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Heat I of Robot Wars: The Fifth Wars was the ninth of twelve heats which determined the Semi-Finalists of Robot Wars: The Fifth Wars. The episode was originally broadcast on May 16, 2002 on BBC Choice and repeated on September 6, 2002 on BBC Two.

Competing Robots[]


Weight 194kg
Dimensions 1.83 x 2.58 x 1.19m
Power 24V hydraulic power pack
Weapons Hydraulic jaws
Strengths Comparatively heavy
Weaknesses Extremely slow
From: Guildford
Team Members: Peter Eagling & James Eagling
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Weight 100kg
Dimensions 0.34 x 1.05 x 0.73m
Power Petrol engine
Weapons Horizontal disc
Strengths Runs both ways up
Weaknesses First time contenders
From: Bransgore
Team Members: Robin Hoad, William Hoad & Dennis Hoad
Weight 98kg
Dimensions 0.38 x 1.46 x 0.91m
Power 2 x 800W motors
Weapons 4000rpm cutting disc
Strengths Runs both ways up
Weaknesses Reliability of motors
From: Aintree
Team Members: Nigel Kerr, Alan Stein & Simone Stein


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3 Stegs 2 Heaven (seeded 8th)
Weight 96kg
Dimensions 0.24 x 1.12 x 0.79m
Power 2 x 750W motors
Weapons Spinning cutter
Strengths Invertible
Weaknesses Effectiveness of weapon
From: Nought's Hill
Team Members: Peter Rowe, Danny King & Richard Francis
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Bigger Brother
Weight 99kg
Dimensions 0.91 x 0.8 x 0.8m
Power 2 x 750W electric motors
Weapons Pneumatic flipper
Strengths Powerful weapon
Weaknesses Limited CO2 supply
From: Brighton
Team Members: Ian Watts, Joe Watts & Ellie Watts
Weight 99kg
Dimensions 0.33 x 1.02 x 0.56m
Power 36V forklift motor
Weapons Lifting scoop & spikes
Strengths Experienced roboteers
Weaknesses Exposed wheels
From: Queen's Park
Team Members: Alan Wood, David Wood & Mark Holland
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Splinter (seeded 17th)
Weight 96kg
Dimensions 0.65 x 1.35 x 0.8m
Power 750W electric motor
Weapons Grabbing arms & axe
Strengths Synergy of weapons
Weaknesses Poor armour
From: Thorpe Marriott
Team Members: Stuart Weightman & Craig Weightman
Weight 100kg
Dimensions 0.6 x 1.26 x 0.94m
Power 24V fan motors
Weapons Crusher, lifter & spikes
Strengths Self-righting mechanism
Weaknesses Effectiveness of armour
From: Richard's Castle
Team Members: Paul Snook, Conrad Snook & Luke Angell


Splinter (17) vs VIPER 01[]

Splinter grips VIPER 01

The battle started very slowly, as an incredibly sluggish VIPER 01 was caught by the grabbing arms of Splinter and axed multiple times, causing small dents.

"They say they can get up to 15mph, VIPER 01, I'm not too sure whether they're going to get to 1mph"
— Jonathan Pearce as VIPER 01 struggles to get going

VIPER 01 is attacked from all sides

Splinter pushed its opponent into Shunt which also axed VIPER 01 in a pincer attack, with the two axe wielding robots on either side of VIPER 01, punching holes in its armour, but without causing critical damage. VIPER 01 could only spin its weapon at thin air in retaliation. Splinter shoved VIPER 01 towards Shunt again, and Shunt and Dead Metal attacked along with Splinter.

"The Viper has slithered on its belly to defeat."
— Jonathan Pearce

Shunt dragged VIPER 01 onto the flame pit, but it barely survived for a judges' decision. However, they were well in favour of Splinter.

Winner: Splinter

Tip-Top vs Bigger Brother[]

Bigger Brother flips out Tip-Top

Tip-Top tried to get its weapon up to an appropriate spinning speed, but Bigger Brother immediately flipped it over before it could get the chance. Bigger Brother then pushed Tip-Top and flipped it onto the arena wall. Bigger Brother backed away briefly before coming in again and lifting Tip-Top out of the arena in just 24 seconds.

"Tip-toppled out of the arena! Bigger Brother through, and emphatically so!"
— Jonathan Pearce

Winner: Bigger Brother

Tetanus vs Onslaught[]

Onslaught flips Tetanus up

Onslaught is turned over

Onslaught started the much faster, running rings around Tetanus and lifting Tetanus using its front scoop. As Onslaught went for the pit release button, it became trapped on the front lifter of Tetanus, which duly flipped Onslaught onto its side. Tetanus then set about repeatedly blocking Onslaught from self-righting, by using its prongs to push the veteran robot across the arena. Onslaught kept falling on its back when it attempted to self-right.

"They're in trouble here, Onslaught, because Tetanus turned them turtle early on, and are preventing them from self-righting."
— Jonathan Pearce

Tetanus pins Onslaught down

The steam vent immobilises Tetanus

Tetanus pushed Onslaught towards the flame pit, but drove over a steam vent, causing it to break down. By now, Onslaught was also immobilised and had stopped trying to self-right. The judges ruled in favour of Tetanus.

