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"The Amazing Bulk... you may be surprised to find out... is a rip-off of The Incredible Hulk. Please hold back your gasps of shock."

As one of the most unique and recognizable superheroes in American media, The Hulk is often a subject of copying, parody, or deconstruction.

Expies of The Hulk usually exhibit the following qualities:

Compare Hulking Out and Hulk Speak, two of the surest signs you're dealing with one of these characters.

See also Superman Substitute, Batman Parody, The Fantastic Faux, Spider-Man Send-Up, Captain Patriotic, Wolverine Wannabe and Wonder Woman Wannabe for more superhero expies.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Desert Punk, "Hulk Syndrome" ("Hulkosis" in the English dub) is a medical condition that causes people to turn into raging, musclebound giants when they're angered.
  • Dragon Ball: Broly exhibits many of the characteristics, having a Super Mode that causes him to Hulk Out, having Unstoppable Rage with strength that increases the angrier he gets, and is always far far stronger than the heroes he's fighting. Double points in that he has a green color scheme. DEATH BATTLE! even pitted him and Hulk up against each other for the 2020 season finale.
  • Monster: A double example, there's a Show Within a Show called "The Magnificent Steiner" starring an ordinary man who would be overtaken by rage and turn into a super strong beast. Wolfgang Grimmer has a second personality based upon the fictional Magnificent Steiner where he would become extraordinarily violent in a mundane version of Hulking Out.
  • My Hero Academia: Rikiya Yotsubashi/Re-Destro, whose Quirk is “Stress” which gives the ability to convert Unstoppable Rage into raw power, which at its maximum causes Hulking Out. When he's not fighting, he shows he has both charisma and intelligence similar to the Hulk's alter ego Bruce Banner, and even shares Banner's ability (in his better moments) to keep the rage bottled up to be unleashed at the moment of his choosing. The biggest difference would likely be how he doesn't treat his Quirk like a Superpowered Evil Side and has much more control over himself.

