Once upon a time, there was Bruce Banner, whose gamma-irradiated blood made him the Incredible Hulk. He keeps going on about how you wouldn't like him when he's angry, but he's actually pretty damn popular. Marvel Comics, knowing as they do the power of a Distaff Counterpart, were quick to snag the name She-Hulk for trademark reasons. Thus, Bruce Banner's lawyerly cousin, Jennifer Walters, became gravely injured and received an emergency transfusion of his irradiated blood, becoming first The Savage, and then, eventually, The Sensational She-Hulk: "The Second Strongest One There Is". The character first appeared in Savage She-Hulk #1 (February, 1980), created by Stan Lee and John Buscema.
She-Hulk's Jekyll & Hyde tendencies are rather more subtle than the Hulk's. Jennifer Walters is a slightly timid, insecure lawyer who, under the effects of gamma radiation, can voluntarily transform into the seven-foot-tall green-skinned Amazonian Beauty. She-Hulk acts out the fantasies Jen finds too intimidating, becoming both a powerful warrior and a voluptuous flirtatious party girl. In fact, for a long time she was permanently stuck in her super-powered form and didn't mind at all, and friends and close allies regularly addressed her by her human name, thus implying — at least under most writers — that the only differences between the She-Hulk and Jennifer Walters personas were of physical nature. Retaining her human intelligence, she was able to pursue a successful career as a lawyer despite being a green-skinned amazon, and had a much better control of her temper than her cousin (although, for Jennifer Walters, it is fear that is the trigger of Involuntary Shapeshifting, not anger). She's a sex symbol both within the Marvel Universe and without. Oh, and occasionally she had romantic/erotic dreams of Hercules. Literally, since Herc exists as a real person in the Marvel Universe. About two decades after turning her into She-Hulk for good, the permanence of this state was reverted, and psychological problems that had never really been an issue before were introduced.
She's been a member of The Avengers as well as the Fantastic Four, Future Foundation, The Defenders, Heroes for Hire, S.H.I.E.L.D. and created the "Lady Liberators", to take down the Red Hulk. Her solo title got cancelled (for the fourth time), but she rejoined the Fantastic Four. After Fall of The Hulks and WWH, she's joined her cousin in the team book Incredible Hulks (written by Greg Pak), the first time they've been on a team together. She also co-starred with the Hulk's daughter Lyra in the mini-series She-Hulks (written by Harrison Wilcox).
During She-Hulk's second run under John Byrne, she became completely Fourth Wall Savvy, and once even ran across advertisements trying to reach the next page. (Meanwhile, in a guest appearance in the parodistic Damage Control title, her medium awareness was parodied, depicting her as a crazy lunatic who believes she's a character in a comic book. And the same issue subverted that by having her react to a caption pointing this out. Too bad she never had a crossover with Deadpool... until Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and later this homage to Byrne.) During the Dan Slott run, when Jen learns that Marvel comics are canon accounts of actual events & authentic enough to be admissible as evidence in court, she's asked if she possesses the ability of fourth wall breaking and she replies — while looking directly at the Fourth Wall — that of course she doesn't.
Charles Soule — himself a practicing attorney — launched a new ongoing series of Jen's solo title in 2014, placing an emphasis on her non-superhero occupation as lawyer and featuring Hellcat as her new private investigator. Due to low sales, the title only ran for twelve issues before getting canceled a year later.
Following the end of Soule's run on her title, Jen showed up in the pages of G. Willow Wilson's A-Force —Marvel's new (all-female) team of Avengers— as their leader. She'll also be a supporting character in Kate Leth's Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! ongoing series, following Soule's lead in continuing Jen's newfound friendship with Patsy.
In December 2016, another comic was launched with She-Hulk as the lead, this time entitled simply Hulk. She-Hulk, after being in a coma due to the events of Civil War II and learning that she lost someone very close during it, must now process her trauma and learn to overcome her anger. Notable for leaning towards a darker storyline and having a grey She-Hulk, this book is written by Mariko Tamaki and drawn by Nico Leon.
In June 2017, it was revealed that Jennifer will go back to being the normal green-skinned She-Hulk as part of the Marvel Legacy initiative. Hulk will be retitled She-Hulk and be given the Legacy numbering of #159 (combining all of her runs)
In modern comics, Jennifer Walters is one of two She-Hulks. The other one is Lyra, the young adult daughter of Bruce Banner and Thundra, who was raised 300 years into the future where the world is a matriarchy society that is at war with men. Lyra was a student at Avengers Academy and assisted Doctor Strange during the Serpent War. The two She-Hulks had starred in a mini-series titled She-Hulks.
Betty Ross had been turned into a "Red She-Hulk" for a few years as the result of the Leader's machinations before being depowered. She was a member of a recent incarnation of The Defenders and briefly starred in her own solo series.
