History Series / RobotWars

4th May '16 2:21:41 AM cwickham
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* ArtisticLicensePhysics: The "Fantasy Fights" in the first official magazine took this to ridiculous extremes at times; all damage was ludicrously exaggerated, Suicidal Tendencies' lifting spikes were depicted as being able to launch a robot into the air, Distruct-A-Bubble ''headbutted'' another robot despite such a move being physically impossible in reality, and Stinger was shown to somehow ride up Wheelosaurus' incredibly narrow shaft with such speed that it went flying into the air and landed in Sir Killalot's claw. (That last one really needs to be [[http://robotwars.wikia.com/wiki/User_blog:Drop_Zone_mk2/Scanned_in_Robot_Wars_Magazines?file=RWm13p22-23.jpg seen to be believed]].)
4th May '16 2:10:15 AM cwickham
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* OffModel: The comic strip in the first incarnation of the official magazine tended to depict robots in this way, such as its depictions of Behemoth and Wild Thing [[http://robotwars.wikia.com/wiki/User_blog:Drop_Zone_mk2/Scanned_in_Robot_Wars_Magazines?file=RWm11p20-21.jpg here]].
3rd May '16 6:09:19 PM F1Krazy
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** Chassis, armour, wheels, motors, power source, weapons and you're good to go.

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** Chassis, armour, wheels, motors, power source, weapons weapons, and you're good to go.go.
*** It's even simpler in ''Metal Mayhem'' due to the Game Boy Color's limitations: body shell, drive motors, gear ratio, weapon. That's it.



* AWinnerIsYou: Completing "Competition" mode on Extreme Destruction, [[spoiler: which presents you with 'CONGRATULATIONS - enjoy your special prize' and a revolving image of a small carriage clock]]. PlayedForLaughs a little, [[spoiler: as if you stay on the screen a while the clock falls apart.]]

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* AWinnerIsYou: Completing "Competition" mode on Extreme Destruction, ''Extreme Destruction'', [[spoiler: which presents you with 'CONGRATULATIONS - enjoy your special prize' and a revolving image of a small carriage clock]]. PlayedForLaughs a little, [[spoiler: as if you stay on the screen a while the clock falls apart.]]



* [[EveryCarIsAPinto 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.

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* [[EveryCarIsAPinto Every Bot Is A Pinto]]: In ''Metal Mayhem'', if when a bot takes terminal damage, it will catch catches 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.



* GravityScrew: The Mars arena includes an anti-grav switch.

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* GravityScrew: The Mars arena in ''Extreme desturction'' includes an anti-grav switch.anti-gravity switch.
* LullDestruction: In ''Extreme Destruction'' at least, Jonathan Pearce never. Shuts. Up. ''Ever''. While he's a borderline MotorMouth in the TV show, his commentary in the game is a never-ending stream of repetitive, over-enthusiastic, and often hyperbolic comments. It can get annoying fairly quickly.



* UnexpectedCharacter: One of the reasons ''Metal Mayhem'' was [[TheProblemWithLicensedGames so poorly received by fans]] was because of its bizarre roster choices. It featured robots from Series 3, but Hypno-Disc (Who came second that year), Steg-O-Saw-Us (Who came fourth), Cassius 2 (Who finished second the previous year and was one of the big tips to win), Mortis and Razer (Two of the fan favourites) were overlooked. Instead, the game included no less than ''five'' machines that had been knocked out in their very first battles, including Crasha Gnasha and Terminal Ferocity, who'd been defeated in [[CurbStompBattle less than ten seconds flat]].

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* UnexpectedCharacter: One of the reasons ''Metal Mayhem'' was [[TheProblemWithLicensedGames so poorly received by fans]] was because of its bizarre roster choices. It featured robots from Series 3, but Hypno-Disc (Who (who came second that year), Steg-O-Saw-Us (Who (who came fourth), Cassius 2 (Who (who finished second the previous year and was one of the big tips favourites to win), Mortis Mortis, and Razer (Two (two of the fan favourites) were overlooked. Instead, the game included no less than ''five'' machines that had been knocked out in their very first battles, including Crasha Gnasha and Terminal Ferocity, who'd been defeated in [[CurbStompBattle less than ten seconds flat]].
2nd May '16 7:30:56 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* RammingAlwaysWorks: Played straight to a surprising degree. "Rambots", as they were called, were often highly effective even in later series: half the Grand Finalists in Series 1[[note]]Robot the Bruce, T.R.A.C.I.E., and Bodyhammer[[/note]] ''and'' Series 7[[Tornado and Storm II]] had this as their primary tactic. Tornado won Series 6 (and Storm II ''[[ExecutiveMeddling almost]]'' won Series 7) in this manner.

