Characters / Robot Wars

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BattleBots had numerous deadly hazards strewn across the Battlebox where robots fight. In Robot Wars, they did something a little different: they made their own fighting robots and sent them in as rolling hazards. Typically there were two or three House Robots that would normally stay in what were called CPZs, or Corner Patrol Zonesnote  during matches. If a robot was pushed or wandered into a CPZ, the House Robots could have their way with them until they got out. When one robot was counted out, however, the vanquished was fair game for the House Robots, mostly to keep things entertaining for the crowd.

Occasionally competitors would get into exhibition battles against the House Robots themselves, and some even picked fights with them during normal matches, often ending in hilarious, embarrassing, or amazing results.

Sir Killalot (Series 2 - Present)
"Imagine finding him in your laundry basket!"

"Our master of disaster! Two hundred kilos of doom and gloom, the lance to chew, the hydraulic lance to cut through. A nip and tuck - and you're out of luck!"

The largest and heaviest House Robot until Mr. Psycho came along, Sir Killalot was an unstoppable House Robot powered by a petrol-powered engine. Its armaments were a claw that was originally used for a fireman's Jaws Of Life tinkered with to grip and let go faster than a normal set, a hybrid lance-drill and its sheer weight, often coming in at five times as heavy or heavier than show contenders. While Killalot is one of the most recognizable House Robots, he was not one of the original four created for the very first series.

Weapons: Drill/Lance & Pincer

  • Big Bad: Competitors feared being in the arena with Killalot as a rolling hazard, and with good reason. Even after the bigger and deadlier Mr Psycho was added to the House Robot lineup, it was Killalot who was still the face of the show.
  • Black Knight: All that was missing was a coat of black paint.
  • Blood Knight: His operators honored the spirit of the trope by having some spectacularly impressive moments in the arena whenever someone decided to fight him. If you outweighed your opponents by a factor of five and had toughness to match you would let them swing away for your amusement too.
  • Bowdlerization: In Nickelodeon Robot Wars, he was only referred to as Sir K.
  • Crush. Kill. Destroy!: Again, when you're five times as heavy as other robots, you can do without silly ideas like maneuvering and dodging in favor of a more straightforward approach.
  • The Dreaded: Many roboteers have feared stepping into the ring with Sir Killalot on hand. Manages to keep the title even when Mr. Psycho arrived.
  • Humiliation Conga: Both the giver and taker of this trope, shared with the other House Robots.
    • Hoist by His Own Petard: Sometimes, Killalot's biggest enemies were his own design and the drivers' miscalculations. Killalot's weight plus the length of his lance and arm meant picking up victims was a viable option, not to mention a great crowd pleaser. Particularly large opponents which stuck out far enough, however, could sometimes tip Killalot forward, which meant moving forward and suddenly stopping or merely lifting the helpless 'bot too far meant toppling over forwards, allowing opportunistic robots to speed up at the newly-immobilized Killalot to mess with him until he tipped back onto his treads. Some ultimate, implacable deathbot.
  • The Juggernaut
  • Jousting Lance: Used to pick up robots and drop them in the Pit. It spun and had a drill bit on the tip, too.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Despite being one of the most efficient yet bloodthirsty, Killalot is known to defend or avenge other House Robots when faced with indignity.
  • Man on Fire: One of Killalot's most memorable moments in Extreme was being set on fire, which was easier than it sounded due to being petrol-powered. When Refbot tried putting him out using his fire extinguisher, the flames died down...and then flared back up again after he'd blasted most of his CO2.
  • Mighty Glacier: Was until The Sixth Wars the heaviest House Robot, clocking in at 520 Kilos. With a top speed of a mere 5 miles per hour he was also the slowest by quite a considerable margin (as a small mercy to the competitors) and, until Matilda was fitted with her new flywheel, had the most deadly weaponry.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: A cyborg tank-treaded knight.
  • Red Baron: The Undisputed Titan of Mechanizaed Warfare.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Has flickering evil red eyes (except during his debut in Series 2 when they were white).
  • Sir Verb-a-Lot: The prime example in Robot Wars.
  • Tin Tyrant: "Leader" of the House Robots.
  • Took a Level in Badass: The upgraded House Robots have finally been shown in all their terrifying metallic glory in this image and Killalot is no exception. He looks much heavier, much less top-heavy and unstable, and even more heavily-armoured than before.

