YMMV: BattleBots

  • Base Breaker: The revival has created plenty in the community.
    • The removal of weight-divisions. Before it was lightweight, middleweight, heavyweight, and superheavyweight. Now the tournament is based entirely around the heavyweight division. This either kills the variety, or adds more focus to the tournament aspect of the game.
    • Modifications before battle. Some say it's unfair to modify your robot before a match to give you an edge, going as far as to call it "cheating". However, others argue that it is necessary to adapt to an opponent in order to survive (Ghost Raptor vs. Icewave is often brought up).
    • Multibots. Like the above, some people don't think its fair for one team to fight another two or three vs. one. But weight has to be divided into multiple bots, meaning there are disadvantages to doing so.
    • Weaponless robots are sometimes considered boring as they cannot inflict any direct damage, dependent on stage hazards. They didn't become the dominant type of robot until the time BattleBots went off the air, but there were already plenty of strong contenders in the Comedy Central run, such as The Big B, Zion, IceBerg, New Cruelty, Bad Attitude, Punjar, War Machine, Turtle, Electric Lunch, and Double Agent. At the same time, however, these robots gain admiration from some other fans due to their dependence on good piloting skills by their operators in order to perform decently.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Minion, along with his "brother," Overkill. Diesector and TazBot were also insanely popular if merchandise sales were anything to go by.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Surgeon General's introduction in this fight qualifies as its builder died in a car accident a few years later.
  • Love to Hate: Hazard. It dominated the middle-weight division and won three tournaments without losing once. Naturally, it got a little annoying for some viewers. It made it all the more satisfying when it was finally defeated by T-Minus. Mark Beiro himself even lampshaded it right before that fateful match.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Reinforced plastic" has quickly become an in-joke with the community following Tombstone's "fight" with Radioactive.
  • More Popular Spin-off: Borderline case, but this is the show that introduced basic-cable viewers (and producers...) to the people who would become the MythBusters.
  • Older than You Think: Although BattleBots didn't air its first season until 2000, there were two pay-per-view tournaments (to test whether the show's idea was viable) the year before, and the whole thing has its roots in Robot Wars, which began in 1994 in the USA. The Robot Wars USA tournaments continued until 1997. In 1998 The BBC took over the "Robot Wars" name to produce the TV show fans are familiar with, and the next year BattleBots began.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Adam Savage, Jamie Hyneman and Grant Imahara were competitors before MythBusters (and before Imahara worked for Hyneman's shop). Hyneman and Savage - who had known each other in special effects circles for years - collaborated on a bot called Blendo, which was considered to be too dangerous for competition several times. Imahara built Deadblow, a popular and beloved middleweight bot that often dominated its weight class (or would have if not for being in the same weight class as Hazard.)
  • The Scrappy:
    • Evil Cheese Wedge, a robot Comedy Central bought off eBay, decorated, and used in several filler shorts in the fifth season.
    • To some viewers, Carmen Electra.
    • Voltronic, mainly because of its Boring Yet Practical design that wasn't fun to watch, but highly successful.
    • Overhaul, due to its team being considered Sore Losers.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The 2015 revival has four fights, a maximum of three minutes each... but the show is an hour long. Padding hell ensues, for those who are only interested in the fights. On the flipside, almost all of the fights in the tournament are shown, compared to the original where they skipped a lot of them.
  • Tough Act to Follow: After Vlad was retired, he was replaced by the less memorable and less win-prone Vlad II. His superheavyweight sibling Vladiator, on the other hand, was Lightning Bruiser incarnate and remained a serious contender right to the very end.
  • What an Idiot: Common criticism for Carmen Electra being made a presenter by many fans. After Warhead (a robot designed by the team behind famed Robot Wars champion Razer) was defeated by Overkill in its final fight, Electra stated the team "Could really use some driving lessons", despite the fact that the Razer team was renowned for their driving ability, and that Warhead, despite being incredibly difficult to control due to the gyroscopic design of the weapon, had decimated every other robot it had faced due to its precision attacks.