The Southern Annihilator was the second of two Annihilators broadcast as part of the Christmas Specials of Robot Wars: The Fourth Wars. The Southern Annihilator was originally broadcast on December 30, 2000 on BBC Two.
|Attila the Drum|
|Dimensions||0.50 x 1.30 x 0.90m|
|Weapons||Mace and pickaxe|
|Notes||Fully floating electronics|
|Team Members: Berny Ryder, Tony Knapp, Ayse Knapp|
|Dimensions||0.75 x 1.10 x 0.62m|
|Power||2 Wheelchair motors|
|From: Hemel Hempstead|
|Team Members: Anthony Pritchard, Michael Pritchard & Kane Aston|
|Dimensions||0.60 x 1.00 x 0.60m|
|Power||Forklift truck motor|
|Notes||Chassis is made of steel|
|Team Members: Alan Wood, David Wood & Mark Holland|
|Dimensions||0.80 x 1.20 x 0.80m|
|Power||Electric powered motors|
|Weapons||9 tonne hydraulic piercer|
|Notes||450 weight reducing holes|
|Team Members: Ian Lewis, Simon Scott & Vincent Blood|
|Spawn of Scutter|
|Dimensions||0.30 x 1.25m x 1.15m|
|Power||2 x Starter motors|
|Weapons||Flipping piercing spike|
|Notes||Runs both ways up|
|From: Grays in Essex|
|Team Members: Darren Ball, Graham Warner & Luke Jackman|
|Dimensions||0.32 x 1.18 x 0.50m|
|Power||2 x 750W motors|
|Weapons||Axe & lifter|
|Notes||Made of kevlar & lexan|
|From: The Isle of Wight|
|Team Members: Ian Gear, Alistair Curtis-Horsefall & Tom Curtis-Horsefall|
Attila the Drum entered the arena using its pickaxe. The battle started quickly with all six robots converging in the arena centre, with Razer getting there the fastest. As Behemoth, Onslaught and Attila the Drum bumped together, Razer grabbed hold of Vercingetorix and crushed through its front. Vercingetorix's lifting arm and axe activated to no avail, and after being lifted slightly by Behemoth, Razer came in for another attack, puncturing deep into Vercingetorix's body, whilst Behemoth was lifted up by Onslaught. Attila the Drum landed a minor attack on Spawn of Scutter before attacking Onslaught to no effect. Vercingetorix then hit Razer with its axe, but this caused little damage, As Behemoth lifted Spawn of Scutter, it was attacked by Attila, causing it to change targets. Razer then proceeded to puncture another hole in Vercingetorix.
- "Razer taking on poor old Vercingetortix again. Well, they've picked on them right from the start."
- — Jonathan Pearce
Behemoth then snuck in from behind Razer and lifted it off the ground, but was unable to flip it. Onslaught then attempted to lift up Vercingetorix, but this was hampered by Razer holding onto the blue machine. Spawn of Scutter pushed against Onslaught, and it in turn was lifted by Behemoth. Behemoth and Onslaught continued to try and lift Razer as it attacked Vercingetorix, and in the melee, Spawn got underneath Onslaught and flipped it over with its spike, as Vercingetorix landed an axe blow on Attila.
- "Over goes Onslaught! Last time they didn't have a self-righting mechanism. They say they have one this time..."
- — Jonathan Pearce as Onslaught is flipped
Spawn then rammed underneath Behemoth, whilst Razer abandoned Vercingetorix to try and attack Onslaught, but the Bedford-based machine quickly self-righted and rushed away from Razer.
- "...and they do! Away from Razer in spectacular fashion, look at that!"
- — Onslaught self-rights
The six robots drove around the arena for a little while before Vercingetorix was rammed by Behemoth, Onslaught and Spawn simultaneously. Attila was then driven into Behemoth by Razer in an attempt to crush through its body, but this failed. Spawn then rammed into Onslaught, overturning it using its wedge, but Onslaught self-righted as Razer and Behemoth had a small duel. Spawn then turned its attention to Vercingetorix, which appeared to have broken down. Razer again attempted to pierce Attila's body, this time using Onslaught as a block, but again it failed. Behemoth then lifted up Vercingetorix's immobile form, allowing for Spawn to fling it aside with its spike. It then pushed Vercingetorix towards the flame jets. Behemoth then lifted up Spawn from behind, only for Onslaught to come in and lift up Behemoth itself at the same time.
