Many heroes use nicknames from time to time, but Hulk stood out for assigning descriptive names to other Defenders.
Here are the unique names Hulk largely settled on for a handful of his teammates.
- Dr. Strange = Magician
- Hellcat = Cat-Girl
- Nighthawk = Bird-Nose
- Red Guardian = Star-Girl
- Sub-Mariner = Fish-Man
- Valkyrie = Sword-Girl (or simply Girl before other women joined the Defenders)
Not everyone received a consistent moniker, mind you. For example, Hulk referred to Hawkeye as Purple-Man and Stick Man (Defenders #7). And he called Silver Surfer both Shiny-Face and Silver-Face (Defenders #8).
Since the green goliath clearly remembered the names of other people he knew (such as Jarella), his almost exclusive use of monikers for costumed adventures may have been a way to maintain emotional distance among those who might act as Hulk's friends one moment but then try to stop him the next.