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PROFILE
Here you will find specific information about Bruce Banner and I, the incredible Hulk. That green clown can never compare to me, that's why I was placed here, at the top. ~ The Gray Hulk

Incredible Hulk Profile


Real Name: Robert Bruce Banner
Place of Birth: Dayton, Ohio
Identity: Publicly known; it is not publicly known that Joe Fixit was the Hulk.
Legal Status: Citizen of the United States, wanted for crimes (several past pardons)
Marital Status: Widowed, twice (first spouse: Betty Ross, second spouse: Caiera).
First Appearance: The Incredible Hulk #1 (May 1962)
Height: 5' 9" (1.75 meters) as Banner.
7' (2.13 meters) as the Hulk.
Weight: 128 lbs (58 kilograms) as Banner.
Note: Most artists draw Banner as a 160 lbs (73 kilograms) man.
1040 lbs (472 kilograms) as the Hulk.
Eye Color: Brown as Banner.
Green as the Hulk.
Hair Color: Brown as Banner.
Black or dark green as the Hulk.
Education: Ph.D. in nuclear physics and two other fields.
Base of Operations: Mobile
The Incredible Hulk
Aliases: For Hulk: Green King, Green Scar, Holku, Sakaarson, Green One, Eye of Rage, World Breaker, Harkanon, Haarg, Once-Savage, Two-Minds, Captain Universe, Professor, War, Maestro, Joe Fixit, Mr. Fixit, Annihilator, Mechano; "Two-Hands", "Greenskin", "Mr. Green", "Jade Jaws", "Green Goliath", "Jade Giant", "Gray Goliath", "Mighty Bob", "Anti-Hulk", "Friday", "Green Golem", "Golem".

For Banner: Bruce Barnes, Bruce Smith, Glenn Summers, Ross Oppenheimer, Bob Danner, Bruce Ross, Bruce Jones, Bruce Roberts, Mr. Bergen, Bruce Franklin, Bruce Green, Bruce Bancroft, Bruce Baxter, Bruce Davidson, David Bannon, Robert Blake, Bruce Bixby, David Banner, David Bixby, plus numerous other aliases to disguise identity.
Occupation: Warrior; former ruler of planet Sakaar, rebel leader, gladiator/slave, adventurer; nuclear physicist, mechanic, leader of the Pantheon, enforcer, research scientist, stable hand, banker, ship's crewman, farmhand, steelworker, assistant at special needs children's school, waiter, dishwasher, carnival worker, ore miner, construction worker, janitor, coal miner.
Known Relatives: Caiera The Oldstrong Betty Ross (first wife, deceased, revived?), Caiera the Oldstrong (second wife, deceased), Brian Banner (father, deceased), Rebecca Walters (mother, deceased), Bruce (paternal grandfather, presumed deceased), unidentified paternal grandmother (presumed deceased), Susan (maternal grandmother, presumed deceased), William Morris Walters (uncle), Elaine Banner Walters (aunt, deceased), Susan Elizabeth Banner (formerly Susan Drake; paternal aunt, possibly deceased), Jennifer Walters (She-Hulk, cousin), Thaddeus E. Thunderbolt Ross (father-in-law)
Group Affiliation: As Hulk: Warbound; formerly Defenders, Order, Apocalypse's Horsemen, Secret Defenders, alternate Fantastic Four, Pantheon, Titans Three, Avengers, Hulkbusters of Franklin Richards' Counter-Earth.

As Banner: Formerly the Hulkbusters.

Incredible Hulk Profile: Part 2

Superhuman Strength

The Hulk possesses the capacity for superhuman strength ranging beyond the limits of virtually any other known humanoid being. The gamma radiation that mutated his body fortified his cellular structure and added, from some as yet unknown (presumably extradimensional) source, several hundred pounds of bone, muscle and other tissue. In times of stress the Hulk's adrenalin level escalates, causing a corresponding escalation of strength. Thus, the madder the Hulk gets, the stronger the Hulk gets. This is usually not accompanied by an additional gain of mass, but does appear to promote increased levels of energy efficiency.

The Hulk has not yet found an endpoint to his maximum strength, so its upper limit remains a mystery. While described as Class 100 strength, the Hulk has at times proven capable of exceeding this parameter several times over; following exposure to the warp core breach on planet Sakaar, his baseline strength is even higher.

The Strongest One There Is

Metamorphosis

The Hulk periodically reverts to the human form of Bruce Banner, losing his extra mass and energy to the same source from which he derived it. The Hulk differs from many other gamma-irradiated human beings in that Banner was outside, exposed to sunlight, during his first heavy exposure to gamma radiation. This at least partially explains why the Hulk's color was initially gray, not green like most other gamma mutations. Moroever, this is also part of why Banner transformed into the gray Hulk at nightfall and reverted to human form at the coming of dawn; however, it was later revealed that this was also partially due to Banner's shame over being the Hulk, and that he subconsciously forced himself to revert to human form in daylight to avoid being seen in his monstrous Hulk form. Though he has since managed to become the gray Hulk in daylight, he sometimes feels a burning sensation from sunlight contacting his skin.

