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Crossover Nexus is a crossover event between Ben 10, Teen Titans Go!, OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes, and Steven Universe. It aired as an episode of OK K.O.![1]

Synopsis

When KO finds himself trapped in a mysterious place, he encounters other Cartoon Network Heroes and they band together to escape.

Plot

In a destroyed city, two shadowed heroes are being attacked by a villain named Strike. Fed up by their hiding, he summons K.O. to fight instead. Just as he's about to destroy him, one of the shadowed heroes saves him, revealing herself to be Garnet. The other shadowed hero is Ben 10, and they run. Strike sends his blaster after them. After brief introductions, the blaster engages them. Ben turns into Four Arms and pushes it back.

Omnitrix zapped off

The blaster retaliates by blasting off his Omnitrix, preventing him from turning back. Garnet also loses her glasses, which enabled her to focus her future vision. The three escape and manage to temporarily bring down the blaster.

Escaping into a abandoned building, they find numerous other heroes frozen in stone with red X's on them. They do find one hero named Raven, who managed to survive Strike's attack due to a protection spell. She explains that the city they're in used to be a bustling utopia for all sorts of heroes until Strike showed up to destroy all of them, stealing their powers. He then began summoning heroes to destroy from other dimensions.

Forming a team name

Raven has also lost most of her powers, only able to levitate. The four decide to attack Strike's lair head on, even forming their team name: O.K. Ben Let's Go Universe.

Using Raven's levitation and Garnet and K.O's punches, the quartet evade traps and monsters sent by Strike and make it to his lair. The blaster shows up once more and corners them. Strike arrives and begins powering up. K.O. uses this opportunity to grab the blaster, figuring that its appearance as a pen would indicate it could create as well as destroy. K.O. restores his new friend's powers and they engage Strike. He sends X energy blasts down that Garnet deflects with rapid fire gauntlet strikes and future vision and Raven uses a blast of dark energy.

When Ben tries to change, he only changes into the various heroes he saw before. K.O. explains that when he used the pen to restore the Omnitrix, the powers that Strike has stolen came with it. K.O. then uses a power fist to launch Ben at the stunned Strike.

Defeating Strike

Ben then transforms into many heroes as he delivers a devastating final hit, destroying Strike. Garnet reprograms the blaster, and the city, as well as all the heroes, are restored by it. Raven opens portals to their home dimensions, and she and Ben both depart. Before Garnet leaves, she uses the blaster to create a POW card of herself for K.O. and leaves for her dimension. K.O. returns to his home and wakes up in Gar's Bodega. Initially believing he was dreaming, he then discovers the Garnet POW card, realizing that recent events were true.

Noteworthy Events

Major Events

  • Ben travels to another dimension for the first time.
  • Ben, Garnet, K.O., and Raven interact for the first time.
  • It is revealed that Strike brought destruction upon the residence of CN City, and the city itself.
  • It is revealed that there is a canon Cartoon Network Multiverse.

Minor Events

  • The Omnitrix gets a side affect after being recreated by Strike's Pen, allowing Ben to transform into Cartoon Network Characters from across the multiverse, when in the Nexus realm.

Characters

OK Ben Let's Go Universe

Cameo Characters

Villains

Omnitrix Transformations Used

Cameo Transformations

Quotes

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K.O.: You two seem like heroes, but I can't find either of you in my Pow Cards.
Garnet: I'm a Crystal Gem. I fight off threats from outer space and protect my planet from anything that would harm it. The name's Garnet.
K.O.: That's amazing! Uh, what do you do, little boy?
Ben: Uh, I'm Ten.
K.O.: Oh! I'm Sorry.
Ben: No, I'm Ben Ten... ...nyson. I travel around the country with my grandpa and cousin Gwen in an RV.


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Pen: Spin attack.
Four Arms: That don't look good.
K.O.: (Strains) Thanks, Ben. Or should I call you Four Arms? It's kind of confusing.
Four Arms: Don't sweat it.


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K.O.: Garnet! Your cool glasses!
Garnet: We'd better get movin'. We got to lose it before it recovers and steals any more of our powers.
K.O.: Your sunglasses were your power?
Garnet: Not quite -- they just gave me the clarity and focus I need to use my future vision -- also, they're prescription.


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Ben, Raven, K.O., and Garnet together: OK Ben! Let's Go Universe![1]


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Ben: Got to find the right alien for the job! (Hits watch).
Jake the Dog: What? For reals? (Transforms into Prohyas Warrior).
Dolphin Magisword: (Chatters). (Changes back to human).
Ben: My Omnitrix! Why isn't this thing working?!
K.O.: Ben! It's okay! Your Omni-thingy was made with Strike's power, and he has the power to summon any hero into this world.
Ben: (Chuckles) I see where your going with this. It's Hero Time!
K.O.: You just need... (Shouts) ...a power fist!


