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Not to be confused with the lightweight robot which competed in Season 3.0 of Comedy Central BattleBots.

Tantrum is a heavyweight robot built by Seems Reasonable Robotics, which has competed in every season of the BattleBots reboot since Discovery Season 3. It is the current heavyweight BattleBots champion.

In its debut year, Tantrum was four-wheeled robot armored in 1/2" AR400 steel, and was equipped with a spring-powered flipping arm boasting 9,000lbs of pressure, and fists on either side. Its drive was relatively unique as its custom-molded wheels also housed planetary gears for the drive motors.

Team captain Aren Hill stated this iteration of the bot took around two and a half years from concept to a finished product. It struggled in its debut season of BattleBots, only winning once against Battle Royale With Cheese, and losing two other matches.

For Discovery Season 4, Tantrum gained some new upgrades, including but not limited to wedges at the front, and a newly-shaped body to accommodate its more potent primary weapon. Replacing the titanium flipper was a unique kinetic weapon - a spinning disc which could move back and forth, essentially "punching" an opponent if they got too close. Tantrum did slightly better in the 2019 season, going 2-2 in Fight Night. However, its weapon was largely ineffective and internal issues cost it in several battles. As such, Tantrum failed to make the main tournament.

A look inside a wheel of the first Tantrum build.

Returning for the 2020 season, Tantrum returned with its punching weaponry once again, now at a more downward angle to hit lower. It sported a slightly more refined chassis and a dedicated self-righter on the back. Tantrum also had a hinged wedge to the front, which was interchangeable with forks, and the fists boasted flamethrowers. This proved to be Tantrum's best performance yet as it went 2-1 in the Fight Night rounds and progressed all the way to the last four, where it lost to eventual champion End Game in the semi-finals, falling just short of the Championship decider.

An inside look at Nugget during the 2021 season.

Seems Reasonable Robotics participated in Discovery Season 6 with Tantrum along with a new robot called Blip, a flywheel flipper. Tantrum appeared visually near-identical to the previous season, though its self-righting arms now sported smaller fists made from 3D-printed thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) rather than being machined. The rails supporting its signature punching drum were made stronger, now manufactured from S7 tool steel. The drum itself could also now spin at up to 8,500rpm.

For the 2021 season, Aren Hill transferred captainship of the bot to teammates Alex Grant and Ginger Schmidt, so Aren himself could captain Blip. He also confirmed Tantrum would be driven by Dillon Carey, who was present with Tantrum in the 2019 and 2020 seasons. The main bot was accompanied by a minibot called Nugget in some fights, which served primarily as something to high-center opponents and serve as a distraction. Boasting a powerful drive train relative to its weight and magnets to keep it grounded, Nugget was built by Seems Reasonable Robotics' James Doherty and William Stanley.[1] Tantrum opened its season with a dominant display over Malice before backing it up with a come-from-behind win over Lucky in a rematch from the 2019 season. It then went to continue throughout the matches undefeated, eventually beating Witch Doctor in the Championship decider to earn their first Giant Nut. Alongside a handful of other robots from the season, Tantrum made an appearance as a static display at a live premiere of the tournament conclusion in San Jose, California.

Tantrum returned for BattleBots: Champions, automatically qualifying for the Golden Bolt episode as the most recent Giant Nut winner of the reboot era.

Robot History[]

Discovery Season 3[]

Tantrum vs. Battle Royale with Cheese

Tantrum's spatula attachment with kitchen utensils.

Tantrum takes Battle Royale With Cheese to the screws.

Tantrum's first match was against Battle Royale With Cheese. Before the match, the team added an additional wedge plate on the flipper which resembled a spatula and decorative kitchen utensils on its fists. The match started off well for Tantrum as its opponent was unable to get its weapon going and was able to flip Battle Royale With Cheese almost immediately. Tantrum pushed Battle Royale With Cheese onto the screws and eventually flipped it back over. However, Tantrum remained in control as Battle Royale With Cheese was having trouble spinning up its weapon, barring one instance where Tantrum intercepted the weapon's motion. Time ran out and Tantrum won on a unanimous 3-0 judges' decision.

Tantrum vs. Mecha Rampage

Mecha Rampage knocks off Tantrum's left fist.

