11. Sam — 1984 Summer Olympics, Los Angeles
Why are his wings so tiny?
Why is his hat so big?
Also, Sam? Really? A bald eagle in an American flag hat named Sam?
Points deducted for lack of creativity.
10. Hidy and Howdy — 1988 Winter Olympics, Calgary
All right, now we’re getting somewhere!
Again with the dead eyes!
Hidy and Howdy are polar bears who are (inexplicably) dressed in cowboy outfits. Are their hats made out of their fellow polar bears?
9. Olly, Syd, and Millie — 2000 Summer Olympics, Sydney
I get the appeal of cartoony animals. After all, these characters are meant to appeal to kids, right?
But do they have to this terrifying? All three of these creatures look like they could crush all of your bones and not even bat an eye.
These first five mascots are all animals that exist in real life (with some extreme liberties taken, of course). But this marks the end of real-life creatures. From here on out, the Olympic mascots take a much more abstract (and MUCH more horrifying) turn…