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Not to be confused with lightweight entrant Stinger or the British Robot Wars Grand Finalist.

Stinger: The Killer Bee (shortened to Stinger for the 2015 competition) is a heavyweight robot from Team PlumbCrazy which competed in the first two seasons of ABC BattleBots.

The robot shares its name with the team's entry for BattleBots 2009 in Vallejo California. Stinger: The Killer Bee did decently in competition, winning two fights before losing to eventual runner-up Root Canal.

Sewer Snake still competes, winning numerous competitions and awards. This performance has earned it a place in the Combat Robot Hall of Fame. It was replaced by a new heavyweight called Evil Plunger, but has since returned to competition.

Team PlumbCrazy entered the ABC reboot of BattleBots with a brand new version of Stinger: The Killer Bee equipped with new weapon attachments (including an anti-spinner configuration and a set of forks inspired by Evil Plunger) and a flamethrower. This new version of Stinger did much better, reaching the quarter-finals before losing to Bronco in incredible fashion.

In Season 2, Stinger did decently, making it to the Round of 32 before losing to Mega Tento in a split decision. Neither Stinger nor the Maxhams would appear in Discovery Season 3 or 4.

For Season 5, however, Team PlumbCrazy's Matt and Wendy Maxham joined Team Robotic Death Company and Gigabyte, and Matt would become weapons operator. The Maxhams would continue their involvement with Robotic Death Company in Season 6, where the team would oversee Gigabyte and Cobalt.

Robot History

ABC Season 1

Stinger vs. Captain Shrederator

Stinger flips Captain Shrederator.

Stinger's first match was against Captain Shrederator. For this match, it had a ramp with two antenna like extensions. In the match, Captain Shrederator started spinning and managed to land hits on Stinger's wedge, sending sparks flying. Stinger was unaffected by the attacks and managed to use it's lifter to get under Captain Shrederator and flipped it upside down where it could not self right. Captain Shrederator was knocked out after just over a minute, and Stinger advanced to the Round of 16, where it faced Warhead.

Stinger vs. Warhead

Stinger flips Warhead against the screws.

For this match, it had ramp with the top panel attached to it. The first hit flipped Warhead over and Stinger pushed Warhead upside down to the screws, briefly re-righting it before being pushed into the pulverizers. Stinger then flipped Warhead again and forced it into the wall, but Warhead managed to right itself with its dome and was able to cause some minor damage to Stinger's rear-right tire and the sides of its flipping panel with the dome before time ran out. Stinger won on a unanimous 3-0 judges' decision and advanced to the quarter-finals, where it faced Bronco.

Stinger vs. Bronco

Bronco flips Stinger.

In this fight, Stinger used a three-pronged lifter, much like Stinger's default two-pronged lifter with the idea that it would provide the best chance at getting underneath Bronco. In this match, both robots went straight at each other and Stinger's front prongs on its lifting arm hit a seam in the floor, allowing Bronco to give Stinger a small pop from its flipping arm. Bronco tries to flip Stinger again, but it flipped itself onto the screws. While Stinger continues to struggle with the design of its lifter's prongs, Bronco used its flipper to get off the screws but lands upside down on the floor. Bronco self-rights before Stinger started pushing and lifting Bronco and sprayed fire underneath Bronco. Bronco drove itself onto the killsaws and flips Stinger onto its back. Bronco bumps into the killsaws again and flips Stinger back onto its feet. After this, Bronco got underneath the front of Stinger and flipped it against the corner of the BattleBox, snapping the lifting arm's sprocket. Bronco got underneath the rear of Stinger and flipped it out of the BattleBox for an automatic KO. This meant that Stinger was eliminated from the tournament.

Stinger vs. Bull Dog vs. Splatter

Stinger pushes Bull Dog against Splatter.

Stinger also participated in a three bot rumble with Bull Dog and Splatter. This time, Stinger used the two pronged lifter that it has in its official photo. After Stinger and Splatter worked together to destroy Bulldog, Stinger lighting Bulldog on fire, and Splatter pushing Bulldog into the killsaws, it was Stinger vs Splatter. In the end, Stinger beat Splatter and was declared the winner of the rumble.

