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BattleBots
BattleBots abc logo.png
Genre Sports television
Created by
  • Greg Munson
  • Edward P. Roski (Trey)
Directed by Ryan Polito (season 6)
Starring
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 98
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Mack Anderson
  • Bradley Anderson
  • Debbie Liebling
  • Lloyd Braun
  • Chris Cowan
  • Edward P. Roski (Trey)
  • Greg Munson
  • Aaron Catling
Running time 30–60 minutes
Release
Original channel
Original release Original series: August 30, 2000 (2000-08-30) – December 21, 2002 (2002-12-21)
Revived series:
June 21, 2015 (2015-06-21) – July 26, 2015
External links
Website

BattleBots is an American competition television series. Competitors design and operate remote-controlled armed and armored machines designed to fight in an arena combat elimination tournament. For five seasons, BattleBots aired on the American Comedy Central and was hosted by Bil Dwyer, Sean Salisbury, and Tim Green. The first season aired starting in August 2000, and the fifth season aired starting in June 2002.

A six-episode revival premiered on ABC on June 21, 2015 to generally favorable reviews.[1]

Development[edit]

BattleBots is an offshoot of the original American version of Robot Wars, the brainchild of Marc Thorpe. Robot Wars had financial backing from Sme communications, a New York record company. The Thorpe/Sme partnership broke up in 1997, starting many years of legal wrangling between Thorpe and Profile Records (the former Sme communications). Profile licensed Robot Wars to a UK production company and Robot Wars ran for seven years as a popular television program in the UK.

The robot builders left behind in San Francisco formed BattleBots, Inc. and began a series of competitions. The first was held in Long Beach, California in August 1999 and streamed online, attracting 40,000 streams. Lenny Stucker, a television producer known for his work on telecasts of professional boxing, was in attendance, and showed interest in being involved with BattleBots—believing the concept of robot combat was "hip" and having shown an interest in technology. Stucker made changes to the competition's format and presentation to make it more suitable for television, including elements reminiscent of boxing (such as a red and blue corner) and shifting to a single-elimination format. The creators tried selling the competition as a television series to networks such as CBS, NBC, HBO, and Showtime—but they failed to understand the concept of the program nor take it seriously. A second event was held as a pay-per-view in Las Vegas in 1999; the PPV was in turn, used as a pilot to pitch the show again, with a higher rate of success.[2]

Among the networks interested was Comedy Central, who would ultimately pick up the program. Debbie Liebling, the network's Senior Vice President of original programming and development, felt that the concept would appeal to the network's young adult demographic, explaining that "it was really funny, and really nerdy. The Internet was not a big thing yet, so the nerd culture wasn't so celebrated. It was sports for the nerdy person, I guess."[2] Co-creator Greg Munson viewed the deal as a double-edged sword; it gave BattleBots an outlet and a larger budget, but Comedy Central insisted on the addition of comedic elements to BattleBots as a program, such as sketches involving contestants, although the bouts and competition itself was not affected by this mandate. Liebling described the product as being "a parody of a sports show without being a parody". Munson also noted that Comedy Central "rarely" followed his suggestion of having "attractive geek girls" with sufficient knowledge to speak with builders as co-hosts, electing to keep "throwing bigger and better hot babes at it", such as Carmen Electra.[2]

Despite this, viewership and awareness of BattleBots grew progressively over time; contestants Christian Carlberg and Lisa Winter would be invited to appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, BattleBots beat South Park as Comedy Central's highest-rated program for a period during season 3, competitor interest grew, and licensing deals also emerged.[2] The success of BattleBots, however, resulted in competition from other broadcasters; TLC introduced a competing program, Robotica, while other channels imported episodes of the British Robot Wars series.[2]

By 2002, the program had begun to face further difficulties; Munson felt that the bouts had become "homogenized" because the participants had "perfected" the sport of robot fighting, leading to a lack of innovation in robot designs and strategies.[2] Furthermore, BattleBots had sued Anheuser-Busch and its advertising agency for producing and airing a commercial during Super Bowl XXXVII that parodied the program and featured a robot greatly resembling one from BattleBots (this lawsuit, however, would be dismissed in 2004, after a judge ruled that the ad was a parody protected by fair use).[3] In September 2002, Comedy Central cancelled BattleBots after its fifth season BattleBots 5.0; Viacom would acquire full control of the network in April 2003,[2][4] Stucker argued that Comedy Central had become "tired" of the program, and Roski stated that Viacom had wanted to shift Comedy Central back towards purely comedic programming.[2]

In December 2014, ABC announced that it had picked up a six-episode revival of BattleBots to premiere in June 2015.[5]

Personalities[edit]

For the first five seasons, BattleBots was hosted by Bil Dwyer, Sean Salisbury, and Tim Green. Correspondents included former Baywatch actresses Donna D'Errico, Carmen Electra, and Traci Bingham, former Playboy Playmate Heidi Mark, and identical twins Randy and Jason Sklar. Bill Nye was the show's "technical expert". The show's match announcer was longtime boxing ring announcer Mark Beiro.

The 2015 edition is hosted by Molly McGrath, with Chris Rose and former UFC fighter Kenny Florian as commentators. The battle arena announcer is Faruq Tauheed, and Alison Haislip conducts interviews on the sidelines and behind the scenes. The judges are engineer and NASA astronaut Leland Melvin, Nerdist News anchor Jessica Chobot and visual effects artist Fon Davis.

