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Whiplash is a heavyweight robot built by Team Fast Electric Robots which has competed in every season of the BattleBots reboot since Discovery Season 3.

The successor to Splatter, who fought in the first two seasons of ABC's BattleBots reboot, Whiplash's main weapon was an articulated disc spinner. This consisted of a 22lb spinning disc mounted on an arm which could rotate 180 degrees, meaning it could lift, cause damage and attack from overhead. The arm had forks which were often protected by a wedge so it could be used as a lifter, and it could also use the disc as a makeshift hammer saw weapon, proving one of the most versatile primary weapons in the field. In later seasons, the front wedgelets could be swapped out for hinged forks of various lengths, or simply a flat plow surface depending on their opposition. The team consisted of Jeff Vazquez, who has two decades of experience in the sport, wife Debby and two sons Matthew and Jason Vasquez.

Originally red in color, Whiplash did very well in its debut season, finishing 3-1 in the qualifying rounds and only losing a Main Event to the reigning champion Tombstone. It made it into the Championship Tournament where it defeated Yeti and Bronco in the Round of 16 and quarter-finals respectively, before being destroyed by the former and eventual champion Bite Force in the semi-finals.

For Discovery Season 4, Whiplash was now an electric yellow to suit their new sponsor Meggitt[1] and had a new, more destructive disc. It impressed again, only losing to eventual runner-up Witch Doctor and going 3-1 in Fight Night. After beating HUGE in the Round of 16, the Vazquez family's run came to an abrupt end at the hands of Tombstone in the quarter-finals.

Whiplash in the red square during Discovery Season 5.

Whiplash returned for Discovery Season 5, sporting new wheels and an overhaul on their primary weapon: a new disc and larger lifter gear that was now protected. This version of Whiplash also had an optional plow to put on against horizontal spinners, but came at the cost of their vertical spinner if they wanted to use it. Unlike in previous seasons, Whiplash started on the back foot by losing the very first aired fight of the season to SawBlaze. However, Whiplash would hit an undefeated streak from then on and reached the Championship Final, where it was thrown out of the arena by eventual champion End Game.

Whiplash unveil their newest configuration for Discovery Season 6.

The Vazquez family and Defender's Robert Masek during the 2021 season.

Team Fast Electric Robots came back again for Discovery Season 6 with Whiplash, along with a new robot called Defender, which was designed, built and driven by team member Jason Vasquez. Whiplash now has more configurations to compete against horizontal spnners, on top of the plow which debuted in the 2020 season. This features seven hinged wedgelets at the front to slip underneath opponents similarly to Hydra. While it remained an option and was used in its promotional material for the 2021 season, the disc was never used by Whiplash due to needing armor to take on its hard hitting opponents it faced throughout the 2021 season. Outside of this, the extent of Whiplash's upgrades is unknown. Unlike previous runner-ups, Whiplash began its season by winning consecutive Main Events against Bloodsport and Skorpios. However, after beating Icewave in the Round of 32, Whiplash lost to Cobalt in the Round of 16, eliminating it from the tournament.

Outside of BattleBots, Whiplash also competed at RoboGames 2015 and 2017. While it lost twice in 2015, Whiplash performed really well in its second RoboGames tournament as it reached the Championship Final and finished second overall.

Robot History[]

Discovery Season 3[]

Whiplash vs. Hypothermia

Whiplash knocks out Hypothermia.

Whiplash found itself facing Team Toad's Hypothermia in its first ever BattleBots fight. The match started out poorly for Whiplash as they were quickly pushed up against the screws. Whiplash then started to retaliate with a hit of its own, sending Hypothermia flying. Its 2nd hit tore off one of Hypothermia's wheels, leaving the opponent to drive in circles. Whiplash moved its lifting arm 180 degrees to dish out one last blow before Hypothermia was counted out, allowing Whiplash to advance to the next stage.

Whiplash vs. Mecha Rampage

Whiplash stacks Mecha Rampage against the wall.

Whiplash's next opponent was against Christian Carlberg's Mecha Rampage. For this fight, Whiplash opted to go with a new armor set-up to protect itself from Mecha Rampage's attacks. This proved to work well as they were able to absorb the impacts from its opponent without taking much damage. Additionally, Mecha Rampage's weapon wasn't up to full speed and thus Whiplash was able to pick it up and flip it against the arena barrier under the pulverizer. Mecha Rampage was unable to get down and was counted out, allowing Whiplash to advance.

Whiplash vs. Tombstone

Whiplash is destroyed at the hands of Tombstone.

The extent of Whiplash's damage.

