- Not to be confused with the UK competitor Triterobot.
- "The Prehistoric One-Man Army!"
- — Stefan Frank
Tricerabot was a competitor robot that fought in both seasons of Robot Wars: Extreme Warriors. It was eliminated in its heat in the Season 1 US Championship, but finished runner-up to defending champion Panzer Mk 4 as Tricerabot 3.0 in Season 2. It also competed in the Season 1 Tag Team Terror and Robot Rebellion competitions, with reasonable success.
Tricerabot’s name is a pun on ‘triceratops’, a genus of herbivorous dinosaur.
For Extreme Warriors, teams were encouraged to decorate their robots with stylish and flammable decorations in order to entertain the audience. Team Juggerbot obliged by decorating both versions of Tricerabot in paper bags (Season 1) or cardboard (Season 2) for most of its battles. The team were also dressed as prehistoric cavemen/cavewomen in Season 1, in keeping with the robot’s dinosaur theme.
Versions of TricerabotEdit
Tricerabot was a brown box-shaped robot with four-wheel drive and armed with a set of front ‘piercing horns’ as its main weapon. These consisted of a set of five ramming spikes - three mounted on the robot’s chassis, two on a front plate resembling the frill of a triceratops - which were intended to ram and get underneath opponents, sometimes even toppling them over. The robot’s top armor was covered with paper bags shaped to resemble a triceratops’ back, adding to its theme, which was meant to catch fire when the robot was driven over or near flame hazards, such as Sergeant Bash's flamethrower.
For Season 2, Team Juggerbot entered an upgraded version of Tricerabot, known as Tricerabot 3.0. It featured new front ramming spikes made from titanium and optimized to puncture tires and negate wedges, as well as a rear pneumatic flipper which was capable of operating either way up. The robot also featured a new flammable front panel and top layer made out of cardboard, allowing it to run inverted. These were removed for the Grand Final of the US Championship, as Team Juggerbot wanted to ensure that they would not cause Tricerabot 3.0 to break down during the later stages of the competition.
Both versions of Tricerabot proved fast, powerful and durable, capable of ramming opponents effortlessly as well as lifting, turning them over or even causing damage to exposed components, especially an opponent’s wheels. However, the robot’s high ground clearance made it susceptible to being lifted and flipped over itself, which proved to be its main weakness in the Season 2 US Championship.
Tricerabot fought in the US Championship, facing The Revolutionist, Coffin-Bot, Bot-Ugly, Unibite and Sobek in its heat. It rammed into Bot-Ugly and The Revolutionist in the opening stages, before chasing Coffin-Bot over the Flame Pit and driving over the top of Sobek, forcing one of its tires to detach from its rim in the process. Tricerabot reversed, before slamming into Unibite’s disk and pushing it around the arena from the side. Both robots separated, only for Tricerabot to charge head-on into Unibite again as the latter attacked Sobek near the Flame Pit.
- "Oh, Tricerabot drops in with those little wicker horns, and tries to do a bit of damage on Unibite!"
- — Stefan Frank as Tricerabot charges into Unibite
Tricerabot dodged a charge from Unibite, which became immobilized not long after, and it and The Revolutionist engaged in a pushing match while their defeated opponents were attacked by the House Robots. It was rammed by The Revolutionist once more just as ‘cease’ was called, and the battle went to the judges. Despite its strong performance, Tricerabot lost the judges’ decision to The Revolutionist, eliminating it from the US Championship.
Paired with Team Juggerbot’s other machine, Rosie the Riveter, Tricerabot also fought in the Tag Team Terror tournament, facing Drillzilla and Tut Tut in the first round. Tricerabot started first, dodging Tut Tut’s initial attempts to attack it before driving up its pyramid wedge and slamming it side-on. Tricerabot backed away as Tut Tut tagged Drillzilla, which promptly charged into Tricerabot and rammed it into the wall.
- "Now the walker - twice the weight of Tricerabot – just gonna have his way with him because he’s got too much power for those boys!"
- — Stefan Frank as Drillzilla rams Tricerabot into the wall
The two robots continued pushing each other towards – and over - the Flame Pit, causing Tricerabot’s its top armor to catch fire. Rosie the Riveter left its corner to assist Tricerabot, the resulting shove dislodging its flammable top, before Tricerabot and Drillzilla continued shoving each other as Sir Killalot came out of his CPZ to pick Rosie the Riveter up and spin it around in his jaws. All four robots converged, with Tricerabot now completely ablaze as it rammed Rosie the Riveter and Matilda before attacking Drillzilla again and turning Matilda onto her side.
