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David Sandel: "Dave and Dave from New York, United States, and we're here to introduce Tiger Cat: the robot that is going to take over the world, and all the House Robots with our axe. We want the world to know..."
Dave Sandel: "...are you scared yet?"
— Dynamic Duo's introduction during the Civil War

Tiger Cat was a loanerbot that appeared twice in Season 1 of Robot Wars: Extreme Warriors. Competing in the US Championship and Civil War competitions, it lost in the first round in both of its appearances.

"Some of the 'bots were really having trouble getting assembled. One in particular, "The Wife", was a horrifically complex assemblage of pneumatics/hydraulics that looked like a dressmaker's dummy that had been assimilated by the Borg. The team worked on this for days, but eventually had to give up when their fail-safes wouldn't work. The poor thing looked more than a bit fragile and would likely not have survived the first combat round even if it had been running."
Team Amok's Extreme Warriors Season 1.0 report

Tiger Cat was lent to the Dynamic Duo team from New York, who had intended to enter Season 1 with The Wife, a robot with large rotating scissor-like claws as its main weapon. Upon its arrival at the UK Robot Wars studio, however, The Wife was prohibited from entering as its radio control systems did not meet legal requirements, and its failsafes failed to work properly. In order to allow the team to still compete in Season 1, the producers lent Tiger Cat to them as a replacement.

As a loanerbot, Tiger Cat was only due to compete in the Civil War side event, but it was drafted in to compete in the US Championship as well after Conquering Clown pulled out.

DesignEdit

TigerCat

Tiger Cat in the arena

Tiger Cat was a box wedge-shaped robot armed with a pneumatic axe, similar to the original version of Tomahawk. It was covered in flammable orange and black-striped fur resembling that of a tiger - hence its name - with its front wedge decorated with yellow eyes, whiskers and a gaping mouth resembling a cat's 'face'.

"This thing was useless"
— David Sandel on Tiger Cat

Unsatisfied with the robot, the Dynamic Duo (along with Team Manta) secretly doused Tiger Cat in WD-40 before its Civil War battle, with the team intending for it to "'at least go out with a bang'".

Robot HistoryEdit

Season 1Edit

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Tiger Cat catches fire with most of its fur ripped off

Tiger Cat initially appeared in the Civil War competition, representing the Union. In its first-round battle, it faced Confederacy representative Manta, with both teams dosing Tiger Cat's fur in WD-40 beforehand in an attempt to set it on fire. At the start, Tiger Cat moved slowly across the arena, with Manta slamming into its side before Tiger Cat drove behind Refbot. Another slam from Manta tore Tiger Cat's left-hand panel loose, before Tiger Cat had its front panel completely ripped off by Manta's disk, leaving its chassis and internals exposed.

"Tiger Cat's fallin' apart here. This isn't going to look go-OH! It's a breakaway robot!"
Stefan Frank as Tiger Cat has its front panel ripped off by Manta

Tiger Cat shuffled back and forth near a flame jet, before backing over it, setting its WD-40-coated fur alight as Manta again tore its side panel loose and buffeted it a few more times. A final slam from Manta lifted Tiger Cat and immobilized it completely, allowing Shunt to axe it before Refbot extinguished most of its fire and counted out.

"Well, I tell you, that Tiger Cat's looking... mighty crispy by now, as Refbot puts out the flames!"
— Stefan Frank as Refbot extinguishes Tiger Cat

Shunt pushed the still-flaming Tiger Cat onto the Floor Flipper, where it was thrown across the arena and onto its back. Manta slammed into Tiger Cat again, before Shunt and Sergeant Bash pitted it together. This eliminated Tiger Cat from the Civil War competition.

"Well the Tiger Cat were having a blaze, but unfortunately for them, it was not a blaze of glory; it was a blaze of humiliation and crushing defeat!"
Mick Foley announces Tiger Cat's loss

Tiger Cat also competed in the US Championship, replacing Conquering Clown after the latter withdrew due to technical issues. In its heat, it fought Close Enough, Rippa Raptor, Manta, Rosie the Riveter and Mad Cow. It initially drove around Rippa Raptor, then towards Mad Cow and Rosie the Riveter, before bumping into Mad Cow and pushing Rosie the Riveter into a CPZ. After having its right-hand panel come loose, Tiger Cat then teamed up with Manta to pin Mad Cow, immobilizing it, but had the panel torn off shortly afterwards. Tiger Cat drove itself close to the flame jet and Flame Pit, but briefly nudged Shunt and survived to a Judges' decision; despite setting itself alight over the flame jet just as 'cease' was called. Ultimately, Tiger Cat lost the decision to Manta, eliminating it from the US Championship.

ResultsEdit

TIGER CAT - RESULTS
Season 1
Civil War
Representing the Union, Round 1
Eliminator vs. Manta Lost
US Championship
Eliminated in Heats
Heat vs. Mad Cow, Close Enough, Rippa Raptor, Manta, Rosie The Riveter Eliminated

Wins/LossesEdit

  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 2

Seires RecordEdit

Main Series Tiger Cat Record
Season 1 Heat (Round 1)
Season 2 Did not enter

Outside Robot WarsEdit

The Dynamic Duo also entered four robots into Season 4.0 of BattleBots; Yellow Jacket (lightweight), Killer Wasp (middleweight), Bumble Bee (heavyweight, essentially a renamed The Wife) and Queen Bee (super heavyweight). All four robots forfeited their first matches in this season, due to various technical issues and Yellow Jacket not being assembled in time to fight. The team returned for Season 5.0 with the lightweight Overwhelming Force-59, but as with their previous robots, it was forced to forfeit its first battle against LocoMotion due to technical issues.

TriviaEdit

Thewife

The team's original Season 1 entrant, The Wife

  • Tiger Cat was one of only three loanerbots, alongside Hard and Hoot, to compete in any televised Robot Wars domestic championship.
    • Of these three, it was the only one to be directly addressed as a reserve.
  • Both of Tiger Cat's losses involved battles with Manta.

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