''Puny humans! Leave Hulk alone or Hulk will smash!'' - Hulk
Real name: Robert Bruce Banner Other known aliases: Doc, Green Goliath, Jade Giant, Mister Joe Fixit, David Bixby, David Banner, Bruce Bancroft, Mechano, Bruce Jones, War II. Occupation: Scientist and rampaging monster, former hero and criminal enforcer. Current group affiliation: Ally of the Avengers. Past group affiliations: Avengers, Defenders, Secret Wars Heroes, Hulkbusters, Pantheon, Heroes For Hire. Ally of the Fantastic Four. Worked for the Red Skull and Apocalypse. Major enemies: U-Foes, Abomination, U.S. government, formerly General Ross and the Leader. First appearance: Hulk #1 Origin: Hulk #1 Description: Bruce is an unassuming man standing 5'9'' tall and weighing 128 lbs. with brown hair and eyes. As the Hulk he is about 7'6'' tall and weighs 1040 lbs. In this form he has green skin, eyes and hair.
6/60 STR -4
14 DEX 12
15/25 CON 10
11/17 BODY 2
18/ 3 INT -7
14 EGO 8
10/23 PRE 0
12 COM 1
4/14 PD 3
6/ 9 ED 3
3/ 4 SPD 6
4/15 REC 0
30/50 END 0
22/55 STUN 0
Characteristics Cost: 34
Powers and Skills
7 +5 BODY,Linked(-1/2),"to Armor."
13 +10 CON,Linked(-1/2),"to Armor."
7 1 LVLS Density Increase (stats already included),Linked
(-1/2),"to Armor.",0 END Persistent(+1) 0
12 EC (15),"Grasshopper powers.",Only In Hero ID(-1/4)
12a) 11/9 Armor
28b) 17" Superleap,x1K Non-Combat 7
10 1 LVLS Growth (stats already included),0 END Persistent(+1) 0
12 +15 INT,Only in normal ID.(-1/4)
6 Life Support,safe in vacuum/pressure,safe in heat/cold,
immune to disease,Linked(-1/2),"to Armor."
2 Mental Awareness,Linked(-1/2),"to Armor."
4 9 Mental Defense,Linked(-1/2),"to Armor."
6 +13 PRE,Linked(-1/2),"to Armor.",For negative uses only!
7 1 BODY Regen,Linked(-1/2),"to Armor."
7 +1.0 SPD,Linked(-1/2),"to Armor."
44 +44 STR,Only In Hero ID(-1/4),1/2 END(+1/4) 2
6 +10 STR,"Adreneline boost.",4 Charges(-1/4),continuing,
duration: 1 minute,Linked(-1/2),"to Armor." 0
3 Fast Strike,Only In Hero ID(-1/4)
2 Inventor 13-,Only in normal ID.(-1/4)
16 4 Levels: With Haymaker, Off Strike and Fast Strike.,related
group,Only In Hero ID(-1/4)
2 Navigation 11-,Only In Hero ID(-1/4)
4 Off Strike,Only In Hero ID(-1/4)
4 SC: Nuclear Physics 15-,(INT based),Only in normal ID.(-1/4)
2 Speed Reading,Only in normal ID.(-1/4)
Powers Cost: 216
Base Points: 100
20 Accidental Chg,"When angry or hurt.",common,occur 14-
20 Distinctive,"Big green ugly brute in hero ID.",concealable,
10 Enraged,"When attacked.",very common,occur 11-,recover 14-
25 Hunted,"by various enemies.",as powerful,non-combat
15 Physical Lim,"Big and heavy in hero ID.",frequently,greatly
15 Psych Lim,"Avoids/loves violence.",common,strong
15 Psych Lim,"Wants to be accepted.",very common,moderate
10 Public ID,"Doctor Banner."
20 Rep,"Big green rampaging monster!",occur 14-,extreme
Disadvantages Total: 150
Experience Spent: 0
Total Points: 250
Explanation of the conversion: The two sets of Characteristics represent Bruce in human and Hulk form. The Charges of Strength are used to simulate an adrenal boost he can call on a few times a day to increase his Strength. The Mental Defense he has in Hulk form represents how difficult his primitive mind is to control.
