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You hold the key to a power struggle so ancient, so vast, it is beyond your feeble comprehension. Picture an entire army, each in command of an Omnitrix and all at my command. I will be invincible. I will rule the Universe! And the only thing standing between me and my destiny... is you!

– Vilgax, explaining his end goal to a captive Ben.[2]

Vilgax is an intergalactic alien warlord and conqueror, a Chimera Sui Generis who serves as Ben's archenemy, and the most recurring villain in the ongoing franchise, having appeared multiple times in every series. Ben considers him as one of the most dangerous villains he has faced.

Vilgax was the primary antagonist of Ben 10, Alien Force, and Ultimate Alien.


Vilgax is a humanoid creature with a face resembling that of an octopus. He has tentacles dangling in the front of his face, like a beard. His skin is pale-green with yellowish spots on his face and tentacles. He doesn't have a nose and a visible ear. He has red eyes.

In the original series he wore a black and red-brownish armored suit and gloves. His armor is spiked at the shoulder and arm pads. He has green sacs on the sides of his head. His mouth was attached to the sacs by a respirator.

As of Secrets, he had become much more burly than before. He now had a mask covering his mouth, attached to the armor, and new shoulder and leg pads. He also had metallic gloves with small fingers as well as reddish brown cylinder-like objects piercing his arms, giving him much stronger and more muscular limbs. His tentacles are now much longer. He has 6 tentacles in front and 2 behind.

In Alien Force and Ultimate Alien, he no longer has red-brownish armor, a mask, or green cheek sacs. He wears a red and blue armor. He has a belt which is attached to the Raygun pocket. He wears dark blue stockings with metallic squares. He has a Ruby Ray of Rouleau on his right hand, a Shield of Seagle on his left arm. He now has just five tentacles, all on the front of his face, and his eyes were larger. He also has a metallic part replacing the green sac on his head.

In Omniverse, he looks almost identical to his original design. He no longer has the Ruby Ray of Rouleau or Shield of Seagle. He regained his original green cheek sacs. He has dirty teeth. Two of his face tentacles now end with a spiky-looking shape, resembling actual squid tentacles. His armor is similar to his original series, with the exception being the cylinders on his arms now being gold in colour. He wears black clothes underneath his armor and black stockings. He now has fingerless gloves. He wears a headpiece similar to his shoulder pads.

Occasional Appearances

In his true form, Vilgax more closely resembles an octopus, having the shape of one with many tentacles. He has three spikes on his head. He has gills on his cheeks.

While serving as the Herald of Dagon in Ultimate Alien, Vilgax's body and skin resembles the patterns of a lucubra, with purple eyes, red teeth and lacking all armor and weapons.

In The Secret of Chromastone, Vilgax was seen wearing his Alien Force armor in Tetrax's flashback, but blue rather than red. His belt is recolored grey, he lacks the Ruby Ray of Rouleau and the Shield of Seagle. He is also missing the shoulder piece and sleeve on his left arm.

In Primus and The Final Battle: Part 2, Vilgax wears the Omnitrix on his right hand.


A cruel, galactic warlord known as "the most dangerous being in the universe". Vilgax's singular goal is to acquire the Omnitrix and exploit its technology to build an army capable of transforming into aliens at his command, then use that power to conquer the entire universe.[2] Though he originally chased Ben Tennyson merely to achieve this goal and had few concerns about his fate once he had the Omnitrix, his constant defeats and his imprisonment in the Null Void by his hands, had grown his hatred for Ben to the point that he wants to kill him as much as, if not more than, getting the Omnitrix.

Vilgax is one of the most feared beings in the universe, having conquered ten worlds, destroyed five others, and created a black hole. He has such a fearful reputation, almost no sentient life-form is willing to work for him (apart from Psyphon), forcing him to use armies of Drones, obedient machines programmed to serve him as his crew and soldiers. However, Vilgax is capable of hiring mercenaries, if he can meet their price.


Vilgax is ruthless, cruel, and power-hungry. In nearly all his encounters, Vilgax operates with the single-minded objective of acquiring the Omnitrix, which is the key to ultimate power. He is known to hold a grudge; most notably against Max and his family for the great number of losses he has suffered at their hands. He is also known to be very manipulative, notably so of the Galactic Code of Conduct, in order to achieve his goals. After escaping the Null Void, Vilgax seemed to have gone partially insane, as he was enraged more easily and exhibited facial ticks.[3] He appeared to have recovered by Alien Force.

