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{{episode
 
{{episode
|episode_name= Robot Wars: The First Wars - Heat C
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|episode_name=Heat C
 
|image= [[File:RobotWarsLogo.JPG|200px]]
 
|image= [[File:RobotWarsLogo.JPG|200px]]
 
|caption= The Robot Wars Logo from the introduction titles
 
|caption= The Robot Wars Logo from the introduction titles
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|broadcast= March 6th 1998
 
|broadcast= March 6th 1998
 
|trial= [[Football]]
 
|trial= [[Football]]
|channel= BBC Two
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|channel= [[BBC|BBC Two]]
 
|preceded= [[Robot Wars: The First Wars/Heat B|Heat B]]
 
|preceded= [[Robot Wars: The First Wars/Heat B|Heat B]]
 
|suceeded= [[Robot Wars: The First Wars/Heat D|Heat D]]
 
|suceeded= [[Robot Wars: The First Wars/Heat D|Heat D]]
 
}}
 
}}
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{{quote|Amid reports that robot wars are now breaking out all over the world, the European Union, with the backing of the United Nations, today announced that it would do "Everything in its power to halt the spread of this vicious and vile disease". They would rather we did a programme on daffodils and bunny rabbits. But we're not going to. What we are going to do is get on with the Docklands Chainsaw Massacre, and meet the 6 robots who tonight will compete for death or glory!|[[Jeremy Clarkson]]'s introduction}}
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'''Heat C of Robot Wars: The First Wars''' was the third of six heats which determined the Grand Finalists of [[Robot Wars: The First Wars]]. The episode featuring Heat C was originally broadcast on March 6, 1998 on BBC Two.
 
'''Heat C of Robot Wars: The First Wars''' was the third of six heats which determined the Grand Finalists of [[Robot Wars: The First Wars]]. The episode featuring Heat C was originally broadcast on March 6, 1998 on BBC Two.
 
*Just like Heats A and B, Heat C introduced some of the most famous Robot Wars names, namely in [[Team Chaos]] and [[Plunderbird]].
 
*Also like Heat A, a genuine competitor was defeated in the Gauntlet by a stock robot, in this case [[W.Y.S.I.W.Y.G.]].
 
*The unreliability of [[Dreadnaut]] was seen in this episode, breaking down three times across the episode.
 
*The heat final between Wedgehog and [[Robot the Bruce]] is ranked equal 19th in the [[Shortest Battles in UK Robot Wars]], at 27 seconds.
 
*This heat also marked the first appearances of a [[Rambots|Rambot]] ([[Robot The Bruce]]) and a robot with interchangeable weaponry ([[Plunderbird]]).
 
*During the Trial of this heat, Dead Metal had been adapted to be without his circular saw, the arm now possessing a large ball used for steering the ball away.
 
 
==Competing robots==
 
==Competing robots==
 
{{1stStats
 
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|weapons=Circular saw
 
|weapons=Circular saw
 
|from=University of East London
 
|from=University of East London
|team=Phillip Martin, Martin Smith & Kanesh Lingham
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|team=Philip Martin, Martin Smith & Kanesh Lingham
 
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}}
 
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{{1stStats
 
|name=[[Plunderbird|Plunderbird 1]]
 
|name=[[Plunderbird|Plunderbird 1]]
|image=[[File:Plunderbird1.gif|200px]]
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|image=[[File:Plunderbird 1.png|200px]]
 
|weight=77.7kg
 
|weight=77.7kg
 
|dimensions=1.00m x 0.70m x 0.36m
 
|dimensions=1.00m x 0.70m x 0.36m
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{{1stStats
 
{{1stStats
|name=[[W.Y.S.I.W.Y.G.]]
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|name=[[WYSIWYG]]
 
|image=[[File:WYSIWYG.jpg|200px]]
 
|image=[[File:WYSIWYG.jpg|200px]]
 
|weight=10.8kg
 
|weight=10.8kg
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==Gauntlet==
 
==Gauntlet==
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===Cruella===
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[[File:Cruellagauntlet.jpg|thumb|left|Cruella passes Shunt]]
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[[Cruella]] drove out of the turntable and tried to go down the left route, but was blocked by [[Shunt]]. Cruella persisted, pushing Shunt and eventually turning around it when the house robot backed up. Cruella moved forwards, and knocked down the silver skittles, allowing Shunt to rejoin and start pushing Cruella. Shunt trapped Cruella and forced it towards the ramp as time ran out.
   
