"Sixteen heats have flashed before the Robot Wars crown, sixteen winners have pirouetted, the House Robots dodged, the arena negotiated, opponents toppled, their hopes burnt out! So let's race into the first of our semi-finals, eight robots, only two survive! There is no mercy! Mechanical medics a must, on Robot Wars!"
— Jonathan Pearce's introduction

Semi-Final 1 of Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars was the first of two Semi-Finals which determined the Grand Finalists of Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars. The eight competing semi-finalists were paired off in Round 1, with the four victors pairing off in Round 2 to decide which two robots would progress to the Grand Final. The episode featuring Semi-Final 1 was broadcast on February 22, 2004 on Five.

Competing robots[edit | edit source]

Newcomers[edit | edit source]

Gravity (winner of Heat D)
Weight 99kg
Dimensions 0.43 x 1.20 x 0.75m
Power 2 x 750W electric motors
Weapons Flipper
Strengths Strong construction
Weaknesses Weak armour
From: Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
Team Members: WJ Dijkstra, Alex Ruschen & Jeroen van Lieverloo
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Tough as Nails (winner of Heat M)
Weight 98kg
Dimensions 0.37 x 1.25 x 1.15m
Power 2 x 1600W electric motors
Weapons Horizontal crushers
Strengths Strong armour
Weaknesses Electrical problems
From: Haren, The Netherlands
Team Members: Jeroen van der Loo, Stefan J. Raaijmakers & Niels R. Schotten

Veterans[edit | edit source]

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Bulldog Breed (seeded 12th, winner of Heat K)
Weight 100kg
Dimensions 0.34 x 0.93 x 0.71m
Power 2 Electric motors
Weapons Flipper
Strengths Tough
Weaknesses Absolutely none!
From: Cannock, Staffordshire
Team Members: Tony Somerfield, Robert Somerfield & Karl Asplin
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Dantomkia (seeded 5th, winner of Heat C)
Weight 96kg
Dimensions 0.36 x 1.18 x 0.83m
Power 2 x 750W electric motors
Weapons CO2 flipper
Strengths Reliability
Weaknesses Nervous driver
From: Chertsey, Surrey
Team Members: Michael Lambert, Daniel Lambert & Steven Gadsby
Raging Knightmare (winner of Heat N)
Weight 98kg
Dimensions 0.25 x 0.96 x 0.83m
Power 2 x 750W electric motors
Weapons Flipper
Strengths High powered weaponry
Weaknesses Lightweight body armour
From: Coalville, Leicestershire
Team Members: Nigel Paget, Lee Summers & Malcolm Summers
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St. Agro (winner of Heat H)
Weight 95kg
Dimensions 0.37 x 1.07 x 0.83m
Power 2 x 800W electric motors
Weapons Double flipper
Strengths Invertible
Weaknesses Prone to flipper failure
From: St. Agnes, Cornwall
Team Members: Terry Carlin, Michael Gambon & Benjamin Carlin
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Tornado (seeded 1st, winner of Heat E)
Weight 100kg
Dimensions 0.25 x 0.85 x 0.75m
Power 2 x 750W electric motors
Weapons Interchangeable weapons
Strengths Durable chassis
Weaknesses Vulnerable to flippers
From: Sawtry, Cambridgeshire
Team Members: Andrew Marchant, David Gamble & Bryan Moss
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X-Terminator (seeded 11th, winner of Heat F)
Weight 98kg
Dimensions 0.80 x 1.12 x 0.97m
Power 4.5KW electric motor
Weapons Vertical spinning disc
Strengths Extremely destructive
Weaknesses Does not like flippers
From: Belmont, Herefordshire
Team Members: Marlon Pritchard & Simon Baldwin

Round 1[edit | edit source]

Tornado (1) vs Raging Knightmare[edit | edit source]

Tornado rams Raging Knightmare into the arena wall

For this match, Team Tornado had elected to equip the spinning drum to their robot. After activate was sounded, Raging Knightmare charged at Tornado, but its flipper blade missed Tornado, allowing Tornado to catch on to Raging Knightmare, which was already in front of it, and using the spinning drum to flip Raging Knightmare up onto the top of itself. Tornado pushed Raging Knightmare towards the arena wall, but turned, and instead pushed Raging Knightmare towards the arena wall in the CPZ, doing so with such force, Raging Knightmare was flipped onto its side against the arena wall.

