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YMMV: Ben 10: Omniverse
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Some fans assume that Ben's return to immaturity might be caused by him accentuating his Jerkass Fašade as a way to prevent himself from getting too serious and as such prevent him from going Knight Templar like he almost did at the end of Ultimate Alien.
    • Due to Dimension 23 Tetrax being introduced doing actual rampages in a human city, a lot of fans assume he is still evil, or at least less moral than his mainstream counterpart, and just happened to have been hired by Azmuth at this point. This theory is further supported by the fact mainstream Azmuth has been shown hiring villains before (he did recruit Sunder in Ultimate Alien to get the Unitrix back). Also lending credence to this theory is that Sevenseven is also on 23!Azmuth's payroll, and does similar actions.
    • Has Phil's mind been completely consumed by his Terroranchula mind, or was he just Evil All Along?
  • Angst? What Angst?: For someone who just watched the entire universe get destroyed right in front of him, Ben seems unusually cheerful. Granted, he was able to sorta bring everyone back via Alien X, but still he should have SOME KIND OF GRIEVING! Head on over to Fridge Horror to see what the end of the episode might entail and you'll understand what I mean.
  • Anti-Climax Boss:
    • Dr Psychobos. The series builds him up as an Evil Counterpart to Azmuth and hinted he was more powerful than he appeared by having him easily subduing both his associates at one point. Moreover, he was one of the few villains to actually escape a confrontation with Ben while getting what he wants. Yet, he is easily outsmarted by Azmuth in "Showdown Part 1". Granted, he is a Non-Action Big Bad, but you'd have expected him to be a bigger challenge for Azmuth as a mastermind.
    • For the matter, Khyber and his pet aren't exactly impressive either in the same fight: the struggle between Ben and his pet essentially sums up to Ben being either overpowered or incapacited by the Nemetrix predators, until Azmuth figures out how to take control of the pet. Especially irritating when Ben gets easily incapacitated twice by Hypnotik's abilities, even though Malefactor had him figure out how to resist this specific predator's ability.
    • Sixsix, Sevenseven and Eighteight in "Vilgax Must Croak". For the whole episode, they pursue the Plumbers inside Incarceon and almost eliminate them, with a single one of them sending them running. When the Plumbers come back and confront them again... they immediatly surrender, despite being clearly stronger than them.
    • Khyber's new pet's Ultimate Form is defeated ridiculously easily by Water Hazard before it could get to do anything impressive.
    • Zs'Skayr and Lord Transyl. Thanks to Viktor betraying Zs'Skayr, Ben is able to turn into Atomix and create a ball of light that kills Zs'Skayr and weakens Transyl enough for Viktor to capture him, put him in a coffin, and push the coffin towards the sun. The fun thing is how the victory music starts playing as soon as Ben turns into Atomix, before he even does anything. It's like a musical Lampshade Hanging.
  • Ass Pull:
    • While the climax of "Showdown, Part 2" is awesome, no clear explanation is given about how Ben got Feedback back during his fight with Malware; he gets eaten by Malware, has a vision of his past self with which to reconcile his issues about losing Feedback, and then suddenly regains said form even though it was made perfectly clear that the Omnitrix could never get it back. The scene is frankly a huge Deus ex Machina.
    • Earth suddenly being a major strategic point to start an invasion of the Galaxy at the beginning of "Frogs of War", even though all three previous series established it as a backwater planet.
    • Malware destroying Feedback. Not the action itself, which was actually build-up a lot over the course of the season, but Malware pretty much pulled the ability to do it out of nowhere, when his power set had been clearly established as limited to technology until this point.
    • Gwen not liking Lucy to the point of suspecting her of being a traitor in "Mud is Thicker Than Water." In the one Original Series episode where Lucy appeared, there was next to no interaction between the two, but they didn't appear to dislike each other at all, and even in the flashback to their child selves in the very episode Gwen was only mildly irritated with her (far from actual dislike) and got over it quickly since she had Ben to be angry with. Plus, the issue is solved by the end of the episode, most likely to not be mentioned again ever, so what was the point of this sudden?
    • Blucick and Driba repairing the Annihilarg. They might be Genius Ditz, but it's really hard to swallow that they were smart enough to fix a crushed device from an ancient extinct species (plus, who would have been stupid enough to let them touch the remains to begin with?).
    • Gorvan being the real spy at the end of Mud Thicker Than Water. There was no foreshadowing, we didn't even know he was part of the Plumbers until The Reveal (a fact already hard to explain by itself; see What an Idiot below) and this basically comes out of nowhere just to confirm once and for all that Lucy was a Red Herring.
    • Gwen and Kevin conveniently showing up at the beginning of For A Few Brains More to save Max, Rook, Ben and Azmuth, with literally no other justification than "We were just passing by".
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • This series has been said to attempt to reconcile the conflicting styles of the first Ben 10 series by Man of Action and the two sequels by Glen Murakami and Dwayne McDuffie. So far, fans are really disagreeing about whether they succeeded or not.
    • A question a few fans nagged about was why the Plumbers were working again in the sequels when they were retired in the first series, plus all of the alien members despite being an Earth force. "Malefactor" explained that after the first series, they decided to reinstate the Plumbers.
    • One was apparently attempted at the end of For a Few Brains More; after many fans complaining that the so-called "perfect" Omnitrix actually worked worse than the original one or the Ultimatrix, Ben actually asks the same question to Azmuth, only for him to answer that Ben is pushing too hard, resulting in the Omnitrix randomizing its time limit. Wether this explanation works or not is, like many other things, subject to debate amongst fans.
    • The three Aborted Arcs from Ultimate Alien have been salvaged as much as possible:
      • Zs'Skayr goes into Dr. Viktor's body and consumes King Xarion's soul, freeing Dr. Viktor's mind.
      • A graphic novel will show what happened to Elena Validus and the Hive nanochips.
      • Charmcaster's new Omniverse arc still follows up from her aborted Ultimate Alien one rather than it just being ignored entirely.
    • Alien Force got some flak for allowing Vulkanus to purchase and attempt to terraform the Earth (which would kill everything on it), with the indication that his actions were entirely within galactic law. In "Collect This", when Collectimus buys Earth from Simian, Rook explains that no, this is not legal.
  • Badass Decay:
  • Base Breaker:
    • Bloxx. Some fans think he is an original, delightfully weird alien and raise him to Ensemble Darkhorse level. Other think the idea of a LEGO-based alien life form seems silly and doesn't make any sense, even in the Ben 10 universe.
    • For similar reason, Liam and his Omnitrix counterpart Kickin Hawks are either considered hilarious or completely stupid.
    • While Rook has indisputably become an Ensemble Darkhorse, there are some fans who still feel like he is a Canon Sue Spotlight-Stealing Squad who make Ben's incompetence painfully obvious. Not helped by the fact the series itself points out how Rook has been saving his butt quite often. He gets gradually better as the story goes on, though.
