Razer was a robot that competed in the British television game show Robot Wars. One of the most famous robots in the history of robotic combat, Razer is statistically the greatest robot in the show's history, with forty-one battle victories against only seven losses and eight championships to its name.
Razer competed in Series 2-6, both series of Robot Wars Extreme and the 2016 series of Robot Wars. Despite unreliability problems that cost it several major battles, Razer won the fifth series and several side competitions, including the first two Robot Wars World Championships.
A misconception perpetuated by Jonathan Pearce in Series 2 was that Razer was named after Neil "Razor" Ruddock, a West Ham footballer. In reality, its name was simply an extension of the verb "raze", which means "To level to the ground (e.g. a building)".
For its tremendous success in Robot Wars and the innovations in both its appearance and design, Razer was inducted into The Combat Robot Hall of Fame in the year of its opening. It was the only UK robot to receive unanimous selection.
Robot History[edit | edit source]
UK Robot Wars[edit | edit source]
Series 2[edit | edit source]
In the Gauntlet, Razer went straight for the ramrig, but found it hard to point straight down the ramrig and in its delay was trapped by the saws. The saws soon retracted, and Razer was able to get through to Shunt. Razer drove in underneath Shunt and pushed the house robot straight back to the endzone.
In the football trial, the Razer team attached a metal bar to the crushing claw of their robot, which allowed it to push the ball much more efficiently. Razer raced to the ball, taking it towards the goal at a great speed. However the ball went wide. Dead Metal, whilst trying to push Razer back accidentally pushed the ball into the goal. As Razer was last to touch it, it went through.
Having finished first in the Gauntlet and Trial, Razer went into the Arena stage as the favourite for the Heat. At the Heat Semi-Final, Razer was drawn against Inquisitor. Here, Razer rammed Inquisitor into the arena wall. With Inquisitor trapped Razer began to crush the robot, breaking its flail mechanism. Then Shunt began to hammer at Inquisitor's armour, all though it didn't cause much damage. By now the Inquisitor team had given up but Razer kept on crushing the bodywork of Inquisitor, this time almost peeling a panel off. The house robots began to close in on Inquisitor, Matilda cutting into it with her chainsaw. However, Inquisitor was still mobile and escaped, while Razer was suddenly unable to move, the first example of its infamous early unreliability. The house robots then proceeded to attack the immobile Razer, with Matilda turning it on its side with its tusks (prompting the addition of the self-righting wings in the next series) and Sergeant Bash setting one of its inner sections on fire. Simon Scott later admitted, somewhat ironically, that the night before the fight he had advised that Inquisitor attack them rear on to give them more of a chance. Had he not said this, it is likely Razer would have caused much more damage, and possibly beaten Inquisitor.
However, Razer received the Best Design award at the end of the Series, on account of its power and unique weaponry.
Series 3[edit | edit source]
Razer came back again for Series 3, having been improved over 3 months. Its wheels were better-protected with new wheelguards, sleeker and more lightweight hardened sheet steel armour was fitted, and most importantly, self-righting wings were added. In its first round battle, Razer drove straight at Backstabber but could not get a grip of it with its crushing arm, with the tip sliding off its sloped sides. Backstabber was not moving, so Razer immediately pushed it into the pit. After cease was called, Razer tried to attack Matilda but caused no damage.
In the second round. Razer was drawn against Aggrobot, Razer initially struggled to do damage due to its opponent's tall size and slanted sides. Still, it maintained control of the match, pinning down Aggrobot repeatedly and making some visible scratches. Eventually, Razer found a weak point - the hole in Aggrobot's shell that accommodated the spike. Razer stuck its beak in and crumpled Aggrobot's back panel.
But Razer then ran into problems - the crushing arm malfunctioned and raised to its maximum height, whereby the rear spike lifted its wheels off the ground. The team couldn't get the beak to lower, and Razer was immobile. Dead Metal came in and cut into its beak.
However, Razer would go on to win the Best Design Award for the second year running. Razer was also nominated for the Best Engineered Robot Award, but lost out to Chaos 2.
Razer was also going to take part in the Series 3 Soccer competition, in a match up against Miss Struts, but due to an accident behind the scenes filming was rescheduled and Razer was entered in the Pinball tournament instead. Here, Razer knocked over most of the barrels, hit two of the targets guarded by House Robots, hit the multiball release, pushed the giant sphere into the pit and opened the car door gate. After clearing most of the targets in the arena, Razer won the Pinball tournament with 210 points.
Razer was brought into the International League Championship of Series 3 as a substitute for Cassius 2, who for reasons unknown, was unable to compete. Razer was drawn against Prometheus in its first battle, but Prometheus suffered internal damage in its own first battle, rendering it unable to battle Razer. Razer was awarded three points and went on to fight Techno-Lease.
At the start of the battle, Razer quickly darted around to the side of Techno-Lease and crumpled into its top armour. Razer crushed into Techno-Lease again, this time crushing down one of its side panels. Razer pushed Techno-Lease into Shunt, but Shunt attacked Razer instead. Shunt picked up Razer with his front bucket and carried it a fair distance across the arena. Shunt dragged Razer back into the CPZ and flipped it. Razer used its self-righting wings to get back up, resuming the attack on Techno-Lease. Razer punctured its armour again before using the spike on the rear end of its crushing claw to lever Techno-Lease up. Techno-Lease was immobilised after this and attacked by the House Robots. Razer then got its revenge on Shunt by crumpling his front bucket shovel. Razer then chased Matilda, trying to break off her chainsaw. The battle ended at this point.
