Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars was the seventh series of the British television game show Robot Wars, and would prove to be the last for over twelve years. It was originally broadcast from 2003 to 2004 on Five, the first and only time that the UK series would not be transmitted by the BBC. The series was hosted by Craig Charles, the pit reporter was Jayne Middlemiss and commentary was provided by Jonathan Pearce.
The series was also re-aired on Jetix and Fox Kids. Initially shown in full, the show was eventually relegated to a 30 minute time slot, and as a result, most of the backstage interviews, as well as the side events, were edited out. Some of the battles themselves were also edited. The Seventh Wars was repeated on Challenge from 19th February-18th March 2016.
In addition to changing channels for the original UK broadcast, The Seventh Wars also introduced several new rules for competitors participating in this series. Some resulted from events which occurred in The Sixth Wars and the second series of Robot Wars Extreme, while others were suggested by veteran roboteers who were now working on the show as technical consultants, such as George Francis of Team Chaos and Kim Davies of Panic Attack.
The most significant change was that every robot above the featherweight class was to be equipped with a 'working offensive weapon' of some kind. This rule was intended to exclude robots which were armed solely with non-moving weapons, such as ramming blades and static spikes, and also affected robots with torque reaction weapons or sit-and-spin designs. Although this has never been confirmed, the 'working offensive weapon' rule has widely been considered a response to Tornado's victory in the Sixth Wars and Storm 2's subsequent victory in the Extreme 2 New Blood Championship. Both robots relied on their pushing power and speed to win battles; the Robot Wars producers had considered robots with these characteristics potentially uninteresting and unentertaining to audiences, and were wary that a similar robot could potentially win the series.
- "What the audience wants is a robot that when they see it on display or just entering the arena, they think...WOW! Rambots never really have that appeal, as they’re usually just boxes on wheels. With robots with moving weapons, there is a sense of theatre and drama; when sparks fly from the attack of a flywheel, or a robot flying in the air after an attack from a flipper. All that rambots seem to deliver is a push and a shove, yes they win the battle, but it doesn’t win our imaginations, or the fans’."
- — Old Mentorn Blog
The rule change resulted in various robots, including Tornado and Storm 2 themselves, adopting active weapons for all aspects of their designs, including interchangeable weapon configurations. Nevertheless, sit-and-spin designs such as T-Wrecks were still considered eligible despite technically lacking powered weaponry.
Several changes were also made to the rules regarding interchangeable weapons. Body panels were required to be identical in every configuration, and all weapons were required to be declared and approved by the Robot Wars producers in advance. Additionally, defensive add-ons and interchangeable weapons with defensive features were prohibited, outlawing additions such as Tornado's 'anti-crusher weapon' as well as its unused 'anti-spinner' and 'anti-axe' weapons.
Stricter rules were also enforced on electric and hydraulic components. A maximum voltage of 60 volts on AC or DC power was established; robots featuring a voltage higher than 36 volts required their voltage to be clearly labelled near the removable link, as well as their electrical equipment to be built to high engineering and safety standards. In addition to the 3000psi limit for hydraulic components established in earlier series, competitors with these systems were required to be able to demonstrate their working pressures, as well as to use a portable pressure gauge at the technical crew's discretion. Several robots were found to be in excess of the pressure limit and were therefore unable to enter Series 7.
Finally, rules banning mesh and other materials which could potentially snag rotating weapons were more explicitly enforced, often resulting in penalties for competitors which breached this rule. This especially affected Bulldog Breed in Heat K, where it was caught using a mesh to protect its pneumatics system in the first round of the aforementioned heat. Although Bulldog Breed still progressed on the resulting Judges' decision, the team were told not to use the mesh again by Derek Foxwell after explaining its purpose afterwards. Meanwhile, in the qualifiers, Brutus Maximus used a net to immobilise Mean Streak, ultimately conceding victory to the latter; however, it would still receive a place in the main competition.
