Better known as "The Rock", Dwayne Douglas Johnson (born May 2, 1972) is a hugely personable professional wrestler-turned-actor. He was born into the Maivia Wrestling Family on his mother's side, which has close ties to the Anoa'i family (its members known for playing up the Wild Samoan stereotype). His father, also a pro wrestler, is black Canadian and former WWF Tag Team Champion Rocky Johnson.
Dwayne's ambiguous biracial features allow him to shift gimmicks at will without sacrificing his universal sex appeal: He first entered the WWF as "Rocky Maivia", a Legacy Character (and something of a Creator's Pet) to both the Maivia family and his father, complete with outfits swiped from a repertory player in The Lion King. He later capitalized on his "family connections" (Rocky was a perpetual face who drove the audience insane with how much he was pushed) by turning heel, restyling himself as an affluenza-riddled, Jersey Shore type villain; this evolution into "The Rock" freed him creatively and allowed him to show off his incredible skills with the microphone.
He's since become one of the most prominent examples of Rescued from the Scrappy Heap in Professional Wrestling, exploding as a fan favorite and star. In a twist of fate, Johnson's entertaining promos and natural charisma made it impossible for him to drum up heel heat; he reverted to a quasi-face, still stoking old feuds with the likes of Hulk Hogan and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, which added variety to his angles.
The show SmackDown actually comes from one of his catch phrases, causing him to call it his show. "Smackdown" is also in the dictionary. After leaving wrestling for several years, Johnson re-signed in 2011, planning to appear more frequently than he has in the past. Ladies and gentlemen, it's official: FINALLY! THE ROCK HAS COME BACK TO THE WWE! On August 2, 2019, he announced his final retirement from wrestling.
When he started his acting career he was the "strong but silent" type often given to wrestlers turning to Hollywood, but grew into a legitimate action star on the same level as Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, taking on roles ranging from gritty dramas to sci-fi spectacles that eventually defied typecasting (at least beyond the fact he is 6'5 and well-muscled). He has an industry nickname of "Franchise Viagra", as The Fast and the Furious, Journey and Jumanji franchises saw improved box office tallies with the films Johnson entered in, and the G.I. Joe sequel was built squarely around him despite him not being in the first film.
He is an 8x WWE Champion, a 2x WCW World Heavyweight Champion, a 2x WWE Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion and a 5x WWE World Tag Team Champion, holding the belts 3x with Mankind as the Rock N Sock Connection, once with The Undertaker and once with Chris Jericho.
Films and other TV shows include:
- The Mummy Returns
- The Rundown
- The Scorpion King
- Walking Tall (2004)
- Southland Tales
- Reno 911!: Miami: The Movie (for 5 minutes)
- Agent 23 in Get Smart
- The Game Plan
- Race to Witch Mountain
- Planet 51
- The Tooth Fairy
- The Other Guys
- Fast Five
- Be Cool
- G.I. Joe: Retaliation
- Pain and Gain
- Fast & Furious 6
- Hercules (as the titular demigod)
- Ballers (as the lead character, Spencer Strasmore, a former football player turned financial agent for athletes; needless to say, this draws heavily on his football career, and is basically Entourage in Miami! with football players instead of actors)
- The Baywatch (2017) movie.
- The demigod Maui in Disney's Moana.
- A guest appearance in the Star Trek: Voyager episode, "Tsunkatse." (His first non-wrestling acting gig, though even that was originally envisioned as a Dualvertisement for WWE and Voyager on UPN.)
- A cameo on That '70s Show playing his real-life father, Rocky Johnson, who was also a wrestler. The characters went to see Rocky at a wrestling event.
- As of the season 42 finale, he's a member of Saturday Night Live's "5-Time Host Club".
- A guest appearance on a joke of Family Guy where he depicts Peter and Lois having sex by banging their action figures together until one falls off screen.
- The main star in a fake trailer that was played at the end of the former Disaster! attraction at Universal Studios Florida.
- A minor role as Cliffjumper in Transformers: Prime
- San Andreas: Headline role of Chief Ray Gaines, a Rescue Helicopter pilot. A movie about 'The Big One' in California.
- Furious 7
- Central Intelligence
- Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
- Rampage (2018)
- Fighting with My Family As Himself
- He is set to play Black Adam in his own movie in the DC Extended Universe.
