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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 Fiddlesticks and classic Master Yi.
    • Erik Braa voices Jax, Draven, and Vel'Koz.
    • Dameon Clarke voices Kha'Zix and Singed.
    • Erin Fitzgerald voices both Sona and Janna. She also provided her voice for DJ 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 Pantheon, Varus, and Blood Lord Vladimir (replacing Kevin M. Connolly, the regular voiceover of Vladimir).
    • Adam Harrington voices Kassadin, pre-VGU Mordekaiser, Shaco, and pre-VGU Karthus 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), and Ivern.
    • Scott McNeil voices Hecarim, the current Sion, and Final Boss Veigar and pre-VGU Maokai.
    • Matthew Mercer voices the current Gangplank, as well as the Wolf half of Kindred.
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    • Cristina Milizia voices Amumu, Annie, and 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 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, Elise, Fiora, Shyvana, and Zyra.
    • Owen Thomas voices Twisted Fate and Viktor.
    • Duncan Watt voices both Blitzcrank and Rammus.
    • Cassandra Lee voices both Nami and Yuumi.
    • Travis Willingham voices both Azir and Talon.
    • Takehito Koyasu voices both Jayce and Viktor, ironically enough. The dub voice of Mwu La Flaga is also voiced by Trevor Devall.
  • Actor Allusion:
  • All-Star Cast: The Japanese version of the game features some of the top voice actors from anime such as Rie Kugimiya, Keiji Fujiwara, Tomokazu Sugita, Ikue Otani, Takehito Koyasu, Aoi Yuuki, 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.
  • Big Name Fan: The entire band Imagine Dragons are huge fans of League of Legends, even admitting to be late for some performances because they were playing a game. They jumped at the chance to perform Warriors live at the Season 4 World Championship.
  • Defictionalization: Ever want to hear Pentakill's music? Now you can with their new album, Smite and Ignite, released on June 3rd, 2014.
  • 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.
    • 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: All-Stars. 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: All-Stars. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Now Which One Was That Voice?: Due to the game's non-union development and constantly-updating nature, Riot Games almost never discloses the names of their voice actors unless they themselves publicly announce them first. The ratio between voiceovers with known actors to withheld actors is almost 50/50.
  • 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."
  • 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. Aversions can be found in Role Reprisal below.
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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 Veigar and Ziggs, Natsuki Hanae was a big fan of the game.
  • Reality Subtext: The champion Tryndamere is also the username of the president of Riot, Marc Merrill. His wife's name is Ashley. The champion Tryndamere has a political marriage to Ashe. But actually this is averted - the creative design team simply had the two champions marry since the champions both hail from the same region, and they were not aware Ashe was named after Marc Merrill's wife.
  • Role Reprisal: While most full "visual-gameplay updates" and from-scratch voiceovers for Legendary skins tend to replace their original voice actors, there have been a few exceptions:
  • 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.
  • Word of Gay: Very shortly after her announcement, Neeko was confirmed to be lesbian and had an unrequited crush on Nidalee, making her the game's first openly gay champion.
  • 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
  • Upcoming
    • Senna
    • Volibear Update
    • Fiddlesticks Update
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