- "Behemoth is a six-wheel drive powerhouse with a pneumatic lifter. It can pretty much push any robot anywhere in the arena ... What are our weaknesses? I don't think Behemoth's got any, actually!"
- — Anthony Pritchard
As the longest-active veteran of Robot Wars, Behemoth enjoyed reasonable success. With twenty-eight combat victories to its name, it was one of the most successful robots in the show, notably reaching the semi-finals of Series 2 and the Grand Final of Series 10, as well as the Heat Finals of Series 3, 4 and 8, and placing second in The First World Championship. However, alongside its successes it also had a remarkable string of poor performances; beginning in Extreme 1, Behemoth lost in the first or second round of nearly every tournament it fought in, due to a combination of tough draws, poor luck, unreliability and tactical errors. It was considered by Craig Charles to be the unluckiest robot to ever compete in the original show's run, and became infamous for having participated in the most competitions and losing the most battles in the show's history.
Behemoth was created by brothers Anthony and Michael Pritchard and their father Edward. The brothers competed alongside their friend, Kane Aston, for most of the robot's competitive history. Behemoth's trademark feature was a yellow and black coloured lifting scoop - the first of its kind on a Robot Wars competitor - which was used to great effect in flipping opponents over and occasionally out of the arena.
Versions of BehemothEdit
- "Unlike many other robots, Behemoth uses very little welding, instead relying on bolts to hold much of the robot together. This gives a great advantage with repairs as seldom does a part need to be cut out."
- — Behemoth team website
All versions of Behemoth shared roughly the same design concept, being based around a bulldozer with yellow and black hazard stripes, an emphasis on pushing power and a large pneumatic bucket scoop as the main weapon. The front-mounted scoop was designed to lift, flip and push other robots around, and in later series acted as the robot's shield against spinner-wielding robots such as Hypno-Disc, Supernova and Carbide. Each incarnation of Behemoth featured an 'Evolution' or 'Evo' designation, with the number of each iteration usually being displayed on the robot in Roman numerals.
Behemoth Evo I (Series 2)Edit
The original Behemoth (Evo I) was four-wheel driven, and significantly smaller than its later incarnations. The scoop of this iteration was powered by CO2 from a sodastream bottle, and could hoist 1000kg. Behemoth Evo I's armour was made out of dexion – a material used for office shelving - while only its scoop and rear panel were painted in the robot's trademark yellow and black colours. This version took four months to build.
Behemoth Evo II (Series 3)Edit
- "Evo I was built by us watching the very first show and 'guessing' what size it should be. Needless to say it was about half the size it should have been (robots look small on TV). So when it came to Evo II we basically doubled the dimensions and that has lead the way to where we are today."
- — Team Make Robotics on the size differences between the Series 2 and 3 versions of Behemoth
Evo II, built for Series 3, took around seven months and £1,400 to re-design, build and test. The robot's dimensions were significantly increased over Evo I, with Behemoth’s scoop being made larger and able to lift higher to help it turn other robots over easier. However, the scoop's lifting capacity decreased significantly, to 300kg. Behemoth Evo II could pull 1.5 tonnes, and also received twin rear axes as extra weapons. Its main weaknesses were a flammable underside, a lack of self-righting capability, and side armour which proved vulnerable to damage. Small arms were attached to the sides of Behemoth Evo II's scoop for The First World Championship, in an attempt to address the self-righting issues it had in the main series.
Behemoth Evo III (Series 4)Edit
Evo III (referred to on-screen as Evolution III) competed in Series 4, keeping the larger scoop and lifting capacity of the previous version. The robot itself featured several changes over Evo II; the twin rear axes were discarded, while transparent semi-circular plates were added on top to prevent Behemoth from being stranded upside-down. Team Make Robotics also added spring-loaded self-righting arms on either side of Behemoth's scoop to prevent it from being side-stranded.
Skateboard wheels provided by Michael Pritchard were added below the scoop to stop Behemoth from leaning forwards, while the rear axes used on Evo II were discarded. Behemoth's armour and scoop in this guise were both upgraded to 7mm titanium, with the armour protecting the wheels being made more rounded than before. Evo III itself was driven by an electric wheelchair gearbox, which gave it a top speed of 6mph while maintaining Evo II's pulling power, and cost £2,500 to build.
Behemoth Evo IV (Series 5, Extreme 1)Edit
Built for Series 5 and the first series of Robot Wars Extreme, Evo IV weighed 95kg - 20kg more than Evo III as a result of the increased weight limit introduced for those series. Amongst minor changes to Behemoth's armour and drive systems– increasing the robot's all-round durability and giving it a top speed of 7mph – an overhead spiked axe was added on top of the scoop as extra armament. The axe also gave Behemoth the capacity to grab, lift and carry opponents across the arena, as demonstrated in its Challenge Belt battle against Stinger. Behemoth's self-righting arms were further improved in this incarnation; now connected to the scoop via chains, the arms would fire outwards whenever the scoop was raised. An earlier version of Behemoth Evo IV – without the axe and with the side arms used by Evo III – also fought in the Extreme 1 All-Stars, which was filmed before Series 5.
Behemoth Evo V (Series 6-7, Extreme 2)Edit
Although externally similar to Evo IV, Evo V featured the most substantial internal changes of any incarnation between Series 3 and Series 8. Behemoth's four-wheel drive system was upgraded to a six-wheel drive system with 5hp LEM-130 motors, giving the robot an increased top speed of 12mph. The scoop also received a new bucket, as well as enlarged pneumatic rams which increased the weapon's power considerably. In Series 6, the robot's side armour was left unpainted for its first-round battle, before being painted in time for its battle against Bigger Brother. Following reliability issues in Extreme 2, Behemoth Evo V was stripped down and rebuilt again for Series 7, featuring upgraded internals and a revised removable link housing to remedy the issues which affected it in the former.
Behemoth Evo IX (Series 8-10)Edit
- Dara Ó Briain: "What can you lift?"
- Anthony Pritchard: "It can lift a Peugeot 205."
- — Pre-battle interview in Series 8
Behemoth was completely rebuilt upon the announcement of Series 8, and entered the latter series with a revised design, Evo IX. Fully designed in CAD, Evo IX boasted a new modular bolt-on chassis to improve maintenance in between battles, as well as a faster and more powerful scoop. Behemoth's scoop in this incarnation can now throw robots over with greater force and self-right whenever the robot is flipped onto its back. The side self-righting arms attached to the scoop were also changed into curved, claw-like metal ones for better efficiency, while the axe seen in Series 5-7 was discarded in order to focus solely on the upgraded scoop. This version of Behemoth also sported new Grade 5 titanium on the scoop - 7mm in thickness - with 3mm of stainless steel side armour protecting the wheels. Its top speed was also increased by 2mph over the Series 6-7 version.
In Series 9, Behemoth's scoop was modified to have a bladed lower lip. Additionally, Behemoth's on-board camera was put to use on television for the first time, having been present since Series 8. Behemoth's on-board footage was used in Robot Wars: Battle of the Stars when it fought TR2. Its lifting power was upgraded, and Behemoth now has a choice of four different scoops to use interchangeably. Aside from the original scoop, it featured two aluminium ploughs angled in a way to stopping the momentum of spinners, referred to as the Type 2 Bucket. The fourth weapon was a pair of grabbing arms, known by the team as the Type 3 Bucket, designed to clamp down onto other robots in combination with a static lip, and control fights. All of these new weapons were created in response to Behemoth's Series 8 opponents - the angled ploughs to resist damage from spinners like Carbide, the gripping weapon to attack hard to manage opponents like Nuts.
The Series 10 iteration of Behemoth regains the top-mounted axe weapon - not seen since the original run of Robot Wars. Unlike in Series 5-7 and Extreme, the axe is now an optional add-on, and was not used in any of Behemoth's battles during its heat. This is because Behemoth would be required to use lighter armour when wielding the axe, a compromise which the team were not willing to make, creating an issue that Team Make Robotics wish to amend for future series. Behemoth's pneumatics system was also reworked, and its interchangeable scoops return.
- "Behemoth: it's big, it's bad, it's back!"
- — Anthony Pritchard
As an All-Star, veteran and frequent seed, Behemoth's qualification was rarely in doubt and often automatic. However, in Series 6, it did fight a qualifying battle with Supernova and Mini Morg. Although Behemoth took heavy damage, it won the fight and pushed both its immobile opponents out of the arena.
- "The tiger-striped pneumatic scoop gives Behemoth its distinctive look"
- — Jonathan Pearce
Behemoth competed in Heat D of the Second Wars, showing itself to be a fairly consistent competitor throughout the heat. It traversed the middle route in the Gauntlet and was able to make it to the end zone without too many troubles, using its scoop and pushing power to get past both the breeze blocks and Sergeant Bash, this easily put Behemoth through to the Trial stage of the Heat, which for this Heat was Football.
