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William "Will" Harangue is a character who first appeared in Fame. He is a loud-voiced television newscaster who hosts his own show, Harangue Nation. In order to garner ratings, Will launched a smear campaign against Ben Tennyson. He claims that Ben is a threat to humanity and constantly tries to denounce him, including turning the public against him.
In Ultimate Alien, Will wore a black suit and tie. He had short, brown hair that greyed at the temples, and sported a square chin.
In Omniverse, Will has a red tie and a breast-pocket on his suit with a blue handkerchief.
In The Vengers, Will appeared in a flashback when Ben was 11, where his hair was all brown. He had a blue suit and his handkerchief was white.
In his alien form, Will's skin is olive with several lumps. He has fin-like ears, tendrils on his chin, gills on the back of his neck, tentacles instead of hands, has one eye on his face, two eyes on the sides of his head, and another eye on a tendril on his left shoulder. He has three webbed toes, and his tongue is shown to be a dark green.
In fact, Will seems to have developed a pathological hatred for Ben, which may have begun when the young hero indirectly embarrassed him on live television when he was 11 years old. This hatred caused him to make a direct attempt on Ben's life with a robot designed to counter Ben's aliens, only to end up humiliating himself while bolstering Ben's popularity in the process. He will also deliberately lie to the public and will edit footage to maintain these lies. He's even sided himself with dangerous groups such as the Incursean Empire, the Forever Knights and The Vengers, despite each of their numerous crimes against humanity, purely due to the fact that they are Ben's enemies.
The only redeeming quality Will seems to have is his stance against massacres, as when he refused to believe Ben when he stated that the Forever Knight's device will murder every alien on the Earth, though he was more worried about his own reputation rather than innocent lives. He disapproved of the Flame Keepers' Circle when they were active,[MW 1] which even Julie had been tricked by.
Similar to Kevin Levin, Will was very proud of his "classic" car, and was outraged when Ben trashed it as Way Big by dropping the remains of the Stalker on it. Kevin understood how he felt, having had his own car wrecked multiple times.
Five years prior to Omniverse
In The Vengers, Harangue was reporting about Kane North, who was threatening to blow up a building. However, after Captain Nemesis appeared, he ignored North and interviewed the superhero. Since nobody was listening to him, North exploded the building, and while Will interviewed Nemesis, XLR8 saved the people. After XLR8 sped away, Harangue called him a "showboating vigilante".
Will Harangue debuted in the first episode of Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, stating in his program that Ben Tennyson is a threat and wanted Bellwood's population to turn against him- directly after Jimmy Jones revealed Ben's secret identity to the world. His declarations on TV put Ben in a bad mood and cause him to be worried about going to school, thinking that his classmates might hate him. However, when he finally goes, his classmates prove to be more grateful than Harangue (especially J.T. and Cash), much to Ben's surprise.
Will reappeared as the main villain in Video Games, where, with the help of Oliver Thompson, he tricks Ben into showing all his aliens' moves for what he thinks to be a video game, but actually serves to create a spider-like giant robot able to counter all of Ben's aliens. He then uses the robot to try to assassinate Ben, even succeeding in defeating him at one point (though he chose to not destroy him immediately because he wanted his public to see Ben's death). The Stalker is eventually destroyed by Nanomech, who had not been scanned because of his size. Way Big then crushed its remains in front of Harangue and "accidentally" dropped it on the anchorman's car. Due to the Stalker's failure, Harangue fired Oliver. To avoid being arrested for attempted murder and vandalism, Harangue later used the battle footage as more proof of the violence Ben was capable of, angrily referring to the destruction of his car as an act of juvenile delinquency.
Harangue also made an appearance in Hero Time, working alongside the so-called superhero Captain Nemesis, trying to get bad footage of Ben. When Nemesis was arrested, Harangue tried to back him up by blaming Ben, saying that Nemesis did bad things to stop "The Menace of Ben Tennyson".
In Eye of the Beholder, Harangue makes a cameo appearance on TV. However, his words are clouded by Ben's thoughts.
Will appeared again in The Big Story when Jimmy Jones reports that Ben (really Clone Ben) is working for a giant plant monster. Although he acknowledges him for providing photos of Ben as aliens, he does not seem to take him seriously.
In The Mother of All Vreedles, Will reported on a meteor.
Will Harangue re-appeared in The Frogs of War: Part 1, when Undertown was exposed to the public due to the town's residents fleeing Earth due to the incoming Incursean Empire, he uses this discovery to once again make Ben look like a traitor to his own species.
