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BattleBots
Billnye spinner.jpg
Publicity still of Bill Nye, the show's technical expert, in the BattleBots arena
Genre Sports television
Created by Greg Munson and Trey Roski
Starring Tim Green, Sean Salisbury and Bil Dwyer
(season 6)
Molly McGrath
Chris Rose
Kenny Florian
Faruq Tauheed
Alison Haislip
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 96
Production
Executive producer(s) Mack Anderson, Bradley Anderson, Debbie Liebling
Running time 30–60 minutes
Release
Original channel Comedy Central (2000–2002)
ABC (2015–present)
Original release Original series: August 30, 2000 (2000-08-30) – December 21, 2002 (2002-12-21)
Revived series:
June 21, 2015 (2015-06-21)
External links
Website

BattleBots is an American competition television series. Competitors designed and operated remote-controlled armed and armored machines designed to fight in an arena combat elimination tournament. For five seasons, BattleBots aired on the American cable network 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 August 2002.

A six-episode sixth season of BattleBots 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 program to networks such as CBS, NBC, HBO, and Showtime—but the networks failed to understand the concept of the program or 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—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; 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]

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, along with her commentating partners broadcaster Chris Rose and former UFC fighter Kenny Florian. The battle arena announcer is Faruq Tauheed, along with Alison Haislip conducting 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.[5]

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
1 15 August 23, 2000 (2000-08-23) November 29, 2000 (2000-11-29)
2 14 December 12, 2000 (2000-12-12) March 13, 2001 (2001-03-13)
3 10 July 10, 2001 (2001-07-10) September 11, 2001 (2001-09-11)
4 10 January 8, 2002 (2002-01-08) March 12, 2002 (2002-03-12)
5 18 August 20, 2002 (2002-08-20) December 21, 2002 (2002-12-21)
6 6 June 21, 2015 (2015-06-21) TBA

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 airdate Match 1 Match 2 Match 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 Semi-Finals)
10 10 October 25, 2000 (2000-10-25) Spin Orbiting Force vs. Blade Runner
(Middleweight Semi-Finals)
Hazard vs. Turtle RoadKill
(Middleweight Semi-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) Remaining Rumbles Recap Show N/A

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 airdate Match 1 Match 2 Match 3
16 1 December 12, 2000 (2000-12-12) Tentomoushi vs. Evil Fish Tank
(Lightweight round of 16)
N/A N/A
17a 2a 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)
17b 2b 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)
18 3 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)
19 4 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)
20 5 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)
Tripulta Raptor vs. Toro
(Super heavyweight round of 16)
21 6 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
22 7 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)
23 8 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)
24 9 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)
25a 10a 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)
25b 10b 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)
Crusher vs. Beta Raptor
(Lightweight Quarter-Finals)
26a 11a 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)
26b 11b 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)
27 12 February 27, 2001 (2001-02-27) Revision Z vs. Gray Matter
(Superheavyweight round of 16)
Revision Z vs. Atomic Wedgie
(Superheavyweight Semi-Finals)
Heavyweight Rumble 1
Diesector vs. War Machine
(Superheavyweight Semi-Finals)
Diesector vs. Atomic Wedgie
(Superheavyweight Finals)
28 13 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)
El Diablo vs. Spaz
(Middleweight Finals)
29 14 March 13, 2001 (2001-03-13) Remaining Rumbles Recap Show N/A

Season 3 (2001)[edit]

Tournament winners: May 2001, Treasure Island[edit]

Category Winner Defeated
Super heavyweight Vladiator Juggerbot, Hammertime, Revision Z, Techno Destructo, Diesector and Minion
Heavyweight Son Of Whyachi Shaka, Crab Meat, Kill-O-Amp, Nightmare, MechaVore, Hexadecimator and BioHazard
Middleweight Hazard Fusion, Zion, F5, T-Wrex and Little Drummer Boy
Lightweight Dr Inferno Jr Blood Dragon, Toe Crusher, Bad Habit, Herr Gepoünden, Sallad and Gamma Raptor

