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A list of other notable teams that took part in the UK series, either for winning side contests or simply for being notable recurring personalities. Champions of the international series (Dutch, German and US) are also listed here.

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Spikasaurus (Series 4 Northern Annihilator Champion)

Weapons: Fixed ramming spikes

Battle record: 5 wins, 1 loss

  • Animal Motif: A dinosaur.
  • Boring, but Practical: The Northern Annihilator was ultimately a question of endurance - the consistently more aggressive and damaging Dominator 2 couldn't last the distance and broke down in the final.
  • Dark Horse Victory: If you'd told anyone they were going be the winners of the Northern Annihilator, you'd have been laughed at- all the other entrants were either Series 4 semifinalists or seeds (some were both), including reigning champion Chaos 2 and 3rd place robot Stinger, one of the two machines that had beaten Spikasaurus in its only previous battle. Meanwhile, Spikasaurus was an unimpressive looking rambot with fixed spike weapons that had gone out of style in the 3rd Wars, which had lost in the first round of its 4th Wars heat and had placed joint last in the Pinball Warrior Tournament. But they kept going and going, ultimately winning the final bout when their opponent, Dominator 2, simply broke down.
  • Determinator: Took so much damage in the Annihilator, but just refused to die.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Normally fixed spikes were considered ineffective weapons because they were usually incapable of doing this, but during the Annihilator Spikasaurus got such a great slam on the rear end of Killerhurtz that they buried the spikes in them up to the hilt! And those spikes were 18 inches long! Killalot had to come in and forcibly separate them (doing considerable damage to Spikasaurus in the process).
  • Left Stuck After Attack: As noted above, Spikasaurus ended up skewering Killerhurtz on its long spikes, couldn't get them back out again, and Killalot had to come in and separate the two. In the final round against Dominator 2 they also missed a ram and pinned themselves to the wall, taking serious punishment from their opponent and almost burning out their motors before they were able to finally wrench themselves free.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Surprisingly fast (17 mph top speed), meaning those spikes could actually do real damage when they lined up a good hit. It also took a hell of a licking and kept on ticking.
  • Made of Iron: Spikasaurus' armour wasn't really all that sturdy, but it's simply incredible how much of a beating it was able to take without breaking down.
  • One-Hit Wonder: After their poor showing in the 4th Wars main competition, the team gratefully took their Annihilator trophy home and that was the last anyone ever saw of Spikasaurus.
  • Victory by Endurance: Again, its Annihilator victory boiled down to this, especially in the one-on-one final against superior opposition.

Kan-Opener (2 Time Annihilator Champion in Extreme 2 & Series 7)

Weapons: Horizontal Crusher

Battle record: 9 wins, 4 losses

  • The Bus Came Back: Returned for Series 8 but did no better than in previous series.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Lost in Round One four times, and yet won two different Annihilators.
  • Determinator: Why they won back-to-back Annihilators. The team themselves explained why this mattered:
    "When you go into the UK championship, you get one chance at it, and you kill. This Annihilator is a different game altogether - it's staying alive that counts."
  • Fragile Speedster: In Series 8 it was fast at 16mph but was eliminated after a flip from Apollo dislodged the safety link.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Tended to lose after getting its claws stuck in its opponent, severely hampering its mobility. In Series 6 it got stuck in Demolition Man (albeit immobilizing them in the process) and Fluffy proceeded to tear it to shreds.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Unlike most robots, Kan-Opener differentiates between versions by letters rather than numbers. As of 2015 they're up to Kan-Opener J-spec.
    • This is particularly notable because there are at least three separate Kan-Openers owned by different teams competing on the live circuit. If they end up competing against each other, this can get... confusing.
      • In actual fact, Kan-Opener J-spec had been sold to Jason Marston, creator and driver of Thor, but he loaned the robot back to the original team for Series 8 while he entered with his own machine instead.
  • Left Stuck After Attack: Kan-Opener's fatal flaw. It had no problem getting its claws into an opponent, but pulling them back out again was another matter entirely.
  • Long Runner: Debuted in Series 5, is still fighting in live events to this day, and took part in the 2016 reboot.
  • Running Gag: Nothing's changed even after 13 years; no matter how good it becomes (and Kan-Opener is a good robot), it still can't make it past the first championship round. Maybe there'll be another Annihilator episode in future series...?

Chompalot (Extreme 2 Iron Maidens champion)

Weapons: Hydraulic jaws and rear spike

Battle record: 4 wins, 2 loss

  • Action Girl: It won the Iron Maidens side event in Extreme 2, a tournament where robots were all driven by women.
  • Animal Motifs: A dragon.
  • Back for the Dead: Returned to Robot Wars after 14 years, only to become the only robot in the competition to be completely destroyed in action beyond any hope of repair.
  • Born Lucky: Near the start of their second round match against Behemoth in the Iron Maidens championship Behemoth flipped them over and they didn't appear able to self-right. But then Shunt drove out of his CPZ and righted them for no real reason, and later went on to disable Behemoth on Chompalot's behalf with his axe, letting them through to the final. Craig, Jonathan and Philippa all mentioned how suspect this was.
  • The Bus Came Back: Returned for Series 8, and soon wished it hadn't.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Suffered two successive ones in its Series 8 heat. It made it through the first-round melee but was torn apart by Ironside 3 in the process, and it took a phenomenal effort from the other teams in the pits to get Chompalot ready to fight Gabriel in the first round-robin match. Chompalot was swiftly dispatched and its batteries caught fire, causing the robot to erupt into flames; this time the damage was irreparable and the team were forced to withdraw.
  • Dark Horse Victory: It went out in the first round of the 6th Wars, but defeated Behemoth and Pussycat (admittedly without their extremely experienced regular drivers) to win the Iron Maidens side tournament.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: When Dara was attempting to interview judge Lucy Rogers down in the pits during the 4th episode of the reboot, the team on the table behind them began bashing on a metal plate with a hammer, causing Dara to round on them and chastise them with "not a good time!" The team in question was Chompalot, frantically trying to repair their robot in time for the head-to-head stage.
  • Irony: After its untimely exit from Series 8, the team noted the irony of a robot based on a fire-breathing dragon catching fire.
  • Killed Off for Real: Inasmuch as a combat robot can be; after its fiery death in the arena, the team posted a memorial video for the machine, which was apparently the same (slightly upgraded) robot they'd fought with in the original series 14 years ago, now destroyed beyond repair. While robots that were severely damaged or destroyed (e.g Splinter) in the original series were simply replaced with a new model, veteran machines are restored, repaired and upgraded, and their absolute and permanent destruction like this is quite a shocking event nowadays.
  • Man on Fire: After a hastily-rebuilt Chompalot was defeated by Gabriel and axed by Shunt, the lithium-polymer batteries erupted and the robot was engulfed in smoke. During the post-match interview it then violently caught fire, and Chompalot's fate was sealed.
  • One-Hit Wonder: One of 3 robots to win a side competition but never win a battle during a series (along with Spikasaurus and Kan-Opener).
    • Averted in Series 8 when it made it through its first-round melee (unlike Kan-Opener), but sadly its next battle would be its last... ever. Or maybe not...
  • Pyrrhic Victory: It made it through the first-round melee in Series 8 but took massive damage from Ironside 3 in the process, and it took a massive repair job to get it ready to fight against Gabriel in the head-to-head round. The robot wasn't working at its best, was trashed again, and this time the damage was too much to repair.
  • Unexpected Character: Of all the returning robots in Series 8, Chompalot was probably the most surprising, especially as it hadn't been upgraded very much since its previous appearances.

