Heat A of Robot Wars: The Fifth Wars was the first of twelve heats which determined the Semi-Finalists of Robot Wars: The Fifth Wars. The episode was originally broadcast on May 6, 2002 on BBC Choice and repeated on May 24, 2002 on BBC Two.

Competing RobotsEdit


8645T mag
Weight 100kg
Dimensions 1.16 x 1.02 x 0.61m
Power 24V electric motor
Weapons Front flipper and rear spike
Strengths Powerful axe
Weaknesses Durability
From: Lichfield in Staffordshire
Team Members: John Lear, John Lear Jr & James Wood
Weight 100kg
Dimensions 0.86 x 1.15 x 1.02m
Power 24V electric motor
Weapons Articulated spike
Strengths Solid outer casing
Weaknesses Speed & manoeuvrability
From: Mickleover in Derby
Team Members: Phil Upton, Steven Coley & Jake Orton
Storm Force
Storm Force
Weight 97kg
Dimensions 0.51 x 1.06 x 0.66m
Power 2 x Wheelchair motors
Weapons Axe or spike & flipper
Strengths Self-righting mechanism
Weaknesses Slow & sluggish
From: Methley, Leeds in Yorkshire
Team Members: David Bewely, Adam Bodenham & Colin Carter
T-Bone white
Weight 98kg
Dimensions 0.29 x 0.99 x 1.19m
Power 24V wheelchair motors
Weapons Spinning disc
Strengths Destructive weaponry
Weaknesses Exposed wheels
From: Carlton in Nottingham
Team Members: Paul Gibbs, Angela Gibbs & John Findlay
The Tartan Terror
The Tartan Terror
Weight 99kg
Dimensions 0.65 x 1.15 x 1m
Power 2 x 24V motors
Weapons Axe, ball & chain
Strengths Scottish spirit
Weaknesses Wooden outer casing
From: Fishcross, Alloa, Fife in Scotland
Team Members: Duncan Stewart, Kenny Ross & John Reekie


Chaos 2 S5
Chaos 2 (seeded 1st)
Weight 83kg
Dimensions 0.9 x 0.71 x 0.38m
Power 24V electric motor
Weapons Pneumatic powered flipper
Strengths Unbeaten in competition
Weaknesses Limited CO2 supply
From: Bramford, Ipswich
Team Members: George Francis, Ian Swann & Richard Swann
S.M.I.D.S.Y. (seeded 24th)
Weight 99kg
Dimensions 1.2 x 0.8 x 0.26m
Power 2 x 24V electric motors
Weapons Jaws, fangs & disc
Strengths Multiple weaponry
Weaknesses Unreliable
From: Cyberspace
Team Members: Mik Reed, Robin Bennett & Andy Pugh
Steel Avenger Series 5
The Steel Avenger
Weight 100kg
Dimensions 1.3 x 0.7 x 0.8m
Power 2 x 750W industrial motors
Weapons Pneumatic axe & rear flipper
Strengths Powerful axe
Weaknesses Inaccuracy of weapon
From: Holton St Mary in Colchester, Essex
Team Members: John Willoughby, Jacky Willoughby & Tony Bates


Chaos 2 (1) vs Storm ForceEdit

Chaos 2 vs storm force

Chaos 2 flips Storm Force

Storm Force Chaos 2 smoke

Smoke pours out from Storm Force

Storm Force initially held back, but when finally faced with the reigning champion, its flipper activated without being underneath Chaos 2. In return, Chaos 2 unleashed a flip and hurled Storm Force onto its back.

"Storm Force, the first to test the powerful flipper - even more powerful they tell us these days."
— Jonathan Pearce

Storm Force's barrel shape allowed it to roll back onto its wheels. Chaos 2 quickly followed up by hurling Storm Force through the air once more and causing it to land heavily, before rolling it once more. The two-pronged attack resulted in something exploding in side Storm Force, and it began to emit smoke.

"In trouble internally. Chaos 2 already has this eliminator in its grasp."
— Jonathan Pearce as Storm Force begins to smoke

Chaos 2 lined up another attack, getting underneath the side of Storm Force, but didn't flip it. Storm Force attacked in return by whacking Chaos 2's side armour with the pickaxe, but nothing more. This was only a temporary respite, however, as Chaos 2 came in and thrust Storm Force over several times, before tumbling it into Matilda's CPZ. However, just as the House Robot closed in with its flywheel, Chaos 2 flipped Storm Force up and out of the way, taking a direct hit from the flywheel instead, causing the first seed to beat a hasty retreat.