    Comic Books 
  • Astro City: The Living Nightmare's early appearances portray it similarly to the classic Hulk: big, strong, violent and destructive, with a monstrous appearance, jet-black skin, and an animalistic mind.
  • The Authority: A nameless version briefly appears (alongside other Avengers-ripoffs) in one arc, and is dispatched when he latches on to the Engineer by flying high enough in the atmosphere that he suffers Explosive Decompression.
  • The Boys:
    • The Herogasm miniseries introduces a She-Hulk stand-in called She-Hemoth, who has bluish-green skin and a grotesque hump on her back.
    • During a montage of superpower meltdowns shown in the Highland Laddie miniseries, one kid is seen Hulking Out with a greenish face that looks very much like the Hulk's... except that conservation of mass still applies, so only the head is huge, with the kid's body shrunken and emaciated.
  • DC Comics:
    • Although Solomon Grundy's creation in 1944 actually predates the Hulk, he is a massive Revenant Zombie with strength rivaling that of Superman and is impervious to most forms of harm including death. Later depictions of him have a more massive physique, third-person speech patterns, and low intelligence. The DC and Marvel co-produced Amalgam Comics line solidified the similarity by merging Hulk and Grundy to create The Skulk.
    • Doomsday is often compared to the Hulk due to their similar levels of strength and pure savagery, although Doomsday is usually less massive and speechless (except on occasions where he develops intelligence).
      • Lampshaded and Played for Laughs by Max Landis during his video recounting the events of the events of The Death and Return of Superman arc, when he notes that Doomsday is "like a grey version of the Hulk", before realising there already is a grey version of the Hulk, then begins explaining how Doomsday differs in appearance before giving up and reaffirming that he is in fact just a grey version of the Hulk.
    • On Earth-8, there is a team of The Avengers Captain Ersatzes, complete with their own version of The Hulk: Behemoth (or sometimes Big Baby), a giant, blue-skinned man with an incredibly large head and wearing a diaper. If that weren't obvious enough, when charging into battle, Behemoth yells "BEHEMOTH BASH!" In Justice League Incarnate, it's mentioned that he's recently acquired the ability to have the strength of Big Baby and the intelligence of Dr David Dibble simultaneously. While this has frequently happened to comic-book Hulk, it's most likely a reference to the MCU Hulk's current status quo.
    • Rampage is an Expy of both Hulk and She-Hulk. Her origin is similar to Hulk's: Like Bruce Banner, she is a brilliant scientist caught in the explosion of a device created by herself, caused by the interference of a nasty coworker (Dr. Thomas Moyers, a stand-in for Igor Drenkov in Hulk's origin). She transforms into an orange-skinned monster. On the other hand, she has elements of She-Hulk, like her gender and personality, lacking Banner's identity disorder, keeping her intellect while transformed (except for her first transformation) and transforming at will (once again, the first time being an exception).
    • Eddie Walker a.k.a. Loose Cannon, created in the Post-Crisis/Pre-Flashpoint continuity, is a detective who got crippled in a car accident then gained superpowers after an alien attack activated his metagene. In The New 52, there are two different versions of him.
    • Ethan Avery a.k.a. Damage is a good-hearted soldier who becomes a hulking monster after being given a Super Serum derived from the Miraclo drug. This is similar to the Ultimate Marvel and Marvel Cinematic Universe versions of Hulk, who gained powers by attempting to recreate the Super Soldier Serum that empowered Captain America.
    • Superman/Batman: The storyline "With A Vengeance" includes the superhero team known as the Maximums, each one an Expy of The Avengers. Among them is Monster, a blue-skinned giant with Super Strength, whose alter-ego is that of a little girl named Becky. The resemblence to Hulk becomes even more pronounced when Becky/Monster is possessed by the Kryptonite Man, turning her skin green when she transforms.
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Doctor Jekyll/Mister Hyde is reinterpreted to be this (fitting seeing as how the character was one of the inspirations for the Hulk), with Jekyll's condition having progressed to where any kind of stress causes him to transform into Hyde, who is now a gigantic, ape-like monster.
  • Marvel Comics:
