- "The Dome has been a disaster, the aliens must've made a wrong turning but one phenomenon that's definitely not gonna disappoint in the Year 2000 is Robot Wars 4. Yes, folks, we know you've missed the mayhem. We know you've craved the carnage, and you Madam! Yes you! We know your life's been sad and empty without robots being ripped to shreds. Well the long wait is finally over because the Wars are back and we're bigger, we're badder, and we're downright more brutal than ever!"
- — Craig Charles' introduction to Heat A
Robot Wars: The Fourth Wars was the fourth series of the British television game show Robot Wars. It was originally broadcast from 2000 to 2001 on BBC Two. The series was hosted by Craig Charles, the pit reporter was Julia Reed and commentary was provided by Jonathan Pearce.
The Fourth Wars was also broadcast in the US on the TNN network as Robot Wars: Grand Champions. This version of the show was hosted by Joanie Laurer, with commentary provided by Robot Wars: Extreme Warriors commentator Stefan Frank.
Repeats of Series 4 started airing on H2, a subsidiary of the History channel, from 29th January 2016.
- 1 Format
- 2 Seeded robots
- 3 Heats
- 4 Semi-Finals
- 5 Grand Final
- 6 Trial Competitions
- 7 Christmas Specials
- 8 Television ratings
- 9 Robot Wars: Grand Champions
- 10 References
The series consisted of sixteen heats featuring six robots each. The heat format underwent significant changes, with the first round now consisting of two three-way 'Eliminators' where two robots would progress to the second round. As with Series 3, the second round featured a pair of one-on-one battles, the winners of which would face each other in the Heat Final. The winner of the Heat Final would progress to one of two Semi-Finals.
The Semi-Finals followed the same format as those for Series 3, consisting of two rounds of one-on-one battles between the heat winners. Two winning robots from each Semi-Final would advance to the Grand Final, where they were initially paired off for two one-on-one 'Eliminator' battles. The winners of each 'Eliminator' would face each other in a final battle to determine the series champion. A play-off to determine third and fourth places was also planned, but did not take place after one of the competing robots withdrew prior to the battle.
1. Chaos 2
17. King B3
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Fourth Wars/Heat A
- Indefatigable vs Atomic vs Chaos 2: Indefatigable eliminated
- Attila The Drum vs King B3 vs Medusa 2000: Attila The Drum eliminated
- Medusa 2000 vs Chaos 2: Chaos 2 won
- King B3 vs Atomic: Atomic won
- Chaos 2 vs Atomic: Chaos 2 won
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Fourth Wars/Heat B
- Razer vs Velocirippa vs Robochicken: Velocirippa eliminated
- Pussycat vs Milly-Ann Bug vs Reptirron: Reptirron eliminated
- Razer vs Milly-Ann Bug: Razer won
- Pussycat vs Robochicken: Pussycat won
- Razer vs Pussycat: Pussycat won
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Fourth Wars/Heat C
- Scar vs The Morgue vs Firestorm 2: The Morgue eliminated
- Bolt From The Blue vs Diotoir vs Ming 2: Diotoir eliminated
- Note: After the eliminators, Scar broke down and could not be fixed in time so The Morgue was reinstated.
- Firestorm 2 vs Bolt From The Blue: Firestorm 2 won
- Ming 2 vs The Morgue: The Morgue won
- Firestorm 2 vs The Morgue: Firestorm 2 won
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Fourth Wars/Heat D
- Cronos vs Crusader 2 vs Steg 2: Cronos eliminated
- Mortis vs Mazakari vs Iron-Awe: Mazakari eliminated
- Iron-Awe vs Steg 2: Steg 2 won
- Mortis vs Crusader 2: Mortis won
- Steg 2 vs Mortis: Steg 2 won
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Fourth Wars/Heat E
- Henry 2 vs Dominator 2 vs 101: Henry 2 eliminated
- Disc-O-Inferno vs Shadow of Napalm vs Major Tom: Disc-O-Inferno eliminated
