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- "Something that could be, in sort of 2,000 years time or something, patrolling a planet, and keeping the locals in order"
- — Chris Reynolds describes the inspiration for Sergeant Bash's design
Sergeant Bash, abbreviated to Sgt. Bash from Series 3 onwards, and often shortened to just Bash, was one of the original four House Robots from the UK game show Robot Wars. He appeared in all seven of the original UK series, as well as both series of Robot Wars Extreme and all international versions of the show. His design is perpetuated to be that of a futuristic military vehicle, and his weapons by the time of his most recent series appearance were a top-mounted flamethrower and a set of front hydraulic pincers.
Almost every time Sergeant Bash came up against a robot from Team Nemesis, his flamethrower provided entertainment for the audience and roboteers as it regularly set their robots' fur alight. Indeed, his popularity came from his ability to do so, and Sergeant Bash even took part in an exhibition battle in Series 2 which was held specifically for him to set his opponents on fire for the audience's entertainment.
Sgt. Bash did not appear in the rebooted series of Robot Wars, with James Cooper of Robo Challenge stating that they did not have the time to complete a new version of him for Series 8. He was the only House Robot from the original set of four not to return for the revived series. When asked about Sgt. Bash's absence in June 2016, the Official Robot Wars Facebook page responded by suggesting the possibility of additional House Robots for a second series, hinting of him possibly returning in the near future, although ultimately, he did not appear. During the airing of Series 9, BBC Two wrote on Twitter that he was "enjoying his retirement", to which Noel Sharkey replied "military robots retire early". Later, Dutch competitor THE BASH would represent the retired House Robot during the Robot Wars: World Series, and footage of Sgt. Bash in the original run of Robot Wars was shown during its introduction.
- "Sgt Bash isn't joining us for this series, as we only needed four for this series. However next time..."
- — Official Robot Wars Facebook Page
Sgt. Bash was originally driven by Chris Reynolds before the driving role was taken over by Mike Tilley in Series 2.
Design[edit | edit source]
- "There's more going on inside Sergeant Bash than in any of the other House Robots"
- — Chris Reynolds in Series 1
Sergeant Bash's design took on a predominantly military feel, with a roughly wedge-shaped design inspired by World War II fighter planes, a green paint scheme with chevron markings resembling a sergeant's stripes, treaded tyres and a propane-fuelled flamethrower mounted on a 360 degree rotating turret. He was one of only two robots in Robot Wars to feature a flamethrower - the other being fellow House Robot Growler - a weapon which was otherwise prohibited under the technical rules. In the Sir Killalot and the House Robots video/DVD, it was stated that the inspiration for Sergeant Bash's design came from the idea of a futuristic army patrol vehicle, which was further elaborated upon in his backstory from the Robot Wars Technical Manual.
- "Keeping order, Sergeant Bash! Featuring a savage circular saw and a flamethrower, certain to leave all opponents...hot under the collar!"
- — Jonathan Pearce commenting on the weapons in Series 1
In Series 1 and 2, Sergeant Bash initially had steel armour and was armed with two secondary weapons - a front spiked battering ram and a rear-mounted circular saw/angle grinder. In Series 3, he underwent a comprehensive redesign which saw his steel armour replaced with fibreglass, and the ram replaced with a set of hydraulic pincers similar to those used by Sir Killalot. These pincers, in turn, were replaced by a set of custom-built ones from Series 4 onward, which allowed him to crush competitors' armour, wheels and/or weapons at a force of eight tonnes. Sergeant Bash's flamethrower was also modified to tilt downwards in later series, enabling him to reach low-bodied competitors.
Sergeant Bash's power source came from four batteries running in parallel, while he required numerous gas bottles, valves and CO2 reservoirs just to operate the flamethrower. These, combined with the flamethrower and pincers in later series, necessitated him having a long wheelbase to incorporate his complex internals. In Series 1-2, the gas bottles were positioned at the front, while the motors for Sergeant Bash's saw were located at the rear behind the flamethrower turret. The bottles were relocated to the rear for Series 3 onwards, leaving no room for the saw, so it was removed and replaced with an ornamental saw protruding from his rear panel.
According to Chris Reynolds, Sgt. Bash weighed roughly 330kg on Robot Wars, although his weight was listed as 120kg on the televised show to disguise the real weight.
Robot History[edit | edit source]
Series 1[edit | edit source]
Sergeant Bash was the third House Robot to be introduced in Robot Wars history, and for this series featured the flamethrower, ramming spike and rear-mounted circular saw. At the time, his flamethrower was the only fire hazard in the arena, as the flame pits and arena-mounted flamethrowers would not be introduced until later.
He made his first appearance in The Gauntlet in Heat A, where he was the first robot on the House Robot route. Road Block ran the Gauntlet first, and Sergeant Bash fired his flamethrower at it, but this did not slow down or deter Road Block. Barry was next to run, and after it accidentally nearly drove onto the grille on its first charge, Sergeant Bash rushed in and held it still as it tried to get away, and holding it on the grille when it drove on, though he would reverse and allow Barry to get out.
The other robots did not take the House Robot route, apart from Grunt, who proved much too fast for Sergeant Bash to stop, easily rushing past him. Sergeant Bash also fired his flamethrower at Killertron when it fell off the side of the ramp and got stuck.
Sergeant Bash made a big impact in the first battle in Robot Wars history, the Arena Semi-Final between Road Block and Nemesis. Whilst the two competitors were battling inside Matilda's CPZ, Sergeant Bash came over, and as Road Block got under Nemesis, he fired his flamethrower, causing the fur of Nemesis to catch fire.
- "The Nemesis boys all want to go to space and they're in the air! They're in the air! And they're on fire! Get the fire brigade!"
- — Jonathan Pearce's excitement as the fur of Nemesis ignites for the very first time
The battle had to be stopped in order to put Nemesis out, with the battle going to the Judges. This started the rivalry between Sergeant Bash and the robots of Team Nemesis, which would last for the next five series. However, other than this notable moment, Sergeant Bash's flamethrower made very little impact throughout the series, as there were few flammable robots.
He also had a notable moment in the second Arena Semi-Final, between Killertron and Shogun. After Shogun drove onto the grille, immobilising it, Sergeant Bash came out of his CPZ, but instead of attacking the immobile Shogun, he tried to use his saw on Killertron. However, the saw blade merely flew off and shattered.
Sergeant Bash was used in the Gauntlet again in Heat B, this time second in the House Robot route, behind Shunt. When Mortis ran the Gauntlet, it charged into Sergeant Bash, but couldn't push past, and Sergeant Bash blocked it, until Shunt came over to hold Mortis down with his axe and drag it back. Sergeant Bash pinned Mortis and gave it a lick of flame.
- "The House Robots doing a magnificent job there!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Shunt and Sergeant Bash hold Mortis still
He also left the House Robot route on a couple of occasions to impede the competitors progress. As Leighbot tried to cross the see-saw, Sergeant Bash fired his flamethrower at it, and wedged under the see-saw, preventing Leighbot from getting off. He reversed to use his flamethrower some more, then tried to block Leighbot as it got off.
- "In comes Bash, with the flamethrower, ... Oh, blocking tactics by Bash! He's stopped the ramp from descending!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Sergeant Bash holds up the see-saw
When Scrapper tried to go through the maze, Sergeant Bash blocked the exit. Shunt came in from the other end, cutting off Scrapper's retreat and pinning it against the wall as Sergeant Bash fired his flamethrower.
- "He's into the sheep's pen. This could be lambs to the slaughter, because Bash and Shunt are closing in! And it could be roast lamb at that! If the torch comes out - and it does! Lamb kebab!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Sergeant Bash and Shunt trapped Scrapper
Heat B also saw Sergeant Bash's first use in a Trial, as he and the other three House Robots were used in British Bulldog. After an unsuccessful attempt to block the charge of Mortis, where he drove too far forwards, so instead of blocking Mortis, Mortis just drove straight past, Sergeant Bash drove up the arena to attack Detonator, which had barely moved because of an uncharged battery. He pushed the Dartford Girls Grammar robot against the top fence, kept it pinned and pushed it about, before driving back down the arena to try and help Matilda, which was stuck on Recyclopse, but he was unable to prevent the competitor flipping over his fellow House Robot.
He did have a couple of notable moments during the Arena stage battles. First, during the battle between Wedgehog and Dreadnaut, Dreadnaut pushed Wedgehog into his CPZ. Sergeant Bash turned around to try and use his saw, but on contact with Wedgehog, the blade slipped off onto the top of Wedgehog.
- "Oh, the saw's gone again! Poor old Sergeant Bash has lost his saw blade! That looks like a halo."
- — Jonathan Pearce as Sergeant Bash's saw slips off
He would attack Wedgehog with the saw again in the Heat final, after Robot The Bruce pushed it onto a grille, immobilising it. Matilda and Sergeant Bash attacked it together with their chainsaw and saw respectively.
Sergeant Bash was used in the Gauntlet again in Heat D, being first on the House Robot route again. However, he was unable to stop either of the three featherweights that took the House Robot route (SAT'arn, The Demolisher and Bugs), as they proved too fast and small for him to catch.
Apart from using his saw on SAT'arn in the Heat Semi-Final, Sergeant Bash was mostly in the background for Heat D. He did appear in the Stock Car Trial, on one of the raised platforms, but did not use his flamethrower.
In contrast to Heat D, Heat E proved to be Sergeant Bash's most eventful episode of the series. As usual, he was first on the House Robot route in the Gauntlet. During Torque of the Devil's run, he tried to push pushed it onto the grille, but as he pushed forwards, he accidentally pushed past Torque of the Devil and drove onto the grille himself. He was still able to use his flamethrower on the competitor, and as "Stop, and deactivate robots" was called, he was able to reverse off.
He pushed Psychosprout off the pyramids after it got stuck, but when he tried to pin it against the side, he accidentally pushed it down the course due to Psychosprout's spherical shape.
