- "I hope my Pants will stay intact until the end."
- — Peter Collier
Pants, originally styled on the robot as PAnts, was an antweight competitor from Team Panda that participated in Series 1 and 2 of Robot Wars Extreme. It was the first robot knocked out in the Extreme 1 championship, thrown out of the arena by the soon-to-be champions Combat Ant. Pants returned for Extreme 2, making the Antweight final but eventually lost to Anty B.
Pants used a rounded wedge design, armed with an axe for weaponry. It was powered by two large wheels, which were completely exposed. In Extreme 1, Pants was painted black, but it changed to a pink design in Extreme 2, also featuring a small disco ball and graphics of underwear.
Pants was the inspiration for Big Pants.
- "Hot Pants is the massively re-built disco version of Big Pants. This time the ball drops somewhere between the original Panda concept (with an axe - not completed for series II) and the MPM systems (same drive and using pneumatics). The idea itself is an interesting one - can you take an antweight robot and re-build it at full heavyweight size. No-one has tried this to date, so it will be interesting to see how things get along."
- — Big Pants page on the Team Panda website
In the Antweight melee of the first series of Extreme, Pants was placed up against Anto, Razzler, Anty B, Legion, Combat Ant and Little Nipper. It didn't last long in the battle, as it started by attacking Anto, but was then bashed and flipped over onto its side by one half of the Legion clusterbot, Pants then stopped moving and then Combat Ant then took the opportunity to come in and hit it with its bludgeoner weapon and sent Pants out of the arena, making Pants the first antweight in the melee to go, and the only antweight in Robot Wars history to be sent out of the arena.
Pants was one of three returning Antweights for the Extreme Series 2 Antweight competition (the others being Anty B and the reigning champions Combat Ant). In the first round, Pants was placed up against The Serpent, Lower, Minimalistic and Buzzant. In the battle, Pants rushed around the arena attacking all the robots before settling on Millitant. It repeatably axed the other robot, mainly targeting the exposed batteries, and managed to flip it over. Pants buried Millitant in the CPZ before Millitant finally became immobilised. Pants then attacked The Serpent who'd ambushed it in the same CPZ. Pants was able to get a few axe blows in before cease was called for a judges' decision, where the judges put it through with Lower into the Final.
In the Final, Pants was placed up against the other two returning antweights: Anty B and Combat Ant, along with Lower. In this battle, Pants started quickly again, rushing around the arena. It then axed Combat Ant, but didn't do much damage. Pants then got caught by Combat Ant's disc and was sent flying across the arena, but this time staying inside the arena. Combat Ant was then immobilised and Anty B attacked Pants. Pants then remained out of the action as Anty B furiously attacked Lower, almost tipping it out of the arena. Pants came back into the fray and axed Anty B. Pants was then rammed by Anty B, which seemed to break something as Pants was left stranded on the floor flipper and was flung out of the competition, despite still spinning in circles at the end.
|PANTS - RESULTS|
|Extreme Series 1|
|Antweight Championship||vs. Combat Ant, Razzler, Little Nipper|
Anty B, Legion, Anto
|Extreme Series 2|
|Round 1||vs. Lower, Millitant|
Buzzant, The Serpent, Minimalistic
|Final||vs. Combat Ant, Anty B, Lower||Lost|
- Wins: 1
- Losses: 2
|Main Series||Pants Record|
|The First Wars||Did not enter|
|The Second Wars||Entered with Panda Monium|
|The Third Wars||Failed to qualify with More Panda Monium|
|The Fourth Wars|| Failed to qualify with Big Pants|
Failed to qualify with More Panda Monium
|The Fifth Wars||Failed to qualify with Big Pants|
|The Sixth Wars||Entered with Hot Pants|
|The Seventh Wars||Entered with Thunderpants|
|Series 8||Did not enter|
|Series 9||Did not enter|
|Robot Wars Extreme||Appearances|
|Series 1||Antweight Championship|
|Series 2||Antweight Final|
Outside Robot WarsEdit
Pants was one of the first antweights to be built, back in 1998, and it competed in the first Antweight World Series, along with another Team Panda antweight, Cannon Fodder. It was finally retired on the 16th November 2009 after being destroyed by another antweight during the Antweight World Series (Kwejibo), making Pants the last of the original antweights to take its bow.
- Pants was the only machine of many from Team Panda that actually won a battle, winning only its heat in the Extreme 2 Antweight Championship.
- Pants was the only antweight to take part in both championships that didn't win the title.