Dead Metal (All Series)

"Dead metal is what you'll become: torn, twisted robo-remnants if you get caught by the pneumatic pincers or trapped by the three thousand RPM circular saw!"

One of the House Robots featured on the show since its very first episodes, Dead Metal resembles a lobster/scorpion hybrid. He is designed to use two weapons in conjunction with one another: a large horizontal claw that can grab a robot and keep it from driving off, and a compact circular saw that was on an extending arm that could be pushed in and grind down an opponent. Because of these unique characteristics, Dead Metal got far more hazardous whenever other House Robots or competitors got involved with whatever it was attacking.

Weapons: Circular Saw & Pincers

  • Awesome, but Impractical: The saw was originally on a ferocious-looking swinging arm, but didn't actually work. In series 3 it was revamped so it did work, and the saw mechanism was now far more compact.
  • Frankenstein's Monster: Chris Reynolds, who built the original House Robots, suggested Dead Metal was created when a bunch of junk parts came to life and fused together.
  • Gradual Grinder: Dead Metal's claw and saw didn't do spectacular damage but the mere act of being held up by Dead Metal could make a match go from bad to worse if it happened at a bad moment, and especially because those cuts could add up over time or sway a judge's decision, since a clumsy driver wouldn't be able to avoid getting grabbed.
  • No Sell: Unlike the other three of the original four House Robots, Dead Metal was not easy to flip- where Shunt, Matilda and Bash had basically cylindrical shapes that allowed them to be rolled from the side (and even Killalot would occasionally topple over when he overbalanced while picking up a robot, due to being top-heavy), Dead Metal had an extremely broad profile, an awkward shape and a low centre of gravity that made flipping him almost impossible, even by Chaos 2 or Bigger Brother. But in the 7th Wars came a little robot called Gravity...
  • Sword Sparks: Saw sparks, more accurately- especially against titanium.
  • Scary Scorpions: Was modelled on a scorpion, especially in its early days when its saw was mounted on a swinging arm rather than the "head" it later had added in Series 3 and stuck with for the rest of the series.
  • Spikes of Villainy: He's covered in jutting pieces of metal.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Downplayed at the moment compared to some of the others, at least until we can get a clearer look at him, but in the newly-released image of the upgraded House Robots Dead Metal looks to have had an armour upgrade.

Shunt (All Series)

"Shunt is the lightest of our House Robots at a hundred and five kilos, but quick and maneuverable! It can bulldoze, or with the fearsome axe, Shunt will blunt the brightest of hopes!"

Another House Robot present since the first series, resembling a miniature construction vehicle, Shunt was something approaching the closest match to competing robots as the years went by since it was so similar in weight. This also meant Shunt was also a popular target for competitors to attack during matches, culminating in it getting most of the flak in Series 7.