Up next for Whiplash was the reigning champion Tombstone. When the match began, things were mostly looking up for Whiplash as they were withstanding the impacts from Tombstone and sending them flying with each collision. However, that changed as they lost a tire and one of the two front scoops. Even so, they managed to corral Tombstone into the corner and keep them there for a period. When they let go, they took another hit from Tombstone that tore off another wheel. After another hit, Whiplash was left motionless against the arena barrier and smoking. Whiplash was counted out, giving Tombstone the win by KO.

Whiplash vs. Warhead

Warhead sets Whiplash ablaze.

In a last-ditch effort to hopefully make the Top 16, Whiplash was placed against Warhead. As soon as the match began, Whiplash instantly drove out of its square, whilst Warhead assumed chase, trailing after Whiplash. Soon enough, Warhead’s humongous mouth got hold of Whiplash, engulfing Whiplash in a fiery inferno, but Whiplash quickly scurried away. It was Whiplash’s turn to deal some punishment, getting a lift into and leaving Warhead to get shoved across the arena, but fortunately landing upright.

Whiplash flips Warhead over.

Warhead was again in hot pursuit of Whiplash, but because Whiplash was much faster and more agile, it was hard to catch. Warhead tried to retaliate, but was being outpaced by Matt Vazquez and his driving skills. Warhead once again found itself in Whiplash’s grasp, and was violently shoved into the screws, dangerously near to being flipped over, but again, landed upright. Warhead was still spewing flames angrily at his opponent whilst Whiplash was triumphantly bullying Warhead across the BattleBox, thrashing the beast against the arena barrier. Finally, Warhead was tipped over directly in the center of the arena and struggled to self-right. Whiplash went in for another attack, but smoke began to pour out of its chassis, so Whiplash backed off. Warhead was now unable to self-right and was counted out, giving Whiplash the win by KO.

Whiplash vs. Yeti

Yeti rides over the top of Whiplash.

Next up for Whiplash was Yeti. This match was pretty even to start, as both robots met weapon-to-weapon without causing much damage or giving control to their opponent. Whiplash then had the front middle plate of its lifting arm torn off by Yeti's drum but was still able to lift Yeti up and push it around. Both robots then had another weapon-on-weapon brawl before Whiplash hit Yeti hard and disabled their opponent's weapon. Yeti continued to fight so Whiplash got under Yeti again and nearly threw it upside down but Yeti recovered. Whiplash then threw it over before hitting them hard enough to flip them back over. Whiplash managed to get a few hits on Yeti's wheels, bending the hubcaps but not affecting Yeti's mobility at all. However, with fifteen seconds left, smoke began to pour out of Whiplash as its drive motors were burning up, leaving it pretty much immobile near the killsaws. Luckily, there wasn't enough time for a count out, so Whiplash survived to the judges decision, which gave them a 3-0 decision to advance to the quarter-finals, where it faced Bronco.

Whiplash vs. Bronco

Whiplash attacks Bronco from the side.

When the match began, things were off to a great start for Whiplash as they were easily able to take control of Bronco by shoving it around the BattleBox and putting pressure on them up against the arena barrier. When Bronco self-righted, Whiplash was right there waiting for them and proceeded with its next attack, shoving Bronco around again but this time did its best to ensure Bronco had little room to maneuver while in the corner. Whiplash was able to control Bronco a third time before they were tossed over but they quickly self-righted. After a fourth dominant attack, smoke began pouring out of Bronco, whom had no drive power left. Bronco was counted out, giving Whiplash the win by KO to advance to the semi-finals, where it faced Bite Force.

Whiplash vs. Bite Force

Bite Force tears a wheel off.

Bite Force targets the underside of Whiplash.

Early on in this fight, Bite Force gained the upper hand as it landed several blows in quick succession. The front forks were soon bent up on Whiplash as the robot was tossed into the air, jamming the right front wheel. Whiplash continued to take damage and eventually lost both right side tires, leaving them only to drive in circles. After the repeated impacts, Whiplash was still crab walking, but was counted out. Bite Force advanced to the Championship decider and Whiplash was eliminated from the tournament.

Discovery Season 4[]

Whiplash vs. Minotaur

Whiplash strikes the side of Minotaur.

Whiplash's first match of 2019 was against runners-up from 2018, Team Riobotz and Minotaur. This fight also served as a rematch back in 2017 RoboGames. As the match got underway, Whiplash used its driving and weapon arsenal to keep Minotaur's weapon at bay and from reaching top speed. Whiplash continued to control the fight as Minotaur was also having issues getting its weapon to top speed outside of Whiplash's attacks. However, Whiplash eventually lost their lifting arm and were left to continue attacking with their spinning weapon. Luckily, they still had full drive and their front scoops and were still able to control Minotaur, even getting them under the pulverizer. Both robots were hit by the killsaws before time ran out. The judges awarded a unanimous 3-0 decision to Whiplash.

