"A whirling dervish of a robot!"
Robot Wars: The Ultimate Guide

Wild Thing was the name given to a series of robots produced by the roboteering team the Adams Family. It competed in Series 3-6 of Robot Wars, entering The Third Wars under the name Thing 2.

Wild Thing was one of the most successful individual robots in Robot Wars, making the Semi-Finals on all four attempts and only being halted by the reigning Grand Champion (Panic Attack in Series 3, Chaos 2 in Series 5, and Razer in Series 6) on three of those occasions. It's best individual performance came in The Fourth Wars, where it defeated X-Terminator 2 to reach the top eight, but was defeated by Hypno-Disc.

The name was a tongue-in-cheek reference to the fact that the team shared a last name with the fictional Addams Family, the robot itself being named after the disembodied hand called "Thing". It is speculated that the latter name came from the 1966 song by The Troggs.

Versions of Wild ThingEdit

Thing 2Edit

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Thing 2

The original machine, named Thing 2, entered into Series 3. Costing £1500 and built over 2 weeks, it featured a steep wedge shape, made from 6mm polycarbonate with an aluminium frame and side panels, but its weaponry (a lifting arm fitted with a spike) was on the back of the robot instead of the front. This weapon was rarely used as it preferred to use its wedge shape to tip its opponents over, much like Roadblock, and driven by two 4 Pole DC motors. However, its flat wedge front left it helpless when tipped over by Panic Attack in the semi-finals.

Thing 2 had a Latin message on its front, reading "Aut Vincere Aut Mori", which translates as "To conquer or to die".

Wild ThingEdit


Wild Thing from Series 4, the most successful of the team's robots

In the Fourth Wars, Wild Thing kept the same wedge shape, but added a lance mounted on a self-righting arm, had smaller wheels for more control and manoeuvrability but less speed of 10 mph. This version of Wild Thing was the most successful, reaching the second round of the semi-finals before losing to Hypno-Disc.

Wild thing

Series 5 Appearance

"12 kilos of weight, two blades, 6000rpm, spinning dangerously, spinning madly, spinning with venom!"
— Jonathan Pearce on Wild Thing's new disc

For Series 5/Extreme 1, the lance was shortened so that it would only serve as a self-righter and a large 12 kg horizontal spinning disc with two steel blades capable of spinning at 6000RPM was added to the wedge. This version reached the semi-finals once more, going out on a judges' decision to Chaos 2 after nearly pitting the defending champion twice. In the first version of the Robot Wars Magazine, before Extreme Series 1, Nick said he might put netting on the robot to tangle spinners following its loss to Hypno-Disc. Despite the upgrades to its weaponry through its appearances, Wild Thing mainly relied on its pushing power, speed, and manoeuvrability to win battles.

Wild Thing 2Edit

Wild Thing 2

Official profile of Wild Thing 2.

In Series 6, the robot was completely redesigned into an arrow-shaped compact invertible machine built for reliability and stamina with a 1500RPM vertical cutting disc (in similarity to Series 4 competitor Scar).This version was known as Wild Thing 2, but the name was rarely used on the show. This new robot had the same speed, power and manoeuvrability as its predecessors and its shell was made from alloy steel, which proved strong enough to stand up to the destructive power of 259 but had a high ground clearance and exposed tyres. Wild Thing 2 reached the semi-finals before losing to Razer.

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 3Edit


Thing 2 strands Prizephita against the arena wall

Thing 2's first battle was against newcomers Prizephita. Prizephita got under Thing 2 at the start and tossed it up in the air. Thing 2 landed back on its wheels and retaliated, lifting Prizephita with its spike.

"Thing 2 needs the speed of Cousin It across the floor! Creepy and he's cooky, he's wacky and he's wild, Thing 2 on the attack!"
— Jonathan Pearce making references to The Addams Family

Thing 2 turned and rolled Prizephita over, which self-righted, only to be overturned again and pushed into the arena wall. Just as Prizephita began to push it self back over again, Thing 2 pushed it into the CPZ where its boxing glove srimech got stuck on the wall, preventing it from self-righting. Shunt and Sergeant Bash begun to attack Prizephita and just before cease was called, righted it but by then there was nothing left in Prizephita and Thing 2 was put through. Strangely, as Prizephita was being attacked by the House Robots, Thing 2 drove over to the flame pit on the other side of the arena.

