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|Created by||Man of Action Studios (Duncan Rouleau, Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, and Steven T. Seagle)|
|Original work||Ben 10|
|Films and television|
|Television special(s)||Ben 10/Generator Rex: Heroes United (2011)|
Ben 10 is an American animated television series and a media franchise created by Man of Action Studios and produced by Cartoon Network Studios. The franchise revolves around a boy named Ben Tennyson who acquires a watch-like alien device, the Omnitrix, which allows him to transform into ten different alien creatures. The Ben 10 franchise has received wide critical acclaim, winning three Emmy Awards. The franchise consists primarily of five television series and four films, the latter of which aired between August 2007 and March 2012. Spanning thirteen years, it is Cartoon Network's longest-running franchise to date. There is also a Ben 10 toy line manufactured by Bandai for the first 4 shows and Playmates Toys for the reboot. Worldwide, the franchise has grossed over $6 billion in retail sales.
- 1 Series
- 2 Cast
- 3 Characters
- 4 Aliens
- 5 Statistics
- 6 Films
- 7 Elements of the franchise
- 8 Awards
- 9 Spin-off media
- 10 Ben 10 in other media
- 11 References
- 12 External links
The series centers on Ben Tennyson, a 10-year-old boy on a summer vacation road trip with his cousin Gwen and their grandfather Max. On their first night camping in their grandfather's RV, Ben finds an alien pod with a mysterious watch-like device named the Omnitrix. The device attaches itself to his wrist, giving him the ability to transform into various alien life-forms each with its own unique skills and powers. With his new found super powers Ben has to learn the responsibilities of being a hero. During their vacation, the Tennysons are attacked by various enemies ranging from space aliens like Vilgax to supernatural entities like Hex and Zs'Skayr.
Original airdate: December 27, 2005 - April 15, 2008
Overall episode numbers: 1-52 (with Secret of the Omnitrix designated as episodes 44-46 in Cartoon Network airing order, 40-42 for the production or chronological order and 49-51 for the official order of the series)
Ben 10: Alien Force
The series begins five years after the summer vacation when Ben discovered the Omnitrix. Ben removed the Omnitrix for unknown reasons, but regained it as a teenager while searching for his grandfather Max, who was abducted by a xenophobic alien species called the Highbreeds, who, along with the DNAliens at their command, are determined to cleanse the Earth of human beings. Ben's age causes the Omnitrix to reboot, granting him access to a new set of alien forms, along with a few of his previous forms. Ben is joined in his search by his cousin Gwen and former enemy Kevin Levin, as they fight the Highbreed's universal extermination plan. Later on in the series, Ben faces villains from his past.
Original air date: April 18, 2008 - March 26, 2010
Overall episode numbers: 53-98
Ben 10: Ultimate Alien
After Ben's last battle with Vilgax which resulted in the destruction of the Omnitrix, Ben replaces it with the new Ultimatrix that allows him to evolve his alien forms into their ultimate forms. With the recent disclosure of his identity, Ben has become a worldwide celebrity. Meanwhile, Ben, Gwen, and Kevin must stop an Osmosian villain named Aggregor, who hunts new aliens from the Andromeda galaxy, and intends to use their powers to achieve the "ultimate prize". Later, Ben, Gwen, and Kevin have to prevent the release of an extra dimensional entity called Diagon and prevent him from taking over the universe. The last episode of this series also featured Ultimate Way Big.
Original air date: April 23, 2010 - March 31, 2012
Overall episode numbers: 99-150
Ben 10: Omniverse
Ben acquires a new powerful, perfect Omnitrix that allows him to gain access to a new set of alien forms along with all the forms he has assumed prior. After Gwen goes away to college with Kevin accompanying her, Ben pairs up with a by-the-book rookie plumber, Rook Blonko. Rook is an intelligent and talented expert fighter plumber from the planet Revonnah. He is targeted by an intergalactic huntsman named Khyber, who made a copy of the Omnitrix, the Nemetrix, with the help of mad scientist Dr. Psychobos. Both of them are working with an enemy from Ben's past, a mutated Galvanic Mechamorph named Malware. Ben later contends with the Incurseans, Albedo, Zs'Skayr, Dr. Psychobos, Charmcaster, the Plumber's Black-Ops Unit (called the "Rooters"), his alternate dimension self (the warlord, Mad Ben), and a Time War with Maltruant.
Original air date: August 1, 2012 - November 14, 2014
Overall episode numbers: 151-230
The official Twitter feed of Cartoon Network PR confirmed a rebooted series that would return to following the adventures of Ben, Gwen, and Max Tennyson and feature new additional alien forms from the Omnitrix. In mid-June 2016, Cartoon Network released the first poster for the series, in which ten of the most popular aliens from the franchise were featured. The series would premiere on international Cartoon Networks beginning in October 2016, with the Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East & African versions, and continuing into 2017 with the North and Latin American versions.
The world premiere was on Cartoon Network (Australia), airing on October 1, 2016. The U.K network premiered the series on October 8, 2016. The German Cartoon Network premiered the first two episodes on October 10, 2016. The series premiered in the United States on April 10, 2017.
