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Clockwork is the Omnitrix's DNA sample of a Chronosapien from an unknown planet.


Clockwork is a robot-like alien with skin that is made of golden metal, with black stripes and a transparent piece of green glass on his chest, revealing the gears inside of him.

In Ultimate Alien, the piece of glass on his chest was circular.

In Omniverse, 16-year-old Clockwork has a larger body and holes on the key on his somewhat restructured head. The piece of glass on his chest is now in the shape of a hexagon, and there is a black stripe on his back that splits into two stripes with a keyhole between them.

11-year-old Clockwork has a thinner and rounder head, a white and black shirt, a smiley face, and a circular piece of glass similar to his original appearance.

Clockwork wears the Ultimatrix/Omnitrix/original Omnitrix symbol on his chest.

Powers and Abilities

Clockwork. He's got time powers. Speed up, slow down, forward, back.

Ben 10,000 explaining Clockwork's powers to No Watch Ben.[1]

Clockwork can fire green time rays from his hands or chest, which have various effects like sending people back in time,[2] aging an object/person to dust,[3] restoring individuals who have been erased from time, sending them into a different timeline,[1] and reverting them to a previous state while also immobilizing them.[4]

Clockwork can slow down time around himself, making it look like to others that Clockwork is moving at very high speeds.[5]

By rotating the key on his head, Clockwork can create hologram-like projections of what happened in the past.[6][7]

Clockwork has a degree of enhanced strength, as he was able to throw a pipe so hard it became heavily embedded into a wall.[5]

Clockwork is capable of reversing the effects of a Chronosapien Time Bomb using his time powers.[1]

Because he is robotic (rather than biological) in nature, Clockwork can survive in the vacuum of space, as demonstrated by Maltruant.[8]

Clockwork can rotate his head 360° degrees.[DJW 1]

Clockwork possesses chronopathy, which grants him a fine-tuned sense of precise time and determines the exact time an event has taken or will take place and for how long, as demonstrated by Maltruant.[8]

Because he is a technological being, it is possible for a Galvanic Mechamorph to merge with Clockwork, thus making his time rays stronger and increasing his speed and stamina to superhuman levels. While in this state, Clockwork can jump extremely high, morph his hands into drills, fire rockets out of shoulder-mounted launchers, and sense another Chronosapien's head key.[4]

Although he has never trained himself to do so, Clockwork can travel through time.[9][2]

Clockwork can sense the use of a fellow Chronosapien's powers and undo the resulting effects if needed.[1]

With enough power and skill, Clockwork can perform a temporal consciousness conversion in which a person's consciousness is swapped with that of a younger or older version of the target in question,[DJW 2] much like what Eon did to Ben Prime's 16 and 11-year-old selves.[10]


Clockwork is not very durable, as a laser blast from Carl Nesmith's glove damaged Clockwork's right shoulder and caused him to shut down. When Clockwork reverted to human form in this state, Ben's right arm was broken.[3]

If something hits Clockwork's head key, he can be badly stunned; this shows that Clockwork is not very agile, as he admits that he "is not good for dodging."[5]

Because of his large body and short legs, Clockwork cannot run very fast and is low on stamina, meaning he tires out quickly.[11]

Clockwork's time rays are ineffective against anything diamond-related such as Petrosapiens, due to them being incapable of aging.[12][2] Similarly, the time rays are ineffective on gumballs because time has no effect on them.[13][14]

The use of Clockwork's time powers creates a ripple effect in time that can be sensed or reversed by another Chronosapien.

Clockwork's time powers are completely useless in a place where there is no time at all, such as the beginning of the universe, as demonstrated with Maltruant.[15]

There is a limit to how strong Clockwork is, as he is unable to penetrate through the Contumelia's machine's extra-dimensional field, as also demonstrated by Maltruant.[15]

Unlike Maltruant, Clockwork is unable to travel through dimensions, even when he's upgraded by a Galvanic Mechamorph.[DJW 3][16]

Because he is a mechanical-based being, Clockwork can be magnetized by a Biot-savartian.[DJW 4]

Clockwork can be temporarily disabled if he is exposed to a large electromagnetic pulse, such as that from a solar pulse.[17][8]

Clockwork can be affected by a Nemuina's sleeping dust.[DJW 5]

Clockwork is vulnerable to having his body dismantled by a Planchaküle.[DJW 6] Despite that, he can still function if he loses some of his parts.[DJW 7]


5 Years Prior to Omniverse

  • In Ben Again, 16-year-old Ben as 11-year-old Clockwork helped fix the time stream and defeat Eon.

