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Ben Tennyson is not a good boy, he's a great boy! I don't know if it's bad karma to pat ourselves on the back, Sandra, but we've done a pretty good job as parents.

– Carl praising Ben.[4]

Carl Tennyson is Sandra's husband and Ben's father.

Appearance[]

Carl has fair skin, brown eyes, and brown hair.

In the Original Series, he wore a green polo shirt, a brown belt with a gold buckle, khaki pants, and brown shoes.

In Alien Force, he wears a white dress shirt, brown pants, and the same shoes.

Personality[]

Carl, as well as Sandra, is understanding towards Ben's life. He believes that his son is a good kid and that they did an excellent job raising him. According to Ben, they raised him to always do the right thing.[4]

Carl has known about the Plumbers since he and Frank were kids and is seriously torn up by his father's association to them.[4]

Carl and Sandra are much less conservative than Frank and Natalie.[DM 1]

History[]

Ben 10[]

Carl chronologically first appeared in Destroy All Aliens, where he and Sandra grounded Ben for not telling them where he went, for the mysterious footprints that were on the floor and a mishap in Ben's school where the Omnitrix accidentally teleported his homework. They forced Ben to stay home and complete a history report. Later on, Carl and Sandra informed Max and Gwen that Ben had escaped the house. Ben later returned home as Grey Matter and entered. After Sandra began attacking Grey Matter, he was thrown outside and transformed into Diamondhead. Sandra passed out and Max knocked Carl. Afterwards, the Omnitrix malfunctioned and transformed him into Wildmutt and Sandra into Heatblast. Eventually, Ben and Gwen used the Omnitrix to revert him and Sandra back into normal and they, having forgotten that they grounded Ben, allowed Ben to go on a fishing trip with Gwen and Max.

Alien Force[]

Grounded (109)

Carl and Sandra ground Ben for lying to them

Carl first appeared in Grounded, where he and Sandra were caught in the middle of a Highbreed's nighttime rampage while driving into downtown Bellwood and discovered Ben's superhero activities at the same time when they caught him transforming into Swampfire to fend off the alien. Apparently unable to handle the thought of their son constantly risking his life, and upset with him for hiding his activities from them for five years, they grounded him, forbade him from using the Omnitrix, and tell Gwen's parents of her superheroism, resulting in her grounding as well and Kevin being forced to fight the Highbreed alone.

When the mission proved to be too much for Kevin to handle, Ben openly defied his parents and used the Omnitrix to turn into Humungousaur and, (literally) broke out of the house and helped Kevin. Through this, they realized how important the things Ben did really were. They came to help Ben and Kevin fight, and admitted that they were proud of Ben, allowing him to resume his heroism. During this time, Carl admited that he had known all along about Max's time in the Plumbers and resented him for it, but now realized that he was protecting them, just as Ben was.

Ultimate Alien[]

Carl reappeared in Hit 'Em Where They Live. He was ambushed by Charmcaster, Zombozo and Vulkanus. They flattened his car tire, making him unable to escape. They were about to strike when Ben, Gwen, and Kevin came along and saved him. He was completely oblivious to what was happening.

Powers and Abilities[]

Equipment[]

Grounded (409)

Plumber Bazooka (formerly)

Carl formerly owned a Plumber bazooka, stored in the attic of his house. The bazooka used to belong to Max,[4] who has since taken it back.[5]

Relationships[]

Family[]

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Ben Tennyson[]

Grounded (100)

Ben revealing his secret to his parents

Ben has stated that he loves and cares about his mom and dad, and that they're good parents and raised him well enough to become the person he is today.[4]

Max Tennyson[]

Carl was skeptical of Max's Plumber life since childhood, but later grew to accept it after seeing how Ben risked his life to be a hero himself.[4]

Appearances[]

Ben 10[]

Movies[]

Alien Force[]

Season 1[]

Ultimate Alien[]

Season 1[]

Season 3[]

Books[]

Cartoon Network Action Packs[]

Alien Force[]

Trivia[]

Notes[]

  1. Carl is ½ human and ½ Anodite by heritage. However, since he did not inherit the spark, he is genetically fully human.
  2. Manny was mentioned in Gwen 10, a non-canon episode. It is unknown if he exists in the canon timeline.

