Or Te (alternatively Or Te! or Orte as spelt on TV and the official website), was a heavyweight robot that competed in the Series 8 of Robot Wars. It lost its Group Battle after having its power link dislodged by Supernova, immobilising it within the opening seconds of the battle.
Or Te is the successor to Bigger Brother, which competed in Series 4-7 of the original Robot Wars and both series of Robot Wars Extreme. Or Te was initially known as Bigger Brother 2. Like Bigger Brother, Or Te is described as a "nightmare in metal", and according to the team, has no weaknesses. The name "Or Te!" is Latin for "Oi, you!"
Much like its predecessor Bigger Brother, Or Te is a silver high box-wedge shaped robot armed with a powerful pneumatic flipper tipped with spikes, which can lift up to 300kg, and allow the robot to self-right. It is armoured in HARDOX steel, with a layer of Grade 5 titanium directly underneath, essentially giving the robot "double-skinned" armour.
Or Te was selected to compete in Series 8 based on the experience of Team Big Brother. However, Or Te was not chosen by the producers to return for Series 9. For Series 10 of Robot Wars, Or Te was given the option of interchangeably attaching the mace weapon first used by Big Brother in place of the flipper, and attempted to qualify alongside The Swarm, but only The Swarm was chosen to compete.
Or Te had problems before its first round battle with veterans Big Nipper and Supernova and newcomers TR2 began after the antenna for its receiver broke off in the pits. Luckily, this was rectified before the battle began.
- Angela Scanlon: "How long will it take to fix?"
- Sam Watts: "About five minutes, maybe less."
- — Fears turn to confidence in the pits
As the battle began, Or Te saw an immediate threat in Supernova, and charged into it, but was followed by Big Nipper, which pushed it towards the arena wall. Supernova intercepted, landing a heavy blow on Or Te, ripping off part of its armour and dislodging its power link. This immobilised Or Te only a few seconds into the battle, putting it out of the competition.
|OR TE - RESULTS|
|Series 8 - UK Championship|
|Heat 3, Group Battle||vs. Big Nipper, Supernova, TR2||Eliminated|
- Wins: 0
- Losses: 1
|Main Series||Or Te Series Record|
|The First Wars||Did not enter|
|The Second Wars||Did not enter|
|The Third Wars||Entered with Big Brother|
|The Fourth Wars||Entered with Bigger Brother|
|The Fifth Wars||Entered with Bigger Brother|
|The Sixth Wars||Entered with Bigger Brother|
|The Seventh Wars||Entered with Bigger Brother|
|Series 8||Heat, Round 1|
|Series 9||Not selected|
|Series 10|| Not selected|
Entered with The Swarm
|Robot Wars Extreme||Appearances|
|Series 1||Entered with Bigger Brother|
|Series 2||Entered with Bigger Brother|
Outside Robot WarsEdit
After Series 8 of Robot Wars finished, Or Te later appeared at a Robots Live event in Stevenage event in October 2016. Although it was a static exhibit outside the pits, its predecessor, Bigger Brother, also fought at the same event. Or Te competed at the Cannock event where it lost three of its battles, usually losing its link in the same fashion it was defeated on television.
In 2017, Or Te first fought at the Burgess Hill event run by Robots Live. It fought Suspension, Nuts 2 and Weird Alice, but after initially putting its flipper to good use, it was turned over by Weird Alice and its jammed flipper could not right it. It fought in various other battles, and put on a stronger performance than in previous appearances, but still failed to win a battle, being thrown out of the arena by Apollo at one point.
- ↑ http://slick.productions/2016/11/10/the-fall-sunny-dispositions-and-robot-wars/
- ↑ https://www.reddit.com/r/robotwars/comments/7ayq0f/ask_ian_watts_the_swarm_anything/dpdxycc/