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===Dreadnaut===
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[[File:Dreadnautgauntlet.jpg|thumb|right|Dreadnaut crosses the line]]
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Quick out the blocks, [[Dreadnaut]] moved to the left route, but bounced off the block separating routes. This ricocheted Dreadnaut back and into [[Shunt]]. Dreadnaut escaped and moved further down the course, only to be pushed back by [[Dead Metal]]. Dead Metal and Shunt both tried pushing Dreadnaut, but left a clear space for it to drive through, so Dreadnaut managed to complete the Gauntlet.
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[[File:Dreadnaut breakdown.JPG|thumb|left|Dreadnaut up in smoke]]
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{{quote|Hang on a minute, what's this? Dreadnaut's blown some sort a fuse, it's on fire! This could be major, major trouble, they'll have to repair this quickly. Otherwise, they'll be forced to retire!|Jonathan Pearce as Dreadnaut billows smoke.}}
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However, after the run, Dreadnaut started smoking as the wires caught fire. The team returned to the pits realising that the robot needed a full rewiring, and therefore despite its impressive run in the Gauntlet, they could be forced to retire.
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===Plunderbird 1===
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[[File:Plunderbird shunt.JPG|thumb|left|Shunt axes Plunderbird 1]][[File:Plunderbird_gauntlet.png|thumb|Plunderbird 1 wedged]]
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[[Plunderbird|Plunderbird 1]] tried to move down the left route, but drove into [[Shunt]]. The house robot pushed Plunderbird 1 back and pinned it next to the ramp. Stuck on a grille, Plunderbird 1 struggled to escape, allowing Shunt to turn around and hack away at the robot with the axe until time ran out.
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===WYSIWYG===
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[[File:Wysiwyggauntlet.jpg|thumb|left|WYSIWYG and Shunt get caught on the ramp]]
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[[WYSIWYG]] flew out of the turntable towards the ramp, but missed and slammed into a wall. WYSIWYG tried again, but got caught with the low ground clearance on the incline, requiring assistance from [[Shunt]], which also got stuck. [[Dead Metal]] pushed Shunt, which freed WYSIWYG. WYSIWYG moved into the right route and struggled to turn around the first bend of the maze. As time ran out, WYSIWYG drove onto the grille in the corner.
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===Wedgehog===
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[[File:WedgehogS1Gauntlet.jpg|thumb|right|Wedgehog trapped on the spikes]]
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[[Wedgehog]] moved into the maze, and took the corners slowly. When it passed them, [[Shunt]] pushed the pneumatic drills closer to Wedgehog, blocking a route. Wedgehog were forced around the springs on the grille and headed towards the spikes, which lifted Wedgehog off the ground. Time ran out while Wedgehog were still trapped.
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===Robot The Bruce===
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[[File:Robot the bruce dead metal shunt.JPG|thumb|left|Robot The Bruce pushes Dead Metal]]
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[[Robot The Bruce]] headed towards [[Shunt]] down the left route, and after a stand-off, drove around the House Robot, but was turned by a slam on the side by Shunt's scoop. Robot The Bruce pushed past the skittles and into [[Dead Metal]]. Robot The Bruce pushed Dead Metal towards the end zone as Shunt came in from behind and started axing Robot The Bruce. Robot The Bruce wriggled free, and Dead Metal yielded allowing Robot The Bruce to cross the line and complete the Gauntlet.
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{{quote|Now, of all the driving I've seen in here, that's just about the best|Jeremy Clarkson}}
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{{clr}}
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===Results===
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Despite their reliability scare, the Dreadnaut team replaced their burnt-out drive motor with the one from the forks and were therefore able to continue, which meant the robot with the lowest distance - Plunderbird 1 - was eliminated as normal.
 
{|class="wikitable"
 
{|class="wikitable"
!colspan="5" |Competing order: 1. Cruella 2. Dreadnaut 3. Plunderbird 1 4. WYSIWYG 5. Wedgehog 6. Robot the Bruce
 
 
|- align="center"
 
|- align="center"
!'''Ranking'''
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!'''Rank'''
!colspan="2" | '''Competing Robot'''
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!'''Robot'''
!'''Report'''
 
 
!'''Distance'''
 
!'''Distance'''
 
|-
 
|-
|- align="center"
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|<center>'''1'''</center>
|'''1'''
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|[[Robot The Bruce]]
|[[File:Robot the bruce dead metal shunt.JPG|200px|center]]
 
|Robot The Bruce
 
|The final robot to take on the Gauntlet, Robot the Bruce took the House Robot route, pushing past Shunt and running into Dead Metal. With Dead Metal obstructing it, Robot the Bruce merely pushed Dead Metal into the endzone, shrugged it to one side, and cleared the Gauntlet.
 
{{quote|Now, of all the driving I've seen in here, that's just about the best|Jeremy Clarkson}}
 
 
|'''Completed'''
 
|'''Completed'''
 
|-
 
|-
|- align="center"
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|<center>'''2'''</center>
|'''2'''
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|[[Dreadnaut]]
|[[File:Dreadnautgauntlet.jpg|200px|center]]
 
|Dreadnaut
 
|Its huge weight gave it an advantage right from the start and it managed to force its way past [[Shunt]]. It ploughed through the skittles, and ran into Dead Metal. The House Robot tried to trap Dreadnaut against Shunt, but Dreadnaut forced its way through and took the opening to clear the Gauntlet.
 
