Ben 10 is an American animated television series and media franchise created by Man of Action Studios and produced by Cartoon Network Studios. The series centers on a boy named Ben Tennyson who acquires the Omnitrix, an alien device resembling a wristwatch, which contains DNA of different alien species. Using the Omnitrix, Ben is able to transform into powerful aliens with various abilities. The Omnitrix initially contains ten aliens, although later on Ben obtains more species by adding their DNA.

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Created byMan of Action
Original workBen 10 (2005)
Owned byCartoon Network Studios
Films and television
Television series
Television special(s)Ben 10/Generator Rex: Heroes United (2011)
Television film(s)
Games
Video game(s)

The Ben 10 franchise has received widespread critical acclaim, winning three Emmy Awards. It consists primarily of five television series and four films, the latter of which aired between August 2007 and March 2012. Spanning fourteen 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 four shows and Playmates Toys for the reboot. Worldwide, the franchise has grossed over $6 billion in retail sales.[2]

On February 17, 2021, it was announced that three 44-minute specials based on the series would premiere in April 2021: Ben 10,010, Ben Gen 10 and Alien X-Tinction.[3]

Television series

SeriesSeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
Ben 10 (2005)113December 27, 2005 (2005-12-27)April 1, 2006 (2006-04-01)
213April 29, 2006 (2006-04-29)October 28, 2006 (2006-10-28)
313November 25, 2006 (2006-11-25)April 14, 2007 (2007-04-14)
413July 7, 2007 (2007-07-07)April 15, 2008 (2008-04-15)
Ben 10: Alien Force113April 18, 2008 (2008-04-18)August 31, 2008 (2008-08-31)
213October 10, 2008 (2008-10-10)March 27, 2009 (2009-03-27)
320September 11, 2009 (2009-09-11)March 26, 2010 (2010-03-26)
Ben 10: Ultimate Alien120April 23, 2010 (2010-04-23)December 10, 2010 (2010-12-10)
212February 4, 2011 (2011-02-04)April 29, 2011 (2011-04-29)
320September 16, 2011 (2011-09-16)March 31, 2012 (2012-03-31)
Ben 10: Omniverse110September 22, 2012 (2012-09-22)November 17, 2012 (2012-11-17)
210November 24, 2012 (2012-11-24)February 2, 2013 (2013-02-02)
310February 9, 2013 (2013-02-09)April 6, 2013 (2013-04-06)
410October 5, 2013 (2013-10-05)December 7, 2013 (2013-12-07)
510February 15, 2014 (2014-02-15)April 19, 2014 (2014-04-19)
610October 6, 2014 (2014-10-06)October 17, 2014 (2014-10-17)
710October 20, 2014 (2014-10-20)October 31, 2014 (2014-10-31)
810November 3, 2014 (2014-11-03)November 14, 2014 (2014-11-14)
Ben 10 (2016)140April 10, 2016 (2016-04-10)November 22, 2017 (2017-11-22)
240February 19, 2018 (2018-02-19)October 26, 2018 (2018-10-26)
352February 23, 2019 (2019-02-23)November 30, 2019 (2019-11-30)
440January 19, 2020 (2020-01-19)TBA (TBA)

Ben 10 (2005 TV series)

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, who is secretly a member of an intergalactic organization called the Plumbers. On their first night camping in their grandfather's RV, nicknamed the Rust Bucket, Ben finds a mysterious watch-like alien device which sticks itself upon his wrist, giving him the ability to transform into several (initially ten but later more) alien life-forms, each with special abilities. During their vacation, the Tennysons are attacked by various enemies, ranging from aliens such as intergalactic warlord Vilgax, bounty hunter duo Sixsix and Kraab, Ectonurite high king Zs'skayr, an 11-year-old delinquent named Kevin Levin who has the ability to absorb energy, mad scientist Doctor Animo, mysterious paramilitary organization the Forever Knights, supernatural entities such as interdimensional sorcerer Hex and his niece Charmcaster, and clown mastermind Zombozo and his Circus Freak Trio.

Ben 10: Alien Force

The series begins five years after the summer vacation when Ben first discovered the Omnitrix. Ben has removed the Omnitrix and returned to living a normal life, but he is forced to use it again to save his grandfather Max, who has been abducted by a xenophobic alien species called the Highbreeds as part of a plot to rid the Earth of human beings. Ben's age causes the Omnitrix to reboot, granting him access to new aliens along with a few from the original series. Ben is joined by Gwen and former enemy Kevin Levin as they fight the Highbreed's universal extermination plan.

