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- Any time Diotoir catches fire. Which is every time it fights.
- For context, Diotoir is covered in bright red fur with black polka dots, bloodshot googly eyes, and a surreal rictus grin. So is its team.
- In fact, in their final fight of the World Series of 2017, the very first thing Peter Redmond did was drive Diotoir onto the flame pit to set it alight. And then proceeded to fight the entire match on fire.
- The Plunderstorm/Plunderbird team were a walking, talking Crowning Moment of Funny.
Mike: "We found out that other teams have been using tactics. We don't like tactics, do we, Bryan?"Bryan: "No. We don't like any small minty things."note
Philippa: "Going into this next round, have there been any major changes made to Plunderstorm?"Mike: "We have done NOTHING!"Bryan: "Who said that?!"Mike: "Who has been spreading these scurrilous assertions?!"Bryan: "Who sent you?!"Philippa: "...I forgot my line."All three break out laughing.
- For what skill they lacked on the arena floor, they excelled at making the pit reporters crack up:
- From Series 5 onwards, the robot information screen which shows up when a robot is introduced had a 'Weakness' tag added, which would point out a potentially fatal flaw in the robot's design. Many times, however, it was something humorous:
Sir Chromalot: Weaknesses: Jonathan Pearce!Scorpion: Weaknesses: None, just the driverRobochicken: Weaknesses: The team
Strengths: Made of plasticWeaknesses: Made of plastic
- Barber-Ous 2 had arguably the best listing of strengths and weaknesses on the entire show:
Weaknesses: None, hopefullynote
- Another good one from Spawn Again in Series 7:
Strengths: Bright Colour, DangerousWeaknesses: Bright Colour, Easily Seen
- And from Mega Morg, also in Series 7:
- Though Jeremy Clarkson is considered an Unperson for his time hosting the first series (where he regularly talked down to the competitors, mocked their robots, and generally didn't hold the show in high regard), his natural Deadpan Snarker tendencies led to numerous funny moments. Particularly the first time he introduced the Series 1-exclusive trial "Labyrinth" while taking a walk through the maze:
Jeremy Clarkson: "There are lots of different routes through it, so only a complete idiot would ever end up going down a dead end."[Jeremy immediately walks into a maze wall]
- The Demolisher was hilarious from start to finish. Firstly, it was just a remote-controlled car with a metal shell bolted on top, and at 2.9kg it was the lightest robot in the show's history. It was also one of the fastest at 40mph, but this made it nigh-impossible to control: it crashed coming out of the start gate during its introduction, crashed during the Gauntlet, crashed during the Stock Car trial... it still made it all the way to the Heat Final before getting overturned by Cunning Plan.
- During the "Tug Of War" trial, the camera frequently cuts to a young girl holding a sign that says "Matilda", including after the house robot dispatches each challenger. After Kill Dozer manages to be the only robot to survive the trial, the girl turns her sign around to reveal it reads "Kill Dozer." Not nearly as funny as Jonathan Pearce's reaction, though:
Jonathan Pearce: Hey! You can't do that!
- One of the exhibition matches at the end of the series featured the fur-covered Nemesis and Ramrombit (a sacrificial robot built especially for the occasion) tag-teamed against Sgt. Bash. In preparation for the event, Nemesis arrived with kebabs attached to it and a chef's hat, and commentator Jonathan Pearce remarked that he had heard the team doused their robot in paraffin as well. The end result was a true CMOF, and enough to make any pyromaniac weep with joy.
- When the occasional question appears as to who actually won the Inferno Insurrection, the universal response is that the winners were Sergeant Bash and the audience.
- In Heat D, Bumblebot and Ultor comparing their weapons. More impressively, Philippa manages to get through most of it with a straight face.
- Which makes it all the worse when Dead Metal severs Bumblebot's weapon in the ensuing battle, much to the amusement of Jonathan Pearce.
- Craig's introduction for Heat F was among his funniest material:
Craig: Now, when you think of love, you think of candlelit dinners... skipping through poppy fields... "Where's all me money gone?"...
- Sir Killalot catching fire after attempting to push Robopig over the flame pit during Heat G.
- Razer losing to the laughable Aggrobot, not because Aggrobot was a superior robot, but because the back of Razer's weapon dug into the floor and left it unable to move.
- During Hypno-Disc's first fight, against Robogeddon, after the former has completely ripped the latter's armour off and wrecked the wheels, two of the Robogeddon team members are seen talking to each other:
Jonathan Pearce: What's Ginger saying there to little William? "There's a way back into this for us"? I don't think so!
- Not to mention Jonathan Pearce's hysterical laughter throughout much of the battle.
