History Series / RobotWars

8th Feb '16 9:14:08 PM Aomic
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* CombatPragmatist: Whenever robots were taking on the House Robots, they would frequently take advantage of ''each other'''s weaponry.
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* CombatPragmatist: Whenever robots were taking on the House Robots, Robots in one-off battles, they would frequently take advantage of ''each other'''s weaponry. weaponry to pull off stunts that normally wouldn't be allowed in the main competition.

** During the All-Stars Tournament, Bigger Brother lifted Shunt up so that Panic Attack could get underneath and pull its FinishingMove of trapping the robot on top of them and then pitting them.
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** During the All-Stars Tournament, Bigger Brother lifted Shunt up so that Panic Attack could get underneath and pull its FinishingMove of trapping the robot Shunt on top of them and then pitting them.
8th Feb '16 9:09:07 PM Aomic
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* CombatPragmatist: Whenever robots were taking on the House Robots, they would frequently take advantage of ''each other'''s weaponry. ** In Series 7, when Gravity & Behemoth were taking Mr. Psycho, Behemoth (with a weak scoop) started to push Gravity from behind to use ''them'' as a flipper, since they had one of the most powerful flippers that series. However, both Gravity and Mr. Psycho broke down and cease was called. ** During the All-Stars Tournament, Bigger Brother lifted Shunt up so that Panic Attack could get underneath and pull its FinishingMove of trapping the robot on top of them and then pitting them. ** During the Flipper Frenzy, the competitors all ganged up on the House Robots to [[AllYourPowersCombined combine their flipping power]] to get them out of the arena.
3rd Feb '16 2:36:50 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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Cleaning that up. Also fixed spikes are more Boring But Practical than Cool But Inefficient
** Zig-zagged by fixed spike weapons which were a very popular choice for simpler robots which lacked either the weight allowance or the engineering skill to use more elaborate weapons, especially early on. A slow-moving robot with a spike would be hard-pressed to even scratch their opponent's paintwork with it, let alone impale opponents, making them Boring And Impractical. However a really ''fast'' robot could put its entire weight behind its attacks and drive those spikes through thin armour, perhaps most notably seen when the 17mph Spikasaurus ''[[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice skewered]]'' Killerhurtz on its 12-inch spikes during the Series 4 Northern Annihilator.

* ChainsawGood: Averted; chainsaws were one of the least effective weapons seen on Robot Wars, even House Robot Matilda ditched hers after Series 4 (the new spinning disc was designed to be interchangable with the chainsaw, but the chainsaw was never used again in the UK- though it was used infrequently in the Second US Series). One US fight after 2000 in which the Matriarch of Mayhem's chainsaw was seen was here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRuN8KKaxF8
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* ChainsawGood: Averted; chainsaws were one of the least effective weapons seen on Robot Wars, even House Robot Matilda ditched hers after Series 4 (the new spinning disc was designed to be interchangable with the chainsaw, but the chainsaw was never used again in the UK- though it was used infrequently in the Second US Series). One US fight after 2000 in which the Matriarch of Mayhem's chainsaw was can be seen was here: http://www.is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRuN8KKaxF8com/watch?v=CRuN8KKaxF8 here]].