"Well, we come from Hell, so we're just warming up a bit!"
— Nick Adams when asked by Philippa Forrester why they drove over the flame pit
All Torque vs Thing 2

All Torque gets the push on Thing 2

What followed was a fast-moving push-and-shove against previous heat finalists All Torque.

"It's the quicker of the two robots, it's the heavier of the two robots - All Torque. I would say Thing 2, because of its shape and the prodding ram at the back, has the more potent weaponry. Has that lifting arm to."
— Jonathan Pearce on the robots

All Torque got the first shove on Thing 2, but Thing 2 was too quick, and a pushing contest ensued between the two. Thing 2 ended up in the CPZ, where Shunt axed it, causing damage. Thing 2 then got underneath All Torque and pushed it around the arena. The two robots got deadlocked at each other, before Thing 2 pushed All Torque into the CPZ. Shunt axed All Torque, breaking its radio receiver and immobilising it.

Philippa Forrester: "Now it starts to get really difficult, dosen't it?"
Nick Adams: "Yeah, really difficult, but we're gonna be ready for them, we're getting more confident now, not over-confident I hope!"
— The post-match interview
Thing 2 under Cerberus

Thing 2 gets underneath Cerberus and pushes it

This put Thing 2 through to face another newcomer, Cerberus.

"Well, our robot has escaped from Hell, or Hades, and Cerberus, who guards the gates of Hades, is after us to take us back, but we're going to stay out! There's no way they're getting us back!"
— Nick Adams before the fight

The two robots drove around each other to start with, then Thing 2 got underneath Cerberus and pushed it. Cerberus then slammed Thing 2, causing one of the side balls to come off. Thing 2 then drove at Cerberus, but ended up in the CPZ with Matilda. Thing 2 escaped, then got underneath Cerberus and rolled it over, thus winning the heat.

"A decisive attack from Thing 2 in the Heat Final! Marvellous driving from Nick Adams and Isabelle! Cerberus, up and over, and the dog from Hades is showing its underbelly, and it wants a bit of a tickle!"
— Jonathan Pearce after Thing 2 flips Cerberus

Thing 2 met the defending champs Panic Attack in the Semi-Finals.

Philippa Forrester: "Does Panic Attack feel scared about being up against the Adams Family?"
Kim Davis: "Oh yes."
Philippa Forrester: "You aren't, are you? You were quite worried when I told you."
Kim Davis: "Yes, its fast, powerful, manoeuvrable, very good driver."
— Concern from Team Panic Attack
Panic Attack vs Thing 2

Panic Attack topples Thing 2


Thing 2 after falling to Panic Attack. Acta Est Fabula means The Play is Over.

It was looking promising, pushing Panic Attack around the arena. However, just moments later Panic Attack used its rear to get underneath Thing 2. Then, in what seemed to be a lucky mistake, Panic Attack drove onto the arena spike and was bounced up in the air. The momentum from the spike helped overturn Thing 2 and dashed its hopes of progressing any further.

"Thing 2 up and over! The wheels spin aimlessly. Acta est fabula...uh, exactly. No idea"
— Jonathan Pearce demonstrating his ignorance of the Latin language

After being eliminated, it was set upon by the House Robots, with Dead Metal in particular causing considerable damage to Thing 2's rear spike and wheels with its Circular Saw.

"Thing is now thing of the past! The reigning champion Panic Attack goes through!"
— Craig Charles

Series 4Edit

Wild, steel

Wild Thing rams The Steel Avenger in Round 1

"Literally too wild in the last wars, went out to Panic Attack. They were too fast, they lost control, so slightly smaller wheels, less speed but more maneuverability."
— Julia Reed

Wild Thing began its Series 4 campaign as the 11th seed (although this was never acknowledged throughout the Heat), for reaching the Semi-Finals last time round. Facing newcomers Humphrey and veterans The Steel Avenger by getting under Humphrey, before pushing The Steel Avenger around the arena. Then it attacked Humphrey and pushed The Steel Avenger into Matilda's CPZ, where it was lifted up. Eventually the axe-wielding machine escaped and returned to the fight. As Wild Thing was shoving Steel Avenger around the arena, Humphrey had stopped on the arena floor flipper and was no longer moving much at all. Wild Thing continued to attack Steel Avenger as Humphrey was attacked by the House Robots and thrown by the floor flipper.