Behemoth's lifting scoop also helped it out here, it was unable to reach Razer to grab the ball away from them at first. This meant that Razer scored the first goal, but Behemoth then had little competition left to properly challenge it, so Behemoth scored the second goal of the match, putting it through to the arena stage of the heat.
In the Heat Semi-Final, Behemoth was put up against Robot Wars veterans Elvis. Behemoth didn't have to do a great deal to defeat its opponent in this battle; after immediately using its lifting scoop to scoop Elvis into the PPZ, the cone-shaped broke down completely. Elvis was soon declared immobilised and attacked further by the house robots, before cease was called.
This lead to a battle against a Inquisitor in the Heat Final. Inquisitor had defeated Heat favourites Razer in the previous round, but was badly damaged, and had to remove its chainsaw. This battle had a similar outcome to the previous battle for Behemoth; once again, Behemoth used its lifting scoop to lift and then push its opponent into the PPZ with ease, before they were attacked by the House Robots. Inquisitor couldn't escape from the PPZ and was immobilised by the damage caused to it by the House Robots. Cease was later called and Behemoth was put through to the Series Semi-Finals.
- "Slow and steady progress in the heats surprised us all!"
- — Jonathan Pearce in the Semi-Finals
In the series Semi-finals, Behemoth shot over the ramp down the middle route in the gauntlet, but was pushed and then flipped by Shunt. However, it had progressed 7.5 metres, which was enough to surpass Mace and future champions Panic Attack; this allowed Behemoth to progress on to the Pinball stage. Here, Behemoth knocked down many barrels and bricks in the pinball, scoring a total of 95 points, before being taken into the pit by house robot Sir Killalot, despite this, Behemoth had still done enough to progress to the arena stage. In the final round of the Semi-Final, Behemoth was then put up against the number 4 seeds Killertron. In the battle, both robots ponderously approached towards each other to begin with. Killertron's axe smashed through part of Behemoth's shell, digging inside and getting a grip. Killertron managed to pull Behemoth over, eliminating the Pritchard family from the competition.
- "This year, we've upgraded it- we can pull one-and-a-half tons with it now, so we've increased the strength. Beforehand, we couldn't lift very high at all, and we've now increased the height of lifting- which allows us to roll over other robots and actually have an edge!"
- — Anthony and Michael Pritchard
Behemoth was larger with a sturdier design in this war, but the robot was no quicker than it was in the last series. Behemoth participated in the second Heat of the series, and due to what it accomplished in the previous wars, it was considered by many as the Heat favourites. In the first round of the heat, Behemoth was placed up against newcomers Shark Attack. In the battle, Shark Attack proved to be incredibly sluggish, even in comparison to Behemoth, this gave Behemoth the perfect opportunity to catch Shark Attack side-on, and flip the newcomer onto its side. Due to it not having a srimech, Shark Attack was deemed immobilised. The House Robots then attacked Shark Attack further, before cease was eventually called. This put Behemoth through to the next round of the Heat with ease.
In the second round, Behemoth was placed up against a returning team in General Carnage. In this battle, Behemoth once again quickly disposed of its opponent with one fairly swift flip of the lifting shovel. Once again, its opponent couldn't self-right, and was therefore immobilised. This gave Behemoth the perfect opportunity to use its new rear axes on the defeated General Carnage machine, before the House Robots came in to do their own damage to General Carnage. A run-in with Dead Metal saw Behemoth take some damage, but the result still stood as Behemoth was still put through to the Heat Final.
In the Heat Final, Behemoth was placed up against surprise newcomers Pitbull.
- Philippa Forrester: "It's performing brilliantly, I have to say"
- Anthony Pritchard: "It's much better than the last war, definitely, much better"
- — Post-battle
This battle was in Behemoth's favour for a while to begin with, with Behemoth flipping Pitbull over. However, Pitbull finally gripped onto Behemoth side-on and slammed the previous Semi-Finalists into the arena side wall, before the critical event of the battle occurred. Unbeknownst to the Behemoth boys, one of the new features of the arena in this series was the hardened arena floor spikes, one of which shot up and tipped Behemoth onto its side, Behemoth was unable to self-right, and was deemed immobilised, to shock of many. After the House Robots attacked, Behemoth was placed onto the arena floor flipper, another new feature of the arena, where it was then turned over onto its back, landing on Dead Metal. Behemoth was soon flipped back onto its wheels where it continued to move, but the cease call had been given and Behemoth had lost, eliminating it from the competition. Events such as this lead to the arena floor spikes being removed for the next series.
In this battle, Mortis struck Behemoth's front with its axe weapon, but it did very minor damage. This frontal attack from Mortis meant that Behemoth was able to flip Mortis over with its scoop, push it over to the pit of oblivion, and drop it in, making it a surprise victory for Behemoth, putting it through to the next round.In the Semi-Final, Behemoth was seen as the favourites as it was placed up against the Irish representatives Diotoir. Once again, Behemoth quickly flipped over its opponent onto its back, and Diotoir couldn't self-right, so Behemoth then flipped Diotoir back on to its wheels to let it continue fighting. However, Behemoth was constantly able to flip Diotoir over onto its back, with little in the way of retaliation from the Irish machine, so Behemoth continued to flip Diotoir over and over again, before putting it back onto its wheels again. This was until the battle went to a judges' decision, where the decision unanimously went in favour of Behemoth, putting it through to the final round.
In the Final, Behemoth was placed up against another English machine in International League Champions and Pinball Champions Razer.
In this battle, Behemoth managed to flip Razer onto its side and push it on to the flame pit, where the gaps in the grill made it much harder for Razer to self-right. Dead Metal then pushed Razer back onto its wheels and Razer pierced several holes in the side of Behemoth's armour before cease was called for the battle to go to a judges' decision. This was a split decision but it went in favour of Razer, and Behemoth lost due to the damaged sustained in the final moments by Razer.
At the end of the Third Wars, Behemoth was nominated for the Best Engineered Robot Award, but lost out to Chaos 2.
- "Wired Up and Fired Up!"
- — Julia Reed
Behemoth returned as the 6th seed for The Fourth Wars, mainly due to finsishing as runners-up in the First World Championship, as well as their success in previous wars. Behemoth was placed against Arnold, Arnold Terminegger, the new machine from the experienced Team EyeEye, and newcomers Rambot in the first round. Behemoth started slowly by trying to flip Rambot but eventually managed to flip Arnold Arnold Terminegger who was righted. Eventually, the judges had to make a decision and ruled that Rambot had been the less aggressive and less controlled, putting Behemoth and Arnold A. Terminegger through to the second round.
Behemoth then met Judge Shred 2 in the second round. After Judge Shred 2 tried unsuccessfully to use its lifting arms to turn Behemoth over, Behemoth seized the opportunity and managed to roll Judge Shred 2 over and out of the competition. Behemoth met 22nd seed X-Terminator 2 in the Heat Final.
Behemoth flipped X-Terminator 2 immediately in the battle, which self-righted but seemed to stop. The same thing happened twice again. The robots rammed each other, with X-Terminator lifting, but not flipping Behemoth. Behemoth was moving very sluggishly towards the end of the battle. Once again, the judges decided the outcome as the battle ended in a judges' decision, the decision put X-Terminator 2 through to the Semi-Finals, eliminating Behemoth from the competition.
Behemoth also participated in the Sumo competition. It charged right into Shunt and got wedged underneath it. Neither robot could gain purchase on the other, so they remained in a deadlock until cease was called. Behemoth's performance earned it a joint second place with X-Terminator 2.
- "Basically, we're gonna flip 'em, and kick 'em"
- — Michael Pritchard at the start of the Annihilator
Behemoth finally competed in the Southern Annihilator, going up against Spawn of Scutter, Onslaught, Razer, Vercingetorix and Attila the Drum. Although it played a minor role in the first round, it showed its strength by attacking and lifting up Razer, Spawn of Scutter and Vercingetorix, the latter of whom was eventually immobilized.
In the second round, it overturned Razer and tried to prevent it from righting by pushing it onto the flame pit, in a similar tactic used in the World Championships. Eventually, Razer escaped and, once again, crushed effortlessly through the side panels of Behemoth, leaving it virtually immobile. Luckily for Behemoth, it was still just about able to move, and was saved from elimination after Spawn of Scutter lost power from its receiver and broke down. However, it turned out that the gearbox had been damaged, and as the spare would take too long to put in, the team withdrew from the competition, leaving Behemoth to finish fourth in the Southern Annihilator.
Behemoth participated in several Extreme 1 events with a varying amount of success.
