Ben 10

Season 1 Episode 7

Kevin 11

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Aired Saturday 10:00 AM Feb 11, 2006 on Cartoon Network
9.3
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In a hotel, Ben spots an area where a group of people are demonstrating a new game. He decides to use Ghostfreak's power to sneak inside. He is caught, and Ben, Gwen, and Grandpa Max are kicked out for Ben's misbehavior. After Ben and Grandpa Max argue, Ben decides to wander out into the city on his own. There, he meets Kevin, a sociopath who has the power to absorb any form of energy. However, after Ben reveals the powers of what the Omnitrix can do, he soon realizes that Kevin may only be after the powers of the Omnitrix, for his own doing. What is in store for Ben and what secrets does Kevin hide? Is he the next 'big' villain?moreless

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  • New enemy?

    7.5
    Ben 10 vs. Kevin 11? Looks like the formation of a new formidable foe, and it came with its own set of cliches too. Similar age to the main character, similar personality (rebellious youth who likes causing trouble and listens to no one), similar powers (well at least when the episode ended), and just slightly more evil. Original? Not by a long shot. So what good did the episode do exactly? For one the theme of listening to your elders was decently executed, and it so far has the best fight in the whole show thus far; that battle under the bridge was pretty well choreographed. Overall though, pretty average considering everything.moreless
  • good episode.

    9.7
    Straying from Max after an argument, Ben meets and befriends a boy named Kevin, who has the power to absorb any form of energy. Their first misadventure forces Ben to reveal what the Omnitrix is capable of. Kevin suggests that they team up. However, Kevin just wants the Omnitrix's power at his disposal; being treated like a monster for his strange powers since birth, Kevin had let hatred build up in his heart and is now out to get back at those who had hurt him. Ben attempts to reason with Kevin but ends up fighting him as Heatblast, at which point Kevin escapes and Max finds Ben. Ben finds Kevin terrorizing some bullies with energy stolen from Heatblast and fights him as Fourarms. Ben defeats Kevin this time, forcing him to flee. Unknown to Ben, however, Kevin had absorbed energy from the Omnitrix after all.moreless
  • Ben meets Kevin, another weird guy like him.

    8.3
    The likelihood of Ben meeting another boy with extreme powers is next to nil, but meet he did. Kevin in this episode symbolises the rebellious side of Ben, craving for attention and fame by resorting to bad stuff. Ben learns from his mistake just in time, but must fight his own evil side before he can save everyone. Yes, the one that he is actually fighting is himself, not Kevin, represented by his repetition of Grandpa Max's words to him about his lack of care. Kevin is just a flesh version of his inner self, which he must face before becoming a better person, and a better superhero. Very insightful indeed, this episode.moreless
  • Ben must fight an eleven year old named Kevin 11, who can absorb any power - even that of the Omnitrix.

    10
    This has got to be one of the best episodes of the whole first season! Kevin 11 is so awesome! I think his power to absorb all power is really cool. My favorite scenes include: Stinkfly and Kevin running away from the police helicopters, the fighting scene in the train station, and the scene where XLR8 helps Kevin 11 by beating up those bullies. Kevin 11 is really cool because he is sort of like Ben's equal. I know that he will be around for the rest of the series and will be shown in several more episodes to come.moreless
  • one of the best episodes

    10
    this is one of the best episodes of ben 10 yet ben gets mad at his grand father but its not his grand fathers fault it was bens they were checking in a hotel and ben breaked in a room and played the new sumo slammers game thn he goes to the arcade and meets a guy he befriended him and started to hang out but then they break in a bulding full of sumo slammer games and the police catch them but they escape then kevin apsorbes bens powers and now can turn into any of the 10 monstersmoreless
Michael Reisz

Michael Reisz

Kevin 11

Guest Star

Mikey Kelley

Mikey Kelley

Gang #2/Attendant/Helicopter Pilot

Guest Star

Richard McGonagle

Richard McGonagle

Cop #1

Recurring Role

Steven Jay Blum

Steven Jay Blum

Radio Announcer

Recurring Role

Dee Bradley Baker

Dee Bradley Baker

Gang #1/Cop #2

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (9)

    • In this episode, Ben turns into Four Arms by mistake. Usually it is the other way round, where Ben wants Four Arms but gets another alien instead.