- "A rolling stone gathers no moss. A rolling sprout gathers a Sergeant Bash! ... and I think Sergeant Bash is helping him along here, and I think he's helped him far enough"
- — Jonathan Pearce
Sergeant Bash was one of the obstacles in the Labyrinth trial, along with Matilda and Shunt. The first House Robot on the course, he blocked Torque of the Devil and Full Metal Anorak, but Full Metal Anorak reversed into him. Sergeant Bash reversed, allowing Full Metal Anorak to pass. Sergeant Bash went down the course to help Shunt prevent Bodyhammer finishing, with Sergeant Bash blocking the exit, and chasing Bodyhammer back up the course..
During the battles in the Arena Stage, Bash twice left his CPZ whilst both competitors. In the Heat Semi-Final between Full Metal Anorak and REALI-T, Full Metal Anorak drove through his CPZ, and Sergeant Bash reversed after it, leaving the CPZ as Full Metal Anorak got away. REALI-T was close by, so Sergeant Bash tried to attack it with his saw. REALI-T quickly got away, and Sergeant Bash drove into the centre of the arena. REALI-T pushed Full Metal Anorak into him, and Sergeant Bash returned to his CPZ.
Then, in the Heat Final, Sergeant Bash drove down the arena when Bodyhammer pushed REALI-T into Matilda's CPZ, and blocked Bodyhammer. Bodyhammer tried to drive away, but drove too close to a grille and got one wheel stuck. REALI-T charged at Sergeant Bash, then pushed Bodyhammer fully onto the grille. Sergeant Bash fired a flick of flame at REALI-T before returning to his CPZ. Later, when Full Metal Anorak drove onto the arena side railings and got stuck, Sergeant Bash came over to torch it.
The final Heat saw Sergeant Bash used as the first robot on the House Robot route of the Gauntlet for the fourth time in six Heats. When Elvis got stuck trying to get onto the see-saw, Sergeant Bash used his saw on the side armour, which created lots of sparks, but only left large scratches in the side. His saw also broke as he turned for another attack.
In the Heat Final, T.R.A.C.I.E. accidentally drove into Sergeant Bash's CPZ after charging away from Skarab, getting its front spears stuck in the side of the House Robot. Shunt came over from his CPZ to try and help separate the two robots.
- "Surely not mental enough to take on the Sergeant, I don't know though! Look at the damage caused! And certainly, Shunt seems to think twice before coming in!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as T.R.A.C.I.E. gets stuck in the side of Sergeant Bash, and Shunt comes out to help
According to the Bodmin Community College team, Road Block flipped Sergeant Bash over during Series 1, though this was not shown on television.
- "Our triumphant moment had to be when we flipped Sergeant Bash right over. We put the power to good use. He was not pleased, but that didn't matter."
- — The Bodmin Community College team, interviewed in a Robot Wars Club Newsleter
Series 2[edit | edit source]
- "The Sergeant, belching out fiery damnation! The House Robots are back, and this time, it's personal!"
- — Jonathan Pearce in the House Robot introduction
Series 2 saw a number of changes for Sergeant Bash. Firstly, the flame pit was introduced, so Sergeant Bash’s flamethrower was no longer the only fire hazard in the arena. His disc was replaced with a smaller, stronger disc, to prevent it shattering or slipping off like in Series 1.
Most significantly, Sir Killalot was introduced. With 5 House Robots instead of 4, Sergeant Bash was not used in every battle like he was in Series 1, as one House Robot had to be left out in each fight. He was not used in any of the battles in Heat C or Heat I
Sergeant Bash’s flamethrower caused a lot of notable damage in Series 2. In Heat D, during the Arena Semi-Final between Razer and Inquisitor, Razer broke down and was flipped over by Matilda. Sergeant Bash torched the underbelly, causing the insides to catch fire.
During All Torque’s Gauntlet run in Heat I, Sir Killalot held up All Torque with his lance, and Sergeant Bash torched the underbelly, causing the wood inside to catch fire. Despite this, All Torque kept going until cease was called.
- Craig Charles: "Well lads, a bit of a problem there, you were on fire!"
- Robin Iddon: "We laugh at fire!"
- Craig Charles: ""We laugh at fire?!""
- Robin Iddon: "It's only wood!"
- — Post-Gauntlet interview
Sergeant Bash even had a special event dedicated to his flamethrower, the Inferno Insurrection, shown as part of the Grudge Match Special. Sergeant Bash fought Nemesis and Ramrombit, a "sacrificial robot" driven by George Francis. Nemesis was decorated with a chef's hat, had a kebab on top to be roasted and its spikes were covered in fabric. Both competitor robots were doused in flammable liquid and set alight for the entertainment of the audience.
- "Look at Nemesis! Oh, it's a Catherine wheel Ramrombit - ah, fireworks. That's brilliant, that was absolutely brilli-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha, look at that - oh terrific stuff."
- — Jonathan Pearce bursts into hysterics during the Inferno Insurrection
However, Sergeant Bash accidentally caused damage to one of his fellow House Robots with his flamethrower. During Robo Doc’s Gauntlet run, Sergeant Bash blocked it with the help of Sir Killalot. Sergeant Bash was roasting Robo Doc with his flamethrower, but as Sir Killalot picked up Robo Doc, he got in the way of the flames, and he caught light.
- "Hoisting them in the air, oh but look, Killalot's on fire! Killalot's aflame! Robo Doc's in the air, I wonder if they've done enough, what punishment to Killalot?"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Sir Killalot catches fire
Sergeant Bash continued his grudge against Team Nemesis, blasting Nemesis during its Gauntlet run in Heat G, causing a small fire, though Nemesis got past and finished regardless. Sergeant Bash also set fire to Nemesis during the Skittles Trial. Before their Arena Semi-Final battle with Onslaught, Team Nemesis attached a kebab to Nemesis, hoping Sergeant Bash would set the robot alight again and the kebab would be cooked. However, despite Sergeant Bash firing a flick of flame at Nemesis, Onslaught pitted it before the whole robot could go up in flames, with only a small fire on top of one of the wheel hubs, which was quickly put out.
- Craig Charles: "What was that kebab doing on the front?"
- Peter Redmond: "We were expecting a bit more from Bash, you know – a bit more flames."
- — Peter Redmond laments the team's missed opportunity to set Nemesis' kebab on fire
Across the series, Sergeant Bash was used in the Gauntlet, apart from Heats E, F and G, and the second Semi-Final. In the first few Heats, he was used in the left-hand route or middle route, but after The Sentinel was introduced in Heat G, he was no longer used in the left-hand route, instead being in the right-hand or middle routes.
Sergeant Bash had an unusual advantage in the Gauntlet that the other House Robots didn’t have, in that he could use his flamethrower to attack robots as they went down the route next to him. He fired his flamethrower at Victor and Rameses II, as they went down the middle route, from the left route, and during Semi-Final 1 he fired the flamethrower at Behemoth and Killertron as they went down the middle route, from the right route.
Sergeant Bash was often placed last in the course. In Heat A, when Demoliton Demon ran the Gauntlet, Sergeant Bash blasted it with his flame thrower instead of ramming it, but Demolition Demon was unaffected and reached the finish line.
In Heat B, Sergeant Bash tried to block Mace after it crossed the see-saw, and attacked with his saw, but Mace was able to push Sergeant Bash down the course. Dead Metal came over to try and stop Mace, but Mace pushed past and reached the end.
- "...trying to ram Bash, which is always a mistake, with that grinding disc at the back, but they're trying to power their way through!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Mace pushes Sergeant Bash
In the same Heat, Sergeant Bash blocked Chaos after it crossed the see-saw, but Chaos reversed and charged into his front, and managed to push past him to reach the end.
- Craig Charles: "...you gave Sergeant Bash a good beating, didn't ya?"
- Mike Cutter: "We were expecting a bit more from Bash, you know – a bit more flames."
- — Post-Gauntlet interview
Occasionally, Sergeant Bash would come over from one route to another to help his fellow House Robots. In Heat I, when Rottweiler got stuck, Sergeant Bash came from the right route to the middle, attacking Rottweiler with his saw and scratching the side. He did the same thing in the next Heat, coming from the right route to the middle route to try and prevent Ivanhoe from finishing, but Ivanhoe got past and finished. During Phoenix’s Gauntlet run in Heat K, Bash left the right route to go to the middle to block the end.
During the Semi-Finals, Sergeant Bash pushed the sphere into Panic Attack as it tried to get through the tank trap, causing it to get stuck. Then, during the Race-Off with Mace, he helped Shunt trap Panic Attack after it crossed the ramp, though it still won because Mace was pushed into the pit by the Sentinel.
Sergeant Bash was used in various Trials across the series, the first being the Skittles Trial in Heat A, along with Matilda and Sir Killalot. Although the House Robots weren’t allowed to enter the triangle, Sergeant Bash could still use his flamethrower on competitors when they entered the triangle, which he did to Victor.
There were a couple of notable moments for Sergeant Bash during this Trial. First, during Panda Monium's run, Sergeant Bash broke the rules by driving into the triangle, prodding the barrels. However, he reversed without knocking any barrels over.
- "What on Earth's the Sergeant doing in there?"
- — Jonathan Pearce notices Bash breaking the rules
Later, at the end of Demolition Demon's run, Matilda lifted the competitor up with her tusks, despite cease being called, and Sergeant Bash helped Matilda flip Demolition Demon onto its side. Sir Killalot pushed Demolition Demon, but this caused it to fall onto Sergeant Bash, where it got stuck until Sir Killlalot pulled it off.
- "Demolition Demon, certainly ruffling the feathers of the House Robots, and they seem to have gone berserk! They're angry! They want revenge! And Demolition Demon is bearing the brunt of their anger!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Matilda and Sergeant Bash topple Demolition Demon
Sergeant Bash appeared in the Skittles Trial again when it was used in Heat G. He tried to block Onslaught, but Onslaught got at his side and drove around him. During Nemesis’ run, he fired his flamethrower at it when it was inside the triangle, and actually reversed into the triangle, knocking over some barrels.
