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This is not a victory! Today, we both lose!!
~ The Leader vowing revenge on the Hulk.

The Leader (real name: Samuel Sterns) is an evil mastermind and gamma-mutated villain from the Incredible Hulk, a franchise produced by Marvel comics as innumerable cartoons, movies, videogames and of course comic books - the Leader is considered one of the main archenemies of the Hulk (sharing the position with Abomination and General Ross) and the main antagonist, he is by far the smartest of Hulk's recurring opponents and in many ways is a reverse of the Hulk, while the Hulk seems to have limitless strength and rage so too the Leader seems to have limitless knowledge and calm, albeit his calm is often broken into megalomaniacal laughter and other classic villainous behavior.

The Leader was created by the late Stan Lee and the late Steve Ditko.

History

Marvel Comics

The Leader was once an ordinary human (like most of Hulk's foes) but was exposed to similiar gamma-radiation as the Hulk and mutated into a grotesque green-skinned monster whose cranium was extremely swollen - probably due to his brain becoming so hyper-energized.

Ever since laying eyes on the Hulk the Leader became somewhat fixated on him, the two fought many battles and the Leader was prone to hiring notable opponents of the Hulk such as the Chameleon, Arsenal and the Rhino (who is actually more associated with Spider-Man) - in the comics he almost always remains a mad schemer and tends to fight the Hulk via minions, pawns or complex machines since he is physically weak.

In the cartoons however the Leader tended to create altered clones of the Hulk from samples of blood he had collected, in doing this he had an army at his disposal capable of tackling the Hulk - many of these clones were enhanced with cybernetics but were generally much weaker than Hulk or even She-Hulk - though the Ogress was fairly powerful, if lacking in intelligence.

2003 Hulk Universe

In the sequel to the film, the Leader serves as the main antagonist.

Marvel Cinematic Universe

The Leader appeared in his pre-mutated form as Samuel Sterns in the 2008 film The Incredible Hulk, portrayed by Tim Blake Nelson. He is not seen until near the end of the movie and plays no part as a villain, but a supporting character. In this film, he is a university professor trying to help Bruce Banner find a cure for his transformations into Hulk, while operating under the alias of "Mr. Blue", when Banner's alias was "Mr. Green".

Upon meeting Banner and Betty Ross in person, Sterns explains that he has made a finalized suppressant that can seemingly cure Banner of his mutation. Though the operation was a success, Sterns also confesses that he synthesized Banner's blood sample to provide cures for all diseases. A horrified Banner attempts to convince Sterns to destroy the work, warning that Betty's father General Ross and his unit are intending to weaponize it for their own needs, but Emil Blonsky arrives to the scene and beats up Banner before taking him into custody, much to both Betty and Sterns' horror.

As Banner and Betty are taken away into custody, Sterns explains his actions to Major Kathleen Sparr, stating that he only wanted to help find a cure for Banner's mutation. Though Sparr is about to accept Sterns' explanation, she ends up being killed by Blonsky, who forces Sterns to inject him with Banner's blood, as he covets the Hulk's power. Sterns warns that the combination of the super-soldier formula and Banner's blood may cause him to become an "abomination". Unconcerned, Blonsky intimidates Sterns to administer the blood and a gamma charge. The experiment mutates Blonsky into Abomination, who then attacks Sterns by tossing him onto a nearby chair that held a canister of Hulk's blood. This causes a cut on his forehead and the canister itself to leak with a few drops of Banner's blood into the wound, causing Sterns' cranium to rapidly expand, to which he grins maniacally.


After Abomination's defeat, Black Widow found Sterns whom mutation has gone wild with his brain power incremented exponentially. They both had a brief conversation, during which Sterns identified Black Widow's birth place from a hint of accent in her voice. Sterns then attempted to bribe her, promising he would help her come back to Stalingrad, but Widow shot him the leg and arrested him.

From that point, Stern was under S.H.I.E.L.D.'s custody and is referred as Project Mr. Blue where he was examined to see how worse his mutation has altered his physiology.