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* RammingAlwaysWorks: Played straight to a surprising degree. "Rambots", as they were called, were often highly effective even in later series: half the Grand Finalists in Series 1[[note]]Robot the Bruce, T.R.A.C.I.E., and Bodyhammer[[/note]] ''and'' Series 7[[Tornado 7[[note]]Tornado and Storm II]] II[[/note]] had this as their primary tactic. Tornado won Series 6 (and Storm II ''[[ExecutiveMeddling almost]]'' won Series 7) in this manner.manner.
** There is, however, a distinction to be observed between "rambots" like Tornado and Storm 2 and "shovebots" like Robot the Bruce and Spawn of Scutter. Rambots aim to inflict damage by violently bashing into opponents and slamming them against the walls until they broke down, and were often armed with spikes or blades to add extra damage. Shovebots were slower and more methodical, aiming to use mechanical muscle to control the fight, pushing the opponent around and into hazards like the House Robots and the Pit of Oblivion, and they often fitted scoops for this purpose.
2nd May '16 7:25:47 AM F1Krazy
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* ForkliftFu: While a few robots (most notably Panic Attack) had "lifting forks", the contestant that bore the most resemblance to an actual forklift was Series 4 robot [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/robotwars/images/a/a0/Indefatigable_front.JPG/revision/latest?cb=20160306195153 Indefatigable]]. It lost its only fight to Chaos 2 and was hurled out of the arena.


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* RammingAlwaysWorks: Played straight to a surprising degree. "Rambots", as they were called, were often highly effective even in later series: half the Grand Finalists in Series 1[[note]]Robot the Bruce, T.R.A.C.I.E., and Bodyhammer[[/note]] ''and'' Series 7[[Tornado and Storm II]] had this as their primary tactic. Tornado won Series 6 (and Storm II ''[[ExecutiveMeddling almost]]'' won Series 7) in this manner.
27th Apr '16 12:53:57 PM F1Krazy
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** [[AvertedTrope Averted]] twice in Series 2, when both Pain and The Parthian Shot were both disqualified for taking too long to repair their robot. The latter only needed ''minutes'' more to get Parthian up and running, but the deadline struck.

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** [[AvertedTrope Averted]] twice in Series 2, when both Pain and The Parthian Shot were both disqualified for taking too long to repair their robot. The latter only needed ''minutes'' more to get Parthian up and running, but the deadline struck.



*** 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 was enough to disable it (see ForegoneVictory below).

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*** 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 was enough to disable it didn't stand a chance (see ForegoneVictory below).



** Series 3 featured a one-time contestant named Flipper that was armed with - you guessed it! - an ''axe''. It was supposedly able to work as a flipping arm as well, but they were defeated in their first match by Ultor and never got the chance.



*** The team frequently [[{{Troll}} engaged in (harmless) pranks]] post-series 4.

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*** The team frequently [[{{Troll}} engaged in (harmless) pranks]] post-series post-Series 4.



** In Series 1, Mortis weren't happy that the judges gave the heat final to Recyclopse over them and the episode ended with Jeremy Clarkson announcing that the team wished to register a protest. A formal protest was not actually registered, however, so this was possibly just {{Kayfabe}}; however Mortis ''were'' genuinely upset by the result.

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** In Series 1, Mortis weren't happy that the judges gave the heat final to Recyclopse over them and the episode ended with Jeremy Clarkson announcing that the team wished to register a protest. A formal protest was not actually registered, however, so this was possibly just {{Kayfabe}}; however however, Mortis ''were'' genuinely upset by the result.



** In Series 3, Daisy Chopper were defeated by Griffon by a judges decision and formally requested a recount. The judges did reconsider but ruled in Griffon's favour again, albeit closer this time (a split decision).

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** In Series 3, Daisy Chopper were defeated by Griffon by a judges judges' decision and formally requested a recount. The judges did reconsider but ruled in Griffon's favour again, albeit closer this time (a split decision).



* TheStinger: [[IThoughtItMeant no, not the Series 4 grand finalist]].

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* TheStinger: [[IThoughtItMeant no, No, not the Series 4 grand finalist]].



** [[spoiler:At the end of series 3, heat D, Ultor approaches the Big Brother team and explains how they felt the judges' decision was wrong, [[RobotWars/CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming and were giving the win to Big Brother.]]]]

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** [[spoiler:At the end of series Series 3, heat Heat D, Ultor approaches approached the Big Brother team and explains explained how they felt the judges' decision was wrong, [[RobotWars/CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming and they were giving the win to Big Brother.]]]]



** Terrorhurtz was a double-subversion; in its first Wars it failed to do any better than Killerhurtz despite the look, won only one battle (and that was because a house robot interfered) and only in the Sixth Wars did it really get going.

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** Terrorhurtz was a double-subversion; in its first Wars series it failed to do any better than Killerhurtz despite the look, won only one battle (and that was because a house robot interfered) and only in the Sixth Wars did it really get going.



