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Run! Omnitrix! That's it!

– Upgrade's final words before sacrificing himself to reboot the Omnitrix.[1]

Upgrade was the Omnitrix's DNA sample of a Galvanic Mechamorph from Galvan Prime's moon, Galvan B.

Appearance

Upgrade has a predominantly blue-black exterior with a violet torso and thighs. He has purple stripes that extend from his body, resembling circuitry, the circle on the front of his head being his eye. Upgrade wears the Omnitrix symbol on his chest.

As a sumo in Ben's imagination in Cutting Corners, he has the build of a sumo. The violet part of his body is T-shaped.

As a toddler, Upgrade looks the same except he is in smaller size.

Powers and Abilities

Upgrade is not completely solid, as he can alternate between the forms of a liquid and a gelatinous being. 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 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. Whenever he merges with technology, he upgrades it into something far more advanced and futuristic, causing new features to form on it.

Technology does not seem to be the only thing Upgrade is able to merge and enhance with, as he once merged with a suit of armor[2] and a skateboard.[3]

Upgrade can also mimic technology and has a vast library of schematics to draw upon.[DR 1]

Possessing technology allows him to transform it with seemingly no limit, such as merging with the Rust Bucket and turning it into a space ship. The moment he un-merged with it, it returned to normal.

Upgrade is capable of making certain technology he possesses explode. Due to being made of living metal, he is able to regenerate himself.[4]

Upgrade can make his head or face appear anywhere on the machines he possesses.

Upgrade is capable of jumping exceptionally high.

Upgrade possesses enhanced reflexes and flexibility allowing him to dodge attacks with a little effort.

When merged with machinery, Upgrade's strength is increased, strong enough to overpower and toss opponents.

Upgrade was able to upgrade the Omnitrix to permanently enhance his other aliens.[1]

Being inorganic, Upgrade is able to survive in the vacuum of space, as demonstrated by Bootleg.[5]

Weaknesses

Being living metal, Upgrade is vulnerable to electricity,[6] such as that generated by a Fulmini, as demonstrated with Bootleg.[7]

Upgrade is vulnerable to fire.[8]

Upgrade is sensitive to electromagnetic pulse/fields and magnetic fields.

As a toddler, Upgrade cannot completely merge with technology but could if he was stretched long enough.[9]

Upgrade can sustain damage from attacks on whatever object or technology he is merged with, as demonstrated with Bootleg.[10]

History

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Video Games

Ben 10

Upgrade is a playable alien character in the game.

Upgrade is initially unavailable but is unlocked towards the middle part of The Scrapyard level.

Upgrade is able to stretch his arms to inhuman lengths, turn into a puddle of slime and shoot a purple energy beam from his eye.

Upgrade's Ultimate Ability consists of him unleashing a devastating eye beam at enemies.

Upgrade is not required to be used at all in order to complete the game.

Naming and Translations

Language Name Origin
Portuguese (Br) Ultra T From ultra, high and from T, abbreviation of technology
Russian Плазма From плазма (plazma), plasma
Spanish (HA) Ultra T From ultra, ultra- and T, abbreviation of technology
Turkish Güncelleme From upgrade

Trivia

  • Unlike his Classic Timeline counterpart:
    • Upgrade speaks with a voice that is different from Ben's; in Growing Pains, his voice sounds younger. Upgrade's voice on the reboot is meant to be a deep-voiced interpretation of Ben himself, as if he was the same person - suddenly in a different body with a deep adult voice - but still a kid.[DS 1]
    • Upgrade does not have the ability to shoot a plasma blast from his eye.[DR 2] However, he demonstrated this ability in the first reboot game, which is non-canon.
  • The crew tried a lot of combos when deciding Upgrade's color scheme, before settling on purple.[DR 3]
    • In one of the comics, Upgrade had a color scheme similar to his original series counterpart.[11]
  • Upgrade is the first of Ben's regular aliens to be replaced by another in a subsequent season. David Sobolov was disappointed that Upgrade was removed from the show and missed being able to continue the role.[DS 1]
  • Despite being replaced with Shock Rock beginning in Season 2, it is possible for Ben to regain access to Upgrade by scanning the DNA sample of another Galvanic Mechamorph[DR 4] and accessing the entire cache of Omnitrix aliens via cycling in new chambers, the latter of which he has learned from Azmuth.[DR 5][12]
    • Ironically, the opening intro for season 2 would not be updated to have Shock Rock in place of Upgrade until Half-Sies.

Notes

  1. When the Omnitrix was upgraded, the Galvanic Mechamorph DNA pod was nearly destroyed in a massive feedback loop. A leftover piece of Upgrade's DNA fused with traces of Ben's Human DNA, becoming a new entity named Glitch.

See Also

References

Crew Statements

Duncan Rouleau

David Sobolov

Transformations
Introduced in Season 1 CannonboltDiamondheadFour ArmsGaxGrey MatterHeatblastOverflowStinkflyUpgradeWildvineXLR8
Introduced in Season 2 RathShock Rock
Introduced in Season 3 HumungousaurSlapback
Introduced in Season 4 GoopJetrayWay Big
Introduced in Season 5 Big ChillBloxxBuzzshockChromastoneRipjawsSpidermonkeySurge
Omni-Enhanced Aliens CannonboltDiamondheadFour ArmsGrey MatterHeatblastOverflowStinkflyWildvineXLR8
Omni-Kix Aliens CannonboltDiamondheadFour ArmsHeatblastHumungousaurJetrayRathShock RockSlapbackXLR8
Omni-Naut Aliens HeatblastJetrayHumungousaurShock Rock
Fusion Aliens Amalgam AlienAmalgam BenGrey ArmsXLRArmBlastDiamondHeat
Non-Canon Aliens Banana AlienBlack Hat AlienHotdawgMole-StacheScooter Alien
Non-Canon Fusion Aliens Omnitrix Glitch FusionDiamondhead-Humungousaur FusionRath ArmsShock Blast
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