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"Looks like some horror from a Hitchcock movie."
Jonathan Pearce on Granny's Revenge

Granny's Revenge was a competitor robot in two series of Robot Wars. It was often considered to be a joke robot as it was allowed to qualify for the main series to provide entertainment for the audience and TV viewers. It lost both of its matches on the TV series, catching fire in both cases due to the presence of Sergeant Bash. The team also competed in Series 3 with Purple Predator.

Versions of Granny's RevengeEdit

Granny's RevengeEdit

Granny's revenge

The original Granny's Revenge

The original Granny's Revenge featured a dummy of an elderly woman sitting in a motorised wheelchair, therefore making it top heavy. Despite this, the robot was extremely lightweight at 66kg. It had a pneumatic flipping leg as weaponry, which was not seen in action. Granny herself held a chainsaw in her arms, but this was static, and for display purposes only. Granny was extremely flammable, and would torch the whole robot when set alight.

Granny's Revenge 2Edit

An upgraded Granny's Revenge 2, styled as Granny's Revenge II, featured an axe held in the dummy's fist,which was usable, but like the pneumatic flipping leg, saw no service. Granny now rode on a motorised scooter rather than a wheelchair, for better faster movement, pushing power, and stability. New clothing and hair was given to the dummy for a visual overhaul. However, the robot was even lighter than its predecessor, losing 6kg, and still proved to be top-heavy, as proven by the vertical spinner Barber-Ous.


In order to get Granny's Revenge to the qualifiers, the team had to place a bag over the dummy's head, for fear the police would stop them, according to an interview in the Robot Wars Magazine.

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Granny's Revenge at the Sixth Wars Qualifiers

For Series 5, Granny's Revenge competed in a qualifier with Roobarb, Razer, the team's own Purple Predator, Rattus Rattus and Shunt for a place in the Fifth Wars. This was likely little more than an exhibition match, and Granny's Revenge qualified for the Fifth Wars.

At the Series 6 Qualifiers, it fought Woden, future Grand Champions Typhoon 2 and Kat3. Granny's Revenge was toppled almost immediately by Woden, immobilising it from the get-go. The battle was eventually won by Kat3, but Granny's Revenge was nontheless given a discretionary place in the series.

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 5Edit

"Now don't go too fast. You mustn't stumble over!"
Jonathan Pearce

Granny's Revenge trundled around the arena, attempting to dodge its opponent Axe-Awe. After some spinning around by both robots, Axe-Awe slammed into Granny's legs with its back, shaking it but generally doing nothing. Granny at that time was avoiding Axe-Awe by steering around it. Axe-Awe nudged it gently before backing off as Granny's Revenge turned around. Granny then drove on the closed pit but then Axe-Awe again used its back to slam into Granny's Revenge, pushing her into Sergeant Bash.


Granny's Revenge down the pit with Refbot

Bash fired his flamethrower and set Granny's Revenge's blanket on fire. The fire began spreading as Granny's Revenge frantically tried to get away, pressing the pit release. Axe Awe tried to flip Granny but missed as Granny hit Axe-Awe on its side. Axe-Awe hit Granny's Revenge with its axe on her wheel. By now, The Granny was virtually all on fire. Granny lost drive on one side because of Axe-Awe's earlier attack on her wheel. Sergeant Bash kept shooting bursts of flames at Granny's Revenge, igniting her more and more. Granny's Revenge's wheel got caught on the rim of the pit. Refbot then came and pushed Granny's Revenge down the pit with his back shunts. Straight after, Axe-Awe humorously pushed Refbot into the pit with the flaming Granny. Cease was called, with the obvious victor Axe-Awe.

"Oh, who's gone in with her? The Refbot's gone in! Granny's got a hold of the Refbot, what a dreadful thought!"
Jonathan Pearce

Series 6Edit

Barber-Ous 2 vs Granny's Revenge 2

Barber-Ous 2 nearly flips Granny's Revenge 2 out of the arena

In the Eliminator round of Heat K of the Sixth Wars, Granny's Revenge 2 was placed up against 4x4, Barber-Ous 2 and the 4th seeds Hypno-Disc. In the battle, the granny's scooter was rapidly shoved around by Barber-Ous 2, who ran it into a CPZ and almost flung it from the arena. Sergeant Bash then set it on fire with the flamethrower and it became immobilised.

"Don't smoke! It's bad for your health!"
Jonathan Pearce

Granny's Revenge 2 is flattened by a cooker

Bits of the robot became littered across the arena floor thanks to a slice from Hypno-Disc's devastating weapon. Sergeant Bash then took Granny's Revenge 2 to the Drop Zone but Granny's Revenge was smoking so badly, the Drop Zone camera couldn't view the robot below. What was left of the smouldering robot was crushed by a kitchen cooker.

Philippa Forrester: "Did you suspect this might happen?"
Team Member: "Ahm, no, it's very's just got a few scratches, nothing we can't repair"
— The team takes their defeat lightheartedly.


Series 5
The Fifth Wars - UK Championship
Heats, Round 1
Heat H, Eliminator vs. Axe-Awe Lost
Series 6
The Sixth Wars - UK Championship
Heats, Round 1
Heat K, Round 1 vs. Barber-Ous 2, 4x4, Hypno-Disc (4) Eliminated


  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 2

Series RecordEdit

  • Series 1-2: Did not enter
  • Series 3: Entered with Purple Predator
  • Series 4: Did not enter
  • Series 5: Heat, Round 1, also failed to qualify with Purple Predator
  • Series 6: Heat, Round 1
  • Series 7: Did not enter
  • 2016-17 Series: Did not enter


  • Despite its size and height, Granny's Revenge was the lightest robot to enter the main competition of both the Fifth Wars and the Sixth Wars, at 66kg and 60kg respectively.
  • In Series 5, it was 10kg lighter than its predecessor Purple Predator (16kg lighter in Series 6).

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