"A fickle flick of flame may destroy, in just a blink of eye. As they face gruesome peril, our brave roboteers who face, thrust, grind and flip. Lobster claws, Wedgehog spikes, it's punishing! Welcome to Heat J of Robot Wars!"
— Jonathan Pearce's introduction

Heat J of Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars was the tenth of sixteen heats which determined the Semi-Finalists of Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars. The episode featuring Heat J was originally broadcast on January 4, 2004 on Five.

"Welcome to Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars and if you're sitting in the front row, you better watch out, there's a robot fighting tonight, once flipped Stinger and the mighty Behemoth clean out of the arena in the same fight, so, do you wanna see more, from Thermidor?!"
— Craig Charles

Competing robots[edit | edit source]

Newcomers[edit | edit source]

Weight 97kg
Dimensions 0.23 x 1.00 x 0.89m
Power 750W electric motors
Weapons Pneumatic spike
Strengths Titanium armour
Weaknesses Inexperienced team
From: Taunton, Somerset
Team Members: Julian Browne & Kevin Stowe
Weight 96kg
Dimensions 0.66 x 1.03 x 0.92m
Power Electric motors
Weapons Rotating arm
Strengths Can self-right
Weaknesses Alloy armour
From: Rackham, West Sussex
Team Members: Matthew Corrall, Matthew Tamen & Peter Allfray
Weight 100kg
Dimensions 0.67 x 1.30 x 0.88m
Power 690W electric motor
Weapons Hydraulic crushing arm
Strengths Titanium body
Weaknesses High centre of gravity
From: Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
Team Members: Steve Davis, Luke Davis & Jake Davis

Veterans[edit | edit source]

8645T 2
Weight 100kg
Dimensions 1.35 x 1.20 x 0.92m
Power 2 x 24V electric motors
Weapons Front flipper & rear axe
Strengths Powerful weapons
Weaknesses No srimech
From: Lichfield, Staffordshire
Team Members: John Lear, John Lear Jr. & James Wood
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Kronic the Wedgehog
Weight 99kg
Dimensions 0.73 x 1.37 x 0.93m
Power 2 x 750W electric motors
Weapons CO2 powered flipper
Strengths 2 Self right mechanisms
Weaknesses No wheel guards
From: Beer, Devon
Team Members: Dave Lang, John Lang & Mike Gardner
Mighty Mouse
Weight 83kg
Dimensions 0.47 x 1.17 x 0.46m
Power 2 x 800W electric motors
Weapons Rear spinning discs
Strengths Speed
Weaknesses Lightweight
From: Clifton, Nottinghamshire
Team Members: Trevor Wright, Matthew Wright & Emily Wright
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The Kraken
Weight 100kg
Dimensions 0.50 x 1.20 x 0.80m
Power 1HP electric motor
Weapons 2 x Crushing jaws
Strengths Destructive weaponry
Weaknesses Light armour
From: Pinner, Middlesex
Team Members: Guy Pickett & Lloyd Davis
Thermidor 2 (seeded 14th)
Weight 95kg
Dimensions 0.34 x 1.07 x 1.08m
Power 2 x 750W electric motors
Weapons CO2 powered flipper
Strengths Quick & strong
Weaknesses Limited gas supply
From: Norwich
Team Members: David Harding & Ian Harvey

Round 1[edit | edit source]

"Craig, it'll be a whole lot of shaking going on with eight more rock 'n' rolling robots aiming to be number one in the bot parade. Thermidor's flipper. Beast's spindly thing. Mobot thronging and Mighty Mouse squeaking. Thermidor the one to watch. Then, Kronic the Wedgehog we've seen before. I wonder if it'll be improved this time. Pinser is new. Cobra snakebite and The Kraken, a black hearted fiend."
— Jonathan Pearce

Mighty Mouse vs Mobot vs Thermidor 2 (14) vs 8645T 2[edit | edit source]

Thermidor 2 throws 8645T 2 onto its side

Mighty Mouse drives at Mobot

Mighty Mouse and Thermidor 2 collided, before Mighty Mouse scurried away into the distance, leaving Thermidor 2 to pursue 8645T 2, where the seed carried it to the arena wall and flipped it up, with 8645T 2 resting on its axe head, though it quickly flicked itself back onto its wheels. 8645T 2 then came back into the arena centre to try and flip Mobot, but not managing to get any purchase on it. Thermidor 2 then went after Mighty Mouse again, with Mighty Mouse choosing to dive into Dead Metal's CPZ rather than take on Thermidor 2. Mighty Mouse then tried to escape the CPZ, but was caught by Dead Metal's pincers, and eventually got away, losing one of its ears in the process. Thermidor 2 then came back on the attack of 8645T 2, scooping it up, carrying it over to the arena wall again and flipping it over, this time on its side against the arena wall. Mighty Mouse then attacked Mobot, bashing into its side at speed, but then retreating again. After a few flips trying to right itself, 8645T 2 was then off the arena wall but on its back, thus unable to self-right. During its attempts, it vented all its gas and rendered the robot immobile.

