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.
  • 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.

Akali

  • Dance: Single Ladies by Beyoncé.
  • Skins: Her classic skin strongly resembles Jade from Mortal Kombat, Stinger Akali resembles The Bride from Kill Bill, and Headhunter Akali comes from the Headhunter skin line, which is a general reference to Predator.

Alistar

Amumu

Annie

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, and Marauder Ashe looks like she's wearing Daedric armor right out of Skyrim.

Aurelion Sol

Azir

  • 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 Kanye West's "No Church in the Wild.
  • In general, Azir seems to have taken inspiration from Paul Muad'Dib and his son Leto II from Dune. 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.

Bard

  • Just from their appearances, he and his Meeps look like a Studio Ghibli character.

Blitzcrank

  • Dance: The Macarena.
  • Quotes: "Exterminate! Exterminate!"
  • 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.
    • Battle Boss Blitzcrank is based off of generic video game enemies/bosses, but has vague visual similarities to Infinity Mijinion and Dark Mechawful.
      • His recall has him pulling out and blowing into what appears to be an NES cartridge.

Brand

  • Dance: Zombie Brand's dance is directly based off of Michael Jackson's Thriller dance.
  • Quotes:
    • "Some say the world will end in fire," which references the Robert Frost 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 LMFAO song "Party Rock Anthem," which in turn is a reference to Rick Ross' "Every day I'm hustlin'."
      • "Not easy being green... and dead."
  • Skins:
    • Apocalyptic Brand looks like he just stumbled out of the Fallout world.
    • 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.
  • 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

Camille

Cho'Gath

Corki

Darius

  • Quotes:
  • Dunkmaster Darius' shoes appear to be Noxus Air, most likely referencing Nike's Air Jordan shoes.

Diana

Dr. Mundo

Draven

  • Quotes:
    • Gladiator Draven has 3 unique quotes in the Italian client referencing 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 Metal Gear series.
    • It could also be seen as a reference to Spike's "bang" as he dies in Cowboy Bebop.
  • Primetime Draven, which is a reference to sports/e-sports shoutcasters in general, has him directly reference EU LCS host Eefje 'Sjokz' Depoortere.

Ekko

Elise

  • Quotes: "Ah, the tangled webs we weave..." is a reference to the Walter Scott poem Marmion.
  • Skins: In her Blood Moon skin, her spider form bears a resemblance to Ariados.

Evelynn

Ezreal

Fiora

Fiddlesticks

Gangplank

  • 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 Captain Price to mind.

Garen

  • 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.
  • 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:

Graves

Hecarim

Heimerdinger

Irelia

  • 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.
  • She's named after one of the lead developer's usernames, who herself gets her name from Shurelia of Ar tonelico.

Ivern

Janna

Jarvan IV

  • Quotes:
    • "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."
    • "For my father, the king" is a direct reference to Prince Arthas from Warcraft III.
  • Skins:

Jax

  • Skins:
  • 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

  • Dance: Does the famous MC Hammer slide. Yes, it's hammer time.
  • Skins:
    • With his Full Metal skin, he could either pass as Iron Man or 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 Sith, and was even released on May the Fourth.

Jhin

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.
  • 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 

Kalista

Karthus

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.

Kled

Kog'Maw

  • Dance: Does the kicking dance done by the frog from the animated classic One Froggy Evening. Hello my baby, hello my honey, hello my ragtime gaaa1..."

LeBlanc

Lee Sin

  • Dance: Taken from a scene from the film Shaolin Soccer.
  • Skins: His Muay Thai skin just screams Sagat, right down to Resonating Strike becoming a flying knee attack.
  • 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.

Leona

Lissandra

  • Quotes: "Plans within plans."
  • Skins:
    • 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 backstory is equal parts Queen Jadis and Nyarlathotep.

Lucian

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

Lulu

  • Quotes: "Yep, that tasted purple!" is most likely a reference to Fry from Futurama's line "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 "Hey! Listen!"

Lux

     Champions M-Z 

Malphite

Malzahar

  • Dance: Does the famous MC Hammer shuffle.
  • His backstory is reminiscent of Abdul Alhazred from the Cthulhu Mythos.

Maokai

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

Master Yi

  • Skins:
    • His Chosen skin makes him a 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 Predator.
  • Dance:
    • Before his visual update, it was based on a brief segment of the dance at the end of Napoleon Dynamite. 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.

Miss Fortune

  • Quotes:
    • Several of her quotes are references to 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 Dory's "Just keep swimming" from Finding Nemo. This doubles as an Actor Allusion, as both Miss Fortune and Dory share the same voice actress, Maíra Góes.
  • Skins:
  • Her Bullet Time ability is a direct reference to the term coined and codified by The Matrix.

