Once created, most VNgen entities persist until manually destroyed by the user. However, sometimes you may wish to perform one-time animations as well. In VNgen, this type of temporary entity is called an emote. Most commonly, emotes in visual novels are used to augment expressions of character emotion in the form of animated icons which appear around their heads. In situations where the exact emotion is difficult to convey with simple art assets (or if the situation is somewhat comedic) emotes are a powerful communication tool.
But don't let the term limit your idea of what emotes can do: performing single sprite animations opens the door for all kinds of special effects. In this section, we'll examine how to create emotes for whatever sprite animations you can imagine.