Weapons: Axe, Lifting Scoop & Snowplough

  • An Axe to Grind: One of the most powerful seen in the series, no less.
  • Berserk Button: He doesn't seem to like robots with model heads. He has a habit of beheading them (see: Major Tom, Banshee, Atlas).
  • Boring but Practical: Shunt was the closest to a normal competitor robot in design and ability, but was one of the most dangerous house robots- because while his axe wasn't terribly flashy, it was one of the most dangerous axes ever seen on the show (from series 3 on anyway), with more armor-penetrating power than almost any other.
    • While most of the house robots would do mainly cosmetic damage, Shunt could potentially outright disable a competitor with a single hit in the right place- which it ended up most notably doing to Hypno-Disc in the Series 4 Grand Final, stopping the disc and immobilising it with one blow.
  • The Brute: Was this in the early series, and later shared the role with Mr Psycho.
  • Butt Monkey: He's the lightest of the House Robots, has a narrow base, and it's literally spelled out on-screen that he has no srimech. Predictably, Shunt ended up on the business end of more flippers than any other House Robot.
  • Construction Is Awesome: Was modeled on a cross between a bulldozer and a diesel locomotive.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: When the unpopular Mortis won against Ming in series 3, Shunt and other house robots attacked Mortis in retaliation for getting a favourable outcome in some shady Executive Meddling the previous year.
  • Lightning Bruiser: At first. When the weight limit was increased to 100kgs, Shunt lost a lot of his pushing power. They fixed this by amping the power of his axe Up to Eleven. He still had a great deal of power for his size, despite being the smallest house robot.
  • Mundane Utility: Shunt's pushing power and relative reliability meant he was often used to clear defeated robots from the arena.
  • Ramming Always Works: Shunt's defining characteristic was living up to his name; plowing things out of the way with his shovels. There was even a "Sumo" event in Series 1, 2 and 4, where contestants could face up to him in a shoving match.
  • Ship Tease: Jonathan Pearce implied that Shunt and Matilda might have been intimate.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Shunt is the first House Robot we've gotten to see in his upgraded form for the 2016 reboot, front and center of this publicity shot of the new arena. And he looks fierce.

Matilda (All Series)

"This is no Waltzing Matilda, but if Matilda dances with you, it's a dance of death! Her tusks can rip and pneumatically flip, it's a breeze for Tildy! Her spinning rear flywheel is twenty-seven kilos in weight, the Matriarch of Mayhem, the Mistress of Mischief, Matilda!"

A two-wheeled sort of hybrid between a triceratops and an armadillo, Matilda was the third of the original four House Robots. Like many of the other House Robots, Matilda became notably tougher in later series to keep up with the higher-level competitors fighting for titles. Good thing too, because Matilda was also often attacked by contenders, more so than any other House Robot.

Weapons: Lifting Tusks & Chainsaw (Series 1-4) / Vertical Flywheel (Series 5-7)

  • Back from the Dead: After being utterly destroyed by Razer in the Southern Annihilator, a placard was shown for Matilda, saying R.I.P (Rust in Pieces), marking her as Destroyed in Action. Then it cut to a heavily bandaged Matilda back in the arena, with the promise she would be back.
  • Chainsaw Good: In the first 2 wars, that is. Afterward, with more robots gaining thicker armor, Matilda's chainsaw became useless. It was replaced in series 5 with a 27kg Flywheel. It was much more destructive.
  • The Chew Toy: Matilda was the first house robot to be flipped (by Recyclopse in Series 1), may have been flipped or otherwise attacked by competitors more than any other house robot, and on one spectacular occasion literally ended up as a chew toy for Razer.
  • The Dark Chick: The only "female" house robot.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Tildy", often used by Jonathan Pearce.
  • Legacy Character: Although the original is presumed lost, duplicates of Matilda have been made by Roaming Robotsnote  and she's still fighting today.
  • Red Baron: The Matriarch of Mayhem, The Sister of Slice & Dice, The Grandmother of Grinding Metal.
  • Took a Level in Badass / Everything's Better with Spinning: The aforementioned flywheel. And it was a damn powerful weapon, arguably the most powerful one equipped on any House Robot (with the possible exception of Killalot's cutting claw, which was always used in moderation, something you cannot do with a 27kg flywheel). It could literally hurl a robot through the air, hurled one clean out of the arena at least once, and one time tore Panic Attack's entire top plate off with one blow!

Sgt. Bash (Series 1-7 & Extreme 1-2)

"Sergeant Bash is on parade, with the long-range flamethrower and the punishing pair of pincers! A machine of war, it obeys no law!"

The fourth and final of the original House Robots, Sergeant Bash unsurprisingly resembles a military machine of some sort. It carried multiple weapons over its career, the most memorable combination being a crushing claw up front and its turret-mounted flamethrower. Any robots noted for their flammability would often find themselves in the ring with Bash as one of the house robots-Diotoir was a repeat victim of Bash, if not the arena hazards.