    • On top of the Hulk himself, the Marvel Universe (and the multiverse that surrounds it) has its own share of Hulk clones that were either created from the same experiments that turned Bruce Banner into the Hulk, experiments done to combat the Hulk, children of the Hulk, or just complete coincidences.
    • In Marvel Legacy, Odin Allfather was a member of a group of superpowered individuals during the Stone Age which were remarkably similar to the Avengers. One member was a hulking, ape-like berserker named Starbrand who was granted his enormous strength by an alien energy called the Star Brand. Much like Thor and the modern-day Hulk, Starbrand and Odin would routinely get into fights over who is superior and argued over who would have the honor of slaying an invading Celestial.
    • The Champion of the Universe, when he had possession of the Power gem, was freakishly strong and got more powerful as his rage increased. While in battle with him, Thanos surmised that if he were to fight the Hulk, this is probably what it would be like.
  • PS238:
    • Bernard Brenner is a young (around 7 years old), blue-colored Expy of the Hulk. He speaks in Hulk Speak, but instead of being angry he is a Cheerful Child.
    • Bernard's father Bryce Brenner is "The Unbelivable Ultrabrute", another blue-colored Expy of the Hulk and Bruce Banner himself.
  • Savage Dragon:
    • Dragon's creator, Erik Larsen, cited Hulk as being one of the inspirations for the character and stories, along with Batman, Captain Marvel and Speed Racer. Through the book's run, Dragon was often derided by real-life critics as being "Hulk with a fin on his head". This criticism was parodied in issue #64, where Dragon and his girlfriend come across a statue erected in Dragon's honor, which is too large and makes him look brutish, more closely fitting a "Hulk with a fin".
    • Likewise, She-Dragon is an Expy of the Sensational She-Hulk; even her early insanity is a reference to Walters' No Fourth Wall gimmick and her abusive mentor Johnny Redbeard was originally a Take That! against Sensational She-Hulk writer/artist John Byrne.
  • Rob Liefeld created a short-lived purple Hulk expy called Smash for Image Comics.
  • In one issue of The Simpsons, a nuclear accident causes a Mass Super-Empowering Event in Springfield. Homer gets turned into The Ingestible Bulk, who is basically the Hulk if he were an Extreme Omnivore Big Eater.
    The Ingestible Bulk: The angrier Bulk gets... the hungrier Bulk gets! BULK GNASH! [takes a giant bite out of a nearby brick wall]
  • The Ten-Seconders: Damage is a super-strong mutant freak created by the Scientist to be a Living Weapon. He's even more muscular than the Hulk, almost a Cephalothorax, and functionally retarded to make it easier to control him.
  • Wild C.A.T.s (WildStorm): Maul is a Nobel-winning scientific genius who can increase his size, bulk and strength, but at the cost of reducing his intelligence. His color scheme is also the exact inverse of the Hulk—purple skin with green outfits.
  • Youngblood: Badrock is an Expy of both The Hulk and The Thing—the two big men of Marvel. He is a massive behemoth made of a rock-like mineral with an exaggerated muscular physique and is by far the strongest member of the Youngblood team. In reality, he's a teenage boy who was given superpowers by mistake and still very much has the mentality of a teenager—a glory seeking, skirt-chasing Thrill Seeker. When he gets angry, he's pretty much a stone Hulk.
  • Rat-Man: One early issue featured "The Incredible Ik", a small man that turns canary yellow and super-strong when he gets angry.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Amazing Bulk is a Mockbuster of the Hulk, featuring Dr. Hank Howard turning into a giant purple rage-monster after injecting himself with his own Super Serum.
  • The Australian VHS case for The Toxic Avenger describes it as being a spoof of The Incredible Hulk.
  • The Brazilian comedy group Os Trapalhões ("The Tramps") starred a Hulk Parody film in 1981 (they had previously starred parodies of Planet of the Apes and Star Wars): O Incrível Monstro Trapalhão ("The Incredible Tramp Monster"). The film parodies specifically the TV series The Incredible Hulk (the monster doesn't talk, just roars, and acts like the Lou Ferrigno's version), which was popular at Brazil at the time. It also has elements of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (which's one of the inspiration for Hulk's creation), as the transformation happens when the protagonist Dr. Jegue (played by the team's leader Renato "Didi" Aragão) drinks a formula he created. The monster was played by Capoeira fighter Mestre Touro.

