- "Will the pneumatic flipper give house robots their worst nightmare? Tossing and turning in its sleep? You bet!"
- — Jonathan Pearce introduces Knightmare
Knightmare was a wedge-shaped robot entered by Team Knightmare into Series 4 of Robot Wars. It underwent a weight increase and name change with different aesthetics before entering the first series of Robot Wars Extreme under the name Spirit of Knightmare. Both versions of the robot were long wedge shaped robots with small, pneumatic front-flippers. The robot enjoyed mild success, reaching the Heat Final of Series 4 and finishing as a runner-up in one of the Extreme 1 Annihilators.
Versions of Knightmare
Across both its versions, Knightmare was a wedge shaped robot with a small front-hinged flipper that covered the entire width of the robot. Despite its small size, Knightmare's flipper proved to be quite effective at turning robots over and its design acted as a shield to its internals, although its limited range meant that it struggled against larger robots. Knightmare was also invertible, with both robots featuring a logo on the chassis that read "Who needs a srimech?", with a cartoon-style face that Jonathan Pearce deemed "comical".
The original Knightmare featured a bodyshell that was made from motorway roadsigns and parts from a bed, and the robot could travel at 10mph. Metal brackets along each side prevented Knightmare from getting side-stranded. It featured a dark blue colour-scheme with black borders along its flipper, with its name, a lightning bolt and a skull painted on its top, as well as another lightning bolt on its sides, a castle on its left side and the head of a knight on its right side and back. A castor was also present on top to aid with its invertability. Despite its wedge design, Knightmare's front was not flush to the ground and as a result often struggled getting underneath other robots. Knightmare took twelve weeks for the team to build.
Spirit of Knightmare
- "An amazing array of lethal weapons and the ability to run upside down makes Spirit of Knightmare a real threat in the arena. Totally rebuilt with only the motors and electronics surviving from Knightmare, the twin "blender" saws are awesome in operation. The flipper can lift 80kg, but will that be enough now that the robot weights are all closer to 100kg?"
- — Robot Wars Extreme: The Official Guide
Spirit of Knightmare was a complete rebuild of the original Knightmare, but retained nearly the exact measurements to its predecessor. It was now painted black with a golden tip to its wedge, with its name now written on its flipper and side. Only the castle decoration on its side and the knight on the back was retained from Knightmare, with the knight's head being reused for the top armour. In addition to its flipper, Spirit of Knightmare also sported two circular "blending discs" on its side, replacing the metal brackets, and four ramming spikes at the back which also doubled as pneumatic axes. The flipper was stated as being able to lift 80kg, but in practise was able to flip over the 100kg Steel Avenger twice in one battle. Spirit of Knightmare was slower than its original model at 8.5mph.
- Main article: Team Knightmare
Team Knightmare was made up of three friends based in Coalville, Leicestershire. The roster was comprised of Nigel Paget, Lee Summers and Malcolm Summers. Although the team entered the Fourth Wars as newcomers, they would become highly experienced over the course of Robot Wars, later competing with Raging Reality and the Seventh Wars semi-finalist, Raging Knightmare.
Knightmare fought Inverterbrat at the Series 4 qualifiers. The two fought an entertaining battle, so both were selected to compete.
- "Both teams tried every trick in the book to win. The crowd liked them so much they both qualified!"
- — Robot Wars Magazine on the qualifier battle
Spirit of Knightmare fought Chompalot at the Series 5 qualifiers. Chompalot had only been finished the night before, and was having control problems and had one wheel not working. Spirit of Knightmare also had problems due to their ground clearance being set too low. Spirit of Knightmare won the battle after Chompalot broke down, but was not selected to compete in Series 5. However, it was chosen to compete in Extreme 1.
- "During the Series 5 qualifying event, Chompie seemed sluggish and difficult to turn, Spirit of Knightmare also had difficulties, having set their ground clearance so low, that they could barely move, so consequently Chompie couldn’t get his lower jaws under them. After failing to get a hold of them I opted to ram them, taking runs across the arena to build up speed. Unfortunately the impact loosened some of the control cables to the motor controllers and then, fatally another one of the motors magnets became detached, jamming the motor. Spirit of Knightmare eventually managed to nudge the inert Chompie towards and then into the pit."
