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Ben (Japanese: ナツヤ Natsuya) is a Pokémon Ranger. He is the male player character in Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs.
In the games
Ben is the male playable character in Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs. His female counterpart is Summer. If chosen by the player, he will be partnered with a ukulele-wielding Pichu. If the player chooses Summer, however, his partner will be a Staraptor.
As an NPC
| Front sprite
|| Back sprite
In the anime
Ben debuted in Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs (Part 1), where he attempted to stop the Pokémon Pinchers from gaining control of a Latios. However, he was eventually attacked during his mission by Red Eyes, and he crash-landed on Dolce Island where he captured a Ukulele Pichu.
In Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs (Part 2), Ben flew over to Rasp Cavern on Renbow Island to disrupt the Pinchers' attempts to steal a Ranger Sign. While Red Eyes and his crew escaped with the Sign, Ben managed to free a Cranidos in the process. He chased after the fleeing Pokémon Pinchers, and they were all confronted by a more daunting opponent, Raikou.
Ben made his main series debut in Pokémon Ranger: Heatran Rescue!, where he was assigned to bring a rare Heatran that knows Eruption to the National Park for its own safety. His first attempt was interrupted by Team Rocket's RoboDiglett, and he lost his Capture Styler as a result. The Rocket trio later found the device and plotted to use it capture the Heatran for themselves.
Meanwhile, Ben encountered Ash and his friends after falling into a river, and he enlisted their help with his mission. Using the increase in ground temperature as a guide, Ben lead them up a mountain and through a cave system, where they soon encountered the special Heatran. Team Rocket appeared again, but the nabbed Capture Styler failed to operate as it was synchronized with Ben. The trio resorted to their RoboDiglett, but the unfolding battle caused the cave system to begin collapsing. Eventually, with the help of Ash's group, he managed to capture Heatran via his Capture Styler and helped it escape to safety.
Ben is remarkably optimistic even in the most difficult of situations. He attributes his positive outlook to his grandfather, who encouraged him to give everything a go. Ben is also highly knowledgeable and uses his field experience, such as feeling the ground for increasing heat to locate Heatran in Pokémon Ranger: Heatran Rescue!.
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| Ben and Pichu witnessed the Pinchers stealing a piece of a monument from Rasp Cavern with a Ranger Sign on it. Ukulele Pichu tried to fight against the Pinchers, but when the Pinchers' Cranidos fought back, Pichu was hurled into a wall, breaking its ukulele. The Pinchers successfully escaped with the Sign, leaving Ben and Pichu to fight Cranidos. Ben successfully captured Cranidos, releasing it back into the wild.
None of Cranidos's moves are known.
|| Pokémon Ranger: Guardians Signs (Part 2)
| Voice actors
|| Bill Rogers
Pokémon summoned using the Ranger Sign
| Feraligatr was summoned twice by Ben. The first time was to rescue him from falling. Feraligatr was able to carry him across a river, where they met Ash and his friends. Ben called on Feraligatr's help once again, this time to freeze over the boiling magma in order to rescue Heatran from harm.
Feraligatr's only known move is Ice Beam.
|| Pokémon Ranger: Heatran Rescue!
In the manga
Ben in the manga adaptation of Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs
In the Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs manga
Ben appeared in the manga adaptation of Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs.
The alternate colored Ben
- An alternate coloration of Ben was featured in an official artwork that featured multiplayer mode. The Ranger has dark brown hair, orange goggles, and an orange-and-green Ranger uniform. The artwork is featured on the back of the Guardian Signs game case.
||From 夏 natsu, summer.
||Short for Benjamin, meaning "son of the south".
||Possibly from sud, south
||From Juli (July), a month in summer
||From marino, marine
||From verano, summer.
||From 하 (夏) ha, summer
||From the name 夏也 Natsuya. Contains 夏 xià, summer.