- "Dances like Fred Astaire."
- — Jonathan Pearce on Typhoon
Typhoon was a middleweight robot, predecessor to Typhoon 2. It was entered in the Middleweight Championship in both series of Extreme and Series 7, winning the championship on all three occasions, making it an undefeated robot. However, Typhoon's victory in the Seventh Wars cost its brother robot Typhoon 2, as it had used up the last of the batteries used to power the machines, forcing the heavyweight robot to withdraw from the Third World Championship.
Following the uniform design of all Typhoon machines to follow, Typhoon was a cone-shaped full-body spinner, resembling the logo of the RAF. Its outer shell could spin at 70mph in its first appearance and the weapon was classed as a "circular steel pipe" but in all subsequent appearances it was upgraded to spin at just over 100mph. This was easily the most powerful weapon seen on a middleweight robot in the TV show, though this was at the expense of a self-righting mechanism.
In its very first battle, Typhoon started strongly, immediately hitting both Genesis and Zap, causing some damage in the process. Doom started to cower behind Typhoon who then destroyed Mammoth's legs and weapons and then hit Hard Cheese, crippling it. Genesis was then counted out and flung by the floor flipper, having broken down from Typhoon's attacks. Doom was then hit by Typhoon, immobilising it. Zap and Mammoth, without being counted out were then flung by the arena flipper as well, shortly followed by Doom and Hard Cheese, who slowly ran out of steam.
Typhoon had single-handedly defeated all of its opponents, becoming the Robot Wars Extreme Series 1 Middleweight Champion, and even ripped a fibreglass tusk away from Matilda, not shown on television.
Typhoon faced Malc 1.5, Broadsword and Steel Sandwich in its first round fight and initially stayed out of the action to get its weapon working. It made contact with Malc, knocking it into the arena wall. Malc would eventually lose a wheel, while Typhoon fought Broadsword privately. When Broadsword missed on a charge, it drove into the cutters of Typhoon, which dealt the knockout blow. With two robots immobile, Typhoon was pushed by Steel Sandwich, and also caught fire internally after driving onto the flame pit, but regardless qualified as one of the two mobile robots left.
Typhoon also had to face fellow Team Typhoon entry, Typhoon Twins, in this final, alongside 259, and Steel Sandwich again. It hit 259, before striking the Sandwich twice, and forcing 259 to be overturned. The three Typhoon robots then staged hits on Steel Sandwich, immobilising it. The three Typhoon machines then held off, dancing in the centre of the arena without attacking each other, causing controversy amongst fans. Typhoon won the Judges' decision and the Middleweight Championship.
- "They haven't gone for the twins, they've gone for the big daddy!"
- — Craig Charles
Typhoon began by attacking Steel Sandwich, neither robot appearing to take damage. The robots clashed again, Typhoon appearing to hit Steel Sandwich's wheel. After hitting into the arena wall which its big brother Typhoon 2 would later destroy, Typhoon had to spin up to speed again. Once it had and Refbot had activated the pit, Typhoon smashed into Phoenix, knocking it into Growler's CPZ and immobilising it. This left Typhoon and Steel Sandwich. Steel Sandwich had lost the drive in one of its wheels, and was eventually pitted by the Scottish robot, so Typhoon won the Middleweight Championship for the third time in a row.
|TYPHOON - RESULTS|
|Extreme Series 1|
|Middleweight Championship||vs. Zap, Mammoth|
Genesis, Hard Cheese, Doom
|Extreme Series 2|
|Round 1||vs. Broadsword, Malc 1.5|
|Final||vs. Steel Sandwich|
Typhoon Twins, 259
|Middleweight Final||vs. Phoenix, Steel Sandwich||Won|
- Wins: 4
- Losses: 0
|Main Series||Typhoon 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||Did not enter|
|The Sixth Wars||Failed to qualify with Typhoon 2|
|The Seventh Wars||Entered with Typhoon 2|
|Series 8||Did not enter|
|Series 9||Did not enter|
|Series 10||Did not enter|
|Robot Wars Extreme||Appearances|
|Series 1||Middleweight Champion|
|Series 2|| Middleweight Champion|
Entered with Typhoon 2, Typhoon Twins and Typhoon Thunder
Outside Robot WarsEdit
Team Typhoon entered several of their robots into Techno Games, with Typhoon in particular being converted into Typhoon 870, which functioned as the goalkeeper in Team Typhoon's football campaign, which led to a bronze medal.
- Along with Razer, Tornado and PulverizeR, Typhoon is one of four robots to have fought and defeated both a clusterbot (Typhoon Twins) and a walkerbot (Mammoth), and is the only non-heavyweight to do so.
- Typhoon held its title for three years, from Extreme 1 until the end of Robot Wars, amassing four wins placing it on the list of only 16 robots never to have lost a battle.
- Typhoon, like Chaos 2 and Panzer Mk, successfully defended its title, is the only robot to defend its title twice and the only non-heavyweight to defend its title.
- Typhoon is one of just two robots to compete in both series of Extreme and be undefeated in both, the other being Bulldog Breed - this counts Typhoon Thunder's loss while it formed half of the Typhoon Twins.
|Undefeated Robot (4 wins)|
|Only robot to immobilise 5 opponents in a melee|