YMMV / League of Legends

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  • 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!"
  • Author's Saving Throw:
  • Awesome Ego: We could say nothing else about Draven aside from this and we would still be mostly right.
    • For a character whose character ISN'T solely his ego, Aurelion Sol manages to be just as, if not more smug and self-assured. It's hard to argue with him, what with him being the creator of the cosmos, moreso considering his surprisingly sympathetic backstory.
  • 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!
  • Bellisario's Maxim: There is a decent amount of Fridge Logic in the game; go with A Wizard (Summoner?) Did It.
  • Cargo Ship: Udyr and Innervating Locket.
  • 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.
    • 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 another, more traditional, support sticks with the Marksman.
    • 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.
    • Some fans have noticed that Riot has recently been attempting to create/rework champions to subvert meta complacency by having kits made specifically for their unique meta positions, Kindred and Mordekaiser being the most notable (various other champions, mostly marksmen such as Corki, Graves and Varus, shifted around as well thanks to several item/champion overhauls and a constantly changing meta, but most of them weren't intentional). Mordekaiser was intended to shake up the bot lane meta by being a melee bot laner, but found massive issues with balance and compensation in a ranged lane. Kindred, on the other hand, was designed to be a squishy marksman in the jungle, and has found much success as an unorthodox, but unique pick with a well-designed, healthy kit that gave them appropriate compensation in a fighter/tank-dominated area.
  • 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.
  • Complete Monster:
    • Jhin, the Virtuoso: Khada Jhin is a crazed Serial Killer-turned-assassin who reveals a hidden dark side to the once-pure Ionian council. Originally convicted for mass murder in the province of Zhyun, Jhin was set free by shady elements in the council, and hired to serve as their "secret weapon" of sorts. Mind of the Virtuoso shows us his crimes through his eyes, as he casually murders 4 different people, seeing all of their deaths as a painting created by his gun. Jhin lives to kill, and as long as the Ionian elders have a grip on him, the law cannot touch him. His in-game dialogue also details an old plan of his to assassinate Shen's father, the master of the Kinkou Order, before Zed beat him to the punch. Now he wants to kill both of them, Zed as revenge for stealing his spotlight, and Shen to serve as his father's "stand-in". Sadistic and seeing no point in peaceful ends, Jhin is one of the sickest Combat Aestheticists to ever come to light.
    • Mordekaiser, the Iron Revenant: Previously titled the Master of Metal, he was in life a brutal warlord who ruled Eastern Valoran with an iron fist. Hated and feared across the continent, when his enemies finally united against him, Mordekaiser went out laughing and promising he'd come back for them. When he was resurrected by a group of sorcerers, he repaid them by forcefully turning them all into undead liches bound to his will until the end of time. This would become his signature power, where he would brutalize his foes before enslaving their souls, forcing them to slaughter their own kin against their wills. We are treated to such an act when he attacks a Demacian garrison, strangling one of the knights guarding it to death before turning him on his fellow warriors. Upon his return, the Iron Revenant would then spend a decade tracking down and killing everyone that stood against him in the past. Once he had his revenge, he resumed his campaign of carnage, never dying each time he's seemingly slain. Once it seems he's finally killed for good, he returns centuries later in the Shadow Isles, enslaving an army of undead to prepare for the slaughter he adores so much, seemingly targeting Noxus first. Unlike Thresh, who went mad from the corruption of the ancient artifacts he was guarding, and Karthus, who is a well-meaning lich at worst, Mordekaiser was always this bad, and just wants to burn the world to the ground because it's not his to rule.
  • 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 popular after someone 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 the first humanoids that have the Arcade Skins (Hecarim is non-humanoid, Veigar is being the Final Boss). That, alongside other reasons, something that the other humanoid Arcade skin holder, Riven, lacks.
      • 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.
      • It gets even worse than that now that some people (the Rule 34 crowd again, mostly) have started shipping MF with Tahm Kench. Why? Well MF is the most attractive female Bilgewater champion and Tahm has that long tongue you see...