** Oversized static spikes, axes (with a few exceptions), chainsaws, and drills.
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** Oversized static Pneumatic-powered spikes, axes (with a few exceptions), chainsaws, and drills.
3rd Feb '16 2:25:06 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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3rd Feb '16 8:39:26 AM cwickham
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[[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/robotwarslogo_3703.PNG]] [[caption-width-right:250:3... 2... 1... '''Activate!''']] A British television show about fighting robots. The original run aired from 1997 to 2004, airing seven series (each comprising one UK championship, with a few sideshow tournaments and specials in most series) plus two series of "Robot Wars Extreme", a house show featuring several different events and mini-tournaments. The first 6 (and the two extremes) aired on [[Creator/TheBBC BBC2]] while the last season aired on ChannelFive. The latter channel's treatment of the show proved to be the death of it, but it lived on in repeats and live events organised by the roboteers. In January 2016, it was announced that [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2016/robot-wars-returns a new 6-part series had been commissioned to air on BBC 2 in 2016.]] Former host Creator/CraigCharles [[http://metro.co.uk/2016/01/13/craig-charles-confirms-that-he-would-love-to-present-the-new-series-of-robot-wars-5621771/?utm_content=buffercc494&utm_medium=Social+-+Facebook&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=Facebook has indicated that he at least would be very keen on returning to present again.]]
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[[quoteright:250:http://static.[[quoteright:224:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/robotwarslogo_3703.org/pmwiki/pub/images/rw2016.PNG]] [[caption-width-right:250:3...[[caption-width-right:224:3... 2... 1... '''Activate!''']] A British television show about fighting robots. The original run aired from 1997 to 2004, airing seven series (each comprising one UK championship, with a few sideshow tournaments and specials in most series) plus two series of "Robot Wars Extreme", a house show featuring several different events and mini-tournaments. The first 6 (and the two extremes) aired on [[Creator/TheBBC BBC2]] while the last season aired on ChannelFive. The latter channel's treatment of the show proved to be the death of it, but it lived on in repeats and live events organised by the roboteers. In January 2016, it was announced that [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2016/robot-wars-returns a new 6-part series had been commissioned to air on BBC 2 in 2016.]] Former host Creator/CraigCharles [[http://metro.co.uk/2016/01/13/craig-charles-confirms-that-he-would-love-to-present-the-new-series-of-robot-wars-5621771/?utm_content=buffercc494&utm_medium=Social+-+Facebook&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=Facebook has indicated that he at least would be very keen on returning 2016]], with filming to present again.]] begin in March.

The first season was hosted by [[Series/TopGear Jeremy Clarkson]], but later seasons were hosted by Creator/CraigCharles, who was more suited for this, and Nickelodeon Robot Wars was hosted by Dave Aizer. The show was originally a mix of fighting and various "trials" (games such as pinball, sumo, obstacle courses, etc.); later on, more emphasis was put on the former and by series 5 the format was entirely combat-based.
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The first season was hosted by [[Series/TopGear Jeremy Clarkson]], but later seasons were hosted by Creator/CraigCharles, who was more suited for this, and Nickelodeon Robot Wars was hosted the 2016 revival will be fronted by Dave Aizer.comedian (and physicist) Dara Briain. The show was originally a mix of fighting and various "trials" (games such as pinball, sumo, obstacle courses, etc.); later on, more emphasis was put on the former and by series 5 the format was entirely combat-based.
2nd Feb '16 9:50:03 AM F1Krazy
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** Bulldog Breed and Atomic both won their Mayhem battles in Extreme, qualifying them for the Annihilator, but when the Annihilator was broadcast they had both had to pull out because of damage filmed in the as yet unbroadcast series 5, filmed alongside the Extreme series. Ironically, they'd both been in the same heat and the damage had been inflicted by the same bot: Hypno-Disc.
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** Bulldog Breed and Atomic both won their Mayhem battles in Extreme, qualifying them for the Annihilator, but when the Annihilator was broadcast they had both had to pull out because of damage filmed in the as yet unbroadcast unaired series 5, filmed alongside the Extreme series. Ironically, they'd both been in the same heat and the damage had been inflicted by the same bot: Hypno-Disc.Hypno-Disc. * AndShowItToYou: Hypno-Disc pulled this off in each of it first two battles in Series 4, ripping the batteries clean out of The Predator and V-Max and (in the former example) smashing them to pieces.

** As in AwesomeButImpractical, a lot of successful machines come to mind. Tornado was essentially a quick and resistant flat box on wheels. It had a laughably weak weapon, but was immune to just about everything opponents could throw at it and would win by mere aggressiveness and persistence as opposed to actual damage-dealing. Bigger Brother also comes to mind. Not a particularly interesting of a concept, not a very cool weapon (simple flipper), but a set of armor so heavy even Razer, known for one of the most powerful weapons, could barely make a dent. It had similiarly resiliant internal workings too; in its series 5 grand final eliminator with Hypnodisc, Disc shredded its armour and broke the weapon, but BB kept on going and finally pushed them down the pit, leading to aforementioned fight with Razer in the final which Razer won quite easily due to the damage inflicted earlier.
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** As in AwesomeButImpractical, a lot of successful machines come to mind. Tornado was essentially a quick and resistant flat box on wheels. It had a laughably weak weapon, but was immune to just about everything opponents could throw at it and would win by mere aggressiveness and persistence as opposed to actual damage-dealing. Bigger Brother also comes to mind. Not a particularly interesting of a concept, not a very cool weapon (simple flipper), but a set of armor so heavy even Razer, known for one of the most powerful weapons, could barely make a dent. It had similiarly resiliant similarly resilient internal workings too; in its series Series 5 grand final eliminator with Hypnodisc, Disc shredded its armour and broke the weapon, but BB kept on going and finally pushed them down the pit, leading to the aforementioned fight with Razer in the final which Razer won quite easily due to the damage inflicted earlier.