Next up for Tantrum was Mecha Rampage. When the match began, Tantrum was off to a poor start as they lost one of the cosmetic eyes. As the match progressed, Tantrum took another hit that didn't seem to do any major damage. However, Tantrum took another hit from its opponent and lost the left fist. It was also having drive issues resulting from the failed flipper mechanism that in turn pivoted such that the part of the mechanism that rotates with a chain was touching the arena floor. This lifted Tantrum's drive wheels off the arena floor where it couldn't move. Tantrum took a final hit from Mecha Rampage and was counted out, giving Mecha Rampage the win by KO.

Tantrum vs. Tombstone

Tombstone tears a fist away from Tantrum.

Tantrum volunteered to compete in an exhibition match against Tombstone. Before the match, Tantrum's builder Aren Hill agreed to give Tombstone's builder Ray Billings a fist if it managed to break one off as a trophy. Tantrum sported a Push Strike toy of its opponent on its flipping arm, and also had it's left fist recreated by Team Witch Doctor. The match got underway and Tantrum was slow to advance across the BattleBox as only three of its motors were functional going into the fight. By the time it reached Tombstone, Tantrum had its left skeleton fist torn off. Tantrum's armor was doing well to absorb the next hits, but lost the other fist shortly after. This fist embedded itself into the BattleBox, and was highlighted by Chris and Kenny after the fight. Tantrum was not able to move as it had a speed controller wire knocked loose and eventually stopped moving. Tantrum desperately move with its flipper. Tantrum was counted out, giving Tombstone the win by KO and a new trophy for Ray Billings.

Discovery Season 4[]

Tantrum vs. Jasper vs. Uppercut

Tantrum punches Jasper while Uppercut suffers from weapon issues.

Tantrum started off its season with an untelevised rumble and fought newcomers Jasper and Uppercut. Tantrum started off strong, getting under Jasper and pushing them into the arena barrier before getting them hooked on their left side. Tantrum did its best to remove Jasper but was unsuccessful until after Uppercut came in and delivered a big hit. Tantrum finally released Jasper without causing any real damage but Jasper had lost drive and stopped moving. Tantrum then took aim at Uppercut and delivered multiple hits with its punching spinner weapon. After Uppercut had stopped moving, Tantrum continued to drive around, mostly around Uppercut as both opponents had stopped moving and were counted out, giving Tantrum the win by KO.

Tantrum vs. Gemini

Tantrum pops half of Gemini into the air.

Tantrum's next match was against veteran multibot, Gemini. Tantrum went with a more traditional front wedge to deflect blows from Gemini. As the match got underway, Tantrum had little trouble dealing with Gemini as they mostly either bounced off the wedge or went up the wedge and were thrown into the air by its spinning weapon. Tantrum continued its attacks, eventually high-centering the black Gemini robot before taking it out on the red one. However, the red Gemini got the black Gemini free from debris and Tantrum resumed the action. Tantrum managed to throw the red Gemini under the pulverizer before the black Gemini stopped moving. The match went the distance but the judges awarded a 3-0 unanimous decision to Tantrum.

Tantrum vs. Skorpios

Skorpios hammers the top of Tantrum.

Tantrum's next opponent was veteran Skorpios. This time, Tantrum was back to its more typical setup for the fight with its two wedgelets to accompany its spinner. Tantrum got into the match without the ability to do much as their weapon wasn't able to reach Skorpios, which resulted in them having sparks shaved off. Tantrum continued to have trouble making contact with Skorpios at all and consequently couldn't mount much of an offense at all. Still, Tantrum remained mobile for the entire fight, but the judges awarded Skorpios a unanimous 3-0 decision.

Tantrum vs. Yeti

Tantrum is smashed against the rails near the Pulverizer by Yeti.

Next for Tantrum was Greg Gibson and the "Alaskan Assassin" Yeti. Tantrum got off to a bad start as it immediately had it's left fist dislodged by Yeti's and it's far right fork was bent. Nevertheless, Tantrum was doing well to absorb the attacks from Yeti and its front forks served as a shield against Yeti's drum. Tantrum continued to stay squared up to Yeti, of whom was being less aggressive than usual and careful not to drive over Tantrum's weapon. As the fight wore on, Tantrum was backed into a corner of the BattleBox and was left with it's backside exposed to Yeti's drum spinner. Tantrum's rear began taking serious abuse from Yeti, as it was continuously smashed against the rails whilst being pounded by the Pulverizer. Tantrum's bottom plate was starting to suffer damage and was hindering Tantrum's ability to drive. Tantrum was left almost motionless and was counted out, giving Yeti the win by KO.