    • Khyber is either a Creepy Awesome Egomaniac Hunter, or a generic villain who relies on his dog to fight his foes. This division of opinion seems to have subsided by "Of Predators and Prey", where it's revealed that he was hired by Malware and he is not the Big Bad as thought.
    • Blucik and Driba are, depending which part of the fandom you ask, hilarious Plucky Comic Relief or incredibly annoying Creators Pets who cause more problems than they solve.
    • Esther: a good character and love interest or a complete Relationship Sue.
    • Ben himself, some frustrated at what they feel is serious character degradation and his lack of maturity, others are either okay or just don't care about it.
    • Atomix is either loved for his hammyness, badassery and being a Continuity Nod to the Original Series' episode Ken 10, or hated for having a ugly, robotic-like, toyetic design and being a God-Mode Sue.
    • Albedo manages to be a Base Breaker amongst Alien Force fans: some are happy he is turned into a genuinely effective villain again, others are mad he had to devolve from a sympathetic Anti-Villain to a Card-Carrying Villain for this.
    • Kai Green; Some fans find her more likable than she was in her first appearance and appreciate that her being Ben's confirmed future wife makes the Ben 10,000 future canon again; other feels her relationship with Ben was forced and she gets too much Character Shilling (she is hinted to be worthy of pulling Excalibur out of its stone, even though none of what she ever did before suggested she was noble enough for this).
  • Broken Base: At this point the base has been broken down into a coarse powder.
    • A common division: Original Ben 10 and/or Derrick Wyatt's fans who are glad to see the show going back to its original roots and become "fun" again, and Alien Force/Ultimate Alien fans who are afraid Wyatt might be removing everything brought by the sequels (including the good parts) for the sake of going back to the original show. The fact he confirmed that several sequel episodes would be Canon Discontinuity, that arcs started in the previous series have been aborted, and hinted several times he wasn't really a fan of the sequels doesn't help. And then there are those who still believe in the original series only and see both Alien Force, Ultimate Alien and Omniverse as crappy, in fact resenting Omniverse's attempts at throwbacks to the original.
    • While many aliens' designs had been criticized in the AF/UA era, especially later ones like Eatle, Jury Rigg, and Fasttrack, many others were already good to begin with, raising some controversy about the point of redesigning them as well (especially the original series aliens, whose designs were critically acclaimed for most anyway). Most notable examples of those unnecessary redesigns include Fourarms now having a mustache and Big Chill being now a bulky bug instead of a skeleton-like skinny creature.
    • The theme song; some are glad the show gets an actual song with lyrics instead of an instrumental piece again, others feel it's overly childish, even compared to the original show's one;
    • The Continuity Porn, particularly the flashback around 10 years old Ben; a lot of fans are glad about it, since it brings back an original series feeling; others feel that it's a bit forced and unnecessary (what's the point of trying to make 15 years old characters more like their original selves if their original selves will show up in flashback episodes on regular basis anyway?) and will only end up wasting episode that could have been focusing on the plot.
    • Primus and the Codon Stream being Ret Gone; while many fans who disliked the concept are glad it's gone, others are mad it was just classified Canon Discontinuity and point out this creates only more plotholes.
    • The fact the show is privileging a Denser and Wackier approach and Rule of Funny over a good plot also is starting to bother a lot of fans, especially the return of Ben's Butt Monkey status and the degradation of many villains, even ones that start off threatening in this series, to jokes.
    • Then there's the animation style in general, from realistic to "cartoony." Basically, see Transformers Animated. Part of Wyatt's Signature Style is a design scheme that people in the biz call "stylized" and people not in the biz call "Ow, my eyes!" (Or, "Well, it fits this lighter series." That's why it's a base-breaker.)
  • Character Rerailment:
    • Zombozo had inexplicably lost his supernatural abilities in Ultimate Alien, and went from a Nightmare Fuel-inspiring Monster Clown to a Denser and Wackier Harmless Villain at the beginning of Omniverse. Something Zombozo This Way Comes restores him to his supernatural Humanoid Abomination status from the Original Series, and provides an actual explanation for the loss of his powers in the previous series.
    • Zigzagged with Ben. His personality owes to the exaggerated moron from Season 3 of Alien Force, though a few episodes starting with "Malefactor" showcase him as less of an idiot, making him a far more heroic character, knowing the right time to be serious, and coming up with plans on the spot like the Guile Hero he was before. But then that intelligence is dialed back around the third arc, but then after "Max's Monster", the intelligent and heroic traits start coming back again.
    • Kevin's redesign and more borderline sociopathic attitude is seen by some as an obvious attempt at this, much to the chagrin of fans who preferred how Kevin was before.
    • Eon's design is portrayed as closer to his movie self. Considering many thought the Ultimate Alien version actually was cooler than his movie self, whether it's a good thing or not is up to debate. With that being said, he's much more like a mixture of the various versions, taking the basic backstory of the Ultimate Alien incarnation (he's Ben according to Word of God, as already hinted by him and Ben 10,000 sharing their latest VA) as well as threat level, and the movie incarnation's appearance. Interestingly, there are also aspects of his movie self that were present in UA but left out here, most notably his entire head. It's like UA used half of Movie Eon's design, and Omniverse uses the half that UA didn't.
    • Albedo seems to be on his way to going back to being a fairly competent Evil Counterpart to Ben as opposed to the Butt Monkey (when this show itself has exaggerated Ben's Butt Monkey traits, ironically) he eventually became in Ultimate Alien. Sadly, the same cannot be said for his motivations. See Motive Decay.
    • Charmcaster's design, personality, and voice (though it has always been done by Kari Wahlgren) much more closely resembles her original ones than the ones from Alien Force and Ultimate Alien.
    • Some real effort to undoing villains' Badass Decay seems to be ongoing, with various level of success. Vilgax is given a The Bad Guy Wins moment, but also has much less appearances and is treated more like a joke by the other characters than before. Albedo is promoted to Big Bad rank and made a darker, more threatening villain again after having been downgraded to Butt Monkey after his first couple of appearances in AF/UA (though Azmuth´┐Żs treatment of him at the end nullifies this effort a bit); Darkstar was back to his old badassitude level after having fallen even farther than Albedo had (though he slips once he gets his Mike Morningstar looks back.) It's a shame Psyphon is more of a Butt Monkey every episode when he was so cool that first time he operated solo, but then, I guess someone's got to be the Harmless Villain and it sure ain't Zombozo.
  • Complaining about Shows You Don't Watch: Many people don't want to watch the show because they don't like the new human designs.
  • Contested Sequel: Let's face it; with the already Broken Base caused by the two previous sequels, this show was dead on arrival.