Ming (Nickelodeon Robot Wars International Tag Team Terror Champion as Ming 3, with Rick) (15 Seed in Series 7)
Ming 3
Click to see the original Ming 
Click to see Ming II 
Click to see Ming Dienasty 

Weapons: Circular saw (Series 3), Lifting nose cone/flipper (Series 4), Vertical crusher (Series 5-6), Drill (Series 7), Spinning triangle rotor (as Zorro in Series 7)

Battle record: 4 wins, 7 losses (2 wins, 0 losses in the US), 0 wins, 1 loss as Zorro

  • Achilles' Heel: The massive exposed wheels of Ming 3. Hypno-Disc tore both of them off during their Mayhem fight in Extreme 1, and whilst Supernova couldn't quite do the same in Series 6, it did damage them to the point that they had no purchase on the arena floor at all.
  • Character Shilling: Its last-minute seeding as Ming Dienasty in Series 7 after another seed dropped out was extremely controversial, as it had never even reached a heat final. It fell at the first hurdle, which was still treated as an upset.
    • This was then averted at the end of the series in the All-Stars tournament, however; it was originally envisaged as a "veterans" show for teams that had been in five series or more, but even though Ming met this criteria (and was one of the few robots that did that hadn't sustained so much damage in the main competition that it couldn't take part) it wasn't invited to participate.
  • Charlie Brown from Outta Town: The team also entered Series 7 as Zorro, complete with Cosplay. Unfortunately it did no better than Ming, being eliminated in its round 1 melee.
  • Cheerful Child: Andrew Cotterell always brought his young sons along with him.
  • Epic Fail: Ming's debut performance in Series 3. It was immobilized by a single axe blow from Mortis, then flipped over, whereupon its circular saw broke off and flew across the arena.
  • Follow the Leader: Ming 3's similarity to Razer did not go unnoticed. The Mega Morg team mocked them for it before their Vengeance battle in Extreme.
    • Zorro's red triangular spinner also bore a resemblance to Son of Whyachi from BattleBots. It's unknown whether this was deliberate, but either way it was nowhere near as impressive.
  • Oddly Named Sequel / Punny Name: Ming Dienasty.
  • One-Hit Wonder: The team's sole claim to fame is winning the Nickelodeon Robot Wars Tag Team Terror alongside Rick while representing the UK, but none of its predecessors or successors did anything else of note.
  • Product Placement: Ming Dienasty was a modified version of an RCV (Radio Controlled Vehicle) produced by Andrew Cotterell's new company that was used in Series 7 because Cotterell wanted to promote it. (The team also entered a second robot that year, Zorro, that was also a modified RCV and had the same level of success as the first one, going out in the first round.)
  • Put on a Bus: Downplayed example; Ming didn't appear at all in Extreme 2, which was unusual for a team that had been around since the Third Wars without missing a series before then.
  • Shout-Out: Named after the iconic villain from Flash Gordon. In later series Andrew Cotterell and his kids would Cosplay as the character, complete with High Collar of Doom.
  • Taking You with Me: An unusual case. With two exceptions (Hypno-Disc and Ceros), every robot that beat a Ming machine went on to lose its next battle.

Team EyeEye (Series 2 Reserve Rumble Champions with Jim Struts, Extreme 1 Annihilator runners-up with Arnold A Terminegger)
Arnold, Arnold Terminegger

Weapons: Lifting Feet (Series 2), Spikes (Series 3), Forklift (Series 4-Extreme 1), Overhead axe (Extreme 1)

Battle record: 1 win, 0 losses each as Jim Struts and Miss Struts; 6 wins, 2 losses as Arnold, Arnold Terminegger

  • An Axe to Grind: Arnold A. Terminegger had an overhead axe added for Extreme 1.
  • And Now For Something Completely Different: Jim Struts, a pair of bulky, underweaponed walkers, were succeeded by Arnold A. Terminegger, a far more compact robot with conventional wheels and actual weapons.
  • Ascended Extra: The team only took part in side competitions in Series 2 and 3 before finally entering the main competition with Arnold A. Terminegger in Series 4.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Jim Struts and Miss Struts were the first two walkerbots ever seen on the show, paving the way for bots like Anarchy. They were impressive feats of engineering, and were both very reliable, but they were also painfully slow with highly ineffectual weaponry.
  • Determinator: Arnold A. Terminegger's entire Annihilator run in Extreme 1. First it defeated Wild Thing and Fluffy in the Mayhem qualifier, then in the Annihilator itself it was up against two Grand Finalists and three semi-finalists - one of which, X-Terminator 2, was the machine that had beaten it in Series 4. It managed to outlast all but one of them - and even then it gave Pussycat one hell of a fight and was still running at the end, though it lost the judges' decision.
  • Made of Iron: Arnold A. Terminegger made it to the final of its Annihilator despite taking severe punishment from the likes of Hypno-Disc and Pussycat.
  • Mighty Glacier: Jim Struts and Miss Struts were very slow, but very reliable and well-built.
  • One-Hit Wonder: All three of the team's machines. Jim Struts and Miss Struts each fought in a single side competition and won, while Arnold A. Terminegger's only success was coming second in the Extreme 1 Annihilator.
  • Overly Long Name: Arnold A's full name was "Arnold, Arnold Terminegger". It was abbreviated slightly for Extreme 1.
  • Portmanteau: Arnold A. Terminegger's name was a portmanteau of Arnold Schwarzenegger and The Terminator.
  • Shout-Out: Aside from the Arnie/Terminator Shout Outs mentioned above, Arnold, Arnold Terminegger's name was also a subtle James Bond homage: it was intended to sound similar to Bond's signature introduction of "Bond, James Bond".
  • Victory by Endurance: Jim Struts and Miss Struts won their respective battles simply by not breaking down. Arnold A. Terminegger came very close in its Extreme 1 Annihilator but ultimately finished second.
  • What Could Have Been: The team also tried to enter Miss Struts into Series 4, but it lost to Destruct-a-Bubble in the qualifiers.
  • Wins by Doing Absolutely Nothing: Jim Struts didn't do a whole lot during the Reserve Rumble, as it was just that slow, but it also didn't break down. Every other robot either did break down or got trashed by the House Robots, and so Jim Struts won more or less by default.

Anvil (RAF Kinloss) (Extreme 1 Armed Forces Melee Winner, Forces Special Champion)

Weapons: Ramming Spikes

Battle Record: 4 Wins, 0 Losses

  • The Ace: Has the distinction of winning every competition it entered in.
  • Backed by the RAF
  • Boring, but Practical: It's another robot that doesn't have any notable weaponry other than its static spikes.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: It appeared in the one-off Armed Forces melee (which it won) before returning alongside the other competitors in the Forces Special.

     Notable UK side competition participants 

These robots often came second-best in the side competitions held between Series 3 to Series 7, and both Extremes. However, they never found success in the main competition.

Cedric Slammer (New Blood Championship Grand Finalist - 4th Place)

Weapon: Vertical spinning blade

Battle record: 3 wins, 3 losses

  • Born Unlucky: Its Grand Final battle against Mute, oh so very much. Cedric aggressively attacked Mute for most of the battle, but once Mute fired its flipper, it immobilized both robots at the same time. While Mute didn't move again, Cedric started showing signs that it was still partially active, so the house robots attacked them. Due to the damage suffered at the hands of Mr Psycho, they couldn't adequately repair the robot for the playoff against Thor.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Its battle with Fatal Traction ended up with the latter robot being torn apart.
  • Mascot: A stuffed monkey (named Cedric Slammer, which named the robot) who was seated next to the spinning disc. Amusingly, the monkey appeared in Round 2 with a bandage on its head, despite never suffering any damage during the previous fight.
  • One-Hit Wonder: Lost in round 1 of Series 6, made the Grand Final of the New Blood tournament, then never returned.
  • Spectacular Spinning: Armed with a destructive vertical spinning blade.

