Unicode Proposes 29 New Emoji Just in Time for the Olympics

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You know you’ve been worried about how you’re going to express yourself during fencing matches at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Worry not! The Unicode Consortium has you covered with 29 new emoji being considered for release in June 2016.

The 29 new emojis revealed by the Unicode Technical Committee include everything from a cartwheeling gymnast to a sassy-looking water polo player. And of course, there are gold, silver, and bronze medals as well. Next May, the committee will decide which of these proposed emoji will make it into the Unicode 9.0 update. Combined with the 38 candidates revealed earlier this year, the newest designs could add as many as 67 new characters to your emoji library.

Obviously not all of the new emoji candidates are sports-themed. There’s also a gorilla, a lizard, a lying face (complete with Pinocchio nose), a prince, and what appears to be a pan full of paella. Let’s also not forget the very versatile glass of whiskey, which should come in handy when your country loses.


Here’s the full list of the 67 new emoji candidates. To see the chart glyphs and sample color glyphs, click through to Unicode’s website.


  • Face with cowboy hat
  • Clown face (to give you nightmares)
  • Nauseated face
  • Rolling on the floor laughing
  • Drooling face
  • Lying face
  • Sneezing face


  • Prince (to complement princess)
  • Man in tuxedo (to complement bride in white dress)
  • Mother Christmas (to complement Santa Claus)
  • Face palm
  • Shrug
  • Pregnant woman
  • Selfie (ugh)
  • Man dancing (to complement woman dancing)


  • Call me hand (with the thumb and pinkie)
  • Raised back of hand
  • Left-facing fist
  • Right-facing fist (can be combined with left-facing fist for a pound)
  • Handshake
  • Hand with fist and second fingers crossed


  • Black heart


  • Eagle
  • Duck
  • Bat
  • Shark
  • Owl
  • Fox face
  • Butterfly
  • Deer
  • Gorilla
  • Lizard
  • Rhinoceros


  • Wilted flower (for broken hearts)


  • Croissant
  • Avocado
  • Cucumber
  • Bacon
  • Potato
  • Carrot
  • Baguette bread
  • Green salad
  • Shallow pan of food (paella)
  • Stuffed flatbread (kebab)

Food items

  • Clinking glasses (full of champagne)
  • Tumbler glass (full of whiskey)
  • Spoon


  • Octagonal sign
  • Shopping cart (know as a buggy in the South)
  • Scooter
  • Motor scooter
  • Canoe


  • Person doing cartwheel
  • Juggling
  • Wrestler
  • Boxing glove
  • Martial arts uniform
  • Water polo
  • Handball
  • Goal net
  • Rifle
  • Modern pentathlon
  • Fencer
  • First place medal
  • Second place medal
  • Third place medal


  • Drum with drumsticks

Contact the author at adam@gizmodo.com.
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For a second there, I seriously thought this was an anthropomorphic Oreo cookie.