    • Look Hard: There are various Sumo Slammer posters/signs throughout the different scenes in New York City in this episode.

    • Look Hard: Instead of having the normal number of arms that Four Arms has, Kevin 11 has six. Also, only two of them are enlarged. The other four are normal sized. He also has three eyes: one normal and two like Four Arms.

    • Look Hard: The bearded man seen on the billboard in the episode "Washington B.C." is seen again here. This time, he appears alone on a sign under some Sumo Slammer images. He can be seen right after the police shoot out the giant television.

    • Look/Listen Hard: The opening credits for this episode have been changed. The music is slightly different and the border surrounding the video has been made smaller. Also, the logo at the end of the theme is no longer flat vertically.

    • Pay Attention: When Ben attempts to turn into Four Arms but turns into Heat Blast instead, the dial on the Omnitrix did not pop up.

    • Look Closely: When Kevin mutates into Four Arms, his armbands break off. But when he returns to human form, they're back on his wrists.

    • Why exactly does an entire swat team show up for a couple guys breaking into a warehouse? Three helicopters chasing these guys around? That seems a bit much. And why is it that no one seems to be the least bit freaked out that they're trying to chase an enormous bug? This doesn't seem like the kind of thing NYC policemen are trained for.

    • How could Grandpa Max possibly have known where Ben was when he was hanging from the train? The reporter only mentions the subway lines near 51st Street. He does not mention a specific train or its direction. Similarly, Ben never told him where he was. The likelihood of Grandpa Max arriving at that specific spot at the exact time that the train was passing it is slim to none.

  • QUOTES (40)

    • Ben: I'm switching the track back! Time to go Four Arms.

    • Ben: This is my vacation, too. You can't always tell me what to do. You're not my dad.
      Grandpa Max: (shocked) Well, if I was I'd... (composing himself) Look, I'm going back to the hotel to see if I can get at least some of my money back. I'll be back in a few minutes.
      Ben: (walks over to sleeping area) Don't hurry.
      Gwen: He'll be fine.

    • Ben: I'm sorry, Grandpa. For everything.
      Grandpa Max: I know you are. You're my grandson and nothing will ever change that, but my trust is something you'll have to earn back.

    • Kevin 11: (after being beaten by Four Arms) Guess I went too wild with power. I don't have anyone else like you to help me.
      Ben: We can still be partners. We'd just be kicking butts for good, instead of for ourselves. You could hang with us.
      Kevin 11: What's in it for me?
      Ben: For starters, people will like you. (holds out hand)
      (Kevin grabs Ben's hand)
      Grandpa Max: Ben! (starts running to Ben)
      Kevin 11: Oh, man. You are so dim.
      (Grandpa Max attacks him and is thrown back)
      Kevin 11: Your mommy drop you on your head when you were a little baby? Now give me that watch.
      Ben: You're the one who's dim. I told you I can't.

    • (Gwen & Grandpa Max help the gang members escape)
      Grandpa Max: Moving day. Get out.

    • Kevin 11: (laughing after taking Four Arms' power) This is gonna be real fun.
      Four Arms: Tell me about it.
      (Four Arms & Kevin begin to fight)
      Kevin 11: I'm taking all your alien powers.

    • Kevin 11: (has pinned the gang under a large pipe) Ha! So much for your gang.
      (the power he took from Heat Blast wears off)
      Kevin 11: Huh? What's going on?
      Four Arms: Your power is gone.
      Kevin 11: Looks like you're about to give me some more, Ben.
      Four Arms: No.
      Kevin 11: You don't have a choice. (he charges his hands) I still got enough juice to fry these guys.
      (Four Arms grabs Kevin before he can fry the gang; Kevin absorbs Four Arms' power)

    • Gang #1: (as Kevin destroys the gang's hideout) Uhh, Kevin. We can work this out.
      Kevin 11: I don't think so.

    • Ben: (holding onto the train) Come on. Hold on.
      (Grandpa Max drives up beside the train, honking and opening the awning on the RV)
      Ben: (seeing a rapidly approaching gate on the train) Oh, that's gonna hurt. (jumps onto the RV's awning)
      Gwen: Nice catch, Grandpa.

