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#1 Posted by HeckTate (1094 posts) - - Show Bio

I've seen a lot of praise for Hulk titles around here, but he's never been a character I found even remotely interesting. So just out of curiosity, what makes the Hulk a likable/readable character?

#2 Posted by Manchine (3636 posts) - - Show Bio

The same can be said about any character. Its just who identifies with which character.

#3 Posted by HeckTate (1094 posts) - - Show Bio

I understand it's a matter of opinion. What I'm asking is: People who like the Hulk, what is it about his character/stories that appeals to you?

#4 Posted by Joygirl (15325 posts) - - Show Bio

Ugh, there isn't any.

I hate Hulk.

#5 Edited by Jonny_Anonymous (27266 posts) - - Show Bio

@hecktate: Bruce Banner is an incredibly gifted yet utterly damaged individual that has uncontrollable powers of a god

#6 Edited by w0nd (2012 posts) - - Show Bio

He basically does what people having bad days wish they could do, and i love it. plus his personalities make for some interesting stories....but that's also the reason why you can't even put him in any battles on here. You don't know what version of the hulk you will end up with so people just pick the strongest one, even if he currently isn't that strong.

#7 Edited by InnerVenom123 (29330 posts) - - Show Bio

Banner's more appealing than Hulk ever was.

#8 Edited by Ubersoldier (124 posts) - - Show Bio

Dark & Tormented, so edgy.

#9 Posted by theTimeStreamer (2841 posts) - - Show Bio

the smashing.

#10 Edited by phisigmatau (432 posts) - - Show Bio

@joygirl said:

Ugh, there isn't any.

I hate Hulk.

this

#11 Posted by tigerkaya (1202 posts) - - Show Bio
#12 Posted by DecoyElite (4019 posts) - - Show Bio

One dude against the world kind of thing. Also the potential for lots of good action and of course Banner who most find more interesting than his destructive alter ego.

#13 Posted by mikex20 (2769 posts) - - Show Bio

The classic stories, where he is hunted by the military were good. They portrayed the Hulk as the victim, he just wanted to be left alone and didn't fully understand why these fragile little humans kept provoking him.

#14 Posted by TekTheNinja (729 posts) - - Show Bio

@mikex20: yeah. he was based off of the Frankenstein monster.

#15 Edited by ColaNicole (504 posts) - - Show Bio

He's an ultimate rage machine who's big, green and doesn't wear a cape. I'm not a Hulk fan but I like the character for who he is.

#16 Posted by Airmansmith21 (90 posts) - - Show Bio

i am drawn to his stories because he symbolizes living life with stressors trying to cope with your life and when he finds tipping points he all out breaks

#17 Posted by Joygirl (15325 posts) - - Show Bio

He's an ultimate rage machine who's big, green and doesn't wear a cape. I'm not a Hulk fan but I like the character for who he is.

#18 Posted by TekTheNinja (729 posts) - - Show Bio
#19 Posted by Joygirl (15325 posts) - - Show Bio
#20 Posted by TekTheNinja (729 posts) - - Show Bio
#21 Posted by longbowhunter (5831 posts) - - Show Bio

I've never been a Hulk fan either. But I did love Planet Hulk and Waid's current series is pretty good too.

#22 Posted by batmannflash (6109 posts) - - Show Bio

@joygirl said:

@colanicole said:

He's an ultimate rage machine who's big, green and doesn't wear a cape. I'm not a Hulk fan but I like the character for who he is.

HELL YAH Atrocitus is so much more appealing than Hulk.

I usually only read Hulk for the Bruce Banner aspect, idk

#23 Posted by TekTheNinja (729 posts) - - Show Bio
#24 Edited by batmannflash (6109 posts) - - Show Bio

@tektheninja: hey it's not like Hulk is such a gentleman either...

