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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: Akali, Ashe, Ekko, Fiora, Irelia, Jhin, Jinx, Katarina, Leona, Lucian, Master Yi, Pyke, Vayne, Vi, Warwick, 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.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: From a nifty skin for Yasuo to a terrifying, Dystopian Bad Future where technology will advance even if human minds and bodies are broken in the process.
  • 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.
    • This is most explicitly so with PROJECT: Jhin, who already became unhinged following his augmentation and turn to mechanized killing for hire, but he also feels the need to gain more high-clearance upgrades using tech from his victims, which has resulted in "severe personality fragmentation."
    • PROJECT: Jinx, Warwick, and Pyke of the "Outcasts" are still worse — as scrapped, failed conversions, they have lost most of their humanity. Most of Pyke is holding together enough to direct his anger at PROJECT, but Warwick wants to slaughter everything and Jinx may have become a vessel for the Program virus.
  • 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 futuristic-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, Thresh, 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: (Barbarian) Sion, (Bard) Bard, Braum (Lionheart), (Nottingham) Ezreal, (Rugged) Garen, Gragas (Caskbreaker), Jayce (Brighthammer), Karthus (Lightsbane), (Lord) Mordekaiser, (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.
  • The Berserker: Sion constantly ignores his teammates and dies after entering battle. At this point, he's given up on trying to write bios for new characters, with his latest Barbarian's backstory being "Is a barbarian."
  • Black Knight: Lord Mordekaiser, recognized as a controversial Dark Paladin class, seen In-Universe as a Game-Breaker ever since his inclusion via Rift Quest expansion. Players have also been trying to desperately search for his secret, redeeming tragic backstory, but so far he's just content with killing them over and over again.
  • 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, (Ruthless) Pantheon


    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.
    • Gnar ramps up his usual cuteness factor by making him resemble a Siberian husky, even as Mega Gnar!
  • 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 Guardian 
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, Neeko, Poppy, Rakan, Soraka, Syndra, Xayah, Zoe
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.

    True Damage 
After the worldwide success of K/DA, Akali made it her mission to recruit accomplished and up-and-coming artists to form a new supergroup: True Damage. Never before has a crew been comprised of such diverse talent, ranging from natural lyricists to renowned producers to legendary vocalists... all ready to disrupt the music industry.
Champions in this line: (True Damage) Akali, Ekko, Qiyana, Senna, Yasuo

  • A Good Name for a Rock Band: Much like Pentakill and K/DA, True Damage gets its name from an in-game element.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Yasuo plugs his tachi into the sound console and uses it as yet another switch.
  • Dream Team: They are all talented rappers, singers, and producers at the very top of their game.
  • Executive Meddlinginvoked: Senna was previously stuck in a really bad record deal that took away much of her creative independence and seemingly ended her time in the spotlight before she returned as the lead of True Damage. Her splash art shows her burning up her previous contract, which was with "Thresh Records".
  • The Fashionista: Qiyana, as shown by her Prestige skin being designed by none other than Louis Vuitton.
  • Never a Self-Made Woman: Averted. Senna and Akali rose to prominence on their own talents, and Qiyana joined the group to win her fame the hard way instead of coasting on her family's reputation.
  • Renowned Selective Mentor: Well, producer. Yasuo is one of the most sought-after collaborators in music, but he won't work with just anybody.
  • Spicy Latina: Qiyana is the daughter of "Latin music royalty" but wants to be a franchise instead of just another a rising star in the music world.
  • Vapor Wear: Prestige Qiyana has a jacket with a semi-sheer lace underlay covering her upper body — and there's clearly nothing under it.
  • The Voiceless: Yasuo has no lines, spoken or sung, in "Giants" and wears a shirt with a cowl that covers his mouth.


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) served 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. Chaos won both events. 2019 featured "Night & Dawn," a less directly competitive story featuring Soraka, who was 'born' from Chaos' defeat of Order and calls Riven and Yasuo her parents.

Champions in this line: (Nightbringer) Yasuo, Soraka, Lee Sin, Vladimir, Aphelios,(Dawnbringer) Riven, Soraka, Karma, Nidalee, (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 Dawnbringer Riven is "good" and Nightbringer Yasuo 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.
  • Take a Third Option: Nightbringer Aphelios (as a dual character with his order-aligned sister Alune), represents Order and Chaos in cooperation.
  • 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, Ryze
Champions in the Conqueror line: (Challenger) Ahri, Nidalee, (Conqueror) Karma, Varus
Champions in the Victorious line: Jarvan IV, Janna, Elise, Morgana, Sivir, Maokai, Graves, Aatrox
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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