Jonathan: Oh, you shouldn't laugh— look at that, laid bare! [immediately starts laughing again]
- Not to mention Jonathan Pearce's hysterical laughter throughout much of the battle.
- When Firestorm showed up for the semifinals, after beating Diotoir in their heat final, Graham Bone and Alex Mordue were inexplicably wearing jockstraps made from Diotoir's iconic red and black polka-dotted fur.
Philippa: Firestorm, how do you feel?Alex Mordue: Uh, pretty silly in these, uh, furry codpieces.Philippa: Well I wasn't going to mention it actually, I was just gonna, eheh, leave everyone to wonder.—Philippa: [pointing and laughing as Team Firestorm are bending over to push their robot into the arena] Hah, you could've got a thong! [cracks up laughing]—Jonathan: Firestorm, will it be going for a thong after thith one, with Graham Bone and Alecth Mordue?
- In the first War of Independence, Mortis comically hitting Sir Killalot on the head with its tanto axe.
- Shunt smashing Major Tom's plastic bubblegum-dispenser head with its axe.
- Shunt's insistence on smashing model heads in general can lead to moments of these. Memorably, after Banshee (a full-body spinner with an ornate and ugly female head moulded on the top of it) was flipped by Spawn of Scutter, Shunt came in, drove his axe into the head and ripped it clean off. He paraded it around the arena for a bit before depositing it on the flame pit. Even funnier than this was Jonathan being reduced to high-pitched, near-hysterical giggles by the spectacle.
- Just before the final of Heat C, Craig Charles delivered this gem:
Craig: Just like Bernard Manning's deodorant, our competing robots have some serious work to do in the pits!
- Jonathan Pearce's commentary from the final of Heat G, when Kronic the Wedgehog has been beaten up by the House Robots and is teetering on the edge of the pit:
Jonathan: And there's Shunt again and Dead Metaaaaaaaaaal... and the Wedgehooooooooog...! [Beat, Shunt comes in, swings his axe at Kronic and misses] Come on, the Wedgehooooooooooooog...! [Beat] Uh, the Wedgehooooooooooooog...! [Killalot finally comes in and pits Kronic] Nighty night!
- The culmination of the first round melee in Heat H, which saw all three competitors - Wheely Big Cheese, Prizephita, and Wheelosaurus - getting shoved into the pit by the House Robots.note
- Following Hypno-Disc's very one-sided semi-final victory against Splinter:
Craig Charles: Very close fight, we'll have to go to the judges on that one. Only joking!
- Dominator 2 spent its heat final sticking numerous holes in 101, prompting Jonathan Pearce to joke:
Jonathan Pearce: Do not try this at home, children, with a toothpick on your brother's favourite model car. Wait until Christmas Day and do it then!
- Two from the Celebrity Special:
- Natalie Cassidy ditching the Iron-Awe team for Pussycat after their loss to the latter robotnote . She also implied she would ditch Pussycat if they lost as well.
- Diotoir resumed its habit of being the resident Chef of Iron by adding "pancake mix" to a frying pan, which was stuck on to Diotoir's arm. Vic Reeves' unusual ingredient was the decapitated bunny head decorations stolen from their round 1 opponent, Wild Thing. Their celebrity, Shauna Lowry, wasn't terribly impressed.
- Razer demolishing Matilda at the end of the Southern Annihilator, back before the introduction of her flywheel, was equal parts awesome and funny.
- During the Mayhem battle between Hypno-Disc, Wheely Big Cheese, and Ming 3, Hypno-Disc tore both of Ming 3's wheels off, one after the other, leaving it completely helpless. Cue Jonathan Pearce:
Jonathan: So, uhh... what are you gonna do now, Ming 3? Go on! Back into the action! [audibly cracking up] Creep across the arena floor!
- One dull Vengeance Battle prompted Craig Charles to remark that they couldn't show any highlights because there weren't any. The battle, which was between Plunderbird 5 and Mega Morg, was initiated because the two teams did hilarious and disparaging rap battles against each other after Mega Morg's team told Plunderbird's they would show them how it's done because "we're Welsh". In the battle itself, as the only action was Bash melting, and Shunt axing, Mega Morg's so called "Ninja Sheep", Pearce claimed that the duo did it out of boredom, and also told Shunt to carry on with his attacks after Refbot booked him!
- Plunderbird's other Vengeance Battle was a long-awaited fight against Sir Chromalot. The fight itself was nothing special - it was, after all, a fight between two Joke Characters - but the sheer Ham-to-Ham Combat and insult-flinging between the teams had to be seen to be believed.
