Battle Royale With Cheese was a heavyweight robot which exclusively competed in Discovery Season 3 of the BattleBots reboot.
It was a robot themed to a cheeseburger with a pair of interchangeable hardened steel spinning bars (one themed to look like a piece of bacon, and another themed to look like a pickle). Battle Royale also had a self-righting mast themed to resemble a toothpick with an olive on it. The "buns" were made from steel, as were the weapon bars.
Battle Royale With Cheese was also accompanied by a weaponless minibot named Shorter Pounder which was themed after a cheeseburger as well. The original name for Battle Royale With Cheese was Bacon Double Slamburger but since Denny's owned the trademark for the name, the team had to change it. It performed poorly, losing both of its matches.
Though Battle Boyale With Cheese would not return after Discovery Season 3, several team members would join other teams for future seasons of the show. Brice Farrell would become the weapons operator for Mammoth from Season 4 onwards, Jen Herchenroeder would pilot her own robot, HiJinx, from Discovery Season 5 onwards and builder Miles Pekala would design the walkerbot Gloomweaver, but was unable to complete it in time in part due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other unexpected circumstances within their team.
Battle Royale With Cheese was first up against Tantrum and was built in what little time the team had before the fight. Unfortunately, the robot's weapon gear box broke and was unable to be fixed in time. The match was off to a very poor start as Battle Royale With Cheese was without a weapon and got immediately flipped over by its opponent, ending up on the screws on its side of the arena. After a few seconds, Battle Royale With Cheese got a break and was righted by its opponent but still couldn't get its weapon up to speed. Finally, after some maneuvering, Battle Royale With Cheese did manage to achieve some speed on its weapon but it was quickly stopped by its opponent, whom then started to control the fight by maneuvering it around the arena with its spatula weapon. Time ran out and Tantrum won on a unanimous 3-0 judges decision, advancing it to the next stage of the tournament.
Battle Royale With Cheese vs. HyperShock
Battle Royale With Cheese's next fight was against HyperShock. For this fight, Battle Royale With Cheese opted to include its minibot Shorter Pounder. The match started off poorly for Battle Royale With Cheese as HyperShock quickly dispatched of the minibot in a single solid hit and Battle Royale With Cheese still couldn't get its weapon to top speed due to the weapon speed controller frying sometime during the fight. This allowed its opponent to deliver another solid blow, which deformed the frame of Battle Royale With Cheese, and further damaged the weapon motor controller. Battle Royale With Cheese started to slow down after that hit, and it soon became clear that Battle Royale With Cheese was immobile. HyperShock then charged at the crippled burger, and rammed it under the pulverizer. Battle Royale With Cheese was counted out as HyperShock continued to attack it, eventually getting stuck on top, giving HyperShock the win by KO.
"Mmmmm mmmm mmm! This is one tasty slam-wich. Next to this bot, yours ain't looking so big..... Mac! Bing! Order up! It's BATTLE ROYALE WITH CHEESE!"
"It aims to cheese. Hope you're not smacktose intolerant. Pay homage to the fromage, it's BATTLE ROYALE WITH CHEESE!"
On Team Poor Life Choices' YouTube channel, Battle Royale With Cheese was shown with its weapon problems fixed and is seen spinning up in the test arena, but pulls a Mauler after hitting the test box wall.
Jen Herchenhoeder revealed that due to a delay in shipping, Team Poor Life Choices were without the 10S LiPo batteries they had originally planned to use for Battle Royale With Cheese, and had to bring "emergency" 8S LiPos instead.