History Series / RobotWars

12th Jan '17 12:03:12 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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** In the second [[CelebrityEdition Battle of the Stars]] episode of the 2016 reboot, the team headed up by wheelchair-bound Paralympic gold medalist Kadeena Cox created a robot called Kadeena Machina which absolutely ''destroyed'' everything it came up against with little effort, winning all four of its fights with a relatively simply KO.
11th Jan '17 11:31:13 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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** Jonathan Pearce's commentary in the first two series dialled his usual [[LargeHam hamminess]] UpToEleven, almost bordering on NoIndoorVoice at times. Even his shouting was comparatively subdued fro Series 3 onwards, whereas in Series 1 he was practically screaming at the top of his lungs (see his commentary on the Roadblock-Killertron fight from Series 1 for a good example of this).

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** Jonathan Pearce's commentary in the first two series dialled his usual [[LargeHam hamminess]] UpToEleven, almost bordering on NoIndoorVoice at times. Even his shouting was comparatively subdued fro from Series 3 onwards, whereas in Series 1 he was practically screaming at the top of his lungs (see his commentary on the Roadblock-Killertron fight from Series 1 for a good example of this).



* EgocentricThemeNaming: The 2016 "Battle of the Stars" celebrity special had a couple: Robbie Savage named his bot "RoboSavage", and Kadeena Cox named hers "Kadeena Machina".

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* EgocentricThemeNaming: EgocentricTeamNaming: The 2016 "Battle of the Stars" celebrity special had a couple: Robbie Savage named his bot "RoboSavage", "[=RoboSavage=]", and Kadeena Cox named hers "Kadeena Machina".
5th Jan '17 2:04:02 PM deadbotuliza
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** On the subject of the 2016 series, "Do not bring exposed tires into the arena" practically reached RunningGag levels at times, for this very reason.

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** On the subject of the 2016 series, "Do not bring exposed tires into the arena" practically reached RunningGag levels at times, for this very reason. In the celebrity special later that year, very few fights were won by anything other than any of the two wheeled robots having one of them torn off, usually by Kadeena's Machina, and Scott Mills and Suzy Perry's spinners.



* GameBreakingInjury: The All-Stars special at the end of Series 7 was originally intended as a "Veterans" special featuring robots that had fought in at least five championships. However, S.M.I.D.S.Y., Thermidor II, Spawn Again, X-Terminator, and Bulldog Breed were all unable to participate due to damage sustained in the main tournament that year[[note]]Supernova and Ming Dienasty would also have fit the bill, but are thought to have been left out due to poor performance as they had both been eliminated in round 1 that year[[/note]]. In the end they added Dantomkia instead and rebranded the competition as an All-Stars tournament.

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* GameBreakingInjury: The All-Stars special at the end of Series 7 was originally intended as a "Veterans" special featuring robots that had fought in at least five championships. However, S.M.I.D.S.Y., Thermidor II, Spawn Again, X-Terminator, and Bulldog Breed were all unable to participate due to damage sustained in the main tournament that year[[note]]Supernova and Ming Dienasty would also have fit the bill, but are thought to have been left out due to poor performance as they had both been eliminated in round 1 that year[[/note]].year, although Supernova's team also said university exams affected their All Stars involvement.[[/note]]. In the end they added Dantomkia instead and rebranded the competition as an All-Stars tournament.
5th Jan '17 1:55:40 PM deadbotuliza
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** In the 2016 series heats, it was Dara interviewing a judge about engineering and robotics advances. The Christmas celebrity specials filled the time with various clips and montages from the 2016 season.

