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** While Ghostfreak is a cool villain by himself, you could argue he was wasted motivation-wise. When he first escapes the Omnitrix, his dialogue implies he is motivated by revenge toward Ben for having him prisoner in the Omnitrix for so long. This idea is completely dropped right in the same episode and for all his next appearances in both this series and the sequels, he is portrayed as an generic "I want to conquer the Universe" villain.


** A lesser example, but one of the major criticims made towards ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce Alien Force]]'' was (amongst other things) about the Plumbers being inexplicably active again despite it being stated to have disbanded in the original series. "Big Fat Alien Wedding", while not explicitly stating the Plumbers were still active, made mention of a war between them and the Sludgepuppies that was apparently still going on (the whole point of the episode was to end it), suggesting at least ''some'' of them kept fighting.

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** A lesser example, but one of the major criticims criticisms made towards ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce Alien Force]]'' was (amongst other things) about the Plumbers being inexplicably active again despite it being stated to have disbanded in the original series. "Big Fat Alien Wedding", while not explicitly stating the Plumbers were still active, made mention of a war between them and the Sludgepuppies that was apparently still going on (the whole point of the episode was to end it), suggesting at least ''some'' of them kept fighting.

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** Cousin Lucy too, because of her constantly taking pleasure in [[TheGadfly playing Gwen like a violin with her shapeshifting powers.]]


* HarsherInHindsight: In "The Unnaturals" after Cash and JT win the go ahead run against a robot team, oblivious to the fact Ben was helping them, Cash goes "Hey, hey, hey.", referring to Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. This is a lot harder to listen to after Bill Cosby's conviction for rape, as Fat Albert was frequently used to mock him.



* HarsherInHindsight: Tetrax's admonishment of Ben, telling him that he fails to consider the consequences of his actions until they blow up in his face, takes on a new light when it's revealed later on that Tetrax gave Vilgax a crystal that he used to destroy Petropia, which is an action he came to completely regret.

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Tetrax's admonishment of Ben, telling him that he fails to consider the consequences of his actions until they blow up in his face, takes on a new light when it's revealed later on that Tetrax gave Vilgax a crystal that he used to destroy Petropia, which is an action he came to completely regret.regret.
** In "The Unnaturals" after Cash and JT win the go ahead run against a robot team, oblivious to the fact Ben was helping them, Cash goes "Hey, hey, hey.", referring to Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. This is a lot harder to listen to after Bill Cosby's conviction for rape, as Fat Albert was frequently used to mock him.


* EscapistCharacter: Ben starts out as a [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent ordinary]] [[KidHero kid]] who by coincidence ends up stuck wearing an insanely powerful device giving him the ability to [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshift]] into a large variety of cool-looking aliens with a large variety of super-powers. Using those powers, he starts accomplishing heroic deeds and [[WeirdnessMagnet gets involved in all sorts of strange adventures involving everything from aliens to mutants, to magic]]. He eventually [[TookALevelInBadass gets good at using his abilities]] become [[FamedInStory famous and beloved as a hero]], turns into a LivingLegend and saves the Universe several times. It's pretty easy to see how everyone would love to be in his shoes.

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* EscapistCharacter: Ben starts out as a [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent ordinary]] [[KidHero kid]] who by coincidence ends up stuck wearing an insanely powerful device giving him the ability to [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshift]] into a large variety of cool-looking aliens with a large variety of super-powers. Using those powers, he starts accomplishing heroic deeds and [[WeirdnessMagnet gets involved in all sorts of strange adventures involving everything from aliens to mutants, to magic]]. He eventually [[TookALevelInBadass gets good at using his abilities]] become abilities]], becomes [[FamedInStory famous and beloved as a hero]], turns into a LivingLegend and saves the Universe several times. It's pretty easy to see how everyone would love to be in his shoes.


** The fact the original series is getting a reboot has proven polarizing. Some fans are happy, given that there are a certain group of people who think that the show was best when the main characters were a ten-year-old Ben and Gwen, along with Grandpa Max, while others are accusing the reboot of being an essential attempt to draw more cash out of what is already a large CashCowFranchise (merchandise for it has sold over ''four billions'' worth) and given that the show isn't even ten years old, an entire reboot is insane with people wondering if this means that the likes of ''Alien Force'' or ''Ultimate Alien'' will also be rebooted in years to come (although WordOfGod says there are no plans for it). For [[TakeAThirdOption taking a third option]], many fans don't like what the art-style for the cartoon seems to be, saying Ben looks a lot younger than ten in it and seems more cartoonish.