  • Continuity Lockout: Perhaps inevitable, considering the fact that the show references elements and brings back threats that haven't been seen in a long while (Megawhatts, a one-off threat from the first series), as well as coming right after two of the most arc-oriented entries in the franchise. Taken to ridiculous extremes when they use Gorvan, a character who only appeared in the first Alien Force video game. Anyone who has never played the game can't possibly know who he is, yet he is treated like he has always been a recurring villain.
  • Creator's Pet:
    • Feedback in the eyes of some fans; he is introduced as being Ben's favorite alien when he was 11, despite the original show clearly establishing Fourarms as Ben's favorite in the original series era. Few reasons about why Ben likes him so much are given, with him simply saying he is "cool and awesome" or mentioning "he felt like he was a part of me" (It was hinted in Showdown Part 2 that the form had an addictive effect on him, but this was never explored further). He also tends to be conveniently remarkably effective to defeat a lot of specific powerful opponent, to the point of almost becoming a Deus ex Machina (such as when he turns out to be the ideal alien to defeat Argost, or when he manages to defeat Ultimate Humongousaur easily, even though Ultimate Humongousaur's abilities aren't energy-related).
    • Also, Blucik and Driba; Derrick Wyatt has mentioned that the team adores them, that their episode "Blucik And Driba Go To Mr. Smoothies" is a favorite amongst them, and that he wouldn't mind them having their own show. However, a lot of fans feel like they are just annoying, and hate their episode for being a big waste of time.
  • Creepy Awesome: Malware and Khyber.
  • Designated Hero: Some actions of the protagonists (often played for laughs) have been perceived by the fans as mean-spirited at best and downright morally questionable at worst. The most prominent examples being Ben turning Harangue into an alien and Azmuth trapping Albedo in the form of an 11-Year-Old Ben. While both victims clearly were meant to deserve that, many felt the acts in themselves were petty, needlessly cruel and un-heroic.
  • Designated Villain: Phil the former Plumber not the alien monster who took over his body and mind was said by Ben to essentially be less redeemable than Kevin. Sure, Phil was a criminal, but he never did anything as bad as what Kevin had done in the original series. Even without the With Great Power Comes Great Insanity excuse Kevin had, there wasn't anything inherently preventing Phil as he was from turning over a new leaf. To be fair, only Ben was thinking this way, and he may have not been meant to be agreeable.
  • Die for Our Ship:
    • Esther is either bashed by Ben X Julie / Ben X Gwen / Ben X Kevin fans, or praised by Ben X Julie bashers.
    • Kai also gets hit by this from fans of those couples and fans of Ben X Esther.
  • Dude, Not Funny!:
    • The whole episode "So Long And Thanks for the Smoothies" is played for laugh, but some fans weren't really amused with what its ending implied. See the Fridge Horror section for more details.
    • Not to mention Ben and Julie's breaking up being a gag. Even people who hated the pairing thought it went too far.
    • Azmuth locking Albedo in the form of a 11 years old Ben at the end of For A Few Brains More is played for comedy and clearly despicted as Laser-Guided Karma for Albedo, but many fans felt this was just Azmuth needlessly being a dick to him, especially since it was Azmuth's fault if he turned out that way to begin with. Plus, this was perceived as a unglorified end for a character the story arc had worked so hard to rerail into a credible threat.
    • Ben and Rook laughing after hearing how Billy Billion ended up trapped for all his childhood in Dimension 12. Granted, the irony is funny from the viewers' point of view, and Billy brought it on himself, but in-universe, that was still a child spending six years in an alternate dimension populated with Killer Robots, so seeing them laught at it kinda makes them appear as assholes.
    • A lot of fans found the gag of Ben hitting on Drew in T.G.I.S. more disturbing than funny.
    • Charmcaster's lonely life as The Atoner ruling Ledgerdomain caused her a mental break which she's recovered from but with lingering effects making her more erratic. This is Played for Laughs. Granted, it's not AS bad as it could have been, since her supposed Split Personality is revealed to not be one at all, but the jokes at the expense of her actual personality could still be considered in poor taste by some.
  • Ear Worm: A first since the original series, Omniverse has a songnote  and not an instrumental piece. And it's extremely catchy.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Rook, big time. Ironically, he was initially seen as a Replacement Scrappy for Kevin and Gwen, but as soon as trailers and later episodes revealed his status as an Adorkable Badass Normal Nice Guy, his popularity amongst fans raised considerably. By now, he is the main reason why many skeptic fans gave a chance to Omniverse, and most haters consider him the best thing coming out of the show.
    • Malware as well, being a major example of Evil Is Cool; many fans feel his potential was underexploited in the show.
    • Gravattack, for having a power that is one of the most unique in the Omnitrix (one criticism of Ben having so many aliens is the lack of unique traits among them) and having a cool design and actor. It is a little disappointing that he's one of Ben's least-used aliens, though the implications of his powers shows why he isn't used very often.
    • Princess Looma, the Yandere alien in love with Ben.
    • Attea has become very popular, especially with the redesign.
    • While the comic relief characters are hit and miss, Hobble appears to have less haters than the others, particularly since he returned in the Anur Transyl trilogy and proved to be Actually Pretty Funny.
  • Epileptic Trees: It's popular fan theory that Ben forgot to include Primus from the Universal Rebuild in "So Long And Thanks For All The Smoothies," as Derrick J Wyatt says that, pursuant to the mandate that continuity be "cleaned up," whatever that means, it no longer exists. The universal rebuild has in fact been used to explain everything that is different about this series from the previous one. It helps (or not) that production-wise, it is one of the earliest episodes, rather than Episode 7.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: "Frogs of War" ends with Attea taking over the Incursion Empire and leaving her father in custody to the Plumbers, which is portrayed as an acceptable ending. The kick is that both Alien Force and this show etablished that Attea is much crazier and aggressive than her father (keep in mind that in her first episode, she wanted to blow up Earth For the Evulz, while her father just threatened to do it because he wanted to find her). And now, she is the one in charge.
  • Evil Is Cool:
    • Khyber generally got good reception for this.
    • Malware even more so. He rivals Rook in popularity amongst the fans.
    • Psyphon was considered by many fans to have gotten cooler in this show than he was in Alien Force and Ultimate Alien. Then "Bengeance is Mine" happened.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Attea; despite being from a race of frog aliens that looks rather ugly by human standards, she actually is quite attractive of her own.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain:
    • Dr. Animo's costume as the Ant-King. Probably intended.
    • Also, Nyancy-Chan.
  • Foe Yay:
    • Attea and Ben; it starts with him asking her (though as a joke) if she will turn into a princess if a guy kisses her; then as the show goes on, she grows more and more obsessed with fighting him personally, to the point she forbids her forces to attack him. And to sell it completely, she actually falls for Bullfrag, his Incursean form, to the point she offers him to come with her at the end. The 'kiss' on the cheek at the end, though, was with Ben as himself.
