History Series / BattleBots

19th Feb '17 10:35:40 AM thelivingtoad
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** Several of the robots that had been feared, strong contenders in the early days of robot combat had become functionally obsolete by the time of the Comedy Central show. The most notable case was of [[Series/{{Mythbusters}} Jamie Hyneman]]'s Blendo, one of the first full-body spinners and robot that was at one time considered so vicious and dangerous that Hyneman was twice asked to remove the robot from competition and given a special award. As early as the 1999 Las Vegas pay-per-view, Blendo had begun to show its age, as robots began to be built with modifications to specifically counter it. Additionally, advancements in the full-body spinner field made Blendo - which never received significant updates and kept using an internal combustion engine that was started by Hyneman ''manually starting the robot with a power drill'' - seem like yesterday's news. In the three television series it competed, it never won a single match, despite receiving byes into the first round each time due to its reputation. Other very early, pioneering robots like La Machine and The Master went through similar decay, although The Master did well enough in season 3 to make it all the way to the quarter-finals.

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** Several of the robots that had been feared, strong contenders in the early days of robot combat had become functionally obsolete by the time of the Comedy Central show. The most notable case was of [[Series/{{Mythbusters}} Jamie Hyneman]]'s Blendo, one of the first full-body spinners and a robot that was at one time considered so vicious and dangerous that Hyneman was twice asked to remove the robot from competition and given a special award. As early as the 1999 Las Vegas pay-per-view, Blendo had begun to show its age, as robots began to be built with modifications to specifically counter it. Additionally, advancements in the full-body spinner field made Blendo - which never received significant updates and kept using an internal combustion engine that was started by Hyneman ''manually starting the robot with a power drill'' - seem like yesterday's news. In the three television series it competed, it never won a single match, despite receiving byes into the first round each time due to its reputation. Other very early, pioneering robots like La Machine and The Master went through similar decay, although The Master did well enough in season 3 to make it all the way to the quarter-finals.
19th Oct '16 7:07:31 AM F1Krazy
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** On a less negative note, ABC Season 2 wasn't the first robot combat tournament in which [[spoiler:the 19th seed reached the final by beating a highly-fancied spinner in a shock upset, only to lose to the top seed in the final]]. It happened first in ''Series/RobotWars'' Series 4.
11th Oct '16 11:24:29 AM F1Krazy
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* RosesAreRed: Parodied in one of Faruq's introductions for Cobalt (the fight was reduced to highlights, so the line wasn't aired, but the full fight plus the introduction was later uploaded to Youtube):

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* RosesAreRed: Parodied in one of Faruq's introductions for Cobalt in ABC Season 2 (the fight was reduced to highlights, so the line wasn't aired, but the full fight plus the introduction was later uploaded to Youtube):



* SerialEscalation: The second season of Battlebots ABC will feature '''''56''''' robots competing, on a ''televised'' playing field. This is almost unheard of (in Battlebots at least; ''Series/RobotWars'' went up to 128 entrants in some series).

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* RussianReversal: Another of Faruq's introductions, this time for Bite Force in ABC Season 1:
-->'''Faruq''': This bot's so tough, when it goes to the dentist, ''it'' drills ''him!''
* SerialEscalation: The second season of Battlebots ABC will feature '''''56''''' robots competing, on a ''televised'' playing field.featured ''56'' robots[[note]]57 if you include Road Rash, and even more if you count multibots and drones separately[[/note]], ''all'' of whom received televised appearances. This is almost unheard of (in Battlebots at least; ''Series/RobotWars'' went up to 128 entrants in some series).



** In the second season of the reboot, Ghost Raptor suffered from this more so than anyone else. Despite making the final four in the previous series (Complete with taking out crowd favourite Icewave along the way) and [[InformedAttribute supposedly having a much stronger blade weapon in this series]], it got [[CurbStompBattle completely humiliated twice]]-- first by Son of Whyachi mauling it in Round One, and then making the Wildcards, where it was quickly flipped and left for dead by Razorback.

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** In the second season of the reboot, Ghost Raptor suffered from this more so than anyone else. Despite making the final four in the previous series (Complete with series, taking out crowd favourite Icewave along the way) way, and [[InformedAttribute supposedly having a much stronger blade weapon in this series]], it got [[CurbStompBattle completely humiliated twice]]-- first by Son of Whyachi mauling it in Round One, and then making the Wildcards, where it was quickly flipped and left for dead by Razorback.