    • Some fans have started shipping Jhin and Sona. Not only is it extreme Foe Yay (Jhin wants to legitimately kill Sona, because people like her music more than his "art") but it's likely that Sona isn't even aware of Jhin's existence. Then again, the ship might also be because that Jhin and Sona are a surprisingly good combination botlane.
  • 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.
  • Dueling Games: With Dota 2 mainly. There may be other big MOBA games out there like Smite or Heroes of the Storm, but Dota remains as League's biggest rival, as their rivalry has gone quite long compounded with some starkly differing approach in MOBA as well as the antics of a certain Pendragon that inadvertently fanned a harsh rivalry between the two fandoms. They also have their own cast of mostly original characters when Smite and HOTS used existing materials (Mythology and Blizzard Entertainment games)
  • Dude-Who-Some-People-Consider-A-Dumbass Has a Point: When Riot were reworking the juggernauts, including Mordekaiser, Certainly T stated they were attempting to force Morde into bottom lane in the role traditionally reserved for the marksman/AD carry in an attempt to shake up the meta. Even people who hated the rework in general admitted this was a laudable aim as LoL's incredibly rigid team compositions (bruiser top, mage mid, jungler, AD carry with support bot) had been something of a sticking point with many people for literally years; it was just the choice of champion to attempt this meta-breaking that bothered people, with many arguing that Mordekaiser was terribly unsuited to this role and it would be better to attempt this with an entirely new champion.
  • 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 prime female examples, with Jhin currently being the only male example. Though it's debatable if Morgana's actually evil however, ditto with Katarina due to Noxus' Dark Is Not Evil status.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Friendly Fandoms: Conversely to Fandom Rivalry above, fans of Overwatch have a much friendlier relationship with those of League, and the overlap between the two games has increased significantly since its official release. Part of this is due to Overwatch being somewhat inspired by League, maintaining its vibrant character diversity and lore, and mechanically similar play (an easily accessible MOBA with First-Person Shooter sensibilities), but a faster pace and a considerably less toxic environment. It's become a somewhat common sight on Reddit in whenever Riot sets off an Internet Backdraft, players will announce themselves jumping ship specifically for Overwatch.
  • Genius Bonus:
    • "Lux" is the Latin word for light. Lucian's name comes from the same root.
    • Ahri is 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.
      • In the end, the Japanese server has been announced to be truly on the works, with some Names to Know in Anime to boot. And to acknowledge further on Lulu being of this trope especially in Japan, they got Aoi Yuuki, better known as the massively popular Madoka Kaname, to dub Lulu. Wow.
      • League of Legends is also big in Venezuela compared to other games, with a large percentage of the LAN server being made up by Venezuelans despite this country having barely more population than Mexico City alone in a region that also covers Colombia, Central America and the Caribbean. However, this isn't really because Venezuelans actually like it, but more because LOL is actually the only mainstream-ish game an average Venezuelan can play — Venezuela's nationalist import policy multiplies the price of all imports by tenfold, meaning that a computer capable of running modern AAA games literally costs there a large family car (and an iPhone there is literally worth its weight in gold), whereas a computer capable of running League with medium graphics costs "only" $1000 dollars in Venezuela.
  • 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).
    • The new lore itself. After the lore Retcon and starting from the Freljord event, many were displeased with how the lore was handled, causing many to cry that the lore team entered Dork Age, especially when compared to events like Kalamanda or Noxus' invasion to Ionia, while the rise of Shurima has some good things, it was plagued with other bad things like extremely shortened lores, etc, and some Rioters in charge of the lore like Kitae or Opeli not helping their case by not delivering the promise or doing ridiculous things to anger the fans. Then Jaredan comes in and introduces The Burning Tides, and lore fans are happy again, now acknowledging that the new lore has finally able to stand on its own.
  • 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...
    • One of Dunkmaster Darius's opening lines is "I don't need a buzzer to tell me when to start dominating." Following his rework, his passive makes him tremendously powerful when it triggers. Which, on this skin, is signaled by a loud buzzer.