In the Final, Razer faced the Irish Diotoir. Razer began the battle by driving into Diotoir and getting its wedge underneath it. Razer crumpled and punctured Diotoir's armour, immobilising it. As Diotoir was already finished, Razer pitted it, there by winning the International League Championship for England.
Having won the International League, Razer also represented England in the First World Championship. In the first round against All Torque, Razer quickly got underneath its opponent and pierced through the armour with its hydraulic claw. Razer continued to attack and crumpled the stainless steel armour of All Torque. Eventually, the damage from Razer's claw became too much and All Torque broke down.
In the quarter finals Razer faced UK champion Chaos 2, which managed to get underneath Razer but was unable to flip it over completely. Razer was then able to drive up behind Chaos 2 and catch it with its crushing ram, piercing Chaos 2's gas bottle in the process. Razer then dragged Chaos 2 into the reach of Dead Metal, which used its saw to slice into Chaos 2's flipper. With the flipper left unable to work from the earlier attack from Razer, Chaos 2 broke free from Dead Metal and reversed into the pit, avoiding any further damage.
Razer faced 101 in the semi-finals. Before the battle, Team 101 were understandably worried their robot was going to be destroyed, so wrote several messages on the robot saying "Don't hurt me Razer!", and pointing out the most expensive components. The Razer team obliged, and avoided doing terminal damage. Razer started by chasing its opponent into the pincers of Dead Metal and then easily cut into its armour. Razer continued to pierce the shell of 101 and ripped off a section of its steel armour. 101 hardly left the clutches of Razer and major damage was caused to the armour of 101 throughout the battle. However, despite the massive amount of damage caused to the robot, 101 survived for the whole battle and the decision went to the judges, who went for Razer.
The Grand Final was against Behemoth, which was soon able to get underneath Razer and flip it onto its side. Behemoth then pushed it around which left Razer unable to self-right until Matilda interfered and Razer was able to break free. Behemoth again managed to flip Razer over and pushed it onto the flame pit. Razer tried to self-right, but its wing was caught on the grille of the flame pit and it was stuck on its side. Dead Metal eventually nudged Razer off the flame pit which allowed Razer to self-right and attack Behemoth. Razer gripped onto the side of Behemoth and easily crushed through the armour, causing damage. Razer continued to cause damage to Behemoth for the rest of the battle with three separate attacks. Cease was called with both robots still mobile and the judges decided, with a 2 to 1 split decision, that Razer was the first World Champion.
Series 4[edit | edit source]
Despite their early exit in the main competition of the Third Wars, Razer was seeded number 3 in this wars due to its status as reigning World and International champion. Placing against Robochicken and Velocirippa, the three met in the centre of the arena, and Razer picked up Robochicken. It carried Robochicken over to the flame pit while Velocirippa bumped into Razer. Razer left Robochicken for Dead Metal to deal with and turned its attention to Velocirippa. It pierced with its claw taking out the front steering servos and put it over the flame jet, but Velocirippa got away, but with no steering and no reverse, Velocirippa crashed into the wall and became effectively immobilised. Robochicken qualified with Razer.
Razer fought Milly-Ann Bug in the second round. Milly-Ann Bug tried to avoid Razer, but Razer caught them, piercing the rear dom and lifting it into the air. Razer pulled Milly-Ann Bug over the flames, setting Milly-Ann Bug's hair alight, before herding it towards a corner. Razer sank its beak in between the two domes in an attempt to break its opponent in half. The coupling proved to be too tough, and Razer repositioned and pierced the front dome of Milly-Ann Bug. Razer attempted once more to break Milly in half, succeeding in breaking off its previously crippled wheel, but failing to break it in two. With one wheel gone, Milly-Ann Bug could not escape, so Razer came in again, capturing Milly and slicing off its front right wheel, followed by the front left wheel. Once the final wheel had been cut free, Razer pulled back and did its famous salute. Shunt and Razer bumped Milly-Ann Bug around, with Shunt's axe slamming down and ripping its hair free. With Milly-Ann Bug immobilised, Razer went through to the Heat Final for the first time, where its opponent was the 19th seeds Pussycat.
However, in the Heat Final, The two robots shot forward, bouncing off each other upon collision. Pussycat was too fast and unusually shaped for Razer to gain easy purchase with its claw, but Pussycat managed to land a few minor blows with its blade on the rear and side of Razer. Pussycat became briefly wedged beneath the claw, and Razer shot towards the side wall. Once it slammed Pussycat against the wall, it spun in a circle and ran back into the wall. Pussycat pulled away but flipped onto its side. Whilst it floundered around, trying to land on its wheels, it became apparent that Razer was not able to move away from the wall.
