"It took just four working weeks to build out of bits and bobs from around the workshop."
— Jonathan Pearce Introduces Technophobic in Series 2

Technophobic was a competitor in Series 2 and 3 of Robot Wars. Technophobic reached its Heat Final in Series 2, where it was knocked out by eventual finalist Killertron, making it the first robot to be pitted by another competitor. Technophobic reached the second round in Series 3 before falling to the heat winner Pitbull.

Versions of Technophobic[edit | edit source]

Technophobic (Series 2)[edit | edit source]

Technophobic in Series 2

Technophobic was originally a large, silver, roughly barrel-shaped robot, built over 4 working weeks with a 9" disc. It cost £1,000 using various workshop materials and was driven by two motors from a lawnmower engine, with petrol driving the disc as well. Technophobic ran on a four-wheel drive. Technophobic was unique for its time by using hydraulic systems for both its weaponry and motors. Technophobic would also use interchangeable wheels depending on the terrain, although ultimately only their nylon wheels were used.

"Well in RW there are people who go for the easy setup and those who go for something different. Technophobic were the latter in the way the had a hydraulic robot powered with hydraulic weapons and motors and a lawnmower engine providing the go. Technophobic had 4WD and had different wheels depending on the ground, I think they always used their nylon no-grip tyres which was a waste of their hydraulic motors but with more grippy tires the turning friction would be a problem. Their petrol cap was set alight which was quite amusing."
Oliver Steeples on what made Technophobic unique[1]

Technophobic (Series 3)[edit | edit source]

Official Series 3 photo

Having been rebuilt over more than six months, the second machine was faster, featuring eight wheels instead of four, and a new a resin-bonded yellow fibreglass shell, a more powerful petrol driven motor. Technophobic's new weapon was a hydraulic lifting arm, and also featured spring-loaded spikes with steel-piercing tips.

In both series, Technophobic weighed more than the Weight limit for Heavyweights at the time.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The name 'Technophobic' refers to a fear of technology.

Robot History[edit | edit source]

Series 2[edit | edit source]

Technophobic receives a blow from Shunt

In the Gauntlet, Technophobic started by going down the centre route, and over the ramp, before Dead Metal attacked it. Shunt then axed Technophobic, preventing it from completing the course, but it went 11.3m, making it the second highest score in the challenge.

Technophobic falls off the ring with Matilda

Technophobic then participated in the King of the Castle trial, where it lasted 35.95 seconds before being pushed off the ring by Shunt and Matilda, although as consolation, Matilda fell off in the process.

Technophobic battles Spin Doctor

In The Arena stage, it faced Spin Doctor, and tried wedging underneath its opponent, who hit it with its spinning attack. Technophobic then reversed over the flames, and caught fire, but Spin Doctor also stopped, and Technophobic won on points.

Killertron pushes Technophobic into the pit

This meant it met 4th seeds Killertron in the Heat Final, but its run ended here. It started well, dodging Killertron's axe blows, but Killertron pushed them onto the edge of the pit, before being pitted.

"Technophobic, I hope it's not claustrophobic, or arachnophobic, there are spiders down there! It's dark, it's gloomy...and you're going down!"
Jonathan Pearce as Technophobic stood on the verge of defeat against Killertron

Series 3[edit | edit source]

"Don't call this Mellow Yellow."
— Jonathan Pearce

Technophobic spears Abaddon

Abaddon loses its caster

At the start of the first round battle, Abaddon was picked up by Technophobic, but Technophobic could not flip it. Abaddon used its Rotavator blades to rip off some of Technophobic's armour. Technophobic responded by ripping off Abaddon's castor and pushed the robot onto the flame pit. Abaddon was stuck on the grille of the flame pit because its tail was trapped in the mesh. Shunt attacked Technophobic, and then lifted Abaddon out of the flame pit. Technophobic then pushed it into Sir Killalot. The match went to a judges' decision, which was given to Technophobic.

Technophobic lifts Pitbull

Technophobic's petrol tank burns as Pitbull looks on

In the second round, Pitbull started better and pushed Technophobic into the edge of the arena. Both robots moved around each other before Technophobic lifted Pitbull up. It was unsuccessful in its attempts to flip the dog-themed robot, though. Pitbull came charging back and drove at the edge of the arena, where its jaws got clamped to the railway sleeper at the side. Pitbull pushed Technophobic onto the flame pit. The flames reached the petrol engine and Technophobic caught fire, breaking down. This eliminated Technophobic from the competition and it was retired afterwards.

"Oh, and look! The petrol engine's gone! Well Technophobic looks like some great yellow bun being overcooked in the oven there. And it's ashes to ashes, dust to dust. Technophobic go home to rust!"
— Jonathan Pearce as Technophobic catches fire

Results[edit | edit source]

TECHNOPHOBIC - RESULTS
Series 2
The Second Wars - UK Championship
Heat Final
Heat E, Gauntlet 11.3m (2nd) Qualified
Heat E, Trial (King of the Castle) 35.95 Seconds (3rd) Qualified
Heat E, Semi-Final vs. Spin Doctor Won
Heat E, Final vs. Killertron (4) Lost
Series 3
The Third Wars - UK Championship
Heats, Round 2
Heat B, Round 1 vs. Abaddon Won
Heat B, Round 2 vs. Pitbull Lost

Wins/Losses[edit | edit source]

  • Wins: 2
  • Losses: 2

NOTE: Technophobic's successful Gauntlet and Trial runs are not included

Series Record[edit | edit source]

Series Technophobic Series Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Heat Final
The Third Wars Heat, Round 2
The Fourth Wars Did not enter
The Fifth Wars Did not enter
The Sixth Wars Did not enter
The Seventh Wars Did not enter
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter
Series 10 Did not enter

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Technophobic has the dubious honour of being the first robot ever defeated in a battle by pitting, in its heat final bout against Killertron.
  • Both robots that defeated Technophobic fought and beat Behemoth in their next battle.
  • Oddly, when introduced in Series 3, it was said to have been eliminated in Round 1, despite reaching its heat final. Also it was said to have appeared in the second heat of the Second Wars, despite it having appeared in the fifth heat of that series. Ironically, Technophobic appeared in the second heat of Series 3.
  • In both wars it competed in, Technophobic's petrol engine caught fire.
  • Both robots Technophobic defeated utilised Sit-and-spin weaponry.
  • In both of Technophobic's appearances, it was the fourth robot to be introduced.

References[edit | edit source]

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