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"Spinners like Nightmare have to soak up as much damage as they dish out." - BattleBots: The Official Guide.

Nightmare was a heavyweight combat robot built by Jim Smentowski, which fought in ten BattleBots competitions in total: including two 1999 events, all five seasons of Comedy Central BattleBots, two seasons of the reboot on ABC and an exhibition battle of the Discovery era.

Its primary weapon was a 4ft diameter bludgeoning device with 5lb teeth on either side of the disc. It debuted in 1999 and competed in all five seasons of Comedy Central BattleBots. Returning in 2015, an upgraded version of Nightmare competed in ABC Seasons 1 and 2, before Jim Smentowski entered Breaker Box in its place. It returned for a one-off exhibition match having been a static display in the past, but has not competed since.

Since its debut, Nightmare proved to be a consistent performer and a feared opponent, largely down to its giant spinning weaponry which made it a poster bot for the show in future seasons. Nightmare won the "Most Aggressive Robot" award at the 1999 Long Beach event, yet never made it past the quarter-final stage in any competition. Nightmare's inspiration came from bucket wheel excavators, with the collection mechanism replaced with a giant spinning disc.

Nightmare had several revisions over the years, starting as a boxy, awkward looking robot and evolving into a much sleeker and more powerful design by Comedy Central Season 5.0.

Team Nightmare also built a lightweight version of their popular heavyweight, named Backlash. It achieved even better success than its heavyweight counterpart, winning the Season 1.0 Lightweight championship. A middleweight version was also built, which competed under the name Locust as part of multibot The Swarm. All of these robots were retired after BattleBots, but antweight and fairyweight versions of Nightmare still compete today.

With BattleBots returning in 2015, so did Jim Smentowski and Nightmare. This new version sported wheel guards and a redesigned titanium blade. Nightmare lost its first and only battle against Team Whyachi's Warrior Clan, but won a three-way rumble later in the competition.

Nightmare under construction in 2016.

For ABC Season 2 in 2016, symmetrical teeth were added to the spinning disc and the wheel guards were replaced by titanium hubcaps. Jim Smentowski also addressed Nightmare's inability to run inverted or self-right, a weakness that had plagued it for nearly two decades. The 2016 build of Nightmare was able to reposition its arms either side of the weapon and lock them in place to run inverted, a system dubbed "Inversion Conversion" by the team. As the primary weapon could spin both ways, Nightmare was now, in theory, completely invertible. However, it did not get a chance to demonstrate this mechanism as a sensor failed them in both of their losses against Stinger and Beta.

The team planned on entering Nightmare into the third season of the reboot, but due to a conflicting schedule with the Chinese show This Is Fighting Robots, they ultimately did not apply.

While Nightmare would not compete in the 2019 season, as it was on display in the entrance for the audience along with Ginsu, Breaker Box took its place in the main tournament. It did take part in an exhibition fight against Mammoth, where it lost in disappointing fashion after being flipped over and being unable to right itself.

Outside of BattleBots, Jim Smentowski fought in This is Fighting Robots with a repurposed version of Breaker Box called Wrecker, but it lost both of its fights. The latter of which was a rumble that also featured Megabyte, Spectre and Lieutenant Bam whose teams fought in BattleBots with Gigabyte, Quantum and Jasper respectively.

Robot History[]

Long Beach 1999[]

Nightmare vs. frenZy

Nightmare's very first fight in BattleBots came in the 1999 Long Beach event, against frenZy. Nightmare landed consistent hits on frenZy and was flipped over. frenZy was able to right itself, but Nightmare hit frenZy again, a pattern which played out several times in the fight. After a while, frenZy's weapon was ripped away leaving it weaponless and vulnerable to further attacks. However, Nightmare also lost its weapon as the disc got caught on the drive chain. Nightmare pushed frenZy into the spike strip and then into the killsaws, winning on a crowd vote.

Nightmare vs. KillerHurtz

Nightmare rides up the front of KillerHurtz.

Next up for Jim Smentowski's machine was John Reid and KillerHurtz. Ahead of the fight, the BattleBots safety crew deemed Nightmare's weapon was too dangerous as shrapnel flew out of the BattleBox during their fight with frenZy. Jim Smentowski was given three options by the safety crew. He could withdraw Nightmare and receive a special award, lower the disc speed or reverse the direction of the disc. He chose the latter, though this resulted in Nightmare riding up the front of KillerHurtz as it tried to attack. Ultimately, KillerHurtz won on a crowd vote.