Ben 10: Ultimate Alien

After Ben's last battle with Vilgax, which destroyed the Omnitrix, Ben replaces it with the Ultimatrix, a device which allows him to evolve his alien forms into their ultimate forms. With the recent public reveal of his identity, Ben has become a worldwide celebrity. Meanwhile, Ben, Gwen, and Kevin must stop an Osmosian villain named Aggregor, who hunts aliens from the Andromeda Galaxy and intends to use their powers to achieve the "ultimate prize". Later, Ben, Gwen, and Kevin have to prevent an extradimensional entity called Diagon from taking over the universe.

Ben 10: Omniverse

Ben acquires the new and perfected Omnitrix, which gives him access to another new set of aliens along with all of the previous ones. After Gwen goes away to college with Kevin accompanying her, Ben pairs up with Rook Blonko, a by-the-book Plumber from the planet Revonnah. He is targeted by an intergalactic huntsman named Khyber, who has 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 corrupted Galvanic Mechamorph named Malware. Ben later contends with Vilgax, the Incurseans, Albedo, Zs'Skayr, Psyphon, Charmcaster, the Plumber's Black-Ops Unit (called the "Rooters"), his alternate dimension self Mad Ben, and the rogue Chronosapien Maltruant.

Ben 10 (2016 TV series)

The official Twitter feed of Cartoon Network PR[4] confirmed a rebooted series that would return to following the adventures of Ben, Gwen, and Max Tennyson and feature new alien forms. 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 Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East & African versions, and continuing into 2017 with the North and Latin American versions.[5][6]

The world premiere was on Cartoon Network (Australia and New Zealand), airing on October 1, 2016.[7] The U.K network premiered the series on October 8, 2016.[8] The German Cartoon Network premiered the first two episodes on October 10, 2016.[9] The series premiered in the United States on April 10, 2017.

Ben 10 (live-action TV series)

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.[10] In January 2012, Albert Torres was announced as screenwriter.[11] 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.[12] In March 2019, the project was confirmed to have been redeveloped as a live-action streaming television series, to be released on WarnerMedia’s then-upcoming streaming service HBO Max.[1]

Cast and characters

The main characters include Ben Tennyson, Gwen Tennyson, Kevin Levin, and Grandpa Max Tennyson along with the villains Vilgax, Aggregor, Eon, Doctor Animo, Hex, and Khyber.

Films

Occupation Films
Secret of the Omnitrix
(2007)
Race Against Time
(2007)
Alien Swarm
(2009)
Destroy All Aliens
(2012)
Versus the Universe
(2020)
Director(s) Sebastian O. Montes III
Scooter Tidwell
Alex Winter Victor Cook Henrique Jardim and John McIntyre
Writer(s) Thomas Pugsley
Greg Klein
John Turman
James Krieg
Marty Isenberg Benjamin Lane, Chelsea McAlarney, Johnny Vu, André LaMilza, John Martinez, Josh Kim, Sarah Visel, Benjamin P. Carow, and Kelly Turnbull
Executive Producer(s) Sam Register
Brian A. Miller
Alex Winter
Ramsey Ann Naito
Sam Register
Tramm Wigzell
Alex Winter Mark Eyers
Rick Fernandes
Silas Hickey
Vishnu Athreya
John Fang, Brian A. Miller, Jennifer Pelphrey, Rob Sorcher, and Tramm Wigzell along with the Man Of Action
Producer(s) Donna Smith
Alex Soto &
Jennifer Pelphrey (supervising)
Evan W. Adler
Victor Ho (line)
Gideon Amir Kurt Weldon (line)
Victor Cook (supervising)
Shareena Carlson and Will Patrick
Cinematographer N/A Morgan Pierre Susser Anghel Decca N/A N/A
Editor(s) Mark T. Collins Suzanne Hines Scott Richter Aaron Seelman N/A
Composer(s) Andy Sturmer Michael Wandmacher Kristopher Carter
Michael McCuistion
Lolita Ritmanis
Kevin Manthei
Production company(s) Cartoon Network Studios Trouper Productions
Cartoon Network Studios
Tiny Island Productions
Cartoon Network Asia
Cartoon Network Studios
Cartoon Network Studios
Distributor Cartoon Network Warner Bros.
Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Runtime 67 minutes 69 minutes 72 minutes
Released August 10, 2007 November 21, 2007 November 25, 2009 March 23, 2012 October 10, 2020

