The Floor Flipper was a panel on the arena floor which tossed robots across the arena. It was used on immobilized robots and was a popular form of punishment. It was introduced in Series 3 and was first used on Behemoth in the Heat B Final in Series 3, and was last used on Behemoth during the House Robot Rebellion in Series 7. It started out looking like a panel in Series 3, then redesigned to look like The Pit in Series 4, and would remain that way at the end of the original series. In Extreme 1 and onwards, the pneumatics were upgraded so it can lift heavyweight robots across the arena, or several metres, Famously throwing Fluffy so far that it fell in the pit. During the Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars/Featherweight Championship, it threw Gladiator and Rampage 2 out of the arena, and Cygnus X3 all the way up to the ceiling, until it fell into The Pit. Other times it failed to throw robots like Black Widow and NEAT Machine. On very rare occasions it would flip robots that were still mobile. This mostly happened when robots were attacking House Robots like in the House Robot Rebellion.
In Series 8-10, the Floor Flipper returned as one of the five main arena hazards along with The Pit, Floor Spikes, Flame Pit, and the Corner Patrol Zones. Here, it was set diagonally, and launched whenever a robot drove over it. However, during the run, robots like Nuts and Cherub became stuck underneath the Flipper, and a battle had to stop.
Scutter's Revenge was immobilized and was placed on the Flipper. But Pussycat was disqualified for using an illegal blade which shattered, so Scutter's Revenge went on to the Semi-Finals, only to be immobilized again in the first round.
Fat Boy Tin was prepped onto the Floor Flipper, ready to be flipped, however, Vercingetorix slammed its axe into Fat Boy Tin, becoming wedged, as a result, when the Floor Flipper chucked Fat Boy Tin, Vercingetorix was also toppled. Plunderbird 4 on the other hand was only partially effected. This is the only time in a melee that all competitors were flipped.
Both MouseTrap and Fighting Torque were set far back onto the flipper and thrown upwards. MouseTrap was thrown on top of Atomic 2, who nearly got stuck under the flipper, and Fighting Torque was thrown back onto its wheels.
Not shown on TV. The flipper activated after Razer drove over it, throwing Razer into the air and into the mechanism, damaging the machine. As the flipper is only to be used on immobilised robots, the judges stopped the fight and judged up until that point, giving the victory to Razer
Black Widow was placed on the top of the Floor Flipper by Shunt, however, the first flip caused the walking machine to balance on top of the lip of the flipper. After an adjustment by Shunt, Black Widow was successfully flipped the second time around.
The first time the Floor Flipper automatically activated off catching a competitor (with exception to Nuts's flail in the previous episode) DisConstructor was thrown by the flipper after driving onto it where the flip chucked it towards near the Pit, seemingly causing internal drive problems afterwards.
Thor pushed M.R. Speed Squared across the Floor Flipper where it activated, throwing both into the air with Thor initially landing on its back, where it self right, and M.R. Speed Squared landing onto its back, exposing the vulnerable side.
After Behemoth was pitted and Nuts disabled Carbide's spinning bar, Nuts accidentally span towards the Floor Flipper where it was flipped. Once flipped however, the Floor Flipper became wedged on a damaged side panel and remained inactive the rest of the round.