Nightmare vs. Malicious Mischief

Malicious Mischief was Nightmare's third BattleBots opponent. Little is known about the fight, but Nightmare beat Malicious Mischief via KO.

Nightmare vs. Punjar

Punjar was the next foe for Nightmare. The US Robot Wars veteran sent Nightmare flying through the air as the disc was running backwards during the fight. Nightmare, however, lost via crowd vote.

Nightmare was unable to compete in the rumble at the end of the tournament due to electrical problems which were unable to be fixed in time.

Las Vegas 1999[]

Nightmare vs. Namreko 3000

Nightmare tears into the top of Namreko 3000.

Unlike Long Beach, Nightmare was allowed to run the blade the correct direction for the 1999 Las Vegas event. Nightmare got a bye due to its No.7 ranking. As such, its first opponent was Namreko 3000. Nightmare started this fight by getting its weapon to full speed and attacking the front of Namreko 3000, tearing one of the circular saws off and flinging it across the BattleBox. The next two attacks from Nightmare tore large pieces off the front and sides of Namreko 3000's shell, whilst the second nearly destroyed Namreko 3000's dome. As Nightmare lined up for another shot, the fight was called. Nightmare won by knockout and advanced to the heavyweight quarter-finals.

Nightmare vs. Rhino

Rhino fires its spear right into Nightmare's wheel.

Nightmare tears off Rhino's spike.

Nightmare is pinned against the spikestrip by Rhino.

In the final eight, Nightmare now faced Rhino. This fight began with Rhino trying to line up at Nightmare, staying out of reach of the disc. Nightmare matched Rhino's every move, turning to keep its primary weapon facing its opponent, but eventually the robots met. Nightmare began to make contact, but Rhino managed to spike Nightmare's left-side wheel and puncture its other tire. Meanwhile, Jim Smentowksi's bot had torn into Rhino's armor, leaving visible dents and gashes behind. Nightmare had also ripped off the front of Rhino's spear, but struggled for mobility due to its puncture. With a minute gone, Rhino danced around its opponent as it swatted its dismembered spear tip away. In the meantime, Nightmare's weapon motor had repositioned itself and the chain was now spinning loosely. Rhino made contact with Nightmare and shoved it slightly, but upon going in for another attack, Nightmare dealt an uppercut to the front of its opponent. Undeterred, Rhino went in and managed to stop the disc of Nightmare, pressing it against the spikes of the BattleBox and lifting Nightmare's drive wheels off the floor. As Rhino moved away, Nightmare spent the closing seconds immobile and limply spinning its disc back up. Time ran out and Rhino won on a 7-2 judges' decision, meaning Nightmare was eliminated from the tournament.

Nightmare was unable to compete in the rumble at the end of the tournament due to a wiring problem in one of the drive motors which could not be fixed in time.

Season 1.0[]

Nightmare vs. Mauler

One of Nightmare's wheels gets ripped off by The Mauler.

Nightmare's first match of Season 1.0 was against the dangerous Mauler. Nightmare went straight at Mauler but it turned around just to get smacked by Mauler's maces, which eventually ripped off one of Nightmare's wheels. Mauler later struck Nightmare's behind and whacked it against the entrance ramp. Nightmare was then unable to move and was counted out. Mauler won by a quick KO at 40 seconds and Nightmare was eliminated from the tournament again.

Heavyweight Rumble

Nightmare on its side during the heavyweight rumble.

Nightmare participated in the Heavyweight Rumble at the end of the tournament, and it performed well in the beginning by ripping off one of Suicidal Tendencies' tracks. However, about 30 seconds later, Nightmare was overturned by Vlad the Impaler. Nightmare was still moving on its back by using its right drive wheel and was one of few robots that were still moving at the end, but it lost overall to BioHazard.

Season 2.0[]

Nightmare vs. Surgeon General

Nightmare hits Surgeon General.