In Heat D, Sergeant Bash was used as the defender in the Football Trial, with Dead Metal being the goalkeeper. In the first round, he blocked Elvis, blasting it with his flamethrower and settting it on fire as Razer rushed in to score the first goal.
- "Oh, hot stuff for Elvis from the Sergeant, Razer will go through, Elvis is on fire!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Elvis burns
For the second round onwards, the Milly-Ann Bug team added marshmallows to the robot’s hair, hoping for them to get toasted. Sergeant Bash obliged, blasting it with his flamethrower as it pinned the robot in the corner. However, this left Behemoth free to get the second goal. Fire extinguishers were called to put out Milly-Ann Bug's flaming hair between rounds.
In the final round, Sergeant Bash blocked Elvis, blasting it with his flamethrower, but Elvis got away, smoking but not burning. Milly-Ann Bug was stuck on the side, and Sergeant Bash torched her hair again. However, this left Elvis free to get to the ball. Sergeant Bash went back to try and stop it, but after a struggle, Elvis scored.
Sergeant Bash was used in the Football again when it returned in Heat H. This time, he was used as the goal keeper, with Matilda in defence. Loco scored first and Cassius scored the second goal, knocking the bal towards the goal, then driving under Sergeant Bash to stop him as he tried to stop the ball going in. In the third round, he came off his line whilst Sting was immobile and GroundHog was spinning in circles, and set the ball on fire.
- "Oh magnificent! Great Balls of Fire! What on Earth's happened? Bash has torched the ball This is chaos! This is wonderful stuff!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Sergeant Bash sets the ball on fire
In Heat K, Sergeant Bash was used alongside Dead Metal in the King of the Castle Trial, but he went off the edge three times. First, during Demon's run, Dead Metal had Demon in his grip but was struggling to push him off, so Sergeant Bash got behind Dead Metal and pushed the two together. Sergeant Bash then drove to the side of Demon, and together, he and Dead Metal pushed Demon off, but as they did so, Sergeant Bash drove off the edge. As he fell, the front armour came loose.
After he and Dead Metal failed to push Enzyme or The Mule off, they seemingly had an easy victory when Mega-Hurts accidentally drove to the edge and got stuck, but as they rushed in to knock it off, they both fell off the edge with Mega-Hurts.
Most notably, Plunderbird 2 was able to defeat both House Robots, the only time this happened. First, Plunderbird 2 pushed Dead Metal off the edge, and as Sergeant Bash got behind it and tried to push it, Plunderbird 2 drove forwards and steered away, causing Sergeant Bash to drive off the edge.
Of the Trials he was not used in, the most notable was Pinball, where he was the only House Robot not to be used.
Sergeant Bash suffered a number of attacks from competitors across the series. The most notable came during the Gauntlet in Heat B. Sergeant Bash and Dead Metal were blocking Wheelosaurus as it ran the Gauntlet, and Dead Metal pushed Wheelosaurus against Sergeant Bash, but Wheelosaurus swung its spike arm over, puncturing the flamethrower and ripping it off.
- "... and that looks like the gas canister's been ripped off Sergeant Bash! Sergeant Bash is in real trouble here! It's been immobilised by Wheelosaurus! Who'd have thought that Victorian pram wheels could disable Sergeant Bash?!"
- — Jonathan Pearce after Wheelosaurus rips off the flamethrower
This led to an evacuation of the building, and Peter Gibson wrote Sgt. Bash's name on the side, crossed out.
The House Robots would later take revenge during the Arena Semi-Final. During Wheelosaurus’ battle with Chaos, a flick of flame from Sergeant Bash immobilised Wheelosaurus, and Matilda tried to cut into the pram wheels with her chainsaw, before Shunt rammed it against the saws and axed the body repeatedly.
- "One blow - two blows. They're after Wheelosaurus, aren't they? There's the Shunt Cam. They're trying to get to the very brains of the beast. I think they're after revenge! Don't forget, Wheelosaurus caused major damage to Sergeant Bash! This is carnage! They're after blood and oil!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Shunt axes Wheelosaurus
Eventual champion Panic Attack staged two attacks on Sergeant Bash across the series. First, after defeating Whirling Dervish in its Arena Semi-Final in Heat F, Panic Attack rammed Sergeant Bash against the arena fence. Panic Attack repeatedly slammed him, dislodging his saw.
- "Oh look at that damage caused to Sergeant Bash! His fan club do not look amused!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Panic Attack rams Sergeant Bash, and the camera shows a group of young boys holding a Sergeant Bash banner in the audience
Matilda took "revenge on behalf of the House Robots", driving between Panic Attack and Sergeant Bash, chasing Panic Attack up the arena and pushing it against the wall. Having defeated Shunt in the Sumo, for the Heat Final, the Panic Attack team wrote a hit list of House Robots, saying “Who’s next?”.
Later, in the Grand Final eliminator against Killertron, Panic Attack took on the House Robots, ramming Shunt against the wall. Shunt chased after it, but Panic Attack pushed back. Sergeant Bash came in to help Shunt as Panic Attack pushed it towards the pit, but then drove close to the pit, allowing Panic Attack to push him in.
Rex Garrod, who always loved to take on the House Robots, charged at Sgt. Bash as it attacked Wizard in its Heat Semi-Final. Sergeant Bash would get back at Cassius in the Heat Final, helping Shunt to pit it after it flipped Matilda over.
During the Super Heavyweight qualifiers, Berserk used its forklift to lift Sergeant Bash up and push him, but could not lift him over. This was only briefly shown before the Super Heavyweight final as part of a recap of how the finalists reached the final.
- "...and look at this! Bash is going and going... and all the teams love that! Griffon it was, who turned the Sergeant over!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Griffon turns Sergeant Bash onto his side
According to Chris Reynolds in Issue 2 of Robot Wars Magazine, this forced another evacuation of the studio.
- "In Series 2, he got flipped over and burst. We had to clear the studio. There weren't any flames but it was worrying!"
- — Chris Reynolds in Robot Wars Magazine
The immobilised Sergeant Bash did, however, play a key role in the elimination of Corporal Punishment in the same battle. Corporal Punishment rammed Matilda as she tried to right her fellow House Robot. After a fight with Matilda, Corporal Punishment became stuck with the overturned Sergeant Bash on top of it, rendering the former unable to move
Series 3[edit | edit source]
- "Sergeant Bash is back, with new weaponry; hydraulic pincers at the front, and that ferocious flamethrower mounted on a 360 degree turret. This war machine’s certain to leave all opponents hot under the collar"
- — Jonathan Pearce introduces Sgt. Bash in the House Robot introduction
Sergeant Bash and the other House Robots were given upgrades for Series 3, with Sergeant Bash having more armour and new weaponry, with his rear saw being deactivated, and cutting pincers being added to the front. These pincers were first used in the battle between Raizer Blade and Red Dragon in Heat A, where he used them to grab Red Dragon after it broke down, pulling it back to his CPZ. This battle also saw the first uses of his of flamethrower in this series.
- "Tearing and rending machinery! Splitting Sump’s ravishing wheels!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Sergeant Bash bites into Sump Thing
He used the pincer to drag Crasha Gnasha around after it was flipped over by Fire Storm in Round 1 of Heat O, and also used it to push Beast of Bodmin to the floor flipper with the help of Shunt in Semi-Final 2.
Of course, his main feature was still his flamethrower. Sometimes, Sir Killalot would hold up a robot for him to roast, such as in the Heat Final of Heat E. The Big Cheese was unable to right itself after being flipped over by Chaos 2, and Sir Killalot pierced the bottom with his drill, holding it up for Sergeant Bash to blast with his flamethrower.
- "…the loser Big Cheese was held in the air on Sir Killalot’s spike, and Bash moved in to flamethrower the bot – a bit like metlting a hunk of cheese on a toasting fork."
- — Robot Wars Magazine 
Sergeant Bash continued his grudge with Team Nemesis, setting fire to their new robot Diotoir in Round 2 of Heat O, after it flipped over The Steel Avenger. He and Matilda went over to attack the overturned competitor, but then Sergeant Bash turned around and fired his flamethrower at Diotoir, setting its fur alight.
- "What a run here for Diotoir! They’re on fire – oh great! I’d pay my admission fee just to see this!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Diotoir is set alight
This did not stop Diotoir however, and Diotoir actually got its flipper under the front of Sergeant Bash and lifted him up a little as it burned.
Phillipa Forrester had actually asked Team Nemesis to put a vegetarian sausage on the robot to cook before the battle, which they did and presented it to her in the post-battle interview.
There were also some humorous occasions when Sergeant Bash used his flamethrower to burn decorations on the competitors. During Miss Ile’s battle with Anorakaphobia, Sergeant Bash fired his flamethrower at Miss Ile whilst it was fighting Anorakaphobia, bursting one of its eyes, even though the competitor was nowhere near his CPZ. Miss Ile turned around, driving near Sergeant Bash’s CPZ, and Sergeant Bash fired the flamethrower again, bursting the other eye.
- "How do you like your Hamish? Well done, medium perhaps? Oh dear, you better get it while you can! He’s not going to be around long, let’s be honest."
- — Jonathan Pearce as Hamish burns
Sergeant Bash sometimes helped keep competitors in line when they took on the House Robots. In Round 1 of Heat E, Chaos 2 tried to flip Matilda, so the other House Robots chased after it, including Sergeant Bash, who managed to pin it against the wall. Sergeant Bash let it go, but Chaos 2 continued to chase after the House Robots, so when it accidentally drove into the wall after missing a charge at Sergeant Bash, he and Shunt pinned it against the wall, with Sergeant Bash biting into the front flipper plate.
- "…the weight of the House Robot, just keeping him on the arena floor!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Facet unsuccessfully tries to flip Sergeant Bash
Shunt managed to pin Facet against the arena wall, and Sergeant Bash bit into the flipper with his pincer.
