If you are an entertainment junkie or a video game lover or basically love having fun with the internet, chances are that you have heard about Twitch.tv, the global community of millions of people who come together every day to create their own form of entertainment and fun through unique and live experiences that will never be repeated and are pretty damn unpredictable. It is the internet’s primary center for video game streaming and esports videos. But to understand all the moments of Twitch, you need to get the meaning of the Twitch emotes which are those instant reactions that appear on the sidebar.
We all know what emojis are and use them with enthusiasm but just when we got the hang of those, Twitch has thrown us a curve ball in the form of Twitch emotes, a new kind of symbolic meme language which has been around since 2015, used to communicate and in some cases, insult streamers. If you are a Twitch rookie, the thousands of emotes floating around may seem a bit daunting. What with new emotes being introduced all the time and with thousands of well-used ones already, to learn all of them is an impossible task. But here we have compiled a list of some of the most popular Twitch emotes list that are shared and referenced millions of times every day so that you won’t feel left out of the loop anymore.
15 Most Popular Twitch Emotes Meaning Explained:
4head is one of the most widely used twitch emote and has a pretty obvious name as far as the visuals are concerned. It is the widely grinning face of the League of Legends streamer Cadburry. The emote started gaining popularity since 2015.
When to use it: It is usually used as a reaction to some jokes being made. People tend to use it extensively in chat whenever someone is cracking up on stream. But this emote can also be used to show sarcasm when the joke falls flat.
Kappa is another one of the more extensively used emote and statistically the most popular Twitch emote. The icon for this one is the smug face of Josh DeSeno who was a former employee of the Justin.tv, a streaming video site which issued the Twitch. This emote is posted around 400 times every minute and it is such a big deal that people even bring out giant cut-outs of DeSeno’s head to wave in the stand at major sports events and even at non-gaming events like the WWE.
When to use it: This one is often pasted at the end of a trolling request for the streamer to make a really bad play or to do something stupid on camera and is also said out loud occasionally when they are joking. It is also used as a way of carrying out a sarcastic reply to something that is happening on the stream. If a streamer does something that makes you roll your eyes or clap with a sarcastic bite, this is the emote to use.
Cmonbruh emote has been slightly controversial and it is not clear when this one was actually started as an emote but its first known mentions date back to 2016. It is used to indicate your sarcastic confusion when someone says something that is completely absurd and baffling and is hence used to express confusion over something said in the stream in its extreme primarily.
When to use it: It is also used in response to a chat participant saying something with racists implications as well. This emote is also used to illustrate a more general confusion, hence the “c’mon bruh” language.
BabyRage is just the face of an angry baby and is used to throw a tantrum or to show dissatisfaction or displeasure with something, whether it is regarding how the game is going or to indicate disappointment with how the streamer is behaving.
When to use it: It is also posted to call out someone who gets too whiny. This emote is attributed to Dota 2 pro player Arteezy who is supposedly infamous for getting rather emotional when the game turns ugly.
Trihard is very popular and extensively used emote with a detailed history and the icon is based on the face made by the streamer TriHex while at an anime convention in Dallas. The emote didn’t officially become TriHard until 2014 when TriHex was speedrunning Yoshi’s Island and noticed a Twitch staff in his chat. TriHex told that he did everything he can to get their attention and was hence called TriHard.
When to use it: This emote is used when something exciting happens on screen and the hype is building or an exciting announcement is made by Twitch users. Between mid-2016 and 2017, users would spam the chats with this emote whenever a black streamer appeared thus indicating racists remarks in chats.
(TriHex argued the banning of the emote meant that the bad users won when there is nothing wrong or offensive about the emote. So use this when you want to show immense excitement but beware of who is on the screen when it is being used so that your hype message won’t be portrayed as offensive or insulting.)
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WutFace is actually an icon with the face of esports broadcaster and Twitch employee Alex ‘Goldenboy’ Mendez and shows his confusion. This face is used to portray terror or confusion at what is actually going on the stream and sometimes overlaps with the usage of DansGame as it is occasionally used in situations where ‘wtf’ is a relevant feeling.
When to use it: But the emote is exclusively used for situations where ‘bewildered‘ is the apt feeling and it can also be used when something you are seeing on screen doesn’t make any sense.
PogChamp is one of the oldest emotes on Twitch and is based on Ryan Gootecks Guiterrez, a professional Street Fighter player, and is based on a video from the 2000s from the fighting game show Cross Counter. It was given the name PogChamp because Gootecks and Mike Ross have a very serious showdown in the obsolete ’90s game pogs. Gootecks ends up winning by dropping a Mad Catz fight stick on the pog stack, the promo of which was released in 2011 for a tournament that Gootecks was competing in.
