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** Riot's come under fire for this again around the release of Kai'sa, a woman who entered the Void and emerged not only unscathed, unlike other Void-humans Kassadin and Malzahar, but as if she found a makeup kit and got a boob-job while within. Riot insisted the original design was more modest, but early testers had a hard time seeing the 'human wearing a Void suit' fantasy, so they added more cleavage to make it clear that it was a female human.


** Less to a major nation and more to a lesser faction, Volibear and Udyr are this to Sejuani's Winter Claws. While Sejuani is a ruthless leader who wants to brute-force Lissandra out of the Freljord and Olaf is a [[TheBerserker violent berserker,]] both Volibear and Udyr care more for retaining peace much like the Avarosans, [[PragmaticHero but realize at this point it's]] [[NecessaryEvil only possible through fighting.]]

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** Less to a major nation and more to a lesser faction, Volibear and Udyr are is this to Sejuani's Winter Claws. While Sejuani is a ruthless leader who wants to brute-force Lissandra out of the Freljord and Olaf is a [[TheBerserker violent berserker,]] both Volibear and Udyr care more mores for retaining peace much like the Avarosans, [[PragmaticHero but realize at this point it's]] [[NecessaryEvil only possible through fighting.]]]] Volibear previously fit this as well, until he was retconned into a savage, butchering EldritchAbomination who is the worst of ''all'' of them.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Riven's appearance as a gladiator in the Noxian arena in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zF5Ddo9JdpY 'Awaken']] is hinted at in advance when a bored and unimpressed Draven is watching the proceedings with Riven's broken runeblade hanging on the wall behind him as a trophy. Later in the video, he throws it down to her when he challenges her himself.


* '''Hunt of the Blood Moon''': A deathmatch gamemode where only very aggressive and squishy champions, mostly Assassins, are playable. The first team to reach 350 points wins, and points are gained by killing enemy champions, hunting enemy spirits in their jungle, or killing the Demon Heralds that spawn in the Baron and Dragon pits. If one champion gets three kills in a row withouot dying or returning to base, they gain Demon Brand, which turns them invisible and causes their next attack to deal true damage. It's a huge deathmatch where everyone is a glass cannon.

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* '''Hunt of the Blood Moon''': A deathmatch gamemode where only very aggressive and squishy champions, mostly Assassins, are playable. The first team to reach 350 points wins, and points are gained by killing enemy champions, hunting enemy spirits in their jungle, or killing the Demon Heralds that spawn in the Baron and Dragon pits. If one champion gets three kills in a row withouot without dying or returning to base, they gain Demon Brand, which turns them invisible and causes their next attack to deal true damage. It's a huge deathmatch where everyone is a glass cannon.



** As of Season 9, a [[ForgottenTrope forgottten trope]], as the per-player loading bars were replaced with a single bar. This was probably due to the [[{{Griefer}} reputation]] players of this game have for flaming at the drop of a hat.

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** As of Season 9, a [[ForgottenTrope forgottten forgotten trope]], as the per-player loading bars were replaced with a single bar. This was probably due to the [[{{Griefer}} reputation]] players of this game have for flaming at the drop of a hat.



* {{Animesque}}: A few champion designs fand some champion splash arts have a noticeable Eastern influence -- one big difference between this game and its nearest rival game ''VideoGame/{{Dota2}}'' is that ''Dota 2'' looks more like a Western RPG, whereas ''League'' looks more like a JRPG. ''League'' as a whole is still distinctly a western game, but it still likes to integrate a few anime references in many of its designs/quotes/storylines, as well as in several non-canon skins, most prominently the [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Super Galaxy]] and [[MagicalGirl Star Guardian]] lines.

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* {{Animesque}}: A few champion designs fand and some champion splash arts have a noticeable Eastern influence -- one big difference between this game and its nearest rival game ''VideoGame/{{Dota2}}'' is that ''Dota 2'' looks more like a Western RPG, whereas ''League'' looks more like a JRPG. ''League'' as a whole is still distinctly a western game, but it still likes to integrate a few anime references in many of its designs/quotes/storylines, as well as in several non-canon skins, most prominently the [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Super Galaxy]] and [[MagicalGirl Star Guardian]] lines.



* BribingYourWayToVictory: Despite there being plenty of things to spend money on, very much {{Averted|Trope}}. While it's certainly faster to gain the unlockable champions by forking over cash, you can also gain them via "Blue Essence", which is awarded along with EXP after levelling up after certain games. While there are things you can only buy with money, they are either 1) [[CosmeticAward purely cosmetic]] skins for your champions, or 2) "Boosts" which double your EXP gain for a set period of time. Ten champions, rotated weekly, are free to play at any time. It's perfectly viable to do some playtesting and then purchase only the ones you like (or, for a SelfImposedChallenge, play only whoever's available right now).

