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I didn't create a weapon. All of you did. I created the ultimate device for understanding all the beings of the universe.

Azmuth explaining the purpose of the Omnitrix.[1]

The Omnimatrix, better known as the Omnitrix, was a watch-like device that attached to Ben Tennyson's wrist at the beginning of the series and is the device that the franchise revolves around. The device is a portable library of intergalactic genetic data that allowed the wielder to alter their DNA at will and transform into a variety of different alien species, each with their own unique abilities.

The Omnitrix was destroyed in The Final Battle: Part 2 and replaced with the Ultimatrix.

Appearance

In the first form that Ben encountered, the Omnitrix looked like a large wristwatch, primarily black and grey in color, with a grey (or black) dial in the middle (like a watch face) which has a green hourglass shape (the intergalactic "peace" symbol, also on Plumber's Badges and Galvan Prime) on it. It has a circular tube. When Ben selects his aliens it shows the alien's silhouette.

The prototype Omnitrix (before recalibration) in Omniverse flashbacks looks the same as that of the original series, albeit it has two buttons instead of one and the hourglass symbol on Ben's transformations is now green instead of white, due to the removal of the scratch guard.

After recalibrating, the Omnitrix resembled a slimmer and sleeker watch-like shape, now with a green wristband, and the face of the dial becoming black and green. The inside of the hourglass symbol glowed in different colours during certain moments; these colours signify the mode that the Omnitrix was presently in. When Ben is selecting his aliens it shows the alien's hologram standing on the core rather than the alien's silhouette.

Purpose

The Omnitrix was created by Azmuth as a tool of peace in an act of repentance following the destruction caused by his previous creation, Ascalon, a weapon of terrible power.[2]

To the rest of the universe, the Omnitrix had a two-fold purpose. One was to promote inter-species understanding by allowing other beings to experience different ways of life.[1] The other was to function as a repository for the DNA of over a million different species that Azmuth thinks are intelligent.[DM 1] This collection of DNA is then preserved in the event that any of species catalouged should ever be rendered extinct, allowing the Omnitrix to restore them to life.[3]

Unbeknownst to everyone else, Azmuth had a third reason for creating the Omnitrix. He hoped that his estranged lover Zennith, who had left him as he created Ascalon, would learn of his change and come back to him.[2]

Known Users

User Put On Removal
Ben Tennyson In And Then There Were 10, Ben found the Omnitrix and it put itself on his wrist. In Back with a Vengeance, the Omnitrix was attempted to be removed by Kevin Levin.
In Back with a Vengeance, Gwen gave Ben the Omnitrix and he put it back on. After the Omniverse flashbacks, Ben removed the Omnitrix off-screen.
In Ben 10 Returns: Part 1, Ben put the Omnitrix back on. In Primus, the Omnitrix removed itself.
In Primus, Ben took the Omnitrix from Vilgax and put it back on. In The Final Battle: Part 1, Humungousaur removed the Omnitrix.
Gwen Tennyson In the Gweniverse, Gwen found the Omnitrix instead of Ben.
In the non-canon Gwen 10, Gwen found and put on the Omnitrix. In Gwen 10, the Omnitrix came off when Gwen was hit by an electric bolt.
Max Tennyson In the non-canon Gwen 10, the Omnitrix put itself on Max.
Albedo Prior to Good Copy, Bad Copy, Albedo created and put on a duplicate Omnitrix. In Good Copy, Bad Copy, Azmuth removed the Omnitrix from Albedo.
In the Vilgax Attacks Timeline, Albedo used a copied Omnitrix.
Azmuth In Primus, Azmuth put on the Omnitrix. In Primus, the Omnitrix was removed by Vilgax.
Vilgax In Primus, Vilgax put on the Omnitrix. In Primus, the Omnitrix was removed by Ben.
In The Final Battle: Part 1, Vilgax put on the Omnitrix. In The Final Battle: Part 2, the Omnitrix was destroyed by Ben.