- "…and Tricerabot puts Matilda on her side! Serves her right, nobody went into her corner, she shouldn’t have been out there!"
- — Stefan Frank as Tricerabot attacks Matilda
Still on fire, Tricerabot was grabbed by Sir Killalot and pushed towards the pit, before being lifted and spun around the arena. It then rammed Tut Tut into a CPZ before it was pushed into the pit by Drillzilla just before ‘cease’ was called. Tricerabot and Rosie the Riveter lost the subsequent judges’ decision, relegating them to the playoff for third place.
There, they faced Joker and Falcon, with Rosie the Riveter and Falcon starting first this time. It did not play a major part in the battle until it came out of its corner and rammed Joker, before it and Rosie the Riveter ganged up on Falcon. Both Juggerbot robots rammed Joker and Falcon close to the wall, with Tricerabot repeatedly charging into Falcon as it withstood an axe blow to its front horns. Tricerabot slammed into Joker, allowing Sergeant Bash to set fire to its top armor before it backed away and rammed the immobile Falcon and the pit release button in rapid succession.
- "Well I tell ya, Tricerabot is doing everything. He’s crashin’, he’s bashin’, he’s just set the pit open. This boy’s on fire…literally!"
- — Stefan Frank summarizes Tricerabot’s dominant performance
It then pushed Falcon into the pit, before nudging Joker as Refbot counted the latter out and Sergeant Bash set fire to it again. Tricerabot finally pushed Joker into the pit as well – toppling in itself in the process – securing third place in the Tag Team Terror for it and Rosie the Riveter.
Finally, Tricerabot fought in the Robot Rebellion. In its eliminator, it faced The Green Mouse, a loanerbot leant to Team Katana as a replacement for their robot Shuriken. It immediately dodged The Green Mouse’s flipper and nearly drove into Dead Metal, before turning and backing into The Green Mouse, which lifted it. Tricerabot then rammed into the side of The Green Mouse and slammed it into the pit release button, before eventually turning it on its side – then its back - after another couple of rams. It then pushed The Green Mouse onto the Flame Pit, where it was burned, counted out and thrown by the Floor Flipper. Tricerabot eventually shoved The Green Mouse into the pit, allowing it through to the final.
There, it teamed up with Silver Box, Tut Tut and Rosie the Riveter to face Shunt and Matilda, equipped with a set of flammable bars taped to its back in an attempt to set fire to them. It immediately rammed into the side of Matilda, having its bars ripped off by her flywheel in the process, before being buffeted away as it tried to attack the House Robot from her rear. Tricerabot retreated to ram Shunt before attacking Matilda again, eventually managing to topple her onto her side after another side-on ram. At this point, it concentrated on ramming Shunt repeatedly as he lost mobility, before pressing the pit release button shortly after Sir Killalot entered the arena in a cloud of smoke.
Tricerabot slammed into Sir Killalot as he grabbed hold of Silver Box and carried it towards the pit, and got underneath him as he overbalanced and toppled onto his front. It and Rosie the Riveter pinned Sir Killalot in place close to the pit until ‘cease’ was called, and no winner was declared by the judges, although Mick Foley considered the battle to be a ‘great moral victory’ for the competitors. Unseen on the televised broadcast, Tricerabot pushed Sir Killalot even further into the pit than what was actually broadcast.
Tricerabot 3.0 competed solely in the US Championship, and appeared in Heat F. In the first round, it fought Brawler and Diskotek, and immediately turned round before charging in and spinning into Brawler. It circled around both Diskotek and Brawler before getting under Diskotek and slamming it into the wall. Tricerabot 3.0 then backed away and attacked Brawler, lifting it and Diskotek in rapid succession before pushing Diskotek into the wall again. It drove up the smoking Diskotek as it pushed it into Dead Metal, before almost overturning the latter as it drove up its flipper and charging into the pit release button. Tricerabot 3.0 kept ramming Diskotek into the wall and Shunt, at one point losing its front cardboard panel as Diskotek drove over it, before turning it over and being pushed into Shunt by Brawler. It and Brawler pushed Diskotek towards the pit, with Diskotek eventually spinning itself in before Tricerabot 3.0 joined it seconds later. Needless to say, Tricerabot 3.0 went through to the second round along with Brawler.
There, it faced King of Diamonds. Tricerabot 3.0 charged straight towards King of Diamonds, resisting hits from its sharp sides as it lifted the latter onto its back and constantly rammed it. It lifted King of Diamonds again and carried it across the arena, slamming it into the Disc of Doom button and lifting it again to free it. Both robots darted around and hit the Disc of Doom together, before Tricerabot 3.0 drove around Refbot, pressed the pit release button and crept up to King of Diamonds as it spun around in circles. Tricerabot 3.0 was spun around by Sir Killalot as it attempted to ram King of Diamonds again, the latter seeming to have control problems, but was axed by Shunt as it spun close to his CPZ, only to slam into King of Diamonds and stop it from spinning. It then lifted and pushed King of Diamonds towards the pit, before finally nudging it in.