In The Frogs of War: Part 2, after the Incurseans had successfully conquered Earth, with the help of Dr. Psychobos's Way Bads, Will congratulated them on defeating Ben and becoming Earth's new "benevolent" overlords, showing his collaboration with the invaders.
In Return to Forever, it is revealed that Will's collaboration with the Incurseans had damaged his reputation, viewership and ratings[DJW 2] despite him making a five part special report to explain how he "sabotaged" the invasions.
In an effort to bolster his reputation and his fan-base, Will secretly worked with Joseph Chadwick and the remnants of the Forever Knights to scan alien DNA to use a device, the Highbreed Pulse Generator, which Harangue thought would turn all the aliens on Earth into humans, but in reality, it would destroy them. Harangue did this because he thought it would increase his ratings again.
After the Forever Knight remnants were stopped, Juryrigg used the device to permanently[DJW 3] change Harangue's DNA into that of a tentacled alien as payback for all the media harassment he gave to Ben, which he discovered to his shock when he woke up the next morning. Contrary to his opinion of his new appearance, his ratings went up again after his alien transformation.[DJW 4]
In The Vengers, Will reported about the Vengers' exploits, making his ratings rise even higher. In reality, however, they also doubled as a city-wide smear campaign against Ben in order to boost the credibility of the Vengers, with himself being an unofficial secret partner. After the people realized that the Vengers became what they had always been, super-villains, he betrayed them immediately in an attempt to keep his ratings as high as they were before. He tried to smear both Ben and Billy's team to cover up the fact that Billy had Harangue edit footage of the Vengers' battle with Tennyson to discredit the latter further, all in a semi-vain effort to save face.
- The Vengers (flashback and present)
- The End of an Era (future)
Cartoon Network Action Packs
- Beauty and the Ben
Will Harangue appears in one of the commercials for Cosmic Destruction blaming Evil Way Big's attack on earth on Ben stating "Ben Tennyson has brought upon us the Apocalypse" and providing screen shots of the damage that directly wreaks upon the environment to further enhance his campaign against Ben which was leaked to him by Captain Nemesis. Shockingly he attempts to use the opportunity to sell his book titled Ben 10: Threat or Menace?.
Naming and Translations
|Hungarian||Will Harang||From harang, bell|
|Portuguese (Br)||Will Arenga||From arenga, harangue|
|Spanish (HA)|| Will Harangue|
Will Harrangue (Return to Forever)
|From the original English name|
|Spanish (Spain)||Will Harengas||From the original English name|
Harangue means mean or nasty speech, much like the way he criticizes Ben.
- Will is loathed by some for antagonizing Ben. Because of this, his frequent attempts to turn society against Ben are always unsuccessful.[DM 1]
- Ironically, while criticizing Ben as an alien menace, he willingly praises the Incurseans for conquering the Earth and banishing Ben, which can be viewed as a blatant example of his hypocrisy.
- Will's Dimension 23 and Mad Dimension counterparts are fans of their respective Ben Tennysons.
- Will Harangue is not a millionaire, though he more than once mentioned he is spending millions. He is a liar; he gave four different amounts of his expenditures.[DM 1]
- In The Vengers, as Ben is joking in the background, Will can be heard on the phone saying "NO, NO. I said we'll do it live. WE'LL DO IT LIVE!" The line is a reference to Bill O'Reilly's outburst.
- Harangue Nation is a spoof of Steven Colbert's Colbert Nation with similar elements to the various Fox News programs.
- Will strongly shares similarities with J. Jonah Jameson and Robert Kelly from Marvel Comics and Glorious Godfrey from DC Comics, as all of them have been shown criticizing superheroes and attempting to turn the public against them.
- The similarities between Will and Jameson include branding Ben as a "menace" and his attempt to kill him using a spider-like robot in Video Games.
- The similarities between Will and Kelly include the former's human appearance, his attitude towards superheroes, and an implied racism against non-human beings.
- Will specific shares similarities with Godfrey's portrays in the DC Animated Universe, the Smallville television series, and Young Justice, some of which had Dwayne McDuffie as a crew member.
- Unlike Jameson, Kelly, and Godfrey, Harangue is knowingly corrupt and his smear campaign is motivated by garnering ratings rather than genuine concern for the public and the impression that anyone he is slandering are not genuinely flawless.
- Harangue's smear campaign against Ben started after his identity was revealed to the world. This characteristic would indirectly serve as inspiration for the Marvel Cinematic Universe incarnation of J. Jonah Jameson.