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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.

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

The Ben 10 franchise has received widespread 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.[2]

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SeriesEdit

Original seriesEdit

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 a mysterious watch-like device named the Omnitrix that attaches itself to his wrist, giving him the ability to transform into various alien life-forms. During their vacation, the Tennysons are attacked by various enemies ranging from aliens like Vilgax to supernatural entities like Hex and Zs'Skayr.

Ben 10: Alien ForceEdit

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 DNA Aliens at their command, are determined to cleanse the Earth of human beings. Ben's age causes the Omnitrix to reboot, granting him access to new alien forms, along with a few of his previous forms. Ben is joined by Gwen and former enemy Kevin Levin, as they fight the Highbreed's universal extermination plan.

Ben 10: Ultimate AlienEdit

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 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: OmniverseEdit

Ben acquires another new 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 Rook Blonko, a 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 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 Mad Ben, and the Chronosapien Maltruant.

RebootEdit

The official Twitter feed of Cartoon Network PR[3] 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 the Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East & African versions, and continuing into 2017 with the North and Latin American versions.[4][5]

The world premiere was on Cartoon Network (Australia), airing on October 1, 2016.[6] The U.K network premiered the series on October 8, 2016.[7] The German Cartoon Network premiered the first two episodes on October 10, 2016.[8] The series premiered in the United States on April 10, 2017.

Live-action seriesEdit

In March 2019, it was announced that Warner Bros. is developing a live-action series, set to be released at their upcoming streaming media, WarnerMedia.[9]

