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"Named after the beast in Shakespeare's Tempest"
— Jonathan Pearce

Caliban was a small cylinder shaped robot built from a bolted dexion frame that was entered in Series 2 of Robot Wars. It dramatically ended its Gauntlet run after débuting house robot Sir Killalot picked it up while Caliban was spinning and the weapons exploded. Caliban has the title of being the worst performing robot in the history of The Gauntlet as it only covered a distance of 0.2m.

There was also a Caliban 2 listed for entry in The Third Wars, however this is likely to have been renamed Daisy Chopper, or scrapped in favour of it. [1]


Caliban offical image

Caliban in its Full Body Spinner form


Caliban seen from above with the full-body spinner

Caliban could have been the first Full Body Spinner to take part in a televised showing of Robot Wars, but the team took off the body spinner to use its top mounted flail, so its body spinner was never seen in action. Interestingly, as well as the first Full Body Spinner, the team would also enter the first large vertical spinner in UK Robot Wars, Daisy Chopper, in Series 3, also failing to qualify for Series 4.

Jackson Wallop, a robot similar in design to Caliban's flail form, was entered by Team Battlebot in Series 7.

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 2Edit

Sir Killalot

Sir Killalot blocks the way of Caliban

Caliban took part in the first heat of the Second Wars. In the Gauntlet stage of the heat, Caliban chose the House Robot (right-hand side) route and displayed poor steering control. It firstly drove into a spike, then hit the three meter distance marker, later knocking it off the side wall, before running into Sir Killalot, who picked it up by its own weapon and overturned it, pushing it backwards until just after cease was called.

Caliban Gauntlet 1

Caliban is pushed back to the beginning

"Sir Killalot closes in though! Can he stop that flail, flail... rock and roll! Caliban dead and buried."
— Jonathan Pearce as Caliban is flipped by Sir Killalot.

Caliban finished very poorly, with a run of just 0.2 metres. Apparently Sir Killalot also cut away one of their wheels, although this was never shown on TV. According to Oliver Steeples, the Caliban team also complained that the Gauntlet was fixed just to show off the strength of Sir Killalot, but again this wasn't shown on television.[2]


Series 2
The Second Wars - UK Championship
Heat, Gauntlet
Heat A, Gauntlet 0.2m (6th) Eliminated

The team with Caliban

Series RecordEdit

Series Caliban Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Heat, Gauntlet
The Third Wars Entered with Daisy Chopper
The Fourth Wars Failed to qualify with Daisy Chopper
The Fifth Wars Did not enter
The Sixth Wars Did not enter
The Seventh Wars Did not enter
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter


  • Caliban is one of 20 robots never to fight in robot combat, having only ever been in the Gauntlet or Trial.



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