** Storm II from the last wars was effectively a smaller, faster, stronger version of Tornado, relying purely on its ramming power. It was so practical it reached the Grand Final, but so boring (at least in the eyes of the executives) that it's widely believed [[ExecutiveMeddling the shows's producers ''actively tried to stop them from winning''.]]
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** Storm II from the last wars was effectively a smaller, faster, stronger version of Tornado, relying purely on its ramming power. It was so practical it reached the Grand Final, but so boring (at least in the eyes of the executives) that it's widely believed [[ExecutiveMeddling the shows's producers ''actively producers]] ''[[ExecutiveMeddling actively tried to stop them from winning''.]]winning]]''.

** Nemesis and its successor Diotoir as well, which was prone to catching fire due to having a fur-covered body. This happened in all of it's appearances due to Sgt. Bash inevitably singling it out above everyone else. Eventually there was a fight between the aforementioned Bash, Nemesis and another robot prone to fires just so everyone could watch them burn. (Sgt. Bash won.)
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** Nemesis and its successor Diotoir as well, which was prone to catching fire due to having a fur-covered body. This happened in all of it's its appearances due to Sgt. Bash inevitably singling it out above everyone else. Eventually there was a fight between the aforementioned Bash, Nemesis and another robot prone to fires just so everyone could watch them burn. (Sgt. Bash won.)

** Whenever two humourous-based robots appeared and one won, expect to see the trademark of the losing robot appear in the winning one. For example, Diotior borrowed The Steel Avenger's [[NoodleImplements colourful feather duster]] when it won and went into the heat final against Firestorm. In turn, Firestorm (and almost every other notable competitor!) has placed some of Diotior's fur on their robot at some point.
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** Whenever two humourous-based humor-based robots appeared and one won, expect to see the trademark of the losing robot appear in on the winning one. For example, Diotior Diotoir borrowed The Steel Avenger's [[NoodleImplements colourful feather duster]] when it won and went into the heat final against Firestorm. In turn, Firestorm (and almost every other notable competitor!) has placed some of Diotior's Diotoir's fur on their robot at some point.

* ChainsawGood: Averted; chainsaws were one of the least effective weapons seen on Robot Wars, even House Robot Matilda ditched hers after Series 4 (the new spinning disc was designed to be interchangable with the chainsaw, but the chainsaw was never used again in the UK- though it was used infrequently in the Second US Series).One US fight after 2000 in which the Matriarch of Mayhem's chainsaw was seen was here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRuN8KKaxF8
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* ChainsawGood: Averted; chainsaws were one of the least effective weapons seen on Robot Wars, even House Robot Matilda ditched hers after Series 4 (the new spinning disc was designed to be interchangable with the chainsaw, but the chainsaw was never used again in the UK- though it was used infrequently in the Second US Series). One US fight after 2000 in which the Matriarch of Mayhem's chainsaw was seen was here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRuN8KKaxF8

* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: A lot of teams who had been present in many (if not every) previous series disappeared in the Sixth and Seventh Wars. [[note]]no team ever competed in all seven Wars: Firestorm, Chaos, Panic Attack, Pussycat and Behemoth came closest at six apiece.[[/note]]
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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: A lot of teams who had been present in many (if not every) previous series disappeared in the Sixth and Seventh Wars. [[note]]no [[note]]No team ever competed in all seven Wars: Firestorm, Chaos, Panic Attack, Pussycat and Behemoth came closest at six apiece.[[/note]]

*** The winner of the first Dutch series, wedge shaped, tracked and destructive Slicer, did not defend its title in the second series.
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*** The winner of the first Dutch series, wedge shaped, the wedge-shaped, tracked and destructive Slicer, did not defend its title in the second series.

