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Benjamin Kirby "Ben" Tennyson (Ben 10)

Voiced by: Tara Strong (as a preteen), Yuri Lowenthal (as a teenager)
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The Protagonist of the franchise. Initially a regular ten-year-old kid, Ben Tennyson happened to accidentally stumble upon the Omnitrix, a powerful watch-like alien device, which promptly attached to his wrist. After discovering that it allows him to turn into various alien creatures, each with their own set of powers, he quickly takes advantage of the situation by becoming a Super Hero, dealing with various human, alien, and supernatural threats. Though initially immature and unable to use his powers correctly, he gradually learns, eventually becoming a Living Legend and saving the universe several times.


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    All Series 

  • Adaptational Badass: Video game incarnations of the character tend to give him better hand-to-hand skills, which, while he has in the show, does not use very often. This is presumably to give at least some sort of attack for when the Omnitrix times out.
  • All-Loving Hero: For all the jerkassery he is capable of, Ben always does his best to help and save the people around him.
  • Ascended Fanboy: He was a big fan of superheroes as a whole long before he became one himself.
  • Berserk Button: Trying to hurt any innocent people. Then he will get serious and beat the crap out of you. God help you if you actually succeeded in harming someone...
  • Big Brother Instinct: Hurting Gwen is a great way to get on his shit list.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: These originated from Ben's grandfather, Max, was passed down to Ben's father, Carl, and uncle, Frank, and inherited by him.
  • Blood Knight: Especially when he was younger he loved to fight whenever he transformed. This still extends when he gets older as he's more subdued but still enjoys the thrill of fighting multiple aliens.
  • Boxing Lessons for Superman: The reason for the Brought Down to Badass entry below; starting with Alien Force, Ben started learning some basic martial arts from Gwen, and apparently received basic Plumber training. As shown in "And Then There Were None", this is something all Bens (including No-Watch Ben) apparently have in common.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: It's hinted several times that Ben is smarter than his attitude would suggest; he has an almost photographic memory, shows resources to adapt when the Omnitrix gives him the wrong alien, and can get an extremely good grade when he is working seriously at school. Khyber even admitted at one point he was a "smart kid."
  • Brought Down to Badass: On occasions, Ben has been separated from the Omnitrix, unable to use it or merely staying in human form. His ten-year-old self was still shown to be quite good using high-tech weapons, and his teenage self has acceptable fighting skills, at one point displaying enough agility and reflexes to disarm Manny while still in human form.
  • Butt-Monkey: In the original series, often as a result of his own actions. It stopped in the Alien Force/Ultimate Alien era, but for some reason, the writers decided to bring it back in Omniverse.
  • Catchphrase: "Going Hero" in the original series and "It's Hero Time!" Alien Force onwards. He also frequently says "Aw Man!" when a situation is bad or the Omnitrix gives him the wrong alien (usually Grey Matter).
  • Characterization Marches On: The original series portrayed him as a rather generic Bratty Half-Pint Idiot Hero with one big Chronic Hero Syndrome. Alien Force's first two seasons then matured him into a responsible leader with some Messianic Archetype tendencies and amplified his chronic hero syndrome; in season 3, the writers took the liberty of making him more like his younger, immature self... a little too much like his younger self. Fortunately, by Ultimate Alien, they moderate his competence and silliness as opposed to focusing on one or the other. Omniverse dials down the immaturity somewhat and instead focuses more on the fact that he's been in this superhero business for years and thus knows the ups, downs, lefts, and rights, likely to contrast him with Rook's heavy training but small experience in the field (although he suffers from a massive case of Flanderization).
  • The Chosen One: In the finale of Ultimate Alien, Azmuth finally admits Ben is worthy and gives him the final version of the Omnitrix.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: One of his most defining traits from the beginning of the show; even before he got the Omnitrix, Ben had an almost obsessive desire to help people around him whenever he can, sometimes at his own expense. This is why he Jumped at the Call when he got the Omnitrix. Partially deconstructed in the Alien Force/Ultimate Alien era, where it's shown he takes it so far he is unable to sacrifice anyone (except himself), even if it means saving millions others. He will always try to find a better way if he can.
  • Civvie Spandex: Though he does call himself a superhero, Ben doesn't wear any special costume, instead merely using his regular clothes. Some of his aliens forms, on the other hand, wear costumes made from his clothes in the Original Series and Omniverse.
  • Color Motifs: No matter the series, Ben always sports an outfit that somehow incorporates green in it.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Initially more moron with badass moments, but he gets the badass part better as the story goes on.
  • Destructive Savior: Ben tends to cause massive destruction anytime he practices his super-heroics.
