead X-Men villains - Scaleface, Harry Leland, Changeling and Living Diamond - as a quartet of zombies called "the Living X-Humed".
  • How We Got Here: Issue #37 opens with the Living Eraser wiping Jen out of existence. Jen narrates the issue as we flashback to how she ended up in that situation.
  • Horrible Hollywood: Issue #12, in which Jen travels to Hollywood to investigate a movie being made about her.
  • Informed Flaw: The female denizens of Dimension Z are called boring by the Supremacy but we don't actually get to spend any time with them to see why he thinks they are.
  • Insult Backfire: Occurs during She-Hulk and Tillie the Hun's fight in issue #17.
    Tillie: You skinny little—
    She-Hulk: Skinny?! Geez after a compliment like that, I don't even want to hit you anymore. But I'll force myself.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: Bono, the main antagonist of issue #24. He frames She-Hulk's client McGill for his own crimes of embezzlement. But the issue's climax reveals that in the future he is taken down by Tanya Yule, a prosecutor who was inspired by Jen's original attempts to expose Bono as a criminal in the present.
  • Land Down Under: The unnamed Australian murderer in issue #8. His first bit of dialogue is a string of Australian slang and his own lawyer refers to him as "the slimiest snake ever to crawl out of the outback".
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: After using Black Hole to put an end to the Cosmic Squish Crisis, the Critic erases the memories of Jen, Howard, Weezi, Brent and the Band of the Bland. This is standard operating procedure for any of the Critics breaking the Alien Non-Interference Clause.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Issue #29 and #30 deals with a villain named Professor Sanderson who is teaching his students about the concept of the 4th Wall or 4th Dimension. As part of their experiment, they monitor the events of She-Hulk's day and teleport various Marvel characters from different points in time to have her fight them. Sanderson's students also make commentary on the events in a way an audience member would such as pointing out the differing power levels between two versions of the Hulk and complaining about the supporting character slowing up the action. Earlier in the issue, She-Hulk mentions that she feels like she is being watched. It is revealed that Sanderson is actually an obscure Marvel villain named Isbisa who was shunted into limbo and was trying to make a comeback.
  • Likes Older Men: Professor Sanderson is clearly old enough to be Wanda's father but that doesn't stop her from not-so-subtly hitting on him.
  • Little Green Men: The males of Dimension Z are short and green creatures while the females are tall and attractive. There is also the D'Bari who have been nicknamed "the asparagus people" because of their green skin and skinny physiques.
  • Loophole Abuse: She-Hulk's contract with Mephisto prevents her from taking direct action that could potentially cause her injury and devalue her brand. This prevents her from taking direct action to save an heiress so she takes an "indirect" approach by pulling the rug from under the kidnappers. She also renders her contract void by revealing the nude photos taken against her will by paparazzi when she was with the Fantastic Four, which is in violation of her contract's termination clause: "My contract automatically becomes null and void, if in the past or present, I have participated willingly or unwillingly in a manner unbecoming the high moral standards required."
  • Losing Your Head: In issue #3, Jen runs afoul of the Headmen, a supervillain team of evil scientists who intended to use her body as a replacement one for their comrade Chondu the Mystic. They separated She-Hulk's head from her body but her head was still able to talk thanks to special technology they had invented. With Spider-Man's help, She-Hulk's head was reattached to her body.
  • Medium Awareness:
    • The series is famous for its characters' acknowledgement of the comic medium, including climbing across panel borders, referencing captions, and other related awareness.
    • When her sidekick Louise "Weezi" Mason joined the book, Jen asked how Louise was able to walk between comic panels and was told that it's similar to the way She-Hulk is able to talk to the reader. It's also because Weezi is an ex-comic heroine herself (from Marvel's predecessor in the 1940s), who used the same schtick in her series. Weezi knows that she was aware that she and her (late) husband began aging in "real time" because they were no longer appearing regularly in published stories, and thus deliberately insinuated herself into Shulkie's life (and then-new series).
    • In issue #37, Jen's boyfriend also becomes aware that he is in a comic book and admits he isn't quite used to it yet. Jen says it was either get him in on it too or have him respond with confusion every time she addressed their fictional status.
    • In the 50th issue, the book's editor, Renee, kidnapped John Byrne and locked him Bound and Gagged in a closet so she and She-Hulk could find a new writer for the book. The issue ended with She-Hulk accidentally killing Byrne.
