Shove, in the pits
|UK Series||1-3 (2-7 qualifiers)|
|Weapons||Static Scoop/Shovel (not used for combat)|
Shove was an inexalted House Robot with a high box-shaped chassis. It was constructed by Derek Foxwell. The machine had two turquoise eyes, and was armed with a large static scoop/shovel on the front, which was not used for combat. Shove was used by the Robot Wars backstage crew to push defeated or destroyed robots to the arena exits if they couldn't drive out themselves. Shove was used in the main series from Series 1-3, and the qualifiers and side competitions for Series 2 and 3, as Series 1 had no qualifiers or side competitions. But despite this, Shove was never actually seen or mentioned on the Television show at all, the only house robot to not be seen on the TV. It's possible that Shove may have been an early concept robot for fellow original house robot Shunt, as they both bear resemblance to earthmovers, both bear a similar body, and both feature a similar scoop (only Shove's scoop is static). By necessity, Shove was a great deal bigger and heavier than the four original house robots. Its exact measurements are unknown, but in theory it would have needed to be capable of pushing a deactivated 220-kg superheavyweight walkerbot.
Although Shove never actually featured on the televised show, it did feature on the House Robot edition of the Robot Wars: Ultimate Warrior Collection videos. It appears without its shell, for Chris Reynolds to explain how each of the house robots' drivetrains work, he used this despite it being a four wheel drive robot, whilst the rest of the house robots at the time were two wheel drive (or tracked, in Sir Killalot's case). Reynolds described Shove's chassis as being "your basic robot chassis", showing how simplistic Shove was underneath, compared to the rest of the house robots. Shove also appears in the background at several other points during the film.
Like all of the other early house robots, Shove, over the course of the show's run, was modified to cope with the evolving standard of robots competing. However, most of the modifications came as the weight increase came about, so it could cope easier when shunting the heavier competitors. The chassis was reinforced, and wheel guard bars were installed for extra integrity.
Shove was not used as a cleaner in the main competition from Series 4 onwards, as that job was taken over, after the addition of the Refbot. This is largely because Refbot was already in the arena, coupled with the fact that the Refbot also featured a large shovel at the front and two rear scoops itself. However, Shove continued to be used as a cleaner/sweeper in the qualifiers for Series 4-7, until Robot Wars ended in Series 7, this was because Shove was more compact, and therefore easier to transport than the Refbot.
- "We drove constrictor smoothly back to the bullpen, the others had to be swept out the arena by a huge bot built by Derek Foxwell that looked a bit like shunt but 3 times bigger."
- — Constrictor website, on the Series 7 qualifiers, with reference to Shove
- Shove was the only house robot never seen on the televised show.
- Shove was the only house robot to be replaced.
- Shove was the only original house robot with a four wheel drive system, as the others were either two wheel drive or tracked, however, Growler would later have a four wheel drive system.
- Although it never featured on the televised show, Shove (without its body shell) featured on the House Robots edition of the Ultimate Warrior Collection videos, as Chris Reynolds used it to explain the way in which the house robots manoeuvre, Shove is also generally seen in the background on a few occasions in this video, whilst Reynolds is going through the other house robots.