  • An In-Universe comic in the first Captain Underpants book had him fighting a monster made up from discarded cafeteria food called the Inedible Hunk.

    Live-Action TV 

  • Red Panda Adventures: The Ogre, an American superhero and member of the Justice Union, is an 8-foot tall bruiser that is colored a unique shade of grey. The Red Panda notes that, once upon a time, all he could say was "Ogre Smash!". The Red Panda liked him better that way than what he's like by the time he appears in the story—a Genius Bruiser and something of an Obstructive Bureaucrat.
    Flying Squirrel: Do you think you'd get more crime fighting done if you didn't call ahead.
    Ogre (Arranging a witness interview for the Flying Squirrel): Good manners simplify things a great deal, Miss Squirrel.
    Flying Squirrel: And when they don't?
    Ogre: Then... Ogre Smash!

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Up-and-coming professional wrestler Terry Bollea once met Lou Ferrigno, the actor who portrayed The Hulk on the '70s television series. After noticing that he was larger and more muscular than the other actor, Bollea decided to incorporate a Take That! into his gimmick by "stealing" Hulk's name and ripping his shirt open. Marvel Comics was not blind to the similarities and, for years, got a tidy cut of any profits earned by use of the name "Hulk Hogan".

    Video Games 
  • Asura's Wrath: Asura himself has the Insane strength, the anger, and a uniquely Bronze skin color, but is somewhat downplayed in having a relatively normal speech pattern, as well not being quite as tall or bulky as others, though instead of his overall body, its his arms that change in number and size.
  • Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2: Yuri's Revenge: One of Yuri's units is the Brute, a giant muscular brute with grey skin who communicates largely in grunts and "Smash it!" catch-phrases. The Genetic Mutator, one of that faction's super weapons, forcibly mutates enemy soldiers into Brutes.
  • Crash Bandicoot: Doctor N. Brio, who specializes in biochemistry and genetics. He's normally just a scientist who uses beakers and slime monsters to attack, but when he gets desperate, he drinks one of his chemicals to turn himself into a Hulk-like monster and start attacking with brute force. In Crash: Mind Over Mutant he now transforms into a hulking brute whenever he gets angry and he needs his chemicals to keep himself from transforming too easily.
  • DragonFable: George Lowe turns into the Lowe-viathan, which involves him Hulking Out into a colossal giant green man who uses Hulk Speak.
  • Fallout: Super Mutants are huge hulking brutes who generally have enhanced strength, low intelligence, massive anger management issues, and a disdain for puny, baseline humans. They also tend to be green in color. However, they are created via a Forced Evolutionary Virus rather than radioactive material.
  • League of Legends: Most champions tend to be expies of other popular characters. But none of them are so obvious as Dr. Mundo, the Madman of Zaun. He speaks of himself in the third person, is extremely muscular, has a weird skin colour, has a backstory of a scientific genius alter-ego, has an extremely quick Healing Factor, and wears strategically broken pants and the tattered remnants of a completely tattered white shirt.
  • Left 4 Dead: Tanks are enraged, shirtless mountains of muscle that can shrug off a lot of headshots, get their special music and can utterly trounce an unprepared party. They're the ultimate boss infected... and they're grey.
  • Resident Evil 3: Nemesis: Nemesis is a mash-up of The Hulk and a Terminator—a huge, unstoppable behemoth sent after specific targets. Unlike his predecessor, Mr. X, Nemesis is a raging berserker who doesn't slowly chase after his quarry so much as he barrels at them with full steam, tries to throw heavy objects or even vehicles after them, and roars animalistically. The similarities between him and The Hulk are played up in Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, where he first cameos (and gets utterly trounced) in Hulk's ending but is later added to the playable Roster, where he is portrayed as a rival "strong man" to the Green Goliath.

    Web Animation 
  • Stuff from Society of Virtue is a large hulking man with discolored yellow skin who speaks in third person and gets stronger the madder he is. In "STUFF", Stuff is trying to save the rest of his team by keeping their plane from falling off of a cliff. They all try to make him mad to make him stronger, but their hurtful comments either make him sad or happy by accident. It takes the Archer admitting to sleeping with his wife for him to get angry, but it is a Tranquil Fury that leads to him letting the plane drop.
  • Robotbox And Cactus: After ingesting some PCP, Dr. Ted transforms into a giant rose-pink muscular monster and goes into a rage to fight off some government agents.

    Web Comics 
  • League of Super Redundant Heroes: The blue-skinned Bulk uses one of Hulk's catchphrases ("Bulk is the strongest one there is!") and claims to be able to throw anything into space (in this case, a giant robot). Unfortunately, the ground isn't as strong or durable as himself and he's missing Required Secondary Powers, so he only manages to shove himself with the equivalent force through the street and into the sewer.