  • Didn't Think This Through: A notable character trait of him at first, something that many enemies took advantage of.
  • Easily Impressed: Despite being the owner of quite possibly the most powerful tool in the universe (or multiverse...omniverse?) he can find himself awestruck and captivated by the most mundane of things. This gets downplayed in Alien Force and Ultimate Alien, but comes back in full force in Omniverse. For instance, in the Omniverse episode, "Third Time's the Charm", of all the magical sorcery he bears witness too, the thing that amazes him most is... a card trick.
  • Future Badass: Ben 10,000 is an adult version of him who patrols the entire world, thus making mundane police obsolete.
  • Genius Bruiser: Relatively, and surprisingly for an Idiot Hero. He frequently manages feats of startling intelligence.
  • Henshin Hero: Completed with a green flash and a Transformation Sequence for each alien form.
  • Idiot Hero: Depending on the Writer; over the course of the franchise, he has been variably portrayed as truly stupid, only perfectly capable of being smart but too immature to bother doing so most of the time or even sometimes as a borderline Cloud Cuckoo Lander. That being said, he has enough moments of cleverness to make his Idiot Hero status an Informed Attribute.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He is immature, arrogant, can be quite a Jerkass at times, is not above using his powers for pranks and not unappreciating attention... but if people's lives are on the line, he will throw away everything to save them.
  • Keet: Again, Depending on the Writer, but he is typically depicted as skinnier than average, fairly hyperactive, and Kevin once referred to him as "kind of girly".
  • Kid Hero: He's a kid or teenager in every incarnation of the series, and the main hero.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Zig-Zagged; He tends to act like this sometimes and does get called out for his lack of thought. Other times he displays surprising cunning and a knack for outside-the-box thinking. Most importantly, he is good at adapting himself to the situation when the Omnitrix doesn't give him the form he intended to have.
  • Living Legend: Gradually becomes this over the course of the series. By Ommniverse, his exploits form a chapter and a half of required reading at the Plumber's Academy.
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: Though not clearly specified, it's implied Ben's personality changes according to the form he has. Most of them only cause relatively minor effects (Big Chill is a bit more of a Deadpan Snarker, Spider-Monkey is more excited, etc.), while others will lead to drastic change (Rath is a Hammy Leeroy Jenkins, Alien X has three personalities, and Ghostfreak can take over his mind if not careful). In "Frogs of War", his new Incursean form Bullfrag has an outspoken attraction for Princess Attea, which he blames on the DNA.
  • New Super Power: Gains new alien transformations on a fairly regular basis.
  • Nice Guy: Apart from being a jerk sometimes, he's kind, forgiving, and can be polite to everyone even though sometimes people get on his bad side.
  • Ninja Pirate Robot Zombie: He is a Kid Super Hero capable of Voluntary Shapeshifting into various Aliens. Alien Force also makes him a honorary member of the Plumbers and reveals he has some alien blood himself (though not enough to make him significantly different than a regular human).
  • One-Man Army: Literally, as lampshaded in his dialogues with Alan:
    Alan: "I guess you're a monster too."
    Ben: "Technically, I'm a whole bunch of monsters."
    • Ben can only use one form at the time, but since most of his aliens are more than powerful enough to deal with entire armies it still counts.
    • In the Original Series, his future self had the Omnitrix's master control unlocked (which let him change into any alien at any moment) and was so effective a crime-fighter he patrolled the entire planet using XLR8, leaving all police and other heroes obsolete. When younger Ben unlocked the control in another episode of the same series, he was able to take on Vilgax and Kevin and fight them equally despite their Villain Team-Up. Azmuth unlocked the master control again in the season one finale of Alien Force so Ben could take on the Highbreed and their army of DNAliens.
  • Overprotective Dad: To his future son, Kenny.
  • Papa Wolf: In the future, he's very protective of his son. He's even protective of his younger self. Considering how much he changes in the future, it's kind of justified.
  • Protagonist Title: Every title of the franchise has Ben 10 in it.
  • Screams Likea Little Girl: He occasionally does this in Omniverse.
  • Secret Identity: In the original series and Alien Force (along with Omniverse, albeit only in the flashback sequences featuring the 11 year old Ben). Interestingly, this is one of the few cases of this trope that completely averts Clark Kenting; Most people thought those aliens creatures were either unrelated to each other or all part of a common team, and no one would suspect it was actually a shapeshifting kid; however, someone did figure it out eventually, leading to his identity becoming public knowledge in Ultimate Alien.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Ben gets his hair color and facial structures from his dad, but he inherited his green eyes from his mother.
  • Super Hero: He is very insistent on being referred to as such.
