Yuri Lowenthal – Ben Tennyson (teen), Feedback, XLR8, Albedo (teen human form), AmpFibian, Kickin Hawk, Walkatrout, The Worst, Mole-Stache, Pesky Dust (all 3 the 1st time), Hervé, Upgrade, Lt. Steel, N-8, Alien X, Bad Ben, No Watch Ben, Benzarro, Nega Ben, Mad Ben, Speedyquick, various
Bumper Robinson – Rook Blonko, Bloxx, Terraspin, Juryrigg, Corvo, Ball Weevil, Doc Saturday, Crüjo, Alan Albright, Parallelogram Vreedle, Mad Rook, N-D, Uprigg, various
Paul Eiding – Max Tennyson, Liam, Eye Guy, Blukic, Zed, Hoodlum (1 episode), Negative Ultimate Spidermonkey, various
Dee Bradley Baker – Lodestar, Spidermonkey, Water Hazard, NRG, Clockwork, Nanomech, Swampfire, Big Chill, Crashhopper, Astrodactyl, Psyphon, Echo Echo/Ultimate Echo Echo, Wildvine, Caitliff, Inspector 13, The Worst, Wildmutt, Stinkfly, Acid Breath, Kraab, Slix Vigma, Mr. Monkey, Crashocker, Freezeghost, Big Bug, various
Eric Bauza – Diamondhead, Eatle, Grey Matter, Upchuck, Driba, Dr. Psychbos, Fistrick, Articguana/Ultimate Arctiguana, Way Big, Albedo (Galvan & Ultimate form), Chromastone, Bellicus, Pax, Solid Plugg, Ripjaws, Lackno, Toepick, Mechaneer, Rook Da, Thunderpig, Buzzshock, Brainfrog, Freezelizard, Vomit Man, Big Chuck, various
Corey Burton – Malware, Mr. Baumann, Brainstorm, Seebik, Fiskerton Saturday, V.V. Argost, Albedo Brainstorm, Kane North/Kangaroo Kommando, Starbeard
John DiMaggio – Armodrillo, Zombozo, Bubble Helmet, Four Arms, Rath, Humungousaur/ Ultimate Humungousaur, Octagon Vreedle, Bullfrag, Atomix, Whampire, Handy Man, Toolboxx, Dino-Mighty, Humogoopsaur, various
David Kaye – Khyber, Cannonbolt, Shocksquatch, Gravattack/Ultimate Gravattack, Heatblast, Sunder, Frankenstrike, Mole-Stache, Thumbskull, Deefus Veeblepister, Unitaur, Slapstrike, Skurd, Rollaway, Electricyeti, Negative Ultimate Gravattack, Lightning Volt, various
Rob Paulsen – Magister Patelliday, Rhomboid Vreedle, Ditto, Tummyhead, Phil Billings, Gutrot, various
Kevin Michael Richardson – Snare-oh, Blitzwolfer, Emperor Milleous, various
Tara Strong – Ben Tennyson (young), Upgrade (young), Pakmar, Natalie Alvarez, Ben Tennyson of Dimension 23, Y-It, Molly Gunther, Attea, Lucy Mann, Pesky Dust, Albedo (11-year-old), ML-E (1st time), Diamondhead Gwen, Nighty Knight, various
|Promo art featuring Ben, Rook and alien forms Feedback, Four Arms, Gravattack, Shocksquatch and Bloxx.|
Along with a number of previous alien forms, several new alien forms made their debut in the series. They included Astrodactyl (Dee Bradley Baker), a Pterodactyl-like being who could fly with a jetpack, created energy weapons, shoot out stars and an energy beam from his mouth, had super strength and could survive in space; Atomix (DiMaggio), a robotic being that had a righteous personality and spoke to others using proper titles, and could create and manipulate atomic energy as well as fly; Ball Weevil (Robinson), an insect-like being with the ability to create balls of sticky plasma that could absorb matter and explode; Bloxx (Robinson),a shapeshifter made up of colorful blocks that allow him to transform or turn into various-sized constructs (think a giant LEGO man); Bullfrag (DiMaggio), a humanoid frog with frog-like abilities, enhanced strength and durability, expertise in hand-to-hand combat, and could stay underwater for an extended period of time; Chamalien (Baker), a purple lizard-like creature that could blend into his surroundings, was agile and flexible, had a slipper body and a retractable barb in his tail; Crashhopper (Baker), a humanoid cross between a grasshopper and praying mantis with powerful legs good for jumping great distances or kicking with a powerful force; Feedback (Lowenthal), a one-eyed humanoid with plugs at the ends of his tail, antennae and fingers that allow him to absorb and redirect various forms of energy; Gravattack (David Kaye), essentially a living planet that can control gravity; Gutrot (Rob Paulsen using a Brooklyn accent), a mechanical humanoid that holds various chemicals inside his body with the ability to mix and match compounds and expel the resulting gas; Kickin Hawk (Lowenthal), a humanoid combination of a rooster and a hawk with retractable claws