List of episodes[edit]

  • Nightmare vs. Slam Job 7/10/2001[clarification needed] Heavyweight round of 32
  • Shish-ka-bot 1.1 vs. Trilobot 7/10/2001 Lightweight round of 64
  • Minion vs. Ogre 7/10/2001 Super heavyweight round of 16
  • Double Agent vs. Turbo 7/10/2001 Middleweight round of 32
  • Toro vs. World Peace 7/10/2001 Super heavyweight round of 16

Hammertime vs. Vladiator 7/17/2001 Super heavyweight round of 32

Toe Crusher vs. Dr. Inferno Jr. 7/17/2001 Lightweight round of 32

Little Sister vs. Gammatron 7/17/2001 Heavyweight round of 64

S.T.C.W.R. vs. Complete Control 7/17/2001 Middleweight round of 32

Bad Attitude vs. T-Wrex 7/17/2001 Middleweight round of 16

Hexadecimator vs. Fork-n-Stein 7/17/2001 Heavyweight round of 64

Ziggo vs. Wacker 7/24/2001 Lightweight round of 32

Vlad vs. Mechavore 7/24/2001 Heavyweight round of 32

CUAD the Crusher vs. Techno Destructo 7/24/2001 Super heavyweight round of 32

BattleRat vs. Crash Test Dummy 7/24/2001 Heavyweight round of 64

Little Sister vs. Biohazard 7/24/2001 Heavyweight round of 32

Little Drummer Boy vs. Blade Runner 7/24/2001 Middleweight round of 16

Rim Tin Tin vs. Hammerhead 7/31/2001 Lightweight round of 64

Son of Whyachi vs. Nightmare 7/31/2001 Heavyweight round of 16

Omega-13 vs. Killerhurtz 7/31/2001 Heavyweight round of 16

Chinkilla vs Student Bots demo 7/31/2001 Exhibition match

Sallad vs. Carnage Raptor 7/31/2001 Lightweight round of 32

Ankle Biter vs. F5 7/31/2001 Middleweight round of 32

Blood Moon vs. Shaft 7/31/2001 Lightweight round of 64

Rammstein vs. The Judge 8/7/2001 Super heavyweight round of 16

Twin Paradox vs. Deadblow 8/7/2001 Middleweight round of 16

I-Beam vs. Greenspan 8/7/2001 Heavyweight round of 64

Sisyphus vs. Death by Monkeys 8/7/2001 Lightweight round of 32

Tazbot vs. Golddigger 8/7/2001 Heavyweight round of 16

Overkill vs. M.O.E. 8/7/2001 Heavyweight round of 64

Voltronic vs. Bacchus 8/7/2001 Heavyweight round of 16

Blood Moon vs. Mouser Mecha Catbot 8/14/2001 Lightweight round of 32

Zion vs. Hazard 8/14/2001 Middleweight round of 16

SABotage vs. Double Agent 8/14/2001 Middleweight round of 16

T-Minus vs. Sunshine Lollibot 8/14/2001 Middleweight round of 16

Dawn of Destruction vs. Diesector 8/14/2001 Super heavyweight round of 16

Wedge of Doom vs. Wacky Compass 8/14/2001 Lightweight round of 64

Ziggo vs. Shrike 8/21/2001 Lightweight round of 16

Tazbot vs. Biohazard 8/21/2001 Heavyweight Quarter-Finals

Phere vs. Toro 8/21/2001 Super heavyweight Quarter-Finals

Diesector vs. Rammstein 8/21/2001 Super heavyweight Quarter-Finals

Techno Destructo vs. Vladiator 8/21/2001 Super heavyweight Quarter-Finals

Chinkilla vs LaMachine, DreadN, Ginsu 8/21/2001 Exhibition match

Killerhurtz vs. Hexadecimator 8/28/2001 Heavyweight Quarter-Finals

Electric Lunch vs. Minion 8/28/2001 Super heavyweight Quarter-Finals

Mechavore vs. Son of Whyachi 8/28/2001 Heavyweight Quarter-Finals

Son of Whyachi vs. Hexadecimator 8/28/2001 Heavyweight Semi-Finals

Overkill vs. Biohazard 8/28/2001 Heavyweight Semi-Finals

Son of Whyachi vs. Biohazard 8/28/2001 Heavyweight Finals

Herr Gepoünden vs. Dr. Inferno Jr. 9/4/2001 Lightweight Quarter-Finals

T-Minus vs. T-Wrex 9/4/2001 Middleweight Quarter-Finals

Gamma Raptor vs. Mouser Mecha Catbot 9/4/2001 Lightweight Quarter-Finals

Vladiator vs. Diesector 9/4/2001 Super heavyweight Semi-Finals

Minion vs Toro 9/4/2001 Super heavyweight Semi-Finals

Minion vs. Vladiator 9/4/2001 Super heavyweight Finals

T-Wrex vs. Hazard 9/11/2001 Middleweight Semi-Finals

Little Drummer Boy vs. Sabotage 9/11/2001 Middleweight Semi-Finals

Little Drummer Boy vs. Hazard 9/11/2001 Middleweight Finals

Sallad vs. Dr. Inferno Jr. 9/11/2001 Lightweight Semi-Finals

Gamma Raptor vs. Wedge of Doom 9/11/2001 Lightweight Semi-Finals

Dr. Inferno Jr. vs. Gamma Raptor 9/11/2001 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)

List of Episodes:

