Tough as Nails (originally Tough As Nails, or abbreviated to TAN) was a Dutch robot that competed in Series 7-8 and 10 of Robot Wars, and Series 2 of Dutch Robot Wars.

Tough as Nails originally entered the second series of Dutch Robot Wars, but was defeated in the first round by Scrap-2-Saur. However, it did win a major robotic event in the Netherlands prior to the Seventh Wars and was dubbed as a favourite for the series by Jonathan Pearce. Tough as Nails won its heat in the main series, defeating former UK champion Panic Attack along the way. It was eventually defeated in the semi-finals by Bulldog Breed. It also defeated two other Dutch robots to qualify for The Third World Championship at the end of the series, in which it reached the semi-finals and was defeated by the eventual champion, Storm 2.

A favoured tactic which was used by the Tough as Nails team was to immediately activate the pit release button, grab hold of its opponents and dump them into the pit. The team attempted this tactic in many battles, successfully pitting Disc-O-Inferno and Robochicken in the heats (although Robochicken was already through to the next round) and Scraptosaur, Gravity and Rawbot in The Third World Championship, before finally being given a taste of its own medicine as it was pitted by Storm 2, also being pitted in its 2016 loss.

Robot History Edit

Dutch Series 2Edit

Tough As Nails mechanism

Tough As Nails fought Scrap-2-Saur in its first round of Dutch Robot Wars. Tough As Nails was flipped once before driving over the flame pit. Due to a thermal cut-off from the speed controllers, Tough As Nails's motors shut down, and it was counted out by Refbot. Mr. Psycho put Tough As Nails on the Drop Zone, where two barrels fell onto it. At this point the speed controllers had cooled down, so Tough As Nails was able to move again, though it had been eliminated. Tough As Nails grabbed one of the Drop Zone's barrels and carried it around the arena, until Mr. Psycho came in and smashed Tough As Nails's rear with his hammer. The hit caused a small fire, burning out a speed controller and one of the hydraulic tubes, effectively immobilising Tough As Nails again. Dead Metal pushed Tough As Nails, barrel still in its claws, down into the pit.

UK Series 7Edit

Tough As Nails

In its first fight, Tough as Nails pressed the pit release button, and then grabbed Disc-O-Inferno and dropped it down. It then did the same to Robochicken, however Robochicken had already flipped and immobilised B.O.D., so it still qualified.

In the next round, Tough as Nails faced the seeded Panic Attack. It grabbed Panic Attack, and after hitting the pit release, attempted to push it into the pit, but Panic Attack wouldn't let it. Panic Attack tried to flip Tough as Nails, but Tough as Nails' shape wasn't prone to being flipped. Tough as Nails grabbed Panic Attack again and bent its lifting device. Left without any means of attack, Panic Attack was helpless as Tough as Nails pushed it around the arena. It couldn't get Panic Attack to go into the pit, but it still won the judges' decision.

Tough as Nails had reached the heat final, where it met Robochicken again. Tough as Nails was tossed repeatedly by Robochicken's flipper, but since it was invertible, it was wholly unaffected. Robochicken's gas supply began to dwindle, so Tough as Nails opened the pit and clamped down on Robochicken. It spent the rest of the match with Robochicken in its claws, pushing it around the arena. The judges had to choose a heat winner, and they ruled in favour of Tough as Nails.

In the Semi-finals, Tough as Nails met Bulldog Breed, sporting part of Robochicken's head. Tough as Nails was flipped a few times, but did manage to get its pincers around Bulldog Breed. However, it couldn't get enough traction to push Bulldog Breed, and so its opponent pushed it around instead. Tough as Nails was nearly flipped out of the arena, and the two robots continued pushing each other until time ran out. The judges ruled that Bulldog Breed had won, eliminating Tough as Nails.

Tough as Nails also competed in the Third World Championship. In its qualifier battle, it employed its usual tactic of pressing the pit release button at the beginning of the match. After doing do, it grabbed Scraptosaur and pushed it into the abyss, avenging its first round loss in the Dutch Series. It was flipped once by Gravity, but it still managed to grab the Dutch flipper bot, and push it into the pit too.

Tough as Nails went straight for the pit release, and Rawbot could not resist Tough as Nails' pushing power, so found itself prey to the pit.

In the semifinal, it found Storm 2 to be a much more difficult opponent. Indeed, Storm 2's speed and traction made it nearly impossible for Tough as Nails to grab and hold Storm 2. Storm 2 slammed Tough as Nails against the wall until one of its tyres came off. Tough as Nails got its pincers around Storm 2, but it was Storm 2 in control, pushing and pulling Tough as Nails around the arena. When it tried to put Tough as Nails into the pit, Tough as Nails refused to loosen its grip, allowing it hover over the pit and stay in play just a little while longer. However, it eventually let go, and plunged into the pit, taking The Netherlands' hopes with it.

