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The Widening Gyre is the twenty-first episode of the third season of Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, and the forty-first episode overall.


After a giant garbage-like creature appears and drags a boat down into the ocean, Ben and the crew investigate the Pacific Garbage Vortex.[note 1]


The episode opens with a fade-in shot of a tin can floating in the ocean. Behind it, a cargo ship is sailing by with a full load. The people on the boat start to cough, while a man runs up to the captain telling him there's a very strong smell lingering, and nobody can figure out where it's coming from. Suddenly, they see they are approaching an island made entirely of trash. The captain tries to steer away, but the currents break off the ruder and begin capsizing the ship along with the cargo. A shipping container falls off, only to be caught by a giant garbage-like creature that emerges from under the ship, and drags the boat down into the ocean, leaving no survivors.

Ben is digging through his garage while Kevin is moaning about how Ben promised that they would do something fun, which Ben says they will after his garage is cleaned out. Kevin asks Gwen if she's ready to leave. She nods and they proceed as some government agents arrive and politely request his help.

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Rozum shows the team the missing ships

Once at Colonel Rozum's base, he asks if they're familiar with the Pacific Garbage Vortex, to which Gwen provides an exact definition: "Approximately two-hundred billion tons of non-biodegradable plastics are dumped into the oceans every year. Currents collect this and untold trillions of other refuse into gigantic floating islands of garbage. The Pacific Garbage Vortex is the largest in the world." For the last eighteen months, there's been something living on it that's turned it into a dangerous place where dozens of ships and hundreds of people have disappeared without a trace, including his sister. His two best agents he sent to investigate went missing too. When his bosses ordered him to shut down the investigation officially, that's when he saw the need to ask the team for help; so that they could investigate unofficially. Ben reminds the gang that he said they'd be doing something fun, and they set sail on the Rustbucket 3.

Kevin flies the Rustbucket 3 over the ocean, searching for the garbage island. Ben can't figure out why something twice the size of Texas would be so hard to find, and speculates the currents carried it away. Gwen immediately says so, since the currents are what keep it where it is. Kevin flies faster after finding a weak distress beacon to follow that keeps flocculating. He asks Gwen if she sees anything "like a life raft or something", and easily sees a giant island made of trash.

After they land on the island, the three of them look around, taking in the unbelievable phenomenon of a massive landscape made entirely of man-made scraps. Gwen explains that this all happens because people are careless about where they dump their garbage. Plastic is the only recyclable substance that doesn't break down over time. Instead, currents pick it up and carry it to one location, until it all collects into one giant mass. All Kevin can think about from this point is a cartoon he used to watch as a kid about five heroes with the power to recycle and fight polluters. However, Ben and Gwen draw a blank, and proceed to investigate. In the midst of the garbage, Ben discovers, to his shock and disbelief, an autographed photo of himself. Gwen then suddenly spots a giant skeleton of a dead bird filled with plastic. Gwen says that many birds die from eating plastic which poisons them.

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Terraspin fights the Mutant Seagulls

The thing that interests Ben most is the size of the bird, and (as if on cue) the team is attacked by a flock of Mutant Seagulls. Ben transforms into Terraspin and takes down three of the birds before taking to the air as more fly in. While Kevin struggles to find something suitable to absorb, all the while joking about that old cartoon having a narrator, Gwen fights off the mutant birds until they gain the upper hand on Ben. He is knocked to the ground and the birds gang up on him and try to eat him.

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The Trash Monster and Ben's team

The birds peck at Terraspin, but he manages to blow them away and get back on his feet to continue the fight. Gwen shoots them and manages to scare them away. They manage to find survivors and the two agents Rozum sent, the no-nonsense professional Agent Locke and the overly dramatic Agent Bryson. They explain that the island is actually an all-devouring man-made monster created from illegal and accidental dumping. After discovering the enormity of the issue of the building garbage, the governments of the world combined forces to try to get rid of it. After illegal dumping was heavily enforced, they noticed that the garbage that was already there already took on a landscape of its own, making cleaning it all up impossible. They dropped a missile full of an experimental plastic-eating bacteria on it, but it didn't work as planned. The bacteria mutated along with the garbage, thus gaining sentience. Gwen deduces that it explains the giant seagulls and why the island seemed to be moving on its own. Ben explains they've also been searching for Rozum's sister. They have her, but she's badly injured and in need of a doctor. They all agree the best course of action is to leave the island immediately with the survivors.

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NRG fights the Trash Monster

Suddenly a deep mysterious voice from no determinable direction claims that nobody is leaving the island alive. The group is then attacked by a Trash Monster that emerges in front of them, which pins the group down with garbage. The monster then demands more trash in exchange for the prisoner's freedom. Ben transforms into NRG to fight it while Kevin orders the agents to get the survivors onto the Rustbucket. The team try to hold it off, but the monster uses its morphing power use the environment to its advantage. It even tries to eat Kevin. After it absorbs enough trash into itself to grow tenfold, Ben orders a retreat since the Trash Monster has no apparent weakness.

