Bruce Banner

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Name: Dr. Bruce Banner
Occupation: Superhero, Nuclear physicist and various odd jobs
Relationships: Betty Ross (love interest), General Ross (enemy), Rick Jones (friend), Tony Stark (Iron Man; friend), Jennifer Walters (She-Hulk, cousin), Lyra (daughter with Thundra), Thor Odinson (frenemy), Wolverine (friend), Doctor Strange (ally),
Fandom: The Incredible Hulk, Marvel Cinematic Universe (The Incredible Hulk (film), The Avengers), The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, The Incredible Hulk (TV series), etc.
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Bruce Banner is the alter ego of Hulk and the main character of the comic and movie franchise of the same name. He is a nuclear physicist that was exposed to gamma radiation that mutated him to become into a large green monster known as Hulk.

In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Bruce Banner is played by Edward Norton in The Incredible Hulk film and played by Mark Ruffalo in The Avengers, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Thor: Ragnarok. In The Hulk (2003), Bruce is played by Eric Bana. In The Incredible Hulk (1978-1982), Dr. Banner is played by Bill Bixby (named David Banner in the series) and Lou Ferrigno as the Hulk. Bruce/Hulk also appears in several different cartoon/animated series.


Common Tropes in Fanworks

  • Superfamily: The Avengers as a family unit that live together
  • The Other Guy is a phrase first popularised in The Avengers, used when characters are talking about the Hulk.
  • PTSD: exploring how canon events effect Bruce, as well as the constant strain of trying to control the Hulk
  • Supporting Character: often a featured secondary character in stories focusing on other members of The Avengers, most commonly with Tony Stark and Thor, especially after the release of Thor: Ragnarok
  • Celibacy, sometimes because Banner is asexual, and sometimes because of the dangers: if his heart rate goes too high, he "hulks out."
  • BDSM, sometimes instead of intercourse and sometimes in addition to it, playing off his extreme need to control his emotions.


Het Pairings:

Slash Pairings:


  • Bruce/Tony/Pepper
  • Bruce/Steve/Bucky

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  • Hulk Knows by qwanderer. Hulk watches through Banner's eyes, when he can, when Banner isn't pushing him down, blocking him out. - The Avengers movie from Hulk's perspective.
  • Through Tinted Panes by SpotlightAsagi. AU: On the verge of a breakthrough, Bruce Banner suffers a bizarre mental breakdown. Confined and unstable, not even optimists can find traces of the man they once knew within the beast. But when the world needs him and none can reach him... Time for Plan B.
  • Robots, Lullaby by MCUsic_to_my_ears. Bruce is alone and 100% not panicking.
  • leanover by ballantine. After Wakanda, Thor sleeps sixteen hours a day and Bruce contemplates what it takes to be a person in a broken world.

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