    • There's a custom mod that can turn Leona into Saber. In the Japanese server, she would be voice by Ayako Kawasumi, Saber's voice actress.
  • 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.
    • More benignly, an allied Illaoi's recall quotes are broadcast across the entire map, leading to brief moments of confusion every time she goes back as people try to figure out who's talking.
  • Hype Backlash: Not quite to the game itself, but the popular and anticipated Ultra Rapid Fire Mode has started to gain an increasing amount of detractors ever since its regular inclusion in the Rotating Game Mode queue was announced. While many fans are still happy to play a mode where all their characters are hilariously overpowered, a growing minority has sprouted saying that some of them are still significantly more powerful than others (namely high mobility, high damage burst assassins), which may inevitably lead to Complacent Gaming Syndrome and suck out all the fun (as well as the appeal) of the game mode.
  • 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.
    • When Riot started a new development blog, they stated that they did not intend to create a sandbox mode for the game, citing reasons such as the idea that players would be "expected" to grind the gameplay elements (ignoring the grinding already existing in the game) and that playing regular games was the best way to practise. Both casual and professional players quickly started to debunk if not outright mock this reasoning on several leauge community websites, and in the end Riot Pwyff had to made a statement to elaborate the original message.
    • At one point, there was a change on the PBE that Mordekaiser's title had been changed from "the Master of Metal" to "the Lord of Death". There was a LOT of negative feedback to this changee, mainly due to how dull and generic the new title was as well as how redundant it was with his name meaning "Death Emperor". While some agreed that "Master of Metal" didn't fit all that cohesively with the lore, and was The Artifact, most would have preferred something that actually gave an idea of Mordekaiser's character. It was later changed to "the Iron Revenant", a far better-received change.
    • The controversy surrounding Dynamic Queue replacing Solo Queue is a long, arduous topic (a layman's explanation is explained in League's Broken Base page), but Riot's final official announcement that Solo Queue was in fact canceled set off a gargantuan fandom inferno. The arguments on whether this was a good idea or not are already astoundingly base-breaking (which we won't discuss here), but many players have simply been alienated due this contradicting Riot's initial promise to bring it back after the start of the season, making it seem like they lied to their fanbase. Riot has already recently built up a reputation as lying to their audience, promising to deliver heavily-demanded features (including the aforementioned sandbox mode) then trying to awkwardly cover it up as a misunderstanding when it fails to come to fruition (which again, we won't be the judge of), and this announcement has seemed to hammer a nail into Riot's credibility.
    • Even the e-sports scene has been hit during late August 2016 regarding 2 separate, but overlapping issues, the first being a patch that would effectively remove "laneswapping," a constantly-seen game strategy, major to a point where how well a player can laneswap has become a considerable factor for roster picks, and the second being Tryndamere's (as in Riot Tryndamere, co-founder of Riot Games) response to an interview with Reginald (founder and owner of Team SoloMid, one of the LCS's most famous teams) regarding how problematic the patch would be for players' careers. Neither issue sat well with any of the fanbase, with the patch being unanimously hated by all e-sports players (especially since Worlds was on the horizon), and Tryndamere's response only fuelled the flames by explicitly telling Reginald that the patch was fine and if he was so concerned with the financial state of his players, he should "spend some of the million dollars he made in League instead of losing them in other esports." Even worse, OGN caster/co-owner of Renegades Montecristo explained how money was such a critical problem, with teams and casters being paid less than in other e-sports, which was backed up by countless other LCS and other esports personnel including Reginald, who even stated how TSM can't even get proper sponsorship without Riot's permission as it distracts from their sales (including an instance when Riot threatened TSM for having HTC as a sponsor on their Youtube channel). Riot has come under serious fire from the e-sports audience, as it seems to be proving more and more the idea that Riot is greedy, and discussions are currently underway between Reginald and Riot to reach a compromise.
  • Iron Woobie:
    • Lux feels like she lives an empty life on the inside, but she doesn't let it show.
    • In Poppy's old lore, she saw her father get murdered by Noxian assassins but continued with her delivery anyway. In her new lore, she is on a seemingly-endless quest to find the legendary hero of Demacia, unaware that she probably IS the legendary hero.
