Robert Bruce Banner
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Fred Tatasciore (as Hulk and voiced Bruce Banner in season 1)
- "Hulk smash!"
- ―Hulk's Catchphrase
Bruce Banner was a physicist who was exposed to high levels of gamma radiation, transforming him into the powerhouse brute known as the Hulk. Hulk is one of the six founding members of the Avengers.
I know who I am! I'm the Hulk! I'm the strongest there is!
- -- 'Hulk' src
While attempting to save a friend's life, Bruce Banner was exposed to gamma radiation and transformed into a monstrosity, the Hulk. After the transformation, his skin was changed to a green color, and his hair turned black. The muscle enhancement gained from his transformation gave him an incredible spike in strength; making him the strongest individual on the planet.
At some point, the Hulk joined the Avengers; a group of superheroes intent on protecting the world. After some time though, the Avengers disbanded for reasons unknown leaving the Hulk and the other members to go their separate ways.
Hulk participated in the Avengers' attempt to save the Earth from an "Earth-Killer" that was scanned by J.A.R.V.I.S., instructing Thor to stop involving himself following his gloating that it was easy for him, reasoning that Thor not being a participant would allow him to smash more. When the Earth-Killer came closer to the planet's surface, Hulk, Thor, and Iron Man joined together in trying to stop it, Hulk beating the meteor with all of his might only to crack a piece of it off and descend toward the planet with that piece. Luckily, the group was assisted by Hyperion who winked at Hawkeye after meeting the Avengers on the planet's surface, Hulk confirming to the bewildered Hawkeye what he had done.
The Avengers sat together and discussed Hyperion a short time afterward, Hulk commenting that Hawkeye only wanted to approach Hyperion about joining the Avengers because he winked at him.
Personality and Traits
Hulk is short-tempered and aggressive, but not mean spirited. Although he can sometimes be a sore loser, he also has a friendly side. He has an impressive level of control over his strength. He also has an enormous appetite as befits someone of his strength. Hulk is also intelligent enough to come up with good plans or find a missing teammate.
Bruce is intelligent, calm, friendly, level-headed, headstrong, sometimes timid, and impatient. Direct opposite to his alter-ego. He once refused to become Hulk in episode Dehulked but later accepted his destiny to remain as Hulk as a means of his own protection.
Hulk is a green-skinned, hulking, and muscular humanoid with both dark olive (sometimes black) drab hair and eyebrows, bright green eyes.
In Ultron Revolution, Hulk wears a dark purple in back and front with two light purple stripes along the sides and the red Avengers logo with a silver symbol.
Bruce Banner is slender, fair skin, messy dark brown hair, brown eyes, glasses.
Hulk's relationship with Thor is built solely on physical dexterity. The Hulk's massive size and powers make him the strongest individual on Earth, though Thor wholeheartedly disagrees. This puts the Hulk in a position where he feels the need to prove he is the strongest there is, thus why he's always picking a fight with Thor. After the Avengers disbanded, it is stated that the two lost contact with each other. When the two meet up again at the Avengers Mansion, Thor is glad to see the Hulk as is he, and the two crash into the streets of New York City and engage in a playful scuffle, with Iron Man observing from the window remarking "some things never change," right before Hawkeye breaks up the reunion, reminding the two of the threat they pose to the city at large with their powers.
When M.O.D.O.K.'s microbots took hold of the Avengers' minds, the Hulk's goes off in a fit of pure rage against Thor. With the microbots raising the Avengers' aggression levels to dangerous extremes, the mind control plays strictly on the Hulk and Thor's physical rivalry; showing a glimpse of the true peril the two would pose to not only each other but to the surrounding areas if they were ever to actually cut loose. Though the two are often competitors, Hulk has shown to have a deep respect for Thor, and vice versa. In the episode The Midgard Crisis Hulk is disappointed when Thor leaves him alone in the Tower, even telling Hawkeye, another one of his best friends, that the extra game remote is Thor's. When Thor loses his temper and attacks the Hulk, Hulk calls Thor a friend and attempts to snap him out of his rage, which he does. The two are best friends along with Hawkeye, and they love using their immense strength and power together to defeat foes.