and elbow blades; Mole-Stache (Lowenthal at first, then Kaye), a small rodent with a mustache that can grow to any size and perform a number of functions like an additional limb; Pesky Dust (Lowenthal at first, then Strong), a fairy-like being capable of flying at great speed and releasing a dust that causes foes to fall asleep, thus allowing him to enter their dreams; Walkatrout (Lowenthal), a fish-like being with legs with a slippery body, enhanced durability and tail strength, agility and able to breathe and swim underwater; Whampire (DiMaggio using a Romanian accent), a vampire-like being in a bat-like costume (modeled after Marvel Comics’ Baron Blood) that could control beings via eye hypnosis or the Corrupturas he fires, fly, suck life energy and use enhanced vision; and The Worst (Lowenthal at first, then Baker), a fat round alien with a malleable skin that made him indestructible and claws. The crew wanted to debut a lot of aliens—including alternate and future versions—and had several more in the pipeline, but the network put a stop to that, feeling there were far too many in the show between Ben and his evil and future counterparts that would appear (each with some unique aliens of their own). They also put a restriction on the number of transformations per episode. An alien’s use in an episode was determined by desire, situation or simply on what cast members were scheduled to do a particular episode. Pesky Dust, Mole-Stache and The Worst were all originally given Ben’s voice, explained by an “Omnitrix malfunction”, as the crew initially felt they wouldn’t be useful in future episodes and didn’t cast for them; but they won them over in the end and got more appearances with their own unique voices.
A number of villains made their return, such as Vilgax (Blum again) and his loyal minion Psyphon (Baker), Albedo, Ben’s evil alternate dimension doppelganger Eon (Judd Nelson), self-proclaimed “master magician” Hex (Khary Payton) and his former apprentice Charmcaster (Kari Wahlgren), mad geneticist Dr. Animo (Dwight Schultz) and his mutated animals, Omnitrix escapee Zs’Skayr (Blum) and his minions, criminal clown mastermind Zombozo (DiMaggio) and his Circus Freaks, the criminal Vreedle family, the toad-like conquering Incurseans and The Forever Knights, to name a few. Joining them were a new selection of foes. The major antagonists consisted first of The Faction; a group whose goal was to get the Omnitrix to kill Azmuth (now voiced by René Auberjonois). It was comprised of incomplete mutated Galvanic Mechamorph Malware (Burton), evil Cerebrocrustacean scientist Dr. Psychobos (Bauza), intergalactic huntsman Khyber (Kaye) and his hunting dog-like alien Zed (Eiding). Zed was equipped with the Nemetrix, a version of the Omnitrix invented by Psychobos that allowed her to become the predatory species of the Omnitrix’s aliens. Then there were The Rooters: a former black ops section of The Plumbers that defected and currently viewed Ben and the Omnitrix as a universal threat. The biggest threat, however, came from Maltruant (Mark Hamill). He was a Chronosapien, a race of biomechanical beings, that was obsessed with ruling time itself and could control and manipulate it. His ultimate goal was to journey to the beginning of time and recreate reality in his image.
Additional characters included Skurd (Kaye), a Slimebiote that fed on DNA and became attached to the Nemetrix, which he later traded for the Omnitrix; Kai Green (Bettina Bush), one of Ben’s first crushes and granddaughter of Max’s old partner who ends up married to Ben’s future self, Ben 10,000 (Nelson); their son Ken (Menville), who helped out from time to time in the past in disguise as Spanner; Professor Paradox (David McCallum), a time-travelling professor who often aided the Bens from various timelines; Rad Dudesman (Carlos Alazraqui), a duck-like alien who was a trigger-happy mercenary-for-hire and smuggler; Blukic (Eiding) and Driba (Bauza), the Galvan tech support for the plumbers that often got into their own misadventures with Ben; and Magister Patelliay (Paulsen), a fish-like alien from Piscciss Volann who served as the Plumbers’ second-in-command.
