The PogO Twitch emote is a variation of PogU featuring Ryan “Gootecks” Gutierrez’s famous face. While PogU essentially has the same meaning and “feel” as PogChamp, PogO’s face is edited to have the lips closed, giving it a weirded out look, similar to WeirdChamp.
PogO’s usage varies, streamers and viewers alike are divided in their opinions on the correct usage of the emote. Nonetheless, the most common trend is to use it as a sign of indifference or disinterest in someone’s story. It’s usually preceded by a phrase similar in meaning to “Cool story, bro” or “Who asked?”.
It’s unclear how and when PogO originated, but the first upload is registered to be on FrankerFaceZ by user PermanentlyBanned. It was uploaded on October 20th, 2019 and has been used in 7,808 sets, before ultimately being removed on January 7th, 2021 following the PogChamp ban on Twitch.
PogO was first submitted to BetterTTV on April 20th, 2020 by user MaxDerApfel. The page reports it being used on 8,007 channels.
PogO Emote Popularity
The spread and popularization of PogO emote most probably can be attributed to xQc and his chat. It’s unclear when it all started, but xQc’s chat and xQc himself have been seen actively using the emote to make fun of someone.
When the streamer or someone in chat says something unfunny, uninteresting, or just outright ridiculous, the phrase “Who asked?” (or something to similar effect) is used alongside the PogO emote.