Celebrity competitors[edit]

Gameplay[edit]

Weight classes[edit]

Robots at BattleBots tournaments were separated into four weight classes. The weight limits increased slightly over time. At the final tournaments the classes were:

  • Lightweight – 60 pounds (27 kilograms)
  • Middleweight – 120 pounds (54 kilograms)
  • Heavyweight – 220 pounds (100 kilograms)
  • Superheavyweight – 340 pounds (154 kilograms)

"Walking" robots ("StompBots") propelled by means other than wheels were initially given a 50% weight bonus. The rules changed following the victory of a heavyweight StompBot (Son of Whyachi) at BattleBots 3.0. For BattleBots 4.0 and beyond only a 20% weight bonus was given to walkers and the technical rules specified that walking mechanisms not use cam operated walking mechanisms as they were functionally too similar to wheel operation. Since the rules change, walking robots have entered the competition, but none has achieved any success beyond preliminary rounds.

Matches[edit]

Matches are three minutes long. During a match, two robots do their best to destroy each other using whatever means available.

There are only two events that cause the match to be paused and people enter the BattleBox. One is the event that the robots are stuck together and cannot separate or that both have simultaneously become immobilized. The other scenario is that one or both 'bots have caught on fire. In that case, the people entering the BattleBox are equipped with a fire extinguisher.

If a robot is unable to move for thirty seconds, because it is too badly damaged or it is stuck on the arena hazards, it is declared knocked out. The driver may also call a "tap-out" to forfeit the match if his or her robot is about to be destroyed. This ends the match ten seconds later; the opposing driver is "asked" (but not instructed) not to attack during the ten-second count.

In about half the matches, both robots survive the three minutes; at that point, three judges distribute a total of 45 points (15 points a judge, 5 points per judge per category) over three categories. The robot with the higher score wins. The judging categories are Aggression, Strategy, and Damage. A robot who hangs back safely from its opponent will not get many Aggression points; one in there fighting the whole time, however, will. The Strategy category is about how well a robot exploits its opponent's weaknesses, protects its own, and handles the hazards. A robot driving over the kill saws will lose points here, unless it had good reason to do so, while a robot that is able to attack its opponent's weak areas will gain points. The Damage category is for how much damage the bot can deal to its opponent while remaining intact itself.

The winner moves on; the loser is eliminated from the tournament.

At the end of the tournament, a series of 'rumbles' or 'melee rounds' are typically held in each weight class, allowing robots that survived the main tournament to fight in a 'free for all' in a 5-minute match. Occasionally there are too many robots for one rumble, and multiple rumbles are held with the top surviving bots competing in a final event. During the Season 5 Heavyweight rumble (the first rumble of that competition), a sheared-off robot part went through the Lexan arena roof and fell (harmlessly) into the audience. Because of this, the rest of the rumbles were canceled due to safety concerns.[6]

Arena[edit]

The BattleBox is a 48' x 48' square arena designed to protect the drivers, officials, and audience from flying shrapnel and charging bots. It has a steel floor and steel-framed walls and roof paneled with thick, bulletproof polycarbonate plastic. The teams bring their robots in through doorways, which are sealed after all humans have exited. The drivers control their machines from outside the sealed arena.

Arena hazards are intended to make fights more interesting and unpredictable, and to reward drivers who can avoid the hazards while pushing or carrying their opponent into them. Hazards from the first five seasons include:

  • Pulverizers: Originally pneumatic powered standard sledgehammers that did minimal damage, the Pulverizers were first upgraded to 50 pound aluminum mallets for season 2, and were again upgraded to 150 pound mallets for season 3 and beyond. The pulverizers were capable of causing serious damage to the lighter weight class robots.
  • Spike Strips: The lower walls of the arena are lined with inward pointing 6-inch long sharpened steel spikes. Pushing an opponent hard into a wall can sometimes lodge it into the spikes, immobilizing it.
  • Spinners: Large, rapidly spinning discs embedded in the arena floor, Not intended to damage a robot, but rather to interfere with navigation. The spinners could fling lighter class robots across the arena, but the impact on heavier robots was minimal
  • Kill Saws: Spinning circular saw blades that rise out of slots in the arena floor under the control of "Pulverizer Pete". These carbide-tipped saw blades can damage a robot's tires or chassis. In later seasons, red 'throwing blades' were added to increase the chance of a bot being thrown across the arena.
  • Pistons: Introduced in Season 3, the Pistons are steel columns that raise and lower from the floor without warning. They can stop a charging robot or tip a slow moving robot onto its side. The Pistons were removed for Seasons 4 and 5.
  • Ramrods: Sharpened steel spikes that rise up out of the arena floor in groups of six, serving either to lift a robot off the ground or damage vulnerable portions of the undercarriage.
  • Hell Raisers: A pneumatic ram can tilt up specific sections of the arena floor. The 15 degree tilt may become a launching ramp, or may abruptly block passage. The Hell Raisers were removed for Season 5 to allow more uncluttered room for the robots.
  • Screws: Introduced for season 3, these devices were a modification to the static spike strips. The screws were continually rotating augers placed horizontally along the edges of the arena floor. The Screws were intended to scrape up a bot, and possibly drag it closer to the Pulverizers due to the corkscrew design. Much like the Spinners, the Screws had a greater effect on the lighter weight classes—although their impact on all weight classes was small. For Season 5, the screws were upgraded with biting 'teeth' to better catch onto robots. Their rotation was also modified so that instead of 'pushing' in one direction, they converged in a corner from opposite directions and created a 'V' that could damage or turn over robots.

