"Not Perfect, but damn close"
— The message on Not Perfect's underside

Not Perfect was a competitor robot that fought exclusively in German Robot Wars. Despite being overweight, it reached the second round of its heat before losing to eventual runner-up Tsunami, but won the subsequent Losers Melee against Junkyard Queen to finish fifth overall.

Team captain Bryan Cutler also competed with Reaper NP2 in the qualifiers for The Third World Championship, which were filmed and broadcast as part of Series 7 of the UK Robot Wars.


Not perfect pits

Not Perfect in the pits

Not Perfect was a large, invertible box wedge-shaped robot with a front ramming wedge and an angled lawnmower blade mounted on the front. The robot's front panels had an indented circular section to house the blade, and a steeper lower wedge intended to get underneath opponents and draw them closer to the blade.

Not Perfect upside down

Not Perfect's underside

The robot's name was coined by captain Bryan Cutler after he was dissatisfied with the work done to the robot. Among Not Perfect's issues included components being hastily attached with superglue, and the robot weighing in at 101kg despite having many revisions - exactly one kilo over the limit. Despite this, the producers allowed Not Perfect to compete as there were not enough German entries into the series, and its weight was listed on its statistics board as 100kg.

Robot HistoryEdit

German SeriesEdit

Not Perfect competed in Heat B, and fought Delldog and Hydrotec in its first round melee.

Not Perfect vs Delldog

Not Perfect presses the pit release

Hydrotec vs Not Perfect

Not Perfect avoids Hydrotec, with Delldog already pitted

Not Perfect pressed the pit release button in the opening seconds, before colliding with Delldog as the latter got its spinning ring up to speed. Delldog's weapon stopped spinning and the robot began smoking as Not Perfect spun and ran into Sir Killalot, before driving around the pit as Hydrotec pushed Delldog in. Not Perfect was almost lifted by Hydrotec, and both robots dodged each other as 'cease' was called, with Delldog already eliminated.

Not Perfect advanced to the second round, where it fought Tsunami. It entered the arena upside-down, with the intention of cutting Tsunami's aerial off.


Tsunami flips Not Perfect


Dead Metal nearly pits Not Perfect

Despite this, it was immediately flipped over by Tsunami on its first charge, and lost its front wedge tip as Tsunami lifted it. Both robots continued to ram each other, with Tsunami getting underneath and flipping Not Perfect over several times before pressing the pit release button. Not Perfect appeared to be moving sluggishly after this, and was open to another couple of flips from Tsunami that allowed Dead Metal to attack and nearly shove Not Perfect into the pit. Not Perfect escaped this and an attack from Mr. Psycho, bumping into an angle grinder and ramming Tsunami a few more times, with Tsunami again lifting it. Not Perfect then pushed Tsunami over the Flame Pit, with the two robots pushing each other as 'cease' was called. The battle went to a jury's decision, which ruled in favour of Tsunami, eliminating Not Perfect from the competition.

Following its defeat, Not Perfect made one final appearance in the Fifth Place Playoff, where it was intended to fight Hydrotec, Golem and Junkyard Queen. However, Hydrotec and Golem withdrew due to mechanical problems, leaving Not Perfect and Junkyard Queen in a head-to-head battle for fifth place.


Not Perfect and Junkyard Queen over the flames

Not Perfect began by approaching Junkyard Queen and slamming it into the arena wall, before ramming into the wall itself on its second charge. It pushed Junkyard Queen again, before following it over the Flame Pit and ramming it again, with both robots eventually getting stuck together over the flames. Refbot and Mr. Psycho attempted to separate them, with Mr. Psycho grabbing hold of Junkyard Queen and picking it up with his claw, briefly leaving Not Perfect dangling from Junkyard Queen's spike. Not Perfect fell onto the arena floor as Mr. Psycho carried Junkyard Queen around the arena, who toppled over and released Junkyard Queen with assistance from Refbot and Sgt. Bash, while Not Perfect pressed the Floor Spinner button. Junkyard Queen had become immobilised, and was counted out by Refbot before having the withdrawal Golem dropped onto it via the Drop Zone, leaving Not Perfect as the winner and fifth place in German Robot Wars.


German Robot Wars
German Championship
Fifth Place
Heat B, Eliminator vs. Delldog, Hydrotec Qualified
Heat B, Final vs. Tsunami Lost
Grand Final, Losers Melee vs. Junkyard Queen Won
NOTE: Golem and Hydrotec were also due to take part in this battle, but both were forced to withdraw due to damage taken in previous battles.


  • Wins: 2
  • Losses: 1

Series RecordEdit

German SeriesEdit

  • Not Perfect in the arena
  • Side view of Not Perfect
  • Team Captain Brian Cutler with Not Perfect
  • Not Perfect's full team
German Series Not Perfect Series Record
German Robot Wars Fifth Place

UK SeriesEdit

Series Not Perfect Series Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Did not enter
The Third Wars Did not enter
The Fourth Wars Did not enter
The Fifth Wars Did not enter
The Sixth Wars Did not enter
The Seventh Wars Entered with Reaper NP2 and Tartarus
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter
Series 10 Did not enter


  • Not Perfect was painted by the BBC Visual Effects department.

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