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"The philosophy from the beginning has been a weapon that could fatally disable another robot, but with finesse."
— Dave Campbell on World Peace

World Peace was a superheavyweight robot built by Team Bohica, also known as the Bohica Brothers, which competed in four seasons of Comedy Central BattleBots as well as the 1999 Las Vegas event.

It was an entirely gas-powered robot armed with a hydraulic clamping and lifting arm. World Peace was built by the Bohica brothers, who designed their robot in a bar after the 1997 US Robot Wars competition. They wanted a robot that could destroy opponents, but with finesse, unlike a spinner. They decided on the crusher design, and brought it to the Las Vegas 1999 event. World Peace was powered by a modified chainsaw engine driving a hydraulic pump at 2000psi. The pump provided power to the actuators controlling the beak and the lifting arm, and also powered two independent hydraulic motors responsible for driving the bot while providing steering and speed control.

The onboard controller, designed with ExpressPCB, selected the best of two 9600 baud RF links with instructions from the operator. Using this data, the board controlled the robot and arm by adjusting the engine throttle and the numerous hydraulic valves which fed the actuators. Unique to World Peace was a sophisticated control system, consisting of eight different onboard circuit boards; a processor board, interface board, dual channel receive board, I/O interface board, two hydraulic valve driver boards, status display board, and the engine starter interface. Each board was custom-made using the ExpressPCB layout program and board manufacturing service. The processor board which controlled the robot was based on the National Semiconductor COP8 micro-controller. The control system selected the best of two RF links provided by the control box and, using this data, adjusted the engine throttle and the numerous hydraulic valves which fed the actuators that controlled the bot.

In addition, the bot featured a unique custom made control box reminiscent aircraft flight controller. The right joystick provided translational movement, while the left one operated the beak and lifting arm. The front panel control allowed Team Bohica to select between the robot’s five operating modes.

Despite the thought behind its design, World Peace struggled for success across its BattleBots career, winning two matches in five tournaments. However, it did win the Las Vegas 1999 Superheavyweight Royal Rumble.

Since the end of BattleBots on Comedy Central, team captain Dave Campbell has since founded Bohica Brothers Fire, a company founded in 2008 which build and maintain firefighting vehicles.[1]

Robot History[]

Las Vegas 1999[]

World Peace vs. DooAll (Forfeit)

World Peace was scheduled to fight DooAll first. However, DooAll had technical issues and was forced to forfeit.

World Peace vs. Minion

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The impact between Minion and World Peace.

This win put World Peace into the semifinals, where it faced Minion. The two robots maneuvered around each other at first, looking for an opportunity to attack. Minion managed to get the first hit in, slamming into the rear of World Peace with its saw blades. World Peace escaped, but Minion pursued it and managed to get another hit in on the rear of World Peace. World Peace drove straight into the arena wall, allowing Minion to attack again, this time getting underneath World Peace and momentarily carrying it around. Eventually, World Peace managed to fight back, getting underneath Minion and pushing it onto the killsaws. After taking a few more attacks, World Peace managed to grip Minion, stopping its saws. It let go after a while and Minion repeatedly reversed into World Peace with its bumper. World Peace drove itself onto the spikes at the end of the fight, immobilizing itself, but the fight still went to a judges decision. Minion won the fight on a 6-3 judges' decision and World Peace was eliminated from the tournament.

Superheavyweight Royal Rumble

World Peace returned as one of five robots to return for the Superheavyweight Royal Rumble. As S.L.A.M., Ginsu and Minion were immobile early on, World Peace and Ricon were having a pushing match for most of the rumble. World Peace finally managed to get its hydraulic clamp into Ricon and later snapped off. This immobilized both World Peace and Ricon and the rumble ended. In the end, World Peace was decided the winner of the superheavyweight rumble.

Season 1.0[]

World Peace vs. Ginsu (Forfeit)

World Peace was scheduled to fight Ginsu. However, World Peace had technical issues and was forced to forfeit. Ginsu won the fight by default and World Peace was eliminated from the tournament.

Season 2.0[]

World Peace vs. Diesector

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Diesector lifts World Peace from the rear.

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World Peace grabs a hold of Diesector as the two run over the killsaws.

After receiving a Bye, World Peace eventually fought Diesector in the Round of 16. Diesector charged at World Peace, and both robots drove over the killsaws. Diesector drove around to the rear of World Peace and lifted it with its jaw as its jaw was caught in one of the holes housing the Ramrods. World Peace gripped Diesector in its jaws as they drove over the killsaws twice. World Peace let go and the two collided again close to the killsaws, where Diesector drove across them again and started smoking. World Peace gripped Diesector again and started to crush but then backed off. Diesector looked dead, but started fighting again and the two pushed each other before time runs out. Diesector won the fight on a 25-20 decision and World Peace was eliminated from the tournament.

Superheavyweight Royal Rumble

World Peace later came back for the Superheavyweight Royal Rumble. World Peace started getting its hydraulic clamp into Liquid Lunch, leaving a mark on the side of Liquid Lunch. However, World Peace was caught by Toro and got flipped onto its back. World Peace obviously lost and Toro was later declared the winner of the Superheavyweight Royal Rumble.

Season 3.0[]

World Peace vs. The Junkyard Cog

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World Peace pushes The Junkyard Cog to the killsaws.

World Peace, with newly added skirts, went up against The Junkyard Cog in its first fight in Season 3.0. World Peace won the fight on a 37-8 judges' decision and advanced to the Round of 16.

World Peace vs. Toro

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Toro flips World Peace.

In the Round of 16, World Peace faced Toro, the superheavyweight entry from Inertia Labs. Early on, Toro tried to flip World Peace but was unable to get under its side skirts. However, one flip bent the left skirt of World Peace and Toro then got caught on the killsaws. Toro finally managed to flip World Peace, throwing it three times and eventually leaving it on its back. As World Peace tried to self-right, Toro pushed it to the red square where World Peace was counted out. Toro won the fight by knockout and World Peace was eliminated once again.

Season 4.0[]

World Peace vs. Gammacide

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World Peace flipped by Gammacide.

World Peace's only match in Season 4.0 was against Gammacide. World Peace was flipped by Gammacide and was counted out. As was the case with its previous loss to Toro, World Peace was unable to self-right and Gammacide won the fight by knockout. As such, World Peace was eliminated from the tournament.

Competitive Wins/Losses[]

  • Wins: 2
  • Losses: 5

Exhibition Wins/Losses[]

  • Wins: 1
  • Losses: 2

Total Wins/Losses[]

  • Wins: 3
  • Losses: 7
Competition Wins Losses
Las Vegas 1999 DooAll (Forfeit)
Numerous robots (Rumble)
Minion
Season 1.0 None Ginsu (Forfeit)
Season 2.0 None Diesector
Toro (Rumble)
Season 3.0 The Junkyard Cog Toro
Season 4.0 None Gammacide

Honors[]

WORLD PEACE
Las Vegas 1999
Superheavyweight Royal Rumble

Mark Beiro Introductions[]

"From the United Nations of devastation, here's the ambassador of death. Visualize WORLD PEACE!"

"This robot enjoys long walks in the beach, candle lit dinners and destroying other robots. Introducing WORLD PEACE!"

Merchandise[]

Any appearances by World Peace in merchandise are listed below:

Trivia[]

  • Aside from its final appearance in Season 4.0, World Peace lost to a future champion in each of its competitions: Minion in Las Vegas 1999, Diesector in Season 2.0 and Toro in Season 3.0.

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