#25 Edited by TekTheNinja (729 posts) - - Show Bio
#26 Posted by TheAcidSkull (15886 posts) - - Show Bio

Hulk is one of the greatest fictional characters ever.

at first glance Hulk might seem like a boring character, people often confuse him with a plot devise too, i mean a big green man who smashes things? sounds kinda repetitive, but really, it's not. Truth be told, you can't like hulk without liking banner, because it's the dynamic that really draws you to the character. Banner is a a wimp, he is really weak physically, yet he is put in charge of one of the most powerful beings on earth, and how does one deal with that? I mean how can this weakling control such a powerful beast ? thing is, banner is the personification of Will and Strength of character.

Hulk is everything banner has locked up his entire life, and the funny thing is, he never gives in, he always knows that giving in to the rage might cause some harm to others around him. this shows how powerful he really is, the "Strongest there is" line which hulk frequently uses is tied to banner, because it's his will power and Raw emotions which gives the Hulk power. We've all been there, we've all wanted to cut loose before, there is always that voice that keeps telling you that you really want to punch someone in the face. now imagine that only multiply it by a 100, and you might understand banners situation. Banner and Hulk hate each other, which means that in reality Banner hates himself, or at least This "aspect" of himself. Hulk could fight the biggest baddest villain in the Universe, and still the greatest Foe he ever had is himself, this "jekyll and Hyde" concept doesn't always work, but it does here, because Banner's Sympathy is what makes hulks rage so awesome, and it's hulks rage what makes banner sympathetic.

But the greatest thing is that Hulk himself isn't a monster either, he never hurts the innocents, and there have been multiple times where he has protected the people who had called him a monster, this shows that even at his worst, hulk is by all means a hero. This all comes from bruce banner. you can imagine his mind as a huge hallway of doors, with each door holding it's one secret(aka Hulk). did that image since in? good, because it's important. Hulk is a type of character you can't get bored with, which is funny because most people would disagree with me, but then again most people haven't read his stories and have no idea what they are talking about.

The writers did a very good job of giving Banner and personality disorder because that way we can have many versions of the hulk which manifests based on the different aspects of banner, therefore giving each hulk his own distinctive look and personality. We have Joe Fixit who represents banners wild, Brash teenage self, and we also have the traditional Savage Hulk who has a heart of gold yes is always angry and misunderstood. My personal favorite would be Green scar, a Noble hero who would sacrifice himself for his family and friends any day of the week. This brings me to my next point, with a character like hulk, he can be written in any genre. it could Be dark and gritty or it could be light hearted and fun. and IT would work, because when you have a character like superman, he best works best in fun light-hearted stories, but with hulk, that doesn't matter.

i've gone a bit of track here but the point is that hulk is an awesome character, the kind that has substance and depth. People can say hulk is boring but if that were true he wouldn't have had an ongoing for 12 F*cking years. This was a post by a True hulk fan, the One who KNOWS what he's talking about, so i hope i managed to convince you.

#27 Edited by TheAcidSkull (15886 posts) - - Show Bio

F*ck Atrocitus. he got owned by Guy.

#28 Edited by LimboBot (116 posts) - - Show Bio

@joygirl said:

Ugh, there isn't any.

I hate Hulk.

you could have just said that.

#29 Edited by TekTheNinja (729 posts) - - Show Bio

Hulk is one of the greatest fictional characters ever.

at first glance Hulk might seem like a boring character, people often confuse him with a plot devise too, i mean a big green man who smashes things? sounds kinda repetitive, but really, it's not. Truth be told, you can't like hulk without liking banner, because it's the dynamic that really draws you to the character. Banner is a a wimp, he is really weak physically, yet he is put in charge of one of the most powerful beings on earth, and how does one deal with that? I mean how can this weakling control such a powerful beast ? thing is, banner is the personification of Will and Strength of character.

Hulk is everything banner has locked up his entire life, and the funny thing is, he never gives in, he always knows that giving in to the rage might cause some harm to others around him. this shows how powerful he really is, the "Strongest there is" line which hulk frequently uses is tied to banner, because it's his will power and Raw emotions which gives the Hulk power. We've all been there, we've all wanted to cut loose before, there is always that voice that keeps telling you that you really want to punch someone in the face. now imagine that only multiply it by a 100, and you might understand banners situation. Banner and Hulk hate each other, which means that in reality Banner hates himself, or at least This "aspect" of himself. Hulk could fight the biggest baddest villain in the Universe, and still the greatest Foe he ever had is himself, this "jekyll and Hyde" concept doesn't always work, but it does here, because Banner's Sympathy is what makes hulks rage so awesome, and it's hulks rage what makes banner sympathetic.

