Thuderbolt Ross
Real name: Thaddeus E. Ross
First Appearance: The Incredible Hulk #1 (May 1962)

Created by:

Stan Lee & Jack Kirby

Team affiliations:

U.S. Army


Portrayed by:

Paul Kligman (voice), Robert Ridgely (voice), John Vernon (voice), Sam Elliott, William Hurt

General Thaddeus E. "Thunderbolt" Ross is a character in Marvel Comics. He is the father of Betty Ross, and has chased the Hulk for years. When Betty agreed to marry Bruce he was furious. He shot a gun, but it hit Rick Jones, who is also the A-Bomb, the second Abomination. Betty told her father to let her do what she wants. General Ross appeared to be helping the Red Hulk, AKA Leonard Samson. It later turns out that the Red Hulk and Rulk were both General Ross. The Rulk version of Ross had also fought the Hulk twice. The Rulk had succeeded in the first battle of the brawns but Hulk had somehow devised a tactical strategy and had defeated The Rulk the second time. Ross had also gotten Blonksy, better known as Abomination, to help him in trying to kill Hulk. After many failed attempts at killing Hulk, Ross then shot Abomination. The original comic book continuity has been designated as taking place on Earth-616.

The Incredible Hulk 1966 animated seriesEdit

In the The Incredible Hulk (1966 animated series), which was part of The Marvel Super Heroes series, Thunderbolt was voiced by Paul Kligman. Stories and art in this series were taken directly from the Marvel comic books. Despite of the similarities between the comic and the cartoon, this reality has been designated as Earth-600026.

The Incredible Hulk 1982 animated seriesEdit

In The Incredible Hulk (1982 animated series) (designated as taking place on Earth-8107), General Ross was voiced by Robert Ridgely. This version remained unaware that Bruce Banner and the Hulk were the same person. However, he was generally dismissive about Banner's abilities, being a mere scientist instead of a military man like him. t.

The Incredible Hulk 1996 animated seriesEdit

In The Incredible Hulk (1996 animated series) (designated as taking place on Earth-534834), Thunderbolt Ross was voiced by John Vernon. In this version, Bruce Banner's identity as the Hulk was public knowledge before the start of the series. This made Ross even more protective of his daughter Betty and willing to use any means necessary to erase the threat of the Hulk.

Hulk (film)Edit

In Hulk (designated as taking place on Earth-400083), General Ross is the tertiary antagonist and was played by Sam Elliott.

The Incredible Hulk (film)Edit

In The Incredible Hulk (2008 film) (designated as taking place on Earth-199999), General Ross is the secondary antagonist of the 2008 film The Incredible Hulk. This version was played by William Hurt.