The creators of the movie have stated that if another movie is made they plan on having the Leader as a more prominent character, perhaps even the main antagonist. When he does eventually appeared as The Leader, he would likely start off his life as villain from escaping S.H.I.E.L.D.'s custody given to his arrest by Black Widow.

2010 Marvel Animated Universe

Leader HASH

The Leader in Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.

The Leader appears as the main antagonist of the TV series Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., voiced by James Arnold Taylor. His main priority is to cause some kind of world-changing horror that will make all mankind fearful, so they don't disapprove of the Leader appearing to live up to his namesake, having even made deals to share world domination with other villains in the series.

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Movies
Iron Man: Iron Monger | Ten Rings (Raza Hamidmi Al-Wazar, Abu Bakaar, Ahmed & Omar) | William Ginter Riva
The Incredible Hulk: Abomination | Strategic Operations Command Center (Thunderbolt Ross & Kathleen Sparr) | Samuel Sterns | Tough Guy Leader
Iron Man 2: Whiplash | Hammer Industries (Justin Hammer, Jack & Hammer Drones) | Ten Rings (Ten Rings Agent) | Senator Stern | Anton Vanko
Thor: Loki Laufeyson | Frost Giants (Laufey, Grundroth, Hailstrum, Raze & Jotunheim Beast) | The Destroyer | Jasper Sitwell
Captain America: The First Avenger: HYDRA (Red Skull, Arnim Zola, Heinz Kruger, HYDRA Lieutenant & Velt) | Adolf Hitler | Roeder | Hutter | Schneider
The Avengers: Loki Laufeyson | Chitauri (The Other & Leviathans) | HYDRA (Gideon Malick & Jasper Sitwell) | Georgi Luchkov | Thanos
Iron Man 3: A.I.M. (Aldrich Killian, Eric Savin, Trevor Slattery, Ellen Brandt, Sweat Shop Agent, Maya Hansen & Extremis Soldiers) | Vice President Rodriguez
Thor: The Dark World: Dark Elves (Malekith the Accursed & Kurse the Strong) | Loki Laufeyson | Marauders (Duhg & Kronan Marauder) | Jotunheim Beast | The Collector
All Hail the King: Trevor Slattery | Herman | Ten Rings (Jackson Norriss & The Mandarin) | White Power Dave | Justin Hammer
Captain America: The Winter Soldier: HYDRA/STRIKE (Alexander Pierce, Winter Soldier, Brock Rumlow, Jack Rollins, Jasper Sitwell, Russo, Senator Stern, Arnim Zola, Wolfgang von Strucker, List, Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver) | Georges Batroc | Ferdinand Lopez | Gerald Durand
Guardians of the Galaxy: Kree Empire (Ronan the Accuser, Nebula, Korath the Pursuer, Sakaaran Mercenaries & Exolon Monks) | Yondu Ravager Clan (Yondu Udonta, Kraglin Obfonteri, Horuz & Vorker) | Garthan Saal | Eson the Searcher | Chitauri (The Other) | Moloka Dar | Monstrous Inmate | The Collector | Dark Elf | Thanos
Avengers: Age of Ultron: Ultron | Ultron Sentinels | HYDRA (Wolfgang von Strucker, List, Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver) | Ulysses Klaue | Madame B | Chitauri (Leviathans) | Thanos
Ant-Man: Yellowjacket | HYDRA/Ten Rings (Mitchell Carson & HYDRA Buyer) | Winter Soldier
Captain America: Civil War: Helmut Zemo | Thunderbolt Ross | Winter Soldier | Scarlet Witch | HYDRA (Vasily Karpov, Josef & Winter Soldiers) | Hero Mercs (Crossbones)
Doctor Strange: Zealots (Kaecilius & Lucian) | Karl Mordo | Dormammu
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Ego | Sovereign (Ayesha, Sovereign Admiral, Zylak & Sovereign Chambermaid) | Yondu Ravager Clan (Yondu Udonta, Kraglin Obfonteri, Tullk, Oblo, Taserface, Gef, Retch, Halfnut, Brahl, Vorker, Narblik & Huhtar) | Nebula | Abilisk | The Grandmaster | Thanos
Spider-Man: Homecoming: Bestman Salvage (Vulture, Tinkerer, Shocker #1, Shocker #2 & Randy Vale) | Mac Gargan | Aaron Davis
Thor: Ragnarok: Berserker Army (Hela Odinsdottir, Skurge & Fenris Wolf) | Sakaaran Guards (The Grandmaster & Topaz) | Loki Laufeyson | Fire Demons (Surtur & Fire Dragon) | Thanos
Black Panther: Erik Killmonger | Ulysses Klaue | W'Kabi | M'Baku | Linbani | Linda | Dave | Sambisan Militants (Sambisan Captain) | Winter Soldier | Helmut Zemo | N'Jobu
Avengers: Infinity War: Black Order (Thanos, Ebony Maw, Proxima Midnight, Corvus Glaive, Cull Obsidian, Nebula, Outriders, Chitauri & Leviathans) | Red Skull | The Collector | Loki Laufeyson | Winter Soldier | M'Baku | Scarlet Witch | Thunderbolt Ross
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Ghost | Sonny Burch | Bill Foster | Uzman | Anitolov | Knox | Stoltz | Elihas Starr | Thanos
Captain Marvel: Kree Empire/Starforce (Supreme Intelligence, Yon-Rogg, Korath the Pursuer, Minn-Erva, Att-lass, Bron-Char, Ronan the Accuser & Soh-Larr) | Skrulls (Talos & Norex) | Thanos
Avengers: Endgame: Black Order (Thanos, Ebony Maw, Proxima Midnight, Corvus Glaive, Cull Obsidian, Nebula, Outriders, Sakaaran Mercenaries, Chitauri, Leviathans & Chitauri Gorillas) | HYDRA/STRIKE (Red Skull, Alexander Pierce, Crossbones, Jasper Sitwell & Jack Rollins) | Loki Laufeyson | Winter Soldier | M'Baku | Scarlet Witch | Kraglin Obfonteri | Dark Elves | Thunderbolt Ross | Akihiko
Spider-Man: Far From Home: Mysterio | William Ginter Riva | Victoria Snow | Gutes Guterman | Janice Lincoln | Doug | Elementals (Molten Man, Hydro-Man, Sandman, Cyclone & Elemental Fusion) | Skrulls (Talos) | Obadiah Stane | J. Jonah Jameson

