Not only is Dayton, Ohio, the birthplace of many iconic people in history, it is also the birthplace of fictional character Robert Bruce Banner and his alter ego, The Incredible Hulk! Surviving a traumatic childhood with an abusive, alcoholic father who murdered his mother, Banner found it hard to develop friendships and was often on the receiving end of bullies. After building and planting a bomb in the basement of his school (which was a dud), the military took notice of his genius. Eventually, Banner earned a doctorate in nuclear physics. While supervising the trial of an experimental gamma bomb, Banner was struck full-force by the blast. He survived, but was irradiated by the deadly gamma energy. At first, Banner would transform into the brutish Gray Hulk only at sunset, and revert to human form at dawn. Eventually, his changes into the childlike Green Hulk came to be triggered by the release of adrenaline when he was intensely excited, no matter what time of day. The Green Hulk possessed little of Banner’s memory and intelligence, and was easily enraged; making him a menace to society. For a short time, Banner successfully treated his condition with radiation and was able to maintain enough of his own personality when he became The Hulk to control himself in that form. Subsequently, he earned the government’s favor by destroying the alien Metal Master and received a presidential pardon.