  • Motive Decay: When he appears in issue #35, the Supremacy, the leader of Dimension Z is initially interested in She-Hulk because her gamma radiated physiology could give them access to atomic power. However, when he gets around to kidnapping her in issue #37, he has forgotten all about gamma-powered weapons and wants She-Hulk for his queen.
  • Moral Guardians: Issue #21 has Weezi run into an old acquaintance named Jasper Keaton who is now chairman of the American Purity Foundation, an organization who "reaching out to the people... to enlist them in the fight against smut, indecency, and re-regulation of the savings and loan industry!". Weezi sees it all as nothing but censorship gone mad.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Just few examples during Byrne's run. In first several pages of issue #40, She-Hulk is skipping rope, apparently naked (actually wearing skimpy undies that were hidden by the blur lines.) In #45, nearly all the story is filled with a big, casual pinup of Jen that steals the spotlight from the actual story narrated in the box.
  • Mugging the Monster: In issue #17, the Band of the Bland attack She-Hulk and her friends. Sitting Bullseye assumes that Laslo Pevely will be easy prey due to him being a frail, senile old man in a wheelchair. What he doesn't realize is that in the presence of evildoers, Laslo transforms into the Horrifying Hero known as the Terror.
  • Negative Space Wedgie: Issue #14 opens with the Critic recanting how ten years ago he was watching the debris of a shattered solar system as it approached the event horizon of one of his favorite black holes. The event was interrupted by a cosmic aberration. A giant plunger landed on the black hole and reversed the suction turning it into the only known trans-dimensional blowhole.
  • Never My Fault: Jen agrees to marry the Mole Man in exchange for his help in defeating Spragg. Jen reneges on the deal when she discovers the Mole Man is holding Weezi hostage. The Mole Man laments Jen betraying him even though it was his paranoia and mistrust that turned her against him in the first place.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • In order to prove Spragg's existence, Bob Robertson creates a device called a "counter frequency generator". This deivce can create an electric current opposite to Spragg's natural frequency which can cause enough of a reaction for Spragg to manifest himself. Unfortunately, the reaction is too strong and creates a ridge of rock heading for a town. Fortunately, Robertson has a device to neutralize it.
    • With the Mole Man's help, She-Hulk and her friends are able to send Spragg and his race into outer space. Unfortunately, the Hill People end up attacking the Star Stop Cafe, where US-1 and his friends and family are. She-Hulk and Weezi decide to help US-1 and his allies since it was partly their fault the Hill People are in space to begin with.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed:
    • Parodied in issue #12, when Jen is ambushed by an Entertainment Tonight film crew led by Mary Hart.
      She-Hulk: Shouldn't we be giving you a parody name or something? Like Mary Spleen?
      Mary Hart: Get real. Like we care if we're in a comic book.
    • Later in the same issue, it's revealed that Jen is going to be played in a biopic by the petite starlet "P. Isadora". Jen immediately lampshades the fact that her name got changed.
  • No Fourth Wall: As mentioned above, this series breaks the fourth wall so frequently that it basically doesn't exist, and a large chunk of its humor derives from Jen exploiting her knowledge of the comic book medium and that she's a fictional character.
  • Not That Kind of Doctor: Reed Richards informs Jen that she is losing her powers in issue #52. She desperately begs him to come up with a cure and he responds that this is a medical and biochemical issue which falls outside his area of expertise. What is unusual about this trope is that Reed is an Omnidisciplinary Scientist which She-Hulk lampshades.
    Jen: Oh sure... You can build moon rockets in your backyard and shrink people to sub-atomic size in your sleep, but you can't deal with a simple blood disorder?
  • Off-Model: Issue #12, the Horrible Hollywood issue, has a few panels depicting the filming of a Star Trek: The Next Generation movie. The colorist gave Geordi Data's skin tone and Riker Geordi's. (This may have been intentional.)
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Bob Robertson recants how he originally defeated Spragg the Living Hill by rebuilding his dynamo into a rocket and using it to launch Spragg into outer space. Weezi expresses disbelief at this since Robertson is a geologist not an engineer. She-Hulk states that this is normal for comic book scientists citing how Hank Pym started out as an entomologist and then ended up building robots.
