- "A monstrous creature!"
- — Robot Wars: The Ultimate Guide
Despite its experience, Behemoth has had a mixed run of success, reaching the Semi Finals in Series 2 and the Heat Final in Series 3, 4 and 8, but falling in the second round in Series 5-7 due to a mix of tough draws, poor luck and unreliability. 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. Even so, Behemoth's high power enabled it to reach a stalemate with Shunt in the Series 4 Sumo Basho, and to finish runner-up in The First World Championship to Razer.
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.
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 idea, being based around a bulldozer with yellow and black hazard stripes, good pushing power and armed with a large pneumatic bucket scoop at the front. The scoop was designed to lift, flip and shove other robots, and in later series acted as the robot's shield against spinner-wielding robots such as Hypno-Disc and Carbide. The robot's "evolution" number was usually imprinted on the robot in Roman Numerals.
Behemoth (Series 2)Edit
The scoop of Series 2's Behemoth was powered by CO2 from a sodastream bottle, and could hoist 1000 kg, with its armour being made from dexion from office shelving and four-wheel driven. It took around 4 months to build. Behemoth only featured paint on its scoop, which was changed in later updates.
Behemoth Evo II (Series 3)Edit
The second Behemoth for Series 3 took about 7 months through re-design, re-construction and testing. The size of the scoop and lifting height was greatly increased for Series 3. The robot could pull 1.5 tonnes, and twin rear axes were added for extra weaponry. However the scoop could now lift 300 kg (a reduced capability from the previous version), the underside was flammable and the motors were vulnerable to damage.
Behemoth Evo III (Series 4)Edit
In Series 4, the team added spring-loaded self-righting arms that would fire when the scoop was raised and team member Michael Pritchard's skateboard wheels were lifted below the scoop to stop the robot leaning forwards. The shell and bucket were both upgraded to 7mm titanium and driven by an electric wheelchair gearbox but was slow at 6 mph and top heavy. The team also called this £2,500 version of Behemoth "Evo 3".
Behemoth Evo IV (Series 5, Extreme 1)Edit
After Series 4, the ineffective rear axes were abandoned, and in Series 5, a larger single axe was added to the scoop as dual weaponry. The robot was now slightly quicker at 7 mph and made more durable, and weighed an extra 20kg, including upgraded armour. The overhead axe proved capable, as it allowed Behemoth to hold its opponents in place as it demonstrated against Stinger.
Behemoth Evo V (Series 6-7, Extreme 2)Edit
In Series 6, the robot was updated to feature six-wheel drive, driven by 5HP motors and with an increased top speed of 12 mph. The Series 7 version was the same as before, but the team joked that it was "equipped with a pit-homing device" as a result of it being pitted frequently in the previous two series. In Series 6, the robot entered the arena with unpainted wheel guards, which were painted before its Round 2 battle with Bigger Brother.
Behemoth Evo VIII (Series 8)Edit
- Dara Ó Briain: "What can you lift?"
- Anthony Pritchard: "It can lift a Peugeot 205."
- — Pre-battle interview in Series 8
In its one-off appearance in Robot Wars: Battle of the Stars, Behemoth's scoop was modified to have a bladed lower lip. Additionally, an on-board camera was added to the robot, footage from which was used for the televised broadcast of its exhibition battle against TR2.
- "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 were the hardened arena floor spikes, 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. 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.Behemoth was also the runner-up of the First World Championship, and it had a fairly easy run to the Final. In its first round battle, Behemoth was placed up against the Dutch representative Techno-Lease. The two competitors slowly approached each other, but just one flip from the Behemoth scoop resulted in Techno-Lease being flipped right onto its back. Techno-Lease had no means of self-righting, and was deemed immobilised. Cease was immediately called after the flip, and Behemoth progressed through to the Quarter Finals, where it was placed up against Mortis, in an all English affair.
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.Behemoth also appeared in a Wild Card Warriors battle, where it went up against The Spider, which was actually from the Robocow team. This was one of Behemoth's easier victories. 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
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 relative newcomers 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 propped Behemoth up on the arena side wall, 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 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
Behemoth returned and finally showed some power in the House Robot Rebellion at the end of the Seventh Wars, the last fight filmed in the Robot Wars Arena due to the producers not wanting the House Robots to sustain too much damage ahead of other events. Behemoth was originally intended to fight alongside Bigger Brother, but the Watts family's machine was denied entry into the battle after attacking the House Robots in the All-Stars tournament, having been involved with the House Robots once too often in the eyes of the producers. Gravity was entered in Bigger Brother's place, and it was the Dutch machine that starred in the opening moments of the battle, immobilising 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 episode.