Previous series of Robot Wars offered cash prizes, but the BBC were not able to promote this, as the prize relied on the money of taxpayers. Under the ownership of Five, the presenters were able to announce the cash prize, with Craig Charles and Jonathan Pearce claiming that the cash prize was a new feature. The total cash pot had a value of over £20,000, with £5,000 going to the eventual champion. It is known that the third-placer also received £5,000, and that all contestants received £50.
The series consisted of sixteen heats featuring eight robots each. As with the previous series, each heat began with two four-way melees, with two winning robots progressing to the second round, consisting of one-on-one battles. The winners of each second round battle would then face each other in the Heat Final, the winner of which would advance to the Semi-Finals. The Semi-Finals of Series 7 reverted to the same format as those in Series 3 and Series 4, consisting of two rounds of one-on-one battles between the heat winners. Two robots from each Semi-Final would progress to the Grand Final, where they were initially paired off and fought in two one-on-one 'Eliminators'. The winners of each 'Eliminator' would fight each other in a final battle to determine the series champion, while the losers would fight a 'play-off' to determine third and fourth places.
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars/Heat A
- M2 vs Tiberius 3 vs Shell Shock vs Vader: M2 & Tiberius 3 qualified
- Roobarb vs Pussycat vs Twister vs Brutus Maximus: Roobarb & Pussycat qualified
- Pussycat vs M2: M2 won
- Tiberius 3 vs Roobarb: Tiberius 3 won
- M2 vs Tiberius 3: M2 won
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars/Heat B
- Kan-Opener vs The Grim Reaper vs Big Nipper vs Barbaric Response: The Grim Reaper & Big Nipper qualified
- Killerkat vs Jackson Wallop vs Gyrobot vs Terrorhurtz: Jackson Wallop & Gyrobot qualified
- Note: Terrorhurtz did not participate.
- Gyrobot vs The Grim Reaper: The Grim Reaper won
- Big Nipper vs Jackson Wallop: Big Nipper won
- The Grim Reaper vs Big Nipper: The Grim Reaper won
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars/Heat C
- King B Powerworks vs Hassocks Hog 2 vs Dantomkia vs Rick: Dantomkia & King B Powerworks qualified
- IG-88 vs Scorpion vs Tomahawk vs The Stag: IG-88 & Scorpion qualified
- Dantomkia vs Scorpion: Dantomkia won
- King B Powerworks vs IG-88: IG-88 won
- Dantomkia vs IG-88: Dantomkia won
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars/Heat D
- Lightning vs The Alien vs Herbinator vs 13 Black: Lightning & 13 Black qualified
- Thor vs Hydra vs Gravity vs Hodaf The Bad: Thor & Gravity qualified
- 13 Black vs Gravity: Gravity won
- Lightning vs Thor: Lightning won
- Gravity vs Lightning: Gravity won
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars/Heat E
- Tornado vs Sawpoint 2 vs Ewe 2 vs Devastator: Tornado & Ewe 2 qualified
- Leveller 2 vs Tetanus Booster vs Barber-Ous 2'n a Bit vs Thunderpants: Leveller 2 & Tetanus Booster qualified
- Note: Thunderpants broke down in the entry gate and never made it into the arena, so the fight carried on with just three competing robots.
