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  • Acting for Two: League of Legends has reused voice actors doing multiple roles, mostly from their earlier days:
    • Micha Berman voices old Fiddlesticks and classic Master Yi.
    • Erik Braa voices Jax, Draven, and Vel'Koz.
    • Emily O'Brien voices Camille and Samira.
    • Erin Fitzgerald voices both Sona and Janna. She also provided her voice for DJ Sona, Sona's updated voice, and Psy Ops Sona, but not Forecast Janna (whose actual voice actress is withheld).
    • J.S. Gilbert voices Dr. Mundo, Gragas, Udyr (both classic and Spirit Guard Udyr), pre-VGU Sion, and Battlecast Cho'Gath.
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    • Gavin Hammon voices Varus, Blood Lord Vladimir (replacing Kevin M. Connolly, the regular voiceover of Vladimir), and pre-VGU Pantheon.
    • Adam Harrington voices Kassadin, Shaco, and the pre-VGU versions of Karthus, Mordekaiser, and Ryze.
    • Kyle Hebert has pre-VGU Ezreal, Graves, and Jarvan IV.
    • Dennis Collins Johnson voices the current Heimerdinger, as well as the pre-VGU Gangplank and pre-VGU Taric.
    • Carrie Keranen voices Lux and LeBlanc.
    • Erica Lindbeck voices Taliyah, Zoe, and the current version of Morgana.
    • Lisa Lindsley voices Soraka and pre-VGU Kayle (classic and Aether Wing Kayle).
    • David Lodge voices pre-VGU Galio (both his classic and Gatekeeper voiceovers, now currently voiced by Josh Petersdorf), Skarner, and Ivern.
    • Scott McNeil voices Hecarim, the current Sion, and Final Boss Veigar and pre-VGU Maokai.
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    • Matthew Mercer voices the current Gangplank, as well as the Wolf half of Kindred.
    • Cristina Milizia voices Amumu, Annie, and, prior to his rework, Nunu.
    • Vic Mignogna voiced the first voiceover for Lee Sin and Malzahar.
    • Rebecca Schweitzer voiced pre-VGU Morgana and pre-VGU Sivir.
    • Patrick Seitz voices Renekton, Kog'Maw, and the old Lucian.
    • Brian Sommer voices Tryndamere, Willump (Nunu), and pre-VGU Warwick.
    • Spike Spencer voices Wukong and Kled.
    • Karen Strassman has quite a few credits: Cassiopeia, Fiora, Shyvana, and Zyra.
    • Owen Thomas voices Twisted Fate and Viktor.
    • Joshua Tomar voices the current version of Trundle as well as Greyor (the southern shopkeeper of the Howling Abyss).
    • Duncan Watt voices both Blitzcrank and Rammus.
    • Cassandra Lee Morris voices both Nami and Yuumi.
    • Travis Willingham voices both Azir and Talon.
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  • Actor-Inspired Element: A few of Neeko's voice lines indicates that her favorite food is "cheese breads", an element Rioters confirmed was directly inspired by her English/Portuguese voice actress, Flora Paulita.
  • All-Star Cast:
    • The Japanese version of the game features some of the top voice actors from anime such as Sumire Uesaka, Rie Kugimiya, Keiji Fujiwara, Tomokazu Sugita, Ikue Otani, Takehito Koyasu, Aoi Yūki, Natsuki Hanae, and many more in the list.
    • The Mexican Spanish dub is not a slouch in this department either, since it features many younger and veteran voice actors as well.
    • The Spaniard dub features a great number of Madrid based actors, both veterans, newcomers and newcomers that had become veterans; that continues to grow with each champion update and release. Alfonso Vallés is the only actor from Barcelona in the game (he voiced Gangplank's second visual update) which makes the game's VA cast even more all star.
    • The Brazilian Portuguese cast uses most of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro's top voice actors, as well as a few rising stars.
  • Banned in China: Similar to the issue with the Forsaken in World of Warcraft, Karthus was redesigned from a skull-faced lich to a withered, shadow-wrapped figure for the Chinese art, due to taboos about representations of skeletons in media. The only skins that keep their skull-faced appearances are his Grim Reaper skin (likely because it represents the more abstract personification of death) and his Pentakill skin (for reasons unknown).
