''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]].


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* Quotes: [[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]] ''"Peace is a lie, there is only passion..."''
* Skins: Though it may be coincidence, Aatrox' classic art bears great resemblance to the Franchise/YuGiOh monster ''Raviel, Lord of Phantasms'', only colored mainly red instead of blue. [[LightIsNotGood Justicar Aatrox]] bears a resemblance to Credo's angel form from ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry4''.
** 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, which resembles Thundercracker or Starscream from the Franchise/{{Transformers}} series.

* 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 resembles [[VideoGame/StarFox Fox McCloud]], and in its splash she's in a ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1''-style setting and is {{Goomba Stomp}}ing a minion.

* Skins: Stinger Akali resembles The Bride from ''Film/KillBill'', Crimson Akali looks like ComicBook/{{Elektra}} from ''ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}'', and Silverfang Akali looks like Smoke from ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9''. On top of it all, her classic skin strongly resembles Jade from ''Franchise/MortalKombat''.
* Dance: Single Ladies by Music/{{Beyonce}}.

* 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.

* 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''.
* Abilities: Take a close look at the icon for Bandage Toss -- it's 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 [[FrankensteinsMonster FrankenTibbers Annie]].
** In her Sweetheart Annie skin, Tibbers resembles a Franchise/{{Care Bear|s}}, while the heart on his chest resembles one of the heart symbols in ''Franchise/KingdomHearts.''
* Her last name? [[Literature/TheKingInYellow Hastur]].
* Skins: Sherwood Ashe gets her name and primary colors from RobinHood.
* Woad Ashe looks like Guinevere in the 2004 film of King Arthur.
* Marauder Ashe looks like she's wearing Daedric armor right out of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''.

* Just from his appearance, he looks like a Creator/StudioGhibli character.

* Skins: iBlitzcrank's design is much like the 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 XBox made by Microsoft, Apple's main competition.
** One of the things Blitzcrank can say is "[[Series/DoctorWho Exterminate! Exterminate!]]"

* Skins: Apocalyptic Brand looks like he just stumbled out of the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' world.
* 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. Regretably, Brand has no FlamingSword.
* On death, Zombie Brand ends up re-buried, but his hand sticks up out of the ground, much like the hand in ''VideoGame/Left4Dead''.

* For one of his lines, Braum refers to his shield as a "smashing board", in reference to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OydCKdKlbM this]] ''[[WebAnimation/DorklyOriginals Dorkly]]'' short.

* 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 the ''Film/JurassicPark'' film.
* Quotes: [[Creator/WalterScott "Ah, the tangled webs we weave..."]]
** 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?"]]
* 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.

* 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]].
* ''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]]).
* Skins: His Arcade skin takes some inspiration from ''VideoGame/SpaceInvaders'' and ''VideoGame/{{Galaga}}''.

* Quotes: Taunt: "[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic The Moon will rise! The night will last forever!]]"

* 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''.

* Some have likened Ekko to either [[VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}} Shulk]] or [[VideoGame/ChronoTrigger Crono]].
* 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}} Transistor]].
** 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 power.
* 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]].

* Skins: In her Blood Moon skin, her spider form bears a resemblance to [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Ariados]].

* Dance: Taken from the movie ''Film/{{Flashdance}}''.
* Quotes: [[Film/ArmyOfDarkness I may be bad, but I feel good.]]

* Quotes: Several References to ''Franchise/IndianaJones'', including "[[ThoseWackyNazis Noxians]]... [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade I hate those guys..." and "You belong in a museum!"]]
* Dance: The Hare Hare Yukai from the ending credits of ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya]]''.
* 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.
* Skins: His Pulsefire skin has many similarities with VideoGame/MegaManX, right down to his evolving armor resembling X receiving his Ultimate Armor upgrades. His Arcade skin resembles [[VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou Neku Sakuraba]].

* Dance: Fiora does her best impression of Creator/FredAstaire dancing to Puttin' on the Ritz.

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

* Skins: His Special Forces skin brings [[VideoGame/ModernWarfare Captain Price]] to mind.

