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A page for in-world groups or themed skin teams with some established story in League of Legends.

Skins in League of Legends are incredibly in-depth and diverse. Many of them are a part of their own alternate universes, with short, established storylines or consistent themes throughout that makes them appeal to different players. Some skins are completely canon in League of Legends lore, but most of them stand on their own, with their own lore and story.

Skins vary wildly; some of them are completely consistent with the character, and seek to further that characters similar thematic, such as Iron Solari Leona, and others take the character in a drastic, and completely different direction that often conflicts with the base voiceover, such as Marauder Ashe. There's many different skins, and one for every player. Skins are frequently the most anticipated part of an upcoming patch, and one of the staple features of League of Legends.

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    Academy 
At Valoran High, it's hard to fit in. When the lessons are about magic and history, some students just have a hard time paying attention. These skins depict champions as people in a High School, some as students and some as school faculty.

The line is featured in the Riot-endorsed fan-made webcomic, "Academy Adventures", currently with three series.

Champions in this line: (Professor) Ryze, (Headmaster) Fiora, (Academy) Ahri, Darius, Ekko, Vladimir

    Arcade 
An alternate timeline where "players" have been forcibly dragged into the Arcade World, an amalgamation of retro arcade games filled with an army of rogue bosses led by Final Boss Veigar. Joined by some of the "native" in-game protagonists, our heroes have joined in a fight to vanquish the evil Battle Bosses of the game-verse, and to stop Final Boss Veigar from giving the world a final Game Over.
Champions in the Arcade line: (Arcade) Ahri, Corki, Ezreal, Hecarim, Miss Fortune, Riven, Sona
Champions in the Battle Boss line: (Battle Boss) Blitzcrank, Brand, Malzahar, Ziggs, (Final Boss) Veigar

    Arclight 
Once each millennium, an ancient, godlike entity of divine light descends from the heavens, choosing worthy warriors to be his will incarnate, to become immortal agents of the Arclight.
Champions in this line: (Arclight) Varus, Vayne, Vel'Koz, Yorick, (Justicar) Aatrox, Syndra

  • Adaptational Heroism:
    • Vel'Koz is portrayed as a literal divine God in this timeline, but one who bestows the power of the Arclight into his agents to fight the darkness of the world.
    • The Justicars are described as chiefs of the Arclight, embodiments of justice and order, but are represented by the villainous-in-canon Aatrox and Syndra.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Varus has very dark skin here.
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • Arclight Varus, the first skin in the line, was originally based on his original lore (before it was updated to its current state since late 2017), canonically representing what he looked like after gaining power from The Pit and before it started corrupting him. With the inclusion of other skins in the line and skin descriptions, its plot has been completely changed.
    • Similarly, prior to his 2018 VGU, Justicar Aatrox was meant to be an in-canon representation of how the armies he rallied together saw him. With his lore writing this element of his character out, the Justicar skin's setup was also changed.
  • God: The unspeakably powerful yet sublime being of light energy is framed as this in the skinline's canon, and as it turns out, it's Arclight Vel'Koz.
  • Gold and White Are Divine: Very much so in all of the skins, mixing in white, gold, and various blue colors into their designs.
  • Holy Hand Grenade: The Arclight's powers of divine light were bestowed upon by a transcendental being of legend and myth, one who appears every millennium from the heavens to choose a new agent.
  • Immortality: Arclight Yorick is specifically described to have this as part of his powers, which is presumably the case with the others.
  • Light 'em Up: Right in the title, giving champions a very bright makeover. Also crosses with Holy Hand Grenade.
  • Vestigial Empire: Yorick is described to once being a king before he was chosen by the Arclight, abandoning it to focus on enforcing the will of the divine. Unfortunately, he returned centuries later to find it having crumbled into ruins, and he took it with both sorrow and madness.

    Arctic Ops 
A skin line taking place in an arctic, modern warfare setting, with soldiers of High Command decked out with specialized military technology, ready to fight whatever enemies they come across in the arctic front.
Champions in this line: (Arctic Ops) Gragas, Kennen, Varus, (Arctic Warfare) Caitlyn, (Northern Front) Swain, (Northern Storm) Volibear

  • Ambiguously Human: Gragas is constantly covered up by a hermetically sealed arctic combat suit and mask, and is a mystery to everyone except High Command's Research and Development labs. While physically he appears to be a very large man, he seems to be powered by the cold mixture of chemicals he's carrying around.
  • Archaic Weapon for an Advanced Age: Publicly, High Command views Ninjas as a joke from a medieval age, but as it turns out, Kennen is secretly one of their operatives, deployed in hot zones of the deep arctic alongside his deadly ninja skills.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Much like his canonical counterpart, Northern Front Swain prefers to fight before they bring out the armed helicarriers, shocktroopers, and mecha. When High Command's Grand General is around, they don't have to.
  • Bears Are Bad News:
    • Volibear is in this line, so it's a given. As it turns out, having a giant soldier who's immune to the cold and capable of ripping through entire regiments of armored soldiers is incredibly valuable in the arctic.
    • Weirdly, despite being based on Cold War-era USSR military concepts, Bear Cavalry Sejuani is not counted as part of the skin line.
  • Cold Sniper: Arctic Warfare Caitlyn and Arctic Ops Varus bring their stoic efficiency with their respective sniper rifle and bow and arrow to the Arctic front, making this trope a bit more literal in the process.
  • Winter Warfare: The theme of the skin line, with lots of modernized weaponry and winter combat uniforms for everyone! Splash arts also emphasize this by having things like tanks and high-tech military facilities all covered in constant snow.

    Battlecast 
In an alternate-universe version of Runeterra, Viktor went the extra mile, leading his Glorious Evolution down a more warlike path. Using his genius, he captured some of Valoran's most terrifying creatures, some of the Void and some native, and used them as "biological templates" to create powerful death machines, fueled by dark Hextech.
Champions in this line: (Creator) Viktor, (Battlecast Alpha) Skarner, (Battlecast Prime) Cho'Gath, (Battlecast) Urgot, Kog'Maw, Vel'Koz, Xerath, (Resistance) Illaoi, Caitlyn

  • Canon Welding: A bit of an odd example: Resistance Illaoi was originally pitched in development as "Battlecast Illaoi," but changed names partway in development to reflect a La Résistance added into the Battlecast universe. As a result, the similarly-named Resistance Caitlyn (a skin released seven years prior) was also merged into the lore.
  • Crush. Kill. Destroy!: Frequently uttered by the ones with unique voice lines.
  • Early-Bird Cameo:
  • Easter Egg: When normal Skarner stands in a brush for long enough, he'll say, "Skar-Skar-Skarner!" as a reference to Pokémon. Battlecast Alpha Skarner will do the same thing as his joke, before correcting himself.
  • Eating Machine: Battlecast Prime Cho'Gath, who still has the canonical Cho'Gath's appetite for everything, including civilians attempting to defy conversion.
  • Energy Beings: Battlecast Xerath units are Viktor's attempts to create a machine capable of a human soul. As its skin description states, however, Xerath units are twisted and unstable plasma monstrocities trapped in metal cages of psychic energy.
  • Humongous Mecha: Battlecast Prime Cho'Gath, the Battlecast most predisposed to combat.
  • Killer Robot: All of the characters are fueled by their emotionless desire to eradicate anything biological.
  • La Résistance: There exists a human uprising against these mecha monstrocities, joined by Illaoi and Caitlyn.
  • Mad Scientist:
    • Creator Viktor, who made all of the Battlecast skins, finally achieving his Glorious Evolution.
    • Battlecast Vel'Koz is supposed to be a supplementary to Viktor, an artificial version of this trope that analyzes enemies and marks them for Skarner to apprehend.
  • One Of These Is Not Like The Others: Battlecast Xerath. He's significantly less machine than the others, only sporting a machine-looking mask with the rest of his body being red energy. It's been admitted that he was made before the skin line was truly fleshed out, so he's a little bit out of place.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Noticeably different from other hextech, distinguished by their dark metal frames, glowing red lights, and the black smoke coming from their exhaust pipes.
  • Robot Soldier: Battlecast Urgot is supposed to be a template for these, but he's the only one of his kind so far.
  • Super Prototype: Battlecast Alpha Skarner. He's the first of Viktor's army, and he is perhaps the only one not expressly designed only to kill; instead, he incapacitates them (Perhaps dismembering them with his chainsaws) before dragging them to Viktor to be experimented on. This is emphasized by Skarner's ultimate ability which drags enemies along with him. It's also shown by his appearance seeming more 'dated', but the 'Super' part is emphasized by his VO being more advanced than simply Crush. Kill. Destroy!, which the others often are.
    Skarner, when ulting: YOU HAVE BEEN CHOSEN.
  • Unwilling Roboticisation: Unlike canon!Viktor's current iteration, Creator Viktor's Glorious Evolution is not voluntary. Illaoi was the subject of a failed conversion, and she uses her newfound powers to fight alongside the rest of the human resistance.

    Blood Moon 
Ionia is a strange place in Runeterra, filled with magic. Once a year, it's host to the Blood Moon, a night where the moon is crimson and demons roam freely throughout the mortal world. These masked demons, the Cultists of the Blood Moon, have little purpose beyond shedding as much blood as they can for the dark harvest.
Champions in this line: (Blood Moon) Akali, Diana, Elise, Evelynn, Jhin, Kalista, Kennen, Shen, Talon, Thresh, Twisted Fate, Yasuo, Zilean

  • Demonic Possession: The indoctrination of normal humans into the Blood Moon cult is depicted as a combination of this and The Corruption, with cultist rituals merging the demonic powers of the Blood Moon into human vessels.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: In the original lore, Shen and Akali weren't actually Blood Moon demons themselves, but actors in a play that depicted the Blood Moon festival. While Shen was eventually updated with his 2016 VGU to better fit the aesthetic, Akali has yet to receive the same treatment.
  • Hungry Weapon: Blood Moon Yasuo's blade inhabits a bloodthirsty demon, and combined with his own inner darkness, this makes him a perfect fit as the ceremonial executioner for the Blood Moon cult.
  • Lunacy: These champions represent demons released by the Ionian Blood Moon.
  • Mad Artist: Jhin is depicted as a "Blood Calligripher" demon who paints with his gun. His spell effects are themed after paint, and he makes his victims explode in a shower of ink.
  • Ship Tease: Blood Moon Evelynn is still described as a seduction demon, and in her splash art, she's holding the hands of what appears to be Blood Moon Twisted Fate (note the roped armguards), referencing their (now non-canon) ship in the normal timeline.
  • Trickster Archetype: Twisted Fate, the leader of the Blood Moon cult, is referred to as a Trickster Demon, one who deals death through his deck of cards with spirits trapped inside them. Despite the title, Ionians dispute whether he's actually a demon from the spirit world, or simply a mortal in a mask who amassed great power.
  • Wutai: These demons have their roots in Ionian, an thus, east-Asian inspiration. Interestingly, since beings of the Shadow Isles are only spoken of as legends through hushed whispers throughout the world, Blood Moon Elise, Kalista, and Thresh represent how Ionians see them.

