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The Plumbers
Earth plumbers
General Information
Leader Magistrata
Other Info
Notable Members Gwen Tennyson
Max Tennyson
Kevin Levin
Rook Blonko
Allies Azmuth
Professor Paradox
Relative Groups Ben's Team
Plumbers' Helpers
Alpha Squad
Rooters (Splinter Faction)
Plumbiers (Earth predecessor)
Objectives To safeguard and promote the public well being throughout the galaxy
First Appearance Truth

The Plumbers are an intergalactic law-enforcement organization that makes use of many high-tech gadgets and weapons to protect the planets in the universe from various alien threats and attacks.


Ben 10


Original series Plumbers Suits

In the original series, the Plumbers are a secret government organization that protects the general public from any alien threat. Their main adversary was the alien warlord, Vilgax. Max Tennyson was a member of the Plumbers in his youth and was ultimately the one who defeated Vilgax. Most of the Plumbers eventually disbanded; however, a few of its members (like Max and his relatives) remain in a semi-active capacity.

Max is effectively forced out of retirement after his grandson, Ben Tennyson obtains the Omnitrix. Max uses his experience as a Plumber (along with various Plumber gear and weapons) to aid Ben in various battles along the road.

In Big Fat Alien Wedding, it is revealed that the Plumbers have had a generations-long feud with the Lenopans. However, when a close relationship was formed between Plumber Joel Tennyson (Max Tennyson's nephew) and a Lenopan named Camille, a truce was forged as a result of their relationship and their wedding was to be the first ever marriage between a Lenopan and a human and was meant to put an end to years of fighting. Camille's parents and ex-boyfriend tried to stop the wedding; however, they were defeated by the combined efforts of Camille and the Tennysons and thus, the two were married. Though Joel's parents were against the marriage at first, they later realize how unfairly they had treated Camille and finally accepted her as their daughter-in-law, thus putting an end to the feud.

The Plumbers' main base is located inside of Mt. Rushmore, where the Null Void projector and the Sub Energy are stored. In the episode of Truth, the Null Void projector was stolen by Phil Billings as a part of scam to profit from catching aliens he himself had released; however, his plan was thwarted by Max and Ben. There is also a base located within Fort Knox and the Seattle Space Needle and a map detailing the location of all the Plumber bases in USA revealing there is at least one per state. Max stated that there is one base built into every major military base in the country.

Alien Force

Max ready

Max in a Magister Suit

In Alien Force, the Plumbers are revealed to be an inter-planetary law enforcement force, with both human and alien members.

However, Max discovers that the Highbreed and their minions, the DNAliens, are up to no good and he warns Magister Labrid there is trouble brewing on Earth. Labrid quickly discovers Max has gone missing and mistakenly tries to capture Ben and Gwen, believing that they were stealing the Omnitrix. Upon discovering who they are, he asks for their assistance in discovering the reason for Max's disappearance. The three of them manage to interrupt an arms deal between the Forever Knights and the DNAliens, with Ben's old-rival, Kevin as the middle-man. After a brief battle, they captured Kevin and convinced him to help them find out what was going on, Kevin decided to help as he had not been paid. They tracked the weapons back to one of the Forever Knights castles. During a battle with the Forever Knights, Labrid is fatally wounded. His dying wish was for them to finish their mission and charged them with protecting the Earth from this new threat.

In Everybody Talks About the Weather, it is revealed that Plumbers possess special badges. All Plumber Badges bear the intergalactic peace symbol. There is also a practice where alien Plumbers who have inter-bred with humans give their hybrid-offspring a Plumber Badge to prevent them from being wrongly arrested by other Plumbers for interplanetary trespass.

In Darkstar Rising, Ben, Gwen and Kevin are forbidden to fight against the Highbreed threat by Magister Prior Gilhil, who doubts the Highbreed are as much of a threat as they are. However, all three sides find themselves working together when Darkstar captures them all but Gwen to feed his powers. With the help of the DNAliens, Gwen frees them and Darkstar is arrested while the Highbreed and the DNAliens escape. In gratitude, Prior Gilhil makes the team honorary Plumbers so they can defend the Earth legally. He also mentions that Ben's Omnitrix represents a Plumber Badge. It is also revealed that impersonating a Plumber is an interstellar-class felony.

