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     Champions A-G 

Aatrox

Ahri

  • Dance: Befitting the Korean origins of her inspiration, her dance is Run Devil Run by Korean pop group Girls' Generation. A side by side here.
    • To complement this, Ahri has gained a "Popstar" skin, which is another nod to this particular reference. On top of this, the announcement of this skin coincided with the release date of a Girl's Generation album, and the skin comes with another unique dance referencing them.
  • Skins:

Akali

  • Dance: Pre-rework Akali jams out to Single Ladies by Beyoncé.
  • Skins: Her classic skin strongly resembles Jade, Stinger Akali resembles the Bride, and Headhunter Akali comes from the Headhunter skin line, which is a general reference to Predator.

Alistar

Amumu

Annie

Ashe

  • Skins: Sherwood Ashe gets her name and primary colors from Robin Hood, Woad Ashe looks like Guinevere, and Marauder Ashe looks like she's wearing Daedric armor right out of Skyrim.
  • Quotes:
    • One of PROJECT: Ashe's taunts for an allied PROJECT: Ekko is "May the odds be ever in our favor."
    • PROJECT: Ashe gets in two Evil Dead-related taunts for an enemy PROJECT: Ashe, both of them references to a couple of Ash Williams's most famous quotes: "You must be Bad Ashe." and "Good, bad, I'm the one with the bow."
    • In one of PROJECT: Ashe's jokes, she and her drone reference a certain Edwin Starr song.
Ashe: War. What is it good for, Avarosa?
Drone: Absolutely nothing.
Ashe: Say again?
  • Dance: PROJECT: Ashe performs Just Dance 2014's routine for Get Lucky by Daft Punk. See here for a side-by-side comparison.

Aurelion Sol

Azir

Bard

  • Just from their appearances, he and his Meeps look like a Studio Ghibli character.

Blitzcrank

  • Dance: The Macarena.
  • Quotes: "Exterminate! Exterminate!"
  • Skins:
    • iBlitzcrank's design is much like the Apple Macintosh, and was released alongside LoL's beta client for Macs. The name itself is a reference to Apple's line of electronics which have a similar naming scheme (e.g. iPhone, iPad, iPod).
      • Ironically enough, when iBlitzcrank dies he suffers a Red Ring of Death; a reference to the Xbox 360 made by Microsoft, Apple's main competition.
    • Battle Boss Blitzcrank's recall has him pulling out and blowing into what appears to be an NES cartridge.

Brand

  • Dance: Zombie Brand's dance is directly based off of Michael Jackson's Thriller dance.
  • Quotes:
    • "Some say the world will end in fire," which references the Robert Frost poem Fire and Ice.
    • Zombie Brand has a few exclusive shout-outs to his skin:
      • "Every day I'm shambling" is a reference to the line "Every day I'm shufflin'" from the LMFAO song "Party Rock Anthem," which in turn is a reference to Rick Ross' "Every day I'm hustlin'."
      • "Not easy being green... and dead."
  • Skins:
    • The suit Zombie Brand wears makes him resemble Stubbs the Zombie.
    • On death, Zombie Brand ends up re-buried, but his hand sticks up out of the ground, much like the hand in Left 4 Dead.
  • Brand's origin seems to have been born out of Surtr, with Brand's body being an essential viking, his appearance being similar a common description of Surtr (blackened skin with lava crackling in it), and his claims that him burning the world will renew it, as would follow Surtr's role in Ragnarok. Regrettably, Brand has no Flaming Sword.

Braum

Caitlyn

Camille

Cho'Gath

Corki

Darius

  • Dance: God-King Darius' dance comes from a "Dance Till You're Dead" meme video.
  • Quotes:
  • Dunkmaster Darius' shoes appear to be Noxus Air, most likely referencing Nike's Air Jordan shoes.

