History Series / RobotWars

29th Jun '16 4:50:16 AM F1Krazy
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* LoopholeAbuse: A few of the teams also competed in ''Series/BattleBots'', but had to come up with methods of getting around BattleBots' exclusivity clause, which would have prevented them from returning to ''Robot Wars''. These methods ranged from [[CharlieBrownFromOuttaTown simply repainting and renaming the robot]] (Bigger Brother/Little Sister), to building a second robot specifically for ''[=BattleBots=]'' (Razer/Warhead), to building two near-identical robots and entering one in each tournament ([[spoiler:Cobalt/Carbide]]).



* MoodWhiplash: Done intentionally with the teaser trailers for the reboot, which each feature a team gazing lovingly at their robot while cheesy love music plays in the background, followed by a rapid-fire montage of said robot getting flipped and bashed around the arena.

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* MoodWhiplash: Done intentionally with the teaser trailers for the reboot, which each feature a team gazing lovingly at their robot while cheesy love romantic music plays in the background, followed by a rapid-fire montage of said robot getting flipped and bashed around the arena.



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Prior to its Series 5 battle against Spawn Again, the team captain of Evolution put a brick inside the robot's rotating turret weapon, to try and give it some extra force. What ''actually'' happened was that the extra weight made the turret too heavy, Evolution was stuck spinning on the spot, and Spawn Again promptly [[CurbStompBattle threw it out of the arena]].

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Prior to its Series 5 battle against Spawn Again, the team captain of Evolution put a brick inside the robot's rotating turret weapon, to try and give it some extra force. What ''actually'' happened was that the extra weight made the turret too heavy, Evolution was stuck spinning on the spot, and Spawn Again promptly [[CurbStompBattle threw it out of the arena]].arena in twenty seconds flat]].
26th Jun '16 9:58:32 AM F1Krazy
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* TheBusCameBack: Essentially, any robot from the old series that's returning for the 2016 reboot counts as this trope. Already there's a notable example in the form of Sabretooth, who didn't appear in Series 7 as [[TooPowerfulToLive their robot was deemed to be too dangerous]], but are returning in 2016 as seen in the second teaser trailer.
25th Jun '16 7:04:50 AM F1Krazy
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* FreezeFrameBonus: The 2016 reboot teaser trailers each focus on one specific competitor, but pay close attention during the RapidFireMontage battle scenes and you can make out several others, such as [[spoiler:former FRA champion Eruption]].


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* MoodWhiplash: Done intentionally with the teaser trailers for the reboot, which each feature a team gazing lovingly at their robot while cheesy love music plays in the background, followed by a rapid-fire montage of said robot getting flipped and bashed around the arena.
24th Jun '16 5:57:02 AM F1Krazy
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* BreakOutTheMuseumPiece: The teasers for the revival include the original House Robots covered in dust sheets having them pulled off, revealing them worn and grimy but still fully functional and ready to fight again. However, [[https://twitter.com/ArPaul713/status/706221165828808704 they do appear to have received some upgrades]] rather than being pulled straight out of retirement.
* BritishBrevity: Just Series 1, where there were six heats with the winner of each progressing directly to the Grand Final, which didn't even get its own episode. Later series had a minimum of 15 episodes each, although it's been announced that the 2016 revival will have just six episodes.

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* BreakOutTheMuseumPiece: The teasers for the revival include the original House Robots covered in dust sheets having them pulled off, revealing them worn and grimy but still fully functional and ready to fight again. However, Subverted in the series itself as the House Robots have been [[https://twitter.com/ArPaul713/status/706221165828808704 they do appear to have received some upgrades]] completely rebuilt from scratch]] rather than being pulled straight out of retirement.
* BritishBrevity: Just Zig-zagged. Series 1, where there were 1 had only six heats heats, with the winner of each winners progressing directly to the Grand Final, which didn't even get its own episode. Later series had Series 2 through 7 averted it, with a minimum of 15 episodes each, although it's been announced that then the 2016 revival will have reboot played it straight again by reverting to just six episodes.episodes (but with ''far'' more battles than Series 1, and the Grand Final gets its own episode now).



** 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 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.)

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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 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.([[CaptainObvious Sgt. Bash won.)]])



* 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.)
* 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 can be seen is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRuN8KKaxF8 here]].

