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    Varus, the Arrow of Retribution 
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Voiced by: Gavin Hammon (English), Fernando de Luis (European Spanish), Oliver Magaña (Mexican Spanish)

"You didn’t destroy us all. And that mistake will be your undoing."

One of the ancient darkin, Varus was a deadly killer who loved to torment his foes, driving them almost to insanity before delivering the killing arrow. He was imprisoned at the end of the Great Darkin War, but escaped centuries later in the remade flesh of two Ionian hunters—they had unwittingly released him, cursed to bear the bow containing his bound essence. Varus now seeks out those who trapped him, in order to enact his brutal vengeance, but the mortal souls within still resist him every step of the way.

Varus is a Marksman/Artillery Mage hybrid champion who combines the attack enhancements and strong scaling of a marksman with the burst damage and crowd control of a mage.

  • His passive, Living Vengeance, grants him a brief attack speed bonus when he kills an enemy unit, and double that bonus if he kills or helps kill an enemy champion.
  • With his first ability, Piercing Arrow, Varus charges up a shot for a few seconds while moving at reduced speed. When the ability is reactivated he fires a powerful arrow that damages all opponents on its path, the damage and range of the arrow depending on how long he charged it.
  • His second ability, Blighted Quiver, passively makes his basic attacks deal bonus magic damage and apply Blight to their targets, which stacks up to three times. If he damages them with any of his other abilities the stacks of Blight are consumed, dealing damage per stack based on the target's maximum health. Blighted Quiver can also be activated to empower Varus' next Piercing Arrow, causing it to deal bonus damage scaling with the target's missing health.
  • With his third ability, Hail of Arrows, Varus launches a volley of arrows into the air that fall at a nearby spot, damaging all enemies inside and cursing the ground, leaving behind for a few seconds a blighted area that slows and halves any healing effects on enemies inside.
  • His ultimate ability, Chain of Corruption, fires a tendril of dark energy that damages and immobilizes the first enemy champion hit in a line and then slowly spreads to nearby enemy champions, applying the same effects to them and then continuing to spread until it runs out of targets. Any affected targets also instantly gain three stacks of Blight.

Varus' alternate skins include Blight Crystal Varus, Arclight Varus, Arctic Ops Varus, Heartseeker Varus, Swiftbolt Varus, Dark Star Varus, Conqueror Varus, and Infernal Varus.

In Teamfight Tactics, Varus is a Tier 2 Demon Ranger. His Piercing Arrow ability is a charged shot that damages all enemies in a straight line.
  • Act of True Love: Valmar could not live without Kai and sacrificed everything to save him, even joining him in the Pit of Pallas.
  • And I Must Scream: Kai and Valmar are still fully conscious inside their new form, often helpless to stop Varus from his wanton slaughter.
  • The Artifact: Varus' voice lines, corruption-themed abilities and even his title "the Arrow of Retribution" are all holdovers from his pre-Retcon self. Riot attempted to mitigate this by having him seek revenge against those who imprisoned him, but this aspect of his story feels very token next to the "I'm TWO guys now" element (which isn't even nodded to in his outdated voice set). Aatrox even pokes fun at the fact that his name lacks the double-A that the other Darkin use.
  • Badass Gay: Not Varus himself (it's possible he could be Asexual), but the souls of the two men who inhabit his body alongside him. They're also League's first canonically gay couple.
  • Battle Couple: Valmar and Kai.
  • Boring, but Practical: One of the most efficient methods to play an ADC is to front to back the enemy team (kill the closest enemy while hiding behind your frontline), rather than trying to make flashy plays. No ADC is better at this than Varus, with his CC, percent health damage, and high attack speed meaning that while he wont get a highlight reel, he will win you the game.
  • BSoD Song: As We Fall is a mix of this and Grief Song. Judging from the lyrics, Valmar is the singer, singing about his grief and desperation to save the dying Kai, and the risk he's taking by jumping into the Pit of Pallas.
  • Charged Attack: His Piercing Arrow charges until it's released when you hit it again, increasing in range and damage the longer you wait.
  • Combat Tentacles: His ultimate.
  • Combos: His Blighted Quiver passive ability applies Blight on his targets hit, which initially does nothing until set off by him damaging targets afflicted with Blight by another ability of his, doing magic damage equal to a percentage of the target's total health - Blight being stackable up to three times before being set off. Unlike other champions with ability/autoattack interactions, Varus is a bit counter-intuitive in that he needs to attack then use an ability.
  • The Corruption: Like Rhaast, Varus will not stop until he corrupts his host completely. Unluckily for him, Valmar and Kai aren't gonna give up that easily.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: The Darkin Varus is evil, but his current form was born from the sacrifice of a pair of heroic lovers, who resist him with all their might.
  • Deadly Upgrade: The creation of Varus made a supremely strong entity. But the danger of unleashing a powerful Darkin on the land is not without consequence.
  • Despair Event Horizon: His love on the brink of death from a Noxian attack, Valmar crossed it and offered both of their lives to the pit to save him.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Valmar and Kai were already a lethal duo of hunters. Combining them with the Darkin's power made them 10x more lethal.
  • Energy Bow: It's not, but the arrows it fires are charged with demonic energy. The bow is itself Varus' true form.
  • Environment Specific Skin: Arctic Ops Varus.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Valmar knew the dangers of the pit but offered himself to it anyway. The result has merged him and Kai with a crazed demon.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Even as a full Darkin he was "possessed of wondrous beauty," but he was also a monster who enjoyed tormenting his victims. When he returned, he made a beautiful new body for himself out of the flesh of two lovers.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: When playing as Varus, only Varus speaks, even though Kai and Valmar are still conscious inside his mind and he can hear them.
  • Geo Effects: His E ability leaves behind a circle of desecrated ground that slows and reduces enemy healing.
  • Glass Cannon: As is par for the course with any ranged carry not named Graves. He has good range (rivaling Caitlyn's) and abnormally high amounts of crowd control for a pure damage-dealer (Hail of Arrows slows and Chain of Corruption stuns) though a lack of escapes means maintaining as much distance as possible from the front-line is essential.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Emerged from the pit with glowing white eyes.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Valmar didn't want to live without Kai. Now they're both alive and quite literally inseparable.
  • Grappling-Hook Pistol: Uses one at the end of his recall animation in his Arctic Ops Varus skin.
  • Anti-Heroic Albino: Kai and Valmar were Ambiguously Brown before merging with Varus. The combined form is a ghastly pale shade of white.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Varus may look human, but he's far from it.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: In the marksman class, Varus seems pretty average. He doesn't have the insane scaling of Twitch and Tristana, the more reliable utility of Ashe and Sivir, or the outplay potential of Vayne and Lucian. What he does have is decent damage and utility, no real hard counters, and the ability to always be able to provide his team what they need.
  • Lighter and Softer: Heartseeker Varus.
  • Light Is Not Good: Arclight Varus. Even with his white-and-gold ensemble and light-themed ability particles, he's still the same monster.
  • Living Weapon: The Darkin Bow. A sentient, corrupting weapon like Rhaast and Aatrox.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Just look at him, he's beautiful and he's got long hair!
  • Mechanically Unusual Fighter: Varus's W encourages him towards a AP build instead of the usual crit chance most marksmen lean towards. This does not make him any less dangerous, as its not unheard of for Varus to pop your tanks in one rotation, doing upwards of 50% of someones max health with a single ability.
  • Not Afraid to Die: Valmar didn't care about the consequences of bringing Kai to the Pit. He soon came to regret that decision.
  • Odd Name Out: Thanks to his retroactive Darkin past, Varus lacks the double-A names that Aatrox and Rhaast have.
  • Purple Eyes: He fits the 'purple-eyed albino' part of the trope.
  • Power Echoes: His voice noticeably reverberates in all of his skins except Arclight and Heartseeker.
  • Power Glows: You know when to stay away from him, because whenever his passive activates, his weapon glows either red (for a minion kill) or purple (for a champion kill).
  • The Power of Hate: What Varus runs on. Kai and Valmar resist him with The Power of Love.
  • Purple Is the New Black: The part of him that is Darkin is purple, and his spells have a Void-like purple glow.
  • Purple Is Powerful: All over him. Also, whenever his passive activates by killing an enemy champion, his bow starts glowing bright purple.
  • Rain of Arrows: His E ability, which also slows Champions down.
  • Retcon: Varus being a Darkin archer-turned-living bow-turned-twisted humanoid fusion was a much later inclusion that's significantly different from his original lore. When he was initially released, Varus was an anti-heroic Ionian archer assigned to guard the Pit of Pallas, an ambiguous source of powerful corruption, but after his family was slaughtered by Noxians, he decided to let it corrupt him so he could exact all the revenge that he desired.
  • Revenge: Varus wants to wipe out the world for driving the Darkin to near extinction.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Varus goes on one when he emerges from the pit.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: One of the most noticeable parts of his character besides his bow, considering how long it is and how little clothing he's wearing otherwise.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Varus was safely sealed in the pit before Valmar released him.
  • Sealed Evil in a Duel: The present state, though Kai and Valmar aren't very effective at keeping Varus in check.
  • Sharing a Body: Three people, though Varus has the most control and is hoping Kai and Valmar's personalities will fade out or die off.
  • Stealth Pun: 'Varus' is also a deformity of the knee, more commonly known as bowleggedness. Some suspect this is also a reference to the "arrow to the knee" joke.
  • Undeathly Pallor: His skin is very pale.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Varus is a being of pure rage, determined to wipe out all in his way. Only Kai and Valmar's combined influence keeps him mildly in check.
  • Voice of the Legion: His voice has an ominous echo in all but his Arclight and Heartseeker skins.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: He's technically not wearing pants, either, but his upper body's completely bare.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Two people who love each other, merged with an Omnicidal Maniac merely because one couldn't live without the other.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Knowing Varus is too dangerous, Kai and Valmar are relegated to walking the earth.

    Vayne, the Night Hunter 
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Voiced by: Nika Futterman (English), Isabel Donate (European Spanish), Sarah Souza (Mexican Spanish), Yoko Soumi (Japanese)

"I don’t kill creatures like you because it’s the right thing to do. I kill you because I enjoy it."

Shauna Vayne is a deadly, remorseless Demacian monster hunter, who has dedicated her life to finding and destroying the demon that murdered her family. Armed with a wrist-mounted crossbow and a heart full of vengeance, she is only truly happy when slaying practitioners or creations of the dark arts, striking from the shadows with a flurry of silver bolts.

Vayne is a Marksman champion who can deal extremely high single-target damage even to tanky enemies, while tempering her extreme fragility with repositioning and short bursts of stealth.

  • Her passive, Night Hunter, increases her movement speed when moving towards a visible enemy champion.
  • With her first ability, Tumble, Vayne rolls a short distance in a chosen direction. Her next basic attack after rolling will deal bonus damage.
  • Her second ability, Silver Bolts, passively makes her basic attacks and Condemn ability mark their target with silver rings that, once three of them stack, are consumed to deal bonus damage equal to a percentage of the target's maximum health, although only one target can be marked by the rings at the same time.
  • Her third ability, Condemn, fires a massive crossbow bolt at a nearby enemy, damaging and knocking them back. If they collide with a wall they are pinned to it, taking bonus damage and being briefly stunned.
  • With her ultimate ability, Final Hour, Vayne focuses her fighting instincts for a few seconds, greatly increasing her attack damage, tripling the bonus movement speed from her Night Hunter passive and making her briefly invisible after using Tumble.

Vayne's alternate skins include Vindicator Vayne, Aristocrat Vayne, Dragonslayer Vayne, Heartseeker Vayne, SKT T1 Vayne, Arclight Vayne, Soulstealer Vayne, PROJECT: Vayne and Firecracker Vayne.