Secret of the Omnitrix

The first film is a regular animated feature called Secret of the Omnitrix. 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,[13] which aired November 21, 2007. It revolves around Ben, Gwen, and Grandpa Max ( In another dimension) 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. It premiered on Cartoon Network on November 21, 2007. The film was directed by Alex Winter.[14] 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.[15]

Alien Swarm

The third is a live-action film titled Ben 10: Alien Swarm which aired November 25, 2009. In the movie, the group stumbles upon a hive of alien nanobots who are controlled by a single consciousness and are using humans as host bodies to take over the world. 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,[16] and released on March 11, 2012 (Asia/Philippines)[17] and on March 23, 2012 (US).[18] This film had previously been under the working title Ben 10: Alien Dimensions.[19] The film was based on the original series, and featured the original voice cast. The CGI was animated by Tiny Island Productions in Singapore.

Ben 10 Versus the Universe: The Movie

On February 19, 2020, Cartoon Network announced that a film based on the reboot of the show which is now released on October 10, 2020.[20]

Specials

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.[21][22]

A comic book based on the special titled "Hero Times Two" was released on November 30, 2011, as the 65th issue of DC Comics' Cartoon Network: Action Pack.[23]

Elements of the franchise

Omnitrix

The 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 wristwatch-styled devices developed by the Galvan inventor Azmuth that transforms the user into any one of many alien beings (originally 1,000,906, but the number has increased by 9 via scanning additional species not originally in the database). Despite many seeing the Omnitrix as a weapon, its true purpose was to allow the beings of the universe to understand each other and to resurrect intelligent species that may go extinct.

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 Ultimate Alien series. The Ultimatrix had most of the same functionality as the Omnitrix, but would allow the user to transform the alien into its Ultimate Form (how the species and its DNA would evolve in a one-million-year simulation). In the final episode of Ultimate Alien, Azmuth takes the Ultimatrix from Ben and replaces it with the New Omnitrix – the original version has been a prototype.

In Ben 10: Omniverse, the Nemetrix, a knock-off of the original Omnitrix, is introduced. Unlike the Omnitrix and its succeeding models, the Nemetrix uses the DNA of the natural predators of sentient alien races which 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 without incurring mental 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.

In the Reboot series, Ben's Omnitrix can augment enhancements onto his aliens. In Season 2, his aliens can become "Omni-Enhanced" with rock-like constructs and energy. However, the enhancements seems to happen at random. This energy is later revealed to be coming from a new alien species in his Omnitrix, which eventually gets its own form, "Shock Rock". In Season 4, Ben unlocks the "Omni-Kix" feature, which allows him to add armor plating onto his aliens. The Reboot series also introduces the Antitrix, which is wielded by Kevin Levin. The Antitrix allows Kevin to transform into 11 aliens, most of which are ones that Ben has used before, but significantly altered from Ben's version.

Plumbers

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. 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 is located inside Mount Rushmore (where the Null Void projector and Sub-Energy were stored), with additional bases located inside Fort Knox, the Space Needle, Devils Tower, the Navajo Monument, the Great Dismal Swamp, and major cities such as Roswell, New York City, New Orleans, Denver, Los Angeles, Chicago, Orlando, and Grand Rapids. Their main adversary was Vilgax. Max Tennyson was a Plumber in his youth. Most of the Plumbers on Earth have disbanded; however, a few members remain in a semi-active capacity.

Forever Knights

The Forever Knights are a secret British society 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 deemed worthless and disposed of. They also have a robotic dragon that protects one of their castles. It is revealed in 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.

Transports

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.

The Resolute is Tetrax Shard's spaceship

The Chimearan Hammer is Vilgax's spaceship

Ship is a Galvanic Mechamorph (Upgrade's species) that can transform himself into fully operational technology he's once touched. He merged with the Forever Knights spaceship and became the space transportation for Ben's team during the third season of 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 techs, including guns and off-road capabilities. It is the team's main transport in Alien Force and 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 Omniverse. It can transform into a small truck to camouflage itself among Earth vehicles. It was later destroyed and its parts were used by Ben 10,000 to build the Time Cycles.

