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This is a list of common emoticons.

Western style

Traditionally, the emoticon in Western style is written from left to right, the way one reads and writes in most Western cultures. Thus, most commonly, one will see the eyes on the left, followed by the nose and mouth. To more easily recognise them, the reader should tilt their head toward their left shoulder (or occasionally toward their right shoulder if the "top" of the emoticon is toward the right).

Common examples

=] or :-) or :) or =) or :^) or :D Smile or happy
 :( or =( or D: Frown or Sad
xP or XP Straining, disgust, bad joke, dead, dead from laughing, silliness
xD or XD Laughing hard (often taken as Eric Cartman from the television show South Park)
X8 laughing hard while covering mouth with hands
 :S or :s confused
 :/ or :\ or =/ or =\ Skepticism, annoyance, uneasiness, or a slight frown; dissatisfaction, lack of favourable opinion on the subject, undecided
 :| Indecision, deadpan, a solemn look, a lack of response, or indifference; shock - also often used with a contrasting statement to convey biting sarcasm (e.g. "That was hilarious. :-|")
 ;) or ;] Wink
BD or 8D Laughing while wearing cool glasses, comedian
8:)] Crazy Frog (Info: )
 :D or =D Wide grin, happy smile
(: <message here> :) grinning from ear to ear; speaking a message to someone else.
 :P or :p or =P or =p or :-|tongue tongue sticking out, or a Blowing a raspberry; used to convey a joke, light-hearted sarcasm, inappropriateness, relief, mild resignation, humorous resignation
B) Wearing cool glasses (often sunglasses). Indicates pride in something
8| Wearing nerdy glasses. Indicates dislike/"uncoolness" in something
 :O or =O Surprise, shock
 :S Confused/Frustrated
 :$ Put your money where your mouth is
=X or :X sealed lips; used to convey "I shouldn't have said that" or sometimes shocked silence; can be taken to mean "no comment"
 :* or ;* kissing
 :** or ;** Returning a kiss
 :'( or :_( or :*( or :…( or ;_; or =,[ or :,[ Shedding a tear
>:O Angry/Yelling
>:( or >:[ Angry/Grumpy
>:E Anger or hatred, baring teeth
>:) or >:] Evil smile
0:) or O:] Halo over the head, an angel, innocence
D: Dismay (read right to left) (Sometimes referred to as "oh noes")
 :3 A kitten face - being cute.
x3 Combination of xD and :3, sometimes used with "Yay!" when intending to be cute
=3 A variation of :3, with long, vertical eyes instead
<3 A "heart" as in "I <3 U"; sometimes parodically extended to "<33333" or replaced with 4 "<4" for humorous results, (the newer model of <3 with video capability, for example). Sometimes misinterpreted as other things, such as an ice cream cone, a scrotum or a nose).
</3 A broken heart, often used alone
 :9 Licking lips
[8^0) Masked, Shocked
 :] I am kidding
 :[ I am serious / And sad
 :*) I am blushing
d=D or q=D Smiley with a cap/hat being either reversed or backwards. Often used as being happy for no reason at all.
----<--{@ or --{---@ or --<--<-@ or @-,-'-,-- A rose
o<:0) Clown
8-B Nerd
 :U A massively multi-purpose smiley, commonly being used to express anything from shock to a silly or jovial nature. Woe and displeasure are among the only emotions excluded without modification to the smiley.
 :|-~ "I am smoking a cigarette right now, and you can't do anything about it. Except just sit there. Sit there while I blow smoke all up in your face."
 :') Often used to show sarcastic amusement, or laughing at something so hard as to cry (hence the apostrophe tear drop).
 :Q___ Drooling, often over armor or drops.

East Asian style

Users from East Asia popularized a style of emoticons that can be understood without turning one's head to the left.

These emoticons are usually found in a format similar to (*_*), where the asterisks indicate the eyes, the central character, usually an underscore, the mouth, and the parentheses, the outline of the face. A large number of different characters can be used to replace the eyes, which usually is where the emoticon derives its emotive aspect (contrasting the Western emoticons' emoting through the mouth). The emphasis on the eyes is reflected in the common usage of emoticons that use only the eyes, e.g. ^^. Characters like hyphens or periods can replace the underscore; the period is often used for a smaller, "cuter" mouth or to represent a nose, e.g. (^.^). Alternatively, the mouth/nose can be left out entirely, e.g. (^^). The parentheses also can often be replaced with Brackets, Curly brackets or braces, e.g. {^_^}. Many times, the parentheses are left out completely, e.g. ^^ or oO. A quotation mark ", apostrophe ', or semicolon ; can be added to the emoticon to imply apprehension or embarrassment, in the same way as the anime sweat drop. Many other characters can be appended to also indicate arms or hands, e.g. <(^_^)> or ⊂( ゚ ヮ゚)⊃.

