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Recap / Ben 10 S1 E2 "Washington B.C."

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You are supposed to use your powers to help people, not to find some stupid trading card.
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A veterinarian called Dr. Animo terrorizes Washington by mutating animals. Also, Ben learns what it means to be a hero.


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  • Accidental Misnaming: Gwen calls Stinkfly "Butterfly" before being corrected by Ben.
  • An Aesop: Being hero isn't about glory, rewards, or recognition. It's about doing the right thing.
  • Animal Testing: Animo used to do these (Causing horrific mutations in the process) wich made him unable to win the "Verities" award.
  • Batman Cold Open: Two different ones in fact. At the start Heatblast saves a few people from a fire and then he captures the two robbers that started it as a distraction.
  • Dude, Where's My Reward?: Ben says that he deserves the golden Sumo Slammer card because he is constantly saving people. Grandpa Max tells him that being a hero is it's own reward, though he admits he read that in a greeting card at the supermarket.
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  • Evil Is Petty: Animo takes revenge on another scientist because he won an award that he wanted.
  • Evilutionary Biologist: Dr. Animo uses a device to turn random animals into "enhanced" versions of them. He apparently wants to dominate the entire world with them.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: The revived mammoth gets killed by Four Arms when he throws it against a wall with some much force that it shatters.
  • Fossil Revival: Animo brings back to life a mammoth and a T. rex using their museum replicas.
  • Giant Flyer: The giant cockatiel, which rivals a Tyrannosaurus rex in size.
  • Human Hammer-Throw: How Four Arms ultimately defeats the mammoth.
  • No Ontological Inertia: As soon as Ben destroys the Transmodulator, every mutant goes back to being a normal animal and the T. rex goes back to being a skeleton.
  • Personal Gain Hurts: By using the Omnitrix to turn into Grey Matter and look for the rare golden Sumo Slammer card, Ben couldn't turn into anything useful to battle against the mutant hamster.
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  • Rodents of Unusual Size: The mutant hamster is as big as a bear.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Supernatural Powers!: Ben turns into Grey Matter to get a golden Sumo Slammer card without buying the cereal it comes with.
  • Tail Slap: The T. rex uses this against Stinkfly.
  • Title Drop: Dr. Animo when he declares what he wants to turn the city into.
  • Transformation Ray: Dr. Animo's Transmodulator can accelerate genetic mutations and reanimate dormant cells.
  • Tyrannosaurus rex: A zombie/mutant one no less!
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