Trivia: League of Legends

  • In development of Maokai, the model for his Sapling Toss was not completed before testing him out and was instead represented by miniature versions of the current champions' models walking around and blowing up on enemies.
  • Lucian's ultimate mechanics were inspired by Space Invaders.
  • Champion-created terrain is coded as placing untargetable minions reskinned for the purpose of the relevant ability.
  • The voice-work for the skin Brolaf was done by Riot Games' lawyer, whose screen name is Lomar. Now that was A Rare Sentence.
  • Elise's VFX artist is scared of spiders. The animation director over the project of Elise was enough of an arachnophobe that he avoided looking over the spider model altogether and just said it was fine.
  • A canceled item that served as an anti-durability damage item was called... Tankbusta.
  • The champion Veigar was named after the first name of a QA analyst for Riot Games. Inverse to the champion, he is very tall, to the point their official website jokes about it
    • Maokai was named after one of their artists.
    • Ryze, the champion, was named after Ryze, the screen-name of Riot Games' CEO Brandon Beck.
    • Tryndamere's name started out as the screen-name of Marc Merrill, Riot Games' president and chief marketing officer.
    • Ezreal was named after the screen-name of one of Riot's game designers, Colt Hallam.
    • Volibear was named after the Rioter Volibar, who led a faction on the forums fighting for the inclusion of an armored bear.
    • Zilean, who dislikes Volibear in game, was named after designer Zileas, who lead the anti armored bear faction.
    • Udyr also shares his name with a Riot employee.
      • It also means "beast" in Norwegian.
  • Gragas's name comes from Old Norse "grágás", "Grey Goose", which is a French vodka.
  • On ARAM matches or matches played on the Howling Abyss, you can search for the item Guardian's Horn using the term "Golden Bicep of Kobe," referencing a showmatch $10000 ARAM played between two teams of retired pros led by HotShotGG and SaintVicious. During the match, a commentator, Kobe, didn't actually recognize the item and mistook it for a "golden bicep," leading to much ribbing.

  • Actor Allusion: Lucian fights creatures that thrive on doubt and feast on fear, which were also the tools of a Warchief.
  • Banned in China: Similar to the issue with the Forsaken in World of Warcraft, Karthus was redesigned from a skull-faced lich to a withered, shadow-wrapped figure for the Chinese art, due to taboos about representations of skeletons in media. The only skins that keep their skull-faced appearances are his Grim Reaper skin (likely because it represents the more abstract personification of death) and his Pentakill skin (for reasons unknown).
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Contrary to Memetic Mutation, Garen does not shout "DEMACIA!" when using Judgement (his signature Spin Attack). That's a separate skill, Courage, but because Courage is usually used in combo with Judgement, it comes across as the most widely known case.
  • Big Name Fan: The entire band Imagine Dragons are huge fans of League of Legends, even admitting to be late for some performances because they were playing a game. They jumped at the chance to perform Warriors live at the Season 4 World Championship.
  • Defictionalization: Ever want to hear Pentakill's music? Now you can with their new album, Smite and Ignite, released on June 3rd, 2014.
  • Development Hell: For Lee Sin, the "Blind Monk" was a very early champion concept (you can see him in early trailers for the game), but the character was canceled due to his design not being seen fantastic enough. There were rumors of him being put back into development floating around for a good long while, especially after champion designs became less fantastic. In late March 2011 he was announced once more, with a new model, skillset, and name.
  • Dueling Games: With others in the MOBA genre: Demigod, Heroes of Newerth, and, of course, Defense Of The Ancients. Heroes of Newerth at one point was by far the biggest rival; Dota 2 has since become the main competitor with League of Legends.
    • It is worth noting that the lead developers of both Dota 2 and League of Legends were the lead developers of Defense Of The Ancients. Guinsoo, the first lead developer, was hired by Riot Games; Ice Frog, a later developer who took the game after Guinsoo resigned, was hired by Valve.
    • A few days before Wukong's first preview blurb, competing game Heroes of Newerth announced its new champion: the Monkey King. Technically HoN created concept art first, but didn't do anything with it until rumours about a Monkey King in LoL surfaced. Needless to say, accusations of copying were flung from both ends despite the character clearly being a reference to Sun Wukong from Journey to the West.
  • Fan Nickname: Numerous.
    • To begin with, we have Riot Games itself being known as "Rito Gems".
    • All champions with more than 5 symbols in their names have shorter nicknames for typing. Usually just first letters of the name, but any short name that clearly identifies the champion in question will do. Veigar is sometimes called Vivi, Gangplank is Pirate, and Alistar is Cow.