    Recurring Teams & Robots 

The robots of Adam Clark (Vector of Armageddon, Corporal Punishment, The Mangulator, Wowot, 259) (Series 6 Best Design Award for 259)
Click to see Vector of Armageddon 
Click to see Corporal Punishment 
Click to see The Mangulator 
Click to see Wowot 

Weapons: Wedge (Vector of Armageddon), Lifting scoop (Corporal Punishment), Torque reaction axe (The Mangulator), Large jaws on articulated arm (Wowot), Vertical spinning disc (259)

Battle record: 3 wins, 11 losses in the UK (0 wins, 1 loss in the US series)

Somewhat of an anomaly in Robot Wars history, Adam Clark was one of the longest-competing competitors, who fought in every series except the first Extreme and Series 7, but never found any success. Unlike the other long-running teams, he was notable for turning up with a different robot almost every time, which ran the full spectrum from extremely simple to Awesome, but Impractical.

  • Achilles' Heel: 259 was an awesome bot (some people have compared it to Nightmare from Battlebots), but for some reason the drive belt that connected the enormously powerful vertical flywheel to the motor that drove it was completely exposed and unarmoured. Both of the robot's defeats came when the belt slipped off the wheel, disarming it and leaving it helpless.
    • Most of Clark's robots seemed to have one of these: Vector of Armageddon's chassis was too low to the ground and didn't articulate, causing it to beach itself on a ramp in the Gauntlet when it approached at an angle; the pronged scoop of the first model of Corporal Punishment got bent downwards, causing it to get stuck on the floor and only able to go in reverse; while the updated model rectified this flaw, it lacked a bottom plate, meaning that when Ally Gator got underneath it, Corporal Punishment got hooked on its opponent's top spikes; The Mangulator had large, vulnerable, and poorly-attached wheels. Wowot lacked a major design flaw, apart from being generally Awesome, but Impractical.
  • And Now For Something Completely Different: None of Adam Clark's machines was anything like the last.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Wowot was definitely this; an engineering marvel, it was an articulated robotic arm like a huge crane mounted on a mobile base. It almost beat Lambsy in Series 5, but Killalot appeared to take exception to it and destroyed it. It had even less luck when it showed up in the International Championship of US Series 2, getting matched up against Tornado which shoved it around the arena before unceremoniously pitting it.
  • Born Unlucky: Adam had some of the worst luck in all of Robot Wars:
    • His first robot, Vector of Armageddon, was eliminated in the Gauntlet stage of its Series 1 heat when, approaching the second ramp on the central route, it hit it at an angle. The ramp was too steep, causing Vector of Armageddon to beach itself on its own chassis, ending with a score of 8.55m. While this would usually be a decent score, it was taking part in an uncommonly good heat- three contestants cleared the Gauntlet and the other two both scored over 10m, eliminating Vector of Armageddon at the first hurdle.
    • In Series 2, Corporal Punishment came first in both the Gauntlet (the only robot to clear it) and the Sumo Trial (shoving Shunt off the platform), but in the battle stage its pronged scoop got bent downwards, meaning it would snag on the floor, forcing it to only go in reverse and sending it into the House Robots, causing it to lose the judges' decisionnote . When it took part in the Internet Insurrection side event, it was immobilised when Griffon flipped Sergeant Bash over onto it, pinning it down. Corporal Punishment was the only robot Clark ever drove in more than one war, and when he brought it back in Series 3 it ended up getting stuck on top of its first opponent Ally Gator (which had spikes on top of its chassis) preventing it from doing anything, despite the efforts of the House Robots to free it so the two robots could have a proper battle, and it was again eliminated on a quite controversial 2-1 judges' decision.
    • Wowot was dominating Lambsy in its Series 5 battle, shoving it around the arena and into Killalot. Unfortunately, while pushing Lambsy against the wall, Wowot strayed too close to Killalot who picked it up and paraded it around the arena, crumpling it quite badly. Killalot eventually dropped it again, but the damage had been done and Wowot was immobilised entirely by House Robot interference. Then in the US series, it met Tornado... ouch.
    • 259 was Clark's most impressive machine, but had the misfortune of drawing against Wild Thing in their second round battle in Series 6. While it started out really strongly, hurling Wild Thing around the arena with its amazingly powerful flywheel, Wild Thing is, well, Wild Thing. It shrugged the damage off and came back on the attack. 259 might still have won, but the drive belt for the weapon slipped offnote  and, unable to fight back, it took an immense battering, being immobilised with 9 seconds left to go in the fight- enough to last to the judges' decision, but not enough to win it.
  • Butt-Monkey: Everyone liked to see Adam Clark back again every year, but it took him 6 series to win even a single battle (with 259 in Series 6).note 
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Adam Clark was a particularly Egregious example of this even among the tech-savvy crowd of Robot Wars contestants: almost all his robots were built, maintained, and driven all by himself. He cooperated with David Dempster on Corporal Punishment (and another entry called Bone that failed to qualify for Series 3) and he joined Americans Dan Danknick and Bob Pitzer on The Mangulator team for the War of Independence in Series 4 (as well as the MTV Pilot), but otherwise he worked alone. As for the "genius" part, he did produce the flawed but technically impressive Wowot and 259 all on his own.
  • Glass Cannon: Make no mistake, 259 was capable of dealing heavy damage, but when that drive chain falls off, there's not a whole lot more it can do.
  • Long Runner: Took part in every war except the 7th and the first Extreme series (although he only made it into the 4th Wars by joining the Mangulator team for the War of Independence event after his main series entry, a full body spinner called Twister, failed to qualify).
  • Meaningful Name: 2 of his robots were named after his son's baby talk- "Wowot" was how his son pronounced "robot", while instead of counting "1, 2, 3" he counted "2, 5, 9" instead.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Among his other accomplishments, Adam Clark also invented the first Antweight fighting robot, a machine called Toecutter (no connection to the Series 3 entrant of the same name). As recognition of this, he was appointed as the single judge for the Extreme 2 Antweight Championship.
    • For a while he was also put in charge of the official Robot Wars website.
  • Shocking Elimination: 259 was touted to easily win its heat, after absolutely battering Wild Thing. However, 259 lost the drive belt that powered the disc, and stopped moving shortly before the end of the battle. Philippa even confronted the judges herself (something rarely seen on camera) to ask why 259 was eliminated after dominating the fight but losing power at the end, and (in a rare moment of impartiality) even Noel Sharkey agreed that they really wanted to send 259 through, had it continued moving. The judges, Craig, Philippa, Jonathan and Adam were all disappointed that such an impressive robot lost so early.
    Jonathannote : I am absolutely gutted, I think 259 was a potential champion.

