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Afterthought's Season 4.0 appearance.

Afterthought was a robot that competed in Seasons 1.0, 2.0 and 4.0 of BattleBots. It was a yellow and red robot armed with an angled spinning disc. Afterthought was surprisingly well-armored, surviving a three-minute onslaught from Slap 'Em Silly in Season 4.0. It was built by Jim Sellers of the Robot Action League, who unfortunately died in September of 2016 (this was confirmed by Lisa Winter on Instagram). Afterthought did well in competition, reaching the quarterfinals of Season 2.0.

Robot History

Season 1.0

The original Afterthought that competed in Season 1.0.

Afterthought rips the left side panel of Black Widow.

Afterthought's first ever fight was against Black Widow, During the fight, Black Widow's left-side armor plate got torn off by Afterthought, and it stopped moving soon after. Black Widow was being counted out and Afterthought won by KO. This win put Afterthought to the round of 16, where it faced Endotherm. Endotherm won on a 8-1 judge's decision and Afterthought was eliminated from the tournament.

Afterthought hits Dr. Inferno Jr.

Afterthought on top of Ziggo during the consolation rumble.

Afterthought wasn't finished however as it entered in one of two lightweight consolation rumbles at the end of the tournament. Afterthought started moving around the arena and got its spinning disc on the right side of Dr. Inferno Jr.. Afterthought escaped and decided to hit Ziggo with its spinning disc. Afterthought then got its disc on the rear of Endotherm and moved to the center of the BattleBox. Afterthought went straight at Sallad with its spinning disc, but Sallad pushed Afterthought against the spikestrip and was left there for a brief amount of time. Afterthought escaped and started attacking Chiabot with its spinning disc. Afterthought tried to attack Mouser Mecha-Catbot next, but it was being pushed by Sallad and Cereal Box Killer. Afterthought was moving very slowly and managed to hit the left side of Rott-Bott 2000 as it was riding on top of Sallad. Afterthought was then pushed on top of the immobilized Ziggo and was left there for the rest of the rumble. Sallad, Cereal Box Killer, Rott-Bott 2000 and Mouser Mecha-Catbot were declared the winners of the lightweight consolation rumble and Afterthought lost overall.

Season 2.0 

Afterthought 2.0 at Season 2.0.

Afterthought 2.0 tearing the armor of Delta II.

Afterthought 2.0's first match in Season 2.0 was against Delta II. In the match, Afterthought 2.0 made the first move and attacked Delta II from the side, ripping a huge gash in Delta II's thin armor with its spinning disc. After backing off, Afterthought 2.0 attacked again, tearing out more armor as Delta II spun in place, trying to deflect the blows. After several more hits from Afterthought 2.0, more pieces of Delta II's armor were torn away. One particularly large hit tore away most of the armor and one of Delta II's spikes as well, flinging it across the arena. After this hit, Delta II's mobility was seriously limited, and it could only spin in place. Most of Delta II's armor was gone, so Afterthought 2.0 attacked the delicate electronics of Delta II who completely stopped moving. Afterthought 2.0 won by KO and it advanced to the round of 16, where it faced previous season semifinalist, Das Bot.

Das Bot goes over the killsaws.

Afterthought 2.0 hits Das Bot with its spinning disc.

Both robots went straight at each other and Afterthought 2.0 immediately started attacking Das Bot with its spinning disc. Das Bot then lifted Afterthought 2.0 and pushed it over the killsaws. Afterthought 2.0 retaliated and started ripping pieces of lexan armor off of Das Bot, including a side panel. Both robots drove themselves into the killsaws and then Afterthought 2.0 fought back at Das Bot. Das Bot then lifted Afterthought 2.0, but it wasn't able to flip it. Afterthought 2.0 ripped more armor off Das Bot until time ran out. Afterthought 2.0 won on a 26-19 judge's decision and advanced to the quarterfinals, where it faced Ziggo.

Before this match, Afterthought's builder added a block of wood to the back of Afterthought in hopes of disabling Ziggo then attacking. At the start of the match, Afterthought 2.0 went straight at Ziggo as Ziggo started spinning. However, Afterthought 2.0 drove onto the entry ramp, high centering itself.

Afterthought gets stuck on the entrance ramp.

Ziggo came back to attack and sent pieces of Afterthought 2.0 flying, but this hit freed Afterthought 2.0 and drove itself under the pulverizer. Both robots clashed again and Afterthought 2.0 lost more of its static spikes, along with its sacrificial wood armor. Ziggo lined up for another hit and struck Afterthought 2.0 at full speed. This impact flipped Afterthought 2.0 and Ziggo got caught underneath the hell-raisers.

The impact between Ziggo and Afterthought 2.0.

The match was paused and both robots were freed from their predicaments. As the match got going again, Afterthought 2.0 started spinning its disc again and hit Ziggo. As Afterthought 2.0 got a couple more hits on Ziggo, one hit from Ziggo flipped Afterthought 2.0 again and Afterthought 2.0 was counted out.

