Twitch is the most popular streaming platform for anyone looking to start a streaming career. Twitch emotes are a cultural part of the twitch community. Understanding what each means can be helpful to understand the lingo.
We have compiled the most known and most popular twitch emotes from when the company first started. If you want to learn how to stream on Twitch, you need to understand its culture and it all starts with Twitch Emotes.
As you can see from the chart below – Twitch Emotes are a popular way of communcations on Twitch.
One of the OG twitch emotes, Kappa is used for relaying sarcasm. This emote is perfectly known as a “troll” emote, you can find it being spammed in chat when the streamer is being sarcastic. TimTheTatMan is a prime example of this.
The Emote was released in 2011.
The Kappa emote was created from a photo of Josh Deseno, when Twitch was still Justin.Tv. The Kappa emote has grown in popularity and in a sense, has become the face of twitch. The emote is used a million plus times a day.
The Golden Kappa emote is an Easter egg on the Twitch platform. It will randomly be given to a user on Twitch for a period of time before it disappears again. Nobody knows how or why it appears. Kappa is often spammed in chat as a way to check for the Golden Kappa.
Released in December 2015, this emote is generally used during the holiday season as a substitute for Kappa.
Made after Marriage Equality Act passed, this is one of the most popular pride emotes used on Twitch.
Created in conjunction to the release of Twitch’s creative directory and to celebrate Bob Ross.
The LUL Twitch Emote is used for laughter and joy depicting the late streamer, TotalBiscuit. LUL stands for “Lame Uncomfortable Laugh” and is used the same way you would use a laugh emote when you text your friends.
The LUL emote was uploaded by TotalBiscuit in 2014 on his personal channel. It was called “cynicalLaugh” back then. The photographer, Jonathan Tayag, asked for it to be removed from the platform as he didn’t give permission for it to be used. Twitch agreed.
Tayag ended up releasing the photo with the stipulation that it could only be used for free and no longer allowed to be a subscription perk. It has now become one of Twitch’s most popular global emotes.
Sadly, John Bain passed away on May 24, 2018 from cancer. He was 33 years old.
The TriHard Twitch emote was when something exciting happens. The emote is used to hype up the chat. You can see it being used when an FPS streamer seems to hit a shot that is insane and deseserves that Tryhard emote. It was created on Twitch in 2012.
The emote is based on the Twitch streamer, TriHex. TriHex went to Dallas to attend an Anime convention. During this convention the picture was taken and the emote was inspired. Twitch staff was looking for new emotes to add to the global collection. TriHex’s community got behind the streamer and spammed it so Twitch would add it to the global emote list.
One of the oldest twitch emotes PogChamp is used to express surprise or excitement.
You will find plenty of the time in twitch chat typing POg or POGGERS to express the feeling. POGGERS is a BTTV emote based on PogChamp emote.
If you haven’t spammed POGGERS in chat are you even a Twitch fan? The PogChamp was created in early 2012.
PogChamp you will see all over Twitch as one of the most popular emotes. This emote is spammed when something exciting happens.
Perfect for when a streamer pulls off something difficult.
For example, when a streamer hits a difficult shot in an FPS like Fortnite or kills 4 champions in League of Legends. You will see people start to spam it after a clutch or anything that represents anything that doesn’t seem true, it was that good of a play.
The PogChamp emote came to creation from a blooper video of Ryan “Gootecks” Gutierrez. Ryan and Mike Ross were having a conversation when the camera-man tipped over his tripod. Creating the PogChamp Emote, thanks to Gutierrez’s reaction.
PogChamp even has an origin of the name behind it. Gutierrez and Roff played the Pog Game, where players try to flip over round, thin, discs called pogs with harder disks. Using a MadCatz joystick the winner of the game at the end was called Pog Champion.
Monkas is a BTTV Twitch Emote is used when a streamer is in an intense or anxious situation. It is mostly used when the streamer is worried or upset. You will find it used in high level gameplay where a player passes another without them seeing. Chat starts to spam Monkas because what just happened was intense. MonkaS is the Pepe the Frog character seating profusely.
