''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' has so many {{Shout Out}}s to other works, that they had to be split off onto one page. [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife Enjoy the links]].


[[folder: Champions A-G]]
* Quotes from before his VGU:
** [[Literature/DoNotGoGentleIntoThatGoodNight "Rage against the dying of the light."]]
** [[Radio/TheShadow "I know what lurks in the hearts of man."]]
** "Peace is the greatest lie of all" sounds very similar to the [[Franchise/StarWars Sith Code's]] ''"Peace is a lie, there is only passion..."''
* Skins:
** His general appearance both before and after his visual update have brought to mind [[BigRedDevil Amon]] from ''Manga/{{Devilman}}'', bonus points later on due to the {{Retcon}}ned-in DemonicPossession nature of the Darkin.
** His skin, Mecha Aatrox, seemed like a simple reference to the mecha genre... [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JntFlvSSB3E/U78wvIPu3uI/AAAAAAAATtA/VeDS8CRTv4Q/s1600/Aatrox_Splash_2.jpg until the splash art was revealed]], and it was shown to be an homage to ''[[Film/PacificRim Pacific Rim]]'', specifically the main Jaeger [[http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/11113/111137696/3498231-3182067-pacific-rim-robot.jpg Gipsy Danger]], complete with dark blue and orange color scheme and chest turbine.
*** Also, when recalling, he transforms into a jet plane reminiscent of the [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Seekers.]]

* Dance: Befitting the Korean origins of her inspiration, her dance is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_gfD3nvh-8 Run Devil Run]] by Korean pop group Music/GirlsGeneration. A side by side [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krNyEn1CKGY here]].
** To complement this, Ahri has gained a "Popstar" skin, which is another nod to this particular reference. On top of this, the announcement of this skin coincided with the release date of a Girl's Generation album, and the skin comes with another unique dance referencing them.
* Skins:
** Her Arcade skin's splash art has her {{Goomba Stomp}}ing a minion in a ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1''-style setting.
** One of Star Guardian Ahri's taunts to [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Warwick]] is "[[Film/MeanGirls Stop trying to make]] [[{{Pun}} fetch]] [[Film/MeanGirls happen]]."

* Dance: Single Ladies by Music/{{Beyonce}}.
* Skins: Her classic skin strongly resemblesfrom [[Franchise/MortalKombat Jade]], Stinger Akali resembles [[Film/KillBill the Bride]], and Headhunter Akali comes from the Headhunter skin line, which is a general reference to ''Film/{{Predator}}.''

* Quotes: [[Film/TheBreakfastClub "Mess with the bull and you get the horns!"]]
* Skins: Matador Alistar is a reference to Literature/TheStoryOfFerdinand, which is about a bull who'd rather smell flowers than fight in a bullfighting show.
* Dance: Moo Cow Alistar directly references [[Creator/WillFerrell Gene Frenkle]] on Cowbell in ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''.

* Skins: The splash art for Emumu features posters for [[Music/DeathCabForCutie Death Cab for Corki]], [[Music/{{Evanescence}} Anivinescense]] and [[Music/JimmyEatWorld Cho'Gath Eat World]].
* Dance: Dances like the goths do in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.
* The original ability icon for his Bandage Toss has him doing the Franchise/SpiderMan web-shooting motion.

* Skins:
** Pretty obvious. You've got [[Literature/LittleRedRidingHood Red Ridding Annie]], [[Literature/AliceInWonderland Annie in Wonderland]], and [[Literature/{{Frankenstein}} FrankenTibbers Annie]].
** Sweetheart Annie resembles Creator/ShirleyTemple, while Tibbers resembles a Franchise/{{Care Bear|s}} and the heart on his chest resembles one of the heart symbols in ''Franchise/KingdomHearts.''
** Super Galaxy Annie has a [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Haman Karn]]-esque hairstyle.
* Her (possibly now non-canon) surname as shown in the Journal of Justice was [[Literature/TheKingInYellow Hastur]].

* Skins: Sherwood Ashe gets her name and primary colors from Literature/RobinHood, Woad Ashe looks like [[Film/KingArthur Guinevere]], and Marauder Ashe looks like she's wearing Daedric armor right out of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''.

!!!Aurelion Sol
* Quotes: [[Music/DavidBowie "The stars look very different today."]]
* Aurelion Sol's designer, Luke "[=RabidLlama=]" Rinard, cited 2 central inspirations for his design: The Great Owl from ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH'' and Music/DavidBowie.
* His joke animation has him pull out a pair of of [[TriangleShades Kamina shades]] from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''.

* Quotes: "What is a Baron to an emperor?" may most likely be a reference to "Human beings in a mob. What's a mob to a king? What's a king to a God? What's a God to a non believer?" from [[Music/KanyeWest Kanye West's "No Church in the Wild.]]
* Skins: Warring Kingdom Azir's recall has him pull out a TabletopGame/{{Go}} board, and on it, [[https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CzB0LRoVQAAqw21.jpg all the pieces are in the exact same positions as they were]] [[http://senseis.xmp.net/?TheFirstGameOfDangHu during the first game of Danghu]], documented all the way from 1739.
* In general, Azir seems to have taken inspiration from [[Franchise/{{Dune}} Paul Muad'Dib and his son Leto II]]. Both were emperors associated with deserts and a relentless desire to lead humanity to its inevitable greatness, who would be lost without them. His avian form even resembles the House Atreides emblem.

* Just from their appearances, he and his Meeps look like a Creator/StudioGhibli character.

* Dance: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiBYM6g8Tck The Macarena.]]
* Quotes: "[[Series/DoctorWho Exterminate! Exterminate!]]"
* Skins:
** iBlitzcrank's design is much like the UsefulNotes/AppleMacintosh, and was released alongside [=LoL=]'s beta client for Macs. The name itself is a reference to Apple's line of electronics which have a similar naming scheme (e.g. iPhone, iPad, iPod).
*** Ironically enough, when iBlitzcrank dies he suffers a Red Ring of Death; a reference to the UsefulNotes/Xbox360 made by Microsoft, Apple's main competition.
** Battle Boss Blitzcrank's recall has him pulling out and blowing into what appears to be an [[UsefulNotes/NintendoEntertainmentSystem NES cartridge.]]

* Dance: Zombie Brand's dance is directly based off of Music/MichaelJackson's Music/{{Thriller}} dance.
* Quotes:
** "Some say the world will end in fire," which references the Creator/RobertFrost poem ''Fire and Ice.''
** Zombie Brand has a few exclusive shout-outs to his skin:
*** "Every day I'm shambling" is a reference to the line "Every day I'm shufflin'" from the Music/{{LMFAO}} song "Party Rock Anthem," which in turn is a reference to [[Music/RickRoss Rick Ross']] "Every day I'm hustlin'."
*** [[Franchise/TheMuppets "Not easy being green...]] and dead."
* Skins:
** On death, Zombie Brand ends up re-buried, but his hand sticks up out of the ground, much like the hand in ''VideoGame/Left4Dead''.
* Brand's origin seems to have been born out of [[Myth/NorseMythology Surtr]], with Brand's body being an essential viking, his appearance being similar a common description of Surtr (blackened skin with lava crackling in it), and his claims that him burning the world will renew it, as would follow Surtr's role in Ragnarok. Regrettably, Brand has no FlamingSword.

* Quotes:
** [[Literature/CrimeAndPunishment "The darker the night, the brighter the stars."]]
** "Mother always said: [[UsefulNotes/MuhammadAli Float like iceberg, sting like thrown iceberg!]]
** The Latin American server has the phrase "Si te portas mal, hay puerta!" (''If you misbehave, that's a doorin'!''), referencing "That's a paddlin'" from WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons.
** "Sometimes, shield must become smashing board," might be a reference to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OydCKdKlbM this]] ''[[WebAnimation/DorklyOriginals Dorkly]]'' short.
** Skins: El Tigre Braum has more than a passing resemblance to [[Wrestling/SatoruSayama Tiger Mask.]] He also has special voicelines in the Latin American dub which reference Wrestling/ElSanto.

* Dance: Pulsefire Caitlyn's dance has her play out a hologram of herself dancing to Music/{{Madonna}}'s "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRLHro9EPD0 Don't Tell Me]]", complete with [[ItMakesSenseInContext inexplicable cowboy attire]].
* Quotes:
** From Pulsefire Caitlyn:
*** "[[Film/ArmyOfDarkness Alright, you primitives, listen up! This... is my boomstick]]."
*** "If faulty, please return to [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour the Ministry of Love.]]"
*** "[[Film/DirtyHarry Do you feel lucky, punk?]]"
*** "[[Film/BackToTheFuture Where I'm going, I don't need roads]]." She also plays the line into "Where I'm going, I don't need [[NiceHat hats]]."
*** "[[Film/{{Looper}} I don't want to talk about time travel... it always ends in diagrams]]."
*** "[[{{Series/Community}} This truly is their darkest timeline.]]"
*** When starting her /dance, Caitlyn does well to remind us that [[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow "It's just a jump to the left."]]