Razer was stuck in forward gear, and it attempted to shimmy its front to one side so that it could drive sideways and steer away. However, it had driven right next to a spike, and this obstructed its escape. Pussycat, having righted itself, landed a blow on Razer's back, carving a gouge in Razer's rear armour. Before long, Razer was completely immobile, with the wheels destroyed by Pussycat's blade. Dead Metal fetched Razer's limp form and pushed it into the pit.
At the end of the episode Ian Lewis gave an interview to the camera heavily criticising Pussycat's tactics of assaulting Razer long after it had been immobilised, implying they had gone against an unspoken roboteers' code of going easy on immobilised robots. Lewis also used the previous battles from the heats of examples of them not using Razer to inflict further damage when they had ample opportunity to do so.
Razer also took part in the Pinball and Sumo Basho tournaments of Series 4: it did not perform particularly well in either, failing to defend its Pinball Warrior title, scoring only 95 points after abandoning the run to attack Sir Killalot, and being knocked off the Sumo podium by Shunt in less than 5 seconds.
In the first round of the Southern Annihilator, Razer picked on Vercingetorix, puncturing its shell before attacking Attila the Drum. However, due to Attila's shape, Razer was unable to damage it, so attacked Vercingetorix again, which caused it to break down. It had a scare in the second round, as after piercing Spawn of Scutter, Onslaught and Behemoth thrusted Razer onto its side by the flame pit. Attila the Drum, Behemoth and Onslaught pressurised Razer, preventing it from self-righting but finally Razer got back onto its wheels only for Onslaught to toppled it again. Razer self-righted, was flipped again, but self-righted again and got a grip on Behemoth's scoop and then got in on the sides. Behemoth was too slow to get away and suffered major damage. Spawn of Scutter rammed into Razer but stopped moving and Behemoth was only just moving. Razer pierced the front of Spawn of Scutter before the cease was called. The judges were called upon and despite the damage to Behemoth they ruled that Spawn of Scutter was totally immobilised and Behemoth was still just moving. However, the damage Razer caused to Behemoth caused them to withdraw.
It had another brief scare in the fourth round, as it was unable to harm either Attila the Drum or Onslaught, but Attila ran into Sir Killalot, and became immoblilised. In the final, Onslaught started well, avoiding Razer, and when Razer did catch Onslaught, it was unable to pierce it initially. Razer eventually got hold of one of Onslaught's rear wheels and shredded it, before Onslaught drove into Matilda's CPZ, where it was flipped over and immobilised. Razer celebrated its victory by attacking Matilda and caused horrible damage such as wrecking the chainsaw weapon, filling the back end full of holes and setting it on fire.
Extreme 1[edit | edit source]
Razer had a successful Extreme, winning 7 out of 8 battles in 3 events. It competed in the All Stars where, in the first round, it met the clusterbot Gemini. From the off, Razer was able to grab one of the twins and crush it. The second twin rescued the first by flipping Razer (and the first twin) over. The process repeated, but with the twins swapping roles. Razer again attacked the second twin, and after it was released, the robots spent the rest of the match avoiding each other.Unbeknownst to the viewing audience, however, further drama occurred after the fight appeared to stop. As Razer drove over the arena floor flipper, it activated, throwing Razer into the air and back into the mechanism, threatening to crush it. Razer was freed, but rendered immobile on one side. It eventually caught one of the Gemini twins again by the flipper mechanism, which fired its flipper to try and escape just as Razer was crushing down. Under extreme stress, Razer's hydraulic system ruptured, rendering it completely immobile. The fight was stopped at this point, and the judges chose to put Razer through having judged the battle up to the point the arena flipper had fired. The controversial moment was edited out of the broadcasted episode.
Razer then faced Behemoth for the third time. (They were also in the same heat in Series 2, but didn't fight each other.) From the beginning, Razer crumpled Behemoth's scoop, but Behemoth fought back, pushing Razer into Shunt's CPZ Razer was forced to release Behemoth. A lot of dodging and driving around each other occurred, until Behemoth got to Razer's side and flipped it right over, pinning it down with its scoop at the same time. Doing this prevented Razer from righting itself, and Behemoth drove Razer against the arena wall, still pinning it down. However, due to the "no-pinning" rule, Behemoth was forced to retreat. Instead, it attempted to flip Razer just as its "wings" stretched out to their furthest, preventing it from self-righting. The second attempt backfired and Razer landed on its wheels. It then charged at Behemoth from the side, buffeting it and forcing underneath, before crushing straight into the side armour. In the last five seconds, it was forced to let go, but Behemoth retaliated and managed to flip Razer just before Cease was called. Despite this last spurt of aggression, a unanimous judges' decision gave Razer the win.
In the Semi-Final, Razer faced Firestorm 3. Firestorm began straight away by driving in at Razer, allowing Razer to grab Firestorm and piercing its flipper, before piercing Firestorm's body, lifting it up while performing its 'salute'. Razer made a third hole while pushing Firestorm into Matilda's CPZ, where Firestorm was attacked by Matilda and Shunt. Cease was called with Firestorm having received large amounts of damage. The judges put Razer into the final, where it faced Tornado. It was the first time the robots met. Razer got hold of Tornado almost instantly, and refused to let go of it properly in the battle at all. Razer's beak always sunk at least 2cm inside Tornado's armour. Tornado lost drive on one side as Razer cut its chain, and then on the other side as the drive pin on the motor pinion came out. There was nothing Tornado could do, as Shunt found out when the House Robot was able to pit it.