Afterthought on its back for the final time after a clash from Ziggo.

Ziggo won by KO at 1:55 and Afterthought 2.0 was eliminated from the tournament again.

Afterthought 2.0 without its disc before the rumble.

Afterthought 2.0 wasn't finished, however, as it participated the lightweight royal rumble at the tournament despite it no longer having its spinning disc.

Season 4.0

Afterthought's first match was against The Crusher. While Afterthought was having driving issues, The Crusher drove itself under the spikestrip and couldn't free itself. Because of this, The Crusher was counted out and Afterthought won the match by TKO and advanced to the round of 16, where it faced Slap 'Em Silly.

Afterthought fighting Slap Em' Silly.

Afterthought's back armor gets shredded by the killsaws...

...shortly following with the rest of the armor.

In the beginning of the match, Slap 'Em Silly approached Afterthought while Afterthought got its spinning disc going. Slap 'Em Silly just drove straight into Afterthought's disc and it didn't seem to phase Slap 'Em Silly at all. Slap 'Em Silly proceeded to push Afterthought a bit and Afterthought ran into the screw behind its square. Slap 'Em Silly then started pushing Afterthought into the screws a few more times, but Afterthought escaped by driving over the top of Slap 'Em Silly. Afterthought started spinning its disc again and Slap 'Em Silly was still unfazed by the disc hitting it. Slap 'Em Silly got behind Afterthought and started pushing it toward the screws behind the blue square. Afterthought tried to escape by driving straight into the screws. Afterthought escaped and both robots started pushing each other in the middle of the BattleBox. Afterthought got itself caught on the killsaws and Slap 'Em Silly tried to impale its rear spike through Afterthought's side. Both robots were driving around the BattleBox and Slap 'Em Silly pushed Afterthought over the killsaws. The killsaws popped up and ripped the rear armor off of Afterthought. Afterthought drove backwards directly underneath the pulverizer, which ripped half of that side panel off of Afterthought. Afterthought drove straight at Slap 'Em Silly, which held it over another set of killsaws. The killsaws popped up and ripped off another armor piece clean off of Afterthought. Slap 'Em Silly pushed Afterthought on the killsaws again and Afterthought started spinning its disc again. Slap 'Em Silly pushed Afterthought toward the killsaws again, which popped up and ripped most of the rest of Afterthought's side armor off. Slap 'Em Silly got underneath Afterthought and pushed it a few more times, though Afterthought just slid off this time.

Afterthought gets flipped onto its disc.

A flipped Afterthought is pushed into the pulverizer by Slap Em' Silly.

Slap 'Em Silly pushed Afterthought under the pulverizer and Afterthought escaped to the middle of the BattleBox. Slap 'Em Silly pushed Afterthought from behind and Afterthought was flipped onto its back. Slap 'Em Silly pushed Afterthought toward the pulverizer again, which dropped down and flipped Afterthought back on its wheels. As Afterthought was spinning its disc again, Slap 'Em Silly pushed Afterthought a few more times and took it to the spikestrip. The spikestrip went through one of the holes in Afterthought's disc and the wheels of the robot were lifted off the ground. Slap 'Em Silly hit Afterthought again, freeing the robot, but Afterthought wasn't moving and time ran out shortly after. Slap 'Em Silly won on a unanimous 45-0 judge's decision and Afterthought was eliminated from the tournament.

Afterthought wasn't finished however as it participated the lightweight royal rumble at the end of the tournament. Afterthought started spinning its disc and charged into Rambite. Afterthought stopped moving after this hit, but its spinning disc was still going. Dr. Inferno Jr. began pushing Afterthought from the rear and Afterthought was still immobile. After being pushed around by The Crusher and Hexy Jr., it was eventually flipped onto its back by Hexy Jr. Shortly after, Rambite pushed Afterthought back onto its wheels and The Crusher got underneath Afterthought. Rambite pushed the still immobile Afterthought next to the screws and the time ran out soon after. Dr. Inferno Jr. was declared the winner of the lightweight royal rumble and Afterthought lost overall.


  • Wins: 4
  • Losses: 3
Competition Wins Losses
Season 1.0 Black Widow Endotherm
Season 2.0

Delta II

Das Bot

Season 4.0 The Crusher Slap 'Em Silly

Mark Beiro Introductions

"With interchangeable disc weapons, cutting blades and steel balls. It's AFTERTHOUGHT 2.0!"

"Woke up. Got out of bed. Dragged a steel blade across your head. It's AFTERTHOUGHT 2.0!"

"Plan A: Destroy opponent with overwhelming force. Plan B: There is no Plan B. Here is AFTERTHOUGHT 2.0!"

"He has no love. He gives no mercy. He smells as bad as Northern New Jersey. It's AFTERTHOUGHT!"

Afterthought 2.0's stats as listed on the TV show.


Any appearances by Afterthought in merchandise are listed below: