Mr Hippo was a robot from Hangzhou, Zhejiang, which competed in Season 1.5, the debut of This is Fighting Robots, and was the successor to the similar Rust Boar. It impressed celebrity team captain Wu Chun enough to advance beyond its preliminary rumble, despite catching fire after the battle was completed. However, it would subsequently lose its first main rumble to Lieutenant Bam after becoming immobilized during the battle, and was eliminated from Chun's Red team at the end of the first round.
Mr Hippo used a tried-and-tested design popularised by robots such as the Brazilian Touro Maximus and its BattleBots equivalent Minotaur, alongside its own predecessor Rust Boar. Roughly square-shaped in design, Mr Hippo runs on a two-wheel drive, and is armed with a powerful drum spinner at the front. The drum was balanced in a way that its single tooth carries a huge weight. The robot was also quick, with the ability to turn quickly despite the force of its weapon, and it can also 'gyro-dance' through the use of the weapon's gyroscopic forces. However, just like Rust Boar, the robot was prone to suffering from internal fires.
This is Fighting Robots (Season 1.5)Edit
After not being selected by the celebrities to advance straight to the bracket, Mr Hippo fought in the first rumble of the series, in order to impress the team captains. There, it fought Bonesaw, Hunting Wind and Weber. Bonesaw had already been flipped over before Mr Hippo could become involved, but it slammed directly into Weber, and also collided with the side of Hunting Wind. Mr Hippo drifted around the arena, leaving skid marks behind it, and it bumped the back of Weber while not utilizing its weapon. After getting its drum up to speed, Mr Hippo charged into the back of Weber, throwing it into the air powerfully. This impressive attack led to Wu Chun adding Mr Hippo to his team, meaning it would participate in the main competition.
Time expired on the match, and Mr Hippo celebrated by gyro-dancing. Although the three robots had advanced to the next stage, with only Bonesaw falling, Mr Hippo dramatically caught fire after the battle had ended, requiring immediate attention. This came to the amusement of one of the other celebrity captains, who mocked Wu Chun for selecting a robot which had promptly caught fire.
Neverthless, Mr Hippo was repaired in time for its first main competition battle, against Tungsten, Greedy Snake and Lieutenant Bam. Immediately, it bumped into Tungsten, before turning sharply and reversing into the British vertical spinner. A few moments later, Mr Hippo and Tungsten were both pushed into the wall spikes by Greedy Snake, which was in the process of grabbing and trying to throw Tungsten over using its snatch weapon. Mr Hippo swerved away and drove into the side of Greedy Snake, jostling it onto the spikes using its drum.
With Greedy Snake stranded and eliminated as a result, Mr Hippo retreated to the other side of the arena, momentarily bumping into Lieutenant Bam. It was then catapulted across the arena by Tungsten, hitting one of the bulletproof screens in the process, but quickly retaliated by flipping Tungsten into the wall spikes. However, it suddenly stopped moving, and sustained several more hits from Tungsten’s flywheel as the latter pushed it against another set of spikes. Mr Hippo was then pushed and hammered repeatedly by Lieutenant Bam – in the main show, the UK machine’s attacks were considered crucial to Mr Hippo being eliminated from the battle via knockout. As a result, Mr Hippo scored no points for Wu Chun and the Red team, and would become one of three robots eliminated from Chun's team at the end of the first round, alongside two more British entries Bonfire and Eater.
|MR HIPPO - RESULTS|
|This is Fighting Robots (Season 1.5)|
|Preliminary Rumble||vs. Bonesaw, Hunting Wind, Weber||Selected|
|Rumble||vs. Tungsten, Greedy Snake, Lieutenant Bam||Lost|
- Wins: 0
- Losses: 1
NOTE: Mr Hippo's preliminary rumble is not considered a win or a loss.
|Series||Mr Hippo Series Record|
|Season 1||Entered with Rust Boar|
|Season 1.5||Selected by celebrity, no wins|
- Mr Hippo competed in the first battle of This is Fighting Robots, and was the second to be chosen by a celebrity during this stage of the competition.
- Mr Hippo catching fire in its first battle was reminiscent of its predecessor Rust Boar catching fire in its final battle.