MonkaS is an emote that is part of the “Pepe emote” family. You can see and access it with the BTTV extension added to your Twitch account. MonkaS is also the most commonly used “word” that is used outside of Twitch.
The emote was originally used on a 4chan thread in 2011. In 2016, someone uploaded it as an emote, but it wasn’t very popular until it was used on Forsen’s Reddit page in February 2017.
MonkaS is used a lot due to its nature. People post it when someone is an anxious part of a game or is encountering some stress in real life. When streamers face difficult bosses in games or face a difficult opponent, the emote is generally spammed in their chat.
The VoHiYo Twitch emote known by viewers as the “Weeb” (Weeaboo)emote is used mostly when referencing anime. You will find others viewers using it to say “Hello” or after a streamer explains something very technical. VoHiYo is an original emote released around the same time as Kappa in early 2011.
VoHiYo emote is of a brown-haired girl in a purple shirt with a wrench. This is based on the Volary, a Twitch Moderator. VoHiYo is allowed to have on variation of the emote, just don’t use any original assets.
VoHiYO is known as the “weeb” emote, a reference to anime. The term “weeb” or “weeaboo” is a non-Japanese individual who is obsessed with Japanese pop-culture and anime.
The 4Head Twitch Emote is used mainly to respond to a streamer when they make a joke or meme. This is a popular emote among Twitch users because many streamers have these momements. It became popular during 2015 and has gained traction as the years have gone on.
4Head comes from a popular League of Legends streamer, Cadburry. The emote is used when someone does something cheesy or falls to their death in a game. This is a perfect example of when something funny happen that chat wasn’t expecting.
The CmonBruh Twitch emote is used when someone does something that just doesn’t make sense. The viewer can’t believe that the streamer did something that confusing. It gained its fame in 2016.
There is no confirmation of how the CmonBruh started but it is said to be a Twitch Staff Member. The emote is popularly used when the streamer does something confusing.
The Twitch heart emote is a Purple colored heart. The emote is used to express happiness, unity, and love.
The Twitch Heart Emote is one of the most popular emotes used on Twitch. Showing support for the streamer by spamming this amazing Emote is never uncommon.
The HaHaa Twitch emote is a BTTV emote based on the character Shy Ronnie. Mainly used as a sign of cringe or nervous laughter during a streamers live broadcast. It was released in 2016.
The HaHaa emote is a BTTV emote of Shy Ronnie(Aka – Andy Samberg) from Lonely Island.
During a Saturday Night Live episode that aired on October 30, 2010. The emote’s image is taken from the Shy Ronnie 2: Ronnie & Clyde episode from the first scene. The naming of the emote comes from the sound he makes in the video when laughing.
The emote has been used several times for many different reasons, the most popular being the replacement of the world “cringe”.
The SourPLS Twitch Emote is used to celebrate! You will see this emote used when someone is excited or happy about an event. It was released during 2014 and continues to be popular on the platform. Its happy and fun nature brings happiness to all.
SourPLS is a GIF from SourNotHardcore a Twitch Employee, it depicts a man dancing to the music in a Toys R Us store. The video was posted to YouTube in 2007 and has been a stable of Twitch.
SourPLS requires the BTTV plugin. To view this emote you must manually select the option to view GIFs. This has made the SourPLS emote gain and lose popularity.
The GachiGASM Twitch emote is used when someone is satisfied or happy with something that happen on stream. You will see it also as a meme for reactions to attraction or suggestive content. Gachigasm is used mostly to react to men. It was released in 2015.
The GachiGASM emote is from the Japanese phrase “gachimuchi” and the world “orgasm.” Usually used for men who have a lot of fat but are also muscular. This emote does require you to have the BTTV extension to see the emote.
gachiGASM based on Billy Herrington – A former adult star who gained his fame from a video called Nico Nico Douga. The image depicts him as he orgamed.
The Pepehand Twitch emote is used when a viewer is sad. When a streamer seems upset about something, viewers will spam the Pepehands emote. This emote is a BTTV emote so for you to be able to see it. The emote was released sometime during 2016.
PepeHands is another Pepe The Frog emote. Growing in popularity when Forsen’s followers started spamming it half way through 2017. The emote goes beyond Twitch as well with websites like Reddit.