    • Radio Announcer: And expect delays on the uptown subway line near 51st Street. There have been reports of fires breaking out all over the tunnels.
      Gwen: Grandpa...
      Grandpa Max: I know. (does a u-turn)

    • Kevin 11: (after his train crash plan fails) Forget the money. Time to get some priceless revenge.

    • Kevin 11: (after absorbing Heat Blast's power) Psyche. I absorb energy, remember?
      Heat Blast: You don't have to do this. (attacks Kevin; he dodges and hits Heat Blast with a fireball)
      Kevin 11: It's time I got what's coming to me. Nobody's calling me freak anymore.
      (the trains approach)
      Kevin 11: Payday.

    • Ben: (to himself) You don't care about anyone else but yourself.
      Kevin 11: You talking about me?
      Ben: No, I'm talking about me.
      Kevin 11: Oh, you do not want to make me mad.
      Ben: Me neither. I'm switching the track back.

    • Ben: (about Kevin's plan to crash the trains) You can't do this.
      Kevin 11: Sure we can. I just switched the tracks.
      Ben: I mean, I'm not going to let you do this.
      Kevin 11: We shook. We're partners.
      Ben: No. This is going way too far.
      Kevin 11: Then try and stop me, watch boy.

    • Ben: What are we doing?
      Kevin 11: A money train loaded with cash comes down this track, so when it crashes into the oncoming passenger train, boom! Instant jackpot. You turn into that XLR8 guy and we're out of here!
      Ben: But hundreds of innocent people will be killed.
      Kevin 11: Hey, no pain, no gain.

    • Kevin 11: (after escaping the police) So that watch lets you do that dragonfly thing whenever you want?
      Ben: And not just that one. It sends out this special energy so I can turn into ten different aliens.
      Kevin 11: Ten? So the speed guy at the arcade was you.
      Ben: Uh-huh.
      Kevin 11: You're the man! Show me what other aliens you can morph into.
      Ben: It's not that simple. It has a mind of its own.
      Kevin 11: Give me it. Maybe I can make it work.
      Ben: I can't. It's stuck on my wrist.
      Kevin 11: We should be partners. Between the two of us, with our powers, we could do whatever we want, whenever we want. We'd totally cash in. What do you say? Friends?
      Ben: Friends.

    • Kevin 11: (as Stinkfly is carrying him) Oh, yeah! And people call me a freak. How'd you do that?
      Stinkfly: Talk later.

    • Cop #1: Freeze, punks!
      (Kevin finds a forklift and uses his power to activate it)
      Kevin 11: Time to rev things up. (runs the forklift into the cop; to Ben) Let's go.
      (the police cut Ben & Kevin off as they try to escape)
      Ben: Great. No way out.
      Kevin 11: Any ideas?
      Ben: Only one, but can you keep a secret?
      Kevin 11: Sure.
      (Ben starts setting the Omnitrix)
      Kevin 11: What are you doing with your watch?
      (Ben transforms into Stinkfly; Kevin stares in awe, then recoils at the smell)
      Kevin 11: Ugh. You reek.
      Stinkfly: I know.

    • (Ben & Kevin go to a warehouse by the docks)
      Kevin 11: I got a tip a new shipment just came in. (he uses his power to short out the lock) Help me kick in the door.
      (Ben & Kevin kick in the door, setting off the silent alarm; the warehouse is filled with Sumo Slammer game crates)
      Ben: Whoa.
      Kevin 11: (opening a crate) Check it out. Wait's over, dude.
      Ben: Yes!
      (the police fire tear gas into the room)
      Ben: What do we do?
      Kevin 11: Get out of here!

    • Ben: (admiring Kevin's subway home) You live here?
      Kevin 11: Yeah, by myself.
      Ben: What about your family?
      Kevin 11: Long gone. They weren't too thrilled having a freak for a son, but it just means I don't answer to nobody.
      Ben: Sounds good to me. So why was that gang after you?
      Kevin 11: I kinda trashed their hangout under the 39th Street bridge. What about you? Sounds like your grandpa's pretty steamed at you.
      Ben: Like usual, and all I did was sneak in and play the new Sumo Slammer video game.
      Kevin 11: The one that won't be out until Christmas?
      Ben: Yeah.
      (Kevin smiles, thinking of something)

    • Grandpa Max: (asking Gwen angrily) Where's Ben?
      Gwen: (laughing nervously) Yeah. About that...

