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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.
In Back with a Vengeance, Upgrade wore a yellow raincoat.
In Destroy All Aliens, Upgrade had more of a metallic shine, making him look more like a machine.
In Heroes United, Upgrade looks the same as he does in Ultimate Alien except his green stripes glowed yellow.
11-year-old Upgrade in Omniverse looks exactly the same as he did in the original series, save for a green Omnitrix symbol and a slightly longer neck.
Kevin as Upgrade
Kevin's Upgrade looked exactly like Ben's did in the original series, but without an Omnitrix symbol.
Powers and Abilities
Upgrade is not completely solid, as he can be both liquid and gelatinous. Due to this, he can reshape himself to let projectiles or blows pass through him by creating a hole in his body at will.
Upgrade can use his internal nanotechnology to merge with and possess any technology, extending to non-electrical machinery such as a row machine in a gym and even sentient beings that are mechanical in nature like a Chronosapien, 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 unmerges with a machine, it returns to normal.
Upgrade can reconfigure technology to suit for any situation, like transform the Rust Bucket into a battle armor, with an arsenal of heavy energy weapons, or even retractile robotic manipulator arms.
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, 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.
Being inorganic, Upgrade is able to survive in the vacuum of space.
Upgrade can generate electrical charges capable of shocking his opponents into submission.
Due to being made of living metal, Upgrade is able to regenerate himself.
It is currently unknown whether or not Upgrade can be harmed when he merges with damaged technology, as there is no known occurrence. The only known occurrence is when Azmuth used the Retaliator Armor to repair the Rust Bucket by absorbing the broken pieces into itself and reassembling its pieces. But due to this, it is believed Upgrade can repair damaged machinery with ease and come out unscathed.
Upgrade is weak against electricity (being living metal), as seen when he was battling the Megawhatts.
Upgrade is sensitive to electromagnetic pulses/fields and magnetic fields.
- Upgrade first appeared in Permanent Retirement, where he stopped some thieves from robbing an ATM machine.
- In Tourist Trap, Upgrade failed to defeat the Megawhatts.
- In The Alliance, Upgrade defeated Rojo.
- In Last Laugh, Upgrade defeated the Circus Freaks.
- In Side Effects, Upgrade defeated a thief and found an ice cream truck.
- In Secrets, Upgrade entered and played with Gwen's laptop. Later, Upgrade defeated some Drones and saved Max from Vilgax.
- In The Big Tick, Upgrade failed to defeat the Great One.
- In Grudge Match, Upgrade merged with Slix Vigma and freed the 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 unlocked the Master Control.
- In Ben 10,000, Upgrade battled Future Vilgax.
- In Midnight Madness, Upgrade was hypnotized to steal a giant clock.
- In Game Over, Upgrade cheated on a Sumo Slammers game, and accidentally trapped himself and Gwen in the game and defeated many enemies. Later, Upgrade defeated Kenko 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 battled Viktor before ditching him.
- In Divided We Stand, Upgrade battled Dr. Animo's Mutant Squid.
- In Ben 4 Good Buddy, Upgrade battled 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.
- Max 10
- 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.
- 16-year-old Ben
- 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 yet 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.
- 11-year-old Ben
- Season 1
- Permanent Retirement (first appearance)
- Tourist Trap (accidental transformation)
- The Alliance
- Last Laugh
- Side Effects
- Secrets (x2)
- Season 2
- Season 3
- Ben 10,000 (selected alien was Four Arms)
- Midnight Madness
- Game Over (x2)
- Under Wraps (selected alien was Snare-oh)
- Be Afraid of the Dark
- Season 4
- Season 2
- Max 10
- 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|
- Upgrade's body is made up of billions of small cell-like creatures called nanites.[pop-up 2]
- Throughout his appearances, Upgrade's voice sounds the same as Ben's. The reason for this is because Galvanic Mechamorphs cannot "upgrade" living tissue, thus making the merge with Ben's DNA incomplete. Due to this, Upgrade's voice is essentially Ben's voice through a speaker.[pop-up 4]
- In Destroy All Aliens, Upgrade's texture was based on a high-tech computer tablet of an unspecified brand.[AC 1]
- Upgrade is the final alien used by 11-year-old Ben in Omniverse.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 The Alliance
- ↑ It's a Mad, Mad, Mad Ben World: Part 1
- ↑ Road Trip Rumble
- ↑ Last Laugh
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Ben 10-Generator Rex: Heroes United
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Something Zombozo This Way Comes
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Game Over
- ↑ Side Effects
- ↑ Midnight Madness
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Secrets
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Be Afraid of the Dark
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 Tourist Trap
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 Divided We Stand
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens
- ↑ Animo Crackers
- ↑ Ben 10 Volume 2 DVD