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Cast

Voice Actor Role(s)
Tara Strong Ben Tennyson, Raven
Courtenay Taylor K.O.
Estelle Garnet
John DiMaggio Four Arms, Jake the Dog
Michael Dorn Strike, I.M. Weasel


Transcript

Click here for the transcript of Crossover Nexus.

Errors

  • In the Crystal Gems' cameo, Amethyst's outfit is colored with the colors of her second regeneration instead of her third.
  • Pearl's star is also colored incorrectly in the same shot.
  • When Ben hits the Omnitrix, the dial doesn't pop up.
  • When K.O. and Garnet fight off Strike's fish, Garnet's fist is colored incorrectly.

Continuity

  • This episode is canon with the Ben 10 reboot,[DR 1] taking place after the events of Omni-Copped, as evident by the Omnitrix's Season 3 design.
    • For Garnet, it takes place after Reunited, as she does not have her wedding rings.

Allusions

  • The current CN logo is used in the title card of the episode but instead of saying Cartoon Network, it now says Crossover Nexus.
  • The special is a tribute to the history of Cartoon Network with many Easter eggs.
    • The setting for the crossover is CN City, which was featured in a series of bumpers from 2004 to 2007, which has been abandoned since 2007. Therefore, it looks like an abandoned city. The theme from that era can be heard when Strike's blaster undoes the damage Strike himself caused.
    • Much like in A New Dawn, Ben goes through a rapid selection of many transformations before choosing one in time to vanquish the main villain. The only difference is that instead of his usual alien forms, Ben switches between a main character from nearly every Cartoon Network original series. Assumingly, the anthem for Cartoon Network Originals, otherwise known as the theme song for Cartoon Cartoons, can be heard during the rapid transformation sequence.
    • The themes for NEW NEW NEW NEW and Fridays can also be heard at various points during the episode.
    • Logos for Cartoon Cartoons, Fridays, Tickle U, Har Har Tharsdays and Yes! can be seen at various point during the episode, mostly as graffiti.
  • When Ben introduces himself to Garnet and K.O., the baseline and guitar rift from the original theme song is heard.
  • The soundtrack that is used when Strike summons K.O. is called Welcome To The Nexus. However, in a Twitter promo, the soundtrack that was used is the same music that was used in The More Things Change: Part 1, when Khyber and Zed make their debuts.[CN 1]
  • When Ben first introduced himself, he posed similar to how he did in one of the reboot's promotional posters.
  • When K.O. first heard Raven's voice, thinking it was Ben's, Four Arms says, "Dude, did that honestly sound like my voice to you". This is an inside joke, as both Ben and Raven are voiced by Tara Strong.
  • The team name K.O. comes up with "OK Ben Let's Go Universe", is an amalgam of the names of main character's respective shows.
  • Strike's blaster apparently resembling a pen could be a meta gag on how most modern cartoons are drawn digitally, especially how it's able to erase and create anything.
  • Ben's form-changing special attack in the end of the special is the "Cartoon Network Punch Time Explosion", which is named after the video game of the same name.[IJQ 1]
  • Raven was about to enter a portal that had the original 2003 Teen Titans logo before she changed it to the Teen Titans Go! version.
    • In the storyboards, Ben's portal had the 2005 Ben 10 logo with him saying "I can't wait to see my cousin Gwen, whom I love". This is an ironic reference to how in the original series, Ben and Gwen would rarely get along, unlike the reboot.
  • The Omnitrix's activation noise that is used in the special is a pitch shifted version of the original prototype, pre recalibrated, Omnitrix activation noise.

