Awesome / Robot Wars

  • In the 2nd Wars, George Francis' Chaos (the forerunner to the legendary Chaos 2) managed to defeat Dead Metal in the tug-o-war trial. You read that right, while the other four competitors battled to last as long as they could (with two of them managing to last the full time without being pulled into the pit) Chaos actually dragged Dead Metal into the pit! Even more awesome was that it was foreshadowed before the run when Philippa actually asked Team Chaos whether they could get Dead Metal into the pit and George Francis answered "We'll give it a good go".
    Jonathan Pearce: This is, a battle of pride here- because Chaos, surely doing enough to go through anyway, but it wants Dead Metal in that Pit! It wants Dead Metal submerged in the smoke! Can he pull Dead Metal in?! [Dead Metal is pulled backward one last time by Chaos, dropping it into the Pit] HUMILIATION FOR THE HOUSE ROBOT!
  • Cassius in the semi-finals of Series 2 when its self-righting mechanism was demonstrated for the first time, receiving a loud cheer from the audience and several replays. Watch it here.
    • Made all the more awesome by its sheer unexpectedness - hard as it may be to imagine with so many subsequent robots using a self-righting mechanism, at the time nobody except the designers knew that the flipper could or would be used in that way. The designers claimed that they hadn't actually intended the flipper to be used that way and improvised when Cassius found itself immobilised, but only they know how true this is.
      • Especially since the flipper was not particularly effective as an offensive weapon.
      • And the fact that, up to that point, Sir Killalot's ability to turn its victims over had been the reason it was the most dangerous house robot.
  • Velocirippa may often be considered one of the greatest butt monkeys of Robot Wars, never winning a battlenote  but it did at least make an awesome first impression- the robot has a single win registered on its wiki page, not for a battle, but for the Robotic Soccer qualifier round it won against Demolition Demon 2. Robotic Soccer was often an awkward, clumsy affair where the ball would get stuck and would sometimes only end up in the net by sheer accident, but after a cagey start Velocirippa waited for their chance, then when Matilda knocked the ball back into the centre of the arena they RUSHED in, scooped it up with pinpoint precision and drove it straight into the net! Soccer is often called The Beautiful Game, and this was a truly beautiful goal, a stunning display of razor-sharp driving and timing.
  • Cassius's predecessor Recyclopse's Crowning Moment of Awesome occurred when if flipped over Matilda, the first 'House Robot Kill' of the series (also consider that Recyclopse was unable to move at the time). Cassius would later repeat this feat.
  • The first Crowning Moment for Chaos 2 (it had quite a few) was in Series 3 when it became the first robot to launch another out of the ring.
    • Chaos 2's victory over Hypno-Disc in the Series 3 Grand Final wasn't the greatest of fights, as Hypno-Disc was limping the whole time and was defeated by a One-Hit Kill, but what happened afterwards cemented Chaos 2's reputation. As Dead Metal came in to finish off Hypno-Disc, Chaos 2 went after Matilda and flipped her over with ease. Then Chaos 2 went after Shunt... who proceeded to run away. Not that that was enough to save it. You know a machine has become The Dreaded when even the House Robots fear it.
      Jonathan Pearce: Shunt... trying to get away from Chaos 2, and why not! The champions want to beat everyone! Taking on Shunt, and flipping Shunt over! So that's two of the House Robots done!
    • And then Chaos 2 won Series 4, becoming the only robot ever to retain the televised championship (or even win it more than once).note 
    • In Series 6, newcomer Dantomkia achieved a Crowning Moment of Awesome by flipping Chaos 2 out of the arena!
      • ...and in the Seventh Wars, Gravity flipped Dantomkia out in roughly six seconds, setting the record for the shortest battle ever. And the kicker? The previous holder of the "quickest battle" record was also Dantomkia, in its previous fight no less, who took out IG-88 in 8 seconds. Glorious.
      • The entire commentary of that fight, from "Activate" to "Cease":
        Jonathan Pearce: On cue, the second of our Semi-Final battles. Dantomkia- [Cut off by Gravity immediately punting Dantomkia over the wall] HA HA HA! OVER AND OUT! SIMPLE AS THAT!
    • The Series 7 incarnation of X-Terminator and the American Cyclone Raptor, whose flywheels were so powerful that they could spin opponents right out of the arena. Both managed to do so twice.
  • Hypnodisc's two defining Crowning Moments of awesome were its Curb Stomp Battles against Robogeddon and Splinter.