Even with the ever-growing stable of original Ben 10 characters, Omniverse became the second entry in the franchise to feature a crossover with outside characters. Ultimate Alien had previously crossed-over with fellow Man of Action-created Cartoon Network program Generator Rex in an hour-long special episode. Omniverse’s crossover came in the form of The Secret Saturdays. Created by cartoonist Jay Stephens, the series followed the adventures of the titular Saturdays, a family of cryptozoologists that worked hard to protect cryptids and ensure their existence was never made general knowledge. The Saturdays were comprised of Solomon “Doc” Saturday (Robinson), a super genius that spent his life studying cryptids and whose belief was firmly grounded in science; Drew Saturday (Vanessa Marshall), Doc’s more open-minded wife who was raised by monks, a skilled linguist and utilized a flame sword; their son Zak Saturday (Ogie Banks), an adventure-seeking boy with the ability to psychic ability to connect with cryptids, enhanced by the staff/grappling hook-like Claw weapon he carried; and Fiskerton (Burton), a tall and somewhat cowardly Lemurian adopted by the Saturdays who generally communicated in grunts and mumbles that the Saturdays could understand. They teamed-up with Ben in the episode “T.G.I.S.” after Dr. Animo resurrected their arch nemesis V.V. Argost (Burton), a yeti posing as a human that attacked real humans for fun and sought immense power. Animo had revived him from his final fate using a combination of cryptid and alien DNA, as well as machinery. Zak knew of Ben and the original series was referenced in their own show, and Ben had a crush on Drew which irritated Zak immensely. Only Burton reprised his role of Argost from The Secret Saturdays. Drew would return for one more silent cameo in the episode “The Most Dangerous Game Show”.
Ben 10: Omniverse aired a sneak peek episode on August 1, 2012 before making its official debut on Cartoon Network on September 22. Earlier in March, as part of a “Ben 10 Week” which included the premiere of the CGI movie Destroy All Aliens, a sneak peek for the series also aired. Unlike the other series which had traditional television season structures, this one was broken up into 8 story arcs of 10 episodes considered as seasons. The series was written by McDuffie, Charlotte Fullerton, Matt Wayne, Eugene Son, Geoffrey Thorne, Len Wein, David McDermott, Len Uhley, Stan Berkowitz, Kevin Rubio, Marty Isenberg, Jonathan Callan, Tom Minton, Richard Pursel, Amy Wolfram, Thomas Pugsley, Joelle Sellner, Dean Stefan, Michael Ryan, Robert Hoegee, Dani Michaeli, Amy Keating Rogers, Eric Wallace and Matt Youngberg, with Fullerton and Wayne serving as story editors. Lowenthal himself also contributed a script for the first time in the franchise. Character designs were handled by Wyatt, Steven Choi, Chap Yaep, Dou Hong, Thomas Perkins, Shakeh Haghnazarian, Brianne Drouhard, Mike Collins, Dave Sherburne, Danny Kimanyen, Jon Suzuki, Chris Battle, T.J. Collins, Michael Collins and Jae Hong Kim. The theme was performed by Parry Gripp while the rest of the series’ music was composed by Sebastian Evans II. Animation duties were handled by Rough Draft Korea, Co., Ltd. and Sunmin Image Pictures Co. The series was nominated for an Annie Award for character design; several Behind the Voice Actor Awards, winning two; and two Daytime Emmy Awards, winning one for sound mixing.
Initially only 4 seasons were ordered, but Cartoon Network upped it by 2 before the series premiered. In 2013 they upped the order again for an additional 2. As each episode took about 6 months to produce, different directors would work on a block of them simultaneously in order to have them ready for a weekly broadcast schedule. The intro was changed for Arcs 4 and 5, and a special intro was done for the episode “Clyde Five” focusing on Ben’s cousin Clyde Fife (Jon Heder). While the final episode served as both a conclusion and as a starting point for another story arc, no further season orders came. Ultimately, it ended up being the series finale as despite it still performing exceptionally well despite the lackluster fan reception to the new show, the toy sales were immensely disappointing. Without the toys to help with the funding, Cartoon Network was ready to cut their losses and move on to another attempt with the franchise. However, they were obligated to air the remainder of the series and quickly burned off the last three seasons on a daily schedule in the 6 A.M. timeslot. It should also be noted that several episodes were aired out of their intended order, creating continuity issues with events being references before they ever happened and aliens being used before their official debuts. Further, several episodes produced as part of a particular story arc ended up being used in a completely different one. Warner Home Video released the entire first three arcs onto DVD, along with 5 episodes from both Arcs 4 and 5. The entire series was made available to purchase digitally in arcs or individual episodes, and for streaming on HBO Max.