Diana

Dr. Mundo

Draven

  • Quotes:
    • Gladiator Draven has 3 unique quotes in the Italian client referencing Gladiator:
      • "Al mio segnale, scatenate Draven!" ("At my signal, unleash Draven!")
      • "Ciò che Draven fa in vita, riecheggia nell'eternità... già." ("What Draven does in life, echoes through eternity").
      • "Date a Draven ciò che è di Draven... e anche tutto il resto!" ("Give to Draven what Draven owns... and everything else!")
  • His death animation is incredibly similar to a motion Ocelot does a lot throughout the Metal Gear series.
    • It could also be seen as a reference to Spike Spiegel's "bang" as he dies.
  • Primetime Draven, which is a reference to sports/e-sports shoutcasters in general, has him directly reference EU LCS host Eefje 'Sjokz' Depoortere.

Ekko

Elise

  • Quotes: "Ah, the tangled webs we weave..." is a reference to the Walter Scott poem Marmion.
  • Skins: In her Blood Moon skin, her spider form bears a resemblance to Ariados.
  • Her dance animation is the Can Can.

Evelynn

Ezreal

Fiora

Fiddlesticks

Galio

Gangplank

  • Quotes: Captain Gangplank's "What should we do with a drunken sailor?" is based on the eponymous sea shanty.
  • Skins: His Special Forces skin brings Captain Price to mind.

Garen

  • Dance:
    • His old dance had him dance along to "Bye Bye Bye" by *NSYNC. His new dance encourages you to do The Monkey with him.
    • God-King Garen's dance has him roping his lion into doing an impromptu impression of Keyboard Cat.
  • Quotes: One of his old jokes ("Summon me and you'll like the way you look. I Garen-tee it. Get it?") is a reference to Men's Wearhouse commercials.
  • Skins:
    • Sanguine Garen was explicitly made to evoke a Blood Angel Space Marine from Warhammer 40,000, and his Commando skin evokes the Imperial Guard.
    • Steel Legion Garen is explicitly a Space Marine. Sadly, there's no chainsword, but there are giant Shoulders of Doom and his sword does resemble a Storm Glaive from Warmachine's Space Marine equivalents, the Stormblades.
    • His Dreadknight skin is a few letters and a space away from being a Death Knight.

Gnar

Graves

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     Champions H-M 

Hecarim

Heimerdinger

Irelia

Ivern

Janna

Jarvan IV

  • Quotes:
    • "Today is a good day to die!" could be one to Star Trek, but possibly instead to Sitting Bull or Crazy Horse.
    • He says a line from The Charge of the Light Brigade verbatim: "Ours is to do and to die."
    • "For my father, the king" is a direct reference to Arthas Menethiel.
  • Skins:

Jax

  • Skins:
  • His name and character are a reference to Garet Jax, the armsmaster who was an expert with all weapons, in Terry Brooks' The Wishsong of Shannara.

Jayce

  • Dance: Does the famous MC Hammer slide. Yes, it's hammer time.
  • Skins:
    • With his Full Metal skin, he could either pass as Iron Man or Samus Aran at a glance. His Debonair Jayce skin even gives him more than a passing resemblance to Tony Stark.
    • Forsaken Jayce highly resembles a Sith Lord, and was even released on May the Fourth.

Jhin

Jinx

Kai'Sa

Kalista

Karthus

Katarina

Kayle

Kayn/Rhaast

  • Dance: Kayn does a Reebok dance.
  • Quotes: "Zed's dead, baby. Zed's dead."
  • The orbs he picks up after fighting enemies resemble pickups in Spectacle Fighter games like Devil May Cry or God of War.
  • An ambitious young sorcerer on a quest to rule who uses a living weapon (that's actually one of the last living members of an ancient race of demons) that would very much like to take him over entirely and use him as a vessel to walk the earth once more and is generally just as much of an adversary as his actual enemies? The parallels with Elric of Melnibone couldn't be more obvious.
  • Skins:
    • : Kayn's Odyssey specific line "Ora, Ora, Ora!" is one of the most famous catchphrases in Jojos Bizarre Adventure.

Kennen

Kha'Zix

  • Skins: He's heavily based off of a Xenomorph and Scyther, while his ability to assume the most desirable characteristics of the prey he devours is right out of the Kroot and Tyranid playbooks.