Phrizbee vs. Death Star 1/8/2002 Heavyweight round of 64

Ravager vs. T-Minus 1/8/2002 Middleweight round of 64

Phantom Thrust vs. The Probe 1/8/2002 Super heavyweight round of 64

Scrap Daddy Surplus vs. Wedge of Doom 1/8/2002 Lightweight round of 32

Trimangle vs. Vladiator 1/8/2002 Super heavyweight round of 32

Shark Byte vs. KillerB 1/8/2002 Heavyweight round of 32

Ziggo vs. Snowflake 1/8/2002 Lightweight round of 32

Ziggo vs. Serial Box Killer 1/15/2002 Lightweight round of 16

Eradicator vs. Swirlee 1/15/2002 Super heavyweight round of 64

Maximus vs. Pharmapac 1/15/2002 Super heavyweight round of 64

Toe Crusher vs. Low Blow 1/15/2002 Lightweight round of 32

Malvolio vs. Bad Attitude 1/15/2002 Middleweight round of 32

Bender vs. Little Sister 1/15/2002 Heavyweight round of 64

Tentomoushi 7.0 vs Wedge of Doom 1/15/2002 Lightweight round of 16

Surgeon General vs. Frostbite 1/22/2002 Heavyweight round of 32

Hazard vs. Timmy 1/22/2002 Middleweight round of 32

Short Order Chef vs. T-Minus 1/22/2002 Middleweight round of 32

Slap 'Em Silly vs. Mouser Catbot 1/22/2002 Lightweight round of 32

El Diablo Grande vs. Slam Job 1/22/2002 Heavyweight round of 64

Marvel of Engineering vs. PyRAMidroid 1/22/2002 Heavyweight round of 64

El Diablo vs. Turtle Road Kill 1/22/2002 Middleweight round of 16

Son of Whyachi vs. Swirlee 1/29/2002 Super heavyweight round of 32

Mechavore vs. Towering Inferno 1/29/2002 Heavyweight round of 32

Afterthought vs. Slap 'Em Silly 1/29/2002 Lightweight round of 16

Carnage Raptor vs. Whirligig 1/29/2002 Lightweight round of 32

Atomic Wedgie vs. Ogre 1/29/2002 Super heavyweight round of 32

Phrizbee vs. Hexadecimator 1/29/2002 Heavyweight round of 32

The Matador vs. Omega 13 1/29/2002 Heavyweight round of 32

Heavy Metal Noise vs. T-Minus 2/5/2002 Middleweight round of 16

Ziggo vs. Wedge of Doom 2/5/2002 Lightweight Quarter-Finals

Toro vs. Maximus 2/5/2002 Super heavyweight round of 32

Ziggo vs. Death By Monkeys 2/5/2002 Lightweight Semi-Finals

Minion vs. No Apologies 2/5/2002 Super heavyweight round of 32

Hammertime vs. The Judge 2/5/2002 Super heavyweight round of 32

Ziggo vs. The Big B 2/5/2002 Lightweight Finals

Toro vs. The Judge 2/12/2002 Super heavyweight round of 16

Ogre vs. Techno Destructo 2/12/2002 Super heavyweight round of 16

Junkyard Offspring vs. Nightmare 2/12/2002 Heavyweight round of 32

