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Rath is the Omnitrix's DNA sample of an Appoplexian from the planet Appoplexia.

Appearance

Ben as Rath

Rath is about nine feet tall. He 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.

In Heroes United, fur stuck out of Rath's arms, chin, and head, making his appearance more pronounced.

In Omniverse, Rath looked similar to his Alien Force and Ultimate Alien appearance, but was more muscular, with longer and more pointed eyebrows which were completely black (except in his first reappearance). His fur appeared darker as well.

In 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 has white fur instead of orange and has dark grey stripes. He now has clothing, just like Ben's Rath, though he lacks the mask and the tank top. He has black shorts, red gloves and boots, as well as 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

Rath's personality resembles that of Marvel ComicsWolverine and a stereotypical professional wrestler.

Rath almost always speaks in third person. Sometimes, when he becomes extremely angry, he mixes up metaphors (such as "a man's food is his castle"[1] or "you just bit off an eye that's bigger than your stomach can chew").[2] He is self-aware that they do not make sense, 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,[3] water,[4] fire, the Omnitrix[5] and Ultimatrix[6] for their malfunctions, the Proto-Tool's laser pointer, a giant ball of yarn,[7] and a paper bag on his head, arguments of which were ridiculous and that occasionally lead him to harm both himself and others. His big mouth often gets Rath and his teammates into trouble, such as when Kevin tried to reach an agreement with Vulkanus, Rath began mocking the latter's defeats from them and called him "baby man", resulting in the negotiation downgrading into a fight.[1]

When Rath is angry at someone or something, he usually yells a sentence starting with, "Let me tell ya something" followed by the full name of the person, calling Kevin by his,[1] or their position, labeling Khyber as "self-proclaimed greatest huntsman in the galaxy".[8]

Rath is very fearless to the point of recklessness, as he didn't hesitate to literally jump down Jarett's throat to rescue the Tiffin 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 Tiffin and threatening to mutilate Jarett with rearrangement of his organs into a sweater if he started a war with the Lewodans, his low growl hinted he meant it.[1] He also once outright stated he intended to hit Rojo in the head during a train robbery.[9] Ben even agreed with Gwen's premonition that Rath would do something unthinkable if he ever went after J.T. and Cash upon learning about them taking credit for his heroics.[10]

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[9][11][5] Similarly, he denied needing enhancements from Skurd against Exo-Skull.[12]

Over time, Ben has gained slight control of himself as Rath. He once lowered his voice when talking to Gwen on the phone, even though he had two Forever Knights at his ferocious mercy, and mildly called her unempathetic response "harsh".[13]

Because of Rath's extremely low intellect, Kevin can't help but mock or make fun of him.

Despite the fact that Rath is supposed to know nothing but anger and fighting, he is shown to be friendly towards the Tiffin, though not at first.[1]

Rath does not have a very good sense of humor, as he gets mad whenever someone mistakes him for a "kitty".

Rath lacked the strong sense of shame his kind have, as he was always naked but had no shame.[14]

Ever since Skurd fixed the error with the Omnitrix that caused Rath to go naked, Rath is capable of speaking in Spanish.[12]

Albedo as Negative Rath

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

Powers and Abilities

  • Enhanced Strength
  • Wall Scaling
  • Enhanced Jumping
  • Enhanced Speed/Quadrupedalism
  • Wrestling Proficiency
  • Enhanced Durability
  • Sharp Claws
  • Strong/Sharp Teeth
  • Shock Waves
  • Powerful Roar

Rath possesses enhanced strength and agility, enabling him to jump great distances and lift objects heavier than himself. 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.[13] Rath's strength also gives him an advantage in combat, allowing him to power his way through many opponents and smash through tough defenses.

Rath's unbridled aggression gives him a psychological edge in combat. There are very few things that Rath fears and many opponents find it extremely difficult to beat him if he is fully enraged.

