"Now, in my day, there were three things a fella needed to shave. A razor, some shaving foam, and enough loo roll to bandage the whole of the wounded at the Somme. But nowadays, it's all performance toiletries. Like, for all I know, a jet propelled tooth brush and a 200 wipes per minute toilet roll - sounds nasty. But there is one bit of progress I am bang up to date with, and that's robots. And here, our robotic innovations are gonna do battle for a place in our series semi-finals."
— Craig Charles' introduction

Heat E of Robot Wars: The Third Wars was the fifth of sixteen heats which determined the Semi-Finalists of Robot Wars: The Third Wars. The episode featuring Heat E was originally broadcast on January 7, 2000 on BBC Two. The broadcast managed to attract 6.13 million viewers, an increase of 3.41 million viewers when compared with the previous episode. According to BARB, this meant it ranked first in the top thirty highest rated BBC 2 broadcasts during 3-9 January, becoming the first Series 3 episode to do so.

Competing RobotsEdit


Weight 83.8kg
Dimensions 0.35 x 1.05 x 0.7m
Clearance 0.01m
Power 5 x Motors
Weapons Hammer & 2 Chainsaw Chains
Notes Cost £3,000
From: Oxon
Team Members: David Kigsbury, Myles Kingsbury, Jonathan Metcalfe
Weight 79.2kg
Dimensions 0.6 x 1.57 x 1.07m
Clearance 0.07m
Power 2 x 29cc Strimmer Motors
Weapons Pneumatic ram powered teeth
Notes Has Forward & Reverse Gears
From: Berkshire
Team Members: Allen Millyard, Sam Millyard, Stephen Millyard
Weight 73.5kg
Dimensions 0.36 x 0.78 x 1.07m
Clearance 0.04m
Power Windscreen Wiper Motors
Weapons 2 x 1.5kg Hammers
Notes Cost £150
From: Middlesex
Team Members: Bob Beharie, Alfred Beharie
Weight 79.3kg
Dimensions 0.43 x 1.08 x 0.66m
Clearance 0.01m
Power Wheelchair Motors
Weapons Rotating Blade
Notes Cost £380
From: Devon
Team Members: Andrew Maddock, David Roberts, Alan Weller


Chaos 2
Chaos 2
Weight 77.4kg
Dimensions 0.38 x 0.92 x 0.72m
Clearance 0.07m
Power Electric Motors
Weapons CO2 Powered Flip Up
Notes Cost £250
From: Ipswich
Team Members: George Francis, Ian Swann, Richard Swann
Miss Ile
Miss Ile
Weight 79.04kg
Dimensions 0.33 x 1.24 x 0.75m
Clearance 0.01m
Power 4 x Sinclair C5 Motors
Weapons Lifting arm + Plough & Scoop
Notes Cost £2,000
From: Wolverhampton in Staffordshire
Team Members: Richard Peter, Albert Peter, Victor Peter
Weight 79.0kg
Dimensions 0.72 x 1.95 x 0.85m
Clearance 0.02m
Power 2 x Electric Motors
Weapons Wedge Shaped Ram
Notes Cost £500
From: Worcester
Team Members: Chris Sherwood, Tom Delahay, Matthew McSorley
The Big Cheese
Weight 83.8kg
Dimensions 0.57 x 1.47 x 0.96m
Clearance Variable
Power 7hp Disc Cutter Engine
Weapons Hydraulic Lifting Arm & Spike
Notes Cost £3,000
From: Somerset
Team Members: Roger Plant, Paul Otten, John McGugan

Round 1Edit

Anorakaphobia vs Miss IleEdit

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Anorakaphobia bashes Miss lle

The battle started slowly as both robots weighed each other up. Anorakaphobia then went up the front of Miss Ile's scoop temporarily, forcing Miss Ile backwards, who lost one of its eye to the flamethrower of Sgt. Bash. As Miss Ile backed away from Anorakaphobia, it lost its other eye.

