Alan was the son of an official Plumber from whom he obtained the Plumber's Badge that he wears on his chest. As a result, when Alan transforms into a Pyronite, the Badge remains visible on his chest. Because the badge is visually identical to the Omnitrix/Ultimatrix symbol, Alan bears a strong resemblance to Heatblast, but is much thinner and smaller.
Despite not having his powers for very long, Alan shows some considerable skill in using them, being able to fight off Big Chill a short time and easily overwhelming several DNAliens at once. However, he has difficulty flying, so he usually "surfs" on a large floating rock.
Ben 10: Alien Force
Alan debuted in the episode Everybody Talks About the Weather where he's being hunted by local authorities to be questioned about a recent strain of Arson cases. Ben, Gwen Tennyson and Kevin Levin gets involved when the sheriff accidentally triggers a distress signal when he grabs Alan's Plumber's Badge.
After a short aerial fight with Ben (as Jetray), they both decided that the best way of getting the sheriff off Alan's back was to figure out the source of the arson cases. Ben was able to figure out that what was earlier thought to be crop circles being burnt into the corn fields was actually circuit boards being built by DNAliens. They also discovered that when those circuit boards activate they would create weather towers, and then begin to lower the temperature to arctic levels. Working together, Ben (as Swampfire) and Alan are able to trash the towers and free everyone from the ice. Alan agrees to help the sheriff hunt down the remaining DNAliens but states that Ben can call him for help at any time. Ben later called Alan in War of the Worlds where he assisted in the attack on Los Soledad where the Hyperspace jump gate is being built. After the war, Alan joins Helen Wheels, Manny Armstrong, Pierce and Cooper Daniels as pupils under the tutelage of Max Tennyson.
Alan later appeared in Vengeance of Vilgax: Part 1 where he is on his way to a training mission with the others. However, when Vilgax landed on Earth, Max detoured to fight Vilgax, along with the others. Alan was swiftly defeated by Vilgax.
Alan later appeared again in Above and Beyond to rescue Max when he is attacked by Ben aboard a Plumber research station. Alan is attacked by Big Chill. Alan is the only one of the Plumbers' Helpers that is not defeated by Ben and it is only due of the intervention of the rest of the helpers. He later became crucial to restraining Ben using his fire powers in tandem with the draft created by Helen's speed to trap Ben in a wall of fire. After nearly sacrificing himself, among the others, to prevent the station from crashing into London, Max arrives and explains that the whole scenario was really a training exercise to see if they are ready for the Plumber's Academy, which they passed with flying colors.
Ben 10: Ultimate Alien
Alan appeared again in Absolute Power: Part 1, being attacked by Ultimate Kevin. Alan put up a good fight, but Ultimate Kevin defeated him and stole his Pyronite powers. He was almost killed by Kevin but was saved by Ben as NRG. He reassures Alan that he's going to be fine, but Alan denies as most of the plumbers had it worse. Ben then promises to stop Kevin. At the end of the episode, Max confirmed that both Alan and the other plumbers' helpers had their powers back.
- Ben 10: Alien Force
- Everybody Talks About the Weather (first appearance)
- War of the Worlds
- Vengeance of Vilgax: Part 1
- Above and Beyond
- Ben 10: Ultimate Alien
- Absolute Power: Part 1 (first reappearance)
- 4" Alan as a Pyronite
- When viewers first saw Alan they most mistook him for Heatblast.
- Alan is the first Plumber's Helper to appear in Alien Force & Ultimate Alien.
- Usually, Alan put his badge in his pocket. But when he transformed to his Pyronite form during Absolute Power: Part 1, he had his badge on his chest, making him more looking like Heatblast.
- In several ways, Alan resembles the character Hot Spot in the Teen Titans series.