- "All right, it looks to me like the King of Diamonds didn’t exactly shine out there, but Tricerabot had just enough left to put the King into the pit."
- — Mick Foley summarizes Tricerabot 3.0’s victory
In the Heat Final, Tricerabot 3.0 faced Brawler for the second time. Both robots collided with each other straight away, with Brawler hitting Tricerabot 3.0’s sides with its hammers as Tricerabot 3.0 drove around and constantly rammed into it. Tricerabot 3.0 was briefly pushed back by Matilda, before nudging Brawler into the Disc of Doom button and ramming it against the wall, turning Brawler over with its flipper in doing so. Tricerabot 3.0 continued pushing and lifting Brawler, and waited for it to stop spinning before chasing it around the arena and driving over its hammer. It pushed Brawler into Shunt’s CPZ, before turning it back over and ramming it close to the Disc of Doom. The two robots continued to ram and dodge each other until Tricerabot 3.0 backed into the pit release button, and had its front panel knocked off by Brawler as it continued to push and sustain more blows from its hammer and spear. Eventually, Tricerabot 3.0 pushed Brawler into the pit at full speed, securing its place in the Grand Final after a skilful and tenacious performance.
- "Look at the rail at the side of the wheels, it can’t get in anywhere, can’t get a puncture – goodbye! Look at that driving skill! Tricerabot, just dumps the Brawler in the hole!"
- — Stefan Frank as Tricerabot 3.0 pits Brawler
In its Grand Final eliminator, Tricerabot 3.0 faced Rocky-Bot-Boa. Both robots charged into each other in the opening seconds, with Tricerabot 3.0 using its flipper to get underneath Rocky-Bot-Boa and ram it into the wall and Sergeant Bash’s CPZ, where the House Robot momentarily held his grip on Rocky-Bot-Boa’s side.
- "Well, the strategy in this battle is just going to be ram, ram, ram, and that’s exactly what Tricerabot’s done from the beginning…"
- — Stefan Frank as the battle begins
It then lifted Rocky-Bot-Boa again and threw it onto its back over the Flame Pit, catching fire in the process, before slamming into the pit release button and Rocky-Bot-Boa again as the latter escaped from the CPZ and drove back over the Flame Pit. Rocky-Bot-Boa shoved Tricerabot 3.0 from the side and into the wall, with both robots driving into Sergeant Bash’s CPZ and Shunt coming in to axe and turn Tricerabot 3.0 over. There, it became apparent that Tricerabot 3.0 was noticeably slower than before, with Rocky-Bot-Boa taking advantage of this by pushing it around the arena and over the flame hazards, setting fire to its now-overturned cardboard panels. Tricerabot 3.0 was pushed into an empty CPZ by Rocky-Bot-Boa before being axed by Shunt again and driving away just as ‘cease’ was called. The battle went to a very close judges’ decision – the closest in Extreme Warriors history – which went in favor of Tricerabot 3.0.
In the Semi-Finals, Tricerabot 3.0 faced The Falcon Mark 2, with all of its flammable materials removed to guarantee its reliability for the remaining rounds. Again, it rammed straight into The Falcon Mark 2 and lifted it a few times, before getting underneath it, slamming it into the pit release button and carrying it across the arena. Both robots separated before Tricerabot 3.0 lifted The Falcon Mark 2 again, this time pinning it against the wall close to a CPZ, where both Matilda and Shunt attacked The Falcon Mark 2 before letting it escape and ram Tricerabot 3.0 in return. Tricerabot 3.0 persevered, using its spikes to push The Falcon Mark 2 around from the sides and towards the pit, although without succeeding. It attempted to push The Falcon Mark 2 again, but The Falcon Mark 2 escaped, so Tricerabot 3.0 resorted to lifting the latter again and driving it around the arena in the closing seconds. Again, the battle went to a judges’ decision, which went in favor of Tricerabot 3.0, securing its place in the Final.
- Carol Grow: "What’s your strategy? What are you going to do to the US grand champs to get that title away from them?"
- Mike Morrow: "Everything we can, that’s a formidable robot and I think we’re just gonna have to pound on them as hard as they gonna pound on us."