History: Robert Bruce Banner, who prefers to go by his middle name, was born in Dayton, Ohio to Doctor Brian Banner, an atomic scientist, and his wife Rebecca. Although Rebecca deeply loved Bruce, who returned her affection, Brian hated the child. An alcoholic, Brian was driven by an insane jealousy of Bruce for being an object of Rebecca's love. Brian finally murdered Rebecca and was placed in a mental hospital. Bruce, a highly withdrawn, intellectual youth, was raised by his aunt, and internalized his great pain and rage over his childhood sufferings. Later, after his father was released from the institution, the two men attempted a reconciliation. Unfortunately, on the anniversary of Rebecca's death, Brian attacked Bruce, and in the process of defending himself, Bruce accidentally killed his father, an event which he repressed from memory until recently. Burying his rage and guilt, Bruce had developed over the time of childhood a deep and repressive separate personality. He was close friends with
his cousin Jennifer Walters. As he grew up Bruce attended medical school, but later changed his major to physics. While studying he met the future Sasquatch, Walter Lankowski. Bruce became a scientist of note.
A genius in nuclear physics, Bruce went to work for the United States Defense Department nuclear research facility at Desert Base, New Mexico. There, Bruce met General Thaddeus E. "Thunderbolt" Ross, the
Air Force officer in command of the base, and Ross' daughter Betty. Bruce and Betty Ross eventually fell in love with each other. Bruce designed and oversaw the construction of the "gamma bomb" or "G-bomb," a nuclear weapon that had a high gamma radiation output.
Bruce was present in the instrumentation bunker at the test site for the first underground trial detonation of the gamma bomb. Observing that a civilian had breached security and entered the restricted test area, Bruce told his colleague Igor Starsky to get the civilian to safety. Starsky, secretly a Soviet agent, did nothing. He was confident that Bruce would die in the explosion, bringing the project to a halt. Reaching the civilian, a teenager named Rick Jones, Bruce threw him into a protective trench. Before Bruce could get himself to safety, the gamma-bomb detonated, and intense waves of radiation hit the surface. Bruce was irradiated with highly-charged radioactive particles.
At first, Bruce changed into a gray-skinned yet intelligent behemoth at sunset and reverted to human form at dawn. However, Bruce's body eventually acclimated itself to the changes, so that his transformations into what became termed the Hulk were triggered by the release of adrenaline when he became intensely excited, no matter what time of day or night it was. At this point, the Hulk was a green-skinned monster possessing little of Bruce's memory or intelligence and easily enraged. Hence, the Hulk became a menace continually hunted by military forced commanded by the implacable Thunderbolt Ross. The Hulk was joined by Rick, who felt responsible for Bruce's condition.
The Fantastic Four was then contacted by the army about trying to stop the Hulk, who they blamed for sabotage in their missile testing. The Fantastic Four then flew in their new Fantasticar to a missile base in the south west where they met general Thunderbolt Ross, scientist Bruce Banner and his helper Rick Jones. At the time Bruce had an assistant named Doctor Karl Kort, who ended up being a saboteur called the Wrecker. The Wrecker kidnapped Rick and left a note for the Hulk that he had to get rid of the Fantastic Four if he wanted Rick back. Bruce then changed himself into the Hulk and fought the Fantastic Four while looking for Rick. The Fantastic Four were able to find the Wrecker and saved Rick, so the Hulk left them. After a celebration over uncovering the saboteur, the Fantastic Four left the base (Fantastic Four #12).
Soon, however, Rick left the Hulk to be on his own.
For a short time, Bruce managed, through radiation treatments, to maintain rudimentary intelligence in the Hulk to control himself in that form, and he even became a founding member of the hero team the Avengers in this form (Avengers #1).
Still easily excitable, however, the Hulk left the Avengers almost as soon as he joined them, believing his teammates were unappreciative of him. Because of his lack of involvement in the Avengers, his status as a founding member was revoked and given to Captain America.
Soon, once again the Hulk lost his intelligence and became a brutish menace.
Jennifer had grown up to be a successful prosecuting attorney, she was run off the road by the criminals she was investing. Bruce, saved her life by performing an emergency roadside blood transfusion. Jennifer found herself able to transform into the giant She-Hulk, but never restricted by the split-personalities of her cousin, Jennifer was able to transform at will and retain her full intelligence and memories (Savage She-Hulk #1)
Once, the Hulk sought in the stars the answer why he always
stays alone. An awesome leap launched the emerald giant in orbit. The lack
of air rendered him unconscious and gravity pulled him back to earth.
Waking up as Bruce Banner, he witnessed of a rocket launch. Inside the control
room, Bruce discovered that the occupants were being bombarded by cosmic rays.
