I know I talk about this a lot (at least I think so) but also hear this argument said over and over again on the internet…
People hate when Ben is “cocky/arrogant”
and although I agree that he can be, I don’t really see this as a bad thing or “flaw”. We’ve seen in the show how down he can get and with the life he leads and with so many opportunities to screw up, he definitely would have a good reason to be extremely serious and “depressed”.
But then again, he has so many more reasons to be proud of himself and the things he’s accomplished already. He’s literally only sixteen and has traveled to other planets/dimensions to stop wars and saves people’s lives daily.
Who wouldn’t be proud of themselves for that?
Also would it not be worse for him to be extremely serious, depressive, and insecure? If a superhero is supposed to save you… how can they do that if they don’t belive in themselves that they are strong enough to protect the weak and reassure them that everything will be okay?
He has to be like that. And because it’s one of his character traits (whether you like it or not) it makes him such a great superhero.
And I love that about him.