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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.

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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.

Due to the vast amount of themes, they've been categorized into different pages:


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Tropes shared across many or all themes:

  • Alternate Timeline/Alternate Universe: Most of the skins are depicted as being this, welded together thanks to the Pulsefire universe, though they're all considered non-canon to the main universe.
  • Adaptational Heroism/Adaptational Villainy: While most champions retain their moral alignment from canon, there are some exceptions that ignore them, turning normally good champions into villains or evil champions into heroes. That said, unless they're legendary-quality skins with redone voiceovers, these changes likely won't be reflected in their in-game quotes.
  • Doing In the Scientist/Doing In the Wizard: A somewhat common trend is to take a champions' kit then transplant them in a way that flips their basis in magic or technology. Examples include the Headhunter line (turning any magical abilities into ones brought on by alien biology or tech) or the Heartseeker line (making guns and bows operate on the power of romance).
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  • Elseworld: Many of the more plot-driven skin lines tend to be sprung from a high concept based on questions brought up in the lore, such as "What would happen if Viktor's Glorious Evolution succeeded?" (Battlecast), or "What if the armies of the Rune Wars continued to fight in the present day?" (Wardens and Marauders). Others take a less serious and more "for fun" approach, like "What if Runeterra were a cyberpunk dystopia?" (PROJECT) or "What if Lux led a team of Magical Girls?" (Star Guardian).
  • Gold Makes Everything Shiny: "Prestige Skins" are more luxurious alternate versions of skins but recolored in gold and white colors along with other minor model and particle effect tweaks, often a lot rarer to achieve than their normal counterparts.
  • Hotter and Sexier: Some lines trade heavily on the Fanservice.
  • The Multiverse: A few universes do have overlap with each other (see for individual examples of Canon Welding), but the Pulsefire universe establishes they all work like this to a degree.
  • Palette Swap: Chromas serve as these to many skins, which can be either bought individually or as a set of 3 to 8 options. Some forgo these for a more lavish alternative in the form of Prestige Skins.
  • Silliness Switch: A few skin lines are more comedic and lighthearted in tone, particularly Academy, Star Guardians, and Pool Party.
  • The Stations of the Canon: While many champions in their new universes tend to have completely different backstories/personalities/explanations for abilities than in canon, just as often, they'll preserve a familiar character trait so that their recharacterization isn't completely jarring.
  • Virtual Paper Doll: The entire point of these cosmetic skins, obtained either by skin shards and random chance, or through direct purchase.

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