* Skins: His old 'Sanguine' skin was explicitly made to evoke a Blood Angel SpaceMarine from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', his Commando skin evokes the [[RedshirtArmy Imperial Guard]], and his Dreadknight skin is a few letters and a space away from being a [[VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} Death Knight]].
** Steel Legion Garen is explicitly a Space Marine. Sadly, there is no chainsword.
*** Though his sword does resemble a Storm Glaive from [[IronKingdoms Warmachine's]] Space Marine equivalents the Stormblades.
*** That's because Steel Legion Garen is based off of the Literature/GreyKnights, who don't use chainswords. They use [[CoolSword Nemesis Force Swords]] instead.
** His Rugged skin resembles [[VideoGame/SoulSeries post-redemption Siegfried.]]
* 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.
* 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.]]

* Abilities: His passive is called "Film/TrueGrit."
* Being a cowboy with the first name Malcolm could be a reference to Malcolm Reynolds from ''{{Series/Firefly}}''.

* 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]].

* Skins: His Alien Invader skin is based on ''Film/MarsAttacks''
* Quotes: [[Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes "Back, you dirty ape, back!"]], [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy "Aha, 42, I knew it! Now - er, what was the question again?"]]
* 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'''.

* She's named after one of the lead developer's usernames, who herself gets her name from Shurelia of ''VideoGame/ArTonelico''.
* Skins: Most likely a coincidence, given that looks are all they share, but her Frostblade skin looks a lot like [[ComicBook/ScottPilgrim Ramona Flowers when she had blue hair.]]

* Skins: While this may be a coincidence, the SteamPunk inspired Hextech skin makes Janna look a bit like [[Webcomic/GirlGenius Agatha Heterodyne]].
* Dance: From this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fl5iZUKLDmc Dance Studio]] video.

!!!Jarvan IV
* Quotes: One of his lines "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." He also says "For my father, the king.", a line of Prince Arthas from ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII''. As one of the developers worked on ''VideoGame/DefenseOfTheAncients'', a ''Warcraft III'' custom map, this was quite certainly intentional.
* Skins: The long-awaited Warring Kingdoms skin 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: His hockey-themed skin is called [[Film/TheMightyDucks The Mighty Jax]]. 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''.

* Skins: With his Full Metal skin, he could either pass as ComicBook/IronMan or [[Franchise/{{Metroid}} Samus Aran]] at a glance.
* Dance: Does the famous Music/MCHammer slide. Yes, [[{{Pun}} it's hammer time]].

* His "murder as art" ethos is very reminiscent of Jack Nicholson's portrayal of the Joker in Film/{{Batman}}.
* 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 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 killing Fiddlesticks: "[[Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest People scare better when they're dying.]]"

* Her backstory and character design are equal parts [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker Joker]] and Harley Quinn.
* She's basically the love child of the Joker and ComicBook/TankGirl.
* Her dance is Jake showing the dancing bug "how to shake it" from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''.
* Quotes: Taunt: [[Film/{{Scarface 1983}} "Say hello to my friends of varying sizes!"]]
* In the "Get Jinxed" music video, one of the first images you see is Jinx surfing on what is probably one of her Super Mega Death Rockets. Taking a page from [[Franchise/DevilMayCry Dante]], huh, Jinx?[[note]]If you're confused, in ''Devil May Cry 3'', Dante surfs on a rocket fired from Lady's Kalina Ann rocket launcher after his defeat of Cerberus.[[/note]]

* 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]].

* Skins: Phantom Karthus wears a mask like Franchise/ThePhantomOfTheOpera, and Pentakill Karthus strongly resembles Gene Simmons from Music/{{KISS}}, as well as Music/KingDiamond to a lesser degree.
** Phantom Karthus VU is based on [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Sauron]].
* 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.
* Following his [=VU=], Karthus references a lot of things. Pentakill Karthus has references to: Music/TenaciousD, ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend'', Music/RonnieJamesDio, Music/{{Manowar}}, Music/AliceCooper, ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'', and [[Film/ThisIsSpinalTap Spinal Tap]].

* Skins: His Harbinger skin is somewhat reminiscent of [[ComicBook/GenerationX Emplate]].