  • Superpower Lottery: The Omnitrix provides Ben with the following abilities:
    • Voluntary Shapeshifting/Combo Platter Powers: His main ability provided by the Omnitrix is to turn into various alien creatures, each one with its own set of powers. He started out limited to ten forms (hence his surname), only to get more and more as the story goes on. By now, he is assumed to possess more than seventy forms.
      • His future self has 10,000 alien forms unlocked, and according to Azmuth, the maximum unlockable alien forms in the Alien Force era was of more than one million.
    • Healing Hands: With the Omnitrix's genetic-repair function. Lost during the Ultimate Alien era due to the Ultimatrix lacking this function. It's unknown if the new Omnitrix got the function again.
    • Translator Microbes: According to Word of God, this is the reason he is able to communicate with most alien species he meets and be understandable even in alien forms that should logically not be able to talk human language. Some of them however, like Sixsix or Wildmutt, possess a language too complex or bizarre to be translated.
    • Multiform Balance: With over 1,000,000 potential aliens with various powers, he could handle any imaginable situation. Theoretically, anyway, thanks to the Omnitrix's tendency to be uncooperative and his own reliance on the Indy Ploy above planning.
      • Both Ben 10,000's have a variation of this. the original series/Omniverse version have the Master Control and the Ultimate Ben10K is able to use the powers of all his aliens without changing his human form.
  • Swiss Army Hero: Ben has a form for a huge variety of situations, and can gain more via plot or planning to better handle the situation he's in.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Ben lives by this principle and refuses to flat out kill anyone. If they're too dangerous, such as with Kevin's rampage, he will abandon this rule altogether.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He started out as an immature brat with a Hidden Heart of Gold and an overpowered weapon he barely had any control over. By the time of the Alien Force/Ultimate Alien era, he has become a Living Legend who can intimidate a Forever King into obeying him with just one Badass Boast.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: As a teenager, he has a fondness for smoothies and to a minor extent chili fries. Ironically, Omniverse reveals he hated smoothies as a preteen before he gained a taste for them with age.
    • In "A Jolt From the Past", when Rook asks whether they should go out for celebratory smoothies, Ben notes that smoothies are for the day time and chili fries are a night food.
  • Transformation Name Announcement: Mainly in Alien Force and Ultimate Alien, though it does pop up on occasion before or after, such as during "Of Predators and Prey, Part 2" in Omniverse, after transforming into Humungousaur for the first time after many attempts.
  • True Companions: Himself, Gwen and Grandpa Max in the original. Himself, Gwen and Kevin in Alien Force and Ultimate Alien. Himself and Rook in Omniverse.
  • The Unchosen One: He wasn't supposed to receive the Omnitrix (his grandpa was) and its creator initially considered him unworthy of such a powerful tool. He decided to be a hero anyway.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: In the original series, Ben's entire fighting style revolved around this. His typical response to a threat was to use one of his strength-based aliens, such as Fourarms and Diamondhead, and simply rush at the bad guys to beat them senseless. From Alien Force onwards, however, he is more tactical with his aliens and takes martial arts lessons to minimize his reliance on the Omnitrix. Nevertheless, Word of God confirms that, out of all three members of the Power Trio, Ben is the least skilled hand-to-hand fighter. It also states that if Ben and Kevin were to fight each other while Brought Down to Normal, Kevin would win.
  • Weapon of Choice: Transformation, to be specific. Ben's go-to forms for most problems tend to be aliens that deal in both superhuman size and strength like Fourarms, Humongousaur, and Rath. Omniverse introduces Feedback through Flash Backs whom he uses almost exclusively and ends up deconstructing this reliance on specific aliens.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Partially justified in that being the wearer of the Omnitrix automatically makes him the target of every alien psycho trying to get it for nefarious purpose, but even without taking this in account, Ben almost systematically ends up in places with aliens, mutants, sorcerers and other strange things are happening.
  • You Are Not Alone: In Alien Force, Grandpa Max tells him that Ben cannot go about being a hero alone, and that he needs to put together a team.
    • This is eventually defied in the episode "Of Predators And Prey: Part 1", where Ben dumps Rook as a partner. To make matters worse, he gets captured by Khyber in the end. Then it's revealed that Ben and Rook planned this all along and only pretended to argue with one another (although Rook didn't catch that part when he went into his "The Reason You Suck" Speech).
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are!: Gwen gives him a pep talk that amounts to this after he loses the Omnitrix.
    Gwen: What about all those times you saved Grandpa? Or me? Or lots of other people when you weren't an alien? You're still a hero, even if you can't go hero!

    Original Series 

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"It's hero time!"

