Where does come from?
The angry face with horns emoji was approved as part of Unicode 6.0 in 2010 under the original name “Imp,” and added to Emoji 1.0 in 2015.
This emoji is part of the “monster” set of emoji, which includes a ghost, alien, skull, Japanese ogre, and goblin. Its counterpart is the smiling face with horns emoji, which is also purple on iOS, orange on Android, and red on the Windows platform, as shown on the graphic from Emojipedia below.
We think the HTC version shown here accurately reflects the terrifying toddler vibe though.
Who uses ?
Used mostly to express extreme unhappiness or disappointment, the angry face with horns emoji gets the point across pretty quickly.
It’s used in posts about everything from sporting events to one’s love life and is also used to express friskiness and flirtation, scary moods, frustration, and a (friendly) sense of menace.
— Gabi Vitela (@GabiAlmostPHD) August 30, 2018
Hate when I see my boyfriends zodiac sign on one of those compatibility post paired up with some other sign that isn’t mine 👿
— Bethany Schwartz (@schwartz_b101) August 29, 2018
You keep suggesting 'we should hook up sometime' knowing very well it won't happen👿 pic.twitter.com/upjUmKL0wj
— Tshepo Hope Morudu (@morudutee) August 29, 2018
Sometimes, it’s used just to set a dark mood. Halloween offers a lot of opportunity for the devilish emoji!
After a break,happy to be back on AfterDarkRadio @DnbAfterDark this Thursday night from 8pm.
The A-Z of Beats & Bass series continues:M is for MOODY!!!Going in on a dark, sinister vibe, playing 2 hours of tunes from the last 30 years that'll make you screw up your face 😠👿💀… pic.twitter.com/EMbqfjl4rE
— Leftarm (Chris Wrighton) (@Leftarm79) August 29, 2018
It’s also used to express a naughty mood. Or maybe just a purple one!
Offset with hearts, this emoji easily loses what little sense of terror it tries to convey:
I will have my revenge…👿😂
— ❤️💛💚💙💜💝 (@Anime_nerd_chan) August 30, 2018
But, if used in the right context, the purple emoji does manage to express just a tiny bit of terror:
The Demon is back👿👿👹👹 pic.twitter.com/PMR3chih4y
— Finn balor (@HenryKBoateng1) August 30, 2018