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The Omnimatrix, often referred to as the Omnitrix, is one of Azmuth's creations and the main aspect of the Ben 10 franchise.

Appearance/History

Original Canon

The Omnitrix most commonly resembles a wrist watch. The Prototype Omnitrix was primarily black and grey in color, with a greyish black dial in the middle (like a watch face) which has a green hourglass shape (the intergalactic "peace" symbol, also on Plumber's Badges and Galvan Prime) on it. When Ben selects his aliens, it shows the alien's silhouette. During the Omniverse flashback timeframe, the colors of the Omnitrix symbols have been changed from white and grey to green and black. According to Derrick J. Wyatt, this is due to the removal of a scratch guard that fell off after the events of Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens.

When it recalibrated in Alien Force, the Omnitrix gained a more watch-like shape, a green wristband, became smaller and sleeker, and the face dial became black and green. The inside of the hourglass shape glowed in different colors at certain moments. These colors signify the mode that the Omnitrix was presently in. When Ben is selecting his aliens, it shows the alien's hologram standing on the core. The Omnitrix was destroyed in "The Final Battle: Part 2" and replaced with the original Ultimatrix.

Unlike the Omnitrix, the original Ultimatrix looked more like a gauntlet. The central component, the selection interface remains the same, while the watch band was replaced by a gauntlet-like band extending up to almost half of the wearer's arm (since the band's ability to morph its shape was not placed into it).

The New Omnitrix was first mentioned by Azmuth in "Map of Infinity". He was planning on giving it to Ben, but it was not yet complete, and Ben's maturity needed to increase before he would be allowed to use it. By the events of "The Ultimate Enemy: Part 2", Azmuth had completed the New Omnitrix and claimed that he was working on it ever since Ben got the porotype nearly 6 years ago. In the same episode, he gave it to Ben because he deemed him worthy of wielding it after removing the original Ultimatrix from the latter's wrist.

The New Omnitrix's face plate is now square instead of round, and has a white and green color scheme. The faceplate is black with two green stripes forming an outline for the hourglass of the intergalactic peace symbol. When the faceplate is slid back, the Omnitrix's core is revealed.

Overall, the Omnitrix contains DNA samples from throughout the Milky Way Galaxy, as stated by Azmuth in "War of the World: Part 1". Ben eventually gains 5 DNA samples from the Andromeda Galaxy during the first season of Ultimate Alien. Derrick J. Wyatt and Duncan Rouleau have both confirmed that the Omnitrix contains DNA of species introduced in media not canon to the original continuity. However, these aliens (i.e. Overflow, Shock Rock, Slapback, Portaler, Bob the Blob, Antigravitesla, Plantapocalypse, Stretcheleo, Shadowman, and Invincible) are probably locked.

Reboot Series

During the first season of the reboot, the Omnitrix resembled the prototype featured in the original series. After it was reformatted by Ben using Upgrade in "Omni-Tricked: Part 4", the white chords and dial were recolored silver and green. The four buttons on the faceplate were replaced with grey squares, there was an additional band of dark grey running around the center of the device, and the activation button was on this strip.

After it was rebooted in "Innervasion Part 5: High Override", the Omnitrix's dial rim was white, and the squares on the second upgrade were replaced by green arrows, and both the area behind the hourglass and the wristband became medium stone grey. The outer band was black with green arrows, and the sides of the dial and the ends of the wristband were silver. The top of the grey wristband had a green hourglass underneath the dial.

As of "Summer Breakers", the Omnitrix is almost completely grey, with black ends. The arrows on the dial are absent, the hourglass coloring is two different tones of grey, and there are white support tubes surrounding the dial.

It is stated in the online short "Grey Matter AW1: The Archivists" that this Omnitrix contains DNA samples from across the entire universe. According to Rouleau, that grand total includes every Omnitrix alien that has been confirmed to exist in the original continuity, even if most of them will not be appearing in the show.

During Ben's appearance in the OK K.O.!: Let's Be Heroes episode "Crossover Nexus", Ben gains access to forms based off characters from nearly every Cartoon Network original series (or "Cartoon Cartoons"). However, Rouleau has stated that those forms can only be accessed in the Nexus Realm.

