History Series / RobotWars

23rd Apr '17 3:33:58 PM sizorstrike
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** Team Memento Mori, builders of the ill-fated Overdozer and Wyrm. Overdozer was made out of ''wood'' and had a ''petrol engine'' (Powering a tiny little cutting blade; Dara took one look at it and declared it to be an outboard motor, and that the team had built a ''boat'') but miraculously didn't catch fire; instead, it lasted twenty-three seconds before Dantomkia caught up to it, and tore large chunks off of it in one flip. Wyrm didn't do much better; their only action in the melee was to drive forwards and gently crash into a wall, which ''immobilised them''. They were reinstated by Frostbite's resignation, but that left them having to go up against ''Ironside 3'' and ''Pulsar''.



** The second ''Battle For The Stars'' celebrity special had another pretty spectacular one: Jordan Stephens' thwackbot Dee [[SuicidalOverconfidence drove straight at Kadeena Machina]] and was duly punted [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom ten feet into the air and halfway across the arena]] by the latter's vertical spinner, losing one of its wheels in the process.

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** The second ''Battle For The Stars'' celebrity special had another pretty spectacular one: Jordan Stephens' thwackbot Dee [[SuicidalOverconfidence drove straight at Kadeena Machina]] Machina]][[note]]John Reid, the Dee team's mentor, had given the advice to try and break Kadeena Machina's blade on their armour. This might have worked, except Jordan Stephens apparently had last minute second-thoughts and turned, promptly ramming a tyre into the Machina's blade[[/note]] and was duly punted [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom ten feet into the air and halfway across the arena]] by the latter's vertical spinner, losing one of its wheels in the process.


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* SmallNameBigEgo: Team Rapid, who declared their robot had 'Fifteen times the power of any flipper seen previously'. While Rapid was certainly no slouch, it cost a truly ''exorbitant'' amount of money to build ('''£25,000'''![[note]]The other three robots with similar sums of money invested in them, Mortis, Storm 2 and Kan-Opener, included either the operating costs over their entire lifespan or the approximate value of donated parts. Rapid is the single most expensive robot to be purpose-build for one series of ''Robot Wars''[[/note]]), had an impractically high ground clearance for a flipper, and was so hopelessley overengineered that when damage was sustained in the gearbox the team couldn't even ''hope'' to fix it in time, leading to their prompt retirement from the competition.
23rd Apr '17 7:28:31 AM F1Krazy
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** Lampshaded by George Francis after the infamous "Flipper Frenzy" fight in Extreme 1, in which Chaos 2, Bigger Brother, Thermidor 2 and Wheely Big Cheese spent the entire fight attacking the house robots rather than each other. When Craig Charles called them out on it, George explained that they'd all wanted the honour of being the first to flip a house robot out of the arena and that when you put that many flippers into the arena at once, what else do you expect to happen?
20th Apr '17 7:30:04 PM FlutteringDonkey
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**Similar to Hypno-Disc above but taken a step further, Carbide's run in series nine consisted of them [[Spoiler:effortlessly beating ''every opponent they fought'']], winning every fight by knockout, none of them lasting more than 2 minutes, whilst taking no significant damage at all.
17th Apr '17 6:46:54 AM FantiSci
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* TechnicianVersusPerformer: In both robots and their teams. Obviously, all of the robots take Technician skill to design and drive, but some teams are geared more to precision, while others favour dramatic battles and crowd-pleasing performances.
** The Apollo and Carbide teams in Season 8 and 9 are interesting, as the Performer team drives the Technician robot, and vice versa. The Apollo team [[LargeHam ham up]] to the camera, playing on their status as "the boy band of robot wars," while the Carbide team are more sedate and focused on the robot. However, Apollo itself can only make a certain number of flips thanks to its sheer power, and therefore the team has to steer accurately and time their attacks, while Carbide simply whirs around the arena murdering everything in sight, much to the delight of the crowd.
** In general, the tried-and-tested designs (such as flippers) are Technicians, while the more off-the-wall designs are Performers. The Technicians usually win, but it'd be a dull show without the more outlandish designs -- and it's a glorious day when a seemingly bizarre robot gets the upper hand and goes through.
** Spinners are usually performers, especially the ones that inflict nightmarish amounts of damage. Hypno-Disc was a firm fan favourite for this reason, and Carbide has assumed the mantle since.
16th Apr '17 10:13:45 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* GodzillaThreshold: When spinner robots first began appearing in ''Robot Wars'' (starting with Hypno-Disc in Series 3), "entanglement weapons" such as nets or ropes were banned as unfair to them. After 4 of the 5 Grand Finalists in Series 9 had spinning weapons [[spoiler:and Carbide absolutely destroyed everyone to win the entire series without even breaking a sweat]], the announcement for Series 10 revealed that the producers had actually ''formally legalised entanglement weapons'' in an attempt to curtail the simply unstoppable spinners.
16th Apr '17 6:58:22 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* TryNotToDie: Quoted verbatim in the title sequence of Series 9: "Advice I would give to roboteering teams entering the arena is- don't panic, and try not to die."
16th Apr '17 1:40:10 PM LaTriezieme
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** In the rebooted series, Carbide has come to be feared [[SpiritualSuccessor for the same reasons as Hypnodisc]]; utterly destroying almost everything they go up against.
15th Apr '17 7:44:58 AM LaTriezieme
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** And the new series gave us Crackers N Smash, a clusterbot team who used this trope a lot; firstly, due to the rules on cluster bots they effectively had two robots that both had to be taken down seperately. And then their tactics took this up to eleven; at one point, they even deliberately went into the arena with no weapons, on the grounds that they didn't need to win the fight to progress, and not having weapons made them less likely to need repairing later.
15th Apr '17 7:23:15 AM LaTriezieme
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** Ms Nightshade in Series 9 was one of the most obvious. It was a 6-sided spiked pyramid in which every face had a petal shaped axe on it, so the robot could look like the poisonous flower that is its namesake, and also prevent it from getting flipped or pitted. Unfortunately, the hammers couldn't properly retract, and guess how it crashed out? It was flipped.