Modes

Active Mode (Prototype)

Active Mode is the Omnitrix's default mode. The actual usage time is 10 minutes at a time.[pop-up 1][4] If he changes from one form to another, the combined time for the changes can be no more than 10 minutes, likely less because of power leakage.[DM 2][DM 3] Multiple transformations are energy-intensive and deplete the watch's power supply more quickly than single transformations. Three or four transformations would leave him with substantially less than a combined 10 minutes of time.[DM 4] The Omnitrix seems to time out sooner if it's taxed by activities with a lot of moving, like fighting. However, if regular transformations are tampered with, the user can't always turn back.

Active Mode (Recalibrated)

After the Omnitrix recalibrated, the symbols on the aliens were also of the green color, and located on their chests due to a glitch.

Recharge Mode (Prototype)

When the Omnitrix times out, it goes into Recharge Mode. It takes around 5 minutes to recharge, though it may take more time if tampered with. Recharge Mode's main purpose is to prevent the alien DNA from attaching permanently to its host.[pop-up 2][5]

The Omnitrix is powered by a special self-renewable power supply that will long outlive Ben.

The Omnitrix can instantly recharge to protect the user from a direct physical threat. This was shown when Ben was stuck to a wall about to be killed by Kevin 11[6] and when Zs'Skayr tried to possess Ben.[7] Both times, despite just timing out within a minute earlier, the Omnitrix recharges instantly when the user's life is put in direct threat. This feature was switched off after the recalibration.

If the user is knocked out or hurt enough, the Omnitrix will revert them to their normal form.

Recharge Mode (Recalibrated)

The recalibrated Omnitrix times out with no warning due to the warning being switched off when the Omnitrix recalibrated. When the Omnitrix was repairing the DNAliens' DNA to make them human again, the Omnitrix went into Recharge Mode after a while.[3]

After the Omnitrix had reset,[8] the time out warning feature was turned back on. When recharging the hourglass flashes either red instead of remaining a solid red, as it had when the Omnitrix was in its original form. The Omnitrix can alternatively flash green, rather than red, when signalling a time out.[9]

Scan Mode (Prototype)

When a new DNA sample has been unlocked from the Codon Stream, or when the Omnitrix captures new DNA not present in the Codon Stream, Capture Mode is activated. It can also reclaim lost or removed alien DNA that was in the Codon Stream.

It scans to match the species, then moves the identified species to the active playlist. If it's seen the species before, it does it passively, without Ben actively scanning.[DM 5]

Scan Mode (Recalibrated)

Unlike in the original series, the Omnitrix in Alien Force would not scan by touch (due to its recalibration).

The Omnitrix could scan Kevin's mutations, but it was programmed not to.[DM 6]

Self-Destruct Mode (Prototype)

In Self-Destruct Mode, the Omnitrix charges energy while counting down until it explodes. S.D.M. functions as a last resort should the Omnitrix fall into the wrong hands. It can be activated by Voice Command.

When in S.D.M. for a few days, the Omnitrix can charge enough energy to cause an energy ripple that will destroy the entire universe. While in S.D.M., the Omnitrix can send out energy bursts capable of throwing the user through the air.

When the S.D.M. is activated, the Omnitrix sends out a signal that any ship can pick up (unless it was activated by Voice Command), such as when Vilgax picked it up with a stolen ship and Tetrax picked up the signal, likely as a distress signal.

Self-Destruct Mode (Recalibrated)

The S.D.M was used and successfully triggered in an attempt to force Vilgax to give it to Ben, although he refused. It only destroyed itself, and not the universe, because it was charged for only 30 seconds (as opposed to a few days).[10]

Recalibration

The Omnitrix begins to recalibrate while selecting a set of new aliens.

The Omnitrix makes a beep-like noise, then it changes to a glowing black and green and morphs into its new shape.

