Can You Name This Mascot?

By: Khadija Leon

About This Quiz

Mascots have been around for hundreds of years, and they play a pivotal role in the sales of a company's product. How many of these mascots can you identify? There's only one way to find out?

If you saw the first Michelin Man, you probably would have run away because he looked more like a Halloween monster than a tire man. Since his creation over 100 years ago, he has been altered several times to become the mascot that we see today.

Fun Fact: Mr. Peanut was created by a 14-year-old schoolboy from Virginia in 1916 after he entered a contest to create the Planters' trademark. The company later added a top hat, a monocle, a pair of gloves and a more modern walking cane.

The Laughing Cow is recognizable anywhere you go. After all, how often do you see a red cow with earrings? The mascot is also on the logo for the cheese and was trademarked in 1921. The slogan for the cheese is “Have you laughed today?”

Mickey Mouse made his debut in 1928 when he appeared in a cartoon called "Steamboat Willie." This little rodent and his girlfriend, Minnie, have been the faces of the Disney franchise and are the most recognizable mascots in the entire world.

After B&G Foods introduced an unusually large line of peas, the Green Giant was created. Nearly 50 years later, in 1973, the company added Sprout, his little companion, into the mix. Although he is not seen on the labels, Sprout is seen in almost every commercial.

Milburn Pennybags appeared on the Monopoly game box in 1940, four years after Charles Darrow invented the game. The character is so well liked that he made a name for himself outside of the game, and has appeared on shows like "The Simpsons" and movies like "Ace Ventura."

Tony the Tiger was not the first mascot for Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes; it was actually Katy the Kangaroo. When he was introduced in 1952, Tony instantly became more popular than Katy and the company decided that it was time for her retirement. The catchphrase “They’re gr-r-reat!” was then added to the mix, and it is known worldwide.

We’ve seen many different types of mascots, but when Kool-Aid introduced a smiling-faced pitcher as its mascot, people were concerned about its longevity. More than 50 years later, he is still handing out the Kool-Aid drinks to little kids.

Cornelius ‘Corny’ Rooster didn’t appear on the Corn Flakes boxes until the 1960s despite the fact the cereal had been around since 1894. The cereal itself was created at and given to patients at a sanitarium, and after becoming extremely popular, it was requested by the general public.

Mr. Clean, also known as Veritably Clean, first came on the scene in 1958, and at the time, he was a bit scary looking. He was originally meant to be a Navy sailor but was later changed. After many revisions of both the character and the motto, this tough guy fights against dirt and grime in hard-to-reach places.

Anyone who knows the Pillsbury Doughboy knows his adorably iconic laugh and can immediately identify it anywhere. He made his first appearance in 1965. At the time, he was called Poppin’ Fresh but the animated guy that we know today as Pillsbury Doughboy wasn’t made until many years later.

Julius has undergone significant changes since he was created and variant logos have also had him being presented as female characters. The catchphrase “Once you pop, you just can’t stop” hasn’t gone too well with some consumers as it is reminiscent of drug addiction.

Although the bear seems to only make an appearance during the holidays, it has been around since 1922. The company loves its mascot so much, it has raised over $2 million to save endangered polar bears as well as partnering with the World Wildlife organization.

Chester wasn’t the first mascot of the Cheetos company. In the 1970s, there was a Cheetos mouse, but after Chester’s introduction in 1986, the mouse stood no chance and was later retired. For years, he has been trying to get his hands on a bag of Cheetos, but has never gotten one.

These hard surface cleaners began development in 1986 which subsequently expanded to what they are today. The mascot has also been updated to a superhero character. Although there have been numerous concerns about the products' extremely high potency and health risk, they are some of the top-selling cleaning agents.

Not only was Colonel Sanders the mascot of KFC, he was also the company's founder. Their first store opened in 1952, and since then, he (as the mascot) has undergone several changes, the last of which was in 2007. Although the real Colonel died in 1980, he is currently played by actor Ray Liotta when appearing on television.