Like her male counterpart, She-Hulk has appeared in Ultimate Marvel, though as always with an Ultimate Universe counterpart, there are some changes: Jennifer Walters is still involved, but not as She-Hulk; in this continuity, Jennifer Walters is no relative of Banner's and is, instead, a female scientist who manages to create an "improved" version of the Hulk serum that doesn't affect the subject's mind. However, it is Betty Ross who steals the serum and uses it to become She-Hulk.
- Savage She-Hulk (1980)
- Sensational She-Hulk (1989)
- She-Hulk (2004)
- All-New Savage She-Hulk (2009)
- She-Hulks (2011)
- She-Hulk (2014)
- Hulk (2016) (becomes She-Hulk again in 2017)
- Marvel: Contest of Champions
- Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2
- Marvel vs. Capcom 3
- Marvel: Avengers Alliance
- LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
- Marvel Heroes, as a Team-Up and a playable character.
- Marvel Future Fight
- Fantastic Four (Cameo)
- The Incredible Hulk (1983 and 1996 versions)
- Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes
- The Super Hero Squad Show
- Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.
She-Hulk provides examples of:
- Action Girl: Of course! They are related to the Incredible Hulk after all!
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Jen and Lyra are both gamma green.
- Amazonian Beauty: Jennifer is the Marvel Universe's standout example, and she has company in Lyra. The only notable exception was in Sensational She-Hulk #16 (Vol. 1, May 1990), where Jen temporarily assumed a Grey She-Hulk form◊. She's even taller and even more muscular, but is quite Gonk and uses a speech pattern similar to that of her cousin. In many respects, it's like the anti-Grey Hulk/Joe Fixit.
- Bad Ass Family: They both are related to Bruce Banner. Jennifer is his cousin and Lyra is his daughter.
- Lyra also has Thundra as her mother.
- Fanservice: Aside from a long tradition of swimsuit-style costumes and Stripperific civilian wear, both have had nude scenes.
- Parental Substitute: Bruce Banner invoked this trope with Jen and Lyra — after a brief talk with his daughter he has decided that, coming from a world where men and women live separately, she doesn't need a father, but has serious issues about Parental Abandonment on her mother's side, so he asked Jen to become her legal guardian and help her get a normal life.
- She's Got Legs: At seven feet tall, a good majority of Jennifer's height is in her gorgeous green gams, and the artists work that.
- Lyra gets the same treatment in the She-Hulks mini-series with a new costume, especially in this cover◊.
- Statuesque Stunner: Jennifer and Lyra both qualify.
- Super Strength: Both gained this from Bruce.
- 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.
- Adrenaline Makeover: Though it's not adrenaline that does it so much as deadly radiation. It's played with in more recent stories, where she starts taking her normal meek persona more seriously and comes out of shell as Jen as well, without letting her hair down or taking off the glasses.
- Amoral Attorney: Averted, although facing a seven-foot tall Amazon with green skin on a witness stand can be very intimidating...
- Apathetic Citizens: Titania, armed with the gem of infinite power, destroyed the Timely Plaza in her quest for revenge against She-Hulk. It became a war zone, and everybody escaped... except the guys in a comic book store nearby. They are wise enough to realize that no character is ever hurt during a superhero fight, except perhaps a charismatic character, to boost sales.
- Archnemesis: Supervillainess 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.
- Between My Legs: The cover◊ of Savage She-Hulk #2.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She's a lot nicer than Bruce, but also scary when she is angry.
- Big Cousin Instinct: She's very protective of her cousin 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.
- 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.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: One of Jen super-powers, 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 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.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Played with. She-Hulks 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.
- 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.
- Courtroom Antics: When at her best, Jennifer basically fills the role of Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law set in the Marvel Universe.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: In the 2014 comic, Jennifer is denied a bonus by her bosses who brag about their expensive rainforest Madripoor table, and quits when they tell her flat out they didn't hire her for her skill as a lawyer, but because of her presumed super hero connections. Jen gives them a good telling off for this.
- This isn't the first time this has happened to her, though it was much more sympathetic last time since her boss wanted to use her position as an Avenger, so he could take custody of his misguided super-villain granddaughter from prison. Jen is angry, but decides to forgive him.
- Cursed with Awesome: Shortly before the start of 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).
- 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 super model 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 which 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.
- 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".
- 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: 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 as long as it is consensual on both sides, 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: 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.
- 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.
- Fun Personified: The Dan Slott series, and the She-Hulks run is also a lot of fun.
- Genius Bruiser: Jen, who helps pioneer the field of superhuman law when she's not kicking butt. Pug, a supporting character from Slott's run, also counts. He paid for law school by working as a bouncer, and it shows.
- Gentle Giant: She's extremely tall and muscular (as mentioned above) and is one of the nicest characters in the Marvel Universe.
- Good Bad Girl: She's one of the Marvel Universe's most openly and happily sexually active superheroines, and rarely gets slut-shamed by the narrative for enjoying casual sex. 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.
- Hero Does Public Service: In one 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.
- 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.
- The Heroine: Of the Lady Liberators.
