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Hero Time is the ninth episode of the first season of Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, and the ninth episode overall.


A starstruck Ben dates a beautiful young movie actress, while his childhood hero makes a comeback.[CN 1]


As Ben, Gwen, and Kevin are waiting for a book signing, young movie star Jennifer Nocturne arrives to sign her books. Suddenly, she is held hostage by a few robbers armed with dangerous laser guns and after they murder two of her bodyguards, they demand $10 million in one hour- otherwise, they threaten, she will die. Everything looks bad until Ben transforms into Spidermonkey and fights the criminals. As one of them tries to escape, Captain Nemesis, Ben's favorite hero, arrives and knocks him out. After Spidermonkey reverts back to Ben, Jennifer then gives Ben a kiss, which makes Nemesis jealous of Ben.

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Julie jealous of Jennifer

Ben returns home to find the story on all of the news channels and Gwen, Kevin, and much to Ben's surprise, Julie, who is jealous at Jennifer Nocturne kissing him. Ben assures her that it's for their careers and Julie says there's nothing going on between him and Jennifer, but she is really taking advantage of Ben to get more publicity. Just then, Jennifer arrives in a golden helicopter to take Ben to Captain Nemesis's party, much to Julie's chagrin.

At the party, Jennifer introduces Ben to Nemesis, who tries to be friendly, but is obviously jealous of Ben, and is annoyed when everyone pays more attention to him. Nemesis even gets Ben's name wrong, calling him Tim Bennyson. Meanwhile, Gwen and Kevin try to find out more about the laser guns that the robbers used.

After the party, Nemesis, revealing that the hostage situation was a ruse to make him a bigger star, is seeking to become a bigger star than Ben. He has his assistant Simons enlist the help of Will Harangue, who views Nemesis as a great American icon (an opinion repeatedly noted in the episode), to capture some exclusive footage of him being a bigger hero than Ben, thinking that being a hero is all about fame. A little later, a swarm of war robots lead by Computron appear and attempt to take over the Earth, giving Nemesis the opportunity to prove he's a better hero then Ben. Nemesis and Will Harangue arrive, the former to fight and the latter to film, but Harangue is distracted by another news crew capturing his exclusive footage. Ben arrives as Jetray, ruining Harangue's plan, but when that proves ineffective, he transforms into Armodrillo and destroys most of the robots. Nemesis manages to hide his jealousy and challenges Ben to a friendly competition to see who's the better hero.

At Ben's place, Gwen tells him that Nocturne's kidnapper's weapons were made by one of Nemesis' companies, before Julie warns Ben that the contest could be a trick. Ben decides to go anyway. At the duel, covered by Nocturne for the Will Harangue Nation, Ben transforms into Humungousaur and easily beats Nemesis in train throwing. However, when Ben attempts to transform into Jetray, he transforms into Rath instead and Nemesis wins the speed challenge. As a tiebreaker, a tug-of-war is held over a mud pit, and Ben transforms into Four Arms and wins. Nemesis is humiliated live on public TV and plots to get revenge on Ben.

Nemesis makes a mountain out of a molehill over his jealousy of Ben, and he has his technicians remove all of the safeguards on his suit, allowing him to use more power than ever before, which would practically kill him. When Simons objects to the removal of the safeguards of his suit, Captain Nemesis tells Simons to leave. He then kidnaps Julie, who was shown taking her anger over Jennifer out on the tennis courts. Nemesis then intercepts Jennifer's helicopter and takes her too. When Ben calls Julie, Nemesis answers the call and tells Ben to "come and get me" if he wants to see her again.

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Ultimate Humungousaur vs. Nemesis

At his lair, Ben stoically transforms into Ultimate Humungousaur, keeping Nemesis at bay and fighting him fiercely. He easily defeats him, but then he reveals he has captured both Julie and Nocturne and that Ben can only save one of them. Nemesis cuts the ropes and both begin to fall down. Ultimate Humungousaur transforms into Goop and catches Julie, while Gwen and Kevin rescue Nocturne.

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Overlord arrested

They hide behind Gwen's shield as Nemesis's energy blasts get increasingly hotter. Nemesis finally snaps and tells them that he doesn't know why he protected people like Ben in the first place and decides to change his name to Overlord. He then tries to kill Goop, who tries to turn into Big Chill but turns into Water Hazard instead. Water Hazard then neutralizes Overlord's armor by soaking him in cold water before absorbing all of the moisture in the air, drying it out and making it brittle enough to break off by beating him up ruthlessly. After Water Hazard transforms back into normal, Ben scolds Overlord for losing sight of what being a hero means.

