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Real name: Emil Blonsky
First Appearance: Tales to Astonish #90 (vol. 1, April 1967)

Created by:

Stan Lee
Gil Kane

Team affiliations:

K.G.B, British Marines


Superhuman strength, stamina, durability, regenerative healing factor, enhanced under-water breathing

Portrayed by:

Tim Roth, Kevin Schon (voice), Richard Moll (voice)

The Abomination (Emil Blonksy) is a supervillain appearing in Marvel Comics. The character first appeared in Tales to Astonish #90 (April 1967), and was created by writer Stan Lee and artist Gil Kane.

He is an enemy of the Hulk and is the main antagonist in the 2008 Incredible Hulk movie, portrayed by Tim Roth.

Character History[]

Emil Blonsky is a K.G.B. agent and spy who becomes the Abomination after deliberately exposing himself to a greater quantity of the same gamma radiation that transformed Bruce Banner into the Hulk. Blonsky is transformed into a massive green-skinned monster that starts out with physical strength exceeding that of the Hulk; since his first appearance, he is more than twice as powerful as the Hulk, if the latter is not enraged. Although he retains his mental faculties, Blonsky soon discovers he is unable to return to human form.

The Abomination has repeatedly joined forces with General Ross to fight the Hulk, but always betrays Ross, first teaming with the Rhino in an attempt to take over Hulkbuster base, and later tricking the Hulk into an alliance and attempting to ransom the captured Kennedy Space Center.

The Abomination is later briefly lost in space, but is rescued by the U.S. military and revived by MODOK and General Ross. In this third association with Ross, the Abomination is forced to battle the Hulk, but turns against MODOK, who atomizes him. His atomized body reconstitutes itself the disembodied mind of Tyrannus. This amalgamated being forces Banner to try to cure this condition, but the procedure fails, leaving Tyrannus in the Abomination body and returning Blonsky to human form. Tyrannus briefly operates as the Abomination and attacks Wonder Man, until Ghaur and Llyra restore Tyrannus to normal. Blonsky again becomes the Abomination, but as a mindless beast, and battles She-Hulk and Spider-Man in New York. He later recovers his mental faculties and is hired to steal toxic waste from the Yucca Flats research center, but is caught off guard and doused in toxic waste by the Hulk.

Blonsky blames his condition on Banner and returns to attack his archenemy time and again. Although stronger than the Hulk in a calm state, the Abomination has been beaten in many of their confrontations by the Hulk's sheer ferocity and the fact that hulk gains strength with rage.

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In later issues, it is revealed that Blonsky's transformation alienates his ballet-dancer ex-wife, Nadia. Coupled with a few more defeats at the hands of the Hulk, Blonsky is driven insane with hatred for Banner. The Abomination also grows incensed upon learning that Banner has married Betty Ross, the daughter of Thunderbolt Ross. With the loss of his wife, Blonsky decides that Banner should also lose his spouse. The Abomination subsequently poisons Betty with his radioactive blood, causing Banner and his associates to believe that her proximity to the Hulk has given her a fatal case of radiation poisoning. Banner later exposes the Abomination's role in Betty's false death, and after a long enduring fight


the Hulk defeats him in combat. Banner then forgives the Abomination, who cannot accept this act. Blonsky finally realizes that he has been living a lie—it is he who is the monster, not the Hulk.

Months later, the still-grieving General Ross manipulates the Hulk into attacking and capturing the Abomination. After a long and enduring fight the Abomination is then taken into custody by the military, and as punishment is forced to watch a film loop of him and his wife prior to his transformation, making his incarceration a constant reminder of what he has lost.

Eventually, operatives from the secret organization Home Base release the Abomination in order to fight the Hulk. The Abomination has become determined as a result of his incarceration, after meeting the hulk in the town of entropy. A classic battle ensues. The abomination was a serious threat and even knocked the hulk out during their fight, but just as he seemed to have beaten Banner, he reminded him of how he killed his wife Betty Ross to goad him into a violent response. The plan backfires as the Abomination faces an enraged Hulk, who quickly defeats him.

These events are later revealed to have been a hallucination created by the entity Nightmare, which is confirmed when Blonsky shows no knowledge of the relationship, and also declares that he has had two different wives named Nadia, about which Abomination states, "It happens. Hey, Johnny Carson's been married to Joan, Joanna, and Joanne," to explain the difference in personality. Blonsky is then employed as a U.S. government hitman against hostile foreign interests.


The Abomination later realizes the Hulk is missing, and rampages through the city of Reno, in Nevada, but is stopped by She-Hulk. An apparently fully human Blonsky is later identified among the subjects of a program code-named "Project Achilles", whose mandate is to create a super-power nullifying system in nano-tech form.

