Trouble 'n' Strife was the original machine from Team Forsey, which competed exclusively in Series 5 of Robot Wars. In its only series appearance, it lost the first round - and its only battle - to Wild Thing following a very close Judges' decision.

The robot's name, Trouble 'n' Strife, is cockney slang for "wife."

Team Forsey later entered Series 6-7 and the Annihilator of Robot Wars Extreme: Series 2 with Revenge of Trouble & Strife, and Series 8-9 with M.R. Speed Squared.


Trouble 'n' Strife

Trouble 'n' Strife in the arena

Trouble 'n' Strife was a tall, two-wheeled, box-wedge shaped robot designed to resemble an alligator, powered by four modified starter motors. Its weapons were a CO2 powered flipper at the front and a two-toothed, 20kg, 1000RPM spinning disc at the rear, which proved very effective in flipping and causing substantial damage to Wild Thing in its only battle. However, the robot suffered from a slow turning circle and had no srimech as a result of its shape and the design of its flipper.

Trouble 'n' Strife's biggest drawback was that it was back-heavy, with much of the robot's weight (including the disc) being placed behind the front drive wheels. This prevented the wheels from having any traction on the arena floor and may have contributed to its large turning circle.

"Trouble and strife was decent...(but) We decided to start again from scratch because the drive wheels had no traction as most of the weight was over the back..."
— Team Forsey Facebook page[1]


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Trouble 'n' Strife in the pits at Series 5

Trouble 'n' Strife successfully qualified for the Fifth Wars after winning two qualifiers held as part of the live tour. Its first opponent was Bee-Capitator. The match was very short, as both robots approached each other, and Trouble 'n' Strife defeated Bee-Capitator by getting underneath and flipping it over.

Trouble 'n' Strife's next opponent was Warriors Revenge. As before, it won after the srimechless Warriors Revenge drove onto its flipper, allowing Trouble 'n' Strife to secure victory with a knockout flip.

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 5Edit

"I like the CO2 powered flipper combined with the 20kg 1000rmp disc and the four modified starter motors powering a solid machine. I don't like the sluggish turning circle."
— Jonathan Pearce

Trouble 'n' Strife flips Wild Thing

As series newcomers, Trouble 'n' Strife competed in Heat E, where it faced a tough draw against the ninth seed Wild Thing in the first round. It slowly drove forwards as Wild Thing drove around and into its disc, causing Trouble 'n' Strife to spin away on contact. Trouble 'n' Strife's disc hit Wild Thing again a few more times, but was unable to aim its flipper in time before Wild Thing buffeted it away with its own disc. The two robots exchanged and withstood each other's blows with their discs, before Trouble 'n' Strife turned around and attempted to fire its flipper on Wild Thing. However, Wild Thing turned away just before it was able to flip it, and Trouble 'n' Strife was pushed back by the series veterans before both robots continued attacking with their discs. Eventually, Trouble 'n' Strife succeeded in flipping Wild Thing onto its left-hand wheel, but not completely over, and flipped it a second time before its disc clipped Wild Thing's wheel, buckling it and damaging its cover. The limping Wild Thing proceeded to push Trouble 'n' Strife back before Trouble 'n' Strife flipped it again and hit it several more times with its disc; this time causing substantial damage to Wild Thing's wedge.

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Trouble 'n' Strife loses momentum

In the process, Trouble 'n' Strife was pushed across the arena by Wild Thing, eventually into the wall and Matilda, whose flywheel caused severe damage to Trouble 'n' Strife's rear armour. Wild Thing then pushed it into Shunt's CPZ, with Shunt axing, dragging and spinning Trouble 'n' Strife into Matilda again just as 'cease' was called, resulting in more damage from the latter's flywheel. With both robots still mobile, the battle went to a close judges' decision, which in spite of the damage it caused, Trouble 'n' Strife lost due to Wild Thing being more aggressive throughout; a decision which Craig Charles immediately considered to be controversial. Needless to say, Trouble 'n' Strife was eliminated from the Fifth Wars, and succeeded by Revenge of Trouble & Strife for the Sixth Wars.


Series 5
The Fifth Wars - UK Championship
Heats, Round 1
Heat E, Round 1 vs. Wild Thing (9) Lost


  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 1

Series RecordEdit


Team Forsey in the post-battle interview

Main Series Trouble 'n' Strife Series Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Did not enter
The Third Wars Did not enter
The Fourth Wars Did not enter
The Fifth Wars Heat, Round 1
The Sixth Wars Entered with Revenge of Trouble & Strife
The Seventh Wars Entered with Revenge of Trouble & Strife
Series 8 Entered with M.R. Speed Squared
Series 9 Entered with M.R. Speed Squared
Series 10 Did not enter
Robot Wars Extreme Appearances
Series 1 Did not enter
Series 2 Entered with Revenge of Trouble & Strife


  1. Private correspondence with User:Toon Ganondorf