He also occasionally helped competitors when they became stuck. In Heat A, he pushed Raizer Blade free when the tip of its flipper became stuck in one of the arena floor tiles during its battle with Red Dragon. In Heat I, When Terrorpin was stuck on Vercingetorix, pushed Vercingetorix around until Terrorpin fell off. He also pushed Blade and Spike apart when the two robots were pushing against each other, unable to get an advantage on the other.
Diotoir flipped The Steel Avenger up so its front was stuck on the arena wall in Round 2 of Heat O, so Sergeant Bash came out of his CPZ and drove across the arena to push it free, despite the fact that Dead Metal and Shunt were closer.
There were times where he actually became stuck whilst attacking competitors. In Heat C, during the battle between Blade and Spike, Blade pushed Spike into Sergeant Bash’s CPZ, and Sergeant Bash cut into Spike’s side. However, as Sergeant Bash opened the pincer, Spike had become caught on top of the pincer. Blade had to push Spike to free it.
In the next heat, towards the end of the battle between Big Brother and The Grim Reaper, Big Brother broke down by Sergeant Bash’s CPZ. Sergeant Bash drove at it, but drove up the wedge, and his pincer became impaled on Big Brother’s top, leaving the two stuck together for the last few seconds.
Excalibur’s axe became stuck in the top of Sergeant Bash during its battle against Centurion in Heat J. Excalibur had broken down, and Centurion pushed him to Sergeant Bash, but as he went to attack, Excalibur fired the axe, which hit the top and punctured it. Sergeant Bash reversed, dragging Excalibur with him.
- "…and Excalibur, having a go at Sergeant Bash! Is that wise, this late on…"
- — Jonathan Pearce
Sergeant Bash fired his flamethrower at Excalibur, but Excalibur kept the axe in, and Sergeant Bash pushed Excalibur out of the CPZ, still dragging it by the axe. After some pulling from Sergeant Bash, Excalibur was able to pull its axe free.
Sergeant Bash also became stuck on the edge of the pit during the battle between General Carnage and Behemoth in Round 2 of Heat B. The House Robots were attacking General Carnage after Behemoth flipped it over, with Sergeant Bash grabbing it with his pincer. Sergeant Bash let go and reversed for another attack, but as he drove back at General Carnage, he made a steering error, and turned too close to the pit, with one wheel becoming stuck. Shunt pushed General Carnage, which righted it, and General Carnage tried to push Sergeant Bash fully into the pit. It couldn’t move the House Robot though, and Shunt axed into its top and lifted it up, before Sir Killalot drilled into its side and pulled it away. After dropping General Carnage into the pit, Sir Killalot tried to push Sergeant Bash out, but Sergeant Bash fell in.
Sergeant Bash broke down during the battle between All Torque and Thing 2 in Heat N. All Torque had become immobile in Shunt’s CPZ. Sergeant Bash also came over to attack, but then came to a stop. Shunt continued to attack, but Sergeant Bash was lying in the background, its flamethrower hanging to one side
A few competitors were also brave enough to take Sergeant Bash on this series. Panic Attack, which had made two notable attacks on him in Series 2, took him on again in Heat K, Panic Attack rammed into him, so Sergeant Bash chased it across the arena and pushed it as it tried to get away. Panic Attack got its forks underneath and pushed Sergeant Bash back, but he used his pincers to help push Panic Attack against Dead Metal. After being chased, Panic Attck left the House Robots, but then drove onto the arena spikes, which lifted it. Sergeant Bash took advantage, grabbing Panic Attack by the lifting forks and forcing it against the wall. Panic Attack managed to lift Sergeant Bash, forcing him to let go. Sergeant Bash would later bite into the lifting forks in its Semi-Final battle against Fire Storm.
Griffon, another competitor that had attacked Sergeant Bash in Series 2, also attacked him again this series. In its Round 1 battle against Daisy Chopper, Griffon was having control issues by his CPZ, losing drive and being blasted with his flamethrower. Griffon regained some movement, but drove straight into his CPZ. Sergeant Bash pushed Griffon out, but Griffon drove at Sergeant Bash, got his lifter under his side and lifted him against the wall.
- "Ha! Now there’s the boast come to life! That’s great stuff, well done Oliver! Lifting up Bash, the House Robot! He’ll be annoyed!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Griffon lifts Sergeant Bash. Before the battle, Oliver Steeples had claimed the lifting arm had the power to lift “Even the biggest House Robots”
Dead Metal had to come over to push Griffon, knocking Sergeant Bash free.
The most notable attack on Sergeant Bash came in the Heat Final of Heat E. After being flipped over by Chaos 2, The Big Cheese was placed on the floor flipper by Sir Killalot, but The Big Cheese drove off it. Sir Killalot and Sergeant Bash tried to stop it, but The Big Cheese kept pushing, then got under him with his lifter. The Big Cheese lifted him up, causing his back armour to fall off and his gas canister to fall out as he toppled onto its side.
- "Great last effort though, to flip Bash up and over, and Bash has lost his helmet! Oh, that's splendid stuff! ... and Sergeant Bash is in bits and pieces!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as The Big Cheese lifts Sergeant Bash
Sergeant Bash was also used in the Pinball Competition, where he guarded one of the 50 point targets at the side of the arena. He managed to deflect away pressure Dominator, Six Pac, R.O.C.S. 2, Killerhurtz, but failed to prevent Crusader, Eye of Newt, Oblivion 2, Inquisitor 2 and Razer hitting the button.
The tournament featured a number of notable incidents for Sergeant Bash. During Crusader’s run, its flipper became stuck under the target after it hit it, so Sergeant Bash had to push it free. Sergeant Bash actually pushed the see-saw when Eye of Newt was about to attempt it]].
The most notable moment for him in the Pinball competition, possibly of the whole series, was when he accidentally set fire to Sir Killalot again. Oblivion 2 had broken down, and Dead Metal and Sir Killalot attacked it. Sergeant Bash came out to join them, and fired his flamethrower as he drove over, but as he did so, he drove too close to Sir Killalot. Sir Killalot was caught in the path of the flame, and caught fire under his helmet, just like in Heat I of Series 2.
- "Oh, in comes Bash, look what Bash has done to Killalot! The flamethrower has caught Killalot’s brain alight it seems!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Sergeant Bash sets fire to his fellow House Robot
Sergeant Bash was also one of the House Robots used in the Robotic Soccer side tournament, albeit only in the final, where he joined Matilda in defence. He held back towards goal, Matilda was more active. Late on in the battle, he set fire to the ball, just like he had in Series 2
In the International League Championship, Techno-Lease and Prometheus were pushing against each other, both unable to gain an advantage. Sergeant Bash came out of his CPZ to separate the pair, first pushing Prometheus, then Techo-Lease, but this failed to separate them, so Sergeant Bash got at the side of Prometheus and pushed it around, away from the front of Techno-Lease.
Curiously, during the battle between Diotoir and Terror Austalis, a clip of Sergeant Bash setting fire to Diotoir was used to explain how Diotoir caught fire, despite the fact Sergeant Bash was not present in that battle. The clip used was actually from Diotoir’s battle with The Steel Avenger.
Sergeant Bash also appeared in a few battles in The First World Championship. He set fire to Diotoir twice across the tournament. In Round 1, despite it not being near the CPZ, as it was fighting Depoppesaurus Rex near the pit. This burnt the fur off the back end.
He set fire to Diotoir again in Round 2. Diotoir had won the battle, after it flipped Cerberus over, but then deliberately drove at Sergeant Bash, who set the fur on fire.
- "…and Diotoir’s on fire, they won’t mind that! They love to “Burn Baby Burn, Robot Inferno!” That’s the song on Diotoir lips!"
- — Jonathan Pearce
Sergeant Bash went over to attack the overturned Cerberus, but Diotoir chased after him as he went to attack Cerberus, trying to get the flipper under his side. Dead Metal had to grip Diotoir and push it away. Team Nemesis had no replacement fur, so Diotoir had to fight in the Semi-Final in its charred state with only patches of fur remaining.
Series 4[edit | edit source]
- "A flame-filled militaristic masher, who can warm the throttles of any robots heart! Weighing in at a mighty 120 kilos and complex in the barracks with masses of circuitry, but at the parade ground you’d better be at – “ATTENTION”!"
- — Jonathan Pearce introduces Sergeant Bash in Heat A
Sergeant Bash had an improved front pincer for Series 4, these one being larger. It was first used in the first battle of the series, where he bit into Indefatigable after it was flipped over Chaos 2. He torched Indefatigable, then grabbed it by the forklift and pushed it to CPZ so Chaos 2 could flip it out of the arena.
In Round 2, the new pincer did one of its most notable bits of damage. Medusa 2000 reversed into his CPZ, straight onto his pincer, so Sgt. Bash crushed its back wheel.
- "Medusa 2000 going very near Sergeant Bash, and in trouble backing on to Sergeant Bash’s claws! Oh, and having its axles bent and buckled, the front mounted pincers of Sergeant Bash crumpling there! And Medusa 2000 can have no complaints! Don Weir drove it backwards onto the pincers of Sergeant Bash! And there’s nowhere to go now!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Sergeant Bash crushes Medusa 2000’s back wheel
He pushed it over the flame pit, blasting it with his flamethrower, and pushed it into Shunt, who axed it. With Medusa 2000 immobile, he and Shunt pushed it onto the floor flipper. As Dead Metal attacked it, Sergeant Bash bit into one of the other wheels, ripping off the tyre.
His new pincer did a lot of notable damage across the series. In Heat N, Sergeant Bash and Sir Killalot crushed into Judge Shred 2 together, with Sergeant Bash biting into Judge Shred 2 on one side with his pincer, and Sir Killalot using his claw on the other. In Heat O, he crumpled the side of Aggrobot 2 after it broke down in its battle against S.M.I.D.S.Y.. In Semi-Final 2, after Spawn of Scutter was immobilised by Panic Attack, he crushed into the side as he pulled it away from the wall, then pinched into the front as he took it to the pit.
There was no shortage of flammable targets for Sergeant Bash’s flamethrower this series . In Heat A, King B3 rammed Attila the Drum to his CPZ, so he set one of Attila the Drum’s side tassels alight, then set fire to the fur covering one of the wheels.
