One got his powers after being exposed to gamma rays while saving a person’s life after an experimental bomb detonated. The other underwent chemical and radiation treatments that transformed him into a superhumanly strong rhinoceros form. The first is the Hulk, or Bruce Banner if you will, while the latter is Rhino or Aleksei Sytsevich. That said if Rhino and the Hulk got into a fight, who would win?
Hulk would win in a fight against Rhino. In the comics, the Hulk easily defeated Rhino and put him in a coma. The Hulk is superior in terms of strength, speed, resilience, and intelligence. Rhino neither has the offensive nor the defensive capabilities to deal with the Green Monster.
Unlike other superhero comparisons which may be hard to split the winner from the loser, the victor, in this case, is quite clear. Despite this, let’s have a look at how these two characters compare.
The Hulk is a force of nature to be reckoned with. He has tremendous regeneration qualities that make him immortal. Even if someone did manage to kill him, he’d still be able to come back stronger and angrier than ever. In addition to this, he’s resistant to ultra-sonic booms, time and matter manipulation, nuclear and radiation-based attacks, and soul-based attacks.
By comparison, Rhino has superhuman durability and his body is quite resistant to physical injury. High-caliber bullets, extreme temperatures, falls from great heights, and light anti-tank weaponry would hardly injure him. In addition to this tough skin, he has a thick polymer suit that is impervious to damage without cracking or melting.
However, even with his suit, he wouldn’t be capable of withstanding an all-out attack from the Hulk.
Point: Hulk (1:0) Rhino
The Rhino has incredible superhuman strength. He can hoist more than 75 tons and up to 100 tons with his suit on. He underwent a life-threatening series of chemical and radiation treatments to transform him into a superhumanly strong character. After being defeated by Spiderman and serving a commuted sentence, he underwent gamma-ray treatments which were successful in doubling his previous strength.
He then went after Bruce Banner for his knowledge of bio-chemical gamma-ray experimentation. Banner transformed into the Hulk and easily defeated him. The Leader later freed him and increased his strength with further gamma-ray bombardments. Rhino became quite strong considering he could stagger even the Hulk with his blows.
When it comes to the Hulk, it’s a whole different story. He has immeasurable strength that is tied to his rage level. The angrier he gets, the stronger he becomes. At his peak level of strength, he can destroy entire cities and even level whole continents.
The Hulk has performed extreme feats of strength including holding up a mountain, holding 270 undecillion tons of a black hole, breaking apart an asteroid twice as big as the Earth, and so on.
Even at his least angry moments, the Rhino would be no match for the Hulk.
Point: Hulk (2:0) Rhino
The Rhino is quite a stocky character and among one of the largest in the comics. He can move incredibly fast which defies logic. He can reach top-notch speeds, being able to catch up with a high-speed train. This is the premise of most of his attacks. He uses his incredible speed to acquire enough momentum to charge at his opponents and ram them. That said, I should mention that he doesn’t move nearly as fast as some of the speedsters in the comics.
In contrast, the Hulk is capable of fighting and moving at eye-blurring speeds. For someone so huge, he can move with unbelievable speed. In “Tales to Astonish #92″, he managed to tag the Silver Surfer who can travel at around 500,000 light-years in merely seconds. He also took out Quicksilver who’s capable of moving faster than radio waves and dodging Thor’s lightning. The angrier he gets, the faster he is. In Incredible Hulk Vol 1 #107”, Mandarin alludes to the fact that the Hulk’s reflexes are without equal.
Rhino is no match at all for Hulk in terms of speed.
Point: Hulk (3:0) Rhino
One of the reasons why Aleksei Sytsevich was chosen by the scientists who transformed him into Rhino was because of his low intelligence. His success rate as a supervillain is low which can be attributed to his low IQ. At some point, he underwent a procedure to increase his intelligence but this experiment was too successful making him too smart for his own good. He eventually chose to reverse the procedure returning to his original IQ.
The Rhino’s attack strategy also points to his low intelligence. It’s quite simple. He just charges at his opponent and can’t switch his attack. The comics rate his intelligence as below average.
On the other hand, the Hulk is surprisingly smart despite his depiction as a savage beast. He is smarter when he’s Bruce Banner or when the Hulk’s form is fused with Banner’s brain. In terms of combat intelligence, he’s far smarter than Rhino. He never falls for the same trick twice and at times uses his brain to win fights.
Point: Hulk (4:0) Rhino
The musculature of Rhino is more efficient than that of an ordinary human. It generates fewer fatigue toxins during physical exertion. He can exert himself for up to 24 hours before his performance level reduces. Once, he battled the Hulk for several days on end on the outer hull of a spaceship in orbit around the sun.
While Rhino’s stamina is considerable, Hulk’s is limitless. He can go for days on end with no food or drink and can go for weeks with no sleep. He can leap for endless miles for 24 hours on end without tiring. Just like his strength, the Hulk’s stamina increases as he becomes angrier. He can fight for years on end without tiring. A good example of his stamina was when he fought most of the heroes of Earth including the Avengers, Fantastic Four, and Sentry, and defeated them within a week.
Therefore, the Hulk wins this round.
Point: Hulk (5:0) Rhino
Rhino vs Hulk: Who Wins?
Rhino and Hulk have battled and on both occasions, the Hulk put Rhino into a coma without breaking a sweat. The first six missions that Rhino had all ended in defeat which goes on to show just how much of easy the opponent is. How then would he be able to beat the Green Monster?
True, he is strong and fast, but not anywhere nearly like the Hulk. Rhino’s attack strategy is straightforward; he just charges at his opponent. This may work with lesser opponents but not with an opponent as formidable as the Hulk. Even if Rhino could land a blow, the Hulk would only get angrier and stronger. And while Rhino is durable, he isn’t nearly as regenerative as the Hulk.