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.
Behemoth 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
|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, Eliminator||vs. Crushtacean, Tartarus, UFO||Qualified|
|Heat L, Semi Final||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|
|Episode 1, Group Battle||vs. Bonk, Carbide, The General||Qualified|
|Episode 1, Head-to-Heads||vs. Nuts||Won via Judges' decision (2 points)|
|Episode 1, Head-to-Heads||vs. Terrorhurtz||Won via KO (3 points)|
|Episode 1, Head-to-Heads||vs. Carbide||Lost (0 points)|
|Episode 1, Heat Final||vs. Carbide||Lost|
|Head-to-Head||vs. Eruption||No winner declared|
|Battle of the Stars|
|Exhibition Match||vs. TR2||No winner declared|
- Wins: 23
- Losses: 16
NOTE: Behemoth's successful Gauntlet and Trial runs, and its Whiteboard matches, are not included.
|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||Exhibition Match only|
|Robot Wars Extreme||Appearances|
|Series 1|| Entered with Behemoth|
Entered with Anty B
|Series 2|| Entered with Behemoth|
Entered with Anty B
Robot Wars Live EventsEdit
Behemoth has competed in various events organised by the Robot Wars Live Show which started in 2013. It made its debut at the second live event of the new Robot Wars at Portsmouth in March 2013, reaching the final battle of the competition and finishing third and also reached the final of the competition at Colchester 2013 against Maelstrom. It also placed second in the Robot Wars Championships 2013 at Newport, having a very good run beating Cherub & Ripper on the way before losing to Eruption in the final. Behemoth was also seeded 4th for the Robot Wars Winter Tour 2013, it did well in the primary heats where it survived until the end but was thrown out the arena by Maelstrom in its secondary heat and didn't gain enough points to qualify.
In 2015, Behemoth participated at the Robot Wars World Championships in Colchester, where it fought Tomahawk, Eruption and Cherub. Tomahawk quickly lost mobility on one side, although Behemoth was thrown out of the arena by Eruption, eliminating it in the first round.
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 got to 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.
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.
Behemoth became far more successful after Robot Wars went off television in 2004. The Series 5 model and the Series 6-7 model (now known as Behemoth Evo 4 and Behemoth Evo 5) have both competed in live events. Behemoth Evo 5 has won the 2006 Roaming Robots Winter Tour Championship, and finished third in the 2005 UK Championships. Behemoth Evo 5 has since been rebuilt and upgraded several times, notably the scoop being replaced several times and the axe weapon being removed. The robot is now in its eighth incarnation - Behemoth Evo 8 - and still competes on the live circuit today with varying degrees of success, its most recent appearance being at the Robots Live! Stevenage event in October 2016.
Alongside Behemoth, Team Make Robotics also compete on the live event circuit with a featherweight called Minimoth, which is built as a featherweight version of Behemoth.
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)
- 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 was one of the very few robots to be thrown out of the arena twice.
- Interestingly, both of Behemoth's Out of the Arena flips were in the same series that it was thrown out itself (Extreme 1 and Series 7).
- Behemoth was the first non-flipper robot to throw another robot out of the arena, lifting The Spider out and over.
- Team Make Robotics is one of only three teams to have competed in seven main series, alongside Team Hurtz and the Cold Fusion Team.
- With the introduction of Series 8 of Robot Wars, Behemoth is the only robot to have fought in seven wars under the same name.
- Behemoth can drive into water without its internals becoming waterlogged. This is because Behemoth was waterproof in the first place as the wheels were guarded and the axles are thick enough so water can't get in.
- It is worth mentioning that both Team Make Robotics and Robot Wars presenters often mispronounced the name of the robot (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".
- Behemoth has entered the most competitions out of any robot.
- With 16 losses across seven wars and two extremes, Behemoth holds the dubious honour of having the most losses of any robot.
- The message "Eat me, I'm done" was written on and under the scoop of Behemoth in Series 2, which is a quote from the Sitcom Friends.
- Behemoth was profiled in Robot Wars: The Ultimate Guide.
- Behemoth is one of 23 robots to have completed The Gauntlet.
- Behemoth is both the first and last robot to have been flipped by the Arena Flipper in the original run of the show, having been thrown by it in Heat B of Series 3, and the House Robot Rebellion of Series 7.
- Behemoth was the only robot to be seeded 10th to fail to reach the first round of the Semi-Finals in its respective war.
- Behemoth was the only robot to appear in two of the three special episodes at the end of the Seventh Wars.
- When it reverses, Behemoth makes 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.
- Best Engineered Award - Robot Wars: The Third Wars