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The Leader is a massive-headed Gamma supervillain and one of the Hulk's archenemies.

The Leader was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

Personality

The Leader, also known as Samuel Sterns, is a Gamma villain from the Marvel Universe. Where Bruce Banner was given immense amount of strength, Samuel Sterns gained immense amount of knowledge. Because of his mutation, he has a superiority complex, believing himself to be the only perfect being capable of leading. His main goal is world order led by him, hence his name the Leader. In a fight he is not that strong, but can outsmart Hulk. He can also create gadgets and inventions to wreck havoc over the people of the world or against enemies.

Appearances

Marvel Cinematic Universe

The Incredible Hulk

In this film, Dr. Samuel Sterns is a university professor trying to help Bruce Banner to find a cure for his transformations, while operating under the alias of "Mr. Blue". After turning Emil Blonsky into the Abomination, some of Hulk's blood drips into an open head wound causing his cranium to rapidly expand as he grins maniacally. He is yet to appear in any other instalments.

Marvel Animated Universe

The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes

Samuel Sterns was working as a janitor in the lab where Bruce Banner was working on a gamma project, where Sterns was exposed to gamma radiation that turned weak but brilliant scientist Banner into the Hulk. As a result of the radiation, the low-functioning Sterns was transformed into a superhuman genius.

He was incarcerated in the Cube, a prison for radioactive supervillains, but after a series of mysterious breakouts, he took it over with the help of Abomination and Absorbing Man and turned it into his own base of where he made use of the research to further his goals. After a successful test of his "Gamma Dome" the Leader left the cube and escaped with his fellow Gamma mutants.

Using the Gamma Dome, the Leader planned to cover the Earth in Gamma Energy, causing anyone exposed to it to become Gamma-based mutants. Unfortunately, it couldn't affect Thor (who was a magic-based god, and therefore was unaffected by mortal science or illnesses) and Doc Samson (who had already been exposed to it). Though the generator at the Cube was destroyed, Leader had another one stationed in Las Vegas. As the Gamma Dome expanded, everyone in the city were turned into Gamma Monsters including the Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, putting them all in the Leader's control.

When Thor and Doc Samson had been taken prisoner, Leader allows Abomination fight Thor after realizing Thor's immunity to the mutations. When Thor does regain Mjolnir, Leader summoned Absorbing Man who ended up absorbing the properties of Mjolnir, mockingly saying that he planned for it. As Thor began falling into a losing battle, the Hulk and Hawkeye (immunized from the effects of the Gamma energy) came crashing through the floor.

Unfazed by their intrusion, Leader had Abomination attack Hulk while he and the Gamma-powered Avengers attacked Hawkeye who launched special arrows that cured the infected Avengers before fighting The Leader. The Leader then summoned a battlesuit from his command board to fight Hawkeye. After Hulk had defeated Abomination by sending him flying out into the desert, Leader's battlesuit was shattered by the now virtually indestructible but defeated Absorbing Man as Hulk lifted the Gamma Generator off the roof causing the Leader's head to expand as he threw it into space. The next day, Leader and Absorbing Man were taken into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody with the other Gamma-based villains to the Prison 42 in the Negative Zone.

After the prison came under the attack of a being called Annihilus and his army of Negative Zone bugs, the Leader helped the Avengers and other prisoners in Prison 42. Due to the effects of Annihilus' presence and his Cosmic Rod, the Leader received constant signals due to his increased intelligence and ranted about voices in his head while fighting. Abomination helped him get to the control center, where he disrupted the shields protecting Annihilus. When this succeeded, the Avengers took down Annihilus, causing the pain in the Leader's head to go away, much to the Leader's joy. The Leader is not seen after this, but it is likely he was either placed back in his cell or taken to Hydro-Base.

Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.

The Leader appears as the supplier of Annihilus' mind-control technology and the true catalyst behind Annihilus' gateway to Earth. He was the one who planted Skaar onto Hulk's team in order to learn about them in exchange that the Leader tells Skaar about his past. Skaar attempted to object, but the Leader silences him if he ever wants to learn the truth of his existence, unaware that Hulk was watching the conversation.