Original International air date: October 2016 – present
Original U.S. air date: April 10, 2017 – present
Overall episode numbers: 231–350
Cast for the shows
- Tara Strong as Ben Tennyson (4, 5, 10, 11-year-old and toddler), Ben 23, Albedo (11-year-old Human form), Upgrade (10 and 11-year-old), Techno-Bubble, Buzzshock, Blitzwolfer, Wildmutt (Dream), Pesky Dust, Nighty Knight, Amalgam Ben, Diamondhead (Gwen), Upgrade (Gwen), Kenny Tennyson, Future Gwen, Edith, Lucy Mann, Mrs. Fang, Sandra Tennyson, Attea, Serena, Pakmar, Mad Pakmar, Agent Swift, Molly Gunther, ML-E, ML-E's Mother, Natalie Alvarez, Mazuma, She-Worst, Y-it, Fergi, Private Brownbag, Rook Shim, Duffy, Sally, Computer Voice, Mrs. Rheault, Mrs. Billions, Dust Bunny, Unnamed Blue Alien/Scientist
- Yuri Lowenthal as Ben Tennyson (15 and 16-year-old), Albedo (15 and 16-year-old Human form), Eon, No Watch Ben, Mad Ben, Bad Ben, Benzarro, Nega Ben, Anur-Mirrored Ben, Alien X, AmpFibian, XLR8, Speedyquick, Upgrade (16-year-old), Feedback, Walkatrout, Pesky Dust, Mole-Stache, The Worst, Kickin Hawk, Omnitrix, Ultimatrix, Brad, Jeff, Orb, Kenko, J.T., Carl Tennyson, Buzz, Pink-Worst, Green-Worst, N-8, Julius, Lieutenant Rana, Herve, Lieutenant Steel, Computer Voice, Sumo Slammer
- Dee Bradley Baker as Wildmutt, Ultimate Wildmutt, Stinkfly, Stink Arms, Big Bug, Eye Guy, Spitter, Swampfire, Ultimate Swampfire, Echo Echo, Ultimate Echo Echo, Humungousaur, Ultimate Humungousaur, Jetray, Big Chill, Ultimate Big Chill, Freezeghost, Chromastone, Brainstorm, Spidermonkey, Ultimate Spidermonkey, Goop, Cannonbolt, Ultimate Cannonbolt, Upchuck, Way Big, Ultimate Way Big, Lodestar, Diamondhead, Nanomech, Water Hazard, AmpFibian, Armodrillo, Terraspin, NRG, Heatblast, Four Arms (16-year-old), ChamAlien, Eatle, Fasttrack, Clockwork, Jury Rigg, Crashhopper, Crashocker, Wildvine, The Worst, Astrodactyl, Cash Murray, Drone, Mutant Cockatiel, Sixsix, Limax, Acid Breath, Joe, Amazing Alan, Scooter, Elsgood (Old), Mr. Zu, Joel Tennyson, Carl Tennyson, Gluto, Psyphon, Sevenseven, Dravek, Dasypodidate, Rodilia Dentia, Xenocyte, Tiny, Tiny's Mother, Ssserpent, Pyroxivor, Decka, Bailiff, Mr. Smoothy Mascot, Naljian Destructor, Zaw-Veenull, Tiffan, Commander Sangfroid, Stone Creatures, Sugilite, Bioids, Bivalvan, Andreas, P'andor, Ra'ad, Yeti, Geochelone Aerio, Computron, Cerberus, Blowfish, Pallorfang, Scrutin, Sentinel, Barry, Harvey Hackett, Plant Alien, Sir Reginald, Lucubra, Trumbipulor.
- Meagan Smith as Gwen Tennyson (10-year-old)
- Ashley Johnson as Gwen Tennyson (11, 15 and 16-year-old), Future Gwen, Gwen 10, Diamondhead (Gwen), Clockwork (Gwen), Humungousaur (Gwen), Upchuck (Gwen), Rath (Gwen), XLR8 (Gwen), Wildvine (Gwen), Carol Smith, Cicely, Mother, Sunny, Mrs. Rozum, Margie
- Montserrat Hernandez as Gwen Tennyson (10-year-old and toddler), Four Arms (Gwen), Dana
- Paul Eiding as Max Tennyson (54, 59-60, 60-61, 64-65 and 65-66-year-old), Future Max, Upgrade (Max), Ultimate Spidermonkey, Zed, Lukik, Moldywarp, Ishiyama, Highbreed, Highbreed, Blukic, Liam, Bailiff, Hoodlum, Seasoned Pro, Firey Buddy, Moe, Serf, Colonel
- Greg Cipes as Kevin Levin (11, 12, 16 and 17-year old), Future Kevin, Stinkfly, Jetray (Kevin), Wildmutt (Gwen), Way Big (Gwen), Nanomech (Kevin), AmpFibian (Kevin), Aggrebot, Grick
- Bumper Robinson as Rook Blonko, Future Rook, Mad Rook, Bloxx, Terraspin, Ball Weevil, Smoothy Vendor, Corvo, Magister Arnux, Alan Albright, N-D, Elliot, Techadon Robots, Crujo, Professor Aniceto
- Steve Blum as Heatblast, Ghostfreak, Heat Jaws, Vilgax, Future Vilgax, Zs’Skayr, Four Arms (4-year-old), Roger, Bob, Steve Cummings, Mr. Mann, Edward White, Hobble, Helena Xagliv, Adwaita, Mino-Toga, Drone, Pa Vreedle, Thaddeus J. Collins, Bill Gacks, Ectonurite Twins, Regis.