Mike: Don't bother parking.Bryan: You ain't staying long.Mike: You call that an entrance?Steve: Plundergirls, we call this an entrance.(cue the cheerleading squad)
- During the first of the two antweight battles, Anty B somehow wound up getting stuck under the floor flipper for the entire battle.
- Jonathan Pearce's commentary on this one (and its Extreme 2 successor) is absolutely hilarious given it's essentially "toy" robots and he conducts it as though it's the heavyweights!
- After Chaos 2 threw The Steel Avenger out of the arena in Heat A, the Chaos 2 team received a gift from the crew: a damaged studio light, with a note taped on:
George Francis: (reading) "Presented to George Francis and Chaos 2 in memory of all the lights you've busted, and just to say: Do it again and die."
(laughter from both teams)
Jacky Willoughby: Ah well, if no robots get you, the team will.
- Major Tom driving into the pit it had just opened in its fight against Kat 3. Both teams spent most of the post-match interview in absolute hysterics.
- In their Heat Semi-Final, Razer were pitted against Widow's Revenge, a team supposedly made up of the wives of the Razer team membersnote . What followed was one long, relentless Crowning Moment of Funny, arguably the most hilarious battle in the show's history. It truly has to be seen to be believed.
- When 200kg walkerbot Black Widow was pushed onto the floor flipper after having lost to Hypno-Disc, the flipper actually failed to lift it, and Black Widow ended up perfectly balanced on top of it. Shunt had to come in and re-position it for another go, and on the second attempt it was successfully (if unspectacularly) tipped upside-down.
- The debut of Granny's Revenge, in which it was burned to the ground by Sgt. Bash due to how highly flammable it was. The fight ended on a particularly hilarious note when the Refbot pushed the fiercely-burning Granny's Revenge into the pit... and then fell in with her.
- Jonathan Pearce: The granny's gotten hold of the Refbot! What a dreadful thought!
- Craig Charles's son Jack appeared as part of Diotoir's team in Series 5. After they won their first battle, Craig immediately shook his hand before talking to the main team members — Jack never said a word.
- The return of Granny's Revenge, in which it was pitted against Hypno-Disc, torn apart, set on fire again, and squashed by a cooker that fell from the Drop Zone. And of course, the post-battle interview:
Philippa Forester: [regarding the completely demolished Granny's Revenge] Did you suspect this might happen?Team member: Um, no, it's very surprising... It's just got a few scratches, nothing we can't repair.
Barber-Ous team captain: "The one thing we're most susceptible to, I would say, is horizontal spinning weapons. The one robot I didn't want to get pitched against was Hypno-Disc."Philippa: "Lucky you! That's all I needed to hear."
- Just before the aforementioned battle, the interview between Philippa and Barber-Ous (whose outer shell is made of plastic):
- Firestorm 4 started its campaign by dominating the four-bot melee. It flipped one robot from the start and let it to rot, flipped another robot into a Corner Patrol Zone and left it to the house robots, and then flipped the remaining competitor and dumped it into the pit. It finished by driving straight into the pit afterwards.
- Sir Chromalot's drivers had some fun in Series 6. While they were driving it into the arena for its first battle, they drove their bot into Shunt. Whether it was deliberate or not, that still provoked Shunt into following them for a few seconds.
- Before the first round melee, Steve asks Philippa to pick a suit for him. She plucks out a cow-skin styled suit and decides that will be the one. Ray is left shaking his head.
- During the fight between Panic Attack and A-Kill, Jonathan Pearce comments disparagingly on A-Kill's flimsy swinging weapon which does nothing but lightly tap Panic Attack:
"That... that's not a weapon. I'm sorry! What is that?! What is this on top of A-Kill? A mighty mace? No! A... a heavy, horrendous hammer? No, no, no! Oh, a... stupendous, slicing, cutty thing? It's... nothing, really, is it?"
- The Refbot and Sergeant Bash got into a fight during one episode, with the Refbot attempting to put out Bash's flamethrower with his fire extinguisher. Even Jonathan can't focus on the actual fight because of Sgt Bash chasing Refbot around the arena.
- One battle in The New Blood Tournament between the robots Chopper, Mad Dog, and ICU basically consisted of Mad Dog doing next to nothing, ICU trying to have a fight, and Chopper driving into every danger the arena had to offer and generally trying to kill itself as quickly as possible. Jonathan Pearce's commentary adds to the funny.