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** Ms Nightshade in Series 9 was one of the most obvious. It was a 6-sided spiked pyramid in which every face had a petal shaped axe on it, so the robot could look like the poisonous flower that is its namesake, and also prevent it from getting flipped or pitted. Unfortunately, the hammers couldn't properly retract, and guess how it crashed out? It was flipped.out by being flipped completely upside down
13th Apr '17 12:04:11 AM F1Krazy
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* {{Fanservice}}: Of a non-sexual kind. According to an [[http://www.wow247.co.uk/2016/03/24/new-robot-wars-filming-glasgow-eyewitness-account/ audience member]] of the 2016 TV series, some roboteers held exhibition matches between championship matches simply to amuse the audience/ themselves, and had the added benefit of allowing the other robots that just fought in the championship bouts enough time to make necessary repairs[[note]]This was likely also down to them working out the timings as they went on - at the pilot recording they had to skip battles because they were so far behind, but by later recordings they were finishing early and started doing the exhibition bouts to fill time[[/note]]. The battles were sometimes shown in credits, such as Eruption v Infernal Contraption, and Behemoth v Gabriel, the latter pair losing heat finalists not considered as wildcards both of which were not a part of the series.

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* {{Fanservice}}: Of a non-sexual kind. According to an [[http://www.wow247.co.uk/2016/03/24/new-robot-wars-filming-glasgow-eyewitness-account/ audience member]] of the 2016 TV series, Series 8, some roboteers held exhibition matches between championship matches simply to amuse the audience/ themselves, and had the added benefit of allowing the other robots that just fought in the championship bouts enough time to make necessary repairs[[note]]This was likely also down to them working out the timings as they went on - at the pilot recording they had to skip battles because they were so far behind, but by later recordings they were finishing early and started doing the exhibition bouts to fill time[[/note]]. The battles were sometimes shown in the credits, such as Eruption v Infernal Contraption, Contraption and Behemoth v Gabriel, the latter pair losing heat finalists not considered as wildcards both of which were not a part of the series.Gabriel.



* ForegoneVictory: The Series 7, Heat J final involved Thermidor 2 chasing Mighty Mouse and flipping it whenever it was close enough, and Mighty Mouse endlessly running away, making no attempt at all at actually fighting, until the time ran out. Neither Jonathan Pearce, Craig Charles or the judges pretended there was any suspense over the result whatsoever.

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The Series 7, Heat J final involved Thermidor 2 chasing Mighty Mouse and flipping it whenever it was close enough, and Mighty Mouse endlessly running away, making no attempt at all at actually fighting, until the time ran out. Neither Jonathan Pearce, Craig Charles or the judges pretended there was any suspense over the result whatsoever.



** In Series 9 Heat E, the clusterbot Crackers 'n' Smash elected to remove its weapons prior to its round-robin fight against Carbide, to save them from getting destroyed ahead of its final round-robin match against Apollo. The two weaponless boxes stood absolutely no chance and after one of them was punted ''the entire length of the arena and straight through the wall'', the team elected to forfeit the fight rather than needlessly risking further damage.



* ObviousRulePatch: For Series 10, the show has announced that certain types of entanglement weapons will be permitted, a first for robot combat events. This is almost certainly due to the dominance of spinners in Series 9, to the extent that of the ten heat finalists, only ''three'' - Cherub, Thor, and Apollo - did not have some kind of spinning weapon.



* OffTheRails: Any non-competition match or event was capable of turning into this at a moment's notice (such as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jhjwkR5RZM this bout in the Seventh Wars All-Stars sideshow tournament]]).

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* OffTheRails: Any non-competition match or event was capable of turning into this at a moment's notice (such as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jhjwkR5RZM this bout in the Seventh Wars Series 7 All-Stars sideshow tournament]]).
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