07/25/2012 08:21 pm ET Updated Jul 26, 2012

London Olympics Mascot Wenlock Only Latest Bizarre Olympic Ambasador (PHOTOS)

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.



Olympic Mascots Through The Years