Wild Thing shunts Reactor


Reactor is pushed into Sir Killalot

Next, Wild Thing faced newcomers Reactor. Straight away, the 11th seeds attacked Reactor from its rear, almost lifting it over.

"A ground clearance of 5 millimetres only on Reactor, but that's the Achilles heel, Wild Thing attacking in the rear of Reactor and dumping it onto the arena side wall."
— Jonathan Pearce

It then shoved Reactor towards Dead Metal and succeeded in shoving it into Sergeant Bash's CPZ, then Sir Killalot's. Killalot punctured Reactor's wheel and it could only move sluggishly. Wild Thing shoved it around the arena again, getting it into Dead Metal's CPZ where it then rammed Reactor several times. Considerable damage had been caused to Reactor as cease was called, with the judges unsurprisingly awarding the victory to the more aggressive Wild Thing.

Wild Thing vs Steel Avenger

Wild Thing topples The Steel Avenger.

Steel Avenger piited

Wild Thing tips The Steel Avenger into the pit

In the Heat Final, the Adams family faced The Steel Avenger again. Straight away it charged The Steel Avenger, shoving it around the arena. For long parts of the fight, the robots grappled all around the arena. Eventually, Wild Thing flipped Steel Avenger onto its side and, when Steel Avenger righted itself, Wild Thing repeated the move. This time, the axe had become jammed into the arena floor and The Steel Avenger couldn't self-right.The House Robots attacked Steel Avenger and it was pitted, so the Adams family reached a second successive Series Semi-Final.

Craig Charles: "Your steering was absolutely amazing!"
Nick Adams: "I don't know how come, my hands were slipping off!"
Craig Charles: "Yeah, it's very hot up here, isn't it?"
— The post-battle interview

Wild Thing in the Series 4 arena, with different artwork in the Semi-Finals

Wild thing and x-terminator

Wild Thing rams X-Terminator 2

In the Semi-Final, Wild Thing faced the 22nd seeds X-Terminator 2. It had a different front design, due to the front armour having to be re-welded after being cracked in the fight against The Steel Avenger. X-Terminator appeared to be the more powerful machine, shoving Wild Thing into Sir Killalot's CPZ. Escaping, Wild Thing went on the offensive, shoving X-Terminator into Dead Metal's CPZ. Wild Thing flipped X-Terminator onto its back where it couldn't self-right due to a damaged self-righting arm and the defeated machine was pitted by Sir Killalot.

Wild thing vs hypno-disc

Hypno-Disc attacks Wild Thing

In the next round, Wild Thing faced frightening opposition, the 2nd seeds Hypno-Disc. The Hampshire robot's tactics here were evident, to get under Hypno-Disc and shove it around. It wasn't able to however and Hypno-Disc attacked it, badly damaging it. Wild Thing then shoved Hypno-Disc around the arena for a bit, managing to survive the damage being done to it. Cease was called with clear damage done to Wild Thing, and the judges put Hypno-Disc into the Grand Final.

"And in the end, it was so brave, and the applause was for that team!"
— Jonathan Pearce on Wild Thing
Wild Thing (Shauna Lowry)

Wild Thing under Shauna Lowry

Wild Thing also competed in the Celebrity Special with Shauna Lowry at the controls.

Julia Reed: "Now, you might have thought this lady was a gentle, caring, animal-loving type. What are you gonna do to Vic Reeves?"
Shauna Lowry: "Annihilate, that's what we're gonna do!"
— The pre-match interview

Wild Thing faced Vic Reeves and Diotoir in round 1, and started strongly by ramming its opponent and shoving it around the Arena. Wild Thing drove into the Arena wall and became stuck, before being freed by Dead Metal and Matilda. Wild Thing tried to attack Diotoir again, who was being torched by Sergeant Bash, but Sir Killalot grabbed Wild Thing, picked it up and dropped it down the pit.

Extreme 1Edit

Wild thing vs dominator 2

Dominator 2 axes Wild Thing

Wild Thing vs Dominator

Wild Thing attacks Dominator's tyres

Wild Thing fought in three competitions in Extreme 1. Its first appearance was in the All-Stars tournament, defeating Dominator 2 in Round 1. Dominator 2 landed a lot of axe blows, but did not cause major damage, and missed on other occasions, whilst Wild Thing landed several blows on Dominator 2's wheels with its new spinner, dislodging one of its opponent's tyres. Dominator was able to trap Wild Thing on its wedge on occasion, but Wild Thing also pushed Dominator 2 into the wall and wedged underneath it.

