Robot Combat League

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Robot Combat League
Presented by Chris Jericho
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 39
Production company(s) Smart Dog Media
Release
Original network Syfy
Original release February 26, 2013 (2013-02-26) – April 23, 2015 (2015-04-23)
External links
Robot Combat League @ syfy.com Website

Robot Combat League (RCL) is a television show on the Syfy network about robot fighting competitions. On the show, teams use exosuits to control fighting robots. The series is hosted by Chris Jericho, and premiered on February 26, 2013 at 10 PM EST.

Overview[edit]

Each weekly show features tournament competitions between 8-foot, 1000-pound[1] humanoid robots controlled by human competitors, one robo-jockey and one robo-tech per team. The series features twelve teams of individuals from diverse backgrounds. Each team is paired with a robot that they control using an exo-suit that directs its movements. Each fight goes three rounds, and the winning team advances.[2] There are 12 total robots. The robots range from an axe headed laser eyed warrior to a robot made of plexiglass and a roll cage. The robots and the suits used to control them were created by robotics expert Mark Setrakian.

Rules[edit]

Robot Combat League: Rules of the Game.

Every game has its rules - even ones involving giant, fighting robots. Below are the rules of Robot Combat League:
• Fights consist of three,^ two-minute rounds
• Three ringside judges score the action to determine a winner
• Points are awarded to strong solid hits to vital parts
• Teams have a pit crew and twenty minutes in between rounds to make all necessary repairs
• Judges can stop a round early due to excessive damage

• Robots can be KO’d if they are unable to make the bell signifying the round's end

Robot Combat League: Rules of the Game @ www.syfy.com[3]

^Note : In the season one finale's championship fight there were five two-minute rounds, with the winner being the first team that won three rounds out of the five.

Competition Participants[edit]

Each team consists of a uniquely themed robot and two human controllers.

  • One human is the "Robo-Jockey," controlling the robot's arms and torso while standing via an exosuit-like harness strapped to his or her back and arms.
  • The other human is the "Robo-Tech," seated in a chair while using two joysticks to control the robot's feet and any other unique parts, such as the movable axe "head" on A.X.E.

Each robot is powered by hydraulic and pneumatic actuators. Each robot moves on two feet, stabilized by a bar that attaches at the back of the robot, above the legs. The robots each have six actuators at the waist, and several more in each arm. The robots are all styled and painted to be unique and distinct from each other. This unique styling is especially expressed in the different types and designs of armor that cover each robot, from sheet steel, to steel pipe roll cages, to carbon fibre, to leather. The robots' hands are also all individually styled, and can be quickly detached to facilitate repairs between rounds, or swapped out for weapon attachments. Several cameras may be mounted on each robot by the show staff to capture show footage, but none of the camera images were used to help control of the robot. The robots are controlled by the "Robo-Jockey" and "Robo-Tech" via direct line-of-sight, from two raised platforms at either end of the arena. The initial team seed order was determined by a timed challenge in the first episode.

Episodes[edit]

Overview[edit]

Season Episodes Season Premiere Season Finale
1 9 February 26, 2013 (2013-02-26) April 23, 2013 (2013-04-23)

Season 1 (2013)[edit]

No. Title[4] Original air date[5] Powerup Challenges / Training / Match Ups[6] Fight Winner(s)
1 "Rise of the Machines" Feb. 26, 2013 Man meets machine / Steel Cyclone vs Crash Crash
2 "Blood, Sweat and Gears" Mar. 5, 2013 Scorpio vs Commander / Thunder Skull vs Brimstone Scorpio Brimstone
3 "A Hero's Journey" Mar. 12, 2013 Game Over vs A.X.E./ George Lucas cameo[7] / Robo Hammer vs Drone Strike A.X.E. Drone Strike
4 "The Fight of Your Life" Mar. 19, 2013 Special training with Freddie Roach / Steampunk vs Medieval Steampunk
5 "The Next Level of Carnage" Mar. 26, 2013 Big surprise / Quarter-Finals begins / A.X.E vs Scorpio Scorpio
6 "Kicking Bot" Apr. 2, 2013 Steampunk vs Drone Strike / Crash vs Brimstone Steampunk Crash
7 "Wild Card Fight" Apr. 9, 2013 Steel Cyclone vs Thunder Skull (both voted in by remaining teams) / Weapon selection Steel Cyclone
8 "Semi-Finals" Apr. 16, 2013 Crash vs Scorpio / Steampunk vs Steel Cyclone Crash Steampunk
9 "Built Like a Champion" Apr. 23, 2013 Powered weapon reveal & corner man selection / Crash vs Steampunk Crash