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* CelebrityEdition: One of the specials shown as part of series Series 4 saw celebrities take over vaguely-relevant robots (Vic Reeves took control of Diotoir, the Turner sisters took Gemini, etc.)
* ChainsawGood: Averted; Averted, as chainsaws were one of the least effective weapons seen on Robot Wars, even 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 can be seen is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRuN8KKaxF8 here]].



* ChefOfIron: Technically Diotoir when the team began putting food on it, so it would cook when the carpet lining that covered it caught on fire (although when they tried this by sticking a kebab on it the robot ended up in the pit instead).

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* ChefOfIron: Technically Diotoir when the team began putting food on it, so it would cook when the carpet lining that covered it robot's fur caught on fire (although when they tried this by sticking a kebab on it it, the robot ended up in the pit instead).



** In the Seventh Wars, only 7 of the 12 semi-finalists from Series 6 returned. Among those not returning were fan-favourites Razer and Hypno-Disc, as well as double champion Chaos 2[[note]]who had failed to reach the semi-finals the previous year[[/note]]. (Several of them were only intending to be PutOnABus - the Hypno-Disc team were busy with family matters but intended to return for Series 8, and Dominator 2 had been forced to pull out at the last minute after suffering from a broken base - but the lack of further series after 7 turned it into this trope.)

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** In the Seventh Wars, only 7 of the 12 semi-finalists from Series 6 returned. Among those not returning were fan-favourites Razer and Hypno-Disc, as well as double champion Chaos 2[[note]]who had failed to reach the semi-finals the previous year[[/note]]. (Several Several of them were only intending to be PutOnABus - the Hypno-Disc team were busy with family matters but intended to return for Series 8, and Dominator 2 had been forced to pull out at the last minute after suffering from a broken base - but the lack of further series after 7 turned it into this trope.)



** The paramount example has to be a a robot called Niterider. Its weapon was a "disemboweler," a drill accoutered with three flanges. The idea was to dig into the opponent's innards, and the flanges would flail around and slash the electronics. In practice though, lining up an attack with such an unwieldy weapon was impossible, and most metals can't be pierced with a drill.

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** The paramount example has to be a a robot called Niterider. Its weapon was a "disemboweler," a drill accoutered accoutred with three flanges. The idea was to dig into the opponent's innards, and the flanges would flail around and slash the electronics. In practice though, lining up an attack with such an unwieldy weapon was impossible, and most metals can't be pierced with a drill.



*** 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 it didn't stand a chance (see ForegoneVictory below).

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*** In fact, Hypnodisc's ''entire Season ''entire'' Series 4 run'' 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 it didn't stand a chance (see ForegoneVictory below).
19th Jun '16 8:45:57 AM F1Krazy
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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Prior to its Series 5 battle against Spawn Again, the team captain of Evolution put a brick inside the robot's rotating turret weapon, to try and give it some extra force. What ''actually'' happened was that the extra weight made the turret too heavy, Evolution was stuck spinning on the spot, and Spawn Again promptly [[CurbStompBattle threw it out of the arena]].



*** Jonathan Pearce or the Pit Reporter would frequently [[LampshadeHanging wonder aloud]] how on Earth the team had managed to get a hold of so much polka-dot fur, especially when Diotoir [[ManOnFire caught fire]] in its previous battle yet reappears again and again looking as good as new.

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*** Jonathan Pearce or the Pit Reporter pit reporter would frequently [[LampshadeHanging wonder aloud]] how on Earth the team had managed to get a hold of so much polka-dot fur, especially when Diotoir [[ManOnFire caught fire]] in its previous battle yet reappears again and again looking as good as new.



** Iron Awe getting flipped out of the arena (Axe Awe by Wheely Big Cheese in series 5; Iron Awe 2 by Chaos 2 in series 6 and Dantomkia in Extreme 2).

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** Iron Awe getting flipped out of the arena (Axe Awe by Wheely Big Cheese in series Series 5; Iron Awe 2 by Chaos 2 in series Series 6 and Dantomkia in Extreme 2).



** The end of Series 4, Heat B featured an [[BerserkButton extended rant]] by Ian Lewis of Team Razer after their robot was severely damaged from their loss the heat final to Pussycat. He mentions that virtually every roboteer works under an assumed GentlemansAgreement not to do too much unnecessary damage to recurring competitors[[note]]Which excludes JokeCharacter[=s=] since they're expected to finish the battle in pieces, and roboteers who give the O.K. for their opponent to smash up their robot[[/note]], noting how Razer had immobilised [[JokeCharacter Milly Ann Bug]] by ''only'' removing the wheels, since their team had installed expensive equipment inside their robots' domes which they would have to pay to replace before their assumed return in Series 5.

