Which one of these doesn't belong?

  • The Olympic cauldron
  • Gold medals
  • World-class athletes
  • Wenlock

For an international event with such lofty ideals that seems to spare no expense (gold medals, anyone?), the Olympics often seem to do a poor job in the mascot department. The mascots for London's Olympic and Paralympic Games are named Wenlock and Mandeville and they are, well, eccentric creations. These things each have two legs, two arms, a big body and one gigantic eye.

Are they supposed to be cute? Creepy? Weird? It's hard to tell.

On its own, this odd pair might seem an individual failing of the organizers of the London Olympics but not so fast. Viewed alongside their mascot peers, Wenlock and Mandeville seem to fit right in. This motley menagerie of Olympic mascots has included creatures of all stripes -- and some without stripes. Are Wenlock and Mandeville any more or less remarkable than the mascots of the 2008 Beijing Olympics (Beibei, Jingjing, Huanhuan, Yingying, & Nini)?

Scroll down and check out some of the Summer Olympics mascots dating back to the '80s and vote on your favorite.

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  • Waldi, The Daschshund Dog

    <strong>First Appearance: </strong>1972 Summer Olympics <strong>Debuted In: </strong>Munich, Germany <strong>Fun Fact:</strong> A popular breed of dog in Germany, Daschshunds are one of the country's many symbols, making this dog a no-brainer for the Munich Games. Also worth noting is that Waldi is the first official mascot of the Olympics and <a href="http://sportige.com/summer-olympic-games-mascots/" target="_hplink">represents the desired traits of an athlete: resistance, tenacity and agility.</a>

  • Schneemann, The Snowman

    <strong>First Appearance:</strong> 1976 Winter Olympics <strong>Debuted In:</strong> Innsbruck, Austria <strong>Fun Fact:</strong> Schneemann goes down in history as the first official Winter Olympic mascot <a href="http://www.kjct8.com/sports/2012-olympics/-/12406900/15466472/-/v7b3iyz/-/index.html" target="_hplink">and represents simplicity in the games</a> -- which makes sense since it's a mascot made of three balls of snow, two lumps of coal, one carrot and a hat. And no, there's probably no family relationship to Frosty the Snowman.

  • Amik, The Beaver

    <strong>First Appearance: </strong>1976 Summer Olympics <strong>Debuted In: </strong>Montreal, Canada <strong>Fun Fact:</strong> 1976 marked Canada's first time hosting the Summer Olympics and so it only made sense to select the country's national animal as the game's mascot.

  • Roni, The Raccoon

    <strong>First Appearance:</strong> 1980 Winter Olympics <strong>Debuted In:</strong> Lake Placid, USA <strong>Fun Fact:</strong> As far as Olympic mascots go, Roni would have to be a silver medalist. Why? Well, poor Roni wasn't the first choice for a mascot during the 1980 Winter Games. <a href="http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/47533" target="_hplink">The original plan was to use Rocky, <em>an actual live raccoon</em></a> as a representative of the Games but Rocky died before the games began. Instead, graphic designer Donald Moss drew up Roni who is named after Lake Placid's Adirondack Mountains.

  • Misha, The Bear Cub

    <strong>First Appearance:</strong> 1980 Summer Games <strong>Debuted In:</strong> Moscow, Russia <strong>Fun Fact:</strong> Misha's full name <a href="http://collectibles.about.com/od/olympiccollecting/ig/Olympic-Mascots/misha.--24.htm" target="_hplink">is actually Mikhail Potapych Toptygin</a> and was created by Victor Chizhikov, a children's book illustrator. The bear was also the national symbol of the now defunct Soviet Union.

  • Vucko, The Wolf

    <strong>First Appearance: </strong>1984 Winter Olympics <strong>Debuted In: </strong>Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina <strong>Fun Fact:</strong> A wolf may seem like a strange choice for a mascot but given the fact that the alternatives <a href="http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/47533" target="_hplink">were a snowball, a mountain goat, a chipmunk, a lamb, or a porcupine</a>, a wolf probably seemed like the best of the bunch. Vucko was also a symbol of human's desire to befriend animals.

