Awesome / BattleBots

Many examples.

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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.

  • 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 Curbstomp 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 it's dangerous spinning blade).
  • 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.