Ronin vs. Diesector 2/12/2002 Super heavyweight round of 16

New Cruelty vs. Odin II 2/12/2002 Super heavyweight round of 32

Toro vs. Vladiator 2/12/2002 Super heavyweight Quarter-Finals

Techno Destructo vs. Diesector 2/12/2002 Super heavyweight Quarter-Finals

Little Blue Engine vs. Toro 2/19/2002 Super heavyweight Semi-Finals

Stealth Terminator vs. Center Punch 2/19/2002 Heavyweight round of 64

Diesector vs New Cruelty 2/19/2002 Super heavyweight Semi-Finals

Toro vs. New Cruelty 2/19/2002 Super heavyweight Finals

Silverback vs. Agitator 2/19/2002 Heavyweight round of 64

Pack Raptors vs. Sabotage 2/19/2002 Middleweight round of 32

Sabotage vs. Hazard 2/26/2002 Middleweight round of 16

Huggy Bear vs. Double Agent 2/26/2002 Middleweight round of 32

Mauler 5150 vs. Jabberwock 2/26/2002 Heavyweight round of 32

Silverback vs. Tazbot 2/26/2002 Heavyweight round of 32

Complete Control vs. Psychotron 2/26/2002 Middleweight round of 16

BattleRat vs. Nightmare 2/26/2002 Heavyweight round of 16

Bad Attitude vs. Complete Control 2/26/2002 Middleweight Quarter-Finals

The Matador vs. M.O.E. 3/5/2002 Heavyweight round of 16

Hazard vs. El Diablo 3/5/2002 Middleweight Quarter-Finals

Overkill vs Mechavore 3/5/2002 Heavyweight round of 16

Biohazard vs. Nightmare 3/5/2002 Heavyweight Quarter-Finals

Killerhurtz vs Little Sister 3/5/2002 Heavyweight round of 32

Shark Byte vs Hexadecimator 3/5/2002 Heavyweight round of 16

Slam Job vs. FrenZy 3/5/2002 Heavyweight round of 32

Killerhurtz vs. Surgeon General 3/5/2002 Heavyweight round of 16

Heavy Metal Noise vs. Hazard 3/12/2002 Middleweight Semi-Finals

Complete Control vs. Zion 3/12/2002 Middleweight Semi-Finals

Surgeon General vs. Hexadecimator 3/12/2002 Heavyweight Quarter-Finals

Hazard vs. Complete Control 3/12/2002 Middleweight Finals

Surgeon General vs. Overkill 3/12/2002 Heavyweight Semi-Finals

Biohazard vs. Tazbot 3/12/2002 Heavyweight Semi-Finals

Biohazard vs. Overkill 3/12/2002 Heavyweight Finals

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
season
Original air date
1 August 20, 2002 (2002-08-20)

Warhead vs. Darkstar-2J 8/20/2002 Heavyweight round of 64

Ziggo vs. Code:Black 8/20/2002 Lightweight round of 32

Son of Whyachi vs. Steel Reign 8/20/2002 Super heavyweight round of 32

Moebius vs. Ankle Biter 8/20/2002 Middleweight round of 64
2 August 27, 2002 (2002-08-27)