- Major Tom vs 101: 101 won
- Shadow of Napalm vs Dominator 2: Dominator 2 won
- Dominator 2 vs 101: Dominator 2 won
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Fourth Wars/Heat F
- Tornado vs Kater Killer vs Gemini: Kater Killer eliminated
- Inverterbrat vs The Creature vs Berserk 2: Inverterbrat eliminated
- Gemini vs The Creature: Gemini won
- Tornado vs Berserk 2: Tornado won
- Tornado vs Gemini: Tornado won
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Fourth Wars/Heat G
- Kronic the Wedgehog vs Gravedigger vs Thermidor 2: Gravedigger eliminated
- Warhog vs Dreadnaut XP1 vs Darke Destroyer 2: Warhog eliminated
- Kronic the Wedgehog vs Darke Destroyer 2: Kronic the Wedgehog won
- Dreadnaut XP1 vs Thermidor 2: Thermidor 2 won
- Kronic the Wedgehog vs Thermidor 2: Thermidor 2 won
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Fourth Wars/Heat H
- Wheelosaurus vs Wheely Big Cheese vs Prizephita Mk2: Prizephita Mk2 eliminated
- Maverick vs Suicidal Tendencies 2 vs Killertron: Maverick eliminated
- Wheely Big Cheese vs Killertron: Wheely Big Cheese won
- Suicidal Tendencies 2 vs Wheelosaurus: Suicidal Tendencies 2 won
- Wheely Big Cheese vs Suicidal Tendencies 2: Wheely Big Cheese won
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Fourth Wars/Heat I
- Eric vs Killerhurtz vs Destruct-A-Bubble: Destruct-A-Bubble eliminated
- Splinter vs Small Torque vs Centurion: Centurion eliminated
- Killerhurtz vs Splinter: Splinter won
- Small Torque vs Eric: Eric won
- Splinter vs Eric: Splinter won
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Fourth Wars/Heat J
- Clawed Hopper vs Hammer & Tong vs Bigger Brother: Clawed Hopper eliminated
- Bulldog Breed 2 vs Spikasaurus vs Stinger: Spikasaurus eliminated
- Bigger Brother vs Bulldog Breed 2: Bulldog Breed 2 won
- Stinger vs Hammer & Tong: Stinger won
- Bulldog Breed 2 vs Stinger: Stinger won
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Fourth Wars/Heat K
- Evil Weevil 2 vs MouseTrap vs Tiberius: Evil Weevil 2 eliminated
- Sump Thing vs Little Fly vs Weld-Dor 2: Weld-Dor 2 eliminated
- Tiberius vs Little Fly: Little Fly won
- Sump Thing vs MouseTrap: MouseTrap won
- Little Fly vs MouseTrap: MouseTrap won
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Fourth Wars/Heat L
- Knightmare vs Banshee vs Spawn of Scutter: Banshee eliminated
- Vercingetorix vs Fat Boy Tin vs Plunderbird 4: Fat Boy Tin eliminated
- Spawn of Scutter vs Vercingetorix: Spawn of Scutter won
- Plunderbird 4 vs Knightmare: Knightmare won
- Spawn of Scutter vs Knightmare: Spawn of Scutter won
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Fourth Wars/Heat M
- The Steel Avenger vs Wild Thing vs Humphrey: Humphrey eliminated
- Scorpion vs Reactor vs Sir Chromalot: Scorpion eliminated
- Wild Thing vs Reactor: Wild Thing won
- The Steel Avenger vs Sir Chromalot: The Steel Avenger won
- Wild Thing vs The Steel Avenger: Wild Thing won
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Fourth Wars/Heat N
- Arnold, Arnold Terminegger vs Rambot vs Behemoth: Rambot eliminated
- Millennium Bug vs X-Terminator 2 vs Judge Shred 2: Millennium Bug eliminated
- Behemoth vs Judge Shred 2: Behemoth won
- X-Terminator 2 vs Arnold, Arnold Terminegger: X-Terminator 2 won
- X-Terminator 2 vs Behemoth: X-Terminator 2 won
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Fourth Wars/Heat O
- Panic Attack vs Overkill GTI vs S.M.I.D.S.Y.: Overkill GTI eliminated
- Aggrobot 2 vs Oblivion 2 vs Saw Point: Oblivion 2 eliminated
- Panic Attack vs Saw Point: Panic Attack won
- Aggrobot 2 vs S.M.I.D.S.Y.: S.M.I.D.S.Y. won
- Panic Attack vs S.M.I.D.S.Y.: Panic Attack won
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Fourth Wars/Heat P
- Note: V-Max was a reserve robot, who was instated after Onslaught was forced to withdraw due to technical difficulties.
