Trivia / League of Legends

  • Acting for Two: League of Legends has reused voice actors doing multiple roles, mostly from their earlier days:
    • Micha Berman voices Fiddlesticks and classic Master Yi.
    • Erik Braa voices Jax, Draven, and Vel'Koz.
    • Dameon Clarke voices Kha'Zix and Singed.
    • Erin Fitzgerald voices both Sona and Janna. She also provided her voice for DJ Sona, but not Forecast Janna (whose actual voice actress is withheld).
    • J.S. Gilbert voices Dr. Mundo, Gragas, Udyr (both classic and Spirit Guard Udyr), pre-VGU Sion, and Battlecast Cho'Gath.
    • Gavin Hammon voices Pantheon, Varus, and Blood Lord Vladimir (replacing Kevin M. Connolly, the regular voiceover of Vladimir).
    • Adam Harrington voices Kassadin, Mordekaiser, Shaco, and pre-VGU Karthus and Ryze.
    • Kyle Hebert has Ezreal, Graves, and Jarvan IV.
    • Dennis Collins Johnson voices the current Heimerdinger, as well as the pre-VGU Gangplank and pre-VGU Taric.
    • Carrie Keranen voices Lux and LeBlanc.
    • Erica Lindbeck voice both Taliyah and Zoe.
    • Lisa Lindsley voices Kayle (classic and Aether Wing Kayle) and Soraka.
    • David Lodge voices pre-VGU Galio (both his classic and Gatekeeper voiceovers, now currently voiced by Josh Petersdorf), and Ivern.
    • Scott McNeil voices Hecarim, the current Sion, and Final Boss Veigar and pre-VGU Maokai.
    • Matthew Mercer voices the current Gangplank, as well as the Wolf half of Kindred.
    • Cristina Milizia voices Amumu, Annie, and Nunu.
    • Vic Mignogna voices Lee Sin and Malzahar.
    • Rebecca Schweitzer voices Morgana and pre-VGU Sivir.
    • Patrick Seitz voices Renekton, Kog'Maw, and Lucian.
    • Brian Sommer voices Tryndamere, Willump (Nunu), and pre-VGU Warwick.
    • Spike Spencer voices Wukong and Kled.
    • Karen Strassman has quite a few credits: Cassiopeia, Elise, Fiora, Shyvana, and Zyra.
    • Owen Thomas voices Twisted Fate and Viktor.
    • Patrick Warburton voices Zac and Volibear.
    • Duncan Watt voices both Blitzcrank and Rammus.
    • Travis Willingham voices both Azir and Talon.
    • Takehito Koyasu voices both Jayce and Viktor, ironically enough. The dub voice of Mwu La Flaga is also voiced by Trevor Duvall.
  • Actor Allusion:
  • All-Star Cast: The Japanese version of the game features some of the top voice actors from anime such as Rie Kugimiya, Keiji Fujiwara, Tomokazu Sugita, Ikue Otani, Takehito Koyasu, Aoi Yuuki, and many more in the list.
    • The Mexican Spanish dub is not a slouch in this department either, since it features many younger and veteran voice actors as well.
    • The Spaniard dub features a great number of Madrid based actors, both veterans, newcomers and newcomers that had become veterans; that continues to grow with each champion update and release. Alfonso Vallés is the only actor from Barcelona in the game (he voiced Gangplank's second visual update) which makes the game's VA cast even more all star.
    • The Brazilian Portuguese cast uses most of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro's top voice actors, as well as a few rising stars.
  • 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:
    • Lee Sin 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, until late March 2011 where he was announced once more, with a new model, skillset, and name.
    • Ao Shin was first announced back in 2013 and slated to be released before Lucian and Jinx. Then the design team had quite a hard time animating a serpentine figure, and he was delayed. Then the gameplay mechanics team started bashing their heads over and over again trying to design his ability kit, going as far as drafting and scrapping multiple different kits altogether. By 2015, Ao Shin had already acquired the status of the champion that will never, ever be released. The design team eventually gave up, changed his entire theme and ability kit completely, and was finally released in 2016 as Aurelion Sol.
    • Dragon Master Swain was based on a skin concept originally pitched by a fan on the forums in 2011. Despite immediate positive reception, including from several Rioters who claimed it was being worked on, it quietly experienced a Troubled Production cycle, having been canceled twice by 2017. It wasn't until Swain had his full visual/gameplay update in early 2018 where the skin finally saw fruition.
