- "They practised against an old tumble dryer to perfect the Scorpion's sting!"
- — Jonathan Pearce
Scorpion (known as Spirit of Scorpion in Robot Wars: The Sixth Wars) was a competitor robot that was based on the arachnid of the same name, fighting in Series 4, 6 and 7 of Robot Wars, in addition to the first series of Robot Wars Extreme. There were two primary versions of the robot - the fibreglass shelled robot designed to resemble its namesake, and the flat-bodied, invertible robot that retained the scorpion as a mascot. Despite its powerful weaponry in the later series, its biggest claim to fame (and one of its few victories) is coming in as a runner up in the Series 4 Tag Team Terror, paired up with Firestorm 2.
Versions of ScorpionEdit
Locutus (Entered Series 3)Edit
Scorpion was originally called Locutus, named after Captain Jean-Luc Picard's Borg personality from Star Trek: The Next Generation. The robot consisted of the same basic electronics and arsenal of the Series 4 Scorpion.
Scorpion (Series 4)Edit
Scorpion was originally built of fibreglass in the shape of a large scorpion. It featured a chainsaw nose, a pair of cutting discs beneath the scorpion's pincers, and a "sting in the tail" rear spinning disc capable of spinning up to 140mph. The front discs were electrically powered and capable of cutting through "90% of things we come up against" (according to John Bell). It had a top speed of only 7mph (just over half of its opponent Reactor's top speed of 12mph).
Its vulnerability to being flipped and slow top speed cost it against Reactor, 101 and King B3, all of whom easily outperformed it in the battles.
Scorpion (Extreme 1)Edit
Little is known about the version of Scorpion entered into Extreme 1, as its only battle was a spectacle battle against the House Robots, and its stats were not displayed. It was more conventionally designed than its predecessor, though it retained the scorpion design and disc weapons. In place of the chainsaw and decorative head, Scorpion featured a lifting arm. This version of Scorpion was also noticeably faster than its predecessor.
Spirit of Scorpion (Series 6)Edit
Spirit of Scorpion was an entirely new robot, swapping the scorpion design for a flat arrowhead shape capable of running inverted. It retained the "sting in its tail" - a 40cm rear mounted cutting disc, capable of spinning at 7000RPM - and featured simple ramming spikes at the front. The robot's weakness was noted as poor transmitter reception, especially when flipped.
Scorpion (Series 7)Edit
Spirit of Scorpion returned to its original name, but lost its trademark orange paint job, option instead for a black colour scheme. The disc was powered by a Lem motor at 36v and capable of running at 5,500RPM. The top speed of the blade was 360mph but was initially 140mph.
In Series 7, Scorpion finally managed to advance through the heat. However, its run ended against Dantomkia.
Under the name Locutus, it failed to qualify for Series 3.
In Series 4, Mentorn allowed Scorpion into the main competition without a qualifier, as they thought it would look good in the arena.
The Scorpion model used in Extreme 1 failed to qualify for Robot Wars: The Fifth Wars.
Spirit of Scorpion qualified for Series 6, managing to defeat King B Powerworks in the qualifiers.
- "I still have in my shed a piece of Killer Carrot that he gave us from the damage we caused him. As for Sir Chromalot, he was swept up with a broom!"
- — John Bell
- "A lot of loving, tender work has gone into the creation of Scorpion, and I wonder how long it'll last!"
- — Jonathan Pearce just before Reactor topples Scorpion
It got into a close range pushing match with the other two robots, and Sir Chromalot speared through its armour and punctured its tyre. Reactor came at it from the rear and pushed it towards the arena wall. Sir Chromalot pressured it, and Reactor charged in and flipped it with its wedge. Unable to self-right, Scorpion was pushed onto the flame pit, where it was burnt and its tail was cut off by Sergeant Bash. Bash then torched the stump that was once the tail, setting it alight as Dead Metal sliced into the baseplate. Sir Killalot plucked it off of the ground, dropping it in the centre of the arena as cease was called.
- "They [the Scorpion team] would also like to thank John's wife Pip, she let them design and build Scorpion on the dining room table. She had to delay cooking cheese on toast, instead she has "Scorpion rarebit", about to be dumped into the pit by Sir Killalot!"
- — Jonathan Pearce as Sir Killalot carries Scorpion around the arena, whilst Bash attacks Scorpion with his flamethrower
Scorpion also took part in the Sumo Basho tournament where it placed 9th. It survived Shunt's first blow, but was pushed off sideways after just over 9 seconds, landing neatly on top of the tyres.