Kled

Kog'Maw

  • Dance: Does the kicking dance done by the frog from the animated classic One Froggy Evening.

LeBlanc

Lee Sin

  • Dance: Taken from a scene from Shaolin Soccer.
  • Skins: His Muay Thai skin just screams Sagat, right down to Resonating Strike becoming a flying knee attack.
  • His selection quote ("Your will, my hands") was originally spoken by Oenomaus.
  • An entry in the Journal of Justice featuring him had a shout out to The Last Leaf.
  • His act of setting himself ablaze in protest of the Noxian invasion of Ionia is a reference to the Vietnamese monk Thich Quang Duc.

Leona

Lissandra

Lucian

  • Dance: His dance has him rapidly spinning his guns in circles and then throwing one into the air and catching it, much like Revolver Ocelot.
  • Quotes: "Death at the door? Hmph, no. I am the one who knocks."
  • Skins:
    • Hired Gun Lucian looks like a mixture of Blade and Raven.
    • While High Noon Thresh has the appearance down pat, High Noon Lucian's status as a vengeful Anti-Hero whose powers stem from a demonic entity is 100% Ghost Rider (specifically Carter Slade, given his western motif). He also resembles a cross between Reaper and McCree.
    • His Demacia Vice skin makes him the Tubbs to Garen's Crockett.
  • His recall animation has him strike a Gun Kata pose straight from Equilibrium.
  • His joke creates an evilly-grinning smiley face, which looks nearly exactly like The Guy's.

Lulu

Lux

Malphite

Malzahar

Maokai

  • His saplings look, move, and sound quite a lot like Pikmin.

Master Yi

  • Dance:
    • Before his visual update, it was based on a brief segment of the dance at the end of Napoleon Dynamite. His new one ever since said rework is instead The Running Man dance.
    • The one from his PROJECT: Yi skin is Japanese band World Order's "HAVE A NICE DAY" dance.
  • Skins:
    • His Chosen skin makes him a Jedi Knight, complete with a blue, green, or red lightsaber depending on how much his attack damage is increased by his Wuju Style ability.
    • As with other skins in the line, his Headhunter skin is based on Predator.

Miss Fortune

Mordekaiser

     Champions N-S 

Nami

Nasus

Nautilus

  • Dance: Who ordered the pizza with extra Peeparoonie?
  • Skins: The Chinese splash art for Subterranean Nautilus features in the distant background, oddly enough, Black★Rock Shooter.

Nocturne

  • Quotes:
    • Vanilla Nocturne's "Embrace the darkness," "Cross over," "Cut them from this world!" and "Suffer eternally!" are references to the Shrike.
      • Eternum Nocturne also adds "We transcend time."
    • Eternum Nocturne's "Their existence is a mistake," "The end of days draws near" and "We are one" scream Sovereign. "Fate cannot be averted" and "We are one" also bring to mind Harbinger from the same series. The sinister-sounding mechanical distortion to his voice certainly helps.
  • Skins: His Ravager skin bares more than a passing resemblance to Carnage.

Nunu

Olaf

Orianna

Pantheon

  • Skins: Ruthless Pantheon looks a lot like He-Man. Its updated version resembles Lord Humungus.
  • Quotes: He's obviously a walking reference to 300, and both his taunt and his joke reference the movie. To wit:
    • "They will not enjoy this!" refer to Queen Gorgo's "You will not enjoy this!" when she murdered a Spartan emissary that kept blackmailing her.
    • "Getting kicked into the well is the least of your worries!" refer to the famous "THIS! IS! SPARTA!!!" scene where Leonidas kicked the Persian Messenger to the well. Apparently, Pantheon knows worse things. His 2019 VGU added another reference by changing his critical hit animation to said kick.
    • Lastly, in response of "SPARTANS! What is your profession!?" note , Pantheon has this gem: "MY PROFESSION!? You know, now that I think of it, I've always wanted to be a baker..."

Poppy

Pyke

  • Dance: Like Rengar, Pyke's dance is none other than the haka.