Raging Knightmare throws Shunt over

Raging Knightmare fired its flipper to dislodge itself from the arena wall, but remained stuck on its side. A nudge from Tornado knocked Raging Knightmare down, but onto its top. Raging Knightmare was invertible, so it could change its angle, and then use its flipper to self-right. Tornado caught up to Raging Knightmare straight afterwards though, pushing it into the arena wall. This was in CPZ territory, so Shunt could intervene, choosing to axe the top of Tornado, rather than Raging Knightmare.

"Tornado is dogged in its pursuit, and relentless."
— Jonathan Pearce

Tornado slams Raging Knightmare into submission

But rather than escaping fully, Raging Knightmare instead got underneath Shunt and flipped it. This was shown via the Shunt Cam on the televised edit, before being shown regularly in a replay. Both robots escaped the CPZ, with Tornado barging Raging Knightmare again, which fired it flipper with no target in sight, causing it to turn itself over, leaving Raging Knightmare inverted. Tornado then pushed Raging Knightmare over the flame pit, and into another CPZ, where Raging Knightmare could no longer escape. Although the wheels of Raging Knightmare still turned, its bent weaponry could no longer fire and was also suspending its wheels above the arena floor, leaving Raging Knightmare beached. Tornado then repeatedly slammed Raging Knightmare into the arena wall, jamming Raging Knightmare's flipper blade into the arena wall, where it got stuck.

Raging Knightmare is pitted

"Slam, bang, oh, no thank you ma'am."
— Jonathan Pearce as Tornado slams Raging Knightmare multiple times into the arena wall

Tornado attacked from a slightly different angle, using the spinning drum to raise Raging Knightmare, dislodging it from the arena side wall, and once again on top of Tornado, which then dropped Raging Knightmare, leaving it idle so Tornado could check Raging Knightmare's mobility. Team Tornado saw Raging Knightmare was still immobile, so it slammed the pit release tyre, and then got around the back of Raging Knightmare, where Tornado could slide Raging Knightmare into the open pit.

Winner: Tornado

Dantomkia (5) vs Gravity[edit | edit source]

Gravity and Dantomkia in the shortest battle of Robot Wars history

Dantomkia sails over the arena wall

Gravity and Dantomkia were both aligned with each other right at the start of the match. Dantomkia's tactic was to get around the side of Gravity where it could flip, but unfortunately for Dantomkia, Gravity was too fast, and got underneath Dantomkia while it was turning. Gravity then drove Dantomkia straight to the arena wall, and immediately flipped it out of the arena, resulting in the shortest battle of Robot Wars history, with cease being called after just six seconds.

"On cue, the second battle, in this, the first semi-finals. Dantomkia! Ha Ha Ha! Over and out! Simple as that! How quick was that done?"
— The entire commentary of the fight by Jonathan Pearce

Winner: Gravity

X-Terminator (11) vs St. Agro[edit | edit source]

Jayne Middlemiss: "What are your tactics going to be?"
Michael Carlin: "Kill them"
— Pre-battle interview

St. Agro suffers telling damage straight away

St. Agro was the first robot off the mark, either looking for a side-on flip at X-Terminator, or simply missing with its charge. While trying to align itself, St. Agro accidentally drove up X-Terminator's front scoop, slightly bending St. Agro's flipper. On another drive into the front, St. Agro got very slightly underneath X-Terminator, but not far enough to raise X-Terminator when it flipped. While doing this, St. Agro flipped itself over.

St. Agro fled, but X-Terminator chased, and directly hit one of St. Agro's wheels with its flywheel, tearing a chunk off of St. Agro's wheel, also flipping it over again. St. Agro's mobility was then hindered, and X-Terminator could attack the side of St. Agro, buckling its flipper.

X-Terminator's disc throws St. Agro against the arena wall

"And St. Agro already tattered here, there's a chunk out of one of the wheels, look."
— Jonathan Pearce

St. Agro was still able to reverse away, but X-Terminator was still chasing, completely buckling the flipper upwards with its next flywheel attack. St. Agro ran for the pit release tyre, but could not get away fast enough, and X-Terminator got another attack from behind, and then pressing it against the arena side wall. St. Agro toppled back down, only to be struck by X-Terminator's flywheel once and twice more.