  • Aesop Amnesia: Even lampshaded in Destroy All Aliens:
    Ben: "I've learned my lesson."
    Gwen: "You'll forget it again, but at least you learned it..."
  • Bratty Half-Pint: A heroic example.
  • Book Dumb: Ben generally isn't portrayed as a very good student, though whether he actually is bad at it or just too lazy depends on the series.
  • Comes Great Responsibility: Averted; despite his strong will to help and protect people, Ben would use his powers for personal gain on amusement at any moment (getting revenge on bullies, cheating at games, even once stealing video games), though this often led to the worst possible result, and he draws a line at doing anything that would actually hurt/kill people.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: His heroics were rarely if ever recognized or acknowledged even by those in on the Masquerade. Later averted in the sequels.
  • Flanderization: He underwent this when he appeared in an Ultimate Alien episode through the fact that he was somehow even less well behaved than he was back in the Original Series.
    • Amazingly, Omniverse placed this even further by flanderizing him again. While he always was immature and obnoxious back in the original series, Omniverse flanderizes the younger, original series era Ben (who is presented as being 11 years old in the flashback sequences) through exaggerating his immature, bumbling, and obnoxious Idiot Hero traits and taking them Up to Eleven.
  • Future Me Scares Me: Though initially in awe of his future self Ben 10,000, he later calls him on being a Jerkass. Ben 10,000, meanwhile, has a case of I Hate Past Me.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Ben initially had a hard time learning how to use the Omnitrix by his own, even causing his first transformation by accident. In the original series, he was able to activate the transformations, but would easily pick up the wrong alien and couldn't decide when he would turn back to normal, forcing him to wait for the time limit to be reached. By the time of Alien Force, however, he has learned how to switch between aliens and turn back to normal of his own.
    • He has a difficult learning curve when he just obtains a new alien, such as with Cannonbolt. It was downplayed for Alien Force and Ultimate Alien, with Ben figuring out how to use most of the aliens rather fast. Omniverse brings back the learning curve a bit, having problems with Bloxx and Gravattack at first (especially with the latter, due to the fact he had difficulties figuring out what Gravattack could do).
  • Jumped at the Call: He provides the page's quote. Ben loves possessing the Omnitrix and acting as a hero, both because of the thrill of adventure and because it allows him to help people.
  • Kid Hero: Despite the fact that he is only 10/11 years old, he is a hero who saves the world with the use of a powerful device.
  • The McCoy: His position in the team.
  • Madness Mantra: He gets one in Secret of the Omnitrix after Gwen "dies".
    "It should've been me, It should've been me"
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Played with & Zigzagged, for him & Gwen.
  • The Pig-Pen: He states with pride in the episode "Big Tick" that he hasn't showered for 4 days, and in "A Change of Face" is shown to neglect washing his socks.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Gwen's Blue.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Supernatural Powers!: As a kid, he was a rare heroic example; less so as a teenager, though he is still willing to do it if it overlaps with Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!.
  • Survivor Guilt: Ben suffers from this briefly during the original series story Ben 10: Secret of the Omnitrix after he thinks that Gwen was killed after being grabbed by an wild Florauna. Don't worry, she got better.
  • This Loser Is You: The show does everything it can to portray him as immature, unlucky, unpopular at school, and generally not bright or talented, especially compared to his much more precocious cousin Gwen. Fortunately, it is toned down in the sequels (although it comes back a bit in Omniverse, but it's nowhere near the same level than in the original series).
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: This happens to the younger, original series era Ben (who is 11 years old) in Omniverse, whose obnoxious Bratty Half-Pint characterizations are taken Up to Eleven compared to how he was back in the original series (when he was 10).
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Ben suffers from Chronic Hero Syndrome; he trusts people and always tries to give second chances, even during Kevin's sociopathic stage in the old show. When he drops this and resolves to kill Ultimate Kevin in Ultimate Alien, Grandpa Max himself notes that it's a sign of just how bad things have gotten.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Had a fear of clowns when he was younger. He got over it in one of the coolest ways imaginable. Unfortunately, this fear relapsed in Omniverse.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Played with in one episode. He is reluctant to fight Rojo's gang when he finds out they are girls because "heroes don't hit girls". Later in the episode, Gwen tries to take advantage of this by hitting him. He has no problem hitting back because he is not in hero form at this point.

    Alien Force & Ultimate Alien 

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  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: Taken Up to Eleven in season 3 of Alien Force. In Ultimate Alien's first season finale he cops to this. A special case in that there is no Reset Button.
