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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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    In General 
  • 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).
  • 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.

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

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, Caitlyn, Corki, Ezreal, Hecarim, Kai'Sa, Miss Fortune, Riven, Sona, (Demacia Vice) Garen, Lucian
Champions in the Battle Boss line: (Battle Boss) Blitzcrank, Brand, Malzahar, Qiyana, Yasuo, Ziggs, (Final Boss) Veigar

  • The Ace: Most of the players are listed as being exceptionally talented gamers: Ezreal is a world-record-holding speedrunner, Miss Fortune has top scores in every Shoot 'em Up in existence, Sona beat Keyboard Solo 4's ultra solo mode on nightmare difficulty (which the devs admitted should not be possible), and Ahri owns a 6-million-point score in the Nintendo Hard beat-em-up "Demacia Vice," earning her the title of "Queen of the Arcade." The only exception is Riven, who's listed as a simple part-time arcade worker who plays dance simulators after hours, but that doesn't stop her from kicking ass like the rest.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Unlike his canonical counterpart, Arcade Hecarim is the protagonist of a surprise fan-favorite 1978 arcade game, and joins the party as a hero.
  • Adaptational Villainy: By contrast, Blitzcrank and Ziggs are of the villainous Battle Bosses, and were even bosses in their native games before they were summoned by Veigar. Yasuo used to be the protagonist of his respective game, but was corrupted by Veigar into becoming one of his servants.
  • Arcade Sounds: Naturally present in all the in-game skins.
  • Big Bad: Final Boss Veigar, no pun intended. Originally "a mini-boss with a Napoleon complex," he managed to rip into the code of Arcade World to assemble an army of bosses to Take Over the World.
  • The Chosen Many: Miss Fortune, Riven, and Sona were the first "real players" to arrive in the Arcade World, and have been dubbed the Holy Gaming Trinity, the Goddesses of RGB destined to save the game.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: The in-universe fourth wall, thankfully. Much of the current mess started with Veigar uncovering the ability to mess with the game's code and Take Over the World, forcing the real players and other characters to stop him and his bosses on his own turf.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Veigar and Qiyana started off as a mini-boss and an NPC respectively, and have since grown to becoming major separate threats, each with aspirations of taking over the world.
  • Gamer Chick: Of all the "real" players in the line, four out of five of them are women, all well-versed in gaming.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Ezreal, and presumably the other players, were forcibly transported into Arcade World by Veigar himself. Considering how they're champions, Challenge Gamers and Speedrunners in the real world, Veigar has likely made a terrible mistake.
  • Retraux: As the title implies, the line is heavily inspired by colorful retro Arcade Game aesthetics, taking influence from classic shoot 'em ups, to JRPGs to Fighting Games, to even Pinball machines.
  • Smug Super: Much like her canon self, Battle Boss Qiyana has a ridiculously haughty attitude, but has the threatening power level to warrant it.
    Qiyana: I hear this game has a beautiful amazingly talented boss at the end, and her name is Qiyana.
  • That One Bossinvoked: In-universe, Battle Boss Blitzcrank has quite a reputation for his cheap mechanics, powerful attacks, and a massive health pool. Appropriately, Final Boss Veigar put him as the gatekeeper of his personal fortress, because Veigar hates fun.
  • Trapped in Another World: The scenario for Ahri, Ezreal, Miss Fortune, Riven, and Sona, who are regular players forcibly brought into the "Arcade World." In fact, all of the "native" heroes and bosses come from different games, mostly thanks to Final Boss Veigar ripping into the code of Arcade World to bring them there.
  • Unexpected Character: 2019's Arcade line was initially teased on the PBE with Arcade Caitlyn, Arcade Kai'Sa, Battle Boss Qiyana and Battle Boss Yasuo, who remained on the PBE for several weeks before it they were properly promoted with the "ULTRACOMBO" animation. At the very end of the trailer, Demacia Vice Garen and Lucian were unveiled, slated to be released alongside the other skins with little buildup and skipping the PBE cycle altogether.

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) Brand, 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.
    • Varus is a not-quite-freed Darkin in canon but a holy warrior here.
    • 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 darker skin and hair, especially compared to the extreme pallor of his canon appearance.
  • The Chooser of The One: In this line, Vel'Koz happens to be that "ancient, godlike entity of divine light" that chooses those he deems worthy to be his agents.
  • 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: These skins have white, gold, and various blues predominant in their palettes.
  • 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.
  • Light Is Good/Light Is Not Good: Zigzags these tropes. While these characters are meant to serve Good, they can also be amoral or, as in the case of Brand, outright evil.
  • 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.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Thousands of years ago, Kegan Rodhe was the first to be chosen. The power eventually consumed the original man, leaving only his burning shell to walk the earth as Arclight Brand.

    Arctic Ops 
A skin line taking place in an arctic, modern warfare setting, with soldiers of High Command decked out with specialized military technology.
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.