- At the end of the fight, having been counted out, Mad Dog then endured one of the show's funniest Humiliation Congas. After getting bashed around by Matilda, Sir Killalot tried to cut its flipper arm off, then placed it on the floor flipper, where it was propelled right into Matilda. Mad Dog was then pushed onto the Drop Zone, where it had a dustbin filled with balls (ranging from bowling balls to ping-pong balls) dropped onto it; the bowling balls missed it completely and instead knocked Sir Killalot's breastplate off.
- One episode has a fight in which all the robots were being controlled by female roboteers (friends or relations of the usual team members). Jonathan Pearce spouted these gems early on:
Jonathan Pearce: [on Chompalot, a dragon-esque robot] What's that, you say? All women on Robot Wars are dragons? Shame on you!Jonathan Pearce: [on Pussycat] What's that, you say? All women on Robot Wars are catty? Shame on you!!
- In one of the Featherweight battles, one robot was put on the floor flipper and was flipped all the way out of the arena. To top this, later on two featherweights were put on the flipper, and one was again launched out of the arena while the other one hit the ceiling and landed in the pit.
Jonathan Pearce: That's come down with snow on it!
- Heat E featured a robot named Ewe 2 in a battle against Tetanus Booster. During the match, Jonathan Pearce went on to make EVERY U2 joke possible, and even lampshaded it twice!
- In Heat A, during Behemoth's battle with Nuts in the round-robin stage, it flipped one of Nuts' minibots almost into the ceiling and over halfway across the arena, causing Jonathan Pearce to burst into his trademark hysterical laughter.
- Nuts really were the gift that kept on giving in the first episode: during their battle against Terrorhurtz they lost their outer ring with the attached chain flails (again; it had been torn off in the first round by Carbide and reattached), but then one of the flails got stuck on Terrorhurtz instead, causing them to drag the entire ring around behind them! The way the ring would spin around Terrorhurtz as it drove made it almost like Terrorhurtz had stolen and equipped the chain flail themselves!
- During one of the round-robin matches in Heat C, Sir Killalot managed to get his lance stuck in the wall, leaving him pinned there for the rest of the fight.
- Also in that heat, Dantomkia's owner jokingly going into a mental breakdown after it lostnote and proceeding to ineffectively beat it with a hammer.
Oh, we're big boys and we build big toysWe're handy with a spannerAnd if it don't work, we go berserkAnd hit it with a hammer
- It's even funnier when you remember what Plunderbird sang after the Sir Chromalot battle in Extreme 1, fifteen years previously:
- Also in that heat, Dantomkia's owner jokingly going into a mental breakdown after it lostnote and proceeding to ineffectively beat it with a hammer.
- Gabriel survives being hit by Ironside 3's ferocious bar spinner by basically bouncing off it. Its weapons and wheels literally wobble from the impact and then spring back into shape. It's about as weird as it sounds.
- Chompalot's destruction at the hands of Gabriel and Shunt, in a Black Comedy way. Post-match, the roboteers are asked if they think they can repair it enough to fight again, and reply in the affirmative... whilst in the background, the robot in question bursts into flames. Needless to say, it does not in fact make it back again.
- Sabertooth nearly flipping themselves over with their own drum spinner a few times in one battle. The reason? It was spinning the wrong way because they'd somehow wired it up backwards. Although...
- M.R. Speed Squared, after taking heavy damage from previous battles, goes into the arena just barely functional, with nobody even sure the weapon's still working. They open the fight by suddenly spinning up to a ridiculous extent, flipping onto their side and cartwheeling across the arena in a shower of sparks before clattering to a halt (an act known in roboteering parlance as "pulling a Mauler").
- Cherub triggering the arena floor flipper, and then somehow managing to drive under it before it came down, and getting stuck. The team's reaction really takes the cake though.
Sarah Colliass: I didn't even know you could get under there!
- Pulsar, after narrowly winning a match has lost power in one wheel and their drum, so what do to prove they're still living? Turn around and use their tiny self-righting arm to gesture at the opponent.
- Becomes funnier later, when Pulsar's SRIMECH is used as a recurring victory pose.
- And then becomes a Chekhov's Gun when Pulsar runs out of replacement speed controllers, and narrowly avoids disqualification by using the srimech motor to power the drive system.
- The Wyrm team, from the same heat, were almost a walking Crowning Moment of Funny. Having entered last year with the wooden Joke Character Overdozer, they'd built Wyrm to be a heavily-armoured spinner-killer... only to be knocked out even faster than Overdozer had been. After their reinstatement they were torn apart by Ironside 3, wired the drive motors backwards in their haste to get it repaired (to which the team captain's response was to hold the controller upside-down), and when Pulsar and Matilda promptly trashed the machine a second time to eliminate them for good, they proceeded to casually toss Wyrm's remains into a skip. Oh, and they painted an 'OwO' face onto the robot's front wedge.