* Rioters have cited [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra Lin Beifong]] and [[Film/KingsmanTheSecretService Gazelle]] as major inspirations.
* When Program Camille enters the enemy base, there is a chance she will say '[[VideoGame/ZeroWing All your base are belong to us]]'.

* Skins: The splash art for Jurassic Cho'Gath, with Cho'Gath in a museum-style building with a large banner hanging overhead, is a reference to ''Film/JurassicPark''.
* Quotes: "Ah, the tangled webs we weave..." is a reference to the Creator/WalterScott poem ''Marmion.''
** Gentleman Cho'Gath has several appropriately British references:
*** [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail "I'll bite your legs off!"]]
*** [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus "It's funny, isn't it? How your best friend can just blow up like that."]]
*** [[UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill "I like a man who grins when he fights!"]]
*** [[Creator/OscarWilde "One can survive everything, nowadays, except death."]]
*** [[Creator/EddieIzzard "Cake or death?"]]
*** "Anything less would be uncivilized!" is a reference to Gillette's Right Guard deodorant commercials.
* Some people can't help but look at his design and think "[[ComicBook/{{Spawn}} Violator]]." Other people think he looks a lot like a [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Carnifex]]. In early beta, his title was "The Red Terror", a type of Tyranid.

* Dance: [[VideoGame/StarFox "Do a barrel roll!"]]
* Quotes:
** "This is [[Music/DavidBowie Major Tom to Ground Control]]!"
** His /joke is "Lima Oscar Lima", which is NATO phonetic for LOL, a shout out to the internet slang for 'laughing out loud'. Or, y'know, [[TitleDrop League of Legends]].
*** ''Many'' of his quotes are general aviator slang, and much of it is [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar is surprisingly profane, even for a T-rated game.]]
* Skins: His Arcade skin takes some inspiration from ''VideoGame/SpaceInvaders'' and ''VideoGame/{{Galaga}}''.
* ''Possibly'' a coincidence, but the fact that Sheen is a common powerful item on Corki makes [[http://elohell.net/chill/205340 this]] rather uncanny.
* Corki's flying machine is called the [[FunWithAcronyms Reconnaissance Operations Front Line Copter]] (or [[MemeticMutation ROFL Copter]]).

* Dance: God-King Darius' dance comes from a "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMFaST3Id5Q Dance Till You're Dead]]" meme video.
* Quotes:
** From Dunkmaster Darius:
*** "From the fountain, off your face, nothing but dunk" is a reference to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oACRt-Qp-s the 'Larry Bird vs. Michael Jordan' McDonald's commercial.]]
*** "I'm in the business of dunking, and business is good," is a reference to "Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good!" by Music/{{Megadeth}}.
* Dunkmaster Darius' shoes appear to be Noxus Air, most likely referencing Nike's Air Jordan shoes.

* Quotes:
** "[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic The Moon will rise! The night will last forever!]]"
** "The moon also rises!" is a cross-reference to Leona's [[Literature/TheSunAlsoRises "The sun always rises!"]]
* Skins:
** Lunar Goddess Diana is a reference to the [[Myth/ChineseMythology Chinese moon goddess Chang'e.]] In the Chinese server, she's even flat-out named "广寒仙子 嫦娥" (Moon Fairy Chang'e).
** Dark Waters Diana looks eerily near-identical to Lady Maria of ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'', from her outfit to her NiceHat. One of the Chromas even have her with blond hair.
* Her ''name'' is a direct reference to the [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Roman goddess of the moon, also named Diana.]]

!!!Dr. Mundo
* Quotes:
** [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk "Mundo smash!"]]
** "Mundo smash [[Music/TheLonelyIsland like a boss!"]]
** [[Film/OfficeSpace PC load letter? What the Mundo does that mean!?"]]
* Skins:
** His Toxic Mundo skin is a recolor based off of the ComicBook/IncredibleHulk.
** His Rageborn Mundo skin references [[VideoGame/WarCraft Garrosh Hellscream]].
** El Macho Mundo = Wrestling/RandySavage.
** Executioner Mundo makes him look like [[VideoGame/SoulSeries Astaroth]].

* Quotes:
** Gladiator Draven has 3 unique quotes in the Italian client referencing Film/{{Gladiator}}:
*** "Al mio segnale, scatenate Draven!" ("At my signal, unleash Draven!")
*** "Ciò che Draven fa in vita, riecheggia nell'eternità... già." ("What Draven does in life, echoes through eternity").
*** "Date a Draven ciò che è di Draven... e anche tutto il resto!" ("Give to Draven what Draven owns... and everything else!")
* His death animation is incredibly similar to a motion Ocelot does a lot throughout the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series.
** It could also be seen as a reference to Spike's [[spoiler: "bang" as he dies]] in ''Anime/CowboyBebop''.
* Primetime Draven, which is a reference to sports/e-sports shoutcasters in general, has him directly reference EU LCS host Eefje 'Sjokz' Depoortere.

* Quotes:
** [[Film/TropicThunder "Never go full robot."]]
** [[Series/DoctorWho "Reversing polarity", and possibly "Don't blink."]]
** "I'm no angel" and "Yep, put an angel on the job. I could use a break," is most likely an ActorAllusion, as Ekko's voice actor, Antony Del Rio, also voiced Pit and Dark Pit from ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising''.
* Skins:
** His Classic appearance bears more than a little resemblance to [[VideoGame/{{Bastion}} The Kid]] (note the red scarves, the hand wraps, and the utilitarian armour, as well as the white hair), while his weapon is reminiscent of [[VideoGame/{{Transistor}} Red's Transistor sword]].
** His Sandstorm skin is a reference to [[Franchise/PrinceOfPersia the Prince]], specifically his ''Sands of Time'' incarnation where time manipulation becomes a large part of his arsenal.
* Some have likened Ekko to either [[VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}} Shulk]] or [[VideoGame/ChronoTrigger Chrono]].
* Some of his in-game abilities take cue from existing MOBA skills. In particular, his ResetButton ultimate is very much taken from the ultimates of [[VideoGame/{{Dota 2}} Weaver]] and [[VideoGame/{{Smite}} Chronos]].
* His title "The Boy Who Shattered Time" is a reference to Anime/TheGirlWhoLeaptThroughTime.

* Quotes: "Ah, the tangled webs we weave..." is a reference to the Creator/WalterScott poem ''Marmion.''
* Skins: In her Blood Moon skin, her spider form bears a resemblance to [[Characters/PokemonGenerationIIFamilies Ariados]].
* Her dance animation is the Can Can.

* Dance: In her old, pre-VGU version, it was lifted from the movie ''Film/{{Flashdance}}''.
* Quotes:
** "[[Music/CyndiLauper Girls just wanna]] [[BaitAndSwitch tear your throat out with their teeth]]."
** In her old version, she had "[[Film/ArmyOfDarkness I may be bad, but I feel good.]]"

* Dance: The Hare Hare Yukai from the ending credits of ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya]]''.
* Quotes: [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade "Noxians, I hate those guys..." and "You belong in a museum!"]]
* Skins:
** Pulsefire Ezreal has many similarities with VideoGame/MegaManX, right down to his evolving armor resembling X receiving his Ultimate Armor upgrades.
** Arcade Ezreal resembles [[VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou Neku Sakuraba]].
* His energy bow looks a lot like the bow used by the Quincy in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''.
* Riot Games's advertisement on [=YouTube=] for his Pulsefire skin is a love song to ''[[VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders Konami's Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner]]''. Watch the [=PS2=] video game intro trailer and have fun finding inspirations/similarities.

* Dance: Fiora does her best impression of Creator/FredAstaire dancing to Puttin' on the Ritz.
* Quotes:
** [[Film/ThePrincessBride "Prepare to die," and "I like you. I hate to kill you."]]
** PROJECT: Fiora's "Let them eat swords" is a reference to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let_them_eat_cake "Let them eat cake."]]

* Dance: The Scarecrow dance from ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''.
* Quotes: "[[Film/TheWizardOfOz I haven't got a brain]], and soon neither will you!"

* Skins: Pre-rework, his Gatekeeper skin was clearly based on [[VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} Illidan Stormrage]].

* Quotes: Captain Gangplank's "What should we do with a drunken sailor?" is based on the eponymous sea shanty.
* Skins: His Special Forces skin brings [[VideoGame/ModernWarfare Captain Price]] to mind.

* Dance: His old dance had him dance along to the song "Bye Bye Bye" by Music/{{NSYNC}}. His new dance encourages you to [[WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo do The Monkey with him.]]
* Quotes: One of his old jokes ("Summon me and you'll like the way you look. I Garen-tee it. Get it?") is a reference to Men's Wearhouse commercials.
* Skins:
** Sanguine Garen was explicitly made to evoke a Blood Angel SpaceMarine from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', and his Commando skin evokes the [[RedshirtArmy Imperial Guard]].
** Steel Legion Garen is explicitly a Space Marine. Sadly, there's no chainsword, but there are giant ShouldersOfDoom and his sword does resemble a Storm Glaive from [[TabletopGame/IronKingdoms Warmachine's]] Space Marine equivalents, the Stormblades.
** His Dreadknight skin is a few letters and a space away from being a [[VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} Death Knight]].

