|Full name||Benjamin James Higgenbottom|
|Behind the scenes|
|Voiced by||Andy Ritcher|
|First appearance||So Happy Together|
Benjamin James "Ben" Higgenbottom is Bessie's 7-year-old younger brother. It was originally stated that Ben was six in the pilot episode "So Happy Together".
Ben is a thumb-sucking scaredy-cat, but hopes to be Bessie's sidekick when she becomes the Mighty Bee. 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." 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. 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. In "Ben Appetit" we learn that Ben had a fear of foods touching because Bessie used to mash his food together when they were little. In both So Happy Together and We Got The Bee he is shown to play the tuba (it appears to be a sousaphone). In Oh 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. Ben often comes up Bessie's ideas without taking the credit.
- Mr. Pants
- Bessie Higgenbottom
- Being Bessie's sidekick
- Hilary Higgenbottom
- Cool stuff
- Comic books
- the Tuba
- Penny Lefcowitz
- Rocky Rhodes
- Happy Higgenbottom (at times)
- SeaCucumber Colony
- Wearing girly costumes
- Portia Gibbons
- His food touching (formally)
- scary things
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 said mission. Ben would always help Bessie get the badge as hard as he can.
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).
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.
Ben has a great relationship with his mom. You could say he's a "mamma's boy".
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 thinks 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.