But the greatest thing is that Hulk himself isn't a monster either, he never hurts the innocents, and there have been multiple times where he has protected the people who had called him a monster, this shows that even at his worst, hulk is by all means a hero. This all comes from bruce banner. you can imagine his mind as a huge hallway of doors, with each door holding it's one secret(aka Hulk). did that image since in? good, because it's important. Hulk is a type of character you can't get bored with, which is funny because most people would disagree with me, but then again most people haven't read his stories and have no idea what they are talking about.

The writers did a very good job of giving Banner and personality disorder because that way we can have many versions of the hulk which manifests based on the different aspects of banner, therefore giving each hulk his own distinctive look and personality. We have Joe Fixit who represents banners wild, Brash teenage self, and we also have the traditional Savage Hulk who has a heart of gold yes is always angry and misunderstood. My personal favorite would be Green scar, a Noble hero who would sacrifice himself for his family and friends any day of the week. This brings me to my next point, with a character like hulk, he can be written in any genre. it could Be dark and gritty or it could be light hearted and fun. and IT would work, because when you have a character like superman, he best works best in fun light-hearted stories, but with hulk, that doesn't matter.

i've gone a bit of track here but the point is that hulk is an awesome character, the kind that has substance and depth. People can say hulk is boring but if that were true he wouldn't have had an ongoing for 12 F*cking years. This was a post by a True hulk fan, the One who KNOWS what he's talking about, so i hope i managed to convince you.

BEST ANSWER EVER!

F*ck Atrocitus. he got owned by Guy.

hell yeah.

#30 Posted by PeppeyHare (4310 posts) - - Show Bio
#31 Posted by TheAcidSkull (15886 posts) - - Show Bio
#32 Edited by Jonny_Anonymous (27266 posts) - - Show Bio
#33 Posted by Joygirl (15325 posts) - - Show Bio
#34 Posted by kriminal (563 posts) - - Show Bio

hulk is a good fighting book. you want action he is the guy for you. its the supporting cast that makes and breaks his title. right now I love what maria hill is doing and his team ups with thor and dd were good. he also isn't a complete moron anymore which helps.

#35 Posted by TekTheNinja (729 posts) - - Show Bio
#36 Posted by TheAcidSkull (15886 posts) - - Show Bio

@joygirl: Thats it. let the anger out >:). But we both know it happened, and no amount of facepalms are gonna help you with that *kiss kiss*

#37 Posted by TheAcidSkull (15886 posts) - - Show Bio

But seriously, how can People Like atrocitus, and then hate Hulk for like the very same reason >_>

#38 Posted by Joygirl (15325 posts) - - Show Bio

@theacidskull: Yeah well Hulk got knocked out by Captain America's shield-toss.

Deal with THAT.

#39 Posted by TheAcidSkull (15886 posts) - - Show Bio

@joygirl said:

@theacidskull: Yeah well Hulk got knocked out by Captain America's shield-toss.

Deal with THAT.

Cap is at least cool, the guy is patriotic nice, and fights for the little guys who can't fight for themselves, and everyone looks up to him, he's like superman only with harsher morals and less powerful. at least i can RESPECT him

Guy gardner? What a F*cking looser am i right? guy gets one shotted and he is a walking Joke, and he humiliated atrocitus, and Dex-Starr had to save the Poor devil, at least hulk stood his ground and fought to his last breath.

Checkmate. <3

#40 Posted by Outside_85 (7074 posts) - - Show Bio

The appeal of Hulk and Banner is partially the readers finding something to relate to, lonely, not understood and so on.

And the simple one: because they like to see things get smashed. (same reason you've been in the theaters to see Pacific Rim)

@joygirl said:

@theacidskull: Yeah well Hulk got knocked out by Captain America's shield-toss.

Deal with THAT.

