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

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

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

What Does Pepega Mean?

The Pepega emote is a way to call a streamer dumb or stupid without saying the actual words. The Pepega emote is meant to be used as a response to something dumb or foolish the streamer does on stream. It can also carry a negative connotation, depending on the use.

Pepega Emote

Pepega Origin?

The Pepega emote is based on Pepe the Frog, a cartoon created by Matt Furie in 2005. The Pepega emote was originally uploaded to both FFZ and BTTV on April 8th, 2018 by adew. It is currently one of the most popular emotes on Twitch.

Although the emote is based on Pepe the Frog, the real idea for the 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. Pepega is truly just another spinoff of monkaS.

The Pepega emote is currently used on over 370,000 Twitch channels between BTTV and FZZ combined. It the 5th most popular emote on FFZ and the 10th most popular emote on BTTV.

Over the years the Pepega emote has become one of the most well-known and one of the most frequently used emotes on all of Twitch.

It’s a great way to troll a streamer and react to some of the foolish mistakes they make on stream.

How To Use The Pepega Emote On Twitch?

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

Make sure you type Pepega 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 Pepega Emote On Youtube?

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

The Pepega emote is best used when a streamer does something dumb on stream. For example, if a streamer loses on an easy part of the game, viewers in the chat may spam the Pepega emote. To many Twitch users Pepega is considered an acceptable way to say ‘dummy’.

But like most Twitch emotes, the meaning behind the Pepega emote is more sarcastic than it is literal. Users are not literally calling a streamer a dummy when they use this emote, they are more just reacting to what happened on stream.

Is Pepega An Insult?

Although Pepega is mostly used as a sarcastic joke, there are some users who choose to use the word as an actual insult. In fact, some users will use this emote in place of the “R” word which is a banned word on Twitch.

But like most emotes, the user and the context with which they use the emote is what is most telling.

The emote is meant to call someone a ‘dummy’ in a funny, lighthearted way. But if you feel like a user is taking the emote too far then it may be a good idea to time them out or block them from chat.

Is It Ok To Say Pepega On Twitch?

The word “Pepega” and the Pepega emote are both allowed on Twitch. However, although they are allowed, some users and streamers may find the emote offensive and ask that you not use it on their channel.

Overall, the Pepega emote is just meant to be used as friendly banter between viewers and streamers. In most cases it is a harmless emote.

Why Is The Pepega Emote Not Appearing In Chat?

Here are common reasons why the Pepega 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 Pepega emote enabled on their channel.
  4. The viewer is trying to use the emote on mobile.
  5. The person did not type “Pepega” correctly.
  6. Twitch or Youtube banned the emote.

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

If you feel like you have checked off everything listed above, and the Pepega 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 Pepega?

The correct way to pronounce Pepega is “pe-pay-ga.” The first two letters, ‘pe’ sound like the word “pet” without the ‘t’, then the second ‘pe’ letters sound like the word “pay” and lastly the letters ga make a hard ga sound like the ending in the word mega.

Although this is the most common way to say the word “Pepega”, other users prefer to prounounce the second ‘e’ in Pepega with a long ‘e’ like in the word beets.

For example, it would sound like “PePeega”. Again, it is less common to pronounce it that way, but some people just prefer to say it that way.

Pepega is a legendary emote and is a great way for the chat to roast a streamer.

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