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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: She-Hulk is openly hostile to most guest characters (particularly male ones) as well as any character except the Hulk, which can lead one to find an... "interesting" interpretation. The precedent set by Mark Millar's Old Man Logan doesn't help in that regard, either.
  • Angst? What Angst?: When Rick becomes A-Bomb he's eager and excited while Hulk wonders why he isn't freaking out at his transformation.
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  • Ass Pull: Devil Dinosaur being brought back to normal by stopping the gamma bomb inside him in "Spidey, I Blew up the Dinosaur". If gamma-caused mutations were that easy to reverse, Bruce Banner would have stopped being Hulk a while ago.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: In "Abomination", Red is searching the facility for Abomination. He comes across a floating figurine of a man in a yellow dog suit. It turns out to be a bomb, but Red never questions the figurine.
  • Broken Base:
    • It's either a fun show with a great cast, or a good cast being put to waste in one of Marvel's worst shows.
    • She-Hulk being mentioned to have a law degree in "The Big Green Mile" is either seen as a much-needed Author's Saving Throw, or a pure Ass Pull done solely to make the fans shut up.
  • Complete Monster:
    • Annihilus, from the first two episodes, is the lord of the Negative Zone, with a lust for expanding his rule of destruction until all universes are under his thrall. Opening a gateway to Hulk's hometown of Vista Verde, Annihilus begins sending brainwashed soldiers and his hordes of bugs to exterminate all life they see, and gets into a duel with Hulk during which he tortures the hero with electricity to force him into succumbing to his rage. Annihilus plans to parade Hulk around as a failure to humankind before wiping out every person on Earth, planning to continue his "Annihilation Wave" until all life on world after world is wiped out, leaving the planets to be gutted of their resources by Annihilus's hordes.
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    • Emil Blonsky was once part of a military squadron tasked with eliminating the Hulk, and to this end, Blonsky underwent Gamma experiments to make him as powerful as the Hulk, resulting in his transformation into Abomination. Locked up for going on a rampage with his newfound power, Abomination escaped from confinement, and, after tracking down his former commanding officer, now known as Red Hulk, Abomination tried to activate a Gamma bomb that would wipe out half the continent of North America, an action which would be blamed on the Hulk and his team. Failing at this, Abomination manipulated his way back into the military, and used his new military resources to take over the city of Vista Verde, threatening all the citizens with gunfire to keep them in line, before trying to kill them all with the Green Hammer satellite, just to torment the Hulk. Using his position, Abomination commits many crimes throughout the series, from trying to activate nukes across America to start World War III, to being the sadistic warden of a high-security prison he got the Hulks locked up in. After his crimes are revealed, Abomination takes over his hometown in Russia, once again forming it into a military state where citizens are nearly murdered for minor offenses, and, even when beaten, Abomination refuses to take responsibility for his actions, trying to pin all his crimes on Red Hulk, leading to him being almost murdered. Though a relatively-lighthearted series, Abomination darkened it in every one of his appearances, and stood out as one of the few irredeemable villains in the show.
  • Continuity Lockout: As noted in the Avengers, Assemble! and Ultimate Spider-Man pages the show has this due to shared continuity. However, it probably runs into this the least out of the three. The only thing you might find yourself questioning is how Spidey and Hulk became friends and that's a pretty easy fix, as you only need to watch Hulk's first two or three appearances in Ultimate Spider-Man. Even then you might not even need that if you can just accept that they’re pals, and are OK with not seeing it shown on screen.
    • This show actually causes this for the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon, as that show's season 3 finale can be made difficult to understand unless you've watched Spidey's first appearance here in "The Collector."
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Abomination, for being a Genius Bruiser and a convincing Knight of Cerebus with a great redesign. Some people went as far as saying this incarnation is cooler than the one in the EMH.
    • Even those who don't like the show will admit that Red Hulk is the best character, partially because he actually does get some genuine, subtle Character Development over the course of the show. It is telling that he became a recurring character on Avengers, Assemble! not long after this show ended. She Hulk is considered a close second to Red Hulk mainly because of her voice actress.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The official statement that Hulk is stuck as Hulk permanently, considering how the 90s Incredible Hulk series ended. General Thunderbolt Ross makes peace with Bruce Banner, after he is cured. Although even here, Ross is also apparently stuck as Red Hulk, and is still willing to team up with him and the other Hulks.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In "Planet Monster", Ronan attempted to destroy Ego The Living Planet by strapping an explosive device on his cranial unit. In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, this was exactly how Ego got destroyed in the end.
  • Ho Yay: Between Hulk and Thor, of all people. At one point, Thor deliberately insults Hulk in an attempt to incite his rage. Hulk calls him on it, and the look on his face as he replies sounds...almost flirtatious.
    Thor: What can I say? I like you when you're angry.
