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

The line is featured in the Riot-endorsed fan-made webcomic, "Academy Adventures", currently with three series.
Champions in this line: (Professor) Ryze, (Headmaster) Fiora, (Academy) Ahri, Darius, Ekko, Vladimir

    Arcade 
An alternate timeline where "players" have been forcibly dragged into the Arcade World, an amalgamation of retro arcade games filled with an army of rogue bosses led by Final Boss Veigar. Joined by some of the "native" in-game protagonists, our heroes have joined in a fight to vanquish the evil Battle Bosses of the game-verse, and to stop Final Boss Veigar from giving the world a final Game Over.

Champions in the Arcade line: (Arcade) Ahri, 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.
  • Notice This: Amusingly Parodied and played straight simultaneously with Arcade Caitlyn's Headshot indicator. In place of the usual visual indicator, the skin replaces it with a retro finger cursor pointing at enemies to click for Critical Hit damage.
  • 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, which while separate from this wave still showed there was more Arcade-relevant skins coming very soon.

    Arclight 
Once each millennium, an ancient, godlike entity of divine light descends from the heavens, choosing worthy warriors to be his will incarnate, to become immortal agents of the Arclight.
Champions in this line: (Arclight) 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

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    Battlecast 
In an alternate-universe version of Runeterra, Viktor went the extra mile, leading his Glorious Evolution down a more warlike path. Using his genius, he captured 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

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    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

    Demonic 
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 (Dragon Oracle) Udyr

  • 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.
  • Natural Weapon: Dragon Oracle Udyr invokes his draconic masters to grow claws or harden his fists with scales.
  • 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.

    Eclipse 
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 Corruption: The growing influence of the Coven has been described as this, with its effects most seen in Veigar, one of the children of the Elderwood who was cursed with dangerous insanity.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The Old Gods — the Greater-Scope Villain of the line, served by The Coven — are described as having become this even after their bodies died and were buried by the Elderwood. Nocturne is among them — he is the Eternal Nightmare, after all.
  • The Fair Folk: While they've been severely cut down the present day, some of the Elderwood are of this sort. Among them are Soraka, a dryad who views humanity with benign curiosity, Ahri, a fair-skinned trickster spirit, Veigar, a cursed goblin child, and LeBlanc, a 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.

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

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

    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."

    Harrowing 
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, (Witch's Brew) Blitzcrank, (Mundo) Mundo, (Trick or Treat) Ekko, (Pumpkinhead) Fiddlesticks, (Headless) Hecarim, (Bewitching) Janna, Miss Fortune, Morgana, Nidalee, Tristana, (Count) Kassadin, (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, (Zombie Slayer) Jinx, Pantheon

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

  • Battle Trophy: In true Yautja fashion, Akali, Rengar, and presumably all the other Headhunters have a trophy wall. Headhunter Rengar simply wears the bones of his slain.
  • Doing In the Wizard: Any mention of magical power is removed, instead replaced with alien tech or biology. Akali's blades are stated to be "flaring with alien energy," and Nidalee is described to have alien biology that allows her to hunt her prey as a human and an animal.
  • Egomaniac Hunter: All of the champions present in the line are ready for a hunt, turning themselves into a race of perfect killing machines just to prove they can.
    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.

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

    Hextech 
A skin line set in an alternate version of Piltover and Zaun, one where champions are either specialists in or made out of hextech machinery.
Champions in the line: Alistar, Amumu, 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.
    • invokedHextech Amumu was similarly intended as a playmate for wealthy children, but has long since been forgotten as Hextechnology Marches On.