"Oh it's lose another eye! Eye, eye, problems here, for Miss Ile."
— Jonathan Pearce
Miss Ile eye

Miss Ile's eye is burnt off

Anorakaphobia then attacked Miss Ile broad side on, pushing it into the arena wall, while repeatedly whacking Miss Ile with its 'rapid fire axe'. Miss Ile retreated slowly, and Anorakaphobia went up Miss Ile's scoop once more. With the action drifting very close to the pit, Miss Ile almost backed into it, but survived. Both robots continued to jostle near the pit, before Anorakaphobia accelerated away and found itself impaled on a set of spikes next to Sgt. Bash's CPZ.


Matilda finishes Miss Ile off

"This is a tight one, isn't it?"
— Jonathan Pearce
Anorakaphobia escaped, suffering only a lick of flame. Anorakaphobia then reversed onto the scoop of Miss Ile and slammed Miss Ile onto the edge of the pit, before Matilda nudged it in.
"Heave ho - question here of STRENGTH! Oh, Miss Ile's right on the lip of the pit! In comes Matilda - and there's the coup de grace!"
— Jonathan Pearce as a shoving contest results in Miss Ile being pitted.

The Anorakaphobia team changed drivers midway through the battle as the first driver, David Kingsbury, had to be sick in the control booth during the fight.

Winner: Anorakaphobia

The Big Cheese vs ShrapnelEdit

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The Big Cheese gains purchase to lift Shrapnel


The Big Cheese hangs Shrapnel precariously over the precipice

The Big Cheese got underneath Shrapnel once, but Shrapnel escaped. Shrapnel then retreated slowly and turned, before The Big Cheese got underneath Shrapnel and lifted its opponent up. The Big Cheese's arm got caught in Shrapnel's wheel arch, piercing the underside, which allowed The Big Cheese to lift Shrapnel spectacularly into the air, before carrying it over to the pit of oblivion, and slowly dropping it down.

"The Big Cheese the winner, and it was ever so easy."
— Jonathan Pearce

Winner: The Big Cheese

Chaos 2 vs CrocodilotronEdit

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Chaos 2 flips Crocodilotron


Chaos 2 flips Crocodilotron into the CPZ

Both robots started fast, with Crocodilotron angling off into the arena wall. Chaos 2 was in hot pursuit and slammed into the arena wall itself, before tossing Crocodilotron into the air, damaging the arena wall in the process, before tumbling it into Matilda's CPZ.

"This is a real weapon - one of the most powerful we've seen in Robot Wars, and it simply flipped Crocodilotron up and over. You're talking 85 kilos here, simply tossed up in the air like a broken twig. And that's a toothless crocodile now."
— Jonathan Pearce comments on Chaos 2's flipping ability

Chaos 2 flips Matilda

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Dead Metal slices into Crocodilotron's teeth

Crocodilotron attempted to get back into action with its jaws, but it was apparent that it was unable to self-right. Chaos 2 then tried to flip Matilda, causing Matilda's chainsaw chain to come off.

"OH, and now look, Chaos 2 takes on Matilda, who spins in rage! And I think has lost part of her chainsaw there! Look, you can see the actual chain just trailing away like some...disgusting Matilda entrails!"
— Jonathan Pearce

Sgt Bash and Shunt trap Chaos 2 for causing plenty trouble

Dead Metal came in and sliced into the immobile Crocodilotron, who could only retaliate by gnashing its jaws at Dead Metal's saw, as Shunt and Sgt. Bash attacked Chaos 2.
"And there, taking some punishment in the corner from Dead Metal, Crocodilotron...for whom, time is nigh, I'm afraid. In go the jaws, trying to clamp down on Dead Metal, cause some last late punishment- You can see the puncture marks, actually, on the bottom of Crocodilotron, if you look closely."
— Jonathan Pearce as Crocodilotron and Dead Metal attack each other.

Winner: Chaos 2

Sonic vs HammertronEdit

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Sonic is attacked by the House Robots as Hammertron spins its weapon


The arena spikes jolt Hammertron on top of Sonic

Sonic had the faster start, with Hammertron hardly moving far at all. Sonic nudged Hammertron into the arena wall, while the latter was whirling its hammers to fend off the former. After ramming Hammertron closer to a CPZ, Sonic got flipped up by an arena spike and into Dead Metal's CPZ, who subsequently pursued Sonic.