  • Sam, The Eagle

    <strong>First Appearance: </strong>1984 Summer Olympics <strong>Debuted In:</strong> Los Angeles, USA <strong>Fun Fact: </strong> Ah yes, mascots don't get any more American than a giant Eagle. Sam also <a href="http://www.mapsofworld.com/olympic-trivia/olympic-mascot.html" target="_hplink">shares a common bond with famous animals such as Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse</a> because all three were designed by Walt Disney.

  • Hidy And Howdy, The Polar Bears

    <strong>First Appearance:</strong> 1988 Winter Olympics <strong>Debuted In:</strong> Calgary, Canada <strong>Fun Fact:</strong> Hidy and Howdy are the first to break the tradition of single mascots by introducing the Olympics to a a brother-sister duo. They got their name<a href="http://www.imcmascots.com/mascot-pages/olympics-mascots-hidy.htm" target="_hplink"> in a contest sponsored by the Calgary Zoo which saw 7,000 submissions</a>. They're also symbols of Western Canada's hospitality.

  • Hodori And Hosuni, The Tiger Cubs

    <strong>First Appearance:</strong> 1988 Summer Olympics <strong>Debuted In:</strong> Seoul, Korea <strong>Fun Fact: </strong> Much like the Winter Games, the 1988 Summer Olympics featured two mascots, Hodori And Hosuni. Both were tiger cubs but Hodori was the more liked of the two. The tigers were selected due to their <a href="http://www.hickoksports.com/history/olmascots.shtml" target="_hplink">heavy prominence in many Korean legends</a>.

  • Magique, The Snow Imp

    <strong>First Appearance: </strong>1992 Winter Olympics <strong>Debuted In: </strong>Albertville, France <strong>Fun Fact: </strong> Snow imps are a thing?

  • Cobi, The Catalan Sheepdog

    <strong>First Appearance:</strong> 1992 Summer Olympics <strong>Debuted In: </strong>Barcelona, Spain <strong>Fun Fact:</strong> After decades of soft, cuddly mascots, it was time for a change. Enter Cobi, the first official Olympic mascot designed in a cubist art style. The style was inspired by Picasso's interpretation of a masterpiece from Velázquez, Las Meninas. The change in art must have paid off because by the time the '92 Summer games were done, Cobi appeared in <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cobi" target="_hplink">three ad sponsorships, on numerous souvenirs and even had his own TV show</a>.

  • Håkon And Kristin, The Norwegian Children

    <strong>First Appearance:</strong> 1994 Winter Olympics <strong>Debuted In: </strong> Lillehammer, Norway <strong>Fun Fact:</strong> Håkon And Kristin were the first official human (read: non-animal/ magical/mystical) mascots.

  • Izzy, The Abstract Figure

    <strong>First Appearance:</strong> 1996 Summer Olympics <strong>Debuted In:</strong> Atlanta, USA <strong>Fun Fact:</strong> If Håkon And Kristin were the first human mascots, then Izzy gets the award for the first... abstract mascot. Actually, Izzy is the first computer generated mascot to represent the host country -- a far cry from what CGI can do today-- but Izzy could shape shift and was the biggest departure from previous Olympic mascots. However, Izzy was poorly received,<a href="http://sportige.com/summer-olympic-games-mascots/" target="_hplink"> leading it to earn nicknames like "The Sperm In Sneakers" </a>from many critics.

  • Sukki, Nokki, Lekki And Tsukk

    <strong>First Appearance:</strong> 1998 Winter Olympics <strong>Debuted In: </strong> Nagano, Japan <strong>Fun Fact: </strong>Better know as The Snowlets, Sukki, Nokki, Lekki and Tsukk are four owls designed to represent Japan's four primary islands: Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu. Also, if you combine the first syllable of each owl then you get the word "Snowlets".