Tantrum vs. Lucky

Tantrum is flipped by Lucky.

Tantrum is thrown again by Lucky.

Tantrum also fought in an exhibition match against Lucky. Tantrum opted to remove its front wedgelets and just use its spinner for this fight. After a tentative start, this proved to be a poor decision as they were soon tossed by Lucky. Tantrum stayed upright but didn't really have the weapon system to take on Lucky and were tossed again. After a third toss, Tantrum attacked Lucky's side, not causing any major damage. Lucky had been having drive issues from the start of the fight but Tantrum was then tossed over, where it struggled to self-right. Eventually, Tantrum's drum mechanism gave up and caused smoke to pour out. Both robots were counted out, sending the fight to a judges' decision, which ruled in favor of Tantrum.

Discovery Season 5[]

Tantrum vs. Valkyrie

Tantrum pins Valkyrie against the Rails

Tantrum started off its 2020 season with a fight against Leanne Cushing and Valkyrie. The match was off to an okay start as Tantrum pushed Valkyrie around and took only minor damage in return. Tantrum continued to control Valkyrie and managed to disable their opponent's weapon by shoving them into the arena barrier. However, these exchanges made the mechanism that allows Tantrum's weapon to move forward lock up, leaving it only to spin from its starting position. Nevertheless, it continued to control the fight until it became a pushing match which wore down Tantrum's batteries until it was immobile on the arena floor. Tantrum was counted out and Valkyrie took the win by KO.

Tantrum vs. ATOM#94

Tantrum gets thrown the air by ATOM#94's drum.

Tantrum's next fight was against newcomer ATOM#94. Tantrum removed its fists that housed its flames in favor of using the remains to self-right if needed. Tantrum started off very poorly as they were thrown onto their head right into the screws on the first hit. Luckily, Tantrum righted itself and began to take control of the fight by shoving ATOM#94 into the arena barrier, nearly ending up in the screws in the process. With ATOM#94's weapon spinning down, Tantrum continued to control the fight and eventually flipped them over. ATOM#94 was no longer moving and was counted out, giving Tantrum the win by knockout.

Tantrum vs. Gamma 9

Tantrum sends Gamma 9 to the screws.

Tantrum fought Gamma 9 as the final match for their regular season in 2020. Tantrum quickly took advantage of Gamma 9's drive issues by shoving them across the arena but wasn't able to do much damage. Tantrum continued to attack, eventually flipping Gamma 9 over and ripping off their side armor. Gamma 9 righted itself so Tantrum attacked it again, causing additional damage. Finally, after over 2 minutes of attacking, Gamma 9 was suffering from Tantrum's assault and driving in circles. Gamma 9 was counted out with seconds left on the clock, Giving Tantrum the win by KO.

Tantrum vs. Fusion

Tantrum and Fusion come together.

Tantrum managed to get into the Top 32 tournament for the first time seeded the No.18 seed and was pitted against the No.15 seed Fusion. The match began with Tantrum using its speed to get under Fusion, halting Fusion's horizontal spinner against the Tantrum's front. As Fusion turned around to let its horizontal spinner spin up, Tantrum capitalized by shoving Fusion against the rails. Backing away from Fusion's vertical spinner, Tantrum turned to its side and lands a hard driving punch to Fusion. Fusion moved away and turned 360 degrees that caused it to balance on its rear end from the angular momentum of its weapon. Tantrum went in for a huge weapon collision which sent Fusion flying into the side of the Box, causing Tantrum's weapon mount to nearly come out of its track in the exchange. With Fusion pinned against the wall, Tantrum still managed to spin up its weapon despite being bent. Tantrum backs off and chases an inverted Fusion before taking a hard shot that temporarily leaves Tantrum motionless.

Tantrum wears the flaming Fusion like a hat.

