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->''"There is no emoticon for what I am feeling!"''
-->-- '''[[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Comic Book Guy]]''', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''

It's an [[NewMedia online trope]] about using typing characters to represent symbols, often to show emotions or to punctuate a point.

The format is usually a sideways face with the eyes on the left and the mouth on the right. (e.g.: ":)") Optionally there is a dash to represent the nose. Another format is an underline or period in the center for the mouth, and two things on the side for the eyes. (e.g.: "(‐'.'‐)") These are often called "[[Franchise/{{Kirby}} Kirbies]]" by English speakers. The first type is generally more Western, while the second has a stronger Asian heritage, and was imported from Japanese textboards and popularized in the West on {{anime}} forums.

The first documented use of the "smiley" and "frown" emoticons on the Internet (people had [[https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Emoticons_Puck_1881_with_Text.png tinkered with them on typewriters in the past]]) was on the [[UsefulNotes/{{Pittsburgh}} Carnegie Mellon University]] computer science general board September 19, [[OlderThanTheyThink 1982]] at 11:44am EST by Scott E. Fahlman:

-->19-Sep-82 11:44 Scott E Fahlman :-)\\
From: Scott E Fahlman \\
I propose that the following character sequence for joke markers:\\
Read it sideways. Actually, it is probably more economical to mark\\
things that are NOT jokes, given current trends. For this, use\\

Within a few months usage and variations had spread to the ARPANET and Usenet. (The message shown here was thought lost forever before it was found 20 years later on some backup tapes.)

{{Message Board}}s often have pre-made pictures that replace the symbol you type. And [[TheWikiRule of course]] there is [[http://emoticon.wikia.com/wiki/Emoticon_wiki Emoticon Wiki]] for more information.

In recent years, emoticons have been widely replaced by emojis in social media and texting, which are a Japanese import that presents pictograms to relate ideas and concepts.

For the JustForFun page where you can make your own [[JustForFun/{{Emoticons}} here]]. Our Forum also has an emoticon thread [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=z7wm9migxxf8dsw25yl3slrd&page=1 here]].

Compare AsciiArt, {{Henohenomoheji}}, ImageMacro. Webcomic/RageComics are another popular way of communicating your emotions online.
!!Common emoticons:

[[folder:Some common emoticons]]
* [[HaveANiceDaySmile Smile]] :) / :-) / =) / =] ^‿^ / ^u^ / シ / :-] / :] / :-} / :} / c: / ^_^ / *_* / :> / <:
* Grin :D / :-D / =D / |D
* Wink ;) / ;-) / ^_~ / ~_^ / ^_-~♦
* Frown :( / :-( / =( / =[ / :c / :C / :< / >:
* Shock :O / :-O / =O / D:> / :U / o_o / O_O / :u
* Anger >:( / >:-( / >=( / >:U
* Rage >:O / >:-O / >:C / D:< / >:c
* Laughter xD / XD
* Unimpressed v_v / =| / -_- / -___- / :|
* Embarrassed ^^; / >_>
* Weirded out @_@ / O_o / _ /☉_☉ / ◉_◉ / 8(
* Tongue-in-cheek :P / :-P / =P / xP / XP
* Crying: ; ; /;_; / QQ / Q_Q / T_T
* Sadface: :'(
* Cringing: >_< / >.< / >< / X(
* Confusion: :s / :/
* CatSmile: :3 / x3 / >:3
* Heart: <3 ε>
* Disapproval: ಠ_ಠ
* FlippingTheTable: (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻
* Me Gusta: }:} / ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

!!Emoticons in works:


[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha Audioplay/StrikerSSoundStageX'', Agito notes that she keeps trying to get [[TheStoic Signum]] to use emoticons in her emails like Vita does.
* One ''Manga/{{Yotsuba}}'' comic has Asagi draft Yotsuba into being "e-mail". She then tells her "You need an emoticon". Yotsuba's expression in the last panel is a dead-on visualization of the O____O emotion.
* Emoticons show up all over the place in ''Anime/PaniPoniDash''. One episode took place in the Edo period of Japan. Throughout the whole episode, the narrations reflect on the culture of society at the time, while showing real life Japanese style artworks where everyone's face is replaced by a 2chan emoticons. In another episode, Kurumi Momose tends to start sporadically cycling through numerous emoticons on her face when she's absolutely bewildered and confused about what everyone else is talking about.
* Fans of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' have popularized an emoticon of Kyubey's face like so: /人◕‿‿◕人\. This is usually coupled with his CatchPhrase: "Want to make a contract?"
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' has one emoticon for every nation made by the fans. The Russia emoticon is probably the most popular and recognizable: (^し^) (or ( ^ J ^ ), alternatively).
* In ''Anime/DeathNote'' Misa Amane sometimes has a heart emoticon after her words when she is speaking to Light.
* Hifumi of ''Manga/NewGame'' uses those heavily, not only when she's using Groupware but also in some written materials, which annoys Kou as the latter finds the former using them in a tardy note.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Emoticon from ''ComicBook/WelcomeToTranquility'' has a face mask that shows his emotions through emoticons. He's the grandson of another villain called the Typist.
* In ''[[Film/TheViewAskewniverse Bluntman And Chronic]]'', one of their enemies is a nerd-turned-supervillain Newsgroup who often speaks in emoticons.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/TheNowakverse'' (which not only takes place in TheNineties, but ''Under the Bridge'' itself premiered in 1998), mice put the digit 8 before their emoticons in online conversation to identify themselves as mice.
--> 8:-)

