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"You can't make robots survive everybody. There will never be one perfect design." - Donald Hutson on Diesector.

Diesector was a superheavyweight robot built by Donald Hutson and his team Mutant Robots for the original Comedy Central run of BattleBots.

It was a large, box-shaped robot with an array of weaponry at the front, back and sides of the robot. Diesector featured a set of custom-built hydraulic lifting and clamping jaws, a rear wedge which was interchangeable with a plow, and a pair of 360 degree hammers with interchangeable heads. Donald Hutson designed it so that each of its weapons would work inverted, and would protect it from every angle. Diesector was originally going to feature hydraulic jaws of life, but they were too slow, so Hutson built his own. Despite its potent weaponry, however, Diesector lost in its debut battle to Grendel.

For Season 2.0, Diesector sported a new set of jaws and modified hammers. These upgrades proved effective as Diesector advanced through the competition, beating Atomic Wedgie on a judges' decision to win the superheavyweight division.

Diesector was rebuilt after its championship win. Donald Hutson built a brand new chassis constructed from 4310 alloy steel, and protected with plates of titanium armor. It had also been equipped with much larger hammers to increase their effectiveness. Although it did not win either of the next two superheavyweight titles, Mutant Robotics followed up their success with two consecutive semi-final finishes in Seasons 3.0 and 4.0, making itself one of the most popular and well-recognized superheavyweights in the show.

Returning for Season 5.0, Diesector had brand new jaws made from the same 4130 alloy steel as its chassis, with aluminum tips. It also sported new "battle mallet" hammers. Diesector again found success in the competition, going undefeated before taking out Vladiator to win the superheavyweight championship for a second and final time.

Diesector would not return in any future BattleBots events, but Donald Hutson finished runner-up in the 2009 Pro Championship with Root Canal, a heavyweight version of the team's middleweight entry into Comedy Central BattleBots. He returned for the 2015 season on ABC with Lock-Jaw, and has competed every competition since.

Robot History[]

Season 1.0[]

Diesector vs. Grendel

Diesector gets pierced from the behind by Grendel.

Donald Hutson first brought Diesector to the first televised BattleBots competition in San Francisco, California. There it first entered the BattleBox against Grendel. At the start of the match, Diesector had the advantage, zooming around Grendel, outmaneuvering and outspeeding its spring-loaded hammer. However, Diesector drove into the spikestrip and stopped moving as the battery wires had melted, causing the electronics to short out. One of Diesector's hammers kept flailing away, but there was no movement from the wheels. Grendel finally managed to get a direct blow on Diesector with its hammer, piercing the shell. Another strike from the hammer did not cause as much damage, but Diesector had long since been immobilized and was counted out.

Superheavyweight Royal Rumble

Diesector wasn't finished, however, as it participated the superheavyweight royal rumble at the end of the tournament. It first went at Ginsu, then gets attacked by Gray Matter. It then attacks Rhino. Next it was chasing Minion, then goes for Odin. Minion rams it into the wall. It then seems to be having a problem with its mobility as it stayed near the wall (much like in its fight with Grendel), although its weapons were still operational as it lifted itself a bit on its jaws and was swinging its hammers. Minion however pushed Odin right into Diesector's jaws and Diesector happily began pounding Odin with its hammers until Odin escaped. For the rest of the fight it was left alone and in the end Minion won.

Season 2.0[]

Diesector vs. Hamunaptra

Diesector lifts Hamunaptra.

Diesector's first match was against Hamunaptra. Diesector charged at Hamunaptra, and both bots drove over the killsaws. Diesector got underneath, lifted and tipped Hamunaptra on its side, immobilizing it.

Diesector vs. World Peace

World Peace crumples Diesector with its claw.

Diesector then advanced to meet World Peace. Diesector charged at World Peace, and both robots drove over the killsaws. Diesector drove around to the rear of World Peace and lifted it with its jaw as its jaw was caught in one of the holes housing the Ramrods. World Peace gripped Diesector in its jaws as they drove over the killsaws twice. World Peace let go and the two collided again close to the killsaws, where Diesector drove across them again and started smoking. World Peace gripped Diesector again and started to crush but then backed off. Diesector looked dead, but starts fighting again and the two push each other before time runs out. Diesector won on a 25-20 decision.

Diesector vs. Rammstein

Rammstein is pushed under the pulverizer by Diesector.

