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  • Adored by the Network: In a strong contrast compared to the previous two series the reboot is getting lots of time on Cartoon Network. This is especially true in Europe.
  • Ascended Fanon: Ben having a form based on Vilgax was something many a fan had hypothesized/created before it became canon to the reboot.
    • It was also a common theory since the original series that the Omnitrix was some kind of heinous imprisonment that wholly absorbed aliens. Vilgax being split from his power and it being stored in the Omnitrix seems reminiscent of this line of thinking, and later we see it proven even more with Glitch and Shock Rock.
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  • Cast the Runner-Up: Tara Strong almost didn't reprise the role of 10 year old Ben. Yuri Lowenthal, who voiced teenage Ben in the original series' three sequel series, auditioned for the role. While Tara got the role, he would later be cast as Vilgax and (starting in his 2nd appearance) Michael Morningstar.
  • Fake Brit:
    • Roger Craig Smith, an American voice actor, voices Steam Smythe, who has a British accent.
    • Tara Strong follows suit, being an American/Canadian voice actress voicing IJ Crowling.
  • Follow the Leader: Is made to resemble a closer look to other recent Cartoon Network shows like Clarence, Steven Universe, and The Powerpuff Girls (2016); and a Denser and Wackier type of humor similar to Teen Titans Go!
  • The Other Darrin: Most of the entire cast save Tara Strong as Ben, Dwight Schultz as Dr Animo and Dee Bradley Baker as Jetray have been replaced:
    • Gwen is played by Montse Hernandez instead of Meagan Smith or Ashley Johnson.
    • David Kaye plays Max rather than Paul Eiding.
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    • Hex is now played by Robin Atkin Downes, the voice formerly provided by Khary Payton.
    • Travis Willingham takes over for Cannonbolt, replacing Fred Tatasciore, Dee Bradley Baker, and David Kaye.
    • Drake Bell now voices Michael Morningstar instead of Wil Wheaton. In Season 2, Drake Bell gets Darinn'd by Yuri Lowenthal.
    • Frightwig, now a child, is voiced by Jessica DiCicco rather than Cree Summer.
    • Roger Craig Smith voices Diamondhead, replacing Jim Ward, Dee Bradley Baker, and Eric Bauza.
    • Greg Cipes replaces Dee Bradley Baker as Stinkfly.
    • Todd Haberkorn voices Grey Matter, replacing Richard Steven Horvitz and Eric Bauza.
    • Josh Keaton voices XLR8 and Acid Breath, replacing Jim Ward and Yuri Lownthal for the former , and Dee Bradley Baker for the latter .
    • John Dimaggio replaces Jeff Doucette and David Kaye as Thumbskull, despite the latter being on the show playing Grandpa Max.
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    • Rather than being voiced by Steve Blum or James Remar, this incarnation of Vilgax is voiced by Yuri Lowenthal.
    • Charmcaster is now voiced by Tara Strong rather than Kari Wahlgren.
    • While it also doubles as a role reprisal, John DiMaggio voicing both Four Arms and Zombozo is this to the original series, respectively replacing Richard McGonagle and John Kassir.
    • Within the actual series, David Sobolov voiced La Grange in his first appearance, and David Kaye took over for his second appearance.
    • Regarding Upgrade, he's been voiced by Tara Strong as young Ben and Yuri Lowenthal as a teen in the previous series. In this show, David Sobolov voices him.
    • The narrator of the Alien World shorts is heavily implied to be Azmuth, making David Kaye the fourth person to play him after Robert David Hall, Jeff Bennett, and René Auberjonois.
    • Also within the series, Ryan and Simon were respectively voiced by Josh Keaton and Debi Derryberry in their first appearances. In their second appearances, Ogie Banks voiced both of them.
    • While it also doubles as a role reprisal, Greg Cipes voicing Kevin Levin is this to the original series, replacing Michael Reisz and Charlie Schlatter.
    • David Kaye also replaces Dee Bradley Baker and John Dimaggio as Humungousaur
    • Dee Bradley Baker replaces John Dimaggio as Rath. Ironically, in Alien Force/Ultimate Alien, Rath was one of the two aliens not to be played by Dee Bradley Baker.
    • Gust-o of the Weatherheads was voiced by Eric Bauza in his first appearance, Jeff Bennett in all of his appearances in the series, and Josh Keaton for his cameo in the video game. Likewise, Jeff voices Hail-o in the series while Travis Willingham voices him in the video game.
    • Todd Haberkorn voices Tetrax instead of Dave Fennoy.
    • In the Italian dub, Gabriele Patriarca replaces Daniele Raffaeli as Ben, albeit he already voiced him in the first live action movie, Ben 10: Race Against Time. Going further, for a single episode he was further replaced by Riccardo Suarez.
      • Most of his aliens were recast too. For sure Emiliano Reggente replaces Pierluigi Astore as Diamondhead, Edoardo Stoppacciaro replaces Daniele Barcaroli as Heatblast and Fabrizio Mazzotta replaces Federico Di Pofi as Grey Matter.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • Roger Craig Smith voices Steam Smythe, a villain. He's known primarily for voicing heroes, including this series' Diamondhead.
    • Yuri Lowenthal, the voice of Teen Ben in all three of the previous sequel series, plays an antagonist. Specifically, this series' incarnation of Vilgax. He also replaces Drake Bell as Michael Morningstar, another villain.
  • Playing Gertrude: We have 52-year old David Kaye voicing Grandpa Max.
  • Production Posse: The show reunites many people who worked with Man Of Action on the original Ben 10, Generator Rex, Ultimate Spider-Man, and Avengers, Assemble!
  • Recycled Script: A few episodes recycle plots from the original series.
    • "Freaky Gwen Ben" has Ben and Gwen switching bodies, like the episode "A Change of Face".
    • In "Riding the Storm Out" Ben tampers with the Omnitrix and causes it to turn him into hybrids of his aliens, like the episode "Dr. Animo and the Mutant Ray".
    • "Screamcatcher" recycles the "trapped in a nightmare" aspect of its plot from "Perfect Day".
  • Role Reprise: Tara Strong, Greg Cipes, Dwight Schultz and Dee Bradley Baker reprise their respective roles as Ben, Kevin, Dr. Animo and Jetray from the original continuity.
  • Screwed by the Network: In October 2017, it got very little screen time, averaging around 10 reruns per week. Ironically, the original Ben 10 got more reruns at the time.
    • The show also reruns on Boomerang, although as of 2018, it is still rerunning on CN.
  • Short Run in Peru: Was actually being aired on most Cartoon Network feeds worldwide long before the show made its debut on the American feed. Mainly due to the original show being much more successful overseas.


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