- Hobbs & Shaw (2019)
- Jumanji: The Next Level (2019)
- Jungle Cruise (2020)
- Black Adam (2021)
"The Rock says: KNOW YOUR ROLE AND READ MY TROPES, JABRONI!":
- The Ace: As far as a successful career goes, how many legends can claim to have achieved his level of superstardom both in wrestling and acting?
- Ambiguously Brown: He's half-black and half-Samoan, but he could be any number of ethnicities if you're just relying on what he looks like. He even provides the Page Quote for this Trope.
- While gushing over a portrait a fan painted of him (yes, really), he praised a number of aspects of the painting, including getting his skin tone right, which he described as a "peanut butter complexion".
- Family Guy lampshaded this, calling him black, Hispanic, mixed, and "maybe a little Filipino" all at the same time.
- As did his opening monologue in the Season 42 finale of SNL, where he's considering a run for President in 2020; he says he'll get the minority vote because every minority group assumes that he's whatever they are.
- Many probably thought he was just a George Hamilton-esque white man when they first saw him.
- Amicable Exes: His ex-wife is his business manager, and her new husband is his personal trainer.
- Angry Black Man: He made his FaceHeel Turn when he joined the black supremacist "Nation of Domination" Power Stable. Subverted when The Rock made it clear it had nothing to do with the color of his skin, but because of the fans booing him and chanting "Die Rocky Die". After he took over the stable, he changed it from an all Angry Black Man group into one built upon his own "cool" image, and subverted it by adding the heel-turned Token White Owen Hart.
- Also on Saturday Night Live as "The Rock Obama"
- Animal Motifs: The Brahma Bull, which he has on his merchandise and tattooed on his right arm. It's also one of his Red Barons.
- Arch-Enemy: "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Triple H, and maybe The Big Show from the Attitude Era. John Cena sees him as this in 2011-2013 for Broken Pedestal reasons.
- Ascended Meme: When The Rock returned to the WWE, he called John Cena a "big fat bowl of Fruity Pebbles". Not long after, Post made a marketing deal with Cena for...you guessed it, Fruity Pebbles.
- An Ass-Kicking Christmas: On the December 20 (taped December 18), 2001 WWE SmackDown, The Rock cut a promo on Test set to "The Twelve Days of Christmas.":"On the night Test faces The Great One
This is what he'll see
12 Sharpshooters stinging
11 Eyebrows raising
9 Noggins knocking
7 Punches punching
6 Suplex smashing
5 Seconds of the people chanting The Rock's name
[Rocky, Rocky, Rocky]
4 Rock Bottoms
3 People's Elbows on your
2 Buck teeth
And an ass-kicking all over New Orleans
- Ass Shove: One of his Catch Phrases."Take [this/that] [noun], shine it up real nice, turn that sumbitch sideways and SHOVE/STICK IT STRAIGHT UP YOUR CANDY ASS!"
THE ROCK: "The Vince McMahon Kiss My Ass Club is officially closed!"
- Literalized, along with Asshole Victim, on the December 6, 2001 SmackDown!. This was when Vince McMahon was running rampant humiliating people with his "Kiss My Ass Club". Due to a stipulation on Raw (The Rock and Trish Stratus d. Vince and Kurt Angle), Vince would have to kiss The Rock's ass here. Rock changes his mind and first brings in commentator Jim Ross. Then he brings in Trish, the one ass Vince probably would have wanted to kiss. Rock changes his mind a third time and brings in... RIKISHI! Vince objects and Rock forces Vince into a Rikishi Stinkface to the cheers of the crowd.
- Badass Baritone: Compared to most of his verbal sparring partners (Stone Cold, Kurt Angle, Mick Foley, Goldust, etc.).
- Badass Beard: For a while during his return to aid Mick Foley against Evolution in 2004, as well as Luke Hobbs in Fast Five.
- Badass Boast: ALWAYS!
- Worthy of note was that he said he wanted to be able to make one by feuding with John Cena; he wanted to be able to say he was the only man who had beaten Hulk Hogan, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, and John Cena at Wrestlemania. Given the injuries and retirement of the former two, he is probably the only man who ever will be able to lay claim to the feat.
- Bald of Awesome: During his "Hollywood" run and from 2011 onwards.
- Bald of Evil: During his last heel run.
