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I confess as a man, as Betty's lover, that I've always hoped you were dead. Not because I don't like you but because I love Betty, and I've known unless you were really gone or she believed you were, that, uh... there'd always be three of us in this relationship.
~ Leonard Samson to Bruce Banner.
You know, it's a point of professional pride for me that I can tell when somebody's lying. And you are.
~ Leonard to Thaddeus Ross.

Doctor Leonard Samson is the tritagonist and a supporting character from 2008 superhero film "The Incredible Hulk".

He is a friend and psychotherapist of Dr. Bruce Banner. He was romantically involved with Betty Ross while Bruce Banner was a fugitive, but briefly became Bruce's rival for Betty's affections.

Samson was in a meeting with Betty when Bruce returned to Culver University for the first time since the accident that turned him into the Hulk. Samson revealed Banner's location to General Ross because he feared that the Hulk could hurt her. In spite of his jealousy, he later realized that Betty had to help Bruce and that it had been a mistake to work with General Ross.

He is portrayed by Ty Burrell.

Biography

Background

Leonard Samson would study in psychiatry and psychotherapy, and became an employee at Culver University. At one point, he would meet Betty Brant, who also worked at Culver, and the two began a romantic relationship. Despite loving Betty, Leonard was aware of her feelings for her former partner Bruce Banner, who had been on the run from the United States government and military for five years.

The Incredible Hulk

During his relationship with Betty, Bruce resurfaced and asked for the assistance of Betty to get into contact with "Mr. Blue". Leonard briefly spoke with Bruce, but became uneasy at his presence and tipped off Betty's father, Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross of Bruce's location. Leonard's actions resulted in Thaddeus sending in the military to fight Banner at Culver University, nearly resulting in the deaths of Betty. Samson arrived at Culver and witnessed Betty survive being nearly killed by a helicopter, and being taken away by the Hulk. Remorseful at his actions, Leonard later confronted Thaddeus, explaining why now he understands that Betty didn't want to see him. Samson would later contact Betty, begging for forgiveness and wanting her to return home. Betty declined to return home, but did forgive him for tipping off Thunderbolt.

Trivia

  • Most of Samson's scenes were cut from the film at final release.
  • In the comics, Leonard Samson would be exposed to gamma radiation and become "Doc Samson".
    • Leonard Samson's actor, Ty Burrell, has expressed interest in portraying a super powered version of the character in a possible sequel.

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