  • While it may not be as universally liked, the fight between Bigger Brother and Hypno-Disc shows the former getting ripped apart and still winning. Even Jonathan Pearce was going through its death speech before they managed it. The show's wiki later voted it the greatest battle in Robot Wars history.
  • Wheely Big Cheese's flipper was often touted as the most powerful ever seen, but only once did it truly live up to its potential: in its Series 5 battle against Axe Awe. In a single flip, Axe Awe was, to quote Jonathan Pearce, "flipped right out of the Robot Wars galaxy"! It was undoubtedly the biggest flip in the history of the show, and probably one of the biggest flips ever.
    • The predecessor to Wheely Big Cheese, The Big Cheese, may have been Overshadowed by Awesome due to only reaching a heat final in its only appearance, but you shouldn't forget that the only reason it never got as far as Wheely Big Cheese was because its heat final opponent was Chaos 2. The clash of these two titans was unquestionably the best battle in all of Series 3 (and was officially voted as such) and this was the only real challenge Chaos 2 would face from another competitor until the semifinals of Series 4 (meaning this could almost be considered to have been the real Grand Final right then and there)! It wasn't just a great battle between two awesome robots either; after Chaos 2 flipped The Big Cheese and its was unable (just barely) to self-right, the House Robots came in for the kill. Sir Killalot drove his lance into The Big Cheese, lifting it into the air in retribution for boasts from Roger Plant that The Big Cheese could defeat him and carried it over to the arena floor flipper. What happened next was LEGENDARY; Killalot naively put The Big Cheese down on the flipper upright and it blithely drove right off it, attacked Sgt. Bash, hauled him into the air and broke him apart! This is the only instance of a competitor actually lifting a House Robot completely off the arena floor and cemented The Big Cheese forever as the most powerful electric lifter ever seen on the show.
    Jonathan Pearce: Brilliant final, two tremendous robots... and Sgt. Bash is in bits and pieces!
  • Razer whenever he is attacking the house robots, which is nearly every fight as seen here
    • Every one of Razer's appearances in Series 5. In each of the preceding three seasons, debilitating mechanical faults meant Razer was knocked out by the third round, and everyone, even its fans, were expecting a repeat. Cue unmitigated destruction of every single one of its opponents, culminating in a dominating fight against Bigger Brother in the finale and Razer being awarded the well-deserved title of Robot Wars Champion.
      • Well, it was the first to outright destroy a house robot - watch this.
  • Any instance of the competitors abandoning the battle to go after the House Robots will often make for a CMOA; probably the best example would be the first melee of the Seventh Wars All-Stars Tournament, where Kat 3, Panic Attack, Bigger Brother and Firestorm all made a pre-match pact to go after the house robots - Shunt, the Refbot and Cassius Chrome - instead of each other. It's hilarious to watch, especially as the arena tries to fight back and fails, setting off the floor flipper and drop zone in a desperate attempt to catch out the competitors as they give the House Robots a thorough pasting. Can be seen here.
  • Panic Attack received several during Series 2 (its first appearance)-
    • 1 - During its Gauntlet run it was going over the see-saw ramp, but Dead Metal was underneath it and Sir Killalot was coming up from behind, both preventing the ramp from going down. What does Panic Attack do? Try to jump off the ramp and over Dead Metal (it didn't work, but still...)
    • 2 - Knocking Shunt off the Sumo ring in the Trials.
    • 3 - Knocking out Sgt Bash's saw while fighting Whirling Dervish.
    • 4 - Defeating Mortis during the series semi-finals by pushing it into the pit.
    • 5 - Defeating series favourite Cassius in the Grand Final by pushing in into the pit as well (and earlier in the fight driving right over the top of Cassius) and becoming the grand champion of the Second Wars.
  • The Plunderbird team during Series 2, introducing themselves and their robot, Plunderbird 2, with their own theme song! Even better, they were able to take out both Dead Metal and Sergeant Bash in under a minute in the King of the Castle Trial for their heat, and got to the Semi-Finals despite normally being considered less-than-serious competitors.
    Phillipa Forrester: Just before the Plunderbird team go on, they've only got the whole audience clapping them... to their own song!
    Jonathan Pearce: The Plunderbird 4 machine...had arrived. Slowly, but surely into the watching eyes of the Robot Wars world. And I'll tell you something- Mike, Bryan, Plunderbird 4- they are not here to conduct, in any sense of the word...International Rescue!
  • Firestorm, in the Commonwealth Carnage, somehow managed to flip Mr. Psycho! Keep in mind that Firestorm weighs 99kg, while Mr. Psycho weighs 750.
