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FrankerZ is a dog face emoticon used to convey sarcasm or playfulness in chat rooms on the video game broadcasting site TwitchTV. The image is sometimes spammed in forums and chat rooms during raids, in a similar vein to both “desu” and “( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)” .
According to the now-defunct website TwitchTVFaces, the TwitchTV streamer Ernest Le would sometimes speak in a different voice while referring to himself as “Frankerz,” which led a TwitchTV staff member to add the FrankerZ emoticon using a photograph of Le’s dog. The earliest known mention of the dog face icon was featured in a blog post about TwitchTV emoticons by gamer Ashe Soriano on January 31st, 2012.
On October 11th, 2012, a Facebook page titled “FrankerZ” was launched. On October 30th, the domain for the website FrankerZ was registered, which displays a page announcing that the website will launch sometime in 2013 (shown below).
On November 28th, Soundcloud user MarkSoupial uploaded "Marathon Anthem 2012 (Apocalypse 2012 Edit),” which featured an electronic dance song accompanied by a vocal track repeating the phrase “FrankerZ” (shown below).
On January 31st, YTMND user devanwolf submitted a page titled “FrankerZ,” which featured a tiled photograph of the FrankerZ dog accompanied by the “Marathon Anthem 2012” track. On March 15th, Redditor gamecubes submitted a screen capture from the Nintendo 64 game The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time with FrankerZ’s face superimposed at the end of a tunnel (shown below).
On May 20th, League of Legends Forums member Darthdanimal started a thread titled “FrankerZ,” which linked to a page on the flash website TehUrn featuring two photographs of the FrankerZ dog accompanied by the “Marathon Anthem 2012” audio track. On March 24th, Urban Dictionary user MHFsilver submitted an entry for “FrankerZ,” pointing to its widespread usage on TwitchTV.