Where does come from?
The hamster face emoji depicts the cartoon face of a hamster, a small rodent that is a popular children's pet known for its chubby body, tiny squeak, and insatiable appetite for empty toilet paper rolls.
The emoji debuted in 2010 under Unicode 6.0, right alongside other animal faces which include the rabbit face, bear face, and mouse face emoji.
Most platforms illustrate the hamster face with pink ears, several whiskers on both sides, and an orange fur pattern covering part of its face. Google and Microsoft include buck teeth—the signature of the rodent kind.
Who uses ?
The hamster face emoji is often used in reference to all small rodents kept as domestic pets, including mice, guinea pigs, gerbils, hamsters, and even the occasional chinchilla.
zelena is being crazy and running everywhere and regina is just chilling. they're getting into character nicely. 🐹💚 pic.twitter.com/j1pFNKsImD
— vulva-rine (@lqbtaylor) December 29, 2016
— ℛ♛ (@missraaach) December 29, 2016
The emoji is sometimes used when describing a person's looks, usually relating to someone's face being cute and chubby, resembling the likes of a chipmunk.
Yesterday was a mess and today I look like a chipmunk 🙃🐹😂 pic.twitter.com/Gaw4GUZoXh
— Camryn Collins (@camryncollinss) December 29, 2016
If you want to make someone's day, take your grandma to see Sing or any movie in 3D. She will get the biggest kick out of it 🐻🐧🎶🐄🐑🐹🐱😊❤
— Chloe Morning (@ChloRida16) December 29, 2016
As the above tweet shows, the hamster face emoji is frequently paired with other furry-looking, I-want-to-squeeze-you emoji faces, like the bear face emoji, 🐻.
Some users like to include the hamster face emoji as part of their social-media handles, suggesting a shy but sweet personality.
In the 2010s, KIA Motors ran a series of advertisements for its Soul model featuring anthropomorphic hamster gangstas, which has inspired some use of the hamster face emoji in reference to the ad campaign.
everytime I see a Kia Soul driving around I'm expecting to see a car full of hamsters 🐹💨
— Steffanie Tarian (@steffy_tarian) March 19, 2015
I’m so cute 💕🌷🐹
@ashantai14, December, 2017
New fur baby, Tiny Rick 🐹💕
@SianSimpsonxo, December, 2016
As we shift to an even colder weather pattern next week, please remember to protect your pets! Stay warm & safe 🐶🐱🐹🐰🐮🐷
@AntonioArellano, December, 2017