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale Network
1 15 August 23, 2000 (2000-08-23) November 29, 2000 (2000-11-29) Comedy Central
2 17 December 12, 2000 (2000-12-12) March 13, 2001 (2001-03-13)
3 20 July 10, 2001 (2001-07-10) September 11, 2001 (2001-09-11)
4 20 January 8, 2002 (2002-01-08) March 12, 2002 (2002-03-12)
5 20 August 20, 2002 (2002-08-20) December 21, 2002 (2002-12-21)
6 6 June 21, 2015 (2015-06-21) July 26, 2015 (2015-07-26) ABC

Season 1 (2000)[edit]

Tournament Winners: June 2000, San Francisco: (Winners shown in bold)

  • Super heavyweight Winner – Minion (defeated GrayMatter, Grendel, Rammstein and DooAll)
  • Heavyweight Winner – Vlad The Impaler (defeated GoldDigger, Tazbot, Overkill, Punjar and Voltarc)
  • Middleweight Winner – Hazard (defeated Pegleg, Turtle Roadkill, Spin Orbiting Force and Deadblow)
  • Lightweight Winner – Backlash (defeated Disposable Hero, The Crusher, Endotherm, Das Bot and Alpha Raptor)
No. in
series
No. in
season
Original air date Battle 1 Battle 2 Battle 3
1 1 August 23, 2000 (2000-08-23) Backlash vs. Disposable Hero
(Lightweight round of 32)
Tentomoushi vs. Sallad
(Lightweight round of 16)
N/A
2 2 August 30, 2000 (2000-08-30) Ziggo vs. Missing Link
(Lightweight round of 16)
Mauler vs. Nightmare
(Heavyweight round of 16)
OverKill vs. FrenZy
(Heavyweight round of 16)
3 3 September 6, 2000 (2000-09-06) Voltarc vs. Bender
(Heavyweight round of 16)
Killerhurtz vs. Knome II
(Heavyweight round of 32)
Minion vs. Gray Matter
(Super heavyweight round of 16)
4 4 September 13, 2000 (2000-09-13) Pressure Drop vs. Subject to Change Without Reason
(Middleweight round of 16)
Mouser vs. Shaft
(Lightweight round of 16)
Vlad the Impaler vs. Tazbot
(Heavyweight round of 16)
5 5 September 20, 2000 (2000-09-20) Backlash vs. Crusher
(Lightweight round of 16)
Blade Runner vs. Bad Attitude
(Middleweight round of 16)
Grendel vs. Diesector
(Super heavyweight round of 16)
6 6 September 27, 2000 (2000-09-27) DoALL vs. SLAM
(Super heavyweight round of 16)
Biohazard vs. Mjollnir
(Heavyweight round of 32)
Lightweight Rumble
7 7 October 4, 2000 (2000-10-04) Voltarc vs. Biohazard
(Heavyweight Quarter-Finals)
Rammstein vs. Mechadon
(Super heavyweight Quarter-Finals)
Alpha Raptor vs. Tentomushi
(Lightweight Quarter-Finals)
8 8 October 11, 2000 (2000-10-11) Deadblow vs. Alien Gladiator
(Middleweight Quarter-Finals)
Pressure Drop vs. Ankle Biter
(Middleweight Quarter-Finals)
Minion vs. Grendel
(Super heavyweight Quarter-Finals)
9 9 October 18, 2000 (2000-10-18) Alpha Raptor vs. Mouser
(Lightweight Semi-Finals)
Backlash vs. Das Bot
(Lightweight Semi-Finals)
Backlash vs. Alpha Raptor
(Lightweight Finals)
10 10 October 25, 2000 (2000-10-25) Spin Orbiting Force vs. Blade Runner
(Middleweight Quarter-Finals)
Hazard vs. Turtle RoadKill
(Middleweight Quarter-Finals)
Ronin vs. Ginsu
(Super heavyweight Quarter-Finals)
11 11 November 1, 2000 (2000-11-01) Vlad the Impaler vs. Overkill
(Heavyweight Quarter-Finals)
Punjar vs. Gammatron
(Heavyweight Quarter-Finals)
Killerhurtz vs Mauler
(Heavyweight Quarter-Finals)
12 12 November 8, 2000 (2000-11-08) Vlad the Impaler vs. Punjar
(Heavyweight Semi-Finals)
Deadblow vs. Pressure Drop
(Middleweight Semi-Finals)
Minion vs. Rammstein
(Super heavyweight Semi-Finals)
13 13 November 15, 2000 (2000-11-15) Spin Orbiting Force vs. Hazard
(Middleweight Semi-Finals)
Killerhurtz vs. Voltarc
(Heavyweight Semi-Finals)
Ronin vs. DoAll
(Super heavyweight Semi-Finals)
14 14 November 22, 2000 (2000-11-22) Hazard vs. Deadblow
(Middleweight Finals)
Vlad the Impaler vs. Voltarc
(Heavyweight Finals)
Minion vs. DoAll
(Super heavyweight Finals)
15 15 November 29, 2000 (2000-11-29) N/A N/A N/A
"Remaining Rumbles" recap show

Season 2 (2000)[edit]

Tournament Winners: November 2000, Las Vegas: (Winners shown in bold)