Weapons: Flamethrower, Circular Saw (Series 1-2), Battering Ram (Series 1-2) & Pincer (Series 3-7)

  • Awesome, but Impractical: The flamethrower was impressive, but unless a robot was made of explicitly flammable material (like Diotoir) it wouldn't usually do significant damage; the arena flamethrowers were a threat to robot electronics because they emanated from beneath the robots, allowing the flames to get inside their casings as they rose, but Bash's flamethrower struggled to do more than singe the paintjobs.
  • The Dragon: In a sense at least, as he sported a turret-mounted flamethrower and had a reputation as one of the harder-hitting House Robots as well as one of the oldest.
  • Epic Fail: Bash starts misbehaving, so Refbot decides to use his extinguisher to put out Bash's flamethrower.
  • Incendiary Exponent: Whenever a robot enters the arena clad in fur, cloth, or any other flammable material, expect Bash to be there just waiting for an excuse to light it up.
  • Kill It with Fire: His trademark, the only working robot mounted flamethrower in Robot Wars.
  • Mecha-Mook: Interestingly this was the direction Chris Reynolds appeared to go in with Bash's design inspiration, as apparently he was designed to look like a futuristic combat robot tasked with keeping the locals of colony planets in line, suggesting he was one of many.
  • Military Mashup Machine: A flame tank-unmanned ground vehicle with what looks like the jaws of life up front.
  • The Production Company Is A Cheating Bastard / Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Contestant robots were banned from using flamethrowers, but the house robots were above the rules.
  • Put on a Bus: With the return of the new series, the House Robots were given teasers to reintroduce them to the audience- first Matilda, then Dead Metal, then Shunt and then, obviously... Sir Killalot? When the producers tweeted "We can confirm that house robots Sir Killalot, Matilda, Shunt and Dead Metal are returning and are deadlier than ever", Bash was even more conspicuous by his absence- for reasons unknown, he will apparently not be appearing in the 2016 reboot.
  • Sergeant Rock: Well, if the name is any indicator, this was Bash's visual and combat shtick.

Mr. Psycho (Series 6-7 & Extreme 2)
"Six foot two, eyes of blue, Mr. Psycho's after you..."note 

One of the new House Robots introduced in Series Six, Mr. Psycho was the largest House Robot ever seen in the show's entire run. Very similar to Sir Killalot in that Mr. Psycho was a super-heavy House Robot with a vaguely-humanoid appearance, with a head, torso and two arms, one being a crushing claw. Unlike Killalot, Mr. Psycho was armed with a 30-kg hammer and powered by electric motors rather than a petrol engine.

Weapons: Grabbing Claw & Hammer

  • The Brute: Filled this role on the House Robot team- by FAR the biggest and most powerful, but Sir Killalot was still seen as the Big Bad.
  • David Vs Goliath: Firestorm (99kg) attempting to flip Mr Psycho (750kg). Firestorm succeeded.
  • Drop the Hammer: Had possibly the biggest one in robot combat (30kg!).
  • Expy: Meant to be an Expy of Bill Sykes from Oliver Twist.
  • The Heavy: A literal example.
  • Legacy Character: Mr Psycho was clearly the inspiration for the Roaming Robots League's own superheavyweight House Robot Major Damage, who uses the same claw and hammer weapons setup.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Was more than 200 kilograms heavier than Killalot, with incredible offensive capability- while his 30kg hammer didn't do all that much visible damage, it played merry hell with internals and would sometimes warp a robot's frame. Surprisingly, Psycho's large engine meant he was actually faster than Killalot- at 8 miles per hour he moved at the same speed as Sgt Bash.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast
  • Off with His Head!: In one seventh season battle, Psycho goes into combat with his fibreglass head obviously not attached properly. Eventually it falls off, and Hilarity Ensues.
  • Put on a Bus: The BBC have confirmed that Mr. Psycho will not be returning for the first reboot series.