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** The end of Series 4, Heat B featured an [[BerserkButton extended rant]] by Ian Lewis of Team Razer after their robot was severely damaged from their loss the heat final loss to Pussycat. He mentions stated that virtually every roboteer works under an assumed GentlemansAgreement not to do too much unnecessary damage to recurring competitors[[note]]Which excludes competitors[[note]]Excluding JokeCharacter[=s=] since they're expected to finish the battle in pieces, and roboteers who give the O.K. for their opponent to smash up their robot[[/note]], noting how Razer had immobilised [[JokeCharacter Milly Ann Bug]] by ''only'' removing the wheels, since their team had installed expensive equipment inside their robots' domes which they would have to pay to replace before their assumed return in Series 5.



* TankGoodness: Series 5 competitor Evolution was [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/robotwars/images/9/95/Evolution.gif/revision/latest?cb=20090405233235 a large model tank]], [[MadeOfPlasticine armoured in mostly MDF]]. The turret had two sharp blades on the end and span around at high speed to damage opponents. An earlier competitor, Terminal Ferocity, [[http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/robotwars/images/0/0f/Terminal_ferocity.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20100307213913 was built to resemble an artillery turret]].



** Double subverted with Backstabber, a robot deemed by its team to be "Razer-proof". While Razer did indeed have trouble sinking its claw into Backstabber due to its awkward shape, there was nothing stopping it from dumping Backstabber in the pit instead.

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** Double subverted with Backstabber, a robot deemed by its team to be "Razer-proof". While Razer did indeed have trouble sinking its claw into Backstabber due to its awkward shape, there was nothing stopping it from dumping shoving Backstabber in down the pit instead.



* ThirteenIsUnlucky: 13 Black had two huge spinning discs for massive destructive potential, and yet it never lived up to its capabilities. Their motto was "unlucky for some..." As Craig Charles said it only lasted about 13 seconds in Series 5 (it actually lasted longer, but was easily beaten on a judges decision in a colourless battle) -- although in Series 6 it reached the Semi-Finals, and managed to take out Chaos 2 and Dominator 2 in the All-Stars Tournament.

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* ThirteenIsUnlucky: 13 Black had two huge spinning discs for massive destructive potential, and yet it never lived up to its capabilities. Their motto was "unlucky for some..." As Craig Charles said said, it only lasted about 13 seconds in Series 5 (it actually lasted longer, but was easily beaten on a judges decision in a colourless battle) -- although in Series 6 it reached the Semi-Finals, and managed to take out Chaos 2 and Dominator 2 in the All-Stars Tournament.Tournament.
** Lampshaded by the Gravedigger team, who were seeded 13th in Series 4 and promptly crashed out in Round 1 as their flipper arm wasn't working.



** A few robots were so powerful that they weren't allowed to fight, for safety reasons. These included Mauler, the Series 7 version of Sabretooth, and during the show's hiatus, pretty much ''any'' robot with a spinning weapon.



* {{Unperson}}: The VHS release of "The First Great War", a collection of highlights and behind-the-scenes material of series 1, removed any footage of or reference to Jeremy Clarkson, and the video itself was presented by Craig Charles. No tie-in media mentions Clarkson at all, and many people watching series 1 for the first time since broadcast are surprised to find someone other than Charles as host.

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* {{Unperson}}: The VHS release of "The First Great War", a collection of highlights and behind-the-scenes material of series Series 1, removed any footage of or reference to Jeremy Clarkson, and the video itself was presented by Craig Charles. No tie-in media mentions Clarkson at all, and many people watching series Series 1 for the first time since broadcast are surprised to find someone other than Charles as host.
14th Jun '16 6:27:22 PM Aomic
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** Series 2 had one at the end of every episode, where the heat winner would pit the disabled robot, but if it's already disabled, the team would get up to shenanigans either on and off the arena.