* Dance: His Mega Gnar dance will remind you of a famous [[VideoGame/DonkeyKong gorilla]].
* Skins: Dino Gnar's Mega Gnar form makes him look like some famous kaiju monsters, like Franchise/{{Godzilla}} and [[VideoGame/{{Rampage}} Lizzie]]. Some of his Dino Gnar chromas make him resemble [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Totodile/Feraligatr]] and [[Series/BarneyAndFriends Barney, the Dinosaur]].
* Taunt: Gnar wouldn't be off from resembling a certain Disney film [[Disney/LiloAndStitch character]].

* Quotes:
** [[Film/{{Predator}} "Knock knock," and "I ain't got time to bleed."]]
** [[Film/DollarsTrilogy "Feelin']] [[Film/DirtyHarry lucky?"]]
** He has additional lines in the Polish client:
*** [[Film/SexMission "Ciemność widzę." ("I see darkness.")]]
*** [[Film/{{Kiler}} "Zawsze sikasz przez zapięty rozporek?" ("You always pee with the slit closed?")]]
*** "W imię zasad" ("In the name of the rules"), "Co Ty wiesz o zabijaniu?" ("What do you know about killing people?") and "Wyrwałem chwasta" ("I pulled out the weed") are references to the ''Pigs'' film series.
* Being a cowboy with the first name Malcolm could be a reference to Malcolm Reynolds from ''{{Series/Firefly}}''.
* His passive half of his "Quickdraw" ability is called "Film/TrueGrit."

[[folder: Champions H-M]]
* Quotes: [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic "Suffering is magic!"]]
* Dance: Though it could be seen as a reference to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RG0tf5CmfJk Discord's memetic dance]], it bares the closest resemblance to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ST3WBD3SNbY Dope Zebra]].
* Skins: His Arcade Hecarim skin turns his axe into a ''VideoGame/GuitarHero'' controller, complete with buttons and strum bar. He also gets a [[VideoGame/RobotUnicornAttack rainbow-colored unicorn horn]].

* Quotes:
** [[Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes "Back, you dirty ape, back!"]]
** [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy "42, there's just something about that number!" and "Aha, 42, I knew it! Now - er, what was the question again?"]]
** [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare "I prefer a battle of wits, but you're unarmed!"]]
** "Not enough variables. Hmm, not nearly enough variables" is a reference to [[VideoGame/MassEffect2 Mordin Solus']] "Too many variables."
* Skins: His Alien Invader skin is based on ''Film/MarsAttacks''
* His making war a moot point mirrors the belief of Oppen'''heimer''', and the other half of his name is a reference to Schro'''dinger'''.
* While UPGRADE!!! is active, Heimerdinger gains a buff called [[Music/DaftPunk "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger."]]

* Skins: Frostblade Irelia gives her a unique quote: "[[Disney/{{Frozen}} The cold? Eh, never bothered me.]]"
* She's named after one of the lead developer's usernames, who herself gets her name from Shurelia of ''VideoGame/ArTonelicoMelodyOfElemia''.

* Quotes:
** "Oh look! [[Series/TheJoyOfPainting A happy little cloud!"]]
** [[Film/OldSchool "You're my boy, Blue!"]]
** "Are you going to Treemoot this year?" is a reference to [[http://lotr.wikia.com/wiki/Entmoot Entmoot]], a gathering of Ents from ''Franchise/TheLordOfTheRings''.
** [[Film/TheBigLebowski "Obviously, you're not a gopher" and "The druid abides."]]
* He's equally based off of the [TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Treants]] and the [[Franchise/TheLordOfTheRings Ents.]]
* His name is a reference to [[Theatre/{{Macbeth}} "Inverness Castle."]]

* Dance: From this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fl5iZUKLDmc Dance Studio]] video. Forecast Janna's dance is from ''Film/SinginInTheRain''.
* Skins: While this may be a coincidence, the SteamPunk inspired Hextech skin makes Janna look a bit like [[Webcomic/GirlGenius Agatha Heterodyne]].
* Janna's entire backstory highly resembles that of ComicBook/{{Storm}}.

!!!Jarvan IV
* Quotes:
** "Today is a good day to die!" could be one to ''Franchise/StarTrek'', but possibly instead to Sitting Bull or Crazy Horse.
** He says a line from The Charge of the Light Brigade verbatim: "Ours is to do and to die."
** "For my father, the king" is a direct reference to [[VideoGame/WarcraftIII Arthas Menethiel]].
* Skins:
** Warring Kingdoms Jarvan makes him look like [[VideoGame/DynastyWarriors Lu Bu]].
** His Commando skin is based on a [[RedshirtArmy Imperial Guard]] [[ThePoliticalOfficer Commissar]] from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''.

* Skins:
** The Mighty Jax skin's name is taken from Film/TheMightyDucks.
** PAX Jax, which was released for the [[Webcomic/PennyArcade Penny Arcade Expo]], appropriately wields a cardboard tube and has a ''VideoGame/PacMan'' logo on his clothes.
* His name and character are a reference to Garet Jax, the armsmaster who was an expert with all weapons, in Terry Brooks' ''The Wishsong of Shannara''.

* Dance: Does the famous Music/MCHammer slide. Yes, [[{{Pun}} it's hammer time]].
* Skins:
** With his Full Metal skin, he could either pass as ComicBook/IronMan or [[Franchise/{{Metroid}} Samus Aran]] at a glance. His Debonair Jayce skin even gives him more than a passing resemblance to Tony Stark.
** Forsaken Jayce highly resembles a [[Franchise/StarWars Sith Lord,]] and was even released on May the Fourth.

* Quotes:
** [[Music/TheBeatles "Happiness is a warm gun."]]
** [[Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera "Sing for me!"]]
** [[WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}} "This performance needs more... zazz."]]
** "I live for the applause, you will die for it" seems to partially be a reference to the Music/LadyGaga song "Applause."
** "It is by my will alone I set my mind in motion" is a reference to a Mentat mantra said exclusively in the film version of Film/{{Dune}}.
** Several of the quotes in his [[BountyHunter High Noon]] skin are shout outs to a number of westerns, especially when killing champions with his ultimate, Curtain Call:
*** For killing any Noxian: "[[Film/DjangoUnchained Kill Noxians and get paid for it? What's not to like?]]"
*** For killing Caitlyn: "[[Film/AFistfulOfDollars You shoot to kill, you better hit the heart]]."
*** For killing Fiddlesticks: "[[Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest People scare better when they're dying.]]"
*** For killing Teemo: "[[Film/DjangoUnchained I like the way you die, boy]]."
*** For killing Rek'Sai: "[[Film/{{Django}} It's better to be above ground doing this than below ground doing nothing]]."
*** For killing Yasuo: "[[Film/{{Unforgiven}} It's fun to kill a man, to take all that he had, and could ever have]]." (For bonus points, Yasuo's title is ''The Unforgiven.'')
* His "murder as art" ethos is very reminiscent of Jack Nicholson's portrayal of the Joker in Film/{{Batman}}.
* High Noon Jhin's Whisper resembles [[Franchise/StarWars Boba Fett's]] [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/EE-3_carbine_rifle EE-3 carbine rifle.]]

* Dance:
** Her normal dance is based off of Jake's dance showing the dancing bug "how to shake it" from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''.
** Star Guardian Jinx's dance is inspired by [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqFhzodjpp8 this popular MMD video called]] [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica "Go home Homura, you are drunk!!!"]]. More specifically, the dance itself is based off of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qqGbEFIlr0 the Leekspin dance.]]
* Quotes:
** [[Film/{{Scarface 1983}} "Say hello to my friends of varying sizes!"]]
** [[Film/LoveStory "Three guns means never having to say I'm sorry."]]
** According to Creator/SarahWilliams (Jinx's voice actress), her "HRRRRRK... bleh" death sound was inspired by Machinima/RedVsBlue.
** For Star Guardian Jinx:
*** [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica "So Shiro, what was in that Star Guardian contract I signed?"]] *Shiro chatters* "Yeah, TLDR." Also doubles as an ActorAllusion as Sarah Williams is the English voice of Sayaka Miki.
%%There are probably much more, but I can't find any sort of list and am not huge with the general source material. Add more later.
* In the "Get Jinxed" music video, one of the first images you see is Jinx surfing on what's probably one of her Super Mega Death Rockets. Taking a page from [[VideoGame/DevilMayCry3 Dante]], huh, Jinx?

* Quotes: One of Bullet Angel Kai'Sa's unique quotes is "[[{{Franchise/Terminator}} Come with me if you want to live.]]"
* Her symbiotic biosuit is similar in look and idea to a [[Anime/KillLaKill Kamui]].

* Quotes:
** [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings "We had a name, once" and "Kalista... yes, that was our name."]]
** While attacking dragons, she says "Serpents are creatures of betrayal," which actually might be a reference to Literature/TheBible.
* Her backstory and M.O sound almost ''exactly'' like [[Anime/HellGirl Ai Enma]]. Some of her details (avatar of vengeance who needs to be bound to a wronged host) are also very reminiscent of the [[ComicBook/TheSpectre Spectre]].

