Awesome / BattleBots

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  • Diesector versus Final Destiny in Season 5. Final Destiny was a rookie robot that was, in the builder's words, "designed to defeat Diesector and Toro", who were the two bots to watch in the Superheavyweight division. Diesector's standard weapons (a pair of clamping jaws and two hammers) didn't look like they'd be effective against FD's design (very low, giant spinning bar, similar to Hazard). Then when the fight starts we see that Diesector's team had actually removed its hammers and added two pipes to its jaws. The pipes slide under Final Destiny effortlessly and lift its own armor into the path of its blade. Final Destiny proceeds to rip its own armor off because it has no other way to fight and is helpless against Diesectors repeated lifts. The fight ends with Final Destiny spinning out of control and landing on its head as Diesector "yawns" at the effortless victory, surviving the "Diesector Killer" without a single injury.
    • Made especially awesome by the pre-fight interviews. Diesector's driver, Donald Hutson, says that he will "remove off [Final Destiny's] clovers, one leaf at a time." At the time, it seems like some obscure, luck-related metaphor, but once the fight begins, he proceeds to do exactly that.
  • Also, Evil Cheese Wedge vs. The Butcher.
  • Nightmare vs. SlamJob is one of the quintessential examples. As one of the commentators put it- "That was the quickest 34 seconds of my life!"
  • Hazard vs. T-Minus — The latter handing the former his only defeat in the series, and it was a Curb-Stomp Battle.
  • BioHazard vs. Son of Whyachi
  • Ziggo vs. Scrap Daddy. You can go ahead and guess which robot lives up to its name by the end of this match.
  • Blendo. First, the men who would become the Mythbusters designed this death machine. Second was that it was too hardcore to compete in Battlebots most of the time. It was so powerful that in early appearances it would damage the arena and send bits of its opponents and itself over the arena walls. Then, when it competed in the arena for the television show, it would frequently tear itself to pieces from its own power. If ever there were a robot that took to the arena like a Viking berserker, it was Blendo.
  • Diesector vs Vladiator, in season 3; and their season 5 rematch.
  • Mechavore vs Vlad: The Impaler
  • Son of Whyachi vs Nightmare. Two big spinners, one horizontal, one vertical, so at least one big hit guaranteed. Ultimately, it ends just as quickly as it starts- with Son of Whyachi putting Nightmare out of commission with one big hit from its rotary hammers, hurling it across the arena and tearing out both of its drive motors in the process.
  • Slap 'em Silly vs. Afterthought: A teenager piloting a wedgebot wins by a 45-0 shutout decision against a spinner.
  • The Big B's path to the Finals during Season 4.0. It started out at the very bottom without any byes and had to get eight victories in a row to get to the finals, more so than any other competitor before or since. Among them were high-profile bots like Das Bot, Slap 'Em Silly, and both of Team Raptor's lightweight entries that year. Even more so considering The Big B is a simple wedge. Sadly, Comedy Central's editing skipped all of its matches except its eventual loss to Ziggo in the final round, probably due to the divisive reception to simple wedges.

  • The first episode of the ABC reboot featured Nightmare obliterating one of the minibots used by Warrior Clan. He didn't win, but damned if the old dog still doesn't have some bite.
    • It went on to win the 3-bot rumble at the end of the tournament, beating the crap out of Overhaul (after Overhaul had flipped Witch Doctor) and brushing aside Witch Doctor's minibot Shaman to be the last bot standing. Some legends truly never die.
  • Bite Force vs. Warhead. Warhead is a veteran bot that were made by the same creators of Robot Wars' multi-championship winning competitor, Razer. Once the battle starts, Warhead is completely dominated by Bite Force's speed and pushing power, ends up being dragged around for the entire fight, and even getting lifted up off the ground and suplexed- by a complete newcomer! As Warhead was one of the big favourites at the start of the competition, this was a huge deal at the time.
  • Tombstone vs. Counter Revolution. It is a Curb-Stomp Battle with Tombstone ripping open Counter Revolution's side with the first blow of its weapon, incapacitating it and its weapon with the second, and then gives two more blows that send it flying into the wall just because.
  • Ghost Raptor is severely damaged in all of its battles (losing its weapon, becoming severely structurally weakened, etc.) and has to go into each new round with jury-rigged modifications yet manages to beat teams with bots that are coming in intact. The most impressive one being against Icewave, who was The Dreaded throughout the season and literally everyone thought he'd lose against. Ghost Raptor knocked it out in less than a minute, thanks to the "De-Icer"- a pole tipped with a two-pronged head designed specifically to keep Icewave from getting in close with its dangerous spinning blade- which he used to knock it off-balance and eventually flip it with its own weapon.
