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

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

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

What Does PepeHands Mean?

The PepeHands emote conveys sorrow or sadness. It means that people are getting so upset that they want to cry. The meaning is the same rather it is an emote, or said aloud on stream. However, like most Twitch emotes, PepeHands is mostly used sarcastically.

PepeHands Emote

PepeHands Origin?

The PepeHands emote is based on Pepe the Frog, a cartoon created by Matt Furie in 2005. It is often compared to the crying emoji. The PepeHands emote was originally uploaded to FFZ on September 18th, 2016 by OinkerBob and to BTTV on October 26th, 2017 by P3NTAZ.

However, although the original PepeHands emote was uploaded by OinkerBob, the PepeHands emote that grew the most in popularity was uploaded by garych on January 16th, 2018.

The emotes look almost identical, but if you look closely enough you will notice that the emote uploaded by garych has more color to it and the tears on Pepe’s face are brighter and easier to see.

I guess the change in color made all the difference because garych’s version of the PepeHands emote is used over 160,000 times on FFZ.

Although the PepeHands emote is based on Pepe the Frog, the real idea for the emote itself came from the monkaS  emote. The monkaSemote 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. PepeHands is truly just another spinoff of monkaS.

The PepeHands emote is currently used on over 430,000 Twitch channels between BTTV and FFZ combined. It is currently the 8th most used emote on BTTV and the 3rd most used emote on FFZ.

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

How To Use The PepeHands Emote In Twitch Chat?

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

Make sure you type PepeHands 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 PepeHands Emote On Youtube?

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

The PepeHands emote is best used when something sad or upsetting happens on stream. For example, if a streamer is trying to play a game straight through, and then they lose on the very last boss, the chat may spam this emote.

Like I touched on earlier, this emote is typically used sarcastically, but if something emotional does happen on stream, viewers may also choose to use this emote in the chat.

As of late streamers have even begun to say “PepeHands” aloud whenever something sad or upsetting happens on stream. As you can see this emote is very versatile and is loved by both viewers and streamers.

Why Is The PepeHands Emote Not Appearing In Chat?

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

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

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

The correct way to pronounce PepeHands is “pe-pay-hands.” 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 word “hands” is pronounced normally. Pe-pe-Hands.

Is The PepeHands Emote Popular On Twitch?

The PepeHands emote is definitely one of the most popular emotes on Twitch and one of the most popular Pepe the Frog themed emotes.

If you are a streamer or mod, and are looking for new emotes to add to a channel, then PepeHands is a nice addition. It’s an emote that most viewers already know and will know when to use it.

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