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8th Jun '17 9:41:03 PM nombretomado
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* In the WhateleyUniverse, Rack fits this trope. He looks pretty much like a normal-sized guy in power armor. But he's really a small dwarf in Mobile Suit Human hardware that he built. He operates it using hand controls and telekinesis.

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* In the WhateleyUniverse, Literature/WhateleyUniverse, Rack fits this trope. He looks pretty much like a normal-sized guy in power armor. But he's really a small dwarf in Mobile Suit Human hardware that he built. He operates it using hand controls and telekinesis.
1st Jun '17 8:09:24 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Trinity}}'' RPG by WhiteWolf the alien Qin use these, but most of the time it's subverted, since the suits, though human shaped, are obviously alien. They're just more practical for interacting with humans than their natural small 'furry squid/slug' form. In one particular plot a faction of Qin tried to use 'perfect human replica' suits to infiltrate a radical, racist, Slavic supremacist terror group, but only having a limited understanding of human culture, they used a suit modelled on an ethnic African appearance. Needless to say, HilarityEnsued.

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* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Trinity}}'' RPG by WhiteWolf Creator/WhiteWolf the alien Qin use these, but most of the time it's subverted, since the suits, though human shaped, are obviously alien. They're just more practical for interacting with humans than their natural small 'furry squid/slug' form. In one particular plot a faction of Qin tried to use 'perfect human replica' suits to infiltrate a radical, racist, Slavic supremacist terror group, but only having a limited understanding of human culture, they used a suit modelled on an ethnic African appearance. Needless to say, HilarityEnsued.
28th May '17 7:23:32 PM PaulA
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* In ''Literature/BillTheGalacticHero'', the Creator/HarryHarrison spoof of military sci-fi, SpaceCadet "Eager" Beager turns out to be a Chinger spy living in the head of a human-looking robot. The Chinger aliens were presented as giant lizards in the official military propaganda, but they are actually seven inches tall.
** The inverse (a human concealed inside a robotic alien suit) happens often in Creator/HarryHarrison sci-fi, such as ''Repairman'', ''Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers'', and ''[[Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You]]''.

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In ''Literature/BillTheGalacticHero'', the Creator/HarryHarrison spoof of military sci-fi, SpaceCadet "Eager" Beager turns out to be a Chinger spy living in the head of a human-looking robot. The Chinger aliens were presented as giant lizards in the official military propaganda, but they are actually seven inches tall.
** The inverse (a human concealed inside a robotic alien suit) happens often in Creator/HarryHarrison sci-fi, such as ''Repairman'', ''Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers'', ''Literature/StarSmashersOfTheGalaxyRangers'', and ''[[Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You]]''.
4th May '17 10:53:57 AM Dvandemon
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* The personifications of the emotions of Riley and other characters in ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' influence their actions via a control console and view everything from their perspective as if on a viewscreen.
5th Mar '17 8:21:10 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''Comicbook/TheAmazingScrewOnHead'' by ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'s creator Mike Mignola is a {{steampunk}} AlternateUniverse where the title character is, for reasons unexplained, a head with a threaded bolt for a neck that can screw into various robot bodies, mainly humanoid.



* In a very ''un''-comedic example, the aliens in ''Film/DarkCity'' used corpses as {{Mobile Suit Human}}s.
* Done hilariously in a skit in the Creator/WoodyAllen movie ''Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex'', complete with a control center in the brain (infiltrated by a religious "spy" mid-coitus) and paratrooper sperm. Seriously.
* Got a rare serious turn in ''Film/IndependenceDay'' -- [[spoiler:the roughly human-sized alien invaders turnes out to be biomechanical suits; the real deal are child-sized. They are implied to be physically weaker, but [[TheGreys by no means disarmingly cute]].]] In the novelization, it is explained that they're not ''just'' [[spoiler:biomechanical suits]]... They are literally [[spoiler:ANOTHER alien species that the BigBad conquerors had defeated, found them to be useful, and [[BodyHorror TURNED THEM INTO THE SUITS!]] Or perhaps they somehow evolved some sort of symbiotic/parasitic relationship... psychic revelations like that tend to be unclear.]]
* The 2008 Film ''Film/MeetDave'', an Creator/EddieMurphy vehicle, takes this to extremes, featured a suit that looks like... Eddie Murphy. And is captained by... a miniature Eddie Murphy (actually a tiny humanoid alien). And is also a spaceship with about a hundred crewmen, making it a HumongousMecha at the same time.



