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Anodites are a free-spirited race of humanoid energy beings from the planet Anodyne. Mature Anodites are pure energy and draw life from the mana around them.[1]

Psychological Characteristics

Anodites are very free-spirited, and most don't take life as seriously as most humans, to the point that some Anodites disregard the morality of their actions and would rather satisfy their own personal pleasures. They can also be slightly condescending to non-energy beings. However, this doesn't stop them from helping others: "Anodites help tons of people, scads."[1] While Anodites can theoretically absorb mana from other sentient life forms, most chose not to do so.[DM 1]

Physiology

In Alien Force and Ultimate Alien, the body of an Anodite is a dark purple, humanoid-shaped construct of pure mana. From their heads radiate streams of glowing bright pink energy, which look like Medusa-like tentacles, symbolizing hair. They do not have any externally visible ears, nose or lips, nor do they wear any clothing.

In Omniverse, their "hair" is no longer tentacle shaped and can be different shapes/styles. Their skin is now a light matte purple color. Their face is now more human-like, with ears, a nose and lips. They are now depicted in attire.

Reproduction

Anodites are able to reproduce with humans by assuming a human body. If an Anodite reproduces with a human, they can use unknown methods to try and pass on their "gifts"/abilites (which Verdona refers to as "the spark") along to their children, and this can potentially occur in offspring in later generations.[DM 2] For example, neither of Verdona's children inherited her Anodite powers and abilities, but her granddaughters did.

Powers and Abilities

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Anodites can manipulate and control life energy, the very substance of magic itself. By means of this pink/magenta-colored energy source, Anodites can generate energy blasts or create shields, barriers, ropes, chains, stepping stones, and other energy constructs. The size, complexity, and strength of these constructs is limited only by the Anodite's experience in wielding such energy. They can also absorb mana from other living things, and the more mana an Anodite draws in, the more powerful that Anodite becomes. Powerful Anodites can even tamper with the mana constructs of Anodites who are not as powerful as them.[2] Anodites can apparently manipulate mana to a far greater degree when in their true forms.

Anodites can communicate with each other through the mana field, as displayed by Gwen when she called Verdona while struggling with fighting Sunny.[2] They also possess undisclosed levels of telepathic ability, as Verdona, even when trapped in human form, was able to read Max's mind and project her thoughts into his mind even from extreme distances.[3] Anodites can also engage in the art of astral projection.[4] By encasing objects and people in mana, Anodites can also simulate telekinetic abilities. Anodites can even track organic life-forms via their energy signature. They are also capable of teleporting themselves and others, and conjuring up dimensional vortexes.

Verdona absorbing mana from the ambient plant life

In their true forms, Anodites are afforded a number of extraordinary powers; they can fly through outer space; learn to make discardable human 'bodies' to conceal their true form; manipulate the hair-like stream of energy that radiates from their head, solidifying it to use as tendrils to grasp or ensnare objects; grow gigantic in size; and powerful Anodites can even alter reality to a limited degree.

Anodites are technically biologically immortal, as they are able to manipulate their crafted body's age at will,[DM 3] and Verdona's comment on how she supposed in "human time" she hadn't seen her son in a while further hinted at her race's extended lifespan.[1] Anodites also possess some form of enhanced strength[note 1] and durability.[note 2]

Despite the great power at their command, it does require about 75 years before an Anodite can fully master their true powers. Using their full potential before achieving complete control may result in them being overwhelmed and losing their humanity, as was nearly the case with Gwen.[6][4]

Weaknesses

Anodites cannot track Ectonurites, as they have no mana, nor does their tracking work well with non-biological life forms (i.e. robots, androids, Galvanic Mechamorphs, etc.).

Anodite energy can also have trouble with technology and vice versa.[7] For example, in an area riddled with technology an Anodite may struggle to divine the location of someone.[8][9] A member of the Synthroid race also had a bracelet which neutralized most of an Anodite's powers, except for their telepathy, and imprisoned them in human form.[3]

Their raw mana attacks are useless against Geochelone Aerios.[10][11] However, Gwen was able to effectively use a spell on Ben when he was fighting her as Terraspin.[12] Magic can also be used to similarly ward beings against mana attacks.[13]

Anodites can be drained of their energy to the point of death[3] or being rendered powerless.[13]

Notable Anodites

Notable People with Anodite Heritage

Etymology

The name Anodite comes from the Latin word "Anodyne" which means to relieve pain of the physical body.

Trivia

  • The Omnitrix does not contain Anodite DNA because Anodites themselves do not have any DNA.[DM 2] Rather, they have something analogous to genetic material.[DJW 1] Therefore, any child an Anodite produces with another species will be related to that Anodite via parentage, but biologically the offspring will remain 100% pure to the species of the other parent.
  • Although only female Anodites have been seen, there "sort of" are male Anodites.[DM 4]
    • Given the fact Verdona always hoped that her sons and grandsons would have inherited her Anodite powers further implies that male Anodites do in fact exist.
  • Developing as an Anodite and mastering magic use "many of the same muscles" so to speak, like kicking a ball and swimming.[MW 1]
  • If an Anodite were to use the Omnitrix/Ultimatrix, then they will retain their mana-related powers.[14]
  • Anodites can learn to make human 'bodies' for themselves to inhabit.
    • These bodies can be shed or discarded, much like a snake shedding its skin.
    • Anodites can manipulate their physical forms' age at will.[DM 3]
    • Whether or not Anodites can make bodies of other species is unknown.
    • It seems that when an Anodite retains their original body, they don't shed their skin when assuming their energy form, but instead shift into their Anodite self.[6][3][5][15]
  • There is at least one alien species that is able to see through an Anodite's human guise.[16]
  • Anodites are Derrick J. Wyatt's least favorite characters in the franchise because he views them as underpowered Pink Lanterns (Star Sapphires) and prefers "real" magic systems.[DJW 2][DJW 3]
    • Similar to how Kevin's origins were changed, Derrick finds turning a key aspect of Ben 10 lore introduced in the original series into something alien-based a misstep that makes the overall universe smaller and less interesting.[DJW 4]

Notes

  1. Gwen was able to physically break free from bindings that were allegedly as strong as steel.[5]
  2. Verdona endured being pelted with large stone rocks without being visibly injured.[1]

References

Crew Statements

Dwayne McDuffie

Derrick J. Wyatt

Matt Wayne

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