Jebaited Twitch Emote
The Jebaited Twitch emote is used when viewers are trying to bait the streamer for information. Popular for baiting streamers into something that may not be true. For example, tricking the streamer that a game will be released earlier than it is. Then chat can spam the Jebaited Emote because they “trolled” the streamer into thinking it was true. The emote was released in 2016.
Jebaited Emote Origin
The Jebaited emote is of Alex Jebailey, the founder of Community Effort Orlando gaming. CEO was a fighting game that was hosted in Florida. The emote is Alex Jebailey looking most likely at chat to get this perfect emote. Making it the perfect Emote for when chat has successfully tricked the streamer.
The MingLee is the emote of sassiness. It is most commonly used for general laughter emote. It was released in 2015.
The MingLee emote is from a picture of Chris Mead, a Twitch employee. It is used over 100,000 times a day and has different reasons to be spammed. The most most common is for when a streamer is being funny and the viewer is laughing.
The GayPride Twitch emote is used for the LGBTQ community either in support of it or identifying as one. This emote was released in 2018.
The GayPride emote (and other Pride emotes) were made permanent in 2019. Related emotes include AsexualPride, BisexualPride, GenderFluidPride, IntersexPride, LesbianPride, NonBinaryPride, PansexualPride, TransgenderPride, and TwitchUnity.
The PJSalt emote is used on twitch when the streamer is “salty”. Salty means they are upset, frustrated, or bitter about something that happens on stream, chat, or real life. The emote was first seen on twitch in 2015.
PjSalt is a popular emote not just on Twitch but outside as well. The term has become so popular that it was added to the Urban Dictornary on Decemember 31, 2014.
The emote is used for whenever a streamer is “tilted” about a situation or just isn’ happy with the results they are getting. There are plenty of funny moments on Twitch and it would be quiet surprising if you didn’t spend a day on Twitch and never saw the PJSalt emote.
The BlessRNG emote is used to “bless a streamer” in a funny way. It is known to be used to reference the Twitch Gods, hoping to get the Golden Kappa. It was released in 2017 but was removed in early 2020.
The Emote is of Brad Jolly, who goes by the name “blessRNG” a streamer on Twitch. IT was added in March of 2017. The emote is mainly used to “bless” a stream, but was removed in 2020 when BlessRNG got banned from Twitch.
The NotLikeThis emote is used by viewers when something is going terribly wrong in either the game the streamer is playing or something from real life. The emote was released in 2015.
The NotLikeThis emote is of a Twitch employee known as Bensw after he watched a gamer lose a game at an EVO event. The phrase comes from the first Maxrix movie. This emote has gained popularity when a streamer is no doing something so well or explaining a story that just doesn’ make sense.
The BibleThump twitch emote is used to express disappointment or sadness. You will see this spammed in the streamers chat when they are meming or truly sad. It is used quiet alot as a joke for a streamer who dies in a FPS game and they get mad so the viewers spam BibleThump. It was released in 2012.
The BibleThump emote is popular among Twitch Chat and rightly so. This is one of the best emotes for actually seeing someone truly cry. The emote is based on the popular game The Binding of Issac and depicts the face of the main character Isaac.
It really grew to fame in 2013 because of the website ICryEveryTime which is just a flash animation of BibleThump emote falling down the screen. Not to mention, the amazing sad violin music in the background.
The emote hasn’t had the same success at it did in its hay-day, but it still around today and you shouldn’t be surprised if you see it in chat every once in a while.
The SMOrc twitch emote is popular when a streamer or viewer is being mean or obnoxious. The emote was released in 2017. It was originally used in Hearthstone streams as a slang for “going face” when a streamer faced their opponent.
The SMOrc emote is based on an orc from the game Space Marines. It found its popularity in the Heartstone category. It was used as slang for “going face” when the streamer was facing an opponent. The term SMOrc stands for “Space Marine Orc.”
MrDestructoid Twitch Emote
The MrDestructoid Twitch emote is popular when viewers suspect the streamer is viewbotting or bring fake followers to the channel. Letting chat understand that even though the viewer count says 2,000, they may only have 10 real people in the chat.