* A truly excellent example in the ''Film/ScoobyDoo'' movie. [[spoiler: The villain turns out to be Scrappy inside one of these.]]



* The 2008 Film ''Film/MeetDave'', an Creator/EddieMurphy vehicle, takes this to extremes, featured a suit that looks like... Eddie Murphy. And is captained by... a miniature Eddie Murphy (actually a tiny humanoid alien). And is also a spaceship with about a hundred crewmen, making it a HumongousMecha at the same time.
* A truly excellent example in the ''Film/ScoobyDoo'' movie. [[spoiler: The villain turns out to be Scrappy inside one of these.]]
* Got a rare serious turn in ''Film/IndependenceDay'' -- [[spoiler:the roughly human-sized alien invaders turnes out to be biomechanical suits; the real deal are child-sized. They are implied to be physically weaker, but [[TheGreys by no means disarmingly cute]].]] In the novelization, it is explained that they're not ''just'' [[spoiler:biomechanical suits]]... They are literally [[spoiler:ANOTHER alien species that the BigBad conquerors had defeated, found them to be useful, and [[BodyHorror TURNED THEM INTO THE SUITS!]] Or perhaps they somehow evolved some sort of symbiotic/parasitic relationship... psychic revelations like that tend to be unclear.]]
* In a very ''un''-comedic example, the aliens in ''Film/DarkCity'' used corpses as {{Mobile Suit Human}}s.
* Done hilariously in a skit in the Creator/WoodyAllen movie ''Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex'', complete with a control center in the brain (infiltrated by a religious "spy" mid-coitus) and paratrooper sperm. Seriously.



* The short lived Saturday Morning show ''Series/LosLuchadores'' had an evil chihuahua who operated a man-sized robot.
* In ''Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger'', villain Sargain was a small, ant-like alien operating a man-sized armored robot. His ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm'' counterpart Zurgane didn't include this and was... uh, we're not sure (although his action figure incarnation did have a removable helmet showing the bug piloting the robo-suit, which surely confused a few fans unfamiliar with the original show). Sargain would then operate HumongousMecha, meaning he was piloting a robot to ''[[MetaMecha make it pilot another robot.]]''
* Kevin is purported to be one of these in an episode of ''Series/TheOfficeUS''.



** The Teselecta, in the episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E8LetsKillHitler Let's Kill Hitler]]", is a shapeshifting humaniform robot piloted by miniaturized humans who traveled back in time to, you guessed it, [[HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct kill Hitler]].

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** The Teselecta, in Slitheen from [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E4AliensOfLondon "Aliens of London"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E5WorldWarThree "World War Three"]] wear skinsuits to disguise themselves as humans. In an inversion, however, they're much bigger than the episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E8LetsKillHitler Let's Kill Hitler]]", is a shapeshifting humaniform robot piloted by miniaturized humans who traveled back in time to, you guessed it, [[HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct kill Hitler]].they're impersonating, and use compression technology to shrink down to fit.



'''Doctor:''' Well, a nice one; definitely one of the nice ones.\\
'''Amy:''' So you're like a-a space... squid? Or something... are you like a tiny little slug in a human suit? ''[Doctor gives her a sour look]'' Is that why you walk like that?
** One can't forget the Slitheens' skinsuits. And no, skinsuit is not a metaphor for nudity.

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'''Doctor:''' '''The Doctor:''' Well, a nice one; definitely one of the nice ones.\\
'''Amy:''' So you're like a-a space...space . . . squid? Or something... are you like a tiny little slug in a human suit? ''[Doctor ''[The Doctor gives her a sour look]'' Is that why you walk like that?
** One can't forget The Teselecta, in the Slitheens' skinsuits. And no, skinsuit episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E8LetsKillHitler "Let's Kill Hitler"]], is a shapeshifting humaniform robot piloted by miniaturized humans who traveled back in time to, you guessed it, [[HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct kill Hitler]].
* The short lived Saturday Morning show ''Series/LosLuchadores'' had an evil chihuahua who operated a man-sized robot.
* In ''Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger'', villain Sargain was a small, ant-like alien operating a man-sized armored robot. His ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm'' counterpart Zurgane didn't include this and was... uh, we're
not sure (although his action figure incarnation did have a metaphor for nudity.removable helmet showing the bug piloting the robo-suit, which surely confused a few fans unfamiliar with the original show). Sargain would then operate HumongousMecha, meaning he was piloting a robot to ''[[MetaMecha make it pilot another robot.]]''
* Kevin is purported to be one of these in an episode of ''Series/TheOfficeUS''.