Razer attempted to take its vengeance on Pussycat after being defeated by the Cold Fusion Team's machine in Series 4 due to a malfunction. Razer seemed the stronger as it pierced Pussycat's tough shell and holding it over the flame pit. After a slight tussle, Pussycat shook free and its blade hit one of Razer's front wheels. This attack jammed the wheel and impaired Razer's movement. Another attack by Pussycat on the side of the chassis immobilised Razer completely. Pussycat continued to attack Razer while it was being counted out, although not causing as much damage as in Series 4 due to Razer's improved armour. Shunt then pushed it into the pit. The Razer team were much more gracious in defeat this time, but they still requested another re-match for the future.
Razer also entered the Second World Championship, representing the UK, the places allocated to the four semi-finalists of the All-Stars tournament. This competition was also broadcast during Extreme Warriors: Season 1. In its heat, Razer faced The Revolutionist, Diotoir and Flensburger Power. Razer's first target was The Revolutionist. It was unable to cause any damage on the first attempt, but made a massive hole on the second attempt. Diotoir had just immobilised Flensburger Power, apparently just by pushing it around the arena, and attempted to attack Razer, only for Razer to pierce the fur and armour and hold it over the flame pit. The judges were called on again, but as The Revolutionist was virtually immobilised, it was an easy decision for them, and Razer was put through. In the second round, it faced a Grudge Match in the form of Tornado. By now all of Tornado's disc teeth were well past their best, so to give it half a chance, the team changed to the charity event weapon, the bulldozer scoop. The fight was much closer this time, and Tornado managed to push Razer about for a bit, while Razer got several nips in on the red machine. The turning point came when Tornado opened the pit and Razer's beak got stuck in Tornado's top armour. Razer held Tornado up above the pit and dropped it in.
The American walkerbot Drillzilla was Razer's opponent in the final. Straight away, Razer grabbed hold of Drillzilla's shuffling mechanism, and attempted to crush it, but to no avail. Razer then tried to grab hold of Drillzilla, but could not get through the armour. Drillzilla escaped, but Razer managed to catch it and clamped hold of Drillzilla again. Cease was called and the judges decided that Razer, being the dominant robot throughout the entire fight, were the winners.
Unbeknown to many, Razer was also due to take part in the People's Challenge event, where it would fight Hypno-Disc. However, both teams withdrew, believing it would not be worth the damage to their robots, and the event never went ahead.
Series 5[edit | edit source]
Razer, now seeded fourth, faced newcomers Big Nipper in the first round. As the two machines charged towards each other, A with the impact causing visible damage to both machines. One of Big Nipper's claws was bent slightly, and one of Razer's self-righting wings broken off. Razer then chased and pierced Big Nipper from the side, all the while dragging it around the arena. After coming in for another attack, Razer successfully lifted Big Nipper aloft and held it above the flame pit. Big Nipper flapped its weaponry around in an attempt to get down and eventually did so.Razer pushed Big Nipper over towards Shunt who perforated its armour, and inevitably, the damage taken from Razer took its toll, leaving Big Nipper immobilised. The Refbot counted out the wrecked Big Nipper.
In the second round, the Razer team faced the all-girls team Widow's Revenge. For entertainment value, the Robot Widows were masqueraded as the Razer Team's wives and girlfriends. Widow's Revenge was destroyed by Razer who broke its top panels before Matilda's flywheel caused plenty of further damage. Part of Widow's Revenge had become stuck underneath the floor flipper, before Razer drove into the pit attempting to pit Widow's Revenge. Widow's Revenge had already been counted out, therefore reinstated Rick was the opponent in the Heat final.
Razer attacked Rick's exposed tyres as soon as this Heat Final begun, but couldn't cause any significant damage. Razer then crushed through Rick's plexiglass top panel, and almost got its claw into Rick's innards when Rick opened its flipper. Rick closed it just before Razer could capitalise. It attempted to use its flipper to ward away the consistent onslaught of Razer, but afterwards, Razer sunk its claw into the right hand side of Rick, lifted it into the air and placed it onto the flame pit, where it was counted out. Razer and Shunt positioned Rick on the floor flipper, where it was flung, straight onto the closed pit. As Shunt was finishing off Rick, Razer began to attack Sir Killalot from the rear. The house robot turned around and chased Razer across the arena, until Razer grappled onto one of its arms. Sir Killalot used this opportunity to turn Razer over and drag them into the descending pit. However, Razer was already through to the Semi-finals for the first time.
In its first battle in the series semi finals, Razer fought Spawn Again. Razer immediately got under Spawn Again, pinning their flipper down with its crusher, before puncturing the thirteenth seeds armour and flipper. Spawn Again tried to get away, but Razer pushed them straight into Shunt. Spawn Again attacked by Shunt and Sergeant Bash, and its flipper broke. Spawn Again ran into the pit release, and broke down, so Razer came in and pushed Spawn Again down into the pit.
