Top 5 Hulk Personalities Ranked from Least to Most Terrifying
The "Strongest One There Is" is either an endearing hero or a fear-inducing monster.
In the most recent issue of Immortal Hulk, another of the Hulk's personas revealed itself. This time, it's Joe Fixit (Grey Hulk) in Bruce Banner's body. In his 57-year history, the Hulk went through a plethora of personality changes. Some of these changes were for the better, making him a hero. Others, well, let's say it went the other way.
Which ones are okay to be around? Which ones should have you running and hiding as quickly as possible? We're here to help you sort that out. We've ranked the Hulk's personas from LEAST terrifying to MOST terrifying:
#5 Bruce Banner
The Incredible Hulk was a way for Stan Lee and Jack Kirby to create their version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Robert Bruce Banner fit the Dr. Jekyll prototype to a tee. He was a certifiable genius. Banner created the catalyst for the transformation. He was also timid and weak. Back in 1962, when General Ross called him a "milk-sop," it was probably one of the worst things you could call someone. (We would think today's generals would go with the simpler "loser"). An argument could be that the man who created the Gamma Bomb could be higher up on the "scary" list; let's face it. If you saw Bruce Banner walking towards you on the street, you probably wouldn't even look up from your phone.
#4 Merged/Professor Hulk
Bruce Banner rears his intelligent yet frail head again. Merged or "Professor" Hulk is a persona that combines the intelligence of Bruce Banner, the strength of the green Hulk, and the attitude of the grey Hulk. Professor Hulk is, in essence, the complete version of the Incredible Hulk. It has the best three different personas. It's because of this you don't have to be afraid. Bruce Banner isn't out for world domination. He's out to help people. Yes, the professor has the attitude of the grey Hulk, but now it's just to be witty. He's more like Spider-Man in that sense than a Hulk to be feared. While this Hulk is VERY cool, he's not that scary. He's a metaphor for the skinny guy in high school that went to his high school reunion after spending the last ten years at the gym.
#3 Green Hulk/Classic Hulk
This version is the classic "HULK SMASH!" that most fans associate with when they think of the Incredible Hulk. Whenever Bruce Banner gets angry, it triggers the transformation into this seven-foot-tall behemoth. What makes this Hulk terrifying is that "the madder he gets, the stronger he gets." He can barely keep control, and sometimes there are dire consequences. As rage-filled as "classic" Hulk is, he does have a moral compass. When it matters most, he knows the difference between right and wrong, good and evil. It might take some convincing, but eventually, the "Green Goliath," can do the right thing.
#2 Joe Fixit/Grey Hulk
Grey Hulk, while not a strong as his emerald counterpart, can be considered much more dangerous. Grey Hulk has some intelligence. He also lacks the morality of the Green Hulk. Grey Hulk is out for himself and only himself. There are rarely things scarier in this world than people that legitimately don't care about anyone other than themselves. He doesn't even care about the man he shares both a body and consciousness with, Bruce Banner. Another difference with Grey Hulk is that the transformation only takes place at night, with Banner running things during the day. In one incident, Grey hulk drank the entire alcohol inventory of a convenience store to incapacitate Banner when he changed back. If he was willing to do that to his other half, what chance did anyone else have?
#1 Devil Hulk
The inside of Bruce Banner's head is a terrifying place. Within, his multiple personalities wrest for control. However, there is one thing that they all agreed on, and that is the Devil Hulk can't be let free. Following the events of Civil War II and Avengers: No Surrender, that's what happened. The Devil Hulk is a persona that wants to end the human race and start the world over. The world of the Marvel Universe has been so scared of versions of the Hulk and of what damage they MIGHT do to the world. They never considered how to prepare for a Hulk that WANTS to harm.
The Incredible Hulk is one of Marvel's most famous characters. Fans see him as a hero, a villain, and even a mobster. One thing is for sure; he is not someone you want to mess with, regardless of whom you happen to be speaking with at the time. Our advice? If you see the Hulk coming, RUN.
Immortal Hulk issue 17 hits comic shops and digital on May 15th.
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