The Omnitrix has hundreds of different forms (this is to fit different users).[DM 7]

The Omnitrix gives its wielder a new set of aliens depending on whether it is a hard or soft reset.[DM 8]

When hacking the Omnitrix, Kevin accidentally and briefly reverted the Omnitrix to its original appearance before changing it back.[11] Azmuth could also program it to recalibrate remotely.[DM 9]

Features

General

  • The Omnitrix mainly allowed for the user to transform into a numerous variety of alien life-forms that are each with their own unique powers and abilities (along with their weaknesses) and in a selection of alien DNA that is in groups of 10.[3]
  • The Omnitrix acted as a wireless receiver for the Codon Stream.[12]
    • By accessing the Codon Stream, the Omnitrix used special Omni-Energy to merge its wearer's DNA with the DNA samples it held to create transformations.[pop-up 3][13] Alien DNA is "injected" into the user, meaning they retain the wielder's personality, memories, and consciousness.[DR 1] The Omnitrix could not transform the user into another of its own species.
  • In order for the user to change the size, the matter was created from energy or reconstituted to energy as needed.
  • The Omnitrix had a quick change feature.
    • The user could change back by turning the second ring on the dial to the 3 o'clock position. When Ben appeared to be changing mentally, it was just a coincidence. He was out of time and changing anyway.[DM 10]
    • Manually touching the Omnitrix symbol not only allows the user to immediately transform back to normal[14] but can also be used to change forms while already transformed.[15]
  • The Omnitrix could alter its size to fit the user's wrist.[10]
  • When transformed, the Omnitrix protected the user from negative effects, including:
  • The Omnitrix had a built-in energy feedback blast to defend against anyone trying to force it off of its owner.[pop-up 4][4]
  • Once placed on the wearer, the Omnitrix could not be removed by normal physical means.
  • The Omnitrix could show a database image of all aliens unlocked.[18]
  • The Omnitrix was able to repair genetic damage, such as turn DNAliens back to normal and remove Xenocites.[19]
  • The Omnitrix could genetically manipulate DNA or reprogram a species' DNA (like fuse DNA from different species of aliens).[8]
  • The Omnitrix had a scratch guard that Ben didn't know how to remove. It fell off after Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens.[DJW 1]
  • The Omnitrix changed the aliens' eye color to match the user's eye color, a feature that can be turned off.
  • The Omnitrix could be synchronized with another Omnitrix, even without the user's intent.[20][21]
  • The Omnitrix was waterproof.[DM 11]
  • The Omnitrix could replace one of its DNA samples with someone else from the same species.[DM 12]
  • The recalibrated Omnitrix granted the user full understanding of the aliens' powers upon transforming into them.[DM 13]
  • The Omnitrix has the ablity to redirect scans from inorganic aliens if the power is boosted.

Extensions

  • The Omnitrix had AI (Artificial Intelligence).
  • The Omnitrix functioned as a GPS.[22]
  • The Omnitrix could create a hologram map, which is similar to the one in Plumber Badges.[22]
  • The Omnitrix had a 2-way communication system with Plumber Badges.
  • The Omnitrix had a built-in Universal Translator and could also translate other Earth languages.[DM 14]
  • The Omnitrix could teleport the user through Azmuth's teleportation channel.

Color Coding

  • The Omnitrix could display ten colors, each meaning something different:
    • Green: Active Mode
    • Red: Recharge Mode
    • Yellow: Capture Mode
    • Blue: Recalibration Mode
    • Purple: Controlled or risk of temporal threat
    • Orange: Self Destruct Mode (original Omnitrix form)
    • Grey: Inactive Mode
    • Black: Stop Mode
    • Pink: Under spell effect

Display Modes

  • The Omnitrix had two known display modes.
    • Black silhouettes of the aliens.
    • Dark green holograms of the aliens.
  • By changing the settings on the Omnitrix, either display modes could have been used with either Omnitrix form.