    Burning Tides 
Bilgewater, one of the most infamous Wretched Hives in all of Runeterra, is home to all sorts of unscrupulous outlaws and ruthless marauders trying to seize various opportunities of power, one with all sorts of local folklore and cutthroat culture. The skin line has two divisions: one representing Bilgewater champions with their canonical appearances at certain points in time, and another more loosely inspired by Bilgewater's nautical aesthetics and culture.
Champions in the canonical line: (Captain) Gangplank, Miss Fortune, (Cutthroat) Graves, (Cutpurse) Twisted Fate
Champions in the alternate Bilgewater line: (Sea Hunter) Aatrox, (Dark Waters) Diana, Vladimir, (Fiddle Me Timbers) Fiddlesticks, (Rogue Admiral) Garen, (Ironside) Malphite, (Bilgewater) Katarina, Swain, (Corsair) Quinn, (Bilgerat) Rumble, (Pirate) Ryze, (Buccaneer) Tristana, (Kingpin) Twitch

  • The Captain:
    • Captain Gangplank represents Gangplank's appearance and personality prior to Miss Fortune's assassination attempt on his life.
    • Captain Fortune represents Miss Fortune in present actuality, when she's commanding her ship and not keeping up a flirtatious and cordial visage.
  • Cool Ship: Ironside Malphite is a giant golem of wood and steel built from the hull of a legendary gunship.
  • Defector from Decadence:
    • In the non-canon Bilgewater, Admiral Garen is apparently no longer a part of Demacia, becoming a ruthless adversary in the process. He frequently sends back the heads of those who challenge him back to Demacian naval authorities.
    • According to its skin description, Bilgewater Swain represents him if he were to become tired of his rule in Noxus, instead taking to the seas around Bilgewater for plunder and souls on his flagship, the Beatrice.
  • The Fundamentalist: The local religion surrounding Nagakabouros (also known as Mother Serpent, The Bearded Lady, and more) shows up as the basis for Dark Waters Diana, once an extremist for the Order of the Mother Serpent, now a mercenary for her unnamed employer.
  • Hunter of Monsters: Bilgewater is filled with hunters test their luck trying to fight the various local Sea Monsters for profit, but Sea Hunter Aatrox is considered among the best monster bounty hunters in the business, despite resembling a threatening fish man himself.
  • Pirate: Gangplank, Miss Fortune, Graves, and Twisted Fate are/were canonically pirates, but most of the other champions get additional non-canon makeovers to get in on the action.
  • Those Two Guys: Cutpurse Twisted Fate and Cutthroat Graves (representing their time in their youth as members of Gangplank's crew) are paired together, with both of their skin blurbs listing them as bumbling mercenary partners for hire.
  • Wooden Ships and Iron Men: Bilgewater is heavily inspired by this style, so naturally, all of its skins take at least some inspiration from it.

    Cops and Robbers 
Step aside, criminals, because there's new lawbringers roaming the streets! Taking place in an alternate Piltover, this theme contains modernized police and riot officers, robbers, the mafia, and secret agents.

The line is featured in the Riot-endorsed fan-made webcomic, "Punches and Plants: A Piltover Police Story", currently with two seasons.

Champions in the General Cops and Robbers line: (Officer) Caitlyn, Vi, (Constable) Trundle, (Captain) Volibear, (Safecracker) Evelynn, (Pickpocket) Twitch
Champions in the Crime City line: (Mafia) Braum, Graves, Jinx, Miss Fortune, (Gragas Esq.) Gragas, (Gangster) Twitch, (Knockout) Lee Sin,
Champions in the Riot line: (Riot) Blitzcrank, Graves, Kayle, (Riot K-9) Nasus, (Riot Squad) Singed, (Riot Girl) Tristana
Champions in the Secret Agent line: (Secret Agent) Miss Fortune, Xin Zhao

    Culinary Masters 
Waging war on the Fields of Justice can do a number on your appetite. Luckily, these champions have you covered. This skin line depicts champions as masters of cuisine, each specializing in a different form of delicious delicacies that'll titillate your tastebuds. And if you don't like the food, they'll kill you. So there's that.
Champions in this line: (Sashimi) Akali, (Birdio) Galio, (Barbecue) Leona, (Sinful Succulence) Morgana, (Butcher) Olaf, (Baker) Pantheon, (Pizza Delivery) Sivir, (Master Chef) Tahm Kench

    Dragon World 
A coalition of powerful Fighters and Trackers, the Dragonslayers fight to protect the world from the terrors of dragonkind. Adorned in armor crafted from the remains of the dead beasts, they roam the world in an eternal hunt for the ultimate prey. Their weapons are imbued with the fiery magic that dragons command, and their end goal is to protect the innocent people and destroy the evil spellweavers who command the draconic forces.
Champions in this line: (Dragonslayer) Braum, Jarvan IV, Pantheon, Vayne, Xin Zhao, (Dragon Trainer) Tristana, Lulu, (Dragon Master) Swain, (Dragon Sorceress) Zyra

  • The Beastmaster: Dragon Trainers Tristana and Lulu are aware that dragons should be humanity's nemeses, but have found that they're still beings that can be tamed in their youth, and indeed, can be befriended.
  • Blade on a Stick: Much like their normal skins, Pantheon, Jarvan, and Xin Zhao use spears to fight dragons.
  • The Corruption: Swain was formerly a Dragonslayer, but in a moment of hubris, he battled beneath the earth for the souls of ancient, long-dead wyrms, only for them to overpower and corrupt him.
  • The Dragonslayer: The main theme. Most armor found on the Dragonslayers are made of the scales and bones of dead dragons.
  • Easter Egg: In game, their auto attacks deal an additional 1 damage to the dragon. Not enough damage to actually make them OP compared to other skins, but a fun little interaction.
  • Evil Sorcerer:
    • Dragon Sorceress Zyra commands dragons instead of plants, with purple dragon eggs replacing her usual seeds.
    • Dragon Master Swain was formerly a great dragonslayer, but is now corrupted by the souls of the ancient wyrms, gaining powers as a slave to the monsters he once swore to destroy.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Swain actually wanted to use the powers of dragons against them, but became corrupted by it and became the Dragon Master he is.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: Yup. Dragonslayer Pantheon in particular runs with the trope, growing fiery dragon wings to jump with for his ultimate.
  • Last of His Kind: While "modern" ones are still around, Pantheon is described as the last of the ancient dragonslayers, one of the heroes who fought back after dragon fire initially consumed the world.
  • Lighter and Softer: Despite taking place in the same universe, the Dragon Tamer line is this to the Dragonslayer and Dragon Master line, which frames dragons as much more sympathetically, as well as adorably. Compare the "Rise of the Dragonslayers" to the "Dragon Trainer's Field Guide" passages and you'll spot the immediate tone differences.
  • Playing with Fire: The most elaborate ones feature fiery spell effects on their abilities.
  • Power Gives You Wings: Dragonslayer Pantheon gains giant, firey wings while using his ultimate.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Dragon Sorceress Zyra is purple in appearances, and her serpentine dragon minions are also purple, and spit purple flames. This is a contract to the heroic Dragonslayers, who all have normal fire on their abilities.
  • Stripperific: Dragonslayer Vayne, whose armor has a Cleavage Window and Bare Your Midriff.

    Event Horizon 
A mix of more cosmic-themed skins containing two distinct themes: The Cosmic entities of sublime love and children of the stars, bringing light and beauty to the emptiness of deep space, and beings of the Dark Star, corrupted spirits serving the Singularity to pull all existence into the inky, inescapable abyss.
Champions in the Cosmic line: (Cosmic Queen) Ashe, (Cosmic Reaver) Kassadin, (Cosmic Enchantress) Lulu, (Cosmic Blade) Master Yi, (Cosmic Dawn) Rakan, (Cosmic Dusk) Xayah, (Cosmic Defender) Xin Zhao
Champions in the Dark Star line: (Dark Star) Thresh, Varus, Orianna, Kha'Zix, Jarvan IV, Cho'Gath

  • Apocalypse How: The Dark Star Corruptants are trying to bring a Class-Z instance of this.
  • The Corruption: All the dark star champions have experienced this.
  • Cosmic Entity: All of these skins are based on cosmic phenomena, with the Cosmic beings born of and inspired by the stars, while the Dark Star beings are based off black holes and dark nebulae. Dark Star Thresh even describes himself as "entropy incarnate."
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The Cosmic line was started with Cosmic Reaver Kassadin, which was initially based on the Southern Cross to celebrate League of Legends' server launch in Oceania. Since then, it's branched off into its own thematic line as the aesthetic opposite to the Dark Star line.
  • The Singularity: The source of the Corruptants.
  • Spacetime Eater: All Dark Star Corruptants are trying to bring calamity and destruction from deep space, and Dark Star Thresh specifically wants to feed all of existence to the Singularity, effectively erasing all time, matter, and thought.

    Fables 
A lighthearted set of skins turning champions into magical gods, deities, or creatures of various worldwide mythologies and folklore.
Champions in this line: (Siren) Cassiopeia, (Loch Ness) Cho'Gath, (Dark Valkyrie) Diana, (Valkyrie) Leona, (Ghost Bride) Morgana, (River Spirit) Nami, (Sasquatch) Nunu and Willump, (Muse) Sona, (Leprechaun) Veigar

  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: Nunu and Willump swap out the ice-themed yeti theme for a more forest-themed Sasquatch theme.
  • Enthralling Siren:
    • Siren Cassiopeia is obviously based on this trope, inspired by the classic Greek depiction while visually playing into the Sirens Are Mermaids trope. Funnily enough, she's not happy with her reputation of drowning sailors and is trying to set the record straight, but she has a tendency to literally petrify interviewers.
    • River Spirit Nami is based on a Brazilian counterpart called the Iara, who shares the same deal of luring men into the waters using song, though they're usually portrayed as less sinister than the classical variant. The skin description poses her a malicious drowning siren, but the skin's Brazilian promotional image gave "Nami Iara" a more favorable depiction where she was a kindhearted witch doctor lured into a trap and killed, but was reborn by the sympathetic fish and moon as a guardian of the natural world.
  • Leprechaun: Leprechaun Veigar, though unfortunately, he isn't a fairy, he doesn't grant three wishes, and he doesn't have a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. In fact, he's much more interested in just killing you.
  • The Muse: Muse Sona, serving as a namesake Greek goddess of inspiration. She's mostly been forgotten over time, but she's recently found a resurgence in followers from an unlikely source: coffee-addled waiters working on their "next big screenplay idea."
  • Stock Ness Monster: Loch Ness Cho'Gath, of course. Described as a sea serpent that grows the more it feeds, only recognized through blurry photographs, and is believed to be responsible for a series of local disappearances. He's great for tourism, though!
  • Valkyries: Valkyrie Leona, here to descend from the heavens and lead the world's greatest soldiers to Valhalla (not that she tells anyone that it directly entails dying in battle). She's also accompanied by an Evil Counterpart in Dark Valkyrie Diana, who much prefers the comfort of mortal life, which hasn't really flown over well with Valhalla's management style.
  • Woman in White: Ghost Bride Morgana (made to celebrate the Latin American server launch) is based on La Llorona of Mexican folklore, an all-white ghost of a weeping woman betrayed by the man she loved, spending an eternity alongside a river bank searching for him and her children.

    Guardians of the Sands 
Set in an alternate Shurima, these champions were made to oversee its ancient tombs, spirits using their powers over the sand and light to let no man wander into their hallowed grounds, lest they be torn apart, consumed, and broken.
Champions in this line: (Guardian of the Sands) Kha'Zix, Rammus, Skarner, Xerath, (Risen) Fiddlesticks, (Sand Wraith) Pyke

  • Ancient Tomb: The Guardians of the Sands were invoked to guard them, punishing any trespassers and forcing them to face their wrath.
  • Deal with the Devil: Risen Fiddlesticks was illegitimately summoned by a jealous child emperor in an effort to gain power, but instead proceeded to instantly destroy his empire.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: While Sand Wraith Pyke certainly fits aesthetically, despite being considered part of the line, his skin blurb doesn't really have any real connection to the shared plot of the other skins; he's essentially the same Revenant Zombie as in canon, just one based in the sands of Shurima rather than the waters of Bilgewater.
  • The Magnificent: The guardians each have their own poetic sobriquet they are summoned by: Kha'Zix the Devouring Scarab, Rammus the Skewering Wheel, Skarner the Gilded Scorpion, and Xerath the Liquid Light.
  • The Power of the Sun: Shurima's motif heavily incorporates this, so naturally, light and sand-powered particle effects have been incorporated into most of the champions' particle effects. Xerath in specific is stated to be made of "liquid light," with the ability to drown trespassers in his purifying radiance.
  • Scarab Power: Kha'Zix, Rammus, Skarner, and Fiddlesticks take inspiration from scarabs, owing to Shurima's obvious inspiration toward ancient Egypt. Guardian of the Sands Kha'Zix is specifically called "The Devouring Scarab."

