Shunt was one of the four original House Robots from the UK TV show Robot Wars. Present for every series of Robot Wars, Robot Wars Extreme and all international versions, Shunt had a reputation as one of the most powerful and reliable House Robots, and was distinguished by his set of bulldozing scoops and ploughs, and a powerful overhead axe.
Shunt drew inspiration from railway shunting engines and bulldozers, hence his name.
- "A power-packed robot capable of pulling a Land Rover and cleaving all opponents in two with that sharpened steel axe"
- — Jonathan Pearce in Heat A of Series 1, the original introduction of Shunt
In all versions, Shunt featured a front snow plough and rear scoop, used to ram competitors out of CPZs and around the arena. The rear scoop was a pneumatic lifting scoop, to help Shunt push competitors or to flip them onto their sides or backs. He was described in the Robot Wars Technical Manual as a cross between a snowplough, a bulldozer and a steam-powered tank. Shunt was well known for the power behind his drive, being able to pull a fully loaded Land Rover from a standing start to speeds of around 6 mph.
Shunt had scoops on the front and rear, a plough on one side and a scoop on the other, which was originally static before being changed to a lifting scoop.
- "...the best type of robot to go for the sumo event. It'll actually defend itself very well because anything ramming at it, hopefully the robot [Shunt] would be able to turn itself into position, and anything would just go shooting up, turn itself over or fly over the top. At the back, is more towards a bulldozer type of effect. Again, we're gonna use it for ramming or defending."
- — Malcolm James explains the design of Shunt in The Making of Robot Wars
Originally, the plough was the front of Shunt, but as the scoop was made into a lifting scoop and the axe was made more powerful over the first few series, the other end was used more.
Shunt's main weapon was an overhead axe, though the axe did not feature in early design sketches, and was added onto the back of Shunt during production at the suggestion of Chris Reynolds, just a few days before filming.
- "The axe was put on afterwards, as a little after thought, and its been gradually modified and improved each year, so its now become its major weapon."
- — Malcolm James in Ultimate Archive Collection - Sir Killalot and the House Robots
Shunt was the lightest of the original four House Robots, although he still remained more than 20 kilos over the weight limit for competitors. Though House Robot weaknesses were never mentioned in earlier series, Shunt's was consistently listed as being "unable to self-right" in later series, despite this weakness being shared by all House Robots. This was of particular relevance to Shunt, as he often became a target for flipping and lifting robots, particularly when the with limit for competitors was raised from 80 kilos to 100, just 5 kilos lighter than Shunt. Instances of Shunt being flipped became more and more frequent, with Series 7 being the worst in this regard. Shunt had a low ground clearance from the front and rear, although this sometimes resulted in him getting stuck on ramps during the Gauntlet in earlier series.
- "...it'd be great to have something that maybe looks as if it came from a building site or something, and it looks as if it was a robot that was used on building sites to break up stone and shift things around, and looked very industrial"
- — Chris Reynolds on the inspiration for Shunt, from the Robot Wars: Ultimate Warrior Collection
Shunt was created by Malcolm James over 5 weeks. Throughout the original series, Shunt's chassis and scoops were made of steel, while his superstructure was made out of moulded fibreglass. Before the axe was added, the designers intended to arm Shunt with a chainsaw, though this proved unworkable due to the scoops at the front and rear. Shunt was originally designed for the Sumo Trial.
The design for Shunt came from Shove, one of Tom Carsey's original concept arts for the House Robots. Shunt kept the bulldozer-inspired design, and Shove would be built to be push immobile robots out of the arena, though not seen on television. Shunt proved to be a very reliable robot, more so than the other House Robots, and was often used to push immobilised robots to the edge of the arena at the end of a battle, as a quicker alternative to bringing out the official cleaner/sweeper Shove, which was believed to be an early prototype of Shunt.
- "As producer I needed Shunt - it was totally reliable. We needed it to get the disabled robots off the stage."
- — Tom Gutteridge
In Series 1, Shunt's axe was relatively weak, being powered by a pneumatic piston on a lever. The axe head had two edges, a bladed one and a pointed one, which could be turned around. Series 1 was the only series where his scoop was static. The front plough had a spike in the middle, which would be removed after this series and never added again. Over the first few series, Shunt's plough became less pointed on the sides.
- "In the early when we first started working on Robot Wars, we put sharp corners on everything to make the robots look more vicious. Every robot had bits of metal sticking out of it and sharp bits all over it, but we ended up with so many scratches on our ankles and rips on our clothes that we sanded off all the sharp edges!"
- — Chris Reynolds, interviewed in Issue 7 of Robot Wars: The Official Magazine
Shunt was improved for Series 2. The scoop was modified into a lifting scoop powered by pneumatics, and the axe was made more powerful, with a new axe head and greater pneumatic power, allowing to be fired at a faster rate than in any other series. The new axe head still had the two sides, a bladed one and the spiked edge, just like the Series 1 model.
In Series 3, the pickaxe was replaced with Shunt's signature pneumatically-powered "diamond-edged axe", which featured a distinctive steel head combining elements of bladed and spiked axes, and was capable of firing at over 500 kgf/cm² (7,000 psi). The axe handle, which had been made from steel tubing in Series 2, was replaced with much tougher top-grade aircraft aluminium to withstand the pressure. The new power of the axe did sometimes cause it to become embedded in competitor robots armour, but Shunt could use its lifting scoop to lift it free.
The design from Series 3 would be kept for the remainder of the show's original run, though Shunt would be upgraded between series. The shell was modified for Series 4, incorporating new valves and drive motors. For Extreme 1, the bulldozing shovels on the front and rear were redesigned for extra strength. After Series 5, the pressure for the axe was increased from 150 pounds per square inch to 200. This was done by replacing the valve block with quick-acting valves.
Shunt's power source was repeatedly described as a "cold fusion" engine, referring to the hypothetical but elusive method of creating nuclear energy at room temperature. This was inspired by his fictitious backstory in the Technical Manual, where he was perpetuated to be a Soviet drone that became sentient during a nuclear disaster. However, in reality, it was powered by a 12 volt motor.
- "The arena bruiser, perfectly equipped for pushing people around. If that's not enough his titanium tipped axe lands with a tonne of force, right on top of your cherished shiny robot's head."
- — The Robot Wars website on the reboot version of Shunt
For Series 8, the original Shunt was retired and a new model was built by Robo Challenge alongside newer versions of Matilda, Dead Metal and Sir Killalot. Although still the lightest House Robot, Shunt was significantly enlarged, now weighed 327kg, three times his original weight. His top speed was increased from 10mph in the original series to 11mph, further improving his pushing power. His new axe is made from titanium, and strikes in a quarter of a second with a tonne of force, often producing sparks on impact. The fibreglass top was replaced with Hardox, a very tough wear-plate steel. Meanwhile, his 300psi HARDOX scoop can now lift up to 350kg, and with a new high torque drive, had the power to pull a van. Shunt's design remains similar to his earlier incarnations, but with a taller body, revised wheel guards and exhausts, a new paint scheme and treaded tyres.
With the more powerful spinners in the reboot, Shunt's lifting scoop was made from very wear-resistant Hardox steel to withstand the impacts. The curved scoop required a hydraulic press providing 50 tonnes of force to construct. Shunt was often put in the arena with competitors such as Carbide, and was described as "the ultimate spinner killer" in Robot Wars: Build Your Own Robot.
In Series 9, Shunt's scoop was modified with smoother, wider edges in order to give extra protection to his sides, and a new decoration was added to his exhaust pipe.
Shunt was the first House Robot to be seen in Robot Wars, as he was the first featured in the House Robot introductions. He was also described by Jeremy Clarkson as being the most powerful House Robot in this series.
- "If he were a car, he'd be a tank!"
- — Jeremy Clarkson describes Shunt before the Sumo
Having not been used in The Gauntlet in Heat A, Shunt made his first appearance in the Sumo Trial, the event he had been designed for. However, he did not get off to the best of starts, only succeeding in pushing one competitor (Shogun) off the ring. Two competitors managed to defeat him, with Road Block managing to get under the House Robot and push him off the platform, and whilst fighting Nemesis, Shunt started well, but when turning around for another charge, he drove too close to the edge, allowing Nemesis to push him off.
- "Oh, he’s not going to go again, surely? We thought Shunt was unbeatable and fearless! Go on Shunt, get out! Talk about living on the edge!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Nemesis defeats Shunt
Of the other two competitors, Killertron managed to survive the whole minute, and stock robot Grunt drove off the ring deliberately because stock robots were not allowed to progress past the Trial stage.
Throughout the series, a running joke was that Jeremy Clarkson would talk about the House Robots as if they were alive, and “interact” with them. For example, whilst describing Shunt’s pushing power before the Sumo trial, Shunt started rocking back and forth, as if excited, to which Clarkson told him “Yes, alright, we’re very impressed. Stop it! Sit still! Thank you!”. After Nemesis defeated Shunt, Jeremy Clarkson berated the team for defeating “his friend”.
- "This is getting to be a habit, everybody’s killing my mate! I hate you, I hate you for winning that!"
- — Jeremy Clarkson to Team Nemesis
Shunt’s axe was quite weak in this series, notably only cutting small notches in the top of Plunderbird 1. However, it did prove effective in pinning robots down and allowing him to drag them, which it did to robots such as Mortis and Torque of the Devil. The axe had two heads, a bladed one and a spiked one, and the axe could be turned around.
In Heat B, Shunt was used in the Gauntlet stage for the first time. Positioned first in the House Robot route, he ended the runs of three of the six competitors. During Scrapper’s run, Shunt chased it as it took the maze. As Sergeant Bash blocked Scrapper's escape, Shunt pinned it against the wall and held it there until time ran out. Mortis managed to speed past Shunt at the start of its run, but when Sergeant Bash blocked it, Shunt got behind Mortis, axed it and pulled it back, holding it still for the rest of the run. Uglybot got stuck on the arena railings after driving off the turntable at the wrong moment, and Shunt pinned it up against the railings, preventing Uglybot from making any progress down the course, resulting in its elimination.
- "Shunt is doing his job there, he's certainly earning his engine oil tonight!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Shunt pins Uglybot
However, during Detonator’s run, Shunt inadvertently helped Detonator. Detonator got its spikes stuck on the turntable as it tried to get out, and Shunt came in to push it, which actually freed Detonator. Shunt rammed Detonator, which actually pushed it past Sergeant Bash. However, Detonator was stuck facing the top railings. Shunt gave it another push, turning it forwards, allowing it to move just a little further, thus surpassing Uglybot and progressing. Shunt appeared to stop as Detonator moved past.
- Jeremy Clarkson: "...Most people hate the robots, the House ones, but you must love them, yeah?"
- Clare Greenaway: "Yeah, I do now!"
- — After Detonator’s Gauntlet run
Shunt was used in the British Bulldog Trial in the same heat, along with the three other House Robots. It briefly blocked Scrapper, but Scrapper managed to reverse past it. It blocked Leighbot for a time, first pinning it against Dead Metal, then pushing it against one of the pyramids. However, after Shunt backed off for another attack, Leighbot was able to pass through.
In the Heat Final, Shunt was the one to immobilise Mortis. Mortis had Recyclopse on top of it and rammed it into the corner. However, this left it trapped under Recyclopse, struggling to get off the side bars. Shunt came in and pushed Mortis so one of its tracks was hanging over the side bars, leaving it trapped. Shunt took advantage, axing it before time ran out.
In Heat C, Shunt was the first House Robot on the House Robot route of the Gauntlet again.
- "If they've got enough aggression, then they will take the route on my left and be introduced to the horrific Shunt, complete with pick-axe on the back! If they make it past him, and that's really not likely, then they'll meet Dead Metal..."
- — Phillipa Forrester describes the House Robot gauntlet route
He ended the runs of Cruella, which he pushed against the ramp, then pined against a pyramid, and Plunderbird 1, which he forced onto a grille, causing it to be eliminated. During Wedgehog's run, Shunt left the House Robot route to go after Wedgehog after it completed the maze, but drove into the box holding the corkscrew lances, pushing the whole part of the stage forwards.
However, during WYSIWYG’s run, WYSIWYG became stuck on the ramp, and when Shunt tried pushing it off, he got himself stuck. Dead Metal had to push Shunt off the ramp, also pushing WYSIWYG off the ramp as it did so. As Shunt approached it at the end of the run, WYSIWYG darted forwards, straight onto a grille.
- Jeremy Clarkson: "...you actually managed to get a House Robot stuck, which is an all-time first!"
- Michelle Wheeley: "Yeah, it felt pretty good, actually!"
- — After WYSIWYG’s Gauntlet run
After this Heat, Shunt would not be used in the Gauntlet again in the last three episodes.
During the battle between Dreadnaut and Wedgehog in the same heat, Dreadnaut got one of its forks stuck under Wedgehog as it tried to push it onto the grille. Shunt came out of his CPZ to try and separate the two by pushing Dreadnaut with his plough. This failed to do work, as Wedgehog was still caught on Dreadnaut's fork, so Matilda came out of her CPZ to push the two competitors away from the grille, which separated them.
After Robot the Bruce defeated Wedgehog in the Heat Final by pushing it onto a grille, Shunt and the other House Robots came out to attack the immobilised competitor, but as Sergeant Bash cut into Wedgehog with his saw, Shunt changed targets and went after Robot the Bruce, pushing it around with his plough.
- "All right Shunt, quieten down, quieten down, you did very well."
- — Jeremy Clarkson after the battle
In Heat E, Shunt and the other House Robots were obstacles in the Labyrinth Trial. Shunt was down towards the end of the course, and prevented Bodyhammer from reaching the end, blocking it with the help of Sergeant Bash. However, Shunt's fixation with locking Bodyhammer allowed Full Metal Anorak to sneak past him.
This Heat saw two controversial interventions by Shunt. In the Arena stage battle between Bodyhammer and Torque of the Devil, Torque of the Devil was pushed onto the side bars by Bodyhammer, leaving it stuck. Shunt used its axe to pull Torque of the Devil off the side bars, allowing it to continue fighting.
- "Look at that! They’ve pulled it out of trouble, and put it back in the arena! You’re not supposed to do that, House Robots!"
- — Jonathan Pearce during Bodyhammer's battle with Torque of the Devil
In the Heat Final, after Bodyhammer became immobilised on a grille (which had been previously deemed a legitimate knock out win for robots like Bugs and Wedgehog) Shunt pushed Bodyhammer free, despite REALI-T ramming into him in an attempt to stop him. Shunt accidentally immobilised himself, as he could not get off, and inn trying to prevent Bodyhammer's escape, REALI-T broke a wheel on the grilles and went on to lose the battle after getting stuck on the side bars. This event was notable in that even the House Robots were unable to drive on the grilles.
- "No, you don't take on Shunt, you take on Bodyhammer! Bodyhammer's off that grille, given a little bit of a Shunt of assistance!"
- — Jonathan Pearce during the Heat Final between Bodyhammer and REALI-T
- "Who could forget the ferocity of Shunt? Capable of cleaving all opponents in two with the deadliest of axes!"
- — Jonathan Pearce introduces Shunt during the House Robot introduction
Shunt returned with improved weaponry for the second series, but the introduction of Sir Killalot meant he was no longer seen as the most powerful House Robot. Shunt’s axe was much more powerful than the previous series, and could be fired at a faster rate than in any other series. It was able to puncture robots for the first time, Chaos being the first robot it punctured, during the Heat Final of Heat B.
Amongst the most notable damage caused by Shunt’s axe in this series were; the damage to Ron’s top during its Gauntlet run, "pepper-potting" the top of Forklift during the Reserve Rumble, and the row of holes in Panic Attack’s top during its Gauntlet run. Whilst driving over the see-saw, Sir Killalot held the end down. With Sir Killalot closing in, Panic Attack sped off the end, but landed on top of Dead Metal. Stuck, Panic Attack was an easy target for Shunt, who punctured a row of holes in Panic Attack's top.
- "Since when have House Robots had machine guns?"
