|First appearance||The Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 #13 (March 2000)|
|Created by||Paul Jenkins|
|Alter ego||Doctor Robert Bruce Banner|
|Place of origin||Earth|
|Supporting character of||Hulk|
|Notable aliases||The Devil|
Fictional character history
The Devil Hulk is a malevolent alternate personality of Bruce Banner, personifying all of Bruce's resentment at the way he is treated by the world, and all his negative emotions such as self-hatred. The Devil Hulk is also one of the Hulk's enemies, constantly threatening to escape the confines of Bruce's mind and destroy the world that has tormented and abused them. While the character's physical appearance varies, he is always depicted as having glowing red eyes, and reptilian traits.
The Devil Hulk first appears when Bruce uses a machine created by Angela Lipscombe to travel into his own mind, which is being overtaken by the Guilt Hulk as he begins to die of Lou Gehrig's Disease. In a cavern containing innumerable other personalities frozen in ice, Bruce finds the Devil Hulk unfrozen but bound by chains. After explaining the nature of his existence, the Devil Hulk says he will banish the Guilt Hulk (his inability to feel guilt giving him the advantage over the entity) if Bruce releases him from his shackles, but Bruce refuses the Devil Hulk's offer to help, and flees, managing to keep the Devil Hulk contained and ensure the future safety of the world by making a deal with the three 'primary' Hulk personas (Savage Hulk,Grey Hulk, and Professor Hulk) that they will share control of the body once Banner's disease becomes too serious while leaving Banner with some degree of awareness and control. Later, Bruce's mind is thrown into disarray by the experiments of John Ryker, allowing the Devil Hulk to escape the cave from which he taunts Bruce.
As Bruce's condition became worse, the Devil Hulk enacts a plan to manifest in the real world by trapping Bruce's consciousness in an illusionary utopia. The three core Hulk personalities manage to break through the fantasy, and Bruce leaves it, rejecting the Devil Hulk's offer to repair it and allow Bruce to live peacefully within it in exchange for control of Bruce's physical body.
The Devil Hulk is last seen being overpowered by the Savage and Grey Hulks in the mindscape, while threatening everyone and everything held dear by Bruce, apparently being permanently contained back within the recesses of Banner's mind after his disease had been treated.
After Bruce Banner's death during Civil War II and subsequent resurrection during the events of Avengers: No Surrender, the Devil Hulk suppressed the rest of Banner's personalities and became the "dominant" Hulk. During a conversation with Doc Samson, the Devil Hulk (now also known as the "Immortal Hulk" - due to it manifesting at night even if Banner is killed during the day and apparently cannot be killed itself) reveals that it actually embodies Banner's desire for a protective father figure, and that Banner's inability to "imagine love without pain" is why he had previously perceived it as being a malevolent, Satanic entity.
Powers and abilities
Like the traditional Hulk, he possesses superhuman strength and stamina. As it took both the Savage Hulk and the Joe Fixit Hulk personas to hold him down when he attempted to escape while Banner was being treated for a presumably-incurable disease, the Devil Hulk appeared to be stronger than any of the previously-introduced Hulks. However, since this confrontation took place on the mental plane, it is most likely simply reflecting the force of the Devil's will compared to the more child-minded Hulks and the subsequent effort needed for their weaker-willed personas to hold him down rather than providing a clear indication of their actual physical strength.
In other media
- Devil Hulk appears as the boss in The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction voiced by Richard Moll. In the game, the Devil Hulk is attempting to gain control of Banner's body, claiming to be a natural stage in the gamma-evolution process, and regarding the Hulk as a frightened child crying out to be loved. With the aid of his ally Doc Samson, Banner is able to construct a machine that allows him to enter his mind and battle the Devil Hulk at the "Crossroads".
- The Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 #13
- The Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 #19
- The Incredible Hulk Vol. 3, #27
- The Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 #28
- The Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 #30
- The Incredible Hulk #619
- Al Ewing (w), Joe Bennett (p), Ruy José (i), Paul Mounts (col), VC's Cory Petit (let), Wil Moss (ed). "The Holy or the Broken" The Immortal Hulk #15 (20 March 2019), United States: Marvel Comics