Whiplash vs. Son of Whyachi

Whiplash takes a shot from Son of Whyachi's iconic cage spinner.

Whiplash attempts to get underneath Son of Whyachi.

Whiplash's next opponent was against former champion Son of Whyachi, a rematch with the Ewert family from 2016 with both teams' previous bots. Whiplash was not off to a good start as Whiplash caught a seam in the arena floor and was unable to box rush Son of Whyachi in time. Instead, Whiplash started to take damage, losing the left scoop completely. Even so, Whiplash stayed on Son of Whyachi, working hard to prevent their opponent from having any room to get their weapon going. Whiplash managed to lift Son of Whyachi so that the lifting arm served as a grabber and Whiplash was able to push Son of Whyachi onto the screws before they escaped. Whiplash stayed on top of their opponent, but did not entirely stop Son of Whyachi's weapon. After another hit, Whiplash was able to move in further as Son of Whyachi's weapon had stopped working. This allowed Whiplash to finish what it started earlier as they flipped Son of Whyachi onto its head. Son of Whyachi was unable to right itself and was counted out, giving Whiplash the win by KO.

Whiplash vs. Witch Doctor

Whiplash lifts Witch Doctor against the wall.

Whiplash next faced off against veteran Andrea Gellatly and Witch Doctor. In response, Whiplash opted to swap out its traditional front forks for a wedge plate. When the match got underway, Whiplash was not doing well as they were thrown into the air by Witch Doctor and had its left wedgelet bent up. As the match progressed, Whiplash lost a tire and was pushed into the screws, where it got stuck. Whiplash then used its lifting arm to escape and was pushed into the other set of screws directly next to it, but it escaped. Whiplash continued to fight and managed to flip Witch Doctor over near the screws, but Witch Doctor righted itself and escaped. As Whiplash lifted Witch Doctor up again, the chain for its lifting arm came off, rendering it useless. Making matters worse, Witch Doctor also took out their lifting arm's spinner, leaving Whiplash to try and win a shoving match as Witch Doctor had lost the use of its own weapon. Time ran out and the judges awarded a unanimous 3-0 decision to Witch Doctor.

Whiplash vs. Texas Twister

Whiplash kicks Texas Twister into the air at the opening seconds.

Whiplash was now placed against Fuzzy Mauldin and Texas Twister, serving as a rematch for when they beat Hypothermia. As the match began, Whiplash was quickly on Texas Twister and flipped them over. After a few hits, Texas Twister weapon motor caught fire and had to spin down its weapon, allowing Whiplash to move in for another round of hits. Whiplash then got Texas Twister on the screws, but Texas Twister was able to escape. Whiplash continued to dominate the fight, even using its lifter's spinner to cause damage and rip off the whole rear panel before Texas Twister was motionless. The countdown started while Whiplash tried to take down the drone, but couldn't get it. Regardless, Whiplash won by KO.

Whiplash vs. HUGE

Whiplash manages to control HUGE with its lifter.

Matt Vazquez is able to coerce HUGE into the arena barrier.

Having secured a place in the Top 16 as the No.5 seed, Whiplash was placed against Jonathan Schultz and the No.12 seed, HUGE. Whiplash started off fairly well as they were able to use their lifting arm to attack while also being much lower than HUGE's body. Still, Whiplash managed to lose a tire, but this didn't affect them all that much. Whiplash maintained a lot of control over HUGE by pushing them around and avoiding further damage. Unfortunately, they were also not dishing out much damage either, but they maintained control of the fight until time ran out. The judges awarded Whiplash a 2-1 split decision and a spot in the quarter-finals.

Whiplash vs. Tombstone

Whiplash collides with Tombstone's blade.

Whiplash gets part of its right front rim shaved off.

Whiplash found itself in a revenge fight against Tombstone. Things got off to a bad start as Whiplash immediately had its right wedge ripped off. From there, Whiplash began losing some minor bits and pieces, even getting spun around from the sheer kinetic energy. Whiplash found its left wedge also not in the best shape, having a slice right on the left edge. Whiplash tried keeping its front pointed to the former champ, but Tombstone managed to slip underneath and rip off the right front wheel. Whiplash tried to keep its other wheels from getting damaged, but that didn't work as Tombstone tore off the forks and a chunk out of the rear right tire one, leaving Whiplash to crab walk at this point. Wounded, Whiplash received more damage, losing its other wedge, and the remainder of its right tire torn off. With a few more final shots to the front, Whiplash was finally being counted out, giving Tombstone the win by KO once again.

re:MARS Amazon BattleBots Challenge[]

Whiplash vs. Lock-Jaw

Whiplash slams Lock-Jaw with its disc from behind.