The police come and arrest Overlord and Harangue claims that Overlord/Nemesis was a good man forced to do bad things to take down Ben, and states "another life destroyed, by the menace that is Ben Tennyson".

Noteworthy Events[]

Major Events[]

Character Debuts[]

Ultimatrix Alien Debut[]

Minor Events[]

  • It is revealed that the Mark 10 has a voice command function.



Aliens Used[]


(Ben, Gwen, and Kevin are at the opening at a book signing)
Ben: Ha, now the truth comes out. Super cool, muscle car driving, ultimate bad boy, Kevin Levin likes girly movies!
Kevin: (trying to change the subject) You're telling me Jennifer Nocturne comes to town and you're not even curious?
Ben: (to Gwen) One blood-sucking soap opera and his little heart goes pitty-pat.
(Gwen giggles but notices Kevin frowning at her)
Kevin: (smug) And who was sitting next to me, through that blood-sucking soap opera and two sequels?
Gwen: Vampires are romantic...
(Kevin looks at a poster of Jennifer Nocturne)
Kevin: And hot... (pinched by Gwen) Ow!
Gwen: You were saying?
Kevin: I admire her craft as an actress.
(Gwen gives him a look, obviously not believing him)

Spidermonkey: (staring at the thug holding Nocturne) So... how are we going to do this?
Thug: Nobody said anything about blue monkeys! I'm outta here!

(Gwen, Julie and Kevin are watching TV at Ben's house)
Gwen: Could you just pick a channel and stick with it?
Kevin: There's nothing on anyway, except news about Bennifer!
Gwen: They're not calling them that...
(Ben opens the door)
Ben: We're just friends.

Ben: (switches from Spidermonkey to himself) Captain Nemesis? I'm your biggest fan!
Jennifer Nocturne: No, I'm your biggest fan, Ben Tennyson! (kisses him, as the camera flashes).

Rath: Jetray... Oh man, I mean Rath! LET ME TELL YA SOMETHING ULTIMATRIX! RATH IS SICK OF YOU NOT WORKING RIGHT! It's not even funny anymore...

Captain Nemesis: (screams)
Jennifer: Ben! What are you doing?
Ben: Oh, sorry. Rath just gets carried away sometimes.

Ben: (transforms into Four Arms) Four Arms!
Captain Nemesis: Captain Nemesis!
Four Arms: Why are you shouting your name out?! It's stupid!
Captain Nemesis: My name isn't stupid! Although, I have been thinking about dropping the "Captain" part- it doesn't really describe me accurately anymore.

Julie: (screams until she is saved by Ben as Goop) You saved me.
Goop: Of course I did. You're my girl. (Julie smiles)

Captain Nemesis: Oh, now you're my friend? I can't believe I wasted whole life trying to protect people like you! Captain Nemesis is dead! From now on, call me, OVERLORD!
Goop: How about we call you a good therapist?

Water Hazard: WATER HAZARD! I was going for Big Chill, but I still think I can cool you off! First, some nice cold water! (sprays Overlord with water) Then, I'll absorb the moisture from the air! (absorbs the moisture causing Overlord's armor to break)
Overlord: You won't beat me! I can still prove to everyone that I'm the hero!
Water Hazard: JUST BE QUIET! (viciously attacks Overlord, until he falls to the ground.)

Ben: (to the beaten Overlord) How could you do this?! You used to be a hero, I had your poster on my wall! Did you forget? This isn't about fame! It's about helping people!

Jennifer: I don't know how to thank you Kevin! You saved my life! Have you ever considered-
Gwen: (taps her on the shoulder) I will peel you like a grape!

Naming and Translations[]

Language Name Origin
Hungarian Hősidó Hero Time
Italian L'ora dell'eroe The Hero's Hour
Polish Czas Bohatera Hero Time
Portuguese (Br) Hora do Herói Hero Time
Romanian E Timpul Pentru Eroi It's Time for the Heroes
Spanish (HA) Hora de Ser Héroe Time to Be a Hero
Spanish (Spain) Hora de Ser Héroe Time to Be a Hero


Voice Actor Role(s)
Yuri Lowenthal Ben Tennyson
TV Reporter #2
Ashley Johnson Gwen Tennyson
Greg Cipes Kevin Levin
Dee Bradley Baker Jetray
Four Arms
Ultimate Humungousaur
Water Hazard
TV Reporter #1
John DiMaggio Rath
Will Harangue
Audience Member
Vyvan Pham Julie Yamamoto
Nicholas Guest Simons
Tara Platt Jennifer Nocturne
TV Reporter #3
Christopher McDonald Captain Nemesis
Sean Donnellan Cameraman




