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

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

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

What Does The monkaTOS Emote Mean?

The monkaTOS emote is meant to convey that something is, or could be against the streaming platforms Terms Of Service (TOS). However, like most emotes, the monkaTOS emote is usually used ironically in chat when something questionable happens on stream.

monkaTOS Emote

monkaTOS Emote Origin

MonkaTOS is an emote based on Pepe the Frog, a cartoon created by Matt Furie in 2005. The monkaTOS emote was originally uploaded to BTTV on February 10th, 2018 by NinjaChris77 and then later to FFZ on March 3rd, 2018 by voparoS_.

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. MonkaTOS is truly just another spinoff of monkaS.

The monkaTOS emote is currently used on over 80,000 Twitch channels between BTTV and FFZ combined. It is the 62nd most used emote on BTTV and the 38th most used emote on FFZ.

Although the emote is fairly popular on both BTTV and FFZ, only the BTTV version of the emote is animated.

Also, the emote gets used frequently because even if a viewer has never seen the emote before, they can usually guess what the meaning behind the emote is since it has the letters “TOS” written across Pepe’s face in big red letters.

How To Use The monkaTOS Emote On Twitch

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

Make sure you type monkaTOS 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 monkaTOS Emote On Youtube

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

The monkaTOS emote is best used in situations where something edgy happens on a stream that may push the limits as to what is allowed under the terms of service of the platform. However, some people may use this emote if the streamer does something cringe even it is not against any rules.

For example, if a streamer starts dancing after winning a match, and their dancing skills are awful, their chat may begin to spam the monkaTOS emote.

Why Is The monkaTOS Emote Not Appearing In Chat?

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

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

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

The correct way to pronounce monkaTOS is “monka-T-O-S.” Monk, like the word monk, then the ‘a’ makes an ‘uh’ sound as in the word asleep, and lastly the letters ‘T’, ‘O’, and ‘S’ are pronounced normally, but separately. MonkaTOS.

The monkaTOS emote is a fun emote to have on stream and just because someone in chat used the emote does not necessarily mean that any rules are being broken.

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