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Ben as Upgrade
Upgrade has a black exterior with green stripes that resemble circuitry all over him. The green circle on his head is his eye, which glows whenever he talks. His body is made up of billions of small cell-like creatures called nanites.[pop-up 1]
In Back with a Vengeance, Upgrade wore a yellow raincoat.
In Destroy All Aliens, Upgrade looked the same as he did in the original series except he had more of a metallic shine, making him look more machine-like.
11-year-old Upgrade looks exactly the same as he did in the original series, except his neck is slightly longer and the Omnitrix symbol on his chest is recolored green.
Kevin as Upgrade
Kevin's Upgrade looked exactly like Ben's did in the original series, but without an Omnitrix symbol.
Max as Upgrade
Max's Upgrade looked exactly like Ben's did in the original series, but was far more muscular and slightly taller.
Powers and Abilities
Upgrade is not completely solid, as he can be both liquid and gelatinous. The nanites in his body are what allow Upgrade to reshape and move like liquid even though he's a solid being.[pop-up 2] Due to this, he can reshape himself to let projectiles or blows pass through him by creating a hole in his body at will. His physiology also makes him extremely flexible. Upgrade's shapeshifting abilities allow him to grow technological spikes and tentacles, even when merging with technology. He can also alter his body shape to match the body structure of Tetramand, as well as grow an extra pair of arms.
Upgrade can use his internal nanotechnology to merge with and possess any technology by encasing himself over it. The size of the device is not significant and he controls it as naturally as he would his own body. When he merges, he upgrades the technology, making the technology he possesses far more advanced and futuristic, causing new features to form. After he separates from a machine, it returns to normal.
Upgrade's technological possession can work on non-electrical machinery, such as a row machine in a gym. This ability extends to even sentient beings that are mechanical in nature, like Chronosapiens and probably Nanochips.[DJW 1]
Possessing technology allows Upgrade to transform it with seemingly no limit, such as merging with a baseball pitching machine and turning it into a tripod-like robot that fires a seemingly infinite amount of baseballs.
Upgrade can make his head or face appear anywhere on the machines he possesses.
Upgrade can form energy constructs such as an energy spike and can generate a beam of light that can harm an Ectonurite, though mostly while merged with machinery and upgrading them into weapons.
Upgrade can travel through electrical currents and phase through most technology.
Upgrade can reshape his body to resemble a parachute in order to gently descend and glide through the air before landing safely.
Being inorganic, Upgrade is able to survive in the vacuum of space.
Due to being made of living metal, Upgrade is able to regenerate himself.
Upgrade is durable enough to withstand a blast from the Proto-Tool without physical damage.
Upgrade can generate electrical charges capable of shocking his opponents into submission.
Upgrade can separate and release a part of him into technologies and control them without fully merging to them.
Due to being technological, Upgrade possesses digitalized vision.
Upgrade can repair damaged machinery with ease and come out unscathed, as demonstrated by Azmuth when he used the Retaliator Armor to repair the Rust Bucket by absorbing its remains into itself and reassembling them.
Upgrade can turn into technology he has touched before, or improvise a device to transform into. He can also turn into non-eletrical items such as a bookshelf or a tennis racket, as demonstrated by Ship.
Upgrade can turn his hands into weapons, such as maces, as well as tools, like a flashlight, and extend parts of his body into cable or hand-like structures, as demonstrated by Malware and several Mechamorph Guards.
Upgrade's control over machines is not absolute, as sapient, intelligent machines like Slix Vigma can easily fight off Upgrade if he merges with them against their will. He may also be unable to override existing security systems, such as those of the Megacruiser or Plumber Headquarters.
Upgrade is sensitive to electromagnetic pulses/fields and magnetic fields.
If he is being continuously attacked, Upgrade cannot regenerate himself.
- Upgrade first appeared in Permanent Retirement, where he stopped some thieves from robbing an ATM machine.
- In Last Laugh, Upgrade defeated the Circus Freaks.
- In Tourist Trap, Upgrade fought a Megawhatt to no avail and accidentally duplicated it.
