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Versus: The Hulk vs. A Dalek
There’s nothing more fun than chilling with your buddies and having a friendly argument about who would win in a fantasy fist fight. If you’ve ever wondered which superhero or sci-fi character could deliver the biggest beatdown, The Geekout’s VERSUS is here to set the record straight.
In our first battle royale, Marvel’s not-so-jolly green giant squares off against the most famous alien race from “Doctor Who.” Let’s meet the combatants, shall we?
Created by: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
Catchphrase: “HULK SMASH!”
Home planet: Earth (exiled to Sakaar in the “Planet Hulk” storyline)
Notable strengths: Incalculable physical strength, accelerated healing, resistance to mind control. In “The Avengers” film, it is hinted at that the Hulk can’t die when Banner reveals he tried to shoot himself in the head, but “the other guy” spit the bullet out.
Notable weaknesses: Takes the form of scrawny Bruce Banner when not transformed into the Hulk, can lose sight of larger goals when obsessed by fits of rage.
Origin story: While experimenting with dangerous gamma radiation during a project with the US military, Dr. Banner was exposed to lethal levels of radiation. But instead of dying, he gained the ability to transform into the super-powered Hulk whenever he gets angry or develops an elevated heart rate.
Most badass moment: Pummeling an immortal Norse god into the floor (without breaking a sweat) in the 2012 flick “The Avengers.”
Created by: Terry Nation
Home planet: Skaro
Notable strengths: Fearless. Vastly intelligent. Armor can withstand being submerged in water or travel in the vacuum of space. Eyestalk shoots a beam of energy that can kill with a single blast.
Some Daleks have the ability to use an “emergency temporal shift” to escape enemies by traveling to a different point in history.
Notable weaknesses: Eyestalk can be destroyed by concentrated weapons fire. Certain high-powered energy guns can penetrate the armor, as can explosives.
In the Fifth Doctor serial “Resurrection of the Daleks,” a virus is developed that can damage both the tissue of the Daleks, as well as their armored casing.
Surprisingly, modern Daleks are unfazed by stairs.
Origin story: Originally descended from a race of humanoid people, the mutant Daleks were created by evil genius Davros. They’ve been genetically engineered to be the most advanced warrior race in the universe: despite looking like squiddy little blobs, their battle armor makes them utterly fearsome and nearly invincible.
Most badass moment: When confronted with an army of five million Cybermen, a group of four Daleks is utterly unfazed. Dalek Sec quips, “We would destroy the Cybermen with one Dalek! You are superior in only one respect…You are better at dying!”
A rumble between the Hulk and a Dalek is a battle of the opposites. On the one hand, you have the Hulk, who takes all comers while wearing only a pair of purple pants to protect his junk. On the other hand, you have the Daleks: they’re arguably just as deadly, but face their enemies while encased in some of the most advanced battle armor ever devised.
If the Hulk faced off against a single Dalek, the green guy would definitely have his work cut out for him. Both creatures are serious survivors: the Hulk has survived being hit by gamma bombs and atom bombs on numerous occasions, while the Daleks are famous for being like intergalactic cockroaches: ask the Doctor to tell you just how hard they are to kill. Despite the Doctor’s best efforts, there were plenty of Daleks who escaped the ravages of the “time-locked” conflict of the Last Great Time War.
Clearly, the Hulk could crush a gooey little Dalek with a single fist…that is, assuming the Hulk can break through the battle armor. In the “Doctor Who” novel “I Am a Dalek,” it’s revealed that the armor is booby-trapped, and forcing it open can have disastrous consequences. Even without the casing, a Dalek could be deadly: an unshielded Dalek attacks and kills a solider in “Resurrection of the Daleks.”
Even a single, shielded Dalek can pose a huge threat, as fans learned in the 2005 episode “Dalek.” A rogue Dalek uses its mighty intellect to break free from a prison with a billion combinations on the lock, knocks out the power grid in seven US states, and kills hundreds of people. And if it had been a true Dalek, with none of Rose’s bio-influence, the death toll would have been much higher.
Despite having superior firepower, armor, and special skills, a single Dalek is no match for the incredible Hulk. True, Daleks in the Cult of Skaro could “emergency temporal shift” to avoid defeat, but the Hulk’s list of previous accomplishments is just too impressive to ignore.
In Incredible Hulk Annual #5, the Hulk claps his hands together, resulting in a fierce whirlwind with as much force as a hurricane. In The Incredible Hulk #102, he jumps into the core of a planet and literally pulls the tectonic plates back together to keep the planet from crumbling apart.
And in Secret Wars, he had a mountain dropped on top of him. An actual, enormous mountain. And he just held it up over the heads of his friends until they could escape.
The Hulk’s no stranger to battling with aliens (take a look at Incredible Hulk #95 from 2006 where he delivers a serious beatdown to the massively powerful Silver Surfer.)
Not only is the Hulk strong, but he can recover from pretty much anything the Daleks could dish out. He’s healed a broken neck, regrown massive swathes of his own flesh, and has surprising powers of mental resistance as well. And should he need a break from the fight, the Hulk can just jump to higher ground: his powerful legs can shoot him into orbit, or up to 1,000 miles in a single bound on land.