  • Badass Boast: Delivers a quite epic one to the Forever Knights. It scares them into leaving:
    "Maybe you have forgotten something: I'm Ben Tennyson, wielder of the most powerful weapon in the universe. I stopped the Highbreed invasion, I defeated Vilgax in hand-to-hand combat, and I've beaten the Forever Knights more times than I can count. Here's what's going to happen: you're going to release these prisoners, you're going to crawl back to wherever you came from, and you're going to stop hunting down aliens because if you don't, I promise, you'll regret it for the rest of your very short lives."
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Even though he sometimes acts a bit egocentric and immature, Ben is still a nice, kind-hearted, and deeply altruistic guy. But push his Berserk Button, and you will regret it. Captain Nemesis, Aggregor and Discroll found out the hard way.
    • This is especially visible in Ultimate Alien, where it's shown at several points that Ben, when pushed too far, can become downright brutal. The whole point of the show seemed to have Ben struggling to not become a Knight Templar.
  • Character Development: He is more mature and serious compared to how he was back when he was a kid.
  • Celebrity Is Overrated: When his identity is outed by Jimmy in Ultimate Alien. While it does mean he no longer has to live a double life nor hide things from people, it does also bring a large amount of pressure and unforeseen troubles. Near the end of the first season, Ben admits he wishes he had his anonymity back.
  • Combat Medic: One of the Omnitrix's lesser known powers, revealed in Alien Force, is its ability to repair the damaged DNA of other creatures near its owner. Ben used this to turn the DNAliens back into full human beings, and he also eventually used it on the Highbreed themselves to repair the damage they'd caused by centuries of inbreeding.
  • Cool Car: He has one in Alien Force and Ultimate Alien.
  • Famed in Story: To the alien underground in Alien Force, then amongst humans as well in Ultimate Alien.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: Alien Force/Ultimate Alien was by far the era where Ben was the smartest.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: 1/4 Anodite, although he doesn't have the powers of such. Anodites don't have DNA, so genetically, he and Gwen are full human.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: In Ultimate Alien, thanks to Harrangue's campaign against him. Though only with most adults; teens and younger kids (and a few adults) seem to think he's absolutely awesome.
  • Hidden Depths: In Ultimate Alien, it is suggested that the whole Idiot Hero act and constant one-liners as a kid were a coping mechanism so he could deal with having to make life-and-death decisions on a more or less daily basis.
  • I Hate Past Me: "Hate"'s a strong word, but teen Ben found his 10-year-old self to be quite annoying.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: A case which verges on Informed Wrongness. He's cited as being obnoxious since they ended the Highbreed invasion, which is a fairly understandable reason to feel cocky (which he even brings up); however, he doesn't claim sole credit for the victory, saying that they deserve to enjoy their success. Despite this, he's regarded by Gwen and Kevin as being naught but an arrogant douche.
  • The Kirk: To Kevin's Mc Coy and Gwen's Spock. Ben tends to temper his impulses with more rational thinking as he's gotten older.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Toward Captain Nemesis. It doesn't end well.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: Ultimate Alien!Ben 10,000 gives Ben all of his locked aliens that he'd used up to that point along with some new ones in the middle of Ultimate Alien's second season. He also brought back Swampfire and Waybig after the two were eroded into dust by Eon.
  • Older and Wiser: Significantly smarter and wiser than his 10 years old counterpart. He is still a kid at heart, but he actually listens to advice, accepts others' help, thinks before acting and is less likely to suffer Aesop Amnesia.
  • OOC Is Serious Business:
    • Near the end of Ultimate Alien Season 1, Kevin absorbs Ben's Ultimatrix energy in a last-ditch effort to stop Aggregor, and promptly goes Ax-Crazy again. After failing to stop him several times, Ben, known for his Chronic Hero Syndrome and being a Wide-Eyed Idealist, decides outright that Kevin is too far gone to be saved and must be put down. While Grandpa Max remarks he'd do the same, he still notes that things must be really bad if Ben's willing to go that far and not try to reason with him or find a way to cure him first.
    Ben: I've had fun, but I always told myself that when the situation got serious, so would I.
    Max: I'm not going to argue with you, Ben. I just wanted to make sure you'd really thought about this.
    Ben: I have, Grandpa. I'm sorry about what's going to happen to Kevin. Really, I am. But this isn't kid stuff anymore. Playtime's over.
    • Also, Ben has a habit of calling out his Alien names upon transformation. If he doesn't, Ben's done playing.
  • Pride: Deconstructed. By the first season finale of Ultimate Alien, he outright states that he's grown tired of what comes along with his fame. In fact, the constant pestering due to his fame and the time it took up was revealed to be a major factor for his relationship with Julie taking a big hit.
