The Kappa Page
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What is this page?
This is a page all about the Twitch.tv Kappa.
The Kappa is a (very) minor meme among users of Twitch and related forums.
The meme has become a sort of patron saint of light hearted trolling among the gaming community.
Users typing 'Kappa' into Twitch chat see a special emoticon featuring a smug looking human face.
Common usage seems to be replacing parts of words with 'Kappa' or typing 'Kappa' as much as possible.
It might be easier to understand by looking at these image searches on
Or scroll to the bottom of this page for various Kappa related content.
Who is Kappa?
Me. An ex Justin.tv employee. There are a couple people impersonating me online.
I only use twitter @lazythunk (although I tweet very intermittently.)
FAQ (mainly from coworkers who find this fact out)
How did this happen?
I worked on the chat client. There were existing faces of JTV employees and I added mine.
For some reason 'Kappa' was popular right away. I suspect becuase it's a fun word & easy to type.
Where does Kappa come from?
It's from the Japanese Kappa
I've been an Otaku of Japanese culture and myth since early childhood.
Has anyone recognized you?
Nope. I'd have to do something silly like wear a Kappa T-shirt to a gaming con for that to happen.
Have you made money off of this?
Nope. Although I've received stickers, T-shirts, misc Twitch swag.
Is it okay if I make money off of this?
Not really. If you're printing my face on stuff and selling it without permission, I'd appreciate it if you'd stop.
Do you play games?
Yes. My tastes trend toward indie & roguelikes (nethack, adom.)
Do you stream?
Not at the moment. I'm thinking of doing it along with some Let's Plays of obscure games I like.