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Most Annoying Ad Mascots on TV

Most people settle onto the couch and flip on the TV in order to unwind and relax. We have our favorite shows and there are even certain commercials that make us smile. I know you laughed out loud when you saw Old Spice's "I'm on a Horse" commercial for the first time or when Betty White was tackled in the Snickers spot. But sadly, our tube time is not always without thorns. We often have our eyes and ears pricked by irritating commercials that make us want to turn the channel, hit the mute button, scream or leave the room. Marketing is about leaving a positive message that others will be open to - not inciting someone to pick up a brick and throw it at the tv.

One thing that can guarantee an ad will get on our nerves: an annoying mascot. Remember the Domino's Noid from the 80s? We still aren't sure how a spandex-wearing pizza villain who wanted to ruin our dinner was supposed to entice us to pick up the phone and order a pie.
Here's some current marketing that would do well to never be seen again:

GEICO's Cavemen

GEICO, please hear us. We can handle the Gecko. We don't even really mind the pile of cash with googly eyes. But please, please, retire the cavemen. When the spots originally launched in 2004, they were clever and they hit the point home: switching to GEICO is "so easy, even a caveman can do it." We got it. But after six years of watching the metrosexual neanderthals with major chips on their shoulders, we say enough. It's not funny anymore. We suggest the cavemen get over it, too.

Quizno's Costumed Kittens "Singimals"

This one just has us scratching our heads. Really, Quizno's? Did you not learn from your last freaky animal debacle? You know, when you were using that rat-like thing that looked like road kill to sell your subs. Now, they've turned to weird little costumed kittens with voices that sound like nails on chalkboard? It even makes babies cry and some have even said the Quizno's kittens gave them nightmares!

Aflac's Duck

Speaking of grating noises, this one makes us jump right out of our skin. How annoying is a duck loudly yelling "Aflaaaac!" over and over? Think of your child, tugging on your shirt, saying "Mom, Mom, Mom ..." while you try to concentrate and then multiply that by ten. While Gilbert Gottfried's distinctive voice can be appreciated, we could do without his repetitive bleating during our downtime.

Burger King's "The King"

One word is used most frequently to describe BK's mute mascot: C-r-e-e-p-y. Considering his creepy oversized plastic head, creepy frozen grin and creepy Robin-Hood-meets-Pimp outfit, we wholeheartedly agree. This dude is way creepy. Not to mention he spends his time, sneaking into people's bedrooms, rapping about square booties to pitch kids' meals ( Say What??) and escaping from an insane asylum. Sure, Ronald McDonald has the "clown" thing working against him, but at least he's not so, um, what's the word? Oh yeah, creepy.

Honda's Mr. Opportunity

Mr. Opportunity is in retrospect, pretty much unremarkable in every way. And that's just one of the things that annoys us so much - his absolute blandness and sheer dorkiness. That and the idea that an ad agency would go out of their way to create such a nondescript, barely memorable mascot. It seems people either don't remember him at all or hate his guts. There's even an "I Hate Mr. Opportunity!" Facebook page and a search of YouTube will find a mash-up of commercials made to look like "Mr. O" got what he deserved in a nightclub fight.

Mucinex's Mr. Mucus

My chest is congested. My sinuses are aching. I am miserable. The last thing I want to think about is some obese slimy green guy and his family moving into my nasal cavity. Eww is all I can say.

Energizer's Bunny

What would a list of most annoying mascots be without the Energizer Bunny. Unfortunately for us, his commercials keep going ... and going ... and going ... Do they really make you want to buy batteriesss? - um, that's a no.

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