  • Dueling Games: With others in the MOBA genre: Demigod, Heroes of Newerth, and, of course, Defense of the Ancients: All-Stars. 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: All-Stars. Guinsoo, the first lead developer, was hired by Riot Games; IceFrog, 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.
  • Old Shame:
    • The "Dark Horses", strategies advertised by Riot to use champions in unusual ways, appears to be this for Riot, as they gave up on the concept after making only 6 and now no longer talk about it anymore aside from as a source of Self-Deprecating Humor during April Fool's of 2016. The first one, Support Brand, was the only success, as Brand's high internal damage and single-target stun allows him to function as a poke support in a similar style to Lux and Zyra. Their next go, Jungle Irelia, was a complete flop that drew mockery from the fanbase, as Irelia clears the jungle very slowly and requires too much gold to function from it unless she happens to get off a few successful ganks early on. They tried to play it safe with their next 4 examples, but solo-lane Jarvan, top-lane Urgot, support Nautilus, and jungle Gragas were already things that were being done with regularity, earning Riot further mockery.
    • Chroma Packs were Riot's attempt at satisfying fan requests for a cheaper alternative to skins. While the concept of selling cheaper Palette Swaps in comparison to more expensive models/particles of newer skins was accepted all around, there were a few major problems that prevented them from taking off: They could only be bought in packs of 3, were only be purchasable through money/RP instead of IP (and usually reaching the prices of a typical skin) and most of them were made for the more expensive skins they were supposed to substitute, rendering the entire concept pointless. Eventually, they stopped producing more after failing to reach expected sales, but after some internal tweaking, they restarted producing chromas with higher quality and in larger abundances, which have since been much more well-received by fans.
  • 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)
  • The Other Darrin: Nearly every character who has gone through a full visual update with a new voiceover has had their voice actor replaced for one reason or another. Aversions can be found in Role Reprisal below.
    • Omega Squad Teemo was confirmed to have a different voice actor to his normal VO, with the original having since joined an actor's union (their names have been withheld due to a Riot policy of not revealing them unless the actors themselves do, neither of which have).
    • Gangplank as of his 2015 rework is currently voiced by Matthew Mercer, replacing Dennis Collins Johnson of before, though in a bit of controversy, Johnson was apparently never contacted by Riot to potentially reprise his role.
    • A layered example: Jørn Lande provided the lead vocals as Karthus in Pentakill's "Lightbringer" and "Mortal Reminder" (it's believed he also did the new in-game voiceover for Karthus' 2014 visual update, though there hasn't been official confirmation on it). "Deathfire Grasp" and "Last Whisper", however, are performed by ZP Theart, and "Infinity Edge" and "Rapidfire Cannon" are voiced by Per Johannson. Jørn Lande still gets most of the credit as the band's main vocalist.
    • Also regarding Pentakill, vocals for Kayle are provided by Noora Louhimo.
  • Permanent Placeholder: According to this Ask Riot post, Rammus' extreme laconicity came about because of the attempt to replace his old voice track. The new one was too awful and sounded 'pretty hillbilly'. Not even wanting their own internal team to hear it, the devs recorded his current voice in a conference room in the space of fifteen minutes. They meant to replace it but never got the chance, and Rammus' one-word dialogue went on to be the defining point of his character and spawned the 'Ok' meme.
  • Production Nickname: Many of the champions have had these.
    • Tahm Kench was known as "Fish Tank" and "Twocoats".
    • Camille had plenty while in development, including "Lady Em," "The Left Hand of Piltover," "The Gray Lady" (which became an In Universe Nickname for the character), and "Cyborg MI6 Mary Poppins."
  • Promoted Fanboy: Even prior to being cast as the Japanese voices of Veigar and Ziggs, Natsuki Hanae was a big fan of the game.
  • 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.
  • Role Reprisal: While most full "visual-gameplay updates" and from-scratch voiceovers for Legendary skins tend to replace their original voice actors, there have been a few exceptions:
    • In terms of default voiceovers, Lisa Lindsley has voiced Soraka before and after her VGU, same with Doug Boyd voicing Twitch, and Carrie Keranen voicing Lux.
    • This doesn't seem to be as much of a problem for Legendary skins, with many sharing the same voice actors as the original, regardless of the developmental time gap. Some came back within a couple of years like Chuck Kourouklis for Dunkmaster Darius, Sarah Williams for Star Guardian Lux, Liam O'Brien for Nightbringer Yasuo, and some returned after significantly longer gaps, including Laura Post for Star Guardian Ahri, Kirsten Potter for Pulsefire Caitlyn, Carrie Keranen for Elementalist Lux, Cristina Vee for Dawnbringer Riven, Melissa Hutchison for PROJECT: Ashe, Vic Mignogna for God Fist Lee Sin, and Kyle Hebert for Pulsefire Ezreal, both his 2012 and 2017 recordings.