"It looks to be tattered! So the weapon on Wild Thing has caused damage to Dominator 2... certainly Dominator 2 is on the defensive!"
— Jonathan Pearce discovers the damaged tyre

The judges put Wild Thing through on the Judges' decision, based on the aggression shown by Wild Thing, who moved on to fight Firestorm 3.

Wild Thing vs Firestorm

Wild Thing wedges under Firestorm

Firestorm III vs Wild Thing

Wild Thing is flipped over

Wild thing vs firestorm 3

Wild Thing and Firestorm 3

Wild Thing House Robots

Wild Thing is attacked by the House Robots

Firestorm slid straight beneath Wild Thing and flipped it over before Wild Thing self-righted. Wild Thing's disc slashed parts of Firestorm's Diotoir fur before sliding beneath it and pushed it against the side wall. Wild Thing's disc appeared not to be working and Firestorm flipped Wild Thing over again. Wild Thing self-righted, before it and Firestorm grappled, with Dead Metal catching the spinning disc robot and slicing into it. Wild Thing escaped Dead Metal and Shunt, before being flipped by Firestorm again. However, as Wild Thing began to self-right, Firestorm flipped it again and the self-righting arm was stuck open.

Wild Thing counted out

Stuck on its srimech, Wild Thing is counted out

"Wild Thing suddenly on the defensive, the entire battle has been turned on its head!"
— Jonathan Pearce

The arm propped Wild Thing up off the ground where it was left immobile. Refbot counted it out and Dead Metal pitted it.

Wild Thing vs Arnold A Terminegger

Arnold A. Terminegger hits Wild Thing with its axe

Arnold flips Wild Thing

Wild Thing is turned on its side by Arnold

Wild Thing also fought Fluffy and Arnold A. Terminegger in a Mayhem. Fluffy broke down relatively easily, leaving Wild Thing to fight Arnold individually. Arnold lifted Wild Thing onto its side, and landed blows with its axe, but Wild Thing turned the battle around by opening the pit and pushed Arnold around the arena. The two robots fought a close match until cease was called. The Judges delivered a split decision in favour of Arnold A. Terminegger, partially due to its larger involvement with Fluffy's immobilisation. Wild Thing's team disagreed with the decision, but they did not qualify for the Annihilator.

Wild Thing's final appearance in Extreme was a battle fighting for the Challenge Belt against holders Tornado.

"Tornado are gonna be a breeze!"
— Confidence from Isabelle Adams
Tornado vs wild thing

Tornado shoves Wild Thing into the wall

Tornado vs Wild Thing

Wild Thing is caught between a rock and a hard place

Wild Thing & Sir Killalot

Wild Thing is pinched by Sir Killalot

Tornado's new milling cutter bent one of Wild Thing's side spikes and dug into the wheel. Tornado slammed Wild Thing into the side wall before the two began a shoving match. Tornado's weapon prevented the Adams family's machine's weapon from spinning. Tornado slammed Wild Thing into the side wall repeatedly, before ramming them into Sir Killalot.

"And the eyes ... staring, but staring at the face of defeat"
— Jonathan Pearce

Wild Thing refused to go down, however, despite the heavy battering it had taken. After escaping Sir Killalot's claws, Wild Thing lost the judges decision.

Series 5Edit

"Fast, basically a two-wheel drive go kart, wedge-shaped with a srimech and a giant 6000rpm, 12 kilo cutting disc. Twice a series semi-finalist. Wild Thing - we may love you!"
— Jonathan Pearce introduces Wild Thing in its Series 5 heat

Wild Thing recovered to take down Trouble 'n' Strife

Trouble n Strife vs Wild Thing

A hobbling Wild Thing retaliates

For Series 5, Wild Thing was seeded 9th. It began its eliminator by attacking the newcomers Trouble 'n' Strife with its disc several times, causing some minor damage to the green robot's armour. It attacked again, but Trouble 'n' Strife flipped it over twice. However, the 9th seeds stayed on its wheels both times. On the second time coming back down, it caught its wheel hub on the spinning disc of the newcomers, buckling it. The seeded robot continued to attack Trouble 'n' Strife with the spinning disc and pushed it around the arena. It shoved Trouble 'n' Strife into the CPZ where it was axed by Shunt and attacked by Matilda and cease was called afterward.

