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The Red Hulk is an enemy of the Incredible Hulk and a very powerful Marvel supervillain who has made a great impact (for better or worse) on the series - he is one of the most formidable opponents the Hulk has ever faced and arguably a contender with The Leader as Hulk's new archenemy.


Red Hulk kills Abombination

Red Hulk murdering Abomination

Crossing the Canadian wilderness, the Red Hulk was attacked by a Wendigo, which he ended up killing. The government detected the Red Hulk in the Bering Strait when a satellite detected the seismic activity of the Hulk landing on the ground. In Dimitri, Russia, the Red Hulk murdered the Abomination.
Hulk vs Red Hulk

Hulk vs Red Hulk

In New York, the Red Hulk attacked Director of S.H.I.E.L.D Tony Stark's newly commissioned Helicarrier causing it to crash land and be destroyed. While there Red Hulk erased all files on the Hulk, using a sophisticated computer virus. After this attack Red Hulk headed to Gamma Base in Death Valley, Nevada where he squared off against A-Bomb before having to face android Harpies, and the original Hulk.

Red Hulk even punched Uatu in the face for trying to watch their battle. Some of Doc Samson's clothing was found with dramatically increased radiation, so it is possible that Doc was the Red Hulk, although that is not conclusive yet. After fighting, and defeating, the Savage Hulk he was on top of a bridge claiming to be "the strongest there is" until interrupted by Thor. However, Thor found himself surprised and the Red Hulk managed, to get the upper hand, and leave Thor defeated on the moon. Returning to Earth, Red Hulk went on to cause an earthquake in San Fransisco which was being dealt with by the Hulk, She-Hulk, A-Bomb, the Avengers and the Fantastic Four. Thor then returns, and stating that he is angry, he promptly defeats Red Hulk in a few moments, and was about to slay him, but was stopped by A-Bomb, who said the Savage Hulk must be the one who defeats the Red Hulk. The Savage Hulk, and the Red Hulk then engage in combat, and it seems that the Red Hulk was gaining the upper hand, but then the Red Hulk overheated, and suddenly became really dizzy. This allowed the Savage Hulk to defeat the Red Hulk. After his defeat, Red Hulk was visited by Doc Samson and General Thunderbolt Ross who said they gave Red Hulk his power to defeat Hulk and now that he had failed they were cutting him loose.

She-Hulk later gathered Thundra and Valkyrie as the Lady Liberators in an effort to apprehend the Red Hulk near Mount Rushmore, accidentally destroying the sculpture of Lincoln's face.

They seemed to defeat him. After most of the group left, Red Hulk revealed he had played possum, and took Thundra forging a partnership with her.

Red Hulk (Cosmic)

Red Hulk with Silver Surfer's Comic Powers

To settle a bet with the Grandmaster, the Collector teamed up Red Hulk with Tiger Shark, Baron Mordo, and Terrax against Hulk, Namor, Doctor Strange, and Silver Surfer. Eager for revenge on the his counterpart, Red Hulk agreed to take part in the fight, dubbing his team "The Offenders". He killed everyone and then went after Galactus. Galactus became enraged, took away the Red Hulk's Silver Surfer powers he had taken before, and sent him to Earth. Tired of taking orders from Grandmaster, he killed him. Before he died he brings the Defenders and the Offenders back to life and the Defenders defeated Red Hulk. The Grandmaster decided to show the Hulk the dead body of Jarella, breaking the Hulk's heart which gave the Red Hulk great satisfaction.

Afterward Banner was somehow captured by AIM, and was detained underneath Gamma Base to be used to create a Gamma irradiated super soldier program behind Red Hulk, headed by MODOK and backed by General Ross. The plot was uncovered by She-Hulk, who was informed by a short haired Doc Sampson. Jennifer recruited reporter Ben Urich to help uncover the truth, who in turn recruited Peter Parker to aid in photography. As they infiltrated the underground base, Sampson revealed he was brainwashed by MODOK and revealed a long haired alter ego, who assaulted She-Hulk and alerted AIM and Red Hulk to their presence, fortunately Spider-Man appeared and began to fight him.

The battle soon interrupted the tank containing Banner, causing him to transform into the Hulk. The Hulk attacked his doppelganger with the aid of Spider-Man. As the battle escalated, the Hulk body slammed his enemy into a Gamma generator in the base. Tired of their endless battles, the Red Hulk totally absorbed the radiation that powered the Hulk. As the base reached critical mass the defenseless Bruce Banner was rescued by a now intelligent A-Bomb. Red Hulk managed to catch up to Ben Urich and warned him that if one word saw print, he would kill everyone at the Front Line in one murderous rampage.

Domino had witnessed Red Hulk changing from his human form. To keep Domino from revealing the identity to X-Force, General Thunderbolt Ross gave him a team of mercenary to work with him called "Code Red" (consisting of Crimson Dynamo XII, Deadpool, Elektra, Punisher, and Thundra). Red Hulk and "Code Red" were instructed to hunt Domino within 24 Hours. When they found Domino at a bar, they also ran into X-Force. Wolverine told X-Force to handle "Code Red" while he fought Red Hulk.

