Marvel character highlight #11: The Incredible Hulk

Name: Dr. Robert Bruce Banner

Affiliation: Incredible Hulks, the Avengers, Worthy, Warbound, Defenders, New Hulkbusters, Pantheon, Titans Three, The Order, Hulkbusters of Counter-Earth, New Fantastic Four, Secret Defenders, Horsemen of Apocalypse

Special abilities: Radically altered molecular structure through gamma radiation exposure allows for Banner to transform into a hulking beast of virtually infinite strength when stressed, angered or massive amounts of adrenalin are released in his body. Originally, the transformations were limited to nightfall, and he returned to normal at dawn. Also, his intelligence and memories as Bruce Banner, of meta-genius-level intellect, were reduced or gone completely until Banner learned to control it. The Hulk is immune to all Earth-based diseases, has a regenerative healing factor far beyond Wolverine’s greatest level, omega-level mutant durability, stamina, speed and self-sustenance.

Background: Dr. Robert Bruce Banner was raised by his aunt after his severely abusive father, Dr. Brian Banner, killed his mother and was institutionalized. Because Brian Banner had been exposed to gamma radiation during work as a nuclear physicist, Bruce Banner was born mutated. The mutation did not show up until Bruce was caught in a gamma radiation bomb while attempting to save Rick Jones. Banner then began changing into the Hulk. In the beginning, Banner attempted to control his transformations using a Gamma Ray Force Projector; however, this didn’t sit well with the Hulk side of him, and he eventually had to explore other avenues to control the Hulk. Banner, as the Hulk, began working with The Avengers though in-fighting and mistrust led the Hulk to quit the group.

When not on the run from worldwide military forces, the Hulk has since worked with the X-Men and other individual superheroes, though he prefers to remain neutral in most fights.

Relationships: Dr. Brian Banner, father; Rebecca Banner, mother (deceased); Susan Drake-Banner, paternal aunt (possibly deceased); Elaine Banner-Walters, paternal aunt (deceased); Morris Walters, uncle; Thaddeus Ross (Red Hulk), father-in-law; Karen Lee, mother-in-law (deceased); Betty Ross (Red She-Hulk), first wife (estranged); Jarella, second wife (deceased); Caiera, third wife (deceased); Jennifer Walters (She-Hulk), cousin; Carmilla Black (Scorpion), possible daughter; Skaar, son; Hiro-Kala, son; Lyra (She-Hulk), daughter from alternate reality; Behemoth, clone

First Versus game appearance: Marvel Super Heroes

Appearances in other media: The Marvel Super Heroes (animated); The Incredible Hulk (television); The Incredible Hulk (animated); Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (animated); Fantastic Four (animated); Iron Man (animated); The Incredible Hulk and She-Hulk (animated); Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Heroes (animated); Wolverine and the X-Men (animated); Iron Man Armored: Adventures (animated); The Super Hero Squad Show (animated); The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (animated); Ultimate Spider-Man (animated); Hulk (film); The Incredible Hulk (film); The Avengers (film), Ultimate Avengers (animated film); Ultimate Avengers 2 (animated film); The Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow (animated film); Hulk Vs. (animated film); Planet Hulk (animated film); Questprobe featuring The Hulk (video game); The Incredible Hulk (video game); The Incredible Hulk: The Pantheon Saga (video game); Hulk (video game); and The Incredible Hulk (video game, Game Boy Advance); The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction (video game, multiplatform); Marvel Super Heroes: War of the Gems (video game, SNES); Marvel Super Heroes (video game, PSOne, Arcade); Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter (video game, multiplatform); Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes (video game, multiplatform); Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes (video game, multiplatform); Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds (video game, multiplatform); Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (video game, multiplatform); Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (video game, multiplatform); Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 (video game, multiplatform); Marvel Super Hero Squad (video game, multiplatform); Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet (video game, multiplatform); Marvel Super Hero Squad Online (video game, PC); Marvel Super Hero Squad: Comic Combat (video game, multiplatform)

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