Nightmare's first match in Season 2.0 was against Surgeon General in the Round of 32. At the start of the the match, both Nightmare and Surgeon General spun up their weapons and approached each other. Surgeon General stopped and attempted to come around the side of Nightmare. Nightmare instantly turned into Surgeon General and the spinning discs collided. After the impact, Surgeon General's disc had been destroyed, as well as the top half of its armor had been peeled back. Surgeon General, now weaponless, moved around to the side of Nightmare, where he attempted to push his attacker into an arena trap, but Nightmare pushed back. At one point, Surgeon General backed over the killsaws, and the remainder of the match consisted of Surgeon General and Nightmare pushing each other around. It comes down to a judge decision, which Nightmare won, 30-15. This win put Nightmare to the Round of 16, where it faced Mortis.

Nightmare vs. Mortis

Nightmare gets tangled with Mortis.

Nightmare tears a piece of metal off of Mortis.

At the start of the match, Nightmare's disc spun up and approached Mortis, who turned tail and ran, exposing his rear end. Nightmare took this opportunity and slammed it from behind with the disc. However, it was just a glancing blow and not enough to do much damage. Mortis immediately spun around, evaded Nightmare's weapon started firing its primary weapon. But the aim was such that the blade kept missing Nightmare's body. This went on for a while as Nightmare tried to navigate into a position to hit Mortis with the disc again. Jim realized was that the bots were somehow tangled together, and Nightmare couldn't move without taking Mortis with it, and vice-versa. The refs called timeout and separated the two robots. The match started again and Nightmare was able to hit Mortis with the spinning disc before Mortis pushed Nightmare into the killsaws, but then stops moving. Nightmare drove at Mortis again, disc spinning. Nightmare was able to smash a chunk of Titanium armor off the side of Mortis, but Mortis had stopped altogether. The refs counted Mortis out and Nightmare won by KO after a 2:10 minute match. This win put Nightmare to the heavyweight Quarter-Finals, where it faced BioHazard.

Nightmare vs. BioHazard (Quarterfinals)

Nightmare hits BioHazard with its disc, causing a shower of sparks.

Nightmare is lifted under the pulverizer by Biohazard

The match began, and Nightmare's weapon spun up, heading towards the center to meet BioHazard. BioHazard attempted to get around the side of Nightmare, but Nightmare moved into it, catching his side panel with the spinning disc and Titanium sparks flew as the hinge was torn up. BioHazard tried again to start to lift Nightmare's left drive wheel in the air, but the gyroscopic forces of Nightmare's disc at full speed caused it to lift almost straight up in the air instead of tipping. Nightmare backed off BioHazard and moved into position again. BioHazard attempted to move around Nightmare again, but this time, the teeth of Nightmare's spinning disc gashed deeply into BioHazard's side skirt and BioHazard got sent flying. Pieces of titanium rained down on the BattleBox floor for several seconds. The titanium skirt on BioHazard had been nearly completely cut in half. Nightmare was then blindsided by BioHazard, who pushed Nightmare over the killsaws then under the pulverizer, using its lifting arm up to suspend Nightmare right underneath the pounding hammer. The top armor on Nightmare was very tough, but Nightmare did not move again. The problem was that the armor that Jim had installed above Nightmare's speed controller had been hit hard enough to break the welds, causing the armor assembly to crash down on the Vantec, disabling the drive system. BioHazard won by KO at 1:36 and Nightmare was eliminated from the tournament again.

Heavyweight Royal Rumble

Nightmare also participated in the Heavyweight Royal Rumble at the end of the tournament. In the beginning, Nightmare managed to hit Vlad the Impaler and another robot. Panic Attack 3 lifted Nightmare's rear end, causing Nightmare to make a 7" gash in the BattleBox floor. Nightmare then did very little as there was not enough power in the batteries. When the original 5 minutes ended, the staff agreed to add another 2 minutes to the rumble. When it was over, it came down to seven robots and the crowd cheered loudest for Tazbot so it was declared the winner of the heavyweight rumble and Nightmare lost overall.

Season 3.0[]

Nightmare vs. SlamJob

Nightmare's initial attack on Slam Job.

Nightmare's Season 3.0 appearance.