- In The Alliance, Upgrade defeated Rojo by merging with her, while also coming face to face with Vilgax for the first time.
- In Side Effects, Upgrade defeated a thief before finding an ice cream truck.
- In Secrets, Upgrade entered and played with Gwen's laptop. Later, Upgrade defeated some Drones and saved Max from Vilgax; after doing so, Upgrade glided down to Mt. Rushmore, but before he could land safely, the malfunctioning Omnitrix made him switch into Ripjaws.
- In The Big Tick, Upgrade failed to defeat the Great One.
- In Framed, Kevin as Upgrade took control of a cable car and defeated Wildmutt.
- In Grudge Match, Upgrade merged with Slix Vigma and freed some prisoners from the Megacruiser.
- In They Lurk Below, Upgrade escaped the Cyber Squids with Gwen and Eddie.
- In Back with a Vengeance, Upgrade appeared when Ben accidentally unlocked the Master Control.
- In Midnight Madness, Upgrade was hypnotized by Sublimino to steal a giant clock.
- In Ben 10,000, Upgrade battled future Vilgax before Future Diamondhead switched him into Cannonbolt.
- In Game Over, Upgrade cheated on a Sumo Slammers video game and accidentally trapped himself and Gwen in the game, where they defeated some Robo-Sumos. Later, Upgrade defeated Kenko, revived Ishiyama and freed himself and Gwen from the game.
- In Under Wraps, Upgrade defeated the Mummy.
- In Be Afraid of the Dark, Upgrade traveled into space and fought Viktor before ditching him. He then defeated the Mummy with the help of Max and Gwen.
- In Divided We Stand, Upgrade battled Dr. Animo's Mutant Squid.
- In Ben 4 Good Buddy, Upgrade fought the Road Crew.
- In Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens, Upgrade destroyed an alien tank with Gwen's help. Later, Upgrade was confronted by the Retaliator.
- In Radio Dazed, Upgrade accidentally broke the Rust Bucket's radio.
- In Road Trip Rumble, Upgrade fought Gwen in order to decide whether the Omnitrix or magic is better.
5 Years Prior to Omniverse
- In Ben 10,000 Returns, Upgrade was unlocked by Ben 10,000.
- In Ben 10-Generator Rex: Heroes United, Upgrade merged with Rex to battle Alpha/Omega.
- In OTTO Motives, Upgrade merged with Kevin's car and defeated Otto.
- In Something Zombozo This Way Comes, Upgrade battled Rook, who had been turned into a Zombie Clown.
- In Animo Crackers, Upgrade attempted to prevent Animo's escape from Plumber HQ, but was stopped by a magnetic wave bomb.
- In The Color of Monkey, Upgrade defeated Rojo.
- In The Final Countdown, Upgrade was used to successfully halt Kundo's virus upload, but failed to launch the Plumber HQ's core into space.
- In A New Dawn, Upgrade appeared for a short time when Ben was cycling through his aliens.
Gwen 10 (What If?)
- In Gwen 10, Gwen used Upgrade offscreen to increase the processing power of her laptop. Later, Max used Upgrade to merge with the Rust Bucket.
- Season 1
- Permanent Retirement (first appearance)
- Last Laugh
- Tourist Trap (accidental transformation)
- The Alliance
- Side Effects
- Secrets (x2)
- Season 2
- Season 3
- Midnight Madness
- Ben 10,000 (selected alien was Four Arms)
- Game Over (x2)
- Under Wraps (selected alien was Snare-oh)
- Be Afraid of the Dark
- Season 4
- Season 2
- Season 2
- Ben 10-Generator Rex: Heroes United (first reappearance)
- 16-year-old Ben
- Season 4
- OTTO Motives (first reappearance)
- Season 5
- Season 7
- Season 8
- 11-year-old Ben
- Season 8
- Cartoon Network Action Packs
- Fast Lane
- A Villain a Day
- Techno Zombies
- Space Camp and Beyond
- Greasy Lightning
- Swimming with Sharks
- Alien Data Files: Upgrade
Upgrade is a playable alien in the game.
