"Tonight is also about flippers. Flippin' heck! It's our flipper frenzy!"
— Craig Charles

The Flipper Frenzy was the main event of Episode 11 of Robot Wars Extreme: Series 1. As its name suggested, it was a one-off melee battle featuring four of the best performing robots in the UK Series armed with rear-hinged flippers.

Competing Robots[edit | edit source]

The four robots chosen for this fight had all flipped two robots out of the arena during either Extreme 1 or Series 5.

For this battle Craig Charles introduced the robots as they entered the arena. No locations were announced.

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Wheely Big Cheese
Weight 99kg
Dimensions 1.32m x 0.95m x 0.44m
Power 2 x 24v Motors
Weapons Titanium Flipper
Strengths Self-righting Mechanism
Weaknesses Exposed Wheels
From: Langport in Somerset
Team Members: Roger Plant, John McGugan, Murray Wharf
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Thermidor 2
Weight 95kg
Dimensions 1m x 0.8m x 0.34m
Power 2 x 750w Motors
Weapons Pneumatic Flipper & Claws
Strengths Powerful Flipper
Weaknesses Fragile Shell
From: Costessey, Norwich, Norfolk
Team Members: David Harding, Ian Harvey
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Bigger Brother
Weight 96kg
Dimensions 0.8m x 0.8m x 0.4m
Power 24v Electric Motor
Weapons Pneumatic Powered Flipper
Strengths Powerful Weapon
Weaknesses Difficult to Control
From: Brighton in East Sussex
Team Members: Joe Watts, Ellie Watts, Ian Watts
Chaos 2
Weight 83kg
Dimensions 0.9m x 0.71m x 0.38m
Power 24v Electric Motor
Weapons Pneumatic Powered Flipper
Strengths Unbeaten In Competition
Weaknesses Limited CO2 Supply
From: Bramford, Ipswich
Team Members: George Francis, Ian Swann, Richard Swann

Flipper Frenzy[edit | edit source]

"The festival of the flippers...supposed to be a battle between the top flippers, we turned it into a battle against the house robots. Sergeant Bash never knew what hit him!"
George Francis during the Robot Wars: Ultimate Warrior Collection.

Thermidor 2 flips Sergeant Bash

Matilda knocks out Wheely Big Cheese

Immediately, Wheely Big Cheese drove off in pursuit of Matilda, whilst Bigger Brother and Chaos 2 lured Sergeant Bash out of his CPZ. When Sergeant Bash attacked, Chaos 2 and Thermidor 2 flanked him and Thermidor 2 flipped him up into the air, throwing the House Robot several feet into the air. Sergeant Bash retreated, and Bigger Brother darted in, flipping him on its side.

"Thermidor gets the first flip in - on Bash, who retreats away, to fight another day - and is toppled! Look at this, Thermidor, straight in, up goes the flipper, Bash flies! Chaos 2 wanted some of the action, and Bigger Brother too for that matter, and there goes Bash, toppled by Bigger Brother! Already we can see the power of these pneumatic flippers."
— Jonathan Pearce

Meanwhile, Wheely Big Cheese was struggling against Matilda, and missed a flip. Matilda slammed into Wheely Big Cheese's wheel with her flywheel, tossing it back. Successive blows seemed to immobilise Wheely Big Cheese, and Matilda ruthlessly shunted it into her CPZ. Chaos 2 activated the pit release, and rejoined Bigger Brother and Thermidor 2 in attacking Sergeant Bash.

"There's something strange going on you know, out there! All the robots are attacking the House Robots! No one's having a go at each other! Is this some sort of...conspiracy against our machines? You, you, you...dastardly competitors, you! This is not in the rules of House Roboteering, I'm sure. Our poor robot - Bash, look, they're ganging up on him! Killalot, remember this - this is Chaos 2 flipping your friend!"
— Jonathan Pearce

Chaos 2 after an attack by Matilda

Chaos 2 and Bigger Brother flip Sgt. Bash

Wheely Big Cheese had indeed become immobilised by Matilda's attacks, but the other three robots continued attacking Sergeant Bash, with Chaos 2 flipping him into a CPZ. Then, Bigger Brother and Chaos 2 combined to attempt to flip Sergeant Bash out of the arena, but just fell short. Chaos 2 flipped Sergeant Bash again, almost righting him, and then Thermidor 2 flipped him, putting him back on his wheels. However, before Sergeant Bash could move, Chaos 2 flipped him again, so that now his flamethrower, disconnected, rested outside of the arena. Chaos 2 was just about to finish Sergeant Bash off when Matilda charged in, buffeting Chaos 2 aside with her flywheel. Thermidor 2 attempted to flip Matilda, but became beached on her side, and Chaos 2 flipped itself over trying to flip Refbot. Thermidor 2 weaved out from between the angry House Robots, but Chaos 2 was not as lucky, as Matilda hit it whilst it was trying to self-right, and put it on its side. Thermidor 2's flipper and the arena sidewall blocked Chaos 2 from falling onto its flipper, and Chaos 2 was immobilised on its side. Meanwhile, Bigger Brother had broken down attempting to flip Bash out earlier on, its flipper stuck open. Refbot positioned it on the floor flipper, away from the battle. Thermidor 2 was the only robot left, and it fought Matilda, trying to flip the House Robot, but cease was called.

A battered Wheely Big Cheese at the end

Thermidor 2 attacks Matilda as Cease is called

Craig Charles: "George, it was supposed to be a test of who had the mightiest flipper in Robot Wars, and you all just ganged up on the House Robots!"
George Francis: "Well, you put that many flippers in the ring at once, what do you expect, we want to be the first to get a House Robot over the fence. Didn't quite make it."
Craig Charles: "You were quite close though, weren't you?"
Ian Watts: "Well, we were trying hard, we were trying hard."
— Craig Charles discovers the plot

Despite the mayhem of the battle, with Thermidor 2 the only competitor moving at the end, it was declared the winner by Craig Charles.

Winner: Thermidor 2

"We were looking for a mighty flipper - big and bad and mean, and we found it here, in Thermidor, on Robot Wars Extreme."
— Craig Charles signs off

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Famously, this battle featured the closest moment where a competitor robot came to potentially throwing a House Robot out of the arena; at one point, Chaos 2 and Bigger Brother both attempted to throw Sergeant Bash over the wall together.
  • This was the only event in Extreme 1 from which all of the robots took part in Series 5 (barring the All-Stars which was inherently so).
  • The battle was also chosen as the "Cut Your Own Battle" feature for the Ultimate Warrior Collection Sir Killalot and the House Robots DVD using raw footage including alternate camera angles and lacking commentary or music.
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