MrDestructoid Emote Origin
The MrDestructiod is the “call out” emote. It is used for when a streamer is botting or breaking Twitchs TOS. Making fun of the streamer saying they can only get views because of viewbotting.
The FailFish Twitch emote is mainly used when a streamer or viewer fails at something. Priem example being the streamer forgot some loot that they needed to pick up for a quest, or they didn’t buy the correct weapon in games like Valorant or CS:GO. Think of this emote as a facepalm emote.
The FailFish Emote is a picture of Tim “Spamfish” Mines, a streamer on Twitch. The image shows him covering his face like a “facepalm” in disappointment at what just happened. The perfect emote for when someone does something wrong or silly.
The HeyGuys Twith Emote is used when a viewer comes into a channel for the first time, or the first time for the day. It is a way of saying “hello” or “Hey guys”. It was released in 2014.
The HeyGuys emote is of the Twitch Emoployee Selen Akay. She submitted the photo of herself as a way for people to say hello in chat. At the time there was no way for people to use an emote to say “hello” or “Hey Guys”. Since she would join chats and always say “Hey Guys” the emote got its name.
She even has a twitch channel called HeyGuys!
The PRChase emote is mainly used to talk about twitch. It is also commonly used as a general smiling emote for when a viewer is in a chat.
The PRChase emote is the face of the former PR Director of Twitch, who now is the Head of Communications for Stream Elements.
The CurseLit emote is popular on Twitch for you guess it – Cool. You will see this emote used whenever there is a hype for something that the streamer is doing. It was released in 2016.
The CurseLit emote is Twitch’s version of the fire emote. It is used when something incredible is happening or to signify that something is “lit,” “hot,” or “on fire.”
The emote was announced in a Twitch blog post that was published on September 30, 2016. It announced the merging of Twitch and the Curse Communications Platform.
The FeelsBadMan Twitch Emote is a BTTV emote. The emote is popular when the streamer messes up or is telling a sad story. The most common times you will see this emote spammed is when the streamer loses a match that they shouldn’t have. The viewers will start spamming FeelsBadMan emote to poke fun at the streamer. It was released in 2009.
The FeelsBadMan emote is a part of the Pepe The Frong family and was introduced to 4Chan. The term “FeelsBadMan” is popular amongst gamers and has become its own saying itself. This emote can be used in many different situations but is most popular when a streamer does something disappointing like lose the game.
FeelsGoodMan Twich Emote
The FeelsGoodMan twitch emote is a part of the BTTV extension. It is based on Pepe The Frog and shows the Frog smiling. Mainly used for when something good is happening during the stream.
FeelsGoodMan Emote Origin
The FeelsGoodMan emoji is also part of the Pepe the Frog emote family. It is used when someone is happy or has done something good. Popular when a streamer has defeated the enemy to win a match.
They Kreygasm Twitch emote is used when a viewer is excited or just in awe of the streamer. Similar to saying the phrases “wow” and “Holy Crap”. This could be in reference to a clutch moment when the streamer takes on many enemies and beat them all. The chat goes crazy and can’t believe what they have seen. It was released in 2011.
The Kreygasm emote is of the face of Kreyg, a Twitch broadcaster. Kreyg was asked to submit an emote to the platform back when it was still Justin.TV.
Kreyg was hesitant at first, but later changed his mind. The photo was taken to express the excitement of someone realizing what had just happened on stream. The term Kreygasm was something his community knew about and was just an inside joke.
The SwiftRage Twitch emote is often used when you guessed it – raging. Typically used when the streamer has done something frustrating. This could be as simple as the streamer lost progression on the game because they didn’t get to the checkpoint in teh game. Resulting in the streamer to rage because they have to complete it all over again.
The SwiftRage emote is thanks to the Twitch Streamer Joseph “Swiftor” Alminawi. This emote represents the most powerful way to start raging in game. The emote is pretty popular.
The BloodTrail Twitch emote is used when chat is looking to make jokes or memes. This emote is popular when a joke is made between friends – Think TimTheTatMan & Cloakzy.