Hulk and Hawkeye's relationship can be described as complicated. Hawkeye constantly seems to try to irritate Hulk, Hulk has no problem fighting back. They also argue a lot for the tiniest things, like when Hulk ate all of Hawkeye's pickle ending with the destruction of one of his glass figurine, to the point even Mojo calls Hawkeye on this. Regardless they still view each other as friends and can be seen playing video games together and saving each other's life when one of them is in trouble. Hulk also once said that he was the only one allowed to knock out Hawkeye, getting angry when he was attacked trying to help him.
Though not much interaction, after the event of Hulked Out Heroes, Hulk says he trusts the device that
can destroy him with Widow, who says it never existed. Also in the event of the Head to Head, Black Widow turns in Hulks body. Hulk and Widow begin to have a close and trusting friendship as seen in The Inhuman Condition and Seeing Double.
Altough not there is not much interaction between Iron Man and the Hulk, Bruce Banner and Tony Stark are Science Bros as they state over and over in Dehulked.
Powers and Abilities
Gamma-Radiated Blood: Hulk's special blood produces gamma-radiated cells and gamma radiation which gave him superhuman physical abilities which are overdeveloped to the point where his physical abilities are unrivaled by any being.
- Unlimited Strength: Hulk's primary power is his immense superhuman strength. While he normally possesses tremendous levels of superhuman strength, able to lift over 100 tons effortlessly, it increases the more he gets emotionally worked-up, making his strength potentially limitless. Hulk has shown several of acts of brute strength, such as lifting cars and throwing them hundreds of feet into the air, managing to defeat Attuma underwater and even knocking some of his teeth out and destroying his armor and even lifting all of Manhattan. Even without directly touching targets, Hulk shows remarkable strength as his claps can release powerful force waves able to level city blocks. Hulk's strength is shown to be very unique as he effortlessly defeated the Hulked out Avengers, four on one. His strength extends to his legs, enabling him to leap thousands of feet into the air and miles from his starting place. And his rage is as limitless as his strength. He can also utilize radiation and dark magic to boost his powers.
- Superhuman Leaping: Hulk is able to use his highly developed leg muscles to leap great distances. As the Hulk becomes enraged, his strength increases considerably, which means he can jump farther than usual.
- Superhuman Strength Utilizations: The Hulk can inhale great quantities of air for several effects. For example, he can expel the air at enormous speeds to knock down forests and armed troops.
- Superhuman Durability: Hulk's physiology's resilience to physical trauma is so advanced that it almost borders on invulnerability. Hulk's entire anatomy is several times denser and more resilient to physical harm than a human's. Hulk can withstand falls from orbital heights, the most powerful energy attacks, and powerful hits from immensely strong beings with little to no damage or pain. Fire causes him no damage, and he can withstand temperature extremes with no injury or discomfort. Hulk accidentally took a lightning blast from Thor and got up shortly after with no damage. Hulk's skin and bones become denser the angrier he gets, and his durability increases as he gets more excited. Hulk is the most durable Avenger, as he cannot be knocked unconscious by great impact forces, and opposing forces attacking his external being, unlike the rest of the Avengers who have been knocked unconscious when facing too many opponents or great threats. Even if the damage can pierce through his seemingly invulnerable physiology, his advanced healing will always repair it instantaneously (though when his arm was injured by Hyperion's atomic vision he didn't heal immediately). Hulk's durability, however, is still out of this world, and he has been able to withstand some of the most powerful hits from Mjolnir in the face and other parts of his body with little to no injury.
- Superhuman Stamina: Hulk can exert himself for an undetermined amount of time without showing signs of fatigue. Though he will eventually get tired.
- Superhuman Speed: Hulk has been seen running at speeds greater than 200 mph, though this was just the result of Speed Demon speeding him up.
- Regenerative Healing Factor: Hulk's regeneration abilities are quite remarkable, as superficial legions and wounds heal almost instantaneously. He is also able to regrow limbs post amputation and heal from extreme physical traumas in a very short regeneration time. He also does not age and tires very slowly from physical activities because of his great regenerative powers.