    • Being the only survivor of Unfriendly Fire Deadly Gas caused Riven to break her treasured runesword, self-exile herself from her city-state and wander for a way to serve the philosophy of power she has followed her entire life. She refuses to give in to self pity despite all she's been through.
    • Nasus. He and his brother came to aid Shurima only to find it destroyed, the Emperor obliterated, and his Court Mage transformed into a raging nexus of magic. He had no choice but to seal Renekton and Xerath away together, and when the tomb was finally reopened, Renekton had lost his sanity and wanted to see Nasus dead. The only bright spot was the return of Shurima with the resurrection of Emperor Azir — and even Azir fails to accept responsibility for what happened, leaving Nasus with no one to blame but 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 his own brother in self defense, and now lives 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. Eventually, three of the latter characters were reworked in most of their kits elsewhere, and the very former one was notably reworked even more when the 5.22 patch came out.
    • 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.
    • A majority of melee carries are this to most lower levels of play (different from most ADC's since they're usually more fragile and less sustained when it comes to staying alive), since they just run up to you and hack/smack away at you and you die. Never mind the fact that some higher levels of play can easily use certain counters to kite them. Yasuo, Zed, Riven, Fizz and Katarina are especially affected by this belief, with many players deriding them as not requiring any skill whatsoever, despite the fact that melee assassins are all extremely fragile and explode almost instantly the second they get hit by hard crowd control and a single strong-ish blow can delete half their entire health bar.
    • In general this is a criticism of the game when compared to other MOBAs; 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 LeBlanc, 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 its 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 at the age of eight, and what little it says about his 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 more frequent hints at Garen/Kat; he's never appeared in an official cinematic or comic; he is conspicuous by his absence in anything related to Jinx or Ekko; even his new main splash art makes him look youthful and energetic but not Bishounen perfect. The only places where Ez gets unusual 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 Bystander: The knight with helmet that keeps getting obliterated by the more malicious champions garnered a following that he's eventually given the affectionate nickname "Helmet Bro".
  • Memetic Molester: Some of the characters are seen as one such as Ahri, Baron Nasher, Vel'Koz, and Zyra.
  • Memetic Mutation: Has its own page.
  • Mis-blamed: Stanwick Pididly 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 Lily Pichu 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. Possibly this is the reason he no longer recommends builds in spotlights.
  • 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. Fixed since his rework where his shotgun now functions like an actual double-barreled shotgun, firing 2 spread shots one after another before he needs to reload new shells.
      • 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 is not based off of Goku. He and Goku are both ripoffs of someone else.
    • Likewise, Ahri is not based off of Naruto.
  • Old Shame: The "Dark Horses", strategies advertised by Riot to use champions in unusual ways, appears to be this for Riot, as they gave up on the concept after making only 6 and now no longer talks about it anymore aside as a source of Self-Deprecating Humor during April Fool's of 2016. The first one, Support Brand, was the only success, as Brand's high internal damage and his single-target stun allows him to function as a poke support in a similar style to Lux and Zyra. Their next go, Jungle Irelia, was a complete flop that drew mockery from the fanbase, as Irelia clears the jungle very slowly and requires too much gold to function from it unless she happens to get off a few successful ganks early on. They apparently tried to play it safe their next 4 examples, but Solo-lane Jarvan, Top-lane Urgot, Support Nautilus, and Jungle Gragas were already things that were being done with regularity, earning Riot further mockery.
    • Chroma Packs were Riot's attempt at satisfying fan requests for a cheaper alternative to skins. While the concept of selling cheaper Palette Swaps in comparison to more expensive models/particles of newer skins was accepted all around, there were a few major problems that prevented them from taking off: They could only be bought in packs of 3, were only be purchasable through money/RP instead of IP (and usually reaching the prices of a typical skin) and most of them were made for the more expensive skins they were supposed to substitute, rendering the entire concept pointless. Eventually, they stopped producing more after failing to reach expected sales, cancelling their Chroma Pack for Shockblade Zed, and have put the concept on hold until they can figure out how to approach the concept in a better fashion.
