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Semi-Final 2 of Robot Wars: The Sixth Wars was the second of two Semi-Finals which determined the Grand Finalists of Robot Wars: The Sixth Wars. Each Semi-Final had three initial battles, with a Losers Melee to decide which defeated robot would receive a second chance. The three first round winners and the winner of the Losers Melee would then pair off to decide which two robots would progress to the Grand Final. The episode featuring Semi-Final 2 was originally broadcast on October 3, 2002 on BBC Choice and repeated on February 28, 2003 on BBC Two.

CompetitorsEdit

VeteransEdit

BiggerBrother Series 6
Bigger Brother (seeded 2nd, winner of Heat L)
Weight 96kg
Dimensions 0.50 x 0.73 x 0.93m
Power 2 x 750W electric motors
Weapons Spiked CO2 gas ram flipper
Strengths Indestructable
Weaknesses None!
From: Brighton in East Sussex
Team Members: Joe Watts, Ian Watts & Ellie Watts
Silver dominator 2
Dominator 2 (seeded 6th, winner of Heat J)
Weight 100kg
Dimensions 0.60 x 1.30 x 0.80m
Power 2 x 750W motors
Weapons Axe
Strengths Powerful axe
Weaknesses Uni-directional weaponry
From: From Deal in Kent
Team Members: Elliot Smart, Chris Hall & Paul Tolliday
Hypno-disc
Hypno-Disc (seeded 4th, winner of Heat K)
Weight 100kg
Dimensions 0.47 x 1.22 x 0.74m
Power 2 x 750W electric motors
Weapons Flywheel
Strengths Destructive weapon
Weaknesses Low pushing power
From: From Banbury in Oxfordshire
Team Members: Dave Rose, Derek Rose & Ken Rose
Spawn again
Spawn Again (seeded 10th, winner of Heat H)
Weight 92kg
Dimensions 0.60 x 1.16 x 0.80m
Power 1 x 1.4KW motor
Weapons Giant flipper
Strengths Speed & power
Weaknesses Slow responses
From: East Tilbury in Essex
Team Members: Darren Hayden-Ball & Luke Jackman
Terrorhurtz
Terrorhurtz (winner of Heat I)
Weight 99kg
Dimensions 0.50 x 1.25 x 1.05m
Power 2 x 1000W electric motors
Weapons Double-headed axe
Strengths Strong armour
Weaknesses Unpredictable
From: Oxford in Oxfordshire
Team Members: John Reid & Dominic Parkinson
Tornado
Tornado (seeded 12th, winner of Heat G)
Weight 98kg
Dimensions 0.41 x 1.93 x 1.38m
Power 2 x 750W electric motors
Weapons Interchangeable
Strengths Interchangeable weaponry
Weaknesses Unreliable
From: Sawtry in Cambridgeshire
Team Members: Andrew Marchant, David Gamble & Bryan Moss

Round 1Edit

Hypno-Disc (4) vs Tornado (12)Edit

Hypno-Disc vs Tornado

Tornado rams Hypno-Disc into the side wall

Tornado went on the attack immediately and rammed into Hypno-Disc, before pushing it into the CPZ, but neither house robot came in to attack. Tornado pushed Hypno-Disc across the arena again, this time ramming it continuously into the arena wall. Hypno-Disc escaped and Dead Metal came in to attack Tornado, but Tornado quickly pursued its opponent and rammed it into the wall again and again.

"One of the most persistent little dogged nuisances in that arena we have ever seen, Tornado. And Hypno-Disc is in massive trouble here, Tornado once again is whipping up a storm!"
— Jonathan Pearce

Tornado then activated the pit release button and Hypno-Disc launched an attack, but caused no significant damage to Tornado's outer shell. Tornado tried many times to push Hypno-Disc into the pit, with both robots going perilously close to the edge on two separate occasions.

"Oh goodness me they went too near! Oh goodness me they went too near that yawning gap twice!"
— Jonathan Pearce

Tornado spent the rest of the battle slamming Hypno-Disc into the arena walls until cease was called with both robots still mobile, and the judges went for Tornado.

Winner: Tornado

Bigger Brother (2) vs Dominator 2 (6)Edit

Dominator II vs Bigger Brother

Bigger Brother flips Dominator 2 onto its back.

Bigger Brother started cautiously and avoided early attacks from Dominator 2 before getting underneath the front of its opponent and flipping it over. Bigger Brother tried to push Dominator 2 against the arena wall, but righted its opponent, and Dominator 2 came in with an axe attack and pushed Bigger Brother into the CPZ. Bigger Brother quickly escaped and lifted its opponent up a few times, but without managing to flip it over, and Dominator 2 continued to attack with the axe, as Bigger Brother was struggling to get underneath Dominator 2 due to kickiing back on a drive, raising its wedge off the ground.

"This is very good battle developing here, very even."
— Jonathan Pearce
Dominator 2 vs Bigger Brother

Dominator 2 axes Bigger Brother

Bigger Brother then went into the CPZ and was picked up and carried around the arena by Sir Killalot, before being dropped upside-down. Bigger Brother self-righted but had clearly lost its mobility, and Sir Killalot picked it up again before cease was called, and the judges went for the more mobile and damaging Dominator 2.