Milly-Ann Bug (Winner of Most Original Entry Award in Series 2)

Weapons: Pincers and circular saw (Series 2), ramming spikes (Series 3-4)

Battle record: 1 win, 3 losses

  • Animal Motifs: Millipede.
  • Born Unlucky: Was doing well in the Football Trial in Series 2, until everyone (included the house robots) ganged up on it and prevented it from scoring. In Series 3 it drove into the pit while attempting to pit Bumblebot, and in Series 4 it finally reached a heat semi-final only to meet Razer and endure one of the most humiliating curb-stompings in the show's history.
  • Four-Legged Insect: It was originally meant to have three domes instead of two, and hence six wheels, which would have made it more like an insect, but this design was too complicated and was scrapped.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In Series 3 it twice attempted to shove Bumblebot into the pit, but on the second attempt it missed and drove in itself.
  • Humiliation Conga: Its "fight" against Razer in Series 4 saw Razer puncturing Milly-Ann Bug, setting its hair on fire, and then attempting to sever the link between the domes. Failing that, it instead went for nipping off all four of Milly's wheels, one by one.
    Jonathan Pearce: What horrible torture this is! It's like watching some horrible, maniacal schoolboy pull the legs off a spider!
  • Magic Hair: The "hair" seen in Series 2 and 4 was made of Kevlar, and was intended to gum up chainsaws and spinning discs. "Intended" being the word as the only thing it did gum up was Razer's wheel, much to the chagrin of the later's team who had to spend a significant chunk of the repair time digging it out. Ian Lewis even refereed to it as "Milly-Ann bug's Secret Weapon".
  • Mechanically Unusual Class: Milly-Ann Bug had a unique articulated chassis comprised of two dome-shaped sections linked together, each with independent drive. This gave it decent manoeuvrability and pushing power for the time, and won it the Most Original Design award in Series 2.
  • Punny Name: A pun on "Millennium Bug".
  • Ramming Always Works: Averted. This was its main tactic in Series 3 and 4, but in the former it ended in a case of Hoist by His Own Petard, and in the latter it just plain didn't work.
  • Running Gag: Its hair catching fire.

Sir Chromalot (27 Seed in Series 4)

Weapons: Drills (Series 3-4), Rear-Hinged Flipper (Series 5-6)

Battle record: 6 wins, 7 losses

  • Author Existence Failure: Sadly, Steve Merrill, who was the heart and soul of the team, passed away from complications relating to bowel cancer in 2011. All remaining models of Sir Chromalot passed into the possession of his former teammate, Ray Tait.
  • Big Entrance: From being introduced from the smoky trunk of a luxury car to having an entrance with a gaggle of cheerleaders, Sir Chromalot had this as a constant.
  • Foil: To Plunderbird, the other flamboyant Joke Character team. While Plunderbird were brash, loud, and arrogant, Sir Chromalot styled themselves as perfect posh gentlemen. The two came to blows in a Vengeance Battle in Extreme 1, which Sir Chromalot won.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Ray Tait; it was him joining the team that marked Sir Chromalot's transition into a more serious fighting machine (although this didn't actually result in markedly improved results). It's not terribly obvious from Robot Wars, but Tait's genius was far more apparent on sister show Techno Games, where he created the amazing animatronic robot Skeletron to enter the rope climbing contest which eventually became the show's mascot.
  • Graceful Loser: They often start laughing whenever Sir Chromalot starts experiencing misfortune in the arena, and always congratulate the winner of the battle afterwards.
  • Joke Character: The other big Joke Character, along with Plunderbird, a team more concerned about their appearance (in their case, wearing fancy suits and being posh) than their robot.
    • Unlike Plunderbird (which seemed to get worse with every series as they accepted their Joke Character role), Sir Chromalot steadily improved with each appearance (especially after Ray Tait, the former captain of Centurion, joined the team and they replaced their ineffective spike and drill weapons with a rear-hinged flipper) until it was actually quite a decent competitor. They never quite reached Lethal Joke Character status, but (like Napalm) they never went out in the first round of a series (in fact they consistently lost in round 2 in all four of their championship series appearances).
  • Made of Iron: Say what you like about Sir Chromalot, it was incredibly tough. Its body was constructed from an entire lorry wheel hub and was capable of resisting almost any weapon, including those of the House Robots. Averted in Series 7 when an all-new robot was built that was much less tough, being apparently "ripped to pieces" in a grudge match against Scorpion and its powerful flywheel during the offscreen qualifying rounds.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Their whole shtick.
  • Mechanically Unusual Class: The Series 4 version featured a unique self-righting mechanism consisting of a large tower that was meant to work like an umbrella, pushing the robot back onto its wheels. Unfortunately they never got a chance to show it off.
  • Nice Guy: Team captain Steve Merrill, apart from being one of the biggest showmen on Robot Wars and always emphasising how much he enjoyed his time on the show, was well-known for his charity work outside of the programme. He hosted a live show called "The Robot Zone" where he would show off robots including Sir Chromalot (but also famous bots such as Chaos 2 and Tornado), set competitions for visitors with Robot Wars merchandise as prizes, and all money raised would go to charity.
  • Oddball in the Series: The last version of Sir Chromalot, which failed to make it to the screen after losing in the Series 7 qualifiers, was this, although this picture is all that is known to exist of it.
  • Sir Verba Lot
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Jonathan Pearce. He was even listed as their weakness in Series 6.
  • This Is a Drill: Early models of Sir Chromalot had a small rotating drill bit mounted on the side, perhaps as an imitation of Killalot's rotating drill lance. It was completely useless, usually bent on the first contact with anything, and was replaced in Series 5/Extreme.

Granny's Revenge

Weapons: Rear hinged flipping ramp (as Purple Predator, Series 3) Kicking leg (Series 5), Axe (Series 6)

Battle record: 0 wins, 1 loss as Purple Predator; 0 wins, 2 losses as Granny's Revenge

  • Black Comedy: They put (a dummy of) an old woman in the arena to be ripped apart by heavily-armed battle robots. Comedic Sociopathy at its finest.
  • Blatant Lies: After its second defeat, in which the dummy granny had been completely destroyed by fire, what was left had been hit by a cooker from the Drop Zone and most of the wheelchair was destroyed, one of the team members claimed in the post-match interview that they were "very surprised" at the result and that the damage was "only a few scratches".
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Pretty much the whole idea, and the main reason it has an entry on this page.
  • Joke Character: It's essentially a granny in a wheelchair. This is a given.
  • Joke Item: Neither of its alleged weapons ever saw use at all.
  • Kill It with Fire: Its fate whenever it showed up.
    • Notably averted with the team's previous machine, Purple Predator, the only fur-covered robot in the show's history that didn't catch fire.
  • Old Woman on Fire: Surely, it wasn't a coincidence that both of its battles saw it going into the arena with Sgt. Bash?
  • Never Mess with Granny: Heh, not really.
  • Older Than They Think: The team had previously entered Series 3 with Purple Predator, a machine notable as the only fur-clad robot in the show's history never to have caught fire, and as one of the several Unexpected Characters in Robot Wars: Metal Mayhem. It lost its only battle to Toe Cutter.
  • Wheelchair Woobie: Entered two battles and was incinerated in both of them.

Scorpion (Series 4 Tag Team Terror Runner-Up with Firestorm)

Weapons: Chainsaw and cutting discs (Series 4), lifting arm and cutting discs (Series 5), ramming spikes and flywheel (Series 6-7)

Battle record: 2 wins, 5 losses

  • Joke Character: The original Series 4 incarnation of Scorpion, which had a large moulded fibreglass shell resembling a cartoonish scorpion, and very weak weaponry. It was allowed into the competition without a qualifier as Mentorn thought it would look good in the arena, and predictably crashed out at once.
  • Oddly Named Sequel: Entered Series 6 as 'Spirit of Scorpion'.
  • The Rival: A mild example, but there was a small rivalry between Scorpion and Sir Chromalot- Sir Chromalot helped Reactor knock them out in their debut in Series 4, but when they met again in the Series 7 qualifiers, the upgraded Scorpion supposedly ripped the new model of Sir Chromalot to pieces.
    John Bell: As for Sir Chromalot, he was swept up with a broom!
  • Scary Scorpions: Duh.
  • Spectacular Spinning: The weak cutting discs were eventually replaced with a single large flywheel which was actually startlingly powerful (enough that it led to the ban on spinners in live events afterwards).
  • Took a Level in Badass: The robot never did very well, but it definitely ended the show a lot more powerful than it started (its early exit from Series 7 was due to being drawn against Dantomkia in the second round). Its flywheel was actually really destructive, and gave Dantomkia a scare that the robot might not be fixed in time for the heat final.
  • Too Powerful to Live: More like too powerful to compete, but after the show ended Scorpion fought on the live circuit, where its improved flywheel was so destructive it was largely responsible for the ban on spinning weapons at live events (since the mobile arenas, out of necessity, could not be as secure as the ones used for the show and many live circuit competitors could not risk their robots being put beyond repair).