- Superhuman Longevity: Hulk's highly advanced healing factor has slowed his aging process at an extraordinary rate. While battling Thanos, Hulk was able to take multiple hits from the Time Stone before actually showing signs of aging.
- Superhuman Immune System: Hulk's blood can act for a cure to vampirism, due to the gamma radiation being similar to ultraviolet radiation. Hulk can emit gamma rays from his body powerful enough to take out the planet. His gamma radiated cells were even used as a cure for vampirism.
- Adrenaline Rush: The more adrenaline his body produces, the greater his strength, stamina, durability, and healing are enhanced due to the adrenaline further increasing the potency of his gamma cells, by which his regeneration increased to the point where he was able to purge himself from vampirism. His strength was enhanced to the point where he was able to lift a whole city up.
- Superhuman Adaption: As a side-effect of his healing factor, Hulk's physiology also alters itself, which is likely an adaptive response to physical trauma, mental trauma or inhospitable environments when it becomes necessary. There were many occasions where Hulk not only survived airless areas but has also spoken in them. As with his healing factor, the angrier Hulk gets, the faster he adapts, such as adapting to the airless of the environment of the sea.
- Underwater Breathing: Hulk has the ability to breathe underwater because his glands develop an oxygenated per-fluorocarbon emulsion which fills his lungs and equalizes the pressure.
- Accelerated Metabolism: He has a highly developed metabolism, so powerful and efficient, thus allowing him to consume lots of foods and calories, without feeling full and still being able to eat more. he is seen constantly eating gallons of fatty and meaty foods all the time and is always still hungry, despite his limitless stamina.
- Master Hand-to-Hand Combatant: Despite having no formal training, Hulk is formidable hand-to-hand combatant simply due to his superhuman strength. Hulk often engages his enemies using brawling techniques and street fighting skills that make full use of his strength, which he can overpower the beings like Thor and Goliath. Hulk did learn one martial art technique form Black Widow but he still relies on his brute strength in combat. While under The Winter Soldier program, Hulk could go toe-to-toe with Captain America and Iron Man simultaneously, while the latter was using the Hulkbuster armor.
Both in his persona's of Bruce and Hulk, as well as certain modifications imparted by his adventures, Banner has acquired and utilized various items and cybernetic modifications throughout his heroic career.
Banner Tech Equipment:
- Gamma Energy Siphon: A device Bruce created in the event of dealing with other gamma mutates which the Hulk hid so it wouldn't be used against him. Used to cure the Hulked Out avengers by draining their excess gamma energy contracted by an A.I.M designed gamma virus.
- Winter Solder Implants: While a prisoner of Strucker and Yelena's Russian super soldier program, Bruce had been outfitted with a bionic prosthetic similar to that of the original Winter Soldier.
- Missile Pods: The forearm of his metallic limb fostered rows of several rocket packs.
- Knuckle Lasers: The balls of his fingers harbored four adjacent high-yield beam castors potent enough to cut through wood like fresh cheese.
- Retractable Armblade: A star pentagram holstered in his forearm extends a razor sharp blade.
- Gamma Radiation Draining: Hulk was sometimes vulnerable to gamma radiation draining by sufficiently powerful energy manipulators. However, currently, the Hulk acquired an undefined degree of immunity to this weakness. For example, the mutant Darwin was expressly unable to drain his gamma radiation, and the Hulk was contained by a specialized satellite only when deliberately limiting himself. Even previous to these events the Hulk has displayed this potential.
- Radiation Bombardment: Hulk was vulnerable to being weakened by radiation bombardment in the past. However, the Hulk has acquired a degree of immunity to this weakness.
- Gas Inhalation: Great doses of gas can temporarily neutralize the Hulk. However, it's not an insurmountable obstacle, since Hulk can dissipate the gas with a powerful thunderclap, destabilizing the opponent with the resulting shockwaves. The Hulk has also occasionally resisted that.
- Adamantium and Vibranium Blades: They have been shown capable of piercing Hulk's skin. However, as the Hulk's rage increases they become progressively less effective, reaching the stage they are completely unable to harm him.