- "The tyre’s have caught fire! Will it be a tyre funeral pyre for Attila?"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Sergeant Bash sets Attila the Drum’s wheel on fire
In Heat B, Pussycat cut the fuel line of Reptirron and pushed it close to Sergeant Bash's CPZ, and Sergeant Bash fired his flamethrower at Reptirron, causing it to burst into flames. Refbot put the fire out, only for Sergeant Bash to pin it in corner and set fire to it again. He also pinched the back, creating a large hole as he pushed it up the arena and put it on the floor flipper.
- "It's all over for Reptirron and there are the flames!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Sergeant Bash sets Reptirron on fire
Sergeant Bash set fire to Scorpion twice. In Round 1 of Heat M, he grabbed it by the tail after it was overturned by Reactor, and dragged it back to his CPZ. Dead Metal and Sir Killalot also came over to attack, with Sir Killalot pulling it away, resulting in the top of Scorpion’s tail being ripped off as it was still in Sergeant Bash’s pincer. As Sir Killalot held Scorpion up, Sergeant Bash fired its flamethrower at it, causing the fibreglass armour to catch fire.
- "Geoff Smith and John Bell, they’d also like to thank John’s wife Pip, she let them design and build Scorpion on the dining room table. She had to delay cooking cheese on toast, instead she has Scorpion rarebit!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Scorpion burns
Also, in the Tag Team Terror, after Bigger Brother flipped Scorpion over in Round 1, Sergeant Bash blasted it with his flamethrower, causing it to catch fire. Despite being badly burned, Scorpion was still able to continue to the final.
Diotoir returned, but went out early after being flipped over by Ming 2. As it was flipped over right next to his CPZ, Sergeant Bash came out and set the fur on fire as usual. He would also set fire to Diotoir when it appeared in the Pinball and the Celebrity Special.
As usual, Sergeant Bash and the other House Robots were used to commit “mercy killings” on immobilised competitors, though in this series, more use was made of the floor flipper and pit than in Series 3. Whereas in Series 3, the pit was only open for the first two rounds, the pit was now lowered as the producers saw fit, often when a robot was immobile so the House Robots could dispose of it, and the floor flipper, which had previously only been used in the Heat Finals and the Semi-Finals, was now used in the early rounds as well. Sergeant Bash put robots such as Evil Weevil, Humphrey and Steg 2 onto the floor flipper.
Sergeant Bash also put beaten competitors in the pit, though this caused him some problems. In Heat O, he grabbed Oblivion 2 by the axe and pushed it to the pit, but as he got Oblivion 2 to the edge, he could not finish it off as its bottom jaw was dangling over the edge of the pit, and he could not reverse. Dead Metal had to push Oblivion 2 free of Sergeant Bash, and Sir Killalot finished Oblivion 2 off. In the next Heat, he grabbed Cerberus by the tail after it was flipped over by V-Max, but as he dropped it into the pit, he couldn’t reverse off the pit because his pincer was hanging over the edge. The same thing happened in the War of Independence, where he pitted Detonator, and became stuck on the edge pit as he pushed it in.
Similarly, in Heat J, Sergeant Bash dragged Bigger Brother to the pit, but as he tried to drop it in, Bigger Brother was caught on his pincer. Sir Killalot had to pull it off with his claw, dropping it beside the pit and then Shunt pushed it in, as Bash seemingly couldn’t reverse.
Very few competitors Sergeant Bash this series, one of the only exceptions being Killerhurtz. In Round 2 of the Northern Annihilator, he freed Killerhurtz when it was stuck on the wall, but Killerhurtz rammed him, axing his flamethrower. Sergeant Bash pushed back, but Killerhurtz pulled back its axe and fired again, hitting the side of Sergeant Bash, and pushed him to the flame pit. Sergeant Bash started to push back, and Matilda rushed over, lifting Killerhurtz, and they pushed it onto the flame pit, with Sergeant Bash also torching Killerhurtz. Killerhurtz’s axe was still stuck, leaving it stuck on the flame pit, so Matilda pushed them both away from the flame pit, and flipped Killerhurtz over to separate it. Sergeant Bash appeared to be immobile.
In Heat I, Killerhurtz became stuck in forward drive in its battle with Splinter, and after being picked up and span around by Sir Killalot, it charged straight into Sergeant Bash, and fired the axe at his flamethrower.
Sergeant Bash was very busy during the Christmas Specials. He was used in all four battles of the Tag Team Terror, every battle of both the Northern and Southern Annihilators, and all seven battles of the Celebrity Robot Wars. The Celebrity Special was a particularly notable episode for him, as he used his flamethrower on many of the decorations the celebrities had added to their robots.
During Diotoir’s battle with Wild Thing, Diotoir drove over the flame jet and caught fire, so Sergeant Bash came out of this CPZ and blasted it with his flamethrower to add to the fire. Later in the battle, he came out of his CPZ again, driving between Diotoir and Wild Thing, pinning Wild Thing against wall, and set Wild Thing's rabbits alight.
Sergeant Bash also came out of his CPZ during the battle between Killertron and Gemini to set fire to Killertron’s boxing glove. Sergeant Bash would set fire to Diotoir for a second time in the Celebrity Special right at the start of the first Semi-Final, where he came out of his CPZ, driving right to the centre of the arena to set fire to Diotoir. Diotoir caught fire, and Sergeant Bash returned to his CPZ, but when Diotoir drove down the arena, Sergeant Bash came out of his CPZ again, making the fire even larger. Despite most of Diotoir's fur being burnt, Diotoir survived to the end of the battle and won.
In the Tag Team Terror, Sergeant Bash and the other House Robots would come out of their CPZs when competitors broke the rules. In the Final, 101 and King B3 defeated Firestorm 2 and Scorpion, so they turned on each other, pushing each other all around the arena. Dead Metal and Sergeant Bash finally managed to separate them, with Dead Metal grabbing King B3 and Sergeant Bash biting into the back of 101.
After defeating frenZy in the War or Independence final, Mortis took on Sergeant Bash. Sergeant Bash was attacking the overturned frenzy, and Mortis got behind him and hit him repeatedly with its axe. Sergeant Bash and Shunt chased it into a CPZ at the bottom of the arena, pinning it there whilst Shunt axed it.
The Pinball Warrior Tournament side event returned for Series 4, and just like Series 3, Sgt. Bash was used, guarding a 50 point target. However, 9 of the 16 competitors managed to hit his target, including Hypno-Disc, Stinger and King B3.
Spawn of Scutter, Bigger Brother, and Killerhurtz all managed to hit the target because Sergeant Bash tried firing his flamethrower at them first instead of blocking, giving them an opportunity to hi the target.
The slow-moving Banshee managed to hit the target, despite Sergeant Bash initially blocking the target because he reversed, then turned incorrectly, leaving the target open for Banshee to hit. Eventual winner Gemini also managed to hit the target because Sergeant Bash was preoccupied with one half, allowing the other to hit the target.
During Diotoir’s run, Sergeant Bash actually left his semi-circle to blast Diotoir with his flamethrower after it knocked over the barrels, setting the fur on the tip of the flipper on fire. However, this allowed Diotoir to get round him and hit the target. Sergeant Bash followed Diotoir as it drove down the arena to the multi-ball release, torching Diotoir, but despite its fur burning, Diotoir kept going until the end of the run, despite Sergeant Bash following it across the arena.
Extreme 1[edit | edit source]
Sergeant Bash was now spelt Sgt. Bash, and this spelling was used for the rest of the show’s original run. Extreme 1 also saw the number of House Robots allowed in the arena during a battle (not including Refbot) was reduced from four to two. Due to this, Extreme 1 was relatively quiet for Sgt. Bash, appearing in one or two battles in most of the episodes, and not appearing at all in episodes 4 or 10, making episode 4 the first episode that he was absent from. He did however appear in 5 out of the 7 battles in The Second World Championship.
Sgt. Bash’s most notable battle in this series was one of his worst ever battles, the Flipper Frenzy.The four competitors, Wheely Big Cheese, Bigger Brother, Chaos 2 and Thermidor 2 turned on the House Robots insted of fighting each other. Whilst Wheely Big Cheese went for Matilda, Sgt. Bash rushed out of his CPZ to fight Chaos 2 and Thermidor 2 as they approached him. Chaos 2 got behind him whilst Thermidor 2 blocked him from getting away. The two competitors fired their flippers, with Thermidor 2 lifting Sgt. Bash's armour loose, and Chaos 2 flipping him up. Sgt. Bash landed back on his wheels and tried reversing away, but Bigger Brother chased after him, getting under his side and flipping him over.
- "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
The competitors then tried to get Sgt. Bash to the wall, with Chaos 2 flipping him, then Bigger Brother and Chaos 2 combined to flip him together, tossing him into the air. Chaos 2 flipped Sgt. Bash against the wall, and Thermidor 2 tried to flip Sgt. Bash out, but the House Robot was too heavy to get over the fence, so Thermidor 2 accidentally righted him, his back armour falling open, and part of the elctronics falling out as it did so.
- "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
Sgt. Bash had no chance to escape however, as Chaos 2 rammed into his back (knocking the back into place) and flipped him against the arena wall, with his flamethrower hanging on the edge.
- "They want to put Bash out of business for all time, I think!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Sgt. Bash is attacked during the Flipper Frenzy
Chaos 2 got under Sgt. Bash, but could barely lift the House Robot. At this point, Matilda rushed in, having immobilised Wheely Big Cheese, charged in, pushing Chaos 2 away from her fellow House Robot. Bigger Brother had broken down by this point, and Chaos 2 accidentally flipped itself over after missing a flip on Refbot, and Matilda knocked it onto its side with her flywheel.
- 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
Bigger Brother would also flip Sgt. Bash over during its Vengeance battle with Comengetorix. Bigger Brother flipped Comengetorix over and pushed it into an empty CPZ, and Sgt. Bash came rushing over, trying to clamp down on Comengetorix, but Comengetorix managed to self-right right out from Sgt. Bash's jaws. As Comengetorix got away, Bigger Brother turned on Sgt. Bash, pushing him against the wall and flipping him over.
