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LEMME TELL YA SOMETHIN'...

– Rath's main catchphrase.

Rath is the Omnitrix's DNA sample of an Appoplexian[2][3] from the planet Appoplexia.[DM 1][merch 1]

Appearance[]

Ben as Rath[]

Rath resembles an orange and white bipedal tiger with one black claw coming out of each wrist and no tail. He is also muscular and has green eyes and black stripes on his shoulders, head, legs, and upper body as well as a white jaw, neck, chest, stomach, hands, and feet. The original Omnitrix/Ultimatrix is located in the center of his chest. Both Gwen and Azmuth take these appearance cues as Rath.

In Heroes United, fur stuck out of Rath's arms, legs, chin, and head, and his muscles had protruding veins when using his strength.

In the Omniverse intro and It Was Them, Rath looked similar to his Alien Force and Ultimate Alien appearance, but was more muscular, with longer and more pointed eyebrows. His fur appeared darker as well.

For the rest of Omniverse, Rath has black eyebrows and yellowish teeth.

In The Secret of Dos Santos, Skurd fixes the Omnitrix error that made Rath naked by giving him an outfit similar to that of a luchador (a Mexican masked wrestler). Rath's luchador outfit has a green and black color scheme, consisting of black boots, black gloves, and a luchador mask. Rath's claws are now greyish-silver instead of black, and the Omnitrix is now on his luchador belt.

Albedo as Negative Rath[]

In Alien Force, Negative Rath looked exactly like Ben's Rath but had red eyes and a red Ultimatrix symbol. In Ultimate Alien, Negative Rath lacked an Ultimatrix symbol.

In Omniverse, Negative Rath looks mostly the same as Ben Prime's Rath except his fur is recolored white, his stripes and skin are recolored dark pink, and his eyes are recolored red. In concept art, Negative Rath is naked yet wears a red Ultimatrix on his chest.

In Malgax Attacks, Negative Rath has clothing similar to the one Ben Prime's Rath gains in The Secret of Dos Santos. However, he lacks the mask and the tank top. He wears black shorts, red gloves and boots, a red belt with the Ultimatrix symbol on it.

Mad Ben as Mad Rath[]

Mad Ben's Rath has darker fur, orange eyes, and a hairstyle like his human form. He also has Mad Ben's Mad Max style silver plates with orange spikes on his shoulders, lower arms, and calves. The Omnitrix symbol is on a black panel on his chest and is colored orange. He is also slightly thinner than Ben Prime's Rath.

Personality[]

Ben as Rath[]

Rath isn't about being impressive. Rath is about being angry, and Rath's angry is impressive!!

– Rath to Poltroon.[4]

Rath is one of the only aliens who has a noticeable effect on Ben's personality, influencing it into one resembling that of a comic book vigilante and a flashy professional wrestler.[merch 2]

Rath almost always speaks in third person and a loud voice. Sometimes, when he becomes extremely angry, he mixes up metaphors (such as "a man's food is his castle"[3] or "you just bit off an eye that's bigger than your stomach can chew").[5] He is aware that they do not make sense, admitting this to Manny before they fought, but still continues to use them anyway.

Rath's muscle-over-brains mindset makes him needlessly argue with everyone around him. He even shouts at inanimate objects, like a hole he made in the ground, a stolen spaceship, gravity,[6] water,[7] fire, the Omnitrix[1][8] and Ultimatrix[9] for their malfunctions, the Proto-Tool's laser pointer, a giant ball of yarn,[10] and a paper bag on his head, arguments of which were ridiculous and that occasionally lead him to harm both himself and others. Rath's confrontational attitude often gets him and his teammates into trouble, such as when Kevin tried to reach an agreement with Vulkanus, the negotiation downgraded into a brawl when Rath provoked the latter by mocking his consecutive defeats by them and calling him "baby man".[3]

When Rath addresses someone or something, he usually yells a sentence starting with, "Let me tell ya something" followed by the full name of the person, calling Gwen and Kevin by this,[3] or their position, labeling Khyber as "self-proclaimed greatest huntsman in the galaxy".[11]

Rath is very fearless to the point of recklessness, as he didn't hesitate to jump down Jarett's throat to rescue the Prince of Lewoda or about firing the Vreedle Brothers out into space after they blasted him and his tray of food. Rath also does not make empty threats, as shown after saving the Prince and threatening to mutilate Jarett with rearrangement of his organs into a sweater if he started a war with the Lewodans, his low snarls hinted he meant it.[3] He also once outright admitted he had intended to hit Rojo in the head during a train robbery.[12] Ben even agreed with Gwen that Rath would have gone after JT and Cash upon learning they were taking credit for his heroics.[13]