    • Ben and Vilgax get a little too cozy with each other in "Vilgax Must Croak". Taken Up to Eleven when Vilgax does a Diving Save and saves Ben's life.
    Ben: Did you just do what I think you did?
    Vilgax: I uh... I don't know what came over me...
  • God-Mode Sue: Atomix practically is an instant win button for Ben whenever he is lucky enough to get him.
  • Growing the Beard: "Malefactor" and afterward starts to tone down Ben's Butt Monkey tendencies and fix the characterization problems he's went through, the pacing slows down, drama somewhat increased, and addressing the complaint that Rook sometimes severely outshines Ben by showcasing a few episodes with Ben solo or at least with a different partner.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In 2010, there was a short-lived LEGO Ben 10 line based on Alien Force. Now there's Bloxx, an alien who's actually made of LEGO bricks.
    • Also, when Rook can tell that Ester likes Ben, Ben doesn't believe it and responds by saying "'cuz you know everything about girls!" Turns out he does, especially when Ben realized Rook had a girlfriend.
    • Eon, introduced just after the original series, was a temporal-based alien with an unexplained Evil Brit shtick, until having him face off with the also temporal-based Professor Paradox, Captain Ersatz of Doctor Who, turned Eon into an Expy of the Master. Even better, the Art Shift applied to the Professor makes him resemble Peter Capaldi!
    • In Ultimate Alien, 16-year-old Ben countered his 10-year-old self's claim that Swampfire was "just a copy of Wildvine" by throwing seeds to spawn a mass of entangling vines, quipping "can Wildvine so this?" In "Rad Monster Party", Wildvine does exactly that.
    • In one of the Alien Force video games, John Dimaggio played Vilgax, filling in for James Remar, who himself was filling in for Steve Blum. In this series, Steve Blum returns and functions as The Other Darrin for Adwaita, a role John Dimaggio played before.
  • Ho Yay:
    • With Kevin gone, Rook has become the main character yaoi fangirls can pair up with Ben. Not helped by the fact that 1) he admits himself to be an Ascended Fanboy of Ben, 2) he has been revealed to be of a feline species and 3) he actually seems to dislike Esther when she flirts with Ben...
    • Certain episodes are absolutely chock full of homoerotic undertones. Special mention goes to "Bros In Space". For a bit of context, the whole episode revolves around Rook's father not approving of Rook's choices—bringing Ben to Revonnah being among said choices—and as a result, it's overflowing with a "why don't you like my boyfriend" sort of vibe. The cherry on top has to be when Rook snubs Rayona, his ex-girlfriend whom he supposedly still has feelings for, because he "does not yet know the plans of [his] houseguest", AKA Ben.
  • Hypocritical Fandom : Remember all those plotholes and retcons that made fans cry that Alien Force and Ultimate Alien sucked? Yeah? Well don't expect the same fans to complain when Omniverse does its own even more confusing retcons or makes blatant Series Continuity Errors; apparently, it's okay if it's against AF/UA.
  • I Am Not Shazam: The villain featured in the episode "Trouble Helix" is Malware, not Helix, despite the name of the episode. Helix is the name of the device that was used to create him.
  • Idiot Plot: '
    • 'Food Around the Corner has this big time; as the Plumbers must organise a fragile peace treaty between the Appoplexians and the Ludoans, those only agree to do it if a Galilean (Gravattack's species) presides the conference, as they are known to be wise and patient. Instead of just finding a real Galilean willing to do the deeds, they decide to use Ben (who, remember, retains his usual personnality when transformed) as Gravattack. Instead of just having him use the lock-mode function that was introduced in Frog of War'' four episodes ago (though Word of God says he doesn't have the codes for it), which he was shown to be perfectly capable of disactivating by himself, they have Blucik and Driba implant him a device that prevents him from turning back to human, which he cannot shut down by himself. And on top of that, they leave Ben to preside the conference alone, without any com-link device or other mean to contact him should something go wrong. The whole sabotage of the conference could have been avoided had they just avoided half of those mistakes.
    • The infamous break-up between Ben and Julie, and by extension half the plot of Rule of Engagement, could have never happened if Ben had just been smart enough to call her back immediatly after the video game incident and explain her what happened.
  • Internet Backdraft: The show in general tends to cause this.
    • Kevin's new appearance in this show has garnered a lot of hatred from Kevin's fangirls. In fact, one of them even wrote a list of all insults used by fans to describe said new look. And that includes many fans who actually like Omniverse.
    • And let's not even talk about what happened when it turned out Gwen got a second redesign.
    • Ben rebuilding the Universe as Alien X as a justification for all the retcons. The less said about it, the better.
    • Surprisingly enough considering what was initially thought of the character, Julie and Ben breaking up caused one. A lot of fans compared it to One More Day as one of the most poorly done break-up in fiction.
    • As stated below the references to the past roles of Yuri Lowenthal, Ben's VA, has caused this to happen. Especially the references the Persona series. Some people think the Persona references are hilarious since they can apply Memes for the Hiimdaisy comics very easily and are now assigning different characters their own Arcana for fun. (With Ben either being The Fool or The Magician.) Other people are very annoyed by this developement, have come to think the writers are incredibly uncreative (which is not helped at all when one acknowledges the writer tendency to reuse plots from the origanl series), and that they should just stop making any reference to Ben's VA other than acknoledging him as the person who, well, plays Ben. This biggest source of argument comes from the writers using a Persona reference during a MAJOR PLOT POINT! Said plot point being Ben regaining Feedback after facing a part of himself he wasn't acknowledging. AKA defeating his shadow. The pro-reference side thought it was a really cool scene why the anti-reference side thought the writers were ripping off a major part of the Persona4 story line. So let's just say the only time it's safe is when people are making Hiimdaisy references and even then you have to tread lightly.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks: There have been criticisms about the show reusing ideas or concepts from the original show, resulting in repetitive parts (such as episode whose scripts seems to be directly based on original show episodes) or Continuity Porn that doesn't make much sense (cameo of the Kraken, a creature that wasn't portrayed as an alien in its first appearance, as used by space pirate for a watchdog, or a cameo in present of Exoskull, a villain from five years in the future at least).
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Even though Phil was a bastard in his only original show appearance, Omniverse revealed that, after surviving for a year in the Null Void, he ended up captured by Malware and Psychobos, used as a test subject for the Nemetrix, sent after Ben, apparently gravely injured due to the Nemetrix being unable to function right with him, and then took by his captor again. When he is finally brought back, it turns out he died and his body ended up controlled by parasites.