Growler (Series 6-7 & Extreme 2)

Introduced in Series Six alongside Mr. Psycho as his Canine Companion, Growler is a robotic attack dog, and an extremely fast robot weighing in at over 300 kg armed with a hydraulic jaw made from industrial digger steel. Functionally Growler was similar to Shunt, albeit more than three times as heavy and without the pneumatic axe.

Weapons: Hydraulic Jaws

  • Angry Guard Dog
  • Canine Companion: To Mr. Psycho
  • Expy: Of Bill Sykes' dog Bullseye.
  • Fartillery: Growler was supposed to have the second flamethrower in Robot Wars, a rear-mounted flame jet, but it suffered from reliability issues and was eventually omitted entirely.
  • Lightning Bruiser: One of the heaviest (375kg) and fastest (17mph) house robots. The combination meant that his sheer ramming power was beyond awesome, perhaps best illustrated in the Lightweight final of Extreme 2 when he smashed Ellie's Little Pink Bot against the arena wall, obliterating it. 50% heavier than Cassius Chrome and more than twice as fast as Psycho, Growler was potentially the most dangerous of all the House Robots, but the House Roboteers were mostly very restrained in using his full potential. Having Growler after you was like being chased by a hungry car.
  • Put on a Bus: Like his owner, Growler will not be back for the reboot.
  • Team Pet: Well, by way of being the only one themed after a dog, perhaps.

Cassius Chrome (Series 7)

The last House Robot introduced in the series prior to its cancellation, debuting in the seventh season. Designed to resembly a cartoony, robotic boxer, Cassius did not have much time to shine, but showed off his pneumatic, fast-moving fists when he could

Weapons: Rapid-fire fists/spikes

  • Drunken Boxing: His movements and rapid punches make it look like he is trying out this trope.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Cassius' shtick was two pneumatic "fists" on either side of his chassis that moved back and forth like jackhammers. They weren't the most effective weapon in Robot Wars, but on something that heavy and fast they added to Chrome's abilities as a full-body battering ram.
  • Lightning Bruiser: In fact, Cassius was the fastest House Robot ever made.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: His name was a Shout-Out to the birth name of Muhammad Ali, Cassius Clay. Unfortunately, he didn't have nearly the same punch.
  • Put on a Bus: Just like Mr. Psycho and Growler, Cassius Chrome will not be rejoining the "classic" House Robots in the reboot. Unlike the other two, most fans think this is a good thing.

Refbot (Series 4-7 & Extreme 1-2)

Refbot's history started with a previous robot, Shove. Shove was a backstage House Robot used to push incapacitated or destroyed robots out of the arena and back to their owners. When Refbot was introduced in Series 4, he was also used in this role, although Refbot also acted as an in-arena referee and something of a rolling safety device: it was also equipped with a fire extinguisher to control blazes before they spread to the whole arena (a role previously filled by human safety crew), and in later series was also used to declare immobilised robots officially 'out' and stop the house robots from unfairly interfering with a card system.

  • Combat Referee
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin
  • Glass Jaw Referee
  • Poke the Poodle: Like all the other House Robots, the Refbot was liable to being attacked if a battle went Off the Rails, and any such assaults on him fell under this as he had no offensive capabilities at all. (Ripper only attacked him after it had tried and miserably failed to take on Shunt and Killalot.)
  • Put on a Bus: While the "new" combat House Robots Mr. Psycho, Growler and Cassius Chrome being omitted from the reboot makes sense, the absence of Refbot is actually rather mystifying, since he came to serve a vital non-combat role (namely formally counting-out an immobilised robot to make it 100% clear when they were officially eliminated and could be served to the other House Robots, but also separating robots that got caught on each other without damaging them).
  • Tag Team Twins: Since Refbot was required to be in every battle after his introduction, it's a little-known fact that there were actually two identical Refbots made, so that one could be used if there was mechanical problems with the other. Their only distinguishing features were a small '1' and '2' printed on their back sides.

