深海巨鲨 (officially translated as Deep-Sea Shark or Hammerhead Shark) is a robot from Harbin, China, which competed in the first and second seasons of King of Bots. Entered by a team of students from the Harbin Institute of Technology, it progressed to the second round in Season 1 after defeating Hurricane, despite losing the use of its drum weapon during the battle. There, it lost to Tánshè in a close fight which resulted in a late knockout where Deep-Sea Shark was flipped out of the arena.
A brand-new version of Deep-Sea Shark returned for Season 2, being selected by Huang Jian Xiang and winning one battle against Bullseye despite losing the use of its spinning weapon. Deep-Sea Shark then defended its place on Huang Jian Xiang's team by immobilizing the American entry Excelsior in its next battle. Teaming up with Thunder, Deep-Sea Shark defeated Iron Scrap and Earth Mover in a two-on-two battle next.
Versions of Deep-Sea Shark
The original Deep-Sea Shark (also referred to as Hammerhead Shark) was an invertible, box-shaped robot armed with a large single-toothed drum at the front. Along with Chinese Aegis, it was the first King of Bots competitor to use tracks as its primary method of locomotion, which featured sets of circular rubber pads to increase the robot's traction along the arena floor. Deep-Sea Shark itself sported a two-tone blue and turquoise colour scheme, with the drum finished in black. Two 'feeder wedges' were also present at either side of the drum, to lead other robots into the spinning weapon. In the second round of the competition, the sides of Deep-Sea Shark were replaced with white HDPE for added protection.
This incarnation of Deep-Sea Shark also had an optional piece of thick top armor, which it would use to defend itself from overhead weapons such as the crusher of Spectre, but this was never seen on television.
The Season 2 version of Deep-Sea Shark was substantially different to its Season 1 predecessor, exchanging tracks for wheels and adopting a significantly bulkier design. In place of the drum, a red vertical bar spinner now served as the robot's main weapon, mounted at the front and spinning at 2,000rpm. Deep-Sea Shark also featured a set of interchangeable front wedge configurations in this incarnation, including a plain angled wedge and a wedge with three large spiked tips. The robot adopted a two-tone blue and white color scheme in this form.
King of Bots (Season 1)
In the opening seconds, it drove straight into Hurricane, with the two competitors proceeding to exchange several blows with their spinning weapons. One of these collisions resulted in Deep-Sea Shark having one of its drum mounts ripped off by Hurricane, causing its drum to hit the floor as it drove into Hurricane again. This stopped both of their weapons from spinning up, but Deep-Sea Shark pushed Hurricane away from the red square, before both robots separated. Deep-Sea Shark continued ramming and pushing Hurricane around the arena, all while surviving more hits from its opponent’s spinner. It was pushed into the wall spikes by Hurricane, but reversed away as the latter momentarily pinned itself under them. The two competitors continued pushing and dodging each other until time ran out, at which point the battle went to a Judges’ decision. Despite the damage it sustained, the Judges ruled in favor of Deep-Sea Shark as a result of it displaying more control throughout.
- Gabriel Stroud: "It's the Hammerhead Shark, is it John?"
- John Reid: "Yes, a young team. They've been up all night before, all through the night, no sleep."
- Gabriel Stroud: "Well, I think we're confident!"
- — Tánshè's team on the Deep-Sea Shark team
In the second round, Deep-Sea Shark fought Tánshè.
Within the opening seconds of the battle, Deep-Sea Shark's team activated a smokescreen in front of Team Legion to obscure their vision, so the British team did the same, preventing both teams from seeing the battle. Regardless, Tánshè was able to drive under Deep-Sea Shark and flip it onto its drum, where it then toppled onto the spikes on the arena wall. Tánshè's team believed they had won, while Deep-Sea Shark remained pinned on the spike. It constantly spun its tracks and drum, but the referee began to count Deep-Sea Shark out. The referee counted all the way up to nine, but then Deep-Sea Shark miraculously escaped from the wall and attacked the celebrating Tánshè.
- "We thought we'd won, so John was in the middle doing his thing, but then I saw them coming! I went, John, John, they're coming, they're coming!"
- — Gabriel Stroud
Panicking, Tánshè flipped itself over, and was forced to self-right. This allowed Deep-Sea Shark to hit the front of Tánshè directly, and tear away various pieces from it. Tánshè attempted to self-right, but it was too close to the wall, and landed on its back again, losing more parts. Tánshè self-righted, while Deep-Sea Shark knocked a loose gear of Tánshè's towards the commentators. Tánshè started to recover, and drove under Hammerhead Shark to then flip it over. With a huge flip, Tánshè then launched Deep-Sea Shark into the plexiglass screen straight in front of the commentators, and again into the spiked wall.
