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Emoticon

"There is no emoticon for what I am feeling!"

It's an 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 "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 tinkered with them on typewriters in the past) was on the Carnegie Mellon University computer science general board September 19, 1982 at 11:44am EST by Scott E. Fahlman:

19-Sep-82 11:44 Scott E Fahlman :-)
From: Scott E Fahlman <Fahlman at Cmu-20c>

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 Boards often have pre-made pictures that replace the symbol you type. And of course there is Emoticon Wiki for more information.

For the Just for Fun page where you can make your own here. Our Forum also has an emoticon thread here.

Compare ASCII Art, Henohenomoheji, Image Macro. Rage Comics are another popular way of communicating your emotions online.

Common emoticons:

    Some common emoticons 
  • 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 / :/
  • Cat Smile: :3 / x3 / >:3
  • Heart: <3 ε>
  • Disapproval: ಠ_ಠ
  • Flipping the Table: (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻
  • Me Gusta: }:}

Emoticons in works:

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    Anime and Manga 
  • In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Striker S Sound Stage X, Agito notes that she keeps trying to get Signum to use emoticons in her emails like Vita does.
  • Kang Ho-Ryang from Tower of God has a wing of energy that tells a lot about him. Whether he will move or attack, what he is thinking, and… shows his emotions through Emoticons.
  • One 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 Pani Poni Dash!. 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 Puella Magi Madoka Magica have popularized Kyubey's face /人◕‿‿◕人\. This is coupled with his Catch Phrase "Want to make a contract?"
  • Axis Powers Hetalia has one emoticon for every nation made by the fans. The Russia emoticon is probably the most popular and recognizable: (^し^) (or ( ^ J ^ ), alternatively).

    Comic Books 
  • Emoticon from Welcome to Tranquility has a face mask that shows his emotions through emoticons. He's the grandson of another villain called the Typist.
  • In Bluntman And Chronic, one of their enemies is a nerd-turned-supervillain Newsgroup who often speaks in emoticons.

    Fan Fiction 
  • In The Nowakverse (which not only takes place in The Nineties, 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:-)

    Film 
  • In 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 Scott Pilgrim VS The World, 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.

    Literature 
  • Dave Barry 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."

    Live Action TV 
  • Sheldon of The Big Bang Theory once recounted being particularly elated at a scientific discovery.
    Sheldon: In the world of emoticons, I was colon capital D. [demonstrates]

    Music 
  • The Hello! Project members each have their own emoticon used on 2ch.
  • Basshunter has an album called "LoL <(^^,)>"

    Newspaper Comics 
  • This strip of The Argyle Sweater has a wedding ceremony for a : and a ). One guest comments, "They seem so happy together!"
  • Pearls Before Swine has 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: (pointing at Rat's Speech Balloon) 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.

    Video Games 
  • In Persona 3, MMORPG girl Maya (aka homeroom teacher Ms. Toriumi) sprinkles all her online dialogue with eastern/anime-style emoticons, particularly the Kirby dances.
    • In Devil Survivor Yuzu uses emoticons in her e-mails that slowly decline in use as the week wears on.
  • In Killer7, the bodiless thief Susie used emoticons throughout her speeches, including this one: (`曲´) to signify extreme frustration.
  • In .hack//G.U.:
    • NPCs native to 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).
  • Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness 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 Golden Sun series by the characters. Emoticons range from happy, worry, and anger. Golden Sun: Dark Dawn 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 Borderlands 2 wears a full helmet which is never taken off, and so displays expression by way of giant projected emoticons.

    Visual Novels 
  • In Little Busters!, there's a brief Running Joke 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 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 Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney.
    • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies : 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.

    Web Animation 
  • In the Teen Girl Squad Valentimesnote  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: <B >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?

    Webcomics 

    Western Animation 
  • In an episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Shake discovers text messaging and announces his messages accordingly:
    Shake: LOL, IMHO, colon, paranthesis!
  • In Adventure Time, when Beemo gets his controller taken away by a Door Lord, his screen promptly shows the "D:" emoticon.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic brought about the So awesome! /)^3^(\ emoticon.
    • Not to mention the /) bro-hoof (\. Or, better yet, underhanded: \) (/.


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