The Abomination is later shot and killed by Red Hulk after a battle in their first confrontation.

Powers and Abilities[]

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Blonsky's transformation into the Abomination substantially increases his strength and durability, giving him many of the same powers as the Hulk. Like the Hulk, the Abomination is still very resistant to damage, can hold his breath for extended periods of time, and just like the Hulk, he can breathe underwater. The Abomination is also capable of regenerating from damage, but at a slower rate, and can also go into a state of suspended animation if in a climate lacking air or heat. Like the Hulk, he can travel many miles with one bound.

Though similar to the Hulk, the Abomination also differs from the Hulk in several ways. First and foremost, Blonsky's transformation is permanent, unlike the Hulk's rage-induced transformations. In addition, while the Abomination was originally shown to be much stronger than a calm Hulk, his strength does not increase with anger as the Hulk's does. Finally, he retains his intelligence in his Abomination form.

Super strength – The Abomination is extremely strong. When the Hulk is in his normal state the Abomination is at least twice as strong as him. However, the catch is that the Abomination cannot become stronger with anger like the hulk, so if the fight gives the Hulk the sufficient amount of time to power up then the Hulk will gain an advantage over the Abomination.

Super stamina – The Abomination's stamina is higher than any human athlete's.


Super durability – The Abomination is almost immune to many attacks; including bullets, rockets, and high-frequency energy blasts.

Regenerative healing factor – The Abomination can heal quickly from most injuries such as missing limbs and organs, though still not quite as quickly as Hulk does. A possible explanation for his slower healing could be the fact that the speed of hulk's healing increases with rage.

Enhanced under-water breathing – The Abomination can breathe under water for long periods of time, growing gills like the Hulk.

Suspended Animation - The Abomination can enter a state of suspended animation, if he is in extreme pain, in extreme cold, or exposed an airless area for a sufficiently long time in order to preserve his own life.

In other media[]



In The Incredible Hulk 1996 animated series, the Abomination appears as a recurring villain voiced by Kevin Schon and later by Richard Moll.

Abomination appears in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes voiced by Robin Atkin Downes, In many episodes, the first being "This Monster, This Hero". Abomination is shown as an inmate of the Cube yet his back is toward the viewers when Hawkeye walks down the hallway toward Bruce Banner's cell. He makes his first full appearance in the episode "Breakout" where he has a brief punch up with the Hulk. and he appears in several other episodes.

In the Lego Marvel: Overload cartoon, this character appears with an appearance similar to the movie. He was one of the villains who received a huge energy boost thanks to Loki.

Video Game[]

Abomination is the main villain in The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction video game. In where he battles the Hulk in four different levels "Nemesis" being the first. He last fights the Hulk at a dam in the last level of the game, though holding his own for the full battle he accepts defeat, he then tears the wall apart and escapes under the torrents of water that flow out In the game, he seems to be three times as tall as the hulk much bigger than usual.

In Lego Marvel Super Heroes, this character looks similar to the movie. He and the sandman were sent to take a group of hostages and demand the pieces of the silver surfer's board (the cosmic blocks) as payment for the hostages' release.


The Incredible Hulk[]

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Tim Roth plays Emil Blonsky and his alter ego and voices The Abomination as the main antagonist in the film The Incredible Hulk, and also supplied motion capture for his alter-ego. In the film, Blonsky is a Russian-born, British Marines Captain in its efforts to recapture Bruce Banner. He is offered a serum from a mothballed World War II-era bio-enhancement program. The serum makes him an effective super-soldier. Blonsky becomes obsessed with gaining more power, forcing Samuel Sterns to treat him with a blood sample acquired from Banner and augmented with Sterns's research. However, the two substances combine in Blonsky's body turn him into a being larger and stronger than the Hulk. His skin, muscles, and bones become exaggerated, and he can use his bone spurs erupting from his spine, elbows, and heels as weapons. Rampaging through New York City, Blonsky fights the Hulk, battering him, then piercing Hulk's chest and giving him around a dozen bruises leaves him for dead. Hulk quickly recovers and counter-attacks, though the Hulk struggles in this move, he nearly kills Abomination by choking him into submission with a giant chain, only releasing Blonsky after Betty's plea to let him go. Blonsky collapses, exhausted, leaving his fate to General Ross who ordered a soldier to call "Fury". In the movie novelization by Peter David, Tony Stark tells Ross that Blonsky is in the custody of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The project's original screenwriter Zak Penn said the character would not be called 'The Abomination' since the codename sounded "like Ambrose Samuel Miller", and that he would simply be referred to as Blonsky. However, the name was referenced when Dr. Samuel Sterns tells Blonsky that further mutating Blonsky's already altered DNA could make him into "an Abomination".