Hero Time is the ninth episode of Ben 10: Ultimate Alien.
As Ben, Gwen, and Kevin are waiting for a book signing, young movie star Jennifer Nocturne arrives to sign her books. Suddenly, she is held hostage by a few robbers armed with dangerous laser guns and after they murder two of her bodyguards, they demand $10 million in one hour- otherwise, they threaten, she will die. Everything looks bad until Ben transforms into Spidermonkey and fights the criminals. As one of them tries to escape, Captain Nemesis, Ben's favorite hero, arrives and knocks him out. After Spidermonkey transforms back into Ben, Jennifer then gives Ben a kiss, which makes Nemesis jealous of Ben.
Ben returns home to find the story on all of the news channels and Gwen, Kevin, and much to Ben's surprise, Julie, who is jealous at Jennifer Nocturne kissing him. Ben assures her that it's for their careers and Julie says there's nothing going on between him and Jennifer, but she is really taking advantage of Ben to get more publicity. Just then, Nocturne arrives in a golden helicopter to take Ben to Captain Nemesis's party, much to Julie's chagrin. At the party, Nocturne introduces Ben to Nemesis, who tries to be friendly, but is obviously jealous of Ben. Nemesis even gets Ben's name wrong, calling him Ten Bennyson. After the party, Nemesis, revealing that the hostage situation was a ruse to make him a bigger star, is seeking to become a bigger star than Ben. He has his assistant Simons enlist the help of Will Harangue, who views Nemesis as a great American icon (an opinion repeatedly noted in the episode), to capture some exclusive footage of him being a bigger hero than Ben, thinking that being a hero is all about fame.
A little later, a swarm of war robots lead by Computron appear and attempt to take over the Earth, giving Nemesis the opportunity to prove he's a better hero then Ben. Nemesis and Will Harangue arrive, the former to fight and the latter to film, but Harangue is distracted by another news crew capturing his exclusive footage. Ben arrives as Jetray, ruining Harangue's plan, but when that proves ineffective, he transforms into Armodrillo and destroys most of the robots.
Nemesis manages to hide his jealousy and challenges Ben to a friendly competition to see who's the better hero. At the duel, covered by Nocturne for the Will Harangue Nation, Ben transforms into Humungousaur and easily beats Nemesis in train throwing. However, when Ben attempts to transform into Jetray, he transforms into Rath instead and Nemesis wins the speed challenge. As a tiebreaker, a tug-of-war is held over a mud pit, and Ben transforms into Four Arms and wins. Nemesis is humiliated live on public TV and plots to get revenge on Ben.
Nemesis makes a mountain out of molehill over his jealousy of Ben and he has his technicians remove all of the safeguards on his suit, allowing him to use more power than ever before, which would practically kill him (he doesn't seem to care that he's going to commit suicide). When Simons objects to the removal of the safeguards of his suit, Captain Nemesis tells Simons to leave. He then kidnaps Julie, who was shown taking her anger over Jennifer out on the tennis courts. Nemesis then intercepts Jennifer's helicopter. When Ben calls Julie, Nemesis answers the call and tells Ben to "come and get me" if he wants to see her again.
At his lair, Ben transforms into Humungousaur and then he transforms into Ultimate Humungousaur, keeping Nemesis at bay and fighting him fiercely; however, he then reveals that he has captured both Julie and Nocturne and that Ben can only save one of them. Nemesis cuts the ropes and both begin to fall down. Ultimate Humungousaur transforms into Goop and catches Julie, who finally forgives him for all his mistakes and became his girlfriend again as she smiles, while Gwen and Kevin rescue Nocturne. They hide behind Gwen's shield as Nemesis's energy blasts get increasingly hotter. Nemesis finally snaps and tells them that he doesn't know why he protected people like Ben in the first place and decides to change his name to Overlord, then tries to kill Goop who transforms into Water Hazard. He removes Overlord's armor by soaking him in cold water then absorbing all of the moisture in the air, drying it out and making it brittle enough to break off by beating him up ruthlessly. After Water Hazard transforms back into normal, Ben scolds Overlord for losing sight of what being a hero means. The police come and arrest Overlord and Harangue claims that Overlord/Nemesis was a good man forced to do bad things to take down Ben.
- Ben transforms into Armodrillo for the first time.
- Ben's childhood hero, Captain Nemesis, turns evil and changes his name to Overlord.
Ultimatrix Alien Debuts
- It is revealed that the DX Mark 10 has a voice command function.
- Ben Tennyson
- Gwen Tennyson
- Kevin Levin
- Julie Yamamoto
- Jennifer Nocturne (first appearance)
- Pierce's Girlfriend (cameo)
- Carol Smith (cameo)
- Carl Nesmith (first appearance)
- Will Harangue
- Computron (first appearance)
- Computron's Minions (first appearance)
- Simons (first appearance)
- Armodrillo (first appearance)
- Humungousaur (x2, second time goes ultimate)
- Rath (selected alien was Jetray)
- Four Arms
- Ultimate Humungousaur
- Water Hazard (selected alien was Big Chill)
Naming and Translations
|Portuguese (Br)||Hora do Herói||Hero Time|
|Spanish (HA)||Hora de Ser Héroe||Time to Be a Hero|
|Spanish (Spain)||Hora de Ser Héroe||Time to Be a Hero|
- The couple name of Ben and Jennifer, Bennifer refers to the former real-life couple of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez.
- In Cartoon Network Asia, excluding India, the scene when Jennifer kissed Ben is censored.
- When Ben transforms into Humungousaur, it's one of the very few times when Ben doesn't shout out the alien's name.