- Leveller 2 vs Tornado: Tornado won
- Tetanus Booster vs Ewe 2: Tetanus Booster won
- Tornado vs Tetanus Booster: Tornado won
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars/Heat F
- X-Terminator vs Tsunami vs Major Tom 3 vs Diabolus: X-Terminator & Tsunami qualified
- Constrictor vs Fluffy vs Killer Carrot 2 vs Scarey-Go-Round: Constrictor & Killer Carrot 2 qualified
- Killer Carrot 2 vs X-Terminator: X-Terminator won
- Constrictor vs Tsunami: Tsunami won
- X-Terminator vs Tsunami: X-Terminator won
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars/Heat G
- S.M.I.D.S.Y. vs Atomic vs Cygnus X-1 vs Terror Turtle: S.M.I.D.S.Y. & Atomic qualified
- Araknia vs Mean Streak vs Hellbent vs I Bot One Beta: Hellbent & Mean Streak qualified
- S.M.I.D.S.Y. vs Mean Streak: S.M.I.D.S.Y. won
- Hellbent vs Atomic: Atomic won
- S.M.I.D.S.Y. vs Atomic: Atomic won
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars/Heat H
- Ming Dienasty vs Ceros vs Metalis vs Scraptosaur: Ceros & Scraptosaur qualified
- Mega Hurts LT vs Revolution 3 vs St. Agro vs The Scrapper: Revolution 3 & St. Agro qualified
- St. Agro vs Scraptosaur: St. Agro won
- Ceros vs Revolution 3: Ceros won
- St. Agro vs Ceros: St. Agro won
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars/Heat I
- Mayhem vs Rhino vs Storm 2 vs Supernova: Rhino & Storm 2 qualified
- Shredder Evolution vs Steel Avenger vs Sub-Version 1.1 vs Trax: Steel Avenger & Trax qualified
- Storm 2 vs Trax: Storm 2 won
- Rhino vs Steel Avenger: Steel Avenger won
- Storm 2 vs Steel Avenger: Storm 2 won
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars/Heat J
- Mighty Mouse vs Mobot vs Thermidor 2 vs 8645T 2: Mighty Mouse & Thermidor 2 qualified
- Pinser vs Cobra vs The Kraken vs Kronic the Wedgehog: The Kraken & Kronic the Wedgehog qualified
- Thermidor 2 vs The Kraken: Thermidor 2 won
- Mighty Mouse vs Kronic the Wedgehog: Mighty Mouse won
- Thermidor 2 vs Mighty Mouse: Thermidor 2 won
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars/Heat K
- Mantis vs Infernal Contraption vs Bulldog Breed vs Jabber: Mantis & Bulldog Breed qualified
- Hard vs Velocirippa vs T-Wrecks vs Kat 3: Hard & Kat 3 qualified
- Hard vs Bulldog Breed: Bulldog Breed won
- Mantis vs Kat 3: Kat 3 won
- Bulldog Breed vs Kat 3: Bulldog Breed won
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars/Heat L
- Demolition Man vs Corkscrew Two vs Judge Shred 3 vs Mute: Judge Shred 3 & Mute qualified
- Tartarus vs Crushtacean vs Behemoth vs UFO: Behemoth & UFO qualified
- Mute vs Behemoth: Mute won
- Judge Shred 3 vs UFO: Judge Shred 3 won
- Mute vs Judge Shred 3: Mute won
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars/Heat M
- Panic Attack vs Mega Morg vs Edge Hog vs Spin Doctor: Panic Attack & Mega Morg qualified
- Tough as Nails vs B.O.D. vs Disc-O-Inferno vs Robochicken: Tough as Nails & Robochicken qualified
- Panic Attack vs Tough as Nails: Tough as Nails won
- Robochicken vs Mega Morg: Robochicken won
- Tough as Nails vs Robochicken: Tough as Nails won
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars/Heat N
- Spawn Again vs Chip vs NEATer Machine vs Revenge of Trouble & Strife: Spawn Again & Revenge of Trouble & Strife qualified
- Topbot vs R.O.C.S. vs Raging Knightmare vs The Executioner: R.O.C.S. & Raging Knightmare qualified
- R.O.C.S. vs Spawn Again: Spawn Again won
- Raging Knightmare vs Revenge of Trouble & Strife: Raging Knightmare won
- Spawn Again vs Raging Knightmare: Raging Knightmare won
