What it means: TriHard is an extremely popular, yet controversial emote — and it has a detailed history. Based on a face made by streamer TriHex while at an anime convention in Dallas, the emote didn’t officially become “TriHard” until 2014 when TriHex was speedrunning Yoshi’s Island and noticed a Twitch staff member hanging out in chat. TriHex told Kotaku he did everything possible to get their attention and, essentially, was trying way too hard. So he became TriHard.

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Unicode is what allows me to send this emoji 🍔 and for your phone to understand it. It’s baked into the “language” of the Internet. Looking at your keyboard on your phone, there are 26 characters for the alphabet, 10 digits, and so on. Unicode incorporates this, and expands upon it with those extra bits, such as emoji or writing characters, like •.
“Once all the controversy happened with Pepe in recent years — especially in the 2016 election — people were left wondering what the future of Pepe was,” Caldwell said. “Will he be able to escape this connotation? On Twitch, yes. Pepe is living in a non-political context, and completely divorced from politics. On Twitch, with these emotes, there’s no political connotation.”
A. You should have received an email regarding the reason why your emoticon was not approved (check your spam filter). If you did not, simply write into partnerhelp@twitch.tv to inquire. Remember that all emoticons and their suffixes (the emoticon code you create during the submission process) must comply with the emoticon guidelines. You may alter the emoticon so that it does not violate any of these rules or submit a different emoticon altogether.

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Since Twitch didn’t want to touch the emote because of legal concerns, according to Bain, he uploaded the photo to BTTV. BTTV, otherwise known as BetterTTV, is a third-party browser extension that allows people to use emotes in chat. Since these aren’t run through Twitch directly, the emotes often circumvent rules. This meant LUL could exist as an emote — a very, very popular emote — on Twitch despite the DMCA takedown. It only grew from there.
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