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The animated adaptation of Planet Hulk. The film was very condensed, changing several aspects of the story and removing a few characters completely, but is still considered one of the better Marvel Comics animated adaptations, receiving considerable critical praise. It's also notable for being one of the more violent Marvel movies, depicting blood and fairly graphic deaths.

The Planet Hulk animated movie provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Action Girl: Caiera is one since she was able to duel the Hulk to a standstill and even managed to land a blow that would have been lethal with the Hulk's healing factor. It's for this reason the Red King chose her as his bodyguard in the first place.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Miek who unlike his comic counterpart never betrays the resistance and is sweet, insecure and adorable.
  • Almost Kiss: Between Hulk and Caiera at the film's close.
  • Alien Blood: It's everywhere in the film: The Hulk bleeds bright green blood, which can fertilize soil, Spikes and Spike-hosts have yellow blood, Sakaaran natives have greenish-yellow blood, Kronans bleed white, and Red and Grey Sakaarans just bleed red.
  • Breaking the Bonds: It didn't take long for Hulk to break out of his restraints on the rocket and knock the ship off course.
    • Averted with the unbreakable Shadowforged chains.
  • The Cameo: Several of Marvel's "cosmic" characters cameo in this movie; Adam Warlock, Star-Lord, Gamora, Pip the Troll, a Skrull, and Grandmaster. Notably, Grandmaster shows up in the shadows behind the Red King as he watches the Hulk's first fight in the arena, suggesting more may be at play here. Thor and Beta Ray Bill show up in a flashback, and Bill returns later.
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  • Death by Irony: The same spiked bugs that the Red King used to kill Caiera's parents are used on him by Caiera herself by the end of the movie. For bonus points, he flees and runs to his robot guards and orders them to kill everyone - but he's infected, so they decide to incinerate him to prevent the spikes from spreading.
  • Enfant Terrible: Knowing that the Red King used the Spikes to infect villages and later had every one infected be killed, including children, while he was still a child or pre-teen comes to this!
  • Deuteragonist: Caiera, although she starts out as a Villain Deuteragonist.
  • Everyone Has Standards: The audience watching the gladiator battles cheer a lot for the carnage they witness, including Hulk's battle with Beta Ray Bill. But, when Hulk continues to beat down Bill even after he won and Bill fell unconscious, their cheering dies and they watch in horrified Stunned Silence.
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  • Foreshadowing: Korg mentions how, right before he went into the wormhole that brought his group into Sakaar, they were being followed by Beta Ray Bill.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: The Red King throws a tantrum when Hulk and the others escaped. Caiera hates to see him acting this way.
  • Happily Ever Before: The film ends with the Hulk marrying Caiera and being praised as their savior, while the comics followed this with the shuttle that brought the Hulk exploding, destroying the city and killing Caiera.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Caiera, after learning the Red King, the person she's fiercely loyal to after he saved her, caused the destruction of her village.
  • Karmic Death: The Red King meets his demise when Caiera sets his own biological weapon upon him, and as he starts screaming and thrashing in pain as the Spike spore gradually overwhelms him, his Death’s Head Guards, who were programmed by him to prioritise eradicating the Spike infection, ignore his orders to kill Caiera and burn him alive. What made this even more karmic was that he was still aware of himself at the time of his death, ensuring he dies screaming in agony within a torrent of flames, as many of his victims had.
  • Mercy Kill: Korg ends up having to do this with his former allies after they were brainwashed into being gladiators by the Red King. Worse is when this happened after him and his brothers barely escaped death at the hands of Thor and Beta Ray Bill.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Caiera is firmly in the Red King's camp acting as his dragon because she believes he was a Messianic Archetype who rescued her from the spores which turned her family and whole village into mindless zombies. Then the spores return to a town which is harboring fugitives and Caiera warns the king of the threat, and he coldly tells her that he sent them and that he did so before to her village to discover her superpowers and recruit her as his bodyguard. And he still expects her undying love and loyalty after this revelation. Cue Caiera's Heel–Face Turn and Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Since it's the Hulk, this is inevitable. However, special mentions to the battle against Beta Ray Bill, who Hulk continues to pummel even after Bill has already lost consciousness. The audience went from cheering to silent watching this.
  • One-Hit Kill: Hulk completely flattens a lava kraken.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: Large sections of the story are removed, such as visiting the shadow people and acquiring the stone ship, Brood's character is removed all together and the Warbound section is condensed. Silver Surfer doesn't appear for licensing reasons (which is also likely the reason Mister Fantastic is hidden in shadows), and is replaced by Beta Ray Bill. And of course, the ending is either changed or cut short.
  • Shipped in Shackles: Twice when Hulk is launched into space and as he's being sent to the battle arena.
  • Stupid Evil: The Red King plunges headfirst into this when he, with no prompting, just goes and tells to Caiera (whose entire family was killed by the Spikes) that the Spikes were his weapon from the beginning, and then expects her to remain his faithful servant. Then he wants her killed along with the resistance when she puts a Spike on him.
  • Supernormal Bindings: Not even the Hulk was able to break the chains he was transported in after becoming a slave.
  • This Is Not My Life to Take: Hulk chooses to spare the Red King's life, instead letting Caiera kill him with a spike bug.
  • Wham Line:
    Caiera: Sire, we need help! The Spikes have returned!
    Red King: I know, I sent them.


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Planet Hulk - Halls of Asgard

Beta Ray Bill explains how the Hulk's rage is legendary even among the gods.

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