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"The Belgian dinosaur of Robot Wars"
— Jonathan Pearce's description of Depoppesaurus Rex

Depoppesaurus Rex was the Poppe Family's original design which competed in The First World Championship and the International League Championship during Series 3, representing Belgium. It was knocked out of both competitions by Diotoir, but put on a good display against Terror Australis. The team would later appear on various series of Robot Wars with Philipper.


Official image of Depoppesaurus Rex

The robot had a very similar "fish-like" design to Philipper, the family's second entry, with a lifting wedge at the front that was driven by an electric actuator. It also demonstrated an ability to roll back over onto its wheels once flipped when fighting Diotoir- the second time it was flipped however, it failed to do so.


The robot's name is derived from the surname of its builders, Poppe, combined with tyrannosaurus rex.

The Team[]

The Poppe family with Depoppesaurus Rex

Depoppesaurus Rex was entered into Robot Wars by Belgian husband and wife, Philippe and Nancy Poppe. The team were known as the pNq Team, likely standing for Philippe Nancy Poppe. Based in Zeebrugge, they were the first Belgian team to enter any robotic combat competition. After competing with Depoppesaurus Rex, the team went on to find great success with Philipper.

Robot History[]

Series 3[]

International League Championship[]

In the International League Championship, the Poppe Family's first opponent was Terror Australis, in what was supposed to be the opening battle of the episode. However, Terror Australis was unable to start the battle, so Depoppesaurus Rex and its team left the arena, their battle postponed. Terror Australis was substituted for Nemesis, still using the same name of Terror Australis under the same team, with a new colour scheme.

Depoppesaurus Rex lifts Terror Australis

Although Depoppesaurus Rex was originally spiked by Terror Australis, this kept the Australian robot in one place for Depoppesaurus Rex to begin lifting it. The two robots pensively avoided each other, until Depoppesaurus Rex got another lift in, pushing Terror Australis backwards. Little happened in the remaining five minutes, and due to the nature of the episode, the battle was declared a draw, much to the dismay of pNq Team.

"Bad call from the Judges, eh?"
— Philippe Poppe

Depoppesaurus Rex then faced the Irish Diotoir, in one of two battles between both robots.

Depoppesaurus Rex is turned over by Diotoir in a rematch

This time, Depoppesaurus Rex survived until Diotoir flipped it into its back, being unable to roll back over. It was then turned over to the House Robots, with Dead Metal cutting into its chassis slightly, before rolling it back over in its pincers. It was still mobile by this point, but was still stuck in Dead Metal's pincers. It was then finished off after being pushed sideways towards the pit, eventually going over the edge, but not going in initially due to its tail and lifter wedging it upside-down between the edges. After swinging over for a few seconds, it then slipped and fell into the pit, sealing the victory for Diotoir.

The First World Championship[]

Depoppesaurus Rex also took part in the First World Championship, representing Belgium. In the first round it once again fought the Irish entry Diotoir.

Diotoir flips Depoppesaurus Rex

Diotoir begins to smoke as it lifts Depoppesaurus Rex

The battle had a slow start as neither robot was very fast. When Depoppesaurus Rex and Diotoir finally met in the centre of the arena, it was the furry Irish robot who struck first, using its ram to lift Depoppesaurus Rex into the air, luckily for the Belgians, their robot bounced back onto its wheels. As the battle continued at a slow pace, Diotoir tried to get another flip in, but missed.

Both robots edge towards the pit

Depoppesaurus Rex fights back late on

It seemed Diotoir was on top, chasing Depoppesaurus Rex around the arena. Diotoir finally managed to catch up with Depoppesaurus Rex and flip it. However Depoppesaurus Rex rolled back over and reversed into Diotoir. Depoppesaurus Rex only just escaped a few moments later when Diotoir once again got underneath it and lifted it up. Diotoir then forced its opponent onto the edge of the pit but couldn't push it in. In doing this though Diotoir drove onto Depoppesaurus Rex's flipper and was nearly tipped over. A burst of flame from Sgt. Bash a few seconds earlier caused a flicker of flame on the back of Diotoir had grown into a blaze, as once again the furry robot finished the battle smouldering. Despite this Diotoir still won on a unanimous judges' decision, ending the Belgian robot's World Championship prematurely.


Series 3
International League Championship
Representing Belgium, Group Stage
Group A, Battle 1 vs. Terror Australis (AUS) Draw
Group A, Battle 3 vs. Diotoir (IRE) Lost
The First World Championship
Representing Belgium, Eliminators
Eliminator vs. Diotoir (IRE) Lost


  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 2
  • Draws: 1

Series Record[]

Depoppesaurus Rex in the pits

UK Series[]

Main Series Depoppesaurus Rex Series Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Did not enter
The Third Wars World Championship, Round 1
International League Championship, Group Stage
The Fourth Wars Did not enter
The Fifth Wars Did not enter
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
Robot Wars Extreme Appearances
Series 1 Entered with Philipper
Series 2 Entered with Philipper 2

Dutch Series[]

Dutch Series Depoppesaurus Rex Series Record
Series 1 Entered with Philipper
Series 2 Entered with Philipper 2


Depoppesaurus Rex in the show's opening

  • As Terror Australis was replaced by Nemesis, all three of Depoppesaurus Rex's battles saw it battle a robot built by Team Nemesis.
  • A clip of Depoppesaurus Rex was later used in the opening of the show.