"I feel that I would not have been able to enter my first two robots (oblivion1/2) without the help from TRINITY SCHOOL Croydon and more importantly the teachers in the DT department. Thank you for all your help guys!"
— Suren Balendran on the Team Supernova website

Oblivion was entered by Team Trinity into Series 2 of Robot Wars, later competing in Series 3 and 4. It was made by Trinity School, Croydon (now known as Trinity School of John Whitgift) as a sponsored project. It was fast at 12-20mph but lightweight at only 58.7kg. It was defeated in the Heat Final of Series 2, after being "pepper-potted" by Mortis.

Oblivion 2 failed to qualify for the main competition of Series 3, but did enter the Pinball Warrior Tournament that ran alongside the main series, finishing sixth overall with 75 points. However, it crashed out of its Heat in Series 4, in the first round. It was narrowly over the Heavyweight limit at the time.

Versions of Oblivion[edit | edit source]

Oblivion[edit | edit source]

"Oblivion was the lightest robot in group C and had no weapons apart from ineffective spikes. Is was powered by 2*C5 motors through chains to golf caddy wheels which seemed surprisingly good. All their electronics were housed in a steel box inside their robot which seemed quite good. They used 4QD's for speedos without the reverse track cut so they only had half speed reverse. Oblivion was designed to drive both ways up, except it only had castor wheels on one side."
Oliver Steeples summarises Oblivion[1]

Oblivion in Series 2

Oblivion was an invertible box shaped robot with a front wedge armed with hardened steel spikes. It was two-wheel driven, and was designed to push, with a comparatively high top speed of 12mph thanks to its two Sinclair C5 motors. It was chain-driven and used two golf caddy wheels, although it lacked castors on the top of the robot, somewhat compromising its planned invertible design. It was decorated with a red triangle pattern, and warning stripes. Using 4QD speed controllers without the reverse track cut, Oblivion had an uncommon issue in that it could only reverse at half of its top speed, but otherwise moved very efficiently in the arena.

Oblivion 2[edit | edit source]

Oblivion 2 in Series 4

The team entered Oblivion 2 in Series 3, a low box design that was also invertible, armed with two spikes on the front and an electric-powered axe weapon that went below the line of the wheels on the top. In Series 3, the robot was red and decorated with yellow hazard warning stripes around the perimeters of each panel. In Series 4, Oblivion 2 was repainted blue with Nuclear symbols. This version was made from titanium Dural, polycarbonate and aerospace-grade aluminium.

Series Record[edit | edit source]

Series 2[edit | edit source]

Oblivion pushes past Shunt

Oblivion is pitted in the Gauntlet

In its first televised appearance, Oblivion took the central route in the Gauntlet stage of the heat, this being the route with the most house robots occupying it. However, Oblivion was pinned by a spike from the arena floor, this allowed Shunt and Matilda to come in and both house robots caused minor damage to Oblivion's top armour. Whilst trying to steer away from the two house robots Oblivion accidentally got stuck on the side of the Pit of Oblivion, and was then pushed in by Matilda.

"And you've got the Death Pit there as well! Oblivion awaits- literally!"
Jonathan Pearce's line when Oblivion went into the Pit.

Oblivion is flipped by Matilda

However, Oblivion had already covered 5.8 metres, finishing 4th overall on the leaderboard, therefore covering enough ground to beat previous Grand Finalists Griffon to go through to the Trial stage, which was the Joust for this heat. Oblivion's run was over very quickly as it drove quickly up the ramp, but it was flipped over and pushed off the platform by Matilda. Oblivion had covered 5.6 metres, finishing 2nd overall on the leaderboard, therefore it easily went through after Challenger's minus number run.

Oblivion pushes Dreadnaut

This put Oblivion through to the arena stage of the Heat. In the Heat Semi-Final, Oblivion was placed up against previous heat semi-finalists Dreadnaut. Oblivion didn't have to do much in the battle, as Dreadnaut didn't even move due to its power key being knocked out when the team put the shell back on. Dreadnaut was then completely wrecked by the House Robots, which meant Oblivion was put through to the Heat Final, where it was drawn against the heat favourites and the number 2 seeds Mortis.