"What is Hammertron doing here? What are they doing? They're on the arena wall, they can't move... they're thrashing at thin air."
— Jonathan Pearce as Hammertron shows little signs of mobility

Sonic escaped, but got caught on the arena wall, allowing Dead Metal to cut into one of the support brackets protecting the wheel. Dead Metal then released Sonic, who then attacked the barely mobile Hammertron, pushing into onto an arena spike, which flipped it up; Sonic reversed and Hammertron fell over.

Dead Metal Hammertron Sonic

Dead Metal snaps a track as he slices into the overturned Hammertron

Hammertron pitted

Hammertron is finally pitted

"Hammertron up and over... wiped out really... Well done, Sonic."
— Jonathan Pearce as Hammertron is toppled over

Failure of Hammertron's srimech meant it stayed flipped, allowing Dead Metal and Shunt to cause damage. In the process, Dead Metal sawed straight through Hammertron's tracks, before pushing the beaten machine down the pit.

Winner: Sonic

Round 2Edit

Anorakaphobia vs The Big CheeseEdit

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Anorakaphobia rides up The Big Cheese

Both robots started slowly. Anorakaphobia tried to hit The Big Cheese with its axe, then reversed away and nearly drove into the pit. As The Big Cheese pursued, Anorakaphobia reversed into it and attempted to hit The Big Cheese with its axe once more, but missed again.

"We thought the chain mail drive would be the main weapon of Anorakaphobia, but I think it's that hammer, look at it! Coming out again, flailing away."
— Jonathan Pearce

Anorakaphobia continued to flail away with the axe, this time angling into the side wall while firing. Anorakaphobia then attacked The Big Cheese side on, but nearly drove into the pit again, as it roamed aimlessly near the pit. Anorakaphobia then tried to defend itself against Sir Killalot with the axe, as the House Robot closed in, before backing away and nearly falling into pit once more.

Big Cheese pits Anorakaphobia

The Big Cheese catches Anorakaphobia

"Well, they really are living dangerously on the edge of that pit."
— Jonathan Pearce

Anorakaphobia then shot up the front of The Big Cheese, which activated its lifter, but failed to get hold of Anorakaphobia, who span away once more. The Big Cheese kept its lifter up, before bringing it down onto Anorakaphobia's axe as it fired, before swinging round and dragging it into the pit of oblivion.

"And they did that well, and pushed Anorakaphobia into the pit; and that's splendid control by The Big Cheese."
— Jonathan Pearce

Winner: The Big Cheese

Chaos 2 vs SonicEdit


Chaos 2 flips over Sonic the first time

Both robots drove towards each other, but both turned away before they could reach their opponent, trying to get in the best position to attack. Sonic turned around, but turned straight onto Chaos 2's flipper, so Chaos 2 quickly turned it over.

"...a lot of admiring glances for Chaos 2 in the pits, and that's why!"
— Jonathan Pearce as Sonic is flipped

Chaos 2 rights Sonic

Chaos 2 got around to the other side of Sonic, and flipped it back onto its wheels. Sonic retreated towards the top corner of the arena, turned around and drove to the top of the arena, where it briefly stopped. Chaos 2 came in, and tried to get under Sonic and flip it, but Sonic was able to turn of the flipper and escape. However, it drove into Matilda in doing so. Matilda reversed to let Sonic go, and Chaos 2 chased it as it escaped the CPZ.

"I'd love to see the Chaos 2 flipper against Matilda you know, or any one of the House Robots."
— Jonathan Pearce, who would have his wish fulfilled in the Final
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Chaos 2, about to flip Sonic over again

As Chaos 2 closed in, it tried to get in the best position to flip, but as it turned, Sonic got its front blade under Chaos 2's side and pushed it. The two span around together, until Chaos 2 reversed to get off Sonic's blade. It drove at Sonic's front and flipped it over again. On this occasion, Chaos 2 stood back and left the beaten Sonic idle. The House Robots attacked and pitted Sonic, and Chaos 2 proceeded to the Heat Final.

