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Recap / Ben 10 S3 E1 "Ben 10,000"

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Grandpa Max looks different. It's probably the beard.

They are not pets. I don't name them anymore.
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After following a tall stranger who kidnapped Gwen, Ben finds himself in his own future, and he doesn't like what he sees.


This episode contains examples of the following tropes:

  • All Work vs. All Play: Ben 10,000 represents the "All work" side by not even naming his aliens forms anymore and barely visiting his cousing and grandpa. Ben 10, on the other hand, represents the "All play" side and inspires his future self to relax and have fun once in a while.
  • Alternate Universe: Given how the original series continued with Alien Force and the like, the future shown in this episode is considered only a possible one, not the canonical.
    • Averted due to Omniverse revealing that the future shown in this episode and later episode "Ken 10" (along with some of the episodes in Omniverse) is canon to the Main Ben 10 Timeline once again.
  • An Ice Person: Articguana can shoot out a freezing ray from his mouth.
  • Artificial Limb: Grandpa Max lost one of his hands in the intervening years and replaced it.
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  • Back from the Dead: Vilgax is brought back to life by Animo.
  • Badass Beard: Both Ben 10,000 and Grandpa Max sport one of these.
  • Birthday Episode: Grandpa Max turns 60 in this episode and it's implied that Ben's indifference with it turned him in the jerk that is Ben 10,000.
  • Brain in a Jar: Animo lost his whole body except for his head which he keeps inside a jar connected to the body of a giant gorilla.
  • Came Back Strong: Future Vilgax is genetically prepared to deal with each and everyone of Ben's 10,000 aliens after Animo resurrects him.
  • Future Food Is Artificial: Ben 10,000 gives his younger self a metallic box with a red button. Pressing it turns it into a birthday cake.
  • Future Me Scares Me: Ben Tennyson and Adult Ben. Older Ben has No Sense of Humor and can't lighten up, but younger Ben's presence gives him an attitude adjustment.
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  • Help Yourself in the Future: Ben is sent to the future to help himself (Ben 10,000), although his future self thinks he'll only get in the way. Despite the fact that he should really remember being his younger self on that trip...
  • Heroic Build: Future Ben in his human form is a Hunk.
  • I Hate Past Me: Ben 10,000 is annoyed at how the younger Ben sees everything as a game and underestimates his enemies.
  • Kidnapped by an Ally: Gwen's kidnapper turns out to be her future self, who was trying to get Ben into the future to talk some sense into Ben 10,000.
  • Killer Gorilla: Dr. Animo uses a giant albino gorilla as a substitute for his missing body.
  • My Future Self and Me: Ben and Gwen both meet their future selves in this episode.
  • Rock–Paper–Scissors: Gwen and Ben play to see who should be blamed for not buying a cake for Grandpa Max's birthday. Gwen says that Ben always loses but, according to the pop-up trivia, he would have actually won this time around if it wasn't for Gwendolyn's appearance.
  • Super Spit: Spitter can shoot out a stream of high-pressure goo out of his mouth.
  • Time Travel: Both Gwen and Ben travel 20 years in the future.
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