    Headhunter 
A group of mysterious warriors who spend their time Hunting the Most Dangerous Game, the Headhunter skin line is a direct reference to the Predator movie series. Complete with advanced hunting armor, adaptive cloaking, impossibly sharp blades, and a penchant for stealth, the Headhunters seek the most powerful and glorious prey they can get their blades into.
Champions in this line: Akali, Caitlyn, Master Yi, Nidalee, Rengar

  • Battle Trophy: In true Yautja fashion, Akali, Rengar, and presumably all the other Headhunters have a trophy wall. Headhunter Rengar simply wears the bones of his slain.
  • Doing In the Wizard: Any mention of magical power is removed, instead replaced with alien tech or biology. Akali's blades are stated to be "flaring with alien energy," and Nidalee is described to have alien biology that allows her to hunt her prey as a human and an animal.
  • Egomaniac Hunter: All of the champions present in the line are ready for a hunt, turning themselves into a race of perfect killing machines just to prove they can.
  • Expy: Made to directly reference and resemble the aliens from Predator.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: Like the creatures they reference, they spend their time hunting the most powerful fighters across the world.
  • Invisibility Cloak: Rengar and Akali continue to use stealth in-game, but now they've been altered to resemble Predator-esque cloaking devices.
  • Thunderbolt Iron: Headhunter Master Yi's Weapon of Choice is a five-foot long serrated blade, stated to be forged from a meteoric alloy.

    Heartbreakers 
A theme of skins released every year for Valentine's Day, the Heartseekers are from a world where love is always in the air, romance is king, and the champions are fashionably decked out and ready for adventure and bloodshed.
Champions in the line: (Heartseeker) Ashe, Lucian, Orianna, Quinn, Varus, Vayne, (Sweetheart) Annie, Rakan, Sona, Xayah

  • Bears Are Bad News: While Sweetheart Annie is made of "sugar, spice, and everything nice," Tibbers is still made of the insatiable hunger of a shadow bear. And fire-resistant cotton. He's still probably good for a hug (but only one).
  • Creepy Doll: Orianna is still seen by others as creepy and unnatural, despite her simply wanting to help those with broken hearts and dance for them. Heartseeker Orianna actually has the most natural-looking face of all of her skins; it's when you see her clockwork movements actually in motion where things really fall apart.
    • Interestingly, her splash art implies she actually is a doll-sized cake-topper, with the real Orianna's hand for scale.
  • Cupid's Arrow: The general design aesthetic for most of the bow-wielding champions Ashe, Varus, and Vayne, with Heartseeker Varus especially looking like a traditional matchmaking "Cupid" himself. According to Quinn's skin description, the Heartseekers' weapons are designed to channel their target's inner romantic, but still function as actual weapons designed to inflict pain.
  • Funny Background Event:
    • Heartseeker Vayne's splash art implies that Dr. Mundo asked her for a date, to which she responded to with an arrow to the back.
    • Heartseeker Ashe's full splash art features a lovestruck, yet otherwise normal Tryndamere in the background.
  • Good Is Not Soft: The goal of the Heartseekers is to help those overcome negative emotions of grief and instilling feelings of romance as Valentine's Day approaches. They do so using arrows, bullets, and other typically violent types of magic. Hey, Love Hurts.
  • Love Goddess: All of the Heartseekers appear to be based on this, most of them are described as searching to fill the world with love... using projectile weapons. Heartseeker Ashe, their leader, is the self-described "Queen of Hearts", who can't stand to see agony and grief as the season of love approaches.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Heartseeker Lucian gets a dashing red/white suit, ready to sweep you off your feet, preferably at a dinner by lantern light.

    Hextech 
A skin line set in an alternate version of Piltover and Zaun, one where champions are either specialists in or made out of hextech machinery.
Champions in the line: Alistar, Annie, Anivia, Galio, Janna, Kog'Maw, Poppy, Singed, Sion

  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Hextech Galio retains his colossal size in his splash art, and Hextech Alistar is also shown as similarly enormous in his own.
  • Child Prodigy: Annie is a scientific prodigy in the hextech renaissance, and has a collection of highly valued hextech warbears, including Tibbers.
  • Corporate-Sponsored Superhero: Hextech Galio was created by several of Piltover's largest industrial families and donated to the city as a public service to capitalize on the booming hextech market. His bio even describes him as an "ostensively walking advertisement."
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Hextech Janna is decidedly a lot more normal and grounded than the other more flashy skins, effectively being a light Steam Punk outfit makeover. This is because it was meant to be based on Janna's old lore where she began as a human Zaunite, though with her bio rewrites and the growth of the Hextech line, the skin gained a new non-canon plot setup.
  • It Can Think: Hextech Anivia was a breakthrough for being the first hextech lifeform to be declared as sentient. The secret behind artificial life is well-guarded out of fear of abuse, with Hextech Alistar designed as its guardian.
  • Magitek: The central focus of this line is League of Legends' take on it. In addition to some champions being made out of the stuff, the hextech developers also address the potential consequences of working with the stuff, for good (Hextech Janna gaining wind powers from working with raw materials) or bad (Hextech Singed mangling himself physically and mentally into a magic chemical-infused monstrosity).
  • Robot Buddy: Hextech Kog'Maw units are advertised as incredibly friendly and expensive pets, viewed mostly as symbols of wealth around their owners.

    High Noon 
A skin line taking place in Weird West version of Runeterra, featuring champions given huge western/desert makeovers, with wild and deadly showdowns all around.
Champions in the line: (High Noon) Jhin, Lucian, Thresh, Twisted Fate, Urgot, Yasuo, (Longhorn) Alistar, (Sheriff) Caitlyn, (Desperada) Cassiopeia, (Bandito) Fiddlesticks, (Sonoran) Kog'Maw, (Cowgirl) Miss Fortune, (Sandscourge) Skarner

    Immortal Journey 
"The mountaintop reaches skyward; the earth reaches for the heavens. In this mountain there is a lake, and from this lake rose the Sacred Sword." - Immortal Journey

Long ago, in an ancient land, many souls gathered beneath the gods to test the limits of their power. Foolish and arrogant, brave and just, their journeys are written into the immortal pages of history...

Champions in this line: (Soaring Sword) Fiora, (Divine Sword) Irelia, (Sacred Sword) Janna, (God Staff) Jax, (God Fist) Lee Sin, (Eternal Sword) Master Yi, (Enduring Sword) Talon, (Radiant) Wukong

  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: God Fist Lee Sin and God Staff Jax (who's already one anyway) are quite full of themselves... though probably for good reason.
  • Break the Haughty: Talon was once the haughty dragon king of the south seas, who in his hubris accepted a duel against the demigoddess Irelia... and lost in front of his assembled court. His attempt to lash out at Irelia resulted in her stripping his power away and sealing it in her blades, done to teach him a lesson in humility in the mortal realm.
  • Lady of War: Fiora, Irelia, and Janna all count, being incredibly powerful yet graceful all at once. Fiora is one of Yi's fellow martial arts students, Janna is the steadfast guardian of an immortality-granting sword of jade, and Irelia is a demigoddess who challenged Talon to a duel, won, then sealed his power in her blades out of retaliation.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: While Radiant Wukong's conceit does have its basis in Wuxia, his design is far more Animesque and bright in comparison to the more subtly flowing and graceful aesthetic of most other Immortal Journey skins. This is mostly due to it originally being a Lunar Revel skin before shifting lines.
  • Monkey King Lite: Wukong was already this, but Radiant Wukong drives it Up to Eleven, described as having undergone on a long journey to test his skills against history's greatest warriors, but is still barred by his quick temper and impulsive nature. His much more dynamic aesthetics also bring to mind another famous Sun Wukong expy.
  • Physical God:
    • Lee Sin became the titular wielder of the "God Fist" after defeating the master of every martial art school blindfolded and defeating his predecessor atop a treacherous mountain.
    • Jax was also once a mortal warrior, but ascended into godhood (or at least received god-level immortality) after becoming the successful wielder of the God Staff.
  • Sword of Plot Advancement: Yi (followed by Fiora) is seeking a fabled sword of pure jade that grants immortality, but is hidden at the bottom of a silent lake, guarded by Janna.
  • Wuxia: The entire line is a massive love letter to the genre, aesthetically resembling it at its most awesome and beautiful.

    Lunar Revel 
A skin line inspired by and released in celebration of the Lunar New Year, the various skin lines feature a heavy influence from Ancient Asia. Originally popularized by the combat-oriented Warring Kingdoms skins, the thematic branched out into a larger narrative, including Firecracker skins representing the festive side of Lunar Revels, and other general skins representing the mythological side. Each year, depending on the Zodiac sign for that year, new skins will be released that represent that years Zodiac.
Champions in the general Lunar Revel line: (Lunar Wraith) Caitlyn, (Jade Fang) Cassiopeia, (Lunar Goddess) Diana, (Dragon Fist) Lee Sin, (Lunar Empress) Lux, (Lunar Wraith) Morgana, (Lunar Guardian) Nasus, Warwick, (Guqin) Sona, (Jade Dragon) Wukong
Champions in the Warring Kingdoms line: (Warring Kingdoms) Azir, Garen, Jarvan IV, Katarina, Nidalee, Tryndamere, Vi, Xin Zhao, (Dragonblade) Riven, Talon
Champions in the Firecracker Line: (Panda) Annie, (Dragonwing) Corki, (Firecracker) Jinx, (Lion Dance) Kog'Maw

  • Absolute Cleavage: Warring Kingdoms Nidalee and Lunar Wraith Caitlyn.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The original Warring Kingdoms skins (Jarvan IV and Xin Zhao) were originally released to celebrate the anniversary of League's Chinese server, and are more aesthetically reminiscent of Dynasty Warriors than Chinese New Year. Later Warring Kingdoms skins would be more integrated into the general Lunar Revel aesthetic, so they might seem a little out-of-place as years go on.
  • Eastern Zodiac: Certain skins represent the totems in the zodiac:
    • The Year of the Dragon in 2012 wasn't represented by an actual dragon champion, but was still referenced in Dragon Fist Lee Sin, Dragonblade Talon, and Jade Dragon Wukong.
    • The Year of the Snake in 2013 was represented with Jade Fang Cassiopeia.
    • The Year of the Monkey in 2016 was represented with Radiant Wukong (originally he was considered part of the line, but has since been labeled an Immortal Journey skinnote ).
    • The Year of the Rooster in 2017 was represented with Warring Kingdoms Azir.
    • The Year of the Dog in 2018 was represented with Lunar Guardians Warwick and Nasus.
  • Fatal Fireworks: Featured in all the "Firecracker" to varying degrees. Within the context of the Lunar Revel, firecrackers are supposed to ward off evil spirits and misfortune (much like how they're symbolically seen in Chinese cultures), but they're a lot more dangerous when given to a pyromaniac child, a hungry Void monster, and a Trigger Happy girl who thinks a seven foot-long rocket shaped like an angry dragon is just a fun firecracker for parties.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: The weapons of Dragonblade Talon and Riven are directly forged from the dragonfire of a shadow dragon, with the latter even featuring fiery spell effects. Others, like Jade Dragon Wukong, Warring Kingdoms Tryndamere, and Warring Kingdoms Garen, have more Eastern-style serpentine dragons in them.
  • Lunacy: A benevolent example from Lunar Empress Lux, a demigod groomed to watch over the immortal realm and protect the world from darkness, joined by her Lunar Guardians Warwick and Nasus.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: While the Lunar Guardians have raised Lunar Empress Lux to protect the world, the red Warwick is described as "feral" as he ravenously pursues foes from the south, while the blue Nasus is the stoic, but powerful guardian of the north.