Nightmare's opening fight of Season 3.0 was against Slam Job in the Round of 32. When the match started, Nightmare drove Slam Job with the intention of hitting one of Slam Job's sloped fronts. Nightmare got lucky though, hitting Slam Job's weapon shaft and sending Slam Job flying upside down, into the BattleBox corner, breaking the tank that powered the tire iron weapon and preventing Slam Job from being able to self-right. Nightmare was not undamaged as its weapon motor threads were torn free and the receiver that was taped in place was jarred loose. Nightmare and Slam Job were both immobilized and the battle was over in 34 seconds. Nightmare won on a close 25-20 judges' decision and advanced to the Round of 16, where it faced the feared Son of Whyachi.

Nightmare vs. Son of Whyachi

Nightmare's run comes to a brutal end.

Son of Whyachi and Nightmare both spun up their weapons at the start of the fight and the two machines made their way across the BattleBox until they met. Nightmare, however, was lifted by the Hellraisers into the path of Son of Whyachi's weapon, tearing off Nightmare's wheels and flinging Nightmare across the BattleBox. Son of Whyachi won by KO in a match that was just 48 seconds long.

Heavyweight Royal Rumble

Surprisingly, Nightmare was repaired in time for the Heavyweight Royal Rumble at the end of the tournament. It didn't perform well, however, as its blade wasn't going and was immediately flipped by HexaDecimator. Nightmare was still able to move, but it mostly drove around in circles. In the end HexaDecimator was declared the winner of the Heavyweight Royal Rumble and Nightmare lost overall.

Season 4.0[]

Nightmare vs. Junkyard Offspring

Nightmare tears the lid off of Junkyard Offspring.

Returning for Season 4.0, Nightmare's first fight came against Junkyard Offspring in the Round of 32. Nightmare and Junkyard Offspring slammed together only a few seconds into the fight, and Nightmare's spinning disc tore a large chunk of lexan from the top of Junkyard Offspring off and sent it flying. The bots then circled each other and attacked each other a few more times, each time Junkyard Offspring lost a little more lexan. One hit, sent a piece of lexan flying into the camera at the roof of the BattleBox, severing some of the wires leading to it. The video feed instantly went dead from that camera for the rest of the match. The bots continued circling, and Junkyard Offspring got a couple good shots in with his spikes on Nightmare's right wheel, but Nightmare was unphased. Nightmare turned, hitting Junkyard Offspring hard enough to damage the drive motors on one side, it wasn't long before the stalled motor started smoking. With Junkyard Offspring's defenses down, Nightmare came in for one last hit, squarely in the front, which jarred loose the receiver battery pack, and Junkyard Offspring was out. Nightmare won by knockout after 1:37.

Nightmare vs. BattleRat

Nightmare tears BattleRat's arm in half.

BattleRat was Nightmare's next robot to fight in the Round of 16. The bots came together in the middle of the BattleBox, and BattleRat slipped under Nightmare from the front and started raising the lifter. The lifter immediately came in contact with Nightmare's disc, and because of the angle, Nightmare sent itself backward several feet. BattleRat came back with a very bent lifting arm. The bots came together again, Nightmare chewing up the sides of BattleRat, but not finding much to grab. But, the spinning disc then came in contact with the pivot of BattleRat's arm and Nightmare actually got its tooth in the gap so deep that the match had to be stopped and they had to dislodge the bots with a crowbar. The match was underway again in a few moments. BattleRat once again rushed at Nightmare, this time pushing Nightmare back against the screws. However, the disc was still spinning and the moment it came in contact with BattleRat's lifter again, it was ripped in half. The rest of the match was a lot of clumsy pushing, mostly by BattleRat, but try and try again, he was unable to push Nightmare into any arena hazard. Nightmare spent much of the rest of the time trying to get off of the top of BattleRat, but neither bot could do much to each other. Time ran out and it went to the judges, which Nightmare won on a 27-18 decision.

Nightmare vs. BioHazard (Quarterfinals)

Nightmare proceeds to rip in to BioHazard.