 
|'''Completed'''
 
|'''Completed'''
 
|-
 
|-
|- align="center"
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|<center>'''3'''</center>
|'''3'''
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|[[Wedgehog]]
|[[File:WedgehogS1Gauntlet.jpg|200px|center]]
 
|Wedgehog
 
|Wedgehog took on the maze, successfully traversing the early stages and only catching itself on the side wall once or twice. Exiting the maze, Shunt pushed the drill box towards Wedgehog, but it diverted around the springs and grille to avoid them. It seemed clear to take the endzone, but the five spikes raised as it drove forward, lifting the drive wheel off the ground, and leaving Wedgehog unable to cross the finish line.
 
 
|'''13.23m'''
 
|'''13.23m'''
 
|-
 
|-
|- align="center"
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|<center>'''4'''</center>
|'''4'''
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|[[Cruella]]
|[[File:Cruellagauntlet.jpg|200px|center]]
 
|Cruella
 
|Cruella lunged free of the turntable and Shunt blocked the left-hand route. Shunt retreated and Cruella seized the opportunity, darting around Shunt and into the route. However, it took time to knock down the skittles, not taking the clear path to the end. Shunt caught Cruella again and pushed it into the pyramids, before the end of the run.
 
 
|'''10.15m'''
 
|'''10.15m'''
 
|-
 
|-
|- align="center"
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|<center>'''5'''</center>
|'''5'''
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|[[WYSIWYG]]
|[[File:Wysiwyggauntlet.jpg|200px|center]]
 
|WYSIWYG
 
|WYSIWYG charged out of the starting turn-table, and rammed into the bars of the maze, and then beached itself on the ramp. Shunt came across, and caught itself as well. Dead Metal eventually came across and freed both robots, but by the time Shunt was free, WYSIWYG was darting through the maze. However, in the last few seconds, WYSIWYG reversed back to near the start, losing all of its gained distance.
 
 
|'''5.55m'''
 
|'''5.55m'''
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|- bgcolor="#ff9999"
|- align="center"
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|<center>'''6'''</center>
|'''6'''
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|[[Plunderbird|Plunderbird 1]]
|[[File:Plunderbird shunt.JPG|200px|center]]
 
|Plunderbird 1
 
|Just like Cruella and Dreadnaut, Plunderbird attempted to take the House Robot route. However, without Cruella's control or Dreadnaut's power, Plunderbird was unable to gain purchase on Shunt, and was trapped between the House Robot, the ramp, and a pyramid. Shunt repeatedly struck with its axe, and cease was called, with Plunderbird having travelled a minuscule distance.
 
{{quote|Plunderbird? Blunderbird! One, two, in, out...and Plunderbird is being hacked, and is on the rack|Jonathan Pearce as Shunt attacks Plunderbird}}
 
 
|'''4.81m'''
 
|'''4.81m'''
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!colspan="5" | Eliminated: '''Plunderbird 1'''
 
|-
 
!colspan="5" | [[File:Dreadnaut breakdown.JPG|200px|left]]
 
Immediately after its Gauntlet run, Dreadnaut started smoking. Dave and Ken ran down into the arena and clipped circuits, before hosing Dreadnaut down with a fire extinguisher. Safely returned to the pits, the team had to rewire Dreadnaut in order to avoid disqualification. After all robots had run the Gauntlet, Plunderbird 1 was set to be eliminated, but doubt remained as to whether Dreadnaut would recover.
 
{{dialogue a-b|Philippa Forrester|Guys, that was very nearly Plunderbirds are not go.|Mike Onslow|Yeah, well we don't want to win by someone else's misfortune. It doesn't make us happy to be through because someone else blew up.|After Plunderbird's Gauntlet run}}
 
Ultimately, Dreadnaut had to abandon its drive motor and convert the forklift motor to act as the drive, leaving Dreadnaut weapon-less, but still active. It also meant that Plunderbird 1 was out.
 
 
|}
 
|}
   
==Trials (Football)==
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==Trials ([[Football]])==
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===Round 1===
 
[[File:Football.JPG|thumb|Robot the Bruce scores the first goal]]
 
[[File:Football.JPG|thumb|Robot the Bruce scores the first goal]]
1. '''Robot The Bruce - 1st Goal''' - Robot The Bruce, Wedgehog and WYSIWYG had all added panels to the front to help them control the football. Robot The Bruce was first to get the ball but succeeded only in pushing it into the side. Dreadnaut got a touch but Wedgehog was the first to make an attempt on goal, which was saved by Dead Metal. Wedgehog recovered the ball but Robot The Bruce took it off the lightweight and pushed it into the goal.
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Before the fight, a few teams added extra panels to their robots to try and cup the ball around the arena. [[Robot the Bruce]] was the first robot to the ball, hitting it away from the rest of the robots. [[Dreadnaut]] blocked Robot The Bruce's path to the ball and turned to knock it towards the goal. [[Wedgehog]] lined itself up to push the ball, but [[Dead Metal]] spun around and clipped it over the top of Wedgehog. Wedgehog quickly got back to the ball, but passed it to Robot The Bruce, which dribbled the ball into the goal.
   