    • Acronym nicknames are also common in order to shorten some character names for ease in writing on forums or chats. Gangplank is 'GP', Miss Fortune is 'MF', Jarvan IV is 'J4', LeBlanc is 'LB'. Master Yi seems to be an exception because he can simply be called 'Yi'. LAN also has Kha'Zix being known as 'K6' due to the "Kha" being pronounced in Spanish as the letter K.
    • Items also have their acronyms, such as BotRK (Blade of the Ruined King), IE (Infinity Edge), PD (Phantom Dancer) and DFG (Deathfire Grasp).
    • Items in LAN are often known by their NA names, due largely to the early days of LOL when Mexicans had to play in NA. This makes it rather hard for a LAN native to receive advice from a NA immigrant as they tell him to start building an ADC with IEPD instead of "Filo del Infinito" and "Bailarín Espectral".
    • Some items also have their nicknames. Youmuu's Ghostblade is the "Roukanken" among Touhou Project fans, and Rylai's Crystal Scepter is "Crystal Maiden's Scepter" due to the Defense Of The Ancients reference.
    • Luden's Echo is also known as "AP Statikk" due to having the same passive ability as the Statikk Shiv.
    • Certain champs get their perceived overpoweredness reflected with a spin on their name. For example, Win Nao the Senechal of Demacia, Master GG, Free Win the Blind Monk, Gankplank, Feed-lesticks and Pentarina.
    • Easy champions like Garen, Tristana or Master Yi have nicknames that reflect their simple usage, in this case "Spin 2 Win", "Tristana the Right Click Gunner" and "Master Right Click".
    • The same happens when a champion gets hit too hard by balancing adjustments. This is how Kassadin became "Nerfadin".
    • Pool Party Lee Sin has been jokingly called "Hipster Dad Lee Sin".
    • Second accounts are called "smurfs" (more or less officially, as Pendragon himself has one and calls it a smurf too).
      • This one extends outside of LoL.
    • The new Proving Grounds map has been affectionately nicknamed 'Murderbridge', due to the fact that its a bridge upon which lots of killing happens. Of course, it is also actually what the file for the map is called.
    • The Rated M for Manly champions Pantheon and Jarvan IV are affectionately nicknamed Mantheon and Jarman respectively.
    • With the unveiling of Jayce's initial backstory, Viktor's jarringly out-of-character actions therein have earned him the moniker "Viktim".
    • Malzahar's Malefic Visions attack, due to the fact it spreads like a virus after killing the original target and because of the general spacey theme of the Void, it is often called "Space AIDS".
    • Most people know you're referring to Master Yi with the name "Samurai Fisher" due to his goggles having the similar glow effect.
      • Due to this "pro as heck guide to master yi", Master Yi is commonly nicknamed Dunkmaster Yi. Jarvan IV, Darius, Vi, and Jayce have also had the title Dunkmaster bestowed upon them by the fanbase as the animations for having abilities resemble a one-handed or two-handed dunk . In fact, it's become an Ascended Meme, with Vi's Assault and Battery Ultimate shouting on occassion "Get Dunked!" and now further with the Dunkmaster Darius skin.
    • Vladimir's Sanguine Pool is an ability frequently used as an escape. Due to its ability to make Vladimir untargetable to things that are not already homing in on him while also speeding him, it gained infamy for its ability to completely save Vladimir at the last second or let Vladimir not help allies in need despite appearing to and was dubbed "Trollpool".
      • Fizz's Playful/Trickster abilities makes Sanguine Pool looks like it needs supplements when directly comparing escape abilities. Playful immediately makes Fizz hop on top of his trident to be invulnerable and untargetable to anything up to a very short duration and lets him cast Trickster which then has him jump away onto a nearby location - such as over walls. And place your allies back into impending doom, naturally. Needless to say, it did not take long for it to be known as the "Trollpole".
    • Kayle has been referred to as Samus, due to her similar design, initial Viewer Gender Confusion, similar Knight Templar attitude, and the fact that a limited edition skin exists that does nothing but take her helmet off.
    • Even during season 3 when Riot switched to a "3.x" naming convention for their updates, it still is common for patches to be named after the champion they introduce (Thresh patch, Lucian patch, Yasuo patch, etc.). The big exception, of course, was patch 4.20.
    • Aatrox and (formerly) Thresh are often known as "Anthrax" and "Trash," respectively, among Dominion players due to them occupying the bottom-most tier within the Dominion metagame. Thresh has since been buffed and sits in the middle of most top-lane tier lists and fairly high on bot-lane tier lists.