* Quotes:
** "I am become death" is a reference to J. Robert Oppenheimer, who was in turn quoting the Bhagavad Gita.
** "I'm putting your name in my little black [[Creator/HPLovecraft necronomicon.]]"
** Taking after his voice actor, [[Music/{{JORN}} Jørn Lande,]] Pentakill Karthus has many heavy metal references:
*** [[Music/TenaciousD "You can't kill the metal!"]]
*** [[VideoGame/BrutalLegend "Silence, groundwalker!", "What have I done? Created beauty by simply rocking! That's all," and "What is that sound? It's the pounding of creation's hammer on the anvil of time!"]]
*** [[Music/RonnieJamesDio "Tower diver! Gotta' get away, get away!"]]
*** [[Music/{{Manowar}} "Die for metal!"]]
*** [[WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}} "Death is blacker than the blackest black... times infinity."]]
* Skins:
** Phantom Karthus wears a mask like Franchise/ThePhantomOfTheOpera
** Pentakill Karthus strongly resembles Gene Simmons from Music/{{KISS}}, as well as Music/KingDiamond to a lesser degree. Also, his face somewhat resembles Music/IronMaiden's Eddie.
* A somewhat elaborate example; Karthus' innate passive's icon, Death Defied was originally a picture of a sheep crossed out. One of the most powerful items in ''[=DotA=]'' is Guinsoo's Scythe of Vyze, which turns people into sheep. Guinsoo uses Karthus' icon in the official forums. You make the connection.

* Dance: Taken from the famous dance scene at the end of ''Film/NapoleonDynamite''.
* Quotes: [[Wrestling/ShawnMichaels "Why? Because I can."]]

* Dance:
** Her normal dance is just like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCFRJEjM3fc the dance Will and Carlton do]] in an episode of ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir''.
** The dance for her Aether Wing skin is the one from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQb8GMhB-Ws Night of Fire]] by Hinoi Team, best known from its use in ''Manga/InitialD''.
* A lot of fans have compared her visual design to [[Franchise/{{Metroid}} Samus Aran.]] She's also [[SamusIsAGirl easily mistaken for a man]] by new players.

* Dance: Kayn does a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CXk8xS41yQ&feature=youtu.be&t=40 Reebok dance]].
* Quotes: [[Film/PulpFiction "Zed's dead, baby. Zed's dead."]]
* An ambitious young sorcerer on a quest to rule who uses a living weapon (that's actually one of the last living members of an ancient race of demons) that would very much like to take him over entirely and use him as a vessel to walk the earth once more and is generally just as much of an adversary as his actual enemies? The parallels with [[Literature/TheElricSaga Elric of Melnibone]] couldn't be more obvious.

* Quotes: [[VideoGame/ChronoTrigger "I am the wind!"]]
* Skins:
** Deadly Kennen is a fairly obvious ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} costume.
** Swamp Kennen is [[Franchise/StarWars Yoda]].
** Super Kennen takes some inspiration from ComicBook/{{Static}}.

* Skins: He's heavily based off of [[Franchise/{{Alien}} a Xenomorph]] and [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Scyther]], while his ability to assume the most desirable characteristics of the prey he devours is right out of the [[TabletopGame/Warhammer40000 Kroot and Tyranid]] playbooks.

* Quotes:
** [[WesternAnimation/BugsBunny "Of course, you realize, this means war."]]
** [[Film/TheJerk "I don't need nothing but this axe ...and this gun ...and this hat."]]
** "That voice in my head won't stop making god-awful puns!" is a reference to David "Phreak" Turley, host of the League of Legends Champion Spotlight and NA LCS shoutcaster, [[PungeonMaster renowned for his ridiculous and often terrible puns]].
** [[Film/ThreeHundred "This! Is! Noxus!"]]
* Skins: His Sir Kled skin makes him and Skaarl heavily resemble [[Franchise/FinalFantasy an Onion Knight and a Chocobo.]]

* Dance: Does the kicking dance done by the frog from the animated classic ''WesternAnimation/OneFroggyEvening''.

* Skins: Her Wicked skin resembles [[Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians Cruella de Vil.]]
* Quotes: [[WesternAnimation/{{Archer}} "Classic Misdirection" and "Lying is, like, 95% of what I do."]]

!!!Lee Sin
* Dance: Taken from a scene from ''Film/ShaolinSoccer''.
* Skins: His Muay Thai skin just screams [[Franchise/StreetFighter Sagat]], right down to Resonating Strike becoming a flying knee attack.
* His selection quote ("Your will, my hands") was originally spoken by [[Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand Oenomaus.]]
* An entry in the Journal of Justice featuring him had a shout out to ''[[Creator/OHenry The Last Leaf]]''.
* His act of setting himself ablaze in protest of the Noxus invasion of Ionia is a reference to the Vietnamese monk [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Th%C3%ADch_Qu%E1%BA%A3ng_%C4%90%E1%BB%A9c Thich Quang Duc]].

* Quotes: [[Literature/TheSunAlsoRises "The sun always rises!"]]
* Skins: You'll take one look at her Valkyrie skin and expect her ult to turn into [[VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile Nibelung Valest]].

* Quotes: [[Literature/{{Dune}} "Plans within plans."]]
* Skins:
** Her appearance brings to mind both [[Manga/{{Freezing}} the Nova]] and [[TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite.]]
*** She's also strikingly similar to [[TabletopGame/IronKingdoms Vayl Halyr]]: Both are ice witches (with similar color schemes to boot), hail from the GrimUpNorth, swore loyalty to their respective EldritchAbomination masters, and finally betrayed and corrupted their kin to spread the influence of their respective masters.
* Her backstory is equal parts [[Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Queen Jadis]] and [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Nyarlathotep]].

* Dance: His dance has him rapidly spinning his guns in circles and then throwing one into the air and catching it, much like [[Franchise/MetalGear Revolver Ocelot]].
* Quotes: "Death at the door? Hmph, no. [[Series/BreakingBad I am the one who knocks.]]"
* Skins: Hired Gun Lucian looks like a mixture of Film/{{Blade}} and [[VideoGame/{{Tekken}} Raven]].
* His recall animation has him strike a GunKata pose straight from ''Film/{{Equilibrium}}''.
* His joke creates an evilly-grinning smiley face, which looks nearly exactly like [[Music/{{Disturbed}} The Guy's]].

* Quotes: "Yep, [[TastesLikePurple that tasted purple!"]] is most likely a reference to [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Fry's]] "Hey, did everything just taste purple for a second?"
* Casting Help, Pix! on an enemy causes the faerie to annoyingly follow an enemy and damage them. The debuff is titled [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime "Hey! Listen!"]]
* Her Wicked Lulu resembles the [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Dark_Magician_of_Chaos Dark Magician of Chaos]] from ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh''.

* Quotes:
** [[Anime/DragonBallZ "With your power level,]] I suggest you forfeit instead."
** [[Series/TheATeam "I love it when a plan comes together!"]]
** [[Anime/SailorMoon "In the name of Demacia, I will punish you!"]]
** [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} "Light mage? I'm just an ordinary mage," and "I never think about losing."]]
** [[MemeticMutation "Double Rainbow? What does it mean?" and "Shhh! I'm charging my laser..."]][[invoked]]
** Lux's respawn line "We all shine on-- like a diamond!" is probably a reference to either Music/PinkFloyd's "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" or {{Music/Rihanna}}'s "Diamonds".
** The ice form of Elementalist Lux sometimes questions "Why does everyone always assume I have Turkish delight?", referencing [[Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe Jadis.]]
* Skins:
** Her Commando skin is based on the [[RedshirtArmy Imperial Guard]] from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. Bonus points for having a wand that's pretty much a laser gun on each end.
** Star Guardian Lux is an homage to MagicalGirlTropes in general, but some specific references:
*** Her outfit largely resembles that of [[Anime/SailorMoon Sailor Chibi Moon.]]
*** Her hairstyle resembles that of [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Madoka Kaname.]]
*** Her wand/staff resembles that belonging to [[Manga/CardCaptorSakura Sakura Kinomoto.]]
*** Her recall animation is a reference to transformation sequences, particularly those from [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsX0VHMw_Z8 Sailor Moon.]]
*** Her dance is a reference to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RPNbHIJiuA this dance]] from Anime/DokiDokiPrecure.
** Elementalist Lux's fire form has her take a very similar haircut to [[VideoGame/Dota2 Lina the Slayer]], which in turn is based [[LightNovel/{{Slayers}} Lina Inverse.]]
* Lux is largely based on [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Marisa Kirisame]]. Her ultimate is named after Marisa's Final Spark (a variation on her trademark spell known as Master Spark), which is also a giant rainbow laser beam. Lux also calls herself an "ordinary witch," while Marisa is The Ordinary Magician, and both are known for copying spells from other people. Finally, Lux's Sorceress and Spell Thief skin may be based off of Marisa: her Sorceress Lux skin looks like PC-98 Marisa, and her Spell Thief Lux outfit and wand look like Marisa's outfit in UFO.

