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What Does COPIUM Mean? – Origin & How To Use It

If you have been in a Twitch stream you have probably seen or heard people say “COPIUM”. But what does this mean? 

In this article I go over the meaning of “COPIUM”, the origin, and how you can use this emote on Twitch and Youtube as a viewer and as a streamer. 

What Does COPIUM Mean?

Copium is a combination of the words “cope” and “opium”. It is meant to be a fictional drug that is used when people are trying to cope with losing or being wrong. The word and the emote are often used as a way to troll people who are wrong about something, but are having a hard time admitting it.

COPIUM Emote

COPIUM Emote Origin

The COPIUM emote is based on Pepe the Frog, a cartoon created by Matt Furie in 2005. The COPIUM emote was originally uploaded to BTTV on September 17th, 2020 by t0asteds0up and then to FFZ on January 14th, 2021 by luckyc.

Now both the COPIUM emote and the word “copium” have different backgrounds. Let’s talk about both.

The COPIUM emote is based on Pepe the Frog, but the real idea for the COPIUM emote itself came from the monkaS emote. The monkaS emote was originally used on 4chan in 2011, and has since grown into one of the most popular emotes/memes on the internet.

In fact, the monkaS emote has inspired other great emotes such as monkaWmonkaH, and monkaEyes. The COPIUM emote is truly just another spinoff of monkaS.

Now, let’s talk about the word copium itself and where it came from.

The word copium began in 2018 on a 4chan board. It was created by people who lean politically right to mock those on the political left after Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election.

It was their way of telling people on the left to “cope with the loss”.

The word continued to grow in popularity through platforms such as Reddit and Discord, and in 2020 it was left leaning individuals who would begin using the word/meme/emote to mock right leaning individuals after Joe Biden won the election.

It was during this time that the COPIUM emote was created and uploaded to Twitch.

In fact, some users who created COPIUM emotes even went as far as adding a “Make America Great Again” hat to Pepe the Frog in the COPIUM emote to mock those on the right.

Both the word, and the emote are now commonly used to troll people when their political views have been proven wrong and they need to “cope” with the realization.

The COPIUM emote is currently used on over 25,000 channels between BTTV and FFZ combined and is a go to when people are trying to troll political views with which they disagree with.

How To Use The COPIUM Emote On Twitch

  1. Add the FFZ or the BTTV Google extensions to your Twitch account.
  2. Make sure the streamer has the COPIUM emote enabled on their channel.
  3. Type “COPIUM” in the streamer’s Twitch chat (without the quotation marks) and send the message.
  4. The COPIUM emote will now appear in the stream’s chat. 

Make sure you type COPIUM exactly as it appears with the correct spelling and capitalization. If you don’t, it won’t work. Also, a streamer must have the emote enabled on either BTTV or FFZ in order for it to work. 

Another cool thing is that if you are on PC, you can just click the little emoji button and select which emote you want to send in Twitch chat.

Twitch Emote Button

If you need more help I wrote an entire article about adding BTTV emotes to your Twitch account and adding FFZ to your Twitch account. These guides are helpful for both streamers and viewers. 

How To Use The COPIUM Emote On Youtube?

  1. Add the BTTV Google extension to your Youtube account.
  2. Make sure the streamer has the COPIUM emote enabled on their channel.
  3. Type “COPIUM” in the streamer’s chat (without the quotation marks) and send the message.
  4. The COPIUM emote will now appear in the stream’s chat. 

If you need more help I wrote an entire article about adding BTTV emotes to your Youtube account. This guide will help regardless if you are a streamer or a viewer. 

Unfortunately, FFZ and Youtube Gaming are not currently compatible and so you will only be able to use this emote on Youtube with the BTTV extension. 

When To Use The COPIUM Emote?

The COPIUM emote is best used in situations where an individual feels frustrated or defeated and you want to mock them. For example, if a person’s football team lost on Sunday, a user may type this emote in chat as a way to troll the person who is coping with the loss.

And like was touched on earlier, the emote has a very political connotation and so you will often see this emote in political discussions where people want to troll people they disagree with.

Why Is The COPIUM Emote Not Appearing In Chat?

Here are common reasons why the COPIUM emote may not be appearing in chat:

  1. The viewer trying to use the emote does not have the BTTV or FFZ extension.
  2. The streamer does not have the BTTV or FFZ extension.
  3. The streamer does not have the COPIUM emote enabled on their channel.
  4. The viewer is trying to use the emote on mobile.
  5. The person did not type “COPIUM” correctly.
  6. Twitch or Youtube banned the emote.

The reasons listed above are the most common reasons why the COPIUM emote won’t work in chat. 

If you feel like you have checked off everything listed above, and the COPIUM emote still won’t work for you, then check out my article here where I go into more detail as to why your emotes may not be working and how to fix it. 

How To Pronounce COPIUM?

The word “copium” is pronounced “cope-ium”. The first part of the word, ‘-cop’, is pronounced like the word “cope”. After saying the word “cope” you then add the ‘-ium’ ending which sounds like the ending in the word “sodium. COPIUM.

Is The COPIUM Emote Popular On Twitch?

The COPIUM emote is not a very popular emote on Twitch. Given that it has a very political connotation, it is only really popular on streams that place a heavy emphasis on political discussion such as HasanAbi’s Twitch channel.

This emote is also fairly new when compared to other, more established emotes and so it is possible that in the future this emote becomes more popular.

Is The COPIUM Emote An Insult?

The COPIUM emote is often used as an insult against those who are coping with defeat, especially if that person was arrogant or braggadocious. It is meant as a joke at the expense of someone who lost.

With that being said, the COPIUM emote is not always used as an insult and there are times when it is indeed used in a joking manner.

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