In Teamfight Tactics, Vayne is a Tier 1 Noble Ranger. Her Silver Bolts is a passive ability that deals true damage equal to a percentage of the target's maximum health after hitting them with three basic attacks in a row.
  • Achilles' Heel: Like Tristana, her damage output is almost solely through autoattacks since her abilities mostly boost their potency (the exception, Condemn, is usually reserved for its utility). This makes her vulnerable to anything that slows her attack speed (like Randuin's Omen or Frozen Heart) or returns autoattack damage (like Thornmail, although it should be noted that Thornmail does not reflect back the Silver Bolt % health damage).
  • Anti-Hero: According to RiotRunaan she could have been the Batman to Lucian's Superman, at least before he shifted from The Hero to an Anti-Hero after his wife's death.
  • Anti-Frustration Features: The coding for Runaan's Hurricane was specifically modified to not apply Silver Bolts to the two other targets, since the passive only stacks when fired on the same target. Previously, Vayne's that built the item would end up screwing themselves over by removing stacks of Silver Bolts on her target the moment she applied them.
  • Arch-Enemy: While she currently doesn't have any new lines to indicate this, Evelynn is on the top of her to-kill list due to her taunt revealing her as the one responsible for torturing and killing Vayne's family.
  • Armor-Piercing Attack: One of Vayne's signature moves deals extra true damage (which ignores armor altogether) based on a percentage of the target's health upon attacking it three times consecutively, meaning that stacking armor or health means little to the Vayne hunting you down.
  • Automatic Crossbows: With items her crossbow sees some ludicrous firing speeds.
  • Bad Ass Boast:
  • Badass Cape: It's shown off quite nicely when she runs around and when leaving Tumble.
  • Bare Your Midriff: In her Dragonslayer and Heartseeker skins.
  • BF Crossbow: Carries a huge one on her back in addition to her normal one. She uses it to fire the giant shot that pins enemies to walls in her Condemn and during her ult she unslings it and uses it for all her attacks for the duration (hence the damage buff and loud chunky hit sound).
  • Black and White Insanity: In her new lore, she ruthlessly murders even sympathetic practitioners of black magic. Shown best when she remorselessly cut down someone she saw as a mother - and who just saved her life - because she had revealed herself to be adept in dark magics.
  • Blood Knight: The only reason she hunts monsters is because it's the only thing in life that makes her happy.
  • Cool Shades: Her outfit involves a pair of what appears to be ruby-lensed shades.
  • Confusion Fu: Her ultimate lets her turn invisible briefly after using Tumble, letting her screw with her opponents for a bit. That Vayne that just disappeared could reappear in a few seconds to inflict more damage before disappearing again. Or she might have escaped through a brush. Or she might be right behind you.
  • The Cowl: To the rest of Demacia, Shauna Vayne is just an aristocrat that went missing as a little girl. She does her work in the dead of night to keep this illusion up.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: In a way similar to Batman, she employs a dark hunter-in-the-night theme to pursue evildoers.
  • Difficult, but Awesome: Vayne is best at dealing high sustained damage over time rather than in quick bursts, which is easier said than done in a pitched fight. Even worse is her reliance on positioning to fully maximize the Tumble + Condemn combo to secure kills when everyone trying to kill her specifically (not to mention, she is highly dependent on auto-attacking, which her auto-attack range is quite short). Her laning phase is one of the worst ones in the entire game; if you go against Caitlyn, you're pretty much better off just letting her take your tower. Bad Vaynes die quickly, good ones are absolute monsters in late game and destroy even tanks with impunity. The League community seems to have a special respect for how awful of a laning phase Vayne has (among all Attack Damage Carries) yet how absolutely devastating she becomes in the right hands.
  • Detect Evil: Her passive informs the player if they're heading toward an enemy by increasing her movement speed. This ties into her backstory where she tunes her senses to pick on evil scents.
  • Expy: She definitely takes a lot from Batman and the Huntress.
  • Fanservice: Heartseeker Vayne. That is all.
  • Fragile Speedster: Combined with Glass Cannon. Her passive lets her move more quickly when moving toward enemies (more so during her ultimate) and her Tumble lets her have a lot of potential mobility with some good timing and juking. Staying on the move while simultaneously attacking is essential for Vayne to both stay alive and remain useful. However, so much as being breathed on is lethal for her.
  • Glass Cannon: A very extreme example. Even compared to other attack damage carries, her damage potential is absolutely staggering and tears even high health opponents apart in very few basic attacks at anything near her full build of items. However, so much as being breathed on is lethal for her.
  • Good Is Not Soft: If you willingly use black magic to harm others, Vayne will be your Judge, Jury, and Executioner. No questions asked. And as of now, simply knowing black magic immediately puts you on her shit list.
  • Hunter of Monsters: Of all evil creatures and persons.
  • Gun Kata: Her dance animation is an allusion to Equilibrium, though with a crossbow instead of a firearm.
  • Hit-and-Run Tactics: Vayne's innate movement speed from Night Hunter and low cooldown of Tumble in higher ranks encourages players to kite the crap out of your approaching opponents. It's not uncommon for Trinity Force to build in Vayne as well because of this.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: One might get the impression that her huger crossbow is too heavy for normal use, given how it's usually only brought out for the Condemn bolt. Then she uses Final Hour and shows that she's quite proficient at rolling around and shooting people to death with it as well.
  • Internal Reformist: Although in the League of Legends, "reform" means purging the more monstrous creatures/persons allowed to fight on the Fields of Justice- and not the kind that involves respawning in 30 seconds either...
  • Knight Templar: She is compared to Lucian, much more willing to do whatever it takes to destroy the darkness. Her new lore explicitly shows that she puts ALL creatures, people, and entities with dark powers in the same category, regardless of alignment.
  • The Load: Like any champion with a knockback, an incompetently-played Vayne can end up saving an enemy by pushing them away from her and her team's clutches.
  • Magikarp Power: Quite weak early and requires a ton of babysitting, but if she gets even one kill, look out. A well-fed Vayne can VERY easily wreck an entire team on her own.
  • Nominal Hero: Her lore rework did away with any heroic qualities Vayne originally had and has changed her into a vengeance-obsessed monster hunter who only hunts creatures of the dark because it makes her happy. The only thing that keeps her on the side of good is that most of the things she hunts prey on helpless people. However, she's also perfectly willing to kill heroic people if they're at all associated with dark magic, as her teacher found out the hard way.
    Vayne: I don’t kill creatures like you because it’s the right thing to do. I kill you because I enjoy it.
  • No Sense of Humor: She's incredibly serious, and attempting to have her do one has her say she has no time for such nonsense.
  • One-Man Army: Once Vayne is equipped with good items, she can mow down an entire team in seconds thanks to both the sheer amount of damage she can pump out and her excellent mobility and juking (to compensate for the lack of toughness other One-Man Army champions possess).
  • Opaque Lenses: Her classic and Aristocrat skins.
  • Percent Damage Attack: Vayne is (in)famous for her Silver Bolts being able to deal true damage based on her target's maximum health. In theory, a Vayne is literally guaranteed to kill any target with enough continuous autoattacks (even with gross imbalances in the two champions' items) though in practice it's a difficult task to get so many attacks off without getting killed herself.
  • Pinned to the Wall: Condemn pushes an enemy back and stuns them if they collide into a wall by doing this.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: She can smell traces of magic when hunting her targets down.
  • Sexy Spectacles: Especially the Heartseeker skin, which is appropriately released during Valentine. She drops the glasses for the Dragonslayer skin though.
  • Silver Bullet: Silver Bolts lets every third attack deal extra true damage.
  • Stripperific: Averted with most of her skins, but her Dragonslayer and Heartseeker skins show a whole lot more.
  • Spy Catsuit: Dressed rather reasonably for a female champion but her pants are skin-tight.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Her new lore makes her out to be absolutely, UTTERLY ruthless towards black magic practitioners - while true to Demacia's anti-magic stances and hatred for demons, Vayne admits herself she doesn't kill these monsters because it's the right thing to do - but because she finds it fun. It doesn't matter if you had nothing but noble reasons to tap into dark power - just the act of doing so puts you on Vayne's hit list.
  • Unnecessary Combat Roll: Averted. Her Tumble is very useful for gap-closing or evasion and boosts her next attack. During her ultimate it even turns her invisible for a brief period afterwards.
  • Vampire Hunter: Sure, she doesn't just hunt vampires, but the archetype is there.
  • Vigilante Woman: Her actions are outside Demacian-sanctioned law and is likely a fugitive despite officially being aligned to the city-state, interestingly.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Heartseeker Vayne; also the only skin to trade the thigh-high boots for stockings.

    Veigar, the Tiny Master of Evil 
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Voiced by: Bob Beal (English/Original), Scott McNeil (English/Final Boss), Yolanda Pérez (European Spanish), Oliver Magaña (Mexican Spanish), Natsuki Hanae (Japanese)

"You deny the darkness in your soul..."

An enthusiastic yordle sorcerer, Veigar has embraced powers that few others dare even approach. As a free-spirited inhabitant of Bandle City, he once longed to learn more of the celestial magic practiced by mortals, but his natural curiosity was twisted by imprisonment in the Immortal Bastion. Now a stubborn creature with the dark fury of the stars at his command, Veigar is often underestimated by others—and though he believes himself truly evil, there are some who still question his deeper motivations..

Veigar is a Burst Mage champion with constantly growing, uncapped magical power potential, bringing the ability to blow up single targets as he pleases if the game goes on long enough.

  • His passive, Phenomenal Evil Power, grants him permanent stacks of ability power upon striking enemy champions with his abilities.
  • His first ability, Baleful Strike, fires a blast of dark energy in the target direction that damages the first two enemies in a line. Veigar gains a stack of Phenomenal Evil Power for each target killed by this spell, two on killing large minions and large monsters.
  • With his second ability, Dark Matter, Veigar calls down a meteorite of dark matter that falls at a nearby location after a brief delay, dealing heavy damage to all foes around its landing point.
  • His third ability, Event Horizon, summons a circular fence of dark energy at a nearby area after a small delay, briefly stunning any enemies that try to pass through its boundaries.
  • With his ultimate ability, Primordial Burst, Veigar blasts a nearby enemy with a powerful dark explosion, dealing heavy damage that increases based on the target's missing health.

Veigar's alternate skins include White Mage Veigar, Curling Veigar, Veigar Greybeard, Leprechaun Veigar, Baron Von Veigar, Superb Villain Veigar, Bad Santa Veigar, Final Boss Veigar, Omega Squad Veigar, and Elderwood Veigar.

In Teamfight Tactics, Veigar is a Tier 3 Yordle Sorcerer. His Primordial Burst ability fires a ball of energy that instantly kills its target if it's at lower star level than Veigar, and deals magic damage otherwise.
  • Accidental Hero: He hasn't accomplished a whole lot in terms of major overt villainy, with some of his acts turning out to be inadvertently helpful for the local populace. In "The True and Ghastly Tale of the Beast of Boleham Tower", he apparently managed to terrorize a warlord out of the area with the intention of beginning a "campaign of terror upon neighboring villainous sorcerers," something the local townsfolk formerly under her control respond to with confused gratitude. One of them even manages to talk him into fighting another evil sorcerer rumored to be nearby.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: The main reason Veigar isn't seen too much is because his lack of mobility and squishiness are often too much of a liability for his team. A fed Veigar is one of the scariest things in the game, but all that damage means nothing if he dies in roughly two seconds.
  • Badass Adorable: He's so evil, it wraps around to adorable, though that doesn't stop him from being able to deal absurd amounts of burst damage.
  • Bad Santa: Bad Santa Veigar, naturally. According to Riot, he only has a Naughty list.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Pretty much all of his lines have him blatantly boast his power, not that it really poses much of a threat.
  • Computers Are Fast: It's been well established that if anything, the AI is good at pulling off nuke spell combos at superhuman speeds. Veigar is no exception, and his ability to execute his full combo within the space of his stun makes him as brutal as Annie Bot.
  • Dastardly Whiplash: Superb Villain Veigar comes complete with a top hat, monocle, and giant handlebar mustache.
  • Evil Laugh: His default voiceover has the most laugh lines of any champion in the game, and he's sure to let one out if he finishes someone off with Primordial Burst. That said, any threat factor is somewhat negated by his shrill voice.
  • Evil Overlord: Parodied. Veigar so desperately wants to be this, but ultimately makes his subjects' lives a little bit better by virtue of periodically killing much worse villains than him.
  • Expressive Accessory: The eye of the gem on Final Boss Veigar's staff changes with some actions.
  • Expy: Of Black Mage from 8-Bit Theater.
  • The Faceless: Most of his skins give this impression of him, as he's usually wearing a hat or some headgear that obscures his face sans his Supernatural Gold Eyes. However, as revealed with his Omega Squad skin where he goes hatless and we see his giant yordle ears, he actually is a black, furry thing with naturally monochrome eyes.
  • Finishing Move: His ultimate becomes FAR more deadly if you're at all low on health. As a note, the scaling on it goes from 75% of his AP to a rather whopping 150% of his AP if you're sufficiently low. Considering the amount of AP Veigar often gets (getting over 1000 in a single game is very likely), this can lead to terrifying amounts of damage.
  • Forced into Evil: Veigar arrived to Valoran as a curious study of celestial magic, but was unfortunately caught up in Mordekaiser's brutal conquest, imprisoned to serve has his underling. In a combination to with the isolation and the terrifying state of the empire, Veigar was forced to abide, wrecking his fragile mind in the process.
  • Four Fingered Hand: His gauntlets have always only had four fingers despite older Yordle champions having five, with the implication that either he had two fingers inside one slot, or the Noxians cut them off. In a possible combination of Early Installment Weirdness and Art Evolution, Riot officially confirmed that Yordles have only four fingers, correcting past artwork of other yordle champions so that Veigar wasn't the exception.
  • Glass Cannon: Veigar is both fragile and lacking in mobility. He needs to be in the right place at the right time, but he has high burst potential that can kill single targets in the blink of an eye.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: A consistent element in various iterations of his lore, demonstrating what happens when Yordles are deprived of the companionship they need to survive. In his current biography, this came from Mordekaiser, who imprisoned Veigar and forcibly made him his dark magic expert, binding him to the physical plane so he could never return to Bandle City. Coupled with the hellish conditions of the empire, Veigar's memories of his past life snuffed out, and even after Mordekaiser was overthrown, he chose to embrace his evil-ness... or at least, attempt to.
  • Harmless Villain: Veigar seeks to impose a rule of horrific tyranny on level of his master, but his plans always end up a tiny bit short, not just because his conviction isn't anywhere near as nightmarish as Mordekaiser's, but some of his actual "evil" schemes are treated as mild inconveniences at worst, sometimes being accidentally helpful to the civilians. It's not that he isn't strong or lacks power — he served Mordekaiser as he empowered to near-immortality, and he's at least capable of permanently shoving out an evil warlord from the area — it's just whether due to a simple lack of scope or concealed conscience, he's simply terrible at applying it maliciously.
    "I am evil! Stop laughing!"
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Veigar so desperately wants to be taken seriously as a villain, but his pitiful attempts at diabolical acts (especially when combined with his tragic backstory) come off as hilariously endearing rather than scary.
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": His name is pronounced "VAY-gar", not "VYE-gar". It's an actual Icelandic name, with the champion specifically being named after a Riot employee.
  • Killer Rabbit: He's a Yordle. He's less physically imposing than a Hobbit. And yet, late game, if Veigar is well-fed, any appearance of Veigar is a Mass "Oh, Crap!" for the opposing team.
  • Kill Sat: Omega Squad Veigar's version of Dark Matter is depicted as an orbital strike.
  • Large Ham: All his declarations of being evil are done in a very hammy (but humorously high-pitched) voice.
  • Leprechaun: Leprechaun Veigar, natch, which also gives him green, clover-themed particle effects.
  • Lesser of Two Evils: In his color story, he initially earned the ire of a peasant village for ruining their crops (something he simultaneously denies and leans into), but after discovering he had actually successfully defeated a local warlord to a point they swore to never return, they decide to let him continue his "reign of terror," especially since his inconveniencing seems to be the worst he really has to offer in terms of maliciousness.
  • Mage Killer: This currently isn't the case anymore, but prior to the mid-2016 mage reworks, Veigar's ultimate, rather than being a missing HP-scaling Finishing Move, was instead a nuke that scaled off his opponent's ability power. This made him decent at bursting out many other AP-based midlane mages, but became pretty situational depending on enemy team comps if they can rely on attack damage instead, and he's since been reworked to gain a lot more general burst mage power.
  • Magic Staff: It's normal-sized, but for a Yordle it's positively huge.
  • Magikarp Power: The best thing to do when fighting Veigar is DO NOT LET HIM GET FED. Do not let him farm too much because, like Nasus, he has an ability that becomes more powerful if he gets the last hit in. The problem is that like Nasus, he must must must MUUUUUST spend the early game farming, and this can turn against him because he can be harassed but can't harass back or else he'll lose time farming or get focus-fired. The other problem, for the opposing team, is that Veigar is an even better example than Nasus. Nasus's Siphoning Strike only powers up that ability on last hits. Veigar's Baleful Strike powers up all of his abilities, as it increases AP on last hits. He also has extremely high AP-to-damage ratios.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Downplayed in some ways. Mordekaiser specifically (and literally!) handpicked Veigar to serve as his personal dark magic expert due to him knowing the value of Yordle magic, and for the most part, it seemed to have been a decently successful choice. For Veigar himself, however, even after his mind snapped like a twig and he began aspiring to impose his own brand of tyranny, his ambitions are simply nowhere near as ghastly.
  • The Napoleon: He still sees short jokes in every mention of the word and doesn't really appreciate it.
    "It's only a short way? Is that a short joke!?!"
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: As a testament to his unintentionally-endearing brand of "villainy", some of Veigar's schemes to cause terror and destruction have proven to be surprisingly helpful in some cases. In "The True and Ghastly Tale of the Beast of Boleham Tower", he's extremely confused by the rural townsfolk thanking him for successfully shoving out the tyrannical warlords in the area, who even allow him to continue his "terror," and he's left none the wiser.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: Veigar's name had some pronunciation ambiguity for the longest time ("Vay-gar", "Vee-gar", "Vy-gar", etc.), which was finally set in stone with Final Boss Veigar pronouncing his own name as "Vay-gar". "Vay-gar" is also there in "The Beast of Boleham Tower", with Margaux mistaking it for "Gray Jar".
  • Nice Hat: Like Lulu's, it's ginormous, even by human standards!
  • Odd Friendship: Originally, the official website listed Veigar as friends with Lulu, the Fae Sorceress. No details from Riot have yet to appear about this bizarre development.
  • Oh, Crap!: Veigar's Omega Squad skin's recall animation has him priming a missile launcher, but once he hits the Big Red Button, it only launches a few inches and starts beeping faster. He doesn't say a word, but he's clearly scrambling for the evac to get him the hell out of there.
  • Poke the Poodle: Veigar seeks to impose the same level of diabolical tyranny as his former master on the world, but he doesn't seem anywhere near capable enough to actually impose it. Some of his "evil schemes" are reasonably destructive, such as burning pastures and blowing up the mansion of a local baron, but other times they come up as inadvertently helpful, such as scattering bandit camps, and slaying feral murk wolves threatening a nearby town.
  • Power of the Void: It's unknown if it's connected to The Void, but Veigar's magic certainly looks the part. Dark Matter is... well... Dark Matter, Event Horizon twists the edges of space, and Primordial Burst refers to the Big Bang.
  • Powerful, but Inaccurate: Dark Matter is an incredibly strong AOE ability, but it has a long delay on cast that's clearly telegraphed by the growing shadow on the floor and the distinct sound it makes. Similarly, Event Horizon is one of the longest stuns in the game, but careful placement is required to ensure that the target(s) actually run into the wall or are at least trapped within its confines to limit their movement.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Yordles have extremely long lifespans, and Veigar is at least old enough to have served Morderkaiser when he still resided in the Immortal Bastion, meaning he's older than Noxus, the nation that was built around it after his original death.
  • Reference Overdosed: Every single quote of the Final Boss Veigar Skin either is or is at least based on a video game quote. Also, his giant gauntlet largely resembles a Power Glove, and he appears to type in the Konami Code for his recall animation.
  • Retcon: Following the game's mass Continuity Reboot, Veigar's backstory had been significantly changed, with the most drastic change being the terms of his imprisonment and how his mind broke; instead of being imprisoned by random Noxian soldiers for cruel kicks, he was enslaved by Mordekaiser to serve as his go-to magic expert, blocking his return to Bandle City.
  • Right Hand of Doom: He wears a (relatively) massive gauntlet seemingly made for hand to hand combat. This is probably because it looks more evil.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: For all his talk about his immense power (and calling himself things like "Great Master of Evil"), he's yet to do any of the villainy he wants to do so badly. In the Japanese dub, he calls himself ore-sama, meaning "My Most Serene Highness".
  • Squishy Wizard: Not a lot in terms of defense, both in his health pool or direct protection other than his stun.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: He normally gives off the impression of glowing monochrome eyes covered in shadow à la Final Fantasy's Black Mage, but as revealed in his Omega Squad skin, his eyes actually do look like that in daylight, and can be rather expressive.
  • The Von Trope Family: Baron Von Veigar, probably named as such because it's more intimidating.
  • Wingding Eyes: Omega Squad Veigar's eyes are a lot more expressive than in other skins, changing shape depending on the scenario, including but not limited to: starry eyes of excitement while casting Dark Matter, >_< eyes (complete with plugging his ears with his fingers) while using Primordial Burst, hearts while being charmed, spirals while being stunned, and Xs when slain. Using his joke emote will cycle through all of them.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He was just an innocent yet inquisitive member of a cheerful furry race, driven insane and power-mad from isolation while imprisoned by Mordekaiser.