* Malphite bares a great resemblance to [[VideoGame/Dota2 Tiny.]]
* Dance: Malphite's dance resembles Capoeira called Ginga.
* Skins:
** Shamrock Malphite is a clear reference to the [[{{Oireland}} Blarney Stone]].
** Obsidian Malphite skin looks a great deal like [[VideoGame/GuildWars the Destroyers.]]
** Glacial Malphite is possibly based on [[Myth/NorseMythology Ymir]].
** Mecha Malphite seemed like a reference to the mecha genre... [[http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20140711004729/leagueoflegends/images/4/45/Malphite_MechaSkin.jpg until the splash art was revealed]], and it was shown to be an homage to Film/PacificRim, with equal parts Franchise/MetalGear and Franchise/{{Transformers}} added in.
*** Also, when recalling he transforms into a drill that is similar in appearance to both the [[Franchise/YuGiOh Labyrinth Tank]] or the [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Gurren.]]

* Dance: Does the famous Music/MCHammer shuffle.
* His backstory is reminiscent of the [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Abdul Alhazred.]]

* His saplings look, move, and sound quite a lot like VideoGame/{{Pikmin}}.

!!!Master Yi
* Dance:
** Before his visual update, it was based on a brief segment of the dance at the end of ''Film/NapoleonDynamite''. His new one ever since said rework is instead The Running Man dance.
** The one from his PROJECT: Yi skin is Japanese band World Order's "HAVE A NICE DAY" dance.
* Skins:
** His Chosen skin makes him a [[Franchise/StarWars Jedi Knight]], complete with blue, green, or red lightsaber depending on how much his attack damage is increased by his Wuju Style ability.
** As with other skins in the line, his Headhunter skin is based on ''Film/{{Predator}}''.

!!!Miss Fortune
* Quotes:
** Several of her quotes are references to [[Franchise/StarWars Han Solo]]:
*** "I always shoot first!"
*** "Don't get cocky."
*** "I've got a good feeling about this."
*** "Watch your mouth, kid, or you'll find yourself respawning at home."
** Her Brazilian translation has the line "Continue a andar" ("Keep walking."), referencing [[WesternAnimation/FindingNemo Dory's "Just keep swimming."]] This doubles as an ActorAllusion, as both Miss Fortune and Dory share the same voice actress, Maíra Góes.
** For Gun Goddess Miss Fortune: "[[{{Music/Cher}} Bang bang, I shot ya down]]."
* Skins:
** Road Warrior Miss Fortune is a direct reference to Film/MadMax, specifically Film/MadMax2TheRoadWarrior.
** Arcade Miss Fortune's recall animation is playing something similar of ''VideoGame/DuckHunt''... with [[TheRival Gangplank]] being the [[GameOverMan equivalent of]] [[TheScrappy the Duck Hunt dog]].
* Her ''BulletTime'' ability is a direct reference to the term coined and [[TropeCodifier codified by]] Film/TheMatrix.

* Quotes:
** "Misery loves company" is a doozy, notably being a name of songs by Music/{{Anthrax}} and Music/{{Nirvana}}, as well as notable lyrics in "My Guitar Lies Bleeding in my Arms" by Music/BonJovi, "My Friend of Misery" by Music/{{Metallica}}, and "Home of the Blues" by Music/JohnnyCash.
** [[Music/{{Scorpions}} "No pain, no drain!"]]
* Skins: Lord Mordekaiser is equal parts [[VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} Art]][[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft has]] and [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Sauron]] with equal parts [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Chaos Lord]] thrown in for good measure.
* His former title is The Master of Metal. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBtjSHm3ZH0 And he actually looks like the incarnation of]] [[Music/TenaciousD The Metal]].
* Each of his abilities are named after/inspired by a heavy metal song.
** Passive: [[Music/BlackSabbath Iron Man]].
** Q: Mace of Spades aka [[Music/{{Motorhead}} Ace of Spades]]. In the German client, it's [[Music/{{Rammstein}} Morgenstern]].
** Original W: [[Music/{{Metallica}} Creeping Death]]. In the German client, it was named Metallische Luft, or [[Music/{{Metallica}} "metallic air."]]
** Reworked W: [[Music/{{Metallica}} Harvester of Sorrow]].
** E: Siphon of Destruction aka [[Music/{{Megadeth}} Symphony of Destruction]].
** Ultimate: [[Music/BlackSabbath Children of the Grave]].
*** Ultimate Passive: Music/{{Dragonforce}}.
*** Ultimate Debuff: [[Music/IronMaiden The Prisoner]].
* His mace is called "Nightfall," which may either be a reference to the Music/{{Candlemass}} album of the same name or the Greek gothic metal band.

[[folder: Champions N-S]]
* Typing "hat" in the store search bar will bring up the [[WesternAnimation/TheLittleMermaid Boots of Speed.]]

* Dance: His Infernal skin wants you to "[[Music/SnoopDogg drop it like its hot]]".

* Dance: Who ordered the pizza with extra [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ha_MlhOzH0 Peeparoonie]]?
* Skins: The Chinese splash art for Subterranean Nautilus features in the distant background, oddly enough, Anime/BlackRockShooter.

* Quotes:
** Vanilla Nocturne's "Embrace the darkness," "Cross over," "Cut them from this world!" and "Suffer eternally!" are references to the [[Literature/HyperionCantos Shrike.]]
*** Eternum Nocturne also adds "We transcend time."
** Eternum Nocturne's "Their existence is a mistake," "The end of days draws near" and "We are one" scream [[VideoGame/MassEffect Sovereign.]] "Fate cannot be averted" and "We are one" also bring to mind Harbinger from the same series.
* Skins: His Ravager skin has more than a passing resemblance to [[Franchise/SpiderMan Carnage]].

* Quotes: "Don't make the yeti angry! [[Series/TheIncredibleHulk You wouldn't like him when he's angry.]]"
* Skins: Grungy Nunu has Nunu and Willump dressed like [[Series/SesameStreet Oscar the Grouch and Cookie Monster]].

* Dance: His dance is a direct reference to Technoviking.
* Skins: His Pentakill skin seems to be based off of [[Music/{{Pantera}} Vinnie Paul]].
* Quotes:
** [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons "Urge to kill, rising..."]]
** His Brolaf skin features several shout-outs:
*** [[Film/TheyLive "I came here to kick butt and drink Graggy! Looks like I'm all out of Graggy."]]
*** [[WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce "You can't arrest me, my dad owns a dealership!"]]
*** [[Film/{{Anchorman}} "Hey dude, I'm kind of a big deal."]]
*** [[ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} "Beatdown City, population - you."]]
* His entire title, "Olaf the Berserker" seems to be a reference to ''Film/{{Clerks}}'', where the character Silent Bob has a cousin who plays in a heavy metal band by the stage name "Olaf the Berserker."

* Quotes:
** "[[TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering I know what makes them tick. I know how to make the ticking stop]]."
** [[VideoGame/Persona3 "When you fall, you get right back up."]]
* Her voice distortion in general is heavily reminiscent of [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} GLaDOS.]]

* Skins: Ruthless Pantheon looks a lot like [[Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse He-Man]].
* Quotes: He's obviously a walking reference to ''Film/ThreeHundred'', and both his taunt and his joke reference the movie. To wit:
** "They will not enjoy this!" refer to Queen Gorgo's "You will not enjoy this!" when she murdered a Spartan emissary that kept blackmailing her.
** "Getting kicked into the well is the least of your worries!" refer to the famous '''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis "THIS! IS! SPARTA!!!"]]''' scene where Leonidas kicked the Persian Messenger to the well. Apparently Pantheon knows worse things.
** Lastly, in response of "SPARTANS! What is your profession!?" [[note]]"HAOOH! HAOOH!! HAOOH!!!"[[/note]], Pantheon has this [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments gem]]: "MY PROFESSION!? You know, now that I think of it, I've always wanted to be a baker..."

* Skins:
** The face paint on Noxus Poppy looks an awful lot like the members of Music/{{KISS}}.
** Lollipoppy looks just like one of the [[Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory Oompa Loompas.]]
** Ragdoll Poppy looks just like Literature/RaggedyAnn.
* Quotes: [[Film/CrocodileDundee "That's not a hammer! THIS is a hammer!"]]

* Dance: Dances to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkHVHEieFtk 'Are You That Somebody?']] by Music/{{Aaliyah}}.
* Quotes: [[VideoGame/WarcraftIII "We Demacians are not easy prey."]]

* Skins:
** King Rammus changes his color scheme to closely resemble [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Bowser.]]
** Ninja Rammus is a reference to the ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', specifically Raphael.
* His lore states that he was paired with a cactus by Blitzcrank's Fleshling Compatibility Service, likely a reference to [[Characters/PlantsVsZombiesPlants Plants vs Zombies's]] Cactus bio.

* Skins:
** Rek'Sai's default design in general is reminiscent of [[Film/{{Tremors}} the Graboids.]]
** Pool Party Rek'Sai's recall seems to be inspired by ''Film/{{Jaws}}.'' When detecting hidden enemies with her Tremor-Sense, it even plays music similar to the ''Jaws'' theme.

