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The General was a Welsh robot which competed in the Robotic Soccer Tournament of Series 3 of Robot Wars, and later the main competition of the Series 8. It reached the Robotic Soccer final after beating Spectre, but lost to fellow Welsh robot Evil Weevil on a Judges' decision. In Series 8, it lost its Group Battle after Carbide ripped one of its wheels off and Behemoth left it on the Flame Pit.

The team also entered with Spartacus in the lightweight competition of Series 2 and had planned to enter Hazzard into the Series 3 Lightweight Competition, but this competition was cancelled due to a behind the scenes accident.

Before building robots, team member Haydn James originally built tractors for his own farm, with The General being built in the milking parlour.

Versions of The General

The General (Series 3)

The General, top view

The General in the arena.

The Series 3 version of The General weighed 79kg, and was armed with a static scoop for weaponry. The robot was invertible, driven by four huge wheels, to fit with the robot's army theme. Although its lack of a weapon provides some disadvantages, its pushing power was theoretically among the strongest in the Third Wars. The General brandished the Welsh flag to represent the team's home country.

The General (Series 8)

"The General is made almost exclusively from parts found around the farm – the spinning disc is taken from an old plough, and its motors are normally used to power electric gates."
— Robot Wars website

The General in 2016

The General with its team

In 2016, The General made a surprise return to Robot Wars. Now powered by a lead acid 24V battery, the robot is a 2-wheel drive rammer with a high top speed of 15mph, equipped with two huge spinning discs, spinning at 500-1000rpm. The robot is armed in 2.5mm aluminium, although the team were more concerned about their exposed tyres, which Jonathan Pearce agreed with.


The General that failed to qualify for Series 4

For Series 4, the team had added a larger blade and claw at the front of The General, and placed a toy cannon on top for decoration. However, it failed to qualify, despite beating their other hopeful qualifier Slicer in its battle.

Robot History

Series 3

The General dribbles the ball

In its first match against Spectre, The General managed to get to the ball, but its scoop didn't help it very much to begin with. Spectre came in and spun around a few times and with Matilda, kept taking the ball away from the The General. However The General managed to regain control and attempt to shoot. It was blocked, but then the ball went in off the rebound from Matilda.

The General in the final

In the final, The General went up against Evil Weevil, Velocirippa and Gnasher. The General was slightly too slow to get to the ball. However it finally managed to tackle Matilda and gain the ball, but lost it soon afterwards to Gnasher. The General then appeared to break down, as its batteries ran out of charge. It came back to life towards the end, but it was too little, too late and the Judges' decision went against it, going in favour of Evil Weevil.

Series 8

The General is flipped by Behemoth

The General competed in Episode 1 fighting Carbide, Behemoth and Bonk in its first round melee. The team flew the Welsh flag as they entered the arena. At the start of the battle, The General's discs clashed with Behemoth's scoop, sending sparks flying, and The General was flipped over in response. The General's exposed wheels sustained a blow from Carbide.

"Tyres in Robot Wars, no no no no no! Not a good idea!"
— Jonathan Pearce, on The General's exposed tyres

The General loses a tyre to Carbide

The General burns on the Flame pit

The General fled, damaged by Carbide, but clashed with Behemoth's scoop to create more sparks, while Behemoth flipped itself over, missing The General, although Carbide launched another attack. The General attacked the side of Behemoth with its discs, and then went to attack Bonk, but this left The General unassuming of a back attack from Carbide. Hit at full strength, one of The General's tyres was ripped away, and rolled across the arena. An immobile General hobbled onto the flame pit, and sustained another blow from Carbide, which knocked The General out cold, eliminating it from the competition.


Series 3
Robotic Soccer
Preliminary vs. Spectre Won
Grand Final vs. Evil Weevil, Gnasher, Velocirippa Lost
Series 8
2016 Series - UK Championship
Heat, Round 1
Episode 1, Group Battle vs. Behemoth, Bonk, Carbide Eliminated


  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 1

NOTE: Robotic Soccer matches are not included

Series Record

Series The General Series Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Lightweight Championship with Spartacus
The Third Wars Robotic Soccer
Lightweight Championship with Hazzard (event cancelled)
The Fourth Wars Failed to qualify
Failed to qualify with Slicer
The Fifth Wars Did not enter
The Sixth Wars Did not enter
The Seventh Wars Did not enter
Series 8 Heat, Round 1
Series 9 Did not enter
Series 10 Did not enter


  • With a 17 year gap, The General holds the record for the longest time between its Robot Wars debut and its first appearance in the main competition.
  • The General was one of only three robots in Series 8 to not use modern Lithium batteries inside the machine, the others being DisConstructor and Sweeney Todd, both of which used lead acid batteries.
  • Five of The General's seven opponents were teams who would compete the UK Championship semi-finals, and only Team Mute did not reach at least the top eight of that tournament (Evil Weevil counting as a former UK Champion as Panic Attack).

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