Cast and charactersEdit

Characters Series Movies
Ben 10 (2005 TV series) Ben 10: Alien Force Ben 10: Ultimate Alien Ben 10: Omniverse Ben 10 (2016 TV series) Ben 10: Secret of the Omnitrix Ben 10: Race Against Time Ben 10: Alien Swarm Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens
Ben Tennyson Tara Strong Yuri Lowenthal Yuri Lowenthal Tara Strong Graham Phillips (actor) Ryan Kelley Tara Strong
Tara Strong
Gwen Tennyson Meagan Smith Ashley Johnson (actress) Montserrat Hernandez Meagan Smith Haley Ramm Galadriel Stineman Meagan Smith
Max Tennyson Paul Eiding David Kaye (voice actor) Paul Eiding Lee Majors Barry Corbin Paul Eiding
Kevin Levin Michael Reisz Greg Cipes Nathan Keyes
Charlie Schlatter
Vilgax Steve Blum James Remar Steve Blum Yuri Lowenthal Steve Blum
Heatblast Steve Blum Dee Bradley Baker David Kaye (voice actor) Daryl Sabara Steve Blum David Franklin (actor) Steve Blum
Wildmutt Dee Bradley Baker Dee Bradley Baker Dee Bradley Baker
Diamondhead Jim Ward (voice actor) Dee Bradley Baker Eric Bauza Roger Craig Smith Daran Norris Jim Ward (voice actor)
XLR8 Jim Ward Yuri Lowenthal Josh Keaton Jim Ward
Grey Matter Richard Steven Horvitz Eric Bauza Todd Haberkorn Richard Steven Horvitz Carlos Alazraqui Richard Steven Horvitz
Four Arms Richard McGonagle Dee Bradley Baker John DiMaggio Richard McGonagle Richard McGonagle
Stingfly Dee Bradley Baker Dee Bradley Baker Greg Cipes Dee Bradley Baker
Ripjaws Fred Tatasciore Eric Bauza
Upgrade Tara Strong Tara Strong David Sobolov Tara Strong
Yuri Lowenthal
Ghostfreak Steve Blum Jeff Bennett Steve Blum
Cannonbolt Fred Tatasciore Dee Bradley Baker David Kaye (voice actor) Travis Willingham Fred Tatasciore
Wildvine Jim Ward (voice actor) Dee Bradley Baker David Hornsby
Spitter Dee Bradley Baker
Buzzshock Tara Strong Eric Bauza
Arctiguana Tom Kane Eric Bauza
Blitzwolfer Tara Strong Kevin Michael Richardson
Snare-oh Richard Green (actor) Kevin Michael Richardson
Frankenstrike Michael Dorn David Kaye (voice actor)
Upchuck Dave Wittenberg Dee Bradley Baker Eric Bauza Dave Wittenberg
Ditto Rob Paulsen Rob Paulsen
Eye Guy Dee Bradley Baker Paul Eiding Dee Bradley Baker
Way Big Fred Tatasciore Dee Bradley Baker Eric Bauza Fred Tatasciore Fred Tatasciore
Swampfire Dee Bradley Baker
Echo Echo Dee Bradley Baker
Humangousaur Dee Bradley Baker John DiMaggio David Kaye (voice actor) Dee Bradley Baker
Jetray Dee Bradley Baker
Big Chill Dee Bradley Baker Dee Bradley Baker
Chromastone Dee Bradley Baker Eric Bauza
Brainstorm Dee Bradley Baker Corey Burton
Spidermonkey Dee Bradley Baker
Goop Dee Bradley Baker
Alien X Yuri Lowenthal Yuri Lowenthal
Lodestar Dee Bradley Baker
Rath John DiMaggio Dee Bradley Baker
Nanomech Dee Bradley Baker Alex Winter
Water Hazard Dee Bradley Baker
Amphibian Dee Bradley Baker Yuri Lowenthal
Armodrillo Dee Bradley Baker John DiMaggio
Terraspin Dee Bradley Baker Bumper Robinson
NRG Dee Bradley Baker
Fasttrack Dee Bradley Baker
Chameleon Dee Bradley Baker
Eatle Dee Bradley Baker Eric Bauza
Clockwork Dee Bradley Baker
Juryrigg Dee Bradley Baker Bumper Robinson
Elena Validus Tia Texada Alyssa Diaz
Victor Validus Brian George Herbert Sigüenza
Eon Yuri Lowenthal Judd Nelson Christien Anholt
Sean Donnellan
Sandra Tennyson Vyvan Pham Beth Littleford Beth Littleford Tara Strong
Beth Littleford
Carl Tennyson Dee Bradley Baker Don McManus Yuri Lowenthal Don McManus Dee Bradley Baker

StatisticsEdit

Episodes and seasonsEdit

Series Number of episodes
Original series 52
Ben 10: Alien Force 46
Ben 10: Ultimate Alien 52
Ben 10: Omniverse 80
Reboot 120
Total 350
Series Number of seasons
Original series 4
Ben 10: Alien Force 3
Ben 10: Ultimate Alien 3
Ben 10: Omniverse 8
Reboot 3
Total 21
Status Number of episodes
Aired 310
Unaired 40
Total 350
Status Number of episodes
Named 310
Unnamed 40
Total 350
Continuity Number of episodes
Original 230
Reboot 120
Total 350

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.

Other mediaEdit

Media Number
Shorts 49
Films 4
TV specials 1

FilmsEdit

Occupation Films
Secret of the Omnitrix
(2007)
Race Against Time
(2007)
Alien Swarm
(2009)
Destroy All Aliens
(2012)
Director(s) Sebastian O. Montes III
Scooter Tidwell
Alex Winter Victor Cook
Writer(s) Thomas Pugsley
Greg Klein
John Turman
James Krieg
Marty Isenberg
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
Producer(s) Donna Smith
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
Michael McCuistion
Lolita Ritmanis
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.
Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network
Runtime 67 minutes 69 minutes
Released August 10, 2007 November 21, 2007 November 25, 2009 March 23, 2012

Secret of the OmnitrixEdit

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 TimeEdit

The second is a live-action film titled Ben 10: Race Against Time,[10] 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. It premiered on Cartoon Network on November 21, 2007. The film was directed by Alex Winter.[11] 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.[12]