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* BribingYourWayToVictory: Despite there being plenty of things to spend money on, very much {{Averted|Trope}}. While it's certainly faster to gain the unlockable champions by forking over cash, you can also gain them via "Blue Essence", which is awarded along with EXP after levelling leveling up after certain games. While there are things you can only buy with money, they are either 1) [[CosmeticAward purely cosmetic]] skins for your champions, or 2) "Boosts" which double your EXP gain for a set period of time. Ten champions, rotated weekly, are free to play at any time. It's perfectly viable to do some playtesting and then purchase only the ones you like (or, for a SelfImposedChallenge, play only whoever's available right now).



%%* DoorFu: Braum is a huge moustachioed FolkHero who is renowned for being a FriendToAllLivingThings. His WeaponOfChoice is actually a huge gate which once barred him from saving a troll boy trapped behind it, a gate so sturdy even he couldn't break it. So after [[DungeonBypass punching his way through the mountain instead]] he decided that the gate would make a perfect unbreakable ''shield'', but as he will state himself:

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%%* DoorFu: Braum is a huge moustachioed mustachioed FolkHero who is renowned for being a FriendToAllLivingThings. His WeaponOfChoice is actually a huge gate which once barred him from saving a troll boy trapped behind it, a gate so sturdy even he couldn't break it. So after [[DungeonBypass punching his way through the mountain instead]] he decided that the gate would make a perfect unbreakable ''shield'', but as he will state himself:



* DropInDropOutMultiplayer: '''[[AvertedTrope No.]]''' If you leave during a game, [[BladderOfSteel even for a few minutes to take a bathroom break]], you will cripple your team by being underleveled at best and singlehandedly turn the tide of battle in favour of your enemies at worst. If you're a busy person, live with your family or have friends who can drop in at any time, please wait until midnight when nobody will bother you and the internet is all yours. If you're gone long enough, you could end up reported for being a "leaver", which results in the banhammer if it happens enough.

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* DropInDropOutMultiplayer: '''[[AvertedTrope No.]]''' If you leave during a game, [[BladderOfSteel even for a few minutes to take a bathroom break]], you will cripple your team by being underleveled at best and singlehandedly turn the tide of battle in favour favor of your enemies at worst. If you're a busy person, live with your family or have friends who can drop in at any time, please wait until midnight when nobody will bother you and the internet is all yours. If you're gone long enough, you could end up reported for being a "leaver", which results in the banhammer if it happens enough.



* FlashStep: The Flash summmoner spell lets you do this with any champion. Some champions have abilities that utilize this, as well.

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* FlashStep: The Flash summmoner summoner spell lets you do this with any champion. Some champions have abilities that utilize this, as well.



* PlayEveryDay: The first match you win every 20 hours gets you a pretty sizeable XP and BE bonus.

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* PlayEveryDay: The first match you win every 20 hours gets you a pretty sizeable sizable XP and BE bonus.



** Ashe and her basic outfit which is similar to Sivir with slightly more clothing. Woad and Sherwood Ashe justs amps up the fanservice.

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** Ashe and her basic outfit which is similar to Sivir with slightly more clothing. Woad and Sherwood Ashe justs just amps up the fanservice.



* TouchedByVorlons: In the short story [[http://na.leagueoflegends.com/en/page/good-death 'A Good Death']], written to accompany Kindred's release, a young amateur actress (who specialises in playing the part of a beautiful maiden who falls prey to Wolf and Lamb) actually meets them herself when she wanders away from her troupe one night; although they tease her, they're only there to collect the lives of her troupe-mates who are ambushed and butchered by bandits while she's away. With the only thing she can salvage from the wreckage of the wagon being the two-faced Kindred mask worn by her co-star, she goes on to become a world-famous actress, legendary for her spellbinding portrayal of Kindred. In her old age, at the end of her final bravura performance (in front of royalty that is presumably the king and queen of Demacia themselves), she suffers a fatal heart attack and looks out to see the entire audience wearing Kindred masks as Lamb finally comes for her...

