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For the American robot that competed in the second season of Robot Wars: Extreme Warriors, see Black Widow (Extreme Warriors).

"A scuttling spider with 16 legs, spikes and an axe. The team says it walks fast, but webber or not it will walk fast enough is a different matter."
Robot Wars Magazine on Black Widow

Black Widow was a walkerbot that competed in Series 5 of Robot Wars. In its only appearance, it was defeated by Hypno-Disc.


"Two front ramming spikes, the parts are from a scrapyard... oh, and flower pot stands from petrol stations!"
Jonathan Pearce on Black Widow's weapons and armor

Official image of Black Widow

Black Widow was a large box shaped walkerbot design to look like a Black Widow spider, hence the name. Its primary weapons were two front spikes and a large overhead axe, swinging through 180 degrees. It featured light-up eyes, flammable fur, and a "web" made out of cotton wool intended to get tangled in spinners to stop them working (though this had little effect against Hypno-Disc).

Robot History[]

Series 5[]

In Black Widow's single appearance, it faced number 3 seed, Hypno-Disc, in a Series 5 first round battle.

"What an unlucky draw for the Black Widow team, the Rose boys very experienced, Hypno-Disc is gruesomely destructive!"
— Jonathan Pearce at start of the battle

Black Widow struggling to deal with the disc of Hypno-Disc.

Black Widow is counted out after having a leg removed

Black Widow trundled towards the centre of the arena as Hypno-Disc held back and got its flywheel up to speed. Eventually, Hypno-Disc began to move towards Black Widow, which missed with a swing of its axe.

"Come in to my parlour... err, said Hypno-Disc to the spider?! Worked that way, did it?"
— Jonathan Pearce

After manoeuvring into position, Hypno-Disc struck the side of Black Widow twice, and Black Widow was left unable to walk on one side. While it swung its axe continuously, Hypno-Disc carried out further attacks on Black Widow's left-hand side, tearing away part of its decorative web in the process. The next Hypno-Disc slash proved to be a decisive one, as it ripped off one of Black Widow's legs and left the machine completely immobile. Refbot came across the count Black Widow out, and although it desperately fired its axe back and forth, it was unable to prevent its own elimination.

"And incy, wincy spidey will be climbing no more."
— Jonathan Pearce as Black Widow is counted out

Black Widow on fire

Black Widow balances on the Flipper

Hypno-Disc then came in for one last attack, before Sir Killalot set Black Widow alight on a flame jet and placed it onto the Floor Flipper. Initially, the positioning of Black Widow combined with its weight, meant that Black Widow was only pushed upwards and balanced on top of the Floor Flipper before coming back down. Repositioning of Black Widow from Shunt saw it flipped at the second time of asking though, and cease was called with Black Widow belly-up.

"I think that's the first time our floor flipper has failed to hoist a robot at its first attempt...balanced precariously, on a web of its own making perhaps."
— Jonathan Pearce


Series 5
The Fifth Wars UK Championship
Heats, Round 1
Heat B, Round 1 vs. Hypno-Disc (3) Lost


  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 1

Series Record[]

Series Black Widow 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 Heat, Round 1
The Sixth Wars Did not enter
The Seventh Wars Entered with Killerkat
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter
Series 10 Did not enter

Outside Robot Wars[]

Black Widow at Techno Games

Incy Wincy

Black Widow also competed in Techno Games 2002 in the Heavyweight Sprint but lost to Ulysses in round 1. It qualified for the semi finals regardless but lost to Scuttle B Squared.

The team returned the following year with Incy Wincy, a entrant in the Assault Course that failed to finish in the eight fastest, despite beating Pink Pants in round 1.


  • Black Widow is the first robot not to be tossed by the floor flipper on the first attempt, as it balanced on the top of the flipper and was only successfully tossed through the air on the second attempt.

Similarities with Killerkat[]

Bizarrely, Black Widow's performance was almost identical to the team's other entry, Killerkat.

  • Both fought in Heat B of their respective wars.
  • Both were drawn against the #3 seed (although Terrorhurtz did not fight in the Series 7 battle).
  • On both occasions the #3 seed was also from Oxfordshire.
  • Both lost their fight after being immobilised by a robot with a spinning weapon.
  • The fur on the machine was set alight each time and the robot was thrown by the floor flipper.
  • Both of their appearances were in the same heat as Kan-Opener, who also went out in the first round on both occasions.