- — Kevin Pritchard on the holes Shunt punched into Panic Attack
Shunt’s operator, Malcolm James, would describe the damage caused to Panic Attack as Shunt’s proudest moment in an interview in the original Robot Wars Magazine, though this would later be overshadowed by the attack on Hypno-Disc in Series 4. This incident also began a long running grudge between Shunt and the competitor, which would last until Panic Attack's final appearance in the All Stars tournament of Series 7.
Shunt’s bucket scoop, static in Series 1, was modified so it could lift robots. This helped it to push robots around, such as Milly-Ann Bug in the Gauntlet, and also turn robots over, including Havoc in the Heat Final of Heat L. Most notably, during the Internet Insurrection, Shunt used its scoop to lift the immobile Killerhurtz up, drag it to the top of the arena, then push it forward, flipping it over, before flipping it onto the flame pit. However, during Oblivion’s Gauntlet run in Heat C, Oblivion was able to take advantage of the scoop. Shunt tried to lift it, but Oblivion slipped off and quickly got under the scoop. This caused Shunt to lift itself up onto Oblivion as it lowered the scoop.
Shunt’s first appearance in the series, having not been used in the Gauntlet or Trial of Heat A, and not playing a part in the first Heat Semi-Final, was during the battle between Demolition Demon and Victor. After Victor broke down, Sir Killalot dragged the immobile competitor down the arena. Demolition Demon chased after the new House Robot, still trying to attack its immobile opponent, but Matilda and Shunt came in to stop it, with Shunt axing Demolition Demon and flipping it over. Demolition Demon was through regardless.
- "In comes the axe of Shunt on Demolition Demon, but I don't think Demolition's going to be axed in this one! I think they've done enough."
- — Jonathan Pearce as Shunt attacks Demolition Demon
Throughout the series, Shunt was used in the Gauntlet, and proved a formidable obstacle. It single-handedly ended the run of Milly-Ann Bug, which it pinned against the fence, holding it up with its scoop and axing it. In Penetrator and Killertron's runs, Shunt was able to block the competitors long enough that fellow House Robot Dead Metal could come over to help prevent them finishing. Mortis attacked Matilda with its after completing the Gauntlet, and Matilda drove from the centre Gauntlet route round to the left route. As Mortis chased her, Shunt and Matilda forced it into the pit.
Shunt particularly shone in the Gauntlet stage during the Semi-Finals. During Behemoth’s run, Shunt blocked the end of the see-saw as Behemoth crossed it. When Shunt reversed, Behemoth crossed the see-saw, and got its scoop under Shunt and lifted him a little. Matilda pinned Behemoth against the fence, allowing Shunt to axe Behemoth, push it against Matilda then flip it onto its side. During Mortis’ run, Shunt held up the see-saw, causing Mortis to drive straight onto the fence and fall over. He held the see-saw up again as Mace attempted it, and though he allowed Mace off the see-saw, he swiftly pushed Mace and the see-saw back, forcing Mace into the pit.
In the Race-Off, Shunt waited as Panic Attack crossed the see-saw, blocking it from getting off. Panic Attack charged at him, pushing him back as Shunt axed it, but Shunt managed to force Panic Attack back against the fence, with Sgt. Bash helping to prevent Panic Attack from escaping. Panic Attack to push past the two House Robots, only for Matilda to come over to block it, but this turned out not to matter, because the Sentinel had back blocking Mace's progress, and eventually pushed it into the pit.
- Craig Charles: "You took a good beating from Shunt, didn't ya?"
- Kim Davies: "Again, yes! He's on our hit list yet again!"
- — Post Race-Off interview
In the second Semi-Final, Shunt blocked Plunderbird 2, and though Plunderbird 2 managed to push Shunt back a little, Shunt held firm and started pushing back. Plunderbird 2 reversed for another charge, but was lifted up by an arena spike, and with the help of Matilda, Shunt pushed the International Wreck Crew's machine all the way back to the start, where Matilda cut off the arial, leading to its elimination.
However, the same episode saw one of Shunt's most embarrassing moments of the series. As King Buxton ran the Gauntlet, breaking through the brick wall, Shunt pushed the sphere into King Buxton to block its path, but suddenly turned straight into the pit.
- "Shunt's drunk! He's gone into the pit! … Give Shunt a breath test someone!"
- — Jonathan PEarce on Shunt accidentally driving into the pit
In the post-Gauntlet interview, King Buxton's driver Steve Monk quipped that the pit was "where he belongs!".
Across the series, Shunt was used in many of the Trials. In Heat E, Shunt was used in the King of the Castle Trial, but had steering problems. On the first run, it struggled to get off the ramp, getting stuck on the side after turning too early on the top. It took Shunt five attempts to straighten itself up and reach the platform to aid Dead Metal against Killertron, as it kept turning into the little walls on the sides of the ramp. To prevent this happening again, the walls were shortened, and made flexible. However, during ORAC’s run, Shunt made the same mistake again, turning too early as it went up the ramp and getting stuck on the side. It drove forwards, into the other wall, then reversed, falling off the ramp, leaving Matilda to fight ORAC alone.
- "Dreadful driving!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Shunt reversed off the ramp in ORAC's Gauntlet run
It briefly became stuck on the wall during the runs of Schumey and Spin Doctor, and thought he corrected itself and got onto the platform each time, during Spin Doctor’s run, he drove too close to the edge whilst trying to avoid the spinning Spin Doctor, and when he turned around, he span himself off the platform. He did manage to push Technophobic off the platform with the help of Matilda, and nearly pushed off Killertron, which had its pickaxe caught in Dead Metal, allowing it to hold on, but when King of the Castle returned in Heat K, Shunt was not used.
In Heat F, Shunt was used in the Sumo Trial again, however he fared little better than he had done in Series 1. He nearly pushed off Panic Attack, but Panic Attack managed to turn and drive forwards before it could be pushed off, and as Shunt turned around, he reversed off the platform.
- "He gave us one in the eye last round, but this time he took it, big time!"
- — Kevin Pritchard after Shunt's defeat in the Sumo trial against Panic Attack
Corporal Punishment was also victorious against the House Robot. Adam Clark's machine got its scoop under Shunt, preventing him from pushing it back. Shunt reversed and turned around, then reversed as Corporal Punishment charged at it. Shunt continued spinning, but drove too close to the edge and fell off the platform.
- "One wonders how much punishment Shunt can take now, having been tipped off twice!"
- — Jonathan Pearce after Shunt drove off the ring against Corporal Punishment
Disruptor was able to use its wedge shape to get under Shunt and hold him to survive. Shunt did defeat Whirling Dervish and Ron, knocking the latter off in less than five seconds, but when the Sumo Trial returned in Heat L, Dead Metal was used instead.
During the Semi-Finals, Shunt was used in the Pinball trial, where he guarded one of the 50-point targets at the side of the arena. Not a single robot managed to hit Shunt's target, though few competitors aimed for it. Panic Attack made a late charge for his target in the last few seconds, but Shunt was ready to block it. As Roadblock drove towards his target towards the end of its run, Shunt rushed out of his zone and pushed Roadblock down to the bottom arena wall, pinning it there until time ran out and puncturing the top with its axe.
Shunt had a number of notable moments during battles throughout the series. In Heat B, during the battle between Chaos and Wheelosaurus, he rammed Wheelosaurus against the saws with the help of Matilda and pinned it there, axing it for most of the battle. Jonathan Pearce suggested this was revenge for Wheelosaurus' attack on Sergeant Bash earlier in the Heat.
- "This is carnage! They’re after blood and oil!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as the House Robots attack Wheelosaurus
In Heat L, in the Heat Final between Haardvark and Havoc, Shunt flipped Havoc onto its side using its scoop after it was pushed into the PPZ, sending Haardvark through to the Semi-Finals.
Shunt helped Cassius defeat reigning champions Roadblock in the Grand Final. Roadblock had driven into the PPZ, and was trapped against the wall by Shunt and Dead Metal. Shunt was lifting Roadblock with his scoop, which allowed Cassius to easily get under the champions, and as Cassius flipped Roadblock against the wall, Shunt helped by holding Roadblock up with its scoop.
Perhaps Shunt’s most notable battle in the whole series was the Reserve Rumble, part of the Grudge Match special. First, Lateral Thought strayed into the PPZ and found itself trapped between Shunt and Dead Metal. Shunt axed the top a few times, causing large holes, and Lateral Thought broke down, so Shunt pitted it. Dead Metal grabbed Forklift and held it in the PPZ, so Shunt got behind it and axed six holes in the top of Forklift. Finally, when Bumblebot stopped moving, Dead Metal held it still and Shunt axed it.
However, Shunt was the victim of some attacks by competitors across the series. In its Gauntlet run, Razer managed to get under Shunt's side and push him to the end zone, crushing into his side.
- "It was great to see the BBC roboteers come scurrying out afterwards to see what this new competitor had done to their beloved machine!"
- — The Razer website
Shunt would get back at Razer later in the Heat though; axing its base after it broke down and was flipped over by Matilda.
In Heat E, when Killertron ran the Gauntlet, Shunt blocked Killertron as it crossed the ramp, but Killertron swung its axe into the House Robot, puncturing the top and dislodging it as it pulled the axe out.
- "Pickaxe to pickaxe, and look at the damage created here by Killertron!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Killertron punctures Shunt
Dead Metal came over to help trap Killertron, whilst Shunt turned around to us its axe. Killerton and Shunt continued swapping axe blows for the rest of the run, whilst Dead Metal cut into Killertron's shell.
During the Super Heavyweight Championship, Berserk was able to lift Shunt up with its forklift, then pinned him against the wall. Sir Killalot had to come in to intervene, separating the two and dragging Berserk away.
- "Here's Berserk, now that's a good, mighty heave-ho on Shunt, and Killalot didn't like it! … getting revenge here, on behalf of the House Robots!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Berserk lifts Shunt and Sir Killalot pulls it away
This series also saw the first of a number of amusing attacks by Shunt on decorations from the competitors, as it pushed Hard Cheese’s rat mascot Verminator onto the flame pit during the Middleweight Championship.
- "Shunt: a power-packed robot capable of dragging a fully-laden Land Rover, with its hydraulic lift at the front and the ability to cleave all opponents in two with a pneumatically-driven axe, which strikes with over 500 kilograms of pressure per square centimetre!"
- — Jonathan Pearce introduces Shunt during the House Robot introduction
As this series dropped the Gauntlet and Trials from the main competition, the House Robots, Shunt included, were given a redesign. Although still largely focused on his strength and pushing abilities, Shunt's axe was enlarged significantly and tipped with a diamond-edged blade, allowing him to puncture all but the hardest of armours.
Shunt’s axe was much more powerful in Series 3, piercing almost every robot it was fired at. The first robot in this series Shunt used its axe on was Brimhur. Notable damage done by the axe in this series included; the seven punctures in Flipper after it broke down, causing more than ten punctures in Bulldog Breed after it was pushed into the CPZ by Robopig, breaking one of the drive chains on the bottom of X-Terminator after Panic Attack flipped it over, immobilising All Torque by axing its controller during its battle with Thing 2, and destroying Anarachnid during the Walker Battles, where he smashed the top with his axe and ripped off the side with his scoop.
- "Look at that mighty axe! Cleaving through the aluminium body shell, ugh! Penetratingly painful!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Shunt axes Brimhur
Only four competitors were able to survive blows from Shunt’s axe in this series; Sir Chromalot (Shunt tried to puncture its baseplate, but failed despite multiple axe blows), Blade, Berserk 2 and Panzer.
- "Ooh and in comes Shunt there with the great axe going down to create damage. Let’s see if it did cause any damage, NO! That's very rare. Three millimetre thick steel with shatter-proof aluminium polycarbonate on the top of Blade, and it’s paid off, the design. No damage whatsoever!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Blade survives an axe blow from Shunt
The drawback of the more powerful axe was that it sometimes became stuck in competitors. On some occasions when this happened, he was able to use his scoop to lift the axe free, such as when he axed Suicidal Tendencies in the Heat Final of Heat A. However, this did not always work, such as in Heat P, where Shunt was axing Twn Trwn, but one of the axe blows caused the axe to become stuck in Twn Trwn, and Shunt couldn’t free it, despite lifting Twn Trwn and shaking his axe. In the same Heat, when he axed Psychokiller, the axe became stuck, and Sir Killalot had to lift Psychokiller with his lance in order to separate the two.
Shunt was able to use his scoop and axe together to lift robots up and carry them, with he did to General Carnage and Bulldog Breed. Shunt’s attacks on decorations on the competitors continued, with Shunt axing the toy on top of Atlas. Sir Killalot held Atlas up for Shunt, and Shunt knocked the head off the toy, then ripped it clean off with another axe blow.
- "Well, they've lost their head! That was splendid!"
- — Jonathan Pearce after Shunt decapitated the mascot of Atlas
The Pit was only open in the first two rounds, and usually Sir Killalot was the House Robot that pitted defeated competitors, but Shunt did push Sonic and Depoppesaurus Rex into the pit after they were beaten.
Easily Shunt’s most notable battle in this series was the Middleweight Melee. First, he axed a couple of holes in Grinder after A-Kill pushed it into his CPZ. Then, after Ripper's Revenge was flipped over by an arena spike, Shunt axed the robot's baseplate, and dragged it onto an arena spike, which bounced it up and down. However, his axe became stuck in the down position, so he retreated to his CPZ. Later in the battle, he rammed Tentoumushi against the arena wall, but Tentoumushi's shell landed on top of Shunt, allowing Tentoumushi to cut off Shunt's arial, leaving him immobile.
Another notable moment for Shunt in this series came in the Round 2 battle between Panzer and Challenger 2. Panzer pitted Challenger 2, but Panzer could not get its spike out from under Challenger 2, leaving it stuck, so Sir Killalot and Shunt came out to separate them. Shunt axed Panzer, but did not puncture the top, so instead he axed the pitted Challenger 2 repeatedly, though as cease was called, his axe appeared to be stuck.
- "...the young boys can't do anything here!They've just gotta ... stand and watch their beloved bot being bashedup! Oh dear, and perforated and punctured! Tee hee, it’s House Robot glee! They were bored you see! Had to do something!"
- — Jonathan Pearce during the battle between Panzer and Challenger 2
Shunt and the other House Robots caused controversy in the Heat Final of Heat P. Dreadnaut broke down after driving to the arena wall, but as Trident went in to axe its opponent, it broke down as well. Despite the fact Trident had won as Dreadnaut had stopped moving first, Shunt and the other House Robots started attacking Trident. Shunt led the attack, pushing Trident away from the arena wall, then slamming the axe into Trident repeatedly, puncturing and crumpling the armour, whilst Dead Metal and Matilda used their saw and chainsaw to cut into Trident, whilst Dreadnaut was ignored.
- "House Robots come from dark and dingy places. They do not like sleek and shiny machines, Stephen Benn! … This is a party for us you see on Robot Wars! Trident the winners, we don't care! Take some of that! Poor old Dreadnaut long, long, long ago dead."
- — Jonathan Pearce as the House Robots attack Trident
Across the series, Shunt was used to help free robots when they became stuck on the arena. Examples of this included when he helped Abaddon during its battle with Technophobic. Its tail was stuck on the flame pit, so Shunt used his scoop to lift the tail free. He had to free Henry twice, once in each of its two battles. First, in its battle with Haardvark, its spike became stuck in the floor, so Shunt pushed Henry backwards to get the spike free. Then, in the Round 2 battle with Steg-O-Saw-Us, Henry accidentally drove into his CPZ whilst avoiding Steg-O-Saw-Us, and drove into the wall, where its spike became stuck. Shunt axed Henry, then tried lifting it to get it free, before axing it and dragging it away from the wall. When Death Warmed Up became stuck on the flame pit during its battle with Stealth, Shunt pushed it off the flames and into the arena centre, but then suddenly stopped moving. Sergeant Bash came out of his CPZ to push Shunt, but he still was not moving.
