University of California at Santa Cruz Banana Slugs
Looks Like: Half Flik from A Bug’s Life, half Slurms McKenzie from Futurama.
Behind the Name: UCSC is known more for its stunning backdrop and laid-back atmosphere than its athletics, so, in the 1970s, the school’s club teams started calling themselves the “Banana Slugs.” The name hasn’t been without some controversy, though. When the school joined Division III athletics in 1980, the college’s chancellor attempted to make their mascot the sea lion, thinking that the creature was more “legitimate” than its forebear. Students revolted, and in 1986 they voted overwhelmingly to adopt the Banana Slug as their official mascot. Also, John Travolta wore a Banana Slugs shirt in Pulp Fiction, which should be enough to enshrine these slimy yellow dudes in the mascot hall of fame.