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Not to be confused with the unrelated middleweight competitor of the same name.

Rhino was a superheavyweight (originally heavyweight) robot that was built by Inertia Labs for the Long Beach and Las Vegas 1999 BattleBots events, as well as Season 1.0 on Comedy Central.

It was a diamond-shaped robot which was armed with a pneumatic punching spike, which the team claimed could puncture 1/4" thick steel.[1] Rhino performed well in competition, reaching the quarter-final and semi-final stages in both 1999 BattleBots competitions.

For Season 1.0, the robot was rebuilt and renamed Super Rhino. It was given a thwacking tail and a flatter overall design. Super Rhino failed to live up to the team's 1999 success, falling in its first battle to DooAll.

After Season 1.0, Rhino was retired and replaced by Toro.

Outside BattleBots[]


Rhino's 1997 US Robot Wars appearance.

In the 1997 US Robot Wars competition, Rhino used a more unique weapon system - a canister of Halon fire extinguisher gas that was sprayed from the holes on each end of the chassis so that it could smother the gasoline engines of its opponents.

Inspired by the gas engine used by Jamie Hyneman and Blendo[2], this worked well in its win over Red Scorpion, but Rhino was ultimately beaten by BioHazard later on in the tournament.

Robot History[]

Long Beach 1999[]

Rhino vs. S.L.A.M.

Rhino's first match at Long Beach was against S.L.A.M. which it won by a crowd vote.

Rhino vs. Tazbot

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Rhino gets lifted by Tazbot.

Rhino moved into the next round where it fought Tazbot. In the match, Tazbot got a few lifts on Rhino and Rhino got a few hits on Tazbot before the CO2 ran dry. The match ended with Tazbot winning on a judges' decision and Rhino was eliminated.

Rhino vs. Voltarc

Rhino was moved down to the loser's bracket and it faced Voltarc which it won by KO.

Rhino vs. S.L.A.M.

After beating S.L.A.M. again by KO, it faced Monster in the next round.

Rhino vs. Monster

Rhino won the fight by KO and advanced to the next round, where it faced Razer.

Rhino vs. Razer

Razer went straight at Rhino but it just missed on getting a grip on Rhino. Rhino retaliated by firing its spike, narrowly missing Razer's arm. Razer retreated to gain a better angle of attack but drifted close to the killsaws. Rhino turned around and fired its spike on Razer. The spike went straight through its armor and broke the pump solenoid. It also hit the chassis and 'shocked' the radio switch to the off position. This sent Razer into an uncontrolled spin, requiring Lewis to enter the arena to manually power Razer down. In the end, Rhino won by KO and advanced to the next round, where it faced Vlad the Impaler.

Rhino vs. Vlad the Impaler

Rhino won the fight by KO and advanced to the next round, where it faced Tazbot again.

Rhino vs. Tazbot

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Rhino gets its spike into Tazbot's left wheel.

Tazbot constantly tried to pin Rhino, but Rhino started striking its spike onto Tazbot's armor. Tazbot started pushing Rhino towards the killsaws and was holding strong before it suffered a delayed battery failure, caused by a direct blow to one of the batteries and making a low battery error code stopped Tazbot. In the end, Tazbot was counted out and Rhino won by KO. Rhino was now in the semi-finals and was now pitted up against KillerHurtz.

Rhino vs. KillerHurtz

One of the impacts Rhino endured from KillerHurtz moved the master power switch to the off position, leaving KillerHurtz to win by KO and Rhino earned 3rd place in the gigabot division.

Gigabot Royal Rumble

Rhino returned for the Gigabot Royal Rumble at the end of the tournament. This was won by Razer.

Las Vegas 1999[]

Rhino vs. Ronin


Rhino gets lifted by Ronin.


Rhino in the red square at the 1999 Las Vegas event.

After receiving a bye in round the Round of 32, Rhino eventually faced Ronin. For most of the match, Rhino kept hitting Ronin with its pneumatic spike. Ronin was able to lift Rhino at one point, but was pushed against the spikestrip by Rhino. The time ran out soon after and Rhino won on a 8-1 judges' decision. This win put Rhino to the quarter-finals, where it faced Nightmare.

Rhino vs. Nightmare

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Nightmare tears off Rhino's spike.