For reaching the final of the First World Championship, in addition to being a veteran and former Semi-finalist, Behemoth was entered into the All-Stars competition. In the first round, Behemoth had an unfortunate draw as it was placed up against Hypno-Disc. It hit its opponent's disc head-on and sparks flew, but Behemoth appeared to be unharmed. Behemoth pushed Hypno-Disc into the walls several times before pushing it onto the flame grille, where Hypno-Disc stopped moving, the Refbot then came in to count out Hypno-Disc, giving Behemoth the win. This was an unanticipated victory, which led the team to believe they were "invincible", it also put Behemoth through to the next round.In the Quarter Final round, Behemoth's fight was seen as a grudge match, as it was placed up against Razer yet again. Razer immediately got underneath Behemoth and crumpled its scoop. Behemoth escaped, and flipped Razer over, pushing it over to the arena side wall, where it pinned Razer to prevent it from self-righting. Despite its best efforts, Razer did manage to self right and escape. Razer's claw crumpled into Behemoth's side and held it until just seconds to go. As Razer let go, Behemoth flipped it over just one more time, before cease was called for the battle to go to a judges' decision. Unfortunately, Behemoth would not be getting revenge for the First World Championship, as the judges ruled in favour of Razer, eliminating Behemoth from the All-Stars competition.
Behemoth was the initial holder of the Challenge Belt, and would be allowed to keep it if it could best three robots who threw down the gauntlet. Its first challenger was recent Heat Finalist The Steel Avenger.The Steel Avenger lined up its axe on the side of Behemoth, and began hammering away at its top. Behemoth eventually got into position to flip The Steel Avenger, and did so several times, with The Steel Avenger successfully self-righting in response. Behemoth then lifted The Steel Avenger onto the arena side wall, and just barely failed to get it out of the arena. Behemoth flipped The Steel Avenger again, and Steel Avenger's srimech had stopped working, so it was counted out.
Behemoth's second challenge was from previous Grand Finalist Stinger. Behemoth had trouble getting its weapons to work on Stinger, but it eventually managed to get Stinger up against a wall. It clamped down on Stinger with its axe and raised its scoop, raising Stinger off the ground and pinning its centre axle with the axe, the perfect position to hold Stinger off the ground and carry it to the pit.
Behemoth now only needed to win one more battle to take home the Belt. In the third challenge against Tornado, Behemoth couldn't keep up with Tornado's speed, and was repeatedly rammed against the arena side wall, before being tipped onto its side. Refbot righted it, and it came on the attack on Tornado, flipping it several times. It pushed Tornado up against a wall, but couldn't get it to balance on its back. Tornado fell down onto its wheels and began grinding Behemoth's scoop with its disc. The match ended with the two robots in a deadlock, so the judges had to make the call, and the ruled that Tornado had won, costing Behemoth its chance to take home the Challenge Belt.
- "The Spider is the only fight Ant has not driven Behemoth. To say the OOTA was planned would be the absolute opposite of what happened. Ant was unwell and Mike took the controls and it all worked out!"
- — Kane Aston
Behemoth also appeared in a Wild Card Warriors battle, where it went up against The Spider, which was actually from the Robocow team. As the two robots approached each other, Behemoth simply used the bucket scoop to flip The Spider over, and onto the angle grinder, with The Spider's weaponry making it charge upwards, to prop it against the arena side wall. With one more flip from the scoop, Behemoth simply lifted The Spider over the arena barrier and out of the arena, making it the winner of the battle.
- "We fancy a bit of boiled lobster, and we're going to take the sting out of their tail"
- — Kane Aston
Behemoth also fought in a Mayhem qualifier battle in the first series of Extreme, for the right to fight in the first Annihilator of the series. Behemoth was placed up against Stinger and Thermidor 2, two other very highly rated machines, despite this, Behemoth was still considered by many to be the favourite to win. In the battle, Thermidor 2 caught Behemoth side on and flipped it right over. However, Behemoth recovered, and retreated into the distance. Suddenly, the far quicker Thermidor 2 machine then snuck up behind Behemoth and flipped it again, sending the Series 2 Semi-Finalists head over heels and out of the arena, eliminating it from the competition. Behemoth was later followed by Stinger, declaring Thermidor 2 the winner of the Mayhem, putting it through to the Annihilator.
- "Well, we've got the axe now, so now we can get damage points."
- — Anthony Pritchard
Behemoth was given the number 15 seed placing for this series, making it the second highest seed for the series that didn't reach the Semi-Finals of the previous series. Its first round battle in the Fifth Wars saw it go up against Supernova. Supernova started the battle strongly, hitting Behemoth's scoop with its disc and causing sparks to fly, but wasn't causing any damage and it kept ricocheting off. However, Behemoth then fought back from then on, hammering down with the axe and lifting over Supernova a few times. Behemoth took control of the battle after Supernova accidentally drove into Matilda's CPZ, damaging its top armour panel and one of its wheel guards, this jammed the wheel, almost completely immobilising Team Supernova's new machine. Behemoth was able to use its axe to damage the exposed innards of Supernova, leaving Supernova completely immobilised. Behemoth then activated the pit release button. Using its axe weapon, combined with the lifting shovel, Behemoth was able to push the defeated Supernova into the pit, putting it through to the next round of the heat.
In the second round of the Heat, Behemoth was placed up against newcomers Crushtacean. The crab bot pulled off a surprise victory in this battle, when it got underneath Behemoth's scoop, after a failed lift from the seeded machine, Crushtacean pushed the former Semi-finalists into the angle grinder, turning Behemoth almost right over. Crushtacean then used its pincers to steer and push Behemoth down into the Pit of Oblivion, that Crushtacean had opened earlier on in the battle, subsequently eliminating Behemoth from the competition, this being the first time that Behemoth had failed to reach the Heat Final of the main competition.
- "What a famous victory this is for Crushtacean!"
- — Jonathan Pearce, as Behemoth goes down the pit
- "It's now 6 wheel drive, 12 mile an hour, larger rams so much more power in 'em...much faster...brand new bucket as well."
- — Anthony Pritchard in pre-first round interview, describing Behemoth's upgrades.
Behemoth participated in the final Heat of the Sixth Wars, this time unseeded. In the first round of the Heat, Behemoth was placed up against former Annihilator winners Disc-O-Inferno, Best Engineered winners from the previous year Derek 2 and newcomers Tridentate in its first round melee. In the battle, Behemoth immediately flipped over Derek 2, before it self-righted with help from Disc-O-Inferno. Derek pushed Behemoth across the arena before Disc-O-Inferno attacked Behemoth's side, causing it to only be able to spin around in circles over the flame pit. Soon afterwards, Disc-O-Inferno knocked out both Derek 2 and Tridentate, who were counted out. Behemoth had barely qualified for Round 2, and its scoop had been buckled by the onslaught of Disc-O-Inferno. Just as Refbot started counting out Tridentate, Disc-O-Inferno then slammed Behemoth completely into submission. Tridentate and Derek 2 were hurled by the floor flipper together, with Tridentate was tossed a second time, straight into Shunt. Apart from Disc-O-Inferno, all of the competing machines were pitted.Behemoth appeared to be much stronger in the second round against 2nd seeds Bigger Brother. It started impressively, flipping Bigger Brother into Shunt's CPZ. After Bigger Brother recovered, Behemoth flipped it again. Soon after, Bigger Brother came back into the fight, flipping Behemoth and pushing it into the pit release button. Bigger Brother then trapped Behemoth underneath its flipper and pushed it straight into the pit, eliminating Behemoth from the competition.
Claire Gray took to the helm of Behemoth for the Iron Maidens competition in the second series of Extreme, while Liz Pritchard controlled the axe. Behemoth's eliminator battle in the tournament saw it placed up against Kat 3 and Riptilion. In the battle, Behemoth immediately flipped Kat 3 over, and tried to pin it down so that it would be counted out. However, Kat 3 was eventually able to self-right after a lot of effort. Behemoth rammed the arena wall several times in an attempt to ram the other competitors, but soon afterwards Behemoth lifted up Riptilion, and Riptilion had stopped moving, with its spinning blade slowly running down to a stop. Behemoth then mistakenly drove into the CPZ and Shunt pinned it into place, but it still survived as Riptilion was counted out by Refbot and pitted by Mr. Psycho. Behemoth proceeded to the second round where it was placed up against Chompalot.
In this battle, Behemoth almost immediately flipped Chompalot onto its side, but Shunt then came out of its corner and controversially righted it. Behemoth then drove into a CPZ, where Shunt closed in again and hacked away at it with its axe, piercing straight through its top armour. One blow in just the right place dislodged Behemoth's safety link, immobilising it. Behemoth was then pitted by Chompalot, taking it out of the Iron Maidens competition. Liz Pritchard would later express her dismay at the involvement of Shunt in this loss.