Plumbers logo

A Plumber badge

In War of the Worlds, all of the Plumber's Kids and Max participate in the final battle against the Highbreed. Notably, Gwen, Kevin, Cooper and Professor Paradox warped into the Plumber base in Mt. Rushmore to free Darkstar in order to participate in the battle.

As a result of Ben's defeat of Vilgax and neutralizing the Highbreed threat, as well as his status as Bearer of the Omnitrix, Ben holds a special status among the Plumbers ranks, even leading his own team.

At the end of War of the Worlds, Max recruits a team of Plumbers In-Training, with himself as both their leader and mentor. Max's team later fights and is defeated by Vilgax in Vengeance of Vilgax: Part 1.

Ultimate Alien


Plumbers in Ultimate Alien

In Fame, it is revealed that all governments on Earth secretly recognize the Plumbers organization in dealing with alien threats (explaining the existence of secret bases within Mount Rushmore and Fort Knox, as they were likely set up with the help of the United States government to aid the Plumbers).

In Escape from Aggregor, Prior Gilhil answered a distress call from Galapagus aboard Aggregor's Ship, only to be told by Aggregor on arrival that the distress call was a computer error. After demanding a search of the ship, he soon locates Aggregor's prisoners, only to be murdered by Aggregor. Aggregor stole Prior Gilhil's ship and suit.


Plumber ships coming out of hyper space

In Too Hot to Handle, it is revealed that Plumber Badges can act as radiation detectors. At the end of the episode, Aggregor is shown attacking the Plumbers' ship which was carrying P'andor, the windows crack from Aggregor's attacks and throw the Plumbers into space, killing them.

In Deep, there is a place called Plumber Central Command and there is a Magister Plumber named Magister Pyke stationed on Piscciss.


Plumber ships getting destroyed by Evil Way Big (Albedo)

In The Enemy of My Enemy, the Plumbers Academy had made an appearance and Magister Coronach is running the academy and he doesn't approve of the place being a prison or a battlefield.

In Basic Training, Ben, Gwen and Kevin are sent to a different Plumbers Academy where they were trained by Magister Hulka, the toughest Plumber of all.

In A Knight to Remember, a squad of Plumbers help Ben's Team fight the Flame Keepers' Circle in an attempt to capture Vilgax but failed.


The Plumber Headquarters beneath Max's Plumbing reappeared, where most captured villains are imprisoned if not imprisoned in the Null Void. The Plumbers have also seemed to gain control over in imprisoning certain humans if they proved to be a great enough threat or in alien related matters as they captured Dr. Animo prior to It Was Them, Billy Billions in Arrested Development, and Nyancy Chan in Tummy Trouble.


TEoaE (124)

In the future, the Plumbers wear armored suits as their standard uniform.

In The End of an Era, the Plumbers, along with various people throughout the galaxy, were having a celebration of Max Tennyson's retirement, who had also given Rook his position of Magistratus.

