The Marvel universe has produced some powerful heroes. From the likes of Captain America, to Thor. But if there is one hero whose name would be associated with the word ‘Strength’, it would be The Incredible Hulk.

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Doctor Robert ‘Bruce’ Banner was once an ordinary scientist, working for the military. And much like a few needle-y scientist-types, Bruce had a rough home life. His prick of a dad was abusive to him because he was afraid that he had a mutant child. And Bruce’s mom paid the price. Taking a page out of Spidey’s handbook, he was raised by his aunt, and was given a better home.


BACKGROUND:
  • Name: Robert Banner.
  • Height: 5’9”.
  • Weight: 128 lbs.
  • Eye color: Brown.
  • Hair color: Brown.
  • Graduate of Desert State University.


Being a prodigy scientist, Banner got a degree in nuclear physics and went about to creating a device that could use gamma radiation as a means of clean, sustainable energy. However, since the government refused to grant him the funds to do so, he turned to the military. He agreed to help make a gamma-powered bomb in exchange for getting the necessary funds to make his project a reality.


However, on testing day, a kid named Rick Jones wandered onto the testing grounds on a dare. When Banner found out, he rushed out of the safe zone to get Rick to a safe trench. Remember kids, peer pressure is a bad thing. Don’t be like Rick. Make your own choices in life.

Banner was successful in getting Rick to safety, but he himself was caught in the blast.


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And because this is a comic book, instead of killing him, Banner was imbued with a super powerful split personality. This persona was given the iconic name: The Hulk.

HULK:
  • Height: 7’-8’ (Savage Hulk), 6’6” (Grey Hulk), 7’6” (Merged Hulk), 8’8” (World Breaker Hulk).
  • Weight: 1040-1400 lbs (Savage Hulk), 900lbs (Grey Hulk), 1150 lbs (Merged Hulk), 2400 (World Breaker Hulk).
  • Eye Color: Grey (Grey Hulk), Green (Green Hulk)
  • Hair Color: Black (Grey Hulk), Green (Green Hulk)
  • Favorite animal: Dogs


After being pelted by gamma rays, The Hulk would usually come out at night. But through regular evolution, Banner would turn into the Hulk any time he got angry.


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Now, ain’t he unglamorous?


Aside from a pair of pants that never seem to rip, Hulk prefers brawn over brain. Like any brute force fighter, Hulk can level buildings, demolish mountains, and destroy entire cities. And that’s when he’s not even trying!


POWERS:
  • Super Strength.
  • Super Durability.
  • Incredible Jumping ability.
  • Reactive Adaptation.
  • Thunderclap.


And just because he’s strong, doesn’t mean he’s slow. Hulk can outrun an aircraft, and swim just as fast as Namor, the Sub-Mariner. His mind is so powerful, to the point that nobody can control him, and those that try usually get smashed.


On top of which, Hulk’s strength increases with his anger. To the point where even the Mad Thinker and The Beyonder can’t find an upper limit.

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What does this mean? Well, I’m glad you asked. This means that Hulk’s strength isn’t a ‘No-Limits Fallacy’. It’s a ‘No-Limits Fact’!


Yes, the Hulk’s strength is incalculable. He’s strong enough to win numerous gladiador matches on an alien planet, tough enough to go toe-to-toe with Wolverine and Thor, and durable enough that even Adamantium can’t pierce his skin.


Oh, and he can give physics the finger and do stuff like this:

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Those are steel railroad tracks he’s bending, by the way.


With powers like these, you have to ask: What the hell can stop this guy?


WEAKNESSES:
  • Rage Nullification.
  • Gamma energy drain.
  • Cosmic Energy

Even Banner has the same weaknesses as a normal human. But, it’s worth noting that hurting Banner can cause the Hulk to emerge. In basic terms, put a bullet in Banner’s mouth, and the Hulk will spit it out.


On top of which, Hulk can do some pretty impressive things on his own.


FEATS:
  • Defeated The Thing.
  • Defeated entire armies.
  • Tossed around Juggernaut.
  • Overpowered the Godseye.
  • Stalemated The Sentry.

A single Thunderclap from Hulk can demolish several tanks flying from the sheer shock wave produced

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Hulk is the strongest hero to walk the planet. And Banner is no slouch on the job. With all the shit he’s been through though, one must ask: How does Bruce know when to get angry?


I’ve been doing a lot of Hulk-based reading and watching (both films. Don’t even ask) lately. Taking what I’ve seen in the comics, the old TV show (my favourite when I was 10), and the little we get of the Ruffalo-Bruce-backstory, I got to thinking...


Huh.


POTENTIAL OPPONENTS:

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Radiation has been used to justify heroes getting powers. Whether it be from falling into a vat of radioactive waste, being bitten by a radioactive spider, or just being a suit that contains an entity of living radiation. Captain Atom delivers the radiation aspect. With a powerset that mirrors Hulk’s, Mr. Adam has his work cut out for him.


DOOMSDAY

Adaptive, Super Strong, and has more anger issues than my mother? Yes. Doomsday vs. Hulk would be a battle for the ages. Maybe even season finale material. Doomsday is most famous for being the one who killed Superman, while Hulk has unlimited strength. Game on.


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Let’s see which one comes out on top: Steroids, or Radiation… I don’t have many clever reasons for this fight, I just ran out of characters. And it was either Bane, or I re-use Predator on some ‘Green Brute’ justification. It's better than pitting Hulk against The Thing.