Clothing

  • Prior to its recalibration, the Omnitrix automatically used the molecules of its wearer's clothes to create coverings for the aliens.[pop-up 5][13] This function was lost when the the Omnitrix recalibrated; instead, nanomachines broke its wearer's clothes down and stored them until the transformation ended.[DM 15]

Allocation

  • When the user was transformed, an Omnitrix symbol appeared on the chest. The symbol was actually the Omnitrix itself, appearing in this form because many species don't have wrists. Although the Omnitrix was in the center of the chest area on every alien in Alien Force is for easy access, it was put in different places on some aliens in the original series.
    • The limited positioning of the symbols was the result of a glitch of the Omnitrix.[DJW 2]

Voice Command

  • The Omnitrix could be controlled by voice, called Voice Command.
    • Access Master Control
    • Decouple Omnitrix Command Code: 000 - Release Coupling - 0
      • Removes the Omnitrix.
    • Omnitrix Self Destruct in (time): Command code: 000 - Destruct - 0
      • Activates Self-Destruct Mode.
    • Abort Self Destruct Code 10
      • Deactivates Self-Destruct Mode.
    • Omnitrix Reset Code 10
      • Activates Reset Mode.
    • Omnitrix Abort Reset Code 10
      • Deactivates Reset Mode.
    • Command Function Override Code 10
      • Overrides function.

Malfunctions

  • If the Omnitrix's faceplate cover is broken off, the result was DNA hybrids.
  • When exposed to electromagnetic interference, the Omnitrix could cause unintentional transformations and the Omnitrix will be unable to deactivate until the source of the interference is gone.
    • This could work in reverse, rapidly changing the user from one form to another until someone/something stops it.
  • Technical glitches that would leave all the aliens naked and cold.[DJW 2]
  • Sometimes the Omnitrix would randomly leave the user stuck as an alien for an indefinite amount of time[23] that could only be deactivated by Azmuth hitting the Omnitrix symbol.[24]

Known Aliens

Original Omnitrix

The following list shows all known transformations during the timeframe of the original series and Omniverse flashbacks. Unless noted, all of these transformations were locked by the recalibration in Ben 10 Returns: Part 1.

Alien Species When It Was Unlocked/Obtained/First Used/Removed
Arctiguana Polar Manzardill Unlocked off-screen after Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens[DJW 3]
Blitzwolfer Loboan Unlocked by scanning the Werewolf in Benwolf
Cannonbolt Arburian Pelarota Accidentally unlocked by Gwen in The Big Tick
Clockwork Chronosapien Temporarily unlocked by synchronizing with the Omnitrix and subsequently locked in Ben Again
Diamondhead Petrosapien First used in And Then There Were 10
Ditto Splixson Accidentally unlocked by Ben in Divided We Stand
Eon [note 1] Chronian Obtained by scanning Eon in Ben 10: Race Against Time
Eye Guy Opticoid Unlocked off-screen prior to Ben 10 vs. the Negative 10: Part 1
First used in Ben 10 vs. the Negative 10: Part 2
Four Arms Tetramand First used in Washington B.C.
Feedback Conductoid Unlocked off-screen after Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens[DJW 3]
Removed and destroyed by Malware in the flashback portion of Showdown: Part 1
Frankenstrike Transylian Unlocked by scanning Viktor in Be Afraid of the Dark
Ghostfreak Ectonurite First used in Permanent Retirement
Escaped in Ghostfreaked Out
Reobtained by scanning Zs'Skayr in Be Afraid of the Dark
Removed from the Codon Stream prior to From Hedorium to Eternity
Grey Matter Galvan First used in Washington B.C.
Heatblast Pyronite First used in And Then There Were 10
Ripjaws Piscciss Volann First used in The Krakken
Snare-oh Thep Khufan Unlocked by scanning the Mummy in Under Wraps
First used in The Return
Spitter Sphoeroid Unlocked off-screen after Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens[DJW 3]
Stinkfly Lepidopterran First used in Washington B.C.
Perk Upchuck Perk Gourmand Unlocked by Xylene in The Visitor
Upgrade Galvanic Mechamorph First used in Permanent Retirement
Way Big To'kustar Unlocked by Azmuth in Ben 10: Secret of the Omnitrix
Wildmutt Vulpimancer First used in And Then There Were 10
Wildvine Florauna Accidentally unlocked by Ben in Camp Fear
XLR8 Kineceleran First used in And Then There Were 10
Gax[DR 2] Chimera Sui Generis Removed by the power surge on the Chimerian Hammer in Secrets[DR 3]

Recalibrated Omnitrix

The following list shows all transformations unlocked during the timeframe of Alien Force since the Omnitrix's recalibration. Unless noted, all of these transformations were transferred into the Ultimatrix prior to the Omnitrix's destruction in The Final Battle: Part 2.