For a place in the Grand Final, Razer defeated reinstated robot S3. The 'hammerhead shark' was unable to hit Razer with its vertical spinning disc as Razer repeatedly pierced the aluminium shell before pushing S3 towards Dead Metal who use its circular saw. Eventually S3 started smoking and the spinning disc that had been so impressive in the loser's melee stopped. Razer unanimously won the resulting judges' decision to reach the Grand Final.
In the Grand Final Eliminator, Razer faced Firestorm 3 for the second time, but it was to prove much closer this time. Razer caused damage to the Durham machine's flipper, but Firestorm spent sizable periods of the match grappling with Razer, twice pushing the pair across the face of the pit of oblivion. Eventually cease was called, and for the second time in Robot Wars, the judges descended to inspect for damage. This was Razer's closest ever battle, and was declared the winner.
Bigger Brother had taken major damage from Hypno-Disc in the other Grand Final Eliminator, but received help from several other teams to get it ready for the final against Razer. Here, Razer dominated the battle, slicing into Bigger Brother’s armour, even lifting them up into the air with its beak, while Bigger Brother did not get a single flip on Razer. The unanimous judges' decision awarded the win to Razer who, after two World Championship wins, was finally crowned UK Champion.
In addition to the UK Championship, Razer won its third Best Design Award. Razer was additionally nominated for the Best Engineered Robot Award but lost out to Derek.
Series 6[edit | edit source]
Razer began the defence of its title against Raging Reality, Brutus Maximus and W.A.S.P. Razer almost immediately concentrated on the exposed wheels and wooden construction of Brutus Maximus, crushing one of its bicycle wheels. Raging Reality flipped W.A.S.P. into Sir Killalot, who dragged it into the CPZ, before drilling a large hole in its side, immobilising it. The limping Brutus Maximus rammed into Razer, who was now trying to attack Raging Reality, doing a bit of damage to the silver machine's front end. Brutus Maximus was beginning to fall to pieces prior to Razer peeling off one of its side panels. A flip by Raging Reality made a wheel fall out of Brutus Maximus, which rolled straight into the pit. Sir Killalot closed in and put the petrol powered machine on the flame pit which preceded it being counted out and flipped out of the arena by Raging Reality. Razer attacked the defeated W.A.S.P. before cease was called.
In the second round, Razer grabbed its opponent Cyrax straight away, but did little damage. Another attack by Razer on the rear of the pyramid shaped robot crushed a hole in Cyrax's armour. Cyrax attempted to get its axe into play, but couldn't land more than glancing blows on the overwhelming favourite. Razer held Cyrax on the flame pit for a few seconds while scratching the side of the newcomers. Razer pushed Cyrax into Growler, who held onto Cyrax with its own jaw weaponry at the same time. Razer pierced Cyrax leaving another crevice in its armour then held it under Mr. Psycho's hammer. The new house robot hammered Cyrax twice, causing a small light to come off the top of the machine. Cyrax tried to use its axe again, before pushing Razer back and surprisingly managing to flip Razer over. Razer self-righted in the final 15 seconds and the fight went to a judges' decision, which went to Razer.
In the Heat Final, Razer got underneath the flipper of Raging Reality and rammed it into a wall next to Matilda's CPZ, causing Raging Reality to lose drive after attacks on the front of it. Slowly, Razer pushed Raging Reality into Matilda's flywheel, ripping a gash into its side and sending a piece of armour flying out of the arena. Razer finished the heat by placing the mangled Raging Reality onto the closed pit of oblivion and pressing the pit release button.
Razer fought 9th seeds Wild Thing 2 in the first round of the Semi-finals. Its very first attack tore through Wild Thing’s side panel. Razer and Wild Thing 2 then spent the majority of the battle spinning around in an embrace, with both machine's weaponry causing minimal damage to the other. Razer eventually punctured one of Wild Thing 2's tyres. In escaping, the Adam's family machine drove straight onto the flame pit. Razer had another attack on Wild Thing 2, this time being able to lift it off the ground with its hydraulic crusher. Razer put its opponent out of its misery by activating the pit, holding Wild Thing 2 above it, doing its signature pirouette, before dumping the 9th seed in.
Newcomers Dantomkia, who had to go through the loser's melee, was Razer's opponent in the semi final second round. Razer quickly grappled with Dantomkia, before it slammed Razer back into the arena wall. Razer fought back by puncturing Dantomkia a couple of times, then pushed it toward the flame pit, however Dantomkia used its flipper to free itself from the reigning champion's grip. Razer drove Dantomkia into Mr. Psycho, where a hammer blow reigned down. Bravely, just before cease was called, Dantomkia retaliated by ramming it into the other house robot, Sir Killalot. The resulting judges' decision put Razer into the grand final again.
In the Grand Final Eliminator, Razer faced Terrorhurtz, who had defeated three seeded machines to qualify. In an extremely well controlled performance, Razer immediately drove around the swinging double headed axe and began crumpling the polycarbonate armour of Terrorhurtz, while John Reid's creation cleaved thin air. Razer proceeded to lift Terrorhurtz into the air, before the power of the axe made it crash back down. It took more punishment from the axe of Shunt. Razer clamped onto the side of Terrorhurtz one more time and pierced deep into its opponent before once again activating the pit and pushing Terrorhurtz in.