- Barbarian Longhair: He was probably one of the most famous examples of this trope during his WWF days and in movies like The Mummy Returns, The Scorpion King and Hercules.
- Beat Them at Their Own Game: At some point down the line, The Rock picked up a habit of using his opponents' Finishing Move on them. This included Pedigree-ing Triple H onto a table, chokeslamming The Undertaker, putting Kurt Angle in the ankle lock and giving Austin a Stone Cold Stunner at pretty much every opportunity he could... which was a lot. Naturally, this is inverted when his opponents give him a Rock Bottom back.
- Subverted in multiple occasions with the People's Elbow: anyone who attempts it on The Rock are likely to receive a Rock Bottom for their troubles. Ironically, in his last two WrestleMania matches, he nipped up when Ric Flair was going for it at WrestleMania 20, and oddly enough, Cena at WrestleMania 28.
- Bittersweet Ending: The Rock's WrestleMania 20 tag-team match with Mick Foley against Evolution.
- Broken Pedestal: Cena sees him as this in-ring and in real life during their two-year feud.
- Captain Ersatz: In the Game Boy Advance Fire Pro Wrestling.
- Catchphrase: The man's so prolific at them, he has his own page.
- Celebration Miscalculation: Mick Foley throws a birthday party for him in the end of the "This Is Your Life" segment, but Rock bluntly tells him this:The Rock: The Rock's birthday is May 2nd, you stupid son of a bitch!
- Cheap Heat: His first "Hollywood" heel promo in Toronto."...faster than a bear, stronger than a buck, the biggest thing to hit Canada 'cause the Maple Leafs suck!"
- During the first ever "Rock Concert" at Sacramento, he took a shot at the Sacramento Kings:
"FINALLY The Rock HAS COME BACK to Toron... to Toron... TORON HIS MOUTH ON ALL YOUR CANDY ASSES!""What, is this the first time you heard someone mention your city? "Yay, he said Toronto! Woo, yay! That's where we live, we live in Toronto, yay!" SHUT UP!"
- "Finally, The Rock has come back...to (insert town name here)!"
- Subverted during his "Hollywood" heel run: The Rock would bastardize a city's name instead of complimenting them, and at times even mock the crowd for popping at their city being name-dropped:
- Cluster F-Bomb: Downplayed overall: although he has never used the actual 'F' word, since his return to PG-WWE, his promos are by far the most foulmouthed.
- Commuting on a Bus: Following his return to wrestling in 2011, due to his filming schedule, he would make a few appearances when time was given, and the fact he never said he would be there every single week. This was worked in to his feud with John Cena for their WrestleMania 28 match.
- Cool Shades: Well, they started as normal shades, but considering that everything the Rock touched got a bit of his coolness, they ended up this way.
- They led to a great moment with him and Mankind as tag partners. While putting Mankind down with his usual flair, he went to do his "If you smell..." bit but knocked his own shades off. He couldn't finish the bit without them but picking them up would have made him look like a putz. So, Mankind goes over, picks them up and hands them to him. The Rock then earnestly tells him, "The Rock thanks you for that." before going back into the bit.
- Costume Porn: There seemed to be a limitless wardrobe of flamboyant "500-dollar shirts" in 1998/1999/2000. Until they started making more and more merch for him, and then it all went away.
- The "500 dollar shirts" worked when The Rock's character was more emphatically that of a self-important Jerkass. After tagging with Mick Foley, a lot of his more jerk attributes went away so the loud, pointlessly expensive shirts didn't fit him anymore.
- Crossover: He's one of a select few truly "homegrown" WWF wrestlers who has wrestled a noticeable amount for other promotions while still under WWF contract. So they were seeking a developmental deal with IWA Puerto Rico and Jerry Lawler owned USWA but he's also popped up in Border City Wrestling and Memphis Power Pro Wrestling. While OVW would send guys out to other promotions fairly regularly, they were somewhat atypical and this was before then, obviously.
- Crowd Chant: Integral to his role as the People's Champion was his interaction with his millions... (AND MILLIONS!)... of fans, often achieved by them joining in on his catchphrases. When he returned in 2011, the crowd's interaction was a little rusty, so he got them back into the mood:"No no no no, that's still not good enough! The Rock is the People's Champ, you are the backbone of The Rock! When we speak, all our voices are heard, we all say "I Bring It"! Anaheim, the world is watching, Anaheim, the world is listening! One more time: When the Rock... AND THE MILLIONS... (AND MILLIONS!)..."