    • Malware sort of started out as this, but, once Albedo "cured" him, threw the Woobie part out the window uses all his next appearances to show us what a bastard he really is.
    • Ben 23 gets this treatment too. In "Store 23" we first see Ben 23 as more of a narcissist than the original Ben. Then we learn that in this universe, Max died before Ben received the Omnitrix. Without Max, there's no Character Development that helped the original Ben become the hero he is today and no one by Ben's side. All the money and fame he receives in the universe will never replace family, treating 23 Ben more as a Stepford Smiler.
    • Hell, the original 11-year old Ben may qualify when Feedback's DNA is killed right in front of him by Malware.
    • Even though he is significantly less sympathetic than before, Albedo still manages to be this: just when he had finally got his Galvan form back, Azmuth decides to inflict him a petty punishment by not only causing him to lose it again, but turning him into a 11 years old Ben this time. The final scene of him crying at the end of For A Few Brains More is played for comedy, but some fans felt genuinely sorry for him at this point.
    • Still Charmcaster. She's a Jerkass for doing evil under the advice of the monster who killed her father, who she arrogantly believes is of no threat to her anymore, but a Woobie for still recovering from a mental and emotional breakdown while Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Some older fans are Just Here for Rook.
  • Love It or Hate It: Fans either love Omniverse for taking the show back to its roots, making many homages to the original show, and giving Rook, or hate it for its overly simplified art style, juvenile tone, and decayed Ben.
  • Love to Hate: The fans really love Malware (who's easily one of the most vile and despicable villains in the entire franchise) due to him being an terrifyingly awesome and Genre Savvy bad guy with zero moral qualms. This made him really stand out, especially given the new Denser and Wackier approach.
  • Magnificent Bastard:
    • Malware, and to a lesser degree Dr. Psychobos.
    • Attea, full stop. The whole Incursean story arc was a plan from her to take over her Father's throne.
    • As of the Galactic Monsters arc, we can now add Zs'Skayr, as nearly every episode in the arc ended with him pretty much getting what he wanted without much effort.
  • Mis-blamed: Quite a few fans blame Derrick Wyatt for the Denser and Wackier nature of the show, but this was actually due to Executive Meddling. Since the original series always gets the best ratings while the super-dark Ultimate Alien got the worst, the execs wanted Omniverse to go for a tone closer to the first series, making the writers insert a more comedic tone.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Malware either crossed it either by murdering several Galvanic Mechamorphs in "Trouble Helix" (sure, he needed to feed himself, but he shows no remorse, and is actually mad because Azmuth cures them instead of helping him) or by using Phil as an unwilling test subject.
    • He definitely crossed it in "Malefactor", when he decides to keep Ben from pursuing him by throwing a tanker truck at a school bus.
    • Ben 23, of all people, almost crosses it by attempting to rip his dimension's Azmuth in half. He is fortunately stopped before this happens.
    • Dr. Psychobos crossed it when he came up with a plan to assassinate Azmuth and commit genocide on the entire Galvan species.
    • If the above didn't count for Malware, helping Psychobos do that to his own species certainly does for him as well.
    • Rad Dudesman crossed it in The Vampire Strikes Back by throwing Ben out of his ship just because Ben stated that he would be locked out of Omnitrix functions for a long time if he didn't get within range of a new DNA sample to be acquired. Either Ben would be killed if he didn't transform into a flying alien, or if Ben survived, he would suffer more abuse from the inhabitants who hate him.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Zombozo's new, corpse-like design, which, if you look closely, you can see his ribs and some flesh that appears to be falling off of his body on his face.
    • Malware really upped the ante by destroying Galvan B.
    • The fifth story arc, subtitled Galactic Monsters, is pretty much guaranteed to be full of this, as if that wasn't obvious by the theme song being modified with a G-Major-esque reverb.
  • Nightmare Retardant:
    • While the concept of a Doomsday Device able to destroy the whole universe is quite scary, it's a bit hard to take it seriously when it's called "Anihilarg."
    • Trumbipulor tries to invoke Nightmare Fuel with his robot minions by designing them on the scariest, most threatening-looking creatures he could think of in the galaxy. The problem is, he is afraid of mice, which aren't exactly considered scary by human standards.
  • Padding: In "Frogs of War Part 1", the Randomizer function seems to have been added to the episode just to give a problem to Ben, as it doesn't really add a whole lot to the episode considering Ben's problems and frustrations with the Omnitrix already (common problems include the time limit's varying length and changing into the wrong alien a lot), and takes up a few minutes in the least. The Omnitrix could have glitched out and there really wouldn't have been much of a difference.
  • No Yay: Attea and Ben/Bullfrag. Even excluding the Squick involved by the fact Attea is an Anthropomorphic frog while Ben is human, there is the fact that Inkurseans grow faster than humans... meaning Attea is technically a lot younger than Ben, which can be seen by Bullfrag looking like an adult rather than a teen.
  • Pandering to the Base: The show as a whole is obviously intended to satisfy all the original series Ben 10 fans that complained about Alien Force and Ultimate Alien being too different; as a result, we get characters being redesigned to look closer to their original series selves, several characters and elements from the original series coming back (including one-off characters such as the Megawatts), and flashbacks parts and episodes taking place in the original series era. Oh, and Kevin and Gwen are Put on a Bus, possibly to satisfy those who complained about Romantic Plot Tumor. Well, at least they didn't try to satisfy the Bwen fans...
  • Replacement Scrappy:
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • Some of the poorly designed aliens from Ultimate Alien, such as Jury Rigg and Eatle, got a bit of this thanks to their new designs. Jury Rigg's aviator suit, especially, made him only more popular.
    • Psyphon was considered by a few fans to not be terribly noticeable. His Omniverse incarnation being able to fight Ben on more equal ground more consistently and giving him more distinguishable characterization gave him a few more fans.
    • Pesky Dust was, with the other Joke Aliens listed in the scrappy entry below, disliked due to poor design and not having his power revealed. When said power actually was revealed, it turned out to be original and creative enough to at least make him slightly more likable to the fanbase.
    • Many who didn't care for Kai in her Original Series appearance came to love her when she appeared in Omniverse and now much more people accept her as Ben's future wife. Of course, given all the other Shipping alternatives Ben has in this series, Kai still has her fair share of detractors.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Many of the comedic new characters such as Hokestar, Blukich, and Driba are usually considered fairly annoying or pointless to the narrative. Doesn't help that, in Blukic and Driba's case, they also are Creator's Pets and show signs of Fantastic Racism.
    • Pax deserves a special mention, being a walking hippie stereotype with Animal Wrongs Group tendencies whose very existence contradicts the Original Show (where Florauna were portrayed as a feral and carnivorous in Secret of the Omnitrix).
    • Harrangue managed to get even more hatred than he already had in Ultimate Alien when he praised the Incurseans for invading Earth and getting rid of Ben.
