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Double or Nothing is the seventeenth episode of the third season of Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, and the thirty-seventh episode overall.


Albedo, a.k.a. Negative Ben, returns as the star of a big stage production about Ben Tennyson's life. Sure, he needs the money, but what is he really up to?[note 1]


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Ben 10 Live

Gwen and Kevin are hanging out at Burger Shack, with Ben joining shortly afterwards. They see a commercial on TV about a play called "Ben 10 Live", starring what seems like a lookalike of Ben with real aliens, much to Ben's shock and anger. They go to the theater where the play is premiering, with Ben fuming over what his lookalike is doing. After Ben transforms into Armodrillo to threaten the bouncer to let them in with, they go in (after Armodrillo transforms back into Ben) and watch as "Vilgax" plans to destroy the Earth on his moon base. Suddenly, "Ben" appears and transforms into "Big Chill", "Swampfire" and "Humungousaur" to fight "Vilgax".

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The Gwenettes

Even Gwen gets quite livid when her appearance is copied by dancers called the Gwenettes. After the show is over, they get to the lookalike Ben's dressing room, where they discover his real identity to be none other than Albedo. Albedo explains that ever since he escaped Vilgax's ship, he was left broke and stranded and needed money and a place to stay, so he decided to come up with the idea of Ben 10 Live.

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Ultimate Spidermonkey and Hugh

Albedo then attacks the team with a Sound Wave Grenade. Ben runs after Albedo, while Gwen and Kevin try to shut off the grenade. In Nemesis Tower, Ben then encounters the actors who played the aliens in the play and defeats them through transforming into Water Hazard to defeat Swamps, NRG to defeat Fridge and Ultimate Spidermonkey to defeat Hugh. Soon, they find the real Albedo, where he and the actors decide to surrender to Ben because he can't fight back without his own Ultimatrix. Albedo explains that one of the few items he had after the destruction of Vilgax's ship was a subspace communicator and using it enabled him to hire real aliens to perform in his play as his alien counterparts. Albedo decides that, for whatever the reason, tonight is the last Ben 10 Live show.

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NRG battling Swamps

However, just as the team is about to leave, Hugh comes and tells them about Albedo's real plan; setting off a doomsday bomb tonight. They rush to the warehouse, where Albedo is building his bomb. Gwen wonders why Albedo would build a bomb to destroy Earth when he's trapped there, so Hugh then says that the bomb rewrites DNA and that Albedo plans to turn everybody in the world into a genetic copy of Ben, much like himself. When finding out that Albedo's going through the trouble of trying to protect himself from having his DNA overwritten, Gwen still thinks that the idea doesn't make sense, as he already looks like Ben. Ben transforms into NRG and fights Hugh and the other actors who are on Albedo's side. NRG tries to stop Albedo through transforming into Spidermonkey and evolving into Ultimate Spidermonkey by going through a force-field that he is in, but it transforms Ultimate Spidermonkey back to Ben and he is forced to fight Albedo in his human form. Eventually, the bomb explodes, but everyone manages to survive. They soon discover Albedo, who transforms into into a Galvan, revealing his true form for the first time. Albedo explains that the bomb was designed to help him transform back to his regular form and now he has the ability to transform into any one of Ben's aliens without an Ultimatrix.

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Ultimate Echo Echo defeats Albedo

It turns out that Albedo can't stay in his Galvan form permanently, as the Ultimatrix interfered the alteration field. Hugh explains that the reason he sent the team after Albedo was because he thought he was his friend and he made him into something of a celebrity and didn't want him to leave. Albedo, however, says that it's not actually Hugh's fault but pins the blame on Ben and transforms into Rath and attacks him.

Ben transforms into Echo Echo and evolces into Ultimate Echo Echo and fights back. He then defeats Albedo easily and lets the aliens take his unconscious body. After returning home, Ben is dismayed to find that he is being sued by the owners of the theater from earlier. The owners give him a summons to court for the damage he did to the theater during his battle with Albedo. Ben asks Gwen for help, as her dad is a lawyer.

Noteworthy Events[]

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Albedo's true form

Major Events[]

  • Albedo gains the ability to transform into any species without a device, though only for a short time per transformation.
  • Albedo's true form is seen for the first time.

Character Debuts[]

Minor Events[]



  • Albedo (first reappearance; flashback and present)

Aliens Used[]

By Ben[]

By Albedo[]


Vilgax actor: Attention earthlings, I am Vilgax, the conqueror! Here on my moon base... on the moon! Surrender, or I shall destroy you! (evil laughs)
Kevin: Moon base?
Ben: Yeah, I hear it's on the moon.