After crab-walking temporarily, Tantrum slammed into Fusion, throwing them off-balance before taking another hard shot. Tantrum raised it's self-righter and broke free from it's drive issues, as both robots' primary weapons stopped spinning, with Tantrum's suffering from a damaged speed controller. Tantrum charged at Fusion, who became stuck on top of Aren Hill's machine, and burst into flames. Tantrum carried Fusion around the BattleBox for a while until the bots were manually separated as the fight was temporarily halted. Information from the teams and production was conflicting, but Fusion was extinguished and the bots were separated. This was cut from the TV airing of the fight. Regardless, Fusion was now immobile and was counted out, giving Tantrum the win by KO and a spot into the Top 16.

Tantrum vs. Bloodsport

Tantrum is clipped by Bloodsport.

Tantrum then faced No.2 seed Bloodsport in the Round of 16, who had opted for the "THICC bar" which saw them beat End Game earlier in the season. The fight started with Bloodsport attempting to find space to spin up to speed, but Tantrum chased them down. Bloodsport inevitably did spin up, but the first meaningful impact saw their own wedgelets be ripped away. Tantrum was able to tank the glancing hits Bloodsport gave, but persisted in chasing its opponent and prevent it from spinning up to full speed. It then held Bloodsport against the side of the box, getting in underneath and pinning it momentarily. Tantrum's drum was spinning, but had yet to land a punch on Bloodsport. It got underneath Bloodsport again, attempted to hold the No.2 seed against the wall, and then rammed it against the red square's screws. Bloodsport escaped and finally got up to speed, but took a hit from the pulverizer after being coerced into the corner by Tantrum. Aren Hill's machine held Bloodsport under the hammer and allowed it to deliver blows to their self-righting pole, bending it out of shape in the process. With under a minute to go, Tantrum chased Bloodsport around the box and continued to smother its attempts to spin up. A wheel then fell out of Bloodsport, allowing Tantrum to pin it under the opposite pulverizer for the remaining seconds of the fight. Tantrum won by a 2-1 split decision, and moved on to the final eight.

Tantrum vs. SawBlaze

Tantrum kicks SawBlaze up into the air.

Jamieson Go's SawBlaze awaited Tantrum in the next round, who made a fast start to the fight, rushing over to Tantrum's square. Tantrum drove to the center of the box and SawBlaze drove over it, taking a small hit from the drum in the process. SawBlaze's front prongs began to wheelie, but still managed to get underneath Tantrum and activate the flamethrower. Tantrum slipped away however, and took advantage of having the lower ground clearance, attacking SawBlaze head on. It then landed a punch with its drum, popping SawBlaze into the air. Struggling to get its own primary weapon into play however, Tantrum was able to outdrive SawBlaze, using its agility to pin its opponent against the screws and hold it upside-down. SawBlaze used the arm to self-right, but Tantrum again was able to slide underneath the three front prongs and render the hammer saw useless. Now halfway through the fight, Tantrum pinned SawBlaze against the wall, right in front of Jamieson Go and his team. Tantrum took the opportunity to spin its drum up to speed and deliver a punch, but this only freed SawBlaze and did not cause visible damage. Tantrum remained aggressive, overturning SawBlaze several times in the closing moments and ripping a panel away from the underside. In the closing moments however, SawBlaze managed to grip Tantrum and landed two lasting hits on its opponent. The fight went to the judges, and Tantrum won by a unanimous decision.

Tantrum vs. End Game

End Game throws Tantrum into the arena barrier.

Next up for Tantrum was New Zealand's End Game. The fight started with Tantrum on the attack, getting around to End Game's side and ramming it into the corner. But despite trying to punch with its weapon, it failed to make the desired impact and End Game recovered. Tantrum then slid under End Game's front forks and punched more successfully, sending sparks flying on impact. It backed away for a run up, and shoved End Game into the wall again. Unfortunately for Tantrum however, smoke began to billow from the top of the robot and the weapon came to a halt. The speed controller powering the weapon and srimech had died, though Tantrum was not deterred. With a place in the final at stake, Tantrum again got underneath End Game, but retreated to the center of the box. End Game began to deliver glancing hits to Tantrum's chassis, one of which ripped a fork clean off, and then hit Tantrum with a deadly and decisive uppercut, flipping it over. Unable to self-right due to damage sustained to its speed controller earlier in the fight, Tantrum was counted out, and its tournament run was over.