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Contrary to Memetic Mutation, Garen doesn't shout "DEMACIA!" when using Judgement (his signature Spin Attack). That's a separate skill, Courage, but because Courage is usually used in combo with Judgement, it comes across as the most widely known case.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: Nigerian-American rapper Umar Ibrahim, better known as Thutmose, serves not only as a musical collaborator representing Ekko as part of True Damage, he also provides the skin's in-game voiceover.
  • Children Voicing Children: When Nunu received his VGU in 2018, rather than cross-casting him like before, they instead casted the role to Lucas Jaye, who was 11 at the time of recording.
  • Content Leak:
    • Much of the content for the 2020 Spirit Blossom event was leaked at least a month before official release, with screenshots and documents confirming skins for Ahri, Cassiopeia, Kindred, and Riven, as well as prematurely announcing Yone as the next new champion (who was additionally verified thanks to datamining Spirit Blossom Thresh's voice lines). While Riot's plan was to release the content on the set schedule shown in the game's client, they did quietly add some cosmetic assets (icons and emotes) onto the PBE based on several of these leaks, further confirming them.
    • After Seraphine's K/DA Character Blog began but before she was officially announced as a champion, her kit was prematurely discovered through datamining in Wild Rift during its closed beta, the first concrete connection between her and League of Legends.
  • Creator Backlash: A downplayed example regarding Aatrox's 2018 VGU. While Rioters consider the reworked design and gameplay to be a success in terms of a standalone perspective, they are aware of the significant fan backlash of it being too different from the original Aatrox and regret having strayed too far from his initial identity.
  • Defictionalization: Ever want to hear Pentakill's music? Now you can with their new album, Smite and Ignite, released on June 3rd, 2014.
    • The other in-universe musical groups, K/DA and True Damage, similarly have professionally recorded music.
  • Development Hell:
    • Lee Sin was a very early champion concept (you can see him in early trailers for the game), but the character was canceled due to his design not being seen fantastic enough. There were rumors of him being put back into development floating around for a good long while, especially after champion designs became less fantastic, until late March 2011 where he was announced once more, with a new model, skillset, and name.
    • Ao Shin was first announced back in 2013 and slated to be released before Lucian and Jinx. Then the design team had quite a hard time animating a serpentine figure, and he was delayed. Then the gameplay mechanics team started bashing their heads over and over again trying to design his ability kit, going as far as drafting and scrapping multiple different kits altogether. By 2015, Ao Shin had already acquired the status of the champion that will never, ever be released. The design team eventually gave up, changed his entire theme and ability kit completely, and was finally released in 2016 as Aurelion Sol. In 2020, Ao Shin himself was sort-of added to the game as a skin for Aurelion Sol and as a Little Legend for use in Teamfight Tactics.
    • Dragon Master Swain was based on a skin concept originally pitched by a fan on the forums in 2011. Despite immediate positive reception, including from several Rioters who claimed it was being worked on, it quietly experienced a Troubled Production cycle, having been canceled twice by 2017. It wasn't until Swain had his full visual/gameplay update in early 2018 where the skin finally saw fruition.
    • Pizza Delivery Sivir began as an incredibly popular fan concept going all the way back from 2010, and it was officially teased in concept art in a 2013 PAX Prime panel. It's unknown what happened in the following 5-year interim where it simply vanished, but it finally came to be in 2018.
  • Dueling Games: With others in the MOBA genre: Demigod, Heroes of Newerth, and, of course, Defense of the Ancients. Heroes of Newerth at one point was by far the biggest rival; Dota 2 has since become the main competitor with League of Legends.
    • It is worth noting that the lead developers of both Dota 2 and League of Legends were the lead developers of Defense of the Ancients. Guinsoo, the first lead developer, was hired by Riot Games; IceFrog, a later developer who took the game after Guinsoo resigned, was hired by Valve.
    • A few days before Wukong's first preview blurb, competing game Heroes of Newerth announced its new champion: the Monkey King. Technically HoN created concept art first, but didn't do anything with it until rumours about a Monkey King in LoL surfaced. Needless to say, accusations of copying were flung from both ends despite the character clearly being a reference to Sun Wukong from Journey to the West.
