Splatoon 2’s most exciting characters are Marina and Pearl, the new Splatfest hosts and stars of the band Off the Hook. While Marina is categorically beloved, Pearl has proven polarizing — really, really polarizing. She may be the internet’s new favorite meme, but not everyone is dumping on the poor girl.
In the wake of her reveal, Pearl’s become an easy target. She’s got a forehead that’s way too big, some say; she looks like a goblin, a gremlin, a ghoul.
Nikki said Pearl was Rat Baby and I can't not see it pic.twitter.com/STP4tZe8Zk— Siro (@SkeletonSiro) July 6, 2017
It’s as if fans have to bring Pearl down so that they can keep pumping Marina up. Splatoon has always been a series about choosing sides, and picking between the idols has become the game’s first battle. Even Pearl and Marina are inclined to dig into each other; such is the way of the Splatfest.
And Pearl maybe hasn’t made the best first impression, as this screenshot from Polygon’s Nick Robinson proves:
this bit in Splatoon 2's intro where Pearl deflects Marina's concern for Callie REALLY makes me suspect Pearl is up to some sneaky bullshit pic.twitter.com/LZyHp2sDBY— Nick Robinson (@Babylonian) July 12, 2017
We haven’t dug too far into Splatoon 2’s single-player campaign yet, but we’re eager to see where this goes.
Regardless, as the game’s release draws closer, fans are already turning a corner on Pearl. There’s something endearing and relatable about her — she reminds us of those shallow people who may have dumped on us in our youth. That could be why she’s gotten some more love on art sites, including Japan’s Pixiv. There may be more illustrations of Pearl than her better liked co-star on there:
The fanart is helping Reddit and Twitter, the biggest cesspools of Pearl hate, come around to her too.
There’s even a pretty rad remix of Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble” featuring Pearl, further helping her reputation.
There may be some hope for our girl yet ... even if the anti-Pearl memes are pretty great.