The Danby Brothers (Foxic / Apex)
Click to see Foxic 

Weapons: Vertical crusher (TX-108), Horizontal bar (Gi-Ant-O), Interchangeable lifters (Foxic), Horizontal bar (Apex)

Battle record: 1 win, 0 losses (TX-108 - untelevised); 0 wins, 2 losses (Gi-Ant-O); 1 win, 4 losses (Foxic); 0 wins, 3 losses (Apex)

Long-time veterans of Robot Wars, Craig and Chris Danby have been competing in various competitions since Series 2, but didn't actually qualify for the main competition until Series 8. They've proven to be among the more prominent personalities of the rebooted series, but sadly have not achieved any real success... yet. Craig fights with Foxic as "Team Danby", while Chris fights with Apex as "Team Terrafonics"note .

  • Animal Motifs: Foxic's name is a cross between Sonic the Hedgehog and a fox.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: In Series 8 particularly, as a result of Executive Meddling. The team were relentlessly confident about Foxic's potential, claiming it had no weaknesses at all, and even mocked Angela when she pointed out that it had gotten through the first round without doing anything. It then proceeded to crash out of the round-robin stage without a single win, having suffered from recurring drive problems which the team could never quite manage to fix.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Apex's spinning bar is the largest in Robot Wars history, measuring four feet long, weighing 37kg {up to 40kg in Series 10!), and spinning at up to 240mph. However, the robot proved simply incapable of handling that much power - in Series 9 it couldn't spin up fast enough, and in Series 10 two glancing blows at high speed were enough to destabilise Apex to the point that it tore itself apart.
    • The Series 10 version of Apex was intended to be a shufflebot, the first to enter the reboot, but the shuffling mechanism broken down just before filming so the team had to put the wheels back on. The shuffle mechanism has been repaired and the team hope to use it should the show get revived for Series 11.
  • Born Unlucky: And how.
    • In terms of side competitions: their Series 2 Featherweight championship fight was never shown; the Series 3 Superheavyweight Championship, which they entered with a bot called Toxin, was cancelled after an accident in the pits; Gi-Ant-O broke down prior to the Extreme 2 Featherweight Championship and the team had to build a last-minute replacement that was promptly trashed; and in the Series 7 Featherweight Championship, Gi-Ant-O suffered from control problems and was eliminated in its first match.
    • In terms of the main competition, their first entry, an invertible lifter named Vindicare, failed to qualify for Series 4. Its successor, a vertical crusher named TX-108, failed to qualify for Series 5 through 7 (after its Wild Card Warrior fight in Extreme was not broadcast due to being a dull fight), was rebuilt as Apex and submitted for Series 8... and again failed to qualify. After swapping Apex's crusher for a honking great spinner, Apex finally qualified for Series 9 and 10, but in the former a miscommunication meant they didn't spin their weapon up quickly enoughnote  and suffered a One-Hit Kill from Pulsar, and in the latter it lost in the Redemption Round in horrifying fashion.
    • As for Foxic, it did qualify for Series 8, but was crippled by constant drive problems and crashed out of the group stages. It returned newly-optimised for Series 9 and looked set to cruise through its opening melee only to get thrown by the floor flipper, whereupon its srimech failed and it was eliminated. On its way back from that fight, Foxic fell off its trolley, and Craig's reflexive attempt to catch it nearly put the ear straight through his hand. He spent the rest of the tournament "doped up to the eyeballs" on painkillers.
  • Charlie Brown from Outta Town: A rebuilt Foxic was entered into Season 4 of the BattleBots reboot as Foxtrot. The Danbys had previously entered Season 3 with Predator, which was essentially Foxic with a wolf theme.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Foxic did not look like a serious competitor in Series 8, with its Boring, but Practical weaponry, animal-inspired theme, and constant drive problems, but when it was working it managed to casually shove Dead Metal across the entire length of the arena. The same version of Foxic had previously gone to RoboGames in America and fought Last Rites (the live version of BattleBots champion Tombstone) to a virtual standstill.
  • Deleted Role: The team fought and won a Wild Card Warriors fight with TX-108 against Hypno-Disc in Extreme 1, becoming the only Wild Card to win a battle. However, they only won because Hypno-Disc broke down 20 seconds into the fight, and the poor nature of the fight (and probably because there had already been a UK vs Germany fight with an extremely similar outcome) meant that it was never shown on TV (making it an extremely rare, if not unique, example of a fight in the original run being filmed but not broadcast).
  • Older Than They Think: Given their unfortunate lack of televised appearances in the original show, it's easy to overlook that the Danbys have been doing this since Series 2.
  • Spectacular Spinning: Invoked. After TX-108, and its successor Apex, were turned away from Series 5 through 8, the team rebuilt it with an enormous spinning bar and managed to qualify for Series 9 and 10 (albeit with little success).
  • Wins by Doing Absolutely Nothing: How the Danbys earned what is, to date, their only televised win. Foxic did little in its Series 8 group battle, but qualified after MR Speed Squared tore Chimera's wheel off and immobilised Draven. Lampshaded by Angela afterwards, to the team's chagrin.

Vercingetorix / Comengetorix

Weapons: Electric lifter, spikes and rams (Series 2-3), Axe & lifting arm (Series 4-6)

Battle record: 1 win, 4 losses (as Vercingetorix), 2 wins, 5 losses (as Comengetorix)

Major Tom

Weapons: Lifting ramp (Series 4), vertical spinner (Series 5-6), clamping spikes (Series 7)

Battle record: 5 wins, 6 losses

  • Butt-Monkey: Arguably the biggest in the show's history, and the victim of more embarrassing defeats than almost any other robot. It was gruesomely beheaded by Shunt in Series 4, comically eliminated itself in Series 5, took a serious beating in the Extreme 2 Annihilator and was eventually torn to shreds (albeit having managed to squeak its way into the fourth round), and then was torn open by X-Terminator in Series 7 before getting thrown out of the arena by Tsunami.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: Made it to the penultimate round of the Extreme 2 Annihilator, despite being underdogs and having taken a fair amount of punishment to get that far, but they eventually broke down and were then brutally ripped to pieces by the House Robots.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The version of Major Tom that failed to qualify for Series 3 lacked the trademark paintjob and hat. Even the Series 4 version didn't get them until after it had already qualified.
  • Epic Fail: In its Series 5 battle with Kat 3, Major Tom pushed Kat 3 into the pit release button and then reversed away, straight into the descending pit, eliminating themselves. They found it just as funny as the Kat 3 team did, with both teams spending the post-fight interview in absolute hysterics.
  • Made of Plasticine: The Series 5/6 version was made out of a fairground bumper car, and the fibreglass shell was not very tough by Robot Wars standards, as demonstrated by Matilda in the Extreme 2 Annihilator.
  • Mighty Glacier: The Series 7 version was very slow at 4mph, but had stronger armour than its predecessors and very high pushing power. Deconstructed as its glacial speed was what led to its swift defeat: it couldn't get out of Tsunami's way and was helplessly flung out of the arena.
  • Off with His Head!: The show's most famous victim of this. After breaking down during its fight against 101 in Series 4, Shunt came in and smashed the plastic head to smithereens with its axe.
  • One-Hit Wonder: Its only real success was managing to scrape third in the Extreme 2 Annihilator.
  • Shout-Out: Was named after the fictional astronaut from David Bowie's "Space Oddity". Naturally, Craig and Jonathan made "Space Oddity" puns at just about every opportunity they got.
    Craig: [after the aforementioned Epic Fail] This is ground control to Major Tom: the pit is open, and you are gone!
  • Spectacular Spinning: The version that fought in Series 5 and 6, as well as both Extremes, had a vertical flywheel. Subverted as the disc was too slow to actually do anything.
  • Wearing a Flag on Your Head: A literal example: as well its Union Jack paintjob, Major Tom wore a Union Jack-emblazoned hat on top of its trademark head.