    • The aliens introduced in Outbreak (namely Walkatrout, Pesky Dust, Molestache and the Worst), due to all four of them having poor designs (the design process was literally just picking some of the preexisting "civilian" background aliens) and being introduced as nothing else than Joke Characters. Pesky Dust had its powers revealed 28 episodes later, and the others, if they even have powers, haven't had them revealed.
    • While Rad Dudesman wasn't particularly disliked when first introduced, he has started becoming this trope after his portrayal in Galactic Monsters, where he Took a Level in Jerkass.
  • Seasonal Rot:
  • Squick:
    • Space flees. Sentient space flees.
    • Zs'kayr's cloak becomes this when you realize that it's not a cloak at all. It's the "skin" that he had when he revealed what he really looked like, meaning that Zs'kayr is wearing his own skin as a hood.
  • Strawman Has a Point:
    • Albedo has been established to not give a damn about what others think, and will bend the truth to himself to make sure nothing is his fault. However, it's implied that, at the end of "For A Few Brains More", that Azmuth messed with Albedo's Omnitrix, forcing him back to a Ben form, and a younger Ben form at that, meaning that Albedo just might have some legitimate problems with Azmuth.
    • Dr Psychobos indisputably is racist toward Galvans, and his accusations toward them of arrogance is clearly meant to have him appear as a Hypocrite. However, some comments made by Blukich and Driba about Cerebrocrustaceans suggest that his arguments of Galvan arrogance might have some credence.
  • Take That, Scrappy!:
    • Ben finally gets called out for his arrogance in "Predators and Prey Part 1" by Rook, who can't stand it at this point, a sentiment that many fans have felt since Omniverse began. While part 2 revealed that it was a charade, he seriously meant what he said to Ben about his arrogance.
    • And according to Word of God, he is not too fond of Fastrack, which explains the increase of the usage of XLR8.
    • Comments indicating that Galvans are smarter than Cerebrocrustaceans might have been an attempt of this trope to those who considered Brainstorm a Replacement Scrappy to Grey Matter, but it didn't exactly worked as intended.
    • Probably unintentional, but those amongst the fans who dislike Blucik and Driba might enjoy this part of dialogue from "Store 23":
      Azmuth: "You two are brilliant scientists."
      Blucik and Driba: "Oooooooooh!"
      Azmuth: "By Earth's standards; for a pair of Galvan, you are remarkably unintelligent."
      Blucik and Driba (disappointed): "Oooooooh...."
    • The Ship Sinking of Ben/Julie came with Ben unintentionally hurling insults at Julie while playing a video game. The fact that Julie was so unpopular with many of the fandom due to derailment in Ultimate Alien couldn't be a coincidence.
    • Possibly as an answer to fans complaining about him being a Karma Houdini in Ultimate Alien, Will Harrangue essentially gets everything in the face: Ben "accidentally" sprays him as Water Hazard in Frogs of War, he starts losing viewers after siding with the Inkurseans during their invasion, and a vengeful Jury Rigg mutates him into a tentacled alien.
    • Many fans disliked the Ultimate Alien episode "Couples Retreat" due to Darkstar taking advantage of Charmcaster immediately after she'd already suffered from crossing the Despair Event Horizon. The ending to "Mystery Incorporeal", in which Charmcaster appears to have some fun torturing Darkstar for messing with her realm, pleased these fans greatly.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • The reason why Ben doesn't use Feedback anymore was intended to be one. Not everybody was convinced by it though. See Narm for more details.
    • In Store 23, Ben 23 snapping and finally admitting he does miss his Dimension's Grandpa Max.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks:
    • Oh so much, for any given subject. The artstyle is the most frequently listed exemple, but there are many, many more.
    • A special mention has to go for T.G.I.S., the crossover episode with The Secret Saturdays; the Saturdays were completely redesigned to fit the Time Skip and Omniverse artstyle, leading to some changes that weren't necessarly well-received by the series' fans.
    • In-Universe, Collectimus says he prefers the old version of Mr. Smoothy to the new one.
    • Another special case worth mentionning with Zs'Skayr; even those who found his portrayal in this series satisfying generally agree turning right-side up his iconic upside-down skull was a stupid move.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Gravattack is the only one of the new aliens that can do something none of Ben's aliens could do before; he also is one of the least used aliens so far. Possibly a Justified Trope; Gravattack is just too powerful to be regularly used due to the nature of his gravity alteration powers.
    • The Vreedle Brothers; after the Character Development they got in Ultimate Alien and their Heel-Face Turn, the writers decided that they were better as villains and just had them blow up the Plumber Academy before being back to being Con Men. Especially annoying in that this was totally unnecessary: if they wanted villainous Vreedle Brothers, they could have just used a separate pair of clones that were still criminals, seeing how Con of Rath etablished there were an army of them.
    • Speaking of Character Development and Heel-Face Turn undoing, what's been said about Charmcaster's eventual appearance in the series has NOT been received very well by those who liked what the previous show was doing with her. Dwayne McDuffie claimed she was one of his favorite characters; and he named her "Hope" and had her caught in the neutral zone of the Heel-Face Revolving Door following her Despair Event Horizon for a reason. But that seems like it might be forgotten about now that he's gone.
      • A possible subversion, as it seems that what Derrick Wyatt had in mind for her was overruled by other writers on the staff, as Charmcaster is going to remain in the neutral zone in Omniverse as Physical God Dimension Lord of Ledgerdomain. It may still count as a waste since the redemption arc remains canned (it's been confirmed that her true Meaningful Name has been written out, after all) and she'll likely make no progress past where she's at, but it's better than a full regression into evil in any case.
    • Also, when Albedo absorbs Azmuth's intelligence in For A Few Brains More, he has a Heel Realization about the Universe and seems about to redeem himself. Instead of using this to make his character evolve and have him do the right thing, they had Ben seize the opportunity to trick him and ended the conflict with a fight so Ben could show off his new alien Atomix.
    • Did you think the prospect of Phil redeeming himself sounded interesting? Too bad, it turns out that Phil was actually killed from the inside out long ago and a parasite has taken his body and had only been pretending to be The Atoner. Combined with the Vreedles, Charmcaster, and Albedo examples above, many fans at this point are getting sick of Kevin being the only villain to be allowed a Heel-Face Turn.
    • Julie was starting to get better as a character and had been Rescued from the Scrappy Heap thanks to both Character Development and the fact she Took a Level in Badass. Instead of keeping going this way with her in order to improve her again, the writers decide to have Ben and her break up off-screen (with the break-up being shown as a gag in a flashback; he accidentally broke up with her while playing a video game and having her mistake his shouts at the screen as being at her. They haven't spoken since, and Ben never gave it much thought due to Took a Level in Dumbass and Took a Level in Jerkass.) and introduce several new characters as Ben's potential love interest. The final nail in the coffin? Word of God is that Omniverse will go to 80 episodes now...and there are no plans for Julie to appear in any of these planned episodes at all. She's been Put on a Bus, quite possibly for good.