Scorpion later competed in the Tag Team Terror competition alongside Firestorm 2.
- Graham Bone: "We are the Firestorm team from the north..."
- John Bell: "and we are the Scorpion team from the south!"
- Alex Mordue: "And we're here as a Tag Team to unite the country!"
- — The teams on pairing up
The two were paired up against Bigger Brother and Plunderbird 4 in their first battle, with Scorpion starting against Bigger Brother. Scorpion was immediately flipped over by Bigger Brother, although Firestorm 2 quickly re-righted it. Plunderbird 4 then grabbed hold of Scorpion and dragged it back towards Bigger Brother, but Firestorm soon managed to separate the two. After the rules were abandoned, Scorpion struggled to keep up with the action as Firestorm pushed both opposing robots into the arena wall but eventually bumped into Plunderbird, which broke down after the attack. Scorpion was then accidently wedged on top of Plunderbird by Firestorm, but was soon freed, only to be overturned by Bigger Brother again whilst Firestorm was attacked by Matilda. As Bigger Brother fought to keep Firestorm from rescuing its fallen teammate, Scorpion was set alight by Sgt Bash's flamethrower. Despite finishing the battle immobilised, Scorpion, along with Firestorm, won the Judges' decision, progressing through to the final.
Here, they were drawn against rivals-turned-allies King B3 and 101. Scorpion entered the arena with its armour still burnt, a plaster over its eye and the team admitting it was not working at full capacity. It started out against King B3 and attempted to use its chainsaw to attack the lower robot, but could not cause any significant damage. King B3 proceeded to push Scorpion around the arena before using its rear saw to damage Scorpion's fibreglass shell. Repeated rams eventually caused Scorpion's chainsaw to be disabled, and its rear spinning disc was dislodged. 101 took over and pushed underneath Scorpion. Firestorm rushed out to aid its teammate, but was pushed back into its tag zone by King B3 and broke down not long afterwards, leaving Scorpion to fight the battle alone. Attacked by Dead Metal and suffering several more hard slams from its opponents, Scorpion lost drive on one side and its mobility slowed to a crawl, effectively rendering it immobilised. It was largely spared further damage when King B3 and 101 turned on each other and the House Robots were forced to separate them. Cease was called, meaning that Scorpion and Firestorm had taken second place.
- Craig Charles: "Well, the Scorpion didn't appear to have a sting in his tail"
- Geoff Smith: "No, not this time, but we got her back, we got her out there and she went the distance"
- — Post battle interview
Scorpion's only appearance throughout the two series of Robot Wars Extreme was a minor appearance in the first series, in the House Robot Rebellion alongside Plunderbird 5 and Stinger. In the battle, Scorpion proved much more sluggish than the other two and stayed out of the action at first, until Plunderbird 5 was pitted. Shunt then axed Scorpion's top. No visual damage was caused but Scorpion was pinned by Shunt and couldn't move, Shunt then dragged Scorpion around the arena for a while, later pitting Scorpion along with the already pitted Plunderbird 5, just as Matilda entered the arena, leaving Stinger to fight the cause alone.
- "Bright, colourful, strong armour, destructive spinning disc and front rams, is invertible, but is not too responsive when flipped."
- — Jonathan Pearce introduces Spirit of Scorpion
A new, invertible version of Scorpion, named Spirit of Scorpion, was entered into the Sixth Wars against previous semi finalists X-Terminator, veterans Robochicken and newcomers Barbaric Response. It was rendered immobile mid-way through the fight, with Robochicken flipped over by X-Terminator, when X-Terminator then pushed Barbaric Response into the pit. A controversial judges' decision decided that Spirit of Scorpion had been immobile for too long before Barbaric Response was pitted, and was thus eliminated.
- "Looks deadly, but others have drawn its sting in the past."
- — Jonathan Pearce as Scorpion enters the arena
For this series, the team kept the design from Spirit of Scorpion, but it was repainted black and given its original name again. It competed against Team Vader's new robot IG-88, Round 1 drop-outs The Stag and newcomers Tomahawk in Round 1, it began by pushing The Stag around the arena. But with Tomahawk immobilised by IG-88, it then turned its attention to pushing the statue-esque machine around with The Stag still in pursuit. But when The Stag reversed into the pit and Tomahawk being counted out, it also attacked IG-88, who tore off Scorpion's front panel, exposing its batteries.