* Skins: He's basically a walking homage to ''Film/{{Predator}}''. His Headhunter skin makes this more apparent.
* Dance: His dance is the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haka Haka]]. This may further be a reference to the similar looking Charr race in ''VideoGame/GuildWars'', as they also use the Haka as their dance animation in ''VideoGame/GuildWars2''. Very possible as the Lead Champion Designer Morello worked on ''Guild Wars 2'', and Rengar's release very closely coincided with ''Guild Wars 2'''s.

* Dance: Her dance is based on the [[Series/GameOfThrones Water Dance of Braavos]].
* Skins: Her Arcade skin looks as if [[Franchise/KingdomHearts Sora, Kairi and Goofy]] merged together, and its recall animation has her select her sword from a circle around her among the swords from her other skins, a la ''VideoGame/SecretOfMana''.
* Quotes: "[[VideoGame/WarcraftIII You are beyond redemption]]".
* A character named 'Riven' who's an exile...which main protagonist of a certain ''Franchise/StarWars'' [[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic game series]] does this remind you of?
* VideoGame/{{Riven}} the [[VideoGame/MystIII Exile]], you say?

* Skins: The name of his "Rumble in the Jungle" skin references [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rumble_in_the_Jungle a historic boxing match]] held in the African country of Zaire in 1974, where Muhammad Ali fought George Foreman.
** His Super Galaxy Rumble skin is a huge shout out to many, ''many'' SuperRobot shows, though primarily ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. Several of the quotes reference it, and Rumble's shades greatly resemble Kamina's.
*** It also kinda looks like [[Anime/MazingerZ Kouji Kabuto]]. He also says "[[Anime/TurnAGundam UNIVERSE]]" when he recalls.

* Skins: Her Bear Cavalry skin is blatantly named after [[http://api.ning.com/files/K-XUvcAylbf3bH9m6w-KQXs*ENbWgBcxSJFfpH7c0wVvTzhy4K9UmvOfLNzR7Npt/BearCavalry.jpg?width=737&height=589 this]] FauxtivationalPoster.

* Quotes: [[Film/TheDarkKnight "Why so serious?", "How about a magic trick?" and "For my next trick, I'll make you disappear!"]]
* In general, Shaco's a walking homage to ComicBook/TheJoker, from his appearance, backstory (or lack thereof), and even voice lines as seen above.
** His lore describes him as "Valoran's first fully-functioning homicidal comic," akin to the Joker from Tim Burton's Film/{{Batman}} describing himself as "the world's first fully-functioning homicidal artist".
** An extradimensional being that chooses to take the form of a clown and delights in terrorizing mortals and eventually killing them horribly? Isn't that [[Literature/{{IT}} Pennywise's]] MO?

* Skins: Not one, but ''two'' skins that reference ''Franchise/MortalKombat''; Yellow Jacket Shen looks like Scorpion and Frozen Shen looks like Sub-Zero.
* Quotes:
** [[WebVideo/AskANinja "If light travels so fast, how come it's never caught a ninja?"]]
** [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar "You're already dead]], you just haven't caught up yet."
** [[Film/{{Equilibrium}} "Enforced equilibrium" and "Tread carefully."]]

* Dance: Does the same dance as Japanese idol group Music/AKB48 in the music video for their song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcuBTcUOC20 RIVER]].

* Skins: Augmented Singed is a very obvious reference to [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bane]], who was the main villain in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', which was released at about the same time as the skin was.
* Quotes:
** [[Film/JamesBond "Shaken, not stirred."]]
** [[Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial "Mix, mix, swirl, mix."]]
** [[Theatre/{{Hamlet}} "To shake, or not to shake."]]
** His biography quote is [[Literature/TheDevilsDictionary "My deadliest dose shall bear my patron's name!"]]

* Quotes:
** Pre-visual update Sion had Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger references abound:
*** [[Film/KindergartenCop "Who is your summoner and what does he do?"]]
*** [[Film/{{Predator}} "Get on my Chopper!"]]
*** [[Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982 "What is best in death?"]]
*** [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} "I'll be back,"]] which actually made it into the visual update, complete with 2 different lines: One in his normal gravelly voice, and another in a very "[[TheAhnold Ahnold]]" accent.
** [[ComicBook/FantasticFour "It's murdering time!"]]
** [[Literature/{{Frankenstein}} "Fire... good..."]]
** Mecha Zero Sion has these lines referencing ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}:''
*** "Roll out - and over!"
*** "Change shapers mecha incognito!"
*** "Death is the right of all sentient beings!"
* Skins:
** Warmonger Sion looks very close to a [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Chaos Lord.]]
** Mecha Zero Sion is a huge reference to HumongousMecha in general, inspired by works such as ''Film/PacificRim'', ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'', and ''Anime/AldnoahZero''.
* Dance:
** Imitates [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-20GQ2LHrs Chris Farley's Chippendales audition from SNL.]]
** Mecha Zero Sion's dance is based on Quad City [=DJs=]' "C'Mon 'N Ride It (The Train)".

* Skins:
** Warrior Princess skin is [[Series/XenaWarriorPrincess Xena]].
** Spectacular skin is WonderWoman.
** Her PAX skin takes inspiration from ''Film/{{Tron}}''.
** Her Huntress skin resembles [[VideoGame/DynastyWarriors Zhu Rong]], which turns her weapon into a boomerang (her preferred weapon until 6).

* Quotes: He will randomly say "[[PokemonSpeak Skar! Skar! Skarner!]]" if he idles in brush for long enough.
* Skarner's designer, Michael '[=IronStylus=]' Maurino, stated his head was designed after [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelion Unit-01's.]]

* Dance: DJ Sona's dance is the legendary and memetic [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMN8q7CeE1Y Caramelldansen]]!
* Quotes: Vanilla Sona's taunt "line" has her play the "Finish him!" theme from ''Franchise/MortalKombat.''
* Skins:
** It's generally accepted that her standard skin was inspired by [[Music/{{Vocaloid}} Hatsune Miku]].
** Arcade Sona's ultimate (which sends out a wave causing enemies to dance) resembles a ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution'' screen, with a flow of arrows pointing in different directions.
** DJ Sona has a few references:
*** Her helmet resembles that of Music/DaftPunk.
*** The cube appearing on her console while in Concussive mode is a reference to the [[http://www.buttonbass.com/agreenstack.html Button Beats Dubstep Cube.]]
*** Her joke may be a reference to the [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/flipping-tables Flipping Tables meme.]]
*** Using ''Crescendo'' for the first time while in Kinetic mode plays a fragment of the theme from Franchise/{{Metroid}}.

* Dance: The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiTtBYbWFuw Chiquita Banana dance]].
* Her ''Wish'' ability functionally resembles a high-level spell from ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' of the same name, one of its effects being to heal her entire party.

* Quotes:
** In the Polish pre-rework voiceover, his selection quote is "Rozdziobią was kruki, wrony" ("You gonna be pecked out by crows and ravens"), referencing Stefan Żeromski's 1895 novel of the same name.
** Post-update, if Swain gets a Pentakill during his ultimate, he says "[[Memes/DragonBall This is not even my final form]]".
** Also post-update, he says "[[Series/GameOfThrones Any man who must say 'We are winning,' is not truly winning" and "A one-armed man needs all the help he can get.]]"
* Skins: Pre-VGU, his form while using his ultimate is awfully reminiscent of a [[TabletopGame/Warhammer40000 Lord of Change]]. His Tyrant skin makes this even more obvious.
* One of his abilities is called ''Nevermove,'' a pun on [[Literature/TheRaven Nevermore]] that was only supposed to be used during development but ended up sticking.

* Dance: Dances to the song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4-SxcCO5d0 Hoot]] by Korean pop group Girls Generation.
* Her hat looks fairly similar to the one worn by [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Midna]].

[[folder: Champions T-Z]]
* Quotes:
** [[Creator/MarilynMonroe "Diamonds really are a girl's best friend."]]
** [[Series/GameOfThrones "Stick them in the pointy end!" and "Brace yourself! I hear winter is coming."]]
* Skins: Freljord Taliyah makes her heavily resemble a [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Northern Tribe Waterbender.]]
* Her backstory and [[DishingOutDirt powers]] may bring to mind that of [[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans Terra's.]]

* Dance: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zi_XLOBDo_Y Billie Jean]]" by Music/MichaelJackson, complete with moonwalk and crotch-grab.
* Skins:
** Dragonblade Talon makes him greatly resemble [[VideoGame/{{Strider}} Strider Hiryu]].
** His Crimson Elite skin makes him look like [[ComicBook/JudgeDredd a certain Judge]].

* Skins: His Armor of the Fifth Age skin is based on the ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' Paladin class's bright pink fifth-tier armor.
* Quotes:
** [[WesternAnimation/JemAndTheHolograms "Gems are truly outrageous. They are truly, truly, truly outrageous."]]
** [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack "These gems aren't just for show."]]
** [[Music/PinkFloyd "Shine on, you crazy diamond."]]
** "I have seen the light too clearly to be ever afraid of the darkness" is almost an exact quotation of Galileo Galilei's "I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night."
* Pre-visual/lore update, he was reported to have designed costumes for a play titled ''[[Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic The Sound of Magic]]''.