The next fight for Nightmare was a grudge match against BioHazard in the heavyweight quarter-finals. In the first few seconds of the fight, the two bots met in the middle of the BattleBox, and in a tremendous shower of titanium sparks, Nightmare smashed the front of BioHazard, an impact, that Jim learned later, damaged the lifting mechanism on BioHazard. His lifter didn't work right for the remainder of the match. The bots came back together, and Nightmare struck the front of BioHazard once again, sending more sparks flying. BioHazard, seemingly dazed, skidded over the killsaws, and even more sparks flew. However, Nightmare's disc motor started emitting smoke and the disc spun to a stop. So, with Nightmare's weapon disabled, Nightmare tried to push BioHazard. Because of BioHazard's low profile, Nightmare just ended up riding up on top of BioHazard nearly every time Nightmare attempted to push. The fight continued with both bots trying to achieve position against each other and shove each other around. What was not unknown until after the fight, BioHazard's weapon lost its ability to flip its opponent. Nightmare's right side drive motor gear box's gears had stripped, leaving Nightmare hobbling around on one wheel, trying to avoid the killsaws. Nightmare managed to get its tail end on top of BioHazard, using BioHazard's arm as leverage to push BioHazard over the killsaws one last time. But it wasn't enough. The three minutes ended and it went to the judges, which Nightmare lost 32-13.

Heavyweight Royal Rumble

Nightmare entered the Heavyweight Royal Rumble at the end of the tournament. As rumbles always are, this was pretty chaotic, so Jim don't know exactly how things went for everyone else, but he did know that Nightmare smacked a heavyweight called Botulizer (known as Aces and Eights in Season 5.0), sending it flying in a shower of sparks. The next victim was SlamJob who Nightmare sent flying upside down again. SlamJob, somehow in the minutes following, managed to get back on its wheels. Nightmare seemed to be out in the open after that. The first bot that came in close was M.O.E. M.O.E zipped in and without a delay, knocked off one of Nightmare's tires, peeling it right off the rim. M.O.E then came back around and took out the other wheel too, smacking it so hard that the gearbox broke, leaving Nightmare with almost no mobility on one bare steel rim. Nightmare was stuck, but the weapon was still going and Nightmare was facing outwards into the BattleBox, with the wall behind it. Nightmare sat, disc spinning wildly. No other bots approached it for the rest of the match and time ran out. In the end, Little Sister was deemed the winner of the rumble.

Season 5.0[]

Nightmare vs. Warhead

Nightmare's wheel gets ripped off by Warhead.

For Season 5.0, Nightmare had Warhead to fight first. The match began with both bots spinning up and approaching each other. Warhead swooped in, but missed. Nightmare saw its opportunity, and moved in to attack the backside of Warhead, but Nightmare only casually approached. By the time Nightmare had got to Warhead, Warhead had spun around and was facing Nightmare head-on again, so Nightmare just kept going in. The first impact was both spinners against each other. Nightmare's vertical disc, up to full speed, slammed into Warhead's full-spinning horizontal dome. The impact cratered Nightmare's tooth deep into the aluminum dome of Warhead, which for most opponents, would have been just what Jim wanted, but because Warhead's dome was spinning sideways with the tooth embedded, Warhead effectively 'twisted' Nightmare's tooth right off the side of the disc. The 5 pound tooth flew across the BattleBox, bounced off the lexan and landed back near where the bots were fighting. The disc was still spinning full-speed however, and the peeled-back aluminum from the gap where the tooth used to be, came back around and sliced through Nightmare's own weapon drive belts, and the disc slowly spun down and stopped. Warhead spun around again to attack, and the stunned and now weaponless Nightmare couldn't do much but try to aim into the attack. Warhead ferociously pushed Nightmare to the side to get at its left-side wheel. Quite efficiently, Warhead smashed the wheel so hard that the motor it was attached to, shattered, sending the wheel, along with the hub and the face of the gearbox flying, leaving Nightmare crippled on the BattleBox floor. White sparks was coming from the inside of the brush housing that was still on Nightmare, and although Nightmare still had its other side drive working, there was no way of winning this fight. So Jim tapped out Nightmare and Warhead took its victory spin. Warhead won by knockout in 56 seconds.

Heavyweight Consolation Rumble

Nightmare strikes Junkyard Offspring.

Nightmare hits Diskontent.

Nightmare returned for the Heavyweight Consolation Rumble at the end of the tournament. Nightmare's first attack sent the lexan lid of Junkyard Offspring towards the lights in the BattleBox, causing a shower of glass from the lights fall onto the floor. Nightmare then struck Junkyard Offspring again and then Spitfire, tearing a tooth off the disc after striking the latter and sending it through the lexan roof at extreme velocity and landing amongst the crowd. Jim Smentowski and the other competitors were oblivious that this had happened, believing the tooth to be still contained within the BattleBox. Nightmare's blade was now unbalanced, causing the entire robot to shake when it spun. It continued to fight despite this, spinning the now unpredictable weapon down between attacks, occasionally using its back wedge to push some of the robots and using the blade for others like Spitfire, Spinister and Diskontent. In the end, FrostBite and Little Sister were declared the winners of the heavyweight consolation rumble and Nightmare lost overall with the crowd being outraged by the judges' decision.