  • Real Men Eat Meat: Ben tries to invoke this when trying out a lamb smoothie. But Gwen and Kevin point out meat smoothies are just baby food.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Kevin's Red.
  • Superdickery: Season 3 of Alien Force had a whole episode with the Plumber's Helpers attempting to stop an apparently psychotic Ben from killing them and Max while they were trapped on a space station. Of course, it turns out he was just acting like he had gone rogue as part of a test pulled out by Max for the Helpers, but Ben was still scarily good at acting evil.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: In season 3 of Alien Force the writers tried Pandering to the Fanbase in a failed attempt to make him more like his 10 years old self, and he started acting more narcissistic and cocky again. Entirely justified in-universe in that saving the Universe went to his head and it only lasts for the first couple of episodes.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In the third season of Alien Force, due to letting his hero status getting the best of him.
  • Transformation Name Announcement: He's developed a habit of calling out his alien names every time he transforms. He explains in "Prisoner Number 775 is Missing" that he does so because he believes it strikes fear into his enemies.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • In "In Charm's Way," after Kevin spends the entire episode being a Jerkass to Gwen, believing that she hasn't even been trying to find a way to fix his most recent mutation, Ben chews him out over it, calling him a "giant rock-faced jerk" and not only informing him that Gwen has in fact been spending every spare moment since the accident occurred trying to find a cure for him, but also criticizing him for just automatically assuming that Gwen wasn't trying to help him in the first place.
    Ben: Should she have had to?
    • In "Hit'em Where They Live", Ben chastises Gwen for letting Zombozo's alliance kidnap his mother, Sandra when she was supposed to protect her. Conversely, Kevin calls out on Ben's callousness when Gwen regrets failing to protect her aunt. Afterwards, Ben backs down and apologizes to Gwen for his harsh behavior.

    Omniverse 

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  • Aesop Amnesia: Around half of what he learnt over the course of the original series and the previous sequels have been completely forgotten in this iteration.
    • An example would be in the episode "Something Zombozo This Way Comes", where not only does Ben forget he already overcame his fear of clowns in the Original Series, but the episode ends with him falling into it again and he doesn't even overcome it a second time.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: He doubts the existence of Chupacabras in "T.G.I.S.", even though his Universe includes not only aliens, but also magic, mad scientists, mutants and he has himself been in alternate universes at least twice at this point.
  • Badass Boast: Ben loves giving these in this iteration.
    • In "So Long and Thanks for the Smoothies":
    Ben: Three against one? I love those kinds of odds.
    • In "A Fistful of Brains":
    Ben (as Ditto): Three against one? No problem, when that one is Ben Tennyson.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: He and Kai had this dynamic in "An American Benwolf in London."
  • Big Brother Mentor: This is his position toward Rook in Omniverse in the sense he is The Leader and the more experienced of the two. Although he is still reluctant to admit it, he also serves as one to his dimensional counterpart Ben 23.
  • Can't Take Criticism: When Rook called him out for his attitude, in response, Ben challenges him to a fight, only to be declined.
  • Cat Smile: He sports this in most of his character models.
  • Chick Magnet: Lampshaded in "Rules of Engagement":
    Julie: "Just how many girls are in your life?"
    Ben: "At this point, I haven't got a clue!"
  • Cool Bike: The Tenn-Speed, which he built as Jury Rigg using parts from Rook's truck.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When teamed up with Rook, which leads to Hilarity Ensues since Rook Does Not Understand Sarcasm.
  • Defrosting Ice King: Toward Rook; lampshaded by Rath:
    "LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING, NEW ALIEN PARTNER THAT I NEVER WANTED IN THE FIRST PLACE BUT I AM GRADUALLY BEGINNING TO LIKE IN SPITE OF MYSELF..."
  • 11th-Hour Superpower: In "Showdown, Part 2", Ben is finally able to transform into Feedback again, five years after Malware destroyed the form.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • He uses the term "monsters" to describe the citizens of Anur Transyl because they resemble actual movie monsters, though apologizes and stops using "Sludgepuppy" when he's told that it's a racial slur to Lenopans.
    • Despite how less mature he's become, he calls out and expresses annoyance with his Universe 23 counterpart for actually being even less mature with his Omnitrix and fame. In fact, when Ben does interact with him, his less than favorable qualities are toned down.
  • Famed in Story: By the time of Omniverse, there is a chapter and a half of required study about him at the Plumber Academy.
  • Flanderization: The obnoxious, immature, and narcissistic tendencies he had back in the third season of Alien Force are amplified in this iteration, with his Butt-Monkey status from the Original Series brought back to boot and exaggerated as well.