This fight started with Rhino trying to line up at Nightmare, whilst staying just out of reach of the spinning disc. This was easily done as Rhino was considerably faster than Nightmare. Nightmare kept on turning to face Rhino, though, and eventually the robots met. The attacks came fast and powerful, somehow in the carnage, Rhino had managed to puncture Nightmare's left side wheel and Nightmare had torn into Rhino's thick armor. Nightmare had left behind some pretty nasty dents, gashes, broken bolts and had ripped off the front of Rhino's spear. Nightmares weapon motor was shifted back and the weapon weakened. Any more hits on Rhino from Nightmare's disk and the chain could have come off. Somehow, the other drive motor went Nightmare's wheel (oddly, not the side with the punctured tire). Nightmare could now only drive in a circle with just one drive motor on a flat tire. Nightmare got caught in a bad situation where it was too close to the arena saws and, not wanting Rhino to pin him against them, Nightmare drove backwards over the saws. This caused only minor cosmetic damage to the rear end. Nightmare's disk continued spinning, but it only had a limited time as the motor starts to overheat. The disk, (being on the whole time), was down to about 75% power towards the end. Meanwhile, Rhino was suffering because of the damage done by Nightmare and the two machines limped around each other for the last minute, with nothing else really going on, and the time ran out. Rhino won on a 7-2 judges' decision and advanced to the semi-finals, where it faced Vlad the Impaler again.

Rhino vs. Vlad the Impaler

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Vlad flips Rhino against the spikestrip.

Both machines drove straight at each other, with Vlad the Impaler failing to lift Rhino with its forks and Rhino making a hole in the front of Vlad with its spike. Vlad the Impaler made a second attempt to lift Rhino, allowing Rhino to attack with its spike again. After trading blows with Rhino, Vlad took damage from the killsaws, but reversed out of danger and finally managed to get underneath Rhino and carry it into the spikestrip. Rhino drove away, but Vlad the Impaler caught up and flipped Rhino over. Vlad lifted the overturned Rhino and rammed it into the spikestrip again, with Rhino escaping and attacking the rear of Vlad with its spike. Vlad turned around and lifted Rhino once again, placing it on its side against the arena wall, immobilizing it. Vlad freed Rhino with seven seconds remaining, but Rhino failed to attack with the little time it had. Vlad the Impaler won on a unanimous 9-0 judges' decision and Rhino was eliminated from the tournament.

Heavyweight Royal Rumble

Rhino again participated the Heavyweight Royal Rumble at the end of the tournament. This time, Rhino lost out to BioHazard.

Season 1.0[]

Super Rhino vs. DooAll

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DooAll drives over Super Rhino.

Now named Super Rhino, Inertia Labs' robot returned for Season 1.0 of the televised show. After receiving a first round bye, Super Rhino faced DooAll in the quarter-finals. In the match, DooAll kept driving over Super Rhino and the time ran out soon after. DooAll won on a close 5-4 judges' decision and Super Rhino was eliminated once again.

Superheavyweight Royal Rumble

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Super Rhino gets shoved with Ronin courtesy of Minion.

Super Rhino also participated in the Superheavyweight Royal Rumble at the end of the tournament. In the beginning, Super Rhino got a little nudge on the rear from S.L.A.M. and got its spike into Odin and Grendel. However, Minion started pushing Ronin, along with Super Rhino, and shoved it against the exit ramp. Super Rhino was left there for the entire rumble and the time ran shortly after. Minion was declared the winner of the superheavyweight rumble.

Competitive Wins/Losses[]

  • Wins: 9
  • Losses: 4

Exhibition Wins/Losses[]

  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 3

Total Wins/Losses[]

  • Wins: 9
  • Losses: 7
Competition Wins Losses
Long Beach 1999 S.L.A.M.
Vlad the Impaler
Razer (Rumble)
Las Vegas 1999 Ronin
Vlad the Impaler
BioHazard (Rumble)
Season 1.0 None DooAll
Minion (Rumble)

Mark Beiro Introductions[]

"From Sausalito, California, weighing in at 208 pounds with a number 3 ranking and from the creative mind of Alexander Rose and supported by Team Rhino. Introducing RHINO!"


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