"And I just wond...OH YES! Whether Matilda could cause some damage to Chaos 2, because George Francis, you were lingering too long in there. Didn't reverse away from peril and you got yourself stung."
— Jonathan Pearce as Chaos 2 takes a hit from Matilda
Chaos 2 Storm Force Matilda

Matilda catches Chaos 2 with her flywheel

Storm force pit

Storm Force sinks into oblivion

Although Storm Force was able to escape Matilda's CPZ, its drive motors burnt out and it was unable to move, despite its weapons still working to good capabilities. Chaos 2 was able to flip Storm Force broadside until it landed on the pit, which Chaos 2 then activated, leaving Storm Force to sink into oblivion.
"The pressure is descending for Storm Force! They're out."
— Jonathan Pearce as Storm Force sinks into the pit.

Winner: Chaos 2

S.M.I.D.S.Y. (24) vs ObsidianEdit


S.M.I.D.S.Y. pins Obsidian beneath the angle grinder

Bash Obsidian

Obsidian defends itself against Sergeant Bash

Obsidian struck with its axe, jumping off the mark quicker than S.M.I.D.S.Y., but the Cyberspace seed was too durable and quick to sustain serious damage. Obsidian continued to strike with its axe, whilst S.M.I.D.S.Y. positioned itself beside Obsidian and shunted it over a CO2 geyser. S.M.I.D.S.Y. ran into Obsidian with its disc, pushing it into Sergeant Bash. There were now gouges in Obsidian's armour, and it was seemingly unable to drive anywhere but in large circles.

"And you can see already, look, damage to the black carbon fibre cladding of Obsidian."
— Jonathan Pearce
Matilda Obsidian

Matilda carves into Obsidian

Obisidan SMIDSY Refbot

Obsidian is counted out

S.M.I.D.S.Y. pushed Obsidian away from Matilda and Bash, opening its jaws in an attempt to tip over its foe and end the battle, but was unsuccessful. S.M.I.D.S.Y. then managed to wedge Obsidian under the angle grinder, where Refbot counted it out.

"Custom-designed, is Obsidian, but all the design-work in the world will not save you from the Refbot's count...the jaws of S.M.I.D.S.Y. open in a victory grin."
— Jonathan Pearce

Refbot finished his count, and Bash pulled Obsidian free of the wall. Matilda demonstrated her new flywheel by carving through Obsidian's armour effortlessly. It was finally positioned on the floor flipper and thrown, finalising its defeat.

Winner: S.M.I.D.S.Y.

T-Bone vs 8645TEdit

8645Tvs T-Bone

8645T lifts T-Bone up

T-Bone Beast 1

T-Bone targets 8645T's tyre

8645T was the early aggressor, but was unsuccessful with its attempted flip and multiple axe attacks. T-Bone then ran into 8645T's wheel, but was unable to cause terminal damage as the disc's teeth had bent upon impact, jamming and disabling the weapon.

"The disc has stopped spinning. That is a major worry for Paul Gibbs...T-Bone has been somewhat filleted"
— Jonathan Pearce
T-Bone Beast 2

8645T misses with a swing of its rear weapon

8645T T-Bone 2

Cease is called as the Pit looms

8645T landed a series of flips, none of which were able to tip T-Bone onto its back. T-Bone trundled across the arena and activated the pit as its only option. 8645T rushed across and attacked, piercing its axe weapon on T-Bone's top. Both robots attempted to push the other into the pit, with 8645T still pinning T-Bone with its weapon, but were both unsuccessful in this and the match went to the judges.

Winner: 8645T

The Steel Avenger vs The Tartan TerrorEdit

Steel Avenger vs Tartan Terror

The Steel Avenger axes the barrel

The Steel Avenger vs The Tartan Terror

The Steel Avenger uses its flipper

For some reason, The Tartan Terror started the battle up against the arena wall and initially struggled to move away from it, slamming into an angle grinder in the process. Finally, it moved away and drove towards The Steel Avenger, which struck twice with its axe and rammed it aside. It was then caught against Sir Killalot, and took more punishment from the axe of The Steel Avenger.

"And The Tartan Terror, if it last three minutes will be doing well..."
— Jonathan Pearce as The Tartan Terror struggles to assert itself

The Steel Avenger rammed hard with its battering ram head, and The Tartan Terror was knocked out by the impact. The Steel Avenger then used its lifter twice, bouncing the Scottish robot up and down, unable to flip it. The Steel Avenger rammed The Tartan Terror into Shunt, where the barrel was punctured by the two machines' axes.