  • 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.
  • 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 (and the short story 'Stray Fox' makes it quite clear that she devours their essence by sucking it out of their face while they're dying, making it extremely unlikely that she goes as far as to have sex when she only needs to lure them close enough to snap their necks).
    • 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 Pididly. 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.
    • Much like people likes giving merit to Noxus' Social Darwinist issues, people likes reducing the whole Demacian faction to be a Knight Templar fascist state masking themselves as champions of justice. Their most popular reasoning to say this is Lux's old Judgment where she's drafted into the military against her will and becomes a Stepford Smiler who felt like an Empty Shell from the inside.
  • 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. Yasuo on the other hand, was one of his few champs that were overnerfed in terms of being less practical in most games. 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.
      • He is currently (as of the 5.16 patch) the one reworking Mordekaiser. He also had the gall to say Mordekaiser is toxic and unhealthy to the game, and as such, he's essentially gutted Mordekaiser's ability to solo lane and now his role will be an ADC replacement. To say fans were upset would be a gross understatement. In fact, some fans are so upset that the "Fire CertainlyT" petition has come back, and at the writing of this entry it's up to 1,500 signatures. The reason why the fans are upset? CertainlyT said someone is toxic and unhealthy to the game with his track record of champion creation, and the fact that he's essentially relegated Mordekaiser to a troll pick.note 
      • At the time of writing, Mordekaiser currently has the single highest win rate in the game as an ADC in platinum and up, and is widely regarded as one of the single most devastating picks in the game when sent bottom lane. Mordekaiser's new role may or may not be healthy, but CertainlyT has certainly made him considerably more viable than he was.
      • However this was not considered an improvement, as pretty much everyone (including Riot) recognised that Mordekaiser was only doing so well in bot lane because he was nauseatingly overpowered, both with his overjacked numbers and unique and unbalanced mechanics such as the new passive on his W that caused him to gain full exp even when in a duo lane, meaning he'd be hitting level 6 while his lane opponents were still at level 4. After going through the 2015 World Championship with an almost 100% pick/ban ratio, he's since received massive nerfs and retweaks in an attempt to make him a viable solo laner again, and is pretty much back where he started as a troll pick. In the end, the Morde rework has boomeranged back on CertainlyT and is being considered one of his biggest failures.
    • Pendragon sometimes becomes this, if he wasn't doing the Pendragowned meme. This is because of his stint of closing down the PlayDOTA forum and using it as an advertisement place for League, while it did boost League's early popularity, even some League fans had to agree with the Dota players that it's still an unnecessarily dickish move and eventually perpetuated the vitriolic rivalry between League and Dota, which carried on to the latter's sequel. Making matters worse, Pendragon is also known to take the Never My Fault stance on this and even blamed IceFrog for selling out to S2 Games (the company behind another rival game Heroes of Newerth), while he in the same time has been hired by Riot in the same time, thus the statement being considered hypocritical. Basically, yes, Pendragon earned not only the ire of those he made suffer (the Dota community) but also those he attempted to please (the League community)
    • Before his departure in mid-2016, Lead Designer of Social Systems RiotLyte was... divisive among League of Legends players, especially on Reddit. As the designer of social systems in a game that has notorious reputation of being extremely hostile, he is almost always the one to be blamed if any change to social interaction, matchmaking, player expectations, etc. is made and doesn't please the entire audience, as League's vocal minorities are still extremely prominent, and has suffered multiple internet backdrafts. Now whether or not he actually deserves his criticism for all of his changes and overall philosophies around the game is a completely different matter we probably shouldn't address here.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Any champion that is "cute" is being regarded this way by the “Stop Having Fun” Guys. However... special case goes to Teemo! Just how bad it is? For starters, this is a champion that has been widely and derisively nicknamed "Satan". He sports a very cute appearance with Eyes Always Shut AND him being a little hamster boyscout. Then comes the fact that he's aggravating to fight against: His play style revolve about catching you by surprise by going on stealth after staying put for awhile and attacking you with blinding blow guns which will make your normal attacks miss (dangerous for auto attack carries), and that also poisons you. And his ultimate? Plant invisible mushroom mines that blow up when you stomp on them, which generates an effect that you just stepped on a shit. That can kill you. And he can cover a large portion of map with that, turning the game into a long period of Paranoia Fuel. Combine all that and you've got a very aggravating champion. 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. Oh, and he also has his "trollpool" ability, which sinks him into a blood pool that acts as a damage-over-time state and he can't be touched in anyway possible, so diving him is not an option if he's ready to screw you over like so.
