I am working with an old Raspberry Pi that only has text mode. Distro is Raspberry Pi OS based on Debian 11. By default the emoji characters only print as white diamond shapes in tty; in fbterm they show up as question mark in diamond shape.

I can get fbterm to display glyph like Chinese characters by installing a proper font, e.g., "fonts-wqy-zenhei". However, this does not seem to work even after I install emoji fonts, like "noto-color-emoji".

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Emojis are graphical elements. Terminals like fbterm are character-based, and cannot display graphical elements.

In terminal environments you're limited to smileys such as :-) or ;-) just like in ye olden days.

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