    Mecha 
An alternate universe/future where several of Bandle City's greatest scientists have constructed mecha for protection of their home from a kaiju threat.
Champions in this line: (Mecha Zero) Sion, (Mecha) Aatrox, Aurelion Sol, Kha'Zix, Malphite, Rengar, (Giant Enemy Crabgot) Urgot

    Odyssey 
From the heavily urbanized coreworlds to the outermost edge of the galaxy, adventure awaits! The great Demaxian Empire has laid claim to almost every inhabited system, ignoring the objections of the ancient Templar Order and the criminal Syndicate alike, in pursuit of the wondrous bounty of ora. This mysterious golden essence—drawn from the vast, majestic creatures that patrol the stars—is the lifeblood of all civilization, but also promises untold power to those who can wield it for themselves...

Their supplementary website can be found on Universe.
Champions in this line: Jinx, Kayn, Malphite, Sona, Yasuo, Ziggs

    Omega Squad 
A skin line representing a modern and gritty battle squadron of saboteurs, Dark Ops specialists, and other small soldiers.
Champions in this line: Fizz, Teemo, Tristana, Twitch, Veigar

    Omen of the Dark 
Taking place in a once-glorious city that was surrendered to the darkness by the Blade Queen Lissandra, this ghastly line follows her and her subjects after they've been turned into monstrous beings of shadow, and the land into a gothic hellscape.
Champions in this line: (Iron Inquisitor) Kayle, (Blade Queen) Lissandra, (Cursed Revenant) Nocturne, (Black Scourge) Singed, (Grey) Warwick, (Undertaker) Yorick

    Order vs. Chaos 

From nothing, there will always come two.

Since the dawn of time, the forces of chaos and order have been fighting for dominance, never having a resolution. But now, with their greatest fighters entering the battlefield, this is finally bound to change.

Order vs. Chaos (2017) and Battle of the God-Kings (2018) serves as the basis for the VS. Event. Completing missions during the event for either Order or Chaos would grant rewards while also boosting the power of their side, with players on the winning side gaining another bonus. As of 2018, Chaos has won both events.

Champions in this line: (Nightbringer) Yasuo,(Dawnbringer) Riven, (God King) Darius, Garen.

  • Animal Motifs: Darius is associated with wolves, and Garen with lions.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Nightbringer Yasuo and Dawnbringer Riven are personifications of Chaos and Order, respectively. The God-Kings refer to them as "honored ancestors" should they happen to meet on the Rift.
  • Black and White Insanity: Shared by both sides.
  • Both Order and Chaos Are Dangerous: Regardless of whether Order is "good" and Chaos is "evil," they're both frighteningly single-minded about their cause. It's clear that unfettered Chaos or Order would be bad for the rest of the world.
    • It's explicitly pointed out that both God-Kings' view of the perfect world would have serious downsides. God-King Garen's world is peaceful and prosperous, but mostly in the Brave New World sense where free will is nonexistent, while God-King Darius offers freedom from all oppressors... in a world of Forever War that resembles Warhammer 40,000 at its most grimdark.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: Both Order and Chaos may be dangerous, but they also each have something legitimate to offer.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Of a sort. It's unclear what happened in the interim, but while Riven and Yasuo are cosmic entities, Garen and Darius, their far-flung descendants, have become mortal to a degree.
  • Darker and Edgier: Nightbringer Yasuo, not only in appearance (even when compared to Blood Moon Yasuo, which is quite demonic on its own), but also in his voicelines. And in the same vein, God King Darius.
  • The Dark Side: Nightbringer Yasuo, when he jokes, makes a reference to this.
    Yasuo: Come to the dark side. We have sugared confections.
  • Evil Makes You Monstrous:
    • Nightbringer Yasuo, though calling him "evil" is a little sketchy. Notably, getting his Steel Tempest's stacks makes him even more demonic, until he either loses or consumes the stacks.
    • Interestingly enough, this also applies to Dawnbringer Riven (who, likewise, isn't truly evil or good)— her Super Mode changes her appearance, making her less human-looking.
  • Female Angel, Male Demon: Dawnbringer Riven and Nightbringer Yasuo, respectively. Averted with the God-Kings, who are both male.
  • Grey and Gray Morality: While they certainly have the aesthetics of good vs. evil, it's actually Order Versus Chaos, and Both Sides Have a Point. Out of universe, this was done so players don't feel pressured into supporting the "good" or "evil" side.
  • Light 'em Up: Dawnbringer Riven and God-King Garen, existing right in between Light Is Good and Light Is Not Good.
  • Motive Decay: According to Word of God, the God Kings are the last descendants of the original Nightbringer Yasuo and Dawnbringer Riven, but have twisted their ancestors' motives to fit their own personal, mortal needs.
  • Ms. Fanservice/Fanservice Pack: Dawnbringer Riven, BIG time. While she was always pretty in her own way in her base skin, this skin pulls out all stops. She's bustier and curvier, there's quite an empashis on her legs, ass and hips with her stance, there's quite the cleavage on her shirt below her armor, and both her shirt and armor don't cover her back.
  • Not So Above It All: Both God Kings, despite being well, them, all their non-taunt emotes are just them screwing around with their pets.
  • Not So Different: A recurring trend with the opposing duos is playing off their already-prominent similarities to the max. They're given similar (if not exact) voice lines, both having an urge to kill the other at the cost of everything else, and the champions chosen even have similar gameplay dynamics: Riven and Yasuo being manaless skirmishers with 3-hit Q's and high mobility, and Garen and Darius being mighty juggernauts with prominent Spin Attacks and Finishing Move ultimates.
  • Order Versus Chaos: Well, yeah. Order is represented by Dawnbringer Riven and God King Garen, while Chaos is represented by Nightbringer Yasuo and God King Darius.
  • Playing with Fire/Hell-Fire: Nightbringer Yasuo.
  • Power Echoes: Dawnbringer Riven, when she ults.
  • Power Makes Your Voice Deep/Evil Sounds Deep: Nightbringer Yasuo, even when he already had a deep voice in his base skin, even though calling him "evil" is a stretch. Notably, when he ults, his voice gets even deeper, turning completely demonic.
  • Ship Tease/Foe Yay: There's quite a bit between Riven and Yasuo, which is, at the same time, ironic considering the champions themselvesnote , but also certainly a nod towards those who ship them anyway. They can hear each other in their minds, many of their voicelines are exactly the same (or very, very similar), and also, in both the endings to the comic, they share quite the moment before they end.
  • Spin Attack: Dawnbringer Riven's third Q is a vertical version. Nightbringer Yasuo obviously still has this from his base skin, also.
  • Super Mode: Dawnbringer Riven's ult. Just like her base skin, it makes her sword larger, but in this skin, her appearance also changes, becoming all golden and vaguely fish-like, for some reason.
  • Victory Is Boring: Yasuo isn't happy to win since victory is an ending, and any ending is more in line with Order than Chaos. He's even more surprised to find himself becoming the new Order.
  • Warrior Poet: Yasuo and Riven both quote lines from poems by Lord Byron when they kill each other.
  • You Kill It, You Bought It: Obviously not in game, but when they kill each other in the endings to the comic, Chaos finds himself tamed by Order and Order realizes she has been corrupted by Chaos.

    Pentakill 
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We are known as Pentakill, and we shall rock as no other.

In a world where heavy metal reigns supreme, Pentakill is Valoran's most famous metal band, the undisputed masters of melting the face right off your head.

The band was originally just a skin theme line with a few blurbs of supplementary lore, but in 2014, Riot Defictionalized the band with an extensive collaborative lineup, featuring big metal names including ZP Theart, Jørn Lande, Derek Sherinian, and Noora Louhimo. Their first album, Smite and Ignite, was released in 2014 that year, and a follow-up, Grasp of the Undying, was released in 2017. The release of this album saw Pentakill surprise everyone and hit #1 on Metal charts during the month of its release.

Their website can be found here. Also, a music video for "Mortal Reminder"!

