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The Hulk possesses the potential for astounding levels of superhuman strength, growing directly proportional to his emotional state, particularly his anger, spawning the famous quotes: "The madder Hulk gets, the stronger Hulk gets," and "Hulk is the strongest one there is."
The Hulk has been shown capable of protecting other prominent Marvel superheroes from the collision of a falling mountain range, claimed to dwarf the Andes, and supporting a part of it on his back, with the assistance of leverage (Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #4 (Aug. 1984). The cover stated "Beneath one hundred and fifty billions tons stands the Hulk". More impressively he managed to shift the continental plates of an entire planet to keep it from collapsing (Incredible Hulk vol. 3, #102) (Mars 2007). The Hulk has also been shown shattering an asteroid twice the size of Earth with a single punch (Marvel Comics Presents #52), with the help of hydraulic catapults launching him into space at great speed. On another occasion he lost control of his power to a point where he was about to destroy the entire planet beneath his feet, through the sheer output of force from his body. During that time his merest foot step threatened to sink the entire Eastern Coast of the United States. There are examples of the Leader, and Doc Samson, attempting, unsuccessfully, to measure the limits of The Hulk's strength using the advanced technology at their disposal.
During combat with the psionic entity known as Onslaught, stated to possess power rivaling a Celestial, Jean Grey psionically disables Bruce Banner's persona, to remove all restraints on the Hulk's rage. While trading punches, the Hulk is angered to a point where he is able to overcome Onslaught's strength and destroy the latter's physical form. In the officially approved statistics of the "Marvel Super Heroes Adventure Game" Hulk was listed as having a calm level strength of 20, but could reach at least 30 when enraged, the same as a Celestial. This can be compared to Thor and Juggernaut being listed at 19, Silver Surfer at 20, Thanos at 22, Destroyer at 24, and Surtur at 28.
The Hulk possesses highly developed leg muscles which enable him to leap several miles at a time, and even longer distances while in an enraged state. He has been shown covering 1000 miles in a single leap, and even jumping into a low-Earth orbit.
The Hulk is depicted with extremely high levels of superhuman stamina and resistance to physical injury. His muscles are resistant to fatigue poisons, which allows him to function at peak performance without tiring for extremely long periods. He's been shown enduring the impact of high-caliber artillery shells, falls from orbital heights, or extremely powerful energy blasts without sustaining injury, and resisting poisons and diseases with no ill effect. The Hulk has been shown capable of withstanding a ground zero nuclear explosion, as well as the 1,000,000-degree Fahrenheit "nova-burst" of the Human Torch, in one case combined with a full-power lightning strike by Storm. At the end of the "Planet Hulk" storyline, he withstands the blast effect of a "warp core breach", which generated enough force to destabilize the planet Sakaar near the point of collapse, and following this, Black Bolt's voice, which generated enough power to knock off a piece of the moon the size of Rhode Island.
The Hulk is extremely resistant to drugs, but they can affect him. His near-impenetrable skin makes gas a more reliable method of administering them. He can also be immobilized, put to sleep, transformed into Banner (or other manifestations), or pacified, either by the use of magic, or specialized radiation.
The Hulk's healing factor
Despite his body's high resistance to damage, it is possible to injure the Hulk. He has been hurt numerous times by opponents wielding weapons composed of adamantium. However, he can regenerate damaged or destroyed tissue with far greater efficiency than an ordinary human. He has proven capable of regenerating his eyes, skin, and most of his muscle tissue, within moments of having it flayed from his body. His future "Maestro" incarnation proved capable of eventually reconstructing himself after being blown to powder. He has been described as functionally immortal by human standards in terms of long lifespan. It has been stated that The Hulk's durability, stamina and the efficiency of his healing powers all fluctuate with his emotional state, much like his physical strength.
Speed and reflexes
Marvel Comics executive editor Tom Brevoort officially listed the Hulk as possessing superhuman speed comparable with Thor or Spider-Man. The Hulk has sufficiently fast reflexes and reaction time to match the Sentry in physical combat.