Similarly, Shunt helped separate competitors when they became stuck together. Napalm pinned Steg-O-Saw-Us against the wall in the Heat Final of Heat G, but Napalm became stuck under its opponent as it got its front wedge underneath, so Shunt came out of his CPZ to push them apart. King Buxton’s front spikes became stuck in Weld-Dor's wheel hubs in their Round 2 battle, and Shunt came out of his CPZ to the other side othe arena to help push the two apart with his plough. In the Semi-Final, Shunt came out of his CPZ to uncouple Gravedigger and Steg-O-Saw-Us when Steg-O-Saw-Us’ tail became stuck in Gravedigger, pushing Steg-O-Saw-Us free using his plough.
Incidents such as these were the main reason for the introduction of Refbot in the following series.
- "It had been highlighted, there was a need for a robot that was seen as being unbiased, so when robots were tied together, or go stuck together … in the past the House Robots had gone in to free these robots. Now that was seen by viewers at home as being a bit confusing "Well, why is that robot being nice?", so we built Refbot."
- — Chris Reynolds on the creation of Refbot
On a number of occasions, when competitor robots tried attacking Shunt or the other House Robots, Shunt was able to fight back and bring them under control. Having defeating Sir Chromalot in Heat D, Big Brother tried ramming the House Robots, so Shunt chased after it, pushing it against Dead Metal, who was pushing Sir Chromalot over to the pit. After Sir Chromalot was pitted, Big Brother tried ramming Dead Metal, so Shunt got under it with his plough. In Heat E, after defeating Crocodilotron, Chaos 2 tried to flip Matilda over, so Shunt and Sgt. Bash chased it around to prevent it attaking the House Robots again. Chaos 2 kept away from the House Robots as they chased it, but then drove into the wall, and Shunt and Sgt. Bash pinned it there until cease was called.
- Philippa Forrester: "This is fantastic, we're very impressed. Leave the House Robots alone!"
- George Francis: "I was alright until I had a go at the House Robots, but this is Robot Wars, I've got to have some fun, haven't I?"
- — The post-battle interview
In the next Heat, having disposed of Ming, Mortis started attacking Matilda, so Dead Metal and Shunt rushed in to protect her, with Dead Metal grabbing Mortis from behind and Shunt holding it still and axing it, causing dents in its top, before flipping it over with his scoop. Mortis self-righted and attacked Dead Metal, but Shunt was able to push Mortis into the pit with the help of Dead Metal.
- "Take on the House Robots? Ha! We’ll get you Mortis boys! Look at that damage from Shunt!"
- — Jonathan Pearce whilst Mortis fought the House Robots
In the same Heat, Gravedigger took on Matilda after defeating Mortis, but Matilda pushed back, and Shunt came to help, pushing it away from his fellow House Robot, and as Matilda retreated, Shunt axed a couple of holes in Gravedigger.
- "...and Shunt’s coming in to help out a lady in distress. Some lady! Look at this! Oh! You really wouldn't want to be the Gravedigger team now. Shunt, again, ripping through that shell!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Shunt brings Gravedigger back under control
King Buxton tried attacking Shunt after it had defeated Weld-Dor, charging at his scoop, but Shunt pinned it against the wall and axed it. Evil Weevil fared no better when it tried ramming Shunt after tipping over Triterobot, with Shunt retaliating by axing it and lifting it up.
- Philippa Forrester: "You were silly really, because you had a little go at Shunt! I man, what were you tyring to do, stand up for the other team or what? Come on Michael."
- Michael Walsh: "Uh yeah, they were getting a bashing there was two robots on them, I though "Make it two-on-two"!"
- Philippa Forrester: "You brave man!"
- — Michael Walsh explains his attack on Shunt
Rex Garrod made another attack on the House Robots after Cassius 2 had beaten Dundee, trying to flip Matilda, but before it could get underneath, Shunt pinned Cassius 2 against the wall and axed through the flipper. Facet managed to flip Matilda after defeating Terminal Ferocity, but Shunt used its scoop to flip Matilda back, and pinned Facet against the wall with the help of Sgt. Bash.
However, one competitor was able to take on Shunt and win. Having flipped Hypno-Disc to win the Grand Final, Chaos 2 celebrated by flipping Matilda over. Shunt rushed in, axing Chaos 2 and dragging it back, but Chaos 2 got free and flipped Shunt over, the first competitor to do so.
- "...Shunt, trying to get away from Chaos 2, and why not? The champions want to beat everyone! Taking on Shunt and flipping Shunt over! So two of the House Robots done!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Chaos 2 flips Shunt over
Shunt tried to right himself using his axe, but this merely left him stuck on his side, and also knocked off his exhaust stack. The top was also hanging loose, and as Chaos 2 rammed into him, the top fell off.
Shunt was used in the Pinball side event that ran alongsde the main competition, where he guarded one of the 50 Point targets on the sides of the arena. Only one competitor (Six Pac) managed to hit Shunt's target. Notably, Shunt ened the runs of two competitors; Dominator and Killerhurtz. During Dominator's run, it drove at Shunt's target after completing the car doors, but Shunt blocked it and rammed it into the corner, axing holes in its top. Dead Metal came in to help prevent Doimnator escaping, and the two House Robots held it in the corner until time ran out. Killerhurtz also drove at Shunt after completing the car doors, but Shunt rammed it against the bottom arena wall and held it there. This caused Killerhurtz to become stuck on one of the spikes on the top of Shunt's scoop. Shunt tried to knock it off with his axe, but this didn't work, so he pushed Killerhurtz against the wall, which knocked it loose. Killerhurtz drove straight back at Shunt, and Shunt pushed it into the corner and lifted it, holding it still until cease was called.
There was also intended to be a Sumo side event, where Shunt would have fought robots which had not been selected to compete in the main competition, such as Medusa and The Guv'nor Mk 1. However, the event was cancelled due to a delay in filming caused by a behind-the-scenes accident.
In the International League Championship, filmed as part of Series 3 but broadcast at the start of Series 4, Shunt had one of his most memorable battles. First, Razer reversed into Shunt whilst fighting Techno-Lease, and Shunt lifted it up and flipped it over in the centre of the arena. Later in the same battle, Razer tried attacking Matilda, but Shunt pinned it against the wall. However, Razer managed to crumple Shunt’s bucket with the crusher, then crush a hole in it. Razer went back after Matilda, but Shunt lifted it against the wall again.
- Ian Lewis: "We ate his shovel!"
- Phillipa Forrester: "You didn’t just eat it, you sculpted it like it was molten metal!"
- — Ian Lewis and Philippa Forrester on Razer's damage to Shunt in the post-battle interview
Shunt had a number of notable moments in The First World Championship.
- "A lean, mean killing machine, Shunt takes to the international stage with his pneumatic lifting ram, hydraulic diamond-edged axe, and more speed and power than ever before!"
- — Jonathan Pearce introduces Shunt in The First World Championship video
Firstly, in the battle between Weld-Dor and Prometheus, it came out the separate the two competitor robots when Prometheus was stuck on Weld-Dor’s forks, but Prometheus became stuck on top of Weld-Dor. Shunt axed Prometheus in an attempt to knock it off, but this knocked his top loose. Prometheus fell onto his axe, and Shunt had to shake it loose.
In the battle between Razer and All Torque, Shunt broke down in his CPZ, not even moving when both robots went into his CPZ.
Shunt managed to pierce the gas canister of recently-crowned champion Chaos 2 when it axed the rear compartment during its battle with Killerhurtz. This was a highlight for Shunt's operator, Malcolm James, who saw it as a bit of revenge for Chaos 2 flipping Shunt over in the Grand Final.
Despite this, Chaos 2's flipper still worked, which helped Shunt after its axe became stuck in Killerhurtz after axing it. A flip from Chaos 2 freed Killerhurtz from the axe.
In the Final, Razer pushed Behemoth against Shunt whilst it was crushing into its side, and Shunt lifted its scoop, but lowered it on one of Behemoth’s srimech arms, raising himself up. Strangely, Shunt then reversed, and did not attack either competitor, despite the fact they were just by his CPZ.
- "A lightweight at 105 kilos, but heavyweight when it comes to havoc, and no opponent can get off lightly at the end of a deadly diamond-edged axe blow with a force of over 500 kilos per square centimetre. A brawny bulldozer who’s never caught napping!"
- — Jonathan Pearce introduces Shunt during the House Robot introduction
Shunt returned for Series 4 with a few improvements. This included new subtly redesigned fibreglass amour, to incorporate new drive motors and pneumatic valves, which would serve Shunt for the remainder of his original run, and a new front scoop, after the damage it took in the previous series.
- "Look at the power of the Shunt blade there! Absolutely lethal!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Shunt axes Ming 2
- "Shunt with the axe, penetrating, look at that! Slicing through, oh! And again! So very, very easy, like taking the top off a boiled egg!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Shunt axes two large holes in the base of Maverick
This series saw Shunt’s proudest moment, during the battle between Pussycat and Hypno-Disc in the Grand Final. After Hypno-Disc had its rear wheel damaged by Pussycat's blade, it was pushed into Shunt's CPZ. Shunt brought his axe slamming down onto Hypno-Disc's spinning flywheel, halting the flywheel of Hypno-Disc in one blow, with the pent up kinetic energy causing Hypno-Disc and Shunt to jump off the ground. This not only caused Hypno-Disc to lose the battle, but prevented it from participating in the playoff for third.
- "…His axe went into the disc about here, and the speed of the disc actually brought his axe into the robot and damaged the gearbox and the rest of the drivetrain back to the machine"
- — Dave Rose explains the damage to Julia Reed
Shunt’s operator Malcolm James cited this Shunt’s finest moment on the Sir Killalot and the House Robots DVD. Ironically, he had actually predicted this moment in an interview in Robot Wars Magazine published shortly after the end of Series 3.
- "I was disappointed not to have a go at Hypno-Disc. I think I could have definitely stopped him with my axe."
- — Malcom James, interviewed in Robot Wars Magazine Issue 4
As usual, Shunt 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 to allow the House Robots to 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. When Knightmare broke down after being rammed into Shunt by Spawn of Scutter, Shunt axed three holes in it, pushed it onto the Floor Flipper, and then pitted it. He pushed immobile robots such as Henry 2 and Diotoir into the pit, and in other battles placed beaten robots such as Detonator on the Floor Flipper.
Despite the introduction of Refbot, Shunt was still occasionally used to help competitors when they were stuck. In the Heat Final of Heat B, when Razer became stuck in forward drive, Shunt pushed it off the wall. He separated Killerhurtz and Eric when Killerhurtz got its axe stuck in Eric, and also pushed Tiberius and Little Fly apart when Little Fly was stuck on top of Tiberius. In Semi-Final 2, Shunt used his axe to drag Spawn of Scutter off the wall after Panic Attack stuck it there.
Series 4 saw Shunt made a number of amusing attacks on decorations from competitor robots. Most memorably, he smashed the head of Major Tom after it broke down.
- "When all around you are losing their head, can you keep yours? No! No no no! Out of the arena!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Major Tom’s head is shattered
After Milly-Ann Bug was defeated by Razer in Heat B, Shunt axed its hair and pulled it off.
- "Headache? I don't think any pills are gonna...make that one feel better!"
- — Jonathan Pearce bursts into laughter as Shunt decapitates Banshee
When Shunt lifted his axe, the head was still stuck, so he span on the spot, throwing the head across the arena. Ironically, before the battle, Team Banshee captain Alan Marchington claimed they were "definitely" going to thrash Shunt with Banshee’s spinning body. In the same Heat, he axed the face of Fat Boy Tin, smashing a hole right in the middle of the smiley face.
- "Ooh, right through the smiley, he's not smiling now!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Shunt axes Fat Boy Tin
One of Shunt’s most memorable battles in this Series was the Round 2 battle between 101 and Major Tom in Heat E. After Major Tom broke down, Shunt smashed its head with one axe blow. He then punctured the top with the axe and pushed Major Tom to the floor flipper, but found himself unable to get the axe out. Dead Metal had to push Major Tom off. Major Tom was thrown by the flipper, straight into Shunt, who failed to get out of the way in time.
In the Heat Final, Shunt came out of the CPZ and attacked 101, even though 101 and Dominator 2 were fighting on the other side of the arena to his CPZ. He axed 101, puncturing it and lifting it up before quickly reversing away because Refbot was behind him.
- "…That is not on! Ref, Ref! Give Shunt a yellow card! Give him a red card and get him out of there! Poor old 101 should not have been the victim of an attack by Shunt! I'll have a word with - no, I won’t, I'm terrified of Shunt!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Shunt attacks 101 illegally
In a first round melee in Heat H, Wheely Big Cheese started trying to get under Sir Killalot and flip him. As Wheely Big Cheese failed to lift the giant House Robot, Shunt came in, and Wheely Big Cheese fled. Later in the same battle, Prizephita Mk2 was only moving in circles, so Shunt came out to attack, punctured the top with the axe, and dragged it to the pit. Sir Killalot pitted Wheely Big Cheese, but then Shunt pitted Prizephita Mk2 and Wheelosaurus, making it the only time all the competitors in a battle with more than two robots had ended up in the pit.
During the battle between Mortis and Ghetto-Bot, Mortis pushed Ghetto-Bot towards Shunt’s CPZ, and the two robots rained axe blows on the US representative, with Shunt causing six punctures. Shunt then pushed Ghetto-Bot onto the flame pit.
- "Look at Shunt’s axe! More powerful, sharper than that of Mortis, it would seem!"
- — Jonathan Pearce whilst Shunt attacked Ghetto-bot
Shunt was used in the Sumo Basho event that ran alongside the main competition, and performed much stronger than he had in previous series.
- "It's the ultimate shoving match. The longer each competing robot can stay in the ring, the higher up the series leader board they'll go. But of course, it's Shunt they're up against, and he doesn't like being pushed around."
- — Craig Charles introduces Sumo Basho in Heat A of Series 4
Shunt dispatched half of the competitors in under ten seconds, and only four competitors managed to avoid being pushed out. He managed to push Diotoir off the ring in just under four seconds, which was ironic given its predecessor Nemesis managed to beat Shunt in the Sumo in Series 1.
- "...and Shunt was simply awesome in power on the drive!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Shunt pushes Diotoir straight off
Behemoth and X-Terminator both managed to wedge underneath Shunt with their lifters, holding him still, but were unable to push him back, so they managed to stalemate him for a minute. Destruct-A-Bubble drove off the ring itself, while old enemy Panic Attack proved victorious. It had reversed whilst avoiding Shunt, getting itself stuck on the edge of the ring. Shunt came in to push it off, but missed his charge and both robots fell off the ring. Because Shunt had just hit the tyres first, Panic Attack was given the victory, the only robot to best Shunt.
- "They drew Shunt on, more by luck than judgement I would suggest, but there you have it, Shunt hit the ground first, so Panic Attack will be the new leaders, even though they're a little bit flukey!"
- — Jonathan Pearce
The Pinball Warrior side event returned for Series 4, but Shunt was not used, with Matilda taking his place guarding the 50 point target.
Very few robots were brave enough to take on Shunt this series, outside of the Sumo. Bulldog Breed 2 tried to flip it during its Round 1 battle, but only lifted him a little. Shunt retaliated by pinning it in the CPZ and axing through its flipper.
However, in its first televised battle, Tornado was able to shove Shunt around the arena, almost pitting it.
- "Tornado meanwhile, puts the wind up Shunt, only a little bit. Well, not a little bit! Look at that! That’s great power from the Tornado team!"
- — Jonathan Pearce
Shunt did manage to get back at Tornado however. In a part edited out of the televised battle, Shunt axed two holes in Tornado.
- "Shunt we managed to push sideways quite easily (but not when we tried in his normal direction of travel). He got rather cheesed at us and put a big hole in our top armour... Gemini proceeded to flip us, and then Shunt put another hole in our underside."
- — Team Tornado website
Panic Attack also attacked Shunt on two occasions, continuing their feud from Series 2. First, having defeated its opponent Saw Point in Round 2, Panic Attack got his forks under Shunt's scoop, lifted Shunt up and shoved him up the arena. Later, in the Semi-Final battle with Spawn of Scutter, Shunt was lifted up by Panic Attack again after it had flipped Spawn of Scutter over. Sir Killalot grabbed Panic Attack and pulled it back, but Panic Attack would not let Shunt go, so Shunt was pulled along with Panic Attack.
