|Nickelodeon Robot Wars|
Nickelodeon Robot Wars title logo
|Pit reporter(s)||Vivianne Collins|
|Judges|| Noel Sharkey|
|No. of episodes||6|
|Filming date||January 2002|
|Original run||August 25, 2002 – September 29, 2002|
Nickelodeon Robot Wars was a spin-off of Robot Wars: Extreme Warriors, the US version of Robot Wars. It was first broadcast on Nickelodeon in 2002, as part of their programming block known as "Nickelodeon Games and Sports for Kids" (or just Nick GAS for short). It was filmed at the same time as Season 2 of Extreme Warriors, the competition consisting of whatever robots were still available to fight after the Extreme Warriors events. It was a one-off special series in which the robots were driven by children (similar to the Minor Meltdown in the UK Series), and only six episodes were ever made. Like Extreme Warriors, Nickelodeon Robot Wars was filmed in the main Robot Wars Arena in London, despite being for an American audience and featuring US competitors.
Nickelodeon Robot Wars ran a lot like Robot Wars Extreme and the first series of Extreme Warriors, with seven various competitions held over the six shows. Three shows were each dedicated to one competition (US Championship, International Tag Team Terror and Annihilator), whilst the other three shows featured an assortment of the other competitions. A significant difference was that whilst the regular US (and indeed the UK) Robot Wars had anything from five to seven fights in a usual show, the time restraints for the programme's slot meant that the Nickelodeon version could only have four.
Changes and CensorshipEdit
To appeal to the younger generation, a few changes were made in production. Although the arena was the same as it was in the regular version, all of the fire hazards, such as the flame pit and side fire jets, were disabled. The drop zone was changed as well, with the hazards used being the less-serious ones, such as bowling balls and old car parts.
Some of the House Robots were altered as well. Like the other fire hazards, the flamethrower of Sergeant Bash was disabled, making his pincers his only weapon. Sir Killalot was also renamed "Sir K.", a name he was commonly referred to in the original UK Robot Wars Magazine. Instead of a statboard, some video clips from both versions of the show were used when the House Robots were introduced.
- Main article: Nickelodeon Robot Wars/US Championship
This tournament had a whole episode dedicated to it. Because of time restrictions, it was significantly smaller than most normal national championships, with only four robots competing. Much like the Grand Final of the UK series, there were two one-on-one eliminators, a playoff and a grand final.
- Tyranabot vs Ninjitsu: Tyranabot won
- Phantasm vs Probophobia: Probophobia won
- Ninjitsu vs Phantasm: Ninjitsu won
- Tyranabot vs Probophobia: Tyranabot won
International Tag Team TerrorEdit
- Main article: Nickelodeon Robot Wars/International Tag Team Terror
This tournament was, essentially, a combination of the Tag Team Terror and the War of Independence, where eight robots, four American and four British, were paired into teams to battle each other. Only one robot from each team was allowed in the arena at a time and the teams could switch robots by 'tagging' them.
- The Revolutionist & Spin Doctor vs Zanzara & Run Away: The Revolutionist & Spin Doctor won
- Ming 3 & Rick vs Bigger Brother & Kat 3: Ming 3 & Rick won
- Zanzara & Run Away vs Bigger Brother & Kat 3: Bigger Brother & Kat 3 won
- The Revolutionist & Spin Doctor vs Ming 3 & Rick: Ming 3 & Rick won
- Main article: Nickelodeon Robot Wars/Mayhem
In the Mayhem, three robots fought against each other, with the winners qualifying for an "Ultimate Mayhem" later in the series.
- Propeller-Head vs Rosie the Riveter 2 vs Xylon: Propeller-Head won
- Joker vs Techno Trousers vs Vert-I-Go: Vert-I-Go won
- Diskotek vs Rigby vs The Revolutionist: The Revolutionist won
- Propeller-Head vs Vert-I-Go vs The Revolutionist: Propeller-Head won
- Main article: Nickelodeon Robot Wars/Vengeance
This series of battles featured two robots who had a score to settle fighting each other.
- Bunny Attack vs Hoot: Bunny Attack won
- Ninjitsu vs Destructive Criticism: Ninjitsu won
- Probophobia vs Spin Doctor: Probophobia won
- Xylon vs Joker: Xylon won
- Main article: Nickelodeon Robot Wars/Challenge Belt
In this competition, Tyranabot was given a special "belt". Any robot could fight it for the belt, and whoever won would keep it. In order to win the belt outright, three challenges had to be won.
- Tyranabot vs Tut Tut: Tut Tut won
- Tut Tut vs Rosie the Riveter 2: Tut Tut won
- Tut Tut vs Probophobia: Tut Tut won
House Robot RebellionEdit
- Main article: Nickelodeon Robot Wars/House Robot Rebellion
In this one-off battle, two robots were given the chance to take on Dead Metal, Shunt and Sir Killalot (Sir K.).
Winners: Dead Metal, Shunt & Sir K.
- Main article: Nickelodeon Robot Wars/Annihilator
The annihilator was held in a similar format to the regular annihilators, but with five robots rather than six, to allow for only four battles. The rules were still the same, with one robot eliminated from each round until only one was left.
- Fifth: Techno Trousers
- Fourth: Basenji
- Third: The Piecemaker
- Runner-up: Bunny Attack
- Winner: Hannibal