Swampfire - Secondary Characters - Paradox


Voiced by:

  • David McCallum - Ben 10: Alien Force, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, and Ben 10: Omniverse

Professor Paradox is a time traveler who is biologically immortal and able to transverse time through sheer will. Paradox been described as a calm, free-going man; he talks much like a stereotypical scientist, with dialogue requiring higher knowledge to understand completely. He also has a habit of getting events that haven't happened yet (from the perspective of the viewer and those he's talking to) and those that have (from his perspective) mixed up, due to his travels through time. His calm personality also makes it difficult to tell when he's joking or not. His character is inspired by the the Doctor from Doctor Who.

He was originally a scientist from 1952 who discovered special properties in quartz crystals and received government funding to work on breaking a hole in the Space-Time Continuum, code-named the Paradox Project, with his assistant Hugo at the military base Los Soledad during the Cold War. But a slight miscalculation caused Paradox to get sucked into the Event Horizon, where he remained displaced from time for a 100,000 years. Losing his mind and regaining his sanity, he gained a complete understanding of the Space-Time Continuum. Having long forgot his name, he renamed himself Paradox and uses his understanding to travel across time to make different parts of history better for others. At some point in his time-traveling career, Paradox separated the pieces of the Map of Infinity, which could lead a person to the Forge of Creation, and hid them across the universe, disguising them as objects which would be difficult to obtain, in order to prevent the map from falling into the wrong hands. Paradox also met Ben's future self in his adventures prior to meeting the future hero's younger self.

In his first appearance in Ben 10: Alien Force, Paradox soon learns that the accident that gave him his power also sent an extra-dimensional creature fifty years from the time of the experiment. Meeting Ben as they confront the creature, Paradox learns the monster is actually Hugo and manages to negate the monster's existence by keeping his friend from getting sucked it. After returning to Ben's present, Paradox was shocked that he didn't figure it out first as he gives an older Hugo to a behind-the-scenes look at eternity.

In the Ben 10: Ultimate Alien episode "Ultimate Aggregor", Paradox informed the team that Aggregor was using his old time travel equipment to achieve his goals. He also gave Kevin advice concerning the future, telling him that things would get worse before they got better, and to try to remember who his friends were. He also warned Ben "not to lean against the chronal randomization barrier", but doubted that he would listen. In "The Forge of Creation", Paradox appears to help the team to go to the Forge of Creation which is outside the universe, but is unable to stay with them as the Celestialsapiens there have "placed a restraining order on their home". Paradox later returns in "Ben 10,000 Returns", aiding Ben and his future self against Eon. Before taking his leave, Paradox leaves Ben with a cryptical warning concerning Sir George and Dagon.

Returning in the Ben 10: Omniverse series, wearing a steampunk attire, Paradox is revealed to have been fighting a time war as he is pursued by Eon for the Chrono Navigator he possesses. But with Ben's help, Paradox protects the timeline though the restoration erased their meeting during that time.

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