Mortis punches holes in Oblivion

In this battle, Oblivion couldn't do anything to prevent the axe attacks of Mortis, as the seeded machine peppered Oblivion's top armour, whilst also pushing the smaller robot back a little. Due to its lack of weaponry, Oblivion was unable to retaliate the attacks.

"Look at that! It's like a sieve!"
— Jonathan Pearce on Oblivion

However, Mortis' axe couldn't cause any internal damage to Oblivion, allowing Oblivion to survive to a judges' decision. Unfortunately for Team Trinity, due to the damage, the decision unanimously went in favour of Mortis, putting the seed through to the Series Semi-Finals and eliminating Oblivion from the competition.

Series 3[edit | edit source]

Oblivion 2 in the Pinball

Oblivion 2 failed to qualify for the main competition of the Third Wars, but was granted a place in the Pinball Warrior tournament. In the run, Oblivion 2 drove into the barrels at the start, but got stuck on the arena wall, and drove into Sergeant Bash. Oblivion 2 then hit the 50 point marker, but Sir Killalot drove in, collided into Oblivion 2, immobilising the competitor, meaning that Oblivion 2 couldn't score any more points. Oblivion 2 was then pushed into the bricks by Sir Killalot, but these don't give any points. Sergeant Bash then used its flamethrower and accidentally set Sir Killalot on fire at the end of the run. When cease was finally called, it was calculated that Oblivion 2 had scored a total of 75 points, placing it 6th out of the 10 participants overall.

"...Oblivion 2, not much better..."
— Jonathan Pearce reviews the first nine Pinball competitors, reaching Oblivion 2

Series 4[edit | edit source]

Oblivion 2 is driven over by Saw Point

"Oblivion 2 tested their robot on the street, the residents complained about the noise!"
— Jonathan Pearce at the start of the battle

Oblivion 2 had been modified for this series, and was built so that it had a very low ground clearance. However, this proved to be its undoing, for this cost it in the first round in the Fourth Wars. It competed in the penultimate heat of the series, and was placed up against the number 20 seeds Aggrobot 2 and newcomers to the wars Saw Point.

Oblivion 2's axe is grabbed by Sir Killalot

Oblivion 2 is pitted

In the battle, Oblivion 2 became immobilised very early on, it axed Saw Point once, before the newcomer's spiked wheels damaged Oblivion 2 when the robot drove right over the top of the Series 2 Heat Finalists. This resulted in the front of the casing bending and lifting the wheels up from the arena floor, rendering Oblivion 2 unable to move as the robot had no traction on the arena floor, deeming it immobilised. Oblivion 2 was then set upon by the House Robots, with Sir Killalot grabbing Oblivion 2 by its axe to bend the weapon out of shape. Oblivion 2 was put down the pit of oblivion by the House Robots, eliminating it from the competition.

Results[edit | edit source]

Series 2
The Second Wars - UK Championship
Heat Final
Heat C, Gauntlet 5.8m (4th) Qualified
Heat C, Trial (Joust) 5.6m (2nd) Qualified
Heat C, Semi-Final vs. Dreadnaut Won
Heat C, Final vs. Mortis (2) Lost
Series 3
Sixth Place
Pinball 75pts 6th
Series 4
The Fourth Wars - UK Championship
Heat, Round 1
Heat O, Eliminator vs. Aggrobot 2 (20), Saw Point Eliminated

Wins/Losses[edit | edit source]

  • Wins: 1
  • Losses: 2

NOTE: Oblivion's successful Gauntlet and Trial runs are not included in the tally

Series Record[edit | edit source]

Series Oblivion Series Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Heat Final
The Third Wars Pinball Competition
Failed to qualify for main competition
The Fourth Wars Heat, Round 1
The Fifth Wars Entered with Supernova
The Sixth Wars Entered with Supernova
The Seventh Wars Entered with Supernova
Series 8 Entered with Supernova
Series 9 Entered with Supernova
Series 10 Did not enter

Outside Robot Wars[edit | edit source]

Shortly after competing on Robot Wars, both Oblivion machines were promptly recycled, making way for the build of Supernova.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Oblivion was one of four heat finalists from the Second Wars that failed to qualify for the following series, the others being Demolition Demon, Ivanhoe and Inquisitor.
  • Curiously, Oblivion 2 was not given a recap of its past appearances during the Fourth Wars.

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