Season 2 (2014)[edit]

The Season One Teams and competition results[edit]

The Robots[8][edit]

Seed Robot Speed Strength Endurance Height Weight Reach Strengths Weaknesses
1 Steel Cyclone 9 6 5 7'0" 768 lbs 41 in • Torpedo fists with hemispherical striking surface
• Low profile head and torso
• Medium armor crumple zone
2 Commander2 5 10 8 8'4" 814 lbs 46 in • Tank tread feet for extra traction
• Giant fists
• Exposed midsection
3 Game Over 6 9 8 8'7" 760 lbs 40.5 in • Massive steel and polycarbonate body armor • Top heavy
4 Brimstone 10 7 6 8'2" 756 lbs 42 in • Hammered steel dome is impenetrable
• Leather armor absorbs impact
• Hydraulic fluid breaks down leather armor
5 Medieval 6 8 8 7'11" 775 lbs 42.5 in • Spike ball
• Shock mounted arm shield
• Asymmetrical design may be difficult to control
6 Robohammer 8 8 6 8'0" 766 lbs 40 in • Chromoly steel fists are heaviest of all robots • Must maintain striking distance
7 Drone Strike 6 9 8 8'0" 792 lbs 43.5 in • Gatling fists
• Complete torso protection
• Shallow armor crumple zone
8 Steampunk 5 7 10 8'3" 819 lbs 44 in • Deep armor crumple zone for excellent endurance
• No shoulder armor for best arm mobility
• No shoulder armor
9 Thunder Skull 5 9 8 8'5" 785 lbs 40.5 in • Massive steel fists are long and heavy
• Steel armor with excellent coverage
• No easy access for repairs
10 A.X.E. 5 7 8 7'10" 842 lbs 37.5 in • Axe-head weapon
• Excellent front armor protection
• Must maintain close range to fight effectively
11 Scorpio 9 8 5 8'1" 760 lbs 43.5 in • Blade weapons
• Carbon fiber composite armor
• Carbon fiber armor is not as strong as steel
12 Crash 7 5 10 7'9" 826 lbs 38.5 in • Chromoly steel roll cage • Roll cage is hard-mounted, does not absorb impact

The Human Competitors[edit]

Seed Robo-Jockey Robo-Tech Notes
1 Bayano Kamani, Former Olympic Athlete Dr. George Kirkman, Robotics Teacher Won Wild Card round; Returned in Semi-Finals
2 Jeffrey Fellin, Helicopter Pilot Paulo Younse, JPL Engineer Did not participate in Wild Card selection
3 Keisha Howard, Pro Gamer Annika O'Brien, Robotics Engineer
4 Devonric Johnson, Former All-American Athlete Russell Tait, Mechanical Engineer & Software Developer
5 John Peel, Former College Athlete Heather Knight, Electrical Engineer Did not participate in Wild Card selection
6 Amanda Lucas, MMA Fighter Saura Naderi, Roboticist Daughter of George Lucas, cameo appearance episode 3
7 Ciji Thornton, Pro Gamer Fazlul "Fuzz" Zubair, Rocket Scientist
8 Ashley Mary Nunes, Superhero Impersonator Kyle Samuelson, Robotics Teacher Assisted by Fazlul "Fuzz" Zubair in Championship
9 Heather Williams, Race Car Driver Brandon Lewis, I.T. Specialist Lost Wild Card round
10 Andrew Montanez, MMA Fighter Ross Mead, PhD Robotics Researcher
11 Diana Yang, Industrial Design Student Chris Hardouin, Toy Designer
12 Amber Shinsel, Software Engineer Dave Shinsel, Software Manager Father/Daughter team; Assisted by Ross Mead in Championship

Tournament Results[edit]

  Teams Quarter-Finals Semi-Finals Championship
                                     
12  Crash Rd.2  
1  Steel Cyclone KO  
  12  Crash Rd.3  
 
  4  Brimstone KO  
4  Brimstone Rd.2
9  Thunder Skull DQ'd  
  12  Crash 84  
 
  11  Scorpio 81  
11  Scorpio Rd.3  
2  Commander KO  
  11  Scorpio Rd.1
 
  10  A.X.E. KO  
10  A.X.E. Rd.3
3  Game Over  
  12  Crash 144
 
  8  Steampunk 136  
7  Drone Strike Rd.1  
6  Robohammer KO  
  8  Steampunk 90  
 
  7  Drone Strike 75  
8  Steampunk 88
5  Medieval 83  
  8  Steampunk 86  
  Wild Card   1  Steel Cyclone 85  
 
  1  Steel Cyclone Rd.3
  9  Thunder Skull KO  

Season One Team Status[edit]