Diesector then fought Rammstein in the quarter finals, its first televised match in Season 2.0. The two robots charged at each other and Rammstein tried to use its spike to attack Diesector, but failed to cause any damage. Diesector then pushed Rammstein across the Battlebox and gripped it, before letting go and retreating. Rammstein drove towards a section of the spike strips surrounding one of the pulverizers and became wedged on top of it, allowing Diesctor to move towards its opponent and attack it with its hammers. Diesector failed to cause any damage, and Rammstein became unstuck and tried to push Diesector, who then pushed Rammstein into the pulverizer. Rammstein sustained many hits from the pulverizer and managed to drive away, but its speed had been severely decreased by the attacks. Diesector then shoved Rammstein into the spike strips and rammed into it a few times, before lifting it up with its jaws, and dragging it over a set of killsaws. Time ran out as Rammstein limped away from the killsaws, and Diesector was declared the winner by the judges in a 39-6 decision.

Diesector vs. War Machine

Diesector runs over the killsaws.

Diesector lifts War Machine against the arena wall.

Diesector performs a victory dance as War Machine was counted out.

In the semi-finals, Diesector faced another rammer in War Machine. the two robots collided in the center of the arena, and Diesector tried to wedge under War Machine but failed to do so, instead driving over the killsaws. War Machine tried to push Diesector onto the killsaws but missed, and Diesector got underneath and lifted War Machine onto its back. Diesector did a victory dance as War Machine tried desperately to get back on its wheels, but was counted out.

Diesector vs. Atomic Wedgie

Diesector battles Atomic Wedgie near the spikestrip.

Diesector's pickaxe gets stuck in the killsaw slot, the red lighting giving the scraped paint a bloody effect.

Diesector advanced to the final match against Atomic Wedgie. Diesector used its jaws to get underneath Atomic Wedgie at the start of the match and ram it into the spike strips. Atomic Wedgie tried to rip into Diesector with its blades but couldn't use its weaponry to great effect. Then, one of Atomic Wedgie's tracks stopped working so it could only move around in circles. Diesector wedged under Atomic Wedgie once again and tried to lift its opponent against the wall, but failed. Diesector drove over the killsaws, before trying to lift Atomic Wedgie up, but the jaws did not have enough purchase underneath Atomic Wedgie and it simply fell to the ground. Atomic Wedgie and Diesector then drove over the killsaws, with Atomic Wedgie seemingly taking more punishment from the hazard. Diesector slammed into Atomic Wedgie and pushed it onto one of the entrance ramps in the corner of the BattleBox, and then trying to lift it up, but yet again failing to lift it enough to flip it over. Atomic Wedgie bumped into Diesector and pushed it into the area of the pulverizer, which came down and struck one of Diesectors hammers twice, partially disabling it. Diesector tried to push Atomic Wedgie into the pulverizer, but then its crippled hammer became stuck in a killsaw hole, preventing Diesector from moving around the Battlebox while the killsaws cut into the pickaxe. Atomic Wedgie kept on driving around in circles, and eventually one of its spinning blades struck the now partially disconnected pickaxe head, severing it completely and freeing Donald Hutson's machine from the killsaws. Diesector tried to lift Atomic Wedgie but time ran out, and Diesector was declared superheavyweight champion of BattleBots Season 2.0 by a 31-14 decision from the judges.

Superheavyweight Royal Rumble

Diesector gets flipped by Toro during the royal rumble.

Diesector also entered the superheavyweight royal rumble at the end of the season. It did fairly well throughout, lifting Toro up with its jaws and chasing it across the arena. It also ganged up on Toro with assistance from War Machine, although Toro managed to flip it over. Despite briefly getting stuck under the spike strip, Diesector survived to the end of the rumble but lost to Toro by crowd vote.

Season 3.0[]

Diesector vs. Scrap Daddy Turbulence

Diesector using its hammers on Scrap Daddy Turbulence.

Diesector's first fight of Season 3.0 was against Scrap Daddy's Turbulence, which it won via knockout, using its upgraded hammers to great effect in the bout.

Diesector vs. Dawn of Destruction

Diesector lifts Dawn of Destruction onto its side.

In the second battle it faced Dawn of Destruction. Diesector dominated the fight from the start, pushing Dawn of Destruction around the BattleBox, into hazards, clamping, lifting and hammering it. Diesector then used its jaws to get underneath Dawn of Destruction, and then lifted it onto its side, immobilizing it. This allowed Donald Hutson to advance to the quarterfinals, where it had a rematch with Rammstein.