    Chuck Pitzer: You're mine, bitch!
  • Witch Doctor vs. Tombstone. After losing the qualifiers and only making the Round of 16 thanks to the wildcard, then losing its minibot Shaman against OverDrive, Witch Doctor went up against Tombstone, who some thought to be invincible. It preceded to knock Tombstone all over the arena, taking blows from its blade like a champ. The best part was the fact that it snapped the blade in half. It still lost, but only due to bad luck; it was flipped over and couldn't right itself, by the same attack that destroyed Tombstone's blade. If Witch Doctor had come down on its wheels, it would have won. This fight redeemed Witch Doctor in the eyes of many viewers, having proved that Tombstone wasn't as tough as many had imagined.
  • The final, Tombstone vs. Bite Force was an instant classic, with both robots dealing big blows while still going the distance. After several collisions and some near flips, Tombstone's blade was bent and the battery running the blade motor started smoking and one of Bite Force's treads was warped. Ultimately, the championship would go to Bite Force. An additional CMOA for Bite Force, as they defeated The Dreaded, who was the favorite to win the championship.
  • Season 2 opened with the triumphant return of Son of Whyachi, and boy, did he come back with a vengeance. His first round in nearly thirteen years saw him pitted up against the 5-part multibot Creepy Crawlies, and the intimidating-looking Ultraviolent. Whyachi wastes absolutely no time obliterating every robot except a single minibot in one hit each. Some old dogs never lose their bite.
  • The story of rejected Season 2 entrant Hellachopper is effectively one long Offscreen Moment of Awesome. To wit:
    • There's the simple fact that these guys built a robot that was too dangerous for the Battlebox to contain. Even the likes of Tombstone, Minotaur, and Son of Whyachi are within the parameters of what the Battlebox can handle. Hellachopper wasn't. That alone speaks volumes about how powerful its spinning weapon is.
    • The spinning weapon itself is an astonishing feat of engineering. Its three spinning hammers can extend outwards on winches to a maximum diameter of ten feet - at its design speed of 1600rpm this means the hammers are approaching the speed of soundnote . And during its spin-up test it went even faster than that, to the point that the resulting wind shear destroyed its speed controller. Oh, and the hammers can also be adjusted laterally, so should one of them break off, one of the others will simply slide across to rebalance the weight distribution and stop it going out of control a la Mauler.
    • A meta-example: during one Battlebox test, a piece of debris was sucked into the robot and caused major internal damage, resulting in a battery fire that gutted the robot. It was repaired, rebuilt, and ready to fight again the very next morning.
  • Warhead vs. Obwalden Overlord in Season 2. Taking notes from their brutal losses to the top anti-spinner designs last time, Team Razer returned with a brand-new interchangeable weapon for Warhead for more effectively fighting them- a giant combined clamp/lifter in the shape of a Tyrannosaurus Rex head, complete with flamethrowers in the nostrils. It came up against the amazingly-engineered-but-fragile Obwalden Overlord in Round 1 and proceeded to curbstomp them- chewing through the arms and wiring in a manner Team Captain Ian Lewis described as being like "a terrier fighting a postman", partially melting it with the flamethrowers, before flipping it over and leaving it to burn...all topped off with more Saint George and Monty Python and the Holy Grail jokes than you can shake a pulverizer at.
    The slayer has been slain by the dragon!
    • And then, Warhead went and topped that with its next match against Complete Control in Round Two. There, they re-equipped their classic Spinning Dome, amped up in power since its last appearance against Stinger in Season 1, and complemented by two smaller flamethrowers in the self-righting arms. Cue it crippling Complete Control's drive with one hit, and then for the next one, hitting it hard enough to flip itself over and cause its opponent to literally explode into flames. Surely that's the end of it, right? Wrong. Warhead then, in an attempt to right itself, proceeds to spin up the Dome— which causes it to literally rise up off the ground and coast along the floor using its own weapon and the gyroscopic forces from it to clock the burning Complete Control one last time. Whilst upside-down.
  • Minotaur's utter Curb-Stomp Battle against Blacksmith in Round Two. Minotaur rips up Blacksmith over the course of the three minutes despite its opponent bravely attempting to fight back— first by destroying the front wedge, then the hammer, then the front panel, and finally topping it all off by ramming it into the wall as it carves into the exposed internals with the Drum. The result? The fight actually ends with Blacksmith exploding from the inside! Despite the curb-stomping it received, this arguably counts as a CMOA for Blacksmith as well because no matter how much punishment it received from Minotaur, it just refused to die.
