Glitch Ben, nicknamed Glitch, is a fusion of Ben and Upgrade's DNA. He is a tertartagonist of the 2016 reboot Ben 10. He is a mysterious heroic presence that originally maintained the Omnitrix from within.
He is voiced by Tara Strong.
Glitch has Ben's overall appearance but with Mechamorphic physiology. His hands have five fingers each, more closely resembling Upgrade's hands rather than Ben's.
After merging with Ben's go-kart, Glitch is now a black and purple race-car that changes appearance based on the current alien sitting in him.
When fused with Bootleg, his circuitry becomes blue, his green lights turn red, and his wheels turn into tentacles.
Compared to his human donor, Glitch is far more patient and way more serious, especially with the High Override's influence on Shock Rock. He is shown in ways to be much more intelligent in comparison to his pure human counterpart. Due to being created inside the Omnitrix, he has a far larger amount of knowledge of it, but still retains Ben's playful, headstrong, and argumentative nature. After merging with the go-kart, he speaks with a tone like that of a GPS.
In Omni-Tricked: Part 4, Glitch was created when Ben used Upgrade to enhance the Omnitrix. The watch rebooted and a massive feedback loop destroyed Upgrade's DNA, with a part of him fusing with Ben's DNA to survive, resulting in the creation/birth of Glitch.Glitch made his formal debut in Innervasion Part 3: Strange Bedfellows, where he saved Ben and Vilgax from the Omnitrix's security systems.
In Innervasion Part 4: Mind Over Alien Matter, Glitch and Vilgax formulated a plan to stop the Fulmini by rebooting the Omnitrix. However, Shock Rock got brainwashed by the High Override and Vilgax got banished to the Null Void following a failed attempt to betray Ben and Glitch.
In Innervasion Part 5: High Override, Glitch fused with the Tennyson boxcar, allowing him to carry Ben, Gwen, and Max out of the Omnitrix. Glitch was later seen giving Gwen and Ben a ride in his upgraded boxcar form, therefore joining the Tennysons as a new addition to the family.
In LaGrange Muraille, Glitch was called up by Ben to assist him in defeating LaGrange and Vin Ethanol, though he got injured in the process. He also displays his ability to interact with alien DNA while being driven by Heatblast.
In Franken-Fight, Glitch drove Ben and Gwen around before running into Kevin. Glitch drove Gwen to safety while Humungousaur and Crystalfist fought. Glitch was then merged with Bootleg and went out of control after being exposed to Shock Rock's Omni-Enhanced energy. After Shock Rock and Bootleg team up to stop it, Glitch returned to normal.
In Buggy Out, Glitch helped Rath catch up with Hot Shot after he stole the Rustbucket. When Hot Shot hijacked Glitch, Forever Knight appeared to exact vengeance for Kevin's betrayal. Glitch returned to normal after Heatblast and Hot Shot drove off Forever Knight.
In Vin Diagram, Glitch helped Ben in a race with Vin Ethanol and Bootleg before the latter decided to harm people. He also helped Gwen and Rath catch up to Bootleg before he switched to Bashmouth and started wreaking havoc with Rath across the racetrack. Gwen and Glitch teamed up with Vin to stop them by luring them with meat.
Glitch was mentioned in Tales from the Omnitrix when he was taking Grandpa Max out for a spin, telling Max the funniest joke he ever heard making Max forget about the keys to the Rustbucket in the Glitch's ignition. Max notice his keys are gone so he has to wait for Glitch to get back because he is still doing his Rideshare job.
Powers and Abilities
Glitch could 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. When he merged he upgraded the technology, making the technology he possessed far more advanced and futuristic and causing new features to form on it.
One notable ability is being able to maintain the Omnitrix from within and wield it as offense or defense. Glitch can manipulate the internal structure to provide cover and can activate the Omnitrix's internal defenses.
After fusing with the boxcar, he can now turn into other vehicle forms based on Omnitrix and AntiTrix aliens if either Ben or Kevin are in the driver's seat.
As he is part-Galvanic Mechamorph, Glitch is weak against electricity (being living metal) and sensitive to electromagnetic pulses and magnetic fields.
Glitch can be hijacked against his will in his current trapped form, specifically by Kevin.
With Glitch, being trapped into his Go-Kart form his mobility is now limited.
Glitch can be infected by a combination of Fulmini Omni-Enhanced energy and mutated Mechamorph physiology, which can cause him to lose control of himself.
- Although his figure had been seen briefly before at the Hong Kong Toy Fair 2018, Glitch's name and existence was first directly addressed at New York Toy Fair 2018.
- Interestingly, the toy has only four fingers on each hand. His arms are scaled-down versions of the arms used for Upgrade's figure.
- Though Glitch's voice is the same as Ben's, it has a more intelligent tone.
- Starting with Season 3, Glitch is exclusively seen in his vehicular form.
- According to Duncan Rouleau, Glitch is locked into his Go-kart form.