- Adrenaline Suppression: Adrenaline inhibitors can be administered via syringes of Adamantium and Vibranium, aiming to revert the transformation. Amplified quantities can accomplish this purpose. However, Hulk has also withstood substances intended to sedate him by tactile contact.
- Toxic Substances: Once, he was injected with a toxin especially designed to counteract the efficiency of Hulk's healing factor. However, if the Hulk gets angry enough he can nullify this effect, as he demonstrated later.
- Rage Nullification: Hulk's rage also can be neutralized; certain individuals can calm the Hulk down. Betty Ross successfully calmed the Hulk down in several instances. Telepaths with vast empathy potential can theoretically emulate this effect.
- Strength Increasing Factor: Hulk normally doesn't achieve full strength in the first moments after his transformation. Unless there is a substantial and significant event that breaks Banner's restraints and triggers far superior amounts of adrenaline in his circulatory system.
- Magic: Since the Hulk is empowered by dark magic, it is not properly a weakness. However, depending upon his emotional state, his incarnation, and the power magnitude of the magic manipulator, this could be a potential threat. Although the Hulk has been shown to be injured more easily by enchanted weapons than regular weapons.
- Extreme Conditions: Hulk can be hurt or even killed by cosmic entities, or individuals with similar extraordinary levels of power and under some conditions be psychically manipulated by exceptionally powerful telepaths.
- Hunger: Hulk has a near bottomless appetite; due to his incredible strength and gamma radiation generation.
- Fred Tatasciore voices the Hulk in Ultimate Spider-Man, Avengers Assemble and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.
- Hulk is rarely seen reverted to his human form of Bruce Banner throughout Avengers Assemble. In fact, Banner himself didn't make an appearance in the show until "Valhalla Can Wait", the third episode of the second season. Banner appears in his human form more regularly in the third season, namely in the episodes "Adapting to Change," "Dehulked," and "Seeing Double."
- It is implied in Avengers Assemble and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. that both Hulk and Bruce Banner share the same consciousness, as shown in "Valhalla Can Wait," with the primary difference between them, is that as the Hulk, Banner is much more prone to get angry, which makes him lose control easily. The film Hulk: Where Monsters Dwell, on the other hand, suggest that Hulk and Banner are in fact separate personalities.
- Hulk's personality is quite inconsistent throughout his numerous appearances in different shows set in Earth-12041.
- In "Exclusive," the character's earliest appearance in Ultimate Spider-Man, Hulk possessed limited intelligence and referred to himself in third person. By the time of "The Incredible Spider-Hulk", he manifested more intelligence and self-control after temporarily changing bodies with Spider-Man.
- As a main character in Avengers Assemble, Hulk spoke in full sentences. He was also extremely eager to fight against both supervillains and his teammate Thor.
- In Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Hulk was portrayed even more intellectual, giving advice and sometimes engaging in philosophical discussions. This personality clashed with his previous and continuing portrayal in Avengers Assemble. It would later be explained that Hulk himself decided to act differently when adventuring with each of his teams.
- His design is based on his appearance from the 2012 film, The Avengers.
- Starting from the third season, Hulk wore form-fitting Avengers pants, which is similar to the pants he wore in the 2015 film, Avengers: Age of Ultron.
- He appears in the Disney INFINITY games as a playable character and figurine.
- For unknown reasons, he is absent from the fifth and final season of the series.
- In the comics, Skaar is the Hulk's son. Despite Skaar's appearance as a regular cast member in Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Skaar's parentage is never touched upon.
- Hulk's appearance is similar to Kluh in the episode "World War Hulk".
- 'Marvel's Avengers Assemble' character cards. Mom & Pop Culture. MSN.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2013.
- "The Avengers Protocol, Part 1". Man of Action (writer) & Eric Radomsky (director). Marvel's Avengers Assemble. Disney XD. May 26, 2013. No. 1, season one.
- "Hyperion". Man of Action & Jacob Semahn (writers) & Jeff Allen (director. Marvel's Avengers Assemble. Disney XD. August 4, 2013. No. 7, season one.
- Hulked Out Heroes