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The first Out of the Arena flip

In Robot Wars history, there have been many instances of a robot being thrown out of the arena (known officially in 2016 as a robot being Trenched). The robot is thrown over the Robot Wars Arena walls, where it could no longer take part in the battle.

In The Third Wars, this was used for the first time as a legitimate means of defeating an opponent, akin to pushing a robot into the pit or destroying it to the point of immobilisation. Though primarily a goal of flipping weapons, some lifting weapons and even horizontal flywheels have had success defeating opponents in this way. House Robots such as Sir Killalot, Mr. Psycho and Matilda began to conclude robot defeats by throwing them from the arena, and the Arena Floor Flipper was capable of throwing featherweights from the arena.

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Wheely Big Cheese defeats Axe-Awe

Chaos 2 was the first robot to achieve this feat, and defeating an opponent in this way was initially considered Chaos 2's trademark (Jonathan Pearce called it George Francis' "party trick"). Later, robots such as Firestorm and Thermidor 2 began to utilise it as a means of finishing a battle, and Wheely Big Cheese arguably performed the most famous out of the arena flip against Axe-Awe. By The Seventh Wars, it was not unusual to see several out of the arena flips in an episode - thirty such occurrences took place in that series alone.

Gravity flips Dantomkia

Gravity beats Dantomkia in the fastest fight ever

Flipping a robot out of the arena is the quickest way to immobilise an opponent, as it can be done in very short order without delays such as charging a spinning weapon or waiting for the pit to descend. From the 30 Shortest Battles in UK Robot Wars, 11 were concluded by a robot being thrown out of the arena, two of those being the two fastest, at 6 and 8 seconds.

In the 2016 series arena, the arena walls were heightened greatly in the corners of the arena, making it near-impossible to flip robots out of the arena. Instead, the four arena entry gates in the middle of each wall are left low, where a robot can throw another competitor into The Trenches, for a win through the same method.

LeaderboardEdit

The current holder of the most out of the arena flips is Dantomkia, having defeated nine robots in this way, although Sir Killalot as a house robot holds the outright record, having dropped 14 robots out in total, doing it quite often in the USA and the Netherlands.

