Sammy the Slug is your friendly college banana slug from UC Santa Cruz. "The students' embrace of such a lowly creature was their response to the fierce athletic competition fostered at most American universities," says their website. So the slug isn't supposed to be competitive. It's supposed to be friendly. How nice.
Because we all know Dartmouth is too distinguished to have him as their official mascot, the mascotless school's unofficial mascot is none other than Keggy the Keg. In 2006, he was banned from football games. In 2011, by popular demand, he made his return. Keggy the Keg even has his own official Twitter.
You know when you have to add that he's a fighting artichoke, you don't have the most fearsome mascot. But that's okay. Because Scottsdale Community College's mascot is one of the most delicious mascots there is. Artie started out as a joke, but now is a beloved icon of the school.
Yeah, boll weevils are destructive to your cotton or flour. They're not exactly frightening in any other scenario. Except for this one, when they're the mascot of the University of Arkansas. Then they're utterly terrifying.
Alright, so UC Berkeley's mascot is a California Golden Bear. That's pretty normal. A bear seems like a fitting mascot we could get behind. But not Oski. Oski wants to meet us in a dark alleyway, we're pretty sure.
People are always shaking in their boots at the sight of corn on the cob, right? That's what the folks over at Concordia College thought. Well, they actually might have capitalized on the fact that people would taunt them by calling them corncobs, and then just ran with the idea.
Perhaps one of the more infamous weird mascots, the Stanford tree is intended to make people want to leaf them alone. Once upon a time, the Stanford mascot was an Indian. But that was a seasonal thing and everything's oak-ay now.
Mr. Okra is not to be messed with. He's a big ol' okra, after all, and that's what Delta state was going for. They want you to fear the okra. Literally. That's the name of their website for the mascot.
This kid's having a grand old time meeting this troll, but we're pretty sure we wouldn't. Trinity Christian College refers to their own mascot as unique. Hey, well, at least they know it looks like something someone created when on a bad trip.
Okay, so of all the mascots on this list, Campbell University's camel isn't too shabby. But we seriously need to talk to someone about that first name. We feel like we're going to go have high tea, not watch a football match.
And here we have Otto the Orange from Syracuse University. Just when you thought you'd thought of the most intimidating, fear inducing mascot, think again. It's obviously an orange. Everyone knows they're terrifying.