  • Super heavyweight Winner – Diesector (defeated Hamunaptra, World Peace, Rammstein, War Machine and Atomic Wedgie)
  • Heavyweight Winner – BioHazard (defeated Marvel of Engineering (M.O.E.), Suicidal Tendencies, Nightmare, frenZy and Vlad the Impaler)
  • Middleweight Winner – Spaz (defeated Tobor Rabies, Blue Streak, Buddy Lee Don't Play In The Street, Bad Attitude and El Diablo)
  • Lightweight Winner – Ziggo (defeated Scrap Metal, Scrap Daddy LW55, Afterthought 2.0, Beta Raptor and Backlash)
No. in
series
No. in
season
Original air date Battle 1 Battle 2 Battle 3
16 1 December 12, 2000 (2000-12-12) Tentomoushi vs. Evil Fish Tank
(Lightweight round of 16)
N/A
17 2 December 19, 2000 (2000-12-19) Mauler vs. Bigger Brother
(Heavyweight round of 32)
Snake vs. War Machine
(Super heavyweight round of 16)
Toe Crusher vs. No Tolerance III
(Lightweight round of 16)
18 3 December 19, 2000 (2000-12-19) Vlad the Impaler vs. Mjollnir
(Heavyweight round of 16)
Turbo vs. Buddy Lee
(Middleweight round of 16)
ChinKilla vs. Ginsu
(Exhibition match)
19 4 December 26, 2000 (2000-12-26) Frenzy vs. Panic Attack 3
(Heavyweight round of 16)
Biohazard vs. Suicidal Tendencies
(Heavyweight round of 16)
GolddDigger vs. Killerhurtz
(Heavyweight round of 16)
20 5 January 2, 2001 (2001-01-02) Scrap Daddy LW55 vs. Ziggo
(Lightweight round of 16)
Overkill vs. Frostbite
(Heavyweight round of 16)
Sallad vs. Mouser
(Lightweight round of 16)
21 6 January 9, 2001 (2001-01-09) Voltronic vs. Bigger Brother
(Heavyweight round of 16)
Complete Control vs. Super Chiabot
(Middleweight round of 16)
Atomic Wedgie vs. Minion
(Super heavyweight round of 16)
Battle 4: Tripulta Raptor vs. Toro (Super heavyweight round of 16)
22 7 January 16, 2001 (2001-01-16) Deadblow vs. Kegger
(Middleweight round of 16)
Blade Runner vs. Scrap Daddy MW110
(Middleweight round of 16)
S.T.C.W.R. vs. The Master
(Middleweight round of 16)
Quarter-Finals intro
23 8 January 23, 2001 (2001-01-23) Ziggo vs. Afterthought
(Lightweight Quarter-Finals)
Tazbot vs. Vlad the Impaler
(Heavyweight Quarter-Finals)
Nightmare vs. Biohazard
(Heavyweight Quarter-Finals)
24 9 January 30, 2001 (2001-01-30) Revision Z vs. Ronin
(Super heavyweight Quarter-Finals)
Spaz vs. Buddy Lee
(Middleweight Quarter-Finals)
Blade Runner vs. The Master
(Middleweight Quarter-Finals)
25 10 February 6, 2001 (2001-02-06) Diesector vs. Rammstein
(Super heavyweight Quarter-Finals)
Toe Crusher vs. Evil Fish Tank
(Lightweight Quarter-Finals)
Deadblow vs. Bad Attitude
(Middleweight Quarter-Finals)
26 11 February 13, 2001 (2001-02-13) Atomic Wedgie vs. Toro
(Superheavyweight Quarter-Finals)
El Diablo vs. Complete Control
(Middleweight Quarter-Finals)
GoldDigger vs FrenZy
(Heavyweight Quarter-Finals)
27 12 February 13, 2001 (2001-02-13) Backlash vs. Sallad
(Lightweight Quarter-Finals)
Frostbite vs. Voltronic
(Heavyweight Quarter-Finals)
War Machine vs. Doall
(Superheavyweight Quarter-Finals)
Battle 4: Crusher vs. Beta Raptor (Lightweight Quarter-Finals)
28 13 February 20, 2001 (2001-02-20) Ziggo vs. Beta Raptor
(Lightweight Semi-Finals)
Backlash vs. Toe Crusher
(Lightweight Semi-Finals )
Backlash vs. Ziggo
(Lightweight Finals)
29 14 February 20, 2001 (2001-02-20) Vlad the Impaler vs. Voltronic
(Heavyweight Semi-Finals)
FrenZy vs. Biohazard
(Heavyweight Semi-Finals)
Vlad the Impaler vs. Biohazard
(Heavyweight Finals)
30 15 February 27, 2001 (2001-02-27) Revision Z vs. Gray Matter
(Super heavyweight round of 16)
Revision Z vs. Atomic Wedgie
(Super heavyweight Semi-Finals)
Heavyweight Rumble 1
Diesector vs. War Machine
(Super heavyweight Semi-Finals)
Battle 4: Diesector vs. Atomic Wedgie (Super heavyweight Finals)
31 16 March 6, 2001 (2001-03-06) Bad Attitude vs. Sabotage
(Middleweight round of 16)
Middleweight Rumble
Bad Attitude vs. Spaz
(Middleweight Semi-Finals)
Super heavyweight Rumble
Ankle Biter vs. El Diablo
(Middleweight round of 16)
Battle 4: El Diablo vs. Spaz (Middleweight Finals)
32 17 March 13, 2001 (2001-03-13) Remaining Rumbles Recap Show

Season 3 (2001)[edit]

Tournament Winners: May 2001, Treasure Island (Winners shown in bold)