Naming and Translations
|Albanian||Ultra-+||From ultra and +|
|Bulgarian||Биотек||From био, bio and тек, tech|
|Chinese||变形怪||From 变形 (Biàn Xíng), transform, and 怪 (Guài), monster|
|Croatian||Tehno||From tehno, techno|
|French||BioTech||From the abbreviation bio, biologique and tech, technologie|
|German||Upgrade||From the original English name|
|Greek||Αναβαθμιστής||From αναβαθμιστής (anavathmistis), upgrader|
|Hebrew||שדרוג||From שדרוג upgrading|
|Italian||PlusUltra||From PlusUltra, upgrade|
|Japanese||アップグレード||From アップグレード (appugurēdo), upgrade|
|Korean||업그레이드||From 업그레이드, upgrade|
|Polish||Upgrade||From the original English name|
|Portuguese (Br)||Ultra T||From ultra, high and from T, abbreviation of technology|
|Romanian||Upgrade||From the original English name|
|Russian|| Плазма (Plazma)|
| From плазма (plazma), plasma|
From the original English name
|Serbian||Tehno||From tehno, techno|
|Spanish (HA)|| Ultra-T|
mejora (Back with a Vengeance)
Ultra (Ben 10-Generator Rex: Heroes United)
Upgrade (Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens)
transformación (Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens)
Actualización (sometimes in Omniverse)
| From ultra, ultra-, and T, abbreviation of technology.|
From mejora, upgrade.
From ultra, ultra-.
From the original English name; pronounced /'hopgreɪd/
From transformación, transformation; dub error (Upgrade is referred as a transformation instead of his name).
From Actualización, update.
|Spanish (Spain)||Actualizador||From actualizador, updater|
|Swedish||Upgrade||From the original English name|
|Turkish||Güncelleme||From güncelleme, update|
- Throughout his appearances, Upgrade's voice sounds essentially the same as Ben's albeit through a speaker. The reason for this is because Galvanic Mechamorphs cannot "upgrade" living tissue, thus making the merge with Ben's DNA incomplete.[pop-up 4]
- In Framed, Upgrade's voice is Kevin's recurring voice from the original series through a speaker.
- In Gwen 10, Upgrade's voice is Max's voice through a speaker.
- In Destroy All Aliens and From Hedorium to Eternity, 10/11-year old Upgrade's voice is mostly the same as in the original series, except they have a robotic tone similar to Azmuth's father whenever he wears the Retaliator Armor, as well as Malware.
- In Omniverse, 16-year-old Upgrade's voice is mostly the same as in Heroes United but with the robotic tones his younger self uses.
- In Destroy All Aliens, Upgrade's texture was based on a high-tech computer tablet of an unspecified brand.[AC 2]
- Upgrade can merge with and upgrade Sari Sumdac.[DJW 6]
- Upgrade is one of five aliens featured in Omniverse who generate green electricity; the others being Buzzshock, Frankenstrike, Brainstorm, and Nanomech.
- Upgrade is the final alien used by 11-year-old Ben in Omniverse.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Game Over
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 The Alliance
- ↑ It's a Mad, Mad, Mad Ben World: Part 1
- ↑ It's a Mad, Mad, Mad Ben World: Part 2
- ↑ Road Trip Rumble
- ↑ Last Laugh
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Ben 10-Generator Rex: Heroes United
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 Something Zombozo This Way Comes
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 Tourist Trap
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 Be Afraid of the Dark
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 12.2 From Hedorium to Eternity
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 Side Effects
- ↑ Midnight Madness
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 Secrets
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 Divided We Stand
- ↑ Vreedle, Vreedle
- ↑ Showdown: Part 1
- ↑ Showdown: Part 2
- ↑ 20.0 20.1 Grudge Match
- ↑ The Final Countdown
- ↑ Animo Crackers
- ↑ The More Things Change: Part 1
- ↑ Trouble Helix