    Battle Academia 
A line taking place in a highly shounen-inspired world of the God-Weapons, with the Durandal God-Weapon Academy raising its many students into becoming the next generation of superheroes.
Champions in the line: (Battle Academia) Ezreal, Jayce, Katarina, Lux, (Battle Professor) Graves, (Battle Principal) Yuumi


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 terrifying creatures, some from 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

  • Adaptational Heroism: Illaoi is mostly portrayed as mostly neutral (if chaotic) in canon, but in this line, she's an unambiguous hero who fights for La Résistance.
  • 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 monstrosities 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 monstrosities, 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) Aatrox, Akali, Diana, Elise, Evelynn, Jhin, Kalista, Kennen, Pyke, Shen, Sivir, Talon, Thresh, Twisted Fate, Yasuo, Zilean

  • Adaptational Villainy: No matter their alignment in canon, every champion in the line is amoral at best, with most being openly evil.
  • Cool Mask: Nearly every champion in the line gets a cool mask inspired by Japanese Oni. They're also cursed. Even though Akali doesn't wear one on her face, she still keeps one pushed up on her head.
  • 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. Both were eventually redesigned with their overall respective VGUs to better fit the theme.
  • Hungry Weapon: Blood Moon Yasuo, Sivir, and Aatrox have weapons that crave blood and influence their wielders' minds toward violence so they can drink their fill. Apparently Yasuo and Aatrox didn't need much of a push.
  • Lunacy: These champions represent demons released by the Ionian Blood Moon.
  • Mad Artist: Jhin is depicted as a "Blood Calligrapher" 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 has amassed great power.
  • Wutai: These demons have their roots in Ionian legends. Outsiders like 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 younger selves as members of Gangplank's crew) share a splash, 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 
This skin line depicts champions as masters of cuisine in the titular cooking competition show, 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

    Day Job 
A loose series of alternate versions of champions, representing them if they were in some kind of casual day job.
Champions in this line: (Matador) Alistar, (Boom Boom) Blitzcrank, (Corporate) Mundo, (Primetime) Draven, (Fisherman) Fizz, (Sailor) Gangplank, (Hazmat) Heimerdinger, (Forecast) Janna, (Angler) Jax, (Prestigious) LeBlanc, (Lumberjack) Sion, (Firefighter) Tristana, (Lil' Slugger) Trundle, (Black Belt) Udyr, (Groovy) Zilean

A skin line set in a hellish realm, detailing the various denizens that either serve in the underworld, or rule over it.
Champions in this line: (Gatekeeper) Galio, (Little Devil) Teemo, (Little Demon) Tristana, (Demon) Vi

  • Ascended Meme: Little Devil Teemo is a huge reference to Teemo's longstanding reputation as "Satan" among the community.invoked
  • Big Red Devil:
    • He's ironically not that big, but Little Devil Teemo otherwise evokes the design to a tee, complete with horns, Hellfire, hooved feet, and a pitchfork.
    • Gatekeeper Galio, however, plays it straight as the one who judges all sinners and condemns them to their proper torment. Despite this, he practically cowers in the presence of his master, Teemo.
  • Canon Welding: With the Harrowing universe, as Little Devil Teemo's face can be seen in the cauldron smoke in Bewitching Morgana's splash art, and Little Demon Tristana is stated to have been a witch, implying she was once Bewitching Tristana.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Demon Vi is more attractive than cute, but Little Demon Tristana is straight up adorable. Little Devil Teemo qualifies as a Rare Male Example.
  • Demon Lords and Archdevils: The inhabitants of Hell have varying ranks, which includes Dukes (Gatekeeper Galio), Queens (Little Demon Tristana), and Generals (Demon Vi), with Little Devil Teemo filling the role of Satan.
  • Deal with the Devil: A reoccurring theme in the descriptions is warning of the cost of summoning them. To wit:
    • Summoning Gatekeeper Galio often ends in tragedy as the several hundred foot tall demon refuses to shrink down for mortals.
    • Little Demon Tristana offers enticing contracts, but really desires to rain Hellfire upon the signatories, and the world.
    • Demon Vi will only heed the summoning of a worthy opponent, but will turn on them at some point.
  • The Dreaded: Little Devil Teemo.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Little Demon Tristana. Implied to have started out as Bewitching Morgana's white cat before being magically transformed into a humanoid Cat Girl as Bewitching Tristana, who would go on to become a queen of Hell, ruling over the twin Aspects of Ruin and Woe and commanding a vast army of lesser demons.
  • Genius Bonus: Gatekeeper Galio's judgements are all based off The Divine Comedy. Whichever circle he says they'll go to corresponds with the mentioned sin:
    • Minor not-really-sins like being naive (Poppy) and being "a weirdo tree hugger" (Ivern) get people into Circle One, which is for people who could not reach heaven on account of not being Christian, but were also not bad enough to deserve any of the other circles.
    • Ahri gets Circle Two, which punishes Lust.
    • Graves gets Circle Three, whose smoking is punished as gluttony. He also considers Baron Nashor as being worthy of the circle, and notes to Gragas that gluttons are punished with an eternity of eating themselves.
    • Twitch and his "sneaking around" gets Circle Four, which punishes greed.
    • Illaoi gets Circle Six, which punishes heresy, aka worshiping false gods.
    • Kled gets put into Circle Seven, for violence against neighbors. Galio also jokingly calls it "a pool party" — it's actually a river of boiling blood.
    • Circle Eight punishes fraud, with Garen getting a spot for wetting the bed and blaming it on Lux, as well as Aurelion Sol for excessive pride. He also condemns nearby taunting enemies for being "smartasses".
    • Both Ashe and Sejuani get Circle Nine, which is reserved for traitors (and notably involves being frozen in ice), respectively for "[letting] your mom die" and committing Matricide.
  • Hellfire: Present throughout the line through descriptions, gameplay, or splash art.
  • Our Demons Are Different: The main theme of the line, mostly of the "red skinned and horned humanoid" variety, although Little Devil Teemo is closer to classic "goatman" depiction of Satan, albeit with a tail.
  • Playing with Fire: Be it in splash art or gameplay, every champion has fire, specifically Hellfire, as part of their devilish designs.