* SpiritualSuccessor: Some robots in the ABC reboot serve as the successor to previous robots:

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* SpiritualSuccessor: Some Several robots in the ABC reboot serve as the successor to previous robots:



** Lock-Jaw is a green-painted heavyweight version of Diesector, with the hammers removed and replaced by extra wheels.

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** Lock-Jaw is a green-painted heavyweight version of Diesector, with the hammers removed and replaced by with extra wheels.



** Invader is this to Mebabyte.

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** Invader is this to Mebabyte.Megabyte.



* TenMinuteRetirement: Dr. Inferno Jr's driver, Jason Bardis, claimed that his robot was retiring after its Season 3 tournament win. It entered the Season 4 tourney and lost in its first battle (and it was never aired, so viewers actually thought he DID retire), then returned in full force in Season 5. See {{Only A Flesh Wound}} for what happened next.

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* TenMinuteRetirement: Dr. Inferno Jr's driver, Jason Bardis, claimed that his robot was retiring after its Season 3 tournament win. It entered the Season 4 tourney and lost in its first battle (and it was never aired, so viewers actually thought he DID retire), then returned in full force in Season 5. See {{Only A Flesh Wound}} OnlyAFleshWound for what happened next.
4th Oct '16 10:13:43 PM thelivingtoad
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** Several of the robots that had been feared, strong contenders in the early days of robot combat had become functionally obsolete by the time of the Comedy Central show. The most notable case was of Jamie Hyneman's Blendo, one of the first full-body spinners and robot that was at one time considered so vicious and dangerous that Hyneman was twice asked to remove the robot from competition and given a special award. As early as the 1999 Las Vegas pay-per-view, Blendo had begun to show its age, as robots began to be built with modifications to specifically counter it. Additionally, advancements in the full-body spinner field made Blendo - which used an internal combustion engine that was started by Hyneman ''manually starting the robot with a power drill'' - seem like yesterday's news. In the three television series it competed, it never won a single match, despite receiving byes into the first round each time due to its reputation. Other very early, pioneering robots like La Machine and The Master went through similar decay, although The Master did well enough in season 3 to make it all the way to the quarter-finals.

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** Several of the robots that had been feared, strong contenders in the early days of robot combat had become functionally obsolete by the time of the Comedy Central show. The most notable case was of [[Series/{{Mythbusters}} Jamie Hyneman's Hyneman]]'s Blendo, one of the first full-body spinners and robot that was at one time considered so vicious and dangerous that Hyneman was twice asked to remove the robot from competition and given a special award. As early as the 1999 Las Vegas pay-per-view, Blendo had begun to show its age, as robots began to be built with modifications to specifically counter it. Additionally, advancements in the full-body spinner field made Blendo - which used never received significant updates and kept using an internal combustion engine that was started by Hyneman ''manually starting the robot with a power drill'' - seem like yesterday's news. In the three television series it competed, it never won a single match, despite receiving byes into the first round each time due to its reputation. Other very early, pioneering robots like La Machine and The Master went through similar decay, although The Master did well enough in season 3 to make it all the way to the quarter-finals.
4th Oct '16 9:36:14 PM thelivingtoad
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*** Most of those wins are courtesy of their best known robot, Tentoumushi, Lisa Winter's famous ladybug sandbox robot. It and its ABC reboot successor Mega Tento owe their moderate success to being well-driven and difficult to actually KO due its shape and size, but their main weapon is engulfing the opponent in a ladybug-themed plastic sandbox cover.

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*** Most of those the Robot Action League's wins are courtesy of their best known robot, Tentoumushi, Lisa Winter's famous ladybug sandbox robot. It and its ABC reboot successor Mega Tento owe their moderate success to being well-driven and difficult to actually KO due its shape and size, but their main weapon is engulfing the opponent in a ladybug-themed plastic sandbox cover.
4th Oct '16 9:34:04 PM thelivingtoad
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*** Wright was part of the "Robot Action League", a team that put design, innovation and general uniqueness ahead of destructive power. This had mixed results in their performance on ''Battlebots'': Between the twelve robots they've entered in the seven seasons of the show, they've wound up with a 32-30 winning record. Most of those wins are courtesy of their best known robot, Tentoumushi, Lisa Winter's famous ladybug sandbox robot that [[LethalJokeCharacter actually did quite well]].

