What is the Modcheck Emote? Here's What Every Newbie Should Know

Lindsay Hayes

Modcheck is a BTTV animated emote, that's used whenever the chat is out of control, or if there's something uncomfortable happening on the stream. It was cut from a Spongebob Squarepants episode, where one of the background characters, Fred, sneakily looks behind.

I've been on top of Twitch emotes after I used POGo in the wrong context once. To make sure I never look like a newb again. I routinely keep myself in the loop on all the new emotes. Modcheck has to be my favorite- I think it looks really funny and works well in awkward situations.

So, if you'd like me to tell you everything you need to know about it, you can read ahead.


What Does ModCheck Emote Mean?

Modcheck is a BTTV exclusive emote, so you can't use it without the extension. It's one of the fish from Spongebob sneakily turning around. Most users send it when the Twitch chat is particularly unruly, to see if any moderators are around.

But also, users send it whenever the stream gets uncomfortable, or if they want to use it in a "who-asked?" context to someone in the chat.

The Modcheck emote was first added to BTTV on September 2019 by VerbalSilence, and it became popular in 2020. If you were to check Reddit, you'd see that there actually was a big petition for the emote to be added to xQc's channel in July of that year.

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If you know what BTTV is, you probably also know about FFZ (it's another custom emote extension). The thing is, the Modcheck emote isn't available on it. This has to do with FFZ not supporting animated emoticons. If it were on the extension, I'd say that the Modcheck's popularity would be way more.

Here's how you can use the ModCheck emote:

Why is The Modcheck Emote Not Appearing On the Twitch Channel?

There are a few reasons why this problem can pop up, and they include:

Misspelled Emoji Name

Usually, this problem pops up if you've accidentally misspelled the Modcheck emoji's name. So, you might have included something similar to Modcheck but not quite. Double-check this, and then try again.

No BTTV Extension

Of course, the issue can be due to you not using the BTTV extension, and instead trying to search for Modcheck on the streamer's chat. I ran through how you can use the extension earlier.

Also, keep in mind how the extension does not work on phones - this could be the cause of the problem, so head to your computer and try to look for the animated emote instead.

At the same time, the emote won't work if the streamer doesn't have a BTTV extension, or if they haven't activated the emote on their chat.

Software Problems

Make sure that you are not facing any software problems either. Go ahead and restart your computer, and then refresh the Twitch page.

If you can't use any BTTV emotes and not just the Modcheck emote, you might be dealing with some kind of software problem. Check out a server status page.

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Answered below are some popular questions.

1. What is the KEKW Emote?

You can think of the KEKW emote as another way to say 'LOL' to either something that the other viewers said or to the stream. Yes, it is a BTTV emoticon, and you'll even find it on the FFZ extension too.

It was cut from a clip of Spanish comedian Juan Joya Borja laughing on a TV show because he's known for his hysterical laugh. Unfortunately, he passed away a few years ago.

I've actually done an in-depth article on it if you want to check it out.

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Final Thoughts

The Modcheck emote is a BTTV emoticon that's used whenever the Twitch channel chat is unruly, or if you want to use it as a "who asked?" reply. It consists of a funny-looking side character from Spongebob Squarepants, turning around sneakily.

Like I said, I'm a big fan of it. It's animated, and funny. But as it's animated, it's sadly not available on the FFZ extension.

Since it is a BTTV emote, you will need to download the extension to use it. You can't use the extension on mobile phones, so the emoticon is exclusive to Twitch PC users.

Hopefully, you found all of the points that were run through useful.

Lindsay Hayes

Hi, I’m Lindsay, a techie from Kansas City. That’s right; I’m a born and bred Midwesterner. I learned to take electronics apart at my dad’s GameStop way back when, and I haven’t stopped since. I spend most of my time checking out new gadgets.
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