Qiyana

  • Skins: Battle Boss Qiyana's description says that she was "a princess in constant need of saving in the 1981 arcade port of Super Ixaocan Bros". The splash art features Final Boss Veigar sliding down a flagpole in a Mario-esque way, and Qiyana herself is visually somewhat evocative of Bowsette.

Quinn

Rakan

  • Dance: Rakan's dance sees him rocking out to Jailhouse Rock by Elvis Presley.

Rammus

Rek'Sai

  • Skins:
    • Rek'Sai's default design in general is reminiscent of the Graboids.
    • Pool Party Rek'Sai's recall seems to be inspired by Jaws. When detecting hidden enemies with her Tremor-Sense, it even plays music similar to the Jaws theme.

Rengar

  • Skins: He's basically a walking homage to Predator. His Headhunter skin makes this more apparent.
  • Dance: His dance is the Haka. This may further be a reference to the similar looking Charr race in Guild Wars, as they also use the Haka as their dance animation in Guild Wars 2. Very possible as the Lead Champion Designer Morello worked on Guild Wars 2, and Rengar's release very closely coincided with Guild Wars 2's.

Riven

Rumble

  • Skins: The name of his "Rumble in the Jungle" skin references a historic boxing match held in the African country of Zaire in 1974, where Muhammad Ali fought George Foreman.
    • His Super Galaxy Rumble skin is a huge shout out to many, many Super Robot shows, though primarily Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. Several of the quotes reference it, and Rumble's shades greatly resemble Kamina's.
    • His Badlands Baron skin turns him into the yordle equivalent of Immortan Joe.

Sejuani

Shaco

Shen

Shyvana

  • Dance: Does the same dance as Japanese idol group AKB48 in the music video for their song RIVER.

Singed

Sion

Sivir

  • Skins:
    • Warrior Princess skin is Xena.
    • Spectacular skin is Wonder Woman.
    • Her PAX skin takes inspiration from TRON.
    • Her Huntress skin resembles Zhu Rong, which turns her weapon into a boomerang (her preferred weapon until 6).

Skarner

Sona

  • Dance: DJ Sona's dance is the legendary and memetic Caramelldansen!
  • Quotes: Vanilla Sona's taunt "line" has her play the "Finish him!" theme from Mortal Kombat.
  • Skins:
    • It's generally accepted that her standard skin was inspired by Hatsune Miku.
    • Arcade Sona's ultimate (which sends out a wave causing enemies to dance) resembles a Dance Dance Revolution screen, with a flow of arrows pointing in different directions.
    • DJ Sona has a few references:

Soraka

Swain

  • An elderly military man who historically has worked from behind the scenes and became a ruling figure through extremely questionable means, whose methodology blurs the lines between diabolical machinations and ruthless, "ends justify the means" pragmatism while truly believing that what they are doing is for the greater good of their people, and who has an abnormal arm that holds horrifying power taken from something else and grafted on. Is this Danzo Shimura we're talking about?
  • An elderly leader of an (somewhat in this case) evil empire dressed in black and using magic lightning can also bring Emperor Palpatine to mind. He also resembles Grand Moff Tarkin.
  • Quotes:
  • Skins:
    • Pre-VGU, his form while using his ultimate is awfully reminiscent of a Lord of Change. His Tyrant skin makes this even more obvious.
    • Post-update Swain's striking resemblance to Lucius Malfoy hasn't gone unnoticed.
  • One of his abilities is called Nevermove, a pun on Nevermore that was only supposed to be used during development, but ended up sticking.

Sylas

Syndra

  • Dance: Dances to the song Hoot by Korean pop group Girls Generation.
  • Her hat looks fairly similar to the one worn by Midna.
  • Her purple color scheme, floating ability, name, and white hair can remind people of Sindel.

     Champions T-Z 

Taliyah

Talon

Taric

Teemo

Thresh

  • Skins: Between High Noon Thresh's Skull for a Head being surrounded by red hellfire (as opposed to his usual green flames) and his chain-based weapon, the comparisons to Ghost Rider were all but inevitable.