  • Phlebotinum Overload: The trash monster in issue #26 is defeated by making it absorb all the trash from all over the south of England making it explode. It is acknowledged that this was a risky plan given they had no idea what the monster's limit was or if it even had one.
  • Planet of Hats:
    • Issue #17 has She-Hulk and friends wind up in a universe where the governing principle is suicide and everyone uses the word "die" in a sentence. Later, they come across a universe where everyone is optimistic no matter how horrifying the situation and another one that is obsessed with garbage and tabloid headlines.
    • Issue #47 has a universe where everyone is a puppet expanding into the 616 universe.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Mahkizmo a villain who debuted in Fantastic Four #151. Originally, Mahkizmo's future world was one where men held all the power and was a parallel to the world of Feminozia, the world Thundra came from where women held supremacy over men. Eventually, the two worlds were merged into one world where savage warriors of both sexes lived side by side as equals. Mahkizmo hates this new world and travels back in time to destroy She-Hulk to prove the supremacy of the male gender over the female.
  • Post-Climax Confrontation: During the story arc where She-Hulk battles Spragg the Living Hill in space (Issues #40-43), She-Hulk defeats Spragg in issue #42, only to end up fighting Xemnu the Titan in the following issue before the arc wraps up.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: The Fire Demons from issue #25 are only spreading chaos because they don't realize Surtur has already been defeated. Once Zeus tells them of Surtur's fall, they leave Earth though one of them takes Brent Wilcox as a "souvenir".
  • Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...:
    • Miss America tries to drop kick She-Hulk and gets both her ankles sprained.
    Miss America: What've you got under that suit, an iron maidenform!?
    • Jen hurts her hand punching the Living Diamond who has been revived as a zombie by the Black Talon.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • In issue #4, Jen's house staff quit working for her due to the danger she attracts as a superhero.
    • Issue #6 has Razorback and Taryn O'Connel resorting to hi-jacking a government space rocket to find Ulysses Solomon Archer. When She-Hulk asks why they didn't just ask the Avengers or the Fantastic Four to help take them into space, Taryn responds that she did try getting in touch with them but they have people screening their calls and they didn't believe Taryn's request was serious since they'd gotten a number of crackpots calling them before. Taryn also points out that Jen herself likely would not have believed them if she weren't standing in front of them.
    • From the same issue as the above, Taryn learns that Ulysses and Mary McGrill, her main rival for Ulysses's affections, have gotten married and are expecting a baby. Since Taryn refused to join Ulysses and Mary when they went out into space, there were no obstacles to him and Mary settling down and starting a family.
    • When She-Hulk returns from outer space, she finds her house in a mess since her staff quit four issues ago and no one has been cleaning or watering the plants while she was gone.
    • Jennifer's status as a superhero on the side ends up being used against her when she saves some people from a falling crane in issue #10. The defense attorney on a case she is prosecuting argues that Jen's heroic deeds could prejudice the jury in favor of the prosecution and motions for a mistrial to be declared. Tower ends up having to take Jen off the case and warns Jen that her legal opponents could use such tactics on her in future. This results in She-Hulk quitting her job as the D.A's office to open up her own legal practice.
    • In issue #19, Purple Hayes, a Batman Expy, tries to help an old woman being harassed by two thugs. Despite her martial arts training, the men are able to fight her off due to being larger and stronger than her.
    • Time and gravity have taken it's toll on Weezi's body as she is no longer capable of most of the feats she pulled off during her days as the Blonde Phantom.
    • In issue #28, it is revealed that She-Hulk's work as both a superhero and a lawyer have caused her to forget to file her quarterly reports for the year and she owes "enough money to buy a brand new BMW" to the IRS.
    • Weezi's youth is restored by the Mole Man's mystical diamond liquid but without regular exercise and superhero activity to keep her in shape, she puts on the weight she had previously gained.
    • Weezi and Jen both pass out from lack of air while She-Hulk's Flying Car, which has been recalled by Al the Alien, is transporting them through space. Jen stays conscious longer than Weezi due to stronger lungs but as she says, "lungs can't breathe nothing".
  • Replacement Goldfish: Jen's ex-boyfriend, Daniel "Zapper" Ridge, shows up for Christmas Dinner in issue #36. He brings with him his new wife who is the spitting image of She-Hulk minus the green skin.
  • Scaled Up: Scaleface can transform into a large dragon-like reptile creature.
