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YMMVs for the franchise as a whole:

YMMVs for the Original Series:

  • Draco in Leather Pants: Kevin 11 and Charmcaster, in no small part due to their portrayals in the sequels. While they do have some Anti-Villain traits in this iteration and Word of God says they were always intended to develop more Anti-Hero traits as well, they are still mostly straight-up villains who like doing evil and reject any offers of redemption (Kevin was a even straight-up Ax-Crazy to a sociopathic degree).
  • Ear Worm: The theme song. Despite all the disagreement in the fanbase, almost everyone agrees the Original Series had by far the catchiest theme song.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Lucky Girl, who is ironically one of the leads in disguise. Her nemesis Charmcaster qualifies on the villain side of things.
    • Naturally, some of Ben's aliens are more popular than others, but the one who takes the cake is Heatblast, who is the most popular and iconic alien form in the entire franchise. He is so popular that an Ultimate Alien DVD was titled "The Return of Heatblast".
      • XLR8 is very popular with the fans, which makes it extra baffling that they went and made Fasttrack.
      • Ghostfreak is very popular with the fans mainly because of his design, abilities, and Face–Heel Turn.
      • Buzzshock and Arcticguana, two of Ben 10,000's alien forms, are surprisingly rather popular among the fanbase. They both showed up in Ultimate Alien's intro (but never in the series itself), before finally being formally unlocked in Omniverse.
      • Ripjaws has only appeared 16 times in the entire Ben 10 franchise, but he is popular with fans in addition to getting lots of Fan art and YouTube videos.
      • Diamondhead, despite having a lesser amount of appearances (16 episodes) in the original series of all the ten original aliens, is popular amongst fans thanks to his unique design, voice, and cool powers. He was so popular that he made a return in the third season of Alien Force, temporarily replacing Chromastone and being one of the few aliens to defeat Vilgax.
    • Grandpa Max, as detailed in the Just Here for Godzilla entry, even moreso as of the sequels when he's not a main character anymore.
    • Sixsix, a minor villain that’s introduced early on in the series, quickly became beloved by fans due to essentially being the Ben 10-verse's equivalent of Boba Fett. He was so popular that not only was he brought back later on in Omniverse, which also introduced his family made up of his equally badass brother and two sisters and changed him from a one-off mook to a series mainstay.
  • Evil Is Cool: This show is a master at creating awesome bad guys. Vilgax, Dr. Animo, Kevin, Ghostfreak, Hex, Charmcaster, the Forever Knights (especially the Forever King), Sixsix and his family, and nearly all the other villains (with the exception of Sublimino, who's a No Respect Guy even among his teammates) who made up the Negative 10 could count.
  • First Installment Wins: While the the sequels have their fanbases, many of the fans are very loyal to the original series. The fact that it's the only one the actual creators worked on (until the Continuity Reboot) helps matters.
  • Foe Yay: Ben and Kevin, who have been chained to each other for an episode, and Gwen and Charmcaster, who spent a good part of one episode inside each other.
  • Franchise Original Sin: One complaint about the sequels is how redundant some of Ben's aliens can be. The original series has many aliens who have unique abilities, but some have similar advantages to one alien that leave another alien functionally redundant (particularly Benvicktor/Frankenstrike, who on top of having super strength, has lightning abilities), indicating that there were ability and redundancy problems even before the sequels.
    • A lesser example, but one of the major criticisms made towards Alien Force was (amongst other things) about the Plumbers being inexplicably active again despite it being stated to have disbanded in the original series. "Big Fat Alien Wedding", while not explicitly stating the Plumbers were still active, made mention of a war between them and the Sludgepuppies that was apparently still going on (the whole point of the episode was to end it), suggesting at least some of them kept fighting.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Gwen is apparently popular enough in Southeast Asia that Cartoon Network Asia gave her a website and a good amount of merchandise. A spin-off show about her was even considered at some point in answer to her popularity, with Omniverse episodes serving as a Poorly Disguised Pilot.
    • The franchise is also very popular in Denmark, where many stores hold entire sections of Ben 10 merchandise.
    • The franchise has a strong following in Latin America as well, seeing as at one point nearly all of its schedule was devoted to showing Ben 10 episodes.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Tetrax's admonishment of Ben, telling him that he fails to consider the consequences of his actions until they blow up in his face, takes on a new light when it's revealed later on that Tetrax gave Vilgax a crystal that he used to destroy Petropia, which is an action he came to completely regret.
    • In "The Unnaturals" after Cash and JT win the go ahead run against a robot team, oblivious to the fact Ben was helping them, Cash goes "Hey, hey, hey.", referring to Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. This is a lot harder to listen to after Bill Cosby's conviction for rape, as Fat Albert was frequently used to mock him.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: "Ken 10" had Ben's future self Ben 10,000 name his son Ken. The sequel series Ben 10: Alien Force revealed that Ben's cousin Gwen had a brother also named Ken, which makes it rather sweet when you realize that Ben may have named his son Ken after his cousin Ken.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Remember that ending in "Gwen 10" where the Omnitrix ultimately ended up on Grandpa Max? It is revealed several episodes later by some alien named Xylene, a person from Max's past, that the Omnitrix was originally for Max. But due to the fact that Ben's DNA was close to his, Ben was the one who discovered the Omnitrix and it ended up on him.
