For the unrelated robot that competed in Series 7, see Rhino.
"We're the Army entry and today we're going to rise above the RAF and sink the Navy, because the Army, we're the best!"
— The Rhino team, using the Army slogan of "Be the Best"

Rhino was the British Army's entry for the two Forces events that took place in the first series of Robot Wars Extreme. It lost the Armed Forces Melee to RAF entry Anvil, and in the first round of the Forces Special after having its battery dislodged.


Rhino Side

Side view of Rhino

As befitting of an Army entry, Rhino's design was based around a tank, running on tracks and armed with a tipping shovel. It bore a passing resemblance to Evolution, which competed in Series 5.

"If we had the weight, we would've protected the tracks, but we were right up against the 100kg weight limit."
— The Rhino team after the Armed Forces Melee

The robot itself was actually a Mk7EOD wheelbarrow, which effectively made it a bomb-disposal robot designed to look like a tank by the Ministry of Defence. It had a very thick steel chassis, contributing to its large weight. While sturdy, Rhino was slow, had a high ground clearance and its tracks were vulnerable to being dislodged, as its loss in the Armed Forces Melee showed. Its battery also proved susceptible to being damaged or dislodged if a robot attacked it through the space in between the tracks. The Army also placed a toy soldier on the top of Rhino's turret, similar to how the Submarine Corps placed a toy sailor in the crow's nest of Sub-Version.

Robot History

Extreme 1

Rhino fought in both Armed Forces-themed events held across the first series of Extreme. Firstly, it faced Mega-Hurts of the Navy and Anvil of the RAF in the Armed Forces Melee.


Rhino drives over Anvil

ArmedForcesFaceOff 2

Rhino pushes Mega-Hurts into the pit, just before being pitted itself

Rhino immediately backed into the pit release button as the battle began. Rhino was then pushed sideways by Anvil, only to turn round and push Anvil towards Refbot. After this, it pursued Anvil, driving over it and Mega-Hurts as the latter two clashed, before being rammed against one of the entry gates by Anvil. Both Rhino and Anvil continued attacking each other, with Rhino pushing Anvil against an angle grinder and Anvil dislodging one of Rhino's tracks, although with no effect on its mobility. Rhino then pushed Mega-Hurts into the pit after the latter got stuck on the edge, but was then pushed in itself by Anvil and Dead Metal. Seconds later, Dead Metal shoved Anvil into the pit as well, but the judges declared that Anvil was the winner of the Armed Forces Melee regardless.

"At least we didn't lose to the Navy, though."
— The Army responds to their loss to the RAF in the post-battle interview

Rhino later reappeared in the Forces Special, representing the Army once again. In its first-round battle, it fought Mega-Hurts from the Navy once again as well as Oblark from the Fire Service.

Mega-Hurts vs Rhino

Mega-Hurts buries its body into Rhino

In the opening seconds, Rhino drove towards Oblark, but was rammed by Mega-Hurts, which got its front end wedged through the space in between Rhino's tracks. The two robots became stuck together, with Oblark flipping and axing Mega-Hurts, before Refbot finally separated them by pushing Mega-Hurts away.

"Well, I don't think you've ever seen a Royal Navy boy and an Army foot-slogger in a kiss and cuddle, have you?"
— Jonathan Pearce
Rhino Army vs Oblark

Rhino pushes Oblark

Rhino vs Oblark

Oblark axes Rhino as Refbot counts the Army machine out

This attack dislodged one of Rhino's panels, with Rhino eventually driving away from Mega-Hurts and pressing the pit release button. It then pushed Oblark around from the side, before Mega-Hurts rammed into its right-hand track. Rhino responded by driving over Mega-Hurts, but as a result of Mega-Hurts' attacks, its battery came loose while it attacked Oblark again, immobilising it. Oblark axed Rhino before it was counted out and pushed onto the Floor Flipper by Matilda. Rhino was thrown across the arena and landed on its back, before being pushed into the pit by Sgt. Bash, and Refbot pushed its toy solider onto the Flame Pit.

"I warned it might go back into the trenches... and it did."
— Jonathan Pearce as Rhino is pitted


Extreme Series 1
Armed Forces Melee
Armed Forces Melee vs. Anvil, Mega-Hurts Lost
Forces Special
Round 1
Round 1 vs. Mega-Hurts, Oblark Eliminated


  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 2

Series Record

Main Series Rhino 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 Did not enter
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter
Series 10 Did not enter
Robot Wars Extreme Appearances
Series 1 Entered
Series 2 Did not enter

Outside Robot Wars

Rhino after Robot Wars

Rhino after its appearance on Robot Wars

A largely unchanged Rhino, with a different paint scheme, also competed in Techno Games 2003. It lost the Sumo event after driving off the ring itself, despite dominating RaMyA up to that point.

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