** The method was also used in the 5 heats of the first Dutch series, though not in the grand final, which also had 6 robots. 2 out of the 5 losers melees saw one robot drop out due to damage sustained in their round 1 exit, leaving the other 2 to go head to head. Three of the losers melee winners capitalised on this reprieve to make the heat final, but lost it- one of them, Enderbot, losing to the same machine that beat it in round 1, Slicer. Another of them, however, Lizzard, was given a wildcard place to the finals and reached the grand finale before narrowly losing to Slicer- it actually lost 3 times during that series, having only won its heat semi-final due to Matilda's illegal incursion immobilising it.
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** The method was also used in the 5 heats of the first Dutch series, though not in the grand final, which also had 6 robots. 2 out of the 5 losers melees losers' mles saw one robot drop out due to damage sustained in their round 1 exit, leaving the other 2 to go head to head. Three of the losers melee losers' mle winners capitalised on this reprieve to make the heat final, but lost it- one of them, Enderbot, losing to the same machine that beat it in round 1, Slicer. Another of them, however, Lizzard, was given a wildcard place to the finals and reached the grand finale before narrowly losing to Slicer- it actually lost 3 times during that series, having only won its heat semi-final due to Matilda's illegal incursion immobilising it.

** Hypnodisc's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhKB0bzmvb4 battle against Splinter the following series]], another famous example, is actually a DoubleSubversion. ''Everybody'' thought Splinter would be torn to shreds in seconds, especially given the team captain's tactic: [[TooDumbToLive drive straight-on into Hypnodisc]]. However, for the first 30 seconds [[CurbStompCushion this actually worked]], with Splinter's front scoop deflecting Hypnodisc's attacks away and even enabling it at one point to shove Hypnodisc into the CPZ. Jonathan Pearce even floated the possibility of this being "one of the biggest shocks ever in Robot Wars"...but then Splinter hit Hypnodisc at the wrong angle, [[OhCrap the scoop was torn off completely]], and utter carnage ensued.
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** Hypnodisc's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhKB0bzmvb4 battle against Splinter the following series]], another famous example, is actually a DoubleSubversion. ''Everybody'' thought expected Splinter would to be torn to shreds in seconds, especially given the team captain's tactic: [[TooDumbToLive drive straight-on into Hypnodisc]]. However, for the first 30 seconds [[CurbStompCushion this actually worked]], with Splinter's front scoop deflecting Hypnodisc's attacks away and even enabling it at one point to shove Hypnodisc into the a CPZ. Jonathan Pearce even floated the possibility of this being "one "[[TemptingFate one of the biggest shocks ever in Robot Wars"...Wars]]"... but then Splinter hit Hypnodisc at the wrong angle, [[OhCrap the scoop was torn off completely]], and utter carnage ensued.ensued. *** In fact, Hypnodisc's ''entire Season 4 run'' consisted of almost nothing ''but'' curb-stomps. In its heat, it tore The Predator and Raizer Blade to shreds in the melee, gutted V-Max in the heat semi-final, then in the heat final it faced Raizer Blade again, which was so badly-damaged from its initial curb-stomping that a single hit from Hypnodisc was enough to disable it (see ForegoneVictory below). ---->'''Jonathan Pearce''': [[LampshadeHanging This is like putting the heavyweight boxing champion of the world in against... my gran.]]

* DoubleEntendre: In the 7th Wars when the Hassocks Hog team talked about how they'd upgraded their flipper weapon, which they'd described as previously being a "limp lifter", Jonathan Pearce gave is this gem: -->'''Jonathan:''' '''' Ah, [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything the old limp lifter problem]].
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* DoubleEntendre: In the 7th Wars Seventh Wars, when the Hassocks Hog team talked about how they'd upgraded their flipper weapon, which they'd described as previously being a "limp lifter", Jonathan Pearce gave is us this gem: -->'''Jonathan:''' '''' ''[knowingly]'' Ah, [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything the old limp lifter problem]].

** The first series had a more CyberPunk feel. The arena looked intentionally low budget, and Jeremy Clarkson gave narrations at the start of every episode about how robot wars "were putting the whole country into chaos".
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** The first series had a more CyberPunk feel. The arena looked intentionally low budget, low-budget, and Jeremy Clarkson gave narrations at the start of every episode about how robot wars "were putting the whole country into chaos".

** Twn Trwn is actually Welsh - it means "Broken Ring". [[AwesomeButImpractical And it's impressive design was contrasted greatly with it's lacklustre performance]].
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** Twn Trwn is actually Welsh - it means "Broken Ring". [[AwesomeButImpractical And it's impressive design was contrasted greatly with it's its lacklustre performance]].

