YMMV: League of Legends

  • Acceptable Targets: Rule number one if you are Brazilian playing in any server other than your own: Do not, under ANY circumstances, say you are Brazilian, or ever say anything like "BR" and "Huehuehue." If you do? Expect MASSIVE Flame Wars to break out and loads of Unfortunate Implications. note  In fact, just speaking in Spanish or Portuguese (the distinction doesn't particularly matter to English speakers) draws fire, especially if the individual(s) can't speak a little English for the sake of important communications. This applies especially since the server splits, any encounters with the aforementioned speakers tends to get the reaction "why aren't you people gone already?".
  • Accidental Innuendo: Teemo's quotation on Tristana could sound like a totally lame Double Entendre joke.
    "If there's one person I'd trust to take on a difficult mission, it's Tristana — all day long!"
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Morgana's story claims that she was cast out and branded a fallen angel because she opposed the tyranny of the angelic order, although it grants that she is not by any means innocent because of her use of dark magic.
    • Some argue that Demacia is even more of an evil empire than Noxus.
    • The League itself. It's supposedly a United Nations-esque organization with the sole purpose of stopping war on Runeterra - a purpose for which they shelter known criminals, bind Eldritch Abominations, employ Omnicidal Maniacs, interfere with off-world civil wars, kidnap benevolent extra-planar guardian entities, lure newly sentient creatures with promises of knowledge, recruit the experienced soldiers in the world (and small children) and then make them compete in the most brutal Blood Sport in the world. On top of that, despite supposedly being the final arbiters of justice on Runeterra, they are willing to forgive their own members for atrocities that should be considered gross personal incompetence worthy of dishonorable discharge at best, and horrific war crimes at worst.
    • There are some who thinks that Sona isn't as innocent as she is, but in fact a sociopathic murderer without conscience that uses her music to Mind Rape people to think that she's an awesome musician, citing that the reason was because once she discovered the extra use of her Etwahl: Cutting up things with its melody, she used the League of Legends as her practicing ground, leading people to think that she enjoys seeing people being cut down with her music. It didn't help that she's also a member of Pentakill, and some think that only those out of their mind would even think of teaming up with death-dealing abominations of Shadow Isles like Mordekaiser (even more: She and Mordekaiser are the founding members!) and Karthus.
    • The Solari, when introduced, seems like to be a benevolent group that dedicates themselves to protect the weak, much like their chosen, Leona. But once Diana came into the picture, there's an alternative interpretation that the Solari are all genocidal fascist that would dare wipe out and erase the existence of one tribe just for their dominance about 'sun worship'.
    • The Lunari themselves in correlation of the above. What we got so far in canon was that "It used to exist, but now gone.". Their characterization was the subject here: Are they really down to earth and innocent just like Diana claimed, so the Solari are assholes for wiping them out for their uber reservation and worship dominance (making them a tribe of Woobies)? Or are they really that dangerous and holding a world-threatening terrible secret or power that the Solari had to wipe them out for the good of mankind (or said power bit them in the ass and the Solari had to clean up the mess)? The canon seemed to hint something of the latter, seeing that Leona's Traumatic Superpower Awakening still lets her keep being her own compassionate, protective selves, whereas Diana's practically turned her into a ruthless and murderous fanatic.
    • Syndra. Some of the lore community argues on whether or not she is just a generic two-dimensional evil sorceress or whether she is a complex Jerkass Woobie whom the Elders of her village overreacted to and were too quick to shun (Although it doesn't excuse her committing murder). Other arguments include whether or not the Elder training her shouldn't have dampened her magical potential without her consent or whether his method of restraining her magical potential was the right way to handle the situation.
    • Spirited arguments have been had on the forums over Jayce and Viktor's rivalry. Is it really the clear-cut Jayce-as-Superman with Viktor as a supervillain that it's played up by Riot to be, or is Jayce a Jerkass Glory Seeker with Viktor as his Designated Villain? Not helping is the fact Viktor has an extremely sympathetic backstory, two True Companions in the form of Urgot and Blitzcrank, a very noble goal to better humanity, and a Machine Cult willing to accept anyone regardless of race, gender, or status while Jayce can come across as an incredibly arrogant Attention Whore that ignores bigger threats (like Jinx) to focus on messing with Viktor. While the more pro-Jayce camp believes that Jayce believed that Viktor trying to push his own beliefs of machine superiority to others is unacceptable and an insult to 'humanity' and trying to stave him off before Viktor spreads to Piltover and piles up the already big problem Jinx provided, or possibly being an even worse threat (as Viktor is very organized).
    • Take a Third Option on the above: Both Jayce and Viktor has no clear moral high ground, as Jayce is unaware that Viktor ended up like that because of being something of a 'fall guy/scapegoat' by Stanwick Piddly, who stole Viktor's works and took all the credits for himself. Basically, the view is that Jayce is still justified in trying to protect the future from Viktor's possible advances, and Viktor still can attain sympathetic view, and the real villain is Stanwick Piddly, in which both Jayce and Viktor are both victims.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • "Hi, guys, we halved all the IP gain so you now have to play up to one hundred games to unlock one champion" "Wait, what?" "No, nevermind. It was just a bug."
    • "Hi, guys, we rebalanced IP gain, but don't worry, it should be exactly the same as before!"
    • Jayce's original lore drew such an outraged outcry from the fanbase (especially fans of Viktor, who was made to look like not only a weakling but the worst kind of hypocrite) that Riot rushed out a new lore as soon as they could that didn't make Viktor look so bad, or Jayce like as much of a Marty Stu.
    • Xerath's lore after Shurima update drew an outrage that he's reduced to a generic backstabbing Card-Carrying Villain, as it was seen from Azir's POV. Eventually, Riot released a series of short stories, one of them from Xerath's POV, and now he's shed that Card-Carrying Villain image, and the fandom rejoiced.
  • Awesome Ego: We could say nothing else about Draven aside from this and we would still be mostly right.
  • Awesome Music:
    • A Champion Approaches.
    • Several login themes qualify as well, most prominently the Draven and Diana ones.
    • "Here Comes Vi" by Nicki Taylor.
    • "The League Championship Series theme from Season 3.
    • At the start of the Grand Finals for the Season 2 championship, Riot opened with a montage video set to a fully-orchestrated choral version of the main League of Legends theme- performed live by a full orchestra and choir! For real. For added awesomeness, the lyrics are Ominous Latin Chanting about an epic battle between Demacia and Noxus.
    • The Season 3 championship they went in a COMPLETELY different direction. And it was AWESOME.
    • "Battlecast Prime Cho'Gath's theme".
    • "Get Jinxed" caused the already high anticipation for Jinx to skyrocket. Case in point, the music video is the third most viewed video on the official Riot channel, after the first cinematic and Twist of Fate.
    • The Super Galaxy Rumble login screen music.
    • Smite and Ignite by the Pentakill band (itself a skin line featuring a couple of champions) is the first official album Riot's ever released. They even had Jørn Lande sing as Karthus!note 
    • The Warriors music video, which serves as the Anthem for the 2014 World Championship, is already pretty awesome in it's own right. What makes it even more awesome? It was sung by the Imagine Dragons, who themselves are pretty big fans of League. Riot sure know how to produce cool music!
  • Base Breaker:
    • Evelynn has always been a highly controversial champion, but the massive overhaul she was given in the so-called "Stealth remake" has taken this Up to Eleven. The community is split beween those who think the new Eve is awesome, those who think she's WORSE than she was before (when Riot had deliberately nerfed her to Joke Character status), those who think she's not very good but at least better than she was before and those who, regardless of whether she's better or worse, are just infuriated that she plays nothing whatsoever like she used to and is Evelynn In Name Only.
    • Darius as well. There are those who see his ultimate as perfect for kill stealing, as such they think he is toxic in team fights. There are others who think he is overpowered due to his high-damage potential and high health. Then there's those who think he's just fine if you know how to counter him.
    • Some of the reworks for some champions, especially Karma and Trundle, have given rise to camps complaining that the changes ruin the character (either gameplay- or lore-wise) and others that welcome the changes as refreshing updates for notoriously ignored champions.
    • Changes to Heimerdinger have similarly been highly controversial, as Riot continuously nerfed his turrets after it became apparent they were far too powerful on release, eventually landing him into Joke Character status. That said, he still had a small but resolute fanbase. After the previous rework, much of Heimer's abilities were drastically changed (especially on his turrets), leading to players who don't play Heimer to declare him fixed and/or OP, while former fans cried he was Ruined Forever.
    • The remade Twisted Treeline, removing what was essentially a shrunken Rift for a King of the Hill mode which can easily become a boring curb stomp for one team if they pick 3 champions that are strong early, so they can easily take both altars and use the buff to become untouchable.
    • Skarner's new lore for the update is causing a large fuss, with many people claiming that they've turned him in a generic monster compared to his previous lore, where he was the Last of His Kind and was waiting for his species to awaken. The new lore has Skarner moved to Shurima and removing any mention of his species and the Crystal Scar.
    • Xerath being reduced into a Shuriman advisor that backstabbed Azir also made a fuss because it made him go from a more neutral entity with some tragedy into something of a Card-Carrying Villain. But inversely, the Retcon to Renekton was instead more happily accepted note 
    • Madstone Udyr was a controversial Udyr build involving building Madred's Razor and Spirit Stone (later upgrading the Razor to Feral Flare). While this allows for very quick and sustainable clears of his jungle and a very early kill of the Dragon, it also means that Udyr loses a lot of time and money trying to gank lanes, which means he cannot apply much map pressure. This effectively turns the game into a four-versus-five match for a good portion of the early game. If the enemy team's jungler is on the ball, Udyr's team can end up losing the game before he can ever get to the point where he can help turn it around. However, if it works out Udyr can become hideously powerful later on. A rather large chunk of the player base rejoiced when Season 5 got rid of all the old jungle items and made this build impossible.
    • With the announcement that the lore in League would essentially be Retcon-galore'd and written anew (Including that the League and Summoners (Us) would no longer be canon), the player base has been fractured into pretty much multiple sides that are for, against, or indifferent to the change. In fact, with that, the Lore forums has turned into hell on earth that you can't go anywhere without seeing complainers saying how much Riot sucks, how they are all better writers than Riot, how that the Institute of War and League of Legends (organization) are all holy grails that shouldn't be touched because these 'fans' claim to be the ones keeping Riot alive... And GOD HELP YOU IF YOU DARE HAVE A POSITIVE OUTLOOK ON RIOT. For a time, they thought the Sion rework was something good from the Lore team... turns out to be Hope Spot as many ends up claiming how sub-par Kalista, Rek'Sai and Bard are in terms of 'storytelling'. Things so far has been quite looking up since Tahm Kench has been usually welcomed warmly in both design and lore, even if it's a little lacking, as well as the Bilgewater event doesn't destroy the premade lore of the characters involved (Twisted Fate, Graves and Gangplank so far), so it's more welcomed than the Shurima one, but only time will tell if the unpleasability will rear its head again.
    • Lee Sin. It all started with a comment by Morello essentially saying Lee Sin, who he acknowledged needs nerfs, won't ever be nerfed because of player response and the professional players saying he's balanced. This has gone over incredibly well with the community. It doesn't help that Lee Sin has been the king of the jungle since he was released. The main reason why most players complain is the fact that Lee Sin's kit is hilariously overloaded. This is also compounded by the fact that Riot continually essentially says "We know Lee is broken. Let's nerf someone else instead."
    • And now Zed is getting the heat as well. A good Zed player can dominate lane and then splitpush all game, forcing the enemy team to go after him as a group. It's not helped by the common misinterpretation of Riot saying that Zed is a "healthy assassin." What they meant by this was that even though he was potentially overpowered, his core gameplay did not need to be changed. What the fans interpreted it as was "Zed is perfectly balanced and does not need change." They did nerf him by reducing his attack speed to decrease his splitpushing power, but a lot of people didn't think it was enough.
    • With the release of Ekko the age old argument over the balancing of hypermobile champions continues, some say that he is balanced with highly choreographed abilities and comparatively low burst to other assassins, others however believe that Riot messed up badly with the creation of Ekko, heavily overloading his kit with slows, giving him 2 passives and having a high (1.3 AP ratio) burst on his ult combined with a heal, giving him the safety that many players complain is the problem with Leblanc and Zed.
  • Bellisario's Maxim: There is a decent amount of Fridge Logic in the game; go with A Wizard (Summoner?) Did It.
  • Broken Base:
  • Cargo Ship: Udyr and Innervating Locket.
  • Character Alignment: As determined by players on the boards-
    • Lawful Good: Ashe, Azir, Caitlyn, Galio, Irelia, Karma, Leona, Lux, Malphite, Poppy, Quinn, Tristana
    • Lawful Neutral: Akali, Darius, Fiora, Garen, Jarvan IV, Katarina, Kayle, Olaf (yes, really), Pantheon, Sejuani, Skarner, Talon, Teemo, Tryndamere, Viktor, Vladamir, Volibear, Xin Zhao, Yorick
    • Lawful Evil: Elise, Hecarim, Karthus, Mordekaiser, Sion, Swain, Tahm Kench, Urgot, Vel'Koz
    • Neutral Good: Alistar, Anivia, Blitzcrank, Braum, Ezreal, Heimerdinger, Janna, Jayce, Kennen, Lee Sin, Maokai, Master Yi, Nami, Nasus, Nunu, Orianna, Ryze, Sona, Soraka, Taric, Udyr, Wukong, Zac, Zilean
    • True Neutral: Aatrox, Amumu, Bard, Corki, Gnar, Gragas, Jax, Rammus, Rek'Sai, Shen, Xerath
    • Neutral Evil: Cassiopeia, Evelynn, LeBlanc, Lissandra, Malzahar, Singed, Trundle, Warwick, Zed
    • Chaotic Good: Fizz, Kalista, Kassadin, Miss Fortune, Nidalee, Riven, Shyvana, Vayne, Vi, Yasuo
    • Chaotic Neutral: Ahri, Annie, Diana, Draven, Ekko, Gangplank, Graves, Jinx, Kha'Zix, Kog'Maw, Lucian, Lulu, Morgana, Nautilus, Rengar, Rumble, Sivir, Syndra (again, yes, really), Twisted Fate, Twitch, Varus, Ziggs, Zyra
    • Chaotic Evil: Brand, Cho'Gath, Dr. Mundo, Fiddlesticks, Nocturne, Renekton, Shaco, Thresh, Veigar
  • Character Tiers: Argued over, as always. Exacerbated by patches on champions, items, and game mechanics, and by the fact that the game is so contextual: a champion who dominates public Summoner's Rift matches might be useless in competitive play, or on another map. Let's leave it at that, particularly given the game's popularity and associated plethora of places to express your opinions.
  • Complacent Gaming Syndrome:
    • A commonly-used accusation over anyone complaining about newly-deemed overpowered champions and disagreeing in turn ("People don't want this clearly Game Breaker champion to get nerfed only think so because it's all they play" versus "This champion is just doing something new that stops people from doing what they conventionally did before - learn to adapt"). Needless to say, it's on the YMMV tab for a reason...
    • In Classic, the standard metagame (Bruiser at top, AP carry or melee AD assassin mid, AD carry & Support at bot, one roaming jungler, patient farming and harassing on early game with an occasional gank or two, splitpushing mid-game and teamfights on late game) is so ingrained into the fandom that unconventional setups — which are usually unconventional for a good reason - often result in complete curb stomps, because the other team has no idea how to deal with, say, three mid or two on roam.
    • This is in fact one of the main criticisms of DOTA 2 players against LOL: DOTA's metagame is very fluid, flexible and changing, whereas LOL's metagame is so rigid and constant it is possible to tell a DOTA native from a LOL immigrant because the former will always do lots of different things depending on what the situation asks for, whereas the latter always farm on early game, always push on mid-game and always fight on late game.
    • When Bard was released, his purpose was to be the first roaming support of the game, a role that was thought to open an entire new assortment of strategic diversity. However, during the first few days, Bard's popularity was rather lackluster, because nobody knew what to do with him. Then the community figured out that he could be shoehorned into the standard metagame as a support jungler, and that was when his popularity took off.
