Zanzara was a loanerbot which fought in Nickelodeon Robot Wars. It competed in the International Tag Team Terror competition in Nickelodeon Robot Wars, as Team Creative Steel's robot The Gap was too damaged to compete. Zanzara fought alongside Run Away, but lost in the first round, and lost the play-off to Bigger Brother.

The body of Zanzara had previously competed in Season 1 of Robot Wars: Extreme Warriors as the undefeated robot Silver Box. The name Zanzara is Latin for 'mosquito'.


Zanzara Closeup

Zanzara from the front

Zanzara was designed to resemble a purple mosquito, decorated in flammable fur, with long eyestalks and wings. It was armed with a vertical spinning blade at the front, and the robot was powered by a two-wheel drive. The blade spun at a high speed, but Zanzara's ground clearance was high on all sides.

Zanzara differs from its previous identity as Silver Box by not being invertible, posing a weakness to flippers which was not previously present. However it was heavier at 211lbs, while Silver Box weighed 174lbs.

Robot HistoryEdit


"It was loaned to us when 'Propeller-Head' destroyed a drive gearbox on 'The Gap' and it could not be repaired."
— Mark Joerger[1]

Zanzara competed solely in the International Tag Team Terror, paired up with Run Away. In the first round qualifier, Zanzara and Run Away were drawn against Team Logicom, and their two robots The Revolutionist and Spin Doctor.


Zanzara is knocked out by The Revolutionist

Zanzara Runaway Flipped

Zanzara and Run Away are flipped by the Floor Flipper

Zanzara and Spin Doctor bashed into each other and some bits fell off Zanzara. The impact also disabled both robots' weapons, so The Revolutionist came out of the CPZ and started spinning. Zanzara hit the pit release button, but the Revolutionist hit it in the rear and sent Zanzara spinning. As the pit descended, The Revolutionist hit Zanzara in the rear again, tearing off some armour panels and immobilising it. Zanzara was then flipped on its side by Matilda and counted out by the Refbot. Zanzara and Run Away, who had also been immobilised, were placed on the floor flipper and the two bots flew through the air at the same time. The battle ended with Shunt attempting to pit both robots.

Zanzara and Run Away were due to fight the British team Bigger Brother and Kat 3 for the playoff, but both robots had suffered severe damage from The Revolutionist. Run Away was forced to withdraw, and Team Creative Steel had to work hard to get Zanzara working again. Kat 3 was also forced to withdraw, leaving Zanzara and Bigger Brother to fight alone.

Zanzara Flipped

Bigger Brother flips Zanzara into the wall

With Zanzara's weapon still not spinning, it decided to try to evade Bigger Brother. The British robot managed to flip it around the arena on several occasions, pushed it into the house robots and even got it caught on its side against the arena wall, although an attack by Shunt managed to re-right it. Zanzara managed to survive the full five minutes, but as it had been on the defensive the entire battle, the resulting judges' decision went against it.


Nickelodeon Robot Wars
International Tag Team Terror
Representing the USA, competing with Run Away, Fourth Place
Round 1 vs. Spin Doctor & The Revolutionist Lost
Playoff vs. Bigger Brother & Kat 3 Lost


  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 2

Series RecordEdit

Main Series Zanzara Series Record
Season 1 Did not enter
Season 2 Entered with The Gap
Nickelodeon Did not enter
Series Zanzara Series Record
Nickelodeon Tag Team Terror, Fourth Place


Zanzara Pits

Zanzara in the pits

  • Unlike its previous incarnation as Silver Box, which never lost a battle, Zanzara could not collect a combat win.


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