  • Super heavyweight Winner – Vladiator (defeated Juggerbot, Hammertime, Revision Z, Techno Destructo, Diesector and Minion)
  • Heavyweight Winner – Son of Whyachi (defeated Shaka, Crab Meat, Kill-O-Amp, Nightmare, MechaVore, Hexadecimator and BioHazard)
  • Middleweight Winner – Hazard (defeated Fusion, Zion, F5, T-Wrex and Little Drummer Boy)
  • Lightweight Winner – Dr. Inferno Jr. (defeated Blood Dragon, Toe Crusher, Bad Habit, Herr Gepoünden, Sallad and Gamma Raptor)
No. in
series
No. in
season
Original air date Battle 1 Battle 2 Battle 3
33 1 July 10, 2001 (2001-07-10) Nightmare vs. Slam Job
(Heavyweight round of 32)
Shish-ka-bot 1.1 vs. Trilobot
(Lightweight round of 64)
Minion vs. Ogre
(Super heavyweight round of 16)
34 2 July 10, 2001 (2001-07-10) Double Agent vs. Turbo
(Middleweight round of 32)
Toro vs. World Peace
(Super heavyweight round of 16)
N/A
35 3 July 17, 2001 (2001-07-17) Hammertime vs. Vladiator
(Super heavyweight round of 32)
Toe Crusher vs. Dr. Inferno Jr.
(Lightweight round of 32)
Little Sister vs. Gammatron
(Heavyweight round of 64)
36 4 July 17, 2001 (2001-07-17) S.T.C.W.R. vs. Complete Control
(Middleweight round of 32)
Bad Attitude vs. T-Wrex
(Middleweight round of 16)
Hexadecimator vs. Fork-n-Stein
(Heavyweight round of 64)
37 5 July 24, 2001 (2001-07-24) Ziggo vs. Wacker
(Lightweight round of 32)
Vlad vs. Mechavore
(Heavyweight round of 16)
CUAD the Crusher vs. Techno Destructo
(Super heavyweight round of 32)
38 6 July 24, 2001 (2001-07-24) BattleRat vs. Crash Test Dummy
(Heavyweight round of 64)
Little Sister vs. Biohazard
(Heavyweight round of 32)
Little Drummer Boy vs. Blade Runner
(Middleweight round of 16)
39 7 July 31, 2001 (2001-07-31) Rim Tin Tin vs. Hammerhead
(Lightweight round of 64)
Son of Whyachi vs. Nightmare
(Heavyweight round of 16)
Omega-13 vs. Killerhurtz
(Heavyweight round of 16)
Battle 4: Chinkilla vs. Student Bots (Exhibition match)
40 8 July 31, 2001 (2001-07-31) Sallad vs. Carnage Raptor
(Lightweight round of 32)
Ankle Biter vs. F5
(Middleweight round of 32)
Blood Moon vs. Shaft
(Lightweight round of 64)
41 9 August 7, 2001 (2001-08-07) Rammstein vs. The Judge
(Super heavyweight round of 16)
Twin Paradox vs. Deadblow
(Middleweight round of 16)
I-Beam vs. Greenspan
(Heavyweight round of 64)
Battle 4: Sisyphus vs. Death by Monkeys (Lightweight round of 32)
42 10 August 7, 2001 (2001-08-07) Tazbot vs. Golddigger
(Heavyweight round of 16)
Overkill vs. M.O.E.
(Heavyweight round of 64)
Voltronic vs. Bacchus
(Heavyweight round of 16)
43 11 August 14, 2001 (2001-08-14) Blood Moon vs. Mouser Mecha Catbot
(Lightweight round of 32)
Zion vs. Hazard
(Middleweight round of 16)
Sabotage vs. Double Agent
(Middleweight round of 16)
44 12 August 14, 2001 (2001-08-14) T-Minus vs. Sunshine Lollibot
(Middleweight round of 16)
Dawn of Destruction vs. Diesector
(Super heavyweight round of 16)
Wedge of Doom vs. Wacky Compass
(Lightweight round of 64)
45 13 August 21, 2001 (2001-08-21) Ziggo vs. Shrike
(Lightweight round of 16)
Tazbot vs. BioHazard
(Heavyweight Quarter-Finals)
Phere vs. Toro
(Super heavyweight Quarter-Finals)
46 14 August 21, 2001 (2001-08-21) Diesector vs. Rammstein
(Super heavyweight Quarter-Finals)
Techno Destructo vs. Vladiator
(Super heavyweight Quarter-Finals)
Chinkilla vs. LaMachine, DeadN, Ginsu
(Exhibition match)
47 15 August 28, 2001 (2001-08-28) Killerhurtz vs. Hexadecimator
(Heavyweight Quarter-Finals)
Electric Lunch vs. Minion
(Super heavyweight Quarter-Finals)
Mechavore vs. Son Of Wyachi
(Heavyweight Quarter-Finals)
48 16 August 28, 2001 (2001-08-28) Son of Whyachi vs. Hexadecimator
(Heavyweight Semi-Finals)
Overkill vs. BioHazard
(Heavyweight Semi-Finals)
Son of Whyachi vs. BioHazard
(Heavyweight Finals)
49 17 September 4, 2001 (2001-09-04) Herr Gepoünden vs. Dr. Inferno Jr.
(Lightweight Quarter-Finals)
T-Minus vs. T-Wrex
(Middleweight Quarter-Finals)
Gamma Raptor vs. Mouser Mecha Catbot
(Lightweight Quarter-Finals)
50 18 September 4, 2001 (2001-09-04) Vladiator vs. Diesector
(Super heavyweight Semi-Finals)
Minion vs. Toro
(Super heavyweight Semi-Finals)
Minion vs. Vladiator
(Super heavyweight Finals)
51 19 September 11, 2001 (2001-09-11) T-Wrex vs. Hazard
(Middleweight Semi-Finals)
Little Drummer Boy vs. Sabotage
(Middleweight Semi-Finals)
Little Drummer Boy vs. Hazard
(Middleweight Finals)
52 20 September 11, 2001 (2001-09-11) Sallad vs. Dr. Inferno Jr.
(Lightweight Semi-Finals)
Gamma Raptor vs. Wedge of Doom
(Lightweight Semi-Finals)
Dr. Inferno Jr. vs. Gamma Raptor
(Lightweight Finals)

Season 4 (2001)[edit]

Tournament Winners: November 2001, Treasure Island: (Winners shown in bold)