    • Also, Elena Validus has been confirmed to have a non-speaking cameo coming up and that's it. And it will be as Elena, not as the Hive Queen, meaning she was cured of her condition and her problems from the previous series were resolved completely off-screen: another case of Aborted Arc due to Dwayne McDuffie's Author Existence Failure.
    • Many fans of the horror-themed Anur aliens were excited at the news of the Vladats (a species which so far had only been mentioned in trivia and the Transylians' official bio) finally making an appearance in the show, even if only one such character was announced. When said character, Lord Transyl, finally arrived, he only was there for one episode before being quite easily defeated and disposed of. Moreover, his powers and personality turned out to be rather generic and bland.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • "So Long and Thanks for the Smoothies" involves Ben and Rook trying to prevent a Doomsday Device from falling into the wrong hands, and ends with Ben using Alien X to rebuild the universe. A lot of fans feel the whole thing would have been much better as a serious series finale, or if at least the characters had to deal with the changes caused by such a major event (Ó la Infinite Crisis). Instead, we get a random comical episode that has seemingly few to no impact on the story. The only change made was a new design for the Mr. Smoothy store that Ben loves to visit and that it "doesn't taste the same." However, many have assumed that the changes to characters and the changes to canon thus far only discussed in interviews are because of it. That would make much sense but so far it's been... well, a perfectly good idea that's been wasted.
    • As of "Showdown, Part 1," Psychobos and Malware's plans for the Nemetrix amounted to using it as a glorified distraction. Khyber alone has it now, but as far as the other two's purpose for it, it's largely disappointing. As a matter of fact, Malware is able to pull out his plan of his own without using the Nemetrix a single time, making you wonder why they worked so hard during five years to complete it when just recruiting bounty hunters or killers to distract Azmuth would have worked just as fine.
    • In "Showdown Part 1", they introduce the natural predator of the Galvans. Due to its avian nature, some fans believe that it should have been a peacock, using Ben's fear of them to it's advantage. It wasn't.
    • Khyber hacking the Plumbers' database for information about Malware in "Trouble Helix", as well as the fact he helps Ben and Rook in "Malefactor" suggested he was a Dragon with an Agenda who intended to conspire against Malware at some point. This is never brought up in later episodes, or at least not farther than him being obsessed with getting Ben as a trophy.
      • Talking about Khyber, it had been suggested in previous episode that he actually cared for his pet, a theory fans liked to support. The writers apparently feared this would lead to Draco in Leather Pants, so they had Khyber leaving said pet behind in the finale, despite the fact it was entirely against his advantage (see What an Idiot below), completely dropping the idea.
    • "Showdown Part 2" has the protagonists of all four series (Ben, Max, Gwen, Kevin, and Rook) coming back and teaming up altogether to stop Malware. How do they do so? By splitting up immediately for various tasks, with Ben fighting Malware alone, Rook and Gwen merely acting as pilots and assistant to Azmuth, Max helping Blucik and Driba to repair a station (by giving up his beltbuckle, no less), and Kevin doing absolutely nothing, instead just having a short subplot where he befriends Khyber's pet. In the end, we don't get any stand of all of them against Malware, who Ben defeats on his own, with the sole help of the Galvanic Mechamorphs and Azmuth. Talk about making Ben's friends even more useless in a fight than they were in Alien Force...
    • The show establishes that aliens are a well-known fact among the public, and that they can walk among the populace peacefully. This could have been potentially used to develop issue about Fantastic Racism and how the population is adapting to this. However, the story usually doesn't do anything with the idea, usually just showcasing Ben's interactions and treating everything as if nothing's changed. The lack of use of this idea may have even resulted in a particularly bad, somewhat grating continuity error, where "The Frogs of War" reveals them to the human race for the first time, despite previous episodes, seasons, and series contradicting this as Earth has been attacked by aliens several times now.
    • The flashback in "Showdown Part 1" implies that Ben's love of Feedback might be caused by some sort of addiction to the form, to the point Azmuth actually moves to Earth to warn him about it. This idea is used only as an excuse to get Ben angry so he will lose Feedback to Malware a few seconds later, and is never brought back again, even after Ben got Feedback back.
    • The very premise of the show: having Ben playing a Big Brother Mentor role toward Rook could have been a genuinely interesting development for the character, not to mention a logical follow up to his evolution over the course of the previous shows. The problem is, he Took a Level in Dumbass and acts more immature than ever, making Rook appears as a Hypercompetent Sidekick who actually is much more mature than him, so the whole point is lost.
    • A Fistful of Brains involves Ben being trapt in Khyber's reserve for a survival game, with Khyber using a new pet for the Nemetrix. A rather promising premise, that makes you expect plenty of suspensful fights between Ben's aliens and his natural Predators... except it ends up only being a comical chase scene between Ditto's clones and Khyber's new pet (who doesn't even transform) for half the episode until Ben figures out how to escape.
    • Malefactor had Malware absorbing a weapon known as the Tachyon cannon, stated to be able to "rip life forms apart on a molecular level". Such a thing would have been perfect to justify him later being able to destroy Feedback. However, the Tachyon cannon is never mentionned again after this episode, and Malware instead destroy Feedback with a new ability he pretty much pulls out of his ass.
  • Too Cool to Live: Malware.
  • Tough Act to Follow: One major downside about Malware being an Ensemble Darkhorse is that he was such a great villain he made every single Big Bad following him look pale by comparison. His two immediate successors (Attea and Albedo) were former minor villains promoted to Big Bads with comical quirks (in contrast with him being a Knight of Cerebus with a major case of Vile Villain, Saccharine Show), and even a more iconic villain such as Sz'Skayr couldn't compare thanks to his arc being ridiculously short and wrapped up very anti-climatically.
  • Ugly Cute:
    • The female WayBad from "The Frogs of War".
    • Much of the Nemetrix aliens. Namely, Mucilator, who more or less looks like a giant dog with weird purple sacs. It somehow manages to be adorable.
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • Fistina's face in "Special Delivery" when she gets a date. Seriously.
    • Played with in regards to V.V. Argost. He's, like everyone else in the show, stylized and exaggerated, but his mask has a surprisingly distinct, "fake" look to it.
  • The Untwist: Wait, so Lucy wasn't the spy? What a surprise! After all, it's not like if any Genre Savvy viewer would have easily identified her as an obvious Red Herring, especially since Gwen had next to no reason to suspect her beside her petty dislike of her...
