WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get, pronounced Wiz-ee-wig) was a robot that competed in the British television show Robot Wars. It was a wedge shaped wooden robot painted white with a black Starsky & Hutch style stripe along the top and sides. It had no weapons but was very manoeuvrable and nippy and was built for superior acceleration. WYSIWYG was the only featherweight to appear outside the featherweight heat of the First Wars. It originally fought in the 1996 US Robot Wars where it won the UK vs France battle but lost in the main championship.

Along with Grunt and The Mouse, WYSIWYG was a stock robot brought in to make up the numbers for that series, and was not allowed to reach the arena stages. It was created by first series judge Eric Dickinson. Driver Michelle Wheeley later joined the Cruella team for Series 2.

Robot History Edit



WYSIWYG in 1996

In the American Robot Wars '96, each of the "bullet holes" in the sides had a pneumatic ram inside them, and it won a special "UK vs France" Grudge Match after knocking the drive chain off its opponent- a 73kg French entry named Steel at Work. It did not fare as well in the Main Competition however, losing to the eventual Champion Wedge of Doom in the first round.

Series 1Edit

WYSIWYG was the fourth robot to compete in Heat C. In the Gauntlet, WYSIWYG chose the centre route but got stuck on the edge of the ramp. Shunt went in to free the robot but got stuck himself. Shunt was pushed off the ramp which in turn pushed WYSIWYG free. WYSIWYG then went for the maze route but only managed to hit the fences. WYSIWYG came fifth after covering 5.55m.

In the Football Trial, WYSIWYG was eliminated after allegedly being the least possessive competitor, as it spent much of each round attempting to push all other competitors out of the way of the ball.

Results Edit

Series Event Round Opponent(s) Results
US Robot Wars 1996 Featherweight


1 Wedge of Doom Lost
UK vs France


United Kingdom)



Steel At Work


UK Robot Wars Series 1 Heat C Gauntlet N/A 5.55m



Football Cruella


Robot The Bruce


Least Possession



Wins/Losses Edit

  • Wins: 2
  • Losses: 2
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