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Not to be confused with New Blood Competitor Maximus.
"Oh wouldn't it be nice? Wooden? Are you sure!?"
— Jonathan Pearce

Brutus Maximus was a large box shaped robot that competed in Series 6 and 7 of Robot Wars. It was armed with three rotating discs as weapons at the rear and had a steep wedge front for pushing. The robot was invertible due to its enormous bicycle wheels and four-wheel driven from petrol. Brutus Maximus was also made entirely out of wood, a very unusual and rare choice in armour, it was very easily shredded in combat from saws and claws. Brutus Maximus was knocked out in the first round of both wars, mostly due to its frailty and was vulnerable to flippers, axes and crushing arms to name but a few.

There was a notable incident in the qualifier of Series 7. Brutus Maximus was fighting Mean Streak as well as Constrictor and a robot that failed to qualify named Retirebot. Brutus Maximus immobilised Mean Streak by means of a net. As these weapons are illegal, the battle was immediately awarded to Mean Streak, who went on to qualify for the main competition as well as Constrictor. Brutus Maximus, however, qualifed on a discretionary place regardless. Brutus Maximus also previously failed to qualify for the main competition of the Fifth Wars.

Robot History

Series 6

Brutusmaximus

Series 6 appearance

Brutus Maximus made little impact in its first and only battle of the Sixth Wars, as it went up against reigning champions Razer, along with Raging Reality and W.A.S.P. in its first round melee. The wooden armour took a lot of damage from the defending champions as well as the house robots. Eventually, one of the four bicycle wheels fell off and rolled into the pit after an piercing attack from Razer. Brutus Maximus was immobilised from this point onwards and was soon counted out by Refbot, before being flipped out of the arena by Raging Reality not long afterwards and being eliminated from the competition.

Series 7

Jayne Middlemiss: "So you've got a wooden robot?"
Joe Ljustina: "We've got a wooden robot yes."
Jayne Middlemiss: "I've got a wooden robot everyone!"
— Jayne Middlemiss announces to the world

Competing in Heat A again, Brutus Maximus made more impact in this war than the previous one. It went up against Roobarb, Twister and the 9th seeds Pussycat in the first round of the heat. It pushed Roobarb into the arena wall several times, but took damage from Twister's and Pussycat's blades. Then eventually, the discs broke off upon impact with Roobarb, but it still pushed it into the arena wall again. Roobarb then flipped the invertible Brutus Maximus and pushed it near the pit, before Brutus Maximus lost a wheel just like in the previous series and stopped moving. It was counted out just a few seconds before the battle ended.

Results

BRUTUS MAXIMUS - RESULTS
Series 6
The Sixth Wars - UK Championship
Heat, Round 1
Heat A, Round 1 vs. W.A.S.P., Raging Reality, Razer (1) Eliminated
Series 7
The Seventh Wars - UK Championship
Heat, Round 1
Heat A, Round 1 vs. Roobarb, Twister, Pussycat (9) Eliminated

Wins/Losses

  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 2

Series Record

Brutus

Brutus Maximus in the pits at the Series 6 Qualifiers

  • Series 1-4: Did not enter
  • Series 5: Failed to qualify
  • Series 6: Heat, Round 1
  • Series 7: Heat, Round 1

Trivia

  • In both of its appearances in the main competition, Brutus Maximus lost one of its bicycle wheels mid-battle.
  • Also, due to Heats A and E being swapped around in Series 7, Brutus Maximus also ended up competing in Heat A in both appearances, going up against the seed for the heat in its only battle.
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