Red Hulk vs Wolverine

Red Hulk confronting Wolverine

When Red Hulk ended up blinded by Wolverine, he was rescued by the Red She-Hulk who was wearing a ripped version of Domino's outfit and wielding Elektra's sais. Red Hulk then fought Red She-Hulk when she double-crossed him. Taking the battle up to a roof, Red She-Hulk then managed to throw Red Hulk off the roof, postponing the battle.

Red Hulk made an apparent meeting with General Ross that concluded with the General's death (later revealed to be a ruse) when he showed up in the Redeemer armor, intending to kill the red giant. After the memorial service, Red Hulk met with his new ally who appeared to have orchestrated Ross' death all along, Bruce Banner. However, when the new Frightful Four attacked the Fantastic Four in the Baxter Building, Red Hulk came to their rescue. He managed to save everyone inside even though Mister Fantastic was kidnapped. He later goes out to help the X-men but fails at that also. After that he went to the Intelligencia's base and attempted to stop them. He failed when he was defeated by Hulkpool and the Hulked Out Heroes. It was later revealed that Red Hulk was actually Thaddeus Ross himself.

Recently he was depowered by Bruce.

Powers and Abilities

Superhuman Strength, Superhuman Stamina, Superhuman Durability, Regenerative Healing Factor, Superhuman Leaping Ability, Superhuman Speed, Red Hulk constantly gives off gamma radiation. The rate of emission is increased the angrier he gets. Red Hulk is capable of absorbing energy. He said in his confrontation against the Hulk and his Defenders that he absorbs energy, more gamma, but can withstand the power cosmic. He also absorbed the powers of the Hulk leaving Bruce Banner powerless. Red Hulk is able to transform himself between his human form and his Hulk form, and will not transform between forms without consciously willing it. For example, when he was knocked out by She Hulk, he did not revert for hours even though he was unconscious.


He can become dizzy if he gets too hot. He also displays a notable weakness against bladed and sharp objects. The Punisher is able to easily slip a knife through his chest causing excessive bleeding, and later Wolverine is able to cut him open in the arm, back, chest and across the eyes, temporarily blinding him.

Other Media

Agents of SMASH

Red Hulk is one of the main protagonists of Agents of SMASH but is a loud, foul-tempered anti-hero - he does have a softer side to him and is usually played more for comedy than true malice : just like his comic counterpart he has the ability to emit intense heat when enraged and believes he is better than any of the other Hulks, having an especially strong rivalry with Green Hulk.

Red Hulk is also very much a military man, even as a Hulk, prone to large guns and he tends to charge into battle without thinking - which can have negative side-effects for the others, as a general rule Red Hulk is slow to learn from his mistakes but will defend the other heroes when confronted with stronger and more dangerous opponents (even if he tends to try and fight alone).


See also

Hulk Villains

Abomination | Abominatrix | Absorbing Man | A.I.M. | Animus | Apocalypse | Arcade | Arkon | Arnim Zola | Attuma | Avalanche | Bi-Beast | Blastaar | Boomerang | Brian Banner | Brood | Captain Axis | Captain Omen | Chameleon | Circus of Crime | Collector | Constrictor | Corruptor | Cosmic Hulk | Crossbones | D'Spayre | Deadpool | Destroyer | Devil Hulk | Doctor Doom | Doctor Octopus | Doctor Scarabeus | Dragon Man | Draxon | Enchantress | Enclave | Executioner | Fixer | Flux | Freedom Force | Frightful Four | Frost | Frost Giants | Galactus | Galaxy Master | Gamma Corps | General John Ryker | Glenn Talbot | Grandmaster | Grey Gargoyle | Guilt Hulk | Harpy | Hela | Herr Kleiser | High Evolutionary | HYDRA | Impossible Man | Ironclad | Juggernaut | Kang | Killer Shrike | Lady Deathstrike | Leader | Madcap | Madman | Mad Thinker | Man-Beast | Mandarin | Mentallo | Mephisto | Metal Master | Mister Hyde | M.O.D.O.K. | Mole Man | Molecule Man | Moonstone | Nightmare | Ogress | Omega Red | Onslaught | Piledriver | Presence | Psyklop | Ravage | Red Ghost | Red Hulk | Red King | Red She-Hulk | Red Skull | Rhino | Ringmaster | Roxxon | Sabretooth | Sandman | Skaar | Skrulls | Sons of the Serpent | Speedfreek | Super-Adaptoid | Super-Skrull | Thanos | Thunderball | Thunderbolts | Thunderbolt Ross | Tiger Shark | Tinkerer | Titania | Tyrannus | U-Foes | Vapor | Vector | Whirlwind | Worthy | Wrecker | Wrecking Crew | X-Ray | Xemnu | Zzzax

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