Geico is famous for having two very successful mascots; The Caveman and The Gecko. The caveman was such a hit that he went on to starring in his own show on NBC. The Gecko won viewers over with his cheerful nature, good manners, and awesome sales pitches.

In 2008, Flo made her first appearance in a commercial called “Checkout.” Not only did she make it very easy for people to purchase insurance, her quirkiness and crazy antics were a hit with viewers. She recently starred in her 100th advertisement alongside basketball star LeBron James.

The Aflac Duck was created when one of the members of an advertising agency realized that the name, Aflac, sounded similar to a duck quacking. Since then, this infamous duck has been quacking on televisions around the world.

Charlie the Tuna has been the mascot for Starkist Tuna since the product debuted in 1961. One would think that a tuna would not want to help promote eating his own kind or himself. In the ads, he is seen wanting to become a Starkist Tuna, but is often told, “Sorry Charlie. Starkist doesn’t want a tuna with good taste. Starkist wants a tuna that tastes good."

Ronald first appeared in a television commercial in 1963 and three years later, he officially became the spokesperson for McDonald's. Over the years, his outfits have changed and he has made many friends along the way, including the Hamburglar.

Much like Bugs Bunny, Trix Rabbit, and Roger Rabbit, the Energizer Bunny is one of the coolest rabbits around. Seen rocking a pair of sunglasses and some flip flops, he beats a drum which keeps him going and going, and going.

The company’s slogan is “When It Rains It Pours” so it was only fitting that the salt girl was illustrated in the way that she is - holding an umbrella in one hand and a container of salt in the other. Salt falls on the pavement as she walks.

Apart from looting and fighting, pirates were known for how much they drank, and Captain Henry Morgan was no different. The rum company was founded in 1945 but the captain didn't begin appearing on the bottle until the early 1970s.

When Joe Harris created the Trix rabbit in 1959, the General Mills cereal’s sales skyrocketed as he was quickly accepted by children around the world. That, in combination with the catchphrase “Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids,” makes it one of the most popular cereals today.

When Kellogg’s Rice Krispies first came out, it was just Snap who appeared on the box, but a few years later, it was changed to include Crackle and Pop. A little-known fact is that in their earlier years, this trio were brownies with large ears, noses and hats. They were changed to look more like humans in 1949.

Toucan Sam first appeared on the boxes of Froot Loops cereal in 1963 with the catchphrase “Follow my nose, it always knows,” which instantly became a hit with both adults and children. In the late 2000s, three little toucans were added to the commercials as his nephews.

Geoffrey was created in 1960, back when Toys “R” Us was known ad Children’s Bargain Town as the executives wanted a large, friendly animal to represent their company. Although the company’s financial troubles have recently come to light, they won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.

Quicky first appeared on packaging in 1973 and not too long after, he appeared in advertisements along with the very catchy theme song “So rich and thick and choco-like." Fun Fact: France and Greece had a different mascot (Groquick, a fat yellow dog) before Quicky was introduced.

Bullseye, formerly called Spot, is a Bull Terrier who has been the Target mascot for some time now. Fun Fact: The dog used in marketing campaigns is a female but the actual mascot is a male. The red paint used to paint the logo on her face is natural and nontoxic, so there is no harm when giving her "the look."

Normally you would not want your kids playing with rodents, but Chuck is a different type of rodent. He normally comes around at birthday parties and promotions to hang out with people. He was created in the late 1970s and was accompanied by other characters like Crusty the Cat and Helen Henny.

The Wendy’s logo and name were inspired by Wendy Thomas, the daughter of Dave Thomas, the founder of the Wendy’s Fast Food chain. The logo was also made in the likeness of Wendy as a young girl with freckles and iconic red braids. When her father died in 2002, she, along with some of her siblings, bought over 20 Wendy’s stores.

Ernie Keebler, along with the other helper elves, was created by Leo Burnett in 1969. The elves live in a tree in the fictional town of Sylvan Glen and are often seen baking everything from cookies to pies to biscuits. The elves became so popular, that they have been seen in "Family Guy," "The Cleveland Show" and on Showtime’s "Happyish."

