Fact of the Day #67 Stock Robots

There is a dark history to classic Robot Wars called Stock Robots. These were used more than people really realize with them almost always there to lose to the real competitors of the show. Stock Robots were robots put in the show to either, purposely lose or to fill the numbers of a tournament. They were most frequently seen in the first series as, thirty-three competitors arrived but, the tournament format required three more to reach the 36 competitor tournament format.




They were most frequently seen in the first series as, thirty-three competitors arrived but, the tournament format required three more to reach the 36 competitor tournament format. The three stock robots of series 1 were:

Grunt – Heat A competitor who completed the Gauntlet in the second best time but, to ensure it didn’t get to the arena stage, dived off the sumo ring as soon as it reasonably could.

WYSIWYG – Heat C competitor who shares another fact of the day, click here to find out more. Just getting through the Gauntlet round, the featherweight would knock itself out on the post in the Trial, allowing the immobilized Dreadnaut to advance to the arena stage.

Eubank the Mouse – Heat F competitor who, completed the Gauntlet but, was forced out by the show in the Trial stage despite T.R.A.C.I.E failing to move after 5 seconds.




The series 1 stock robots were not allowed to advance beyond the Trial stage but, others argued that they shouldn’t have advanced the Gauntlet stage. This includes the Barry team who were eliminated in the Gauntlet by Grunt. These were the only stock robots used in the main Robot Wars tournament.

The other three stock robots to appear are:

Ramrombit – An entertaining humanoid shaped robot controlled by George Francis that was used in the Inferno Insurrection for the Sergeant to impress the crowd during the Series 2 grudge match special episode.

Teddybot – A series 4 robot that was built to be specifically beaten up by Sir Killalot off screen for the live audience’s entertainment with George Francis repairing it between fights.

Bondi Titch – A robot built to represent Australia in the Extreme 2 series Commonwealth Carnage tournament. It was the only Stock Robot to feature an active weapon but, would lose in their first and only match.

They were the classic stock robots and they aren’t exactly highly memorable but, that is part of their point of being incognito.




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