Scorpion survived to go through to Round 2, where it fought the 5th seeds Dantomkia. Scorpion was able to slice into Dantomkia's side in the opening attack, but from then on, Scorpion found itself being flipped constantly around the arena by Dantomkia, nearly flipping it out at one end before scooping it up and charging Scorpion in an attempt to flip it out at the other end of the arena, however they also failed to do so here. Dantomkia then infiltrated Shunt's CPZ, who then get out of the way, to allow the seeded robot to finally flip Scorpion out of the arena.
|SCORPION - RESULTS|
|The Fourth Wars - UK Championship|
Heat, Round 1
|Heat M, Eliminator||vs. Reactor, Sir Chromalot (27)||Eliminated|
|Tag Team Terror|
(with Firestorm) Runner Up
|Round 1||vs. Bigger Brother & Plunderbird 4||Won|
|Round 2||vs. 101 & King B3||Lost|
House Robot Rebellion (with Plunderbird 5 and Stinger)
|House Robot Rebellion||vs. Dead Metal, Shunt||Lost|
|SPIRIT OF SCORPION - RESULTS|
|The Sixth Wars - UK Championship|
Heat, Round 1
|Heat B, Round 1||vs. Barbaric Response, Robochicken, X-Terminator||Eliminated|
|SCORPION - RESULTS|
|The Seventh Wars - UK Championship|
Heat, Round 2
|Heat C, Round 1||vs. IG-88, The Stag, Tomahawk||Qualified|
|Heat C, Round 2||vs. Dantomkia (5)||Lost|
- Wins: 2
- Losses: 5
|Main Series||Scorpion Record|
|The First Wars||Did not enter|
|The Second Wars||Did not enter|
|The Third Wars||Failed to qualify as Locutus|
|The Fourth Wars||Heat, Round 1|
|The Fifth Wars||Failed to qualify|
|The Sixth Wars||Heat, Round 1|
|The Seventh Wars||Heat, Round 2|
|Series 8||Did not enter|
|Series 9||Did not enter|
|Robot Wars Extreme||Appearances|
|Series 2||Did not enter|
Robot Wars Live EventsEdit
Although Scorpion itself has not appeared at any Robot Wars live events, its successor, Titan, fought at 2013's event in Guildford. Team Batter made their personal Robot Wars Live Event debut in June 2013 with Dantomkia mk4.
In 2016 Team Scorpion announced that a new Scorpion would be returning for live events later in the year, but due to being in planning stages would be unable to apply for the televised reboot.
Outside Robot WarsEdit
Scorpion competed in Techno Games, under the name Ridgeback. Ridgeback entered the Tug of War competition and the Sumo. Razerback lost its first sumo and Tug of War match to Hellbound and Storm Chaser. They built Colossus for the Tug of War of Techno Games 2003 but the event was cancelled.
Scorpion continued to battle on the live circuit after Robot Wars started its 11-year hiatus. For a while, it stuck to using the same design it had in Series 7, and refined the design for the 2006 UK Championship, where it defeated Ewe 2 and Big Nipper on its path to the semi-finals. However Scorpion eventually lost permissiont to use its disc because of safety concerns. As such, it was later rebuilt, and the old disc weapon was replaced with a new double-headed pickaxe weapon, similar to that of Terrorhurtz. This weapon came from Hammertime which became a circular rambot. It was rebuilt and combined with the Team's other Heavyweight, Fortis, in late 2012 to become Titan. The team also competed on the Featherweight circuit outside of Robot Wars with Scorpion Junior which started out as a vertical spinner but was redesigned with a horizontal spinner similar to Fluffy and renamed Scorpion Evolution.
They also built a heavyweight called BatterBot which sported Dantomkia's colour scheme before it was sold to Team Toon in 2007, around the same time in which Dantomkia was also sold. Team Toon then repainted and renamed Batterbot as And His Army, before it was rebuilt by John Findlay and renamed again as Toon Raider.
- "Scorpion still exists to this day, and it is Scorpion's fault that the arena build rules in this country were changed. She is just too powerful now."
- — John Bell
- Since Robot Wars ended, there has been a ban on heavy rotating weapons in the Heavyweight Championships for safety reasons. Scorpion proved to be the main cause for this movement.
- The Series 4 version of Scorpion featured in the opening credits of Robot Wars Extremes 1 and 2 and also Series' 5 and 6. This means that technically, Scorpion is the competitor robot that appeared in the most Robot Wars episodes at 68 (ignoring highlights reels).
- The original Scorpion was built on team member John Bell's dining table.
- The original Scorpion's fibreglass shell was burnt on a bonfire after filming; this proved to be regrettable, as the fire service had to be called.