Live EventsEdit

Tough as nails (1)

Tough as Nails is still attending live events in the Netherlands and in the UK. The design has hardly changed, although the inside has had several upgrades. Tough as Nails is still using the first set of jaws, with only minimalistic repairs, proving the resilience of the 1/8" thick Hardox 450.

Tough as Nails won the Fighting Robots European Championships twice in a row in 2003 and 2004, and also won the International Special held in the 2011 UK Championships held at the O2 Arena, London.

2005 UK Championships (Winter Tour)Edit

Tough As Nails took part in its first UK Championship outside of Robot Wars in 2005. It took part in 2 qualifier battles at Portsmouth where it beat Dantomkia in its first one after it became immobilised and Tough As Nails shoved it down the pit. In its next battle it took Hades around the arena in its claws, nearly ended up out the arena twice before Hades was also put down the pit.

Winning both of those fights at Portsmouth meant that Tough As Nails had the points it needed to go through to the finals at Folkestone. In the first round, it breezed through very easilly after it activated the pit, grabbed hold of Ripper and dumped Roaming Robots resident robot into the pit. In the quarter-finals, it took on Beast who managed to flip Tough As Nails twice before getting it out of the arena. Tough As Nails was then in the loser's melee with Kronic where Tough As Nails unfortunately died due to a loose battery connection and Tough As Nails run in the 2005 UK Championships was ended as it was flipped against the arena wall.

2006 UK ChampionshipsEdit

Tough As Nails came back for the 2006 UK Championships at Wicksteed Park at the 5th seed. It shared its pod with Forgone Conclusion, Tiberius 4 and Steel Sandwich. Forgone Conclusion couldn't make the event and it was down to the other 3 robots to fight in the league system. Tough As Nails first of all took on Tiberius 4 who got Tough As Nails in the pit. After a few seconds of struggling, Tough As Nails managed to scramble out of the pit and grabbed hold of Tiberius 4 and after a bit of a tussle, got it down the pit. Tough As Nails next fight against Steel Sandwich was very easy, Steel Sandwich broke down from the start and it was only ever going to end up down the pit which meant that Tough As Nails had gone through to the finals.

Tough As Nails in the first round of the finals fought the newcomer Turbulence. It managed to grab hold of its flipper but Turbulence broke free quickly before Tough As Nails ended up getting thrown out the arena.

After its loss in the UK Championships, Tough As Nails also came back for the Tag-Team Terror where it teamed up with Terrorhurtz. But the pair failed to do any real damage or aggression against Merlin and Velocirippa. Ironically, Tough As Nails along with its partner both broke down at the end and were eliminated.

2007 UK ChampionshipsEdit

Tough As Nails came back for the 2007 UK Championships in Wales where it shared its pod with Ka-Pow! and the top seed and reigning champion Turbulence who put Tough As Nails out the previous year. Tough As Nails first of all took on Ka-Pow! who flipped it into the pit and in its next battle against Turbulence, it got thrown out the arena again. Tough As Nails also got to come back for the UK Championships by fighting in one of the loser's melee battles where it faced newcomer EnvyDas Gepäck and Velocirippa. However it failed to make and impact and got thrown out the arena quickly by Envy.

Other eventsEdit

Tough as nails

Since the launch of the Robot Wars Live Events in 2013, Tough as Nails has attended only a few of the events due to the team residing in The Netherlands. It first competed in the second live event of the new Robot Wars at Portsmouth in March 2013 where it fell in the heats after being flipped out the arena by Maelstrom.

In 2015, Tough as Nails fought in the Robot Wars World Championships, held in Colchester. In the first round, it was drawn against Rybot, Kan-Opener and Maelstrom. Rybot was quickly flipped over, and a combined attack from Tough as Nails and Kan-Opener immobilised Maelstrom, allowing the two pincers to qualify for the second round, although Kan-Opener was able to immobilise Tough as Nails by trapping it in the arena wall. In the second round, Tough as Nails fought Beast and Gabriel. Tough as Nails damaged the tyre of Beast, and pitted it, but regardless lost the Judges' decision to Gabriel, the more aggressive robot. Tough as Nails had a second chance to qualify, in a losers' melee against Eruption and Tiberius. Tiberius was quickly stranded on the wall by Eruption, leaving Tough as Nails and Eruption to fight alone. Tough as Nails fought well, grabbing hold of Eruption while it was self-righting, and dragged it around. Eruption eventually pushed Tough as Nails into the pit, but the Dutch robot escaped. Tiberius was freed from the wall, and it pitted Eruption, leaving Tough as Nails as the winner, which also pitted Tiberius. However, in the quarter-finals, Tough as Nails was flipped out of the arena in seconds by Manta.