- Dare to Be Badass: His speech to Chicago about Team Bring It. See the Heartwarming Moments page for details.
- Deadpan Snarker: The Rock has displayed a very dry sense of humor when he isn't yelling and electrifying.
- The Dragon: To Faarooq in the Nation of Domination after his initial heel turn. Though with his charisma he quickly rose to become Dragon-in-Chief, which of course eventually lead to him becoming a Dragon Ascendant, as he took over as leader of the Nation.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The wimpy nice guy Rocky Maivia was like a whole other person compared to the Rock. Even then, it took him some time to get the act down.
- Enemy Mine: Despite pretty much hating each other, The Rock and Stone Cold were often forced into tag teams together against a team of whoever they were feuding with. Outside of maybe Mick Foley, Stone Cold was probably The Rock's most consistent tag team partner in spite of the fact that they hated each other.
- Even the Guys Want Him: At CHIKARA Young Lions Cup VI Night I, June 13, 2008, "The Motion Picture" Ethan Page started his promo on his cell phone, saying that if "they" want him for Brokeback Mountain 2, "they" better get Dwayne Johnson.
- Evil Costume Switch: The early part of his run with the Corporation saw him trade his standard wrestling trunks for athletic pants and shirts as if he wasn't even taking his opponents (usually Mick Foley) seriously anymore. He also started wearing his Costume Porn around this time.
- His 2003 heel turn saw him trade the merch shirt/athletic pants for leather pants and an open vest.
- FaceHeel Turn: Johnson's first, going from Rocky Maivia to The Rock and joining up with the Nation of Domination, led to the boos being leveled at him turning from XPacHeat into Real Heat.
- Fake Interactivity: Because of his hectic movie schedule, The Rock would sometimes have to tape himself from where he was filming (er, "via satellite"), so whoever he was cutting a promo on, The Rock's promo would have to use this trope in order to make it seem like they were having an actual conversation. See him do this with Hulk Hogan here.
- Fascinating Eyebrow: The People's Eyebrow. (as well as the image source for the trope)
- Friend to All Children: Jokingly defied in many fan meetups, where he'll gleefully exclaim that he doesn't like kids. Of course, in reality it's completely played straight, with him always making time for young fans in addition to being a very devoted father.
- Finishing Move: The People's Elbow (the most electrifying move in sports entertainment!) and The Rock Bottom.
- Foreshadowing: During his early days in the USWA as Flex Kavana, he gave the kind of promos and ring presence that would one day signify him as The Rock.
- Gentle Giant: Off-stage, he's said to be one of the nicest and most approachable men in the business.
- Glasses Pull: During the oft-mentioned return to the WWE in February 2011, during his promo he took off his Cool Shades, turned down the volume, and said he wanted to address the crowd as Dwayne. For about a minute he allowed his true personality to show and gave a heartfelt thanks to the fans for continuing to cheer despite his seven year absence. And then the glasses went back on and the Most Electrifying Man in All Of Entertainment reappeared in the ring.
- Ham-to-Ham Combat: The Rock and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, being the two biggest stars of the Attitude Era, had some great instances of this. Too many to name, but special mention goes to the time they sang "Margaritaville" together.
- The Hero: He and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin are the main characters of the Attitude, InVasion, and the first part of Ruthless Aggression Eras.
- HeelFace Turn: His turn after leaving The Corporation was very much welcomed.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: The Rock has a fondness for leather, especially during the Hollywood Rock era.
- Heroic Build: The Rock is incredibly large and muscular.
- He's Back: To host WrestleMania XXVII.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Kevin Hart, frequently starring in films together and maintaining a Vitriolic Best Buds relationship on social media.
- History Repeats: In a weird way: his cousin Roman Reigns' career is starting to mirror the early parts of his (i.e., trying to get over with a squeaky clean face character only to be rejected by fans). In fact, the parallels are so strong that many are beginning to wonder if fate is trying to tell Vince something, and Vince, without WCW at his back, is being stubborn and trying to fight against it.
- Hot-Blooded: Some of Johnson's promos veer right into this territory, and then he'd go out to the ring and back it up.
