Ghetto-bot was a competitor robot from Michigan, USA, which fought in the War of Independence, one of the Christmas specials shown as part of Robot Wars: The Fourth Wars. Initially built for high school competitions, it was one of four robots to represent the United States during the latter special. However, it lost its only televised battle to Mortis.
Ghetto-bot was also one of eight American robots present for filming of the unaired MTV pilot American Robot Wars 2000. Following changes to the pilot's format after the withdrawal of one of the participating teams, it was ultimately not selected to take part.
Ghetto-bot was a robot with a box-shaped chassis and a body featuring steep wedges at either end. The wedges served as its only weapons, with the intention of getting underneath opponents and tipping them over. The robot itself was painted silver with yellow and black hazard stripes, with its name written in red letters on the wedges and a pair of angry faces drawn on either side in red. While Ghetto-bot's low ground clearance and wedges proved effective, its lack of durability, pushing power and effective weapons proved costly in its only battle.
American Robot Wars 2000
Before its televised debut on Robot Wars, Ghetto-bot was one of eight robots selected to compete in the American Robot Wars 2000 pilot commissioned by MTV in July 2000. However, when one robot withdrew from the competition, the field of competitors was reduced to four. This led to Ghetto-bot losing its place in the competition, despite being present at filming.
Mortis drove over Ghetto-bot's front wedge as both robots came together in the opening seconds, before Ghetto-bot attempted to push it back. As Ghetto-bot sustained multiple axe blows from Mortis - leaving several dents in its bodyshell in the process - it slowly pushed Mortis across the arena, but was then pushed sideways by Mortis towards the Flame Pit. Ghetto-bot struggled to drive away as Mortis pushed it completely over, where it caught fire before being pushed into and axed by Shunt. Refbot extinguished Ghetto-bot's flames as Mortis, Dead Metal and Shunt continued to inflict damage to its body. Mortis proceeded to attack Sir Killalot as Shunt pushed Ghetto-bot over the Flame Pit once again just before 'cease' was called, eliminating the American representative from the War of Independence.
- "Ghetto-bot? Well, it's... well and truly, a salt and pepper-pot by the end of it all!"
- — Jonathan Pearce at the end of Ghetto-bot's battle with Mortis
|GHETTO-BOT - RESULTS|
|War of Independence|
Representing USA, Round 1
|Round 1||vs. Mortis (UK)||Lost|
- Wins: 0
- Losses: 1
|Series||Ghetto-bot Series Record|
|The First Wars||Did not enter|
|The Second Wars||Did not enter|
|The Third Wars||Did not enter|
|The Fourth Wars||War of Independence, Round 1|
|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|
Outside Robot Wars
Shortly before filming for the War of Independence began, the team entered a competition called Robot Rivals, where they had to design and build robots for specific tasks. They placed forty-third of the two hundred and sixty-one entrants.
- At 51.7kg, Ghetto-bot was the lightest competitor in the Series 4 War of Independence; some 0.8kg lighter than Detonator's original weight in Series 1.
- Ghetto-bot was the only American representative in the Series 4 War of Independence which was not built by a team that also entered BattleBots.
- Ghetto-bot was also the only robot in the Series 4 War of Independence not to appear in another episode or series.