Hulk turns into Bruce Banner The process by which Banner usually transforms into the Hulk has a chemical catalyst, adrenalin (aka epinephrine). As in normal human beings, Banner's adrenal medulla secretes huge amounts of adrenalin in times of fear, rage or stress, which hormonally stimulates his heart rate, raises blood-sugar levels and inhibits sensations of fatigue. Whereas the secretion heightens natural physical abilities in normal human beings, in Banner's case it triggers the complex chemical extra-physical process that transforms him into the Hulk.

Bruce Banner controls the transformation The total transformation takes anywhere from seconds to as long as 5 minutes, depending on the initial adrenaline surge, which is determined by the original external stimulus. Soon after the transformation, Hulk's adrenalin levels will return to more normal, reduced levels. At various times in his life, Banner has been able to mentally control the change, producing or inhibiting it in either direction. At many times in the past, Banner would revert to the Hulk, regardless of the time of day or night, whenever he underwent enough excitation to induce a sufficient surge of adrenalin to trigger the transformation. Similarly, often if the Hulk relaxed to a great enough degree, his adrenalin levels would decline and he would revert to human form; however, there are many known instances in which the Hulk was very relaxed or even slept without reverting to human form.

Superhuman Durability and Healing Factor

Hulk Withstanding Fire The Hulk is superhumanly durable and resistant to pain and disease. His skin can resist great heat without blistering (even tolerating the Human Torch's nova flame), great cold without freezing (down to absolute zero, -460 degrees Fahrenheit), and great impacts (he can survive direct hits by field artillery cannon shells or falls from the edge of the atmosphere).

While it is possible to injure him, the Hulk also has vastly superhuman healing, enabling him to regenerate body tissue (including internal organs) within seconds to minutes; it once took him weeks to recover from a broken neck. It is not known what type of injury could kill the Hulk, but one of his alternate future counterparts was disintegrated by a nuclear level explosion, though he eventually reintegrated his form over a period of several years.

The Maestro The Hulk's highly efficient physiology renders him immune to all terrestrial deseases, and possibly to aging; yet the Maestro is an aged Hulk version from a potential future. Though Banner's form does not appear to share these immunities, some injuries will heal via transformation into the Hulk and vice versa.

The Hulk can hold his breath for about an hour; his superhuman durability allows him to survive in the vacuum of space or at the ocean floor, though he would suffocate if too much time passed or if he were forced to expel his retained air.


In particular, the Hulk is resistant to radiation, though in some circumstances, gamma radiation exposure has caused him to revert back into Banner. Similar effects have been achieved by draining the gamma radiation from the Hulk, or by exposing him to an uncertain type of radiation referred to as "gamma-negative rays".

Other Physical Abilities

  • Hulk leaping The Hulk can use his superhumanly strong leg muscles to leap great distances, sometimes covering 3 miles in a single bound. He has even leapt so high into the atmosphere that he nearly achieved stable orbit.
  • The Hulk can also produce destructive shockwaves by clapping his hands or stomping his foot.
  • The Hulk's adrenalin levels counteract fatigue poisons; while fighting others in an enraged state, he can maintain his peak output for hours on end and still continue to grow even stronger as his anger escalates. He has swum across both Atlantic and Pacific oceans, though he did become extremely exhausted in the process, presumably from lack of anger.

Multiple Personality


Non-Physical Abilities

The Hulk has two powers unrelated to his physical abilities.
  • Dr. Strange in astral form He can see astral (spirit) forms, normally invisible to the naked eye. This ability somehow relates to his guilty conscience over his role in the father's death; he is subconsciously afraid of encountering his father's angry spirit.
  • A homing ability that enables him to locate the area in New Mexico where he first became the Hulk. This was actually caused by the Maestro, who had been pulled back in time and was disintegrated by the gamma bomb explosion. The Maestro psychically summoned the Hulk back to that spot to absorb gamma radiation from him, which eventually enabled the Maestro to re-form. Presumably the Hulk can still locate the site via the psychic bond, even though the Maestro is no longer exerting this influence on him.
Following the separation of most of Banner's persona into a separate Hulk on Counter-Earth, the Hulk remaining on Earth served as a walking nexus of reality and gave off increased levels of gamma radiation. His mystic nature had been enhanced by the traumatic injury to his brain and then his involvement with Onslaught.

Weapons

  • Hulk firing with a machine gun As the "Professor", the Hulk used various kinds of large guns.
  • As War, the Hulk possessed heightened strength and durability, and used a highly durable sword and whip.
  • While serving as a gladiator on planet Sakaar, he swiftly learned a variety of combat skills, especially with a sword or battleaxe.

Source: World War Hulk Gamma Files (2007, Marvel Comics)

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