Ben 10 is a series of cartoons made by a group called Man of Action (Duncan Rouleau, Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, and Steven T. Seagle) that has aired on Cartoon Network since 2005. It was the group's first collaboration.
The series follows a boy named Ben Tennyson who, on the first night of a summer road-trip with his grandfather Max and his cousin Gwen, stumbles across an alien device known as the Omnitrix which bonds itself to his wrist like a watch. Ben finds that the device has alien DNA encoded in it which allows him to transform to a variety of alien species, with their own set of skills. From then on, Ben uses the device to take on any threats that come his way, while causing a few bouts of mischief in the process. As he grows as a hero, Ben learns that he didn't gain the Omnitrix by coincidence and finds that his family has been involved with aliens long before he has.
Taken as a whole, the Ben 10 franchise is Cartoon Network's longest-running series with a grand total of 402 episodes across 22 seasonsnote , four made-for-TV movies, 40 shorts, and 2 specialsnote . It also has the highest number of episodes and seasons among all Cartoon Network original series.
Original Continuity (Classic)
- Ben 10 (2005-2008): The original series, centering on the cross-country road trip mentioned above. Established all the major elements seen throughout the franchise, from the Plumbers to the various alien races, and lasted four seasons for a total of 52 episodes. The ONLY installment of this continuity that Man of Action had significant involvement with. Alex Soto (Teen Titans) served as supervising producer.
- Ben 10: Alien Force (2008-2010): The Darker and Edgier Time Skip continuation of the series set mostly in Ben's hometown of Bellwood. Five years have passed since the original show and Ben is now a teenager living a normal life, but that all changes when a new alien threat is discovered. Ben must once again wear the Omnitrix to combat it, helped along by Gwen and former villain Kevin. It lasted three seasons for a total of 46 episodes, underwent a complete art overhaul, and had Dwayne McDuffie of the Justice League fame as the supervising producer.
- Ben 10: Ultimate Alien (2010-2012): A direct continuation of the Alien Force series. Ben now has a new Omnitrix called the Ultimatrix which allows him to transform into "Ultimate" versions of his original aliens and his identity as a shape-shifting hero has been revealed to the world. It lasted three seasons for a total of 52 episodes and once again had Dwayne McDuffie as supervising producer.
- Ben 10: Omniverse (2012-2014): The Denser and Wackier fourth iteration of the series. Aliens are now well-known to the Earth and Ben has now joined the Plumbers police force, working with a new partner named Rook. The series also dedicates some episodes to show events that happened during the weekend road trips that Ben had with Gwen and Max between the original series and Alien Force. It lasted eight seasons for a total of 80 episodes, underwent another art overhaul to recapture the tone of the first show, and serves as the end to the original continuity. Matt Youngberg (Transformers Animated) served as supervising producer.
- Ben 10 (2016-present): The fifth series and a Continuity Reboot. Even more comedy and slapstick-driven than Omniverse, this installment has the most drastic art shift yet in order to reflect the new tone. Despite taking a "back-to-basics" approach, some elements and characters from later entries of the original continuity do make an appearance. Man of Action returned to serve as executive producers, with John Fang (Generator Rex) serving as supervising producer.
- Ben 10: Secret of the Omnitrix (2007): Ben and Gwen travel through outer space in order to find the creator of the Omnitrix after a fight causes the device's self-destruct sequence to activate, which could potentially destroy the universe if not fixed. Though it premiered during the middle of the show's final season, it serves as the canon Grand Finale to the original series.note
- Ben 10: Race Against Time (2007): An Alternate Universe Live-Action Adaptation that takes place shortly following the events of the original series. Ben must go up against a new foe named Eon, who is after the Omnitrix in order to start an Alien Invasion.
- Ben 10: Alien Swarm (2009): The second live-action adaptation, this time based on Alien Force. Ben, Gwen and Kevin find themselves caught up in a conspiracy involving alien nanochips that hold a dark secret that could leave to a world takeover. Unlike the previous live-action film, this one is canon and is referenced directly during the events of Alien Force.
- Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens (2012): A CGI film set shortly after the events of the original series and later made canon to the original continuity. The Omnitrix once more gets damaged during a fight and must be repaired. While handling the problem of the malfunctioning watch causing Ben to randomly teleport around the world, the characters must also deal with a bounty hunter that wants the device.
- Ben 10/Generator Rex: Heroes United (2011): An Intercontinuity Crossover with Generator Rex set during Ultimate Alien. While in pursuit of an alien, Ben is accidentally warped to Rex's universe and inadvertently gets involved with Rex to fight a strange nanite creature known as Alpha.
- Crossover Nexus (2018): A special of OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes that involved 2016 Ben as one of the main characters in which he joins KO, Garnet, and Raven in saving CN City from destruction by a supervillain.
- Ben 10: Protector of the Earth: Ben, Gwen and Max deal with their usual rogues gallery while trying to reclaim the Omnitrix's aliens from a space mosquito. (Platforms: PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS and Wii)
- Ben 10 Alien Force: An original story of Ben, Gwen and Kevin being recruited by a undercover Plumber to retrieve parts for a dangerous weapon. Naturally, all isn't what it seems. (Platforms: Wii, PlayStation 2, PSP, and Nintendo DS)
- Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks: Pretty much what is says on the tin. Ben and the group take on Vilgax once more. (Platforms: Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PSP, Wii and Xbox 360)
- Ben 10 Alien Force: Rise of Hex: Once again the title tells you everything you need to know. (Platforms: Wii via WiiWare and Xbox 360 via Xbox Live).
- Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Cosmic Destruction: Ben, Gwen and Kevin find themselves hopping the globe to stop different menaces from destroying the cites. (Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PSP, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS and Wii)
- Ben 10: Galactic Racing: A Mario Kart-style racer. (Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita)
- Ben 10: Omniverse: Ben's Omnitrix goes haywire once more and warps Ben and Rook into the past where they meet the former's 11-year old self. When Malware gets his hands on Rook's weapon and creates an alternate future, the three set out to stop him and fix the damage. (Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U (one of its launch titles in fact).
- Ben 10: Omniverse 2: Ben once again takes on the Incurseans. (Platforms: PlayStation 3, Wii, WiiU, Xbox 360 and Nintendo 3DS)
- Ben 10: Up to Speed: The player will play as Ben and his alien forms to collect some collectibles scattered around the levels while avoiding any obstacles and enemies similar to Temple Run. (Platforms: iOS)