  • The crowd standing at both the book signing and at the party changes from a cluster line into a single file line.
  • When Ben approaches the thugs, the Ultimatrix dial is facing the wrong way. Also, the dial doesn't pop up, nor does a hologram appear.
  • When Ben becomes Spidermonkey, the fans are standing in front of the cordon, even though they were standing behind it before the fight.
  • Spidermonkey flies on top of the building across the street. However, this is actually the same spot where Captain Nemesis puts on his armor, but he is not seen.
  • Various other errors occur during the first fight:
    • Although both of Jennifer's bodyguards are shot and thrown backwards, they disappear throughout the fight and even when Jennifer kisses Ben.
    • The fans at the book signing appear and vanish throughout the fight.
    • Jennifer and the thug who keeps her at hostage constantly vanish and appear.
    • The guns vanish after the thugs are being disarmed and beaten.
    • The Darkfall poster on the door appears and vanishes throughout the fight.
  • Kevin mutes the volume on the TV when he, Gwen, and Julie are watching the news about Ben and Jennifer. However, when Ben arrives and watches Harangue's news, the volume is automatically unmuted.
  • When Gwen, Kevin and Julie watch the initial news coverage on Ben and Jennifer, Gwen eats food from a paper bag, but when Ben arrives, the bag disappears.
  • When Kevin says, "I do" before Gwen hits him, his face and hand are merged.
  • When Jennifer talks to Ben by the helicopter, Ben's jacket stripes are on both sleeves.
  • When Jennifer says, "Ready for the party?" to Ben, Gwen and Kevin vanish when the camera moves from Julie to Ben.
  • When Ben is at the party, his jacket stripes are on the wrong side.
  • It stops raining within a second when Simons speaks with Harangue.
  • When Jetray dives, his chest stripe is yellow.
  • Before Armodrillo changes back, he is standing behind Captain Nemesis, but when Ben appears, he is suddenly in front of Nemesis.
  • Ben says that he defeated ten of Computron's minions, but if counted, he only defeats five. In fact, there were only about five of them in that scene.
  • When Jennifer begins hosting for the friendly contest, her shorts are black. This occurs again when Captain Nemesis fires a fire blast at Gwen's mana shield.
  • Humungousaur's feet appear before Ben transforms into him.
  • When Ben and Nemesis are having their race one of the placards the fans are holding reads "I <3 BEM".
  • When Captain Nemesis wins the race, the audience is reused three times.
  • The bridge vanishes when Captain Nemesis beats Rath in the race.
  • During the competition, in one shot, the "N" on Captain Nemesis' chest is miscolored.
  • After Captain Nemesis loses the competition, one of the audience members doesn't have a face.
  • When Ben enters the Nemesis Tower, his jacket stripes are on his left sleeve instead of his right sleeve.
  • During Ultimate Humungousaur's transformation sequence, Humungousaur's back is light brown.
  • Ultimate Humungousaur is supposed to be able to launch missiles out of the blaster scopes he can unveil in the knuckles of his hands. Instead, when he uses them, red laser bolts are fired rapidly out of the top scope as his hands spin as if they were the cannon barrels for revolvers.
  • When Captain Nemesis shoots a rope at Ultimate Humungousaur's arm, the rope on his arm disappears for a split second and reappears in the next shot.
  • When Captain Nemesis pulls the rope he wrapped around Ultimate Humungousaur's left wrist, the area around Ultimate Humungousaur's eye is colored green like his skin.
  • When Nemesis flies towards Ultimate Humungousaur, his horn is green.
  • Right when Water Hazard takes his first swing at Overlord, the "N" on his chest is missing.
  • Ben mentions that he has a poster of Captain Nemesis on his wall, but all of the many episodes his room appeared in, there is no poster at all.


  • In Asia, excluding India, the scene when Jennifer kisses Ben is censored.
  • This episode aired on the birthday of Tara Platt, wife to Yuri Lowenthal.
  • Ben knew Computron and his minions were attacking people because he saw it on TV.[DM 1]
  • A line was cut in the episode, where one of the reporters was supposed to say, "I don't believe it. It's Captain Nemesis!", but in the episode she just says "Captain Nemesis".[CN 2]
  • In India, the scene where Rath attacks Captain Nemesis after the race was removed.[CN Ind 1]


Crew Statements[]

T.J. Collins[]

Dwayne McDuffie[]

Cartoon Network[]

Cartoon Network India[]

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