- Hollywood Law: Jennifer is very good lawyer, and she should be able to use that solve a lot of problems. In the Sensational She-Hulk graphic novel, 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). 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. In both cases, the authors wanted She-Hulk fighting a battle with her fists, and not fighting one in a court room, so her legal skill was rendered useless, so the legal system in Marvel Universe is modified to accommodate more action.
- 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.
- 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.
- Ivy League for Everyone: Averted, and how. Jen went to UCLA Law, which is consistently ranked #15 or #16 among U.S. law schools and is the best law school in Southern California.
- Knuckle Cracking: 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. 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.
- 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".
- Magical Native American: Fantastic Four pilot Wyatt Wingfoot, to whom She-Hulk was engaged in the 1980s.
- Medium Awareness:
- The series The Sensational She-Hulk is famous for its characters' acknowledgement 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.
- 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 turned into her large, green size, and said, "Okay, you've got She-Hulk. Now what?" The response? "I. . . Uh. . . Guess I Didn't Think This Through."
- My Horse Is a Motorbike: The time-displaced Western hero Two-Gun Kid receives a sky-cycle as a gift from his descendant Hawkeye via Video Will. The Kid explicitly compares it to a horse.
- Never Live It Down: Despite likely being the genuinely nicest hero on the planet, people everywhere (writers, readers, in-universe characters) keep focusing on her somewhat promiscuous sex life.
- That goes double for the Juggernaut incident.
- 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.
- Nice Girl:
- Arguably the kindest and most idealistic superheroine in the Marvel Universe, along with Meggan and Kitty Pryde. 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 counter argument came in the form of her clients. She-Hulk is rather fungible, but Jen Walters is completely irreplaceable.
- 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 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.
- 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 specialised in supernatural law, and employed lots of different superhumans, including speedsters as messengers.
- Omnidisciplinary Lawyer: In the Marvel Universe, Jennifer Walters, the She-Hulk, specializes in superhero law, but that includes criminal cases, civil rights law, civil suits and anything else that might come up.
- 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 Fist: Sasha Martin, Holden's granddaughter and Jen's temporary ward, has an alien gauntlet permanently fixed over her left hand. It is able to conjure giant hands made out of Hard Light.
- 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. 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. Most recently, 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.
Recently in Jason Aaron's Avengers 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.
- 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.
- 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. 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.
- And then there's the ongoing Flame War 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.
- Reluctant Fanservice Girl: She is often subject to embarrassing situations. One of early examples in Fantastic Four where a paparazzo took photos of her sunbathing topless (but nobody ultimately knew it was She-Hulk due to an unwitting editor 'correcting' her green skin).
- 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.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: "Legal", the only name given to Tony Stark's legal troubleshooter, has glasses that cast reflections when other people's don't.
- In the Leader arc during the Dan Slott run, the Leader is drawn by Ty Templeton to look very like Anthony Ainley, who played the somewhat analogous Master in Doctor Who.
- In one Javier Solido-drawn issue of the Charles Soule run, we see that the emblem of Latveria's national airline looks suspiciously like the "Devil's Eyes" symbol from Grendel.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Antagonistic Offspring: She tried to commit Matricide at one point and fought her father at one point, 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.
- Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: In Hulk# 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 the 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.
- Fiery Redhead: She's red-haired like her mother.
- Fastball Special: Does this with the mutant Loa when she joined The Defenders.
- Females Are More Innocent: Hulk #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.
- 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 apart 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: 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.
- Like Mother Like Daughter: Lyra eventually stops trying to be like Jennifer and instead rules a society in another dimension where men are enslaved. Not unlike her mother Thundra.
- 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.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: The reason why she acts as superhero is because she doesn't want to give up being a warrior.
- 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.
- Put on a Bus: During the Omega Hulk storyline all the Hulks with the exception of Bruce, Jennifer, and Lyra were depowered due to there being too many Hulks in the 616. 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. Due to her still having unresolved issues with her mother Thundra, it is likely we will see her again in the future once creators figure out what to do with her.
- She recently showed up in Squadrom 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.
- 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.
- Hot Scientist: She is a very attractive scientist instead of a very attractive lawyer.
- Red Herring: In this universe, is not she that became She-Hulk, but...(see under)
She-Hulk / Betty Ross
- Full-Frontal Assault: She attacked Wolverine while naked.
- Interplay of Sex and Violence: She-Hulk first appears (and is revealed to be Betty Ross) when Wolverine was fighting the Hulk. She interrupted the fight to take on Bruce herself, and after exchanging a few blows, Wolverine notes that he can't tell if they're fighting or @#$%ing. Even earlier, in the first Ultimates arc, Betty has been dismissive and borderline abusive to Bruce. After he Hulks Out again and saves the day by eating the Chitauri leader, Betty point-blank asks him if it's possible to arrange a conjugal visit.
- Jerkass: She can be very callous and uncaring, especially when Bruce is involved.
- Military Brat: She is daughter of a general.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Dyes her hair pink after breaking up with Bruce.