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What Does The monkaGIGA Mean? – Origin & How To Use It

If you have been in a Twitch stream you may have seen people type, or heard people say “monkaGIGA”. But what does this word and emote mean? 

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

What Does monkaGIGA Mean?

The monkaGIGA emote is used to convey shock or horror and is used to react to something unexpected that is happening on stream or in chat. For example, if a streamer’s chair breaks and they fall on the ground, the chat may spam this emote.

The emote itself is a picture of Pepe the Frog with his eyes bulging out of his head and sweat pouring down his face. In the emote itself Pepe looks shocked and horrified and this is why the emote carries the meaning that it does.

monkaGIGA Emote

monkaGIGA Origin?

MonkaGIGA is an emote based on Pepe the Frog, a cartoon created by Matt Furie in 2005. The monkaGIGA emote was originally uploaded to BTTV on March 10th, 2017 by slothh and then later to FFZ on May 15th, 2017 by khltw.

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. MonkaGIGA is truly just another spinoff of monkaS.

The monkaGIGA emote is currently used on over 15,000 Twitch channels, but overall it is not a very popular emote when compared to other monka emotes. Other variations of the monkaS emote, such as monkaW, are much more popular.

How To Use The monkaGIGA Emote In Twitch Chat?

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

Make sure you type monkaGIGA 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 monkaGIGA Emote On Youtube?

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

The monkaGIGA emote is meant to be used in situations that make viewers nervous or surprised. This emote can be used in similar situations as the monkaS emote; however, the monkaGIGA emote is meant to convey even more shock than the monkaS emote.

As horror games have become more and more popular for streamers to stream, the monkaGIGA has become more popular and used more frequently.

And like most emotes, how and when the emote is used is really up to the viewer. Everyone reacts differently to different situations.

Why Is The monkaGIGA Emote Not Appearing In Chat?

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

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

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

The correct way to pronounce monkaGIGA is “monka-giga.” Monk, like the word monk, then the ‘a’ makes an ‘uh’ sound as in the word asleep, and lastly the word ‘GIGA’ is pronounced normally. Monk-a-GIGA.

Why Is Pepe Called Monka?

Pepe the Frog is often called Monka on Twitch and other online platforms because the creator of the original Pepe the Frog emote had the username of Monkasen. Once the emote was uploaded to Twitch, users began to refer to the Pepe the Frog emote as monka or monkaS after the creator, Monkasen.

For this reason, many of the Pepe the Frog based emotes have names such as monkaH, monkaHmm, and monkaW. They all come from the name of the first person to turn Pepe the Frog into an emote, Monkasen.

However, referring to Pepe the Frog as Monka is really only a Twitch, Youtube, and Discord thing. Outside of these platforms it is most common to refer to Pepe the Frog as Pepe the Frog.

MonkaGIGA may not be the most popular emote, but it is unique and is a good emote to have available if you plan on playing any horror games.

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