Champions in this line: Karthus, Kayle, Mordekaiser, Olaf, Sona, Yorick

  • A Good Name for a Rock Band:
    • Pentakill, natch. This extends to almost all of their song and album titles, named after items or abilities in the game.
    • Their (fictional) tour dates for their 2017 Grasp of the Undying tour also listed some "support" bands at their locations, including such gems as "Noxtoraa", "Quadrakill", "Ice Witch", "Frostguard", "Dead Pool Down", and "Tiny Feet of Doom".
  • All Guitars Are Stratocasters: Subverted — In fact, Mordekaiser's guitar is more weapon than instrument. All of Pentakill's songs must only be in one tuning. Yorick's bass somewhat plays the trope straight, without knobs.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Mordekaiser in the "Mortal Reminder" music video is HUGE, easily being fifty feet tall or taller. In fact, when he first appears him standing up in Poppy's workshop smashes the roof, and the roof itself is only up to his waist.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Mordekaiser and Yorick in the "Mortal Reminder" music video.
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • In the "Mortal Reminder" music video. Rumble is about to have a flower to Tristana, who he's known to have a crush on. When Pentakill Sona sensually emerges from a nearby haunted piano, he quickly switches, offering the flowers to her (before being blasted away by The Power of Rock).
    • "Cull" starts off sounding like it's going to be a Surprisingly Gentle Song. And then they get going.
  • Big Rock Ending: "Mortal Reminder".
  • Bizarre Instrument: Olaf doesn't really play any drums in the "Mortal Reminder" music video, so much as he just hits a bunch of stones.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Karthus. Mordekaiser even quotes the trope verbatim in responnse to his drunken Cluster F-Bomb.
  • The Chick:
    • Sona subverts the trope; normally, the token chick in a Five-Man Band is The Heart that keeps the group together. Sona is easily one of the more violent members, she just can't communicate it. Being in a Q&A why she requires no skill to play as, resulted in a... profane rant, but translated into morse code.The full answer 
    • In the interviews, it seems more like Mordekaiser of all people is the one trying to keep everyone together, while Olaf is the Only Sane Man.
  • Dumb and Drummer: Olaf isn't exactly dumb, but he's probably the most simple-minded member of the band.
  • Dynamic Entry: Each champion in the "Mortal Reminder" music video emerges in a manner appropriate for their champion/
    • Karthus arrives with the initial storm, being the bands frontliner.
    • Yorick is a zombie, so he rises from the ground.
    • Sona is a musician as her base character, so she emerges from a piano.
    • Mordekaiser is a revenant of metal, and he emerges from a forge.
    • Olaf is a viking, and he lands from the sky in a lightning bolt.
    • Kayle is an angelic Valkyrie, and she dives down from the sky.
  • Fallen Angel: A recurring motif among the band members. Karthus is described as singing with the voice of "a fallen angel made of freshly polished chrome and dynamite that eats other dynamite," and as the band needed a female vocalist, Kayle came to the band as a literal angel of rock falling to the earth.
  • I Am the Band: Karthus, when drunk and angry, certainly thinks so.
    Karthus: I can't believe you $#*ing guys are going make me quit drinking. I mean, what would I do without booze, huh? You can't really expect me to do this sober!
    Mordekaiser: Karthus, you really have to see how you've contributed here. It isn't our fault you can't hold your liquor – you haven't got a stomach. Besides, you were going strong until you took those six hits off Sona's Oracle's Elixir. I could understand if you were the support, but that's just irresponsible. Tell him, Sona.
    Sona: ...
    Karthus: Hey @#$& you, you ^$*ing #$*@s! I !$#^ing carry this %&^*ing band! Who the *&%$ing @!#$ do you &%#$s think you are making me get clean? @#%^ing %^&# this $%#@, I'm going to @%^$ing kill whoever you @#^$ing hire and then drink vast quantities of mead. @#%#!
    Olaf: Well, I don't think anybody's going to top that. Um… our new record, Death Rides a Pale Boar is in stores now. And don't steal it because, you know... we'll kill you.
  • Instrument of Murder: All of the Pentakill skins use their instruments as weapons.
  • Kayfabe Music: Following their Defictionalization, the band has just grown from a cosmetic in-game skin theme to a full-blown virtual band project. Smite and Ignite in particular debuted in Billboard's top 40, and "Mortal Reminder" took them straight to #1 on the iTunes metal charts.
  • Kick The Yordle: Kayle kicks Teemo off of a giant stone pillar in the "Mortal Reminder" music video, but it's hard to tell if he's just in the way, since none of the members ever notice him.
  • Metal Head: No pun intended for Mordekaiser, but he and Karthus both headbang in their dance emotes, and Kayle in her recall. Really, all of the skins invoke this in some way.
  • Nobody Loves the Bassist: Largely subverted; Yorick gets EPIC and very audible bass lines in the songs; Lightbringer, arguably their most popular song, opens with Yorick's bass. He even plays the bass line of Lightbringer in his dance emote, being the only band member that can actually play music in game. He's also the second member to appear in the "Mortal Reminder" music video, and plays a larger role than Sona, Olaf, and Kayle in it; he even gets a Back-to-Back Badasses moment with Mordekaiser. It is worth noting that he's never spoken in any interviews, though.
  • Non-Indicative Name: With the introduction of Kayle into the band, the name "Pentakill" seems like a slight misnomer. Perhaps "Hexakill" doesn't feel as punchy?
  • Only Sane Man: Somehow, Olaf is this in the interviews. Yes, even more than Sona.
  • The Power of Rock: Uhh.... duh. The "Mortal Reminder" music video shows their music bringing havoc and rock to a small Yordle town, and all poor Teemo can do is watch.
  • The Quiet One: Yorick is this in the band, despite Sona being the mute one. Yorick himself has never given any interviews.
  • Rhyming with Itself: The song "Lightbringer" rhymes 'hope' with itself in the second verse.
  • The Roadie: Yorick's summonable ghouls also serve as the band's roadies. In-game, they can be seen wearing spiked wristbands.
  • Running Gag: Members of the band asking Sona to say something and Sona (predictably) responding "..."
  • Scary Musician, Harmless Music: While the band does a lot of collateral damage to the little Yordle town in "Mortal Reminder", they don't actually hurt anyone (Except maybe Teemo). Karthus in particular begins channeling a spell that looks like his ult is about to destroy everyone in town, and when it completes, the Yordles are just dressed in black and begin rocking to the music.
    • This was also shown during their first album, as "Lightbrighter" is a song where the protagonist is bringing hope and peace. In fact, most of their songs are on the more hopeful and uplifting end.
  • Sir Swears Alot: Karthus definitely has a habit of Cluster F-Bomb'ing while drunk.
  • Sixth Ranger: Pentakill Kayle. The original Five-Man Band of Pentakill was released between 2010 to 2012, whereas Pentakill Kayle joined the band in 2017. She's also not in a group-shot like the other five, although her splash art does feature all of the other members in the background.
  • Something Completely Different:
  • Soprano and Gravel: The song "Frozen Heart" features the voices of both Karthus and Kayle.
  • Surprisingly Gentle Song: "Orb of Winter", which while still booming and grandiose, features less rock instrumentals and a lot more orchestra and ominous choir, almost like if Sona composed the whole thing.
  • Theme Song Reveal: If you were listening to "Tear of the Goddess" through it's slightly-long intro sequence, and were expecting Karthus' voice, you were probably surprised when the angelic voice of Kayle came into your ears. It makes sense when you realize the song is inspired by the story of Kayle and Morgana, and how their mother shed tears when they fought.

    Pool Party 
When summer comes around, it's nice to unwind and have a good time with friends. These skins are made for the sunny summer, and feature the champions enjoying time around the pool or at the beach. This is represented through quirky spell effects, such as explosions turning to water balloons, and swords turning into pool noodles.
Champions in this line: Caitlyn, Draven, Dr. Mundo, Fiora, Gangplank, Graves, Lee Sin, Leona, Lulu, Miss Fortune, Rek'Sai, Renekton, Taric, Zac, Ziggs, Zoe

  • Beach Episode: Depicts the champions dressed for swimming, surfing, or just sunbathing.
  • The Cameo: Several champions aren't featured in the line but feature in the backgrounds of splash arts, occasionally for a Funny Background Event or two. Also Urf.
  • The Comically Serious: Renekton, the anthropomorphic crocodile, is a no-nonsense lifeguard who fights using a rescue board. Not exactly the guy you'd wanna get CPR from.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: A blue, shorts-wearing Zac was featured in Pool Party Renekton's splash art two years before it was officially released as his own Pool Party skin.
  • Fanservice: Surprisingly sparse. Some play it completely straight; Caitlyn, Fiora and Miss Fortune in particular are scantily clad in swimsuits, while Taric, Graves, and Gangplank proudly display their manly chests, but most of the skins are meant to be funny instead of sexy.
  • Flower in Her Hair: Zoe has a large flower tucked into her hair.
  • Funny Background Event: Frequently happens in the splash arts, where other champions can be seen doing things like jumping off diving boards or chasing each other across the beach.
    • Pool Party Ziggs' art has a funny foreground event, as Garen, Katarina, and Darius (yes, they're all in the same pool party) are making "Oh, Crap!" faces as he's about to cannonball in the middle of them.
    • Pool Party Graves' splash art appears to be capturing Ziggs' cannonball in his splash art, albeit at a much more distant angle.
    • Pool Party Renekton's splash art is also capturing another Ziggs cannonball, also showing some characters on the diving boards, including Ahri, Gragas, Kha'Zix, and for some reason, Urf.
    • Pool Party Leona's splash art features Lux being chased by Taric (both of them doing a Girly Run) on the left, while on the far right is Ezreal sitting and looking really unimpressed at the two.
    • The full context of Pool Party Fiora's splash art is that she cut Tryndamere's foam sword in half with another foam sword. Katarina, Darius, and Ashe are confused, but Garen's cheering her on.
    • A subtle one in Pool Party Miss Fortune's art; Lee Sin is taking a picture of her, but appears to be holding his phone upside-down.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: Zoe has a pair on her forehead, but doesn't use them for anything.
  • Improbable Weapon User: A staple. Of course, they're still equally effective in gameplay.
    • Fiora has a pool noodle instead of a sword.
    • Mundo throws a ukulele instead of a cleaver.
    • Caitlyn, Gangplank, Graves and Miss Fortune use water guns instead of their regular guns.
    • Leona replaces her sword with a beach umbrella.
    • Ziggs throws water balloons instead of explosives.
    • Gangplank uses a spatula instead of his sword, and blows up watermelons instead of barrels.
  • Making a Splash: Many of them use water in place of their normal spell effects. Zac is actually made of water in this line instead of... whatever amorphous goo he actually is. His recall features him relaxing in a kiddie pool filled with himself.
    Skin Description: If a guy made of water jumps into a pool, does he become the pool? Or just... part of the pool? Or does the pool become him? This is a very serious question.
  • Rated M for Manly: Graves and Taric.
  • Silliness Switch: An exclusively comedic skin line for the summer.
  • Threatening Shark: Rek'Sai, normally a Void monster, is depicted as a shark wearing water wings, and she rides a jet ski for her Homeguard animation. Her 'burrow' is depicted as if she's swimming through the ground, and a Jaws-esque theme plays when she senses someone with her Tremor Sense.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Graves and Taric. Taric's splash in particular is pretty much 60% man-chest.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Pool Party Zoe has blue and watery hair, instead of her normal orange-shading-to-purple.

    Prehistoric Hunters 
Very simple skin line — dinosaurs, and those who hunt them. Originally conceived in celebration of the release of Jurassic World, this skin line shares a universe with the Monster Hunter-inspired Beast Hunter trio of Draven, Tryndamere, and Sejuani.

The line is featured in the Riot-endorsed fan-made webcomic, "Olaf vs. Everything" (despite Olaf not being part of the line).

Champions in this line: (Prehistoric) Anivia, Cho'Gath, Renekton, (Beast Hunter) Draven, Sejuani, Tryndamere, (Tribal) Ryze

  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: The original inspiration.
    • Cho'Gath is reminiscent of a Tyrannosaurus rex.
    • Anivia (a mythical bird in the main universe), is depicted as a pterosaur, complete with a jungle-esque egg for her passive.
  • Giant Flyer: Anivia, which makes her resemble some sort of pterosaur.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: The Beast Hunters. Prehistoric Cho'Gath's blurb points out that "there are no sane hunters."
  • It Can Think: Prehistoric Renekton is described as a rare intelligent beast, capable of erudite speech and wielding weapons. Unfortunately, he's not very friendly, and still poses a danger to hunters.
  • It's All About Me: Much like his canon persona, Draven is an incorrigible showboat, though this proves to be much more dangerous in this universe, with some of his own hunting partners dying due to his need for "dramatic tension."
  • Lizard Folk: Prehistoric Renekton seems to be a giant version of this, standing between a rampaging Cho'Gath and Anivia while protecting a group of tribesmen who stand in his shadow. He's noticeably different because, while Cho'Gath and Anivia are mostly animalistic with only a few decorations, Renekton is a dinosaur-humanoid warrior wielding a giant weapon and adorned in large armor.
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: Renekton appears as a giant half-breed, very similar in appearance to ancient crocodilians such as Sarcosuchus. He's also different from the others in that he's wearing armor and wielding a giant weapon, whereas Cho'Gath and Anivia are far more bestial.
  • Units Not to Scale: In their shared splash, Cho'Gath, Anivia, and Renekton dwarf the tiny humans watching their fight. In game, they're much smaller.