Mordekaiser

Nami

  • Typing "hat" in the store search bar will bring up the Boots of Speed, a reference to The Little Mermaid.

Nautilus

Nocturne

  • Quotes:
    • Vanilla Nocturne's "Embrace the darkness," "Cross over," "Cut them from this world!" and "Suffer Eternally!" are references to the Shrike from the Hyperion Cantos.
      • 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 the Sovereign from Mass Effect. "Fate cannot be averted" and "We are one" also bring to mind the Harbinger from the same series.
  • Skins: His Ravager skin has more than a passing resemblance to Carnage.
  • In general, Nocturne seems to be heavily inspired by the Shrike from the Hyperion Cantos and the Sovereign from Mass Effect.

Nunu

Olaf

Orianna

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. 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..."

Poppy

Quinn

Rammus

Rek'Sai

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

Rengar

  • Skins: He's basically a walking homage to Predator. His Headhunter skin makes this more apparent.
  • Dance: His dance is the Haka. 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 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.

Sejuani

Shaco

Shen

Shyvana

  • Dance: Does the same dance as Japanese idol group AKB48 in the music video for their song RIVER.

Singed

Sion (New)

Sivir

  • Skins:
    • Warrior Princess skin is Xena.
    • Spectacular skin is Wonder Woman
    • Her PAX skin takes inspiration from TRON,
    • Her Huntress skin resembles Zhu Rong, which turns her weapon into a boomerang (her preferred weapon until 6).

Skarner

Sona

  • Dance: DJ Sona's dance is the legendary and memetic Caramelldansen!
  • Quotes: Vanilla Sona's taunt "line" has her play the "Finish him!" theme from Mortal Kombat.
  • Skins:
    • It's generally accepted that her standard skin was inspired by Hatsune Miku.
    • 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.
    • DJ Sona has a few references:
      • Her helmet resembles that of Daft Punk.
      • The cube appearing on her console while in Concussive mode is a reference to the Button Beats Dubstep Cube.
      • Her joke may be a reference to the Flipping Tables meme.
      • Using Crescendo for the first time while in Kinetic mode plays a fragment of the theme from Franchise/{{Metroid.}}

Soraka

Swain

  • Quotes: In the Polish client, 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.
  • Skins: His form while using his ultimate is awfully reminiscent of a Lord of Change. His Tyrant skin makes this even more obvious.
  • One of his abilities is calledNevermove, a pun on Nevermore that was only supposed to be used during development but ended up sticking.

Syndra

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

Taliyah

Talon

Taric

Teemo

Tristana

  • Skins:

Trundle

Twisted Fate

  • Dance: The dance from PSY's Gangnam Style.
  • His general aesthetic resembles that of Gambit, from his playing card weapons to his general speech.

Twitch

  • 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 broadcasting/livestreaming website of the same name.
    • He hums the Underground theme from Super Mario Bros. while using Ambush.
  • Skins: Pickpocket Twitch heavily resembles Sly Cooper.

Tryndamere

  • Dance: Before his visual update, a segment from "Bye Bye Bye" by *NSYNC.
  • Skins:

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

  • A bit of a subtle one: Varus is an archer who appears to have a deformity of the knee...
  • His archetype of an archer slowly succumbing to corruption was directly inspired by Ashitaka from Princess Mononoke, as well as some of his animations.

Vayne

  • 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!

Veigar

Vi

Viktor

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

Vladimir

Volibear

Warwick

Wukong

  • Skins:
  • Wukong's entire design in general is directly inspired by Sun Wukong of Journey to the West, with his aesthetics all being directly inspired by elements of the character.
    • Many of his strikes use his variable-length Simple Staff.
    • 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, 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).

Xerath

Xin Zhao

Yasuo

Yorick

Zac

Zed

  • Skins:
    • Bears a lot of resemblance to Power Rangers Lord Zedd, with a little bit of TMNT's 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.

Ziggs

Zilean

Zyra

  • The flavor text of a Zyra's Deadly Spines-affected Thorn Splitter reads "They shoot little 'friendliness pellets' at her enemies."

    Other 

NPCs

Masteries

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

Items

  • 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 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 Youmu from Touhou, who also wields a ghostly sword. It is a katana with sakura petals flying around it.
  • 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.
  • 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 Defense of the Ancients: All-Stars 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.
  • Wriggle's Lantern shares a name with a firefly in 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 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.
  • 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 TotalBiscuit.
    • Tim Buckley, author of Ctrl+Alt+Del, 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.
    • Let's Player 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 Touhou character. When it was eventually removed, it was immortalized as Dragon Trainer Tristana's pet dragon named, this time spelled "Riggle."

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!"

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