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DescriptionThe Omnitrix (a combination of the Latin words omni- and trix, literally meaning "many forms") is portrayed as a small alien device that attaches to the wrist of the user like a watch. When a button on the side is pressed, the face pops up and shows a silhouette of an alien. The aliens come in sets of 10. The face can then be twisted to select different aliens. By pushing the face back down, the Omnitrix binds the selected alien's DNA to the user's own, transforming them into the alien of their choice. Because of the manner in which it operates, the Omnitrix becomes difficult to remove once attached. Large amounts of energy seem to work, though not consistently, and removing it through amputation also works. The device is described as a prototype by the show's creators, who also hint that Vilgax had something to do with its creation.
When used normally, the Omnitrix only allows the wearer to occupy a specific form for a limited amount of time, usually around ten minutes. When the Omnitrix is about to deactivate, it beeps and flashes red. When it finally deactivates, it remains red and is unusable until it recharges and turns green again. The recharge time is never consistent, even within a single episode, ranging from a few minutes to almost a quarter of an hour. It may also implement a change other than the one Ben selected. It has even refused to activate on several occasions, actually resisting Ben's attempts to push the face down. When damaged or under the influence of a virus, it can malfunction, causing strange mutations in the various alien forms.
Various methods exist to bypass its normal limits, most of which require some technical knowledge of the device. Four buttons on the face of the Omnitrix act as a combination lock for the Omnitrix's full potential. When a proper code (out of billions) is entered, the Omnitrix will receive some form of enhancement, such as unlocking a new alien form. Another code allows the user to remain in any form indefinitely and switch between different forms at will. Ben accidentally discovers this code, but is forced to clear it later. It is clear that he was able to reactivate it at some point within twenty years into a possible future. By pressing the symbol seen on Ben's alien forms, the user can either switch from any alien form to another or deactivate the Omnitrix, though only Vilgax and Ben's future self have shown the ability to do so, suggesting more to the feature than the simple touch. In Season 2 of Ben 10:Alien Force, it is shown that Ben has gotten the ability to change his alien form at will. On one occasion, the Omnitrix was hit by a power surge in Vilgax's ship, forcing Ben to morph from alien to alien at random for a limited time. In Ben 10: Alien Force, the Omnitrix changes and becomes smaller and lighter. It now can disinfect DNAliens and talk. Ben can also change alien forms at will.
DesignAzmuth created the Omnitrix with the intention to provide the various species of the universe a better understanding of each other. Vilgax and other aliens only saw combat potential in such a device and sought to possess it. Fearing for his own safety, Azmuth sent the Omnitrix away to parts unknown eventually the device landed on Earth.
As revealed in Race Against Time the limited period in which it stays active (10 minutes) is a failsafe designed to keep the alien DNA from overwhelming the user. Still, this movie is counted as non-canon.
The Omnitrix is depicted as being more lifeform than machine, being able to grow as any lifeform would to fulfill its function. Every part of the Omnitrix contains alien DNA, as well as its own power source. This is noted in "Dr. Animo and the Mutant Ray" where the face of the Omnitrix, when separated from the device, mutates several creatures and generates a massive amount of power on its own. The Omnitrix also has its own defenses against enemies, though such defenses are mainly in defense of itself and not its host. Should anyone attempt to remove it by force, it will emit a large feedback pulse to repel the assailant. Conversely, those who know how to operate it can do so safely, regardless of whether or not the current user wants them to. It will protect its host on occasion and can recharge instantly if the user is in danger, as it did when Ghostfreak tried to possess Ben in "Ghostfreaked Out" or when Kevin tried to skewer Ben in "Grudge Match" as well as in "Last Laugh" when Ben was confronted with a major villain directly after a fight which ended with the watch timing out.
The DNA in the Omnitrix is collected from various aliens across the galaxy. The Omnitrix can also absorb and integrate alien DNA into itself, as shown in various episodes in the third season. In "Benwolf" the first instance, a gradual transformation takes place during the process, slowly transforming the user into that alien. The later episodes merely have the Omnitrix quickly adding the form to the total selection. A few of the originating species have been featured in various episodes, such as Tetrax (a Petrosapien). Several versions stored in the Omnitrix have noted enhancements from the species they're based on, removing some of the more debilitating weaknesses of those species.
It's been shown that each alien tends to have its own personality, which somewhat intermingles with Ben whenever he becomes them. Ben first notes this in "And Then There Were 10" where he says that it felt like he was both himself and someone else while being Heatblast. Ghostfreak, whose personality was trapped in the Omnitrix, had a particularly strong influence on Ben while Ben was using the form, thus Ben was usually apprehensive about using it. Grey Matter, on the other hand, shows a lighter side of the personality mixing. While in that form, Ben will often make a complicated scientific analysis, then have no idea what he meant by it.
The aliens have also been shown to age as the user does. The thirty-year-old Ben in "Ben 10,000" had alien forms with obvious differences to those of present Ben; future Ben's Stinkfly had much more pronounced insect features and visible pupils, for example. In addition to the aliens changing, the Omnitrix itself had also become larger and changed shape, either by expanding itself or being artificially modified. Conversely, all of Ben's aliens become children when Ben is exposed to water from the Fountain of Youth. The aliens also adapt the user's clothing; all of Ben's aliens wear the same shirt. Future Ben's Diamondhead and Cannonbolt also have coloring schemes matching his inverted clothing compared to present Ben.