Discovery Season 6[]

Tantrum vs. Malice

Tantrum threatens to land another punch on a weaponless Malice.

Malice continues to be harassed by Tantrum.

Tantrum began its 2021 campaign with a fight against Malice. For the battle, Malice opted for their newest disc, Rolling Blackout. The fight began with Malice charging at Tantrum. However, it was Malice who was thrown across the BattleBox and its weapon slammed into the floor. From that point, Malice's weapon was no longer working and Tantrum took full advantage, punching it into the barrier before landing several more punches with their 18lb drum spinner. Tantrum was also able to win the pushing battle and remained on Malice's tail, tossing it into the air once again. Malice found itself stuck in the corner of the BattleBox momentarily, but in an act of sportsmanship, Tantrum's new driver Dillon Carey freed them to continue the fight. It then rammed Malice back into the corner and grinded against their chassis. Tantrum sent Malice to the Upper Deck's screws and remained aggressive for the remainder of the battle, eventually winning on a unanimous judges' decision.

Tantrum vs. Lucky

Tantrum gets launched by Lucky early on.

Tantrum becomes stuck on the arena barrier.

Tantrum targets Lucky's exposed wheels.

Tantrum turns the screw on Lucky.

Tantrum's second fight was a rematch from a 2019 exhibition match against Lucky. They introduced its minibot Nugget for this fight, and led with two front forks rather than its plow. However, Lucky was able to get underneath Tantrum in the opening seconds, showing aggression from the off as it threw Tantrum around the BattleBox at will, even getting it stuck on the arena barrier at one stage. However, Tantrum was then allowed to get back into the fight and landed a few hits of their own, which deformed the front of Lucky's weapon. Tantrum then honed in on Lucky's exposed wheels and tore a few tires away from their hubs as it flipped the Canadian bot over. Lucky self-righted but was taken to the Upper Deck, where Tantrum punched into their side armor and loosened a protective panel before sending it to the side of the arena, where it was counted out. Lucky was immobilized, giving Tantrum the win by KO and pushing it to 2-0 for the season.[2]

Tantrum vs. Gigabyte

Gigabyte and Tantrum meet in the BattleBox.

Damage to Tantrum after its Gigabyte encounter.

Seeded No.11 for the championship tournament, Tantrum faced No.22 seed Gigabyte in the Top 32. As the fight began, Tantrum box-rushed Gigabyte as it attempted to spin up, but drove into the barrier and took a glancing shot from Gigabyte's shell. Gigabyte's fork attachment then got underneath Tantrum, but lacked the pushing power to take full advantage. Tantrum coerced Gigabyte into the short corner momentarily, but escaped as both robots were thrown in opposite directions on impact. This caused Gigabyte's attachment to snap off but it was otherwise unharmed. Tantrum took its opponent back to the short corner as it was momentarily unbalanced and had to right itself. It pinned John Mladenik's bot against the wall, but backed away. Gigabyte was unbalanced again and Tantrum was able to maneuvre it to the Upper Deck, where Gigabyte settled and took the opportunity to spin back up to speed. Gigabyte threw itself off the hazard and into Tantrum in an impact which sent the shell spinner twisting through the air but more crucially, tore a wheel away from Tantrum. With its mobility hampered, Gigabyte was offered more time and space to spin up and landed big hits to Tantrum in the second half of the fight, warping parts of its frame. However, Gigabyte's shell eventually ground to a halt and Tantrum was able to get underneath, regaining control of the fight, and delivering a series of shots with the punching spinner. Both robots were visibly wounded as the fight went the judges, who ruled in favor of Tantrum.

Tantrum vs. Rotator

Tantrum and Rotator face off.

Rotator assaults Tantrum in the short corner.

The knockout shot.

