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Twitch Kappa Emote

Kappa Emote Meaning

Kappa is a Twitch emote that is generally used to relay sarcasm or as an “eye-roll” response to something the Twitch streamer says or does on screen. Known as a “troll” emote, Kappa is often spammed in chat when someone is being sarcastic or when people are checking to see if they have the Golden Kappa.

Released: 2011

Kappa Emote Origin

In 2011, the Kappa emote was created from a photo of then Justin.TV employee, Josh DeSeno. Since then, the Kappa emote has grown in popularity and, in a sense, has become the face of Twitch. It is used well over a million times per day on the platform for a variety of reasons.

In 2007, Justin.tV was founded to allow anyone to stream content online. The major success of the platform was their gaming section. Eventually, that “split off” into what is now Twitch. 

Justin’s job was to set up the chat client. As part of that, he put up a grayscale image of himself and called it “Kappa” due to his love of Japanese culture. In Japanese Folklore, a Kappa is a creature that lures, then drowns people in large bodies of water. Kappa was used as a cautionary tale for children, warning them to stay safe near water. 

The grey-scale image was uploaded with other emotes based on Justin.tv employees. Other Justin.tv/Twitch staff emotes include Cmonbruh, Anele, MingLee, HeyGuys, and DendiFace.

Golden Kappa Emote

The Golden Kappa emote is an easter egg on the Twitch platform. It will randomly be given to a user on Twitch for a period of time before it disappears again. Nobody know how or why it appears. Kappa is often spammed in chat as a way to check for the Golden Kappa.

Popular Kappa Variations


Released in December 2015, this emote is generally used during the holiday season as a substitute for Kappa.


Made after Marriage Equality Act passed, this is one of the most popular pride emotes used on Twitch. 


Created in conjunction to the release of Twitch’s creative directory and to celebrate Bob Ross.

Click to see a full list of the most popular Twitch emotes.

About the Author


Chris is a digital marketer with a strong background in small business and influencer branding. He applies his knowledge of content and promotional strategies to design actionable advice for new and intermediate streamers. When he’s not busy crunching analytics, he can be found in the salt pits of League of Legends.

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