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"Comengetorix, if you think you're hard enough!"
— Team Motto

Comengetorix was the box-shaped robot that succeeded Vercingetorix. Its name was an adaptation of its predecessor's with a challenge for other robots to "come and get" them. Comengetorix competed in the first series of Extreme, failed to qualify for Series 5 and also competed in Series 6 of Robot Wars.

Design

Comengetorix Arena

Comengetorix in the arena during Series 6

Like its predecessor, Comengetorix looked a lot like seasoned competitor Mortis, with the same body shape, and similar weapons - a lifting beam capable of lifting 200 kg and self-righting quickly and a bladed axe (a more pointed one was used in Extreme 1), but the robot was not too reliable, despite being built around 20 years of engineering experience. Unlike Vercingetorix, Comengetorix was driven by wheels. The robot also had polycarbonate side skirts in Extreme 1 to prevent all but the lowest of robots from getting underneath. For Series 6, it was made out of steel.

Robot History

Extreme 1

"Amongst our weaponry we have a lifter, sarcasm written on the front and an axe so that people will get the point"
— Alistair Curtis-Horsefall
Comengetorix pushes Bigger Brother

Comengetorix pushes Bigger Brother across the arena

Comengetorix made its debut in the Tag-Team Terror competition where it was paired with Spawn Again, the succesor to Spawn Of Scutter who beat Vercingetorix in Series 4. The two of them were drawn against Tag-Team third-place finishers Bigger Brother and Plunderbird 5 for their first fight.

Julia Reed: "Comengetorix....that's a bit of imitation in that name, isn't it?"
Ian Gear: "Oh yeah, they've gotta come and get it"
— Prior to Comengetorix's first fight

However, Plunderbird 5 broke down as it was been entered into the arena, so Major Tom was bought in as a substitute instead. In the fight itself, Comengetorix started off against Bigger Brother and was the first to land an attack, hitting Bigger Brother with its axe but without causing any damage. Despite Bigger Brother appearing to have problems with its flipper, venting a lot of CO2, Comengetorix was extremely sluggish and could not capitalise before Bigger Brother got under the front and flicked it up slightly, but not enough to overturn it. Comengetorix did not move until Bigger Brother rammed it, whereupon it reversed into the waiting Spawn Again.

"And Comengetorix are neither coming or going at the moment"
— Jonathan Pearce

After briefly getting wedged on Spawn Again's flipper, Comengetorix was able to free itself and got underneath Bigger Brother, pushing it back across the arena and lifting it up slightly, but could not get it over. As the two engaged, their teammates entered the battle, with Spawn Again swiftly overturning Major Tom. This caused both Bigger Brother and Comengetorix to rush to Major Tom's position; as Bigger Brother attempted to right Major Tom, Comengetorix tried to block them, hitting Major Tom with its axe and damaging its baseplate.

"Comengetorix on one side, doing the attacking!"
— Jonathan Pearce

Bigger Brother was nonetheless able to overturn Major Tom, but Comengetorix still landed an attack on Bigger Brother's flipper with its axe. In retaliation, Bigger Brother managed to push Comengetorix into the arena wall, but its flipper was no longer working. Spawn Again, its own flipper jammed open, was able to force Bigger Brother away, allowing Comengetorix to attack Major Tom, who had since become immobilised.

"[Major Tom] were righted by their teammate, Bigger Brother, but...they were never quite right, if you get what I mean, and certainly Comengetorix is trying to use that little axe to create more problems."
— Jonathan Pearce

Comengetorix struck the stricken Major Tom with its axe, the blows causing two panels to break off, before dragging it away and lifting it slightly. After this, with Spawn Again also breaking down, Comengetorix was pursued across the arena by Bigger Brother, although neither appeared to be moving freely. Comengetorix was nudged towards the flame pit by Bigger Brother, but the fight was stopped after Sir Killalot pushed Major Tom into the pit.

