|Species||Mutant Galvanic Mechamorph|
|Home World||Galvan B|
|Residence||Galvan B (formerly)|
|Powers and Abilities|
Galvanic Mechamorph Life-Force Absorption
|Aliases||Galvanic Mechamorph Sub-Species|
|Voice Actor||Corey Burton|
|First Appearance||Lose Yourself|
Malware is a villain in Ben 10: Missing Pieces. He first appeared in Lose Yourself. He was a mutant Galvanic Mechamorph from the planet Galvan B who planned to destroy Azmuth and the other Galvanic Mechamorphs.
Malware looked like his third form in Omniverse, but his colors matched the color palette of Heroes United.
Malware was an angry, psychotic, obsessed and hate-fuelled being, who had always felt that his creator and father Azmuth had seen him as nothing more than a failed experiment who would never impress him; thus, Malware was obsessed with taking Azmuth's most precious creations, from the Omnitrix to destroying the other Galvanic Mechamorphs. Vain and conceited, Malware deeply hated the rest of his kind for always being Azmuth's perfect creations and saw them as "flawed"/"inferior" compared to him. Malware also hated and resented Azmuth, although he still considered the latter his father.
Malware was willing to work with Dr. Psychobos to get revenge against Azmuth, though he got annoyed by his opinions and excuses occasionally. He had an intense dislike of Khyber because the hunter is obsessed with hunting down Ben as a trophy. He also enjoyed torturing his victims, as seen when he destroyed Feedback in front of Ben.
Malware didn't find Ben to be a threat (even though Ben defeated him many times in the past). He believed that his reputation is exaggerated, though one time he called Ben the "bane of my very existence", and he eventually developed a hatred for him. It is evident from Malware's tendencies to dismiss and cover up both his own defeats and unforeseen turns of events in his enemy's favor, with disdain and assurance that it would be of no hindrance to him in the long run; that he suffered from a superiority complex.
Prior to Missing Pieces
Malware was born a mutated and incomplete Galvanic Mechamorph on the Mechamorph homeworld, Galvan B; his incomplete and corrupted life code was apparently the result of the Helix responsible for creating the Mechamorphs being deactivated midway through Malware's creation. Malware, in his crippled, incomplete state, had immediately proving psychotic and hostile towards others around him from the moment he was born.
Azmuth had promised to design an upgrade to cure his condition, but Malware soon grew impatient, tiring of Azmuth's numerous delays and thinking that his creator secretly saw him as a failed experiment.
Malware eventually traveled to the Galvan homeworld Galvan Prime and demanded his cure. When Azmuth refused, Malware kidnapped his assistant, Myaxx, and stole Azmuth's unfinished cure, a secondary Helix. Retreating to Galvan B, Malware forced Myaxx to connect the secondary Helix to the primary Helix, which he used in hopes of curing himself. Myaxx sabotaged the Helix in an attempt to destroy the Mechamorph, but the attempt only enhanced Malware's body, transforming him into an even more ferocious creature.
Malware's next goal was to absorb the Omnitrix, believing that he would be even more powerful by taking the powers of Azmuth's greatest creation, but Ben used Diamondhead to protect it and defeat Malware. Malware would later chase Ben to Earth in another attempt to claim the Omnitrix, only for Ben to defeat him as Feedback. Prior to his defeat, however, Malware acquired a crude, incomplete blueprint of the Omnitrix after subduing Four Arms, which he brought to Dr. Psychobos a cyborg Cerebrocrustacean with a massive hatred of Galvans (particularly Azmuth).
Using the blueprint, Psychobos managed to construct a partial replica of the Omnitrix, which he dubbed the Nemetrix. However, the villains lacked the DNA samples that gave the device its power, so Psychobos contacted Khyber, a ruthless hunter specializing in dangerous prey. Together, they plotted to fill the Nemetrix with the most savage and fearsome predatory species of Ben's Omnitrix aliens, making the wearer into the ultimate enemy of the young hero.
Malware began aiding Khyber in his hunt for new DNA samples, serving as a distraction and a backup fighter when needed. One such outing brought Khyber to a base in Mt. Rushmore, which held the rare Psycholeopterran. Malware ran interference as usual but was seemingly destroyed by a Tachyon Cannon. However, due to his unstable DNA, Malware reconstructed himself into a form resembling a humanoid dinosaur, complete with the newly absorbed Tachyon Cannon as a weapon. Transforming into Feedback, Ben was able to defeat Malware by absorbing the energy of the Tachyon Cannon into the base's power supply, though Malware still got away.
After collecting a number of DNA samples, Malware and Khyber reunited with Dr. Psychobos to begin final testing. They used Phil Billings as a test subject for the Nemetrix, discovering that the device had dangerous side effects on sapient beings. As such, the villains attached the device to Khyber's alien hunting dog, although it was still incomplete.
In Lose Yourself, Feedback was forcibly removed from the Omnitrix by Malware. Gwen held him off while Max and Azmuth talked to Ben. While she held her own for a while, she was overpowered, though Max helped her defeat Malware by sending him to the Null Void.
With Malware gone, the Faction put their plans on hold. Malware managed to escape the Null Void five years later, however, and they picked up where they left off.
Powers and Abilities
Malware had the standard abilities of a Galvanic Mechamorph, including eye beams, elasticity, shapeshifting, size alteration, regeneration, and the ability to merge with technology. The latter ability had a small twist; unlike most Galvanic Mechamorphs, he permanently absorbed the technology he merged with (as Malware himself put it, technology upgraded him instead of the other way around).
Unlike most of his kind, Malware had sharp claws that he can use in close quarters. His third form added sharp spikes to his back and forearms that could be used in a similar fashion.
Malware was very intelligent, with a lot of knowledge about the Omnitrix. After a battle with Ben, Malware could create an incomplete blueprint of the Omnitrix, which was used to create the Nemetrix.
Malware was immune to flame attacks, such as that generated by a Pyronite. He was also immune to the effects of the Tachyon Cannon due to his mutated DNA being different than that of other Galvanic Mechamorphs, although it did temporarily cause his body to be blasted to pieces.
After absorbing the Tachyon Cannon, Malware was able to fire blasts that disrupted every individual cell with matching DNA in a certain radius, taking the target (or targets) apart on a subcellular level. If used on a human, the cannon could kill every human within a hundred miles at full power.
Malware suffered from arrogance, having a habit of underestimating his enemies, which led to his downfall.
Malware could be trapped by a Petrosapien's crystals.
Being made of living metal, Malware was vulnerable to electricity and magnets.
- Lose Yourself (first appearance)
|Ben 10: Missing Pieces|