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"Everyone's in for the chop when they come across Crippler."
— Philippa Forrester

Crippler, alternatively known as The Crippler, was a competitor robot in Series 3 of Robot Wars where it lost its only fight to All Torque in Round 1.

In the next series, the team entered with the equally unsuccessful The Predator.


"A heavy slow track driven bot. The tracks made from dual industrial chains and door hinges, driven by an old conveyor belt. The executioner's axe is razor sharp, but are Crippler's reactions?"
— Jonathan Pearce

Crippler in the arena

Crippler was a steel robot figure designed to look like a samurai with an overhead "executioner's" axe. It was one of the tallest robots in Series 3, and could swing its axe overhead, effective at the front and back of the machine. Crippler had additional weapons, including a rear ramp and a scoop on the front. Crippler ran on tracks that were fashioned from an old conveyor belt and industrial chains. Crippler's height came at the cost of the robot being top-heavy, and it cannot self-right.

At the front of the robot was a message that read "Have a nice day". It also had another message that read "A-so".

The Team[]

Crippler was entered by a Manchester-based team captained by the machine's lead builder, Barry Willetts. He was joined by his nephews Christopher and Steven Willetts. The team returned for the Fourth Wars with The Predator.

Robot History[]

Series 3[]

Crippler competed in Heat N, where it faced All Torque in the first round.

"The executioner's axe is razor sharp, but are Crippler's reactions?"
— Jonathan Pearce

Crippler attempts to use its axe on All Torque

Crippler is pushed into the pit

Crippler was slammed by All Torque at the start, before being pushed into the arena wall. Crippler slowly brought down its axe down on All Torque, but caused no damage. Crippler was outclassed in power, and was pushed around, landing only one more feeble hit while All Torque bent the front wedge of Crippler and knocked off a loose piece. After only twenty-nine seconds of battling, a great shove from All Torque forced Crippler straight into the pit, and Crippler was eliminated in the first round.

"Crippler in the pit. All Torque lives to fight another day."
— Craig Charles


Series 3
The Third Wars - UK Championship
Heat, Round 1
Heat N, Round 1 vs. All Torque Lost


  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 1

Series Record[]

Series Crippler Series Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Did not enter
The Third Wars Heat, Round 1
The Fourth Wars Entered with The Predator
The Fifth Wars Failed to qualify with The Predator
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


  • Like its successor The Predator, Crippler appeared in the same heat as Cerberus.
    • In both of those heats, Team Predator fought in the first battle and Cerberus fought in the battle after them.