* Dance: Taken from the famous dance scene at the end of ''Film/NapoleonDynamite''.

* Dance: Dances just like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCFRJEjM3fc 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 Samus Aran. She's also [[SamusIsAGirl easily mistaken for a man]] by new players.

* Quotes: [[VideoGame/ChronoTrigger "I am the wind!"]]
* Skins: Deadly Kennen is a fairly obvious SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} costume. Swamp Kennen is [[Franchise/StarWars Yoda]].

* Skins: He's heavily based off of [[Franchise/{{Alien}} a Xenomorph]], while his ability to assume the most desirable characteristics of the prey he devours is right out of the [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Kroot and Tyranid]] playbooks.

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

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

!!!Lee Sin
* Skins: His Muay Thai skin just screams [[Franchise/StreetFighter Sagat]], right down to Resonating Strike becoming a flying knee attack.
* Dance: Taken from a scene from the film ''Film/ShaolinSoccer''.
* His selection quote ("Your will, my hands") was originally spoken by Oenomaus in ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand''.
* 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]].

* Skins: You'll take one look at her Valkyrie skin and expect her ult to turn into [[ValkyrieProfile Nibelung Valest]].

* Her backstory is equal parts [[Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Queen Jadis]] and [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Nyarlathotep]].
* Her appearance also brings to mind the Nova from Manga/{{Freezing}}. Her appearance is similar to that of Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite of Magic: The Gathering.
* She is also strikingly similar to Vayl Halyr from ''IronKingdoms'': 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 quote "Plans within plans" is taken from ''Literature/{{Dune}}''.
* Skins: Bloodstone Lissandra's pose is the same as the pose of Elesh Norn from Magic: The Gathering card: Marrow Shards. Blade Queen Lissandra shares some similarities to the Lady of Pain from the TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons setting TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}; her appearance is also similar to the Ezrohir from ''VideoGame/TorchlightII'', specifically their Artificer unit; and might be named after [[VideoGame/StarcraftII Sarah Kerrigan's]] title, Queen of Blades.

* His recall animation has him strike a GunKata pose straight from ''Film/{{Equilibrium}}''.
* 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]].
* His joke creates an evilly-grinning smiley face, which looks nearly exactly like [[Music/{{Disturbed}} The Guy]]'s
* Skins: Hired Gun Lucian looks like a mixture of Film/{{Blade}} and [[VideoGame/{{Tekken}} Raven]].
* Quotes: "Death at the door? Hmph, no. [[Series/BreakingBad I am the one who knocks.]]"

* Abilities: 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!"]]

* Quotes: [[Series/TheATeam "I love it when a plan comes together!"]] [[Anime/SailorMoon "In the name of Demacia, I will punish you!"]] [[MemeticMutation "Double Rainbow? What does it mean?" "Shhh! I'm charging my laser..."]][[invoked]]
* Lux is largely based on Marisa Kirisame from ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''. 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.
* 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 lasgun on each end.

[[folder: Champions M-Z]]
* Dance: Does the famous Music/MCHammer shuffle.

* Malphite has a great resemblance with Tiny from ''VideoGame/{{Dota 2}}''.
* Dance: Malphite's dance resembles Capoeira called Ginga.
* Skins: His Shamrock Malphite is a clear reference to the [[{{Oireland}} Blarney Stone]], the Obsidian Malphite skin has a resemblance to the Destroyers in ''VideoGame/GuildWars'', Marble Malphite appears similar to the zone Nagrand in ''VideGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', and 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 the Franchise/YuGiOh card Labyrinth Tank... or the Gurren from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''.

!!!Master Yi
* Skins: His Chosen skin is pretty much 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. His Headhunter skin is based on ''Film/{{Predator}}''.
* Dance: A brief segment of the dance at the end of ''Film/NapoleonDynamite'' for his pre-reworked model. 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.

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

!!!Miss Fortune
* Quotes: Several of her quotes are references to [[Franchise/StarWars Han Solo]].
* Arcade Miss Fortune skin: Her recall animation is playing something similar of ''VideoGame/DuckHunt''... with [[TheRival Gangplank]] being the [[GameOverMan equivalent of]] [[TheScrappy the Duck Hunt dog]].