** Piece de Resistance at the start of its 2nd Wars Gauntlet run decided to try and take the middle route, over the see-saws. The first obstacle it had to clear was a small wall of loosely-stacked bricks. It proved to be ''too weak to knock the bricks down,'' repeatedly backing up and slamming against the wall without budging them at all in a most pathetic manner. Eventually Killalot came in behind them, scooped them up between his lance and claw and ''threw'' them over the wall, as if to say "oh for god's sake, ''here you go then!"'' If you can believe it, it actually got ''worse'' for them after this, since Killalot's interference was actually enough for them to ''pass'' the Gauntlet (another robot in the same heat actually registered the worst score in the history of the Gauntlet, a pitiful 0.2m) so they went onto the Trials, which was Skittles. Almost predictably, Piece de Resistance proved too weak to even knock over a single barrel, repeating charging against the stacks without making any impression at all, and the House Robots closed in to put them out of their misery, leaving them with a score of '''0'''. Killalot was still roasting the robot over the flame pit while Craig Charles interviewed the team afterwards.
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** Piece de Resistance at the start of its 2nd Wars Gauntlet run decided to try and take the middle route, over the see-saws. The first obstacle it had to clear was a small wall of loosely-stacked bricks. It proved to be ''too weak to knock the bricks down,'' repeatedly backing up and slamming against the wall without budging them at all in a most pathetic manner. Eventually Killalot came in behind them, scooped them up between his lance and claw and ''threw'' them over the wall, as if to say "oh for god's God's sake, ''here you go then!"'' then!''" If you can believe it, it actually got ''worse'' for them after this, since Killalot's interference was actually enough for them to ''pass'' the Gauntlet (another robot in the same heat actually registered the worst score in the history of the Gauntlet, a pitiful 0.2m) so they went onto the Trials, which was Skittles. Almost predictably, Piece de Resistance proved too weak to even knock over a single barrel, repeating charging against the stacks without making any impression at all, and the House Robots closed in to put them out of their misery, leaving them with a score of '''0'''. Killalot was still roasting the robot over the flame pit while Craig Charles interviewed the team afterwards.

** And of course, Typhoon 2, who went on to [[spoiler:win the seventh wars]] thanks to its "gyroscopic speed".
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** And of course, Typhoon 2, who went on to [[spoiler:win win the seventh wars]] wars thanks to its "gyroscopic speed".

* FollowTheLeader: Any time a weapon became really successful several teams would copy it in the following series, each with varied amounts of success, examples include flippers (first used by Recyclopse in season 1 but became really popular after Cassius in season 2 and Chaos 2 in season 3), crushers (after Razer), spinning discs (after Hypnodisc) and the [[FunWithAcronyms SRIMECH/Self-righting Mechanism]] [[Awesome/RobotWars (first used by Cassius in season 2)]]
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* FollowTheLeader: Any time a weapon became really successful several teams would copy it in the following series, each with varied amounts of success, examples include flippers (first used by Recyclopse in season 1 but became really popular after Cassius in season 2 and Chaos 2 in season 3), crushers (after Razer), spinning discs (after Hypnodisc) and the [[FunWithAcronyms SRIMECH/Self-righting Mechanism]] [[Awesome/RobotWars (first used by Cassius in season 2)]]2)]].

** The Series 4, Heat P heat final battle between Hypno-Disc and Raizer Blade... wasn't a battle. It was an ''execution.'' Julia interviewed the captain of Raizer Blade before the battle (it had been touch and go to see if they could even get the robot running long enough to drive into the arena) and he cheerfully admitted that the robot was "bleeding to death"- their pneumatic lifting arm was leaking [=CO2=] so they had no weapon, they were running on about half a speed controller so they might be able to turn in circles if they were lucky for the few seconds before Hypno-Disc destroyed them. The most he was hoping for was to give the audience a good show. ''Robot Wars'' has seen a lot of upsets and shocking results in its time, but this was one where there was literally only one ''possible'' outcome- the only thing that might have spared Raizer Blade was if Hypno-Disc (which was MUCH more reliable than it had been in Series 3) spontaneously suffered a catastrophic breakdown or lost its removable link. Predictably, [[CurbStompBattle the crippled Raizer Blade was annihilated]], with Jonathan comparing it to "putting the heavyweight boxing champion of the world up against my Gran".
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** The Series 4, Heat P heat final battle between Hypno-Disc and Raizer Blade... wasn't a battle. It was an ''execution.'' Julia interviewed the captain of Raizer Blade before the battle (it had been touch and go to see if they could even get the robot running long enough to drive into the arena) and he cheerfully admitted that the robot was "bleeding to death"- their pneumatic lifting arm was leaking [=CO2=] so they had no weapon, they were running on about half a speed controller so they might be able to turn in circles if they were lucky for the few seconds before Hypno-Disc destroyed them. The most he was hoping for was to give the audience a good show. ''Robot Wars'' has seen a lot of upsets and shocking results in its time, but this was one where there was literally only one ''possible'' outcome- the only thing that might have spared Raizer Blade was if Hypno-Disc (which was MUCH more reliable than it had been in Series 3) spontaneously suffered a catastrophic breakdown or lost its removable link. Predictably, [[CurbStompBattle the crippled Raizer Blade was annihilated]], knocked out]] [[OneHitKill in a single hit]], with Jonathan comparing it to "putting the heavyweight boxing champion of the world up against my Gran".