Diesector vs. Rammstein

At the start of the fight, the two machines rammed each other, with Diesector hitting Rammstein with its hammers a few times. Rammstein then pushed Diesector, taking several hammer blows in the process. Rammstein and Diesector slammed into each other head-on once again, this time with Rammstein driving up its opponent's wedge. Diesector then pushed Rammstein while using its hammers, then Rammstein managed to escape. However, it drove into a pulverizer and was then trapped there by Diesector. Rammstein was attacked by multiple hammer blows from the pulverizer and Diesector. Donald Hutson's machine clamped Rammstein and pulled it away from the pulverizers before holding it over a set of killsaws, which sliced into one of Rammstein's wheels. Diesector let go of its opponent, who sat motionless on the Battlebox floor, allowing Diesector to turn it over with its jaws. Rammstein was declared immobile, and Diesector went through to the semi finals.

Diesector vs. Vladiator

Diesector on top of Vladiator.

Diesector then faced Vladiator. Both robots started the match fairly evenly, pushing each other around. Diesector managed to hit Vladiator with its hammers a few times, but was then flipped over by its lifting spike. From this moment onwards, Vladiator started launching more effective attacks, slamming Diesector into the walls, with one impact causing Donald Hutson's robot to fly into the air. Diesector tried to push Vladiator into a pulverizer, but it was hit by the hazard instead. Vladiator then rammed Diesector into the spike strips and into the same pulverizer. Diesector escaped and slid its jaws underneath Vladiator while launching several hammer blows, trying to push it into a pulverizer. Vladiator however managed to slip away and rammed Diesector once more. In the last thirty seconds of the fight, Diesector pushed Vladiator into a pulverizer where it was hit several times, while also taking punishment from Diesector's hammers. The fight ended with Vladiator dodging away from Diesector into the center of the BattleBox. The judges were called to make a decision, and determined that Vladiator had won with a score of 24-21.

Superheavyweight Royal Rumble

Diesector was not finished yet however, as it was one of fifteen robots to enter the royal superheavyweight rumble. Diesector started carrying The Judge around for awhile until The Judge came back striking its hammer in between Diesector. It then got carried to the wall by Vladiator. Then Diesactor scoops up The Judge along with Electric Lunch but backed off. Then Vladiator started attacking Diesector again. After this Diesector went for The Judge again, getting its lower mandibles caught in judges' hole in The judges' left-side, but they managed to separate. Finally, it chased Toro and eventually pinned it by a pulverizer, where Diesector began pounding away with its own hammers. In the end, Diesector was one of four robots still moving in the end, but it lost overall to Toro.

Season 4.0[]

Diesector vs. The Probe

Diesector returned once again for Season 4.0, largely unchanged from the previous season. Its first fight was an untelevised battle against The Probe. Diesector won the fight by a dominant 43-2 judges' decision and advanced to the last sixteen.

Diesector vs. Ronin

Diesector gets underneath Ronin.

Diesector then fought Ronin. The two robots charged each other and Diesector easily gained the upper hand, grabbing onto one of Ronin's tracks with its jaws while flailing away with its hammers. Ronin tried to bring its disc into play, but Diesector drove Ronin into the spike strip and let go of it. Diesector opened its jaws again and it collided with Ronin's disc, so Diesector then drove around to the side of Ronin and tried to clamp it. Ronin escaped and so Diesector used its jaws as a wedge to maneuver Ronin into the killsaws. Diesector drove off to open the jaws again as Ronin moved around. Diesector drove into Ronin again, this time clamping one of Ronin's tracks and launching a blow from one of its hammers. Diesector tried to reverse with Ronin still in the jaws, but it didn't work. Diesector let go of Ronin, which was then only moving in circles. Diesector grabbed Ronin once more and pushed it toward a pulverizer, but ended up in the spike strip. Time ran out as Ronin was pinned on the spike strip and Diesector did his famous victory dance in celebration. The judges turned in a 34-11 decision which sent Diesector through to the next round.

Diesector vs. Techno Destructo

Diesector shortly after being flipped over by Techno Destructo.

Techno Destructo's flip on Diesector.

Diesector pushes Techno Destructo into the pulverizer.

