For my own sanity, I have made peace with the fact that emojis will inevitably be all over the place. And that’s no surprise. You use them every day, use them every day. Still, nothing could have prepared me for the now really happening Emoji Movie, whose existence still perplexes me every time I see it on billboards.

With that said, I’d like to take you on a quick little tour around which new emoji characters are making it in 2017.

Emojipedia breaks down the update (released on Monday by Unicode) in different categories below:

The Full Updated List Of All The New Emojis Coming This 2017


Smileys in this update include a monocle wearing face, a cheeky hand-over-mouth, swearing, “mind blown”, vomit, shhhh, eyebrow-raise, wild eyes, and star eyes.


All of the new people in this update support skin tone modification. By definition there are no male or female versions of child, adult, and older-adult as these are intended to be gender-inclusive versions of boy/girl, man/woman, and older man/older woman.

Additionally, no gendered versions of Breast-Feeding, Bearded Person, or Person With Headscarf are in this release.

Person in Steamy Room is shown here with a female and male variation. It’s yet to be seen if a gender-inclusive version of these will be supported on major platforms.


Al fantasy characters in this update support skin tones and genders — except the genies which are not listed as having skin, and thus no skin tone.


The Person in Lotus Position is intended to cover distinct activities such as meditation, or yoga. Male and female rock climbers are included, as well as the sled and curling stone to provide additional coverage for winter sports.


The current emoji clothing collection lacks many warmer items. This update provides various winter clothes such as a coat, scarf, and gloves.

Would any vendor brand the cap with their own logo? We will have to wait and see.


Of the many animals that don’t have emoji representation, six have been added in this release. Multiple proposals were made for dinosaur emojis, and the final result is one specific dinosaur (the T-Rex) and one category of dinosaurs (Sauropod).

Emojipedia have overwhelmingly shown support for a giraffe emoji over all others in the past.

Food & Drink

A large range of new food items appears in this release, with a sandwich, soda cup, pie, dumpling and pretzel being some of the more popular.

Vegetables aren’t well addressed at present, and the broccoli goes some way to restoring balance.

Chopsticks are also available separately from the take-out container, which will compliment last year’s release of the spoon emoji.

Above: New food and drink emojis include a sandwich, coconut, and pie.


Emoji 5.0 includes wide support for new flag types, and three are recommended for vendor support in this release.

These are the flags of England, Scotland, and Wales. More on flag support below.

What Else?

A brain, flying saucer, Orange Heart (to complete the rainbow of colored hearts), and two new hand gestures round out this release.

Proposed but not approved were many other hand gestures including shaka and west coast hand.

More Flags

Part of Emoji 5.0 is a new feature called Emoji Flag Sequences, which allows for additional flags to be supported.5

This update now allows ISO subdivisions to be supported as emoji flags too, which dramatically increases the potential number of flags which could gain support.

In Emoji 5.0, three new flags have been recommended for support by vendors: England, Scotland, and Wales.

Vendors are now able to support additional flags such as Catalan, Texas, Northern Ireland, or any of the Liberian County Flags if they wish.

Above: Liberian County flags are valid Emoji Flag Sequences sequences in Emoji 5.0. Vendors can support these, even though they are not on the recommended list. Image: Emojipedia.

The Full Updated List Of All The New Emojis Coming This 2017

Below are all the new emojis that are going to be available in 2017. The list of characters will be released to vendors in June in time for the expected rollout period of July through December this year. Note that the above emoji characters and the ones listed below are merely mockups designed by Emojipedia and are not official yet.

Image Emoji
Face With One Eyebrow Raised

aka Colbert Emoji

Grinning Face With Star Eyes
Grinning Face With One Large and One Small Eye
Face With Finger Covering Closed Lips

aka Shhh

Serious Face With Symbols Covering Mouth

aka Swearing Face

Smiling Face With Smiling Eyes and Hand Covering Mouth
Face With Monocle
Shocked Face With Exploding Head
Face With Open Mouth Vomiting

Gender-Inclusive; supports skin tones


Gender-Inclusive; supports skin tones

Older Adult

Gender-Inclusive; supports skin tones

Person With Headscarf

aka Hijab; supports skin tones

Bearded Person

Supports skin tones


Supports skin tones

Woman Mage

aka Witch; supports skin tones

Man Mage

aka Wizard; supports skin tones

Woman Fairy

Supports skin tones

Man Fairy

Supports skin tones

Woman Vampire

Supports skin tones

Man Vampire

Supports skin tones


aka Mermaid; supports skin tones


Supports skin tones

Woman Elf

Supports skin tones

Man Elf

Supports skin tones

Woman Genie
Man Genie
Woman Zombie

Supports skin tones

Man Zombie

Supports skin tones

Woman in Steamy Room

aka Woman in Sauna; supports skin tones

Man in Steamy Room

aka Man in Sauna; supports skin tones

Woman Climbing

aka Female Rock Climber; supports skin tones

Man Climbing

aka Male Rock Climber; supports skin tones

Woman in Lotus Position

aka Meditation or Yoga; supports skin tones

Man in Lotus Position

aka Meditation or Yoga; supports skin tones

I Love You Hand Sign

Supports skin tones

Palms Up Together

Supports skin tones

Orange Heart
Billed Cap

aka Baseball Cap

Zebra Face
Giraffe Face
Cut of Meat

aka Steak

Bowl With Spoon

aka Cereal

Canned Food
Fortune Cookie
Takeout Box
Cup With Straw

aka Soda or Milkshake

Flying Saucer
Curling Stone
Flag for England
Flag for Scotland
Flag for Wales

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