Image: Emojipedia / Gizmodo

Guys, we’re getting deliciously close to a big emoji upgrade. Appropriately named Emoji 5.0, the new batch of silly symbols includes several very specific items as well as some long sought-after essentials. Do you have a favorite? We do.

Emojipedia recently updated its page for Emoji 5.0 with mockups of all the proposed emoji. Don’t freak out if you don’t like the selection. For now, the candidates are in draft status, meaning they still need the final sign off from the emoji overlords at Unicode. In the meantime, here are the very best new emoji candidates, ranked and presented without explanation. Please argue in the comments.

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Update 4:20pm 06/20/2017 - Unicode just announced the official list of new emoji in Unicode 10.0. All 69 of the candidates made the cut! That means you’ll be getting a T. Rex and daggum hedgehog on your smartphone keyboard very soon. Also zombies.

Update 11:40 07/17/2017 - Apple just released its final designs for the new emoji. The zombie and barfing emoji are wonderfully detailed!

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You can download them all here.


1. Grinning Face With One Large and One Small Eye

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2. T-Rex

3. Man Zombie

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4. Woman Zombie

5. Merman

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6. Mermaid

7. Shocked Face With Exploding Head

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8. Sandwich

9. Person With Headscarf

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10. Flying Saucer

11. Giraffe Face

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12. Breast-Feeding

13. Cricket

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14. Serious Face With Symbols Covering Mouth

15. Woman Mage

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16. Man Mage

17. Brain

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18. Woman Vampire

19. Man Vampire

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20. Grinning Face With Star Eyes

21. Broccoli

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22. Sauropod

23. Man Fairy

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24. Woman Fairy

25. Bearded Person

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26. Palms Up Together

27. Woman Genie

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28. Man Genie

29. Pretzel

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30. Face With Monocle

31. Curling Stone

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32. Man Elf

33. Woman Elf

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34. Hedgehog

35. Cut of Meat

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36. Woman Climbing

37. Man Climbing

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38. Dumpling

39. Face With One Eyebrow Raised

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40. Woman in Lotus Position

41. Man in Lotus Position

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42. Wales

43. Face With Finger Covering Closed Lips

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44. Face With Open Mouth Vomiting

45. Coconut

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46. Scotland

47. Man in Steamy Room

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48. Woman in Steamy Room

49. Takeout Box

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50. Chopsticks

51. Smiling Face With Smiling Eyes and Hand Covering Mouth

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52. Child

53. Adult

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54. Older Adult

55. England

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56. Fortune Cookie

57. Zebra Face

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58. I Love You Hand Sign

59. Pie

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60. Billed Cap

61. Canned Food

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62. Gloves

63. Bowl With Spoon

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64. Coat

65. Cup With Straw

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66. Sled

67. Scarf

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68. Socks

69. Orange Heart

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[Thanks Lindsey!]