With Tánshè keeping up the pressure, Deep-Sea Shark was flipped onto the top of the arena hammer, and sent was sent spiralling forwards with another flip. Tánshè tossed Deep-Sea Shark back into the spikes, although its next flip was noticeably weaker. Deep-Sea Shark was shepherded towards the corner of the arena, and Tánshè attempted to lift it over the wall, but lacked the necessary power. It made another attempt, and this time flipped Deep-Sea Shark directly into the wall, but not over. In its retreat, Tánshè then drove over a floor flipper and was overturned, allowing Deep-Sea Shark to assert its presence.
Deep-Sea Shark's drum had slowed but it still pressed a loose piece of armor against Tánshè. Within the last thirty seconds, Tánshè started to rely on its pushing power, pressing Deep-Sea Shark against the spikes, but Deep-Sea Shark was now approaching the end of the battle. Tánshè only had enough CO2 on board for one last flip, but it used this well, and flipped Deep-Sea Shark over the wall in the corner, putting it out of the arena with barely twenty seconds left on the clock.
- "That was the best fight we've ever had, I think, in our entire lives!"
- — Gabriel Stroud
This last-second defeat created an emotional finish for the Deep-Sea Shark team, who were tearful in defeat, with even Ling Zhou shedding tears of sympathy, but nonetheless the team were comforted by the victorious Team Legion, and Deep-Sea Shark was eliminated at this stage.
A new version of Deep-Sea Shark returned for Season 2, first appearing in Episode 1. The robot appeared in the opening sequence of the episode, showcasing its 'evolution' in between seasons, and in the main competition, where it was selected by a celebrity to take part in the second round of head-to-head battles.
There, Deep-Sea Shark fought drum spinner Bullseye, and began the battle by slowly advancing towards its opponent. It attempted to attack Bullseye, but missed, only to eventually land a front-on blow as the two robots met spinner-to-spinner. A few moments passed before Deep-Sea Shark attacked Bullseye again, at which point its spinner stopped working. Resorting to its powerful drivetrain, Deep-Sea Shark darted across the arena, pursuing then ramming Bullseye head-on.
Deep-Sea Shark proceeded to shove Bullseye into the wall spikes, as it became clear that the latter's drum was also not working properly. The two robots rammed each other again; as before, Deep-Sea Shark prevailed, pushing Bullseye into the spikes a second time. Deep-Sea Shark next chased Bullseye across the arena, resulting in the latter driving into the circular saws. It followed on from this action by pushing Bullseye sideways into a grinder, then the other set of circular saws, causing the saws to throw Bullseye into a violent spin. Just before time ran out, Deep-Sea Shark returned to the blue corner, having surviving the full duration along with a partially-immobile Bullseye. It was declared to have won the Judges' decision, securing a place on Huang Jian Xiang's team alongside Xiake.
Deep-Sea Shark's place on Huang Jian Xiang's team came under threat when the American entry Excelsior challenged it to a head-to-head battle, with the winner retaining or stealing the place on the celebrity team.
Deep-Sea Shark spun its blade up to speed, and Excelsior was cautious of this, attempting to point its front wedge at Deep-Sea Shark without directly approaching it. This caused Deep-Sea Shark to miss with its first attack, also allowing Excelsior to swing its decorative tail at Deep-Sea Shark, but it was then forced to flee and create space. Deep-Sea Shark was unfazed, and chased Excelsior down, delivering a frontal blow which threw Excelsior into the air. This hit bent the drive axle of Excelsior and the wheel guard, which was a large enough impact for both drive chains to slip from Excelsior's wheels, and with only forty seconds passed in the match, Excelsior then ground to a complete halt. Although it fired its flipper to show signs of movement, Excelsior was counted out, and Deep-Sea Shark easily collected its second victory, retaining its place on Huang Jian Xiang's team.
|DEEP-SEA SHARK - RESULTS|
|King of Bots (Season 1)|
|Round 1||vs. Hurricane||Won|
|Round 2||vs. Tánshè||Lost|
|King of Bots II (Season 2)|
Part of Huang Jian Xiang's team
|Challenger Round||vs. Excelsior||Won|
|2v2 (with Thunder)||vs. Earth Mover & Iron Scrap||Won|
- Wins: 4
- Losses: 1
|Series||Deep-Sea Shark Series Record|
|Season 1||Round 2|
|Season 1.5||Did not enter|
|Season 2||Selected by celebrity, three wins|
- Deep-Sea Shark, along with Ink Thorns, Suspension and Scorpion appeared in a teaser trailer for the series.
- An alternative translation for the robot's name was Deep Sea Giant Shark.