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Throughout all series of ''[[Robot Wars]]'', some robots featured weapons that did not fit into any fixed category. These are known as '''unique weapons'''. Unique weapons may still act in a similar manner to conventional lifting/flipping, overhead or rotating weapons, but function in very different ways. Famous and successful examples of unique weapons include the trap mechanism of Series 4 Semi-Finalist [[MouseTrap]], and the 'smothering shell' of Series 3 middleweight competitor [[Tentoumushi]].
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Throughout all series of ''[[Robot Wars]]'', some robots featured weapons that did not fit into any fixed category. These are known as '''unique weapons'''. Unique weapons may still act in a similar manner to conventional lifting/flipping, overhead or rotating weapons, but function in very different ways. Famous and successful examples of unique weapons include the trap mechanism of Series 4 Semi-Finalist [[Mousetrap]], and the 'smothering shell' of Series 3 middleweight competitor [[Tentoumushi]].
   
 
==Definition==
 
==Definition==
A unique weapon is designated by the fact that it does not fit into one exclusive weapon category. The trap mechanism of [[MouseTrap]], for example, functioned in the same way as a [[Hammers|hammer]] (Series 4) or [[Bladed axes|bladed axe]] (Series 5/Extreme 1). However, its shape and dimensions also allowed the weapon to act as a clamping [[Pincers|jaw]], which MouseTrap used to great effect as the trap held opponents in place while it pushed and dragged them around the arena.
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A unique weapon is designated by the fact that it does not fit into one exclusive weapon category. The trap mechanism of [[Mousetrap]], for example, functioned in the same way as a [[Hammers|hammer]] (Series 4) or [[Bladed axes|bladed axe]] (Series 5/Extreme 1). However, its shape and dimensions also allowed the weapon to act as a clamping [[Pincers|jaw]], which Mousetrap used to great effect as the trap held opponents in place while it pushed and dragged them around the arena.
   
 
Additionally, there may be unique weapons that do not fit into any category whatsoever. Examples include the 'smothering shell' of [[Tentoumushi]] or the 'wagglers' featured on [[Darke Destroyer|Darke Destroyer 2]].
 
Additionally, there may be unique weapons that do not fit into any category whatsoever. Examples include the 'smothering shell' of [[Tentoumushi]] or the 'wagglers' featured on [[Darke Destroyer|Darke Destroyer 2]].
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==Advantages and Disadvantages==
 
==Advantages and Disadvantages==
 
'''Advantages'''
 
'''Advantages'''
*Roboteers can often use the custom weapons to fit in with the design of their robot, for both effectiveness and entertainment. [[MouseTrap|MouseTrap's]] trap weapon and [[Bucky the Robot|Bucky the Robot's]] snapping teeth add to the robot's theme and MouseTrap's proved to be reasonably effective throughout its performances in Series 4-5.
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*Roboteers can often use the custom weapons to fit in with the design of their robot, for both effectiveness and entertainment. [[Mousetrap|Mousetrap's]] trap weapon and [[Bucky the Robot|Bucky the Robot's]] snapping teeth add to the robot's theme and Mousetrap's proved to be reasonably effective throughout its performances in Series 4-5.
 
*Creating a new type of weapon grants a robot an element of surprise.
 
*Creating a new type of weapon grants a robot an element of surprise.
   
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|Ineffective as bludgeoners, retracted very slowly.
 
|Ineffective as bludgeoners, retracted very slowly.
 
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|[[MouseTrap]]
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|[[Mousetrap]]
 
|Trap mechanism
 
|Trap mechanism
 
|[[File:Mousetrap sumpthing.JPG|140px]]
 
|[[File:Mousetrap sumpthing.JPG|140px]]
 
|Series 4-5
 
|Series 4-5
 
|The mechanism was designed to resemble the actual mechanism of a conventional mousetrap. Functioned as an [[Overhead weapons|overhead weapon]], with a heavy bar, and then a guillotine blade in Series 5, as the impacting part of the weapon. Reached a Series Semi-Final and recorded four wins, including a victory over the [[Seeding|seeded]] [[Evil Weevil]], with this weapon.
 
|The mechanism was designed to resemble the actual mechanism of a conventional mousetrap. Functioned as an [[Overhead weapons|overhead weapon]], with a heavy bar, and then a guillotine blade in Series 5, as the impacting part of the weapon. Reached a Series Semi-Final and recorded four wins, including a victory over the [[Seeding|seeded]] [[Evil Weevil]], with this weapon.
|Was effective as a trapping mechanism; MouseTrap could easily drag robots across the arena once it had slammed the trap down.
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|Was effective as a trapping mechanism; Mousetrap could easily drag robots across the arena once it had slammed the trap down.
 
|Could not function as a srimech.<br/>Was vulnerable to being damaged, as shown in its Series 5 battle against [[S3]].
 
|Could not function as a srimech.<br/>Was vulnerable to being damaged, as shown in its Series 5 battle against [[S3]].
 
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