    Presenters, Judges and Show Staff 

Jeremy Clarkson (Series 1 Presenter)

  • '80s Hair: Had a massive afro while hosting. He later straightened it.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Made some downright mean comments to the roboteers whenever he saw a poor performing robot.
  • Jerkass: "How long did that take to build? I reckon it took 2 months to go 2 yards." And his infamous: "That is the worst robot I've ever seen in my life. And it crossed the finish line twice."
  • The Pete Best: Clarkson's replacement with Craig Charles heralded the show really hitting its stride.
  • Unperson: He isn't mentioned in any tie-in media, and all footage of him was removed from "The First Great War", a VHS release of highlights from the first series. Just as well, really. He didn't exactly hold the show in high regard.

Craig Charles (Series 2-7 & Extreme 1-2 Presenter)
The Master of Mayhem himself.

  • Actor Allusion: The robot Scutter's Revenge was a reference to his role on Red Dwarf. Also, this:
    Craig: So, why did you call your robot Inquisitor?
    Inquisitor team: Red Dwarf.
    Craig: Never heard of it!
  • Blatant Lies: The Actor Allusion above.
    • After Hypno-Disc won his "fight" against Splinter:
    Craig: Well, well, well. It's a very close fight, we'll have to go to the judges for that one. Only joking.
  • Blood Knight: Craig fully embraced his role as host of the most popular robot combat show on TV, reveling in the carnage caused.
  • Catch Phrase: "LET THE WARS BEGIN!"
    • Ending every episode with a four-line poem ending in "on Robot Wars". In later series he'd often tailor these to the events of the episode (e.g. referring to engaged teammates Graham Bone and Hazel Heslop, "they seem such a lovely couple, but no-one ignores, the damage they cause, on Robot Wars!")
    • "[Robot] GOES MARCHING ON!"
    • "Let's get stuck in!"
    • "The judges have made their decision. They're marking on style, control, damage and aggression." (Occasionally in later series he'd acknowledge that everybody knew the four criteria by now, although he would only very rarely skip them entirely.)
  • Foreshadowing: In the Series 4 Heat P final, Craig insisted to the Hypno-Disc team not to pull their punches in the Semi-Finals. Their first battle at that stage was against Splinter, who was the victim of one of the most notorious [1]s in the entire series.
  • Friend to All Children: Craig had to deal with a lot of young kids on the show (sometimes as young as six), usually having to console them when their robot lost, and he always handled them well. He was particularly fond of "Little" Joe and Ellie Watts of Bigger Brother, as well as Amy Franklin of Team 101 who read out a poem she'd written about him at the end of 101's 3rd Wars run.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Occasionally wears leather pants. It's very noticable.
  • Large Ham
  • The Tell: In any instance of a judges' decision where Craig had both the teams standing with him so he could raise the hand of the winner, you could tell which team was going to win it before he announced the decision if you noticed one little detail- he'd always hold his microphone in the hand he wasn't going to raise i.e on the loser's side.

Mick Foley (Extreme Warriors Series 1-2 Presenter)

Rob Kamphues (Dutch Series 1-2 Presenter)

Phillipa Forrester (Series 1-3, 5-6 & Extreme II Pit Reporter)

  • Bare Your Midriff
  • Call Back: Phillipa welcomes the Berserk 2 team (who are deaf) in sign language in series 3, which she learned from their team translator during the Series 2 Grudge Matches episode.
  • Cuteness Proximity: In the earlier series where there were more decorative Joke Characters, she tended to gush about adorable robots, and on occasion, adorable roboteers. She would often ask opposing roboteers if they would also fall to the charms of the cute robots as well.
  • Demoted to Extra: In several episodes in Series 5, she would only ever be seen during the competitors' brief introduction videos and not introducing the episodes' competitors or holding interviews with both teams as she did the previous years. Fortunately, her role was expanded back to normal in Series 6 and Extreme II.
  • Friend to All Children: Like Craig, she had to deal with a lot of young children, and was clearly very fond of both Amy Franklin and the Watts children.
  • Genki Girl: Phillipa brought a great deal of spark and energy to the pits, as well as her easygoing charm.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Especially in series 5 where she wore a tight, shoulder-baring bustier in the pits.
  • Pit Girls
  • Put on a Bus: On the first occasion she left, in series 4, she got a brief handover scene with Julia Reed in the first episode. In series 7 she didn't even get that.