- "...and look at Panic Attack, taking on the House Robots! Taking on Shunt and Killalot didn't like it at all! … where will Panic Attack send the House Robots!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Panic Attack lifts Shunt
Attacks from competitors weren’t the only problem Shunt had in this series. After Weld-Dor 2 broke down, Shunt tried lifting it as he axed it, but this almost caused him to topple forwards. Then, whilst pushing Weld-Dor 2 around, Shunt reversed onto the flame pit, though he quickly got off before any damage could be done.
Ironically, before puncturing Hypno-Disc's disc in what was one of proudest moments, he initially struggled to damage Hypno-Disc. The axe was unable to puncture the armour, and despite its limited movement, Hypno-Disc was able to dodge an axe blow. Shunt briefly got stuck on top of the limping competitor when he dropped his scoop on Hypno-Disc.
Like in Series 3, Shunt’s axe occasionally became stuck in some of the competitors he axed. On some occasions, Shunt was able to get himself free after a struggle, such as when his axe got stuck in Tiberius, but during the Heat Final of Heat P, his axe became stuck in Raizer Blade, and Sir Killalot had to pull Raizer Blade to separate the two.
Shunt was not used during the Tag Team Terror, making this the first episode he did not appear in.
In the battle between Panic Attack and Saw Point, Shunt broke off the cover of a CO2 vent in the arena floor, causing damage to the Robot Wars Arena.
- "Shunt. The push me, pull you of house robots. All slam, bam, and robo glam."
- — Jonathan Pearce reviewing Shunt's statistics in one of his appearances in Extreme 1
Extreme 1 saw a couple of rule changes that affected Shunt and the House Robots. The number of House Robots allowed in the arena during a battle (not including Refbot) was reduced from 4 to 2. This, combined with the fact that the events in Extreme 1 were not filmed in broadcast order, meant that Shunt's appearances were inconstant throughout the series; some episodes had Shunt in almost every battle, or in the cases of Episodes 10, 12 and 13, every single battle. However, in other episodes such as Episodes 1 and 3, Shunt only appeared once. In The Second World Championship, Shunt did not appear at all.
More significantly, the weight limit for competitors was increased from 80kg to 100kg. With more weight, competitors had stronger armour, so Shunt's axe was not as effective as it had been. It still punctured a great deal of robots, such as Spawn Again and Spirit of Knightmare, but it became more common than in previous series for robots to withstand the axe; Wild Thing, Wheely Big Cheese and X-Terminator being examples.
The weight limit also meant that Shunt, the lightest House Robot at 105kg, was just 5kg over the heavyweight weight limit. He was targeted by a number of competitors this series, and flipped over twice. First, having defeating of Wild Thing in its All-Stars quarter-final, Firestorm 3 got underneath Dead Metal and tried to push it into the pit as Wild Thing was pushed into the pit. Shunt responded by hitting Firestorm 3's gas canister with his axe, but caused no damage. Cease was called, but Firestorm 3 was not put off, and quickly flipped Shunt over.
- "What on earth was that about! They're already through to the semi-finals, they don't need to risk themselves, and I don't think the House Robots are going to like that! No! Shunt, look, trying to axe the CO2 canister. Firestorm crazy! What on earth were they doing, and they're still involved look! After the cease, they wanna rumble! This was madness! But great fun! Great courage, a little bit crazy!"
- — Jonathan Pearce
Chaos 2 flipped Shunt over again in this series. It had been shoved into a CPZ during its Challenge Belt battle with Tornado, and was only moving on one wheel, but when Shunt came in to attack, Chaos 2 flipped Shunt up on its side, then flipped him over to his other side.
- George Francis: "But did you see the way I fought back even when one wheel got stuck?"
- Craig Charles: "You were like a wounded animal in the corner!"
- — Craig Charles comments on Chaos 2 flipping Shunt over
Old rival Panic Attack also attacked Shunt, in two battles. Firstly, after Panic Attack defeated Diotoir and Shear Khan to win its Mayhem, Cease was called, but Shunt proceeded to push Shear Khan towards the pit. However, Panic Attack then got underneath Shunt and got its lifting forks hooked in his wheel guards. Matilda and Refbot attempted to separate them as Cease was called again, and Refbot ended the battle by issuing Panic Attack a yellow card.
- "...and Panic Attack has a little nudge on Shunt, that's great! Look at this, they're trying to topple Shunt! Certainly got the weapons wedged in hard underneath! Shunt will not like this, and the House Robots, Kim Davies, have long memories!"
- — Jonathan Pearce on Panic Attack lifting Shunt during its Mayhem
Despite the warning, Panic Attack attacked Shunt again in its Wild Card Warriors battle against Axe-Awe. Again, it was after Cease had been called, and Panic Attack lifted Shunt up, despite Sgt. Bash's attempt to stop it.
However, aside from these problems, Shunt could still cause damage and dispose of beaten competitors.
- "...bull-nosed, lion-hearted, tigerish, dogged, an animal of a robot."
- — One of Jonathan Pearce's introductions for Shunt
Shunt's most notable appearance in Extreme 1 was in the first ever House Robot Rebellion, where he took on Plunderbird 5, Scorpion and Stinger, along with Dead Metal and Matilda, who came in as a substitute late on.
- "Well, they're very brave to go in against our House Robots, we know that, because House Robots are out of the CPZ, they can do whatever they want in this - no holds barred!"
- — Jonathan Pearce on the competitors in the House Robot Rebellion
Shunt started by chasing Scorpion, ramming it into the top of the arena. Scorpion escaped, so Shunt went after Plunderbird 5, which seemed to have lost drive on one side. Shunt axed Plunderbird 5, dragged it back, then pushed it into the pit. Shunt then went back after Scorpion, axing the top and pushing it around. Unable to put it into the pit as there was not space, Shunt forced it onto the flame pit and held it there, whilst Dead Metal held Stinger.
- "Again, you see, we hold all the aces. Were you brave or were you foolhardy?"
- — Jonathan Pearce
As Matilda came in, Shunt flipped Scorpion into the pit with his scoop to join Plunderbird 5. Dead Metal still had reamining competitor Stinger in his claws and was cutting into it with his saw, and came over Shunt and axed its wheels. Shunt pushed Stinger around as Dead Metal let go in the last few seconds. Shunt could not finish Stinger off, and so the team of competitors were still declared the victors, although Shunt and the House Robots had still dominated proceedings.
- "Only seven seconds for Stinger to survive. But we have our revenge! The House Robots came out to play, and they've enjoyed their picnic in the arena and how!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as the Rebellion finishes
As usual, Shunt's main job was to perform "mercy killings" on beaten competitors. He pushed robots such as Wheely Big Cheese, Razer, Judge Shred 2½ and Comengetorix into the pit, and put others including Shear Khan, Oblark and Tornado, onto the floor flipper. In the Mayhem battle between The Spider, Napalm and Gemini, he pushed 1 half of Gemini into the pit together with Napalm. Gemini had been counted out, but one half was righted, and started attacking Napalm.
Shunt's axe was still useful for dragging robots around, such as when he dragged Comengetorix to the flame pit, and when he dragged Thermidor 2 onto the floor flipper. He also used his scoop to flip over Comengetorix and Oblark.
Shunt continued to attack decorations on competitors. After Sub-Version broke down in the Forces Special, Shunt axed the mascot, and lifted the robot with his scoop, causing it to fall out of the crow's nest.
- "Oh dear! Captain, you are heading down, into the depths. Down comes Shunt's axe! That is very painful! ...and out he comes! Man overboard! Man the lifeboats! That wasn't really necessary!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Shunt attacks the Sub-Version mascot
During Mega Morg's Vengeance battle with Plunderbird 5, Shunt came out of his CPZ and axed Mega Morg's ninja sheep.
Another change in this series was the introduction of Refbot's card system. Mostly used to confirm the elimination of immobile robots, it was also used to warn House Robots that broke the rules or went too far in attacking competitors. Shunt was one of the robots to receive a yellow card. During a long, dull battle between Plunderbird 5 and Mega Morg, Shunt, apparently "bored", came out of his CPZ and axed Mega Morg right on the melted Ninja Sheep. Refbot issued Shunt with a yellow card. Shunt seemed to take little notice; in fact, it appeared to be stuck on Mega Morg, and his attempts at freeing himself nearly pulled him over on a few occasions. After a little help from Refbot and Plunderbird 5, Shunt managed to free himself.
- "So, he's saying to Shunt "I don't care if you're bored, you can't break the rules and come out!" … Well done Shunt, you're okay by me mate, get involved with those Mega Morg boys!"
- — Jonathan Pearce during the tame encounter between Plunderbird 5 and Mega Morg
Shunt continued to help trapped or stuck robots. When Tornado was stuck on Razer's beak in the All-Stars Final, Shunt hit Tornado with his axe to free it. In the Forces Special, Shunt flipped Oblark over, and when it tried to self-right, it became stuck on its front. Shunt used his bulldozer blade to right Oblark.
Shunt's first battle in Extreme 1 was the All-Stars battle in Extreme 1 between Chaos 2 and X-Terminator, but this was far from his best battle in the series. X-Terminator pushed Chaos 2 into Shunt, but Chaos 2 was able to dodge Shunt's axe. Later, after X-Terminator was flipped over, Shunt was pushing against X-Terminator, and Matilda, aiming to hit X-Terminator with her flywheel, reversed into Shunt.
In the Featherweight Championship, Shunt was one of the two House Robots used.
- "Could push these two around all day, can't he?"
- — Jonathan Pearce introduces the House Robots for the Featherweight battle
After RC Warrior broke down, Beef-Cake charged at Shunt, even though the House Robot was over 100kg heavier than it. It drove up Shunt's plough, nearly getting stuck. Beef-Cake drove away and opened the pit, disposing of RC Warrior, then charged at Shunt again, but bounced of his scoop, and Shunt then reversed into Beef-Cake, flipping it over with his plough. Shunt then pushed the featherweight into the path of Sir Killalot, who drove over it, crushing it. Shunt tried to axe Beef-Cake, but it struggled to hit such a small target.
- "Look at the difference in size! It's like an ant against an elephant!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Beef-Cake rams Shunt
The damage to Beef-Cake by the House Robots was very unpopular, not just with the Beef-Cake team; the crowd started booing loudly, Jonathan Pearce described it as "so cruel" and pleaded for the House Robots to stop and Craig Charles suggested after the battle they needed to have a word with the House Roboteers and described it as "bullying" and "unfair".
In Round 1 of the Tag Team Terror, after S.M.I.D.S.Y. broke down, Shunt was axing it, easily puncturing the armour, but when it flipped S.M.I.D.S.Y. over, it dropped the scoop on S.M.I.D.S.Y. and became stuck. Shunt did get down, and was pushing S.M.I.D.S.Y. towards the pit, but S.M.I.D.S.Y. got one of its wheel hubs stuck on one of the spikes on Shunt's scoop, so Shunt was unable to drop it in properly, nearly toppling in itself.
Shunt's axe got briefly stuck in Pussycat during its battle with Tornado in the All-Stars, and Shunt nearly topped forward as he tried to get it out.
- "Shunt is the lightest of our House Robots at 105 kilos, but quick and manoeuvrable. It can bulldoze, or with the fearsome axe, Shunt will blunt the brightest of hopes!"
- — Jonathan Pearce introduces Shunt during the House Robot introduction
As in Extreme 1, Shunt’s appearances varied greatly across Series 5. In Heats E and F, he was in every battle, whereas in Heat H and the Grand Final, he only appeared in one, and in Heat G, he appeared in none of the battles, the only episode that year he did not appear in.
Shunt’s axe was still able to puncture many competitors. The most damage it caused in this series was on Big Nipper in its Round 1 battle with Razer. Razer pushed Big Nipper into the CPZ, and Shunt landed a series of axe blows, puncturing it five times.
- "Oh! And Shunt's diamond-edged axe, the hardest material there is, slicing into Big Nipper."
- — Jonathan Pearce during Razer's battle with Big Nipper
Shunt also made four punctures on V.I.P.E.R. 01 in its battle with Splinter. Splinter pushed its opponent into Shunt, who punctured it with the axe and pushed it away, and Splinter pushed V.I.P.E.R. 01 back towards Shunt, who axed a couple more holes in the top and lifted it up as he pushed it away. Splinter forced V.I.P.E.R. 01 into Shunt's CPZ again, and Shunt axed it and dragged it onto the flame pit. V.I.P.E.R. 01 was roasted on the flame pit whilst being axed by Shunt and Splinter, and Shunt dragged it off just before time ran out.
However, as in Extreme 1, there were more robots able to withstand the axe than in previous wars. Notably, during the Semi-Finals, Shunt failed to puncture Wild Thing, Spawn Again, S3 and Firestorm 3. The axe was still useful at pinning robots down, allowing him to push or drag robots around, such as when it dragged the limping X-Terminator to the flame pit in Round 2 of Heat F.
One of Shunt’s most notable battles in this series was the Round 1 battle in Heat A between The Steel Avenger and The Tartan Terror. He axed The Tartan Terror twice, but failed to puncture the shell, despite the fact it was made of wood. The Tartan Terror was put on the flame pit by Sir Killalot, and as Shunt pushed it to the floor flipper, parts of The Tartan Terror’s burning kilt became stuck on Shunt.
Heat E was Shunt’s most notable episode in this series. He appeared in every battle, and he had a number of notable moments in those battles. Towards the end of the battle between Wild Thing and Trouble 'n' Strife, Shunt used his axe to pin Trouble 'n' Strife down, then dragged it into Matilda’s flywheel. He and Sgt. Bash pitted the beaten Velocirippa together after it broke down in its battle with The Alien, then did the same to the seeded Thermidor 2 after it broke down after running out of CO2 in its battle against Prizephita Mach 2.
In Round 2, after The Alien was stuck on its back and counted out, Shunt axed the underbelly, but the axe became stuck, and Dead Metal had to pull the competitor off. As Dead Metal let The Alien go, Shunt came in to axe the underbelly again, but The Alien self-righted. Unable to get away, The Alien hit Shunt's scoop with its spinning hammer, but Shunt hit the hammer with his axe, stopping it with one blow.
Shunt continued to attack decorations on the competitors. In Lambsy’s first battle, Shunt axed the sheep mascot after it fell off Lambsy, span around with it, and put it on the flame pit.
- "Anyone for lamb kebab tonight? ... and there we have it, roast lamb for you!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Shunt burns Lambsy's mascot
He also smashed the dome on the rear of Immortalis, shattering the back end of the immobilised machine.
Shunt suffered a couple of attacks from the competitors in this series. In the Heat I Final between 3 Stegs 2 Heaven and Bigger Brother, Bigger Brother pushed 3 Stegs 2 Heaven into his CPZ, but before Shunt could attack, Bigger Brother flipped Shunt over, forcing Sir Killalot to come over to attack 3 Stegs 2 Heaven.
- Craig Charles: "What have you got against Shunt?"
- Ian Watts: "Ah well, he was there! What are you going to do?"
- Craig Charles: "He was there, and you thought "I can take him down!""
- — Interview following Bigger Brother's victory against 3 Stegs 2 Heaven
The next heat saw old rival Panic Attack stage another attack on Shunt. During its battle with Tiberius 2, Panic Attack got under Shunt as he was attacking Tiberius, and lifted him up. Refbot intervened, pushing against Panic Attack, so Panic Attack abandoned his attack, reversing away. Shunt's axe was caught in the top of Tiberius 2, and as Shunt struggled to get the axe out and pushed Tiberius 2 forwards, Panic Attack rushed back in, getting under Tiberius with its forks, and lifting it up as Shunt got its axe free.
- Kim Davies: "...we had an agreement, if a House Robot went after them, we'd help them out! So we went over there when Shunt started and we had him, but then they got out!"
- Craig Charles: "It wouldn't have been Panic Attack, would it, without a ding-dong with the House Robots?"
- — In the post-battle review
Shunt would later exact revenge in the Semi-Finals. During its battle with Pussycat, Panic Attack was caught in the CPZ with Sgt. Bash, and Shunt also came over, blocking Panic Attack as it tried to escape and axing it.