Microsoft IME 2003 (Japanese) or later supports the use of both forms of emoticons by enabling Microsoft IME Spoken Language Dictionary.

Simple examples

d^_^b or d-_-b listening to music
)-0_0-( astonishment
(^_^) or (^-^) or (^ ^) or (^.^) smiley
(`_^) or (^_~) wink (or alternatively quirked eyebrow in latter case)
(>_<) or (>_>) in pain, or frustration
(<_>) sad
(\_/) evil
(-_-) semi-angry or upset or sighing
(H_H) pervert (from Japanese "hentai")
(^o^) singing, or laughing maniacally
\(^o^)/ very excited (raising hands)
(-_-) or (~_~) or (~.~) or (=_=) annoyance, resignation, or sleeping (eyes shut), grumpy
(-_-;) or (^_^') or (^_^);; or ^_^" nervousness, or sweatdrop embarrassed; (semicolon can be repeated)
(-_-#) or (-_-¤) or (-_-") or (-_-+) vein (used to show anger)
(¬_¬) eyeing something or someone, or otherwise glaring, sometimes used as an expression of rolling one's eyes
(<_<) or (>_>) or (c_c) skepticism, looking around suspiciously
(>_~) or (~_<) suspicious / accusatory glance
(;_;) or (T_T) or (TT.TT) or (ToT) crying
(@_@) dazed, confused
orz OTZ _|=|o Frustration, (Person banging their head on the ground)
`(•.°)~ crazy, druggy, trippin'
(o_O) or (o_0) confused surprise, disturbed
(o_@) extremely disturbed (more so than above)
(0_<) flinch, nervous wink
(O_O) shocked (also O.o - one eye smaller than the other)
(._.) or (,_,) intimidated, sad, ashamed, disappointed
(^3^) or (^ 3^) kiss, mocking, mischievous
($_$) money eyes; thinking about money ( also sometimes changeable to other currency symbols such as (¥_¥) )
(x_x) or (+_+) dead, exhausted or knocked out; giving up, lost, confused
(n_n) or (n.n) happy, pleased
(u_u) or (u.u) annoyance, sarcasm, sometimes disappointment
(v_v) or (v.v) silent resignation
(9_9) or (@.@) rolling eyes
(e_e) mischief, distrust, exasperation
(e_o) or (o_e) eye twitching
*-* or *_* or *.* or *0* or *o* or *w* or *x* or *¬* star-struck
(",) or (>_,>) or (<_,<) smirk
("o) side shocked
(-.-)zzZ or -_-zzZ sleeping
(o)_(o) alternative for tired; sometimes used to illustrate crazed
 ;o; or ;O; crying loudly/shouting
T~T or TT_TT or Y_Y or TToTT or T.T or T-T or T^T exaggerated crying, so that the eyes are closed and tears stream down the face
I_I "What?", mellow
owo or OwO or òwo surprise
¬3¬ or ¬w¬ or ¬.¬ or ¬¬ or ¬_¬ Sarcastic face
nwn or nWn Happy, kitty face
n//n Proud
x.X or x.x or x_x Dead
t(0.0t) or t(-_-t) or t(^^t) or ..|..('_') ..|.. flipping the bird