- — Cookie Monsters, Chompalot's team, on the Series 5 Qualifiers
- Julia Reed: "Is it called Knightmare because this is part of a bed, isn't it?"
- Malcolm Summers: "Well, it was a nightmare to build as well."
- — Julia Reed noting how robots can be made from anything
Knightmare was drawn against seeded Spawn of Scutter and Banshee in the first round. It started off slowly, letting Spawn of Scutter attack Banshee. Knightmare then got into the fight, bumping Spawn of Scutter. It attempted to drive under Banshee, but failed to breach its ground clearance. However, it assisted Spawn of Scutter to slide under Banshee by blocking the latter's path, before Spawn of Scutter used its flipping spike to topple Banshee. Knightmare drove into the wedge of Spawn of Scutter, but drove up its wedge and was pushed back. While the House Robots attacked the defeated Banshee, Knightmare drove under Spawn of Scutter from its side, and drove it into an empty CPZ, and briefly lifted it up against the wall with its flipper. Knightmare and Spawn of Scutter continued to duel until 'cease' was called, and both robots advanced.
Knightmare was then drawn against the 26th seed Plunderbird 4 in the second round. Knightmare got away quickly, trying to flip Plunderbird 4, but missing. It did this a few more times but struggled to get underneath Plunderbird properly. Knightmare then got stuck on top of Plunderbird 4 and Refbot had to separate them both. Finally, Knightmare came in on a side attack and flipped Plunderbird 4 onto its side, immobilising it. The house robots then came in to do damage before Sir Killalot put Plunderbird 4 in the pit of oblivion.
- "They do! They'll be wanting to get down on their hands and knees and pray!"
- — Team's reaction to being asked if they needed any last-minute prayers.
Knightmare was then up against Spawn of Scutter in the heat final. It was a quick start both robots rushing together. Spawn of Scutter got underneath Knightmare and pushed it into Shunt. Spawn of Scutter used its spike to propel Knightmare into the House Robot. Knightmare was immobilised by the first attack and Shunt put it on the floor flipper, which flipped it over onto its back before the House Robots attacked it doing a lot of damage. Finally, Sir Killalot dropped Knightmare on the edge of the pit and then Shunt bulldozed it in, eliminating Knightmare at this stage.
- "Watch for the underside design when it gets flipped. It's rather comical!"
- — Jonathan Pearce before the battle
Spirit of Knightmare got under Judge Shred 2½ at the start, but couldn't flip it. Spirit of Knightmare then got underneath Bulldog Breed 3 and pushed it into an angle grinder, still failing to flip, instead just pushing Bulldog Breed 3 into Dead Metal's CPZ. But Bulldog Breed then escaped the House Robot's clutches. Spirit of Knightmare then suddenly stopped moving, and it was counted out by Refbot before being axed by Shunt and placed on the Floor Flipper. The following throw from the Floor Flipper exposed the design on the bottom of Spirit of Knightmare, which had started moving again, only to break down again slightly later on. Ultimately Bulldog Breed 3 won the Mayhem by flipping Judge Shred 2½ over.
However, Bulldog Breed 3 broke down irreparably in Series 5 after fighting Hypno-Disc in the Heat Final. This meant that Spirit of Knightmare participated in the Annihilator instead, against Disc-O-Inferno, Panic Attack, The Steel Avenger, Napalm and Fighting Torque.
- "Our middle name is damage!"
- — The team pre-match
At the start of the first round, Spirit of Knightmare wedged under Napalm. Napalm was damaged by The Steel Avenger. Spirit of Knightmare then wedged under Fighting Torque before attacking Disc-O-Inferno. Disc-O-Inferno immobilised Fighting Torque, before Spirit of Knightmare pushed it into Matilda's flywheel. Disc-O-Inferno was immobilised in the impact, before Spirit of Knightmare was lifted by Panic Attack. However, Spirit of Knightmare qualified for the second round as Fighting Torque was eliminated after they were counted out for being smashed up and immobilised by The Steel Avenger and Disc-O-Inferno.