Transformations

Alien Species When It Was Unlocked/Obtained/Locked/Removed
Alien X Celestialsapien First used in "X = Ben + 2"
AmpFibian Amperi Obtained by scanning Ra'ad in "Fused"
Antigravitesla Unknown Unlocked off-screen after Omniverse
Arctiguana Polar Manzardill Unlocked off-screen after Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens
Armodrillo Talpaedan Obtained by scanning Andreas in "Andreas' Fault"
First used in "Hero Time"
Astrodactyl Pturbosaurian First used in "While You Were Away"
Atomix Unknown Unlocked by Azmuth in "For a Few Brains More"
Ball Weevil Insectoid First used in "Of Predators and Prey: Part 1"
Big Chill Necrofriggian First used in "Kevin's Big Score"
Blitzwolfer Loboan Added to active playlist by "sampling" the Werewolf Alien's DNA in "Benwolf"
Bloxx Segmentasapien First used in "The More Things Change: Part 1"
Bob the Blob Unknown Unlocked off-screen after Omniverse
Brainstorm Cerebrocrustacean First used in "Pier Pressure"
Bullfrag Incursean Unlocked by Azmuth in "The Frogs of War: Part 2"
Buttercup Transhuman Unlocked by K.O. using Strike's pen in "Crossover Nexus"
Buzzshock Nosedeenian Unlocked by Phil Billings' electromagnetic interference in "Max's Monster"
Cannonbolt Arburian Pelarota First used in "The Big Tick"
Chamalien Merlinisapien Obtained by scanning Prisoner 775 in "Prisoner Number 775 Is Missing"
Crashhopper Orthopterran First used in "It Was Them"
Chowder Cat-bear-bunny thing Unlocked by K.O. using Strike's pen in "Crossover Nexus"
Chromastone Crystalsapien First used in "All That Glitters"
Destroyed by Vilgax in "Vengeance of Vilgax: Part 2"
Reobtained by scanning Sugilite in "The Secret of Chromastone"
Clockwork Chronosapien Unlocked by Ben 10,000 (Ultimate Alien) in "Ben 10,000 Returns"
First used prior to "Inspector 13"
Decagon Vreedle Vreedle Unlocked off-screen after Omniverse
Dexter Human Unlocked by K.O. using Strike's pen in "Crossover Nexus"
Diamondhead Petrosapien First used in "And Then There Were 10"
Ditto Splixson First used in "Divided We Stand"
Eatle Oryctini First used in "A Knight to Remember"
Echo Echo Sonorosian First used in "Ben 10 Returns: Part 2"
Edd Human Unlocked by K.O. using Strike's pen in "Crossover Nexus"
Eon Chronian Unlocked by Eon in Ben 10: Race Against Time (retconned)
Eye Guy Opticoid First used in "Ben 10 vs. Negative 10: Part 2"
Fasttrack Citrakayah First used in "Basic Training"
Feedback Conductoid Unlocked off-screen after Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens
Destroyed by Malware in "Showdown: Part 1"
Restored in "Showdown: Part 2"
Festro Disgustoid Unlocked by K.O. using Strike's pen in "Crossover Nexus"
Finn the Human Human cyborg Unlocked by K.O. using Strike's pen in "Crossover Nexus"
Four Arms Tetramand First used in "Washington B.C."
Frankenstrike Transylian Added to active playlist by "sampling" Viktor's DNA in "Be Afriad of the Dark"
Gax Chimera Sui Generis First used in "Omni-Tricked: Part 1"
Absorbed and locked by Vilgax in "Omni-Tricked: Part 3"
Ghostfreak Ectonurite First used in "Permanent Retirement"
Removed when Zs'Skayr escaped in "Ghostfreaked Out"
Reobtained by scanning Zs'Skayr in "Ghost Town"
Goop Polymorph First used in "The Gauntlet"
Gravattack Galilean First used in "A Jolt from the Past"
Grey Matter Galvan First used in "Washington B.C."
Grim Skeleton reaper Unlocked by K.O. using Strike's pen in "Crossover Nexus"
Grizzly Grizzly bear Unlocked by K.O. using Strike's pen in "Crossover Nexus"
Gumball Watterson Cat Unlocked by K.O. using Strike's pen in "Crossover Nexus"
Gutrot Unknown First used in "Animo Crackers"
Heatblast Pyronite First used in "And Then There Were 10"
Humungousaur Vaxasaurian First used in "Ben 10 Returns: Part 2"
Invincible Unknown Unlocked off-screen after Omniverse
Jake the Dog Dog/Shape-shifter hybrid Unlocked by K.O. using Strike's pen in "Crossover Nexus"
Jeff Randell Human Unlocked by K.O. using Strike's pen in "Crossover Nexus"
Jetray Aerophibian First used in "Everybody Talks About the Weather"
Johnny Bravo Human Unlocked by K.O. using Strike's pen in "Crossover Nexus"
Juryrigg Planchaküle First used in "The Eggman Cometh"
Kickin Hawk Unknown Added to active playlist by "sampling" Liam's DNA in "Outbreak"
K'nuckles Human (w/ a serious case of Stubble) Unlocked by K.O. using Strike's pen in "Crossover Nexus"
Lodestar Biosovortian Unlocked by the reset in "War of the Worlds: Part 2"
First used in "Simple"
Mole-Stache Mystaxion Unlocked by Blukic and Driba in "Outbreak"
Monkey Metahuman monkey Unlocked by K.O. using Strike's pen in "Crossover Nexus"