2. '''Wedgehog - 2nd Goal''' - Cruella and Wedgehog fought over the ball whilst Dreadnaut seemed to be trying to prevent Wedgehog from scoring.
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'''Through: Robot The Bruce'''
{{quote|Look at that! Get out of the way Dreadnaut. What is Dreadnaut doing? I think Dreadnaut's a bit of a goal hanger here.|Jonathan Pearce}}
 
Wedgehog managed to shake off Cruella and take it to the far right of the goal before Dead Metal moved across and put the ball in. Because Wedgehog had the last touch the goal was given to them.
 
[[File:Cruella scores.JPG|thumb|Cruella puts the third goal in]]
 
3. '''Cruella - 3rd Goal''' - Cruella and WYSIWYG fought for the ball whilst Dreadnaut remained immobile.
 
{{quote|No. I'm not too sure if Dreadnaut is goal-hanging, I think he's suffering a reoccurence of that old injury.|Jonathan Pearce}}
 
WYSIWYG decided to tackle Dead Metal and immediately paid for it as Dead Metal slammed it against the post and it stopped dead. With two robots out Cruella had little difficulty putting it into the net.
 
   
4. '''Dreadnaut - Most touches of the ball''' - Both WYSIWYG and Dreadnaut had failed to score due to both robots breaking down, but Dreadnaut was judged to be the more possessive player so it was allowed to continue.
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===Round 2===
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[[File:WYSIWYG_damage_football_Cruella.jpg|thumb|left|WYSIWYG takes some damage]]
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[[WYSIWYG]] was the first robot to push the ball away, but didn't go further. [[Wedgehog]] moved in to take the ball, but were blocked by [[Cruella]]. WYSIWYG attacked the ball on Cruella and damaged its metal wedge, but Cruella started moving the ball. WYSIWYG was hit away by [[Dead Metal]] as [[Dreadnaut]] pushed the ball out of Wedgehog's grasp. Wedgehog repositioned itself and dribbled the ball all the way around Dreadnaut and nearly in the goal, where it went in with a little assistance from the House Robot.
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{{Quote|Can he finish? It's an open goal; you've gotta score here...but who ''did'' score?|Jonathan Pearce}}
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'''Through: Wedgehog'''
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===Round 3===
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[[File:Cruella scores.JPG|thumb|Cruella scores the third goal]]
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[[Cruella]] blocked [[WYSIWYG]] as they both moved around the immobile [[Dreadnaut]].
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{{quote|Now, I'm not too sure if Dreadnaut is goal-hanging, I think he's suffering a reoccurence of that old injury.|Jonathan Pearce}}
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Cruella pushed the ball into Dreadnaut, which was also squeezed by [[Dead Metal]]. Cruella pushed the ball onto the curved wall, and after a few attempts freed the ball into open play. Meanwhile, WYSIWYG attacked Dead Metal and was knocked into the goal post, and Cruella eventually scored the next goal.
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'''Through: Cruella'''
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===Round 4===
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[[File:BothRobotsImmobile.jpg|thumb|Dreadnaut and W.Y.S.I.W.Y.G., both immobile]]
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Before the fourth battle, both remaining robots had broken down, and the judges had to choose a winner. As both had failed to score, the robot with the most touches of the ball was awarded victory, which they declared was Dreadnaut. In truth, this was the second instance in the series of [[Loanerbots|stock robots]] being prohibited from passing the second round, which left WYSIWYG ineligible to qualify, thus it made no effort to win through the round.
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'''Through: Dreadnaut'''
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===Results===
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{|class="wikitable"
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|- align="center"
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!'''Rank'''
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!'''Robot'''
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!'''Result'''
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|-
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|<center>'''1'''</center>
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|[[Robot The Bruce]]
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|'''1st Goal'''
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|-
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|<center>'''2'''</center>
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|[[Wedgehog]]
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|'''2nd Goal'''
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|-
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|<center>'''3'''</center>
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|[[Cruella]]
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|'''3rd Goal'''
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|-
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|<center>'''4'''</center>
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|[[Dreadnaut]]
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|'''-'''
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|- bgcolor="#ff9999"
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|<center>'''5'''</center>
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|[[WYSIWYG]]
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|'''Least Possession'''
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|}
   
Eliminated: '''WYSIWYG'''
 
   
 
==Arena==
 
==Arena==
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====Robot The Bruce vs Cruella====
 
====Robot The Bruce vs Cruella====
 
[[File:Cruella robot the bruce.JPG|thumb|left|Robot the Bruce drives up onto Cruella]]
 
[[File:Cruella robot the bruce.JPG|thumb|left|Robot the Bruce drives up onto Cruella]]
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[[File:Cruellagrill.jpg|thumb|Cruella drives onto the grille]]
 
{{quote|It's the box against the wedge, no weapons on board either.|Jonathan Pearce}}
 