- Jim Ward as Diamondhead, XLR8, Wildvine, Diamond Matter, Jack, Gordon Tennyson, Mr. Beck.
- John DiMaggio as Rath, Ultimate Rath, Four Arms (10, 11, 16-year-old and toddler), Handy Man, Armodrillo, Toolboxx, Humungousaur, Dino-Mighty, Ultimate Humungousaur, Humungoopsaur, Bullfrag, Atomix, Whampire, Galapagus, Vulkanus, Baron Highway, Octagon Vreedle, Judge Domstol, Ragnorak, Doug, Aggregor, Ultimate Aggregor, Will Harangue, Mad Harangue, Colonel Rozum, Zombozo, Adwaita, Spellbinder, Magister Coronach, Conduit Edwards, Swamps, Garage Monster, Centur Squaar, Diagon, Aggrebot, Piscciss Volann Commander, Bobo Haha, Bubble Helmet, Madison's Father.
- Eric Bauza as Diamondhead, Grey Matter, Brainfrog, Eatle, Ultimate Arctiguana, Freezelizard, Ripjaws, Way Big, Upchuck, Vomit Man, Big Chuck, Buzzshock, Toepick, Chromastone, Driba, Dr. Psychobos, Albedo (Galvan form), Ultimate Albedo, Fistrick, Megawhatts, Pax, Solid Plugg, Bellicus, Commander Raff, Trumbipulor, Rook Da, Cooper Daniels, Aryan, Tyagi, Contemelia, Lackno, Sergeant Cast Iron, Mechaneer, Poltroon, Jerry, Pretty Boy Vreedle, Dodecahedron Vreedle, Gust-O.
- David Kaye as Shocksquatch, Electricyeti, Cannonbolt, Rollaway, Heatblast, Gravattack, Ultimate Gravattack, Frankenstrike, Lightning Volt, Mole-Stache, Shock Rock, Unitaur, Slapstrike, Max Tennyson, Khyber, Skurd, Exo-Skull, Sunder, Gar Red Wind, Deefus Veeblepister, Malice, Thumbskull, Lord Transyl, Bouncer, Joseph Chadwick, Steve, Shock-O, Foreman, Merlin, Forgeti.
- Kevin Michael Richardson as Snare-oh, Blitzwolfer, Highbreed Commander, Sheriff Mason, Milleous, Sir Morton, Battle Mode Ship, Magister Pyke, Kwarrel, Sergeant Cookmeister, Sweet-Eels Sparklefunk, Walt, Ujin.
- Richard McGonagle as Four Arms (10-year-old), Dr. Kelly, Gladiator, Exo-Skull, President, Reinrassic III, General Groff, Highbreed Supreme.
- Fred Tatasciore as Ripjaws, Cannonbolt, Way Big, Evil Way Big, Krakken, Duane, Bug-Lite, Dr. Doomacus, Mycelium, Coach Finn, Squire, Hammer, Surgeon, Quince, Strabismus, Hydromander.
Cast for the movies
- Graham Phillips as Ben Tennyson (10-year-old)
- Ryan Kelley as Ben Tennyson (15-year-old)
- Haley Ramm as Gwen Tennyson (10-year-old)
- Galadriel Stineman as Gwen Tennyson (15-year-old)
- Lee Majors as Max Tennyson (60-year-old)
- Barry Corbin as Max Tennyson (65-year-old)
- Nathan Keyes as Kevin Levin (16-year-old)
- Alyssa Diaz as Elena Validus
- Herbert Siguenza as Victor Validus
- David Franklin as Heatblast
- Carlos Alazraqui as Grey Matter
- Daran Norris as Diamondhead
- Dee Bradley Baker as Wildmutt, Big Chill, Humungousaur
- Alex Winter as Nanomech, Constantine Jacobs
- Christien Anholt as Eon
- Beth Littleford as Sandra Tennyson
- Don McManus as Carl Tennyson
Episodes and seasons
|Series||Number of episodes|
|Ben 10: Alien Force||46|
|Ben 10: Ultimate Alien||52|
|Ben 10: Omniverse||80|
|Series||Number of seasons|
|Ben 10: Alien Force||3|
|Ben 10: Ultimate Alien||3|
|Ben 10: Omniverse||8|
|Status||Number of episodes|
|Status||Number of episodes|
|Continuity||Number of episodes|
Having 350 episodes and 21 seasons, the franchise as a whole is the most number of episodes and seasons on all Cartoon Network original series.
