10 Powers Only True Fans Know The Hulk Has (And 10 Weaknesses)

When it comes to The Incredible Hulk, most people are familiar with his main base of powers. As The Hulk, he has superhuman strength and nothing really hurts him -- from bullets to tank shells to a bomb. He can also jump a really long distance and has the brain size of a walnut.

From the original '70s TV series with Lou Ferrigno to the movies with Eric Bana, Ed Norton, and finally Mark Ruffalo, there have been plenty of chances to see The Hulk grow and develop as a hero on both the big and small screen.

However, as true fans of The Hulk from Marvel Comics know, there is a lot more to the big green goliath than just muscles and thick skin.

Hulk made his debut back in 1962 in Incredible Hulk #1, which was the main reason why The Avengers formed as a team, and went through many iterations, including a stint as a grey-skinned goliath.

Over the years, Hulk has gained intelligence, lost it again, developed "family" members in She-Hulk, Red Hulk, Red She-Hulk and even kids like Skaar. Then he was replaced by a genius named Amadeus Cho, who was quite "Awesome."

Through the years, Hulk gained more and more powers and has easily become one of the strongest superheroes the world has ever seen.

He also has a lot of weaknesses that many fans might not understand completely.

With that said, here are the 10 Powers Only True Fans Know The Hulk Has (And 10 Weaknesses).


Jennifer Walters

Despite the fact that The Hulk seems like one of the most destructive characters in comic book history, he actually possesses life-giving powers.

Hulk's blood can help revitalize life.

When Bruce Banner's cousin Jennifer Walters was injured and her life was on the line, Banner gave her some of his own blood as a transfusion, which saved her life -- and then turned her into the She-Hulk.

Years later, the full extent of Hulk's blood was explored when he was stranded on the planet of Sakaar in Planet Hulk.

The planet knew a savior was coming, and when Hulk spilled blood onto the ground, a flower grew from the spot it landed -- something the planet had not seen for years.

Hulk's blood replenished life on the dormant planet and it proved that he was their savior.


While some comic books have shown otherwise, the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe claims that Hulk's skin is durable enough to withstand the cut from almost any bladed weapon.

Swords, knives, and more have been used against Hulk and almost none of them even leave a scratch or mark on him.

However, with that said, there are two bladed weapons that can cut into Hulk's skin.

Adamantium is something that can cause damage to Hulk. Wolverine's claws have cut Hulk before, proving that this is possible.

However, in World War Hulk, Wolverine found it harder to cut into Hulk's skin and said that the angrier Hulk gets, the harder it is to hurt him.

A second metal that can cut Hulk is Vibranium, so Black Panther could come up with a weapon if he wanted to injure him.

18 Power: ability to SEE GHOSTS

10 Powers The Hulk Has That Only True Fans Know About (And 10 Weaknesses)

Hulk has proven to be able to see ghosts as well as people on the Astral Plane. This was first examined in the pages of The Defenders.

The original super team consisted of outsiders in the Marvel Universe in Hulk, Doctor Strange, Silver Surfer, and Namor, the Sub Mariner. In an early issue, Doctor Strange was seeking out help and found Hulk.

Strange was in the Astral Plane, which meant no one could see him and he commented on this while insulting Hulk's intelligence in an offhanded manner.

Hulk responded and Strange was shocked that he could see him at all, much less hear what he was saying.

A second, more disturbing moment, came later when Hulk saw the ghost of his deceased abusive father, something that began to drive him insane.

17 Weakness: MAGIC

10 Powers The Hulk Has That Only True Fans Know About (And 10 Weaknesses)

Hulk has proven over time to have a resistance to psychic manipulation (such as when he resisted the efforts of Professor X to stop him in World War Hulk) and even the magical blade of The Valkyrie in the comics was unable to pierce his skin.

With these exceptions, Hulk still has a weakness to magical based attacks.

While Valkyrie's blade did not harm him, Defenders #1 showed that magical villains, such as The Nameless One, could use their mystical weapons to injure Hulk.

While he can also be powered up by dark magic, he can also lose control and become a danger to those around him when someone of great power manipulates the magic coursing through his body.

Loki proved this in Tales to Astonish #101.

16 Power: he NEVER TIRES

When Hulk finishes a great battle, he often seems tired and worn down and departs to rest. However, this is not something that really affects Hulk when he is fighting.

What causes people to get tired when exerting themselves is fatigue poisons.

However, when it comes to Hulk, his body combats these fatigue poisons and eliminates them from him, with their effects diminishing quicker the angrier that Hulk becomes.

This means that The Hulk has limitless stamina.

While most heroes and villains wear down after fighting for long periods of time, Hulk can remain at peak performance in a battle for several days and Incredible Hulk Annual #7 states that his stamina is actually unlimited when he is in a state of full rage.

15 Weaknesss: FOOD

Totally Awesome Hulk Amadeus Cho

After the world believed that Bruce Banner had passed away, a new Hulk emerged on the scene in Amadeus Cho.

Before he was the Totally Awesome Hulk, Cho made his name as one of the smartest humans on Earth and was a sidekick of Hercules for a number of years.