Rath possesses a large, retractable black claw on each wrist. This claw can be used to stab and slice opponents or to create a shock wave when stabbed into the ground. Whenever Rath gets determined or angry, his claws seem to grow larger.[1]

Rath's also has a very strong bite force, as he was able to easily shatter SevenSeven's blade with his sharp teeth.[15]

Rath is extremely durable, being able to take a point-blank laser blast with no apparent effect and survive a free fall from several hundred feet in the air with only a bit of dizziness as a result.[3] He can also run very fast,[16] and run on walls.[17]

Rath can also release a loud roar, although this seems to be more of an intimidation tactic rather than an offensive feature.[1]

Even though he is not one of the smartest of Ben's aliens, Rath can perform fighting moves with expert execution, as seen when he used wrestling moves to defeat Manny[2] and a Techadon robot.[18]

Weaknesses

  • Hydrophobia
  • Vulnerability to Feline Control
  • Vulnerability to Fire
  • Distracted by Laser Pointers
  • Sensitive Hearing
  • Needless Ranting
  • Uncontrollable Anger

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.[1]

Rath's apparent lack of intelligence also often convinces him to needlessly argue with inanimate objects.[3]

Rath is scared of water, like most actual cats, but unlike actual tigers.[4]

Rath can be subdued by the Hephestan Neuro Grip.[8]

Rath has very sensitive hearing, which makes him vulnerable to loud piercing sounds, such as a certain sonic frequency signal.[14]

Being feline-based, 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.[7]

History

Ben
Azmuth
Albedo

Ben
Albedo
Gwen
Flashback

Ben
Mad Ben
Albedo

Appearances

Ben
Season 3
Azmuth
Season 3
Albedo
Season 3

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

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
Chapter Books
Ben 10: Omniverse
Others
  • Will Jarrett Have His Revenge?

Video Games

  • Rath in Cosmic Destruction
  • Rath in Galactic Racing
  • Rath Exosuit in Project Exonaut

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).

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.

Mobile Games

  • Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Xenodrome (starter alien)

Naming and Translations

Language Name Origin
Albanian Zemërim From zemërim, wrath/anger/angry
Arabic Rath 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 From ret, rejection

Etymology

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

Trivia

  • Dwayne McDuffie came up with Rath's personality.[DM 1]
  • Rath is both Eugene Son and Yuri Lowenthal's favorite Omnitrix alien,[ES 1][ES 2][YL 1] the latter of whom states that his love for the Appoplexian transformation is mostly because of John DiMaggio's voice acting for the character.
  • Appoplexians have an advanced sense of shame and typically wear clothes, unlike Rath, who used to be naked all the time.[14]
    • Rath was naked because of "a horrible error on the part of the Omnitrix". This error was eventually fixed by Skurd[12][DJW 2] and the change became permanent.[DJW 3][DJW 4]
  • 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.[3]
  • The Vreedle Brothers state Rath and other Appoplexians are much more aggressive and dimmer than they are.[1]
  • Similar to Echo Echo and Atomix, whenever Rath executes wrestling moves, he names them after stars.[2]
  • Sometimes, when Rath is about to fight, the sound of a WWE ring bell is heard.
  • In September 2011, FusionFall released Rath Nano.
  • Rath is replaced with 11-year-old Blitzwolfer in the opening intro of Omniverse's Arc 5.
  • Rath is the second alien in Alien Force and Ultimate Alien to not be voiced by Dee Bradley Baker; the first being Alien X.
  • 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.

References

Crew Statements

Dwayne McDuffie

Eugene Son

Derrick J. Wyatt

Yuri Lowenthal

Transformations
Introduced in Ben 10 ArctiguanaBlitzwolferBuzzshockCannonboltDiamondheadDittoEye 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
Ultimate Aliens Ultimate AlbedoUltimate ArctiguanaUltimate Big ChillUltimate CannonboltUltimate Echo EchoUltimate GravattackUltimate HumungousaurUltimate RathUltimate SpidermonkeyUltimate SwampfireUltimate Way BigUltimate Wildmutt
Fusion Aliens Atomic-XBig ChuckCrashockerDiamond MatterFourmungousaurHeat JawsHumungoopsaurStink ArmsUprigg
Unseen Aliens Decagon VreedleRocksSquidstrictorVentrilosquid
Future Aliens SandboxShellheadSnakepit
Retconned Eon
Non-Canon Cartoon Network AlienPortalerAntigraviteslaBob the BlobPlantapocalypseThriller Whale

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