Backlash vs. Burning Metal 8/27/2002 Lightweight round of 32

Wee Willy Wedgy vs. Little Drummer Boy 8/27/2002 Middleweight round of 32

MOE vs. Stealth Terminator 8/27/2002 Heavyweight round of 32

Slap 'Em Silly vs. Rambite 2.0 8/27/2002 Lightweight round of 32
3 September 3, 2002 (2002-09-03)

Wedge of Doom vs. Wireless Wonder 9/3/2002 Lightweight round of 32

Twin Paradox vs. S.O.B. 9/3/2002 Middleweight round of 32

Codebreaker vs. Techno Destructo 9/3/2002 Super heavyweight round of 32

Nightmare vs. Warhead 9/3/2002 Heavyweight round of 32
4 September 10, 2002 (2002-09-10)

Hazard vs. Misty the Wonderbot 9/10/2002 Middleweight round of 32

Patriot vs. Sallad 9/10/2002 Lightweight round of 32

The Matador vs. frenZy 9/10/2002 Heavyweight round of 32

No Apologies vs. The Judge 9/10/2002 Super heavyweight round of 32
5 September 21, 2002 (2002-09-21)

Wrath Jr. vs. Complete Control 9/21/2002 Middleweight round of 32

Toro vs. Phrizbee-Ultimate 9/21/2002 Super heavyweight round of 32

Vladiator vs. Pro-AM 9/21/2002 Super heavyweight round of 32
6 September 28, 2002 (2002-09-28)

Gammacide vs. Dreadnought 9/28/2002 Super heavyweight round of 32

Sublime vs. Death By Monkeys 9/28/2002 Lightweight round of 32

Final Destiny vs. Grey Matter 9/28/2002 Super heavyweight round of 64
7 October 5, 2002 (2002-10-05)

Vlad the Impaler II vs. Spitfire 10/5/2002 Heavyweight round of 64

T-Minus vs. TriDent 10/5/2002 Middleweight round of 32

Tazbot vs. RingMaster 10/5/2002 Heavyweight round of 32
8 October 12, 2002 (2002-10-12)

Phrizbee-Ultimate vs. IceBerg 10/12/2002 Super heavyweight round of 16

Diesector vs. Final Destiny 10/12/2002 Super heavyweight round of 32

AnkleBiter vs. El Diablo 10/12/2002 Middleweight round of 32
9 October 19, 2002 (2002-10-19)

Codebreaker vs. Minion 10/19/2002 Super heavyweight round of 16

The Master vs. Anklebiter 10/19/2002 Middleweight round of 16

Hazard vs. Blade Runner 10/19/2002 Middleweight round of 16
10 October 26, 2002 (2002-10-26)

Sallad vs. Hexy Jr. 10/26/2002 Lightweight round of 16

Atomic Wedgie vs. Maximus 10/26/2002 Super heavyweight round of 16

Biohazard vs. Greenspan 10/26/2002 Heavyweight round of 16
11 November 2, 2002 (2002-11-02)

T-Wrex vs. S.O.B. 11/2/2002 Middleweight round of 16

Double Agent vs. T-Minus 11/2/2002 Middleweight round of 16

BattleRat vs. OverKill 11/2/2002 Heavyweight round of 16
12 November 9, 2002 (2002-11-09)

Warhead vs. The Matador 11/9/2002 Heavyweight round of 16

Dreadnought vs. Diesector 11/9/2002 Super heavyweight round of 16

Mechavore vs. Mauler 51-50 11/9/2002 Heavyweight round of 16
13 November 16, 2002 (2002-11-16)

Dr. Inferno Jr. vs. Tenomoushi 8.0 11/16/2002 Lightweight round of 16

Son of Whyachi vs. No Apologies 11/16/2002 Super heavyweight round of 16

Bad Attitude vs. Huggy Bear 11/16/2002 Middleweight round of 16
14 November 23, 2002 (2002-11-23)