    • Ben: So, how'd you get your power?
      Kevin 11: I was born with it. I'm like an energy sponge. Motors, air conditioners, lights, batteries, whatever. Soak it up and dish it out when I have to... or want to.
      Ben: Cool.
      Kevin 11: Come on. I'll show you where I live.

    • Gwen: (after Ben helps Kevin as XLR8) I can't believe you went alien.
      Ben: He helped me, so I helped him. You wouldn't get it, and neither would Grandpa. That's the problem.
      Kevin: (walking up) You see what that speed guy did to those losers?
      Ben: Yeah. Dude's name is XLR8. In fact, we're pretty tight.
      Kevin: Cool. Want a tour of New York?
      Gwen: You keep Grandpa waiting any longer, he's going to pop another gasket. We gotta go. Like now, Ben.
      Ben: Don't you mean you have to go?
      Gwen: You're on your own. (walks away)
      Ben: Good. That's the way I want it. (walks away with Kevin)

    • Kevin 11: How's the hangout? Still trashed like I left it for ya?
      Gang #1: Yeah, and you're gonna pay. You can't take us all alone, freak.
      XLR8: But I can.
      Gang #2: (laughing) Little early for halloween, dude, isn't it?
      (XLR8 beats up the first gang member and runs off)
      Gang #2: Where'd he go?
      (XLR8 beats up two of the three remaining gang members, then stops next to the last one)
      XLR8: (opening his mask) Trick or treat?
      (the gang member screams and runs away; XLR8 waves and then leaves)

    • Kevin 11: (laughing at Ben's joke) You're funny. Here, you owe me one. (uses his power to cause the arcade machine to spit out tokens)
      Ben: Whoa. How'd you do that?
      Kevin 11: I've got some skills.
      Gwen: We can't take those. They're not ours.
      Ben: They are now. (picks up a handful of tokens) Thanks. I'm Ben.
      Kevin 11: Kevin.
      Ben: Wanna play some air hockey?
      Kevin 11: (sees gang members walking up) Nah. Gotta bail.
      Gwen: He's total trouble.
      Ben: He seemed okay to me.

    • Bully #1: (to Kevin) Long time, no see.
      Bully #2: Where ya going, freak? Home to recharge your batteries?
      Ben: Need some help?
      Bully #1: He's gonna need a lot more than you. (tosses Ben away) Now beat it.
      Ben: I've got some skills, too. (runs off to use Omnitrix)
      Gwen: Ben, don't!
      (Ben transforms into XLR8)

    • Kevin 11: Oh, if they thought I was a freak before, just wait. (his hand catches fire and laughs maniacally)

    • Grandpa Max: (yelling at traffic) Move it.
      Ben: Goin' Stinkfly. See you at the 39th Street bridge.
      (the Omnitrix transforms Ben into Four Arms)
      Four Arms: Great, now I turn into Four Arms.

    • Grandpa Max: Are you ever planning on listening to me? None of this would have happened if you'd just obeyed me from the beginning. It's all about trust.
      Ben: Then trust me that Kevin's probably misusing Heat Blast's power right now.
      Gwen: Grandpa, Ben's right. There's no telling what he could do now.
      Grandpa Max: Okay, so where is he?
      Ben: I think I know.

    • Ben: (after his argument with Grandpa Max) Not fair. Not fair. Totally not fair.
      Gwen: Glad to see you're handling things so maturely.
      (Ben walks out)
      Gwen: Where do you think you're going?
      Ben: Where does it look like? Out.
      Gwen: Get back here.
      Ben: Sorry. I don't speak dweeb.
      Gwen: You're going to be so grounded.
      (Ben continues to ignore her; she sighs)
      Gwen: Next summer, I'm going to sleep-away camp.

    • Ben: (after winning game) Yes! New high score!
      Security Guard: (finds Ben playing game) What do you got to say for yourself, kid?
      Ben: Uh, game over?

    • Ghostfreak: (after sneaking past security guard) The ultimate sneak peek, for the ghost with the most freak.

