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Who Would Win In a Fight: The Hulk or The Thing?

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Reader Matthew C. writes in to ask, “Who wins: The Hulk vs. The Thing?”

First of all, great question Matthew. I never get tired of this game, especially when it deals with superheroes.

Let’s take a look at the two Marvel characters:

THE HULK

Real Name
Robert Bruce Banner

Aliases
Annihilator, Captain Universe, Joe Fixit, Mr. Fixit, Mechano, Professor, War, Bruce Bancroft, David Banner, David Bixby, Bob Danner, Bruce Jones, Bruce Roberts, David Blaine, the Green Scar, Green Goliath, Jade Giant, Bob, World-breaker, Sakaarson

Abilities

Bruce Banner transforms into the Hulk when emotionally stressed, or angered. The Hulk has potential for limitless physical strength, depending solely on his emotional state — particularly his anger. “The madder Hulk gets, the stronger Hulk gets.” His strength allows him to leap into lower Earth orbit or across continents, and he has even shown superhuman speed.

His durability, regeneration, and endurance can also increase in relation to his anger. Hulk is resistant to injury or damage and has even withstood solar temperatures and nuclear explosions. He has both regenerative healing abilities that allow him to grow new tissue, breathe underwater, survive in space and heal from most wounds within seconds.

 

THE THING

Real Name
Benjamin Jacob Grimm

Aliases
Bashful Benjy, Uncle Benjy, The Ever-Lovin’ Blue-Eyed Thing, Idol of Millions (self-proclaimed), Grim Ben, Dr. Josiah Verpoorteen, Blackbeard the Pirate

Abilities
After being exposed to radiation Ben Grimm’s skin is transformed into a covered with an orange, flexible, rock-like hide. The Thing possesses high levels of superhuman strength, stamina and resistance to physical injury. With the help of mutation and exercise, his strength has continued to increase over the years.

He is capable of surviving impacts of great strength and force without sustaining injury. He is also able to withstand gunfire from high caliber weapons as well as armor piercing rounds. It is possible to breach his exterior, but he does bleed as a result. The Thing also has superhuman levels of stamina. When in his Thing form, he has only three fingers and a thumb on each hand. The loss of one digit on each hand, and the increase in volume of the remainder, does not affect his manual dexterity.

Aside from his physical attributes, the Thing’s senses can withstand greater levels of sensory stimulation than an ordinary human, with the exception of his sense of touch. His lungs possess greater efficiency and volume than those of an ordinary human. As a result, the Thing is capable of holding his breath for much greater periods of time.

Interestingly, when in his Thing form, he suffers no change in personality nor his level of intelligence. And his agility and reflexes remain at the same level they had been prior to his transformation.

He is also a formidable and relentless hand-to-hand combatant. His fighting style incorporates elements of boxing, wrestling, judo, jujutsu, and street-fighting techniques, as well as hand-to-hand combat training from the military.

 

Who Wins?

I say Hulk wins, and fairly easily. Why?

Lucky for us, these two beasts have fought plenty of times in the Marvel universe. And in almost every case The Hulk Wins. It’s a simple matter of strength. The Hulk will continue to get stronger as he gets madder. So even if he loses for a while, he will always comes back to win due to his anger. Even without his growing rage, The Hulk starts off stronger than The Thing. So strength and endurance and athleticism would all go to The Hulk.

The Thing’s best chance for winning would be outsmarting The Hulk.  Since Hulk loses some of his intelligence when transformed, he may be susceptible to The Thing, who loses no intelligence. But even so, The Hulk would likely be only angered more.

I would actually go so far as to say The Hulk would be able to withstand any humanly attack. In fact, I’d be hard pressed to think of a character that could beat the Hulk, strictly in a match of strength. Hulk is likely the strongest character in the Marvel universe. That said, magic, and other alien powers can beat him, so he is by no means unbeatable.

Here’s a quick clip from a fight the two had in the 1990s Fantastic Four animated TV series.

Thoughts? Have another opinion on this one?

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Reference material from marvel.com and wikipedia.com.