"Well, well, well, that is definately on for the judges. Wild Thing seeded 9, could there be a turn up for the books?"
— Craig Charles

The judges put Wild Thing through, mostly on aggression.

Craig Charles: "Skin of your teeth though, wasn't it!"
Nick Adams: "Yeah, that was tough, for the first series, that was like a final-type fight. They're a really fantastic robot!"
— The post-battle interview
Wild Thing Scarred

Wild Thing, scarred after the encounter with Trouble 'n' Strife.

Scraping through, lots of repairs had to be made between rounds.

Isabelle Adams: "Well, many things happened to us in our first battle. Both of our axles on our wheels got bent, and the motor, the shaft snapped on our spinning disc."
Philippa Forrester: "Did you fix it all?"
Isabelle Adams: "We should be all right now."
Philippa Forrester: "Ok, yeah? Just how well it works when the actually get in there, that's the worry!"
— The pre-battle interview

Wild Thing pushes Napalm into the pit

In the heat semi-final, the Adams Family faced Napalm 2, a team even more experienced than them. Wild Thing slammed into Napalm straight away and tore off a side panel, also stopping its opponent in its tracks. Wild Thing continued to attack Napalm, activated the pit release and pitted it.

Prizephita vs Wild Thing

Wild Thing is flipped around the arena


Wild Thing struggles to right itself


Wild Thing makes a comeback

In the Heat Final, Wild Thing faced Prizephita Mach 2 in a rematch from Series 3. Wild Thing charged straight away, but the opposition got in the first flip. Wild Thing attacked Prizephita's rear and sides a few times with its disc, not doing any apparent damage. Prizephita got two more flips in, the second lifting Wild Thing onto its back for the first time in the heat. Prizephita flipped it again before it could self-right. Prizephita flipped Wild Thing over again, but once more the seeded machine self-righted. After escaping Shunt, Wild Thing was flipped again. Prizephita prevented it from self-righting and then flipped it onto its side. Prizephita then released the pit. Wild Thing fell back onto its feet and clashed with Prizephita again. Wild Thing shoved Prizephita around the arena for a short time, almost pitting it and eventually shoving it into an angle grinder as cease was called. Somewhat controversially, the judges put Wild Thing into the Series Semi-Finals for the third time in a row.

"I'll tell you what, your self righter works, and it works, and it works, and it works! They flipped you over, you came back up, they flipped you over, you came back up, they flipped you onto your side, you almost went out, and yet you still got the decision!"
— Craig Charles post-battle
Chaos 2 v wild thing

Chaos 2 flips Wild Thing

Chaos 2 wild thing

Chaos 2's first close call

In the Semi-Finals, Wild Thing faced reigning champions Chaos 2 in what was considered to be one of the best fights ever seen on Robot Wars. Chaos 2 and Wild Thing spun in circles around each other, but the reigning champion had the first flip, hurling Wild Thing away, but Wild Thing's design meant it could very rarely be flipped straight over, so it landed on its wheels. Chaos 2 very quickly launched another attack, charging Wild Thing into the side wall and almost hurling it out. Although it was unsuccessful, the attack did knock the pit release button off the wall. Chaos 2 flipped Wild Thing again, but threw itself onto its back in the process. It self-righted onto Wild Thing's wedge, but managed to pull off the wedge and flip Wild Thing again, this time causing its opponent to land on its back. Wild Thing self-righted, and the two machines drove around each other, with the pit descending off its own accord, with the pit release having been torn off. Chaos 2 caught Wild Thing and flipped it three times in quick succession, again almost managing to hurl it out of the arena, but not quite. Wild Thing was caught by Dead Metal and attacked. Wild Thing escaped, and was flipped by Chaos 2 again.

"Semi-Finalists in Series 3, beaten by Panic Attack. Semi-Finalists in Series 4, beaten by Hypno-Disc. Semi-Finalists in Series 5, will they be beaten by Chaos 2?"
— Jonathan Pearce

However, as the pair drew near to the pit, Wild Thing very nearly pitted Chaos 2 - the rear wheels actually descended into the pit, but Chaos 2 pushed back.