  • Executive Meddling:
  • Flip-Flop of God: A popular rumor that Jinx and Vi are actually sisters was seemingly confirmed in 2017 by Ghostcrawler, Riot's Creative Head of Development... but then shortly after he deconfirmed it due to him being incorrect and merely stating what he assumed was true, while the actual narrative team considers their relationship to be up in the air.
  • I Knew It!: In 2020, Riot teased one of their new champions as a masked assassin who refused to die, and was already present in the lore. Thanks to the subtle clues, several fans suspected it was Yone long before the above-mentioned leaks confirmed it.
  • In Memoriam: The "Total Biscuit of Rejuvenation" item was introduced in 2012 as a result of and named after John "TotalBiscuit" Bain. After Bain's passing from a several year-long battle with cancer in 2018, the item has since been renamed the "Total Biscuit of Everlasting Will".
  • Model Dissonance: In-game character models, especially later on, are designed to look good for the sole isometric/aerial camera angle for gameplay. As such, some can look a little weird when viewed at more "normal" angles from in-engine champion trailers and spotlights, popular examples being Irelia's enormous hips and Akali's hands.
  • Multiple Languages, Same Voice Actor: Brazilian voice actress Flora Paulita voices Neeko in English and her native Portuguese.
  • Now Which One Was That Voice?: Due to the game's non-union development and constantly-updating nature, Riot Games had a longstanding policy of not disclosing their voice actors unless the actors themselves publicly reveal themselves first. While the rule was rescinded in early 2019 and Riot has since become more open in crediting newer actors, the identities of those behind many older champions remain unknown.
  • Old Shame:
    • It's pretty much a given that if Riot reworks a champion and their lore to an especially drastic degree (among the biggest examples being Sion, Poppy, and Urgot), they probably regret their prior incarnation by quite a bit. When asked about old Mordekaiser's lore in light of his upcoming 2019 relaunch:
      Riot Xenogenic: Imagine a movie where people find a lost tomb, and that tomb is cursed, and everyone who comes out of it and talks about it dies. Let's just say: it's better if we don't talk about Morde's old scripts.
    • The "Dark Horses", strategies advertised by Riot to use champions in unusual ways, appears to be this for Riot, as they gave up on the concept after making only 6 and now no longer talk about it anymore aside from as a source of Self-Deprecating Humor during April Fool's of 2016. The first one, Support Brand, was the only success, as Brand's high internal damage and single-target stun allows him to function as a poke support in a similar style to Lux and Zyra. Their next go, Jungle Irelia, was a complete flop that drew mockery from the fanbase, as Irelia clears the jungle very slowly and requires too much gold to function from it unless she happens to get off a few successful ganks early on. They tried to play it safe with their next 4 examples, but solo-lane Jarvan, top-lane Urgot, support Nautilus, and jungle Gragas were already things that were being done with regularity, earning Riot further mockery.
    • Sewn Chaos Amumu and Blitzcrank made it onto the PBE and were almost ready to go, but after negative fan feedback that Riot agreed with, the skins were cancelled before they could be properly sold live. Riot seems to view them as this, as their Dummied Out skin description reads "Due to their low quality and uglyness, these toys are destined to remain in the toy trash bin of unwantedness."
    • Dynamic Queue was rolled out during Season 6 as a replacement to the Solo/Duo Queue, with the intent that players could team up and would be matched against pre-made groups for games, including ranked games. However, this turned out to be a colossal change for the worse due to it greatly breaking the balance and quality of matchmaking, with Riot completely undoing it by the following year. In Riot's 10-year anniversary video, during a section containing the game's historical low points, Dynamic Queue was put among their greatest mistakes.
  • The Other Darrin: Nearly every character who has gone through a full visual update with a new voiceover has had their voice actor replaced for one reason or another.
    • Omega Squad Teemo was confirmed to have a different voice actor to his normal VO, with the original having since joined an actor's union (their names have been withheld due to a Riot policy of not revealing them unless the actors themselves do, neither of which have).
    • Gangplank as of his 2015 rework is currently voiced by Matthew Mercer, replacing Dennis Collins Johnson of before, though in a bit of controversy, Johnson was apparently never contacted by Riot to potentially reprise his role.
    • In July 2019, Lee Sin's voiceover by Vic Mignogna was replaced with a new one by Feodor Chin. While Riot hasn't given an official statement as to why (Lee Sin received no other accompanying visual update), this was generally seen as a response to the sexual harassment allegations against Mignogna from earlier in the year.
