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.

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Summer 2012
London, United Kingdom
Wenlock and Mendeville, "drops of steel with cameras for eyes"

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Winter 2010
Vancouver, Canada
Sumi, Quatchi, and Miga: sea bear, sasquatch, and marmot

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Summer 2008
Beijing, China
The Fuwa: Beibei (fish), Jingjing (giant panda), Huanhuan (Olympic flame), Yingying (Tibetan antelope), Nini (swallow)

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Winter 2006
Turin, Italy
Neve and Gliz, snowball and ice cube

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Summer 2004
Athens, Greece
Athena and Phevos, "brother" and "sister"

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Winter 2002
Salt Lake City, United States
Powder, Copper, Coal: snowshoe hare, coyote, and bear (okay, these guys are kinda cute)

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Summer 2000
Sydney, Australia
Ollie, Syd, and Millie: kookaburra, platypus, and echnidna

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Winter 1998
Nagano, Japan
The Snowlets: Sukki, Nokki, Lekki, and Tsukki

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Summer 1996
Atlanta, United States
Izzy, a...something

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Winter 1994
Lillehammer, Norway
Kristin and Hakon, human children

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Summer 1992
Barcelona, Spain
Cobi, a Catalan sheepdog in a suit

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Winter 1992
Albertville, France
Magique, a "man-star"

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Summer 1988
Seoul, South Korea
Hodori, a tiger cub

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Winter 1988
Calgary, Canada
Hidy and Howdy, polar bears

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Summer, 1984
Los Angeles, United States
Sam, an eagle

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Winter 1984
Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
Vucko, a wolf

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Summer 1980
Moscow, U.S.S.R.
Misch, a bear cub

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Winter 1980
Lake Placid, United States
Roni, a very sad raccoon

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Summer 1976
Montreal, Canada
Amik, a beaver

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Winter 1976
Innsbruck, Austria
Schneemann, a snowman

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Summer 1972
Munich, West Germany
Waldi, a dachshund

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Winter 1968
Grenoble, France
Schuss, a skier

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