Whiplash was one of ten robots to compete in a livestreamed event at Las Vegas, Nevada to compete for the Giant Bolt trophy. Its first opponent was Lock-Jaw, a match the Vasquez family had been waiting for since the show's run on Comedy Central. The match was pretty even for both robots as there was no advantage gained either way. However, Whiplash started to take the better end of the collisions as they were thrown into the air by Lock-Jaw. The next few impacts were pretty minor but Whiplash soon lost its left rear tire and the left fork on its lifting arm was bent up. Luckily, the match turned in Whiplash's favor as the next impact disabled Lock-Jaw completely. Whiplash played with the dead Lock-Jaw by shoving it toward the screws and attacking with their lifting arm's spinner, mangling the top plate pretty severely. Lock-Jaw was counted out, giving Whiplash the win by KO.

Whiplash vs. Bite Force

Bite Force pressures Whiplash into the corner.

Whiplash lays dormant underneath the pulverizer.

Whiplash was then given a vengeance match against Bite Force to compete for third and fourth place respectively. When the match began, Whiplash started to take punishment. As the match progressed, its left front scoop became slightly angled upward from Bite Force's attack. After the next attack, that same scoop was now deformed and left Whiplash with little defense. Whiplash then lost its left rear tire, which reduced its mobility and rendered its remaining intact scoop almost useless. Whiplash suffered more damage as its left scoop was torn off and then more pieces went flying as the two robots fought near the pulverizer. Whiplash was now down to two tires and few options so it tried to use its lifting arm's spinner, but Bite Force's remaining attacks took what little was left in its ability to fight. Whiplash was counted out, giving Bite Force the win by KO.

Discovery Season 5[]

Whiplash vs. SawBlaze

SawBlaze deals a devastating shot to Whiplash.

Whiplash's first fight of the season was against the fellow well-driven and versatile quarter-finalist, SawBlaze. Ahead of the match, Whiplash went with the version with the spinner attached and swapped their wedgelets out for flatter but taller front plates, intending to protect the electronics from SawBlaze's attacks. As the match got going, Whiplash collided with SawBlaze before it started to get pushed around a bit. Whiplash tried to retaliate, but was shoved to different areas of the BattleBox and took attacks from SawBlaze instead. Finally, as Whiplash was being pushed towards the screws, it used its lifting arm's spinner to attack SawBlaze near the attachment point for the weapon's arm as well as SawBlaze's tire. Unfortunately, Whiplash lost the use of the spinning disc on its lifting arm, leaving it with little offense or defense against SawBlaze and started to get pushed around again. Whiplash then found itself on top of the screws, but had trouble getting down for a few seconds before being taken to another part of the BattleBox. After being shoved into the casing for the screws, Whiplash took two more shots to its side and stopped moving as a result of SawBlaze cutting through their right drive control. Whiplash was counted out, giving SawBlaze the win by KO.

Whiplash vs. Gruff

Whiplash pins Gruff as it emits smoke.

Having just been battered by SawBlaze in their first battle, Whiplash was repaired and next faced Gruff, which also serves as a rematch from the 2015 season of Robogames. Whiplash started off well, getting lifts in and starting to control the match. However, Whiplash took the heat from Gruff's flamethrowers before attacking again, managing to flip Gruff over in the corner. However, the corner housed the pulverizer operated by Gruff's team and Whiplash took a hit before resuming its attacks from above and even below. Whiplash soon began to emit smoke and had to spin down its weapon, leaving only its lifter to attack and defend. This didn't hinder Whiplash much as they continued to control the fight, sending Gruff up and over the screws as Gruff began to also emit smoke and slow down its driving. Time ran out with Whiplash in total control and the judges awarded them a unanimous 3-0 decision over Gruff.

Whiplash vs. Valkyrie

Whiplash lifts Valkyrie into the screws.

Whiplash fought Leanne Cushing and Valkyrie, where it was armed with only its lifter and a stronger front scoop. This proved to be a good decision as while they took early damage from Valkyrie's weapon, they were able to disable it and begin controlling the fight. Whiplash took Valkyrie all across the arena, costing Valkyrie its decorative wheel guards in the process while sustaining little to no further damage. With 10 seconds left, Whiplash got Valkyrie up on the screws but was unable to get them out and disabled before time ran out. The judges awarded Whiplash a unanimous 3-0 decision.

