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"Last week on Robot Wars, setting the pace, Mace 2 had the venom against Stinger. Forklift's Revenge was spun about by Killalot and Suicidal Tendencies survived. Weeliwako was sunk to the pits by Mace again. Raizer Blade cut its own throat. And in the final, Suicidal Tendencies was slammed by Mace so let the gears crash and engines rev for more rumbles and tumbles on Robot Wars!"
Jonathan Pearce's introduction

Heat B of Robot Wars: The Third Wars was the second of sixteen heats which determined the Semi-Finalists of Robot Wars: The Third Wars. The episode featuring Heat B was originally broadcast on December 10, 1999 on BBC Two. The broadcast managed to attract 3.97 million viewers, a decrease of 330,000 viewers when compared with the previous episode. According to BARB, this meant it ranked eighth in the top thirty highest rated BBC 2 broadcasts during 6-12 December.

"There was a time when I thought about joining the army - just after I had that brain transplant. But real war is a real hassle. You have to get up really early in the morning, and everyone runs around and shouts a lot. And as for the gear, jack boots went out with the plague. And have you ever seen a soldier with a decent haircut? No, you haven't. And as for camouflage, they're no good at that either. I mean, those army trucks on motorways stand out like a sore thumb. That's why we at Robot Wars take out our aggression in a more civilised manner. OK, ego's might get bruised, robots might get bashed, but don't worry madam, it's all good, clean fun."
— Craig Charles' introduction

Competing RobotsEdit

NewcomersEdit

Abaddon
Abaddon
Weight 81.4kg
Dimensions 0.45 x 2.43 x 1.06m
Clearance 0.03m
Power 2 x Wheelchair Motors
Weapons 2 x Rotavator Blade
Notes Cost £350
From: Newton Stewart in Scotland
Team Members: Simon Grosvenor, Felix Grosvenor, Wellington Grosvenor
Pitbull mag
Pitbull
Weight 79.6kg
Dimensions 0.48 x 1.07 x 0.66m
Clearance 0.02m
Power 2 Electric Motors
Weapons Clamping Jaws
Notes Build Time - 2 Months
From: Nottinghamshire
Team Members: Phil Botting, Ivar Bundulis
Headrobocow
Robocow
Weight 81.7kg
Dimensions 0.81 x 1.8 x 0.60m
Clearance 0.02m
Power 3 Indiana Motors
Weapons 2 x Steel Chisel 'Horns'
Notes Has a Wagging Wooden Tail
From: Mold in Wales
Team Members: John Udale, Robert Udale, Jenny Udale
Shark attack
Shark Attack
Weight 79.4kg
Dimensions 0.66 x 1.39 x 0.59m
Clearance Variable
Power 2 x Wheelchair Motors
Weapons Front Lifting Shovel
Notes Cost £500
From: Huddersfield
Team Members: Peter Gagen, Graham Walker, Richard Jackson
Sump thing
Sumpthing
Weight 80.6kg
Dimensions 0.67 x 1.09 x 0.94m
Clearance 0.01 - 0.04m
Power 2 Car Starter Motors
Weapons Forklift & Axe Attack
Notes Heavy Duty Modular Design
From: Leicester
Team Members: Dig (Mr Dignall), Jonathan Lort, Geoff Germaney

VeteransEdit

Behemoth series 3
Behemoth
Weight 82.0kg
Dimensions 1.32 x 1.05 x 0.63m
Clearance 0.02m
Power 2 Electric Motors
Weapons Lifting Scoop, Twin Powered Axes
Notes Cost £1,400
From: Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire
Team Members: Anthony Pritchard, Kane Aston, Michael Pritchard
General carnage
General Carnage
Weight 79.6kg
Dimensions 0.56 x 0.92 x 0.70m
Clearance 0.05m
Power 2 x Electric Motors
Weapons Lifting Arm with Claw Cutter
Notes Cost £500
From: Hull
Team Members: Nigel Sealey, Sarah Burton
Technophobic`
Technophobic
Weight 80kg
Dimensions 0.51 x 1.30 x 0.72m
Clearance 0.02m
Power 1 x Petrol Driven Motor
Weapons Hydraulic Lifting Arm
Notes Cost £1,000
From: Bournemouth
Team Members: Mike Halon, David Hayward, Dennis Cox

Round 1Edit

"Oh yes. Old friends and foes back again. Many of them with improved weaponry. Err. Let's have a look at the Round 1 battles then. Sumpthing against Pitbull. Abaddon against Technophobic, the yellow peril it looks like. General Carnage vs Robocow. And then Shark Attack, looking great by the way, against Behemoth."
— Jonathan Pearce reviews the first round battles

Sumpthing vs PitbullEdit

Sumpthing vs pitbull

Sumpthing impales itself immediately trying to attack Pitbull

Pitbull vs sump thing

Sumpthing is torched by the side flame jet

Sumpthing was the faster robot, and immediately attacked Pitbull with its pickaxe, but also immobilised itself in the process. Pitbull then pushed it into the arena wall flamers.