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** The fact the original series is getting a reboot has proven polarizing. Some fans are happy, given that there are a certain group of people who think that the show was best when the main characters were a ten-year-old Ben and Gwen, along with Grandpa Max, while others are accusing the reboot of being an essential attempt to draw more cash out of what is already a large CashCowFranchise (merchandise for it has sold over ''four billions'' worth) and given that the show isn't hadn't even ten years old, been out for a decade when the reboot was first announced, an entire reboot is insane with people wondering if this means that the likes of ''Alien Force'' or ''Ultimate Alien'' will also be rebooted in years to come (although WordOfGod says there are no plans for it). For [[TakeAThirdOption taking a third option]], many fans don't like what the art-style for the cartoon seems to be, saying Ben looks a lot younger than ten in it and seems more cartoonish.


* FanficFuel: Each alien in the Omnitrix belongs to an alien species with its own planet and culture, leaving ''huge'' possibilities to create various OCs. The Omnitrix is also stated to have at the very least 10,000 aliens (more than 1000,000,000 after ''Alien Force''), meaning fans have a large gap available to imagine and create their own aliens.

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* FanficFuel: Each alien in the Omnitrix belongs to an alien species with its own planet and culture, leaving ''huge'' possibilities to create various OCs.{{Original Character}}s. The Omnitrix is also stated to have at the very least 10,000 aliens (more than 1000,000,000 after ''Alien Force''), meaning fans have a large gap available to imagine and create their own aliens.


*** Buzzshock and Articguana, two of Ben 10,000's alien forms, are surprisingly rather popular among the fanbase, despite the fact neither have ever appeared outside of that episode aside from a cameo in ''Ultimate Alien'''s theme. Articguana is finally used by the 16-Year-Old Ben in ''Omniverse'', and Buzzshock appears even later.

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*** Buzzshock and Articguana, Arcticguana, two of Ben 10,000's alien forms, are surprisingly rather popular among the fanbase, despite the fact neither have ever appeared outside of that episode aside from a cameo fanbase. They both showed up in ''Ultimate Alien'''s theme. Articguana is intro (but never in the series itself), before finally used by the 16-Year-Old Ben being formally unlocked in ''Omniverse'', and Buzzshock appears even later.''Omniverse''.

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* MyRealDaddy: For fans who prefer this series yet are disappointed by Man of Action's [[WesternAnimation/Ben102016 later reboot]], the head writer duo of Thomas Pugsley and Greg Klein get the "Real Daddy" position over Man of Action.


* CounterpartComparison: So we have a girl who dresses primarily in blue who falls for a [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys bad boy]] who dresses primarily in black. This bad boy has partaken in villainous actions before, but [[MoralityPet tries to be good for the girl.]] However, he eventually [[spoiler: ends up falling back to his villainous ways, before he eventually [[HeelFaceTurn redeems himself]].]] Are we talking about Gwen and Kevin, or [[Theatre/{{Heathers}} Veronica and J.D.]]?


** [[EvilOverlord Vilgax]], the OverarchingVillain of the entire franchise and by far Ben Tennyson's [[ArchEnemy most personal enemy]], is a psychopathic [[GalacticConqueror galactic warlord]]. After his evil caused him to be banished from his homeworld, Vilgax went on to assault and conquer numerous planets across the cosmos, outright annihilating the entire planet of Petropia and its billions of inhabitants to make an example of those who resist him. After discovering the existence of the Omnitrix, Vilgax becomes obsessed with possessing the gadget to modify it for his own gain, and spends much of the first series sending wave after wave of his forces to Earth solely to kill Ben Tennyson, a 10-year-old-boy, and steal the watch from him, later trying to viciously saw the boy's arm off and blow up the entire Earth for the trouble it has caused him. In ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce Alien Force]]'', Vilgax [[VillainWithGoodPublicity builds up his image as a law-abiding citizen]] by "legally" conquering 10 planets, though ultimately ditches this persona and tries to use the Omnitrix to lead a full-scale war against all who would stand against him. In ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien Ultimate Alien]]'', Vilgax becomes the herald for [[EldritchAbomination Diagon]] before betraying and killing his master and stealing his power, hoping to use it to mind control all life in the universe. In the final series, ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse Omniverse]]'', Vilgax, though at first seeming to have decayed in his evil, pulls out perhaps the most wicked scheme in the entire franchise, using a Chronosapien Time Bomb to [[OmnicidalManiac wipe out all dimensions and timelines]], his own included, to leave only a single, more submissive universe for him to conquer and rule. Vilgax was a purely evil madman who would kill first billions, then insurmountable trillions, just to satisfy his raging desire to be the most powerful being in the universe, and stands out as the most iconic villain in ''Ben 10'' for this very reason.
** There's also [[YMMV/Ben10UltimateAlien Aggregor]] and [[YMMV/Ben10Omniverse Maltruant]]. See those pages for details.