- Philippa Forrester: "Right, that wasn't fair, was it?"
- Liz Pritchard: "No it certainly wasn't, no!"
- — Forrester and Pritchard comment on the controversy
- "The house robots are always a hazard and as usual were misbehaving. We got our own back in the house robot rebellion."
- — Kane Aston, asked about the controversy in 2017.
Behemoth represented the University of Hertfordshire in the University Challenge, and went in as the favourites for the title, with confidence from its team. In its first battle, Behemoth was up against C.V. and Infernal Contraption. Behemoth pushed Infernal Contraption around a little bit before flipping C.V. over. It didn't appear as if C.V. could self-right, and it probably would have been counted out - had Behemoth not re-righted it. This proved to be a fatal mistake for Behemoth; as after it charged C.V. into a CPZ, Behemoth itself broke down as it scurried out, while it was under no pressure at all. This resulted in Behemoth being counted out by the Refbot, much to the frustration of the team. This eliminated Behemoth from the competition, surprisingly early on. It was later revealed backstage that this defeat was caused by a faulty wire in Behemoth's safety link.
- "Well since the last wars we've completely stripped the robot down, rebuilt everything and fixed any minor faults we had, so we've replaced the link, we've upgraded all of the fittings in there, stuff's not held in with gaffa tape anymore so hopefully they won't fall out."
- — Kane Aston describing Behemoth's upgrades.
Behemoth was seeded once again for the series, this time seeded 10th, and started Series 7 as promising as ever. It participated in Heat L of the main competition, and was placed up against the Dutch entrant Tartarus, previous first round drop-outs UFO and the South African representative Crushtacean in the first round battle. In this battle, Behemoth flipped Tartarus onto its back in the first few seconds, and into Shunt's CPZ. As Tartarus didn't have a srimech, this was as far as the machine could fight, so Behemoth went off to fight the other competitors. After shoving around UFO and Crushtacean, Behemoth lifted over Crushtacean several times, with Crushtacean then only working on the defensive. Behemoth continued to join UFO in attacking Crushtacean, instead of taking the opportunity of flipping UFO while its flipper wasn't working. Eventually, Tartarus was counted out by the Refbot. Soon afterwards, Crushtacean was propped on the arena side wall after a drive from UFO, meaning that it couldn't move. Behemoth took this opportunity to close in on the former, and Behemoth threw Crushtacean out of the arena, as an act of revenge for the Fifth Wars. Behemoth finished the battle by eventually flipping the slippery UFO machine over, but the latter had already qualified for the next round of the heat, along with Behemoth.
In the Heat's second round, Behemoth was drawn up against the New Blood Championship runners-up Mute. In this battle, Behemoth started off well by overturning Mute, who managed to recover by self-righting over the top of Behemoth. However, Mute seemed to clip the seeded machine's aerial, causing a technical fault and resulting in the Behemoth machine being stuck in forward gear at high speed. Behemoth ran straight into the arena side wall, into the CPZ and was stuck there. Behemoth also took some fierce hammer blows from Mr. Psycho in the process, but was then freed, only for Behemoth to charge into the opposite end of the arena, and then back into the original spot again. Matilda then attacked Behemoth with her flywheel and Behemoth got stuck up on the arena side wall in the CPZ, where it couldn't move. Refbot then took this opportunity to count out Behemoth, eliminating it from the competition. Once again, Behemoth's series run had ended very disappointingly after such early promise.
- "The flip over us touched the aerial and caused the receiver to crash... It was left locked in full forward."
- — Kane Aston on the FRA Forum
Having fought in 6 series of Robot Wars, Behemoth also entered in the All-Stars Tournament that took place at the end of the Seventh Wars. Behemoth was drawn up against Pussycat, King B Powerworks and Dantomkia in the first round of the competition. Behemoth did not last long in this battle, as it was immediately targeted by Dantomkia. The two dodged around each other for a brief while, before Dantomkia managed to steer Behemoth into an unoccupied CPZ. Dantomkia then steered Behemoth in such a way that it could swiftly flip Behemoth out of the arena, and it did so, eliminating Behemoth from the All-Stars competition. Behemoth was soon followed by King B Powerworks, as the latter suffered exactly the same fate slightly later on in the battle.
- Jayne Middlemiss: "Behemoth, house robots"
- Anthony Pritchard: "Yeah...over the years, they've got us where, it's hurt, so...it's payback time!"
- — Prior to the House Robot Rebellion
By the end of The Seventh Wars, Team Make Robotics were on good terms with most of the producers, and were invited to fight in a exhibition match with the House Robots to close out the show with the final fight in the Robot Wars Arena.
- "A number of ideas had been thrown about and we of course said we would stay on and were up for anything. It was wrap after the fight and that means we were the last robot to have a fight in that arena."
- — Kane Aston
Entering alongside Gravity, the Dutch robot immediately immobilised Growler and Cassius Chrome, before being soundly defeated by Mr. Psycho. Behemoth meanwhile engaged Cassius Chrome (who had been righted), who spun dangerously and smashed Behemoth's scoop. Behemoth attempted to avenge its companion, axing Mr. Psycho and attempting in vain to lift it, but effectively failing as its axe snapped off. As it attempted to escape the Floor Flipper activated and Behemoth was sent flying, but managed to self-right under pressure from Mr Psycho. It then attempted to drag the lifeless form of Gravity to shield itself from Mr. Psycho, but Cassius Chrome re-entered the battle and shoved it away. Mr. Psycho suddenly broke down, leaving Cassius Chrome alive along with Behemoth. The audience voted in favour of Gravity and Behemoth as the winners.
- "I consider you to be the unluckiest robot, in the history of Robot Wars, something always goes wrong with the robot, in opportune moment, but out there, you proved, that you can do it!"
- — Craig Charles to Anthony Pritchard, after the battle
In the first round, a brand-new Behemoth was drawn against bar spinner Carbide, Third Wars footballers The General, and Bonk, allowing Behemoth to rematch Team Mute, the team that knocked Make Robotics out of the Seventh Wars.
Behemoth first targeted The General, sustaining damage from their circular saws, but retaliated with a huge flip that sent The General tumbling. On a second attempt, Behemoth missed and flipped itself over, but self-righted and pressed the pit release. After Carbide removed The General's tyre and immobilised Bonk, Behemoth pushed The General and then flipped Bonk over, which could not self-right, allowing Behemoth to avenge its loss at the hands of Mute, and qualify alongside Carbide.
At the start of the head-to-head rounds, Behemoth faced newcomer Nuts. Behemoth didn't allow Nuts to spin on the spot, and charged straight into it, flipping Nuts onto the flame pit. Nuts had started spinning madly, but Behemoth was unfazed, and charged into it, flipping it onto the arena spikes. Behemoth then pushed Nuts into an empty CPZ, and flipped it into the pit release. While Nuts was using its sit-and-spin tactic, Behemoth targeted a minibot and launched it into the air, higher than the arena walls. However, Behemoth strayed too close to Matilda, and was knocked onto its side by her flywheel. After self-righting, Behemoth flipped another minibot towards Matilda, and then continued to push and flip Nuts, with Behemoth sustaining some damage on the side. One flip left Nuts stranded on its side, and after more attacks on Nuts, another flip nearly managed to flip a minibot out of the arena. Behemoth bullied Nuts with more flips and pushes until cease was called, where a unanimous Judges' decision was awarded in favour of Behemoth, giving it two points.
Against former Grand Finalist Terrorhurtz, Behemoth started off the weaker, missing with its initial flip, as Terrorhurtz pushed it into the arena wall. Missing its second flip, Behemoth was then pushed towards Dead Metal, which was unable to catch Behemoth despite Terrorhurtz holding it in place. After one more failed flip, Behemoth wedged under the front of Terrorhurtz, and turned it over, pushing it across the arena. Terrorhurtz's axe was broken, and so, it could not self-right. Behemoth span on the spot while Dead Metal cut into the losing robot, giving Behemoth a further three points.
- "I got a bit trigger-happy firing the bucket a few times, but I settled down a bit and realised that they weren't firing their axe. I took my time a bit more, and I was able to roll them over"
- — Anthony Pritchard
Behemoth's final match of the second round was a rematch with Carbide. Make Robotics' team plan was to stop Carbide's bar from spinning, so they bravely charged towards Carbide in the opening seconds, but were sent spinning aside. Behemoth continued its offence, and by driving into Carbide, sent the spinner flying through the air in recoil. Behemoth activated the pit release, but received attacks from Carbide's spinning bar. Behemoth then made a critical mistake, raising its scoop without a target in front, which Carbide capitalised on by knocking Behemoth's bucket completely out of alignment, and then knocked it over. With Behemoth's srimechs already opened, it could not self-right before Carbide reversed it into the open pit, where Behemoth drove around, but had failed to win the match.