{{quote|It's the box against the wedge, no weapons on board either.|Jonathan Pearce}}
Cruella started reasonably, using its wedge to get beneath Robot the Bruce twice, but unable to push it on its side. Cruella spun, trying to deflect Robot the Bruce's charge, but it failed in this, and Robot the Bruce slammed into Cruella's side. It then pushed it, but Cruella escaped, and used its wedge again, but failed to tip its foe over. Robot the Bruce reversed up Cruella twice more, but then Cruella turned and drove onto a grille, immobilising itself instantly.
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[[Robot The Bruce]] charged at [[Cruella]], but the wedge of Cruella got underneath Robot The Bruce and started pushing it away. Robot The Bruce reversed off the wedge and tried to push again, but instead drove up the wedge. Cruella started spinning, but were stopped as Robot The Bruce caught the side. Cruella kept lifting Robot The Bruce up on the wedge, and eventually tried driving away, but drove onto the grilled, where it got stuck.
{{quote|Oh! That's suicide! What on earth is Phillip Martin doing? He's on the grille, he won't get off there now.|Jonathan Pearce}}
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{{quote|Oh! That's suicide surely! What on earth is Philip Martin doing? He's on the grille, he won't get off there now.|Jonathan Pearce}}
   
 
Winner: '''Robot The Bruce'''
 
Winner: '''Robot The Bruce'''
   
 
====Dreadnaut vs Wedgehog====
 
====Dreadnaut vs Wedgehog====
[[File:Dreadnaut wedgehog shunt.JPG|thumb|Shunt drags both robots away from the grille]]
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[[File:WedgehogPushedIntoBash.jpg|thumb|Dreadnaut pushes Wedgehog into Sergeant Bash]]
{{quote|Dreadnaut, the big slug, against Wedgehog, the piece of cheese.|Jonathan Pearce}}
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[[Wedgehog ]] moved towards [[Dreadnaut]] and fired the axe but missed. Dreadnaut lined up a charge, pushing Wedgehog into [[Sergeant Bash]], where the House Robot tried to cut it with the circular saw, which fell off.
Dreadnaut had a huge weight advantage, and would be assured victory if its motors remained cool.
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{{quote|Oh, the saw's gone again! Poor old Sergeant Bash has lost his saw blade! That looks like a halo.|Jonathan Pearce}}
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[[File:Dreadnaut wedgehog shunt.JPG|thumb|left|Shunt drags both robots away from the grille]]
Both robots drove forward, and bumped into each other, not attacking properly. Dreadnaut rammed Wedgehog and crumpled its side armour, whilst Sergeant Bash attempted to intervene, but his saw snapped off just as it did against Killertron. Meanwhile, Dreadnaut had skewered itself to its foe, and attempted to finish the match by pushing it onto a grille. It succeeded, but could not release it. Shunt pushed Dreadnaut away, dragging Wedgehog to safety in the process. After intervention from Matilda, Wedgehog pulled free, but Dreadnaut had broken down, notable from smoke billowing out of it.
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[[File:DreadnautSmoking.jpg|thumb|Dreadnaut starts smoking]]
{{quote|There's smoke from Dreadnaut! Its gone again - the engine! This is surely Wedgehog's Semi-Final now!|Jonathan Pearce}}
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Dreadnaut had the forks stuck in the side of Wedgehog and dragged it across the arena. Dreadnaut tried to push Wedgehog onto a grille, but [[Shunt]] and [[Matilda]] stopped it getting pushed there. Dreadnaut backed up but stopped and started smoking, while Wedgehog now free from the forks, began ramming back. Immobilised, Dreadnaut was eliminated after it's third successive breakdown.
Cease was called, and Dreadnaut, after its third breakdown, was finally eliminated.
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{{quote|There's smoke from Dreadnaut! Its gone again, the engine! And surely this is Wedgehog's Semi-Final now! He's smokin'!|Jonathan Pearce}}
   
 
Winner: '''Wedgehog'''
 
Winner: '''Wedgehog'''
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===Final===
 
===Final===
 
====Robot The Bruce vs Wedgehog====
 
====Robot The Bruce vs Wedgehog====
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[[File:Wedgehog_vs_robot_the_bruce.png|thumb|left|Wedgehog and Robot the Bruce circle each other]]
 
[[File:Wedgehog robot the bruce.JPG|thumb|Robot the Bruce rams Wedgehog onto the grille]]
 
[[File:Wedgehog robot the bruce.JPG|thumb|Robot the Bruce rams Wedgehog onto the grille]]
Before the fight, the Wedgehog team said that their only hope for a victory was for Robot The Bruce to run up its wedge-shaped front and roll over, as Robot The Bruce weighed four times as much as Wedgehog and had thick armour that would protect it from Wedgehog's weaponry.
 
 
{{dialogue a-b|Philippa Forrester|Are you nervous at all?|George Francis|A little bit. I didn't do too well against the last wedge one, it took a little bit of doing.|Team Chaos learns from over-confidence}}
 
