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5 Years Later is a webcomic created by Kuro the Artist, and a crossover between Danny Phantom and Ben 10. It can be read here.

Five years after the events of Phantom Planet, Danny is living a relatively peaceful life with his parents. Now that ghost-hunting is obsolete, his father, Jack, has been working on a way to use the Fenton ghost portal to access other dimensions. While he eventually seems to give up, Danny decides to continue his work for him and ends up opening a portal to the Null Void, which he chooses to explore.

One Let's You and Him Fight and a battle against a mutant To'kustar later, he ends up befriending Ben Tennyson and Rook Blonko.

Unfortunately, Danny's not the only being from his world to enter Ben's universe, and soon the two of them are forced to face off against a villain team-up of epic proportions.


This work provides examples of:

  • The Alcoholic: It's implied that Jack Fenton became one after giving up on cross-dimensional travel.
  • All There in the Manual: The wiki provides details that aren't mentioned in the story.
  • Alternate Universe: Jack starts studying these after ghost hunting becomes obsolete. Of course, as it turns out, Ben and Danny's universes are this to each other.
  • The Apprentice: Eve, one of the Plumber recruits Ben mentors, was Gwen's apprentice for two years.
  • Badass Beard: Ben's gained one with the Time Skip to try and look older after Gwen teased him a few times.
  • Bad Future: Future Fenton comes back from one two years after Chapter 9 to try and stop Eon/Divinity.
  • Big Bad: Eon.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Chirp and Eve, two members of the Orion Squad.
  • Body Surf: Whenever Eon's body becomes too weak, he transfers his consciousness to another version of Ben.
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  • Brainwash Residue: Eon's been using Ben’s body for so long that he started to believe he was Ben.
  • The Cameo: Danny’s family, Tucker, and Sam all make cameos during Danny's Opening Monologue.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Gwen and Kevin are mentioned briefly by Ben in his Opening Monologue before they appear to help him and Danny with Vlad.
  • Clothing Damage: Vlad suffers this during his fight with Danny and Ben. Technus gives him a new outfit.
  • Combination Attack: Ben and Danny end up using one of these during their battle with the To'kustar.
  • Composite Character: Kuro managed to find a way to fuse together two different versions of Eon: the one that's trying to save his dying race, and the one that's an evil future version of Ben.
  • Connected All Along: "And Beyond" reveals that the Techadon Weapon Masters (or the Olimarans as they were originally known) created Echo Echo's race, the Sonorosians, as a source of cheap labor.
  • The Corrupter: Eon, to Vlad.
  • Crossover: Primarily between Danny Phantom and Ben 10.
    • And later Invader Zim.
    • The wiki reveals that Saiyans exist in the Ben 10 universe, serving as the DNA source for MonKi, one of Ben's aliens created for the comic (and ranked as one of Ben's 10 strongest aliens). This is subverted, however, since they aren't from the world of Dragon Ball and its story; The Saiyans of the Ben 10 universe are stated to be more peaceful and to have stopped and defeated Frieza, resulting in Vegeta being king and Goku just being an average citizen, never sent to Earth. MonKi is eventually used officially in Chapter 9.
    • Similarly, a transformation for a Klyntar (a Marvel Universe symbiote, IE Venom) is also confirmed to exist.
    • Chapter 7 introduces elements from Generator Rex, (though Rex doesn't appear himself), which is quite fitting considering the canon crossover TV special.
  • Darker and Edgier: Than either series it was based on, thanks in part to the more realistic amount of blood and swearing.
  • Deconstructed Trope: Eon takes the idea of the classic Ben 10 series being The Prime Timeline of universes like his like anyone would: as an insult to the idea of his timeline mattering at all instead of being just an Expendable Alternate Universe.
  • The Dragon: Vlad, to Eon.
  • Evil Counterpart: The Olimarans (Weapon Masters of Techadon) to the Galvan. Both are immensely intelligent and known for invention, but the Olimarans primarily build weapons and lack the empathy and emotion the Galvan have. They also created artificial intelligent life by accident in the form of the Sonorosians and Galvanic Mechamorphs, but the Sonorosians were created to be servants and workers and remained this way even after discovering their sentience while the Galvan gave the moon of Galvan B to the Mechamorphs.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Danny considers the Null Void creepy, even by his standards.
  • Expanded Universe: Kuro's Youtube channel produces some supplementary information on the story's world, such as videos about planets such as Terradino, Methanos, and The Ghost Zone.