The chocolate- flavored Tootsie Pop was invented in 1931 by an employee of the Sweets Company of America. In a 1969 ad, a little boy posed the question "How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?" to a cow, a fox and a turtle who all responded by telling him to ask someone else. When he finally met the owl, the owl began licking the lollipop, only to bite into it after the third lick.

This General Mills cereal was created in 1958 and the mascot, Sonny, was introduced in 1962. The advertisements always start off the same, Sonny tries to concentrate on something but always ends up exclaiming, “I’m cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs!”

So technically, this isn’t a mascot, but she has been the face of the company since 1928. In 2014, when people last checked in with the Gerber baby, she was an 87-year-old great-grandmother. In 2011, the company searched for a new baby and one was subsequently chosen.

When you typically see storks, you think about babies but the Vlasic Stork was apparently chosen to “Deliver pickles since babies were in short supply!” Another rumor is that pregnant women crave pickles, and so, the Vlasic Stork was created.

Mars introduced its first spokescandy in 1953, 13 years after the chocolate first appeared on the market. Not long after, the yellow spokescandy joined the pre-existing red one. More than 50 years later, there are now six spokescandies, with more rumored to be on the way.

When you think about Chiquita bananas, many people also think about Miss Chiquita, who has been on the banana’s tiny sticker since 1944. Back then, she was made to look like a banana, but in 1987, was recreated to look like the woman that we know today.

Smokey was created by the Ad Council and first appeared in 1944 in an effort to educate the general public about the dangers of wildfires, and ways to prevent them. The catchphrase that he is often heard saying is “Remember…Only You can prevent forest fires,” which was later added in 1947.

Snuggles has been the mascot of a fabric softener sold and distributed first by Sun Products since 1983. The bear was such a hit, that the bears were sold individually only to be recalled because parts were determined to be choking hazards.

Hamburger Helper was introduced to the world in 1971, and soon after the mascot, “Helping Hand,” a four-fingered left-hand glove was introduced. In 2013, the name of the product was shortened to Helper. Variations of this product include Tuna Helper, Pork Helper, and Chicken Helper.

The Charmin Bears, Molly and Leonard, were created in 2000. Soon after, their children, Bill, Amy, and Dylan joined the team. The Ultra-soft bears are blue while the Ultra-strong bears are red. As they say in most advertisements “We all go. Why not enjoy the go?”

Did you know that Cap’n Crunch’s full name was Horatio Magellan Crunch? That’s probably why they called him that Cap’n for short. He made his first appearance on boxes in 1963, but for 15 years, he was removed as a part of the “Where’s the Cap’n” promotion. Upon his return, he was even more popular.

When Mucinex announced that its mascot was going to be mucus, many people thought that it was going a bit too far. Mr. Mucus is slightly offensive and extremely obnoxious, and is meant to represent how bad mucus actually is. In every ad, Mucinex is shown to get rid of mucus, no matter how tough it is.

The Serta sheep are so well liked that, that they have been made into plush toys, which kids especially enjoy. There are more than 12 sheep and if you would like to learn more about them, including their names, numbers, and roles, you can go onto the Serta website to do so.

Lucky the Leprechaun’s real name is Sir Charms and he was created in 1963. In 1975, he was briefly replaced by Waldo the Wizard in New England. Also, the oats were not sugar coated but after not meeting their sales expectations, the company decided to coat them with sugar.

Elsie was introduced as the mascot of The Borden Dairy Company in 1936 and is easily one of the most recognizable brands in the U.S. Every few years, she has been altered, but not to the point where she has become unrecognizable. She even had her own comic book series in the 1940s.

The name of this brand alone indicates how strong this tissue is supposed to be, so it is only fitting that the mascot was a strong, muscular man wearing a plaid shirt. He got a makeover in 2003 and went having blonde hair and a beard to being dark haired and clean shaven.

There aren’t many companies that use real animals as their mascot, because the risk of them dying (much like Giget from Taco Bell) can limit the longevity of the mascot. But 9Lives Cat Food didn’t seem to care when they got Morris to be their mascot in 1969. He died 10 years later, but gained worldwide fame from the advertisements.

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