Resistance to psionics
- In addition to his these powers, the Hulk demonstrated the ability to "home in" on the desert base where he was empowered.The Incredible Hulk Vol.1 #314 He also has the ability to see and hear spectres, such as the astral form of Doctor Strange.The Incredible Hulk vol. 3 #82
- His powers have been shown and stated to increase after absorbing large amounts of radiation up to ground zero nuclear attacks.The Incredible Hulk vol. 3, #105 (June 2007); The Incredible Hulk: Future Imperfect #2; Fantastic Four #433; World War Hulk: X-Men #2
- He has displayed great resistance to unwilling transformation of his physical form. For instance, in addition to the occasions displayed in the "feats" list, he was immune to direct genetic manipulation from the High Evolutionary.Incredible Hulk vol.2, #266
- As a result of the Planet Hulk storyline, the Hulk has been written with combat skills and experience as a military strategist and leader. Also, he wears armor and utilizes mêlée weapons. For instance, he was able to eliminate the Juggernaut from his battle with the X-Men by using the latter's own momentum against him, accelerating him to a point where he could not stop himself.World War Hulk: X-Men #3
- The Hulk has developed a gland that enables him to breathe underwater ,The Incredible Hulk vol. 3, #77 and stated that he would adapt to the vacuum of space,The Incredible Hulk vol. 3, #90 which he later did, spending prolonged periods without needing to breathe.World War Hulk: Prologue
- He once used a ‘homing sense’ to locate Onslaught while burrowing underground.The Incredible Hulk Vol.2 #445
- He has been stated to possess an undefined mystical connection, enabling him to work as an inter-dimensional nexus of reality,The Incredible Hulk Vol.2 #453; The Incredible Hulk Vol.2 #450 and has acted as a sponge for dark magic, being immune to or empowered by its effects.The Incredible Hulk Vol.3 #82; The Darkness/Hulk #1
- He has also been able to reflect the gamma ray blasts of the Galaxy Master back to the source.Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 #270
- Occasionally, the Hulk has performed features not possible through real life physical force, even by comic-book 'logic', such as keeping apart matter and anti-matter spheres,Marvel Team Up annual #2 changing direction in mid-jump, or punching his way through a time-storm.Incredible Hulk vol. 2, #135
Shown higher extents of power
- Ripping the gigantic "Flame of Life", created to withstand and fight the Celestials, in half.The Incredible Hulk vol.2, #242
- Pushing a 10x stronger than normal,Thor vol.1, #502 "warrior's madness" Thor towards the ground with a single arm.The Incredible Hulk vol. 2, #440 (April 1996)
- Destroying a pocket universe, by clapping his hands to create a shock wave that reflected the Dark-Crawler's blasts.Incredible Hulk vol.2, #126
- Sending concussive shockwaves, causing cataclysmic upheavals troughout a number of multiversal planets, by the impact of his punches when within the 'Crossroads' nexus."Incredible Hulk vol.2, #305
- Shattering Doctor Strange's otherwise indestructible Crimson Bands of Cyttorak.The Incredible Hulk vol. 2, #450
- Breaking free of a power-leeching machine that held Silver Surfer, Sub-Mariner, and Doctor Strange combined.Defenders vol. 2, #8
- Denting or cracking true adamantium through physical force.Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #12; The Incredible Hulk vol.2, #300
- Withstanding from the Silver Surfer,Silver Surfer vol. 2, #125 Thor,The Incredible Hulk vol. 2, #440 (April 1996) a vastly powered-up giant Thanos,X-Man/Incredible Hulk '98 Annual the High Evolutionary,Incredible Hulk vol.2, #266 and Galactus.Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars #9
- Overloading the Absorbing Man.The Incredible Hulk vol. 2, #456