Gwen: C'mon! Even you have to admit this is kinda awesome.
(In the stage, the Vilgax actor is on top of a moon crater)
Vilgax actor: (evil laugh) You are trapped, Ben Tennyson! You cannot save yourself!
(Albedo (as Ben) is now trapped behind laser bars)
Albedo (as Ben): Well, in that case I had better call for a little help... from the GWENETTES! (whistles)
(Ten Gwen actors with belly shirts come on stage and launch pink fireworks, imitating her mana powers)
(In the audience, Kevin looks at the Gwenettes)
Kevin: Ten Gwens...
Gwen: That is so WRONG!
Kevin: Uh, exactly what I was thinking...

(Fridge appears to fight Ben)
Fridge: I changed again, now I'm a different creature!

(after Hugh tells Ben, Gwen, and Kevin about Albedo's "plan")
Kevin: That's horrifying! (He turns. Ben glares.) No offense.

Ultimate Echo Echo: (in a monotone voice) Ultimate Echo Echo. By the way, I liked the sound grenade you used at the theater. (surrounds Negative Rath with Sonic Disks) Want to see my version?

Naming and Translations[]

Language Name Origin
Hungarian Mindent vagy Semmit All or Nothing at All
Italian Ben 10 Live
Polish Dwóch albo żaden Two or None
Portuguese (Br) O Dobro ou Nada The Double or Nothing
Romanian Dublu sau Nimic Double or Nothing
Spanish (HA) Doble o Nada Double or Nothing


Voice Actor Role(s)
Yuri Lowenthal Ben Tennyson
Ashley Johnson Gwen Tennyson
Greg Cipes Kevin Levin
Dee Bradley Baker Armodrillo
Water Hazard
Ultimate Spidermonkey
Echo Echo
Ultimate Echo Echo
Gourmand Actor
Cerebrocrustacean Actor
Piscciss Volann Actor
John DiMaggio Rath
V.O. Announcer
Jeff Bennett Hugh
Major Domo
James Arnold Taylor Fridge
Vilgax Actor



  • At the beginning of the episode, at Burger Shack, when Kevin eats his burger and Gwen plays with her fries, the table is dirty because of the sauce, but after a few seconds, the sauce is gone.
  • Armodrillo, Water Hazard and Echo Echo's holograms face away from Ben.
  • When the bouncer lets Armodrillo, Gwen and Kevin enter the theater, Armodrillo's skin bends near his waist.
  • When the Gwenettes enter the stage, their feet overlap.
  • When the Vilgax Actor bows on stage, Albedo's hair is shown white instead of brown for a second.
  • When the Ben 10 Live show ends, the audience is heard clapping, but they are stationary. Ben, Gwen and Kevin are also missing from the front row, being replaced with background characters.
  • When Albedo takes off his wig and looks at Ben, his left eyebrow is touching his eye, but in the reflection of it in the mirror, it is higher up.
  • After NRG shoots his nuclear laser at Fridge, his shoulders are white instead of grey.
  • In one shot, when Ben talks to Albedo, Ben's jacket stripes on his right arm are gone.
  • When Hugh holds NRG, NRG's helmet is as wide as his body.
  • Ultimate Spidermonkey reverts to Ben without reverting to Spidermonkey first.
  • When the genetic alteration field explodes, Ben and Albedo are together, but after the explosion, Ben is with Kevin and Gwen, while Albedo is lying on the ground far from the explosion.
  • Albedo is missing the device that he used to focus the genetic alteration field on him after the explosion.
  • Galvan Albedo looks bigger than he is just before he gets up from the floor.
  • When Hugh is talking about his celebrity status on Earth, the camera switches angles and Hugh's glasses disappear. When the camera pans back, his glasses reappear.
  • When Albedo says, "I blame you!", the colors on the "10" on Ben's jacket are reversed.
  • Ultimate Echo Echo reverts back to Ben without reverting to Echo Echo first.
  • At the end, when the man who sues Ben is walking off into the distance, the other two men that were with him are not seen.



  1. The original synopsis provided on the Cartoon Network website erroneously reads: "Albedo, aka Negative Ben, returns as the star big stage production about Ben Tennyson's life. Sure he needs the money, but what is he really up to?"[CN 1]


Crew Statements[]

T.J. Collins[]

Derrick J. Wyatt[]

Cartoon Network[]

Ben 10: Ultimate Alien Episodes