Ranking of all robots who have thrown another robot from the arenaEdit

  • Robots coloured in gold have held the record for most out of the arena flips at any one time.
  • Robots listed by number of out of the arena flips. Where tied, the robots are listed by order in which they first achieved the feat.
Robot Number List of Robots Thrown Out of the Arena Notable achievements
Dantomkia 9[1] Mighty Mouse, Chaos 2 (Series 6)
Hypno-Disc, Iron-Awe 2 (Extreme 2)
Scorpion, IG-88, Behemoth, King B Powerworks, Panic Attack (Series 7)
Broke Firestorm's record of Most Out of the Arena flips.
Broke CerberusShortest Battle Record against IG-88 by flipping it Out of the Arena in eight seconds (00:08).
Firestorm 7 Reactor 2 (Series 5)
S3 (Series 6)
Weld-Dor 3, Bondi-Titch (Extreme 2)
Reptirron the Second, Ripper, Mute (Series 7)
Broke Chaos 2’s record of most Out of the Arena flips.
First front-hinged flipper to throw another robot out of the arena.
Chaos 2 6 Fire Storm (Series 3)
Indefatigable, Tornado (Series 4)
The Steel Avenger, S.M.I.D.S.Y. (Series 5)
Iron-Awe 2 (Series 6)
First robot to flip another out of the arena.
Set original record for most Out of the Arena flips four times (1 as of end of Series 3, 3 as of end of Series 4, 5 as of end of Series 5, and finally 6 as of end of Series 6).
Set original record for most consecutive Out of the Arena flips along with Thermidor 2.
Thermidor 2 4 Behemoth, Stinger, Napalm (Extreme 1)
Mobot (Series 7)
First robot to flip two robots out of the arena in one battle, setting the original record for most consecutive Out of the Arena flips in the process, along with Chaos 2.
Highest performing robot not to have been flipped out of the arena itself (joint with Atomic).
Atomic 4 Terror Turtle, Hellbent, S.M.I.D.S.Y., M2 (Series 7) Broke Tsunami’s record for most consecutive Out of the Arena flips.
Highest performing robot not to have been flipped out of the arena itself (joint with Thermidor 2).
Bigger Brother 3 Tip-Top, Splinter (Series 5)
S3 (Extreme 2)
Gravity 3 Hydra, 13 Black, Dantomkia (Series 7) Broke Dantomkia’s Shortest Battle Record against Dantomkia by flipping it Out of the Arena in only six seconds (00:06).
Tsunami 3 Diabolus, Major Tom 3, Constrictor (Series 7) Broke Chaos 2/Thermidor 2’s record of most consecutive Out of the Arena flips.
Set the record of fastest battle to involve the immobilisation of two robots.
Behemoth 2 The Spider (Extreme 1)
Crushtacean (Series 7)
First robot to achieve an Out of the Arena flip without a flipping weapon.
Cyclone 2 Thor's Hammer, Hyperactive (Extreme Warriors: Season 2) Only competitor to throw out another in an international series.
First heavyweight competitor to use a vertical flywheel to flip another Out of the Arena.
Wheely Big Cheese 2 Wolverine, Axe-Awe (Series 5) Furthest robot from the arena wall to successfully flip another Out of the Arena.
Spawn Again 2 Evolution (Series 5)
Chip (Series 7)
Raging Reality 2 Brutus Maximus, Tetanus 2 (Series 6)
M2 2 Shell Shock, Vader (Series 7) First robot to throw two robots Out of the Arena in a single battle in the main competition.
X-Terminator 2 Killer Carrot 2, Tsunami (Series 7) First UK heavyweight robot not to use a lifting or flipping weapon of any kind to achieve an Out of an Arena flip.
Gemini 1 The Creature (Series 4) Second robot to achieve an Out of the Arena flip.
Combat Ant 1 Pants (Extreme 1) Only non-heavyweight robot to thrown another out.
First Out of the Arena flip with a spinning weapon.
General Carnage 2 1 Guzunderbot (Series 5)
Bulldog Breed 1 Pussycat (Extreme 2)
St. Agro 1 The Scrapper (Series 7)
Judge Shred 3 1 Corkscrew Two (Series 7)
Storm 2 1 The Steel Avenger (Series 7) The only robot to achieve an Out of the Arena flip without using a moving weapon.
Raging Knightmare 1 Spawn Again (Series 7)
Iron-Awe 2.1 1 Bigger Brother (Series 7)
Eruption 1[2] Terror Turtle (2016)
Apollo 1 Storm 2 (2016)

The Most Consecutive out of the arena flips recordEdit

  • Chaos 2 & Thermidor 2 (2 robots) - Because The Fifth Wars and Extreme 1 were filmed simultaneously, it is hard to determine which robot set the original consecutive record. In addition, the two machines set the record in different ways - two robots in a single battle (Thermidor 2, Extreme 1 Mayhem), or two robots in successive battles (Chaos 2, Series 5). As a result, both machines have been recognised as the original record holders.

Note: Wheely Big Cheese, Bigger Brother, Raging Reality, M2, Dantomkia and Gravity all matched this before it was broken, but for convenience, the honour remains with the original holders.

  • Tsunami (3 robots) - In Series 7, Tsunami matched Thermidor 2's feat by defeating Major Tom 3 and Diabolus in its first round battle, and then broke the record by flipping Constrictor out in the second round.

Note: Atomic and Firestorm 5 both matched this before it was broken, however the record remains with the first robot to achieve it.

  • Atomic (4 robots) - All four of Atomic's victories in Series 7 were scored by throwing another competitor out. By flipping S.M.I.D.S.Y. out of the arena in its Heat Final, Atomic matched Tsunami's record, which it broke in its next battle by flipping M2 out of the arena in its first Semi-Final round.