While stranded on Earth following his defeat at the end of Alien Force, Vilgax skillfully manipulates a group of humans known as the Flame Keepers' Circle into serving him. Upon discovering that his squid-like form resembles the alien of knowledge worshiped by the cult, he adopts the role for his own and manipulates his new followers into helping him escape the planet.[4]

Despite his cruel and villainous tendencies, Vilgax does care about his own people (taking his role as Vilgaxia's ruler and champion very seriously), so much so that he is willing to put his own life on the line and use whatever other means necessary to ensure Vilgaxia's and its people's safety; even if it means begging his enemies for help.[5] Even then, judging by his actions later during the franchise, he cares more about the glory than truly being dedicated. If this is true then his attempts to protect his race are purely for personal gain. This proves to be true in Omniverse, where he briefly destroys most of the universes without even sparing his planet.

Vilgax is highly afraid of Ma Vreedle,[6] and there is a rumor that Ma Vreedle once made Vilgax cry.[7][8]

By the time of Omniverse, it would seem Vilgax's cruelty and ruthlessness have reached new heights, best exemplified when detonated his Chronosapien Time Bomb to wipe out all but No Watch Ben's timeline.[9]

Throughout his entire pursuit for absolute power, Vilgax was not willing to let anyone or anything stand in his way, and would get revenge on anyone who defeated him before. Because of this, he has developed a rather pathological hatred towards Ben Tennyson, and his quest for the Omnitrix slowly became his secondary goal as his desire for Ben's defeat and death became even greater.

Also, because of his constant defeats by Ben's hand, Vilgax's reputation as the most dangerous being became fractured as Ben was now seen as the only one who could stop him, thus cementing Vilgax's obsession to kill him and restore that legacy.


Powers and Abilities

Before his augmentation, Vilgax did not display any special powers or abilities, except for tremendous agility and hand-to-hand combat skills. He already had enhanced strength and endurance, once surviving a nuclear explosion at point-blank range, though it was made clear he was seriously injured and widely believed to be dead at that time.[10]

Due to his cybernetic enhancements, Vilgax became much taller and was granted immense strength and near invulnerability, allowing him to easily leap above skyscrapers and survive in space. His arms were equipped with boost steroids, allowing him to increase his own strength and rage even further at will. Though it causes him great pain,[pop-up 1][11] the boosters give him enough strength to smash apart mountains with his bare hands.

Vilgax possesses enhanced strength, being able to easily defeat Ultimos, Manny,[12] and even Humungousaur[13] with a single punch (the impact of which created a large crater in the ground). He could also break through Stinkfly's goo.[2]

Vilgax possesses immense durability, being able to easily make Diamondhead shatter his own fists,[2] survive being thrown into outer space by Way Big at a high velocity,[3] withstand Chromastone's lasers,[13] recover within seconds from the Omnitrix's explosion,[14] and even endure a brutal assault by Diamondhead, Atomic-X, Electricyeti and Gwen 10's Cannonbolt.[15]

Vilgax is extremely fireproof, being able to withstand Swampfire's fire blasts,[14] safely pass through Earth's atmosphere,[5] and even survive Heatblast's most powerful heatwave with no visible damage.[2]

Vilgax possesses enhanced reflexes, as he once stopped a full-speed XLR8.[2]

In the original series, Vilgax conditioned himself to survive against the harsh conditions of space without protective gear for brief moments.[pop-up 2][3] By Alien Force, he became seemingly able to travel through space without any visible equipment.[5]

Vilgax can fly at high speeds.[5]

Vilgax can jump several times his own height.

Vilgax can project red laser beams from his eyes, capable of making drastic arcs to assist the pursuit of their target. These lasers are incredibly fast, as they were able to catch up with Helen.[12] They can also burn Ectonurites.[5]

Vilgax can hear sounds that are too faint for normal hearing to detect.[16]

Vilgax has breath so powerful that it can cause cyclone-like winds.[12]

Vilgax can turn into a giant octopus-like monster, which he referred to as his true form, in the ocean.[14] He had this ability since the very beginning, and can transform at will.