Alien Species When It Was Unlocked/Reobtained/First Used/Removed
Alien X Celestialsapien First used in X = Ben + 2
Big Chill Necrofriggian First used in Kevin's Big Score
Brainstorm Cerebrocrustacean First used in Pier Pressure
Cannonbolt Arburian Pelarota Unlocked using the Master Control in War of the Worlds: Part 1
Chromastone Crystalsapien First used in All That Glitters
Accidentally escaped in Vengeance of Vilgax: Part 1
Recaptured by Ben and eventually destroyed by Vilgax in Vengeance of Vilgax: Part 2
Reobtained by scanning Sugilite in The Secret of Chromastone
Diamondhead Petrosapien Unlocked through Chromastone's destruction in Vengeance of Vilgax: Part 2
Echo Echo Sonorosian First used in Ben 10 Returns: Part 2
Ghostfreak Ectonurite Reobtained by scanning Zs'Skayr in Ghost Town
Goop Polymorph First used in The Gauntlet
Accidentally escaped in Vengeance of Vilgax: Part 1
Recaptured by Ben in Vengeance of Vilgax: Part 2
Heatblast Pyronite Unlocked by scanning Alan prior to Vengeance of Vilgax: Part 1
Humungousaur Vaxasaurian First used in Ben 10 Returns: Part 2
Jetray Aerophibian First used in Everybody Talks About the Weather
Lodestar Biosovortian Unlocked by the Omnitrix's reset and used off-screen in War of the Worlds: Part 2
First used on-screen in Simple
Nanomech Human/Nanochip Obtained by scanning the Nanochips in Ben 10: Alien Swarm
Rath Appoplexian Accidentally unlocked by Tiffin in Con of Rath
Spidermonkey Arachnichimp First used in Be-Knighted
Accidentally escaped in Vengeance of Vilgax: Part 1
Recaptured by Ben in Vengeance of Vilgax: Part 2
Swampfire Methanosian First used in Ben 10 Returns: Part 1
Murk Upchuck Murk Gourmand Unlocked using the Master Control in War of the Worlds: Part 1
Way Big To'kustar Unlocked using the Master Control in War of the Worlds: Part 1
Accidentally escaped in Vengeance of Vilgax: Part 1
Recaptured by Ben in Vengeance of Vilgax: Part 2
Wildmutt Vulpimancer Unlocked using the Master Control in War of the Worlds: Part 1[DM 7]
Unnamed DNAlien/Xenocite Obtained by scanning Xenocite slime and subsequently removed from the Codon Stream due to being non-sentient in Max Out

Appearances

Ben 10

Alien Force

Ultimate Alien

Season 2

Season 3

Omniverse

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

Season 5

Season 6

Season 7

Season 8

Toys

Ben 10

  • Voice Changer Set
  • Omnitrix Set with Punching sounds
  • Omnitrix FX
  • Deluxe Omnitrix
  • Digital Omnitrix

Alien Force

  • Omnitrix
  • Omnitrix Special Hologram 10-pack with Exclusive Alien X Hologram
  • Omnitrix X10
  • Omnitrix disc viewer 1
  • Omnitrix disc viewer 2

Naming and Translations

Language Name Origin
Hungarian Omnitrix From the original English name.
Spanish (HA) Omnitrix From the original English name; /omnɪ'trɪks/ (since Hunted until Secrets) and /'omnɪtrɪks/ (And Then There Were 10 and since Truth).
Spanish (Spain) Omnitrix From the original English name.