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** In the 2016 series heats, it was Dara interviewing a judge about engineering and robotics advances. The Christmas celebrity specials filled the time with various clips and montages from the 2016 season. The latter also saw Dara and Angela have a go controlling TR2 and Behemoth respectively in a just for fun battle in the first episode.
5th Jan '17 1:43:52 PM deadbotuliza
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* CelebrityEdition: One of the specials shown as part of Series 4 saw celebrities take over vaguely-relevant robots (Vic Reeves took control of Diotoir, the Turner sisters took Gemini, etc.). There was a second that took place for Christmas in 2016, filmed alongside Series 9. In this, celebrities such as Olympic heroes Brownlee Brothers and Kedeena Cox, radio presenters Scott Mills and Robbie Savage, Rizzle Kicks singer Jordan Stevens, and presenters Suzy Perry, Maggie Aderin Pocock and Neil Oliver had personally made ideas turned into bespoke robots by 8 roboteers from the previous series (Sabre Tooth, Pulsar, Carbide, Thor, Terrorhurtz, Foxic, Dantomkia and Shockwave, who helped them with driving their collaborations, which all had the same motors and two outer wheels.

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* CelebrityEdition: One of the specials shown as part of Series 4 saw celebrities take over vaguely-relevant robots (Vic Reeves took control of Diotoir, the Turner sisters took Gemini, etc.). There was a second that took place for Christmas in 2016, filmed alongside Series 9. In this, celebrities such as Olympic heroes Brownlee Brothers and Kedeena Cox, radio presenters Scott Mills and Robbie Savage, Rizzle Kicks singer Jordan Stevens, and presenters Suzy Perry, Maggie Aderin Pocock and Neil Oliver had personally made ideas turned into bespoke robots by 8 roboteers from the previous series (Sabre (the drivers of Sabre Tooth, Pulsar, Carbide, Thor, Terrorhurtz, Foxic, Dantomkia and Shockwave, Shockwave), who helped them with driving their collaborations, which all had the same motors and two outer wheels.wheels. However, this meant half the battles were won by one machine breaking off the opponent's wheel.
5th Jan '17 1:36:09 PM deadbotuliza
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* CelebrityEdition: One of the specials shown as part of Series 4 saw celebrities take over vaguely-relevant robots (Vic Reeves took control of Diotoir, the Turner sisters took Gemini, etc.) It's been revealed that Series 2/9 will feature another "celebrity edition", but no specifics have been revealed yet.

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* CelebrityEdition: One of the specials shown as part of Series 4 saw celebrities take over vaguely-relevant robots (Vic Reeves took control of Diotoir, the Turner sisters took Gemini, etc.) It's been revealed ). There was a second that took place for Christmas in 2016, filmed alongside Series 2/9 will feature another "celebrity edition", but no specifics have been revealed yet.9. In this, celebrities such as Olympic heroes Brownlee Brothers and Kedeena Cox, radio presenters Scott Mills and Robbie Savage, Rizzle Kicks singer Jordan Stevens, and presenters Suzy Perry, Maggie Aderin Pocock and Neil Oliver had personally made ideas turned into bespoke robots by 8 roboteers from the previous series (Sabre Tooth, Pulsar, Carbide, Thor, Terrorhurtz, Foxic, Dantomkia and Shockwave, who helped them with driving their collaborations, which all had the same motors and two outer wheels.
31st Dec '16 3:12:18 PM BossKey
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** Pneumatic-powered spikes, axes (with a few exceptions), chainsaws, and drills.

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** Pneumatic-powered spikes, axes (with a few exceptions), chainsaws, and drills. Good for making a robot look cool, nigh-useless for actually punching through robot armor.



** Kind of subverted in the Series 3 finale where, after flipping Hypno-Disc, Chaos 2 went after the house robots, and flipped Matilda and Shunt before they ended the round.
** Averted in the 2016 reboot; because of the new round robin format that follows the melees, each of the four surviving robots have to fight against all three of the others to decide who goes into the heat final, so a robot defeated in one round will ''not'' be entertaining attacked by the House Robots after they're immobilised. This has had the unfortunate effect of making the House Robots something of an afterthought in the battles.

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** Kind of subverted in the Series 3 finale where, after flipping Hypno-Disc, Chaos 2 went after the house robots, and flipped Matilda and Shunt before they ended the round.
round. On the other hand, it counts as one for the house robots, so everything evens out.
** Averted in the 2016 reboot; because of the new round robin format that follows the melees, each of the four surviving robots have to fight against all three of the others to decide who goes into the heat final, so a robot defeated in one round will ''not'' be entertaining entertainingly attacked by the House Robots after they're immobilised. This has had the unfortunate effect of making the House Robots something of an afterthought in the battles.