"And in goes Sumpthing onto the flames of torture there, and I think is immobilised right from its first charge!"
— Jonathan Pearce
Sergeant Bash Sumpthing

Sgt Bash crumples Sumpthing

Sumpthing Sir Killalot

Sir Killalot drops Sumpthing into the Pit

Pitbull could not bite it, but Sgt. Bash used his cutters and almost cut Sumpthing in half. Sir Killalot then proceeded to hook Sumpthing with his lance, drilling it repeatedly before lowering it into the pit.

"You're going down, Sumpthing! You're going down! ...and you've gone! All that work and planning, Sumpthing out! Pitbull the winners, quite clearly. Right from the start."
— Jonathan Pearce

Winner: Pitbull

Abaddon vs TechnophobicEdit

"How much is that doggy in the window? Priceless! Pitbull are through. Next up, Abaddon against Technophobic."
— Jonathan Pearce
Techophobic vs abaddon

Technophobic spears Abaddon

Technophobic Abaddon

Abaddon loses its castor

Before this battle Abaddon had to replace the ball in its tail with a lighter castor due to it being overweight. This significantly reduced its manoeuvrability. At the start of the battle it was picked up by Technophobic, but Technophobic could not flip it. Abaddon used its Rotavator blades to rip off some of Technophobic's armour. Technophobic responded by ripping off Abaddon's castor and pushed the robot onto the flame pit.

Abaddon flamepit

Abaddon gets itself stuck on the flame pit

Abaddon vs technophbic vs sir killalot

Sir Killalot lifts Abaddon and Technophobic

"Oh, the wheel's gone! Abaddon's wheel has come off! No wheels on that wagon."
— Jonathan Pearce

Abaddon was stuck on the grille of the flame pit because its tail was trapped in the mesh. Meanwhile Shunt attacked Technophobic, and then lifted Abaddon out of the flame pit. Technophobic then pushed it into Sir Killalot. The match went to a judges' decision, which was given to Technophobic.

Winner: Technophobic

General Carnage vs RobocowEdit

General carnage vs robocow

General Carnage engages in some Cow-Tipping

Robocow vs general carnage

Robocow is slammed into the angle grinder by General Carnage

This match started slowly with both robots spinning around each other. General Carnage slowly picked up Robocow, and pulled it near the pit.

"Come on, get back into it, you've got to start moo-ving away from General Carnage. Oh, dairy, dairy me."
— Jonathan Pearce as Robocow struggles to make an early impression

Robocow escaped but was then attacked by Matilda's chainsaw. General Carnage then pushed Robocow into Sgt. Bash.

"And I think poor old Robocow is off to the slaughter any moment now."
— Jonathan Pearce
Matilda vs sgtbash vs robocow

Sgt. Bash grabs hold of Robocow while Matilda breaks the tail and gets stuck on Bash

Robocow House Robots

The House Robots swarm around the overturned Robocow

Matilda drove in and broke Robocow's tail off, before Sir Killalot then picked up Robocow and flipped it.

"What do you call a cow without its head and its tail? Steak, I think."
— Jonathan Pearce

Shunt then axed Robocow's underside multiple times, before cease was called.

Winner: General Carnage

Behemoth vs Shark AttackEdit

"Pride punctured of Robocow or Holy Cow as Batman might say. They're out and General Carnage through. Next up, Shark Attack and Behemoth."
— Jonathan Pearce
Behemoth vs shark attack

Behemoth takes the bite out of Shark Attack

In this very short battle, Behemoth drove into Shark Attack's side twice, but could not flip it. This was not the case the third attempt, where it lifted up Shark Attack and turned it over.

Shark attack shunt

Shunt penetrates the base of the beaten Shark Attack

"And there, the lack of mobility from Shark Attack. They won't be able to right themselves, I'm sure."
— Jonathan Pearce as Shark Attack is toppled

Behemoth then reversed away just as the House Robots came in to attack Shark Attack.

Winner: Behemoth

Round 2Edit

Pitbull vs TechnophobicEdit

Technophobic Pitbull

Technophobic lifts Pitbull

Pitbull arena wall

Pitbull impales itself onto the arena wall

In this battle Pitbull started better and pushed Technophobic into the edge of the arena. Both robots moved around each other before Technophobic lifted Pitbull up.

"Technophobic lifting Pitbull up! And can it roll him over? Not to tickle its tum, but to get rid of it."
— Jonathan Pearce

Unfortunately it could not turn it over. Pitbull came charging back and drove at the edge of the arena, where its jaws got clamped to the railway sleeper at the side.

"No, no, no, you don't bite the furniture. You're not a puppy anymore."
— Jonathan Pearce as Pitbull pins itself
Techophobic vs pitbull

Technophobic goes up in flames thanks to Pitbull

It was finally freed when it was hit by Dead Metal and Sgt. Bash. Pitbull escaped and pushed Technophobic onto the flame pit. The flames reached the petrol engine as cease was called, and Technophobic caught fire, much to the audience's delight.