* 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]].
* Abilities: Each one is inspired by a heavy metal song.
** Innate passive: [[Music/BlackSabbath Iron Man]]
** Q: Mace of Spades aka [[Music/{{Motorhead}} Ace of Spades]]
** W: [[Music/{{Metallica}} Creeping Death]]. His post rework W is also another Metallica song, Harvester of Sorrow.
** E: Siphon of Destruction aka [[Music/{{Megadeth}} Symphony of Destruction]]
** Ultimate: [[Music/BlackSabbath Children of the Grave]]
*** His rework attaches a passive to his ultimate; Music/{{Dragonforce}}.
** Debuff: [[Music/IronMaiden The Prisoner]]
* 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.

* Skins: His Toxic skin looks quite similar to [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk The Incredible Hulk]]. Rageborn Mundo may remind one of [[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft a Fel Orc]]. Or the Red Hulk. El Macho is the Wrestling/UltimateWarrior in all but name.
* Quotes: Many of Corporate Mundo's quotes are references to ''Film/OfficeSpace''.

* Quotes: Joke: "Who let the dogs out? Woof, woof, woof."

* Skins: His Abyssal skin uses patterns and colors similar to [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} the Black Legion Chaos Space Marines]].
* Dance: Who ordered the pizza with extra [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ha_MlhOzH0 Peeparoonie]]?

* 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]].

* 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 references to ''Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy'', ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'', and more.
* His dance and old splash art were a direct reference to Technoviking.

* Skins: Her Bladecraft Orianna skin bares resemblance to Pris, the replicant from ''Film/BladeRunner''. It also resembles Mathilda from ''VideoGame/AnarchyReigns'', who appears to have a fully mechanical torso. [[RunningGag It also]] bears a strong resemblance to R. Dorothy Wayneright from ''Anime/TheBigO''.
* Quotes: One of her joke lines is a reference to [[RobotGirl Aigis]] from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}''.

* 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, [[RealMenWearPink 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 Oompa Loompas from ''[[Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory]]''.

* Dance: Dances to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkHVHEieFtk 'Are You That Somebody?']] by Music/{{Aaliyah}}.

* Skins: King Rammus changes his color scheme to closely resemble SelfDemonstrating/{{Bowser}}. Ninja Rammus is a reference to the ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', specifically Raphael.

* Skins: He's basically a walking homage to ''Film/{{Predator}}''. His Headhunter skin makes this more apparent.
* Dance: His dance is the Haka, of rugby's All Blacks fame. 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.

* Skins: Her Redeemed skin is based off of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics Meliadoul]]. Her Arcade skin's recall animation has her select her sword from a circle around her among the swords from her other skins, a la ''VideoGame/SecretOfMana'', and also looks as if [[Franchise/KingdomHearts Sora, Kairi and Goofy]] merged together.
* Quotes: "[[VideoGame/WarcraftIII You are beyond redemption]]".
* Dance: Her dance is based on the [[Series/GameOfThrones Water Dance of Braavos]].
* A character named 'Riven' who is 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 battled 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.

* Dance: Looks suspiciously like the one done by VideoGame/IMMeen.

* 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?"]] combined with the opening quote of [[Film/TheDarkKnight "How about a magic trick?"]] and one of his jokes, "For my next trick, [[Film/TheDarkKnight I'll make you disappear!]]" (no pencils were involved)[[note]]He didn't follow up with "[[Film/TheDarkKnight Ta-daaa! It's... gone!]]"[[/note]]

* Skins: Not one, but ''two'' skins that reference ''Franchise/MortalKombat''; Yellow Jacket Shen looks like Scorpion and Frozen Shen looks like Sub-Zero.
* Quotes: [[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."

* Skins: Darkflame Shyvana's dragon form bares a resemblance to [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Alduin]]. Ice Drake Shyvana's bares one to [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Kyurem]].
* Dance: Does the same dance as Japanese idol group Music/AKB48 in the music video for their song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQqLKCg-UgA 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: Joke: [[Film/JamesBond "Shaken, not stirred."]] Movement: [[Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial "Mix, mix, swirl, mix."]]

