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Not to be confused with the 2015 season of BattleBots on ABC also known as Season 1.

Comedy Central Season 1.0 was the first televised season of BattleBots, following on from the Long Beach and Las Vegas events held in 1999. It was the only season to have taken place at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, California, with the remainder of the original run being held on Treasure Island or in Las Vegas, Nevada.[1]

It was the first of five seasons to air on Comedy Central, hosted by Bil Dwyer and Sean Salisbury with legendary boxing ring announcer Mark Beiro introducing robots to the BattleBox. Donna D'Errico and twins Randy & Jason Sklar were present as reporters between fights, and Bill Nye filled the role of technical analyst to provide insight into the science of combat robots during battles.

As was the case with future BattleBots seasons in the classic era, robots fought in four different weight classes: Lightweight, Middleweight, Heavyweight and Superheavyweight.

Type of Robot
Wheeled Robots Walkers
Lightweight 25lbs - 58lbs 25lbs - 87lbs
Middleweight 59lbs - 115lbs 88lbs - 173lbs
Heavyweight 116lbs - 210lbs 174lbs - 315lbs
Superheavyweight 211lbs - 325lbs 316lbs - 488lbs


The televised fights often made up the tail end of each competition, with many robots needing to win four or more preliminary fights just to advance to the TV battles.

The season was comprised of 15 episodes in total, each of which often jumped between weight classes. Episode 15 was dedicated towards end-of-season rumbles, where willing competitors who were still functional after their last main season fight all fought in one large free-for-all.

The lightweight class was won by Jim Smentowski's Backlash, who saw off Alpha Raptor in the title decider. Tony Buchignani and Hazard took out Grant Imahara and Deadblow in the middleweight final to win a first Giant Nut for Team Delta. The heavyweight division went to Gage Cauchois and Vlad the Impaler, whereas Christian Carlberg and Minion was deemed the best of the superheavyweights.

Episode 1 (Pilot)[]

Lightweights
Backlash vs. Disposable Hero
Middleweights
Tentoumushi vs. Sallad

Episode 2[]

Lightweights
Ziggo vs. The Missing Link
Heavyweights
Mauler vs. Nightmare
OverKill vs. FrenZy

Episode 3[]

Heavyweights
Voltarc vs. Bender
KillerHurtz vs. Knome II
Superheavyweights
Minion vs. Gray Matter

Episode 4[]

Middleweights
Pressure Drop vs. Subject to Change Without Reason
Lightweights
Mouser Mecha-Catbot vs. Shaft
Heavyweights
Vlad the Impaler vs. Tazbot

Episode 5[]

Lightweights
Backlash vs. The Crusher
Middleweights
Blade Runner vs. Bad Attitude
Superheavyweights
Grendel vs. Diesector

Episode 6[]

Superheavyweights
DooAll vs. S.L.A.M.
Heavyweights
BioHazard vs. Mjollnir
Lightweight Rumble
Winner: Mouser Mecha-Catbot

Episode 7[]

Heavyweights
Voltarc vs. BioHazard
Superheavyweights
Rammstein vs. Mechadon
Lightweights
Alpha Raptor vs. Tentoumushi

Episode 8[]

Middleweights
Deadblow vs. Alien Gladiator
Pressure Drop vs. Ankle Biter
Superheavyweights
Minion vs. Grendel

Episode 9[]

Lightweights
Alpha Raptor vs. Mouser Mecha-Catbot
Backlash vs. Ankle Biter

Backlash vs. Alpha Raptor

Episode 10[]

Middleweights
Spin Orbiting Force vs. Blade Runner
Hazard vs. Turtle Road Kill
Superheavyweights
Ronin vs. Ginsu

Episode 11[]

Heavyweights
Vlad the Impaler vs. OverKill
Punjar vs. Gammatron
KillerHurtz vs. Mauler

Episode 12[]

Heavyweights
Vlad the Impaler vs. Punjar
Middleweights
Deadblow vs. Pressure Drop
Superheavyweights
Minion vs. Rammstein

Episode 13[]

Middleweights
Hazard vs. Spin Orbiting Force
Heavyweights
Voltarc vs. KillerHurtz
Superheavyweights
DooAll vs. Ronin

Episode 14[]

Middleweights

Hazard vs. Deadblow

Heavyweights

Vlad the Impaler vs. Voltarc

Superheavyweights

Minion vs. DooAll

Episode 15 - Remaining Rumbles[]

Middleweight Rumble
Hazard vs. Spin Orbiting Force vs. Alien Gladiator vs. Blade Runner vs. Ankle Biter vs. Deadblow vs. Pegleg vs. Pressure Drop vs. Bad Attitude vs. Turtle Road Kill vs. Subject to Change Without Reason
Heavyweight Rumble
BioHazard vs. Kill-O-Amp vs. Mjollnir vs. OverKill vs. Knome II vs. Mauler vs. Nightmare vs. FrenZy vs. Punjar vs. Monster vs. Gammatron vs. Suicidal Tendencies vs. Blendo vs. Vlad the Impaler vs. KillerHurtz vs. Tazbot vs. Voltarc vs. Bender
Superheavyweight Rumble
Minion vs. Ginsu vs. Gray Matter vs. Grendel vs. Odin vs. Abbatoir vs. S.L.A.M. vs. Rhino vs. Ronin vs. Prompt Critical vs. Diesector

Trivia[]

  • Episode 1 of the season was used as a pilot to pitch BattleBots to Comedy Central.
  • The only qualifying battle of the Lightweight division in Season 1.0 was Backlash vs. Disposable Hero, also the first televised fight on Comedy Central.
  • During filming for Season 1.0, an incident concerning a damaged water valve led to the pits being partially flooded and several robots being affected. According to Jim Smentowski, Team S.L.A.M.'s superheavyweight was "sitting in an inch of water". However, it was ready to fight again soon after.[2]

References[]

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