References[]

Dwayne McDuffie[]

Derrick J. Wyatt[]

Characters
Prime Timeline
Tennyson Family Ben TennysonBetty Jean TennysonBig Chill's OffspringCamille MannCarl TennysonClyde FifeFrank TennysonGordon TennysonGwen TennysonJoel TennysonKen TennysonMax TennysonNatalie TennysonSandra TennysonVera TennysonVerdona
Levin Family Harvey HackettKevin's MotherKevin LevinZedDevin Levin (retconned)
Rook Family Rook BenRook BlonkoRook BrallaRook DaRook SharRook ShiRook Shim
Secondary Characters Alan AlbrightAzmuthBlukicCash MurrayCooperDribaEsterHelen WheelsHexHobbleMr. BaumannJTJimmy JonesJulie YamamotoKai GreenManny ArmstrongPakmarMagister PatellidayPierce WheelsProfessor ParadoxRad DudesmanReinrassig IIIShipSkurdTetrax Shard
Plumbers Magister ArnuxBel Biv KaboomBromebaBranniganBrykChortleMagister CoronachDraxBig EdElliotFistinaGalvan TeacherMagister LabridMagister HulkaI.M. WerfzelJerryLeadfootLucy MannMagistrataMedicMolly GuntherMortyMagister Prior GilhilMagister PykeRobucketScoutSecurity AliensStick DougTackVictor ValadisWat-SennWes GreenXyleneZorian
Forever Knights foreverduke838SquireSir Winston
Galactic Enforcers UltimosSynaptakTini
Andromeda Aliens AndreasBivalvanGalapagusP'andorRa'ad
Sentient Ultimate Forms Sentient Ultimate Big ChillSentient Ultimate CannonboltSentient Ultimate Echo EchoSentient Ultimate HumungousaurSentient Ultimate SpidermonkeySentient Ultimate Swampfire
Galvan Azmuth's FatherChadzmuthDuffyFergiLuhleyDrill InstructorSoldiersUjinY-itZennith
Arachnichimps HaplarHaplar's BabyHaplar's Mate
Atrocians Blue-WorstGreen-WorstOrange-WorstPink-WorstPurple-WorstShe-WorstSlim-WorstViolet-Worst
Gourmands Private BrownbagSergeant Cast IronSergeant CookmeisterQueen Voratia Rumbletum
Highbreed Bailiff (Alien Force)Bailiff (Omniverse)Bunker HighbreedFormer Highbreed SupremeHighbreed Councilors
Lewodans CaitiffCicelyPrince of LewodaZaw-Veenull
Kinecelerans DJE-NK8-EML-EN-8N-DT8-M
Tetramands BahrvadGar Red WindLooma Red WindTetramand Priest
Bellwood Residents Alton AlabasterBen's Teacher (And Then There Were 10)Ben's Teacher (Destroy All Aliens)Bill GacksDr. BorgesCarol SmithChet RigbyEmilyExasperated GuyJamieMrs. JonesJonesyJuliusMadisonMadison's FatherMollyNatalie AlvarezPierce's GirlfriendMrs. RheaultSenseiSparring PartnerTeejThaddeus J. CollinsTrinaWaltWatchmakerMr. WebbMr. Yamamoto
Undertown Residents Alien Incidental 15BlowfeldBuzzFruit VendorGenghis KenGilford BromleyGil SteptoeLacknoLillimusha DiForestiniLoovis SlerdlerkMedicPaxSmoothie VendorSock VendorSponge GorbTentacle VendorToby MonitorWhalium Whalace
Actors Abel NorthCerebrocrustacean ActorDeefus VeeblepisterFridgeGourmand ActorGwenettesHughJennifer NocturnePiscciss Volann ActorSwampsVilgax Actor
Magic BezelElsgoodElvesIgnaceousSpellbinderThomas Jingles
In-Universe Media Doggy BuddyFiery BuddyHandy BuddyIshiyamaKappaKenko