|Secret of the Omnitrix
|Race Against Time
|Destroy All Aliens|
|Director(s)||Sebastian O. Montes III
|Alex Winter||Victor Cook|
|Executive Producer(s)||Sam Register
Brian A. Miller
Ramsey Ann Naito
|Alex Winter||Mark Eyers|
Alex Soto &
Jennifer Pelphrey (supervising)
|Evan W. Adler
Victor Ho (line)
|Gideon Amir||Kurt Weldon (line)|
Victor Cook (supervising)
|Cinematographer||N/A||Morgan Pierre Susser||Anghel Decca||N/A|
|Editor(s)||Mark T. Collins||Suzanne Hines||Scott Richter||Aaron Seelman|
|Composer(s)||Andy Sturmer||Michael Wandmacher||Kristopher Carter|
|Production company(s)||Cartoon Network Studios||Trouper Productions
Cartoon Network Studios
|Tiny Island Productions|
Cartoon Network Asia
Cartoon Network Studios
|Distributor||Cartoon Network||Warner Bros.
|Runtime||67 minutes||69 minutes|
|Released||August 10, 2007||November 21, 2007||November 25, 2009||March 23, 2012|
Secret of the Omnitrix
The first film is a regular animated feature called Secret of the Omnitrix. A trailer of the film was released with the film, Billy & Mandy: Wrath of the Spider Queen, and it aired August 10, 2007. The main plot was that, during a fight with Dr. Animo, Ben's Omnitrix accidentally sets off its self-destruct mode and Ben has to find the Omnitrix's creator to shut it down and stop the evil Vilgax.
Race Against Time
The second is a live-action film titled Ben 10: Race Against Time, which aired November 21, 2007. It revolves around Ben, Gwen, and Grandpa Max returning to their hometown of Bellwood and attempting to adjust to being "normal" again. Unfortunately, their lives are once again disrupted by a mysterious alien known as Eon who has an unexpected connection to the Omnitrix. It premiered on Cartoon Network on November 21, 2007. The film was directed by Alex Winter. The film was nominated for two Visual Effects Society Awards: Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Miniseries, Movie or Special – Dina Benadon, Evan Jacobs, Brent Young, Chris Christman; and Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Broadcast Program or Commercial – Brent Young, Michael Smith.
The third is a live-action film titled Ben 10: Alien Swarm which aired November 25, 2009. It is about Ben, Gwen, Kevin, and Grandpa Max. In the movie the group stumbles upon a hive of alien nanobots using humans as host bodies in order to take over the world. The Nanochips, or "alien swarm", are controlled by a single consciousness. Ben and his friends work together to stop them. This movie is also when Ben unlocks Nanomech.
Destroy All Aliens
A CGI movie titled "Ben 10: Destroy all Aliens" was announced in mid-2011, and released on March 11, 2012 (Asia/Philippines) and on March 23, 2012 (US). This film had previously been under the working title Ben 10: Alien Dimensions. The film was based on the original series, and featured the original voice cast. The CGI was animated by Tiny Island Productions in Singapore.
Feature film adaptation
On June 14, 2011, producer Joel Silver announced that he, along with Warner Bros. and Dark Castle Entertainment, would be working on a film version of Ben 10. In January 2012, Albert Torres was announced as screenwriter. In February 2013, Ryan Engle was announced to work on Torres' script. Andrew Rona, Steve Richards, and Joel Silver were producers. Alex Heineman and Sarah Meyer were executive producers. Since Silver left Warner Bros. and Dark Castle joined Universal Pictures, it remains unknown whether Warner Bros. or Universal will release the movie.
Ben 10 / Generator Rex crossover
During Cartoon Network's panel at 2011's San Diego Comic-Con, Ben 10 and Generator Rex creators "Man of Action" announced a crossover special between the Ben 10 and Generator Rex series titled Ben 10/Generator Rex: Heroes United. The forty-minute special aired on November 25, 2011, as a Generator Rex episode.
Elements of the franchise
The Original Omnitrix, its Ultimatrix replacement, and the "finalized" version that is the New Omnitrix are the central elements of the Ben 10 story. They are all alien devices developed by Azmuth that transform the user into any one of a number of alien beings (originally 1,000,903, but the number has increased by 11 because of the transformations that have been unlocked throughout the series via the "Scan Mode" of every version of the Omnitrix). Despite many seeing the Omnitrix as a weapon, its true purpose was to allow the diverse beings of the universe to understand each other by "walking in each other's shoes" and to resurrect all of the intelligent species in the universe that may go extinct (including the human race). Both of these facts are revealed in the Alien Force episode "War of the Worlds." The second function cannot be achieved by the Ultimatrix because of Albedo's modifications. It is not yet confirmed if the New Omnitrix can achieve it.