- "Bigger Brother's taking the sergeant on in the CPZ! And he's flipped the sergeant! Well Joe Watts is the weapons operator, at just 8, 8-and-a-half he is actually. No half-measures from him! Over goes Sgt. Bash!"
- — Jonathan PEarce as Bigger Brother flips Sgt. Bash
Sir Killalot chased Bigger Brother in retaliation, and Bigger Brother and Comengetorix both attacked him for a while.
- Craig Charles: "What have you got against Sgt. Bash?"
- Ian Watts: "He was interfering!"
- Craig Charles: "He was interfering?"
- Ian Watts: "We were going to throw him [Comengetorix] out of the arena, and he came over and had a nip at him, so he had to go, didn't he?"
- — Ian Watts explains the attack on Sgt. Bash
Being flipped over was not the only problem Sgt. Bash suffered this series. During his first appearance of the series, the Mayhem between S.M.I.D.S.Y., Sumpthing and Pussycat, Sumpthing attacked Sgt. Bash when he came out of his CPZ, but got its front spike stuck in his side. Matilda had to come across the arena and lift Sumpthing free. Despite this, Sumpthing drove back into him as it was attacking S.M.I.D.S.Y in the CPZ.
- "Good to see the aggression, and certainly Bash unhappy, getting spiked again, and a little blast of the flame came out"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Supmthing drives into Sgt. Bash again
There weren’t many flammable robots in this series, so Sgt. Bash’s flamethrower didn’t see much use. One of the exceptions was Sgt. Bash's old rival Diotoir, which set fire to twice. In Round 1 of the Tag Team Terror, he came out of this CPZ, driving up the arena to where Diotoir was fighting King B Powerworks, and blasted Diotoir with his flamethrower, with both Diotoir's sides catching fire. Despite the fur burning, being almost entirely burnt off the sides, Diotoir kept going until the end.
Sgt. Bash also used his flamethrower to Diotoir during its Vengeance battle with Firestorm 3. Firestorm 3 easily pushed Diotoir onto the flame pit and flipped it over, and as it burned, Sgt. Bash blasted it with his flamethrower, making the blaze even larger.
- "And I think Bash is bored, oh! Baa, baa, burnt sheep! Bash, did you see the lick of flame, and the ninja sheep is melting!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Sgt. Bash torches Mega Morg's mascot
Sgt. Bash’s main role during this series was performing “mercy killings on competitors”. In the Middleweight Championship, he pushed Doom onto the floor flipper, reversed Rhino into the pit in the Forces Spcial, and pushed Tornado around after it was immobilised in the All Stars final, reversing it towards the floor flipper, then towards the pit after it was flipped. He also finished off Plunderbird 5 when it got stuck on the edge of the pit in its Vengeance battle against Sir Chromalot.
In that same battle, Sir Chromalot accidentally drove straight into him whilst he was in the CPZ, and although Sir Chromalot quickly drove out, Sgt. Bash drove after it, driving between it and Plunderbird 5 as Sir Chromalot tried to attack its opponent. Sgt. Bash reversed, and blasted the two with his flamethrower, and rammed Sir Chromalot as Plunderbird 5 gripped it with its slicer dicer.
Sgt. Bash got hold of Hypno-Disc’s disc twice, once in its All-Stars battle against Behemoth, when Behemoth pushed Hypno-Disc into him in the CPZ, and Sgt. Bash's pincer stopped the disc, then later in the first Annihilator, where Hypno-Disc accidentally drove into the CPZ after charging into Splinter, and Sgt. Bash caught it, biting into the flywheel.
One notable moment for Sgt. Bash came during the Vengeance battle between 101 and King B Powerworks. King B Powerworks went out of control, spinning around the arena. Sgt. Bash managed to bring it under control by pinning it in the CPZ and grabbing it with his pincers.
- "...and even the House Robots think "No, let's just leave them alone for a little bit, we don't want to get involved with someone as berserk as that", until Sgt. Bash calms things down, as sergeants tend to do. "You're in the corner son, and your're staying there!"."
- — Jonathan Pearce as Sgt. Bash pins King B Powerworks in the corner.
Sgt. Bash pulled King B Powerworks back as the pit opened, though King B Powerworks' wheels was still speeding around, making it difficult for him to move around, but Sgt. Bash managed to turn King B Powerworks around until it was over the pit and drop it in. However, Sgt. Bash then drove forwards, falling into the pit as well.
- "They lost control, King B. So, 101 has won the Vengeance battle. There's the siren. That's the pit release button going. Down go[es] the pit. Oh, Sergeant. You were close. You're in control. They [King B Powerworks] weren't. They're in [the pit]. They're out! And you're in as well, Sergeant! What a messy end to it all really."
- — Jonathan Pearce as Sgt. Bash pits King B Powerworks and then himself
The Second World Championship saw Sgt. Bash make more appearances than any other episode in Extreme 1, as he featured in 5 of the 7 battles, but he didn’t make much of an impact in those battles. One notable moment came in the Semi-Final between Manta and Drillzilla. Drillzilla pushed Manta into an empty CPZ, and Sgt. Bash came over, but Manta managed to push him and Drillzilla together. In the Final between Razer and Drillzilla, Razer forced Drillzilla into his CPZ, but he couldn’t puncture Drillzilla’s incredibly strong armour.
Series 5[edit | edit source]
- "Sgt. Bash is on parade, with its long-range flamethrower and a punishing pair of pincers! A machine of war, it obeys no law!"
- — Jonathan Pearce introduces Sgt. Bash in the House Robot introduction
Like Extreme 1, Series 5 was a relatively quite series for Sgt. Bash, doing less damage than in previous series. He only appeared in Heats C and K, and was completely absent from Heats B and L. His first appearance came in the first battle of the series, Chaos 2 vs Storm Force in Heat A, but he was not involved in the battle
Sgt. Bash’s most memorable moment this came in Heat H, when he set Granny's Revenge on fire in its battle with Axe-Awe. When Grannies’ Revenge drove down the arena, Axe-Awe pushed it in reverse towards Sgt Bash’s CPZ, and Sgt. Bash fired his flamethrower.
- "In comes the flamethrower. Granny's on-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! Granny's on fire - oh dear, oh dear."
- — Jonathan Pearce goes into hysterics as Sgt. Bash sets Granny's Revenge on fire
Grannies’ Revenge’s blankets and coat instantly caught light, and the fire quickly spread, engulfing the whole dummy. The fire soon turned into a huge inferno, with burning pieces falling off.
- "It was bonfire night on Robot Wars!"
- — Robot Wars: The Ultimate Guide
Series 5 saw Sgt. Bash’s last encounter with Diotoir. He set fire to it during its Heat Final aginst Spawn Again, after Spawn Again flipped it over. Team Scutterbots had actually made a gentlemens' agreement with Team Nemesis before the battle that once the beaten competitor had been counted out by Refbot, the winner would pit the beaten robot before the House Robots could attack, but as Spawn Again pushed Diotoir, it made a wrong turn, and Sgt. Bash rushed over and set Diotoir on fire. Spawn Again tried to push Diotoir into the pit before Sgt. Bash could make the fire bigger, but it broke down as it got close to the pit, allowing Sgt. Bash to blast Diotoir with his flamethrower again. Refbot tried to put out the flames, but Sgt. Bash just torched Diotoir again.
- "Sgt. Bash comes in with a flick of flame, and Diotoir, crowd favourites, being taunted by the crowd now! ... In comes the Sergeant once again! Well there's going to be very little of the fur left"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Sgt. Bash torches Diotoir
Sgt. Bash was actually involved in all three battles with Diotoir, but only set it on fire in Heat Final. He did briefly fire his flamethrower at Diotoir during its battle with Tornado, but despite Diotoir starting to smoke, it did not catch fire.
He also did some notable damage with his pincers. The most notable use of his pincers came when he and Sir Killalot were involved in a very curious incident in a Heat G first round battle between Evolution and Sabretooth. Both robots appeared to stop, and Sgt. Bash came out of his CPZ to attack Evolution whilst Sir Killalot pushed Sabretooth away from Evolution, at which point it started moving again. Sgt. Bash crushed into the front of Evolution with his pincers.
- "Not actually allowed to do that, Refbot, because Evolution was in no sort of trouble. Get in there and pull out a card for the Sergeant. There it is - fully deserved."
- — Jonathan Pearce as Sgt. Bash illegally damages Evolution
Considerable damage was caused to the fibreboard robot, and Sgt. Bash was given a yellow card by Refbot. Despite this, Sir Killalot continued to attack Evolution, cutting its turret off with his claw and spinning it around. As a result of these unfair attacks, the judges put Evolution through to the second round.
- "Well, Killalot and Sgt. Bash both get yellow cards! They were obviously not happy with that fifht though, it was a bit like handbags at dawn! We're going to the judges!"
- — Craig Charles after the battle ends
Also, in one of the first round battles of Heat J, he crumpled one of the guiding bars of a disabled Barber-Ous in its battle against Panic Attack after the Series 2 champion had pushed it towards his CPZ before finishing it off in the pit.
In Heat D, he grabbed Sir Chromalot by the flipper it as he dragged it up the arena to the floor flipper. After it was thrown by the floor flipper, Dead Metal tried to push it into the pit, but he pushed incorrectly, pushing it along the top of the pit, getting one of its wheels stuck on the edge. Sgt. Bash reversed into Sir Chromalot, pushing it into the pit, also pushing Dead Metal free of the pit. He also used his back-end to reverse Spawn Again into the pit in the Losers' Melee of Semi-Final 1.
