With his recent appearance in She-Hulk, the emerald monster has taken on a somewhat softer image. However, die-hard Hulk-heads can’t help but remember all the times that the big green guy went off the leash and defeated some of the most powerful beings in the Marvel Universe.
Whether it was magic-wielding sorcerers like Doctor Strange or entire teams like The Avengers, almost nothing can get in Hulk’s way when he’s on a rampage. Although he has beaten the best of the best, only his biggest victories left readers stunned at the sheer power of Bruce Banner’s alter ego.
10 Doctor Strange
The Sorcerer Supreme’s somewhat stuck-up attitude had always rubbed Hulk the wrong way, and he didn’t miss the opportunity to put the good doctor in his place when they came face to face. After surviving his banishment at the hands of the Illuminati, an understandably angry Hulk vowed to take down the entire group.
Naturally, with Strange as one of the ring-leaders of Hulk’s banishment, he was one of his prime targets and got an epic beatdown for his troubles. Although he possesses nearly boundless magical abilities, it was his morals that cost him in the end, and one slip-up was enough for Hulk to wipe him out.
9 The Juggernaut
The powerful non-mutant X-Men character Juggernaut was one of the few Marvel regulars to give Hulk a run for his money nearly every time they faced off, but he never truly defeated the green brute. While most of their fights came to draws or were interfered with by other characters, the Hulk’s proudest moment against Cain Marko showed he was the stronger force.
During World War Hulk, Banner’s alter-ego did something that was once thought impossible: he withstood the charge of Juggernaut and actually stopped him. Theoretically impossible because of his magically enhanced abilities, Hulk showed that no force in the universe was ever enough to vex him.
The Strontian superman known as Gladiator is one of the most overpowered superheroes of all time, but that didn’t stop the Hulk from teaching him a lesson. While they were closely matched in might and skill, Hulk’s confrontation with the planet-shattering alien being saw Earth’s strongest warrior come out on top.
As seen in Hulk’s 1997 annual issue, even Gladiator’s superior eye beams couldn’t stop Hulk, and they actually came back to bite him. The Strontians may be powered by a strong belief in their own abilities, but Hulk is powered by a much more incredible force — his rage.
Debuting in the same year, Asgard’s favorite son, Thor and Hulk have had their fair share of squabbles in the comics. Although the Asgardian is a god, Hulk has never been daunted by his power or the mighty hammer Mjölnir which he wields.
As seen very recently in the Banner of War storyline in both the Hulk spirit Thor comics, Hulk’s pure rage is always enough to overcome the power of Asgard. Their battles usually came to stalemates, but the terrifying Immortal Hulkincarnation came very close to actually killing Thor in both of their encounters.
6 The Avengers
Perhaps the greatest love-hate relationship in comic book history, Hulk and his teammates in The Avengers have rarely seen eye to eye and have often come to blows. Whenever Hulk goes on one of his signature rampages, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are usually the first dispatched to bring him down.
World War Hulk saw the emerald giant punch his way through multiple Avengers squads, and even his “defeat” by the team in Immortal Hulk came when they deployed an ultimate doomsday weapon that wiped out an entire town. Hulk is such a fearsome foe that The Avengers are willing to compromise their morals in an attempt to best him.
5 Black Bolt
Capable of leveling entire worlds with the power of his voice, the Inhuman known as Black Bolt suddenly found himself silenced by the overwhelming rage of Hulk. Although there were plenty of powerful Black Bolt variants in the comics, the confrontation between the two ended in a shocking defeat for the hero.
Hulk used no cunning in World War Hulk, but he was empowered by his quest for revenge and simply let Bolt use his deadly shout on him before beating him to a pulp. Being a member of the Illuminati meant Hulk had no love for the Inhuman and was particularly ruthless when beating him down.
The 1990s was an odd decade for Marvel Comics, and The X-Men line was usually home to some strange storylines. Onslaught was created through the fusion of Professor X and Magneto, and their combined might was almost unstoppable.
It was almost unstoppable because when the strange fusion met up with Hulk, it finally met its match. With the help of Jean Grey, Hulk shut off his Banner side and became an unstoppable being of pure rage. Despite their power, the unfiltered gamma hatred of Hulk quickly put Onslaught down for the count.
The Marvel Universe has many characters like Superman, but one of the strongest is the meta-human known as Sentry. Deriving his awesome power from the sun itself, Sentry was the last line of defense to protect the world against the hatred of Hulk in World War Hulk, and he succeeded by failing.
While neither character technically beat the other down, their fight ended when each had their power totally expended, and they reverted to their human forms. For a being as powerful as Sentry, the Hulk taking him to a draw is a big win in the big green guy’s column.
Hulk has had his fair share of arch nemeses over the years, and Emil Blonsky’s terrible alter ego Abomination can match Hulk pound for pound. The former Russian agent turned gamma monster actually possesses more strength than his verdant counterpart but lacks the rage that powers Hulk.
They have duked it out countless times, even going back to the Tales to Astonish days of the 1960s. Hulk usually always comes out on top because Blonsky, though intelligent, doesn’t have the unstoppable anger that emboldens Hulk.
1 Red Hulk
After years of tracking his greatest foe, General Thunderbolt Ross finally took the biggest step in his quest and became the monster he hated the most. The dangerous Red Hulk was always Hulk’s deadliest foe because he was just as powerful and actually had the ability to sap his gamma powers.
Their confrontations have gone both ways, but Hulk always triumphs in the end because he possesses the rage factor that no other gamma creature can harness. Failing in his quest to defeat Hulk once and for all, Red Hulk has become a hero himself and took his losses as a chance to do some good in the world.
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