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** [[EvilOverlord Vilgax]], the OverarchingVillain of the entire franchise and by far Ben Tennyson's [[ArchEnemy most personal enemy]], is a psychopathic [[GalacticConqueror galactic warlord]]. After his evil caused him to be banished from his homeworld, Vilgax went on to assault and conquer numerous planets across the cosmos, outright annihilating the entire planet of Petropia and its billions of inhabitants to make an example of those who resist him. After discovering the existence of the Omnitrix, Vilgax becomes obsessed with possessing the gadget to modify it for his own gain, and spends much of the first series sending wave after wave of his forces to Earth solely to [[WouldHurtAChild kill Ben Tennyson, a 10-year-old-boy, 10-year-old-boy]], and steal the watch from him, later trying to viciously [[AnArmAndALeg saw the boy's arm off off]] and [[EarthShatteringKaboom blow up the entire Earth Earth]] for the trouble it has caused him. In ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce Alien Force]]'', Vilgax [[VillainWithGoodPublicity builds up his image as a law-abiding citizen]] by "legally" conquering 10 planets, though ultimately ditches this persona and tries to use the Omnitrix to lead a full-scale war against all who would stand against him. In ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien Ultimate Alien]]'', Vilgax becomes the herald for [[EldritchAbomination Diagon]] before betraying and killing his master and stealing his power, hoping to use it to mind control all life in the universe. In the final series, ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse Omniverse]]'', Vilgax, though at first seeming to have [[VillainDecay decayed in his evil, evil]], pulls out perhaps the most wicked scheme in the entire franchise, using a Chronosapien Time Bomb to [[OmnicidalManiac wipe out all dimensions and timelines]], his own included, to leave only a single, more submissive universe for him to conquer and rule. Vilgax was a purely evil madman who would kill first billions, then insurmountable trillions, just to satisfy his raging desire to be the most powerful being in the universe, and stands out as the most iconic villain in ''Ben 10'' for this very reason.
** There's also [[YMMV/Ben10UltimateAlien Aggregor]] and [[YMMV/Ben10Omniverse Maltruant]]. See those pages for details.
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* BrokenBase: [[WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce All]] [[WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien of the]] [[WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse sequels]] to the original series that the franchise has had only divided the fanbase further on which one was the best, or [[FranchiseZombie if the original series should even have had sequels to begin with]]. By the end of ''Omniverse'', the division in the fanbase could rival the one for ''Franchise/StarWars''.

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* BrokenBase: [[WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce All]] [[WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien of the]] [[WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse sequels]] to the original series that the franchise has had only divided the fanbase further on which one was the best, best or [[FranchiseZombie if the original series should even have had sequels to begin with]]. By the end of ''Omniverse'', the division in the fanbase could rival the one for ''Franchise/StarWars''.



*** There's also a sizeable fanbase who wanted a sequel to ''Omniverse'' instead of a reboot, especially with the former ending on a SequelHook that sounded really promising. (Ben, Rook, Gwen and Kevin going on an interstellar road trip.)

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*** There's also a sizeable fanbase who wanted a sequel to ''Omniverse'' instead of a reboot, especially with the former ending on a SequelHook that sounded really promising. (Ben, Rook, Gwen Gwen, and Kevin going on an interstellar road trip.)



** There's also [[YMMV/Ben10UltimateAlien Aggregor]] & [[YMMV/Ben10Omniverse Maltruant]]. See those pages for details.
* CounterpartComparison: So we have a girl who dresses primarily in blue who falls for a [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys bad boy]] who dresses primarily in black. This bad boy has partaken in villainous actions before, but [[MoralityPet tries to be good for the girl]]. However, he eventually [[spoiler: ends up falling back to his villainous ways, before he eventually [[HeelFaceTurn redeems himself]].]] Are we talking about Gwen and Kevin, or [[Theatre/{{Heathers}} Veronica and J.D.]]?