Standing between back-to-back UK titles was Tornado, once again armed with the Anti-Crusher Weapon. This time, Razer had added a hook to the end of its jaw to grab onto Tornado's cage and drag it towards the pit. The final started with Tornado ramming Razer several times, although rather ineffectively. Tornado's lawnmower blade had stopped spinning at one point, and Razer grabbed onto the cage several times, but kept losing its grip due to the power and agility of its opponent. Razer's claw extension looked rather flimsy, unable to grab onto Tornado. Razer then got stuck behind the arena floor disc button, and Tornado began its usual method of repeated ramming. Refbot looked as if he would count out Razer, but actually intervened and freed it. Tornado continued its onslaught, pushing Razer into Dead Metal and Shunt. Tornado pushed the pit release button, but it was Razer who finally managed to get a grip on Tornado's cage who, to the delight to of the crowd, raising it into the air and almost overbalancing. The Series 5 champions drove Tornado straight towards the pit, but Tornado's wide frame prevented it from falling down. Razer held its adversary above the pit until cease was called. It took the judges 45 minutes to declare that, controversially, Tornado was the Sixth Wars champion.
Extreme 2[edit | edit source]
Razer’s final series saw it enter two competitions, the first of these being the All Star Championship. In Round One it met Chaos 2 for the second time and previous semi finalist 13 Black. Razer started by trying to gain a grip on 13 Black, but one of 13 Black's disc caused a gash in the side of Razer. Chaos 2 tried to flip Razer, but ended up flipping both it and 13 Black, so the machines both landed on their wheels. Razer then managed to grip onto one of 13 Black's discs, but could not pierce it. Razer let go and was flipped from the side by Chaos 2, but Razer rolled through the air and managed to land on its wheels. Razer gripped onto one of 13 Black's discs again before Chaos 2 had another attempt at flipping the two of them, but failed. Razer chased after 13 Black, but was wedged underneath by Chaos 2 and one of its self-righting wings was ripped off by 13 Black. Chaos 2 could not flip Razer however and tried to push it around. Razer eventually managed to escape from the flipper of Chaos 2, who was then immobilised from severe damage caused by 13 Black. Razer pierced through the rear armour of Chaos 2, and advanced to Round 2.
There, Razer met Team Scutterbots for the third time in Robot Wars. Spawn Again drove away from Razer in the early stages, while Razer tried to gain a grip on the rear of Spawn Again, but failed. Razer eventually managed to claw onto the front of Spawn Again, but the armour had been improved after its encounter with Razer in Series 5 and Razer could only put a dent in the flipper. Spawn Again drove away and activated the Pit, before driving over it as it descended, which left Spawn Again stuck. Razer tried to push the trapped machine into the Pit, but Spawn Again fired its flipper which caused it to fall down, leaving Razer to progress through to the Heat Final of the second All Stars Heat, where it fought 13 Black again.
13 Black immediately started spinning on its axis as soon as activate was called, causing Razer to bounce off upon contact. Razer tried a second attack, but it was deflected again by the spinning 13 Black. Razer chased after 13 Black, who then hit Razer and caused it to turn away, before 13 Black drove into the Arena wall and one of its discs became stuck on the barrier. Razer exploited this by getting underneath 13 Black from the side and crushing down on it several times, while Shunt used its axe on one of the discs. Razer let go of 13 Black after a while and pressed the Pit release, before gripping 13 Black again and dumping it down the Pit.
Razer then met Firestorm for the third time in the All Stars Final. The two darted around each other first, before Firestorm drove into Razer's front and pushed it into Dead Metal. Razer was attacked by Dead Metal’s saw but escaped from the Corner Patrol Zone with only superficial damage sustained. Firestorm became stuck under an angle grinder and Razer tried to grip it, before Dead Metal managed to free the machine of Graham Bone. Firestorm then got underneath Razer and tried to flip it, but could only lift it up. Firestorm then met Razer head-on once again and pushed it into Dead Metal, but it was gripped by the claw of Razer, who then managed to pierce Firestorm several times. Firestorm began to lose mobility, before Razer pushed it into the Pit release and dumped it in to become All Stars Champion for the second time.
Razer also entered the European Championship, qualifying as World Champion. This competition was also broadcast during German Robot Wars. It faced PulverizeR, the Dutch Champion. It began by chasing the spinner into the activation button for the disc of doom. It grabbed hold of the Dutch robot by Growler and, once PulverizeR got away, Razer grabbed it again. It carried PulverizeR to the pit release button and activated it, before letting the Dutch robot go. However, Razer quickly grabbed it again, but it escaped. The World Champions then chased it around the arena. However, PulverizeR then drove into the pit and Razer went through.
Razer then went on to meet Tornado again in the semi finals where Tornado used the cage again. Razer had built a new hook so it could lift Tornado by the cage. Tornado started pushing Razer around the arena but then Razer started using the new hook to lift Tornado by the cage. Razer dragged Tornado towards the pit release button where it tried to get Tornado in the pit but it couldn't fit it into the pit. During this, smoke started coming out of Razer because its motors were burning out. Razer held Tornado over the pit until time ran out. In the end, a two-to-one split decision by the team resulted in Razer forfeiting its place in the final to Tornado.