    • In the end of "Kevin 11", Ben offers Kevin to join him and become allies. Sound familiar?
    • Steve Blum (Ghostfreak) voicing another Big Bad who wants to take over someone's body is funny enough, but it's funnier when that someone is voiced by Yuri Lowenthal, who voices teenage Ben in the sequels.
    • In "The Big Tick", while trying to figure out what Cannonbolt does, Ben lists powers of aliens he will receive in the future: breathing firenote , firing freeze rays from his eyesnote , and magnetic blastsnote .
    • Vilgax is an expy of Darkseid. In the original series and Omniverse, he was voiced by Steve Blum. Guess who voiced the actual Darkseid in Justice League: War.
    • Ben's dislike of the Super Alien Hero Buddies for being bastardizations of his own alien forms in "Super Alien Hero Buddy Adventures" is funnier to look back on in light of the polarization and controversy respectively caused by Omniverse and the reboot trying to be Denser and Wackier than Alien Force and Ultimate Alien.
  • Hype Backlash: The huge success this series had and the fact many fans are only loyal to it has caused many people (both fans of the sequels and people who don't particularly like the franchise) to be more critical toward it and point out its flaws. The common criticisms of the original series include the lack of Character Development, Ben's and Gwen's bickering being perceived as annoying, the waste of many good characters (Xylene) and plots (how Ghostfreak ended up in the Omntrix, which was relegated to a one-time pop-up commentary during a marathon), and most of the villains being one-dimensional.
    • Similarly, Man of Action Studios used to be considered Only the Creator Does It Right for the franchise and the fact they only worked on the original series was used as a justification for not liking the sequels. Since then, their work on very unpopular Marvel cartoons have caused many people to notice flaws in their writing that already existed in the original series.
  • It Was His Sled:
  • Just Here for Godzilla: While majority of the people just watched the show to see Ben transform into an alien form, there were some who just stuck around to see Grandpa Max be completely awesome.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Vilgax destroys the planet where all of Tetrax's race lives, killing hundreds of innocent lives for no reason other than to test his brand new toy.
    • When Ghostfreak wanted to plunge Earth into darkness, the result of which is shown to be horrifying mutations of all living things. He also crossed the line in "Ghostfreaked Out" when he threatened to kill a possessed Gwen if Ben did not surrender, fully aware that Ben is only 10 years old.
      • Also note, that was just a side effect of his plan that he didn't even care about.
    • Zombozo gets his by kidnapping a 10 year old girl and draining her of her energy until she's nothing but a shrivaled husk of her former self. The fact that he speaks of it so lightly that it's implied it's not the first time.
    • As if it wasn't clear that the Forever King is more evil than Enoch, he deliberately leaves Enoch trapped forever in his Lotus-Eater Machine just to spite him for not getting the Omnitrix.
  • My Real Daddy: For fans who prefer this series yet are disappointed by Man of Action's later reboot, the head writer duo of Thomas Pugsley and Greg Klein get the "Real Daddy" position over Man of Action.
  • Older Than They Think: There really was a secret organization called the Plumbers - Richard Nixon's private police who did the illegal surveillance of the Watergate hotel.
  • The Producer Thinks of Everything: One of the first line readings for the role of Ghostfreak?
  • Relationship Writing Fumble: Ben and Gwen, which is an almost reverse case of the usual trope. The writers PROBABLY viewed them as just bickering, if still loving, cousins (and nothing else) and tried to write them as such. To most of the rest of us...
  • The Scrappy: Kai Green does have some fans, but mostly she has a very sizable hatedom due to her only episode portraying her as a rather unsympathetic character who Ben fell in love with for no real apparent reason before she rejected him rather callously (and unlike Julie, no effort was made by the writers to rescue her from being a Scrappy) and an obstacle to Bwen. Her later appearances in Omniverse didn't help due to the fact that she singlehandedly angered almost all the shippers by turning every other love interest up to that point into Romantic False Leads and suffering from a huge case of Strangled by the Red String and Took a Level in Jerkass.
  • Seasonal Rot: The third season is generally considered the weakest due to having less impressive episodes and overall story arc than the other seasons have.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Xylene. She is an alien Action Girl who has cool powers and a unique design along with a big part in Ben's origin since she was the one who brought the Omnitrix to Earth and had a past relationship with Max. She appeared for exactly one episode and never appeared again. Even in the sequels, all she got is a very brief mention in a dialogue.
    • The Galactic Enforcers only show up in one episode along with an appearance in the future episode despite having included Ben in their ranks as a honorary member.
    • At the end of the third season, Ben gets three new aliens, each based off a different monster. A werewolf, a mummy, and Frankenstein's monster. Despite all of them being pretty cool, they don't appear at all for the rest of the series and it isn't until an alternate timeline episode of Ultimate Alien that any of them reappear. They aren't even properly named via being referred to as "Ben*monster name*" in the credits. It took until Omniverse for them to even be given more appearances and proper names.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Ripjaws (who is an alien in Ben’s Omnitrix) is part deep-sea creature and merMAID. While he might seem like a female, he's actually a male... though this could be a case of people calling something by a gender-specific title despite it not being that gender, similar to how female peacocks are often called "peacocks," by the general public, despite the appropriate name for a female of that species being "Peahen."


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