Julia Reed (Series 4 & Extreme Pit Reporter)

  • The Generic Guy: Julia was generally well-received as a presenter, but was only ever intended as a Temporary Substitute for the popular Phillipa and hence didn't make much of an impact, especially when they were both followed by a markedly less well received presenter who only appeared in the Franchise Killing series.
  • Pit Girls
  • Put on a Bus: When Philippa returned, Julia wasn't afforded any kind of departure scene.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For Phillipa Forrester, when the latter was on maternity leave.
  • Temporary Substitute: Phillipa returned at the earliest opportunity; in terms of recording the two briefly shared the role as series 5 and Extreme were filmed at the same time.

Jayne Middlemiss (Series 7 Pit Reporter)

  • Brainless Beauty: Was not highly regarded among the fanbase for her complete technical cluelessness. Admittedly Phillipa and Julia were hardly engineering geniuses either, but Jayne came across as even worse.
  • Captain Obvious: She forced the roboteers to become this. As mentioned above, Jayne came across as a Brainless Beauty because of her tendency to go up to a robot with, say, an enormous bladed flywheel or a huge flipping ramp on the front and ask the team "So what does it do?"
  • The Ditz: Apart from her technical cluelessness, she was also prone to errors such as claiming that X-Terminator had first appeared in the Fourth Wars.
  • Large Ham / No Indoor Voice: Was prone to random bouts of this (such as randomly declaring at the top of an interview a team were "eager to get out there and fight").
  • Ms. Fanservice: She was a former model.
  • Pit Girls

Bridget Maasland (Dutch Series 1-2 Pit Reporter)

Jonathan Pearce (All UK Series Commentator)

  • Big Fun: He thoroughly enjoyed his Robot Wars commentary, and it shows.
  • Catch Phrase: He didn't have any formal catch phrases like Craig did, but he was especially fond of using the expression "bent and buckled" (or "buckled and bent") to describe damage done to a robot.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When he wasn't being a Large Ham, he was often this instead.
    Jonathan: [mocking a defeated contestant's name] "Indefatigable"? Haha... yeah. "Invincible"? Yeah. Invisible, more like.
  • Genre Savvy: Increasingly so as the show went on. He could often tell how well a robot was going to do just by looking at it and reading the statistics.
  • The Hyena: He was well-known for his occasional laughing fits during matches. Memorable examples include during Hypno-Disc's first-ever bout, when Diotoir caught fire (again) after beating The Steel Avenger, and when Firestorm became the first robot to be thrown out of the arena.
  • Large Ham: Oh, yeah.
  • Long Runner: Has been present in every episode of Robot Wars, from the very first episode in 1997 to the rebooted series in 2016.
  • Malaproper: He would constantly use the word "armament"note  when he meant to say "armour". Ironically, he would most often make this mistake when complaining about the "weak armament" of robots that sacrificed protection in order to fit on an extra-powerful weapon.
  • Motor Mouth: Sometimes, especially his commentary here.
  • Mr. Exposition: Would describe every contestant robot when they first appeared in the arena, discussing their strengths and weaknesses, stats such as armour thickness and top speed, and miscellaneous facts like where the bits used to make the robot came from. He would also introduce new arena features such as the pit release button, the floor flipper, and the Disc of Doom.
    • In Series 5, after Hypno-Disc knocked out Bulldog Breed's safety link, he proceeded to give a very expository description of what the component was for:
      Jonathan: Oh, I see what they've done! That's a removable link, that every robot has, so they can be disabled in the pits for safety reasons. Pull that out, and the robot will stop. It's like removing a core fuse, if you will.
  • Oh Crap!: Whenever a competitor robot took on the house robots and won, for example in the Series 7 House Robot Rebellion:
    Jonathan: So you think you're tough enough to withstand Growler? Gravity seems to think he can take on— [Gravity effortlessly flips Growler over] — Oh! He can! Erm, this is not going according to plan...
  • Pungeon Master: And some of the earlier entries, such as Robopig, gave him plenty of opportunity.
    Jonathan: [as Sir Killalot holds Robopig over the flame pit] And I think we can have— we do! SMOKY BACOOOOOON!!!]
  • Shown Their Work: He's often the one to note interesting facts about competing robots that Phillipa and Craig fail to mention. One glaring example is him noting that Series 5 competitor S3 is the third robot from the team, after failures Sting and Sting 2, who lost its only match to Diotoir. Both Phillipa and Craig act as if the team are completely new to the series.
  • Tempting Fate: Most famously during the iconic "fight" between Hypno-Disc and Splinter, when it seemed initially like Splinter might pull off an upset:
    Jonathan: Could this be one of the greatest shocks ever in Robot Wars? If they keep attacking on a frontal collision with that blade, they'll protect their more vulnerable sides, of course, Splinter! And maybe, who knows— [Hypno-Disc rips Splinter's scoop clean off] OH NO THEY WON'T!!!
    • In the Series 3, Heat I eliminators, Jonathan mentioned that it would be funny seeing Matilda (whose CPZ was located next to the pit) accidentally drive forward and fall in. Later that same episode, Dead Metal does exactly that.

