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Gi-Ant-O was a featherweight entry from Team Terrafonics, now known as Team Danby, which competed in the Featherweight Championships of the second series of Robot Wars Extreme and the seventh series of Robot Wars. Two different versions of Gi-Ant-O competed in either series, with neither progressing beyond the first round.

Its name was a misnomer, as it was always considerably smaller than other opponents in its weight class, a trait which it shared with the team's heavyweight robots Tanto and Foxic.

Versions of Gi-Ant-OEdit

There were two versions of Gi-Ant-O which shared the same name, but were completely different from each other.

Gi-Ant-O (Extreme 2)Edit

"Gi-Ant-O looks so itty-bitty in the claws of Killalot."
— Jonathan Pearce before Sir Killalot drops the tiny Gi-Ant-O out of the arena
Gi-Ant-O EX2

Gi-Ant-O in the arena for Extreme

The Extreme 2 version of Gi-Ant-O was a last minute replacement for the Series 7 version (see below), which broke down before it could compete in the Featherweight Championship.

This substitute version of Gi-Ant-O was essentially a tiny 3kg Lynxmotion sumo robot kit with two wheels, transparent armour and a tall wedge, but its lack of weaponry made it considerably less effective than its opponents.

Gi-Ant-O (Series 7)Edit

GiAnto pits

Gi-Ant-O in the pits for Series 7

The version of Gi-Ant-O that appeared in Series 7 was a box-shaped robot with two wheels, transparent armour and a top-mounted horizontal spinning bar which gave it a passing resemblance to three-time BattleBots middleweight champion Hazard. Not much of its spinning bar weapon was seen, however, as Gi-Ant-O suffered drive problems in the early stages of its only fight, and its wheels were highly exposed.

Humorously, the robot's spinning bar was covered with a pair of socks in the pits, as safety protection.

Robot HistoryEdit

Extreme 2Edit

In Extreme 2, Gi-Ant-O was up against AM CVn, Argh!, Bernard, Eddy Evolution, Katnip and Neoteric in the heats.

Neoteric Gi-Ant-O

Gi-Ant-O avoids early trouble from Neoteric

The tiny sumobot was ineffective against its much larger opponents, and it also struggled for mobility, spinning around in a circle near the Floor Spinner, but it did dodge an initial attack from Neoteric.

"Gi-Ant-O looked lonesome as Neoteric, Argh!, Katnip and AM CV fought on."
— Jonathan Pearce notes Gi-Ant-O's lack of action
Gi-Ant-O OotA

Gi-Ant-O is dumped out of the arena

Later on though, one blow from Neoteric's disc knocked Gi-Ant-O out, just as AM CVn was, before being attacked by Katnip. After being counted out by Refbot, Gi-Ant-O returned to life and was able to avoid Sir Killalot for four minutes, before the House Robot grabbed the 3kg machine and dropped it over the arena side wall, eliminating it from the competition and completely destroying Gi-Ant-O.

"We avoided Sir K for 4 mins before he finally got me."
— Craig Danby on what happened to Gi-Ant-O after it was counted out

Series 7Edit

In the final heat of the competition, Gi-Ant-O faced former featherweight finalist Micro-Mute, as well as Rampage 2 and Whipper, a smaller cast than previous Featherweight Melees.

Gi-Ant-O Rampage 2 Whipper

Gi-Ant-O struggles for movement next to Rampage 2 and Whipper

At the beginning, while Rampage 2 and Whipper clashed together and Micro-Mute fell foul of Sir Killalot, Gi-Ant-O was largely anonymous. It appeared to have lost drive to its right side almost immediately, as it spent practically the entire match driving around in circles. Then, the sparring Rampage and Whipper drove near Gi-Ant-O, and while Gi-Ant-O delivered a hit to Rampage 2's side, it caused almost no damage.

"Gi-Ant-O's blade, I don't think, is gonna cause any damage whatsoever to Rampage 2."
— Jonathan Pearce

Gi-Ant-O was then almost rammed by an our-of-control Micro-Mute, before it was pushed aside by Sir Killalot, who proceeded to attack the counted out Micro-Mute. At this point, Gi-Ant-O's blade slowed down to a halt, and it was counted out by Refbot due to it not being fully mobile, despite Whipper also being immobilised.

Gi-Ant-O Refbot

Gi-Ant-O's hopes come to an end

"Gi-Ant-O's still in there... but not for much longer! Gi-Ant-O's helicopter blade, slowly spinning into submission."
— Jonathan Pearce

As Micro-Mute had already been counted out and pitted, cease was called. According to Craig Danby, this version of Gi-Ant-O burst into flames.

ResultsEdit

GI-ANT-O - RESULTS
Extreme 2
Robot Rampage
Featherweight Championship, Round 1
Round 1 vs. AM CVn, Argh!, Bernard, Eddy Evolution, Katnip, Neoteric Eliminated
Series 7
Featherweight Championship
Round 1
Round 1 vs. Micro-Mute, Rampage 2, Whipper Eliminated

Wins/LossesEdit

  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 2

Series RecordEdit

Main Series Gi-Ant-O Series Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Featherweight Championship with Deadline
The Third Wars Super Heavyweight Championship with Toxin (event cancelled)
The Fourth Wars Failed to qualify with Vindicare
The Fifth Wars Failed to qualify with TX-108
The Sixth Wars Failed to qualify with TX-108
The Seventh Wars Featherweight Championship, Round 1
Unused reserve, Tanto
Failed to qualify with TX-108
Series 8 Entered with Foxic
Not selected with Apex
Series 9 Entered with Foxic (Team Danby)
Entered with Apex (Team Terrafonics)
Series 10 Entered with Apex
Not selected with Foxic
Robot Wars Extreme Appearances
Series 1 Entered with TX-108 (unaired)
Entered with Anto
Series 2 Featherweight Championship, Round 1
  • NOTE 1: Tanto, a robot built by Team Danby, also competed in the 2016 Pilot episode under new ownership of Team Immersion.
  • NOTE 2: Craig Danby also competed in Battle of the Stars as the mentor of The Cat.

Outside Robot WarsEdit

  • Gi-Ant-O with its original colour
  • Shane Lale's GiAnto (Giant Anto) in 2014

Because both versions of Gi-Ant-O were destroyed or seriously damaged, Craig Danby did not build a new version of Gi-Ant-O after Robot Wars. However, Shane Lale (a member of Team Tilly) converted the old Roaming Robots kitbot house robot called 'KX' into a featherweight called GiAnto (Giant Anto) in 2014 which he entered into the UK Featherweight championships. It was eliminated in the second round after Beauty 2 flipped it out of the arena, and it was then flipped out the arena again by Explosion in the losers' melee.

TriviaEdit

  • Gi-Ant-O and Kitty were the only robots to lose in the first round of the Featherweight Championship in both Extreme 2 and Series 7.
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