    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) Heimerdinger, Tristana, Lulu, (Dragon Knight) Mordekaiser, (Dragon Master) Swain, (Dragon Sorceress) Zyra

  • Badass Teacher: Dragon Trainer Heimerdinger treats his in-game performance as simple dragon training and/or light sparring, especially when up against other Dragon Trainers. Slaying Dragon Knight Mordekaiser, Dragon Master Swain, and/or Dragon Sorceress Zyra is just a happy bonus.
    (after a pentakill) "Excellent work, class! Today, everyone graduates!"
  • The Beastmaster: The Dragon Trainers 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.
    Dragon Trainer Tristana: [gasp] What are you wearing?!
  • 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.
  • Fluffy Tamer: The Dragon Trainers have newborn dragons to assist them, and they are adorable. More specifically, Pix is now a dragon accompanying Lulu, Tristana is equipped with a dragon named Riggle, and Heimerdinger is able to summon several, and always has one named Pythagoras resting on his head.
  • 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.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Heimerdinger has these by the boatload, summoning newborn dragons to serve as turrets, explosive eggs that stun enemies on impact, and for his auto-attacks, Pythagoras chucks up bones and drumsticks for Heimerdinger to hurl at their enemies.
  • 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.

Long ago, an order of monastic knights slew the vile gods of the old world, using esoteric powers granted by the moon and sun. Now the world has grown dark and violent, as those selfsame deities prepare their return, challenged only by the light of the eclipse.
Champions in this line: (Solar Eclipse/Lunar Eclipse) Leona, (Coven) Camille, Lissandra, (Death Blossom) Elise, Kha'Zix, (Elderwood) Bard, Hecarim, LeBlanc, (Dryad) Soraka, (Emerald) Taric

  • Adaptational Heroism: Hecarim goes from being a ghastly slaughterer who swarms the world with the Black Mist in tow to being a stalwart guardian of the forest.
  • Canon Welding: According to Word of God, the Omen of the Dark universe is in-universe fiction within this universe, shared as storybook fables.
  • Chivalric Romance: The line takes heavy inspiration from a fantasized take on this, with mortal knights taking up arms to combat the strange, natural wickedness of the world. To emphasize this, Leona's lore blurb and dialogue is in formal if dramatic early Modern English.
  • The Fair Folk: While they've been severely cut down the present day, some of the Elderwood are of this sort, with some like Soraka viewing humanity with benign curiosity. Elderwood LeBlanc, however, was a lone sylvan who fought against the rising threat of the Coven, stealing their lives, magic, and even name in the process.
  • Friendly Enemy: While she doesn't have a representative skin nor a clearcut place in the Eclipse lore (yet), Diana is implied to be this to Leona, with Leona being extremely reluctant to fight her, giving her the chance to leave, and expressing sincere remorse if she must bring her down.
  • Light 'em Up: Regardless of whether it comes from the sun or the moon, Leona wields this power with her sword and shield.
  • Man-Eating Plant: The Death Blossoms are a deceptive race of hunters hiding within great flower fields, lulling those entranced by their beauty before consuming them. Kha'Zix consumes souls for a chance at metamorphosis, while Elise feasts on the flesh of maidens seemingly for the hell of it.
  • Nature Spirit: The Elderwood are specifically spirits of the forest, once being gentle and kind (consisting of fae, sylvans, and dryads), but are now becoming far more protective after the rise of the Coven, who sought to abuse their power for dastardly intentions.
  • The Paladin:
    • Eclipse Leona, a protector of humanity against the old, vile gods, wielding The Power of the Sun or Lunacy depending on which skin's in use.
    • There's also The Knights of the Emerald Chapel, led by Emerald Taric, who swore an oath to the forest to serve as their eternal guardians from invaders.
  • Palette Swap: Eclipse Leona is a Variant skin with two different purchasable forms: a dark orange Solar Eclipse skin, and a bright silver Lunar Eclipse skin, each gaining different particle effects and voice lines for their respective theme, with purchasing one making the other 45% cheaper. Reportedly, this came from Riot having a 50/50 split on deciding which form they wanted to develop, so they developed both (which was also something they were concurrently experimenting with in the Star Guardian "Pajama Guardian" Variants).
  • Time Abyss: The time of the old gods is long gone, but Elderwood Bard is said to predate them and the entirety of the great forest, making him very likely a primordial being since the dawn of time.
  • When Trees Attack: Elderwood Hecarim resembles a giant tree centaur god of the forest, though he only serves as its guardian from the most wicked of humans.
  • Witch Classic: Coven Camille and Lissandra have elements of this, serving their ancient dead gods and spreading their old dark magics into the new world, and eagerly awaiting their inevitable return.
  • Yin-Yang Bomb: As the name might imply, Eclipse Leona's usual light and sun-based theme is infused with mixture of darkness. She even refers to her power as that of "the cold of the darklight."
    Solar Eclipse Leona: The sun is gone, but I am here.