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* TouchedByVorlons: In the short story [[http://na.leagueoflegends.com/en/page/good-death 'A Good Death']], written to accompany Kindred's release, a young amateur actress (who specialises specializes in playing the part of a beautiful maiden who falls prey to Wolf and Lamb) actually meets them herself when she wanders away from her troupe one night; although they tease her, they're only there to collect the lives of her troupe-mates who are ambushed and butchered by bandits while she's away. With the only thing she can salvage from the wreckage of the wagon being the two-faced Kindred mask worn by her co-star, she goes on to become a world-famous actress, legendary for her spellbinding portrayal of Kindred. In her old age, at the end of her final bravura performance (in front of royalty that is presumably the king and queen of Demacia themselves), she suffers a fatal heart attack and looks out to see the entire audience wearing Kindred masks as Lamb finally comes for her...


* CastingGag: Yuumi, the Magical Cat. Voiced by Creator/CassandraLee. Good thing this time [[VideoGame/{{Persona 5}} she's not telling the player to go to sleep.]]

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* CastingGag: Yuumi, the Magical Cat. Voiced by Creator/CassandraLee. Good thing this time [[VideoGame/{{Persona 5}} she's not telling the player to go to sleep.]]

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** Mejai's Soulstealer is one of the most difficult to use items in the game, but managing to get ahead with it can be devastating. It's main passive is that every kill or assist adds a few stacks of Glory, which increases the AP of the item by a significant amount per stack. At max stacks and with a Rabbadons Deathcap, Mejai's gives the player a whopping 371 AP in addition to whatever AP they current have, allowing them to punch a hole through anything that moves, even cutting tanks down to size. However, after a single kill, ''10'' stacks of Glory are lost, which means the scaling power you got is cut in half, if not outright dropped. This incentivizes getting a huge kill streak and increases the penalty for dropping it, but as any player can tell you, getting max stacks of Mejai's is borderline euphoric and allows you to OneHitKill just about anyone that isn't a tank.


* {{Fanservice}}: Zig-zagged. In the game's earlier years, it had a large reputation of being a HotterAndSexier MOBA with many a MsFanservice present in the early roster. As time has went on, the game has tended to skew more canonically modest designs, with pure fanservice being relegated to the occasional non-canon skins, and even that alternates on an individual champion basis. This also applies to male champions, similarly alternating between modest and [[MrFanservice fanservice-y]] for the ladies.

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* {{Fanservice}}: Zig-zagged. In the game's earlier years, it had a large reputation of being a HotterAndSexier MOBA with many a MsFanservice present in the early roster. As time has went on, the game has tended to skew more canonically modest designs, with pure fanservice being relegated to the occasional non-canon skins, and even that alternates on an individual champion basis. This also applies to male champions, similarly alternating between modest and [[MrFanservice fanservice-y]] for the ladies.those who are interested.


** Some items and powers also ''look'' like a good idea to new players despite being actually bad ideas. Taking Silver Bolts on Vayne at level 1 might make farming easier and increase damage output, but taking Tumble will also increase damage output, make ''proper'' farming easier ''and'' gives extra mobility. Building a [[Auto-Revive Guardian Angel]] first seems like a good idea to many newbies, but in reality the revive is useless when your champion doesn't have the stats from other items to make good use of it.

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** Some items and powers also ''look'' like a good idea to new players despite being actually bad ideas. Taking Silver Bolts on Vayne at level 1 might make farming easier and increase damage output, but taking Tumble will also increase damage output, make ''proper'' farming easier ''and'' gives extra mobility. Building a [[Auto-Revive [[AutoRevive Guardian Angel]] first seems like a good idea to many newbies, but in reality the revive is useless when your champion doesn't have the stats from other items to make good use of it.


** Some items and powers also ''look'' like a good idea to new players despite being actually bad ideas. Taking Silver Bolts on Vayne at level 1 might make farming easier and increase damage output, but taking Tumble will also increase damage output, make ''proper'' farming easier ''and'' gives extra mobility. Runaan's Hurricane might have the biggest attack speed bonus of the entire game, but taking it as first item is a bad idea on two levels: first, attack speed is useless without an actual attack damage base, and second, its passive pushes the lane so hard it's pretty much only useful in two scenarios: when your team is losing and enemy minions are storming your base, and when doing a very aggressive splitpush while warding three possible ganking points with a Sightstone.

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** Some items and powers also ''look'' like a good idea to new players despite being actually bad ideas. Taking Silver Bolts on Vayne at level 1 might make farming easier and increase damage output, but taking Tumble will also increase damage output, make ''proper'' farming easier ''and'' gives extra mobility. Runaan's Hurricane might have the biggest attack speed bonus of the entire game, but taking it as Building a [[Auto-Revive Guardian Angel]] first item is seems like a bad good idea on two levels: first, attack speed to many newbies, but in reality the revive is useless without an actual attack damage base, and second, its passive pushes the lane so hard it's pretty much only useful in two scenarios: when your team is losing and enemy minions are storming your base, and when doing a very aggressive splitpush while warding three possible ganking points with a Sightstone.champion doesn't have the stats from other items to make good use of it.