--> '''Jonathan:''' There goes a ''whole wheel''! A whole wheel has come off! What an attack - oh, there goes the other one! Well, why not? * FunWithAcronyms: Some robots would employ these as names (for instance, SMIDSY stands for Sorry Mate I Didn't See You, which the team, a group of bikers, had heard many times from cars nearly hitting them) ** Robots without SRIMECH (itself an acronym for Self-righting mechanism) would sometimes have PTO written on the bottom, "Please Turn Over".
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--> '''Jonathan:''' There ''There goes a '''whole wheel'''''! A ''whole wheel''! A whole wheel wheel'' has come off! What an attack - oh, there goes the other one! Well, why not? * FunWithAcronyms: Some robots would employ these as names (for instance, SMIDSY stands for Sorry Mate I Didn't See You, which the team, a group of bikers, had heard many times from cars nearly hitting them) them). ** Robots without SRIMECH SRIMECHs (itself an acronym for Self-righting mechanism) would sometimes have PTO written on the bottom, "Please Turn Over".

* GratuitousJapanese: The Mazakari team had no idea what it meant, despite obviously being its creators/builders and persons responsible for its name (the most likely explanation is that they took the name from the Inner Sphere designation for the Clan mech known as the Warhawk in ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'').
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* GratuitousJapanese: The Mazakari team had no idea what it meant, despite obviously being its creators/builders and the persons responsible for its name (the most likely explanation is that they took the name from the Inner Sphere designation for the Clan mech known as the Warhawk in ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'').

** Chaos 2 was also knocked out of the Second World Championship on ''Robot Wars Extreme'' by being driven into the pit while in the process of flipping another robot into the pit. ** Razer getting immobilised in the third wars when it got itself stuck on the spike at the back of its weapon which had raised its wheels off the ground.
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** Chaos 2 was also knocked out of the Second World Championship on in ''Robot Wars Extreme'' by being driven into the pit while in the process of flipping another robot into the pit. ** Razer getting immobilised in the third wars Third Wars when it got itself stuck on the spike at the back of its weapon which had raised its wheels off the ground.

** Kind of subverted in the Season 3 finale, wherein, after flipping Hypno-Disc, Chaos II went after the house robots, and flipped Matilda and Shunt before they ended the round.
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** Kind of subverted in the Season 3 finale, wherein, finale where, after flipping Hypno-Disc, Chaos II 2 went after the house robots, and flipped Matilda and Shunt before they ended the round.

** Kind of subverted Diotoir as well, to a lesser extent. Became a LethalJokeCharacter in the Season 3 finale, wherein, Series 5 after flipping Hypno-Disc, Chaos II went after the house robots, and flipped Matilda and Shunt before they ended the round.it knocked out ''Tornado''.

** He also gets this from a child roboteer after a loss. Following Crustacean's defeat at the hands of Chaos 2 in series 6, Craig reveals to the television viewer that the child was kicking his father because of the driver error that ended the battle. Craig then says, "That was a bit shellfish." Cue silence from the child and mild laughter from the studio audience.
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** He also gets this from a child roboteer after a loss. Following Crustacean's Crushtacean's defeat at the hands of Chaos 2 in series Series 6, Craig reveals to the television viewer that the child was kicking his father because of the driver error that ended the battle. Craig then says, "That was a bit shellfish." Cue silence from the child and mild laughter from the studio audience.

