13 Weird College Mascots: From Charlie Choker To Johnny Poet

Nothing says team spirit more than a mascot that has an interesting story and is loved by all. Well, not quite… If we’re talking about weird college mascots, the following oddities take the cake. We’re dealing either with angry vegetables, things that don’t have anything in common with playing sport – like a poet, for example – and even a body part. 

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Artie the Artichoke

weird college mascots: Artie the Artichoke

College: Scottsdale Community College

Where: Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

The Artichoke was chosen as Scottsdale Community College’s mascot because it’s tough on the outside, but tender on the inside. Plus, it’s just a hilarious image to imagine an artichoke playing sports. And that silly grin paired with those big, goofy eyes is perfection!

The Terrapin

weird college mascots The TerrapinCollege: University of Maryland

Where: College Park, Maryland, USA

A terrapin is a type of turtle, which might not seem like a fierce or intimidating mascot for a sports team. But the University of Maryland has turned their terrapin into a beloved and recognizable symbol of the school. Its stern look sure helps. 

The Blue Hose

weird college mascots The Blue Hose

College: Presbyterian College 

Where: Clinton, South Carolina, USA

The Blue Hose is a Scottish term for a type of stocking, which was chosen as the mascot because of the school’s Presbyterian heritage and the traditional Scottish tartan pattern on the uniforms.

The Boll Weevil aka Weezy

The Boll Weevil aka Weezy

College: The University of Arkansas at Monticello

Where: Monticello, Arkansas

The Boll Weevil is a beetle that lives on cotton plants so it might not have been such an obvious pick. The university chose it as their mascot during a time when farmers were “terrorized” by this pest. This was meant as a way to embrace the school’s rural roots while also having a strong and terrifying mascot. 

Speedy the Geoduck

Speedy the Geoduck mascotCollege: Evergreen State College 

Where: Olympia, Washington, USA

The Geoduck is a type of clam that can live to be over 100 years old, making it a fitting mascot for a school that values sustainability and long-term thinking. Small fact: the real geoduck looks a lot different than this little guy and here’s the proof – link to a photo

Mortarmer McPestle 

Mortarmer McPestleCollege: University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis

Where: St. Louis, Missouri, USA

By mixing science and humor we have Morty the Eutectic, a mascot is weirder than it sounds. About six feet tall and wearing a crisp white lab coat, this guy got this final look in 2009 so he’s more of a new entry. 

Eutectic – the process in which two solids combine to form a liquid

Mortamer – fun take on the mortar you used in biology classes

Pestle – the thing you used to mush things in a mortar

Fighting Okra

Fighting Okra mascotCollege: Delta State University

Where: Cleveland, Mississippi, USA

The Fighting Okra was chosen as Delta State’s mascot because it represents the school’s agricultural roots. It’s a funny and memorable image, and the school has embraced it with pride. Still, it’s an OKRA!

The Troll

The Troll mascot

College: Trinity Christian College

Where: Palos Heights, Illinois, USA

It doesn’t get easier or weirder than this. A troll, and a rather hard to digest one, is the mascot of this college. As weird as it may be to us, in 2009 ESPN picked the Troll as one of the 10 best college nicknames in college sports. 

CeCe the Fighting Koala

CeCe the Fighting Koala

College: Columbia College

Where: Columbia, South Carolina, USA

The koala is a cute and cuddly animal that doesn’t seem like a natural fit for a sports team, but Columbia College has embraced the image with their “fighting” version of the marsupial.

Southern Arkansas University Muleriders 

Southern Arkansas University Muleriders 

College: Southern Arkansas University 

Where:  Magnolia, Arkansas, USA

A mule is a hybrid of a horse and a donkey, and it’s not exactly the first animal that comes to mind when you think of a sports team mascot. But Southern Arkansas University has made it work with their proud and stubborn “mulerider” image.

Charlie Choker

Charlie the ChokerRiverfront Park

College: Grays Harbor College

Where: Aberdeen, Washington, USA

There are two things rather weird about this mascot: its name – for those who aren’t locals the name tends to have a totally different connotation – and the rope. 

Johnny Poet

Johnny PoetCollege: Whittier College

Where: Whittier, California, USA

Whittier College is named after the poet John Greenleaf Whittier, and the school’s mascot is a tribute to his legacy. It’s an unusual choice for a sports team, but it reflects the school’s commitment to the arts and humanities.



College: Rhode Island School of Design

Where: Providence, Rhode Island, USA

You read that right! Somewhere in this world there’s a college mascot shaped like a giant penis. While it has never been officially recognized the administration hasn’t been able to get rid of him for the last 21 years so he’s still up and running #punintended The even funnier bit is the team’s name: Nads. The Nads is short for “Nadsat,” the fictional slang language used in the book “A Clockwork Orange.” It’s a weird and obscure reference that only true literature nerds will appreciate, but it’s certainly memorable.

How would you cheer for the basketball team if you were there? Go Balls! 

How would you cheer for the hockey team if you were there? Go Nads!

And here comes the kicker: the cheerleaders, because they support the Nads, are affectionately called Jockstraps. 

Round up done, these are la crème de la crème when it comes to weird college mascots. Last one wins by a landslide, it’s just way too weird. 

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What is the coolest college mascot?

You should be the judge of that but here are some of our favorites:

Sparty (Michigan State University)

Gus The Gorilla (Pittsburg State University)

Bucky Badger (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

The Oregon Duck (University of Oregon)

Brutus the Buckeye (The Ohio State University)

What are the top 5 college mascots?

We think the 5 we’ve outlined above would probably fit the bill. Do you have other preferences? 

What is the most overused mascot?

If you said Bulldogs then you are correct. 

What is the oldest college mascot?

Handsome Dan of Yale University

Handsome Dan of Yale University. How did it all start? Yale Lineman Andrew Graves bought Dan I in 1889 and it ended up winning the Westminster dog show. More than this, Dan was only friendly with Yale students. After his death, it was stuffed by his owner and returned to Yale.  

Who is the creepiest college mascot?

Again what some find creepy, others might find ok so you should be the judge of that. Here are some of our picks:

Purdue Pete

Chief Osceola

Iona College Killian

Providence College Friar

Michigan State Sparty

What is the most offensive mascot?

According to a survey done by Quality Logo Products, the most offensive mascot would be Osceola and Renegade from Florida State University. 

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