Pita Taufatofua, the shirtless, oiled-up flag bearer from Tonga, has made his triumphant return during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics.
Taufatofua, who first captured the world’s attention at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will be competing in the Taekwondo tournament. He also appeared shirtless and oily as the flag bearer for Tonga during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, despite the literally freezing temperatures.
His presence is proof that in a world so divided, at least we all can agree on this: Some heroes don’t wear capes; sometimes, they wear so much baby oil it would make an ’80s Hulk Hogan blush.
As expected, Taufatofua’s appearance was met with glorious fanfare on Twitter. Here are some of the best reactions.
Good morning Team Tonga. #Olympics pic.twitter.com/YqOaFuLgXP— E! News (@enews) July 23, 2021
THE TONGA LAD IS BACK. #Tokyo2020 #OpeningCeremony pic.twitter.com/Idmw1BIwBu— H.R.Owens (@heatherowens33) July 23, 2021
***BREAKING*** TONGA HAS WON THE OLYMPICS. We can all go home now. #Olympics pic.twitter.com/6yngzDkDrl— 🥕BeardedDonkey🥕 (@BeardeddonkeyTv) July 23, 2021
The Flag Bearer from Tonga still has not bought a shirt. #Tokyo2020 #Olympics #OpeningCeremony pic.twitter.com/vmN5erjZ2H— Kris Pangilinan (@KrisReports) July 23, 2021
Me when the shirtless Tonga flagbearer shows up pic.twitter.com/FifLVNyFrs— Logan (@Logan_McQ) July 23, 2021
Looking at Tonga 🇹🇴 RESPECTFULLY #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/E6l2PY47M6— NorMåneskin Vincitori di Europa 🇮🇹 (@NonnyLand) July 23, 2021
Pita Taufatofua, Tonga's shirtless Olympic flag bearer makes his return.#Tokyo2020 | #Olympics pic.twitter.com/EAMv7fxOoT— Sporting News (@sportingnews) July 23, 2021
Finally the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Tonga man #OpeningCeremony pic.twitter.com/ApIkaawZmc— Sibsie (@Sibsie) July 23, 2021
The whole world when Tonga man showed up 🇹🇴🙌🏼🌎❤️ He became an Olympic tradition. #Olympics #Tokyo2020 #OpeningCeremony pic.twitter.com/6JhmGm8pYI— . (@Lettie4u) July 23, 2021
This is a Tonga Olympics appreciation tweet for no reason in particular— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) July 23, 2021
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Let’s be honest, this is the only reason we all watch the #OpeningCeremony #Olympics #Tokyo2020 #Tonga pic.twitter.com/drZyKUh0KS— tb (@TmmyBaks) July 23, 2021
It’s not an Olympics opening ceremony without an oiled-up man from Tonga! #Olympics #tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/8cb8xh2QLh— MrJDS (@mrjdsworld) July 23, 2021