Complex examples

(ô ô) boy (sometimes also used to indicate surprise)
f(O_o)f zombie attack!
(ó ò) surprised, scared
(ò ó) angry
(ó ô) quizzical or "Indeed" (designed to mimic Star Trek's Mr. Spock)
(╥_─) -_-; -_-' annoyed, hiding frustration, dread
=^_^= blushing, or a cat face (mischievous)
=' т '= Lion/Cat
*^_^* or ^///^ blushing
fO_o scratching head
 ?_? confused/curious/not comprehending
^n_n^ catgirl or boy
d-_-b listening to music
~~~~>_<~~~~ weeping horribly
(9ò_ó)=@ fighting, throwing a punch
Q(^.^Q) winner
b(~_^)d, d-(^_^)-b, (b^_^)b, etc. thumbs-up
q(-_-)p thumbs-down
\,,/(^_^)\,,/ happy rockin'
(¬_¬)/¯ "It's good... to go!"
\0-0/ wearing glasses (nerd)
 !_! or T_T 2 eyes crying.
(ρ_-)o sleepy / rubbing eyes
(>._.)ø or ø(._.<) writing
><((((º> Something fishy.
(>*o*(O.o) Sex
t(-_-t) or -_-*,,|, Giving the middle finger / flipping off.
(/.\) Shouldn't have said that...
>KO)-> Frontways Cupid, alternately, USB dongle goblin.
\m/ Hand gesture - Rock'n'Roll ("Hook 'em Horns")

Western use of East Asian style

English-language anime forums adopted those emoticons that could be used with the standard ASCII characters available on western keyboards. Because of this, they are often called "anime style" emoticons in the English-speaking Internet. They have since seen use in more mainstream venues, including online gaming, instant-messaging, and other non-anime related forums. Emoticons such as <(^_^)>, which include the parentheses, mouth or nose, and arms (especially those represented by the inequality signs < or >) also are often referred to as "Kirbies" in reference to their likeness to Nintendo's video game character,[Kirby (Nintendo). The parentheses are usually dropped when used in the English language context, and the underscore of the mouth may be extended as an intensifier, e.g. ^____^ for very happy.

2channel style

The Japanese language is usually encoded using double-byte character codes. As a result there is a bigger variety of characters that can be used in emoticons, many of which cannot be reproduced in ASCII. Most kaomoji contain Cyrillic and other foreign letters to create even more complicated expressions analogous to ASCII art's level of complexity. To type such emoticons, the input editor that is used to type Japanese on a user's system is equipped with a dictionary of emoticons, after which the user simply types the Japanese word (or something close to it) that represents the desired emoticon to convert the input into such complicated emoticons. Such expressions are known as Shift JIS art.

Users of 2channel in particular have developed a wide variety of unique emoticons using obscure characters. Some have taken on a life of their own and become characters in their own right, like Mona (ASCII art).

Basic examples

m9(^Д^) supercilious attitude (プギャー)
m(_ _)m bowing
(´・ω・`) deflated (ショボーン/どうでもいいがな/知らんがな)
<`∀´> stereotypical Korean character
(`ハ´) stereotypical Chinese character
(`・ω・´) feel perky (シャキーン)
(´;ω;`) terribly sad (ブワッ)
ヽ(´ー`)ノ peace of mind (マターリ)
ヽ(`Д´)ノ be irritable (ウワァァン!!)
(#゚Д゚) angry
( ´Д`) yelling, or panting
( ゚Д゚) surprised, or loudmouthed
┐('~`;)┌ don't know the answer
(´∀`) carefree
( ´_ゝ`) indifferent (フーン)
Σ(゜д゜;) shocked
( ゚ ヮ゚) happy, upbeat
キタ━━━━━━(゚∀゚)━━━━━━!!!!!   "It's here", a general expression of excitement
that something has appeared or happened.
⊂二二二( ^ω^)二⊃ Booooooooooon! (ブーーーーーーン!) (sometimes romanized as BU-N)
(*´Д`) Erotic stirring (ハァハァ)
(((( ;゚Д゚))) Spook (ガクガクブルブル)
Σ(゚Д゚) Huge surprise (ハッ)
( ´∀`)σ)∀`) Jog someone's cheek (グニグニ)
( ゚д゚) Amazed (ポカーン)
(´ー`)y-~~ Smoking
 ;y=ー( ゚д゚)・∵. Gun suicide (ターン)
m9(・∀・) Flash of intuition (ビシッ!!)
('A`) Character to poke fun at people without a relationship (マンドクセ)
( ´,_ゝ`) Depressed, unsatisfied (based on fuun) (プッ)
(´-`).。oO( ... ) Thinking
(゚Д゚;≡;゚Д゚) Impatience
( ´д)ヒソ(´Д`)ヒソ(Д` ) Panting, gasping (ヒソ,ヒソ)
(・∀・)つ⑩ Carrying money
⊂(゚Д゚⊂⌒`つ≡≡≡(´⌒;;;≡≡≡ moving on belly, "whooaaa!!!"
(゚д゚) Unforeseen (ウマー/マズー)
(゚⊿゚) "I don't need it" (イラネ)
щ(゚Д゚щ) Come on(カモォォォン)
(・∀・) Mocking, "good" (ニヤニヤ/カエレ!!/ソレダ!!/イイ!!)
(・A・) "That's bad" (イクナイ!!)
(゚∀゚) Discharged drug-in-brain, goofing around, "A-HYA!" (アヒャ!)
( ´Д⊂ヽ Sad
エェェ(´д`)ェェエ Not convincing
(´・∀・`) "Heh" (ヘー)
( ̄ー ̄) Simper (ニヤリ)\, snorlax
( ゚∀゚)アハハ八八ノヽノヽノヽノ \ / \/ \ laughs evilly
[゚д゚] Deflagged
\(^o^)/ Become to lost life (人生オワタ)
♪┏(・o・)┛♪┗ ( ・o・) ┓♪┏ ( ) ┛♪┗ (・o・ ) ┓♪┏(・o・)┛♪ Happy expressions
┌| ∵|┘└| ∵|┐┌| ∵|┘└| ∵|┐┌| ∵|┘└| ∵|┐ Happy expressions
d(*⌒▽⌒*)b Happy expression

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