Real Name: Trow-Mah

Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (Troyjan)

Occupation: Prince of the Troyjan Empire

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Armageddon

Enemies: The Hulk (Bruce Banner), Rick Jones, the Pantheon (Achilles, Atalanta, Cassiopeia, Hector, Prometheus, Ulysses), Silver Surfer (Norrin Radd), the Starjammers (Corsair, Ch'od, Hepzibah, Raza Longknife)

Known Relatives: Arm'chedon (Armageddon, father), unidentified brother (deceased)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: The Troyjan throneworld (with the Troyjan Empire sharing some of their border with the Shi'ar Imperium)

First Appearance: Incredible Hulk II#394 (June 1992)

Powers/Abilities: Trauma possesses superhuman strength (class 100) and durability sufficient to go toe-to-toe with the Hulk.

    He can fire powerful energy blasts from his hands, and also has a suit of weaponized armor which can shoot blasts powerful enough to incapacitate the Hulk.

Height: 7'5" (approximate, compared to the 7'6 "Merged Hulk")
Weight: 500 lbs (approximate)
Eyes: Solid yellow (with no visible pupil or iris)
Hair: Black (mostly bald, but with a few scattered black hairs)traumahulk3.jpg

(Incredible Hulk II#415 - (fb) - BTS) - Many centuries ago, the leaders of the star-spanning Troyjan Empire struck a bargain with Agamemnon (Vali Halfling), the son of a human and an Asgardian god.

    The Troyjans agreed to use their advanced science to aid Agamemnon in genetic manipulation in order to allow him to pass on a considerable portion of his godhood to all his offspring (see comments). In return, Agamemnon promised the Troyjans the right to claim any of his descendants for whatever use they desired.

(Incredible Hulk II#394 - (fb) - BTS) - Trauma was a prince of the Troyjan Empire, and the son of the emperor, Armageddon.

    Years ago, under unrevealed circumstances, Atalanta of the Pantheon killed Trauma's brother in battle. Trauma attempted repeatedly to gain vengeance against Atalanta over the years, but was always driven off.

    Over time, Trauma came to admire Atalanta and eventually fell in love with her.traumahulk2

(Incredible Hulk II#394) - Trauma ambushed Atalanta, shooting down her vehicle over the Himalayas as she was en route to the Mount following a mission. Trauma pursued Atalanta in his ship until she shot him down with her energy arrows. Trauma then continued his pursuit on foot. 

    Meanwhile, Ulysses, Hector, and the Hulk (who was a member of the Pantheon at the time), arrived in the area in search of Atalanta. As the Hulk searched for Atalanta, Trauma surprised the Hulk and incapacitated him with energy blasts from his armor.

    Mistakingly believing that he had killed the Hulk, Trauma moved on, continuing his pursuit. Trauma found Atalanta and, during their subsequent fight, Trauma professed his love for her. Atalanta laughed at the idea, which served to anger Trauma further.

    The Hulk (recovered from Trauma's earlier attack) then located the pair and joined Atalanta in the fight. Together, the Hulk and Atalanta knocked Trauma off a cliff, and he was buried by an avalanche. Trauma was later shown digging himself out from under the snow.

(Incredible Hulk II#413) - Trauma implored his father, Armageddon, to allow him to return to Earth with the full power of the Troyjan Empire behind him to find Atalanta and take her as his mate. Armageddon did not approve of the proposed union, but grudgingly agreed.

    Trauma and his forces arrived on Earth and ambushed Atalanta and Rick Jones. Trauma quickly disposed of Jones with a swat of his hand, and his forces restrained Atalanta. The Hulk attempted to come to his friends' aid, but Trauma's forces bombarded the Hulk with advanced Troyjan weapons, incapacitating him long enough for them to escape and set off for the Troyjan throneworld with Atalanta in tow.

(Incredible Hulk II#414) - As Trauma's soldiers attempted to place Atalanta into confinement aboard their ship, she broke loose and attacked them. Atalanta caused enough commotion on the ship to allow the Pantheon to catch up in their own vessel.

    The Hulk, Cassiopeia, Hector, and Ulysses donned space suits and attempted to board Trauma's ship. Trauma exited the ship and fought the Hulk hand-to-hand on the ship's hull in the vacuum of space. During their fight, Trauma activated the ship's weapons and had the Hulk blasted into space. The remaining Pantheon members gained access to Trauma's ship, but were promptly surrounded by Trauma's forces once inside. traumahulk-impaled

    Meanwhile, the Hulk was rescued by the Silver Surfer, who had been informed by Dr. Strange of the Pantheon's mission and arrived to offer his assistance. Trauma reentered his ship and ordered his crew to initiate a jump to hyperspeed toward the Troyjan throneworld, pulling the Hulk and Silver Surfer behind them.