Back at the Rustbucket, the agents prepare to fly the survivors back to land and come back for the team in eight hours (six at the least). Bryson doesn't like the idea of the team staying behind, but Ben assures them they'll be fine, to which he doesn't believe. Gwen decides they need to flush out the monster and figure out how to trap it. Agent Locke contacts Ben about some unforeseen complications; the monster is approaching San Francisco on its own and will arrive in minutes. When they realize that the island is moving towards land to acquire the garbage that it needs to feed off of in order to survive, the island transforms, revealing that the monster was the island itself the entire time.

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Way Big fights the Trash Monster

With the toxic ecological impact of the giant monster threatening the city of San Francisco, Gwen and Kevin take cover while Ben transforms into Way Big to challenge it to a showdown. The people on the Golden Gate Bridge take cover while the Trash Monster proves to be more formidable than anticipated as even Way Big can't hold it off forever due to its regenerative powers, so Gwen radios Agent Locke to help Way Big in the Rustbucket 3. The battle not only threatens the safety of the Golden Gate Bridge, but the monster even doubles its size. Things seem hopeless until the Rustbucket arrives with its missiles; however, the monster strikes down the engines and the ship crashes into the bridge and falls into the ocean. Thankfully, everyone survives when Gwen shoots up an energy field.

Way Big continues to vainly fight the monster with muscle until he sees that the water splashing at its legs is breaking it apart. He then finally finds its weakness: the only thing that can defeat the monster is what created it in the first place. Way Big then starts running in circles around the monster and creates a huge water vortex. The cyclone lifts the Trash Monster off the surface and sends it into space on a collision course with the sun, thus destroying it for good. With Ben changed back, everyone stands on the Rustbucket 3 which is still in the water, and Kevin improvises a narration from the old TV show he couldn't stop thinking about for the entire adventure. While Kevin goes to fix the engine, Ben wonders if that's the end of the garbage threat, to which Gwen replies she hopes so.

Meanwhile, a man throws a bottle into the ocean from the Golden Gate Bridge, and the bottle floats away and joins a larger pile of garbage while ominous music plays.

Noteworthy Events[]

Major Events[]

Character Debuts[]

Minor Events[]

  • The Rustbucket 3 is shown to be fully repaired after getting destroyed in the previous episode.
  • The team destroys a significant portion of the Pacific Garbage Vortex.



Aliens Used[]


Gwen: (after the Rustbucket 3 lands on the island of garbage) This is unbelievable!
Ben: No kidding. I've never smelled anything this bad.
Kevin: Not since the last time you-
Gwen: Let the easy ones go, Kevin.

Agent Bryson: I don't like it. You should come with us.
Ben: We'll be okay.
Agent Bryson: I wish I could believe that... I want to believe...
Kevin: Come on! Am I the only one who sees this? Nobody else watches television but me?

Kevin: (using a narrator's voice) Meanwhile back in the garbage vortex, Gwen Tennyson makes a shocking discovery.
Gwen: I'm glad you're taking this seriously, Kevin!
Kevin: (continuing to use his narrator's voice) But Gwen Tennyson is not amused.

Gwen: You are the worst driver.
Kevin: I'm just glad I could help.

Way Big: The only thing that can move the trash is what created it in the first place. (starts running towards the Trash Monster) So I gotta make some waves!

Naming and Translations[]

Language Name Origin
Hungarian Megesz A Szemét The Garbage Eats Me
Polish Wir śmieci A Whirlwind of Garbage
Portuguese (Br) Redemoinho Supremo Supreme Swirl
Romanian Haul Lărgit Enlarged Haul
Spanish (HA) El Tifón Devorador The Eater Typhoon


Voice Actor Role(s)
Yuri Lowenthal Ben Tennyson
Ashley Johnson Gwen Tennyson
Greg Cipes Kevin Levin
Dee Bradley Baker Terraspin
Way Big
John DiMaggio Colonel Rozum
Trash Monster
Vicki Lewis Agent Locke
Bill Mumy Agent Bryson




  • In two shots, the insignia on Colonel Rozum's uniform is on his right sleeve instead of his left.
  • In one shot, the insignia on Colonel Rozum's uniform is missing.
  • In one shot, the side of Terraspin's shell is the same color as his skin.
  • In one shot when Terraspin battles the Mutant Seagulls, his Ultimatrix symbol is fully green.
  • When Kevin grabs the Trash Monster from behind, NRG's head is the same color as his body.
  • When the Trash Monster changes from the island into the monster, Ben, Gwen and Kevin are close together, but when the scene changes, they appear to be far apart.
  • When Way Big wrestles the Trash Monster, part of Way Big's frill is white.
  • When the Rustbucket 3 flies in to help Way Big, Agent Bryson says, "Laser cannons are armed and hot!", making it clear that they are going to fire lasers at the Trash Monster, but they launch two missiles instead of lasers.
  • Gwen says that the trash island is twice the size of Texas, but when an overhead view of the island near land is shown, it is no bigger than the bridge it is next to.
  • In one shot when Way Big punches the Trash Monster, the left side of his chest is red.



  1. The original synopsis provided on the Cartoon Network website erroneously reads: "After a giant garbage-like creature appears drags a boat down into the ocean, Ben and the crew investigate the Pacific Garbage Vortex."[CN 1]


Crew Statements[]

T.J. Collins[]

Derrick J. Wyatt[]

Matt Wayne[]

Jae Hong Kim[]

Cartoon Network[]

Ben 10: Ultimate Alien Episodes