    • Dominion. Every game starts off like this. Step one: One person goes bottom, four go top. One person gets the mid turret and then joins the fight at the top later. Step two: If you capture the top, then everybody runs around and tries to push the mid or the bottom... when the other team respawns RIGHT THERE next to them. Step three: They leave one person (maybe two) to defend their captures while everyone else constantly pushes. Step four: If you have a Twitch, Rammus, Teemo, Shaco, or Evelynn, then you steal their nodes while they're too busy pushing another one. If you don't, the other team does and they win.
    • It won't take you long to get into a game when two (maybe even more) players have their minds set on a champion/category/lane and neither is willing to simply let the other take the champion/category/lane they want. This can be exacerbated by the “Stop Having Fun” Guys who populate the game. People want to win, so naturally they want to play a role they're good at—and, even more than that, if you "take one for the team" and step into a role you aren't good at, those same people will blame you for the inevitable loss. Sometimes Failure Is the Only Option, but rare is the player who will accept that gracefully.
    • Bard is a prime example of the complacency regarding lane meta. The devs have made it clear, he's been designed to shake up the normal meta of a Support sticking with the bottom lane Marksman, while also not being a Jungle style Support, like Alistair, or to a point, Vi. The idea being, you drop some healing orbs that also give minor speed boosts for the ADC Marksman to sustain himself, while you, as bard, collect Charms in the jungle for XP, Mana, and Speed boosts as you go to support another lane in need. Instead, players play Bard just like any other support, sticking in lane, only collecting charms when he goes about laying down wards, or as Jungler, focusing on AP, while and using another more traditional support sticks with the Marksman.
  • Complaining About Things You Haven't Paid For: The game is downloadable free of charge. Paying for new champions, boosts, and skins are completely optional. Yet for some reason, every time the servers go down or are choked by a bunch of players, everyone's complaining and calling them incompetent. There's a subgroup who twists this further, and says that paying gives them the right to complain, but that free players shouldn't be allowed to.
  • Crack Is Cheaper: How some feel regarding the Legendary and Ultimate skins - after all, it is an optional feature, but they can cost $20... or more!
  • Crack Pairing:
    • Zac X Riven has become oddly popular of late, particularly after players realized Riven's Bunny Girl splash art was an Early-Bird Cameo for him. You would not believe how much Rule 34 art they get!
    • Another pairing that is quite popular in the Japanese fanbase is for reasons unknown Lulu X Kog'maw.
    • Vel'Koz X Karma. The reasons seeming because they tie together thematicallynote  as well as other reasons. Both have a color scheme involving lots of purple. Both have beam attacks. Both have AoE delay slows. However, one is supportnote , the other is damagenote . One is concerned only with himself, while the other can't stop thinking about the many. They are similar, yet opposite. And opposites attract. Even more so when they are also similar.
    • Miss Fortune X Sona has seen a rise of pairing preference solely because of being humanoids that have the Arcade Skins (Hecarim is non-humanoid, Veigar is being the Final Boss). That, alongside other reasons.
      • Aside of that, Miss Fortune is often seen being paired together with Nami, for those who likes'em yuri, since MF likes to travel in the ocean with her ship, and Nami's link to Bilgewater exists via Fizz... but Fizz is very non-humanoid, so the next best thing is with MF. And seeing that Nami is a good-hearted soul, it's more plausible that she's close to the closest we can get for Bilgewater's good force: MF.
  • Creator Worship:
    • The champion designer Xypherous is loved amongst the community for his champions. News that a champion is being designed by Xypherous tends to get "First day buy!" responses. In addition to that, he's also loved on the forums for discussing his intents and history behind his champion designs openly, calmly and clearly.
    • IronStylus works in champion design and lore rather than mechanics, but receives a similar level of adoration from the fanbase, if not more. His twin masterpiece champions, Leona and Diana, made him beloved in the fanbase to the extent that every player who cares at ALL about aesthetics and story gets excited at news that he's designing a new champion. However, as of late, things seems to have died down that even IronStylus starts to have detractors.
    • Jaredan, mainly due to the fact that he's the only person from Narrative who actually talks to the players. Plus, he promised lore updates, and better lore, and by god did they deliever.
  • Dork Age: Kitae's handling of lore was seen as a huge Dork Age from the views of the Lore Forum users, made worse by her complete apathy to the situation. To make matters worse, her attempts at new champions being uninspired designs from DOTA 2 only makes things worse.
    • Some of the earliest champions in the game can be this compared to newly designed ones due to metagame changes and evolving playstyles. An instance of this is with Tryndamere, a badass viking warlord who one-hands a massive greatsword bigger than himself- and is encouraged to build attack speed and backdoor into the whole game or jungle.
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • Diana is extremely ruthless and is on a crusade to get everyone to worship the Moon, and everyone who doesn't will be killed, but seeing that she only wanted the truth about the existence of the Lunari tribe, which was massacred via genocide by the Solari and had their existence removed from history to hide this atrocity, and they first shun her for not following their tradition, and outright declaring her heretic and scheduled execution just for finding out that one black spot... it's easy to root for Diana and cheer as she massacred the 'fascist', 'cowardly' Solari.
    • As per Alternative Character Interpretation above, Viktor also enjoys a lot of 'misaimed' fan base, that his fans makes light of his possible atrocities and bashed Jayce even after his possible Marty Stu credentials decreased a lot (see Author's Saving Throw), in spite of his goal forcing everyone to become augmented with Hextech machinery. Fans of Viktor and Diana often describe those two as "Glorious" and encourages other people to feel their glory.
    • Many of the Void champions also receive this treatment, most notably Vel'Koz and Rek'Sai. Vel'koz's cold, studious behaviour is turned into childlike curiosity and wonder, while Rek'Sai is more likely to be portrayed akin to a puppy than the mindless, ravenous hellbeast that she is.
    • Dr. Mundo is a psychotic monster who enjoys pain (whether his own or others') and is outright stated to be a serial killer and Self-Made Orphan, but since he has a funny, endearing way of speaking people forget all about this and portray him as a big lovable oaf. Even Riot doesn't really take him seriously anymore, preferring his Corporate Mundo style whenever he's mentioned.
    • Riven is a former elite soldier who had no real issues invading Ionia and killing a ton of people who did nothing to them, being described as ruthless even by Noxian standards, and had no problem with the fact they were effectively committing genocide. In fact, she was so eager to help that Noxus formally recognized her for being good at it. She only changed course as the result of a near-death experience, courtesy of Singed, that killed most of her friends as well. Even after that, though, she doesn't care about all the innocent people she killed, she's just worried that Noxus has lost its way and she needs to help it. But because she's cute, female, moe, has a Playboy Bunny alternate outfit, full of angst, and the current Noxus is, admittedly, a little bit too embracing the 'cartoony villainy' thing (and Singed, one of the guys who are majorly responsible for that, is an asshole), she's one of the most crushed-upon champions in the game and often considered Noxus's hero, the shining example of Dark Is Not Evil and the proof that not everyone in Noxus is evil, just like how not everyone in Demacia is good (see Ensemble Darkhorse below). Unlike the other Noxians below, there hasn't been any sightings of promotional things that Riven played a villainous role (even her involvement with Varus' and Yasuo's backstory is vague at best)
    • Draven is another Noxian example. Ask a player about Draven, and most will immediately fire off one his lines ("Not Draven, Draaaaven"). Few will immediately talk about the fact according to his lore, his fame in Noxus is from him showboating while carrying out executions, giving prisoners a false sense of hope before mercilessly cutting them down with his various trick throws with his throwing axes.
    • And another noteworthy Noxian that seems to have this going is Katarina. Yes, she is an efficient killer and pseudo-mascot for the game. Yes, she is a highly violent and badass lady, not to mention sexy. What people tend to forget is that Katarina is extremely bloodthirsty, kills for sports because she's good at it, and she revels in her capabilities of doing so. May have something to do that she didn't openly trust Swain, but she's still loyal to the current Noxus that even Riven doubted. But for them, she's always just this 'badass lady' that is often crushed at as well, or this 'extremely Tsundere' pair for Garen.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: While every champion has at least a few fans, some definitely stand out above the rest.
    • Jarvan. Extremely well-loved by fans for his excessive badassery and being Rated M for Manly.
    • Lux. While she is often compared to Morgana, she is still more or less beloved for a fun and unique playstyle and being the second female champion in the game after Kayle to not have huge boobs and skimpy clothes (whilst looking fairly human).
    • The devs and tier list writers consider Mordekaiser one of the worst and most useless champions out there. Now go ask players. They will remember Mordekaiser fondly mostly not because of his gameplay, but because of the hilarious meme based on how the Brazilians take him. "Mordekaiser es #1. HUEHUEHUEHUEHUEHUEHUE."
    • Nasus has awesome voice acting (and his replacement voicework is generally considered to be only slightly under the par set by the previous work) and is considered one of the most balanced characters in the game. A lot of his fans also dig that, for all the "Big Dog's" ability to kick ass, storywise he's one of the more laid-back champions.
    • Despite having very little mention, there's a fair number of threads requesting that Professor Stanwick Pididly be made into a champion.
    • Urf was meant to be a one shot joke, but he became so popular with the fanbase that he's been given a spot on Warwick's costume roster and a spot on Summoner's Rift. He's even the star of several fanmade flash games.
    • Riven has been getting this treatment too, due to her moe-ness as well as just how badass she is, and... how broken story-wise she is, being one of the few good-hearted souls from Noxus, she'd usually enjoy a lot of fan love when lores are concerned, to the point that some thinks she's the main heroine of either the whole game or at least just the whole Demacia vs Noxus conflict. Helps that she's voiced by Cristina Vee.
    • Battle Bunny Riven is a skin version of the trope. You'll more likely find someone who plays Riven just to put on this skin rather than the default one, and this skin also dominates most of Riven's fanart, maybe even more than (or close enough to) her default skin.
    • Ever since Jax was Rescued from the Scrappy Heap, he's been consistently well-loved by the fanbase due to being both highly unique and fun to play, not to mention manly as hell.
    • As the game's first dedicated female tank, as well as being one of the most sensibly-dressed and well-covered females in the League, on top of being the personal pet project of one of the most well-liked members of Riot's staff (who based her on his wife), Leona has become one of the most popular female champions in the game.
    • Her lunar counterpart, Diana, enjoys a lot of popularity for largely the same reasons, plus the reasons listed in the Draco in Leather Pants section above.
    • In fact, the whole Mount Targon residents can count, seeing that Mount Targon itself is mostly not involved with the main conflict of Demacia-Noxus-Ionia/Piltover-Zaun/Freljord civil war. It has even less champions representing it than Bilgewater. Leona's friend, Pantheon, despite being the oldest guy to enter the League of Legends and largely forgotten lore-wise in favor of the Leona-Diana rivalry, also racks up a lot of popularity due to his sheer manliness (so much he's called MANtheon, his ult being called MANdrop), being a total Shout-Out to Leonidas' Spartan Warriors, and his baker joke. Also helps that in spite being one of the relics of the past, Pantheon gameplay-wise aged pretty good and still feels balanced, even if not a pro-pick material.
    • Draven has also gotten a lot of popularity due to his egotistical personality, Large Ham, his manly appearance, and voiced by the same guy who did Jax. Riot has taken some note of this, and his skins tend to go the extra mile in delivering "the Draven experience" in new ways.
    • Poros. They're tiny, they're adorable, and they can apparently survive anything- even lasers.
    • Lulu. Holy guacamole, Lulu. Going by the game-provided material, she'd come across as a quirky-but-not-especially-important character, there more to fill out the yordle contingent than anything else and give Team Yordles a dedicated support. She's certainly never actually participated in a going storyline or has any champ-specific callouts, either on her or from other characters. Going by forum posts, fanart and other fan efforts? You'd assume she's one of the game's central characters, up there with people like Ashe, Garen and Katarina in terms of importance, due to the sheer volume of fan effort and love behind the character. That she's also been consistently powerful ever since her release and has been a constant pick/ban in Season 4 is icing on the cake.
    • Riot has taken some note of this, and she possesses a somewhat high number of skins for a champion of her "age" (some of which are markedly high-quality efforts, much like Draven above). Furthermore, the "friends with Veigar" concept enshrined on her character page on the official site is taken directly from the memetics of the fanbase.
    • Braum seems fit to be one himself. Some like him for is Testosterone Poisoning character design, others for his unique take on the support-tank role (being a Rated M for Manly guy in a class filled with either ladies, non-human or Taric, basically answering the fans' request for someone like Angus the Puncher). For some, they may also appreciate Braum's character for being one of the few sincere nice guys in the League, and without having a tragic lore.
    • Usually, during character promos, there's always this one knight guy wearing a helmet who would end up as a victim of the champion in promo, sometimes the guy makes an appearance in character splash arts. This guy is often affectionally called "Helmet Bro" and has an unusual amount of popularity. Hell, he's even getting his own animated series!note 
  • Evil Is Cool: Let's just say that every evil champ has some badassery to them. This is humorously and thoroughly averted by Veigar, however.
    Veigar: I am evil! Stop laughing!
  • Evil Is Sexy: Evelynn, Katarina, and Morgana are all prime examples.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • With its primary competitor game, DOTA 2. The stereotypical Dota player claims that League is an inferior rip-off title with watered-down gameplay to please the braying crowds, and its fans are clearly inferior players who couldn't take a real game. Meanwhile, League fans commonly argue that the changes made in the transition make for a better, more stable game, and the Dota fanbase are just a bunch of conceited snobs who want new players to stay out of their game so they can feel special. The fact that both games are infamous for their unpleasant fanbases adds an extra layer of vitriol when they start arguing over which is worse.
    • Prior to the success of Dota 2, players who refused to move on from the original Defense Of The Ancients All Stars or who instead played Heroes of Newerth were often guilty of similar complaints, though neither game quite enjoyed similar success.
  • Fanon: There's a lot. This list isn't exhaustive and there will likely be more added. So, you might want to get a snack before reading.
    • First, there's the obvious ones based on jokes/skins. Pantheon is actually a baker when not fighting, there's also some circles which have Pantheon and Morgana running a bakery together, and Pantheon is the more consistently successful one, while Morgana flip-flops between a competent baker or an incompetent one; Fiora is a painter in her spare time (or a fan or artwork in general). Ahri is a part-time Idol Singer with a penchant for backstage antics. Akali is actually a trained nurse (to a lesser extent, also Shen and Kennen being a surgeon and doctor, a small circle believes Surgeon Shen is the one responsible of visual updates). Alistair having a milking fetish. Taric being taken from his Ambiguously Gay in canon and just being full-blown camp, and often being The Bear to Ezreal's twink. Darius being the Only Sane Man in the upper echelons of the Noxian command hierarchy, though this might be because of his brother and the other.... colorful personalities there. Evelynn being a bigger vamp than even Ahri. Tryndamere having a bad habit with his right arm. Xerath is a fan of/interested in LARP'ing. Valor being a really naughty bird or a mini-Troll to Quinn. Riven actually having the profession of Playboy Bunny whenever she's having a free time.
    • Then there are the ones that spawned from forum jokes. Talon is an alcoholic and a Dogged Nice Guy towards Cassiopeianote . Vladamir's Pungeon Master status being taken Up to Eleven, where there are some comics/fanfics where he can't go a single sentence without a pun being somewhere in there, there's also a Running Gag with him being an excellent sower because of his pants looking like they were made from a Circus tent. Gangplank's Bad Boss tendencies being also taken Up to Eleven, sometimes he goes out on a raid and needs to hire an entirely new crew because all of them died; either from enemies or by him killing them. Wukong mustn't run away. Xin Zhao will make a man out of you. Mordekaiser cannot laugh normally, but instead his laugh is always going to be "Huehuehuehuehuehuehue". A fan idea for a skin created the meme of Yasuo being a Sashimi chef.
    • There's a very common theory that Xin Zhao isn't a Demacian native, but is actually from Ionia. This is mainly because he's one of, if not the, only Asian-inspired champions not from Ionia. Furthering this is that he has a mutual friendship with Sona, who spent her childhood in Ionia and is staying in Demacia at the moment.
    • Also, Lux being flat-chested and jealous at the other ladies' assets. She's one of the wholly clothed girls in LoL, but Riot has never gone around stating her size, making fan artists/fanfiction writers run in the joke that she's a teenage girl with flat chest.
