I don't know much about the Marvel Universe, but I do know that there is/has-been more than one Hulk.

I've heard of the Red Hulk and She-Hulk. Are there others?

How many Hulks are there?

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    Does "Hulk Hogan" count? :)
    – Songo
    Commented Nov 20, 2015 at 13:43

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It depends on how you count.

There are four separate characters called "Hulk". However, there have been several very different incarnations of The Hulk (Bruce Banner); there are also a few other gamma-powered characters that aren't called Hulk but have similar powers.

The Original

The original Hulk is, of course, Bruce Banner. His most popular, familiar, and longest-running persona is as the green-skinned Hulk. This version is usually called the "Savage" Hulk, because once Banner turns into this version, he is out of control.

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However, Banner has gone through a few other iterations of the Hulk. For a period of time, he was the Grey Hulk, using the alias Mr. Fixit, where he was in full control of his mind even as Hulk. He also, on a few occasions, has "merged" his various personas together, such as his Doc Green persona (the Savage Hulk with Bruce Banner's mind).

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The Red Hulk

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This is General Thaddeus Ross, who allowed himself to be turned into a Hulk to get revenge on the Savage Hulk. Red Hulk get stronger as he absorbs energy, but he also gets hotter and can "overheat".

This Hulk no longer exists; the Doc Green version of the Hulk "cured" him of his gamma powers.


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A lawyer named Jennifer Walters, who is a cousin of Bruce Banners. At one point, she received a transfusion of his blood, and it also transferred his gamma poisoning to her.

Unlike Banner, Walters has control over her transformation, and maintains her mind in her Hulk form. She tends to maintain the Hulk form most of the time. Because she seemed to have control over her Hulk, Doc Green allowed her to keep her powers.

Red She-Hulk

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Bruce Banner's ex-girlfriend, and Thaddeus Ross's daughter, Betty Ross was turned into Red She-Hulk (at the request of her father), but secretly brainwashed her to kill her father. She eventually regains control over her mind, but never really comes to grip with her Hulk persona.

Doc Green took her powers away as part of his quest to be the only gamma-powered person on Earth.

Gamma-Powered Non-Hulks

Several other characters have powers similar to The Hulk, but aren't called that. Some of the more notable:


Abomination: Emil Blonsky, a frequent enemy of The Hulk. Retained his human intelligence but cannot change his body back. Still alive, AFAIK. (Also notable for being the bad-guy in The Incredible Hulk.)

Doc Samson

Doc Samson: Leonard Samson, on on-again/off-again Hulk enemy. Originally a colleague of Banners, he exposed himself to gamma radiation siphoned from Hulk and became a bulked up, though not "Hulked-out", version of himself. Currently still dead.

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Skaar: Hulk's son. Depowered by Doc Green.

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A-Bomb: One of the personae of Rick Jones. Depowered by Doc Green.

Alternate-Universe Hulks

All of the above are from the main Marvel (Earth-616) continuity. There are other variants of The Hulk that have appeared in alternate universes, including Zombie Hulk, Maestro Hulk, and Ultimate Hulk.

There are also a few variants of the other Hulks; particularly notable is Lyra, an alternate universe She-Hulk that is currently trapped on Earth-616:

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    dark hulk , but i think he only appears in tv series Commented Aug 31, 2015 at 10:59
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    Hulkling is named after the Hulk but he's not human, and his powers don't come from gamma radiation. He's actually a shapeshifter. He basically "mimics" the Hulk.
    – KutuluMike
    Commented Aug 31, 2015 at 13:15
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    At one point (very long ago, so it may have changed) Stan Lee explained that the form they take as their Hulk is influenced by their subconscious image of what the 'perfect strong man/woman' is like. She-Hulk looks Amazonian, Hulk looks like a bodybuilder, etc. I guess Ross doesn't like his moustache :)
    – KutuluMike
    Commented Aug 31, 2015 at 14:52
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    @Omegacron You take issue with Ross' mustache but not Banner's pants?
    – Ixrec
    Commented Aug 31, 2015 at 16:54
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    "Currently still dead" Loved it! Commented Aug 31, 2015 at 17:16

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Incredible Hulk/Savage Hulk

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She Hulk

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Savage She Hulk

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Grey Hulk/Joe Fixit

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Maestro Hulk

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Skarr, Son of Hulk

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Professor Hulk

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Rick Jones

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Red Hulk

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Red She Hulk

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Zombie Hulk

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    The last one (Hulked Out Heroes) both scares me and excites me!
    – Möoz
    Commented Aug 31, 2015 at 4:02
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    Also, The Inevitable Zombie-Hulkocalypse!
    – Möoz
    Commented Aug 31, 2015 at 4:03
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    In that last one, Marvel missed an opportunity to say "Huklamania Runs Wild".
    – Liesmith
    Commented Aug 31, 2015 at 11:39
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    There was the Hulk that was created when Banner and Hulk travelled back in time to the Gamma Bomb explosion and Hulk was exposed to the explosion and even further Hulked out. He had spikes and all sorts of crazy stuff. This was fairly recently during Mark Waid's run. Commented Aug 31, 2015 at 14:54
  • @Liesmith Isn'r there an extra "a" in "Hulk-A-mania", wouldn't "HulkMania" be better? Probably some kinda copyright issue with the real life comic character Hulkster.
    – Xen2050
    Commented Apr 19, 2016 at 17:38

In addition to the number of Hulks already mentioned, it it worth noting that Bruce Banner has a somewhat-infinite number of hulks within his subconscious that could emerge, each a metaphor for a different aspect of his personality. It just so happens that Savage Hulk and Joe-Fixit are the strongest entities of his subconscious and thus always "win" to be released into the world. A couple other noteworthy manifestations that have not been (or very rarely) released are 'Devil Hulk' and 'Guilt Hulk'. This 'subconscious' story-line came about in the early 90s during Peter David's run, I believe. There is a great panel explaining this all in 'Hulk: The Incredible Guide', though I cannot find a picture online.

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