When he used his heightened intelligence to save Hulk's life, he had to absorb much of the gamma radiation and became a Hulk himself.

After Banner passed, Cho took over and, unlike Banner, he was able to completely control himself in his Hulk persona.

However, he had a huge weakness. While he relied on his brain most of his life, he found that using his brain at intense levels as Hulk exerted so much energy due to his accelerated metabolism that he had to eat massive amounts of food just to get his energy back.


Most Realistic Hulk Yet

In the Marvel Universe, there are way too many people that have the ability to mess with people's minds.

From Professor X and Jean Grey to Apocalypse, Thanos and The Ringmaster, there are a lot of people who have tried to control The Hulk's mind and make him do their bidding. Just about every one of those heroes and villains failed when they tried to control Hulk.

This does not mean that someone like Doctor Strange can't trick The Hulk, and Loki did just that in the past using magic.

However, when it comes to telepathic attacks, Hulk has psychic resistance.

The reason for this is that there are multiple personalities in his head and it becomes even harder to try to control him when his rage increases.

Even Sentry, the most powerful hero on Earth, used his psychic powers to make people forget he existed and Hulk still remembered him.

13 Weakness: GREY HULK

One of the more interesting versions of Hulk was the Grey Hulk. Originally, Stan Lee wanted Hulk to be a grey character but problems with the comic book's printing press caused the grey not to show up right.

When considering this problem, Lee made Hulk green instead and the rest is history.

However, there was a period of time where Hulk was grey and went by the name Mr. Fixit.

There is an interesting contrast to the green and grey Hulks. When green, Hulk is very strong but has limited intelligence. When grey, Hulk loses much of his strength but has heightened intelligence, although his actions are a bit less moral -- a nice reference to the grey areas in life.

Interestingly, She-Hulk is the opposite, with her strength increasing and her intelligence dropping when grey.


When it comes to fire-based superheroes and villains, no one can really hold a torch to The Human Torch. As a matter of fact, Johnny Storm's flame can reach 780 degrees Fahrenheit on a normal basis and this causes no harm to Storm at all.

With that said, it can cause a great deal of harm to anyone it touches -- except The Hulk.

Johnny Storm has attacked Hulk full-on with his flame and could only watch as Hulk smiled at him.

Human Torch can grow stronger and go "nova" when he uses all his stored energy and launches one directed attack -- a flame that reaches one million degrees Fahrenheit.

In World War Hulk #2, Johnny did just this and it ended with Hulk standing unharmed while the Human Torch was left unconscious.

11 Weakness: The Moon

Grey Hulk art by quinteroart

When Stan Lee was creating Hulk, he had an interesting idea that he never utilized at first. When he changed Hulk to the green skin color that fans know and love, he just let him change when his rage or pain triggered the transformation.

However, with the Grey Hulk, it was not pain or rage that caused him to change from Bruce Banner into the superhero. Instead, it was the moon.

Just like a werewolf, Banner changed into Grey Hulk when the sun went down and he reverted back to Banner when the sun came back up the next morning.

Hulk has always been strongly compared to classic Universal monsters like Frankenstein's Monster and The Wolf-Man, and the grey-skinned version only coming out at night is a great call-back to that influence.

It just means that he was basically worthless when needed during the day.

10 Power: RAGE

Hulk in the middle of chaos

Hulk has a couple of comparisons to Wolverine. The first of these involves their rage. Just as Wolverine gets stronger, faster.and more dangerous when his rage starts to build -- while sapping him of his intelligence -- the same is true for The Hulk.

When Hulk gets angrier, his durability gets stronger, as Wolverine himself said that he was unable to hurt Hulk when his rage took over during World War Hulk.

Reed Richards, Nick Fury, Henry Peter Gyrich, and Doctor Octopus have all labeled Hulk as an Omega Level Threat and he might possibly be the first ever Omega Level Threat that the world had ever seen.

In Marvel Fact Files #8, Hulk was called the strongest superhero in the world and that only increases the angrier he becomes.


10 Powers The Hulk Has That Only True Fans Know About (And 10 Weaknesses)

In an interesting contrast, General Thunderbolt Ross became Red-Hulk at one time and he grew stronger when he absorbed energy. When that energy was gamma radiation, it increased his power to unthinkable levels.

Hulk, on the other hand, radiates gamma energy all the time, which means that Red-Hulk grew stronger when he fought The Hulk.

In Incredible Hulk #103, Hulk's entire body was referred to as a "gamma battery."

When Bruce Banner was caught in the gamma explosion, he absorbed so much gamma energy in his body that he now constantly regenerates it, creating more and more and allowing it to radiate from his skin at all times.

Over the years, Hulk has gained some control over this but it is still a danger.

8 Power: MUTATing body

Planet Hulk

Hulk can breathe underwater, but he could not originally accomplish this task. Hulk can breathe in outer space, but it also was not always so.

These skills were picked up over time when his body was traumatized by drowning or suffocating in outer space and it mutated to allow his survival.

In Hulk #77, the Green Goliath was underwater and his lungs began to fill with pressure. Soon, his lungs mutated to the point that he could suddenly start to breathe underwater like a fish as it morphed to heal the damage.