Rath has a lot of pride in his capabilities and himself, expressing bluntness or anger instead of gratitude when Gwen and Rook saved him on several occasions.[12][8][1] Similarly, he denied needing enhancements from Skurd against Exo-Skull.[14]

Over time, Ben has gained slight control of himself as Rath. He once lowered his voice when talking to Gwen on the phone and showed mild irritation at her attitude before turning his attention back to the two Forever Knights at his ferocious mercy beforehand.[15]

Despite the fact that Rath is supposed to know nothing but anger and fighting, he is shown to be friendly towards the Prince of Lewoda, though not at first.[3]

Rath gets mad whenever someone mistakes him for a "kitty".[1]

Rath lacked the strong sense of shame his kind have, as he was always naked but had no shame.[4] However, upon being given clothing, he did state that he "was tired of walking around naked", meaning he actually was self-conscious but didn't show it.[14]

Rath sometimes yells out his special moves while fighting. These include Polaris Piledriver, Antarian Arm Bar, Ophiuchus Face-plant, Sirius Butt-Kicking,[5] Sheer Cosmic Drop, Incursean Ambassador,[8] Capellan Vomit Comet, and Lewodan Elbow Drop.[4]

Ever since Skurd fixed the error with the Omnitrix that caused Rath to go naked, Rath is capable of speaking in Spanish, though it should be noted that this is a feature granted by the Omnitrix, and is not something that Rath naturally knows.[14] Rath was also impressed and expressed deep gratitude to Skurd for fixing the glitch in the Omnitrix that was causing him to be naked.

Azmuth and Gwen as Rath[]

Azmuth and Gwen retain the personality changes of Ben's Rath, but in their regular voices. Both also have different speech compared to Ben; Azmuth refers to himself as Azmuth rather than Rath[16] while Gwen addresses people with their full proper name than nicknames and middle initials, calling Ben "Benjamin Kirby Tennyson" and Kevin "Kevin Ethan Levin" (as well as being unable to pronounce the Ultimatrix's name).[17]

Albedo as Negative Rath[]

Unlike Ben, Albedo has better control over his temper as Negative Rath because of his superior intellect.[DJW 1]

Mad Ben as Mad Rath[]

Mad Rath is the same as Ben Prime's Rath but would start his catchphrase with "Oi!".[DJW 2]

Nega Ben as Nega Rath[]

Nega Rath would retain Nega Ben's dour personality.[DJW 3] He would also not say his usual catchphrase,[DJW 4] instead saying "I don't wanna tell you anything".[DJW 5]

Benzarro as Rath[]

Benzarro's Rath would be as backwards as Benzarro.[DJW 6] His catchphrase is "Let me no tell you things!".[DJW 7]

Powers and Abilities[]

Rath possesses enhanced strength and agility, enabling him to lift objects much heavier than himself and smash through his opponents with ease. This was shown by how he was able to easily dismember the Forever Knights' paramilitary tank via brute force and toss the still extremely large pieces around (with one hand and later with two for the tank's body) with minimal to no effort.[15] Due to his incredible strength, Rath is also capable of generating shock waves.[3] Technically speaking, he is physically weaker than Tetramands.[DR 1]

Rath's natural strength increases whenever he gets angry,[merch 2] which in turn gives him an advantage in combat by powering his way through many opponents and smash through tough defenses.

Rath can perform fighting moves with expert execution, as seen when he used wrestling moves to defeat Manny[5] and a Techadon robot,[18] battle Animo's mutant ants,[8] and overwhelm Poltroon.[4] Rath either made up the moves himself or learned them from someone.[ES 1]

Rath possesses a large, retractable[3][19] black claw on each wrist, which are sharp enough to cut through the bottom of a plumber ship, as well as Attea's Incursean Blaster and a box.[10] Rath also has a very strong bite force, as he was able to easily shatter SevenSeven's blade with his sharp teeth.[20]

Rath is extremely durable, being able to take point-blank laser or energy blasts with no apparent effect,[merch 2] survive a free fall from several hundred feet in the air with only a bit of dizziness as a result,[6] break through a concrete wall without showing any pain,[1] and survive being crushed by Way Big's hand.[21]

Rath can jump very high,[10] he is also very acrobatic, as demonstrated when he was forced into doing several circus tricks by the Circus Freak Trio.[22]

Rath is very quick and agile, especially when running on all fours.[23][21] Rath can also run on walls.[24] Rath also has enhanced hearing.[4]

