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"A two-weaponed robot, a surrounding rotating 25 kilo disc forms the bodywork, the overhanging high-powered flipper is also a srimech. It's brutal, it's raw!"
Jonathan Pearce introduces Revenge of Trouble & Strife in Series 6

Revenge of Trouble & Strife was a robot that competed in Series 6 and 7 of Robot Wars, and the Annihilator in the second series of Robot Wars Extreme. It fell in the first round of Series 6, but reached the second round in Series 7, and the third round of the Extreme 2 Annihilator. Revenge of Trouble & Strife was the successor to Trouble 'n' Strife, and predecessor to M.R. Speed Squared.

DesignEdit

Revenge of Trouble & Strife Arena

Revenge of Trouble & Strife in the arena during Series 6

Revenge of Trouble and Strife was an unusual circular-shaped robot with a petrol engine and two weapons - a high pressure CO2 flipping arm which doubled as a srimech, and a large 25kg toothed rim which spun at 500rpm and encircled the robot's body, functioning as a full-body spinner. While the weapons were potent, the robot was potentially flammable due to its petrol-driven engine, easily flipped, and the flipping arm often failed to work as a result of CO2 leaks that depleted the gas supply necessary for it to self-right.

Revenge of Trouble & Strife

Revenge of Trouble & Strife while spinning in Series 7

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Front view of Revenge of Trouble & Strife in Series 7

For Series 7, Revenge of Trouble & Strife featured a revised spinning body which was much lower and featured sharper teeth, as well as a more powerful flipping arm. A 1n electric start was added to the petrol engine, to improve the petrol engine's reliability.[1] A common issue for both models of Revenge of Trouble & Strife was that impacts from the disc caused damage to the disc and bent it out of its perfect circle shape. When bent, friction increased on the wheels and made the ring slow down considerably.[2]

The TeamEdit

Main article: Team Forsey
Team Forsey EX2

The team in the first round of the Extreme 2 Annihilator

Team Forsey S7

The team in Series 7

Revenge of Trouble & Strife was entered into Robot Wars by the Worcestershire-based Team Forsey, captained by Peter Forsey, a cardiologist by trade. Peter Forsey was the lead builder of the machine, and drove the robot in battle, also being responsible for its repairs. He was joined on the team by his two young sons, Jake and Sam. Mike Stokes was also present on the team for the opening stages of the Annihilator in Extreme 2, before Sam Forsey took his place. The team had previously competed in Series 5 with Trouble 'n' Strife, and would later compete in the reboot with M.R. Speed Squared, during Series 8 and 9.

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 6Edit

In Round 1 of its first appearance, Revenge of Trouble & Strife faced Bulldog Breed, Kat 3 and Spin Doctor.

Bulldog Breed vs Revenge of Trouble and Strife

Bulldog Breed overturns Revenge of Trouble & Strife

Bulldog Breed vs ROTAS

Revenge of Trouble & Strife proves unable to self-right

It showed aggression in the early stages as it attacked Kat 3, and the orange machine's axe then jammed. Soon after, the two shoved each other around, and then Bulldog Breed intervened and flipped Revenge of Trouble & Strife onto its back. Revenge of Trouble & Strife could not self-right, despite trying, and was counted out by Refbot just as Spin Doctor was flipped. Revenge of Trouble & Strife was therefore eliminated from the competition. It was soon righted, but it then drove accidentally into the pit, followed by Kat 3, who had already qualified for the next round after Spin Doctor had been counted out.

Extreme 2Edit

Revenge of Trouble & Strife had only one appearance in Extreme Series 2, where it fought Kan-Opener, Thermidor 2, Typhoon 2, Major Tom and Raging Reality in the Annihilator.

In Round 1, it stayed away from most of the action until Raging Reality flipped Typhoon 2 over. The petrol engine in Revenge of Trouble & Strife nearly caught fire as it was chased by the other robots, but Revenge of Trouble & Strife survived, and progressed to Round 2.

RoTaS lifts Dead Metal

Revenge of Trouble & Strife hoists Dead Metal

In the second round, it again stayed out of the action, before hitting Major Tom with its full-body spinner. It then attacked Raging Reality and stopped spinning briefly. It recovered and struck Thermidor 2, before being attacked in retaliation. It nearly flipped Dead Metal, but was then grabbed and pitted by Kan-Opener. However, this was not before Raging Reality was counted out, allowing Revenge of Trouble & Strife to progress.

Kan-Opener vs RoTaS

Kan-Opener grips the overturned Revenge of Trouble & Strife

Thermidor II vs RoTaS

Revenge of Trouble & Strife descends into the pit

In Round Three, it was attacked by both Kan-Opener and Thermidor 2, and nearly flipped by Thermidor 2. However, it was able to stay on its wheels, but it was then flipped again by Thermidor 2, this time landing on its back, where the srimech failed to work once again. The pit descended, and Revenge of Trouble & Strife was pushed into it, only for Major Tom to drive in itself. Nevertheless, Major Tom went through to the next round, with Revenge of Trouble & Strife already eliminated.