"You were toying with him like cat with a mouse, you flipped him over, then you flipped him back, then you flipped him over again, it was almost cruel to watch!"
— Craig Charles to the Chaos 2 team after the battle

Winner: Chaos 2

Heat FinalEdit

"So we're down to two, The Big Cheese against Chaos 2, both phenomenal robots."
— Jonathan Pearce
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The Big Cheese attempts to self-right

The Big Cheese vs Chaos 2Edit

The Big Cheese got underneath Chaos 2 and turned it onto its side, but not over, allowing it to get away. Chaos 2 flipped The Big Cheese over, before ramming it against the arena wall, flipping it again onto the flame pit.

"And the hopes of The Big Cheese, grated, in these early moments."
— Jonathan Pearce

The Big Cheese recovered and flipped Chaos 2 over, before it self-righted. Chaos 2 then flipped The Big Cheese over again; it tried to self-right, but couldn't quite do so.

"Look at this from The Big Cheese; trying, trying so hard to right itself here."
— Jonathan Pearce
The Big Cheese Chaos 2

The Big Cheese topples and pins Chaos 2

As Chaos 2 celebrated with a spin, Sir Killalot came in and lifted The Big Cheese up with the lance.
"And remember what Roger Plant said earlier on in the heat: he was capable of beating Sir Killalot, whose spies were out, told him, and this, I'm afraid, is what we call..."botribution". Robot style...revenge for Killalot."
— Jonathan Pearce
The house robot put The Big Cheese on the floor flipper, but Sir Killalot dropped it back onto its wheels allowing it to get away before the flipper could activate. The Big Cheese took revenge on the House Robots by lifting up Sgt. Bash. Roger Plant's machine managed to lift Sgt. Bash into the air just like it did to Shrapnel (causing Sgt. Bash's back panel and propane gas bottle to come off), but was knocked off balance by Sir Killalot and fell onto its side, before dropping back down onto its wheels, with the heavily damaged Sgt. Bash still hooked onto its arm.
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The Big Cheese takes out Sgt. Bash as Sir Killalot tries to flip it

"Oh! Great last effort though, to flip Bash up and over and Bash has lost its helmet! Oh, that's splendid stuff! The Big Cheese, still capable of wonderful wars entertainment! You can see George Francis chuckling away there in the Chaos team as well. Brilliant final. Two tremendous robots. And Sgt Bash is in bits and pieces!"
— Jonathan Pearce

Cease was called and Chaos 2 was declared the winner. This fight was later voted as the best battle of the series.

"Well. What a fight. What a fight. What a fight! Big Cheese is cheese on toast and must be totally cheesed off. Chaos 2 through to the series semi-finals!"
— Craig Charles

Heat Winner: Chaos 2

"You know what they say about Mother-in-Laws, but mine's not half as scary, as Robot Wars!"
— Craig Charles signs off

Special EventEdit

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


Gnasher scores


Alien is flipped up

Gnasher vs MalfunktionEdit

Winner: Gnasher

Evil Weevil vs AlienEdit

Winner: Evil Weevil

Trivia Edit

  • Heat E was the debut of the rear-hinged true flipper of Chaos 2. It also featured another Best Engineered nominee, Roger Plant's The Big Cheese. The heat final between these two was later voted the best battle of the Series.
  • Heat E was the second time a srimech was used in UK Robot Wars, but in a different method. As opposed to using a forward-hinged flipping arm to propel a robot back onto its wheels, Chaos 2 used a rear-hinged true flipper to catapult itself back onto its wheels. The Big Cheese later attempted to use a lifter to do the same, but was unable to do so.
  • Like several other heats in Series 3 and 5, this heat contained four newcomers and four veterans, who were paired up. In this heat, only one of the newcomers - Anorakaphobia - was victorious in Round 1
  • Of the eight competing robots, only Chaos 2 ever returned after this Heat, although the Miss Ile and The Big Cheese teams would return with different robots.
  • This was the only ever heat to have two special events in a row.
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