  • Red Devil vs. Witch Doctor started with the latter as the favorite to win. Red Devil rushed in to dominate the fight from the beginning, using its claws to keep Witch Doctor's spinner at bay while Devil's saw blade cut into Witch Doctor's battery pack. While this was happening, Red Devil also happened to flip Shaman onto its back and jammed one of its wheels, taking the multi-bot out of the fight. In the end, both Witch Doctor and Shaman were left inverted and immobile, with thick smoke pouring from Witch Doctor, and Shaman having set itself on fire with its own flamethrower. The resulting spectacle was summed up very well, here-
    Youtube Commenter: So... a Witch Doctor goes up against the Devil Himself, and the Devil grabs Witch Doctor and forcibly releases the power within it, causing it to be consumed in flames from the inside out.

    Did I just watch a Battlebots episode or the ending of The Princess and the Frog?
  • Complete Control vs. Bombshell. The defining moment came when Complete Control caught Bombshell in its claws, then lifted it up into the air with its flamethrower and just roasted Bombshell for thirty seconds— which heated Bombshell up enough for its internal components to actually start melting. Made even more awesome by the fact that Bombshell went on to finish second that year; Complete Control took out the eventual runner-up and made it look easy.
  • Poison Arrow vs. Son of Whyachi. After a not-so-impressive victory over Mega Tento, Poison Arrow was seeded #27 and had to face #6 Son of Whyachi, who was considered one of the bots to watch this season. Almost everyone predicted that the latter would win, likely ending in a One-Hit Kill. When their attacks collided, it did end in a one-hit kill alright, but it was Whyachi on the receiving end. Poison Arrow came out virtually unscathed; Whyachi got knocked 10 feet in the air, and taken totally out of commission by that one attack.
  • Hypershock vs. Warrior Clan. Warrior Clan came into this fight aided by Dragon, a drone with dual vertical flamethrowers. To combat Dragon, Hypershock's team replaced one of its arms with... a rake. It was a huge gamble because without one of its arms, Hypershock wouldn't be able to right itself if it were to be flipped. But it worked anyway. The first chance Hypershock took, its rake swatted Dragon down to the floor, which allowed Hypershock to use its spinning drum to disable one flamethrower before making a direct hit with the other, causing an explosion that sent Dragon's remains flying over the arena floor. Hypershock then turned its drum to the back of Warrior Clan, tearing it open and disabling it before sending it to the pulverizer (and sending what was left of Dragon to the other pulverizer) for the knockout win. And to cap it off, Hypershock celebrated by waving to the crowd with the rake.
  • beta vs. Overhaul had the former dominating almost from start to finish. Every time beta's hammer came down part of Overhaul broke, culminating in a devastating final hit that smashed Overhaul's master power switch and knocked it out. beta turned Overhaul off— with prejudice.
    • Then later on, there was its match against Nightmare in Round Three, which proved to be the very definition of a Heroic Second Wind in Battlebots. beta started off on the back foot, getting tossed around like a toy by Nightmare's powerful disc, and eventually having its hammer mechanism broken. It seems like beta's a goner at that point— especially considering that even if it did survive, it would have certainly lost the Judges' Decision anyway due to losing its main weapon— but with great driving and strategy, it got under the side of Nightmare with its wedge, forced it up against the wall, and then tipped it over onto its side to immobilize it. With no weapon. And only two seconds remaining on the clock.
    • In the quarter-finals, beta became the first robot in the 2016 series to go the distance with Tombstone, and might even have won if not for a lucky accident putting Tombstone on its back, raising its blade enough to attack beta's lesser-armored hammer assembly. Even still though, the fact that beta was tough enough to tank the blade and send Tombstone of all machines skittering around like a beetle in a bathtub for most of the fight speaks volumes.
    • The best thing about beta's entire run was, as was mentioned many times by the commentators, John Reid had been waiting fifteen years for this. beta had first been intended to enter in Series 5.0 on the Comedy Channel, then it was supposed to fight in the first reboot series. Circumstances had repeatedly conspired to keep beta from debuting for the longest time, and so when it finally got to fight, would it all end up as robot combat's biggest Anti-Climax? Would it bollocks!
  • The Semi-Finals both had some awesome fights—
  • For 2016's three-bot Rumble, Wrecks, of all bots, entered. The other competitors mostly ignored Wrecks, not taking it seriously— with the walking mechanism, it can barely even move, and when it does so, it struggles to not fall over. But then, with some help from Bite Force, it managed to hit Witch Doctor with its vertical spinning disc so hard that it outright launched it over the arena wall, taking the former Semi-Finalist out immediately and upgrading Wrecks from Joke Character to Lethal Joke Character in one fell swoop.