St. Agro is counted out

"We are now down to the stage where the fittest and meanest survives, and the weakest, are marmalised."
— Jonathan Pearce as X-Terminator pins St. Agro against the arena side wall

X-Terminator went on another charge at St. Agro's wheels, missing twice, before hitting its target to no visible impact. X-Terminator got two more attacks from behind, and then backing away for Refbot to count out St. Agro, as X-Terminator drove into the arena wall for no apparent reason. As X-Terminator went on one more attack, its flywheel had not spun up again after driving it into the arena wall, so did no damage to St. Agro.

St. Agro is pushed into the pit

"X-Terminator looks mighty, and powerful, and durable."
— Jonathan Pearce as St. Agro is counted out

Still with a motionless flywheel, X-Terminator pushed St. Agro into Matilda, which took another panel off of St. Agro. X-Terminator pushed St. Agro further into the CPZ, where a huge slam from Matilda tore another chunk off of St. Agro's wheel. Shunt struck St. Agro with its axe, and St. Agro was revealed to be venting gas from the rear. Shunt axed it once more.

X-Terminator and the house robots teamed up to push St. Agro onto the floor flipper. After St. Agro was flipped, Matilda attempted to inflict more damage to St. Agro, but it was too low, and X-Terminator instead opted to push St. Agro into the pit.

"We've seen some very good machines in this semi-final - Gravity, Tornado, and now X-Terminator."
— Jonathan Pearce as X-Terminator pushes St. Agro down the pit

Winner: X-Terminator

Bulldog Breed (12) vs Tough as Nails[edit | edit source]

Bulldog Breed sends Tough as Nails up

Bulldog Breed and Tough as Nails both charged headlong at each other, but Tough as Nails did so at such an angle, it drove straight up Bulldog Breed, and overturned itself sideways. Tough as Nails reversed, but straight onto Bulldog Breed's wedge. However, Bulldog Breed did not flip, and after a short bout of evasion, Tough as Nails grabbed Bulldog Breed side-on. Bulldog Breed, however, was simply able to fire its flipper to dislodge Tough as Nails. Tough as Nails drove up Bulldog Breed again, but despite staying on top of Bulldog Breed for a lengthy time Bulldog Breed did not fire its flipper.

Bulldog Breed drove into Sergeant Bash's CPZ, before reversing into an angle grinder. Tough as Nails slowly traveled towards the pit release, activating it, before once again, reversing up Bulldog Breed and darting straight over it. Bulldog Breed caught up to Tough as Nails, got in underneath, and flipped it. Bulldog Breed kept its attacks persistent, getting another flip on Tough as Nails. The two pushed each other side-by-side, with Tough as Nails reversing away and performing a sort of pirouette, balancing solely on its two wheels.

Bulldog Breed throws Tough as Nails into the air.

"And the best of British here, is flying the Union Jack high and proud."
— Jonathan Pearce as Bulldog Breed makes a strong start

Tough as Nails kept charging at Bulldog Breed, but got itself flipped against the arena side wall, where Tough as Nails could drive off before Bulldog Breed would get the chance to flip it out of the arena. Tough as Nails then finally got a good grip on Bulldog Breed, but Bulldog Breed drove in circles, eventually sliding itself underneath Tough as Nails, where it could flip the Dutch machine.

"This is the closest battle we've seen in this semi-final so far."
— Jonathan Pearce

Both robots tussle over the flame pit

Tough as Nails grabbed Bulldog Breed from the front again, but could not seem to push it backwards. Bulldog Breed fired it flipper, but this was costly, as they bounced slightly, allowing Tough as Nails to maintain Bulldog Breed with its wheels off of the ground. Tough as Nails slammed Bulldog Breed into the arena side wall, putting Bulldog Breed's wheel back on the ground, still in Tough as Nails' grip.

"This is a terrific tug of war out there now."
— Jonathan Pearce

Tough as Nails attempts to edge Bulldog Breed towards the pit

Bulldog Breed made a push, trying to get Tough as Nails into the pit, but failed to do so, instead getting it near to Sergeant Bash's CPZ. The two pushed against each other over the flame pit. Bulldog Breed repeatedly slammed Tough as Nails against the arena side wall, but staying on top of the flame pit the whole time. The two made contact again, with Tough as Nails running up Bulldog Breed and overturning itself.