    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, Karma, Shaco, (Dark Cosmic) Jhin

  • Above Good and Evil: Jhin, a Cosmic entity having been partially corrupted by the Dark Star, has developed a unique and horrifyingly de/reconstructive vision beyond that of either parties, and as he believes they squander their potential in fulfilling it, he now serves neither.
    (to Galaxy Slayer Zed) "Killing galaxies, Zed? How... plainly derivative. Allow me to make you part of something greater..."
  • Adaptational Villainy: Jarvan has gone from being a mortal emperor (and in this line may or may not have been as heroic as he is in canon) to a force of universal destruction that is the Dark Star.
  • 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."
    Dark Cosmic Jhin: What lies beneath my mask? The universe. As I was meant to make it.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Karma, while still a nightmarish star-consuming Dark Star, is relatively less volatile than her kin, preferring to meditate in the vast emptiness where there were once stars and impose order through fear than seek galaxies out to ruin.
  • 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.
  • Fallen Hero: Jhin used to be a pure Cosmic being, but was consumed by the Dark Star, gaining a new vision for a new purpose. Despite this, he remains an enemy of the Dark Star, but only because he's become something far worse.
    "The stars are my eyes... and one by one... I must blind them."
  • Mad Artist: Dark Cosmic Jhin plays off his love of twisting the murder and death of individuals into beautiful art, extending his methods across entire galaxies.
    (loading his fourth shot) "I must erase everything... the audience demands it..."
    "Destroying galaxies is a... pedestrian interpretation. I paint upon the canvas of eternity..."
  • 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.
  • Yin-Yang Bomb: As his name might imply, Dark Cosmic Jhin integrates elements from both the beauty of the Cosmic entities and the destructive tendencies of the Dark Star, making him potentially deadlier than both.

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.

    Forgotten Depths 
A series dedicated to folklore around Runeterra's oceans, the depths of which have been been the subject of much folklore and speculation of what may lurk below... and if we'd ever want to find out.
Champions in this line: (Atlantean) Fizz, Syndra (Deep One) Kassadin, (Deep Sea) Kog'Maw, Nami, (Coral Reef) Malphite, (Abyssal) Nautilus, (Deep Terror) Thresh

  • Atlantis: One of the many tales told involves this, once a proud, opulent underwater kingdom with a massive army led by General Fizz and magic skill (represented by Syndra), but has mysteriously since become a ghost town.
  • Eldritch Ocean Abyss: The bottom of the ocean is described as one of these, home to all sorts of horrifying and otherworldly creatures. The effects of looking into the abyss did to Kassadin what his canonical version experienced from peering into The Void.
  • Sea Monster: Several, all described as borderline eldritch in nature.

    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."

The annual Harrowing is among the darkest times of the year in Runeterra, and wherever you may be, it'll be quite the event. The line is split between the colorful Halloween-tinged Trick-or-Treat skins, the more spectral Death Sworn line, and the zombie-themed Zombies VS. Slayers universe.
Champions in the Trick-or-Treat line: (FrankenTibbers) Annie, (Mundo) Mundo, (Trick or Treat) Ekko, (Pumpkinhead) Fiddlesticks, (Headless) Hecarim, (Bewitching) Janna, Morgana, Nidalee, Tristana, (Kitty Cat) Katarina, (Count Kledula) Kled, (Ravenborn) LeBlanc, (Haunted) Maokai, Zyra, (Haunting) Nocturne, (Nosferatu) Vladimir
Champions in the Death Sworn line: (Death Sworn) Katarina, Viktor, Zed, (Reaper) Hecarim, Soraka, (Underworld) Twisted Fate, Wukong
Champions in the Zombies Vs. Slayers line:(Zombie) Brand, Nunu & Willump, Ryze, (Slayer) Jinx, Pantheon

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.
    Pulsefire Ezreal: (nervous) I have so much respect for your species! Please don't hunt me!
  • 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.

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, (Heartbreaker) Vi, (Heartpiercer) Fiora, (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.

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, Malzahar, Poppy, Renekton, 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 Gothic 
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 proud dragon king of the south seas, who in his hubris challenged the demigoddess Irelia to a duel and lost in front of his assembled court. He lashed out at her in humiliation, and she sealed his power away and banished him to the mortal realms to learn some humility.
  • 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 won a duel against Talon and then sealed his power in her blades when he struck at her in 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.
    • As a dragon king, Talon was apparently something close, but Irelia stripped him of his power to curb his arrogance.
  • 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.