Series 7Edit

Revenge of Trouble & Strife fought the sixth seed Spawn Again, newcomers to the main competition Chip, and Dutch entrant NEATer Machine in Round 1 of the Seventh Wars.

NEATer Machine vs Revenge of Trouble & Strife

NEATer Machine loses its axe head

Spawn Again Revenge of Trouble and Strife

Revenge of Trouble & Strife is thrown into the pit release button

NEATer Machine immediately attacked Revenge of Trouble & Strife, but was unable to launch a significant attack. Just at that moment, NEATer Machine attacked Revenge of Trouble & Strife with the axe, but the axehead flew off and NEATer Machine stopped moving. After flipping Chip out of the arena, Spawn Again then launched an attack on Revenge of Trouble & Strife and flipped it over, before throwing it up against the arena wall. Revenge of Trouble & Strife righted itself and ran away from Spawn Again, while NEATer Machine was counted out by Refbot. Spawn Again continued flipping Revenge of Trouble & Strife as NEATer Machine was attacked by Mr. Psycho and Dead Metal, with Mr. Psycho eventually pitting the Dutch machine. Revenge of Trouble & Strife progressed to the next round along with Spawn Again.

In Round 2, it faced Raging Knightmare.

Raging Knightmare Revenge of Trouble and Strife 1

Revenge of Trouble & Strife narrowly survives a flip from Raging Knightmare

Revenge of Trouble and Strife Raging Knightmare

Revenge of Trouble & Strife flicks Raging Knightmare over

Raging Knightmare Revenge of Trouble and Strife

Raging Knightmare gets a decisive flip in

Raging Knightmare vs Revenge of Trouble & Strife

Revenge of Trouble & Strife is pitted

Revenge of Trouble & Strife tried to dodge its opponent in order to get its disc up to full speed, but Raging Knightmare was able to get underneath and flip it over and back onto its wheels. Revenge of Trouble & Strife then flipped Raging Knightmare over, who quickly self-righted, and flipped it again as Raging Knightmare struggled to get underneath it for a flip. Raging Knightmare self-righted again, and attempted several times to flip Revenge of Trouble & Strife over, finally managing to do so after pressing the pit release button. At this point, the aerial shorted out and Revenge of Trouble & Strife vented all of its CO2 supply, leaving it unable to self-right and allowing Raging Knightmare to push and flip it into the pit.

ResultsEdit

REVENGE OF TROUBLE & STRIFE - RESULTS
Series 6
The Sixth Wars - UK Championship
Heat, Round 1
Heat K, Round 1 vs. Bulldog Breed, Kat 3, Spin Doctor Eliminated
Extreme Series 2
Annihilator
Fourth

{{Battle|[[Robot Wars Extreme: Series 2/Annihilator|Round 1]|Kan-Opener, Major Tom,
Raging Reality, Thermidor 2, Typhoon 2|Qualified}}

Round 2] vs. Kan-Opener, Major Tom,
Raging Reality, Thermidor 2
Qualified
Round 3 vs. Kan-Opener, Major Tom, Thermidor 2 Eliminated
Series 7
The Seventh Wars - UK Championship
Heat, Round 2
Heat N, Round 1 vs. Chip, NEATer Machine, Spawn Again (6) Qualified
Heat N, Round 2 vs. Raging Knightmare Lost

Wins/LossesEdit

  • Wins: 3
  • Losses: 3

Series RecordEdit

Main Series Revenge of Trouble & Strife 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 Entered with Trouble 'n' Strife
The Sixth Wars Heat, Round 1
The Seventh Wars Heat, Round 2
Series 8 Entered with M.R. Speed Squared
Series 9 Entered with M.R. Speed Squared
Series 10 Not selected with M.R. Speed Squared
Robot Wars Extreme Appearances
Series 1 Did not enter
Series 2 Annihilator, Round 3

Outside Robot WarsEdit

According to Team Forsey, they are still in possession of the carcass of Revenge of Trouble & Strife, but it is "in no condition to be photographed", indicating that its role in robot combat is over.[3]

TriviaEdit

ROTAS S7

Official Series 7 photo

  • Revenge of Trouble & Strife was the only robot to compete in Robot Wars that combined a full body spinner and a self-righting mechanism into the same design.
    • It was also the only robot armed with a full body spinner to feature more than one weapon.
  • It was the only robot to use "revenge" as a sequel and put it in front of the robot's name, rather than at the end.
  • All three of Revenge of Trouble & Strife's losses saw it fall in the pit, whether it drove in or was pushed.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Correspondence between User:Toon Ganondorf and M.R. Speed Squared Facebook page.
  2. Correspondence between User:Toon Ganondorf and M.R. Speed Squared Facebook page.
  3. Correspondence between User:Toon Ganondorf and M.R. Speed Squared Facebook page.
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