When to use it: This emote is used to indicate surprise and also to celebrate a victory.
ResidentSleeper is also a rather obvious name for an obvious emote, the visual for which speaks for itself. This one has on of the more interesting backstories of any other emote. The streamer Oddler tried to play the Resident Evil games on camera for a consecutive 72 hours but he only made it to 66 hours before falling asleep with his stream still running. The funniest thing it, people kept watching even as he slept and his nap ended up getting more viewers than his gameplay.
When to use it: It is used when someone is bored out of their minds by the match they are watching and is basically used to convey that whatever that is on screen at the moment is putting the person to sleep because it is that dull.
BibleThump is also an icon which shows another crying child but this one is a face from the indie video game The Binding of Isaac. It’s more of a weeping emote than an angry one, unlike BabyRage. This emote indicates or refers to something sad or disappointing and doesn’t carry the same feel of immaturity and juvenile whining.
When to use it: It is used to show genuine displeasure. The emote is called ‘BibleThump’ because the game ‘The Binding of Isaac’ was partially inspired by the biblical tale of Isaac.
Jebaited is used to call someone out when someone in chat or on stream is trying to bait or troll them. This icon is the face of the well-known fighting game tournament organizer Alex Jebailey when he was taken aback by surprise. This emote so is extremely popular that it is even used on non-fighting game channels. It has actually got its own copypasta, which is the internet slang for a piece of text which gets repeatedly pasted into chats whenever the situation is appropriate.
When to use it: The term Jebaited is often used to indicate when someone is successfully trolled in popular forums like Reddit. In fact, Jebaited is just a funnier way of saying ‘baited’ as in being tricked into falling for a trap or ruse.
BrokeBack is a rather whacky emote and shows the face of Alan from the SeriousGaming Twitch channel. In the icon, his face is shown with crossed eyes and tongue lolling out and is obviously used to point out when someone does something incredibly stupid.
When to use it: Sometimes, it is also used to refer to a player who is using a character or deck that is deemed extremely easy to play with but this emote also comes out when someone says something idiotic on stream. The equivalent non-Twitch slang of this emote on the internet is probably ‘derp’.
Kreygasm is another obvious emote which has an icon showing the face of the streamer Kreyg with his mouth open and is used to indicate high amounts of excitement or enthusiasm. The icon apparently looks like it is shouting in excitement or having an orgasm either of which is perfect for its use.
When to use it: You can use this emote in those situations or wherever you might want to say ‘whoa’ or ‘holy crap’ and the like. This one is so popular that it has produced a whole subgenre of emotes and a lot of streamers have created custom emote icons with their own ‘gasm’ faces.
LUL is a pretty blatant emote representation of the widely used ‘LOL’ but it has a rather twisted history. Its icon is based on the streamer and YouTuber TotalBiscuit whose real name is John Bain. LUL emote was taken down by Twitch following a DMCA takedown request from the photographer who took the photo even though the emote was uploaded by Bain himself.
Since Twitch did not want to touch the emote because of all the legal complications, the emote was later uploaded to BTTV, according to Bain. BTTV, also known as BetterTTV is a third party browser extension which allows people to use emotes in chat. As these aren’t run directly through Twitch, these emotes usually bypass the rules and thus LUL could exist as emote and gained a lot of popularity.
When to use it: It is used to express mirth and when you are cracking up. Basically, use this to show deep laughter and it is the Twitch equivalent of ‘LOL’.
MONKAS is a member of the Pepe emote family and is an important emote on Twitch and it is commonly seen outside of Twitch chat in forums like Reddit or Twitter. Monkas goes back to a 4chan thread from 2011 but the icon wasn’t used as an emote until 2016 when someone uploaded it to the FrankerFaceZ Twitch extension and by 2017, this one really seemed to take off. Pepe is called Monka maybe because Nymn, a popular broadcaster on Twitch had a subscriber called MonkaSenpai and monkS began life as his personal emote. From then, the name kind of stuck and it even attached itself to various Pepe variations like monkaWut and Megamonka.
When to use it: The icon is used in moments of anxiety and intense moment. During IRL streams, this may happen during face to face encounters or when a streamer starts ranting about something. This icon will pop up during stressful gameplay moments.
DansGame is an emote icon, the face of it pretty much speaks for itself. It is used to show horror or disgust and is extensively used in upsetting situations like failing gameplay or to show your disgust at an exceptionally bad gameplay.
When to use it: It may also be used to show your feelings when the streamer is telling a pretty gross or gory story. The icon shows the face of Dan from Dansgaming recoiling in terror and revulsion.