"Well, you should learn to control your temper!" - Belle from Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Egotistical Mary Sue
Gamma Radiated Human
Media of origin:
Marvel Cinematic Universe
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law
Jennifer Walters, also known as She-Hulk, is the titular main protagonist of the Disney+ miniseries She-Hulk: Attorney at Law. She is a lawyer and the cousin of Bruce Banner, also known as the Hulk. After she and Bruce suffered a car accident, his blood went into Jennifer's open wound, giving her similar abilities just like her cousin.
Why She Isn't Incredible Anymore
Unlike her comic book counterpart, where she was a fun, confident, and sexy character, she is now a rude, dismissive, self-obsessed, and immature narcissist who cares more about her sex appeal than being a hero.
She is cruel towards her cousin Bruce by constantly belittling him and dismisses all of his struggles over the years of him being the Hulk as inferior to her own everyday struggles, such as getting catcalled by men.
Bruce was literally forced to live a life of isolation out of fear of losing control of his Hulk powers, gave up his relationship with his love Betty Ross, lost his close friends during the war with Thanos, he even sacrificed his own right arm and used the Nano Gauntlet to resurrect half the universe, but he is somehow still viewed as selfish by her.
Hypocrisy: She claims to be great at controlling her anger when, in fact, she cannot control it at all.
She criticizes the Avengers and calls them narcissists and for billionaires and orphans only.
As mentioned above, the Avengers sacrificed so much to save the universe. Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff sacrificed her life to give her friends an advantage and extra step in resurrecting half the universe, Iron Man/Tony Stark sacrificed his life to defeat Thanos, despite wanting to live his life with his friends and family, including his wife Pepper Potts, their daughter Morgan, and his protégé Spider-Man/Peter Parker, and this is the thanks they get from Jennifer.
She adds meta humor to the series by speaking directly to the viewers, which feels out of place for the MCU. Although, to be fair, her comic book counterpart did the exact same thing and broke the fourth wall too, but not to the point of erasing and changing the ending where she defeated the villains without having to fight them and interacting with an A.I. named K.E.V.I.N. (a parody of the Marvel Studio's president, Kevin Feige) and resolved the climax by literally complaining to the manager, leading many viewers to label her a Karen.
Just like Captain Marvel, she comes off as a Mary Sue by already knowing how to use her Hulk powers from the get-go, while it took Bruce years to control his anger.
She is the definition of the "All men are evil/idiots" trope. She views all men as sexist, shallow, incompetent, and not worthy of being in a relationship with women.
She says this, but also hypocritically has one night stands with them.
She cannot handle a single bit of criticism and labels such criticism as trolling (though a few are genuine trolling).
Her CGI in her Hulk form is atrocious and downright uncanny (even by low-budget television/streaming standards) to the point of looking like Fiona from the Shrek films. In fact, she even joked about her appearance, which doesn't make her CGI look any better.
The infamous scene where she twerks with Megan Thee Stallion was just nonsensical and cringeworthy and caused a huge backlash among Marvel fans claiming the MCU has 'jumped the shark' after Avengers: Endgame.
Unlike a lot of other heroes in the MCU, she never had to struggle or face hardships in the past. Even Iron Fist suffered tragedy in his life.
She gave her comic book counterpart a bad name, which is not saying much, because her comic book counterpart was already badly butchered from what she once was.
The Only Redeeming Qualities
Her interaction with Daredevil/Matt Murdock was at least entertaining and he was perhaps the only good part about her show.
Tatiana Maslany did a good job portraying her with the material she was given.