** The Goa'uld in ''Franchise/{{Stargate}}'' are a biological variant, usurping control of a living human host. It's explained that the reason Humans were popular for this role (as opposed to their previous hosts, the Unas) were because human bodies were easy to repair.

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** The Goa'uld in ''Franchise/{{Stargate}}'' are a biological variant, usurping control of a living human host. It's explained that the reason Humans humans were popular for this role (as opposed to their previous hosts, the Unas) were because human bodies were easy to repair.






* The recurring villain for ''[[WesternAnimation/ThreeTwoOnePenguins 3-2-1 Penguins!]]'' is Baron Von Cavitus, in actuality a mechanical suit driven by a hamster named Bert Bertman.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears''- in one episode, one of the Gummis used a ClockPunk human-sized suit of armor to masquerade as a human. It did well for a while, but then the limbs started coming off...



* A gag in the title sequence of ''WesternAnimation/BountyHamster'' shows Cassie trying to hire a bounty hunter, and selecting a hulking figure in powered armour - which immediately falls apart, revealing the title character. (The armour never appears or gets a mention during the actual episodes.)
* One episode of ''[[ComicBook/BuckyOHareAndTheToadWars Bucky O'Hare]]'' features one of these played as TheMole. Or technically, the walrus, or the chairman.
* ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' had the (ironically named) Gargantuns who were six inches tall. Dissenting Gargantuns would often times use normal sized suits to blend in and attack their targets. (One such case featured framing Buzz Lightyear by wearing one of these suits and attempting to kill the Galactic President who was signing an important treaty. They then attempted a Xanatos Gambit by demonstrating a suit that looked like the President and pretending to use it to derail the peace treaty, all to get the real Buzz to shoot the real President.)



* Brain's human outfit from ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' is a mechanical human body topped off by Brain's own head. He claimed his tiny head and large ears were the result of a "medical condition". On another occasion, he stated outright, "[[SarcasticConfession Actually, I'm a laboratory mouse in the advanced stages of a plot to take over the world.]]"
** One episode reveals [[strike: Bill Gates]] [[LawyerFriendlyCameo Gill Bates]] to be a suit piloted by Brain's archrival Snowball the Hamster.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack'' cartoon series, there were many Arquillians living on Earth, and their suits were [[SuperPoweredRobotMeterMaids very powerful compared to humans.]] In one episode, another similarly-sized race, the Fmek, ran around body-jacking the pacifist Arquillians to use their suits against them.
** It goes even further with Microcephalopoids, aliens so small that they use Mobile Suit ''Arquillians'' to ''[[MetaMecha pilot]]'' Mobile Suit Humans.
* Roach Coach, from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'': a one-off villain who despises humanity and has a device that let him control roaches. He appears at first to be an ordinary man (with antennae), but he turns out to be a roach in a robot human suit.