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** There's also [[YMMV/Ben10UltimateAlien Aggregor]] & and [[YMMV/Ben10Omniverse Maltruant]]. See those pages for details.
* CounterpartComparison: So we have a girl who dresses primarily in blue who falls for a [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys bad boy]] who dresses primarily in black. This bad boy has partaken in villainous actions before, but [[MoralityPet tries to be good for the girl]]. girl.]] However, he eventually [[spoiler: ends up falling back to his villainous ways, before he eventually [[HeelFaceTurn redeems himself]].]] Are we talking about Gwen and Kevin, or [[Theatre/{{Heathers}} Veronica and J.D.]]?



* MyRealDaddy: There are many ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce Alien Force]]''[=/=]''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien Ultimate Alien]]'' fans who credit Creator/DwayneMcDuffie and Glen Murakami for making the characters mature and, as a result, have a similarly hostile reaction toward ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse Omniverse]]'' for being DenserAndWackier and making several AF[=/=]UA episodes non-canon [[PanderingToTheBase in an attempt to get closer to the Original Series]].

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* MyRealDaddy: There are many ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce Alien Force]]''[=/=]''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien Ultimate Alien]]'' fans who credit Creator/DwayneMcDuffie and Glen Murakami for making the characters mature and, as a result, have a similarly hostile reaction toward ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse Omniverse]]'' for being DenserAndWackier and making several AF[=/=]UA episodes non-canon [[PanderingToTheBase in an attempt to get closer to the Original Series]].Series.]]



** It's a franchise about a KidHero with a watch transforming him into Alien Super-Heroes, fighting a GalacticConqueror [[{{Cthulhumanoid}} who looks like Cthulhu]], with the help of, amongst others, his MagicalGirl cousin and his Hawaiian-shirt wearing grandfather who used to be part of a secret organization called the ''Plumbers''. Doesn't prevent the franchise from making some genuinely good stories and nightmarish villains.

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** It's a franchise about a KidHero with a watch transforming him into Alien Super-Heroes, fighting a GalacticConqueror [[{{Cthulhumanoid}} who looks like Cthulhu]], with the help of, amongst others, his MagicalGirl cousin and his Hawaiian-shirt wearing grandfather who used to be part of a secret organization called the ''Plumbers''. Doesn't It doesn't prevent the franchise from making some genuinely good stories and nightmarish villains.



* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: The Original Series made heavy use of BizarreAlienBiology to create characters with [[NightmareFuel absolutely nightmarish designs]], the sequels involved themes such as [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Nazi-esque]] [[FinalSolution attempts at genocide]], [[FantasticDrug powers with drug undertones]] and implied [[SerialKiller Serial Killers]], and all four entries have at least one, if not multiple, cases of VileVillainSaccharineShow. By the time of ''Ultimate Alien'', things had become so dark the writers decided to go LighterAndSofter in [[WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse the next entry]] in order to avoid DarknessInducedAudienceApathy.

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* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: The Original Series made heavy use of BizarreAlienBiology to create characters with [[NightmareFuel absolutely nightmarish designs]], the sequels involved themes such as [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Nazi-esque]] [[FinalSolution attempts at genocide]], [[FantasticDrug powers with drug undertones]] and implied [[SerialKiller Serial Killers]], and all four entries have at least one, if not multiple, cases of VileVillainSaccharineShow. By the time of ''Ultimate Alien'', things had become so dark the writers decided to go LighterAndSofter in [[WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse the next entry]] iteration in the franchise]] in order to avoid DarknessInducedAudienceApathy.



** Naturally, some of Ben's aliens are more popular than others, but the one who takes the cake is [[MagmaMan Heatblast]], who is the most popular and iconic alien form in the entire franchise. He is so popular that an ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien Ultimate Alien]]'' DVD was titled “The Return of Heatblast”.

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** Naturally, some of Ben's aliens are more popular than others, but the one who takes the cake is [[MagmaMan Heatblast]], who is the most popular and iconic alien form in the entire franchise. He is so popular that an ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien Ultimate Alien]]'' DVD was titled “The "The Return of Heatblast”.Heatblast".



