hoping this wont turn into a flame war but...
any mascot, any game, basicly ANYTHING that ppl will like (excluding children stuff) will be bad to kids in some way, look at halo kids; u go easy on them and they kill u, "wow, ur a f--in noob, omg u suck" and if u play the game and kill them"holy shit WTF!?!? omg hackorz, wtf u @SS b--th"
in my opinion its not the games/mascots faults (most of them), its the kids fault,
1. playing the game, if there not allowed to
2. not having the brain to reliaze (srry bout my spelling) that its just a game,
you can be a fan of somthing, maybe even be hardcore fan of it, but if u go overboard, then thats where the problems start.