Rath has some degree of space survivability, as he got onto Sangfroid's spaceship without a spacesuit.[3]

Rath has some degree of heat resistance, as he seemed able to easily maneuver through a burning house without much issue.[1] Rath is also resistant to acid, as he was able to enter Jarett's stomach and return unharmed.[3]

Rath can release a loud, powerful roar.[3]

Weaknesses[]

Rath's brain is hardwired for aggression and as such, Rath's main weakness is his lack of intelligence and highly aggressive temperament. This causes Rath to become easily distracted and difficult to stop once he starts fighting. He is also not quite adept for diplomatic approaches, particularly negotiations, and can make bad or difficult situations worse.[3] Additionally, opponents can defeat him if they exploit his lack of intelligence and single-minded aggression.[10]

Rath's apparent lack of intelligence also often convinces him to needlessly argue with inanimate objects.[6]

Rath is scared of water, like most actual cats, but unlike actual tigers.[7]

Being a feline-based alien, Rath can be controlled by people that have the ability to control cats, like Nyancy Chan. He can also be easily distracted by a laser pointer.[10]

Rath has very sensitive hearing, which makes him vulnerable to loud piercing sounds, such as an Evolved Sonorosian's sonic disks[25] and a certain sonic frequency signals.[4]

Despite being resistant to heat, Rath can be harmed by fire.[1]

Rath can easily be scared by Toepick's species.[DJW 8]

History[]

Alien Force[]

Ultimate Alien[]

Omniverse[]

Mad Ben's Timeline[]

Appearances[]

Ben
Season 2
Azmuth
Season 2
Albedo
Season 2

Ben
Season 1
Season 3
Specials
Flashback
Specials
Albedo
Season 3
Gwen
Season 3

Ben
Season 1
Season 2
Season 3
Season 4
Season 5
Season 6
  • Catfight (x4; first time intended alien was Wildmutt; second, third, and fourth times were unintended transformations)
Season 7
Season 8
Mad Ben
Season 5
Albedo
Season 8

Cartoon Network Action Packs
Ultimate Alien
Chapter Books
Alien Force
Other Comics
Ultimate Alien
Omniverse

Ultimate Alien
Omniverse

Ultimate Alien
  • Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Xenodrome

Video Games[]

Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Cosmic Destruction[]

Rath is an exclusive character for the Xbox 360 version of the game. He can be unlocked by either completing the game or by entering the cheat code "Primus".

Since he is treated as an exclusive alien to a certain console, Rath is not required to be used at all in order to complete the game.

Ben 10: Galactic Racing[]

Rath is a playable racer in the game.

Ben 10: Omniverse 2[]

Rath is a playable alien in the game (only on 3DS).

Online Games[]

FusionFall[]

he Rath Nano is a mini version of Rath with special powers to support the hero in FusionFall. It was released in-game on September 14, 2011, with the AmpFibian Nano and the Van Kleiss Nano. He is the first Ben 10 Nano to be gained without having to defeat a fusion.

Project Exonaut[]

Rath is a playable Exosuit of the Atlas Brigade on Project Exonaut. His Weapon Mod increases the width of the shot of the Ballista. Rath is available for purchase at level 10 for 750 coins.

TKO[]

Rath is a playable alien.

Naming and Translations[]

Language Name Origin
Albanian Zemërim From zemërim, wrath/anger/angry
Arabic Rath/ غضب From the original English name
Bulgarian Бяс From Бяс/Bias, rage
Chinese 暴虎 From (Bào), violent, and (Hǔ), tiger
Dutch Wraak From wraak, revenge
Filipino Galit From galit, wrath/anger/angry
French Bengalosaure From Bengale, Bengal, as in "Bengal tiger" and -saure, -saur
German Tiger From tiger, tiger
Greek Ραθ From the original English name
Hebrew ראת From the original English name
Hungarian Frász From frász, jitters
Italian Tigre From tigre, tiger
Korean 라스 From the original english name
Polish Gniew From gniew, wrath
Portuguese (Br) Irado/Rath From irado, angry; in the most episodes Rath is used more than Irado
Romanian Rath From the original English name
Russian Рэт From the original English name
Spanish (HA) Rath
Fiera (since It's a Mad, Mad, Mad Ben World: Part 2)
From the original English name
From fiera, wild beast
Spanish (Spain) Airado From airado, angry
Turkish Ret Turkish pronunciation of the English name

Etymology[]

Rath's name is a misspelled version of "wrath", meaning fury and rage, referencing his attitude and fury-based powers.

