Tsunami was a heavyweight robot from Germany that competed in German Robot Wars, and Series 7 of Robot Wars. Tsunami had finished as runner-up in German Robot Wars, losing out to Black Hole in the Grand Final. During its appearance in the UK Series, Tsunami flipped all three of its opponents out of the arena on the way to the Heat Final, where it was ironically thrown out of the arena by X-Terminator's flywheel.
Versions of TsunamiEdit
Tsunami (German Robot Wars)Edit
In the German Robot Wars, Tsunami was a wedge-shaped robot, painted black with a tidal wave design, and the name in red on the sides. Its weapon was a flipper, which ran at a reasonably low pressure in exchange for lots of use throughout the battles, and could still overturn robots much bigger than Tsunami. It was fast, and had the lowest ground clearance in the German Wars, but its armour proved susceptible to being ripped away.
Tsunami (UK Series 7)Edit
For its UK Series appearance, Tsunami was altered to use a more compact and rounded design, had grey titanium armour, and a steep flipper operating at full pressure. The robot was extremely quick at 30mph, and was more than capable of flipping robots out of the arena, as well as turning itself over. The tidal wave and red lettering was replaced by a different logo in white. Just like Scraptosaur, it had a snarling mouth full of teeth painted onto the battery that could be seen when its flipper was fired.
Tsunami earned a place in Series 7 despite losing its qualifier to Shredder Evolution, which immobilised Woden in the opening stages of the battle. No such qualification process was necessary for the German series, which had a shortage of entrants.
Tsunami began its campaign in the German Series against Absolut Krankhaft and Black Hole. Moments into the fight, Tsunami, aided by Black Hole, toppled Absolut Krankhaft, but righted it again, before eventually flipping it once and for all, leaving Absolut Krankhaft to the House Robots. Tsunami and Black Hole dodged each other until Absolut Krankhaft was pitted, eliminating it from the competition.
In the second round, Tsunami faced Not Perfect. Tsunami dominated the battle; flipping Not Perfect repeatedly and shearing the front plate clean off. Tsunami pushed Not Perfect into Dead Metal; however Not Perfect escaped. Tsunami continued with its attacks, even when its flipper began to run out of power. Despite a late fight back from Not Perfect, pushing Tsunami onto the flame pit, the judges decided to put Tsunami through to the Grand Final.
Tyke was Tsunami’s first Grand Final opponent. Throughout the battle, Tsunami threw Tyke over, righted it and threw it over again; however midway through the battle Tsunami began to smoke. Luckily, this didn’t affect Tsunami, and Tyke broke down and was attacked by the House Robots. Tsunami won the battle and qualified for the Grand Final.
In the Grand Final, Tsunami came up against Black Hole. Tsunami controlled large portions of the early fight, flipping Black Hole over in the opening seconds, but eventually re-righted it, allowing Black Hole to come back and shred the armour of Tsunami, ripping panels off the side and back. The battle was decided by the judges, who voted against Tsunami, thus finishing as runner up in the only German Robot Wars ever.
In the first round, Tsunami fought the 11th seed X-Terminator, veteran Major Tom 3, and Diabolus. Its success in the German Wars was made obvious by Tsunami's explosive start, launching Diabolus, while turning itself over. After X-Terminator had overturned Major Tom 3, Tsunami pushed it to the arena wall and threw it out completely. In the meantime, X-Terminator had immobilised Diabolus and propped it on the arena wall, so Tsunami also threw it out of the arena, and qualified for the second round in style.
The second round allowed Tsunami to further show its dominance. Tsunami exploited the ground clearance of Constrictor, and launched it around the arena. One of Tsunami's flips was so powerful, Constrictor lost pieces of its armour upon landing. A speedy run towards the arena wall allowed Tsunami to flip a robot out of the arena for a third time.
- "Perhaps the only thing that could stop this machine — over-confidence?"