Following the Ashen Lord of fire and ruin's summoning into the mortal world, he and his army of Infernals have been slowly remaking all that exists into his horrific image, intending to leave behind nothing but cinders, ashes, and death.
Champions in this line: (Ashen Lord) Aurelion Sol, (Infernal) Akali, Alistar, Amumu, Diana, Mordekaiser, Nasus, (Foxfire) Ahri, (Shadowfire) Kindred, (Obsidian) Malphite, (Charred) Maokai, (Molten) Rammus, (Scorched Earth) Renekton, Xerath, (Firefang) Warwick, (Volcanic) Wukong, (Wildfire) Zyra

  • Adaptational Villainy: Several champions from Aurelion Sol to Nasus to Diana, who in canon range from being neutral to heroic, are now the baddies.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Based on several splash arts — most prominently Ashen Lord Aurelion Sol, Infernal Akali, and Firefang Warwick — the Infernals are utterly enormous.
  • The Corruption: Wildfire Zyra and Charred Maokai were respectively a neutral forest nymph and one of the gentle treefolk, but were corrupted by the Infernal's touch and now serve alongside them.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: While he hasn't won yet (there still exists a rebellion in the form of the Shadowfire Temple), the Ashen Lord and his infernal legion is hellbent on burning the entire world to the ground.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: The Ashen Lord was first summoned into the world by an extremist pyromancer cult who unwisely sought to control the god of fire and ruin's power for themselves. This proved to be an apocalyptic mistake.
  • Godzilla Threshold: The high priests of the Shadowfire Temple summoned their god of destruction and rebirth, Shadowfire Kindred, not fully realizing the bitter price they may have to pay to fight the flames, but also not really caring since hope is almost completely lost.
  • Hellhound: Infernal Nasus evokes a fiery, anthropomorphic cerberus, and unlike his canon counterpart where he fights to protect the world, this version's fully intent on destroying it. Firefang Warwick also counts to a degree.
  • La Résistance: The Shadowfire Temple is seemingly the last hope for humanity, with Foxfire Ahri leading the charge and the rest of it summoning their god, Shadowfire Kindred to fighting the Ashen Lord. Separately, when the mountains burst, obsidian creatures from the earth (represented by Obsidian Malphite) were freed and seek to destroy the Infernals.
  • Obliviously Evil: Infernal Amumu is a lesser infernal spirit who, like his canon counterpart, isn't actively malevolent and is simply really lonely and seeks friendship, but is eternally cursed to bring fire and destruction wherever he goes.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: The Ashen Lord Aurelion Sol is the ultimate Big Bad of the line, being an enormous dragon god of cinders and death.
  • Outside-Context Problem: Obsidian Malphite and the other obsidian creatures are this towards the Ashen Lord's armies, as nobody knows what they are, why they were trapped deep beneath the earth, or why they are so well suited for and committed to fighting off the Infernals.
  • Playing with Fire: Like you wouldn't believe, with everyone in the line possessing fiery appearances and powers. Even before the Aurelion Sol and his infernals were unleashed, pyromancy already existed in various forms and factions.
  • The Starscream: Scorched Earth Xerath possesses keen intellect compared to other Infernal leaders and is awaiting the day he can usurp his master. Soon...

Introducing K/DA! An unconventionally-flaired, but explosively popular music phenomenon who arrived onto the pop scene with their hit song "POP/STARS", Ahri, Evelynn, Kai'Sa, and Akali look forward to taking their music and their message internationally.

K/DA was originally made to coincide with "The Afterparty" of the Worlds 2018, the opening ceremony for the finals of which premiered the group's live performance of "POP/STARS", headlined by Madison Beer, Soyeon and Miyeon of (G)I-dle, and Jaira Burns.

Their promotional website can be found here, and their music video here!
Champions in the line: Ahri, Akali, Evelynn, Kai'Sa

