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MonkaW is a popular emote on Twitch that is often spammed in chat when the steamer is playing an intense game. It is a zoomed-in version of the MonkaS emote that first found popularity on 4chan, then in Twitch chat.


MonkaW Meaning

MonkaW is a zoomed-in version of the MonkaS emote. Both are FankerFaceZ and BTTV (Better Twitch TV) emotes that are often spammed when a streamer finds themself in an intense situation. It can also be used as mock worry. The image is based on a sweating Pepe the Frog character.

Released: 2017

MonkaW Emote Origin

MonkaW is an emote that is part of the “Pepe emote” family that is based on the MonkaS emote. The MonkaS emote was originally used in 2011 on 4chan. Though it was uploaded to be used on Twitch in 2016, it wasn’t popularized until a comment on the streamer Forsen’s Reddit page in February 2017.  

What is the Pepe the Frog Meme?

Pepe the Frog doesn’t take its origin in 4chacn or right-wing controversy. Instead, it is a character that was drawn into the comic called Boy’s Club, created by Matt Furie. The character was created in the early 2000s and was one of four roommates who shared their lives together in the pages of the comic. At first, there were several memes using the image of Pepe the Frog, but they were all innocent enough.

How to Use the MonkaW Emote in Twitch Chat

While MonkaW is popular on Twitch, it isn’t actually available on the platform itself. To you want to comment it in the chat of your favorite streamer, you will need to use an extension.


To use the FrankerFaceZ Twitch extension, all you need to do is connect to the platform with your Twitch account and install the plugin. At that point, you can configure your account settings to determine which emotes can appear where on Twitch.

You can also add MonkaW and other popular emotes on Twitch by setting up the BTTV extension on your browser. This plugin works in a similar way to the other extension. You will need to simply search for the zoomed-in emote and add it to your account to post MonkaW in your favorite streamer’s channel.

Similar Twitch Emotes

Any emote from the Pepe family are very popular on Twitch and in other esports communities. While they don’t all share the same MonkaW meaning, you are likely to see some of these when hanging out on the platform:

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is MonkaW Emote Not on Twitch?

The platform is very selective on what they make one of their global emotes on Twitch. That being said, MonkaW (nor the MonkaS emote or other variations) has never been a Twitch emote and likely never will, possibly due to the other ways the Pepe meme has been used outside of the game community. The only way you can use MonkaW and its variations on the streaming platform is through third-party extensions.

Why Can’t You See MonkaW on Twitch?

Unless you have installed the FrankerFaceZ or BTTV plugin to your current browser, you will not be able to see MonkaS used in high-tension moments on Twitch. (That being said, you will still see the word “MonkaS” sent by chat users). Unfortunately, there is no way to currently use or see these emotes if you are using the Twitch mobile app.

How Did MonkaS Get its Name?

As MonkaS is the origin of MonkaW, it was named for the original emote. Monkasen (who later went by MonkaSenpai) is the streamer who uploaded the original MonkaS image to BTTV (Better Twitch TV) on March 16, 2016, and it was named after them.

Can I Upload MonkaW as a Personal Emote for My Twitch Channel?

You cannot use Monkas as a custom Twitch emote for your subs. It is a well-known and well-documented emote and its usage is limited to the extensions. Due to their rules for sub Twitch emotes, you would not be able to upload the emote as your own.

About the Author


Luci is a novelist, freelance writer, and active blogger. A journalist at heart, she loves nothing more than interviewing the outliers of the gaming community who are blazing a trail with entertaining original content. When she’s not penning an article, coffee in hand, she can be found gearing her shieldmaiden or playing with her son at the beach.

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