Trivia

  • Crossover Nexus was announced at San Diego Comic Con 2018.
  • This episode is canon with the Ben 10 reboot,[DR 1] taking place after the events of Omni-Copped. Despite that, it aired before Innervasion Part 1: Message in a Boxcar in the U.S.
    • The fact that Garnet's visor gives her clarity needed for her Future Vision ability has been canonized by OK K.O. series creator, and former Steven Universe crew member, Ian Jones-Quartey.[IJQ 2]
    • It's considered a pocket canon for just one episode.[IJQ 3]
  • In the first teaser trailer, Ben appeared to have the Omnitrix from Season 1.
  • This crossover directly connects the reboot back to the classic timeline of the Ben 10 franchise, as Rex Salazar from the Generator Rex series and Ben 10-Generator Rex: Heroes United appears as a statue in this episode.
  • When asked why Ben Tennyson from the Classic Timeline did not appear in Crossover Nexus, Duncan Rouleau replied to wait, saying that an answer would be coming soon.[DR 2]
  • The run time for this special was originally meant to be 22 minutes, therefore the whole idea had to be reworked.
  • This episode is the first time Ben is shown to transform from one form to another by slamming his Omnitrix while transformed.
  • This marks the third time the Omnitrix is Removed from Reboot Ben, This trend would continue with Ben Again And Again, Innervasion Part 3: Strange Bedfellow, Ben 10 Vs The Universe: The Movie And Alien X-Tinction.
  • This is the second crossover not to be dubbed in Hindi after Heroes United.
  • The various forms Ben turns into near the end of this episode can only be accessed in the Nexus Realm,[DR 3] meaning he is unable to use them in his home dimension.
  • In the final episode of OK K.O.!: Let's Be Heroes, Thank You for Watching the Show, it is shown that Strike has returned to life after his demise, and is also shown fighting Zak Saturday, Randall P. McDuff, and Sunny Bridges. Those cameos were included because no one from The Secret Saturdays, Party Wagon, or Class of 3000 appeared in this episode.
  • During the later run of the original series, Ben 10 previously had skits with Beast Boy.
  • When asked if Ben 10: Omniverse would have a crossover with Teen Titans Go!, Matt Wayne denied any plans at the time.[MW 1]
    • However, he did agree that he thought a crossover would work well and that executive Sam Register likely thought the same.[MW 2]

Video Gallery

See Also

References

Crew Statements

Duncan Rouleau

Ian Jones-Quartey

Matt Wayne

Cartoon Network

Ben 10 Episodes

Season 1 WaterfilterThe Ring LeaderThe FilthFreaky Gwen BenTake 10Animo FarmClown CollegeSomething I AteRustbucket RIPBen 24hrsRiding the Storm OutThe ClocktopusGrowing PainsShhh!Brief Career of Lucky GirlAdventures in BabysittingSteam is the WordNeed for SpeedCutting CornersDon't Let the Bass DropVillain TimeBright Lights, Black HeartsRecipe for DisasterAll WetStory, BoredXingoDrive You CrazyHole in 10The Beast InsideTomorrow TodayForgetiScared SillyBad PennyMax to the MaxZombozo-LandDon't Laze Me, BroOmni-Tricked: Part 1Omni-Tricked: Part 2Omni-Tricked: Part 3Omni-Tricked: Part 4
Season 2 Out to LaunchCan I Keep It?Battle at Biggie BoxBon VoyageMayhem in MascotScreamcatcherVote ZombozoAnimorphosisThe 11th Alien: Part 1The 11th Alien: Part 2High Stress ExpressCreature FeatureDrone OnSafari Sa'BadThe Nature of ThingsAssault on Pancake PalaceBomzobo LivesThe Sound and the FurryKing KoilReststop RoustaboutThat's The StuffHalf-SiesXingo's BackBounty BallFear The FoggThe Charm OffensiveSuper-Villain Team-UpThe FeelsChicken Nuggets of WisdomPast Aliens PresentDouble HexYe Olde Laser DuelAll Koiled UpBen Again and AgainDreamtimeInnervasion Part 1: Message in a BoxcarInnervasion Part 2: Call the Dream PoliceInnervasion Part 3: Strange BedfellowsInnervasion Part 4: Mind Over Alien MatterInnervasion Part 5: High Override
Season 3 Omni-CoppedThis One Goes to 11Moor FoggRath of ConKing of the CastleSpeechless on the SeinePoles ApartShow Don't TellDon't TouchBig in JapanWelcome to Zombozo-Zone!Bridge OutCyber SlammersBig Ben 10Beach HeadsLaGrange MurailleCharm School's OutBilly BajillionsFranken-FightBuggin' the BuggsWhich WatchBaby BuktuThem's Fightin' Words!Lickety SplitMutiny for the BountyThe Chupaca-broBuggy OutIntroducing Kevin 11Four by FourCirque-UsForever RoadThe BentathlonBeware the Scare-CrowAnd Xingo Was His Name-OThe Night Ben Tennyson Came to TownThe Claws of the CatPrey or PlayFear in the FamilyRoundabout: Part 1Roundabout: Part 2
Season 3 Extra Xingo NationHeads of the FamilyMy BodyguardWheels of FortuneHeat of the MomentVin DiagramA Sticky SituationWhat Rhymes with Omnitrix?You Remind Me of SomeoneAdrenaland Jr.Steam Fight at the OK CorralI Don't Like You
Season 4 Summer BreakersGentle BenFunhouseThe Monsters in Your HeadTokyo Fun, Part 1: Big Bugg BashTokyo Fun, Part 2: Slamming It UpQueen of BeesFalls, Falls, FallsThe Greatest LakeMud on the RunChicken In Chichen Itza, Part 1: Pyramid SchemeChicken In Chichen Itza, Part 2: The Wages of FearIt's Story TimeCosplay DayTales from the OmnitrixBottomless BenBen in Rome, Part 1: A Slice of LifeBen in Rome, Part 2: The Bee's KneesParty PoopersWind Some, Lose SomeDigital QualityTim Buk-tvGrowing Up Is Hard to DoThe Hex FactorSweet ToothMedieval UpheavalSpeed of SoundXingo’s WorldTummy AchePlayers of the Lost ParkDe-FangedMock 10RekoilBuktu The Future
Season 4 Movie Ben 10 Versus the Universe: The Movie
Season 5 Specials Ben 10,010Ben Gen 10Alien X-Tinction
Specials Crossover Nexus