  • The Scapegoat: Issue #29 has She-Hulk in court representing clients who want to prove aliens exist. Professor Sanderson, who is observing the event, teleports Venom into the courtroom and naturally a fight between him and She-Hulk breaks out. After Venom is teleported away, the judge accuses She-Hulk of staging the attack to prove the veracity of her clients' claims and denies her request for further hearing.
  • Self-Deprecation: John Byrne was never afraid to make fun of himself.
    • Issue #4: After Stilt-Man's defeat, the next page has a bridge caption with the words "and so..." on it. She-Hulk mockingly quips that she can see why most fans think of John Byrne as just an artist.
    • Issue #6: Jen accidentally gets sent into space and chides Byrne for simply drawing a large space full of stars despite being 10,000 light years away from earth. This is then followed by a two-page spread depicting numerous planetary bodies much to She-Hulk's approval.
    • When Weezi is rejuvenated by Mole Man's magic diamonds, she points out that Byrne already did this with Spitfire in his Namor book.
    • In issue #34, Jen and Weezi go to St. Charles Street in New Orleans to see Samuel D. Barone, the voodoo expert whose knowledge they need to deal with a case in which a zombie has killed someone. When Weezi wonders why Barone's office is at this location, Jen suggests it might be because it is the only street Byrne could find a decent reference for.
    • In issue #35, She-Hulk warns Byrne about juggling too many subplots when he introduces the Dimension Z subplot while the issue is dealing with the main plot with Black Talon and the original subplot involving Mahkizmo. She-Hulk later mocks Byrne for using X-Men villains as a cheap ploy to boost sales on her book and for doing a parody of Vanity Fair on the cover of the previous issue.
    • In issue #37, Jen criticizes Byrne for repeating the same gag he used in Alpha Flight #6, which consisted mostly of blank panels but without the word balloons or sound effects in She-Hulk's case.
    • In issue #38, She-Hulk goes on a tirade against Byrne for all the times he's had a villain fall for her in his run.
    • In issue #40, Jen recognizes the space sector they are travelling through as the same one used in issue #6 when she first went into space. She chides Byrne for lazily transferring the pages from that issue into this one.
  • Sexy Coat Flashing: See Heroic Seductress above. She-Hulk herself admits that she hates exploiting her femininity like this.
  • Sexy Dimorphism: The males of Dimension Z are short and ugly while the females are tall and beautiful. If not for the green skin, you wouldn't believe they belong to same species. Lampshaded by She-Hulk.
    Oh, I get it. This is one of those cheesy pulp sci-fi style worlds where all the women are fabulous babes and all the men look like something I'd scrape off the bottom of my shoe.
  • Sexy Packaging: Lampshaded on the cover of issue #43 (which also serves as the page image for this comic's trope page). She-Hulk admits that the cover has nothing to do with the plot but she has to do something to sell her book.
  • Shameful Strip: In Marvel Graphic Novel Issue #18, Jen is forced to strip after being captured by semi-rogue S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. Somewhat subverted in that she's found great confidence and positive self-image in her She-Hulk form. She even drops her (already Fanservice-y) outfit on the floor and asks "Okay, bright boys, now what? Maybe you'd like me to jump rope for you?" (Of course, her boyfriend, Wyatt, who is also being held hostage, is clearly not amused by it any of it, and neither is Dugan when he shows up in the next scene.)
  • Shirtless Scene: In Issue #38, She-Hulk suffers Clothing Damage from fighting Mahkizmo which leaves her topless. Wyatt takes off his shirt so he could give it to her, leading her to comment that her female readers got something to look at for once.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Issue #12, the Horrible Hollywood issue, has several shout-outs to Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Benny the Cab has a cameo appearance, and Jen does an inadvertent Roger Rabbit impersonation after having something heavy dropped on her head. Also, the villain's plot turns out to be a rip-off of the plot of The Producers, which Jen immediately lampshades.
    • In Issue #47, Wanda is changing into her Phantom Blonde costume in a car and is shown to have great difficulty doing so. After she is done, she exclaims "How does that guy manage it in a phone box?".
    • From the same issue as above, we have She-Hulk dealing with a group of living puppets based on the Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons series.
  • Sinister Minister: Reverend Wildmoon from issue #12. He founded a religion called Organism which is "the proper usage of all organs of perception and promulgation". This religion forbids sex, cursing and exposure to anything that would test one's devotion to Organism. Decenters are either killed or exiled to a seedy part of town.
