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Raging Reality was Team Knightmare's entry for Series 6 of Robot Wars, also entering the second series of Extreme. It reached the Heat Final of Series 6, losing only to Razer after throwing two robots out of the arena. Raging Reality, true to the custom of Team Knightmare, fought in an Annihilator, placing fifth, the poorest of the Knightmare team's annihilator results. After the filming of Extreme 2, many of Raging Reality's parts were used by the team to build its successor Raging Knightmare.

Today, the shell of Raging Reality is owned by roboteer Adrian Sandercock.

DesignEdit

It had a slight wedge shape, a triangular-shaped full pressure flipper and four ramming spikes on the front of the machine. It was highly tested, reliable and "built for aggression" according to the team but the armour was lightweight and the flipper was limited to only 20 launches. Just like its predecessors - Knightmare and Spirit of Knightmare - Raging Reality was fully invertible, although it could also use its flipper to self-right.

Raging Reality also had the team's knight mascot, Norman, positioned next to the flipper. If the battle became too dangerous for Norman, it could retreat inside Raging Reality as its seat was on a turning door.

QualificationEdit

Raging Reality fought Lambsy, Reactor 3 and an unknown third opponent at the Series 6 qualifiers. It won on a judges' decision, which guaranteed them a place in the series.

"Raging Reality immobilised one bot, we immobilised Reactor 3, and the last three minutes was spent slugging it out with Raging Reality. We lost on a judges decision even though we were the only robot out of the four who could drive out of the arena. No hard feelings though, they flipped us a bit more than we did to them."
— Ian Lockhart on the Series 6 qualifier battle

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 6Edit

"Experience, they'll need it!"
Jonathan Pearce as Raging Reality enters the arena
Brutus Maximus OotA

Raging Reality flips Brutus Maximus out of the arena...

Raging Reality made its televised debut in the first heat of the Sixth Wars. In the first round of the heat, Raging Reality had the reigning champions Razer, and two newcomers in W.A.S.P. and Brutus Maximus. At the start of the battle, Raging Reality and Razer lured the other two competitors towards Sir Killalot's CPZ, here, W.A.S.P. got caught by Sir Killalot and had its side churned away by the house robot. Razer and Raging Reality then teamed up on the newcomers Brutus Maximus, with Razer doing most of the damage, notably making a wheel of the wooden machine come right away and roll into the open pit. However, Razer did turn on Raging Reality occasionally, causing only minor damage to the front end. After both W.A.S.P. and Brutus Maximus were both counted out, Raging Reality flipped Brutus Maximus out of the arena, as Razer gave it the space to do so. Cease was called and Raging Reality went through to the next round of the heat along with Razer. In the second round, Raging Reality was drawn up against Tetanus 2, a robot that proved very impressive in the previous round.

Tetanus 2 vs Raging Reality

...and flips Tetanus 2 out as well

The battle started nervy, as Tetanus was able to grapple and drag Raging Reality. Fortunately, Raging Reality only needed to flip Tetanus 2 onto its back, its slow self-righting proved useful for Team Knightmare. However, Raging Reality was unable to dispose of Tetanus 2, as this battle saw Refbot fall into the pit of its own accord. Unable to pit its immobilised opponent, Raging Reality then decided to toss Tetanus 2 out of the arena in a similar manner to its first round opponent Brutus Maximus, this put Raging Reality through to the next round.

"...and Raging Reality, from looking on the brink of oblivion, the brink of defeat - HAS TOPPLED TETANUS OUT OF THE ARENA!"
— Jonathan Pearce, as Raging Reality flips Tetanus 2 out of the arena
Razer vs Raging Reality

Matilda shreds Raging Reality's armour

However, the great run for Raging Reality ended it the heat final, when it was put up against the reigning champions Razer once again. In this battle, Razer was constantly on the attack, and caused severe damage to Raging Reality, the claw of the reigning champion was able to jam the wheels and immobilise Team Knightmare's machine. Razer then brought Raging Reality to Matilda's CPZ, who shredded Raging Reality's side armour.

Raging Reality pitted

Raging Reality goes down the pit

Despite being immobilised, Raging Reality wasn't counted out, so Razer placed it on the currently closed pit, and then pressed the pit release button, Raging Reality descended with its flipper still firing at thin air, this signified the elimination of Raging Reality from the competition.

Extreme 2Edit

Philippa Forrester: "Who's going out first?"
Nigel Pagett: "Not us"
— Pre-first round interview
Raging reality flips typhoon 2

Raging Reality flips over Typhoon 2 in the Annihilator

Raging Reality also competed in the second series of Extreme, exclusively participating in the Annihilator competition. It was up against Major Tom, Kan-Opener, Thermidor 2, Typhoon 2 and Revenge of Trouble & Strife at the beginning. In the first round, Raging Reality immediately flipped over Thermidor 2, who eventually self-righted. After this it held back, slowly sneaking up on Typhoon 2, before eventually flipping over the future UK champions after they were free from the clutches of Kan-Opener. Typhoon 2 was not as lucky as the lobster, and was unable to right itself, resulting in it being counted out by the Refbot. This meant that the rest progressed to the next round of the Annihilator.

Refbot counts out raging reality

Refbot counts out Raging Reality

In the second round however, Raging Reality was less fortunate. The previous heat finalist was immediately grabbed by Kan-Opener, and shunted by Major Tom. It then moved towards the unoccupied CPZ, where it was then overturned by Thermidor 2. Raging Reality quickly self-righted however, before retreating to the centre of the arena. It then took on underdogs Kan-Opener in a private duel, but it was surprisingly immobilised due to some crucial blows from Kan-Opener's pincers. After a long period of time, Raging Reality was finally recognised as being immobilised, so was subsequently counted out by the Refbot, this just seconds before Revenge of Trouble & Strife was pitted by Kan-Opener. Raging Reality was placed on the arena floor flipper, flipped, and eliminated from the competition as cease was then called.

"Raging Reality are raging, 'cause the reality is, they're out of the competition!"
Craig Charles after the fight

ResultsEdit

RAGING REALITY - RESULTS
Series 6
The Sixth Wars - UK Championship
Heat Final
Heat A, Round 1 vs. Brutus Maximus, Razer (1), W.A.S.P. Qualified
Heat A, Round 2 vs. Tetanus 2 Won
Heat A, Final vs. Razer (1) Lost
Extreme Series 2
Annihilator
Fifth
Round 1 vs. Kan-Opener, Major Tom,
Revenge of Trouble & Strife, Thermidor 2, Typhoon 2
Qualified
Round 2 vs. Kan-Opener, Major Tom,
Revenge of Trouble & Strife, Thermidor 2
Eliminated

Wins/LossesEdit

  • Wins: 3
  • Losses: 2

Series RecordEdit

Main Series Raging Reality Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Did not enter
The Third Wars Did not enter
The Fourth Wars Entered with Knightmare
The Fifth Wars Failed to qualify with Spirit of Knightmare
The Sixth Wars Heat Final
The Seventh Wars Entered with Raging Knightmare
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter
Robot Wars Extreme Appearances
Series 1 Entered with Spirit of Knightmare
Series 2 Entered

TriviaEdit

  • Raging Reality was the only robot in the Extreme 2 Annihilator that exceeded the first round of the previous main competition.
  • Raging Reality was the second robot from Team Knightmare to fall at the Heat Final stage of the main competition.
  • Raging Reality performed the first flip out of the arena in the Sixth Wars, and a third of the total flips out of the arena achieved in Series 6, performing two. Raging Reality shares this trait with Dantomkia.

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