  • Super heavyweight Winner – Toro (defeated Maximus, The Judge, Vladiator, Little Blue Engine and New Cruelty)
  • Heavyweight Winner – BioHazard (defeated Stealth Terminator, Jabberwock, Nightmare, Tazbot and Overkill)
  • Middleweight Winner – Hazard (defeated Timmy, SABotage, El Diablo, Heavy Metal Noise and Complete Control)
  • Lightweight Winner – Ziggo (defeated Snowflake, Serial Box Killer, Wedge of Doom, Death By Monkeys, and The Big B)
No. in
series
No. in
season
Original air date Battle 1 Battle 2 Battle 3 Battle 4
53 1 January 8, 2002 (2002-01-08) Phrizbee vs. Death Star
(Heavyweight round of 64)
Ravager vs. T-Minus
(Middleweight round of 64)
Phantom Thrust vs. The Probe
(Super heavyweight round of 64)
Scrap Daddy Surplus vs. Wedge of Doom
(Lightweight round of 32)
54 2 January 8, 2002 (2002-01-08) Trimangle vs. Vladiator
(Super heavyweight round of 32)
Shark Byte vs. KillerB
(Heavyweight round of 32)
Ziggo vs. Snowflake
(Lightweight round of 32)
N/A
55 3 January 15, 2002 (2002-01-15) Ziggo vs. Serial Box Killer
(Lightweight round of 16)
Eradicator vs. Swirlee
(Super heavyweight round of 64)
Maximus vs. Pharmapac
(Super heavyweight round of 64)
Toe Crusher vs. Low Blow
(Lightweight round of 32)
56 4 January 15, 2002 (2002-01-15) Malvolio vs. Bad Attitude
(Middleweight round of 32)
Bender vs. Little Sister
(Heavyweight round of 64)
Tentomoushi 7.0 vs Wedge of Doom
(Lightweight round of 16)
N/A
57 5 January 22, 2002 (2002-01-22) Surgeon General vs. Frostbite
(Heavyweight round of 32)
Hazard vs. Timmy
(Middleweight round of 32)
Short Order Chef vs. T-Minus
(Middleweight round of 32)
Slap 'Em Silly vs. Mouser Catbot
(Lightweight round of 32)
58 6 January 22, 2002 (2002-01-22) El Diablo Grande vs. Slam Job
(Heavyweight round of 64)
Marvel of Engineering vs. PyRAMidroid
(Heavyweight round of 64)
El Diablo vs. Turtle Road Kill
(Middleweight round of 16)
N/A
59 7 January 29, 2002 (2002-01-29) Son of Whyachi vs. Swirlee
(Super heavyweight round of 32)
Mechavore vs. Towering Inferno
(Heavyweight round of 32)
Afterthought vs. Slap 'Em Silly
(Lightweight round of 16)
Carnage Raptor vs. Whirligig
(Lightweight round of 32)
60 8 January 29, 2002 (2002-01-29) Atomic Wedgie vs. Ogre
(Super heavyweight round of 32)
Phrizbee vs. Hexadecimator
(Heavyweight round of 32)
The Matador vs. Omega 13
(Heavyweight round of 32)
N/A
61 9 February 5, 2002 (2002-02-05) Heavy Metal Noise vs. T-Minus
(Middleweight round of 16)
Ziggo vs. Wedge of Doom
(Lightweight Quarter-Finals)
Toro vs. Maximus
(Super heavyweight round of 32)
N/A
62 10 February 5, 2002 (2002-02-05) Ziggo vs. Death By Monkeys
(Lightweight Semi-Finals)
Minion vs. No Apologies
(Super heavyweight round of 32)
Hammertime vs. The Judge
(Super heavyweight round of 32)
Ziggo vs. The Big B
(Lightweight Finals)
63 11 February 12, 2002 (2002-02-12) Toro vs. The Judge
(Super heavyweight round of 16)
Ogre vs. Techno Destructo
(Super heavyweight round of 16)
Junkyard Offspring vs. Nightmare
(Heavyweight round of 32)
Ronin vs. Diesector
(Super heavyweight round of 16)
64 12 February 12, 2002 (2002-02-12) New Cruelty vs. Odin II
(Super heavyweight round of 32)
Toro vs. Vladiator
(Super heavyweight Quarter-Finals)
Techno Destructo vs. Diesector
(Super heavyweight Quarter-Finals)
N/A
65 13 February 19, 2002 (2002-02-19) Little Blue Engine vs. Toro
(Super heavyweight Semi-Finals)
Stealth Terminator vs. Center Punch
(Heavyweight round of 64)
Diesector vs New Cruelty
(Super heavyweight Semi-Finals)
N/A
66 14 February 19, 2002 (2002-02-19) Toro vs. New Cruelty
(Super heavyweight Finals)
Silverback vs. Agitator
(Heavyweight round of 64)
Pack Raptors vs. Sabotage
(Middleweight round of 32)
N/A
67 15 February 26, 2002 (2002-02-26) Sabotage vs. Hazard
(Middleweight round of 16)
Huggy Bear vs. Double Agent
(Middleweight round of 32)
Mauler 5150 vs. Jabberwock
(Heavyweight round of 32)
Silverback vs. Tazbot
(Heavyweight round of 32)
68 16 February 26, 2002 (2002-02-26) Complete Control vs. Psychotron
(Middleweight round of 16)
BattleRat vs. Nightmare
(Heavyweight round of 16)
Bad Attitude vs. Complete Control
(Middleweight Quarter-Finals)
N/A
69 17 March 5, 2002 (2002-03-05) The Matador vs. M.O.E.
(Heavyweight round of 16)
Hazard vs. El Diablo
(Middleweight Quarter-Finals)
Overkill vs Mechavore
(Heavyweight round of 16)
Biohazard vs. Nightmare
(Heavyweight Quarter-Finals)
70 18 March 5, 2002 (2002-03-05) Killerhurtz vs Little Sister
(Heavyweight round of 32)
Shark Byte vs Hexadecimator
(Heavyweight round of 16)
Slam Job vs. FrenZy
(Heavyweight round of 32)
Killerhurtz vs. Surgeon General
(Heavyweight round of 16)
71 19 March 12, 2002 (2002-03-12) Heavy Metal Noise vs. Hazard
(Middleweight Semi-Finals)
Complete Control vs. Zion
(Middleweight Semi-Finals)
Surgeon General vs. Hexadecimator
(Heavyweight Quarter-Finals)
Hazard vs. Complete Control
(Middleweight Finals)
72 20 March 12, 2002 (2002-03-12) Surgeon General vs. Overkill
(Heavyweight Semi-Finals)
Biohazard vs. Tazbot
(Heavyweight Semi-Finals)
Biohazard vs. Overkill
(Heavyweight Finals)
N/A

