- "Haven't they got good taste? Red and black polka-dots, that ghastly grin, and red fur surely vulnerable to flame, I'd have thought."
- — Jonathan Pearce's first impression of Nemesis
Nemesis was an Irish competitor robot on the first and second series of Robot Wars. It featured a trademark red and black polka dot fur design, famous for catching fire. Despite performing quite strongly in the Gauntlet and Trial stages, Nemesis fell at the Arena Semi-Final stage of both series and was retired in favour of its more famous successor, Diotoir (known as the Son of Nemesis).
Nemesis was circular and designed to look like a head. It was clad entirely in red and black polka dot fur, with angry eyes and a broad smile. Jonathan Pearce once referred to it as a "grinning red armchair".
Nemesis featured a 1000psi pneumatic ram and static steel spikes, but mostly relied on push power. It had a top speed of 6mph and a turning circle of 0m. In total, it weighed 76.8kg.
In Series 2, a front-mounted 'sword' (based on a Roman Gladius) blade and hooked cutting blades replaced the static spikes.
In the Third Wars, the robot was lent to the Australian Terror Australis team in order to compete with when their original robot broke down in the International League Championship, in which it had all its fur taken off and was partially painted yellow.
Nemesis participated in Heat A of the First Wars, the first show in Robot Wars History. In the Gauntlet stage of the heat, Nemesis went straight for the first ramp, and went over it, before going over the second ramp and turning beyond Matilda to make it to the end zone and complete the course, putting it at the top of the leaderboard, easily putting it through to the trial stage of the heat, which for this heat was Sumo.
In The Sumo, Nemesis faced house robot Shunt, and drove away from the edge after being pushed back by Shunt, before amazingly reversing Shunt off the ring in just 27 seconds, putting Nemesis at the top of the leaderboard once again, easily putting it through to the Arena stage of the heat. In the heat Semi-Final, Nemesis was drawn up against the future champions Roadblock. Prior to the battle, Nemesis started having problems as its speed controller burned out, and with the team lacking a spare one, could only drive forwards during the battle. Nemesis was able to puncture Roadblock's side armour with its pneumatic spike, while bits of fur torn were off by the Cornish machine's blade. Roadblock drove into Matilda's CPZ and drove underneath Nemesis as soon as it escaped. Sergeant Bash set Nemesis alight and Matilda cut off one of its eyes with her chainsaw. Cease was called because there was no robot to put out the flames, and so a stagehand had to enter the arena and extinguish Nemesis (this incident resulted in every future series having a full team of firefighters present to deal with any such situation).
- "They're in the air! They're in the air! And they're on fire!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Nemesis is set ablaze
Despite still being technically mobile, Nemesis was automatically eliminated from the competition.
At the end of the series, Team Nemesis was presented by the judges with the Sportsmanship award for the series, this would be the first of many Sportsmanship awards won by Team Nemesis.
- "Well guys, you went out in a ball of flames in the last war, I would've thought that you'd have learned"
- — Craig Charles after Nemesis' Gauntlet run
Nemesis returned for the Second Wars, freshly garbed in fur. In the Gauntlet stage of the heat, Nemesis took the ramrig route, and after briefly being held up by the ramrig, Nemesis managed to get through. However Sergeant Bash was waiting and immediately set Nemesis aflame and set upon by the House Robots, but after being damaged and almost all the fur had been burnt away, Nemesis just managed to cross the line and complete the course, putting it through to the trial stage of the heat, which for this heat was Skittles. In the Trial stage, Nemesis entered the arena heavily bandaged, after being set alight by Sergeant Bash in the Gauntlet. Nemesis managed to use its claws and spikes to score a good score of 38.
Nemesis was fully repaired and fully garbed in fur again when it entered the arena for its battle against Onslaught. Nemesis also had a kebab placed across it in case of Nemesis catching fire again. However, Nemesis didn't get a chance to catch fire as Onslaught, after some shoving around, pushed Nemesis into the pit of oblivion, eliminating Nemesis from the competition.Nemesis, complete with a chef's hat and kebab, returned in the Grudge Matches special at the end of the series and featured in Inferno Insurrection match against Ramrombit and house robot Sergeant Bash. Both the competitor robot and the stock robot had been sprayed with paraffin and were set alight by Sergeant Bash's flamethrower and left to burn for the audience's entertainment. No winner was announced when cease was finally called, as this battle was just an exhibition battle.
- "For goodness sake don't try this at home any of you! These are trained roboteers would you believe."
- — Jonathan Pearce as Nemesis and Ramrombit burn
|NEMESIS - RESULTS|
|The First Wars - UK Championship|
|Heat A, Gauntlet||Completed (1st)||Qualified|
|Heat A, Trial (Sumo)||Victorious (1st)||Qualified|
|Heat A, Semi-Final||vs. Roadblock||Lost|
|The Second Wars - UK Championship|
|Heat G, Gauntlet||Completed (2nd)||Qualified|
|Heat G, Trial (Skittles)||38 Barrels (3rd)||Qualified|
|Heat G, Semi-Final||vs. Onslaught||Lost|
|Inferno Insurrection||vs. Ramrombit, Sergeant Bash||No Winner|
|NOTE: This was an exhibition battle in which both robots went into the arena sprayed with paraffin and were set on fire by Sergeant Bash. No winner was announced.|
- Wins: 0
- Losses: 2
- Series 1: Heat, Arena Semi-Final
- Series 2: Heat, Arena Semi-Final
- Series 3-5: Entered with Diotoir
- Series 6-7: Did not enter
- 2016 Series: Failed to qualify with Diotoir
- 2017 Series: Did not enter
- According to team captain Peter Redmond, Nemesis was designed with the idea of having a "personality" in mind. He chose to cover the robot in fur to reinforce this, after noting that flamethrowers were prohibited by competitors (although he did not realise that Sgt. Bash would have one).
- Both of Nemesis' appearances were in the same heat as Roadblock.
- Nemesis' loss against Roadblock in Series 1 makes it the first robot to lose a 1 on 1 battle.
- Nemesis is one of 23 robots to have completed The Gauntlet, and, along with Dreadnaut, Mortis and Roadblock, is one of four robots to have completed it twice.
- Nemesis was the first robot to be victorious in the Sumo, and therefore the first to defeat a House Robot in any way.
- Nemesis, along with Razer and Corporal Punishment in Series 2, is one of three robots to finish the Gauntlet and Trial in first place, but then lose in the Arena Semi-Final. Robot the Bruce, Demolition Demon and All Torque were the other three to achieve this double victory.
- Nemesis was nominated for the Sportsmanship Award in Series 2 after winning in Series 1, but lost to Plunderbird. Along with Mortis and Chaos 2, Nemesis is one of only three robots to be nominated for the award it held the previous year, and then lose it.
- Fittingly, Nemesis was the first robot ever to catch fire in Robot Wars.
- By virtue of Nemesis' body being used for Terror Australis, Nemesis and Diotoir are the only robots from the same team to fight each other.
- Sportsmanship Award - Robot Wars: The Second Wars