Nobody was seriously injured, though after this heavyweight consolation rumble, the remaining rumbles were cancelled for safety reasons.

ABC Season 1[]

Nightmare vs. Warrior Clan

Nightmare destroys one of Warrior Clan's minibots.

Nightmare is flipped by Warrior Clan.

Nightmare's first battle was a grudge match with Team Whyachi, this time fielding Warrior Clan. When the match begun, Nightmare was able to get its spinning blade up to speed and delivered some glancing blows to Warrior, but the two minibots swarmed it. However, one hit immobilized the first minibot, and a second hard hit to the back end of the other minibot obliterated it, scattering parts around the BattleBox. After this hit, Warrior Clan made its move and used its flipping arm to topple Nightmare, knocking it on its back. Despite still being mobile, it was unable to right itself. As it tried to get back on its wheels it managed to get hit once by the pulverizer and landed some noticeable hits riding over Warrior. However, when Nightmare tried to drive into the screws to self-right, it ended up crashing into the corner where it was carried up and onto the BattleBox barrier. With its spinning blade no longer in contact with the ground and being unable to move, Nightmare was counted out. Warrior Clan won by TKO at 2:06 and Nightmare lost again.

Despite the damage done to Warrior Clan, Nightmare was not chosen to be a wildcard, meaning it was eliminated from the tournament at the early stages.

Nightmare vs. Overhaul vs. Witch Doctor

Nightmare approaches Witch Doctor as Overhaul watches on.

Nightmare rips off Overhaul's crushing arm.

Nightmare wasn't finished, however, as it went up against Overhaul and Witch Doctor & Shaman in a three bot rumble at the end of the tournament. Witch Doctor hit one of nightmare's wheel guards. After Overhaul flipped Witch Doctor, Nightmare managed to get a massive shot in on Shaman before turning its attention to Overhaul. Nightmare proceeded to disable Overhaul after ripping off its weapon, leaving Nightmare as the winner of the rumble.

Nightmare was also due to compete in a nine bot rumble at the end of the tournament, but due to time restraints in filming, the rumble never happened.

ABC Season 2[]

Nightmare vs. Stinger

Nightmare is lifted onto its back by Stinger.

Nightmare's first fight in ABC Season 2 was against Stinger. Both robots went straight at each other and Nightmare ripped off one of Stinger's wheels, causing sparks to fly in the process. The two robots sparred on one side of the BattleBox for a while, but eventually Stinger got underneath Nightmare and flipped it onto its back. Nightmare couldn't self-right as one of the sensors for the self-righting arms had broken loose and was giving a false reading. As a result, the pin on that side couldn't be removed. Stinger tried to help, but Nightmare was already being counted out and Stinger got the win by a quick KO at 44 seconds. After the match ended, an autographed piece of Stinger was given to Jim as a souvenir. Despite being eliminated in the Round of 48, Nightmare was awarded one of the eight wildcards and was given the No.25 seeding, and was drawn against the No.8 seed and crowd favorite Icewave.

Nightmare vs. Icewave

Nightmare and Icewave collide.

As the fight began, the two robots went at each other and as their weapons collided, one of Nightmare's drive belts for its weapon got sliced off by its own weapon, damaging the frame in the process. As the two blades collided again, Nightmare lost its right wheel guard and the wheel itself got bent. Nightmare was left unable to get its blade spinning properly, as it was touching the ground due to the frame being damaged on the first hit, and Nightmare lowered itself to the floor because the second impact disengaged the pins that held Nightmare's driving arms in place. As Jim tried to get the arms back in place, Icewave proceeded to tear off Nightmare's left wheel guard. Suddenly, Icewave stopped moving due to radio interference and Nightmare tried to attack them again, but the blade couldn't spin properly due to being too close to the floor and its speed controller burnt out rendering the blade immobile. Jim decided to drive Nightmare around to prove to the judges and referees that Nightmare was still mobile. After that, Nightmare drove back to the blue square where it proceeded to do a victory dance as Icewave was counted out. Nightmare won by KO at 48 seconds, the team's first victory in sixteen years, and advanced to the Round of 16 where it faced the No.9 seed Beta, in a rematch dating back to the first BattleBots event.