- Also, pretty much any time Rock puts someone in the Sharpshooter or any other submission move, he gives that look of insanity that Ken Shamrock would give.
- How Much More Can He Take?/No-Holds-Barred Beatdown/Unnecessary Roughness: Johnson's "I Quit" match with Mick "Mankind" Foley at Royal Rumble 1999 was all three of these - the second for the nature of the match, the first and third for the 10 unprotected chair shots in a row Johnson delivered to Foley.
- Brutal enough to make Foley's wife and children leave their ringside seats in a crying, hysterical mess, as documented in the Beyond the Mat documentary.
- Hypocritical Humor: On the December 4, 2000 Raw, building up to the big WWE World Heavyweight Title six-way Hell in a Cell match that Sunday at Armageddon where Kurt Angle would defend the belt against Austin, the Rock, Triple H, the Undertaker and Rikishi, the Rock cut a promo verbally running down all his opponents, including affecting a wimpy, high-pitched voice for Angle where he talked about eating some milk and cookies. It qualifies because, essentially, Rock was portraying Angle as the same kind of lame, milquetoast character that Rocky Maivia himself had been.
- I Hate Past Me/Take That Me: On Raw's 20th Anniversary show, he came out to perform a "Rock Concert" similar to his feud with John Cena a year before. Before he starts singing, however, he reflects on his debut with a picture of his past self on the Titantron.Rock: "Sweet moonwalkin' baby Moses... what was I thinkin'?"
- Impossibly Tacky Clothes: Let's face it, nobody but The Rock could've made the Tearaway Track Pants/Gaudy Metallic Shirt ensemble look cool.
- Innocent Innuendo: His often-used tactic to bait subjects into the "You sick fffffffreak!" routine or even just to get a misguided reaction for his own amusement. Works every time, too.
- Irony: His most recent look (Bald of Awesome with a Badass Goatee) actually favors "Stone Cold" Steve Austin somewhat.
- Jerk Jock: Even as a face, Johnson was the cool slick athlete that made fun of everybody. His interactions with Coach were especially telling; the crowd still went nuts over him.
- It was the crowd-pleasing charismatic awesomeness with which he did this that convinced WWE to turn him face.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As a face, especially his friendship with Mick Foley in later years.
- Lampshaded Double Entendre: Once used to great effect with Lilian Garcia, telling her if she gets wet... with perspiration, standing next to him...
- "If You Smell What The Rock Is Cookin'" is derived from this trope.
- Large Ham: Even as far as Professional Wrestling goes, Rocky's one of the largest.
- Last-Second Word Swap: He did this a couple of times, often drawing it out to heighten the effect.The Rock: You sick ffffffffffffreak.
- Legacy Character: Johnson was the first third generation wrestler in WWE history.
- Lightning Bruiser: He wrestled a pretty straight power wrestling style, but was not slow at all; the guy could perform a kip-up, and the pop for that was always incredible.
- Lighter and Softer: In 1999, the Rock was a flashy, flamboyant Jerkass that could spend ten minutes running down characteristics of his opponents. By 2000 he had turned face and his mockery was often left to Michael Cole and assorted backstage fodder, save one incredible promo about Rikishi, Austin, and others. His Costume Porn was replaced with basic gym pants and his merch shirt. As Badass Decay took hold, he nearly turned into The Scrappy, to the point where he was booed at a WrestleMania while fighting a guy who hit him with a big rig. Now, said crowd was wearing Nostalgia Goggles for Hulk Hogan's first WWF outgoing in something like eight years, but still...
- By 2003, he got better.
- It took a couple years to get to that point, and it's not like he was taking heat. Hell, he was still the biggest face in the company during his entrance at that WrestleMania. It wasn't until the match started that he drew heat, and the next night he was back on top. Trope Averted.
- Subverted in his first promo in seven years, when he completely annihilated the TV-PG image the WWE has cooked up for itself in the past few years. (Ohnoes, he said sumbitch; they're gonna take him off WrestleMania...)
- Loners Are Freaks: Part of the WWE roster's seemingly legit beef with the Rock backstage involves the words "he keeps to himself". He's admitted to it in his own book that he winds down better just in his room with something to read or watch.
- Meaningful Name: Johnson's first ring name, Rocky Maivia, was a tribute to both his father ("Soulman" Rocky Johnson) and grandfather ("High Chief" Peter Maivia).
