Many heroes have plenty of nicknames, but only a few have as many as the Hulk. Bruce Banner’s angry alter-ego is one of the perennial Marvel characters, appearing in countless versions, forms, and names.
There are so many nicknames for the Hulk that it’s hard even to remember them all. However, I’ve done some homework, browsed through Hulk’s history, and created a list of the coolest nicks Bruce ever got. Without further ado, here’s a list of the ten most iconic Hulk nicknames you just need to know about.
10. Green Sasquatch
This one might not be as much iconic as it is funny, but I just had to let you know that the Hulk has been nicknamed the Green Sasquatch before. The nickname was mentioned in the MCU, in The Incredible Hulk film starring Edward Norton.
I’m not sure if the silly nickname was ever used in that particular form, but if it did, it would probably be in the Immortal Hulk series, where he absorbed radiation from the Sasquatch.
9. Banner of the Apes
I’m telling you right now, there are some awesome Hulk nicknames on this list, but there are also a few super random, hilarious ones – like Banner of the Apes. Obviously, it’s a play on the Planet of the Apes, ultimately suggesting the Hulk is acting like, well, an ape.
The nickname was given to the Hulk by Scorpion in Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 #87. It’s a cool issue with some depth to the storyline, so check it out if you get the chance.
8. Doc Green
Doc Green is more of an alias than a nickname of the Hulk, but it is what he was known as for a while. The first time we saw Doc Green was in Hulk Vol. 3 #5. After Banner was shot to the head, the Hulk hasn’t been around for a while. When he returned, the Hulk insisted on being called Doc Green and seemingly had both the Hulk’s strength and Banner’s intellect.
Essentially, Doc Green was the comic book version of Smart Hulk we see in the MCU. However, it wasn’t a real Banner/Hulk merge as it was in the MCU. Banner’s persona is actually trapped inside, and Doc Green is in full control.
7. Jade Jaws
Did you know the Hulk was initially grey in the comics? However, the printing limitations of that time made it difficult to get the coloring consistently in the same shade. So, they changed the color of the Hulk to green, and Stan Lee loved it. It was easier to color and, honestly, looked so much cooler.
It also gave the writers the opportunity to play around with funny nicknames related to the Hulk’s color. My favorite was, above all, Jade Jaws, and it appeared more than once in the comics (for instance, in World War Hulk: Gamma Files #1 or Avengers: The Initiative #5).
6. Green Goliath
Green Goliath was used to describe the Hulk numerous times. There were countless nicknames for Banner’s alter-ego, including ‘Green,’ but I found Green Goliath to have the best ring to it. It sounds like a cool name for a pro wrestler.
He was also known as the Green Scar during his time on Sakaar, Green One, Green King, Greenskin, Green Brute… Can we agree that Green Goliath sounds the best?
5. Dull Creature
I’m not sure if the nickname ever appeared in the comics, but in the MCU, it spawned one of the most epic, hilarious scenes in the first Avengers movie. The Hulk is about to smash Loki, but the God of Mischief stops him, talking about how all of them are beneath him and that he is a god, to which the Hulk grabs him by the leg and starts smashing him into the floor like a ragdoll.
He might be a dull creature, but Loki ended up as Puny God. As for the Hulk, he had many ‘nicknames’ similar to this one, mostly referring to his intelligence, like Mindless Beast, Village Idiot… you get the gist.
4. Jolly Green
I’m quite a sarcastic person, so I love sarcastic humor. That’s why I really found Jolly Green to be a funny nickname for the Hulk. Tony Stark nicknamed the Hulk Jolly Green in the MCU, but we’ve heard it in the comics, too, for instance, in Hulk Family: Green Genes #1.
Granted, he was called the Jolly Green Village Idiot in the issue, but one can see it as even funnier. Hulk is Green, but to say he’s jolly couldn’t be further from the truth. He might be an idiot, though, depending on the version of good ol’ Jolly Green.
3. The Other Guy
This is a nickname I like because Banner is the one that came up with it. In the MCU, when Bruce talks about the Hulk, he often refers to him as The Other Guy. I remember one of those times was when Bruce spoke about trying to kill himself with a bullet to his mouth, but ‘the other guy just spits it out.’ It was a dark scene but a defining point for the character.
That emphasizes the fact that Banner and Hulk are, in fact, two persons in one body. Of course, later in the MCU, The Other Guy and Banner merged and are now a single entity.
2. The Strongest One There Is
Again, it’s more of a moniker than a nickname, but it’s probably one of the most iconic names related to the Hulk. We hear the Hulk call himself The Strongest One There Is countless times in the comics. And, in fact, the Hulk is absolutely right. He is the strongest one there is because his strength is simply unlimited.
That was confirmed numerous times in the comics. For instance, the cosmic entity Silver Surfer – the Herald of Galactus – recognized the Hulk as the strongest mortal he ever faced in Tales to Astonish #93. Even The Beyonder himself shared that the Hulk’s strength is ‘intrinsically limitless’ while the Mad Thinker concluded the same, as he couldn’t even calculate it.
The Hulk is, and always will be, The Strongest One There Is.
1. The Incredible Hulk
Finally, I’m not sure if you can take ‘The Incredible’ as a nickname, but it’s a name that’s by far the most iconic and the most well-known name for the Hulk. Since his introduction into the Comics, the title is The Incredible Hulk, and it has stuck around for decades.
It’s important to note that The Incredible Hulk is different from, for instance, Mindless Hulk. The Incredible is only an epithet to describe his awesomeness, whereas Mindless Hulk, Savage Hulk, Immortal Hulk, World Breaker Hulk, Devil Hulk, etc., are all different versions of the Hulk.