Series 8[edit | edit source]
Razer competed in the first episode of the series. Prior to the battle, team member Gillie Lewis gave Angela Scanlon a sausage roll. In the arena, it faced Nuts, Terrorhurtz for the second time, as well as Kill-E-Crank-E. Because Kill-E-Crank-E did not share any team members with the Pussycat team that twice defeated Razer (Robin Herrick rejoining the team for the Series 4 finals, after Razer had been defeated), it was not strictly a grudge match, though many awaited it with anticipation anyway.
Sure enough, Razer targeted Kill-E-Crank-E from the outset. Kill-E-Crank-E proved to be an awkward shape, however, and despite Razer pushing it around, the claw could not gain a purchase. Razer took a brief break from battling Kill-E-Crank-E to focus on one of Nuts' minibots, which it pierced straight through the top, and held aloft. After letting go, Razer moved to Matilda's CPZ, where eventually Razer was able to grab a proper hold of Kill-E-Crank-E, by fitting the entire axle within its bodyshape. On a second grab, Razer drew Kill-E-Crank-E towards the pit, and held it above defeat. However, the extremely wide Kill-E-Crank-E pulled a last second upset, when its wheels touched the ground, intentionally spinning the robots around, and Razer was pulled into the pit alongside its target. Team Kill-E-Crank-E later described their actions as a "death pact".
The team were consoled by Angela Scanlon, remarking that the team at least still had some sausage rolls.
Robot Wars Extreme Warriors[edit | edit source]
Season 2[edit | edit source]
Razer represented the UK in the International Championship of the second season of the US Series Extreme Warriors. It defeated Kat 3 in the first round after crushing into it several times until eventually piercing Kat 3's tyre, immobilising it. With Kat 3 defeated, Razer pitted its opponent, and progressed to the second round.
In the second round, it faced Tornado, a machine Razer had defeated twice previously. For this battle however, Tornado was fitted with a large metal frame with a spinning blade at the front. Created especially for fighting Razer, the frame made it impossible for Razer to reach the inner parts of Tornado. Tornado's changes appeared to be highly controversial, but were deemed legal as the team had made it clear alongside all its other weapons before the series had begun. Much of the match consisted of Tornado pushing Razer around but Razer managed to use its claw to dig into Tornado's workings and then lift it into the air. Razer managed to push Tornado into the CPZs where the house robots caused damage to Tornado's frame and in the struggle, Tornado's weapon motor had broken off. The match went to a Judges' decision and despite the damage done to Tornado, the judges controversially gave the decision to Tornado, having thought that Tornado's weapon motor belonged to Razer.
BattleBots[edit | edit source]
Long Beach 1999[edit | edit source]
Razer's first ever match in BattleBots was against Voltarc. In the beginning of the match, both robots were chasing each other around the BattleBox. After this, Razer got behind Voltarc and started squeezing it with its crushing arm. However, the angle wasn't correct and Razer couldn't pierce through Voltarc, as a lot of Voltarc's body surface was in contact along Razer's crushing arm. Because of this, Razer let Voltarc go and tried to gain a better angle to crush with its arm. Voltarc slammed into Razer from the side and used its lifting arm to lift Razer up and carried it around the BattleBox before pushing it against the arena wall. Razer landed upside-down and Voltarc was doing a victory spin. However, Razer managed to self-right with its 'wings' and got back into the match. The crowd was cheering after this and Razer started attacking Voltarc from the front. Razer managed to squeeze a hole in Voltarc's 6mm armor. After this, the time ran out and Razer won by crowd vote. This win put Razer to the next round, where it faced Agrippa. Razer won by KO and advanced to the next round, where it faced Tazbot.
Tazbot got its sharpened pickaxe under Razer rather quickly and tipped them onto the arena saws. Razer flipped it self-right back over just in time for a couple rides through the floor saws. Tazbot got a second flip and Razer's topside was pressed on to the arena saws, cutting their cables to flip back over. Tazbot won by KO and Razer was now in the loser's bracket, where it faced Kill-O-Amp.
Razer was quickly on the offensive and squeezed one of Kill-O-Amp's wheels, removing most of the rubber. Kill-O-Amp turned around and ran way from Razer for a minute but Razer managed to trap Kill-O-Amp against the corner of the BattleBox and started crushing it a couple of times, going straight through its main battery, shorting it to its chassis, creating sparks and smoke. Kill-O-Amp was still stuck on Razer's arm and Razer took the immobile Kill-O-Amp around the BattleBox. Razer then dropped Kill-O-Amp onto the killsaws and the match was over shortly after. Razer won by KO and advanced to the next round, where it faced Rhino.
Razer went straight at Rhino but it just missed on getting a grip on Rhino. Rhino retaliated by firing its spike, narrowly missing Razer's arm. Razer retreated to gain a better angle of attack but drifted close to the killsaws. Having already suffered damage from the killsaws, Razer was momentarily distracted and Rhino took advantage. Rhino turned around and fired its spike on Razer. The spike went straight through its armor and broke the pump solenoid. This wouldn't have disabled Razer but the spike also hit the chassis and 'shocked' the radio switch to the off position. Because of this, Razer was only going around in circles. As this was happening, Ian Lewis entered the BattleBox and grabbed the tail before deactivating Razer. In the end, Rhino won by KO and Razer was eliminated from the tournament.
