PauseChamp Twitch Emote Meaning & Origin

What does PauseChamp mean on Twitch?

The PauseChamp emote is a variant of the popular PogChamp Twitch emote. The difference being that the PauseChamp emote has a closed mouth indicating there is suspense.

The Pausechamp emote is usually used before the PogChamp emote.

This emote can only be seen when the FrankerFaceZ or BTTV plugins are installed.

Origin of the PauseChamp emote on Twitch

The PauseChamp emote was added to FrankerFaceZ by user PaulieLUL in 2019 as a variant of the popular PogChamp emote.

Most popular emotes have many different variants, PogChamp is no different. The PauseChamp emote was created because Twitch viewers felt there should be an emote for the build-up suspense before we head into a PogChamp moment.

As the face of the emote, they used a screenshot from the original PogChamp video where Ryan Gutierrez is seen making the infamous face expression after the cameraman accidentally tipped over the tripod.

Ryan Gutierrez is no longer the face of the original PogChamp emote as Twitch has replaced the emote with the face of a lizard after a series of controversial tweets Ryan Gutierrez.

You can read the full reason why PogChamp was banned in our PogChamp emote article.

How to get PauseChamp emote on Twitch

If you want to get PauseChamp on Twitch, you will have to install the Better Twitch TV browser extension. We have a separate article dedicated to the installation of BTTV. Here’s the TL;DR:

  1. Go to BetterTTV.com select your browser and download the browser extension, you can then see the emotes on supported Twitch channels.
  2. To configure your BTTV options, head on over to the chat of any Twitch streamer (they don’t have to be live) and hit chat settings, where you can personalize your BTTV settings. You want to enable FrankerFaceZ emotes so you can see their emotes as well.

If you wish to add the PauseChamp and other emotes to your OWN Twitch channel, you can do so by signing in to BTTV using your Twitch credentials and authorizing your Twitch account. Next, you can head over to the emote list and add Pog to your Twitch channel.

Afterward, your viewers will then be able to use the PauseChamp emote on your Twitch channel and they will see it if they have BTTV installed as a browser extension (which the majority does already anyway).

When to use PauseChamp on Twitch

You should use the PauseChamp emote before or after the use of a PogChamp emote, mainly during a moment of suspense.

Pog Variants

EmoteHow to use thisMeaning
PogChampThis is a global Twitch emotePogChamp is the original emote. It used to feature Gootecks’ face but it was replaced by a lizard in 2021 due to controversy.
PogUFrankerFaceZ / BTTVPogU features Ryan’s face from a different angle. The emote is taken from the same video. PogU is used when something exciting happens on stream.
PogFrankerFaceZ / BTTVPog is a close-up of the original PogChamp emote from Twitch.
WeirdChampBTTVWeirdChamp is used whenever you are in disbelief or are dissapointed.
PainsChampFrankerFaceZ / BTTVPainsChamp is a close-up of Ryan Gutierrez’s face in a painful expression. This emote could be used to express pain but it’s mainly used in sarcastic manner.

PauseChamp emote banned

Since the Ryan Gutierrez controversy, FrankerFaceZ has removed every emote based on the PogChamp emote and Gootecks’ face.

You can still see the PauseChamp emote on BTTV.


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