Atrocitus just got temporarily killed by Guy Gardner :)

#41 Posted by Wolverine08 (26301 posts) - - Show Bio

Hulk is one of the greatest fictional characters ever.

at first glance Hulk might seem like a boring character, people often confuse him with a plot devise too, i mean a big green man who smashes things? sounds kinda repetitive, but really, it's not. Truth be told, you can't like hulk without liking banner, because it's the dynamic that really draws you to the character. Banner is a a wimp, he is really weak physically, yet he is put in charge of one of the most powerful beings on earth, and how does one deal with that? I mean how can this weakling control such a powerful beast ? thing is, banner is the personification of Will and Strength of character.

Hulk is everything banner has locked up his entire life, and the funny thing is, he never gives in, he always knows that giving in to the rage might cause some harm to others around him. this shows how powerful he really is, the "Strongest there is" line which hulk frequently uses is tied to banner, because it's his will power and Raw emotions which gives the Hulk power. We've all been there, we've all wanted to cut loose before, there is always that voice that keeps telling you that you really want to punch someone in the face. now imagine that only multiply it by a 100, and you might understand banners situation. Banner and Hulk hate each other, which means that in reality Banner hates himself, or at least This "aspect" of himself. Hulk could fight the biggest baddest villain in the Universe, and still the greatest Foe he ever had is himself, this "jekyll and Hyde" concept doesn't always work, but it does here, because Banner's Sympathy is what makes hulks rage so awesome, and it's hulks rage what makes banner sympathetic.

But the greatest thing is that Hulk himself isn't a monster either, he never hurts the innocents, and there have been multiple times where he has protected the people who had called him a monster, this shows that even at his worst, hulk is by all means a hero. This all comes from bruce banner. you can imagine his mind as a huge hallway of doors, with each door holding it's one secret(aka Hulk). did that image since in? good, because it's important. Hulk is a type of character you can't get bored with, which is funny because most people would disagree with me, but then again most people haven't read his stories and have no idea what they are talking about.

The writers did a very good job of giving Banner and personality disorder because that way we can have many versions of the hulk which manifests based on the different aspects of banner, therefore giving each hulk his own distinctive look and personality. We have Joe Fixit who represents banners wild, Brash teenage self, and we also have the traditional Savage Hulk who has a heart of gold yes is always angry and misunderstood. My personal favorite would be Green scar, a Noble hero who would sacrifice himself for his family and friends any day of the week. This brings me to my next point, with a character like hulk, he can be written in any genre. it could Be dark and gritty or it could be light hearted and fun. and IT would work, because when you have a character like superman, he best works best in fun light-hearted stories, but with hulk, that doesn't matter.

i've gone a bit of track here but the point is that hulk is an awesome character, the kind that has substance and depth. People can say hulk is boring but if that were true he wouldn't have had an ongoing for 12 F*cking years. This was a post by a True hulk fan, the One who KNOWS what he's talking about, so i hope i managed to convince you.

#42 Posted by Joygirl (15325 posts) - - Show Bio

@theacidskull: Yeah but the difference is that our new RL writer is obviously biased against Atros since he killed him on the VERY FIRST ISSUE of his run. Plus, Atros will likely return with the Butcher in him and be a universe-buster.

#43 Edited by spinningbirdcake (1428 posts) - - Show Bio

All Ya'll have defended Hulk much better than I ever would or could. I'll simply say that him being a giant green monster than does nothing but smashes things isn't a deterrent to me because he's a giant green monster that smashes things. That's enjoyment enough for me.