  • Syd, Olly And Millie

    <strong>First Appearance: </strong>2000 Summer Olympics <strong>Debuted In:</strong> Sydney, Australia <strong>Fun Fact: </strong> Unless you're from Australia, there's a good chance you won't recognize most of these critters. That's because they're all native to the island continent. Syd, the platypus is short for "Sydney", while Olly, the Kookaburra, is short for "Olympic" and Millie, the Echidna, is short for "millennium".

  • Powder, Coal And Copper

    <strong>First Appearance:</strong> 2002 Winter Olympics <strong>Debuted In:</strong> Salt Lake City, USA <strong>Fun Fact:</strong> They may look like a trio of cute, cuddly animals but Power, the snowshoe hare, Coal, the American black bear, and Copper, the coyote<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powder,_Copper_and_Coal" target="_hplink">, all share a great deal of symbolism</a>. For one, all three animals are native to the state of Utah. Secondly, each critter is a major character in the legends of local American Indians. Finally, each is named after a natural resource that is key to the State's economy.

  • Athena and Phevos, The Siblings

    <strong>First Appearance:</strong> 2004 Summer Olympics <strong> Debuted In:</strong> Athens, Greece <strong>Fun Fact:</strong> They may not look like it, but these two mascots are actually based off of children. Designed to bridge the gap between Ancient Greece and the modern era,<a href="http://www.mapsofworld.com/olympic-trivia/olympic-mascot.html" target="_hplink"> the two were modeled after traditional Greek dolls</a> but modified to represent children in this day and age. Further adding to the duo's ancient roots are their names: Athena is named after the goddess of wisdom and Phevos, a play of Apollo, the god of light and music.

  • Neve And Gliz

    <strong>First Appearance:</strong>2006 Winter Olympics <strong>Debuted In:</strong> Turin, Italy <strong>Fun Fact:</strong> They may look like Gumby rip offs, but Neve and Gliz are actually the official mascot for Turin when it hosted the Winter Games. Neve was designed to reflect a human snowball, while Gliz is a human ice cube.

  • The Fuwa

    <strong>First Appearance:</strong> 2008 Summer Olympics <strong>Debuted In:</strong> Beijing, China <strong>Fun Fact:</strong> And the winner for the largest posse of mascots goes to the Fuwa! Fuwa roughly translates to 'good luck dolls' which explains their cute, miniature design and each comes with their own name and meaning. Starting from the left, there's Beibei, The Fish; Jingjing, the Giant Panda; Huanhuan, the Olympic Flame; Yingying, the Tibetan Antelope and Nini, The Swallow. Each doll was designed to take on a colour of<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuwa" target="_hplink"> the Olympic rings while also representing a key Feng Shui element</a>.

  • Quatchi, Miga And Sumi

    <strong>First Appearance:</strong> 2010 Winter Olympics <strong>Debuted In:</strong>Vancouver, Canada <strong>Fun Fact:</strong> The mascots for the 2010 Winter Games were inispired by a mix of Aboriginal folklore and Canadian culture. There's Quatchi, the sasquatch, a lover of hockey and dreams of becoming a world-famous goalie (the Toronto Maple Leafs could probably benefit from a guy like him in net). Then there's Miga, part killer whale, part Kermode spirit bear, but 100% devoted to snowboarding. Finally, there's Sumi, a smorgasbord of animals: <a href="http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2007/11/27/bc-mascot.html" target="_hplink">an animal-guardian spirt who wears the hat of the orca whale, uses the wings of the mighty Thunderbird and runs with the legs of the black bear. </a>

  • Wenlock, The Drop Of Steel

    <strong>First Appearance:</strong> 2012 Summer Olympics <strong>Debuted In:</strong> London, England <strong>Fun Fact:</strong> Wenlock isn't just any drop of steel. It's a drop of steel <em>with a camera for an eye</em>. The mascot gets its name by Much Wenlock in Shropshire, England -- the location of the first Olympian Games in 1850, organized by the Wenlock Olympian Society.