Although Behemoth and Terrorhurtz had both finished the second round with five points, Behemoth was put through to the heat final on the basis of its victory over Terrorhurtz earlier on. This meant that Behemoth would face Carbide for the third time.
Behemoth missed Carbide on its opening charge, and was struck by the spinning bar. Behemoth's mobility was immediately impaired by this, and further blows brought Behemoth to a standstill. Behemoth twitched forwards, but only into its opponent's weapon. Behemoth laid dormant as Carbide pressed the pit release. Behemoth managed to lift Carbide when it drew near, but Carbide backed away. Carbide only drew near after this, before Behemoth reversed into the pit, eliminating itself from the heat.
Although Behemoth was defeated at this stage, it remained in contention for a wildcard, alongside Thor, Dantomkia, Storm 2 and Gabriel. However, Thor was chosen, and Behemoth was fully eliminated from the competition.
Aside from the main competition, Behemoth fought an untelevised whiteboard match against Gabriel. Behemoth managed to launch Gabriel a large distance, causing Gabriel to lose mobility on one side, but when a victor had to be decided by the crowd, they decided that Gabriel had won the match. A clip of the battle was used in some opening sequences of the show.
Behemoth also fought against Eruption in a second whiteboard match. Behemoth had the inferior ground clearance, and was thrown around whenever it was exposed by Eruption, but Behemoth retaliated with flips of its own. The robots fought close to the flame pit, trying to avoid damage before an upcoming live event, and so Behemoth was flipped into the corner of the arena. Its side srimech had broken, so Behemoth could not self-right from this attack. Although this could have resulted in Eruption's victory, the teams wanted to continue to entertain the crowd, with nothing on the line, so Behemoth was righted by Eruption. The battle lasted the full three minutes, and both robots spun in the centre of the arena as cease was called. No winner was declared for the match.
- "Robot Wars veterans return with their mini bulldozer. Behemoth has the ability to pull 1½ tons, and a speed of 15 mph. Carbide knocked them out last series; with their upgraded buckets, will they have a shot at the championship this time?"
- — Jonathan Pearce introduces Behemoth
Behemoth's first move was to drive past the Pit of Oblivion, which the bottom of the scoop crashed into. Behemoth fired its scoop to try to allow it move to free from the inactive arena hazard, although the use of its weapon allowed Cobra to come in with an aggressive drive which slammed Behemoth into the arena wall. Behemoth and Cobra then clashed head-on, before Behemoth threw Eruption over from behind.
- "Behemoth: you can see the power, there, of the scoop - lifting Eruption up, into the air."
- — Jonathan Pearce
Cobra then forced Behemoth against the raised Arena Spikes before Behemoth responded by throwing over the same machine with a flip. Behemoth and Eruption then tussled with each other, but Behemoth could only flick the front of Eruption up before it followed through onto the floor flipper, which chucked Behemoth onto its side. After falling back onto its wheels, Behemoth caught Cobra with a glancing flip which inverted the Belgian machine, although it was at this stage that one of Behemoth's drive chains had come loose.
- "Behemoth, mighty. Huge, in the middle."
- — Jonathan Pearce
After staying out of the action for a short spell, Behemoth attempted to attack, but failed to overturn both Eruption and Cobra with uses of its scoop. After a ram into Cobra, Behemoth descended the Pit for the second time in the fight, before Cobra overturned itself as it rode up the front of Behemoth. With time running down, Behemoth managed one more successful flip on Eruption. Cease was called with Behemoth on its side after a final mistimed flip, and the judges were called upon to separate the three remaining machines. Behemoth was deemed to have played a significant enough role to progress to the second round, with Eruption also moving through to the Head-to-Head stage.
- Dara Ó Briain: "How do you think it went?"
- Anthony Pritchard: "It went well. At one point it looks like we lost a rear chain - so that's why I was having a little bit of a problem, but as soon as I spat that chain back out I was okay."
- — Anthony Pritchard talks about Behemoth's moment of concern in its Group Stage battle
In its first Head-to-Head battle, Behemoth fought Group Battle foe, Eruption.
Both machines jostled for position in the opening moments, before Behemoth threw Eruption backwards, onto the Flame Pit. Behemoth continued to be aggressive, and shunted Eruption over once more as a result of a strong drive. The battle then drifted over towards one of the unoccupied CPZs, and after an erroneous flip which threw Behemoth on its side, the team struggled to spot their robot, which resulted in Kane Aston positioning himself on the slanted screen of the team's booth to try to see properly.
- "Ha-ha-ha! They're going blind at the moment - they can't see in there, and they're in real trouble as a result!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Team Make Robotics attempt to spot their machine
Eruption chucked Behemoth upwards with a flip, before Behemoth moved away into the centre of the arena. Suddenly, Behemoth missed with an attempted flip, which allowed Eruption to position itself underneath Behemoth as its scoop retracted. In trouble next to one of the arena entry gates, Behemoth flipped again in an attempt to get out of trouble. This only succeeded in Behemoth turning itself over again though, and Eruption took full advantage by flipping the rear of Behemoth up into the air, with its eventual landing taking place out of the arena. This flip saw Behemoth lose its first Head-to-Head fight, with Eruption taking three points for a knockout victory.
- "We both had a good tussle there. I was on top to start with, but, yeah, just the luck of the draw at that one point - that's all it takes."
- — Anthony Pritchard rues Behemoth's key mistake
Behemoth's next battle was against PP3D, with the team deciding to use their front plough in an attempt to weather PP3D's attacks.
- "The idea is, it will ride up this, kind of deflecting the angle of their spinner. It's more something to take away the momentum of their disc."
- — Anthony Pritchard explains the design of Behemoth's plough
Behemoth charged at PP3D straight away, but swerved off centre with the drive and suffered a hit to the side. Another blow from PP3D sent both machines backwards, before Behemoth nudged PP3D back towards the arena gate. Behemoth then drove at PP3D, with the impact sending Behemoth spiralling off to the side, while PP3D found itself in Shunt's CPZ. After some pressure from Shunt, PP3D started to spark, which triggered Behemoth into retreating to activate the Arena Tyre.
- Kevin Cleasby: "Back off! Back off! Back off!"
- Kane Aston: "Pit release! Pit release, now!"
- — Team Make Robotics frantically think of their next move to finish off PP3D
The dial landed on Rogue House Robot mode, which allowed Shunt to continue to axe PP3D while driving it across the arena floor. After Shunt retreated back to his CPZ and more sparks poured out of PP3D, the Scottish machine was counted as immobile, and Behemoth had attained its first 3 points, which it celebrated with a victory flip.
- "I can tell you, Ant and Kane dance like that in the discos - but they're winners!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Behemoth celebrates its first Head-to-Head win
Behemoth's final battle was also the last battle in the entire Head-to-Head stage, and with its opponent, Cherub, only 1 point behind Behemoth, the battle between the two would decide which machine was to face Eruption in the Heat Final. For the fight, Behemoth was equipped with its other modular weapon - its clamping arms.
- Dara Ó Briain: "You've got your new weapon here."
- Anthony Pritchard: "We have. So, they're the right size to fit in there."
- Dara Ó Briain: "You think you're just going to pick them up, are you?"
- Anthony Pritchard: "Hopefully we'll just give them a good hug and drive them around the arena and control the fight."
- — Anthony Pritchard before the crucial fight against Cherub
Both machines clashed into each other after activate was called, causing Behemoth's grabber scoop to become crumpled up and reducing its ability to get under Cherub. Both machines then took turns at pushing each other backwards. Behemoth then attacked Cherub side on and brought its grabbing arms down, but with Behemoth failing to get underneath Cherub, the arms were unable to clutch onto Cherub. Behemoth was then forced into Dead Metal after Cherub slipped underneath the front of it, where the House Robot created minor sparks with his circular saw. Behemoth moved away from the House Robot and then responded by driving Cherub over the Flame Pit. Suddenly, another side-on drive by Behemoth forced Cherub towards the Floor Flipper, but the arena hazard activated early, and Behemoth's continuation of its drive saw Cherub wedged between the Floor Flipper panel and the empty space below it. With Cherub unable to move away, cease was called to resolve the incident. It was decided that the fight was to be continued from the robots' original starting positions due to the immobilisation occurring because of "equipment failure" of the Floor Flipper, as apposed to being a legal knockout.