The Omnitrix appears in the first two incarnations of the franchise (Ben 10 and Ben 10: Alien Force), but Ben had to destroy it and use the Ultimatrix in the Ben 10: Ultimate Alien series. In the final episode of Ultimate Alien, Azmuth takes the Ultimatrix from Ben and replaces it with the New Omnitrix – the original version having been a prototype. The new version had all of the same features as its predecessors. In Omniverse, Azmuth reveals that Ben's habit of slamming his hand on the Omnitrix's core (and inadvertently the scroll pad) randomizes the time-out function, causing Ben to sometimes transform back to normal much earlier than expected or to transform into a random alien.
In Ben 10: Omniverse, the Nemetrix, a knock-off of the original Omnitrix used by a bounty hunter with an alien dog which uses the Nemetrix, is introduced. Unlike the Omnitrix and its succeeding models, the Nemetrix uses the DNA of the natural predators of the sentient alien races such as a giant worm, beetle, etc., which throughout the Omniverse series have the sole purpose of hunting Ben. Thus, only an animal can use the Nemetrix, as users of higher intelligence are unable to use it themselves without incurring mental and/or genetic damage. In Omniverse, Albedo recreates the Ultimatrix by using a Polymorphic Crystal to stabilize his transformations, making it so that he can stay in any form as long as he wants. It also allows him to transform into the Ultimate Forms of his aliens without first turning into their normal forms.
The Plumbers is an organization composed of both human and alien members, each of whom possesses a special badge. All badges bear the intergalactic peace symbol, a green hourglass shape, which is on the faceplate of the Omnitrix Prototype, Ultimatrix and New Omnitrix. Later, in Omniverse, the Plumbers' symbol becomes a red dot.
In the original series, the Earth's Plumbers were a secret government organization that protected the universe from any threat. Their main base was located inside Mount Rushmore, where the Null Void projector and Sub-Energy were stored. Their main adversary was Vilgax. Max was a Plumber in his youth. Most of the Plumbers have disbanded; however, a few members (like Max and his relatives) remain in a semi-active capacity.
The Forever Knights are a secret British society/paramilitary group first formed during the Middle Ages that are dedicated to collecting and studying alien technology, usually by illegal means. Any aliens they capture along the way are dissected and studied, and any humans caught with them are immediately deemed worthless and disposed of. It is revealed in Ben 10: Ultimate Alien that the reason for their actions is to combat Diagon, an entity from another dimension that nearly conquered the Earth in the Middle Ages were it not for the Forever Knights' immortal Founder George. When George left them, the Forever Knights began to splinter under various self-titled Forever Kings who transformed their knights' duty into a genocidal policy toward anything alien. The Forever Knights also arm themselves with a large variety of medieval weapons enhanced by alien technology, with Lightsaber-like swords, lances, "laser lances", laser guns and electroshock rods being their most common weapons.
Each series has featured some kind of main transportation. The wheeled motor vehicles, appearing like normal cars, are equipped with several pieces of Plumber technology such as a turbo engine, laser guns, and autopilot. They are often destroyed during the series.
The Rustbucket and the Rustbucket II, is an old RV resembling a 1973 GMC motorhome owned by Max Tennyson. Despite being old, and even having been destroyed a few times, Max has great affection for it.
Ship is a Galvanic Mechamorph (Upgrade's species) alien that has the ability to transform himself into fully operational technology he's once touched. He merged with the Forever Knights spaceship and from this event onward he became the space transportation for Ben's team during the third season of Ben 10: Alien Force. The Rustbucket III, a Plumbers' jet that Kevin has upgraded with alien tech, later replaced him.
Kevin's car is a Muscle car resembling a Dodge Challenger armed with Plumber technology as well as other various alien tech, including guns and off-road capabilities. It is the team's main transport in Ben 10: Alien Force and Ben 10: Ultimate Alien. It is damaged or destroyed often, mainly during fights or chase scenes, and Kevin is constantly busy repairing it. In Omniverse, after Ben destroyed it while aiming at Upgrade, Kevin gave it a new look. He painted it blue and placed a white circle with the number 11 on it, with only one stripe.
The Proto-TRUK is Rook's spaceship and the team's main transport in Ben 10: Omniverse. It can transform into a small truck with "Max's Plumbing" written on it in order to camouflage itself among Earth vehicles. It was later destroyed and its parts were used by Ben 10,000 as UpRigg to build the Time Cycles.
- During the original series, Ben has a lack of hygiene, and this is briefly seen in the other series. It is sometimes mentioned that he rarely washes himself or never changes clothes, claiming the shirt that is commonly worn throughout the first series is the only shirt he used during the entire summer.
- Ben chooses some alien in the Omnitrix, tries to transform into it, but often ends up transforming into some other alien found therein (occasionally becoming something he's never chosen before).
