"Robot The Bruce, in its sexy see-through gear. Very heavy, 84.6 kilos ... Look at the power. No weapons there, just brute force."
— Jonathan Pearce as Robot The Bruce runs the Gauntlet

Robot The Bruce was a robot entered by Team Chaos in the first series of Robot Wars. It weighed enough to be classed as a Super Heavyweight. It managed to reach the Grand Final before being defeated by the eventual champion Roadblock.

Its name is a pun on the historical Scottish leader, Robert the Bruce.


"Its main (in fact its only) weapon was brute force. This was achieved by using two Sinclair C5 12V motors (one per side). Each motor drove both wheels on it's side via a 30:1 reducion gearbox. This 4 wheel drive gave Bruce lots of torque and traction, but it's main problem was that the resulting skid steering consumed large amounts of battery power. It would only run for 10 minutes on each set of batteries."
— Team Cassius website on Robot The Bruce

Robot The Bruce was a clear armoured box-wedge shaped robot. The robot had no weaponry at all, instead using its brute force to push other robots around the arena.

Notably, the construction of Robot The Bruce was completed by two teams. The structure of the robot was done by Rex Garrod and Simon West from Team Cassius (who would also build Recyclopse for the same series), whilst the electronics were handled by Team Chaos' George Francis. This teamwork meant that the robot was fully built in just four days.

After the First Wars had ended, many of Robot The Bruce's internal components were later used in its successor, Chaos, for Series 2.

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 1Edit

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Robot the Bruce forces its way through The Gauntlet

Robot The Bruce's journey through the Heats was very quick. As the final robot in the Gauntlet, Robot the Bruce had to beat Plunderbird's 4 metres. Powering into Dead Metal, it bulldozed the House Robot to the end zone, being hassled by Shunt on the way. As Dead Metal retreated, Robot the Bruce made the end zone.

In the Football Trial, Robot The Bruce added two side flaps to successfully control the ball, and it successfully battered aside WYSIWYG to shove the ball past Dead Metal, scoring the first goal. This put Robot the Bruce through to the Arena stage.

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Robot the Bruce drives up onto Cruella

"It's the box against the wedge, no weapons on board either."
— Jonathan Pearce

In the Arena Semi-Final, Robot the Bruce was drawn against Cruella. The battle was close for Robot the Bruce, as it came very close to being tipped on its side by Cruella's wedge several times. Just as Robot the Bruce dodged an attack, Cruella ran into the side wall, onto one of the grills. With Cruella left completely immobile, Robot the Bruce was through to fight another wedge-shaped robot, Wedgehog in the Heat Final.

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Robot the Bruce rams Wedgehog onto the grille

"...make him run up the front of us. We've got no chance any other way, he weighs four times our weight."
— Chris Glaister's tactics

Robot The Bruce weighed 60kg more than its opponent. Wedgehog's wedge could not get underneath Robot the Bruce, and Robot the Bruce bulldozed Wedgehog onto another grill, leaving it immobile and putting Team Chaos through to the Grand Final for the first of three occassions.

In the Grand Final, Robot The Bruce was drawn against fellow heat winners; Bodyhammer Cunning Plan, Roadblock and T.R.A.C.I.E., as well as Recyclopse, built by Rex Garrod who had collaborated with Team Chaos to build Robot The Bruce.

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Robot the Bruce on its side

Robot the Bruce initially kept its distance from the main action. Eventually, it rammed Roadblock and Bodyhammer several times, before slipping beneath its 'brother robot' Recyclopse and helping Roadblock on the attack. Robot the Bruce then attacked Bodyhammer, ramming the cone shaped machine several times. Roadblock, having concluded the demise of Recyclopse, attacked Robot the Bruce, and succeeded in doing what Cruella had failed to do - drive beneath Robot the Bruce and tip the box machine onto its side. Thus immobilised, Robot the Bruce was eliminated, the last to fall before the Judges' decision won by Roadblock.


Series 1
The First Wars - UK Championship
Grand Final
Heat C, Gauntlet Completed (1st) Qualified
Heat C, Trial (Football) Scored 1st Goal (1st) Qualified
Heat C, Semi-Final vs. Cruella Won
Heat C, Final vs. Wedgehog Won
Grand Final vs. Bodyhammer, Cunning Plan, Recyclopse, Roadblock, T.R.A.C.I.E. Lost


  • Wins: 2
  • Losses: 1

NOTE: Robot The Bruce's successful Gauntlet and Trial runs are not included

Series RecordEdit


Mick Cutter and George Francis with Robot The Bruce

Main Series Robot The Bruce Series Record
The First Wars Grand Final
The Second Wars Entered with Chaos
The Third Wars Entered with Chaos 2
The Fourth Wars Entered with Chaos 2
The Fifth Wars Entered with Chaos 2
The Sixth Wars Entered with Chaos 2
The Seventh Wars Did not enter
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter
Series 10 Did not enter
Robot Wars Extreme Appearances
Series 1 Entered with Chaos 2
Series 2 Entered with Chaos 2



Robot The Bruce being worked on in the pits