HULK SMASH!Hulk's most famous quote, used in nearly all of his appearances.
The Hulk, real name Bruce Banner, is superhero from the Marvel Comics. He is a scientist who was exposed to extreme amounts of gamma radiation, altering his DNA and transforming him to a giant green monster.
While in human form, Bruce Banner is a scrawny, weak looking individual. He has brown hair and wears large glasses. When angered, he transforms into the Hulk. The Hulk is a large, green creature with absurdly large muscles. He is usually wearing only ripped, purple shorts.
Bruce Banner is an overall caring individual, especially to those he is familiar with, like Betty Ross or Rick Jones. However, he can be paranoid about people representing a military or government group, due to them constantly hunting him. He is very brilliant, and creates detailed plans for different situations, like his plan to have his half-alien son Skaar (who wants to kill the Hulk) battle against enemies such as the Juggernaut and Wolverine's son Daken, which was really training to kill the Hulk if he ever got out of control. He has had suppressed emotions for most of his life. He is constantly plagued by the Hulk, always searching for a way to control or be rid of him.
The Hulk has an entirely different personality. The Hulk dislikes "puny Banner" for not letting Hulk be in control of his own life. The Hulk may seem like he doesn't care for humans, but if they are in danger, Hulk will come to the rescue without hesitation and will fight to the end to protect them. He also has shown a soft, caring side for animals and children and to people who are very nice to him, as he'll not normally harm others unless he feels threatened or is attacked. Hulk is usually very angry, and just wants to be left alone. Hulk is not very intelligent, though. He usually talks in "Hulk speak". An example of this would be "Hulk no like puny Banner." Some versions of the Hulk, like the earliest incarnation, have been able to speak in full, intelligent sentences. However, his dialogue has reverted to "Hulk speak" as of Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
Hulk has had a number of personalities over the years, as a result of Bruce Banner's fragmented psyche. The best-known is "Savage Hulk", a childlike, violent bruiser who hates humans and wants to be left alone; this is the incarnation present in MvC3 and MvC:I. In his original gray appearance, Hulk was shown to be more intelligent and cunning; this form was later dubbed "Joe Fixit" after a stint with the Mafia. At one point, Bruce Banner's psychologist Doc Samson (himself a gamma-powered hero) attempted to integrate these three personalities, resulting in the "Merged Hulk" who possessed Savage Hulk's strength, Bruce Banner's intelligence, and Gray Hulk's cunning; this is the version of the Hulk who appears in all pre-MvC3 games. However, it was later revealed that this was not truly a merged Hulk but merely a new personality (later dubbed "Professor Hulk"), which vanished shortly thereafter.
Though not all of them can be featured in-game, the Hulk has many skills, including:
- Transformation into the Hulk when experiencing any intense emotion, i.e anger, fear, sadness, stress, etc.
- Regenerative Healing Factor, although this isn't wisely shown as his durability prevents most objects from penetrating (Adamantium is one exception).
- Super strength, capable of lifting in excess of 90 tons at weakest
- Ability to jump hundreds of feet in the air for many miles due to enhanced leg muscles
- Increased adrenaline causes his body to pump more Gamma into his muscles, making him stronger.
- Sonic clap - the ability to clap his hands together with enough force to create a shockwave
- As Banner, vast intelligence and knowledge of radiation
- Banner has sometimes been able to control the Hulk, and the Hulk has sometimes held Banner's intelligence, such as in the case of his "World Breaker" persona (when the inner conflict between them is non-existent).
Hulk spares Thanos, deciding to let the man live with the humiliation of defeat. Later, he takes Betty on a vacation to Las Vegas. They both jump from the plane before it lands.
Hulk's role is relatively unknown, though he is shown prominently with Ryu in Black Panther's domain, Valkanda. Hulk and a slightly Satsui No Hadou-enfused Ryu are shown fighting an infected Dah'ren Mohran, with Hulk throwing Ryu at it to be able to do some damage to it.
The Hulk is your typical "Mighty Glacier" in that he packs powerful attacks, good health and large size with a nod for slow speed. His super armor can be used to withstand singular-typed hitstyles, and the Hulk only has one command throw in his moveset and isn't grapple heavy. Coupled with his large ranged attacks and damaging moves (even with his surprisingly quick Gamma Charge), the Hulk can be great punisher type character as most of his attacks cause great hitstun and knockback which can lead into some surprising combos. Though the Hulk shouldn't often take hits in midair, and more combo eccentric quick hitters can put in him in hitstun more often. However, his diverse set of moves and Hyper Combos can put him on par with most, and his Gamma Crush is one of the series' most damaging Hyper Combos. With all this, the Hulk is often a character most people would want to avoid hitting in fear of getting countered or punished, making Hulk a great intimidation character on point.
Theme Song Edit
- Hulk drops one of his iconic phrases before tangling with Haggar. "You look strong, but Hulk strongest there is!"
- In his intro against Wolverine, Hulk swears he'll break Wolvie's claws "this time." Wolvie counters by saying this time the fight won't end in a draw. This is a reference to the characters' long-standing rivalry (Wolverine first appearing as a Hulk villain, even), and one specific fight between them in Incredible Hulk #340 (1988).
- Hulk has special dialogue with Doctor Strange that makes reference to their shared history in The Defenders and the events of Planet Hulk and World War Hulk (It's not a happy reunion). If he wins, Hulk vows to smash the rest of the Illuminati (which, aside from Strange, are comprised of Iron Man, Professor Xavier, Mr. Fantastic, Black Bolt, Black Panther, Beast and Namor).
- When fighting Nova, Hulk is upset at the prospect of fighting "Human Rocket" — because due to the above, he doesn't like rockets.
- Hulk's ending in Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes with Captain America's heroic sacrifice is a nod to the end of the Onslaught saga in the comics.
- Before MvC3, Hulk was in his combined intelligent form where Bruce Banner is in control. However, in Marvel vs Capcom 3, he is in his more well-known, savage persona.
- When switching out in the third MvC, Hulk says their names in a "Hulk Speak" fashion, ex. calling Iron Man "Metal Man", calling Viewtiful Joe "Funny Helmet Man", calling Wolverine "Puny Man", calling Shuma-Gorath "Starfish", and calling Felicia "Cat-Girl" Hulk also refers to She-Hulk, his cousin Jennifer Walters, as "Jen" when he calls her in; conversely, She-Hulk will call out, "Bruce!" when she calls Hulk in.
- Hulk was one of the first six characters to be included in Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
- When battling Thor, Thor will comment on how Loki must be behind this encounter. This is a reference to the multiple times in which Thor's brother, Loki, took control of the Hulk leading to battles with Thor as well as the other gods of Asgard. It is also likely a reference to the fact that the Avengers first formed to stop a rampaging Hulk that Loki had taken control of.
- As seen in the Episode 1 trailer, Hulk's rival is Chris, because (as many Resident Evil fans would be aware of) Chris, and Jill Valentine, has had lots of experience fighting zombies and giant monsters, and Hulk is a giant powerful monster that resembles the kind of strength those monsters would have. Also they both have levels of muscle mass and work for the army.
- In UMvC3, one of Hulk's new post-win quotes references Planet Hulk.