    Western Animation 
  • Action League NOW!: The Flesh (who is super strong... and super naked) is a parody of The Hulk's Dumb Muscle attributes. He lacks The Hulk's rage issues, but the naming convention and Dumb Muscle attributes makes it clear.
  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius: In "The N-Men", the kids all get various superpowers that parody real comic book heroes. Jimmy turns orange like The Thing and becomes a parody of both the Hulk and his alter ego Bruce Banner; while normally mild-mannered and highly intelligent like Bruce, his true powers awaken when he gets mocked and becomes a towering, infuriated beast of a man trying to destroy everything in this path.
  • In The Batman the version of Bane's Venom induced Super Mode is more akin to Hulk than his namesake, where he is seen Hulking Out into a giant red monster of pure muscle and adrenaline.
  • Dexter's Laboratory:
    • The Infraggable Krunk is a huge, super-strong superhero with purple skin and green pants (opposite of the Hulk), low intelligence and speaks in the third person.
    • She-Thing being an expy of She-Hulk also qualifies, being a Distaff Counterpart to Krunk the same way She-Hulk is to Hulk.
    • The episode "Hunger Strikes" had Dexter alter his taste buds in an attempt to make himself find vegetables more appetizing, the result being that he transforms into a huge, green-skinned brute whenever he gets hungry.
  • DuckTales (2017):
    • The show reimagines the Bombie as a tall, undead, muscular creature, with a design more similar to Solomon Grundy and the Hulk. He's cursed to forever hunt the richest person in the world, literally unable to stop, unless they learn humility. He is incredibly strong, invulnerable to most forms of harm, and will destroy anything in its path, to get to its target. Bribery only makes him angrier, though he does calm down, after Louie finally humbles himself.
    • In the episode "The Dangerous Chemistry of Gandra Dee!", Mark Beaks transforms from a scrawny guy into a muscular giant wearing Magic Pants, labelled Mega-Beaks. He doesn't lose his intellect, which, combined with his grey plumage, makes him a Grey Hulk expy.
  • In Fairly OddParents, the opening of the episode "Love at First Height" has the Turner's car driving through Area 51 where a purple Hulk like creature tries to crush the car but misses.
  • Family Guy,
    • The episode "Chitty Chitty Death Bang" actually has Peter turning into the Hulk in his Imagine Spot when angered enough.
    • "Simpsons Guy" the crossover with The Simpsons ends the episode with Homer and Peter engaging in a brawl across Springfield. At one point they end up in the Nuclear Power Plant and fall into nuclear waste and dissolve. Both of them emerge with their flesh regrowing as green and muscular, with Super Strength and flight. The two then continue battling with their radioactive powers, with their blows sending deadly shockwaves of radiation over town that disintegrates many civilians into skeletons. Eventually their radioactive powers wears off and both are restored to normal.
  • The Fanboy and Chum Chum episode "The Incredible Chulk" has Chum Chum gain the ability to transform into a huge orange monster with incredible strength and the power to jump great heights whenever he laughs uncontrollably.
  • In Justice League:
    • General Wade Eiling starts off as an Alternate Company Equivalent to Hulk supporting character "Thunderbolt" Ross. In the Unlimited episode "Patriot Act", he injects himself with an old Captain Nazi's Super Soldier serum which transforms him the Shaggy Man, basically a Grey Hulk expy—being a grey-skinned hulking beast that remains somewhat sane, lucid, and able to talk properly.
    • The series' portrayal of Solomon Grundy is also heavily inspired by The Hulk. Aside from Hulk Speak and his general build and superpower of being super strong and durable, as well as propensity to do The Hulk's common clap attack. The homage is made incredibly explicit in the episode "The Terror Beyond" which is an extended Shout-Out to The Defenders and Solomon Grundy takes The Hulk's spot on the team.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: In the episode "Power Ponies, when the Mane Six end up sucked into Spike's enchanted comic book, Fluttershy becomes Saddle Rager, essentially a pony version of the Hulk.
  • In the Primal (2019) episode, "Rage of the Ape-Men", Spear drinks a sip of the ape-men's potion and turns into a blue-skinned, muscle-bound giant who goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • In the Sonic Boom episode "Don't Make Me Angry", the in-universe Clunk comic book stars Bruce Bandicoot, a Bruce Banner expy, who, from tripping over a wire and being exposed to purple rays, mutates into the Unenviable Clunk, a purple muscular version of Bruce with green pants. Eggman attempts to do the same, hoping to be strong like Clunk, but gets opposite results.
  • Static Shock has the one-off metahuman Tantrum, a Bruce Banner-esque introverted teenager of above-average intelligence who transforms into a giant, simple-minded brute whenever he gets angry. Furthering the reference, Tantrum reverses the Hulk's color scheme and has purple skin while wearing green pants.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) has Kluh, a Battle Nexus contestant with serious anger issues who has a smaller, punier body that can transform into a larger, more powerful form with a non-human skin tone. "Kluh" is even a Sdrawkcab Name for "Hulk" and he hails from the planet "Levram" which is basically Marvel spelled backwards. However, some major differences are that Kluh's smaller form and larger form are both of one mind and he shares a rivalry with Michelangelo, someone who can be The Cape as the Turtle Titan but is otherwise a Badass Normal and not a Flying Brick.
  • Proto-Clown from The Tick was bioengineered to be the perfect funny clown, but he was made... too big! Too strong!!! And he doesn't like being laughed at! "Clown smash! Then Clown laugh!" He has blue skin, too.
  • Total Drama Revenge of the Island: Dakota starts out as a parody of Paris Hilton, until she gets exposed to radioactive waste and starts mutating. She ends up twelve feet tall, green haired, orange skinned, and grows a tail, with the appropriate Super Strength and Hulk Speak. Unlike most examples, she can't change back.



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Ron's Gluttonous Hulk Form

In "Grande Size Me", Ron accidentally comes in contact with a super solider formula known as "Project Titan". However, his unhealthy eating habits have mutated its results, transforming him into a Hulk-like giant, with all the associated attributes and homages. He's more on the "Hangry" side of angry.

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