Other Humans Air Force Major GeneralAmazing AlanAndyProfessor AnicetoBarryBobBradAgent BrysonDonovan Grand SmithDougEarlEddie Grand SmithEdithErinErin's BoyfriendEuniceMrs. FangFitzFlorenceFritzGaterboyGenaroGilbertGeneral GroffHaroldHectorHelena XaglivH.E. GradyHelioHervéHotel GuardHugoImmovable ObjectJeffJoan MaplewoodJoeDr. KellyLarryLawrence WainrightCouncilwoman LiangAgent LockeOfficer LouLucyMandyMargieMartySheriff MasonMaureen NocturneOfficer MullenOliver ThompsonPorcupinePresidentRangerRegisRogerMrs. RozumSandwich VendorCaptain ShawShelbyShip-It EmployeeDr. ShuemanLieutenant SteelSteve CummingsSumo Slammer Collecting BoyTiffanyTim DeanTodd MaplewoodTylerValadis Laboratories JanitorVance VetteroyOfficer WellsWolf BlitzerMr. Zu
Other Aliens Baby CelestialsapienBlowfishCentur SquaarChicken AlienCosmic MomCow AlienDeckaJudge DomstolDragonDubbaFrolicGalvan Museum GuardsGlutoGrackGrickIncursean WarriorKwarrelKyle MonitorLuLukikMaliceMechamorph GuardMouldywarpMyaxxNosedeeniansNull Void SettlersOrbParts DealerProbityPyxiQuinceRayonaScreegitSentinelSentinels of MonarchSerfSheelaneSmuggled PsycholeopterranSugiliteTechnorgTinyTiny's FatherTiny's MotherTrukkTwoTwoVexxViktoriaWarden K'dakYetiZavinZex TannersnedeZs'iza and Zs'oiseZzzakt
Alternate Dimensions/Timelines
Original Future Timeline Ben TennysonDevlin LevinGalactic Enforcers (UltimosSynaptakTini)Gwendolyn TennysonGwendolyn Tennyson (Ben's Daughter)Ken TennysonKen's PetMax TennysonMaxatomar Kid
Race Against Time Timeline Ben TennysonCarl TennysonMrs. CarlyleCash MurrayConstantine JacobsDoris DaltonEdward WhiteMr. EnguellsGwen TennysonMr. HawkinsMr. JenyxJTMax TennysonOld ManSandra TennysonMr. Whittington
Time Heals Timeline Ben TennysonGwen TennysonKevin Levin
Ultimate Alien Future Timeline Ben Tennyson
Dimension 23 AzmuthBen TennysonSevenSevenTetrax Shard
Omniverse Future Timeline ArgitBen TennysonBlukicGwendolyn TennysonJ. Jonah JonesKai TennysonKen TennysonKevin LevinMax TennysonRook BlonkoWill Harangue
No Watch Timeline Ben TennysonGwen TennysonJTKevin LevinMax Tennyson
Gweniverse Gwen Tennyson
Argitrix Timeline Argit
Mad Ben's Dimension Mad HarangueMad Rook
Non-Canon
Gwen 10 Ben TennysonGwen TennysonMax TennysonThe Seer
Goodbye and Good Riddance ArnoldBen TennysonBen's DogBen's TeacherCarl TennysonCash MurrayGwen TennysonJamieJTMax TennysonPetersonSandra TennysonThe Seer
Books Alien ContractorsDinosaur EVOGladiatorGuardIlma NarLonnieLorelaiPlen StroffPresidentPrisoner From the Planet DustovRobotic BullSoolSkraprr ByakkoElena ValadisTimothyTini Rau
Other 10/10/10 Box Aliens
Non-Ben 10
Generator Rex Agent SixBobo HahaCaesar SalazarDiane FarrahRebecca HolidayRex SalazarWhite Knight
The Secret Saturdays Doc SaturdayDrew SaturdayFiskerton SaturdayKomodoZak SaturdayZon
Other Non-Ben 10 Characters ButtercupDexterEdd
MAD Benjamin Franklin
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