** He also gets this from a child roboteer after a loss. Following Crustacean's defeat at Several teams throughout the hands of Chaos 2 in series 6, Craig reveals to had similar "gentlemen's agreements" in place, whereby the television viewer that the child two teams agreed not to cause too much damage to one another. This was kicking his father often because one of the driver error that ended robots knew they were about to be [[CurbStompedBattle curb-stomped]] (such as Raizer Blade v Hypnodisc in Series 4) and wanted to minimize the battle. Craig then says, "That repair job. The brief enmity between the Razer and Pussycat teams was a bit shellfish." Cue silence from the child and mild laughter from the studio audience.result of Pussycat allegedly violating such an agreement during their battle.

** One of the most famous (and hilarious) examples was the "Flipper Frenzy" battle in the first Robot Wars Extreme. It was meant to be a titanic tussle between the four most feared flippers in the wars (Bigger Brother, Chaos 2, Thermidor 2 and Wheely Big Cheese). Instead... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2W_7LiEtPk ''this'' happened.]] * OffWithHisHead: Any competing robots with heads are bound to be decapitated by Shunt. Season 4 saw Major Tom's head being smashed to pieces by Shunt, and poor Banshee was decapitated as well, with Shunt attaching her head to his axe, set it on fire, and paraded it around the arena.
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** One of the most famous (and hilarious) examples was the "Flipper Frenzy" battle in the first Robot Wars Extreme. It was meant to be a titanic tussle between the four most feared flippers in the wars (Bigger Brother, Chaos 2, Thermidor 2 and Wheely Big Cheese). Instead... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2W_7LiEtPk ''this'' this happened.]] * OffWithHisHead: Any competing robots with heads are bound to be decapitated by Shunt. Season 4 saw Major Tom's head being smashed to pieces by Shunt, and poor Banshee was decapitated as well, with Shunt attaching her head to his axe, set setting it on fire, and paraded parading it around the arena.

* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Sumpthing team captain Richard Dig is only ever referred to as Mr Dig or just Dig[[note]]except for one time in Sumpthing's 4th Wars melee where Jonathan called him by his full name: "and Richard Dig, to give him his full name, is doing spendidly here!"[[/note]].
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* OneHitKill: ** This is what flippers were designed for, [[FollowTheLeader starting with]] Chaos 2. If you couldn't self-right, a single flip from them could eliminate you. If you ''could'' self-right, they could ''still'' knock you out in one hit by simply [[RingOut throwing you out of the arena]]. Chaos 2's defeat of Hypno-Disc in the Series 3 Grand Final is one of the most iconic examples. ** There are plenty of examples of this throughout the Wars. In Series 3, for example, Firestorm beat Crasha Gnasha simply by ramming it once, Trident stopped Twn Twrn with a single axe blow, and Sumpthing managed to pull this on ''itself'', as the first swing of its axe caused it to break down. * OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Sumpthing team captain Richard Dig is only ever referred to as Mr Dig or just Dig[[note]]except for one time in Sumpthing's 4th Wars melee where Jonathan called him by his full name: "and "...and Richard Dig, to give him his full name, is doing spendidly here!"[[/note]].

* OutOfOrder: Heats B and D of the second Wars were swapped round when broadcast, this is obvious when the heat winners are introduced in the semi-finals in heat order and Mace (winner of the broadcast Heat B) comes out 4th and Behemoth (the winner of the broadcast heat D) comes out second.
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* OutOfOrder: Heats B and D of the second Second Wars were swapped round when broadcast, this is obvious when the heat winners are introduced in the semi-finals in heat order and Mace (winner of the broadcast Heat B) comes out 4th and Behemoth (the winner of the broadcast heat D) comes out second.

* PinballZone: The Pinball trial in the series 2 semi-finals, which was retained as a sideshow tournament in series 3 and 4.
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** Another example was Fourth Wars entrant "Arnold, Arnold Terminegger". * PinballZone: The Pinball trial in the series Series 2 semi-finals, which was retained as a sideshow tournament in series Series 3 and 4.

** The last of these robots, Eubank the Mouse, attained MauveShirt status by coming first in the Gauntlet and going on to pass the Trial only to abruptly "break down".
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** The last of these robots, Eubank the Mouse, attained MauveShirt status by coming first in the Gauntlet and going on to pass the Trial only to abruptly "break down". Another, W.Y.S.I.W.I.G., was eliminated in its trial despite Dreadnaut having broken down.