Eric Corton (Dutch Series 1-2 Commentator)

The Judges (Professor Noel Sharkey - All Series; Eric Dickinson - Series 1-2; Adam Harper - Series 1-3; Martin Smith - Series 3-7; Dr Myra Wilson - Series 4-5; Mat Irvine - Series 5-7; Professor Sethu Vijayakumar - 2016 Series; Dr Lucy Rogers - 2016 Series)
The show's two longest-serving judges, Noel Sharkey and Martin Smith

  • Einstein Hair: Professor Noel Sharkey definitely qualifies.
  • Long Runner: Noel Sharkey was a judge on every episode; even though he rarely spoke (see The Voiceless below) and didn't always appear, he is one of the few people to be involved in all nine series of Robot Wars, and has been confirmed to be returning for the 2016 reboot.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Martin Smith was the driver of Cruella in series 1 & 2.
  • The Voiceless: The judges would very rarely speak, with their decisions being relayed by Craig Charles; occasionally the show would call on them when they had to go into more detail on a particularly controversial decision.

Stuart McDonald (Announcer, Director)

  • Catch Phrase: As the announcer, he had several in every bout:
    • "Roboteers, stand by."
    • "3... 2... 1... Activate!"
    • "Cease!"
  • Hammy Herald: Not especially hammy as such, but it was his booming voice that introduced every robot that entered the arena, as well as introducing the host at the start of the show (with a unique, often comical, introduction every episode for the first 4 series until he settled on "the Master of Mayhem").
    "And now, please welcome the man who thought Mussolini was a kind of Lasagna: Craig Charles.
  • Long Runner: The only individual other than Noel Sharkey who appeared (metaphorically speaking of course) on every incarnation of the show, even the international series. Recordings of his three announcements (see Catch Phrase above) taken from the TV show continue to be used at live events to this day.
  • Mission Control: As the show's Director, he was responsible for directing the cameras as well as giving directions to the audience, and it was theorised he also gave orders to the House Roboteers about when and how they were allowed to attack.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: It didn't happen often, but McDonald would occasionally mispronounce the name of a bot. Sometimes it wasn't that unusual (he initially pronounced Dantomkia as "Dan-tom-KY-a" for its first few fights before he started to get it right) but there was no excuse for him repeatedly referring to Tsunami as "Tusamni".
  • The Voice: As the show's Director, McDonald never appeared on camera, but his voice was heard in every single episode of the show.