The same thing happened in outer space as Nick Fury explained in World War Hulk that his data proved that Hulk could survive without oxygen at all due to his body constantly evolving to protect itself.

7 Weakness: GAS

Mark Ruffalo as Hulk in Avengers

For anyone wondering how Hulk ended up on Sakaar for the Planet Hulk storyline, it was very different than what happened in the movies.

While Hulk flew through space to the planet between Avengers: Age of Ultron and Thor: Ragnarok, in the comics, he was betrayed by his supposed friends in the super-secret Illuminati.

They knocked him out with gas, loaded him aboard a ship, and shot him off into outer space to what they thought was a deserted planet.

This isn't the only time this has happened, however, as Hulk has been knocked out with gas before.

It seems that his body is able to adapt to many things, including breathing without oxygen, but Hulk is still not able to withstand knockout gas.

However, this is temporary and he recovers rather quickly.


Rage causes Hulk's powers to increase, and this means one very important thing. As he loves to say in the comics, cartoons and movies, Hulk is the strongest one there is.

Lots of people like to debate who can beat who in the comics books and movies. One of the biggest fantasy fights that people like to discuss involves Superman vs. Hulk. Who would win this fight?

While Superman is almost all-powerful, there is a limit to his powers. When it comes to Hulk, there is no limit at all.

The angrier the Hulk gets, the stronger he becomes. When Hulk is injured, Hulk gets stronger. If anyone pushes Hulk to the limit, as most of the heroes in World War Hulk did, his anger makes him stronger than any hero or villain in the universe.

In Secret Wars II #8, the Beyonder said that there is no limit to his strength levels.

5 Weakness: RAGE

While Hulk's rage makes him almost completely invulnerable and the strongest being in the entire universe, it also is a huge weakness.

The increase of his power when in rage mode is massive. However, at the same time, he also loses almost all his intelligence when he grows angrier.

This means that the superhero becomes dangerous to anyone around him, from other heroes to innocent people on the streets.

When Hulk gets too angry, he can hurt anyone and can also lash out at friends and allies without provocation.

The rage is a great weapon for Hulk to utilize but it also comes at a high price, and when the rage is too severe, Hulk no longer acts as a hero and as Avengers: Age of Ultron showed.

Hulk can become a villain when he loses control.

4 Power: IMMORTALity

Is it a curse or a blessing to be immortal? As fiction has shown throughout history, being immortal is nice because a person stays young and healthy, but it is also rough because that person loses every single person that they love through the years.

This is something that Hulk will one day face, as he has shown in comic books through the years.

An alternate version of Hulk is a being known as Maestro. He is from an alternate Earth's future and survived most of his contemporaries to become an angry and ruthless warlord.

In Old Man Logan, Wolverine had survived almost everyone he fought alongside but Hulk was still alive and kicking as well -- once again evil, much like Maestro.

Hulk has decelerated aging and he always resurrects after passing on, as Immortal Hulk #1 showed.


Rage nullification is a weakness for Hulk that people utilize when they just want him to calm down, de-power somewhat, and possibly revert him back into Bruce Banner.

Most people saw this in action in Avengers: Age of Ultron, as Black Widow was able to use her voice and calming techniques to talk down Hulk and calm his rage, bringing him back under control.

An even funnier example came in Indestructible Hulk #1. In this instance, S.H.I.E.L.D. needed to calm Hulk and bring back Bruce Banner.

As a result, they unleashed their devious plan -- which involved flooding Hulk with a batch of cute little puppies that made Hulk laugh in glee and he soon turned back into Bruce Banner because he was so happy.

2 Power: REGENERATion

Hulk's skin is invulnerable to almost any weapon and pretty much nothing can hurt him. However, there is one other reason why Hulk is immortal and able to win any fight.

Just like Wolverine and Deadpool, if Hulk is injured in battle, he possesses regenerative powers and his body will heal from anything.

In Incredible Hulk #398, all of his skin was extracted from his body and Hulk was able to regenerate the skin and muscles in seconds.

When Hulk loses a body part or suffers internal damage, his body repairs itself and regrows anything damaged as well.

When Hulk is in rage mode, his healing factor speeds up. His body also repels poisons and chemicals quickly and this is a large reason his body mutates for survival since it is always working to keep him in peak shape.


Bruce Banner Hulk

The main reason why Hulk seems mindless and rage infused while She-Hulk is calm and in control comes from their childhoods.

When Banner was a child, his father was extremely abusive. He physically abused Banner for being too smart and went to prison when he ended the life of Banner's mom.

Bruce was haunted by the ghost of his dad for years after his passing.

Hulk is mostly a different person from Bruce Banner. However, the two sharing a body means that they also share a mind.

Suffering from multiple personality disorder, Hulk and Banner are always fighting for control and this keeps Hulk from being at peak fighting performance at all times.

It also allows Banner to take control when needed to help heroes subdue The Hulk, the only thing that really makes the Green Goliath beatable.


Are there any other powers or weaknesses that The Hulk has? Sound off in the comments!

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