Craig Charles: "And Comengetorix, no respect for the Union Flag there, you were just bashing it and bashing it."
Ian Gear: "Well, did they deserve to wear it?"
— The post-battle interview

Comengetorix and Spawn Again were declared the winners of the fight, but not without Ian Gear declaring that Bigger Brother and Major Tom did not have the right to fly the Union Jack. This in turn prompted Team Big Brother to declare a Vengeance Battle, which Team Vercingetorix accepted.

Diotoir Comengetorix

Comengetorix is flipped up by Diotoir

Comengetorix not pitted

Comengetorix self-rights onto the pit

In the second round, Spawn Again and Comengetorix were scheduled to fight Mega Morg and Diotoir, but due to Mega Morg being unable to compete, the duo actually fought Pussycat, as well as Diotoir. Comengetorix did very little in this semi-final battle. When it was out, it focused on fighting Diotoir, which was able to lift Comengetorix with ease. Spawn Again was eventually immobilised by Pussycat and counted out, and was pitted. Comengetorix fought alone, driving straight towards the pit, only blocked by the presence of its teammate. Diotoir then flipped Comengetorix up and over, in a position where it would go into the pit if it even tried to self-right, but cease was called before it actually self-righted, onto the pit. Nevertheless, the result stood as Diotoir and Pussycat being the winners and being put through to the final, as they were the team with two robots still mobile. This eliminated Comengetorix and Spawn Again from the competition.

Tornado vs Comengetorix

Tornado shunts Comengetorix

Shunt Comengetorix

Comengetorix is overturned by Shunt

Comengetorix also took part in the Challenge Belt contest, challenging Tornado. Despite landing a few axe-blows on Tornado, Comengetorix never got any real damage in on Tornado. Comengetorix was pushed into the House Robots and also had its side skirt dislodged and thrown aside. It self-righted when turned over by Shunt, but eventually became immobile, and Comengetorix was then finished off as it was pushed backwards into the pit by Tornado. Comengetorix had failed the challenge, and this also meant that Tornado had defended its Challenge Belt title enough times to keep the belt.

Velocirippa vs Comengetorix

Comengetorix axes Velocirippa

Comengetorix out

Comengetorix is counted out

Comengetorix and Velocirippa

Comengetorix is pitted by Shunt

Next, Comengetorix competed in a Mayhem qualifier against Velocirippa and Disc-O-Inferno to try and qualify for the second annihilator later in the series. Comengetorix started off quite well, landing some axe blows on Velocirippa and Disc-O-Inferno, even though they didn't have any affect. Then Comengetorix was attacked by Disc-O-Inferno which ripped and dented its armour making it break down next to the arena side wall. Comengetorix were counted out, attacked by Shunt, flipped and pushed down the pit of oblivion, eliminating it from the Mayhem.

"They dishonoured the flag!"
— Ian Gear describing the Tag Team that it defeated, before Comengetorix's vengeance battle
Bigger Brother vs Comengetorix

Bigger Brother flips Comengetorix

Comengetorix vs Killalot

Comengetorix axes Sir Killalot

Comengetorix vs Bigger Brother

Comengetorix takes the fight back to Bigger Brother

BB vs Comengetorix

Both robots are pitted

Comengetorix later also took part in a Vengeance battle with Bigger Brother during the second Annihilator (The Annihilator it had failed to qualify for) because Panic Attack had taken a lot of damage and its team had been given extra time to repair the robot. The reason for the Vengeance match was that Comengetorix had defeated Bigger Brother along with Spawn Again in the Tag-Team Terror and Team Vercingetorix had said that the Watts family didn't deserve to fly the Union Flag. The fight started with Comengetorix getting flipped over by Bigger Brother, Comengetorix was then pushed into the CPZ with Sergeant Bash but self-righted and got away, followed by Bigger Brother flipping Sergeant Bash over. Comengetorix and Bigger Brother then attacked Sir Killalot. Bigger Brother then hit the pit release before pushing Comengetorix down it. Afterwards, it was revealed that the only reason the grudge match went ahead was for the two robots to take on Sir Killalot.

Series 6

"If you think you're hardenougherix!"
— Jonathan Pearce on Comengetorix's introduction
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Comengetorix axes S.M.I.D.S.Y.