Whiplash vs. HUGE

Sparks fly as Whiplash grapples with HUGE.

Whiplash made it into the Round of 32 as the No.8 seed and was given a rematch against the No.25 seed HUGE. Whiplash was armed similarly to its match against SawBlaze apart from adding longer forks with a tiny wedge on the lifter. Whiplash started off well as they absorbed impacts from HUGE's downward spinning bar before they started to control the fight, sending HUGE into the screws twice. HUGE escaped and Whiplash reset its lifter before moving in again, unwilling to let HUGE get its weapon going. Whiplash continued to control the fight, losing only small pieces in the process before time ran out. The judges awarded Whiplash a unanimous 3-0 decision and a spot in the Top 16.

Whiplash vs. Valkyrie

Whiplash lifts Valkyrie in the air.

Valkyrie is thrown into the screws by Whiplash.

Up next for Whiplash was a rematch with Valkyrie from a Main Event earlier in the 2020 season. Like before, Whiplash ditched the spinner for it's anti-horizontal spinner configuration. The fight started with Whiplash charging at Valkyrie, attempting to make the first attack before it could get up to speed. Valkyrie did however spin up, and delivered several glancing hits to Whiplash, the latter of which sent Valkyrie flying into the corner of the box. Now upside-down, Valkyrie was less manoeuvrable but persisted in attacking. The next impact saw a piece fly from Whiplash's lifter, however hits seemed to be unbalancing Valkyrie all the more, as it bounced across the arena. Whiplash then lifted Valkyrie directly into the air and due to the gyroscopic forces in play, was able to balance on the tip of Whiplash's lifter momentarily. Valkyrie found itself the right side up but struggled to escape the corner of the box. Whiplash got to its rear, shoving Valkyrie the length of the arena and getting it caught on the screws. Whiplash again managed to balance Valkyrie, still spinning, on its lifting arm and proceeded to push their opponent against the screws once again. Whiplash continued to dominate, even hooking its lifting arm in one of the weight-saving holes in Valkyrie's disc at one stage. The fight went to the judges, and Whiplash won unanimously.

Whiplash vs. Hydra

Whiplash self-righting after a flip from Hydra.

Next up for Whiplash was a third encounter with the Ewert family, this time against Hydra. For this fight, Whiplash was fitted with longer forks to get underneath Hydra. Both robots looked tentative in the opening seconds, as Whiplash teased a head-on attack, forcing Hydra to misfire its flipper. Whiplash then managed to slide its forks underneath its opponent's front and tip it over, forcing Hydra to self-right for the first time in its career. Unfortunately for Jake Ewert, it landed on Whiplash's disc and caught the underside of the bot. Hydra misfired once more, and Whiplash was able to lift from the front again, but this time not enough to topple it over. Hydra retaliated, landing a flip on Whiplash which forced them to have to self-right for the first time in the battle. Both bots jostled for an advantage in the middle of the box, before Hydra flipped Whiplash over again, but not with the same power as in previous fights. Whiplash was now pinned against the screws, but used its lifting arm and disc in tandem to attack Hydra from behind. Hydra's flips were temperamental for the remainder of the fight, and parts of its side skirts had come away. Hydra was able to pop Whiplash in the air several times as the fight entered its closing moments. But in the last 10 seconds, Jake Ewert exposed Hydra's rear to Whiplash, and the Vazquez family took full advantage, attacking with the disc and tearing a panel from its opponent. Whiplash itself was smoking with 3 seconds on the clock, but it went to the judges, who ruled in favour of Whiplash by split decision. Whiplash progressed to the next stage of the tournament.

Whiplash vs. Black Dragon

Whiplash breaches Black Dragon against the wall.

Whiplash overturns Black Dragon and pushes it around the BattleBox.

Now in the final four, Whiplash faced Black Dragon for a place in the title fight. Both weapons spun up to speed, but it was Whiplash who started on the offensive. Having gotten underneath its opponent, Whiplash landed a hit which sent one of Black Dragon's wedgelets flying away. It then managed to lift it up, carrying Black Dragon to the side of the box and throwing it upside-down. Whiplash knocked the wheel and flipped the Brazilian bot over again. Despite their attempts to hit with the weapon, Whiplash maintained its aggression and tipped Black Dragon over once more, before it righted and Whiplash shoved it into the side of the box. Whiplash's right-side wedgelet had come off, temporarily beaching Black Dragon, but it managed to escape. After a few minor encounters, Whiplash then managed to tip Black Dragon onto its rear end, up against the wall. Stranded, Whiplash turned around and attempted to attack with the disc, using it as a hammer saw with the knowledge its opponent could not escape. This was unsuccessful however, as Black Dragon tried to spin up and tipped itself back over. With both bots now down a wedgelet and fork respectively, Whiplash hoisted its opponent onto the screws with 10 seconds to go, landing another hammer saw attack as the screws reversed. This left a lasting impression on the judges, who unanimously ruled in favour of Whiplash, taking the Vazquez family to their first ever BattleBots title fight.