* TakeThat: Against ''Franchise/{{RoboCop}}'' in Series 3 Heat O;
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* TakeThat: Against ''Franchise/{{RoboCop}}'' in Series 3 Heat O; O:

* TakeThat: Against ''Franchise/{{RoboCop}}'' ** During Dundee's only battle, against Cassius in Series 3 Heat O; 3, Jonathan Pearce remarked that it was doing better than the team's previous robot Loco (which had coincidentally been knocked out by Cassius in Series 2). No sooner had Pearce said this than Cassius proceeded to flip Dundee over, eliminating it.

** In the early days, a robot being flipped was essentially out, as there was no means of recovery. In fact, the winner of the first series, Road Block, was literally a moving ramp that would force the enemy to drive over it and fall. Come the second round of a series 2 heat, a robot called Cassius was flipped and presumed doomed. Then, its flipper weapon was used to right itself, to the astonishment of commentator Jonathan Pearce, and presumably everyone else except the Cassius team themselves. Since this now made the most powerful weapon in the series much less useful, they stormed to second place. From the third series on, not having a SRIMECH was considered risky bordering suicidal, until Chaos 2 (see below) found a way to render them redundant.
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** In the early days, a robot being flipped was essentially out, as there was no means of recovery. In fact, the winner of the first series, Road Block, was literally a moving ramp that would force the enemy to drive over it and fall.fall over. Come the second round of a series 2 heat, a robot called Cassius was flipped and presumed doomed. Then, its flipper weapon was used to right itself, to the astonishment of commentator Jonathan Pearce, and presumably everyone else except the Cassius team themselves. Since this now made the most powerful weapon in the series much less useful, they stormed to second place. From the third series on, not having a SRIMECH was considered risky bordering suicidal, until Chaos 2 (see below) found a way to render them redundant.
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* MiniGame: The Trials became this in series 3 & 4 when the decision was made to have the main tournament entirely combat-based, with a number of tournaments being played between rounds (most notably the Pinball Warrior Tournament in both series, plus Robotic Soccer in series 3 and Sumo in series 4.)
31st Jan '16 6:42:24 AM cwickham
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* GameBreaker: Chaos 2 is exactly as nasty in the games as he was in real life, so much so that you have to beat the ''World Championship'' (entry fee: 25,000 credits) in order to access him!

* [[EveryCarIsAPinto EveryBotIsAPinto]]: In ''Metal Mayhem'', if a bot takes terminal damage, it will catch fire. This would make sense for [[JokeCharacter Diotoir]], or if the bot was killed by the flame pit, but kill a robot with your flipper and it will still catch fire.
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* [[EveryCarIsAPinto EveryBotIsAPinto]]: Every Bot Is A Pinto]]: In ''Metal Mayhem'', if a bot takes terminal damage, it will catch fire. This would make sense for [[JokeCharacter Diotoir]], or if the bot was killed by the flame pit, but kill a robot with your flipper and it will still catch fire.fire. * GameBreaker: Chaos 2 is exactly as nasty in the games as he was in real life, so much so that you have to beat the ''World Championship'' (entry fee: 25,000 credits) in order to access him!
30th Jan '16 9:30:58 AM BBC2HD
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During the height of its fame, the show had two seasons and a Nickelodeon Kids' Series involving mainly US robots (called Robot Wars: Extreme Warriors and Nickelodeon Robot Wars respectively), two seasons involving robots from the Netherlands and Belgium (called Robot Wars: The Dutch Battles), and a German language single Series (named Robot Wars: The German Struggles) involving 12 robots from Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland, which were broadcast in their native languages and used local Presenters and pit reporters. All series took place in the UK arena and used UK house robots (and the final UK series involved many big-name Dutch, Belgian and German robots). Most of the episodes are available on [=YouTube=] and if you live in the UK the BBC is currently showing reruns.
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During the height of its fame, the show had two seasons and a Nickelodeon Kids' Series involving mainly US robots (called Robot Wars: Extreme Warriors and Nickelodeon Robot Wars respectively), two seasons involving robots from the Netherlands and Belgium (called Robot Wars: The Dutch Battles), and a German language single Series (named Robot Wars: The German Struggles) involving 12 robots from Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland, which were broadcast in their native languages and used local Presenters and pit reporters. All series took place in the UK arena and used UK house robots (and the final UK series involved many big-name Dutch, Belgian and German robots). Most of the episodes are available on [=YouTube=] and if you live in the UK the BBC Challenge is currently showing reruns.
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