The fight resumed with 2 minutes remaining on the clock when activate was called for a second time. Behemoth immediately drove Cherub back into the Arena Tyre, which activated Rogue House Robot mode. Behemoth was initially chased by Dead Metal, but managed to get itself far enough away from the House Robot for Cherub to be the one on the end of the attack. Behemoth then found itself temporarily tangled up with Dead Metal as the House Robot retreated, before Cherub came in with a ram. A period of minimal assertion from both machines followed, although Behemoth was forced into quick reverses on three occasions after it drove up the front of Cherub. After the final one of these incidents occurred, Cherub found itself too close to the CPZ, with Behemoth taking the chance to ram Cherub deeper into trouble. In doing so, though, Behemoth got itself in trouble, and both machines were damaged by the House Robot's circular saw during the remaining seconds. With both machines still mobile, the judges were called upon to decide the winner of the battle, and subsequently, which machine would progress to the Heat Final.
In the booth where the Judges' decision was to be announced, Anthony Pritchard expressed his disappointment in how the grabbing weapon had little effect, and that it was not his personal choice of weapon for the fight.
- Anthony Pritchard: "We've never tried it before, so we tried innovation over function, and it's obviously not worked very well."
- Angela Scanlon: "What would your weapon have done, had it been working?"
- Anthony Pritchard: "I don't know. I ideally wanted to go with the original scoop."
- — The conversation before the Judges' decision
Unfortunately for Team Make Robotics, Behemoth's actions were deemed as not being enough to give them the victory, with a unanimous decision going in favour of Cherub. With Behemoth's defeat confirmed, Anthony Pritchard walked out from the booth, before later making his way back to the pits.
- "Putting a grabber of that type onto the robot for a critical match was a very poor decision there. Main reason I walked out there was because I was so annoyed with the rest of the team for making that decision not to go with a guaranteed win with using the scoop - it's proven, and sometimes innovation dosen't pay out. Sometimes it's best to use what you know works."
- — Anthony Pritchard explains why he left the control booth
After the episode aired, the incident attracted widespread coverage from numerous media and news outlets. Pritchard later released a statement regarding the matter when several outlets erroneously claimed that he walked away in response to Cherub winning the Judges' decision:
- "I am incredibly passionate about Robot Wars and it is something I take very seriously. I want to clarify that in Sunday's episode I didn't walk off because I was beaten by children, I walked off because I was very frustrated by the decision we made for Behemoth's weapon for the battle. I respect Cherub as competitors and age is not something I took into account - as such, I would have acted the same way with any other competitor. I apologised to the Cherub team and Angela after the cameras stopped rolling for that moment."
- — Anthony Pritchard's statement to the Press Association
As a result of the Judges' decision, Behemoth had failed to score enough points for a place in the Heat Final, finishing the Head-to-Head round in third place with three points.
Behemoth also fought in an exhibition match against TR2, which was aired during Episode 1 of Robot Wars: Battle of the Stars. In the match, Behemoth was driven by series presenter Angela Scanlon, in a battle against Dara Ó Briain. Behemoth's on-board camera was referred to as "Angela Cam" on-screen.
Behemoth started the battle driving around in no particular direction, firing its bucket at thin air, and was thrown towards the pit release by TR2. Angela Scanlon attempted to open the pit, but instead rammed Behemoth straight into the arena wall, activating the pit on her second try. Behemoth was thrown onto the arena wall by TR2, where it struggled to self-right, allowing Dara Ó Briain to perform a premature victory dance. Behemoth eventually self-righted, but continued to miss with its flips, turning Behemoth over, where it was tipped sideways by TR2. The next attack from TR2 drove it completely under Behemoth, and out the other side. Another missed flip from Behemoth caused it to balance on its back panels, giving Dara another chance to flip it.
- "Oh Dara, I thought we were friends!"
- — Angela Scanlon
Eventually, Dara Ó Briain gave Scanlon the opportunity to launch an attack, so she flipped TR2 over from behind. Time elapsed, and cease was called, with no official winner being declared. Despite this, the battle continued for another minute off-screen, where Angela Scanlon eventually drove Behemoth into the pit, though this did not affect the result.
- "Behemoth let me down, Dara Ó Briain was merciless!"
- — Angela Scanlon
Otherwise, Behemoth fought in two unaired whiteboard matches under the captaincy of its usual team, albeit without Anthony Pritchard, who had already left the studio. Firstly, Behemoth fought its second whiteboard match against Gabriel, somewhat of a grudge match following Behemoth's loss to Cherub in the main series.
Behemoth's top armour was immediately pressured by Gabriel's swinging mace, although the bulldozer pushed back, and lightly flipped Gabriel after sustaining another blow. Behemoth mostly missed with its flipper in the following stages only managing to cast Gabriel's weapon aside, while sustaining more blows. The two fought in the corner, then battled in the centre of the arena, only landing light attacks on each other. When Behemoth missed with a flip, Gabriel drove under the scoop, and pushed Behemoth back. After this attack, Behemoth flipped itself over and was forced to self-right. It struggled to leave the perimeter of the flame pit, and was attacked by Gabriel. Later into the battle, Behemoth used its scoop to catch the weapon of Gabriel mid-attack, and turn the robot over, almost toppling over itself. Behemoth lifted Gabriel and pushed it into the Arena Tyre, causing the pit to descend, as no House Robots were present. Behemoth capitalised immediately and charged Gabriel into the pit, although Behemoth fell in at the same time. As the two robots fell into the pit at the same time, it is unknown whether Behemoth could be considered the victor, so the battle has no official winner.
Behemoth would also fight an additional battle against TR2, now that both teams were back in control. Behemoth had the advantage in this fight, as TR2's flipper was not working, although because this was a friendly match for the entertainment of the crowd, Behemoth would right TR2 whenever it landed a flip - had this been a competition match, Behemoth could have secured a knockout. Behemoth would also be turned over by TR2's natural wedge shape. However, the battle was eventually determined by knockout when TR2 pushed Behemoth into the pit.
- Dara Ó Briain: "Let's just address a topic: you went viral. You were turning up everywhere."
- Anthony Pritchard: "I know, you look everywhere, and there I am. It was a strange experience - something I don't want to repeat."
- Dara Ó Briain: "I can imagine! It was genuine emotion, and I don't want you to walk out again whatever you do, because that's easy to misunderstand the reasons behind it."
- — Anthony Pritchard looks to put the memories of Series 9 behind him
Behemoth's first course of action was to approach Sabretooth, which knocked Behemoth over with a side-on connection with its drum weapon. After righting itself, Behemoth skirted around the arena, before being clipped by Donald Thump's weapon during a drive. Behemoth's continued forward after taking the hit, and was then tumbled through the air after the Floor Flipper activated.
- "Big Behemoth comes in - and is flipped up! Oh, he lands well though. And look at that: Ant straight back on the attack."
- — Jonathan Pearce
After landing back on its wheels, Behemoth charged head-on at Donald Thump, and although it missed with an attempted flip, Donald Thump's weapon was still slowed down significantly. Behemoth and Sabretooth then reignited their earlier tussle, with Behemoth swatting Sabretooth aside with a lift after the latter's drum began to churn sparks from Behemoth's scoop. As Behemoth and Sabretooth continued to jostle for position, it became apparent that Donald Thump was no longer a feature in the battle, with it immobile next to the Arena Spikes.
- "Ant Pritchard at the controls. Can be an angry man, can be a very good roboteer. But at the moment, dancing out there with Sabretooth."
- — Jonathan Pearce
Behemoth then decided to press the Arena Tyre, with the Pit then descending after Behemoth threw Sabretooth into it. With the arena hazard activating, Behemoth moved towards it. Sabretooth followed, and only narrowly avoided driving into the Pit. After Sabretooth flirted with danger, the two machines collided, with the hit removing Behemoth's safety link and immobilising it, but also turning over the damaged Sabretooth - leaving its tyres unable to gain sufficient traction to move. Both machines were counted out simultaneously, and the battle went to the judges. They went in favour of Behemoth, which progressed to the Heat Semi-Finals, as a result.
- Angela Scanlon: "Contentious decision, potentially - Gabe seems to think he should've won."
- Anthony Pritchard: "I know. It could've gone either way - the way we both stopped exactly at the same time."
- Angela Scanlon: "I suppose you've been at the other end of the spectrum before, where Judges' decisions have gone against you."
- Anthony Pritchard: "Yeah, yeah, so many times. It's nice to actually get a bit of a reprieve."
- — Post-battle conversation after a tight Group Battle
Behemoth was met in the Heat Semi-Finals with The Swarm after the clusterbots beat Donald Thump in their Robot Redemption fight.
- "The plan is, to try to see if I can get all of them out of the arena. It's going to be a case of nice and easy, and just line them all up."
- — Anthony Pritchard before the Heat Semi-Final
As Behemoth started its first drive towards The Swarm, it hit a divot in the arena floor, causing its front to lift into the air temporarily. After composing itself, Behemoth drove over the invertible Skye and bundled Rubber Duck around. Behemoth then collided with the spinning clusterbot, Blenda, with the impact sending the light machine flying across the arena. Pinza was the next part of The Swarm to be attacked, as it was knocked over by Behemoth and then begun to smoke. Rubber Duck came under further pressure from Behemoth after this, although Behemoth mistimed an attempted flip.