  • Idiot Plot: "Monsters No More" turns the entire town into gullible morons who turn on the Hulks in a second and turns the Hulks into a bunch of vague idiots who never tell the panicked townspeople that there are bombs in the city.
  • Les Yay: She Hulk and Titania in "The Big Green Mile" with a good dash of Foe Yay at first as they became cell-mates in the Vault Prison. But over the course of the episode Titania befriends She-Hulk and started to feel a bit uncertain about the Absorbing Man and the Wrecking Crew's tactics. In which at the end of the episode Titania does go back to her cell but seems to be openly interested in the idea of trying to be good thanks to She-Hulk.
  • Narm: In a hilariously cheesy scene in "Galactus Goes Green", the Hulk is trying to convince a brainwashed She-Hulk to snap out of Galactus' control. This leads to a very awkward line from She-Hulk.
    She-Hulk: He's no monster! He's. My. FAMILY! *echo*
    • The frame-skipping animation and the sliding scene panels (meant to simulate a comic page) can be very distracting for most viewers.
    • Planet Hulk. Which was probably intended to look awesome, but comes off looking like a green Geodude.
  • Older Than They Think: Having a fairly intelligent Hulk who never reverts into Bruce Banner is something that the comics did as far back as the 1990s when Banner created the "Merged Hulk" (also known as the Professor Hulk) persona. The cleverness exhibited by this version of Hulk also resembles the cunning "Green Scar".
  • Special Effects Failure: Annihilus' insectoid alien swarms in the first two pilot episodes are often just non-animated drawings zooming in at the screen. Then the episode "All About the Ego" brings us Ego the Living Planet, a horrific, badly rendered, CG cell rendered abomination.
  • The Scrappy: A-Bomb was supposedly intended to be the Break Out Character, but a lot of people find him annoying for the most part. It doesn't help that Red Hulk seems to have taken his intended position and is considerably funnier.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Mainly due to the creative liberties taken by the show, some more creative than others. This includes, but is not limited to:
    • Just like the two previous Marvel shows, Hulk stays Hulk all the time with almost no mention of Banner whatsoever.
    • She-Hulk was changed from a strong, confident lawyer into a stuntwoman with a chip on her shoulder.
    • Devil Dinosaur, a lesser-known Jack Kirby creation, was reduced to the Team Pet they picked up in the Savage Land. Many fans didn't appreciate seeing a fan-favourite character being reduced to the status of pet who acts like a big friendly dog.
    • Doc Samson is being portrayed as a snooty, unpleasant generic psychiatrist used for comedy rather than a Gentle Giant Genius Bruiser.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: All the characters have interesting elements or story arcs in the comics that made them work in the first place note  . With the apparent exception of Skaar, all those elements are either ignored, overlooked, or unexploited.
    • The episode "Stranger in a Strange Land" had a Mirror Morality Machine create a good/non-evil version of Dormammu. Sadly the character never speaks, nor does he appear again after the one episode. Thing is, he would've been a Story-Breaker Power.
    • Bruce Banner himself can be seen as this in "Banner Day" as Hulk becomes Bruce again in which he gets to rekindle his relationship with Betty and even proves that even when he is Bruce he can still be effective against the forces of evil. However the episode became an example of Status Quo Is God and Bruce became the Hulk again to save the Earth from Ronan the Accuser. However it can come off as a bit of a Senseless Sacrifice as well as the reason why Bruce became the Hulk against was to make a deal with Ronan that if Bruce becomes the Hulk again than Ronan would call off his attack on earth. But even though Bruce did change back into the Hulk, Ronan had no intention on honoring his end of the bargain and commenced his attack on earth anyway. So while the Hulks did of course take Ronan down but Bruce is now stuck as Hulk again over a plan that didn't even work. Thankfully, he's seen more in Avengers, Assemble!.
    • Beside from Thing, this the only current Marvel show to feature the Fantastic Four, and their only appearance has been in a Batman Cold Open largely unrelated to the rest of the episode in question.
  • Ugly Cute: The Goom babies from "The Hunted" are just 4 little adorably ugly critters.
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • The level of detail on a small girl's face (coupled with her obviously-adult voice) gives the character a slightly unnatural appearance.
    • The Leader's small posture and surreal head design seem to give him an eerie presence.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • The Skrulls believe Drax and Gamora to be mutated by Gamme rays on the basis that... they are green. This is stupid enough already when you consider the fact three of the Hulks are not green, but then you have to take into consideration the Skrulls themselves are green.
    • The government somehow thought putting the Abomination, a super-villain whose very origin is "super-soldier gone rogue" and well-known for his hatred of the Hulk, in charge of Vista Verde as a general was a good idea. This goes about as well as you'd expect.
  • The Woobie: The Hulks. Hated by the world for their destructive power and imposing image.
    • Solidified further in "Monsters No More" they're tricked into destroying Vista Verde, whose population are among the few who genuinely care for the Hulks.


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