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Quote1 Are you going to your troop meeting? Can I come? Quote2
---Ben to Bessie in "So Happy Together"


Benjamin James "Ben" Higgenbottom is Bessie's 7-year-old younger brother.[1] He hopes to become the sidekick to his sister, Bessie, when and if she becomes The Mighty B. It was originally stated that Ben was six in the pilot episode "So Happy Together," with Bessie saying this again in "Ben Appetit." Sometime afterward, Ben turned seven years old, as his Nicktoons profile states his age as 7. He is voiced by Andy Richter.[2]

Personality

Ben is a thumb-sucking scaredy-cat, but hopes to be Bessie's sidekick when she becomes the Mighty Bee.[3] His Nicktoons profile claims he has wanted this ever since "[he] could sit up." He isn't quite there yet, so Bessie often refers to him as her "trial sidekick" or says that she'd "possibly consider [him] for sidekick candidacy."

Described as a "noodge" by co-creator Cynthia True,[4] Ben has a tendency to whine and gets upset easily. However, he looks up to his sister[5] and will usually help her when needed.[6]

Though he won’t admit it, Ben feels his sidekick position was compromised when Happy came into the picture, hence Ben and Happy’s unspoken rivalry.[4] Ironically enough, it was Ben who first discovered Happy and got Bessie's attention. Continuing with the sidekick theme, Ben wore a red cape often early in the series,[7] but this became a rare sight by the second season. Ben often comes up with Bessie's ideas while she takes the credit.[8]

As Bessie’s only sibling, Ben tends to get stuck wearing a girly costume (a nurse in “Apoxalypse Now” and a fishnet-clad assistant in “Hat Trick”), but he puts up with it if it’ll help Bessie get a badge. He's often accompanied by Mr. Pants, a teddy bear who he talks to and plays with.

Bessie and Ben as little kids

Brother and sister when they were younger.

In "Ben Appetit," a rare glimpse into Ben's past, we learn that Ben had a fear of foods touching because Bessie used to mash his food together when they were little, though he conquered this fear thanks to his sister. In both "So Happy Together" and "We Got the Bee" he is shown to have musical talent, playing the tuba (it appears to be a sousaphone) and drums. "Hen and Bappy" shows he has interest in being an actor, as he attended theater camp and was preparing for a role he wanted the year before.

In "O Brother, What Art Thou?," Ben thinks that Happy is taking his place as future sidekick so he decides to get revenge on Bessie by becoming The Hurtful Hornet with Mr. Pants being Mr. Evil Pants. Only for it to result in a big misunderstanding and Ben turning good again and Mr. Evil Pants behind bars.

Appearance

Ben is a short, pudgy child with brown hair that spikes upwards in the front. He wears a sky-blue short sleeved shirt and blue pants with black Velcro shoes, he wears a red cape that is held together around his neck with a single black button (though most pieces of official art for the show depict it being tied instead). He wears this cape rarely during Season 2.

As of Season 2, his hair color became a darker shade.

Likes

Dislikes

  • Wearing girly costumes
  • Portia Gibbons
  • His food touching (formerly)
  • Scary things
  • Something bad happening to Mr. Pants

Relationships

Bessie Higgenbottom

Ben is Bessie's younger brother. He wants to become Bessie's sidekick when she becomes The Mighty B, but always gets into some sort of consequence that goes along with their missions. Ben would always help Bessie get the badge as hard as he can however.

In The League of Ordinary Gentlemen however, he tried as hard as he can to NOT have Bessie join the Gentlemen's Club. He also is the scapegoat of Bessie's troubles and ideas, even to the point where Bessie takes his ideas without crediting him. Also, he is seen forced to do ridiculous things for Bessie just for her to receive a badge, such as wearing feminine tights to appeal as her assistant and was snubbed by her when he tried to tell her Happy was missing (Bessie, being ignorant to listen, was only focusing on the badge).

Happy Higgenbottom

Ben usually has this unnoticed rivalry between him and Happy. Ben thinks that ever since Happy came into the picture that he would become Bessie's sidekick and not Ben.

Hilary Higgenbottom

Ben has a great relationship with his mom. You could say he's a "mamma's boy". However, Hilary can get overwhelmed by Ben when she is busy with other tasks and he demands her attention, as seen in "Hen and Bappy" and "Ben Appetit."

Portia Gibbons

Though never shown, it has been mentioned in Gorillas in the Midst that Portia would usually boss him around. In the same episode, when Bessie switches places with Ben, Portia falls in love with Bessie thinking that she's Ben. Until, she finds Bessie and Ben switching back to normal thus Portia falling out of love despite Portia holding the "I love Ben" sign when returning to the crowd.

Gallery

Stock images

Episode images

Trivia

  • He isn't addressed as Benjamin until "Apoxalypse Now."
  • Ben seems to be an Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants fan, as team stickers are visible on his bedroom wall in "We Got the Bee." It also shows he has a train set.
  • As a toddler, Ben lived in Berlin, Germany, as his mother mentions in "Apoxalypse Now" the family were goat herders living in Berlin at the time Bessie had the chicken pox.
  • Owns a Game Toy! and a personal fridge, as seen in "Ben Appetit."
  • The aforementioned episode shows Ben has an unusually great memory, able to remember things from when he was a baby, a newborn and even before his birth.
  • Seems to have an interest in clowns, as he has a door about the subject in his subconscious and is reading a book with one on the cover in "Ben Appetit."
  • Ben's opening quote from the show's website, which no longer exists: "My mom says I'm cool."

References

  1. Stewart, Susan (April 25, 2008). Animated Look at the Virtue of Keeping on Keeping On. The New York Times. Retrieved May 13, 2020.
  2. Terrace, Vincent (January 10, 2014). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010. Page 688. McFarland & Company. Second edition. International standard book number 9780786486410.
  3. Perlmutter, David (March 13, 2014). America Toons In: A History of Television Animation. Page 328. McFarland & Company. International standard book number 9781476614885.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Liu, Ed (April 21, 2008). NYCC 2008: Bouncing Off the Walls at "The Mighty B!" Panel. Anime Super Hero. Retrieved May 13, 2020.
  5. Lowry, Brian (April 23, 2008). The Mighty B!. Variety. Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  6. PR Newswire (April 8, 2008). Bee Prepared To Catch the Buzz When The Mighty B! Flies to Nickelodeon Saturday, April 26, at 10:30 a.m. (ET/PT). Business Insider. Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  7. Television: Optimistic ‘Mighty B!’ revels in joys of childhood. April 30, 2008. The Mercury News. Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  8. Liu, Ed (March 4, 2009). "The Mighty B! We Got the Bee" is More Admired than Loved. Anime Super Hero. Retrieved May 22, 2020.

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