Real name: Jennifer Walters
First Appearance: The Savage She-Hulk #1, February 1980
Base of Operations: New York City, New York
Occupation: Lawyer
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California
Classification: Humaniod
Marital Status: Single
Membership Status: Inactive
Known Relatives: Hulk
Affiliations: Avengers, Fantastic Four, Fantastic Force, Heroes for Hire

She-Hulk possesses superhuman strength and can press at least 75 tons. She continues training to lift even greater weights, and the uppermost limit of her potential remains unknown. Unlike the Hulk, She-Hulk cannot assume her human form due to further gamma-ray exposure, but retains her normal intelligence and personality. By and large, She-Hulk is impervious to injury, pain and disease: Her skin is capable of withstanding extremes of temperature, as well as tremendous stresses and impacts without puncture wounds or lacerations. And She-Hulk's highly efficient physiology renders her immune to all terrestrial diseases.

Jennifer Walters is the first cousin of Robert Bruce Banner, also known as the Incredible Hulk. Despite a five-year age difference, Walters and Banner became as close as brother and sister growing up. But the two saw less of each other as they pursued separate careers: Banner medicine; Walters law.

Some time after exposure to gamma radiation triggered Banner's first transformation into the Hulk, he visited Walters to re-establish contact with his childhood friend. Driving Banner to her Los Angeles home, Walters was shot and seriously wounded during an attempt on her life by Nicholas Trask, an enemy of one of her clients. His cousin rapidly losing blood, Banner improvised an emergency transfusion. But he fled as soon as it was evident Walters would survive -- for fear that in the excitement, he would turn into the Hulk.

The effect on Walters of receiving Banner's mutated blood first became clear when Trask's men infiltrated her hospital room, posing as doctors. Walters recognized them, and anger triggered her transformation into a superhumanly strong female version of the Hulk. As She-Hulk, Walters exacted vengeance on Trask's organization. Later in her superhero career, she joined the Fantastic Four during the Thing's leave of absence. She-Hulk now serves as a member of the mighty Avengers.

When she first debuted, her stories were played pretty straight, but it was decided after her first ongoing series ended to give her a more tongue-in-cheek personality, which is what she's become known for since, and that was the approach used in her second ongoing series, which was notable for breaking the fourth wall in its often satirical angle.

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