"The Tartan Terror? Who's it terrorising then? Certainly not The Steel Avenger..."
— Jonathan Pearce
Shunt Tartan Terror

The Tartan Terror is set alight

The Tartan Terror Refbot

The Tartan Terror is counted out by Refbot

Shunt then slammed The Tartan Terror against the side wall, propping it up at an awkward angle, where it sat until Killalot freed it. Refbot counted out The Tartan Terror, eliminating it. The Tartan Terror's kilt was set on fire, which then inadvertently attached itself to Shunt, so both robots appeared to burn. The Tartan Terror was hurled by the floor flipper. Sir Killalot then repositioned it on the floor flipper for a further two flips, before the battle was ended.

Winner: The Steel Avenger


Chaos 2 (1) vs The Steel AvengerEdit

Chaos 2 vs Steel Avenger

Chaos 2 hurls The Steel Avenger

Steel avenger vs chaos 2

The Steel Avenger lands an axe blow on Chaos 2

The two robots swerved around each other, and attacked head-on. The Steel Avenger's axe had just landed on the top of Chaos 2's rear panel, as Chaos 2 managed to flip its enemy a split second later. Before The Steel Avenger could self-right, Chaos 2 attacked and hurled it across the floor again. The Steel Avenger managed to right itself, before Chaos 2 and The Steel Avenger attacked each other head-on again, with the same result as before, except Chaos 2 avoided the axe. The Steel Avenger was slow to self-right again, which allowed Chaos 2 to come in with another flip, resulting in The Steel Avenger flying several feet into the air and across the arena floor.

"Another buffeting and a bashing from Chaos 2. Brilliantly controlled as ever by George Francis."
— Jonathan Pearce as Chaos 2 dominates proceedings

More flips followed, with The Steel Avenger unable to bring its weapons into play, but succeeding in self-righting each time. Eventually, The Steel Avenger landed another axe blow, this time down the side of Chaos 2's flipper, but as usual Chaos 2 flipped it, pulling the axe out of Chaos 2's body and causing it to once more land on its back. Chaos 2 continued its onslaught against The Steel Avenger, repeatedly getting beneath The Steel Avenger's clearance.

"That 2cm ground clearance is the Achilles heel..."
— Jonathan Pearce
Chaos 2 Steel Avenger 2

The Steel Avenger pushes Chaos 2

Steel avenger oota

The Steel Avenger crushes a studio light with some help from Chaos 2

Chaos 2 and The Steel Avenger's battle moved into an unoccupied CPZ. The Steel Avenger rammed against Chaos 2, broadside on, which flicked it up and onto its side. The Steel Avenger self-righted, but landed straight back on Chaos 2's flipper. Chaos 2 then charged into the side wall and flicked The Steel Avenger onto the corner. The Steel Avenger teetered, and then fell out of the arena, landing on one of the studio lights.

Winner: Chaos 2

After the battle, Team Chaos was presented with the wrecked light which bore the following jovial message from the crew.

Message on light: "Presented to George Francis and Chaos 2 in memory of all the lights you've busted, and just to say, do it again, and die."
Jacky Willoughby: "Well, if no robots get you, the team will."
— The aftermath

S.M.I.D.S.Y. (24) vs 8645TEdit


8645T spikes S.M.I.D.S.Y.

Smidsy shunt 8645T

S.M.I.D.S.Y. and Shunt attack 8645T

8645T attempted a quick snap of the axe but missed its opponent. 8645T managed to clamp its axe weapon down onto S.M.I.D.S.Y. at the second time of asking, but was out-pushed by the smaller machine, with repeated axe blows doing little to deter the 24th seed. S.M.I.D.S.Y. pushed 8645T into the side wall, where Shunt axed and lifted it, allowing S.M.I.D.S.Y. to get beneath its ground clearance. S.M.I.D.S.Y. used its jaws as a lifter in order to keep 8645T from landing on its wheels.

"This is all the work being done by S.M.I.D.S.Y. - great tactics as well."
— Jonathan Pearce

8645T was attacked by Shunt and Killalot and eventually freed when Killalot plucked it out and dropped it. S.M.I.D.S.Y. leaped back onto the offensive, using its jaws as a lifter to push 8645T onto its side. Unable to self-right, 8645T flailed on the flame pit and was counted out.

"It's hardly growling, it's hardly roaring, it's a little bit of a meowing beast out there to be honest."
— Jonathan Pearce as 8645T is toppled over
8645T smidsy killalot

8645T is plucked by Killalot


S.M.I.D.S.Y. tips over 8645T

Sir Killalot carried it to the floor flipper, but allowed 8645T to land on its wheels and flee. However, the battle was already decided, and S.M.I.D.S.Y. went through to the heat final.