    • With the music of Pentakill, the singers behind the champions are in constant rotation: Jørn Lande provides Karthus' voice in "Lightbringer" and "Mortal Reminder", while "Deathfire Grasp" and "Last Whisper" are performed by ZP Theart, and "Infinity Edge" and "Rapidfire Cannon" are voiced by Per Johannson.
    • Similarly, K/DA's vocal cast has some variable vocal casting. While they're pretty consistent with Miyeon and Soyeon as Ahri and Akali, Evelynn has been performed by Madison Beer and Bea Miller, and Kai'Sa by Jaira Burns and Wolftyla.
    • In the Japanese dub:
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  • Playing Against Type: Considering the amount of Butt Monkeys he's voiced, the last character one might expect to hear Spike Spencer lend his vocal talents to would have to be a crazed redneck Yordle like Kled.
  • Production Nickname: Many of the champions have had these.
    • Tahm Kench was known as "Fish Tank" and "Twocoats".
    • Camille had plenty while in development, including "Lady Em," "The Left Hand of Piltover," "The Gray Lady" (which became an In-Universe Nickname for the character), and "Cyborg MI6 Mary Poppins."
    • This Ask Riot revealed several development Working Titles for several champions over the years, several of which interestingly became their official subtitles (including Elise, Vi, Thresh, Illaoi, and Taliyah).
  • Promoted Fanboy: Even prior to being cast as the Japanese voices of Heimerdinger, Veigar, and Ziggs, Natsuki Hanae was a big fan of the game.
  • Reality Subtext: Subverted, but worth mentioning; the champion Tryndamere shares the handle of Riot co-founder Marc Merrill, and it was initially believed that his marriage to Ashe was based off the fact Merrill's wife is named Ashley. This was debunked by Merrill himself as the creative team had no knowledge of this fact, meaning it was just a massive coincidence.
  • Role Reprise:
  • Teasing Creator:
    • Riot gets all over this on April Fool's Day. They released Lee Sin, the Blind Monk AND an Urf the Manatee Corki Skin at once. Not ONLY that, but in the following Journal of Justice, there were two articles that talk about both. One mentions how Urf could be revived, and the other was a talk with Lee Sin.
    • Riot then released this "spotlight". Game Breaking... no, Game DESTROYING power, a "blurry" screen debuff, and the ability to kill members of your own team who defect to the other side. They released an actual spotlight video shortly after.
    • Their 2012 prank (a really bad 3D mode) was obvious (made even more so by the Urf cameo at the end), but nonetheless hilarious. Incidentally, they've actually named April Fool's Day "Urf Day."
  • What Could Have Been: Examples can be found here.
  • Why Fandom Can't Have Nice Things:
    • Riot announced early 2019 that after a 50/50 split of new champions to visual/gameplay champion updates throughout 2018, they would be greatly slowing down on the VGUs in large part due to the champions' original fans constantly crying foul of "They Changed It, Now It Sucks!", even if the reworks are hugely-requested and overall well-received. As a tradeoff to this, however, Riot has also since become more careful in handling these relaunches, being more vocal and public about their development processes and taking fan feedback into greater account.
    • Between 2019-2020, Riot shut down the Community Events features on the EU and NA clients, a tool originally meant for small organizers to run online tournaments, offering tangible prizes like RP and codes for the Triumphant Ryze skin (which is the only way to obtain the skin). The feature was removed once it became clear that it was a massive target for exploits, where players would use use dummy tournaments to farm for RP and accounts with the Ryze skin code, both of which could be sold illicitly.
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  • Working Title: As discussed in this dev post, newer champions go through a lot of different potential names with a huge amount of requirements, such as uniqueness, ease of abbreviation, ease of pronunciation, especially in localizations, whether it turns out to be a Foreign Cuss Word, etc. Some of the listed temp names include "Deadeye" (a champion who became Jhin as listed above in a What Could Have Been entry, and has a full "namestorm" list), "Heaven's Coil" (who became Aurelion Sol), "Stoneweaver" (who became Taliyah, which also became her final champion subtitle), and "Living Forge" (who became Ornn, who also went through subtitles including "The Hearth Father", "The Kiln King", and "The Daddy Issues of the Freljord").