{{dialogue a-b|Philippa Forrester|Are you nervous at all?|George Francis|A little bit. I didn't do too well against the last wedge one, it took a little bit of doing.|Team Chaos learns from over-confidence}}
Robot the Bruce ran into Wedgehog, and side by side, they spun around in circles. Robot the Bruce ran into Wedgehog broadside, and pushed it effortlessly across the arena and onto a grille. Whilst Matilda and Bash attacked, Robot the Bruce challenged Shunt. Cease was then called and Robot The Bruce was declared the obvious winner.
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[[Wedgehog]] were the underdogs, as [[Robot The Bruce]] was 4 times heavier than them. However, the team hoped to use the wedge as a weapon in the same way that Cruella did.
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The two robots met in the centre of the arena, and skirted around the sides of each other. Robot The Bruce backed up and realigned itself, pushing Wedgehog from the side. Wedgehog were pushed across the arena and onto the grille, getting stuck, and could only hit the grille with its pickaxe in vain.
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{{Quote|It could all be over very, very quickly. He's on the grille...I don't think he's gonna get out of there. Are you sure to take on a grille with ''that'' thing?|Jonathan Pearce after Wedgehog gets shunted onto a grid.}}
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[[File:Matilda_sgt_bash_vs_wedgehog.png|thumb|Matilda and Sgt Bash slice into Wedgehog]]
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Robot The Bruce slammed Wedgehog as the House Robots joined in the fight. [[Sergeant Bash]] cut into Wedgehog with the repaired saw, while [[Matilda]] left a large gash in the side of Wedgehog as Robot The Bruce and Shunt tussled. Cease was called.
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{{Quote|Matilda's in, looking for a few scraps, as usual, Shunt takes on Robot the Bruce, but I think it's too little too late! Robot the Bruce is the winner!|Jonathan Pearce as the fight ends.}}
   
 
Heat Winner: '''Robot The Bruce'''
 
Heat Winner: '''Robot The Bruce'''
   
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== Trivia ==
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*Just like Heat A, a genuine competitor was defeated in the Gauntlet by a stock robot, in this case [[WYSIWYG]].
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*The unreliability of [[Dreadnaut]] was seen in this episode, breaking down three times across the episode.
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*The heat final between Wedgehog and [[Robot the Bruce]] is ranked equal 19th in the [[Shortest Battles in UK Robot Wars]], at 27 seconds.
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*For the Football Trial, Dead Metal was adapted to work without his circular saw, with his arm being modified to feature a large ball intended to steer the ball away.
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*In the results table for the trial, the word "Possession" was spelled incorrectly as "Possesion".
 
{{The First Wars Heats}}
 
{{The First Wars Heats}}
 
[[Category:The First Wars]]
 
[[Category:The First Wars]]

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"Amid reports that robot wars are now breaking out all over the world, the European Union, with the backing of the United Nations, today announced that it would do "Everything in its power to halt the spread of this vicious and vile disease". They would rather we did a programme on daffodils and bunny rabbits. But we're not going to. What we are going to do is get on with the Docklands Chainsaw Massacre, and meet the 6 robots who tonight will compete for death or glory!"
Jeremy Clarkson's introduction

Heat C of Robot Wars: The First Wars was the third of six heats which determined the Grand Finalists of Robot Wars: The First Wars. The episode featuring Heat C was originally broadcast on March 6, 1998 on BBC Two.

Competing robotsEdit

Cruella
Cruella
Weight 81.2kg
Dimensions 0.91m x 0.82m x 0.34m
Speed 15mph
Turning Circle 0m
Ground Clearance 0mm
Power 2 x Sinclair C5 motors
Weapons Circular saw
From: University of East London
Team Members: Philip Martin, Martin Smith & Kanesh Lingham
Dreadnaut
Dreadnaut
Weight 92.6kg
Dimensions 1.45m x 0.92m x 0.75m
Speed 5mph
Turning Circle 0m
Ground Clearance 0mm
Power 12V Starter motor
Weapons Forklift
From: Nuneaton
Team Members: Ken Feltwell & David Vowles
Plunderbird 1
Plunderbird 1
Weight 77.7kg
Dimensions 1.00m x 0.70m x 0.36m
Speed 7mph
Turning Circle 0m
Ground Clearance 8mm
Power 12V motor
Weapons Circular saw, steel spike
From: Bordon, Hampshire
Team Members: Mike Onslow, Bryan Kilburn & Jon Dilley
Robot the bruce
Robot The Bruce
Weight 84.6kg
Dimensions 0.82m x 0.52m x 0.37m
Speed 4mph
Turning Circle 0m
Ground Clearance 50mm
Power 24V electric motor
Weapons Brute force
From: Ipswich
Team Members: George Francis & Mick Cutter
Wedgehog
Wedgehog
Weight 24kg
Dimensions 0.90m x 0.80m x 0.30m
Speed 4mph
Turning Circle 0m
Ground Clearance 2mm
Power 2 x Electric motor
Weapons Pickaxe
From: London
Team Members: Chris Glaister, Joe Wentworth & Hugo Elias
WYSIWYG
WYSIWYG
Weight 10.8kg
Dimensions 0.80m x 0.57m x 0.20m
Speed 10mph
Turning Circle 0m
Ground Clearance 34mm
Power 10V motor
Weapons None
From: Edmonton
Team Members: Michelle Wheeley

GauntletEdit

CruellaEdit

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Cruella passes Shunt

Cruella drove out of the turntable and tried to go down the left route, but was blocked by Shunt. Cruella persisted, pushing Shunt and eventually turning around it when the house robot backed up. Cruella moved forwards, and knocked down the silver skittles, allowing Shunt to rejoin and start pushing Cruella. Shunt trapped Cruella and forced it towards the ramp as time ran out.