    Vel'Koz, the Eye of the Void 
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Voiced by: Erik Braa (English), Miguel Zúñiga (European Spanish), Alejandro Villeli (Mexican Spanish), Kenji Nomura (Japanese)

"Only by deconstruction is truth revealed."

It is unclear if Vel’Koz was the first Voidborn to emerge on Runeterra, but there has certainly never been another to match his level of cruel, calculating sentience. While his kin devour or defile everything around them, he seeks instead to scrutinize and study the physical realm—and the strange, warlike beings that dwell there—for any weakness the Void might exploit. But Vel’Koz is far from a passive observer, striking back at threats with deadly plasma, or by disrupting the very fabric of the world itself.

Vel'Koz is an Artillery Mage champion who inflicts devastating true damage, easily melting through tanks, but must keep his opponents at bay due to his fragility and lack of escapes.

  • His passive, Organic Deconstruction, causes his abilities to mark enemies they damage with Deconstruction stacks that, once three of them stack, are consumed to deal bonus unblockable true damage. Basic attacks reset the duration of the stacks.
  • With his first ability, Plasma Fission, Vel'Koz fires a bolt of plasma in a target direction that damages and slows the first enemy it hits. When the projectile hits, reaches the end of its path or the ability is reactivated, it will split into two bolts, each one travelling in opposite directions perpendicular to the original trajectory, that will apply the same effects to the first target they hit. Additionally, each bolt that kills an enemy will restore some of Vel'Koz's mana.
  • His second ability, Void Rift, stores up to two charges over time that can be expended to open a rift to the Void in a target direction, damaging all enemies it passes through. After a small delay the rift explodes, damaging all enemies in contact with it again.
  • His third ability, Tectonic Disruption, sends a shockwave to a target location where it will explode, damaging and knocking up all enemies around it. If the enemies are close to Vel'koz they will be also knocked slightly away from him.
  • With his ultimate ability, Lifeform Disintegration Ray, Vel'Koz channels for a brief duration while he fires a devastating laser in a target direction that continuously damages all enemies in its path and follows the cursor, allowing it to be aimed. This ability also passively causes enemies that receive three stacks of his Organic Deconstruction passive to be briefly marked as Researched. His Lifeform Disintegration Ray deals unblockable true damage to enemies that are Researched.

Vel'Koz's alternate skins include Battlecast Vel'Koz, Arclight Vel'Koz and Definitely Not Vel'Koz.
  • Armor-Piercing Attack: His passive causes him to do a burst of True Damage every time he hits a target with 3 abilities in rapid succession, which ignores any form of armor or magic resist. In addition, after triggering his passive on a champion, for a short time afterwards his ultimate also deals true damage to them, meaning he can melt tanks a lot easier than other mages.
  • Ascended Meme: In his Champion Spotlight the summoner playing Vel'Koz is named "Tentakill".
  • Beyond the Impossible: Apparently, his test subjects have a less than zero chance of survival.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: As expected with a Void champion. There isn't a single tone of satisfaction or glee in his description of analyzing the combustion point of humans, or concluding that the pitch of their screams is the best way to determine a human's gender. He finds elbows obscene however.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: Played straight and inverted. He's weird because he's a floating telepathic tentacle monster with an eyeball in its mouth that shoots lasers. He thinks human biology is strange for reasons like having an internal skeleton, the fact all of our internal organs are vital, and skin and limbs aren't transferable.
  • The Comically Serious: Sure, he knows what humor is, but he hasn't quite understood the spirit.
  • Combat Tentacles: While not as physically-inclined as most examples, Vel'Koz does seem to use them to cast his abilities and to fire beams for his autoattacks, so they fit the spirit of the trope.
  • Cuteness Proximity: He's surprised to find that this is even a thing!
  • Death Ray: His ultimate, Life Form Disintegration Ray, has him fire a beam of "infinite energy", which follows the cursor, and damages and slows it's victims.
  • Difficult, but Awesome: Vel'Koz has enough damage to melt entire teams by himself, but has subpar crowd control and no escapes. As a result playing Vel'Koz to his fullest requires being good at positioning and more importantly being able to recognize openings and exploiting them on the fly.
    • Also, his Plasma Fission requires a good deal of prediction and geometric skills to use to its highest potential. Because it splits along a 90° angle upon reaching max range, detonating or striking a target, skilled players can detonate it so that the angled shots strike their targets at unpredictable angles even farther than the standard range.
  • The Dreaded: He's an Eldritch Abomination Mad Scientist from the Eldritch Location of the Void.. And yet he doesn't quite understand why this makes others dread him.
  • Earthquakes Cause Fissures: One of his abilities, Void Rift, creates a fissure in the ground at the target location. For added horror, this fissure is also a portal to the Void.
  • Eldritch Abomination: As with all voidborn creatures.
  • Enemy Scan: His purpose in a nutshell: He's on Valoran to gather information on everything and everyone. How does he scan other stuff? By firing his laser at it. Said laser tend to make dust piles of whatever it hits, but it provides Vel'Koz with way more data on the subject than should be feasible. Thus, by disintegrating a rabbit, he's able to determine that it is nocturnal, has great sense of hearing, is a mammal, breeds like no tomorrow and is incredibly weak.
  • Evil Laugh: He has 3 very creepy laughs, befitting of a Mad Scientist-like being.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: His voice is just slightly less deep than Cho'Gath's, and is much smoother than any of the other Void champions. This doesn't make him any less creepy, at all.
  • Expy:
    • With his mass of tentacles surrounding a huge eye and his constant search for knowledge, Vel'Koz has quite a bit in common with Hermaeus Mora. Also, both their methods of gathering said knowledge usually destroys the creature that the knowledge is being taken from.
    • He has also been described as the offspring of Abathur and Harbinger.
    • Riot has stated that they based some of Vel'Koz's movements off of Shuma-Gorath.
    • His Battlecast skin bears some resemblance to a Sentinel.
    • An alien being who coldly pursues knowledge, regardless of how lethal his methods might be, an utilizes Combat Tentacles? Are we talking about Vel'Koz or Brainiac?
  • Eye Beams: His ultimate could count as this, as it projects from the large eye in his mouth.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: In addition to the three normal eyes, Vel'Koz has one large, Eye of Sauron-style eye inside his mouth.
  • Eye Scream: His updated lore and story gives us a new method for his info gathering: Ramming a tentacle into his victims eye and violating their mind.
  • Faceless Eye: Actually one eye with three smaller eyes, but you get the idea.
  • Faux Affably Evil: In his own way, Vel'Koz comes across as weirdly polite. Of course, he's also a Mad Scientist with a complete disregard for life - human or otherwise -, so make of that what you will.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: Vel'Koz's ultimate ability is a powerful laser attack, which can be aimed with the mouse cursor.
  • Glass Cannon: Like most mages, Vel'Koz can decimate enemies from a distance with his abilities, in addition to being able to melt tanks with his true damage, but any that can weather his attacks and get to him can kill him easily due to his low health and lack of escapes.
  • Home Sweet Home: He really does miss the darkness of the void.
  • Humans Through Alien Eyes: Essentially the theme of his character. Vel'Koz finds common biological knowledge and facts about humans (like that when bisected both halves die and can't be reattached) alien and constantly takes notes of them.
  • Hurricane of Puns: The team at Riot hinted at his release with a lot of eye-related puns. The forum community fired back with many others, including "Tentakill" and the fact that the leaked images featured Vel'Koz being tested against Annie.
  • It Will Be Spared: Unlike the rest of the Void-born who have primal urges so strong they dictate everything they do, Vel'Koz, thanks to having an urge for obtaining knowledge about everything, is capable of realizing that there are some things the void shouldn't just consume/destroy as the objects can provide more knowledge intact - like Zilean's time-affected tools in his tower for instance. He's willing to go to great lengths to ensure whatever fits this trope is preserved - even turning on his own kin to protect it.
  • I Want My Mommy!: Apparently what his subjects tend to cry for.
  • Kaiju: Vel'Koz in his splash arts is massive.
  • Light 'em Up: Arclight Vel'Koz.
  • Mad Scientist/The Smart Guy: Zigzags between the two. Every creature from the void has some basic urge driving them onward: Cho'Gath and Rek'Sai are destructive, Kog'Maw is hungry, Kha'Zix never wants to stop evolving and Vel'Koz will never stop obtaining knowledge through disintegration. When considering this, he's more along the lines of The Smart Guy of the Void than an outright Mad Scientist - but try to explain that to his test subjects.
  • Meaningful Name: As shown in a pre-game trivia bit, his name is Shuriman for "To Learn, By Unmaking".
  • Mind Probe: His attacks, including his disintegration rays are this, absorbing information as they break the target down physically. Demonstrated horrifically in "A Different Hunger", a story from the POV of a soldier encountering him:
    I am Hennis Kydarn, a warrior and a spear of Tokogol. I refused to give it the satisfaction of my cries, even as its tentacle knifed down through my eye. There was no pain
    as I work. The analysis can inflict physical pain, should I desire it, but that is not critical here. I have learned much of pain, and its uses. This one’s information is precious, as all knowledge is. A settlement, interactions, castes. A particular female of the species, and offspring... This one resists my analysis of those, but it is a simple thing to overcome.
  • Monster Suit: His death animations (and recall for his Arclight skin) seem to imply that Vel'Koz is actually just the one, big Sauron-like eye. On-death, he "ejects" from his body and zips off, presumably to go get a new body.
  • Power Echoes: His voice is quite echo-ey, giving off a minor Voice of the Legion effect. His voice can also bring to mind The Voice of Chaos Undivided's voice as well.
  • Power Floats: He obviously isn't slithering around on that lower tentacle of his.
  • Pūnct'uatìon Sh'akër: As is typical of Void monsters, his name is two syllables split by an apostrophe.
  • Robot Me: Battlecast Vel'Koz, keeping with the theme of some of other robotic Void champions.
  • Softspoken Sadist: This is a guy who will bend your bones until they snap, heat your flesh until it melts, make you scream to determine your gender, rip off your skin to transfer it onto another creature, and find you really, really, repulsive. And he'll do so without a hint of sadism or satisfaction. To him, figuring out which of your organs are non-vital as he removes them one by one while you're still alive is just another day on the job outside of his beloved Void.
  • Squishy Wizard: Like Lux, Veigar, Xerath, and all the Squishy Wizards before him, Vel'Koz has devastating spells at long ranges as well as disabling mechanisms to keep enemies at bay. Should these fail to protect him, his lack of mobility and fragility basically ensure that he's dead.
  • Units Not to Scale: According to his introduction video and various pieces of art, Vel'koz is huge- you could fairly easily curl up and fit into the socket of his main eye and his tentacles are thicker than your entire body. In-game he's considerably scaled-down.
  • Wave Motion Gun: His ultimate, the aptly named Life Form Disintegration Ray, fires a massive energy beam that deals constant damage to and slows all targets caught in it. And it hurts.

