"Ah, will the Barber family provide a close shave for one or two?"
Jonathan Pearce

Barbaric Response was a competitor robot that fought in Series 6 and 7 of Robot Wars as well as the second series of Robot Wars Extreme. It was entered by the Barber family from Horsham, with the family surname being the origins of the robot's name. Barbaric Response did not enjoy much success in the main series, being eliminated in the second round in Series 6 by Firestorm 4 and the first round in Series 7 after it and Kan-Opener got stuck together. However, it finished as a runner-up in the Tag Team Terror competition of the second series of Extreme, alongside Hydra.


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Barbaric Response in the arena during Series 7

Barbaric Response was a small wedge shaped robot with a 10-bar titanium-edged body flipper. It was often the quickest in its heat, as it could reach top speeds of 20mph, and had good pushing power. Barbaric Response also used a home-made electronic interface and differential steering to improve speed and manoeuvrability. The robot's chassis was built from aluminium, with the armour using a combination of aluminium and polycarbonate. However, the robot proved to be somewhat unreliable, breaking down in several of its fights.

The TeamEdit

Team Barber

The team in Series 6

Barbaric Response was entered into all of its appearances by a family team based in Horsham, West Sussex. The team were known as Team Barber, based on their surnames which also provided the etymology behind the name Barbaric Response. The three competing team members were Zac Barber, Damian Barber and Bruce Barber.


Barbaric Response failed to qualify for Series 5, fighting against Killertron 2 in its qualifier. The flipper was not working as the CO2 bottle the team had brought was out of date by nearly two years and the one lent to them by house roboteers did not fit and leaked. Instead, Barbaric Response tried ramming Killertron into the walls. This tactic worked and Killertron 2 was almost completely immobilised as it could only fire the axe, but a ram that went astray caused Barbaric Response to get half stuck on top of Killertron 2. Shunt freed Barbaric Response, Barbaric Response was still mobile so it attacked Shunt and then ran away when Shunt tried to retaliate. The pit opened and Barbaric Response tried to pit Killertron 2 but couldn't, before Shunt got revenge by pitting Barbaric Response and Killertron 2 together. Ultimately, neither robot qualified.[1]

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Barbaric Response at the Sixth Wars qualifiers

At the Series 6 qualifiers, Barbaric Response was drawn against Lightning, Twister and TX-108. TX-108 was forced to withdraw before the battle, and Barbaric Response won the battle, ensuring qualification to Series 6.[2]

"As the fight started we went on the attack of Twister as we considered them most dangerous of the two opponents, Lightning also seemed to have the same idea and in the initial confusion and a flip from us Twister became up ended from which they could not self right. We then took on Lightning and with a few more flips and a bit of pushing they were also over on there back. A bit more pushing and shoving against both robots to use up the time and then the fight was over, We were through and into the sixth series"
— Barbaric Response website

At the Series 7 qualifiers, Barbaric Response was drawn against its former Tag Team partner Hydra, along with an unknown spinner. It was suffering from interference, Hydra won the battle, but Barbaric Response received a discretionary place to qualify.[3]

"I had real trouble in getting Barbaric Response out into the arena as it appeared to have a mind of it's own, at the time I blamed the new interface board but I now believe it was plain old interference. The fight itself began well we disabled the spinner with one or two flips and then took on Hydra, we had them upside down at the side but then interference set in again leaving us a sitting duck once Hydra had righted themselves. Hydra won the fight but we were given a discretionary place so we had a few days to try and fix our problems."
— Barbaric Response website

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 6Edit

"We're gonna make a chicken fly!"
— Bruce Barber on his machine's flipper

Barbaric Response faced three returning machines to Robot Wars; Spirit of Scorpion, X-Terminator and Robochicken in Round 1 of Heat B.

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Barbaric Response weakly attacks the immobile Spirit of Scorpion

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X-Terminator pits Barbaric Response

It attacked Spirit of Scorpion, but was pushed into the side wall. Escaping, it pushed Spirit of Scorpion into Dead Metal's CPZ. Not long after, Barbaric Response and Spirit of Scorpion were pinned together, with only Barbaric Response making some sluggish movements. X-Terminator then pitted Barbaric Response, but it was still through to the next round.

Much to Zac Barber's dread, it was drawn against the third seed Firestorm 4.

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Barbaric Response clamps down on Firestorm 4

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Firestorm 4 flips Barbaric Response

Barbaric Response activated the pit and flipped Firestorm, but did not overturn them. Barbaric tried to pin Firestorm down, but this allowed Firestorm to get underneath them and push them towards Growler. Barbaric Response dodged the House Robot, and managed to avoid being flipped by Firestorm for a short time. Firestorm eventually flipped them, only for Barbaric Response to self-right. After flipping Refbot, Firestorm 4 flipped Barbaric Response towards the pit, which they avoided, before flipping them onto the side wall, where it could not self-right. However, with no Refbot to end the fight officially, cease was called without any damage done to Barbaric Response.

"...Barbaric Response were too slow to respond."
— Jonathan Pearce

Extreme 2Edit

Barbaric Response completed in the Tag Team Terror competition, paired with Hydra. In the first round, they faced Mighty Mouse and Velocirippa, with Hydra and Velocirippa starting the battle first.

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Barbaric Response flips Mighty Mouse into Matilda's flywheel

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Matilda attacks Barbaric Response

After Hydra flipped, immobilised and pushed Velocirippa onto the flames, Barbaric Response chased Mighty Mouse and flipped it into Shunt, before pushing Mighty Mouse into Matilda's flywheel. This attack immobilised Mighty Mouse, before Hydra pushed it into the pit.

