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A-10 Thunderbolt, also known as Steven Seagal, was a middleweight robot built by students at Fox Chapel High School which competed in BattleBots IQ 2002 and Season 5.0 of Comedy Central BattleBots.

It was an invertible, reverse wedge-shaped robot armed with two spinning discs, similar to Dreadnought. However, in its only fight against Chopper during Season 5.0's preliminary rounds, A-10 Thunderbolt was severely damaged and was eliminated before the televised rounds.


A render of A-10 Thunderbolt.

A-10 Thunderbolt was originally named Steven Seagal and entered into the first BattleBots IQ tournament, but was re-named following the competition. There, it was joined by (and lost to) its much more successful teammate WhirlWind, who also competed in Season 5.0.

Team captain Dan Haeg would also drive Firestorm in Season 5.0 under loan from its own team, who were busy with Helichopter.

Early renders of the robot saw it sporting an unused paint scheme and front wedge. It is unknown why these were scrapped or what happened to the robot after BattleBots.

Robot History[]

BattleBots IQ 2002[]

Steven Seagal vs. Kobotsu

Steven Seagal's debut came against Kobotsu in Round 1. It won this fight, sending it to the next round.

Steven Seagal vs. AXis

Next up, Steven Seagal took on AXis. However, it lost this fight and was sent to the loser's bracket.

Steven Seagal vs. WhirlWind

Now in the loser's bracket, Steven Seagal took on teammate WhirlWind. However, it lost this fight, and was eliminated from the tournament.

Steven Seagal vs. First Step to Oblivion vs. D-Monic vs. Plow King vs. Default vs. Swiss Cheese the Wedge Bot

BattleBots IQ Rumble 11

Steven Seagal lining up before the rumble.

Returning for one of five Consolation Rumbles at the end of the event, Steven Seagal advanced to the Grand Rumble along with Swiss Cheese the Wedge Bot.

Steven Seagal vs. Swiss Cheese the Wedge Bot vs. Gatorbot vs. Reaver vs. Kaibosch vs. Deborah vs. Metal Fury vs. Shellshock vs. Wee Willy Wedgy vs. The Edge

Steven Seagal returned for the Grand Rumble, competing against winners of the other four rumbles. However Steven Seagal lost out to Kaibosch.

Season 5.0[]

A-10 Thunderbolt vs. Chopper

Returning for Season 5 as A-10 Thunderbolt, Dan Haeg's machine went against the undercutter of Chopper. For this battle, A-10 Thunderbolt had a sacrificial piece of steel bolted to the front under the weapons to protect from Chopper's undercutting blade. On the first collision between the two robots, all of the screws holding on A-10 Thunderbolt's bottom armor sheared and the plate dropped off. This hit also knocked out Chopper's spinning weapon. The two robots continued to fight until A-10 Thunderbolt's batteries dropped out of the robot and unplugged themselves, immobilizing it and eliminating it from the tournament.

A-10 Thunderbolt being worked on in The Pits of Season 5.0.

Competitive Wins/Losses[]

  • Wins: 1
  • Losses: 2

Exhibition Wins/Losses[]

  • Wins: 1
  • Losses: 1

Total Wins/Losses[]

  • Wins: 2
  • Losses: 3
Competition Wins Losses
BattleBots IQ 2002 Kobotsu
First Step to Oblivion, D-Monic, Plow King, Default (Consolation Rumble)
Kaibosch (Grand Rumble)
Season 5.0 None Chopper