I agree. But I also don't think we need to start out with him as a lumpy ugly mess. Kirby refined his design in the early years until he got to something that he and the fans liked so well that it became iconic. But even that refined look, while not as lumpy and ugly as the very first appearance, is frightening to the uninitiated. As I touched on above, it's not the appearance, but our perception of the person behind the appearance that affects our feelings about him. Until he becomes well-known and recognized, I'd like to see situations in which people recoil in fear from him. Once he's better known people will treat him a little differently (though there will still be some who will be frightened... and others who will want to pick fights to show they're tougher than him). And no matter how accepted he may eventually become, part of Ben's personality is that he has deep-seated insecurities and the 'idol-o-millions' talk is bluster that he hides behind.