In the quarter-finals, Diesector met Techno Destructo. The two robots drove out and met in the center, where Techno Destructo managed to get underneath Diesector's wedged jaws and flip it, causing it to become inverted. Diesector reset its jaws to a wedge while inverted, and drives into the front of Techno Destructo, who clamped down on Diesector. Techno Destructo started to maneuver Diesector toward the pulverizer, but Diesector pushed back, keeping the pulverizer away. Diesector escaped, reconfigured the wedge, and drove toward Techno Destructo's side. Techno Destructo tried to flip Diesector again but Diesector got underneath. Techno Destructo continued to fire its flipping arm as Diesector tried to get some hits in with its hammers, but they didn't hit Techno Destructo. Diesector then pushed Techno Destructo toward the red square entrance ramp, and Diesector was flipped back to its original position by Techno Destructo. Techno Destructo tried to pin Diesector, but Diesector did so instead. Diesector lifted Techno Destructo with the jaws, but was unable to flip it. Techno Destructo stopped moving and Diesector hit Techno Destructo with its hammers. Diesector tries to lift Techno Destructo again and the robot came back to life. Diesector almost tipped Techno Destructo on its side, but Techno Destructo escaped. However, it drove under the pulverizer in the process. Techno Destructo stopped moving again as its motors had fried, and it was counted out while being hit by the pulverizer.

Diesector vs. New Cruelty

Diesector on the pulverizer by New Cruelty.

That victory advanced Diesector to the semi-finals where it faced New Cruelty. At the start of the battle, New Cruelty rammed the front of Diesector before quickly moving around the back of the former champion and pushing it across the BattleBox. Diesector then slid its jaws underneath New Cruelty and pushed it into the spike strip, giving it a couple of hammer blows in the process. New Cruelty drove away as Diesector pursued it, before ramming Diesector again and receiving hits from its hammers. It then got underneath Diesector and slammed it into a pulverizer. New Cruelty sat in the pulverizer zone with Diesector stuck on top of its body, resulting in the pulverizer hitting Donald Hutson's machine several times, but then Diesector used its hammers to wriggle free and allow its rear wheels to touch the ground so it could drive away. New Cruelty immediately chased after Diesector and ram it, before Diesector retaliated with several hammer blows. The rest of the battle mostly consisted of the two machines ramming each other with Diesector occasionally hitting New Cruelty with its hammers, neither robot able to gain an effective advantage. The battle ended with a judges decision, which was scored as 24-21 in favor of New Cruelty.

Season 5.0[]

Diesector vs. Final Destiny

Final Destiny sent flying by one of Diesector's lifts.

For the first time, all of Diesector's fights in the season were televised, the first of which was against Final Destiny. For the fight, Diesector's hammers were removed and small metal extensions were placed on the tips of the jaws. A plow was also placed on the rear end in place of the tail to deflect any blows Final Destiny would land. As a result, Diesector was considerably faster and more nimble, with a much lower ground clearance. It worked spectacularly for Donald Hutson and Team Mutant Robots, who right off the bat had the match in their hands. Slowly positioning their robot close to Final Destiny, they waited until the right moment, and in one of the most awe-inspiring moments of Battlebots, got under one of the skirts with the jaw extension and sent it upwards into its own blade, instantly tearing it off and causing Final Destiny to almost go flying into the air. Diesector then began to dissect their opponent, using the gap in the skirts to get underneath Final Destiny. The third impact by Diesector temporarily incapacitated Final Destiny's blade and allowed Donald Hutson to push it across the arena, eventually scoring points via the killsaws, which loosened another skirt which promptly got torn off. Following that brief excursion, Diesector wisely backed away as FD got its blade back up to speed and then forcefully rammed Final Destiny towards the hazards, taking off yet another skirt. At this point, a bit of sparring occurs between the 2 robots until inevitably, Diesector sends Final Destiny flying into the air, flipping it upside down and thus eliminating them from the competition.

Diesector vs. Dreadnought

Diesector wrestles with Dreadnought.

Christian Carlberg's Dreadnought became Diesector's next opponent. The then one-time champion withstood almost every blow from Dreadnought, causing almost no damage at all. Eventually, Dreadnought's weapon motors strained, which proved to be a weakness for them as Diesector grappled the metal pole between the 2 spinning discs and rammed them into the spike strip and pulverizers. Diesector won with a 31-14 judges' decision.

Diesector vs. Hammertime

Hammertime would fight Diesector next in the Season 5.0 quarter-finals. Team Mutant Robots was genuinely scared about fighting Hammertime due to the massive force of the hammer. In the fight, the two robots charged out of their squares, Diesector getting around to the side and getting underneath. Hammertime fired the hammer but missed. Diesector got underneath Hammertime and flipped Hammertime onto its side, then grabbed Hammertime so it could not self-right. Diesector began pummeling Hammertime with hits from its hammers and then pushed Hammertime near the pulverizer. Hammertime, still unable to self-right, was counted out.

