Gene is the main protagonist of the critically panned 2017 animated film The Emoji Movie.

He is a meh emoji (😒) just like his parents, Mel and Mary Meh, but he only makes more expressions and emotions than no other emojis does. After he make a "wrong face" on the text, he was forced to be deleted by Smiler's minions, the Bots, but he is rescued by the high-fived emoji, Hi-5 and take to the Loser Lounges, where emojis don't fit in right.

He was voiced by T.J. Miller who voices Tuffnut from How to Train Your Dragon film series and Fred in Big Hero 6.


Gene is a yellow emoji with a swift hair, green eyes and brown eye-brows. He also has a gap in his white teeth.


Gene has a high-spirited and cheerful demeanor but is quite sensitive, as shown when he was talking to his parents about rather he should work at the text center or not.

By nature, Gene is emotional and has a tendency to change his emotions. However, he has stated that this has led to him not fitting in, leading to him feeling uncomfortable with himself and wanting to act like a proper "meh' emoji.

Once Jailbreak rejected him, Gene temporarily began to act unenthusiastic and apathetic. However, once he used his ability to change his expressions to save everyone's lives in Textopolis, he reverted back to his old self. He also learned that he shouldn't try to change who he was and to just be himself.

Also, Gene seems to enjoy dancing.



  • Gene is similar to Penn Zero from Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero.
    • Both are male protagonist.
    • Both with a Female sidekick. Gene with Jailbreak, Penn with Sashi.
    • Both like dancing.
    • Both form a relationship with female sidekick.
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