- Mr. Smoothy is a restaurant that serves mostly smoothies at which Ben and his friends are regular customers. The titular mascot is a cup with face and legs that holds a smaller cup. It serves the strangest assortment of flavors in its smoothies, made to order. Among the strange flavors Ben drinks are "chocolate and carrot", "nectarine", "mango and blueberry with extra echinacea", and all-meat flavored smoothies such as "lamb" and "sardine". In Bellwood there are 23 Mr. Smoothy restaurants, and in some episodes, some of them are destroyed because of Ben. Additionally, when confronted by the Contemelia, an alien race whose physical appearance changed to match what "held the most sway" to whoever looked upon them in the Omniverse finale, Ben saw them as living versions of the Mr. Smoothy mascot.
- Sumo Slammers is a large franchise creating video games, trading card games, TV shows, movies, mp3 players, etc., which appears often in the Ben 10 series. The storyline of the franchise is similar to anime stories, although the details were not shown, but it tells about a warrior called Ishiyama and his archenemy called Kenko with the ability to shapeshift. In Alien Force/Ultimate Alien, Kenko has somehow joined forces with Ishiyama, a nod to former villain Kevin 11 teaming up with Ben and Gwen Tennyson. Ben has been an enormous fan since he was young, and is always trying to do something linked with it, such as knowing the news about them and pretending that he is fighting like them.
- Kevin's car is a muscle car armed with Plumber technology as well as other various alien tech, including guns and off-road capabilities. As it is often damaged or destroyed (such as during fights or chase scenes), Kevin is constantly repairing it. The Rustbucket III and the Proto-TRUK have also become a part of this running gag. In the episode "Video Games", Kevin seems to think Ben's destruction of Will's car is not a good way of getting back at Harangue for his rage focused at Ben. Due to Kevin's obsession with his own car, it is likely a joke referencing that.
- Since "Fame", due to Ben's worldwide fame, he shows some typical celebrity behavior, where he is chased by fans and shows off, hoping that someone will notice and adore him. He constantly claims to have "saved the universe".
- Whenever Pakmar is shown running a business (in Omniverse), on several occasions Ben accidentally destroys it, or gets blamed for wrecking it, which causes Pakmar to hate Ben, and demands payment from Ben on multiple points.
- With very few exceptions, if Grandpa Max is doing the cooking, it won't be anything ordinary. It'll be tentacles, or grub worms, or something else highly unusual (if not alien), and he'll expect whoever is around to be ready and willing to partake of his meals.
The advanced technologies shown are both alien and from Earth. In the series, they are divided in levels of complication, danger or sophistication. The levels known thus far are 1-20, although some technology is confirmed to be higher than Level 20. Any tech above the allowed level used on this planet is considered illegal.
Earth is a Level 2 planet, something that is considered very inferior by other aliens as it was stated once that Earth is at least 500 years away from being Level 3.
The Omnitrix and the Ultimatrix are Level 20.
Dwayne McDuffie describes some levels:
- Level 1 includes use and construction of simple tools.
- Level 2 includes remedial energy Manipulation, the use of Fire or the use of simple machines.
- Level 3 includes intermediate tool use and industrial organization combined with intermediate energy manipulation. Often information management technologies develop at Level 3. This is also the level at which many species accidentally kill themselves.
- Level 5 includes remedial manipulation of the fundamental force and of the Omnitrix Prototype, Ultimatrix, and New Omnitrix.
The Null Void is a pocket dimension, created by the Galvans as a penal colony. Although frightening, it can be a place for some to start anew. It is filled with floating rocks, with flying creatures known as the Null Guardians who protect powerless people in the Null Void from the more violent inmates. The Null Void also served as a base of operations for the Rooters. Over the course of the show, the Null Void became increasingly dangerous from the aliens sent there, especially after the Mutant To'kustars (Way Bads) were imprisoned there after the events of "The Frogs of War: Part 2".
ID Masks are masks that can change someone's appearance by means of a hologram. They were often used by DNAliens to take forms of human beings and are also used by Plumbers' Kids who are obviously part alien to hide their appearance and be able to roam freely on Earth. Even Kevin uses one after he turns into what he calls 'a monster'.
Techadons are powerful war machines that were mass-produced by a Weapons Technology group known as the "Weapon Masters of Techadon". They are armed with powerful lasers and nanite-based regenerative technologies, able to recreate itself in entirety from a single hand. The custom-made ones that are commissioned for a hit are stronger and when one is destroyed; the other ones adapt from the defeated ones.
Time travel is featured many times throughout the franchise. Professor Paradox, a superhuman, shown with knowledge of the entire time line, explained to Ben the concept of Cross Time. Cross Time is a reference to alternate future timelines, such as the timeline depicted in "Ben 10,000" and "Ken 10" where Kevin was still evil. Another Cross Time future, depicted in "Ben 10,000 Returns", presents a future version of Ben having the Ultimatrix and using it to become an Ultimate human who can access the abilities of his aliens instead of assuming their forms. It was stated by Derrick J. Wyatt that the future timeline in "The End of an Era" followed the "Ben 10,000" and "Ken 10" timeline.