Trivia[]

  • Rath is the third alien in Alien Force and Ultimate Alien to not be voiced by Dee Bradley Baker; the first being Alien X and the second being Ghostfreak.
  • Rath is the second alien to stay in a whole episode due to an Omnitrix malfunction; the first being Grey Matter.
  • Rath and Buzzshock are the only aliens to have been unlocked by electromagnetic interference.
  • The Vreedle Brothers state that Appoplexians such as Rath are much more aggressive and dimmer than they are.[3]
  • Whenever Rath executes wrestling moves, he names them after stars.[5]
  • Out of all of Ben's aliens, Gwen and Kevin find Rath the most entertaining and amusing due to his mediocre intelligence, occasionally joking about him behind his back or out of his earsight.[6]
  • Appoplexians have an advanced sense of shame and typically wear clothes. However, Rath used to be naked all the time[4] because of "a horrible error on the part of the Omnitrix" that was eventually fixed by Skurd.[14] This change eventually became permanent.[DJW 9][DJW 10]
  • If Benzarro were to transform into Rath, he would be hairless.[DJW 11]
  • Dwayne McDuffie came up with Rath's personality[DM 2] and the wrestling moves he used in Above and Beyond.[ES 2]
  • Rath's existence was first hinted at by Dwayne on March 29, 2009, when asked if there were any aliens similar to Blitzwolfer, whom Ben had to control to struggle against Loboan savagery.[DM 3]
  • Rath's personality is similar to that of Marvel Comics superheroes Wolverine and the Hulk due to all three of them having aggressive personalities. Additionally, Rath shares the Hulk's tendency to refer to himself in third person and low intelligence.
    • Rath is also similar to the Pokémon Incineroar as they are both hot tempered anthropomorphic tigers who fight with brute force and wrestling moves.
  • Rath's catchphrase, "LEMME TELL YA SOMETHIN'!", appears to be a reference to Hulk Hogan's signature catch phrase, "Let me tell you something, brother".
  • Rath is Eugene Son, Paul Eiding, Ashley Johnson, and Yuri Lowenthal's favorite Omnitrix alien,[ES 3][ES 4][AC 1][AC 2][YL 1] the latter of whom states that his love for the Appoplexian transformation is mostly because of John DiMaggio's voice acting.

References[]

Crew Statements[]

Dwayne McDuffie[]

Derrick J. Wyatt[]

Eugene Son[]

Duncan Rouleau[]

Yuri Lowenthal[]

Merchandise[]

  1. K-Zone magazine; file
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 File:Rath Anger.png

Audio Commentary[]

Transformations
Introduced in Ben 10 ArctiguanaBlitzwolferBuzzshockCannonboltDiamondheadDittoEvil Way Big (Destroy All Aliens)Eye GuyFour ArmsFrankenstrikeGhostfreakGrey MatterHeatblastRipjawsSnare-ohSpitterStinkflyUpchuckUpgradeWay BigWildmuttWildvineXLR8
Introduced in Alien Force Alien XBig ChillBrainstormChromastoneEcho EchoGoopHumungousaurJetrayLodestarNanomechRathSpidermonkeySwampfire
Introduced in Ultimate Alien AmpfibianArmodrilloChamalienClockworkEatleFasttrackJuryriggNRGShocksquatchTerraspinWater Hazard
Introduced in Omniverse AstrodactylAtomixBall WeevilBloxxBullfragCrashhopperFeedbackGravattackGutrotKickin HawkMole-StachePesky DustThe WorstToepickWalkatroutWhampire
Future Aliens SandboxShellheadSnakepit
Ultimate Aliens AlbedoArctiguanaBenBig ChillCannonboltEcho EchoGravattackHumungousaurRathSpidermonkeySwampfireWay BigWildmutt
Fusion Aliens Atomic-XBig ChuckCrashockerDiamond MatterFourmungousaurHeat JawsHumungoopsaurStink ArmsUprigg
Concept Fusion Aliens GravadactylXLRG
Non-Canon
Competition Winners Alien Maker Contest WinnerMoyoInvinciblePortalerShadowmanStretcheleo
MAD ChromastoneFour ArmsHumungousaurJetrayNRGSwampfire
Total Access AntigraviteslaBob the BlobPlantapocalypse
Ben 10: Science Hero CaetSektoid TransformationShafarnianSteeler
Tim 10 BloxxFour ArmsHeatblastSkateasaurusUpchuckXLR8
Other Cartoon Network AlienEon (retconned)Evil Way Big (Cosmic Destruction)Fuel Run AlienGrendene AlienK-Zone AlienRobot AlienRocksSquidstrictor
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