  • Genre Savvy: Uses terms like Big Bad, and in "Rad Monster Party", he knows that his friends are being kidnapped and refers to it as a "horror movie trope".
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Despite his Flanderization, Ben does have his moments. He can think up winning strategies on the fly and is quite knowledgeable about his alien forms (knowing Ditto's species' name and home planet, for example, despite never having been shown meeting one of his species and learning their name that way, as happened previously with his alien's species names).
    • He is also familiar with Einstein's Theory of Relativity, specifically about the part of gravity affecting the speed of light (though he claims to have learned it from Sumo Slammers).
  • Innocently Insensitive: Ben is honestly shocked when he learns that "Sludgepuppy" is a racial slur. This is because, despite having Lenopan family members, nobody said anything.
    • Toes the line between this and Noble Bigot when, despite Rook telling him how wrong it is, he constantly refers to the residence of Anur Transyl as "monsters."
  • Informed Flaw: He's apparently afraid of peacocks. No peacock appears in the iteration however, so it's never actually shown.
  • It Has Been an Honor: In "The Final Countdown", when it looked like they would die on the base via explosion, Rook tells this to Ben proudly. Ben just responds with a smile of his own.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Frequently, but "A New Dawn" has Ben's transformations inspire a young Vilgax to develop an interest in obtaining the Omnitrix, making Ben indirectly responsible for everything Vilgax has done as an intergalactic warlord.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: He says that the college Gwen goes to, Friedkin University, is a creepy place and says that this is awesome, saying he's gonna go there. Amusingly, this episode comes right after his fear of clowns returns. He also liked Anur Transyl, saying that a town composed of monsters is cool.
  • Oblivious to Love: Completely fails to notice any of Ester's romantic advances on him. Rayona notes that he has no knowledge of earthling courting rituals.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: When it comes to Malware or, to a lesser extent, Vilgax, Ben is not his usual immature or jokey self. With Vilgax he acts more like his more serious personality during the AF/UA seasons. With Malware, he freezes up and is audibly terrified.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: He’s the red to Rook's Blue.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: No matter how many times Rook points it out, he constantly refuses to acknowledge Ester has the hots for him and their relationship is more than Just Friends.
    • Also had this reaction when people (notably Rook and Chadwick) make references to the Belligerent Sexual Tension between him and Kai.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: This trope is taken to Flanderization levels on both his 16-year-old self and his 11-year old self, making them both much more bumbling, clumsy, and immature while removing a large amount of his badassery from Alien Force. Depending on the Writer, he's either a Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass or just plain stupid.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: To an extent, there are episodes in Omniverse as well where 16-year-old Ben can be a bigger jerk than he ever was in the third season of Alien Force, such as taking credit for one of Rook's ideas, inexplicably treating Jimmy Jones like The Load, mocking his enemies or being generally uncaring of the damages he causes in inhabited areas. His Chronic Hero Syndrome also tends to be very toned down compared to the previous installments. In the Galactic Monster story arcs, he shows little concern about taking care of Zs'Skayr and was even going to leave Anur Transyl with him still on the run.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: It's zig-zagged, but he's genuinely appreciative of Gwen and is almost regretful of his past brattiness when his mind was swapped with his 11 year old self in "Ben Again". His sheer politeness and constant apologies for his behavior unnerve 11 year old Gwen, who initially thinks he's just messing around with her, and when he tells her that he misses her she thinks she's died rather than that she just moved out of town.
  • Unwanted Harem: He gains one over the course of Omniverse to compensate for the fact that the writers decided to end the relationship between him and Julie in this series. At least four women develop feelings for Ben. Whether Julie is still part of the harem or not is yet to be seen, but they're still considered friends based on how her one Omniverse appearance went.
    • Comes to a boil in “The Most Dangerous Game Show” when every girl Ben knows is summoned to compete for his love. Even when all his relatives are sent away, there's a crowd of women fighting for him even when some of them never expressed any interest in him and a few are already in committed relationships.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He has absolutely zero scruples over busting out Cannonbolt and then Gravattack on Attea and Eighteight in "Vilgax Must Croak".

    Reboot 

  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: In the Original Series he and Gwen were Vitriolic Best Buds at best, and would constantly tease, make fun of and hit each other. Here they are on much friendlier terms, rarely argue (and never to the same extent) and are a lot more affectionate.
  • Admiring the Abomination: He keeps on calling Bashmouth cool in "Introducing Kevin 11" even while the alien was beating him up.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Does this to Gwen in "Chicken Nuggets of Wisdom": it was half sincere, half sarcastic and all adorable.
  • All Your Powers Combined: In the last episode of the first season, he uses Upgrade on the Omnitrix, unlocking Master Control to fight Vilgax.