- "This is Behemoth, and look at little Onslaught! Behemoth had a go at Spawn of Scutter, "Anything you can do, I can do better!""
- — Jonathan Pearce as Onslaught lifts Behemoth
As the three robots backed away from Vercingetorix's immobile form and fought each other, Razer continued its attack on Attila. Unable to grab the body, it managed to get a grip on Attila's pickaxe, but was unable to break it and Attila escaped just as "Cease" was called.
- "I think Vercingetorix are out."
- — Jonathan Pearce as the battle ends
Despite the fact that Vercingetorix was the only robot not moving, the battle went to a judges decision, but Vercingetorix was eliminated nevertheless.
In the pits, it was revealed that the tip of Vercingetorix's aerial had been damaged, shorting out on the bodywork and preventing the team from controlling it properly. It was also later shown that Razer had managed to pierce through one of its batteries.
- "Well that is the cruelty of Robot Wars - a tiny thing goes wrong and you're out"
- — Julia Reed
Attila the Drum entered with its mace replacing its pickaxe. All five robots quickly converged into the centre of the arena with Razer turning to attack Spawn of Scutter. Onslaught raced in from behind and pushed Razer up Spawn of Scutter's front wedge, before lifting Spawn of Scutter up slightly.
- "In comes Onslaught! Oh ho! As plucky as ever, to take on Razer!"
- — Jonathan Pearce
Behemoth missed a flip on Onslaught as Attila the Drum spun defensively. Razer attempted to crush into Behemoth's scoop, but missed and instead turned its attention to Spawn of Scutter whilst Behemoth pushed Attila back and tried to lift it up, to no avail. Razer easily crushed through Spawn of Scutter's side, but Onslaught got underneath Razer and lifted both robots up. Behemoth abandoned Attila to lift up Spawn of Scutter and both scoop-wielding robots forced Razer and Spawn over the flame pit, nearly turning them over.
- "...and Behemoth and Razer now against Spawn of Scutter, but that was the push from Onslaught, which shows tremendous power! Razer takes Spawn of Scutter in a grizzly grip, and Attila the Druuuuuuum.....keeps on trundling on"
- — Jonathan Pearce
Razer was eventually forced to let Spawn go, and Behemoth kept pushing, resulting in Razer falling onto its side with Spawn landing on top of its crusher. Refbot dislodged Spawn whilst Onslaught lifted it up, before Attila came in and rammed Razer's underside in an attempt to stop it self-righting. Onslaught then flipped Razer as its wings reached their highest degree, turning it onto its other side. Behemoth then intercepted, but the inverted Razer clung onto its scoop, even when Onslaught lifted it up. Spawn eventually separated Razer from Behemoth and pushed it back towards the flame pit, where it eventually righted itself. It then grabbed hold of Onslaught just underneath its scoop, but Behemoth broke the two apart. Razer turned its attention to Behemoth, but just missed crushing through its side armour. Attila attempted to attack Behemoth whilst Razer turned its attention to Spawn, who appeared to only be able to move in reverse. Onslaught overturned Razer whilst it was distracted, only for Behemoth to turn it over too. Onslaught was the first to right itself, but Razer landed on top of Spawn's wedge and was overturned again by the Essex machine's spike.
- "Those are the two impressive robots for me so far in this annihilator, the most impressive"
- — Jonathan Pearce picks early favourites
Attila and Behemoth again attempted to block Razer's attempts at righting itself, whilst Onslaught's srimech appeared to have jammed open. It barged underneath Attila regardless as Spawn pushed Razer back onto its wheels. Razer dodged away from the other robots as Spawn pushed underneath Attila, before turning on Behemoth, who seemed to be lacking full mobility. It managed to grab Behemoth right behind its scoop, but only managed to crumple it a bit. Razer let Behemoth go, only to attack from the side and cut straight through its side panel. As the other three robots engaged in a minor shoving match, Razer let Behemoth go again, but its mobility problems meant it could do nothing to prevent Razer crushing through the side panel again.
