Vulpimancers are an extraterrestrial species of blind mammals from the garbage planet Vulpin.
Vulpimancers resemble large canines with no eyes, ears, nose, or tail with an ape-like posture and movements. Their teeth are very defined and stick out of their mouths. The various porcupine quill-like spines found all across their bodies are not fur. Rather, they are something akin to whiskers with tactile sensing.
As they grow older, Vulpimancers grow tails and become more feline-like. Male Vulpimancers sometimes have stripes on their backs to distinguish themselves from females.
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 incredible athletic strength, being able to carry Humans and Florauna on their backs, pin down an Aerophibian, and fight on par with Merlinisapiens, Buglizards, and even other Vulpimancers.
Vulpimancers heightened senses of smell, hearing, and taste. Unlike most mammals, a Vulpimancer relies on two sets of gills, each on a side of their neck, to smell the world around them.
A Vulpimancer's running speed allows them to dodge and evade effortlessly with the help of their senses. Technically speaking, their speed exceeds that of a cheetah.
Vulpimancers are highly acrobatic and gymnastic, with such movements being similar to that of an ape.
The spines on a Vulpimancer's backs serve as finely-tuned sense receptors that can sense movements, heat signatures, and perhaps even fear, thereby "seeing" in ways most other creatures cannot, similarly to pit vipers.
Once their prey is located, the Vulpimancer can roll themselves into a spiked ball to attack its enemies. After they have reached adulthood, the quills on their backs can be fired off like projectiles.
Vulpimancers can make powerful leaps, enough to tackle an Aerophibian in mid-air. They developed this ability from chasing prey up steep cavern walls.
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. Consequently, a select few enemies have ways of getting close to them undetected or can get the drop on them fairly easily.
There is a limit to a Vulpimancer's durability, as they can be incapacitated after being lifted and thrown by a species with as much strength as a Tetramand.
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. Due to the dog-eat-dog nature of their home planet, they are not very friendly with their own kind. Of course, this is a common trait among animals that are not family.
Vulpimancers are very hostile and aggressive. They normally live for the moment by hunting down whatever they can find to eat before moving on to the next meal.
Vulpimancers can whine like dogs whenever they get scared or intimidated.
Certain Vulpimancers live in tight family groups from 10-20 individuals inside caves, old starship wrecks, and derelict buildings. These more "civilized" Vulpimancers are known for collecting and recycling materials found on Vulpin, which they sell to off-world cities and companies.
Though they are not of notable intelligence, Vulpimancers are still considered sentient because sentient is "a pretty low bar to clear."
Vulpimancer technology comes from different ships and devices that have been dumped on Vulpin by other races.
Vulpimancers have the ability to easily learn most languages. Unfortunately, they lack the vocal anatomy to speak languages such as English. To untrained ears, a Vulpimancer's words sound like nothing more than a bunch of growls and snarls.
The Vulpimancers' language is too difficult for most Universal Translators to translate. While there is a special translator for this language, it is not as portable.
- 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".
- Wildmutt has also been used by the Prime Timeline Kevin, the original version of Ben 10,000, Race Against Time Ben, No Watch Ben, and Carl Tennyson.
- Despite not appearing on-screen, it is confirmed that Albedo, the Gweniverse Gwen 10, Mad Ben, Bad Ben, Nega Ben, Benzarro all have Wildmutt available in their Omnitrixes.
- 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".
- Vulpimancers were conceived as a replacement for an orange humanoid hero with digging abilities named Digger once the crew for the original series decided to switch from superheroes to aliens.
- One of the trophies seen on Khyber's ship is a Vulpimancer pelt. There is also a hat resembling the head of a Vulpimancer from Vulpin.
- In 2020, Derrick J. Wyatt released a full-color model of Dog-Nabbit.
- Before making their debut in the reboot series, the presence of Vulpimancers was teased by concept artwork of Omnitrix DNA pods before it was eventually confirmed that the Omnitrix in that series contains Vulpimancer DNA. Therefore, Wildmutt is one of the countless aliens whose DNA pod was glimpsed in the episode "Innervasion Part 5: High Override".
- This has been supported by the appearance of the Vulpimancer Prisoner in the film Ben 10 Versus the Universe. Wildmutt was among the aliens considered to physically appear in the reboot but was unable to make the cut because the crew wanted to avoid making him look humanoid.
- According to Dave Johnson
- According to Duncan Rouleau
- According to the trivia version of the episode "The Visitor"
- According to the trivia version of the episode "And Then There Were 10"
- According to Derrick J. Wyatt
- According to Matt Wayne
- According to Dwayne McDuffie