CompetitorsEdit

Series 3Edit

Robot Opponent Battle Means of throwing out Notes
Chaos 2 Fire Storm Grand Final, Eliminator 1 Flipper First Out of the Arena flip. Equal 14th shortest battle in UK Robot Wars.

Series 4Edit

Gemini vs The Creature

Gemini defeats The Creature

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Chaos 2 defeats Tornado

Robot Opponent Battle Means of throwing out Notes
Chaos 2 Indefatigable Heat A, Eliminator 1 Flipper
Gemini The Creature Heat F, Round 2 Flipping arms Both Gemini twins combined their flippers to throw out The Creature.
Chaos 2 Tornado Semi-Final 1, Round 2 Flipper This battle was fought three times, with only one being shown on TV.

Extreme Series 1Edit

BehemothSpider

Behemoth pushes The Spider out

Thermidorbehemoth

Thermidor 2 hurls Behemoth from the arena

Thermidorstinger

Stinger follows Behemoth from the arena

Robot Opponent(s) Battle Means of throwing out Notes
Behemoth The Spider Wild Card Warriors Front shovel First non-flipper robot to achieve the feat.
Thermidor 2 Behemoth, Stinger Mayhem Flipper First time two robots were flipped out of the arena in one fight
Thermidor 2 Napalm Vengeance Flipper Allowed Thermidor 2 to equal Chaos 2's record of having the most robots thrown out of the arena.
Combat Ant Pants Antweight Battle Bludgeoner First and only non-heavyweight to achieve the feat. Also first occurrence of a robot being thrown out of the arena with a spinning weapon.

Series 5Edit

Chaos2SMIDSY

Chaos 2 vs. S.M.I.D.S.Y.

General Carnage OotA

General Carnage 2 vs. Guzunderbot

FirestormReactor

Firestorm 3 vs. Reactor 2

SpawnagainEvolution

Spawn Again vs. Evolution

BBSplinter

Bigger Brother vs. Splinter

Robot Opponent Battle Means of throwing out Notes
Chaos 2 The Steel Avenger Heat A, Round 2 Flipper
Chaos 2 S.M.I.D.S.Y. Heat A, Final Flipper Fought after a rematch. First time a robot had flipped two robots out in consecutive battles.
General Carnage 2 Guzunderbot Heat C, Round 1 Flipper
Firestorm 3 Reactor 2 Heat D, Final Flipper First occurrence of a front-hinged flipper achieving this feat. First time a robot has been flipped into the House Robot Entrance.
Spawn Again Evolution Heat G, Round 2 Flipper Equal 12th shortest battle in UK Robot Wars.
Wheely Big Cheese Wolverine Heat H, Round 1 Flipper
Wheely Big Cheese Axe-Awe Heat H, Round 2 Flipper Axe-Awe flew approximately eight metres into the air and landed on the outside of the arena. Equal 4th shortest battle in UK Robot Wars.
Bigger Brother Tip-Top Heat I, Round 1 Flipper Equal 18th shortest battle in UK Robot Wars.
Bigger Brother Splinter Heat I, Round 2 Flipper

Series 6Edit

Tetanus 2 vs Raging Reality

Tetanus 2 vs. Raging Reality

DTKChaos2

Dantomkia vs. Chaos 2

S3 vs Firestorm

Firestorm 4 vs. S3

Robot Opponent Battle Means of throwing out Notes
Raging Reality Brutus Maximus Heat A, Round 1 Flipper Brutus Maximus was already immobilised and counted out.
Raging Reality Tetanus 2 Heat A, Round 2 Flipper Tetanus 2 was immobilised, but Refbot had reversed into the pit and was unable to count Tetanus 2 out. This caused Raging Reality to end the battle itself.
Chaos 2 Iron-Awe 2 Heat C, Round 1 Flipper Final out of the arena flip achieved by Chaos 2.
Dantomkia Mighty Mouse Heat C, Round 2 Flipper
Dantomkia Chaos 2 Heat C, Final Flipper
Firestorm 4 S3 Semi-Final, Round 2 Flipper Firestorm 4 pushed one of S3's wheels onto the wall, and this caused the weight to drag it over the wall and onto the ground.