  • Adorkable: Akali is shown with shades of this in the K/DA interview, seeming somewhat embarrassed at being in the spotlight with such positive reception. When compared to her lively rap verse to "POP/STARS", the dissonance is amusingly endearing.
  • A Good Name for a Rock Band: Or rather, Girl Group. Similar to Pentakill, K/DA gets its name from the game's "Kill/Death/Assist" ratio.
  • Battle Rapping: Akali was originally a street-level battle rapper who gained notoriety from a viral battle rap from when she was 15 (it apparently involved a few flips), and after she was picked up by Ahri, she now lends her hard-hitting lyrics and flow to K/DA. For bonus points, she's also a literal mixed martial-artist who knows how to wield kama, earning her title of "Hip Hop Ninja".
  • Bilingual Dialogue: "POP/STARS" switches between English and Korean, and most of the group is multilingual — Akali fluently speaks English, Korean, and Japanese, Kai'Sa speaks Chinese, Afrikaans, Korean, and English, and Eve appears to know both Korean and English, translating for the monolingual Ahri, who speaks in Korean during their group interview.
  • Boastful Rap: Pretty much the entirety of "POP/STARS" is the group boasting about how unstoppable they are, but special mention goes to the bilingual rap verses by Akali/Jeon So-yeon, which starts with "I'm a goddess with a blade, 소리쳐봐 내 이름 잊지 못하게note ".
  • Canon Welding: One of Evelynn's trivia facts lists Karthus as an artist she takes inspiration from, referring to Pentakill Karthus. Scenes of the subway train in the "POP/STARS" video also feature posters of both Pentakill and DJ Sona's logos, and it was later confirmed that they all exist in the same universe, or at least certain incarnations of them.
  • Cool Car: Evelynn is frequently seen resting on or driving an impressive lavender Lamborghini, apparently one of several fast cars in her collection.
  • Costume Porn: Several Rioters are in agreement that the K/DA line were the most challenging skins they've ever designed (on par with Elementalist Lux, whose difficulty stemmed mostly from alternate forms and volume than sheer quality), with over 70 iterations in development (Kai'Sa alone had around 40!). This totally paid off, as the final products are simply gorgeous.
  • Creative Differences: Invoked by Evelynn as being the reason she left her previously-involved groups, who she otherwise has "nothing but good things to say about".
  • Dancing Is Serious Business: Kai'Sa, being the group's lead dancer and choreographer, comes with this attitude. When asked "Why do you dance?", her response:
    @KDAKaisa: When the music begins, a symphony of movement stirs in my being. It begins as a rumble, like a calling from the void, hungry and demanding release. My body reacts to the call, jumping to weave a story. A story to leave the void behind, and fall into the steps of life.
  • Darker and Edgier: When compared to Popstar Ahri's much cheerier and colorful theming. Her starting K/DA was her breaking off from her cutesy teenage look to establish her as a stylish, more mature icon, with the group itself having a sleek, glamorous, and at times aggressive aesthetic to it. During one of her segments in the "POP/STARS" video, which are mainly set in a laundromat, there's a lingering shot on a laundry basket which has her old Popstar and Star Guardian outfits in it, showing how she's moved past that image.
  • The Diva: Much of the roster is inspired by this, though Evelynn has the reputation of "No. 1 Diva". In her own words, she's "an artist, not a socialite" with incredibly high standards, having once walked out on a live performance for a backing track she felt was too subpar for her vocals. Despite her turbulent presence, she has a massive diehard fanbase calling themselves "Deeva", and prior to joining K/DA, she had two solo hits in "Agony's Embrace" and "Ecstasy" and had known Ahri for years. It's telling that she's recognized as being "the foundation of the group's sound."
  • Expressive Mask: During Akali's portions in the black-lit subway train of the "POP/STARS" video, the stylized mouth patterns on her face mask animates to her rapping.
  • The Fashionista: Part of Ahri's post-reinvention image is being a fashion icon, with her sleek design attracting fashion designers all across the world. She's also in the face of FOXY cosmetics and launched her own fragrance, Charmed.
  • Foreign Fanservice: Kai'Sa's international origins are played up in her profiles and interview, with her taste of international styles contributing a layer of exoticism to K/DA as a whole.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble:
    • Sanguine: Ahri, the passionate and highly proactive de facto face and lead vocalist of the group.
    • Choleric: Akali, the hot-blooded and aggressively energetic rapper from the streets.
    • Phlegmatic: Evelynn, the haughty, domineering born-superstar of the group, the foundation of their overall aesthetic.
    • Melancholic: Kai'Sa, the highly methodical, yet passionate lead dancer and choreographer of the group.
  • Girl Group: Of an especially edgy, Korean Pop Music variety, inspired by real-life groups such as 2NE1 and BLACKPINK.
  • Golden Super Mode: During the Afterparty event of Worlds 2018, K/DA Kai'Sa had a "Prestige Edition" (the first of its kind) that decks her out in flashy white and gold colors. Over the course of the next several months, very likely due to popularity and fan demand, the rest of her group received the same treatment.
  • Idol Singer: Ahri used to be a much cuter and Girls' Generation-inspired variety in her teenage years, now having evolved into her more mature and dark-lit design with K/DA.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In K/DA Ahri's skin bio, it stated she took a five-year break following her success as Popstar Ahri before re-emerging with K/DA, referencing how the original Popstar skin was released 5 years prior.
  • Multiple-Tailed Beast: Ahri, natch, whose tails in this line look both holographic and crystal-like, and even briefly change colors depending on what ability she's using. Funnily enough, K/DA's fans only suspect that they're real.
  • Nice Hat: Akali wears a stylish cap with the group's K/DA logo on it.
  • Really Gets Around: Eve is implied to be this, listed as having been romantically involved with several (now-missing) male celebrities, though she's never confirmed a relationship.
  • Team Chef: Kai'Sa is said to be found in the K/DA house cooking large meals. Her favorite food is Sichuan dry hot pot.
  • Virtual Celebrity: Unlike Pentakill —who was originally just a theme of cosmetic skins that were Defictionalized much later— K/DA was made specifically to coincide with a real collaborative release following Worlds 2018's "Afterparty" event, with the girls appearing front and center in their music video (and among the real artists behind them during their live performance).

    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, (Coin Emperor) Tahm Kench, (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, Sejuani, Vayne, (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.
    • The Year of the Pig in 2019 was represented with Firecracker Sejuani.
  • 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.

