"Buck Off!"
— Written on the rear of The Mule

The Mule was the original robot of Team Big Cheese, although Roger Plant was the sole roboteer behind The Mule. Entered in Series 2 of Robot Wars, it lost at the Heat Final stage, but won the award for the Best Engineered Robot.



The Mule's internals

The Mule was a box-shaped robot with three "bucking legs", which were actually compressed gas-powered rams. It also featured a forklift that could lift up to 260lbs. The robot used a unique split between red and green for its colour-scheme. It was nearly a kilo over the then Heavyweight limit.

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 2Edit


The Mule passes Matilda in the Gauntlet

"May be a mule, but a mule with pace!"
— Jonathan Pearce

The Mule pushed forward in the Gauntlet, attempting to flip Matilda. Instead, Matilda retreated and The Mule skilfully negotiated the gap between the Sentinel's arm and body before dodging Matilda and completing the course.


The Mule attacks Dead Metal

In the Trial, it held off Dead Metal, using its forklift to negate the blade, and managing to hold up to all of Sergeant Bash's attacks, lasting the full 30 seconds and moving through to the Arena stage.

Against Demon, a tentative battle of pushing resulted in The Mule being pushed into the CPZ, but as it was attacked by Dead Metal, Shunt and Sergeant Bash, Sir Killalot drove over Demon and caused it to break down. The judges were consulted, and Demon was eliminated.


Plunderbird 2 pushes The Mule

In the Heat Final, Plunderbird 2 got beneath The Mule several times, and used its wedge shape to push it around the arena, whilst The Mule's own attacks did not land successfully. Because Plunderbird 2 had dominated the battle, The Mule lost the judges decision.


Series 2
The Second Wars - UK Championship
Heat Final
Heat K, Gauntlet Completed (1st) Qualified
Heat K, Trial (King of the Castle) Survived (3rd) Qualified
Heat K, Arena Semi-Final vs. Demon Won
Heat K, Final vs. Plunderbird 2 Lost


  • The Mule with Roger Plant and its Best Engineered Award
  • The Mule on Display at Welsh ComicCon in 2014
  • Wins: 1
  • Losses: 1

Series RecordEdit

Main Series The Mule Series Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Heat Final
The Third Wars Entered with The Big Cheese
The Fourth Wars Entered with Wheely Big Cheese
The Fifth Wars Entered with Wheely Big Cheese
The Sixth Wars Did not enter
The Seventh Wars Did not enter
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter
Series 10 Did not enter
Robot Wars Extreme Appearances
Series 1 Entered with Wheely Big Cheese
Series 2 Did not enter