Notes

  1. The Chronian transformation is non-canon as of Ben 10,000 Returns due to Race Against Time being retconned as an alternate timeline and Eon's backstory being revised into an alternate version of Ben.

Trivia

  • The Omnitrix was originally called the Megawatt (alternatively spelled "Megawhat"), short for Megadeoxyribonucleictransdimensionaltransforminalnumerator.[DR 4][pop-up 6]
  • Originally, the Omnitrix only held thousands of DNA samples.[pop-up 3][13] This was retconned in Alien Force, as it was revealed that there were over a million DNA samples in the Omnitrix.[3]
  • The Omnitrix is loaded with underpowered and powerless aliens that have not been seen on-screen, many of which had been unlocked when Ben was 11.[MW 1]
  • The Galvans were the first species added to the Omnitrix.[DJW 4] However, Grey Matter's DNA sample came from neither Azmuth nor Albedo.[DJW 5]
  • The Omnitrix contained Vilgax's DNA until the power surge on the Chimerian Hammer caused it to malfunction and deleted the DNA.[25][DR 3]
  • The Omnitrix's green glow is its unique DNA energy signal.[pop-up 7][26]
  • Ben's transformations happen in an instant. Transformation sequences show it in slow motion.[pop-up 8][26]
  • Many of the problems Ben had with getting the Omnitrix to work were also safeguards put there by Azmuth.[pop-up 9][1]
  • Azmuth compared the Omnitrix to Noah's Ark and Ben to Noah.[3]
  • The Omnitrix was originally intended for Max and was programmed to work for his DNA because Ben is Max's grandson, the close genetic match is what allowed him to use it.[27][10][pop-up 10]
  • The Omnitrix's power source was smaller and more powerful than Sub Energy.[pop-up 11]
  • Ben found a couple unknown aliens while playing with the Omnitrix off-screen between War of the Worlds: Part 2 and Vengeance of Vilgax: Part 1.[DM 8]
  • Originally, the aliens' Omnitrix symbols' grey and white coloration in the original series was caused by a malfunction.[DM 16] From a design standpoint it was mostly changed because that's how the crew decided to color it.[DM 17]
  • The reason for most aliens wearing Ben's black/white t-shirt was because it looked cool and it helped make all the alien's appear with a common thread.[DJ 1]
    • This feature was removed when the Omnitrix recalibrated. When asked if he would give Ben's aliens Ben's clothing, Dwayne McDuffie replied "Likely never".[DM 17]
  • According to Derrick J. Wyatt, the Omnitrix had technical glitches that would cause random flight and abilities not native to the alien species.[DJW 2]
    • However, it is unknown if this is canon as Matt Wayne seemed to be unaware of the existence of glitch powers.[MW 4]
  • In Max Out, the recalibrated Omnitrix spoke in a voice similar to Ben's, but deeper. In all following episodes, it spoke in Ben's normal voice.
  • The Omnitrix's voice-activated self-destruct sequence is the same code from "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock" that James T. Kirk used to activate the Enterprise's one minute self-destruct sequence (000 destruct-0).
  • The recalibrated Omnitrix aliens yell their names after Ben transforms into them because "they are asserting their identity as they gain consciousness".[DM 13]
    • It was Dwayne McDuffie's idea to have Ben shout the names of his aliens, as he thought it would help younger fans know the aliens' names.[DM 18]

References

Crew Statements

Dwayne McDuffie

Duncan Rouleau

Matt Wayne

Dave Johnson

Derrick J. Wyatt

Pop-ups

See Also

Omnitrixes
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Unitrix Omnitrix (Original) Ultimatrix Omnitrix
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Omnitrix (Ben 10,000) Biomnitrix Nemetrix Ultimatrix (Recreated)
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Omnitrix (Replica) Hero Watch Power Watch Zombitrix
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Negatrix Omnitrix (Gweniverse) Argitrix
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