    • The very popular interpretation of Ryze is that he has literally been incarcerated in a real place called Rune Prison, which is why he has that rocking physique. It doesn't help that he has a joke explaining the source of his tattoos as said Rune Prison.
    • Fans of the lore generally believe that the first name of General du Couteau (Katarina and Cassiopeia's Disappeared Dad) is Markus.
    • One fan-held belief that is equal parts amusing and kind of disturbing is that, of the three yordle girls, only Poppy is Hidden Buxom under her armour. Kind of makes sense though when you consider that, as the only yordle of EITHER gender to be a melee-based bruiser (not counting Rumble, who rides a Mini-Mecha) she'd be a prime candidate for Boobs of Steel.
    • The two common Braum fan theories: He's an Iceborn. Or he is a manifestation of the people's ideas and general hope in the Freljord. Thus on some level making Braum immortal so long as people continued to listen and believe in the stories of him. The latter theory essentially makes him Runterra's Badass Santa. Which is awesome.
    • The fan theory that Garen's sword is magic, and is the source of all of his non-physical abilities. The blade itself is the catalyst for Judgement, and the hilt is what creates the shield for Courage.
    • Speaking of Garen and later Lux, it's also fanon that Garen is excessively overprotective of his little sister, to the point of scaring Ezreal away from pursuing a serious relationship with her. Not much has been officially revealed on how Garen feels towards Lux, except as a stoically understanding big brother that believes she is a strong girl on her own and has enough willpower to make her own decision. He may even welcome Ezreal's companionship with Lux. As for Garen himself, he is mainly depicted as a professional Demacian soldier whose attraction to Katarina is an interesting conflict of interest.
    • Each skin having its own backstory (if drastically different from the base skin's appearance/lore) is pretty common as well. For example, Underworld Twisted Fate is from a timeline where Twisted Fate got his powers by making a Deal with the Devil; Justicar Syndra is the version of Syndra who understood her elders' concerns and used her talents for good; Atlantean Syndra being a member of Fizz's race; The Commando line as essentially The Squad with some of the Demacian Champions, etc.
    • There's a really weird bit of fanon involving Lissandra. Apparently she hides fluffy cat ears underneath her helmet. This is actually fairly common in fan art and no one really knows where it started from. But it has spread very quickly. Example: here.
    • For some reason, almost every serious picture of Thresh as a human before he died gives him a Glasgow Grin. While being unknown where it started, many fans who know of it agree: If a Thresh skin of him as a Human is made it needs the sliced mouth.
    • Before she was even released, people already started making Kalista into an Overly Attached ADC due to her kit's theme. Yandere Specter anyone?
    • The couples as seen below being obvious.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Katarina and Garen. Garen's background clearly shows he has a thing for her, but whether she would reciprocate is undetermined.
    • Jarvan IV/Shyvana is another very popular couple in the fanbase, despite certain Riot staff stating a preference for Jarvan IV/Quinn.
    • Some unusual members of the player base have started shipping Soraka with Hecarim. Seriously.
    • The Korean and wider Asian fanbase tends to pair up Ahri with Sona, of all people, despite the two having never interacted in lore at all; you can find tons and tons of Ahri/Sona art on a casual Google search. This seems to be largely due to the two of them being the most popular girls in general. This does actually have a certain amount of sense to it: Ahri is explicitly based on the gumiho of Korean mythology, one of whose specific traits is a sort of telepathy. Now, given that the only way Sona can communicate verbally with others is through them being able to hear her thoughts...
    • Similarly, the Asian fanbase seems fond of shipping Lulu and Veigar together... or at least, Lulu to Veigar. Poor Veigar's willingness on this seems to vary, depending on the artist. It's taking root in the NA community as well.
      • This got so prominent, so quickly, that it essentially forced its way into becoming canon; on the updated League main site, Lulu and Veigar are now listed as mutual friends. The "friends" listing is used elsewhere to include canon romantic interests like Ezreal/Lux.
    • Let's not forget Ahri/Wukong! And even that is teased with them being friends according to the site. Even the web-animation series La La La Dema Cia ship them and gave them a tragic love story.
    • There's quite a bit of support for Pantheon/Leona. Considering these two are the paragons of Rakkor (Pantheon is the strongest in the military, Leona is the most powerful in the "church") and childhood friends, it's fairly reasonable. The Fanon added up with Pantheon's baker joke and Leona's protective philosophy that Leona is a fan of Pantheon's cakes, and when they were children, Leona protected Pantheon from bullies that ridiculed his hobby before he became known as the paragon of the Rakkor warriors. (Seeing as how the Rakkor are a Proud Warrior Race, it makes sense that that kind of bullying could happen.)
    • There's a frighteningly large number of people who love to ship Riven and Zac. Specifically Battle Bunny Riven and Zac, since he first appeared in her splash art. While it has its roots in LoL's Rule 34 crowd, it's since begun spreading to the mainstream. It helps that, despite his monstrous appearance, Zac is actually a pretty sweet, normal guy, and is honestly the kind of emotional bedrock who would help Riven immensely.
    • Rengar and Nidalee. Unlike most examples, Riot responded by stating that they're both mutual rivals. When does that stop anyone?
    • Riven and Yasuo, ever since Yasuo's conception and his interactions with Riven, half of which are sympathetic, and the other half link to the fact that it was most likely Riven who killed his elder. Despite this, it's a popular couple, or at least on its way.
    • Korean webcomic Syndra and Zed's Ordinary Life has popularized Syndra and Zed, due to them being both evil-esque Ionian outcasts. It's also loaded with Alternate Character Interpretation. Even Riot eventually list both of them as Friends.
    • Much to Ezreal's horror, fans often ship him with... Taric.
    • Similarly, some fans support a manlier Graves/Braum ship.
    • Along with the trope below, Miss Fortune and Gangplank are often paired together regardless that Gangplank is a pirate that Miss Fortune disliked, he can totally resist her charms, they bicker each other over the course of Bilgewater's future direction. Before the League Judgment was discontinued, after all, Miss Fortune's past implied that after seeing her mother killed, she was rescued from drowning by a young pirate implied to be the young Gangplank before he dialled up his brutality (he's kind of a rowdy boy).
    • Several video makers seem to like pairing both Renekton and Cassiopeia, probably because they're both the only champions based on reptiles. After the Shurima arc, the pairing seems to be more plausible as Renekton and Cassiopeia are listed as mutual allies and Cassiopeia did play a part in Renekton's release.
    • Thanks to their interactions in the A New Dawn cinematic video, a lot of the fanbase have started shipping Ahri and Leona.
    • Caitlyn and Vi... for obvious reasons. The subtext on this one is so thick fans would not be the least bit surprised if Riot just flat out admitted the pair were a couple.
    • For a longest time, there has been a fanbase that pairs Varus with Lulu. Mostly with Varus as a big brother or father figure to little Lulu.
  • Foe Yay:
    • Warwick pretended to befriend Soraka so he could later betray her and get her (physical) heart to help stabilize a potion which turned him into the wolf creature he now and will cause him to lose his human mind if he does not. This forced Soraka to step out of the grove she lived in and sacrifice her very immortality by harming others with her powers to help him in a losing fight against supposed men who killed his "wife" - clearly, she did not think plainly of Warwick to do this. The possibility to interpret "heart" in the story in a metaphorical manner does not help.
    • Implied that Diana has a thing for Leona.
    • And then, of course, there's the "Garen gets out of bed in the morning on the hope that he has a scrap with Katarina" thing.
  • Fountain of Memes: MUNDO!
  • Game Breaker: Inevitable, given the competition-oriented gameplay. Who/What exactly is one constantly changes, due to rapid updates, and what exactly is a "Game Breaker" is massively different depending on your level of play.
    • Twisted Fate, whose most notable abilities are an extra effect added to his next autoattack (but is highly unique in that it swaps between 3 options continuously in a pattern, requiring one to be chosen by the player when it pops up. Or you can miss the one you wanted entirely), and a teleport that reveals every player on the map. Considered to be useless by many people, and there were large numbers of threads asking that he be buffed. Then he single-handedly won a match against one of the best teams on Earth.
    • Kog'Maw was considered pretty weak when he came out, but when play shifted towards really tough characters, Kog turned out to be the best tank-killer in the game.
    • Vayne was disgustingly overpowered on release, easily on the same level as release Xin or beta Twisted Fate. A ranged carry with some assassin traits, her main claim to fame was being able to chase down single targets, immobilize them, and fill them full of bolts, and her ability to do percentage-based true damage was more than likely intended to make her the bane of everything tanky (she was released in May of 2011, when the Tanky DPS meta was still very much in effect). Unfortunately, she was the bane of everything. Impossible to escape thanks to her passive, annoyingly good at juking and unreasonably hard to lock down thanks to her Q, unreasonably dangerous to trade with in lane due to her burst and her E, which had situational hard CC that was very easy to pull off if the Vayne player was worth a damn, and possessed of an ult that was essentially a "fuck you, your team dies now" button thanks to ridiculous stat buffs all around, Vayne was an unholy terror at all stages of the game that had players wondering whether Riot even looked at her power level before releasing her. It's no surprise that she's mostly seen nerfs for the entirety of her existence.
    • Graves, while not as bad as Vayne, was still far too strong on release. A ranged carry who incentivized getting up close and personal, he wound up being really good at that and way too good at everything else. His Q, the main thing that made getting in close desirable, wound up being ridiculously powerful from all ranges; up close, it was easily capable of blowing off close to half of another champ's life into midgame, while it also wound up being a surprisingly powerful and dependable poke from afar. He also had a dash that doubled as an attack speed boost with a cooldown that could be refreshed with autoattacks, a passive that gave him free armor and magic resist if he was attacking or being attacked, and a utility move that acted as both a slow and a situational version of Nocturne's ultimate; his ultimate, while devastating in teamfights and early skirmishes, was honestly the most balanced thing about him. Everything else made him into a burst machine that was overly mobile and deceptively bulky, especially for a carry, and his tendency to not scale as well into lategame as other carries was more than made up for by how brutal he was early and midgame. Like Vayne, most of the changes that he's seen in his four years of existence have been nerfs.
    • After the order of effects upon death were patched, Maokai gained the unique ability to combine the Guardian Angel with his Vengeful Maelstrom to do this quite literally. This bug breaking the game is itself a Game Breaker, meaning Maokai could never lose.
    • Morgana's Black Shield, for its ability to make the target temporarily immune to all forms of crowd control (an incredibly powerful ability given how much of a major role these play in the game).
    • It's been notoriously hard to balance Mundo on Twisted Treeline... but he's unlikely to be fixed, as Riven, Shyvana, Poppy, Mordekaiser and especially Singed have begun to overshadow him.
    • Ryze is more likely to get hit with this charge than most champions. Extremely short cooldowns, high damage output over a long period of time, and tank-like durability make him extremely effective in almost any situation. He's also one of the least expensive champions in the game. And his rather simple play style (amounting to memorizing two completely targeted combos—you don't even have to click on targets if you use smartcasting) leads to the backlash you'd expect. However, he has been remedied with a rework where he had more unique mechanics and a need for more skill, but it still made him very powerful in the hands of proper players. The only thing weak about him was that pre-rework he needed to be in range and had to target something/someone for his spells to even come out.
    • Xin Zhao, as released, was a Leeroy Jenkins... who won battles single-handedly. Then he got nerfed, started riding a very unsteady nerf/buff wave that constantly left his viability in question, and then eventually became a full-on Joke Character who was completely worthless against anyone even slightly decent until he got remade and became a decent, if not spectacular choice.
    • They're still trying to figure out how to balance healing spells properly. Taric and Janna haven't got messed with much, but Alistar's was reworked entirely, Soraka (as of late August '11) has been re-specced as The Red Mage, and Sona's, well, Sona. It's interesting to note that the latter two have some of the highest win-loss ratios as champions.
    • Many of the champs with high learning curves have eventually become this once people get the hang of them. Lee Sin? Underpowered on release, buffed massively, then people began to realize that the sheer strength of his kit coupled with his new numbers was simply too much. Orianna? Took a bit for people to get the hang of her, but it soon became clear that she was staggeringly overpowered by way of being able to do the vast majority of tasks in the game far better than the champs dedicated to them. And Rumble? Initially thought to be worthless, then people noticed how he was the strongest pusher in the game and had some of the highest, most consistent damage in the game coupled with a terrifying ultimate that could annihilate entire teams when placed right. This is a common theme in League of Legends: champ with a heavy learning curve is released, people slowly learn what said champ can do, people realize that Riot underestimated just how much a master of said champ could pull off and realize that the champ is extremely overpowered, champ gets nerfed.
    • Darius has split the community into the group that that thinks just mediocre and the group that thinks he's a kill-stealing bastard that's just toxic to the game. To truly understand how bad this case is, one must understand that Darius's kit is built around his Ultimate that instantly refreshes on a killing blow, and because it inflicts True Damage, no amount of armor or magic resist can protect an enemy from him. At release Darius was far worse, with his passive stacks dealing absurd damage even at level 1, having mixed damage on his autoattacks making him hard to counter, and his ultimate originally had a half-second grace period after the dunk where if the victim died it would still refresh. This meant that the three or four sequential ults that were supposed to happen once in a blue moon if you were doing amazing were commonplace.
    • Zyra and Jayce were both considered overpowered on release, the former far more so than the latter. They were both considered to be the best champs for their lanes (mid and top, respectively) by a long shot. Zyra had ludicrous burst even with minimal AP, a LONG-ranged snare with an incredibly fast travel speed, untouchable poke and zoning, and tank-tier initiation, not to mention incredible scaling and further teamfight utility. She received the single largest nerf in League history but still remained one of the best mages in the game, something that attests to how ridiculous she was on release. As for Jayce, he was virtually unbeatable top thanks to being almost completely unapproachable and impossible to duel or even trade with due to his hammer form E, a low-cost knockback on a very low cooldown that also hurt like a bitch, while his cannon form sported incredible poking and burst that was even more effective in the melee-heavy top environment. He also snowballed fast and hard and became an utter terror when fed, essentially becoming a second carry. His nerfs, while certainly justified, were nowhere near as heavy as hers, but that was mostly because you could at least do okay and farm against him top, while the best that you could do against Zyra was survive.
    • Pre-nerf Rengar was this. One Savagery/Empowered Savagery combo was enough to bring a vast majority of champions, squishy or not, down to half health or lower. Getting away from him was nigh impossible due to his high mobility around brush and movement speed boost from his ultimate. He's since been toned down to a reasonable level.
      • Then the Rengar after said nerfs still ended up being this, in the sense that his "triple Q" exploit (involving ulting, readying Savagery, then using Empowered Savagery JUST as Savagery comes off cooldown then using Savagery again for massive damage and attack speed to follow up) is quite capable of outright eviscerating a squishy champion.
    • The remade Black Cleaver at the start of the Season 3 preseason period was arguably the most overpowered item in the history of the game. Giving huge damage, HP, cooldown reduction, armour penetration AND armour shred, Riot made it worse by inexplicably not making any of its stats Unique, meaning they could be stacked. It was not uncommon to see physical damage dealers buying boots and 4 Black Cleavers and wiping the floor with everyone else.
      • Worse was that if combined with the % Armor Pen mastery and the Last Whisper, which also gives % Armor Pen, certain characters could buy a Black Cleaver and Last Whisper then run around dealing True Damage to everything for most of the game. The irony was that not only was the Black Cleaver too good in terms of damage and armor pen, its intention of shredding armor became overshadowed by everything else (along with a subpar HP stat for bruisers) before it was remade in Season 5.
    • Blitzcrank is often banned at low ELOs because his trademark move, "Rocket Grab", is one of the most powerful initiators in the game, as a move that can near instantly grapple an enemy and draw them to you, which, when used in conjunction with teamfighting, will often lead to a quick death for (if the Blitz is competent) usually either the Support or more often the AD Carry. Higher ELOs tend to pass over him, as Blitzcrank is often cited as Difficult but Awesome, and that really competent ones are rare enough that banning him constantly is usually worthless compared to someone like, say, Thresh.
