Since the first Olympic mascot was introduced in 1968, the Summer Games have featured mascots that range from cuddly animals to inexplicable creations of the mind. Here is every mascot in the history of the Summer Games, ranked from the ordinary to the most bizarre.
Los Angeles 1984 - Sam
If Apollo Creed was reborn as a bald eagle, he’d be Sam.
Getty ImagesTony Duffy
Seoul 1988 - Hodori
The tiger is the national animal of South Korea, and Hodori basically looks like Tony the Tiger. As far as Olympic mascots go, Hodori is about as normal as they come.
Getty ImagesDavid Cannon
Sydney 2000 - Olly, Syd, Millie
Olly (a kookaburra), Syd (a platypus) and Millie (an echidna) could all easily fit in a Pokemon game.
AFP/Getty ImagesTORSTEN BLACKWOOD
Moscow 1980 - Misha
It’s hard not to like Misha the happy bear, arguably one of the cuddliest-looking mascots in Olympic history.
Each of the five mascots in Beijing were designed to represent one of the five natural elements (water, forest, earth, sky and fire). They’re all adorable.
AFP/Getty ImagesLEON NEAL
Munich 1972 - Waldi
Waldi the dachschund was the first Summer Olympic mascot, and he hasn’t aged well.
Barcelona 1992 - Cobi
Cobi, a Catalan sheepdog, was created in cubist style and had his own animated series (which you can watch on YouTube). Cobi looks like a dog mixed with Doug Funny.
Montreal 1976 - Amik
We cross over into "slightly nightmarish" territory with Amik, which the Algonquin word for beaver. It was apparently a catchier name than the translation of “featureless black hole.”
Rio 2016 - Vinicius
Vinicius is officially described as a “mixture of all Brazilian animals” that was “born out of the explosion of joy that happened when they announced that Rio would host the Olympic Games.” The Big Olympic Bang, if you will.
AFP/Getty ImagesVANDERLEI ALMEIDA
Athens 2004 - Athena and Phevos
The two mascots from Athens represent Greek gods Apollo and Athena, and are supposed to be shaped like a bell. A bell with giant feet.
Getty ImagesScott Gries
London 2012 - Wenlock
Wenlock was made from a “drop of steel,” and according to Olympic.org his “eye is the lens of a camera, filming everything he sees.” He’s a giant metal surveillance cyclops.
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Atlanta 1996 - Izzy
Via the New York Times in 1996: “Matt Groening, creator of "The Simpsons," [says Izzy] calls to mind ‘a bad marriage of the Pillsbury doughboy and the ugliest California Raisin.’” We probably should have let Matt Groening design the mascot. Photo via Getty Images.