Infernal Contraption

Weapons: Spinning drum

Battle record: 1 win, 5 losses

  • Break Out the Museum Piece: Infernal Contraption apparently spent 8 years on display in an actual museum before being brought out of retirement and refurbished to take part in Series 8.
  • Bullying a Dragon: During their first match, a round one melee battle in Series 6, Infernal Contraption opened up by going for 259, severing one of 259's two weapon drive belts. Unfortunately for Infernal Contraption, the remaining belt was enough to keep 259's weapon moving, and Adam Clark responded by kicking the absolute bejeesus out of Infernal Contraption.
  • The Bus Came Back: Was one of the few teams from the original series to return for the 2016 reboot with more or less the same design it had during its last appearance.
  • Spectacular Spinning: Was armed with a 16kg 1000rpm rotating vertical drum.
  • Start My Own: Jonathan Pillai left the Stinger team after their ill-fated Series 3 run to create Infernal Contraption as a sort of Spiritual Successor to Stinger, giving it a powered weapon between the wheels rather than making it a thwackbot. Unfortunately this meant he missed Stinger's epic Series 4 run where they went all the way up to the Grand Final (and nearly beat Chaos 2!), while Infernal Contraption never really accomplished anything.
  • The Unpronouncable: Downplayed example; the robot was originally called 'Gahra' but the team changed it after failing to qualify for Series 5, supposedly "because nobody could say it properly!"
  • What Could Have Been: The team first applied to enter Infernal Contraption into Series 5 under the name 'Gahra', and during their qualifying battle they absolutely mullered their opponent. Unfortunately, the robot was 15kg overweight, and had only been given a qualifying match against another overweight robot out of interest (and possibly just to give the team at least one chance to fight after making the ultimately fruitless trip to the studio). Even worse, the team were able to strip 17kg off the robot within 3 days of failing to qualify, but it was still too late to appear in Series 5.

Terror Turtle

Weapons: Overhead bar spinner (Extreme 2), spinning disc (Series 7-8), horizontal bar spinner (series 10) (as Terror Turtle); ramming spikes and wedge (Extreme 2 & Series 7) (as Steel Sandwich); dual horizontal bar spinners (Series 10) (as The Kegs)

Battle record: 0 wins, 7 losses as Terror Turtle; 1 win, 2 losses as Steel Sandwich, 0 wins, 2 losses as The Kegs

  • Animal Motifs: You have three guesses.
  • Attack Drone: Brought along a minibot named Hatchling for Series 8, intended to wedge enemies in place while Terror Turtle spun up its weapon. It didn't help.
  • Boring, but Practical: Their middleweight, Steel Sandwich, was appropriately-named, basically an incredibly low, flat, 2-wheeled box with a wedge at the front that had a couple of spikes attached to it. It earned the team their only recorded victory by making it through their Middleweight Championship qualifier round in Extreme 2.
  • Butt-Monkey: It's only notable for two things: being the only Canadian heavyweight in the series... and having the absolute worst win/loss record of any robot in the series. The closest it ever got to a win was the tag team fight with Cathadh against Thor and Concussion in the World Series, where Michael Oates of Eruption decided to give them the points for Team UK's win due to Concussion illegally immobilizing Cathadh, and even then, Terror Turtle contributed absolutely nothing as Concussion knocked it out in three seconds flat. Although the team does technically have one win on their record for surviving their Middleweight Championship qualifier in Extreme 2 with Steel Sandwich.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Even by the standards of Team Terror Turtle, The Kegs came in for it in Series 10. Both halves of the clusterbot had already taken serious damage during the melee courtesy of Tauron, resulting in them going into their redemption round with only one of their spinners, but their opponent was former Grand Finalist Concussion who were feeling rather miffed after being taken out by Nuts 2 during their own opening melee and proceeded to annihilate The Kegs in a orgy of violence.
  • Doing It for the Art: John Frizell, Terror Turtle's team captain, focuses more on aesthetics, environmental friendliness, and entertainment value in his robot building, rather than constructing a machine to win. Terror Turtle certainly was an amusing looking machine made from recycled materials, and its record speaks for itself.
  • Flipping Helpless: As you might expect from a turtle-based robot, Terror Turtle had no way of self-righting in its initial appearance due to the design of its spinning bar weapon. Its weapon was changed to a front-mounted design in later series, allowing it to run inverted.
  • Green Aesop: Team captain John Frizell was a passionate environmentalist who had been a member of Greenpeace between 1976 and the mid-2010s, including a 6-year stint as director during the 80s. As a result, Terror Turtle and The Kegs were almost entirely made from recycled materials- even if this resulted in some less-than-impressive machines.
  • Joke Character: Terror Turtle had the speed of a turtle, ineffectual weaponry, a tendency to break down, and a relatively high ground clearance, all of which kept it from winning any battles under its own power. At least it looked nice.
  • Turtle Power: Well, not really.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: And how. Whenever something happens that could tip things in the turtle's favor, things go pear-shaped immediately afterwards.
    • In the New Blood tournament, Terror Turtle got hooked on the arena wall by its own weapon and couldn't move. Out of nowhere, Mute decided to drive into the pit, and it looked like Terror Turtle would go through... except the judges ruled that Terror Turtle had been immobilized for too long by the time Mute pitted itself, and Terror Turtle was eliminated.
    • In Extreme 2's Commonwealth Carnage, Terror Turtle was illegally flipped by Sir Killalot way outside the CPZ. The judges decided to judge the fight based on everything before Killalot's attack to give Terror Turtle a sporting chance, but it was eliminated anyway.
    • Their World Series fight had them going up against Big Nipper, which suffered a battery fire after having its side torn open by Matilda. With Big Nipper not long for the arena, Terror Turtle would simply have to endure until its opponent burned out; unfortunately, it broke down before Big Nipper did, and lost the fight.

    International Champions, Runners-Up and Side-Contest Winners 

Slicer (Dutch Series 1 Champion)

Weapons: Spinning Drum

Battle record: 6 wins, 0 losses as Slicer in the Dutch series; 0 wins, 2 losses, 1 draw as Techno-Lease

  • Legacy Character: The team had competed in the 1st World Championship with Techno-Lease, which lost easily. Slicer did much, much better.
  • One-Hit Wonder: Won the first Dutch series, but didn’t come back for Series 2. Since it never qualified for anything else, that means that Slicer is one of the few robots to never lose.
  • Ramming Always Works: Slicer's rotating drum was not actually terribly damaging (the teeth were too close together to catch on and tear off armour the way a flywheel would and it wasn't fast enough to hit like a modern drum spinner), so what it actually did was add a lot of upward kick to Slicer's ramming attacks, allowing them to ram opponents hard enough to knock them over. The drum helped but it didn't eviscerate opponents like, say, Series 7 X-Terminator could, and for the most part Slicer was effectively a well-driven rambot.
  • Spectacular Spinning: Had a big spinning drum as its weapon. Subverted in that it wasn't actually very destructive- Slicer mainly won the war thanks to strong engineering, great power and durability, and good driving and aggression.

