Mascots are supposed to be intimidating and the Tiger from Clemson is one of the best at it.
You want your mascot to strike fear, look no further than the tiger that looks like he has his back against the wall with nothing to lose. Here is what CBS Sports had to say:
Have you ever come across a drug addict? I don't mean your friend from high school who smoked a lot of pot, I mean the drug addict that is strung out on crystal meth and would literally do anything they had to in order to get more meth. Steal, stab, kill, whatever it took. Well, look into the Clemson Tiger's eyes and tell me this guy isn't about to steal and then sell your television for some ice. Oh, and not only does it have the unpredictable nature of a tweaker, but it's a tiger, too.
This is what a real mascot is all about. Not some cuddly, cute tiger.