Trivia / League of Legends


  • Actor Allusion: Lucian fights creatures that thrive on doubt and feast on fear, which were also the tools of a Warchief.
    • This goes double for in the Japanese version for Rie Kugimiya as Annie Hastur: In the animated adaptation of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure she voiced Anne The Runaway Girl in Stardust Crusaders, and she voiced Hasta, the humanized version of Hastur, the Unspeakable One, except this time, she's voicing a girl.
    • They actually got Goku's Japanese VA to do Wukong.
    • In the Mexican Spanish dub, Irwin Daayan's tone as Wolf Kindred sounds similar as the same tone he uses for Kurama.
    • Also in the Mexican Spanish dub, Karla Falcon (Jinx) already voiced Harley Quinn, the characters whose Jinx is based off.
  • 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 Brazilian Portuguese cast uses top-notch voice actors from São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, with a handful (Olaf/Yorick, Caitlyn, Katarina, and Shen) voicing their characters in both cities.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: All-Stars reference.
    • Luden's Echo is also known as "AP Statikk" due to having the same passive ability as the Statikk Shiv.
    • "Chilly Fist" is shorthand for "Iceborn Gauntlet".
    • "Triforce" is shorthand for "Holy Trinity Force" due to its triangular, tripartite design.
    • The Titanic Hydra is also known as "Titty Hydra".
    • 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, LeBalanc 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", "Kata-R-ina" and "Master Right Click".
    • The same happens when a champion gets hit too hard by balancing adjustments. This is how Kassadin became "Nerfadin".
      • This nickname in LAN becomes "Nerfeadín", which literally means "the little nerfed one".
    • 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".
      • Jayce himself wound up saddled with the names "Dirk Hardpec", "Blast Hardcheese", and "Big McLargehuge", amongst others, thanks to his somewhat uninspired "hero" aesthetic. The first one was actually a placeholder written as his name on his background for the public beta environment.
      • Jayce is also known in LAN as "Peña Nieto" because he looks like a steampunk version of Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto.
    • 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".
      • Also known in LAN as "Space Chikungunya" after the 2015 epidemic of this disease.
    • 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.
      • The "pro as heck" guides turned out to be a veritable fountain of nicknames, such as "red soda" for health potions, "doublesword" for Zeal (its icon consists of two crossed swords), or "pikachu sword" for the Statikk Shiv.
    • 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. Additionally, path 4.20 was the patch where Warwick became utterly broken due to the Feral Flare, which lead to his nickname of "Weedwick" becoming incredibly well known. The next patch, which nerfed Warwick and Feral Flare, has become known as "Surprise Drug Inspection Day".
    • 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.
      • Also known as "Edgetrox", because some people have compared his character design to what an edgy DeviantART teenager would create, cf. the Coldsteel the Hedgeheg meme.
    • Bugzir, the Emperor of Bugima, a nickname for Azir due to the massive amounts of bugs he's had during his lifetime.
    • 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 Sabrosona" (DJ Delicious) and "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.
    • Orianna's incredible early game strength gave her among Hispanic players the nickname "Orina" (Urine).
    • You're not likely to refer Yasuo's first skill as "Steel Tempest" but his most often said phrase when executing so: "Hasagi/Hasaki". Ditto for his ultimate, known as "Sorieketon" (actually "Sorye ge ton" but that's how it sounds like).
    • Due to the ability for friendly players to occupy the same space on the map, occurrences like checking a bush and finding all five of the enemy team hiding in their are often called a "Clown Car".
    • Tahm Kench is known in LAN as "Pejelagarto" (alligator gar) due to its overgrown catfish-like appearance. Some players go the extra mile and call him "Andrés Manuel López Obrador", a prominent Mexican politician who shares Tahm Kench's nickname.
    • The Super Galaxy skins are also known as the "Power Rangers" skins due to their tokusatsu theme, with the exception of Super Galaxy Rumble, who is known best as "Gurren Lagann Rumble" due to his Super Robot theme.
    • Volibear in LAN is also known as "Bolívar", because it rhymes with his creator's nickname Volibar and because about 30% of LAN is Venezuelans.