** Sting 1 and 2 were very average robots with no weapons or success whatsoever. Then the team entered S3 (considered to be Sting 3) three series later, which was a completely different design. The spinning blade and unique shape ensured this entry who only lost in the second round of the semis when they entered the main competition.
** Xterminator in the Seventh Wars; after a massive redesign that involved replacing the often ineffectual axe with a flywheel, it went on to finish 4th, and also managed a RingOut without a dedicated lifting weapon, one of the few robots to perform such a feat.

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** Sting 1 and 2 were very average robots with no weapons or success whatsoever. Then the team entered S3 (considered to be Sting 3) three two series later, which was a completely different design. The spinning blade and unique shape ensured this entry who only lost in the second round of the semis when they entered the main competition.
** Xterminator X-Terminator in the Seventh Wars; after a massive redesign that involved replacing the often ineffectual axe with a flywheel, it went on to finish 4th, and also managed a RingOut without a dedicated lifting weapon, one of the few robots to perform such a feat.



* UnderdogsNeverLose: Over the course of the Seventh Wars, Tornado and Firestorm were both beaten by main competition debutant Storm 2, Bigger Brother was beaten by Iron Awe in round 2, Spawn Again was beaten by Raging Knightmare in the heat final, Pussycat was beaten by [=M2=] in Round 2, Behemoth was beaten by Mute in round 2, and Mighty Mouse, Judge Shred and Robochicken all made the heat final for the first time (recording better or the same competition finishes than over half the seeds).

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* UnderdogsNeverLose: Over the course of the Seventh Wars, Tornado and Firestorm were both beaten by main competition debutant Storm 2, Bigger Brother was beaten by Iron Awe in round Round 2, Spawn Again was beaten by Raging Knightmare in the heat final, Pussycat was beaten by [=M2=] in Round 2, Behemoth was beaten by Mute in round Round 2, and Mighty Mouse, Judge Shred Shred, and Robochicken all made the heat final for the first time (recording better or the same competition finishes than over half the seeds).



** 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 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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** 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 over. Come the second round of a series Series 2 heat, semi-finals, a robot called named Cassius was flipped during the Trial 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.



* YourHeadAsplode: Happened to a robot called Major Tom in series 4. Major Tom had a plastic head (salvaged from a bubblegum machine) at the back of it, and in its battle with 101, got immobilised in Shunt's CPZ. Shunt brought his axe down on Tom's head, which made it shatter into a million pieces.

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* YourHeadAsplode: Happened to a robot called Major Tom in series Series 4. Major Tom had a plastic head (salvaged from a bubblegum machine) at the back of it, and in its battle with 101, got immobilised in Shunt's CPZ. Shunt brought his axe down on Tom's head, which made it shatter into a million pieces.
24th Apr '16 11:38:18 AM cwickham
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** This also happened in the Series 7 sideshow All-Stars tournament, which the contestants only used as an excuse to attack the house robots; at one point the Drop Zone was activated in a bid to stop the contestants (and missed).
24th Apr '16 4:54:15 AM F1Krazy
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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]], with filming to begin in March.

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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]], with filming to begin taking place in March.


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* EverythingIsTryingToKillYou: During the House Robot Rebellions in Extreme 1 and Series 7, the contestants had to deal with not only the house robots, but also ''every single arena hazard''. This didn't become apparent in the first one until Plunderbird 5 was unexpectedly thrown by the floor flipper, at which point Jonathan Pearce rammed the point home:
-->'''Jonathan''': Sorry, didn't we tell you about that? Ha ha! Too late now, isn't it, to find out what we've got up our sleeve! We've got weapons like that, and axle grinders and flamethrowers and torches, ''and goodness knows what!'' We're not gonna lose this, let me tell you!
23rd Apr '16 1:18:53 PM F1Krazy
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*** One Series 4 competitor, Saw Point, decided that regular wheels weren't cool enough and instead drove around on ''two-foot-diameter saw blades!'' In addition to looking ''[[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/robotwars/images/f/f4/Sawpoint.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20160416160337 awesome as hell]]'', it actually immobilized Oblivion 2 in its first fight just by driving over it. However, they were very inefficient means of locomotion and the machine was constantly getting knocked over. While its ''Film/BenHur''-esque axle spears allowed it to drive on one wheel, they also gave Panic Attack something to hook its lifting forks into before battering Saw Point into submission.
16th Apr '16 8:23:23 AM F1Krazy
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** Team Power as well. In Series 1, their robot Barry was the first robot ever to be eliminated - one of the robots that beat it in the Gauntlet was a stock robot which then committed suicide in the Sumo Trial, which the team felt Barry would have done well in. They then failed to qualify for Series 2, returned in Series 3 with Sonic, which made the heat semi-final before running into a certain [[TheAce Chaos 2]], and then failed to qualify for Series 4 with two different machines. After that, they gave up.[[note]]They had significantly more luck in the spin-off ''Techno Games''; their walkerbot Tecumseh, one of the machines that failed to qualify for Series 4, won the Internal Combustion Sprint event in 2000 and came second the year after.[[/note]]
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