"If Matilda dances with you its a dance of death, her tusks can rip and pneumatically flip… its a breeze for 'Tildy." Jonathon Pearce, Series 5 House Robot introductions
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Matilda is one of the original four House Robots introduced in the first series of Robot Wars and the only female House Robot ever to appear on the show.
She was designed to look like a pig from outer space, and featured a highly detailed fibreglass shell that included horns and a pair of light-up eyes.
Unlike the other original House Robots her design remained virtually the same throughout all seven series of the show, although many internal improvements were made.
Her weapons initially consisted of pneumatically powered flipping tusks at the front and a petrol driven chainsaw at the rear. Having remained almost unchanged since the first wars, by the fourth series Matilda had become an easy target for the more powerful competitor robots and was attacked and flipped over on numerous occasions.
In her last battle of the fourth wars, the final of the Southern Annihilator, she was attacked by competitor robot Razer. Razer used its hydraulic crusher to inflict massive amounts of damage to Matilda's shell, before dragging her over to the flames and setting her alight.
This event was in fact staged - an arrangement had been made between the Razer team and the House Roboteers, who were planning to build a new version of Matilda for the fifth series anyway, for Razer to attack her once they had defeated their opponent and won the Annihilator.
As planned, for the fifth series Matilda was completely rebuilt with the main upgrade being the replacement of her chainsaw with a 28kg vertically mounted spinning flywheel. Her flipping tusks were also improved to make them faster and more powerful.
These alterations meant Matilda went from being one of the weakest House Robots to being one of the most dangerous, with her spinning flywheel (which was painted pink from the sixth series onwards) proving particularly destructive.
An all new version of Matilda will be used when Robot Wars returns in 2016. The new design retains her flipping tusks and flywheel, however both are considerably more powerful than the old version. As with the upgraded Shunt and Dead Metal, Matilda now weighs over 300kg.