    • Unlike every other suppport (or champion in general) in the game, Thresh does not gain Armor on level up. However, this is remedied by his passive: every time a small monster or minion dies, they have a chance of dropping a soul, whereas champions and large monsters always drop them. Thresh can move near a soul to obtain it, which permanently grants him Armor and Ability Power, and there is no limit to how many souls he can grab. Essentially, this means there is no limit to how much Armor and Ability Power he can have, and he is the only support in the game that gets stronger by allowing his friendly AD Carry team mate farm without farming himself. Thresh's Q is Death Sentence, which is basically Blitzcrank's grab, but with a slightly shorter range, a slower pull-in, a lower cooldown, and with the additional option for Thresh to immediately jump to his victim's current position. But wait, there's more! The most infamous (and hated) thing about Thresh is his W, Dark Passage, AKA "the lantern." Thresh throws his lantern towards a spot of his choosing, where it stays for up to 6 seconds. If an ally right-clicks it, the lantern disappears and the ally is pulled right to Thresh, essentially giving his ally a reset button to erase any mistake they make. While the lantern is active, all allies near it gain a shield for up to 4 seconds that absorbs all forms of damage, with the shield getting stronger the more Ability Power Thresh has. Thresh's E is Flay, which passively gives him bonus magic damage (again scaling off his AP) on each autoattack he lands - and keep in mind Thresh's autoattacks are long range. He can also activate Flay to either knock all enemies in a cone AWAY from him, or all enemies in a cone TOWARD him, as well as slowing them for about 2 seconds. Thresh's ultimate is simply "The Box," which places a pentagon made of green energy walls around him: when an enemy runs into a wall, it disappears, inflicting massive damage (scaling with his AP), and slowing them by 99% for 2 seconds, and while the damage and slow will be halved, enemies CAN be affected by more than one wall. Thresh is the single-most picked support champion in the game, but given his kit and passive, he can quite easily fill ANY role his team needs. Common complaints are that if not for his lantern, Thresh would be acceptable, but his entire kit as-is simply gives too much.
    • On Dominion and Twisted Treeline there are several, but none have ever come close to Kassadin.
      • To clarify: Kassadin has high utility, high damage, and good mobility. His traditional weakness is that he's squishy. Players realized he could build defensive mana, magic penetration, and cooldown reduction items, abuse his ult's stacking damage and low cooldown, and abuse the wall-heavy configuration of the Dominion map for even stronger mobility, still-potent damage, and still-potent utility—with none of the tendency to blow up if focused. His mobility was by far the worst part of him—to the point that he can practically be everywhere on the map at once. He was so infamous that he was the first champion on Dominion to receive map-specific nerfing. The first nerfs he has received have simply made his power level comparable to that of other truly OP champions, but later nerfs have finally brought him down to within reason, or worse, made him much less viable than ever.
      • Jayce, Nidalee, and Kha'Zix are the next three after Kassadin on Dominion. They are not at the same level as Kassadin, but are certainly headaches. Lulu, Talon, Wukong, Rengar, and Teemo have all had their times in the "spotlight." Zyra, Amumu, remade Evelynn, and remade Karma have been consistently high-tier.
      • Then there's LeBlanc. As a remarkably powerful assassin, she could burst you down in an instant once she got going, and there was no counterplay since you spent the entire time silenced. Fortunately, Riot has since removed her silence, so there's a possibility of actually fighting back before you get deleted.
      • In a bit of irony, the aforementioned Thresh is practically a Joke Character on Dominion. Not only does he have to go out of his way to utilize the aforementioned soul mechanic (leaving him squishy), his high cooldowns do not sit well on a map where turrets "die" in ten seconds, and his lantern is significantly less powerful when Thresh can't risk heading into initiation range. However, he's since gotten a map specific buff (souls now give him two stacks of Damnation) which makes him unremarkable top but fairly strong bot.
    • Post-Rework Master Yi. His E ability (Wuju Style) now makes his basic attacks hit for added true damage upon activation, and the amount scales with his attack damage. As a melee assassin, he'll be building a lot of attack damage. His ultimate (Highlander) adds 40% attack speed, gives the same amount in movement speed, and makes him immune to slowing effects. If he wants you dead, you're not going to do much to stop him. So long as he can make it to the late game, he'll become a walking blender that hits for high amounts of true damage every autoattack that you can't escape from. On the other hand though, his paper-thin defense means all it takes to bring him down is stunning him and have your entire team nuke him with extreme prejudice.
      • Pre-Rework Yi while being considered a competent but easily countered AD assassin, had a second configuration based on AP due to his Q being AP rather than AD scaling (a very unusual early game holdover). By building lots of AP, his Q could become incredibly powerful, and also scaled up his W, which not only healed him, but upped his Armor and Magic Resist considerably. This essentially meant AP Yi could Alpha Strike his opponent (a near instant untargetable close move) and then immediately use his W to essentially become immune to damage from his target (unless being interrupted by CC). Worse, when his Ultimate is active, any kills used to completely reset his cooldowns, so he could spam his Q over and over again. It was quite common to see Yi Penta kill entire teams easily if they were all grouped up close together (since his Q damages up to 4 enemies at once). The only weakness in this playstyle was that he ONLY relied on his Alpha Strike most of the time (especially late game where his AD starts getting obsolete if not built that way, so Lich Bane was a must to build) for his damage output, meaning he was very team comp-based for higher ELO-teams and Q'ing at the wrong time would lead to retaliation if he didn't get a kill from it for another shot, and he needed to make sure his ult was active to even get the reset. Plus, just spamming his Alpha Strike (like with his overall playstyles) would drain a ton of mana from him if not managed properly.
      • Riot eventually nerfed his ultimate just as Master Yi got reworked, since even when his Alpha Strike needs much more to achieve the AP Yi level damage from before, it still had a problem; thus due to the 70% cooldown refresh slapped onto him, this makes it so that Yi can no longer chain-spam his Alpha Strike to remain invincible at any given time just after a kill from an auto attack or Alpha Strike alike, which would allow for more gaps for counterplay against Yi on a killing spree.
    • In the Pre-Season 5 the jungle was overhauled, and most of the monsters, including dragon, have a new style to their attacks. Why is this important? Because Pantheon's passive, which blocks certain kinds of attacks, blocks ALL of Dragon's attacks. This means Pantheon can take Dragon at LEVEL 2. ALONE. Thats right, 2 minutes into the game a Pantheon can solo the Dragon and secure a big buff for his team.
      • To a lesser extent, this can also work with Fiora using her skill Riposte, which can deflect a Dragon's attack, but only when timed right.
    • Warwick emerged as THE strongest jungler after the overhaul, no competition. Not only does his sustain make him insanely safe, One of the new jungle items, Skirmisher's Sabre, allows you to deal True Damage for a few seconds and it counts as an on-hit effect. Couple this with the Devourer enchantment, which gives infinitely scaling on-hit magic damage. All Warwick has to do is walk up, smite a carry and use his ultimate, which applies on-hit effects, repeatedly. That carry is now dead. Period. This turned out to be so broken that within 2 weeks Warwick went from a champion people left games over because he was The Load, to a champion with a 92% ban rate. Riot started rolling out hefty nerfs on his Ultimate VERY quickly.
    • Due to MR nerfs in season 5, Ranged AP champions that go Top lane and some in mid end up being this due to difficulty to engage.
    • The release of the Sated Devourer enchantment made champions that had on-hit effects that dealt damage in a way (i.e. Vayne, Gnar, Corki, Ekko) has made those champions more viable for the jungle, or their made more considering of taking smite as opposed to another summoner spell.
  • Genius Bonus:
    • "Lux" being a Meaningful Name. The word "lux" translates directly to "light" in Latin.
    • Ahri is referred to as a Gumiho, not a Kitsune (the reason why her LAN title is "the Ancestral Kumiho" instead of "the Nine-Tailed Fox"). Gumiho are Korean fox spirits that are mainly distinguished from Kitsune by being Always Chaotic Evil and living on a diet of human livers. However, some stories claim that if a Gumiho can refrain from killing and eating humans for 1000 days, they will lose their evil nature and become human. This is Ahri's main goal, to become human while refraining from devouring human souls.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Due to the nature of the game, it is quite regular for some champs to be very favored in certain regions in detriment to others. It is especially noticeable in competitive play: one specific example involved Rumble, who upon release was deemed worthless for the NA pros while the European scene realized he was pretty much broken.
    • Worth noting that the infamous meme "Brazilians Love Mordekaiser" does not fit in; it was all a joke made by a North American player. Morde numbers are unimpressive both in Brazil as well as the rest of the world.
    • Despite the Japanese League of Legends community is known to be really small (since PC gaming in Japan requires being rich or geeky enough to have two square meters to spare for a desktop computer); "cute" champions such as Fizz, Ahri, Sona, Lux, Annie, many yordles (such as Teemo, Tristana, Lulu, Kennen, and Veigar), and lesser extent Kog'Maw have gotten a lot of popularity among the Japanese playerbase. In fact, it's common for Japanese League of Legends fanart to depict the said "cute" characters more than manlier champions such as Darius and Garen; and it wouldn't be a surprise that if Japan gets their own League of Legends servers, the said cute champions will be the most played champions among the casual Japanese playerbase. Competitively speaking however, the Japanese meta is relatively similar to the Korean meta because the Korean servers is where most professional Japanese players look at.
      • If the booru sites are to be trusted, Lulu is pretty much the second most popular characters for the Japanese/Asian player-base, only beaten by Ahri.
      • Similarly, Ezreal and Varus has also gotten a lot of popularity in Japan, due to the fact their appearance easily fit into the Bishōnen character archetype (not to mention that they are viable competitive choices).
    • The game itself, have garnered a lot of popularity in East Asian countries, specifically in China and South Korea where PC gaming is dominant. However, it also has some growing popularity in Japan as well to the point that in 2015, Japan opened their first LCS tournament and allowed to enter the international LCS stage via the Wildcard Tournament. Some speculate this is most likely the free-to-play nature of the game, as well as numerous "cute" champions that has gotten a lot of appeal among the Japanese fanbase (more specifically Lulu). Riot has announced plans to open up Japanese servers as well.
  • Good Bad Bugs: Typing /d in the chat bar for the dance emote while Garen is casting Judgement amusingly causes him to spin in place forever if he doesn't move, sans the damage and golden particle effects of the ability. This was, regrettably, somehow fixed and Garen just stops spinning at the end of Judgement's duration.
  • Growing the Beard: Not the game itself, but the skins. Back in the days all the skins were just recolors (of both the loading screen and the champion itself). Now you will have to look hard to find a new skin that is not a remodel with brand-new loading screen art.
    • And these days, it's becoming more and more common to get new particle effects and secondary changes (like Teemo's mushrooms instead being Easter eggs in his Easter Bunny skin, satellites as Astro Teemo and poison bombs as Omega Squad Teemo).
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The champion Diana was somewhat inspired by Lady Gaga, who made a song about the late Princess Diana and her death a few months ago. IronStylus admits that it was a bit creepy.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Kha'Zix is an Alien Expy whose primary damaging spell is heavily reliant on an isolation mechanic. Kha'Zix was released in 2012, but fast forward to 2014...
  • Hell Is That Noise:
    • The BLIP! of a turret that just targeted you — if you can move freely it means GET THE HELL OUTTA THERE NOW, if you're stunned it means You Are Already Dead.
    • The shriek Ghost Bride Morgana lets out as part of her recall animation is blood-curdling.
    • The sound of Nocturne and Fiddlestick's ultimate abilities, Paranoia and Crowstorm. The sound clearly conveys someone is about to have their day ruined. It also helps that both of them are Paranoia Fuel Champions post-6.
    • Sion's ultimate post-rework also has a double dose of this. Upon casting his ultimate Unstoppable Onslaught a loud metallic clang is heard by all players to signify he's charging somewhere. The second part? Well he has ten different audio files that are specifically for his ultimate. Which can, for example, lead to enemies hearing....
    • This is even worse for the enemy team. The sound is only heard by the enemy team when Sion is visible to them.
    • And now we have the addition of Rek'Sai. Her ultimate depends on the tunnels she can spawn across the map, immediately dashing to it so she can maul the living crap out of whatever is on the other end. Luckily these tunnels can be found and quickly destroyed, limiting her movements. And then you hear a blood-curdling "SKREEEEEEEEEEEEE!!" meaning YOU MISSED ONE.
  • Incest Yay Shipping: While uncommon, several sibling pairs are shipped together, notably Garen and Lux, as well as Morgana and Kayle have somewhat of a following.
  • Internet Backdraft: When the forums saw the first draft of Jayce's lore, fans of Viktor and his character went nuts. It talked about how Viktor stole Jayce's tech, then Jayce went and single-handedly defeated Viktor and his acolytes. Many who saw Viktor as a recluse who believes in credit where credit is due denounced the lore as poorly written and demanded it be changed.
    • The discovery that Lux's ult was going to be renamed from Finales Funkeln (German for Final Sparkle) to Infinite Light did not go down well with fans who enjoyed the Touhou reference and even a lot of people who didn't get the reference complained as well. This is despite the fact that Riot has gone out of their way to explain why they have decided to change it.
      • Eventually Riot met the fans half-way and re-renamed it Final Spark.
    • In the patch before Syndra's release, Riot redesigned Diana's Dark Valkyrie skin to remove the helmet from it. This was theorised to be because, with the helmet on, Dark Valkyrie Diana looked far too similar to Syndra (although since Diana was out first it's technically Syndra who looks too much like Dark Valkyrie Diana). The fans exploded with rage at this change as not only was the helmet the main thing that differentiated the skin from her base skin (apart from the Absolute Cleavage), it caused the skin to lose the thematic link to Leona's Valkyrie Leona skin and frankly it just looked a lot worse without it. Unlike in the prior examples, however, Riot simply ignored them and went ahead with the change anyway.
  • Iron Woobie:
    • Lux feels like she lives an empty life on the inside, but she doesn't let it show.
    • Poppy saw her father get murdered by Noxian assassins, and continued with her delivery anyway.
    • Being the only survivor of Unfriendly Fire Deadly Gas caused Riven to break her gifted sword, self-exile herself from her city-state and wander for a way to serve the philosophy of power she has followed her entire life rather than other, more self-pitying methods to cope.
    • Nasus. He was forced to war against several members of his race who wanted to enslave the mortals they protected as opposed to guiding them, his brother has spiraled down into insanity past the point of no return and will be forced to be put down someday and he was abruptly brought to a world far away and different from his own without warning and without no known way of returning — and yet, he's making the best of it, by managing the Institute of War's archives and Siphon Striking you into oblivion on the battlefield.
      • Post-Shurima arc, it still kinda works. He's forced to comply on Renekton's noble command of sealing him with Xerath, only later to find him insane because of Xerath and has to put him down eventually, and not even the resurrection of Azir soothes this, because Azir puts on the Never My Fault stance and keeps his gigantic ego, so Nasus' warnings usually fell on deaf ears, meaning that the only one he can blame is himself.
    • Leona. Ever since childhood, she always kept her philosophy about strength being used to protect others, which led her being ridiculed and considered 'problem child' by the Rakkors, except possibly her childhood friend Pantheon. And when she couldn't bring herself to kill her opponent in the ritual match, the Rakkor elders set up her execution and could've possibly sent Pantheon as one of the executors. She's only saved by the intervention of the Solari and had to move away from home to be their paragon... and it turns out that the Solari tribe could be a bit of an ass, and this actions led Leona's Solari friend, Diana, to be condemned heretic, pull a Face-Heel Turn and massacred the elders, now opposing her. Leona deals with this by still protecting everyone she can, still being friends with Pantheon, and doing her best to stop Diana's madness.
    • Yasuo. He is believed by his entire village to be guilty of a crime he didn't commit, was forced to cut down three assassins who came after him (including his own brother), and now lives life on the run. All because of a moment of hubris luring him away from his post. He deals with it by still being a man of resolve to find out the truth and preserving the honor he has learned during his time in Ionia, being the better man than what he used to be.
  • It's Easy, so It Sucks:
    • Even though Sona isn't considered overpowered, she's still looked down upon because it's entirely possible to play her well just by spamming Q-W-E and pressing R occasionally. (Ask those players whether they'd rather have a competent player running an easy champ at their side, or The Load, and they go curiously silent.)
