Shout Out / League of Legends

League of Legends has so many Shout Outs to other works, that they had to be split off onto one page. Enjoy the links.

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     Champions A-L 



  • Dance: Befitting the Korean origins of her inspiration, her dance is Run Devil Run by Korean pop group Girls' Generation. A side by side 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 Fox McCloud, and in its splash she's in a Super Mario Bros. 1-style setting and is Goomba Stomping a minion.



  • Skins: Matador Alistar is a reference to The Story of Ferdinand, which is about a bull who'd rather smell flowers than fight in a bullfighting show.




  • Skins: Sherwood Ashe gets her name and primary colors from Robin Hood.
  • Woad Ashe looks like Guinevere in the 2004 film of King Arthur.
  • Marauder Ashe looks like she's wearing Daedric armor right out of Skyrim.


  • Just from his appearance, he looks like a Studio Ghibli character.


  • Skins: iBlitzcrank's design is much like the Apple Macintosh, 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 "Exterminate! Exterminate!"


  • Skins: Apocalyptic Brand looks like he just stumbled out of the Fallout world.
  • Brand's origin seems to have been born out of 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 Flaming Sword.
  • On death, Zombie Brand ends up re-buried, but his hand sticks up out of the ground, much like the hand in Left 4 Dead.


  • For one of his lines, Braum refers to his shield as a "smashing board", in reference to this Dorkly short.





  • His death animation is incredibly similar to a motion Ocelot does a lot throughout the Metal Gear series.
    • It could also be seen as a reference to Spike's "bang" as he dies in Cowboy Bebop.


  • Some have likened Ekko to either Shulk or Crono.
  • Skins: His Classic appearance bears more than a little resemblance to 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 Transistor.
    • His Sandstorm skin is a reference to 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 Reset Button ultimate is very much taken from the ultimates of Weaver and Chronos.


  • Skins: In her Blood Moon skin, her spider form bears a resemblance to Ariados.




  • Dance: Fiora does her best impression of Fred Astaire dancing to Puttin' on the Ritz.




  • Skins: His old 'Sanguine' skin was explicitly made to evoke a Blood Angel Space Marine from Warhammer 40,000, his Commando skin evokes the Imperial Guard, and his Dreadknight skin is a few letters and a space away from being a Death Knight.
    • Steel Legion Garen is explicitly a Space Marine. Sadly, there is no chainsword.
      • Though his sword does resemble a Storm Glaive from Warmachine's Space Marine equivalents the Stormblades.
      • That's because Steel Legion Garen is based off of the Grey Knights, who don't use chainswords. They use Nemesis Force Swords instead.
    • His Rugged skin resembles 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 *NSYNC. His new dance encourages you to do The Monkey with him.


  • Abilities: His passive is called "True Grit."
  • Being a cowboy with the first name Malcolm could be a reference to Malcolm Reynolds from Firefly.




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


Jarvan IV

  • Quotes: One of his lines "Today is a good day to die!" could be one to Star Trek, 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 Warcraft III. As one of the developers worked on Defense of the Ancients: All-Stars, a Warcraft III custom map, this was quite certainly intentional.
  • Skins: The long-awaited Warring Kingdoms skin makes him look like Lu Bu. His Commando skin is based on a Imperial Guard Commissar from Warhammer 40,000.


  • Skins: His hockey-themed skin is called The Mighty Jax. PAX Jax, which was released for the Penny Arcade Expo, appropriately wields a cardboard tube and has a Pac-Man 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.




  • Her backstory and character design are equal parts Joker and Harley Quinn.
  • She's basically the love child of the Joker and Tank Girl.
  • Her dance is Jake showing the dancing bug "how to shake it" from Adventure Time.
  • Quotes: Taunt: "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 Dante, huh, Jinx?note 


  • Her backstory and M.O sound almost exactly like Ai Enma. Some of her details (avatar of vengeance who needs to be bound to a wronged host) are also very reminiscent of the Spectre.