- Mixed Ancestry: Half-black, half-Samoan.
- Motor Mouth: When he gets going on the mic, he goes full speed ahead, and it's as gloriously hammy as it sounds.
- Mundane Made Awesome: The People's Elbow. It's really nothing but an elbow drop with theatrics, but damn if he doesn't make it look like it'll crack your ribs.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Of The Person variety.
- Nepotism: Actually subverted. Rocky may be the first third-generation superstar to have ever been in the WWE, and while that might have played into his initial push as "Rocky Maivia", the Rock is generally regarded as very deserving of his superstardom since he came into it with his own talent rather than relying on his family name. In his autobiography, Johnson related asking Pat Patterson (at that time one of Vince McMahon's "stooges", but also a creative executive) to watch him train, but quickly assured Pat that he wasn't trying to use his family connections to jump the line, he just wanted to know what Pat thought of his work.
- Played absolutely straight, however, in the WWE's attempt to get over Roman Reigns by associating him with The Rock at every possible turn. Reigns is Rock's second cousin (through blood brotherhood), and the commentary crew never lets the audience forget this fact.
- Nice Guy: Very sweet, sensitive and self-deprecating, and as a rule rather than exception these days plays exact opposites of his macho wrestling persona in movies.
- No-Sell: Had a tendency to do this in his early days.
- Odd Couple: His team-ups with Mick Foley, aptly labeled The Rock and Sock Connection. The Rock went from being a Jerk Jock who consistently bullied Mick to slowly respecting and liking Mick to the point where, in his last match, he was acting as something like a big brother for Mick in regards to his feud with the bullies in Evolution.
- Older Than He Looks: He celebrated his 45th birthday in 2017. Aside from a little gray in his beard, there is absolutely nothing to indicate he is anywhere near that old.
- Popularity Power: The only reason anyone buys the People's Elbow as a finisher. Lampshaded by Mick Foley in his autobiography Have A Nice Day:"It looked totally ridiculous, but its effect on a crowd was phenomenal."
- Also seen in the fact that he's one of the few people that can get something to trend on Twitter simply by saying that it's trending on Twitter.
- The Big Show had the misfortune of finding out in early 2000 that calling out the Rock, even on the grounds of being a disrespectful Jerkass towards the rest of the roster who were looking to him for leadershipnote against the McMahon-Helmsley reign of terror, is an easy way to get the fans to reject you. It got to the point that, despite succesfully proving he was the rightful winner of that year's Royal Rumble and having The Rock himself conceding the argument, it massively backfired on his attempt at getting the crowd on his side of the argument, as The Rock used the rest of the promo to mock the giant's inability to earn credibility.
- Power Stable: The Nation of Domination; The Corporation.
- Product Placement: In the Got Milk? commercial where he stars, he delays handling any problems around him - including a cat up a tree, bank robbers, and an Alien Invasion - so he can get milk for his kids. (The phrase he uses after he does, "Gotta go to work", would appear later in the movie Furious 7.)
- Ragdoll Physics: The Rock can oversell the Stone Cold Stunner in ways that made it impossible not to laugh, like how he sold it during his match with Austin at WrestleMania X-Seven. Apparently, both men were reported to have an unspoken beer bet between each other as to how much Rock can sell the Stunner.
- Rated M for Manly: Especially in his feud with John Cena, who he treats as a child because of his overwhelmingly young fan base.
- Real Men Love Jesus: Is a devout Christian in real life, making him even more badass.
- Recognizable by Sound: "Do you smell what The Rock is cookin'?", later changed to a much louder "IF YA SMELL WHAT THE ROCK IS COOKIN'!" Either way, it let everyone know The Rock was on his way to the ring.
- Red Baron: "The People's Champion", "The Most Electrifying Man In Sports-Entertainment", "The Great One", "The Brahma Bull".
- Reformed, but Not Tamed: After leaving the Corporation, he remains the fully-blown trash-talker and still picks on the interviewers, commentators, and other officials, only stopping the insults directed towards the audience.
- Refuge in Audacity: Thanks to being wildly over with the fans, a big time Hollywood star, and generally being untouchable on the mic, The Rock can get away with things any other professional wrestlers would get fired (or at the very least punished harshly) for. Most notably, he actually made a phone call to CM Punk during a RAW after the show when the crowd started chanting his name. Vince, Triple H, and management backstage were said to be extremely angry that The Rock did this, but couldn't do anything about it due to The Rock's high profile and WWE generally needing him around every so often to boost ratings.