Season 5 (2002)[edit]

Tournament Winners: May 2002, Treasure Island: (Winners shown in bold)

  • Super heavyweight Winner – Diesector (defeated Final Destiny, Dreadnought, HammerTime, New Cruelty and Vladiator)
  • Heavyweight Winner – BioHazard (defeated Center Punch, Greenspan, MechaVore, Aces and Eights, and Voltronic)
  • Middleweight Winner – T-Minus (defeated TriDent, Double Agent, Huggy Bear, previously undefeated Hazard and S.O.B.)
  • Lightweight Winner – Dr Inferno Jr. (defeated Afterburner, Tentoumushi 8.0, Death By Monkeys, Gamma Raptor and Wedge of Doom)
No. in
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Original air date Battle 1 Battle 2 Battle 3
73 1 August 20, 2002 (2002-08-20) Warhead vs. Darkstar-2J
(Heavyweight round of 64)
Ziggo vs. Code:Black
(Lightweight round of 32)
Son of Whyachi vs. Steel Reign
(Super heavyweight round of 32)
Battle 4: Moebius vs. Ankle Biter (Middleweight round of 64)
74 2 August 27, 2002 (2002-08-27) Backlash vs. Burning Metal
(Lightweight round of 32)
Wee Willy Wedgy vs. Little Drummer Boy
(Middleweight round of 32)
MOE vs. Stealth Terminator
(Heavyweight round of 32)
Battle 4: Slap 'Em Silly vs. Rambite 2.0 (Lightweight round of 32)
75 3 September 3, 2002 (2002-09-03) Wedge of Doom vs. Wireless Wonder
(Lightweight round of 32)
Twin Paradox vs. S.O.B.
(Middleweight round of 32)
Codebreaker vs. Techno Destructo
(Super heavyweight round of 32)
Battle 4: Nightmare vs. Warhead (Heavyweight round of 32)
76 4 September 10, 2002 (2002-09-10) Hazard vs. Misty the Wonderbot
(Middleweight round of 32)
Patriot vs. Sallad
(Lightweight round of 32)
The Matador vs. frenZy
(Heavyweight round of 32)
Battle 4: No Apologies vs. The Judge (Super heavyweight round of 32)
77 5 September 21, 2002 (2002-09-21) Wrath Jr. vs. Complete Control
(Middleweight round of 32)
Toro vs. Phrizbee-Ultimate
(Super heavyweight round of 32)
Vladiator vs. Pro-AM
(Super heavyweight round of 32)
78 6 September 28, 2002 (2002-09-28) Gammacide vs. Dreadnought
(Super heavyweight round of 32)
Sublime vs. Death By Monkeys
(Lightweight round of 32)
Final Destiny vs. Grey Matter
(Super heavyweight round of 64)
79 7 October 5, 2002 (2002-10-05) Vlad the Impaler II vs. Spitfire
(Heavyweight round of 64)
T-Minus vs. TriDent
(Middleweight round of 32)
Tazbot vs. RingMaster
(Heavyweight round of 32)
80 8 October 12, 2002 (2002-10-12) Phrizbee-Ultimate vs. IceBerg
(Super heavyweight round of 16)
Diesector vs. Final Destiny
(Super heavyweight round of 32)
AnkleBiter vs. El Diablo
(Middleweight round of 32)
81 9 October 19, 2002 (2002-10-19) Codebreaker vs. Minion
(Super heavyweight round of 16)
The Master vs. Anklebiter
(Middleweight round of 16)
Hazard vs. Blade Runner
(Middleweight round of 16)
82 10 October 26, 2002 (2002-10-26) Sallad vs. Hexy Jr.
(Lightweight round of 16)
Atomic Wedgie vs. Maximus
(Super heavyweight round of 16)
Biohazard vs. Greenspan
(Heavyweight round of 16)
83 11 November 2, 2002 (2002-11-02) T-Wrex vs. S.O.B.
(Middleweight round of 16)
Double Agent vs. T-Minus
(Middleweight round of 16)
BattleRat vs. OverKill
(Heavyweight round of 16)
84 12 November 9, 2002 (2002-11-09) Warhead vs. The Matador
(Heavyweight round of 16)
Dreadnought vs. Diesector
(Super heavyweight round of 16)
Mechavore vs. Mauler 51-50
(Heavyweight round of 16)
85 13 November 16, 2002 (2002-11-16) Dr. Inferno Jr. vs. Tenomoushi 8.0
(Lightweight round of 16)
Son of Whyachi vs. No Apologies
(Super heavyweight round of 16)
Bad Attitude vs. Huggy Bear
(Middleweight round of 16)
86 14 November 23, 2002 (2002-11-23) Zion vs. SABotage
(Middleweight round of 16)
Slap 'Em Silly vs. Wedge of Doom
(Lightweight round of 16)
N/A
87 15 November 30, 2002 (2002-11-30) Turtle vs. Ankle Biter
(Middleweight Quarter-Finals)
Huggy Bear vs. T-Minus
(Middleweight Quarter-Finals)
Zion vs. Hazard
(Middleweight Quarter-Finals)
88 16 December 7, 2002 (2002-12-07) S.O.B. vs. Turtle
(Middleweight Semi-Finals)
Hazard vs. T-Minus
(Middleweight Semi-Finals)
T-Minus vs. S.O.B.
(Middleweight Finals)
89 17 December 14, 2002 (2002-12-14) Mechavore vs. BioHazard
(Heavyweight Quarter-Finals)
Warhead vs. OverKill
(Heavyweight Quarter-Finals)
Aces & Eights vs. Hexadecimator
(Heavyweight Quarter-Finals)
Battle 4: BioHazard vs. Voltronic (Heavyweight Finals)
90 18 December 14, 2002 (2002-12-14) Codebreaker vs. Vladiator
(Super heavyweight Quarter-Finals)
Diesector vs. Hammertime
(Super heavyweight Quarter-Finals)
Maximus vs. IceBerg
(Super heavyweight Quarter-Finals)
91 19 December 21, 2002 (2002-12-21) Wedge of Doom vs. Code:Black
(Lightweight Semi-Finals)
Dr. Inferno Jr. vs. Gamma Raptor
(Lightweight Semi-Finals)
Dr. Inferno Jr. vs. Wedge of Doom
(Lightweight Finals)
92 20 December 21, 2002 (2002-12-21) Vladiator vs. Maximus
(Super heavyweight Semi-Finals)
Diesector vs. New Cruelty
(Super heavyweight Semi-Finals)
Diesector vs. Vladiator
(Super heavyweight Finals)
93 21 December 28, 2002 (2002-12-28) Vladiator vs. Maximus
(Super heavyweight Semi-Finals)
Diesector vs. New Cruelty
(Super heavyweight Semi-Finals)
Diesector vs. Vladiator
(Super heavyweight Finals)
94 22 December 28, 2002 (2002-12-28) Vladiator vs. Maximus
(Super heavyweight Semi-Finals)
Diesector vs. New Cruelty
(Super heavyweight Semi-Finals)
Diesector vs. Vladiator
(Super heavyweight Finals)