|Year||Award||Category||Recipients and nominees||Result|
|2007||34th Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Individual in Animation||Thomas Perkins||Won|
|Golden Reel Award||Best Sound Editing in Sound Effects, Foley,
Dialogue, ADR and Music for Television Animation
|Otis Van Osten, Melinda Rediger, Trevor Sperry, Matt Brown,
Jody Thomas, Andy Sturmer, Ron Salaises, Keith Dickens
for the episode "Ben 10,000"
|2008||35th Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Special Class Animated Program||Brian A. Miller, Sam Register, Jennifer Pelphrey,
Alex Soto, Donna Smith, Tramm Wigzell
Race Against Time
|Year||Award||Category||Recipients and nominees||Result|
|2008||29th Young Artist Awards||Best Leading Young Actor||Graham Phillips as Ben Tennyson||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Young Actor||Tyler Patrick Jones as Cash Murray||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Young Actress||Haley Ramm as Gwen Tennyson||Nominated|
|6th Visual Effects Society Awards||Outstanding Animated Character in a
Live Action Broadcast Program or Commercial
|Brent Young, Smith, Michael For the Grey Matter sequence||Nominated|
|Outstanding Visual Effects in a
Broadcast Miniseries, Movie or Special
|Dina Benadon, Evan Jacobs, Brent Young, Chris Christman
for visual effects compilation
|Year||Award||Category||Recipients and nominees||Result|
|2009||36th Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Sound Mixing –
Live Action and Animation
|Robert Hargreaves, Robert Serda and John Hegedes||Won|
|Outstanding Sound Editing –
Live Action and Animation
|Robert Hargreaves and George Brooks||Nominated|
|Outstanding Special Class Animated Program||Brian A. Miller, Sam Register, Glen Murakami,
Jennifer Pelphrey and Donna Smith
|Year||Award||Category||Recipients and nominees||Result|
|2010||62nd Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a
Miniseries, Movie or a Special
|Evan Jacobs, Sean McPherson, Andrew Orloff, Brent Young||Nominated|
|8th Visual Effects Society Awards||Outstanding Visual Effects in a
Broadcast Miniseries, Movie or a Special
|Evan Jacobs, Sean McPherson, Andrew Orloff||Nominated|
|15th Art Directors Guild Award||Television Movie or Mini-Series||Yuda Acco Harry Matheu, Hugh D.G. Moody, Rouzier,
Pierre, Robb Bihun, Ann Stacy, Dan Post
|Year||Award||Category||Recipients and nominees||Result|
|2011||64th Writers Guild of America Awards||Animation||Len Uhley for the episode "Moonstruck"||Nominated|
|Year||Award||Category||Recipients and nominees||Result|
|2013||Annie Award||Character Design in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production||Chap Yaep, Steven Choi, Derrick Wyatt
for the episode "The More Things Change Part 2"
|40th Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Sound Mixing – Animation||Carlos Sanches||Won|
|Outstanding Sound Editing – Animation||Jeff Shiffman, Roger Pallan, Matthew Thomas Hall,
Otis Van Osten, Tony Ostyn, Gerardo Gonzalez
Following the success of the Ben 10 animated TV series and films, various Ben 10 merchandise has been released for general sale. These items include comic books, card games (such as Top Trumps), toys, video games, Lego construction sets, bedding, coloring books, footwear, and watches (the Omnitrix and the Ultimatrix). All four shows have been released on DVD.
The game franchise has many different formats. The video games franchise started in 2006 with the release of Ben 10 for the HyperScan, while the franchise's first official video game Protector of Earth came out in 2007.
The latest video game, Ben 10: Omniverse, has been developed and released for the Nintendo Wii and Wii U, Nintendo DS and 3DS, Microsoft Xbox 360, and Sony PlayStation 3 on November 13, 2012. The player can play as 13 alien heroes, including never-before-seen aliens like Bloxx and Gravattack, as they work for either Ben or Rook to defeat the evil plans of a fierce villain intent on destroying the world. The game is developed by Vicious Style Studios for all platforms except for the Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS versions, which are developed by 1st Playable Productions. The plot is about Ben's partner Rook going back in time and meeting an 11-year-old Ben. In the past, Malware absorbed Rook's Proto-Tool and intends to destroy the Earth. The player is able to access both Bens.
Ten games have been released, including Omniverse:
- Ben 10 (HyperScan only)
- Ben 10: Protector of Earth
- Ben 10: Alien Force
- Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks
- Ben 10 Alien Force: The Rise of Hex
- Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Cosmic Destruction
- Ben 10: Galactic Racing
- Ben 10: Omniverse
- Ben 10: Omniverse 2
- Ben 10: All Out Attack! (for mobile phones)
- Ben 10 (2017 video game)
Apart from the Nintendo and PC games, Ben 10 games are also available to play online in flash format which is a gaming format developed for Adobe Flash Player. Such games can be played directly from the web browser and needs not to install them on your system.
The series received three McDonald's Happy Meal promotions internationally, as well as one in America in August 2011. The toys are colored translucent figures of some Omnitrix/Ultimatrix aliens and their Ultimate forms, with a small photo of Ben inside. The Alien Force toys are four rings, each one is an alien (Goop, Jetray, Alien X, Chromastone) with features linked with their powers.
