Anyone who knows anything about any facet of the realm of comic book mythos knows one fact beyond any and all dispute - the Hulk is one of the baddest badasses on the block. Most readers may not even remeber times when Hulk was defeated. As one of the most recognizable faces in comics, Hulk stands among a very select cast of characters that for all intents and purposes, simply cannot be killed. In fact, one can very easily get squashed like a grape just for daring to try.
Now that’s all well and good, and we’ve gotten to see some gold-star Hulk moments where he just obliterates everything around him and attempting to stop him only makes him madder, which only makes him stronger. It usually doesn’t end well. But as many a badass can attest - those above ground anyway, there is always somebody more badass to be found. ALWAYS.
So it does stand to reason that readers will come across rare instances when a villain (or fellow hero) manages to take down the Hulk. It should be noted that the Hulk has had many incarnations over the years, even alternate reality versions of the character, all with different power, intelligence and mortality levels. So, while it hasn’t happened often, there have been several times Hulk was defeated. Keep reading to see some of the times Hulk got beaten down, and remember to vote up your favorites.
Wolverine Makes for the Worst Indigestion Ever
In the Old Man Logan stories Mark Millar and Steve McNiven tell the tale of a reality where the bad guys finally get it together enough to utterly decimate Marvel's heroes. Only the hardiest of the heroes manages to survive, and one of them is Wolverine, who readers already know is…a devout pacifist who refuses to raise a hand in violence at all, much less pop his claws.
Eventually, Logan come face to face with one of his old allies/enemies - you guessed it: the Hulk. Millar's incarnation of the Hulk paints Bruce Banner as an obese, evil, incestuous old reprobate, past any point of return. The Hulk literally devours Logan, and sits back to digest his meal, but he didn't really account for Wolverine's healing factor, as Wolverine returns from the dead once again. When he does so, Logan literally slices his way out of the Hulk’s intestines, emerging in a shower of guts and viscera, and ending the menace of the Hulk once and for all.
Deadpool Cuts the Hulk All to Pieces
Deadpool once killed the entire Marvel Universe. Literally everybody. Written and drawn by Cullen Bunn and Dalibor Talajic in 2012, Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe tells the story of an alternate universe that never came to be and culminates with Deadpool murdering the Watcher.
When it comes time for Deadpool to take out the Hulk, the fight is short, but not at all sweet. The Hulk rips Deadpool apart, limb from limb. Now covered in Deadpool's blood, he walks off in disgust. But Deadpool, of course, regenerates and goes out for revenge. When Deadpool catches up, the Hulk has calmed down enough that he's really just a very tired Bruce Banner. Deadpool sneaks up on Banner and quickly separates his head from his body.
The Red Menace Sets a Trap
Readers of Hulk #4 quickly learn about a new Hulk in town. A big, red, mean Hulk - mean enough that the green Hulk looks like a teddy bear in comparison. Red Hulk brutally kills people and no one on Earth knows who he is. Soon enough, the Red and Green Hulks meet and the result gets messy fast. It turns out Red Hulk or Rulk as he comes to be known, has been waiting for the Hulk to show up, and once he does, Red Hulk snaps the Hulk’s arm and chokes him to unconsciousness, adding insult to injury. This event makes a big splash in the Marvel Universe, as the Hulk has been beaten in the past, but almost never overpowered and brutalized like this.
Wolverine: A Tough Guy to Kill
In the alternate timeline story, What If... #31, Hulk fights a fellow X-Man, and not just any ol' X-Man: it's Wolverine. Wolverine, in the midst of a blood frenzy (never good, never good) claws, slashes, and slices at the Hulk’s throat in what becomes their first and last fight of the comic series. Logan opens the behemoth’s jugular, drowning him in his own blood. Marvel published What If before the unraveling of the Comics Authority, so the artwork minimizes the gore - and yet the imagery remains pretty gruesome.