Whiplash vs. End Game

End Game prevents Whiplash from using its weaponry.

End Game tosses Whiplash out of the arena, deciding the fight and the season.

Whiplash advanced to the final, and only End Game stood between them and the Giant Nut. The fight started with Whiplash circling End Game, first clockwise then counter-clockwise, biding its time. End Game, less willing to play the patient game, took advantage of Whiplash steering onto their forks and dealt an uppercut to its lifting mechanism. With Whiplash held against the screws with its lifter raised, End Game stuck its disc between Whiplash's forks and pinned it momentarily. Whiplash pushed back, but rode over the top of End Game after dropping its lifter onto the New Zealand representative's vertical spinner. Whiplash drove away, but its disc was not spinning. End Game kept its front pointed at Whiplash as it again circled its opponent, but Whiplash oversteered, and End Game capitalised by flipping it over. Whiplash righted itself immediately, but its lifting arm was bent ever so slightly out of place and could not retract properly. Another hit saw Whiplash overturned again, and one final hit saw End Game send Whiplash over the wall and out of the box. The team celebrated as Whiplash was counted out, and End Game became the first international team to win the Giant Nut.

Discovery Season 6[]

Whiplash vs. Bloodsport

Sparks fly as Whiplash and Bloodsport duke it out.

Whiplash chases Bloodsport.

Whiplash immobilizes Bloodsport on top of the Upper Deck.

Whiplash began the 2021 season with a Main Event against Bloodsport. Whereas the Vazquez family were only denied the Giant Nut by End Game a season prior, Bloodsport was the only robot to beat the New Zealand team en route to their title win. Bloodsport had its tri-bar for this fight and just two inside wedgelets, whereas Whiplash opted for additional armor, sacrificing their disc spinner to remain under the weight limit.

The fight began with Whiplash charging straight at Bloodsport to try and prevent them from spinning up, but Whiplash had to turn due to Bloodsport's movement, running into the Upper Deck in the process. Bloodsport dealt some glancing shots with its tri-bar spinner, but was largely running away from Whiplash as it dealt occassional glancing blows with its primary weapon. Bloodsport lost a tire from one of the next engagements and found itself clamped down by the arm of Whiplash and run into the one set of screws, which appeared to not be working. Bloodsport attempted to spin up but was grabbed again and taken to the Upper Deck this time, where it was freed. Despite having the more damaging weaponry, it was Bloodsport who had taken the most damage up to this point. And as it found itself caught momentarily on a killsaw slot, Whiplash capitalized and got underneath Bloodsport, lifting it over. It righted itself but was overturned again, carried over the screws and on top of the Upper Deck, where it could no longer right itself. Bloodsport was counted out, and Whiplash took the win by KO with just a second left on the clock.

Whiplash vs. Skorpios

Whiplash and Skorpios meet in the BattleBox.

Whiplash's second fight was another Main Event, this time against Skorpios. For this fight, Whiplash has once again ditched the spinner, opted for its wedgelets and added top armor to protect itself against the hammer saw of Skorpios. Its opponent opted for its traditional hammer saw but went with its Star Fighter armor configuration. Whiplash gained an advantage on Skorpios in the opening moments, using its arm to clamp and drive Skorpios into the screws. Skorpios fell behind the screws momentarily, before being spat out. However, Whiplash was ready to lift Skorpios back onto the arena hazard and allowed its teeth to chew the baseplate of its opponent. Whiplash then tried to clamp and drive it around the BattleBox, but Skorpios escaped. It then drove Whiplash back into the screws of the Upper Deck, but its own forks added for this Main Event prevented their hammer saw from making contact with Whiplash. Matt Vazquez continued to control the pace of the match, though Skorpios was able to get around to the back as Whiplash was stuck in the killsaw slot briefly, but could not land a meaningful hit. The fight ultimately went the distance, and Whiplash won on a split decision, putting them to 2-0.

Whiplash vs. Icewave

Whiplash celebrates as Icewave is counted out.