Vilgax can speak to and through his DNA,[DR 1] as shown when he talked to Upgrade when he was merged with Rojo.[17]

For most of the original series, Ben was unable to defeat him alone, always winning thanks to external help. Once Ben gained access to Way Big, he was able to defeat Vilgax with ease. After he became the "Conqueror of 10 Worlds", battling and defeating the champions of each, he drained their powers and abilities and added them to his own arsenal. One of those warriors was Ultimos.[12]

After becoming the Herald of Dagon, Vilgax was given increased power and the color scheme appearance of a Lucubra. He could project and manipulate energy blasts from his hands and eyes, and could also move between Dagon's dimension and back at his, like the Esoterica.

Vilgax used to have Dagon's powers after he absorbed his essence into himself, which amplified his absorbed and Lucubra powers greatly. He lost both his Dagon and Lucubra powers when Ben used Ascalon to take the power into itself and revert Vilgax back to normal.[18][MW 1]

When he lost the powers he stole from the heroes he defeated, all Vilgax has left is his monstrous physical strength and resistance. In addition, he can also project red energy blasts from his hands.


Vilgax could use the Ruby Ray of Rouleau as a laser projector, and was able to considerably weaken Ultimos with one shot.[12] According to Vilgax, Ultimos' ability to survive the shot was unusual, suggesting that most other beings would be immediately killed.

Vilgax could use the Shield of Seagle to generate a powerful personal force field. The force field can become a knight-like shield on his arm or a dome/sphere to protect his whole body, and is able to defend him from attacks such as Ultimos' punches,[12] Jetray's neuroshock blasts,[13] or the guns of a spaceship.[5] It can even let Vilgax cut clean through that same spaceship.

Vilgax could use his gauntlet as a taser, allowing him to grab and shock Big Chill while intangible. It also gave him the ability to coat his hands in light energy and use them as boxing gloves.[13]

Vilgax's Sword can project energy beams or coat itself in flames, or crystals able to refract Chromastone's ultraviolet beams.[13] Even without the flames or crystal, the sword is incredibly sharp, able to easily cut though stone, Chromastone, and even an entire space ship with a single stroke.

Vilgax kept a raygun in a holster on his right hip. Vilgax lost all of his equipment excluding his sword when he was arrested after The Ultimate Enemy: Part 2.

After fusing with Malware's remains, Vilgax gained access to Malware's ability to absorb technology, and access to all the technology Malware absorbed. His already mighty physical strength was increased to where he could literally punch anything off Galvan Prime and Galvan B with no difficulty, including Atomix, one of Ben's strongest aliens.[19]


Vilgax is vulnerable to the cold virus.[16]

If Vilgax is in his true form and becomes too weak, he cannot change back into his humanoid form.[4] He also needs to be in water in this form.[MW 2]

Despite his durability, Vilgax is limited to how much damage he can take.

Vilgax is vulnerable to electricity, such as that generated by a Gimlinopithecus.[15]

Vilgax's large size makes it difficult to fit into small entrances.

Vilgax is terrified of Ma Vreedle and will leave the scene if she is present.[6] He can also be terrified of Toepick's face.[DJW 1]


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Video Games

Ben 10: Protector of Earth

Vilgax in Protector of Earth

Vilgax is the main villain in the game, he recruits Zs'Skayr, Dr. Animo, Kevin 11 and many more. He sent a robot to earth and extracted DNA from the Omnitrix. He planned to send Earth into the Null Void. In the end he himself ends up trapped in the Null Void and with much of his body destroyed, but as some of his robots begin to heal him, he vows to Ben that he will return.

Punch Time Explosion and XL

Vilgax in Punch Time Explosion XL

Vilgax conquers Chowder's World. Ben then reads a newspaper about Vilgax conquering Chowder's World and goes to stop him.

Later Chowder and Ben find Vilgax with Mung who then explains how they are in another dimension instead of another planet. Eventually Vilgax teleports away and a dimensional crack appears and absorbs Ben, Chowder and Mung.

They are then teleported to Bellwood to defeat Buttercup in her Anti-Form. After traveling through caves, blasting with turrets and exploring the Null Void the team finally face Vilgax. Unfortunately Vilgax teleports the team to Primus and summons Ultimate Kevin to destroy them.

When Vilgax is defeated, he flies away from a sinking ship leaving cured Numbuh 1. The heroes then fight Negative Samurai Jack and Vilgax in order to defeat a greater evil.