*** Ripjaws has only appeared 16 times in the entire Ben 10 franchise, but he gets lots of Fan art and Website/YouTube videos.

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*** Ripjaws has only appeared 16 times in the entire Ben 10 franchise, but he gets is popular with fans in addition to getting lots of Fan art and Website/YouTube videos.



** Sixsix, a minor villain that’s introduced early on in the series, quickly became beloved by fans due to essentially being the ''Ben 10''-verse's equivalent of Boba Fett. He was so popular that not only was he brought back later on in ''Omnivers'', which also introduced his family made up of his equally badass brother and two sisters and changed him from a one-off mook to a series mainstay.

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** Sixsix, a minor villain that’s introduced early on in the series, quickly became beloved by fans due to essentially being the ''Ben 10''-verse's equivalent of Boba Fett. He was so popular that not only was he brought back later on in ''Omnivers'', ''Omniverse'', which also introduced his family made up of his equally badass brother and two sisters and changed him from a one-off mook to a series mainstay.



* FirstInstallmentWins: While the the sequels have their fanbases, many fans are very loyal to the original series. The fact that it's [[OnlyTheCreatorDoesItRight the only one the actual creators worked on]] (until the ContinuityReboot) helps matters.

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* FirstInstallmentWins: While the the sequels have their fanbases, many of the fans are very loyal to the original series. The fact that it's [[OnlyTheCreatorDoesItRight the only one the actual creators worked on]] (until the ContinuityReboot) helps matters.



** A lesser example, but one of the major criticims made towards ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce Alien Force]]'' was (amongst other things) about the Plumbers being inexplicably active again despite it being stated to have disbanded in the original series. “Big Fat Alien Wedding”, while not explicitly stating the Plumbers were still active, made mention of a war between them and the Sludgepuppies that was apparently still going on (the whole point of the episode was to end it), suggesting at least ''some'' of them kept fighting.
* HarsherInHindsight: In the episode "The Unnaturals" after Cash and JT win the go ahead run against a robot team, oblivious to the fact Ben was helping them, Cash goes "Hey, hey, hey.", referring to Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. This is a lot harder to listen to after Bill Cosby's conviction for rape, as Fat Albert was frequently used to mock him.

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** A lesser example, but one of the major criticims made towards ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce Alien Force]]'' was (amongst other things) about the Plumbers being inexplicably active again despite it being stated to have disbanded in the original series. “Big "Big Fat Alien Wedding”, Wedding", while not explicitly stating the Plumbers were still active, made mention of a war between them and the Sludgepuppies that was apparently still going on (the whole point of the episode was to end it), suggesting at least ''some'' of them kept fighting.
* HarsherInHindsight: In the episode "The Unnaturals" after Cash and JT win the go ahead run against a robot team, oblivious to the fact Ben was helping them, Cash goes "Hey, hey, hey.", referring to Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. This is a lot harder to listen to after Bill Cosby's conviction for rape, as Fat Albert was frequently used to mock him.



* HeartwarmingInHindsight: The episode “Ken 10” had Ben's future self Ben 10,000 name his son Ken. The sequel series ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' revealed that Ben's cousin Gwen had a brother also named Ken, which makes it rather sweet when you realize that Ben may have named his son Ken after his cousin Ken.

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* HeartwarmingInHindsight: The episode “Ken 10” "Ken 10" had Ben's future self Ben 10,000 name his son Ken. The sequel series ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' revealed that Ben's cousin Gwen had a brother also named Ken, which makes it rather sweet when you realize that Ben may have named his son Ken after his cousin Ken.



** Remember that ending in “Gwen 10” where the Omnitrix ultimately ended up on Grandpa Max? It is revealed several episodes later by some alien named Xylene, a person from Max's past, that the Omnitrix was originally for Max. But due to the fact that Ben's DNA was close to his, Ben was the one who discovered the Omnitrix and it ended up on him.

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** Remember that ending in “Gwen 10” "Gwen 10" where the Omnitrix ultimately ended up on Grandpa Max? It is revealed several episodes later by some alien named Xylene, a person from Max's past, that the Omnitrix was originally for Max. But due to the fact that Ben's DNA was close to his, Ben was the one who discovered the Omnitrix and it ended up on him.