- — Jonathan Pearce after Tsunami's second round victory.
Tsunami once again faced X-Terminator in the Heat Final. Tsunami was wary of the powerful spinner, and took its time making its approach. After taking a few scratches from X-Terminator's disc, Tsunami managed to exploit a corner of X-Terminator, and slipped underneath. Tsunami flipped the 11th seed, which carried itself towards the arena wall. Tsunami flipped X-Terminator again, placing it on the arena wall. However, the foreshadowing of overconfidence came true, and Tsunami attempted to throw X-Terminator out of the arena, but failed. This allowed X-Terminator to land several blows with its flywheel, and Tsunami eventually ran out of CO2 gas and broke down. X-Terminator charged towards the back of Tsunami, simultaneously causing external damage, and throwing it out of the arena. It was a vicious and ironic end for Tsunami.
- "Tsunami, turns into a gentle ocean ripple-lapping at the toes of defeat!"
- — Craig Charles following Tsunami's defeat.
It was revealed by Craig Charles during the post battle interviews that Refbot was about to go in and count X-Terminator out, had Tsunami left it upside down.
|TSUNAMI - RESULTS|
|German Robot Wars|
|Heat B, Eliminator||vs. Absolut Krankhaft, Black Hole||Qualified|
|Heat B, Final||vs. Not Perfect||Won|
|Grand Final, Eliminator||vs. Tyke||Won|
|Grand Final||vs. Black Hole||Lost|
|The Seventh Wars - UK Championship|
|Heat F, Round 1||vs. Diabolus, Major Tom 3, X-Terminator (11)||Qualified|
|Heat F, Round 2||vs. Constrictor||Won|
|Heat F, Final||vs. X-Terminator (11)||Lost|
- UK Wins: 2
- UK Losses: 1
- German Wins: 3
- German Losses: 1
|Main Series||Tsunami Record|
|German Robot Wars||Runner-up|
|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||Did not enter|
|The Sixth Wars||Did not enter|
|The Seventh Wars||Heat Final|
|Series 8||Did not enter|
|Series 9||Did not enter|
Robot Wars Live EventsEdit
Tsunami has only made one appearance in the Robot Wars Live Events. It competed in the first live event of the newly rebranded Robot Wars at Portsmouth in March 2013. Tsunami lost its heat against Eruption where it was thrown out the arena and also lost every other whiteboard fight it competed in. It did however win the European Challenge, where it earned vengeance on Black Hole by defeating its spiritual successor Luzifer, also defeating Gravity.
Outside Robot WarsEdit
Following the end of Robot Wars, Tsunami continued to fight in many live events, mainly in Europe due to the team coming from Germany, Including the Roaming Robots 2003 Event held in the Netherlands for the European Championships. It also made an appearance at the Roaming Robots event which was held in Folkestone in 2004. In 2007, Tsunami was sold to another German team called Team Flatliner, it remained out of action for five more years until it was refurbished and brought out of retirement in 2012.
- At 36 seconds, Tsunami's battle against X-Terminator, Major Tom 3 and Diabolus is the shortest battle in UK Robot Wars to require two immobilisations. However, it did not make the top 30 list.
- Had Tsunami defeated X-Terminator, along with St. Agro and Bulldog Breed, the four competitors from the Grand Final would all have been named after types of natural hazard or disaster (Typhoon, Storm and Tornado).
- Due to the nature of the international series they competed in, Tsunami and Lizzard were the only domestic championship runners-up prior to Series 8 to have fought the eventual Grand Champion earlier in the same competition.
- Through throwing three of its opponents out in its first two Series 7 battles, Tsunami broke the record of most consecutive out of the arena flips. Thermidor 2 and Chaos 2 previously held the joint record with two. The record would later be broken by Atomic.
- Tsunami was the fifth robot to flip two robots out of the Arena in one battle, and the most recent robot to first achieve the feat, considering Dantomkia's edited out flips in Extreme 2.