    Vi, the Piltover Enforcer 
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Voiced by: Cia Court (English), Adelaida López (European Spanish), Romina Marroquín Payró (Mexican Spanish), Ryoka Yuzuki (Japanese)

"Do you want a punch to the face or the gut? Wait, I got two fists, it can be both!"

Once a criminal from the mean streets of Zaun, Vi is a hotheaded, impulsive, and fearsome woman with only a very loose respect for authority figures. Growing up all but alone, Vi developed finely honed survival instincts as well as a wickedly abrasive sense of humor. Now working with the Wardens of Piltover to keep the peace, she wields mighty hextech gauntlets that can punch through walls and suspects with equal ease.

Vi is a Diver champion who is suited to charge fist-first into battles, knocking away all opposition to get to her target and mercilessly pummel it down.

  • Her passive, Blast Shield, grants Vi a temporary damage-absorbing shield based on her maximum health when she hits an enemy with her abilities, but this effect only works once every few seconds.
  • With her first ability, Vault Breaker, Vi starts winding up a punch for a few seconds while moving at reduced speed. When the ability is reactivated she launches herself forward with a powerful flying punch that will damage and knock back the first enemy it hits, the damage and range of the flying punch depending on how long she charged it up.
  • Her second ability, Denting Blows, passively makes Vi's every third basic attack on the same target deal bonus damage based on the target's maximum health, reduce the target's armor and increase her attack speed for a few seconds.
  • Her third ability, Excessive Force, allows Vi to store up to two charges that can be expended to make her next basic attack hit with such force that it deals bonus damage to the target, as well as damaging all foes in a cone behind it.
  • With her ultimate ability, Assault and Battery, Vi targets a nearby enemy champion and starts chasing it down, knocking aside and damaging all other enemies in her path. When she reaches her target she will hit them with a vicious uppercut that will damage and knock them up into the air.

Vi's alternate skins include Neon Strike Vi, Officer Vi, Debonair Vi, Demon Vi, Warring Kingdoms Vi, PROJECT: Vi and Heartbreaker Vi.

In Teamfight Tactics, Vi is a Tier 3 Hextech Brawler. Her ability is Assault and Battery, which targets the farthest enemy - Vi dashes towards them, damaging and knocking aside all enemies in her way, then deals damage and knocks up her main target.
  • Action Girl: She charges into the fray and starts punching away — and she loves it.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Vi is the biggest Ladette in the game, refers to her partner Caitlyn as "Cupcake" in game and wears a suit in the otherwise all-male Debonair skin style. While Rioters have hinted at it, her sexuality hasn't been concretely stated, possibly as not to discourage shipping.
    Kwazimoto: Let's say that Vi was trapped on a desert island and she found a genie's lamp. The genie needs a little time to recharge but can offer her a snack in the meantime (which is helpful, because she's nearly starving from being trapped on the island). The genie offers Vi the choice between a hot dog and a taco. Which one does Vi choose?
    Dinopawz: She eats the sausage in the taco. :-)invoked
  • Ascended Meme: One of her quotes when she lands her ultimate is "Get dunked," a common expression among the community for when a champion completely obliterates an enemy.
    • The lyrics of her themesong references flipping tables, a meme on the forums for whenever the playerbase is upset.
  • Arch-Enemy: Jinx.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Vi's entire kit revolves around bashing someone's face in, with no real escape routes other than simply walking away.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Debonair Vi gives us a Rare Female Example.
  • Bash Brothers: Lore aside, Caitlyn and Vi make for a very potent duo on the fields of justice. Case in point: Caitlyn's Ace in the Hole has two main weaknesses, her target leaving its range/vision and someone taking the shot for their teammate. Vi's Assault and Battery handily removes both of these, dashing straight to a target to hold them in place and pushing aside all enemies to give Caitlyn the clean shot! (Performing this combo even triggers one of three Easter Egg comments from Vi.)
    Vi: Yeah! Teamwork!
    Vi: High five, Cupcake!
  • Boring, but Practical: Vi is not a very mechanically intensive champion, with two different options at dive-punching enemies (a charged-up skillshot and an instant point-and-click ultimate), with the rest of her combat mostly coming down to pummelling enemies with her basic attacks and waiting for the enemy to fall before she does. In the right hands, this is all she needs to make a serious dent in the enemy team.
  • Blood Knight: Accepted Caitlyn's invitation because it gave her an opportunity to do all the fighting she wanted without having to worry about negative attention from the law.
  • Boobs of Steel: Well endowed from both front and back, and one of hardest hard hitting physical fighters in the game.
  • Bragging Theme Tune: "Here Comes Vi," her Image Song.
  • Cain and Abel: Kept seemingly deliberately ambiguous, but Jinx's nickname in production when talking about her was generally "Vi's Sister". There's no official lore that states the two of them are related, but in game dialogue about Vi's sister (Lyte's "I'm not supposed to talk about her") and Jinx's sister ("You should see my sister!") are vague enough that they could be related. Later revisions to their lores (namely the description of Vi's Moses in the Bullrushes origin which hinted at a lost sibling) all but openly admit that they're sisters, although further ones (the trailer for Arcane) make it more ambiguous- if they are still sisters, they're definitely not twins any more.
  • Casual Kink: She has a tendency to talk about her wet-dreams to a degree that is starting to irritate her co-workers.
  • Cool Hat: Officer Vi rocks a police cap.
  • Cool Shades: She has a pair on her forehead in Neon Strike Vi, but Officer Vi wears obligatory mirror shades. Performing her /taunt with her Neon Strike Vi will actually cause her to flip her shades up and down from her eyes to her forehead.
  • Cowboy Cop: Cares more about beating up criminals than actually arresting them. She also has a tendency to do things like smash through walls to chase down crooks faster or breaking their belongings to make them talk, something that's not particularly within-regulations.
  • Dragons Up the Yin Yang: Her Warring Kingdom skin gives her gauntlets a jade/gold dragon motif, complete with green fire. She also summons one while using her ultimate that follows her uppercut.
  • Dumb Muscle: Downplayed. She is very strong and physical by Piltover standards and she's smart enough to modify her gauntlets for combat use, it just pales in comparison to the many geniuses also fighting for the city-state that invented their own gear.
  • Dynamic Entry: Her ultimate is designed for picking out a key enemy target and running straight through their frontline to pin them down.
  • Expy:
    • Her metallic-motif visuals and abilities wouldn't be out of place in Borderlands. One of her abilities is even called Vault Breaker.
    • Her creative team specifically mentioned Kara "Starbuck" Thrace from Battlestar Galactica and Jack from Mass Effect as the primary basis for her character.
  • Fair Cop: While not quite as blatant as Caitlyn's miniskirted cop skin, Officer Vi's outfit still exposes her midriff and accentuates her breasts, more resembling something a stripper would wear than an officer of the law.
  • Foil: To Caitlyn, obviously. Caitlyn is a calm, collected, matter-of-fact Consummate Professional who likes to get things done as quickly and efficiently as possible, while Vi is a rude, aggressive, and violent Blood Knight who couldn't care less about doing a clean job as long as she gets a good fight out of it.
  • Foe-Tossing Charge: If you're between Vi and the target of her ultimate then get out of the way — if you don't then Vi will happilly shove you out of the way without slowing down.
  • Friendly Enemy: There are special Easter eggs involving three unique quotes based on Caitlyn's ultimate if she's your ally or enemy Caitlyn targeting Vi. In addition, she has a unique taunt animation and quotes towards an enemy Caitlyn. Also, if both Caitlyn and Vi are in the same team and near each other, they are given a minor movement speed boost.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: The bad cop to Caitlyn's good cop, not that Vi minds at all.
  • Hunter Of Her Own Kind: After the mining facility incident where she came across her Power Fists, she returned to the life of crime by only stealing from other criminals.
  • Implacable Woman: Her ultimate locks on to an enemy champion and chases after them, becoming immune to disables and knocking aside any other champions in the way. Only killing her will stop her reaching her target.
  • Indy Ploy: "Plan? I don't need a plan!"
  • Ironic Echo: Vi has a special voice-line that only triggers when she targets Jayce with her ult. One of Jayce's attack shouts is "Power slam!" Vi mocks him by shouting "Hey, Jayce! POWER SLAM!" as she spikes his face into the dirt.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: If she really means what she's saying from her selection line, then this is apparently how she gains intel.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: The developers intend to make her like this, though it is possible to make her a Lightning Bruiser with the correct item customization.
  • Jumped at the Call: A job consisting of beating up crooks without breaking the law? She accepted that in a heartbeat.
  • The Lad-ette: Rude, violent, coarse, and is always looking for a good fight or even just an opportunity to beat someone's ass. She apparently torments Harknor, the Desk-Warden at the prison, by describing, in vivid detail, the sex-filled dreams she has at night.
    "Hey, Harknor", she said to the desk-warden when she reached the cells. "What's so important Caitlyn has to drag me from an erotic dream about—- "
    "Ah, ah, stop right there", said Harknor without looking up from his elevated desk as he ran a finger down the list of prisoners brought in during the night. "I'm not in the mood to hear another of your lurid fantasies."
    "You sure?" grinned Vi, leaning on his desk and blowing a loose strand of pink hair from her eyes. "This was a good one. Had a plot and everything."
    "Quite sure," said Harknor, looking away and holding out the charge sheet.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Her lore and interactions with Lyte, Jinx, and Ekko imply that she may have amnesia that caused her to forget her earliest years as a citizen of Zaun.
  • Leitmotif: Her patch into the game was accompanied by a vocalized pop-punk piece on the log-in screen, matching her aggressive character to these rocking chords.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Oh yes. She's similar to Riven in that she has dash skills, high innate damage, and a mini-shield to improve her durability. Once she's built properly there's little that can stop a Vi from bashing her way through the frontline.
  • Loot To Destroy: More the act than the connotations: She sometimes destroys the ill-gotten gains she comes across. She doesn't need it, and by smashing it she pushes many a thief's Berserk Button.
  • Megaton Punch: Her entire shtick.
  • Moses in the Bullrushes: According to a mad old sump-scrapper, he found Vi drifting alone in a bassinet big enough for two children before delivering her to the Hope House orphanage. Although the canonicity of this (or at least the "big enough for two children" part) is questionable after further lore changes.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Her default look is quite tame, but Neon Strike Vi is Sensual Spandex with Absolute Cleavage, while Officer Vi pulls out both cleavage and midriff. Much like Caitlyn it makes her look more like fetish fuel than a cop.
  • Mysterious Past: Sort of; her past is sort of a patchwork where a few significant parts are missing. We know that she was a Zaunite gang member/gang leader in her youth, but we don't know about what happened to her parents (and it's implied this is part of a big deal), or what happened in the gap between her disappearance and her suddenly emerging in Piltover as Caitlyn's partner.
  • Odd Couple: Caitlyn is a ranged carry who must play a bit defensively by sniping enemies from a long distance in order to dish out a lot of damage. On the other hand, Vi is an offensive "in your face" type of fighter who is more durable than Caitlyn and excels in a battle's frontline, dealing a large amount of damage while taking some heavy hits at the same time. Whether in the same lane or the same team, they make a VERY deadly combination.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Intellectually speaking. She's smart enough to modify her gauntlets, but considering how many supergeniuses come from Piltover, that doesn't seem as impressive as it might otherwise be.
  • Power Fist: Two of 'em - best described as Power Armor for the arms. Vi is quite proud of them, seeing how she's modified and repaired them over and over after she took them from the mining rig, and as such she has a bit of "Don't touch" attitude towards having them studied by others.
  • Punctuated Pounding: Although she's not so much speaking as she is kiaiing.
  • Qipao: The top-half of her outfit heavily resembles one, though she's accompanied by black tights, boots, and of course her giant gauntlets.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Caitlyn's blue. While Caitlyn is a By The Book Cold Sniper with a British Accent, Vi is a brash, aggressive Ladette who speaks in a rougher voice and often Trash Talks her opponents.
  • Reformed Criminal: Became this after meeting up with Caitlyn.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: Subverted. She's strong and passionate, but also violent and confrontational.
  • Screaming Warrior: Less so than champions like Olaf, but still punctuates each of her strikes with a kiai-like shout.
  • Sensual Spandex: Her skintight, figure-hugging and practically unarmored Neon Strike skin is this.
  • Separated at Birth: Her updated bio strongly suggests she had a sibling who was lost when they were babies. Let's stop kidding outselves: it's Jinx.
    • Riot apparently changed their minds about this again as the trailer for the animated series Arcane shows what are very obviously young versions of Vi and Jinx together, with Vi noticeably older than Jinx, discounting the possibility of them being twins.
  • Short Range Gal, Long Range Gal: The short range half of this duo with Caitlyn.
  • The Southpaw: Her most prominent punches, most visibly with Vault Breaker and Assault and Battery, are dealt with her left hand. Confirmed to be a deliberate choice by her animator due to him also being a southpaw fighterinvoked.
  • Talk to the Fist: If her quotes are to be trusted, this is how Vi usually rolls:
  • Tattooed Crook: Has her name tattooed below her left eye, though she's on the side of the law now. Officer Vi exchanges the Roman numeral VI on her face for a normal "6" tattooed on her Absolute Cleavage.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Caitlyn's girly girl.
  • Too Many Belts: As is the standard for Piltover champions.
  • Trash Talk: A lot of her quotes involve this.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Doesn't possess any training beyond her experience with street brawling but she does have those Power Fists and it's implied she's strong even without them.
  • You Are Number 6: Somewhat literally, since she took her name from the VI (Roman numeral 6) tattoo on her face, which she doesn't know how she got. Her Officer Vi skin instead makes it a proper "6" tattooed on her left breast.
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    Viktor, the Machine Herald 
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Voiced by: Owen Thomas (English), Juan Carlos Lozano (European Spanish), Miguel Ángel Ghigliazza (Mexican Spanish), Takehito Koyasu (Japanese)

"A mechanized heart never misses a beat, and never falters with emotion. So why would anyone trust their life to a fragile muscle of flesh and blood?"