* HypeBacklash: The huge success this series had, and the fact many fans [[FirstInstallmentWins are only loyal to it]], has caused many people (both fans of the sequels and people who don't particularly like the franchise) to be more critical toward it and point out its flaws. The common criticisms of the original series include the lack of CharacterDevelopment, Ben's and Gwen's bickering being perceived as annoying, the waste of many good [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter characters]] (Xylene) & [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot plots]] (how Ghostfreak ended up in the Omntrix, which was relegated to a one-time pop-up commentary during a marathon), and most of the villains being one-dimensional.

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* HypeBacklash: The huge success this series had, had and the fact many fans [[FirstInstallmentWins are only loyal to it]], it]] has caused many people (both fans of the sequels and people who don't particularly like the franchise) to be more critical toward it and point out its flaws. The common criticisms of the original series include the lack of CharacterDevelopment, Ben's and Gwen's bickering being perceived as annoying, the waste of many good [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter characters]] (Xylene) & and [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot plots]] (how Ghostfreak ended up in the Omntrix, which was relegated to a one-time pop-up commentary during a marathon), and most of the villains being one-dimensional.



** Max is [[spoiler:a retired member of a secret organization named the Plumbers who dealt with paranormal and fought Vilgax long before Ben did]].

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** Max is [[spoiler:a retired member of a secret organization named the Plumbers who dealt with paranormal and fought Vilgax long before Ben did]].did.]]



** When Ghostfreak wanted to plunge Earth into darkness, the result of which is shown to be [[NightmareFuel horrifying mutations]] of all living things. He also crossed the line in “Ghostfreaked Out” when he threatened to kill a possessed Gwen if Ben did not surrender, fully aware that Ben is only 10 years old.

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** When Ghostfreak wanted to plunge Earth into darkness, the result of which is shown to be [[NightmareFuel horrifying mutations]] of all living things. He also crossed the line in “Ghostfreaked Out” "Ghostfreaked Out" when he threatened to kill a possessed Gwen if Ben did not surrender, fully aware that Ben is only 10 years old.



** This actually created a PeripheryDemographic all by itself. Older viewers initially hated the show, partially because of the flat, immature, two dimensional characters. [[IncestSubtext The instant they decided Ben and Gwen had crushes on each other]], the characters gained two or three levels of depth, skyrocketing it to the top of a lot of teen's lists.

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** This actually created a PeripheryDemographic all by itself. Older viewers initially hated the show, partially because of the flat, immature, two dimensional two-dimensional characters. [[IncestSubtext The instant they decided Ben and Gwen had crushes on each other]], the characters gained two or three levels of depth, skyrocketing it to the top of a lot of teen's lists.



* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: ''Race Against Time''. Dear lordy, ''Race Against Time''. A lot of fans were NOT happy when they realized the aliens were not voiced by the original voice actors.



** ''Xylene''. She is an alien ActionGirl who has cool powers and a unique design along with a big part in Ben's origin since she was the one who [[spoiler:brought the Omnitrix to Earth]] and had a past relationship with Max. She appeared for exactly ''one'' episode and never appeared again. Even in the sequels, all she got is a very brief mention in a dialogue.

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** ''Xylene''.Xylene. She is an alien ActionGirl who has cool powers and a unique design along with a big part in Ben's origin since she was the one who [[spoiler:brought the Omnitrix to Earth]] and had a past relationship with Max. She appeared for exactly ''one'' episode and never appeared again. Even in the sequels, all she got is a very brief mention in a dialogue.



** At the end of the third season, Ben gets three new aliens, each based off a different monster. A werewolf, a mummy, and Frankenstein's monster. Despite all of them being pretty cool, they don't appear at all for the rest of the series and it isn't until an alternate timeline episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10 Ultimate Alien}}'' that any of them reappear. They aren't even properly named via being referred to as "Ben*monster name*" in the credits. It took until ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10 Omniverse}}'' for them to even be given proper names.

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** At the end of the third season, Ben gets three new aliens, each based off a different monster. A werewolf, a mummy, and Frankenstein's monster. Despite all of them being pretty cool, they don't appear at all for the rest of the series and it isn't until an alternate timeline episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10 ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien Ultimate Alien}}'' Alien]]'' that any of them reappear. They aren't even properly named via being referred to as "Ben*monster name*" in the credits. It took until ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10 Omniverse}}'' ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse Omniverse]]'' for them to even be given more appearances and proper names.