After a brilliant reprogramming job the ship changed its trajectory
returned to Earth. The occupants were changed by the ray exposure.
They called themselves the U-Foes: Vector, Vapor,
X-Ray and Ironclad. Blaming Bruce for receiving less cosmic rays, thus getting less power, the four went up against him. Bruce changed into the Hulk and leveled the
fight, but these guys were too powerful, even for him. Their lack of control
made the team work inefficiently preventing victory.
Ironclad was unable to control his density kept becoming more dense until
he sank into the ground. Vector deflected himself away from the Earth.
Vapor couldn't control her form and dispersed. X-Ray suffered from radiation
poisoning. Hulk walked away (Incredible Hulk #254).
Hulk was among the number of heroes who were transported to the Battleworld of the Beyonder (Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #1-12).
X-Ray exposed himself to more cosmic rays and was
cured. He then irradiated his fellow U-Foes with cosmic
rays and they gained control over their powers. They decided to take on the
Hulk and win. They then exhibited the captured
Bruce on television, but Bruce transformed into the Hulk and defeated the
U-Foes (Incredible Hulk #275-277).
Once it was established that Bruce Banner's mind was in control of the Hulk's body, the Hulk was treated to a celebration in New York city where he received a presidential pardon from Ronald Reagan, the key to the city, and praise from a number of superheroes (Incredible Hulk #279).
The Hulk was among the superhumans who were invited to take on the Champion of the Universe in a fighting contest at Madison Square Garden. Sadly the Hulk was not allowed to compete against the Champion when the Champions decided the Hulk was too mindless a brute for the Champion to soil his hands with (Marvel Two-In-One Annual #7).
Bruce would often wander the country, as the Hulk was chased by
Ross' government task force, the Hulkbusters as well as the gamma
radiation-spawned Abomination and the Leader, among other villains. The
Hulk would often find himself in amazing situations, even visiting other
planets and dimensions. For years Bruce
wandered the world as a fugitive, cursed by his recurring transformations
into the bestial Hulk.
One place where the Hulk was welcome was the sub-atomic world ruled by a
princess named Jarella. She saw something of the child-like gentleness of
the Hulk, and the two were, after a sort, in love. Tragedy struck when
Jarella returned with the Hulk to Earth and surrendered her life to
protect a child.
Finally, scientist Leonard "Doc" Samson captured the Hulk and succeeded,
through unknown means, in separating Bruce's psyche and hence Bruce and
the Hulk were now two separate beings. The Hulk, now free of the last
vestiges of Bruce's moderating influence, escaped and became a greater
menace than ever before. Bruce became leader of a new government task
force to capture the Hulk, called the new Hulkbusters. Bruce also married
Betty Ross, believing himself free from the curse of the Hulk (Incredible Hulk #319).
Soon afterwards, Doc Samson discovered that Bruce's life force was tied to
that of the Hulk, and that their continued separation threatened to kill
both of them. A hurried experiment reunited the two in a new arrangement.
The Hulk was now gray once more, and again manifested himself only at
night. Moreover, he was possessed of all of Bruce's intelligence,
although few of his specific memories, and none of Bruce's morality. He
sought to keep himself alive and in control. Only during the full moon,
when enough reflected sunlight hit the Earth to bring out some of Bruce's
buried personality, would the Hulk have any kind feelings whatsoever.
The Hulk soon ran afoul of the Leader, who proceeded to trap the Hulk in an
enclosed area with a detonating gamma-bomb. Coincidentally, the Hulk was
simultaneously brought to Jarella's world, narrowly escaping the effects
of the gamma-bomb. The Hulk found himself embroiled in a religious war and
agreed to assist one side of wizards in return for their preventing Bruce
from ever surfacing again.
Returned to Earth, the Hulk adopted the identity of Joe Fixit, and sought
employment in Las Vegas as a leg-breaker. He joined with Michael
Berengetti and the two share a tenuous kind of friendship. The Hulk
managed to convince most of his associates that his gray skin was some
racial characteristic. He also got to know a woman named Marlo Chandler. Later, however, the Bruce-suppressing spell wore
off. Again, the Hulk appeared only at night, with Bruce, claiming to be
Joe Fixit's half-brother, dominant during the daylight.
When the Fantastic Four went missing and believed possibly dead, Hulk teamed up with the Wolverine, Ghost Rider II and Spider-Man in forming a group to look for them.