* In ''Film/{{Virtuosity}}'' the main character locates the virtual serial killer in the training program through the clue left on the side of one building.
-->'''Barnes:''' ''Semicolon; Parenthesis... Smiley face.''
* In ''Film/ScottPilgrimVSTheWorld'', when Young Neil explains to Knives that Scott used to date her rock star role model Envy (Natalie) Adams, he response is an actual ":O" on her face. Complete with a computer "bloop" sound.

* ''Creator/DaveBarry in Cyberspace'' has a helpful list of emoticons, some of which are real, most of which he made up, which includes:
** :0WW "Person vomiting a series of Slim Jims"
** :({8 "Person displeased with the results of their breast enhancement surgery"
** :V:| "Person who cannot figure out why no one wants to talk to him, little suspecting there is an alligator on his head"
* Will Schwalbe, co-author of "Send: Why People Email So Badly and How to Do It Better," calls the exclamation point the "ur-emoticon."

* Sheldon of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' once recounted being particularly elated at a scientific discovery.
--> '''Sheldon''': In the world of emoticons, I was colon capital D. ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSCl4RnpkUc [demonstrates] ]]''

* The Music/HelloProject members each have their own emoticon used on 2ch.
* Basshunter has an album called "[=LoL=] <(^^,)>"
* BigData has a lyric video appropriately titled [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMNs6YjPwVE "The Business of Emoji."]]

* [[http://www.gocomics.com/theargylesweater/2011/07/06 This strip]] of ''TheArgyleSweater'' has a wedding ceremony for a ''':''' and a ''')'''. One guest comments, "They seem so happy together!"
* ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' has [[http://www.gocomics.com/pearlsbeforeswine/2011/06/30 this exchange]]:
-->'''Rat:''' Why do people that make rude, snarky comments on the internet always feel the need to end their comment with that dumb winking emoticon?\\
'''Goat:''' It means they're just teasing you. You know, just having some fun with you.\\
'''Rat:''' Well, that's stupid. And you're stupid for knowing that.\\
'''Goat:''' ''I'm'' stupid?!\\
'''Rat:''' ;-)\\
'''Pig:''' ''([[MediumAwareness pointing]] at Rat's SpeechBalloon)'' Ha! Ha! Ha! Don't be mad...''look!''
** There was a much earlier strip in which Pig kept adding them to his speech, much to Rat's chagrin, ending with Pig getting beaten up. Author Stephan Pastis mentioned in one of his treasuries (about this particular strip) that he finds emoticons extremely annoying.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', MMORPG girl Maya ([[spoiler:aka homeroom teacher Ms. Toriumi]]) sprinkles all her online dialogue with eastern/anime-style emoticons, particularly the Kirby dances.
** In ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'' Yuzu uses emoticons in her e-mails that slowly decline in use as the week wears on.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Killer7}}'', the bodiless thief Susie used emoticons throughout her speeches, including this one: (`曲´) to signify extreme frustration.
* In ''[[VideoGame/DotHackGUGames .hack//G.U.]]'':
** [=NPCs=] native to [[spoiler:the Netslum]] have Japanese-style emoticons for faces.
** Emoticons also pop up in people's e-mails and dialogue, since they're trying to imitate how people on the internet actually type (surprisingly, the writers actually didn't do too badly at this).
* ''VideoGame/PokemonXDGaleOfDarkness'' is '''not''' an example, as the "XD" in the title is an acronym (eXtra Dark). This doesn't stop some people from interpreting the title that way.
** Ditto is officially based on a ":)" emoticon crossed with an amoeba.
* Used very often in the ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' series by the characters. Emoticons range from happy, worry, and anger. ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'' uses these again and adds some new ones, such as eye shifting, sighing, and sadness. At certain parts of the game, you can utilize some of these expressions (happy, joy, worry, and anger) to respond to a situation, which does nothing but slightly change the response from the characters in the scene.
** Note they aren't used in text, a small emotion bubble appears above the character's head.
* The assassin Zero from ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' wears a full helmet which is never taken off, and so displays expression by way of giant projected emoticons.
* Histoire from the ''Franchise/{{Neptunia}}'' series frequently uses emoticons and emojis in her speech.
* The guards in ''VideoGame/EmbricOfWulfhammersCastle'' "speak" in Emoticons, but the Duchess (and just about everyone else) understands what they are saying. It's even parodied when the Duchess finds a guardsman who doesn't speak in Emoticons, calling him an imposter!
* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'':
** The standard wink emoticon is practically a VerbalTic for Aaron. ;)
** In the best ending, Toriel discovers texting and invents an emoticon to represent her own face.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'', there's a brief RunningJoke that whenever Rin texts Riki (very rarely as she's terrible with technology), she always ends with a blank -_- emote. (As Riki points out, why bother using an emoticon to denote that you don't have an expression?) This gets a darker reprise later when [[spoiler:Rin, away at the other school, sends Riki texts ending with crying TT_TT emotes and Riki knows that she wouldn't send that unless she were crying in real life, something she almost never does.]]
* Fat, sweaty otaku Sal Manella somehow adds a ":(" to one of his sentences in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney''.
** ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'': Athena Cykes's Mood Matrix has four emoticons to represent the emotions the person she analyzes. The necklace she wears responds to how she feels with appropriate colors and emoticons as well.