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** Series 2 had one at the end of every episode, where the heat winner would pit the disabled robot, but if it's already disabled, pitted, the team would get up to shenanigans either on and off the arena.
9th Jun '16 10:52:34 AM F1Krazy
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* LeftStuckAfterAttack: Happened every so often, typically with robots getting their weapons stuck in their opponents. The House Robots were allowed to come in and free any robot that suffered this so that they could keep fighting, but occasionally it ended in a case of HoistByHisOwnPetard, such as when Kan-Opener got its claws stuck in Demolition Man in its Series 6 first-round melee and was promptly torn apart by Fluffy.
5th Jun '16 4:19:28 AM F1Krazy
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* ArchEnemy: Many, many long-standing rivalries; Panic Attack vs. Firestorm, Panic Attack vs. X Terminator, Razer vs. Tornado, in the Dutch Series, Bamm Bamm (based on the Flintstones character and later seen in the UK series albeit very briefly) fought Lizzard 3 times over the 2 series due to their complicated formats which saw various eliminated robots allowed back into the final alongside heat winners, everyone vs. the House Robots...
* 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]].)

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* ArchEnemy: Many, many long-standing rivalries; Panic Attack vs. Firestorm, Panic Attack vs. X Terminator, Razer vs. Tornado, in the Dutch Series, Bamm Bamm (based on the Flintstones character and later seen in the UK series albeit very briefly) fought Lizzard 3 times over the 2 series due to their complicated formats which saw various eliminated robots allowed back into the final alongside heat winners, everyone vs. the House Robots...
** In the Dutch Series, Bamm Bamm (based on the Flintstones character and later seen in the UK series albeit very briefly) fought Lizzard 3 times over the 2 series, due to the complicated format which saw various eliminated robots allowed back into the final alongside heat winners.
* 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 Destruct-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]].)



* BornUnlucky: The Parthian Shot team qualified for both Series 2 & 3, and in both cases the robot broke down before making it into the arena and forfeited its place.[[note]]In Series 2 they were eliminated in the gauntlet by default; in Series 3 they weren't even seen on screen except for in the background in the pits very briefly.[[/note]]

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* BornUnlucky: The Parthian Shot team qualified for both Series 2 & 3, and in both cases the robot broke down before making it into the arena and forfeited its place.[[note]]In Series 2 they were eliminated in the gauntlet by default; default, and just as they'd gotten the robot working; in Series 3 they weren't even seen on screen except for in the background in the pits very briefly.[[/note]]



* CastSpeciation: Played straight in the early days, when robots all had wildly different weapons, but increasingly subverted/inverted in the later series as robots trended towards having either flipping or spinning weapons[[note]]To give you an idea, of the 16 semi-finalists in Series 7, only ''one'' - Tough as Nails - had no flipping or spinning weapons. Even [[RammingAlwaysWorks Tornado and Storm II]] had a vertical flywheel and lifting arm respectively, to get around the "no moving weapons" rule[[/note]]. With the ban on spinning weapons in the live events, this got so bad that for the 2016 reboot the producers had to ''enforce'' CastSpeciation by turning away a number of robots with flippers, regardless of their skill or pedigree, just so they had could have a more varied line-up of robots.

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* CastSpeciation: Played straight in the early days, when robots all had wildly different weapons, but increasingly subverted/inverted in the later series as robots trended towards having either flipping or spinning weapons[[note]]To give you an idea, of the 16 semi-finalists in Series 7, only ''one'' - Tough as Nails - had no flipping or spinning weapons. Even [[RammingAlwaysWorks Tornado and Storm II]] had a vertical flywheel and lifting arm respectively, to get around the "no moving weapons" rule[[/note]]. With the ban on spinning weapons in the live events, this got so bad that for the 2016 reboot the producers had to ''enforce'' CastSpeciation by enforce this trope, turning away a number of flipper robots with flippers, regardless of their skill or pedigree, pedigree just so they had could have a more varied line-up of robots.robots, and nerfing their effectiveness by raising the height of the arena walls to made {{Ring Out}}s harder.



** "3...2...1...ACTIVATE!"

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** Also subverted on a few occasions, where robots were given curiously high seedings that they went on to justify. Notably, of the three robots to have been seeded despite having never won a main-series battle before[[note]]Killerhurtz and Stinger in Series 4, and Storm II in Series 7[[/note]], all three went on to become Grand Finalists[[note]]Stinger and Storm II in the year they were seeded, and Killerhurtz as Terrorhurtz in Series 6[[/note]].


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** Behemoth, with its much stronger titanium scoop, went on to vindicate Splinter's tactic by successfully defeating not just Hypno-Disc, but ''every horizontal spinner it ever faced''.