    • Four Arms: (hearing Omnitrix beep) No! (quickly beats up Kevin)
      Kevin 11: Come on, I give, I give! I'm sorry! Please, just lighten up.
      Ben: (after reverting back to human form) I just did... by about 300 pounds.

    • (the Omnitrix beeps, preparing to shut down)
      Heat Blast: Oh, man. I hate that sound.

    • Ben: Time to go Four Arms.
      (the Omnitrix transforms Ben into Heat Blast instead)
      Heat Blast: Ugh. Stupid watch.
      Heat Blast: Move back.
      Kevin 11: Or what? You're going to burn my dinner?
      Heat Blast: Fight me, you're the one who's gonna be burned.

    • Grandpa Max: (driving the RV) Of all the stunts Ben's pulled, this is the worst. When I find him...
      Gwen: Ohh, I should really be enjoying this. So why aren't I?

    • Ben: (playing a video game) Game over? It just started. This thing ate my tokens.
      Attendant: Read the sign, kid. It says play at your own risk. (walks away)
      Ben: This place is a rip-off, you know that?
      Kevin 11: You're right. The games here stink.
      Ben: Yeah, but not as bad as his breath. Major case of sewer mouth.

    • Grandpa Max: How do you expect me to trust you if you keep misusing the watch?
      Ben: Excuse me, I used it a hundred times for good. Why can't I use it just once for me?
      Grandpa Max: It's not how many times you use it, Ben, it's how you use it.
      Ben: It was no big deal.
      Grandpa Max: To you, and that's all you care about. So, no more Sumo Slammer stuff for two weeks. No comics, no trading cards, no--
      Ben: Fair!
      Grandpa Max: Neither is getting booted from a 4-star hotel I already paid for.
      Ben: Fine, take it out of my allowance.
      Gwen: You don't get an allowance.
      Grandpa Max & Ben: Stay out of this!

    • (after they get kicked out of the hotel)
      Security Guard: And never come back!
      Grandpa Max: (to Ben) I told you not to sneak in there.
      Ben: Well, if you want to get all technical about it.
      Gwen: I never even got a chance to take a shower in a real shower, for the first time all summer. Plus, they had a spa. A spa! Nice going, doofus.

    • Ben: (seeing the Sumo Slammer display) Woo hoo! The new Sumo Slammer video game is in there.
      Security Guard: Pass?
      Ben: Uh, must have left it inside. I'm one of the game pros testing out the system.
      Security Guard: VIPs only.
      Grandpa Max: I know what you're thinking, so no sneaking back in there.
      Ben: I won't.
      (Grandpa Max & Gwen walk away; Ben transforms into Ghostfreak)
      Ghostfreak: But he will.

  • NOTES (28)

  • ALLUSIONS (8)

    • TotalZone: Sign
      This sign is very similar to the "ESPN Zone" sign.

    • Kevin: Powers
      Kevin is similar to Rogue from X-Men, being able to absorb powers.

    • Ghostfreak: Black Mist
      When Ghostfreak turns into a black-like mist, he looks incredibly similar to X.A.N.A's Specters on Code Lyoko.

    • Sumo Slammer: Gameboy
      The new Sumo Slammer video game in this episode is for the "Gamebox", a reference to the Nintendo Gameboy.

    • Episode Title: Episode Premiere Date
      This episode took place in New York City, so the episode title, "Kevin 11," could be a possible reference to September 11th, 2001 - when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center. Since this episode was made after that day, the World Trade Center was not featured in the episode. Also, the episode's premiere date coincidentally refers to the episode's title itself.

    • Arcade Game: Eating Tokens
      This is actually quite accurate. When Ben gets the game over message on the baseball game, the screen shows that he has two balls, one strike, and no outs. At the very least, the game would have ended when he struck out after three strikes. As it was, the game ended after the fourth pitch. He was indeed robbed by the game.

    • New York City: The Large Television
      The large television that Stinkfly passes while carrying Kevin 11 is in Times Square in New York City.

    • Kevin 11: Powers/Abilities
      Kevin 11's abilities are very similar to Parasite and Livewire from Superman: the Animated Series (they even teamed up once). His ability to take on certain properties is also reminiscent of Marvel Comics supervillain Absorbing Man.

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