Bulldog Breed got fully underneath Tough as Nails, and flipped it onto the arena side wall, but Tough as Nails, comprising mainly of an axle, was still able to get its wheels onto the arena side wall and drive back down again. Bulldog Breed made another attempt at flipping Tough as Nails out of the arena, but misaligned, and flipped Tough as Nails sideways instead.

Bulldog Breed and Tough as Nails finish side-by-side.

"Is Tough as Nails a one trick pony?"
— Jonathan Pearce as Tough as Nails struggles to get Bulldog Breed towards the pit

Tough as Nails got another grip on Bulldog Breed on the tile of the drop zone, but simply did not have the power to push Bulldog Breed into the pit. Tough as Nails made one last attempt to grab Bulldog Breed, but did not do so, and the two did not attack again until cease was called, where the Judges opted in favour of the seeded Bulldog Breed.

Winner: Bulldog Breed

Round 2[edit | edit source]

Tornado (1) vs Gravity[edit | edit source]

Tornado slams Gravity

Tornado made an instant attempt to get around the side of Gravity, the latter staying idle, only turning on the spot in turns of movement. Tornado successfully got around the side of Gravity, but Gravity got away. Gravity turned into Tornado, but Tornado's lower scoop meant Gravity would simply go straight up Tornado's scoop, and then fall off again. The two robots drove at each other again, but their wedges were equally low down, and the two just bumped off each other. As Gravity's drive kept persisting, however, it drove up Tornado's scoop once again, allowing Tornado to get fully underneath, and ram Gravity into the arena side wall, where it repeatedly bashed Gravity

As Gravity turned away, Tornado snuck around the back, and pushed Gravity into Sir Killalot's CPZ. Sir Killalot made an effort to trap Gravity between its weapons and the arena side wall, but freed Gravity shortly afterwards, where Tornado was waiting to shove Gravity back in again. Gravity fired its flipper to no avail.

Tornado targets Gravity's tyres

After Gravity found its way out, it was clear that Gravity had sustained damage to one of its tyres, as the robot was hobbling.

"Oh, but damage, hobbling, hobbling, one tyre punctured."
— Jonathan Pearce

This also hindered Gravity's ability to get underneath Tornado's scoop, which showed when Tornado got in underneath again, with the flail inflicting minor damage. Tornado got underneath once more, slamming Gravity into another arena side wall and then an angle grinder.

"Gravity, in peril, I think for the first time in the Championships."
— Jonathan Pearce

Gravity flips Tornado

As Gravity tried to escape again, Tornado pushed Gravity into an empty CPZ, and into the wall again. As Cassius Chrome came in to attack one of the machines, Tornado was leaving the CPZ, reversing straight into Cassius Chrome, preventing Tornado's escape. Tornado's rear ground clearance was showing to Gravity, which swept underneath and powerfully flipped Tornado, leaving it inverted.

"One mistake there, by Andrew Marchant driving, and it could have been so costly. And there is still life in Gravity, as it bobbles along."
— Jonathan Pearce as Gravity fires Tornado into the air

Tornado's approach then seemed more evasive, eventually driving into the side of Gravity, but with little speed and power, only inflicting minor flail damage at best.

Tornado then pushed Gravity, but had to do so in a slight arc, as Tornado could not get underneath Gravity. Tornado pushed Gravity onto the flame pit, where the Gravity team thought they had the potential for an Out of the Arena flip, but this did not happen, with Tornado instead somersaulting back onto its wheels, as a burst of smoke escaped Gravity's flipper, which was still on the flame pit.

Gravity descends to defeat

As Tornado pushed Gravity into a more central area of the arena, Tornado then pushed the pit release, where Gravity was lingering nearby. Tornado then got underneath the front of Gravity, which fired its flipper, allowing Tornado to get even further underneath, where Gravity could be pushed onto the descending pit. Gravity attempted to drive off again, but this did not quite succeed.

"And Gravity are on the pit! And caught there... and descending away, from The Seventh Wars."
— Jonathan Pearce

Gravity fired its flipper once more, as it steadily lowered into the pit, at which point Tornado was declared the first Grand Finalist of the Seventh Wars.