    PROJECT 
In a Cyber Punk Bad Future version of Ionia, far in the future where Hextech reins supreme, a group called PROJECT has resurrected some champions through technology and turned them into combat-cyborgs. Eventually, those who could resist control banded together to form a resistance led by Ashe, to stop the inhumane experiments and war. Within the same universe are the Programs, more mechanized artificial intelligence versions of other champions.
Champions in the PROJECT line: Ashe, Ekko, Fiora, Jhin, Katarina, Leona, Lucian, Master Yi, Vayne, Vi, Yasuo, Zed
Champions in the Program line: (Program) Camille, Lissandra, Soraka, (iBlitzcrank) Blitzcrank

  • Arc Symbol: The triangular PROJECT symbol. Players who initially purchased the skins through crafting got loading screen cards with the symbol on top of their champion, some having slight variations: Vi's symbol is inverted and has wings, while Jhin's is also inverted and integrates a skull design.
  • Advert-Overloaded Future: From what we can see of the world in videos, artwork, and the Substructure 43 map, the world is packed with a lot of neon advertisements.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Varies between the Program champions, who are all AI. Program Lissandra is definitely this, having gone beyond her programming to become a world-conqueror like the original Lissandra. Camille murders any human who uses unauthorized technology, but that's just what she was programmed to do. Soraka was built as a Benevolent A.I., but she has been infiltrated by corrupted code, making her ultimate status uncertain. iBlitzcrank was intended as a household assistant, but has been corrupted by Program (and presumably Lissandra).
  • Benevolent A.I.: Program Soraka was built to be this, and her voiceover supports it (she has the same lines as normal Soraka).
  • Big Brother Is Watching You: Lissandra was built to be an all-seeing security bot.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: The fate of the PROJECT champions who haven't yet escaped. In their cinematic, Master Yi is rescued from some group trying to reprogram him.
  • Canon Welding:
    • Originally, the Program skins were meant to be its own line, but were then confirmed to be merged in a single timeline and written as such in their lore blurbs.
    • Subverted with the Battlecast line. Some eagle-eyed viewers noticed a silhouette in the background of PROJECT: Katarina and Program Camille's splash arts that resembles Battlecast Vel'Koz, but a Rioter officially confirmed that it wasn't supposed to be him, and that the PROJECT/Program and Battlecast universes are separate.
  • Computer Virus: Vayne deems any Program she has to face up against "a virus," or at least faulty AI.
  • The Cracker: PROJECT: Jhin was originally this, but following a botched surgery, he became a killer for hire.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: As described by one of the line's visual designers, "In order to become PROJECT you have to surrender your humanity. The technology takes over your soul." These present champions, however, were mentally and psychologically strong enough to hang onto their personalities.
  • Cyber Punk: The entire theme of this Alternate Universe, with many of the typical trappings: cybernetic Transhumanism, La Résistance, moral ambiguity, hackers, epic synthesizer music, neon lights striking against harsh shadows, and bad weather.
  • Cyber Punk Is Techno: The soundtrack for the entire world is full of futurstic-sounding synthesizers, mixing in inspiration from drumstep and sampled classical instruments.
  • Cyberpunk with a Chance of Rain: Wouldn't be a cyberpunk universe without it! Rain is heavily present in PROJECT: Jhin's splash art, "The Hunt", and the Substructure 43 map for the OVERCHARGE game mode.
  • Cyborg: They are either this or full robot. It's been left somewhat ambiguous how much of their original human bodies still exist.
  • Defector from Decadence: Most of G/NETIC is comprised of former members of PROJECT, including Ashe, Fiora, Yasuo, Lucian, Leona, and Yi. Zed is still a part of PROJECT, and Katarina left G/NETIC to return to PROJECT after a confrontation with Ashe.
  • Disease Bleach: Every champion in the PROJECT line has white hair.
  • Energy Weapon: The line loves these: Yi uses a "hyperlight alpha blade," Leona uses a "mounted ion charge shield," Lucian wields "dual ion-core Lightcaster pistols," Yasuo uses a blade coated with plasma, etc.
  • Killer Robot: Program Camille, designed to locate and assassinate any human trying to utilize unauthorized technology, and has currently been weaponized to fight G/NETIC.
  • La Résistance: Ashe leads a group called G/NETIC to free the victims of PROJECT and use their adaptations to protect humanity. Not all the champions are on board, however; Jhin and Zed never signed on, Katarina was a member but returned to PROJECT, and Vayne is a Wild Card fighting evil her own way.
  • Magitek: PROJECT's cybernetic augmentations are heavily implied to be based on a much more advanced form of Hextech.
  • Mega-Corp: PROJECT is one of these, specializing in Transhuman augmentation and Corporate Warfare.
  • Mundane Utility: iBlitzcrank is a mass-produced household assistant robot. It remains to be seen whether that's going to be a good idea, as a security update has left them corrupted by Program.
  • Non-Indicative Name: The PROJECT title comes from the Mega-Corp that caused the enhancements to most of its champions, but it still carries to several champions who have defected from it (including the members of G/NETIC), or don't seem to have any direct connection to them whatsoever (Ekko is just a hacker picked up to help G/NETIC, Jhin was augmented from the black market, and Vi is simply a Central detective).
  • Playful Hacker: PROJECT: Ekko, a hacking prodigy from the lower sectors, who was picked up by Ashe for G/NETIC to help take down PROJECT. Apparently, he didn't need that much convincing to join in.
  • Robot Girl: Program Camille, Lissandra, and Soraka are based on female champions, and all have distinctly feminine features.
  • Transhuman: PROJECT believes that through their augmentations, they can tap into a supernatural link between between the physical body, technology, and spiritual energy, possibly to transcend the human plane. Unfortunately, this forces you to surrender your humanity and soul, and upon realizing the cost of human life PROJECT's ambitions are consuming, Ashe defected from them and started G/NETIC, fighting to freeing other Initiatives and to tear down the whole organization.
  • Wild Card: The three "HUNTERS" of the PROJECT line, Jhin, Vayne, and Vi. Jhin is a hitman for hire with a dark vision for both PROJECT and humanity, Vayne is a vigilante fighting against PROJECT, but isn't connected to G/NETIC, and Vi is simply a cop looking to protect the peace, currently hunting down the both of them.

    Pulsefire 
Set in a dystopian timeline of Post-Cog Era Piltover, Magitek has evolved to the point where long-distance Time Travel is possible. Ezreal is a renegade Chrono Fugitive taking artifacts from the past for his own amusement, and Caitlyn is a Chrono Agent of the Remembrancer police force sent to stop him.
Champions in this line: Caitlyn, Ezreal, Riven, Shen, Twisted Fate

  • Bad Future: As initially conceived, Pulsefire Ezreal was a slightly older Ez who accidentally blundered into one of these and returned (with a futuristic suit of armor) to the present timeline to avert it. After the rework, the Pulsefire future does not seem to be particularly bad or good.
  • Canon Welding: According to this timeline (which is almost certainly non-canon, but just roll with it), all of the alternate skin lines exist in the same plane of reality, and are merely separated through timelines.
  • Dystopia: The Pulsefire future is described to be "dystopian," though to what extent has yet to be seen. That said, one of Pulsefire Caitlyn's jokes has her note if her gun is faulty, it should be sent to the Ministry of Love.
  • Glowing Eyes: Champions in this line have piercing, electric-blue eyes.
  • Temporal Paradox: The potential risk of Ezreal's exploits. In-game, Caitlyn has lines when she kills a regular Caitlyn, wondering if she may have accidentally caused one of these.
    Pulsefire Ezreal: (running into another Ezreal) "Paradoxes... I hate those guys!"
  • Time Police: The Remembrancers, of which Caitlyn is one as a Chrono Agent, sent to hunt down those who attempt to break the boundaries of time itself.

    Snowdown Showdown 
A series of winter-themed skins, giving champions snowy, icy, or festive makeovers for the Time of Snowdown. Split into four distinct categories: the general festive Snowdown Showdown skins, the more casual and playful Snow Day skins, the whimsical and fancier Winter Wonder skins, and the commemorative 2010 Winter Games skins.
Champions in the Snowdown Showdown line: (Re-Gifted) Amumu, (Santa) Braum, Draven, Gragas, (Snowmerdinger) Heimerdinger, (Ambitious Elf) Jinx, (Slay Belle) Katarina, (Reindeer) Kog'Maw, (Mistletoe) LeBlanc, (Festive) Maokai, (Candy Cane) Miss Fortune, (Snow Bunny) Nidalee, (Workshop) Nunu and Willump, (Nutcracko) Shaco, (Silent Night) Sona, (Happy Elf) Teemo, (Earnest Elf) Tristana, (Bad Santa) Veigar, (Old Saint) Zilean
Champions in the Snow Day line: Bard, Gnar, Graves, Malzahar, Singed, Syndra, Ziggs
Champions in the Winter Wonder line: Karma, Lulu, Orianna, (Frostfire) Annie, (Frostblade) Irelia, (Snow Faun) Poppy, (Poro Rider) Sejuani, (Snowstorm) Sivir
Champions in the 2010 Winter Games line: (Vancouver) Amumu, (Team Spirit) Anivia, (Ice Toboggan) Corki, (Union Jack) Fiddlesticks, (Festival) Kassadin, (The Mighty) Jax, (Whistler Village) Twitch, (Curling) Veigar

  • An Ice Person: Virtually all the skins are given an ice or winter-themed aesthetic, with some of them having more snow or ice in their particle effects.
  • Bad Santa: Bad Santa Veigar, who simply wants to blot out the holidays forever with his evil magic. Also, he only has a Naughty List.
  • Badass Santa: Santa Draven himself can count, but he also has an... interesting idea of what Santa's like. He thinks having incredible hair and fashion sense, a body count in the Noxian fighting pits, and wielding flying axes makes him more or less the perfect Santa.
  • Christmas Episode: Many of the general Snowdown Showdown skins that don't fit into any of the sub-themes are explicitly Christmas-themed.
  • Creepy Doll: Winter Wonder Orianna takes away some of her normal creep factor by dressing her up cute, stylish winter gear... then proceeds to give some of it back by replacing her robot look with a wound-up mannequin aesthetic.
  • My New Gift Is Lame: Re-Gifted Amumu evokes this trope. Poor guy can't catch a break.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Snow Bunny Nidalee still turns into a white cougar. Her skin description justifies this by saying she's a protector and surrogate Santa for many woodland critters, but still.
  • Olympic Games: The Winter Games skins were made to commemorate the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. It's unclear if there will be any more Olympics-themed skins in the future.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter:
    • Poros heavily feature in some of the skins, mainly Malzahar (who summons a bunch of poro/voidling hybrids), Sejuani (who rides a giant one), and Lulu (with Pix being a flying poro with wings). The lore of the Winter Wonder skin line is that many of its champions are from Winterland, ruled by the one and only Poro King himself.
    • Bard replaces his Meeps with penguins, who have seen a large measure of promotional presence in event-exclusive cosmetics, including player icons and emotes.
  • Santa Claus: Braum, Draven, Gragas, Zilean, and Veigar have Santa-themed skins. Old Saint Zilean is the closest to a most traditional depiction (using time powers to instantly deliver presents notwithstanding), Santa Braum and Draven qualify for being Badass Santas, Santa Gragas is a really Fan Disservice-y depiction, and Bad Santa Veigar is... well, a Bad Santa.
  • Sexy Santa Dress: Many of the earliest female winter skins played up the Fanservice typical of that era of the game, most definitively Candy Cane Miss Fortune, but also present in others such as Slay Belle Katarina and Snow Bunny Nidalee. Later female winter skins have become a lot more modest.
  • Shout-Out: The hockey-themed "The Mighty Jax" skin is a blatant reference to the The Mighty Ducks. The skin description even speculates that "he used to be a defense attorney, but nobody knows for certain."
  • Silliness Switch: A bunch of the skins give many of the more intimidating champions a bit of levity, whether they be replacing a tusked boar with a giant poro, or replacing orbs of dark energy with snowballs.
  • Snowball Fight: The cozy theme behind the Snow Day line, with champions like Ziggs and Syndra having their particle effects replaced with snowballs.
  • Snowlems: Snowmerdinger is based on the Frosty the Snowman variety, having been brought to life by a magic hat. He still has his ingenuity for science and engineering.
  • Sore Loser: According to her skin description, Team Spirit Anivia is ironically one of these, as she's been known to freeze the exits to locker rooms (and the judges and referees) and fire icicles at her teammates when they lose.
  • Villains Out Shopping: Explicitly pointed out in the descriptions for Singed, Syndra, and Malzahar. Who says deranged chemists, power-mad mages, and prophets of doom can't enjoy a snowy day off?
  • Wicked Toymaker: Ambitious Elf Jinx wants to be the greatest Santa there was, and is a master toymaker, but her problem is that a lot of her toys could be classified as weapons. Such is the price to pay for ambition, apparently.
  • You Mean "Xmas": Instead of Christmas, Valoran celebrates the "Day of Snowdown," commemorating the end of the year and passing into the next. Celebrating it is so universal that it even lasted through the catastrophic Rune Wars.

