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Elena Validus is a Plumber's kid who served both as an ally and recurring character to the heroes in the series, as well as one of Ben Tennyson's love interests. She was first introduced in Ben 10: Alien Swarm.
In Alien Swarm, Elena had medium length black hair, and black eyes with long lashes. For much of the film, she wore a red leather jacket over a black shirt, black leather pants and black heels. When she was out with Ben, Gwen, and Kevin, she had red lips.
In Ultimate Alien, Elena wore a v-neck black mini dress and black flats.
In Omniverse, Elena for the most part resembles her appearance in Alien Swarm, except her hair and eyes are both recolored brown, she has a much darker skin tone, and also wears a pair of black fingerless gloves.
In her Nanochip form, Elena is taller and has black skin with light blue circuit lines all over her body, white pupil-less eyes, a blue face, and four long spikes along the sides of her head.
Elena has an obsessive and somewhat hostile personality, being presented as deceptive, antagonizing, and distrusting. However, she is also loyal and loving to those she cares about, especially her father. She is willing to lie if it means furthering her own ulterior motives.
In Ultimate Alien, she has become violently jealous and immature, as seen when she attacks Gwen, Kevin, and Julie simply because they stand between her and Ben. She also becomes more dishonest, given she lied to Ben about the Nanochips and their origins. It is implied that she has gone through much grief due to her father's death. After her second defeat at Ben's hands, her obsessive personality turns into hatred.
According to the movie, Elena used to hang out with Ben and Gwen. During this time she became close to Ben, because he helped her join the school soccer team, and spoke up for her when the other players wouldn't let her join in. She eventually became the team's most valuable player in the live-action film. Gwen told Kevin that Elena was Ben's first major crush, but she was forced to leave Bellwood after her father was caught stealing alien tech from the Plumbers (Max never told Ben or Gwen why Elena and her father moved away from town).
She eventually discovers her father had been taken over by the Hive Queen, and seeks help from Ben and the Plumbers. She sets up an illegal alien tech deal, in the hope that the Plumbers would catch her so she could warn them about the alien chips. An undercover Kevin acts as the buyer, along with Gwen and Ben. Elena reveals herself to Ben and Gwen, who are stunned by her sudden reappearance. They are then attacked by Victor Validus (possessed by the Hive Queen). Ben defeats the alien chips as Big Chill and Validus escapes.
Afterwards Ben, Gwen, and Kevin talk about what had just happened. Though Ben trusts Elena, Gwen and Kevin don't (believing she set them up). Elena secretly follows them to Max's Plumber HQ. At Max's headquarters, she is detected sneaking inside of Max's office and is caught. She tries to explain herself, but Max tells Ben and the others that they can't trust her. Her plea for help rejected, she is lead out by Kevin. Riding her motorbike, she is stopped by Ben (riding Max's motorcycle) who decides to help her find her father, against Max's orders.
They head to her father's secret lab to search for clues, but are attacked by humans enslaved by the Hive. They barely escape with their lives, as Elena crashes her bike, and is forced to leave it. She climbs onto Max's bike with Ben and the two of them flee. They make their way to the warehouse of a shipping company (called "Ship-It") her father was using, when they encounter Kevin and Gwen being chased by swarm of alien chips. Ben saves Gwen and Kevin (destroying Kevin's car in the process).
Elena shows them some of the alien chips they found at her father's lab, and they all head back to HQ to study them. They are confronted by Max, who is angered by Elena's presence. Ben, Gwen, and Kevin show him the active chips, and realizing that Validus may have been right all along allows Elena to help them. Ben later discovers one of the chips is missing and is attacked by an enslaved Max. Max is subdued by Kevin, but later escapes. Elena and the others calculate where the alien chips are being produced; Ship-Its main distribution hub.
Elena, Ben, Gwen, and Kevin sneak into the main warehouse, where they discover Validus hooked up to a machine. They see Validus producing the chips from his body, revealing to everyone that he is the Hive Queen. Gwen and Kevin confront Elena, who reveals she knew it all along, but didn't tell them because she was afraid she they wouldn't believe it (just like how the Plumbers didn't believe her father). Gwen and Kevin believe sacrificing Victor is the only way to stop the Hive and save the world. Elena begs Ben to save her father. Ben tells them he will use the Omnitrix to transform into a member of the Hive (having realized that the Omnitrix had been scanning the Hive chips earlier). He uses the Omnitrix to transform into his newest alien, Nanomech. As Nanomech, he travels into Validus's body and defeats the Queen, freeing him from her control.
Elena hugs Ben and thanks him for sparing her father's life. As they are leaving to return home, she says she plans on joining the Plumbers, but gets into an argument with Gwen.
Elena eventually returned in Revenge of the Swarm. After Ben was repeatedly attacked by Nanochips in the form of Victor, he investigates the Validus Laboratories, accompanied by Kevin and Gwen.