Shunt continued to have problems with his axe getting stuck in robots. For example, Shunt came out of his CPZ to axe Destruct-A-Bubble when it stopped moving during its battle with Rick, but his axe got stuck in the competitor, and when Shunt tried lifting Destruct-A-Bubble, he began toppling forwards, with the axe still being stuck. He managed to free the axe after some pushing and pulling. This battle was also notable because Shunt was given a red card from Refbot for leaving his CPZ and attacking a competitor before it was counted out.
- "...I don't think Shunt should be out there, that's not in the CPZ, Refbot. And Shunt on the attack again... he's red-carded! Shunt sent back to his corner!"
- — Jonathan Pearce whilst Shunt is red-carded in the battle between Rick and Destruct-A-Bubble
As Shunt reversed to his CPZ, Refbot followed him, and Shunt pushed back against Refbot, "angry" at the red card.
- "...and Shunt's having a ruck here with the Refbot! A real argument ensuing!"
- — Jonathan Pearce in the battle between Rick and Destruct-A-Bubble
Shunt’s axe also became stuck in Terrorhurtz after it became immobilised in its battle against Fluffy in Heat L. After Terrorhurtz was thrown by the Floor Flipper, Shunt axed the underbelly and lifted it up with his scoop, but the axe became stuck in the base, and when Shunt tried pushing the beaten competitor into the pit, Terrorhurtz would not fall off the end. Shunt tried moving away, but his scoop was hanging over the edge so he could not reverse away, and he accidentally drove into the pit with Terrorhurtz.
- "Shunt's gone in after them! Oh dear, driving lessons for you!"
- — Jonathan Pearce during the battle between Terrorhurtz and Fluffy
Shunt’s pushing abilities were used to pit beaten robots such as Immortalis and Juggernot 2, or on the floor flipper, such as Corkscrew and Firestorm 3. Occasionally Shunt attempted to separate robots that were stuck together, though Refbot was usually used in those cases. When one of Corkscrew's blades became stuck in the side of 13 Black, he attempted to use his plough to push the two robots apart, though cease was called before he could.
In the Semi-Final battle between Chaos 2 and Wild Thing, Shunt tried to free Wild Thing when it became stuck under Dead Metal. Chaos 2 pushed Wild Thing into Dead Metal's CPZ, and whilst trying to get the flipper underneath, had pushed Wild Thing under one of Dead Metal's arms. Shunt rushed in, axing Wild Thing, and tried to free Wild Thing by lifting it with his scoop. This failed, so Shunt reversed as Chaos 2 charged back at Wild Thing.
Shunt almost managed to lift a competitor out of the arena in this series, during Razer's battle with S3 in the first Semi-Final. Razer had S3 pinned in the bottom CPZ and crushed into the armour next to one of the wheels whilst Shunt axed S3. Razer lifted S3 up against the fence. Shunt got his scoop under the other side, helping Razer to lift it up against the fence. Time ran out before they could lift it out however.
- "Shunt will bully and bulldoze, and leave even the best facing the axe from the Sixth Wars!"
- — Jonathan Pearce introduces Shunt during the House Robot introduction
Shunt returned for Series 6 with an improved pneumatics system and a new blade for his axe. The blade was no longer "diamond edged" as had been often boasted in previous series. Compared to previous series, Shunt did not have a great deal of involvement during this series.
He was absent from Heat F and Heat G, as well as the UK vs Germany Special at the end of the series. In a number of episodes he did appear in, he only appeared in one battle, and in those, he sometimes did not make an impact, such as his first appearance in the series, the Heat Final of Heat A.
As in Extreme 1 and Series 5, Shunt's axe was less effective than it had been before the weight increase. It was able to puncture very few robots in this series. Notably, he failed to puncture Firestorm 4 and Terrorhurtz, despite trying multiple times in two battles each across the series. There were some exceptions, including the base plate of ICU after it was flipped over in Round 1 of Heat D, and also the top of Warhog in Heat J.
However, it did still prove effective at holding robots still and dragging them, which it did to Shredder in Round 2 of Heat D and Sumpthing in Heat J, where he used his axe to force Sumpthing onto the flame pit.
He was also able to use his axe together with his scoop to lift robots up. He did this twice, first in Round 1 in Heat J, where he used his weapons together to lift Warhog onto S.M.I.D.S.Y., then later in the Grand Final, where Tornado forced Razer into him, and Shunt axed Razer and lifted it up. Notably, although his axe did not appear to puncture Razer, it did crumple the side.
- "Down comes the axe of Shunt, and that has wedged the Vader weapon! A decisive blow for the House Robot! ...it just stopped them absolutely dead in their tracks!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Shunt's axe stops Vader's disc
Shunt's main role in this series was the arena duties on immobilised competitors. He pushed robots such as Sabretooth, Axe-C-Dent 2 and Barber-Ous 2 into the pit, and also put competitors including ICU and R.O.C.S. onto the flipper. In the cases of Ming 3 in Heat H, Tridentate in Heat L and Terrorhurtz in the Grand Final, he pushed them into both.
Most of Shunt's notable moments in this series came from doing the arena duties. He pitted second seed Bigger Brother after it was eliminated by Terrorhurtz in the Semi-Final. In one of the first-round melees in Heat L, he pitted Tridentate and Behemoth. This battle was notable because Sir Killlalot also pitted Derek 2, making it one of the few times three or more heavyweights went into the pit. Fittingly, Shunt was able to get some revenge on Panic Attack, dragging it to the Floor Flipper and then the Drop Zone, the new arena hazard for this series, in the Heat Final of Heat I.
- "Will the House Robots, Shunt and Matilda, totally destroy? Oh, oh, oh, the Drop Zone's being lined up! Surely not for Panic Attack, have some reverence! ... Shunt, how could you? How nasty! How wonderful!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Shunt pushes Panic Attack onto the Drop Zone
Shunt was also used to separate robots that were stuck together. First, in the Heat Final of Heat E when Wild Thing's disc became stuck in the side of Vader. Refbot and Sir Killalot tried pushing the two competitors, but they were still stuck, so Shunt followed them across the arena as Wild Thing poushed Vader up the arena. Shunt waited in a CPZ for Wild Thing to push Vader into him, then axed Vader, lifted it up with his scoop and pushed it towards the arena centre, which separated it from Wild Thing. Later, in Round 1 of Heat I, Terrorhurtz's axe became stuck in Reptirron the Second, and Refbot was busy counting out Sabretooth, so Shunt came out of his CPZ to push Reptirron the Second free.
While there were few attacks on House Robots in this series, Shunt bore the brunt of two of them. First, Firestorm 4 got underneath and turned him onto his side following its victory over X-Terminator in the Heat Final of Heat B.
- "Shunt overturned! The crowd love it when the House Robots are flipped and tipped, and beaten and bullied, and we remember it! We will have our day! We will have our day, Firestorm team!"
- — Jonathan Pearce
Firestorm 4 then drove him round the arena a few times before flipping him back onto his wheels. Shunt retaliated by chasing Firestorm 4 until cease was called.
- "Well, he was either going to attack them with his axe, or he was going to knock them off the side, and I didn't want either of them"
- — Graham Bone explains why he attacked Shunt after the battle
Although not shown on television, during the Heat Final of Heat K, Hypno-Disc cut a gash in his scoop. This gash can be seen across the series. It is not present in the early rounds, but can be seen in many of the Heat Finals, and has been patched up for the Grand Final.
There was also a somewhat comical moment during Heat D, when Sir Chromalot drove into the arena and bumped into Shunt. Shunt seemed to take offence to this and chased Sir Chromalot to its starting spotlight.
Shunt appeared frequently during the second series of Robot Wars Extreme, only being absent from Heat B of the New Blood Championship. However, just like in Series 6, notable moments involving him were genuinely limited.
Shunt's first appearance was in the very first battle of the series, in Heat A of the All-Stars. This proved to be one of his most eventful battles in the series. First, he axed Dantomkia and pulled it away from Terrorhurtz. He then tried to axe Terrorhurtz, but despite repeated attempts, couldn't hit the body due to Terrorhurtz's anti-axe panels. Instead, Shunt used its scoop to lift Terrorhurtz up, push it into Refbot and flip it over, from which it could not self-right as its axe was out of power, allowing Dantomkia to pit it.
As in Series 6, Shunt's axe was less effective that it had been in previous series, failing to puncture most competitors due to the improving standards of armour. Shunt even failed to puncture less experienced competitors such as Infinity, Maximus and Spin Doctor. Notable lows for Shunt included the Heat Final of Heat A of the All-Stars, where he couldn't puncture Bigger Brother or Firestorm 4, and failing to puncture Philipper 2 in the European Championship despite two attempts.
There were some highlights for Shunt, however. In the Middleweight Championship, Shunt used his axe to rip the baseplate off of Broadsword after flipping it against the arena wall, the most damage he did in the series.
In Heat B of the All-Stars, when Razer pushed 13 Black into his CPZ, Shunt used his axe to puncture one of 13 Black's discs, then Shunt dragged both competitors together. Also during the All-Stars, Shunt's axe punctured the armour of Dantomkia.
A few competitors tried to attack on Shunt in this series, but none of them made much of an impact. During its Round 2 battle in the All-Stars, after Dantomkia was immobilised, Firestorm 4 got under Shunt, pushed him into the corner and tried to flip him over, but couldn't topple the House Robot because it was flipping him against the arena wall.
- "You take on the House Robots though! You had a good go at Shunt, again!"
- — Craig Charles to Graham Bone in the post-battle interview
Barbaric Response attempted to flip Shunt after defeating Mighty Mouse and Velocirippa in Round 1 of the Tag Team Terror, but only managed to lift it a little, and Matilda attacked Barbaric Response as it was doing so, hitting the wheel guard with her flywheel, ripping off a part.
In Round 1 of the Iron Maidens, Behemoth went after Shunt. Behemoth attempted to flip Shunt as he and Mr. Psycho tried to get Riptilion away from the angle grinder, but only managed to lift it a little. Behemoth turned away, but then drove after Shunt as he returned to his CPZ. Shunt pushed back against Behemoth, which escaped. However, as Riptillion was being counted out, Behemoth attacked Shunt again. Shunt lifted Behemoth up with his scoop, but Behemoth reversed and got its scoop under Shunt's scoop and lifted the House Robot, pushing him back.
- "...and bulldozer blade to bulldozer blade, Behemoth with Shunt."
- — Jonathan Pearce as Shunt fights Behemoth
Old rival Panic Attack also made an attack on Shunt in this series in Round 1 of the Commonwealth Carnage. With Cerberus and Terror Turtle being immobilised, Panic Attack attacked Shunt, getting its forks under the House Robot, lifting him off his wheels and pushing it against the top of the arena in the last few seconds of the battle.
- "Meanwhile, Panic Attack is taking on Shunt, is that wise?"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Panic Attack lifts Shunt
In the final of the Annihilator, Kan-Opener got one of its claws stuck in the side of Shunt. Thermidor 2 had pushed it into the CPZ, and as Sgt. Bash and Shunt came in, Thermidor 2 reversed away, and Kan-Opener attempted to push past Shunt, but in doing so one of its claw became stuck Shunt's side. Shunt had to use his scoop to lift Kan-Opener loose whilst Sgt. Bash held it still..
Shunt continued to commit "mercy killings" on beaten competitors, though he did so relatively rarely compared to other series. One of the few times he did so in this series was in the Lightweight Championship, where he put Ellie's Little Pink-Bot onto the floor flipper, then pitted it.
For the New Blood Championship, Shunt and the other House Robots were allowed to do more damage than usual to immobilised competitors.
- "A real baptism of fire - none of the "Mercy Clauses" that the usual competitors get to sign, if you lost in this your machine was going to be thoroughly trashed by the House Robots, there was even a briefing given before the competition explaining what was in store."
- — Team Storm Website
Despite this however, Shunt made little impact in the tournament. In Heat A, he put Maximus on the Drop Zone, having failed to puncture the armour despite multiple attempts. Heat C saw one of his most brutal treatments of a beaten competitor, as he used his axe to drag Chopper to the floor flipper, and after it was thrown into the air, Shunt re-positioned it on the flipper so it could be thrown again. Shunt then put Chopper on the flame pit, before finally pitting it
- "...that's great work by the House Robot! ... We've done surely everything we can do to embarrass Chopper, and just destroy it. Or is there more? Is there more Shunt, I wonder?"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Shunt drags Chopper to the floor flipper, then later as he prepared to pit it
There was a comical moment in the Robot Rampage, Shunt was flicked upwards by the Floor Flipper in the first round of the Middleweight championship. Shunt was positioning Doom Too on the flipper to join Mammoth, but didn't get off the corner when the flipper fired, meaning Shunt was thrown by it.
Shunt's most notable moment in Extreme 2 was a a rather controversial battle during the Iron Maidens tournament. During the second round, Behemoth had flipped Chompalot over and it appeared as though Chompalot would be unable to right itself, but Shunt came out of his CPZ and flipped the dragon-based robot back onto its wheels.
- "Was that an attack by Shunt? House Robots aren't allowed to help a competitor out, of course, it might well have been a misguided attack from Shunt!"
- — Jonathan Pearce after Shunt righted Chompalot
Later, Shunt clashed with Behemoth after it drove into a CPZ. With Chompalot holding it in place, Shunt axed through Behemoth's top, eventually knocking its link out. As the House Robots are not meant to "help" an immobilised robot unless it is stuck on an arena hazard or the arena wall, Shunt's actions were criticised by the Behemoth team in particular after the battle, with Liz Pritchard claiming she was "very angry" at Shunt's interference.
- Philippa Forrester: "Right, that wasn't fair, was it?"
- Liz Pritchard: "No it certainly wasn't, no!"
- — Forrester and Pritchard comment on the controversy
- "Around the arena you'll see him hunt, he's the beefy bulldozer - Shunt! A diamond tipped axe that can deliver a killer blow is the best weapon in Shunt's repertoire of tricks."
- — The Series 7 Programme on Shunt
Series 7 continued the trend of Shunt's decline in effectiveness. As in the previous two series, Shunt's axe was largely unable to puncture competitors; King B Powerworks, Thor, Leveller 2, Demolition Man and the wooden Brutus Maximus being some of the competitors that withstood its axe blows this series. Particularly notable, Shunt failed to puncture S.M.I.D.S.Y. despite making three attempts in Round 1 of Heat G. Shunt also failed to puncture the base of Tartarus in Heat L. In that same Heat, the Mute team even mocked how little damage Shunt's axe did to them. Before their Round 2 battle with Behemoth, Jayne Middlemiss mentioned how Behemoth had an axe as well as a scoop, to which the Mute team said they were not scared of axes as Mute was too strong to be damaged by axes. To demonstrate, they showed Jayne the mark where Shunt's axe had hit Mute in Round 1.
- Adam Emmett: "There. Scratched the paint, that's it! That's Shunt, their axe. Nothing!"
- Jayne Middlemiss: "Oh, that's ridiculous! That is absolutely rubbish!"
- Jonathan Pearce: "So they think Shunt's axe is rubbish? We will have our revenge!"
- — Before the Mute vs Behemoth battle
This series also saw Shunt flipped over more times than ever before. Gravity, Hydra, Ceros, Ripper, Raging Knightmare and Firestorm 5 all flipped him over during the course of the series. First, during the Heat Final of the Heat D, where Lightning had broken down after constant flipping by Gravity. The House Robots moved in to attack Lightning as Refbot counted it out, when Gravity caught Shunt unawares and flipped him over. Shunt did a somersault and landed heavily on his side, with various parts including his camera and part of his smokestack, broke off.
- "Gravity, side-by-side with Lightning. Gravity watches as Lightning is counted down, watches and listens, AS DOES SHUNT! OH, AND SHUNT HAS PAID THE PRICE! Lost concentration, Gravity flipped it!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Gravity throws Shunt over
Gravity then took on Dead Metal and flipped him over as well, receiving a red card for its attacks on the House Robots.
Then, in the Axe Attack, the competitors decided to take on the House Robots after Kat 3 was counted out. Shunt was unable to stop them, his axe failing to puncture any of the three competitors, before Hydra flipped him over.