- "Behemoth, at the moment, is very much on top."
- — Jonathan Pearce
Behemoth then buffeted Blenda onto the Arena Spikes before chucking it into Matilda's CPZ. However, after flipping Rubber Duck, Behemoth was the machine to take damage from the House Robot, as it overshot its drive into the CPZ and was clattered by her flywheel - creating a gash in Behemoth's right-hand side. After hounding Blenda, Behemoth decided to charge towards Skye. It gathered it - while righting Pinza - with its drive, before hurling Skye out of the arena.
- "Oh, launched straight out the arena by Behemoth! Look at the power of the scoop, and the skill in Ant's driving, too!"
- — Jonathan Pearce
Behemoth then handed Rubber Duck to Sir Killalot, before accelerating Pinza across the arena floor and crashing it into the side wall. After this, Pinza caught fire, and was overturned by Behemoth again. With The Swarm running out of active participants, Behemoth nudged Rubber Duck into Sir Killalot one more time, where the House Robot toasted it over the Flame Pit until cease was called. Behemoth was victorious, and progressed to the Heat Final.
- "After their controversial exit last series, can they finally realise their dreams? Dreams, twenty years in the making."
- — Dara Ó Briain on Behemoth before the Heat Final
In the Heat Final, Behemoth faced off against the Series 8 champions, Apollo. After tentatively edging towards each other, Apollo was the first of the two machines to prise under the other's ground clearance, and Behemoth was bundled over after attempting to flip itself off of Apollo's launcher. Behemoth quickly righted itself after being pushed into Sir Killalot's CPZ, but came under more pressure straight away as Apollo sent Behemoth airborne. After both machines circled each other, Behemoth finally managed to get a clean run at Apollo's side and rolled it over. With Apollo attempting to self-right quickly, Behemoth followed through with its attack and forced the former champion into Dead Metal's CPZ.
- "And Behemoth flipping Apollo! Are we going to have a massive upset here?"
- — Jonathan Pearce
Both teams were unable to see their machines clearly, with Behemoth coming under attack from Dead Metal before pushing Apollo out and allowing the latter to flip itself back onto its wheels. Seconds later, Behemoth hastily reversed out of the CPZ; although it escaped further punishment from Dead Metal, it parked itself onto Apollo's flipper, which threw it into the arena wall. Behemoth came back again though after reversing through the Arena Spikes, and repeated its successful attack from earlier by turning Apollo over and driving it onto the Flame Pit, within the reach of Sir Killalot.
- "Behemoth backing through the spikes. More luck than judgement there, I feel, but they really are causing problems for Apollo!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Behemoth puts Apollo in danger again
Apollo righted itself, and Behemoth was once again hunted down by Dead Metal after it was flipped it into the CPZ. Behemoth made another swift retreat, and then charged towards Apollo. With the ex-champions unsettled while back peddling, Behemoth managed to chuck its opponent's rear end up, and Apollo skidded down into the Pit of Oblivion.
- "Apollo are down! Apollo are down! Smashed down, Apollo! Behemoth, the greatest moment in twenty years! Twenty years of hurt and grief, end with huge celebrations, and frustration for Apollo."
- — Jonathan Pearce
Behemoth spun around in delight while the team celebrated, as Behemoth's first overall Heat victory since Series 2, nineteen years ago, was sealed in dramatic fashion.
|BEHEMOTH - RESULTS|
|The Second Wars - UK Championship|
|Heat D, Gauntlet||Completed (2nd)||Qualified|
|Heat D, Trial (Football)||Scored 2nd Goal (2nd)||Qualified|
|Heat D, Semi-Final||vs. Elvis||Won|
|Heat D, Final||vs. Inquisitor||Won|
|Semi-Final 1, Gauntlet||7.5m (4th)||Qualified|
|Semi-Final 1, Trial (Pinball)||95 Points (4th)||Qualified|
|Semi-Final 1, Arena||vs. Killertron (4)||Lost|
|The Third Wars - UK Championship|
|Heat B, Eliminator||vs. Shark Attack||Won|
|Heat B, Semi-Final||vs. General Carnage||Won|
|Heat B, Final||vs. Pitbull||Lost|
|The First World Championship|
Representing England, Runner-up
|Eliminator||vs. Techno-Lease (NED)||Won|
|Quarter Final||vs. Mortis (ENG)||Won|
|Semi Final||vs. Diotoir (IRE)||Won|
|Final||vs. Razer (ENG)||Lost|
|The Fourth Wars - UK Championship|
6th Seed, Heat Final
|Heat N, Eliminator||vs. Arnold, Arnold Terminegger, Rambot||Qualified|
|Heat N, Semi-Final||vs. Judge Shred 2||Won|
|Heat N, Final||vs. X-Terminator 2 (22)||Lost|
|Sumo Basho Competition|
Joint 2nd (with X-Terminator 2)
|Round 1||vs. Attila the Drum, Onslaught, Razer,|
Spawn of Scutter, Vercingetorix
|Round 2||vs. Attila the Drum, Onslaught, Razer, Spawn of Scutter||Qualified|
|Round 3||vs. Attila the Drum, Onslaught, Razer||Withdrew|
|NOTE: Behemoth had to withdraw due to extensive damage taken from Razer in the second round|
|Extreme Series 1|
|Round 1||vs. Hypno-Disc||Won|
|Quarter Final||vs. Razer||Lost|
Holder for 2 battles
|Defence||vs. The Steel Avenger||Won|
Wild Card Warriors
|Wild Card Warriors||vs. The Spider||Won|
|Mayhem & Annhilator|
|Mayhem Qualifier||vs. Stinger, Thermidor 2||Lost|
|The Fifth Wars - UK Championship|
15th Seed, Heat, Round 2
|Heat H, Eliminator||vs. Supernova||Won|
|Heat H, Semi Final||vs. Crushtacean||Lost|
|The Sixth Wars - UK Championship|
Heat, Round 2
|Heat L, Round 1||vs. Derek 2, Disc-O-Inferno, Tridentate||Qualified|
|Heat L, Round 2||vs. Bigger Brother (2)||Lost|
|Extreme Series 2|
|Round 1||vs. Kat 3, Riptilion||Qualified|
|Round 1||vs. C.V., Infernal Contraption||Eliminated|
|The Seventh Wars - UK Championship|
10th Seed, Heat, Round 2
|Heat L, Round 1||vs. Crushtacean, Tartarus, UFO||Qualified|
|Heat L, Round 2||vs. Mute||Lost|
|All Stars Championship|
|Round 1||vs. Dantomkia, King B Powerworks, Pussycat||Eliminated|
|House Robot Rebellion|
Competing with Gravity
|House Robot Rebellion||vs. Cassius Chrome, Growler & Mr. Psycho||Won|
|Series 8 - UK Championship|
|Heat 1, Group Battle||vs. Bonk, Carbide, The General||Qualified|
|Heat 1, Head-to-Heads||vs. Nuts||Won via Judges' decision (2 points)|
|Heat 1, Head-to-Heads||vs. Terrorhurtz||Won via KO (3 points)|
|Heat 1, Head-to-Heads||vs. Carbide||Lost (0 points)|
|Heat 1, Heat Final||vs. Carbide||Lost|
|Head-to-Head||vs. Eruption||No winner declared|
|Series 9 - UK Championship|
Round 2, Third Place
|Heat 2, Group Battle||vs. Cobra, Eruption, Hobgoblin||Qualified|
|Heat 2, Head-to-Head||vs. Eruption||Lost (0 points)|
|Heat 2, Head-to-Head||vs. PP3D||Won via KO (3 points)|
|Heat 2, Head-to-Head||vs. Cherub||Lost (0 points)|
Behemoth's first encounter with TR2 was aired during Battle of the Stars
|Whiteboard match||vs. Gabriel||No winner declared|
|Whiteboard match||vs. TR2||No winner declared|
|Whiteboard match||vs. TR2||Lost|
|Series 10 - UK Championship|
|Heat 1, Group Battle||vs. Donald Thump, Sabretooth||Won|
|Heat 1, Semi-Finals||vs. The Swarm||Won|
|Heat 1, Heat Final||vs. Apollo||Won|
|Grand Final, Group Battle||vs. Unknown||TBD|
- Wins: 28
- Losses: 18
NOTE: Behemoth's successful Gauntlet and Trial runs, Whiteboard matches, and televised exhibition match with TR2 are not included. Behemoth's withdrawal from the Southern Annihilator is considered to be a loss.
|Main Series||Behemoth Record|
|The First Wars||Did not enter|
|The Second Wars||Semi-Final, Arena|
|The Third Wars||Heat Final|
|The Fourth Wars||Heat Final|
|The Fifth Wars||Heat, Round 2|
|The Sixth Wars||Heat, Round 2|
|The Seventh Wars||Heat, Round 2|
|Series 8||Heat Final|
|Series 9||Heat Round 2, Third Place|
|Series 10||Grand Final|
|Robot Wars Extreme||Appearances|
|Series 1|| Entered with Behemoth|
Entered with Anty B
|Series 2|| Entered with Behemoth|
Entered with Anty B
Outside Robot WarsEdit
Behemoth also competed on Techno Games, stripped of its weapons under the name Technomoth in 2002. The following year, it returned, this time clad in fur and working with another weaponless version of Behemoth called Tigermoth under the team name MAKE Robotics in the football event, defeating the Skeleton Crew (Hellbent and Constrictor) 2-0 in the quarterfinal. Technomoth was also used in the Assault Course event where it came fourth overall in 2002, it returned the following year but lost to Rash in round 1. Behemoth's team also won the relay race two years running (2001 and 2002) as Team KAM.