    • 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 being this for some fans. 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 some more flack 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.
    • If a whole faction can be this, then the Solari sect can be considered as such. At core, they are a sect that claims to be benevolent, preaching the ways of protection and using the light of the sun as power... only to be revealed that they are extremely rigid in Knight Templar and rumoredly has a bad secret: Being linked with the genocide of their sister sect, the Lunari. When Diana exposed that, rather than owing up their mistakes, they instead decreed her heretic and sentenced her to death, causing her transformation into a ruthless being and killing their elders. There were also rumors that they indoctrinated their follower to only believe them as good, and other teachings are to be rejected, as how Leona came to be. But at least it was just rumors, right? In the lore update, Riot ends up confirming that they indeed indoctrinate others to only believe in their teaching and reject everything else, including possible advancement in technology, making them look like complete isolationists who are self-righteous in their own beliefs and will not owe to their mistakes. And in addition, their implications that they were preaching about protection was not present, making them lose quality in what they preach. Even at their worst, Demacia is at least still committed to the protection of its citizens and still open to other factions. The Solari seems to be designed to look like lying fascist assholes who indulge in genocide.
  • 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.
    • If they are not trying to bash him or anything, there are certain circles who likes to draw Teemo not as a cute yordle, but a rather hunky or handsome yordle.
  • 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.
  • 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. Should we also mention that some bots like Tristana Bot even have massively crazy timed maneuvers in the past, like firing one of her abilities mid-Rocket Jump?
    • 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.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The splash arts have had a bit of a bad history in terms of smoking. After Graves' splash art update added in him smoking a cigar, a small, but well-received tidbit fitting for the character, fans went into an uproar when it was suddenly removed due to Values Dissonance in a few countries regarding tobacco. Coming from a series that has much darker concepts, fans were quick to point out the hypocrisy to meme status (especially confusing since Gragas' "Gragas Esq." skin features Gragas smoking a cigar that still remains).
  • 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.
  • Uncanny Valley: Deliberately invoked with Orianna, but has unintentionally occurred in a few splash arts, most infamously the original Lollipoppy splash art until it was updated with her rework and subsequent splash art remakes.
  • 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.
  • Unwanted Assistance: 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;
    • Alistar's Headbutt
    • Anivia's Crystallize
    • Aurelion Sol's Comet of Legend
    • Bard's Tempered Fate
    • Blitzcrank's Rocket Grab
    • Gragas' Explosive Cask
    • Janna's Monsoon
    • Jarvan IV's Cataclysm
    • Kindred's Lamb's Respite
    • Lee Sin's Dragon's Rage
    • Season 6 Poppy's Keeper's Veredict
    • Singed's Fling
    • Tahm Kench's Devour
    • Tristana's Buster Shot
    • Urgot's Hyper-Kinetic Position Reverser
    • 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.
  • 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:
      • Wukong's ultimate is named after the very prequel tale of the original Sun Wukong himself, "Dànào Tiāngōng" (大鬧天宮, lit. "Havoc in Heaven"). The servers also deem Wukong an incarnation of the the actual Handsome Monkey King himself in the flesh, as opposed to him actually being based off of him.
      • Xin Zhao's name is flipped around into the more traditional Eastern naming order, which is "Zhao Xin".
    • JP made Jinx yell "Sukireta!" when she uses Zap! and made her sing "bai bai!" when she fires her Super Mega Death Rocket.

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