At some point in the years between the original series and Ben 10: Alien Force, Ben managed to remove the Omnitrix by an unknown but difficult process. When Ben puts it back on, the Omnitrix reconfigures into a more watch-like shape, giving Ben access to a new set of alien forms and a holographic alien display, rather than merely presenting the silhouettes of the aliens. Also, Ben has lost his previous alien transformations; this is noted in "Ben 10 Returns", when he first uses the new Omnitrix and states that he doesn't recognize anyone in his selection, in "Everybody Talks About the Weather", when he told Alan Albright that he used to turn into Heatblast, and in "Pier Pressure" when he saw a Galvanic Mechomorph and told Julie that he used to be able to turn into Upgrade. Ben himself also retains any injuries suffered by his alien forms, although this has not been shown to be any real problem as of yet. Also, Ben is able to transform multiple times in succession, but it will eventually shut down to recharge. In addition, the Omnitrix has the ability to repair genetic damage, such as that caused by DNAlien mutation. It uses a previously unseen speech function to inform Ben of this feature.
The Omnitrix possesses a self-destruct protocol, which was created in case it ever got into the wrong hands. However, its paranoid creator went somewhat overboard in designing it: not only does it destroy itself, but the resulting explosion will create an energy ripple that will disintegrate the universe along with it. Only the Omnitrix's creator, Azmuth, knows how to shut it off.
DestructionThe Omnitrix was destroyed in the episode The Final Battle: part 2 when Ben actived the Self-Destruct Mode, to keep it from Vilgax taking over the world
Repetoire of Omnitrix Aliens
- Hero Name (alien species)
Original Ten Aliens
- Diamondhead (Petrosapien)
- Fourarms (Tetramand)
- Ghostfreak (Ectonurite)
- Grey Matter (Galvan)
- Heatblast (Pyronite)
- Ripjaws (Pisccis Volann)
- Stinkfly (Lepidopterran)
- Upgrade (Galvanic Mechomorph)
- Wildmutt (Vulpimancer)
- XLR8 (Kinceleran)
- Cannonbolt (Arburian Pelarota)
- Wildvine (Florauna)
- Upchuck (Gourmand)
- Ditto (Splixson)
- Waybig (To'kustar)
- Eyeguy (Opticoid)
- Eon (Chronian)
DNA Duplicated Aliens
note: for non-seen hybrids see: Alien Hybrids
- Stinkarms (HalfLepidopterran/ HalfTetramand)
- Diamondmatter (HalfPetrosapien/HalfGalvan)
- Heatjaws (HalfPyronite/ HalfPisccis Volann)
Alternative Future Aliens
- Buzzshock (Megawhatt)
- Articguana (Polar Manzardill)
- Spitter (Spheroid)
- Shellhead (unknown)
- Toepick (unknown)
- Atomix (unknown)
- Snakepit (unknown)
- Sandbox (unknown)
Original 10 Alien Force Aliens
- Swampfire (Methanosian)
- Humongousaur (Vaxasaurian)
- Echo Echo (Sonorosian)
- Jetray (Aerophibian)
- Big Chill (Necrofriggian)
- Chromastone (Crystalsapien)
- Spidermonkey (Arachnichimp)
- Goop (Polymorph)
- Brainstorm (Cerebrocrustacean)
- Alien X (Celestialsapien)
Other Alien Force Aliens
- Lodestar (Biosovortian)
- Nanomech (Nanomechian)
- Rath (Appoplexian)
- Alien Force Cannonbolt (Arburian Pelarota)
- Alien Force Upchuck (Gourmand)
- Alien Force Waybig (To'kustar)
- Alien Force Diamondhead (Petrosapien)
- Alien Force Ghostfreak (Ectonurite)
People Who Have Worn An Omnitrix
- Ben Tennyson in every episode except "Gwen 10" , "A Change of Face" however, he and Gwen only switched bodies.
- Vilgax's fantasy in "Secrets". and real in the Alien Force episode "Primus" and "The Final Battle"
- Gwen Tennyson in the episode "Gwen 10" and "A Change of Face" however, she and Ben only switched bodies.
- Max Tennyson in the episode "Gwen 10".
- Enoch in the episode "Perfect Day" however, it was only in a dream sequence.
- Ken Tennyson in the episode "Ken 10".
- Albedo in the episode "Good Copy, Bad Copy".
- Azmuth in "Primus".
In the Ben 10 universe, there is the normal Omnitrix, but also some duplicates have been constructed. In "Good Copy, Bad Copy", Albedo had a duplicate Omnitrix used to fight good. But two Omnitrixes in the world prove too much, as when Albedo and Ben's Omnitrixes meet, Albedo's body is that of a distorted clone of Ben. Azmuth comes and says two Omnitrixes are too much and there can only be in the Universe, but in "Ken 10", an older Ben Tennyson creates an Omnitrix for his son, Ken Tennyson, through the intelligence of Brainstorm, Benvicktor, and Greymatter.
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