Some innovative students have created robots that have two or more parts that can essentially act as separate robots. The parts are attached by a long tether containing motor wires going back to a single brain. Here is a video of two such robots. The following questions assume that these robots do not violate any rules in section 3 of the game manual and thus are legal.
In a match with tetherbots it may be difficult for the referee to quickly ascertain the alliance color of part of the robot. For example, a tetherbot could pass inspection with license plates on opposing sides of the robot, even though part of the robot does not have a license plate once fully expanded.
The inspection checklist says:
Robot displays colored VEX Team Identification plates on at least (2) opposing sides, with only (1) color visible. R28
Rule R27 says: (Sorry, getting error trying to paste the text of the rule. Here is a link to the game manual.)
Although rule R27 has many details about license plates, it does not state the number of license plates required, but it does give the Head Referee latitude to ensure that the alliance color is abundantly clear.
Even though robots are customarily expected to have only two license plates, should a Head Referee require that a tetherbot have license plates on opposing sides of each part of the robot that becomes separated after the match starts?