How to Make a Keyboard Smiley With Fangs
By Clare Edwards
Updated September 28, 2017
Keyboard smileys are expressive faces, or emoticons, made up of letters, numbers, punctuation marks and other keyboard symbols. Western smileys are read sideways, usually with the top on the left; Asian-style smileys are read horizontally. To make a smiley with fangs, the mouth character or characters is changed to suggest protruding teeth. Some applications that convert text strings to small graphical smileys have a fanged or toothed smiley.
Common Fanged Smileys
Type :-[ to make a fanged smiley. Type >:-[~ to make a scowling vampire with a dribble of blood on his chin.
Type :K to make a snake or vampire with oversized fangs. Type :E to make a buck-toothed vampire. Type :F to make a vampire with crooked fangs.
Type ^;;^ to make a vampire bat with fangs.
Asian-Style Fanged Smileys
Type (';.;') or (',..,') to make a fanged face with small eyes.
Type (@,.,@) to make a vampire with hypnotic eyes. Type (,..,) to make a fanged face with stars for eyes. Type (o,..,o) to make a fanged face with glaring eyes. Type (=,..,=) (-,..,-) or to make a face with narrowed eyes.
Type (^,..,^) to make a happy vampire.
Type (^^^) on Facebook chat to get a picture of a fanged shark. For bigger-fanged emoticons, you can use text art (ASCII art). Design your own or use an ASCII art library such as ascii-art.de.
Emoticons (smileys) are for fun, informal communication like emails to your friends. Avoid using them in more serious messages or academic work.
Clare Edwards has been providing Internet content since 1998. She has written and translated for a variety of markets: everything from technical articles to short fiction and essays on alternative spirituality. She holds a certificate of higher education in electronics and audio arts from Middlesex University.