* RuleOfCool

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* RuleOfCoolRuleOfCool: Zigzagged. While there was a fair bit of this going on (it is, after all, a show about robots fighting each other), some of the best robots were the ones that struck a balance between "cool" and "practical".
31st Dec '16 2:09:25 PM F1Krazy
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** Pretty much every robot in the two-part "Battle of the Stars" celebrity special was based on (or at least bore a striking resemblance to) an existing bot:
*** In Part 1, Interstellar was openly based on Apollo (though its flipper is front-hinged, more like Firestorm or Envy), while Arena Cleaner was effectively Carbide armed with Fluffy's spinning hammers.
*** In Part 2, Dee bore a resemblance to a pink-painted Chimera (and performed just as badly), Robo Savage was basically a Welsh-themed [[Series/BattleBots T-Minus]], Kadeena Machina resembles Infernal Contraption or S3, and Soldier Ant greatly resembles Tiberius.
29th Dec '16 1:16:28 PM F1Krazy
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* EgocentricThemeNaming: The 2016 "Battle of the Stars" celebrity special had a couple: Robbie Savage named his bot "RoboSavage", and Kadeena Cox named hers "Kadeena Machina".



** In the 2016 series heats, it was Dara interviewing a judge about engineering and robotics advances

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** In the 2016 series heats, it was Dara interviewing a judge about engineering and robotics advancesadvances. The Christmas celebrity specials filled the time with various clips and montages from the 2016 season.



** On the subject of the 2016 series, "Do not bring exposed tires into the arena" practically reached RunningGag levels at times, for this reason.

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** On the subject of the 2016 series, "Do not bring exposed tires into the arena" practically reached RunningGag levels at times, for this very reason.



** 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.



* SituationalSword: Flippers. Against some robots they could cause a OneHitKO. However the number of such robots dwindled over the years, with most robots either being impossible to flip over or having self-righting mechanisms, making flippers much less useful barring the incredibly powerful ones like Chaos 2's, which were able to cause an outright RingOut. That being said, most self-righting robots were flippers and all flippers required [=CO2=] for their weapons to work. No [=CO2=] = Dead in the water, as bots like Bigger Brother found out against Firestorm. Most self-righting mechanisms either worked sporadically or didn't work at all, still allowing flippers to defeat them.

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* SituationalSword: Flippers. Against some robots they could cause a OneHitKO. However the number of such robots dwindled over the years, with most robots either being impossible to flip over or having self-righting mechanisms, making flippers much less useful barring the incredibly powerful ones like Chaos 2's, which were able to cause an outright RingOut. That being said, most self-righting robots were flippers and all flippers required [=CO2=] for their weapons to work. No [=CO2=] = Dead dead in the water, as bots like Bigger Brother found out against Firestorm. Most self-righting mechanisms either worked sporadically or didn't work at all, still allowing flippers to defeat them.



* SoreLoser: Almost ''completely'' [[AvertedTrope averted]]- thanks to [[StiffUpperLip British stoicism]] you can count the number of times that someone made a big fuss after losing in ''nine series'' on the fingers of a single hand (and even then they were mostly pretty mild cases). Pretty much every team would admit to being no more than, at worst, "disappointed" when they lost and they would always shake their opponents by the hand. No hissy fits here.

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* SoreLoser: Almost ''completely'' [[AvertedTrope averted]]- thanks to [[StiffUpperLip British stoicism]] you can count the number of times that someone made a big fuss after losing in ''nine ''ten series'' on the fingers of a single hand (and even then they were mostly pretty mild cases). Pretty much every team would admit to being no more than, at worst, "disappointed" when they lost and they would always shake their opponents by the hand. No hissy fits here.
28th Dec '16 2:30:11 PM TheGerkuman
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*** This was then rectified in the Christmas 2016 Battle of the Stars, as the house robots are allowed a few hits on the immobilised robots once the round ends.
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