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General John Ryker is an antagonist in Marvel Comics, being an enemy of the Hulk.

Personality

Unlike his more brash and reckless rival Thunderbolt Ross, Ryker prefers to be strategic and calculating in his approach as military tactician when confronting the Hulk and is more competent and ruthless than Ross, whom Ryker regards contemptfully the General as a bombastic idiot and a disgrace to the uniform who prefers to fight his enemies head on without any sort of effective strategy, while Ryker usually studies his targets and prepares for the right time to strike. Also unlike Ross who despises the Hulk and disregards Bruce Banner, Ryker sees the Hulk as not only his best chance at saving Lucy, but also giving him a weapon that the military could use for future wars, while also respecting Banner's intellect and credits the doctor's role in creating the strongest creature on the planet.

Biography

John Ryker joined the military at a young age. He wanted to help determine future history from the shadows.

One of his most prominent actions was manipulating the creation of the conspiracy around the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Apparently, Kennedy was really killed by two Austrian mercenaries, but at the time it was deemed too expensive to wage World War Three so the idea of a conspiracy was created.

When he learned that his wife Lucy has cancer, Ryker used the military to hunt down Bruce Banner. He knew that Banner was really the Hulk and he was hoping to isolate the Hulk's ability to cope with radiation and use it to heal his wife. However, Ryker's wife didn't want any part of finding a cure if it involved in harming, or even killing, an innocent life. This eventually lead to becoming an obsession to capturing the Hulk.

To increase his chances of capturing the Hulk, Ryker also developed a team known as the Gamma Corps, which involved a small team of soliders mutated by gamma radiation.

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Hulk (2003): David Banner | Glenn Talbot | Thunderbolt Ross | Gamma Dogs
The Incredible Hulk: Abomination | Strategic Operations Command Center (Thunderbolt Ross) | Samuel Sterns | Tough Guy Leader
Hulk Vs.: Professor Thorton | Deadpool | Lady Deathstrike | Sabretooth | Omega Red | Loki Laufeyson | Hela | Enchantress | Skurge | Surtur | Malekith the Accursed | Valkyrie
Planet Hulk: Red King | Grandmaster | Skrulls
Heroes United: Iron Man and Hulk: Zzzax | Abomination | HYDRA

Television
The Incredible Hulk (1978): Dell Frye | Michael Sutton | Dark David Banner | Wilson Fisk
The Incredible Hulk (1982): The Leader | Doctor Octopus | Thunderbolt Ross | Puppet Master | Glenn Talbot | HYDRA | Spymaster
The Incredible Hulk (1996): The Leader | Abomination | Zzzax | Glenn Talbot | Doctor Doom | Wendigo | Thunderbolt Ross | Absorbing Man | Scimitar | Hybrid
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Video Game
The Incredible Hulk (1994): The Leader | Abomination | Absorbing Man | Tyrannus | Rhino
The Incredible Hulk: The Pantheon Saga: Maestro | U-Foes (Vector, Vapor, Ironclad & X-Ray)
Hulk (2003): The Leader | General John Ryker | Madman | Half-Life | Flux | Ravage | Thunderbolt Ross
The Incredible Hulk (2003): The Leader | Abomination | General Ross | Tyrannus | Skurge
The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction: Abomination | Devil Hulk | Thunderbolt Ross
The Incredible Hulk (2008): Abomination | Strategic Operations Command Center (Thunderbolt Ross & Glenn Talbot) | Bi-Beast | Enclave | U-Foes (Vector, Vapor, Ironclad & X-Ray) | Samuel Sterns

See Also
She-Hulk Villains

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