Thermidor 2 flips out Mobot

8645T 2 is counted out

Meanwhile, Thermidor 2 had caught Mobot in the middle of the arena, and then pushed it over to the arena edge and flipped it out of the arena. A short while afterwards, Thermidor 2 caught Mighty Mouse side-on and flicked Mighty Mouse onto its back, in the CPZ, in an attempt to try and flip Mighty Mouse out of the arena as well. Mighty Mouse's roll-bar wasn't able to right it as it was up against the arena wall, leaving Thermidor 2 as the only robot still mobile. With two robots immobile, Refbot chose to count out 8645T 2.

"Now, was the Beast immobilised before Mighty Mouse was slammed? I'm not too sure. Is Mighty Mouse out of this? The Beast is being counted down, we have seen the power of the number fourteen seeds Thermidor. They know they're through to the second round, and the Beast counted out."
— Jonathan Pearce

8645T 2 drives over the floor flipper which throws it the length of the arena

8645T 2 drives into the pit of oblivion

When the count finished, Dead Metal righted Mighty Mouse, which seemed to lose most of its mobility. Thermidor 2 then righted 8645T 2 and put it in Dead Metal's pincers. 8645T 2 managed to escape Dead Metal and shot across the arena, before the arena flipper activated and threw 8645T 2 the length of the arena. At this point Mighty Mouse had made it to the centre of the arena, but was immobilised as it went over the dropzone. With no weapons active, 8645T 2 attempted to pit the immobile Mighty Mouse in a futile attempt to remain in the competition, but drove in itself. Thermidor 2 went and pitted Mighty Mouse anyway, but the latter had qualified regardless.

"Oh, go on Mighty Mouse, get down there too!"
— Jonathan Pearce as Mighty Mouse is pitted

Qualified: Mighty Mouse & Thermidor 2

Pinser vs Cobra vs The Kraken vs Kronic the Wedgehog[edit | edit source]

Pinser pierces Kronic the Wedgehog's flipper

Cobra is rammed by Kronic the Wedgehog

The Kraken scratches down on Cobra

Mr. Psycho drives over Cobra

Kronic immediately flipped Cobra, before circling around for another attempt. It then assailed Pinser, who pierced through the front flipper, carrying it onto the flame pit. The Kraken then attacked, separating the two. The Kraken then attacked Cobra, and was joined by Pinser. Pinser took a better grip, but was forced to cross the flame pit. As it pulled Cobra aside, Pinser stopped moving. Both Kronic and The Kraken rammed Cobra while Mr Psycho drove right over Cobra. It became evident that both robots were immobile and that Pinser was locked in a death grip. Cobra had been officially counted out and Mr Psycho struck it several times with his hammer.

Refbot counts out Pinser and Cobra

Pinser and Cobra are thrown over by the floor flipper

Mr Psycho pushes Cobra and Pinser

"That's one hammer blow, Mr Psycho managed to hit himself in the head. Ladies and gentlemen, he's not the brainiest, he's not the brightest. Pinser, neither are you. GET OUT OF THE WAY!"
— Jonathan Pearce

Pinser was pushed alongside Cobra towards the floor flipper by Mr Psycho. Both robots were flipped into the air but remained in their death grip as they were pushed into the Drop Zone where a television set was dropped on them.

"Mr Psycho shows no mercy. Kraken and Kronic the Wedgehog, they go through!"
— Craig Charles

Qualified: The Kraken & Kronic the Wedgehog

Round 2[edit | edit source]

"Craig. Let's reconfirm the draw. Mighty Mouse will meet Kronic the Wedgehog in a moment, but first up, Thermidor 2 and The Kraken and Jayne's with them in the pits."
— Jonathan Pearce

Thermidor 2 (14) vs The Kraken[edit | edit source]

"May the best robot win, lads."
— Jayne Middlemiss to both teams

The Kraken forces Thermidor 2 backwards

Thermidor 2 flipped The Kraken immediately, leaving it on its side. It then shunted The Kraken into the CPZ and flipped it again, leaving its beak bent.

"And I think one of The Kraken's beaks, the jaws, is bent. It is, look."
— Jonathan Pearce

Thermidor 2 and The Kraken. Note that The Kraken's beak is buckled sideways

The Kraken narrowly bounces away from the pit of oblivion

Thermidor 2 prepares to finish off The Kraken

The Kraken is finally pitted

It righted The Kraken, before making several attempts to throw The Kraken from the arena. Thermidor 2 activated the pit and made an attempt to flip The Kraken down the pit, but ended up throwing it over the pit and causing it to land on its wheels, fleeing.

"It tried for the big expansive thrust down the pit, and it didn't quite come off for them."
— Jonathan Pearce

Thermidor 2 caught it, and it became evident that The Kraken's beak was completely folded over. After several more flips, Thermidor 2 lined up The Kraken, and shoved it into the pit.

"Improved from the last wars, they needed to improve, and they could be worthy contenders for the title."
— Jonathan Pearce on Thermidor 2

Winner: Thermidor 2

Mighty Mouse vs Kronic the Wedgehog[edit | edit source]

"Thermidor 2 predictively through to the Heat J Final and there, they will meet either Mighty Mouse or Kronic the Wedgehog."
— Jonathan Pearce

If Kronic the Wedgehog won this battle, it would enter a grudge match with Thermidor 2.