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars/Heat O
- Colossus vs Bigger Brother vs U.R.O. vs Typhoon 2: Bigger Brother & Typhoon 2 qualified
- DisConstructor vs Xenomorph vs Hammerhead 2 vs Iron-Awe 2.1: Hammerhead 2 & Iron-Awe 2.1 qualified
- Iron-Awe 2.1 vs Bigger Brother: Iron-Awe 2.1 won
- Hammerhead 2 vs Typhoon 2: Typhoon 2 won
- Iron-Awe 2.1 vs Typhoon 2: Typhoon 2 won
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars/Heat P
- Daisy-Cutter vs Firestorm 5 vs Bamm Bamm vs Black and Blue: Daisy-Cutter & Firestorm 5 qualified
- Reptirron The Second vs Ripper vs Aggrobot vs Zorro: Reptirron The Second & Ripper qualified
- Firestorm 5 vs Reptirron The Second: Firestorm 5 won
- Daisy-Cutter vs Ripper: Ripper won
- Firestorm 5 vs Ripper: Firestorm 5 won
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars/Semi-Final 1
- Raging Knightmare vs Tornado: Tornado won
- Dantomkia vs Gravity: Gravity won
- St. Agro vs X-Terminator: X-Terminator won
- Bulldog Breed vs Tough as Nails: Bulldog Breed won
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars/Semi-Final 2
- Mute vs Firestorm 5: Firestorm 5 won
- Thermidor 2 vs Typhoon 2: Typhoon 2 won
- Storm 2 vs The Grim Reaper: Storm 2 won
- Atomic vs M2: Atomic won
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars/Grand Final
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars/Special Events
These battles took place throughout the series, and were aired after Round 1 of all the heats except Heat I. Battles included the Middleweight championship, World Championship qualifiers and three "weapon-based" battles. There was also a House Robot Rebellion, which was aired during the Annihilator episode.
This is a list to summarise which event was held during each heat of Series 7.
- Heat A: World Championship Qualifier (Austria vs Sri Lanka)
- Heat B: Featherweight Battle
- Heat C: Battle of the Spinners (Spin City)
- Heat D: World Championship Qualifier (USA)
- Heat E: Featherweight Battle
- Heat F: Axe Attack
- Heat G: World Championship Qualifier (South Africa vs Republic of Ireland)
- Heat H: Crusher Crunch Up
- Heat I: No Special Event (series recap)
- Heat J: World Championship Qualifier (New Zealand vs Belgium)
- Heat K: Middleweight Final
- Heat L: World Championship Qualifier (Germany)
- Heat M: Featherweight Battle
- Heat N: World Championship Qualifier (Canada vs Switzerland)
- Heat O: World Championship Qualifier (The Netherlands)
- Heat P: Featherweight Final
World Championship Qualifiers
These battles would allow the winner to advance to The Third World Championship at the end of the series, representing their country. Three battles took the form of a head-to-head or a three-way melee to represent major countries (United States of America, Germany, The Netherlands), while the other battles would be head-to-heads between unrelated countries.
- Mechaniac (AUT) vs Supernova (SRI): Supernova won
- Flippa (USA) vs Spartacus (USA): Spartacus won
- Crushtacean (RSA) vs Topbot (IRE): Crushtacean won
- Hard (BEL) vs Riptilion (NZL): Hard won
- Ansgar 3 (GER) vs I Bot One Beta (GER) vs Reaper NP2 (GER): Ansgar 3 won
- Snake Bite (SUI) vs Terror Turtle (CAN): Snake Bite won
- Gravity (NED) vs Scraptosaur (NED) vs Tough as Nails (NED) - Tough as Nails won
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars/Featherweight Championship
This small tournament featured 18 robots weighing no more than 12kg fighting against one another.
Note: G2 was referred to as "Cheese 2" in the event due to a scripting error.