    Soccer Cup 
Let the games begin! Made in commemoration of the FIFA World Cup every four years, the Soccer Cup/Legends of the Field line features champions dressed for a nice game of football/soccer.
Champions in this line: (All-Star) Akali, (Sweeper) Alistar, Rammus, (Goalkeeper) Blitzcrank, Maokai, (Striker) Ezreal, (Superfan) Gragas, (Red Card) Katarina, Twisted Fate, (Playmaker) Lee Sin, (Striker) Lucian

  • Be the Ball: Sweeper Rammus is styled after a (spiked!) soccer ball, which suits his Rolling Attack quite nicely. The trope name also makes up the entirety of the skin's lore blurb.
  • Improbable Sports Skills: The champions are implied to still have their powers while on the playing field, so it's safe to say this happens. Amusingly Deconstructed with Striker Ezreal, as he's gotten in trouble with the oversight committee due to several teleportation-related fouls.

    Star Guardians 
A very Animesque theme, of magic, sparkles, improbable hair colors, and short skirts, comprising of young magical warriors chosen by the light of the stars to fight against the darkness of the universe.

Their supplementary website can be found here, as can their two music videos!

Champions in this line: Ahri, Ezreal, Janna, Jinx, Lulu, Lux, Miss Fortune, Poppy, Soraka, Syndra

  • Alpha Bitch: Ahri, who's on par with Regina George in terms of ridiculously condescending sass. However, she's also described as a charismatic leader (which may or may not be helped by her charm magic), and it's implied part of this attitude is a defense mechanism in being protective of her "family," having experienced losing past teammates in the line of duty and not wanting others to fall to the same fate.
  • Big Eater: Jinx and Poppy's first scene in "Starfall" has them scarfing down pancakes, seemingly to see who could eat the most. Jinx in general seems to be really fond of sweets.
  • Black and White Morality: The no-nonsense Poppy views the universe as such, where either you're out to smash the dangers of the universe, or you're the danger getting smashed.
  • Book Dumb: Jinx, the only Star Guardian whose favorite subject is listed as "none." In "Starfall", she also immediately loses interest in a flyer for camp she was given because it "has more than ten words and only one picture."
  • Childhood Friends: Lux and Jinx. While they currently have a lot of friction between them as Star Guardians, they still undoubtedly trust in each other to show up in their time of need.
  • The Chosen Many: They are all courageous young people chosen to accept the power of a former Star Guardian.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Similar to her canon depiction, Lulu is really odd, and her quirkiness is often commented on. Despite being the youngest of the Star Guardians, she has a unique capability to directly communicate with the Starlight, which she does like a close friend, though this makes her confusingly eccentric for her allies.
  • The Comically Serious: Poppy, who doesn't take kindly to Lulu's foolishness or Jinx's rebelious nature.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Most of them.
  • Darker and Edgier: More of a mood change than an aesthetic one, but the introduction of Ahri's team also introduced some Madoka-esque darkness, with the revelation that Star Guardians are destined to "burn," though Ahri is attempting to defy this. In contrast to Lux's much brighter and idealistic team, Ahri and Miss Fortune are veterans who have been hardened from losing previous teammates and aren't too thrilled by the concept of working together with another team, and Syndra is implied to hold some devious ulterior motives.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Unique to the skinline, Syndra gets a stylish eyepatch, one that denotes less cuteness and more of her serious veteran status.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Girlish Pigtails: Jinx, Lux, and Poppy.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: All over the place, from the music videos, recorded with both English and Japanese versions, to the names of the Star Guardians' familiars.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: The apparent destiny of all Star Guardians is to go out in a blaze of glory. Janna, who has served a long time, is stoically "awaiting her retirement," whereas Ahri, who saw three of her team die, is in full Screw Destiny mode.
  • Last-Name Basis: Miss Fortune only goes by "Sarah" amongst her friends. If you aren't one of them, it's "Miss Fortune" to you.
  • Leitmotif: When starting the game as one of the Star Guardians, a minimalist version of their team's respective theme song will play. For Lux's team, it's "Burning Bright", and for Ahri's team, it's "A New Horizon".
  • Lighter and Softer: This line of skins is pretty, with bright colors and sparkles and beautiful special effects on all their spells.
  • Magical Girl: Their theme and general look wouldn't be out of place in Sailor Moon. Lux and Jinx even have a fractious dynamic similar to the one between Sailor Moon and Sailor Mars.
  • Magically Binding Contract: If Jinx is to be believed, they all had to sign a Star Guardian contract. The details of it haven't been explored, but given the already-prevalent Madoka influence in the line, hopefully Jinx won't regret having not read it.
  • Minidress of Power: Many of them have short skirts, just like the Magical Girl shows they draw inspiration from. The exceptions to this are the male Ezreal (who wears pants) and the tomboyish Jinx (who wears shorts).
  • Mysterious Waif: Soraka is a mysterious Star Guardians from beyond the stars, with a connection to the Starlight similar to Lulu, but has yet to be fully understood. She's both the most soft-spoken of them all, and also their most powerful healer.
  • Mythology Gag: "Starfall" makes a few nods to the canonical lore of the game:
    • The camp everyone heads to is Camp Targon, situated near Lake Lunari.
    • Miss Fortune coldly states she hates oranges, i.e. the Trademark Favorite Food of her canonical Arch-Enemy, Gangplank. Moments later, Ezreal mock-salutes her with "Aye aye, captain."
    • Ezreal shouts to Lux that his favorite light is starlight. Jinx assumes he was going to say "double rainbows."
    • The definitive Ship Tease between Ezreal and Lux is a direct reference to a possibly retconned-out Ship Tease found in between them in canon.
  • The Nicknamer: Jinx comes up with a few snarky nicknames for her friends, including "Shortstop" and "Shorty" for Poppy, and "Loopy" or "Bam Bam" for Lulu.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Almost all of the Star Guardians have one or more, described as Familiar spirits. These were given by the First Star to maintain order in the Star Guardians, with the "most orderly" like Lux or Poppy simply carrying magic weapons (Lux actually does have one named Mimi, though apparently she's shy and hides in Lux's staff. It's unknown if this is the case with Poppy as well).
  • The One Guy: Ezreal is the only male champion in this line.
  • Personality Blood Types: Just to really show that the creators love Magical Girl tropes, blood type is included in the character profiles.
  • Pink Heroine: Lux and Ahri for their respective teams.
  • Pint-Sized Kid: Yordles apparently don't exist in this universe, with Lulu and Poppy having normal human skin. Their size differences are given a Hand Wave away by the Lulu simply being the youngest, and Poppy is short for her age, with Jinx often commenting on her height.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Jinx is the Red to Lux's Blue (even though Lux's theme color is pink).
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Most of them have a little familiar who hangs out with them and empowers their spells.
  • Rookie Red Ranger: Lux is a little new to the business and is struggling to hold her team together.
  • Screw Destiny: The Star Guardian in Starfall's Ghost Story chapter, who's implied to be Ahri.
  • Ship Tease: Apparently, somebody within Riot wasn't happy that the canonical Ezreal/Lux tease was likely zappednote , as their first meeting in "Starfall" is almost immediately implies mutual feelings. It's only exacerbated with Ezreal's bio stating that "a certain pink-haired Guardian from another team has caught his attention," and the 360 image of both teams fighting a giant Void monster features Lux staring back at him and blushing.
  • Sour Supporter: Jinx isn't thrilled about the Star Guardian business or using her powers for anything but her own interests, but she'll come through when it counts.
  • Star Power: Didn't the name give it away? Their spell effects frequently feature cute stars and starry effects.
  • Team Mom: Janna. She's the oldest and most experienced Star Guardian, who just wants to see her team get along. Perhaps emphasized by her more... ahem... mature physique.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Syndra, a veteran Star Guardian with a Mysterious Past, serving as an advisor to Ahri's team. While she's able to steer them away from unforeseen danger, she's drawing a lot of suspicion from the team for her questionable motives and personal goals. The fact her proficiency is listed as "black magic" probably doesn't help, either.
  • Token Mini-Moe: Lulu, the youngest of all the Star Guardians.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: As to be expected from the Troperiffic character profiles, every Star Guardian has theirs listed:
    • Ahri's is an ice cream sundae (cherry not optional!)
    • Ezreal's is pizza.
    • Janna's is tea.
    • Jinx's is curry.
    • Lulu's are cupcakes.
    • Lux's is cake.
    • Miss Fortune's is shrimp tempura.
    • Poppy's is okonomiyaki.
    • Soraka's is cinnamon rolls.
    • Syndra's is chocolate ganache cake.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Jinx to everyone else in the group. She's lazy, rebellious, reckless, and a little dim at times, which occasionally annoys the others, especially Poppy and Lux. Still, they do have their moments of friendship and support mixed with the occasional ribbing, and she seems to genuinely get along with Lulu.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Blue, pink, red, green... Even Ezreal's natural blond hair has cyan highlights.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Most of the skins are at least a B. Jinx has the Girlish Pigtails and Tsundere-esque attitude toward teamwork which would qualify her as Grade S.

    Steel Valkyries 
Set in a dystopian, galactic future scarred by war, criminals, bounty hunters, and mercenaries have filled the power vacuum, with the Valkyries and Dreadnovas armed and equipped with powerful exo-suits absolutely loaded with weaponry, ready to take their enemies on in the vastness of space.
Champions in this line: (Bullet Angel) Kai'Sa, (Gun Goddess) Miss Fortune, (Dreadnova) Darius, Gangplank

  • Bounty Hunter: Miss Fortune, the Bounty Hunter, is also a bounty hunter in this timeline, seeking revenge among the galaxy of thieves after she was shot and left for dead. Ironically enough, she's also the target of an increasingly large bounty, with 37 assassins, 14 exo-suit pilots, the entire galactic military, and a planet-cracking gun searching for her.
  • Computer Voice: Gun Goddess Miss Fortune's exo-suit features a friendly AI named EXO that responds to her commands, resulting in some playful back-and-forth dialogue.
    EXO: Prepping for terrestrial combat.
    Miss Fortune: How terrestrial are we talking?
    EXO: Extremely!
  • Defector from Decadence:
    • Bullet Angel Kai'Sa was originally a lieutenant of the Royal Space Military who was the first to test out the experimental X01-Butterfly exo-suit. She loved it so much that she bolted with the tech after her first mission with it, becoming one of the galaxy's deadliest bounty hunters as a result.
    • Gangplank won the war for the Royal Space Military using his battalion of experimental superweapons, only for him to leave and take the weapons with him, forming the interplanetary criminal network that would become the Dreadnova Corps.
  • The Dreaded: Pretty much everyone in the line has built up some sort of reputation.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: Despite the setting, EXO (the AI found with Gun Goddess Miss Fortune) occasionally speaks expressions in various foreign languages, such as "Konnichi wa!"note , "Danke für Ihre Kooperation"note , "Ruki Vverkh!"note , "Aṭlaqa n-nāra f-al-ḥufra"note .
    EXO: The horrors of war have made me psychologically unstable.
    Miss Fortune: I don't think you're unstable.
    EXO: Why thank you. Gracias. Spasibo bolshoye. Shukran jazīlan. Danke schön. Arigatou gozaimasu.
  • One-Man Army: Oh yes. "Payback is a Goddess" features Gun Goddess Miss Fortune having a one-man battle against an enormous battleship firing endless missile barrages right at her... and winning.
  • Space Navy: The Royal Space Military appears to be this, but is primarily known for its defectors: Kai'Sa and Gangplank.
  • Space Opera: The general theme of the line, with interplanetary civil wars, Galactic Superpowers, and heavily-armed spacesuits for all!
  • Space Pirate: Dreadnova Gangplank. Formerly an admiral in the Royal Space Military, he began a reign of terror after seizing blueprints of a former colleague's experimental superweapon and proliferating them. He instantly won the thousand-year civil war, defecting with his enormous battalion to form the Dreadnova Corps.