Stinger: The Killer Bee was scheduled 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

Stinger vs. Nightmare

Stinger flips Nightmare.

Stinger's first match in Season 2 was against Nightmare. For this match, it had a ramp with two antenna like extensions and just four wheels. 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, picked it up with the antenna-like extensions and flipped it onto its back. Nightmare couldn't self-right as one of the sensors for the self-righting arms had broken lose, giving a false reading, thus disabling the pin on that side and preventing it from being removed. Stinger tried to help, but Nightmare was already being counted out and Stinger got the win by a quick KO in under a minute. After the match ended, an autographed piece of Stinger was given to Jim Smentowski as a souvenir. This win put Stinger into the Round of 32 as a No.5 seed again, where it faced the No.28 seed Mega Tento.

Stinger vs. Mega Tento

Stinger lifts Mega Tento but overbalances

For this match, Stinger added a minibot called Flinger to join it as well as going back to having six wheels and its two-pronged liftng arm as the team had fried the motor used for its three-pronged lifting arm in attempting to self-right, which failed. The match started out rather well for Stinger as it was able to push Mega Tento around and fend off the drum on the back. Mega Tento continued to attack with the drum and Stinger tried to flip Mega Tento over but was unsuccessful. Stinger pushed Mega Tento into the wall, bending the sandbox shell. Unfortunately, the very design of Mega Tento meant that the weight was on the back wheels rather than the front skids, preventing Stinger from getting any adequate lift with its lifting arm. Mega Tento eventually escaped and snapped the axle from one Stinger's wheels. Stinger hit a seam in the Battlebox floor then tried Mega Tento again but to no avail once more. Mega Tento managed to send Stinger flying but neither robot was able to do much before time ran out. The judges awarded a split decision in favor of Mega Tento, eliminating Stinger from the tournament.

Stinger vs. Lock-Jaw vs. Ghost Raptor

Stinger wasn't finished yet as it participated in a small rumble with Lock-Jaw and Ghost Raptor. In the beginning, Stinger lost two tires seemingly placed where the center wheels would go before taking aim at Ghost Raptor. Stinger was then flipped by Lock-Jaw but promptly self-righted. Eventually, Stinger was flipped by Lock-Jaw again but after self-righting, lost a tire, reducing its mobility. Ghost Raptor eventually stopped working and Lock-Jaw flipped Stinger on its plow once more before time ran out. The judges awarded a unanimous decision to Lock-Jaw.

This was Stinger's last appearance in BattleBots, as Team PlumbCrazy would not return for Season 3 or 4, and would team up with Robotic Death Company from Season 5.

Wins/Losses

  • Wins: 7
  • Losses: 5
Competition Wins Losses
BattleBots Pro Champion Ship 2009

Bender

Counter Revolution

Breaker Box(Grudge match)

SubZero

Root Canal (Heavyweight)

ABC Season 1

Captain Shrederator

Warhead

Bull Dog, Splatter (Exhibition Rumble)

Bronco

ABC Season 2

Nightmare

Mega Tento

Lock-Jaw (Exhibition Rumble)

Faruq Tauheed Introductions

"It's more lethal than a killer bee. So when you see it coming, you'd better watch your aim. Here to take the world by swarm, it's STINGER!"

"Don't be surprised if you break out into hives. It's yellow, it's black and it's about to attack. Give it up for the killer bee of bots, STINGER!"

"It flies like a butterfly, stings like a bee. Is it the greatest of all time? We'll see. Say hello to STINGER!"

"Every breath you take, every move you make, he'll be wrecking you. It's STINGER!"

"Black and yellow, black and yellow! You know what it is. Wasp out! You're about to "bee" stung! It's STINGER!"

"If this bot were a rock band, it would be called Bruce Stingsteen and the Bee Street Band. Who's the boss? It's STINGER!"


Trivia

  • Matt Maxham attended filming for Comedy Central BattleBots in 2001, and was inspired there to build his own robot.
  • Stinger is one of three robots to appear in a more recent Pizza Hut commercial. The other two are Bronco and Lock-Jaw.
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