The BloodTrail emote is based on the character from the Super Meat Boy game. Popular emote to be used when friends are messing with each other. You will see this emote when the streamer is playing with some buddies and chat knows that what one streamer is saying is being funny about the other.
TheIlluminati Twitch emote is used when chat is trying to get information out of the streamer but they aren’t having it. It references when the streamer is being sneaky or a game developer isn’t giving you all the information that is needed. It was released in 2015.
TheIlluminati emote is from the Illuminati, a secret society that was founded in 1776. This emote can be seen when people are suspicious of whatever is happening on stream.
The Poggers Twitch emote is apart of the BTTV Pepe The Frog emotes. Poggers is used whenever something great happens. You can see chat spamming this during a video game reveal, when a streamer does something amazing or anything in between. It was released in 2017.
Poggers is the Pepe the Frog version of the PogChamp emote. It is a BTTV emote and is more popular than the PogChamp emote in some scenes (such as League of Legends).
The emote is used in the same way that PogChamp is used, when someone is surprised or excited.
The DansGame Twitch emote is popular when the Twitch streamer or viewer is disgusted or annoyed with something goin on. It was released in 2010.
DansGame is one of the earliest Twitch emotes, though it didn’t gain popularity until a few years later. It’s the face of DansGaming, a streamer who has been on the platform before it was Twitch.
The duDudu Twitch emote is used because of the popular song “Sanstorm” by Darude. The song has long been a meme on the Twitch platform and gaming in general. The song is from 1999 but still is in the gaming community.
The DuDudu emote is so popular that the emote is used every minute. The song “Sandstorm” by Darude is a meme in gaming. The emote is of course based on the sounds in the song. When viewers are watching a countdown with music you can see this emote spammed a ton.
The BabyRage Twitch emote is used when a streamer is upset and is being a baby. You will also see this used when chat is asking for the streamer to do something but the streamer isn’t in the mood to. This could be playing a game or watching YouTube requests.
The BabyRage emote is popular but isn’t used often. Many viewers don’t like it as its not a good picture. It also has a very specific reason to be used so its very rare that it is used outside of that context. You will see it when a streamer had a bad game or gets very angry about how they played.
The SabaPing Twitch emote is used when a server is suffering from ping or low latency.
SabaPing was originally a Japanese emote for the Japanese servers. The word “Saba” in Japanese means mackerel.
The emote is used when something is pinging a server or if a broadcaster is suffering from ping in their game.
The MorphinTime Twitch emote, that is from Power Rangers. Often it is used when someone has a fantastic idea. It was released in 2017.
In March 2017, Twitch announced that it would run a Power Rangers marathon on Twitch Presents. The emote was added with the event and is often used as either a “bolt of lighting” or when Power Rangers is mentioned.
The ResidentSleeper Twitch emote has two main purposes for it. The main one being when a viewer is going to sleep, they will spam the emote to chat to say goodbye. The other is when the streamer is doing something so boring that chat will is falling asleep. It was released in 2012.
The ResidentSleeper emote is based on the image of Twitch streamer OddlerPro, who fell asleep during a 72-hour Resident Evil marathon in 2012.
The Seemsgood emote is used on Twitch as a thumbs up. The viewers in chat will spam it when the streamer does something good or when they want to troll the streamer.
Little is currently known about this emote, despite its popularity. It is used mainly as a “thumps up” or good job emote. It has gain popularity in recent years because more viewers like to troll.
The Wutface Twitch emote is popular when a viewer is in shock. Popular when something surprising happened on streams. It was released in 2014.
The Wutface emote is of Alex Mendez who is a twitch employee. The emote comes from a video Mendez made in 2014, and the screenshot was taken from when the camera panned over him.
TheThing Twitch emote is used when the viewer is trying to make af unny face or be silly. It was released in 2016.
TheThing shows Geoff “InControl” Robinson. As someone who has been a funny person in the streaming world. He styled his hair during a Starcraft 2 podcast. He made the face during the podcast. InControl passed away in July of 2019. His memory will live on forever.
The SingsMic Twitch emote is used when people are singing on Twitch Sings or singing in general. The emote was added when the game Twitch Sings was added to the platform. You don’t often see the emote used outside of the game. It was released in 2018.