Alien SwarmEdit

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 AliensEdit

A CGI movie titled "Ben 10: Destroy all Aliens" was announced in mid-2011,[13] and released on March 11, 2012 (Asia/Philippines)[14] and on March 23, 2012 (US).[15] This film had previously been under the working title Ben 10: Alien Dimensions.[16] 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 adaptationEdit

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.[17] In January 2012, Albert Torres was announced as screenwriter.[18] 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.[19] Since Silver left Warner Bros. and Dark Castle joined Universal Pictures, it remains unknown whether Warner Bros. or Universal will release the movie. As of July 2019, the film is most likely canceled due to the announcement of the live action series.

Ben 10 / Generator Rex crossoverEdit

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.[20][21]

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.[22]

Elements of the franchiseEdit

OmnitrixEdit

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 devices developed by an alien inventor 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 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. 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.

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.

PlumbersEdit

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 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 remain in a semi-active capacity.

Forever KnightsEdit

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 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.

TransportsEdit

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) 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 tech, 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.

Recurring themesEdit

  • 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.
  • 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 a strange assortment of flavors in its smoothies; among the strange flavors Ben drinks are "chocolate and carrot", "nectarine", "mango and blueberry with extra echinacea", and meat-flavored smoothies such as "lamb" and "sardine". When confronted by the Contemelia, an alien race whose physical appearance changed to match what "held the most sway" to whoever looked upon them, Ben saw them as living versions of the Mr. Smoothy mascot.
  • Sumo Slammers is a large franchise 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 shapeshifting enemy Kenko. 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, Kevin is constantly repairing it. The Rustbucket III and the Proto-TRUK have also become a part of this running gag.
  • 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.
  • 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, and he'll expect whoever is around to be ready and willing to partake of his meals.

TechnologyEdit

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 inferior by other aliens.

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.
  • Level 5 includes remedial manipulation of the fundamental force and of the Omnitrix.
Null VoidEdit

The Null Void is a pocket dimension, created by the Galvans as a penal colony. 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.

ID MaskEdit

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 to hide their appearance and roam freely on Earth. Even Kevin uses one after he turns into what he calls 'a monster'.

Techadon RobotsEdit

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 TravelEdit

Time travel is featured many times throughout the franchise. Professor Paradox, a superhuman with knowledge of the entire timeline, 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 without assuming their forms.

AwardsEdit

Original seriesEdit

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 TimeEdit

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[12] 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 ForceEdit

Year Award Category Recipients and nominees Result
2009 36th Daytime Emmy Awards[23] 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 SwarmEdit

Year Award Category Recipients and nominees Result
2010 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards[24] 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[25] Television Movie or Mini-Series Yuda Acco Harry Matheu, Hugh D.G. Moody, Rouzier,
Pierre, Robb Bihun, Ann Stacy, Dan Post
Nominated

Ultimate AlienEdit

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

OmniverseEdit

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 mediaEdit

MerchandiseEdit

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.

GamesEdit

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:

Apart from the Nintendo and PC games, Ben 10 games are also available to play online in flash format[26] 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.

Toy lineEdit

Bandai has manufactured a large amount of Ben 10 toys from the four series.[2]

The series received three McDonald's Happy Meal promotions internationally, as well as one in America in August 2011.[27] 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 booksEdit

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.

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.[28]

Ben 10 in other mediaEdit

Ben 10: Ultimate ChallengeEdit

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.[29] Ultimate Challenge is a trivia show that tasks children with answering questions about all three series.[29] Ultimate Challenge is produced by Mandy Morris and executive produced by Daniel Marlowe.[30]

References in other showsEdit

  • 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.[31]

Cartoon Network promotionEdit

Titanic Kungfubot OffensiveEdit

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 FallEdit

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 ExonautEdit

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 ExplosionEdit

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.[32]

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