  • Warhog's design attempted to one-up Hypnodisc - its entire body was a kinetic energy weapon, covered in blades and spinning at high speed. Theoretically, such a design should provide amazing attack and defense. Unfortunately, they neglected to reinforce it - each time it rammed an enemy it was sent flying into the air while its opponent took minimal damage. After a few rams it had ceased functioning in a most awesome fashion.
  • Wild Thing's heroic performance against the horrific destructive power of Hypno-Disc in the 4th Wars semi-final, not only being the first robot to actually survive a battle against Hypno-Disc in that series without being totally dismembered, but nearly winning the judge's decision through the courage and tenacity of their fightback.
    Jonathan Pearce: And in the end it was so brave, and the applause is for that team! So brave as they fought back!
  • Another CMOA relating to knocking a robot out of the arena, Storm 2 did this to the Steel Avenger. Only Storm 2 didn't do it with a flipper; it did it by pushing Steel Avenger into a wall at high speed, where it just bounced over the fence. Now that was cool.
    • Just... just Storm 2 in general. Let's put it this way; during Series 7, it made it to the Grand Final with the producers trying every trick in the book to take it out all the way there.
      • It was worse (and yet, somehow better) than that- Storm 2 won the Series 7 Grand Final, only being blatantly robbed of the championship because the judges were tricked into making a false decision! YMMV? No, the judges actually sent Team Storm personalised apology letters so they as good as admitted they were the real winners (sadly too late to make a difference)!
  • Chaos 2 vs. Wild Thing. One of the finest battles in Robot Wars history. George Francis said this about the fight: "It was terrific. It was the best fight I've ever had." There was a simultaneous CMOA for both machines when Wild Thing nearly pitted Chaos 2 twice - coming so close on the second occasion that the pit pyrotechnics went off! - and on both occasions Chaos 2 somehow recovered.
    Jonathan Pearce: [incredulously, after Chaos 2 survives a second time] HOW DID THEY STAY OUT?!! HOW DID THEY STAY OUT?!! Surely they must go in!
  • From Robot Wars Extreme Warriors (the US version), we've got Tricerabot the House Robot killer. It flipped a flywheel-bearing Matilda, and shoved Sir Killalot into the pit. It sadly wasn't shown on TV. Keep in mind, this was the season BEFORE it even had a flipper.
  • Diotoir, the robot that Jonathan Pearce et al were always keen to deride as a joke entry (even inaccurately - he once stated "they've never done well in the Wars", patently untrue when you consider their track record) knocking out Tornado in the Fifth Wars.
    Craig Charles: Can you believe it? Can you believe it?! Tornado, the twelfth seeds, reduced to a gentle summer's breeze! DIOTOIR GO THROUGH!
    • It's actually worth noting that Diotoir spent most of this match shoving Tornado around. Tornado is a machine known for its speed and pushing power, and yet Diotoir (a 2WD machine!) was not only equal, but actually superior to it in that regard, managing to out-ram the rammer and then finally push it into the pit.
  • This fight between S.M.I.D.S.Y., Warhog, Comengetorix and St. Agro in Series 6. Between Warhog demolishing the arena wall and piggybacking on S.M.I.D.S.Y. twice, and Comengetorix impaling itself on the arena wall by its axe then almost driving down the pit... fantastic.
  • Episode 1 of the 2016 series featured a few awesome moments:
    • Kill-e-Crank-e eliminating veteran robot Razer by timing its drive into the pit while Razer was still holding onto it. Bonus points for carrying on the Razer-killing legacy of its predecessor Pussycat.
    • Newcomers Carbide managing to win two out of three battles in the Second Round, despite being taken to the Judges by Terrorhurtz in the first battle. Its second battle against Nuts was, to put it lightly, brutal. It destroyed the protective ring surrounding Nuts (which also held its flails, rendering its offence null and void) and threw a shard of said ring up against the Control Booth, thankfully made out of bulletproof glass. It then proceeded to wreck Nuts' wheels, even tearing one off at one point and buckling the other.
      • Bonus points for being one of the few spinner style robots that didn't manage to shake itself apart every time it hit anything.note 
    • Nuts managing to take both veterans Behemoth and Terrorhurtz to the Judges' Decison in the Second Round, despite having virtually no weaponry and armor. Bonus points for their battle against Terrorhurtz because it was the third of three, and their second left them with a whole bunch of pieces and shrapnel; and they still managed to rebuild it in time for the next bout, AND were able to survive, despite their robot falling apart. They were even given the better Control mark, simply for the sheer audacity of going into battle with a broken robot and surviving.