The herald of a new age of technology, Viktor has devoted his life to the advancement of humankind. An idealist who seeks to lift the people of Zaun to a new level of understanding, he believes that only by embracing a glorious evolution of technology can humanity’s full potential be realized. With a body augmented by steel and science, Viktor is zealous in his pursuit of this bright future.

Viktor is a Battle Mage champion who is known for his versatility, offering a mix of burst damage, sustained damage and crowd control along with the ability to enhance these aspects to suit the opposition as required.

  • His passive, Glorious Evolution, makes him start the game with a unique item known as the Hex Core, which grants him bonus ability power and can, at the cost of gold, be upgraded up to three times to grant bonus ability power and mana, as well as Augment each of his basic abilities.
  • His first ability, Siphon Power, launches a device that damages a nearby enemy and then returns to Viktor, granting him a damage-absorbing shield and empowering his next basic attack to deal bonus magic damage.
  • With his second ability, Gravity Field, Viktor lays down a gravity device at a nearby area, slowing all enemies inside and stunning them if they spend too much time inside the device.
  • His third ability, Death Ray, fires a sweeping laser beam from his robotic third hand that damages all enemies it passes through.
  • His ultimate ability, Chaos Storm, conjures a storm of electric energy at a nearby area, damaging all enemies inside and interrupting any channeled abilities they may be using. The storm then remains on the battlefield for a few seconds, constantly damaging all enemies around it. The storm automatically chases the closest, most damaged enemy champion, but can also be manually controlled by Viktor.

Each time Viktor upgrades the Hex Core, he can choose one of his basic abilities to Augment, granting that ability extra power and utility.
  • Enhancing Siphon Power grants Turbocharge, causing it to grant Viktor a movement speed bonus on impact.
  • Enhancing Gravity Field grants Magnetize, adding a slowing effect to Viktor's other basic abilities.
  • Enhancing Death Ray grants Aftershock, causing a rapid series of small explosions to follow in the wake of the ray, dealing bonus damage to lingering enemies.
  • Once all three of Viktor's basic abilities are augmented, Chaos Storm is automatically enhanced with Velocity, making the storm move faster to better devastate his foes.

Viktor's alternate skins include Full Machine Viktor, Prototype Viktor, Creator Viktor and Death Sworn Viktor.
  • Affably Evil: For a given value of 'Evil', anyway. Viktor is well known on his stance that emotion is a biological failing, and his augmentations are known to have side effects alongside their intended effects, but he doesn't fix what isn't broken, and if your problems aren't permanent, he may even offer non-permanent augmentations to fix the problem. He's also quite the understanding person to be around in general.
  • Arch-Enemy: Jayce, for destroying a crystal Viktor was using to further his schemes. Or, he would be, if Viktor was still capable of holding a grudge.
    • In the lore, Viktor's never forgiven Professor Pididly for stealing/taking the credit for his research to create Blitzcrank and other inventions.
  • Badass Cape: Mostly blue and splits half-way down to end in two tails.
  • Badass Longcoat: Creator Viktor.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: This is what he was going for when he became a cyborg, as he wanted to eliminate all of his painful, jealous emotions. He didn't quite eliminate his hatred of Professor Pididly, though. It's also a big part of why Ekko despises him; he views Viktor as being obsessed with progress for progress' sake and feels that he's the poster boy for stereotypical Zaunite recklessness just as he feels that Mundo and Singed are poster boys for stereotypical Zaunite psychopathy and lack of regard for human life.
  • Cyborg: This guy is more machine than man, and believes it's the next step in human evolution.
  • Difficult, but Awesome: As an archetypical mage, Viktor is fragile and lacks the mobility desired to escape bad situations. While his abilities have a good mix of damage and utility, they have shorter than average ranges, and more importantly causes him to suffer from the Master of None predicament where another champion might provide what the team needs to a better degree. Persevere in mastering Viktor however, and you have a Jack-of-All-Trades mage that can dominate the game from start to finish, augmenting himself into a full-fledged terror.
    • A more specific example: Death Ray. It is Viktor's main spell in securing lane dominance, due to its high range, high damage, instant cast time, and wave-clearing utility. However its usage is gated by a somewhat long cooldown and expensive mana cost, not to mention its highly unique method of casting. note  This makes every cast count, demanding practice to hit targets on a regular basis.
  • Death Ray: The name of his E ability, although unlike the trope, it isn't an instant kill for obvious reasons. It's a reddish-yellow beam than hurts like hell, and can be upgraded to cause small explosions to follow in the laser's wake. The ray itself is shot out through the palm of his third hand, and since said hand is autonomous, Viktor himself doesn't have to stop to make the shot. Before a patch, said Death Ray could even shoot out while Viktor was dancing. There's something awkwardly funny about a Mad Scientist doing the shuffle while shooting lasers at his enemies.
  • Emotion Suppression: Viktor, present day, has suppressed his emotions to the point where he has no trouble ignoring them when making decisions. He feels empathy, satisfaction, disinterest, mischievousness, etc. But he's never angry, sad, fearful, or likewise.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Viktor, surprisingly enough, has a very firm stance on consent for his services and will never force operations on unwilling participants nor will he deviate from what kind of cybernetic medical procedure he and the patient agree on (like adding extra eyes when someone asks for a new arm). Unfortunately, his inventions are experimental and some of his more complicated procedures can be dangerous or have side effects. But Zaun is full of desperate people and he will at least warn them before hand if he knows something might go wrong.
  • Evil Laugh: Using his Death Ray ability is usually accompanied by him laughing.
  • Evil Overlord: Averted. He has a reputation as one, but he doesn't actually try to control or influence anyone nor does he think of himself as doing harm. He views the cult that formed for him as idiots who misunderstand his intentions. Anyone can join and be his acolyte, as long as they're willing to be augmented to his liking, and if they don't want to do something he won't force them to stay. This is displayed much more freely with the alternate universe Creator Viktor, the creator and leader of the Battlecast series whose purpose is to eliminate any threat to his goals.
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids: Although Viktor's morality is... debatable, his listed as "friends" with a creation of his: Blitzcrank, a sentient robot who seems to be perfectly happy fitting in with the rest of humanity. In reality, he removed his ability to feel true compassion or hatred long ago and is for the most part non-hostile but incapable of being a friend towards pretty much everyone.
  • Expy: He bears a significant resemblance to members of the Adeptus Mechanicus, though his behavior and ideals couldn't be more different. Also, Prototype Viktor bears a great likeness to Professor Membrane from Invader Zim.
  • Foil: Viktor and Jayce contrast nicely as the two epitomes of each of their respective cities, both are reclusive geniuses that work for two opposing city's. Viktor is seen as the stereotypical Zaun Mad Scientist but is actually pretty pleasant to talk to if a bit misanthropic, while Jayce is a poster boy for the shining city of Piltover who... isn't pleasant to talk to. Furthermore, their kits are opposite; while Jayce is based on various different combos to poke, whittle down, and trade with small groups of opponents utilizing physical damage, Viktor is based on emphatically destroying entire groups of enemies with magical damage. Even their non-damaging abilities are fundamental opposites to one another: while Jayce's Acceleration Gate speeds up his allies in a line, Viktor's Gravity Field slows down his enemies in a circle.
    • He's also a foil to his own "child", as Blitzcrank's main unique trait is that he's emotional while Viktor's is that he has none.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: As a result of Vik's voice lines never being changed, they don't match his current personality in the lore. For one, an Evil Laugh is about as out of character as it gets for him.
  • Godzilla Threshold: To the common person, going to Viktor with a problem is the final resort: His augmentations will solve the original problem, make no mistake, but they are almost guaranteed to have side-effects that aren't desirable. But to the desperate person with nothing to lose, Viktor is a borderline Messianic Archetype.
  • Herr Doktor: His accent is a rather heavy mix of German and Russian influences.
  • Ironic Echo: Viktor shares Jayce's movement quote: "Pave the way". However, whereas Jayce's line is said with the intention of securing Piltover's future, Viktor's is used to emphasize leading the Glorious Evolution by example.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: He starts off a bit sluggish, but once he gets his Augments, he gains a lot of utility to make him into this, granting solid waveclear, in-combat mobility, and vastly improved area-of-effect and zone control, all packed with his great burst damage.
  • Large Ham: He speaks with a grandiose kind of assurance, produces small Evil Laughs as he uses his Death Ray, and when he's ready to go full out and casts his ultimate Chaos Storm, he lets loose one of four Pre Asskicking One Liners.
  • Lighter and Softer: Around the time of Warwick's VGU, most Zaun champions also got lore updates. In Viktor's case, he was made morally grey and simply preaches about his "glorious evolution" to willing volunteers instead of forcing it on anyone, but is mistakenly believed to be the purely evil Mad Scientist he was pre-retcon by most people. This is best shown in his short story House on Emberlift Alley.
  • Mad Scientist: He certainly looks like one, but it's more case of philosophy than insanity.
  • Magikarp Power: Viktor's early laning phase isn't great, in part from lacking many tools with his abilities, high mana costs, and poor sustain. Once he gets rolling, in part thanks to his Augments, his high AoE damage, solid zoning control, and other personal utilities make him much more useful.
  • Malevolent Masked Man: His face kind of looks like he's wearing a mask after he was done augmenting himself.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Unlike most tropes of this kind, he has an odd number of hands: 3. The third hand is autonomous, shoots lasers and is apparently not beyond doing a poke-prank.
  • Never Be Hurt Again: By cutting himself off from the rest of society during his augmentation, he ensured that he alone would get credit for the breakthrough. He also removed his ability to even care about it in the first place.
  • Power Crystal: His signature Hex Core is a purple gem mounted in his staff that progresses through yellow, blue and red as he continues to augment it. His conflict with Jayce also stems from the Machine Herald's theft of a different, more powerful energy crystal.
  • Power Makes Your Voice Deep: We're talking Apocalypse Tank deep here.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: Casting Chaos Storm is accompanied by a voice response from Viktor, the BEHOLD! instance being the most hammy.
  • Pro-Human Transhuman: Viktor after his augmentation is quite the friendly guy for someone who believes emotions are failings of biology, and as he barely has any emotion left he doesn't hold grudgesnote  - if you come to him with problems, he will offer a solution through augmentation regardless of your former stance, because he wants to help. And while his help may rid you of an emotion or two along the way, he won't start replacing your chest or head just because you have a problem with your lungs.
  • The Rival: With fellow champion Jayce - moreso in the past than present, as he presently views Jayce as just another rejecter.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Viktor started out as firmly on the idealism side, wanting to better the conditions of workers. Being repeatedly taken advantage of, finding people opposed to the idea of augmenting themselves to be better transhumans, and getting on the wrong side of ethical concern, eventually caused him to realized that idealism itself was yet another emotional failing to be augmented away, and present-day Viktor isn't so much an idealist as he is a Pro-Human Transhuman who watches those rejecting augmentation not with scorn, not with malice, not even with pity, but with indifference. If they want to partake in the Glorious Evolution, they will have to take the first step themselves by overcoming their fear of change, and of him.
  • Stop Worshipping Me: The people he has helped and saved view him as a borderline Messianic Archetype. Viktor views this worship as proof that they still aren't rid of their emotions.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: He has a habit of lapsing into these, but even though he might say something like "Humans consistently ignore the endless infinity of possibilities in favor of maintaining the status quo" he's not averse to offering the Layman's Terms of "People fear change" if the meaning is lost of the one he is talking to.
  • The Stoic: Emotions, to Viktor, are biological failings that trump reason at the worst possible time. His goal with augmentation was once just to better the lives of others, but after realizing emotions made others reject his augments, he realized that emotions themselves were problems. In the present-day, Viktor views Emotion Suppression as a result of augmentation as positive thing, and he, himself, is quite a stoic individual - never having emotional outbursts and always thinking rationally. Note that he's not opposed to emotions themselves, just how they overrule reason.
  • Techno Wizard: No straight-up magic - just technology fueled by it.
  • Totalitarian Utilitarian: He genuinely wants to help, but the psychological damage his work can cause is a big nono for most people.
  • Transhuman: If you can make yourself better through applied science, Viktor has been there, done that, gotten the souvenir, and written a travel guide about it already. And it would bring him the closest he's able to get to "happy" if he could help you follow in his footsteps.
  • Unexplained Accent: He's the only character in the setting to have his Vaguely German/Russian/Eastern European accent.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Either he or Jayce is this, as their lore entries contain inaccuracies to one another.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: Believes that the future of Valoran will come in the form of Hextech augmentation for all. Ekko sees this as progress for progress' sake and hates him for it because he feels that he embodies one of the main negative stereotypes of Zaun.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Getting augmented to further one's capabilities sounds great on paper.. then you see just how robotic and unfeeling Viktor really is. He at least seems to be able to be content with himself no matter what, since he can't feel anything anymore, so his stories are intentionally written to make his viewpoint have some merit (plus the fact that emotions in Runeterra tend to birth spirits and VERY dangerous demons, he might have a good point there too).
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: His aforementioned Vaguely German/Russian/Eastern European accent. It's a strange peppering of all three, which does its job of giving him the Herr Doktor Mad Scientist feel.