"The judges have made a decision, and for once I agree with them! The winners are Tetanus!"
— Craig Charles after the battle

Winner: Tetanus

3 Stegs 2 Heaven (8) vs Eleven[]

3 Stegs 2 Heaven is trapped in Eleven's cables

Eleven made incredibly slow progress across the arena floor in the opening seconds, allowing 3 Stegs 2 Heaven to choose its angle of attack. 3 Stegs 2 Heaven then got its spinning disc to sever a hydraulic pipe on one of the back legs of Eleven, making hydraulic fluid spew across the arena floor.

"Hydraulic fluid being spewed all over the arena floor. That, of course, was always likely to be its Achilles heel."
— Jonathan Pearce on Eleven

Eleven and 3 Stegs 2 Heaven are both counted out

The eighth seed attacked again, this time on the middle of Eleven's body. 3 Stegs 2 Heaven had got itself snagged in a wire on Eleven, meaning it was stuck, while Eleven had been immobilised.

"I think they're snagged on Eleven, on the cabling."
— Jonathan Pearce as 3 Stegs 2 Heaven gets caught up in Eleven

The judges had to make a third decision, ruling in favour of 3 Stegs 2 Heaven.

Winner: 3 Stegs 2 Heaven


Splinter (17) vs Bigger Brother[]

Bigger Brother turns Splinter over

Splinter is hurled out of the arena

Splinter drove around Bigger Brother in an attempt to avoid its flipper, but soon was lifted by Bigger Brother without it toppling over. It was then tossed over by Bigger Brother before rolling down onto its wheels. Bigger Brother then threw Splinter onto its back again, pushed it to the arena wall then flipped the 17th seeded robot out of the arena, with the fight lasting a mere 34 seconds.

"Splinter here has no answer and follows the way of Tip-Top out of the arena!"
— Jonathan Pearce

Winner: Bigger Brother

3 Stegs 2 Heaven (8) vs Tetanus[]

Tetanus lifts 3 Stegs 2 Heaven. Note the severed prong

The limping 3 Stegs 2 Heaven hits the immobile Tetanus

Tetanus started by ramming its opponent, and eventually got its prongs underneath 3 Stegs 2 Heaven. Tetanus pushed 3 Stegs 2 Heaven towards the arena side wall and onto an angle grinder. 3 Stegs 2 Heaven was struggling with manoeuvrability, but as Tetanus lifted it, 3 Stegs 2 Heaven managed to use its spinning blade to snap off one of the claws of Tetanus. Tetanus continued to balance 3 Stegs 2 Heaven on its centre prong until it tried to press down on the eighth seeded robot.

"And it's balanced very delicately - the machine, and the battle I would say"
— Jonathan Pearce as Tetanus continues to balance 3 Stegs To Heaven on its prong just after sustaining damage

Tetanus is pitted by Sgt. Bash

Refbot separated the pair, and it became evident that Tetanus was immobilised.

"I don't think the 3 Stegs boys have an opponent that is mobile."
— Jonathan Pearce

3 Stegs 2 Heaven cut off one of the wheel guards of Tetanus before Refbot counted it out. Matilda ripped off the other wheel guard and Sgt. Bash dragged Tetanus into the pit.

Winner: 3 Stegs 2 Heaven


3 Stegs To Heaven (8) vs Bigger Brother[]

Bigger Brother flips the 8th seed

The pit pile-up

Bigger Brother tried to flip 3 Stegs 2 Heaven almost right from the start, but missed. 3 Stegs 2 Heaven reversed straight onto the flame pit and got its castor wheel stuck. After a few seconds, it escaped and was flipped by Bigger Brother. Bigger Brother flipped 3 Stegs 2 Heaven onto its side then the arena side wall and tried to throw it out of the arena.

"Don't go near the arena side wall, 3 Stegs, we've seen what Bigger Brother can do! They're relentless!"
— Jonathan Pearce

Bigger Brother failed, putting 3 Stegs 2 Heaven back in the battle. Bigger Brother backed the seeded robot into the CPZ and flipped Shunt over. Sir Killalot grabbed 3 Stegs 2 Heaven and picked it up. After letting go, Bigger Brother lifted 3 Stegs 2 Heaven onto the side wall again. Refbot freed it though and Bigger Brother started to attack Sir Killalot. Bigger Brother tried to flip Sir Killalot from the side and rear.

"Ian, don't try and flip Killalot..."
— Jonathan Pearce as the Bigger Brother driver tempts fate with the House Robot

Bigger Brother turned 3 Stegs 2 Heaven over once more before lifting it onto the side wall, where Refbot finally counted it out. Sir Killalot activated the pit and as Bigger Brother was pushing 3 Stegs 2 Heaven into the pit, Sir Killalot pushed the pair in and drove in himself. Sir Killalot was able to reverse out, and Bigger Brother was the heat winner.

Heat Winner: Bigger Brother

"See the crowds, hear the roars, they love a little bit, of Robot Wars!"
— Craig Charles' sign-off


  • Bigger Brother was the second of two unseeded robots to qualify from its heat in this series, and the last ever to defeat two seeded robots to win a heat since in both subsequent wars of the original run, only one seed was featured in a single heat.
  • This episode was the final appearance of the Jurassic Park team.
  • Bigger Brother's defeat of Tip-Top is ranked 23rd in Shortest Battles in UK Robot Wars. Its battle against Splinter is just outside the top 30.
  • The defeat of 3 Stegs 2 Heaven signified the second occurrence of the 8th Seed Curse.