Television
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 1): HYDRA/Centipede Group (John Garrett, Grant Ward, Ian Quinn, Raina, Edison Po, Jasper Sitwell, Deathlok, Debbie, Vanchat, Scorch & Kaminsky) | Camilla Reyes | Franklin Hall | Blizzard | Lorelei | Marcus Daniels | Christian Ward | Jakob Nystrom
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 2): HYDRA (Daniel Whitehall, Grant Ward, Wolfgang von Strucker, List, Sunil Bakshi, Absorbing Man, Agent 33, Blizzard & Kebo) | Jiaying | Gordon | Calvin L. Johnson | Raina | Alisha Whitley | Lash | Vin-Tak | Katya Belyakov | Christian Ward
Agent Carter (Season 1): Johann Fennhoff | Dottie Underwood
Daredevil (Season 1): Kingpin | James Wesley | Leland Owlsley | Vanessa Marianna | The Hand (Madame Gao & Nobu Yoshioka) | Turk Barrett | Bill Fisk
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (Season 3): HYDRA (Hive, Grant Ward, Gideon Malick, Kebo, Werner von Strucker, Giyera, Lucio, Hellfire, Alisha Whitley & Primitives) | Lash | Absorbing Man | Watchdogs (Felix Blake, Holden Radcliffe & Aida)
Agent Carter (Season 2): Whitney Frost | Dottie Underwood
Jessica Jones (Season 1): Kilgrave | Will Simpson | Dorothy Walker | Audrey Eastman
Daredevil (Season 2): Nobu Yoshioka | Punisher | The Hand (Madame Gao) | Elektra Natchios | Blacksmith | Turk Barrett | Kingpin
Luke Cage (Season 1): Diamondback | Cottonmouth | Black Mariah | Shades | Turk Barrett
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (Season 4): Eli Morrow | Holden Radcliffe | Aida | Lucy Bauer | Watchdogs (Anton Ivanov, Tucker Shockley, Ellen Nadeer & Hellfire) | HYDRA (Dr. Leopold Fitz & Alistair Fitz)
Iron Fist (Season 1): Harold Meachum | The Hand (Madame Gao & Bakuto) | Jim Pierce
The Defenders: The Hand (Alexandra Reid, Elektra Natchios, Madame Gao, Bakuto, Murakami & Sowande) | Turk Barrett
Inhumans: Maximus
The Punisher (Season 1): Punisher | Agent Orange | Jigsaw | Lewis Wilson | Blacksmith | Turk Barrett
Runaways: The Pride (Jonah & Geoffrey Wilder)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 5): Kree Empire (Kasius, Sinara, Faulnak, Vicar & Tye) | Grill | Samuel Voss | Graviton | HYDRA (General Hale, Ruby Hale, Qovas, Werner von Strucker, Anton Ivanov, Absorbing Man & Dr. Leopold Fitz) | Thanos
Jessica Jones (Season 2): Alisa Jones | Karl Malus | Pryce Cheng | Dorothy Walker | Turk Barrett
Cloak and Dagger (Season 1): Roxxon Corporation (Peter Scarborough & Terrors) | Detective Connors
Luke Cage (Season 2): Black Mariah | Bushmaster | Shades | Turk Barrett
Iron Fist (Season 2): Steel Serpent | Typhoid Mary | Turk Barrett
Daredevil (Season 3): Kingpin | Bullseye | Vanessa Marianna
The Punisher (Season 2): Punisher | Anderson Schultz | John Pilgrim | Jigsaw | Eliza Schultz | Krista Dumont | Turk Barrett
Cloak & Dagger (Season 2): D'Spayre | Mayhem | Detective Connors
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 6): Izel | Shrike | Sarge's Squad (Sarge, Snowflake, Jaco & Pax) | Malachi | Atarah | Dr. Leopold Fitz
Jessica Jones (Season 3): Trish Walker | Gregory Sallinger | Dorothy Walker