    Vladimir, the Crimson Reaper 
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Voiced by: Kevin M. Connolly (English/Original), Gavin Hammon (English/Blood Lord), Juan Navarro (European Spanish/Original), Txema Moscoso (European Spanish/Blood Lord), José Luis Orozco (Mexican Spanish), Tomokazu Seki (Japanese)

"Time has made me wiser, but no more patient."

A fiend with a thirst for mortal blood, Vladimir has influenced the affairs of Noxus since the empire’s earliest days. In addition to unnaturally extending his life, his mastery of hemomancy allows him to control the minds and bodies of others as easily as his own. In the flamboyant salons of the Noxian aristocracy, this enabled him to build a fanatical cult of personality around himself—while in the lowest back alleys, it allows him to bleed his enemies dry.

Vladimir is a Battle Mage champion who is heavily based around healing himself while damaging enemies, being much more resilient than the usual mage. He uses health instead of mana to cast his abilities.

  • His passive, Crimson Path, grants him bonus health based on his ability power and bonus ability power based on his health, meaning he can increase his damage by building defensive items and his defenses by building damage items.
  • With his first ability, Transfusion, Vladimir drains blood from a nearby enemy, damaging them and healing himself. After casting it twice, Vladimir gains Crimson Rush for a short time when the ability goes off cooldown, granting a small movement speed burst and empowers his next Transfusion to deal twice the damage and heal for a larger amount.
  • With his second ability, Sanguine Pool, Vladimir dissolves into a pool of blood for a few seconds, becoming untargetable, damaging and slowing enemies he oozes under and healing himself by a percentage of the damage dealt.
  • His third ability, Tides of Blood, charges a torrent of blood that after a brief charging period, explodes into a ring of damaging blood missiles that slow if he charges for long enough.
  • His ultimate ability, Hemoplague, infects all enemies in a nearby area with a deadly blood disease that increases all damage they take for a few seconds and, when the effect ends, damages all afflicted enemies and heals Vladimir for each enemy champion hit.

Vladimir's alternate skins include Marquis Vladimir, Count Vladimir, Nosferatu Vladimir, Vandal Vladimir, Blood Lord Vladimir, Soulstealer Vladimir, Academy Vladimir, and Dark Waters Vladimir.
  • Achilles' Heel: Like everyone else heavily dependent on healing skills to sustain themselves, Grievous Wounds (through Ignite or various items/abilities) is a serious threat since it temporarily halves said healing. Additionally, he's vulnerable to percent health-shredding attacks since he tends to bulk up on HP due to his passive, though not to the extent of a true tank.
  • Actually Not a Vampire: NOT VAMPIRE, Hemomancer.
  • Badass Biker: Vandal Vladimir's splash art shows him riding a pretty nasty bike.
  • Bloody Murder: His entire theme, with his abilities utilizing blood to inflict damage, slow enemies, and other effects.
  • Broken Masquerade: Vladimir has habitually phased in and out of Noxian royal courts during particularly interesting times, making an effort to hide his agelessness and identities each time. Unfortunately for him, this has come to bite him in the present day, where he rejoined the courts following Jericho Swain's appointment as Grand General, which may have been too soon since his past life, as Swain has begun to know something's up.
  • The Bus Came Back: Of all Noxian champions, Vladimir had had the least impact on the story since his release in 2010, doing effectively nothing of any relevance and only being occasionally mentioned in passing in some of the Journal of Justice articles, to the point that it was easy to forget he even existed (the fact that he was out of the meta and considered a poor pick didn't help). Then Sion got his remake, where Vladimir dramatically conducted a frightening ritual to reawaken the Undead Juggernaut from his tomb by siphoning the blood of half a dozen acolytes into him, a terrifying reminder that the hemomancer is still around and still deadly...
  • Cast from Hit Points: He possesses no mana, instead using his health to power most of his abilities.
  • The Chessmaster: Partnered with LeBlanc, Vladimir formed the ever-expanding, but still secretive Black Rose, a hidden power secretly guiding Noxus since its formation in a never-ending game of politics and war.
  • Cult of Personality: Among the practitioners of hemomancy in Noxus are The Crimson Circle, "a youthful cult dedicated as much to Vladimir's personality as to blood magic itself."
  • The Dandy: His League Judgement pays special attention to his regal clothing, expensive jewelry, perfect hair and manicured nails.
  • Darker and Edgier: His legendary Blood Lord skin is very much this, wearing intimidating black armor, speaking in a deeper voice, having a new set of violent casting animations, and dropping all the lame blood puns for threatening new voiceovers.
  • Evil Overlord: Blood Lord Vladimir.
  • Faux Affably Evil: His cheerful, punny demeanor almost makes you forget that he's a brutal, homicidal not-vampire.
  • The Fog of Ages: As he still has a mortal's mind, any knowledge he has of his earlier years come from piecing together legends and indirect accounts of his life rather than his own memories.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Originally a prince callously enslaved to the Darkin, he became ambitious enough to be trusted with their horrific hemomancy, ascending to being his master's warhost before killing him and absorbing his life force. Things only escalate from there, including becoming part of the Black Rose.
    • Also in a meta sense; before his lore rewrite, he was just a random Noxian youth with an unnatural obsession with blood who learned the secrets of hemomancy, after it he's an ancient immortal monster bordering on Humanoid Abomination who's been around since the fall of the Darkin, lived through Mordekaiser's reign of terror, and was one of the two founders of the Black Rose in concert with LeBlanc.
  • Life Drinker: He's very old, around since the dawn of Noxus itself, but has remained in the present day due to his hemomancy and countless sacrificial rituals.
  • Magikarp Power: Vladimir is often said to have one of the weakest laning phases in the entire game, putting out pitiful champion damage and being very vulnerable to harass despite his ability to heal himself. It's to the point where his "good" lane match-ups are those he can simply not interact with. However, given enough AP and a tank item or two and suddenly Vladimir is capable of decimating entire teams with his constant stream of damage while healing back almost all lost health in an absurdly short amount of time.
  • Mighty Glacier: Slow and fairly short-ranged for a mage outside of his ult, but can put out an incredible amount of sustained damage in a radius while being frustratingly hard to kill.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Actually, Vladimir isn't a vampire... but it's kinda hard to tell. The most obvious difference between Vladimir and a vampire is that Vladimir isn't in any way undead.
  • The Power of Blood: Vladimir's hemomancy originally came from the Darkin, and he was among the first mortals to study and master it. He isn't the only one practicing it; several mortals freed from the Darkin campaign fled "taking what knowledge they had of blood magic with them," and in more recent times, Vladimir's teachings have found their place in Noxian military and aristocracy.
  • Pungeon Master: He doesn't have a single line that isn't some kind of blood-related pun.
  • Retcon: Originally, Vladimir was a pretty normal, if sadistic mage who learned hemomancy from a wicked monk (who then became Vladimir's first victim with it) and used it to brute-force his way up the Noxian ranks. With a 2018 rewrite, he instead became an immortal who was taught hemomancy by the Darkin, and has been involved in altering the course of Noxus through politics and deceit since it first came to be.
  • The Spook: Despite being around since the dawn of Noxus, Vladimir blips on and off the empire's radar, only being majorly punctuated by his partnership with LeBlanc of The Black Rose and directly partaking in Noxian royal courts during "interesting" times before vanishing.
  • Squishy Wizard: Zigzagged. The more ability power he gets, the larger his health pool becomes, and vice versa. Pre-nerfs Vladimir could easily achieve the highest health pool in the whole game, not impairing his damage output much. Most of that health winds up fueling his spells. Most offensive builds will acquire spell vamp early on so he can recover the HP he spends on his abilities. Only 2 of his abilities cost HP, and while Sanguine Pool uses a potentially staggering 20% of his current HP, it makes him completely untargetable meaning that properly timed, he can avoid taking a lot more damage from enemy champions.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: To the core. His Blood Lord skin also plays this straight.
  • Wicked Cultured: His Judgement suggests he has a certain appreciation for fine architecture. It's further emphasized in the short story "Art is Life", where it's revealed that he lives in an elaborate mansion with plants from the former Blessed Isles blooming in its gardens.
  • Your Vampires Suck: In Vladimir's Champion Spotlight video it was recommended you get a Sunfire Cape, because "real vampires sparkle."

    Volibear, the Thunder's Roar 
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Voiced by: Antonio Esquivias (European Spanish), Miguel Ángel Ghigliazza (Mexican Spanish)

"The Ursine cannot know peace without war."

The thunderous demigod known as the Thousand-Pierced Bear is the battle-spirit of the Freljord. Thousands of years of constant and bitter wars, fought in the coldest winters, have hardened Volibear into a truly indomitable force, hurling bolts of lightning from the highest peaks—and when snowy tempests rage down, it can only mean that he is on the attack once more. Any who dare to face him may find themselves joining his fierce army of Ursine warriors… assuming they do not fall victim to his savage claws.

Volibear is a Juggernaut champion who can deal and take a lot of punishment, being able to damage both single and multiple enemies at the same time.

  • His passive, Chosen of the Storm, triggers whenever his health drops below a certain percentage, healing Volibear over a short duration for a large percentage of his maximum health, although this effect will only work once before going on cooldown.
  • With his first ability, Rolling Thunder, Volibear drops to all fours for a few seconds, gaining bonus movement speed that is increased if he's moving towards an enemy champion, and also making his next basic attack deal bonus damage and toss the target into the air behind him.
  • His second ability, Frenzy, passively grants Volibear bonus attack speed whenever he attacks, stacking up to three times, and upon reaching three stacks can be activated to ferociously bite a nearby enemy, dealing damage based on both Volibear's maximum health and the target's missing health.
  • With his third ability, Majestic Roar, Volibear lets out a powerful roar that damages and slows all nearby enemies, also making all nearby enemy minions run away from him in fear for a brief duration.
  • His ultimate ability, Thunder Claws, enhances Volibear's claws with lightning for a duration, making his basic attacks release chain lightning that deals bonus damage to the target and then bounces to nearby enemies, also damaging them.

Volibear's alternate skins include Thunder Lord Volibear, Northern Storm Volibear, Runeguard Volibear, Captain Volibear and El Rayo Volibear.

In Teamfight Tactics, Volibear is a Tier 3 Glacial Brawler. His ability, Thunder Claws, empowers Volibear's attacks with lightning that bounces to nearby enemies, dealing damage and applying on-hit effects.
  • Achilles' Heel: Volibear needs to build a lot of health in order to maximize his passive and Frenzy strength. This can easily be countered with Percent Damage Attack items and abilities.
  • Ascended Meme: He was created in response to an ongoing joke on the forums about armored bears.
  • Bears Are Bad News: He is a bear. A giant armored bear.
  • Been There, Shaped History: Is one of the patron demi-gods of the Freljord. In particular, his battle with Ornn wiped out all of Ornn's followers by collateral damage.
  • Blood Knight: Said to crave battle and blood.
  • Body Horror: Udyr's description of him in Silence For The Damned seems to indicate Volibear did not fare well in his battle with Ornn. As in half of his face was torn off. He also has Extra Eyes on the ramining side.
  • Cain and Abel: The Cain to Ornn's Abel. In the Avarosan view of the legend, Volibear demanded that Ornn crafted weapons and armor for his Ursine so they could wage war. When Ornn refused, Volibear resolved to take the weapons by force, causing a battle between the demi-gods that killed Ornn's followers outside of the mountain with their earth-breaking blows. Ornn has hated Volibear ever since. The Winter's Claw and other warrior tribes of the Freljord have a much different version of this story however.
  • Chain Lightning: His ultimate makes his autoattacks apply this for its duration. It also has a surprisingly high amount of "bounces" compared to other Chain Lightning attacks in media; if you have to flee from Volibear, don't do so by running past your own minion train or you'll just make his job that much more satisfying.
  • Close-Range Combatant: As it turns out, letting an angry armored bear charge toward you and get into mauling range is a bad idea.
  • Covered with Scars: When appearing in Ornn's short story, he's described as having swords, spears and tusks sticking out of his hide. It's likely the reason for his title as "The Thousand-Pierced Bear".
  • Easter Egg: His 'Chronokeeper Hater' buff and the associated sound clips that play whenever he kills an enemy Zilean.
  • Eldritch Abomination: As of Silence For The Damned, Volibear isn't so much a bear as an incarnation of ursine power fused with lightning. Half his face is missing, shredded to the bone, while the other is studded with more eyes than it should have. After leading the Ursine in the massacre of a city Sejuani needed his help to capture, he impaled the corpses of many the slaughtered populace in a ritual pattern on wooden stakes which proceeded to grow through their flesh, while his followers and Sejuani's army slaughtered the rest of the survivors down to the last man, woman and child.
  • Expy: Some people have compared Volibear to Iorek Byrnison, another armored polar bear warrior king, from the His Dark Materials trilogy.
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning: Volibear is Lightning, Anivia is Ice, and Ornn is Fire.
  • Finishing Move: His Frenzy's active ability increases its damage to its target proportionately to the percentage of currently lost health on the target.
  • Foe-Tossing Charge: Rolling Thunder increases his speed greatly for a short duration and sends the first foe it hits flying behind him, a bit like Singed.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Meta example. On release, Volibear was... just a large, sentient bear with armor and lightning powers. After various retcons and rewrites, he's been made not only a demigod, but a nightmarish and brutal Eldritch Abomination who leads his followers into mass slaughter and butchery.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: After various rewrites and retcons, the Volibear who appears in the game barely even remotely resembles the one in seen in stories like Silence For The Damned. He's currently in line for a major rework to bring his gameplay and story closer together.
  • I Can Still Fight!: His passive heals 30% of his health over 6 seconds when he drops to below 30% health, giving him the potential to force through a close fight and win. Only every 120 seconds, though.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun:
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Volibear has no ranged abilities (aside from his ultimate, which requires one target at melee range). He has to get into melee. Coupled with the speed boost on his Q, and he is an intentional example of the trope. Once fed, Volibear upgrades into an Implacable Man, however.
  • Man Bites Man: The active for his Frenzy ability is this. It's only usable if his passive has stacked three times and makes a good Finishing Move.
  • Mighty Glacier: By comparison, since his speed comes from a charging ability that is susceptible to stuns or slows unlike other instant gap-closers (somewhat like Garen). Volibear has no problems at all ripping his opponents to pieces, he just has to get to them first.
  • Mighty Roar: His Majestic Roar ability, damaging and slowing enemy champions hit, and making minions and neutral monsters run in around uselessly in terror for its duration.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: To Zilean, if his special soundbites are anything to go by.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: A tribe of people known as the Ursine follow him. They were once human, but use magic to twist themselves into half-animal hybrids, mostly bears, but other animals as well.
  • Punny Name: Based off the screen name of a Riot Games producer.
  • Retcon: Retconned from simple talking bear, to Demi-God and brother of Ornn and Anivia.
  • Red Baron: Is called "The Thousand-Pierced Bear" by the people of the Freljord.
  • Shock and Awe: He throws lightning around with his Ultimate.
  • Skill Gate Character: Newbie players can master his ganking power since his Q grants him movement speed and can put someone out of position by flinging the victim behind him along with slowing enemies down with a mighty roar. More experienced players will save their CC on Volibear to prevent him from doing a lot of collateral damage on the team's squishies.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Most of his new lore comes from Ornn's lore, as told in The Lost Tales of Ornn. As such, it's subject to the bias of the narrator. In this case, the narrator is a descendant of the tribe that followed Ornn and was wiped out by his battle with Volibear. Thus, the story has a very negative portrayal of Volibear, depicting him as petty, jealous, and needlessly violent.
    • Then again, Silence For The Damned portrays Volibear as even worse. At least pettiness and jealousy are vaguely humanlike traits. The Volibear seen in Silence is nothing less than a horrifying Eldritch Abomination, and a vicious butchering monster who massacres the innocent without a thought.
  • Unstoppable Rage: His Frenzy's passive ability gives a lot of attack speed if he maintains it, along with an active ability that's a Finishing Move for when he's done with letting you live.
  • War God: The Freljords demi-god of war, battle and the storm.