- Craig Charles: "Shunt felt a bit lonely, that's why he got stuck in. He shouldn't've, should he? He shouldn't've, should he?"
- Dennis Leadbeater: "He certainly shouldn't! If he sticks his elbow in, he's got to take the consequences! Andrew here, great driving by him."
- Craig Charles: "Did you do the driving , did ya? And you got him up, got Shunt over anyway!"
- — In the post-battle interview
In Shunt's only appearance in Heat H, having defeated Revolution 3, Ceros got behind Sgt. Bash as he came in to attack the beaten competitor. As Ceros drove away, Shunt chased after it and pushed it. Ceros got under Shunt's side and flipped him up a little. Ceros tried escaping, but Shunt kept perusing and hit it with his axe, but Ceros got away again, then drove under Shunt's side and flipped him over.
- Francis Smith: "It is, yeah, but we would have liked more of a fight, obviously, but we didn't want them [Revolution 3] to get too hurt."
- Craig Charles: "Is that why you took on the House Robots?"
- Francis Smith: "Well, they started taking them on! How is that fair? They're dead!"
- — Francis Smith explains why he attacked Shunt, in the post-battle interview
However, whilst Sgt. Bash grabbed Ceros, Refbot righted Shunt, and Shunt was able to help pit Ceros after Sgt. Bash broke down, and also put Revolution 3 on the Drop Zone.
Ripper went after Shunt having defeated Daisy-Cutter in Round 2 of Heat P, charging into his CPZ and flipping him up a couple of times with the flipper. Shunt tried to axe Ripper, but Ripper managed to block the axe by firing its flipper. Sir Killalot came in to help, pinning Ripper against the side wall, whilst Shunt opened the pit. Shunt attempted to intervene when Ripper tried to flip Refbot, but couldn't stop Ripper flipping him onto his back. Ripper flipped Shunt against Sir Killalot, causing the two House Robots to become stuck together, with Sir Killalot losing his breastplate. Although Sir Killalot was able to get free, Shunt was left stuck on his side.
- "Taking on the House Robots when you should be thinking of a Heat Final? Is that wise? ... Will we have any robots left in there representing the house? It's all gone a little bit crazy out there!"
- — Jonathan Pearce
In the first Semi-Final, Tornado rammed Raging Knightmare into a CPZ, and when Shunt came in to attack Tornado, Raging Knightmare got its flipper under the House Robot and flipped it on its side. A view from the Shunt Cam was shown as it did so.
- "Good attack by Raging Knightmare, but err, you're actually supposed to be attacking the little red thing on wheels called Tornado."
- — Jonathan Pearce after Raging Knightmare flips Shunt
Finally, during the first round of the All-Stars, all four competitors decided to work together to take on the House Robots, Shunt being their first victim. He was easily flipped over by Firestorm within the opening moments as the competitors charged at him. Later on, Bigger Brother tried to flip him out of the arena, with no success.
- "The message from these competing machines quite clear, we don't actually mind who goes through to the second round of the All-Stars as long as we take our revenge on the House Robots! Shunt, you're a big boy Shunt, and Bigger Brother's only a wee, wee ninety-eight kilo machine Come on, right yourself! You are fighting for the pirde in the name of Robot Wars."
- — Jonathan Pearce as Bigger Brother flips Shunt against the fence
Being flipped over wasn't the only problem Shunt suffered from in this series. During the match between Big Nipper and Jackson Wallop in Heat B, Shunt was struck by the spinning blade of Jackson Wallop which put a massive hole in Shunt's scoop. The hole was never repaired and can even still be seen during the Meet the House Robots preview episode for Series 8 in 2016.
Shunt's axe failed to retract properly on two occasions during the battle between Dantomkia and Scorpion in Heat C.
Shunt was absent from three Heats in a row in the middle of the series; I, J and K. He was also absent from all four of the battles in the Grand Final, in contrast to the previous series where all four Grand Final battles featured him. Shunt was also not used in House Robot Rebellion, the only House Robot Rebellion he was absent from.
Of course, Shunt was still mainly used for the arena duties. He pushed The Alien, Hammerhead 2 and Crushtacean onto the flipper, and pitted Reaper NP2 and King B Powerworks, having also put King B Powerworks on the flipper. He also put Revolution 3 and Cygnus X-1 on the Drop Zone. Shunt appeared in the shortest battle in the original run, when Gravity fought Dantomkia in the semi-finals. Shunt's only piece of movement in that battle was turning round as Gravity drove Dantomkia to the arena side wall and launched it into the air before Dantomkia crash-landed out of the arena.
- "On cue, the second battle in this, the first semi-finals. Dantomkia! Ha ha ha! Over and out! Simple as that!"
- — Jonathan Pearce's entire commentary of the match between Dantomkia and Gravity
Shunt's axe did still cause some damage this series. It caused large holes in the tops of Herbinator and Thermidor 2, also causing smaller holes in Tetanus Booster, Robochicken, Hammerhead 2 and Reaper NP2, the latter of which he caused a number of small holes in. Although he failed to puncture the top of St. Agro in its semi-final battle against X-Terminator, his axe blows did cause the CO2 battle to leak.
In Heat O, Shunt contributed to one of the series' biggest shocks, in the Round 2 battle between Iron-Awe 2.1 and Bigger Brother. Bigger Brother was pushing Iron-Awe 2.1 to the arena side wall, but Bigger Brother drove into Shunt, who was just outside of his CPZ. This allowed Iron-Awe 2.1 to turn away, and as Bigger Brother turned around, Iron-Awe 2.1 got underneath it and flipped it out of the arena.
- "They got a lucky shot, and Shunt shouldn't have been there! He's supposed to be in the CPZ's. not outside and tinkering with the odds!"
- — Joe Watts of Team Big Brother after the battle
Shunt's exhaust pipe fell off in two battles in this series, first in the Round 2 battle in Heat P where it fell off after Shunt missed an axe blow on Ripper. In the battle between Storm 2 and The Grim Reaper in Semi-Final 2, Shunt's exhaust pipe fell off after Shunt axed The Grim Reaper.
Rather fittingly, as the first House Robot to be introduced, Shunt also appeared in the final of The Third World Championship, the last episode of Robot Wars' original run, where he was paired with the last House Robot to be introduced, Cassius Chrome. During the battle, Supernova stacked itself against the arena wall after bouncing off Storm 2's front, but Refbot was not able to count it out as his timer was not working. As both the Storm 2 team and the House Roboteers believed that Storm 2 had won, Shunt flipped it onto an angle grinder for fun. Unbeknown to the house roboteers or the competitors, the producers ruled that because Supernova was never counted out, it wasn't officially immobilised, and ordered Supernova to be freed from the wall to give the battle a more exciting conclusion. However, Storm 2 was still left beached on the angle grinder, and sustained damage from Supernova once it was freed. This lead to a rather controversial finish (see Storm 2/Controversy). The judges ruled that Supernova should have been counted out in the first place, awarding Storm 2 the victory and the Third World Championship.
- "Shunt. The arena bruiser, perfectly equipped for pushing people around. If that's not enough his titanium tipped axe lands with a tonne of force, right on top of your cherished shiny robots head."
- — Robot Wars Facebook
Shunt was shown in the third teaser. As with the other returning House Robots, he was enlarged and upgraded to meet the standards of modern competitors, and features a faster and more powerful axe and scoop as well as a revised design. Shunt also takes a role similar to Shove where it can help clean up the debris, as noted after Chompalot was knocked out in its Head to Head.
Before the series, Shunt and the other improved House Robots were introduced in Meet the House Robots.
- "Shunt is the arena's bruiser, a real junkyard dog! ... Shunt's favourtie pastimes: destroying washing machines! Don't cross him, or he'll hang you out to dry!"
- — Jonathan Pearce in Meet the House Robots
Clips of the House Robots from the original series were shown, including clips of Shunt pushing Chaos 2 into a CPZ from its Series 5 battle with Wild Thing, and a clip of Shunt ramming X-Terminator in Series 3. The original Shunt was briefly seen, before unveiling the improved Shunt. Shunt demonstrated his improved weapons on a washing machine.
- "350 kilos of axe-wielding push, Shunt's pneumatic axe will be capable of perforating any robot that strays into his Corner Patrol Zone!"
- — Jonathan Pearce introduces Shunt for the first time in the new series
The improved Shunt made his first appearance in the second group battle in Heat 1, but was not involved in the battle. He appeared again in the next battle, between Carbide and Terrorhurtz, but stayed on the sidelines again.
His next battle saw the first competitor attack on a House Robot in the reboot series. Having defeated Nuts in the Head-to-Head battles, Carbide hit the side of Shunt after cease was called, ripping out part of Shunt's wheel guards and causing the House Robot to lose drive on one wheel.
Shunt was repaired and appeared in the next two battles, and after remaining on the sidelines for the Carbide vs. Behemoth battle, he made his first proper attacks on competitors in the Nuts vs. Terrorhurtz battle, as he rammed Nuts out of the CPZ and into a wall, before axing Terrorhurtz and Nuts. Terrorhurtz rammed nuts into Shunt, but Nuts bounced off the scoop, so Shunt axed Terrorhurtz first, then turned to axe Nuts Notably, Shunt's axe caused sparks on impact with the competitors.
Shunt made another appearance in the Heat Final, but stayed on the sidelines as Carbide quickly defeated Behemoth. He was largely absent from the next Heat, only appearing in two battles, and briefly landing an axe blow on Thor during its battle with M.R. Speed Squared. Shunt was not used in any battles in Heat 3 - the last episode he was absent from.
During Heat 4, during the Head-to-Head battle between Storm 2 and PP3D, PP3D bounced off Storm 2 and into Shunt, bouncing off the House Robot's scoop, and the impact of PP3D's disc actually buckled Shunt's scoop a little.
- "...slamming it onto the blade there of Shunt! And crinkling the blade of Shunt, look at the bottom of it!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as PP3D damages Shunt's scoop
In the Heat Final of the same Heat, Shunt was flipped over for the first time in the reboot, by Apollo. Apollo had previously flipped his fellow House Robots Matilda and Dead Metal over in previous battles, despite the weight increase for the House Robots. Storm2 rammed Apollo into Shunt's CPZ, and when Shunt went to attack, he turned incorrectly, exposing his side and allowing Apollo to quickly get under him and flip him over.
- "Maybe Shunt can gain revenge, no! Again a House Robot has been flipped! … Over goes Shunt! All topsy-turvy in the Shunt world now! Dancing a dizzy jig in that corner!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Apollo flips Shunt over
Shunt tried to right himself by lifting his scoop up and down and swinging its axe, but couldn't do so. Later in the battle, when Storm 2 and Apollo were fighting in Shunt's CPZ, Matilda came in to attack them, as Shunt couldn't, and when the competitors were both out of the CPZ, Matilda used her tusks to flip Shunt back over.
In the first group battle of Heat 5, Shunt axed Chompalot when Thermidor 2 pushed it into him, damaging its self-righting wings before pushing it out of his CPZ, lifting it with his scoop as he did so, causing one of its panels to fly off. Chompalot then pushed the limping Thermidor 2 into Shunt's CPZ, who axed the Thermidor 2's exposed tyre. Having already lost drive on one wheel after an attack from Ironside3, this caused it to stop moving.
Shunt would later attack the battered Chompalot in the next round, after it was thrown by the floor flipper and landed upside-down by his CPZ. Chompalot was already smoking, and Shunt axed its underbelly before pushing it away from the CPZ, contributing towards its eventual battery fire and withdrawal from the series.
In the Grand Final, Shunt played a large role, featuring in seven out of the nine battles. In the first group battle, Shunt landed a number of axe blows on Thor when it got close to the CPZ, and flipped it over twice in the battle. Shunt also used his axe to drag Thor into his CPZ, then quickly push it out.
- "Thor is in trouble - needs to get away from the House Robot's mean looking axe, which has pinned him in and drags him into his lair."
- — Jonathan Pearce as Shunt worries Thor
In the same battle, Shunt axed Pulsar twice, causing sparks each time. He was also able to flip Pulsar over without lifting his scoop, flipping it by merely pushing it as he pushed it out of his CPZ. When Pulsar was immobile, TR2 pushed it into Shunt's CPZ, and Shunt axed the top, then pushed the axehead into Pulsar's drum, which caused it to stop spinning.
During the Head-to-Head battle between Carbide and TR2, after Carbide's blade stopped spinning, TR2 flipped Carbide into Shunt, which axed it. After some more fighting, TR2 pushed Carbide into Shunt's CPZ, and Shunt axed it and flipped it against the side wall. After axing it again, Shunt pushed it into another arena wall, then pushed it out of the CPZ. In the last few seconds, TR2 pushed Carbide into the CPZ again, and Shunt axed it and flipped it up against the wall. TR2 won the battle on a judges' decision, but Carbide still went through to the final.
Shunt was used in the final battle, and would axe both opponents. First, Apollo pushed Carbide into Shunt, and Shunt axed it, but then turned on Apollo when it flipped Carbide.
- "...and don't forget Apollo have flipped them before, Apollo have flipped Matilda out! Carbide only a leaf compared to that! But, Shunt and the House Robots remembered"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Shunt attacks Carbide, then turns on Apollo
Later in the battle, with Apollo's flipped wedged open, Apollo pushed Carbide into Shunt's CPZ, and intentionally received a blow from Shunt's axe in order to flatten its flipper back down. Apollo's flipper was out of power and was stuck open, so towards the end of the battle, Apollo used its open flipper to help push Carbide into Shunt, pinning it there as Shunt axed it and lifted it.
Battle of the StarsEdit
- "...even though its the holiday season, the House Robots haven't taken a day off dishing out damage from their Corner Patrol Zones. For our first battle, it's the only snow plough I know with a titanium-tipped axe, it's Shunt!"
- — Jonathan Pearce introduces Shunt before the first battle
- Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock: "Ow ow! Get off!"
- Jonathan Pearce: "He isn't going to get off!"
- — Dr Maggie disapproves of Shunt attacking her immobile robot
Shunt next appeared in the battle between Arena Cleaner and The Cat.
- "Two giant spinners, I have a feeling this fight could end in tears, I wouldn't want to be in the Corner Patrol Zone for this match. It appears that Shunt has drawn the short straw, let's hope his toughened steel scoop is up for the job."
- — Jonathan Pearce before the battle
The Cat defeated Arena Cleaner by slicing its wheels, and after cease was called Shunt pinned it and axed it repeatedly.
- Scott Mills: "That's unnecessary, that's unnecessary!"
- Suzi Perry: "Oh, vicious!"
- Jonathan Pearce: "Oh, it is necessary! No no no, Scott, it is necessary! We love it! We love to see the carnage!"
- — As Shunt axes the immobile Arena Cleaner
However, Arena Cleaner would have its revenge on Shunt in its next battle. In the final Head-to-head battle, after Arena Cleaner immobilised JAR, Shunt came out to attack Jar, but Arena Cleaner drove at its side, bending its right-hand wheel-guard and damaging the House Robot's wheel. With Shunt not moving fully, Arena Cleaner hit its rear scoop, leaving a large gash in it.
- "I wouldn't take on the House Robots boys ... Oh my goodness me! Look at the damage to Shunt's blade!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Arena Cleaner attacks Shunt
When both robots fought each other again for the Grand Final, Shunt axed Robo Savage as it was being picked up and held over the flame pit by Sir Killalot following its immobilisation.
Shunt appeared in a teaser trailer for Series 9, uploaded on 10th February 2017. The teaser showed him and the other House Robots destroying household appliances, with Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble" playing in the background.
- "He's an axe to the max - it's the titanium tipped axe of Shunt!"
- — Jonathan Pearce introduces Shunt before his first appearance in Series 9
Series 9 saw the introduction of a new arena hazard, Rogue House Robot, where a House Robot would be allowed to leave their CPZ for a time and attack the competitors. In Heat 1, Shunt became the first Rogue House Robot in the Head-To-Head between Terrorhurtz and Sabretooth. Sabretooth had damaged the side of Terrorhurtz, leaving it with one wheel not working, then Sabretooth pressed the Arena Tyre. Shunt came out and attacked the limping Terrorhurtz, axing its firing ram and ramming it against the side wall, where it was counted out.