DreadnautEdit

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Dreadnaut crosses the line

Quick out the blocks, Dreadnaut moved to the left route, but bounced off the block separating routes. This ricocheted Dreadnaut back and into Shunt. Dreadnaut escaped and moved further down the course, only to be pushed back by Dead Metal. Dead Metal and Shunt both tried pushing Dreadnaut, but left a clear space for it to drive through, so Dreadnaut managed to complete the Gauntlet.

Dreadnaut breakdown

Dreadnaut up in smoke

"Hang on a minute, what's this? Dreadnaut's blown some sort a fuse, it's on fire! This could be major, major trouble, they'll have to repair this quickly. Otherwise, they'll be forced to retire!"
— Jonathan Pearce as Dreadnaut billows smoke.

However, after the run, Dreadnaut started smoking as the wires caught fire. The team returned to the pits realising that the robot needed a full rewiring, and therefore despite its impressive run in the Gauntlet, they could be forced to retire.

Plunderbird 1Edit

Plunderbird shunt

Shunt axes Plunderbird 1

Plunderbird gauntlet

Plunderbird 1 wedged

Plunderbird 1 tried to move down the left route, but drove into Shunt. The house robot pushed Plunderbird 1 back and pinned it next to the ramp. Stuck on a grille, Plunderbird 1 struggled to escape, allowing Shunt to turn around and hack away at the robot with the axe until time ran out.

WYSIWYGEdit

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WYSIWYG and Shunt get caught on the ramp

WYSIWYG flew out of the turntable towards the ramp, but missed and slammed into a wall. WYSIWYG tried again, but got caught with the low ground clearance on the incline, requiring assistance from Shunt, which also got stuck. Dead Metal pushed Shunt, which freed WYSIWYG. WYSIWYG moved into the right route and struggled to turn around the first bend of the maze. As time ran out, WYSIWYG drove onto the grille in the corner.

WedgehogEdit

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Wedgehog trapped on the spikes

Wedgehog moved into the maze, and took the corners slowly. When it passed them, Shunt pushed the pneumatic drills closer to Wedgehog, blocking a route. Wedgehog were forced around the springs on the grille and headed towards the spikes, which lifted Wedgehog off the ground. Time ran out while Wedgehog were still trapped.

Robot The BruceEdit

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Robot The Bruce pushes Dead Metal

Robot The Bruce headed towards Shunt down the left route, and after a stand-off, drove around the House Robot, but was turned by a slam on the side by Shunt's scoop. Robot The Bruce pushed past the skittles and into Dead Metal. Robot The Bruce pushed Dead Metal towards the end zone as Shunt came in from behind and started axing Robot The Bruce. Robot The Bruce wriggled free, and Dead Metal yielded allowing Robot The Bruce to cross the line and complete the Gauntlet.

"Now, of all the driving I've seen in here, that's just about the best"
— Jeremy Clarkson

ResultsEdit

Despite their reliability scare, the Dreadnaut team replaced their burnt-out drive motor with the one from the forks and were therefore able to continue, which meant the robot with the lowest distance - Plunderbird 1 - was eliminated as normal.

Rank Robot Distance
1
Robot The Bruce Completed
2
Dreadnaut Completed
3
Wedgehog 13.23m
4
Cruella 10.15m
5
WYSIWYG 5.55m
6
Plunderbird 1 4.81m

Trials (Football)Edit

Round 1Edit

Football

Robot the Bruce scores the first goal

Before the fight, a few teams added extra panels to their robots to try and cup the ball around the arena. Robot the Bruce was the first robot to the ball, hitting it away from the rest of the robots. Dreadnaut blocked Robot The Bruce's path to the ball and turned to knock it towards the goal. Wedgehog lined itself up to push the ball, but Dead Metal spun around and clipped it over the top of Wedgehog. Wedgehog quickly got back to the ball, but passed it to Robot The Bruce, which dribbled the ball into the goal.

Through: Robot The Bruce

Round 2Edit

WYSIWYG damage football Cruella

WYSIWYG takes some damage

WYSIWYG was the first robot to push the ball away, but didn't go further. Wedgehog moved in to take the ball, but were blocked by Cruella. WYSIWYG attacked the ball on Cruella and damaged its metal wedge, but Cruella started moving the ball. WYSIWYG was hit away by Dead Metal as Dreadnaut pushed the ball out of Wedgehog's grasp. Wedgehog repositioned itself and dribbled the ball all the way around Dreadnaut and nearly in the goal, where it went in with a little assistance from the House Robot.

"Can he finish? It's an open goal; you've gotta score here...but who did score?"
— Jonathan Pearce

Through: Wedgehog

Round 3Edit

Cruella scores

Cruella scores the third goal

Cruella blocked WYSIWYG as they both moved around the immobile Dreadnaut.