    Warwick, the Uncaged Wrath of Zaun 
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Voiced by: Unknown, (English/Current) Brian Sommer (English/Pre-VGU), José Ángel Fuentes (European Spanish), Arturo Mercado Jr. (Mexican Spanish/Current), Mario Sauret (Mexican Spanish/Pre-VGU)

"Spill blood... draw the beast!"

Warwick is a monster who hunts the gray alleys of Zaun. Transformed by agonizing experiments, his body is fused with an intricate system of chambers and pumps, machinery filling his veins with alchemical rage. Bursting out of the shadows, he preys upon those criminals who terrorize the city’s depths. Warwick is drawn to blood, and driven mad by its scent. None who spill it can escape him.

Warwick is a Diver champion who specializes in hunting down wounded enemies, sustaining himself in combat and gaining power as his enemies shed blood.

  • His passive, Eternal Thirst, causes his basic attacks to deal bonus magic damage. If Warwick is below half health, he also heals himself for an amount equal to the bonus damage.
  • With his first ability, Jaws of the Beast, Warwick lunges towards the target and bites down on them, healing himself for the same amount and applying on-hit effects. If the player holds down the key, Warwick will also leap to the other side of his target, following them if they use dashes and other mobility skills during this time.
  • His second ability, Blood Hunt, causes enemy champions below half health to leave a blood trail behind them that Warwick can see through the fog of war. If he attacks an enemy currently Blood Hunted, he gains massive movement speed and attack speed, tripled if their health is extremely low. When activated, he reveals all blood trails in a large radius, even if the enemies have full health, and Blood Hunts the nearest enemy.
  • His third ability, Primal Howl, causes Warwick to take reduced damage for a short time. At the end of the duration or when reactivated, Warwick howls, causing nearby enemies to flee in fear.
  • With his ultimate ability, Infinite Duress, Warwick jumps in the targeted direction, stopping at the first enemy and suppressing them as he relentlessly attacks them, damaging and applying on-hit effects with every slash. The leap's distance increases based on Warwick's movement speed, and he heals himself for all damage he deals while it's active.

Warwick's alternate skins include Grey Warwick, Urf the Manatee, Big Bad Warwick, Tundra Hunter Warwick, Feral Warwick, Firefang Warwick, Hyena Warwick, Marauder Warwick, Lunar Guardian Warwick, and PROJECT: Warwick.

In Teamfight Tactics, Warwick is a Tier 1 Wild Brawler. His ability, Infinite Duress, causes him to leap at the weakest enemy, suppressing and damaging them over short time while healing Warwick for the same amount.
  • An Ice Person: Tundra Hunter Warwick has Black Ice covering his back. Also, his right arm is made of Black Ice.
  • Anti-Hero: He is bloodthirsty, brutal and savage, yet he has genuinely good intentions and works to clean up Zaun by targeting and killing it's worst criminals.
  • Art Evolution: He used to be somewhat ordinary by werewolf standards, but his current, reworked form has made him a Cyborg-Werewolf-Chimera thing, adding chemical tubes and massive, red-hot claws.
  • Artificial Limbs: His right arm was originally a mechanical prosthesis Singed used replaced during the experimentation. Warwick's bestial reformation made him regrow his lost hand from within it.
  • The Atoner: He started to solely hunt down and kill Zaun's criminals after he regained some memories of his past life as a gangster. Or at least, he limits his living space to where gang wars tend to happen to lessen the amount of times he kills an innocent. Even before that, he tried to put down his blade for a normal life only for his sins to always catch up with him.
  • Ax-Crazy: He hunts down Zaun's criminals not only to clean up the city, but also to satisfy his own thirst for blood. He's also pretty sure he accidentally kills good people sometimes, but he can't do much to stop himself.
  • Back from the Dead: When he was being experimented on at first, the chemicals weren't being accepted by his body...it wasn't until Singed tossed him out atop a pile of corpses that Warwick came back to life and also transformed fully.
  • Berserk Button: Blood. And given what he does, there's plenty of it. The moment he smells it, he just loses all conscious thought and goes crazy.
  • Blessed with Suck: His transformation has turned him into an amazing beast with powerful attributes, but his thirst for blood gets in the way of him trying to actively do good and being less of a scary guy.
  • Body Horror: He's a genetically-spliced wolf chimera thing with several mechanical augmentations stuck inside him. He's not that pretty a sight to look at.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Both played straight and inverted, surprisingly enough. While he has a more tragic and horrifying backstory compared to before, the Old Warwick was utterly evil. With his new lore, he may be a bloodthirsty monster but he is infinitely more noble than he was before the retcon.
  • Close-Range Combatant: Is a melee champion, and thus like most examples really needs to close the gap in order to do his work and to sustain himself; if one can zone and kite him however (despite his movement speed boosts and his ultimate), he can easily take too much unnecessary damage.
  • Covered in Scars: Post-VGU, and unlike most examples of this trope, they're self-inflicted from Warwick trying to claw out the machinery attached to him.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Zig-zagged with his lore. He's a cyborg mutant who is a near-perfect killing machine who's sanity is suspect, but it's ambiguous if the insane part is from the cybernetics or Singed's brutal experiments on him.
  • Death of a Thousand Cuts: His passive, Q and W are all basic-attack oriented, while the latter is basically an attack speed steroid execute.
    • Also applies to his ultimate, Infinite Duress, which used to have him attack at a much faster pace pre-rework. Also applies on-hit effects that akin to auto-attacks as well.
  • Dynamic Entry: Infinite Duress is not only potentially devastating in its CC, or surprising from its huge range, but it is fast. Always keep your eye out, otherwise you might be suddenly jumped on and mauled to shreds from a cyborg wolf-man from out of nowhere.
  • Expy: Of Strygwyr the Bloodseeker, the demon-orc hybrid wearing wolf pelts from Defense of the Ancients: All-Stars.
  • Foil: To Ahri. Warwick is a human who gained a wolf form, who embraces the brutality of his bloodlust to hunt down criminals. Ahri is a fox who gained a human form, who intends on atoning for her past life after gaining a conscience that came with the human form. Warwick even has a taunt or two against her.
    • A surprising one to Camille if one analyzes more. Deriving from the rival cities of Piltover and Zaun, they both act as their cities' respective vigilantes hunting down the criminals that plague the streets, and both got augmented with technology to become more efficient killers. However, Warwick is a lowly street thug who got transformed into a chimera against his will, while Camille was born into a highly wealthy and influential family and willingly embraced hex-tech augmentations. Warwick is a bloodthirsty, savage beast, Camille is cold, efficient and more machine than woman. Gameplay-wise, Camille is a very complex champion that requires a lot of mechanical skill and precision, while Warwick is easy to pick up and is considered to be one of the best champions for beginners to learn how to jungle on.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: From a lowly street thug (who was already reformed before being experimented on by Singed) to a horrifying cyborg beast who hunts his old brethren.
  • Full-Contact Magic: Warwick always was noted for his ability to inflict magic damage on-contact both pre-rework and post-rework, via both his Q and ultimate naturally. In the latter case however for the rework, he also can do so with his passive on any basic attack while his Q is the only ability that still has an AP ratio on-top of a new higher AD ratio as well.
  • Glacier Waif: Warwick ironically, is actually pretty slow on his base move speed alone (335) compared to other champions, and is only reasonably fast when chasing down blood traits via Blood Hunt or when he has boots in his build.
  • Guttural Growler: After his VGU, Warwick retains the deep, guttural voice that he had originally, but now audibly growls a lot more compared to his previous lines.
  • Healing Factor: He's one of few junglers that can consistently keep his health high throughout his entire clearing route, thanks to both his passive and his Q.
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: Not that there are other werewolf-like individuals in-universe. His lore makes it clear though: he's a killer, and he hunts killers.
  • The Hyena: Hyena Warwick, which not only makes him laugh a lot more, but actually makes him resemble an actual hyena.
  • In a Single Bound: Infinite Duress's initiation begins as a single leap whose maximum distance increases based on its speed. Its range can get pretty huge if he has enough movement speed to back it up.
  • Injured Vulnerability: Blood Hunt causes wounded enemies to leave blood trails behind them that Warwick can see and track through the fog of war.
  • Irony: While details changed a lot due to Retcons, in many original stories, Warwick was Singed's master and had willingly transformed himself into his wolf-form. With Warwick's current lore, it seems that the tables have turned, with Singed having led to forming Warwick into what he is now against Warwick's own will while also making Warwick undergo a massive Heel–Face Turn.
  • It's Personal: Towards Singed for what he did to him, via one of his taunts:
  • Jerkass: This was more true in his previous incarnations, but come his current VGU, he's now something of a brutal vigilante, akin to The Punisher who embraces his savagery and bloodlust to hunt down some of Zaun's worst criminals.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's naturally durable and hard-hitting, but when he's stalking his prey, he can speed up greatly with Blood Hunt and immediately close gaps with Jaws of the Beast and Infinite Duress for the kill.
    • Glass Cannon/Fragile Speedster: Early on however, while Warwick still has some healthy life steal for the early game, he still needs to rely on items to be tanky (without the use of Primal Howl that is).
  • Man on Fire: Firefang Warwick.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: He's not specifically a werewolf; Singed did a lot of gene-splicing to turn Warwick into what he is presently. While 'wolf' is the dominant trait, there's also traces of bats (such as his ears) and foxes (such as his tail).
  • Mythology Gag: In previous backstories prior to his full relaunch, Soraka was a major target of Warwick's, as he was seeking to eat her heart to stabilize his lycanthrope form. While the two have since been made completely separate, Warwick has a nod to this in a taunt against her:
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: While he's a chimeric creature now, he's a science experiment that's a mostly anthropomorphic wolf.
  • Painful Transformation: It's clear that Singed's experiments were horrifically painful and traumatic.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: After his VGU, Warwick's lore now has him as a failed experiment of Singed's, and he's now a brutal vigilante in Zaun's streets.
  • Precious Puppy: Hilariously, despite being a vicious Body Horror-ridden wolf monster, his joke has him act like an adorable puppy, circling on all fours and scratching the back of his ear with his leg, all with a dopey-looking agape mouth.
  • Red Baron: The gangs in the streets of Zaun refer to him as "The Howler".
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Bright red, and glowing to boot.
  • Retcon: Before his 2017 VGU turned him into a chimeric cyborg Anti-Hero as a result of Singed's "failed" experiments, Warwick had substantially different backstories, with the most consistent trait being that he himself was a unambiguously villainous Mad Scientist (and was actually Singed's master) who turned into a werewolf either because of a botched alchemical potion or because he was cursed by Soraka. Later backstories made Soraka more central to his plot, with the last before the VGU entailing that he was pursuing her to consume her heart to prevent his mind from succumbing to feral urges.
  • Savage Wolves: Huge, strong and vicious, but also played-with in that he's more of a chimera with bat ears and a fox tail as opposed to a full-on wolf.
  • Scare Chord: One plays as Warwick jumps during his Infinite Duress, as if it already wasn't enough of a potential Jump Scare.
  • Screaming Warrior: Howling, really, but close enough. Often the first thing you hear before Warwick even appears on the screen is the howl from his Blood Hunt ability. Also for his Primal Howl ability.
  • Skill Gate Character: Being on the low end of the IP cost spectrum makes him and Nunu a likely choice for a new player's first jungler. Warwick has high innate sustain that makes it easy to clear camps as well as an enemy-revealing ability, both of which make him a safe choice to learn how to jungle. While his pre-rework version plays this straight by limiting his ganking potential to only his Infinite Duress when he's able to hit level 6, post-rework Warwick can now close the gap with either his Jaws of the Beast, Blood Hunt active, Primal Howl (in terms of useful cc that can be used pre-level 6) or his Infinite Duress from an even greater distance which can be counterplayed through dodging and or meat-shielding it.
  • Super Senses: If you're at low health, it can trigger one of his abilities and reveal your location to him. On the other hand, it can also warn you that he's in the area. Where he is in the very wide area, however, is a different issue.
  • Super Toughness: When built fully defensive, Warwick's innate sustain makes him extremely difficult to kill, as the sustain from his passive is independent of the damage his auto attacks deal and he has arguably the single best attack speed steroid in the game. Even if he only has two or three defensive items built, Warwick can hold the line against an entire enemy team far longer than you'd expect.
  • That Man Is Dead: Claims that the man he used to be was his very first victim.
    • In a more literal sense, Warwick actually did die during Singed's experimentation on him. However, after his death, the chemical chamber Singed installed on his back finally worked unopposed to his body, and successfully completed the transformation, which revived him.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Pre-rework, Warwick was someone who was rather subpar in terms of just kit and only had his ultimate as his only gap-closer; post-rework, he's able to effectively both execute and chase-down low-health targets while also having some reasonable control and counterplay for his signature ultimate.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: After his VGU, Warwick is a vigilante that brutally hunts down and murders Zaun's criminals, yet he does so because he genuinely wants do make Zaun a better place.
  • Wolverine Claws: Now instead of having finger armor giving him large claws, his nails are massive, especially his right arm (as seen in the picture).