- "It will not let it alone, it's trying to worry it to robot-oblivion!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Behemoth takes crucial damage
Razer continued to drag Behemoth around the arena and eventually let go after Onslaught and Spawn rammed into the two robots. Behemoth was now showing no signs of mobility and Razer pushed it across the arena as the other three robots stayed out of the way. This was until Spawn, still stuck in reverse, rammed into Razer, followed by Onslaught and Attila. Razer abandoned Behemoth and effortlessly crushed into Spawn's rear wedge, pushing it back. As Razer released it, Behemoth gained a minimal amount of mobility, but Spawn suddenly stopped moving after Razer let go of it. Onslaught rammed into Attila, narrowly missing a mace blow, whilst Sgt Bash grappled hold of Behemoth just before Cease was called.
- "Behemoth are out of it! Spawn of Scutter, have they survived?"
- — Jonathan Pearce as the fight ends
The judges were called to make a decision and they declared that whilst Behemoth was still showing some signs of life, Spawn of Scutter was completely immobilised, and as a result eliminated from the competition.
- Julia Reed: "You must be gutted"
- Darren Ball: "Yeah, we are a bit. It wasn't even Razer that's knocked us out, so..."
- Julia Reed: "Who was it then, what happened?"
- Darren Ball: "We don't know. We just seem to have lost either reception or power from the receiver to the rest of the robot."
- — Spawn of Scutter's post-mortem.
Eliminated: Spawn of Scutter
Although Behemoth was able to fix most of the damage Razer had caused in the previous round, one of the gears inside its gearbox had slipped out of place. As the spare would take too long to swap over, Behemoth was forced to withdraw.
- Julia Reed: "But you haven't got time to put it in?"
- Anthony Pritchard: "No, it takes about half an hour to swap them over"
- — Behemoth's withdrawal
Razer and Onslaught sized each other up but Razer couldn't keep up with Onslaught's speed. Wild outsiders Attila the Drum swung its mace into Razer causing a massive dent across the side of the robot. Razer was still pursuing Onslaught but couldn't catch it. Attila the Drum got two more punishing blows with its mace on Razer and suddenly starting looking like a real threat to the two favourites in the battle. Onslaught and Razer then pushed Attila the Drum into Sir Killalot who picked it up and almost dumped it out of the arena, after Sir Killalot let go of Attila the Drum, Attila ended up immobilized. In the dying second of the fight Razer finally caught Onslaught and pierced a small hole in its motor and Onslaught only just escaped but was flipped on its side by Matilda and Razer crumpled through its side. With Atilla immobilised, the fight was ended.
Eliminated: Attila the Drum
Onslaught evaded Razer by ducking right around Matilda in her CPZ showing great style. Onslaught continued to avoid Razer but finally came under the beak but Razer let it go and drove it into the side wall and chewed up one of its tyres. Onslaught charged straight at the front of Razer and was pushing it around the arena when the tyre (not the one Razer had shredded earlier) completely disintegrated leaving it with little grip on the arena floor. Onslaught escaped and drove directly into Matilda's CPZ where it was flipped on its side and immobilised. Razer then proceeded to destroy Matilda with its beak, crushing several holes into her shell and roasting her over the flame jet. As Sir Killalot did very little to stop Razer, Dead Metal and Sgt Bash attacked Onslaught. Matilda was then pushed onto the flame pit where her engine caught fire. In the last few moments of the fight, Dead Metal got Onslaught in the pit while Refbot used its fire extinguisher to put out the flames on the smoldering remains of Matilda.
Southern Annihilator Champion: Razer
- "From a robot that's prettier than all of the Corrs, pure annihilation, from Robot Wars!"
- — Craig Charles signs off
- Although the episode was aired mid-way through the course of the series, it was in fact filmed almost at the end. This is evident as Onslaught was able to be repaired for the annihilator (even though it was unable to enter the main competition due to technical problems) and that Matilda was allowed to be destroyed by Razer in the final, as the producers were planning on rebuilding Matilda for the next series.
- This was the only annihilator in which the worst performer in the UK series did not reach the final.
- The episode presented grudges between Razer and Behemoth from the First World Championship and Spawn of Scutter and Vercingetorix for the Fourth Wars Heats. Robot Wars: The Fourth Wars
Heats Finals Trial Competitions Christmas Specials