Comengetorix melee

Comengetorix attaches itself to the arena wall

After failing to qualify for the Fifth Wars, Comengetorix returned for the Sixth Wars, largely changed internally including a more reliable speed controller, as well as having a new axe head fitted. The robot was placed up against Warhog, St. Agro and S.M.I.D.S.Y. in its first round melee. Comengetorix first clashed with S.M.I.D.S.Y., lifting up the Cyberspace robot, but failing to flip it fully. Comengetorix rained axe blows down on S.M.I.D.S.Y., pushing it and Warhog into the arena side wall. Comengetorix was then bumped by Warhog, before speeding across the arena and impaling itself on the arena wall with its axe. Growler tried to rip it free, but failed.
Warhog Pitted

Comengetorix assists S.M.I.D.S.Y. in pitting Warhog

Comengetorix finally retrieved its axe and pulled free, and drove very nearly into the pit. Meanwhile, S.M.I.D.S.Y. shoved St. Agro into the pit, while Comengetorix fled from the House Robots. Finally, after a prolonged piggyback, S.M.I.D.S.Y. pitted Warhog, putting itself and Comengetorix through to the next round.

In the second round of the heat, Comengetorix was drawn up against Hydra, a similarly designed robot.

Ian Gear: "Hydra? No problem!"
Philippa Forrester: "No, that's hard. They're good, they're very good!"
Ian Gear: "We're gonna be better, I'm sure of it!"
Philippa Forrester: "If you can get it fixed in time!"
— Confidence in the pre-battle interview from Ian Gear
Hydra vs Comengetorix S6

Comengetorix is pushed back by Hydra

Comengetorix vs Hydra

Comengetorix loses its flipping arm

In this battle, Hydra tossed over Comengetorix, but it self-righted. However, it had become noticeably more sluggish. Comengetorix tried to use its axe, but failed to hit anything. Hydra lifted Comengetorix up onto the arena side wall, pounding it with the hammer, and leaving it perched. Hydra's intention was to leave Comengetorix stranded, so Comengetorix needed to fire its weapons to free itself. After several repeated flips at thin air, Comengetorix's lifter snapped in half, leaving it with only the axe as its weapon, but also freeing Comengetorix to return to the battle.

Hydra vs Comengetorix

Comengetorix strikes its axe inside Hydra

Comengetorix used its axe to good effect in the late stages of the battle, striking the centre of Hydra, allowing Comengetorix's axe to sink into the body of Hydra. Comengetorix attempted to drag Hydra towards the pit, having grappled with its opponent, but Cease was soon called and the battle went to a judges' decision. The decision went in favour of Hydra, eliminating Comengetorix from the competition. After this, the team retired.

Results

COMENGETORIX - RESULTS
Extreme Series 1
Tag Team Terror
Competing with Spawn Again, Semi-Final
Round 1 vs. Bigger Brother & Major Tom Won
Semi-Final vs. Pussycat & Diotoir Lost
Challenge Belt
Failed Challenge
Challenge vs. Tornado Lost
Mayhem & Annihilator
Mayhem
Mayhem Qualifier vs. Disc-O-Inferno, Velocirippa Lost
Other Battles
Vengeance
Vengeance vs. Bigger Brother Lost
Series 6
The Sixth Wars - UK Championship
Heat, Round 2
Heat J, Round 1 vs. S.M.I.D.S.Y., Warhog, St. Agro Qualified
Heat J, Round 2 vs. Hydra Lost

Wins/Losses

  • Wins: 2
  • Losses: 5

Series Record

Comegetorix insides

Comengetorix insides during Extreme 1

Main Series Comengetorix Series Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Entered with Vercingetorix
The Third Wars Entered with Vercingetorix
The Fourth Wars Entered with Vercingetorix
The Fifth Wars Failed to qualify
The Sixth Wars Heat, Round 2
The Seventh Wars Did not enter
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter
Series 10 Did not enter
Robot Wars Extreme Appearances
Series 1 Entered
Series 2 Did not enter

Trivia

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