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

A set of skins that take place in an alternate Runeterra reminiscent of the middle ages.
Champions in this line: (Little Knight) Amumu, (Queen) Ashe, (Executioner) Mundo, (Sir) Kled, (Sorceress) Lux, (Blacksmith) Poppy, (King) Tryndamere, (Medieval) Twitch, (White Mage) Veigar

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: (Odyssey) Jinx, Kayn, Malphite, Sona, Yasuo, Ziggs, (Galaxy Slayer) Zed

    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

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

For tropes on the music itself, see this page here.
  • 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".
  • Adaptational Heroism: Karthus and Mordekaiser are part of the line, but at worst, their Pentakill versions look scary, but are otherwise pretty harmless.
  • 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 asked 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.
  • Pet the Dog: Mordekaiser is said to be very protective of Sona as the most delicate member of Pentakill (three of them aren't technically alive, the fourth is a ruthless barbarian warrior, and the fifth is an armored battle-angel).
  • Plague Master: Although none of his actual abilities reflect it, Mordekaiser is repeatedly mentioned in the backstory to be drawn to sources of plague and death. In fact, in case you're wondering how he got into music in the first place...
    JP: Mordekaiser, you're an enigma both in and out of the arena. What draws you away from the Field of Justice to pursue this surprising side-project?
    M: My fans. I am drawn to their disease.
    JP: You mean their feverish love of this Techma-Tune music?
    M: No.
  • 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 while Leona has a sunflower.
  • 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.

In a Cyber Punk Bad Future version of Runeterra, far in the future where Hextech reigns 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, LeBlanc, Lissandra, Nami, 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. LeBlanc was advertised as just a diplomat-software avatar, but was secretly created to actually be a deceptive, infiltrating intelligence stealing information from various corporations. Camille murders any human who uses unauthorized technology, but that's just what she was programmed to do. Soraka, Nami, and iBlitzcrank were built as Benevolent A.I., but their codes have since been infiltrated by Program (i.e. Lissandra), making their ultimate status uncertain.
    Pulsefire Ezreal: Quick question: Are you from the "robot rights" or "enslave humanity" part of the timeline?
  • Benevolent A.I.: Program Soraka and Nami were respectively built to be a gentle support bot and an aquatic search-and-rescue bot, though while their behavior is mostly the same, Program Lissandra has secretly gotten a hold of their code and is causing their behavior to go erratic...
  • 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: PROJECT champions 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.
  • Everything Is An I Pod In The Future: The Program line, who are all female champions, have curvy and sleek lines, while iBlitzcrank is bulkier but still simple, smooth, and white.
  • 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.

Set in a dystopian timeline of Post-Cog Era Piltover, Magitek has evolved to the point where long-distance Time Travel is possible, with Remembrancer police force sent to stop those attempting to break history, taking their technology along for the ride.
Champions in this line: (Pulsefire) Caitlyn, Ezreal, Riven, Shen, Twisted Fate, (Praetorian) Fiddlesticks, Graves

  • The Assimilator: Praetorian Fiddlesticks is only a single unit in an endless horde, one who specializes in assimilating all technology across the multiverse, eradicating life in the process.
  • 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.
  • Everything Is An I Pod In The Future: Downplayed; while not as sleek or monochrome as most examples, elements of this aesthetic are at the very least evoked in certain armor and weapon designs.
  • Glowing Eyes: Pulsefire champions in this line have piercing, electric-blue eyes.
  • Horde of Alien Locusts: The Praetorians, unleashed across the multiverse from tears in the spacetime continuum, are a horde of completely alien robots whose programming are unlike anything from the past, present, and future, focused on destroying everything living in their path.
  • Killer Robot: The Praetorians — the Remembrancers' worst fears fully realized — are a horde of marauding robot troops who have emerged from tears in spacetime, destroying everything in sight and assimilating all technology in the multiverse.
  • Noodle Incident: Ezreal has hopped all across the timestreams and has history with various universes. Several one-off interactions with champions using alternate universe skins have him mention past exploits, including:
    • He did something in the Arctic Ops universe that warranted him sending an apology letter to High Command.
    • He stole an evil demon mask from the Blood Moon universe.
    • He caught the attention of Cosmic Entities from the Event Horizon universe due to him apparently destroying multiple universes (implied to be due to his Temporal Paradoxes). He doesn't deny it, but he swears it was an accident.
    • He has both action figures of characters from the Super Galaxy universe and parts of their actual robots.
    • He did something to the Vandals/"nuclear apocalypse gang" from the Road Warrior universe that has drawn their ire when he encounters them.
    • When encountering a Warring Kingdoms champion (from the Lunar Revel universe), Ezreal denies causing the kingdoms to go to war... though he admits he possibly helped.
    • The last time he was in the High Noon universe, he was "almost eaten by a cowboy demon. Good times."
    • After scoring an ace, he occasionally claims to have once fought against dinosaurs from an unspecified universe.
    • While he isn't stated to be directly involved, he has this curious line for encountering a Mecha champion:
      Ezreal: So cool! I haven't seen one of these things since the Robot Wars that killed everybody!
  • Starfish Language: Just to really emphasize the truly alien nature of the Praetorians, their voices are entirely replaced with incredibly garbled, almost synthetic-sounding noises.
  • 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-enforcer, sent to hunt down those who attempt to break the boundaries of time itself.
    • While not a formal officer, Riven fills a similar role as worshipper of temporal purity, one who hunts down those who seek to manipulate it in their favor.
  • Time Travel: The basis of the line, with everyone hopping through time and dimensions under sleek, futuristic aesthetics.