(Incredible Hulk II#415) - Trauma apprehended Atalanta, who was still loose aboard his ship, knocking her unconscious with an energy blast. Trauma then confronted the remaining Pantheon members loose aboard his ship, and used Atalanta as his hostage to obtain their surrender.  After returning to the throneworld, Trauma brought the Pantheon, as his prisoners, before Armageddon. Armageddon explained to the assembled Pantheon the bargain he had struck with Agamemnon years earlier.

(Incredible Hulk II#416) - Rather than have her family face reprisals from the Troyjans, Atalanta grudgingly agreed to marry Trauma.

    Before their wedding ceremony could begin, the Hulk, Silver Surfer, and Starjammers arrived and confronted Trauma and Armageddon. Armageddon proceeded to tell the Hulk of Agamemnon's centuries-old agreement with the Troyjans. As the Hulk prepared to liberate Atalanta by force, he was struck down by an energy blast from Armageddon. While he was bombarded by Armageddon's blast, the Hulk goaded and taunted Trauma until Trauma insisted that he be allowed to battle the Hulk personally.

    The Hulk and Trauma then battled hand to hand while the Silver Surfer continued fighting Armageddon. During his fight with the Hulk, one of the knife-edged shoulder pads of Trauma's armor became dislodged and stuck in the wall, and Trauma became impaled upon it. Fatally wounded, Trauma professed his love for Atalanta and asked his father to release the Pantheon and the Hulk. Armageddon, heartbroken, granted his son's last wish, and allowed the Hulk and Pantheon to leave. Trauma - overloaded

(Incredible Hulk II#464 (fb)) - Armageddon had his forces occupy the Leader's (Samuel Sterns) abandoned arctic base, the Freehold, and located the Leader's resurrection machine. Armageddon devised a plan to use the resurrection machine to return Trauma to life, but lacked an adequate source of energy to power the machine.

(Incredible Hulk II#463-464) - Armageddon had his forces attacked the Hulk on Earth, and took General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross prisoner. After some fighting, Armageddon's forces revealed to the Hulk that they had taken Ross captive, and explained that Armageddon desired the Hulk's aid. The Hulk then reverted to Bruce Banner and agreed to assist Armageddon. Armageddon's forces transported the Hulk and Ross to Freehold, where Armageddon explained that he intended to use the Hulk as a power sources to energize the Leader's resurrection machine and return Trauma to life, although the Hulk would be killed in the process.

    The Hulk agreed to Armageddon's plan, and allowed the Troyjans to hook him up to the resurrection machine. However, the Hulk then revealed his ruse, as he poured so much energy into the machine so quickly that it overloaded, incinerating Trauma's body in the process. Armageddon, acknowledging that he had been outmaneuvered, left Earth without further conflict, promising that the Hulk would eventually die at his hands.

Comments: Created by Peter David, Andrew Wildman, and Chris Ivy

    In Incredible Hulk II#415, Armageddon claimed that the Troyjans had used their science to grant Agamemnon immortal life. In Incredible Hulk II#424, Agamemnon explained during his trial that the Troyjans did not grant him immortality, which he possessed as a part of his Asgardian heritage, but had instead given him the tools to pass his godly heritage to his offspring, which otherwise would have become more diluted with each generation.

Profile by Stunner.

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Incredible Hulk II#413, page 17, panel 1 (main)
    #394, page 4, panel 1 (blue armor)
        page 17, panel 2 (unmasked)
    #416 (impaled);
    #464, (incinerated)

Incredible Hulk II#394 (June 1992) - Peter David (writer), Andrew Wildman (penciler), Chris Ivy (inker), and Bobbie Chase (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#413 (January 1994) - Peter David (writer), Gary Frank (penciler), Cam Smith (inker), Bobbie Chase (editor)

Incredible Hulk II#414 (February 1994) - Peter David (writer), Gary Frank (penciler), Cam Smith (inker), Bobbie Chase (editor)

Incredible Hulk II#415 (March 1994) - Peter David (writer), Gary Frank (penciler), Cam Smith (inker), Bobbie Chase (editor)

Incredible Hulk II#416 (Aril 1994) - Peter David (writer), Gary Frank (penciler), Cam Smith (inker), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#464 (May 1998) - Peter David (writer), Adam Kubert (penciler), Joe Kubert (penciler and inker), Mark Farmer (inker), Bobbie Chase (editor)

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