Entering the Top 32 undefeated and as the No.3 seed, Whiplash faced veteran Marc DeVidts and No.30 seed Icewave. For the third time in the 2021 season, Whiplash chose not to use their spinner, using the same configuration as proved successful against Bloodsport. Whiplash charged at Icewave as it tried to spin up, but became caught up on the floor as it tried to give chase, allowing Icewave time and space to spin up to speed. Whiplash met its opponent head-on which spun both robots around but more importantly for Matt Vazquez, halted Icewave's weapon as it tried to use its arm as a grabber. Whiplash tanked another hit directly to their front before Icewave found itself caught between its opponent and the screws of the Upper Deck. Icewave was snagged by the screws and eventually overturned by Whiplash. Without a self-righting mechanism, Icewave was counted out and Whiplash advanced to the Round of 16.

Whiplash vs. Cobalt

Whiplash lifts Cobalt early on.

Whiplash and Cobalt ready to square off in the BattleBox.

Whiplash and Cobalt are both incapacitated.

Next up for the Vazquez family was Cobalt in the Top 16. Whiplash once again ditched the disc, opting for the same configuration it used against Skorpios. This proved to be effective at first, as Whiplash was able to lift Cobalt multiple times, even making Cobalt have to right itself. However, Whiplash mistimed an attack and got one of its forks stuck in the side of the upper deck. Cobalt used this opportunity to strike, and was able to land multiple blows on Whiplash. One of the blows, however, got Cobalt stuck on the floor of the arena. The referees decided to call the match and were going to restart, but Cobalt could not slow down its weapon, resulting in a judges' decision. Since Cobalt caused the most damage to Whiplash, it won, meaning Whiplash was eliminated from the tournament.


Discovery Season 3
Fight Nights
Fight Night vs. Hypothermia Won (KO)
Fight Night vs. Mecha Rampage Won (KO)
Fight Night Main Event vs. Tombstone Lost (KO)
Fight Night vs. Warhead Won (KO)
Top 16
10th seed
Round of 16 vs. Yeti (7) Won (JD)
Round of 8 vs. Bronco (2) Won (KO)
Semi-Final vs. Bite Force (3) Lost (KO)
Discovery Season 4
Fight Nights
Fight Night Main Event vs. Minotaur Won (JD)
Fight Night Main Event vs. Son of Whyachi Won (KO)
Fight Night Main Event vs. Witch Doctor Lost (JD)
Fight Night vs. Texas Twister Won (KO)
Top 16
5th seed
Round of 16 vs. HUGE (12) Won (Split JD)
Round of 8 vs. Tombstone (4) Lost (KO)
re:MARS Amazon BattleBots Challenge
re:MARS Match vs. Lock-Jaw Won (KO)
Exhibition Match vs. Bite Force Lost (KO)
Discovery Season 5
Fight Nights
Fight Night vs. SawBlaze Lost (KO)
Fight Night Main Event vs. Gruff Won (JD)
Fight Night Main Event vs. Valkyrie Won (JD)
Top 32
8th seed
Round of 32 vs. HUGE (25) Won (JD)
Round of 16 vs. Valkyrie (9) Won (JD)
Round of 8 vs. Hydra (1) Won (Split JD)
Semi-Final vs. Black Dragon (5) Won (JD)
Final vs. End Game (6) Lost (KO)
Discovery Season 6
Fight Nights
Fight Night Main Event vs. Bloodsport Won (KO)
Fight Night Main Event vs. Skorpios Won (Split JD)
Top 32
3rd seed
Round of 32 vs. Icewave (30) Won (KO)
Round of 16 vs. Cobalt (14) Lost (Split JD)
Bounty Hunters 2021
Bounty Hunters 2021 - Unknown Episode
Round 1 vs. Unknown Unknown


  • Wins: 19
  • Losses: 8
Competition Wins Losses
Discovery Season 3

Hypothermia (Undercard Match)

Mecha Rampage (Undercard Match)

Warhead (Undercard Match)



Tombstone (Main Event/Undercard Match)

Bite Force

Discovery Season 4 Minotaur (Main Event/Undercard Match)

Son of Whyachi (Main Event/Undercard Match)

Texas Twister (Undercard Match)


Witch Doctor (Main Event/Undercard Match)


re:MARS Amazon BattleBots Challenge Lock-Jaw Bite Force (Third Place Play-Off)
Discovery Season 5 Gruff (Main Event/Undercard Match)

Valkyrie (Main Event/Undercard Match)




Black Dragon

SawBlaze (Undercard Match)

End Game

Discovery Season 6 Bloodsport (Main Event/Undercard Match)

Skorpios (Main Event/Undercard Match)



Faruq Tauheed Introductions[]

"If this bot wrote a book, it would be called Fifty Shades of Slay. Oooh child! Hope you know the safe word. It's WHIPLASH!"