Tantrum met Victor Soto and Rotator in the Top 16. Rotator led with its hinged forks, but Tantrum was able to get to the side of them and rammed Rotator into the wall. Rotator spun around to hit the front of Tantrum before driving away, and then Tantrum rode up their forks. However, they were able to escape before Victor Soto could take full advantage of the situation. Both bots returned to the center of the BattleBox and Rotator spun to deliver a swipe to the front of Tantrum and then to the side. With a well-timed punch, Tantrum upended its opponent, which bounced off its forks and landing against the Upper Deck. Now inverted, Rotator was chewed up by the screws and eventually lifter atop the platform, where it took the opportunity to spin back up to speed. Rotator exited the Upper Deck and threw itself into Tantrum, now hitting higher than before. After a collision sent both robots in opposite directions, Tantrum appeared to have lost drive on one side as it struggled to escape the short corner. However, a chain for the srimech had snapped and was stuck underneath the robot, high-centering it momentarily, although the mechanism was still functional. [3] Tantrum used its fists to lift its back end off the floor and suddenly became free, much to the surprise of Victor Soto who drove Rotator weapon-first into the wall. However, Tantrum again became stuck and this time, Rotator took advantage, attacking its opponent before damaging the self-righter. Despite this, Tantrum's srimech stayed functional. Both bots went weapon to weapon in the short corner as Tantrum was mobile again. Tantrum pinned Rotator against the side of the Upper Deck for a brief moment, but Rotator continued to dish out heavy hits to the front of Tantrum. However, the tides suddenly turned as Tantrum pinned Rotator again, this time with its drum spinning, and peeled away part of its front armor. Rotator escaped the corner but Tantrum gave chase, ramming Rotator into the wall and sending it flying out of the arena, marking a come-from-behind victory for Tantrum and a place in the final eight.

Tantrum vs. Cobalt

Cobalt's forks are bent upwards by Tantrum.

Tantrum pins Cobalt against the rails.

Tantrum throws Cobalt out of the arena.

An alternative angle of the OOTA.

In the quarter-finals, Tantrum now faced Cobalt, fresh off its win over last season's runner-up Whiplash. Tantrum swapped out the front wedge for its forks for this battle, which allowed it enough weight for minibot Nugget to make a return. As Cobalt spun up to speed and entered the center of the BattleBox, it was circled by Tantrum who looked for an early opening. Tantrum's front forks lifted those of Cobalt, allowing it to drive its oppent into the rails and land a couple of punches with the drum spinner. Pinning Cobalt against the Upper Deck, Tantrum dealt another few punched which peeled up the leading edges of Cobalt's forks, rendering them useless. Matt Maxham drove away but parts of the robot were strewn across the floor with little chance of getting its vertical spinner into play. Both robots engaged in a pushing match followed by a period where they evaded one another, but Cobalt's side lifted off the floor as it turned and Tantrum capitalized, pressing it against the rails and grinding its drum on the underside of its opponent. Tantrum then reversed a few inches and rammed it again. This move sent Cobalt bouncing up and, with the help of their own vertical spinner, flying out of the arena.

Tantrum vs. Hydra

Hydra faces Tantrum.

Tantrum slips its forks underneath Hydra.

Tantrum slips its forks underneath Hydra.

One of Hydra's many flips on Tantrum.

Tantrum pins Hydra against the wall in the closing moments.

With another win under its belt, Tantrum advanced to the semi-finals for the second straight season. Standing in their way of a place in the final was Jake Ewert and Hydra, who eliminated the team's second robot Blip in its previous fight. Tantrum was again equipped with its front forks was accompanied by Nugget. As the fight began, Tantrum immediately got its left-side fork lodged in the killsaw slot and Hydra took advantage, getting a small flip in early. Tantrum self-righted and teased Hydra into misfiring, opting to circle its opponent who misfired for a second time. Dillon Carey drove Tantrum up the top of Hydra as it looked for an opening, and Hydra missed with its flipper once again. Tantrum then drove directly into the front of Hydra, getting underneath with one fork but not the other. As Hydra flipped, both robots were locked in an embrace momentarily before landing upright. Tantrum danced around Hydra again but Jake Ewert managed to throw Tantrum through the air several times. Tantrum was unharmed, however, and continued to remain aggressive, getting around to the side of Hydra and landing a blow against its skirts, ripping several off in the process. Hydra chucked Tantrum over again in retaliation, who righted and baited Hydra into another missed flip. This exact exchange repeated before Tantrum pushed Hydra back and pinned it in the corner of the BattleBox, thrusting its drum mechanism forwards and grating the front of its opponent. Following another flip, Hydra's arm appeared to be stuck open and Tantrum drove up their wedge, punching against the underside of Hydra's arm. Jake Ewert improvised and clamped down on Tantrum before throwing it over again. However, its arm appeared relucant to retract properly and Tantrum took advantage, tearing a piece away before snapping the tip of the flipper. It rode up the front of Hydra again in the closing moments as Hydra twice missed, but then dealt the final attack of the match as it launched Tantrum, who bounced into the screws on landing. The fight went to the judges, and Tantrum advanced to the Championship fight on a 2-1 split decision.