Extreme Series 2Edit

BBFlipsoutS3

Bigger Brother flips out S3

BulldogPC

Bulldog Breed vs. Pussycat

Dantomkia flips hypno-disc

Dantomkia vs. Hypno-Disc

Robot Opponent Battle Means of throwing out Notes
Bigger Brother S3 All-Stars, Round 1 Flipper Equal 12th shortest battle in UK Robot Wars.
Bulldog Breed Pussycat Tag Team Terror, Round 1 Flipper
Dantomkia Hypno-Disc Challenge Belt, Round 1 Flipper
Dantomkia S.M.I.D.S.Y. Challenge Belt, Round 1 Flipper Not shown on TV. S.M.I.D.S.Y. advanced in spite of this, because two other competitors, Hypno-Disc and Sir Chromalot, had already been eliminated. The only battle in which three robots went out of the arena.
Dantomkia Iron-Awe 2 Challenge Belt, Round 2 Flipper The third time that one of Team Iron-Awe's robots had been flipped out of the arena, and the third time that a robot has fallen into the House Robot Entrance.
Firestorm 4 Weld-Dor 3, Bondi Titch Commonwealth Carnage, Round 1 Flipper

Series 7Edit

M2 and Shell Shock

M2 vs. Shell Shock

IG-88 vs Dantomkia

Dantomkia vs. IG-88

Hydra vs gravity

Gravity vs. Hydra

Tsunami flips Constrictor

Tsunami breaks Chaos 2/Thermidor 2's record

X-Terminator vs Killer Carrot 2

X-Terminator vs. Killer Carrot 2

Storm II OotA

Storm 2 vs. The Steel Avenger

Firestorm 5 vs reptirron the second

Firestorm 5 vs. Reptirron The Second

AtomicM2OotA

Atomic vs. M2

Dantomkia vs Panic Attack

Dantomkia vs. Panic Attack

Robot Opponent(s) Battle Means of throwing out Notes
M2 Shell Shock, Vader Heat A, Round 1 Flipper
Dantomkia Scorpion Heat C, Round 2 Flipper The crew had asked Team Dantomkia not to flip out Scorpion onto the camera tracks for fear the disc would damage them.
Dantomkia IG-88 Heat C, Final Flipper Both Vader and IG-88 lost in this way in Series 7. 2nd shortest battle in UK Robot Wars, at eight seconds.
Gravity Hydra Heat D, Round 1 Flipper Hydra went out after first landing on the arena wall and buckling it.
Gravity 13 Black Heat D, Round 2 Flipper
Tsunami Major Tom 3, Diabolus Heat F, Round 1 Flipper Quickest battle to involve the defeat of two robots.
X-Terminator Killer Carrot 2 Heat F, Round 2 Flywheel First occurrence of a robot being thrown out of the arena by a flywheel in the main competition.
Tsunami Constrictor Heat F, Round 2 Flipper Broke Chaos 2 and Thermidor 2's record of consecutive out of the arena flips.
X-Terminator Tsunami Heat F, Final Flywheel Every single one of Tsunami's battles in the UK ended this way.
Atomic Terror Turtle Heat G, Round 1 Flipper
Atomic Hellbent Heat G, Round 2 Flipper 20th shortest battle in UK Robot Wars.
Atomic S.M.I.D.S.Y. Heat G, Final Flipper Atomic tied Tsunami's record of consecutive out of the arena flips.
St. Agro The Scrapper Heat H, Round 1 Flipper
Storm 2 The Steel Avenger Heat I, Final Brute Force Ran into the wall, causing The Steel Avenger to topple over the wall. Only time a robot was thrown out of the arena without a moving weapon being activated.
Thermidor 2 Mobot Heat J, Round 1 Flipper
Judge Shred 3 Corkscrew Two Heat L, Round 1 Flipper
Behemoth Crushtacean Heat L, Round 1 Front shovel An act of vengeance for a Series 5 loss.
Spawn Again Chip Heat N, Round 1 Flipper Chip had admitted its fear of being flipped out by Spawn Again in the pits prior to this.
Raging Knightmare Spawn Again Heat N, Final Flipper A Vengeance, won by Raging Knightmare in recompense for Series 4.
Iron-Awe 2.1 Bigger Brother Heat O, Round 2 Flipper Bigger Brother was the highest ever seed to be flipped out. 23rd shortest battle in UK Robot Wars.
Firestorm 5 Reptirron The Second Heat P, Round 2 Flipper
Firestorm 5 Ripper Heat P, Final Flipper
Gravity Dantomkia Semi-Final 1, Round 1 Flipper Shortest battle in UK Robot Wars, in under six seconds.
Firestorm 5 Mute Semi-Final 2, Round 1 Flipper Mute assisted by firing its flipper at the same time as Firestorm. Firestorm broke Chaos 2's record of 6 out of the arena flips, with this being its 7th. It also tied with Tsunami and Atomic on 3 consecutive Out of the Arena flips.
Atomic M2 Semi-Final 2, Round 1 Flipper The fourth consecutive out of the arena flip for Atomic, breaking Tsunami's record.
Dantomkia Behemoth, King B Powerworks All-Stars, Round 1 Flipper Dantomkia tied and broke Firestorm's record of 7 out of the arena flips, with this being its 7th and 8th respectively.
Dantomkia Panic Attack All-Stars, Round 2 Flipper Dantomkia's most recent out of the arena flip at 9.

