Supernova S9

Supernova was a competitor robot from Series 5 to 7, the 2016 and 2017 series of Robot Wars. It was the second robot built by Team Trinity.

Supernova's best performance in the UK series was in The Sixth Wars, when it reached the Heat Final before losing to Spawn Again; however, it lost in the first round in Series 5, 7 and the 2016 series. It also represented Sri Lanka in the The Third World Championship, reaching the final before losing to UK representative Storm 2.

Robot History Edit

Series 5Edit


Supernova had a disappointing run in its debut series. Although it started well against the seeded Behemoth, sending its scoop ajar, the lack of control proved to be Supernova's achilles heel. The robot was rendered immobile after it carelessly drove into Matilda's CPZ and had its top panel torn off and its wheel-guard bent, thanks to Matilda's flywheel. Behemoth used the axe to immobilise the exposed machinery inside Supernova, before pushing it forward and flipping it head-first into the pit of oblivion, eliminating Supernova from the competition.

Series 6Edit


Supernova's first round melee in the Sixth Wars saw it go up against newcomers to the televised show Short Circuit, the number 10 seeds Spawn Again, and the experienced Tiberius 3. Despite receiving a small hole from Tiberius 3's claw weapon, Supernova used its flywheel to great effect on Short Circuit, who soon began to slowly fall apart, and was soon immobilised. Spawn Again then eventually flipped over Tiberius 3 from behind, from which Tiberius 3 couldn't self right. Both Short Circuit and Tiberius 3 were counted out and further tormented by the House Robots, allowing both Spawn Again and Supernova were able to proceed to the next round of the Heat.

In the second round, Supernova was drawn up against Ming 3. Supernova immediately targeted the exposed wheels of Ming 3, dealing major damage to them. Eventually, Ming 3's wheels were so mangled that it was left unable to move. Team Ming's machine was deemed immobilised, counted out by the Refbot, flipped by the arena floor flipper, and eliminated.

This put Supernova through to the Heat Final, where it was up against Spawn Again once more. It was seen as having a good chance of defeating the seeded machine, as Spawn Again had struggled in its two previous battles. However, against all odds, Spawn Again quickly gained the upper hand by flipping Supernova onto an angle grinder. The Refbot freed it, however the mobility of Supernova was greatly hindered, and only one of its wheels was working. After a few more fierce flips from the seeded Spawn Again, Supernova completely lost power in its other wheel and in its spinning disc. Refbot then came in and counted Supernova out, eliminating the Sri Lankan machine from the competition.

Series 7Edit


In the first round, Supernova was placed up against Rhino, the number 16 seeds Storm 2 and newcomers Mayhem. At the beginning of the battle, Supernova immediately ripped off both of Mayhem's tyres, preventing the wheels from touching the arena floor, immobilising it. Mayhem was later counted out by the Refbot. Storm 2 then caught Supernova from behind and slammed Team Trinity's machine into Sir Killalot, and Supernova's spinning disc shredded one of Sir Killalot's track treads. However, Supernova couldn't get away again before Storm 2 did the same again, charging it from the other side of the arena, slamming it into the arena wall, inside a CPZ, slicing into the arena wall in the process. This slam completely immobilised the locomotion of Supernova. The Refbot then came in and counted out Supernova, and cease was called.

Supernova also appeared in the Third World Championship representing Sri Lanka. Supernova won the qualifier battle easily; its spinning disc weapon tore through Mechaniac's shell, sending the back panel flying off the machine, leaving the mechanics exposed. Repeated attacks from Supernova dislodged Mechaniac's batteries and left it immobile. Cassius Chrome then punched Mechaniac's batteries which then shorted out the electronics and started an internal fire. Supernova was the winner and the first robot to qualify for the World Championship.

In the first round of the World Championship, it met Hard from Belgium, and Spartacus from the USA. It used its disc to rip apart Spartacus's front, eventually succeeding in buckling one of Spartacus's wheels. Hard had mysteriously stopped moving, so it was counted out. Supernova and Spartacus were both having mobility problems; Spartacus could only move in circle due to its buckled wheel, and Supernova was only displaying short bursts of movement. In the end, it was Spartacus who was deemed immobile, and Supernova moved on to the next round.

In Round 2, Supernova dominated the fight against Crushtacean, battering the South African robot with its disc. After a few hits, one of Crushtacean's claws came loose, and it stopped moving. Crushtacean was thrown by the floor flipper, and skittered all the way across the arena.

In the final, Supernova met Storm 2 again. Storm 2 charged in, while Supernova tried to use its disc, but couldn't impede Storm 2 at all. The two robots slammed into each other a few times, and one of their collisions caused Supernova to turn sideways and get stuck on the arena wall. Refbot came over and tried to free it, while Storm 2 got itself beached on an angle grinder. Supernova finally managed to get back on its wheels, so it attacked the vulnerable Storm 2, freeing it from the angle grinder in the process. The robots continued slamming each other until cease was called. The battle went to a judges' decision, and the judges decided that the Third World Champion was Storm 2, leaving Supernova as the runners-up.

Robot Wars 2016Edit

Supernova Front
Supernova 2016

Supernova competed in Episode 3, battling Big Nipper, Or Te and TR2. Before the battle, Supernova experienced technical difficulties in the form of a complete electrical failure, and the team needed to stay up overnight to repair it, borrowing a speed controller from Team Danby, which was fixed by Alan Young, and the robot was completely rewired to run on two circuits, powering both the weapon and the drive.[1] This meant that Supernova entered its qualifier untested, and the team did not know if the robot would function. The dangerous flywheel of Supernova posed an immediate threat to Or Te, which slammed into Supernova in an effort to stop its weapon from spinning. However, Supernova quickly gained its revenge, as the flywheel's first contact sent Or Te spinning away, knocking out its safety link. Although Supernova had immobilised Or Te, it also lost one of the teeth on its flywheel in the process.[2] Supernova and Big Nipper clashed with their respective spinners, and Supernova proved more powerful, knocking Big Nipper away, but TR2 pushed Supernova into the arena wall, removing its second and final flywheel tooth. This meant Supernova could no longer cause damage with its disc, and it was pushed into the pit release by TR2. After clashing disc-to-disc with Big Nipper again, TR2, unable to use its flipper, shunted Supernova to the edge of the pit, where Supernova narrowly escaped by driving on its side using its wheel and flywheel in tandem. Supernova struggled to regain its balance, lost a decorative piece of its wheel, and after its direction was changed by TR2, Supernova used the momentum of its toothless flywheel to carry itself into the pit.

Robot Wars 2017 Edit

Supernova will appear in Episode 4.

Results Edit

Series Event Round Opponent(s) Results
UK Robot Wars Series 5 Heat H Eliminator (15) Behemoth Lost
UK Robot Wars Series 6 Heat H Eliminator (10) Spawn Again

Short Circuit

Tiberius 3

Semi-Final Ming 3 Won
Final (10) Spawn Again Lost
UK Robot Wars Series 7 Heat I Eliminator (16) Storm 2



3rd World



Sri Lanka)

Qualifier Mechaniac


Eliminator Hard



(United States)

Semi-Final Crushtacean

(South Africa)

Final Storm 2

(United Kingdom)

UK Robot Wars Series 8 Episode 3 Group


Big Nipper

Or Te


UK Robot Wars Series 9 Episode 4 Group








Frostbite Won by KO

(3 Points)

Pulsar Lost by KO
Ironside 3 Lost by KO

Wins/Losses Edit

  • Wins: 7
  • Losses: 7
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