  • The Wiki Rule: The League of Legends Wiki and liquipedia League of Legends Wiki.

    Champions Release Order 
  • Initial Roster
    • Alistar
    • Annie
    • Ashe
    • Fiddlesticks
    • Jax
    • Kayle
    • Master Yi
    • Morgana
    • Nunu
    • Ryze
    • Sion
    • Sivir
    • Soraka
    • Teemo
    • Tristana
    • Twisted Fate
    • Warwick
  • Released in 2009 (simultaneous releases will be in one line)
    • Singed, Zilean
    • Evelynn, Twitch, Tryndamere
    • Karthus
    • Cho'Gath, Amumu
    • Anivia, Rammus
    • Veigar
    • Kassadin
    • Gangplank, Taric
    • Malphite, Janna, Blitzcrank, Dr. Mundo
    • Katarina, Corki
    • Nasus
    • Heimerdinger, Shaco
    • Udyr
    • Nidalee
  • Released in 2010
    • Poppy
    • Gragas, Pantheon
    • Mordekaiser
    • Ezreal
    • Shen
    • Kennen
    • Garen
    • Akali
    • Malzahar
    • Olaf
    • Kog'Maw
    • Xin Zhao
    • Vladimir
    • Galio
    • Urgot
    • Miss Fortune
    • Sona
    • Swain
    • Lux
    • LeBlanc
    • Irelia
    • Trundle
    • Cassiopeia
  • Released in 2011
    • Caitlyn
    • Renekton
    • Karma
    • Maokai
    • Jarvan IV
    • Nocturne
    • Lee Sin
    • Brand
    • Rumble
    • Vayne
    • Orianna
    • Yorick
    • Leona
    • Wukong
    • Skarner
    • Talon
    • Riven
    • Xerath
    • Graves
    • Shyvana
    • Fizz
    • Volibear
    • Ahri
    • Viktor
  • Released in 2012
    • Sejuani
    • Ziggs
    • Nautilus
    • Fiora
    • Lulu
    • Hecarim
    • Varus
    • Darius
    • Draven
    • Jayce
    • Zyra
    • Diana
    • Rengar
    • Syndra
    • Kha'Zix
    • Elise
    • Zed
    • Nami
    • Vi
  • Released in 2013
    • Thresh
    • Quinn
    • Zac, Season 3 Karma
    • Lissandra, Season 3 Trundle
    • Aatrox
    • Lucian
    • Jinx
    • Yasuo
  • Released in 2014
    • Vel'Koz
    • Braum
    • Gnar
    • Azir
    • Kalista
    • Rek'Sai
    • Season 4 Sion
  • Released in 2015
    • Bard
    • Ekko
    • Tahm Kench
    • Kindred
    • Illaoi
    • Season 6 Poppy
  • Released in 2016
    • Jhin
    • Aurelion Sol
    • Season 6 Taric
    • Taliyah
    • Season 6 Ryze
    • Kled
    • Season 6 Yorick
    • Ivern
    • Camille
  • Released in 2017
    • Season 7 Warwick
    • Season 7 Galio
    • Xayah and Rakan
    • Kayn
    • Season 7 Urgot
    • Ornn
    • Season 7 Evelynn
    • Zoe
  • Released in 2018
    • Season 8 Swain
    • Kai'Sa
    • Season 8 Irelia
    • Pyke
    • Season 8 Aatrox
    • Season 8 Akali
    • Season 8 Nunu and Willump
    • Season 8 Ezreal
    • Neeko
  • Released in 2019
    • Sylas
    • Season 9 Kayle, Season 9 Morgana
    • Yuumi
    • Season 9 Mordekaiser
    • Qiyana
    • Season 9 Pantheon
    • Senna
    • Aphelios
  • Released in 2020
    • Sett
    • Season 10 Fiddlesticks
    • Season 10 Volibear
    • Lillia
    • Yone
    • Samira
    • Seraphine
    • Rell
  • Released in 2021
    • Viego
    • Gwen
  • Upcoming
    • Dr. Mundo VGU
    • Unnamed Mid Lane Sentinel of Light Marksman
    • Unnamed "Gloomy" Yordle Mage
    • Unnamed "Electrifying" Marksman
    • Udyr VGU
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