#44 Posted by TheAcidSkull (15886 posts) - - Show Bio

@joygirl said:

@theacidskull: Yeah but the difference is that our new RL writer is obviously biased against Atros since he killed him on the VERY FIRST ISSUE of his run. Plus, Atros will likely return with the Butcher in him and be a universe-buster.

joy i know it was PIS :P, not only that it was complete Bullsh*t, atroc should have eaten guy. i JUSt really enjoyed messing with you, obviously i was joking :P

as for the cap thing, captain america had just died so they made him KO hulk to make him look cool in a "PAST MEMORY" sequence. Cap should have broken his arm when punching hulk, hulk walks though nukes, takes thors lighting and can hurt really powerful being , cap is nothing to him

#45 Posted by xxxddd (3428 posts) - - Show Bio

Hulk is one of the greatest fictional characters ever.

at first glance Hulk might seem like a boring character, people often confuse him with a plot devise too, i mean a big green man who smashes things? sounds kinda repetitive, but really, it's not. Truth be told, you can't like hulk without liking banner, because it's the dynamic that really draws you to the character. Banner is a a wimp, he is really weak physically, yet he is put in charge of one of the most powerful beings on earth, and how does one deal with that? I mean how can this weakling control such a powerful beast ? thing is, banner is the personification of Will and Strength of character.

Hulk is everything banner has locked up his entire life, and the funny thing is, he never gives in, he always knows that giving in to the rage might cause some harm to others around him. this shows how powerful he really is, the "Strongest there is" line which hulk frequently uses is tied to banner, because it's his will power and Raw emotions which gives the Hulk power. We've all been there, we've all wanted to cut loose before, there is always that voice that keeps telling you that you really want to punch someone in the face. now imagine that only multiply it by a 100, and you might understand banners situation. Banner and Hulk hate each other, which means that in reality Banner hates himself, or at least This "aspect" of himself. Hulk could fight the biggest baddest villain in the Universe, and still the greatest Foe he ever had is himself, this "jekyll and Hyde" concept doesn't always work, but it does here, because Banner's Sympathy is what makes hulks rage so awesome, and it's hulks rage what makes banner sympathetic.

But the greatest thing is that Hulk himself isn't a monster either, he never hurts the innocents, and there have been multiple times where he has protected the people who had called him a monster, this shows that even at his worst, hulk is by all means a hero. This all comes from bruce banner. you can imagine his mind as a huge hallway of doors, with each door holding it's one secret(aka Hulk). did that image since in? good, because it's important. Hulk is a type of character you can't get bored with, which is funny because most people would disagree with me, but then again most people haven't read his stories and have no idea what they are talking about.

The writers did a very good job of giving Banner and personality disorder because that way we can have many versions of the hulk which manifests based on the different aspects of banner, therefore giving each hulk his own distinctive look and personality. We have Joe Fixit who represents banners wild, Brash teenage self, and we also have the traditional Savage Hulk who has a heart of gold yes is always angry and misunderstood. My personal favorite would be Green scar, a Noble hero who would sacrifice himself for his family and friends any day of the week. This brings me to my next point, with a character like hulk, he can be written in any genre. it could Be dark and gritty or it could be light hearted and fun. and IT would work, because when you have a character like superman, he best works best in fun light-hearted stories, but with hulk, that doesn't matter.

i've gone a bit of track here but the point is that hulk is an awesome character, the kind that has substance and depth. People can say hulk is boring but if that were true he wouldn't have had an ongoing for 12 F*cking years. This was a post by a True hulk fan, the One who KNOWS what he's talking about, so i hope i managed to convince you.

#46 Posted by chem86 (339 posts) - - Show Bio

@manchine said:

The same can be said about any character. Its just who identifies with which character.

#47 Posted by TheAcidSkull (15886 posts) - - Show Bio
#48 Posted by Joygirl (15325 posts) - - Show Bio

@theacidskull: Exactly, it is ridiculous. And for people to say PIS is a myth... *facepalm*

#49 Posted by rugrat (174 posts) - - Show Bio

i always thought the hulk was cool without question. most of the things i like about heroes are the powers and origins. Bruce banner was a nerd (sometimes a stupid one) and he has to deal with his life and affection which got more difficult when he became hulk.

basically its interesting i cant get much deeper because i haven't read much about the original

#50 Posted by TheAcidSkull (15886 posts) - - Show Bio

@joygirl said:

@theacidskull: Exactly, it is ridiculous. And for people to say PIS is a myth... *facepalm*

yes because it TOTALLY makes sense when 2 tonner KO's a 100 tonner, or when a joke pathetic character beats up a War beast like atroc >_<

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