2016 SeriesEdit

Eruption flips terror turtle oota

Eruption tosses Terror Turtle out

Storm2 trenched

Apollo vs Storm 2

Robot Opponent(s) Battle Means of throwing out Notes
Eruption Terror Turtle Episode 4, Round 1 Flipper First flip into the trench performed by a competitor in 2016.
Apollo Storm 2 Episode 4, Heat Final Flipper
Eruption Shockwave Whiteboard match Flipper Not shown on TV, battle was held purely to entertain the audience.

Extreme Warriors Season 2Edit

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Cyclone vs Thor's Hammer

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Cyclone vs Hyperactive

Robot Opponent Battle Means of throwing out Notes
Cyclone Thor's Hammer Annihilator, Round 1 Flywheel First heavyweight competitor to use a flywheel to throw another out of the arena. Second time that a robot had landed into the House Robot Entrance.
Cyclone Hyperactive Annihilator, Round 2 Flywheel Second use of a flywheel to throw a robot out of the arena.

House Robot InflictedEdit

Extreme Series 1Edit

Robot Competitor Battle Means of throwing out Notes
Sir Killalot Stinger Wild Card Warriors Jaws of Life Dropped Stinger over the arena wall after cease was called. Stinger still won on a judges decision.
Sir Killalot Napalm 2 Tag Team Terror, Round 1 Jaws of Life Dropped Napalm over the arena wall

Series 5Edit

Killalotdougal

Sir Killalot dumps Ruf Ruf Dougal out

Robot Competitor Battle Means of throwing out Notes
Sir Killalot Ruf Ruf Dougal Heat D, Round 1 Jaws of Life Dropped Ruf Ruf Dougal over the arena wall

Series 6Edit

Robot Competitor Battle Means of throwing out Notes
Sir Killalot Dynamite UK vs Germany, Round 1 Jaws of Life Dropped Dynamite over the arena wall after ripping off its shell

Extreme Series 2Edit

Robot Competitor Battle Means of throwing out Notes
Sir Killalot Saw Point Minor Meltdown, Eliminator 1 Jaws of Life Dropped Saw Point over the arena wall
Sir Killalot Gi-Ant-O Featherweight Heats Jaws of Life Dropped tiny Gi-Ant-O over the arena wall. The match was not fully televised, this was only seen in a recap.
Matilda Sir Chromalot Challenge Belt Eliminator Flywheel Sir Chromalot was flung into a robot entrance area. First instance of Matilda throwing another out with her flywheel in the UK series.
Matilda Vader Challenge Belt Eliminator Flywheel