Razer wasn't finished, however, as it participated the gigabot rumble at the end of the tournament. It was tentative at the start, but eventually began laying into frenZy, easily biting into the robot's aluminum armor. It attempted to crush Namreko 3000, but got flipped, before the fight had to be paused due to a robot catching fire. When the match was resumed, Razer found a grip on Namreko 3000 and began clamping down on it, before Namreko 3000 began smoking. Razer turned its attention to frenZy again, buckling the robot's top. It then laid into Kill-O-Amp, disabling the box-shaped robot's wheel before piercing deep into its poly-carbonate shell. Finally, it went after frenZy one more time, now warping the dome, while frenZy's hammer bounced off harmlessly, before the pair were picked up and carried by Voltarc. By audience applause, Razer was declared the winner of the gigabot rumble.
Las Vegas 1999[edit | edit source]
After receiving a bye in the round of 32, Razer went up against Voltarc again in the round of 16. In the match, Voltarc lifted Razer against the spikestrip and Razer managed to get its crushing arm onto the front of Voltarc. However, Razer wasn't able to pierce into the armor of Voltarc and the match ended with Voltarc winning on a 7-2 judge's decision. This meant that Razer was eliminated from the tournament again.
Razer also participated the heavyweight rumble at the end of the tournament, but failed to repeat its success. It immediately ran into trouble when Tazbot grappled it and carried it around sideways. After escaping, it attempted to crush Ronin, Namreko 3000 and Blendo, not making any visible damage. At some point, Razer's back right wheel guard crumpled into the wheel, leaving it with limited mobility. BioHazard piled Tazbot and Mortis on top of it, but it managed to struggle free in the dying seconds. BioHazard was declared the winner of the heavyweight rumble and Razer lost overall.
Results[edit | edit source]
|UK Robot Wars Series 2||Heat D||Gauntlet||N/A||Completed - 1st (Qualified)|
|Trials - Football||N/A||Scored 1st Goal (Qualified)|
|Battlebots Long Beach 1999||Heavyweight Division||Round 1||Voltarc||Won|
|Battlebots Las Vegas 1999||Heavyweight Division||Round of 16||Voltarc||Lost|
Namreko 3000, Ronin
|UK Robot Wars Series 3||Heat C||Round 1||Backstabber||Won|
|Pinball Warrior Tournament||Pinball||N/A||210pts (1st Place Winner)|
|International League (Representing England)||Group B - Fight 2||Prometheus (USA)||Won (By Default)|
|Group B - Match 3||Techno-Lease (Holland)||Won|
|First World Championships (Representing England)||Eliminator||All Torque (Scotland)||Won|
|Quarter-Final||Chaos 2 (England)||Won|
|Sevenoaks 1999||N/A||Round 1||Allygator||Won|
|Semi Final||Chaos 2||Won|
|Robots@War 2000||N/A||Round 1||Wild Thing||Won|
|Round 2||Raizer Blade||Won|
|UK Robot Wars Series 4 (Seeded 3rd)||Heat B||Eliminator||RoboChicken
|Heat Final||(19) Pussycat||Lost|
|Pinball Warrior||Pinball||N/A||95pts (Equal 10th with Invertebrat)|
|Sumo Basho||Sumo||Shunt||4.87 Seconds (Finished 14th)|
|Southern Annihilator||Round 1||Behemoth
Vercingetorix, Atilla the Drum
Spawn of Scutter, Onslaught
Atilla the Drum
Spawn of Scutter, Onslaught
Atilla the Drum
|Qualified (By Default)|
|Round 4||Atilla the Drum
|Robot Wars Extreme 1||Single Battle Events||Vengeance||Pussycat||Lost|
|Second World Championships (Representing UK)||Heat||Flensburger Power (Germany)
The Revolutionist (USA)
|US Robot Wars Season 2||International Championship (Representing UK)||Round 1||Kat 3 (UK)||Won|
|Round 2||Tornado (UK)||Lost|
|UK Robot Wars Series 5 (Seeded 4th)||Qualifier||N/A||Barber-Ous||Won|
|Heat K||Eliminator||Big Nipper||Won|
|Semi-Final 1||Round 1||(13) Spawn Again||Won|
|Grand-Final||Eliminator||(7) Firestorm 3||Won|
|UK Robot Wars Series 6 (Seeded 1st)||Qualifiers||Lightning||Won|
|Granny's Revenge, Purple Predator, Rattus Rattus, Roobarb, Shunt||Lost|
|Heat Final||Raging Reality||Won|
|Semi-Final 1||Round 1||(9) Wild Thing||Won|
|Robot Wars Extreme 2||All-Stars||Heat B - Eliminator||Chaos 2
|Heat B - Semi-Final||Spawn Again||Won|
|Heat B Final||13 Black||Won|
|European Championship (Representing UK)||Round 1||PulverizeR (Holland)||Won|
|Semi-Final||Tornado (UK)||Won (Later Forfeited)|
|UK Robot Wars Series 8||Heat A||Group Battle||Nuts
Wins/Losses[edit | edit source]
- Wins: 52
- Losses: 13