Only one competitor was brave enough to attack Sgt. Bash this series, as Obsidian used its axe on Sgt. Bash twice during its battle against S.M.I.D.S.Y. in Heat A. After being rammed by S.M.I.D.S.Y., Obsidian lost drive on one side and was spinning in circles. As the House Robots attacked, Obsidian fired its axe at Sgt. Bash, getting the axe caught in its side. S.M.I.D.S.Y. pushed Obsidian, and Sgt. Bash tried to get free of the axe, but Obsidian kept its axe in Sgt. Bash’s side until Matilda reversed into it. S.M.I.D.S.Y. rammed Obsidian into the arena wall, where it was counted out. Sgt. Bash rushed over to attack, and Obsidian hit the flamethrower with its axe. Sgt. Bash reversed, dragging Obsidian with it.
During the battle between Firestorm and Pussycat in Semi-Final 2, Sgt. Bash drove to centre of arena battle for seemingly no reason
Series 6[edit | edit source]
- "Sgt. Bash, with the judging jaw, and fearsome flamethrower!"
- — Jonathan Pearce introduces Sgt. Bash during the House Robot introduction
For Series 6, Sgt. Bash’s flamethrower was upgraded with a new gas valve, making it more powerful.
- "Sergeant Bash has had his flame-thrower upgraded. The flame is now longer and hotter – it’s amazing what a high-pressure gas valve can do for a robot."
- — The Series 6 programme on Sgt. Bash’s improved flamethrower
However, there were relatively few flammable robots in this series, meaning the flamethrower did little significant damage. Strangely, there were some occasions where Sgt. Bash was in the arena with competitors which had flammable armour or decorations, but Sgt. Bash did not take advantage. Examples included the wooden-armoured Brutus Maximus, Cedric Slammer’s toy monkey mascot, Kronic 2 with its foam spikes, but Sgt. Bash did not set on fire. He was also present for The Hassocks Hog’s only battle, but only a tiny flame was seen on one of the furry ears.
The notable exception was Granny's Revenge 2. Just like in Series 5, Grannies Revenge was put in the arena with Sgt. Bash, and after being rammed into a CPZ by Barber-Ous 2, Sgt. Bash grabbed it with his pincer, and torched it, causing the dummy to smoulder.
- "Granny's Revenge 2 is about to be counted out, she's smoking already! Granny, don't smoke, it's bad for your health!"
- — Jonathan Pearce
The fire grew, until it covered the whole granny.
Series 6 was another relatively quite year for Sgt. Bash. He was absent from four episodes, Heats D , F and L, as well as the Grand Final. He made his first appearance in the first battle of the series, which proved to be an eventful battle for him. Whilst Razer was attacking Raging Reality, Sgt Bash drove across the arena, even though neither robot was in a CPZ, and drove behind Raging Reality. This allowed Razer to pin Raging Reality against Sgt. Bash, pushing the two back. Sgt. Bash tried reversing away, but reversed into Refbot, and Razer pinned Raging Reality against Sgt. Bash and crushed into the front. Later in the battle, Razer pushed the limping W.A.S.P. into him, and Sgt. Bash fired his flamethrower at it whilst Razer crushed it.
Sgt. Bash’s main role was disposing of beaten competitors. He pushed Hot Pants and Short Circuit into the pit, reversing each of them into the pit after the lost their Round 1 melees in Heat H. He also pushed Destructosaur onto the floor flipper in Heat C, and in Semi Final 2, he dragged Bigger Brother up the arena to the floor flipper.
Also, he opened the pit so that his fellow House Robots to dispose of beaten competitor robots. He opened the pit for Growler to pit Inshredable in Heat G, and also opened the pit so Growler could pit Supernova in the Heat Final of Heat H, and in Semi Final A, he opened the pit for Sir Killalot to pit Dantomkia.
This series saw a couple of notable moments for Sgt. Bash’s pincers. In the UK vs Germany Special, Das Gepäck pushed Dell Dog into his CPZ, and Sgt. Bash grabbed it, crumpling the side, but it became caught on the pincer.
- "Crumpling its way through, what is largely a defense less machine, Delldog, without that weaponry. Look, slicing through, very light armour!"
- — Jonathan Pearce
Sgt. Bash lifted it up and down, but could not get it to fall off. Mr Psycho had to hit Dell Dog with his hammer, taking three blows to knock Dell Dog loose.
- "Teamwork from the House Robots! Now, you understand that they're totally neutral in all this. They don't mind if UK or Germany wins this."
- — Jonathan Pearce
He also it into base of Spin Doctor after Bulldog Breed flipped it over in Round 1 of Heat K. As he crushed into the base, sparks could be seen and smoke began to rise from the insides, and the internals caught fire. This was the only time Sgt. Bash set a competitor on fire without using his flamethrower.
- "…Spin Doctor is about to be crushed by Sgt. Bash! Look at that crumpling power!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Sgt. Bash bites into Spin Doctor
Sgt. Bash had some unfortunate moments this series. In Round 1 of Heat B, when Colossus was flipped over in a CPZ, Sgt. Bash and Sir Killalot went in to attack, and when Sgt. Bash reversed, he nearly reversed into pit.
In Heat I, during the battle between Terrorhurtz and Kronic 2, Kronic 2 was immobilised in the CPZ, but as Sgt. Bash went into attack, Kronic 2 managed to lift it up a little, getting its flipper under Sgt. Bash’s pincer. Terrorhurtz took advantage, ramming into Sgt. Bash, causing his back panel to fall loose.
- "No, no, no, John Reid and Dominic Parkinson, you’re not Mr. Psycho … or are you? You’re some sort of nutter to have a go at Sgt. Bash in there! The House Robot’s mean business next time!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Terrorhurtz rams into Sgt. Bash
After the battle, Dominic Parkinson explained that they had been intending to help Kronic, but instead decidided to attack the House Robots.
- Craig Charles: "You won't go very far if you keep having a go at the House Robots though! You got Bash there, didn't you?"
- John Reid: "Yeah, it's a risky game, isn't it?"
- Craig Charles: "And they got long memories those robots, I tell ya!"
- — In the post-battle interview
Extreme 2[edit | edit source]
After spending much of Series 5 and 6 in the background, Extreme 2 was more eventful for Sgt. Bash.
He made his first appearance in the first battle of the series, which proved to be a notable battle for him. Dantomkia and Tornado had Terrorhurtz pinned against the arena wall, with Dantomkia flipping it against the wall and Tornado ramming it against an angle grinder. The House Robots came out to separate the competitors, with Shunt axing Dantomkia and pulling out from under Terrorthurtz, then Sgt. Bash drove across the arena to drive between Terrorhurtz and Dantomkia, also getting behind Tornado, but Tornado got away.
Later in the same battle, Sgt Bash crossed the arena again, whilst Dantomkia and Tornado pushed Terrorhurtz into Shunt’s CPZ, getting hold of Tornado and holding it still whilst Shunt pushed Terrorhurtz out of the CPZ. Sgt. Bash then pulled Tornado down the arena onto the flame pit, whilst Dantomkia pitted Terrorhurtz.
- "Tornado has been gripped by Bash in the CPZ, the Corner Patrol Zone, bossed by . Terrorhurtz is in all sorts of problems, Tornado is as well! ... How much damage done to Tornado though, for later on, I wonder?"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Sgt. Bash drags Tornado to the flame pit
He was used in all but one battle in that episode, and would go on to appear in 7 of 11 battles in All-Stars Championship
Sgt. Bash was used frequently across the series, appearing in every episode. In the Grand Final of the New Blood Championship, he was used in three out of the four battles, only being absent from the playoff. He was used in the finals of 7 of the 13 tournaments across the series; the Annihilator, the Minor Meltdown, the Iron Maidens, the University Challenge, the Commonwealth Carnage and the European Championship. He was also used in both All-Stars Heat Finals and three of the four New Blood Heat Finals.
The most notable moment for Sgt. Bash this series came in Heat A of the New Blood Championship. During Mute’s fight with Mr Nasty, Sgt. Bash inexplicably had a fight with Refbot. Sgt. Bash rushed out of his CPZ, charged at Refbot and blasted his flamethrower. Refbot reversed away, but Sgt. Bash chased after him, blasting his flamethrower. Refbot gave Sgt. Bash a yellow card, then reversed at Sgt. Bash, pushing him up to the top of the arena.
- "Sgt. Bash and the Refbot come head-to-head, and Sgt. didn't like it! "Get out of the way Ref!" Referee will have taken note, oh Sgt., you can't that! Quite right, yellow card, warning! I'd have given him a red, I'd have banned him! ... It's a real old tussle betweeen the two of them! The House Robots having an argument, I love it!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Sgt. Bash fights Refbot
Sgt Bash turned around, and continued chasing after Refbot, with the two House Robots driving very near to the edge of the pit. Sgt. Bash reversed, but then drove around the pit and continued chasing Refbot, blasting his flamethrower. When Sgt. Bash caught up with Refbot, Refbot began firing his fire extinguisher as Sgt. Bash’s flamethrower, managing to put out the fire.
- "Mute dominant, the Sergeant dominant, the ref's in trouble! He's trying to put out the fire! He's put out the Sergeant's fire!"
- — Jonathan Pearce comments on the tussle between Sgt. Bash and Refbot
Sgt. Bash had a number of other notable moments across the series. In Heat B of the All-Stars Championship, during the Round 2 battle between Razer and Spawn Again. Whilst Spawn Again was escaping from Razer, Sgt. Bash left his CPZ, driving straight into Spawn Again. This allowed Razer to catch up with Spawn Again and get underneath it, whilst he returned to the CPZ. Razer pushed Spawn Again into Sgt. Bash’s CPZ, and Sgt. Bash crushed into Spawn Again’s side with his jaw.
In the Tag Team Terror, he came out of CPZ when The Steel Avenger broke the rules. The Steel Avenger pushed Lightning off the wall when it was stuck there, having been flipped by Bulldog Breed, and as it did so, Sgt. Bash rushed over, pinning The Steel Avenger against the wall, although The Steel Avenger managed to turn a little and reverse into Sgt. Bash, pushing him back.