      • Aatrox is also referred to as "Anthrax" on regular Summoner's Rift for the opposite reason: He's considered incredibly overpowered and annoying.
    • Garen is often referred as 'Bushren', since one of his 'common' tactic is to hide in the bush and then strike at any poor schmuck that dared approach his bush.
    • Mordekaiser is also associated with nicknames like 'Mordhuekaiser' or 'Huekaiser' or any variations that inserts 'hue' on his name thanks to the Brazillian-related meme of "Mordekaiser es #1. HUEHUEHUEHUEHUEHUEHUE"
    • Sometimes, Teemo is referred as Satan or Shitrat. The latter is particularly hilarious when you remember that Twitch is a champion.
      • Twitch, however, is often given the moniker of Sneakrat.
    • "Helmet Bro": The nameless knight dude who is usually a victim of a champion's badassery in either their promo or splash art.
    • DJ Sona's prominent butt awarded her in LAN the nickname "DJ Culona" (DJ Big Ass).
    • Frostblade Irelia, for the same reason as DJ Sona, is also known as "Frostbutt Irelia".
    • A Yordle support? Suppordle. It started off as Lulu's codename by the developers (before name and story had been finalized) which quickly spread to fan use when she was released.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!!: A list of voice actors is being compiled. Of note:
  • The Mexican Spanish version has a top-notch voice cast:
  • Given how popular "League of Legends" is in Brazil, they managed to bring a superstar cast:
  • One of Us: If this Rammus Taunts Everyone video is any indication, Adam Harrington (Mordekaiser, Ryze, Shaco, Kassadin) may be one, as he is aware of the memes of League and even voiced Mordekaiser there while saying "Huehuehuehue". Yes, we're not kidding, the REAL Mordekaiser saying "Huehuehuehue". Aside of that, he's VERY active in the youtube community of LOL.
    • Same goes to his buddy Erik Braa (Jax, Draven, Vel'Koz)
  • Reality Subtext: The champion Tryndamere is also the username of the president of Riot, Marc Merrill. His wife's name is Ashley. The champion Tryndamere has a political marriage to Ashe. But actually this is averted - the creative design team simply had the two champions marry since the champions both hail from the same region, and they were not aware Ashe was named after Marc Merrill's wife.
  • Teasing Creator: Riot gets all over this on April Fool's Day. They released Lee Sin, the Blind Monk AND an Urf the Manatee Corki Skin at once. Not ONLY that, but in the following Journal of Justice, there were two articles that talk about both. One mentions how Urf could be revived, and the other was a talk with Lee Sin. Not too bad, but the name of the article about Lee Sin? Trolling with a Monk ( Trolling is a type of fishing, which Lee Sin was doing in the article).
    • Riot then released this "spotlight". Game Breaking... no, Game DESTROYING power, a "blurry" screen debuff, and the ability to kill members of your own team who defect to the other side. They released an actual spotlight video shortly after.
    • Their 2012 prank (a really bad 3D mode) was obvious (made even more so by the Urf cameo at the end), but nonetheless hilarious. Incidentally, they've actually named April Fool's Day "Urf Day."
  • What Could Have Been:
  • Why Fandom Can't Have Nice Things:
    • When Riot gave people a boost to get a Corki skin and reduced it in price...the people who missed it screamed so loudly they've since been very careful about that.
    • The developers don't often post in the forums because the average post is usually about as negative as the temperature in Antarctica.
    • Recently, a code to get a free skin for Caitlyn as well as the champion if you didn't already have her was put in the November issue of PC Gamer. A lot of people are reporting that people are going into stores and copying down codes printed in the magazine so they didn't have to pay for them. Several people have predicted that they won't be doing this anymore, even though PC Gamer is combating this by having people email or call in with a proof of purchase to get another code.
    • More recently, when Annie's visual update was ready to be patched in, Riot announced that they'd release the Goth Annie skin for a limited time for players to buy who didn't purchase the Champion bundle it's normally exclusive to. This resulted in a massive outcry from players who valued the exclusivity of the skin, causing Riot to promptly retract the offer. Riot is now considering alternatives to such offers, but those who were looking forward to buying Goth Annie are going to have to keep waiting to complete their collections.
    • Due to rampant racism, sexism and homophobia giving the community a bad name, Riot have been left with little choice but to try and test a system that will crack down on player behaviour that it deems inappropriate; due to the automated system there is a chance that some fairly innocent players will be punished for more minor offences.