- Stopping the Juggernaut when Hulk had higher base strength, due to nexus-energies from Franklin Richards' pocket universe, but had lost his rage-factor. Likely given help from the light armor provided by Apocalypse.The Incredible Hulk vol. 2, #457 He later repeated the feat without help. It was never resolved for how long this could be maintained.World War Hulk: X-Men #3
- Beating the Silver Surfer unconscious with 3 blows.Incredible Hulk vol.3, #95
- Breaking Superman's grip, and throwing him into outer space.Incredible Hulk Vs Superman (1997)
- Reflecting Gladiator's eye-beams, stated to burn hotter than the heart of stars,Fantastic Four vol. 1, #250 back into the latter's eyes by covering them with his hand, and beating him bloody and unconscious.Incredible Hulk Annual 1997
- Breaking X-Man's telekinetic field.<ref name="XMan">X-Man/Incredible Hulk '98 Annual
- Defeating the Fantastic Four & Storm single-handedly, including smashing Sue Storm's force field.World War Hulk #2
- Closing vault doors to a nuclear core that Thor and Thing together couldn't budge.The Invincible Iron Man vol.2, #6
- Fighting evenly against Thor and Thing at the same time.Heroes Return #1
- Lifting and moving the Blob.Marvel Fanfare #7
- Effortlessly stopping a strike from Red Norvell's equal copy of Mjolnir with one hand.Incredible Hulk vol.2, #421
- Defeating nearly the entire X-men roster single-handedly, including easily breaking both of Colossus' arms, and overloading Strong Guy with one strike.World War Hulk: X-Men #2.World War Hulk: X-Men #1-#3
- Quickly being restored to normal by his healing-factor after he was turned to stone by the Grey Gargoyle.The Incredible Hulk vol.2, #364
- Fighting off the effects of being shrunk by Goom.Incredible Hulk annual #5
- Having his limbs phased into solid concrete and immediately tearing free, completely unscathed.World War Hulk: X-Men #2
- Resisting being pierced by a "Dog O' War" stated as capable of crushing adamantium in 7.3 seconds.The Incredible Hulk: Future Imperfect #1
- Withstanding a blast from Exodus without any discomfort.The Incredible Hulk vol.3, #84
Lower-end power occasions
Beyond being a creation that per definition varies greatly in power, as in the case with other Marvel Comics powerhouses like Juggernaut burned by a chandelier, Firelord being physically beaten by Spiderman, Silver Surfer unable to break the grip of Black Panther, or Thor being injured by Mongoose and rendered unconscious by a shot to the head from a conventional handgun, comicbook characters are sometimes displayed at wildly differing levels to fit story conveniences (or the interpretation/unfamiliarity of the writer in regards to the character) and greatly shifting personal bias. Hulk has overall been shown to grow vastly more powerful from his origins in the 60's and 70's, but even in recent years has occasionally been displayed at seemingly mindboggling lows. Listed below in order of scale/embarrassment, with references of date.
- Passing out from asphyxiation due to being strangled less than a minute by an ordinary python.Incredible Hulk vol.1, #470, November 1998
- Spider-Man reminiscing about Captain America withstanding the Hulk's blows and knocking him out.Fallen Son: Spider-Man April 2007; Very rough scale comparison: Maximum human strength: 472.5kg. Weight of the Earth: 6.0×10^24kg.
- Injured by a Wolverine restricted to bone claws, and a pygmy Wendigo.Marvel Fanfare vol.2, #2-3, October 1996
- Hurt by Deadpool's regular steel swords and impaled by a lamppost.Deadpool vol.1, #4
- Several Spanish citizens transformed by Diablo based on the Hulk's appearance, leisurely beaten by a 25-feet tall Giant-Man.Avengers vol.3, #39, April 2001
- Knocked unconscious by Spider-Man throwing a truck at him, as relayed by an audience of drunks.Spider-Man Unlimited #11, November 2005
- Hurt by the Heat Vision of SupermanMarvel vs DC #3'