Ultimate Spider-Man

The Leader appears in the episode "Contest of Champions" Part 3, as an unlikely ally to Spider-Man, Agent Venom, and Iron Spider. He gets Spider-Man to release him and "help" him free the trapped people of the Grandmaster's ship. After freeing the civilian hostages instead further helping Spider-Man and his team, he jumped into the transporter ray and escaped with the people.

Avengers Assemble

The Leader appeared in the episode "Building the Perfect Weapon". He was stealing technology from a A.I.M. facility and unleashing Ultimo on the Avengers. After seeing how the Red Hulk made so much damage, he devised a way to turn Red Hulk into a weapon and keep the Avengers from stopping him. By playing into Red Hulk's rage and massive ego, he is able separate Red Hulk from the team and capture him into a Gamma Charger where he transforms him into an indestructible weapon.  In the following episode "World War Hulk".  The Leader had some control over Red Hulk but as the battle intesifyed Leader lost control and got knocked out by the rampaging giant.  There was no signs of the Leader after the battle finished.

Gallery

The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes

Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.

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The Falcon and The Winter Soldier characters: John Walker/U.S. AgentKarli MorgenthauJoaquin TorresSarah WilsonDr. RaynorYoriLeahLemar Hoskins/BattlestarIsaiah BradleyEli BradleyOlivia WalkerSelbyDr. Nagel
Loki characters: Sylvie LaufeydottirMobius M. MobiusRavonna RenslayerHunter B-15CaseyMiss MinutesHunter C-20Kid LokiAlligator LokiClassic LokiBoastful LokiPresident LokiTime KeepersAlioth
What If...? characters: The Watcher

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Netflix: Daredevil episode listJessica Jones episode listLuke Cage episode listIron Fist episode listThe Defenders episode listThe Punisher episode list
Hulu: Runaways episode list
Freeform: Cloak & Dagger episode list
Disney+: WandaVision episode listThe Falcon and The Winter Soldier episode listLoki episode listWhat If...? episode list
Songs
"Shoot To Thrill" • "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" • "Trouble Man" • "Hooked on a Feeling" • "Spirit In The Sky" • "Cherry Bomb" • "Come and Get Your Love" • "I Want You Back" • "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)" • "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" • "Go All The Way" • "Moonage Daydream" • "I'm Not In Love" • "Fooled Around and Fell in Love" • "O-o-h Child" • "Magic" • "Live To Rise" • "I've Got No Strings" • "Left Hand Free" • "Mr. Blue Sky" • "The Chain" • "Born to Be Wild" • "Immigrant Song" • "C'mon Get Happy" • "Twilight Time" • "Holding Out for a Hero" • "Demons" • "Dark Moon" • "If You Love Me (Really Love Me)" • "Smells Like Teen Spirit" • "A Whole New World" • "Let It Go" • "Into the Unknown"

Original Songs: "A Newlywed Couple" • "WandaVision!" • "We Got Something Cooking" • "Making It Up As We Go Along" • "Let's Keep It Going" • "Agatha All Along" • "Jeg Saler Min Ganger"

Weapons/Objects
Super Soldier SerumCaptain America's ShieldMjolnirTesseractLoki's ScepterIron Man (armor)ExtremisIron LegionIron Patriot (armor)AetherInfinity StonesCentipede0-8-4Berserker StaffWidow's BiteEXO-7 FalconOrbUniversal WeaponGravitoniumPym ParticlesDivinerVibraniumInfinity GauntletWeb-ShootersTemPad
Vehicles
S.H.I.E.L.D. HelicarrierQuinjetValkyrieMilanoThe BusDark AsterLola
Organizations/Groups
AvengersChitauriStark IndustriesS.H.I.E.L.D.A.I.M.AsgardiansFire DemonsDark ElvesFrost GiantsHYDRAWorld Security CouncilGuardians of the GalaxyNova CorpsKreeSakaaransRising TideCentipede ProjectCybertekXandariansStrikeRavagersInhumansThe HandDefendersBlack OrderEternalsFantastic FourS.W.O.R.D.United NationsFlag SmashersTime Variance AuthorityVariants
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