36 Comments on Who Would Win In a Fight: The Hulk or The Thing?

  1. Yep, I agree. Hulk wins.

    • the thing has never beat the hulk in a toe to toe slugfest but i love old blue eyed benjamin in world war hulk he knows he cant win but goes right in with one of the coolest comic punches i ever saw he said he never walks away from a fight

  2. Woah. Thing just got owned!

  3. Go hulk

  4. Percy Jackson // February 22, 2013 at 3:14 pm // Reply

    I saw the beginning of tha cartoon when I was seven but I never saw the end until now.

  5. cheesebuger123 // February 22, 2013 at 6:38 pm // Reply

    dang look at hulks hair

  6. Awesome SPY!!! // February 23, 2013 at 9:26 am // Reply

    I think that if the Thing could think up a pretty good trick, the Hulk could lose. Also, the Thing is usually with the rest of the Fantastic Four, so they could help him. But the Hulk in the Avengers had more intelligence than usual when he tried to become Hulk to fight off the aliens. Soooooo…………. this is a hard choice.

    • You must remember The Realistic Marvel Super Heroes characters are often drastically changed so I would say The comic Hulk is the real one (cause) he came first)

    • about Hulk being the strongest Character (physically) don’t you thing super man would beat him up (super man has survived anti-matter bombs which are capable of destroying the entire planet)

      • Black Stallion // June 11, 2014 at 9:25 pm //

        The hulk survived thermo radiation (which is kind of of what created him), plus ,if you’ve seen man of steel, Super Man gets “emotionally clogged”,so to speak, in a fight (final battle againt Zog).

  7. hulk is just really boss

  8. like thing better

  9. NO!! the thing is rocks literally. he can’t be beat up

  10. Hulk is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Hulk crush rock man! Hulk Smash!!!!!!!!!

  12. zestytwinkie // February 24, 2013 at 9:34 pm // Reply

    now thing might be weaker but he is faster and smarter and almost has the same equivalent strength as the hulk so I think thing would win

  13. zestytwinkie // February 24, 2013 at 9:38 pm // Reply

    and sure the hulk has a lot of muscle but there are a lot of things that are harder than for example rocks which is what the thing is made of

  14. Hulk would win because if the Thing punches The Hulk then the Hulk gets angry:therefore The Hulk gets angry.

  15. Squirrel KILLER // February 27, 2013 at 8:14 am // Reply

    Actually depending how you look at it, you could defeat the hulk by being nice to him. If you do he reverts back to Bruce Banner and is completely harmless at least, until he gets angry again.

    • Yeah but if the plan is to “defeat” him at all then you are probably against him. So eventually your going to have to turn on him and then he’s going to get angry again. Soooo it’s a lose lose situation.

  16. what? he’s a ROCK monster vs HOLK?

  17. Marvel happy // February 16, 2014 at 5:51 pm // Reply

    Two absolutely GREAT characters that have stood the test of time! God Bless America for allowing gifted people to use their imaginations in creating “super heroes” to bring on a public forum for us “geeks”!

  18. Hulk

  19. risks are great // May 30, 2014 at 2:29 pm // Reply

    speaking of thing, there’s this comic book where he turns into a devil of distruction. That’s after Jhonny, the flame guy dies, of course.

  20. Hulk i tink should win because his strength is endless

  21. they should do justice leage vs advengers.

  22. why, comatose, why??? // June 2, 2014 at 3:05 pm // Reply

    Hulk needs to see a therapist. All that anger is unhealthy! LOL!

    • That would most likely make Hulk angrier! You would need multiple therapists, and a budget of Stark’s bank account.

  23. The best way to defeat Hulk if you are in the movies, have someone like Doctor Strange or Scarlet Witch, they both exist in the movie universe or will. Scarlet Witch is coming in Age of Ultron and Doctor Strange was mentioned in Captain America.

  24. dr.awesome // June 18, 2014 at 8:18 pm // Reply

    HULK SMASH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. dr.awesome // June 18, 2014 at 8:19 pm // Reply

    HULK SMASH

  26. The Thing loses 9/10 times against the Hulk.He starts out with an edge over a calmer Hulk in strength speed and skill but as the fight goes on the Hulk gets so much stronger he eventually cant keep up

    Bens advantage is that he has alot more heart and resilience than most people realize.Hes gonna fight damn hard that especially if others are counting on him.Hes gonna fight for that 1/10 chance of winning so hard the Hulks gonna at least leave knowing he had a real fight on his hands

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