Lizzard (Dutch Series 1 Runner-Up, Dutch Series 2 Finalist)

Weapons: Bladed tail, grinding disc (Series 2)

Battle record: 7 wins, 4 losses

  • Boring, but Practical: Had a flailing tail with blades on it, but while this scored them a few points with the judges for aggression, it didn't really do much damage. It was ultimately a shovebot.
  • Born Lucky: Lost in its heat not once but twice note . Ended up getting the one and only wildcard spot into the Final when Pullverizer couldn't make it due to damage. Somehow managed to come second in the entire series after taking Slicer to a judges' decision.
  • Determinator: How it fought, hurling itself tirelessly at opponents and shoving them around in a fashion similar to Wild Thing or a weaker Tornado. Also how it managed to reach the Grand Final, although that was as much luck as anything else. The robot could certainly take quite a beating, at least.
  • Dragon Ascendant: Was unofficially given the #1 seeding in Series 2 when Slicer elected not to defend their championship. Most fans consider this somewhat laughable.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Twice. They lost to Philipper in their first battle in Series 1, but won the losers' melee against Rat and The Lethal Swan to go back into contention for the second round. While they lost the heat final to Bamm Bamm, they were awarded the single wildcard into the final, where they survived the melee against Slicer and Twisted Metal, avenged themselves on Bamm Bamm and faced Slicer again in the Grand Final where they lost on a judges' decision.
  • The Rival: To Bamm Bamm, who they fought 3 times in 2 series. The score is 2-1 in Bamm Bamm's favour.
  • The Runner-Up Takes It All: See Dragon Ascendant.
  • Running Gag: In Series 1 almost every fight it was in would see some of its tail armour torn off, leaving it as a thin metal skeleton.

PulverizeR (Dutch Series 1 Heat Finalist, Dutch Series 2 Champion)

Weapons: Vertical Flywheel

Battle record: 8 wins, 1 loss in the Dutch series (0 wins, 2 losses in the UK)

  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Very powerful, but the team would dress up, as prisoners in Dutch Series 1 and as Elvis in Dutch Series 2. They also dressed up as babies for their aborted Series 9 appearance with PacifieR.
  • One-Hit Wonder: Won Dutch Series 2, but lost at the heat final in Dutch Series 1, and did disappointingly in the European Championship and the 3rd World Championship, falling at the first hurdle in both contests (although to be fair, its opponent in its first and only battle during the European Championship was Razer).
  • Spectacular Spinning: Had a hugely powerful vertical flywheel as its weapon. It wasn't amazingly destructive (in Series 2 Meshuggah arguably had a better one) but it still got the job done.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Was called "Pullverizer" in the first Dutch series.
  • What Could Have Been: PulverizeR failed to qualify for Series 7 of the UK Wars due to technical problems, and was turned away from Series 8. A successor named PacifieR, armed with a vertical crusher, qualified for Series 9 but was forced to withdraw due to an electrical fault. It eventually made it into the 3rd reboot series of BattleBots under the name "Petunia".

Philipper (Dutch Series 2 Runner-Up and Belgian Champion, European Championship Runner-Up)

Weapons: Dual flippers (Series 1), flipper & crusher (Series 2), electric lifting wedge (Depoppesaurus Rex)

Battle record: 6 wins, 2 losses in the Dutch series (2 wins, 3 losses in the UK, 0 wins, 2 losses, 1 draw as Deppopesaurus Rex in the UK)

  • Animal Motif: A fish or dolphin.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: The only robot ever to defeat Panzer Mk on Robot Wars, when they flipped Mk 2 during the opening Eliminator of the 2nd World Championship in Extreme 1. Unfortunately they didn't go through themselves, losing the judges' decision to Tornado and Yeborobo.
    • They also beat undefeated German champions Black Hole in a shocking upset during the European Championship, in a turnaround reminiscent of Bigger Brother's famous Series 5 win over Hypno-Disc- Black Hole was shredding Philipper 2, but then they suddenly turned on the German machine and shoved it down the pit.
  • Epic Fail: The robot actually looked really good during their Dutch Series 1 run, almost lifting Bamm Bamm over the wall of the arena, before dropping them and... reversing directly into the open pit.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: Was tough, well-armed (if not very destructive), a powerful pusher, and not especially fast (but not remarkably slow) at 10kmh.
  • Made of Iron: It stood up to the flywheel of PulverizeR in the Series 2 Grand Final and withstood the twin spinning discs of Black Hole in the European Championship.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Since the robot was actually named after its creator, this was averted to comedic effect during the European Championship:
    Philippa: Did you name it after me?
    Philippe Poppe: No.
    Philippa: Oh. That concludes that interview.
  • Punny Name: Philipper, named after its builder Philippe Poppe, was mostly a flipper robot.
  • Second Place Is for Losers: Thoroughly averted; because Belgium didn't have its own series, as the highest-ranked Belgian robot in the second Dutch series Philipper 2 was considered the Belgian champion.

Black Hole (German Series Champion)

Weapons: Double Vertical Flywheels

Battle record: 4 wins, 0 losses in the German series (1 win, 1 loss in the UK)

  • Awesome Mc Coolname
  • Germanic Efficiency: Very tough and very powerful.
  • One-Hit Wonder: Took first place in the (rather short) German series, but only appeared once on UK Robot Wars during the Extreme 2 European Championship, where they looked very good but were unexpectedly pitted by Philipper 2 in a shocking upset.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Although its actual recorded dimensions (height, length and width) were actually pretty average, its triangular wedge shape meant that Black Hole looked incredibly tiny next to most of its opponents. There was nothing tiny about the damage it could dish out, though.
  • Shocking Elimination: In the European Championship, they spent the entire fight ripping Philipper 2 to shreds, but the Belgian robot had just enough power to push Black Hole down the pit.
  • Spectacular Spinning: Had two flywheels that could rip through almost anything.

Tsunami (German Series Runner-Up, Series 7 Heat Finalist)

Weapons: Rear-hinged flipper

Battle record: 3 wins, 1 loss in the German series (2 wins, 1 loss in the UK)

  • Germanic Efficiency: Like Black Hole, the only robot it couldn't defeat in German Robot Wars.
  • Hoist by Their Own Petard: In every battle in their Series 7 heat that either they or X-Terminator fought in, all losing robots were ejected from the ring. In the melee (which they shared with X-Terminator) Tsunami threw out Major Tom, followed by the shattered carcass of Diabolus, and in the second round they ejected Constrictor (while in the other second round match X-Terminator spun Killer Carrot 2 out with its flywheel). In the Heat Final they nearly managed to get X-Terminator out, but failed- and in return, X-Terminator tore them apart and threw them out instead!
  • Lightning Bruiser: Top speeds of 30mph and was a ring-out machine, with very few robots able to survive entering the ring against it.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Flipped X-Terminator in its Series 7 heat finalnote  and would have won due to X-Terminator not having a srimech if they'd simply left it alone. It then repeatedly tried to flip X-Terminator out of the arena, ended up knocking it back onto its wheels in the process and didn't get another chance to flip them again before X-Terminator trashed them.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Watch Tsunami fight in the German Series and it's a competent but not stunning flipper robot that lacks much real kick. Watch it fight in UK Series 7 and see the robots fly over the arena wall!