- — The pre-final interview
There, Tricerabot 3.0 faced the reigning champion Panzer Mk 4. It immediately suffered problems as its CO2 canister leaked in the opening seconds, leaving its flipper disabled as the two robots charged head-on into each other. Tricerabot 3.0 was rammed into Sergeant Bash’s CPZ by Panzer Mk 4, but escaped, only for Panzer Mk 4 to get underneath it again and slam it against an angle grinder, flipping it over against the grinder in the process. Tricerabot 3.0 recovered after getting knocked back upright, driving underneath Panzer Mk 4 and launching it onto its side, almost leaving Panzer Mk 4 stranded there until it rolled back onto its wheels. It again pinned Panzer Mk 4 against an angle grinder and got underneath it, only for Panzer Mk 4 to shove it into a CPZ and nearly leave it on its back as Sergeant Bash came in to attack both of them. Tricerabot 3.0 drove over Panzer Mk 4 before accidentally driving into Shunt and being rammed underneath a few more times. Panzer Mk 4 eventually rammed and overturned Tricerabot 3.0 against the Disc of Doom button, leaving it stranded there in the closing seconds.
- "Tricerabot definitely looks like they’re going to be saved by the bell on this one!"
- — Stefan Frank as the Grand Final draws to a close
Tricerabot 3.0 was freed by Panzer Mk 4 just before ‘cease’ was called, and survived to yet another judges’ decision. However, it lost the decision to Panzer Mk 4, and thus finished runner-up in the US Championship.
|TRICERABOT - RESULTS|
Final (with Silver Box, Tut Tut & Rosie The Riveter)
|Eliminator||vs. The Green Mouse||Won|
|Final||vs. Matilda, Shunt & Sir Killalot||No winner|
|Tag Team Terror|
Competing with Rosie The Riveter, Third Place
|Round 1||vs. Tut Tut & Drillzilla||Lost|
|Playoff||vs. Joker & Falcon||Won|
Eliminated in Heats
|Heat||vs. The Revolutionist, Coffin-Bot, Bot-Ugly, Unibite, Sobek||Eliminated|
|TRICERABOT 3.0 - RESULTS|
|Heat F, Round 1||vs. Brawler, Diskotek||Qualified|
|Heat F, Round 2||vs. King of Diamonds||Won|
|Heat F, Final||vs. Brawler||Won|
|Grand Final, Round 1||vs. Rocky-Bot-Boa||Won|
|Grand Final, Semi-Final||vs. The Falcon Mark 2||Won|
|Grand Final||vs. Panzer Mk 4||Lost|
- Wins: 7
- Losses: 3
- Draws: 1
|Main Series||Tricerabot Series Record|
|Season 1|| Heat (Round 1)|
Entered with Rosie the Riveter
|Season 2|| Runner-up|
Entered with Rosie the Riveter 2
Outside Robot WarsEdit
Team Juggerbot also competed in Robotica Season 1 with the original Juggerbot. Juggerbot progressed through the first round of its heat after its opponent, Noll, broke down, and won the Fight to the Finish against Hamerschlag. In the Grand Final, it scored exactly twice as many points as Viper to progress to the final Fight of the Finish against Ram Force and Run Amok. However, it ultimately lost to Run Amok.
Tricerabot 3.0 later competed in Robotica Season 3 as Juggerbot 3.0, where it outscored Denominator in the Gauntlet and Labyrinth stages before beating Da Claw in the Fight to the Finish. In the Grand Final, Juggerbot 3.0 tied with Jawbreaker’s Revenge in the Gauntlet and beat Ultra-Violence in the Labyrinth to advance to the final Fight to the Finish, where it lost to Panzer Mk 3.
Team Juggerbot would also compete in Season 3.0 of BattleBots with JuggerBot a six-wheeled superheavyweight armed with front and rear spikes. It beat Neptune in the first round, but lost to Vladiator in the second round.
Tricerabot also competed in Steel Conflict 4 as JuggerBot 3.1, with minor changes such as a different paint job.
Appearances in MerchandiseEdit
- The Season 1 version of Tricerabot is considered to be Juggerbot 2.0, as it was the second version of Juggerbot built after Rosie the Riveter, which itself is a renamed and cosmetically-altered Juggerbot 1.0.
- Tricerabot was the first competitor robot to overturn Matilda after her chainsaw was replaced with the flywheel, doing so twice during Extreme Warriors Season 1. This feat was later repeated by Apollo during Series 8.
- While entering the arena for the title battle of Season 2, Tricerabot 3.0 was introduced as Panzer Mk 4, and vice versa.
- In 2003, Tricerabot received an Honorable Mention in The Combat Robot Hall of Fame, in recognition of its Season 2 performance as Tricerabot 3.0 and its performances in Robotica as Juggerbot.