Ben 10: Vilgax Attacks

Vilgax in Vilgax Attacks

Vilgax, instead of trying to conquer Earth like in Vengeance of Vilgax: Part 1, looks for sub-energy orbs to power his Null Void Projector to send Earth into the Null Void (Similar to his plan in Protector of Earth). Ben destroyed all the orbs and Alien X sent Vilgax and Psyphon to the Null Void.

Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Cosmic Destruction

Vilgax was mentioned by Kevin, who joked that he lives around a lake near the Eiffel Tower.

Ben 10: Galactic Racing

Vilgax is a playable unlockable character. He uses his laser Beams to attack other racers.

Project Exonaut

Vilgax is a level 40 suit.

Ben 10: Omniverse

A robot replica of Vilgax appears as an enemy.

Online Games

The Alien Device

Vilgax is the second and penultimate villain in The Alien Device, that capture Max and Gwen to an military base in the desert. But then Ben go to foil his plan and when he transform into Heatblast, he fails to beat him but sends to the Null Void along with Kevin.


Vilgax's name is combination of "Vil", a play on "villain"; and "gax", an onomatopoeia of a throat clear.[DR 2]


  • The following characters have been mistaken for Vilgax:
    • Myaxx, as both of them as Chimera Sui Generi.[3]
    • Helena Xagliv, as they share the same voice actor and because "Xagliv" is "Vilgax" spelled backwards.[20]
    • Bill Gacks, as they also share the same voice actor and their names sound similar. Bill admits that he is aware of this misunderstanding.[21]
  • Vilgax will meet his death approximately 200 years after the events of the original series.[pop-up 3]
  • Vilgax is responsible for the destruction of five planets[merch 1] and the creation of a black hole.[pop-up 4][22]
  • Vilgax was originally stated to be 15 feet tall.[AC 1] However, this was retconned in Alien Force, in which he is as tall as Humungousaur (12 feet).[23]
  • In Omniverse, Derrick J. Wyatt had intended for Vilgax to look like his original self, but Matt Youngberg thought Vilgax's Alien Force/Ultimate Alien appearance had more personality.[DJW 2]
    • Derrick designed Vilgax with the respirator he had back in the original series, but executives discarded it because they wanted the character to emote more clearly. Derrick hoped to eventually use the respirator on the design, but it never came to pass.[DJW 3][DJW 4]
  • Dwayne McDuffie thought of Vilgax as Ben's most relentless enemy.[DM 1]
  • Vilgax is the most powerful Chimera Sui Generis.[DM 2]
  • Derrick believed that Vilgax was much stronger than Khyber. He gave an analogy, stating that if Khyber were Captain America, Vilgax would be Thanos.[DJW 5]
    • If they were to fight each other without equipment, Vilgax would win.[MW 3]
  • A negative-polarity version of Vilgax would look like a shining knight of justice in gleaming silver armor.[DJW 6]
  • Vilgax is Eugene Son's favorite villain.[ES 1]
  • Tramm Wigzell named Vilgax.[DJW 2]
  • Sebastian Montes was the one who came up with Vilgax's arm rods being boost steroids. Originally, they were just for show.[AC 1]
  • Vilgax and his spike ball vehicle that appeared in Secrets was designed by Dave Johnson.[AC 1]
  • Vilgax is similar to Cthulhu, both in appearance and plan to conquer the universe.
    • This is further alluded to in his true form, and when he absorbs Dagon's power.
  • Vilgax's laser vision is similar to the DC Comics supervillain Darkseid's Omega Beams as both of them can change direction in accordance to their "projector's" whim.
  • When asked to name the 10 planets Vilgax had conquered, Matt Wayne jokingly gave the names: Moe, Larry, Curly, Ganymede, Daphne, Velma, Arcturus-7, Westworld, Abbott and Costello-3, and El Segundo.[MW 4]
  • Vilgax is one of four villains that has appeared in every series in the franchise, including the reboot, the others being Dr. Animo, Hex, and Charmcaster.
  • Vilgax is the only villain, and the second character after Ben, to have appeared in the first and last episodes of the Classic Continuity.


Crew Statements

Duncan Rouleau

Matt Wayne

Dwayne McDuffie

Derrick J. Wyatt

Eugene Son


Audio Commentary


  1. X-Ray Ben and Diamondhead V.2 DVD; file

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