* One of the {{Couch Gag}}s in ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' has Mandy's face opening to reveal a smaller Mandy, who then utters [[Franchise/StarWars "Echuta"]].
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' has "Government Man", a robotic [[TheMenInBlack Man in Black]] piloted by GIR that looks even more like and android than him.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack'' cartoon series, there were many Arquillians living on Earth, and their suits were [[SuperPoweredRobotMeterMaids very powerful compared to humans.]] In one episode, another similarly-sized race, the Fmek, ran around body-jacking the pacifist Arquillians to use their suits against them.
** It goes even further with Microcephalopoids, aliens so small that they use Mobile Suit ''Arquillians'' to ''[[MetaMecha pilot]]'' Mobile Suit Humans.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' showed Mr. Flynn-Fletcher's body being revealed to be a suit piloted by Perry the Platypus at one point in said episode. Another had an alien in a Mrs. Flynn-Fletcher suit so he could learn about the habits of Earthling mothers while Phineas and Ferb repaired his spaceship.
* Brain's human outfit from ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' is a mechanical human body topped off by Brain's own head. He claimed his tiny head and large ears were the result of a "medical condition". On another occasion, he stated outright, "[[SarcasticConfession Actually, I'm a laboratory mouse in the advanced stages of a plot to take over the world.]]"
** One episode reveals [[strike: Bill Gates]] [[LawyerFriendlyCameo Gill Bates]] to be a suit piloted by Brain's archrival Snowball the Hamster.
* Roach Coach, from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'': a one-off villain who despises humanity and has a device that let him control roaches. He appears at first to be an ordinary man (with antennae), but he turns out to be a roach in a robot human suit.
* Right on the line between this and HumongousMecha, in ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' Episode XVI, "Jack & the Smackback" (aka the Dome of [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom Doom]]), Jack fights The Aqualizer, which, while quite large, we discover after Jack lays the smackdown on it is controlled by a rather tiny sea slug-looking critter.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Sealab 2021}}'' sees most of the crew of the eponymous research station's bodies turned into these for mice, while the crew themselves have their brains put into giant robots. It is made more amusing by the fact that the whole cycle was started because the captain of the station had scandalous photos of the science officer engaged in sexual acts with a fat intern, which said captain was threatening to show to said science officer's girlfriend...and the science officer spent 90% of the episode drunk.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretFilesOfTheSpyDogs'' had Humanesks, which pretended to be fat humans. They had spy dogs as pilots.
* On ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', Plankton will sometimes dress up in robot contraptions that make him equally big as the rest of the cast. Not exactly ''human'', though. Generic fish or Mr. Krabs himself are his favourites.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': In [[Recap/StarWarsTheCloneWarsS2E17BountyHunters "Bounty Hunters"]], one of the titular characters is a hulking armoured figure named Seripas -- who, true to this trope, turns out to be a diminutive alien about half a metre tall.



* ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' had the (ironically named) Gargantuns who were six inches tall. Dissenting Gargantuns would often times use normal sized suits to blend in and attack their targets. (One such case featured framing Buzz Lightyear by wearing one of these suits and attempting to kill the Galactic President who was signing an important treaty. They then attempted a Xanatos Gambit by demonstrating a suit that looked like the President and pretending to use it to derail the peace treaty, all to get the real Buzz to shoot the real President.)
* A gag in the title sequence of ''WesternAnimation/BountyHamster'' shows Cassie trying to hire a bounty hunter, and selecting a hulking figure in powered armour - which immediately falls apart, revealing the title character. (The armour never appears or gets a mention during the actual episodes.)



* The recurring villain for ''[[WesternAnimation/ThreeTwoOnePenguins 3-2-1 Penguins!]]'' is Baron Von Cavitus, in actuality a mechanical suit driven by a hamster named Bert Bertman.
* One episode of ''[[ComicBook/BuckyOHareAndTheToadWars Bucky O'Hare]]'' features one of these played as TheMole. Or technically, the walrus, or the chairman.
* On ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', Plankton will sometimes dress up in robot contraptions that make him equally big as the rest of the cast. Not exactly ''human'', though. Generic fish or Mr. Krabs himself are his favourites.
* ''Comicbook/TheAmazingScrewOnHead'' by ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'s creator Mike Mignola is a {{steampunk}} AlternateUniverse where the title character is, for reasons unexplained, a head with a threaded bolt for a neck that can screw into various robot bodies, mainly humanoid.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears''- in one episode, one of the Gummis used a ClockPunk human-sized suit of armor to masquerade as a human. It did well for a while, but then the limbs started coming off...
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretFilesOfTheSpyDogs'' had Humanesks, which pretended to be fat humans. They had spy dogs as pilots.
* Right on the line between this and HumongousMecha, in ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' Episode XVI, "Jack & the Smackback" (aka the Dome of [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom Doom]]), Jack fights The Aqualizer, which, while quite large, we discover after Jack lays the smackdown on it is controlled by a rather tiny sea slug-looking critter.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' showed Mr. Flynn-Fletcher's body being revealed to be a suit piloted by Perry the Platypus at one point in said episode. Another had an alien in a Mrs. Flynn-Fletcher suit so he could learn about the habits of Earthling mothers while Phineas and Ferb repaired his spaceship.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Sealab 2021}}'' sees most of the crew of the eponymous research station's bodies turned into these for mice, while the crew themselves have their brains put into giant robots. It is made more amusing by the fact that the whole cycle was started because the captain of the station had scandalous photos of the science officer engaged in sexual acts with a fat intern, which said captain was threatening to show to said science officer's girlfriend...and the science officer spent 90% of the episode drunk.
* One of the {{Couch Gag}}s in ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' has Mandy's face opening to reveal a smaller Mandy, who then utters [[Franchise/StarWars "Echuta"]].



* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' has "Government Man", a robotic [[TheMenInBlack Man in Black]] piloted by GIR that looks even more like and android than him.


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5th Mar '17 6:22:46 PM nombretomado
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* In the Creator/MarvelComics' {{Retcon}} series ''{{Marvel}}: The Lost Generation'', a [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] BrainInAJar hero called the Eternal Brain was given a robot named Walkabout to provide him with mobility.

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* In the Creator/MarvelComics' {{Retcon}} series ''{{Marvel}}: ''Franchise/{{Marvel|Universe}}: The Lost Generation'', a [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] BrainInAJar hero called the Eternal Brain was given a robot named Walkabout to provide him with mobility.
8th Jan '17 12:35:30 PM nombretomado
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* ''TopTen'' features an intelligent talking Doberman Pinscher in a humanoid mechanical suit of armor.

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* ''TopTen'' ''ComicBook/TopTen'' features an intelligent talking Doberman Pinscher in a humanoid mechanical suit of armor.



** Also {{ComicBook/BPRD}} agent Johan Krauss, who's pretty much a cloud of gas in a pressurized suit.
* In the MarvelComics' {{Retcon}} series ''{{Marvel}}: The Lost Generation'', a [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] BrainInAJar hero called the Eternal Brain was given a robot named Walkabout to provide him with mobility.

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** Also {{ComicBook/BPRD}} agent Johan Krauss, who's pretty much a cloud of gas in a pressurized suit.
* In the MarvelComics' Creator/MarvelComics' {{Retcon}} series ''{{Marvel}}: The Lost Generation'', a [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] BrainInAJar hero called the Eternal Brain was given a robot named Walkabout to provide him with mobility.
28th Oct '16 4:18:30 PM nombretomado
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* A variant occurs in ''Manga/NewMazinger'', an one-shot painted ''Anime/MazingerZ'' graphic novel done by GoNagai and released by Dark Horse Comics: the titular super-robot is blasted into a sword-and-sorcery world where he rescues a topless princess (this IS GoNagai, after all) from invading lizard-men. When the princess attempts to offer herself to the mysterious knight to persuade him to aid her people, he reveals that he is a machine piloted by a human "just the right damn size for a pet!"

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* A variant occurs in ''Manga/NewMazinger'', an one-shot painted ''Anime/MazingerZ'' graphic novel done by GoNagai Creator/GoNagai and released by Dark Horse Comics: the titular super-robot is blasted into a sword-and-sorcery world where he rescues a topless princess (this IS GoNagai, Go Nagai, after all) from invading lizard-men. When the princess attempts to offer herself to the mysterious knight to persuade him to aid her people, he reveals that he is a machine piloted by a human "just the right damn size for a pet!"
13th Oct '16 1:28:35 PM Darthrai
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* An unusal variation in [[spoiler:"Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion"]]

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* An unusal ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' presents a similar variation in [[spoiler:"Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion"]]to ''Basquash'': the titular Evangelions, typically presented and marketed as HumongousMecha, are actually [[spoiler:humanlike armored mutants that can be piloted by regular humans]].
22nd Sep '16 3:02:50 PM nombretomado
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** There's also the creator of the Onmitrix, who turns out to be an older version of Ben's Grey Matter alien, but only when we first see him in ''Ben10SecretOfTheOmnitrix''. His other-dimensional counterpart in ''Ben10Omniverse'' episode "Store 23" also appears in one.

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** There's also the creator of the Onmitrix, who turns out to be an older version of Ben's Grey Matter alien, but only when we first see him in ''Ben10SecretOfTheOmnitrix''. His other-dimensional counterpart in ''Ben10Omniverse'' ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' episode "Store 23" also appears in one.
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