Nightmare vs. Beta

Nightmare with its Beta blocker.

Beta slowly strikes Nightmare with its hammer.

For this match, Nightmare swapped its totaled self-righting arm mechanism for a new pyramid-shaped shield dubbed the "Beta Blocker" in an effort to shield Nightmare's delicate electronics from Beta's hammer. When the match began, both robots circled each other before Nightmare got the first hit, sending Beta flying and removing the Beta Blocker from Nightmare's back. Beta continued to try and maneuver but Nightmare was able to keep its disc facing Beta and disabled Beta's weapon motor. Nightmare continued to attack but Beta got underneath Nightmare and pushed it around, eventually flipping Nightmare over. Since Nightmare had no self-righting mechanism, it was unable to move and was counted out with 13 seconds left in the match, eliminating it from the tournament again.

Nightmare was going to fight in a three-way rumble against Mega Tento and Creepy Crawlies, but the rumble was cancelled because of the other teams ahead of them in line.

Discovery Season 4[]

Nightmare vs. Mammoth

Nightmare gets flipped by Mammoth.

Despite not competing in the main tournament, Nightmare participated in an exhibition match against Mammoth alongside Breaker Box's minibot Hacker. The match started off okay for Nightmare as it got to the side of Mammoth and hit it. But then, Mammoth's spinning lifter caught Nightmare's frame close to the disc, causing Nightmare to lift up a bit, then hit the floor with its disc and end up onto the screws. Nightmare was able to escape, but was quickly toppled by Mammoth. Nightmare remained upside down as it was pushed into the corner and counted out, giving Mammoth the win by KO.


BattleBots Long Beach 1999
Gigabot Championship
Winners Bracket vs. frenZy Won
Winners Bracket vs. Killerhurtz Lost
Losers Bracket vs. Malicious Mischief Won
Losers Bracket vs. Punjar Lost
BattleBots Las Vegas 1999
Heavyweight Championship
Bracket vs. Namreko 3000 Won
Quarter-Finals vs. Rhino Lost
BattleBots Season 1.0
Heavyweight Championship
Bracket vs. Mauler Lost
Exhibition Matches
Rumble vs. Bender, BioHazard, Blendo, frenZy, Gammatron, Killerhurtz, Kill-O-Amp, Knome II, Mauler, Mjollnir, Monster, OverKill, Punjar, Suicidal Tendencies, Tazbot, Vlad the Impaler, Voltarc Lost
BattleBots Season 2.0
Heavyweight Championship
Round of 32 vs. Surgeon General Won
Round of 16 vs. Mortis Won
Quarter-Finals vs. BioHazard Lost
Exhibition Matches
Heavyweight Rumble vs. Panic Attack, Tazbot, Vlad the Impaler, Other Robots Lost
BattleBots Season 3.0
Heavyweight Championship
Round of 32
Bracket vs. SlamJob Won
Round of 32 vs. Son of Whyachi Lost
Exhibition Matches
Heavyweight Rumble vs. Punjar, Other Robots Lost
BattleBots Season 4.0
Heavyweight Championship
Top 8
Round of 32 vs. Junkyard Offspring Won
Round of 16 vs. BattleRat Won
Round of 8 vs. BioHazard Lost
Exhibition Matches
Heavyweight Rumble vs. Botulizer, SlamJob, Little Sister, M.O.E., Other Robots Lost
BattleBots Season 5.0
Heavyweight Championship
Round of 32
Round of 32 vs. Warhead Lost
Exhibition Matches
Heavyweight Rumble vs. Diskontent, FrostBite, Junkyard Offspring, Little Sister, Spitfire, Spinister, M.O.E. Lost
ABC Season 1
2015 Championship
Round of 24 vs. Warrior Clan Lost (KO)
Exhibition Matches
Rumble vs. Overhaul, Witch Doctor Won (KO)
ABC Season 2
2016 Championship
25th seed, Round of 16
Round of 48 vs. Stinger: The Killer Bee Lost (KO)
NOTE: Nightmare received a wildcard and moved on to the next round.
Round of 32 vs. Icewave (8) Won (KO)
Round of 16 vs. Beta (9) Lost (KO)
Discovery Season 4
Exhibition Matches
Exhibition Match vs. Mammoth Lost (KO)


