Matilda was a House Robot which appeared in both runs of Robot Wars, initially designed to resemble an mutant alien dinosaur. For her initial appearances on the show, she was equipped with a set of pneumatic lifting tusks - capable of turning competitor robots over - and a rear-mounted chainsaw. The chainsaw was later replaced with a powerful vertical flywheel from Series 5 and the first series of Robot Wars Extreme onwards, and made interchangeable with the latter in some international versions, notably Robot Wars: Extreme Warriors and Nickelodeon Robot Wars.
Along with the other four House Robots from Series 2-3, Matilda appeared in the video game Robot Wars: Metal Mayhem, which marked the first appearance of all five House Robots in a video game release. She would subsequently appear in all five Robot Wars-based video games released during the original run.
Appearance and Armament[edit | edit source]
Matilda's appearance in Metal Mayhem reflects her Series 3 form, roughly maintaining her shape, weaponry and colour scheme. Due to the Game Boy Color's graphical limitations, the arenas and robots could not be as detailed as in later video game releases, with Matilda's depiction in-game being affected by these constraints.
The most noticeable difference between Matilda's real-life form and her depiction in Metal Mayhem is her rear chainsaw, which is significantly larger in-game. The chainsaw is over twice the height of the rest of the robot and is raised considerably steeper than that of her real-life counterpart. Matilda is otherwise fairly well detailed in spite of the Game Boy Color's aforementioned limitations; her head piece and tusks are accurately proportioned, while her purple colour scheme remains close to that of the real robot, unlike some of the other House Robots depicted in Metal Mayhem and in later Robot Wars video games. However, the rear part of the body immediately behind the head piece appears to be set too low, adding to the exaggerated size of Matilda's chainsaw.
In the arena-based modes, Matilda is stationed in the top-right Corner Patrol Zone (CPZ). Her method of attack is to continuously raise and lower her tusks, damaging competitor robots, but without flipping them. She never appears to use her chainsaw in the game. Matilda also continually flips her tusks throughout battles, and like the other House Robots in the game, she turns to face robots as they pass her CPZ.
Differences from Real Life[edit | edit source]
- Matilda's chainsaw is purely aesthetic and does not move. It is also significantly larger and stuck upright.
- Due to the limited psychics, Matilda's tusks cannot lift or flip other robots.
Glitch[edit | edit source]
There is a glitch in Metal Mayhem whereby when Matilda attacks a contestant robot (usually the AI), occasionally, the robot will get stuck in the corner, unable to move with Matilda appearing to attack it, though doing no damage. This glitch can be reversed by the player attacking the immobile opponent.