      • Note that this isn't much of a case anymore, as Sona was later reworked specifically to avoid this. Her cooldowns were lengthened, requiring players of the character to be more mindful of when to use a skill.
    • Graves, Garen, Darius and Ryze frequently have this applied to them in discussions. Many more champions too, like most of the fighter or carry champions. To reply to such complaints, it gets to the point people go the logical extreme by saying the game in general and adapting to the characters' basic gameplay isn't very hard.
    • Karthus' ultimate is nicknamed "Press R to Win" for a reason, and his passive actually makes him more deadly if he gets killed. Many a team has been aced by killing Karthus, only for his teammates to keep them around for Death Defied and an uninterruptable Requiem to clean house.
    • In general this is a criticism of the game when compared to other MOB As; the gameplay is simplified and less unforgiving in many respects.
  • Les Yay: It did not escape the community's notice that in one of their Easter Egg interactions Vi calls Caitlyn "cupcake".
    • IronStylus has made a few ambiguous comments that Diana might have a thing for Leona. The ambiguity has only led to rampant speculation. Naturally, doubles as Foe Yay.
  • Love It or Hate It: Veigar's voice is alternatively considered hilarious or grating.
  • Love to Hate: Katarina on the whole is loved for being extremely hot while making angry players smash their keyboards across their heads at the same time.
  • Magnificent Bastard: LeBlanc is strongly implied to be responsible for the disappearance of General Du Couteau, and the subsequent promotion of her compatriot Swain to the opened position. There's also some very subtle evidence that she disguised herself as Jarvan IV to start the Kalamanda war.
    • One can get a close-up of Swains Magnificent Bastardry through the Journal of Justice, just read a bit behind the lines and it's pretty clear that the entire Kalamada event was orchestrated by him. Much of this is speculation, but the signs are obvious if you know where to look:
      • There were lots of smaller inexplainable cases going on, which neither Noxus or Demacia admitted to doing, which raised the tension heaviily. That made the elusive leader of Noxus leave the city for the first time in forever. On the way to Kalamada, Swain got Grand General Boram Darkwill assassinated, blaming Demacia, had LeBlanc disguise as Jarvan to start a war, thus becoming the only general of the militaristic Noxus to actually be at the battlefield, boosting his claim to the throne strongly. Only one of Boram Darkwill's sons went on a full campaign against him, the other generals either stayed out of it, or got behind Swain. The climax was when Keiran Darkwill, having probably seen many of Swain's League battles and knowing how to fight him, challenged Swain to a duel. However, the "Swain" he was fighting was using spells exclusive to Le Blanc, and one of her quotes, heavily implying Swain had gotten her to disguise as him, taking Darkwill by surprise. It worked, and the Journal of Justice ended it's run by delcaring Swain the new Grand General of Noxus.
  • Mainstream Obscurity: It's the most played game in the world. But most hours played isn't the same thing as most widely played. It hasn't reached the recognition of something like World of Warcraft even among gamers (as the reaction to Ensemble Darkhorse Draven being pushed by the fandom to various victories in a GameFAQs Character Battle showed).
  • Mary Sue: Ezreal could easily be this. He's an off-the-charts gifted magical prodigy who was disinterested in studying when he could be out pulling feats of Indiana Jones-like exploration. Naturally, he discovered an artifact which gives him magical power with no effort, letting him have the best of both worlds. The sole drawback to this is that he is repeatedly summoned to compete with the greatest warriors in the world; something his adventurous spirit probably doesn't mind in the slightest. He has no character flaws we are aware of, he is one of the most quoted champs in other champions' lores (Rammus, Amumu, etc.), and of all the champions with Ship Tease he has the strongest so far (his possible relationship with Lux is hinted at on the Howling Abyss map). Not to mention, he takes his name from one of the main designers of the game. Add to all that his visual appearance (young, blond, and pretty with distinct anime and steampunk influences), and you're one bare step from "original character; do not steal."
    • Funnily enough, he wasn't REALLY that good looking in his debut. His Classic Splash Art makes him kind of look like a monkey to some. But after a few splash art updates, he starts fitting the looks of a Mary Sue more.
    • Riot seems to have realized Ezreal could run away with the entire franchise and backed off on his more overwhelming traits. His revamped (and much shorter) lore makes no mention of how he mapped out the Piltover sewers and earned the title of Grandmaster Explorer of Piltover at the age of eight, and what little it says about his inherent magic power could indicate that his native talent was too weak to be worth training until his amulet boosted it. The Lux/Ez Ship Tease has been overshadowed by the stronger hints at Garen/Kat; he's never appeared in an official cinematic or comic; he is conspicuous by his absence in anything related to Ekko; even his new main splash art makes him look youthful and energetic but not Bishounen perfect. The only places where Ez gets undue prominence now are in his two shared alternative-skin splash images, where he stands front and center, and in whatever might be gleaned from his innate ability to use a Shuriman artifact meant for an Ascended human.
  • Mary Tzu: Swain
  • Memetic Badass:
    • Little is known about the General Du Couteau (not even his given name), but everyone agrees he's a badass. He's said to be the single greatest blademaster in the entire world.
    • IronStylus, concept artist of Riot Games, got a thread on himself like this due to being a popular Rioter from posting often on the forums.
  • Memetic Mutation: Has its own page.
  • Memetic Sex God: If the Riot employee Jeff Jew is mentioned, his sexiness will be also.
  • Mis-blamed: Stanwick Piddly stole Viktor's notes, plagiarizes and takes credits for his works, yet the fans didn't even notice him, and instead blamed Jayce as being the stuck up jerk that made Viktor miserable in the first place. Then again, his outrageous first lore might have something to do with it, but still, it's kind of jarring that Stanwick so far remains a Karma Houdini for Viktor's sufferings.
  • Moe: Lux is a young and cheerful magician with an endearing and innocent-sounding voice to match.
    • A lot of yordles can easily fit into this trope. Lulu, Tristana, Kennen, and Teemo in particular.
    • Also. Fizz.
    • Meta-wise, there's this LOL player named LilyPichu who has a reputation of an extremely cute voice and an endearingly personable attitude, leading many LOL players considering her the trope.
  • Misaimed Fandom: On almost every single one of Phreak's champion spotlight videos, there are people saying that his builds don't work that well or that he plays terribly. Despite the fact that these videos are to demonstrate the mechanics of a champion, rather than how to play them well.
  • Most Wonderful Sound:
    • "Pentakill!"
      • LAN has "P-P-P-P-PENTAKIIIIIIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!".
    • "Ace!", caused by the deaths of all players on one side, means that you're safe to push and destroy towers for a while. (Assuming nobody has the summoner spell "Revive".)
    • "Shut down!" for when someone on the enemy team is on a killing spree.
    • For newbie players, the jangle of coins that comes from last-hitting a minion, especially if heard a few times in a row.
    • For Yasuo players and their allies, the metallic clang from landing a second Steel Tempest in less than ten seconds, since it means his next casting of it will generate a tornado — and possibly an ultimate if it's up.
  • MST3K Mantra:
    • Following the release of Graves, one thing has been pointed out. Gun: two barrels. Ability: three simultaneous shots.
      • Note that he isn't the only one. Another gun-related champion would be Miss Fortune. Weapon: twin flintlocks. Ultimate: shooting more bullets than any flintlocks are capable of shooting in a very short time.
      • Zed's ultimate also qualifies, since it's animated for two shadows plus Zed, but only leaves one. In this case though, it's because the second shadow was too hard to balance.
  • Narm: The Season 3 Championship series trailer. While the music is cool, the video is just a bunch of pro gamers running around an empty building with an overuse of Adrenaline Time that would make Zack Snyder blush.
    • Narm Charm: The Road to the Cup video made to promote the Championship itself did a much better job of making pro-gamers look badass both by being animated and by going completely over-the-top. Hilarious, but still awesome.
  • Nausea Fuel: Urgot's character design is very heavy on the squick.
  • Never Live It Down: Demacia will never live down Lux's League Judgment. Because it shows one dark side that everyone is required for conscription and Lux was dragged off in tears against her will, it paves way for people to flanderize Demacia as a tyrannical empire hiding behind shiny 'good guy' propaganda, just based on that event, even if a lot of those shiny 'good guy' stuffs could also be genuine. Even if League Judgment has been cancelled, these accusations still remain.
  • Older Than They Think: No, Wukong he's not based off of Goku. He and Goku are both ripoffs of someone else.
    • Likewise, Ahri is not based off of Naruto.
  • Paranoia Fuel
    • Whenever stealth-based characters such as Shaco or Twitch disappear, you're going to be seriously worried about an ambush.
    • Both Nocturne and Twisted Fate have abilities that let them travel great distances instantly. Twisted Fate's allows the entire enemy team to see where you are. Nocturne's prevents you from seeing where any teammates not right next to you are. Both can be quite a scare when you're alone.
    • Warwick's Blood Scent lets him see enemies that have less than 50% health in a pretty big radius. If you hear howling and see a pair of evil-looking eyes above your head, you'd best call for backup. Or run.
    • Fiddlesticks isn't really much of a threat early game, more of a slight annoyance with a silence, fear, and refusal to die with Drain Health. He becomes a major problem after he picks up Crowstorm and starts roaming. If you can't see him, there's a chance he can jump over a bush or wall with Crowstorm active. Not only is the ability devastating if you're standing in it's area of affect, it's also incredibly shocking due to its accompanying sound effect of "LULULULULULUCAWCAWCAWCAW."
    • Once Karthus gets his ultimate, cue the entire enemy team rushing each one a Zhonya's Hourglass if that's what it takes to not die to his ultimate that hits everyone in the map at the same time.
    • Same with Akali having her own ultimate. She can dash out of the jungles and slay you in seconds, and trying to run is often futile.
    • If you're fighting on the opposing team against Yasuo, being thrown up the sky in any manners is the LEAST thing you want because who knows when he'll suddenly pop out of nowhere, juggle you in the air with his Last Breath and just prepare to slice and dice you up with his sword (or get his teammate to help him kill you), if that Ult hasn't killed you yet (not to mention, with his usually high Crit rate, it's like facing someone who's more than likely slash your vital parts accurately). Like Akali, Yasuo can also pop up out of the jungles provided that someone else is sending you to the air on the other side.
    • Sion post-rework has a notification sound whenever he uses his ultimate, Unstoppable Onslaught, that both teams can hear. It is a loud, deep metallic bang. HOWEVER, the enemy team will only hear it when they can see him using his ultimate. In short: They likely won't be aware of the unstoppable juggernaut barreling towards them until it's far, far too late.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • Evelynn got this big time. Revive/Smite + AD + jungle + Evelynn = #1 ban in Draft mode or freewin in Normal mode.
      • Was. She's since been kicked back to the Heap.
      • Rescued once again after the long-awaited "Stealth Remake" update in July 2012. Eve is now viable again.
      • Highly debatable. The broad consensus is that, even if she's better than she used to be, she's still one of the weakest champions in the game. Evelynn fans were NOT AMUSED.
      • After a couple sets of buffs and tweaks, she's more or less officially left the heap and been accepted as a strong, dependable pick.
      • During the Season 2 world championship she emerged as an AP mid, and dominated games with her percentage damage ultimate and powerful roaming ability ending up at a 100% win rate. It has been said that the only reason Moscow5, one of the best teams in the world, lost was that the other team banned them from Evelynn. As Phreak said, welcome back to the game, Eve!
      • ...so then of course Riot nerfed her hard again (changin her ult from a % of the enemy's maximum HP to a % of their current HP AND nerfing its cooldown with no compensation) and people more or less dropped her like a hot potato. This feels tragically familiar...
      • and AGAIN back to the heap with the Season 4 vision/ward overhauls leaving Eve back in 'stupid good' tier due to nothing being able to stop her from ganking. To put this in perspective: her ban rate shot up '60% in the first 2 weeks of the preseason!
    • Much the same thing happened to Katarina. Her remake fixed all her problems (aside from the ease with which her ultimate is stopped, which is crucial to keeping her from going completely out of control) while leaving all her strengths intact. She's gone from worst champ in the game (picking her in Ranked was a good way to have someone dodge or lock in another troll pick) to one of the most frequent bans across all ELOs, being considered borderline overpowered at best and downright broken at worst.
    • Same thing also happened to Twitch. Despised by the community for most of his time in the game (first for being the most overpowered champion in the game by a landslide to the point where if he wasn't banned, the team who didn't get him had absolutely zero hope of winning unless the rest of Twitch's team was utter trash, then for being nerfed to the point of troll-like uselessness, albeit not to the same extent as Eve, Kat, or Heimerdinger), he received a remake that kept what was good about him intact while either removing the things that made him as problematic as he was or altering them to keep the skills mostly intact while eliminating the abusive parts of the skills.
    • Kennen is a very notable example. He was considered the worst caster in the game, and for a good reason: low damage spells, bad ultimate, easy controllable. After the remake he is more or less perfectly balanced.
    • In early days, Teemo was reviled for being so cute. Now he's arguably one of the most popular characters in the game and one of the official mascots.
      • Debatable since he's still one of the most-hated champions in the game, just not for his cuteness.
    • Vladimir was once hated due to his ridiculous durability, high damage, and obnoxiously effective laning abilities. After steady nerfs that left him nearly useless, he finally received a set of buffs and tweaks that have more or less left him as balanced as he's going to be in his current state, which is to say that he's a highly effective (and annoying) top.
    • Xin Zhao was massively overpowered on release, got nerfed immediately, and more or less rode an unsteady wave of nerfs and buffs that gave his usefulness a very push-pull quality. The problem was that he was from an era when the devs were just figuring out how to make melee DPS champs work, and as such had a rather problematic kit. If he was buffed so that he could actually see some use as a viable competitive pick, he was unmanageable for pubs; if he was nerfed so that he could be strong but not overwhelming in pubs, he was damn near troll pick status competitively. Riot more or less gave up and left him at troll pick tier until July 2012, when he received a remake that addressed both of his main issues and left him strong but not overwhelming at all levels of play.
    • Yorick and Caitlyn were both severely underpowered on release, and the act of even selecting them was enough to provoke a queue dodge. Then they got buffed (Yorick got an absolutely massive buff, Caitlyn got a series of smaller buffs) and gained renown as some of the best laners in the game. In fact, Yorick's first buff was so massive that it actually made him brokenly good in lane, forcing Riot to nerf him a bit. Even then, he's still known as the best solo top laner in the game.
    • Skarner was considered an incredibly weak jungler on release because he would run out of mana long before he would be able to do anything remotely useful. He recieved a buff that compensates for these issues and makes him a viable ambusher. He fell off again as more mobile junglers entered the scene, but a kit rework is already on the way to save Skarner from the heap yet again.
    • Xerath was widely disliked on release for having an awesome design that was wasted on an incredibly boring and clumsily-designed kit; while potentially very effective with a good team, he suffered from being absolutely no fun to play and feeling like his kit was more or less randomly slapped together with some half-assed attempts at making it coherent. The amount of free stats at his disposal (passage that converted a percentage of AP into Armor, plus an attack that rooted him to the ground in exchange for a huge range increase and a massive Magic Penetration boost) didn't help the slapdash feel and also made him a bitch to balance. After a rework that fixed his kit to make him feel more like the "death from afar" siege mage that he was originally conceived as while giving him more appropriate visual effects (his original effects designer was very inexperienced and could only manage lightning-based effects), the fandom finally embraced him.
    • Sejuani was thoroughly disliked upon release due to the general sloppiness of her kit: she had to jungle because she was too weak to lane but she was literaly the worst tank/jungle in the game, only her ultimate was her saving grace. One kit rework later and Sejuani left the heap as an extremely deadly ambusher with a LOT of crowd control and mobility, on top of being a proper Stone Wall level tank.