Series 8Edit

Tough As Nails with team

Tough as Nails competed in Episode 2 of the 2016 series, the only Dutch entry to qualify. In the first round, it fought newcomers Shockwave, and veterans DisConstructor and Thor. When the battle started, Tough as Nails replicated its first UK battle by targeting the spinner, DisConstructor, although Tough as Nails was deflected backwards by the spinning disc. Tough as Nails dodged an attack from Thor, but was caught by Shockwave, which allowed Thor to come in and attack. Tough as Nails was wedged upwards slightly, and grabbed the top portion of Thor, waging an even battle. When Thor gained proper purchase, however, Tough as Nails was slammed into an empty CPZ, and only missed Thor's axe blows due to its shape. This turned into a two-way attack, as Shockwave helped to push Tough as Nails into the wall after having pitted DisConstructor, although this put Thor on top of Shockwave, allowing Tough as Nails to push both robots backwards. In retaliation, Tough as Nails was pushed into the corner by Shockwave. Tough as Nails grabbed Thor and pushed it towards Shunt, as Tough as Nails was too lengthy to be hit by its opponent's weapon. Yet when Tough as Nails grabbed Thor, Shockwave would respond and assist Thor with its push, this time sliding Tough as Nails up the arena wall. Thor pushed back, and held Tough as Nails against another wall, and Shockwave helped create the position where Tough as Nails would sustain axe blows from Thor. These repeated blows had immobilised Tough as Nails, which lifelessly rolled across the arena. Thor pushed Tough as Nails onto the lip of the pit, and edged it on on a second attempt, with just eleven seconds left on the clock.

Series 10 Edit

Tough As Nails took part in Episode 2 of the Robot Wars World Series, replacing THE BASH, it took on and lost to Thor on a Judge's Decision.

Results Edit

Series Event Round Opponent(s) Results
Dutch Robot Wars Series 2 Heat D Round 1 Scrap-2-Saur Lost
Dutch Robot Games 2 (Representing Holland) Rijswijk 2003 Saturday Morning Session

- Fight 2

Dantomkia (UK)

Black Hole (Germany)

Saturday Afternoon Session -

Fight 9

Gianto 2 (UK)

Twisted Metal (Holland)

Sunday Morning Session -

Fight 1


Chip (UK)

Gravity (Holland)

Sunday Afternoon Session -

Battle 4

Ansgar 3 (Germany)

Kan-Opener (UK)

Final Edge Hog (UK) Won
UK Robot Wars Series 7 Heat M Eliminator Robochicken



Round 2 (8) Panic Attack Won
Heat Final Robochicken Won
Semi-Final 1 Round 1 (12) Bulldog Breed Lost
Third World Championships

(Representing Holland)

Qualifier Scraptosaur


Round 1 Typhoon 2 (UK)

Rawbot (Sweden

Semi-Final Storm 2 (UK) Lost
Roaming Robots Northampton 2004 Friendly Battle Beast


Friendly Battle Beast


Friendly Battle Ewe 2

Judge Shred 4

Roaming Robots Winter Tour 2005 Round 2 - Portsmouth Qualifier Dantomkia Won
Qualifier Hades Won
Finals - Folkestone Round 1 Ripper Won
Quarter-Final Beast Lost
Losers Melee Kronic Lost
Fighting Robots UK Championships 2006 (Seeded 5th) Heat D Head to Head Forgone Conclusion Won (By default)
Head to Head Tiberius 4 Won
Head to Head Steel Sandwich Won
Finals Round 1 Turbulence Lost
Tag-Team Terror (With Terrorhurtz) Round 1 Merlin & Velocirippa Lost
Fighting Robots UK Championships 2007 Heat A Head to Head (1) Turbulence Won
Head to Head Ka-Pow! Lost
Heat Final (1) Turbulence Lost
Fighting Robots UK Championships 2011 Heats Heat A (1) Iron-Awe 5

Terminal Ferocity

Annihilator Round 1 Beast

Storm 2, Terrorhurtz

Behemoth, Kronic

Final Kronic



International Challenge (Representing


Storm 2 (UK)

Gravity 5.2 (Holland)

Fighting Robots European Championships 2013

(Representing Holland - Seeded 10th)

Heats Heat J DTK (UK)

TR2 (UK)

Robot Wars Live World Championships 2015 (Representing Holland) Heat E Rybot (UK)

Kan-Opener (UK)

Maelstrom (UK)

Round of 18 Beast (UK)

Gabriel (UK)

Quarter-Final Manta (UK) Lost
UK Robot Wars Series 8 Episode 2 Group Battle DisConstructor



UK Robot Wars Series 10 International Series

(Representing Holland - Replacing THE BASH)

Episode 2 - Head to Head Thor (UK) Lost

Wins/Losses Edit

  • Wins: 13
  • Losses: 11


  • Robot Wars - UK Series 7 Semi-Finalist (2003)
  • Robot Wars 3rd World Championships Semi-Finalist (2003)
  • Fighting Robots European Champion 2003
  • Fighting Robots European Champion 2004
  • Fighting Robots UK Championships 2005 Quarter-Finalist (Roaming Robots Winter Tour)
  • Fighting Robots UK Championships 2006 Finalist
  • Fighting Robots International Champion 2011
  • Fighting Robots Annihilator 2011 Runner-Up
  • Robot Wars World Championships 2015 Quarter-Finalist
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