Napalm then withdrew from the second round due to the damage that it took in the first round, meaning Spirit of Knightmare was through to the third round of the Annihilator, where in this battle, Spirit of Knightmare started by flipping The Steel Avenger. Spirit of Knightmare did the same again, before wedging underneath Panic Attack. Spirit of Knightmare was nearly put into the pit by the Second Wars champion, but escaped. Spirit of Knightmare then attacked Panic Attack, before flipping Steel Avenger on its side and then flipping Disc-O-Inferno onto it. The Steel Avenger never self-righted after this due to a failure of its srimechs, they were counted out and eliminated, putting Spirit of Knightmare through to the fourth round of the Annihilator.
Panic Attack then withdrew from the Annihilator as well after being badly damaged, despite being given a lot of time for repairs. This left Spirit of Knightmare and Disc-O-Inferno to fight it out in the final. Spirit of Knightmare flipped its opponent twice, but Disc-O-Inferno damaged the flipper. Spirit of Knightmare pressed the pit release, before being hit repeatedly by its opponent. Spirit of Knightmare was counted out and placed on the floor flipper by Shunt before being pushed into the pit.
- "Spirit of Knightmare just had an awful dream! It dreamt it'd just been battered on Robot Wars Extreme!"
- — Craig Charles' sign-off, referring to Spirit of Knightmare's defeat
|KNIGHTMARE - RESULTS|
|The Fourth Wars - UK Championship|
|Heat L, Eliminator||vs. Banshee, Spawn of Scutter (10)||Qualified|
|Heat L, Semi Final||vs. Plunderbird 4 (26)||Won|
|Heat L, Final||vs. Spawn of Scutter (10)||Lost|
|SPIRIT OF KNIGHTMARE - RESULTS|
|Mayhem & Annihilator|
|Mayhem||vs. Bulldog Breed 3, Judge Shred 2½||Lost|
|NOTE: After winning the mayhem battle, Bulldog Breed 3 was forced to drop out of the Annihilator after taking severe damage from Hypno-Disc in another battle, so Spirit of Knightmare took its place|
|Annihilator, Round 1||vs. Disc-O-Inferno, Fighting Torque,|
Napalm 2, Panic Attack, The Steel Avenger
|Annihilator, Round 2||vs. Disc-O-Inferno, Napalm 2,|
Panic Attack, The Steel Avenger
|Qualified (by default)|
|Annihilator, Round 3||vs. Disc-O-Inferno, Panic Attack, The Steel Avenger||Qualified|
|Annihilator, Round 4||vs. Disc-O-Inferno, Panic Attack||Qualified (by default)|
|Annihilator, Final||vs. Disc-O-Inferno||Lost|
- Wins: 4
- Losses: 3
|Main Series||Knightmare Series Record|
|The First Wars||Did not enter|
|The Second Wars||Did not enter|
|The Third Wars||Did not enter|
|The Fourth Wars||Heat Final as Knightmare|
|The Fifth Wars||Failed to qualify as Spirit of Knightmare|
|The Sixth Wars||Entered with Raging Reality|
|The Seventh Wars||Entered with Raging Knightmare|
|Series 8||Did not enter|
|Series 9||Did not enter|
|Series 10||Did not enter|
|Robot Wars Extreme||Appearances|
|Series 1||Entered as Spirit of Knightmare|
|Series 2||Entered with Raging Reality|
- The original Knightmare was the only robot to fight a seed in every battle, and win at least once.
- The Series 4 version of Knightmare is the only robot from Team Knightmare not to fight in an Annihilator (Spirit of Knightmare fought in the Extreme 1 Annihilator, Raging Reality fought in the Extreme 2 Annihilator and Raging Knightmare fought in the Series 7 Annihilator).
- Knightmare's successor robot Raging Knightmare would go on to avenge Knightmare's defeat in Series 7 by defeating Spawn Again. This meant that Scutterbots/Knightmare became the second of three rivalries (after Team 101/King Buxton and followed by Pulsar/Ironside3) where both teams won a heat by defeating the other.
- Knightmare was the only robot from Team Knightmare to never throw an opponent out of the arena.
- Knightmare is one of only two robots to use "Spirit of" in its title for its updated incarnation, the other being Scorpion.