Where does come from?
The world got a little more mischievous in 2010 when the smiling face with horns emoji was approved on Unicode 6.0. It’s commonly called the devil or happy devil emoji.
On most platforms, the smiling face with horns emoji depicts a purple face with devil horns, arched eyebrows, and a menacing smile. Microsoft and Facebook feature a red-faced devil, as Google and Samsung did until they brought the style of their emoji more in line with Apple’s purple smiley in 2017.
Regardless of particular style, the emoji’s intended effect is of a prankster or naughty, naughty person.
Who uses ?
The smiling face with horns emoji is commonly used in the place of the word devil or to represent a devil-like character, especially around Halloween or in reference to a sports mascot or fictional character.
— nobody (@nthn2chr) October 31, 2017
— Duke Softball (@DukeSOFTBALL) January 29, 2018
— M Stover (@mksto99) June 12, 2018
Less literally, this emoji can also convey a devil-may-care, rebellious spirit or self-confidence—being a “bad boy” or “bad girl.”
#1 in our conference‼️😈🍜 see y’all in the playoffs🖕🏾 pic.twitter.com/7PysibSrva
— iBall x Bang🐐😈💥 (@BANGTRAIN) April 29, 2018
My Transformation from Good Boy to Bad Boy…😈 pic.twitter.com/vx8PSHMnGJ
— Praveen Kumar Galinki (@PraveenGalinki) June 8, 2018
Devils are also associated with mischief and making trouble. The smiling face with devil horns emoji is there for pranksters and people that aren’t messing around.
Release your inner prankster on April Fools’ Day 😈
— INSIDER (@thisisinsider) March 30, 2018
Don’t try to embarrass me because I’ll make you regret it 😈
— lizzbos (@lizzbos) June 14, 2018
And, of course, don’t forget that devils are naughty. If you’re looking for a way to show just how sexy and playful you can be, try the smiling face with devil horns emoji. Go ahead, try it.