Ultimate Alien


Future (Ultimate Alien)

Clockwork's first appearance as a hologram


Ultimate Ben
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16-year-old Ben
Season 1
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  • Ben Again (used by 16-year-old Ben in 11-year-old Ben's body)
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  • Ben Again (used by 11-year-old Ben in 16-year-old Ben's body)
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Naming and Translations

Language Name Origin
Bulgarian Времебоец From време/vreme, time and боец/boets, warrior
Chinese 时钟王 From 时钟 (Shí Zhōng), clock and (Wáng), king
Croatian Vremenski From vrijeme, time, the time one
Dutch Uurwerk From uurwerk, clockwork
French Temposaure From temps, time and -saure, -saur
German Uhrwerk From uhrwerk, clockwork
Hebrew המכני From המכני, mechanical
Hungarian Időgép From időgép, time machine
Italian Raggiotempo From raggio, ray and tempo, time
Polish Mechaniczny
From mechaniczny, mechanical
From zegar, clock
Portuguese (Br) Ampulheta
Contra Tempo
From ampulheta, hourglass
From contra tempo, contretemps
Romanian Ceasornicul From ceasornic, clock
Russian Машина Времени
Часовой Механизм
From машина времени, time machine
From часы, clock
From часовой механизм, clockwork
Spanish (HA) Clockwork From the original English name
Spanish (Spain) Crono Crono from cronológico, chronological
Turkish Klokvork From the original English name


The term "clockwork" refers to a mechanism with a spring and toothed gearwheels, used to drive a mechanical clock and other types of devices; this refers to Clockwork being a mechanical alien with gears and time-based powers.


The Haywire Clockwork toy

  • Clockwork's appearance when he is fused with Techno-Bubble bears a strong resemblance to the Haywire Clockwork action figure, which has Eatle's Ultimate Alien color scheme.
  • Clockwork makes gear sounds when he moves, which is similar to Armodrillo when he moves his arms.
    • In Omniverse, Clockwork ticks like a clock for the entirety of his transformation sequence, and there is a sound similar to the tolling of Big Ben that sometimes appears at the end.
    • The tolling clock sound also occurs when Clockwork's time rays strike their target or when he is struck on his head key.
  • Clockwork speaks with a thick German accent because Germany is known for inventing the watch, a portable timepiece that could tell time no matter wherever someone was in the world.
  • Derrick J. Wyatt thinks that 11-year-old Ben kept Clockwork after the events of Ben Again, but Matt Youngberg always said he did not.[DJW 8]
  • Clockwork is the only alien used by 11-year-old Ben whose original Omnitrix symbol has a gold outer casing, rather than a silver one like his other aliens.
  • Unlike Buzzshock, Spitter, and Arctiguana, Clockwork was first revealed by a different Ben 10,000 from an alternate timeline rather than the original one.
    • Regardless, all four of these aliens would later be unlocked by present-day Ben.
  • There were no plans to feature Clockwork in the reboot, a fact that upsets Duncan Rouleau.[DR 1]


Geoffrey Thorne

Duncan Rouleau

Derrick J. Wyatt

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Introduced in Alien Force Alien XBig ChillBrainstormChromastoneEcho EchoGoopHumungousaurJetrayLodestarNanomechRathSpidermonkeySwampfire
Introduced in Ultimate Alien AmpfibianArmodrilloChamalienClockworkEatleFasttrackJuryriggNRGShocksquatchTerraspinWater Hazard
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Future Aliens SandboxShellheadSnakepit
Ultimate Aliens AlbedoArctiguanaBig ChillCannonboltEcho EchoGravattackHumungousaurRathSpidermonkeySwampfireWay BigWildmutt
Fusion Aliens Atomic-XBig ChuckCrashockerDiamond MatterFourmungousaurHeat JawsHumungoopsaurStink ArmsUprigg
Concept Fusion Aliens GravadactylXLRG
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