  • Skewed Priorities: When Weezi goes missing after her apartment was burglarized, She-Hulk teams up with Weezi's daughter, Wanda, to track her down to Las Vegas. However, Wanda doesn't think her mother's disappearance is worth worrying about too much and is more interested in having a good time. It takes her seeing a news report of her mother being abducted by Abominatrix to finally start taking the situation seriously.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: She-Hulk is not protected from being any embarrassing situations for the sake of comedy.
  • Spanner in the Works: The Black Talon is able to prepare for She-Hulk coming to New Orleans to discover his plans thanks to a secondary spell he places on his zombies that makes whoever survives an encounter with them contact him. Unfortunately, he does not account for the necklace he created to control She-Hulk getting caught in a branch and snapping, freeing her from his control.
  • Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace: In issue #21, She-Hulk whacks Abominatrix with a street lamp and sends her flying into a church where a couple are about to get married. In response to the priest asking why the couple should not get married, Abominatrix responds "He's drunk as a skunk, she's a bulimic little Gold Digger. Good enough reason?". To add insult to injury, the drunk groom thanks Abominatrix for saving him from making a mistake.
  • Stable Time Loop: Rosenblatt's theft of the Rosebud bomb is successful because Jen went back in time and helped him steal it in order to learn where he hid it in the present.
  • Stealing From Thieves: The subplot of issue #10 revolves around Jen prosecuting a police officer who stole money from drug dealers and giving it to victims of crime. One reporter points out that some people see the officer as a hero.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Weezi's daughter Wanda is the spitting image of her younger self.
  • Supernaturally Young Parent: In issue #33, Weezi falls into a vat of liquid drawn from mystical diamonds that transforms people into their inner most self and is restored back to a more youthful and conventionally beautiful form.
  • Take That!: Jen mocks the way Jim Lee poses the female characters he draws in issue #33.
  • Taken for Granite: The D'bari have technology that can turn people to stone. They use it on Razorback and Rocket Raccoon. Another blast from the weapon turns them back to normal
  • Talk to the Fist: In issue #33, Jen does this to Spragg when he starts gloating.
  • Thinking Up Portals: Martin Kribbee, aka Black Hole, can open up a black hole in the center of his chest which leads to a pocket dimension. There appears to be no limit to the amount of material that Black Hole can suck in. The Critic uses this power to stop the universes from encroaching on each other.
  • Time Travel:
    • Issue #22 has She-Hulk and Wanda travel back in time to the 1940s to learn the location of where Dutch Rosenblatt hid the Rosebud bomb he stole so they can find it in the present and save Weezi.
    • The end of issue #24 reveals that the mysterious vase left on Jen's doorstep contains a computer disk with evidence that will put away the future version of Bono, an embezzler whom She-Hulk failed to expose in the present. The vase and the disk were sent back in time by Tanya Yule, a prosecutor from the year 2020 who was inspired by She-Hulk's original attempt to take down Bono. Yule was trying to protect the evidence from Bono who was trying to destroy it and then sent Death's head back in time to retrieve it and bring it back to the year 2020.
    • Issue #34
  • Tiny-Headed Behemoth: Garth, the Black Talon's massive manservant has a tiny head which She-Hulk uses like a punching back during their fight.
  • Token Good Teammate: Changeling started out as a villain to the X-Men but had reformed prior to his death. He is revived as a zombie under the Black Talon's command. When the Black Talon allows him a tiny bit of free will since his control over all four of the X-Humed at once, Changeling uses this opportunity to draw the police and She-Hulk to Black Talon by driving past a squad car disguised as Elvis Presley.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Subverted with the D'bari. In Issues #45 and #46, they appear to have becomes prejudiced towards humans and psychics due to their planet being destroyed in The Dark Phoenix Saga. However, it is revealed that these are not the D'bari but the Carbon Copy Men, another race of alien shapeshifters like the Skrulls who are posing as the D'bari to hide from the Skrulls who want to kill them. Their hatred of psychics is simply paranoia of them being found out by a mindreader.
  • Torn Apart by the Mob: In #20, Jack Serious (a parody of The Joker) flees from She-Hulk and Nosferata but loses his footing and falls to the ground floor of Dorkham Asylum, where he is brutally attacked by the inmates he had tormented in his role as Chief of Staff, who beat and tear him to death. (Although he would much later turn up alive in the pages of Deadpool.)