Diesector vs. New Cruelty

Diesector performs its victory dance after the fight against New Cruelty.

In the sem-ifinals, Diesector was once again matched up against New Cruelty. The fight began with Diesector instantly charging round the sides of New Cruelty and working the hammers, avoiding New Cruelty's wedge. Both robots then took shots from the killsaws as Diesector continued hammering away and attempted to grapple the wheels. The fight became a pushing-shoving match for a while until both robots crashed head on into each other. This allowed the one-time champion to position his jaw on top of New Cruelty and rack up points with his hammers. The fight was one-sided and New Cruelty struggled to pick up any points. The judges' decision was 29-16 for Diesector, advancing them to the finals for yet another rematch, this time against Vladiator.

Diesector vs. Vladiator

This match was very dramatic, with both superheavyweights sending each other flying into the walls and over themselves. Diesector also used its hammers to pound the top armor of Vladiator while surviving two flips from the lifting panel of Gage Cauchois' machine. The match was extremely close with neither robot showing a clear edge. However, one of Vladiator's high-speed collisions with the wall caused a Lexan panel to come loose, crack and bend out of shape, effectively breaching the BattleBox enclosure. As a result, the battle was stopped for safety reasons after one minute and 36 seconds had elapsed, though the televised version of this fight did not make any mention of the wall breach. After a period in which they highlighted the risks of the damaged Lexan panel to the BattleBots audience, the Judges awarded a 26-19 decision to Diesector, basing their decision on the events leading up to the moment the panel came loose. This meant that Diesector won its second superheavyweight championship in its final BattleBots appearance.

Wins/Losses:[]

  • Wins: 16
  • Losses: 3
Competition Wins Losses
Season 1.0 None Grendel
Season 2.0 Hamunaptra

World Peace

Rammstein

War Machine

Atomic Wedgie

None
Season 3.0 Scrap Daddy Turbulence

Dawn of Destruction

Rammstein

Vladiator
Season 4.0 The Probe

Ronin

Techno Destructo

New Cruelty
Season 5.0 Final Destiny

Dreadnought

Hammertime

New Cruelty

Vladiator

None

Mark Beiro Introductions[]

"Do not stare directly at the slamaholic from San Diego. Heavily armed and weighing in also at a hefty 325 pounds. Please make some noise for Donald Hutson's robot DIESECTOR!"

"He will knock you, he will sock you, he will laugh in your face and clock you. Introducing DIESECTOR!"

"If you think the world was going to hell in a hand basket, this is the robot that's carrying it. He's DIESECTOR!"

"Using a pickaxe instead of a scalpel to cut open his specimens, this diabolical genius specializes in making a bloody mess. Here's DIESECTOR!"

"Having damned all foes to an eternity in the pits of regret, he's now on the brink of BattleBots immortality. Here's DIESECTOR!"

"This titanic creation of mass annihilation stands poised to take his final step in the BattleBots history. Introducing DIESECTOR!"

"His murderous destruction is so complete, don't even bother looking for dental records. Here is DIESECTOR!"

"Ready to wipe out the entire BattleBot civilization one BattleBot at a time and then dance on their graves. Introducing DIESECTOR!"

"Your flight is always darkest when he picks at your metal carcass. Here is the defending superheavyweight champion DIESECTOR!"

"There's no cooler way to commit public suicide than trying to take away the Giant Nut from the reigning superheavyweight champion DIESECTOR!"

"Once you've tasted the Giant Nut, you never wanna go back. Going for another title is DIESECTOR!"

"There's no crying in BattleBots, but there is an awful lot of screaming caused by... DIESECTOR!"

Merchandise[]

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Trivia[]

  • Diesector's name was a portmanteau of the words die and dissector.
  • Diesector made a brief cameo on CSI in the episode Precious Metal. Its given name was "Yellowbelly."
  • Around the time of Season 2.0, Diesector participated with Minion in an exhibition match in a miniature version of the arena with several sets of killsaws in the middle.
  • Diesector was one of at least six robots to battle at the Hasbro Showroom's miniature arena for the 2001 Toy Fair. The other five robots known to have participated are Tazbot, Overkill, Vlad the Impaler, Ginsu and BioHazard.
  • Out of the three robots that beat Diesector, Grendel is the only one not to have beaten itself by Diesector.
  • Diesector along with Tazbot is still under Donald Hutson's ownership, as glimpsed in BattleBots Season 2, Episode 1 where the bot was seen in the background, stored on a metal shelf, hammers facing forward.
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