Season 6 (2015)[edit]

May 21st-23rd, 2015; Mare Island, Vallejo, California

No. in
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Title Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
93 1 "The Battle Begins: Qualifiers, Part 1" June 21, 2015 (2015-06-21) 5.44[7]
Battles:
Razorback vs. Icewave,
Wrecks vs. Plan X,
Biteforce vs. Warhead,
Nightmare vs. Warrior Clan
94 2 "Crunch Time: Qualifiers, Part 2" June 28, 2015 (2015-06-28) 4.84[8]

Remainder of the qualifiers are displayed and wildcards announced.
Battles:
Tombstone vs. Counter Revolution,
Bronco vs. Witch Doctor,
Overhaul vs. Lock-Jaw,
Complete Control vs. Ghost Raptor.

Also Shown: Hypershock vs. Mohawk,
Radioactive vs. Sweet Revenge,
Chomp vs. Overdrive,
Captain Shrederator vs. Stinger.

Wildcards: Witch Doctor, Warhead, Overhaul, Chomp.

  • Note - There were a total of 28 robots. Bulldog, Chronic, Splatter, and Counter Revolution were entered as reserve bots; of these, only Counter Revolution was chosen to compete, after Beta had to forfeit due to technical problems, but Beta will return for the 2016 season.
95 3 "Full Metal Bracket: Round of 16 Part 1" July 5, 2015 (2015-07-05) 4.15[9]
Battles:
Icewave vs. Chomp,
Stinger vs. Warhead,
Ghost Raptor vs. Warrior Clan,
Bronco vs. Plan X.
96 4 "Last Chance to Advance: Round of 16 Part 2" July 12, 2015 (2015-07-12) 4.07[10]
Battles:
Witch Doctor vs. Overdrive,
Tombstone vs. Radioactive,
Overhaul vs. Lock-Jaw (re-match),
Bite Force vs. Hypershock.
97 5 "The Great 8: Quarterfinals"[11] July 19, 2015 (2015-07-19) 4.5[12]
Battles:
Stinger vs. Bronco,
Tombstone vs. Witch Doctor,
Overhaul vs. Bite Force,
Ghost Raptor vs. Icewave.
98 6 "Fight To The Finish: Final 4/Finals"[11] July 26, 2015 (2015-07-26) 4.61[13]
Battles:
Tombstone vs. Bronco,
Ghost Raptor vs. Bite Force,
Three Team Rumble:
Witch Doctor vs. Nightmare vs. Overhaul,
Championship:
Tombstone vs. Bite Force

Tournament bracket[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  6. ^ RobotCombat.com http://www.robotcombat.com/nightmare_sf02.html
  7. ^ Bibel, Sara (June 22, 2015). "Sunday Final Ratings: U.S. Open Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers (Zap2it). Retrieved June 30, 2015. 
  8. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (June 30, 2015). "Sunday Final Ratings: 'Celebrity Family Feud' & 'Big Brother' Adjusted Up; 'Golan the Insatiable' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers (Zap2it). Retrieved June 30, 2015. 
  9. ^ Bibel, Sara (July 8, 2015). "Sunday Final Ratings: 'Big Brother' & 'Celebrity Family Feud' Adjusted Up & Final Women's World Cup Numbers". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 8, 2015. 
  10. ^ Bibel, Sara (July 14, 2015). "Sunday Final Ratings: 'Big Brother' Adjusted Up, 'BattleBots' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 15, 2015. 
  11. ^ a b "BattleBots - Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved July 11, 2015. 
  12. ^ Bibel, Sara (July 20, 2015). "ABC Wins Sunday in Adults 18-49 with 'Celebrity Family Feud', 'BattleBots' & 'Save My Life: Boston Trauma'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  13. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (July 27, 2015). "TV Ratings Sunday: 'BattleBots' Finale Rises, 'Celebrity Family Feud' & 'Big Brother' Flat + 'Welcome to Sweden' Hits New Low". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 27, 2015. 

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