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"We are team Scythe and we come from SW England. We are hoping to enter Robot Wars UK."
— The team introduce Scythe on their website

Scythe was a heavyweight robot that attempted to qualify for Series 4 of Robot Wars, built by a team of students from South West England. Though images of the robot's chassis and weaponry exist, it is unknown whether Scythe was finished in time for auditions.


Scythe was a two-wheel drive box-shaped robot armed with a 9" grinding disc. Powered by a car starter motor, the disc could spin at 1000rpm and slice through various metals according to the team.[1]

"For our weapon we will probably have a grinding disc. This will consist of a 9" diameter metal grinding disc (it grinds metal, not is metal) about 3mm thick attached to a starter motor from a car."
— The team explain Scythe's weaponry

Scythe's grinding disc, attached to its motor

The robot's wooden chassis has castors attached to help balance the robot while driving. It is currently unknown what Scythe was intended to be armoured with, as this is not mentioned in archivable pages from the team's website.[2]


A scythe is an agricultural tool used for cutting crops, believed to date back thousands of years. Centuries later, scythes were used as weapons by peasants in the 18th and 19th centuries who did not have access to more traditional melee weapons. The Grim Reaper character has also been depicted wielding a scythe to harvest souls, as opposed to crops. Despite the name however, Scythe's weaponry does not reference this tool in any way.

An unfinished Scythe and its team

Series Record[]

Series Scythe Series Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Did not enter
The Third Wars Did not enter
The Fourth Wars Failed to qualify
The Fifth Wars Did not enter
The Sixth Wars Did not enter
The Seventh Wars Did not enter
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter
Series 10 Did not enter