Tristana

Trundle

Twisted Fate

  • Dance: The dance from PSY's Gangnam Style.
  • His general aesthetic resembles that of Gambit, from his playing card weapons to his general speech and Cajun accent.

Twitch

  • Quotes:
    • "I hear you're trash! Bow before your king!" is a reference to famed NALCS player Yiliang Peter Peng, aka "Doublelift," who's infamous for his trash-talk, specifically through the phrase "Everyone is trash."
    • "Who's following me?" is a reference to the broadcasting/livestreaming website of the same name.
    • He hums the Underground theme from Super Mario Bros. while using Ambush.
  • Skins: Pickpocket Twitch heavily resembles Sly Cooper.

Tryndamere

  • Dance: Before his visual update, a segment from "Bye Bye Bye" by *NSYNC.
  • Skins:

Udyr

  • Skins: Spirit Guard Udyr bears a striking resemblance to Akuma. His maxed-out Bear Stance appearance even looks kind of like Akuma's Oni form.

Urgot

Varus

  • A bit of a subtle one: Varus is an archer who appears to have a deformity of the knee...
  • His archetype of an archer slowly succumbing to corruption was directly inspired by Ashitaka, as well as some of his animations.

Vayne

  • Dance: Appears to look a little like the poses the Ginyu Force pull off, though it might also be a Gunkata.
  • Her character and background draw heavy inspiration from Batman, albeit if he didn't adhere to his Thou Shalt Not Kill rule. She even has bats flying around her when activating her ultimate!

Veigar

Vi

Viktor

  • Dance: Does the Melbourne Shuffle, a rave dance that originated in Australia.
  • His thematic design in general resembles Doctor Doom.

Vladimir

Volibear

Warwick

  • Quotes:
    • One of his normal attacking lines is "Heroes always die!"
    • One of his joke quotes is "I'll do a trick for a Warwick Snack!"
    • Hyena Warwick, on top of having an appearance that wouldn't out of place in a Mad Max film, he has a few references to Mad Max: Fury Road when he begins the game with "Oh, what a day! What a bloody day!" and "Blood and chrome!"
  • Dance: In both his pre- and post-VGU designs, he does the "zombie dance" from Michael Jackson's Thriller music video.
  • An artificially-enhanced bestial killer with metal claws, a healing factor, and incredibly powerful senses who was painfully converted against his will by a mad scientist, escaped, and became an incredibly violent and brutal vigilante with a tenuous grasp on his remaining humanity. Are you sure we're not talking about Wolverine? Also, his modus operandi and motives are similar to Frank Castle's, minus the guns.

Wukong

  • Skins:
  • Wukong's entire design in general is directly inspired by Sun Wukong of Journey to the West, with his aesthetics all being directly inspired by elements of the character.
    • Many of his strikes use his variable-length Simple Staff.
    • His Nimbus Strike and Decoy abilities are inspired by Sun Wukong's abilities to summon and ride a "Somersault/Nimbus Cloud" (筋斗雲, Jīndǒuyún/Kinto'un) and to create clones of himself with strands of his hair.
    • His passive, Stone Skin, and his death animation where he turns into stone are an inverted reference to his origin, in where he was born from stone.
    • Interestingly, the Chinese client forgoes any sort of subtext and flat-out states that this is the Sun Wukong himself, not just a similar character.
  • The Japanese client has him voiced by Masako Nozawa, who voiced another well known Expy of the Monkey King.
  • His ultimate in the Chinese servers is actually named after the prequel tale of the original Sun Wukong, Havoc in Heaven (大鬧天宮/大闹天宫, Dànào Tiāngōng).

Xerath

Xin Zhao

Yasuo

Yorick

Yuumi

Zac

Zed

Ziggs

  • Dance: From the viral video Midget Superstar.
  • Quotes: The Latin American client gives him the line ""Me encanta el olor de los explosivos por la mañana!" ("I love the smell of explosives in the morning!")
  • Skins: Battle Boss Ziggs is a homage to Bomberman; more specifically, his design loosely resembles the Bomber Shitennou/Four Bomber Kings from Super Bomberman 4 and his recall has him accidentally trapping himself with his own bombs, much like an inattentive player can do in the multiplayer modes of traditional Bomberman games.