    • Not quite "all", but in the last part of "Innervasion" he transforms into an amalgam of Four Arms, XLR8, Diamondhead and Heatblast .
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Despite meeting aliens, sorcerers, monsters and mutants every other day he can't take the idea of the Forgeti being real seriously.
    • Taken even further during "The Monsters in Your Head". Ben outright states aliens don't exist. Gwen immediately shuts him down by turning him into Four Arms, after which Ben makes a large list of exceptions (including his and Kevin's aliens, Override, Vilgax and the Bounty Hunters).
  • Boss's Unfavorite Employee: Inverted. Ben subjects everyone to this during Roundabout. Because Forever Knight only really needed him and the other Squires were additional members he encountered while tracking Ben, he's the only one Forever Knight needs for the mission. Needless to say, Kevin, Billy and Charmcaster caught the Green-Eyed Monster.
    • Forever Knight's speech makes it clear he only valued Ben during the last part of their fight, along with having spent the entire season trying to make him switch sides. Ben seems aware of this and boasts for a bit while unaware of his real plan.
    Ben: "Guys, guys. This guy clearly knows what he's doing, he made the right choice."
  • Character Development: In Season 2. After his meeting with Vilgax in season 1, he starts acting more maturely with the Omnitrix, as well as doubting himself if he really deserves it.
  • Confusion Fu: In "Omni-tricked: Part 4": at first it was due to a malfunction in the Omnitrix, causing him to switch randomly from alien to alien against his will. Later, he used Upgrade on the Omnitrix to unlock Master Control. It was the only thing that gave him a fighting chance against Vilgax, who already easily defeated Ben in the previous episode.
    Grey Matter: "Prepare yourself, brute, for even I do not know my next attack!"
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: Downplayed: both the first two season's finales have him stopping some of the most feared creatures of the universe, but in both cases, he needed help from others and some kind of All Your Powers Combined. Plus he didn't technically defeat them, more like stopped them from getting what they wanted.
    • This goes further in season 3, as he still didn't defeat Forever Knight (or at least, in a way where Forever Knight wasn't pulling the strings) and only managed to restrain him before Kevin kept him from capturing Ben and Gwen inside the timestream.
  • Does Not Like Spam: He hates pancakes, in contrast to Gwen.
  • Genre Savvy: He immediately guessed what Morningstar was as soon as he showed his true colors.
    Michael: "You have no idea who you're dealing with!"
    Ben: "Top of my head? You're some kind of energy vampire that feeds off the worship of his fans. Aaand, a dork?"
    Michael: (beat) "Wow, spot on."
    Ben: "Well, when you've been in a game as long as I have..."
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: He usually loves the Omnitrix, but in "Omni-Tricked" he lamented the fact that due to the device malfunctioning and making him jump from alien to alien, he couldn't eat, sleep and was facing the real danger to never turn back to human.
    XLR8: I wish I never found this stupid watch! (switches to Four Arms) I can't eat! (switches to Upgrade) I can't sleep. (switches to Stinkfly) I can't even be me anymore!"
    • Downplayed in Season 2, where he starts realizing the danger of possessing the Omnitrix for him and his family and the fact he might not be the right person to have it.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": He is a big fan of Captain Betts McCabe, who was apparently the first person to play chicken with an asteroid and win.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: "The Ring Leader" shows he can sew. "My Bodyguard" also reveals he has some impressive cooking skills even he ignored.
  • Secret Identity: Completely averted: he freely transforms in front of others and has never been recognized by bystanders. Nobody really makes a big deal of it.
    • Forget bystanders… he and Gwen made a series of videos with him turning in his aliens, with every intention to show them to other people.
  • Super Mode: Unlocking Shock Rock gave him the ability to enhance his other aliens for a season.
  • Supreme Chef: As it turns out, in sheer contrast to the original Grandpa Max rather than Ben himself, this Ben is an incredibly good cook, making cakes and delicious meals with various ingredients.
  • Toon Physics: He gained those powers briefly in the episode "Xingo!" after the titular character escaped in the real world due to a combination of Upgrade and lightning. Good thing too, as they were the only things allowing him to fight Xingo.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: By unlocking Shock Rock and using him to power up his other aliens he allowed the Fulmini Empire to start the invasion of Earth.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: In this version, he is not afraid of clowns, but squids (more specifically, their tentacles).
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: In "Creature Feature": since they were fighting a movie monster Hex brought to life who devoured light, he decided to feed him more light, citing several movies where the monsters overfed themselves and exploded. The creature only becomes more powerful, forcing him to ask Hex how to stop it.
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