  • Skins: Phantom Karthus wears a mask like The Phantom of the Opera, and Pentakill Karthus strongly resembles Gene Simmons from KISS, as well as King Diamond to a lesser degree.
    • Phantom Karthus VU is based on 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: Tenacious D, Brütal Legend, Ronnie James Dio, Manowar, Alice Cooper, Metalocalypse, and Spinal Tap.


  • Skins: His Harbinger skin is somewhat reminiscent of Emplate.





  • Skins: He's heavily based off of a Xenomorph, while his ability to assume the most desirable characteristics of the prey he devours is right out of the Kroot and Tyranid playbooks.


  • Dance: Does the kicking dance done by the frog from the animated classic One Froggy Evening.


Lee Sin

  • Skins: His Muay Thai skin just screams Sagat, right down to Resonating Strike becoming a flying knee attack.
  • Dance: Taken from a scene from the film Shaolin Soccer.
  • His selection quote ("Your will, my hands") was originally spoken by Oenomaus in Spartacus: Blood and Sand.
  • An entry in the Journal of Justice featuring him had a shout out to The Last Leaf
  • His act of setting himself ablaze in protest of the Noxus invasion of Ionia is a reference to the Vietnamese monk Thich Quang Duc.


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


  • Her backstory is equal parts Queen Jadis and Nyarlathotep.
  • Her appearance also brings to mind the Nova from 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 Iron Kingdoms: Both are ice witches (with similar color schemes to boot), hail from the Grim Up North, swore loyalty to their respective Eldritch Abomination masters, and finally betrayed and corrupted their kin to spread the influence of their respective masters.
  • Her quote "Plans within plans" is taken from 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 Dungeons & Dragons setting Planescape; her appearance is also similar to the Ezrohir from Torchlight II, specifically their Artificer unit; and might be named after Sarah Kerrigan's title, Queen of Blades.


  • His recall animation has him strike a Gun Kata pose straight from Equilibrium.
  • His dance has him rapidly spinning his guns in circles and then throwing one into the air and catching it, much like Revolver Ocelot.
  • His joke creates an evilly-grinning smiley face, which looks nearly exactly like The Guy's
  • Skins: Hired Gun Lucian looks like a mixture of Blade and Raven.
  • Quotes: "Death at the door? Hmph, no. 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 "Hey! Listen!"


     Champions M-Z 



Master Yi

  • Skins: His Chosen skin is pretty much a 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 Predator.
  • Dance: A brief segment of the dance at the end of Napoleon Dynamite 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 Pikmin.

Miss Fortune




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



  • Skins: His Ravager skin has more than a passing resemblance to Carnage.




  • Skins: Her Bladecraft Orianna skin bares resemblance to Pris, the replicant from Blade Runner. It also resembles Mathilda from Anarchy Reigns, who appears to have a fully mechanical torso. It also bears a strong resemblance to R. Dorothy Wayneright from The Big O.
  • Quotes: One of her joke lines is a reference to Aigis from Persona 3.


  • Skins: Ruthless Pantheon looks a lot like He-Man.
  • Quotes: He's obviously a walking reference to 300, 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 "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 , Pantheon has this gem: "MY PROFESSION!? You know, now that I think of it, I've always wanted to be a baker..."





  • Skins: He's basically a walking homage to 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 Guild Wars, as they also use the Haka as their dance animation in Guild Wars 2. 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: The name of his "Rumble in the Jungle" skin references 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 Super Robot shows, though primarily Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. Several of the quotes reference it, and Rumble's shades greatly resemble Kamina's.


  • Dance: Looks suspiciously like the one done by I. M. Meen.





  • Skins: Darkflame Shyvana's dragon form bares a resemblance to Alduin. Ice Drake Shyvana's bares one to Kyurem.
  • Dance: Does the same dance as Japanese idol group AKB48 in the music video for their song RIVER.