Developed by Jason Hall, Min G. Kuand and Heroic Age, the Ben 10 comic revolves around Ben's summer vacation with Gwen and their Grandpa Max, traveling in the Rust Bucket. The Ben 10: Alien Force comic revolves around Ben, with Gwen and a reformed Kevin, battling the Highbreed and the DNAliens.
Cartoon Network Action Pack was a 2006-2012 comic book series made by DC Comics which showcased Ben 10 alongside Samurai Jack, Codename Kids Next Door, The Secret Saturdays, or Generator Rex. Some of the issues were connected with the franchise, while others are non-canon.
Ben 10 in other media
Ben 10: Ultimate Challenge
Ben 10: Ultimate Challenge is a game show developed for television by United Kingdom-based produced company, Twenty Twenty, which airs on Cartoon Network in the United Kingdom, Spain, France, Italy, Netherlands, Bulgaria, the Nordic region, Hungary, Poland, Germany, Russia, Turkey, Chile, United States and the Middle East. Ultimate Challenge is a trivia show that tasks children with answering questions about all three series. Ultimate Challenge is produced by Mandy Morris and executive produced by Daniel Marlowe.
References in other shows
- Ben appeared as a parody of Benjamin Franklin on the show MAD, in an episode titled "Ben 10 Franklin". Franklin was flying his kite when he was struck by a lightning bolt, gaining the Omnitrix. He used Swampfire to sign the Declaration of Independence. He also used Humongousaur to defeat the British and smash down a junior high school bully's house in revenge. He used other aliens from Alien Force and Ultimate Alien, where they have his hair and glasses.
- Also in MAD, a reference to Alien Force was made with a parody of the movie Cowboys & Aliens, with many titles: "Cowboys & Alien Force", "Cowboys & Equestrians", and "Cowboys & Silly Bands". The reference was made at the beginning, when Jake awakes with Ben on his side, but with Jake wearing Ben's Omnitrix, pants, and hat. He also used the Omnitrix to become an alien with the mix of Diamondhead, Chromastone, and Way Big to smash a cowboy.
- In the South Park episode "You're Getting Old", Cartman's Mother mentions that Cartman gets upset when he does not get a present every time someone else gets a present at a party. One of the presents Cartman gets is a "Ben 10 Wrist Rocket".
- The Robot Chicken episode "Hurtled from a Helicopter into a Speeding Train" shows Ben on his 14th birthday party, where he complains about his gifts given by Azmuth.
- Ben 10 villains, such as the Enoch, Hex and Animo, make a brief cameo in The Secret Saturdays episode "Van Rook's Apprentice". References to Galvan Prime and Wildvine's species also appear in "Guess Who's Going to be Dinner?" and "Eterno" respectively. Both references were made by the Secret Scientist Dr. Arthur Beeman, the UFOlogist for the series.
- In the Peep Show episode, "Man Jam", Jeremy jokingly refers to Ben, the boyfriend of a woman he admires, as "Ben 10" during a phonecall to him.
Cartoon Network promotion
Titanic Kungfubot Offensive
The game features famous and notable Cartoon Network characters in robot-type form. Big Chill, Swampfire, a DNAlien, Kevin, Vilgax, Rath, Armodrillo, Ultimate Humongousaur, Ultimate Echo Echo, and Ultimate Big Chill appear as playable characters.
To promote the Ben 10/Generator Rex: Heroes United special, Cartoon Network updated Titanic Kungfubot Offensive, adding new bots, such as "Shocksquatch" and "Clockwork"; both of which are aliens accessible to Ben.
Cartoon Network Universe: Fusion Fall
The character design for Ben Tennyson was changed when the original Ben 10 series ended and was replaced by Alien Force. In the game, he serves as a "Player Guide" offering guide-based missions and special items.
Cartoon Network Universe: Project Exonaut
In another browser-based game entitled Cartoon Network Universe: Project Exonaut, Ben's aliens, alongside Gwen and Vilgax, appear as "exosuits". The exosuits' purpose is protecting the player and giving them unique abilities and powers. The planet Kylmyys (the home of one of Ben's aliens, Big Chill) and the Perplexhedron are featured as battle arenas. Ultimate Kevin and Alien X are currently the new exosuits for Project Exonaut representing Ben 10. The new exosuits feature Gold versions of Manus, Marceline, Mojo Jojo, and Rath.
Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion
Ben appears in the game as a playable character. Swampfire, Humongousaur, Big Chill, and AmpFibian (with Ultimate Humongousaur as a Punch Time) appear as Ben's playable aliens. Vilgax, the archenemy of Ben Tennyson appears as a playable character for the first time. Gwen and the Vreedle Brothers are "summons" in the game. Additionally, Bellwood and the Null Void are included as battle arenas. Kevin also appears as a "summon" in the game, but is featured as a playable character on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii versions, called Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion XL. Kevin in Ultimate Kevin form appears in the game as a boss. The young version of Ben appears in the console version of the game as a playable character.
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