A skirmish with the janitor leads them to come to terms with Victor's death, though they are skeptical of the claim. They traveled to Plumber's Academy in hopes to find Elena, who knew most about the chips. Despite being one of the best students, she dropped out of the academy in order to pursue her father's research.
The trio went to her laboratory and Ben was greeted warmly by Elena. She explains that the Nanochip Ben saved wasn't hers and that she would not want to go over these matters as her father's research matters more. Kevin and Gwen were attacked by Victor's Nanochips form and Ben comes to rescue them. The Nanochips flee, somewhat giving the expression of not wanting to fight Ben.
They went to the cemetery, where Gwen confirms that Victor is truly dead. Elena surprises them with her choice, as she decides to help them over continuing her experiments. They went over to Mr. Smoothy, where Ben mentions Julie, which irked her. The Nanochips then kidnapped Julie. Ben confronts Elena with the Nanochip he found and berates her.
It is revealed that she lied and that her true intentions were to have Ben all to herself, even if it meant harming everyone who stood in her way. She transformed into her Nanochip Queen form and prevented Ben from getting to a storage shed where she locked up Julie. She admitted that the Queen Ben killed in Alien Swarm was just a decoy and that the Nanochips were residing in her even before the events of Alien Swarm. Also, instead of just being inside her possessing her as they did to multiple others, including her father, they merged with and physically transformed her into their new queen. Ben then retaliates and frees Julie.
Elena generates Nanochip clones of Victor to attack Gwen and Kevin after they found out that Elena is the Queen on their own prior to their arrival. She fights Ben as Armodrillo and has him covered in chips that suffocate and hold him down. Julie reasons with her if she did ever truly cared for Ben, she would stop this. Elena, still having feelings for Ben, agrees with her, managing to overcome the psychosis caused by the chips.
She sacrifices herself despite Julie's calls and was destroyed coming into contact with the Nanochip force field she showed earlier. Julie tries to console Ben, saying that the Nanochips took over her while he said she was still his friend. At the end, several of the Nanochips are still active.
Later in The Perfect Girlfriend, Elena was revealed to be alive despite her sacrifice but returns to her villainous ways when she disguises herself as Julie with the Nanochips. In her Julie form, Elena tried to do everything possible to make Ben happy and allow him to get anything he wants.
She also injured Gwen's ankle by pushing her down an elevator shaft and attacked Kevin with a duo of building-monsters while he was spying on her, but Ben defeated them with Way Big. Ben later finds out that "Julie" is really Elena when the real Julie returns home. An angered Elena then changes into her Nanochips form while Ben transforms into Ultimate Echo Echo, and during a fight, Elena chokes him with the Nanochips again.
Julie tells Elena that if she kills him, then no one can have him. Elena states that she loves Ben, but Julie tells her that she does not know what love is. Elena spares Ben before she retreats into the sewer, "now knowing what hate is" and promises to return.
Powers and Abilities
When first introduced, Elena was, unlike most Plumber's kids, depicted as 100% human and had no natural powers. However, she was mentioned to be a great athlete, Ben describing her as their school soccer's team's MVP. She was also shown to be an exceptional martial artist during the fights against the nanochip's human hosts, which might be explained by her father providing her with basic Plumber training similar to Ben's.
In Revenge of the Swarm, her former instructor at the Plumber Academy mentioned she would have become a great Plumber.
Since Elena was transformed into the Nanochips' queen, she has demonstrated the ability to control the Nanochips, using them to fulfill her deepest desire (in this case, her previously repressed crush for Ben). She could shape and form them at will, using them to control technology and create various structures such as cars. She mostly uses her Nanochips to create copies of people to use as minions, or even animate buildings.
Since her body is essentially made of Nanochips, Elena has the ability to change her own appearance at will and manipulate her form to produce blue tendrils and sharp metal claws to use as weapons, or guns to shoot blasts of Nanochips. She can also make the chips enter a person's body to suffocate them, as she did to Ben to try and kill him.
Elena is not truly evil, making it somewhat easy to persuade her to stop doing what she tries, as seen when Julie managed to convince Elena not to kill Ben.
- Ben 10: Alien Swarm (first appearance)
- The Most Dangerous Game Show (first reappearance)
Cartoon Network Action Packs
- Plumbers' Kids
Ben 10: Omniverse
- In her first appearance, neither Elena nor Ben admitted they like each other, but in Ultimate Alien, she wanted Ben all to herself.
- It should be noted Elena was possessed by the Hive and made her (and the chips at her disposal) a slave to her deepest, most hidden desires, which by extension, brought any attraction to Ben to the surface and made it enough to drive her mentally unstable and obsessive.
- In the comics, Elena used to have something of a friendly rivalry with Gwen when they were younger.
- Elena's Nanochip form resembles Aku from Samurai Jack, another action-oriented Cartoon Network series, due to the design of her head spikes.
- Elena's femme fatale status in Ultimate Alien and her Nanochip form's black and light blue coloration is based off Inque from the DC animated series Batman Beyond.