Tantrum vs. Witch Doctor

Tantrum buckles Witch Doctor's baseplate early on.

Witch Doctor lands on top of Tantrum's punching drum.

Tantrum watches on as Witch Doctor struggles to move.

Witch Doctor is counted out with seconds to spare.

Tantrum's team hoist the Giant Nut.

Now in the title fight, Tantrum met Andrea and Mike Gellatly's Witch

Doctor. The Championship decider began with both robots attempting to circle the other, as had been Tantrum's tactic in their previous fights. Tantrum then turned into Witch Doctor and slid its forks underneath their front, but hardly engaging with their drum. Mike Gellatly turned to face Tantrum, who raised its fists in response. However, Witch Doctor was partially high-centered on part of their own baseplate, which had peeled downwards after this seemingly minor exchange. Unaware of the damage, Tantrum driver Dillon Carey took advantage and got to the rear of Witch Doctor, shoving it into the housing for the screws and balancing its opponent on its side. Witch Doctor recovered, landing on Tantrum's drum which saw sparks fly. Tantrum retreated as it became more clear that Witch Doctor's entire right side was off the BattleBox floor, before coming back in to attack. Tantrum was able to land several punches which broke parts of their skeletal armor before attacking the underbelly of Witch Doctor again. A chain then fell out of Witch Doctor, whose left-front wheel had now also been chewed up. Still wary of the 2019 season runner-up's primary weapon, Tantrum attempted to swing around to the sides of its opponent again, but got around to the back and punched the rear armor of Witch Doctor. Tantrum then used its momentum to ram it into the screws, which upended Witch Doctor momentarily. Witch Doctor self-righted, but found itself back in the red starting square once more. Tantrum pinned its opponent against the wall and tried to bring its drum into play, but it appeared to be no longer spinning on its mechanism. As Witch Doctor tried to escape the wall, referee John Remar threatened to count them out if they could not show translational movement. With thirty seconds to go, Tantrum shoved Witch Doctor to the corner as it could only drive in arcs. Witch Doctor was counted out and Tantrum's victory of the 2021 season was confirmed as Seems Reasonable Robotics were awarded the Giant Nut.

BattleBots: Champions[]

Tantrum vs. TBD

As the newly-crowned champion, Tantrum returned for the final episode of BattleBots: Champions, joined by former Giant Nut winners and the five Sin City Slugfest champions.


Discovery Season 3
Fight Nights
Fight Night vs. Battle Royale With Cheese Won (JD)
Fight Night vs. Mecha Rampage Lost (KO)
Exhibition Matches
Exhibition Match vs. Tombstone Lost (KO)
Discovery Season 4
Fight Nights
Fight Night (Untelevised) vs. Jasper, Uppercut Won (KO)
Fight Night vs. Gemini Won (KO)
Fight Night vs. Skorpios Lost (JD)
Fight Night vs. Yeti Lost (KO)
Exhibition Matches
Exhibition Match vs. Lucky Won (Double KO, JD)
Discovery Season 5
Fight Nights
Fight Night vs. Valkyrie Lost (KO)
Fight Night vs. ATOM#94 Won (KO)
Fight Night vs. Gamma 9 Won (KO)
Top 32
18th Seed
Round of 32 vs. Fusion (15) Won (KO)
Round of 16 vs. Bloodsport (2) Won (Split JD)
Round of 8 vs. SawBlaze (7) Won (JD)
Semi-Final vs. End Game (6) Lost (KO)
Discovery Season 6
Fight Nights
Fight Night vs. Malice Won (JD)
Fight Night vs. Lucky Won (KO)
Top 32
11th Seed
Round of 32 vs. Gigabyte (22) Won (JD)
Round of 16 vs. Rotator (6) Won (KO)
Round of 8 vs. Cobalt (14) Won (KO)
Semi-Final vs. Hydra (31) Won (Split JD)
Final vs. Witch Doctor (24) Won (KO)
BattleBots: Champions
Golden Bolt Tournament
Qualified as Giant Nut winner