Chaos 2 and wild thing

Chaos 2 wedges Wild Thing beneath the angle grinder

Wild Thing vs Chaos 2

Chaos 2's second very close call

"Wild Thing nearly had Chaos 2 in the pit! Look at that, right on the lip, and George Francis dug in! And the motors burn! And Chaos 2 pushed back! Just surviving, George Francis!"
— Jonathan Pearce

Chaos 2 pushed Wild Thing back into Dead Metal's CPZ, and Shunt joined in the attack on it. Dead Metal had pinned itself on top of Wild Thing, but Wild Thing escaped, only to be pushed into an angle grinder by Chaos 2, and flipped. However, upon recovering, Wild Thing used its lifting arm to get beneath Chaos 2, lifted it, and pushed it towards the pit. Chaos 2 was tipped over the edge, so far that the smoke bombs fired pre-emptively in anticipation.

"How did they stay out? How did they survive another onslaught?"
— An incredulous but ecstatic Jonathan Pearce

Wild Thing pushed Chaos 2 into Dead Metal's CPZ, and Chaos 2 flipped Dead Metal out of its way. Time finally expired, and the match went to the judges, who ruled in favour of Chaos 2.

Craig Charles: "Wasn't that the best fight you've ever been in?"
Nick Adams: "From up here, it was fantastic, and I hope it looked great from the audience, but it was marvellous. It went the whole distance, and towards the end, I thought we were getting the upper hand."
Craig Charles: "Towards the end, I thought you were the stronger robot, I thought you were starting to push them around, you were almost getting them into the pit, the flipper had lost its power, he was on the ropes, it was about survival!"
— The post-battle interview. George Francis also agreed that it was the best fight he'd ever been in.
S3 vs wild thing

S3 hits Wild Thing

Wild Thing was now in the Loser's Melee that determined the fourth robot to enter the second round of the Semi-Final. It faced 13th seeds Spawn Again and S3, the successor to Sting. S3 got the first hit in, a minor one on Wild Thing. However, its second hit was much more powerful, almost throwing the 9th seed from the arena. Wild Thing then shoved Spawn Again across the arena which, coupled with an attack by S3, appeared to have immobilised the 13th seeds. Wild Thing activated the pit before being thrown across the arena by S3 again, tearing a hole in its armour. Spawn Again was counted out and pitted as S3 knocked off part of the arena wall before cease was called and the judges put S3 back in the competition.
"The judges have made their decision. One robot has a tick. The other one has a nasty cross. Now. They were looking at style, control, damage and aggression and on control and style, Wild Thing won, but they've said that the damage inflicted by S3 to Wild Thing was so great, they've gone for S3!"
— Craig Charles explains the decision

Series 6Edit

In Series 6, Wild Thing 2 was seeded 9th again.

Wild Thing vs Vader vs UFO

Wild Thing in the first round.

Philippa Forrester: "The stress factors are quite high for our seeded roboteers, aren't they?"
Nick Adams: "Oh yes, very high, palpatations!"
Philippa Forrester: "I said to you earlier "Do you think you're in with a chance this year?" and you laughed!"
Nick Adams: "Well, we're always in with a chance, there's a lot of luck involved!"
— Pre-Round 1 interview.

In Round 1, it faced three newcomers in The Stag, UFO and Vader. Wild Thing began by attacking The Stag, but the newcomer got underneath Wild Thing and pushed it into the arena side wall. Wild Thing got away and attacked the rear of The Stag, causing superficial damage. It then dodged attacks from UFO and Vader and attacked the flywheel-armed robot. Both robots then attacked UFO, which had activated the pit. The Stag was counted out and the remaining robots clashed. Wild Thing managed to stop Vader's disc and UFO pitted The Stag before cease was called, with the judges putting through the two machines with vertical discs.


Wild Thing is buffeted by 259

Next, Wild Thing faced the promising 259, the new robot from the very experienced Adam Clark.

"No, the horror!"
— Nick Adams' sarcastic response to hearing he was due to fight 259

Wild Thing began by dodging 259, until it was thrown into a CPZ by the large flywheel. 259 proceeded to toss Wild Thing over and over across the arena, almost throwing it out of the arena.

