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What Does TriHard Mean On Twitch? – Origin & How To Use It

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

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

What Does TriHard Mean On Twitch?

TriHard and the TriHard emote have several meanings on Twitch. According to TriHex, the person who is featured in the emote, the TriHard emote is the response a person has when something cringe, awkward, or panic inducing occurs on stream. It can also mean a person is trying too hard.

In an interview done in 2017, TriHex described how he made this face when he was taking a picture next to a cute girl because he felt awkward and slightly panicked.

For this reason he said the TriHard emote is best used in such situations such as when you “drop a glass of milk” and don’t know what kind of face to make.

TriHard Emote

TriHard Origin?

The TriHard emote is based off a 2012 picture taken of TriHex, a Twitch streamer, at the anime convention A-Kon 23 in Dallas, TX. After the photo was released, TriHex’s community began spamming the emote everywhere. It became so popular that Twitch decided to make it a Twitch Global Emote in late 2012.

But where did the name TriHard come from?

Well as the photo was getting popular across Twitch, a Twitch admin decided to stop by TriHex’s stream in order to check him out.

Knowing that a Twitch admin was in his stream, TriHex began trying extra hard to impress the Twitch admin. The Twitch admin noticed this and responded, “Why are you trying so hard?”

From there TriHex’s chat went nuts and the emote, and name for the emote, were born.

Over the years the TriHard emote has become one of the most popular emotes on Twitch rivaling other major Twitch Global emotes such as Kappa and PogChamp.

Unfortunately, once the emote became popular, certain Twitch users began to use the emote to attack African American streamers.

For this reason many Twitch users have labeled the emote as “controversial” and some Twitch streamers have gone as far as banning the emote from their steams to prevent harassment.

But even though there are a few Twitch users who choose to use this emote negatively, the vast majority use the emote appropriately and think TriHex’s awkward smile is hilarious.

Even TriHex himself does not think that the emote should be removed because of a few bad actors. You can see more regarding TriHex’s backstory and thoughts on the emote in the video below.

How To Use The TriHard Emote On Twitch?

To use the TriHard emote on Twitch, follow these steps:

  1. Go into the Twitch chat of a stream.
  2. Type “TriHard” in the streamer’s Twitch chat (without the quotation marks) and send the message.
  3. The TriHard emote will now appear in the streamer’s chat.

Make sure you type TriHard exactly as it appears with the correct spelling and capitalization. If you don’t, it won’t work.

Also, the TriHard emote is a Twitch Global Emote and so a streamer does not have to have BTTV, FFZ, or be a Twitch Affiliate in order for this emote 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 Global Emotes

How To Use TriHard Emote On Youtube?

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

The TriHard emote is best used in situations on stream that are awkward, cringe, or where the streamer is trying too hard. For example, if a streamer just got raided, and is trying extra hard to impress the new viewers, the chat may spam this emote.

Why Is The TriHard Emote Not Appearing In Chat?

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

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

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

Also, I want to point out that not having the BTTV extension to use this emote would only apply for those who are streaming, or watching streams on Youtube.

If you are on Twitch then the TriHard emote is a global emote that anyone can use without having to enable it or add any special extensions.

And as far as mobile viewing is concerned, you CAN use this emote on Twitch mobile, just not on Youtube Gaming mobile since you would need the BTTV extension in order for this emote to work and BTTV is not currently compatible with mobile.

Once you have checked off everything listed above, and the 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 TriHard?

The word TriHard is pronounced Tri-Hard. It is just the word “try” pronounced normally followed by the word “hard” pronounced normally. TriHard.

Is The TriHard Emote Popular On Twitch?

The TriHard emote is one of the most popular emotes on Twitch. It is currently the 3rd most used global emote on Twitch and has close to 4 billion uses overall.

Now let’s answer some common questions about the TriHard Emote.

Who Is The Person In The TriHard Emote?

The person in the TriHard emote is Mychal Ramon Jefferson. He is a Twitch streamer who goes by the name TriHex on Twitch and is known for speed running Nintendo games such as Super Mario and Yoshi.

What Does TriHard7 Mean On Twitch?

TriHard7 is usually just the try hard emote with the number 7 next to it to make it look like the person in the emote is saluting. There are also emotes on both BTTV and FFZ named TriHard7 that make it look like TriHex is saluting in the emote. However, the meaning of the emote is still the same.

TriHard7 Emote

Is The TriHard Emote Banned On Twitch?

The TriHard emote is not banned on Twitch; however, several streamers have chosen to ban the emote from being used in their Twitch chat because they feel that it is used in a derogatory and racist way.

Although there has been discussion about banning the TriHard emote from Twitch because of how some people choose to use the emote, TriHex, the streamer for whom the emote depicts, does not believe that the emote should be removed from Twitch.

He believes that removing the emote would not stop the true problem which is racism itself. You can see TriHex’s thoughts on removing the emote in the video below.

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