A clash between the East and west when Goku and the Hulk meet in a fight.
The Hulk is a powerful opponent with almost unlimited power against Goku who has levels of power he can summon but has to intentionally do so.
He likes to play with his opponents and sometimes does not upgrade as soon as he should.
In a straight battle, the Hulk would beat Goku. Goku would not try to finish it quickly and the Hulk would get stronger and stronger, and much more angry.
The comic book “The Incredible Hulk (May 1962) saw the debut of a new character called the Hulk.
The character was the creation of talented duo Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
The character is really two personalities that are trapped within one body.
The Hulk is incredibly strong, fast, and has an ego the size of his huge body.
He seems to lose intelligence after transformation and is nothing like the brilliant Dr. Banner.
The Hulk Strengths
The Hulk is not only strong, but he can also regenerate.
You have got to be able to make one knock-out blow when fighting the Hulk or any injuries will simply regenerate and fix themselves.
While these injuries are regenerating, the Hulk is simply getting angrier, making it less likely that you will get a second chance at landing a blow.
The Hulk is immensely strong and that strength just keeps growing the angrier he becomes.
Opponents of the Hulk really need to have one quick overwhelming attack that will destroy the Hulk quickly.
If that fails then the battle is lost.
The Hulk’s Weaknesses
One big danger for the Hulk is if he comes across someone with Adamantium Weapons, like Wolverine, which easily slices through his tough outer covering.
In World War Hulk, his opponent General Thunderbolt Ross loads his troops up with adamantium bullets.
Another potential problem for the Hulk is eating his opponents.
In one story, the Hulk ate Wolverine, only to regret it moments later when the Wolverine using his adamantium claws rips his way out from inside the Hulk.
Introduction to Manga and Anime
Before we dive deeper into Goku’s introduction, I feel that it’s important to introduce also Manga and Anime worlds.
Goku is a fictional character of the Dragon Ball, Manga Comic Series.
The series was created by Akira Toriyama.
The series Dragon Ball was originally inspired by the 16th Century Classic Chinese novel “Journey to the West,” and Hong Kong martial arts films.
The original manga was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump.
This is a weekly anthology of Shōnen manga, that targets young men and contains action stories, with a degree of humor.
Toriyama’s manga was adapted and split between two anime series, Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z.
These two series were broadcast in Japan between 1986 and 1996.
The studio also created 20 animated feature films. Two further series, Dragon Ball GT and Dragon Ball Super were also developed.
Since its release, Dragon Ball has grown into one of the most successful manga and anime series of all time.
The word Manga is used in the west to denote comics originating in Japan.
The word anime is similar but denotes animations originating in Japan.
Goku, original name Kakarot, first appeared in Shōnen Jump in December 1984.
He first appears as a boy with a monkey tail who is a follower of martial arts, and also possesses superhuman strength.
He meets up with and accompanies Bulma, Daughter of Dr. Brief, who founded the Capsule Corporation.
She is a Genius, inventor, and engineer.
Goku takes the role of bodyguard on their travels to find the “Seven Magical Dragon Balls” that can grant the user one wish.
During their journey, Goku meets up with several new friends who follow him.
As Goku becomes an adult, he turns into “Earth’s Mightiest Warrior.”
In the west, most people first became aware of Goku, through Dragon Ball Z, which features the adult Goku.
Goku is considered to be one of the greatest manga and anime characters of all time.
The character of Goku is inspired by Sun Wukong (aka The Monkey King), who was the central character in the Chinese novel called, “Journey to the west.”
Whilst Sun Wukong was a monkey, Toriyama chose to make Goku a boy with a monkey tail.
Later on, he admitted that the tail was a lot of trouble to draw, and so he had it cut off in an early story.
It was not the original plan that Goku would be an alien.
It was only later when he introduced fighters from other planets that Goku was revealed as a Saiyan (an alien from Planet Vegeta).
This allowed Toriyama to pick up the pace of the stories and give Goku the power to teleport to any planet in seconds.