* Quotes: He will randomly say "[[PokemonSpeak Skar! Skar! Skarner!]]" if he idles in brush for long enough.

!!!Sion (Old)
* Skins: Hextech Sion looks like the Franchise/{{Terminator}}.
* Quotes: Arnold Schwarzenegger 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?"]]

!!!Sion (New)
* Skins: Warmonger Sion looks very close to a TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Chaos Lord. Mecha Zero Sion resembles the KG-6 Sleipnirs in ''Anime/AldnoahZero''.
* Quotes: [[ComicBook/TheFantasticFour "It's mudering time!"]], [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} "I'll be back."]], [[Literature/{{Frankenstein}} "Fire... good..."]]
* 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: Her Warrior Princess skin is [[Series/XenaWarriorPrincess Xena]], her Spectacular skin is WonderWoman, her PAX skin is based on ''Film/{{Tron}}'', and her Huntress skin resembles [[VideoGame/DynastyWarriors Zhu Rong]], which turns her weapon into a boomerang (her preferred weapon until 6).

* Skins: 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.
* It's generally accepted that her standard skin was inspired by [[{{Vocaloid}} Hatsune Miku]].
* DJ Sona, the ultimate skin has a new dance animation - the legendary and memetic [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMN8q7CeE1Y Caramelldansen]]!

* Dance: In keeping with the extensive {{Ascended Meme}}s in her model upgrade, she does the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiTtBYbWFuw Chiquita Banana dance]].

* Skins: His form while using his ultimate is awfully reminiscent of a [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Lord of Change]]. His Tyrant skin makes this even more obvious.
* Abilities: One of them 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]].

* Skins: His Dragonblade skin greatly resembles [[VideoGame/{{Strider}} Hiryu]], and his Crimson Elite skin resembles [[ComicBook/JudgeDredd a certain Judge]].
* Dance: Music/MichaelJackson's famous Billie Jean dance, complete with moonwalk and crotch-grab.

* Skins: His Armor of the Fifth Age skin is based on the ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' Paladin class's bright pink fifth-tier armor.
* Quotes: Joke: [[WesternAnimation/JemAndTheHolograms "Gems are truly outrageous. They are truly, truly, truly outrageous."]]
* Quotes after his rework: [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack "These gems aren't just for show."]]
* Quotes after his rework: "Shine on, you [[Music/PinkFloyd crazy diamond."]]
* He's reported to have designed costumes for a play titled ''[[Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic The Sound of Magic]]''.

* Skins: His Badger skin has to be a reference to the [[http://www.weebls-stuff.com/songs/badgers/ Badger Song]], especially given his associate with mushrooms.
* His Superhero skin is pretty much {{Franchise/Superman}}'s costume with a T instead of an S.
* Dance: Another Badger Song reference.

* Skins: Her character is based off of ComicBook/TankGirl, with her Riot Girl skin as a further reference.
* Dragon Trainer Tristana is a clear reference to ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon''.

* Skins: Post-rework, Junkyard Trundle looks fairly ''Franchise/MadMax''-esque.
* Quotes: "[[MemeticMutation Don't hate the player]], hate the club that's smashing your face!"[[invoked]]

!!!Twisted Fate
* Dance: The dance from PSY's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bZkp7q19f0 Gangnam Style]].

* Taunt: Hums the Underground theme from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros''
* Skins: Pickpocket Twitch heavily resembles ''Franchise/SlyCooper''.

* Skins: [[Franchise/{{Highlander}} Highlander Tryndamere]], compete with kilt. And his Warring Kingdoms skin turns him into [[VideoGame/DynastyWarriors Guan Yu]].
* Dance: A segment from "Bye Bye Bye" by Music/{{NSYNC}}.

* 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.

* Skins: Three words: [[GiantEnemyCrab GIANT ENEMY CRABGOT]].
* His base design is a reference to [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Yagrum Bagarn]].

* Varus is an archer. Varus is also [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim a deformity of the knee]]...