- Rhymes on a Dime: All his "Jabroni beating, pie eating..." rants end with him rhyming, pretty impressive since most of his promos are improvised."...stronger than a bull, faster than a buck, the best thing to hit Canada since the Maple Leafs suck!""...step off the brakes, put on the gas, ready to come here and whip some candy ass!"
- The Rival: Stone Cold Steve Austin, Triple H. Later Randy Orton indirectly, as he tried to duplicate the Rock's success as a "third generation superstar".
- Rogues Gallery: Triple H, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Kurt Angle, The Undertaker, Chris Jericho and most recently John Cena.
- The Runner-Up Takes It All: Though it can be debated endlessly, general consensus was that he was the second biggest star of the Attitude Era to "Stone Cold" Steve Austin by wrestling aficionados. And from that? He has become one of the biggest, highest-paid action stars in the world.
- Self-Deprecation: After ripping John Cena about The Marine at the 2008 WWE Hall of Fame, Rock added he was only kidding:"Hey, you know what? I made Doom. Did you see it? *beat* Yeah, no one else did either."
- Since his 2011 return he's made several jokes about The Tooth Fairy.
- Serial Escalation: He was very muscular as a wrestler and at the beginning of his acting career. Then he bulked up even more in preparation for Pain and Gain. Then he bulked up EVEN MORE to play Hercules. He's gotten so big that if it wasn't for his distinct smile, it's sometimes hard to tell that he's the same guy who entered the mainstream as the Scorpion King. This does not seem to be helping his wrestling career, oddly enough, as he received numerous injuries during his return work with John Cena, The Shield and CM Punk.
- Running Gag: In recent years, almost all of his characters either have a background as either an accomplished athlete or elite military background, justifying why even his more "normal" characters have such a massive build and ass-kicking skills.
- Shock and Awe: THE MOST ELECTRIFYING MAN IN ALLLL OF ENTERTAINMENT!!!
- Shout-Out: In his feud with John Cena, the Rock referred to Cena as a "Yabba-Dabba Bitch".
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: His "It doesn't matter" Catchphrase, as perfectly executed during his derailing of Chris Jericho's debut."You come here to The Rock's show and don't even have the class to introduce yourself? What is your name? ... IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT YOUR NAME IS!
- Small Name, Big Ego: His original heel concept. Then his new-found popularity started kicking in, and the writers were required to turn it into 'Big Name, Gargantuan Ego'.
- Smug Snake: The Rock's heel persona...and really his face persona during the Attitude Era.
- The Starscream: And if you need evidence that you should deal with them early, witness the Rock take over the Nation of Domination.
- Still Got It: 2011-2-14 Raw. He comes out to a deafening pop and cuts a promo starting at 10:55 and getting to go for almost 30 minutes (including a 20 minute run-over) that proves that he's STILL the best promo guy in the business EVER, even after being out of the business for SEVEN YEARS.
- And at Survivor Series 2011, he proved that, yes, he can still go in the ring. The crowd agreed.
- And then at WrestleMania 28, he proved that he can still go one on one in the ring.
- Then the angle and finally subsequent WWE title match with CM Punk. His Theatrics of Pain and Wrestling Psychology are still off the charts compared to the vast majority of today's wrestlers.
- Suddenly SHOUTING!: A majority of his promos veer into this.
- Stylistic Suck: When Rock sings. It's not that he's horrible, but he deliberately hams it up to be worse than it is. A series of "Rock Concerts" in 2003 amounted to acoustic performances about how awful the host city is.
- Sweet Tooth: He absolutely loves desserts and baking in general, wishing to one day open his own bakery. He's also a big fan of The Great British Bake Off and has stated that, if he had the time for it, he would love to participate in the celebrity edition (Celebrity Bake Off) for charity.
- Take That!: The Rock's first heel turn came when the fans didn't buy in to his "chosen one" status. Not only did they boo him (as a babyface), they threw things at him and even crossed the line (he was once met with a "Die, Rocky, Die" chant). So he and Vince sat down and hashed out his heel persona and Vince told him to basically feed the crowd's hatred back to them in his unique style. So for most of his first heel run he vented his frustrations at the crowd and often held nothing back.
