The hear no evil monkey, called Kikazaru (Japanese for “hear not”), one of the Three Wise Monkeys. Depicted as the brown 🐵 Monkey Face with tan or pinkish hands covering its ears.
The Three Wise Monkeys represent the proverb see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil, frequently interpreted as a call to discretion or figure for willful ignorance.
Often used as a playful way to convey I can’t believe what I’m hearing! or, more generally, express astonishment or disbelief.
Google’s design features scrunched, X-shaped eyes.
See also 🙈 See-No-Evil Monkey and 🙊 Speak-No-Evil Monkey.
Hear-No-Evil Monkey was approved as part of Unicode 6.0 in 2010 and added to Emoji 1.0 in 2015.