    Wukong, the Monkey King 
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Voiced by: Spike Spencer (English), Jorge Teixeira (European Spanish), Unknown (Mexican Spanish), Masako Nozawa (Japanese)

"Just try to stop me!'"

Wukong is a vastayan trickster who uses his strength, agility, and intelligence to confuse his opponents and gain the upper hand. After finding a lifelong friend in the warrior known as Master Yi, Wukong became the last student of the ancient martial art known as Wuju. Armed with an enchanted staff, Wukong seeks to prevent Ionia from falling to ruin.

Wukong is a Diver champion that excels at using mobility and trickery to easily slip in and out of fights, being able to take several opponents at once.

  • His passive, Stone Skin, increases his armor and magic resistance for each nearby enemy champion.
  • His first ability, Crushing Blow, enhances his next basic attack, granting it dealing bonus damage, range, and reduces the target's armor.
  • His second ability, Decoy, has him become invisible as he leaves an immobile duplicate of himself for a duration. After a brief moment, the decoy spins to damage nearby enemies before disappearing.
  • With his third ability, Nimbus Strike, Wukong rides his flying cloud and dashes to a nearby opponent, damaging them and granting himself bonus attack speed for a short duration. Wukong will also summon up to two clones to dash to and damage other nearby enemies.
  • With his ultimate ability, Cyclone, Wukong spins with his staff stretched outwards for a few seconds, gaining bonus movement speed and continuously damaging all foes around him. Additionally, enemies are knocked up into the air the first time they are hit by the ability.

Wukong's alternate skins include Volcanic Wukong, General Wukong, Jade Dragon Wukong, Underworld Wukong, Radiant Wukong and Lancer Stratus Wukong.
  • Armor-Piercing Attack: His Crushing Blow can inflict this for a few seconds on any target via a percentage of their armor (but the main difference here is armor reduction, not penetration).
  • Blood Knight: He left the Plague Jungles because he wanted to find stronger opponents to fight.
  • Carry A Big Staff: Of the magically enlarging kind. His /joke involves him planting it on the ground, then slowly elongating it until it can barely fit on the screen. What's more, the staff is apparently alive, seeing how upon death, it tunnels into the ground like a snake.
    "I bet I can hit their base from here!"
  • Confusion Fu: Misdirection is the name of the game with his decoys. There's very little difference between him having suddenly stopped moving and one of his decoys, so the variety of deceits even a savvy enemy can fall for is large; cause not only is it about knowing if he used a clone or not, he may as well could've done anything he wanted while stealthed (such as running away to a certain location you wouldn't expect or getting ready to burst you down with his abilities off cooldown).
  • Crossdressing Voices: The Japanese dub is voiced by Masako Nozawa, a female voice actress known for her voice as Gokunote  from Dragonball Z.
  • Death of a Thousand Cuts: His Nimbus Strike gives him an attack speed boost while activated, allowing him to get an edge in duelling and/or chasing down targets. However, through this, attack speed Wukong is also viable as well, as it can also speed up the animation of his Crushing Blow (especially when he builds Blade of the Ruined King).
  • Determinator: Wukong is driven by challenge — he seeks out the strongest fighters in the world to pit himself against them - and even if he loses the battle, he learns from it and tries again.
    "Every mistake is a lesson."
  • Doppelgänger Attack: His Decoys will hang out motionless for a couple of seconds, absorb any punishment possibly thrown their way, and then deliver a spin attack before disappearing in a puff of smoke, which can easily open up a ton of possibilities to either trick opponents into thinking he used it, or doing almost anything behind one's back while in stealth. His other attack combines this with Dynamic Entry as Wukong and two clones of him charge at the enemy, but only if there are two other targets nearby.
  • Expy/Monkey King Lite: He is Sun Wukong from the ancient Chinese novel Journey to the West. Including his staff, being born from stone, getting a master and being able to make clones of himself. Though of course, he's not the actual Sun Wukong in spite of the same name, title and fighting style, and never staged an assault to the resident heaven, but he's aesthetically very close. The Chinese servers somewhat play with this however, in that they state outright that he is the Sun Wukong himself, monikers and all.
  • Foil: Has quite a few parallels to his Master Yi in that regard. Wukong is also more of a bruiser tank attack damage caster while having one of the lower base movement speed totals while Yi is a squishy melee DPS assassin with one of the highest base movement speeds. Both can easily make use of the most of the same items, and can follow in the vein of a heavy damage assassin while scaling up very well to late game with enough items; only Wukong can create tons of confusion and havoc with a properly timed ult, while Yi's ult is there for dancing around his enemies to slay them systematically one by one. For another kind of example similar to this, see Red Oni, Blue Oni below.
  • Glass Cannon: While some builds can focus on this aspect of him due to his solid ability ratios up to late game, he's not very tanky in the early game without items (not to mention his passive has fairly low numbers early game until he starts to level up more often), which goes to show how well he can scale with them late game once he does get them of course. Even then, some champions are much better tanks than he is. This can also happen to him when enemies are also out of Wukong's sight, as Wukong's passive only works with nearby enemies he is able to see (this by proxy can allow skilled players using certain champions with stealth to assassinate him if possible).
  • I Know You Know I Know: Because pressing 'S' to stop looks almost identical to having pressed 'W' for Decoy, some Wukong players will simply stop instead of actually casting the ability, sending enemies upon a merry chase after an imaginary one. Savvy Wukong players can play some fun mind games based on whether or not his opponents will eventually catch onto this, or knowing where he even went while stealthed in the first place.
  • Instant Expert: Played with. In Yi's backstory, Wukong effortlessly copied the Wuju swordsman's moves and turned them back on him. But as Wukong's antics slowly drained Yi's anger away, Yi finally mastered Wuju, and then he moved too fast for Wukong to handle. So while Wukong is an Instant Expert, in this case expert is not the same thing as mastery, which still requires training and time.
  • Launcher Move: His ultimate. This alone is what can easily rocket him into a solid pick for almost any team comp, due to his ultimate's useful area-of-effect crowd control (with the damage output being icing on the cake), allowing him to initiate a ton of teamfights very well at any point in the game, as long as he can get into the proper position.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Most good and/or properly built Wukongs can be fast and tricky, and also bulky fighters who can charge into melees and fight their way through, gaining Armor and Magic Resist for each nearby enemy. His ultimate also gives him extra movement speed. Not only that, he can easily scale well up to late game with enough items and is able to assassinate many squishy targets with powerful burst damage, as well as close in with either his ult or his Nimbus Strike (which can also give him attack speed as well). His decoy can also allow for an extra boost of misdirection as well, and his aforementioned ultimate with his decoy and his gap-closing dash makes him a very solid initiator/area-of-effect assassin.
  • Monkey On Fire: His Volcanic Wukong skin engulfs him in traditional fire, his Jade Dragon skin gives him a few green flames on his gauntlets, and his Underworld Wukong skin gives him a few traces of a different type of fire.
  • Magikarp Power: Unlike most AD caster bruisers (and similarly to his Master Yi), Wukong has a pretty fragile early game and is quite reliant on items to deal significant damage, meaning he'll have have to be careful with early damage setups and trades. Once he gets going, however, his burst assassination and bulky teamfighting presence is a force to be reckoned with.
  • Me's a Crowd: Two of his attacks create a clone of himself, either offensively or defensively.
  • Moveset Clone: Tends to somehow be one of Garen, as both their spinning abilities have very similar mechanics (Wukong's is even written internally as MonkeyKingSpinToWin as a fandom nod to Garen's Judgment by the devs themselves), and even having similar Q abilities that are auto-attack procs. However, both of their playstyles are very different, with Wukong having more of a higher damage focus that scales well into late game as opposed to actual tankiness. Garen is the superior duelist, with his raw stats and scalings, while Wukong's combination of skills and scaling are much more suited for teamfights and/or assassinating single targets.
  • Multiple Demographic Appeal: Created with the explicit intent of advertising the game in China, Korea, and Japan.
  • Public Domain Character: Based on Sun Wukong, natch.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Wukong to Master Yi, respectively. One is a Blood Knight who wants To Be a Master, the other is an Old Master.
  • Simple, yet Awesome: Wukong is among the most mechanically simple of champions, with a pure stat-based passive, an auto-attack steroid, a defensive decoy, a point-and-click AoE gap-closer, and a ridiculous Spin Attack initiator for an ultimate, making him a pretty solid pick for beginners.
  • Skill Gate Character: Wukong's basic kit makes him very beginner-friendly and highly punishing at lower levels, but as you go up the ranks, his weaknesses as an AD caster who deals damage in bursts rather than lengthier brawls become more apparent, with a kit that often lacks the versatility to deal with more skillful dueling-oriented champions in toplane.
  • Spin Attack: His ultimate, Cyclone, which can also be cancelled just like Garen's Spin Attack as well as being able to use certain items for the whole duration (save for a few like Tiamat/Hydra which can only be used by Garen).
    • His Crushing Blow subtly also counts in terms of Everything's Better with Spinning due to him performing a frontward-somersault during that animation.
    • And his Decoy, which announces that you've been hoodwinked by laughing and spinning around before it vanishes, which deals a small amount of damage.
  • Stealth Expert: His Decoy's secondary effect. Wukong is also the only champion that has a stealth ability that is not classified as an assassin, even though he can easily play as one if one is skilled enough with him.
  • Stone Wall: His secondary build path, which sometimes offers a lot but at the same time offers less, which is due to how decent his ability ratios are when he gets any offensive items, so playing Tank Wukong tends to be more for fun than actual use, unless you happen to be good enough with him that is, as building him more offensively is the more general route to go. However, tanky Wukong does have his uses, as he can live longer during his ultimate, and perform his job as an initiator much better.
    • With changes to Black Cleaver, the Stone Wall build has become much stronger. Now Wukong needs only to build the BC as an offensive item and can then focus on defense afterwards. With the Cleaver combined with Crushing Blow's armor reduction, Wukong is able to build up to a point of doing significant damage, even against tanks. It also amps up his teamfight power, as his ultimate can apply the Black Cleaver passive to multiple targets extremely quickly, fully stacking before they even hit the ground from being knocked up, which allows the main damage dealers on his team to shred them down much faster than usual, on top of boosting the already-high damage of his ultimate. Black Cleaver also provides health (which synergizes defensively with Wukong's passive), damage, high cooldown reduction (which is extremely important for Wukong's Confusion Fu, chasing ability and his burst damage), and a movement speed boost on auto-attacking (which helps offset Wukong's low move speed).
  • Student and Master Team: Having both Wukong and Master Yi on the same team is a deadly combination - Wukong will dash in, cause confusion and control opposition, leaving them ripe for Old Master Yi to Highlander in and clean up house. Against each other, a Wukong will have a hard time with a Yi - Highlander means that even if Yi is misdirected by the clone, it won't be long before he catches up again, not to mention that a Yi will likely be packing lifesteal, so using the clone to escape might actually heal him in the process. On the other hand, Wukong's ultimate knocks opponents up, which is a type of CC that Highlander offers no protection against, and the movement speedboost means that a Yi without his ultimate will have a hard time escaping or catching up. Not to mention both of them can even inflict massive damage if they both get fed, either as enemies to each other, or worse, if both Wukong and Yi are fed on the same team.
    • See above for how the changes to Black Cleaver benefitted Wukong... then realize that Master Yi deals ALOT of physical damage in a couple of hits. Its not uncommon for a squishy target to get knocked up by Wukong and be dead before they hit the ground if Master Yi is nearby.
  • Taken for Granite: Upon death, he will turn into a white meditating statue. This is likely a reference to his origin story, in which he was 'born' from a runestone.
  • Taking the Bullet: Even if enemies have grown wise to the fact that Wukong has used his clone, it is still a very solid skill-shot blocker. Just don't be too close to your clone when you plan to guard against a skill-shot with an area-of-effect, especially if you use it too late. Wukong will still get hit, even when stealthed.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Wukong differs heavily from the other "melee carries" in the game (pre-rework Fiora, Tryndamere, Master Yi, Aatrox, Jax, Irelia). The kits that the others have are all heavily reliant on auto attacking, with most of their skills dedicated to either giving them a way to close the gap on their targets, sticking to their targets once on them, sustaining to survive the lane, or improving their autos. They are also capable of teamfights, but much better suited to splitpushing and taking one or two opponents on alone. Wukong, however, has no inherent sustain, relies more on his skills for damage than his auto attacks, and is a massive teamfight threat.
    • While the other melee carries require 3-4 damage items to hit their strongest, Wukong's AD caster status means he can get away with one damage item as long as he has sufficient cooldown reduction. Wukong is thus MUCH harder to kill than the other melee carries in a teamfight, but much easier to beat in a one on one duel.
      • Added with this, there exist some builds with auto-attack based items like Trinity Force and/or Blade of the Ruined King that not only give him more auto-attack DPS, but either one works very well for his Crushing Blow, so Wukong is one of those few AD casters who can safely build auto-attack based items due to the nature of his Crushing Blow and his Nimbus Strike steroid.
  • To Be a Master: His quotes allude to this.
  • Trickster Archetype: The monkey.
  • Vocal Dissonance: As a consequence of his Crossdressing Voices in the Japanese dub, where he sounds like a childish trickster. Unlike Dragon Ball's version of Sun Wukong/Son Goku (who his voice actress was cast as an Actor Allusion to), League's version of Wukong has the additional justification of being an actual monkey much closer to the source material, but lacks the justification of being introduced as a child.
  • Worthy Opponent: His reason for leaving the Plague Jungles behind; He wanted to find someone who could best him so that he had another top to reach for.
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