    • The post-season 5 Thunderlord's Decree mastery, which was widely criticized for being horrendously overpowered at its launch to the point that it was not uncommon to see all the 10 players in both teams wielding this mastery, was given nicknames like "Cancerlord's Decree" and "Bronzelord's Decree".
    • When LAN players ask someone to drop a ward somewhere, they will sometimes say "theres a pack on X location". This has its roots in the Facebook groups "La Grieta del Mame" and "Seguidores de la Grasa", whose users often post "packs" (compilations of nude pics from random internet girls). When a pack is posted, everybody will rush to comment "ward" in order to keep the post bumped and have it appear on their notifications in case they can't download it at the moment.
    • Wards in LAN are often known by punny nicknames like "Wardadito", "Civil Ward", "Wardalajara", "Edward Snowden", "Wardirijillo" or "Warderino Pan y Vino".
    • If someone in LAN, LAS or EUW calls you "manco" (one-armed), it's because you suck at the game so bad you might as well be missing an arm. By extension, "amount of hands" is a synonym for skill — a low skillcap champion like Annie or Shyvana "doesn't need any hands", a difficult champion like Azir needs "lots of hands", and a Challenger-tier player has infinitely more hands than a Bronze-tier player.
  • 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 visual update with a new voiceover has had their voice actor replaced for one reason or another. The only times this was averted was for Soraka (voiced by Lisa Lindsley before and after her 2012 visual update) and Twitch (voiced by Doug Boyd before and after his 2014 visual update).
  • Production Nickname: Many of the champions have had these.
    • Tahm Kench was known as "Fish Tank" and "Twocoats".
  • 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:
    • Riven was originally pitched as "Gooder than good" according to her designer Xypherous. She also had an alternate backstory about her being an exile from Demacia, which was changed just before release. This is the reason for the Redeemed Riven skin, which was released with her on launch but looks notably Demacian and seems unfitting both in appearance and name-wise to her current backstory.
    • Xypherous originally intended Nautilus to have an ultimate that involved picking up an enemy champion and spinning them around him. It, regrettably, simply did not pan out. He also wanted Nautilus to have a base movement speed even lower than the bottom-of-the-barrel 300 Nautilus has right now, but said they wouldn't let him make it any lower.
      • Ironically, Hi-Rez would go ahead and implement the 'pick up enemy and then spin them around you' thing into Xing Tian when Riot completely abandoned the concept.
    • Wukong's kit was originally completely different, and stated to be very complex.
    • Omen was a ranged champion concept that was shelved. Rioters elaborated on why he didn't make the cut, reasons including he was felt to be lacking personality and his visual design clashed with his gameplay.
    • Komachi was a tank champion concept by Xypherous that died once the artwork concepts happened... apparently they couldn't make the champion not cliche.
    • Early in the game, Riot attempted to make a character who was essentially a Water Elemental named Well. He was called off after someone asked if Riot had the graphical technology to make him look good, which they didn't. Oh Well.
    • Priscilla was a cancelled champ who was a princess with an arachne-like appearance. She was left in the dust but her models and voice can still be found in the game files. Over 20,000 people voted to have her included. She was released in 2012 as Elise, but as a fairly different champion aside from mutual spider traits.
    • Concept arts of Gragas showed him as Our Dwarves Are All the Same played much more straight by wearing spiky metal armour and being half the height of an average man.
    • Lee Sin was one of the first champions designed and was in Development Hell until 2011 when he was finally released.
    • Kindred's "Mark of the Kindred" passive originally belonged to an early concept design for Jhin, when Jhin was originally envisioned as a robotic cowboy bounty hunting sniper under the development name of "Deadeye". Kindred was further ahead in development and the Bounty hunt system complimented the idea of beings of death marking others time as being up, while the champion design team were still busy trying to make Jhin's gameplay have a methodical "bolt-action sniper" like feel, so the passive went to Kindred. Additionally, the bounty hunting cowboy theme would go on to become Jhin's "High Noon" alternative skin
  • 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.

    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
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