Say what you may, but there just aren’t enough emoticons in the world. These small smiley faces come in handy on many occasions, but none more so when users are chatting with one another.

Skype already has a decent enough collection built in, but now Microsoft is providing the users of its popular VoIP service a new set of limited edition emoticons that should please fans of Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Solider the most.

Microsoft actually conducted a survey in the United States and the United Kingdom where it found out that some 57 percent of users gave thumbs up to emoticons based on comic book characters.

Here we are, then.

This is what the company says about this new set:

“Well, we’re listening, and today we are introducing five new ‘hidden heroes’ emoticons based on characters from the upcoming blockbuster film, Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Let Captain America salute a friend or loved one in your Skype IM chat.”

But before you get too excited, you should know that this icon set of five is actually hidden in Skype, and users have to discover the codes in order to be able to use them in conversations.

The instructions are available here at the Hero Hub, detective.

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  • Sally Black

    This is a really cool idea! I love that they make people “discover” them too! I LOVE emoticons and think the more sophisticated and complex they get the better! This should definitely keep people entertained.

    • Jake

      I agree with you on a lot of that, Sally. My issue is that a lot of Skype users who might enjoy these Emoticons may never discover them. I think they should just be made available.

  • Jason Claven

    I wonder if they’re going to expand the options to other superheros or movie characters. This could just be the surface we’re starting to scratch. I’m curious to see how this moves forward.

  • Ted Smith

    I would love pro teams, disney characters, and endless other emoticons! Bring it on!