Season 1 The FilthWaterfilterThe Ring LeaderRiding the Storm OutThe ClocktopusTake 10Growing PainsShhh!Brief Career of Lucky GirlAnimo FarmClown CollegeAdventures in BabysittingSomething I AteSteam is the WordThe Beast InsideAll WetVillain TimeDrive You CrazyTomorrow TodayStory, BoredHole in 10Recipe for DisasterRustbucket RIPFreaky Gwen BenBen 24hrsBright Lights, Black HeartsDon't Laze Me, BroDon't Let the Bass DropBad PennyZombozo-LandForgetiMax to the MaxCutting CornersNeed for SpeedXingoScared SillyOmni-Tricked: Part 1Omni-Tricked: Part 2Omni-Tricked: Part 3Omni-Tricked: Part 4
Season 2 Out to LaunchBattle at Biggie BoxBon VoyageMayhem in MascotScreamcatcherCreature FeatureBomzobo LivesAnimorphosisAssault on Pancake PalaceHigh Stress ExpressThe 11th Alien: Part 1The 11th Alien: Part 2Half-SiesXingo's BackBounty BallFear The FoggSuper-Villain Team-UpCan I Keep It?Chicken Nuggets of WisdomAll Koiled UpKing KoilThe Charm OffensiveDouble HexYe Olde Laser DuelBen Again and AgainVote ZombozoDrone OnSafari Sa'BadThe Nature of ThingsThe Sound and the FurryReststop RoustaboutThat's The StuffThe FeelsPast Aliens PresentDreamtimeInnervasion Part 1: Message in a BoxcarInnervasion Part 2: Call the Dream PoliceInnervasion Part 3: Strange BedfellowsInnervasion Part 4: Mind Over Alien MatterInnervasion Part 5: High Override
Season 3 Omni-CoppedThis One Goes to 11Rath of ConPoles ApartShow Don't TellWelcome to Zombozo-Zone!Bridge OutBeach HeadsCharm School's OutBilly BajillionsFranken-FightBuggin' the BuggsWhich WatchBaby BuktuThem's Fightin' Words!Mutiny for the BountyThe Chupaca-broBuggy OutIntroducing Kevin 11Four by FourMoor FoggKing of the CastleSpeechless on the SeineDon't TouchBig in JapanCyber SlammersBig Ben 10LaGrange MurailleLickety SplitThe Claws of the CatRoundabout: Part 1Roundabout: Part 2Cirque-UsForever RoadThe BentathlonPrey or PlayBeware the Scare-CrowThe Night Ben Tennyson Came to TownAnd Xingo Was His Name-OFear in the Family
Season 3 Extra Xingo NationHeads of the FamilyMy BodyguardWheels of FortuneHeat of the MomentVin DiagramA Sticky SituationWhat Rhymes with Omnitrix?You Remind Me of SomeoneAdrenaland Jr.Steam Fight at the OK CorralI Don't Like You
Season 4 Chicken In Chichen Itza, Part 1: Pyramid SchemeChicken In Chichen Itza, Part 2: The Wages of FearBen in Rome, Part 1: A Slice of LifeBen in Rome, Part 2: The Bee's KneesGentle BenFunhouseSummer BreakersThe Monsters in Your HeadQueen of BeesFalls, Falls, FallsThe Greatest LakeMud on the RunIt's Story TimeCosplay DayBottomless BenTales from the OmnitrixParty PoopersWind Some, Lose SomeDigital QualityTim Buk-tvTokyo Fun, Part 1: Big Bugg BashTokyo Fun, Part 2: Slamming It UpGrowing Up Is Hard to DoThe Hex FactorSweet ToothMedieval UpheavalSpeed of SoundXingo’s WorldTummy AchePlayers of the Lost ParkDe-FangedMock 10RekoilBuktu The Future
Season 4 Movie Ben 10 Versus the Universe: The Movie
Season 5 Specials Ben 10,010Ben Gen 10Alien X-Tinction
Specials Crossover Nexus