- The Frostbite team's reaction to their robot's obliteration at the hands of Supernova, followed by Shunt coming in to add insult to injury by ripping off the top panel with his axe:
Harry Fletcher: We've got a bit of a bodge job to do, lads!
(Shunt axes Frostbite's remains)
Harry Fletcher: Oh, come on!
- The arena spikes malfunctioning and flying into the air during the Sabretooth vs The Swarm match in Heat 1, much to the bewilderment of Jonathan Pearce.
- And happens again during the first episode of the World Series!
- In Heat 3, Apex vs. Track-tion. The match starts, Apex gets a good couple of hits on Track-tion's wedge (donated by Team Immersion)... only for Apex to suddenly rip itself apart; the bar spinner helicoptering away and smashing through one of the arena's bulletproof walls, whilst Apex's body was catapulted across the ring into Sir Killalot's CPZ.
- Part of the reason the House Robots are there is to clean up any mess and dump potentially dangerous bots in the pit (if they're on fire for instance). Cue stunned silence from the crowd at what has just happened, while Killalot just sheepishly gets on with his job of making the place safe.
- Naturally, the commentary from the roboteers is priceless:
Jack Tweedy (Apex): That's the bar,* that's the belt,* there's the everything!*
Dan (Track-tion): If that bar came this way, I'd need a change of trousers!
- Dan was mortified when Angela snuck behind him as he was saying this and asked him to repeat it. He clammed up so awkwardly that she had to turn to Anna and ask her what he'd said instead.
- Among the contestants in Heat 4 were a returning finalist, a veteran team, and the most powerful crushing arm in the competition. And who was the eventual finalist, defeating all the others with barely more than superficial damage? Nuts 2. Almost everything about this toes the line between hilarious and awesome.
- In the first fight, Nuts took out Concussion by smashing one of their wheels. For the final, Concussion tried to preempt this by attaching sacrificial "nut guard" armour to protect the wheels, only to find themselves unable to drive when they were turned over, because the armour caught on the ground.
- Nuts vs Androne resulted in the latter's hydraulics rupturing explosively and spraying oil everywhere in a spectacular fashion. Both Jonathan and Dara joked about needing a mop and bucket to clean up, while Team Nuts complained that the slippery surface made their chaotic robot even harder to control.
- In Heat 5, Expulsion never managed to get through a fight without getting flipped. First they toppled after getting lifted and slammed against a wall, and then found they couldn't self-right. In their next fight they seemed to have the upper hand, only to get caught off-guard by the floor flipper (though they'd already won). In their third fight they tried to play it safe against Magnetar, but the first hit from its drum threw them onto the floor flipper, landing them upside down again.
- As well as the aforementioned occasion on which the Drop Zone was loaded with a huge amount of balls (ranging from bowling balls to ping-pong balls) that went everywhere on release, there was the time when the item dropped was a small portable television which got impaled on a spike sticking out of its "victim". Compounded when Matilda came in and destroyed the television with her flywheel.
- During the playoff for 5th place in German Robot Wars (between Not Perfect and Junkyard Queen), the two robots get stuck together beyond Refbot's ability to separate them, and Mr Psycho comes in to do the job himself, plucking Junkyard Queen up off the floor. He then (rather unnecessarily, since Junkyard Queen hadn't been counted out yet) decides to parade the robot around the arena, held high in the air. Unfortunately for him, he decides to do this backwards and, when he turns the wrong way at just the wrong speed, he gets a lesson in a little something called "centrifugal force".
- In the same bout, after Junkyard Queen is counted out, Refbot puts it on the drop zone target mark, where it gets hit by... Golem. Even more ironic was that the playoff was originally supposed to be a 4-way melee between Not Perfect, Junkyard Queen, Hydrotec and Golem, and the latter two had been forced to pull out thanks to irreparable damage... but Golem ended up making it into the arena anyway.
- Eric Corton, the commentator of the Dutch series, was enough of a Large Ham to pass as Jonathan Pearce's long-lost brother. One of his most amusing moments happened during the (rather pathetic) fight between X-Bot and Meshuggah, where Meshuggah went into the arena with its weapon already not working and rapidly broke down after ineffectually bumping X-Bot a few times, leading Killalot to set it on the arena floor flipper.
Eric Corton: Drie... twee... een... [singing] FLYYYYY LIKE AN EAGLE! [Meshuggah is thrown through the air] Yeehaw!
- To make it even funnier, when the replay was shown a few seconds later, he did the exact same thing again!