    Super Galaxy 
A set of skins based off mecha anime, composed of champions of the Super Galaxy team to combat evil alien forces led by the immortal Spider Queen Elise.
Champions in this line: (Super Galaxy) Annie, Elise, Fizz, Gnar, Kindred, Nidalee, Rumble, Shyvana, (Neon Strike) Vi.

    Toy Box 
A set of mostly cheaper skins, these skins represent toys from within Dino Gnar's toy box that take a life of their own when he's not around.
Champions in this line: (Moo Cow) Alistar, (Toy Soldier) Gangplank, (Dino) Gnar, (Super) Kennen, (Pug'Maw) Kog'Maw, (Grungy) Nunu and Willump, (Sewn Chaos) Oriannanote , (Ragdoll) Poppy, (Renektoy) Renekton.

  • Cool Toy: Renektoy is likely the most successful of all the toys, being an unexpected must-have gift of the 1996 season. Shortages, online scalping, store aisle fist-fights, and mall stampedes ensued.
  • Creepy Doll: Sewn Chaos Orianna gives her an unsettling ragdoll makeover, and even the bravest children shy away from it.
  • Living Toys: The conceit behind most of the skin line, most of which are in the ownership of Dino Gnar (and/or if the Sewn Chaos Amumu/Blitzcrank splash art is to be believed, Annie).
  • Precious Puppy: Pug'Maw is Kog'Maw reskinned to resemble an alien, but Ugly Cute pug. The skin description lists him as a nine-month-old purebred pug who loves children and other pets, but might have a salivary problem and has eaten three action figures and a doll.
  • Priceless Ming Vase: Referenced regarding Moo Cow Alistar, an incredibly rare and valuable variant of Alistar figurines whose mint versions that can go for several thousands at an auction. The fact one of them was submerged in a tub goes to show that children don't deserve nice things.

    Rift Quest 
A collection of lower-priced skins, for the financially savvy, this skin line represents champions as if they were traditional Tabletop RPG characters from games such as Dungeons & Dragons or Pathfinder. As such, many of them take on completely different appearances or roles, and they have very old-fashioned-fantasy-esque names and titles appropriate to their roles in their respective parties.

The line is featured in the Riot-endorsed fan-made webcomic, "Crystal Quest".

Champions in this line: (Bard) Bard, Braum (Lionheart) , (Rugged) Garen, Gragas (Caskbreaker), Jayce (Brighthammer), Karthus (Lightsbane), (Demolisher) Nunu and Willump, Ryze (Whitebeard), Varus (Swiftbolt), Veigar (Greybeard).

  • An Adventurer Is You: All the characters are based on a common Fantasy Character Class:
  • Ascended Fanon: In-Universe. Rugged Garen was an NPC created by Braum, but the real Garen liked it so much that he adopted the look of the NPC.
  • Aside Glance: Both Braum and Varus give one to the player in their shared splash.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The first wave (containing Braum, Gragas, Varus, and Ryze) was initially a set of generic fantasy-RPG-style skins that didn't have the term "Rift Quest" associated with them. In fact, their promotional blurb has Braum read out that they're playing "Castles and Cows: Journey to Thy Golden Mustache."
  • Game Master: According to the first skin wave's promotional blurb, Braum serves as the in-universe, out-of-game narrator of his session with Varus, Gragas, and Ryze. Sejuani appears to be this in her session with Jayce, Bard, and Karthus in their blurb as well.
  • Hidden Villain: Veigar Greybeard is supposed to be this, starting off as a suspiciously helpful wizard, but turning out to be the true villain of Rift Quest. The in-game description explains this should be obvious for veterans, but shouldn't be spoiled for newcomers.
  • The Magnificent: They all have a sobriquet.
  • Only Sane Man: Varus in the first blurb, Sejuani in the second.
  • Ornamental Weapon: In a few minor Easter Eggs, some of the in-game character models contain items that can be purchased in-game, and are present whether you've technically bought them or not (most of them fitting typical builds fairly well):
    • Bard Bard has a Spellthief's Edge tucked into his belt.
    • Braum Lionheart is wearing a Glacial Shroud on his chest and has a Guardian's Horn on his hip.
    • Gragas Caskbreaker has an Amplifying Tome on his hip, and he's wearing a Giant's Belt like a sash.
    • Jayce Brighthammer wears both a Chalice of Harmony and a Refillable Potion on the back of his belt.
    • Karthus Lightsbane's staff appears to be none other than a Rod of Ages.
    • Ryze Whitebeard is wearing a Wooglet's Witchcap, has a Mana Potion and Netherstride Grimoire (this item no longer exists) on his hip, and the scroll on his back is wrapped around a Rylai's Crystal Scepter.
    • Sejuani Dawnchaser has two Doran's Shields on Bristle's haunches.
    • Varus Swiftbolt wears a wrecked B.F. Sword on his back.
  • Player Archetypes:
    • The Roleplayer:
      • Braum, who gets really involved in his game of "Castles and Cows" (which he might just have made up), and immediately goes on weird tangents acting out his scenarios.
      • Ryze also slightly dips into this, if only to play as a character that's essentially himself, but with a Nice Hat and white beard.
      • Sejuani is trying to be this, but she has to deal with her loonie allies and reminding them to stay focused, also turning her into The Real Man. Her in-game description lists her as "Sadly not the most careful roleplayer, she's on her fourth dire lion this campaign."
    • The Loonie:
      • Gragas' immediate question after being assigned a Cleric role is "Can I get drunk?" He also immediately charges a dragon upon Braum first describing it, only to then pass out.
      • Jayce also has a problem dramatically hitting everything with an Acceleration Gate and Hyper Charge... which according to Sejuani is him failing to stay in character.
      • Bard is also this, writing a song of their adventures and asking if certain events should be included. He also finds the demon poros scary, asking Sejuani to change them to candy poros.
  • Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies: Said word-for-word by Sejuani in the second wave's promotional blurb. At that point, she just gives up dealing with the other players.

    Road Warrior 
Taking place in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, the road warriors are champions-turned-fallout survivors partaking as vandals, raiders, and roadsters in the wild Apunkalyptic desert.
Champions in this line: (Vandal) Brand, Gragas, Jax, Twitch, Vladimir, (Road Warrior) Miss Fortune, (Badlands Baron) Rumble, (Junkyard) Trundle, (Hyena) Warwick

    Worldbreaker 
All that has a begining, must have an end. This has been prophesied by ancient tribes, and to make sure of that, these beasts and goddess rose to bring a conclusion to those tales.
Champions in this line: (Worldbreaker) Hecarim, Nasus, Nautilus, Trundle, (Sun Goddess) Karma

  • Apocalypse How: Each of the four worldbreakers does this in a different way. Nautilus creates massive tsunamis, Nasus consumes the world in fire, Trundle in ice, and Hecarim in darkness.
  • Barrier Maiden: Sun Goddess Karma is all that stands between the four titans bringing on the apocalypse.
  • Fanservice: Sun Goddess Karma is very skin-revealing.
  • Horsemen of the Apocalypse: The worldbreakers function very similarly, including being sealed, appearing in specific orders, and causing the apocalypse.
  • Lunacy: When Sun Goddess Karma is overtaken by the moon, the worldbreakers rise.
  • Mayincatec: More so than the Prehistoric line, there's a much larger Mesoamerican inspiration in the designs.
  • Power of the Sun: Sun Goddess Karma, of course, the one in whom the sun rises and sets. In her splash art, she's in the process of spooling threads of sunlight into a basket she has with her to create a sunset.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Sun Goddess Karma is considered part of this line, despite not being beast-like or anything. It's justified, however, by her being the one that unseals the beasts when she's finally overtaken.
  • Units Not to Scale: With the exception of Sun Goddess Karma, all the Worldbreakers are MASSIVE, even considering their "base" champions. In game, however, they're the same size as their bases.

    World Championship 
League of Legends is one of the most successful e-sports around the world, and every year, Riot hosts two of the largest League tournaments for millions to watch to see who wins: the Mid-Season Invitational, and the League of Legends World Championship. The winning team of the World Championship is treated to a skin line commemorating their victory, with players being represented by their most preferred or definitive champions during their climb to the top.

In addition, Riot releases Championship and Challenger/Conqueror skins during the World Championship and MSI, respectively. At the end of every season near the World Championship, players who reached Gold or higher in ranked are awarded to exclusive Victorious skins as well.

Champions in the Championship line: Riven, Thresh, Shyvana, Kalista, Zed, Ashe
Champions in the Conqueror line: (Challenger) Ahri, Nidalee, (Conqueror) Karma, Varus
Champions in the Victorious line: Jarvan IV, Janna, Elise, Morgana, Sivir, Maokai, Graves
Fnatic: Jarvan IV, Corki, Janna, Gragas, Karthus
Taipei Assassins: (TPA) Nunu and Willump, Dr. Mundo, Shen, Ezreal, Orianna
SKT T1: (First Wave) Jax, Lee Sin, Vayne, Zed, Zyra, (Second Wave) Alistar, Azir, Elise, Kalista, Renekton, Ryze, (Third Wave) Ekko, Jhin, Nami, Olaf, Syndra, Zac
Samsung White: (SSW) Rengar, Singed, Talon, Thresh, Twitch
Samsung Galaxy: (SSG) Ezreal, Gnar, Jarvan IV, Rakan, Taliyah, Xayah

  • The Ace: SKT T1 has become famous for being one of the best League of Legends teams in the world, having won three World Championships since its formation. For specific players, as the in-game descriptions point out, Bang (Kalista and Jhin) has won two of them, Bengi (Lee Sin, Elise, and Olaf) and Faker (Zed, Ryze, and Syndra) have won all three.
  • Battle Couple: Xayah and Rakan both got Samsung Galaxy skins, and as a bonus, as part of their recall passive, the two will pose together holding the World Cup.
  • Big Eater: SSG Gnar's recalls have him chowing down on food before returning to base. Mini Gnar passes out from finishing all the banana bunches, but Mega Gnar plows right through his ramen (served in the World Cup, no less!), and almost looks disappointed that there isn't any more.
  • Bling of War: The Victorious skins are all pretty blinged-out, with white, gold, and blue all over.
  • Body Sushi: SKT T1 Nami in her recall animation is the sushi, lounging on a rice platter like nigiri to take selfies before being taken back to base with giant chopsticks.
  • Flipping the Table: SKT T1 Olaf's recall has him do this as part of a particularly violent Rage Quit.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Some of the older skins. TPA Mundo throws the worlds Trophy instead of a cleaver, TPA Ezreal shoots his magic from an oversized foam finger, and TPA Shen uses inflatable noisemakers instead of swords.
  • Signature Scene: Starting from 2014, Riot has added references to famous moments surrounding the winning players in their respective skins. As well from 2015 onwards, they also get the to act out their own recall animation as well.
  • The Sixth Ranger: Since 2015, a sixth champion is added to represent the backup player; an understudy to fill in for a player who, for whatever reason, can't play. Azir represented Easyhoon, the backup midlaner for Faker in 2015, and Zac represented Blank, SKT's substitute jungler in 2016.
  • V-Sign: An adorable mid-air variant caps off SKT T1 Kalista's recall animation. Bang's initial submission had him more resemble doing the team's victory "T1" pose, but for whatever reason, this would be changed to the V-Sign.

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