Winner: Dominator 2

Spawn Again (10) vs TerrorhurtzEdit

Terrorhurtz vs Spawn Again

Terrorhurtz axes Spawn Again

Terrorhurtz immediately came in on the attack and caused damage to Spawn Again with the axe. Spawn Again tried to use the flipper but it didn't lift properly and Terrorhurtz was able to smash it back down with its axe.

"Terrorhurtz jumping and leaping like a flea out there, to worry and nibble away at Spawn Again."
— Jonathan Pearce

By this point, Spawn Again's bodywork was covered in dents and gashes, and it was pushed into the CPZ and attacked by Dead Metal. By now Spawn Again had clearly been immobilised and it was counted out. Finally Spawn Again was picked up Mr Psycho and pushed into the pit by Dead Metal.

Winner: Terrorhurtz

Losers MeleeEdit

Bigger Brother (2) vs Hypno-Disc (4) vs Spawn Again (10)Edit

Hypno-Disc vs Bigger Brother vs Spawn Again

The trio clash in the CPZ

Spawn Again started quickly and tried to get underneath Hypno-Disc, but it was not able to use the flipper and Hypno-Disc was able to attack Spawn Again, causing damage to the outer shell of its opponent. Bigger Brother came in and was attacked by Hypno-Disc, but it easily brushed off the impact, taking no real damage.

"Now let's see if that Rose family team has a little bit of a thorny attitude."
— Jonathan Pearce
Spawn Again flips Bigger Brother

Spawn Again nearly throws Bigger Brother out of the arena

Then, after another attack on Bigger Brother, Hypno-Disc slammed into the arena wall and immediately broke down, leaving two robots to fight.

"As they smashed against the arena side wall, something went in the controls, and they are out, Hypno-Disc."
— Jonathan Pearce
Bigger Brother pits Spawn Again

Bigger Brother pushes Spawn Again into the pit.

As Hypno-Disc was paraded around the arena by Sir Killalot, the other two robots had become locked together, but Killalot was able to free them. As Hypno-Disc was counted out, Bigger Brother activated the pit release button, but was immediately flipped against the arena wall by Spawn Again. However, this attack seemed to knock out Spawn Again and Bigger Brother was able to self-right and push Spawn Again into the pit of oblivion.

"Bigger Brother twirls in delight, and they continue through to meet Terrorhurtz in round 2 of this semi-final."
— Jonathan Pearce

Winner: Bigger Brother

Round 2Edit

Dominator 2 (6) vs Tornado (12)Edit

Tornado vs Dominator II

Matilda throws Tornado into the air

The two robots came together and Tornado tried to push its opponent around the arena, but Dominator 2 was able to escape quite easily so instead it went for the pit release button. Tornado then pushed Dominator towards Matilda's CPZ, where both machines hit Matilda's flywheel, sending Dominator into a spin and Tornado flying through the air landing right on the edge of the pit.
Dominator 2 vs Tornado

Dominator 2 falls in the pit

Dominator tried to come in for another assault on Tornado but drove into the pit, and Tornado advanced to the Grand Final.
"Dominator 2 bashed, but then crashed!"
— Jonathan Pearce's thoughts on Dominator 2's bad driving.

Winner: Tornado

Bigger Brother (2) vs TerrorhurtzEdit

Terrorhurtz vs Bigger Brother

Terrorhurtz axes Bigger Brother

The robots came together but Bigger Brother could not get underneath its opponent and Terrorhurtz attacked with its axe several times, before pushing Bigger Brother into the arena wall. This attack looked to have immobilised Bigger Brother and Refbot came in to investigate, but then it suddenly sprung back to life again. Terrorhurtz quickly responded and attacked Bigger Brother again in the CPZ, but both were attacked by Shunt and Sergeant Bash.Terrorhurtz escaped but Bigger Brother had stopped moving again in the CPZ and Terrorhurtz activated the pit release button, as Bigger Brother was counted out.

Terrorhurtz vs Bigger Brother

Terrorhurtz's KO blow

"Tears at the end of it all for the runners-up in the last series. Bigger Brother go no more."
— Jonathan Pearce as Bigger Brother is counted out.

To finish the battle, Bigger Brother was thrown by the floor flipper and pitted by Shunt, leaving Terrorhurtz to go through to the Grand Final.

Winner: Terrorhurtz

"Terrorhurtz are close to getting their paws, on the UK Championship, of Robot Wars!"
— Craig Charles' sign-off

Trivia Edit

  • This Semi-Final marked the only time in which Hypno-Disc failed to qualify for the Grand Final.
  • This was the first Semi-Final in which the two highest Seeds in the Semi-Final failed to make the Grand Final. In fact, of all five seeds present, the lowest progressed to the Grand Final, along with the only unseeded robot; with the exception of the Losers' Melee, every battle was won by the machine that was seeded lower or not seeded at all.
  • The Losers' Melee of this Semi-Final was technically the only time that Spawn Again defeated another seeded machine (let alone one seeded higher) by taking out Hypno-Disc, although it did not win the battle.
  • In this Semi-Final (If one doesn't count Terrorhurtz and Dominator 2), 3 robots returned to Series 7, and 3 robots didn't return, this also happened with the other Semi-Final of Series 6.
  • An editing error during the Losers' Melee showed Mr. Psycho and Sir Killalot in the same CPZ.

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