Twitch introduced its first game in October 2018. It is a karaoke-style game in which streamers sing for their viewers using the provided music in the game. As the game grows in popularity, so does the emote.
The Keepo Twitch emote is used just like Kappa. It is most popular used as sarcasm and the proper trolling emote. As one of the most popular emotes on the platform it only makes sense that Keepo is just as popular.
The Keepo emote combines Kappa and Meepo a Dota2 character. The emote is used in the Dota2 community along with others. Popular for spamming when a streamer or viewer seems to love cats more than humans.
The SSSsss Twitch emote is used when watching a streamer playing Minecraft. Popular when something “blows up” used on Twitch when people are watching a streamer play Minecraft or when something “blows up.” If people see a Minecraft creeper, they will also spam it in chat. In Minecraft, the creeper is a mob that will explode if it gets near to the player.
Minecraft has been around for a long time. The game is still on the top of the streaming world. You will see many people playing this game. The emote is the most well-known mobs in the game is the creeper, which is a green “humanoid” figure that blows up when it gets within range of the player. This will cause the user to die if they cant get anyway from the monster anytime soon.
It is popular with the Minecraft world and streamers have their viewers spamming it as much as possible.
The BrokeBack Twitch emote is used when a streamer does something silly or dopey. Popular when the streamer gets lucky with an item drop. Popular saying with “streamer loot” you will see this emote spammed as viewers are just rolling their eyes in disbelief.
The Emote is from Alan from the channel SeriousGaming. This couple of Alan and Victoria play all type of games. The image is of Alan making a dopey face for his viewers that turned into an emote.
The CoolStoryBob Twitch emote is used in the celebration of Bob Ross or when someone tells a “cool story.” It is often spammed on the Bob Ross Channel on Twitch. It was first seen in 2015.
In 2015, Twitch hosted its first BobRoss marathon, and the channel still runs every weekend to this day.
Bob Ross was a painter who filmed the show “The Joy of Painting” from 1983 to 1994. He was well-loved for his gentle nature, his quippy saying, and the way he wanted to teach anyone to paint.
Unfortunately, Bob passed away in 1995, but his show and his spirit live on. Many people visit the BobRoss channel to be uplifted and to talk with other happy people.
Pepega Twitch emote is apart of the BTTV emote. This emote is based on Pepe the Frog and is used when something odd happens with the Twitch streamer or viewers. The emote was released in April of 2018.
The Pepega emote is from Discord by Adew. The emote became popular thanks to Forsen chat. His chat didn’t like the emote so they spammed it for it to become more of a meme. It worked, it has become a meme. You will even see chat spamming “For San” This emote is supposed to be used ironically when someone is doing something silly or idiotic. You will find it all over toxic Twitch chats.
Pepega is most commonly pronounced either as “peh-peh-guh” or “peh-pay-guh.”
The KKona Twitch emote is most commonly used as slang for “American” or “Redneck” when someone does something stereotypically American. It can often be seen spammed in a chat where the streamer frequently does things that seem over-the-top to the rest of the world.
The Kkona emote is based on the Twitch streamer, Konas “Kona” Korner. He was a streamer even in the Justin.tv days. The emote is used when someone does something stereotypically American or acts like a redneck.
The KKona image is of Kona from a photo taken of him with What’s Happening!! actress Danielle Spencer when they met at the Wizard World Anaheim Comic Con in 2010.
The DoritoesChip emote is used on Twitch in celebration of the crunchy tortilla chip snack. You will see viewers spam this emote when the streamer is eating on camera or when someone in chat says they are hungry.
The DoritosChip emote is based on the popular American tortilla-chip snack by the same name. Doritos have been produced since 1964 by the Frito-Lay company. While the original chip was not flavored, several popular flavors have been introduced throughout the world. The chip is very popular among gamers and streamers alike.
Crunch, crunch. Nom, nom.
Twitch emotes are one of the most ever-changing items on the popular platform. We have compiled some of the most popular emotes you can find on the platform over the years. No matter where you are in your Twitch journey it is always nice to understand the meaning behind all of these iconic emotes.
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