Mordecai Blue jay Unlocked by K.O. using Strike's pen in "Crossover Nexus"
Moxy Dog Unlocked by K.O. using Strike's pen in "Crossover Nexus"
Nanomech Human/Nanochip hybrid Obtained by scanning the Nanochips in Ben 10: Alien Swarm
NRG Prypiatosian-B Obtained by scanning P'andor in "Too Hot to Handle"
First used in "The Forge of Creation"
Overflow Cascan First used in "Waterfilter"
Pesky Dust Nemuina Unlocked by Blukic and Driba in "Outbreak"
Plantapocalypse Unknown Unlocked off-screen after Omniverse
Portaler Unknown Unlocked off-screen after Omniverse
Prohyas Warrior Human Unlocked by K.O. using Strike's pen in "Crossover Nexus"
Rath Appoplexian Unlocked by the Tiffin's electromagnetic interference in "Con of Rath"
Ripjaws Piscciss Volann First used in "The Krakken"
Robot Jones Model KX-8 Robot Unlocked by K.O. using Strike's pen in "Crossover Nexus"
Rocks Basalt Unlocked off-screen during Omniverse
Sandbox Unknown Unlocked off-screen after Omniverse
Shadowman Unknown Unlocked off-screen after Omniverse
Shellhead Unknown Unlocked off-screen after Omniverse
Shock Rock Fulmini Unlocked when the Omnitrix was reformatted in "Omni-Tricked: Part 4"
First used in "The 11th Alien: Part 1"
Shocksquatch Gimlinopithecus First used in Ben 10-Generator Rex: Heroes United
Slapback Ekoplektoid First used in "Omni-Copped"
Snakepit Unknown Unlocked off-screen after Omniverse
Snare-oh Thep Khufan Added to active playlist by "sampling" the Mummy Alien's DNA in "Under Wraps"
First used in "The Return"
Snorecupine Unknown Unlocked off-screen during Alien Force
Spidermonkey Arachnichimp First used in "Be-Knighted"
Spitter Sphoeroid Unlocked off-screen after Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens
Squidstrictor Cephalod-ae Unlocked off-screen during Omniverse
Stinkfly Lepidopterran First used in "Washington B.C."
Stretcheleo Unknown Unlocked off-screen after Omniverse
Supercow Cow Unlocked by K.O. using Strike's pen in "Crossover Nexus"
Swampfire Methanosian Unlocked by the recalibration in "Ben 10 Returns: Part 1"
Terraspin Geochelone Aerio Obtained by scanning Galapagus in "Escape from Aggregor"
First used in "Reflected Glory"
Thriller Whale Unknown Unconfirmed if unlocked by Ben
Toepick Unknown First used off-screen prior to "Special Delivery"
Uncle Grandpa Immortal Humanoid/Shapeshifter Unlocked by K.O. using Strike's pen in "Crossover Nexus"
Upchuck (Perk version) Perk Gourmand Unlocked by Xylene in "The Visitor"
Upchuck (Murk version) Murk Gourmand Unlocked by Azmuth in "War of the Worlds: Part 1"
Upgrade Galvanic Mechamorph First used in "Permanent Retirement"
Ventrilosquid Unknown First used off-screen prior to "Let's Do the Time War Again"
Walkatrout Ickthyperambuloid Unlocked by Blukic and Driba in "Outbreak"
Water Hazard Orishan Obtained by scanning Bivalvan in "Fame"
First used in "Too Hot to Handle"
Way Big To'Kustar Unlocked by Azmuth in Ben 10: Secret of the Omnitrix
Whampire Vladat Obtained by scanning Lord Transyl in "The Vampire Strikes Back"
Wildmutt Vulpimancer First used in "And Then There Were 10"
Wildvine Florauna First used in "Camp Fear"
Wirt Human Unlocked by K.O. using Strike's pen in "Crossover Nexus"
The Worst Atrocian Unlocked by Blukic and Driba in "Outbreak"
XLR8 Kineceleran First used in "And Then There Were 10"

Trivia

  • The Omnitrix was referred to in the production stage of the original series as the Megawatt/Megawhat, which was short for "Megadeoxyribonucleictransdimensionaltransforminalnumerator".
  • According to Wyatt, the Omnitrix does not contain DNA for aliens featured in the Extranet Ben 10 television series, as those aliens are fake transformations created for the show though not by Deefus Veeblepister.
  • The Omnitrix was originally intended for Max Tennyson, as it was programmed to work with his DNA. Ben only wears it because, as Max's grandson, his DNA is the closest genetic match to Max's.
    • Wyatt has confirmed that there exists an alternate timeline featuring "Max 10", in which Max actually does get the Omnitrix.
  • A Galvan named Albedo created a replica Ultimatrix resembling a white and red version of the New Omnitrix as a stabilizer for his mental transformation powers. When the Polymorphic Crystal was added, the replica Ultimatrix reformatted it self into a smaller version of its original namesake. The replica Ultimatrix was disabled by Azmuth.
  • Skurd spent the eight season of Omniverse being attached to the New Omnitrix, allowing himself to generate weapons for Ben made from the alien DNA stored within it.
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