* Dance: A Badger Song reference.
* Quotes: Omega Squad Teemo has a few:
** [[VideoGame/{{Fallout}} "The war never ends; the battlefield just changes."]]
** [[Film/TheOutsiders "This one's for Johnny!"]]
** [[Film/{{Platoon}} "Take the pain!"]]
* Skins:
** His Badger skin has to be a reference to the [[http://www.weebls-stuff.com/songs/badgers/ Badger Song]], especially given his association with mushrooms.
** His Superhero skin is pretty much {{Franchise/Superman}}'s costume with a T instead of an S.
** Omega Squad Teemo has a few military video game references:
*** His helmet resembles that of [[VideoGame/Fallout4 T-45 Battle Armor]] and a [[VideoGame/{{Killzone}} Helghast trooper.]]
*** His stance while using his camouflage passive is based on Sam Fisher's stealth stance from ''VideoGame/SplinterCell''.

* Skins:
** Her character is based on ComicBook/TankGirl, with her Riot Girl skin as a further reference.
** Dragon Trainer Tristana is a clear reference to ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon''.
** The unreleased "Arm Cannon" Tristana skin seems to take some inspiration from VideoGame/MegaManClassic.
* Quotes: One of Dragon Trainer Tristana's lines to Riggle is "[[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Did you get into the sugar again?]]"

* Skins: Post-rework, Junkyard Trundle looks fairly ''Film/MadMax''-esque.
* Quotes: [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings "The trolls are going to war!"]]

!!!Twisted Fate
* Dance: The dance from PSY's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bZkp7q19f0 Gangnam Style]].
* His general aesthetic resembles that of ComicBook/{{Gambit}}, from his playing card weapons to his general speech.

* Quotes:
** "I hear you're trash! Bow before your king!" is a reference to famed NALCS player Yiliang Peter Peng, aka "Doublelift," who's infamous for his trash-talk, specifically through the phrase "Everyone is trash."
** "Who's following me?" is a reference to the [[Website/{{Twitch}} broadcasting/livestreaming website]] [[NamesTheSame of the same name.]]
** He hums the Underground theme from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'' while using ''Ambush.''
* Skins: Pickpocket Twitch heavily resembles ''Franchise/SlyCooper''.

* Dance: Before his visual update, a segment from "Bye Bye Bye" by Music/{{NSYNC}}.
* Skins:
** [[Franchise/{{Highlander}} Highlander Tryndamere]], complete with kilt.
** His Warring Kingdoms skin turns him into [[VideoGame/DynastyWarriors Guan Yu]].

* Skins: Spirit Guard Udyr bears a striking resemblance to [[Franchise/StreetFighter Akuma]]. His maxed-out Bear Stance appearance even looks kind of like Oni, which is basically just Akuma consumed by the Satsui no Hadou.

* Quotes:
** "[[VideoGame/BreathOfFireIV The world does not need gods.]]"
** "[[Film/PulpFiction Say "Shurima" one more time!]]"
** "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS15E18CatchEmIfYouCan You've betrayed me for the last time!]]"
** "[[UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump We will make Zaun great again.]]"
** One of his lines for killing an enemy champion with his ult is "[[Franchise/MortalKombat Get over here!]]"
* Dance: Franchise/{{Kirby}}'s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOWpyUGKw4k victory dance.]] Yes, we know.
* Skins:
** Butcher Urgot is a straight reference to [[Franchise/TheTexasChainsawMassacre Leatherface.]]
** [[GiantEnemyCrab Giant Enemy Crabgot]] is a reference to the infamous GiantEnemyCrab from the ''VideoGame/{{Genji}}'' series.
* In his old biography, Stanwick Pididly's ending quote is "WeCanRebuildHim. [[Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan We have the techmaturgy]]."

* A bit of a subtle one: Varus is an archer who appears to have [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim a deformity of the knee]]...
* His archetype of an archer slowly succumbing to corruption was directly inspired by [[Anime/PrincessMononoke Ashitaka]], as well as some of his animations.

* Dance: Appears to look a little like the poses the [[Anime/DragonBallZ Ginyu Force]] pull!off, though it might also be a [[Film/{{Equilibrium}} Gunkata]].
* Her character and background draws heavy inspiration from Franchise/{{Batman}}. She even has bats flying around her when activating her ultimate!

* Quotes: [[ReferenceOverdosed Just about]] '''[[ReferenceOverdosed every]]''' [[ReferenceOverdosed line Final Boss Veigar speaks is a reference to a video game]], ranging from ''Franchise/FinalFantasy,'' ''Franchise/StreetFighter,'' ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda,'' and many, many others. A full list can be found [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYkeDgIn-b4 here.]]
* Skins:
** Veigar's default look is a basically that of a [[Franchise/FinalFantasy Black Mage]] (or [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX Vivi]]) in all but name, with the color of his hat being the most substantial difference. White Mage Veigar also just as obvious.
** As is [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Veigar Greybeard]].
** Final Boss Veigar has a few visual references in his design:
*** His voice has distortion similar to that of a [[VideoGame/Persona4 Shadow Self.]]
*** Him having [[FloatingLimbs appendages, but no arms or legs]] seems to be a takeaway from ''Franchise/{{Rayman}}''.
*** His Q, ''Baleful Strike'' fires an orb in the exact same fashion as Agahnim's attack from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast.''
*** His W, ''Dark Matter'' summons a [[VideoGame/{{Tetris}} Tetrimino.]]
*** For his recall, he appears to punch in the KonamiCode into his [[UsefulNotes/NintendoEntertainmentSystem Power Glove.]]

* Dance: She dances [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJxYiIfr4WM the Dougie]].
* Quotes: [[WesternAnimation/MightyMouse "Here I come to save the day.]] Or wreck it."
* Skins:
** Neon Strike Vi's recall animation is based on [[Manga/OnePiece Franky's]] poses. Her hair also somewhat looks like Franky's.
** Demon Vi was directly designed after ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}, sans the sawed-off horns.

* Dance: Does the Melbourne Shuffle, a rave dance that originated in Australia.
* His thematic design in general resembles ComicBook/DoctorDoom.

* Quotes: Blood Lord Vladimir has the simple line [[Film/SupermanII "Kneel before]] [[KneelBeforeZod Vlad!"]]
* Skins: His Count, Marquise, Nosferatu, and Vandal skins are references to Film/{{Dracula|1931}}, [[Literature/TheVampireChronicles Lestat de Lioncourt]], [[Film/{{Nosferatu}} Graf Orlock]], and [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Spike]], respectively.
* One of his skills, Tides of Blood, may be a reference to an old {{MOBA}}-style ''VideoGame/WarCraftIII'' custom map of the same name. Said map had a "Blood Mage" hero who had more-or-less the same gimmick as Vladimir.
* Vladimir's name and [[ActuallyNotAVampire not-vampire]] aesthetic are references to UsefulNotes/VladTheImpaler.

* Dance: Imitates [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pANuw4IXrEs Sam B's energetic audition]] on ''Series/AmericasGotTalent''.

* Dance: Does the "zombie dance" from Music/MichaelJackson's Thriller music video.
* An artificially-enhanced bestial killer with metal claws, a healing factor, and incredibly powerful senses who was painfully converted against his will by a mad scientist, escaped, and became an incredibly violent and brutal vigilante with a tenuous grasp on his remaining humanity. Are you sure we're not talking about ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}? Also, his modus operandi and motives are similar to [[ComicBook/ThePunisher Frank Castle's]], minus the guns.
* One of his joke quotes is 'I'll do a trick for [[Franchise/ScoobyDoo a Warwick Snack!]]'
* In his Hyena Warwick skin, there is a chance on starting a game that he will say '[[Film/MadMaxFuryRoad Oh, what a day! What a bloody day!]]'

* Skins:
** Volcanic Wukong appears to be a reference to ''Havoc in Heaven,'' the prequel to ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'' featuring the original Sun Wukong. In it, he was locked in a cauldron by Lao Tzu to be burned by sacred fires for 40-50 days and distilled into an elixir, [[FeedItWithFire but he emerged even stronger,]] with an ability to see evil with [[GlowingEyesOfDoom 金睛火眼 (Jīnjīng Huǒyǎn/Kinshou Higan, "Gold Pupil Fire Eyes")]], which Volcanic Wukong also features.
** Radiant Wukong's outfit and larger, spikier fur is most likely a reference to another Sun Wukong {{Expy}}, [[Anime/DragonBall Son Goku.]]
* Wukong's entire design in general [[MonkeyKingLite is directly inspired by]] Sun Wukong of ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'', with his aesthetics all being directly inspired by elements of the character.
** Many of his strikes use his variable-length SimpleStaff.
** His Nimbus Strike and Decoy abilities are inspired by Sun Wukong's abilities to summon and ride a "Somersault/Nimbus Cloud" (筋斗雲, Jīndǒuyún/Kinto'un) and to create clones of himself with strands of his hair.
** His passive, Stone Skin, and his death animation where he turns into stone are an inverted reference to his origin, in where he was born from stone.
** Interestingly, the Chinese client forgoes any sort of subtext and flat-out states that this is the same Sun Wukong himself, [[MonkeyKingLite not just a similar character.]]
* His ultimate in the Chinese servers is actually named after the prequel tale of the original Sun Wukong, ''Havoc in Heaven'' (大鬧天宮/大闹天宫, Dànào Tiāngōng).

