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"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

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Scorpion in Series 4

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

Scorpion 2

The Extreme 1 model which also failed to qualify for Series 5

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

Sprit of Scorpion

Spirit of Scorpion, the Series 6 incarnation

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

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The Series 7 version of Scorpion in the arena

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.

QualificationEdit

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.

Scorpion managed to rip apart Killer Carrot 2 and Sir Chromalot to qualify for Series 7.

"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

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 4Edit

Reactor flips Scorpion

Reactor topples Scorpion over.

Scorpion's first ever fight in the UK tournament saw it up against the 27th seed Sir Chromalot, alongside another newcomer Reactor.

"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.

Bigger brother vs scorpion

Bigger Brother flips Scorpion

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 defeated Bigger Brother and Plunderbird 4 on a judges' decision, despite Scorpion being flipped over and burnt as it was in the main competition, Firestorm 2 was able to flip around Bigger Brother and Plunderbird, who eventually broke down, with only token help from Scorpion.

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The immobilised Firestorm and crippled Scorpion in their tag zone

In the final against King B3 and 101, Scorpion was forced to fight alone after Firestorm 2 broke down after its first charge. It was pushed around the arena by both robots already going at a very sluggish and eventually left virtually immobile itself next to its fallen partner with one of its wheels only partly working, with both opponents immobilised, King B3 and 101 decided to fight each other before cease was eventually called.

Extreme 1Edit

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Shunt axes Scorpion

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.

Series 6Edit

Barbaric response spirit of scorpion

Barbaric Response weakly attacks the immobile Scorpion

"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.

Series 7Edit

"Looks deadly, but others have drawn its sting in the past."
— Jonathan Pearce as Scorpion enters the arena
Ig-88 vs scorpion

IG-88 rips off the front panel from Scorpion

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.

Dantomkia vs Scorpion

Dantomkia throws Scorpion from the arena

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.

ResultsEdit

SCORPION - RESULTS
Series 4
The Fourth Wars - UK Championship
Heat, Round 1
Heat M, Eliminator vs. Reactor, Sir Chromalot (27) Eliminated
Sumo Basho
9th
Sumo 9.23 seconds 9th
Tag Team Terror
(with Firestorm) Runner Up
Round 1 vs. Bigger Brother & Plunderbird 4 Won
Round 2 vs. 101 & King B3 Lost
Extreme 1
Other Battles
House Robot Rebellion (with Plunderbird 5 and Stinger)
House Robot Rebellion vs. Dead Metal, Shunt Lost
SPIRIT OF SCORPION - RESULTS
Series 6
The Sixth Wars - UK Championship
Heat, Round 1
Heat B, Round 1 vs. Barbaric Response, Robochicken, X-Terminator Eliminated
SCORPION - RESULTS
Series 7
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
  • Locutus, which failed to qualify for Series 3
  • The insides of Scorpion in the Pits in Series 7
  • Geoff Smith and John Bell with Scorpion at Dutch Robo Games 2003

Wins/LossesEdit

  • Wins: 2
  • Losses: 5

Series RecordEdit

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 1 Entered
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 as Ridgeback at Techno Games
  • Scorpion in its appearances after Robot Wars, until 2009, whilst it still sported the rear disc
  • Scorpion in 2009, sporting a double-ended axe, taken from Hammertime, as its weapon
  • Scorpion rebuilt in 2011, with the new front prongs
  • Scorpion being pitted in the Axe Attack whilst painted pink during the 2011 Team Championship
  • Fortis, the robot which Scorpion was combined with to make Titan.
  • Scorpion as Titan with John and Sarah Bell in 2012
  • Titan in the bullpen at Guildford 2013
  • Titan at the Robot Wars 2013 Winter Tour with its new paint job
  • DTK (aka Dantomkia mk4)
  • DTK in 2014 with its new paint job
  • BatterBot, a heavyweight built by Team Batter that was sold to Team Toon.
  • Scorpion Junior, Team Scorpion's featherweight
  • Scorpion Evolution the team's featherweight (an upgraded version of Scorpion Jr)
  • Collosus in a tug of war against Tornado at Worthing Robot Roadshow.

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 Collosus 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, but was mostly unable to use the 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.

TriviaEdit

"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.

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