Toriyama was concerned that Goku was losing the Chinese appearance, so he designed Goku’s martial arts uniform (Dōgi) to be the same color as the robes worn by Buddhist monks.
The editor of the series Kazuhiko Torishima (not to be confused with the writer Toriyama) was against Goku ever growing up, stating that the tradition was not to introduce substantial changes to characters in the manga, but Toriyama said that he would have to quit if Torishima insisted that Goku stayed a child.
Toriyama wanted the change as it made drawing the fight scenes easier.
The next major change to occur was to introduce the concept of Super Saiyan.
Super Saiyan is a transformation that I will deal with separately under “strengths” later.
This was introduced as a way of showing Goku’s power build-up.
During the storylines, Goku acquired a wife called “Chi-Chi” and a son called “Gohan.”
Originally it had been planned that Gohan would take over as the main character, but Torishima decided in the end that he was not suitable.
There is a large number of strengths that Goku possesses.
Transformations or Super Saiyans
We have to mention Transformations when we consider the strengths of Goku.
Super Saiyans are where a member of the Saiyan race breaks through then existing limits in their strength to evolve into a completely new level of power.
This is normally due to anger (in the same way that the Hulk transforms) or because they desperately need to.
When Goku first transformed into the golden-haired warrior, he was the very first Saiyan to attain that form in many years.
But of course, in manga and anime, you are always needing something new, so they added different levels of transformation.
Great similarities to the Hulk here, even down to the ripped trousers.
Goku’s hair also turned bright yellow as anger drove him into this transformation.
Ascended Super Saiyan (Second Grade)
This transformation took us by surprise when we realized that there was a further transformation possible.
This state pushes the strength of the Saiyan up to 3 times the regular strength.
Super Saiyan Ultra (Third Grade)
Not very often seen, this transformation didn’t work out as well as planned as it sacrificed speed for strength.
Massive strength but little speed so was dropped.
Super Saiyan Full Power
Instead of trying to break into new transformations, Goku and Gohan perfect the original level and are able to remain golden-haired as long as they need.
Super Saiyan 2
Gohan was able to go even further and reached Super Saiyan 2 level when he needed to defeat a fully juiced cell as the result of this.
Super Saiyan 3
Surely this one is the toughest transformation yet.
However, it takes a lot of strain to maintain this level, so it has extremely limited usefulness.
Only Goku and Gotenks ever use this level.
Super Saiyan God
This level is only achieved through the spirit of cooperation and it takes a bunch of Saiyans to make it happen.
Even though it has massive power, it still cannot overcome Universe 7’s God of Destruction.
Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan (Super Saiyan Blue)
A variation of the previous level but one that combines the God Ki with regular golden Super Saiyan energy.
Not used much.
Super Saiyan Rage
This was a one-time level that was used just once and mixed two previous levels.
Perfected Super Saiyan Blue
At this level, Goku and Vegeta can use the power of Super Saiyan Blue without worrying about using too much energy.
Evolved Super Saiyan Blue
An improvement on Perfected Super Saiyan Blue perfected by Vegeta.
Legendary Super Saiyan
This makes Vegeta and Goku the most powerful beings in the Dragon Ball universe.
Sometimes Goku holds back on his fights, just testing his opponents.
On other occasions, he does not use full strength because he is enjoying the fight.
Hulk Would Win The Fight With Goku
Goke does not have the fluidity of moving between levels in the same way that the Hulk can just increase his power in line with his anger.
Goku has such a high opinion of himself that he is almost using the fights as practice when he should be seeking to win.
There is an interesting clash here between Eastern and Western Comic Characters, but on this occasion, I think the west comes out on top and the Hulk is the winner.
There is no real limit to Hulk’s strength and as the fight progresses, he gets stronger and angrier, and even Goku would not stand a chance against this green raging monster.
Goku Vs Hulk fight would be an interesting battle to witness.
We have here two completely different opponents, two different characters with different strengths and capabilities.
There is no doubt that this duel could develop in a surprising way, but Hulk would definitely be a victor in most scenarios we can imagine.