The variant icons appear next to the regular object icon. This example shows the topic object icon, but the behavior is the same for any objects where variants are used:
No variant icons indicate this is a standard object with no variants.
Indicates this is a primary object has variants.
Indicates the object is a variant.
Indicates this is an object with variant criteria assigned. This object can be a primary object or an object without variants.
The following variant icons appear next to regular object icons only when you are translating content in a single library using Localize. The primary object used for translation is always appears directly above its variant objects used for translation.
Indicates a primary object used for translation.
Indicates a primary object used for translation that has extra criteria assigned.
Indicates a variant object used for translation. (locale variant only displayed if using Localize)