* Dance: Taken from the music video for "Pong" by Eisenfunk.
* Quotes: His jokes reference Disney's Disney/{{Aladdin}} and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_ekugPKqFw this infamous LARP session]]. He also had a now-removed joke referencing this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRuNxHqwazs Power Thirst commercial.]]

!!!Xin Zhao
* Skins: His Warring Kingdoms skin makes him look like [[VideoGame/DynastyWarriors Zhao Yun]]. His Commando skin is based on the [[RedshirtArmy Imperial Guard]] from 'TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''.

* Quotes:
** [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade "Ninjas, I hate those guys..."]]
** "A wanderer isn't always lost" is a reference to "All that is gold does not glitter," a poem by Creator/JRRTolkien.
* Skins: PROJECT: Yasuo just screams a [[CyberNinja Cyborg Ninja]] from the [[Franchise/MetalGear Metal Gear series,]] particularly [[VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance Raiden and Jetstream Sam.]]

* Skins: His Pentakill skin is an obvious reference to [[Music/GunsNRoses Slash]].
* Yorick's name is based on the deceased jester from [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare's]] ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''.
* Each of the alters on the Twisted Treeline have a shout out when Yorick captures them. The west alter will say "[[Theatre/{{Hamlet}} Alas, poor Yorick]]" and the east altar will say "[[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail Bring out your dead! Bring out your dead!]]"

* Bears a strong visual resemblance to [[Anime/DragonBallZ Majin Buu]], and his backstory is equal parts Franchise/{{Superman}} and ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}. His classic look is also referred to as Film/{{Flubber}}.

* Skins:
** Bears a strong resemblance to [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Lord Zedd]], with a little bit of [[Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles Shredder]] thrown in.
** The Shredder similarity is further driven with PROJECT: Zed, who shares some design cues and color scheme from Cyber Shredder of the same series.

* Dance: From the viral video [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVuIBpJ6B4E Midget Superstar]].
* Quotes: The Latin American client gives him the line ""Me encanta el olor de los explosivos por la mañana!" [[Film/ApocalypseNow ("I love the smell of explosives in the morning!")]]
* Skins: Battle Boss Ziggs is a homage to ''VideoGame/{{Bomberman}}''; more specifically, his design loosely resembles the Bomber Shitennou/Four Bomber Kings from ''Super Bomberman 4'' and his recall has him accidentally trapping himself with his own bombs, much like an inattentive player can do in the multiplayer modes of traditional ''Bomberman'' games.

* Skins: Shurima Desert Zilean looks a bit like [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCDIGames Gwonam]].
* Zilean's case of "chrono-displasia" seems to be a take on Billy Pilgrim's UnstuckInTime situation from ''Literature/SlaughterhouseFive''.

* Quotes: Attacking a Yordle may prompt her to say [[WesternAnimation/DespicableMe "You're so FLUFFY!!!"]]
* Skins: Cyber Pop Zoe's hairstyle and glasses make her heavily resemble [[VideoGame/Persona5 Futaba Sakura]]. Also counts as an ActorAllusion, as both of their English voiceovers are by Creator/EricaLindbeck.

* The flavor text of a Zyra's Deadly Spines-affected Thorn Splitter reads "They shoot little [[VideoGame/{{Undertale}} 'friendliness pellets']] at her enemies."

* If two or more champions perform their dance emotes in front of Vilemaw, the giant spider boss of Twisted Treeline, he'll lift his legs up as if surprised, look around to make sure no one's watching, and start doing the [[Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir Carlton Dance]].
* The two new shopkeepers on the Howling Abyss map will occasionally reference movie quotes:
** Greyor (Blue Team shopkeeper):
*** [[Film/ThreeHundred "THIS! IS! FRELJOOOORD!"]]
*** [[Series/TheIncredibleHulk "You're makin' me angry! You won't like me when I'm angry!"]]
** Lyte (Purple Team shopkeeper):
*** [[Film/ThePrincessBride "Have fun storming the bridge!"]]
*** [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI "It's dangerous to go alone...take this!"]]
*** [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil4 "What are you buying? What are you selling?"]]
*** [[Creator/StanLee "Excelsior!"]]
** Lyte and his RobotBuddy "Geeves" are named after former Lead Designer of Social Systems Jeffrey "Lyte" Lin and Game Designer Kevin "Geeves" O'Brien.
*** The character Lyte is a doctor, making him [[VideoGame/MegaManClassic "Dr. Lyte,"]] another Mega Man reference for his nephew, Ezreal.
* The NPC storyteller in Amumu's lore was a young man who entered an ancient crypt and got inadvertently cursed by its undead inhabitant. He's named [[VideoGame/UltimaOnline Khaldun]].

* Prior to the Runes Reforged system, the icon for Mastermind in the support mastery tree was a reference to the box art from ''VideoGame/DeusEx''.

* Trinity Force is the most expensive item in the game, created by combining three different mid-level items into one hybridized one. Both its name and its in-game icon are a shout-out to the Triforce from the ''Franchise/LegendOfZelda'' series.
** The description "Tons of Damage," is a catchphrase by NA LCS shoutcaster and host of Champion Spotlights David "Phreak" Turley, who cites Trinity Force as his favorite item.
* Youmuu's Ghostblade is one letter off from [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Youmu]], who also wields a ghostly sword. Specifically, a katana with sakura petals flying around it.
* Rylai's Crystal Scepter is named after the lore name of Crystal Maiden from ''VideoGame/DefenseOfTheAncients''. The item icon is almost identical to the one for Rylai's Brilliance Aura ability.
* The Manamune is highly reminiscent of the [[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soul Calibur]] sword from the first few games.
** It's name is also derived from Masamune, a legendary Japanese swordsmith. Its upgraded form, Muramana, is the same case; Muramasa was also a famous Japanese swordsmith.
* Guinsoo's Rageblade is half shout out and half internal homage, as Steve "Guinsoo" Feak, one of the big names at Riot Games, used to develop ''VideoGame/DefenseOfTheAncients'' before passing it on to current developer Icefrog. For that matter, a number of champions and items take their moniker from Riot developers' screen names. But the most convoluted EasterEgg is the fact that Karthus's passive used to have a sheep as an icon. This referred to "Guinsoo's Scythe of Vyse," an item from ''Dota'' which conferred {{Baleful Polymorph}}ing, and was snuck in because Karthus is Feak's favorite Champion.
* The Talisman of Ascension is one of the few items in the game with flavor text, saying [[VideoGame/DarkSouls "Praise the Sun!"]].
* Wriggle's Lantern shares a name with a firefly in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'', although it was initially named after a user via the Refer-A-Friend reward system.
* Kage's Lucky Pick, a magical guitar pick item, is based upon ''Film/TenaciousDInThePickOfDestiny''.
* Atma's Impaler references the "Atma Weapon" mistranslation of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI''. Just like the weapon from the Final Fantasy game, the strength of Atma's Impaler is based on the wielder's HP.
* The now-discontinued Refer-A-Friend system allowed players who referred at least 1,000 friends had at least one item named after them. The few included are:
** The "Total Biscuit of Rejuvanation" was named after [[Creator/TheCynicalBrit TotalBiscuit.]]
** Tim Buckley, author of Webcomic/CtrlAltDel, instead of opting to use his name, used his comic's character "Zeke," which was then immortalized with the "Zeke's Herald" and later "Zeke's Harbinger" items.
** [[LetsPlay/{{Ohmwrecker}} Let's Player]] [[https://www.youtube.com/maskedgamer Ohmwrecker (The Masked Gamer)]] had an item of the same name as well as a track by Pentakill.
** A player named "Grez" had a Twisted Treeline monster and the item "Grez's Spectral Lantern" named after him, both now removed.
** "Athene's Unholy Grail" was named after a player named "Athene."
** "Maw of Malmortius" was named after "Malmortius."
** "Wooglet's Cap" was named after "Wooglet."
** As listed above, the "Wriggle's Lantern" item was named after a user named "Wriggle," which was in turn a reference to a ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' character. When it was eventually removed, it was immortalized as Dragon Trainer Tristana's pet dragon named, this time spelled [[SpellMyNameWithAnS "Riggle."]]

* An update for a more exact queue status now shows your place more precisely. Initially, when the queue was long enough, it just reports your current place in the waiting line as [[Memes/DragonBall Over 9000]]. The queue is now more exact (Over 20,000), but lost the reference.
* The in-game chat displays kill streaks using ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament'' lines, such as "Killing Spree!" "Dominating!" and "Godlike!"