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*** Wright was part of the "Robot Action League", a team that put design, innovation and general uniqueness ahead of destructive power. This had mixed results in their performance on ''Battlebots'': Between the twelve robots they've entered in the seven seasons of the show, they've wound up with a 32-30 winning record.
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Most of those wins are courtesy of their best known robot, Tentoumushi, Lisa Winter's famous ladybug sandbox robot that [[LethalJokeCharacter robot. It and its ABC reboot successor Mega Tento owe their moderate success to being well-driven and difficult to actually did quite well]].KO due its shape and size, but their main weapon is engulfing the opponent in a ladybug-themed plastic sandbox cover.



** Tentomushi, and its successor Mega Tento in the reboot, owe their moderate success to being well-driven and difficult to actually KO, but their main weapon is engulfing the opponent in a ladybug-themed plastic sandbox cover.
3rd Oct '16 6:00:11 AM F1Krazy
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** Ultimo Destructo also had multiple weapon modules, but only the flipper configuration ever fought due to it losing in the preliminary round to RingMaster and not receiving a wild card.

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** Ultimo Destructo also had multiple weapon modules, but only the flipper configuration ever fought due to it losing in the preliminary round to RingMaster The Ringmaster and not receiving a wild card.



** In the ABC season, Bronco's first two matches both consisted of it flipping the other robot upside-down and into the screws on the side of the arena, rendering them unable to move. In the same season, the horizontal spinner bots' Tombstone and Icewave first matches consisted of them starting up their weapons and ripping apart their opponents like they're made of tissue paper.

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** In the ABC season, Bronco's first two matches both consisted of it flipping the other robot upside-down and into the screws on the side of the arena, rendering them unable to move. In the same season, the horizontal spinner bots' bots Tombstone and Icewave Icewave's first matches consisted of them starting up their weapons and ripping apart their opponents like they're they were made of tissue paper.



** '''The Pulverizer''', the most destructive obstacle in the arena. If the bot designer does not have a plan for getting away from the giant hammers, then you just know [[BossArenaIdiocy that's where they will end up]].

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** '''The Pulverizer''', The Pulverizer, the most destructive obstacle in the arena. If the bot designer does not have a plan for getting away from the giant hammers, then you just know [[BossArenaIdiocy that's where they will end up]].



** An accidental version was Hellachopper in Season 2 of the ABC reboot. According to WordOfGod, its ferocious spinning blades were supposed to be set to 1600rpm, but were accidentally geared higher, and during its spin-up test it supposedly exceeded ''2000rpm''[[note]]this may not sound like much of a difference, but given the diameter of Hellachopper's weapon that's a ''huge'' increase in weapon speeds, to the point it was actually ''fighting wind shear''[[/note]]. The resultant strain burnt out its speed controller. [[ManOnFire Literally]].
* FluffyTheTerrible: Most people favored [[AwesomeMcCoolname cool]], often out-right [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast intimidating]] names for their robots, but there are some examples of this in the opposite direction. Examples include Sunshine Lollibot, Mouser Mecha Catbot, Timmy, Sallad, Ziggo, Tentomushi, Crash Test Dummy, Huggy Bear, Buddy Lee Don't Play in the Street, Subject to Change Without Reason, Little Sister.

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** An accidental version was Hellachopper in Season 2 of the ABC reboot. According to WordOfGod, its ferocious spinning blades were supposed to be set to 1600rpm, but were accidentally geared higher, and during its spin-up test it supposedly exceeded ''2000rpm''[[note]]this ''2000rpm''. This may not sound like much of a difference, but given the diameter of Hellachopper's weapon that's a ''huge'' increase in weapon speeds, speed, to the point it was actually ''fighting wind shear''[[/note]].shear''. The resultant strain burnt out its speed controller. [[ManOnFire Literally]].
* FluffyTheTerrible: Most people favored [[AwesomeMcCoolname cool]], often out-right [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast intimidating]] names for their robots, but there are some examples of this in the opposite direction. Examples include Sunshine Lollibot, Mouser Mecha Catbot, Timmy, Sallad, Ziggo, Tentomushi, Crash Test Dummy, Huggy Bear, Buddy Lee Don't Play in the Street, Subject to Change Without Reason, and Little Sister.
28th Sep '16 10:49:28 PM thelivingtoad
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** [[VideoGame/SimCity Will Wright's]] robot Kitty Puff Puff, a mobile block of packing foam that used tape dispensers as weapons. His other, better known robot, was Chiabot: Which in season one was a potted plant with wheels and no weapons. It competed in three more seasons with a vertical blade, but nowadays is only known for the time that Complete Control lifted it completely perpendicular to the floor.

