Comics, movies, videogames, and TV shows all know their way around good character design — so how come the Olympics, decade after decade, commission the worst characters ever foisted upon millions? The recently unveiled London 2012 "things" are just...look.
London, United Kingdom
Wenlock and Mendeville, "drops of steel with cameras for eyes"
Sumi, Quatchi, and Miga: sea bear, sasquatch, and marmot
The Fuwa: Beibei (fish), Jingjing (giant panda), Huanhuan (Olympic flame), Yingying (Tibetan antelope), Nini (swallow)
Neve and Gliz, snowball and ice cube
Athena and Phevos, "brother" and "sister"
Salt Lake City, United States
Powder, Copper, Coal: snowshoe hare, coyote, and bear (okay, these guys are kinda cute)
Ollie, Syd, and Millie: kookaburra, platypus, and echnidna
The Snowlets: Sukki, Nokki, Lekki, and Tsukki
Atlanta, United States
Kristin and Hakon, human children
Cobi, a Catalan sheepdog in a suit
Magique, a "man-star"
Seoul, South Korea
Hodori, a tiger cub
Hidy and Howdy, polar bears
Los Angeles, United States
Sam, an eagle
Vucko, a wolf
Misch, a bear cub
Lake Placid, United States
Roni, a very sad raccoon
Amik, a beaver
Schneemann, a snowman
Munich, West Germany
Waldi, a dachshund
Schuss, a skier