Betsy, Rick, and Marlo, came back into his life.
After extensive therapy from the combined talents of Doc Samson and the
criminal hypnotist Ringmaster, the Hulk emerged with the three different
personalities fused to one whole (Incredible Hulk #377).
Soon after, the Hulk was contacted by
the enigmatic leader Agamemnon to join his clandestine hero team Pantheon (Incredible Hulk #382).
The Hulk served with the Pantheon for a long tenure.
Hulk was among the people invited to the wedding of Rick and Marlo. He was the best man (Incredible Hulk #418).
When the hero team known as the Thunderbolts first hit the public scene they tried to make a reputation for themselves by capturing the Hulk, but they failed (Incredible Hulk #449).
The Absorbing Man attacked Rick Jones and Janis while they are driving through New Orleans. He destroyed their car and told them they were lucky that he was there just to talk to them. He told them that the Hulk had gotten involved with Apocalypse and that Apocalypse was messing with his mind to create a new dangerous Hulk to send after people. The Absorbing Man and his friends figured Rick could get through to the Hulk. They got on a plane with Creel to find the Hulk. While on the plane, Creel talked to his associates, the New World Order, to give them an update. They landed in Egypt and drove in a jeep when a pyramid was nearly dropped on them. Creel turned into stone and went up against the new Hulk, now called War. Creel grabbed the Hulk's sword and tried to absorb it but it is too much and the Absorbing Man broke into pieces (Incredible Hulk #456).
Rick gathered all the pieces of the Absorbing Man together in the shape of a man. Creel came back to life and took Janis's staff, absorbing it's powers. Right before the Hulk was about to behead the Juggernaut, Creel came crashing down on him. They fought and the Hulk
embedded the sword into Creel's chest. The Hulk regained his mind when he hit Rick against the wall, severely injuring him. The Absorbing Man took the sword out of himself and he and the Juggernaut took Rick to a hospital. He took the sword back to the New World Order to get paid (Incredible Hulk #457).
Later, the Hulk became involved in fighting the menace known as Onslaught,
which managed to separate the Hulk and Bruce once again. Bruce seemingly
sacrificed himself to contain the energies that made up Onslaught, but was
actually shunted to another dimension. Separated from Bruce, the Hulk was
devoid of intelligence and also began to be physically weaker, dying. He
was abducted by the villain Apocalypse to be turned into his Horseman of
War, but the Hulk refused, escaping to an island of which the inhabitants
set him up as king.
When Bruce was restored to this reality, he became one with the Hulk once
more, reverting to his previous relationship of a green alter ego with
limited intelligence, born of rage or adrenaline. Before wandering the
nation again, the Hulk severely beat his wife, killing her, and Rick, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down. Once more, the army began
hunting the Hulk.
Due to the deteriorating effects of ALS and the chaos ravaging
his mindscape, Bruce cut a deal with the three dominant Hulk
personalities, the green Hulk, the gray "Joe Fixit" Hulk
and the "Professor" Hulk, essentially to time-share their
existence, in return for stabilizing his fractured psyche
and providing him with release from his disease.
Though never a team player, the Hulk joined forces with the Dr. Strange,
Master of the Mystic Arts, and Namor, the Atlantean Sub-Mariner,
to defeat the techno-wizard Yandroth and his ultimate computer,
the Omegatron. Thereafter, this loose-knit band of Defenders
would unite periodically to oppose threats to humanity. The
original Defenders reluctantly re-formed when Yandroth surfaced
again to menace the world. Though the heroes defeated his
plan, Yandroth used his sorcery to levy a deathbed curse upon
their heads, binding them to come together in times of crisis.
When Diablo tried to distract the Avengers by turning the entire population of a small European town into Hulks, the Avengers called on Bruce to assist them. He agreed and was able to cause the town to revert to normal. The Avengers allowed him to remain free under the agreement that he stay in contact with them.
He was among the heroes incapacitated by Graviton when he attempted to take over the Earth once again (Thunderbolts #57).
Powers: Bruce has the ability to transform between his normal human form and that of the Hulk, a large powerful green brute. The Hulk possesses superhuman strength capable in excess of 100 tons. He attains his highest strength levels when enraged. The Hulk can also leap vast distances, and has demonstrated a powerful healing factor. For an unknown reason he can see astral bodies.
The transformation between human and Hulk forms is linked to Bruce's multiple personality disorder. He usually becomes angry and child like in Hulk form.