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"Watch out, there's a Humphrey about!"
— The motto of Humphrey

Humphrey was a competitor robot that fought in Series 4 of Robot Wars. It was defeated in the first round by The Steel Avenger and Wild Thing. A successor, Nasty Humphrey, was built for Series 6, but failed to qualify after losing its qualifier to St. Agro when its battery lead disconnected mid-battle. However, it competed in the Tag Team Terror event in the second series of Robot Wars Extreme, again losing in the first round along with partners Stinger.

Versions of HumphreyEdit

HumphreyEdit

"You'd better watch out, Humphrey's about, with its lifting arm made from a car jack, spikes, gearbox sprockets from a lawnmower - oh, and there's an old table leg in there somewhere, too!"
— Jonathan Pearce introduces Humphrey in Series 4
Humphrey

Humphrey

Humphrey was a low invertible two-wheeled robot with a front wedge, ramming spikes and a lifting arm as its main weapons. The lifting arm was made out of a car jack and capable of lifting a car, while the robot featured several recycled parts including wheelbarrow wheels, two gearboxes from a lawnmower and even an old table leg. Humphrey was painted black, yellow and red with yellow and black hazard stripes, along with a white baseplate decorated with several warning signs, while its two 24V motors gave it a top speed of 6mph. On the front wedge, a green mascot resembling Sonic the Hedgehog was depicted 'driving' Humphrey from inside.

Nasty HumphreyEdit

After Humphrey's defeat in Series 4, the team subsequently built Nasty Humphrey, a boxier robot armed with a plough-shaped front wedge and a pneumatic axe which acted as its self-righting mechanism. It had a top speed of 18 mph and was powered by 2 X 24v Bosch motors. The robot was constructed from 6mm Aluminium plate and 10mm polypropylene, had hinged skirts bolted on the rear of the robot and cost £923 to build. The robot was also finished dark grey and silver with yellow and black hazard stripes, with the message 'NOT THE PIT!' written on its baseplate.

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 4Edit

Humphrey attacked

Humphrey is attacked by Dead Metal and Sergeant Bash

Humphrey fought in Heat M of the Fourth Wars, facing eleventh seed Wild Thing and Series 3 competitor The Steel Avenger in the first round. Humphrey stayed out of most of the action to begin with while Wild Thing tried to get under it, before Wild Thing proceeded to attack The Steel Avenger. It was then pushed again by Wild Thing, and appeared to be losing mobility as Wild Thing pushed it aside and rammed The Steel Avenger into a CPZ, where Matilda flipped it against the wall with her tusks before flipping its feather duster out of the arena. Both Wild Thing and The Steel Avenger escaped as Humphrey's mobility decreased further, with the robot having lost drive to one side and getting caught by Dead Metal's pincers while Wild Thing and The Steel Avenger continued fighting each other. Dead Metal sliced through Humphrey's front wedge and side, while Sergeant Bash also proceeded to crush through Humphrey and drag it onto the Floor Flipper.

"Away they go, crashing down, there's all the warning signs underneath! And the warning we will flash to Humphrey next time around... bring a better robot!"
Jonathan Pearce as Humphrey is sent flying by the Floor Flipper
Humphreyflies

Sir Killalot watches as Humphrey is thrown by the Floor Flipper

Humphrey was thrown by the Floor Flipper, landing on its back and in front of an approaching Sir Killalot. Then, Matilda thrust it into Sir Killalot and Dead Metal again, with the former picking Humphrey up and parading it around the arena until 'cease' was called. As a result, Humphrey was eliminated from the Fourth Wars.

"Humphrey gets the hump, and goes out of the competition!"
Craig Charles at the end of the battle

Extreme 2Edit

"Because what I haven't got, they've got, and what they haven't got, I've got"
— Mick Kerfoot explaining why Nasty Humphrey and Stinger were a good pair
Disc of Doom Lightning Nasty Humphrey

Lightning and Nasty Humphrey spin on the Disc of Doom

Lightning Psycho Nasty Humphrey

Lightning pushes Humphrey into Mr. Psycho

After failing to qualify for Series 6, Nasty Humphrey featured in the Extreme 2 Tag Team Terror competition, where it was paired with former Grand Finalist Stinger. Their first round battle saw both robots fighting against Lightning and The Steel Avenger. Nasty Humphrey began by charging at Lightning, and fired its axe as Lightning pushed it around and into Mr. Psycho's CPZ. Mr. Psycho bashed Nasty Humphrey with his hammer before both robots separated and escaped, with Nasty Humphrey slamming into the pit and Floor Spinner buttons. Lightning got under Nasty Humphrey a few more times, spinning along the Floor Spinner in the process, with both robots pushing and dodging each other before tagging their partners. Neither The Steel Avenger or Stinger could hit each other with their axe and mace weapons, and eventually fell into the pit together, forcing Lightning and Nasty Humphrey to carry on fighting each other.

Nasty humphrey side strand

Nasty Humphrey lays on its side as time runs out

Nasty Humphrey again failed to hit Lightning with its axe, which seemed to break and was unable to retract, while Mr. Psycho again attacked Lightning before Lightning pushed Nasty Humphrey over the Flame Pit. Lightning got underneath Nasty Humphrey once again and pushed it across the arena and into Mr. Psycho again, flipping it against the wall in the closing seconds after the House Robot hammered Nasty Humphrey again. 'Cease' was called, and the battle went to a judges' decision, which ruled in favour of Lightning and The Steel Avenger.

ResultsEdit

HUMPHREY - RESULTS
Series 4
The Fourth Wars - UK Championship
Round 1
Heat M, Eliminator vs. The Steel Avenger, Wild Thing (11) Eliminated
NASTY HUMPHREY - RESULTS
Extreme 2
Tag Team Terror
with Stinger, Round 1
Round 1 vs. Lightning & The Steel Avenger Lost

Wins/LossesEdit

  • Humphrey 3 at an event in 2000
  • Humphrey at a event in 2002
  • Don't Walk On The Grass, the Humphrey team's entry in Techno Games
  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 2

Series RecordEdit

Main Series Humphrey Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Did not enter
The Third Wars Did not enter
The Fourth Wars Heat, Round 1 as Humphrey
The Fifth Wars Did not enter
The Sixth Wars Failed to qualify as Nasty Humphrey
The Seventh Wars Did not enter
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter
Robot Wars Extreme Appearances
Series 1 Did not enter
Series 2 Entered as Nasty Humphrey

Outside Robot WarsEdit

The team also entered Techno Games, like many others in the UK Series, with a walking robot named Don't Walk On The Grass which lost to Tecumseh in the Internal Combustion Sprint event in 2001.

TriviaEdit

  • Both of Humphrey's battles were round one defeats that involved losses to The Steel Avenger.

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