  • 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:
  • Working Title: As discussed in this dev post, newer champions go through a lot of different potential names with a huge amount of requirements, such as uniqueness, ease of abbreviation, ease of pronunciation, especially in localizations, whether it turns out to be a Foreign Cuss Word, etc. Some of the listed temp names include "Deadeye" (a champion who became Jhin as listed above in a What Could Have Been entry, and has a full "namestorm" list), "Heaven's Coil" (who became Aurelion Sol), "Stoneweaver" (who became Taliyah, which also became her final champion subtitle), and "Living Forge" (who became Ornn, who also went through subtitles including "The Hearth Father", "The Kiln King", and "The Daddy Issues of the Freljord").
  • 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.
  • The Wiki Rule: The League of Legends Wiki and liquipedia League of Legends Wiki.


    Champions Release Order 
  • Initial Roster
    • Alistar
    • Annie
    • Ashe
    • Fiddlesticks
    • Jax
    • Kayle
    • Master Yi
    • Morgana
    • Nunu
    • Ryze
    • Sion
    • Sivir
    • Soraka
    • Teemo
    • Tristana
    • Twisted Fate
    • Warwick
  • Released in 2009 (simultaneous releases will be in one line)
    • Singed, Zilean
    • Evelynn, Twitch, Tryndamere
    • Karthus
    • Cho'Gath, Amumu
    • Anivia, Rammus
    • Veigar
    • Kassadin
    • Gangplank, Taric
    • Malphite, Janna, Blitzcrank, Dr. Mundo
    • Katarina, Corki
    • Nasus
    • Heimerdinger, Shaco
    • Udyr
    • Nidalee
  • Released in 2010
    • Poppy
    • Gragas, Pantheon
    • Mordekaiser
    • Ezreal
    • Shen
    • Kennen
    • Garen
    • Akali
    • Malzahar
    • Olaf
    • Kog'Maw
    • Xin Zhao
    • Vladimir
    • Galio
    • Urgot
    • Miss Fortune
    • Sona
    • Swain
    • Lux
    • LeBlanc
    • Irelia
    • Trundle
    • Cassiopeia
  • Released in 2011
    • Caitlyn
    • Renekton
    • Karma
    • Maokai
    • Jarvan IV
    • Nocturne
    • Lee Sin
    • Brand
    • Rumble
    • Vayne
    • Orianna
    • Yorick
    • Leona
    • Wukong
    • Skarner
    • Talon
    • Riven
    • Xerath
    • Graves
    • Shyvana
    • Fizz
    • Volibear
    • Ahri
    • Viktor
  • Released in 2012
    • Sejuani
    • Ziggs
    • Nautilus
    • Fiora
    • Lulu
    • Hecarim
    • Varus
    • Darius
    • Draven
    • Jayce
    • Zyra
    • Diana
    • Rengar
    • Syndra
    • Kha'Zix
    • Elise
    • Zed
    • Nami
    • Vi
  • Released in 2013
    • Thresh
    • Quinn
    • Zac, Season 3 Karma
    • Lissandra, Season 3 Trundle
    • Aatrox
    • Lucian
    • Jinx
    • Yasuo
  • Released in 2014
    • Vel'Koz
    • Braum
    • Gnar
    • Azir
    • Kalista
    • Rek'Sai
    • Season 4 Sion
  • Released in 2015
    • Bard
    • Ekko
    • Tahm Kench
    • Kindred
    • Illaoi
    • Season 6 Poppy
  • Released in 2016
    • Jhin
    • Aurelion Sol
    • Season 6 Taric
    • Taliyah
    • Season 6 Ryze
    • Kled
    • Season 6 Yorick
    • Ivern
    • Camille
  • Released in 2017
    • Season 7 Warwick
    • Season 7 Galio
    • Xayah and Rakan
    • Kayn
    • Season 7 Urgot
    • Ornn
    • Season 7 Evelynn
    • Zoe
  • Released in 2018
    • Season 8 Swain
    • Kai'Sa
    • Season 8 Irelia
    • Pyke
  • Upcoming
    • Aatrox Update
    • Akali Update
    • Nunu Update
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