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A British television show about fighting robots. The show lasted for seven seasons between 1997 and 2004, plus two editions of Robot Wars Extreme and several computer games. The first 6 (and the two extremes) aired on BBC2 while the last season aired on Channel Five. The latter channel's treatment of the show proved to be the death of it, but it lives on in repeats and live events organised by the roboteers. During the height of its fame, The show had two seasons and a Nickelodeon Kids' Series involving mainly US robots (called Robot Wars: Extreme Warriors and Nickelodeon Robot Wars respectively), two seasons involving robots from the Netherlands and Belgium (called Robot Wars: The Dutch Battles), and a German language single Series (named Robot Wars: The German Struggles) involving 12 robots from Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland, which were broadcast in their native languages and used local Presenters and pit reporters. All series took place in the UK arena and used UK house robots (and the final UK series involved many big-name Dutch, Belgian and German robots). Many of the fights are available on youtube.The first season was hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, but later seasons were hosted by Craig Charles, who was more suited for this. The show was originally a mix of fighting and various "trials" (games such as pinball, sumo, obstacle courses, etc.); later on, more emphasis was put on the former and by series 5 the format was entirely combat-based.Not to be confused with Super Robot Wars (which was renamed Super Robot Taisen outside of Japan due to the show), or with the American series BattleBots with which it shares a common ancestor in the form of underground American competitions in the early 1990's. No relation at all with the 1993 Giant Mecha movie of the same name. If your looking for a trope about wars against robots, that's Robot War.
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