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Galapagus is one of five Andromeda Aliens who were captured by Aggregor. He is from a peaceful planet called Aldabra.[1][merch 1] He is the Omnitrix's DNA sample origin for the Geochelone Aerio species, providing Ben with the form of Terraspin.

Appearance

Galapagus looks exactly like Terraspin except he has white eyes instead of green and lacks the Ultimatrix symbol.

History

Galapagus vs. Ultimate Big Chill

Galapagus first appeared in the Ultimate Alien episode Escape from Aggregor. While Ben, Gwen and Kevin are fighting Dr. Animo, he attacks their hometown of Bellwood. He shows to be able to hold his own against Kevin and Big Chill. Eventually, Gwen realizes that even with all the power he has, he hasn't harmed anyone and suggests to Kevin to use his Plumber Badge (which works as a universal translator) to understand what Galapagus is saying. He then explains that he went on his rampage in hopes that he would draw the attention of the famous Ben 10, who he begged to help him get back to Aldabra. He explains the tale of how Aggregor attacked his home planet, captured him, and imprisoned him with four other aliens: Bivalvan, P'andor, Andreas and Ra'ad.

When the five attempt to escape Aggregor's Ship, Galapagus suggests using his communicator to send out a distress message, and was assisted by Bivalvan and Ra'ad. Even though he and the other aliens are put back in the cell, Galapagus' S.O.S. message is heard by Magister Prior Gilhil, who boards Aggregor's ship and finds the five aliens, only to be attacked and murdered by Aggregor. Bivalvan, P'andor, Andreas and Ra'ad manage to escape again, but Galapagus seemingly betrays them to Aggregor in exchange for his own freedom. When Aggregor admits he wasn't going to free Galapagus, he admits he didn't intend to betray the others, but betrays Aggregor and leads the escape to the shuttle which Aggregor shoots down and causes them to crash on Earth. Afterwards, Galapagus, P'andor, Andreas, and Ra'ad all split up to find a way off Earth while Bivalvan stays with the shuttle and attempts to repair it. After Ben samples his DNA for the Ultimatrix, he has Galapagus taken back home in a Plumber spaceship. However, Galapagus finds out the pilot is Aggregor in Ghilhil's Plumber suit. Galapagus is seen at the end of Andreas' Fault as Aggregor puts Andreas inside a status pod alongside him, Bivalvan and P'andor.

He was also shown in Ultimate Aggregor, where he and the others were forced to fight Ben and his team by Aggregor, and he presumably died when Aggregor absorbed the five Andromeda galaxy aliens.

As of the end of Absolute Power: Part 2, Galapagus, as well as all the other Andromeda Galaxy Aliens, came back to life after Kevin was turned back to normal.

Powers and Abilities

Despite his peaceful nature, Galapagus was shown to be capable in battle upon learning how to fight.

Galapagus can create devastating wind blasts and tornados.[2] When doing so, he retracts his head into his shell, opens a hatch to see, his fins become triangular, and his legs combine into a similar shape. His shell stays static and suspended while his limbs rotate at high speeds.

The holes in Galapagus' shell eject powerful winds, as well as the reverse, creating strong vacuums. He can use his winds to fly, blowing air to hover over a surface and using his rotating limbs as propellers.

Galapagus' wind blasts are powerful enough to put out fires[3] and redirect objects.[4][DM 1]

Galapagus is strong enough to lift and throw a car. He also has superhuman durability when he is completely withdrawn into his shell.

Even though Galapagus has flippers rather than hands, he has enhanced dexterity as he can hold poles without fingers,[5] as demonstrated by Terraspin.

Galapagus' arms become very sharp while spinning.[6]

Galapagus is immune to poisonous gas.[7] He is also selectively immune to both spells and mana.[8]

Weaknesses

If he gets stuck to something and cannot spin his arms and legs, or if any the holes on his chest get blocked, Galapagus' wind powers will decrease.

If enemies jump onto Galapagus while he attempts to fly, he has to attempt to shake them off, making his flight unsteady.[6]

There are certain things that Galapagus' wind blasts are not strong enough to break.

Also while flying, Galapagus' arms become very sharp while spinning, making him essentially a spinning blade, which may cause unintentional damage.[6]

Unless he is flying, Galapagus' body is cumbersome and not very agile. The position of his face also gives him a very big blind spot and he has to turn his entire body around to see behind him.[9]

If a small object is jammed in Galapagus' shell, it can cause him to stop in order to remove the obstruction. This also appears to cause him great discomfort.[5]

Galapagus can be affected by magic if he is not using his magic immunity.[10]

Galapagus can easily slip on certain surfaces, such as water.[11]

Appearances

Ultimate Alien

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Etymology

Galapagus name is be based on the Galápagos tortoise, which are the largest living tortoise of the Galápagos Islands. They can live up to about 160 years old.

Trivia

  • Galapagus mentions that Ben's heroics are well known, even among his kind.[1]
  • Galapagus has eight fingers but he doesn't use them much. They can be seen when Galapagus sends a distress call.[1]
  • When Kevin used his Plumber Badge to translate Galapagus' speech, Galapagus mentioned Addwaitya, who controlled Ledgerdomain.[1]
    • Galapagus does not know that Addwaitya is evil.[DM 2]
  • There is no particular reason why Aggregor chose to kidnap Galapagus out of all the Geochelone Aerios.[DM 3]
  • Galapagus is the only one of the prisoners who needed a translator to speak.
  • Unlike most of his species, Galapagus is capable of combat and is willing to lie to save his friends.
  • Galapagus is not the first Geochelone Aerio to know what lying and prison are, as both have been postulated by philosophers.[DM 4]
  • It would take about 600 to 800 years for Galapagus to be as experienced in magic as Addwaitya.[DJW 1]

References

Merchandise

  1. Cartoon Network Action Pack #58; file

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