Following the original series of Robot Wars, Behemoth enjoyed considerably more success at live events, with Evo VI and Evo V being especially prominent. The latter finished third in the 2005 UK Championships, and won the 2006 Roaming Robots Winter Tour Championship. At the 2006 UK Championships, Behemoth flipped Alien Destructor and Killer Carrot 2 out of the arena, but was defeated by Ripper.
During Robot Wars' hiatus, Behemoth Evo V underwent several rebuilds and upgrades to remain competitive on the live events circuit. Notable changes included the continuous replacement of its scoop and the removal of its axe weapon; by the time of its final rebuild, it was known as Evo VIII. Behemoth Evo VIII has since been superseded by Evo IX at live events, which still competes today with varying degrees of success.
At Extreme Robots in 2017, Behemoth only made limited appearances in Manchester due to it only attending on Sunday, but it was successful in Guildford, winning a battle between itself, Meggamouse, Saint, Dozer and Atom by knockout in under three minutes. It was also able to strand Tauron on its side, although it was dominated by Eruption, and pitted itself in another battle when trying to defeat Suspension.
Robot Wars Live EventsEdit
Between 2013 and 2016, Behemoth competed in various Robot Wars live events hosted by Team Roaming Robots. It made its debut at the second live event at Portsmouth in March 2013, reaching the final battle of the competition and finishing third. It also reached the final of the competition at Colchester 2013 against Maelstrom, and finished second in the 2013 Robot Wars Championships at Newport, losing to Eruption in the final. Behemoth was also seeded fourth for the 2013 Robot Wars Winter Tour; it performed well in the primary heats where it survived until the end, but was thrown out the arena by Maelstrom in its secondary heat and did not gain enough points to qualify to the next round.
In 2015, Behemoth participated at the Robot Wars World Championships in Colchester, where it fought TMHWK, Eruption and Cherub in the first round. However, it was eliminated there after getting thrown out of the arena by Eruption.
Behemoth continued to participate at events throughout 2014-2015, and made its 2016 debut at Manchester, flipping Gabriel out of the arena before being stranded against the wall by Eruption. Next it fought at Portsmouth, where it reached the semi-finals of the main competition before losing to eventual winner Weird mAlice. However, Team Make Robotics' featherweight, Minimoth, managed to win the featherweight competition at the same event. Behemoth would continue to appear on the Robot Wars live tour until the final event in Maidstone, in November 2016.
Appearances in MerchandiseEdit
- Behemoth/Robot Wars: Metal Mayhem
- Behemoth/Robot Wars: Arenas of Destruction
- Behemoth/Robot Wars: Advanced Destruction
- Behemoth/Robot Wars: Extreme Destruction (PC/Xbox)
- Having competed in nine series of Robot Wars, Behemoth has competed in more UK Series than any other robot. Team Make Robotics are also the team who have competed in the most series, ahead of Team Hurtz, due to their participation in Robot Wars Extreme: Series 1.
- Behemoth is one of four UK Series Semi-Finalists to have won their heats in non-sequential series, having reached the Semi-Finals in Series 2 and the Grand Final of Series 10. The other three robots to do so are X-Terminator and Thermidor 2, which reached the Semi-Finals of Series 4 and 7, and Tornado, which reached the Semi-Finals in Series 4 and 6-7.
- Behemoth is one of two UK Grand Finalists from the rebooted series to have competed in the original series, along with Thor. Of the two, it is the only one to have reached the finals by winning its heat.
- Behemoth is the only robot to have won a heat in both the original and rebooted series.
- Behemoth is one of eight robots to win more than twenty battles in UK Robot Wars. The others to achieve this feat are Razer, Firestorm, Tornado, Pussycat, Panic Attack, Chaos 2 and Hypno-Disc.
- Behemoth has entered the most competitions out of any robot.
- With 18 losses across nine main UK series and two series of Robot Wars Extreme, Behemoth holds the dubious honour of having the most losses of any robot.
- Behemoth was the first robot to throw another robot out of the arena without using a rear-hinged flipper, lifting The Spider over the wall during their Wild Card Warriors battle in Extreme 1.
- However, Behemoth is the only robot to be thrown out of the arena three times.
- Behemoth can drive into water without its internals becoming waterlogged. This is because Behemoth's wheels were guarded and the axles are thick enough so water cannot get into its internals.
- The pronunciation of Behemoth's name on the show was a commonly changing factor, with the original series most prominently using "BAY-e-moth". The correct pronunciation is BEE-e-moth (British English) or Be-HEE-moth (American English).
- Jonathan Pearce claimed in Series 3 that the name actually translates as "strong willed water-ox", however it actually merely translates as "any creature of monstrous size or power".
- The messages spray-painted on Behemoth's scoop and front panel in Series 2 - "Eat Me" and "I'm Done" – were references to the video game Carmageddon and the sitcom Friends respectively.
- Behemoth was profiled in Robot Wars: The Ultimate Guide.
- Behemoth is one of twenty-three robots to have completed The Gauntlet.
- Behemoth is both the first and last robot to have been thrown by the Floor Flipper in the show's original run, having been thrown by it in Heat B of Series 3, and the Series 7 House Robot Rebellion.
- In the Iron Maidens championship in Extreme 2, Behemoth's weakness was classed as 'inexperience'. This is mainly because Liz Pritchard and Claire Gray were at the controls.
- Behemoth was the only tenth seed which was unable to reach the first round of the Semi-Finals in the series in which it was seeded as such, being eliminated in the second round of its heat in Series 7.
- Behemoth was the only robot to appear in two of the three specials shown at the end of Series 7.
- When it reverses, newer versions of Behemoth make beeping noises like a truck.
- Along with Krab-Bot, Tornado, 101, Storm 2, Razer, and Manta, Behemoth is one of only seven robots to finish in the top four of a World Championship and the top eight of a domestic championship.
- In both Series 4 and Series 5, Behemoth was the second highest-ranked seed which had not reached the Semi-Finals in the previous series.
- Behemoth was involved in both the final recorded battle of the original series (Series 7, House Robot Rebellion) and the first recorded battle of the rebooted series (Series 8, Heat 1, Group Battle 2) to be televised.
- In the first two series of the rebooted show, Behemoth fought in the same Group Battle as the eventual series runner-up.
- Behemoth would go on to avenge all of its heat losses from Series 5-7 in future battles - defeating Crushtacean in Series 7, Team Big Brother in Series 10, and Team Mute in Series 8.
- Best Engineered Award - Robot Wars: The Third Wars
- ↑ Team Make Robotics website
- ↑ Team Behemoth Reddit AMA, 26th October 2017
- ↑ Team Behemoth Reddit AMA, 26th October 2017
- ↑ Team Behemoth Reddit AMA, 26th October 2017
- ↑ RoboCast #4: Robot Wars Series 9 Heat 2 Review - SamElliott64
- ↑ Private correspondence with Behemoth's Facebook page
- ↑ Private correspondence, User:Toon Ganondorf
- ↑ Private correspondence, User:Toon Ganondorf
- ↑ Private correspondence, User:Toon Ganondorf
- ↑ Private correspondence, User:Toon Ganondorf
- ↑ https://twitter.com/NoelSharkey/status/841016721515384832
- ↑ Audience account
- ↑ http://www.channel4.com/programmes/sunday-brunch/on-demand/66112-036
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p275a6qglnM
- ↑ Team Behemoth Reddit AMA, 26th October 2017
- Make Robotics website
- Make Robotics Facebook page
- Behemoth (Series 8) on the Robot Wars website
- Behemoth (Series 9) on the Robot Wars website