* In the ''WebAnimation/TeenGirlSquad'' Valentimes[[note]]sic[[/note]] Day Special , when Cheerleader texts with the class president, she attempts to enter an emoticon that is supposed to look like a heart and a frontways cupid, looking like this: '''KO)->'''. Unfortunately, the class prez doesn't get the text jargon, and when a Wireless Wizard shows up to chastise them for "texting from a few feet away", he complains the "cupid" looks more like a "USB dongle goblin".
-->'''Class Prez:''' Whattaya mean, I'm less than B?

* ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics'':
** T-Rex invents the [[http://www.qwantz.com/archive/001057.html "OGC" emoticon]].
** [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/1901656/OGC-unveils-new-logo-to-red-faces.html Not the only time]] that emoticon has shown up, either.
** [[http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=156807548736 Exactly.]]
** T-Rex explores what happens when people who use [[http://www.qwantz.com/archive/001030.html multiple question marks in emails]] try to apply this logic to emoticons:
--->'''T-Rex''': I got one that was like "I am really sad :((((((" and it's sort of a bizarre emphasis that entirely divorces a smiley from its own visual iconography. I'm not sure how I feel about that.
* After reading [[http://www.beaverandsteve.com/index.php?comic=336 this]] ''Webcomic/BeaverAndSteve'' strip, you will have to use the emoticon Q-Q ''somewhere''.
* Castora, God of the Beach in ''Webcomic/KeychainOfCreation'', uses a smiley emoticon. In real life. TheRant helpfully informs us "Yes, gods can totally pronounce emoticons."
* In ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'', many of the trolls incorporate their horns or abnormal eyes into their emoticons. For example, [[EmotionlessGirl Aradia]] has [[color:#a10000:0_0]], [[WheelchairWoobie Tavros]] has [[color:#a15000:}:)]], [[GrumpyBear Karkat]] has [[color:#626262:O:B]], [[ArachnidAppearanceAndAttire Vriska]] has [[color:#005682:::::)]], [[CatGirl Nepeta]] has [[color:#416600::33]], [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Feferi]] has [[color:#77003c:38)]], [[TheHyena Terezi]] has [[color:#008282:>:]]] and [[MonsterClown Gamzee]] has [[color:#2b0057::o)]]. [[WickedCultured Doc Scratch]], of all people, has [[Webcomic/SweetBroAndHellaJeff 8^y]].
** Also emoticons for the quadrants of troll romance: '''<3''', '''<3<''', '''<>''', and '''c3<'''.
* In ''Living With Monster Girl'', [[HeadlessHorseman Dullahan]]'s body "speaks" in emoticons when the head is away. In ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'', by the same mangaka, this gets carried over to Lala the dullahan.
* Kang Ho-Ryang from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' has a wing of energy that tells a lot about him. Whether he will move or attack, what he is thinking, andů showing his emotions through Emoticons.

* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'', Shake discovers text messaging and announces his messages accordingly:
--> '''Shake''': LOL, IMHO, colon, paranthesis!
* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', when Beemo gets his controller taken away by a Door Lord, his screen promptly shows the "D:" emoticon.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' brought about the ''So awesome!'' /)^3^(\ emoticon.
** Not to mention the /) bro-hoof (\. Or, better yet, underhanded: \) (/.

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