- Raizer Blade vs Hypno-Disc vs The Predator: The Predator eliminated
- Terror-Bull vs Cerberus vs V-Max: Cerberus eliminated
- Hypno-Disc vs V-Max: Hypno-Disc won
- Raizer Blade vs Terror-Bull: Raizer Blade won
- Hypno-Disc vs Raizer Blade: Hypno-Disc won
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Fourth Wars/Semi-Final 1
- Chaos 2 vs Steg 2: Chaos 2 won
- Wheely Big Cheese vs Tornado: Tornado won
- Thermidor 2 vs Pussycat: Pussycat won
- Firestorm 2 vs Dominator 2: Dominator 2 won
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Fourth Wars/Semi-Final 2
- Stinger vs MouseTrap: Stinger won
- Spawn of Scutter vs Panic Attack: Panic Attack won
- Hypno-Disc vs Splinter: Hypno-Disc won
- Wild Thing vs X-Terminator 2: Wild Thing won
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Fourth Wars/Grand Final
- Main article: Robot Wars Awards
These are the winners of the various awards given out at the end of the series:
- Best Design: Gemini
- Best Engineered: The Steel Avenger
- Most Original Entry: Gemini
- Sportsmanship Award: Diotoir
- Best Newcomer: Tornado
Like Series 3, two trials from Series 2 were held as competitions during the series. Pinball returned from the last series, whilst Soccer was replaced with Sumo. The winner was the robot with the best score at the end.
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Fourth Wars/Pinball Warrior Tournament
Robots Competing: 101, Hypno-Disc, Spikasaurus, Stinger, Spawn of Scutter, Attila the Drum, Bigger Brother, S.M.I.D.S.Y., King B3, Razer, Banshee, Diotoir, Gemini, Firestorm 2, Inverterbrat, Killerhurtz.
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Fourth Wars/Sumo Basho
The Robot Wars Sumo Basho tournament was a head-to-head with Shunt. The aim was to push the house robot off the podium, or else hold on as long as possible. Cease was called after one minute.
Robots Competing: Spawn of Scutter, Firestorm 2, Diotoir, Onslaught, Scorpion, Destruct-A-Bubble, S.M.I.D.S.Y., Kater Killer, Maverick, X-Terminator 2, Razer, Pussycat, Panic Attack, Behemoth, Bigger Brother, Thermidor 2.
Winner: Panic Attack
During the Fourth Wars, a number of special shows were held over the Christmas period. These Christmas Specials were a Celebrity Special, Tag Team Terror, Northern Annihilator, Southern Annihilator and War of Independence.
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Fourth Wars/Celebrity Special
In this special, celebrities teamed up with roboteers and took control of their robots in the arena.
Robots and celebrities competing: Pussycat (Adam Woodyatt), Iron-Awe (Natalie Cassidy), Sir Chromalot (Shane Lynch), Killertron (Chris Eubank), Gemini (Anthea & Wendy Turner), Diotoir (Vic Reeves), Disc-O-Inferno (5ive), Wild Thing (Shauna Lowry).
- Diotoir vs Wild Thing: Diotoir won
- Killertron vs Gemini: Gemini won
- Sir Chromalot vs Disc-O-Inferno: Sir Chromalot won
- Pussycat vs Iron-Awe: Pussycat won
- Pussycat vs Sir Chromalot: Pussycat won
- Gemini vs Diotoir: Diotoir won
- Pussycat vs Diotoir: Pussycat won
Tag Team Terror
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Fourth Wars/Tag Team Terror
In this special, robots were paired up into teams to fight each other. Only one robot from each team was allowed in the arena at a time and the teams could switch robots by 'tagging' them.
- Firestorm 2 & Scorpion vs Bigger Brother & Plunderbird 4: Firestorm 2 & Scorpion won
- Invertabrat & X-Terminator 2 vs King B3 & 101: King B3 & 101 won
- Bigger Brother & Plunderbird 4 vs Invertabrat & X-Terminator 2: Bigger Brother & Plunderbird 4 won
- Firestorm 2 & Scorpion vs King B3 & 101: King B3 & 101 won
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Fourth Wars/Northern Annihilator
In this special, six robots from the north of the UK entered the arena, with one robot being eliminated in each round until only one was left standing.
- Sixth: Chaos 2
- Fifth: Stinger
- Fourth: Suicidal Tendencies
- Third: Killerhurtz
- Runner-up: Dominator 2
- Winner: Spikasaurus
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Fourth Wars/Southern Annihilator
In this special, six robots from the south of the UK entered the arena, with one robot being eliminated in each round until only one was left standing.
- Sixth: Vercingetorix
- Fifth: Spawn of Scutter
- Fourth: Behemoth
- Note: The Behemoth team was not given enough time to fix damage from Round 2 so the competition moved on to the next round without them.
- Third: Attila the Drum
- Runner-up: Onslaught
- Winner: Razer
War of Independence
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Fourth Wars/War of Independence
In this special, robots from the UK competed with robots from the USA to see which country had the better robots.