  • Expendable Alternate Universe: Well, Expendable Alternate Bens, but Eon's practically made a habit of kidnapping alternate Bens to serve as his bodies. That being said, rather hypocritically, he doesn't like the idea of his timeline being one.
  • Fatal Flaw: Lula's is her desire to prove herself to Ben, which clouds her better judgment more often than not.
  • Fist Bump: Ben and Danny do this after their fight with Vlad.
  • Fix Fic: According to Kuro, this series is meant to do justice to both franchises as they were mistreated by their respective networks.
  • Hammerspace: Danny pulls the Infi-Map out of seemingly nowhere. Lampshaded by Ben.
    "You just...always carry that around with you?"
  • Gentle Giant: The lore video on Terradino (homeworld of Humungousaur's species and Orion squad member Crawnch) declares the Vaxisarians this: being the friendliest of Terradino's three major races, if also the least intelligent.
  • A God Am I: Eon, once he uses the Godmaker (a.k.a. a giant Ultimatrix) to become an Ultimate Chronian.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: Vlad appears to have had a Heel Realization in the Time Skip. Unfortunately, Eon reverts him back to how he used to be.
  • Heel Realization: Vlad had one in the Time Skip, realizing his path to vengeance has left him with nothing. Eon, however, is having none of it.
  • Heroic BSoD: Lula suffers one after Ben's second What the Hell, Hero? speech directed at her.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: The ultimate fate of the mutant To'kustar.
  • Killed Off for Real: Eon, or as he is calling himself as of Chapter 9 Divinity, kills Animo and Cooper. Animo to keep the Doctor's knowledge from being used against him, and Cooper for defying him.
  • Kryptonite Factor: Ecto-energy is so alien to Ben's aliens that the energy absorbers can't absorb it safely. Eon plans to use this in having Vlad kill Ben.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Ben initially thinks Danny is a villain and acts accordingly.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Danny and Ben both end up using this during their fight via the ghostly wail and Echo Echo respectively.
  • Mythology Gag: Plenty sprinkled throughout the comic:
    • Several references are made to the Rooters when Ben and Rook try to figure out who and what Danny is.
    • A mutant To'kustar ends up being the first thing Ben and Danny face as a team, and Rook mentions that their Earth was invaded using them.
    • In chapter 3, the billboard Ben grabs onto to break his fall is advertising the Ben 10 reboot.
    • Ben breaks out his jacket from Alien Force (now covered with patches and medals) to celebrate the fact that he, Gwen, Kevin, and Grandpa Max are working together again.
  • Name's the Same: Clockwork is both the name of Ben's Chronosapien form and the ghostly Lord of Time who helps Danny out sometimes. Lampshaded by Horas.
  • Nice Hat: Another thing Ben's gained with the Time Skip, a beanie hat with the Omnitrix symbol on it.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Ben and Danny's Make Me Wanna Shout fight ends up awakening a mutant To'kustar.
    • Also, Lula insisting that everyone in her squad stays together instead of at their posts in case of a big threat ends up allowing GIR to steal information from the base's computers.
  • No Man Should Have This Power: The reason Ben refuses to use Alien X to solve the situation.
    Ben: Guys, I'm not a God. It's not my place to alter reality at will just because I can. If I treat the universe like my own custom playground, what kind of world would I be saving? It wouldn't be genuine. It wouldn't be... Life. Every single alien in the watch matters. I'm supposed to be an example of that. If I always use Alien X to save the day, people would start looking to me for approval, as if I was the determining vote between right and wrong. It's nobody's right to feel that way. And that's exactly why we can't let Eon win.
  • No-Sell:
    • Ben (as Four Arms) tries to enact Death from Above against Vlad...only for the halfa to effortlessly grab his fist and toss him into a nearby building.
    • Eon, or more specifically Divinity, no sells Gwen's attempt to reverse time to fix the damage to Zim's Earth by more or less catching time in his hand.
  • Not So Different: Kevin points out that Lula acts similar to how Ben did back in the day.
  • Off with His Head!: Danny blows off Ben's head during their fight. Since he's in Swampfire form at the time, this does jack squat but inconvenience him.
  • Oh, Crap!: Danny's reaction to seeing Vlad again.
  • Opening Monologue: Danny gives one at the beginning of the story, telling us what's happened between Phantom Planet and the present. Ben and Eon give similar ones at the beginning of chapters 2 and 4, respectively.
