Recently, I decided to rewatch Ben 10. I became interested in certain aspects of the Omnitrix.

How does the Omnitrix convert a human (or any other species for that matter ) into another species? I know it has something to do with genetic manipulation but how does the Omnitrix go about doing that? To say it's some form of energy as some have suggested to me seems a little far fetched. Others say it uses some form of virus that infects the user with foreign alien DNA, but that sounds even more far fetched. Can anyone help? Is there something I'm missing?

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    It uses magic and Phlebotinum. I'm not joking- even in-story, its creator doesn't know how it works.
    – Yasskier
    Commented Jul 11, 2017 at 4:57
  • @yasskier I find that hard to swallow as well the Omnitrix is obviously a form of technology with the holograms, and signals from Primus. I find it harder to believe that Azmuth creator of the Omnitrix Ultimatrix Unitrix and the Omnitrix 2.0, smartest being in three (arguably 4) galaxies has no idea what makes the Omnitrix work. Also gwen tennison even said herself magic isn't really it's really just manipulation of mana
    – user85749
    Commented Jul 11, 2017 at 5:11
  • @user85749 - Whether it’s got a fancy Austronesian or Hebrew name or not doesn’t really change what it is....
    – Adamant
    Commented Jul 11, 2017 at 5:42
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    I read it fast and I'm tired, so I thought this question was going to be about my namesake. :P
    – Obsidia
    Commented Jul 11, 2017 at 6:10
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    I may be late to this discussion but I believe the canonical answer is, "Very well, thank you for asking."
    – Cadence
    Commented Aug 30, 2018 at 23:03

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Canonically, no one actually knows except for Azmuth. When it comes to the Omnitrix, Azmuth refuses to answer what the processes for anything but collecting DNA from aliens actually are, and since Ben doesn't really care to investigate it and just cares about it working, we'll likely never truly know the how or why of the Omnitrix. Ben 10 is based off of Ben's perspective, nothing more, nothing less, and as such we don't know anything other than "the Omnitrix turns the user into aliens." That's been my experience, at any rate.

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