    • Syndra was deep in the heap for a long time. Her combination of extremely complex play, really poor numbers (she had terrible mana issues and really bad AP ratios) and buggy skills resulted in her immediately shooting right to the top (or bottom) of the "Lowest Win Rate" champion list, dragging down her teams in a DISTURBING number of games (at one point she had a win ratio of a mere 21%, the lowest of any champ in the entire history of the game). She'd widely been considered to be by FAR the worst champion Riot has ever released. However, a series of buffs and bug fixes, as well as the meta shifting away from the assassins (which have allowed other mids like Morgana and Anivia to come back into play as well), have allowed her to leave the heap. Her absolutely asinine burst damage coupled with the potential for a multi-man stun with Scatter the Weak and her ability to manipulate some teamfights have turned her into a powerful niche AP mid pick in competitive play. Bjergsen, formerly of Ninjas in Pajamas and now Reginald's heir apparent on TSM, is perhaps one of the most famous Syndra players in the world, as the first time he busted the Dark Sovereign out in a game, he scored a Pentakill and led his team to victory. It was at that point that people realized "Huh, maybe Syndra's pretty good after all." She's seen sporadic play at the highest level since then, mainly due to her very high execution requirements, but people are now wary enough to take Syndra seriously when they face her.
    • Sion Post-Relaunch. Good God, Sion Post-relaunch. He's a huge hulking zombie with an axe, but originally he wasn't very encouraged to fight at melee and doesn't make any use of the axe in any of his abilities, and has some abilities that don't make sense flavor-wise (why is a warrior zombie able to emit stunning, glittering eyebeams and generate exploding energy shields?) Now? He's an Nigh Invulnerable monstrosity if built correctly, and can very easily tank an entire team's worth of Damage and Crowd Control and still walk away from the fight.
  • Ron the Death Eater: Ask anybody who doesn't like Ahri about her character and you're almost sure to hear her being compared to a succubus who still sleeps with men to devourer their life essence. While it's true that she used to steal the life essence from men, a major point of her backstory is that she only did that before she became human enough to understand that what she was doing was wrong, and once she did she resolved to find a way to become human without taking any more innocent lives. Technically, it's only mentioned that she used her charms to lure men to her. Whether or not she actually slept with them isn't mentioned.
    • For many, Jayce is often seen as a stuck-up Glory Seeker Jerkass that is the source of poor Viktor's sufferings, thanks to his outrageous first lore that screams of Marty Stu and and made Viktor look like a straight up villain. This is ignoring that Jayce himself also genuinely loves Piltover and wants to protect it as much as other citizens there, and also ignoring that there is a possibility that Viktor acted that way because of how he was driven to that position thanks to Stanwick Piddly. But the haters usually forgot Stanwick existed (maybe because he's not playable, and with League's lore reset, they think he stopped existing), and then just full on blame Jayce and 'demonize' him.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Meta-wise, seeing how this page is written, you might start thinking that the current Riot team are just lazy bunches. When you get into the forums and see how the ones 'fighting for a better lore' can get very snappy and hostile to those who actually wants to just sit back and enjoy the current lore, sometimes it makes some want to just root for Riot Lore Team...
  • Scapegoat Creator: For the most part, there's going to be A LOT of blames to various Riot employers thanks to the Unpleasable Fanbase of the game and lore. Especially the Lore.
    • Morello is a particularly big case as the Lead Champion Designer. Occasionally crosses over with Mis-blamed for people who don't realize what he, or other reds, actually do. He has embraced the title of "Nerf Master Suck Town" bestowed on him in a patch preview comic; other devs often commend him on his impressive forum aggro tanking abilities.
      • He has since taken up a new job where he further acts more as a manager not in charge of the precise details of the game. Needless to say, he's still blamed for innumerable individual decisions regardless.
    • Shurelia has her own personal hatedom that partially stems from her DarkShurelia persona. Naturally, she also has legions of fans White Knighting for her as well.
      • She was also Mis-blamed for Kayle's rework (she was doing it, but it got handed off to someone else part of the way through...and accusing one person entirely ignores the rest of the people who also worked on it, because they've stated they don't do that alone). She also worked on changes to a number of support champions to reduce them from having a dull and unstoppable sustainability use in the lane, which was met with claims of ruined, "hating" support and placing the blame on her despite Lead Champion Designer Morello expressing himself outright that they were terrible gameplay problems (and of course, other people worked on it too). So, then, anyone upset about either these accused anyone of defending her to be White Knighting, and the anger ran freely on both ends.
    • Similarly, Zileas gets plenty of flak on his post about Game Design Anti-Patterns from amateur armchair designers who take every opportunity to try to disprove them, point out their presence in-game as a form of hypocrisy (while completely missing the point), or try to argue that it's the reason League of Legends will never cater to "hardcore" gamers.
    • Every time someone complains about the Magma Chamber map not being released while saying that a new champion being announced for the next patch shows the Riot Games needs to be working on it more, someone has to be reminded that the map designers are not the same people who make the champions. Or for that matter, people complaining about characters being released while bugs aren't being fixed when, again, the designers and the programmers are likely different people.
    • Kitae and the new Lore Team, with no reason given for champions to join the league, retcons galore, and behavior very much like Matt Ward in terms of Lore.
    • Riot Opeli is now a major target of player's ire, mainly for her flippant attitude in regards to player concern over the lore. It also doesn't help that she decides to make fun of comments in threads on Twitter. Very professional.
    • CertainlyT, a man hired by Riot despite having ZERO experience with working with games beforehand. His claim to infamy? He created Darius, and insisted he wasn't toxic or even the slightest bit ridiculous. CertainlyT is also the man responsible for Zyra, Zed (an assassin that has very little risk, but huge rewards), Thresh, Yasuo, and Kalista. Every single one of his champions has been declared overpowered, toxic, or both, with the only exception being Zed; Zed was considered somewhat underwhelming on release, but the release of new items (such as the aforementioned remade Black Cleaver) were all that were needed to push him over the top. He has however redeemed himself for the most part due to being friendly, open-minded and active on the forums. In a way, they dislike CertainlyT for ushering the era of 'League of Mobility' where immobile tanks or Stone Wall wouldn't thrive so well.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Any champion that is "cute" is being regarded this way by the “Stop Having Fun” Guys, especially Teemo, who is a cross between Team Fortress 2's Scout and Pikachu. Except armed with a blowgun. And poisonous.
      • Especially Teemo, since running over his mushrooms is agreed to be one of the most annoying things in the game. Dying to them, enraging.
      • Riot released a statistic regarding how often Teemo dies. 75 Teemos are killed every second on all LoL servers combined. Many players felt it was just a good start.
    • Fizz has gotten a lot of hate within the League of Legends ever since some professional players play him in season 3. This is not only because of his annoying, but difficult gameplay mechanics (massive mobility "hit-and-run" style, his Playful/Trickster can avoid most of the most deadly attacks and spells, and his damage over time from his autoattacks that actually gets stronger the less health you have that serves as his main killing damage), but many people in the forums completely hate for his cuteness. It's also not uncommon for players to ban Fizz in lower ranks for both his annoying gameplay that is difficult to counter properly AND his cuteness.
    • Most agree that there are few or no overpowered champions, but quite a few champions are commonly considered useless and many players will ditch out of games ("queue dodge") when a teammate chooses them.
    • Vladimir is pretty much this all the time - if he's considered underpowered, he's obviously disliked for that reason. On the opposite end, many find the only thing worse than getting grinded down and killed by an enemy in the lane is getting grinded down and killed by one who simultaneously heals himself pretty much the majority of the time he damages you to quash your hope entirely.
    • Darius is commonly hated. People playing against him dislike his true damage, cooldown-resetting-if-it-gets-the-killing-blow ultimate while being fairly easy and straightforward to play in general with the aforementioned payoff in his ultimate to easily punish any mistakes your team makes. People playing with him dislike how many Darius players are likely to overuse their ultimate and take the lion's share of gold from killing blows for a champion whose fairly unwieldy in teamfights against good play even without considering how his scaling is mediocre while the rest of the team languishes from lack of items... and the Darius player probably will let the kills they've accrued go to their head and proceed to complain about the rest of their team being terrible when it all blows up.
      • Somewhat acknowledged by Riot themselves. In their guide to reporting, the stereotypical "toxic" player is represented by a Darius.
    • Fearless, one of the design crew with Riot, became this over the fiasco that was Sona's redesign. While it was commonly believed that Sona needed a redesign that would require more skill to be put into her, many players saw the redesign as more of a straight nerf to the character than anything else. Not helping was Fearless' massively out of touch comments about the character (claiming that players using her were simply sitting back and letting her allies soak in her auras, while once in a while flashing in to use her ult. Any player of the character could tell you that only very poor players were using Sona this way, as it's a massive waste of Sona's surprisingly powerful harassing potential) and his frequent refusal to heed the concerns of the fanbase on the subject. People uninterested in Sona either way were annoyed that Riot was "wasting time" reworking Sona when other champions are either left to either languish in obscurity or continue to rule the rift.
    • Gnar became this before his release, as players took a look at his skills and complained of him having an overloaded amount of abilities at his disposal. Then, upon release, he turned out to be very underwhelming, as his main method of harass, his boomerang, turned out to be both easy to dodge and too light on damage to make it worth worrying about when it actually hit. His ability to transform was easy to work around simply by playing more cautiously when he was at full rage (as he transforms after 5 seconds pass if he uses no skills) as his Mega form, while powerful, is very slow. Players quickly concluded that most common top-laners picks could easily weather his abilities and crush him when they reached him, as he's very very frail in mini form, and nearly all mid and bot-laners could easily outrange him and deny him farm (as while he's a ranged character in mini form, the range of his attacks is quite short compared to dedicated ranged characters). Riot has a rather large buff coming for him, so only time will tell whether he escapes the heap or ends up becoming too powerful.
    • Although not so big as Teemo, Ezreal also becomes a subject of hate to some. Firstly, he's getting to be like an ADC version of Darius. Due to his skillshot-ladden skills, he requires precise aiming to be effective, in which to some players, translate as a way to entitle themselves as the 'best thing ever' and being a carry, they will be the cornerstone of many strategies and act very toxic if things don't go their way. And conversely, when one lacked the skills of proper aiming, Ezreal will turn out to be useless. Making matters worse is his design. It's not too infuriatingly cute like Teemo, but with his Animesque design of a pretty boy (or if you also take account his possible Mary Sue elements above), Ezreal gets a lot of flak for 'not being manly enough' and often used as a Butt Monkey for that reason. Of course, League of Legends is a western game, and manliness, not androgyny is worshiped greatly there.
  • Scrappy Mechanic:
    • Malzahar's Voidlings. Unlike other champion's pets/clones, they are directly uncontrollable.
      • Similarly, Yorick's Ghouls. Likely because he is able to have all of them out at once plus his directly-controllable revenant, and it would be quite hard to control them specifically, and possibly a Game Breaker to have all of them whaling on a target at once.
      • In a different vein of taking issue with champion pets, Elise's little spider companions while she's in spider form that follow and move around her render hitting a skillshot that stops when hitting any enemy target upon Elise... rather difficult.
    • The Flash summoner ability, being an ability that allows a player to instantly move their champion a short distance away to a different spot, is considered to be one of the absolute most powerful summoner abilities in the game, considering the emphasis on positioning and coordination within the game. It can be a get-out-of-jail-free card whenever available on the defensive and make powerful ultimates for champions that demand very proper placement, coordination and positioning to be used at their best be significantly easier to use. While initially going for a complete removal, Riot instead nerfed it so it no longer dodges homing projectiles and has a longer cooldown. Outcry stopped... for a while, because people still got tired of entire teams running Flash.
    • Stealth is heavily hated to fight against, Evelynn and Twitch inciting your team to either stay together all the time with an Oracle's Elixir on someone to avoid letting them take advantage of their stealth, or just forcing you to never go out of the range of your lane's turret while laning. Riot Games has noted this and stated they want to remake stealth mechanics, but have been frustrated by their attempts in internal testing, and currently a good remake has yet to be attained.
      • Teemo's mushrooms are abhorred by many players. Fearing stepping on slowing mines which drain your health away over time that are completely invisible is paranoia-inducing, especially when the game's anti-stealth measures aren't really feasible to reveal every brush and corner he could place them in. Stepping on them consecutively however is instead just really, really annoying.
      • With the new stealth rework this has been fixed, Riot's position is that while they wanted some traditional stealth archetypes with long-term strategic stealth in the game it broke gameplay too much and resulted in them opting only for short-term stealth. Twitch and Evelynn are now reviled for the more reliable true damage poison mechanics on Twitch and Evelynn still being invisible to normal wards and minions.
    • Dodge. A percentage chance to have every autoattack against you instead not affect you, it was largely unreliable without stacking up the stat with runes aside from a few niche instances on some champions who naturally had it in their kits (and then it was basically a huge amount of damage reduction against anything which autoattacked majorly, but was easily invalidated by the Sword of the Divine item) due to there being precisely one item which provided the stat (Ninja Tabi, 12% dodge) for a long time after the stat was removed from the Phantom Dancer item while making the item cheaper. The stat has been removed entirely, Ninja Tabi and Sword of the Divine changed, and the only champion that really had it be a key component of their gameplay, Jax, was completely reworked.
    • Darius' ultimate. To clarify, it's a single-target nuke that deals a moderate amount of true damage but increases in power with each stack of his passive that his target has. Here's the problem: the cooldown refreshes on a successful kill with the ability. While obviously intended to be for cleanup and quickly eliminating highly dangerous targets that could pose a serious threat to the carry or mage, the ability is, predictably, abused by selfish, kill-obsessed jackasses who care less about actual teamwork and more about their K/D ratio. These people will also do incredibly stupid things to get kills, like using it to kill ONE low-health target surrounded by three high-health champs with large amounts of disables between them and think nothing of it, even having the nerve to mouth off to their team when they get yelled at for it. The biggest problem, however, is that these people will very frequently resort to camping near gold-dependent champs, then flashing in and ulting a low-health target that the other champ was just about to kill, thereby robbing them of much-needed gold and essentially hobbling their team, as a well-fed Darius cannot singlehandedly carry a game, and the people stealing kills will frequently use that gold for glass cannon builds that will not accomplish anything other than getting them bursted down in seconds. To add insult to injury, these types of players are almost universally extremely rude and abusive to their teammates. There's a reason why Darius is dreaded in pub games: because your teammates will either feed him and make him unmanageable, or a Darius on your team will throw the game for you by way of their egocentric douchebaggery.
      • Part of the problem was dealt with, in that the Ultimate was changed so that, while it would still refresh on a successful kill, the player now only had twenty seconds to use the refreshed Ult to try to continue the chain of executions before it went on cooldown anyway. This has made Darius considerably more manageable for everyone involved.
  • Self-Fanservice: Whether or not a champion is sensible or skimpy, expect plenty of fanarts portraying the champion in a skimpier outfit. For example: Fans are happy to think up their own versions of a champion's Pool Party skin.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Those who care about such things are split between those who prefer shipping Jarvan IV with Shyvana and those who prefer pairing him with Quinn.
    • There's also a bit of conflict between Garen/Katarina shippers and Garen/Lux shippers.
    • Also Riot's Ship Teaseing of Ezreal and Lux has split the base between those who think it's a cute idea and those who refuse to acknowledge anything except Ezreal/Taric.
  • Stoic Woobie: Nasus is implied to be one in issue 8 of the Journal of Justice when Senior Summoner Ralston Farnsley tried to get an interview with him about his homeworld. He didn't get much aside from some mumbling about his brother and the Cycle of Life and Death before "he went back to brooding".
  • “Stop Having Fun” Guys: The fanbase is from DotA. To put it lightly; if you don't know what DotA had a bad reputation for... it's best just look at the trope name.
  • Stop Helping Me!: Several Champions in the game possess abilities that, when used correctly, are devastating and clinchers, but when used poorly, can save an enemy from death or make their efforts at killing your allies easier. This has become a bit of a meme in the community, usually to the tune of "I'm _________! I'm helping!" To name a few;
    • Jarvan IV's Cataclysm
    • Alistar's Headbutt
    • Anivia's Crystallize
    • Blitzcrank's Rocket Grab
    • Gragas' Explosive Cask
    • Janna's Monsoon
    • Lee Sin's Dragon's Rage
    • Singed's Fling
    • Volibear's Rolling Thunder
    • For the record, sending an enemy carry flying toward your team so that they can dispatch him/her is good. Doing the same for an enemy initiator, tank, or anyone who *wants* to get closer is bad.
    • A common meme in the LoL community is the phrase "I'm Jarvan! I'm helping!" This is said whenever Jarvan IV gets his teammates killed by trapping them in his ultimate, preventing them from escaping or maneuvering.