Series 7Edit

Mr. psycho drops out Hassocks hog 2

Mr. Psycho drops Hassocks Hog 2 over the wall

Matilda throws out ceros

Matilda throws Ceros out

Robot Competitor Battle Means of throwing out Notes
Floor Flipper G2 Featherweight Championship, Heat 1 Flipper First out of the arena flip to be performed by an arena hazard. Cygnus thrown into the pit with the same flip.
Mr. Psycho Hassocks Hog 2 Heat C, Round 1 Claw Dropped Hassocks Hog 2 over the arena wall. First and only time Mr. Psycho dumped a competitor out of the arena.
Matilda Ceros Heat H Final Flywheel
Floor Flipper Rampage 2 Featherweight Championship Final Flipper

2016 SeriesEdit

MatildaKingBRemixOotA

Matilda 'trenches' King B Remix

Matilda flips thor oota

Matilda flicks Thor over the wall

Robot Competitor Battle Means of throwing out Notes
Matilda King B Remix Episode 3, Head-To-Head Tusks Matilda's first out of the arena flip using her tusks, throwing King B Remix into the space behind the pit release button. First instance of a competitor robot being flipped out of the arena in the 2016 series.
Matilda Thor Grand Final, Head-to-Head Tusks In order to help score a knockout win for TR2, Matilda charged out of her CPZ and flipped Thor over the wall.

Dutch Series 1Edit

Robot Competitor Battle Means of throwing out Notes
Sir Killalot Bamm Bamm Grand Final, Round 2 Jaws of Life

Dutch Series 2Edit

Robot Competitor Battle Means of throwing out Notes
Sir Killalot Vortex Inducer Heat E, Round 1 Jaws of Life Dropped over the wall after being snapped in half.
Matilda √3 Heat E, Round 2 Flywheel Only S.O.Xbot was tossed out, so the robot as a whole was not deemed immobile.

Extreme Warriors Season 2Edit

Robot Competitor Battle Means of throwing out Notes
Sir Killalot Nightstalker Heat E, Round 1 Jaws of Life Dropped Nightstalker over the arena wall after burning it.
Sir Killalot Dragbot Heat F, Round 2 Jaws of Life Dropped Dragbot over the arena wall.
Sir Killalot Joker International Championship, Round 1 Jaws of Life
Sir Killalot Paul Bunyan House Robot Rebellion, Round 1 Jaws of Life Dropped Paul Bunyan over the arena wall after Sergeant Bash crumpled its spinning blade.
Matilda Medusa Oblongata House Robot Rebellion, Round 1 Flywheel Spun out of the arena by Matilda's flywheel after breaking down. First instance of Matilda using her flywheel to flip another competitor out in any series.

Nickelodeon Robot WarsEdit

Robot Competitor Battle Means of throwing out Notes
Sir Killalot Squirmin Vermin House Robot Rebellion Jaws of Life Entered in the middle of the fight to aid Shunt and Dead Metal and dropped Squirmin Vermin over the arena wall.
Sir Killalot Rick US Vs UK Tag Team Terror Jaws of Life Did so despite Rick still being mobile, Judges Decision excluded this attack.

Miscellaneous itemsEdit

Object Battle Means of throwing out Notes
75-point target Series 3, Pinball

Six Pac's run

Matilda's tusks First time an object was thrown out of the arena.
Major Tom's head Series 4, Heat E

Round 2

Shunt's Axe
Shredder's disc Series 6, Heat D

Round 1

S3's disc
Panic Attack's top panel Series 6, Heat I

Heat Final

Matlida's flywheel
Pit release tyre Extreme 2, Lightweight Championship

Final

Floor Flipper
Nuts' wheel 2016 series, Episode 1

Head-to-heads

Carbide's spinner

ReferencesEdit

  1. Dantomkia scored one additional untelevised flip out, against S.M.I.D.S.Y., which is not included in this count.
  2. Eruption scored one additional untelevised Out of the Arena flip in a Whiteboard battle against Shockwave, which is not included in this count.

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