Who Wins: The Hulk Vs. The Thing?


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:


Real Name
Robert Bruce Banner

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


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.



Real Name
Benjamin Jacob Grimm

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

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.


22 Responses to “Who Wins: The Hulk Vs. The Thing?”

  1. Logic Lover
    February 22, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

    Yep, I agree. Hulk wins.

  2. Potato
    February 22, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

    Woah. Thing just got owned!

  3. Fred
    February 22, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

    Go hulk

    • Isaiah
      October 31, 2013 at 7:37 pm #

      Soooooo coool

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

    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 #

    dang look at hulks hair

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

    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.

  7. watcher
    February 23, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

    hulk is just really boss

  8. bob
    February 23, 2013 at 8:23 pm #

    like thing better

  9. zman
    February 24, 2013 at 7:16 am #

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

    • Percy Jackson
      February 25, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

      He can be nocked unconscious.

  10. Hulker
    February 24, 2013 at 7:37 am #

    Hulk is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. b-dub
    February 24, 2013 at 6:35 pm #

    Hulk crush rock man! Hulk Smash!!!!!!!!!

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

    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

    • Percy Jackson
      February 25, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

      The Thing is strong but the Hulk’s strength is literally endless.

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

    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. green guy
    February 25, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    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 #

    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.

    • Potato
      February 27, 2013 at 8:42 pm #

      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.

      • Potato
        February 27, 2013 at 8:44 pm #

        Unless you could trick him into being on your side… like the emperor and Darth Vader.

  16. pawn head
    March 7, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

    what? he’s a ROCK monster vs HOLK?

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

    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”!

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