- Taking A Third Option: After being barred from the Arena, on the last Raw before the Royal Rumble, instead of just abiding by the rules and wait or try and force his way in, Rock simply bought a ticket.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: And he knew it, and loved to remind Lillian Garcia.
- Tall, Dark, and Snarky:"Know your role and shut your mouth, or The Rock will layeth the smacketh down all over your roody-poo candy ass!"
- 10-Minute Retirement: Averted; Johnson, who left WWE after WrestleMania 20 to concentrate on his film career, didn't wrestle for another seven years.
- Theatrics of Pain: The Rock sells pain like few others.
- Third-Person Person: Personified.
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Heel!Rock in particular liked to emphasize his statements by calling his opponent "bitch".
- Three Chords and the Truth: He wrestled this; the Rock does not have an incredible number of moves, what he does have is a such an incredible energy that electrifies the entire crowd.
- Took a Level in Badass: He started his career as a talented yet under-appreciated face, but after he turned heel, he began his rise as the "most electrifying man in sports entertainment".
- Trademark Favorite Food: Pie, lots of pie!
- He also loves cod and estimated that he eats TONS of it per year.
- Trash Talk: While it's common in pro wrestling, The Rock perhaps made this trope into a form of art. He even mentions that he talks trash in his sleep.
- Tsundere: Type A towards Mankind, during their time as The Rock & Sock Connection.
- Underwear of Power: For all The Rock's talk about his expensive suits and pants, this is all he wrestles in.
- Unnecessary Roughness: Johnson was recruited by the University of Miami to play football, but injuries kept him out of the starting lineup for most of his college career. His biggest moment in a game was when he became involved in a bench-clearing brawl (Miami vs. San Diego State) and was shown on ESPN chasing the San Diego mascot screaming "I'll kill you!" Good times.
- Unscrupulous Hero: The Rock is usually this type of hero when portraying a Face. The basic characterization of The Rock is that his ego is completely out of control, and this trait remains no matter what "side" he's on. The Rock doesn't care about anything other than himself. There are only two differences between a Face Rock and Heel Rock: a Face Rock is willing to earn his victory with his own wits and skill while Heel Rock is willing to take the cheap path to a championship, and a Face Rock cares about having the crowd on his side. Still, both of these methods only happen to satisfy his ego; he does it just to prove he can do it. So, the one thing that keeps him from being a Nominal Hero is that, as a Face, he has a personal code of honor.
- Unusual Euphemism: Mentioning "Strudel" typically gets a pop out of the audience, regardless of context. Because he says it when referring to male genitalia. "Pie" is the female equivalent.
- Up to Eleven: The man himself writes in his autobiography, The Rock is Dwayne Johnson with the volume turned WAY UP!note
- Vocal Evolution: The Rock started out smooth and slow, became increasingly hammier during his Nation and Corporation stints, became more high pitch during the "Hollywood" Rock era and switching back and forth after his 2011 return.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Has been called out by John Cena for leaving the people that made him a superstar and that half his promos (at the time after his February 2011 return) had been via satellite. Rock addressed these comments the next week, and after that, things got a bit silly.
- Recent RAW seems divided between "ROCKY!" and "CENA!" At this point, it may be impossible to tell who's The Face and who's The Heel. Broken Base indeed.
- Although, on his Twitter account, he said he wasn't scheduled to be there in person.
- Who Are You?: Employed a variant of this in his wrestling days: would often act nonplussed when being addressed by someone he viewed as inconsequential (which was pretty much everybody), waiting until they were finished before asking them, "Who in the blue hell are you?", then interrupting them after a couple of syllables with, "IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT YOUR NAME IS!"
- Workaholic: A huge part of his persona as an actor, due to the sheer number of projects he works on and his insane workout schedule. Taken to the extreme in his ad for the Iphone 7.
- Wrestling Family: Johnson is one of the many, many wrestlers in the Anoa'i family. He's not a blood relation, but the Anoa'i brothers were "blood brothers" to Peter Maivia (having grown up as Maivia fans in San Francisco, and he helped them get into the business). High Chief Peter Maivia, Johnson's grandfather, was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008, appeared in You Only Live Twice and trained "Superstar" Billy Graham. In 2020, one of his daughters, Simone Johnson, signed a contract with WWE.