Seed Robot Robo-Jockey Robo-Tech Team Status Defeated by Wins Losses Final Position Notes
1 Steel Cyclone Bayano Kamani,
Former Olympic Athlete
Dr. George Kirkman,
Robotics Teacher
Knocked Out in Round 2 of First Fight.
Lost by decision (86-85)
Crash and Steampunk 1 2 Semi-Finals (Ep. 8) Won Wild Card round;
Returned in Semi-Finals
2 Commander Jeffrey Fellin,
Helicopter Pilot
Paulo Younse,
JPL Engineer
Knocked Out in Round 3 Scorpio 0 1 First Fight (Ep. 2) Did not participate in Wild Card selection
3 Game Over Keisha Howard,
Pro Gamer
Annika O'Brien,
Robotics Engineer
Lost by decision A.X.E. 0 1 First Fight (Ep. 3)
4 Brimstone Devonric Johnson, Former All-American Athlete Russell Tait, Mechanical Engineer & Software Developer Knocked Out in Round 3 Crash 1 1 Quarter-Finals (Ep. 6)
5 Medieval John Peel,
Former College Athlete
Heather Knight,
Electrical Engineer
Lost by decision (88-83) Steampunk 0 1 First Fight (Ep. 4) Did not participate in Wild Card selection
6 Robohammer Amanda Lucas,
MMA Fighter
Saura Naderi,
Roboticist
Knocked Out in Round 1 Drone Strike 0 1 First Fight (Ep. 3) Daughter of George Lucas,
cameo appearance episode 3
7 Drone Strike Ciji Thornton,
Pro Gamer
Fazlul "Fuzz" Zubair,
Rocket Scientist
Knocked Out in Round 3 Steampunk 1 1 Quarter-Finals (Ep. 6)
8 Steampunk Ashley Mary Nunes,
Superhero Impersonator
Kyle Samuelson,
Robotics Teacher
Lost by decision (144-136) Crash 3 1 Championship (Ep. 9) Assisted by Fazlul "Fuzz" Zubair in Championship
9 Thunder Skull Heather Williams,
Race Car Driver
Brandon Lewis,
I.T. Specialist
Disqualified during First Fight /
Knocked Out in Round 3
Brimstone and Steel Cyclone 0 2 Wild Card (Ep. 7) Lost Wild Card round
10 A.X.E. Andrew Montanez,
MMA Fighter
Ross Mead,
PhD Robotics Researcher
Knocked Out in Round 2 Scorpio 1 1 Quarter-Finals (Ep. 5)
11 Scorpio Diana Yang,
Industrial Design Student
Chris Hardouin,
Toy Designer
Lost by decision (84-81) Crash 2 1 Semi-Finals (Ep. 8)
12 Crash Amber Shinsel,
Software Engineer
Dave Shinsel,
Software Manager
Undefeated (Undefeated) 4 0 Champions (Ep. 9) Father/Daughter team;
Assisted by Ross Mead in Championship

Semi-Finals Match Ups[edit]

Robo-Jockey Robo-Tech Seed Robot Speed Strength Endurance Wins Loses Status Notes
Ashley Mary Nunes Kyle Samuelson 8 Steampunk 5 7 10 2 0 Won
Bayano Kamani Dr. George Kirkman 1 Steel Cyclone 9 6 5 1 1 Lost Won Wild Card round
Amber Shinsel Dave Shinsel 12 Crash 7 5 10 2 0 Won Father/Daughter team
Diana Yang Chris Hardouin 11 Scorpio 9 8 5 2 0 Lost

Championship Match Up[edit]

Robo-Jockey Robo-Tech Seed Robot Speed Strength Endurance Wins Loses Status Notes
Amber Shinsel Dave Shinsel 12 Crash 7 5 10 4 0 Champion Father/Daughter team;
Assisted by Ross Mead
Ashley Mary Nunes Kyle Samuelson 8 Steampunk 5 7 10 3 1 Lost Assisted by Fazlul "Fuzz" Zubair


Championship Scores
Round 1 2 3 4 5 Final Score
Judges 30-25 29-25 30-27 29-28 30-27 144-136
Winner Crash Crash Steampunk Steampunk Crash Crash

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "About | Robot Combat League | Syfy". syfy.com. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
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