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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 

Aatrox

Ahri

  • 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.

Akali

Alistar

  • 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.

Amumu

Annie

  • Skins: Pretty obvious. You've got Red Ridding Annie, Annie in Wonderland, and FrankenTibbers Annie.
  • Her last name? Hastur.
  • That her ultimate summons a huge bear on fire and her father being a warlock brings into mind the Warlock hero from Dota2, who is, well, a warlock, and summons a fiery demon for his ultimate. Maybe they have actual family relations?

Ashe

  • Skins: Sherwood Ashe gets her name and primary colors from Robin Hood. Woad Ashe looks like Guinevere in the 2004 film of King Arthur.

Blitzcrank

  • 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, iTouch).
    • 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!"

Brand

  • 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.

Braum

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

Cho'Gath

Corki

  • Quotes: "This is 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, League of Legends.
  • Possibly a coincidence, but the fact that Sheen is a common powerful item on Corki makes this rather uncanny.

Diana

Draven

  • 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

Evelynn

Ezreal

  • Quotes: Several References to Indiana Jones, including "Noxians... I hate those guys..." and "You belong in a museum!"
  • Dance: The Hare Hare Yukai from the ending credits of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.
  • His energy bow looks a lot like the bow used by the Quincy in Bleach.
  • Riot Games's advertisement on YouTube for his Pulsefire skin is a love song to 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 Mega Man X, right down to his evolving armor resembling X receiving his Ultimate Armor upgrades.

Fiora

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

Fiddlesticks

Gangplank

Garen

  • 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.

Graves

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

Hecarim

Heimerdinger

Irelia

  • 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.

Janna

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.

Jax

  • 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.

Jayce

Jinx

  • 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 fron Dante, huh, Jinx?note 

Karthus

  • 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, Brutal Legend, Ronnie James Dio, Manowar, Alice Cooper, Metalocalypse, and Spinal Tap.

Kassadin

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

Katarina

Kayle

Kennen

Kha'Zix

  • 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.

Kog'Maw

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

LeBlanc

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

Leona

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

Lissandra

  • 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.
  • 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.

Lucian

  • 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."

Lulu

  • Abilities: Casting Help, Pix! on an enemy causes the faerie to annoyingly follow an enemy and damage them. The debuff is titled "Hey! Listen!"

Lux

     Champions M-Z 

Malzahar

Malphite

  • Malphite has a great resemblance with Tiny from the Dota2.
  • Dance: Malphite's dance resembles Capoeira called Ginga
  • Skins: His Shamrock Malphite is a clear reference to the Blarney Stone, the Obsidian Malphite skin has a resemblance to the Destroyers in Guild Wars, Marble Malphite appears similar to the zone Nagrand in World of Warcraft, and Glacial Malphite is possibly based on Ymir.

Master Yi

  • Skins: His Chosen skin is pretty much a Jedi knight, complete with blue, green, or red light saber 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.

Maokai

  • His saplings look, move, and sound quite a lot like Pikmin.

Miss Fortune

Mordekaiser

Mundo

  • Skins: His Toxic skin looks quite similar to The Incredible Hulk. Rageborn Mundo may remind one of a Fel Orc. Or the Red Hulk.
  • Quotes: Many of Corporate Mundo's quotes are references to Office Space.

Nasus

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

Nautilus

Nocturne

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

Nunu

Olaf

Orianna

  • 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.
  • Quotes: One of her joke lines is a reference to Aigis from Persona 3.

Pantheon

  • 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.

Poppy

Quinn

Rammus

Rengar

  • 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.

Riven

Rumble

  • 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 Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. Several of the quotes reference it, and Rumble's shades greatly resemble Kamina's.

Ryze

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

Sejuani

Shaco

Shen

Shyvana

  • 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.

Singed

Skarner

Sion

Sivir

  • 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).

Sona

  • 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.

Swain

  • 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.

Syndra

Talon

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

Taric

Teemo

  • 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.

Tristana

  • Skins: Her character is based off of Tank Girl, with her Riot Girl skin as a further reference.

Trundle

Twisted Fate

Twitch

Tryndamere

Udyr

  • 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.

Urgot

Varus

Vayne

  • 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, it might be a Gunkata though.
  • Her character and background draws heavy inspiration from Batman. She even has bats flying around her when activating her ultimate!

Veigar

Vi

  • 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.

Viktor

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

Vladamir

  • 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.

Volibear

Warwick

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

Xerath

Xin Zhao

Yorick

Yasuo

  • Skins: Cyber Ops 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 [[Video Game/Touhou Youmu Conpaku]].

Zac

Zed

  • 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.

Ziggs

Zilean

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

    Other 

NPC's

Masteries

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

Items

  • 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

Meta

  • 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!"
  • One example from the Journal of Justice that coincides with Getting Crap Past the Radar is Janna being caught in the middle of a scandal that's heavily implied to involve a sex tape, and trying to pass it off as boosting her magical reserves, bringing to mind the notorious "Mana transfer" in Fate/stay night.

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