- Mortis (UK) vs Ghetto-Bot (USA): Mortis won
- Panic Attack (UK) vs Rammstein (USA): Panic Attack won
- Ming 2 (UK) vs The Mangulator (USA): Ming 2 won
- Detonator (UK) vs Frenzy (USA): Frenzy won
- Mortis (UK) vs Panic Attack (UK): Mortis won
- Ming 2 (UK) vs Frenzy (USA): Frenzy won
- Mortis (UK) vs Frenzy (USA): Mortis won
|Heat A||4.05 million||3rd|
|Heat B||3.97 million||2nd|
|Heat C||3.98 million||4th|
|Heat D||3.04 million||15th|
|Heat E||4.68 million||1st|
|Heat F||3.45 million||13th|
|Heat G||3.38 million||18th|
|Heat H||3.36 million||13th|
|Heat I||3.48 million||11th|
|Heat J||3.42 million||11th|
|Heat K||2.71 million||19th|
|Heat L||3.64 million||12th|
|Celebrity Special||N/A||Outside top 30|
|Tag Team Terror||1.7 million||24th|
|Northern Annihilator||2.74 million||9th|
|Southern Annihilator||3.96 million||1st|
|War of Independence||3.19 million||5th|
|Heat M||4.1 million||8th|
|Heat N||4.78 million||2nd|
|Heat O||4.9 million||1st|
|Heat P||4.7 million||6th|
|Semi-Final 1||5.08 million||5th|
|Semi-Final 2||4.95 million||4th|
|Grand Final||5.21 million||5th|
The series' television ratings record was mixed. The series started promisingly, with Heat A reaching 3rd in top thirty highest weekly rated BBC 2 shows by attracting 4.05 million viewers. Heat B managed to earn second place with 3.97 million viewers, and although heats C and D ranked outside the top ten, Heat E became the first episode of the series to top the ratings with 4.68 million.
However, from Heat F to the Northern Annihilator, the ratings for the series began to tank, with no episode prior to the Northern Annihilator reaching the top ten. Heat K became the lowest rated heat in the main competition of the series, attracting only 2.72 million viewers and placing 19th in the rankings. By being broadcast on BBC 1, the Celebrity Special notably became the only episode in Series 4 to rank outside the top thirty.
Ultimately, once the Northern Annihilator was broadcast, the ratings for the series generally began to recover, ranking 9th with 2.74 million viewers. The remaining episodes all ranked within the top ten highest weekly rated BBC 2 shows, with the Southern Annihilator and Heat O both topping the list, and Heat N finishing second.
Robot Wars: Grand Champions
Robot Wars: Grand Champions was the name given to an American version of the Fourth Wars that was broadcast on the US cable network TNN in 2002. Shown around the same time as the second season of Extreme Warriors, the series run consisted of 23 episodes with all but one of the Christmas specials being shown after the Grand Final. The Celebrity Special was left out entirely, while the Tag Team Terror episode was moved to the end as the series' conclusion. The Grand Champions version of the Fourth Wars was presented by Joanie Laurer with commentary being provided by Stefan Frank.
To adapt the series for an American audience, a number of changes were made:
- Jonathan Pearce's commentary was completely replaced, with Stefan Frank being brought in to redub the relevant sections. However, Stuart McDonald's arena announcements were left intact.
- Most of the footage featuring UK presenters - including Craig Charles and Julia Reed - was edited out or replaced, though Reed's arms can briefly be seen in a clip from the dubbed Grand Final episode. The other exception to this was in the dubbed Heat A, which used a Series 3 clip featuring Philippa Forrester for the opening montages.
- As a result of the above change, all of the pre-match and post-match interviews were absent, with only the competitors' team introductions being carried over into each episode.
- Also likely due to these changes, Onslaught's withdrawal from Heat P was not mentioned in the Grand Champions version, nor was V-Max's role as its substitute. Instead, V-Max was billed as a competitor from the outset.
- For other segments - including announcements on battle results and Judges' decisions - Stefan Frank revealed the outcomes.
- Links featuring Joanie Laurer were added at the beginning, end and in between certain battles of each episode.
- Measurements were converted from British to American units, as part of new statistics boards for every competitor.
- In addition, various other elements - including the awards ceremonies and Pinball Warrior/Sumo Basho side competitions - were cut.
- The safety disclaimer/Robot Wars Club promo at the end of each episode was replaced with a different one, simply stating that "Building robots is dangerous and should not be attempted without great care". This version of the disclaimer without Club promotions also appeared at the end of each episode of Robot Wars: Extreme Warriors, and in slightly altered form throughout Nickelodeon Robot Wars.
As a result of these edits episodes were cut down from 45 minutes to around 22 minutes long to fit into a half-hour time slot, including commercials.
More information on the episode order and airdates can be found in the episode guide.