    • Janna's ultimate has gained some notoriety for just how easy it is to screw one's team over inadvertently by repositioning enemies to where you really, really don't want them to be.
    • Their actual damage utility aside, to say that Malzahar's pet voidlings have gotten Malzahar players into trouble before would be an understatement. Riot took notice of these complaints and made significant AI changes to alleviate a lot of the problems caused by the voidlings. They now attack whoever Malzahar is using his ult on, hide in the brush with him... and dance along with him. And yet stuff like THIS inevitably happens.
    • Kalista's Oathsworn mechanic can backfire in many ways if used poorly. For example: Initiating an Oathsworn at the wrong time can get Kalista, her ally, or both, killed because the process require both to stand still for a long time, and she can do that only once per game; Oathsworning a wrong ally means a wasted potential for the entire match.
  • Surprise Difficulty: Anyone who doesn't read up on a champion a bit before trying them out might run into this. Some champions are listed as "Easy" or "Medium" when they're actually a bit tougher than other champions in their "Difficulty" level, and vice versa. Thankfully, people may practice in Co-op vs. AI if they don't know how a champion works.
    • Inverted with Sona, who had a difficulty rating of 'Hard' when released despite being very simple to operate. After a great deal of laughter and mockery, Sona's difficulty rating was eventually dropped to the lowest possible value.
    • Not to mention, a lot of people assume that because bots have Artificial Stupidity, that they can just think "Co-Op vs, AI? FREE EXP/IP!" and just spend half an hour dinking around and are somehow surprised to find bots at level 18 with tank-like stats, free gear, and loads of crowd control (and Anti-crowd control) or finding bots focusing on a turret and it going down before they can do a thing.
    • The recommended items for champions frequently are not what you should buy, according to the champion's dedicated players. They're not awful, sometimes even good, but (perhaps intentionally, in order to promote experimentation) the most devastating/effective items for that champion are often left out.
  • Tear Jerker: An example from the competitive scene: After the end of Season 2, Chaox was released from Team Solo Mid after they found Wildturtle more suitable for the role. As he was leaving he shared a heartfelt goodbye with Dyrus who was reduced to a sobbing wreck.
    • In the "A New Dawn" cinematic, when Leona was cut down by Darius' axe in a surprisingly bloody manner saving Ahri. Fans were quick to make derivatives of the image.
    • Azir's backstory probably takes the cake for one of the most heartbreaking lores. While he may have been an arrogant ruler of Shurima, it was his pride. Because of Xerath's betrayal, he was obliterated and so was his country, and his family. Even if he returned thousands of years later, all he has for a family is sand facsimiles. All that can drive him is returning Shurima to glory—and bringing Xerath to justice.
      • Making it worse is the fact that Xerath betrayed Azir because, as a slave, Xerath was convinced Azir would never set him free despite Azir promising to do so after Xerath saved Azir's life as children. Azir freed Xerath, and every other slave in Shurima, literal seconds before the sabotaged Ascension ritual, far too late for Xerath to do anything to stop it.
    • Remember Lux's League Judgment where she is in fact shown as a Stepford Smiler dragged away from home against her will? It was already sad enough and make you pity her and curse at Demacia's apparently-not-so-perfect system. Here, have a video of it. Enjoy.
  • Tier-Induced Scrappy: Anyone who gets hit too hard with the balancing patches.
    • Kassadin is a common ban due to how powerful and mobile he becomes once level 6 and how ridiculously idiot-proof he is with his blinks. 2014 had statistics quoting his ranked ban rate was 90% and upwards at times. He is kept in check somewhat by the fact that he has historically had a tough early game (as his burst is at least somewhat situational, he's squishy as hell and melee, and he desperately needs items to get going but is a godawful farmer), but give him even one kill and he will turn into a midgame scourge that will vaporize anything even remotely fragile and disappear immediately after. People thought that he would become less of a pain in the ass after he lost his silence. They were wrong; that is until comes Patch 5.4 where he's been nerfed severely via his ultimate, thus a lot more people seem to consider him much more useless than he ever would've been. Only time will tell when he'll be saved from this stats on both supposed sides of the high-tier and low-tier scrappiness. The 5.5 patch however, may provide another story due to an upcoming visual updated added on along as well.
    • Morgana has been in and out of the heap a couple times. Previously she was a perma-ban due to how hard it was to beat her in lane. Then a lot of new champions came and meta shifting happened so that Assassins took over the Mid lane and she fell out of use. Now she's a contsant ban because people realized just how amazing she is as a support, given that she can make an ally completely immune to Crowd Control.
      • Morgana's Black Shield can last for five seconds, which is plenty enough time to keep Crowd Control at bay if one of your carries happens to get caught out of position. On top of that, her ultimate, Soul Shackles, is regarded as one of the best peeling abilities in-game due to being an AoE stun that procs if an enemy stays too long within it's radius.
    • Freaking Teemo. Nothing is more annoying than stepping on explosive mushrooms that damage and slow you every 3 seconds.
    • Amumu was Mis-blamed for AoE teams' overpoweredness.
    • Evelynn is one of the most controversial champions in the game, having run the gamut of "almost completely useless" to "severely overpowered," multiple times.
    • Previously considered considerably overpowered, Jax was whacked so hard with the Nerf hammer that "being Jaxed" has entered the community's parlance as an Unusual Euphemism for a popular champion being brutally and excessively nerfed to near-uselessness. Subsequent patches have yet to make him very powerful and ignored some issues, but he is at least playable now.
      • Jax's main shortcoming was that, in addition to being very item-dependent, he was very skill-dependent as well because they have passives attached to them (his ult primarily). As a result, he could have sometimes be a liability early-game where he was very easily harassed but later on, he started to really push damage out. The same can be said for others like Tristana who relies on her "E" skill for harassment early game but later on gets a much bigger range, and Sivir who easily runs out of mana early game and relies on an easily dodged-skill for harassment. But later on, those two become machine guns capable of ruining a turret if one doesn't stop 'em.
      • Both Jax and Sivir were remade once the Dodge Mechanic was removed, so they may have the same status as before.
    • Despite having been remade, as noted above, Sivir continued to be one of the least played AD Carries, in small part due to her kit too mana hungry to be of use, but in larger part due to her grotesquely out of date character model. Her much needed Visual Update solved both of these problems, and she now sees more play.
    • Katarina at one point considered to be one of the worst characters to have to lane against to the point she was a Game Breaker. She has since fallen behind other champions and is dependent on an easily-stopped ultimate, making her dead weight against an experienced and/or prepared player. She has since been revamped, but since the ult wasn't really changed, it may not have been enough.
      • It's far, far worse post-remake. Old Kat's main problem was that her main nuke stopped really being relevant around midgame unless she was heavily fed, while Shunpo was on too high a cooldown to consistently be useful as a secondary nuke. It was her ultimate that really brought the damage, but if the enemy team was at all coordinated, that became useless as well and turned Kat into nothing but dead weight. Her remake fixed all of that by giving her far more consistent burst and infinitely better farming while keeping the passive that still made her useful even when she was at her worst more or less intact. It instantly shot her from being the worst character in the game (even Eve had more use) to one of the top bans in every single ELO.
    • At launch, Sona was considered overpowered due to the sheer strength and usefulness of her buffs and heals (even when accounting for the Necessary Drawback of being a Squishy Wizard); some players were known to ragequit if they died while laning against her. Today she's falling behind due to being the Jack of All Stats of support. So Okay, It's Average is definitely her problem.
      • It should be noted, though, that she still sees regular play in tournaments, because while she isn't fancy, she's reliable, particularly her Crescendo ultimate.
      • She later received a rework meant to force more strategic play, but reactions to it were largely negative. See The Scrappy for how most of the community has handled the rework thus far. Some found her much funner and more interactive to play, while others believed she was nerfed into the ground.
    • Soraka was a cornerstone of a strategy in which the team keeps a single carry-type character alive to bear down of their opponents by sheer attrition. Later nerfed and temporarily considered to be nearly equal to Evelynn in uselessness to many, though she's being reconsidered to be very useful to babysit and save that precious physical carry on your team... a similar strategy in which support champions with heals sustained their lane partner to a less extreme but still very significant extent later which made them nearly impossible to budge became popular with Soraka, so that aspect of her was nerfed... to not make her useless, her Starcall ability was remade and buffed in range to allow her to zone out enemies. You guessed it, people still hate fighting against her.
    • Don't mistake this for some champions you never see like Tristana, Soraka, Gangplank, Taric or—for that matter—the other 36 members of the Original Forty. Unless they're in the free champion rotation for the week, you often don't see them because people, especially veterans, are more interested in the new champions than characters they've played for years. The Original 40 aren't bad, they're just "old news." Unless they get an overhaul, like Alistar's new passive "Trample" or Tristana's post-2014 Explosive Shot. In ranked matches, you see more variety.
    • Yorick was released in an Obvious Beta state. He had a Game-Breaking Bug that would cause allies temporarily resurrected by his ult to constantly die again and again and be caught in a Fate Worse Than Death and make the team lose the match. His ghouls also rarely lasted long enough to cause any form of threat whatseover so people just kited the ghouls or ignored them and shot him instead.
      • Then he was buffed, deserved a nerf, and is still largely considered impossible to beat solo-top when played well. His personal damage-scaling is low, but he easily makes up for it by casting his ultimate on a farmed ranged-carry, giving his team an almost second example of their best source of DPS for at least ten seconds. He's got a rework on the way, supposedly to bring him more in line with the "Necromancer" champion Riot had intended.
    • Akali is infamous for being really freaking good. As in "gets into a 1v3 fight, kills two and gets away easily" good. She's so good, that as of February 2015 there's a 75% chance that she will be banned on ranked games. On the other hand, her reliance on her stealth-smoke and being a sustained-damage melee champion makes her less popular the higher level of play you go up on, as those aspects mean she will require a lot of teamwork to work in teamfights where countered her for the enemy team is fairly easy with focus-fire, hard-CC, and pink wards against her smoke.
    • Like Evelynn, Twitch was intentionally overnerfed because new players had no way to deal with him. For the same reason he is literally never chosen as a weekly free character.
      • Well, he was initially overpowered to a truly ridiculous degree. Even pros complained about him; he was seen as a walking pentakill who could otherwise be staggeringly inept and still massacre the enemy team thanks to his ultimate, which gave him an ENORMOUS attack speed and range boost while making his attacks deal full damage no matter how many enemies they pierced. He could even outrange towers and could very easily destroy them after murdering the enemy champs trying to take cover near them, as his ult lasted for a long time and didn't have an ammo limit (unlike his first ult remake). It was so bad that there were multiple tournament games where teams who were otherwise getting stomped into the ground were still able to stonewall the enemy simply because Twitch would annihilate the enemy team every time they showed up. This was eventually fixed when Riot Games saw Twitch's ranked ban probability of over 90%.
    • Shaco gets hated on because of how infuriating he is, as he can throw knives to slow and possibly kill someone from behind, crit someone to death from behind, lay down boxes that inflict fear and can even do a lot of things with his decoy (such as the double Sunfire Cape Shaco trick before it was removed). While not very hard for experts to counter, people dislike tower-hugging against him since it gets boring; and in solo-queue, they don't trust other players to know how to deal with them.
      • There's also the fear that enemy Shacos tend to stomp while ally Shacos feed. "Our Shaco is Chilean and bronze, their Shaco is Korean and Challenger". This should come to no surprise since Shaco's a high-skill-cap assassin, as he's squishy, has no clear form of "click on you and delete you with a lock-on gap closer" as well as not being as mobile and having a difficult power spike to grip (and constantly relying on his stealth). He's also even frustrating to play as just as well. See below for how notable assassins can be in most players eyes.
      • It's even worse in Dominion, where Shaco isn't even viable except with a specific build. Said build requires him to constantly backdoor his opponents, which is plenty infuriating for the enemy team. But he's also infuriating for his allies because he never contributes to teamfights.
    • Darius is absolutely loathed by quite a large percentage of the game's community for having a kit utterly overloaded with damage, most especially his refreshable, massive-true-damage ult. While it's generally agreed that he's not overpowered per se, it's only because there are a number of champions who exploit his flaws (lack of hard CC or escapes, limited range) to counter him completely and those who don't counter him get destroyed so one-sidedly that they might as well not bother. Additionally, his ultimate means that even a Darius who has a terrible early game can still come back and do immense damage late-game even when purely tank-built, largely by Kill Stealing- which annoys his OWN team as well as the enemy, who feel like they wasted all their effort trying to shut him down.
    • Mordekaiser seems to have been simply pushed off the side and forgotten. A completely obsolete champion design, his flaws (no mobility, no CC or utility, no range, only moderate sustained damage with no burst) mean that he fills absolutely no roles on a LoL team at all. Again, Riot don't even seem to notice and he's not slated for a remake, despite needing one more than almost any other champion in the game.
      • Edit: This is conceptually incorrect. Much like Vladimir, Mordekaiser is notoriously hard to balance. Prior to a few huge nerfs, Mordekaiser was unbeatable in lane. His shield was vastly nerfed, thereby crippling his early game invulnerablity to being shoved out of lane. But, Morde is the single best farmer in the entire game. It's not unheard of for him to easily get over 300 cs in a game. And a notoriously powerful AP carry once he gets fed. His ghost can alter the course of a team fight. He has huge damage on low cooldowns. As someone put it on a certain reddit related site, he's like the old school military concept of a tank. The unmovable object with a huge gun. Tanks aren't mobile. They are a gun on wheels. His lack of mobility and cc is the reason why he's not picked in the current meta, but if he had those in his current kit, he'd be unstoppable. If he can get to a target and just drop his combo, someone dies. He just has to catch them.
      • His status as a troll pick in competitive play has largely been dismissed since Roccat used him in the second week of the 2014 EU Spring Split. No one saw it coming either, and Mordekaiser proceeded to dominate the mid lane.
    • Jinx is becoming more and more of a problem. In spite of being nerfed twice in which her level damage scaling and health were reduced, she snowballs hard. An early level Jinx with a few kills later on is no problem. A late game Jinx that has plenty of kills under their belt can take out champions in bunches. So it is gotten to the point where in order to counter her, people have to make sure she gets no kills, which is hard to do. A Jinx with even a few kills early to midgame is a problem.
    • Poppy, along with the old Sion, is considered by Riot to be one of the worst champions they have ever designed. She is the most extreme example of imbalanced risk-reward in the entire game. IF she gets to late game she is terrfying, but even by carry standards it takes her so long to get good that she's totally impractical. If this troper may quote one of his favorite YouTubers: "If your team loses in the first 30 minutes and you picked Poppy, you can't help." Also has a total overhaul on the way.
    • Urgot has been useless for years, left behind as all the other marksmen have gotten various buffs, shifts and tweaks to help them carve out their niches. He did get a Splash Art update, so Riot at least remembers him and they have said they know he needs serious work. Part of the problem lies in the fact that he's got a really strange kit and overall design (a mix of a ranged carry, a tanky DPS, and a ganker) that is very, very difficult to properly balance. Long-time players will most likely remember how much of a nightmare he was in his glory days (not being able to do much of anything mid other than hugging your tower and hoping that you don't get hit with E and set up for a bunch of missiles was not a fun time), but he doesn't really have anything in between "all-destroying king of mid" and "pathetic joke". As a relic of a bygone design era when they were still trying to figure out how to make more complex and unique champs practical, Urgot has not stood the test of time. Riot is fully aware of this and seems to want to give him a kit that keeps his essence but is less abusive and can actually be balanced without destroying him or making him unreasonably difficult to deal with, but it's still apparently on the drawing board.
      • As of March 2015, Urgot found another home: on the Mid Lane.
    • While Urgot has been the most extreme examples, it is also a known thing that if an ADC does not have innate and effective mobility/gap closer/escape skill, etc (they don't count slows), they are going to be bashed for being one of the lower tiers. Miss Fortune and Varus are such examples, but...there's Ashe. For a long time, she had a very easy to block volley skillshot, useless gold passive, and only a toggle. However, ever since her rework, it's been taken quite far in that due to her new passive, she's arguably even better at DPS due to continuous damage she can stack, while taking away some of her old passives. The 5.11 patch eventually nerfed her by taking away the ability for her to apply her auto-attack stacks on turrets, making her splitpushing/sieging less effective.