    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) Ashe, Darius, Hecarim, Jhin, Lucian, Thresh, Twisted Fate, Urgot, Yasuo, (Longhorn) Alistar, (Sheriff) Caitlyn, (Desperada) Cassiopeia, (Bandito) Fiddlesticks, (Sonoran) Kog'Maw, (Cowgirl) Miss Fortune, (Sandscourge) Skarner

  • A Load of Bull: Longhorn Alistar, natch. He's a rather pragmatic muscle-for-hire, breaking up saloon fights as often as busting down bank vault doors. Even while facing him as an opponent, Lucian seems to have a level of respect for him, and almost sounds guilty when having to put him down.
  • Anti Anti Christ: High Noon Lucian looks very spooky after his corruption following deal with Thresh, but despite this, he very much intends to put a stop to his game.
    Lucian: (approaching High Noon Thresh) I'll rule my own soul, devil, and send you back to hell!
  • Anti-Hero: High Noon Lucian made a Deal with the Devil, possesses scary demonic powers and the appearance to show for it, but overall, he's primarily driven by revenge against Thresh and his forces of hell to bring him, Senna, and the rest of the desert to peace.
    Lucian: I got one rule: You hurt people, you answer to me.
  • The Atoner: Yasuo arrived in the West fleeing murder charges. Since then he has single-handedly driven off bandit gangs and saved a lot of lives, and his brand of vigilante justice impressed one (small) town enough that they made him sheriff.
    Lucian: Hope you find peace, Yasuo. Least one of us will.
  • Card Sharp: Twisted Fate, naturally. More specifically, Tobias "Twisted Fate" Felix spends his days hustling poor saps between the Buzzard Gulch and other various border towns.
  • Cattle Punk: High Noon Urgot replaces his Bio Punk-themed body with this, turning him into a twisted hybrid of an old-timey Railroad Baron and a steampunk demon from hell. This aesthetic is also lightly present with High Noon Jhin and Yasuo.
  • Cowboy: Majority of the skins revolve around this theme.
  • Cursed with Awesome: High Noon Lucian. Sure, the deal with Thresh corrupted his soul and the left side of his body is visibly affected (which becomes a full-blown demonic transformation during his recall and ultimate), but one can't deny he's putting those powers to good use against Thresh himself.
  • Deal with the Devil:
    • The devil in this case being Thresh, who —when not spreading widespread fear and chaos in search for souls— makes deals with mortals in exchange for theirs. Urgot sold his immortal soul for his mechanical body after he was left in the desert to die, and Lucian had his corrupted to save the life of his one true love (or at least attempt; several lines imply Senna still didn't make it), gaining demonic powers in the process.
    • Darius, who was humiliatingly defeated by his brother and became twisted by an obsession for revenge, also became the subject to this with Hecarim.
      Ashe: Guess it's like you always said, Darius. Demons give you what you want, devils give you what you need.
  • Desert Skull: High Noon Thresh's is made to resemble one, complete with giant horns and being engulfed in flames.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Part of this is due to his corruption, but High Noon Lucian's left arm and gun is visibly glowing black and red, contrasting greatly to his normal right arm and bright white/gold gun.
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Evil: The anti-heroic Lucian, the corrupted Urgot, and the straight-up demonic Thresh are these, respectively. In addition, their dynamic is made as a direct Shout-Out to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, though they would more likely respectively be Lucian, Thresh, and Urgot.
  • Hell on Earth: The old west is swarmed with all kinds of gothic hell-beasts, both to bargain with mortals and/or to destroy them. he reason the legions of hell swarm the prairie is because Heaven was destroyed by mortal men during a land rush, releasing the devils of Hell from confinement.
  • Hired Guns: As one might expect, many of the outlaws serve as these, including Alistar, Jhin, and Miss Fortune. Lucian used to be this, but ever since his Deal with the Devil, he's more out for seeking Revenge.
  • The Magnificent: The 2018 High Noon skins are given fancy titles in "The Devils Among Us": Lucian is "The Man with the Grinning Shadow", Thresh is "The Slaughter God", and Urgot is "The Steel Monstrosity".
  • Nice Hat: With the exception of Kog'Maw, Skarner and Thresh, everyone in the line wears a nice hat.
  • Our Angels Are Different: Ashe is described as a "mechanical angel", built early on during the pioneering age, empowered by the blood of deities from the destruction of Heaven. She chooses to forgive humanity for their crimes, and now serves to protect them from The Legions of Hell with arrows of light.
    Ashe: I am cold steel fuelled by the blood of saints and angels. Howdy.
  • Power Gives You Wings: High Noon Lucian's "fully corrupted" form (seen while using The Culling and his recall) gives him long, demonic spikes over his shoulder and back that evoke these.
  • Railroad Baron: The once-named Jeremiah James used to be one of these, but lost his millions and industrial empire after betting his own heart in a game of chance and losing. The only reason he's still around is because he sold his soul to Thresh, turning him into High Noon Urgot.
  • Riding into the Sunset: Lucian's joke emote subverts this for laughs, where he whistles for his horse to do this... and it never comes.
  • Samurai Cowboy: Yasuo fully embodies this trope. He trades his nodachi for a gunblade!
  • Scary Scorpions: Sandscourge Skarner represents one of the many dangerous and carnivorous scorpions on the prairie, and is drawn to campfires at night. Travelers, beware!
    Lucian: Is it just me, or are those critters getting bigger?
  • The Sheriff:
    • Sheriff Caitlyn, natch, who extends her long arm of the law (as well as her gun) over the town of Progress.
    • High Noon Yasuo serves as the reluctant sheriff of a "two-street town," defending it against bandit gangs and other desert threats.
  • Showdown at High Noon: The name of the line is an obvious reference to this. High Noon Lucian's teaser, "A New Devil's in Town", features him ready to partake in a duel with Thresh in this style.
  • Snake People: Cassiopeia is in the line, whose appearance is appropriately made to resemble a desert rattlesnake. Despite being a well-known desperada, Lucian's surprised at seeing her in person and discovering she's one of these.
  • "Wanted!" Poster: Cowgirl Miss Fortune's splash art features these.
  • Weird West: Champions with supernatural/magic abilities still retain them in the line, including Cassiopeia, Fiddlesticks, Twisted Fate, and Thresh. High Noon Lucian is among the biggest showcases, having made a Deal with the Devil and has demonic powers to go alongside his gunslinging.
  • The Wild West: The general theme of the line, in a few varieties. Some are just standard Cowboy makeovers, while some are made to resemble wild desert creatures, and others are given additional supernatural elements for flavor.