* Skins: Her Vindicator, Aristocratic, and Dragonslayer skins skins are likely references to ''Franchise/DevilMayCry'', ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'', and the classic Dragoon-class from ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'', respectively.
* Dance: Appears to look a little like the poses the [[Anime/DragonBallZ Ginyu Force]] pulls 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!

* Skins: [[Franchise/FinalFantasy White Mage]] Veigar is obvious, as is [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Veigar Greybeard]].
** For that matter, Veigar's default skin is a Black Mage (or [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX Vivi]]) in all but name, with the color of his hat being the most substantial difference.
** [[http://leagueoflegends.wikia.com/wiki/Veigar/Background Just about anything Final Boss Veigar says]] [[ReferenceOverdosed is a reference to something]].
* It's hard to say if it's intentional or not, but [[VideoGame/{{Magicka}} a little mage running around with an obscured face who has access to powerful and destructive magic]] does ring a bell for some.

* Dance: She dances [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJxYiIfr4WM the Dougie]].
* Skins: Her recall animation for her Neon Strike skin is the same as [[Manga/OnePiece Franky's]] poses. Her hair also somewhat looks like Franky's. Her Demon skin resembles ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}, sans the sawed-off horns.

* Dance: Does the Melbourne Shuffle, a rave dance that originated in Australia.

* 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.
* Abilities: 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.

* 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 video.
* His classic look bears a bit of a resemblance to [[KillerInstinct Sabrewulf]].

* Ultimate: 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 are both memes, coming from the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRuNxHqwazs Power Thirst commercial]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_ekugPKqFw an infamous LARP session]].

!!!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}}''.

* Skins: His Pentakill skin is an obvious reference to [[Music/GunsNRoses Slash]].
* 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 alter will say "[[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail Bring out your dead! Bring out your dead!]]"

* Skins: PROJECT: Yasuo is pretty much a combination of [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Gray Fox]], [[VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance Raiden and Sam]].
* Yasuo's running animation is a pretty clear homage to [[VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance Jetstream Sam's]] running animation. His Steel Tempest also greatly resembles Sam's signature [[ImpossiblyCoolWeapon gun-sheath]] move.
* The ability names from Yasuo's moveset sound like they may have been copied from [[{{VideoGame/Touhou}} Youmu Konpaku]].

* 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}}.

* Bears a lot of resemblance to PowerRangers Lord Zedd, with a little bit of [[Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles TMNT's]] Shredder thrown in.
** A brutal, black-themed ninja who uses his shadow to fight? Another [[Franchise/MortalKombat famous game franchise]] has someone like that. His joke even outright quotes the famous fight-ending phrase of said franchise.
* His Shockblade skin looks similar to [[Franchise/GIJoe Storm Shadow]].

* Dance: From the viral video [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVuIBpJ6B4E Midget Superstar]].

* Skins: Shurima Desert Zilean looks a bit like [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCDIGames Gwonam]].

* 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:
** The Blue Team shopkeeper:
*** [[Film/ThreeHundred "THIS! IS! FRELJOOOORD!"]]
*** [[Series/TheIncredibleHulk "You're makin' me angry! You won't like me when I'm angry!"]]
** The Purple Team shopkeeper:
*** [[Film/ThePrincessBride "Have fun storming the bridge!"]]
*** [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI "It's dangerous to go alone...take this!"]]
* 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 [[UltimaOnline Khaldun]].

* The icon for Mastermind in the support mastery tree is a reference to the box art from ''VideoGame/DeusEx''.

* Youmuu's Ghostblade is one letter off from Youmu from ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'', who also wields a ghostly sword. It is a katana with sakura petals flying around it.
* Wriggle's Lantern shares a name with a firefly in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''. The official statement is that it was named after an adjucator called Wriggle, but behind the scenes we know that (former) employee Shurelia is a big ''Touhou'' fan.
* 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 ''Zelda'' series.
* The Brutalizer item costs exactly 1337 gold in total.
* 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.
** Its 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.
* 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.
* 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/DotAAllstars'' 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 "Praise the Sun", a common saying in player messages in the ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' series.

* 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 [[DragonBallZ 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!"