- "Into the arena, Shunt getting involved! With the big power, the big push!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Shunt came out of his CPZ
He also made the most appearances of the House Robots in Episode 1, playing a part in 6 battles. His first appearance in the series was the second Group Battle, involving Sabretooth, TMHWK, Crank-E and Aftershock. Aftershock was attacking Crank-E, which tried to get away but drove into Shunt's scoop. Aftershock was able to pin it against the House Robot and rip off the top panel, before Shunt used his scoop to flip it out of the CPZ. Later in the same battle, Aftershock pushed the immobile Crank-E onto the arena spikes by the CPZ, and Shunt axed the immobile competitor as the spikes lifted it up. In the last few seconds, Sabretooth drove into the CPZ, so Shunt flipped it against the arena side wall.
Another notable battle for Shunt in Heat 1 was the Head-to-Head battle between Aftershock and Terrorhurtz, where Terrorhurtz pushed Aftershock into Shunt's CPZ, and the House Robot tried to pin Aftershock against the wall, but Aftershock's spinner sent sparks flying from the House Robot's front scoop, so Shunt reversed and did not attack. during its battle with Terrorhurtz.
In Heat 2, during the group battle between Cherub, Draven, PP3D and Push to Exit, Shunt was responsible for knocking Draven out completely. PP3D pushed it to the edge of the CPZ, and one axe blow from Shunt penetrated the armour and hit the receiver of Draven, leaving it immobile.
- "I think that puncture has destroyed them. In came Shunt, down came the mighty axe, out go Draven! Wow! The power of the axe is astonishing! Electrics - bang! Gone! Finished!"
- — Jonathan Pearce after Shunt immobilises Draven
Later in the episode, during a head to head match between Behemoth and PP3D, an impact between Behemoth and PP3D sent PP3D flying into Shunt's CPZ. Despite receiving damage from PP3D's blade, Shunt pinned PP3D against the arena wall and axed it, causing it to burst into sparks. Behemoth hit the dial of doom, which went to Rogue House Robot. Shunt came out of his CPZ, pushing the immobile PP3D across the arena and axing it. After slamming it into the corner, more sparks erupted from PP3D, and it was unable to escape the CPZ, causing it to be counted out.
- "...once Shunt had a chance of revenge, well Shunt took that revenge!"
- — Jonathan Pearce watches the replay of the battle
- "He'll come down on you like a tone of titanium-tipped bricks - it's Shunt!"
- — Jonathan Pearce introduces Shunt before the battle
During the Head-to-Head battle between M.R. Speed Squared and Heavy Metal, Shunt's axe punched straight through the top armour of M.R. Speed Squared and barged it into the corner, lifting it up against the wall, before dropping it and allowing it to escape.
- "Shunt got its axe in here, which has bent our sprocket down onto the motor, so it's not solid."
- — Peter Forsey after the battle
Shunt had a very busy Heat 4 as he made an appearance in every battle bar one. Shunt's most notable moment came during the first Head-to-Head battle of the episode between Frostbite and Supernova. Frostbite had been ripped apart and immobilised by Supernova, and after it was counted out, he slammed through the top armour of the immobile Frostbite before pulling it clean off.
- "and cue, repair job, oh now! More repairs! Shunt, what are you doing?! Cruel!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Shunt axes Frostbite
Shunt also played an important part Wyrm's battle with Ironside3, Wyrm reversed into the CPZ, and Shunt axed it, holding it still as Ironside3 came into attack. One hit from the spinning bar knocked the side loose, and though Shunt let Wyrm go, another attack ripped off the side.
During Ironside3's battle with Supernova, after immobilising Supernova, Ironside3 knocked it into Shunt's CPZ, where Shunt brought its axe down on the spinning disc, sending lots of sparks flying, and pushed it out of the CPZ, with the spinning disc causing sparks against Shunt's scoop. Shunt also axed Supernova again, causing a puncture. The axe didn't appear to slow the disc's spinning at all.
At the end of the Heat Final, after Pulsar was immobilised by Ironside3, Shunt and Sir Killalot came out to attack, with Shunt axing Pulsar, and Sir Killalot grabbing it with his claw. Shunt's axe made some sparks on impact with Pulsar's armour, but failed to puncture.
Shunt's appearances in Heat 5 were limited, as he was being repaired after suffering damage from Arena Cleaner in the previous day of filming. Shunt filmed a Grandstand view of Smash damaging the Arena wall in their Head-to-Head with Carbide. Smash was sent flying across the arena by Carbide's spinning bar, and it hit the arena wall in Shunt's CPZ, then bounced into the House Robot. Smash hit the wall with such force that it knocked a panel off the wall, causing the battle to be stopped.
Shunt appeared in the last two battles of the Heat, but was not involved in either of them.
Shunt appeared in 6 battles in the Grand Final. In the second group battle, he used his axed the beaten Concussion and pinned it up against the wall after Carbide's blade sent it spinning into the dial of doom and it bounced into him.
Ironside3 had a close encounter with Shunt during its battle with Carbide in the Head-to-Head stage. A hit from Carbide's blade knocked it into Shunt's CPZ, and Ironside3 had to quickly recover and reverse out of the CPZ as Shunt drove after it. Shunt managed a glancing blow with its axe as Ironside3 got out of the CPZ.
- "Ironside3, get out of there, get out of there! Scuttle out of there as quick as you can! Just avoiding the axe blade there from the House Robot."
- — Jonathan Pearce as Ironside3 is chased by Shunt
Shunt also appeared in the championship deciding fight between Carbide and Eruption, and was forced to help Sir Killalot out after Carbide attacked the House Robot, having defeated Eruption. Shunt used his bulldozer scoop and axe to attack the new champion, forcing it into Sir Killalot's claw, and Shunt flipped Carbide against the arena wall. and drove it against the arena side gate.
- "Shunt's coming in, oh and remember Carbide, you might be champions now, but the house always wins, with the House Robots! You need to get out of there!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Shunt fights back against Carbide
This moment would later be described as Shunt's "Robot Wars Highlight" in Robot Wars: The Official Handbook.
- "Ultimate skills in teamwork and damage control."
- — The Official Handbook on Shunt taking control of Carbide
- "In the arena for the first group battle, is 350 kilograms of titanium axe-wielding mayhem - it's Shunt!"
- — Jonathan Pearce introduces Shunt in Heat 1
Shunt made three appearances in the opening heat of Series 10 - starring in the first fight of the series between Behemoth, Donald Thump, and Sabretooth, as well as being present for the first occurrence of the new arena hazard, Fog of War. In terms of in-battle action, Shunt tussled with Sabretooth on more than one occasion, with the House Robot axing and ramming the yellow and black machine when it was in the CPZ during battles against Apocalypse and The Swarm. Towards the end of the latter battle, Sabretooth drove into him in the CPZ, and Shunt pinned it against the wall, so Shunt axed it, lifted it against the wall and pinned it there.
- "Oh no, why have they gone in there, Sabretooth? Why go in there? That's suicide!"
- — Jonathan Pearce
However, Sabretooth managed to escape and went on to win the battle. In the same fight, Shunt also tried to axe Blenda of The Swarm, but found it hard to hit because of its small size.
With an abundance of spinners in Heat 2, Shunt was involved in seven out of the eight battles in the episode.
- "Goodness me, they'll need a day off after this - it's sympathetic Shunt against cuddly Killalot."
- — Jonathan Pearce, as the two House Robots appear yet again in the Heat Final
His most notable involvements came in the Group Battle between Carbide, Gabriel 2, and Big Nipper, with the House Robot going out to attack when Rogue House Robot was activated. Shunt charged out across the arena, pushing past Carbide and ramming Gabriel 2 into the CPZ, axing it then pushing it out. Later in the same battle, Carbide drove into his CPZ, and as Shunt came over to attack, Carbide hit Shunt's scoop with its blade, carving a chunk out of the blade.
Shunt was allowed to take more of a backseat in Heat 3 - only appearing three times. Despite little in terms of notable moments, Shunt was present for the shortest fight in Robot Wars history between Rapid and Track-tion, with the former achieving an Out of the Arena flip in just 00:05.6 seconds.
Shunt played a crucial role in the Heat Final of Heat 4 between Nuts 2 and Concussion. After being flipped over by the floor flipper, Concussion could only move on one wheel because its side guard had buckled inwards. Whilst spinning around trying to right itself, Concussion strayed too close to Shunt, who axed the underside, punctured the working wheel and disabled the spinning drum weapon with a single blow. Concussion's team wanted Shunt to turn their robot back over, but the House Robot did not comply - damaging it further with his axe.
Heat 5's second Group Battle saw Shunt axe the underside of Push to Exit with, before giving it a push, sending it sliding across the arena onto the inactive Pit of Oblivion. The House Robot's second appearance in the Heat saw his axe come into play again, but after a rally of hits on the immobile Hobgoblin, with failed to puncture Hobgoblin, Shunt took damage himself - with his axe point shattering off after a direct hit to Hobgoblin's egg-beater weapon.
- "...but surviving that damage. OH, and comes away with a little, minor moral victory there!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Shunt's axe point is ripped off
As revenge, Shunt toppled Hobgoblin over. After cease was called, Coyote charged at Shunt and tried to push it, but couldn't push the much heavier robot and Shunt rammed it across the arena, into the arena wall.
- "I think we've learned a lesson there to not mess with Shunt!"
- — Andy Russell of Team Hobgoblin to the Coyote team after Shunt rammed Coyote into the arena wall
Shunt's most damaging moment in the Grand Final came during the 10 Robot Rumble, as he charged into Apollo, axing the former champions and ramming them into the arena wall, having been called into Rogue House Robot mode. Despite offering little with his weaponry after this, Shunt still made five more appearances, which also included the championship fight between Carbide and Eruption. This meant that Shunt continued his record of appearing in the title fight for every series of the reboot.
Shunt also appeared in the World Series.
- "In the arena for this battle, the only foriegn phrase they know is "Tora, tora, tora!" It's Shunt and Dead Metal!"
- — Jonathan Pearce announces the House Robots before the Rabid M8 and Gabriel 2 battle
In Episode 1, Shunt carried out tradition on a returning Diotoir by setting it on fire after it was immobilised by Terrorhurtz. Shunt was also a Rogue House Robot during the fight between Rabid M8 and Gabriel 2 - with the House Robot pinning the already limping Gabriel 2 in the corner and ramming it against the wall.
Just like in Episode 1, Shunt appeared in the second Tag Team battle during Episode 2 - a battle where it axed right through Terror Turtle's fibreglass shell after it was immobilised. Shunt also went rogue in the battle between Thor and Tough as Nails, using his axe to strike both machines, and also briefly overturned Thor using its lifting scoop.
In the final battle between Eruption and Cathadh, Shunt was called into Rogue House Robot mode again. Shunt's axe later suffered damage itself though, as the weapon shaft of the House Robot snapped following a hit on Eruption.
- "Oh look at that! Shunt's weaponry buckled by Eruption! What a strong machine Eruption is! Weaponry ripped right off! Never seen that before."
- — Jonathan Pearce whats the replay of Shunt's axe shaft breaking
US Season 1Edit
- "As strong as an Ox, with a diamond edged axe! Shunt might be a lightweight in house terms, weighing in at over 215 pounds, but he’s a heavyweight when it comes to havoc!"
- — Stefan Frank introduces Shunt during the House Robot introduction in the Tag Team
Shunt made numerous appearances in the first series of Robot Wars: Extreme Warriors. He appeared in the first battle of the first episode, the Robot Rebellion battle between Close Enough and Silver Box. After Close Enough broke down and was counted out, Shunt pushed it across the arena and put it on the flipper. After it was thrown, Shunt axed the top of Close Enough and pushed it onto the flame pit. As Close Enough burnt, Shunt landed two more axe punctures on the top.
He appeared in all but one of the battles in that episode. Notably, in the Eliminator between The Green Mouse and Tricerabot, Shunt pushed The Green Mouse onto the floor flipper, and after it was thrown, Shunt tried to lift it up and axe it. However, this caused him to topple forwards each time he tried it.
- "This could be a huge upset! Whoa, these four on two. I mean, you never would have thought that the House Robots would take this much punishment!"
- — Stefan Frank
Along with Matilda, Shunt was one of the House Robots that started against the competitors. He started by attacking Tut Tut, lifting it against the top arena wall, twice. He also axed Rosie the Riveter and lifted it up, causing it to flee, but towards the end ran out of power and was beaten into submission by Tricerabot.
- "This could be a huge upset! Wow, these four on two, I mean you never would have thought that the House Robots would take this punishment!"
- — Stefan Frank
Matilda had also been immobilised after being flipped over, so Sir Killalot had to come in to help the House Robots. The damage he had taken proved to be quite severe, putting him out of commission for some time.
Shunt returned in the Annihilator, appearing in three of the five rounds. In the final, after Rippa Raptor broke down, Shunt used his axe to drag Rippa Raptor to the floor flipper, then tried to push it into the pit, but he missed his charge, leaving Rippa Raptor hanging on the edge of the pit, so Drillzilla pitted Rippa Raptor.
During the battle between Spike and Bot-Ugly in the Civil War, when Spike and Bot-Ugly strayed into his CPZ together, Shunt axed Spike's wheel, but the axe briefly became stuck under one of Spike's spines, with Shunt having to use his scoop to lift his axe free. Shunt then landed an axe blow right on Spike's tyre, but did not rip it. As Bot-Ugly pushed Spike down the arena, Shunt came out of his CPZ and axed it.
- "...Shunt and Sgt. Bash are in there to clean up the trash!"
- — Stefan Frank as Shunt pushes Spawn Again to the flipper
Shunt was used in the final of both episodes, and in the final of the War of Independence, he righted Pussycat when it was stuck on its side in his CPZ, lifting Pussycat up with his scoop and pulling it back.
US Season 2Edit
- "A depressing sight for any roboteer about to compete against him, Shunt's extreme power and low ground clearance makes him one of the most tenacious and feared of the House Robots. He goes where he wants, when he wants - and there is precious little any other robot can do about it."
- — The Extreme Warriors programme on Shunt
As usual, Shunt’s main roles in this series were “mercy killings” on beaten robots, and to attack robots that were pushed into, or drove into, his CPZ. He pushed Unibite onto the Floor Flipper, pitted Lightning Tracks, put Psycho Chicken on the flame pit and then the floor flipper, and pushed G-Force on the floor flipper before pitting it.
In the same Heat, he axed The Bat after Rocky-Bot-Boa pushed it into his CPZ, pulled it back with the axe and lifted it with his scoop, nearly toppling it onto its side. In Heat C, Conquering Clown 2 pushed Sir Force A Lot into the CPZ, so Shunt punctured the top and lifted it against the wall and axed it again.
- "...the Clown pushes Sir Force-A-Lot, and Shunt is going to let him know he doesn't belong there! And that's a good bit of strategy on the Conquering Clown's part, to let the House Robots do all the work, 'cause you know that Corner Patrol Zone's a no-go area for any of these bots! They wander in there, they're going to feel the wrath of Shunt of Killalot!"
- — Stefan Frank as Conquering Clown 2 pushes Sir Force-A-Lot into the CPZ and Shunt axes Sir Force-A-Lot
Sir Force-A-Lot escaped, only for Conquering Clown 2 to push it back into Shunt, who lifted and axed it again.
During the first round of the Robot Rebellion, Shunt axed the top of Night Stalker, pulled it back, then pushed it into Matilda’s flywheel and pulled it away, after which it broke down, so Shunt pulled it out of the CPZ, and after it was counted out, pushed it on the Drop Zone.
Shunt appeared in a number of Finals in this series. First of which was the final battle of the Grand Final, where he axed Tricerabot when it drove too close. Panzer Mk 4 pinned it in the CPZ and Shunt axed it again.
Shunt would then appear in the final of the Annihilator, where it axed both competitors when they strayed close to his CPZ and pitted Brute at the end, and also the final of the International Championship, where General Chompsalot 2 got its jaw stuck on Shunt’s plough. Refbot had to come in and push the two apart.