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* DefiantToTheEnd: Several robots sprang back to life and tried to fight back against the house robots after they'd been counted out, most commonly after being flipped over, counted out, then accidentally righted during their HumiliationConga. One of the most notable was The Big Cheese, having been flipped by Chaos 2 and counted out; Sir Killalot made the mistake of putting them on the floor flipper the right way up, and The Big Cheese promptly drove off it and ''eviscerated'' Sgt. Bash with its lifting arm.


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* TheWorfEffect: The house robots often fell victim to this, as roboteers knew that taking one on and winning was an easy path to Robot Wars immortality. Spin Doctor smashing Matilda's tusks in Series 2, The Big Cheese eviscerating Sgt. Bash in Series 3, Gravity flipping Dead Metal (and just about every other house robot it dared to) in Series 7... the list goes on.
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** Virtually ''all'' of the US-based ''Extreme Warriors'' competitors also competed in ''[[Series/{{BattleBots}}]]. Due to ExecutiveMeddling, Transatlantic competitors had to change their robot's names and add a coat of paint before entering either arena to avoid the wrath of the lawyers.

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** Virtually ''all'' of the US-based ''Extreme Warriors'' competitors also competed in ''[[Series/{{BattleBots}}]].''Series/{{BattleBots}}''. Due to ExecutiveMeddling, Transatlantic competitors had to change their robot's names and add a coat of paint before entering either arena to avoid the wrath of the lawyers.
2nd Jun '16 2:50:58 PM F1Krazy
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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 Challenge is currently showing reruns of all series bar 1, 3 and 4, with H2 showing series 3 and 4. In addition, the UK version also spawned a SpinOff, ''Techno Games'', which ran for four series and was effectively a robotic Olympiad, featuring many of the same teams with new robots and sharing lots of personnel with the parent show.

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 the 2016 revival will be fronted by comedian (and physicist) Creator/DaraOBriain. 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, with the trials first being demoted to sideshow tournaments, and by series 5 the format was entirely combat-based.

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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 Challenge is currently showing reruns of all series bar 1, 3 and 4, with H2 showing series Series 3 and 4. In addition, the UK version also spawned a SpinOff, ''Techno Games'', which ran for four series and was effectively a robotic Olympiad, featuring many of the same teams with new robots and sharing lots of personnel with the parent show.

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 the 2016 revival will be fronted by comedian (and physicist) Creator/DaraOBriain. 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, with the trials first being demoted to sideshow tournaments, and by series Series 5 the format was entirely combat-based.



* BlandNameProduct: You can equip your bot with motors from a "Dosch" drill.

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* BlandNameProduct: You can equip your bot with motors from a "Dosch" drill.drill, or a "Yuarta" battery. Funnily enough, in ''Arenas of Destruction'', [[EpicFail the latter still has the actual brand name clearly printed on it]].



* UnexpectedCharacter: One of the reasons ''Metal Mayhem'' (based on Series 3) was [[TheProblemWithLicensedGames so poorly received by fans]] was because of its bizarre roster choices. Five of the playable robots - Crasha Gnasha, Terminal Ferocity, Dundee, Milly-Ann Bug, and Purple Predator - lost in the first round that year, the former two in [[SingleStrokeBattle ten seconds flat]], and all but Milly-Ann Bug never appeared again. Meanwhile, two grand finalists[[note]]Hypno-Disc and Steg-O-Saw-Us[[/note]] and three of the fan favourites[[note]]Cassius 2 (who'd beaten Dundee in the first round), Mortis, and Razer[[/note]] were all overlooked.

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* UnexpectedCharacter: One of the reasons ''Metal Mayhem'' (based on Series 3) was [[TheProblemWithLicensedGames so poorly received by fans]] was because of its bizarre roster choices. Five of the playable robots - Crasha Gnasha, Terminal Ferocity, Dundee, Milly-Ann Bug, and Purple Predator - lost in the first round that year, the former two in [[SingleStrokeBattle ten seconds flat]], and all but Milly-Ann Bug never appeared on the show again. Meanwhile, two of the four grand finalists[[note]]Hypno-Disc and Steg-O-Saw-Us[[/note]] and three of the fan favourites[[note]]Cassius 2 (who'd beaten Dundee in the first round), Mortis, and Razer[[/note]] were all overlooked.
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