Zion vs. SABotage 11/23/2002 Middleweight round of 16

Slap 'Em Silly vs. Wedge of Doom 11/23/2002 Lightweight round of 16
15 November 30, 2002 (2002-11-30)

Turtle vs. Ankle Biter 11/30/2002 Middleweight Quarter-Finals

Huggy Bear vs. T-Minus 11/30/2002 Middleweight Quarter-Finals

Zion vs. Hazard 11/30/2002 Middleweight Quarter-Finals
16 December 7, 2002 (2002-12-07)

S.O.B. vs. Turtle 12/7/2002 Middleweight Semi-Finals

Hazard vs. T-Minus 12/7/2002 Middleweight Semi-Finals

T-Minus vs. S.O.B. 12/7/2002 Middleweight Finals
17 December 14, 2002 (2002-12-14)

Mechavore vs. BioHazard 12/14/2002 Heavyweight Quarter-Finals

Warhead vs. OverKill 12/14/2002 Heavyweight Quarter-Finals

Aces & Eights vs. Hexadecimator 12/14/2002 Heavyweight Quarter-Finals

BioHazard vs. Voltronic 12/14/2002 Heavyweight Finals

Codebreaker vs. Vladiator 12/14/2002 Super heavyweight Quarter-Finals

Diesector vs. Hammertime 12/14/2002 Super heavyweight Quarter-Finals

Maximus vs. IceBerg 12/14/2002 Super heavyweight Quarter-Finals
18 December 21, 2002 (2002-12-21)

Wedge of Doom vs. Code:Black 12/21/2002 Lightweight Semi-Finals

Dr. Inferno Jr. vs. Gamma Raptor 12/21/2002 Lightweight Semi-Finals

Dr. Inferno Jr. vs. Wedge of Doom 12/21/2002 Lightweight Finals

Vladiator vs. Maximus 12/21/2002 Super heavyweight Semi-Finals

Diesector vs. New Cruelty 12/21/2002 Super heavyweight Semi-Finals

Diesector vs. Vladiator 12/21/2002 Super heavyweight Finals

Season 6 (2015)[edit]

No. in
season
Title Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 "The Battle Begins: Qualifiers, Part 1" June 21, 2015 (2015-06-21) 5.44[6]
Battles:
Razorback vs. Icewave,
Wrecks vs. Plan X,
Biteforce vs. Warhead,
Nightmare vs. Warrior Clan
2 "Crunch Time: Qualifiers, Part 2" June 28, 2015 (2015-06-28) 4.84[7]

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. 4 Robots: Beta, Bulldog, Chronic and Splatter had to forfeit or fought in the arena, but their fight wasn't shown.
3 "Full Metal Bracket: Round of 16 Part 1"[8] July 5, 2015 (2015-07-05)
4 "Last Chance to Advance: Round of 16 Part 2"[8] July 12, 2015 (2015-07-12)
5 "The Great 8: Quarterfinals"[8] July 19, 2015 (2015-07-19)
6 "Fight To The Finish: Final 4/Finals"[8] July 26, 2015 (2015-07-26)[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hipes, Patrick (April 8, 2015). "ABC Summer Schedule: ‘BattleBots’ Geared Up For June 21 Bow". Deadline.com. Retrieved April 9, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Robot Wars: An oral history of the birth and death of BattleBots". SBNation. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Lawsuit Over Bud Light Ad Dismissed". Bloomberg News. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Viacom buys Comedy Central". CNNMoney. CNN. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  5. ^ RobotCombat.com http://www.robotcombat.com/nightmare_sf02.html
  6. ^ Bibel, Sara (June 22, 2015). "Sunday Final Ratings: U.S. Open Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers (Zap2it). Retrieved June 30, 2015. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ a b c d e "BattleBots - Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved June 11, 2015. 

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