    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, (Majestic Empress) Morgana, (Splendid Staff) Nami, (Valiant Sword) Riven, (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.
  • Evil Sorceress: While she may not look the part, Morgana is a feared sorceress and usurper queen who sought revenge against Irelia for sealing away Talon's power, having crushed her in battle and is now seeking to restore the once-great dragon king's stature.
  • Humanity Ensues: Nami was originally a fish with dreams of becoming a dragon, but started gaining a more human-like form after the sealed dragon king Talon's power began seeping out and influencing her. She still has her fish tail for the most part (her splash art obscures her bottom half in water), but her recall shows her gaining human legs.
  • Lady of War: Nearly all of the female champions in the line 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. Morgana and Riven both trained in the arts of war and politics for years, and are now clashing for the fate of the world.
  • 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 gracefully epic aesthetic of most other Immortal Journey skins. This is mostly due to it originally being a Lunar Revel skin before shifting lines.
  • Legendary Carp: Splendid Staff Nami is an allusion to the legend of the fish that becomes a dragon.
  • 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 (herself a demigoddess) stripped him of his power to curb his arrogance.
    • Morgana became a goddess through magical power and now seeks to kick humans and lesser gods down a rung or two.
  • 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.

    Infernal 
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, Galio, Mordekaiser, Nasus, Shen, Varus, (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...

    K/DA 
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 ".
  • Breakout Character: While K/DA as a whole was a smash hit, Akali ended up becoming the group's most popular character, so much so that she (and by extension, Soyeon of (G)I-DLE fame) was brought back as part of True Damage.
  • 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.

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

    Medieval 
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


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