  • What an Idiot:
    • If you think about it, Khyber really didn't need to leave his pet behind when he escaped in "Showdown Part 1"; since the Nemetrix works only on non-intelligent beings, that means he will have to find a new pet to replace it and train it to obey him. Moreover, Azmuth would have used the pet to track him had Malware not distracted them.
    • Yeah, Dr. Psychobos, we know you are a genius, but do you seriously believe the shapeshifting kid who saved the universe a billion times isn't a threat to your plans?
    • Almost everything Blucik and Driba do enters in that territory, the cake probably being when they leave their duties to go look for a Mr Smoothie while the Plumbers are in the middle of a crisis.
    • Ben treats putting Vilgax in Incarcecon rather casually. He's survived several incidents where he was supposed to be dead and has come closest to getting the Omnitrix. As pointed out by Max, Ben should be the first to know Vilgax is not to be underestimated. Ben ultimately pays for this at the end of the episode, where Vilgax gets away.
    • The very reason Ben broke up with Julie is because of Ben's sheer stupidity. Seriously, what kind of complete moron would keep playing video game while his girlfriend is talking to him at the phone?
      • If that wasn't bad enough, Ben never once considers to call her when she stops contacting him after the event, yet still considers Julie to be his girlfriend as of "Rules of Engagement." That's... illogical, to put it lightly.
    • In Frogs of War, Kevin, Gwen, Rook and Blucick trusted Argit in their rebellion. This goes as well as you'd expect.
    • In Return to Forever, Ben tries to chase Sir Morton, who kidnapped Jimmy Jones. You'd expect him to just transform in XLR8, Fasttrack or Jetray and easily catch up. But of course, we need Rook to be of some use, so he just runs in human form and eventually gives up to jump in Rook's vehicule.
    • Also in Return to Forever, Ben as Lodestar is fighting the Forever Ninja, which is a robot. Rather than using his magnetic powers directly on his metal opponent or even the metal vehicles they're both standing next to, he only tries to use them on the shurikens that are being thrown at him. When the shurikens turn out to be wood and he can't control them, the Forever Ninja is able to completely hold Ben at bay.
    • The Plumbers in Mud Thicker Than Water for allowing Gorvan, a renegade Plumber (it's hinted he already fought with Ben and Gwen before in this continuity, so his backstory from the Alien Force game is still most likely canon) to still be part of them. Even assuming they didn't know who he was, you got to wonder why they never questionned the fact one of their member never removed his suit.
    • For the matter, they also chose to keep and move the Anihilarg after Blucick and Driba fixed it, instead of just destroying it again and dispose of the pieces. No justification is given to explain why they would want to keep it (why would anyone want to have such a device if they can't use it without destroying themselves with it, anyway?), and it has been proven in So Long And Thanks for the Smoothies that destroying it is both easy and without backfire.
    • Azmuth isn't an idiot, but you still have to wonder what he was thinking when he came up with the "randomizer", a function that causes the Omnitrix to uncontrollably turn its owner into random aliens and basically serves no purpose other than make it even more difficult to use.
    • In A Fistful of Brain, Ben is trapt in Albedo's and Khyber's hideout, in a death game with Khyber chasing him. To run away from him, Ben turns into Ditto, reasonning Khyber won't be able to chase them all at once... Except the Original show made it very clear that if one of Ditto's clone is killed, all the others will die as well. Meaning this choice of transformation is a perfect way of making things easier for Khyber.
      • The episode seemed to give Ditto the never-before-seen ability to have the clones just vanish. That sure would have been useful in his original debut episode.
      • Which is even weirder when you realize that Echo Echo has been shown to have it's clones disappear if they get destroyed, and don't feel each other's pain.
    • Ben is told at the end of A For a Few Brains More by Azmuth that the reason the Omnitrix keeps giving him the wrong alien is because he is pushing too hard. In the next story arc, he is supposed to know that, yet keeps pushing just as hard, despite supposely knowing it will get him the wrong aliens.
    • In Mystery Incorporeal, Ben, Rook and Kevin comes to suspect professor Xagliv is Vilgax in disguise, under the sole justification her name is "Vilgax" backward, despite the fact the real Vilgax is around four times her size, isn't known to possess any ability to shapeshift and usually operate through large-scale invasions rather than infiltrations. Not only that, but they decide to confront Xagliv in person, without any real proof to back up what they say, and brutally interrogate her. Needless to say, her reaction isn't good when it turns out she isn't Vilgax.
    • When Ben asks Future!Animo to explain what his new alien Gutrot does, Future!Animo goes ahead an explains it to him, in spite of the objections of his present day self, allowing Ben to near-effortlessly beat them. What's odd about this is that it reverses the characterization the two Animos had had throughout the episode; present day Animo had been the bumbling insane one, while Future!Animo had been competent and intelligent.
    • Ben, transformed into Swampfire, an alien that can control plants, being attacked by a horde of plants, does not attempt to control the plants. Only when his Puberty Superpower gives him the new ability to control them without trying is this obvious solution reached.
    • Zs'Skayr, for coming up with a plan involving resurrecting the extinct Vlatats as his army, without any means to ensure he will be able to keep them under control. For added stupidity, his own Dragon is from a species who used to be enslaved by the Vladats, and he still fails to see any betrayal coming.
    • According to Wordof God, every time Ben gets the wrong alien it's simply because he selected the wrong one or is being so rough with the device that it is malfunctioning. This is understandable when he's cycling through 70+ aliens under time pressure, but in situations where time is not a factor or when alien selection is particularly important, Ben's repeated failure to turn into what he wants veers into severe Idiot Hero territory. The most egregious example so far is in Catfight, where Harmless Villain Nyancy-Chan was neither running away nor attacking, but Ben still couldn't be bothered to be careful enough to avoid selecting the one alien he had that was vulnerable to her Mind Control.
  • What The Hell, Casting Agency?:
    • In a nutshell, any time they bring back an old alien but find a new voice actor to play him. We got this to some degree with AF and UA, with Dee Bradley Baker voicing all of Ben's aliens old and new save Rath, but he is a Man of a Thousand Voices whose portrayal is such that you'll hardly notice. The new ones will make you say "What do you mean that's supposed to be Cannonbolt?!" However, a lot of the new voices are quite appropriate, such as XLR8's accelerated speech.
    • This is definitely in effect for fans of The Secret Saturdays as many people reacted negatively to the fact that the titular family were voiced by different voice actors in "T.G.I.S." than in the series proper.
      • However, this is somewhat justified in Zak's case. T.G.I.S. takes place three years after The Secret Saturdays ended. Zak was thirteen at the end of his series but he's sixteen here. (The Saturdays went through a three year time skip, according to Animo and Argost anyway.)
  • Win Back the Crowd: The show has been trying to recapture the magic of the first series. Reactions have varied. They have varied a lot.

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