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  • And the Fandom Rejoiced: Cartoon Network has announced a new TV-Movie based on this installment of the franchise will air in 2012. Though some were wary of Destroy All Aliens being CGI animation instead of traditional, the movie certainly won points for bringing back the original cast to reprise their respective roles and being written by one of the writers from the original series, Marty Isenberg.
  • Base Breaker: Gwen. One side says that she's a good Magical Girl foil to Ben and the other says that she's a Jerkass Canon Sue.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Kevin 11, of course.
  • Ear Worm: The theme song. Not that it's a bad song though.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: 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 (from the original series, at least) is Heatblast. He's enough of a dark horse than a Ultimate Alien DVD was titled the Return of Heatblast.
    • Grandpa Max, as detailed in the Just Here for Godzilla entry, even more-so in the later series' when he's not a main character anymore.
  • Evil Is Cool: Vilgax and Kevin.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Charmcaster.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Ben/Gwen. Sometimes you have a Relationship Writing Fumble and other times you have the Relationship Writing Fumble.
  • Fandom Specific Plot: See here.
  • Fanfic Fuel: There's a whole planet and culture for each of the Omnitrix's aliens.
  • First Installment Wins: While the other series have their fanbases, many fans are very loyal to the first series. That it's the only one the actual creators worked on until the 2016 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: A common criticism about the sequel series is how similar the powers of some of Ben's aliens can be. The first series has many aliens, most having unique abilities, but a few have similar powers to one alien that leave another alien's powers redundant (in particular Benvicktor, who on top of having super strength, has lightning abilities. He also has super intelligence, similar to Grey Matter. Benmummy has the corrodium immunity of Diamondhead with the stretching powers of Wildvine), indicating that there were ability and redundancy problems even before the sequels. However, this was offset by Benvicktor and Benmummy both having only having one appearance in the original series.
    • A lesser example, but one of the main criticisms of Alien Force was (amongst other things) about the Plumbers being inexplicably active again despite being stated to have disbanded in the first 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 and saw a lot of off-world combat (the whole point of the episode was to end it), suggesting at least some of them kept fighting. As that was a single episode, it was easy to overlook this issue.
  • Fridge Logic: So, if Ben was so desperate to unlock the secrets of the Omnitrix, why didn't he just use Grey Matter's intelligence to do so? Amusingly, Kenny in "Ken 10" does think to do this.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • Gets along quite well with Transformers, mainly due to the fun idea of there being a sample of Cybertronian CNA within the Omnitrix[1]. Even if the fans can never agree if Vilgax or Megatron would win in a fight.
    • Owing to many similarities; the hero having a Transformation Trinket, the setting of a small Californian town, wizards, and Alien Among Us; the franchise gets along quite well with the Tales of Arcadia trilogy.
    • The idea of Ben as a Saiyan has led to it sharing many fans with the Dragon Ball franchise.
    • Coming out at roughly the same time, Ben 10 shares many fans with Danny Phantom, Teen Titans, and the DCAU, Justice League in particular.
  • 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.
    • The Franchise is also very popular in Denmark, where many stores hold entire sections of Ben 10 merchandise.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Remember that ending in Gwen 10 where the Omnitrix ultimately ended up on Grandpa Max? Several episodes later, some alien named Xylene, a person from Max's past, revealed that the Omnitrix was originally for Max. But thanks to the fact that Ben's DNA was close to his, and Ben was the one who discovered it, it ended up on him.
    • In the end of "Kevin 11", Ben offers Kevin to join him and become allies. Sound familiar?
  • I Knew It!: Some guessed that Ghostfreak would turn evil when they found out the Monster of the Week was an Ectonurite in "Ghostfreaked Out", despite some sources saying that it was a completely separate Ectonurite. When the episode aired, the truth became apparent after a nightmare detailing Ghostfreak telling Ben to let him out of the watch, and then subsequently escaping the watch after dealing with Zombozo's unemployed henchmen.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Some people just watched the show to see Grandpa Max be completely awesome.
  • Memetic Mutation: "But Hey, Alien X."[2]
  • 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.
    • And Ghostfreak wanted to plunge Earth into darkness, the result of which is shown to be horrifying mutations of all living things.
      • 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 shrivelled husk of her former self, speaking of it so lightly that it's implied it's not the first time.
    • Kevin 11,000 wanted to kill Ben 10,000's ten-year old son just to get at Ben...and manipulated and then pushed aside HIS own son Devlin in order to do it, flat-out saying he cares more about revenge on Ben than about Devlin.
    • Some feel that Ben’s own parents crossed this in “Grounded.” While it’s understandable that they would be concerned for Ben’s safety, they refused to allow him to save Kevin when his life was in danger.
  • Never Live It Down: The infamous Incest Subtext that popped up between Ben and Gwen.
  • 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.
  • Playing Against Type: Richard Steven Horvitz as Grey Matter. The little alien is certainly more subdued (and a heck of a lot smarter) than a few of Horvitz's other well-known roles. Though it’s not his first time portraying an alien.
  • The Producer Thinks of Everything: One of the first line readings for the role of Ghostfreak?
  • Replacement Scrappy: A minor one in the form of Cannonbolt. Most fans warmed up to the character over time, but others still preferred Ghostfreak as one of Ben's aliens. Since Ghostfreak had been planned to be an Enemy Without from the beginning of the show, most fans are fine with Cannonbolt. He's more a Replacement Base Breaker than a Replacement Scrappy.
  • Relationship Writing Fumble: Ben and Gwen, in 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...
  • Seasonal Rot: The third season is generally considered the weakest due to less impressive episodes and overall story arc than the other seasons have.
  • Snark Bait: The Space Police calling themselves "the Plumbers" remained a ripe source of jokes for the entirety of the original continuity.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Race Against Time. Dear lordy, Race Against Time. Loyal fans were NOT happy when they realized the aliens were not voiced by the original voice actors.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: "Destroy All Aliens" has particularly impressive CGI effects, with the Galvanic Mechamorph's fluidity being especially noticeable.
  1. And DJW eventually drew one.
  2. The fan community called the Ink Tank released a video on why Ben could beat everyone, even Superman or Goku level beings, justifying it with Ben being able to turn into Alien X, a nigh-omnipotent entity, if ever backed into a wall.

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