Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has more in common with Pokémon’s beloved mascot, Pikachu, than looks would suggest. Both have enjoyed enduring fame; both have a family-friendly image; both have a certain quality that makes you want to hug them and never let go.
Johnson may have started his career as a pro wrestler with a great catchphrase, but he now holds the titles of singer, producer, highest paid actor, and dad. As BuzzFeed put it, he’s a hero who can reinvent himself into whatever you want him to be.
There is one exception: The Rock is simply not built to be Pikachu. That makes his efforts to please his Pikachu-adoring, little pebble of a daughter all the more endearing. Here is The Rock as the lovable lightning mouse:
The first time Jasmine's favorite character, Pikachu came to visit her months ago she was only crawling. For Easter Sunday @laurenhashianofficial and I thought, Pikachu should make a special visit once again. Well, Pikachu didn't account for the fact that now Jazzy RUNS and for 2hrs straight she wants to play her new favorite game, "I run away and you chase me Pikachu. And you're not allowed to take a break until I go night night". At the end of the vid you can hear her yell, "Peekyu" because she can't say, Pikachu. I'm tired, today's my only day off, it's 118 degrees in this costume and Hobbs keep trying to p*ss on my leg. And I luv every minute of it. Bring it on. It's what daddy's do. Happy Easter to you guys and enjoy your families. #Rockachu #DaddyPuttinInWork #TheGameThatNeverEnds #PikachuLooksBloated
Objectively, this take on Pikachu is even more terrifying than when The Rock dressed up as the character for Halloween. This would be the Terminator of Pikachus, except that it only desires love. It has no tail and its nose is mysteriously MIA. Like Johnson himself, this Pikachu is super buff and towers over its peers. It doesn’t waddle; in fact, it appears eager for a good sprint.
For reference, here’s a Pikachu struggling to navigate the old Vox Media offices last year:
I still think about this all the time tbh pic.twitter.com/w0KDB8CU1h— Megan Farokhmanesh (@Megan_Nicolett) April 17, 2017
The Rock’s imperfect Pika impression is as lovable as it is a testament to true dad-dom: trying, but not quite achieving, perfection. The idea that even Dwayne Johnson might struggle to find a costume that fits him is sort of wonderful, but also relatable.
But his daughter loves this triangle-mouthed leg monster, and that’s all that matters. Johnson suffers it with good humor, considering it really does look hot as hell in that costume.