In the semi-final of the Commonwealth Carnage, he inadvertently affected the result of the battle. Panic Attack was pushing Firestorm 4, and pushed it through a CPZ. Sgt. Bash charged across the arena at Panic Attack, and Panic Attack pushed him back. As Panic Attack reversed, Firestorm took advantage, driving under Panic Attack and flipping it against the arena wall.
This series saw a number of competitors make attacks on Sgt. Bash. In Heat B of the New Blood Championship, Edge Hog defeated Hell’s Teeth, and as the House Robots attacked, Edge Hog took on the House Robots, first axing Dead Metal. Sgt. Bash tried to grab Edge Hog to defend his fellow House Robot, but Edge Hog turned and axed Sgt. Bash’s flamethrower a few times, bending it down, until Refbot reversed into it. During the scuffle, Sgt. Bash’s back panel had fallen loose. Sgt. Bash reversed into Refbot to knock the back panel back up.
- "Well, look what's happened to the rear end of Sgt. Bash! It's not a pretty sight, and the Refbot, erm, just saving his modesty there a wee bit I think! Putting his pyjamas back on!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Sgt. Bash's back end falls loose
- "ICU, a flick of the axe onto Sgt. Bash, and they [the ICU team] love it out there! A smile from Graham Pritchard! Taking on Sgt. Bash, Sgt. Bash tickled more than anything else!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as ICU axes Sgt. Bash
In that same battle, Sgt. Bash reversed the immobile Revolution 2 onto the floor flipper, but when the competitor was thrown, it hit him.
In the University Challenge, Infernal Contraption managed to knock his out removable link, immobilising him. Infinity and Infernal Contraption were fighting in a CPZ, and Sgt. Bash charged over, driving between the two robots. Infernal Contraption turned around, slamming into Sgt. Bash and knocking out the link.
The most notable attack on Sgt. Bash this series came in the Commonwealth Carnage. After defeating Panic Attack, Firestorm chased after Sgt. Bash, getting under his rear as it pushed him up to the top of the arena, then flipping him over. Firestorm would go on to flip over Mr. Psycho over as well, making it one of the only times two House Robots were flipped over in the same battle.
However, Sgt. Bash would go on to get revenge in final. Having defeated Crushtacean, Firestorm started chasing after Dead Metal, trying to get under and flip him. Firestorm managed to get under Dead Metal and push him against an angle grinder, and as it unsuccessfully tried to flip the House Robot, Sgt. Bash took advantage, getting behind and biting into the back, although this actually resulted in Sgt. Bash lifting himself off the floor.
- "What a crumpling climax to the Commonwealth Carnage this is!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Sgt. Bash damages Firestorm 4
Firestorm had actually unsuccessfully tried to flip Sgt. Bash over earlier in the series. During its battle with Dantomkia in Round 2 of the All Stars, Firestorm rammed Dantomkia into Sgt. Bash’s CPZ, flipping it over and flipping it against the wall as it tried to right itself. As Dantomkia tried to right itself, Sgt. Bash pinned it in the corner, but then reversed. Firestorm drove under his front and pushed, but as it fired the flipper, Sgt. Bash merely slid off, because the flipper was not fully underneath him.
- "Firestorm's taking on Sgt. Bash! No no no, Graham, Graham! No, you, Dantomkia you're supposed to be fighting!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Firestorm 4 gets under Sgt. Bash
Despite these notable moments, some episodes saw very little use of Sgt. Bash. He only appeared in one battle each in the Annihilator, Minor Meldown, Tag Team Terror, New Blood Heat D, Challenge Belt and Iron Maidens, and in most of those cases was not involved in the battle. In the Robot Rampage, Sgt. Bash was only used in both featherweight heats, which only partially shown
Series 7[edit | edit source]
The Seventh Wars saw Sgt. Bash make good use of his pincers on multiple occasions.
- "Listen to that - a crumpling and rending sound. A buckling and bending sound. A ripping and tearing sound. The only silence, is in the emptiness of the hopes of King B Powerworks."
- — Jonathan Pearce as Sgt. Bash exacts his punishment on King B Powerworks
In Heat C, an immobile King B Powerworks was punished further as Sgt. Bash's claw crumpled a section of the side armour, while in Heat G, Sgt. Bash put on another exhibition of the damage his pincers could cause, as the House Robot's weapon easily pierced through the armour of Mean Streak, before it dropped the beaten robot into the pit of oblivion.
- "The Sergeant, I mean, brute strength, but to be honest ladies and gentleman, the Sergeant doesn't have a lot up top. The flamethrower is flickering, but there's no one at home. Take away one of his stripes, get him down to a corporal, a private."
- — Jonathan Pearce expresses his disappointment at Sgt. Bash's inability to finish off Ceros
Sgt. Bash's intervention was needed during a Heat H second round battle involving Ceros and Revolution 3. With Revolution 3 immobilised early on, Ceros decided to attack the House Robots and engaged in a one-on-one battle with Shunt, while Sgt. Bash decided to focus its attention on Revolution 3. Finally, Shunt was toppled, so Sgt. Bash decided to attack Ceros itself and quickly nullified the threat of Ceros with its claw before dragging it towards the pit. It couldn't finish it off, and Sgt. Bash found itself and Ceros beached over the pit for a long period and was unable to pit Ceros.
In Heat M, Sgt. Bash was featured in both the round 2 battles. In the first between Tough as Nails and Panic Attack, the latter had found itself in his CPZ where Sgt. Bash managed to grab a hold of the Series 2 champion momentarily for Mr Psycho to come in and try and hammer it before it escaped. In the second battle, he was involved in a humorous incident as he pushed a washing machine that came down from the Drop Zone into the pit with a beaten Mega Morg after it was immobilised by Robochicken.
Sgt. Bash's final noteworthy attack in Robot Wars came during the battle between Atomic and M2 in Semi-Final 2, where Sgt. Bash attempted to grip the inverted M2 using his pincer, and prevented M2 from self-righting on its first attempt. Sgt. Bash had attempted to trap Atomic in his CPZ earlier in the battle.
Other[edit | edit source]
Sgt. Bash's pincers also proved highly effective in the international series, especially in both seasons of Robot Wars: Extreme Warriors. He bit through the side of The Brute in the US Championship of Season 1, recieved a yellow card for attacking Sobek illegally in the Civil War, and crumpled Paul Bunyan's spinning cross in its Season 2 Robot Rebellion battle against Snake Bite, but ended up being accidentally lifted over by Sir Killalot as the two House Robots attacked Paul Bunyan. Sgt. Bash also bit into Snookums' tail and dragged it around the arena in its battle against Ninjitsu later on in the same tournament, while in Heat H of the US Championship, he crushed and completely destroyed Tyranabot's entire crushing arm with his pincers.
Sgt. Bash appeared in only five battles in the Nickelodeon Robot Wars series. Due to the show being aimed towards a child-friendly audience, his flamethrower as well as all of the other arena fire hazards were disabled, leaving his pincers as his primary weapon.
Appearances in Merchandise[edit | edit source]
- Sergeant Bash/Pullback
- Sergeant Bash/Minibot
- Sergeant Bash/RC
- Sergeant Bash/Robot Wars: Metal Mayhem
- Sergeant Bash/Robot Wars: Arenas of Destruction
- Sergeant Bash/Robot Wars: Advanced Destruction
- Sergeant Bash/Robot Wars: Extreme Destruction (GBA)
- Sergeant Bash/Robot Wars: Extreme Destruction (PC/Xbox)
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Sergeant Bash was originally silver, but was painted green at the filming of Series 1 to give him a more military-style appearance.
- "On the morning of the filming of the First Wars, I decided that he didn't look warlike enough. A couple of cans of spray-paint and some military stripes later, Sgt Bash was transformed into the tough green House Robot loathed by robots far and wide..."
- — Chris Reynolds, interviewed in Robot Wars: The Ultimate Guide
- According to Robot Wars: The Ultimate Guide, Sgt. Bash was Chris Reynold's favourite House Robot, due to being the first one he designed.
- Sgt. Bash is one of only two robots in the whole of Robot Wars to feature a flamethrower, the other being fellow house robot Growler.
- Sgt. Bash was the only house robot to have his name written on him.
- Due to Matilda being deemed less of an easy target for competitors with flippers, after having her new flywheel weapon installed, Sgt. Bash was flipped by competitors in the first series of Extreme more than any other House Robot.
- Sgt. Bash was the only main House Robot never to participate in a House Robot Rebellion.
- Official Robot Wars tweets and TV listings alluded to the return of Sgt. Bash in the lead-up to the World Series, although these descriptions were actually teasing the Dutch competitor THE BASH. Regardless, Sgt. Bash was still referenced directly and shown in footage during THE BASH's introduction.
- On the 28th of March 2017, Gabriel Stroud began a campaign known as "#BringBackBash" and asked for likes and shares on social media to try and get the BBC and Mentorn to bring back Sgt. Bash as a house robot. Designs were drawn up on a whiteboard to show a Bash that more closely resembled a tank, with his pincer and flamethrower still present, though at the back instead featuring a spinning drum to replace the visual saw.
- On December 24th 2018, Behemoth's Facebook page shared a picture of Sgt. Bash attending team member Ant Pritchard's wedding in a static display alongside Behemoth itself.
- In Heats E, F, G and H of Series 4, Sgt. Bash did not appear in any of the battles, but still appeared in the Pinball, meaning that he still appeared in those heats.
- Sgt. Bash was absent from only sixteen episodes of the classic UK series.
- One of Sergeant Bash's original side plates from Series 1-2 is now owned by the International Wreck Crew.
- On 16th October 2020, Sgt. Bash was mentioned on BBC panel show "Have I Got News For You" by comedian Stephen Mangan, as part of a joke about robots being used in medical procedures.
- Fallout 4: Far Harbor has a unique flamethrower weapon called Sergeant Ash, which is believed to reference the House Robot.
References[edit | edit source]
- Robot Wars Club newsletter
- Oliver Steeples' website - Series 2, Show 2
- Robot Wars Magazine Issue 2, Page 8
- Robot Wars Magazine, Issue 2, Page 8