Sion (Old)

Sion (New)


  • Skins: Her Warrior Princess skin is Xena, her Spectacular skin is Wonder Woman, her PAX skin is based on TRON, and her Huntress skin resembles 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 Dance Dance Revolution screen, with a flow of arrows pointing in different directions.
  • It's generally accepted that her standard skin was inspired by Hatsune Miku.
  • DJ Sona, the ultimate skin has a new dance animation - the legendary and memetic Caramelldansen!



  • Skins: His form while using his ultimate is awfully reminiscent of a Lord of Change. His Tyrant skin makes this even more obvious.
  • Abilities: One of them is called Nevermove, a pun on Nevermore that was only supposed to be used during development but ended up sticking.


  • Dance: Dances to the song Hoot by Korean pop group Girls Generation.
  • Her hat looks fairly similar to the one worn by Midna.


  • Skins: His Dragonblade skin greatly resembles Hiryu, and his Crimson Elite skin resembles a certain Judge.
  • Dance: Michael Jackson's famous Billie Jean dance, complete with moonwalk and crotch-grab.



  • Skins: His Badger skin has to be a reference to the Badger Song, especially given his associate with mushrooms.
  • His Superhero skin is pretty much Superman's costume with a T instead of an S.
  • Dance: Another Badger Song reference.


  • Skins: Her character is based off of Tank Girl, with her Riot Girl skin as a further reference.
  • Dragon Trainer Tristana is a clear reference to How to Train Your Dragon.


  • Skins: Post-rework, Junkyard Trundle looks fairly Mad Max-esque.
  • Quotes: "Don't hate the player, hate the club that's smashing your face!"invoked

Twisted Fate




  • Skins: Spirit Guard Udyr bears a striking resemblance to 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: Her Vindicator, Aristocratic, and Dragonslayer skins skins are likely references to Devil May Cry, Bayonetta, and the classic Dragoon-class from Final Fantasy, respectively.
  • Dance: Appears to look a little like the poses the Ginyu Force pulls off, though it might also be a Gunkata.
  • Her character and background draws heavy inspiration from Batman. She even has bats flying around her when activating her ultimate!



  • Dance: She dances the Dougie.
  • Skins: Her recall animation for her Neon Strike skin is the same as Franky's poses. Her hair also somewhat looks like Franky's. Her Demon skin resembles 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 Dracula, Lestat de Lioncourt, Graf Orlock, and Spike, respectively.
  • Abilities: One of his skills, Tides of Blood, may be a reference to an old MOBA-style War Craft III custom map of the same name. Said map had a "Blood Mage" hero who had more-or-less the same gimmick as Vladimir.



  • Dance: Does the "zombie dance" from Michael Jackson's Thriller video.
  • His classic look bears a bit of a resemblance to 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).


Xin Zhao



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



  • Bears a lot of resemblance to Power Rangers Lord Zedd, with a little bit of TMNT's Shredder thrown in.
    • A brutal, black-themed ninja who uses his shadow to fight? Another 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 Storm Shadow.



  • Skins: Shurima Desert Zilean looks a bit like Gwonam.




  • The icon for Mastermind in the support mastery tree is a reference to the box art from Deus Ex.


  • Youmuu's Ghostblade is one letter off from Youmu from 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 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 Defense of the Ancients: All-Stars. The item icon is almost identical to the one for Rylai's Brilliance Aura ability.
  • The Manamune is highly reminiscent of the 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 Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny.
  • Atma's Impaler references the "Atma Weapon" mistranslation of Final Fantasy VI. 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 Dot A Allstars 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 Easter Egg 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 Polymorphing, 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 Dark Souls 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 Over 9000. The queue is now more exact (Over 20,000), but lost the reference.
  • The in-game chat displays kill streaks using Unreal Tournament lines, such as "Killing Spree!" "Dominating!" and "Godlike!"