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** [[VideoGame/SimCity ''VideogGame/SimCity'' creator Will Wright's]] robot Kitty Puff Puff, a mobile block of packing foam that used tape dispensers as weapons. His other, better known robot, Wright entered Chiabot, which was Chiabot: Which in season one was essentially a potted plant with wheels and no weapons. It competed on wheels. It's unusual, eye-catching design made it one of the most iconic robots on the show for a time (he entered it in three more seasons with a vertical blade, four seasons), but nowadays is largely only known for the time that Complete Control lifted it completely perpendicular to the floor.floor.
*** He also entered Kitty Puff Puff into a 1995 pre-''Battlebots'' Robot Wars competition. This was a mobile block of packing foam that used tape dispensers as weapons.
*** Wright was part of the "Robot Action League", a team that put design, innovation and general uniqueness ahead of destructive power. This had mixed results in their performance on ''Battlebots'': Between the twelve robots they've entered in the seven seasons of the show, they've wound up with a 32-30 winning record. Most of those wins are courtesy of their best known robot, Tentoumushi, Lisa Winter's famous ladybug sandbox robot that [[LethalJokeCharacter actually did quite well]].
28th Sep '16 10:41:51 PM thelivingtoad
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** [[VideoGame/SimCity Will Wright's]] robot Kitty Puff Puff, a mobile block of packing foam that used tape dispensers as weapons. He had another one that was made out of a potted plant.

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** [[VideoGame/SimCity Will Wright's]] robot Kitty Puff Puff, a mobile block of packing foam that used tape dispensers as weapons. He had another His other, better known robot, was Chiabot: Which in season one that was made out of a potted plant.plant with wheels and no weapons. It competed in three more seasons with a vertical blade, but nowadays is only known for the time that Complete Control lifted it completely perpendicular to the floor.
28th Sep '16 4:02:26 PM Omnigeek6
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* CrazyPrepared: Many robots brought (or improvised) different armor configurations, or different weapon bars, for different types of opponent, but Bombshell brought four completely different weapon modules: a lifting arm (never used), an [[AnAxeToGrind axe]], a vertical spinner, and a horizontal spinner designed to outreach other horizontal spinners and destroy their wheels or weapon chains.
** Ultimo Destructo also had multiple weapon modules, but only the flipper configuration ever fought due to it losing in the preliminary round to RingMaster and not receiving a wild card.



** Chomp in the second season of the reboot. It looks awkward and top-heavy, its hammer arms appear to be made of thin, flexible metal, and due to the team's magnets that were supposed to hold the robot to the floor not working, it does somersaults ever time it fires the hammer... but it's also easily the most powerful hammer in the competition at full power, it's guided by a LIDAR system that gives the hammer impressive accuracy, and it can take a surprising amount of punishment due to the hammer arms deflecting like leaf springs when hit instead of permanently bending or snapping, and its sturdy lower belt of AR500 steel. It ended up reaching the quarter finals after putting its hammer through the lid of Captain Shrederator and ripping out a power wire, and severing the weapon chain of Bite Force on the first attack.



* Minotaur in the reboot. It has a fast drivetrain, is pretty durable due to its frame being made from very thick aluminum plates, and it sports one of the most destructive spinning weapons in the competition.

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* ** Minotaur in the reboot. It has a fast drivetrain, is pretty durable due to its frame being made from very thick aluminum plates, and it sports one of the most destructive spinning weapons in the competition.


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** Bronco vs. Plan X was a one-flip KO.


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** In S2 of the reboot, Stinger and Yeti both won fights despite losing wheels, and Beta tipped Nightmare over after its hammer got hit hard enough to nearly rip it off the bot. In the next fight, it fought Tombstone to a judges' decision despite its weapon motor and supports being torn apart leaving the hammer flopping around uselessly and only held on by a chain.
** This didn't work out for Bronco against Minotaur: it kept fighting after loosing wheels, but just like King Arthur, Minotaur systematically removed [i]all six of them[/i] one by one.
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