"259 bumping and bruising into Wild Thing, tossing it over and over and over! Look at this! This is determined destruct-ability from 259! Dog with a bone there! Wild Thing, can there be any life left after that sort of formidable onslaught!"
— Jonathan Pearce
259 vs Wild Thing

Wild Thing takes a huge blow from 259, which knocks 259's drive belt off.

Wild Thing then attacked the side of 259, but it escaped. Then came the turning point: after being hit yet again, Wild Thing knocked off 259's drive belt, permanently stopping the flywheel. 259 activated the pit, but Adam Clark's machine couldn't put Wild Thing down it. 259 then shoved Wild Thing around the arena, Wild Thing then shoved the vertical spinner robot onto the flame pit. After pushing it around some more, 259 stopped completely. Wild Thing made a few more attacks before cease was called, where it was put through by the judges.

"It's like what you proved in Robot Wars Extreme, you've got such a good motor in that robot, it just keeps going on and on and on!"
— Craig Charles to the Wild Thing team after the fight!
Wild Thing stuck

Wild Thing's blade stuck in Vader's armour

In the Heat Final, The Adams family faced Vader again.

"I just hope we don't have the same thing we had in the first fight, where we ended up hooked together for most of the fight, we were just dragging each other around."
— Team Vader before the fight

Wild Thing charged into Vader, but the newcomers got in the first hit, also making several more. The last hit saw the flywheel get caught on Wild Thing, so Vader pulled it across the arena. Refbot freed the robots, who then attacked each other again. Vader then appeared to have stopped, but it moved again quickly and Wild Thing got its disc stuck in Vader's armour. The veterans was now able to shove Vader around. Shunt, now that the robots were in his CPZ, attacked the newcomers, stopping the flywheel with a blow from the axe and also almost toppling it. After running around the arena, Vader was almost flipped by Shunt. Vader activated the pit with 10 seconds to go, but neither robot pitted the other and cease was called.

"We wanted destructability, boo-hoo they stuck like glue!"
— Jonathan Pearce

The judges put the Adams Family's machine into the Series Semi-Final for the fourth time.

Razer vs Wild Thing

Razer pierces Wild Thing's side.

In the Semi-Finals, Wild Thing once more faced a tough draw against defending champions Razer.

"It's not going to be too easy for them, because the front of our robot is actually the strongest part, and those are the two parts that normally meet, that's also where our cutting disc is. So, unless they get around the back of us, which I don't think they will, it's going to be very interesting!"
— Confidence from Nick Adams before the battle
Razer vs Wild Thing

Wild Thing is lifted by Razer.

Razer began the battle by crushing Wild Thing. Wild Thing escaped and the two robots drove side by side. Wild Thing's disc didn't appear to be working effectively as Razer buried its claw into the 9th seeds again. Wild Thing escaped once more, but then the champion grabbed hold of it again and buried its claw right into Wild Thing's wheel. Both robots started spinning madly in place. Sergeant Bash set Razer alight as the invertible robot escaped, but it was losing control. Razer grabbed hold of Wild Thing one last time. It pushed the now four-time Semi-Finalists into the pit release and dropped it into the Pit of Oblivion.

Razer vs Wild Thing 2

Wild Thing is pitted.

The damage caused to Wild Thing by Razer was almost enough to keep it from competing in the Losers' Melee. Many teams, including Tornado, Panic Attack, Chaos 2 and even Dantomkia helped repair Wild Thing and lent them parts.

— Alan Gribble [as a Technical Consultant] describing Wild Thing's state
Series 6 semi final a losers' melee

Wild Thing is stuck on the arena wall in the CPZ after being flipped by Dantomkia.

Wild thing in the pit

Wild Thing sinks into the descending pit.

Despite this, Wild Thing was able to compete in the Losers' Melee, where it was placed up against Dantomkia and 13 Black. In the battle, Dantomkia began by shoving a bouncing Wild Thing into the CPZ. Dantomkia, Wild Thing and 13 Black started dancing around Sir Killalot, all missing each other. The seeded machine was then driven into Dead Metal's CPZ by Dantomkia, who had also flipped 13 Black upside down. The house robots started attacking 13 Black and Wild Thing. Dantomkia then pressed the pit release button, and Wild Thing, who was simply driving away from the House Robots, drove right down the pit, as it was descending, eliminating it from the competition. This was Wild Thing's last appearance in Robot Wars.