* {{Viewer Gender Confusion}}: Ripjaws (who is an alien in Ben’s Omnitrix) is part deep-sea creature and merMAID. While he might seem like a female, he's actually a male... though this could be a case of people calling something by a gender-specific title despite it not being that gender, similar to how female peacocks are often called "peacocks," by the general public, despite the appropriate name for a female of that species being "Peahen."

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* {{Viewer Gender Confusion}}: ViewerGenderConfusion: Ripjaws (who is an alien in Ben’s Omnitrix) is part deep-sea creature and merMAID. While he might seem like a female, he's actually a male... though this could be a case of people calling something by a gender-specific title despite it not being that gender, similar to how female peacocks are often called "peacocks," by the general public, despite the appropriate name for a female of that species being "Peahen."


** [[EvilOverlord Vilgax]], the OverarchingVillain of the entire franchise and by far Ben Tennyson's [[ArchEnemy most personal enemy]], is a psychopathic [[GalacticConqueror galactic warlord]]. After his evil caused him to be banished from his homeworld, Vilgax went on to assault and conquer numerous planets across the cosmos, outright annihilating the entire planet of Petropia and its billions of inhabitants to make an example of those who resist him. After discovering the existence of the Omnitrix, Vilgax becomes obsessed with possessing the gadget to modify it for his own gain, and spends much of the first series sending wave after wave of his forces to Earth solely to [[WouldHurtAChild kill Ben Tennyson, a 10-year-old-boy]], and steal the watch from him, later trying to viciously [[AnArmAndALeg saw the boy's arm off]] and [[EarthShatteringKaboom blow up the entire Earth]] for the trouble it has caused him. In ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce Alien Force]]'', Vilgax [[VillainWithGoodPublicity builds up his image as a law-abiding citizen]] by "legally" conquering 10 planets, though ultimately ditches this persona and tries to use the Omnitrix to lead a full-scale war against all who would stand against him. In ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien Ultimate Alien]]'', Vilgax becomes the herald for [[EldritchAbomination Diagon]] before betraying and killing his master and stealing his power, hoping to use it to mind control all life in the universe. In the final series, ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse Omniverse]]'', Vilgax, though at first seeming to have [[VillainDecay decayed in his evil]], pulls out perhaps the most wicked scheme in the entire franchise, using a Chronosapien Time Bomb to [[OmnicidalManiac wipe out all dimensions and timelines]], his own included, to leave only a single, more submissive universe for him to conquer and rule. Vilgax was a purely evil madman who would kill first billions, then insurmountable trillions, just to satisfy his raging desire to be the most powerful being in the universe, and stands out as the most iconic villain in ''Ben 10'' for this very reason.

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** [[EvilOverlord **[[EvilOverlord Vilgax]], the OverarchingVillain of the entire franchise and by far Ben Tennyson's [[ArchEnemy most personal enemy]], is a psychopathic [[GalacticConqueror galactic warlord]]. After his evil caused him to be banished from his homeworld, Vilgax went on to assault and conquer numerous planets across the cosmos, outright annihilating the entire planet of Petropia and its billions of inhabitants to make an example of those who resist him. After discovering the existence of the Omnitrix, Vilgax becomes obsessed with possessing the gadget to modify it for his own gain, and spends much of the first series sending wave after wave of his forces to Earth solely to [[WouldHurtAChild kill Ben Tennyson, a 10-year-old-boy]], 10-year-old-boy, and steal the watch from him, later trying to viciously [[AnArmAndALeg saw the boy's arm off]] off and [[EarthShatteringKaboom blow up the entire Earth]] Earth for the trouble it has caused him. In ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce Alien Force]]'', Vilgax [[VillainWithGoodPublicity builds up his image as a law-abiding citizen]] by "legally" conquering 10 planets, though ultimately ditches this persona and tries to use the Omnitrix to lead a full-scale war against all who would stand against him. In ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien Ultimate Alien]]'', Vilgax becomes the herald for [[EldritchAbomination Diagon]] before betraying and killing his master and stealing his power, hoping to use it to mind control all life in the universe. In the final series, ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse Omniverse]]'', Vilgax, though at first seeming to have [[VillainDecay decayed in his evil]], evil, pulls out perhaps the most wicked scheme in the entire franchise, using a Chronosapien Time Bomb to [[OmnicidalManiac wipe out all dimensions and timelines]], his own included, to leave only a single, more submissive universe for him to conquer and rule. Vilgax was a purely evil madman who would kill first billions, then insurmountable trillions, just to satisfy his raging desire to be the most powerful being in the universe, and stands out as the most iconic villain in ''Ben 10'' for this very reason.