    • Lastly, Carbide facing Behemoth in the final, where previously it had ran circles around the old robot and even took a chunk out of its plough. This rematch was over before it started, since Behemoth had drive issues, but Carbide still showed their raw power by tossing them about.
  • Thor breakdancing by using its own hammer to flip itself and then self right. Later on they also showed excellent handling when they effectively did a handbreak turn into the pit release, slamming it and lining up the next attack without needing to reverse. Jason, the driver, deserves a mention for the sheer skill he had at driving the machine in all their battles.
  • Mr Speed Squared were sadly a One-Hit Wonder, but the first fight they were in basically amounted to them effortlessly demolishing the competition without taking a good hit from anyone.
  • Foxic, despite seeming to be almost laughably all talk, managed to get a moment when their drive system worked properly and they casually shoved Dead Metal backward across the arena. The entire arena.
  • Finally, Shockwave, after their larger defensive scoop proved useless against Thor earlier, came to the final battle with their aggressive smaller scoop and shoved Thor so hard against the wall that something broke, followed swiftly by pitting them, reversing their earlier defeat.
  • The penultimate group of the reboot series, Heat D, was a pretty hotly contested affair, with all 4 robots (Storm 2, Eruption, Apollo and PP3D) giving a good account of themselves, getting at least one win each.
  • Eruption landing the first Ring Out of the reboot series against Terror Turtle was an impressive display. And while they were beaten by Storm 2, they started to turn that fight around at the end as well, by tossing Storm 2 a few times and seemingly imobilising them.
    • Also, according to the Eruption team's writeup of the events, they had actually managed to immobilise Storm 2 well before it was shown to be- enough that they probably should have been counted out but weren't, for unknown reasons.
  • Apollo. Basically, any time it managed to work, awesome things happened. After losing a wheel to PP3D in the first round, they returned the favor in their Head to Head match, and won, while their launcher was only going at a quarter of its full power. And over the course of the tournament they took out no fewer than three House Robots, as well as beating previous runner up Storm 2 twice, the first on a narrow, but probably fair, judge's decision, the second time via a ring out.
  • On that note, the battles between Storm 2 and Apollo are some of the most spectacular of the new series. Storm 2 made an impressive showing, taking out their drive chain, and nearly pitting Apollo, while Apollo themselves stood out for evading the pit at the last second by driving right over Storm 2. Not to mention, flipping Dead Metal, and then doing the same to Matilda when she came to help. Not to mention toppling Shunt in the heat final.
  • Some moments for Storm 2 as well; while far from the terror it used to be (see The Worf Effect on its character sheet entry), they got some measure of payback for the Executive Meddling from Series 7 when they bashed up and pitted spinnerbot PP3D, captained by the driver of Typhoon 2.
  • Before the battles commenced Heat E's Gabriel looked like something of a joke, a gangly thwackbot with plastic armour and two huge vulnerable wheels just begging to be torn off by rival spinners. When it actually fought however it dominated all but one of its opponents during the melee and round robin, none of which could even attack it effectively due to its odd shape, clever tactics and excellent driving. Its rubbery plastic wheels proved nearly impossible to damage, no-selling even the powerful spinning weapons mounted by Pulsar and Ironside III. How successful was it? In the entire epsiode, it never lost by knockout.
  • The 2016 Grand Final was a worthy successor to those of the original series, with nearly every battle having some kind of spectacle. To wit:
    • Carbide continuing its trail of destruction, shredding wildcard-winner Thor and disabling Apollo with a single blow during the round robin. It even accidentally ripped off a steel slab from the arena wall, forcing the show to pause the match.
    • Apollo dominating TR2, consistently out-driving them and flipping them over and over until TR2 ran out of CO2 and could not self-right - karmic, considering that strategy is what TR2 employed against Dantomkia in the heats.
    • TR2 disabling Carbide's lethal spinning bar by deliberately ramming into it, then repeatedly manhandling it into Shunt. The match lasted the whole three minutes, with the judges ruling unanimously in TR2's favour.
    • While it struggled enormously, Thor deserves credit for its sheer tenacity. Despite repeatedly enduring brutal beatdowns from the other competitors and being reduced to effectively a zombie made of other machine's parts, the venerable hammerbot did not withdraw and kept fighting even when it became clear how outclassed it was.
    • The grand final between Carbide and Apollo was the most intense match of the series. Carbide's blade dealt terrible damage to Apollo's bodywork, only for the latter to copy TR2's earlier success and break said blade with their heavily armoured prow. By the time the three minutes were up both bots were limping, their primary weapons broken, but Apollo's mighty flipper carried them to victory.