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Vulpimancer
Wildmutt Vulpimancers
General Information
Other names Wildmutt
Homeworld Vulpin
Habitat Garbage
Locomotion Quadrupedal
Diet Carnivore
Sapience level Sapient
Behavior Aggressive
Subspecies/Races Evolved Vulpimancer
Behind the Scenes
Universe Ben 10

Vulpimancers are an extraterrestrial species of blind mammals from the garbage planet Vulpin.

Biology

Anatomy

Vulpimancers seem to be canine when young and become more feline-like as they grow older. The males gain stripes on their backs, and both male and female Vulpimancers grow tails.

Although they traditionally have orange fur, Vulpimancers can come in other colors. For example, Vulpimancers from Dimension 23 have dark orange fur while Vulpimancers living in the Null Void have light blue or red fur.

Powers and abilities

Vulpimancers have an incredible athletic ability and heightened senses of smell, hearing, and taste, but no sense of sight. This is supplemented with the porcupine-like quills on their back, which serve both as weapons and finely tuned sense receptors that can sense things and "see" in ways most other creatures cannot.

Super-adept, Vulpimancers can use their quills to detect the slightest movement, heat signatures and some even say fear.

Once their prey is located, the quills on their backs can be fired off like projectiles, or the Vulpimancer can roll itself into a spiked ball to attack its enemies. Vulpimancers can only launch the quills on their back once they reach adulthood.

Vulpimancers have an incredible sense of smell. Unlike most mammals, a Vulpimancer relies on two sets of gills, each on a side of their neck, to smell the world around them and in combination with the quills on their back and their heightened hearing is able "see" the world around them in thermal vision, similarly to pit vipers.

Vulpimancers can make powerful leaps. This ability was developed from chasing prey up steep cavern walls.[1]

If Kevin were to use Savagemutt, he would be more powerful than ordinary Vulpimancers due the alterations made to the Antitrix.

Weaknesses

Because they rely on their senses of smell and hearing to see, Vulpimancers are vulnerable to strong smells and loud noise.

Having no eyes means that Vulpimancers have some trouble with finer movement, and a select few enemies have ways of getting close to them undetected or can get the drop on them fairly easily.

If they are infected with an Earth cold, Vulpimancers are rendered helpless because their nostrils are clogged.

Culture and society

Vulpimancers are bizarre and beastly beings that are far more animal than humanoid. Ranging from Human-sized to several times the size of a Human, Vulpimancers share a few common characteristics. Vulpimancers do not seem too friendly with their own kind, but this is a common trait among animals that aren't family. Vulpimancers are very hostile, aggressive, and live for the moment, hunting down whatever they can find and moving on to the next meal.

Some Vulpimancers, however, do live in tight family groups from ten to twenty individuals inside caves or the old wrecks of starships and old buildings. These Vulpimancers are more "civilized" and are known for collecting and recycling materials they find on their garbage planet and selling them to off-world cities and companies.

Technology

Vulpimancer technology comes from different ships and devices that have been dumped on Vulpin by other races.

Language

Vulpimancers have the ability to easily learn most languages. Unfortunately, they lack the vocal structure to speak anything other than their own languages. To untrained ears, their words sound like nothing more than a bunch of growls and snarls.

The Vulpimancers' language is too difficult for Universal Translators to translate. There is a special translator that can translate their language, but it is not as portable.[2]

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Notes

  • The Omnitrix's Vulpimancer representative is named Wildmutt, who first appeared in the original series episode "And Then They Were 10". Wildmutt has appeared in almost every series except Alien Force and the reboot.
    • The Ben Tennyson of Dimension 23 has an equivalent of Wildmutt named Dog-Nabbit, who was confirmed to exist in the Omniverse episode "Store 23".
    • If the reboot version of Kevin 11 were to have a mutant hybrid equivalent of Wildmutt, he would be named Savagemutt.
    • Wildmutt has also been used by the Prime Timeline Kevin, Ben 10,000, Race Against Time Ben, No Watch Ben, and Carl Tennyson. Despite not appearing on-screen, it is confirmed that the Gweniverse Gwen 10 and Mad Ben both have Wildmutt available in their Omnitrixes.[3]
  • The name Vulpimancer comes from the words "vulpine", which means fox, and "mancer", a Greek suffix meaning "to speak to". Thus, the name translates to "one who talks to foxes".
  • One of the trophies seen on Khyber's ship is a Vulpimancer pelt.
  • It is confirmed that the Omnitrix from the Ben 10 reboot contains Vulpimancer DNA.[4] Therefore, Wildmutt is one of the countless aliens whose DNA pod was glimpsed in the episode "Innervasion Part 5: High Override". As such, Wildmutt's DNA pod is shown in a piece of concept artwork of Omnitrix genetic material.
  • In the reboot episode "Freaky Ben Gwen", Ben wore a hat resembling an ordinary Vulpimancer's head.

References

  1. According to the trivia version of the episode "And Then There Were 10"
  2. According to Dwayne McDuffie
  3. According to Derrick J. Wyatt
  4. According to Duncan Rouleau
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