  • Transplant: Louise Grant Mason was once the heroine known as the Blonde Phantom. Now she is one of She-Hulk's supporting characters.
  • Tranquil Fury: In issue #21, Weezi's apartment is broken into. When She-Hulk notes Weezi's seemingly calm reaction, Weezi responds that she gets very quite when she's really upset.
  • Trapped in TV Land: She-Hulk met old Howard the Duck foe Doctor Bong when he set about changing television shows' internal reality (just roll with it) and accidentally zapped her into them. Possibly the most infamously surreal Shulkie story ever.
  • Trash Talk: She-Hulk gets in on this often. A good example is her fight with Abominatrix in issue #21.
    She-Hulk: Your skin is like lumpy pea soup! Your breath smells like Times Beach!
  • Travel Montage: A panel in issue #12 shows Jen flying across country in the traditional red-line-on-map format. The next panel shows that her plane literally has an enormous red line trailing behind it, with an airport worker in the background muttering that Indiana Jones has a lot to answer for.
  • Tricked into Signing: In issue #12, the villain uses the old "can I have your autograph?" trick to get Jen's signature on a release form allowing him to make a film of her life. One would think she'd be too smart to fall for that one.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Lampshaded in issue #6. Jen comes up with an idea to catch up with a hi-jacked space rocket and whispers the plan to Reed. Reed doesn't understand why she had to whisper since no one was closer enough to hear and Jen responds that they had to keep the readers in suspense.
  • Valentine's Day Episode: Issue #38.
  • Villainous Crush:
    • Issue #27 has She-Hulk trying to protect a man named Woziah who is testifying against The Kingpin. They are attacked by Dragon Man, Grey Gargoyle and Killer Shrike whom She-Hulk is just barely able to fend off with the help of the intergalactic hunter Surge. Woziah escapes and it is revealed that the whole thing was a set-up by Surge in order to seduce She-Hulk. Woziah never actually worked for the Kingpin and the three villains who tried to kill Woziah were actually hired by Surge as part of the plan.
    • The Mole Man tries to force Jen to marry him in exchange for helping defeat Spragg.
    • Issue #37 has Jen kidnapped by the Supremacy, the ruler of Dimension Z, who wants her to be his queen.
    • Issue #38 has Mahkizmo get struck by Eros's love arrow which makes him fall in love with She-Hulk. This causes Jen to go on a tirade against John Byrne for all the times he has used this trope in her book.
  • Weight Woe: In Issue #42, Weezi quits the storyline in protest of Byrne making her fat again. She returns in the following issue after negotiating to be only slightly overweight.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Brent Wilcox is last seen being whisked off by Fire Demons at the end of issue #25. She-Hulk says she will get around to rescuing him "eventually". Issue #29 reveals that he is still missing.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: She-Hulk is attacked by a villain named War Zone in issue #50. When he is revealed to be robot, She-Hulk expresses that she has no problem with demolishing the majority of his head.
  • Wham Line: The final line of dialogue in issue #21 reveals what the "Rosebud" that Weezi was so worried about is.
    Jasper Keaton: Rosebud isn't a sled, young lady. It's an atomic bomb!
  • Who You Gonna Call?: Issue #34 has She-Hulk consulting a voodoo expert named Samuel Barone to help solve a murder committed by a zombie. Unfortunately, Barone reveals himself to be the villain known as the Black Talon and places She-Hulk under his thrall as part of his scheme.
  • Would Hit a Girl: The Thing has no issue with punching out Titania. Though he does say that as far as he is concerned, she is no lady.
  • You Are Fat: Abominatrix doesn't take kindly to She-Hulk calling her "Thumper Thighs".
    Abominatrix: You can call me Abominatrix! And I am not fat — just big-boned!
    She-Hulk: Right — you and the average sperm whale.
  • Your Costume Needs Work: In issue #12, Jen visits the set of a movie being made about her. Several people mistake her for an aspiring actress or stunt double, and they all criticize her "costume".
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: Clark Finark's suit, which is made up of Lexington Loopner's "pseudonics" image technology grants him super powers as long as he believes he possesses them.

"OK, kids, we had a deal... now hand over those X-Men comics!"
She-Hulk, the cover of issue #60


Alternative Title(s): The Sensational She Hulk

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