* {{Viewer Gender Confusion}}: Ripjaws (who is an alien in Ben’s Omnitrix) is part deep-sea creature and merMAID. While he might seem like a female, he's actually a male.

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* {{Viewer Gender Confusion}}: Ripjaws (who is an alien in Ben’s Omnitrix) is part deep-sea creature and merMAID. While he might seem like a female, he's actually a male.male... though this could be a case of people calling something by a gender-specific title despite it not being that gender, similar to how female peacocks are often called "peacocks," by the general public, despite the appropriate name for a female of that species being "Peahen."


* BrokenBase: [[WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce All]] [[WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien of the]] [[WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse sequels]] of the original series that the franchise has had only divided the fanbase further on which one was the best, or [[FranchiseZombie if the original series should even have had sequels to begin with]]. By the end of ''Omniverse'', the division in the fanbase could rival the one for ''Franchise/StarWars''.

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* BrokenBase: [[WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce All]] [[WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien of the]] [[WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse sequels]] of to the original series that the franchise has had only divided the fanbase further on which one was the best, or [[FranchiseZombie if the original series should even have had sequels to begin with]]. By the end of ''Omniverse'', the division in the fanbase could rival the one for ''Franchise/StarWars''.



** Naturally, some of Ben's aliens are more popular than others, but the one who takes the cake is [[MagmaMan Heatblast]]. He is so popular that an ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien Ultimate Alien]]'' DVD was titled “The Return of Heatblast”.
*** [[SuperSpeed XLR8]] is also pretty popular, which makes it extra baffling that they went and made [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute Fasttrack]].
*** [[OurGhostsAreDifferent Ghostfreak]], mainly because of his design, abilities, and [[spoiler: FaceHeelTurn.]]
*** Buzzshock and Articguana, two of Ben 10,000's aliens, are surprisingly rather popular among the fanbase, despite the fact neither have ever appeared outside of that episode aside from a cameo in ''Ultimate Alien'''s theme. Articguana is finally used by the 16-Year-Old Ben in ''Omniverse'', and Buzzshock appears even later.
*** Ripjaws, he only appeared 16 times in the entire Ben 10 franchise, but he gets lots of Fan art and Website/YouTube videos.
*** [[PowerCrystal Diamondhead]], despite having a lesser amount of appearances (16 episodes) in the first series of all the ten original aliens, is popular amongst fans thanks to his unique design and cool powers. He was so popular that he made a return in the 3rd season of [[WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce Alien Force]], temporarily replacing Chromastone and being one of the few aliens to ''defeat'' Vilgax.

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** Naturally, some of Ben's aliens are more popular than others, but the one who takes the cake is [[MagmaMan Heatblast]].Heatblast]], who is the most popular and iconic alien form in the entire franchise. He is so popular that an ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien Ultimate Alien]]'' DVD was titled “The Return of Heatblast”.
*** [[SuperSpeed XLR8]] is also pretty popular, very popular with the fans, which makes it extra baffling that they went and made [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute Fasttrack]].
*** [[OurGhostsAreDifferent Ghostfreak]], Ghostfreak]] is very popular with the fans mainly because of his design, abilities, and [[spoiler: FaceHeelTurn.]]
*** Buzzshock and Articguana, two of Ben 10,000's aliens, alien forms, are surprisingly rather popular among the fanbase, despite the fact neither have ever appeared outside of that episode aside from a cameo in ''Ultimate Alien'''s theme. Articguana is finally used by the 16-Year-Old Ben in ''Omniverse'', and Buzzshock appears even later.
*** Ripjaws, he Ripjaws has only appeared 16 times in the entire Ben 10 franchise, but he gets lots of Fan art and Website/YouTube videos.
*** [[PowerCrystal Diamondhead]], despite having a lesser amount of appearances (16 episodes) in the first original series of all the ten original aliens, is popular amongst fans thanks to his unique design design, voice, and cool powers. He was so popular that he made a return in the 3rd third season of [[WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce Alien Force]], temporarily replacing Chromastone and being one of the few aliens to ''defeat'' Vilgax.

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