Rubbing Hands Emoji

Rubbing Hands Emoji

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Rubbing Hands Emoji, sometimes called the "Scheming Emoji," refers to an emoji meme that grew popular in 2023 and 2024, primarily due to memes following the phrasal template, When The Function Got X and "When The Hangout Has X." The meme is part of a series of emoji-based memes that grew popular in the early 2020s.


The "Rubbing Hands Emoji" was first posted to Shutterstock[1] on October 3rd, 2018, by contributor Yayayoyo. The emoji was named, "Scheming villain emoticon rubbing his hands."


The earliest known use of the emoji as a meme is a January 13th, 2023 post by Instagram[2] page @pastor.flacc, who wrote, "When the function has a jungle gym," over a screenshot of the rubbing hands emoji. The post gathered over 5,000 likes in a year (seen below).

pastor.flacc @pastordotflacc When the function has a jungle gym


Variations of the phrase "When the function got X" began to appear online in 2023, often paired with rubbing hands emoji. On August 5th, 2023, Instagram[3] user @quirkedup_paulyshawty posted an exploited Whisper post with the emoji, writing, "When the function got Crack," gaining roughly 4,900 likes in three weeks (shown below, left).

On August 12th, X user @mylifeaslitliz posted a recaption reading, "Spinach and artichoke dip," gaining roughly 47,800 likes in 17 days (shown below, right).

CO When the function got crack When the function got Spinach and artichoke dip

When The Hangout Has X

The phrase "When The Hangout Has X" began making the rounds in 2024, often paired with the scheming emoji. On June 1st, 2024, X[4] account @emonormie posted a version of the meme that read, "When the hangout has structure or is activity based," gathering over 200,000 likes in three weeks (seen below, left).

On June 20th, 2024, X[5] user @mishricci posted a version of the meme that read, "three person groupchat with the weird name," gathering over 200,000 likes in three days (seen below, right).

when the hangout has structure or is activity-based when the hangout has the three person groupchat with the weird name

Various Examples

when the hangout has nonverbal sit in bed and go on phone time when the hangout has genuine, kind people with similar interests and values when the hangout is 8 hours long & we hit multiple places
when the hangout has my favourite person and no one else when the hangout is who the f--- watermarks memes stressful and people start fighting When the nature walk got shaded boardwalk

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External References

[1] Shutterstock – Yayayoyo

[2] Instagram – pastor.flacc

[3] X – mylifeaslitliz

[4]  X – emonormie

[5] X – mishricci

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