Most notably, he was used again in the final of the Robot Rebellion. He had better luck than in the Season 1 Robot Rebellion against Snake Bite and Snookums. He started by chasing after Snookums, but found it hard to land an axe blow because of Snookums narrow body.
- "...Shunt goes right into the easiest target, Snookums, who gets away, fortunately for Snookums."
- — Stefan Frank
After Snookums escaped, he went after Snake Bite, axing the top and getting the axe in one of the wheel gaps, pulling Snake Bite back and opening the pit. However, Shunt was then stabbed in the side by Snookums' sword, which became stuck in the side. Shunt pushed Snookums into the side wall to help separate them, then drove forwards to get free. Sir Killalot came into the arena and forcefully separated Snookums from Shunt, who was nearly overturned. Shunt managed to survive to the end of the match after Snookums was crushed by an organ and Snake Bite was pitted.
Shunt caused some controversy in this series. In Heat C, he and Sir Killalot attacked Unibite 2.0, despite the fact Texas Tornado had been counted out. Texas Tornado regained mobility after being counted out, escaped the House Robots that had come out to attack it and pushed Unibite 2.0 into the CPZ. Sir Killalot drove after the two competitors, but when Texas Tornado escaped the CPZ, Sir Killalot instead attacked Unibite 2.0, and Shunt came over and joined in.
In Round 1 of Heat F, Shunt came out of his CPZ, opened the pit and pitted King of Diamonds, but this attack was overruled by the judges. Also in Heat E, Shunt separated Brawler and Dragbot when Brawler’s hammer got stuck under an angle grinder, leaving them stuck on Dragbot. The Revolutionist hit Shunt when it bounced into him whilst attacking Psycho Chicken.
Shunt managed to fight back against a robot that took on a house robot in the Grand Final – Tricerabot 3.0 pushed Sgt. Bash, Shunt axed it, dragged it back and flipped it over. Towards the end, Rocky-Bot-Boa pushed Tricerabot 4.0 back in CPZ and Shunt axed it again.
In the Tag Team Terror, Shunt came out of the CPZ and axed Snookums. Later in the same battle, he axed and lifted Bang when it was pushed into the CPZ. Also in the Tag Team, Rocky-Bot-Boa got under Shunt with his chainsaw and pushed him back.
Nickelodeon Robot WarsEdit
- "...then there's Shunt, with massive pushing power and a diamond-edged axe, that'll go through just about anything!"
- — Stefan Frank during the House Robot introduction
Shunt was used frequently during the lone series of Nickelodeon Robot Wars, appearing in every episode except the US Championship, which was the first episode of the series. In Episode 4, he appeared in all four battles.
Shunt started by going after Humdrum, which managed to knock the house robot aside with its spinning maces. Shunt drove after Humdrum again as the drum slowed down, but Squirmin Vermin got under the side and tried to flip Shunt, but couldn't lift him, causing it to overbalance forwards. As Dead Metal attacked Squirmin Vermin, Shunt axed Humdrum and dragged it backwards. Humdrum became immobile, so Shunt went after Squirmin Vermin, axing it and using the axe and scoop together to lift it.
- "Well, the house 'bots are just too awesome for these guys."
- — Stefan Frank
Shunt pushed Squirmin Vermin by the pit, but Squirmin Vermin had just enough power to limp away. At that moment, Sir K entered the arena. Shunt axed Squirmin Vermin and lifted it up again with its scoop, then pushed it to Sir K, who carried it around the arena before dropping it out. With both competitors defeated, the House Robots were victorious, and all three continued attacking Humdrum before putting it onto the Drop Zone.
- "So what do these challengers have to learn about this round? Don't mess with the house 'bots!"
- — Stefan Frank on the destruction of Squirmin Vermin
This series saw a number of occasions where Shunt came out of his CPZ illegally, yet he did not get reprimanded for these instances. Firstly, during the International Tag Team Terror Playoff, Bigger Brother flipped Zanzara onto its side. As Refbot came in, Shunt axed Zanzara in the wheel and pulled it back onto its wheels. This allowed Zanzara to continue fighting, eventually lasting to a judges decision.
In Round 3 of the Annihilator, Shunt came out of his CPZ to push Bunny Attack off the smoke pit when it was stuck there. Later, in the Final, whilst Bunny Attack was trying to push Hannibal towards the end of the battle, Shunt came out of his CPZ to open the pit.
- "...Matilda and Shunt do a little clean up on those robots."
- — Stefan Frank as Shunt and Matilda put the beaten competitors on the floor flipper
Most of Shunt's appearances were carrying out mercy killings on beaten competitors, such as his first appearance in the series, which was in the International Tag Team Terror. There, he pushed Run Away onto the floor flipper, then Matilda pushed Zanzara onto the flipper as well so the two tag team partners could be thrown together. After they were flipped, Shunt pushed Run Away into the pit, and tried to pit Zanzara, but Zanzara would not fit.
Shunt would perform arena duties on Joker in two separate battles. First, in the Mayhem, Shunt put Joker on the flipper, and after it was thrown, Shunt opened the pit and pushed it in. Later in the series, after losing its Vengeance battle to Xylon, Joker was pushed on the Drop Zone by Shunt, before being pushed on the flipper, and finally being pitted.
During the Vengeance battle between Xylon and Joker, Xylon drove into the CPZ, and Shunt charged into the CPZ, pushing Xylon against the wall, and managed to flip Xylon onto its side without lifting its scoop, before using its axe to pull it back onto its wheels.
Most notably, after Nickelodeon champion Tyranabot lost its Challenge Belt battle to Tut Tut, Shunt put it on the flipper. After it was thrown, despite cease being called, Shunt pushed it down the arena and pitted it.
- "Shunt is going to take a parade lap with a lifeless Tyranabot, and setting it up for the inevitable air time!"
- — Stefan Frank as Shunt pushes Tyranabot to the floor flipper
When Rosie the Riveter 2 pushed Tut Tut into Shunt's CPZ during its Challenge Belt battle, Shunt landed a direct hit on one of Tut Tut's tyres, but did not puncture the tyre, and Tut Tut went on to win the match.
Dutch Series 1Edit
Shunt made his first appearance in the first battle of Heat A, and would appear in all but two of the battles in that Heat. He appeared in every episode except Heat C, and was used in every battle of the Grand Final except the final battle.
As usual, Shunt's main role was to dispose of beaten competitors. He axed El-Mower, put it on the flame pit then the floor flipper in Heat D, and did the same to Blue in the same episode. He pushed NEAT Machine onto the floor flipper, then the pit in Heat E and pitted Twisted Metal and Botwork into the pit in the Grand Final.
The most damage Shunt caused in this series was to Pyramid of Chaos in the Losers' Melee of Heat B. Shunt axed it and lifted the shell up, nearly ripping the shell off as he did so. After pushing Pyramid of Chaos on the flame pit, Shunt axed the side of Pyramid of Chaos, pulling it back and causing the whole robot to topple over, before putting it on the floor flipper, and finally pitting it.
There were a few controversial moments involving Shunt in this series. In Heat A, during the battle with Arena Killer and Lizzard, when Arena Killer drove into the CPZ, Shunt axed the flipper, lifted the robot up with his scoop and flipped it over. Shunt would later re-right Arena Killer, having axed it a couple of times after Lizzard pushed the inverted robot into his CPZ, including a large puncture on the baseplate. Later, after Matilda flipped Lizzard over, Shunt put it on the floor flipper, then pitted it. However, the jury ruled in favour of Lizzard, as Arena Killer had been immobilised first.
During the Heat B battle between Alien Destructor and Twisted Metal, Shunt came out of his CPZ twice, both times pushing Alien Destructor.
In Heat D, Shunt came out of his CPZ and attacked Flextreme whilst it was fighting El-Mower, even though neither robot was in his CPZ. For this, Refbot gave him a yellow card. Earlier in the same battle, Shunt came out of his CPZ when both robots were still fighting to open the pit.
Shunt had some problems in this series. In the Heat D battle between Blue and Enderbot, part of Blue's armour became stuck on his axe. Shunt had to go into the centre of the arena and swing the axe to get it off. Whilst pitting Twisted Metal in the Grand Final, Shunt nearly fell in as well.
There were a couple of moments where Shunt attacked decorations from the competitors. He landed an axe blow right on El-Mower's Elmo doll after it was defeated by Slicer, and also pitted the shell of Lizzard after it was ripped off by Philipper in Heat A.
Dutch Series 2Edit
As in the first series of the Dutch series, Shunt made his first appearance in the first battle of the series, between Lizzard and Project Two: Hex'em. This was one of his most notable appearances, as he axed Project Two: Hex'em, then dragged it away from the wall, before pushing it onto the Drop Zone, then the pit.
Shunt's main role in the series was carrying out arena duties on beaten competitors. He pitted Tartarus and Bluemax after they lost their respective Round 1 battles. After The Black Beast broke down in his CPZ, Shunt used his axe to drag it to the arena centre, and after Mr. Psycho picked The Black Beast up and dropped it, Shunt put it on the floor flipper, then the Drop Zone.
Shunt had relatively few notable moments in this series, not even being used at all in Heat D. One of the more memorable bits of damage he caused was to Beaverbot, where his axe smashed through the spinner after Infinity pushed it to him.
In the Grand Final, Shunt was used in all four of the Round 1 battles. There was a comical moment in the battle between Krab-Bot and Philipper 2, when both Shunt and Growler charged into the CPZ when the two were fighting in an empty CPZ. Growler rammed into Krab-Bot, knocking it into the corner, and tried to pin Philipper 2 against the wall, but he bounced off Philipper 2 and bumped into Shunt, which had charged in to attack Krab-Bot.
In the battle between Lizzard and Bamm Bamm, Bamm Bamm pushed Lizzard into Shunt, and Shunt axed the top of Lizzard. Although it didn't puncture, Shunt's axe knocked one of the top panels loose. Lizzard broke down and Shunt pushed it out of the CPZ, and after it was counted out, pitted it.
German Robot WarsEdit
Shunt was mostly absent during the only season of German Robot Wars, appearing in just two battles (not including the episodes shown as part of other series).
Aside from axing a large hole in the top of Golem, Shunt's only notable moments in this series involved his usual arena duties. After Golem was defeated by Tyke in the second Final of Heat A, he pushed it onto the floor flipper, and after it was thrown, he placed it on the Drop Zone.
In the first Final of Heat B, after Black Hole defeated Hydrotec, Shunt and Mr. Psycho came out to attack. Both House Robots landed blows on the top with their axe and hammer respectively, then Shunt pushed the beaten competitor onto the floor flipper. After it was thrown, Shunt opened the pit and pushed Hydrotec in, but pushed too far, and toppled in as well.
Appearances in MerchandiseEdit
- Shunt/Construction Set
- Shunt/Robot Wars: Metal Mayhem
- Shunt/Robot Wars: Arenas of Destruction
- Shunt/Robot Wars: Advanced Destruction
- Shunt/Robot Wars: Extreme Destruction (GBA)
- Shunt/Robot Wars: Extreme Destruction (PC/Xbox)
Outside Robot WarsEdit
On July 21st, 2016, Shunt and the rest of the Series 8 house robots appeared on BBC's The One Show, to promote the new series of Robot Wars. They battled three remote controlled cars piloted by the cast of The Rebel. Sir Killalot flattened all three cars, and won the battle for the house robots. Both Shunt and Matilda appeared in the 6th March 2017 edition of The One Show along with Dara Ó Briain, in order to promote Series 9.
- The fictional backstory of Shunt was that he was originally a remote-controlled drone for use in nuclear reactors somewhere in the Soviet Union, that became sentient during a nuclear disaster. This was included in the Techical Manual, and later turned into a comic strip in Issue 5 of Robot Wars Magazine.
- In every episode of Robot Wars Extreme: Series 1, Robot Wars: The Fifth Wars, Robot Wars: Extreme Warriors, Nickelodeon Robot Wars, Dutch Robot Wars: Series 1 and German Robot Wars, Shunt is seen in the corner in a battle between Falcon, The Brute and Shuriken, visible behind the boards showing the list of events/rounds in each episode of the aforementioned series.
- In the opening sequence used from Series 5-6 and Extreme 1 and 2, a clip from Shunt's on-board camera of Shunt axing Techno-Lease was included.
- In official imagery and merchandise throughout the original run of Robot Wars, Shunt was always portrayed with its snowplough scoop side as the robot's front end. This was changed for the reboot, where Shunt was always pictured from its lifting scoop side.
- In Series 1 and 2, Shunt's exhaust stack was made from a plastic Cola bottle, before being replaced with a metal stack for Series 3.
- During Series 3, Shunt's operator Malcom James received a warning from the production crew, because Shunt's axe was doing damage to the floor each time it missed a competitor.
- "It did quite a bit of damage to the arena in the last series. One of the production crew came up and said "Stop hitting the floor!" It was splintering the frame underneath."
- — Malcom James, interviewed in Robot Wars Magazine
- Shunt was used for the Series 4 and 5 qualifiers, which were held as a live show, but not for the Series 6 and 7 qualifiers, which were not held in front of a live audience and did not involve the House Robots. Shunt and the other House Robots also did demonstrations, showing the audience the strength of his axe
- Shunt's light weight compared with the other House Robots in the original run of the series made him a common target for competitors, especially flippers. Shunt has notably been flipped over more times than any other House Robot, having suffered from this misfortune eleven times.
- During the Swedish dub of Semi-Final 2 of Series 4, an interview with Chris Reynolds was included, describing the features and capabilities of Shunt.
- Shunt was the only House Robot to be thrown by the floor flipper.
- In some battles in Series 5-7 and Extreme 1-2, Shunt's exhaust pipe was facing the back and in others, it was facing the front.
- Shunt is the only House Robot from the show's original run that was lighter than the new maximum heavyweight limit of 110kg (per Series 8-10).
- Shunt appeared in the last battle of both the original and rebooted series of Robot Wars.
- Shunt was in the arena for the quickest battle of both the original series (Gravity vs Dantomkia, Series 7 Semi-Final 1), and the quickest battle of the reboot (Rapid vs Track-tion, Series 10 Heat 3).
- During the later stage of filming for Series 8, the version of Shunt used in the original run of the series was put on display in the waiting tent.
- Out of all the House Robots built for Robot Wars, Shunt was one of the only three that appeared in every series of the classic and the reboot. The other two were Matilda and Dead Metal.
- Shunt was absent from sixteen episodes.
- Shunt appeared in both fights that St. Agro lost and all three fights that Vader lost.
- Shunt and Sir Killalot have appeared the most in UK Grand Final battles, however, Shunt never appeared in the Series 1, Series 5 and Series 7 finals.
- For the reboot, both House Robots were used for every Grand Final fight.
- ↑ Robot Wars: Build Your Own Robot, p.24
- ↑ The Making of Robot Wars
- ↑ Issue 4 of Robot Wars Magazine, Page 10
- ↑ Sir Killalot and the House Robots
- ↑ Robot Wars Technical Manual
- ↑ Issue 4 of Robot Wars Magazine, Page 8
- ↑ Issue 7 of Robot Wars: The Official Magazine, Page 42
- ↑ Robot Wars Extreme: The Official Guide
- ↑ Robot Wars Technical Manual
- ↑ BBC Two Programmes - Shunt profile
- ↑ Robot Wars: Build Your Own Robot]
- ↑ BBC iPlayer on Facebook - Meet the House Robots
- ↑ Robot Wars Magazine Issue 4
- ↑ Series 2 report, the Razer website (archived)
- ↑ Ultimate Warrior Collection - Chaos 2
- ↑ Medusa 2000 website (archived)
- ↑ The Guv'nor website - Diary (archived)
- ↑ Issue 4 of Robot Wars Magazine, Page 10
- ↑ Team Tornado website (archived) - Series 4 Diary
- ↑ Hypno-Disc website - Shunt's Bucket (archived)
- ↑ Team Storm website (archived)
- ↑ Robot Wars: 'Coming Soon' Official Teaser #3
- ↑ Series 9 Teaser Trailer, featuring the House Robots.
- ↑ The Fourth Wars, Semi-Final 2 - Swedish dub on YouTube