Team Nemesis was a well-known Irish team that competed in the first five series of Robot Wars and both series of Robot Wars Extreme. The team were recognised for being one of the favourites among the audience.
The team mainly comprised of captain and driver Peter Redmond, radio communicator and electrician Joe Gavin, and Cairon "Dr. Zulu" Byrne, who oversaw the construction of their robots' chassis and armour. William Murphy and John Cunnane were also members during Team Nemesis' appearances in the first two series, with Craig Charles' son, Jack, also joining the team on several occasions between Series 4-5.
- "A friend of mine, Zulu, who was also on the Diotoir team, he'd been in the US and he saw Robot Wars in the US and he said "Oh you have to see this thing, it's amazing! They have these robots with weapons on them and they bash each other up and it's really cool!" ... I did an online search and I found out that BBC had bought the rights for Robot Wars in the UK, and they were going to start building and they were looking for entries, so I said "Ok, we could do that, let's start building a robot!""
- — Peter Redmond on entering Robot Wars
The team fought with two similar-looking robots, each decorated with red and black polka-dot fur, bloodshot eyes and toothy grins:
- Nemesis was their original robot, one of the first robots to debut in Robot Wars and from which they got their name. Nemesis never failed to reach the Arena stage in either of its Heats, being the fastest to complete The Gauntlet in its Series 1 heat and pushing Shunt off the Sumo ring later on in the same episode. Although it did not win a single battle in the Arena stage, it won the Sportsmanship award at the end of Series 1.
- Diotoir (full name: Diotoir, Son of Nemesis) was built as Nemesis' successor, and proved equally as famous. It enjoyed considerably more success than its predecessor, reaching two Heat Finals, the finals of the International League Championship (representing the Republic of Ireland) and Series 4 Celebrity Special, and the Semi-Finals of The First World Championship (again representing the Republic of Ireland). Additionally, it won the Extreme 1 Tag Team Terror tournament, paired with Pussycat, and the Sportsmanship award in Series 3-4.
During the aforementioned International League Championship, filmed as part of the Third Wars, Team Nemesis leant Nemesis to the Terror Australis team, after the Australians' own robot broke down before fighting. The renamed, repainted and modified Nemesis drew its first battle with Depoppesaurus Rex, before losing to Diotoir itself later on in the Group Stages. The ex-Team Nemesis Terror Australis also lost to Mortis in the one-off Ashes battle, broadcast as a side event during the International League Championship.
Having competed in five main UK series and two series of Extreme, Team Nemesis have fought the most series out of any internationally-based team to date. They have achieved an equal amount of wins and losses between their two robots, and, despite regularly being perceived as 'underdogs', only failed to reach the Arena Semi-Final/Heat Semi-Final stage once in the main UK series.
For the Series 4 Celebrity Special, shown as part of the Christmas specials in December 2000, Team Nemesis were joined by comedian Vic Reeves and his daughter, Alice. As per the rules, Reeves had to control Diotoir for sixty seconds before he was permitted to hand the controls over to the roboteers. As with the other celebrities, he added various novelty decorations to Diotoir, including a frying pan attached to its lifting arm and a pair of oversized glasses paying homage to the ones he wore.
Due to the long distances required to travel between Ireland and the UK for filming, Team Nemesis did not compete in Series 6 or Series 7. As Robot Wars also switched broadcaster to Channel 5 in between these series, which was not shown in Ireland, the team lost their sponsorship, and were therefore unable to travel to the UK for qualification into or filming of Series 7.
In 2016, Team Nemesis were asked by a Facebook user whether they would compete in the rebooted series of Robot Wars. Team Nemesis replied with "Maybe", implying that they were considering an entry into the new series. However, despite attempting to apply for Series 8 with Diotoir, Team Nemesis were not selected to compete in that series.
Famously, Nemesis and Diotoir were both set alight at various points during every series in which they competed in. Both robots featured Team Nemesis' trademark red and black polka-dot fur throughout their appearances, which was highly flammable and offered additional entertainment for the audience whenever it caught fire. One Series 2 Grudge Match - the Inferno Insurrection - was even staged specifically for Nemesis and the sacrificial Ramrombit to be set alight by Sergeant Bash.
- "When we first built Nemesis and it was moving around on the floor, we said "That's really cool!" because it was round and looked like a little animal on the ground. We said "That's cool, we'll have to cover it with something" or paint it up or whatever it was. So we said "Let's cover it in fur, as there's no flamethrowers." Flamethrowers were against the rules, you're not allowed to do that, but what they didn't tell us was that the House Robots were going to have flamethrowers!"
- — Peter Redmond on the fur
Ironically, Team Nemesis had decided to cover Nemesis in fur after seeing in the rules that flamethrowers were not allowed; unaware that House Robot Sergeant Bash would be equipped with one.
The Fur Virus, as it was informally described, refers to Team Nemesis' substantial use and distribution of the fur among other teams. Not only did they decorate their robots with the fur, but also wore full outfits comprised of vests and demon hats made out of the same material. Jonathan Pearce was often incredulous as to how much of the fur Team Nemesis possessed, as even after being set on fire and burnt, Diotoir would often receive new fur before the next battle it fought in.