In Round 2, Barbaric Response and Hydra faced X-Terminator (who Barbaric Response qualified along with in their Series 6 melee) and Mini Morg.

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Barbaric Response presses down on Mini Morg

Hydra and X-Terminator started the battle, with Hydra flipping X-Terminator into Dead Metal before Mini Morg lifted it. Barbaric Response then flipped Mini Morg, who rolled over, before pushing X-Terminator around. However, it was briefly caught by Dead Metal's pincers, only to escape and tag Hydra, which flipped Mini Morg twice. Mini Morg was then immobilised following an attack from Growler, and both Barbaric Response and Hydra won the subsequent judges' decision as a result.

This ensured that Barbaric Response and Hydra went through to the final, where they faced Bulldog Breed and Robochicken (another robot Barbaric Response met in Series 6).

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Barbaric Response pins Bulldog Breed down

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The immobile Barbaric Response is pecked by Robochicken

Hydra was flipped by Bulldog Breed early on, but Barbaric Response responded by flipping Bulldog Breed over and re-righting Hydra. However, it broke down shortly afterwards, and was pushed into a CPZ before being pecked at by Robochicken. With Hydra left unable to self-right after being flipped over by Bulldog Breed, both it and Barbaric Response were eliminated and sustained severe damage from Mr. Psycho, who used his hammer to smash the rear panel clean off Barbaric Response.

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Mr. Psycho smashes the top of Barbaric Response

"Up against Bulldog Breed, they've met the competition's finest individual machine."
— Jonathan Pearce

As a result, Barbaric Response and Hydra would finish as runners-up in the Extreme 2 Tag Team Terror.

Series 7Edit

"The Barber family hoping to cut short the opposition here."
— Jonathan Pearce

In the first round of Series 7, Barbaric Response was against Annihilator champions Kan-Opener and previous Round 1 drop-outs, Big Nipper and The Grim Reaper, who had not fought since Series 5 and Series 3 respectively.

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The Grim Reaper flips Big Nipper while Barbaric Response is stuck in Kan-Opener's claws

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Barbaric Response, caught in Kan-Opener's clutches


Growler tries to separate Barbaric Response and Kan-Opener

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Barbaric Response is pushed towards the pit


Barbaric Response manages to avoid being pitted by Kan-Opener

Initially, Barbaric Response slid underneath Big Nipper and tossed it a short distance across the arena. Kan-Opener then grabbed hold of Barbaric Response, while The Grim Reaper tried to flip it. Barbaric Response, still being gripped by Kan-Opener, was pushed around the arena. Big Nipper attacked Barbaric Response, which was still being held by Kan-Opener, despite the attempts by Growler to separate the machines. Kan-Opener tried to push Barbaric Response into the pit in the last few seconds, but Barbaric Response resisted and cease was called.

"Time is ticking down. No one down the pit yet. Heave-ho! Will it go? Yes. No! It all goes to the judges!"
— Jonathan Pearce

The judges made their decision and eliminated Barbaric Response, along with Kan-Opener.


Series 6
The Sixth Wars - UK Championship
Heat, Round 2
Heat B, Round 1 vs. Robochicken, Spirit of Scorpion, X-Terminator Qualified
Heat B, Round 2 vs. Firestorm 4 (3) Lost
Extreme Series 2
Tag Team Terror
Competing with Hydra, Runner-up
Round 1 vs. Mighty Mouse & Velocirippa Won
Round 2 vs. Mini Morg & X-Terminator Won
Final vs. Bulldog Breed & Robochicken Lost
Series 7
The Seventh Wars - UK Championship
Heat, Round 1
Heat B, Round 1 vs. Big Nipper, Kan-Opener, The Grim Reaper Eliminated


  • Wins: 3
  • Losses: 3

Series RecordEdit

  • Team Barber with Barbaric Response before Series 6
  • The Series 5 version of Barbaric Response fighting against Onslaught at a live event
  • The insides of the Series 6 Barbaric Response
  • Barbaric Response being repaired at Debenham Robot Rumble, 2002
Main Series Barbaric Response Series Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Did not enter
The Third Wars Did not enter
The Fourth Wars Did not enter
The Fifth Wars Failed to qualify
The Sixth Wars Heat, Round 2
The Seventh Wars Heat, Round 1
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter
Series 10 Did not enter
Robot Wars Extreme Appearances
Series 1 Did not enter
Series 2 Tag Team Terror Final

Outside Robot WarsEdit

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Barbaric Bruce


Barbaric Response in 2010

Barbaric Response continued to compete at Roaming Robots events, and performed very well for an unchanged robot, taking out robots including the improved versions of Kronic the Wedgehog and Iron-Awe, and the team also fought with a featherweight named Barbaric Bruce.[4] In the 2009 FRA Championship, Barbaric Response finished in third place, ahead of Big Nipper but behind Maelstrom and the eventual winner Terrorhurtz.


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Official Series 7 photo

  • In both of Barbaric Response's main competition appearances, it fought in Heat B.
  • Throughout the series that it appeared in, Barbaric Response never shared the arena with Sgt. Bash or Cassius Chrome.
  • All of Barbaric Response's losses involved a former or future semi-finalist.
  • Of all the robots that Barbaric Response lost to, only one of them never took part in a Tag Team Terror.

External LinksEdit


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