Known Plumbers

Name Rank Status Information
Alan Albright Official Plumber Active Alan was trained by Max.
Alan's father Unknown Unknown Alan mentioned that his father is a Plumber.
Arnux Magister Active Arnux works at a Plumber Headquarters.
Ben Tennyson Deputized Plumber Agent Active Functions as a deputized plumber agent.
Betty Jean Tennyson Official Plumber Retired Betty Jean participated in the Plumber/Sludgepuppy war.
Blukic Technician Active Blukic works at a Plumber Headquarters.
Brannigan Alpha Squad Member Active Brannigan trains with Plumbers in training at the Plumbers Academy.
Bromeba Official Plumber Active
Bryk Official Plumber Active
Chortle Official Plumber Active
Cooper Daniels Official Plumber Active Cooper was trained by Max.
Cooper's grandfather Unknown Unknown
Coronach Magister/Teacher Active Coronach is a teacher at the Plumbers Academy.
Driba Technician Active Driba works at a Plumber Headquarters.
Driscoll Official Plumber Fired Driscoll was thrown out of the Plumbers.
Elliot Official Plumber Active
Fistina Cadet Active Fistina was made an official Cadet by Max and Rook in The Final Countdown.
Galvan Teacher Teacher Active The Galvan Teacher teaches Plumbers in training at the Plumber's Academy.
George Washington Original Plumber Deceased In 1773, Washington was a member of the original Earth Plumbers before Earth joined with the intergalactic authorities.
Gordon Tennyson Official Plumber Retired Gordon participated in the Plumber/Sludgepuppy war.
Gwen Tennyson Deputized Plumber Agent Semi-Active
Helen Wheels Official Plumber Active Helen became an official Plumber after Alien Force.
Hobble Alpha Squad Member Active
Hulka Magister Active Hulka teaches students at the Plumbers Academy.
I.M. Werfzel Official Plumber Active
Jerry Official Plumber Active Jerry works in Inhuman Resources at Plumber Headquarters.
Joel Tennyson Official Plumber Active Joel participated in the Plumber/Sludgepuppy war.
Kevin Levin Deputized Plumber Agent Semi-Active Kevin's badge was transferred to Molly Gunther.
Labrid Magister Deceased Labrid was Magister of Earth.
He died saving Kevin from an exploding Laser Lance.
Leadfoot Official Plumber Active
Leander Magister
Fired Leander's commission was revoked in Weapon XI: Part 2.
Lucy Mann Official Plumber Active Lucy was the first Lenopan Plumber.
Luhley Official Plumber Active
Manny Armstrong Official Plumber Active Manny became an official Plumber after Alien Force.
Max Tennyson Magister Active Max is Magister of Earth.
Max works at a Plumber Headquarters.
Molly Gunther Alpha Squad Member Active Molly was promoted to Alpha Squad prior to The Frogs of War: Part 1.
Morty Official Plumber Active
Octagon Vreedle Official Plumber Fired Octagon was training at Plumbers Academy.
Patelliday Magister Active Patelliday is the second-in-command Magister of Earth.
Patelliday works at a Plumber Headquarters.
Phil Billings Plumber
Phil's commission was revoked in Weapon XI: Part 2.
Pierce Wheels Official Plumber Deceased Pierce was trained by Max and was training at Plumbers Academy.
Pierce was murdered by a Forever Knight while off duty.
Plen Stroff Official Plumber Active
Prior Gilhil Magister Deceased Prior Gilhil was murdered by Aggregor.
Pyke Magister Active Pyke is the Magister of Piscciss.
Rhomboid Vreedle Official Plumber Fired Rhomboid was training at Plumbers Academy.
Rook Blonko Magister Active Rook is the partner of Ben. He was promoted to Magister in The Final Countdown.
Rook Shar Cadet In training Shar went to Plumbers' Academy in Rook Tales.
Scout Official Plumber Active Scout is the only Plumber currently in the Anur System.
Scout was the first Loboan Plumber.
Servantis Proctor Fired Servantis was the leader of the Rooters, a black-ops wing of the Plumbers in the Null Void.
Servantis' commission was revoked in Weapon XI: Part 2.
Stick Doug Official Plumber Active
Swift Rooter Fired Swift's commission was revoked in Weapon XI: Part 2.
Tack Official Plumber Active Tack was training at Plumbers Academy.
Victor Validus Official Plumber Deceased Victor was fired from the Plumbers for stealing alien tech.
Victor rejoined the Plumbers afterwards.
Victor passed away from unknown causes.
Wat-Senn Official Plumber Active Wat-Senn is a Plumber stationed on Revonnah.
Wes Green Magister Retired
Xylene Honorary Plumber Active


  • There are Plumbers who don't battle or arrest: some of them, like Galvan plumbers, are teachers, scientists, or technicians working to promote the public well being. In few occasions they have more than one position like Max functioning as the chief for the Plumber base on Earth.
  • There are Plumbers who had jobs outside of the organization. Some with previous experience in an army or another law enforcement organization of their respective home world. In many cases, working with them in cooperation and even establishing partnerships as shown with the Galvan Soldiers who are mostly plumber cadets.
  • The Incurseans and most of the Anur System do not recognize the authority of the Plumbers.
  • In A New Dawn, it is revealed that the original Earth Plumbers have been active since at least 1773 till they disbanded.

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