    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), (Nottingham) Ezreal, (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

    Silver Age 
A series taking place in an alternate Runeterra inspired by The Silver Age of Comic Books, featuring campy superheroes here to save the day and dastardly supervillains here to wreck it.
Champions in the line: (Cryocore) Brand, (Bioforge) Darius, (Infiltrator) Irelia, (Super) Kennen, Teemo, (Phoenix) Quinn, (Augmented) Singed, (Chemtech) Tryndamere, (Superb Villain) Veigar, (Feral) Warwick

  • An Ice Person: Cryocore Brand is a mixture of this, Playing with Fire, mad cybernetics, and sheer militant brutality.
  • Canon Welding: The "canon" between the two lines is pretty loose, but Super Kennen also features in the Toy Box universe, with his blurb and splash art depicting him as an action figure.
  • Cartoonish Supervillainy: Veigar gets this treatment as a Superb Villain, complete with a top hat, monocle, absurdly curly mustache, and criminal empire at his disposal.
  • Classy Cat-Burglar: Infiltrator Irelia isn't up for world-threatening supervillainy, but she is nonetheless an extremely capable thief and spy who's managed to avoid detection thanks to her array of cracking devices and Hard Light blades.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Teemo was once a supervillain, before turning to the side of good and becoming a Superman Substitute.
  • I Love Nuclear Power: Chemical science Gone Horribly Wrong resulted in the formation of not one, but four supervillains:
    • Donald D. Darius, once a normal investment banker, was exposed to a cloud of fatal radioactive space gas, leading him to build a suit to contain the substance. However, it corrupted his mind, turning him into a brutal villain known as "Bioforge."
    • The once mild-mannered Dr. Peter Singed, working in the dark corners of New Valoran, was transformed into a dastardly superhuman criminal thanks to a volatile chemical of his own creation.
    • Singed's chemicals also resulted in the creation of Chemtech Tryndamere, who was experimented on and irrevocably changed by falling into a vat of the stuff into a monstrous half-cyborg fusion.
    • The same chemicals also also formed Warwick, a henchman who was turned into a feral Wolf Man after being bitten by a radioactive wolf, now serving as Singed's closest lackey.
  • The Phoenix: Phoenix Quinn and her trusty literal-phoenix Valor are a crimefighting duo, cleaning up the streets of New Valoran with arrows and burning flames of justice.
  • Poisonous Person: Despite Teemo visually being a Superman Substitute, he still retains his poison powers, used to incapacitate foes and leaving them ready for incarceration.
  • Superheroes Wear Tights: Teemo's appearance is directly lifted from a Superman-inspired "cape and tights" design archetype, while Kennen gets a more modern dark grey outfit which looks to be made of some kind of Future Spandex.
  • Up, Up and Away!: Both Kennen and Teemo do this pose with their respective speed boost abilities, with Teemo's sometimes getting a short jingle by a bugle.

    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, Neeko, Orianna, Soraka, (Frostfire) Annie, (Frostblade) Irelia, (Frozen Prince) Mundo, (Snow Faun) Poppy, (Poro Rider) Sejuani, (Snowstorm) Sivir, (Ice King) Twitch, (Snow Man) Yi
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:
  • 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.
  • The Usurper: Ice King Twitch's goal. Originally just a vile, isolated creature with delusions of grandeur, his jealousy of the Winterlands prompted him to begin an invasion to usurp the Poro King, corrupting any enemies in his way with his icy curse.
  • 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 the main Star Guardian line: Ahri, Ezreal, Janna, Jinx, Lulu, Lux, Miss Fortune, Poppy, Soraka, Syndra
Champions in the Pajama Guardian line: Ezreal, Lulu, Lux, Miss Fortune, Soraka

    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, (Aether Wing) Kayle, (Gun Goddess) Miss Fortune, (Blade Mistress) Morgana, (Dreadnova) Darius, Gangplank

    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 concept 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.


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: 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.

    Wardens and Marauders 
A set of two opposing, low-price skin lines, the Wardens and Marauders represent what would happen had the Rune War of Runeterra between the Protectorate and the Magelord Empire continued to persist, locked in an eternal battle for order and chaos.
Champions in the Warden line: Jax, Karma, Nautilus, Sivir
Champions in the Marauder line: Alistar, Ashe, Olaf, Warwick

All that has a beginning, 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
Invictus Gaming: (IG) Camille, Fiora, Irelia, Kai'Sa, LeBlanc, Rakan

  • 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.
    • Sadly, only Rakan received an Invictus Gaming skin the following year as Jackylove — the team's botlaner — chose Kai'Sa over Xayah.
  • 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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