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"Robot Wars isn't of course all about mashing, mayhem and meritorious victory. Months of industry, craft, creativity go in to construct these innovative machines. In battle, style, technique and sportsmanship have also reached new heights. And in recognition of this, we have our special merit Robot Wars trophies..."
Jonathan Pearce, introducing the Series 2 Awards

The Robot Wars Awards were a number of special trophies awarded at the end of the first six UK series of Robot Wars, all recognising achievements beyond victories in main or side competitions. Four awards were originally given throughout each series, honouring hard work, creativity and camaraderie among competing roboteers: 'Best Engineered Robot', the 'Sportsmanship Award', 'Best Design' and 'Most Original Entry'. These were joined from The Fourth Wars onwards by a fifth award given out to the best newcomer of that series.

Awards would be presented at the end of every series until The Sixth Wars, with The Seventh Wars being the only main series in the original run not to feature them. Nominations would always be shown during the Grand Final episodes (or, in the case of The First Wars, at the very end of Heat F).

Best Design[]

Also titled Best Designed Robot, this award was given out to the robot which was judged to have had the best design. Great emphasis was placed on weaponry, visual appeal, creativity and effectiveness in combat, as well as improvements on any previous incarnations.

The award was given out in each of the first six UK Series; from Series 2 to Series 5, the winning robot was chosen from a list of nominations. In the list below, the winner of the award for each series is shown in gold, followed by the other nominees in alphabetical order.

The Best Designed Robot Award in the Second Wars

The Best Design Award in the Fourth Wars

The First Wars
Winner
Plunderbird 1
The Second Wars
Winner and Nominees
Razer
Cassius
Elvis
Robo Doc
The Third Wars
Winner and Nominees
Razer
Anorakaphobia
Cerberus
Terrorpin
The Fourth Wars
Winner and Nominees
Gemini
The Creature
Pussycat
Thermidor 2
The Fifth Wars
Winner and Nominees
Razer
Bigger Brother
Terrorhurtz
Thermidor 2
Wowot
The Sixth Wars
Winner
259

Best Engineered[]

Fully titled Best Engineered Robot in earlier series, this was given out to robots which showcased exceptional engineering quality as well as complex, reliable and powerful designs.

The award was given out in each of the first six UK Series; from Series 2 to Series 5, the winning robot was chosen from a list of nominations. In the list below, the winner of the award for each series is shown in gold, followed by the other nominees.

The Best Engineered Robot Award in the Second Wars

The Best Engineered Award in the Fourth Wars

The First Wars
Winner
Mortis
The Second Wars
Winner and Nominees
The Mule
Cassius
Chaos
Killerhurtz
Mortis
The Third Wars
Winner and Nominees
Chaos 2
The Big Cheese
Behemoth
Razer
The Fourth Wars
Winner and Nominees
The Steel Avenger
Chaos 2
Stinger
The Fifth Wars
Winner and Nominees
Derek!
Dominator 2
Firestorm 3
Spawn Again
Razer
The Sixth Wars
Winner
Anarchy

Most Original Entry[]

This award (also known as Best Original Entry in Series 5) was given out to the robot considered to have the most 'unique, fun and destructive' design, in some cases highlighting examples of innovative weaponry, designs or technologies for the series.

The award was given out in each of the first six UK Series; from Series 2 to Series 5, the winning robot was chosen from a list of nominations. In the list below, the winner of the award for each series is shown in gold, followed by the other nominees.

The Most Original Entry Award in the Second Wars

The Most Original Entry Award in the Fourth Wars

The First Wars
Winner
Psychosprout
The Second Wars
Winner and Nominees
Milly-Ann Bug
Mega Hurts
Wheelosaurus
Whirling Dervish
The Third Wars
Winner and Nominees
Hypno-Disc
Pussycat
Stinger
The Witch
The Fourth Wars
Winner and Nominees
Gemini
Robochicken
Pussycat
Sump Thing
The Fifth Wars
Winner and Nominees
S3
13 Black
Eleven
The Sixth Wars
Winner
Crushtacean

Sportsmanship Award[]

Given out to the team who was considered to have provided the most entertainment or support to fellow competitors in The Pits. Acts of sportsmanship during competitions - such as voluntarily forfeiting a place in the main UK Championship - were also acknowledged.

The award was given out in each of the first six UK Series; from Series 2 to Series 5, the winning robot was chosen from a list of nominations. In the list below, the winner of the award for each series is shown in gold, followed by the other nominees.

The Sportsmanship Award in the Second Wars

The Sportsmanship Award in the Fourth Wars

The First Wars
Winner
Nemesis
The Second Wars
Winner and Nominees
Plunderbird 2
Corporal Punishment
Nemesis
Tantrum
The Third Wars
Winner and Nominees
Diotoir
Plunderstorm
Sir Chromalot
Ultor
The Fourth Wars
Winner and Nominees
Diotoir
Plunderbird 4
Sir Chromalot
The Fifth Wars
Winner and Nominees
Pussycat
13 Black
The Sixth Wars
Winner
Kat 3

Most Promising Newcomer[]

Titled Best Newcomer in Series 4, the fifth and final award was given to debuting teams and/or robots deemed to have given the biggest impression in their respective first series. Factors such as competition performance and entertaining, effective or original designs were often considered in deciding the winning robot. The award was given out from Series 4 to Series 6; in Series 4-5, the winning robot was chosen from a list of nominations.

On two occasions, a team who had fought before in a previous series was nominated for the award; this occurred in Series 4 with MouseTrap (TeamMouseTrap having competed in Series 3 with Triterobot) and in Series 5 with S3 (1 Law Associates having competed in Series 2 and 3 with Sting). However, the robots themselves were considered newcomers in both cases.

In the list below, the winner of the award for each series is shown in gold, followed by the other nominees where applicable.

The Best Newcomer Award in the Fourth Wars

The Fourth Wars
Winner and Nominees
Tornado
Attila the Drum
MouseTrap
Robochicken
The Fifth Wars
Winner and Nominees
Fluffy
Crushtacean
S3
The Sixth Wars
Winner
Dantomkia

Trivia[]

The Steel Avenger team with the Best Costume award in Extreme 1

  • In Series 1, footage was shown of the team captains receiving the awards from the Judges.
  • Although not shown on television, a series of awards was also presented in the first series of Robot Wars Extreme The Steel Avenger team won the 'Best Costume' award, and the Sir Chromalot team won the 'Best Entertainers' award.
  • The Series 4 Awards, shown in the Grand Final of that series, were omitted from the aforementioned episode's broadcast as part of the North American Robot Wars: Grand Champions dub.
  • A number of Awards were also given out to teams participating in the original 1994-1997 US Robot Wars competitions. These included: 'Best Design', 'Best Engineering', 'Strangest Robot' (also titled 'Best Art-Directed Robot' in the 1996 event, given to competitors considered to have the most unusual or unique designs), and a fourth award for 'Autonomous' robots given out in 1996 and 1997 only.[1][2][3][4]

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