  • Wins: 16
  • Losses: 6
Competition Wins Losses
Discovery Season 3 Battle Royale With Cheese (Undercard Match)

Mecha Rampage (Undercard Match)

Tombstone (Exhibition Match)

Discovery Season 4 Uppercut & Jasper (Untelevised Undercard Rumble)

Gemini (Undercard Match)

Lucky (Exhibition Match)

Skorpios (Undercard Match)

Yeti (Undercard Match)

Discovery Season 5 ATOM#94 (Undercard Match)

Gamma 9 (Undercard Match)




Valkyrie (Undercard Match)

End Game

Discovery Season 6 Malice (Undercard Match)

Lucky (Undercard Match)





Witch Doctor

BattleBots: Champions TBD TBD

Faruq Tauheed Introductions[]

"It'll make you a bigger crybaby than Tom Brady! Aw come on, you think I care if Boston fans hate me? It's TANTRUM!"

"Knock knock. (Who's there?) Boo. (Boo who?) Open the door and I'll give you somethin' to cry about. It's TANTRUM!"

"Get ready to get slapped around 'till you cry I'm so.....*sobbing* scared *sobbing*  It's TANTRUM!"

"Throwing a fit until other bots quit. It's going to lower the boom or get sent to its room. It's TANTRUM!"

"It might have a baby face, but it's armed with some adult teeth. There's nothing minor about this meltdown, son. It's TANTRUM!"

"This bots battle cry is gimme gimme gimme, my my my! It needs to go to the naughty chair, but it won't stay there. It's TANTRUM!"

"This bot never quits and it throws giant fits. It'll scream and hit the floor like a six year old in a toy story. But mommy, mommy, I want more. It's TANTRUM!"

"Throwing a fit until other bots quit. It's going to give you the boom or get sent to its room. It's TANTRUM!"

"This bot packs a punch like bottomless mimosa brunch. It's TANTRUM!"

"It's got the fist of rage to split your face. Give it up for TANTRUM!"

"When you throw a tantrum, you'll scream and cry, but when you throw down with this Tantrum, you'll bleed and die. If you wanna feel that championship glory, you'll have to contend with his little fist of fury. It's TANTRUM!"

""From Cambridge, Massachusetts, the only pacifier for this bot is murder. It's TANTRUM!"

"Aren's new bot bit the dust but his squad's got the trump card. Ginger and Alex will make Jake's bot break and toss it right in the junkyard. Revenge is a dish best served for clenched fists and this team's ready to pound. They're not afraid of the son of the Son of Whyachi and tonight, the son goes down. It's TANTRUM!"

"This team's been humble in victory and they've never been conceded. But they've had plenty of practice since they haven't been defeated. It's one thing to prepare for the title to face the final boss, but they're the only bot here who has gone an entire distance without a loss. They beat Malice in their first fight sent bunny running through the field. Then smashed a mirror over Lucky's head and kept them even killed. Next, they took on Gigabyte, a legendary bot, took that giant hockey puck and bounced it all across the Box. They've made Rotator do a 360 and walked right out the door. Then dominated Cobalt and moved into the Top 4. Ran their win streak to six against Hydra, then they're walking with a strut as they get ready to use those tiny hands to hoist the Giant Nut. Give it up for TANTRUM!"

See Also[]


  • Tantrum has sported the exact same S7 tool steel drum weapon throughout the 2019, 2020 and 2021 BattleBots seasons, as well as throughout King of Bots as Boxing Champion.
  • Ginger Schmidt became the first female captain to win the Giant Nut as she and co-captain Alex Grant led Tantrum to the 2021 Championship.
  • According to Aren Hill, the 2021 season was originally set to be Tantrum's final competition. Though unconfirmed, this will likely not be the case following its title-winning success.[4]


  3. Explanation from Dillon Carey in the Out of the Arena Discord server.