pepehands twitch emote meaning and origin

PepeHands is one of the most popular emotes on Twitch. It’s so popular, in fact, that it’s completely ingrained in Twitch culture. Ask anyone who spends a significant amount of time on Twitch what PepeHands is, and they’ll most likely know it. Those who don’t know will soon come to know it.

PepeHands Meaning

PepeHands is part of the Pepe the Frog emote family and is a Pepe the Frog drawing with its eyes closed and brimming with tears. It also has its hands up in a “why” gesture, which is why it’s been called “PepeHands.” PepeHands depicts sadness and a “whyyyyy” feeling.

How to Use the PepeHands Emote

If you want to see and use PepeHands, you have to download and install the browser extensions. It can be either BTTV or FrankerFaceZ – choose which one you prefer. It’s very simple!

  1. You just have to go to the website of the extension you choose and download and install from there. Choose the extension for whichever browser you are using.
  2. You can mess around with your BTTV or FFZ settings through their extension or in the chat settings on Twitch (click the gear icon under the chat box on any streamer’s chat).

Where Did the PepeHands Emote Come From

Pepe the Frog first made its debut on the internet back in 2005 when its creator, Matt Furie, uploaded his first comic on his MySpage page (remember MySpace?). Pepe’s been floating around the web since, and in 2008 it got picked up by users of the 4Chan message boards. Pepe grew popular on 4Chan, becoming a widely used meme. It got so popular that it exploded into global fame in 2015.

It wasn’t long before Twitch culture started picking up on Pepe the Frog memes and emotes, and in 2017, PepeHands came to be on BTTV. It’s so popular on both BTTV and FFZ that it has over 62 million uses combined over both extensions.

When Should You Use the PepeHands Emote?

Most people use PepeHands to show sadness or being upset. A lot of people also use it to pretend to be upset about what may have happened on a stream or in a game. A lot of people use PepeHands as an alternative to Sadge or WidePeepoSad, both also emotes depicting sadness.


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