Zilean

Zoe

Zyra

  • The flavor text of a Zyra's Deadly Spines-affected Thorn Splitter reads "They shoot little 'friendliness pellets' at her enemies."

    Other 

NPCs

Masteries

  • Prior to the Runes Reforged system, the icon for Mastermind in the support mastery tree was a reference to the box art from Deus Ex.

Items

  • Trinity Force is the most expensive item in the game, created by combining three different mid-level items into one hybridized one. Both its name and its in-game icon are a shout-out to the Triforce.
    • The description "Tons of Damage," is a catchphrase by NA LCS shoutcaster and host of Champion Spotlights David "Phreak" Turley, who cites Trinity Force as his favorite item.
  • Youmuu's Ghostblade is one letter off from Youmu, who also wields a ghostly sword. Specifically, a katana with sakura petals flying around it.
  • Rylai's Crystal Scepter is named after the lore name of Crystal Maiden from Defense of the Ancients: All-Stars. The item icon is almost identical to the one for Rylai's Brilliance Aura ability.
  • The Manamune is highly reminiscent of the Soul Calibur sword from the first few games.
    • Its name is also derived from Masamune, a legendary Japanese swordsmith. Its upgraded form, Muramana, is the same case; Muramasa was also a famous Japanese swordsmith.
  • Guinsoo's Rageblade is half shout out and half internal homage, as Steve "Guinsoo" Feak, one of the big names at Riot Games, used to develop Defense of the Ancients: All-Stars before passing it on to current developer Icefrog. For that matter, a number of champions and items take their moniker from Riot developers' screen names. But the most convoluted Easter Egg is the fact that Karthus's passive used to have a sheep as an icon. This referred to "Guinsoo's Scythe of Vyse," an item from Dota which conferred Baleful Polymorphing, and was snuck in because Karthus is Feak's favorite Champion.
  • The Talisman of Ascension is one of the few items in the game with flavor text, saying "Praise the Sun!".
  • Wriggle's Lantern shares a name with a firefly in Touhou, although it was initially named after a user via the Refer-A-Friend reward system.
  • Kage's Lucky Pick, a magical guitar pick item, is based upon Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny.
  • Atma's Impaler references the "Atma Weapon" mistranslation of Final Fantasy VI. Just like the weapon from the Final Fantasy game, the strength of Atma's Impaler is based on the wielder's HP.
  • The now-discontinued Refer-A-Friend system allowed players who referred at least 1,000 friends had at least one item named after them. The few included are:
    • The "Total Biscuit of Rejuvenation" was named after TotalBiscuit.
    • Tim Buckley, author of Ctrl+Alt+Del, instead of opting to use his name, used his comic's character "Zeke," which was then immortalized with the "Zeke's Herald" and later "Zeke's Harbinger" items.
    • Let's Player Ohmwrecker (The Masked Gamer) had an item of the same name as well as a track by Pentakill.
    • A player named "Grez" had a Twisted Treeline monster and the item "Grez's Spectral Lantern" named after him, both now removed.
    • "Athene's Unholy Grail" was named after a player named "Athene."
    • "Maw of Malmortius" was named after "Malmortius."
    • "Wooglet's Cap" was named after "Wooglet."
    • As listed above, the "Wriggle's Lantern" item was named after a user named "Wriggle," which was in turn a reference to a Touhou character. When it was eventually removed, it was immortalized as Dragon Trainer Tristana's pet dragon named, this time spelled "Riggle."

Meta

  • An update for a more exact queue status now shows your place more precisely. Initially, when the queue was long enough, it just reports your current place in the waiting line as Over 9000. The queue is now more exact (Over 20,000), but lost the reference.
  • The in-game chat displays kill streaks using Unreal Tournament lines, such as "Killing Spree!" "Dominating!" and "Godlike!"

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