The fur was also shared among other teams in the pits, who often decorated their robots or even made their own garments with it. For example, the Firestorm and Panic Attack teams both decorated their robots with the fur following their respective wins over Diotoir in Extreme 1. Wheely Big Cheese also had a strip of fur strapped to its back during its appearance in Heat H of Series 5, a reference to it defeating Diotoir in the Extreme 1 All-Stars. The last occasion of the fur being seen on a robot was in Series 7, despite Team Nemesis not entering that series, when Diotoir's initial Extreme 1 Tag Team partner Mega Morg featured some on its back.
This trademark was continued into Techno Games, with Team Nemesis' entries Ulysses and Stanoscloir also being clad in fur with bloodshot eyes and (in Ulysses' case) a grin.
Team Nemesis were also renowned for their sense of humour, frequently engaging in humourous banter with and making jokes on other teams and Robot Wars personalities on- and off-screen. Their acts, again, were made purely for entertainment; most occurred throughout Extreme 1, with notable examples including Ciaron Byrne 'sabotaging' Firestorm 3, the team bribing Noel Sharkey with cakes before the Tag Team Terror final, and Jack Charles being taped to a chair, resulting in him needing rescue from Ellie Watts.
Redmond, Gavin and Byrne's jokes often reflected on their robots. For example, in Series 2, Nemesis entered the battle with a large novelty kebab mounted between the wheelguards, in the hope that it would catch fire and burn up.
Team Nemesis' humour was also evident on Diotoir's original website, which jokingly implied that Peter Redmond was a secret agent, Joe Gavin was only three feet tall, and that Cairon Byrne was responsible for the invention of viagra.
Team Nemesis was recognised for being one of the most sportsmanlike teams on the show. On many occasions, Team Nemesis went out of their way to help other teams with repairs and support, their efforts being officially recognised with Nemesis and Diotoir each winning the Sportsmanship Award in Series 1, 3 and 4 respectively. Jonathan Pearce incorrectly quoted Team Nemesis as the winners of the Series 2 Sportsmanship Award during their battle against The Steel Avenger in Series 3.
The most significant example of Team Nemesis' generosity came in the International League Championship, where they leant the Terror Australis team Nemesis after their own robot suffered technical issues before its first battle. This enabled the Terror Australis team to continue participating in the aforementioned event, sparing them from being forced to withdraw with their original machine.
- "Hypno-Disc lost a tooth in its battle with V-max, which was welded back on by the famous and heroically talented Zulu of the Diotoir team."
- — Hypno-Disc website
Behind the scenes, Team Nemesis, and in particular Cairon Byrne, would always be available to support other roboteers with running repairs to their robots. Byrne's welding skills proved particularly useful, with many roboteers praising him for his assistance and the quality of the repairs he undertook. Notable instances include helping Team Power to attach a front blade to Sonic in Series 3, and welding one of the teeth on Hypno-Disc's flywheel back on after it broke off during its Series 4 battle against V-Max.
Redmond, Byrne and Gavin formed their own company Mechatrons in 1996, which is still active today. Mechatrons specialises in offering educational workshops and robotics kits as well as robots for corporate events, exhibitions and film/TV, with Diotoir making prominent appearances at their events and on their official website.
|Diotoir||Heavyweight||Series 3-5, Extreme 1-2|
- Wins: 13
- Losses: 13
Outside Robot WarsEdit
Like many other Robot Wars teams, Team Nemesis also competed in Techno Games with a variety of robots. They built Ulysses, a walkerbot powered by a 50cc petrol engine, which won gold in the Internal Combustion Sprint event in the 2001 series, beating the reigning champion Tecumseh in doing so. However, it lost the following year's Heavyweight Sprint event to Scuttle B². Ulysses' name is derived from the Latin name for Odysseus, a hero from ancient Greek literature.
For the 2002 Techno Games, Team Nemesis also entered a weaponless version of Diotoir into the Assault Course, called Stanoscloir. However, it lost in the first round to Kat's Whiskers.
Peter Redmond also built a Rubik's Cube solving robot called RuBot II, which is capable of solving a Rubik's Cube in under 20 seconds and held the world record for the fastest robot of its kind until 2011. Nicknamed The Cubinator, it makes an appearance in the 2010 Guinness Book of World Records, and is still owned by Redmond, regularly appearing at exhibitions and events under the custodianship of Mechatrons.
Peter Redmond has run a Mechatrons event every year, running heavyweight combat brackets and static displays, also taking Diotoir to the events.
|Main Series||Team Nemesis Record|
|The First Wars||Heat, Arena Semi-Final with Nemesis|
|The Second Wars||Heat, Arena Semi-Final with Nemesis|
|The Third Wars||Heat Final with Diotoir|
|The Fourth Wars||Heat, Round 1 with Diotoir|
|The Fifth Wars||Heat Final with Diotoir|
|The Sixth Wars||Did not enter|
|The Seventh Wars||Did not enter|
|Series 8||Not selected with Diotoir|
|Series 9||Did not enter|
|Robot Wars Extreme||Appearances|
|Series 1||Entered with Diotoir|
|Series 2||Entered with Diotoir|
- ↑ http://mechatrons.com/displays/
- ↑ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8586675.stm
- ↑ http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/meet-ruby-the-recordbreaking-robot-that-solves-rubiks-cube-20110601-1fgbc.html