Fango was a robot from Ipswich, Queensland in Australia, which competed in Season 1.5, the debut season of This is Fighting Robots. Built and entered by M&J Robotics, it was notable for becoming the first walking robot of any kind to appear on the show, and was selected by celebrity captain Zhang Yishan of the Blue team based on its unique design. Under Yishan's captaincy, Fango fought Eater, Hunting Wind and Shrederator Tiger Claw in its first battle, which it lost on a Judges' decision. Fango's loss resulted in it being eliminated from Yishan's team at the end of the first round.



Side view of Fango

Fango is a multicolored robot modelled on an arachnid. Its method of locomotion was unique among This is Fighting Robots competitors, consisting of a shuffling mechanism with large black, orange, red and green banks of feet. These feet were positioned alongside the robot’s boxy chassis, and featured upper parts resembling ‘legs’, further adding to Fango’s arachnid theme. Fango’s main weapons were a set of front-mounted, toothed vertical spinning discs, and two large lifting claws at the front, each located on either side of the discs. The robot also featured a pair of red front plates which acted as a steep wedge to draw opponents into its discs, as well as to protect the first two sets of legs from head-on attacks. Even with its shuffling mechanism, Fango still followed the standard regulation weight of 110kg / 242lbs.

Robot HistoryEdit

This is Fighting Robots (Season 1.5)Edit

Fango 3

Fango awaits selection

Fango 2

Sa Beining examines Fango prior to its selection by Zhang Yishan

In its initial appearance in Episode 1, Fango's unusual design immediately gained interest from the celebrity captains, particularly Yellow team captain Sa Beining. Eventually, it was selected by Zhang Yishan of the Blue team, after a humorous exchange between him and Beining. Fango's selection was met with confusion from roboteers in attendance, particularly Gabriel Stroud and Ian Watts, who speculated that the celebrities were unaware of the way walking robots operated and their known weaknesses against robots with conventional locomotion.

"Our robot Eater’s gonna pull his legs off!"
— Ian Watts comments on Fango’s exposed legs
Shrederator Tiger Claw vs Fango 1

Fango withstands initial attacks from Shrederator Tiger Claw and Eater

Eater vs Fango

Fango has one of its claws sliced off by the main part of Eater

Once the selection process was completed, Fango was the first robot to be drawn for the main tournament, where it represented the Blue team in a four-way melee. There, it fought American shell spinner Shrederator Tiger Claw, British multibot Eater and the hammer of Chinese competitor Hunting Wind. In the opening seconds, it shuffled slowly across the arena, to the audience’s delight, and eventually attacked an approaching Eater with its cutting discs. Fango sustained a few more attacks from Eater, its multibot and Shrederator Tiger Claw, but continued to scuttle over the floor rods before being pushed by Eater’s bi-wedged multibot. Moments later, one of Fang’s lifting claws was sliced off by the main part of Eater, before the latter's bi-wedged counterpart briefly pushed Fango around in circles.

Shrederator Tiger Claw vs Fango 2

Fango sustains damage to its legs from Shrederator Tiger Claw

Shrederator Tiger Claw vs Fango 3

Fango survives Shrederator Tiger Claw's final blow

Fango continued shuffling across the arena, its slow speed enabling it to avoid its opponents as Shrederator Tiger Claw immobilized both Eater and Hunting Wind. Lingering over the circular saws, it sustained several hits from Shrederator Tiger Claw which severely damaged its legs. Nevertheless, Fango continued shuffling on its undamaged banks, and withstood a final head-on collision with Shrederator Tiger Claw which resulted in the latter burning out its weapon motors.[1] With the American machine resorting to pushing Fango around for the remainder of the battle, Fango survived to a Judges’ decision. However, the decision went against it, marking it and Zhang Yishan’s first loss in the competition.

At the end of the first round, Yishan chose to eliminate Fango from the Blue team, along with British entry Griffin Mk II. As a result, its participation in Season 1.5 came to an abrupt end.


This is Fighting Robots (Season 1.5)
Main Championship
Episode 3, Rumble vs. Eater, Hunting Wind, Shrederator Tiger Claw Lost


  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 1

Series RecordEdit

Fango 4

Fango on its bench

Series Fango Series Record
Season 1 Did not enter
Season 1.5 Zhang Yishan's team
(0-1 record)
Season 2 Did not enter

Outside King of BotsEdit

Death Roll - Team

Fango's team members with Death Roll at BattleBots in 2019

Both team members of Fango also competed in the 2016 and 2019 seasons of BattleBots with Death Roll, alongside Steven Martin. For more information, see Great White.


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