Panzer Mk (Extreme Warriors Series 1 & 2 Champion)

Weapons: Rear-Hinged Flipper

Battle record: 9 wins, 0 losses in the US series (0 wins, 1 loss in the UK)

  • The Ace: Simply undefeatable in both of the American series. It also competed in BattleBots under the name 'Wrath', where it won 75% of its battles. It was only the second champion ever to successfully defend their championship on TV (after Chaos 2).
  • Boring, but Practical: It was basically a high-powered, high-speed rambot, especially in Series 2 where the flipper wasn't really used for flipper as such.
  • For Want of a Nail: Panzer Mk 2 dominated the opening Eliminator of the Second World Championship, notably manhandling Tornado effortlessly. Then the floor flipper threw Yeborobo at it, breaking its srimech and allowing Philliper to overturn the machine. With Panzer Mk 2 gone, Tornado went through; had it survived to the end of the battle, the judges would likely have ruled in favor of Panzer Mk instead.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Very fast, very powerful, very tough.
  • Ramming Always Works: It packed a lot of punch with its rams, enough to turn most opponents over completely. Its power was almost comparable to Storm 2.
  • Tank Goodness: Definitely meant to give off this vibe.

The Revolutionist (Extreme Warriors Series 1 Runner-Up, Extreme Warriors Series 2 Heat Finalist, Nickelodeon Robot Wars Tag Team Terror Runner-Up with Spin Doctor)

Weapons: Full-body spinner

Battle record: 6 wins, 6 losses

  • Captain Patriotic: The robot was emblazoned with a spiral version of the US flag and the team would dress up in outfits reminiscent of Uncle Sam.
  • Legacy Character: Fans of the BattleBots would recognise the team as the the ones behind classic series entrant Phrizbee and 2016 series entrant Captain Shrederator, both of which were basically upgraded versions of The Revolutionist.
  • Shocking Elimination: During The Revolutionist's Series 2 Heat Final battle against Propeller-Head, The Revolutionist was able to damage and eventually completely rip off its opponent's spinning bar weapon, and victory seemed certain. After a tussle in the CPZ where the House Robots got involved, the unarmed Propeller-Head was able to shockingly push The Revolutionist down the pit instead!
  • Spectacular Spinning: A powerful full-body spinner.

Tricerabot (Extreme Warriors Series 2 Runner-Up, Extreme Warriors Series 1 Tag Team Terror 3rd Place with Rosie the Riveter)

Weapons: Front-mounted ramming spikes, and rear-mounted pneumatic flipper (Season 2)

Battle record: 7 wins, 3 losses, 1 draw

  • Action Survivor: Tricerabot fought in the Series 1 House Robot Rebellion, where it teamed up with Silver Box, Tut-Tut and sister robot Rosie the Riveter to take on Matilda, Shunt and Sir Killalot. No victor was declared for the battle, although host Mick Foley considered it a great moral victory for the competitors, especially as Tricerabot had toppled Matilda, rammed Shunt into immobility and (off-camera) pitted Killalot!
  • Animal Motif: Triceratops.
  • Bash Brothers: Team Juggerbot entered both Tricerabot and Rosie the Riveter in the two seasons of Extreme Warriors. The two bots teamed up for the Tag Team Terror tournament in Series 1 and the House Robot Rebellion.
  • Boring, but Practical: Like double-champion Panzer, Tricerabot 3.0 had flipping capability added in Season 2, but was still primarily a highly-effective rambot.
  • Bot On Fire: During less-important bouts the team would add intentionally-flammable doodads to the robot with the intention of getting them set on fire during the battle for the audience's entertainment. Although the robot was designed to withstand the flames, they still opted to remove them for more significant battles, such as the Season 2 Grand Final.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: The only robot to ever conclusively defeat Sir Killalot when it shoved Killalot into the open pit during the House Robot Rebellion while it was trying to pit another robot called Silver Box. Unfortunately this was never shown on TV, possibly because the producers wanted to preserve Killalot's reputation of invincibility. It also knocked over Matilda at least twice in its time.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Very fast, very tough.

Drillzilla (Extreme Warriors Series 1 Annihilator Champion, Extreme Warriors Series 1 Tag Team Terror Champion, Second World Championship Runner-Up)

Weapons: Rear drill, steel cutting jaws

Battle record: 9 wins, 2 losses

  • Loophole Abuse: As the shufflebot category had not been established when it entered, Drillzilla entered as a walker instead.
  • Made of Iron: One of the most obscenely tough robots ever, Drillzilla never suffered anything remotely resembling actual damage. Even Razer driving its crusher into Drillzilla's shuffling banks did absolutely nothing.
  • Master of All: Drillzilla's shufflebot mechanism gave it a jaw-dropping 40 mph top speed, and because it got to enjoy the increased weight limit for walkers, this gave it a ton of ramming power and let it equip absurdly tough armor to boot. The design of the shuffling mechanism also allowed Drillzilla to run inverted.
  • Mechanically Unusual Class: One of the few shufflebots on the show. Unlike a traditional walker, which uses legs as locomotion, shufflebots like Drillzilla use a bank of feet lined up on a camshaft that move in an elliptical pattern to propel the robot.
  • Obvious Rule Patch: Drillzilla's obscene power combined with Son of Whyachi obliterating everything in Battlebots resulted in the creation of the shufflebot category, with separate rulings compared to walkers (which they were sorted under previously). As shufflers do not enjoy the same increased weight limit as walkers, Drillzilla was effectively barred from further competitions, as under the new rules it was severely overweight.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Drillzilla's body was surprisingly compact for a machine with twice the usual weight, which also happened to be wicked fast and ungodly tough.
  • Ramming Always Works: It really bears repeating that this thing is effectively a 200 kg hunk of solid metal that can move at 40 mph. Getting rammed by Drillzilla is going to hurt. Its weapons didn't do much, but they didn't have to.
  • Tier-Induced Scrappy: Drillzilla was reportedly heavily disliked by the other roboteers, as its shufflebot mechanism combined with the walkerbot weight advantage was considered to be borderline cheating.

Cyclone (Extreme Warriors Series 2 Annihilator Champion)

Weapons: Vertical spinning disc

Battle record: 5 wins, 2 losses

  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The entire Annihilator. While there were one or two scares, Cyclone basically just trashed all the opponents one after another to win the contest with ease. It wasn't even close.
  • Expy: Someone on the team had clearly taken inspiration from Nightmare. Especially its initial incarnation, which also had a black three-wheeled frame.
  • Man on Fire: Cyclone got a nasty scare in the 3rd round of the Annihilator when, while ripping a wheel off The Termite, they drove over the flame pit and were engulfed in flames, which started a nasty fire inside their chassis. The robot could have been reduced to a burned-out shell (although The Termite was already pretty much finished) but fortunately the team had the presence of mind to drive over one of the steam vents, which blasted the fire out.
  • Mirror Match: Hyperactive, another contestant in the Annihilator, was extremely similar to Cyclone, although it had a wider, more heavily-armoured body, wheels instead of tracks, and a slightly smaller disc. This last factor proved the most pivotal when, at the start of the second round, the two spinners brought their discs into each other side-by-side and Cyclone's made contact with the frame for Hyperactive's disc before it could touch Cyclone, breaking the frame and dislodging the disc altogether, leaving them helpless.
  • One-Hit Wonder: Cyclone had no luck in either of the 2 US championships, being knocked out in their six-bot melee in the first series and going out to a link whammy in their Series 2 battle against Probophobia. However they utterly dominated in the Annihilator, winning every round with a relatively easy KO.
  • Ring Out: Like the best vertical spinners, Cyclone's disc was powerful enough to hurl enemy robots out of the arena- not so much a surprise when they did it to the middleweight (114lb) Thor's Hammer, but quite unexpected when they were able to throw out the much-larger Hyperactive. This also made Cyclone the first heavyweight to spin an opponent out of the arena, as well as the only international robot to throw an opponent out at all.
  • Spectacular Spinning: Had an impressively powerful vertical spinner, on par with some of the best on the UK scene at the timenote .
  • Tank Goodness: It had large tracks instead of wheels and moved slowly but deliberately.

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