    • Irelia, while generally accepted now, was hated back in her heyday for embodying the worst of the tanky DPS golden age. She was released around the tail end of the era when Riot was still trying to figure out how to make melee champs that weren't straight tanks or bulky mages work, and boy, was it obvious. Her biggest problem was that her kit simply did too fucking much. Free scaling Tenacity, a dependable nuke/gapcloser with an easy-to-trigger reset that triggered on-hit effects, free passive healing with every attack, true damage on every autoattack for a limited time, an easy targeted stun or slow (depending on how much health the target had left), and a very low-cooldown ultimate that gave her four long-range piercing nukes that allowed her to recover enormous amounts of health all combined to create an unbelievably annoying and frustrating champ that never died and could do way too much damage with nothing but a Trinity Force and a bunch of tank items. The result was a champ that got hit with near-constant nerfs for a good deal of 2011 (creating the "better nerf Irelia" meme) until she finally received some fixes that toned down the really problematic parts of her kit without making them useless. She's generally liked now, but people still hold her past self up as an example of everything that was bad about the tanky DPS era.
    • A TON of melee carries tend to be this at lower ELOs, such as Jax, Riven, Gangplank, Poppy, you name it. But most of all, Master Yi, Fiora and Tryndamere tend to get most of the hate. Master Yi is due to how "simple" he tends to be by just running up to someone and Q'ing them to death with a few auto-attacks added on, how Fiora can avoid almost EVERYTHING with her ultimate, and while Tryndamere simply can't die when his ultimate is active. Practically all of the actual examples tend to be infamous for their abilities to shred apart entire teams when fed, but on the higher ELO side, many pro players state that most of the more infamous melee carries tend to be very impractical due to them requiring a lot of gold, exp and items to scale up to late game (and boy could they scale very well), as well as easily being disabled by any form of hard crowd control which will render them open targets if they're not constantly on the move (as well as being examples like Yi and Tryndamere being over-reliant on their ultimates to stay alive and even deal enough damage). However, some lower ELO teams if not several of them are all notable for not even trying to pour disables on the fed melee carries, thus more than often causing them to be a free pentakill to occur in the melee carry's favor.
      • It is due to said impractically Fiora is hated by many professional players for that very reason, due to her being considered as the most impractical melee carry in the game, and Poppy tends to also be in a similar vein due to how poor her early game can get. Master Yi and the others barely manage to avoid this like so due to them having some recent spots in the meta nowadays.
      • Yasuo is an example that barely manages to avoid this in comparison, due to the skill needed for all of his abilities in terms of timing, usage and aim (his Q has a very narrow range and is also a skill-shot while his W is also possible to waste). Only his ultimate can automatically target an enemy along with his Sweeping Blade (though that ability also has its situational downsides), but they have to be launched airborne first regardless (and all his abilities can be baited in some way and require very proper timing). He also has the most teamfight ability out of the other melee carries, something that's a but out of the box for most of them being more of 1 v 1-based champs and splitpushers alike. But once mastered, it makes little difference how long the enemy team will live anyway, bruiser or assassin build. Though his recent defensive nerfs since patch 4.18 tends to make him a lot less viable off the bat due to his squishiness not even making him suitable for jungle anymore.
      • The main problem with melee carries is this: they're meant to run in and hack away at you, but that is a range that usually is considered dangerous against a whole team and is more safe for 1 v 1 or clean up. The main difference between them is that most melee DPS carries have sustained damage in most fights while ranged carries are meant to sit back and snipe targets safely, all while being in the backline and ready to move up at any given time. Some players point out if that if one takes out their main variables: their ability to both burst and/or sustain themselves in a fight, then melee carries will instead of being quite OP, would be borderline useless due to their risk and being more easier to kill than one would imagine.
    • In terms of coincidence, many if not all of the aforementioned melee carries tend to be assassins, which are also a bit of a subject of debate; Riot has been up and down in terms of balancing them due to their job to one-shot anyone all a bit too well, even to the point of being able to clean up enemy teams almost all by themselves depending on the situation they take advantage of at hand. Not only does this include Master Yi, who was already meant to be an assassin on the get-go due to his high mobility (others like Fiora and Yasuo don't count due to how situational their mobility is and are more fit as bruisers instead), but the aforementioned Akali, Fizz, Kassadin and several "hypercarries" also fall into the category of being assassins that many at low ELO will get tired of feeding (especially since tons of them have reliable mobility that can easily gap close with anyone from a good distance depending on the champion). Not even AD casters are exempt from this, as Kha'Zix was one assassin that has been very OP for some time before a ton of nerfs came to him over the past patches. Talon, similar to LeBlanc (who's also yet another assassin but of the ability power variety) had his silence removed in later patches, but it still did little to stop the rest of his power against the other lower ELOs. Then we also have an assassin like Shaco, who can stealth himself, make decoys of himself, lay down traps, as well as crit someone to brutal death.
      • Katarina also as mentioned above is tied in with this very subject, as she is banned more often than Yi due to being the most infamous assassin in general ever since that one rework of hers. It would seem that a fed Kat in general is worse than a fed Yi due to her ban rate in comparison to Yi's.
      • Zed however, may possibly avoid this since he's similar to Yasuo; only his ultimate is a point-and-click skill that can even lock on to someone, and even that takes a while to get the damage from it going at all (hence why Blade of the Ruined King is a core item for him). Thus, just like Yasuo, all of his other abilities require very good aim, usage and timing, making Zed one of the more notable assassins to put mastery into as well as show it off. However, other sides of the playerbase will still say and declare (as well as possibly prove) that Zed is still outright overpowered, as with all assassins per say, since Zed still does a crapton of damage if he's fed.
      • LeBlanc as mentioned quite a few times already, was said to be one of the queens of annoying assassins. Her being able to poke and divert aggression was one of the most hated things about her, so it took a lot of skill to both play as her, and try applying a form of counterplay against her. But on the inverse, how she falls off of late game is due to her weakness being tanky champions, due to the meta shifts, and overall leading her to often over-rely on deleting squishy champions instead. She's been on a frequent up-and-down spot to say the least, but she's still said to be a pain.
      • From both examples above, melee carries and assassins alike tend to be hated quite often due to how lower levels of play are frequently curb stomped by them as they fail to react in a proper way to counter them. And in fact, most of the melee-carry-type-assassins not even liked on the higher ELO side either due to their possible early game troubles, their possible lack of team utility and the amount of farm needed for them to get up to late game; one side hates them for how much damage they can one-shot/multi-shot anyone with to death with ease, and the other side just hates them for being very impractical and deems that there are better choices than them in professional play (save for a few like Kha'Zix, Rengar and Zed). This seems to be something both sides can't seem to agree on with champions like these since there's always a disclaimer from both ends of them being either OP or very impractical.
    • Annie. For a majority of players (especially on the lower ELO side), even those who don't have much skills in terms of out-playing and handling being out-played alike, seem to really hate her for her massive burst damage, powerful crowd control, and her area-of-effect applications. She can easily snowball the game if fed (even with just a small amount of AP), support or AP laner. It was also saying something when people ALSO hated Annie Bot; Annie controlled by the CPU was also just as insanely crazy. Some people would seem to die right away if they couldn't even bait her stun to even make her abilities get wasted, and chances are, her abilities at certain times are often worth it in someway or another, for helping her team, or outright killing you.
    • Bard is a support example. Much like the Shaco example above, Bards can seemingly be summed as follows: "The enemy Bard, is a pro Support player, who will lock down your team, while saving his team at exactly the right moments. Your Bard is an idiot, will never drop health orbs unless he wants a speed boost for himself, miss every stun, and use Magical Journey and Tempered Fate to feed your entire team to enemy team, because he's a damn troll".
    • To elaborate above with Xin Zhao, he has been on both sides of the coin. When he was released, he was horrifically broken; he was one of Riot's first attempts to make a pure melee champ work, and because they didn't have much to go by (as most of their other non-tank or bulky mage melees were assassins, and most of those assassins were a pain in the ass to balance), they went for broke. The result was a champ that could singlehandedly murder an entire team with minimal farm and get away mostly unharmed. Needless to say, he was nerfed immediately, and it was then that they discovered that his kit was also impossible to balance, as he became aggressively mediocre after that nerf. After this, he started riding a buff/nerf wave that made his viability vary from week to week; after a while, Riot finally gave up on him, and he wound up being one of the worst champs in the game to the point where the only people who weren't clueless new players that picked him were trolls, and picking him became a perfectly legitimate reason to report someone for trolling. It took a rework to finally get him in a state where he could be properly balanced.
    • Veigar is the latest to be added to the trash pile and is probably the closest that Riot has come to making a champ intentionally useless due to a bad kit that can't be balanced since the days of Eve and Twitch. Initially, many players thought that he was a pubstomper whose main shtick (farm like crazy, build up ridiculous amounts of AP, and start one-shotting everything in sight) was worthless against anyone who knew what they were doing. After discovering how absurdly good Event Horizon (a wide-ranged instant stun that lasted for a while and created a cage effect that forced players who weren't stunned to either stay in the cage and get demolished by his burst or try and escape and eat a stun for their trouble) was, people began to use Veigar more and more and he quickly became one of the top mages in the game. He became despised just about as quickly, however, as his main strength (the stun) was something that had no counterplay; Veigar would drop it and nuke you and you would die and that was that. Eventually, Riot realized how problematic his stun was and gave it a delay, which more or less gutted him and turned him into what people mistakenly used to believe he was: a shitty pubstomper who fell apart against people who knew what they were doing. It's become clear that Veigar, as a relic of an archaic design era, cannot simply be good because his entire kit is based around a skill that can't really be balanced without either being broken or worthless, and his viability lives and dies based on that skill. A full remake or a substantial retool will probably happen, but for now, Riot seems to be trying to give people a reason to not use him.
  • Toy Ship: Amumu is sometimes implied to have a crush on Annie which may not be entirely one-sided.
  • Ugly Cute
    • Kog'Maw. It helps that he chases his tail as one of his idles, hums a cavalry charge as his joke, and does this as his dance. His skins are also pretty adorable, turning him into a butterfly and a reindeer.
    • Maokai's saplings have glowing green eyes and a large mouth made of grooves in them. They also have amusingly short limbs that mesh also amusingly by their moving animation resembling a sprint from a normal human being that is highlighted by the glowing leaves attached to their head, and make a sort of "Whhhhheeeeeeeeeeee" sound while being thrown through the air.
  • Unfortunate Character Design: The chest hair in Gangplank's old portrait really looks like it could be sprouting from... somewhere else.
    • The current Lord Mordekaiser skin has a large, conspicuous black hole/gemstone set into his belt. Why? Well, his original design had a metallic spike there, with a very... ill-conceived shape. It was caught and changed before the skin was sold, but it gave lots of commentators a good laugh in the meanwhile.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Kayle's heavily armored design leads to many jokes on the forums. On the male side, Ezreal players can expect a lot of "What a pretty little girl" jokes when they dare set foot in the fields of justice.
  • Vocal Minority: The majority of the very, very large playerbase has no major qualms with the game's balancing or believes that any egregious issues will be sorted out in due time. You'd never know that from logging on the General Discussion message boards on the official site though and taking at the (seemingly) Broken Base. Dozens of purely complaining threads decrying how the game is Ruined Forever by a certain champion/strategy or how Riot is an incompetent greedy company that is ruining the game for its playerbase. These all drown out the well written threads that discuss the game in a positive or neutral tone and especially the ones that are voicing legitimate concerns.
    • And so is the Lore fanbase, to the point that you might not realize that there are a lot that enjoys the lore retcon as is and thinks that the removal of the League really would give freedom in storytelling (eg: Monsters can be their own, rather than 'being caged into the League and Summoners' wills' like a Pokémon). But NO, visit the lore board and all you see will be a lot of people voicing their complains that the new lore sucks and Riot really has incompetent fanfic writers for its lore team. ANY posts that are giving honest praise to Riot for what they're doing to lore will be thumbed down to hell and back, and posts that are complaining on Riot will be thumbed up to heaven and back. Dear God.
      • This however, mainly seems to be because of one thing: Since the Institute of War retcon there has been next to no story progression, if any. Most of the Lore-heads are upset not because of the retcon, but because Riot's Narrative Team is, effectively (in their view, which may or may not be accurate) sitting around doing absolutely nothing. It also doesn't help that most Riot responses essentially boil down to "Soon™". It was fanned more when a Rioter commented on the boards, mentioning that the Narrative Team has a lot of story written down, but the playerbase will never see it due to it being "in-house information".
    • The minority strikes again. The lore finally gets updated with the Bilgewater event and it seems that the lore enthusiasts will be happy... but that joy was drowned with the complains against IronStylus on Fiora's VU and Splash Art update, which many deemed atrocious.
  • "Weird Al" Effect: Mordekaiser is probably less known about the fact that he's a metalheaded soul-stealing abomination from Shadow Isles, but more on 'Brazil's #1 Pick Champ, Huehuehuehuehuehuehuehue' thanks to McRooster's video.
  • The Woobie: Amumu.
    • Yorick's entire family is long dead, all traces of his life are long gone, and he's been trying to finally pass on for hundreds of years to no avail. His backstory just makes you feel incredibly sorry for the poor guy.
    • Skarner. In his judgement you will just feel sorry for the guy.
    • Riven deserves a mention. After what she went through, it's hard not to see why she left and went on the path to atonement.
    • Nautilus. Being left for dead sucks. Being left for dead while being dragged down by some kind of sea monster sucks more. Waking up on the friggin' ocean floor to find that you've been totally abandoned and that your suit has fused to your skin sucks even more than that. Making your way to land and finding that not only is your mind going, but that there are absolute zero traces of your existence really, really sucks. Poor dude.
    • In spite of her wackiness, Lulu could count. While she certainly enjoyed being in the Glade, she still fondly remembered Bandle City and even returned there, only to find out that centuries has passed and everyone who she knew and loved was long dead. She still tried to "reconnect" with life in Valoran, but she triggered the wrath of many yordle parents in the process by playing hide and seek with yordle kids and turning them into animals/plants, but it wasn't because of malice but rather because she was still just a child and didn't grasp the ramifications of her actions. She was then banished from Bandle City because they saw her as a menace, and Lulu went to League of Legends where she could be appreciated instead of reviled. It's a good thing that her cloudcuckoo-ness prevented her from going mad like Veigar, who just happens to be her only friend, up until Gnar's inclusion.
  • Woolseyism: Many non-English versions of the game contain some references unique to that certain language by mentioning translations of video games, movies, TV series, songs, shows or other media in the characters' taunts, jokes or even lores.
    • LAN woolseyisms:
      • Prom Queen Annie and Almost Prom King Amumu — High school prom in Mexico is nowhere nearly as much of a big deal as it is in the USA. However, there is a different dancing gala attended by teenagers which is a huge deal: 15 Years parties. As a result, their LAN names are "Annie Quinceañera" and "Amumu Casi Chambelán".
      • All Star Akali became "Akali Supercampeona" in reference to Captain Tsubasa, known in Mexico as Supercampeones.
      • Hot Rod Corki became "Enchúlame la Corkinave" in reference to Pimp My Ride, known there as Enchúlame la Máquina.
      • Bandito Fiddlesticks became "Fidel el Pistolero" due to this being a Mexican Wild West skin, and "Fidel" being an actual Hispanic name.
      • Ghost Bride Morgana, whose launch coincided with the opening of the LAN server, became "Morgana la Llorona" in reference to the eponymous Mexican myth.
      • French Maid Nidalee became "Nidalee Mon Amour".
      • Due to a lack of unified rural stereotypes across Latin America, Hillbilly Gragas became simply "Gragas Rural".
      • Jinx's "Super Mega Death Rocket!" became "¡Supermegacohete Requetemortal!", which sounds much more hyperactive and spirited than the literal translation.
      • LAN Ahri sounds even sexier than NA Ahri, down to her champion pick line which was changed:
    NA Ahri: Don't you trust me?
    LAN Ahri: We're feeling playful today, eh? (Hoy nos sentimos traviesos, ¿eh?)
    • The Chinese servers actually name Wukong's ultimate after the very prequel tale of the original Sun Wukong himself, "Havoc in Heaven".