- Rip vs Kitty vs Alpha vs Mini-Maul vs G2 vs Prince of Awe vs Cygnus X3: Rip & Prince of Awe qualified
- Bernard vs DTK vs Staglet vs Typhoon Cadet vs Alienator vs Cutlet vs Mammoth: Bernard & DTK qualified
- Micro-Mute vs Rampage 2 vs Gi-Ant-O vs Whipper: Rampage 2 & Whipper qualified
- DTK vs Rip vs Prince of Awe vs Whipper vs Bernard vs Rampage 2: DTK won
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars/Middleweight Championship
This event featured three robots weighing no more than 54kg fighting against one another in a single battle.
House Robot Rebellion
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars/House Robot Rebellion
This was a special event shown during the Annihilator episode which gave two contestant robots the chance to take on the house robots.
Winner: Behemoth & Gravity
Battle of the Spinners
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars/Battle of the Spinners
This battle featured three robots with spinning weapons fighting against one another.
Winner: Shredder Evolution
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars/Axe Attack
This battle featured three robots with axes fighting against one another.
Winner: Iron-Awe 2.1
Crusher Crunch Up
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars/Crusher Crunch Up
This battle featured three robots with crushing weapons fighting against one another.
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars/Annihilator
After the Grand Final, three special episodes were shown, the first of which featured the annihilator. The annihilator featured six robots in the arena, with one robot being eliminated in each round until only one was left standing.
- Sixth: Robochicken
- Fifth: Flippa
- Note: Flippa never made it into the arena after the first round due to technical problems, so the competition continued with just four robots.
- Fourth: Ewe 2
- Third: Raging Knightmare
- Runner-Up: Ripper
- Winner: Kan-Opener
- Main article: Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars/All-Stars
The second special episode featured the All-Stars Championship, in which eight of the best robots competed against each other to see who was the "best of the best".
- Bigger Brother vs Panic Attack vs Kat 3 vs Firestorm 5: Panic Attack & Kat 3 qualified
- Behemoth vs King B Powerworks vs Pussycat vs Dantomkia: Pussycat & Dantomkia qualified
- Panic Attack vs Dantomkia: Dantomkia won
- Pussycat vs Kat 3: Pussycat won
- Pussycat vs Dantomkia: Pussycat won
The Third World Championship
- Main article: The Third World Championship
The third special episode featured The Third World Championship. The championship featured twelve robots from around the world competing to become the third world champion.
Robots Competing: Spartacus (USA), Hard (Belgium), Supernova (Sri Lanka), PulverizeR (The Netherlands), Snake Bite (Switzerland), Crushtacean (South Africa), Ansgar 3 (Germany), Storm 2 (UK), Tornado (UK), Typhoon 2 (UK), Rawbot (Sweden), Tough as Nails (The Netherlands).
- Spartacus (USA) vs Hard (BEL) vs Supernova (SRI): Supernova won
- PulverizeR (NED) vs Snake Bite (SUI) vs Crushtacean (RSA): Crushtacean won
- Ansgar 3 (GER) vs Storm 2 (UK) vs Tornado (UK): Storm 2 won
- Typhoon 2 (UK) vs Rawbot (SWE) vs Tough as Nails (NED): Tough as Nails won
- Note: Before the battle had started, Typhoon 2 withdrew from the competition. Team Typhoon having used their last set of batteries in Typhoon to defend their Middleweight Championship title, stated in the TV broadcast to be the result of ‘technical problems’. This left Tough as Nails and Rawbot to fight alone.
- Supernova (SRI) vs Crushtacean (RSA): Supernova won
- Storm 2 (UK) vs Tough as Nails (NED): Storm 2 won
- Supernova (SRI) vs Storm 2 (UK): Storm 2 won
- This was the first series since The Third Wars to feature one hundred and twenty-eight robots.
- This is also the first series in which Team Chaos did not compete.
- This was the only series in the original run of Robot Wars not to have a House Robot introduction.
- ↑ Run Amok website - Series 7 rules and regulations
- ↑ ibid
- ↑ ibid
- ↑ Run Amok website - Series 6 rules and regulations
- ↑ Run Amok website - Series 7 rules and regulations