Alien Species

Nanochips[1] (alternatively known as Microchips, Nanites, Drones, Chips, or Nanomechions) are a race of biomechanical insectoid/computer microchip-like aliens that originate from "hive" planets.[2]


Nanochips are tiny mechanical insects resembling computer microchips while their Queens resemble wingless mechanical mosquitos. According to Kevin Levin, they are part-organic matter and part-machine.

Although they are traditionally blue, Nanochips can come in other colors. For example, the Decoy Queen and the drones she produced were red, yellow, and orange.


Nanochips are produced by a Nanochip Queen from her body, even when she is in control of another being.

Powers and abilities[]

Nanochips individually may be weak, but in swarms they are lethal and very dangerous. Given their partially technological nature, they are capable of controlling technology.

Swarms of Nanochips are able to shapeshift with limitless potential, as they are perfectly able to mimic the appearances and voices of humans. They are also capable of also mimicking objects and becoming new beings altogether.

After shapeshifting (depending on what they turn into), a swarm of Nanochips become strong enough to effortlessly lift and throw around other beings such as Evolved Sonorosians, Talpaedans and humans. They can also become elastic in this state.

Nanochips can generate electricity and energy tentacles. They are also very agile and can fly around at high speeds and levitate.

Nanochip drones can take over another being by phasing through their bodies and plugging themselves into their brains.

Swarms of Nanochips can ensnare and suffocate their opponents, being able to ensnare a Talpaedan and nearly suffocate an Evolved Sonorosian.

Being the size that they are, Nanochips can easily maneuver through small spaces even in swarms.

Nanochips are believed to be highly adaptable.


Nanochip Queens are unable to control Nanomites.

If a Nanochip Queen were to be destroyed, all the drones she has created would also be destroyed.


A Nanochip Queen took up residence in the body of former Plumber Victor Validus. The queen was destroyed by Ben Tennyson in the form of Nanomech. Unbeknownst to Ben at the time, the "queen" he destroyed was merely a decoy.

When the Nanochips returned months later, Ben and his team discovered the truth about the Hive, that Victor's daughter Elena was the host of the real Queen. After Elena destroyed her Nanochip body to save Ben, the Nanochips reactivated on their own.

At some later point, Elena disguised herself as Julie Yamamoto so she could have Ben for herself. When Ben discovered the truth, Elena used her Nanochip form to nearly suffocate him until the real Julie convinced her to let him go. Promising that she would return, Elena and the chips retreated into a sewer. Under unknown circumstances, Elena became separated from the Nanochips.[3]



  • When a page for the alien chips featured in Ben 10: Alien Swarm was created by an anonymous Ben 10 Wiki user on December 5, 2009, the page's creator referred to the chips as "Nanochips". The Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: The Return of Heatblast DVD released in 2012 would later use the term "Nanochips" for its blurb on the back cover and the Ultimate Alien Database, marking the first official use of the term.
    • The name "Nanochip" was also used in the synopsis for the Ben 10: Ultimate Alien episode "Revenge of the Swarm" that was provided on the Cartoon Network website.
    • Within the film, the Nanochips were only referred to as either drones, alien chips, or simply chips whereas Ultimate Alien would refer to them as both "Microchips" and "Nanites".
  • Despite sometimes being referred to as nanites, the Nanochips are not related to the nanites from Generator Rex.[4]
  • Though it is uncertain if Nanochips exist within the universe of Reboot continuity, the Xerge appear to fulfil a similar role.


  1. According to The Swarm alien gallery bio from the Ultimate Alien DVD "The Return of Heatblast".
  2. According to the Nanomech bio card from Bandai's Ben 10: Alien Force toyline
  3. According to Derrick J. Wyatt
  4. According to Eugene Son