Trivia / BattleBots

  • Adored by the Network: Plenty of robots, in both Comedy Central and ABC shows, had most of their fights televised whether they made it into semi-final or not, depending on their popularity with fans and their previous victories. The short list includes robots like Biohazard, Hazard, Toro, Ziggo, Vlad the Impaler, Diesector, Tombstone, Witch Doctor, Minotaur and anything Inertia Labs wheels into the Battlebox (Toro, T-Minus, Matador, Bronco). Even robots that don't get very far were featured heavily if they had an iconic design, like Tentomushi or Nightmare.
  • Channel Hop: The original Battlebots aired on Comedy Central from 2000-2002. The reboot now airs on ABC.
  • Dueling Shows: With Robot Wars.
  • Executive Meddling: After Bite Force won ABC Season 1 using a Boring, but Practical wedge setup that thwarted the destructive blade of their personal favorite Tombstone, they changed the rules in ABC Season 2 to make sure Tombstone wouldn't lose again. The result is that defensive control bots, which are the bread and butter of any other tournament, were made completely non-viable here. Without any robot strong enough to stand up to Tombstone's blade, it won the Season 2 fairly easily.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Only two DVDs/VHS tapes were ever released, neither with actual seasons on them (one was a clip show, the other showed one of the 1999 Pay-Per-View events). Not only that, but most of the episodes were only run two or three times. Season 5 episodes were only aired once. Right now your only hope if you want to see any of the episodes is if you recorded them when they first aired or that someone posted clips from the fight on YouTube.
    • A YouTuber who had VHS tapes of most of the episodes is uploading them.
    • Camcorder footage of many fights from the original American Robot Wars tournaments from the early 1990s - which is the direct predecessor of both Battlebots and the British show that ultimately took that name - still exist and are on Youtube in varying quality. Considering that these tournaments were not professionally filmed, it's only through the quick thinking of fans and builders that such footage even survives.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Ray Billings comes off as very cocky on the ABC revival, but he admits on Reddit that it's mostly an act. On the official Battlebots Reddit, he's courteous to the fan base and other drivers that hang out there and his posts are often jaunty and insightful. After ABC Season 2 aired, he did an AMA where he answered nearly every question posted to him and stayed for nearly three hours. He also has a sterling reputation with other drivers as both a solid guy and a revered legend of the sport.
  • Un-Canceled: Returned after a Channel Hop and thirteen years with a new series on ABC starting June 2015.
    • Before that, hope was kept alive through a tournament held in April 2009; though without the College tournament, the High School and Professional [Heavyweight] tournaments not having a Network. The 2009 College Tournament was to air on digital cable and satellite but was canceled at the last minute before airing even a single episode. One episode from this made it to Youtube's pay-per-view service, the rest are sitting in an editing room somewhere.
      • The 2009 professional tournament also included the entry of Ray Billings and his underground favorite Last Rites/Tombstone, which fans were eager to see participate on television. Fans were finally able to see that robot compete - and dominate - on the ABC revival.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The series was canceled right around the time that combat robotics really started to take off on the independent scene, with more money coming into the sport and fresh young builders putting together some truly amazing bots. For example, imagine Megabyte vs. Biohazard, only with the production values of the Comedy Central show and Bill Dwyer's exuberant commentary.
    • Many of the robots that were not finished in time for the fights wound up like this. The Wacky Compass was supposed to have a spinning bar on top of it much like Son of Whyachi but was deemed overweight (even with the weight bonus for walkers) so it was replaced with two static bars. White Rabbit, a superheavyweight entered in Season 4.0 was supposed to have two counter-rotating blades mounted on top of the chassis spinning at 2000 RPM but had a crucial piece missing and was not ready for competition.
    • Claymore had a similar shape and in the same weight class as Mouser Mecha-Catbot, and just like how Mouser Mecha-Catbot was painted to look like a pink cartoon cat, Claymore, from Season 4.0 and onwards, was painted to look like a white cartoon mouse. Mouser Mecha-Catbot and Claymore, if matched up against each other, would've been a literal cat-and-mouse game with similar-looking robots. Alas, the two never met in competition.
    • Season 2 of the ABC Reboot presented an interesting scenario: Both Son of Whyachi and Warrior Clan entered the competition, both reached the Round of 32 bracket, and both were made and driven by the Ewert clan. Had they won their respective fights, the bracket would've matched them together, meaning that there would be a family civil war in Battlebots. Alas, they never met, as both robots were taken out in the Round of 32.
    • Hellachopper, a full body spinner built by the creators of Comedy Central-era favorite Atomic Wedgie, was registered to compete in ABC Season 2. However, after a few scary-looking tests of its weapon spinning faster than the speed of sound in the Battlebox, it was deemed unsafe for competition and withdrawn from the tournament. Ultraviolent took its place in the bracket and wound up being knocked out in the qualifiers by Hypershock. One wonders how differently the tournament would have looked if Hellachopper was allowed to compete.
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