As with the other entries in the franchise, Bandai produced a line of toys including different sized action figures and playsets, several vinyl figures, mix and match figure two-packs, role play equipment and costumes, plush toys and other types of figures. McDonald’s released a line of toys in their Happy Meals as a promotional tie-in. There have been several comic publications based on the series. The first was published in 2012 by DC Comics as a giveaway for San Diego Comic Con. It was written by Charles Skaggs with art by Min Sung Ku and Carrie Strachan, letters by Dezi Sienty, and a cover by Mike Cavallaro. In 2013, IDW Publishing published a 4-issue mini-series titled simply Ben 10 written by Jason Henderson, art by Gordon Purcell, Scott McRae and Jason Lewis, and letters by Neil Uyetake. The following year, Ben appeared in the Cartoon Network crossover mini-series Super Secret Crisis War! Written by Louise Simonson, drawn by Derek Charm and lettered by Tom B. Long. Viz Media also published their own series at the same time, consisting of three graphic novels: Ghost Ship by Cory Levine & Alan Brown, Joyrides by B. Clay Moore, Joel Enos, Albert Carreres & Brown, and Parallel Paradox by Enos & Brown. A Halloween Special one-shot giveaway was released under the Halloween Comicfest banner with two stories and a preview of Joyrides.
Two video games were published based on the series. Omniverse was released in 2012 by D3 Publisher and Bandai Namco Games, developed by Monkey Bar Games and 1st Playable Productions. It’s a 3D beat-em-up where Ben and Rook (either computer or player controlled) try to foil the plans of Malware. Ben could transform into up to 16 different aliens for a limited time. Omniverse 2 was released the following year, with High Voltage Software replacing Monkey Bar Games on development. This one was another beat-em-up, but also put players on a timer to try and use strategic transformations to get through levels quickly while trying to stop the Incursean invasion.
With Omniverse wrapped, Cartoon Network looked to the future. They decided that Ben 10 as it was had run its course and it was time for a fresh beginning after classic Ben made one final non-speaking cameo in “The Grampies” episode of Uncle Grandpa. They commissioned the development of a Ben 10 reboot that would bring the entire franchise back to square one: Ben (Strong) and Gwen (Montserrat Hernandez) on a summer road trip with Max (Kaye). However, the classic universe isn’t completely dead yet. There have been several attempts at giving Gwen a solo series; McDuffie reportedly had plans to do so during Ultimate Alien and Omniverse episodes focusing on her in college could have been viewed as backdoor pilots. In 2021, Man of Action confirmed in an interview that they were working with an anime company to bring Gwen to her own series without Ben, largely due to the fact she’s more popular in Asia than Ben is.
Arc 1: The More Things Change
“The More Things Change, Part 1” (9/22/12) – Ben gets a new partner when Gwen and Kevin go off to college.
“Many Happy Returns” (12/1/12) – Gwen and Kevin return for a visit just as Tetramand warships threaten the planet.
“T.G.I.S.” (10/5/13)* - The Secret Saturdays team-up with Ben and Rook when Dr. Animo resurrects their arch-nemesis, V.V. Argost.
*Aired during Arc 4.
“Food Around the Corner” (10/12/13) – Rook must shrink down to eliminate some “fleas” from Ben’s Gravattack body before it ruins his chances at getting a peace treaty in place.
*Aired during Arc 3.
“Something Zombozo This Way Comes” (2/15/14) – Ben must overcome his fear of clowns to save Bellwood from being turned into a clown army.
“Catfight” (4/12/14)* – Ben and Rook’s double date is interrupted when Nyancy Chan places Ben in a trance and uses him to commit crimes.
“Clyde Five” (10/20/14) – Ben’s country cousin wants to be a hero too and gets his chance when he finds a mysterious device that he dubs the “Cincotrix”.
“From Hedorium to Eternity” (11/3/14) – In the past, Zs’Skayr returned to Earth with a plan to block out the sun so that his fellow Ectonurites could colonize the planet.