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Verdona is a female Anodite who's human form seems to be in her late 50s, early 60s with neck-length silver hair, dark blue eyes and faint wrinkles, with a blue cloak being her only form of clothing. Her Alien Force/Ultimate Alien Anodite form appears to be much younger with a more youthful form and long purple hair made out of energy.
When she was younger, Verdona had red hair (similar to Gwen's) in a short haircut, a white-blue dress with a black belt, with a long-sleeved white shirt with a black stripe down the middle (similar to her grandson's t-shirt).
Her Omniverse design, which wasn't used, made her look more witch-like with wild pink energy hair, glowing pink eyes and light lavender skin. She is also dressed in a black dress with the area around her feet being a dark lavender, as is the belt around her waist. She also has a shroud over her shoulders with his purple with a black collar, a gem on her chest.
Like all Anodites, Verdona is a free-spirited being. Though sometimes acting more mature and grown-up, she mostly acts like a playful child. She also likes to listen and dance to Max's favorite band, Shag Carpeting. There is also another side of Verdona which is somewhat amoral and uncaring. For example, when she almost destroyed Ben and Kevin when they first confronted her, were it not for the intervention of Gwen and learning who they really were, and when she was willing to destroy her granddaughter's physical human body to release the Anodite inside. She also viewed beings that were not Anodites as being lesser than herself, as she was constantly unimpressed with and condescending on them, especially humans. As such, she was also very apathetic, such as not realizing how hard it was for Gwen to leave her family and friends and was confused by it.
Verdona favors Gwen over Ben, due to the fact that Ben didn't inherit her powers and abilities so she just placed him aside, which was shown when she conjured tape and gagged him on his mouth so he couldn't speak, that was until after their final fight against each other did she see just how much Ben cares about Gwen, the two reconcile on good terms afterward. She also has an uncanny sense of humor that was passed on to Ben. Also, she was later shown to be a strict disciplinarian and can be serious where she needs to be, like when Sunny misbehaved.
Verdona left her home world, Anodyne, in an unspecified time long before the original series and was brought to Earth by a robot alien who had captured her, and wanted to use her to power his planet. They crash landed in St. Louis, and Verdona escaped. Later Max met Verdona in a cafe. Suddenly the Synthroid attacked the cafe. Max and Verdona fled and started to hide. However, the Synthroid was able to find and beat Max and he took away Verdona. Using his telepathic connection with Verdona he was able to locate and rescue her and Magister Labrid, who had came to arrest the Synthroid. The Synthroid was destroyed and the bracelet that prevented Verdona from using her mana powers fell of. Revealing her true form, she asked Max whether he would go with her back to Anodyne. However Max declined, and with a kiss, they parted. At the end of the episode it was hinted that they met again, and fell deeply in love with each other, and romantically courted. During this time she hid her Anodite heritage from others and blended in with human society. They had two children Carl, and Frank. However, neither Carl or Frank inherited her Anodite powers. During their time together, Verdona always had to deal with Max's occupation as a Plumber and eventually after a long, happy relationship, when their kids were grown up and out of the house, she returned to Anodyne; after so many years on Earth, Verdona wanted to get back in touch with her background.
In What Are Little Girls Made Of?, when news went out about Max's disappearance, Verdona came to his favorite lake to remember the good times they had had together. However, she met with her grandchildren and their friend Kevin, who assumed she was a trespasser. She then magically disappeared, leaving behind a flower at the base of a tree which had engraved a heart with a "Max + Verdona" writing on it. She then returned later in the night, deciding to have a "little fun" with Ben and Kevin. When Gwen intervened, she revealed herself as their paternal grandmother.
She then later came to Gwen's house, explaining her history with Max and then offered Gwen to come back with her to Anodyne to reach the full potential of her powers and abilities (which would require seventy-five years). After thinking on the roof, Gwen refused. Verdona then shed her human body, revealing her Anodite form, and thought that Gwen was too young to make her own decisions and decided to destroy her human body to free the dormant Anodite inside, but the two boys' stepped to defend Gwen.
After a brief battle that tore up the front lawn (and part of the house), Gwen explained to her that she would rather stay on Earth with her friends and family, Verdona then tells Gwen that Max should have been an energy being like them, expressing her deep longing for him and that her desire to take Gwen with her could be just a front to fill the void in her heart. Verdona then magically patches up the damage and flies into space, claiming to return every so often to see how Gwen is doing.
Verdona made a reappearance in Girl Trouble, where she was able to overpower Sunny, who was attacking Gwen, and she took Sunny and her boyfriend Antonio back to their home planets and allow their parents to decide on their punishment. Verdona talks with Gwen for a while, complimenting her for being clever enough to call her through her mana field, also stating that her powers are improving/developing nicely even with Gwen's lack of training. She then asked Gwen to accompany her to Anodyne but Gwen still refused. Verdona takes the rejection in stride and flies off with Sunny and Antonio.
Powers and AbilitiesVerdona is a full-fledged Anodite, an energy being who draws life from the mana around her, and she can manipulate mana for a variety of effects. Most commonly she projects this magenta/pink-colored energy in the form of destructive blasts.
Being decades older and more experienced than Gwen and Sunny, Verdona's powers dwarf those of her granddaughters'. She could create a human body for her to 'wear' in order to blend in with humanity. She could also teleport and fly, in both human and Anodite form. She also showed some limited degree of reality warping, seen when she fixed a broken glass at Gwen's house, created strong duct tape around Ben’s mouth, and repaired Gwen's house when it was destroyed during their fight with a mere snap of her fingers. This also shifted Ben and Kevin back to their human forms.
Ben 10: Alien Force
- What Are Little Girls Made Of? (first appearance)
Ben 10: Ultimate Alien
- Girl Trouble (first re-appearance)
- Moonstruck (flashback)
- The Ultimate Enemy: Part 2 (flashback; cameo)
Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks
- Verdona appears in Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks where she is instructed by Max to take Ben, Gwen and Kevin to Anur Phaetos.
- Natalie and Verdona don't like each other.
- Dwayne McDuffie revealed that Verdona was merely toying with Ben, Gwen and Kevin during her debut episode's climax.
- Verdona was based on Endora from Bewitched.
- Her Omniverse design was created by Shakeh Haghnazarian.
- However, she didn't make the cut for The Most Dangerous Game Show.