Philippa Forrester: "So much work, so little time on the arena floor!"
Nick Adams: "I don't know, we got there, but the siren for the pit went off after we were actually in the pit. We actually got into the pit, then the siren went off!"
Philippa Forrester: "Oh dear!"
Nick Adams: "Well, that's my excuse, I'm sticking to it!"
— Post-battle interview.


Series 3
The Third Wars - UK Championship
Semi-Finals, Round 1
Heat N, Round 1 vs. Prizephita Won
Heat N, Round 2 vs. All Torque Won
Heat N, Round 3 vs. Cerberus Won
Semi-Final 1, Round 1 vs. Panic Attack Lost
Series 4
The Fourth Wars - UK Championship
11th Seed, Semi-Finals, Round 2
Heat M, Eliminator vs. Humphrey, The Steel Avenger Qualified
Heat M, Semi-Final vs. Reactor Won
Heat M, Final vs. The Steel Avenger Won
Semi-Final 2, Round 1 vs. X-Terminator 2 (22) Won
Semi-Final 2, Round 2 vs. Hypno-Disc (2) Lost
Celebrity Special
Round 1
Round 1 vs. Diotoir Lost
Extreme Series 1
Round 2
Round 1 vs. Dominator 2 Won
Round 2 vs. Firestorm 3 Lost
Mayhem & Annihilator
Mayhem vs. Arnold A. Terminegger, Fluffy Lost
Challenge Belt
Failed Challenge
Challenge vs. Tornado Lost
Series 5
The Fifth Wars - UK Championship
9th Seed, Semi-Finals, Round 1
Heat E, Eliminator vs. Trouble 'n' Strife Won
Heat E, Semi-Final vs. Napalm 2 Won
Heat E, Final vs. Prizephita Mach 2 Won
Semi-Final 1, Round 1 vs. Chaos 2 (1) Lost
Semi-Final 1, Losers Melee vs. S3, Spawn Again (13) Lost
Series 6
The Sixth Wars - UK Championship
9th Seed, Semi-Finals, Round 1
Heat E, Round 1 vs. The Stag, UFO, Vader Qualified
Heat E, Round 2 vs. 259 Won
Heat E, Final vs. Vader Won
Semi-Final 1, Round 1 vs. Razer (1) Lost
Semi-Final 1, Losers Melee vs. 13 Black, Dantomkia Lost


  • Razer and Wild Thing at a live event during 2000
  • Wild Thing in the pits during Extreme 1
  • The Adams Family in Series 5
  • Wild Thing 2 being built
  • Wins: 14
  • Losses: 10

Series RecordEdit

Main Series Wild Thing Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Entered with Demon (Nick Adams)
The Third Wars Semi-Finals, Round 1
The Fourth Wars Semi-Finals, Round 2
The Fifth Wars Semi-Finals, Round 1
The Sixth Wars Semi-Finals, Round 1
The Seventh Wars Did not enter
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter
Series 10 Did not enter
Robot Wars Extreme Appearances
Series 1 Entered
Series 2 Did not enter

Appearances in MerchandiseEdit


  • Out of Wild Thing's four main competition losses, three of them were against the reigning champion (Panic Attack in Series 3, Chaos 2 in Series 5 and Razer in Series 6, coincidentally the wars in which each of these robots lost their respective titles). Interestingly, all three of these occurred in the first round of the Semi-Finals. The one time that Wild Thing made it to Round 2, it lost to previous runner-up Hypno-Disc instead.
  • Wild Thing was one of four robots the Robot Wars announcer Stuart McDonald failed to mention its seed, having failed to mention its seeding when introducing it in Series 4.
  • Wild Thing is one of only eight robots to fight in more than one UK Championship and never fail to reach the Semi-Finals.
  • According to the Robot Wars Magazine, Wild Thing would have been seeded tenth for the Seventh Wars, had it competed.
  • In Extreme 2, Wild Thing 2 was intended to appear in the All-Stars Tournament for reaching the Semi-Finals in Series 6, however for unknown reasons it did not compete so Chaos 2 took its place. Wild Thing was retired after this.
  • Spawn Again and Wild Thing are the only robots to fight in Losers Melees in both Series 5 and 6 and lose on both occasions.
  • Wild Thing is the only semi-finalist to perform better in Series 4 than Series 3. Chaos 2, Panic Attack and Spawn of Scutter all maintained the same level of success, whilst every other robot performed worse.

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