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** As of Season 9, a [[ForgottenTrope forgottten trope]], as the per-player loading bars were replaced with a single bar. This was probably due to the [[{{Griefer}} reputation]] players of this game have for flaming at the drop of a hat.


* BribingYourWayToVictory: Despite there being plenty of things to [[CrackIsCheaper spend money on]], very much {{Averted|Trope}}. While it's certainly faster to gain the unlockable champions by forking over cash, you can also gain them via "Blue Essence", which is awarded along with EXP after levelling up after certain games. While there are things you can only buy with money, they are either 1) [[CosmeticAward purely cosmetic]] skins for your champions, or 2) "Boosts" which double your EXP gain for a set period of time. Ten champions, rotated weekly, are free to play at any time. It's perfectly viable to do some playtesting and then purchase only the ones you like (or, for a SelfImposedChallenge, play only whoever's available right now).

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* BribingYourWayToVictory: Despite there being plenty of things to [[CrackIsCheaper spend money on]], on, very much {{Averted|Trope}}. While it's certainly faster to gain the unlockable champions by forking over cash, you can also gain them via "Blue Essence", which is awarded along with EXP after levelling up after certain games. While there are things you can only buy with money, they are either 1) [[CosmeticAward purely cosmetic]] skins for your champions, or 2) "Boosts" which double your EXP gain for a set period of time. Ten champions, rotated weekly, are free to play at any time. It's perfectly viable to do some playtesting and then purchase only the ones you like (or, for a SelfImposedChallenge, play only whoever's available right now).


* SugarApocalypse: During the music video for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-mT9D4fdgQ "Mortal Reminder"]] the idyllic Bandle City (here portrayed as a simple [[Literature/LordOfTheRings Shire-esque]] village filled with harmless furry critters) is utterly leveled by the arrival of Pentakill. After the initial shock, the Yordles don't seem too bothered, though, as they end up rocking out with the band (although that may just be an effect of being struck by Karthus' [[KillEmAll Requiem]]).

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* SugarApocalypse: During the music video for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-mT9D4fdgQ "Mortal Reminder"]] the idyllic Bandle City (here portrayed as a simple [[Literature/LordOfTheRings [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Shire-esque]] village filled with harmless furry critters) is utterly leveled by the arrival of Pentakill. After the initial shock, the Yordles don't seem too bothered, though, as they end up rocking out with the band (although that may just be an effect of being struck by Karthus' [[KillEmAll Requiem]]).

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* KillTheLights: [[LivingShadow Nocturne]]'s ultimate "Paranoia" turns the whole map dark blocking the enemy team's sight of their enemies and each other for 4 seconds. During this time Nocturne can choose one of the enemies and launch himself at him/her, [[ParanoiaFuel attacking from the darkness]].


* BribingYourWayToVictory: Despite there being plenty of things to [[CrackIsCheaper spend money on]], very much {{Averted|Trope}}. While it's certainly faster to gain the unlockable champions by forking over cash, you can also gain them via "Blue Essence", which is awarded along with EXP after levelling up after certain games. While there are things you can only buy with money, they are either 1) [[CosmeticAward purely cosmetic]] skins for your heroes, or 2) "Boosts" which double your EXP gain for a set period of time. Ten champions, rotated weekly, are free to play at any time. It's perfectly viable to do some playtesting and then purchase only the ones you like (or, for a SelfImposedChallenge, play only whoever's available right now).

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* BribingYourWayToVictory: Despite there being plenty of things to [[CrackIsCheaper spend money on]], very much {{Averted|Trope}}. While it's certainly faster to gain the unlockable champions by forking over cash, you can also gain them via "Blue Essence", which is awarded along with EXP after levelling up after certain games. While there are things you can only buy with money, they are either 1) [[CosmeticAward purely cosmetic]] skins for your heroes, champions, or 2) "Boosts" which double your EXP gain for a set period of time. Ten champions, rotated weekly, are free to play at any time. It's perfectly viable to do some playtesting and then purchase only the ones you like (or, for a SelfImposedChallenge, play only whoever's available right now).



** Also played with diegetically. Later heroes tend to have unique lines for respawning, usually acknowledging the fact that they died, [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight but never really questioning it or the fact they were resurrected beyond that]].

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** Also played with diegetically. Later heroes champions tend to have unique lines for respawning, usually acknowledging the fact that they died, [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight but never really questioning it or the fact they were resurrected beyond that]].

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