"Now, I'm not too sure if Dreadnaut is goal-hanging, I think he's suffering a reoccurence of that old injury."
— Jonathan Pearce

Cruella pushed the ball into Dreadnaut, which was also squeezed by Dead Metal. Cruella pushed the ball onto the curved wall, and after a few attempts freed the ball into open play. Meanwhile, WYSIWYG attacked Dead Metal and was knocked into the goal post, and Cruella eventually scored the next goal.

Through: Cruella

Round 4Edit

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Dreadnaut and W.Y.S.I.W.Y.G., both immobile

Before the fourth battle, both remaining robots had broken down, and the judges had to choose a winner. As both had failed to score, the robot with the most touches of the ball was awarded victory, which they declared was Dreadnaut. In truth, this was the second instance in the series of stock robots being prohibited from passing the second round, which left WYSIWYG ineligible to qualify, thus it made no effort to win through the round.

Through: Dreadnaut

ResultsEdit

Rank Robot Result
1
Robot The Bruce 1st Goal
2
Wedgehog 2nd Goal
3
Cruella 3rd Goal
4
Dreadnaut -
5
WYSIWYG Least Possession


ArenaEdit

Semi-FinalsEdit

Robot The Bruce vs CruellaEdit

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Robot the Bruce drives up onto Cruella

Cruellagrill

Cruella drives onto the grille

"It's the box against the wedge, no weapons on board either."
— Jonathan Pearce

Robot The Bruce charged at Cruella, but the wedge of Cruella got underneath Robot The Bruce and started pushing it away. Robot The Bruce reversed off the wedge and tried to push again, but instead drove up the wedge. Cruella started spinning, but were stopped as Robot The Bruce caught the side. Cruella kept lifting Robot The Bruce up on the wedge, and eventually tried driving away, but drove onto the grilled, where it got stuck.

"Oh! That's suicide surely! What on earth is Philip Martin doing? He's on the grille, he won't get off there now."
— Jonathan Pearce

Winner: Robot The Bruce

Dreadnaut vs WedgehogEdit

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Dreadnaut pushes Wedgehog into Sergeant Bash

Wedgehog moved towards Dreadnaut and fired the axe but missed. Dreadnaut lined up a charge, pushing Wedgehog into Sergeant Bash, where the House Robot tried to cut it with the circular saw, which fell off.

"Oh, the saw's gone again! Poor old Sergeant Bash has lost his saw blade! That looks like a halo."
— Jonathan Pearce
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Shunt drags both robots away from the grille

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Dreadnaut starts smoking

Dreadnaut had the forks stuck in the side of Wedgehog and dragged it across the arena. Dreadnaut tried to push Wedgehog onto a grille, but Shunt and Matilda stopped it getting pushed there. Dreadnaut backed up but stopped and started smoking, while Wedgehog now free from the forks, began ramming back. Immobilised, Dreadnaut was eliminated after it's third successive breakdown.

"There's smoke from Dreadnaut! Its gone again, the engine! And surely this is Wedgehog's Semi-Final now! He's smokin'!"
— Jonathan Pearce

Winner: Wedgehog

FinalEdit

Robot The Bruce vs WedgehogEdit

Wedgehog vs robot the bruce

Wedgehog and Robot the Bruce circle each other

Wedgehog robot the bruce

Robot the Bruce rams Wedgehog onto the grille

Philippa Forrester: "Are you nervous at all?"
George Francis: "A little bit. I didn't do too well against the last wedge one, it took a little bit of doing."
— Team Chaos learns from over-confidence

Wedgehog were the underdogs, as Robot The Bruce was 4 times heavier than them. However, the team hoped to use the wedge as a weapon in the same way that Cruella did.

The two robots met in the centre of the arena, and skirted around the sides of each other. Robot The Bruce backed up and realigned itself, pushing Wedgehog from the side. Wedgehog were pushed across the arena and onto the grille, getting stuck, and could only hit the grille with its pickaxe in vain.

"It could all be over very, very quickly. He's on the grille...I don't think he's gonna get out of there. Are you sure to take on a grille with that thing?"
— Jonathan Pearce after Wedgehog gets shunted onto a grid.
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Matilda and Sgt Bash slice into Wedgehog

Robot The Bruce slammed Wedgehog as the House Robots joined in the fight. Sergeant Bash cut into Wedgehog with the repaired saw, while Matilda left a large gash in the side of Wedgehog as Robot The Bruce and Shunt tussled. Cease was called.

"Matilda's in, looking for a few scraps, as usual, Shunt takes on Robot the Bruce, but I think it's too little too late! Robot the Bruce is the winner!"
— Jonathan Pearce as the fight ends.

Heat Winner: Robot The Bruce

Trivia Edit

  • Just like Heat A, a genuine competitor was defeated in the Gauntlet by a stock robot, in this case WYSIWYG.
  • The unreliability of Dreadnaut was seen in this episode, breaking down three times across the episode.
  • The heat final between Wedgehog and Robot the Bruce is ranked equal 19th in the Shortest Battles in UK Robot Wars, at 27 seconds.
  • For the Football Trial, Dead Metal was adapted to work without his circular saw, with his arm being modified to feature a large ball intended to steer the ball away.
  • In the results table for the trial, the word "Possession" was spelled incorrectly as "Possesion".
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