"A crash with this bot will leave you with aches, pains and a visit to a questionable lawyer. Better call Brawl because you just got WHIPLASH!"

"Congratulations, this robot just proposed a ring of destruction. *Sings* Every kill begins with K... it's WHIPLASH!"

"This bot fights at the speed of sound and loves to go out and flay. It will grip, rip and send you on a trip, straight to the trash. It's WHIPLASH!"

"This family means business and business is booming. Could a spot in the next round be looming? It's here to fight, slam and smash. It'll beat you in a flash. It's WHIPLASH!"

"It dominated a monster in the opening round, sending parts of Yeti to the Lost and Found. A bot that will make you crash, give it up for WHIPLASH!"

"It's done the impossible; buck the Bronco and slayed a Yeti with a 19-year-old driver who's proven he's ready. The Vasquez family is in the big show at last. Ladies and gentleman, it's WHIPLASH!"

"Buckle up, it's time to showcase your neck brace. You'll be in misery with this injury. Better call your lawyer. Get ready for the hit 'n' run, it's WHIPLASH!"

"This bots family matters. It could win fast or win slow. It's going to spin you in a vicious circle, then laugh at you like Steve Urkel. Hehehehe, *snort snort* Did I do that? It's WHIPLASH!"

"When it hits, you'll be saying: "My neck, my back, someone's mom just had a heart attack." It's going to hit you hard, hit you hard, hit you hard just like IT should. It's WHIPLASH!"

"This bot is driven by a real whizz-kid, who'll leave your bot twisted. Don't make him clean his room because he will send you to your doom. Here to give you road rash, it's WHIPLASH!"

"The Vasquez clan is seeded at #5, and to win the Giant Nut, they're goin' to kick in overdrive. And even though their young driver can't grow a mustache, you better beware of the smooth moves of WHIPLASH!"

"Last name Vasquez, first name Matt. He's about to beat you flat. Oh no, he just stomped on the gas! At least you'll die fast. It's WHIPLASH!"

"To quote Dustin Hoffman, he's an excellent driver. Not many have left a match with him a survivor. But instead of Rain Man, he's here to bring the pain, man. It's definitely definitely WHIPLASH!"

"Ask anyone, they'll say they always stay humble. Make no mistake, this family came to rumble. They've been working for years showing their strut, now the only thing left to win is that first Giant Nut. Two brothers who drive with passion and pride, when they walk out together, a look that says "let's ride!". So what was said right before this final bout? The message was simple. Momma said knock you all the way out! Give it up for WHIPLASH!"

“Like a young Michael Jackson, our next bot is a Thriller. This thing is Bad, and last season it won the silver. You want to Beat It? I don’t know how to say this any clearer, but if you want to see its next victim, better look at the Bot in the Mirror. Hee-hee! It’s WHIPLASH!”

"That sly outkill you stare. That driver that lowers them there. He'll rip all your circuits bare and you'll crash. Now you're dead there's no defense for it. Saws you in half and your past tense for it. What good would making amends for it do? It's WHIPLASH!"

"Like Indy, he'll whip you until you're buried in the ground. This is his Temple of Doom and it's gonna be a short round. Call him the Ark of the Covenent 'cause bots melt when they see him. This fighter's a legend; he belongs in a museum. It's WHIPLASH!"


Any appearances by Whiplash in merchandise are listed below:

See Also[]


  • An unpainted Whiplash was used in an 18-bot preview on Witch Doctor's YouTube channel.
  • Whiplash was the first robot to flip Hydra over and force it to self right.
  • In Whiplash's first three seasons, it made the quarter-finals each time, making it one of the most consistent bots in the reboot.
  • Whiplash is the second bot to beat the same robot twice in the same season. The first was Lock-Jaw over Bombshell in Season 3.
  • Matt and Jason Vazquez helped build a robot to star in a commercial for 2K Games' Borderlands 3 in 2019.
  • Coincidentally, Whiplash lost the very first fight and very last fight of Discovery Season 5.
  • Whiplash, along with SawBlaze, featured in the first Platinum Rivals set released by Hexbug in 2021. These used rechargeable LiPo batteries as opposed to the AAAs used in previous Rivals sets.
  • In the full untelevised Round of 16 fight between Whiplash and Cobalt, Whiplash received an introduction but its opponent strangely did not.