  • 1999 Wins: 3
  • 1999 Losses: 3
  • Comedy Central Wins: 5
  • Comedy Central Losses: 10
  • ABC & Discovery Wins: 2
  • ABC & Discovery Losses: 4
  • Total Wins: 10
  • Total Losses: 17
Competition Wins Losses
Long Beach 1999


Malicious Mischief



Las Vegas 1999

Namreko 3000

Season 1.0 Bye Mauler
Season 2.0

Surgeon General


Season 3.0 Slam Job Son of Whyachi
Season 4.0

Junkyard Offspring


Season 5.0 Bye Warhead
ABC Season 1 Witch Doctor, Overhaul (Exhibition Rumble) Warrior Clan
ABC Season 2 Icewave Stinger


Discovery Season 4 None Mammoth (Exhibition Match)

Mark Beiro Introductions[]

"From Novato California, weighing in at 210½lbs with a No.7 ranking, from creator Jim Smentowski and supported by Team Hercules. Introducing NIGHTMARE!"

"From Novato, California, machine for mayhem, created for chaos, also weighing in at 210lbs of absolute domination, it's NIGHTMARE!"

"... muhahahaha, it's NIGHTMARE!"

"You are about to witness the most destructive and violent carnage in robot fighting, if that's what you came here for. Put your hands together for NIGHTMARE!"

"Do not try to wake up. This is not a dream, this is your worst NIGHTMARE!"

"Its specialty is a mauling so complete, that identifying the body is beyond the reach of forensic science. Let's hear it for NIGHTMARE!"

"A bot so powerful, he could smack the can off of George Hamilton. Here's NIGHTMARE!"

"Even the toughest robots wake in a cold sweat and sit straight up in bed crying for their mama, just thinking about NIGHTMARE!"

"Callous and cold blooded, but he don't care- 'cause this is the soulless creature called NIGHTMARE!"

"He has not eyes, he has not hands, just science. Here's the merchant of menace, NIGHTMARE!"

Faruq Tauheed Introductions[]

"Here's the bot that keeps other builders up at night- 'cause if you're sawing logs, it's sawing you to pieces. It's NIGHTMARE!"

"Think you're in jeopardy? Oh no. It's time to play wheel of misfortune. It's NIGHTMARE!"

"If it were a painter, it would be called Vincent Van Gore. Scarry, Scarry Night. It's NIGHTMARE!"

"According to Dr. Sigmund Droid, your dream analysis is extreme paralysis. It's NIGHTMARE!"

"It keeps you up from dusk till dawn, the big bad horror is back to do major harm. It's the big deal with the big wheel. The original bot to make you scared, make some noise for the return of NIGHTMARE!"


Any appearances by Nightmare in merchandise are listed below:


  • Nightmare is one of six robots to compete in the original BattleBots series on Comedy Central, and the ABC reboot. The others are Warhead, Complete Control, Moebius, Son of Whyachi, and Warrior Clan (as Warrior).
  • Between eras of BattleBots, Nightmare was also on display at RoboGames 2011.
  • Nightmare was originally going to be an alternate for the 2015 reboot, but another team dropped out two weeks before filming, so Nightmare was given the nod to compete.
  • In every odd-numbered season of Comedy Central's BattleBots, Nightmare was knocked out after losing a wheel to a robot armed with a spinning weapon. Also, in both even-numbered season, Nightmare lost to Biohazard in the quarter-finals.
  • Nightmare has competed in more series than any other BattleBots competitor, though it did not appear in Discovery Season 3, and was replaced by Breaker Box for Season 4.
  • A replica of Nightmare's disc was seen in the crowd during the semi-finals of the Discovery Season 3 reboot, as well as showing up in various episodes of Season 4.
  • Nightmare was one of multiple robots to appear on the BattleBots website as a competitor for the 2019 season despite confirmation that the robot was not competing that year. However, it was seen on display with Ginsu on top of it at the event.
  • Nightmare's match with frenZy was included in the opening sequence of BattleBots Season 4 on Discovery and Science, a rare nod to the classic era of BattleBots.