"Oh, and look! The petrol engine's gone! Well Technophobic looks like some great yellow bun being overcooked in the oven there. And it's ashes to ashes, dust to dust. Technophobic go home to rust!"
— Jonathan Pearce

Winner: Pitbull

Behemoth vs General CarnageEdit

"They're barking mad, but Pitbull go through to the final. Next up, General Carnage against Behemoth."
— Jonathan Pearce
Behemoth vs general carnage

Behemoth demotes General Carnage to a Private

Both robots manoeuvred round each other before Behemoth lifted up General Carnage and tipped it over.

"Up you go, roly poly, over and out."
— Jonathan Pearce as General Carnage is tipped over

It then attacked it with the rear axes. Dead Metal then attacked General Carnage, and Behemoth attacked Dead Metal in retaliation.

Behemoth lifts Dead Metal Series 3

Behemoth (right) lifts Dead Metal while Sgt. Bash attempts to pit General Carnage

Behemoth Sir Killalot Series 3

Behemoth is trapped in a CPZ by Sir Killalot

Dead Metal vs Behemoth Series 3

Dead Metal clamps Behemoth in revenge

Sergeant Bash pit

Sir Killalot drops General Carnage to its doom

"Well, the House Robots have a saying: "Remember, remember, there's always time to dismember." And they will be back at you later on in Robot Wars, Behemoth!"
— Jonathan Pearce

Shunt tipped General Carnage back over, while Dead Metal attacked Behemoth. General Carnage was then lifted up by Sir Killalot and put in the pit.

"Well. General Carnage is total toast."
— Craig Charles

Winner: Behemoth

Heat FinalEdit

"We started with eight. We're down to two. It's the third round."
— Craig Charles

Pitbull vs BehemothEdit

Pitbull Behemoth

Behemoth rolls Pitbull into the CPZ

Pitbull vs behemoth

Behemoth lifts Pitbull

Behemoth vs Pitbull

Pitbull bites down hard onto Behemoth

At the start, Behemoth immediately flipped Pitbull, to reveal the 'PTO' written on the bottom, only for Dead Metal to turn Pitbull back upright. Pitbull retreated, before charging at Behemoth, with Behemoth temporarily managing to hoist Pitbull by the jaw before the latter wriggled loose. Pitbull then attacked Behemoth's front scoop and clamped down on it.

"He's got something to get his teeth into there."
— Jonathan Pearce as Pitbull bites into Behemoth
BehemothFlipped

Behemoth gets flipped by the Arena Spike

Pitbull Behemoth 1

Behemoth after being flipped by the Arena Spike

Behemoth managed to free itself, but only temporarily, as Pitbull grabbed hold of Behemoth again - this time clamping down onto Behemoth's side and pushing it into Sir Killalot's CPZ. As Behemoth escaped, it was thrown onto its side by an arena spike, and left immobilised, before Pitbull was bounced up and down after driving over the same spike.

"What happened there, just flipped up and over!"
— Jonathan Pearce as the arena spike flicks Behemoth over
S3Flipper

Behemoth about to become the first robot to be flipped by the floor flipper

Sir Killalot and Dead Metal attacked Behemoth, before Behemoth was positioned onto the Floor Flipper and thrown onto Dead Metal. Behemoth was eventually re-righted by Sir Killalot just as 'cease' was called, although it had already been eliminated by this point.

"Behemoth spiked, attacked by the house robots, and then gets a good flippin'. Pitbull through to our series semi-finals."
— Craig Charles

Heat Winner: Pitbull

"It's the only show Uri Geller adores, cos we do twist metal, on Robot Wars!"
— Craig Charles signs off

Special EventEdit

VelocirippaDD2Football

Velocirippa scores

Between Round 1 and Round 2 of each heat, a Special Event or Trial took place. For Heat B, it was the first Robotic Soccer heat.

Velocirippa vs Demolition Demon 2Edit

Winner: Velocirippa


Trivia Edit

  • Sumpthing's statistics board
  • Robocow's statistics board
  • Behemoth became the first of several semi-finalists from the previous year to fall in the heat.
  • The arena spikes were of note here - their contribution to the defeat of Behemoth in the Heat Final was one of the more memorable controversies surrounding them.
  • The arena floor flipper was seen for the first time in the battle, hurling Behemoth across it when it was placed there by the House Robots after becoming immobilised.
  • Heat Winner, Pitbull, was the first robot to wield a pair of crushing jaws as a weapon. It remains one of the few to successfully use the weapon to good effect.
  • Pitbull's first victory against Sumpthing is currently ranked equal 21st in the Shortest Battles in UK Robot Wars.
  • Oddly, the background music for the first battle was the Robot Wars ending theme, rather than the usual battle theme.
  • Robocow's statistics board featured two errors; it claimed it was 6.6 metres wide and the Notes section read "Has a wagging wooden tale", when tail would be the correct spelling.
  • Sumpthing's statistics board incorrectly stated that it was powered by two car starter motors. However, Jonathan Pearce correctly mentioned that it was powered by four car starter motors.
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