Kronic the Wedgehog hurls Mighty Mouse towards the arena wall

Mighty Mouse defeats Kronic the Wedgehog in an unanticipated turn of events

Mighty Mouse and Kronic the Wedgehog collided, causing most of Kronic the Wedgehog's spikes to fall off. Kronic then caught the fleeing Mighty Mouse and threw it over twice in quick succession. Mighty Mouse fled once more, and managed to dodge nearly every attack from Kronic the Wedgehog and Growler. Mighty Mouse then hit the pit release and pushed it clean off the wall.

Mr. Psycho and Growler attack Kronic the Wedgehog

Mr. Psycho rides up the immobile Kronic the Wedgehog

"Mighty Mouse, this is a mighty performance in terms of driving skill, they're dodging everything out there, Kronic can't catch them!"
— Jonathan Pearce

However, in a sudden turn of events, Kronic the Wedgehog hit the side wall, and Mighty Mouse rammed it into Growler's CPZ, where it was wedged against the wall and immobilised. It was counted out and attacked by Mr. Psycho, with the huge house robot driving up Kronic the Wedgehog's wedge just as cease was called.

"Bits of Kronic the Wedgehog all over the war zone floor. Mighty Mouse, they're through to the heat final!"
— Craig Charles

Winner: Mighty Mouse

Final[edit | edit source]

"And it is a real David against Goliath clash, Craig. Thermidor the seeds against the underdogs Mighty Mouse."
— Jonathan Pearce

Mighty Mouse vs Thermidor 2 (14)[edit | edit source]

"Two robots, but only one can go through to the series semi-finals. It's all or nothing at all. This is the heat final!"
— Craig Charles

Mighty Mouse runs away from Thermidor 2

Mighty Mouse rammed Thermidor 2 and in return, the lobster flipped the mouse, but neither took damage from the others attack. Once again, Mighty Mouse fled, with Thermidor 2 catching it and flipping it several times. Mighty Mouse fled around, not making an offensive move, but managing to evade every attack made by Thermidor 2 and the house robots.

Thermidor 2 catches the valiant Mouse

Thermidor 2 flicks Mighty Mouse into the air

"You can't play hide and seek in the warzone! Boo, let's play peek-a-boo, oh run away, here I am, I've gone, over here!"
— Jonathan Pearce as Mighty Mouse continues to scuttle around the arena

Mighty Mouse runs into trouble

Thermidor 2 caught Mighty Mouse at last and flipped it into the side wall, but Mighty Mouse managed to slip off and escape. At this point, Mighty Mouse was caught in the CPZ and lost its sideways movement, only managing to move back and forwards.

Mighty Mouse narrowly avoids the pit of oblivion as time ticks down

"If this goes to the judges, can you imagine the mark for aggression for Mighty Mouse? Can we do minuses? I'm not too sure."
— Jonathan Pearce

The valiant Mighty Mouse managed to escape and hold on for the judges’ decision, the only one in the heat. The predictable results came through - Mighty Mouse lost the bout and Thermidor 2 proceeded into the semi-finals for the first time since Series 4.

"A million points to Mighty Mouse for effort."
— Jonathan Pearce

Heat Winner: Thermidor 2

"We've had a right royal rumble, and Thermidor's, in the Series Semi-Finals, of Robot Wars!"
— Craig Charles' sign-off

Special Event[edit | edit source]

Main article: Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars/World Championship Qualifiers

Between Round 1 and Round 2 of each heat (except Heat I), a 'Special Event' was shown. For Heat J, it was a World Championship qualifier between New Zealand and Belgium.

Riptilion (NZL) vs Hard (BEL)

Winner: Hard

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Heat J marked the second time that Thermidor 2 and Kronic the Wedgehog were in the same heat. Both of said heats were the only two that Thermidor 2 won.
    • Indeed, if Kronic the Wedgehog had beaten Mighty Mouse, it would have fought Thermidor 2 in a rematch from Heat G of Series 4.
  • Team Beast, Team Mouse and Thermidor 2 would all later compete in Heat 5 of Series 8.
  • In the World Championship qualifier in this heat, Riptilion's image on its statistics board appears to use a cropped version of the pre-battle shot of it under the arena spotlight, instead of a studio shot like almost all other competitors' statistics boards. It is possible this is because the robot was brought in at short notice, since Araknia took significant damage during the main competition.
  • During the House Robot introductions for the battle between Thermidor 2 and The Kraken, the shot of Cassius Chrome is mirrored; his black eye is shown to be on the left of his face instead of the right.
    • The same introductions also feature a continuity error - the clip for Mr. Psycho shows him occupying the top-right CPZ, however the very next shot shows Cassius Chrome taking his place during the countdown to 'Activate'.
  • Because Kronic the Wedgehog fought Thermidor 2 in Series 4, Pinser and Cobra were the only two competing robots in this heat not to fight Thermidor 2 at any point.
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