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Comics
Abomination | Abominatrix | Absorbing Man | A.I.M. | Animus | Apocalypse | Arcade | Arkon | Arnim Zola | Attuma | Avalanche | Bi-Beast | Blastaar | Boomerang | Brian Banner | Captain Axis | Captain Omen | Chameleon | Collector | Constrictor | Corruptor | Crossbones | D'Spayre | Deadpool | Destroyer | Devil Hulk | Doctor Doom | Doctor Octopus | Doctor Scarabeus | Enchantress | Enclave | Executioner | Fixer | Flux | Freedom Force | Frightful Four | Frost | Frost Giants | Galactus | General John Ryker | Glenn Talbot | Grant Ward | Grandmaster | Guilt Hulk | Harpy | Hela | Herr Kleiser | High Evolutionary | HYDRA | Impossible Man | Ironclad | Juggernaut | Kang | Killer Shrike | Lady Deathstrike | Leader | Madcap | Man-Beast | Mandarin | Mentallo | Mephisto | Metal Master | Mister Hyde | M.O.D.O.K. | Mole Man | Molecule Man | Moonstone | Nightmare | Ogress | Omega Red | One Below All | Onslaught | Piledriver | Presence | Red Ghost | Red King | Red She-Hulk | Red Skull | Rhino | Ringmaster | Roxxon | Sabretooth | Sandman | Skaar | Skrulls | Super-Adaptoid | Super-Skrull | Talos the Untamed | Thanos | Thunderball | Thunderbolts | Thunderbolt Ross | Tiger Shark | Tinkerer | Titania | Tyrannus | U-Foes | Ultron | Vapor | Vector | Whirlwind | Worthy | Wrecker | X-Ray | Xemnu | Zzzax

Movies
Hulk (2003): David Banner | Glenn Talbot | Thunderbolt Ross | Gamma Dogs
The Incredible Hulk: Emil Blonsky | Strategic Operations Command Center (Thunderbolt Ross & Kathleen Sparr) | Samuel Sterns | Tough Guy Leader

Television
Dell Frye | Michael Sutton | Dark David Banner | Wilson Fisk

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