Accolades

Original series

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"
Nominated
2008 35th Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Special Class Animated Program Brian A. Miller, Sam Register, Jennifer Pelphrey,
Alex Soto, Donna Smith, Tramm Wigzell
Nominated

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[15] 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
Nominated

Alien Force

Year Award Category Recipients and nominees Result
2009 36th Daytime Emmy Awards[24] 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
Nominated

Alien Swarm

Year Award Category Recipients and nominees Result
2010 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards[25] 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[26] Television Movie or Mini-Series Yuda Acco Harry Matheu, Hugh D.G. Moody, Rouzier,
Pierre, Robb Bihun, Ann Stacy, Dan Post
Nominated

Ultimate Alien

Year Award Category Recipients and nominees Result
2011 64th Writers Guild of America Awards Animation Len Uhley for the episode "Moonstruck" Nominated

Omniverse

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"
Nominated
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
Nominated

Spin-off media

Merchandise

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.

Video games

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. Twelve games have been released:

Name Developer Publisher Series Release date Platforms
Ben 10 HyperScan Ben 10 (2005 TV series) October 23, 2006 HyperScan only
Ben 10: Protector of Earth High Voltage Software (PS2, PSP, Wii)

1st Playable Productions (DS)

D3 Publisher October 30, 2007 Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Wii
Ben 10: Alien Force Monkey Bar Games (PS2, PSP, Wii)

1st Playable Productions (DS)

Ben 10: Alien Force October 28, 2008
Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks Papaya Studio (PS2, PSP, Wii, X360)

1st Playable Productions (DS)

October 27, 2009 Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Wii, Xbox 360
Ben 10 Alien Force: The Rise of Hex Black Lantern Studios Konami May 31, 2010 Wii, Xbox 360
Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Cosmic Destruction Papaya Studio (PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, X360)

Griptonite Games (DS)

D3 Publisher Ben 10: Ultimate Alien October 5, 2010 Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Wii, Xbox 360
Ben 10: Galactic Racing Monkey Bar Games

(PS3, Wii, X360, 3DS, PS Vita)

Tantalus Media

(DS)

October 18, 2011 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS
Ben 10: Omniverse Vicious Cycle Software (Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360 and PS3)

1st Playable Productions (DS and 3DS)

D3 Publisher (NA)

Bandai Namco Games (EU/AUS)

Ben 10: Omniverse November 13, 2012 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii U
Ben 10: Omniverse 2 High Voltage Software (Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360 and PS3)

1st Playable Productions (3DS)

D3 Publisher (NA)

Bandai Namco Entertainment (PAL)

November 9, 2013 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii U
Ben 10: All Out Attack! Unknown Mobile
Ben 10 (2017 video game) Torus Games Outright Games Ben 10 (2016 TV series) November 10, 2017 PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Ben 10: Power Trip PHL Collective October 9, 2020 PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

Toy line

Bandai manufactured Ben 10 toys from the first four series,[2] while Playmates Toys has produced toys for the 2016 reboot.

Six construction sets were produced by LEGO, depicting Spidermonkey, Humunousaur, Swampfire, Chromastone, Jet Ray, and Big Chill.[27]

The series received three McDonald's Happy Meal promotions internationally, as well as one in America in August 2011.[28] 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.

Comic books

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, travelling 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.

In February 2013, IDW Publishing announced a partnership with Cartoon Network to produce comics based on Cartoon Network properties. Ben 10 was one of the titles announced to be published.[29]

Ben 10 in other media

Ben 10: Ultimate Challenge

Ben 10: Ultimate Challenge is a game show developed for television by United Kingdom-based 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.[30] Ultimate Challenge is a trivia show that tasks children with answering questions about all three series.[30] Ultimate Challenge is produced by Mandy Morris and executive produced by Daniel Marlowe.[31]

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 pants and hat, with the Onmitrix on his wrist. 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 phone call to him.[32]

References in video games

Ben 10 is featured as a crossover character in Brawlhalla, a 2D platform fighting game. He appears as his alien forms Heatblast, Diamondhead, and Four Arms in the form of the crossover "skins" for certain playable characters.[33]

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 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.[34]

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