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Angel of Death was a competitor robot that entered Series 2 of Robot Wars. It was eliminated at the Gauntlet stage after it got stuck on the angle grinders.

After its Gauntlet run, Philippa Forrester joked with Team Purple Fish about how none of team member Nathan Green's building projects had worked, such as a pond filling device and a bird house.


Angel of Death before being painted

Angel of Death was a low parallelogram-shaped robot resembling Rammstein, which was painted purple, featured two wheels and was fitted with a variety of weapons including two cutting discs that spun at between 10000-15000rpm, and a set of spikes. The robot was made from 3mm thick steel with a tubular steel chassis and featured a custom speed controller which gave it two forward and two reverse speeds at either 12 volts (low) or 18 volts (high). However, while its low construction enabled it to be tough to damage, Angel of Death could only reach a top speed of between 3-4mph, and this and its low ground clearance resulted in its early elimination.


Angel of Death was most likely named in reference to the Destroying Angel of the same name, notable as the carrier of the Tenth Plague of Egypt in the Book of Exodus. An alternate namesake could be the 1986 song of the same name, by the American Thrash Metal band Slayer.


The new Angel of Death frame before Series 4

Angel of Death attended the auditions for Series 2, and concerned some of the producers by mounting cutting disks on both ends of the machine, but it was nevertheless selected to compete in the Second Wars. A new version of Angel of Death attempted to enter Series 4, using a new spiked shape, but did not qualify for the series.

"I saw angel of death at the preview and the technical people were concerned about the cutting disks on the front and back slopes. The motors were Volvo windscreen wiper motors which only provided 4mph and this seemed a bit slow. Also their clearance was 2mm and this was clearly not enough for their purpose. However their low approach was very good as it is hard for some robots to get their weapons this low. The chassis was made of steel box section covered in 3mm steel panels which also seemed a bit excessive. On the whole it apparently cost £250 to make."
— Oliver Steeples on Angel of Death's audition for Series 2[1]

Robot History[]

Series 2[]

Angel of Death competed in Heat L, where it ran the Gauntlet.

Angel of Death avoids getting cut up by Dead Metal

Angel of Death started slowly, driving towards the Ramrig. It turned towards the back wall, and attempted to reverse through the gap between the Ramrig and the Angle Grinders. However, Angel of Death steered into the Angle Grinders, getting stuck there and unable to drive forwards as its wheels became lifted off the ground. Sergeant Bash and Dead Metal came in to block and attack Angel of Death, but Dead Metal was unable to reach Angel of Death with his saw as a result of its low design. 'Cease' was called, and after covering only 2.9m, Angel of Death was eliminated.


Series 2
The Second Wars - UK Championship
Heat, Gauntlet
Heat L, Gauntlet 2.9m (6th) Eliminated

Series Record[]

Angel of Death being measured

Series Angel of Death Series Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Heat, Gauntlet
The Third Wars Did not enter
The Fourth Wars Failed to qualify
The Fifth Wars Did not enter
The Sixth Wars Did not enter
The Seventh Wars Did not enter
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter
Series 10 Did not enter


  • Angel of Death is one of 20 robots never to fight in robot combat, having only ever been in the Gauntlet or Trial.
  • Angel of Death was the final robot in the show to be eliminated in the Gauntlet stage of the heats.
  • It was mentioned that captain Dan McGrath had been fascinated by vacuum cleaners since the age of one.