BOOBA Meaning & Origin – Twitch Emote Explained


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What does BOOBA mean on Twitch?


BOOBA is another meme and emote version of Pepe the Frog. It resembles Pepe the Frog in a tuxedo, complete with a smile and large, bulging, cartoonish eyes.

If you're wondering what BOOBA stands for, it's simply a misspelling of the word “boobs.” We'll go into its history in greater detail later.

BOOBA essentially communicates that something hot occurred on the stream. It's possible that the streamer is hot or sexy, or that something sensual occurred on stream. BOOBA might also be used jokingly to describe events such as seeing a gaming character's or pet's butt on live.

Origin of BOOBA on Twitch

Pepe version included in the original Booba meme was initially posted by an anonymous user on the 4chan board /s4s/ on December 3rd, 2019 (original post and picture shown below), and quickly spread to /tv/, /v/ and other 4chan boards. The image, which is generally accompanied by the remark “Awooga!” has been used as a reply to photographs of large-breasted girls, as well as a technique to parody hornyposting.


FrankerFaceZ user shadopi contributed an emotion based on the image on January 28th, 2020.

An unknown /tv/ user posted the Awooga! on September 4th, 2020. Pepe wrote “booba,” in response to a portrait of American actress Elizabeth Olsen, most likely by mistyping “boobs” owing to the S key resting adjacent to the A key on the conventional keyboard (post shown below). The discussion received 15 replies to the post.


The meme didn't gain popularity until September 17th, 2020, when an anonymous 4chan member uploaded an image of Twitch streamer and influencer shiftymine with the caption “So you consider yourself a budding author? Write a description of this woman in your finest words.” On September 20th, 2020, Twitter user @MasacoAtomico shared a screenshot of the post with a screenshot of the “booba” post, with the tweet receiving over 7,500 retweets and 66,100 likes in two weeks (images and tweet shown below).


How to get BOOBA emote on Twitch

If you want to use the BOOBA emote, you’ll have to make sure you have either the BTTV browser extension or the FrankerfaceZ browser extension. BTTV seems to be the more popular choice between streamers, but you’ll still be able to see BOOBA as long as you have one or the other. 

Installing the browser extensions is really simple, here’s how to do it:

  1. Visit the BTTV or the FrankerFaceZ websites and download the right extension for the browser you use. Once you download, click install, and you’re good to go.
  2. These extensions offer a lot of functionality aside from showing emotes, and you can explore them by configuring your settings. To configure them, just go to any streamer’s chat and click on the gear icon under the chatbox to bring up the settings menu.

You may have to refresh the page or restart your browser for the emotes to start showing up.

Where Did the BOOBA Emote Come From?

BOOBA was inspired by Pepe the Frog, a meme created in 2005 and originally published online by illustrator and inventor Matt Furie. Pepe the Frog became popular on the message board site 4Chan only three years later. Pepe the Frog became a global meme in 2015 as a result of his popularity on 4Chan.

BTTV added the FeelsBadMan and FeelsGoodMan emotes to their browser extension in 2015. In 2020, a member of 4Chan answered to a topic with “BOOBA” and a Pepe the Frog picture, which spawned the BOOBA emoticon. The BOOBA emote is now available in animated form.

When Should You Use the BOOBA Emote?

When someone notices anything “sexy” happening on live, they will employ the BOOBA emoticon. It may also be used to describe someone as seductive or hot.

When a pet's butt is exposed on broadcast, or anything similar happens on a game or stream, BOOBA is used humorously.

Why is the BOOBA emote not working?

Remember that for emotes to work properly, both parties should have BTTV extension installed.

If it’s just one side, e.g., the streamer or the viewer, you might have a problem seeing some emotes.

On the streamer’s part, they need to pick emotes that they want to enable in their channel.

You can perform a test by inputting a chat command. If it converts into an emote, it means the streamer has installed the extension.

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In order to see BOOBA appear on Twitch, you need to have the BTTV or frankerfacez browser extension installed.

BOOBA was never an emote on Twitch. You can only see BOOBA when you have the Better Twitch TV browser extension installed.

BOOBA was briefly removed from BTTV in the past but was later re-added. We have no idea why it was removed and aside from speculation, there is nothing conclusive we can find on the subject.

We have a separate article dedicated to the installation of BTTV.

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