"8645T is the number of the beast! But its not a lucky number! S.M.I.D.S.Y. are victorious!"
— Craig Charles

Winner: S.M.I.D.S.Y.


Chaos 2 (1) vs S.M.I.D.S.Y. (24)Edit

Original battleEdit

"We put off fighting Chaos 2 as long as possible, and here we are"
— Mike Reed on how things go "exactly to plan"
Chaos 2 SMIDSY

Chaos 2 throws S.M.I.D.S.Y. straight away

Chaos 2 smidsy

Both robots immobilised at the same time. Notice Chaos 2's damaged flipper panel, which prevented it from righting properly

Both robots charged in and Chaos 2 got its first flip on S.M.I.D.S.Y., throwing it into the air twice. S.M.I.D.S.Y. then drove up the front of Chaos 2, and although S.M.I.D.S.Y. was positioned favourably for a flip, Chaos 2 decided against it. Instead, Chaos 2 charged towards the arena wall, where its flipper exploded into life, hurling S.M.I.D.S.Y. up against the wall and throwing Chaos 2 itself into the air. Chaos 2 positioned itself for a second Out of the Arena flip, but threw itself over in the process.

"They've flipped themselves over! Are we going to see an almighty shock here!"
— Jonathan Pearce as Chaos 2 puts itself into danger

Chaos 2 attempted to right itself twice, but it couldn't self-right due to damage caused by S.M.I.D.S.Y. . Chaos 2 only vented gas without landing on its wheels. Both robots were unable to move, and cease was called early.

"We could be seeing, here, one of the greater shocks in Robot Wars history! Unless S.M.I.D.S.Y. have been immobilised... I think George Francis has been immobilised... What happens now? The judges will have to decide!"
— Jonathan Pearce

According to Andy Pugh of the S.M.I.D.S.Y. team, S.M.I.D.S.Y. fell down from the wall after 30 seconds had elapsed, and proceeded to pit Chaos 2. As this had occurred after 30 seconds, however, this was ignored, and so the battle was restarted. Also, Team Chaos was permitted to repair the damage S.M.I.D.S.Y. had done to the flipper before the rematch.


"Well, what a turn-up! Both robots obviously immobilised at the same time - the judges have instantly called for a rematch!"
— Craig Charles
Chaos 2 SMIDSY 1

S.M.I.D.S.Y. is pinched by Sir Killalot


S.M.I.D.S.Y. finally goes out

A more cautious S.M.I.D.S.Y. sped around Chaos 2 rather than making frontal assaults. It got beneath Chaos 2's ground clearance, but did not press home its advantage. Chaos 2 flipped S.M.I.D.S.Y., but the invertible machine could merely continue its attack. Chaos 2 flipped S.M.I.D.S.Y. into Sir Killalot, who sliced S.M.I.D.S.Y. with its large pincer. S.M.I.D.S.Y. was showing no signs of life, and Chaos 2 positioned it against the side wall once again.

"Killalot gets out of the way, wisely, with Chaos 2 in this sort of mood! Is it inevitable? A retreat, the onslaught, and there they go! Chaos 2 march on!"
— Jonathan Pearce

S.M.I.D.S.Y. was finally hurled out of the arena and Chaos 2 claimed the heat.

Heat Winner: Chaos 2

"Forget imitations from foreign shores, we're the first, we're the best, we're Robot Wars!"
— Craig Charles' sign-off

Trivia Edit

  • The heat that began the Fifth Wars featured a series high of five newcomer teams to Robot Wars, although only 8645T made it past Round 1.
  • The Steel Avenger was one of three unseeded Series 4 heat finalists that competed in the Fifth Wars, and suffered as a consequence; crashing out to the number one seed Chaos 2 in only the second round.
  • This episode contained the first broadcast of a battle being restarted in Robot Wars history.
  • In addition, Heat A of the Fifth Wars was the first heat in which a robot achieved Out of the Arena flips in two consecutive battles.
    • It was also the first episode to have more than one battle containing an Out of the Arena.
  • Team Chaos was mentioned as reaching the final of Series 2 but they lost in the heat final with Chaos and actually reached the final in Series 1 with Robot The Bruce.
  • This heat final featured the first of three occasions where the top and bottom seeds fought each other.
    • This was the only one of those battles that occurred outside a grand final and the only one where the top seed was victorious.
  • The three veterans in this heat (Chaos 2, The Steel Avenger and S.M.I.D.S.Y.) also appeared in the first episode of Extreme Series 1.
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