  • Original Character: The Orion Squad, Ben's squad of Plumber trainees. Along with many alien forms.
  • Outside-Context Problem: Beyond general multiverse level confusion of different powers, ecto-energy in particular works so differently from most aspects of the universe. So much in fact that Ben's energy absorbing aliens, such as Chromostone, don't really handle it well.
  • Playing with Fire: Danny demonstrates the ability to generate green-white ectoplasm flames in his fight with Vlad.
  • Pretty Boy: Ben calls Danny one in chapter 3.
  • Reality Warper: The Chronians (Eon's species), which ended up taking a toll on their physical bodies.
  • The Reveal: Chapter 3 ends by revealing that Vlad was being used as a distraction so that GIR could steal some code from the Plumbers satellite.
    • Chapter 8 reveals that the files the villains stole were blueprints for Ben's old Ultimatrix which were used to create a device that would allow Eon to turn himself into an Ultimate Chronian.
  • Servant Race: The Sonorosians were originally created by the Olimarans (the weapon masters of Techadon) to serve them and left them on Sonorosia when the planet became uninhabitable for them.
  • Show Within a Show: As mentioned above under Mythology Gag, the rebooted Ben 10 show exists in Ben's universe as a Celebrity Toon that takes liberties due to intentionally only being loosely based on real events. According to Word of God, Ben voices Vilgax in the show (as a reference to the real life Casting Gag of Yuri Lowenthal) and Kevin's animated counterpart has the AntiTrix in the show due to him not wanting his real troubled past exploited.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Mr. Lancer died between Phantom Planet and 5 Years Later.
  • Super Speed: Lula, being a Citrakayah, has this ability.
  • Taking Advantage of Generosity: Whenever the Skyskimmers (Astrrodactyl's species) kill a Tyrannopede, they take advantage of the Vaxisarians gratitude to get them to build large stone spyres for them.
  • Tempting Fate: Eve suggests that one of the villains who could attack the base is Vilgax.note 
    GoTro: Don’t be dense. No one's seen Vilgax in years.
    (alarms go off)
    GoTro: Well, shit.
    Eve: If it’s Vilgax, and if we all somehow survive, I’m laying eggs in your stomach.
  • Terms of Endangerment: Vlad calls Danny "my dear boy" during their fight.
  • Time Skip: As the title indicates, this takes place five years after the events of both Phantom Planet and Omniverse.
  • Time Stands Still: Eon uses this to rescue Vlad from his predicament in chapter 3.
  • Took a Level in Badass: While many have gotten stronger in fic (Vlad having mastered all ghost abilities up to and including the ghostly wail, Ben having Master Control, etc), special mention should go to Clockwork, whose transformation is now considered one of Ben's ten most powerful after two seasons of being Difficult, but Awesome to really show his stuff.
  • Unexpected Character: Of all the characters to cameo in chapter's nine future team, many were not expecting to see Kim, Ron, and Rufus under the simple reason that the story has had only Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon characters while the three are Disney characters.
  • The Unpronounceable: Eve's real name is physically impossible for humans to pronounce, hence her nickname.
  • Wham Episode: Chapter 4 reveals Eon’s backstory, as well as two new members of the Villain Team-Up.
    • Chapter 8 has Ben unlocking his powerhouse playlist to defeat an ultra-powerful alternate Ben, Cooper's revelation that the device Eon is using is essentially a giant Ultimatrix, and the chapter ends with Cooper possibly dead and Eon successfully evolving into an Ultimate Chronian.
  • Wham Line: From Chapter 8.
    Cooper: That tower Eon's hooked up to right now? It's a giant Ultimatrix!
  • Wham Shot: Chapter 3 does this to introduce a new player to our crossover: Invader Zim!
    • Chapter 7 reveals what Technus contributes to the alliance of villains and it is quite a doozy; He's used the nanites from Generator Rex to turn mind-controlled alternate Bens into E.V.Os who have parts of the Omnitrix's aliens mixed in!
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Ben gives one to Lula twice after her behavior causes files to go missing from the Plumber base she's stationed at, with Lula throwing one right back at him after the second for how harsh it was.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Kuro’s massive redesign of Bloxx, who had been stated to be Kuro's least favorite alien form.
    • Skulker and Ember have very different looks when they appear; Skulker's suit is more obviously robotic with more glowing parts, while Ember has horns and now has taloned cyborg legs, tattoos on her arm, and a more revealing top. The Ghost Zone episode of 'Beyond' suggests this was a result of an attempt to reduce ecto energy mutation.


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