History Series / RobotWars

25th Aug '16 12:57:58 PM F1Krazy
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* SpoilerOpening: At least in Series 6. The 2016 reboot seems like it may feature one as well.

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* SpoilerOpening: At least in Series 6. The 2016 reboot seems like it may appeared to feature one one, showing robots from different heats battling each other (such as well.Gabriel and Behemoth) but these turned out to have been from the exhibition matches rather than the main tournament.
22nd Aug '16 10:36:23 AM F1Krazy
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* KickThemWhileTheyAreDown: This is effectively what the house robots are for, heaping more pain onto already-defeated robots. Sometimes competitors will also do this, most infamously X-Terminator shredding Bulldog Breed while trying to get it out of the arena.
** Deliberately averted by [[NiceGuy Gabriel]] in the 2016 series. Having contributed to the [[KillItWithFire fiery]] [[KilledOffForReal demise]] of Chompalot earlier, the team didn't want to destroy a second machine, so during the following match against Beast, they hit Beast enough times to damage its drive on one side and then stopped, as they believed it was not immobile and refused to damage it any further. This led to the bizarre spectacle of the Beast team ''asking Gabriel to keep hitting them''[[note]]ostensibly this was to try and jolt their drive system back to life, but they were probably also wary of the crowd getting bored ''a la'' Hypno-Disc v Dominator 2[[/note]].
22nd Aug '16 5:08:19 AM cwickham
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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]]; it was filmed in March and broadcasting started in July.

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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]]; 2]]; it was filmed in March and broadcasting started broadcast in July.July and August of that year.



* SoLastSeason: A surprising number of robots from the original series have returned over a ''decade'' later for the 2016 reboot with more-or-less the same design as they had the last time they were seen. So far, despite some decent performances, not one of them has managed to win their heat to proceed to the final (although so far at least one has reached every heat final).

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* SoLastSeason: A surprising number of robots from the original series have returned over a ''decade'' later for the 2016 reboot with more-or-less the same design as they had the last time they were seen. So far, despite Although some decent performances, not one of them has managed to win their did quite well, there were plenty of early exits and ultimately none of them made it beyond the heat to proceed to the final (although so far at least one has reached every heat final).final.
22nd Aug '16 4:20:44 AM LaTriezieme
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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 reason
20th Aug '16 4:59:22 AM F1Krazy
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** A straighter example from the 2016 reboot is Infernal Contraption, which was literally on display in a museum for eight years before being pulled out of retirement.
17th Aug '16 4:37:06 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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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 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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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 with 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.
17th Aug '16 4:16:59 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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** The rebooted series gave us the first candidate in Heat 3; Alex Brown of Team TR2. Survived the opening fight handily despite the robot's flipper not working, and while far from the most powerful flipper ever seen, once it was working they were always in control of any opponent they faced. Dantomkia faced them and were flipped over repeatedly to the point of running out of gas. ''Twice''. Both King B3 and The Nipper were invertible. It didn't make any difference .

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** The rebooted series gave us the first candidate in Heat 3; Alex Brown of Team TR2.[=TR2=]. Survived the opening fight handily despite the robot's flipper not working, and while far from the most powerful flipper ever seen, once it was working they were always in control of any opponent they faced. Dantomkia faced them and were flipped over repeatedly to the point of running out of gas. ''Twice''. Both King B3 and The Big Nipper were invertible. It didn't make any difference .
17th Aug '16 3:45:58 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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* WimpFight: M.R. Speed Squared vs Foxic in the 2016 Heat B round-robin stage. Neither robot was working properly (M.R. Speed Squared's weapon was broken, and Foxic was plagued by drive issues), and the result was an extremely boring match in which the only exciting moment was Foxic taking on Dead Metal (again). Jonathan Pearce expressed relief when it was finally over, and Professor Noel Sharkey was shown after the match remarking that it was possibly the worst fight he'd ever seen (and considering he's judged on every fight of every series since the show started, that's ''really'' saying something.[[note]]If you're curious, M.R. Speed Squared won.[[/note]]

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* WimpFight: There were quite a lot of these in the early series, particularly Series 1 where most robots were little more than slow-moving boxes that would shove each other around a bit before one of them broke down or fell over and couldn't get up again.
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M.R. Speed Squared vs Foxic in the 2016 Heat B round-robin stage. Neither robot was working properly (M.R. Speed Squared's weapon was broken, and Foxic was plagued by drive issues), and the result was an extremely boring match in which the only exciting moment was Foxic taking on Dead Metal (again). Jonathan Pearce expressed relief when it was finally over, and Professor Noel Sharkey was shown after the match remarking that it was possibly the worst fight he'd ever seen (and considering he's judged on every fight of every series since the show started, that's ''really'' saying something.[[note]]If you're curious, M.R. Speed Squared won.[[/note]]
9th Aug '16 4:15:15 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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* SoLastSeason: A surprising number of robots from the original series have returned over a ''decade'' later for the 2016 reboot with more-or-less the same design as they had the last time they were seen. So far, despite some decent performances, not one of them has managed to win their heat to proceed to the final (although so far at least one has reached every heat final).
9th Aug '16 4:12:17 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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** And of course, if a robot was covered in fur, you could be 99.9% certain that it would meet its demise in this fashion[[note]]in fact, the only fur-covered robot that ''didn't'' catch fire was Purple Predator in Series 3[[/note]]. The most well-known example was Diotoir, but arguably the most spectacular (and funny) was Granny's Revenge.

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** And of course, if a robot was made of an obviously flammable material (or covered in fur, fur), you could be 99.9% certain that it would meet its demise in this fashion[[note]]in fact, the only fur-covered robot that ''didn't'' catch fire was Purple Predator in Series 3[[/note]]. The most well-known example was Diotoir, but arguably the most spectacular (and funny) was Granny's Revenge.



*** Mathilda got the first RingOut of the reboot with some help from Dantomkia, the victim being King B3 Remix. The wall is much lower in parts, no higher than they were in the old show. The pit release area is one such spot.

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*** Mathilda Matilda got the first RingOut of the reboot with some help from Dantomkia, the victim being King B3 Remix. The As mentioned above, the wall is much lower in parts, no higher than they were in the old show. The pit release area is one such spot.
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