Winner: Tornado

X-Terminator (11) vs Bulldog Breed (12)[edit | edit source]

Bulldog Breed's flipper blade is torn

Bulldog Breed entered the match with a differently designed flipper blade to what it had been using in previous matches. The match begun with Bulldog Breed trying to sneak around the rear of X-Terminator, but X-Terminator turned quickly enough so that Bulldog Breed would drive up X-Terminator's scoop and into the flywheel. Right from the first attack, Bulldog Breed's flipper blade was bent slightly upwards, meaning that Bulldog Breed would struggle to get underneath X-Terminator. Straight afterwards, X-Terminator got another attack on the wedge of Bulldog Breed, curling it, leaving Bulldog Breed's wedge completely redundant.

"Already rendering metal there, bending and buckling, and shredding, and tearing."
— Jonathan Pearce as X-Terminator cripples Bulldog Breed early on

After a few short clips at the side of Bulldog Breed, X-Terminator got underneath Bulldog Breed and started shunting it down the centre of the arena. Bulldog Breed fired its flipper, causing it to jump off the ground, where X-Terminator could then roll Bulldog Breed over. Bulldog Breed tried to self-right, but landed on X-Terminator's flywheel again. On its second attempt, Bulldog Breed self-righted.

X-Terminator rips off a panel from Bulldog Breed

However, before Bulldog Breed could move away, X-Terminator was already aligned for another attack, where X-Terminator overturned Bulldog Breed once more. Bulldog Breed self-righted, but straight into the arena wall. Bulldog Breed managed to get down and back away before X-Terminator could hit Bulldog Breed with its flywheel, but Bulldog Breed reversed straight into Sir Killalot, which pushed Bulldog Breed into the flywheel of X-Terminator.

Bulldog Breed suffered more damage, but charged at the scoop of X-Terminator once more, still merely driving up X-Terminator and taking damage from the flywheel. X-Terminator's flywheel temporarily stopped, so instead pushed Bulldog Breed into the CPZ, but no house robots intervened. The two robots drove into a slightly more central part of the arena, where Bulldog Breed kept on trying to ram into the front of X-Terminator, and just taking more damage and being lifted onto the top of X-Terminator, which pushed Bulldog Breed back into the CPZ, this time occupied by Sir Killalot.

A tattered Bulldog Breed, before it is attacked for the last time.

"How can Bulldog Breed turn this fight around? It is difficult to see, here, a way out for them because they can't flip."
— Jonathan Pearce

Sir Killalot tried to grab Bulldog Breed with the jaws of life, inadvertently stabbing X-Terminator with its lance before picking up Bulldog Breed, holding it momentarily before releasing it, where X-Terminator could again drive at Bulldog Breed, sending the sparks flying with its attack connections.

Bulldog Breed merely dawdled from hereon out, slowly driving around the same patch of area, before finally grinding to a halt. X-Terminator attacked Bulldog Breed once more, throwing it into the arena side wall, and then striking Bulldog Breed once more, balancing it on the arena side wall. Bulldog Breed toppled back in, inverted, where it self-righted into Sir Killalot's CPZ, which merely poked Bulldog Breed so X-Terminator could come in with another slam. As the flywheel connected once more, the sparks flew again, with the attack afterwards completely ripping a top piece of armour plating clean off.

X-Terminator attacks Bulldog Breed for the last time.

"There's a tattered noise to it all..."
— Jonathan Pearce as X-Terminator continues to punish Bulldog Breed

X-Terminator made one more effort to send Bulldog Breed flying out of the arena, which the Bulldog Breed team did not take in good spirits. Bulldog Breed was finally left to lie, inverted, where it was counted out by Refbot.

"Big Respect to Bulldog Breed, we have always felt bad for what we did to this robot, real heat of the moment stuff and not really realising how much damage we were inflicting while trying to fly them out of the arena. Since this fight I try and give other peoples work a bit more respect."
— Marlon Pritchard

Winner: X-Terminator

"X-Terminator has silenced Bulldog Breed's roars, and they've made the Grand Final, on Robot Wars!"
— Craig Charles' sign-off

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • This semi-final featured two newcomers, both of which were from the Netherlands. These were the only two robots from outside the UK to reach the semi-finals in UK Robot Wars history. Of the six veterans, only two had made the semi-finals the previous year and three had never reached the semi-finals in any of their previous appearances.
  • This semi-final featured four seeded robots, all of which were drawn against an unseeded robot in the first round. All but one of these battles resulted in victory for the seeded machine.
  • This episode featured the Shortest Battle in UK Robot Wars, between Gravity and Dantomkia, which lasted only six seconds in total.
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